Chino Rheem is going for the hat trick down in Florida! The latest stop on the World Poker Tour is at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The SHR Poker Finale attracted 342 players to this $10,000 buy-in event. With $705K on the line for first place, will Chino Rheem (and his scores of backers and creditors) take down his third-career win on the WPT? Or will it get shipped by Bryan Piccioli, Richard Leger, Adrian Mateos, William Benson, or Aditya Prasetyo? The final table commences on Thursday and will be webcast with hole cards on a 30-minute delay.
In the third week of action for the Global Poker League, matches were won by Andrey Pateychuk (Moscow Wolverines), Liv Boeree (London Royals), Tyler Kenney (New York Rounders), and Felipe Mojave (Sao Paulo Mets). The New York Rounders and Sao Paolo Mets dominated the action with 12 points each during Tuesday's double-header of 6-max matches. New York seized first place in the Americas conference with a win by Tyler Kenney, while Sao Paulo crawled out of the basement and moved into fourth place overall after a win by Felipe Mojave. Over in the EurAsia Conference, the Paris Aviators now have to share a tie for first place after a disappointing 1 point day. The Hong Kong Stars added 8 points and moved into a tied for first with Paris.
It's the third week of action in the Global Poker League featuring Tuesday 6-max matches. Montreal and Paris are leading their divisions at the start of Week 3. Can they retain their front-running positions? The EurAsia Conference's first match commences at noon ET with matches featuring several player managers. This is the first week that a few added themselves to the team rosters including Liv Boeree, Fabrice Souiler, Max Pescatori, and Maria Ho. Also in the mix today is crowd-favorite Jungleman!
Two-time WPT champion and November Niner Chino Rheem is the chip leader with 27 players remaining at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale in Hollywood, Florida. Day 3 action kicks off shortly and they will be playing down to a final table, which will be webcast live on Wednesday. Total of 342 runners in this $10K buy-in event with $705K set aside to the winner. Also still left in the hunt are Anthony Zinno, Jonathan Little, and Jared Jaffee. For live blog updates, check out WPT's coverage starting at noon ET… here.
Have you seen the vintage footage of Donald Trump sharing tips at the poker tables? Talk about five minutes of pure gold! In a compilation video comprised of different interviews over the years at the U.S. Poker Championships, the front-running Presidential candidate and Atlantic City casino owner offered up golden nuggets of business wisdom that made him highly successful.
Poker Central debuted their episode of Pokerography featuring 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker. It's truly a rags to riches overnight story for Moneymaker, a mild-mannered account who won his seat into the WSOP Main Event on a PokerStars satellite, flew out to Vegas, beat Sammy Farha heads-up, and the rest is history.
The 2016 Pokerstars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) kicks off in three weeks with a record-setting 165 tournaments. This year's SCOOP will be the “biggest festival ever” with 55 events (with 3 varying buy-in levels) for a total of 165 tournaments and a hefty guaranteed prize pool in excess of $40 million. SCOOP is so HUGE now that the majority of the events are multi-day events. This year's SCOOP will feature a Player's Choice event and a 3-Max. Cards go in the air for SCOOP starting on May 8 and the final table of the Main Event will commence on May 22. The high-version ($10,000 buy-in) includes a $4 million guarantee.
The PokerStars EPT Grand Final kicks off in under two weeks. The €5,300 buy-in EPT Grand Final Main Event commences April 30 and runs through May 6. Season 12's season-ending event will have a record number of online qualifiers (302 at press time). Joining forces with the France Poker Series (FPS), this year's EPT Grand Final will include 80 overall events at the swanky Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. This year's action will be spread out over 11 days in one of the largest festivals of poker Europe has ever seen. Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazario is schedule to appear in Monte Carlo.
