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.
The third and final night of action of the return of Poker After Dark was highlighted by a pot worth nearly $1 million. Bill Klein and Aussie Matt Kirk got involved in this behemoth pot. Klein's pocket Aces were outgunned by Kirks Ace-four. When the dust settled, Kirk shipped a pot worth nearly $980K.
If you are visiting New York City and looking for some poker action, then consider a special side trip to Connecticut. Two amazing casinos -- Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun -- are located only a 2.5 hour drive from NYC. For 25 years, Foxwoods has been the largest poker room in New England with 140+ tables. Foxwoods also spreads Seven-card Stud and have variety of mid-stakes and high-stakes action. Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT has 40+ tables and cater to low-limit players. Both casinos host daily tournaments.
Molly's Game is officially hitting the screens on November 22. The trailer debuted yesterday. The film will be the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin. Molly's Game is the story of former Olympic skier Molly Bloom, who moved to Los Angeles and embarked on a wild ride where she eventually became the host to the biggest cash game in Hollywood. Her game included the likes of A-list movie stars such as Tobey Maguire and Ben Affleck. Bloom eventually got snagged in an FBI investigation. Bloom revealed many details of the games in a tell-all book titled, Molly's Game. And now her story is getting the big picture treatment.
Talk about one heck of a re-boot! We saw fireworks on the first episode back for the popular cash-game program Poker After Dark. We witnessed one of those insane-cooler hands with Q-Q vs. K-K vs. A-A. Luckily for Daniel Negreanu, he had enough sense to fold when Tom Dwan six-bet shoved with Aces. Antonio Esfandiari, who has folded Kings in big spots before, made the call. They ran it twice and Dwan's Aces held up in a pot worth nearly $700,000. It's the hand everyone is talking about today, which is great P.R. for the Poker After Dark re-boot. Another episode airs tonight on PokerGO at 8pm ET or 5pm local time in Vegas.
After a lengthy hiatus, Poker After Dark returns! The cash-game series will be live streamed on PokerGO starting Monday evening at 8pm ET or 5pm Vegas time. The $100,000 buy-in event will be hosted at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Tonight will also mark the return of Tom Dwan. Also playing on the first night back… Daniel Negreanu, Jean-Robert Bellande, Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Klein, and Lauren Roberts. Poker After Dark will air the next three nights on PokerGO.
Poker After Dark will return next Monday! You will need a PokerGO subscription to watch the reboot of the popular high-stakes cash game action. Not only with Poker After Dark makes its triumphant return, but Tom Dwan will return stateside for the first time in years. Dwan was last spotted playing in various high roller games in Macau and in Asia. Three episodes will be live streamed from the Aria starting Monday August 12 and ending Wednesday August 14. The minimum buy-in is $100,000 and the stakes will be $200/$400 NL. Also scheduled to appear…. Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts, Bill Klein, Doyle Brunson, and Andrew Robl.
The PCA returns in 2018! PokerStars is bringing back the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. After a year in which the PCB was the artist formerly known as the PCA, the PCB is nevermore as the PCA make a triumphant comeback in January 2018 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. The PCA kicks off January 6 and runs thru January 14. In addition, the Main Event buy-in returns to $10K.
Phil Hellmuth and Doug Polk are playing a heads-up battle for $50,000. The King of the Hill also features Jungleman and Frank Kassela with $200K to the winner. That match is one of many topics that Hellmuth discussed on the latest episode of Doug Polk's show. Hellmuth had no shortage of things to say about his favorite topic... himself. The Brat also said a few things that whipped the online poker community into a tizzy regarding the Ultimate Bet scandal.
PokerStars online pros are giving away tickets to Sunday Million Live! Approximately €6,500 worth of €215 Day 1 online tickets are up for grabs... for free! Team PokerStars Pro Online crew members such as xflixx, L.Veldhuis, easywithaces and Spraggy are givign away tickets on their Twitch streams! This will span between now and the next three weeks. Log in to their Twitch feeds regularly for a chance to win a Day 1 ticket to Sunday Million Live!
After a summer-long hiatus to focus on the World Series of Poker, Daniel Negreanu return to posting fresh content on his YouTube channel. Negreanu resumed his weekly hand breakdowns. In the latest episode, Negreanu broke down a hand he played against Johnny Chan during a taping of the popular TV show Poker After Dark. Chan rivered a monster, but could Negreanu show restraint and fold a straight?
Billy Walters, the legendary sports bettor from Las Vegas, got sentenced to 5 years in prison for an insider trading scheme. Walters also has to pay a $10 million fine. The Federal Government said the 71-year old pro gambler pocketed over $32 million in profits from illegal stock tips in a scheme that also included pro golfer Phil Mickelson. Walters also avoided over $11 million in losses due to insider tips as well. In all, the U.S. Government said Walters stacked the deck in his favor to the tune of $43 million.
