Ever wonder who is among the worst of the worst blow ups on a live stream or on TV? PokerStars compiled their Top 5 Worst Blow Ups and of course, Phil Hellmuth tops the list. Tony G is included twice, because we all know The G loves to needle his opponents. Also included in this special compilation video… Andrew Robl, Max Greenwood, Vanessa Selbst, Kevin MacPhee, and Ryan D'Angelo. And yes, we get a classic confrontation with Tony G vs. Phil Hellmuth.
During Episode 9 of the cooking reality show MasterChef, the remaining field was thinned from 12 home cooks to 11. Poker Pro David Williams survived another week and made the cut for the final 11. During a team challenge, Williams was in charge of grilling shrimp for a special Sweet 16 party. His team won the challenge when the Sweet 16 attendees voted for the shrimp as the best dish of the party. Williams and his team all automatically advanced to next week. If Williams' team lost the heads-up battle, then they'd square off in a Pressure Challenge which involved cooking a three-layer birthday cake. With 11 remaining, David Williams is still alive and seeking the title of Master Chef.
Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story. That's why so many people play poker...for the chance of turning a small investment into a huge score. And snarky reporters love a screen name like "SolidPenis." So when a small stakes Russian player from Moscow binked a €250K Spin and Go jackpot on PokerStars, and he streamed his victory live on Twitch while playing under the screen name: SolidPenis. When it was over, SolidPenis also set a record for most money ever won on during an online tournament on a live Twitch stream for €250K or approximately $275K USD.
The newest season of the European Poker Tour, the EPT 13, kicks off on August 16 with a ginormous event in Barcelona, Spain that features 64 events plus plenty of fun and other charitable activities. Barcelona has become an epicenter of poker in Europe over the last decade, which is why PokerStars picked Barcelona as the launching point of every new season. Last year's record-setting Main Event was the largest-ever on the EPT.
Club Poker Radio's gossip girl Gaëlle Jaudon sat down with German pro George Danzer at the WSOP this summer. Danzer had a great summer and went on to win his fourth-career WSOP bracelet. Gaëlle spoke to Danzer about what he does to prepare for each summer in Vegas, along with his take on why Germans have been dominating Super High Roller Events. And yes, Gaëlle also asked about his Mohawk hair style!
David Williams is now among the final 12 contestants on the cooking reality show MasterChef. The poker pro from Vegas faded a secret double-elimination, which was not revealed until the last moment. Despite the fact that two players were up for elimination, David Williams made the cut. Williams cooked sweetbreads (cow pancreas)for his elimination challenge. Williams did not get any face time this week. Although he was not selected among the top dishes, his sweetbreads dish was good enough to avoid the bottom three. Williams advanced and he's currently among the final 12 home cooks competing for the title of "Master Chef."
While doing a round of press junkets for his newest Jason Bourne film, Matt Damon gave an impromptu performance of his nemesis from Rounders. Matt Damon, the star of the cult-classic poker film, recently unleashed his version of Teddy KGB. Damon also revealed a funny behind the scenes moment with John Malkovich that occurred on the first day of filming Rounders.
Old-school online legend Cliff "Johnny Bax" Josephy is currently the chip leader at the final table of the 2016 WSOP Main Event. Josephy leads the November Nine, which will return to Las Vegas in November to play out the conclusion of the final table. Five Americans made the final table plus one Canadian and three Europeans including Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert. Also making the November Nine... Qui Nguyen, Gordon Vayo, Kenny Hallaert, Michael Ruane, Vojtech Ruzicka, Griffin Benger, Fernando Pons, and Jerry Wong. Who is going to win $8 million and become the next WSOP Main Event Champion?
Swedish pro Michael Tureniec won the final event of the 2016 WSOP by taking down the Little One for One Drop, which had a special $1,111 buy-in. Michael Tureniec beat Cal Anderson heads-up for the bracelet and $526K in cash. Meanwhile in the Main Event, the field was trimmed from 80 to 27 players. Vojtech Ruzicka from the Czech Republic is the chip leader. Also, Jason Mercier officially locked up 2016 WSOP Player of the year.
