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  1. [caption width="640"] The Super High Roller Bowl confirmed 47 of 49 entrants on Tuesday.[/caption] Three months before cards are even in the air, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Hotel and Casino has sold out all 49 available seats. And the list of confirmed players reads like a who's-who of the high-stakes tournament scene - with the glaring omission of one name. Andrew Robl, Dan Colman, Doug Polk, Dan Smith and Fedor Holz are among the 47 confirmed names. Brian Rast, who won the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl, is also one of the players who have confirmed their place in the event. Not surprisingly, others from the 2015 final table are also slated to make another run. Runner-up Scott Seiver is joined by Connor Drinan, Timofey Kuznetsov, David Peters and Tom Marchese. Each one of those players cashed for at least $1 million last year when the buy-in was $500,000. "The speed at which this exciting event sold out is evidence of the popularity of the Super High Roller Bowl and of poker itself,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the broadcast partner of the event. “With some of the most exciting and famous players already locked in, the Super High Roller Bowl will be riveting to watch.” While most of the regulars from the high roller circuit are in this event, one such player is not amongst them. Phil Ivey, who played the event last year, is not included in the list of 47. Other players who are confirmed to play include Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel. Only 47 of the 49 players in the field were announced as two final spots are being held for ARIA VIPs. A shot-clock will also be enforced throughout the tournament. Players will have 40 seconds to act on their hand and will have five 60-second time banks to use each day to extend their allotted time. Players are also expected to adhere to a business casual dress code and players are not permitted to wear sunglasses at the table. This year, the buy-in is $300,000 and the prizepool is guaranteed at $15,000,000. With $300,000 added to the prizepool by sponsors, the SHRB is a negative-rake event. “I’ve never seen a high-stakes tournament sell out three months in advance," Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. "It’s unprecedented. We have a significant waiting list, too.” The speed at which the event filled even caught some players off-guard. Registration opened on January 22 and nearly four weeks later, interested players were being turned away. Max Silver, who won a $25,000 High Roller event at Aria last May, attempted to lock up his seat in mid-February, only to find there was no more room. "Guess I'm not playing the Aria 300K," Silver tweeted on February 16. "Seems like I bubbled the remaining spaces for pros." The event runs May 29 to June 1 at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Play will start with seven seven-handed tables and the final seven players will all cash. The winner walks away with $5,000,000.
  2. [caption width="640"] Brian Rast is one of 49 players confirmed for the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl which will air live on CBS Sports Network this summer[/caption]. Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jason Mercier and 46 of poker’s biggest ballers are going to be live and in prime time later this summer as the $300,000 buy-in Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl is being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. “We are excited to bring this world championship event to CBS Sports Network,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the company behind the tournament. “With $15 million on the line and the world’s best players, including the top four all-time money winners as well as six former #1 ranked players, the Super High Roller Bowl will have audiences glued to the game.” A total of 30 hours of coverage will air on CBS Sports Network over four consecutive days beginning Sunday, May 29. There will also be additional action streamed live on Twitch and Facebook Live each day prior to the live TV coverage including an hour-long Road to the Final Table show previewing the final table. The event, which is being held at the ARIA Resort and Casino, is capped at 49 players and sold out in February - three months before the event. Other players who have secured their spot including Phil Hellmuth, Dan Colman, Phil Galfond and Scott Seiver. “I’ve never seen a high stakes tournament sell out three months in advance. It’s unprecedented,” said Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. The event is being labeled as “negative rake” event. Each players’ full $300,000 buy-in goes towards the prize pool and sponsors, including MVMT watches, have kicked in an additional $300,000 to bring the total prize pool to $15 million. Last year’s event had a $500,000 buy-in and 47 players. Brian Rast defeated Seiver heads up to win $7,525,000. Rast will be back to defend his title this year. For a complete list of players visit SuperHighRoller.com. Super High Roller Bowl Broadcast Schedule Sunday, May 29 7:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Monday, May 30 8:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Tuesday, May 31 8:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Wednesday, June 1 7:00 pm - 3:00 am ET
  3. [caption width="640"] Matt Berkey is two days away from the biggest score of his career.[/caption] Only 16 players remain in the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl and 15 of them finished Day 2 looking up – way up – at the chip leader, Matt Berkey. The 34-year-old poker pro bagged up 2,816,000 to end Day 2, more than double that of his nearest competitor. The key pot for Berkey, who came into the day second in chips, came against Tom Marchese where he caught Marchese bluffing against his top pair. The pot was worth over 900,000 and pushed Berkey past 2,000,000 in chips. After the day wrapped up, Berkey knew he had put on a show. Timofey ‘TrueTeller’ Kuznetsov, who came into the second day of play with the only stack over 1 million, didn’t see the end of Day 2. The young Russian pro ran his [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] into Dan Colman’s [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"] for a huge part and then eventually found himself on the losing side of a flush draw against Jason Mercier and was eliminated. While Berkey is the only player to break through the 2 million chip mark, six players finished with at least a million in the bag. Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel bagged 1,299,000, the second biggest stack. Dan Shak (1,243,000) and Jason Mercier (1,208,000) are right behind Seidel. Dan Smith, Bryn Kenney and Andrew Robl round out the group of players closest to Berkey. The defending champ, Brian Rast, won’t be repeating the feat as Dan Smith took him out in an all-in preflop situation. Rast’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"] wasn’t able to catch up to Smith’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] and his run was over. Daniel Negreanu headlines the other 17 players eliminated on Day 2. Negreanu took a number of successive beats and was finally eliminated by Kathy Lehne. She soon joined him on the rail. Other Dy 2 eliminations included Stephen Chidwick, Dominik Nitsche, Bobby Boldwin, Dan Colman and David Peters. The remaining 16 players return on Tuesday to play down to a final table of seven players. Day 3 Schedule Action gets underway Tuesday at 1 PM PT. The Twitch stream runs from 2 PM – 5 PM PT on https://www.twitch.tv/pokercentral with CBS Sports Network picking up the live, cards up coverage at 5 PM PT Top 10 Chip Counts Matt Berkey - 2,816,000 Erik Seidel - 1,299,000 Dan Shak - 1,243,000 Jason Mercier - 1,208,000 Dan Smith - 1,152,000 Bryn Kenney - 1,097,000 Andrew Robl - 1,075,000 Phil Hellmuth - 936,000 Fedor Holz - 751,000 Rainer Kempe - 740,000
  4. [caption width="640"] Chris Moorman highlights Season 2 of Poker Central's Pokerography.[/caption] The true measure of whether or not a TV show is popular is whether or not the network decides to pick it up for a second season. That doesn’t explain why NBC never renewed Freaks and Geeks after its inaugural season, but thankfully that same fate isn’t following Pokerography to the one season graveyard. Poker Central, the self-described only 24/7 poker network, announced this week that the documentary-style show is coming back for a second season and they’re again they’re taking on some of the biggest names in poker, including one that is one of the most revered in online poker history. Chris Moorman, the only player in PocketFives history to have surpassed $10 million in online winnings, is one of 13 players that will be featured in Season 2. With $13,417,291 in winnings to his credit, Moorman is head and shoulders above the rest of the field. He’s also won 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns in his career, also more than any other player. Each episode focuses on one player and includes interviews with the player, friends, family as well as poker journalists, including PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley. Also included in Season 2 are episodes on Jason Mercier, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Rast, Maria Ho and Johnny Chan. Each episode is 30 minutes long and will be released on Poker Central beginning in the fall. The Jason Mercier episode promises to be one of the more interesting of Season 2. Interviews for this episode began in June, before he began his amazing World Series of Poker run, and weren’t completed after he won his second bracelet of the summer giving producers unprecedented access to the WSOP Player of the Year and his friends and family during his incredible run. While Chan, Mercier, Tilly and Moorman are some of the more well-known players chosen for Season 2, producers have added some lesser known, highly successful players as well including the likes of Byron Kaverman, Celina Lin and Nick Schulman. Complete List of Season 2 Episodes Jennifer Tilly Jason Mercier Brian Rast Maria Ho Liv Boeree Johnny Chan Jonathan Little Nick Schulman Chris Moorman Jason Koon Isaac Haxton Byron Kaverman Celina Lin The show is produced by Squad 47 Films with Steve Greenstein and Jane Bloom as Executive Directors. Season 1 of Pokeragraphy is available on demand on Poker Central. That season also included 13 episodes including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Somerville and Vanessa Selbst. Poker Central is available as a streaming network on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, XBOX One, PlayStation Vue and Roku TV as well as other streaming sources.
