American pro Jason Mercier will no longer be a sponsored pro for PokerStars. After 8.5 years as a Team Pro, Mercier decided to not renew his contract, which expired at the end of 2017. Mercier is a new father and he made the tough decision to stop traveling internationally to play tournaments, while focusing on his family instead. For more details, read Mercier's farewell post on PokerStars Blog. In addition to Vanessa Selbst's venture into hedge funds, Mercier is the second high-profile American pro who did not renew their sponsorships with PokerStars in 2018.
PokerStars announced their 2023 live tournament events schedule for the European Poker Tour which includes five stops including two first-time destinations. The EPT kicks off in February 2023 with their EPT Paris debut. In the fall, the EPT heads to the EPT Cyprus for the first time. There's also usual stops at the EPT Monte-Carlo, EPT Barcelona, and the EPT Prague.
The Road to the PSPC continues. Here's your chance to snag a Platinum Pass to get a free trip to the Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Players Championship at Baha Mar Resort during the return of the PCA in January 2023. You can win a pass through a freeroll hosted by Gotaga, aka France's #1 Twitch streamer. Americans have a chance to win a Platinum Pass at a $400 buy-in tournament at Resorts World Las Vegas.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov has come to an end with Sweden's Omar Eljach edging out France's Jonathan Pastore to win the bracelet and €1.38 million in cash. The €10,350 buy-in affair attracted 763 runners. The final table also included Shaun Deeb, Barny Boatman, Alexandre Read, and Tim Adams.
Orpen Kisacikoglu from Turkey won his first bracelet with a victory in the World Series of Poker Europe Event #11 €50,000 Diamond High Roller at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Kisacikoglu won €748K and outlasted a stacked final table that included Sam Grafton, Shaun Deeb, Nick Petrangelo, Timothy Adams, Daniel Pidin, and Daniel Dvoress. Last week, Paul Phua secured his first bracelet with a victory in WSOPE Event #8 €25,000 Platinum High Roller for a €482,433 score.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Europe is underway at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, and Yan Shing 'Anson' Tsang was the last player standing in 2022 WSOP Europe Event #4 €2,000 PLO to win €95,461 and his third-career bracelet. Tsang outlasted a final table that included Tomasz Gluszko, Shawn Stroke, Dario Alioto, Oswin Ziegelbecker, Vivian Saliba, Farid Jattin, Pavel Izotov, and Jorryt van Hoof.
The World Poker Tour crowned a new champion when Chad Eveslage took down the 2022 WPT Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Eveslage banked $1,042,300 for the victory and claimed his second WPT title. The final table also included and Steve Buckner, Michael Gathy, Brian Kim, Albert Calderon, and David Kim.
After whiffing in numerous high rollers, Daniel Negreanu outlasted 23 runners to win the $300,000 buy-in 2022 Super High Roller Bowl VII in Las Vegas. Negreanu banked $3.3 million for the victory, which marked the second-highest payout of his illustrious career. Negreanu edged out a final four at the SHRB VII that included Nick Petrangelo, Justin Bonomo, and Andrew Lichtenberger.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Online concluded with the international leg of their online bracelet series at GGPoker that included 33 events. Sweden's Simon Eric Mattsson faded a field of 4,984 entries in the $5,000 buy-in 2022 WSOP Online Main Event to win a juicy first-place prize worth $2.7 million.
Thai pro Punnat Punsri banked over $2.6 million with a huge score at the 2022 Triton Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel in Cyprus. The Triton Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event attracted 99 runners to the $100,000 buy-in high roller event. Punsri defeated Wayne Heung heads-up for the title. The final table also included Jason Koon, Artur Martirosian, Wiktor Malinowski, Henrik Hecklen, and Gregoire Auzoux.
The World Poker Tour crowned two new champions this week and both were first-time winners. Corey Wade took down the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Main Event for a $471,686 score. Joshua Pollock won the $5,250 buy-in WPT Legends at the Bicycle Casino on the outskirts of Los Angeles for a $573,350 score.
