PokerStars TV sifted through hours and hours of tape in various international events to pinpoint the best hands from the 2016 calendar year, which included action from Australia to the Bahamas to Barcelona. PokerStars released a new compilation video featuring the Top 5 Hands from 2016 . Some of the players featured are Samantha Abernathy and Mustapha Kanit. The Top 5 includes a couple of wow moments like the guy who had Aces cracked twice at the EPT Barcelona and Sebastian Malec dropping Scotty Nguyen's iconic line, "You call and it's all over, baby!"
Daniel Negreanu posted two more videos. The first vid on his YouTube channel featured a hand breakdown between Mike Gentili vs. Christian Harder at the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas. In his weekly poker tip video, Negreanu discussed tournament bubbles and offered up three tips to improve your bubble play.
It's another year and it's another attempt by California to legalize and regulate online poker. Last year's attempt failed, but it was the farthest any bill had ever gotten. Will the newly introduced AB-1677 finally go all the way? Or will the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act fall short of the mark like previous attempts over the last decade in California?
Ema Zajmovic won the WPT Playground in Montreal on Valentine's Day and made history. She became the first woman to win an open event in the history of the World Poker Tour. Van Nguyen won the 2008 WPT Invitational at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, but that was an invitation-only freeroll. Ema Zajmovic faded a field of 380 runners in the $3,500 CAD buy-in event. Zajmovic earned a payday worth $261K CAD or roughly $200K USD. She also won the coveted championship belt.
Comign soon... Power Up! PokerStars has been pushing the innovation envelope. In the last couple of years, PokerStars programmers launched nuances such as Beat the Clock and Spin&Go. And now, there's some buzz surrounding their newest innovation called Power Up. It is still in “alpha” testing, but some of the basic elements of the game have been discussed in a blog post from PokerStars HQ. Looks fun with special powers like X-Ray, EMP, Clone, Disintegrate, Engineer, Intel, Reload, Scanner, and Upgrade. The newest variant draws inspiration from esports and video games. Power Up is reminiscent of kitchen poker games with wild cards and other bizarre rule amendments.
Daniel Negreanu's full-court press in the social media world continues. The garrulous Negreanu uploaded a new Full Contact Poker Podcast with three pros including Michael ‘Timex' McDonald, Jonathan Little, and Jake Cody. British pro Cody chatted about cash games in Macau and a couple of hands Negreanu played at a recent tournament. Timex discussed his newest venture Poker Shares, and Jon Little discussed his coaching business. Over on his YouTube channel, Negreanu posted a couple of new videos about a hand breakdown between Dan Shak and Fedor Holz, plus a tip video on raising.
The crew at PokerStars TV spliced together their top 5 "controversial" hands involving poor etiquette and angle shooting. Some of the pros involved in these hands were Andy Black, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, and Phil Ivey.
Say hello to the newest PokerStars Team Pro, Igor Kurganov. The Russian pro is the latest player to get tapped by PokerStars to become one of their ambassadors. Kurganov has been dominant in both live and online poker with over $12 million in live earnings. He's been a regular on the Super High Roller circuit the last few years. Kurganov has donated a percentage of his winnings to charity, specifically Raising for Effective Giving (REG).
The PokerStars Festival circuit will now include 5 new stops on three different continents. The new Festival locations include Spain, Chile, Uruguay, South Korea and the Philippines. The first event kicks off in Vina del Mar, Chile in May and the last one will take place in mid-September in Uruguay. There will be two stops in the summer in Asia, if you are seeking out an exotic location to visit this summer.
Daniel Negreanu is stepping up his social media game in 2017. He's been actively podcasting and his latest episode of the Full Contact Poker podcast is an excellent discussion with Nick Schulman. Negreanu also announced the relaunching or rebooting of his YouTube channel. Danny Boy promises vlogs (a.k.a. video blogs) along with guaranteed weekly content with a poker tip every Monday and post a hand breakdown on every Thursday.
The two biggest stars in the athletic world are at it again. Dwyane Wade and Cristiano Ronaldo have been engaging in various trick shot challenges on social media the last couple of months. They have been trying to out duel each other using their athletic prowess. The two have finally ended their #RaiseIt campaign. They topped it off in style using drones.
Explosions. Meltdowns. Classic Phil Hellmuth. It's not officially a poker tournament unless Phil Hellmuth loses his marbles. PokerStars TV spliced together a compilation of Hellmuth's Top 5 Meltdowns. Some of the hands were against Annie Duke, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Philipp Gruissem, and a couple of amateurs. You even get to see a poor poker dealer get the brunt of Hellmuth's wrath.
