Ship it to Dominik Nitsche! The German pro earned his fourth bracelet for winning WSOP Europe Event #10 €111,111 High Roller for One Drop. Nitsche faded a field of 132 entries to win a first-place payday worth €3,487,463. He defeated fellow German Andreas Eiler heads-up for the win. The One Drop charity raised approximately €978K for clean drinking water.
Only 10 players are still alive at the King's Casino in RozVegas for Event #10 €111,111 High Roller for One Drop. German pro Christoph Vogelsang is the chip leader going into the final day of action. First place pays out €3,487,463. Also still left in the hunt... Thomas Muehloecker, Steffen Sontheimer, Ahadpur Khangah, Mikita Badziakouski, Charlie Carrel, Kenny Hallaert, Dominik Nitsche, Andreas Eiler, and Martin Kabrhel. Watch a live stream of the final day of action and eventually the final table by clicking here.
Going into Saturday's action, only three more bracelets were up for grabs at the WSOP Europe. And Albert Hoekendijk secured one of them and became the fifth player in Dutch history to win a bracelet. Albert Hoekendijk took down Event #8 €1,111 Little One for One Drop for a score worth €170,764. The One Drop Charity earned €43,400 for this special event.
The final table is underway at the King's Casino in RozVegas for Event #8 €1,111 Little One for One Drop. Currently, five players still left in the hunt for the WSOPE bracelet and first-place prize worth €170,764. With five to go, Thomas Hofmann and Abdelhakim Zoufri are battling for the chip lead. Also still alive... Johannes Toebbe, Albert Hoekendijk, and Oleh Haisiuk. Click here to watch the final table live stream for the Little One for One Drop.
Two more bracelet winners were crowned at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. The 2017 WSOP Europe €25K High Roller featured the usual high-balling crowd. Scotland's Niall Farrell defeated Benjamin Pollack heads-up for the High Roller bracelet and €745,287 in cash. After several near misses, Farrell finally shipped a bracelet after being a bridesmaid twice in Vegas. Farrell is now a member of the Triple Crown club. Meanwhile, Matous Skorepa from the Czech Republic outlasted a field of 4,115 runners to win Event #5 €550 NL The COLOSSUS. Skorepa earned a first-place payday worth €270K.
The WSOP Europe High Roller is down to its final table. Ben Pollack is the chip leader with nine to go in Event #9 €25,000 NL High Roller. First place pays out €745,287. Also still alive... Antoine Saout, Sylvian Loosli, Andrew Leathem, Niall Farrell, Ole Schemion, Claas Segebrecht. Ryan Reiss, and Stefan Schillhabel. Watch the final table stream here.
Jesus Ferguson picked up a bracelet last night at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Jesus took down Event #7 €1,650 PLO8 for his sixth-career bracelet and a payday worth €39,289. His total earnings at the WSOP has topped $4.7M. With this victory, Jesus Ferguson almost has the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year locked up.
THE COLOSSUS is down to its final table. WSOP Europe Event #5 THE CLOSSUS €550 NL has a €2,000,000 guarantee and €270,015 set aside for first place. Nine players are remaining. Jonathan Khalifa and Matous Skorepa are the big stacks with 8.5M each. Also still left in the hunt for a bracelet... Florian Fuchs, Roman Motovsky, Ivaylo Sivinov, Makarios Avramidis, Pascal Pflock, Gaetan Cauchy, and Nebojsa Ankucic. Watch the final table stream here.
The action continued at the King's Casino in Rozvadov for the WSOP Europe. Another PLO bracelet was up for grabs and one journeyman American pro was trying to break through for the first time. German soccer pro Sergej Barbarez final tabled Event #6 €2,200 PLO, but his run ended in fifth place. Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler got heads-up for the bracelet against Lukas Zaskodny. However, it wasn't Kessler's day and he'll have to wait another tournament to win his first bracelet. The Czech Republic's Zaskodny picked off Chainsaw heads up to win the bracelet and €93,677.
