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  1. The fields in the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series just got a little ‘tougher’. One of the most feared nosebleed tournament opponents in the game, Stephen Chidwick made his SHRB $25K Super High Roller debut and promptly captured his first title and another six-figure score. Chidwick, the recipient of the player-selected award for ’Toughest Opponent’ at the 2020 Global Poker Awards, had been noticeably absent from the daily slate of SHRB Online $25,000 Super High Roller events. But on Saturday, he finally logged on and with a single bullet took down the 43-entry field of Event #23 ($25,000 Super High Roller, 6-Max) for $430,000.01. Chidwick’s latest victory is another in an extensive list of Poker Central branded titles. His extensive poker resume includes deep runs in all three of the Super High Roller Bowls that were held in 2018 (including Macau). Additionally, Chidwick was crowned the inaugural champion of the first U.S. Poker Open as well as taking the first overall championship of the first Australian Poker Open, which was held earlier this year. Artur Martirosian made his way to his fifth final table, his third in the past three days. He finished as the runner-up in Event #23 for $275,140.87 pushing his SHRB Online series total earnings to over $1.2 million. Ireland’s Darrell Goh made his third final table of the series, pulling in $139,750 for third place. In other action, Sam Greenwood joined Viktor Blom as the only other player to have scored multiple SHRB Online Series titles. Greenwood, essentially, went back-to-back with a victory in Event #24 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) for an even $200,000. Yesterday, Greenwood was the day’s biggest winner after taking down Event #20 ($25,500 Super High Roller for $399,000, and now he has a two day total just one dollar short of $600K. Dan Smith, who scored a win earlier in the week, finished as the runner-up which was good for $127,972.50. And Kristen Bicknell picked up a third-place finish for the second day in a row, earning another $65,000. After a pair of near-misses earlier in the series Alexandros Kolonias finally took home a SHRB title after he bested the 77-entry field of Event #22 ($10,300 High Roller, Six Max) for $240,860.62. It’s also been a good week for Matthias Eibinger. Eibinger took down his first PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title three days ago and his first SHRB title yesterday. On Sunday, he finished as the runner-up in this event for $150,150. Portugal’s Joao Viera keeps getting close to a win. He finished in third place for $92,400 which was his fourth final table in the past four days. In those events, he’s finished in every position second through fifth for a grand total of $405,025. Event #22: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 77 entries $770,000 Alexandros Kolonias - $240,860.62 Matthias Eibinger - $150,150 Joao Vieira - $92,400 Darrell Goh - $67,375 Dan Shak - $48,125 Mikita Badziakouski - $32,125 Event #23: $25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max 43 entries $1,075,000 prize pool Stephen Chidwick - $430,000.01 Artur Martrosian - $275,140.87 Darrell Goh - $139,750 Isaac Haxton - $96,750 Mikita Badziakouski - $75,250 Sergi Reixach - $58,109.12 Event #24: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 50 entries $500,000 Sam Greenwood - $200,000 Dan Smith - $127,972.50 Kristen Bicknell - $65,000 Isaac Haxton - $45,000 Ali Imsirovic - $35,000 Kahle Burns - $27,027.50
  2. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw a total of 54 entries which pushed the prize pool to $1,350,000. Hunichen’s score ranks as the second-largest online cash of his career, right behind his third-place finish in the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for which he took home over $618,000. ‘Big Huni’ defeated another online superstar for the title by besting Viktor Blom in heads-up play. Blom’s runner-up finish was good for $32,625 and comes just a day after finishing third in the WPT Online series PLO High Roller for which he earned $121,200. Mark Davis fell in third place and picked up $205,875. Jans Arends outlasted the 76-entry field of Event #1 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) to take home the $216,600 first-place prize. Finishing right behind him was the UK’s Ben Heath who secured $148,200 as the runner-up. Picking up the bronze was two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen who added another $102,600 to his bankroll. Also of note, former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Niklas Astedt finished in sixth place for $41,800 and Daniel Dvoress secured a min-cash of $22,800, his second cash in the first two events. Another player who cashed in two of the three events was Sergi Reixach, who took down Event #3 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $191,750. Combined with his fifth-place finish in Event #1, Reixach’s two-score, one day total was just shy of $245,000. Just a week after picking up his fourth career SCOOP title, Mike Watson finished in second place, taking home $129,800 for his efforts. And another former #1-ranked PocketFiver found his way to the podium as Andras Nemeth finished up in third place for $87,025. Event #1: $10,300 High Roller 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Jans Arends - $216,600 Benjamin Heath - $148,200 Alex Foxen - $102,600 Jake Schindler - $68,400 Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $53,200 Niklas Astedt - $41,800 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $34,200 Christopher Fraser - $26,600 Event #2: $25,500 Super High Roller 8-Max 54 entries $1,350,000 prize pool Christopher Hunichen - $479.250 Viktor Blom - $320,625 Mark Davis - $205,875 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $131,625 Rob Lipkin - $87,750 Daniel Dvoress - $67,500 Timothy Adams - $57,375 Event #3: $10,300 High Roller 59 entries $590,000 prize pool Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $191,750 Michael Watson - $129,800 Andras Nemeth - $87,025 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $54,575 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $42,775 John O’ Shea - $33,925 Michael Addamo - $28,025 Jonathan VanFleet - $22,125
