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  1. NewsEPT Prague Complete: Hossein Ensan Wins Main Event, Steve O'Dwyer Wins Super High Roller, and Kenneth Smaron Wins High RollerThree champions have been crowned at the EPT Prague. Last week, Steve O'Dwyer took down the €50K Super High Roller and he made history by becoming the first two-time SHR Champion on the EPT. And tonight, Hossein Ensan from Germany chopped heads-up and won the €5,300 Main Event ,while American Kenneth Smaron shipped the €10K High Roller. [...] Read more… Hossein Ensan (Germany) won the EPT Prague for his third EPT final table over the last 16 months (pic by Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)
  2. NewsEPT Prague Final Table Set; Ilkin Amirov Chip LeaderDay 5 at the EPT Prague €5,300 buy-in Main Event saw action play down to the final table. Six players remain with Azerbaijan's Ilkin Amirov holding the chip lead with approximately 10M. Amirov created a stir in the tournament room on Day 5 when he survived a four-way all-in with pocket Kings. [...] Read more… Final Table Chip Leader Ilkin "Don't Call Me Phil Collins" Amirov (Pic by Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)
  3. Live Stream: EPT Prague Day 5

    NewsLive Stream: EPT Prague Main Event Day 5The EPT Prague €5,300 buy-in Main Event has reached its penultimate day. Only 23 Players survived the cut at the end of Day 4. They returned to Day 5 with hopes of surviving one more day to advance to the final table. First place pays out €921,540. Ireland's Marc Macdonnell leads the way. [...] Read more… Marc Macdonnell (Ireland) is the chip leader going into the next-to-last day of action at the EPT Prague
  4. NewsFBI Raid Two Card Rooms in San Diego and Bust Fat Dave's Illegal Gambling Operation The FBI raided two card clubs in San Diego – Seven Mile Casino and the Palomar Card Club – and busted an illegal gambling and money laundering operation. The feds fingered David “Fat Dave” Stroj as the mastermind of the gambling ring, which has apparent ties to the Philly mafia. The nationwide sting netted 25 arrests in California, Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Iowa. The card rooms were used to launder proceeds from a prostitution ring, high-stakes poker games hosted in mansions around San Diego, and an offshore sports book that booked $2 million in bets every month. [...] Read more… The FBI raided two poker rooms in San Diego, which were involved in laundering money for a multi-million dollar illegal gambling operation. (Pic by John Gibbons / San Diego Union-Tribune)
  5. NewsNews Dump: RAWA Fumble, PokerStars Announces $4 Million in Freerolls, and Portugal Going SoloThree random news items of note: Congressional hearing on RAWA (bill trying to ban online gambling) failed miserably, PokerStars announced four special $1 million freerolls in the wake of their VIP program controversy, and Portuguese politicians decided to segregate its (small) online poker players base from the (vast) global market. [...] Read more… Greedheads posing as fear-mongering moralists in order to get online poker banned
  6. NewsEPT Prague: Luuk Gieles Leads the SHR and Godfather of Czech Poker Martin Staszko Still Alive in Eureka5 Main Event The EPT Prague is winding down and final tables are set for both the €1,100 buy-in Eureka5 Main Event and the €50,000 Super High Roller. Luuk Gieles is the chip leader at the SHR final table. EPT Player of the Year Dzmitry Urbanovich right behind in second and Steve O'Dwyer is lurking in third. The SHR final table also includes super-short John Juanda. Meanwhile in the Eureka5 Main Event, Sweden's Simon Persson faded a gigantic field to emerge as the chip leader at the final table. Local hero, Martin Staszko is still alive and third overall. [...] Read more… The Godfather of Czech Poker, Martin Staszko, is hoping he doesn't get whacked (photo by T. Stacha, PokerStarsBlog)
  7. NewsIsabelle Mercier Wins Open Face Chinese Poker Progressive Pineapple Event in PragueA blast from the past returns with vengeance. Isabelle “No Mercy” Mercier shipped the €340 buy-in Open Face Chinese Progressive Pineapple Event at the King's Casino in Prague. The opening event kicked off the 2015 OFC Poker World Championships hosted by Tonybet Poker. [...] Read more… Skull and Roses: Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier binks OFC Progressive Pineapple Event in Prague (pic courtesy of Tonybet)
  8. NewsQuebec's Blacklist: Quebec Trying to Outlaw Online Gambling Quebec, the feisty French-speaking province who is always threatening to secede from Canada, is attempting to create their own state-run online gambling monopoly by outlawing online gambling operators. Is their blacklist a legit legislative ploy? Or will Canadian federal telecommunications laws take precedent? [...] Read more… Quebec's legislature is trying to sneak one past the goalie by blacklisting online gambling sites in order to create a state-run monopoly
  9. NewsNews Dump: DeNiro's Mega-Casino, Andy Bloch's $9 Million Mansion For Sale, and New Ambassadorship for Erica Schoenberg LindgrenThree random news items of note: Robert DeNiro upset the Barbuda's People Movement with his plans to build mega-resort and casino in the Caribbean, Andy Bloch put his Las Vegas mansion up for sale, and Erica Schoenberg Lindgren is the newest ambassador for the Venetian Casino. [...] Read more… Robert DeNiro is getting into the casino business but pissed off a bunch of locals in the process. Time to call in Joe Pesci....
