Brian Altman took down his third-career World Poker Tour title with a tremendous victory at the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. Altman outlasted a field of 1,165 runners and a tough final table that included Zachary Smiley and Jonathan Jaffe to bank a first-place prize worth $613,225. Altman previous shipped WPT titles with two victories at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in 2015 and 2020.
Poker fans around the world were treated with a fun finale in the $25,000 buy-in 2021 WPT Heads Up Championship with Phil Ivey squaring off against Patrik Antonius on Poker King. The two legends used to slug it out at the virtual tables during the apex of the online poker boom in the 2000s, where Antonius made a name of himself as one of the most feared players in Europe. Their best-of-five heads-up joust went quick. Ivey defeated Antonius with a 3-0 sweep to win the 2021 WPT Heads Up Championship, which paid out $400,000.
The 2021 WPT Heads Up Championship presented by Poker King was a special invitation-only affair with 32 pros and celebs invited to take a shot at the inaugural title online at Poker King. The Final Four featured Chris Kruk, Phil Ivey, Sam Greenwood, and Patrick Antonius. Phil Ivey and Chris Kruk squared off in the semifinals and Ivey won 2-1 to lock up a spot in the Finals. Patrik Antonius knocked out Sam Greenwood 2-0 and advanced to the Finals on Tuesday where Ivey awaits.
The 2021 World Series of Poker takes place in the fall this year at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas starting on September 30 and running through November 23. The official schedule is out and the 2021 WSOP features 88 gold bracelet events and an additional game added to the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, which is now nine mixed games. The 2021 WSOP Main Event has four starting flights this year starting November 4 thru 7. The Main Event final table will start on November 16 and crown a champion on November 17.
David Peters won back-to-back events and three total titles at the 2021 US Poker Open to win the US Poker Open Championship and the coveted golden eagle champion's trophy. Without a series last year due to the pandemic, Peters won consecutive US Poker Open titles with a victory in 2019 and 2021. Meanwhile, Sean Winter shipped the Main Event at the 2021 US Poker Open to cap off the series. Winter outlasted 42 runners to win Event #12 $50,000 NL for a score worth $756,000.
After a slow start, David Peters won back-to-back events at the 2021 US Poker Open, including three titles in the last five tournaments, to seize the top spot on the overall leaderboard in the race for US Poker Open Champion. Peters shipped Event #11 $25,000 NL for a $465,750 score. He outlasted 69 runners and a tough final table that included Vanessa Kade, Dan Shak, Jake Daniels, Frank Funaro, and Ivan Zufic. Peters also won Event #10 $10K Short Deck and Event #7 $10K NL, and now has over $833K in cashes.
It's been a wild week for David Peters, who won two events at the 2021 US Poker Open at the Aria in Las Vegas. He binked Event #10 $10,000 Short Deck and outlasted a small, yet sturdy field of 27 runners. Ali Imsirovic, Event #9 champ, busted in second place and missed winning consecutive events by one spot. Imsirovic retained his top spot on the 2021 USPO Leaderboard with 483 points. Peters moved into second place with 367 points after his second win and third cash overall.
The 2021 US Poker Open at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas added two more champions to their history books as this year's high roller series hits its final stretch. Jared Bleznick won Event #8 $10,000 PLO for $189,000, then Ali Imsirovic took down Event #9 $10,000 NL and faded 99 runners. The victory pushed Imsirovic into the top spot on the US Poker Open leaderboard with three events remaining on the schedule.
The 2021 US Poker Open continued at the Aria with two more events and a pair of winners. David Peters defeated a record-setting field of 99 runners to win Event #7 $10,000 NL for $217,800. In addition, Eli Elezra shipped USPO Event #6 $10,000 8-Game Mix for a $183,600 score. Meanwhile, Joe McKeehen still retains the top spot on the leaderboard with Steve Z and Dan Shak closing in.