  3. Another live poker tournament is making the transition to be held online. Poker Central and partypoker announced the debut of the Poker Masters Online tournament series, with more than $15 million in guaranteed prize money. The brand new Poker Masters Online kicks off Sunday, April 12, 2020, and runs through Sunday, April 26, providing two weeks of high-stakes action. The series consists of 30 events with buy-ins ranging from $10,300 to $51,000, and there will be an overall series champion crowned. The overall series champion will receive an additional $50,000 cash prize and a Poker Masters purple jacket. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The Poker Masters Online is not set to replace the live version of the Poker Masters at this time, but "as a result of current circumstances" the event partnership between Poker Central and partypoker was formed to give high-stakes players a tournament offering to satisfy their appetites. The live version of the Poker Masters regularly takes place in Las Vegas during the fall. The opening day of the series features two events priced at $10,300 to enter. The first is the Poker Masters #01: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] and the second is the Poker Masters #02: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]. The Poker Masters Online Main Event comes your way on Sunday, April 26, and boasts a huge buy-in of $51,000 and $2 million prize pool guarantee. Please find the full schedule of events below. Poker Masters Online Schedule Date & Time (UK) Event Buy-In April 12 at 18:00 Poker Masters #01: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $10,300 April 12 at 21:00 Poker Masters #02: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 13 at 18:00 Poker Masters #03: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $10,300 April 13 at 21:00 Poker Masters #04: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 14 at 18:00 Poker Masters #05: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] $10,300 April 14 at 21:00 Poker Masters #06: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 15 at 18:00 Poker Masters #07: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $10,300 April 15 at 21:00 Poker Masters #08: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 16 at 18:00 Poker Masters #09: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $10,300 April 16 at 21:00 Poker Masters #10: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 17 at 18:00 Poker Masters #11: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] $10,300 April 17 at 21:00 Poker Masters #12: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 18 at 18:00 Poker Masters #13: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $10,300 April 18 at 21:00 Poker Masters #14: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 19 at 18:00 Poker Masters #15: $500K Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $10,300 April 19 at 21:00 Poker Masters #16: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 20 at 18:00 58Poker Masters #17: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] $10,300 April 20 at 21:00 Poker Masters #18: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 21 at 18:00 Poker Masters #19: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $25,500 April 21 at 21:00 Poker Masters #20: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 22 at 18:00 Poker Masters #21: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $25,500 April 22 at 21:00 Poker Masters #22: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 23 at 18:00 Poker Masters #23: $1M Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] $25,500 April 23 at 21:00 Poker Masters #24: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 24 at 18:00 Poker Masters #25: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $25,500 April 24 at 21:00 Poker Masters #26: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 25 at 18:00 Poker Masters #27: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $25,500 April 25 at 21:00 Poker Masters #28: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300 April 26 at 18:00 Poker Masters MAIN EVENT: $2M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max] $51,000 April 26 at 21:00 Poker Masters #30: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max] $10,300   "We are pleased to be able to give players the chance to continue doing what they love and play the tournament in online format," Tom Waters, partypoker managing director, said. "The Poker Masters brand carries significant weight in the poker community and we believe this innovative online format will be appealing for fans and players alike." "We know partypoker is the right landing spot for our tournament brand to evolve into a new format," Sam Simmons, Poker Central president, added. "We value this partnership as a way to bring the poker community together in these uncertain times." The Poker Masters Online will not count towards Poker Central's High Roller of the Year leaderboard. The Poker Masters Online comes immediately following the 2020 Irish Poker Open, which will also be played online at partypoker. The Irish Poker Open takes place April 6-12. The €1,100 buy-in Irish Poker Open Main Event kicks off Wednesday, April 8, and boasts a €1 million prize pool guarantee. The World Poker Tour also recently announced a new partnership with partypoker to launch the WPT Online Series, consisting of 10 events and $15 million in combined guarantees, including a $3,200 buy-in, $5 million guaranteed WPT Main Event. The first WPT Online Series will run May 10-26 on partypoker.