The second week of action in the Global Poker League will feature a couple of marquee heads-up matches in the Americas Conference. The Montreal Nationals are looking to hold onto first place. This week's schedule will include Montreal Nationals vs. Sao Paulo Mets, New York Rounders vs. San Francisco Rush, and the Las Vegas Moneymakers vs. L.A. Sunset. The individual match-ups in the Americas are what everyone is talking about particularly the Jason Mercier (NY) vs. Phil Galfond (SF) battle, along with an anticipated matchup between Jonathan Duhamel (LV) and Olivier Busquet (LA). Cards go in the air for the first match starting at 1pm ET with bracelet winner Thiago Nishijima (Brazil) taking on Pascal LeFrancois (Montreal).
The first batch of GPL heads-up matches for week 2 is complete. The Paris Aviators began the day in first place in the EurAsia Conference and ended the day in first place after Alexandre 'Alexonmoon' Luneau won 2 of his heads-up matches and Paris Aviators defeated Rome Emperors 6-3. Paris now has 30 points and a comfortable lead atop of the EurAsia Conference. In other action, London Royals defeated Hong Kong Stars 6-3 when Sam Trickett won 2 of his matches against 'nanonoko.' Meanwhile, Moscow Wovlerines defeated Berlin Bears 6-3 after Vladimir Troyanovsky took down 2 out of 3 matches against Dominik Nitsche.
In the second match of the day for the GPL, the Paris Aviators battled the Rome Emperors. Dario Sammartino from Rome won the first match and looked like he was going to quickly win a second match, but Paris' Alexandre 'Alexonmoon' Luneau came from behind to even the score. On the final hand in match #2, Luneau's pocket Aces held up to knock out Dario Sammartino. Both players won a single match and picked up 3 points apiece. With at least one win today, the Paris Aviators will maintain their first-place lead in the EurAsian Conference. The third and final match between Luneau/Sammartino is underway now. Watch live here.
It's the second week of action in the Global Poker League. The EurAsia Conference heads-up matches take place today with three great matches on the slate. Week 2's action will feature London Royals vs. Hong Kong Stars, first-place Paris Aviators vs. Rome Emporers, and the Moscow Wolverines vs. Berlin Bears. In the opening match, London's Sam Trickett slugs it out with Hong Kong's nanonoko. Cards go in the air at 12pm ET or 6pm Paris time. As always, all matches are live streamed on GPL's Twitch feed.
At the end of the second week of 6-max matches in the Global Poker League, both the Montreal Nationals and the Paris Aviators are leading their respective divisions. Even though the Berlin Bears' Dominik Nitsche had a stellar day with a first-place victory and runner-up finish, Mike Leah from the Paris Aviators picked up 8 points to keep Paris atop of the leaderboard in the EurAsia Conference. Over in the Americas, Montreal Nationals held onto their first-place position fueled by a win from Xuan Liu.
Week 2 of the Global Poker League is underway. The first batch of 6-max matches feature the Eurasian Conference. The Berlin Bears' Dominik Nitsche defeated Paris Aviators' Mike Leah heads-up in the first match to pick up 7 points for Berlin, while Leah earned 5 for Paris.The second match is currently in action featuring: Mike Leah (Paris), Justin Bonomo (London), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (Moscow), Dominik Nitsche (Berlin), Mustapha Kanit (Italy), and Dong Guo (Hong Kong). Watch all of the 6-max matches live today via Twitch here.
The Global Poker League just went Hollywood and of course, the Los Angeles franchise was the one who landed a big-time star. The L.A. Sunset, managed by Maria Ho, announced the addition of actor Aaron Paul as their final wild card selection. Paul, an avid cardslinger and a regular in Hollywood home games, is most known for his role as Jesse Pinkman (a.k.a. the tweaker meth cook) from Breaking Bad.
A marijuana-themed casino in Las Vegas? Is that just a pipe dream or reality? High Times is considering entering the casino business, which is somewhat good news for 420-friendly gamblers. It's only a matter of time before we see a marijuana-themed gambling venture in Nevada, or Colorado. Hard Rock and Planet Hollywood jumped into the casino branding game, so why not a High Times Casino?
The opening week of the Global Poker League is underway with the third day of action and the second day of heads-up matches featuring teams from the Americas Conference. The feature match is: Olivier Busquet (LA Sunset) vs. Darren Elias (Brazil Metropolitans). Watch this match between Los Angeles and Brazil live via the Twitch GPL stream... here.
