Sean Winter is the hottest player at the US Poker Open right now. He made four final tables in a row and took down Event #4 $10K Short Deck for a $151,200 score. Winter also was a runner-up in Event #1. He's banked nearly $420K in less than a week at the USPO.
Lauren Roberts outlasted a field of 91 runners to win Event #3 $10,000 NL at the 2019 US Poker Open at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Roberts outlasted a tough final table to win $218,400. Sean Winter made his third-straight final table, but he busted in fifth place. Stevie Chidwick made another final table, but he took third place.
Stephen Chidwick leads all British players in all-time money for a reason. The poker savant added $216,000 more to his tournament earnings after he won USPO Event #1 $10,000 NL at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Chidwick won his third overall USPO title by outlasting 90 runners in the opening event of the 2019 US Poker Open.
The future is here. PokerStars recently announced the debut of PokerStars Next Gen, which is a new and improved mobile gaming app. The new sleek app debuted in Denmark and will be rolling out to other countries shortly.
At the start of January, Ramon Colillas was one of a couple hundred fortunate winners of a Platinum Pass to the Bahamas. A month later, he's now a Team PokerStars Pro after binking the largest tournament in the history of poker tournaments. PokerStars tapped the Spanish Chris Moneymaker to join Chris Moneymaker and help promote PokerStars throughout Spain, Europe, and the rest of the world.
The World Series of Poker Europe returns in 2019 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. For a third year in a row, the WSOP-E returns to RozVegas. The 2019 WSOPE will featured ten bracelet events starting October 15 and running through November 4. Last November, British pro Jack Sinclair took down the WSOP-E Main Event for a €1.1 million score.
Popular online streamers Jeff Gross and Jaime Staples are no longer sponsored players by PokerStars. Both pros announced their departures via their channels on YouTube. Staples ended his four-year run with Stars, while Gross spent nearly two years with them. Both pros will continue to stream on their personal channels, while looking forward to new opportunities.
A trio of Aussies made the final table at the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event, but it were two Americans pros who would walk away with the majority of the cash. American Bryn Kenney took down the largest Aussie Millions in history for a score worth $1.27 million (AUD), or approximately $923K USD. There was a three-way money deal with American Mike Del Vecchio and Australia's Andrew Hinrichsen. All three banked at least $1 million AUD.
The 2019 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open started with 1,415 runners at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and they are down to six players. The final six will play down to a champion on March 12 at a special eSports arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. Dave Farah is the big stack with six remaining. Also alive are Brandon Hall, Daniel Buzgon, Joseph Di Rosa Rojas, Ian O'Hara, and Vinicius Lima. First place pays out $728,430 and a seat into the Tournament of Champions at the Aria.
PokerStars announced specifics for two stops on the upcoming Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) with the circuit coming to the Philippines and South Korea. The APPT Korea kicks off on April 5 with a Main Event starting on April 11. The APPT Manila will kick off at the end of the July and running the first week of August at the swanky new Okada Manila.
The 2019 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas is currently at 74 events and counting. The final schedule has yet to be released, but the WSOP announced a couple of additions including a special Bracelet Winners Only. There will also be larger starting stacks and Big Blind Ante format for any ante events.
Phil Hellmuth defeated six players in heads-up matches to win the Borgata Winter Poker Open heads-up title in Atlantic City, NJ. Hellmuth outlasted 64 players in Event #16 $1,590 NL Heads-Up to win $37,248. Olivier Busquet went deep but he finished in fourth place. Hellmuth is closing in on $23 million in career earnings.
PokerStars launched 6+ Hold'em or their version of short-deck hold'em. The favorite format among high-stakes cash game players now comes to the online tables. All the cards between deuces and fives have been removed in 6+ Hold'em. Flushes beat full houses and Aces can be used as a high and low. There's as a button blind, which speeds up the action even more.
The 2019 PCA Main Event Championship is in the books and American pro Chino Rheem survived a field of 865 runners to win $1.5 million. Rheem came into the final table with the lead and knocked out all five opponents en route to a quick and efficient victory in the Bahamas. Rheem picked off Daniel Strelitz heads-up for the trophy. Rheem has officially passed $10 million in career earnings.
The 2019 PCA Main Event Championship is down to its final table and Chino Rheem is the big stack with six remaining. This year's $10K Main Event attracted 865 players. First place pays out $1,567,100. The runner up banks $951K. Canada's Scott Wellenbach is second in chips, followed by two Americans -- Brian Altman and Dan Strelitz. Vicent Bosca is repping Spain at the final table and Pavel Veksler is the short stack.
Canadian poker pro Gavin Smith passed away in his sleep at the age of 50. Smith won a WPT title at the Mirage in 2005 and won his first WSOP bracelet in 2010. Smith banked over $6.3 million in tournaments. The magnanimous Smith was an integral part of Poker Road Radio during the peak of the online poker boom. Smith is currently ranked #11 on the all-time Canada money list.
The 2019 PCA is in its home stretch and Chino Rheem still has chips in the Main Event. After the third day of action, the $10K Main Event went from 79 to 20 players. Tommy Nguyen bagged up the big stack with Jeff Hakim, Dan Strelitz, Matthias Eibinger, and Brian Altman round out the Top 5. First place pays out a juicy $1.5 million. Only two more days remain before they crown a champion in the Bahamas.
After five glorious day of action at the Atlantis Casino and Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, PokerStars crowned a winner in the largest $25,000 tournament in history. Ramon Colillas from Spain banked $5.1 million for outlasting a field of 1.039 hopefuls at the PokerStars Players Championship. He defeated French pro Julien Martini heads-up for the victory Martini took home a little less than $3 million for a runner up share.
The first-ever PokerStars Players Championship played down from 38 players to the final eight on Day 4 of action. On Day 5, they will be playing down to a champion. The top six places pay out at least $1 million with the winner banking $5.1 million. American pro Scott Baumstein is the big stack with 10.7M, followed by Marc Rivera, Julien Martini, Farid Jattin, Roman, Colillas, Jason Koonce, Talal Shakerchi, and Marc Perrault.