Saturday June 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm
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The 2017 World Series of Poker kicked off on Wednesday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. In the first three days of action, a couple of bracelets were awarded. Poker dealer Bryan Hollis from Maryland won Event #1 $565 Casino Employees NL. In the $10K tag-team, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov both won bracelets after shipping Event #2. They won $273,964 combined and promised to donate half of their winnings to Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity.

The moment has come. Las Vegas becomes poker's equivalent of Mecca during the next seven weeks, as players from all over the globe gather at the Rio Casino to determine the world's best poker players. The 2017 World Series of Poker kicked off on Wednesday May 31 with the Employees Event. Since then, two events awarded bracelets. A poker dealer from Maryland won Event #1 Employees Event and a real-life couple shipped the Event 32 Tag Team – Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov. And it's refreshing to hear that 50% of their winnings will be donated to REG Charity.

A couple events will be playing down to a final table on Saturday, including Event #3 $3,000 NL Shootout. With ten to go, Olivier Busquet is still alive and seeking his first win. Event #4 $1,500 Omaha 8 is closing in on its final table with 29 remaining and Christopher Logue at the top of the leaderboard. First place pays out $238,620. Actor James Woods (Casino) cashed in 70th place.

The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop commenced on Friday, but registration is still open. That high-balla affair attracted 199 runners... thus far. Former WSOP Main Event champ from Sweden, Martin Jacobson , is the current chip leader.

Event #1 $565 Casino Employees NL - Final Results

Bryan Hollis WSOP E1

The opening event of the 2017 World Series of Poker was the "employees" event for anyone who works at a casino.

This first bracelet awarded this summer went to a poker dealer from Upper Marlboro, Maryland named Bryan Hollis. The 33-year old former pool enthusiast turned his eye to poker after he learned how to play Stud in the backroom of the local pool hall. Hollis said that he mainly played LHE and did not enter many tournaments.

Coming into the final table, Chris Solomon was the big stack and led for the majority of the final table... until he ran into Hollis. Hollis seized the lead when he picked off Josh Clanton in third place. Hollis defeated Solomon heads-up to win his first WSOP bracelet.

2017 WSOP - Event #1 $565 Casino Employees NL

Entrants: 651

Prize Pool: $325,500

Payouts: 98

 

Event #1 - Final Table Payouts:

1. Bryan Hollis (USA) $68,817

2. Chris Solomon (USA) $42,508

3. Josh Clanton (USA) $29,372

4. Jermel Stephens (USA) $20,629

5. Alex Cordova (USA) $14,731

6. Adem Arbukle (USA) $10,698

7. Chris Gallagher (USA) $7,903

8. Vincent Russell (U.K.) $5,941

9. Victor Kim (USA) $4,547

Event #2 $10,000 Tag Team NL Championship - Final Results

WSOP17 E2 Boeree Kurganov

In this 10K Tag Team event, all members of a team earned the bling. A pair of Team PokerStars Pros and real-life couple binked the 2017 Tag Team event. Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov both won their first-career WSOP bracelet by winning event #2. First place paid out $273,964. The two split that prize for $136,982 apiece. In addition, these two socially-conscious be donating 50% of their winnings to Raising for Effective Giving (REG) Charity.

Boeree/Kurganov defeated the tag-team of Joe Kuether and Ankush Mandavia to win Event #2. On the final hand, Kurganov defeated Ankush Mandavia heads-up for the win. Kurganov played the majority of the final table, with Boeree subbing in whenever he needed a (piss) break. Due to their schedules, Boeree played most of Day 1.

Kurganov, a pro from Russia, had made 4 final tables but never won the big one. Boeree, from the U.K., cashed 20 times previously, but had never won a bracelet... until now.

During a winner's interview, Kurganov said... "This is genuinely an event where I'm happier about the two bracelets that we win from it. People always say that I want to win the bracelet, but here the ratio of bracelet to money is even better than usual." Boeree agreed, "We got max bracelet value."

Third place went to a four-donk team comprised of Daniel Negreanu, Eric Wasserson, David Benyamine, and Mark Gregorich. Kurganov picked off Danny Boy in third place.

