What happens when you match the fastest man in the world against one of the funniest comedians in Hollywood? Usain Bolt and Kevin Hart battled it out the #GameOn series of contests in the Bahamas including a 100-meter sprint, heads-up poker bout, and chicken nuggets. Find out who wins the ultimate beach race and who crushed nuggets in under ten seconds.
We have three new Super High Roller champions at the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Blast from the past Patrik Antonius shipped the first €25,000 Super High Roller over the weekend to win €425,000. German pro Johannes Becker took down the second €25,000 SHR for a €320,050 score. And moments ago, Chi Zhang banked €800,000 for winning the €50K SHR.
Keith Tilston shipped the 2018 U.S. Poker Open Main Event. Event #8 $50K NL attracted 33 players. Tilston defeated Jake Schindler heads-up for the final event. Tilston won $660K, while Schindler walked away with $429K. Daniel Negreanu finished in third place, while Tom Marchese took fourth, and Dan Smith finished in fifth place. Stephen Chidwick went deep, but did not cash in this event. It didn't matter because the British pro locked up the overall title at the U.S. Poker Open with two wins and five overall cashes for a total score worth more than $1.2 million. Tilston finished second overall with $1 million in winnings.
The U.S. Poker Open is not over, yet Stephen Chidwick locked up the U.S. Poker Open title. Chidwick won back-to-back events and finished in second place last night in Event #7. Overall, Chidwick banked $1.2 million. David Peters won Event #7 $25K NL for a $400K score. Benjamin Pollak won Event #6 $25K NL for a $416K score and Chidwick finished in third place in that event. Ben Tollerene shipped Event #5 $10K NL for a $187K score. Oh, in case you were wondering... Chidwick is still alive in Event #8 $50K Main Event Championship. He locked up the overall title and still has a shot to win a third event.
The U.S. Poker Open at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas is only four events deep and British pro Stephen Chidwick shipped two of them. The legendary Stevie444 won back-to-back U.S. Poker Open events including the $25K Mixed Game Championship for a $382,500 score. On Monday, Chidwick took down the $25K NL High Roller and won $374K. Overall, Chidwick made three final tables and banked $811K since the U.S. Poker Open commenced on February 1.
PokerStars School got a face lift. The site designed especially for beginners and poker noobs, recently posted a two-part interview with Daniel Negreanu. In the first part, Kid Poker dishes advice like why sleep is essentially to playing in tournaments. He also gave a couple pointers for satellite winners playing in the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC). In the second part of the interview, Negreanu goes a little deeper to discuss how Black Friday 2011 affected American pros. Negreanu also shares his thoughts on playing against the top young players in the world in Super High Roller events.
PokerStars rebranded the TCOOP into the Turbo Series, which kicks off on February 18 and runs through March 4. The Turbo Series, featuring super-fast tournaments and a $15M guarantee, will consist of 74 events with buy-ins from a modest $11 to a balla-zone $5,200. A bunch of Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas will be awarded to the winner of the Twin Turbo Main Events on March 4. You can also win seats into the Turbo Series via Spin & Gos. Click here to view a full Turbo Series schedule.
The Aussie Millions Main Event crowned a champion late in the evening at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The record-setting Main Event included 800 runners this year with an $8 million (AUD) prize pool. The final three players reached a money deal. When the dust settled, British pro Toby Lewis prevailed and banked $1,458,198 AUD for first place (or approximately $1.1M USD). Runner-up Stefan Huber from Switzerland won $909K, while Norway's Espen Solaas earned $1.1M for third place due to the terms of the deal. Lewis became the fourth non-Aussie to win the Aussie Millions since 2012.
Only seven players still alive at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Toby Lewis is the chip leader at the final table of the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event. Also still left in the hunt... Espen Solaas, Ben Richardson, Mike Del Vecchio, Stefan Huber, Chul-Hyon Park, and Johan Schumacher. First place pays out $1.8 million AUD (or approximately $1.42M USD). Who's gonna take down the Aussie Millions? Live stream begins Saturday evening at 9pm ET/6pm PT and hosted by Jason Somerville.
Say hello to multiple WPT winner, Eric Afriat. Although Afriat went into the final table with the short stack, he rallied from behind to take down the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Afriat, a real estate investor from Montreal, Canada, faded a field of 1,244 runners to earn a first-place payout worth $651,928, plus a free seat ($15,000) to the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas.
Six players are still left in the hunt at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Zach Gruneberg is the big stack at the final table of the 2018 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event. Former WSOP champ Joe McKeehen is second overall in chipsl. Also appearing at the final table... former WPT SHR Showdown champ Eric Afriat, Mike Marder, Stephen Song, and Justin Zaki. The total prize pool ended up a shade under $4 million with first place paying out $652K.
The action down under continues with the Aussie Millions Main Event Championship. This year's record-setting field attracted 800 total runners. On Day 3, only 158 players began the day and by the end, only 38 remained. Mike Del Vecchio is the chipleader going into Day 4. Former champs Ari Engel and Ami Barer are still alive. Luckily, there's a live stream. Jason Somerville is doing kick-ass commentary on runitup's Twitch feed starting at 9pm ET or 6pm Vegas time. Watch Day 4 of the Aussie Millions Main Event here.
