After two day of action at the $300K buy-in Super High Roller Bowl, we're down to 16 players. Matt Berkey bagged up the most chips on Day 2 with 2.8M and Erik Seidel is second with 1.3M. Defending champ Brian Rast busted late on Day 2 in 21st place. On Day 3 at the Aria in Las Vegas, they will play down to the final table of eight. Only the final seven spots pay out. Who will win $5M for first place? Among the notables still alive: Dan Shak, Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, Bryn Kenney, Andrew Robl, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, Phil Laak, Phil Galfond, Ben Lamb, and Bill Perkins.
Only 35 out of 49 players survived the first day of action of the Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria in Las Vegas. Timofey 'Trueteller' Kuznetsov ended Day 1 as the chip leader. Defending champ Brian Rast is still alive. First place pays out $5 million and only the top seven places pay out. You can watch Day 2 of SHRB via the live stream here.
The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl kicks off at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday. The field is 49 players deep in this $300,000 buy-in event with $5 million up for grabs for first place, plus the insane champion's ring. The usual cast of high rollers are set to slug it out in the second installment of the Super High Roller Bowl, and Brian Rast will return to defend his title after winning the inaugural event last year. The final table is set for Wednesday, June 1.
A couple of weeks ago, Phil Hellmuth admitted on Twitter that he donked off $200K spread out over two home games in Northern California. I could only imagine the verbal abuse that flew around that table. Then, the Poker Brat dusted off another $100K in a high-stakes cash game (mostly to Bill Perkins) in Daytona, Florida. Hellmuth mentioned his $320K downswing on Twitter using a hashtag #roughweek.
This summer, the Treasure Island Casino a.k.a. TI on the Las Vegas Strip, will be catering to European poker players during the WSOP. Starting June 1, the TI poker room will spread 24-hour cash games including a special VIP high-roller section. They intend to spread Euro-centric games such as 5-card PLO, Chinese Poker, and other carious mixed games. TI will also show Euro Cup matches as well. TI is teaming up with Living It Loving It along with Bruno Fitoussi and Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Young to present this special summer-long event to help make sure European players do not get homesick during the WSOP.
The final day of Global Poker League online heads-up matches for Week 8 are here with the Americas Conference slugging it out. First-place Montreal is trying to fend off LA and New York. The Rounders tackle the Sunset in a match-up of second and third place teams. Meanwhile, first-place Montreal is up against last-place Las Vegas with Jason Lavalle (Montreal) vs. Anthony Zinno (Las Vegas). In the featured match of the day, LA's Olivier Busquet will go into the Octogon against New York's Tom Marchese.
Hey, an old guy won a major online poker tournament! There's harmonious balance in the universe after all! Talal ‘raidalot' Shakerchi, a British hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and high-stakes player who has more than paid his dues in the trenches, won the 2016 SCOOP Main Event for a sick $1.4 million score. Not too shabby for a $10K investment. Also, Shaun Deeb won the SCOOP Player of the Series. Even though he did not win a bracelet, he cashed in 41 events an advanced to nine eight tables. The most events won? Shawn ‘buck21' Buchanan shipped 3 bracelets and now has 6, but he trails Calvin Anderson, who has 7. And yes, the Brazilians dominated SCOOP with 21 total bracelets.
The final week of GPL heads-up matches are upon us. London Royals launched a coup d'état and seized first place in the EurAsia Conference after a stunning 12-point day by team captain Liv Boeree. They have a 2-point lead on the Moscow Wolverines, who had a rare bad day with just 1 point. Moscow now trails by two points. The premier match of the day will be Paris vs. Hong Kong with Elky taking on Randy ‘nanonoko' Lew. In the battle of first and second place teams, it's Moscow's Vladimir Troyanovskiy vs. London's Sam Trickett. In the final match of the day, Berlin's Sorel Mizzi squares off against Rome's Tim Adams.
The world of online poker and reality television intersected once again. The highly popular Big Brother Canada contestant, Kevin Martin, was just signed by PokerStars as a sponsored player as the newest member of Team PokerStars Online. Most recently, Martin who plays under the screen name ‘GarlicXToast' has become a rising star in the Twitch world for live streaming his low-stakes grinding action in an amusing and educational manner.
It's the final week of the first half of the GPL season. Week 8 kicks off with the final round of online 6-max matches. Every single point is precious. In the EurAsia Conference, Moscow holds an 8-point lead over London and a 9-point lead over Paris. In the Americas, Montreal is 6 points ahead of New York and only 8 ahead of LA. Mike Leah will head into battle for Paris today against Moscow's Anatoly Filatov and London's Raiden Kan. In the Americas matches, Montreal's Martin Jacobson will be trying to hold off New York's Jason Wheeler and LA's Fedor Holz.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Caesars Entertainment (CE) might be selling off Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), which also owns the World Series of Poker and their online poker site. Will this summer's WSOP be the last ever at the Rio ad the last that is run by Caesars Entertainment? CE is saddled with debt and they have to do something to general cash. The WSOP is one of their biggest brands and the sale of CIE is an obvious move. One potential bid for CIE has exceeded $4 billion.