  10. NewsPhil Ivey Appeals $12 Million Decision by Crockfords Casino in LondonPhil Ivey got caught shooting angles at the Crocksfords Casino in London during an epic baccarat winning streak in 2012. Casino operators insisted he was up to no good and refused to pay him. Ivey insisted that he was doing everything within his legal realm to gain an advantage. In short, Ivey's stance was: you agreed to the original terms so now pay up. Crocksfords initially stiffed him for £7.8 million (or $12 million USD) and Ivey sued, yet lost. Now, Ivey has a chance to appeal his case in a British court. [...] Read more… Phil Ivey and his baccarat gambling companion Cheng Yin Sun have an appeal and a chance to get back $12 million in winnings that Crocksfords Casino initially denied him
  11. NewsFlorida Police Bust Old Ladies Playing Low-Stakes MahjongFour elderly grandmas from a retirement community in Altamonte Springs, Florida, with ages ranging from 87 to 95 years young and one of whom was a Holocaust survivor, were reprimanded by police for running a low-stakes penny Mahjong game. [...] Read more… Beware of rogue high-stakes gambling grandmas!
  12. NewsPoker Pro Alex Jacob Wins Jeopardy Tournament of ChampionsWho said knowledge of useless trivia doesn't pay? Poker pro Alex Jacob earned in excess of $400,000 on the TV game show Jeopardy. Last week, Jacob took down $250,000 for winning Jeopardy's Tournament of Champions. Earlier this year, Jacob binked 6 straight matches on Jeopardy and earned $150,000, which placed him at the Top 20 on the all-time money list. [...] Read more… Newly crowned TOC champion Alex Jacob with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek
  13. NewsElkY Joins Team Liquid; The eSports Legend Returns for Hearthstone Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier recently signed with Team Liquid and will be a member on their Hearthstone team. Way before the poker world was introduced to ElkY, the TeamPokerStars Pro from France was one of the best gamers in the world. ElkY held rock star status in South Korea for his prowess in StarCraft and he was quickly recognized as one of the legends of the gaming universe. During the glorious online poker boom, ElkY successfully transitioned into a premier player and amassed $10 million in tournament earnings. But, now it's time for ElkY to return to the gaming world. [...] Read more… ElkY joins Team Liquid as a sponsored esports pro
  14. NewsDogs Playing Poker Painting Sold for $658KIn 2015, the fine art market continues to flourish. Paintings by Picasso and Modigliani sold for record-setting prices of $179 million and $170 million respectively. Most recently, a painting in the kitschy "Dogs Playing Poker" series by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge fetched $658,000 at a Sotheby's auction. [...] Read more… "Poker Game" (1894) by American painter Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
  15. NewsCold Deck: Another New Poker Movie, Another Bomb?The tagline reads: “When a poker player hits rock bottom he enlists his best friend to pull off a high-stakes heist.” The next poker movie, Cold Deck, is headed straight to video. Is it really a poker movie? Or just another second-rate knockoff of a heist-gone-wrong film? Cold Deck, featuring Paul Sorvino, will be released on December 1, 2015 at various Video-On-Demand outlets. Cold Deck was written by Jason Lapeyre, the same guy who penned the script for The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story. [...] Read more… Cold Deck (2015) directed by Zack Bernbaum
  16. NewsPennsylvania Takes Another Step Toward Online Poker; HB 649 Passes P.A. Gaming Oversight Committee The state of Pennsylvania, roughly 1/5 the size of France in size and population, is trying to become the fourth state in the USA to offer online poker following Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. Pennsylvania, known as the “Keystone State,” will truly be a keystone for the future of online poker in America because Pennsylvania is the sixth largest state in the country and its population is close to 13 million, or more than the population of Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware combined. [...] Read more… Pennsylvania, the 6th largest state in America with approximately 13 million residents, trying to become the next state to offer online poker