Ship it to France. The fourth bracelet at the WSOP Europe was on the line during a rambunctious Saturday night in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe Event #4 €1,650 NL 6-Handed attracted 240 players and Theodore McQuilkin, an amateur from Paris, France, was the last player standing. McQuilkin won €88,043, plus the coveted bracelet. McQuilkin defeated local player Jan Bednar heads-up for the win. Jesus Ferguson cashed in 26th place, which helped him maintain his lead in the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Another wild Saturday night at the King's Casino in Rozvadov with another bracelet up for grabs. WSOP Europe Event #4 €1,650 NL 6-Handed is down to its final table (of seven). The fourth event on the docket attracted 240 runners. Jan Bednar from the Czech Republic is the big stack with 1.7M. Also still alive... Andrej Desset, Jerry Odeen, Ognjen Sekularac, Theodore McQuilkin, Maksym Shulga, and Petr Setka. First place pays out €88,043 plus the coveted bracelet. The live stream of Event #4 final table starts at 3pm local time. Click here to watch the final table.
Mark the date! November 5. At least 100 packages to the 2018 PCA will be awarded on PokerStars. At least $1.5 million worth of PCA goodness is at stake. The second round of $530 Ultra Satellites will take place November 5 at 14:35 ET on PokerStars. Package winners will get a buy-in to the $10,300 Main Event, plus another $5,000 worth of perks (accommodations, food credit, travel) for a total value of $15,855. Satellites for the Ultra are as low as $1.
Pennsylvania is on the verge of becoming the fourth state in the USA to legalize online poker. This week, the state senate and state house both passed a special gaming bill, H 271, that would legalize online casinos, daily fantasy sports, and online poker. Governor Tom Wolf has ten days to sign the bill into law. Pennsylvania is the sixth largest state in the US and online gaming revenue is projected at $250 million a year. Currently only three states permit online poker: Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. All three reached a shared player pool agreement with the assumption that other states could/would join.
Over at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, two more bracelets were awarded at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe. Andreas Klatt took down Event #2 €550 PLO and faded a field of 523 runners for a €56K first-place score. It came down to a duel between two Germans: Andreas Klatt and Nico Ehlers. Alas, Klatt prevailed and knocked Ehlers out in second place. Meanwhile, the third event was a single-day turbo-charged event. John Racener final tabled Event #3 €1,100 NL Super Turbo Bounty, but busted in sixth place. Czech pro Martin Kabrhel previously won 2 WSOP Circuit rings in the last 18 months, but now you can add his first-ever WSOP bracelet to his growing list of accolades. Kabrhel outlasted 325 runners to win €53,557.
Three-time WPT champ Darren Elias was seeking his fourth-career title in Jacksonville, Florida at the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble. No one has won four WPTs... yet. Meanwhile, two-time WPT champ Sam Panzica was seeking his record-tying third WPT crown. Both pros fell short of the mark and failed to outlast a tough final table that included a savvy pilot Paul Petraglia. Elias busted in third place, which set up a heads-up battle between Petraglia and Panzica. The pilot didn't back down against the pros. Petraglia went on to defeat Panzica in a 96-hand heads-up battle. Petraglia won a first-place prize worth $315,732. And no, he has no thoughts about quitting his day job.
WSOP Europe Event #2 NL TURBO is down to its final table at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. The third event attracted 325 players. American John Racener is still alive, but in the middle of the pack. Martin Kabrhel from the Czech Republic is the chipleader. The final table also includes... Philipp Caranica, Salvatore Camarda, Liran Twito, Yves Kupfermunz, Georgios Koliofotis, Bernd Gleissner, and Viktor Kovachev. POY implications are on the line with Racener fourth overall and chasing Jesus Ferguson and Ryan Hughes. Catch the live stream of the TURBO here.
Going into the 2017 WSOP Europe, Jesus Ferguson topped the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year leader board. The controversial figure and former Full Tilt Poker owner cashed 17 times at the WSOP this summer in Las Vegas, which was good enough for first place in the standings. We're only a couple days into the 2017 WSOP Europe and Ryan Hughes jumped into first place (with 922.10 points) after his deep run in Event #1 MONSTER STACK. There was a Jesus sighting in Rozvadov. He played in Event #1 but didn't cash. Hughes is out front momentarily. Can Jesus regain the lead? Or will Hughes fend off the despised man in the black hat? Check the latest WSOP POY standings here.
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.