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.
Maria Lampropulos made history in the Bahamas by becoming the first woman to win the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). Argentina's Maria Lampropulos survived a difficult final table to win $1 million in cash. Lampropulos defeated the legendary online grinder Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan heads-up for the title. Adrian Mateos finished in fourth place.
Spanish pro Adrian Mateos and recent addition to Team Winamax started Day 5 of the PCA Main Event as the short stack with 16 players remaining. Mateos conjured up his short-stack-ninja skills and managed to advance to the unofficial final table. Late on Day 5, Mateos snagged the chip lead and he heads into the final table with the big stack. Also, still alive... Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan, Maria Lampropulos, Koray Aldemir, Daniel Coupal, and Christian Rudolph. Who is going to ship $1 million in the Bahamas?
The PCA Main Event started with 582 entrants and after four days of action, they played down to the final 16 players. The Sweet 16! American pro David Peters leads the remaining field with a stack worth 3.1M. On Day 5, they will play down to an official final table. Can Peters stay on course en route to a million dollar payday? Maria Lampropulos bagged up the second-biggest stack with 2.3M. Also still left in the hunt... Adrian Mateos, Shawn Buchanan, and Koray Aldemir.
Sun. Sand. Cash. The poker action continued at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. Only 43 players remain in the hunt for the 2018 PCA title and $1 million in cash. Karl Stark and David Peters both have big stacks in excess of 1.1M. Liv Boeree, Adrian Mateos, Jack Sinclair, Shawn Buchanan, and author Maria Konnikova are among those still alive. Meanwhile, Jason Koon binked the single-day $25K High Roller for a $420K score.
Day 2 of the 2018 PCA Main Event in the Bahamas ended with 101 players (out of 582). Those 101 are still in the hunt for the PCA title and $1 million in cash. Only the top 87 places paid out this year. The money bubble will burst early on Day 3. Oleg Titov from Russia bagged up nearly 500K in chips. Several notables still alive including former champ Harrison Gimbel and author Maria Konnikova.
More high balla action at the Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas. American online exile and high roller savant, Steve O'Dwyer, won the $50K High Roller at the 2018 PCA. The single re-entry event attracted 46 total entries and a prize pool worth $2.2M. O'Dwyer earned $769K for a first-place finish. His career tournament winnings passed $21 million.
Businessman Cary Katz shipped the first major high roller event of the new calendar year. Katz faded a field of 48 entries to win the 2018 PCA $100K Super High Roller. Katz earned nearly $1.5 million for first place. Runner-up Justin Bonomo earned $1M. Daniel Negreanu cashed in fourth place for a $521K score.
And then there were seven! The 2018 PCA Super High Roller had a $100K price tag and a total prize pool worth $4.7M. Only seven players are remaining at the final table. Ivan Luca from Argentina is the big stack with Justin Bonomo and Daniel Negreanu right behind in third overall. Also still alive: Bryn Kenney, Ike Haxton, Cary Katz, and Sam Greenwood. Lots of familiar faces, eh? First place pays out $1,492,340 and the runner up banks at least $1M.
Welcome back the PCA! The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) returns to its old glory after one awkward year with that odd name change to PokerStars Championship Bahamas. See ya, PCB! And welcome back PCA! The PCA has become one of the most recognizable brands in poker and the 2018 PCA will be the biggest series ever assembled with 31 events including a 100K Super High Roller. Platinum Packages to the 2019 Players Championship are also up for grabs.
PokerStars announced two paths how you can win one of the first 19 Platinum Passes to the inaugural $25K buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC) at the 2019 PCA in the Bahamas. Platinum Passes are valued at $30K. Players have 4 chances to win one online during the upcoming PokerStars Winter Series Main Event, which kicks off on Christmas. Players hunting for a free seat to the PSPC will also have a shot to win a Platinum Pass by playing in live events in Macau, Brazil, London, Ulster, Italy, and at the 2018 PCA.
The PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event final table is down to six players at the Casino Atrium Prague at the Hilton. Kalidou Sow from France is the chip leader heading into the final day, but American Jason Wheeler is right behind him. Michal Mrakes, Gabriele Lepore, Colin Robinson, Harry Lodge rounded out the final table. First place pays out €775,000. Who will win the last major tournament in 2017? Final table resumes Monday afternoon.
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.
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.
Last year, Ryan Tosoc finished in second place in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio. And this year? Tosoc finally secured his first major tournament win. Tosoc faded a record-setting field of 812 entrants and walked away with $1.95 million. Tosoc defeated Alex Foxen heads-up for his first WPT title.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Poker Tour stopped off at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal for its latest stop on Season XVI. Maxime Heroux faded a field of 606 runners to win the WPT Montreal Main Event. Heroux also outlasted a final table that included pro and high-stakes reg David Peters. Heroux shipped $403,570 (CAD) for first place, or approximately $316K USD.
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.
And then there were six! The 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event is down to its final table of six players. After five days of action, American Maria Ho leads the final table with 7.8M, followed by Spain's Marti Roca De Torres' 7.2M. €25K High Roller champ Niall Farrell is still alive, along with Gianluca Speranza, Mathijs Jonkers, and Robert Bickley. First place pays out €1.1M. Who's gonna ship the Main Event?
Who is going to win €1.1 million and the bracelet? The field has been narrowed down to the final dozen players still alive at the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. American pro Maria Ho ended Day 4 with the big stack worth 3.8M. Scottish pro Niall Farrell, fresh off his €25K High Roller victory, is right behind Ho with 3.5M. 2015 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Kevin MacPhee is one of the short stacks, but he's still alive and attempting to win back-to-back WSOPE Main Event titles. Among those still alive... Jack Salter, Marti Roca De Torres, Robert Bickley, Stepan Osinovski, Luis Rodriguez, Andrei Boghean, Mathijs Jonkers, Gianluca Speranza, and Marc MacDonnell.
The 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event is down to 46 players. The event began with 529 runners and only the top 80 places paid out. The money bubble burst in the middle of Day 3. Robert Bickley is the chipleader with 1.4M and Jack Stalter is right behind. Also still alive... Kristen Bicknell, Kevin MacPhee, Maria Ho, Rainer Kempe, Vlad Darie, Mike Leah, Anthony Zinno, David Peters, and Evgeny Kafelnikov. First place pays out over €1.1M.