The postseason for the Global Poker League continues with four teams from the EurAsia Conference battling it out in Las Vegas today to determine which squad will advance to the GPL Finals. The Moscow Wolverines finished the regular season with the best record and clinched the #1 seed in the EurAsia Conference. The Wolverines face the #4 seeded London Royals starting at noon Vegas time. The winner of that match will face winner of the #2 seed Hong Kong Stars versus the #3 Berlin Bears. The overall EurAsia Conference champ will meet the Americas Conference champion, the Montreal Nationals, on Thursday in the GPL Arena in Las Vegas.
Out of 760 runners, only 6 players remain at the 2016 Rock n' Roll Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida. Two-time WSCOP Circuit champ Matt Humphrey is the chip leader and bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva is right behind in second place. Also at the final table: Patrick Murphy, Mark Dube, Billy Pilossoph, and Will Jennings. First place pays out $564,227. The final table starts at NOON ET, but you can stream it via 30-minute delay… here.
The playoff round is finally here for the inaugural season of the Global Poker League. Eight teams out of the 12-team GPL advanced to the playoffs with four teams representing each conference. The Americas Conference playoff matches start today. The Montreal Nationals finished the regular season with the most points to snatch the #1 seed. They face the #4 seed the San Francisco Rush starting at noon Vegas time or 9pm CET. The #2 seed L.A. Sunset face the third-seeded Sao Paulo Metropolitans at 1:30pm Vegas time. The winners will face each other in the Conference finals at 6pm Vegas time. The EurAsia Conference playoffs begin tomorrow.
NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade appeared in a PokerStars commercial along with Cristiano Ronaldo for the second campaign of PokerStars' Raise It social media promotion (#raiseit). Ronaldo, most-popular soccer star in the world, has been a pitchman for PokerStars for a while now, but this is the first time a high-profile American athlete has been used to promote PokerStars.
Talk about the Grinch who stole Christmas! Beth Johnson from The Hill recently reported that Congress might backdoor legislation that would outlaw online gambling. There's one scary rumor in Washington, D.C. that a Lame Duck Congress will do the unthinkable and pass RAWA. Will Republican Leadership do one last favor for their sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson, who is not shy about his positions on anti-online gambling, specifically online poker?
The announcement you've been waiting for! PokerStars rebranded their international tours into PokerStars Championship & PokerStars Festival. In 2017, the new tours will visit the Bahamas, Barcelona, London, Rozvadov, Panama, Macau, Monte Carlo. The dates have been released along with a list of highlights.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching. To help celebrate Christmas this year, PokerStars will be awarding over $5 million in prizes during their PokerStars Christmas Festival. Six weeks of tournaments started on November 21s and will be running through the end of the year including a $1 million freeroll, a $2 million guaranteed Monday Million tournament, plus the MicroMillions returns with over $1 million in guaranteed prizes!
How about a new poker show with a twist? Rush Street Production, the masterminds behind Poker Night in America launched a new poker-themed show called The Final Table. This unique show is hosted by Joe Stapleon with Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari as studio analysts. In addition, Maria Ho and David Tuchman are also co-commentators. You can now watch the pilot episode.
Mike Sexton has done almost everything in poker….except win a WPT event. Sexton faded a field of 648 players at the Playground Poker Club to win the PartyPoker.net WPT Montreal. Sexton defeated Benny Chen in a remarkable come-from-behind victory in which he laid a couple of wicked beats on Chen. The prize pool was $2/2 million Canadian dollars or approximately $1.64M USD. Sexton took down the first-place prize worth $317,896 CAD or $235K USD.
Gus Hansen is back! Sort of. The Great Dane recently sat down with the Dutch press for an extensive interview. Hansen talked about taking a break from poker for a couple of years to pursue a music-related business. He played a cash game in Vegas over the summer for the first time in almost a year and revealed that he was rusty. He then returned briefly to the online poker tables. Was this just a quick pit stop for Hansen? Or is he eying a full-time return to poker?
Do you have a short attention span? Or are you always short on time? Or perhaps you don't have the patience to play a MTT for 10+ hours. If that's the case, then you're in luck! PokerStars unveiled a new tournament format called Beat the Clock. ZOOM tournaments last only 5 minutes and if you're still alive when time expires, then you make the money. Prizes are awarded proportional to remaining stack sizes.
