Wednesday June 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm
Breaking News
HOT !

The Grinder pulled off a hat trick! Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for a third time, which also marked his fourth-career bracelet win. The Grinder earned $1.2 million for fading a field of 87 hopefuls. Johnny World Hennigan finished in second place. Meanwhile, Yueqi Zhu won Event #35 $1,500 Mixed Omaha. The legendary grinder from China had cashed in 72 WSOP events and made 12 final tables before he finally stepped into the winner's circle to win his first bracelet.

Two for Tuesday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. A long-time grinder finally made it to the Promised Land, while the real OG The Grinder shipped the Chip Reese Trophy for a third time. The Grinder won Event #33 $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,239,126. The Grinder defeated red-hot Johnny World Hennigan heads-up for the title. Johnny World is now in first place in the WSOP POY race.

The Grinder tied his brother Robert with four WSOP bracelets each. The Mizrachi brothers have 8 combined bracelets, which is currently the best brother tandem in the history of the WSOP. Doyle Brunson and Todd Brunson currently have the most combined bracelets (1 for Todd and 10 for Tex Dolly) for a family (11) and father/son duo (11). In case you were wondering, Howard Lederer and Annie Duke only have 3 combined pieces of bling.

Meanwhile, the Godfather of Chinese Poker shipped his first bracelet. Yueqi Zhu is an engineer in SoCal for his day job, but he's been grinding during the night time and weekends for the last two decades. Zhu cashed 71 other times at the WSOP and made 10 other final tables but had yet to win a bracelet... until he took a shot in Event #35 Mixed Omaha. Zhu cashed in this tri-Omaha affair (PLO 8, Omaha Hi/Lo, plus BIG O) for his 72nd career cash and advanced to his 12th final table. Except this time... it was finally his time. I guess the poker gods and Buddha decided to reward Zhu for his hard work and dedication to the game. Zhu went all the way... and won Event #35. I guess... the 72nd time and 12th time is the charm, eh? Zhu faded a field of 773 Omaha enthusiasts to win $211,781 and his first bracelet.

Event #33 $50,000 Poker Players Championship - Final Results

TheGrinder3x

Ship it to Grinder. Three times! The Grinder locked up his fourth-career bracelet and his third PPC title. Coming into this year's $50K PPC, The Grinder was tied with Brian Rast with 2 victories in the PPC. Both were seeking their third Chip Reese Trophy. Rast busted before the final table, while the Grinder advanced to the final table with a sizable lead. He had twice as many chips as Dan Smith in second place. The Grinder didn't squander the big stack and he marched all the way to the winner's circle.

The Grinder also defeated the hottest player at the WSOP to win the bracelet. Johnny World Hennigan has been en fuego the last couple of weeks. Hennigan won his fifth bracelet last week when he shipped the $10,000 HORSE title. Although Hennigan only cashed in five events this summer, he has multiple final tables (3 total) with the following finishes: 1-2-7-728. Hennigan bubbled a 6-max Dealer's Choice final table during the first week of action. I mean... wow. With three final tables and a near miss. It's no wonder Johnny World Hennigan is currently at the top of the Player of the Year Leaderboard.

The Grinder outlasted a field of 87 players. The prize pool in this 8-game mixed affair was nearly $4.2 million. First place paid out $1.2M or the bulk of the cheesecake.

The Grinder went wire-to-wire with the win. Even he noted the anomaly that got started by an errant spill.

The Grinder told reporters, "Everything changed Day 2. I was short and I spilled coffee on the table. It was a seven-minute delay and we had to move tables. After that, everything turned around. It was a good move by me."

Aaron Katz was the first player to exit the final table when he bounced in sixth place. British pro and bracelet winner Benny Glasser was dunzo in fifth place. Mike Leah came into the final table as the shorty, but he managed to jump up a few spots and hang out until fourth place. Dan Smith came into the final six with the second-biggest stack. However, Smith was unable to fend off his opponents when it got three-handed. Dan Smith got picked off in third place by Hennigan.

A heads-up battle was set between Johnny World and The Grinder. I mean... these are like pro wrestling names! This is the kinda of stuff you'd see on Monday Night Raw.