The 2021 US Poker Open crowned two more champions at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. John Riordan won Event #4 Big Bet Mix and outlasted 48 runners to win $163,200. In Joey Wiseman took down his first USP Poker Open title with an impressive comeback a victory in Event #5 $10K NL affair for $204,000 score. Joe McKeehen final tabled another event and moved into first place on the USPO Leaderboard.
The 2021 US Poker Open kicked off at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas last week and they already crowned three new champions. Jake Daniels won a record-setting USPO tournament with a $222K score in Event #1 $10K NL. 2-time British Poker Open champ Sam Soverel took down a PLO title in Event #2 $10K Pot-Limit Omaha. 2015 WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen was victorious in Event #3 $10K NL and he edged out Ray Qartomy heads-up for the title.
The World Poker Tour added several new stops in 2021 for the Season XIX (aka S29) of its main tour including a first-ever online event. Tour stops include the WPT Maryland at Live!, the WPT Choctaw in Oklahoma, and the Bellagio and Venetian in Las Vegas. There's also three events in Florida including the bestbet Jacksonville, WPT Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, and WPT Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. There's the inaugural $25K WPT Heads Up Championship hosted at Poker King starting June 18 featuring Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan.
Tony Parker, former NBA star with the San Antonio Spurs and member of the French national basketball team, is the first known player to earn a satellite into the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event. Parker took down a charity event hosted by The PM Group, who awarded a $10,000 Main Event seat the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, which will start on November 4.
PokerStars is hosting the 2021 World College Poker (WCP) Main Event Championship exclusively on PokerStars.net for college students all over the world. The WCP is free to enter with the opening round beginning on July 24 at PokerStars.net with college and university students from all over the planet competing in six different regions. The winner gets a travel package to a European Poker Tour event and second place earns a long weekend of poker training from poker pros including Matt Berkey.
The 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown set a new record with 2,482 entrants for the $3,500 event and generated a prize pool worth nearly $8 million. The event ended in April with a short delayed final table that was played out in Las Vegas. Brekstyn 'Brek' Schutten outlasted the massive field and a tough final table that included Sonny Franco, Steven Snyder, Ken Aldridge, Albert Calderon, and Viet Vo. Schutten defeated Steven Snyder heads up for the WPT title and $1.2 million for first place.
The World Poker Tour played down another delayed final table with the conclusion of the 2020 WPT LA Poker Classic that began in March 2020 and had its final table delayed until now due to the pandemic. Balakrishna Patur outlasted a field of 490 runners in the 2020 WPT LAPC and survived a tough final table that included Matas Cimbolas, James Carroll, Upeshka De Silva, and Ka Kwan Lau and Scott Hempel. Patur banked $1 million and a free roll into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
It only took 16 months and a world-wide pandemic, but the 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open finally has a champion. The $3,200 buy-in event started in January 2020 with 1,290 runners. They played down to a final table with Veerab Zakarian bagging the lead. They thought they were going to wait a couple of months and play the final table out in Las Vegas but the pandemic hit and delayed the final table until May 2021. WPT Player of the Year Brian Altman finished in third place and missed out on winning a third WPT title. Zakarian edged out James Anderson to win the title and $674,840.
The 2021 WSOP is delayed until the end of September, but there's two cool events on the Las Vegas tournament slate this summer starting in June. The Benny Binion Shootout returns and the 128-person field will play out at the South Point Casino between June 10-12. The US Poker Open boasts 12 events that will run between June 3-11 at PokerGO Studio at the Aria Casino.
Joon Park from Austin, Texas outlasted a field of 1,818 runners to win the Lone Star Poker Series Main Event at the Champions Social Poker Club in Houston. This special $1,300 buy-in event had a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, but it was smashed due to the huge turnout. Park banked $271,420 for the victory via a three-way chop by outlasting a final table that also included Shawn Rice and Mike Wang.
With the latest installment WPT Online Series starting May 14 on partypoker, the folks at partypoker are allowing players to change their screen names and alias in order to protect players and minimize bum hunting, fish stalking, and reduce the edge from those utilizing hand history and tracking software. As Rob Yong explained the alias change is "good in terms of combating all the various databases and sharing of information that unfortunately goes on in poker at the moment." More info on the WPT Online Series here.
