Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm
Breaking News
HOT !

Brian Rast won his fourth bracelet when he shipped WSOP Event #23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship. The legendary Doyle Brunson made the final table and finished in sixth place. Brunson confirmed that this would be his last WSOP event before he retired. Brunson missed a bracelet by a few spots, but he rode off into the sunset before making one last cameo at a WSOP final table in Las Vegas. Happy trails, Tex Dolly.

Bunsons
Pic by Lizzie Harrison

Ladies and Gentlemen... Tex Dolly has left the building. A legend said his last goodbyes when Doyle Brunson busted in sixth place in Event #23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball. The ten-time bracelet winner was trying to win his 11th piece of bling. If Hollywood could script WSOP events, then Brunson would have beaten Brian Rast heads-up to win a bracelet in his last-ever tournament. But this is real life and Las Vegas is just brutal when giving gamblers a dose of reality.

Brunson didn't win the Lowball event, but the mere fact he made the final table is a testament to the sheer will, skill, and determination. For the last 2 decades Brunson could have been dismissed as a classical icon or dinosaur like many of the elders from his generation, but his deft poker skills kept him at the front of the class.

There will always be a big game in town, but no one has held a seat at that game in Vegas for as long as Brunson. Will there be anyone as close to a consistent winner for as long as someone like Dolly? Whether it was Bobby's Room or wherever Brunson and his buddies player, big money filtered through Brunson's table in Vegas over the last thirty years. Brunson never had an easy list of challengers and it always seemed like someone else was looking to snipe one the biggest guns in town. Sure, there was plenty of dead money gifting their chips away, but he also fended off a blitz of hot upstarts and mid-tiered pros finally ready to move up to nosebleed stakes to take a shot in the Big Game.

Look at the wrinkles on Brunson's weathered face. Each divot represented a ripple in time. Every wrinkle was another thousand bad beats that Brunson endured on the road of life. Brunson saw the transformation of the game from its murky origins in darkened, smoky backrooms of brothels to its ascension into the upper echelons of the entertainment industry under the blinding neon lights of Las Vegas Blvd. Fifty years ago Doyle Brunson was an outlaw gambler. Today, he's a sainted legend and an established pitchman for a gaming industry that is worth billions.

Most gunslingers die gasping for air with their guts spilling out. Brunson might not have won every gunfight, but he survived the ones he lost and lived to tell about the harrowing moments. The grizzled gunslinger in the off-white Stetson rides off into the Nevada sunset for one final time.

 

Event #23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball - Final Results

Rast4x

On the start of Day 2 of this event, Doyle Brunson late reg'd at the last possible moment. He said it would be his last-ever WSOP event. He wanted to play one of his favorite games before he officially called it quits. Ever since that moment, the poker world had been keeping close tabs on Event #23. At the least, they wanted to catch a glimpse of the legend one last time. And at the best, maybe ole Texas Dolly can work his magic one final time?

The poker gods were kind to Brunson, but they weren't on Hollywood's payroll. Brunson would advance to the final table, but he'd bust out in sixth place. Five spots short of a bracelet. Five shot short of his 11th title.

These $10K Lowball events usually have stacked final tables with a few old-school pros, a handful of the top mixed-cash-game players in the world, and a couple young guns who had been woodshedding the game with their tech-savvy compadres. This final table was precisely that. No real soft spots at all... Johnny World, Doyle Brunson, Shawn Sheikhan, James Alexander, Dario Sammartino, Mike Wattel and Brian Rast. Freddy Bonyadi bubbled the final table in eighth place.

Johnny World was the first to exit the final table. Then Brunson exited in sixth. Brunson earned $43,963 for sixth-place, but I had a feeling it was one of the only times he didn't play for the money.

Brunson's run fizzled out in sixth place, much to the dismay of fans all over the world that railed his event in real life at the Rio, online via WSOP updates, or on the (paid) live stream. Oh, ya... I know PokerGO had exclusive rights for that event, but the WSOP shoulda aired that final table for free for Doyle's sake. It would have been cool (and one heck of a promo) if the entire world got to see him play one last time.

Rast told reporters, "And you know everyone was pulling for Doyle and I can understand that. And you know, outside of me, I was pulling for Doyle too."

Sheiky was dunzo in fifth place, followed by Alexander and Italian pro Daria Sammartino. That set up a heads-up battle between Mike Wattel and Brian Rast. Both had won bracelets before and Wattel ended a long-time drought with a victory last summer. Wattel smelled blood in the water and only Rast stood in his way of winning #3.

