The 2017 World Series of Poker kicks off in one week at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with 74 bracelet events. The big news thus far has been the decision to retire the "November Nine" concept and play out the $10,000 Main Event final table from beginning to end in July. We have a week-by-week breakdown of the 2017 schedule, so you can get a better grasp of what's going down this summer in Sin City.
RIP November Nine. The WSOP Main Event final table will no longer postponed until the first week in November. Poker Central and ESPN agreed upon a new deal that would televise the final table in July! There will only be a 2-day break before the WSOP final table resumes at the Rio in Las Vegas on July 20. The final table will last three days and the Main Event champion will be crowned on July 22. ESPN will stream the final table on a 30-minute delay.
Raffaele '1mDonuts' Sorrentino shipped the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event. This year's event at the Monte-Carlo Casino attracted 727 runners and a €3.5 million prize pool. Italy's Sorrentino defeated Germany's Andreas Klatt heads-up for the title. The final two cut a deal and Sorrentino walked away with €466,714.
Down to 6 in Monte Carlo after Davidi Kitai bubbled out in seventh place. France's Michael Kolkowicz is the chip leader at the final table of the PokerStars Championship Main Event. First place pays out €500,800. Who's gonna ship the title at the Monte-Carlo Casino? Also making the final table... Andrey Bondar, Raffaele ‘1mDonuts' Sorrentino, Andreas Klatt, Maxim Panyak, and Diego Zeiter.
Fast and furious in Monte Carlo. That's the best way to describe the ferocious and rapid action on Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Main Event. Only 134 players began the day at the Monte-Carlo Casino, but the remaining field were quickly liquidated down to 45 runners. Michael Kolkowicz bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 3. Stefan Schillhabel is second overall and Davidi Kitai is third in chips. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has a top 10 stack and he's still alive along with Paul-Francois Tedeschi, Sebastian Malec, Manig Loeser, and Dan Smith. Who is going to win first place paydirt worth €500K? Watch the Monte Carlo Main Event Day 4's live stream here starting at NOON CET or 3am Vegas time! For updates in French, follow along with le succulent coverage de venustyle!
Daniel Negreanu took a week off from his usual routine while he flew from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo to play in the PokerStars Championship. Instead of two videos, Negreanu posted a video blog about his attempt to play in the €100K SHR. Along the way, he talked trash with Hollywood's Kevin Hart. Danny Boy also discussed his secret tips on how to combat jet lag.
Check out the action live at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo. The PokerStars Championship Main Event is in underway. They got 727 runners and they are vying for a first-place prize worth €500K. The feature table currently includes Davidi Kitai and Patrik Antonius. Watch Day 2 of the live stream here.
American Bryn Kenney outlasted a star-studded field at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo to win the €100K Super High Roller event. Kenney earned €1,784,500 (or $1.95 million) for his victory. The SHR event attracted 61 entries and the prize pool nearly topped €6 million. Kenney defeated Russian Viacheslav Buldygin heads-up for the SHR titles. Kenney now has $17.1 million in career earnings.
PokerStars released the schedules for three upcoming PokerStars Festival events in France, Ireland, and Romania. Two of these PokerStars Festivals will occur this summer and the third at the end of September. The PokerStars Festivals will take place in Lille, France on July 15-23. The PokerStars Festival Bucharest will run from July 31 thru August 6. Lastly, the PokerStars Festival Dublin will be hosted from September 25 until October 1. All three events will have at least €2.2 million in guaranteed events.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart made a dramatic entrance at the 2017 PokerStars Championship at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo. Hart arrived by helicopter to play in the €100K Super High Roller event. Day 1 kicked off with 46 entries (and one re-entry) and registration is open all day. For updates of the €100K SHR, head over to PokerStars Blog.
The WSOP goes to Holland! First the first time in its history, the World Series of Poker Circuit will be hosted in the Netherlands. The Holland Casino in Rotterdam will host 12 WSOP ring events kicking off on August 25 and running through September 2. The Main Event has a €1,650 price tag and a €1,000,000 guarantee.
Maurice Hawkins has been on a heater the last couple of years. The WSOP Circuit rounder notched his tenth career victory, which put him at the top of the list for most-ever WSOP Circuit rings. Hawkins shipped the 2017 WSOP Circuit in Council Bluffs, Iowa by fading a field of 271 runners. First place paid out $97,561 and Hawkins surpassed $1.1 million in career WSOP Circuit earnings.
Season 15 of the World Poker Tour has come to an end. Daniel Weinman won the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Weinman edged out a field of 66 current and former champs to win a first place prize worth $381,500... in addition to numerous other prizes including a brand-new 2018 Audi S5 Coupe. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi had a runner-up finish and took home $218K for second. Erik Seidel finished in fifth place.
Down to six! The World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, is down to its final table. Dan Weinman is the chip leader at a difficult final table that also includes Erik Seidel, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, David Ormsby, Dan Santoro, and Dylan Wilkerson. First place pays out $381,500 plus a brand new Audi and of course... bragging rights.
File this one under "man bites dog." Jason Mercier won another High Roller event. Mercier earned a first-place payout worth nearly $795K for winning the $25K High Roller Event at the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Mercier faded a field of 116 runners. The total prize pool was $2.9 million. Mercier defeated ZeeJustin heads up for the win. Also at the final table... Loni Harwood, Tony Spinella, Olivier Busquet, Sam Soveral, Bryn Kenney, and Ari Engel.