  4. This week, Poker Central announced a new sponsorship deal with the social online poker room, Global Poker. Global Poker, the online poker room that serves players from the United States and Canada, will have their branding included in some of Poker Central’s premier poker broadcasts including the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open, Poker After Dark as well as a slate of additional, yet-to-be-named U.S. and international events. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] “Kicking off this partnership with Global Poker has been a dream come true for our team,” said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. “Our two companies share a common goal of making poker accessible to fans worldwide, and this partnership will allow both to advance that mission through live events and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” One of those experiences may be spending some time in the newly created “Global Poker Lounge” located inside the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The lounge aims to give poker fans a “heightened poker viewing experience” as well as access to all of the perks of hanging out in the modern studio. “Given the prestige of Poker Central’s events, bringing our brands together feels like the next step in taking both partners to the next level,” said David Lyons, GM of Global Poker, “This partnership will not only promote the events but offer countless opportunities to bring poker players and enthusiasts from all over the world into the action.” Global Poker has plans on bringing its dedicated online players some new offline experiences. Players can look forward to meet-and-greets with popular players at the PokerGO Studio, one-of-a-kind giveaways, and exclusive qualifiers to special events. Global Poker has a history of giving its players a shot at live poker glory. In the past, they have provided leaderboard winners from their major online poker series a chance to represent the brand in a live tournament of their choice. Now, with a partnership with Poker Central in place, the opportunity to see a Global Poker player having a shot in a Sit & Go versus a table full of pros becomes a very real possibility. Global Poker's Sweepstakes model is what allows them to operate in the U.S. and cater to all types of players. They operate in two different currencies. For those who want to play socially, they can buy-in using their Gold Coin currency. Gold Coins are virtual chips with no cash value. For players who want to increase the stakes, there is Sweeps Cash. Players can acquire Sweeps Cash and play in that currency. Then that currency can be turned into “prizes” which is a cash equivalent. The Global Poker sponsored programming will all be available on the PokerGO streaming platform. If you don’t already have a subscription and want to watch all of the upcoming marquee events, including the previously announced new episodes of High Stakes Poker, you can sign up today using the promo code “POCKET5S” for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  5. Poker Central has acquired the brand and assets for High Stakes Poker, the company announced on Tuesday, and will begin streaming episodes of the show on the PokerGO platform in the coming months. Additionally, Poker Central is said to have future plans for the series, including new episodes. "High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker. Bringing the existing episodes of High Stakes Poker to our platform and producing more in the future will enable us to recapture the nostalgia and magic of the show for our PokerGO subscribers in the present-day poker climate." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] High Stakes Poker took place from 2006-2011 and included seven seasons of high-stakes, cash game action during the height of the poker boom. Over its many seasons, the show was hosted by Gabe Kaplan, AJ Benza, Kara Scott, and Norm Macdonald, with Kaplan and Benza hosting together through the show’s first five seasons. The show’s success was propelled by the astronomical stakes of poker that were being played by superstar poker players and celebrities, oftentimes sitting behind huge bricks of cash and mounds of large denomination chips that became staples of the show. Notable players to appear on High Stakes Poker were Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Sammy Farha, Phil Galfond, and Barry Greenstein. Brunson, Negreanu, Esfandiari, and Greenstein appeared in all seven seasons of the show. