The 2022 World Series of Poker is underway at its new home at Bally's and Paris on the Strip, and two well-knownAmerican pros snagged bracelets to join an exclusive group of players with at least four bracelets. David Peters shipped WSOP Event #2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty to win $1,166,810 and a fourth bracelet. On Friday night, Scott Seiver outlasted 752 runners in Event #3 $2,500 Freezeout to win $320,059 and his fourth bracelet.
We have a new WPT champion and Chance Kornuth padded his bankroll with a major victory and his first WPT title. The $3,800 buy-in WPT Choctaw Main Event attracted 787 entrants, and the top 100 places earned a cut of the $2.75 million prize pool. The final table included Kornuth, Ray Qartomy, James Mackey, James Hundt, Steve Buckner, and Kristen Foxen. Kornuth picked off Buckner heads up to win $486,600.
The 2022 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo Main Event in swanky Monaco attracted 1,073 runners with 326 re-entries for a total prize pool in excess of €5.2 million. Brazil's Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu defeated Morten Hvam from Denmark heads up for the title. Mesqueu became the first Brazilian to win the EPT Monte Carlo and he banked €939,840. Ramon Colillas, the Spanish Moneymaker, final tabled the event but busted in seventh place.
It was another highly success event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida with the 2022 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. The latest stop on the World Poker Tour attracted 2,100 players for the $3,500 buy-in event with a prize pool in excess of $6.4 million. Darren Elias bagged the chip lead heading into the final table and he's eying a fifth WPT title and the first-place prize worth $1 million. Also still left in the hunt are Viet Vo, Mark Davis, Marcos Exterkotter, Michael Laufer, and Andrew Barfield. The final table resumes play on May 25 in Las Vegas.
It's been a busy day at PokerStars headquarters for live events. There's new dates for the EPT Barcelona in late August and the EPT Prague in December. In addition, the PCA returns after a hiatus at a new venue at Baha Mar in the Bahamas. The second-ever PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) and its $25K buy-in will also take place during the PCA for a fun two-week festival in the Caribbean starting January 22, 2023.
Sean Winter won US Poker Open Championship Event #11 $25K NL and Event #12 $50K NL at the Aria to secure the 2022 USPO Championship and win the prestigious golden eagle trophy. Winter needed to win the final $50K event in order to claim the championship, and he outlasted 42 runners and held off Masashi Oya heads up to win Event #12 for a $756K score. He also won a $50K bonus for topping the leaderboard.
The 2022 US Poker Open is underway at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas for the latest stop on the PokerGo Tour. The first week of action saw five different winners in the first six events including Shannon Shorr, Justin Young, Adam Hendrix, Jeremy Ausmus, and Tamon Nakamura from Japan. Nakamura won Event #4 $10,000 Big Bet Mix and Event #6 $15,000 8-Game to take over first place in the USPO leaderboard.
PokerStars will host the 2022 EPT Monte Carlo once again at the swanky Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco. The festivies begin April 28 and run through May 7, which includes the €5,300 Main Event and a couple of High Rollers including the €100,000 Super High Roller. PokerStars also announced that regional tours will return next month. Also, looks like the EPT Sochi will not run in March and postponed until a later date due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The 2022 World Series of Poker moves to the Las Vegas Strip this summer with 88 live bracelet events taking place at the Paris and the new Horseshoe (aka old Bally's). The 2022 WSOP begins May 31 and runs to July 20. The marquee Main Event begins July 3. There will not be a COVID-19 vaccination requirement this summer, so everyone is welcome.
The 2022 PokerGo Cup concluded at the Aria Casino and Jeremy Ausmus won the 2022 Poker Go Cup with one victory and four overall top three finishes. He banked $824,500 in winnings plus a $50K bonus and the coveted PokerGo Cup. Ali Imsirovic won Event #7 $25K NL for $365,500, and Sean Perry binked Event #8 $50K NL for $640,000. In the overall 2022 PGT Leaderboard, Nick Petrangelo holds down the #1 spot.