  5. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Hart are just two players that could round out the field of the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Just about two weeks ago, Aria poker room management was faced with a difficult decision. When registration opened for the 2017 PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl, a total of 54 players put down a deposit to lock up their spot in the $300,000 buy-in event. Only problem was there were only 35 spots open to the public while the other 15 spots in the 50-player event were being held for invited players only. Degens gonna degen, so the only solution was to hold a lottery, drawing 35 numbered balls out of a tumbler. Each number corresponded to one of the players who had paid the deposit. You can view the final list of 35 names here and you’ll notice it’s missing some of the bigger names in the game today. In an effort to make make things easier on Aria’s Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack we’ve compiled a list of ten names - five pros and five recreational players – that should be pat of the field when action kicks off May 28. Daniel Negreanu – Poker’s all-time leading money winner was one of those players who paid their deposit and was ultimately left out of the group of 35. It just makes too much sense to get Negreanu into the event. First off, he’s a PokerCentral ambassador, but beyond that he makes for great TV and success in this event would help him get closer to crossing some of his 2017 goals off of his list. Phil Ivey – The high stakes room at Aria – the host of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl – is named Ivey’s Room after the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner, an honor bestowed on him when the Aria poker room first opened in 2009. Only problem is Ivey probably couldn’t find it without a map since he apparently hasn't spent a lot of time inside the room. To many poker fans out there, Ivey is still the draw and having him in one of poker’s biggest buy-in events feels like a win for everybody. Jason Koon – Another one of the players who lost out on the lottery, Jason Koon might be one of the hottest high stakes players on the planet right now. Since July 2016 he’s cashed ten times, with four of those being wins, for $4,544,781. In January he won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller for $1,650,300. While other players might not want him there, he's certainly earned the invite with his play. Phil Hellmuth – With four days of live TV coverage expected, it’s hard to imagine that Phil Hellmuth won’t find a way to get in front of the cameras. Sure, he can do the commentary like he does for the WSOP Main Event, but Hellmuth loves getting in with the best in the game and showing he can hang. He’s also a PokerCentral and Aria ambassador so it seems likely he’s getting an invite. Mike McDonald – Sure, he’s taken his talents to Twitch lately and is dedicating some time to his PokerShares.com project, but Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald is still a threat on the high stakes tournament scene and has built himself quite the following over the past few years. Besides, who doesn’t want to tune into CBS Sports' coverage of the Canadian guy just staring at everybody? Kevin Hart – The recent PokerStars Championship Bahamas saw comedian Kevin Hart make his super high roller debut. Hart played the $100,000 SHR event, firing two bullets in the event. He made every table he played at a fun one and could be a star of the live broadcast should he find his way to a feature table. Cary Katz – Locks are for doors and windows, but you can safely bet your net worth on Cary Katz getting one of the 15 reserved seats in the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl. Why so sure? Well, he’s the founder of PokerCentral and the Super High Roller Bowl is one of his proudest creations. Bobby Baldwin – Sure, he’s a WSOP Main Event champion but even he’s ready and willing to admit that he’s not a professional anymore. Still, having Bobby Baldwin in the tournament would give it a level of prestige and allow the old guard to be represented by one of the best ever. Dan Shak - Yes, he has a day job that he happens to be extremely successful at, but Dan Shak has also amassed $8.7 million in lifetime earnings at the poker table including a seventh place finish in last year's Super High Roller Bowl. He's a regular in the Aria high roller events and has proven on multiple occasions that he's capable of hanging with the younger pros who regularly populate those events. Bill Perkins – If you look at the group of extremely successful businessmen who have entered the world of high stakes tournament poker, none have had more fun that Bill Perkins – and it’s got nothing to do with winning. The hedge fund manager just loves playing poker and the bright lights of the SHRB would be a great place to showcase that.
  6. [caption width="640"] 2016 WSOP Main Event champion Qui Nguyen is the last November Niner (WSOP photo)[/caption] Poker fans used to have to wait until August to start watching World Series of Poker coverage on ESPN and for the last nine years have had to wait until November to see a new world champion crowned. That's not the case anymore. As part of a groundbreaking announcement made Monday morning, PokerCentral has become the owner of the global television and digital media rights for the WSOP and has partnered with ESPN to bring the WSOP broadcasts into a more modern era. ESPN will broadcast roughly 40 hours of coverage of the WSOP Main Event on a 30-minute delay, including full coverage of the final table from July 20 - 22. The shows will be split between ESPN and ESPN2. “We are thrilled to add the preeminent poker brand, the World Series of Poker, to our growing portfolio of poker-related content,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer, Poker Central. “We have major plans to reinvent the WSOP offering to greatly expand how, when and where fans of the game of poker can watch and engage with the game.” PokerCentral will also produce 130 hours of original programming each year. Plans to stream coverage of other events will be revealed closer to the start of the 2017 WSOP. In recent years the live streaming of preliminary event final tables was available on WSOP.com. The agreement also extends the WSOP on ESPN partnership through 2020, a move that WSOP executives, including the man responsible for creating the November Nine concept in 2008, are quite happy with. "ESPN has been our home since 2002, and we’re delighted to extend the relationship into the next decade," said Ty Stewart, executive director, WSOP. "Having every day live coverage of the WSOP Main Event is truly a huge commitment on behalf of ESPN and Poker Central, and we look forward to delivering to our faithful audience wall-to-wall action from the outset for the very first time." WSOP on ESPN broadcast schedule DATEDAYTIME July 81a4pm-8pm July 91b2pm - 6pm July 112a/2b8pm-11pm July 122c8pm-10pm July 1448pm-11pm July 1552pm-4pm July 1662pm-6pm July 1777pm-9pm July 19Final table preview10pm-11pm July 209 down to 69pm-TBD July 216 down to 39pm-TBD July 223 down to 19pm-TBD Days not broadcast on ESPN will be made available via PokerCentral's online platforms. The 2017 WSOP begins May 31.
  7. [caption width="640"] The Aria is once again hosting the 0,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl this May (Aria photo)[/caption] The Super High Roller Bowl is coming back for a third year, and just like years past the highest bankrolled players in the world will be heading to the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas at the end of May, just days before the 2017 World Series of Poker begins. Poker Centralannounced on Tuesday that this year’s installment of the $300,00 buy-in event takes place May 28-31 and just like last year, will be a rake-free tournament. Aria will begin taking deposits from players on February 2 to lock up their spot in the tournament. The field is capped at 50 players and the staff are projecting a $15 million prize pool. Sean McCormack, Director of Poker Operations for the Aria, expects the field to sell out quickly. "Last year’s Super High Roller Bowl sold out in two weeks, well in advance of tournament play," said McCormack. "It was an exciting event for the players and fans who stopped by to watch and we anticipate another successful High Roller Bowl again this year." The field is capped at 50, but Aria has reserved 15 seats for non-professional high rollers and a celebrity guest, meaning only 35 professionals will have the opportunity to take part in the event. Assuming the event sells out its 50 seats, first place will take home $5 million. Last year, Rainer Kempe took home the $5 million first place prize after defeating fellow German pro Fedor Holz heads-up. Brian Rast won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015. He earned $7.525 million for his win and defeated Scott Seiver heads-up. The 2015 Super High Roller Bowl was a $500,000 buy-in, however. This year’s field is expected to include many of the game’s best players, including Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Marchese, and the aforementioned Rast. The tournament will be played seven-handed and Poker PROductions will be producing the televised episodes. Nothing has officially been announced in terms of this year’s broadcast, but last year’s tournament was shown live on the CBS Sports Network. Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central, indicated in a press release that this year’s tournament will be accessible for fans to watch. “The Super High Roller Bowl is the world championship of high stakes poker,” said Kakaty. “Fans can now follow the action live, from start to finish.”
  8. [caption width="640"] The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl will be the largest field in the three-year history of the event (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] When registration for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl opened last week a total of 54 players made the initial deposit to secure their spot in the biggest buy-in tournament of the year. Only problem is, there were only 35 seats available. The remaining 15 seats were being held back for ARIA VIPs and high rollers. After holding a lottery for the available 35 seats, there were 19 players left out in the cold and unable to play in the $300,000 buy-in event. On Wednesday the ARIA announced they would be adding six more seats to bring the total to 56 players - eight seven-handed tables. “Based on the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and the overwhelming interest in this year’s event, ARIA believed it was in our best interest to increase the size of the event by six players,” said Sean McCormack, ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations. The 21 open spots will now be at the discretion of McCormack and the rest of the ARIA poker management team. Announcements as to who is filling those available seats could come as early as next week. Some of the bigger names who missed out on the lottery include Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon, Dan Colman and Dan Smith. READ: 10 Players We Hope to See in the Super High Roller Bowl Field“More players getting a chance to play against some of the best competition in the world and more recreational players getting a chance to measure themselves against those top players in a televised event will only add to the total experience for poker fans,” said McCormack. With the rake-free event expected to sell out all 56 seats, the total prize pool will be $16.8 million with the eventual winner walking away with $6 million. Given the overwhelming popularity of the event and the subsequent expansion of the field, organizers have already determined to expand the field for 2018 to 56 as well. The Super High Roller Bowl runs May 28 - 31 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Complete list of the 35 players guaranteed a seat in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Koray AldemirBryn KenneyStefan Schillhabel Matt BerkeyIgor KurganovJake Schindler Pratyush BuddigaJason LesErik Seidel Christian ChristnerAndrew LichtenbergerScott Seiver Connor DrinanAnkush MandaviaSteffen Sontheimer David EinhornTom MarcheseSam Soverel Antonio EsfandiariDominik NitscheBen Sulsky Isaac HaxtonDavid PetersBen Tollerene Fedor HolzNick PetrangeloChristoph Vogelsang John JuandaDoug PolkHaralabos Voulgaris Byron KavermanBrian RastSean Winter Rainer KempeAndrew Robl
