After four days of action, the WPT Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino played down from 763 to six. JC Tran leads the final table and Phil Hellmuth is third overall. Also rounding out the final table... Marvin Rettenmaier, Art Papazyan, Adam Swan, and D.J. Alexander. Hellmuth made his fifth final table on the WPT, but has yet to win a title. Tran and Rettenmaier are double-winners and seeking their third WPT title. An elite gorup of five players are tied for most WPT wins with three. First place pays out $668,692.
JC Tran has been a poker legend since the earliest days of the World Poker Tour. The two-time champ is seeking his third title. The new season of the WPT kicked off at the Bicycle Casino on the outskirts of Los Angeles. JC Tran is the leader with 24 remaining out of 763 runners in the Legends of Poker Main Event. OD Baker, Tuan Le, Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, David Sands, Garrett Greer, and Allan Le are all still alive. First place pays out $668,692.
PokerStars announced their launch of Winning Moments Video. In the coming weeks, PokerStars will showcase highlights of their players going deep in various 2017 WCOOP events. These Winning Moments videos will include top-notch narration by James Hartigan and Stapes. You're eligible for a Winning Moments Video if you make the final table of a WCOOP in a NL event and cash for 100x your buy-in. Check out what it looks like here. And for more details, click here.
PokerStars released another ALPHA version of their newest creation: POWER UP. In the last couple of years, PokerStars introduced innovations such as Spin&Go and Beat the Clock, in addition to ZOOM poker. PokerStars is trying to capitalize on popular games such as Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone, in which special cards give the user special powers. Will this be a novelty gimmick? Or is this a new format that will revolutionize the game forever? One thing is certain, PokerStars is trying to expand into the gamer-side of online gambling.
The 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event played down to a champion on Sunday. Sweden's Sebastian Sorensson is a newcomer to the tournament scene who was playing in only his second-career live tournament. The 27-year old neophyte won his seat via a PokerStars satellite, then faded 1,682 runners to win the Main Event. With three to go, Sorensson made a money deal. He eventually found himself with a massive lead when it got heads-up against Lacjezar Petkov. The Swedish quakifier prevailed and Sorensson earned a first-place payout worth €987,043. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari finished in fifth place. PokerStars Championship Monaco winner, Raf Sorrentino, finished in third place.
There's €1.41 million on the line at the Barcelona casino in Barcelona, Spain for the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona. Italy's Raffaele Sorrentino came into the final table with the big stack. Sorrentino shipped an event in Monaco a couple months ago. Can he win another PC title? Also advancing to the final six: Brazilian pro Andre Akkari, Lachezar Petkov, Brian Kaufman, Sebastian Sorensson, and Usman Siddique. The final table kicked off at noon local time, but the stream is on a one-hour delay. Watch the final table stream here.
The Poker Brat appeared on the Tim Ferriss Podcast. Ferriss, a renowned life hacker and best-selling author behind the 4-Hour Work Week, invited Phil Hellmuth on his show to discuss the tenets of his success. The 14-time bracelet winner shared how he set/achieved career goals, employed money management, and overcame rough times as a professional poker player.
The World Poker Tour and PokerGO announced a special broadcast partnership. Final tables of the upcoming season of the WPT will be live streamed on PokerGO. The subscription site webcasted final tables of the 2017 WSOP, the Super High Roller Bowl, and most recently, they re-boot the popular show Poker After Dark. Now, the WPT joins PokerGO.
Montreal, Bad Beat City! The bad beat jackpot at the Playground Poker Club had ballooned to over $1.2 million last week before it finally hit on Thursday evening. Elphege Delarosbil flopped a set of Jacks and turned quads, but Shane Galle rivered a straight flush with Qs-8s. That river beat trigged the bad beat jackpot worth $1.2 million. Delarosbil walked away with $460K, while Galle banked $230K. The table share was $33K per person. Everyone inside the poker room won $1.2K as part of the bad beat promo. As Elky would say, "So sick!" Watch the jubilation here.
Igor Kurganov faded a field of 67 runners at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Super High Roller. The total prize pool topped €4.1M with 19 additional re-entries. Kurganov, a Team Pro, took down the €50K Super High Roller for a score worth €1,078,106. Kurganov defeated Bartlomiej Machon from Poland heads-up for the win, which also marked his first victory on European soil since he became a Team PokerStars Pro.
It's time for a new innovation in online gaming. 888poker introduced Flopomania, which is the latest nuance and spin on traditional Texas Hold'em. Instead of blinds and pre-flop action, Flopomania cuts right to the chase and deals out a flop with your hole cards. Every player antes to see the flop without getting pushed out preflop. Will Flopomania become the next big thing? Head over to 888poker and find out.
