The Sports Guy (a.k.a. Bill Simmons, founder of The Ringer) joined Sean Fennessey for the latest episode of The Rewatchables podcast. Simmons rewatched the classic poker film Rounders, which he's happy to say, still holds up twenty years later. Listen in here.
James Chen rallied back from a short stack at the final table to win the 2019 WSOP Europe Event #4 €250,000 Super High Roller at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Chen banked €2,844,215 and outlasted a final table that included Cary Katz, Tony G, Christoph Vogelsang, and Chin Wei Lim. Chen defeated Lim heads-up for the bracelet, which would be the first ever for Taiwan.
American pro Dash Dudley won his second PLO bracelet of 2019. He took down his first bracelet earlier this summer in Las Vegas at the 2019 WSOP, and he added a second one with a victory in 2019 WSOP Europe Event #2 €550 PLO by fading a field of 467 players to win €51,600. In Event #1 €350 NL Opener, Jeff Lisandro made the final table but busted in 8th place. Ukraine's Renat Bohdanov went on to win the first event at the WSOP Europe.
The latest stop on the World Poker Tour hit Jacksonville, Florida for the $5,000 buy-in WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Jacksonville. The $5K main event attracted a prize pool over $1.6 million. Josh Adkins outlasted a field of 349 runners to win $331,480 and a freeroll to the end of season WPT Tournament of Champions at the Aria.
The 2019 EPT Sochi played down to a champion. China's Yi Ye faded a field of 879 runners to win 19.3 million Rubles or approximately $300,000 USD. After declining a heads-up deal with Giorgiy Skhulukhiya, Ye went on to victory for his first EPT title. Local favorite, Lidiya Kozenkova, finished in fourth place.
The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe is right around the corner. The 2019 WSOPE begins on Sunday October 13, 2019 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. There will be 15 bracelet events on the schedule this year including a pair of Short Deck events and a handful of High Roller events. The €10,350 Main Event begins on October 28.
The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) returns to PokerStars New Jersey this week. This year's schedule includes 50 events and over $1,000,000 in guarantees for the duration of the 2019 NJCOOP which begins on Saturday, October 12 and runs through Monday, October 28.
Ten days after the Mike Postle alleged cheating scandal hit, new evidence in coming in every day and the story has hit the mainstream media like ESPN and The Ringer. In his latest daily video, Joey Ingram shared intel from a member of the gaming community who pinpointed the date in July when Postle began manipulating his phone to gain an advantage on his opponents. Since then, Ingram estimated Postle won over $330,000 playing low-stakes poker on the stream.
Sweden's Simon Brandstrom took down the 2019 WPT UK Main Event at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Room in Nottingham for a $330,000 score and he made history by becoming the first player to win a WPTDeepstacks and WPT event. He accomplished both titles in 2019 with a victory in the WPTDS Barcelona in April. Brandstrom's been running hot after he won the 2019 EPT Barcelona for a $1.4 million score.
An alleged cheating scandal has blown up over the last week that Doug Polk referred to as the “biggest story of the year”. Sacramento-based pro Mike Postle got named in cheating scam after he went on a heater to win $250,000 in cash games while appearing on the Stones Gambling Hall live stream. After several days of bad press, Stones Gambling Hall shut down the live stream and hired a third-party investigator with an obvious conflict of interest.
The 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Coconut Creek, hosted at Seminole Coconut Creek in South Florida, attracted 617 runners to the $1,700 buy-in Main Event. The $1 million guaranteed prize pool kicked in and Steven Sarmiento from New York City took down the WSOP Circuit ring and a first-place prize worth over $188,158. Nick Yunis, a pro from Chile, finished in fourth place.
It's never a dull day when Phil Hellmuth sits down at a TV table. During a recent Live of the Bike, Phil Hellmuth played a session in late August with Mike Matusow and a couple of regulars at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Big Mike sucked out a gutshot on the river, which sent Hellmuth over the edge.
Daniel Negreanu wondered about potential sequels to the classic cult films 'Rounders', a 1998 Miramax film originally written by Brian Koppleman and David Levien. Probably the best potential script idea appeared on 2+2 as something called 'EuroRounders'. Numerous ideas about 'Rounders 2' have been rejected over the years including Mike McD breaking up a human trafficking ring to a crypto scam to fighting demons in the sideways world to a prequel set in the early 1980s in the Bronx.
The 2019 WSOOP Main Event on PokerStars has a $5,200 buy-in and attracted 1,637 entries plus 599 re-entries. The prize pool topped $11.1 million. BigBlindBets outlasted everyone to win $1.6 million. Brazilian pro Danilo 'dans170'' Demetrio finished in second place for $1.18 million. British banker and high-stakes fixture Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi finished in third place for $846K. For a complete WCOOP Main Event update, head over to PokerStars Blog.
Imperial Companies, a real estate company based out of New York City, purchased the Rio for $516.3 million from Caesars Entertainment. Imperial will lease back the Rio to Caesars for the next two years. Meanwhile, the Rio will continue to host the World Series of Poker through 2021.
Alfred 'Al' Alvarez, noted poet and author, passed away at age 90. Alvarez is a renown poet but he is highly regarded in the poker industry because of his 1983 non-fiction book "The Biggest Game in Town" in which Alvarez captured the true essence of the 1981 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Las Vegas.
The WPT arrived in Morocco for the latest stop on the WPTDeepStacks global tour. Alejandro Roman from Spain outlasted a field of 545 runners to win the 2019 WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Main Event, which had a 13,200 Moroccan Dirham buy-in. Roman banked 1.1 million MAD for first place. The final table also included Bruno Fitoussi, who finished in sixth place.
The 2019 WPT Borgata Poker Open attracted 1,156 runners and a prize pool worth over $3 million. Donald Maloney, Jr., an ex-hockey player and son of Don Maloney from the New York Rangers, won his first WPT title after defeating Uke Dauti heads-up at the Borgata. Victor Ramdin finished in sixth place. Vanessa Selbst made a cameo at this WPT event and she went deep at the Borgata with a finish in 14th place.
World Series of Poker vice president of communications Seth Palansky confirmed that the 2020 WSOP is planned to take place at the Rio Casino and Convention Center in the summer of 2020 despite numerous rumors that Caesar's is selling the Rio and the WSOP would migrate to a new convention center off The Strip.
PokerStars has been introducing new games and formats for the last couple of years, but very few of them have stuck around. PokerStars version of Short Deck a.k.a. 6+ Hold'em is still available in cash game form, however, the Spin and Go versions of 6+ Hold'em have been pulled from the PokerStars platform.