  9. [caption width="640"] The best all-around players in the world will battle on PokerGO in mixed game action.[/caption] Poker Centralcrowned the first ever Poker Masters champion in 2017 and is now out to find the world’s best all-around player in the U.S. Poker Open. Come February 1-11, high-stakes action will stream on PokerGO with No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and an Eight Game mix tournament on the schedule. The buy-ins range from $10,000 all the way up to the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, with the player who accrues the highest gross earnings being named the U.S. Poker Open Champion. All events will be played at ARIA in Las Vegas. The No Limit events are to have a similar structure to the format used for Poker Masters. In total, six No Limit Hold’em events are on the schedule with PLO and the Eight Game event both taking up one slot on the schedule. The PLO tournament features 125,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels. The final six will return to the final table on Day 2. For the Eigh Game event, levels increase to 60-minutes and a start bank of 150,000. It is a three-day event and the final table of six will play on the PokerGO live stream. The PLO tournament features a $10,000 buy-in while the Mixed Game Championship features a $25,000 entry fee. The U.S. Poker Open marks the first major high stakes series officially listed on the schedule for 2018 and Poker Central president Joe Kakaty is looking forward to the exciting content ahead. “The U.S. Poker Open is our newest marquee tournament positioned to kick off the high-stakes tournament calendar. Our lineup of quarterly majors give PokerGO subscribers year-round access to some of the best high-stakes poker in the world,” said Kakaty. Among the players scheduled to appear in the series are Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Fedor Holz, and current GPI #1, Bryn Kenney. Negreanu and Rast participated in the Bellagio Mixed Game High Roller series in the spring that featured $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000 buy-in tournaments featuring both Eight and 10 Game mix. The high stakes mixed game tournament action doesn’t usually pick up until the World Series of Poker but the U.S. Poker Open changes that for 2018. The stars will be out in force to show off their skills and put on a show on the PokerGO live stream stage. EVENT #DATEBUY-INGAME 1February 1$10,000Pot Limit Omaha 2February 2$10,000No Limit Hold'em 3February 3$25,000Eight Game Mixed 4February 5$25,000No Limit Hold'em 5February 6$10,000No Limit Hold'em 6February 7$25,000No Limit Hold'em 7February 8$25,000No Limit Hold'em 8February 9$50,000No Limit Hold'em Main Event
  10. Well before the completion of the Main Event of the inaugural U.S. Poker Open, the trophy and title of U.S. Poker Open Champion were already claimed due to a dominating overall performance from the UK’s Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick. The U.S. Poker Open, Presented by Poker Central and streamed on the PokerGO platform, featured eight high-rolling events that invited some of the best players in the world to compete for both massive amounts of money and the bragging rights of hoisting the title trophy for the very first time. In a twist to the usual high roller series that take place from time to time at the Aria Hotel & Casino, the schedule included a Pot Limit Omaha event as well as a Mixed Game Championship. Event #1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em The first event of the series was well attended with 68 players hoping to make an early score and take an early lead in the USPO standings. Ten players made their way into the money including World Poker Tour Season XIII Player of the Year Anthony Zinno ($20,400), high stakes crusher Jake Schindler ($20,400) and final table bubble boy, PokerCentral’s founder, Cary Katz ($34,000). Chidwick would fall in fifth place, a result that would be just beginning a week long stretch of amazing results. Eventual winner Justin Bonomo would out duel Lebanon’s Boutros Naim in a head-up battle to take down Event #1. For Naim, the $136,000 score is currently a recorded career high. For Bonomo, who is a regular at the highest stakes, his $190,400 haul is his fifth best out six recorded cashes in 2018. Final Table Results Justin Bonomo - $190,400 Boutros Naim - $136,000 David Peters - $88,400 Justin Young - $68,000 Stephen Chidwick - $54,400 Sam Soverel - $40,800 Event #2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha The first of the non-NLHE events belonged to mixed-game specialist Mike Gorodinsky after he defeated a field of 64 players to capture the win and over $179,000. Joining the 2015 WSOP Players Championship winner at the final table was Cary Katz, Anthony Zinno and former Super High Roller Bowl Champion Rainer Kempe. Final Table Results Mike Gorodinsky - $179,200 Richard Kirsch - $128,000 Rainer Kempe - $83,200 Anthony Zinno - $64,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - $51,200 Cary Katz - $38,400 Event #3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em The first of the $25,000 events saw Stephen Chidwick take the USPO lead by besting the 44 player field for $374,000. Chidwick defeated Keith Tilston heads up for the win, Tilston would take home $242,000 in this event and begin a heater of his own resulting in over $1,000,000 in cashes over the course of the week. Daniel Negreanu also made the final table of Event #3 along with Jake Schindler and PokerCentral podcast personality Brent Hanks. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $374,000 Keith Tilston - $242,000 Daniel Negreanu - $165,000 Jake Schindler - $110,000 Brent Hanks - $88,000 Seth Davies - $66,000 Event #4 - $25,000 Mixed Game Championship It was back-to-back victories for the UK pro as Stephen Chidwick once again posed for the winner’s photo but this time it was for the Mixed Game Championship. The format included Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 in addition to the previously played Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em. Daniel Negreanu just missed out on being a part of the stacked final table as he busted in seventh place for his second cash of the series. A short-stacked Phil Hellmuth finished in sixth for $67,500, his lone result of the entire series. Following Hellmuth to the rail was part-time high-roller Dan Shak and 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table participant Benjamin Pollak. Despite coming into the final table with the chip lead, new partypoker ambassador Isaac Haxton couldn’t hold on and finished in third. Chidwick ended up closing out Christopher Vitch and putting a large gap between himself and the rest of the field on the USPO leaderboard. Vitch for his runner-up performance took home $247,500, is second largest career score on record. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $382,500 Christopher Vitch - $247,500 Isaac Haxton - $168,750 Benjamin Pollak - $112,500 Dan Shak - $90,000 Phil Hellmuth Jr. - $67,500 Event #5 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em It was Ben Tollerene’s turn in the winner’s circle in Event #5 as the high stakes online cash game pro defeated Jake Schindler heads up for the $187,000 first place prize. Schindler, Katz, Hanks, Tilston and David Peters all found their way into the cash yet again as did former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Ryan Riess, who finished in third. Final Table Results Ben Tollerene - $187,600 Jake Schindler - $134,000 Ryan Reiss - $87,100 Cary Katz - $67,000 Kristin Holst - $53,600 Rodger Johnson - $40,200 Event #6 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em On the heels of his fourth-place finish in the Mixed Game Championship, Benjamin Pollak ended up on top in Event #6. Pollak won the heads-up battle with high roller specialist Jason Koon for $416,500. Chidwick once again found himself at a final table, finishing in third and practically putting the USPO trophy on his mantle in the process. Isaac Haxton found himself at another final table as well and, for the second time in a matter of days, Daniel Negreanu found himself on the outside looking in, finishing as the bubble boy for $61,250. Final Table Results Benjamin Pollak - $416,500 Jason Koon - $269,500 Stephen Chidwick - $183,750 Isaac Haxton - $112,500 Brian Green - $98,000 Elijah Berg - $73,500 Event #7 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Even though it was David Peters who took down Event #7, all the talk was about the fact that Stephen Chidwick, once again, made his way to a final table. Peters may have won the event for $400,000, besting the 50 total runners, but Chidwick virtually put the inaugural USPO title out of reach with his runner-up finish for $262,000. Tilston, Tollerene and Negreanu all made the Event #7 final table, and all had incredible results throughout the series, but the run of Chidwick had become the focal point of the series. It was going to take a big win by one of Chidwick’s challengers in the final event to have a shot at catching him for the title. Final Table Results David Peters - $400,000 Stephen Chidwick - $262,000 Sean Winter - $175,000 Keith Tilston - $125,000 Ben Tollerene - $100,000 Daniel Negreanu - $75,000 Event #8 - $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event With only 33 runnings posting the $50,000 buy-in, even though the eventual winner would take home $660,000 - there was no catching Chidwick. So by the end of registration for the event, everyone in the field knew they were playing for second place at best. The winner of the Main Event was Keith Tilston who defeated Jake Schindler as the final two. Daniel Negreanu, Thomas Marchese and “Cowboy” Dan Smith rounded out the final five who made it into the money. Final Table Results Keith Tilston - $660,000 jake Schindler - $429,000 Daniel Negreanu - $264,000 Tomas Marchese - $165,000 Dan Smith - $132,000 In the end, Chidwick found his way into the money in five out of the eight contests. He won two, back to back, and had a runner-up finish. The USPO Champion accumulated over $1.25 million in earnings during the course of the series, pushing him to over $11 million in career live earnings to go along with his over $5 million of career online winnings.
