David 'Bakes' Baker binked his third bracelet with a slick victory in 2021 WSOP Event #34 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw after outlasting 285 runners to win $380,475. Anthony Koutsos won his first bracelet with a victory in WSOP Event #35 $500 Freezeout NL for $167,272 after he was the last player standing out of 2,931 entries. Lithuania's Karolis Sereika outlasted 1,441 entrants to win his first bracelet in WSOP Event #37 $1,500 NL Super Turbo for a score worth $195,310.
The World Series of Poker announced the ten names that will be eligible for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. This year's list has a trio of first-timers including the late Layne Flack and a couple of superstars that turned 40 including Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier. The other seven past nominees are Isai Scheinberg, Matt Savage, Mike Matusow, Ted Forrest, Jesus Ferguson, Eli Elezra, and Antonio Esfandiari.
On a Sunday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Phill Hellmuth won bracelet #16 as the last player standing in 2021 WSOP Event #31 $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw. Hellmuth outlasted 272 runners and banked $84,851 for his victory. He defeated Jake Schwartz heads up for the Lowball win and outlasted a final table that also included Chris Vitch, Rep Porter, Josh Faris, and Dario Sammartino.
We finally have a champion in the Milly Maker. In 2021 WSOP Event #17 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, pro Daniel Lazrus outlasted a field of 5,326 runners to win his second bracelet and a cool million bucks out of the $7.1 million prize pool. Ryan Leng shipped his third bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #23 $1,500 8-Game Mix. Michael Prendergast won his first bracelet and $127,428 with a victory in 2021 WSOP Event #24 $600 PLO Deepstack by fading 1,572 runners.
If you ever dreamed about becoming a sponsored player and the next poker ambassador for PokerStars, then the latest Dare2Stream competition on Twitch is up your alley. Dare2Stream returns to PokerStars with a coveted PokerStars Ambassador contract up for grabs to the winner. The competition runs from October 23 to December 12 on Twitch with a one-year contract at stake.
Anthony Zinno shipped 2021 WSOP Event #19 Seven Card Stud Championship for his third career-bracelet and outlasted a tough final table that included Phil Hellmuth who was denied his 16 the bracelet. Vladimir Peck outlasted 253 runners to win Event #18 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball for a score worth $134,390. DJ Alexander took down Event #20 $1,000 GGPoker Flip & Go and outlasted 1,240 runners to win $180,665 and his first-ever bracelet.
The 2021 WSOP had a stacked final table in Event #16 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship, when John Monnette won his fourth-career bracelet by defeated Nate Silver heads-up for the gold bracelet and $245,680. The $10K LHE final table also included Eric Kurtzman, Terence Chan, Jason Somerville, John Racener, Scott Tuttle, and Chris Chung. In the other LHE event, Israel's Yuval Bronshtein won his second bracelet with a victory in Event #12 $1,500 Limit Hold'em for a $125K score.
Phil Hellmuth made another final table at the 2021 WSOP in his pursuit of bracelet #16, but he could only muster up a fifth-place finish in Event #9 $10,000 Omaha 8 Championship when the Poker Brat entered the final day as the short stack. Ari Engel outlasted 134 runners to win the bracelet and $317,076 after winning a marathon heads-up battle. Jason Koon shipped Event #11 $25,000 Heads-Up Championship by defeating Gabor Szabo heads up for his first-ever bling. Meanwhile, Zhi Wu won Event #8 $600 NL Deepstack and banked $281,604 and his first bracelet by outlasting a hefty field of 4,527 runners. Also, Michal Perrone edged out Pierre Calamusa and a field of 1,640 entrants to win Event #10 $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty NL for $152,173.
"The Card Counter", a film written and directed by Paul Shrader, hit the big screens last month but it's now available on VOD services. The Card Counter is more of a revenge thriller and anti-war film disguised as a gambling and poker movie. Oscar Isaac plays a small-time gambler William Tell, an ex-vet of the Iraq War who focuses on low-stakes poker and counting cards at blackjack tables in local casinos, while he tries to keep his demons at bay. He takes a college drop out on the road with him, while trying to help the kid avoid a dark path of revenge against his former boss.
The 2021 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas added two more winners. Connor Drinan emerged the victor in Event #5 $1,500 Omaha 8 after surviving a field of 607 entrants to win $163,252. Tyler Cornell snagged his first bracelet as the last player standing in Event #6 $25,000 High Roller after he outlasted 135 entrants and banked $833,289 at a tough final table that included Michael Liang, Adrian Mateos, Jonathan Jaffe, Mustapha Kanit, and Paul Newey.
GGPoker expanded their roster of brand ambassadors with the addition of American pro Jason Koon, which was announced at the 2021 WSOP over the weekend. Koon won over $32.5 million in live tournaments during his career and he's currently ranked #10 all-time on Hendon Mob. Koon joins Daniel Negreanu and Fedor Holz as GGPoker's brand ambassadors.