Get ready for the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WSOOP) on PokerStars starting this upcoming Sunday, September 4 and running through 28. The 2022 WCOOP has 104 events across three buy-in tiers and includes $85 million in prize pools. The 2022 WCOOP Main Event aka Event #92-High has a $10,300 price tag with a $6 million guarantee. There's also the first-ever Women's Event in WCOOP history.
Yes, the 2022 World Series of Poker returns to the King's Casino in Rozvadov aka RozVegas in the Czech Republic which includes 15 bracelet events from October 26 to November 16. The WSOP-Circuit also continues its 2022-23 season with 10 international stops including the King's Casino along with stops in Aruba, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Holland, Uruguay, Canada, Morocco, and St. Maarten.
After a long-awaited absence, PokerStars is bringing back the always-popular EPT London after an eight-year layoff. For 11 days, the Park Lane Hilton in posh London will host the triumphant return of the EPT London starting October 18. The £5,300 Main Event kicks off October 22. Better yet, two Platinum Passes to the 2023 PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas are up for grabs.
We have a new world champion and he hails from Norway. Espen Jorstad faded a field of 8,663 runners to win the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event at Bally's/Paris on Las Vegas Blvd. He knocked out Australia's Adrian Attenborough heads up to bank $10,000,000 and etch his name in the history books.
The 2022 WSOP Main Event went so late into the night on Wednesday that they decided to postpone action with ten players remaining early on Thursday morning. The final ten in the 2022 WSOP Main Event will return on Friday and play down to four, and then on Saturday they will play from the final four to a champion and find out who wins $10 million. Espen Jorstad and Matt Su are the co-chipleaders with 83.2M. Also still alive are Asher Conniff, Aaron Duczak, Jeff Farnes, John Eames, Mike Duek, Matija Dobric, Philippe Souki, and Adrian Attenborough.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event finished off Day 5 and only 123 players remain in the hunt for the $10 million first-place prize. James Hobbs bagged the chip lead with 12.5M and Efthymia Litsou is second with 11.7M. Aaron Mermelstein and Alejandro Lococo both have at least 10M and round out the Top 5. Defending champion Koray Aldemir is still alive with 3.8M, meanwhile Damian Salas has a small stack with 2.4M.
The numbers are in for the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event aka Event #70 $10,000 NL Championship and this year's marquee tournament attracted 8,663 runners and a prize pool over $80 million. First place will earn $10 million with the top eight players earning at least seven-figure payouts. The top 1,300 finishers will get a cut of the pie. Only 2,993 players remain at the start of Day 3.
Dan "Jungleman" Cates joined an elite list of pros who shipped the WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship more than once, but Cates made history with back-to-back bracelet victories. Cates outlasted 112 runners to win 2022 WSOP Event #56 $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,449,103. The final table included Koray Aldemir, Naoya Kihara, Yuri Dzivielevski, Johannes Becker, and Benny Glaser.
The 2022 Poker Hall of Fame announced the ballot for induction this year, which included seven finalists from last year plus three new names. Kathy Liebert, Josh Arieh, and Brian Rast are the three additions to the ballot along with the late Layne Flack, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Isai Scheinberg, Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Matt Savage, Lon McEachern & Norman Chad. The induction ceremony is slated for July 10.
The 2022 World Series of Poker continued at Bally's and Paris in Las Vegas, and several notable pros added bracelets to their collection this week. Brian Hastings joined the six-timer club after shipping the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw, Adam Friedman won $10K Stud for his fifth bracelet, Jeremy Ausmus won $3K 6-Max NL for his fourth bracelet, and Robert Cowen binked the $50K PLO High Roller for a score worth nearly $1.4 million.
Dan Smith finally got off the schneid with his first bracelet victory in 2022 WSOP Event #6 $25,000 Heads-Up NL Championship when he banked $509,717 for besting a field of 64 players. Amnon Filippi outlasted a record-setting field of 1,068 players in Event #7 $1,500 Omaha 8 for a score worth $252,718 and his first bracelet. The first French player at the 2022 WSOP won a bracelet when Leo Soma outlasted 2,393 runners to win Event #14 $1,500 6-Handed NL for $456,889.