Alas, it was Rast's day. The pro picked off Wattel to win his fourth overall bracelet.

Wattel banked $160K for a consolation prize, while Rast won a shade under $260K. Not too shabby, eh?

Only the top 15 players cashed in the $10K 2-7 Lowball event. Among those fortunate few were Freddy Bonyadi, Ray Dehkharghani, Todd Brunson, Galen Hall, Ilya Trincher, Robert Mizrachi, Paul Volpe, and Ben Yu.

And yes, Todd Brunson and Doyle Brunson cashed in the same tournament together. The father/son duo were actually seated next to each other at one point.

2018 WSOP - Event #23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball

Entrants: 95

Prize Pool: $893,000

Payouts: 15

 

Final Table Results:

1. Brian Rast (USA) $259,670

2. Mike Wattel (USA) $160,489

3. Dario Sammartino (Italy) $114,023

4. James Alexander (USA) $81,986

5. Shawn Sheikhan (USA) $59,669

6. Doyle Brunson (USA) $43,963

7. John Hennigan (USA) $32,796

Happy trails, Tex Dolly...

Latest news
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm
Telex
Watch Day 4 of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America live feed from Rio

Check out the penultimate day of action at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The final 13 players began Day 4 out of the original 439 runners that began this event. Manig Loeser is the big dog remaining. Watch the live stream from Rio here.

Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm
Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross join partypoker Team Online

Jaime Staples, one of the most popular poker streamers on the interwebs, will join his brother Matt Staples as a member of Team Online. partypoker assembled a mega-team of the top Twitch streamers in the world, which also includes super baller Jeff Gross. Jaime will officially become a part of the team on May 4, which is also Star Wars day.

Monday March 18, 2019 at 3:35 pm
Bellagio poker room robbed, suspect loses fatal shootout with Las Vegas Police

Over the weekend, someone walked into the Bellagio poker room and pulled off a brazen Friday night robbery without anyone even noticing. The thief fled out the Bellagio's side entrance by the north valet and four Las Vegas cops confronted the suspect when he failed to carjack a vehicle in the valet. The robber pulled out a gun and shot at the police, who instantly returned fire and struck him. The suspect was taken to the hospital and later died from his wounds.

Sunday March 17, 2019 at 5:08 pm
 Vitalijs Zavorotnijs wins 2019 WPT Barcelona for €600,000

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs came into the final table of the 2019 WPT Barcelona with the chip lead and he held off the other five at the final table to take down the latest stop on the World Poker Tour. Zavorotnijs faded a field of 1,227 runners to win €600,000 or $678K USD. His final table also included Eric Sfez, Niko Koop, Boris Kolev, Jerry Odeen, and Alain Zeidan.

Thursday March 14, 2019 at 11:53 pm
Vinicius Lima wins WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open for $728K

Vinicius Lima went from the short stack to the champion at the 2019 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Lima won $728,430 at the HyperX Sports eSports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. The event began in Atlantic City at the end of January and was action paused six weeks to play the finale out in Las Vegas. Lima faded a field of 1,415 for his first WPT win.

Wednesday March 13, 2019 at 7:31 pm
Erkut Yilmaz and Frank Stepuchin win WPT titles

Frank Stepuchin faded a field of 253 runners to win the WPT Gardens. The final table played out at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas. The final six included Shannon Shorr, Steve Sung, Breant Roberts, Ray Qartomy, and Jonathan Abdellatif. Stepuchin defeated Shorr heads up for the title and $548,825. Meanwhile, at the WPT Rolling Thunder just outside Sacramento, California, Erkut Yilmaz won his second-career title on the WPT for a score worth $303,920. He outlasted a tough final table and beat Jim Collopy heads-up for the win.

Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 1:57 pm
David ODB Baker wins WPT LA Poker Classic final table in Vegas

The World Poker Tour is experimenting with delayed final tables in Las Vegas this year. The first of them, hosted at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor, included the final six of the WPT LA Poker Classic. Old David Baker outlasted a final table that included Darren Elias, Matas Cimbolas, Jean-Claude Moussa, John Smith, and Steve Yea. Baker banked a little over $1 million for his victory.

Monday March 11, 2019 at 4:13 pm
Timothy Adams wins Triton Series Jeju Main Event for $3.54 million

The 2019 Triton High Roller Series in Jeju, South Korea concluded with its Main Event Championship. The 2 million HKD buy-in event (approximately $255K USD) attracted 48 total entries, including 16 re-entries. The stacked final table included Aussie Millions winner Bryn Kenney, Timothy Adams, Ike Haxton, David Peters, Petter Jetten, and Dan Smith. Canadian pro Tim Adams and Bryn Kenney chop it heads up, with Adams banking $3.54 million for first and Kenney taking down a little over $3 million for second place.

