The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe is underway at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Event #1 €1,100 NL MONSTER STACK attracted 561 players. First place pays out €117,708, plus a coveted WSOP bracelet. Only 10 players are remaining at the "unofficial" final table. Sergio Fernandez from Spain is the chip leader. Among those still alive... Carlo Savinelli, Ali Sameeian, Vili Petleshkov, Alexandre Virad, Oleksandr Shcherbak, Peter Bstieler, Ismael Bojang, Serge Danis, and the legendary Walter Treccarichi. Watch the live stream here.
John Juanda outlasted a tough final table and a 4-hour heads-up battle against Fedor Holz to win the Triton Super High Roller Series at the Galaxy Poker Room in Macau. Juanda also picked off Fedor Holz heads-up to lock up a payday worth 22.4M HKD, or approximately $2.8M USD. Holz walked away with approximately $2.1M. Not too shabby for the retired Holz, eh?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lock up the purple! Germans continue to dominate high rollers! After five high roller events at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, we finally have a newly-crowned Poker Masters champion: Steffen Sontheimer. Young German pro Sontheimer shipped two events including the $100K freezeout finale and the second event. In all, he banked over $2.7M and got to slide on the coveted purple jacket that all future Poker Masters winners will receive.
The first four events of the Poker Masters at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas are in the books, while the final and fifth event is currently underway. The first four events at Poker Masters each had a buy-in of $50,000, while the freezeout finale was an $100,000 entry. The overall winner at the Poker Masters will get awarded a coveted purple jacket. The first four event winners were Nick Schulman, Steffen Sontheimer, Bryn Kenney, and Brandon Adams. Only 14 players are still alive in Event #5. You can follow along with a live stream and coverage via PokerGO.
The live stream is up and running! Check out the action at the partypoker Millions High Roller, which is live from Sochi Casino, along th Black Sea in Russia. Notables such as Steve O'Dwyer are in the mix for the €10,300 High Roller. ElkY and Alexandru Papazian are in the field. Watch the stream here.
After four days of action, the WPT Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino played down from 763 to six. JC Tran leads the final table and Phil Hellmuth is third overall. Also rounding out the final table... Marvin Rettenmaier, Art Papazyan, Adam Swan, and D.J. Alexander. Hellmuth made his fifth final table on the WPT, but has yet to win a title. Tran and Rettenmaier are double-winners and seeking their third WPT title. An elite gorup of five players are tied for most WPT wins with three. First place pays out $668,692.
JC Tran has been a poker legend since the earliest days of the World Poker Tour. The two-time champ is seeking his third title. The new season of the WPT kicked off at the Bicycle Casino on the outskirts of Los Angeles. JC Tran is the leader with 24 remaining out of 763 runners in the Legends of Poker Main Event. OD Baker, Tuan Le, Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, David Sands, Garrett Greer, and Allan Le are all still alive. First place pays out $668,692.
The 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event played down to a champion on Sunday. Sweden's Sebastian Sorensson is a newcomer to the tournament scene who was playing in only his second-career live tournament. The 27-year old neophyte won his seat via a PokerStars satellite, then faded 1,682 runners to win the Main Event. With three to go, Sorensson made a money deal. He eventually found himself with a massive lead when it got heads-up against Lacjezar Petkov. The Swedish quakifier prevailed and Sorensson earned a first-place payout worth €987,043. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari finished in fifth place. PokerStars Championship Monaco winner, Raf Sorrentino, finished in third place.
There's €1.41 million on the line at the Barcelona casino in Barcelona, Spain for the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona. Italy's Raffaele Sorrentino came into the final table with the big stack. Sorrentino shipped an event in Monaco a couple months ago. Can he win another PC title? Also advancing to the final six: Brazilian pro Andre Akkari, Lachezar Petkov, Brian Kaufman, Sebastian Sorensson, and Usman Siddique. The final table kicked off at noon local time, but the stream is on a one-hour delay. Watch the final table stream here.
The World Poker Tour and PokerGO announced a special broadcast partnership. Final tables of the upcoming season of the WPT will be live streamed on PokerGO. The subscription site webcasted final tables of the 2017 WSOP, the Super High Roller Bowl, and most recently, they re-boot the popular show Poker After Dark. Now, the WPT joins PokerGO.
Igor Kurganov faded a field of 67 runners at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Super High Roller. The total prize pool topped €4.1M with 19 additional re-entries. Kurganov, a Team Pro, took down the €50K Super High Roller for a score worth €1,078,106. Kurganov defeated Bartlomiej Machon from Poland heads-up for the win, which also marked his first victory on European soil since he became a Team PokerStars Pro.
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.
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.