Action at the 2019 WSOP Europe continued at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Espen Sandvik outlasted a mixed games final table that included Jeff Madsen and Phil Hellmuth to win WSOPE Event #5 €2,500 8-Game Mix for €75,246. Siamak Tooran outlasted a field of 111 players to win WSOP Europe Event #6 €25,500 Short Deck High Roller NL for a score worth €740,996. Tomas Fara from the Czech Republic outlasted 377 runners and won WSOPE Event #7 €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter NL for €59,904. Meanwhile, Greece's Vangelis Kaimakamis faded 766 players to win WSOPE Event #3 €1,350 Mini Main Event for €167,056.
James Chen rallied back from a short stack at the final table to win the 2019 WSOP Europe Event #4 €250,000 Super High Roller at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Chen banked €2,844,215 and outlasted a final table that included Cary Katz, Tony G, Christoph Vogelsang, and Chin Wei Lim. Chen defeated Lim heads-up for the bracelet, which would be the first ever for Taiwan.
American pro Dash Dudley won his second PLO bracelet of 2019. He took down his first bracelet earlier this summer in Las Vegas at the 2019 WSOP, and he added a second one with a victory in 2019 WSOP Europe Event #2 €550 PLO by fading a field of 467 players to win €51,600. In Event #1 €350 NL Opener, Jeff Lisandro made the final table but busted in 8th place. Ukraine's Renat Bohdanov went on to win the first event at the WSOP Europe.
The latest stop on the World Poker Tour hit Jacksonville, Florida for the $5,000 buy-in WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Jacksonville. The $5K main event attracted a prize pool over $1.6 million. Josh Adkins outlasted a field of 349 runners to win $331,480 and a freeroll to the end of season WPT Tournament of Champions at the Aria.
The 2019 EPT Sochi played down to a champion. China's Yi Ye faded a field of 879 runners to win 19.3 million Rubles or approximately $300,000 USD. After declining a heads-up deal with Giorgiy Skhulukhiya, Ye went on to victory for his first EPT title. Local favorite, Lidiya Kozenkova, finished in fourth place.
The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe is right around the corner. The 2019 WSOPE begins on Sunday October 13, 2019 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. There will be 15 bracelet events on the schedule this year including a pair of Short Deck events and a handful of High Roller events. The €10,350 Main Event begins on October 28.
Sweden's Simon Brandstrom took down the 2019 WPT UK Main Event at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Room in Nottingham for a $330,000 score and he made history by becoming the first player to win a WPTDeepstacks and WPT event. He accomplished both titles in 2019 with a victory in the WPTDS Barcelona in April. Brandstrom's been running hot after he won the 2019 EPT Barcelona for a $1.4 million score.
The 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Coconut Creek, hosted at Seminole Coconut Creek in South Florida, attracted 617 runners to the $1,700 buy-in Main Event. The $1 million guaranteed prize pool kicked in and Steven Sarmiento from New York City took down the WSOP Circuit ring and a first-place prize worth over $188,158. Nick Yunis, a pro from Chile, finished in fourth place.
The WPT arrived in Morocco for the latest stop on the WPTDeepStacks global tour. Alejandro Roman from Spain outlasted a field of 545 runners to win the 2019 WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Main Event, which had a 13,200 Moroccan Dirham buy-in. Roman banked 1.1 million MAD for first place. The final table also included Bruno Fitoussi, who finished in sixth place.
The 2019 WPT Borgata Poker Open attracted 1,156 runners and a prize pool worth over $3 million. Donald Maloney, Jr., an ex-hockey player and son of Don Maloney from the New York Rangers, won his first WPT title after defeating Uke Dauti heads-up at the Borgata. Victor Ramdin finished in sixth place. Vanessa Selbst made a cameo at this WPT event and she went deep at the Borgata with a finish in 14th place.
It took four attempts, but Paul Richardson finally won a WSOP Circuit Main Event ring. Richardson had previously finished in 8th place and 4th place twice before he went the distance at Thunder Valley Resort and Casino just outside Sacramento. Richardson banked $130,667 for fading a field of 414 players.
PokerStars and the Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas have decided to split up. After 16 years, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will no longer be the place to be in January. PokerStars decided to not continue the PCA for 2020 and instead they will be focusing on the 2020 PokerStars Players Championship in Barcelona.
The 2019 British Poker Open concluded with Event #10 £100,000 NL. Only 12 players took part in the 1.2 million prize pool. The top two places paid out with Ben Tollerene winning £840,000 for first place, while Cary Katz banked £360,000 for second place. Sam Sovervel won two events in London, while other champs in the 2019 BPO included Luc Greenwood, Paul Newey, Sam Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick, and Mikita Badziakouski.