The Grinder knocked out Johnny World during NL, arguably his best game out of the 8. Kudos to the Grinder. He beat out the best of the best and knocked out the hottest player at the Rio to earn his third Chip Reese trophy.

"I don't think I ever ran this good in a tournament. All the cards went my way," The Grinder explained in his post-victory press conference.

Johnny World banked $765,837 for a consolation prize. He now has $1.1M in winnings since last Monday.

The Grinder walked away with his fourth bracelet, third Chip Reese trophy, and $1.2 million in cash. Not too shabby, eh?

Most importantly... in the Mizrachi Clan Bracelet Count, The Grinder equaled his big brother, Robert Mizrachi, with four bracelets each. Three cheers for the two Mizrachi boys... with eight pieces of bling and four apiece. Momma Grinder should be thrilled! (And I hope she gets a piece of the pie!).

The Grinder's WSOP winnings have now topped $9.2 million. Overall, the Grinder's winnings are closing in on $17 million. Yikes! He's got $16.9M and counting. The Grinder jumped back into the Top 25 overall in Hendon Mob's all-time money list.

Greg FBT Mueller bubbled off the final table in seventh place. Phil Ivey went deep, but mussed the final table by a few spots. Everyone and their grandma thought Ivey was gonna make a final table for this one... and possibly win it. But NO HOME JEROME couldn't fair better than a ninth-place finish and a cash that was a little more than $111K.

Only the top 14 places paid out. Among those who cashed, but did not make the final table included... Greg Mueller (7th), Brian Rast (8th), Phil Ivey (9th), Shaun Deeb (10th), Chris Vitch (11th), Bobby Bellande (12th), Randy Ohel (13th), and Yehuda Buchalter (14th).

2018 WSOP - Event #33 $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Entrants: 87

Prize Pool: $4,176,000

Payouts: 14

 

Final Table Results:

1. Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi (USA) $1,239,126

2. Johnny WORLD Hennigan (USA) $765,837

3. Dan Smith (USA) $521,782

4. Mike Leah (Canada) $364,197

5. Benny Glaser (U.K.) $260,578

6. Aaron Katz (USA) $191,234

Event #35 Mixed $1,500 PLO 8; Omaha Hi/Lo; Big O - Final Results

ZHUWSOP

PLO8. Omaha 8. Big O. That's the triumvirate of Omaha-derivatives that made up Event #35. This event attracted 773 players and a prize pool that topped $1 million.

The final table of Event #35 included a couple of tough pros in Jon Turner and Ryan Hughes. Plus you cannot overlook Carol Fuchs, who has been having a great summer at the WSOP. With all eyes on those three, Yueqi Zhu flew under the radar and swooped up the bracelet.

Hughes was the first player to bust at the final table, when he hit the rail in seventh place. Jon Turner was dunzo in fifth place.

This Mixed Omaha event needed a fourth day to play down to the champion. Yueqi Zhu, Gabe Ramos, and Carol Fuchs were the only players still alive at the final table when action was suspended on Monday night. They returned for a fourth-day of Mixed Omaha on Tuesday. Alas, Fuchs couldn't get anything going and she busted in third place. That set up a heads-up battle between Zhu and Ramos. And Ramos couldn't stop Zhu from winning the bracelet.

Ramos settled on $130K for a runner-up's share, while Zhu binked a bracelet and $211K in cash.

Zhu told the WSOP staff and press corps, "I think I'm holding the unofficial record of the most top-three finishes without a bracelet. I know a lot of things can happen and I feel bad that a turn of the card can totally change the result, so I'm happy that it went my way today and I didn't have to extend that record."

Zhu came very close several times before... but he could never finish off the deed. Until now.

Zhu was born in China, but lives in Southern California. He's been instrumental in helping being poker to a wider audience in China, while it's experience its own boom of sorts. Zhu is the publisher of a poker magazine and operates a poker forum for Chinese poker enthusiasts.

Nathan Gamble bubbled off the final table in eighth place. Chip Jett nearly missed a final table when he busted in ninth place.

Notables who went deep in Mixed Omaha and finished in the Top 25 included... Robert Mizrachi, Sean Moore, Jimmy Alexander, and Mark Gregorich.