Cash game-specialist Jesse Klein took down the first open event at the 2021 World Series of Poker with a victory in Event #2 $25,000 HORSE for $552,182after he outlasted a field of 78 runners and survived a tough final table that included Phil Hellmuth, Benny Glasser, David Benyamine, Ben Yu, and Matt Glantz. Hellmuth was denied bracelet #16 when he busted in sixth place.
The red spade returns to live action! Get ready for the anticipated return of the European Poker Tour when the EPT springs into action with the 2021 EPT Prague. The Hilton Hotel Prague will host a full slate of live events between December 8 and 19. The €5,300 buy-in Main Event begins December 13 and satellites starting this weekend for as low as €1. Other notable events will include the return of the €1,100 EPT National and the €10K EPT High Roller.
Michael Addamo continued his hot streak with an impressive victory in 2021 Super High Roller Bowl VI at the Aria Casino. The Aussie pro dominated a tough field of supreme superstars to bank $3.4 million including defeating three-time SHRB champ Justin Bonomo heads up for the SHRB VI title. Addamo won the final two events at the Poker Masters two weekends ago to win the coveted purple jacket to add to his SHRB VI crown.
The 2021 World Series of Poker returns to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas on September 30 to kick off 99 bracelet events including 11 online events at WSOP.com and 88 live events at the Rio. The 2021 WSOP will require all players to show proof of vaccination. On Thursday, three events kick off the 2021 WSOP with Event #1 $500 NL Casino Employees Event, Event #2 $25,000 HORSE, and Event #3 $1,000 Covid-19 Relief NL Charity Event.
The 2021 World Series of Poker begins in one week, but Caesars Entertainment announced that poker rooms at two of their Las Vegas Strip properties will be dark during the WSOP to assist with staffing shortages at the Rio. Bally's and the Flamingo will not spread live poker between September 26 and November 26. Both rooms expect to re-open at the end of November, but in the era of COVID and consolidation, you never know.
The 2021 World Series of Poker returns to a live setting at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, but there will be 11 additional online bracelet events at WSOP.com up for grabs. All of the online bracelet events will take place on Sundays. Ten of those events are open to anyone playing online poker in Nevada and New Jersey, while one bracelet event will exclusively be at stake for online players in Pennsylvania.
Australian pro Michael Addamo was the only player to win multiple events at the 2021 Poker Masters after he won consecutive events to cap off the prestigious high roller series at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Addamo banked $1.84 million in combined earnings with a victory in Event #11 $50,000 NL and another win in Event #12 $100,000 NL. Addamo also won the purple jacket, presented to the top player on leaderboard.
The 2021 Poker Masters crowned a couple of new champions this week with Chris Brewer shipping Event #8 $25,000 NL, Stephen Chidwick binking Event #7 $10,000 NL, Maxx Coleman winning Event #6 $10,000 8-Game, and Daniel Negreanu victorious in Event #5 $10,000 NL. Overall, Brock Wilson is atop of the leaderboard with Brewer and Negreanu in hot pursuit of the Poker Masters purple jacket with four events remaining.
Norm Macdonald, a comedian from Canada known for his stint as the host of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, passed away at age 61 after a decade-long battle with cancer. Macdonald was an avid poker player and sports bettor. Macdonald cashed in a trio of World Series of Poker events, won two lo-fi Aria nightly tournaments, and was briefly sponsored by PokerStars during the height of the online poker boom in the late 2000s.
Russia's Aleksei 'Ha KoJleHu' Vandyshev outlasted a field of 4,092 runners to win 2021 World Series of Poker Online Event #27 $5,000 NL Hold'em Championship at GGPoker that had 27 different opening flights. Vandyshev won his first WSOP gold bracelet and earned a hefty payout worth $2,543,073 after he defeated Brazil's Edson 'CrownUpTsu' Tsutsumi Jr. heads up for the title.
Doyle Brunson aka Texas Dolly is getting his own documentary film, but this one seems a little bit extra special because it will be helmed by Jason Heir, the director from Michael Jordan's "The Last Dance", which was a huge hit for ESPN and Netflix last year. Heir is producing and directing the untitled documentary about the legendary Doyle Brunson, which also does not have a release date.
The folks at partypoker have a new pitchman for their partypoker US operations when pro Darren Elias was tapped as the company's latest brand ambassador. Elias is one of the best players to ever set foot on the World Poker Tour with four WPT titles and now he's a vital part of partypoker's strategy in their legal US markets.
Since the World Series of Poker determined that all players will have to show proof of vaccination in order to participate in 2021 WSOP bracelet events, cash games, and satellites, the powers to be at the WSOP removed a mask mandate on Tuesday, which means players have the option to wear a mask at the tables. However, the WSOP does not have a vaccination mandate for dealers and staff, which is the latest cause of concern among the poker community.