  11. ESPN and Poker Central have announced the preliminary schedule of the live coverage of the 2018 Main Event of the World Series of Poker. Beginning on July 2 and continuing every day through the conclusion of the event on July 14, ESPN will air no less than 40 total hours of live play across both their ESPN and ESPN2 channels. This year, ESPN is adding to their hours of poker coverage by showcasing the massive $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop tournament immediately following the Main Event on July 16-17. “ESPN has a long-running relationship with the World Series of Poker, and we are always looking for ways to bring viewers the most preeminent coverage,” said Doug White, ESPN senior director, Programming & Acquisitions. “By doubling down on our broadcast and digital platform coverage, we’re going to bring fans and viewers even closer to the sport’s biggest events from all aspects and angles.” For all of the action that ESPN doesn’t cover, Poker Central’s PokerGO paid streaming service will be providing hours of auxiliary action. While the PokerGO schedule for the World Series of Poker will be announced at a later time, fans can expect plenty of additional hours of in-depth coverage, as they provided in 2017. “Last year, both ESPN viewership and PokerGO subscriptions numbers were very strong throughout the WSOP Main Event,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer for Poker Central. “This year, we’re doubling down on live coverage for the World Series of Poker by adding the Big One for One Drop and bring even more live poker to fans worldwide.” In addition to the live coverage, ESPN will continue to produce the more traditional episodic re-telling of how the Main Event unfolds. “We’re ecstatic that ESPN and Poker Central continue to raise the bad and deliver more live poker content to audiences across the globe,” said Executive Director of the World Series of Poker Ty Stewart. “Fans today demand immediacy and wall-to-wall coverage and this year’s offering delivers on that in spades.” The current contract between ESPN and the World Series of Poker is currently slated to continue through 2020. DATE TIME EVENT NETWORK July 2 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 1A ESPN2 July 3 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 1B ESPN2 July 4 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 1C ESPN2 July 5 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 2A/B ESPN2 July 6 8:30 PM - 12:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 2C ESPN2 July 7 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM ET Main Event: Day 3 ESPN2 July 8 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 4 ESPN July 9 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 5 ESPN2 July 10 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET Main Event: Day 6 ESPN July 11 12:30 AM - 2:00 AM ET Main Event: Day 7 ESPN2 July 12 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 8 ESPN July 13 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 9 ESPN July 14 9:00 PM - END ET Main Event: Day 10 ESPN July 17 12:00 AM - 2:00 AM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live) ESPN2 July 17 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Replay) ESPN2 July 17 9:00 PM - END ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Live) ESPN2 July 21 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET Big One for One Drop: ESPN2 (Replay) ESPN2
  12. The Super High Roller Bowl is taking a trip overseas. PokerCentral, sponsor and creator of the Super High Roller Bowl, has teamed up with Macau Billionaire Poker, a poker room in Macau, to announce the expansion of the Super High Roller Bowl to China. From March 20-22 the inaugural, invite-only Super High Roller Bowl China tournament will take place at the Babylon Casino, at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf in Macau, China. Macau Billionaire Poker has attached a $100 million HKD ($12.8M USD) guarantee with a buy-in of $2,000,000 + $100,000 HKD ($268,000 USD) and unlimited re-entry for those selected to participate. "As the annual Super High Roller Bowl out of Las Vegas continues to be the gold standard for high roller tournament poker, we knew the time was right to expand the format globally," Sampson Simmons, vice president of content at Poker Central commented. "China is one of poker’s largest markets, and Macau Billionaire Poker is a natural partner to help bring the Super High Roller Bowl to poker fans internationally." In 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker hosted the MPB Summer Showdown Main Event, a tournament that boasted a $20 million HKD guarantee, the largest guaranteed prize pool ever for the area. The Super High Roller Bowl China is slated to break that record five times over. "We are delighted to launch a new edition of the Super High Roller Bowl with Poker Central," said Tim Chen, CEO of Macau Billionaire Poker. “We wanted to raise the stakes by providing a prize pool befitting of the event’s renowned stature - we can’t wait to see what unfolds at this inaugural event.” Surely poker fans will be eager to see what unfolds as well. Perhaps, more specifically, who shows up for the tournament. Macau has long been the location of legendary tales of ultra-high stakes poker games with some of the biggest names in poker, like Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, seemingly swept up in the mystery of Macau. Perhaps the Super High Roller Bowl China will be an opportunity for fans to once again to watch Ivey, Dwan, and more, in action. The event is invite-only and currently is announced with a 49 player maximum, so it’s likely a carefully curated field of some of the elite players in the world matching wits against the richest business-minded poker players in Asia. For those looking to enter, an email address has been provided for potential registration information. Broadcast details of the event to be announced at a later date.
  13. On Thursday, February 22 the Global Poker Index and PokerStars present the 4th Annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony, being held in Hollywood, will bring together some of the biggest names in poker to celebrate the achievements of both players and industry members in 20 different categories. There’s a lot to look forward to when the celebration of the year-that-was takes place at the Andaz Hotel this week. PokerCentral Leads The Way There’s no doubt that Cary Katz’ PokerGo streaming service, part of Poker Central, has had an important impact on not just how fans can consume their favorite game but how much poker they now have at their disposal. Poker Central leads the way in award nominations with eight opportunities to pick up a trophy. Both the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters are included in the Event Of The Year category. Nick Schulman and the longtime poker voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad are competing for the Broadcaster of the Year. Additionally, “Tom Dwan’s Return to Poker After Dark”, Matt Berkey’s “Dead Money” documentary, the Poker Central Podcast and Cary Katz himself are all up for awards as well. Doug And Daniel Go Head To Head It’s no secret that Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk, two of poker’s biggest personalities, have an acrimonious relationship. At the American Poker Awards the pair finds themselves nominated in a trio of categories against one another. Both are nominated for the Video Blogger Award (along with Joe Ingram and Andrew Neeme), The People’s Choice For Poker Personality of the Year (along with Jonathan Little and Andrew Neeme) and Poker’s Biggest Influencer (along with tournament director Matt Savage and Poker Central’s Cary Katz). Players Of The Year A pair of awards are pre-determined as both Bryn Kenney and Kristen Bicknell will be honored for their tournament performances in 2017. Kenney, who destroyed the high roller scene last year, earned himself the 2017 GPI American Player of the Year on the back of 15 six-figure scores. Bicknell will be presented with the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year award with the help of her victory in the $5,000 prelim at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December of 2017 for just under $200,000. The Favorites There’s little doubt that all of the players and industry members that have been nominated are deserving. That said, there are a few that would likely be considered favorites in their respective categories. Vlogger Andrew Neeme crashed the poker personality party in 2017 with his engaging, well-produced vlogs. In a little over a year, the bulk of which occurred in 2017, he’s amassed over 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel. He’s up against some heavy hitters including the award-winning Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, but his consistent vlogging has opened up the new space of poker content like none other. The Broadcaster of the Year category is stacked with class as well. Longtime ESPN WSOP commentator Lon McEachern, Poker After Dark’s Ali Nejad and the lovable voice of both the PokerStars EPT and Poker Night In America, Joe Stapleton are some of live poker’s biggest assets. But the smooth delivery and easy-to-grasp hand analysis of Nick Schulman took over the coverage of the High Roller Bowl and was as highly-acclaimed as one could be by just about everyone who heard it. In the Podcast category, there’s some amazing content to be had, but the longevity and entertainment of the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast with Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry may have an edge this year. The trio does it all: addressing poker’s biggest issues, answering listener email, expounding on the latest #pokertwitter drama all while giving their listeners a glimpse into their real lives. It could be a close one, but it should be their year. An Industry Showcased Performances both at the table and away will be celebrated with both players and industry members getting their due. The categories of Breakout Player, Tournament Performance and Moment of the Year shine a light on the people and moments of 2017 that players and fans won’t soon forget. Event Of The Year, Industry Person of the Year, Journalist of the Year and the Media Content category celebrate the efforts of some in the world of poker who dedicate their time to showcasing the game we love. A Pair For PocketFives PocketFives.com is not without its own nominations this year as well. President and Editor-In-Chief of PocketFives.com, Lance Bradley, scored a nomination for Journalist of the Year for his work covering the personalities of both the live and online poker scene. Additionally, his article entitled "Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising His Two Boys #ForCathy" was honored with a nomination for Media Content of the Year. Special Awards A handful of awards are without nominations but will be unveiled on Thursday including the Charitable Initiative award, the Jury Prize, our own PocketFives Legacy Award (celebrating an online legend who has made great strides in the live tournament circuit) and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker. In a field that thrives on competition of the highest order, the American Poker Awards is more of a celebration of another successful year of those moments and individuals that expand the reach and grow the game of poker.