Other familiar faces and names who cashed in Event #35 included... Allyn Shulman, Bart Hanson, Stephen Ladowsky, Jared Hemingway, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Ken Po, Dylan Wilkerson, Barry Greenstein, Tony Ma, Stuart Ritter, Mike Noori, Max Pescatori, Roland Israelashvili, Alex difelice, Martin Staszko, and Steve Gags.

2018 WSOP - Event #35 Mixed $1,500 PLO 8; Omaha Hi/Lo; Big O

Entrants: 773

Prize Pool: $1,043,550

Payouts: 116

 

Final Table Results:

1. Yueqi Zhu (China) $211,781

2. Gabriel Ramos (USA) $130,850

3. Carol Fuchs (USA) $89,488

4. Matthew Gregoire (USA) $62,226

5. Jon Turner (USA) $44,007

6. Peter Neff (USA) $31,662

7. Ryan Hughes (USA) $23,182

Latest news
Friday September 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm
LIVE
Erkut Yilmaz leads WPT Borgata Poker Open final table

The 2018 WPT Borgata Poker Open is down to the final table. Only six players are still left in the hunt for a WPT title. Erkut Yilmaz is the chip leader and he'll be trying to fend off remaining players: Oleg Shnaider, TK Miles, Austin Wentling, Liam He, and Anthony Maio. Poker Masters Purple jacket winner Ali Imsirovic missed the final table when he was picked off in ninth place. Author Maria Konnikova also went deep, but she busted in 20th place.

Thursday September 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm
Breaking News
HOT !
Introducing PokerStars VR

Virtual reality and poker have intersected thanks to PokerStars. The news out of PokerStars HQ today is glowing news about PokerStars VR. Coming soon! Get those head sets ready. By the way... supposedly there will be pet donkeys.

Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 3:27 am
Breaking News
SCOOP
wann2play wins WCOOP Main Event for $1.35 million

The High version of the 2018 WCOOP Main Event played down from 17 to a champion. wann2play from the Netherlands outlasted 2,044 entrants to win $1,352,967.97. After Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger busted in third place, the final two -- wann2play and eze88888 -- made a heads-up deal. They played for $200K in cash and the title. Argentina's eze88888 finished in second place and won $1.25M.

Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm
2018 WCOOP: Main Event down to 17

The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is heading into its final day of action. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event attracted 2,044 entrants and only 17 are remaining. The final two tables will play down to a champion today. Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger is the big stack. Also still alive: Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken, Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson, and Robert 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin. The final event on the schedule, the $25K High Roller, kicks off today and Twitch superstar Lex Veldhuis will be streaming the action.

Sunday September 16, 2018 at 4:51 pm
Breaking News
HOT !
Ali Imsirovic edges out David Peters to win Poker Masters Purple Jacket

The final event of the 2018 Poker Masters played down to a champion. David Peters won Event #7 $100,000 NL for a payday worth $1.15 million. That marked his second win at the Poker Masters, but he finished 10 points behind the leaderboard winner Ali Imsirovic, who won back-to-back events, advanced to three final tables and shipped the coveted Purple Jacket.

Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm
Telex
Rounders podcast with Bill Simmons

The Sports Guy (a.k.a. Bill Simmons, founder of The Ringer) joined Sean Fennessey for the latest episode of The Rewatchables podcast. Simmons rewatched the classic poker film Rounders, which he's happy to say, still holds up twenty years later. Listen in here.

Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm
China shuts down Tencent Gaming poker app

Poker is a not a competitive sport or mind sport in China. As a result, many popular poker sites and apps are being shut down by Chinese authorities. Tencent Gaming will be shutting down their popular poker app, Everyday Hold'em, on September 25. Players will be compensated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Monday September 10, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Breaking News
Poker Masters: Brandon Adams and David Peters early winners

The 2018 Poker Masters is underway at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Who is going to win the Purple Jacket this time around? David Peters outlasted 69 players to win Event #1 $10K NL for $193,200. Brandon Adams made consecutive final tables and shipped Event #2 $25K NL for a $400,000 score. Adams is currently leading the chase for the purple jacket.

