The action continued at the King's Casino in Rozvadov for the WSOP Europe. Another PLO bracelet was up for grabs and one journeyman American pro was trying to break through for the first time. German soccer pro Sergej Barbarez final tabled Event #6 €2,200 PLO, but his run ended in fifth place. Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler got heads-up for the bracelet against Lukas Zaskodny. However, it wasn't Kessler's day and he'll have to wait another tournament to win his first bracelet. The Czech Republic's Zaskodny picked off Chainsaw heads up to win the bracelet and €93,677.
It's official! Online poker will be coming to Pennsylvania after Gov. Tom Wolf signed HB 271 into law on Monday morning. HB 271 expanded Pennsylvania's gambling laws to help fund the $32 billion state budget. The new gaming bill permits online poker and daily fantasy sports. Pennsylvania is now the fourth state with legal poker in the United States.
Ship it to France. The fourth bracelet at the WSOP Europe was on the line during a rambunctious Saturday night in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe Event #4 €1,650 NL 6-Handed attracted 240 players and Theodore McQuilkin, an amateur from Paris, France, was the last player standing. McQuilkin won €88,043, plus the coveted bracelet. McQuilkin defeated local player Jan Bednar heads-up for the win. Jesus Ferguson cashed in 26th place, which helped him maintain his lead in the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Another wild Saturday night at the King's Casino in Rozvadov with another bracelet up for grabs. WSOP Europe Event #4 €1,650 NL 6-Handed is down to its final table (of seven). The fourth event on the docket attracted 240 runners. Jan Bednar from the Czech Republic is the big stack with 1.7M. Also still alive... Andrej Desset, Jerry Odeen, Ognjen Sekularac, Theodore McQuilkin, Maksym Shulga, and Petr Setka. First place pays out €88,043 plus the coveted bracelet. The live stream of Event #4 final table starts at 3pm local time. Click here to watch the final table.
Mark the date! November 5. At least 100 packages to the 2018 PCA will be awarded on PokerStars. At least $1.5 million worth of PCA goodness is at stake. The second round of $530 Ultra Satellites will take place November 5 at 14:35 ET on PokerStars. Package winners will get a buy-in to the $10,300 Main Event, plus another $5,000 worth of perks (accommodations, food credit, travel) for a total value of $15,855. Satellites for the Ultra are as low as $1.
Pennsylvania is on the verge of becoming the fourth state in the USA to legalize online poker. This week, the state senate and state house both passed a special gaming bill, H 271, that would legalize online casinos, daily fantasy sports, and online poker. Governor Tom Wolf has ten days to sign the bill into law. Pennsylvania is the sixth largest state in the US and online gaming revenue is projected at $250 million a year. Currently only three states permit online poker: Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. All three reached a shared player pool agreement with the assumption that other states could/would join.
Over at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, two more bracelets were awarded at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe. Andreas Klatt took down Event #2 €550 PLO and faded a field of 523 runners for a €56K first-place score. It came down to a duel between two Germans: Andreas Klatt and Nico Ehlers. Alas, Klatt prevailed and knocked Ehlers out in second place. Meanwhile, the third event was a single-day turbo-charged event. John Racener final tabled Event #3 €1,100 NL Super Turbo Bounty, but busted in sixth place. Czech pro Martin Kabrhel previously won 2 WSOP Circuit rings in the last 18 months, but now you can add his first-ever WSOP bracelet to his growing list of accolades. Kabrhel outlasted 325 runners to win €53,557.
Three-time WPT champ Darren Elias was seeking his fourth-career title in Jacksonville, Florida at the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble. No one has won four WPTs... yet. Meanwhile, two-time WPT champ Sam Panzica was seeking his record-tying third WPT crown. Both pros fell short of the mark and failed to outlast a tough final table that included a savvy pilot Paul Petraglia. Elias busted in third place, which set up a heads-up battle between Petraglia and Panzica. The pilot didn't back down against the pros. Petraglia went on to defeat Panzica in a 96-hand heads-up battle. Petraglia won a first-place prize worth $315,732. And no, he has no thoughts about quitting his day job.
WSOP Europe Event #2 NL TURBO is down to its final table at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. The third event attracted 325 players. American John Racener is still alive, but in the middle of the pack. Martin Kabrhel from the Czech Republic is the chipleader. The final table also includes... Philipp Caranica, Salvatore Camarda, Liran Twito, Yves Kupfermunz, Georgios Koliofotis, Bernd Gleissner, and Viktor Kovachev. POY implications are on the line with Racener fourth overall and chasing Jesus Ferguson and Ryan Hughes. Catch the live stream of the TURBO here.