I know you've been holding your breath and became near-dizzy anticipating the third installment of PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge. Yes, the third episode has finally been released much to the delight of the poker diaspora. The challenger, Mila Monroe from Germany, is playing a €25/€50 NL cash game against actor/comedian Kevin Hart, Liv Boeree, Daniel Negreanu, Faraz Jaka, and Charlie Carrel. You won't believe what happens next!
Watch the Aussie Millions live from the Down Under! The record-setting $10K Main Event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia attracted 800 total entries. Only 158 players are remaining including Fedor Holz. Day 3 begins shortly and there's a live stream. Jason Somerville will be adding expert commentary on runitup's Twitch feed starting at 9:30pm ET or 6:30pm Vegas time. Watch Aussie Millions Day 3 here.
If you have a Twitter account, then you have a chance to win a Platinum Pass to the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas in January 2019. The winner of the Truth or Bluff freeroll on March 4 at 19:00 ET on PokerStars will win a Platinum Pass valued at $30K. Twitter users will earn a free seat to the freeroll if they participate in Truth or Bluff promotion. On every Tuesday for the next three weeks, PokerStars will post a video on Twitter and Facebook and you must determine if the pro is bluffing or tell the truth. Submit your answers via Twitter with your user name and the special hashtag #PlatinumPass. If you are correct, then you will have extra chips added to your starting stack. The winner of the Truth or Bluff freeroll gets a Platinum Pass and a free trip to the Bahamas.
Another high-profile player joins Team partypoker. German pro Philipp Gruissem is the most recent addition to the ranks of partypoker's sponsored players. In only nine years as a professional, Gruissem won $11 million in live tournaments. Known as ‘philbort' at the virtual tables, Gruissem won another $3.5 million playing online poker. Gruissem is heavily involved in philanthropy and co-founded Raising for Effective Giving, in which poker pros donate 2% of their winnings to high-efficient charities, where donations will have the biggest impact.
Kalidou Sow is on a heater! Sow, a businessman and consultant from Paris, France, binked the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event last month. And just last night, Sow won the PokerStars Festival London Main Event. Sow outlasted a field of 852 runners to win £121,803, plus a coveted Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas. He hasn't been knocked out in consecutive PokerStars events. How long can he keep up the streak? Read about how Sow dreamed about being heads up for the title against Paul Dando via PokerStars Blog.
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier tweeted a brief statement explaining he is no longer a member of Team Pro at PokerStars. Add ElkY's name to the growing list of pros, including Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier, who departed from the ranks of PokerStars in 2018. No other French player has won more money that ElkY, who banked over $13.5 million in live tournament winnings. In 2008, ElkY won the PCA in the Bahamas for a $2 million score and he won the WPT Bellagio later that year. ElkY completed the "Triple Crown" in 2011 after winning his first WSOP bracelet. Let's not forget, poker is ElkY's second career. The professional gamer and esports legend is currently a member of Team Liquid and a Hearthstone pro.
The 2018 Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia is underway. The first flight of the $10,600 buy-in Main Event begins Sunday. It's a high roller's paradise down under with multiple affairs such as the $25K Challenge, $50K Challenge and $100K Challenge. Kitty Kuo is the chipleader with 19 players remaining in the $25K. Mustapha Kanit, Ben Lamb, and Stefan Huber are all still alive. Check out a schedule of remaining events. Click here for $25K updates.
Ship it to Fish! Darryll Fish took down the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Fish outlasted 911 players to win the title and $511K in cash. Fish also earned a seat in the Tournament of Champions. The WPT also announced the addition of the Bobby Baldwin Classic, a $10,000 buy-in event which will end Season XVI of the WPT and take place before the Tournament of Champions in late May at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas.
American pro Issac Haxton joined the ranks of Team partypoker. Haxton tweeted he "really pumped" to join partypoker, who has been aggressively signing high stakes pros over the last year including Fedor Holz and Jason Koon. "Party is doing great things," added Ike Haxton, who joins other members of Team partypoker including Sam Trickett, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Kristen Bicknell.
The first two episode of the PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge has been released. The Cash Challenge filmed in Monte Carlo featured Mila Monroe from Germany battling a festive table that included comedian Kevin Hart and a quartet of pros: Liv Boeree, Charlie Carrel, Faraz Jaka, and Daniel Negreanu. They played a NL cash game with €25/€50 blinds and a min buy-in of €10K and €25K max. The first episode included a crazy hand from Kevin Hart that was utterly redonkulous.
Quad Queens vs. quad treys for $1 million. The largest bad beat jackpot in American casino history occurred Tuesday night at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, Michigan. The loser of the hand with quad treys and winner of the bad beat took home over $427K. The player with quad Queens earned nearly $213K. With only six playing at the time, the other four earned the table share worth nearly $107K each!
The PokerStars London Festival set a £500K Guarantee for the Main Event in their upcoming series, which starts next week on January 22 and runs thru January 28. Three Platinum Passes to the 2019 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC) will be awarded in London. The winners of the Main Event, London Cup, and High Roller will also walk away with a Platinum Pass prize package valued at $30K USD. In addition, PokerStars added four new dates to PokerStars Live events including the MEGASTACK London, MEGASTACK Sanremo, Manilla MEGASTACK, and the APPT Korea.