On the second day of action during the first week of the GPL, the Hong Kong Stars, led by Randy ‘nanonoko' Lew, swept their heads-up matches by the score of 3-0 against the Moscow Wolverines' Sergey Lebedev. The Hong Kong Stars notched nine points and currently sit in first place in the Eurasian Conference. Meanwhile, in the marquee matchup of the day between the Paris Aviators and Berlin Bears, legendary Elky came from behind to defeat Dan ‘Jungleman' Cates by the score of 2-1. Jungleman's running commentary was outright hysterical and insightful, which made him the first big breakout stars of the Global Poker League.
The Global Poker League started its heads-up matches today. The Paris Aviators are taking on the Berlin Bears with Elky pitted against Dan ‘Jungleman' Cates. In the first match, Cates won but established himself as legit personality as we got a glimpse inside of his twisted head. In the second match, Elky won a quickie to even the score after his pocket Aces held up. With the score 1-1, there's one more match. Watch the live stream of the final match via Twitch here.
The opening day for the Global Poker League is in the books. After four 6-max matches, Paris is leading the Eurasian Conference after a 10-point day, while New York and Las Vegas are tied for first with 10 point apiece in the Americas Conference. Matches were won by Davidi Kitai (Paris Aviators), Raiden Kan (Hong Kong Stars), Jason Wheeler (New York Rounders), and Michael ‘Timex' McDonald (Montreal Nationals). Antony Zinno from the Las Vegas Moneymakers posted a pair of runner-up finishes.
It took roughly an hour before the Global Poker League crowned its first winner in the first-ever match. The opening 6-max tournament featured matches among the Eurasian franchises in Europe and Asia including the Paris Aviators, Berlin Bears, Hong Kong Stars, London Royals, Moscow Wolverines, and the Rome Emperors. When the dust settled on the virtual felt, Davidi Kitai from the Paris Aviators won the first game. If you like poker trivia, file away this nugget: Kitai will officially go down in history as the first-ever winner on the GPL.
Opening Day is always filled with excitement, anxiety, and jitters. The inaugural Global Poker League kicks off its first-ever event today starting at noon ET or 9am Vegas time. The first week of GPL action includes 6-max on Tuesday, then heads-up matches on Wednesday and Thursday.
It's now Day 5 – the last and final day – of the record-setting Cash Game Festival at Aspers Casino in Stratford City, London. The biggest and juiciest cash game in Europe has been running nonstop since Wednesday. If you're in London today and having a lazy afternoon, then get down to Aspers and dive into the action. Watch the conclusion of the Cash Game Festival with three different live streaming sessions live from Aspers. Today's schedule includes… £1/£2 – “Cash Game Tournament”, £10/£25 NL, and £1/£1 RankingHero Special. Click here to watch via Twitch.
It's now Day 4 of the historic Cash Game Festival at Aspers Casino in Stratford City, London. The biggest cash game in Europe will be running nonstop through Sunday evening. If you're in London, then head over to Aspers and get on the wait list. Plenty of games running for a Saturday night of cash game mayhem. They are live streaming a high-stakes table right now at Aspers. Click here to watch £25/£50 NL via Twitch.
We're down to the final four teams in the annual college basketball fracas known as March Madness. This year's Final Four only has one #1 seed… North Carolina… along with an epic Cinderella story in #10 Syracuse, a team that many pundits did not think deserved a spot in this year's tournament. Syracuse has proven all their haters wrong with a sensational run. But will Cuse's magical mystery tour end at the Final Four? Or can they upset a heavily-favorited #1 Carolina squad and advance to the championship game on Monday? In the other matchup, it's a battle of #2 seeds with #2 Oklahoma and superstar Buddy Hield taking on #2 Villanova.
The Cash Game Festival is underway and passed its mid-way mark. The third day of nonstop action is off and running at Aspers Casino in Stratford City, London. The Cash Game Festival is a special 5-day celebration of poker, which attracted players from all over Europe and North America. The Twitch streams during the first two days were so popular that management added a third session (instead of two). Watch it live now!