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO and are interested in watching High Stakes Poker, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. Minimum buy-ins for High Stakes Poker ranged from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on the season, and plenty of episodes featured millions of dollars at stake. During Season 4 of High Stakes Poker, poker pro David Benyamine went at it with celebrity businessman Guy Laliberte to create the largest pot in the show’s history, only it came with a plot twist. Largest Pot in High Stakes Poker History In a game with $300-$600 blinds and a $1,200 straddle, Farha started the action with a raise to $4,200 from under the gun with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3s"]. Benyamine made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] and Laliberte called from the big blind with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"]. The flop was [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"]. Farha picked up bottom pair, but it was the top two pair for Laliberte and nut flush draw for Benyamine that really made this hand explode. On the flop, Laliberte checked, Farha bet $13,000, and Benyamine raised to $43,000. Laliberte reraised and made it $168,000 to go. Farha folded and Benyamine, behind bricks of cash, stood up, contemplated the decision, and then moved all in for $600,000. Laliberte turned his hand over and thought about the decision before making the call. Laliberte first said to run it once but then the two players went back and forth on what to do. Laliberte had said that the money doesn’t matter to him and would do what Benyamine wanted. Laliberte eventually offered to just take the pot before Benyamine’s all-in raise, which Benyamine agreed to. High Stakes Poker also helped young guns such as Tom Dwan get immense exposure. Of course, it also helps when you play $919,600 pots against one of the game’s greats on television. Although the hand between Laliberte and Benyamine created the largest pot in High Stakes Poker history, the hand ultimately finished with a much cheaper result. The hand Dwan played against Greenstein in Season 5 was played to the fullest for more than $900,000 and it had a single winner. Playing $500-$1,000 blinds, Peter Eastgate raised to $3,500 with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] and Greenstein reraised to $15,000 with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"] on the button. Dwan was next and made the call from the small blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"]. Eastgate also called and the flop came down [poker card="Qh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"]. Dwan fired $28,700, Eastgate folded, and Greenstein raised to $100,000. Dwan made it $244,600 to go and Greenstein moved all in for what was effectively $436,100 total. Dwan called and the pot ballooned to $919,600. Like the Laliberte and Benyamine hand, the question of how many times to run the board out came up. Greenstein said he wanted to run it once but asked if they wanted to take a couple hundred thousand back. Dwan declined and they were off to the races. The turn was the [poker card="Qc"] to vault Dwan into the lead with trip queens. The river completed the board with the [poker card="7d"] and Dwan was the winner of the biggest hand in High Stakes Poker history.
  6. The second annual Global Poker Awards will take over Las Vegas and the PokerGO airwaves on March 6 as top players and industry leaders converge on the PokerGO studio at the ARIA Hotel & Casino to honor the biggest and brightest in the game. The event is produced by the Global Poker Index and Poker Central and will present more than 20 awards this year including GPI Player of the Year, Event of the Year, and Industry Person of the Year. There will be new categories this year including Best All-Around Poker Player which will be voted on by players in the GPI 300. "The Global Poker Index team is hard at work on this expanded Global Poker Awards event, filled with new awards and experiences for attendees and the viewing audience," said Eric Danis, GPI president. "We’re delighted that the Global Poker Awards have become a repeating annual event that is growing in scope and significance among the poker industry." The PocketFives Legacy Award, which honors a long-time PocketFives player who has shown success in the online and live poker arenas over their entire career, will also be part of the show. Previous winners of the award include Cliff Josephy, Ari Engel, and Chris Moorman. The Global Poker Awards debuted earlier this year as a combination of the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards. The event was not without controversy however as the nomination and voting process came under fire. As a result, this year each category will have its own set of experts to help determine nominees and finalists. Some categories will include fan voting as well. The event will air live on PokerGO for the second consecutive year. "The first annual Global Poker Awards were a tremendous success and an important moment for us as an industry to recognize our best and brightest," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "The second annual event is an important opportunity for Poker Central to once again partner with the Global Poker Index and to stream our community’s biggest night on PokerGO for the fans at home."
