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.
Chino Rheem denied! Rheem, in hot pursuit his fourth WPT title, got stiff-armed by Sam Panzica. Rheem settled on a third-place finish and a $521K score. Panzica faded a field of 806 runners to win the 2017 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star. The record setting in San Jose, CA field boasted a prize pool worth $5.7 million, and Panzica shipped $1,373,000 for first place. Panzica now has two WPT titles.
Chino Rheem made another final table on the World Poker Tour. He's the chip leader at the WPT Shooting Star at Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, CA. Rheem holds three WPT titles and he's tied with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Darren Elias for most career WPT wins. Can he pull off a fourth crown? Also at the final table are... Rainer Kempe, Paul Volpe, Sam Panzica, Tony Spinella, and Dennis Stevemer. First plays pays out $1,373,000.
Tom Dwan is making tidal waves on the poker rumor mill this week. The superstar emerged from a Twitter hiatus with a tweet storm about the CIA and Wikileaks. In a recent video, Doug Polk shared his opinion of the infamous Durrrr Challenge with Dwan and Jungleman, plus the recent rumors that Dwan got involved in a sportsbetting scam for seven figures.
Daniel Negreanu posted two new videos in the last week or so on his YouTube channel. Negreanu offered up a tip and discussed an in-depth hand. The Tip of the Week video focused on how to deal with bad beats, which is worthy advice for both amateurs and pros. The hand discussion covered aggressive betting, or drawing a free card based on a heads-up hand in the Bahamas.
Phil Hellmuth appeared as himself in the Showtime series Billions. The show, about a powerful hedge fund manager on Wall Street, was created by Rounders co-writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The episode featured a fictitious Alpha Cup, a high-stakes charity tournament played by various Wall Street gurus. Hellmuth emceed the event and got to utter "Shuffle up and deal!" Plus, there was a minor reference to Black Friday and online poker getting shut down in America.
Sochi, Russia will play host to the largest tournament series in all of Russia for eleven days in May. PokerStars announced that they are sponsoring a brand new PokerStars Championship event at the Sochi Casino from May 20-31. Sochi hosted the Winter Olympics a few years ago and the Sochi Casino is one of the swankiest properties in all of Eastern Europe. The Main Event will have a guarantee of at least 150 million Rubles (equivalent of $2.6 million USD), which would make it the largest guaranteed tournament in the history of organized Russian tournament poker.
The crew at PokerStars TV assembled their latest Top 5 video. This one focuses on the Top 5 Biggest Poker Mistakes in different televised events. Some of these hands featured notable players such as Niall Farrell, WSOP Martin Jacobson, and Hollywood actress and Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly.
Daniel 'deoxyribo' Strelitz won the 2017 L.A. Poker Classic main event at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA. The 2017 LAPC was also a stop on the World Poker Tour. Strelitz won $1 million and faded a field of 521 players. WPT announcer Mike Sexton made the final table and finished in fourth place. Other players at the final table included Jesse Martin, Richard Tuhrim, Jared Griener, and Simeon Naydenov.
PokerStars launched a newly themed-series of tournaments called MEGASTACK that will cater to low-stakes players with day jobs. The first batch of MEGASTACK events will take place at PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino in the West End of London. For a modest buy-in of £175, players will get three opening flights of action and 50,000 in starting stacks. The first MEGASTACK is scheduled for April 7-9 and the second one is slated for May 5-7. More MEGASTACK events in various European locations will be announced soon.
Cash game hijinks. Pocket Jacks versus 8-6 suited. Doug Polk titled his video -- "The Most Insane Call in the History of Poker." That's a slight exaggeration, but Alec Torelli made a sick hero call on the river against Polk during a taping of a $25/$50 cash game from Live at the Bike at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
Darren Elias won the WPT Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Canada for his third overall World Poker Tour title. Elias is now tied for most wins with familiar faces such as Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno, and Chino Rheem. Elias faded a field of 489 runners to win his third WPT. Elias previously won two titles back in 2014. For first place in Niagara Falls, Elias won $449,484 Canadian Dollars, or approximately $335K US Dollars.
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?