PokerStars cancelled the EPT Sochi last week in response of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And now, the RedSpade joined a global boycott after PokerStars officially pulled out on Russia. They informed the marketplace via a ten-word tweet: 'Important update: we are suspending all our services in Russia.'
Yes, the 2022 World Series of Poker returns to the King's Casino in Rozvadov aka RozVegas in the Czech Republic which includes 15 bracelet events from October 26 to November 16. The WSOP-Circuit also continues its 2022-23 season with 10 international stops including the King's Casino along with stops in Aruba, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Holland, Uruguay, Canada, Morocco, and St. Maarten.
After a long-awaited absence, PokerStars is bringing back the always-popular EPT London after an eight-year layoff. For 11 days, the Park Lane Hilton in posh London will host the triumphant return of the EPT London starting October 18. The £5,300 Main Event kicks off October 22. Better yet, two Platinum Passes to the 2023 PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas are up for grabs.
We have a new world champion and he hails from Norway. Espen Jorstad faded a field of 8,663 runners to win the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event at Bally's/Paris on Las Vegas Blvd. He knocked out Australia's Adrian Attenborough heads up to bank $10,000,000 and etch his name in the history books.
The 2022 WSOP Main Event went so late into the night on Wednesday that they decided to postpone action with ten players remaining early on Thursday morning. The final ten in the 2022 WSOP Main Event will return on Friday and play down to four, and then on Saturday they will play from the final four to a champion and find out who wins $10 million. Espen Jorstad and Matt Su are the co-chipleaders with 83.2M. Also still alive are Asher Conniff, Aaron Duczak, Jeff Farnes, John Eames, Mike Duek, Matija Dobric, Philippe Souki, and Adrian Attenborough.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event finished off Day 5 and only 123 players remain in the hunt for the $10 million first-place prize. James Hobbs bagged the chip lead with 12.5M and Efthymia Litsou is second with 11.7M. Aaron Mermelstein and Alejandro Lococo both have at least 10M and round out the Top 5. Defending champion Koray Aldemir is still alive with 3.8M, meanwhile Damian Salas has a small stack with 2.4M.
The numbers are in for the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event aka Event #70 $10,000 NL Championship and this year's marquee tournament attracted 8,663 runners and a prize pool over $80 million. First place will earn $10 million with the top eight players earning at least seven-figure payouts. The top 1,300 finishers will get a cut of the pie. Only 2,993 players remain at the start of Day 3.
Dan "Jungleman" Cates joined an elite list of pros who shipped the WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship more than once, but Cates made history with back-to-back bracelet victories. Cates outlasted 112 runners to win 2022 WSOP Event #56 $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,449,103. The final table included Koray Aldemir, Naoya Kihara, Yuri Dzivielevski, Johannes Becker, and Benny Glaser.
The 2022 Poker Hall of Fame announced the ballot for induction this year, which included seven finalists from last year plus three new names. Kathy Liebert, Josh Arieh, and Brian Rast are the three additions to the ballot along with the late Layne Flack, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Isai Scheinberg, Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Matt Savage, Lon McEachern & Norman Chad. The induction ceremony is slated for July 10.
The 2022 World Series of Poker continued at Bally's and Paris in Las Vegas, and several notable pros added bracelets to their collection this week. Brian Hastings joined the six-timer club after shipping the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw, Adam Friedman won $10K Stud for his fifth bracelet, Jeremy Ausmus won $3K 6-Max NL for his fourth bracelet, and Robert Cowen binked the $50K PLO High Roller for a score worth nearly $1.4 million.
Dan Smith finally got off the schneid with his first bracelet victory in 2022 WSOP Event #6 $25,000 Heads-Up NL Championship when he banked $509,717 for besting a field of 64 players. Amnon Filippi outlasted a record-setting field of 1,068 players in Event #7 $1,500 Omaha 8 for a score worth $252,718 and his first bracelet. The first French player at the 2022 WSOP won a bracelet when Leo Soma outlasted 2,393 runners to win Event #14 $1,500 6-Handed NL for $456,889.