During the 2016 SCOOP events 21 to 30, the red-hot Canuck Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan won another bracelet. And in one of the richest events of the year, Slovenia's Secret_M0d3 won the High Roller for $718K. Also, Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman defeated Marco 'NoraFlum' Johnson heads-up for a win in the Triple Draw event.
The early story during 2016 SCOOP has been the rise of the Brazilians. They gobbled up a bunch of bracelets during the first two weeks of action and no one is even close to stopping them. Also, Shawn ‘buck21' Buchanan is on another heater and picked up two more SCOOPs. During the first two weeks, we saw big wins by Dan 'Danny98765' Smith, Mike ‘goleafsgoeh' Leah, Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman, Matt 'plattsburgh' Vengrin, Marco 'NoraFlum' Johnson, Stevie ‘stevie444' Chidwick, and James ‘Andy McLEOD' Obst.
Howard Lederer, one of the principal owners of Full Tilt Poker, issued an apology to the poker community… on Daniel Neagreanu's blog… and five years after the fact. As expected, the community did not take the news very well. There's plenty of bad blood still boiling over from the fallout of Black Friday in April 2011 and the subsequent mishandling of Full Tilt's finances, which had gotten so bad that PokerStars had to step in and bail them out (as part of their deal with the U.S. Department of Justice). At surface level, the passive-aggressive apology is self-serving so Lederer doesn't get harassed or even physically accosted while playing at any WSOP events in Las Vegas.
The online poker world and the esports community just got a little closer. A couple months ago, Elky returned to the gaming world when he signed with esports behemoth TeamLiquid. Now this week, PokerStars announced that they will be partnering with TeamLiquid. Several members of Liquid -- Janne "Savjz" Mikkonen, Jeffrey "SjoW" Brusi, Dario "TLO" Wünsch -- will be sponsored into various EPT events and they will be live streaming their PokerStars action via Twitch.
The Americas Conference will be slugging it out during their heads-up matches for Week 7 of the Global Poker League. It's a new world order in the Americas with Montreal in first place and the LA Sunset surging into second place, while the New York Rounders are in the middle a losing skid. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Rush desperately need points to keep them out of last place. Some big matches on the slate today including: Sao Paulo Mets' Felipe Mojave taking on the LA Sunset's Olivier Busquet.
The World Poker Tour turns 15! WPT announced the upcoming schedule for the next season, which is jam packed with 17 events kicking off with the WPT Choctaw in Oklahoma in late July 2016 and ending with the WPT Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida in April 2017. Yes, the WPT TOC returns once again. There's also one new stop for an inaugural event partypoker WPT Caribbean hosted at Hard Rock Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in November.
It's already time for heads-up matches for Week 7 of the Global Poker League. Yesterday, Paris had a smoking day from Alex Luneau who locked up a much-needed 10 points for the Paris Aviators, who not only trail Moscow Wolverines by 4 points. The premier match of the day is the final match with Davidi Kitai from Paris taking on Sorel Mizzi of Berlin. In the other matches, Andrey Pateychuk is hoping to keep a firm grip on first place for Moscow when he takes on Hong Kong's Weiyi Zhang. Also, last-place Rome is badly needs 9 points and a sweep from Dario Sammartino, who is pitted against London's Igor Kurganov.
Wow, we're already reached the seventh week of the Global Poker League. Big matches this week. Moscow Wolverines are trying to run away with the lead in the EurAsia conference, while Paris and London are trying to stay close. In the Americas Conference, a small margin of a single point separates first and second between New York and Montreal. Alex Luneau is tasked with trying to get Paris back on track. Meanwhile, the Brazil Mets are one of the hottest teams in the league and they are sending Felipe Mojave into battle to try and keep up their rush.
Anthony Zinno was trying to make history by becoming the player with the most career WPT titles. However, he barely missed his fourth title in the WPT Amsterdam at the Holland Casino. He currently is tied for three with Chino Rheem, Gus Hansen, and Carlos Mortensen. Serbia's Andjelko Andrejevic faded a field of 318 players and shipped the WPT Amsterdam for €200,000.
Zinno for four? He's close. It's down to six players at the WPT Amsterdam at the swanky Holland Casino. American Anthony Zinno will be trying to win his fourth career WPT crown. He's currently tied at three for most titles with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Chino Rheem. Coming into the final table, Zinno is third overall in chips and trails leader Andjelko Andrejevic. First place pays €200,000. Action resumes at 2pm local time.