David Williams finally got some face time on the cooking reality series MasterChef. The Las Vegas poker pro captained one of two teams that were tasked to cook a steak meal for military veterans. His team lost the challenge and everyone on David Williams' team was up for possible elimination. He shook off tilt from his teammates and avoided an elimination and managed to save face by surviving with a batch of spicy fried chicken. David Williams advanced to the next round and is now among the final 14 home chefs seeking the title of Master Chef.
The action at the 2016 WSOP Main Event went so fast that the money bubble burst late on Day 3 instead of on Day 4 as initially projected by organizers. And once the bubble popped, a flurry of eliminations ensued. At the end of Day 3, Kenny Hallaert from Belgium bagged up the most chips. Antonio Esfandiari is in the top 10 in chips. The defending champion Joe McKeehen busted mid-way Day 3 before the money bubble. We will definitely have a new champion this year.
The last flight of Day 2 of the 2016 WSOP Main Event finished off at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. At the conclusion of Day 2C, only 2,176 players are left in the hunt for $8 million. They still need to thin more than half of the field to reach the money. Gustavo Lopez was the Day 2C chip leader, but he's currently second overall behind Valetin Vornicu. Among those who busted on Day 2C... Fedor Holz, Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu.
The 2016 WSOP Main Event field has been trimmed to 3,992 players after the completion of Day 2A/2B. A total of 1,847 returned to the Rio Casino for the first batch of Day 2s. When the dust settled, more than half of the field was decimated. Valentin Vornicu bagged up the biggest stack at the end of the day with 838K. France's Gaelle Baumann chipped up to over 500K, which put her in the top 10 overall. Plenty of big names survived the cut on Day 2A/2B and advanced to Day 3 including Maria Ho, Elky, Jen Shahade, Benny Glasser, Antonio Esfandiari, Anthony Znno, Michael Gathy, Matt Matros, Vanessa Selbst, Johnny Chan, and Atoine Saout. $8 million is up for grabs for first place.
Clayton Maguire won the ONLINE event bracelet at the Rio Casino. The Las Vegas resident (originally from Colorado) pulled off a sick comeback to win Event #66 $1,000 NL WSOP.com ONLINE. Meanwhile, the official numbers are in for the WSOP Main Event. 6,737 players bought into the Main Event this summer and first place pays out $8,000,000. The top 15% players get paid out or roughly 1,011. The total prize pool is $63.3M.
Do you know which players won bracelets at the 2016 WSOP? We compiled a list of all of the winners from the 2016 WSOP. This list reflects 66 events played out at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Only three players won double bracelets this summer. Three women won bracelets (and two in open events). German pro and rising star Fedor Holz won his first bracelet on Sunday night when he shipped the One Drop High Roller for almost $5 million. For a complete list of 2016 WSOP bracelet winners… click here.
Two big bracelets were up for grabs Sunday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Courtney Kennedy, a poker dealer from Detroit, Michigan, won the 2016 Ladies Championship. Kennedy survived a tough final table that included a couple of pros including Mandy Baker and Amanda Musumeci. Meanwhile, German wunderkind Fedor Holz won his first bracelet by taking down the One Drop. Holz faded a field of 183 runners and shipped Event #67 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, which paid out nearly $5 million.
Three bracelets were up for grabs at the Rio Casino on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Finland's Jens Kyllonen won the 25K PLO High Roller and $1.1M in cash when he took down WSOP Event #62 $25,000 High Roller PLO. The snazzy uit-clad Tony Dunst shipped his first-ever bracelet by winning Event #63 $1,000 NL. The WPT commentator put his poker skills on display at the final table en route to his first WSOP win. Old-school online grinder Kyle Bowker won his first bracelet by binking Event #64 $3,000 PLO 8.
Chinese investor and high-stakes cash game player Yue Du won Event #59 $5,000 NL. That marked the first-ever bracelet for Du, who became the first player from China to bring a bracelet back home. His nickname should be the terminator, because he knocked out everyone at the final table, including Natasha Barbour, who finished in third place. She failed in an attempt to become the third woman to win a bracelet in an open event at the 2016 WSOP. Meanwhile, the TAG TEAM event returned to the WSOP for the first time in 34 years! The dynamic duo of Doug Polk and Ryan Fee shipped Event #61 $1,000 NL TAG TEAM.