Baazzov back in play? After the William Hill/PokerStars buy-out talks fell apart, David Baazov threw his hat back in the ring once again. On Monday, the ex-CEO of Amaya offered to buy PokerStars for $6.7 billion or roughly $17.71 USD per share (or $24 Canadian Dollars). The ball is currently in Amaya's court.
Welcome to the Sunday grind! Elky is streaming his online action via Twitch as he takes a shot in the FCOOP Main Event, which has a €1K buy-in and €1 million guarantee. FCOOP Main Event is the biggest online event of the year in France, so Elky's stream will be in French in honor of the historic day! Starting at 9pm CET or Noon Vegas time, watch Elky's so sick live stream here.
Johnny Hughes, a poker historian, author and former manager of the Joe Ely Band, recently passed away. The Lubbock, Texas native wrote columns for numerous poker magazines and published several books including a novel titled Texas Poker Wisdom. Hughes is a well-known raconteur and a man of many talents. Benny Binion hired a young Hughes to be a prop player in Vegas. Later on, he earned a Ph.D. and taught at Texas Tech for twenty years. Hughes grew up with Buddy Holly and frequently played poker with Holly and his bandmates…before and after Holly got famous. Hughes held other jobs including traveling salesman, working in a TV station, and smuggling bootlegged liquor from Mexico into Texas. Hughes played poker with Hall of Famers like Sailor Roberts, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, and Treetop Strauss.
Elky does so much cool stuff and visits so many exotic locations that should have his own 24/7 TV channel because I'd watch it! If you haven't seen the first installment of the Elky Diaries, then check it out. Elky and his girlfriend Jenny video blogged about their recent trip to TwitchCon and they also show footage from trips to Prague and Monte Carlo, where he went to sweat a friend in the Big One for One Drop.
On the eve of one of the most import elections in the history of the entire universe, Hillary Clinton is still a heavy favorite to became the next President of the United States. Paddy Power lists the former First Lady and Secretary of State as a 1-5 favorite. The Democratic candidate has been leading ever since she locked up the nomination, however, her lead had shrunk over the last week with some blowback about the FBI/email scandal. Despite what Donald Trump believes, the bookies do not have much faith in him and the betting market has been hammering Clinton for months. Trump is a 4-1 underdog and some betting shops have him as high as 6-1. Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight fame currently had Clinton at a 68.3% chance to win.
The third annual Chad Brown Memorial tournament was hosted at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey last week. Friends from all over the poker community participated in the special event that helped raise money for cancer research at the T.J. Martell Foundation. Jason Somerville beat Jen Shahade heads-up for the win. Boston Rob from Survivor fame finished in third place.
Chalk one up for the casino. Phil Ivey lost an appeal that would have overturned the 2014 ruling on a dispute he had after playing baccarat at Crockfords Casino in London. Ivey claims he used “edge sorting” tactics to win £7.7 million back in 2012. The exchange rate was much stronger in 2012 and the casino disputed the $12.4 million USD win by Ivey, which is now worth approximately $9.6 million.
Lucas Blanco Oliver from Spain took down the inaugural Devilfish Cup and faded a star-studded field of 204 total entries. Lucas Blanco Oliver won a first-place prize worth £250,000. The £5,300 buy-in event had a guaranteed prize pool of £1 million. Lucas Blanco Oliver also won a special guitar owned by Queen's co-founder Brian May, which he specifically donated for this special event. Tennis pro Boris Becker missed the final table when he cashed in 13th place.
After a three-plus month delay and three days of final table action for the November Nine, the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event is finally over. Qui Nguyen is the newest WSOP Main Event World Champion after he defeated Gordon Vayo during a marathon-heads up battle at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Qui Nguyen, a 39-year old pro who emigrated to the United States from Vietnam, currently lives in Las Vegas. He edged out the 27-year old Vayo during a seven-hour long heads-up match that spanned 182 hands and seemed like it would never end. Vayo earned a runner-up finish worth $4.6 million. November Nine chipleader Cliff ‘JohnnyBax' Josephy busted in third place and took home $3.4 million.