One of the brightest newcomers in a very long time made a quick ascension before he abruptly returned from the poker grind... just as a brilliant career was getting started. Fedor Holz instilled terror into the high-stakes community and crushed games all over the globe... before he decided he wanted more in life than money. Whaaaaaa? Yes, Fedor Holz is an interesting cat. He sat down with Doug Polk for a Hit and Run session. Watch/listen here.
Poker After Dark completed another series of wild cash games this week on PokerGo. The action at the Aria was billed as "Perks of the Trade" week, featuring Bill Perkins, Aaron Zang, Haralabos Voulgaris, Phil Galfond, Brian Rast, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, Rick Solomon, and Doug Polk. Zang and Solomon squared off in a pot that was nearly worth $1 million. In other side-betting action, Polk and Perkins wagered on how much money Zang had stashed away in his bag.
It's time for cards to go back in the air. The World Series of Poker Europe will be in full swing as the King's Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic, which becomes the epicenter of poker for the next couple of weeks with 11 bracelet events. The WSOP-E begins October 19 and runs to November 10. The lowest buy-in is €550, there's a €25K High Roller, and the One Drop High Roller has the highest price tag at €111,111. Of course, the marquee event is the €10,350 Main Event Championship, which starts on November 4.
Chalk up a huge score for Team Winamax... two times! The leading French online poker company announced the signing of two of the top pros in Europe – Mustapha Kanit and Adrian Mateos. The French online gaming market is on the verge of merging their player pool with Italy, Spain, and Portugal. In advance of this merge, Winamax locked up the top players in Italy and Spain. Mustapha Kanit and Adrian Mateos will join Team Winamax as brand ambassadors, alongside Belgian superstar Davidi Kitai and an impressive list of French pros such as Sylvain Loosli and Gaelle Bauman.
Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, worked out a shared player pool agreement with Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Governor John Carney of Delaware. The three states will share the same player pool for online poker and online slots progressive jackpots. This new compact should boost revenue and encourage more online players to join the mix. For many Americans frustrated with local legislative igaming legalization efforts, this news out of New Jersey is a step in the right direction.
Colorado is one of the most popular tourist destination in the western United States. The Rocky Mountains attract visitors from all over the world, whether its hiking and rafting in the summers, or skiing and snowboarding in the winter. With the legalization of marijuana, the Rocky Mountain high has a whole new meaning. The cannabis industry in Colorado is booming, which is why Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in America. If you didn't know, an old mining town in Black Hawk, Colorado has become a hub of poker in the Rockies. If you desire cash games or tournaments, the Ameristar and Golden Gates in Black Hawk has your fix. Black Hawk is less than an hour drive from Denver, nestled in a canyon with a postcard-like scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Paul Phua added a new strategy video to his growing arsenal on YouTube. Phua is a regular in the biggest cash games in Asia. He tapped some of his fellow players at the nosebleed stakes to share their thoughts on visual tells. Some tips are provided by legends such as Fedor Holz and Steve O'Dwyer. Also contributing some tips... Sam Trickett, Timofey 'trueteller' Kuznetsov, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and Lucas Greenwood.
PokerStars HQ announced their latest invention, Power Up, is officially live in Europe. PokerStars Power Up will be rolling out to .COM and .NET within the end of the week. PokerStars Power Up will be giving avid poker players a chance to employ new strategies, while learning a new format of poker with special powers to "shake up the game." Using specialty power cards, you can gain an edge. For example, you can now peek at your opponent's hole cards, or get to choose what your next card will be. In addition, you can defend against opponent attacks. Will Power Up become the next big thing in the poker community Zoom and Open-Face Chinese Poker, or will it become another flash in the pan?
The state of Pennsylvania, the sixth most populated state in America, missed the deadline to set a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which in turn has created a short-term cash flow fiasco and ugly political feud between the governor and state legislators. Without a budget in place, an integral piece of gaming reform legislation is currently in limbo. The new gaming reform would legalize online casino, online poker, and daily fantasy sports. However, that was on contingent on the budget passing. Will Governor Tom Wolf and opposing state legislators figure out a solution to balance the budget and plug a $2.2 billion gap before Pennsylvania sinks deeper into debt? As of now, the future of online poker in Pennsylvania is a big fat question mark, with more pressing matters garnering the attention of politicos.
In the latest move to acquire top-notch talent, partypoker invited Jason Koon to join forces with them. Koon, a high-stakes American pro who has over 8-figures in career tournament cashes, will be the newest member of partypoker's new advisory panel. Koon will join the ranks of Fedor Holz, Mike Sexton, Sam Trickett, and Johnny Lodden.
