Canadian poker pro Gavin Smith passed away in his sleep at the age of 50. Smith won a WPT title at the Mirage in 2005 and won his first WSOP bracelet in 2010. Smith banked over $6.3 million in tournaments. The magnanimous Smith was an integral part of Poker Road Radio during the peak of the online poker boom. Smith is currently ranked #11 on the all-time Canada money list.
One of the last remaining characters in poker, Minneapolis Jim Meehan, passed away at the age of 66. The attorney and poker pro from Minnesota won a WSOP bracelet in 2003, made a couple of televised final tables during the poker boom, and banked over $1.4 million in career earnings.
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.
ESPN released a new episode of their 30 for 30 podcast. This documentary series by ESPN focuses on the oral history of Chris Moneymaker and the 2003 World Series of Poker, which help fueled the poker boom. Several high-profile figures participated in the episode including Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, tournament director Matt Savage, former WSOP media director Nolan Dalla, TV producer Matt Maranz, and Norman Chad.
The 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series has been releasing episodes of their high-stakes cash games in Jeju, South Korea. The sixth and latest episode features Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Paul Phua, Jason Koon, Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, and Dom Nitsche. Paul Phua and Tom Dwan were involved in a juicy pot worth $2.3 million after Phua woke up with Aces in an UTG straddle. You won't believe what happens next!
At the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro, two Americans – Jason Koon and Kane Kalas – jousted in one of the largest pots ever recorded in televised poker history. The €1.8 million pot (or $2 million USD) occurred during the live stream of nosebleed cash game session with blinds at 2K/4K and 10K ante. Doug Polk posted a great video where he broke down the action in the $2 million pot.
Joey Ingram invited Barry Greenstein to appear on the Poker Life Podcast. They had a four-hour discussion with Barry telling a myriad of stories -- both on the felt and off -- about a variety of topics including playing mixed games, playing against Tom Dwan, juicy cash games in China, Viffer stories, playing in Larry Flynt's home game in the Hollywood Hills, and some PokerStars talk. Ingram mentioned, "This was one of my favorite podcasts of all time. So much wisdom and great stories."
Poker After Dark continued with a new format this week on PokerGO. Moving Violations featured a minimum $20,000 buy-in with $50-$100 NL blinds. This installment included a couple of celebrities such as Don Cheadle and Jennifer Tilly. The infamous Antonio Esfandiari put Jennifer Tilly on "full tilt" after he got her to fold the better hand with a massive river bluff. Oh and there was another doozy of a hand. In a multi-way pot worth $250,000, Tilly flopped a set with pocket Aces but Esfandiari gambled it up with a big draw and got there on the river.
Paul 'X-22' Magriel, former chess prodigy and legendary backgammon player, passed away in his sleep at the age of 71. Erik Seidel confirmed Magriel's passing on Twitter today. Magriel got his 15 minutes of modern fame on an early episode of the World Poker Tour with his infamous verbal tick "Quack quack!" Magriel had also become a nemesis of Phil Hellmuth over the years especially after Magriel busted Hellmuth at the 2005 WSOP.
Celebrities playing poker! Poker Night in America (PNIA) is turning to celebrities to juice up the latest incarnation of their televised cash-game series. The lower-stakes celebrity version, Poker Night LIVE, will be taped at the Gardens Casino in Los Angeles. The celebrity version of Poker Night LIVE will debut on the CBS Sports Network on March 20, 2018.
I know you've been holding your breath and became near-dizzy anticipating the third installment of PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge. Yes, the third episode has finally been released much to the delight of the poker diaspora. The challenger, Mila Monroe from Germany, is playing a €25/€50 NL cash game against actor/comedian Kevin Hart, Liv Boeree, Daniel Negreanu, Faraz Jaka, and Charlie Carrel. You won't believe what happens next!
