Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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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.

Anton Wigg (Pic via WSOP.com)

What do a Swedish pro and local business owner from Hollywood, Florida have in common? One is an outsider from a distant land, and the other is local, yet both shipped events at the WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock. Anton Wigg from Sweden and Hollywood's Joe Gotlieb earned their first rings this week.

Anton Wigg won over $7.5 million on the virtual felt. Wigg only had one six-figure cash too in over a decade of recorded online results, which means he amassed numerous along the way to becoming one of the most successful all-time online players from Sweden. Wigg's biggest online score happened back in 2009 when he shipped the Sunday Million for $227K.

Wigg and his buddy went to Florida to play in the WSOP Circuit event. Wigg's first trip to Florida was a memorable won after he faded 133 entries to win the High Roller.

There's an expression in show biz, that also applies to poker... the show must go on! Despite being smack in the middle of hurricane season, and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the poker world continued to chug along in South Florida. The Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, hosted 14 ring events for the WSOP Circuit. Open events cost as little as $365 and even the "high roller" was a modest $3,250 entry.

Event #10 $1,675 NL Main Event

The Main Event drew in 904 runners and a total prize pool over $1.35M. Local business owner Joe Gotlieb outlasted a difficult final table that included three-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings, in addition to WPT champ Asher Conniff, Brett Bader, Chad Eveslage.

Gotlieb won $257,638, the ring, and he also earned a freeroll into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.

Gotlieb a former chess champion who deals in cell phone parts, but still managed to put in long hours grinding at the table after business hours. Gotlieb recently reached a crossroad... his business started to slide, but he always wanted to be a pro poker player. Could he make a transition at 52-years old? Gotlieb took his shot at the Main Event.. .and went the distance. He banked over $250K.

Other notables cashing in Event #10 Main Event included.... Daryll Fish, Eric Cajelais, Jon Jaffe, Chris Bolek, Valentin Vornicu, Loni Harwood, James Calderaro, and Jason Gooch.

WSOP Circuit SHR - Event #10

Buy-in: $1,675

Players: 904

Prize Pool: $1,356,000

Payouts: 99


Final Table Results:

1. Joe Gotlieb $257,638

2. Asher Conniff $159,357

3. Mauricio Ameller $117,619

4. Brian Hastings $88,004

5. Brett Bader $66,675

6. Chad Eveslage $51,148

7. Jack Shea $39,717

8. Daniel Genachte $31,229

9. Michael Amato $24,842

Event #12 $3,250 NL High Roller

The High Roller affair in Hollywood, Florida attracted 133 entrants in this re-entry event. An out-of-town shark binked the High Roller. How could you stop someone who earned nearly $10 million combined? Talk about being a big fish in a little pond. Anton Wigg earned over $7.5 million in online tournaments and he banked nearly $2.5 million in the live arena. During his first trip to Florida, Wigg crushed his inaugural visit at the Seminole Hard Rock. Wigg only won $111,719, which seems paltry compared to his total earnings, but it's a win nonetheless. Wigg will also take home a cool souvenir... a WSOP Circuit ring.

The infamous Chainsaw sorta bubbled the final table. Allen Kessler cashed, but had to settle on an 11th place finish. The Vegas-based pro and well-known nit cashed for $8,180.

Other notables cashing in the High Roller included... Mike Simkins, Uri Kadosh, Wally Maddah, Barry Hutter, and Gerald Silva.

WSOP Circuit SHR - Event #12 High Roller

Buy-in: $3,250

Players: 133

Prize Pool: $399,000

Payouts: 15


Final Table Results:

1. Anton Wigg $111,719

2. Ian O'Hara $69,051

3. Jeremy White $49,843

4. Paul Domb $36,624

5. Davian Santana $27,379

6. Joey Orsino $20,816

7. Evan Teitelbaum $16,092

8. Ory Hen $12,640

9. Adam Adler $10,091

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Monday March 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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Saturday March 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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Wednesday March 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm
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Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm
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Sunday March 11, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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The 2018 High Rollers series runs March 18 through March 26 on PokerStars with five additional events to this year's schedule. The High Rollers consist of 27 exciting, thrilling, sensational events. There's $10 million in guarantees at stake including three events with at least $1 million set aside for the prize pool. The $2,100 buy-in Main Event has a whopping $2 million guarantee. There's also six turbos and three hyper-turbos to cater to the ADHD cardslingers. The lowest buy-in for the 2018 High Rollers is a mere $530, while the deep end of the pool includes a pair of $10K events and a trio of $5K events.

Friday March 9, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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PokerStars announced new regional events in Europe and more chances to win a Platinum Pass. The PokerStars Festival Marbella will run from June 4-10 on Spain's Costa del Sol, and the Casino Barriere in Lille will host PokerStars Festival Lille from July 16-22. Also, new MEGASTACK events were announced in Dublin and London for next month, in addition to Gujan-Mestras in the south of France later this summer. Players in these events will also have a chance to win a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas, with six at stake in Lille.

Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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Paul 'X-22' Magriel, former chess prodigy and legendary backgammon player, passed away in his sleep at the age of 71. Erik Seidel confirmed Magriel's passing on Twitter today. Magriel got his 15 minutes of modern fame on an early episode of the World Poker Tour with his infamous verbal tick "Quack quack!" Magriel had also become a nemesis of Phil Hellmuth over the years especially after Magriel busted Hellmuth at the 2005 WSOP.

Saturday March 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm
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The house always wins, eh? Bettors and gamblers dropped $1 billion in Nevada during the first month of 2018. That's the 36th time since March 2005 that casinos in Nevada won $1 billion in a single month. January 2018's haul is the best month for Nevada since last March.

Friday March 2, 2018 at 7:02 pm
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Thursday March 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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Wednesday February 28, 2018 at 4:56 pm
Dennis Blieden leads final 13 at WPT L.A. Poker Classic

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Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 7:01 pm
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Monday February 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm
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Monday February 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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Friday February 23, 2018 at 3:41 am
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Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm
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Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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