After five years, Phil Ivey finally lost his appeal to reclaim £7.7 million (or approximately $10.2 million USD) from Crocksford Club in London. Ivey crushed the Crocksford playing punto banco a.k.a. baccarat during a visit in 2012. The casino's parent company, Genting Casinos UK, refused to pay Ivey his winnings, so Ivey took them to court. The original ruling dismissed Ivey's case on grounds that he was indeed cheating the casino. Ivey claimed he was using "edge sorting" to exploit a loophole in the game. Ivey appealed his case to the Supreme Court, but those five judges ruled unanimously in favor of Crocksford.
Going into the 2017 WSOP Europe, Jesus Ferguson topped the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year leader board. The controversial figure and former Full Tilt Poker owner cashed 17 times at the WSOP this summer in Las Vegas, which was good enough for first place in the standings. We're only a couple days into the 2017 WSOP Europe and Ryan Hughes jumped into first place (with 922.10 points) after his deep run in Event #1 MONSTER STACK. There was a Jesus sighting in Rozvadov. He played in Event #1 but didn't cash. Hughes is out front momentarily. Can Jesus regain the lead? Or will Hughes fend off the despised man in the black hat? Check the latest WSOP POY standings here.
The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe is underway at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Event #1 €1,100 NL MONSTER STACK attracted 561 players. First place pays out €117,708, plus a coveted WSOP bracelet. Only 10 players are remaining at the "unofficial" final table. Sergio Fernandez from Spain is the chip leader. Among those still alive... Carlo Savinelli, Ali Sameeian, Vili Petleshkov, Alexandre Virad, Oleksandr Shcherbak, Peter Bstieler, Ismael Bojang, Serge Danis, and the legendary Walter Treccarichi. Watch the live stream here.
John Juanda outlasted a tough final table and a 4-hour heads-up battle against Fedor Holz to win the Triton Super High Roller Series at the Galaxy Poker Room in Macau. Juanda also picked off Fedor Holz heads-up to lock up a payday worth 22.4M HKD, or approximately $2.8M USD. Holz walked away with approximately $2.1M. Not too shabby for the retired Holz, eh?
Poker After Dark completed another series of wild cash games this week on PokerGo. The action at the Aria was billed as "Perks of the Trade" week, featuring Bill Perkins, Aaron Zang, Haralabos Voulgaris, Phil Galfond, Brian Rast, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, Rick Solomon, and Doug Polk. Zang and Solomon squared off in a pot that was nearly worth $1 million. In other side-betting action, Polk and Perkins wagered on how much money Zang had stashed away in his bag.
It's time for cards to go back in the air. The World Series of Poker Europe will be in full swing as the King's Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic, which becomes the epicenter of poker for the next couple of weeks with 11 bracelet events. The WSOP-E begins October 19 and runs to November 10. The lowest buy-in is €550, there's a €25K High Roller, and the One Drop High Roller has the highest price tag at €111,111. Of course, the marquee event is the €10,350 Main Event Championship, which starts on November 4.
Chalk up a huge score for Team Winamax... two times! The leading French online poker company announced the signing of two of the top pros in Europe – Mustapha Kanit and Adrian Mateos. The French online gaming market is on the verge of merging their player pool with Italy, Spain, and Portugal. In advance of this merge, Winamax locked up the top players in Italy and Spain. Mustapha Kanit and Adrian Mateos will join Team Winamax as brand ambassadors, alongside Belgian superstar Davidi Kitai and an impressive list of French pros such as Sylvain Loosli and Gaelle Bauman.
Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, worked out a shared player pool agreement with Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Governor John Carney of Delaware. The three states will share the same player pool for online poker and online slots progressive jackpots. This new compact should boost revenue and encourage more online players to join the mix. For many Americans frustrated with local legislative igaming legalization efforts, this news out of New Jersey is a step in the right direction.
