The $300K buy-in 2017 Super High Roller Bowl is down to its final table. Only the top 7 out of 56 entries get paid, so we're on the money bubble at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. The prize pool was $16.8 million with $6,000,000 to first place. Jake Schindler is the chip leader with 8 remaining. Also still alive... Stefan Schillhabel, ZeeJustin, Christoph Vogelsang, Pratyush Buddiga, Byron Kaverman, Jason Koon, and Leon Tsoukernik.
Daniel Negreanu posted two new videos to his popular YouTube channel. Negreanu continued his series on mixed games with a quick tutorial on how to play 2-7 Triple Draw. In case you forgot, Negreanu penned the chapter on Triple Draw in Doyle Brunson's Super System 2. Kid Poker has been preparing for the 2017 WSOP and he gave his loyal followers a glimpse of what's to come this summer and how he prepares for a long summer of grinding by getting his tennis balls defuzzed.
Several members of the high-stakes poker community were victims of hacking this past week. Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, and Dan Smith were among the high-profile pros who had various encounters with hackers and identity thieves. Doug Polk posted a video outlining the details of the cyber crime, and he offered up tips on how you can protect yourself.
The second day of action is underway in the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event. The buy-in was 318,000 Rubles (approximately $5,600 USD) and the prize pool topped 150 million rubles (or $2.65M USD) with 387 total entrants. First-place pays out 29,100,000 Rubles, or approximately $525K. Watch the live stream here.
It happens to the best of us. Bad beats happen. Sometimes Las Vegas can be "Suckout City" and you run super-bad at the tables. But what do you do when you run out of cash, but still have a day or more to kill? Here's a click-bait-worthy listicle with the Top 5 Things to Do in Vegas When You Go Busto.
All great runs eventually come to an end. Mike Sexton, the ambassador of poker, will be retiring from his announcing duties at the World Poker Tour. Sexton and Vince Van Patten were commentators since the inception of the popular poker show that originated on the Travel Channel in 2002. Tony Dunst will become Sexton's replacement joining Vince Van Patten in the announcing booth. Sexton will now become the Chairman of partypoker.
The 2017 World Series of Poker kicks off in one week at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with 74 bracelet events. The big news thus far has been the decision to retire the "November Nine" concept and play out the $10,000 Main Event final table from beginning to end in July. We have a week-by-week breakdown of the 2017 schedule, so you can get a better grasp of what's going down this summer in Sin City.
Daniel Negreanu posted a couple of more videos over the past week including a hand breakdown that occurred on High Stakes Poker when he flopped a set against Doyle Brunson and won a monster pot worth $353K! Negreanu also posted a video from the Super High Roller Bowl and a crazy hand between David Peters and Connor Drinan.
British pro Charlie Carrel embarked on a remarkable career as he quickly ascended the ranks over the last two years and made a splash on the High Roller scene. On the True Gordie Podcast, Charlie recently talked about his rags to riches story and how he turned $15 into $5.5 million. Among the other topics mentioned... bullying, psychedelic exploration, and the polyamorous life juggling multiple girlfriends.
Not looking good for McNoori and his prop bet. Mike McNoori is trying to eat $1,000 worth of McDonalds in 36 hours. According to a tweet this morning, "About $150 ordered with about $55 in the fridge. 21 hours in, $95 consumed. On pace for about $150 worth in 36 hours." For updates, follow @McHamburgler1k on Twitter and @McHamburgler on Instagram.
Coming soon... a live version of the PokerStars Sunday Million with a €1 million guarantee in RozVegas! This special once-in-a-lifetime event will run from August 24 thru September 3 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. PokerStars will allow players to play Day 1s online or live at the King's Casino.
Doyle Brunson, a.k.a. Texas Dolly, won 10 WSOP bracelet and authored the single greatest strategy book of all time, Super System. The Godfather of Poker played college basketball and was rumored to have been drafted by an NBA team. A gnarly accident derailed his basketball career and he eventually found himself in poker. The rest is history. Brunson recently got inducted into Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame for his prowess as a basketball player at Hardin-Simmons University, where he averaged 15.3 points per game in 1953.
RIP November Nine. The WSOP Main Event final table will no longer postponed until the first week in November. Poker Central and ESPN agreed upon a new deal that would televise the final table in July! There will only be a 2-day break before the WSOP final table resumes at the Rio in Las Vegas on July 20. The final table will last three days and the Main Event champion will be crowned on July 22. ESPN will stream the final table on a 30-minute delay.
The first season of PokerStars All Stars ran from April 12 to May 10. This private, invitation only, home game series pitted the top cash game players on PokerStars. They played a $10/$20 NLHE game and the top five winners were awarded a bonus. Hatrick19911 ended the series in the top spot and won $20,000. Daniel Negreanu reviewed the top 20 hands from the All Stars Challenge. He posted a video discussing the Top 20 hands that involved players such as 0human0, limitless, OtB_RedBaron, Sinkarma, SDMackOn, and OhHeyCindy.
