On the 105th episode of Wise Kracks, we’re joined by a multi-talented TV personality, journalist, and poker player who recently had the privilege of covering the World Series of Poker in person! We also dive into the exciting times in MLB, the antics of one of the world’s current most famous bettors, and the potential outcome of a high-profile NFL surgery. Let’s get into it!
Your hosts Bill Krackomberger and Jon Orlando talk baseball, with Jon coming off a high of just attending a Los Angeles Dodgers game, only adding to an optimistic outlook for a world-class second half to the MLB season.
They also discuss famous big bettor (and rapper) Drake’s $2M parlay on Molly McCann and Paddy Pimblett from the most recent UFC Fight Night event.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is slated to undergo appendix removal surgery before the start of the NFL season. Will this affect the Bengals’ win total?
Joining Bill and Jon as this week’s guest is Kara Scott, an 888poker ambassador, and a WSOP anchor. Kara chats with the guys about crossing the line at the poker table, unruly rails at poker events, and staying impartial as a professional anchor. All this and more on this week’s episode of Wise Kracks!
Is Drake the Bettor All He’s Cracked Up to Be?
Rap superstar Drake made a $2M parlay over the weekend on UFC Women’s Flyweight contender Molly McCann and Lightweight contender Paddy Pimblett during UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall. Both fighters won in a “Dramatic fashion,” according to Jon. It didn’t matter to Drake how they won, as he walked away banking around $3.5M.
Although that’s a lot of dough to add to Drake’s other winnings, from his slot Twitch streams to his other public bets, Bill sees past the facade and knows that for famous bettors, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows.
Famous bettors are not putting out their losing bets, only their winning ones.
Jon eventually brings a couple of Drake tweets to Bill’s attention in which the rapper stated that he’s going to gift both fighters he parlayed on with a Rolex. Does this classy move make Drake more admirable in Bill’s eyes?
Keep the Rolex, says Bill, “I think it’s a bad example for kids to have all these good things about gambling and how much money you’re making.
Joe Burrow Going Under the Knife: A Detriment to the Bengals Season?
Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow, who only has more to prove after his sophomore season appearance in Super Bowl LVI, is slated to undergo surgery for an appendix removal before the start of the 2022-23 NFL season. Bill and Jon wonder, will this affect the Bengals’ win total?
Bill doesn’t think it’s a big deal, and Jon concurs, “Only if it bursts is it a big deal, right?” “Maybe they’re making it into a bigger deal,” says Bill, who comes to the conclusion that a few weeks post-surgery can hold the potential to be complicated. But, he doesn’t see it affecting the Bengals’ win total.
The conversation then takes a polarizing turn when Jon says that Producer Matt is taking the under 10 for the Bengals.
Bill follows up by stating, “If he’s taking the under then I may have to look for the over.” This prompts a very heavy question from Jon,
Who would you put your money on, total wins or dollar amount for a season, whether it’s football or baseball; me or Producer Matt? Who’s coming out ahead?” I don’t want to insult anybody, says Bill, But it’s a lot closer to a pick ‘em than you’d think.
Bill’s answer leads to a bewildered Jon, and depending on how well you know the guys, that reaction could mean everything or nothing at all, so tune into the show for the divisive answer!
WSOP Anchor Kara Scott Wants Poker Rails to Calm Down
This week Bill and Jon are joined by World Series of Poker anchor Kara Scott, who is also an accomplished poker player herself. Excited to get into some “poker talk”, Jon dives right into her great coverage of this year’s WSOP event.
Kara arrived at the event after day one, where “in a past life,” she would’ve already been hanging around for weeks, working and playing. However, a daughter at home in Europe has changed that, “She doesn’t like it so much if I’m gone for a month.”
Although her daughter has her heart, there’s still a big hole to be filled by the game of poker. Her first time back in Las Vegas covering the event after being stuck in Europe for the last couple of years was still just as exciting as the last time she covered the event. “I really missed it.”
Jon recalls how he went to watch the final table on day one where, “The tables and the rails were on fire,” which leads to Jon asking Bill if he’s gone to check out a final table, to which Bill replies with a blunt “No.”
He then gifts us with a signature Krackomberger rant, sharing his disdain for the current crop of poker personalities, which he refers to as “telephone tough guys,” with their backpacks, sunglasses, and their headsets on. “Just play your hand guys, be a man.”
After witnessing some of the player’s attempts to ruffle their opponent’s feathers at the poker table, Jon poses the question to Kara, “Is there a line you can cross when you’re at the poker table?” “Of course, there’s a line that can be crossed, “explains Kara, “It’s in the rules.” However, she applauds those toeing that line,
If you’re trying to get into someone’s head, go for it!
But what about outside the table? Bill notes how crowds are getting progressively louder and mouthier at these events, and wonders “Is this the way poker is trending?” Kara addresses these concerns, stating that what she’s seen from the rails is “very poor form.” She mentions that at one point she could hear the players at the table talking, and one apologized to the other because of the way their rail was acting. “It’s distracting to not only other players but their friends as well.”
With these issues at hand, Bill asks Kara how she stays impartial during these events, which he himself would find tough to do.
I don’t have the patience for it, she says, I feel like everyone needs to pull their socks up… we’re trying to grow the game.
Wrapping up, Jon says “I would say I’d see you at a final table at some point, but I won’t ever make it, so I won’t be seeing you there.” With that, Kara leaves Jon with a vote of confidence, “Have faith, you can have faith!”
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