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.
Americans finished in the top 3 spots in the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas (PCB) Main Event out of 732 entries. Christian Harder defeated Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy heads up for the title. Michael Vela finished in third. When it got heads up, the two chopped the money and played out for the trophy. Their bout was short and Harder defeated Josephy to win the PCB Main Event. Harder earned approximately $430K for first place. Josephy, who was a member of the 2016 WSOP November Nine, earned a runner-up payday worth $403K. Also of note, Luc Greenwood took down the 25K High Roller for nearly $780K. Daniel Negrenau made the final table of the 25K and finished in fifth place.
We're officially down to six players in the 5K buy-in Main Event at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Michael Gentili is the chip leader with 6.1M, but Christian Harder is right behind the Canadian with 6M. Also still alive... Aleksei Opalikhin, Michael Vela, Rasmus Glaesel, and short-stacked Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy. Yes, Johnny Bax made the final table, albeit as the short stack. First place pays $480K. The final table will be live streamed via Twitch.
At the end of Day 4, only 16 players remained in the $5,000 buy-in Main Event at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Canadian Michael Gentili bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 4 with over 3.7M. He has nearly double Aleksei Opalikhin in second place. The action for Day 5 continues live from the Atlantis Resort as they play down from 16 to the final table of 6. Jason Mercier was one of the early casualties on Day 5. Watch the live stream via Twitch here.
We reached Day 4 of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event. Only 32 players remain. American Nick Maimone is the chip leader with Jason Mercier lurking right behind. Gaelle Baumann is the short stack. First place pays out $480K. Also, actress Jen Tilly took second place in the $5K 6-max Turbo side event. David Calzada from the Czech Republic beat Tilly heads-up for the win. Tilly earned $39K as runner up.
Jason Koon took down the first “big” buy-in event of the new calendar year. Koon faded a field of 54 entries to win the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller in the Bahamas. The prize pool for the PokerStars Championship Bahamas was $5.2 million and the final two played it out to the end without chopping it up. Koon earned a first-place payday worth $1.65 million. Runner-up Charlie Carrel shipped almost $1.2 million for second place. Comedian/actor Kevin Hart busted on Day 2 and failed to make the money despite multiple buy-ins.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart busted late on Day 1, but he reloaded a second bullet and re-bought into the 100K Super High Roller event at Atlantis in the Bahamas. The PokerStars Championship Bahamas kicked off yesterday with the SHR. Registration is officially closed with a final total of 54 entries. The total prize pool is over $5.2 million and only the top 7 places get paid. First place pays out $1.65 million and the runner-up nets at least $1.1 million. Seventh place pays $275K. So, Kevin Hart needs to min-cash to at least break even! Then again, he's so rich, the multiple 100K buy-ins were chump change! Kevin Hart is still alive at the start of Day 2. For updates, head over to PokerStars Blog.
It might be dead money, but at least it's funny dead money. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart is the biggest celebrity to crash a high roller event in a very long time. Hart bought into the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller affair that kicked off the 2017 PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas. Registration is still open, but Hart is among the 35 regular sharks playing in the first major SHR event of the year.
The first major tournament series of the calendar year is here. The global poker circuit 2017 kicks off at Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, which will play host to the brand-new PokerStars Championship tour. The old PCA is out and the new PokerStars Championship Bahamas is in! For the next 9 days, the Bahamas will become the biggest location on the planet for all things poker. Over 90 events will take place, including the coveted $5,000 buy-in Main Event along with various high roller affairs like the 25K and 100K.
Dan Smith a.k.a. Danny98765 online was on a mission to raise money for various charities in 2016. He agreed to match $175,000 in donations and hoped for the best. Just as the year ended, Smith announced that 134 individuals donated funds and he raised over $1.7 million. A generous donation worth over $1 million came from the Crowley brothers, Martin and Tom, both of whom are top-notch DFS pros. Martin Crowley helped get Smith over the $1 million hump with a donation worth over $525,000. Most recently, Smith announced that he received a donation of $500,000 from Tom Crowley, a well-known daily fantasy sports player known as ChipotleAddict. Some of these donations are earmarked for Against Malaria Fund, Give Directly, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), and MAPS.
Will Kassouf won the last-ever High Roller event on the European Poker Tour in Prague earlier this week and all hell broke loose because of Kassouf's heads-up deal! Max Silver wrote a detailed blog post explaining how it was his idea that Will Kassouf accept a heads-up chop with Patrick Serda that involved less money but the title and trophy. Kassouf earned €532,500 for first place, whereas Serda shipped €719,000 for a runner-up finish. Ever since Kassouf "won" the EPT High Roller event in Prague, he's been getting lots of guff from the poker community. Silver wanted to clarify the situation.
In another weird turn of events in the never-ending saga of Amaya and PokerStars, former Amaya founder David Baazov officially withdrew his offer to buy PokerStars for $4.1 billion. Baazov and a group of investors based out of Hong Kong ready to bankroll his bid to acquire PokerStars from Amaya, but he changed his mind because he felt the shareholders were seeking too high of a price.
The World Series of Poker announced a couple of key dates for the 2017 WSOP at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The complete schedule will not be released until February, but the gang at the WSOP announced that the 2017 WSOP will begin on May 30 and end on July 17. The Main Event has three starting flights beginning on July 8 (along with July 9 and July 10). The Main Event ends on the 17th.
The last-ever European Poker Tour event in Prague came to an end. Jasper Meijer van Putten from the Netherlands shipped €699,300 for first place at the EPT13 Prague main event hosted at the Prague Hilton. He made a heads-up deal with Marton Czuczor from Hungary and chopped up the remaining money. Czuczor lost to Jasper Meijer van Putten heads-up and took down for a runner-up payday worth €630,000. David Peters busted in third place. Sam Cohen finished in sixth place.
It's officially the holiday seasons. To commemorate the Christmas festivities, both Ronaldo and Dywane Wade posted special PokerStars RaiseIt challenges to each other. Both of their #RaiseIt were holiday-themed.
The final table of the EPT 13 Prague Main Event will mark the end of an era. David Peters is having a sensational 2016 and it's no coincidence the American pro capped off his amazing year with an appearance at the final table at the last massive event in Europe this calendar year. This year's prize pool topped €5.7 million. First place pays out €774,600. Hungary's Marton Czuczor advanced to the final table as the chip leader with 9.7M and David Peters was not far behind with 8.8M. Also making the final table on the last-ever stop on the EPT... Sergei Petrushevskii, Sam Cohen, Jasper Meijer van Putten, and Marius Gierse.
Say hello, or ni hao, to the GPL China. The Global Poker League will be tapping into China's eSports frenzy by launching an 8-team league based in China. Eight of the biggest cities in China will have franchises and matches will be played both live and online. GPL head honcho Alex Dreyfus announced the GPL China team names: Beijing Great Dragons, Shanghai Golden Tigers, Guangzhou Pioneers, Shenzhen Eagles, Hangzhou Legends, Xi'an Warriors, Chengdu Pandas, and the Tianjin Guardians.
Fedor Holz had one of the sickest years in the short history of professional poker players with $16.4 million won in 2016 alone. With over $20 million in winnings since 2015, Holz became one of the Masters of the Universe in the poker realm. He credits a shift in his mental preparation, which he also attributed to reading a slew of books that helped make him sharper and mentally tougher. Holz has been posting his book recommendations on Twitter the last couple of weeks by authors such as the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Don Miguel Ruiz and Timothy Ferriss. On November 24, 2016, Holz tweeted a challenge to his followers to read 40 influential books in the last 5 weeks of the year.