The first two episode of the PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge has been released. The Cash Challenge filmed in Monte Carlo featured Mila Monroe from Germany battling a festive table that included comedian Kevin Hart and a quartet of pros: Liv Boeree, Charlie Carrel, Faraz Jaka, and Daniel Negreanu. They played a NL cash game with €25/€50 blinds and a min buy-in of €10K and €25K max. The first episode included a crazy hand from Kevin Hart that was utterly redonkulous.
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.
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.
Degen alert! PokerGO re-launched the popular series Poker After Dark a couple of weeks ago on their subscription streaming service. And the results were tremendous. This week, PAD returns with a live stream of a $300/$600 PLO cash game (with a $100K min-buy-in) featuring Phil Galfond and Tom Dwan. Dubbed as “PLOMG Week”, also playing in this high-stakes PLO game… Brian Rast, Brandon Adams, and Ike Haxton. PAD's PLOMG starts tonight at 5pm PT and airs the next three nights exclusively on PokerGO.
William Kassouf, the chatter box Brit who got his fifteen minutes of fame at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, flopped a monster hand during an appearence on Live at the Bike live stream at the Bicycle Casino outside of Los Angeles. Kassouf flopped a monster hand in a cooler. A slow roll ensued that might have been one of the sickest and most annoying slow rolls in recent history.
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.
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.
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.
It's been a wild couple of months for the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas with the recent fire and the pig-masked robbers who knocked over the Rolex store. However, there's some good news and positive for the Bellagio finally! The Bellagio Poker room launched its live stream tonight called Bellagio POTS, which is an acronym for Poker on the Strip. A cash game table will be featured on Wednesday nights at the Bellagio. Tonight's action is $2/$5/$10 NL featuring familiar faces like Danielle Anderson, Dan O'Brien, and Brandon Meyers. Watch the Bellagio's Twitch stream here.
If you play enough poker, you'll never have a shortage of WTF moments. PokerStars TV spliced together a new compilation video of their favorite WTF Moments. Some of the players involved in these baffling moments included Theo Jorgensen, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Prahlad Friedman, and Vanessa Selbst.
Everyone has a list of players they never want to see at the poker table. Whether it's a dangerous pro, a drunken idiot, a habitual tanker, or an insufferable psychopath... we're all aware of players that could be the worst possible nightmare scenario. The crew at PokerStars TV spliced together a new compilation video. This one covers the Top 5 Poker Table Nightmares featuring Phil Hellmuth, Will Kassouf, and Magnus Petersson involved in hands against Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst, and Elky.
Phil Hellmuth appeared as himself in the Showtime series Billions. The show, about a powerful hedge fund manager on Wall Street, was created by Rounders co-writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The episode featured a fictitious Alpha Cup, a high-stakes charity tournament played by various Wall Street gurus. Hellmuth emceed the event and got to utter "Shuffle up and deal!" Plus, there was a minor reference to Black Friday and online poker getting shut down in America.
The crew at PokerStars TV assembled their latest Top 5 video. This one focuses on the Top 5 Biggest Poker Mistakes in different televised events. Some of these hands featured notable players such as Niall Farrell, WSOP Martin Jacobson, and Hollywood actress and Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly.
PokerStars TV sifted through hours and hours of tape in various international events to pinpoint the best hands from the 2016 calendar year, which included action from Australia to the Bahamas to Barcelona. PokerStars released a new compilation video featuring the Top 5 Hands from 2016 . Some of the players featured are Samantha Abernathy and Mustapha Kanit. The Top 5 includes a couple of wow moments like the guy who had Aces cracked twice at the EPT Barcelona and Sebastian Malec dropping Scotty Nguyen's iconic line, "You call and it's all over, baby!"
Explosions. Meltdowns. Classic Phil Hellmuth. It's not officially a poker tournament unless Phil Hellmuth loses his marbles. PokerStars TV spliced together a compilation of Hellmuth's Top 5 Meltdowns. Some of the hands were against Annie Duke, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Philipp Gruissem, and a couple of amateurs. You even get to see a poor poker dealer get the brunt of Hellmuth's wrath.