  7. More poker is coming to Australia, as Poker Central recently announced further international expansion of its events with the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia headed Down Under in early 2020. The Australian Poker Open will follow a similar format to the U.S. Poker Open held in Las Vegas and the British Poker Open that took place in London. It’s a series of high-stakes tournaments over a week’s time with the goal of crowning an overall series winner as the first-ever Australian Poker Open Champion. The Australian Poker Open is scheduled to run January 25 through February 1, featuring seven events ranging in buy-ins from $10,000 up to $100,000. Super High Roller Bowl Australia ups the antes with a $250,000 buy-in starting February 2. The event is scheduled to run for three days. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] APO and SHRB Australia Schedule Date Event January 25 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em January 26 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha January 27 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em January 28 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha January 29 $25,000 No Limit Hold'em January 30 $50,000 No Limit Hold'em January 31 $100,000 No Limit Hold'em February 2 $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl All buy-ins listed are in Australian dollars. Both the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia take place at The Star Gold Coast in Broadbeach, Queensland, and will stream exclusively on PokerGO. The two events are said to be held in partnership with the World Poker Tour. What To Expect With a start date of January 25, the Australian Poker Open kicks off one day after the conclusion of the 2020 Aussie Millions at Crown Melbourne. It can be expected that several high-profile players will bundle the two festivals into one trip, hitting Melbourne first for Aussie Millions and then hopping over to Gold Coast for the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia events. The two schedules line up conveniently for players looking to compete in a heap of high buy-in events in a short time period. The Aussie Millions schedule calls for a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event starting January 13, the $25,000 Challenge starting January 15, the $10,600 Main Event and the $50,000 Challenge starting January 17, and the $100,000 Challenge starting January 22. It can also be expected that we’ll see several of the region’s top talents on display, which can provide us with some newer faces in the crowd. Players such as Danny Tang, Kahle Burns should be in the mix, and then we might even see the likes of Joe Hachem, Alexander Lynskey, Jonathan Karamalikis, and Jason Gray taking part. We also know that big names such as Phil Ivey, John Juanda, and Patrik Antonius absolutely love Australia. Although we don’t see these players on the scene as much as we once did, there’s a good chance we’ll see them compete in these tournaments. History of the Super High Roller Bowl Australia will be the fifth country to host Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl. The event began in Las Vegas in 2015. In 2018, the Super High Roller Bowl took its brand to China, and then in 2019 it hit London and the Bahamas. There have been eight Super High Roller Bowl events to date, with five being held in Las Vegas and then one in each of China, London, and the Bahamas. Super High Roller Bowl Australia will be the ninth Super High Roller Bowl to take place. The smallest Super High Roller Bowl field size was Super High Roller Bowl London in 2019. It had 12 entries. The largest field size came from Super High Roller Bowl China in 2018 with 75 entries. Super High Roller Bowl Winners Event Entries Winner Prize SHRB I 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000 SHRB II 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000 SHRB III 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 SHRB China 75 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000 SHRB IV 48 Justin Bonomo $4,821,516 SHRB V 36 Isaac Haxton $3,672,000 SHRB London 12 Cary Katz $2,610,317 SHRB Bahamas 51 Daniel Dvoress $4,080,000 The eight Super High Roller Bowl events that have taken place have awarded more than $113 million in prize money, with Justin Bonomo, the winner of two Super High Roller Bowl titles, leading the list of earners from these events. SHRB All-Time Money List Player Cashes Wins Earnings Justin Bonomo 4 2 $10,931,516 Brian Rast 1 1 $7,525,000 Christoph Vogelsang 2 1 $7,200,000 Rainer Kempe 2 1 $7,039,806 Scott Seiver 1 0 $5,160,000 Isaac Haxton 2 1 $4,599,515 Erik Seidel 3 0 $4,535,000 Daniel Dvoress 1 1 $4,080,000 Jake Schindler 1 0 $3,600,000 Jason Koon 4 0 $3,539,512 Fedor Holz 1 0 $3,500,000 Stephen Chidwick 3 0 $3,410,058 Connor Drinan 1 0 $3,225,000 Patrik Antonius 1 0 $3,152,434 Daniel Negreanu 1 0 $3,000,000 Wai Leong Chan 1 0 $2,677,500 David Peters 2 0 $2,617,621 Cary Katz 1 1 $2,610,317 Stefan Schillhabel 1 0 $2,400,000 Bryn Kenney 2 0 $2,283,495 Alex Foxen 1 0 $2,160,000 Timofey Kuznetsov 1 0 $2,150,000 Leon Tsoukernik 1 0 $1,800,000 Kethy Lehne 1 0 $1,785,000 Dominik Nitsche 1 0 $1,668,932 Ali Imsirovic 2 0 $1,658,707 Mikita Badziakouski 1 0 $1,600,000 Phil Hellmuth 1 0 $1,600,000 Byron Kaverman 1 0 $1,400,000 Talal Shakerchi 1 0 $1,188,000 Seth Davies 2 0 $1,110,000 Matt Berkey 1 0 $1,100,000 Tom Marchese 1 0 $1,075,000 Pratyush Buddiga 1 0 $1,000,000 Adrian Mateos 1 0 $972,000 Nick Petrangelo 1 0 $900,000 Steve O'Dwyer 1 0 $765,000 Igor Kurganov 1 0 $756,000 Daniel Cates 1 0 $742,012 Dan Shak 1 0 $600,000 Dan Smith 1 0 $556509
  8. [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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. [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.
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. [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.
  18. [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
  19. [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.”
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. [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
  23. [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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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