Russia's BIack88 shipped the 2017 SCOOP $25K High Roller. SCOOP Event #15-High attracted 93 total entries, or 61 originals + 32 re-entries. The total prize pool was over $3M for this $2M guaranteed event. BIack88 chopped heads-up with Belarus' fish2013. Also at the final table... Apotheosis92, zcedrick, jdtjpoker, bencb789, €urop€an and stevie444. Read the final table recap via PokerStars Blog here.
The 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Sunday. This year's SCOOP features 57 events with 3 levels of buy-ins. Today, the 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson binked SCOOP Event #8-H $530 NL with Rebuys. Jacobson crushed a final table that included 4 previous SCOOP champions. First place paid out approximately $107K… which is peanuts compared to the $10 million his shipped in 2014 in Vegas. Read the MGMT-inspired final table recap over at PokerStars Blog.
McDonalds. Love it, or hate it…. Mike Noori bet that he could eat $1,000 worth of McDonalds in 36 hours. Noori is getting 5-1 odds from Mike O'Malley and at least $200,000 is on the line. The eating prop bet will go down in Arizona during the annual Matt Savage golf tournament. Noori decided that he's going to eat $500 worth of apple slices, but he cannot eat no more than $200 in salads. So, that's still $300 worth of normal McDs stuff... burgers, McNuggets, and fries... he has to eat within 36 hours. Noori also has to wear a Hamburglar costume while playing two rounds of golf. Noori is about to get McFamous.
Raffaele '1mDonuts' Sorrentino shipped the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event. This year's event at the Monte-Carlo Casino attracted 727 runners and a €3.5 million prize pool. Italy's Sorrentino defeated Germany's Andreas Klatt heads-up for the title. The final two cut a deal and Sorrentino walked away with €466,714.
Win It All, a new indie film by Joe Swanberg and starring Jake Johnson, is currently on Netflix. Win It All is a gambling movie that resembles California Split more so than Rounders. The plot surrounds a gambling addict, Eddie (Jake Johnson,) who is tasked with holding a bag of money for a friend serving a six-month stint in prison. In a moment of weakness, Eddie “borrows” money from the bag and goes on a losing gambling bender. When his friend is released from prison several months early, Eddie has to quickly figure out a way to recoup his losses in excess of $21,000.
Down to 6 in Monte Carlo after Davidi Kitai bubbled out in seventh place. France's Michael Kolkowicz is the chip leader at the final table of the PokerStars Championship Main Event. First place pays out €500,800. Who's gonna ship the title at the Monte-Carlo Casino? Also making the final table... Andrey Bondar, Raffaele ‘1mDonuts' Sorrentino, Andreas Klatt, Maxim Panyak, and Diego Zeiter.
These days, Phil Ivey sightings are rare. And even more rare is the number of interviews that Phil Ivey actually does. However, we unearthed this gem of a video. It's fairly short, but Ivey appeared on a training video for Paul Phua Poker School. Ivey shared some advice for both beginners and advanced players on “What makes up a great poker player?”
Fast and furious in Monte Carlo. That's the best way to describe the ferocious and rapid action on Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Main Event. Only 134 players began the day at the Monte-Carlo Casino, but the remaining field were quickly liquidated down to 45 runners. Michael Kolkowicz bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 3. Stefan Schillhabel is second overall and Davidi Kitai is third in chips. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has a top 10 stack and he's still alive along with Paul-Francois Tedeschi, Sebastian Malec, Manig Loeser, and Dan Smith. Who is going to win first place paydirt worth €500K? Watch the Monte Carlo Main Event Day 4's live stream here starting at NOON CET or 3am Vegas time! For updates in French, follow along with le succulent coverage de venustyle!
Daniel Negreanu took a week off from his usual routine while he flew from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo to play in the PokerStars Championship. Instead of two videos, Negreanu posted a video blog about his attempt to play in the €100K SHR. Along the way, he talked trash with Hollywood's Kevin Hart. Danny Boy also discussed his secret tips on how to combat jet lag.
Check out the action live at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo. The PokerStars Championship Main Event is in underway. They got 727 runners and they are vying for a first-place prize worth €500K. The feature table currently includes Davidi Kitai and Patrik Antonius. Watch Day 2 of the live stream here.
American Bryn Kenney outlasted a star-studded field at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo to win the €100K Super High Roller event. Kenney earned €1,784,500 (or $1.95 million) for his victory. The SHR event attracted 61 entries and the prize pool nearly topped €6 million. Kenney defeated Russian Viacheslav Buldygin heads-up for the SHR titles. Kenney now has $17.1 million in career earnings.