The PokerStars Player Championship got off to a sensational start when it passed 1,000 entries. The total is 1,014 runners. First place will pay out over $5 million and that includes an extra $1 million bonus on top. It was a Who's Who of poker at Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas for the start of the inaugural PSPC. After the first complete day of action, only 756 players remaining and The U.K.'s Talal Shakerchi is the big stack with over 420K. Registration is still open.
The 2019 PCA is officially underway at Atlantis Casino and Resort in the Bahamas. The PokerStars Players Championship kicks off today. PokerStars gave away Platinum Passes and prize packages worth several million over the last twelve months. At least 850 players will be taking a shot at PSPC glory. Registration is still open.
The World Poker Tour is coming to the UK in the fallof 2019! The WPT UK will be hosted at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino Nottingham. The £3,300 buy-in event also has a £1.5 million guarantee. The first of two opening flights begins online at partypoker on September 22. The first of three live opening flights begins on September 30 at Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino Nottingham. The WPT UK Main Event will run through October 6. For a complete schedule, click here.
Christmas came a little early for poker enthusiasts because dates dropped for the 2019 World Series of Poker. The Rio Casino in Las Vegas will host the 50th version of the WSOP with 78 events running over 50 days starting May 28 and running through July 16. This year's special event with be the $5million guarantee Big 50, which is $500 juice free (initial) entry. The Main Event will feature three opening flights over the Fourth of July weekend.
Ike Haxton faded a field of 36 super ballers to win the $300,000 buy-in 2018 Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Haxton banked $3.6 million for his victory in the fifth installment of the SHRB. The American pro defeated Alex Foxen heads-up for the win. The final table for the SHR included Ali Imsirovic, Igor Kurganov, Adrian Mateos, Talal Shakerchi, and Stephen Chidwick.
Germany's Paul Michaelis outlasted a field of 1,174 runners to win the 2018 EPT Prague at the swanky Hilton in Prague, Czech Republic. Michaelis banked €840K and also won himself a Platinum Pass to the PSPC in the Bahamas next month. Popular streamer Parker 'Tonkaaaa' Talbot finished in sixth place.
Super packed field at the Bellagio with 1,001 entries. Dylan Linde took down the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Classic for a score worth $1,631,468. Linde defeated Milos Skrbic heads up for the win. Lucky Chewey finished in third place. The rest of the final table included Ping Liu, Lisa Hamilton, and Barry Hutter.
It's another day, another high roller. At the 2018 EPT Prague, hosted at the swanky Hilton Hotel, Matthias Eibinger from Austria outlasted 40 other players to win the €50K High Roller for a score worth €653,000. Eibinger defeated Andras Nemeth from Hungary heads up for the cash and the crown. Also at the final table were Liang Xu, Pavel Plesuv, Luc Greenwood, and Charlie Carrel. Eibinger, closing in on $5 million in winnings, is capping off the best year of his career with a big win in Prague.
Hollywood, Florida is the latest stop for the World Poker Tour. The WPT Seminole Rock N' Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Casino played down to the final six. Pavel Plesuv bagged up the big stack at the end of Day 4. Ravi Raghavan is the short stack, but he's looking for his second WPT title. Chris Kennedy, Jim Gilbert, Jeremy Joseph, and Marius Gierse round out the final table. First place pays out $504,820 plus a seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas.
The World Poker Tour released the schedule for the second half of their current season. The second half of Season XVII will include ten "premier events" in the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Canada, and popular gambling destinations in the United States of America. The Aria Casino in Las Vegas will host back-to-back events starting at the end of May with the WPT ARIA Summer Championship, followed by Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions.
Filipe Oliverira from Portugal outlasted a field of 1815 runners to win the 2018 Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Championship. Oliverira edged out American Craig Mason to win $1.5 million. The overlay kicked in for this $10 million guaranteed prize pool. Also, Roberto Romanello survived a stacked final table to win the $10K High Roller for $450,000. Romanello chopped heads-up with Mustpha Kanit.
The 2018 Caribbean Poker Party is winding down at Baha Mar Resort and the Super High Roller Championships are in the books. The $250,000 buy-in affair attracted 34 of the biggest and baddest SHR gurus, but German pro Steffen Sontheimer was the last player standing. Sontheimer banked $3,685,000 for first place. American pro Sean Winter had another runner-up finish in the Bahamas.
Crunch time in the Bahamas for the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $250,000 Super High Roller Championships is down to six players and the final table stream will resume at 1pm local time in the Bahamas. Steffen Sontheimer and David Peters are the two big stacks, while Ike Haxton, Sean Winter, Nick Petrangelo, and Mikita Badziakouski are still left in the hunt. First place pays approximately $3.7 million. Also, the $5,300 buy-in Main Event concluded Day 2B and only 123 players remain out of 1,815 entrants. Senthuran Vijayaratnam is the chip leader and Jason Koon is second overall.