  14. Poker Central, the online streaming broadcast partner of the World Series of Poker, has announced their complete streaming schedule for the 2018 summer series. Of the 78 bracelet events, a total of 16 final tables as well as wire-to-wire comprehensive coverage of the $10,000 Main Event and extensive viewing of the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop will be able to be seen on the PokerGO platform. Mixing It Up “We’re eager to continue our live coverage of the WSOP on PokerGO for the second year running,” said Vice President of Content at Poker Central, Sam Simmons. “Our expanded coverage schedule including a wide array of poker variants will give our viewers even more opportunities to follow all the action of the world’s most prestigious tournament series.” Answering the call from their vocal viewership, Poker Central has clearly put a focus on expanding the variety of games that will be broadcast. Popular events like the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads Up and just about every $10,000 Championship Event - no matter the variant - has made it onto the schedule. Calling The Action When it comes to commentary during the events, the heavy lifting will be done by longtime poker commentator and the voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad. Nejad will be handling the play-by-play with guest play-by-play from ESPN’s own Lon McEachern. Color commentary and strategic analysis will be handled by a rotating cast of players and personalities to be named on an event-by-event basis. One should also expect appearances by ESPN’s own color commentator, Norman Chad. In addition to having McEachern and Chad contribute to the PokerGO commentary team, the partnership between ESPN and Poker Central looks to bring viewers unparalleled coverage of two of the biggest events of the summer. “We’re looking forward to having Poker Central and ESPN tag team coverage for the WSOP again this year,” said the Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart. “Fans can expect stellar storylines and wall-to-wall coverage throughout the event and during the ‘Big One for One Drop.” ESPN had already announced their broadcasting schedule for the 2018 WSOP Main Event and One Drop, now the PokerGO streaming dates can help fans complete the picture of how to watch every second of the action. As is customary, all of the events will be streamed on a 30-60 minutes delay with hole cards displayed. If the content on both PokerGo and ESPN simply is not enough streaming poker, there will be additional World Series of Poker streaming coverage on a free-to-view partner site, the details of which will be announced before the start of the WSOP. The World Series of Poker is set to begin on May 29. The first event poker fans can watch on PokerGO will be Event #3, the $3,000 NLHE Shootout on June 2 at 4:00 p.m. ET. 2018 WSOP On PokerGO Streaming Schedule DATE TIME EVENT June 2 4:00 PM ET $3,000 NLHE Shootout Final Table June 4 4:00 PM ET $100,000 NLHE High Roller Final Table June 5 6:00 PM ET $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Final Table June 7 4:00 PM ET $1,500 NLHE Final Table June 8 4:00 PM ET $10,000 NLHE Heads Up June 9 4:00 PM ET $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed Final Table June 11 6:00 PM ET $1,500 Eight Game Mix Final Table June 12 6:00 PM ET $10,000 No Limit Lowball Draw Final Table June 13 6:00 PM ET $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table June 14 6:00 PM ET $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table June 16 6:00 PM ET $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Final Table June 19 6:00 PM ET $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table June 20 6:00 PM ET $10,000 Seven Card Stud Final Table June 22 6:00 PM ET $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha Final Table June 23 6:00 PM ET $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table June 25 6:00 PM ET $10,000 PLO 8-Handed Final Table July 3 1:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 1A July 3 11:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 1B July 5 12:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 1C July 5 8:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 2A/B (Part A) July 6 12:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day2A/B (Part B) July 7 12:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 2C July 7 9:30 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 3 July 8 7:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 4 July 9 8:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 5 (Part A) July 10 2:00 AM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 5 (Part B) July 10 2:30 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 6 (Part A) July 10 11:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 6 (Part B) July 11 2:30 PM ET $10,000 Main Event - Day 7 July 12 9:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event Final Table - Day 1 (ESPN) July 13 9:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event Final Table - Day 2 (ESPN) July 14 9:00 PM ET $10,000 Main Event Final Table - Day 3 (ESPN) July 16 2:30 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 2 (Part A) July 17 12:30 AM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 2 (ESPN 2) July 17 2:30 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 2 (Part B) July 17 6:30 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 3 July 17 9:00 PM ET $1M Big One For One Drop - Day 3 (ESPN 2)
  15. The second annual Poker Masters high roller series is almost here. Taking place from September 7-13 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the week-long series is set to feature the best and brightest nosebleed tournament players in the poker world. The schedule kicks off with a $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Event on September 7 and ramps up to the $100,000 Main Event, a three-day tournament beginning on September 13. Updated Schedule The 2018 version of the Poker Masters has a revamped schedule that includes a variety of buy-ins as well as the addition of new poker variants. In 2017, the Poker Masters schedule stuck to four $50,000 No Limit Hold’em tournaments with a $100,000 Main Event. This year, the schedule expands by two events and the buy-in for the first five events does not exceed $25,000. The penultimate event of the series then jumps up to $50,000 before the Main Event. With the extra events comes a chance for the players to participate in a couple of different games. Event #3, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, is the first PLO tournament to be included on the Poker Masters schedule. However, it’s Event #4 that is likely to draw the most attention. For the first time on PokerGO, fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the game that is the current darling of the high roller community as Short Deck (aka Six-Plus Poker) makes its first appearance on the felts at the Aria. Short Deck, the high-action game featured on the Triton Poker Series live-streams, removes the 2-5 cards in the deck. The result is a variation on the traditional hand rankings. In Short Deck, three of a kind is superior to straights and flushes more valuable than full houses. Event #4, the 2-day, $10,000 Short Deck NLHE event, starting on September 10, will be one to watch. Where To Watch Of course, Short Deck isn’t the only part of the Poker Masters that can be watched on live-stream. The entire series was basically created as content for Poker Central’s popular poker streaming platform PokerGO. Every final table, as well as select feature tables, will be available for viewing on the PokerGO website or on their mobile app. High Roller Rules As is customary in just about every modern high roller event, a 30-second shot clock will be implemented. Players will receive five time-extension chips should they need a little more in a spot or two. Another new addition to the Poker Masters is how the title will be awarded. Last year, the winner was determined solely by total earnings over the five events. This year, the Poker Masters will be using Poker Central’s High Roller Of The Year scoring system. The Aria's regularly running high roller series currently uses the system, developed in part by tournament player Tom Marchese. The points system gives a base amount of points for placing and cashing in an event with multipliers applied for buy-ins over $10,000. The Purple Jacket The player who accumulates the most points over the course of the series will be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. In 2017, that player was Steffan Sontheimer, the 27-year-old German pro who ended up cashing in four out of the five events for over $2.7 million. Though Sontheimer had earned a seven-figure score in his career before the Main Event of the 2017 Poker Masters, his victory in the $100,000 Main Event in 2017 marked his first career-defining victory. The $1.5 million payday helped him stave off the likes of Bryn Kenney and fellow German Fedor Holz en route to getting fitted for the Purple Jacket. The first event, Event #1, will begin streaming on Saturday, September 8 at 1:00 pm local time (4:00 pm ET) Poker Masters Full Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In Sept. 7 Event #1: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $10,000 Sept. 8 Event #2: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 9 Event #3: Pot Limit Omaha (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 10 Event #4: Short Deck No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $10,000 Sept. 11 Event #5: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 12 Event #6: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $50,000 Sept. 13 Event #7: No Limit Hold'em (3 Day Event) $100,000
  16. With the elimination of Brandon Adams on Day 2 in the 2018 Poker Masters $100,000 Main Event, the distinction of who would win the player of the series and the Poker Masters Purple Jacket was no longer a mystery. That honor belongs to 24-year old Ali Imsirovic. But while the Purple Jacket was already being tailored for Imsirovic, there was still the matter of who would take home the $1,150,000 first place prize in final event. As it turned out, the 2018 Poker Masters finished much in the way it started: Event #1 champion David Peters adding another victory, and million dollar payday, to his resume. At the start of the final day of play only four players remained, all well-known for their prowess at the high roller level. Peters, who held the chip lead and 220 big blinds. Dan Smith who was right on Peters heels. Germany’s Koray Aldemir sitting third in place and Bryn Kenney, with 23 big blinds looking to find some double ups in order to get back into contention. A little over an hour into play, Kenney found a hand to make a move. With roughly 10 big blinds Kenney shoves on the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"] only to be called from the small blind by Aldemir and his [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came [poker card="5d"][poker card="as"][poker card="7s"] and Kenney needed some help on the turn. It came [poker card="8d"] which didn’t open the door to any more outs. Kenney would need one of the remaining three tens. The [poker card="5c"] completed the board, ending Kenney's tournament. Kenney, who had recently remarked on the Poker Central podcast that he was down seven-figures in 2018, picked up $250,000 for fourth place. After the elimination of Kenney, play wore on for hours. The three players took turns making big hands and bigger calls. Aldemir, who was the short stack for most of three-handed play, evened out the stack and even took the chip lead at one point. But a crucial hand in which Peter shoved with [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and was called by Aldemir holding [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] proved to be a tipping point. Peters hit running cards to back into a straight. Aldemir who had worked so hard to climb back into the tournament was once again crippled. In the end, Aldemir couldn’t rebuild. He eventually busted on a hand where he shoved from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] and ran into Smith’s [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8d"] and despite his best efforts, Aldemir finishes the Main Event in third place for $400,000 leaving him under $35,000 to hit $10 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. Smith and Peters opted to decrease the time of the levels to 15 minutes and got to the work of determining who would win the $1.15 million. Smith started heads-up play with the slightest of chip advantages. But once Peters took the lead in the first few hands, he wouldn’t give it up. Finally, on the 198th hand of final table play, Peters sealed the deal. Applying pressure, Peters shoved the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"] and was called by Smith’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. Peters was dominated but it was Smith’s tournament that was at risk. The flop looked clean for Smith as it came [poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="th"]. But when the turn came [poker card="ks"], Peters was looking to hold. The river card was the [poker card="6s"] ending Dan Smith's Main Event run in second place for $700,000. And also wrapping up the 2018 Poker Masters. David Peters, secured his second victory of the series for $1,150,000. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $1,150,000 Dan Smith - $700,000 Koray Aldemir - $400,000 Bryn Kenney - $250,000 What a difference a cash makes. With his victory in the $100,000 Main Event, Peters was only 10 points shy of Imsirovic on the 2018 Poker Master leaderboard. Though both Peters and Imsirovic each had two victories during the series, Imsirovic also scored an eighth-place finish in Event #1 for $27,600. That ended up being the cash that made the difference for the Purple Jacket. Purple Jacket Final Standings Ali Imsirovic - 660 points David Peters - 650 Brandon Adams - 510 Issac Haxton - 480 Jake Schindler - 390 Koray Aldemir - 385 Ben Yu - 360 Dan Smith - 305 Keith Lehr - 300 Jonathan Depa - 270 Koray Aldemir - 210
