Team PokerStars Online pro Felix Schneiders is hosting his annual charity tournament today! Felix will be streaming the event live on his Twitch stream. The charity tournament is only €11.11 with all proceeds going to charity. Fedor Holz is the co-host with Schneiders. Other members of the high-stakes community, along with notable German players will participating in this charitable event. Holz and Felix will be raising funds for various charities that assist the homeless, children in Nepal, and other medical charities to fight childhood leukemia.
A couple of new things brewing over at PokerStars. For all of you Omaha freaks and Spin&Go enthusiasts, PokerStars launched Omaha Spin&Gos. Yup, a brand-new, hyper-turbo Pot Limit Omaha format now available. Can you say, "PLO Spin&Gos!" Due to popular demand, PokerStars Megastack is coming to other European countries like France, Belgium, and Ireland.
The WSOP goes to Holland! First the first time in its history, the World Series of Poker Circuit will be hosted in the Netherlands. The Holland Casino in Rotterdam will host 12 WSOP ring events kicking off on August 25 and running through September 2. The Main Event has a €1,650 price tag and a €1,000,000 guarantee.
Maurice Hawkins has been on a heater the last couple of years. The WSOP Circuit rounder notched his tenth career victory, which put him at the top of the list for most-ever WSOP Circuit rings. Hawkins shipped the 2017 WSOP Circuit in Council Bluffs, Iowa by fading a field of 271 runners. First place paid out $97,561 and Hawkins surpassed $1.1 million in career WSOP Circuit earnings.
Season 15 of the World Poker Tour has come to an end. Daniel Weinman won the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Weinman edged out a field of 66 current and former champs to win a first place prize worth $381,500... in addition to numerous other prizes including a brand-new 2018 Audi S5 Coupe. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi had a runner-up finish and took home $218K for second. Erik Seidel finished in fifth place.
Down to six! The World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, is down to its final table. Dan Weinman is the chip leader at a difficult final table that also includes Erik Seidel, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, David Ormsby, Dan Santoro, and Dylan Wilkerson. First place pays out $381,500 plus a brand new Audi and of course... bragging rights.
File this one under "man bites dog." Jason Mercier won another High Roller event. Mercier earned a first-place payout worth nearly $795K for winning the $25K High Roller Event at the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Mercier faded a field of 116 runners. The total prize pool was $2.9 million. Mercier defeated ZeeJustin heads up for the win. Also at the final table... Loni Harwood, Tony Spinella, Olivier Busquet, Sam Soveral, Bryn Kenney, and Ari Engel.
Daniel Negreanu posted two new videos on his YouTube account. The tip of the week video focused on the Top 5 reasons why you're probably losing at poker. Negreanu offered up valuable advice on how to plug obvious leaks in your game like not playing on tilt and poor fundamentals. For the hand breakdown of the week, Negreanu discussed a hand against Brian Rast, in which Rast got a little too greedy when Negreanu woke up with pocket Kings.
Breaking news... the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California (located just outside the Los Angeles city limits) was raided this morning by multiple government agencies including Homeland Security, ICE, the IRS, and California Gaming Control Board. The Bicycle Casino, a.k.a. the Bike, is currently under a criminal investigation for money laundering. According to a report by the L.A. Times, the scope of the investigation is unknown due to a sealed warrant.
If you play enough poker, you'll never have a shortage of WTF moments. PokerStars TV spliced together a new compilation video of their favorite WTF Moments. Some of the players involved in these baffling moments included Theo Jorgensen, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Prahlad Friedman, and Vanessa Selbst.
A first-place prize worth $1 million is up for grabs on PokerStars. The Sunday Million turns 11-years old! This weekend's Sunday Million, starting at 14:00 ET on the 2nd of April, is a triple-entry event with a special $10 million guaranteed prize pool. A cool $1 million will be set aside for the champion. Plenty of time left to win a seat via satellite and through $5 Spin&Go qualifiers.
Russia has no love for Tony G. Vladimir Putin doesn't like tricycles and he certainly loathes Tony G's shtick. Antanas Guoga, better known in poker circles as Tony G, got himself blacklisted from Russia. Tony G wanted to play a tournament at the recent partypoker Million event in Sochi, Russia, but he could not enter the country. Tony G is persona non grata in Mother Russia. Tony G, currently a member of the EU Parliament representing Lithuania, got himself listed with other politicians that Russia blackballed for speaking up about democracy and freedom.
Daniel Negreanu posted two more videos in the last week. His quick poker tip of the week focused on what to do with a big stack… should you press it or conserve your chips? In the hand breakdown video of the week, Negreanu discusses a hand in the Shark Cage that Jen Shahade played against the legendary Phil Ivey.
The debut of the PokerStars Championship Macau is only days away. Starting March 30 and lasting 11 days at the City of Dreams Casino, the PokerStars Championship Macau will feature 52 tournaments including PokerStars National Championship (which has a HK$2 million guarantee), Super High Roller, PokerStars Cup, PokerStars Open, PLO High Roller, and the Main Event.
Sochi, Russia is trying to become the biggest poker hotspot in Eastern Europe. The partypoker Million final table is being live streamed as we speak. The #1 million guarantee has a first-place prize worth $200K. Watch the stream in Russian here. And for an English commentary, watch the Twitch stream here.
The PokerStars Championship stop in Panama is officially over. Two Americans won the final two events. Kenny Smaron shipped the Panama Main Event for a $294K score. Meanwhile, Steve O'Dwyer won another high roller event. It's like deja vu all over again! O'Dwyer chopped with Sam Greewood and took down $240K.
The Main Event at the PokerStars Championship in Panama is down to the final table. With five to go, Denis Timofeev from Russia is the big stack with 3.9M. Also at the final table... Robin Wozniczek, Kenneth Smaron, Belgium's Jonathan Abdellatif, Harpreet Gill, and Anthony Diotte. $294K is at stake for the winner. The final table will be live streamed with cards up on Monday afternoon.
The World Poker Tour completed its three-event California swing. Tough final table at the WPT Rolling Thunder. The $3,500 main event attracted 421 runners. First place paid out $285K. Mike Del Vecchio survived the difficult final table to win his first-ever WPT crown. He beat Sorrel Mizzi heads-up for the win. Also, making the final table were Connor Drinan, Olivier Busquet, and John Hadley.
The WPT Rolling Thunder outside Sacramento, CA attracted 421 runners. They are down to a final table of six. Mike Del Vecchio is the chip leader with 4.2M. Also at the final table are... Sorel Mizzi, Connor Drinan, John Hadley, Steve Tabb, and short-stacked Olivier Busquet. First place pays out nearly $285K. Watch the final table live stream here.
Daniel Negreanu, the hardest-working man in poker, released two more videos. In his weekly tip video, Negreanu delved into the question that amateurs asked him the most: what is a proper-sized bankroll? In Negreanu's weekly hand breakdown video, he discussed a hand between Phil Hellmuth and Dan Smith at the Super High Roller Bowl.
Everyone has a list of players they never want to see at the poker table. Whether it's a dangerous pro, a drunken idiot, a habitual tanker, or an insufferable psychopath... we're all aware of players that could be the worst possible nightmare scenario. The crew at PokerStars TV spliced together a new compilation video. This one covers the Top 5 Poker Table Nightmares featuring Phil Hellmuth, Will Kassouf, and Magnus Petersson involved in hands against Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst, and Elky.