Friday March 8, 2019 at 9:35 pm
Jason Koon Wins Triton Super High Roller Jeju Short Deck for $2.9 million

Jason Koon won another high-baller affair at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju South Korea. The American pro faded a field of 81 hopefuls in the Event #5 HKD 1,000,000 Short Deck. He won HKD 22.3 million, which is approximately $2.9 million USD. His final table included Paul Puha, John Juanda, Jun Wang, Rochard Yong, Devan Tang, Wai Yong, Furkat Rakhimov, and Gabe Patgorski. Koon picked off Puha heads-up for the victory.

Thursday March 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm
Four-Time Champ Darren Elias Leads 2019 WPT LA Poker Classic Final Table

The 2019 WPT LA Poker Classic Main Event played down to its final table of six players, but the finale will not resume until Monday, March 11, 2019 in Las Vegas. Some final tables for this season of the WPT will be played down at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. With six remaining, Darren Elias is the big stack. He's already won a record four WPT titles and he's close to earning his fifth crown since 2014. First place pays out a little more than $1 million plus a seat in the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Also at the final table are David 'ODB" Baker, Matas Cimbolas, Jean-Claude Moussa, Steve Yea, and John Smith.

Tuesday March 5, 2019 at 9:56 pm
Devan Tang, Justin Bonomo, and Michael Soyza win at Triton Poker Series Jeju

The 2019 Triton Poker Series in Jeju, Korea is almost half-done. Three events are in the books. Justin Bonomo won the opening event or 250K HKD Short Deck Event for a HKD 4.6 million (or $586K USD). Hong Kong's Devan Tang won HKD 9.7 million (or $1.24 USD) for taking down Event #2 HKD 500K Short Deck. Malaysian Michael Soyza binked Event #3 HKD 500K 6-Max for a heady HKD 11.15 million (or $1.420M USD).

Monday March 4, 2019 at 1:03 am
HOT !
Poker fight at Talking Stick Casino in Arizona

Things got out of hand at the Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday. Pro Justin Pechie captured the incident on his phone when two poker players were involved in fisticuffs. As expected, chips went flying everywhere before security stepped in.

Friday March 1, 2019 at 12:48 am
partypoker creates Team Online with top streamers

partypoker is making a huge push to build out an online quad of the top content creators in the streaming realm. partypoker launched Team Online to specifically target the top Twitch streamers. They has nine members and counting including Matt Staples, Hristivoje "ALLinPav" Pavlovic, Travis "dramaticdegen" Darroch, Patrick "XxXMLGPROXxX" Tardif , Alan "hotted89" Widmann, Ryan "RSchoonbaert" Schoonbaert, Courtney "courtiebee" Gee, Steven "DWstevie" Kok, and their newest member, Monika "HeyMonia" Zukowicz.

Thursday February 28, 2019 at 1:13 am
Marle Cordeiro from model to poker pro

Popular poker vlogger Marle Cordeiro posted a new video that detailed how she made the jump from modeling to becoming a poker pro. It was a long, tough journey filled with some heartache. Yet, Marle has come through it all.

Monday February 25, 2019 at 12:40 am
David Peters is 2019 US Poker Open Champion, wins $100K USPO Main Event

David Peters saved his best performance for last. Peters won the final event on the 2019 USPO schedule. Peters faded a field of 33 runners to win Event #10 $100,000 NL. He defeated a final table that included Chris Hunichen, Keith Tilston, Martin Zamani, and Ryan Riess. The win propelled Peters to the top of the USPO leaderboard, where he edged out Sean Winter and Stephen Chidwick, who had won two titles again this year. Peters won $1.32 million for the Main Event to become the overall 2019 US Poker Open Champion.

Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 6:31 am
Ship it to Stevie Two Times: Chidwick wins another USPO crown

Stephen Chidwick loves playing at the US Poker Open. It must be something in the water at the Aria Casino. Chidwick won his second event of the 2019 USPO when he took down Event #6 $25K PLO for a score worth $351,000. He won the opening event of the USPO as well. He's banked over $705K through six events. Chidwick defeated Cary Katz heads-up for the victory.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 28, 2019 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday April 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday April 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday April 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday April 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm
$125 added