Bryce Paradis, better known as Freedom25 at Full Tilt sanghoki , has decided to call it quits from the poker game.

In his lengthy blog entry, Bryce mentioned that though he had started playing poker for the money, it was not the most important thing.

Here is an excerpt from his blog:

“With nearly 3 million in lifetime winnings I have reached a point where, once allocated in an investment portfolio, the funds I have gained through poker will yield enough tool-value to experience all things which I can conceive of as being of large, moderate, small and even moderately eccentric value to myself, at least for the immediate future, and so further time spent on playing poker for money is no longer valuable for that reason alone. Some people may ask, “Why not, then, pursue the academia of poker at the table and challenge Hawrilenko, larger live games, etc. and test your mettle for the sake of that challenge?” I do not believe that that would be a negative experience, and in fact playing poker has not become a negative experience, it is in fact still a good one, but the spotty-action environment and the lack of time-reward in the form of money have detracted from it, and due to the amount of energy required to continue playing at a competitive level I have opted out on the grounds that, while the experience may be good, I intend to find better. I am still rather infatuated with the academia of poker, however, and because of this not only will my involvement with StoxPoker continue in the future, but it will likely increase.”

Bryce plans to spend some time working on his website, taking some courses and doing the things he always wanted to do.

Congratulations Bryce, and “gg”!

Daniel Negreanu Getting Divorced

Daniel Negreanu announced on his blog the other day that he will be getting divorced. After just over 2 years of marriage, Daniel and his wife Lori have decided to go their separate ways.

According to Daniel it was a mutual decision and everything went very smooth. They hope to remain the best of friends, but unfortunately could not continue as a married couple.

At the end of his post, Daniel made mention that he will be getting back into poker and playing a lot more. Here is an excerpt from the post:

“So what does the future hold for me? Well, I don’t have any plans to find anyone new at all. I’m too busy with other things to even think about that sort of thing. It’s not on my mind at all. I’m still going to be working on my terrible golf game, hanging with buddies playing pool, but I’m planning on changing a few things around the house. More toys, if you will, like and a few other things.

As for poker, one of the reasons that I have taken on a lighter schedule both online and live was calculated. I’ve been playing this game long enough to know that if my attention is split between personal issues and poker, the results could be dangerous. So, rather than mess with any of that I’ve been very careful in the amount that I play, and when I do play, I make sure that I REALLY want to play. Hence my decision to skip Foxwoods.

I’ll be back to kicking butt on the tournament trail starting with the 5 Diamond at Bellagio and will hopefully follow that up with a good WSOP in 2008. Despite all of this going on for me recently, I feel like my poker game is super sharp right now and I’m reading people better than ever. That, plus thanks to logging a few more hours in online at PokerStars, my game is as good fundamentally as it’s ever been. I’m looking forward to the 5 Diamond and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January. Both are tournaments I’ve had great success in, coming first and third two of the last three years at Bellagio, and cashing three times in Bahamas. I’ve always had “lulls” in my poker year, and they usually happen between September and December.”

Best wishes to Daniel, and good luck in the future!

Also, if you want to buy Daniel Negreanu’s Toyota Tundra, you can find the ebay auction here