Poker, much like life, is what you make of it. Some people play poker as a leisure activity or a hobby, whereas others rely on poker as a means to enrich their lives. One of those people, Andre DiFelice, turned to online poker while recovering from an arm injury. He got pretty good at it and as a result, he now uses his online winnings to fund his boulder-climbing adventures. Earlier this year, DiFelice won a side event at the 2016 PCA.
The first ten events of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars are dunzo. Thirty total tournaments are in the books, which means 30 new SCOOP bracelets were awarded. A few notables added more SCOOP bracelets to their collection including Luke "lb6121" Schwartz and Tommy “tcblade” Chen. Schwartz is now tied with Shaun Deeb for second-most bracelets with 5. George Danzer passed the "150 Mark" in career SCOOP cashes. No other player has cashed in more SCOOPs than the German pro.
More Global Poker League action. It's the sixth week of heads-up matches in the Americas conference. There's a tight race up front with only 2 points separating first and third place. The New York Rounders hold a single point lead over Montreal Nationals with the red-hot Sao Paulo Mets nipping at their heels. Some of today's matches include: Bryn Kenney (New York) taking on Jonathan Jaffe (San Francisco), Jason Lavallee (Montreal) versus Darren Elias (Sao Paulo), and the feature match of the day is Fedor Holz's first appearance in a heads-up match for the LA Sunset against Jonathan Duhamel (Las Vegas).
Molly's Game, a memoir by former Olympic skier and high-stakes poker hostess Molly Bloom, is getting the Hollywood treatment with its own feature film. Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing and writer of Moneyball and A Few Good Men) is making his directorial debut with Molly's Game. The legendary writer and show runner is adapting Bloom's book into a screenplay. Sorkin recently tapped Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba (a.k.a. String Bell from The Wire) to join the cast. Production dates are still TBD.
We've reached the sixth week of heads-up action in the Global Poker League. The EurAsia Conference matches are crucial this week with a massive 31-point gap separating first-place Moscow Wolverines and last-place Rome Emperors. After a smoking 12-point Tuesday, Moscow also opened up an 11-point lead over second-place Paris Aviators. The feature match of the day will be #1 draft pick Mustapha Kanit (Rome) vs. George Danzer (Paris). Also on the slate, Randy 'nanonoko' Lew (Hong Kong) vs. Justin Bonomo (London Royals) and Brian Rast (Berlin) vs. Sergey Lebedev (Moscow).
It's the sixth week of action in the Global Poker League and first place is up for grabs in both conferences. The EurAsia Conference has Paris and Moscow battling it out for supremacy, while in the Americas, New York holds the lead but the Sao Paulo Mets are one of the hottest teams in the GPL over the last two weeks. They are sending Joao Bauer into 6-max battle today to try and catch Jason Mercier and the first-place New York Rounders. Meanwhile, Paris Aviators' team manager Fabrice Soulier tapped himself to pick up as many points possible to hold off second-place Moscow and Anatoly Filatov. Also expected to play today: wunderkinds Fedor Holz (Los Angeles) and Mustapha Kanit (Rome).
The old Slovakian took on the French young guns and won. EPT Season 9 Player of the Year, Jan Bendik, emerged as the newest EPT champion after winning the 2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event. Bendik took out Adrien Allain with set over set on the final hand to win €961,800. French players finished in second, third (Jimmy Guerrero), and fifth place (Pierre Calamusa). Online qualifier, Asan Umarov, became the first player from Kazakhstan to make the final table.
It's a French-heavy final table at the EPT Grand Final Main Event at the Monte-Carlo Casino. The €5,300 buy-in event attracted 1,098 players and it's finally down to the final table of six. Adrien Allain is the overall leader with 11.8M, followed by fellow Frenchman Jimmy Guerrero's 11.4M. They hold the majority of chips in play. The other remaining players all have between 2.2M and 2.6M stacks: Asan Umarov, Jan Bendik, Oren Rosen, and Pierre Calamusa. €926K is up for grabs. Will big-stacked Allain or Guerrero take it down, or perhaps one of the short stacks poised to make an epic comeback?
The fifth week of action in the Global Poker League is underway with heads-up matches in the Americas Conference. The Americas is a tight race with only 12 points separating first place and last place. The New York Rounders hold a firm grip on first place, but it's now it's the upstart Sao Paulo Mets are in second place and threating them for the top spot. The first match is a doozy between first/second place squads with Tom Marchese (New York) vs. The Decano (Sao Paulo). Montreal Nationals slipped to third place, but they are hoping Marc-Andre Ladouceur can get them back on track by defeating Olivier Busquet from the LA Sunset. In the final match of the day, the Las Vegas attempt to climb out of the basement by sending Jonathan Little to battle San Francisco Rush's Kitty Kuo.