Russia has no love for Tony G. Vladimir Putin doesn't like tricycles and he certainly loathes Tony G's shtick. Antanas Guoga, better known in poker circles as Tony G, got himself blacklisted from Russia. Tony G wanted to play a tournament at the recent partypoker Million event in Sochi, Russia, but he could not enter the country. Tony G is persona non grata in Mother Russia. Tony G, currently a member of the EU Parliament representing Lithuania, got himself listed with other politicians that Russia blackballed for speaking up about democracy and freedom.
The debut of the PokerStars Championship Macau is only days away. Starting March 30 and lasting 11 days at the City of Dreams Casino, the PokerStars Championship Macau will feature 52 tournaments including PokerStars National Championship (which has a HK$2 million guarantee), Super High Roller, PokerStars Cup, PokerStars Open, PLO High Roller, and the Main Event.
Sochi, Russia is trying to become the biggest poker hotspot in Eastern Europe. The partypoker Million final table is being live streamed as we speak. The #1 million guarantee has a first-place prize worth $200K. Watch the stream in Russian here. And for an English commentary, watch the Twitch stream here.
The PokerStars Championship stop in Panama is officially over. Two Americans won the final two events. Kenny Smaron shipped the Panama Main Event for a $294K score. Meanwhile, Steve O'Dwyer won another high roller event. It's like deja vu all over again! O'Dwyer chopped with Sam Greewood and took down $240K.
The Main Event at the PokerStars Championship in Panama is down to the final table. With five to go, Denis Timofeev from Russia is the big stack with 3.9M. Also at the final table... Robin Wozniczek, Kenneth Smaron, Belgium's Jonathan Abdellatif, Harpreet Gill, and Anthony Diotte. $294K is at stake for the winner. The final table will be live streamed with cards up on Monday afternoon.
The World Poker Tour completed its three-event California swing. Tough final table at the WPT Rolling Thunder. The $3,500 main event attracted 421 runners. First place paid out $285K. Mike Del Vecchio survived the difficult final table to win his first-ever WPT crown. He beat Sorrel Mizzi heads-up for the win. Also, making the final table were Connor Drinan, Olivier Busquet, and John Hadley.
The WPT Rolling Thunder outside Sacramento, CA attracted 421 runners. They are down to a final table of six. Mike Del Vecchio is the chip leader with 4.2M. Also at the final table are... Sorel Mizzi, Connor Drinan, John Hadley, Steve Tabb, and short-stacked Olivier Busquet. First place pays out nearly $285K. Watch the final table live stream here.
Chino Rheem denied! Rheem, in hot pursuit his fourth WPT title, got stiff-armed by Sam Panzica. Rheem settled on a third-place finish and a $521K score. Panzica faded a field of 806 runners to win the 2017 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star. The record setting in San Jose, CA field boasted a prize pool worth $5.7 million, and Panzica shipped $1,373,000 for first place. Panzica now has two WPT titles.
Chino Rheem made another final table on the World Poker Tour. He's the chip leader at the WPT Shooting Star at Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, CA. Rheem holds three WPT titles and he's tied with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Darren Elias for most career WPT wins. Can he pull off a fourth crown? Also at the final table are... Rainer Kempe, Paul Volpe, Sam Panzica, Tony Spinella, and Dennis Stevemer. First plays pays out $1,373,000.
Sochi, Russia will play host to the largest tournament series in all of Russia for eleven days in May. PokerStars announced that they are sponsoring a brand new PokerStars Championship event at the Sochi Casino from May 20-31. Sochi hosted the Winter Olympics a few years ago and the Sochi Casino is one of the swankiest properties in all of Eastern Europe. The Main Event will have a guarantee of at least 150 million Rubles (equivalent of $2.6 million USD), which would make it the largest guaranteed tournament in the history of organized Russian tournament poker.
Daniel 'deoxyribo' Strelitz won the 2017 L.A. Poker Classic main event at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA. The 2017 LAPC was also a stop on the World Poker Tour. Strelitz won $1 million and faded a field of 521 players. WPT announcer Mike Sexton made the final table and finished in fourth place. Other players at the final table included Jesse Martin, Richard Tuhrim, Jared Griener, and Simeon Naydenov.
PokerStars launched a newly themed-series of tournaments called MEGASTACK that will cater to low-stakes players with day jobs. The first batch of MEGASTACK events will take place at PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino in the West End of London. For a modest buy-in of £175, players will get three opening flights of action and 50,000 in starting stacks. The first MEGASTACK is scheduled for April 7-9 and the second one is slated for May 5-7. More MEGASTACK events in various European locations will be announced soon.
Darren Elias won the WPT Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Canada for his third overall World Poker Tour title. Elias is now tied for most wins with familiar faces such as Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno, and Chino Rheem. Elias faded a field of 489 runners to win his third WPT. Elias previously won two titles back in 2014. For first place in Niagara Falls, Elias won $449,484 Canadian Dollars, or approximately $335K US Dollars.
Ema Zajmovic won the WPT Playground in Montreal on Valentine's Day and made history. She became the first woman to win an open event in the history of the World Poker Tour. Van Nguyen won the 2008 WPT Invitational at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, but that was an invitation-only freeroll. Ema Zajmovic faded a field of 380 runners in the $3,500 CAD buy-in event. Zajmovic earned a payday worth $261K CAD or roughly $200K USD. She also won the coveted championship belt.