Colorado is one of the most popular tourist destination in the western United States. The Rocky Mountains attract visitors from all over the world, whether its hiking and rafting in the summers, or skiing and snowboarding in the winter. With the legalization of marijuana, the Rocky Mountain high has a whole new meaning. The cannabis industry in Colorado is booming, which is why Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in America. If you didn't know, an old mining town in Black Hawk, Colorado has become a hub of poker in the Rockies. If you desire cash games or tournaments, the Ameristar and Golden Gates in Black Hawk has your fix. Black Hawk is less than an hour drive from Denver, nestled in a canyon with a postcard-like scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Paul Phua added a new strategy video to his growing arsenal on YouTube. Phua is a regular in the biggest cash games in Asia. He tapped some of his fellow players at the nosebleed stakes to share their thoughts on visual tells. Some tips are provided by legends such as Fedor Holz and Steve O'Dwyer. Also contributing some tips... Sam Trickett, Timofey 'trueteller' Kuznetsov, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and Lucas Greenwood.
PokerStars HQ announced their latest invention, Power Up, is officially live in Europe. PokerStars Power Up will be rolling out to .COM and .NET within the end of the week. PokerStars Power Up will be giving avid poker players a chance to employ new strategies, while learning a new format of poker with special powers to "shake up the game." Using specialty power cards, you can gain an edge. For example, you can now peek at your opponent's hole cards, or get to choose what your next card will be. In addition, you can defend against opponent attacks. Will Power Up become the next big thing in the poker community Zoom and Open-Face Chinese Poker, or will it become another flash in the pan?
The state of Pennsylvania, the sixth most populated state in America, missed the deadline to set a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which in turn has created a short-term cash flow fiasco and ugly political feud between the governor and state legislators. Without a budget in place, an integral piece of gaming reform legislation is currently in limbo. The new gaming reform would legalize online casino, online poker, and daily fantasy sports. However, that was on contingent on the budget passing. Will Governor Tom Wolf and opposing state legislators figure out a solution to balance the budget and plug a $2.2 billion gap before Pennsylvania sinks deeper into debt? As of now, the future of online poker in Pennsylvania is a big fat question mark, with more pressing matters garnering the attention of politicos.
In the latest move to acquire top-notch talent, partypoker invited Jason Koon to join forces with them. Koon, a high-stakes American pro who has over 8-figures in career tournament cashes, will be the newest member of partypoker's new advisory panel. Koon will join the ranks of Fedor Holz, Mike Sexton, Sam Trickett, and Johnny Lodden.
The finals for the King of the Hill II heads-up battle will be streamed on Saturday. Four players put up $50K each in a winner-take-all format. On Friday night at the Rivers Poker Room in Pittsburgh, Parker Talbot defeated defending-champ Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth won the first round, but Talbot won the next two to advance to the finals. Olivier Busquet beat Shaun Deeb 2-0 to advance to the finals against Talbot. The winner of the Busquet/Talbot heads-up match gets to take home $200,000... and the loser gets zilch! You can watch the King of the Hill II finals live from the Rivers Poker Room starting at 6pm ET vis Twitch.
Art Papazyan won another World Poker Tour event. It's been an epic Season XVI for Papazyan. Just last month, Papazyan took down the WPT Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. And last night, Art Papazyan won the WPT Maryland Live! for a $389,405 score. Inside of five weeks, Papazyan banked a cool $1 million. Also of note, Papazyan became the eighth player in WPT history to win multiple titles in a single season.
Paul Phua Poker released a new video featuring Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates. In this special video, Jungleman delivers a mini-masterclass in short-handed tournament play.
German wunderkind Fedor Holz appeared on the Lewis Howes podcast The School of Greatness. The entrepreneur and best-selling author interviews various professional athletes, successful business leaders, and other people at the top of their profession. Howes invited Fedor Holz on his podcast because he was curious how Holz trained his mind to detach from the money and potentially losing in high stakes. In this hour-long episode, Holz dispatched many pearls of wisdom that can be applied to both life and poker.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the World Series of Poker Circuit event chugged along at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Swedish pro Anton Wigg won the WSOP Circuit High Roller Event during his first-ever trip to Florida. Wigg earned $111,719 plus the coveted ring. In the $1,675 buy-in SHR Main Event, Joe Gotlieb faded a field of 904 runners to win $257,638 plus a WSOP Circuit ring.
On Sunday evening, a shooter inside the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel opened fired on a musical festival below along Las Vegas Blvd. Over 500+ people were injured and at least 58 people were confirmed killed at the Route 91 Harvest music festival across the street from Mandalay Bay. The shooting occurred shortly after 10pm local time at the end of the set by Jason Aldean. Authorities identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock, a retired 64-year old from Mesquite, Nevada. Las Vegas Police officials said that Paddock died inside his hotel room with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. This devastating incident is the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history. Investigators are still seeking a motive for the massacre.