The third and final night of action of the return of Poker After Dark was highlighted by a pot worth nearly $1 million. Bill Klein and Aussie Matt Kirk got involved in this behemoth pot. Klein's pocket Aces were outgunned by Kirks Ace-four. When the dust settled, Kirk shipped a pot worth nearly $980K.
If you are visiting New York City and looking for some poker action, then consider a special side trip to Connecticut. Two amazing casinos -- Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun -- are located only a 2.5 hour drive from NYC. For 25 years, Foxwoods has been the largest poker room in New England with 140+ tables. Foxwoods also spreads Seven-card Stud and have variety of mid-stakes and high-stakes action. Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT has 40+ tables and cater to low-limit players. Both casinos host daily tournaments.
Molly's Game is officially hitting the screens on November 22. The trailer debuted yesterday. The film will be the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin. Molly's Game is the story of former Olympic skier Molly Bloom, who moved to Los Angeles and embarked on a wild ride where she eventually became the host to the biggest cash game in Hollywood. Her game included the likes of A-list movie stars such as Tobey Maguire and Ben Affleck. Bloom eventually got snagged in an FBI investigation. Bloom revealed many details of the games in a tell-all book titled, Molly's Game. And now her story is getting the big picture treatment.
Talk about one heck of a re-boot! We saw fireworks on the first episode back for the popular cash-game program Poker After Dark. We witnessed one of those insane-cooler hands with Q-Q vs. K-K vs. A-A. Luckily for Daniel Negreanu, he had enough sense to fold when Tom Dwan six-bet shoved with Aces. Antonio Esfandiari, who has folded Kings in big spots before, made the call. They ran it twice and Dwan's Aces held up in a pot worth nearly $700,000. It's the hand everyone is talking about today, which is great P.R. for the Poker After Dark re-boot. Another episode airs tonight on PokerGO at 8pm ET or 5pm local time in Vegas.
After a lengthy hiatus, Poker After Dark returns! The cash-game series will be live streamed on PokerGO starting Monday evening at 8pm ET or 5pm Vegas time. The $100,000 buy-in event will be hosted at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Tonight will also mark the return of Tom Dwan. Also playing on the first night back… Daniel Negreanu, Jean-Robert Bellande, Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Klein, and Lauren Roberts. Poker After Dark will air the next three nights on PokerGO.
Poker After Dark will return next Monday! You will need a PokerGO subscription to watch the reboot of the popular high-stakes cash game action. Not only with Poker After Dark makes its triumphant return, but Tom Dwan will return stateside for the first time in years. Dwan was last spotted playing in various high roller games in Macau and in Asia. Three episodes will be live streamed from the Aria starting Monday August 12 and ending Wednesday August 14. The minimum buy-in is $100,000 and the stakes will be $200/$400 NL. Also scheduled to appear…. Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts, Bill Klein, Doyle Brunson, and Andrew Robl.
The PCA returns in 2018! PokerStars is bringing back the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. After a year in which the PCB was the artist formerly known as the PCA, the PCB is nevermore as the PCA make a triumphant comeback in January 2018 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. The PCA kicks off January 6 and runs thru January 14. In addition, the Main Event buy-in returns to $10K.
Phil Hellmuth and Doug Polk are playing a heads-up battle for $50,000. The King of the Hill also features Jungleman and Frank Kassela with $200K to the winner. That match is one of many topics that Hellmuth discussed on the latest episode of Doug Polk's show. Hellmuth had no shortage of things to say about his favorite topic... himself. The Brat also said a few things that whipped the online poker community into a tizzy regarding the Ultimate Bet scandal.
PokerStars online pros are giving away tickets to Sunday Million Live! Approximately €6,500 worth of €215 Day 1 online tickets are up for grabs... for free! Team PokerStars Pro Online crew members such as xflixx, L.Veldhuis, easywithaces and Spraggy are givign away tickets on their Twitch streams! This will span between now and the next three weeks. Log in to their Twitch feeds regularly for a chance to win a Day 1 ticket to Sunday Million Live!
After a summer-long hiatus to focus on the World Series of Poker, Daniel Negreanu return to posting fresh content on his YouTube channel. Negreanu resumed his weekly hand breakdowns. In the latest episode, Negreanu broke down a hand he played against Johnny Chan during a taping of the popular TV show Poker After Dark. Chan rivered a monster, but could Negreanu show restraint and fold a straight?
Billy Walters, the legendary sports bettor from Las Vegas, got sentenced to 5 years in prison for an insider trading scheme. Walters also has to pay a $10 million fine. The Federal Government said the 71-year old pro gambler pocketed over $32 million in profits from illegal stock tips in a scheme that also included pro golfer Phil Mickelson. Walters also avoided over $11 million in losses due to insider tips as well. In all, the U.S. Government said Walters stacked the deck in his favor to the tune of $43 million.