The 2022 PokerGo Cup continued at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas this week. Daniel Negreanu outlasted 35 entries in Event #6 $25,000 NL to win $350,000 after outlasting a final table that included Sean Winter, Vikenty Shegal, Stephen Chidwick, and Brock Wilson. Nick Petrangelo binked Event #5 $25,000 NL for $369,000 after he was the last player standing out of 41 runners, and Jeremy Ausmus shipped Event #4 $15,000 NL for a $263,250 score.
The 2022 PokerGo Cup is underway at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas with another popular stop on the PokerGo Tour. Daniel Colpoys ended an eight-year draught and won his first major live event since 2014 with. Colpoys shipped PokerGo Cup Event #1 $10,000 NL which attracted 77 entrants, and he banked $200,200 for the victory. Sean Perry was the last player standing in Event #2 $10,000 NL which attracted 80 runners. Perry banked $200,000 for his victory.
In the latest installment of High Stakes Duel III at the PokerGO Studios at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, Phil Hellmuth defeated Tom Dwan in Round 3 to win $400,000. Hellmuth beat Nick Wright in Round 1 and Wright declined to continue, so Dwan stepped in beat the Poker Brat in Round 2. Hellmuth triumphantly won their rematch in Round 3 and finally enacted revenge on Dwan from a bad beat dating back to 2008. Expect Dwan and Hellmuth to meet again in the near future for Round 4.
The World Poker Tour finished off their first event of the new year and Alexander Yen shipped the 2022 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, which attracted 1,982 runners and a prize pool north of $6.3 million. Alexander Yen defeated Swedish pro Anton Wigg heads up to win $975,240, and he outlasted a final table that also included Josh Kay, Daniel Lazrus, Omar Lakdhari, and Nicholas Verderamo.
The 2022 PGT Stairway to Millions at the Aria Casino concluded in a fun high roller gathering with escalating entry fees during the eight-even series. Event #8 $100K NL attracted 19 players. American pro Nick Petrangelo was the last player standing and he survived a final three that included David Peters and Sean Perry to win $1.026 million. He won back-to-back events including Event #7 $50K and rocketed to the top of the 2022 PokerGo Tour Leaderboard.
The 2022 PokerGo Tour Stairway to Millions continued at the Aria Casino with three more high roller events in the books. Michael Wang was the last player standing in Stairway to Millions Event #5 $15,000 NL which featured 43 players and paid out $219,300 to Wang. Event #6 $25,000 included 25 entrants, but Jake Schindler emerged as the victory with $287,500 score. Event #7 $50,000 had just 21 players, and Nick Petrangelo knocked out Ali Imsirovic heads up to win $567,000.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma had a $1,700 price tag and attracted 1,411 runners with a prize pool worth $2.1 million. Quan Tran was the last player standing and he banked $336,412 after outlasting a final table that also included bracelet winner Rick Alvarado, Rual Garza, Jessica Vierling, Hayden Fortini, Nate Steuer, Jonathan Bennett, Justin Coliny, and Richard Bennett.
The first PokerGo Tour events of 2022 at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas are underway with their new series called Stairway to Millions. American pro Chance Kornuth won back-to-back events over the weekend. Stairway to Millions Event #2 $2,150 NL attracted 129 runners and Kornuth outlasted everyone to win $51,600. Kornuth continued his run good with another victory in Event #3 $4,200 NL. He was the last player standing out of 84 runners and banked $80,640.
To help celebrate 20 years of the World Poker Tour, the WPT added superstar DJ and EDM godfather Steve Aoki as the newest brand ambassador. Aoki, who is also a music producer, has been a poker fan and avid player for many years. He often played poker and online poker backstage and on the tour bus while performing all over the world. Aoki most recently played at the 2021 World Poker Tour Heads-Up Poker Championship, and he'll be a fixture on Season XX of the WPT.
If you missed the first heads-up match between the Poker Brat and durrrr, then you're in luck because Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan square off a second time for a rematch on High Stakes Duel III. They'll play on PokerGO at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas on January 26 with $400,000 at stake. Dwan won the first match last August and ended Hellmuth's seven-match win streak.