The 2017 Aussie Millions concluded over the weekend. American Nick Petrangelo won the $100,000 Challenge for a $882K AUD score. Mike Watson finished second and Fedor Holz took third place. Holz also made the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event. Holz finished in fifth place and won $335,000. Newcomer Shurane Vijayaram from Australia recorded his first career cash by winning the Aussie Millions Main Event. Vijayaram won his $10,000 buy-in seat through a $130 satellite. He faded a field of 725 players and parlayed a simple $130 investment into $1.6 million AUD (or $1.2 million USD).
The 2017 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge at the Crown Casino in Melbourne is down to its final table of seven players. Steffen Sontheimer is the chip leader and fellow German Fedor Holz is second. Also at the final table are Mike Watson, Nick Petrangelo, Sam Trickett, David Peters and David Steike. Only the top 3 places pay out with the winner $882K AUD. The final table will be live streamed by Jason Somerville.
It's official! The 2017 World Series of Poker released its official schedule. The most prestigious tournament series in the universe returns on May 30, 2017 and runs through July 17. A total of 74 events will be hosted at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas including three online events and eight new events. The $111,111 One Drop returns along with the $1,111 Little One for One Drop. New events include the $333 online bracelet event and the $3,333 online High Roller bracelet event. There's also the newly conceived The Giant and The Marathon. Also making a return will be Colossus III and the Milly Maker. Oh, and for the first-time ever, you can use your credit cards at the cage!
Mustapha Kanit, Fedor Holz and Jen Tilly are all still alive in the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. The money bubble burst on Day 3 and only 36 players are remaining. First place pays out $1.6 million Australian dollars. Kanit leads the field with 2.3M. Jen Tilly finished with 700K. Holz, a few months into his retirement, bagged up a little more than average with 540K. Action resumes on Thursday Melbourne time and the final 36 will play down to a final table.
Only 150 players are still alive in the Aussie Millions Main Event down under at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. This year's Main Event attracted 725 runners. $1.6 million AUD (or $1.2 million USD) is up for grabs. Jen Tilly is the chip leader with nearly 500K. Erik Seidel bagged up a big stack as well and ended up in the Top 10. The top 80 get paid and the money bubble will bust on Day 3. Follow the action with live updates.
Two superstar athletes continued their #RaiseIt promo for PokerStars. NBA star Dwyane Wade and footballer Ronaldo have been engaging in various competitions on social media over the last month or so. In the latest #RaiseIt challenge videos, the two attempted to out-raise each other with special fitness tricks involving basketballs and a soccer ball.
The first-ever PokerStars Festival London is underway at the swanky Hippodrome Casino in London's Leicester Square. The opening event for PSF-London is a £2,200 high roller affair. The “affordable” and modest £990 buy-in main event kicks off tomorrow. For updates, check out coverage from PokerStars Blog.
Tom McEvoy (member of the Poker Hall of Fame, the 1983 WSOP Main Event World Champion, and 4-time bracelet winner) put his 1983 WSOP Main Event bracelet up for sale on ebay. For $15,000 you can purchase the gold bracelet and other additional tchotchkes like signed books, PokerStars team pro patches, and an hour of free poker lessons. McEvoy is not the first WSOP champ to sell a winner's bracelet. Jerry Yang and Jamie Gold auctioned their bracelets for cash. Peter Eastgate sold his bracelet but donated all proceeds to charity.
PokerStars TV released another epic Top 5 compilation video. The latest one includes the top 5 hands played by Tom “Durrrr” Dwan on Poker After Dark and other televised events during the height of the online poker boom. Some of these classic hands were played against the like of Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, Patrik Antonious and Phil Hellmuth. The Ivey hand with straight-over-straight was over $1.1 million.
Time for action junkies with short-attention spans to celebrate! The 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) kicks off today and runs through January 29. Over the next 12 days, there will be 65 events on the schedule, with at least 5 events per day. This year's TCOOP has a $15 million guarantee. Check out the complete schedule over at the TCOOP home page.
Degens gonna degen. Marc Klang claimed a group of poker pros conned him out of a nearly a half million bucks…playing blackjack. One of the villains is former WSOP November Niner John Racener. Here's the cliff notes according to Klang's 2+2 post: “Previous scumbag rightfully wins over $500,000 gambling against a conglomerate of local poker pros. After using every excuse possible, said group decides they are not paying out any money. After some time they pay out $43k of 500k. Winner warns community of the groups actions to prevent similar future scams.” Read the drama unfold over at 2+2.