  17. The eighth event of the 2019 US Poker Open is in the books, with Nick Schulman winning the $25,000 8-Game Mix tournament for a score of $270,000. Schulman defeated Brandon Adams in heads-up play to take the title and also earned 350 points in the USPO Championship race. Final Table Results 1. Nick Schulman - $270,000 2. Brandon Adams - $150,000 3. Chris Vitch - $80,000 The event attracted 20 entries to the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with only the top three spots set to reach the money. After the first day of action on Wednesday, just four players remained for Thursday’s finale. That meant one more player had to go home empty-handed. That player turned out to be Randy Ohel, who came into Thursday with the shortest stack and was quickly sent packing in a hand of seven-card stud hi-lo. With three players left in the money, Adams had the chip lead, Schulman was in second, and then Chris Vitch was in a distant third place. Vitch was soon knocked out in third place in a hand of 2-7 triple draw. On his final hand, Vitch had bet and called all in after he was check-raised by Adams before the third draw. Adams stood pat, leaving Vitch to a decision. After taking his time, Vitch eventually decided to stand pat as well, holding [poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="3x"]. His hand wasn’t good against the [poker card="9x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] of Adams and he was out in third for an $80,000 payday. Knocking out Vitch allowed Adams to enter heads-up play with the chip lead over Schulman. The two were playing for a difference of $120,000 in prize money, the title, and the winner’s share of points. Although Adams began with the chip lead, Schulman quickly battled back and moved into the lead. Schulman won a pretty good-sized pot in Omaha hi-lo, scooped a big batch of chips when Adams tried to bluff him in a hand of no-limit hold’em, and then knocked Adams down further in the razz round. After all of that, Adams was left with just a few bets and the rest of his chips found the middle shortly thereafter. The final hand took place during the limit hold’em round, with Adams starting with just 105,000 in chips. He raised from the button to 100,000, Schulman reraised to put Adams all in, and Adams called with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"]. Schulman had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"]. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7h"] to eliminate Adams in second place. Adams earned $150,000 and 245 points for his runner-up finish. It was his third cash of the 2019 USPO and moved him to fourth on the overall leaderboard. Schulman scored a winning prize of $270,000 and 350 points. It was his second in-the-money finish of the 2019 USPO and he moved to third on the USPO’s overall leaderboard. USPO Top 10 After Event #8 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 6. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 7. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 8. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 9. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 10. Ben Yu 3 $262,800 200   The final table for Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  18. Chalk up another win for Bryn Kenney in 2019. This time, there was no deal to be made as Kenney knocked out four of his final five opponents en route to a lightning-fast victory in the US Poker Open Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em for $450,000. The 60-entry field was narrowed down to a high-rolling who’s who final table of six. Kenney and Ben Yu were among the chip leaders however, there were four other formidable players in Nick Petrangelo, Keith Tilston, Nick Schulman and, eventual runner-up, Jake Schindler, who were all capable of coming from behind. Final Table Payouts 1. Bryn Kenney - $450,000 2. Jake Schindler - $300,000 3. Ben Yu – $210,000 4. Keith Tilston - $150,000 5. Nick Schulman - $120,000 6. Nick Petrangelo - $90,000 It only took a few hands before the bustouts began. The action folded to Nick Petrangelo in the small blind and he jammed with his remaining 13 big blinds holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="6c"]. Kenney, sitting in the big blind, ended up making the call holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"]. The flop came [poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4s"] giving Petrangelo additional outs with a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="kh"] on the turn put Kenney even further ahead in the hand. The [poker card="3c"]river ended Petrangelo’s run in Event #7 for $90,000. Roughly ten minutes later, Nick Schulman was all in for his tournament life. From the button, Schulman open-shoved his 12 big blind stack with [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"]. Then, from the small blind, Keith Tilston reshoved over the top with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"]. Ben Yu got out of the way and, with the cards on their backs, the duo saw a flop of [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"] providing both players a pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Schulman a few more outs to the straight but the [poker card="8s"] river was no help the PokerGO commentator. Schulman finished in fifth place for $120,000, his second recorded cash of 2019. Even though he had just busted Schulman, Tiltson wasn’t long for this final table. Kenney, having both blinds covered, open-shoved from the button with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"]. Tilston, in the big blind, ended up making the call with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"], putting his tournament at stake. The flop came [poker card="2c"][poker card="ts"][poker card="kc"] providing Tilston some additional gutshot outs but the [poker card="7d"] fell on the turn and the [poker card="td"] on the river, giving the hand to Kenney's pocket threes. Tilston bowed out in fourth place for $150,000. It marks his fifth lifetime cash at the USPO. Ben Yu, who entered the day as the final table chip leader, clashed with Kenney in a huge hand which, in the end, left Yu crippled. Only a few hands after that confrontation, Kenney finished the job. Yu, with less than three big blinds, stuck it in from the small blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] and Kenney snap called holding the [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="kh"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] giving Kenney the flush and ending Yu’s run in third place. Yu picked up $210,000 for his efforts, his third cash of the 2019 USPO series. Kenney held a massive chip lead headed into heads up play, but Schindler started chipping away at it by winning the first few hands. However, as he had for the entirety of this brief final table, Kenney ended up on top in the most important hand. Kenney limped the button with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"] and Schindler shipped his [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"] which Kenney quickly called. The flop [poker card="2d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="kh"] flop put Kenney in the lead. The turn came the [poker card="2h"] and the river the [poker card="8s"] securing the win for Kenney and providing Schindler the runner-up result and $300,000 in prize money. Kenney, the Aussie Millions Main Event winner, takes home $450,000 for the victory, sending his lifetime career live earnings north of $27,000,000. The final table for Event #8: $25,000 8 Game Mix takes place on Thursday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  19. I would like nothing more than to see the game of poker and this industry thrive unimaginably. I also believe the Global Poker Awards, which were previously two distinctions, the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards, are good for the industry. That belief is becoming less and less so each year. I've always touted the importance of this ceremony to celebrate the industry and accomplishments within. Quite honestly, it's getting to the point where one could make the argument the awards aren't good for poker because some of the nominees and even some of the categories are so far off the mark. If you're like me and believe the awards can help push poker in the right direction, then we're going to need to change how we do things and try a bit harder. I'm well aware the Global Poker Awards aren't going to spark the next poker boom, but they're a piece of the puzzle that can increase the industry's legitimacy. For an industry that is constantly clawing and scratching for every inch of legitimacy it can get, this is important. When the nomination list goes out, do those that receive it take the adequate time to best make their selections? The answer to that question can't possibly be yes. I've talked to enough people to surmise that there's too many with representative votes who aren't holding up their end of the bargain. Of course, this is a shared responsibility between the Global Poker Index and those on the nomination panel. The GPI needs to put standard over inclusion, but ultimately, most of the nomination panel isn't putting in the time and effort the privilege should require. The nomination panel isn't helping if, every single year when it's time for the awards, too many are half-assing it through the process, voting for friends and co-workers simply because of relationship, and not putting in the time it takes to make the best decisions. It's kind of like poker in a lot of ways. Are the voters in it to simply splash around a little in the game and be considered a "known" person in the industry, or do they want to actually put in the effort it takes for this to mean something? Improve the Process This year's nomination panel was pegged at more than 130 members, according to the GPI. That's too many by about 120. I get it, the awards are now global so you're going to need a greater representation from across the globe, but the lobbying for friends and coworkers is blatantly obvious and the lack of knowledge is highly evident. This is where the GPI needs to step in and make a change. Again, we need to emphasize that the awards are a standard of achievement, not a popular participation trophy. Instead of having a huge nomination panel, form a committee and give them real responsibilities. I'd suggest a committee of 10-12 people, and I'd make it an interview process for a person to be accepted to the committee. We can start by having each media outlet nominate one person to possibly be on the committee. Poker media members should, in theory, be the ones with the best grasp on all things poker across the globe. We should want those with the most expansive knowledge on the committee, but we'll certainly need to vet them. Each person nominated to be a part of the committee would be interviewed by the GPI and either accepted or refused. Think of it like a job interview and the GPI is hiring, just for a gig with no pay. If you'd like to be on the committee but having to go through an interview process is something that you balk at, you're not someone who deserves to have representative votes. Of course, we would have to trust that the GPI would pick the best individuals for the committee. I would also suggest that if this is a route taken, the GPI consider a relevancy factor with each committee member and candidate. Meaning, the person must still have relevancy within the industry. Another requirement for being on the committee would be that you absolutely must be present for all meetings, and for the final committee gathering to determine the award winners. There would be several rounds of discussion and voting. Again, this speaks to one's level of commitment. Part of the problem with how it's done now is that you have more than 130 members on the nomination panel who determine the finalists and then a much smaller group of about 10 hand-picked jury members who determine the winners. The way it is, the jury is left to pick from the bunch they're given, rather than go through a few rounds of discussion, vetting, and voting to determine the best winner. Look at what happened a couple of years ago with Breakout Player of the Year. Nick Petrangelo arguably should've won Breakout Player of the Year for 2015, but he didn't even make the list of finalists. Having a committee of the same people who go through the process from start to finish would pay big dividends here. The committee wouldn't, and shouldn't, be all media, though. I would suggest including players or general industry members, but ones that aren't strongly tied to one organization. Again, each candidate would need to be vetted and accepted. With general industry members, it can be difficult for a person working for one organization on a daily basis to have the required knowledge outside of their organization. Not that this is their fault, it's just the nature of how things work. Each year, I would repeat this entire process, giving seniority, based on performance, to those on the committee the year before. I'd also suggest having alternates on standby should anything extreme cause need for a replacement on the committee. Alternates would go through a similar process as other committee members. Better Categories These are the poker awards, right? Why aren’t we giving out an award for Online Poker Operator of the Year, Live Poker Operator of the Year, or Poker Media Outlet of the Year? It seems silly to not award those. The Tournament Performance of the Year award has to go. If we keep it, can we all just agree to award it to the WSOP Main Event champion every year? There is no greater tournament performance each year than grinding through that monstrosity of a poker tournament, competing against really good players in the best-structured tournament in the world for a massive amount of time. Remove Moment of the Year. Half of the things that get listed here aren't "moments" and this award blends too much with Tournament Performance of the Year. In its place, I'd suggest we add in Hand of the Year. In the current digital age and the age of social media, so many great hands see the light of day in consumable content. The content is also easily shareable, which helps promote the awards and generate buzz. Hand of the Year is also a great way to add in a fan vote. Ditch Poker Journalist of the Year. I'd suggest we go back to Media Person of the Year, if anything, and then if we want to further celebrate the media, we do so with individual awards such as Photo of the Year, Story of the Year, and Feature Video of the Year. There are enough great pieces of content to fill these respective categories. Industry Person of the Year needs a new name. I understand what's meant to be done with this award, but doesn’t "industry" implies anyone in the industry can win? Rename this to represent what it is really meant to do, Poker Executive of the Year. With Breakout Player of the Year, the GPI could implement a "breakout factor" for each player to help everyone out. I doubt everyone with a vote is grinding through Hendon Mob. The GPI knows how much a player climbs in the GPI from year to year and the award can be more on-brand if that's what the nominations are based on. Start Earlier Whatever causes these awards to become a thing a month before they happen needs to stop. Give everyone more time to think about the awards, dive into researching what should win and what shouldn't, and pump up the various elements such as the content pieces, tournament performances, and players. We also need to move the awards so that they take place earlier in the year. The awards this year aren't taking place until early April. That's the fourth month of the year. People can't remember what happened last week, let alone 4-16 months ago. The awards being held closer to the start of the year would keep the previous year, which is what we're supposed to be celebrating, fresher in everyone's minds. If the awards are going to be partnered with Poker Central and PokerGO for future years, it seems like a no-brainer to hold the awards would be at the front or back end of the US Poker Open that takes place at the beginning of February. PokerGO could host the awards in the PokerGO Studio either the day before or the day after the US Poker Open festival. If it's before, there's additional content to showcase during the festival. If it's after, you can spend the week hyping up the awards to generate a larger audience for them. Or, maybe we could just hand out participation ribbons ever year? The views and opinions expressed in this Op-Ed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of PocketFives or other staff.