Down in the Bahamas, partypoker has been hosting the 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $25,500 MILLIONS World event was part of this year's festivites. American cash game specialist Roger Teska outlasted 394 players to win $2,000,000. Teska defeated Steve O'Dwyer heads-up for the title and outlasted a final table that also included Paul Tedeschi, Ben Tollerene, Rainer Kempe, Niall Farrell and Joao Vieira.
There's a partypoker Caribbean Poker Party going down right now. The $50,000 Super High Roller at the Baha Mar in the Bahamas attracted 54 runners. Giuseppe Iadisernia outlasted a tough final table that included Ali Imsirovic, Benjamin Pollak, Sean Winter, Sorel Mizzi, Talal Shakerchi, and Markus Prinz to win $845K.
The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe finished off their tenth and final event for the series at the luxurious King's Casino in RozVegas. British pro Jack Sinclair outlasted 532 runners to win the WSOPE Main Event for a €1.1 million score. Sinclair, who final tabled the 2017 WSOP Main Event and finished in eighth place, won his first bracelet.
Martin Kabrhel won his second bracelet at the WSOP Europe when he took down Event #9 €100,000 King's Super High Roller at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Kabrhel outlasted one of the most difficult final tables in recent memory with five bracelet winners, including Michael Addamo, who won Event #9 €25K SHR two days earlier. Kabrhel defeated David Peters heads-up for the win. Kabrhel banked €2.6 million for the win.
Get ready Southern Europe. SECOOP is coming! The first-ever 2018 Southern Europe Championship of Poker starts on October 28, There will be a total of 149 events running from October 28 through November 12. There's at least 5 million in guaranteed prize pools with three Platinum Passes up for grabs. The Main Event starts on November 11. It has a modest €250 buy-in and €1 million guaranteed prize pool.
They played all night but the eighth bracelet event is in the books at the 2018 WSOP Europe in RozVegas. Michael Addamo, a pro from Melbourne, Australia, won the Marathon bracelet this summer in Las Vegas. He won his second-career bracelet after he outlasted a treacherous final table at the King's Casino that included Mikita Badziakouski, Dominik Nitsche, Manig Loeser, Winfred Yu, and James Romero. First place in the Event #8 €25,500 Super High Roller paid out €848,702. Addamo has now passed $3 million in career earnings. Mikita Badziakouski finished in fourth place.
Another first-time winner at the King's Casino in RozVegas! Anson Tsang from Hong Kong cashed in his third WSOP Europe event and took down Event #7 €2,200 PLO. Tsang beat Ilya Bulychev heads up for the bracelet and a score worth €91,730. WSOP POY leader Shaun Deeb multiabled his final table run in Event #6 Mixed and this event, which he cashed in 20th place.
The World Series of Poker Europe crowded another repeat bracelet winner. Hungary's Norbert Szecsi previously won a bracelet at the 2013 WSOP for a $345K score. At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Norbert Szecsi took down WSOP Event #6 €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE. Szecsi denied Shaun Deeb his third bracelet of 2018 when he knocked Deeb out in second place. Szecsi won €86,596 or a shade under $100K USD for the victory.
At the 2018 WSOP Europe, Timur Margolin outlasted 666 players to win Event #5 €1,100 NL Monster Stack. Margolin won €134,407 for first place. Timur Margolin won the third bracelet for Israel in five events. Margolin won his first bracelet earlier this summer when he binked a $2,500 NL event for a $507K score.
Hanh Tran, a cash-game specialist from Austria, joined a special club of poker players who shipped bracelets at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe. During the summer Tran won a Lowball bracelet. At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Tran won Event #3 €550 PLO for a score worth €59,625. French pro Romain Lewis took third place and final tabled his fourth WSOP event of the year.
Back-to-back bracelets for Israel at the King's Casino in RozVegas. The second event of the WSOP Europe was a €1,650 buy-in NL Deep Stack affair. Asi Moshe faded a field of 221 to win €82K and his second-career bracelet. Tamir Segal from Israel won Event #1 Colossus the previous night. Meanwhile, Shaun Deeb padded his Player of the Year lead when he finished in 11th place.
It took a week to determine a winner, but the first event of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe is in the books. Tamir Segal from Israel outlasted the massive field of 2,992 runners in Event #1 €550 Colossus to win €203,820.
In February 2018, Micah Raskin was arrested by Nassau County, New York prosecutors on five drugs and weapons-related charges for dealing marijuana to associates in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Raskin, a poker pro with approximately $2 million in cashes, was swept up in Long Island's largest weed bust according to the District Attorney. Raskin's home in Westbury, NY and storage unit in a nearby town were raided by law enforcement. Police seized over 350 pounds of marijuana and hash oil with a street value estimated at $500,000. According to the Baltimore Sun, Raskin was also charged in U.S. District Court with distributing 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
The World Series of Poker Europe began in 2007. It's only a decade old, but has a deep history already. The WSOPE has been played out at some of the coolest spots in Europe including London, Cannes, Berlin, and now in RozVegas! The Main Event was won by some of the biggest names in poker including Phil Hellmuth, Annete Obrestad, John Juanda, and Adrian Mateos.