The 2022 World Series of Poker is underway at its new home at Bally's and Paris on the Strip, and two well-knownAmerican pros snagged bracelets to join an exclusive group of players with at least four bracelets. David Peters shipped WSOP Event #2 $100,000 High Roller Bounty to win $1,166,810 and a fourth bracelet. On Friday night, Scott Seiver outlasted 752 runners in Event #3 $2,500 Freezeout to win $320,059 and his fourth bracelet.
We have a new WPT champion and Chance Kornuth padded his bankroll with a major victory and his first WPT title. The $3,800 buy-in WPT Choctaw Main Event attracted 787 entrants, and the top 100 places earned a cut of the $2.75 million prize pool. The final table included Kornuth, Ray Qartomy, James Mackey, James Hundt, Steve Buckner, and Kristen Foxen. Kornuth picked off Buckner heads up to win $486,600.
Michigan and their 10 million residents, became the fourth state in the USA to be a part of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) along with Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. MSIGA is now four deep and could have more states join the pact with Pennsylvania on deck.
Phil Hellmuth defeated a fifth opponent on High Stakes Duel when Scott Seiver stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Tom Dwan in Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III. Hellmuth and Seiver both put up $400,000 for this round, and Hellmuth walked away with $800,000. The two will meet in a rematch sometime in the future worth $1.6 million.
Scott Seiver will fill in for Tom Dwan after Dwan pulled out of the fourth round of High Stakes Duel III against Phil Hellmuth. Dwan and Hellmuth were scheduled to play a rubber match on May 17 after they each won a round, but with Dwan out, Scott Seiver stepped in to battle Hellmuth with each player brining $400,000 to the table and the winner banking $800,000. Seiver and Hellmuth will joust tonight on PokerGo.
The 2022 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo Main Event in swanky Monaco attracted 1,073 runners with 326 re-entries for a total prize pool in excess of €5.2 million. Brazil's Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu defeated Morten Hvam from Denmark heads up for the title. Mesqueu became the first Brazilian to win the EPT Monte Carlo and he banked €939,840. Ramon Colillas, the Spanish Moneymaker, final tabled the event but busted in seventh place.
Get ready for another heavyweight bout between Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan. The made-for-streaming event -- High Stakes Duel III -- will have a fourth round and a third heads-up match between Hellmuth and Dwan with $800,000 on the line. In the summer of 2021, Dwan won their first meeting. In January of 2022, Hellmuth evened the score with a win. A rubber match is set for May 12 at the PokerGo Studios at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, and it will be aired exclusively on PokerGo.
Get ready for the 14th version of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which starts on May 8 and runs through June 1 with 318 events spread out on three-different buy-in levels in almost every format imaginable with buy-ins ranging from $2.20 to $25K. There will be a special Women's SCOOP event, along with the coveted SCOOP Main Event Championship. This year will have over $78.5 million in guaranteed prize pools with over $11.5 million in guarantees set aside for the Main Event at all three levels of Low, Medium, and High.
It was another highly success event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida with the 2022 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. The latest stop on the World Poker Tour attracted 2,100 players for the $3,500 buy-in event with a prize pool in excess of $6.4 million. Darren Elias bagged the chip lead heading into the final table and he's eying a fifth WPT title and the first-place prize worth $1 million. Also still left in the hunt are Viet Vo, Mark Davis, Marcos Exterkotter, Michael Laufer, and Andrew Barfield. The final table resumes play on May 25 in Las Vegas.
It's been a busy day at PokerStars headquarters for live events. There's new dates for the EPT Barcelona in late August and the EPT Prague in December. In addition, the PCA returns after a hiatus at a new venue at Baha Mar in the Bahamas. The second-ever PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) and its $25K buy-in will also take place during the PCA for a fun two-week festival in the Caribbean starting January 22, 2023.
Sean Winter won US Poker Open Championship Event #11 $25K NL and Event #12 $50K NL at the Aria to secure the 2022 USPO Championship and win the prestigious golden eagle trophy. Winter needed to win the final $50K event in order to claim the championship, and he outlasted 42 runners and held off Masashi Oya heads up to win Event #12 for a $756K score. He also won a $50K bonus for topping the leaderboard.