Although the WSOP is headed into the final stretch, it was a rare night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas when only one bracelet was awarded. Florida businessman David Prociak took down Event #60 $1,500 Stud 8. Prociak faded a tough final table that included bracelet winners Calvin Anderson, Brandon Shack-Harris, and John Monnette. On Friday, a couple more events are playing down to a winner including the popular Tag Team Event #61 $1,000 NL and the conclusion of Event #59 $5,000 NL, which features Natasha Barbour among the final six. She's trying to become the third woman to win a bracelet in an open event at the 2016 WSOP.
Ready for another $1 MILLION freeroll on PokerStars? They said they would set up four different freerolls in 2016. And the second of four has just been announced. It will kick off on Sunday July 17…which is in two Sundays. Cards go in the air just after noon ET at 12:04 ET or 9:04am PT or 6:04pm Paris time. Players will get ten different shots at qualifying.
David Williams didn't get much face time on the latest episode of MasterChef, but that just meant that he was safe from any danger. This week's speed skills challenge involved a poaching a live lobster and David Williams passed the lobster test without any issues. Williams automatically advanced to the next round. He's now among the final 15 home cooks seeking the title of MasterChef.
Brian Rast came from behind to defeat Justin Bonomo heads-up to win the 2016 WSOP Poker Players Championship. The winner of the 50K buy-in event took home nearly $1.3 million in cash and was also awarded the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, one of the most prestigious distinctions any poker pro can receive. The victory at the 50K PPC marks Rast's second 50K win and a third-career bracelet. Just before the WSOP commenced, Rast made headlines when he won a dangerous prop bet riding a bicycle from Las Vegas to Dan Bilzerian's house in Los Angeles. Rast completed the brazen task and won $600,000.
The master list of the 2016 WSOP bracelet winners has been updated to reflect 57 bracelets through 58 events. Recent winners inlcuded Goerge Danzer, Shaun Deeb, Johnny World Hennigan, and Lucky Chewy. Two women won bracelets in open events this summer. Kristen Bicknell won the first bracelet for Canada this year and she became the first woman to win an open event… before Safiya Umerova joined her the next day. Three people shipped two bracelets in 2016 – Ian Johns, Benny Glasser, and Jason Mercier – to join the 2016 Double Bracelet Club. Non-Americans won 12 bracelets with Europe collecting 11 and Canada only one. Twelve more bracelets are up for grabs including the prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship and the $10,000 Main Event. For an updated list of bracelet winners, click here.
Three more bracelets were handed out at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas and all three were first-time winners at the WSOP. Pro David Peters won his first bracelet by taking down Event #56 $1,500 NL. Online exile David Nowakowski had been living in Panama to grind cash games, but he recently returned home to America. Playing in his first WSOP in two years, Nowakowski won Event #57 PLO8 for his first-career bracelet. Meanwhile, Corey Thompson from Florida shipped Event #58 $1,000 NL (30-minute levels).
One of the most popular players in poker, Andrew 'Lucky Chewy' Lichtenberger, won Event #52 $3,000 NL for his first-ever bracelet. Meanwhile, Allan Le became the first member of the Le family to win a bracelet when he took down Event #53 $1,500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8 and Big O. His other two brothers -- Nam Le and Tommy Le -- are also professional poker players from Huntington Beach, California, but Allan was the first Le brother to step into the winner's circle.
Brandon Shack-Harris won Event #51 $10,000 PLO Championship and prevented Loren Klein from winning a second bracelet this week. Shack-Harris had a sick payday worth $894,300. Meanwhile, on Sunday a couple of big names are very close to winning a bracelet. Andrew 'Lucky Chewy' Lichtenberger is heads-up for a bracelet against Craig Blight in Event #52 $3,000 NL, and Gavin Smith is the chip leader with five to go in Event #53 $1,500 Mixed PLO/8.
The 2013 WSOP Ladies Event Champion Kristen Bicknell faded a KNOCKOUT field of 2,158 runners to win Event #46 $1,500 NL BOUNTY. Bicknell became the first woman to win a bracelet at the 2016 WSOP and she also became the first Canadian to break through to the winner's circle. Shaun Deeb took down Event #49 $1,500 Seven Card Stud and survived a tough final two tables. Deeb, the legendary online maestro,put some of his deft live-action skills on display as he won his second overall WSOP bracelet.