Say hello to the newest champion! Scott Blumstein from New Jersey won the 2017 WSOP Main Event Championship. The New Jersey pro won $8,150,000 for fading a field of 7,221 runners. On the third and final day of the final table, Blumstein came in with an overwhelming lead. French pro Ben Pollak busted in third place, which set up a heads-up bout between Blumstein and Dan Ott. Blumstein held a sizable advantage over Ott, who could not rally from behind and pull off the upset. Ott settled on a runner-up finish and $4.7 million in cash for a consolation prize. Blumstein only needed 65 hands to send Ott to the rail. Blumstein now added his name to an illustrious list of Main Event Champions.
The 2017 WSOP Main Event final table played down from 7 players to the final 3 on Friday night. We are only 2 more bustouts from crowning a new champion. Scott Blumstein came into the second day of the final table with a massive lead. He built up his stack to 226M. Dan Ott moved into second with 88M. And the short stack is Benjamin Pollak with 45.8M. Damien Salas got eliminated in seventh place. Bryan Piccoli's tear-jerking run ended in sixth place. Former November Niner Antoine Saout hit the bricks in fifth place. The U.K.'s John Hesp and his magical run came to an end when Ben Pollak picked him off in fourth place. Action resumes at 5:30pm local time. Can Blumstein hold off Ott and Pollak to win $8,150,000?
The final table of the 2017 WSOP Main Event kicked off on Thursday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Only two players busted in the first day of action. Short-stacked Ben Lamb busted in ninth place and Jack Sinclair got eliminated in eighth place. John Hesp snagged the lead early, but the two big stacks rumbled and Scott Blumstein doubled through Hesp in a heck of a cooler with a set vs. top two in a 151M pot. With a big stack with over 178M, Blumstein holds nearly 50% of all chips in play. The final seven resume play on Friday at 5:30pm Vegas time.
The Main Event resumes tonight! The final nine will play down to the final six. On Friday, the final six will play down to the final three. On Saturday, the final three will play down to a champion. Live TV coverage for the 2017 WSOP Main Event final table starts at 9pm ET or 6pm Vegas time on ESPN. If you live in Canada, you can tune in live via TSN. In the U.K., the final table will be aired on BT Sports 1. For the rest of the world, check here. International viewers have the option to watch the final table via PokerGO (with subscription).
We compiled a quick list of some important stats and historical data for the World Series of Poker Main Event. For the first time since 2007, the Main Event will be played out in Las Vegas in the summer. No more November Nine! This year's champion will win $8,150,000 for first place. Since 1991, every single winner of the WSOP Main Event walked away with at least $1 million in cash. This year's Main Event marked the third-largest field in its history and the biggest field since the wake of Black Friday. And in an interesting side note, Jesus Ferguson finished the 2017 WSOP with 17 cashes (tied for most) and he earned enough POY points to land him in first place overall in the Player of the Year race.
The 2017 WSOP Main Event Championship is down to its final table. Out of 7,221 original runners, only nine players are still alive. Scott Blumstein from New Jersey leads everyone with 97.25M. The old guy in the funny jacket, John Hesp from the U.K., is second with 85.7M. A pair of players are November Nine veterans -- Ben Lamb and Antoine Saout. Both finished in third place in the Main Event. Will second time be a charm for one of them? Rounding out the final table... Benjamin Pollack from Paris, Bryan ‘theczar19' Piccioli, David Ott, Damian Salas from Argentina, and Jack Sinclair from the United Kingdom. The final nine locked up at least $1 million. First place pays out $8,150,000. The final table resumes on Thursday at 5:30pm at the Rio and will be played out over three days.
The 2017 World Series of Poker is almost complete. A total of 73 out of 74 events are in the books. The Main Event championship is down to the final three tables and 27 players. Meanwhile, the final event on the schedule Event #74 $1,111 Little One for One Drop crowned a champ over the weekened -- Adrian Moreno. We compiled a complete list of 2017 WSOP bracelet winners. Click here to read it!
Only 27 players remaining in the 2017 WSOP Main Event. At the start of Day 6, 85 players were still left in the hunt for the championship. By the end of the day, only 27 players remained and bracelet-winner Christian Pham bagged up the most chips. Kenny Hallaert and Mike Ruane were attempting to make back-to-back final tables in the Main Event. Kenny Hallaert's quest ended when he exited in 64th place. But Mike Ruane is still alive. Oh, and in the final bracelet event on the docket, Adrian Moreno from Southern California, won Event #74 Little One for One Drop for $528K score.
Saturday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas saw the 2017 WSOP Main Event field slim down from 297 to 85 runners. Two of them -- Kenny Hallaert and Mike Ruane -- are attempting to make back-to-back final tables. They were both November Niners last year. Can they both pull a Newhizzle? Germany's Robin Hegele leads all remaining players with a big stack worth nearly 10M.