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NBC Sports Chicago to present 'Race In America: A Candid Conversation'

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NBC Sports Chicago to present 'Race In America: A Candid Conversation'

Chicago, IL (June 11, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago has announced it will deliver a new half-hour special presentation entitled Race in America: A Candid Conversation airing this Sunday evening, June 14 at 7:00 PM CT.  Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s Laurence Holmes and featuring a panel of some of Chicago’s most-admired pro athletes including Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, Bulls power forward Thaddeus Young and former Bears linebacker Sam Acho, Race in America: A Candid Conversation will provide viewers with personal reactions on the death of George Floyd, commentary on the current state of race relations in the nation, along with deep discussion on the societal requirements needed for change moving forward.  NOTES: Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream Race in America: A Candid Conversation online at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive; NBC Sports Chicago will also re-air the special Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30 PM.

“Our community is hurting right now and we have reached a critical point in our city and nation’s history,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.  “As a network, we feel strongly that in order to make change happen, we need to have an increased frequency of candid, open discussions on race relations, but more importantly, we need to simply listen to one another more.  The athletes showcased on this program entertain us in competition, but they are also experiencing this moment in time as black men.  As an African-American myself, I appreciate their willingness to talk openly on this important subject and I encourage the entire Chicago community to tune in to not only watch, but to listen as well.”

Please note the following highlighted quotes from NBC Sports Chicago’s special presentation Race in America: A Candid Conversation, premiering Sunday, June 14 at 7:00 PM CT:

Allen Robinson
“It doesn’t need a situation like George Floyd for other people of different demographics to say, ‘Well, let’s hear their thoughts about this, let’s hear their thoughts about that.’ I would, and I think that we would appreciate it, and that’s what we want. We want our voices to be heard, we’re people just like everyone else. We have built this country just like everyone else. We want our voice to be heard just like everyone else.”

Thaddeus Young
“We as African-Americans, we have to be able to speak up, and stand up, and have to keep doing it with precision, and the ultimate goal at hand is to create some kind of change, and that’s what we have to keep in our mindset, change. If we don’t keep that in our mindset, and we start to follow these smoke screens, it takes away from the true power that we have in our hands and the true power that we can use to create the change.”

Jason Heyward
“I think it’s okay to live in a spot where we’re angry, but I think it’s necessary as well. I think we need to have that chip on our shoulder and we got to use that as motivation to get this right, to keep pushing for it to be right. It’s not about a clean slate, no one’s got a clean slate. We’re just saying we don’t get treated fairly…we don’t get treated equally.”

Sam Acho
“There’s a large group of people that are just ignorant, and those people need to be educated. They need to understand that, ‘Hey, these biases do exist, I need to do something about them.’ Then you need to empathize with people, no matter how much money you make, no matter what socioeconomic class you’re in, they need to understand that people who have hatred and anger in their hearts toward African-Americans, racists, people who also are ignorant, they don’t care about how much money you make, they just see your skin and they judge you, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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How World Series of Poker's Daniel Negreanu has changed his approach

How World Series of Poker's Daniel Negreanu has changed his approach

NBC Sports Chicago recently caught up with six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu to talk about the type of player he's evolved into and a key moment from the beginning of his career.

Negreanu, who was promoting the subscription streaming service PokerGO®, has cashed in 112 WSOP events, earning $14,908,224 in them.

"There's two ways of playing. One is called the Game Theory Optimal approach and the other is Exploitative," Negreanu said over the phone. "So the Game Theory Optimal approach is designed so that if you're playing against the perfect robot, there's one specific play or one way of playing a hand that is correct. And now, when you play exploitatively, you might know that but you go, 'I know this would be correct, but this guy here, he always folds. So I'm going to bluff him. More than I should.' 

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"So what I learned over the last couple of years is how to incorporate both Game Theory Optimal play and Exploitative because I was purely one-hundred percent Exploitative until the last few years that I learned it was important to have some balance of myself because when you do veer from Game Theory Optimal you do become exploitable yourself and some of the top players are doing that against me."

Negreanu, now forced to play online like many others, is trying to eliminate the tendencies he sometimes displayed earlier in his career.

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"I wouldn't describe them as risks, I would say that I've had tendencies that if somebody is paying attention... So for example, as simple as this, when I bet all my chips on the river, I'm not bluffing. If my top opponents know that, now they can start making really big folds and their exploiting a weakness in my lack of balance in the situation because what you want to have, on the river you want people to think like, 'Well, alright... he could be bluffing, he could have it.' When they know specific things about what you'll do in a situation, they can take advantage of you," Negreanu said.

Daniel won the first WSOP event he ever played in, the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event in 1998 when he was 23. As he pulled all the chips in, Negreanu became the youngest player to ever win a WSOP bracelet at the time.

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"I was just happy to be in the money, then I was at the final table and I was like, 'Wow, this is cool.' All of a sudden, I found myself heads up in a form called Pot Limit Hold'em, which I never really played before. ... In the final hand, we both had about even chips and I had ace-queen of hearts and he had the jack-10 of clubs and the flop came queen, jack, four with two clubs and one heart. So I had the top pair, he had the second pair, but he had a four card flush, a three card straight... He had a ton of outs. 

"The turn card was a blank, the river was a little black card and I couldn't even see it because I was just so emotionally invested, but I did see some people cheering for me, raising their arms. I was like, 'Alright, that means it's not a club.' And it was the six of spades. I won on the very last hand. An absolute what's called a 'coin flip' situation. The odds of me winning the hand right after the flop were around fifty-fifty."

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PokerGO® is showing classic moments from the World Series of Poker every night at 7 p.m. ET. 

Why Daniel Negreanu thinks Phil Ivey is the best poker player in the world

Why Daniel Negreanu thinks Phil Ivey is the best poker player in the world

Six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu has seen everything and everyone at live tables — before the COVID-19 pandemic hit — during the course of his career.

NBC Sports Chicago recently caught up with "Kid Poker", who was promoting the streaming service PokerGO®, and asked who he thought the best poker player in the world was.

"So for me, it's always going to be Phil Ivey until otherwise stated," Negreanu said over the phone. "When you say 'poker', I think of all poker games. I think of Stud, Omaha, Triple Draw, Short Deck, everything... and Phil Ivey plays them all. There are certainly going to be some players who play just No Limit Hold'em, the most famous game, better than Phil Ivey right now because people have worked really hard on it. But as far as I'm concerned, Phil Ivey is the goat."

Ivey has 10 WSOP bracelets and 59 cashes to his poker portfolio, which earned him $6,261,200.

PokerGO® is showing classic moments from the World Series of Poker every night at 7 p.m. ET.