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The World Poker Tour has a new champion and his name is Aaron Van Blarcum. Van Blarcum was victorious in the Season XVIII WPT Legends of Poker Main Event at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino, topping the field of 520 entries to score the tournament’s $474,390 first-place prize. The win proved the largest live tournament score for the Dallas, Texas, native, crushing his previous best of nearly $51,000. Included in the prize for Van Blarcum was a $15,000 entry to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. "It feels great," Van Blarcum told the WPT afterwards. "I planned on playing in six
Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour kicked off this week with the WPT Gardens Poker Festival at the Gardens Casino in Southern California. A field of 373 entries was generated to create a prize pool of $1.753 million. On Thursday, it was Roger Teska taking the title, $368,475 in first-place prize money, and a brand new 2019 BMW X1. The victory marked the first WPT title of Teska's career and came less than a year after he won the partypoker $25,500 MILLIONS World event for $2 million down in the Bahamas in November. It was the third WPT cash and second WPT final table to date for Teska. W
In the lead up to the World Series of Poker every year, there always ends up being a discussion about who the best player without a WSOP bracelet is. Two players whose names have come up in those conversations each permanently removed themselves from contention on Thursday by winning one of poker's most highly coveted trophies. Daniel Strelitz topped a final table that included Shannon Shorr, Maria Ho, and Ali Imsirovic to win the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event while Yuval Brohnstein maneuvered his way to victory in the $1,500 NO Limit Deuce-to-Seven event. Those were just two of the eigh
Every day for the past three weeks, Cord Garcia, winner of the Colossus event at the 2015 World Series of Poker, has rolled out of bed, gotten himself ready for the day, and then put in a full day and night of nothing but cards. He’s been hustling, grinding, gambling even, but what he wasn’t doing was playing poker. Garcia is working alongside Steve Aoki, DJ Skee, and Dan Fleyshman in a new sports card shop in Hollywood, CA and getting the doors open has consumed him for the past few months. All of that effort turned into a reality on October 1 when those doors opened for business and Ca