Some prop bets are funny. Others are weird. And then there's the dangerous ones. Two poker players met each other playing in a cash game at the Bellagio and hammered out the terms of a $100,000 prop bet. Aussie pro Rory Young bet American grinder Rich Alati that Alati could not live inside a bathroom in total darkness for 30 days with no electronic devices and zero interaction with people. There were some finer details ironed out between the two and a private live stream was set up to keep tabs on Alati. The entire event is being recorded for a potential reality series. At the present moment, Alati has been in the dark for ten days and counting.
Hollywood, Florida is the latest stop for the World Poker Tour. The WPT Seminole Rock N' Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Casino played down to the final six. Pavel Plesuv bagged up the big stack at the end of Day 4. Ravi Raghavan is the short stack, but he's looking for his second WPT title. Chris Kennedy, Jim Gilbert, Jeremy Joseph, and Marius Gierse round out the final table. First place pays out $504,820 plus a seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas.
Short Deck poker was the main focus at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller series hosted in July in Jeju, South Korea. The biggest rage among the high roller scene was recorded for everyone's viewing pleasure. Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Paul Phua, Andrew Robl, and Mikita Badziakouski were involved in big hands as they played down to a champion. Kenneth Kee from Singapore would go on to win this event for approximately $2.9 million, but he dragged a key pot in a crazy cooler with A-A holding up against K-K and Q-Q.
The World Poker Tour released the schedule for the second half of their current season. The second half of Season XVII will include ten "premier events" in the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Canada, and popular gambling destinations in the United States of America. The Aria Casino in Las Vegas will host back-to-back events starting at the end of May with the WPT ARIA Summer Championship, followed by Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions.
Filipe Oliverira from Portugal outlasted a field of 1815 runners to win the 2018 Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Championship. Oliverira edged out American Craig Mason to win $1.5 million. The overlay kicked in for this $10 million guaranteed prize pool. Also, Roberto Romanello survived a stacked final table to win the $10K High Roller for $450,000. Romanello chopped heads-up with Mustpha Kanit.
The 2018 Caribbean Poker Party is winding down at Baha Mar Resort and the Super High Roller Championships are in the books. The $250,000 buy-in affair attracted 34 of the biggest and baddest SHR gurus, but German pro Steffen Sontheimer was the last player standing. Sontheimer banked $3,685,000 for first place. American pro Sean Winter had another runner-up finish in the Bahamas.
Crunch time in the Bahamas for the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $250,000 Super High Roller Championships is down to six players and the final table stream will resume at 1pm local time in the Bahamas. Steffen Sontheimer and David Peters are the two big stacks, while Ike Haxton, Sean Winter, Nick Petrangelo, and Mikita Badziakouski are still left in the hunt. First place pays approximately $3.7 million. Also, the $5,300 buy-in Main Event concluded Day 2B and only 123 players remain out of 1,815 entrants. Senthuran Vijayaratnam is the chip leader and Jason Koon is second overall.
Down in the Bahamas, partypoker has been hosting the 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $25,500 MILLIONS World event was part of this year's festivites. American cash game specialist Roger Teska outlasted 394 players to win $2,000,000. Teska defeated Steve O'Dwyer heads-up for the title and outlasted a final table that also included Paul Tedeschi, Ben Tollerene, Rainer Kempe, Niall Farrell and Joao Vieira.
There's a partypoker Caribbean Poker Party going down right now. The $50,000 Super High Roller at the Baha Mar in the Bahamas attracted 54 runners. Giuseppe Iadisernia outlasted a tough final table that included Ali Imsirovic, Benjamin Pollak, Sean Winter, Sorel Mizzi, Talal Shakerchi, and Markus Prinz to win $845K.
Another day, another new game by PokerStars. This week the interwebs are buzzing about Fusion Poker, the latest derivative of poker created by PokerStars. Fusion Poker is a pot-limit cash game that starts out like Texas Hold'em, however, players are dealt a third card on the flop and a fourth hole card on the turn as the game morphs into Omaha. Fusion starts out as PLH and becomes PLO by the river. Fusion is currently available on PokerStars.
The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe finished off their tenth and final event for the series at the luxurious King's Casino in RozVegas. British pro Jack Sinclair outlasted 532 runners to win the WSOPE Main Event for a €1.1 million score. Sinclair, who final tabled the 2017 WSOP Main Event and finished in eighth place, won his first bracelet.