2017 WSOP - Event #2 $10,000 Tag Team NL Championship

Entrants: 102

Prize Pool: $958,800

Payouts: 16 (teams)

 

Event #2 - Final Table Payouts:

1. Liv Boeree / Igor Kurganov $273,964

2. Joe Kuether / Ankush Mandavia $169,323

3. Mark Gregorich / David Benyamine / Daniel Negreanu / Eric Wasserson $119,753

4. David Fong / Anthony Ajlouny / Mike McClain $86,237

5. Lander Lijo / Javier Gomez Zapatero $63,253

6. Martin Jacobson / Mark Radoja $47,271

7. JC Tran / Nam Le / Antonio Gutierrez $36,008

8. Connor Drinan / Michael Aron $27,967

9. Moritz Dietrich / Dietrich Fast $22,156

Event #3 $3,000 NL SHOOTOUT - Final Table

The 3K Shootout is down to its final table. Among those still alive... Olivier Busquet, Jan Schwippert, Casey Carroll, Upeshka De Silva, Jean Gaspard, Mark McMillin, Louis Helm, Linglin Zeng, Taylor Paur, and John Richards. Event #3 attracted 369 runners and a prize pool fell short of $1 million. First place pays out $229,923 and 10th place locked up $14,675.

Notables who cashed... Dominik Nitsche (13th), Jared Jaffee (16th), Kyle Bowker (21st), Barry Greenstein (22nd), Andre Akkari (25th), Jake Schwartz (28th), Chris Bell (29th), and Jean-Robert Bellande (31st).

Event #4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo - Day 3

The first O8 event at the 2017 WSOP started on Thursday. The event attracted 905 runners and a prize pool in excess of $1.2M. Only 29 players are still left in the hunt for the bracelet. Chris Logue is the chipleader with a stack nearly 500K. Also still alive... Jim Collopy. Kevin Gerhart, Ben Zamani, Kate Hoang, Aron Dermer, Marco Johnson, Carol Fuchs, and James Van Alstyne. Notables who cashed... Humberto Brenes, Bruno Fitoussi, Paul Tedeschi, Tuan Le, Brett Jungblut, actor James Woods, Shirley Rosario, Benny Glasser, and Dan Heimiller.

Event #6 $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP - Day 2

Only 79 players still alive out of the 119 runners in the $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller. The prize pool topped $12.5M... but registration is still open thru the first two levels on Day 2. Former Main Event champ Martin Jacobson bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 1. Charlie Carrel is second overall, followed by Doug Polk in third, Brian Rast in fourth, and Dan Smith in fifth.

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Friday December 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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PokerStars launches Players Championship and the return of the EPT, LAPT, and APPT

Say hello to the newly launched PokerStars Players No-Limit Championship a.k.a. PSPC to commence in the Bahamas in 2019. And welcome back to the mix to the EPT, LAPT, and APPT. The regional tournament series got shelved after the introduction of the PokerStars Championship brand. But the old-school tours will return! The PCA returns in January 2018 and the other tours will soon recapture its old glory, especially the EPT. It's been a busy day of announcements for PokerStars and they also began pushing a themed-hashtag #AreYouPlaying.

Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm
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2018 WSOP Schedule officially released

A version of the 2018 WSOP schedule got leaked last week, but the folks at the World Series of Poker HQ finally released the official schedule. The 2018 WSOP will be in its 49th year featuring 78 bracelet events. The cheapest buy-in will be $365 and the largest is $1 million for the Big One for One Drop. Several new events are on the schedule this year including... $100K High Roller, $50K High Roller, $365 PLO GIANT, $1,500 BOUNTY PLO, and the new $1,500 THE CLOSER with 30-minute levels. The 2018 WSOP begins May 29 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas and runs through July 17. The $10K Main Event begins on July 2 and plays down to a champion, which will be crowned on July 14.