The finals for the King of the Hill II heads-up battle will be streamed on Saturday. Four players put up $50K each in a winner-take-all format. On Friday night at the Rivers Poker Room in Pittsburgh, Parker Talbot defeated defending-champ Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth won the first round, but Talbot won the next two to advance to the finals. Olivier Busquet beat Shaun Deeb 2-0 to advance to the finals against Talbot. The winner of the Busquet/Talbot heads-up match gets to take home $200,000... and the loser gets zilch! You can watch the King of the Hill II finals live from the Rivers Poker Room starting at 6pm ET vis Twitch.
Art Papazyan won another World Poker Tour event. It's been an epic Season XVI for Papazyan. Just last month, Papazyan took down the WPT Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. And last night, Art Papazyan won the WPT Maryland Live! for a $389,405 score. Inside of five weeks, Papazyan banked a cool $1 million. Also of note, Papazyan became the eighth player in WPT history to win multiple titles in a single season.
Paul Phua Poker released a new video featuring Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates. In this special video, Jungleman delivers a mini-masterclass in short-handed tournament play.
German wunderkind Fedor Holz appeared on the Lewis Howes podcast The School of Greatness. The entrepreneur and best-selling author interviews various professional athletes, successful business leaders, and other people at the top of their profession. Howes invited Fedor Holz on his podcast because he was curious how Holz trained his mind to detach from the money and potentially losing in high stakes. In this hour-long episode, Holz dispatched many pearls of wisdom that can be applied to both life and poker.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the World Series of Poker Circuit event chugged along at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Swedish pro Anton Wigg won the WSOP Circuit High Roller Event during his first-ever trip to Florida. Wigg earned $111,719 plus the coveted ring. In the $1,675 buy-in SHR Main Event, Joe Gotlieb faded a field of 904 runners to win $257,638 plus a WSOP Circuit ring.
On Sunday evening, a shooter inside the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel opened fired on a musical festival below along Las Vegas Blvd. Over 500+ people were injured and at least 58 people were confirmed killed at the Route 91 Harvest music festival across the street from Mandalay Bay. The shooting occurred shortly after 10pm local time at the end of the set by Jason Aldean. Authorities identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock, a retired 64-year old from Mesquite, Nevada. Las Vegas Police officials said that Paddock died inside his hotel room with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. This devastating incident is the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history. Investigators are still seeking a motive for the massacre.
Over the next two weeks, the WSOP International Circuit will be in full swing at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. This is just a warm-up before the actual WSOP Europe arrives at the end of October. The first Circuit event, Event #1 €299 "Oktoberfest", is currently underway. A total of 14 ring events are on the International Circuit schedule including the €1,650 buy-in Main Event (with a €1M guarantee), which starts October 13. For a full schedule of WSOP International Circuit events, click here.
The city of Portland is battling with the state of Oregon over the legality of its poker rooms. The city allowed “cover charges” for poker rooms who skirted around the no-rake laws. The Oregon Lottery, which handles all gaming in the state of Oregon, stated that the largest room in Portland, the Portland Meadows, has until end of October to cease operations, or figure out a legal alternative. Otherwise, poker rooms in Portland are only a month away from closing its doors.
The 2017 WCOOP concluded on Tuesday with the final table of the Main Event. The $5,200 buy-in championship event attracted 1,804 original runners and they added 379 additional entries for 2,183 total entrants. The prize pool was worth nearly $11M. First place was guaranteed at least $1.5M, but the final payout was $1.6 million. Holland's Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff took down the Main Event for a sick payday.
PokerStars is joining forces with the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida to assist with the SHR's fundraising efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. On October 3rd at 7pm, the Seminole Hard Rock will be hosting a charity tournament with proceeds going to Feeding South Florida. The Caribbean and South Florida were devastated by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. PokerStars' sponsored players, such as Florida resident Jason Mercier, Jen Shahade, and Jeff Gross, will be attending this special charity tournament to raise money for Irma relief organization Feeding South Florida. Through Helping Hands, PokerStars will be matching funds raised at the charity tournament on a dollar-to-dollar basis up to $100,000.
Degen alert! PokerGO re-launched the popular series Poker After Dark a couple of weeks ago on their subscription streaming service. And the results were tremendous. This week, PAD returns with a live stream of a $300/$600 PLO cash game (with a $100K min-buy-in) featuring Phil Galfond and Tom Dwan. Dubbed as “PLOMG Week”, also playing in this high-stakes PLO game… Brian Rast, Brandon Adams, and Ike Haxton. PAD's PLOMG starts tonight at 5pm PT and airs the next three nights exclusively on PokerGO.
The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker has been running for 20 days now on PokerStars. This year's series is 82 events deep with both low and high options. The marquee event, the WCOOP Main Event, kicks off on Sunday. The low-version of the Main Event has a $215 buy-in with a $2M guarantee and $250K to first place. The high-version of the Main Event with a $5,300 buy-in has a $10 million guarantee with $1.5 million guaranteed to first place! PokerStars is running last minute satellites for the Main Event. Take your shot at the biggest online tournament probably for the rest of the year.