Saturday September 8, 2018 at 6:38 pm
niself wins two WCOOPs in same day

The first week of the 2018 WCOOP on PokerStars is complete and one of the big stories is that nilsef from Germany won two WCOOP titles in the same day in NL Omaha and Win the Button. Also, NJCOOP will kick off soon in the Garden State starting September 29. Three Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC will be in play during NJCOOP.

Friday September 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm
Breaking News
SCOOP
RIP Burt Reynolds

Actor Burt Reynolds passed away at the age of 82. The renowned actor was a huge Hollywood star in the 1970s with top-billing roles in Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, and the Biggest Little Whorehouse in Texas. Reynolds also appeared in P.T. Anderson's film Boogie Nights and received an Academy Award nomination for his role of porn director Jack Horner. In the poker world, Reynold's is most known from his role in Deal. In the 2008 indie film, Reynolds plays a pro named Tommy Vinson who emerges retirement to tutor a young player.

Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm
EPT Barcelona: Piotr Nurzynski Wins Main Event for €1 million

2018 EPT Barcelona Main Event finally played down to a champion. Piotr Nurzynski, an online qualifier from Poland, outlasted a field of 1,931 entries to win the EPT Barcelona Main Event. Nurzynski won a €250 satellite and he banked €1 million in cash. Meanwhile, Max Silver outlasted 430 runners in the 10K High Roller to win nearly €600K.

Thursday August 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm
WPT and partypoker LIVE announce partnership

Two of the biggest names in poker are combining forces. The World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE announced they will have a four-year partnership that will create more live events in Canada and Europe for the poker community. Seven events are on the slate including Sochi, Russia in 2019. The first new event debuts in October 2018 at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Monday August 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm
HOT !
Mikita Badziakouski wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

Mikita Badziakouski strikes again. Mikita Badziakouski shipped the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller. Badziakouski banked €1,650,300 for first place. Ahadpur Khangah was the runner up. The final table included Matthias Eibinger, Tim Adams, Benjamin Pollak, Rui Ferreira, and Jean Ferreira. Also, Jean-Rene Fontaine took down the 1,100 buy-in EPT Barcelona National. Fontaine outlasted 4,348 entrants to win €547,000.

Friday August 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm
LIVE
EPT Barcelona: Michael Soyza wins €10K High Roller

The 2018 EPT Barcelona kicked off at the Casino Barcelona in Spain with a 10K High Roller affair. A total of 124 total entrants took a shot at the opening event. Malaysia's Michael Soyza navigated a rough and tumble final table to pull off the victory. Soyza defeated Kai Lehto heads-up for the title and €302,500 in cash. Liv Boeree finished in sixth place.

Friday August 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm
Galactic Series starts August 26

PokerStars is introducing a new online series especially tailored for their player base in Southern Europe. The Galactic Series starts on Sunday, August 26th and it will consist of 186 events for players in France, Spain, and Portugal. The Galactic Series boasts a total guarantee worth a whopping €15 million. The €250 buy-in Main Event has a €1.5 million guarantee and begins September 9. There's also the special Hercules event, where you have 12 chances to reach Day 2. The Hercules has a modest buy-in of only €20, but a juicy €300K guarantee.

Thursday August 23, 2018 at 3:41 pm
Creative ways to win a Platinum Pass

PokerStars recently announced that their brand ambassadors will be sharing various ways for players to win a "place in the ultimate poker event" which is the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas at the 2019 PCA. Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Shahade, Jeff Gross, Lex Veldhuis, and Maria Konnikova are providing different opportunities to qualify for the PokerStars Platinum Pass Adventure.

Wednesday August 22, 2018 at 2:20 am
DDoS Freerolls on PokerStars

Last week, PokerStars admitted that real money games were interrupted due to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) hacks. These attacks occurred on multiple platforms between August 12 and August 14. PokerStars canceled tournaments on Sunday and Monday of that week including the Sunday Million. They issued refunds and are currently hosting a series of freerolls starting August 22 and running through August 26. With over $500,000 in freerolls, affected players will have 3 tickets to play in the 5 daily events (with $100,000 at stake daily). Tickets to the 2018 WSOP and Galactic Series will also be awarded.

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
Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday October 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm
$125 added