  20. After tabulating the votes of over 130 Nomination Panel members, the Global Poker Index, along with their partner PokerCentral, has unveiled the nominations in thirteen of the 20 categories of the first ever Global Poker Awards. The awards are set to take place on April 5 at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas where poker players and industry members from 10 different nations will be represented in a wide variety of categories that aims to celebrate all aspects of the poker community. PocketFives is well represented within the nominees. The Fives Podcast is one of five nominees for Podcast of the Year and PocketFives' President & Editor in Chief Lance Bradley's book, The Pursuit of Poker Success, Here are the nominees, presented in alphabetical order: Tournament Performance of the Year Justin Bonomo (Super High Roller Bowl IV) John Cynn (2018 World Series of Poker Main Event) Maria Lampropulos (2018 PCA Main Event) Dylan Linde (WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic) Breakout Player of the Year Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic Maria Konnikova Ping Liu Christopher Michael Soyza Streamer of the Year Jeff Gross Jason Somerville Jaime Staples Lex Veldhuis Vlogger of the Year Marle Cordeiro Joe Ingram Andrew Neeme Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk Podcast LFG Podcast PokerCentral Podcast PokerNews Podcast The Chip Race The Fives Poker Podcast Broadcaster Maria Ho Lon McEachern Nick Schulman Lex Veldhuis Poker Journalist Drew Amato Sarah Herring Remko Rinkema Christian Zetzsche Media Content Drew Amato (photo: Brunson bids farewell to WSOP) Lance Bradley (book: The Pursuit of Poker Success) Haley Hintze (article: Vayo v. PokerStars) PokerCentral/PokerGO (Super High Roller Club: Schulman featuring Nejad) Industry Person Angelical Hael (World Poker Tour) Cary Katz (Poker Central) Matt Savage (WPT, TDA) Ty Stewart (World Series of Poker) Rob Yong (Dusk Till Dawn, partypoker) Tournament Director Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock) Paul Campbell (ARIA) Jack Effel (World Series of Poker) Kenny Hallaert (Unibet Open) Mid-Major Tour/Circuit 888poker LIVE RUNGOOD Poker Series Unibet Open WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit Event of the Year partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Super High Roller Bowl IV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic WSOP Main Event Moment of the Year Jeremy Hilsercop received PSPC Platinum Pass via Christmas Day viral video Joe Cada wins The Closer after finishing 5th in WSOP Main Event Doyle Brunson plays his final WSOP event Justin Bonomo wins Big One for One Drop, completing Super High Roller Streak In addition to the above categories, there are seven other awards that will be given out during the ceremony. Due to their results in 2018, Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell will each be receiving awards for the 2018 GPI Player of the Year and the 2018 Female Player of the Year respectively. Along with trophies for Foxen and Bicknell the following categories will be determined by the Global Poker Awards Jury: - Lifetime Achievement in Poker Award - Charitable Initiative - Jury Prize As has been the case in previous GPI award shows, the “people” will have a voice and will vote to award the People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year. Also, PocketFives will be handing out the PocketFives Legacy Award acknowledging a player who has come from the world of online poker to make major contributions to poker’s live tournament scene. The Global Poker Awards can be watched live on PokerGO on April 5.
  21. The poker world will unite in Las Vegas on April 5 when the Global Poker Index and Poker Central hold the new, unified, first-ever Global Poker Awards, presented by online poker site PokerStars. The GPI have decided to merge the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards into a single event. The new ceremony, which will be held at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, will bring celebrate all facets of the poker industry from around the world. It will be a recognition of the players, industry leaders and members of the poker media that have made their mark on the game throughout the year. The ceremony will hand out twenty awards in a variety of categories that recognize the top-tier players, live tournaments and tours, and the biggest stories in poker. “We’re thrilled to deliver streaming coverage of the first-ever Global Poker Awards show live from the PokerGO Studio,” said Sam Simmons, president of Poker Central. “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best and brightest while providing PokerGO subscribers a front row seat for all the festivities.” The full list of categories and their nominees will be announced at a later date. Prior to the ceremony, a nomination panel will help determine each of the finalists of each category. Then, the winners are selected by a jury consisting of members of the poker industry. “Our global initiatives behind the European Poker Awards and the American Poker Awards come together starting this year,” said Eric Danis, Global Poker Index president. “We’re excited to bring recognition to the poker world’s best players and most prominent industry contributors on an unprecedented scale.” Although categories have yet to be announced, one should expect many of the categories from past years to make a return. These include GPI Player of the Year, GPI Female Player of the Year, Breakout Player of the Year, Tournament Performance of the Year, Event of the Year, Moment of the Year, Poker Media Content of the Year, a Jury Prize, People’s Choice and a Lifetime Achievement award. Just last year, the American Poker Awards also addressed the emerging segments of poker streaming, vlogging, podcasting and poker 'influencers', all of which were awarded trophies. The PocketFives Legacy Award, an award presented to an online legend who has made outstanding contributions to the live tournament circuit, will also be returning at the Global Poker Awards. PokerStars, which has been a sponsor of the GPI’s award shows in the past, return to be the premier sponsor for the event.
  22. Some of the biggest names in the game of poker along with prominent members of the poker industry gathered at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas on Friday night to celebrate the first ever Global Poker Awards presented by PokerStars. The ceremony acknowledged and celebrated the feats and achievements of members of the poker community in 2018 with 20 awards handed out in a wide range of subjects. PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis, who was nominated in two categories, walked away with the Streamer of the Year Award for his popular Twitch Poker channel. He was joined by another popular digital content creator Andrew Neeme, who picked up his second award as Vlogger of the Year. Maria Ho made her way to the stage to pick up the award for Broadcaster of the Year as did PokerNews' Sarah Herring who took home the Journalist of the Year award. Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic was in attendance and picked up the trophy for the Breakout Player of the Year after appearing on the high roller scene and taking down the title of Poker Central’s Poker Masters champion. Fellow high roller Justin Bonomo’s outstanding 2018 campaign brought him the award for Moment Of The Year by winning the Big One For One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Once again the World Series of Poker Main Event received the award for the Event of the Year. The tournament that is widely considered to be the best-structured tournament of the year also brought its 2018 winner, John Cynn the award for Tournament Performance of the Year. PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley, who was also nominated for two awards on the evening, received an award for Media Content of the Year for his book The Pursuit of Poker Success. Another PocketFiver, Chris Moorman, was chosen to be awarded the PocketFives Legacy Award, given to an online legend who has made significant contributions to the live poker arena. Speaking of contributions to the game of poker, the Godfather of Poker himself, Doyle Brunson was celebrated with the Lifetime Achievement in Poker award which was not awarded during the broadcast. Complete List of Global Poker Award Winners Vlogger of the Year - Andrew Neeme Podcast of the Year - The Chip Race Poker Podcast Broadcaster of the Year - Maria Ho Breakout Player of the Year - Ali Imsirovic Journalist of the Year - Sarah Herring Mid-Major Tour/Circuit of the Year - RUNGOOD Poker Series Streamer of the Year - Lex Veldhuis Charitable Initiative Award - Robbie Strazynski, Run Well Series Tournament Director of the Year - Paul Campbell, ARIA PocketFives Legacy Award Winner - Chris Moorman Tournament Performance of the Year - John Cynn, WSOP Main Event Poker Media Content of the Year - Lance Bradley, The Pursuit of Poker Success Tournament of the Year - World Series of Poker Main Event Tournament Industry Person of the Year - Angelica Hael Poker Moment of the Year - Justin Bonomo Wins Big One For One Drop Jury Prize - Drew Amato People’s Choice Award Winner - Brad Owen 2018 GPI Poker Player of the Year - Alex Foxen 2018 GPI Female Poker Player of the Year - Kristen Bicknell Lifetime Achievement in Poker - Doyle Brunson
  23. Imagine playing in a Sit & Go with the bright lights of a televised table beating down on you and thousands of poker fans watching at home. To your left sits Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman - one of the most celebrated online poker players in history, the record holder for the most PocketFives Triple Crowns and the current leader of the All-Time Online Money List. To your right is high-roller extraordinaire Dominik Nitsche - four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner with over $18 million in lifetime earnings. Would you be able to raise your game and take down the $40K first-place prize? Two lucky players are going to have that opportunity as 888poker has once again teamed with PokerCentral for ‘888poker Week II’ on Poker After Dark. From May 19-23 the 888poker team will be back in Las Vegas at the PokerGO Studios with two of their marquee ambassadors, giving two players a once-in-a-lifetime special VIP experience. They'll hang with the pros, get a tour of Las Vegas and finally, battle in one of two $10,000 Sit & Go’s for a shot at $40,000…all for $1. How To Qualify 888poker is offering players a chance to win their way to into ‘888poker Week II’ for just $1. Registration for the special one-time tournament is available in the online client under the Restricted tab in the Tournaments lobby. Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for this experience. Players need to be 21 years of age and be from the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Sweden or Spain. If you play from any of these countries, simply register for the tournament, show up on Sunday, April 28 and take your shot. What You Win The lucky winners of the $1 qualifier will enjoy a one-of-kind Las Vegas experience. First, they get an entry into a $10K six-handed Sit & Go that will be broadcast on PokerGO with a top prize of $40K. Both will feature 888poker ambassadors Chris Moorman and Dominik Nitsche as well as three other well-known poker pros. 888poker is also throwing in an addition $2,000 to help cover expenses for flights and food while in Las Vegas. Not to mention first-class accommodations a the ARIA Resort & Casino are all taken care of. In total, the VIP package is worth $14,000. However, it’s not just the money at stake. It’s a full experience. After arriving in Las Vegas, you’ll get to hang with Moorman and Nitsche, take in a meal or two with the pros and discover what it’s like to be a poker pro in Las Vegas. Then, after a day of relaxing, it will be time to get down to business and put your game to the test. A Look Back In November of 2018, the first pair of qualifiers had an opportunity to turn their $1 into a bankroll-boosting five-figure payday. First up was 24-year of Peter Martin. Not only did he have to deal with Moorman, but also at the table was Eli Elezra, Maria Ho, Kelly Minkin, Bill Klien, and Jennifer Tilly. Martin more than held his own, doing battle with Moorman, taking out Moorman's [qd][qs] with his [ad][kd]. However, after running into Maria Ho in a pair of hands where he got burnt on the river, Martin was eliminated short of making the money. The next day 34-year old Otto Richard from France took his seat. He got off to a fast start, eliminating Moorman with a set of kings. Minkin and Klien were eliminated next and Richard battled three-handed with Elezra and Tilly. Finally, after Tilly exited in third place, Richard found himself heads up against Elezra. When all the chips got in the middle Richard a slight lead in the hand, Elezra with the chip lead turned two pair to eliminate the qualifier. The qualifier didn’t go home empty-handed though, earning $20,000 for his runner-up finish. Think you can do better? Players that want to put their game to the ultimate test while being treated like a Las Vegas VIP need only to take their shot in the $1 ‘888poker Week II - Qualifiers’.
