Friday, June 6
Does anyone recognize this poker pro? It is Eric Hicks, webmaster for CalChess.org and trainer of young star Nicholas Nip. Sadly, he has spurned the educational world of chess for the big bucks of poker, preferring royal flushes over royal forks. He is just the latest chess player to switch games for the money (e.g. GM Walter Browne and Ricky Grijalva). On June 3, Eric won $41,295 for 14th place at a 3,900 player tournament. While the big National Open chess tournament takes place this weekend at The Riviera in Las Vegas, Eric will be across town playing in the World Series of Poker at The Rio. Too bad!