The 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown set new record for most entrants in a World Poker Tour event with 2,482 entrants and generated a prize pool worth nearly $7.95 million, which also crushed the initial $2 million guarantee. The final table is set and Sonny Franco bagged the lead with Brekstyn Schutten, Steven Snyder, Ken Aldridge, Albert Calderon, and Viet Vo still remaining. The final six will slug it out at a delayed final table at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas on May 18. First place pays out $1.26 million.
Get ready for the brand-spanking new PokerGo Tour launched by PokerGo, which was created to establish a bona fide professional ranking system. This new PokerGO Tour will include 150 international events, including PokerGo's branded events -- US Poker Open, Poker Masters, and Super High Roller Bowl -- in which poker pros compete for the Poker Go Tour Player of the Year and an additional $100,000 in cash.
Ukraine's Pavel Veksler faded a field of 1,880 runners to take down the 2021 Iish Poker Open Main Event, which was hosted at partypoker for a second year in a row due to the pandemic. partypoker pros Patrick Leonard and Matthew Staples went deep, but missed the final table. Pavel Veksler and Bulgaria's Stoyan Obreshkov cut a deal heads-up, but Obreshkov busted in second place and Veksler won the title and a first-place prize worth €266K.
PokerStars expanded their growing list of PokerStars Ambassadors by adding three well-known pros and three popular Twitch streamers. Sam Grafton, Andre Coimbra, and Parker 'tonkaaaaP' Talbot are the pros that are now the latest PokerStars Ambassadors. In addition, Twitch streamers Lasse ‘WisternJL' Jagd Lauritsen from Denmark, and Keith 'AccidentalGrenade' Becker and Mark 'naigo1' Foresta from America also become the next generation of PokerStars Ambassadors.
The 2021 World Series of Poker will run a full slate of live bracelet events starting this fall. The 2021 WSOP returns to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas starting September 30 and running through November 23. The $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event begins with four flights starting November 4. The WSOP Online series also returns this summer for both US and international players. Plus, the 2021 WSOP Europe returns to the King's Casino in Roz Vegas between November 19 and December 8.
It's been a wild ride following the big to buy the World Poker Tour. A raising war broke out to buy the WPT between Element Partners and Bally's. In one corner, there's the unknown entities making up Element and their current bid is up to $105 million. In the other corner, Bally's is well-known gambling brand that operates casinos and racetracks across America. Bally's previously bid $90 million, but now they must decide if they want to make a higher bid for the WPT.
PokerStars made a tough decision to pull the plug on the second installment of the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC), which was supposed to take place at the end of the summer of 2020, but never came to fruition due to the pandemic. PokerStars live events were shuttered in 2020, but the red spade hoped the PSPC could return in 2021, but the logistics have made it a daunting task, so they'll focus the PSPC returning in 2021.
Two weeks ago, news broke that Bally's Corporation put in a last-second bid to acquire the World Poker Tour from Allied eSports Entertainment for $90 million. Allied eSports, who still own the WPT, agreed to sell the WPT to investment group Element Partners for $78 million back in January. Element has until Friday to make a higher bid, otherwise Bally's will become the new owner of the WPT.
After being delayed for a year due to the pandemic, the 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship finally played down to a final table. The event, which started in January 2020, attracted 257 runners and Markus Gonsalves took down the heavily-delayed final table. He outlasted a final table that included Chance Kornuth, Tuan Phan, Jonathan Cohen, Straton Wilhelm, and WPT Venetian champ Qing Liu.
The World Poker Tour continued with live action for the 2021 WPT Venetian in Las Vegs, which attracted 937 runners and a prize pool worth $4.4 million. Joe McKeehen headlined a final table that also included Roland Rokita, Jack Hardcastle, Kou Vang, Qing Liu, and Trace Henderson. Qing Liu and Joe McKeehen got heads-up, but Liu rallied from behind to knock out McKeehen in second place. Liu banked $752,880 and won his first WPT title.