The first series of events on the 2022 PokerGoTour concluded over the weekend at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas. Ali Imsirovic continued his domination on the PGT with a victory in Event #4 $25,000 NL High Roller for a $270,000 score plus juicy PGT leaderboard points. Alex Foxen won Event #3 $15,000 NL High Roller after he chopped heads up with Michael Wang.
The 2022 PokerGo Tour was only two days old before Thailand's Punnat Punsri etched his name in the history books with back-to-back victories at the Venetian Deepstack Poker Series in Las Vegas. Punsri won two $10K buy-in High Rollers at the Venetian and the first two events of the new season of the PGT. In the Event #1 on Wednesday, Punsri knocked out Erik Seidel heads-up and outlasted of 36 runners to win $118,037 and. In Event #2 on Thursday, Punsri was the last player standing out of 37 entrants and he banked $133,200.
The 2022 PokerGo Tour begins on Wednesday in Las Vegas with the second season of a pro tour catering to high rollers competing all year-round in high balla events to determine the 2022 PGT Player of the Year. The first series of 2022 PGT events occurs at the Venetian in Las Vegas and through this weekend with four rake-free high roller events including two $10K, one $15K, and a $25K event.
It's not much of a surprise, but the PokerGo Tour officially announced their 2021 Player of the Year and Ali Imsirovic took it down after a sensational run in PokerGo events during the inaugural season of the PGT. Imsirovic won 14 different PGT events and cashed 34 times. He earned 4,364 in points to lock up first place. PokerGo Tour's sponsor Guaranteed Rate doled out a $200,000 bonus to Imsirovic.
Taylor Black shipped the last major event in North America for 2021 when he was the last player standing in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio. The $10K event attracted 716 runners and a prize pool that fell short of $7 million. Black banked $1.24 million when he outlasted a tough final table that also included Vik Shegal, Gianluca Speranza, Lorenzo Lavis, Mohsin Charania, and David Kim.
A total of 688 entrants at the King's Casino in Rozvadov forked over €10,350 and took a shot at the 2021 WSOP Europe Main Event. When the dust settled, Czech Republic's Josef Gulas rallied from behind and edged out France's Johan Guilbert heads-up to win €1,276,712 and the coveted Main Event bracelet. The final table also included Alexander Tkatschew, Athanasios Kidas, Stanislav Koleno, Aleksandar Trajkovski, Thomas Denie, Ilija Savevski, and Brian Kamphorst.
The 2021 WSOP Europe Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov is down to the final table and only seven players remain in the hunt for the bracelet. Josef Gulas from the Czech Republic bagged the chip lead heading into the final day with 20.2M. Also still alive are Alexander Tkatschew, Johan Guilbert, Athanasios Kidas, Thomas Denie, Stanislav Koleno, and Aleksandar Trajkovski. First place pays out €1,276,712.
PokerStars postponed the EPT Prague due to health and safety protocols in the Czech Republic and they rescheduled the live event for March 5, 2022 at the Hilton Prague. PokerStars also decided to bring back the EPT Online with $17 million in guaranteed prize pools in 68 events including a $1.5M guarantee for the $5,200 buy-in EPT Main Event. It will run on PokerStars.com between December 8-19 with buy-ins as low as $5.50 and topping out with a $10K Sunday Super High Roller.
Julien Martini made history with his third bracelet win and second victory this week at the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Martini was the last player standing out of 61 runners in Event #12 €2,000 8-Game, and he banked €33,910 and the bracelet. Earlier in the week, Martini shipped a bracelet in Event #8 €2,500 Short Deck with a comeback victory. With three WSOP bracelets, Martini holds the current lead among French players.
The World Poker Tour continued with a stop in south Florida for the 2021 WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The WPT SRNRPO attracted 1,566 runners and a $5 million prize pool. Gediminas Uselis was the last player standing at the Seminole Hard Rock and he banked $778,490 for five days of work and outlasted a final table that included Clayton Maguire.