  24. Poker Central and CBS have announced a new content partnership that will see live streams and highlight shows from the 50th annual World Series of Poker bracelet events extend across both PokerGO as well as CBS' network of online and broadcast channels. Select events throughout the entire WSOP, taking place from May 30-July 16, will be featured on multiple platforms including PokerGO, CBS All Access, CBS' own subscription video and live streaming service, as well as on CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Digital platforms. "The World Series of Poker, which is the pinnacle of the game, will be a fantastic addition to our digital and cable channels," said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President of Programming for CBS Sports. "We're very pleased to bring this engaging content to poker fans across platforms." According to Poker Central, the details of the deal includes Poker Central producing 41 days of live coverage, 25 of which will stream exclusively on CBS All Access. Eight of those days will air exclusively on PokerGO and an additional eight days that will able to be seen on both. In addition to the live stream, CBS Sports Network will also air highlight shows taken from the bracelet events that are exclusive to CBS All Access. Those highlight shows will also be available across portions of the CBS content network including CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports app, and CBS Sports HQ. "The reach and position of CBS across digital and cable platforms make this the perfect partnership for reaching devoted fans and new audiences," said Sam Simmons, President of Poker Central. "This summer's WSOP bracelet event coverage will further our ongoing strategy of expanding distribution of the most exciting live poker events." The streaming content will be hosted by a trio of well-known poker commentators including WSOP's own Lon McEachern, Ali Nejad, and long-time WSOP stream host David Tuchman. Both PokerGO and CBS All Access require a subscription to watch their content. PokerGO, which specializes in exclusive poker content, is $10 per month or a yearly subscription of $99. CBS All Access, which provides original programming and access to the network's general show library, has multiple pricing tiers that include $5.99 per month with commercials, $9.99 per month commercial free and a yearly plan where consumers save 15%. In past years, in addition, to live streams that have been available exclusively on PokerGO the World Series of Poker have hosted their own live streams which were available on their website and also broadcast on Twitch. However, it appears that there will not be a secondary live stream this year as there are no other streams planned, according to Seth Palansky, WSOP Vice President, Corporate Communication. "What has been announced from Poker Central is everything planned," Palansky told PocketFives. "This is the third year of our deal with PokerGO. They have had complete authority over how/where/quantity of events are streamed. The WSOP hasn't controlled production since 2016. "We're appreciative of the quality of production and breadth of top-notch commentators Poker Central has poured into the WSOP to make it first class, and respect their need to make the business sustainable long-term. It is far from free to set up shop and run essentially six weeks straight, so while free is nice, it's reasonable to have viewers share in the cost via a subscription model, a common model in use today across media platforms. The cost is nominal when you think about receiving about 400 hours of content just during the WSOP alone." Some of the marquee bracelet events that will be shown exclusively on CBS All Access include the final tables of the inaugural Big 50, the Marathon, Seniors Event, $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, Monster Stack, the Mini Main Event, the Little One for One Drop, and the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max. PokerGO will have exclusivity to the final tables of the $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em, $10,000 Heads Up Championship, Millionaire Maker, and $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among others. CBS All Access is currently only available to customers in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The rest of the world will be able to view all of the events with their subscription to PokerGO. Schedule of PokerGO/CBS All Access Streaming Events Date Time Event Airing 05/30 1 p.m. $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty Final Table (Event #2) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 05/31 1 p.m. BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #3) PokerGO 06/02 1 p.m. $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Final Table (Event #4) CBS All Access 06/03 TBD High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for the 50th Annual Final Table (Event #5) PokerGO 06/04 7 p.m. $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table (Event #9) CBS All Access 06/05 1 p.m. $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #8) PokerGO 06/06 1 p.m. $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #11) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 06/07 1 p.m. BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #3) CBS All Access 06/08 1 p.m. $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #15) PokerGO 06/09 1 p.m. $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table (Event #18) CBS All Access 06/10 1 p.m. $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Final Table (Event #20) CBS All Access 06/11 1 p.m. $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Final Table (Event #21) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 06/12 1 p.m. Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #19) PokerGO 06/13 1 p.m. $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better Final Table (Event #27) CBS All Access 06/14 1 p.m. $10,000 HORSE Final Table (Event #29) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 06/15 1 p.m. $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon Final Table (Event #26) CBS All Access 06/16 1 p.m. Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #32) CBS All Access 06/17 1 p.m. $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table (Event #36) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 06/18 3 p.m. $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table (Event #37) CBS All Access 06/19 1 p.m. $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table (Event #40) CBS All Access 06/20 1 p.m. $10,000 Seven Card Stud Final Table (Event #41) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 06/21 7 p.m. $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty Final Table (Event #44) CBS All Access 06/22 1 p.m. $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table (Event #45) CBS All Access 06/23 1 p.m. $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em (Event #47) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 06/24 9 p.m. $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack 8-Handed Final Table (Event #53) CBS All Access 06/25 1 p.m. $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Final Table (Event #52) PokerGO 06/26 1 p.m. Monster Stack - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #50) CBS All Access 06/27 3 p.m. $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table (Event #58) PokerGO 06/28 1 p.m. $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table (Event #58) PokerGO 06/29 7 p.m. $400 COLOSSUS Final Table (Event #61) CBS All Access 06/30 1 p.m. $1,500 Omaha Mix Final Table (Event #63) CBS All Access 07/01 1 p.m. $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table (Event #65) CBS All Access 07/02 9 p.m. $1,000 Mini Main Event Final Table (Event #69) CBS All Access 07/03 7 p.m. $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #64) CBS All Access 07/04 1 p.m. $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Final Table (Event #70) CBS All Access 07/11 5 p.m. $1000 +$111 Little One for One Drop Final Table (Event #75) CBS All Access 07/12 1 p.m. $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #79) CBS All Access 07/13 1 p.m. $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Final Table (Event #83) CBS All Access/ PokerGO 07/14 1 p.m. $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #81) CBS All Access 07/15 7 p.m. The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Event #84) CBS All Access 07/16 1 p.m. $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Final Table (Event #86) CBS All Access
  25. Get inside the mind of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman. As an 888poker ambassador Moorman has played poker on camera a countless number of times. But in this latest video for 888poker and PokerGO, the man with over $16 million in online earnings jumps into the role of the commentator to break down a now-famous hand from Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl between two heavyweight poker pros in Daniel Negreanu and Mikita Badziakouski. “I remember watching it at the time, live on the stream, and I was amazed by the end results,” Moorman said. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In the video, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver takes a moment to give props to the high caliber of players at the table including Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler and Brian Rast. Then he proceeds to break the hand down. Street-by-street the PocketFives Legacy Award winner offers his insight and analysis, even taking issue with some of the decisions that were made. He discusses the importance of re-evaluating your thought process and decisions when information you weren’t expecting is introduced, such as when Negreanu is faced by an overbet by Badziakouski on the river. Ultimately, Negreanu finds himself in a tight spot where he makes an amazing laydown where many people might have called off. “It looks amazing because it’s right,” Moorman says. “Definitely in-game though you have a weird sort-of spidey sense feeling. Your gut is telling you to fold and there are definitely times I’ve listened to my gut over the theory and made an exploitable fold and been right.” Check it out below.
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