Tuesday December 12, 2017 at 9:38 pm
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Cryptocurrencies

What are cryptocurrencies? Why is half of my Twitter timeline clogged up with poker pros going nuts about Bitcoin? Why is the other half of Twitter whining about pros bragging about Bitcoin? And what the heck are CryptoKitties? Luckily, we have Doug Polk to get everyone up to speed on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. The poker pro, popular YouTuber, and "crypto enthusiast" launched a CoinCentral.com, a news site for all things cryptocurrency. In addition, Polk launched a second YouTube channel to specifically discuss cryptos.

Friday December 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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WPT Bellagio: 90 remain in Five Diamond Classic Main Event

The WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic Main Event at the Bellagio Casino is down to 90 players out of the record-snapping field of 812 entrants. First place pays out $1,958,065 and second place gets $1.1M. The top 81 places get paid, so the bubble will pop early on Day 4. Blake Bohn is the chip leader with 871K. Among the former champs in the hunt for another WPT title... Chino Rheem, Daniel Strelitz, Matt Gianetti, Jared Jaffee. Anthony Gregg, Darren Elias, Mike Del Vecchio, and Ben Zamani. Other notables still alive on the bubble... Sylvian Loosli, Cate Hall, Steve Gross, Chip Jett, Amit Makhija, Ben Yu, The Dragon, Ralph Perry, Clayton Maguire, Jim Collopy, Eddy Sabat, Billy Baxter, Ashton Griffin, Danny Wong, Alex Foxen, Dan Colman, Lauren Roberts, Mike Gagliano, Farid Jatten, Chance Kornuth, Sean Perry, Matt Moss, and Steffen Sontheimer. For updates, follow along with the WPT reporting crew.

Thursday December 7, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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2018 WSOP schedule leaked?

Yesterday, there may or may not have been a leaked schedule for the 2018 World Series of Poker. Was it a sloppy intern? Or rogue hackers? A couple of forum members on our parent site Club Poker snapped a couple of screencaps before the 77-event schedule was taken down. No one knows for sure if it is the 2018 final schedule, or a preliminary schedule. We can only confirm the date of the return of the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, which will occur on July 15, 2018.

Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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Doug Polk: Truth on how your country plays poker?

And now for something completely different! Doug Polk posted a hysterical video breaking down the truth on how different countries played poker differently. The American pro (with a British mother) explained how Americans were super nitty and how they played differently from Brits, Scandis, Russians, French, Germans, and Brazilians. A nice light-hearted take on the varied styles in the poker universe.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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Kristen Bicknell wins Bellagio 5K and Marius Conan wins WSOP Circuit Paris

A couple of big tournament results of note. Canadian pro Kristen Bicknell won the 5K event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Bicknell won $228K and moved into the Top 25 for most money won by a female player. At the WSOP International Circuit in Paris, Marius Conan faded a field of 811 entrants to win the Main Event. Conan won a circuit ring and €200K in cash.

Monday December 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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Dan Smith wins Bellagio $100K Super High Roller

The Bellagio poker room in Las Vegas has been very active this week. Not only was it the scene of a daylight robbery, but the annual Five Diamond Classic is underway. The staff added a high roller event to the series and the $100,000 buy-in event attracted 39 runners. Dan Smith defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up for the victory. Smith won $1.4 million and Kid Poker banked $936K. Negreanu re-took first place on the All Time Money list with the runner-up finish.

Saturday December 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm
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Molly Bloom interview with Fortune

Molly Bloom, author of Molly's Game, appeared for an interview at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in California. A decade ago, Bloom ran some of the biggest high stakes games in New York City and Hollywood that featured A-list stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and Tobey Maguire. "Players were winning and losing a million dollars a week," explained Molly Bloom. Watch/listen to the interview here.

Friday December 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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Viral Videos: Negreanu and the freezing Kevin Hart/Usain Bolt ice bath

Everyone at PokerStars HQ is having a field day over the viral video that Daniel Negreanu posted on his Facebook page. Negreanu has been tutoring the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt and comedian Kevin Hart for their heads-up showdown in the Bahamas at the 2018 PCA in January. A video captured their hijinks that included an ice bath challenge. The viral video passed 1M view and both Hart and Bolt. You can view the video over on Negreanu's FB page.

Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 3:18 am
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Bellagio poker room robbed

The poker room at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas got robbed… in broad daylight… without anyone getting injured. At 3:50pm PT, an armed and masked gunman robbed the cage in the back of the poker room. He quickly exited out the North Valet. The suspect is still on the loose. This incident occurred nearly seven years after the Biker Bandit robbed a craps table at 4am for a $1.5 million haul. The Bellagio Biker Bandit was eventually caught.

Monday November 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm
Sam Greenwood wins Millions Main Event

Sam Greewood banked $1 million in Punta Cana after he took down the Millions Main Event at the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party Festival. Greenwood outlasted a field of 1,061 runners to win the Main Event, which had over $5.1 million in prize money and a guaranteed first-place payout of $1 million. Also at the final table were... Felipe Ramos, Jiri Horak, Jonas Gjelstad, and Andrey Sharilov.

Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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Phil Ivey joins poker crypto site Virtue Poker

Cryptocurrencies are all the rage right now. Bitcoin passed the $8K barrier and if you're an avid follower of the poker community on social media, then you know many well-known pros went all-in on various cryptocurrencies. A couple of online poker rooms supported by cryptocurrencies have popped up. Virtue Poker, a new site with a launch date for the tail end of 2018, added Phil Ivey as an advisor.

Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm
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2017 WSOP Circuit Paris coverage

The World Series of Poker Circuit is in full swing at Cercle Clichy-Montmartre in Paris, France through December 4. You can follow along with kick-ass live coverage (in French, of course) from @venustyle. Follow along here and find out who is winning a WSOP Circuit ring!

Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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New Power Up Poker strategy site

Have you taken your shot at the newest tweak in online poker? PokerStars launched Power Up Poker, which they hope will revolutionize poker and entice video gamers to take the leap into real money gaming. The learning curve is evolving as we speak. Luckily, some folks launched a specific site dedicated to Power Up Strategy. In short, they are… "Developing winning strategies since day one! Op-poker is working to bring you the first dedicated platform for all your strategy needs so you can be the first to capitalize on the new Power Up poker format." Check out Op-Poker here.

Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm
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Watch live stream $25K Millions Super High Roller

Six players are still alive at the $25K Millions Super High Roller at the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party Festival. The $1M guarantee event (via partypoker Live) attracted 43 runners and the final six are vying for the crown and $400K in cash. Sam Trickett is the chip leader with 11M. Among the other five still alive... Steffen Sontheimer, Chris Hunchien, Rafael Morares, Adrian Mateos, and Sam Greenwood. Watch the final table live stream here starting at 2:30pm ET, or 11:30am Vegas time.

Saturday November 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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Watch the live stream for 2017 Twitch $100,000 Charity Invitational

Poker pros and well-known Twitch streamers Lex Veldhuis and Jason 'jcarverpoker' Somerville will be joining other popular Twitch streamers for a special $100,000 Charity Invitational. Saturday's action live from the Aria Casino in Las Vegas will begin at 1:30pm PT on a 30-minute delay. On Friday, popular streamers such as Reckful, PMSProxy, Jeff Gross, OnScreen, itsHafu, MitchJones, Timmac, and Andy Milonakis. Check out $100,000 Charity Invitational via Somerville's Twitch feed, starting at 1:30 pm PT or 10:30pm CET.

Saturday November 11, 2017 at 2:26 am
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WSOP Europe: Marti Roca De Torres from Spain wins Main Event for €1.1M score

We had early fireworks at the final table of the WSOP Europe Main Event during a double elimination that knocked out two of the favorites: Maria Ho and Niall Farrell. Ho busted in sixth place and 25K High Roller champ Farrell was knocked out in fifth place during a three-way hand against Marti Roca De Torres' pocket Aces. The finale came down to a heads-up battle between Italy and Spain. After a grueling match, Spain prevailed when Marti Roca De Torres defeated Gianluca Speranza heads-up for the victory. Marti Roca De Torres shipped €1.1 million for first place, plus the coveted Main Event bracelet. Italy's Speranza earned a runner-up prize worth €689,246.

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