  17. Breaking NewsJOE MCKEEHEN WINS 2015 WSOP MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP AND $7.7 MILLIONThe third and final day of the November Nine action at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas began with three players remaining in the 2015 WSOP Main Event Chanpionship. Joe McKeehen held a daunting lead over Josh Beckley and Neil Blumenfield. Neither could get a crack at McKeehen. He picked off Blumenfield in third place with Q-Q vs. 2-2. Then 13 hands later, McKeehen won a coin flip with A-10 against Beckley's 4-4 to knock out Beckley in second place. Joe McKeehen, a 24-year old pro and ex-ice cream truck driver from the Philadelphia suburbs, collected his first bracelet and won $7.7 million for first place in the 2015 WSOP Main Event. [...] Read more… 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion - Photo by Case Stevens/Las Vegas Review Journal
  18. The Club Poker Interview: Kevin MacPhee

    NewsThe Club Poker Interview: Kevin MacPheeClub Poker Radio's Gaëlle Jaudon snagged a rare interview with Kevin MacPhee shortly after he won the WSOP Europe Main Event in Berlin. MacPhee, the winningest pro to ever come out of the state of Idaho, spoke about his new-found quest for a Triple Crown, why he stepped out of the limelight, and why he often encourages amateurs NOT to become poker pros. [...] Read more… Kevin MacPhee, two-time WSOP Bracelet winner and EPT Berlin champ seeking a WPT title for an elusive Triple Crown (pic via CardPlayer)
  19. NewsFull Tilt Becomes First Online Poker Site to Join Steam Gaming PlatformFull Tilt Poker will become the first major online poker brand to be featured on the Steam gaming platform. Steam has over 6,420 games and a thriving community of over 125 million players. By tapping into the gaming community, Full Tilt is opening up the floodgates which will inevitably usher in the next wave of online poker players. [...] Read more… Donkey Stampede Alert! Full Tilt joins the Steam gaming community by tapping into its 125 million member user base
  20. NewsNOVEMBER NINE DOWN TO THREE; JOE MCKEEHEN WITH MASSIVE LEAD AT END DAY 2Six players returned for the second day of the 2015 WSOP November Nine, which commenced with another quick bustout on the second hand when Thomas Cannuli had pocket Aces snapped off by Max Steinberg's pocket tens. Ace-Jack was an unlucky hand at the final table. Israel's Zvi Stern busted in fifth place with A-J against A-K, and Max Steinberg was picked off in fourth place with A-J versus A-Q. With three to go play was suspended. Chip leader Joe McKeehen holds a monster stack that is more than 2/3 of all chips in play. [...] Read more…
  21. The Club Poker Interview: Jason Mercier

    NewsThe Club Poker Interview: Jason MercierJason Mercier is one of the top players in the world. Doesn't matter if it's online or live poker, Mercier is regarded as one of the best. Despite the success, he's never in the same place for too long. Mercier is constantly on the road playing the international circuit, but Club Poker Radio's Gaëlle Jaudon finally tracked him down for an interview. Mercier reveals how he regained focused playing tournaments and what he recently did to stop a downswing during a horrendous start to the summer of 2015. [...] Read more… Jason Mercier back on track after a rough summer
  22. NewsNOVEMBER NINE TRIMMED TO 6; PIERRE NEUVILLE OUT IN 7THOn the opening day of the November Nine, the two short stacks busted early. Patrick Chan went out in 9th place on the second hand and Italy's Fedrico Butteroni was dunzo in 8th place. After several plodding hours, Belgium's Pierre Neuville was knocked out in 7th place. Joe McKeehen started the final table as the chip leader and he ended the day with almost 50% of the chips in play. [...] Read more…
  23. NewsWillie Nelson Smokes High Rollers in High-Stakes HeistsNotorious pothead Willie Nelson revealed that he gets friends like Woody Harrelson really baked before taking advantage of them in high-high-stakes poker hijinks. Be on the lookout for the 420 Poker Bandit… [...] Read more… Just don't get super high with Willie Nelson and play heads-up for rolls... you will get smoked!
  24. NewsPokerStars Overhauls VIP Program; No More Free Tacos for Super Nova EliteAfter the new VIP loyalty plan by PokerStars was leaked on a Russian site, PokerStars HQ confirmed they overhauled the VIP system and created a new one to 'enhance the playing experience.' Of course, the poker community did not take the news very well. Another day, another outrage. [...] Read more…
  25. NewsMike Gorodinsky Wins 2015 WSOP Player of the YearAlthough his POY overall lead going into the WSOP Europe was vulnerable, Mike Gorodinsky held off Brian Hastings and Shaun Deeb in Berlin, then edged out Jonathan Duhamel to win the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year.   The new POY accounting system, powered by GPI, drew tons of criticism and ire from the poker community… but then again, that always happens. [...] Read more… Mike Gorodinsky wins 2015 GPI WSOP Player of the Year
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