Ronnie Bardah is the latest poker pro to appear on a reality TV show. Bardah, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2012, confirmed via social media that he will appear on the upcoming season of Survivor: Island of the Idols. The 39th season of Survivor was filmed on location at the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.
After a couple of weeks of nonstop poker action, the 2019 EPT Barcelona came to an end with the conclusion of the Main Event championship. A total of 1,988 runners took part in the €5,300 buy-in event. Simon Brandstrom from Sweden and Hungary's Marton Czuczor agreed to a heads-up money chop. Brandstrom would go on to win the tournament and title along with a first-place prize worth €1,290,166 or approximately $1,420,000 USD.
Juan Pardo won a pair of single day High Rollers at the 219 EPT Barcelona. Pardo shipped the €25K for 491,600 and took down the €50K for a little over €1 million. He earned over €1.5 million for two days of work. Pardo defeated a difficult final table in the 50K that included Steve O'Dwyer, Seth Davies, Tim Adams, and Lucas Greenwood.
The PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) returns. But it will not be in the Bahamas. The next PSPC will take place on August 20-24, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The event will be another $25K buy-in affair (actual price tag will be €22,500). PokerStars will be awarding an unknown number of Platinum Passes to the next PSPC in Barcelona.
The 2019 EPT Barcelona is underway in Spain. The €100K High Roller is in the books and Spain's Sergi Reixach faded 64 runners to win €1,816,210 or approximately $2 million USD. Reixach defeated Sam Grafton heads-up for the title. The final table included Steve O'Dwyer, Lucas Greenwood, Danny Tang, Kahle Burns, Tsugunari Toma, Rui Ferreira, and Mikalai Vaskaboinikau.
The 2019 partypoker LIVE EUROPE Main Event has come to a close. Czech Republic's Lucas Zaskodny outlasted 504 players to win a cool million (USD) or €906,770 per terms of his heads-up deal with Josef Snejberg. French pro Romain Lewis took third place. Team partypoker pro Roberto Romanello, Sam Grafton and Charlie Carrel also made the final table in RozVegas.
Turkey's Orpen Kisacikoglu outlasted a field of 32 runners to take down the Triton Super High Roller €100K at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe event in RozVegas. The €100K final table also included partypoker Pro Kristen Bicknell, Vladimir Troyanovksiy, Ben Heath, Wai Kin Yong, and Cary Katz. Kisacikoglu banked a cool million in Euros.
The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London continued with the £100,000 NL Main Event championship. The Main Event attracted a record-smashing 130 runners. The tough final table included Jungleman, Stephen Chidwick, Michael Chi Zhang, Sam Greenwood, Mike Soyza, Ben Heath, Paul Phua, and Wai Kin Wong. The top two chopped, but Wai Kin Yong eventually defeated Phua heads up for the title and the cash for £2,591,695 or approximately $3.15 million USD.
Aaron Zang won the richest tournament in the history of poker when he defeated Bryn Kenney heads up and overcame a 5-1 deficit to win the million dollar buy-in 2019 Triton Million in London. Zang and Kenney made a heads-up deal, so Kenney actually banked more as a second-place finisher with nearly £16.9 million. With over $55.5 million in earnings, Kenney took over first place in the all-time money winner list according to Hendon Mob.
After two long days of action, the £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million is down to its final table. Vivek Rajkumar leads the final eight that also includes Stephen Chidwick, Tim Adams, Bryn Kenney, Alfred DeCarolis, Aaron Zang, Dan Smith, and Bill Perkins. First place pays out £19 million in this charity event that raised £2.7 million for a Helping Hand Charity.
The 2019 Triton High Roller Series in London features the Million for Charity, a £1,050,000 million buy-in event with portion of the pool set aside for charity. Day 1 is underway in this invite only event with a mix of high-stake rec players and high-stakes ballers. This event had 54 players with only the top 11 places getting paid out and £19,000,000 to first place. At least £2.7 million got raised for charity.
The new season of the World Poker Tour kicked off with the WPT Gardens Poker Fest at the Gardens Casino outside of Los Angeles. This year's $5K buy-in event attracted 373 runners and a prize pool worth $1.75 million. The final table included Cord Garcia, Andy Wisdom, Roger Teska, Lior Orel, Lars Kamphues, and Laszlo Molnar. Maria Ho missed the final table by a couple of spots when she busted in eighth place. Roger Teska rallied from a huge heads-up deficit to defeat Laszlo Molnar and win the WPT Gardens. Teska banked $368K.