65 year old Hani Awad has won the $2500 Half Omaha Half Stud Mix Tournament at the 2016 World Series of Poker. Amazingly, he finished second in the same tournament in 2015. A lifelong Las Vegas resident, he bought a taxi cab company and has been shuffling tourists around the city ever since. He considers himself to be a recreational poker player. The tournament had 394 entries and total prize pool of $896,350. Awad collects $213,186 for his work.
In the final hand between Awad and Soulier, Awad won with a three, nine pair in stud eight or better.
Top finishers in the tournament were: Hani Awad $213,186 Fabrice Soulier $131,762 Aditya Prasetyo $89,409 Denny Axel $61,888 Michael Chow $43,717 Gleb Kovtunov $31,527 Per Hildebrand $23,222 Timothy Burt $17,479 Benjamin Yogel $13,450
Denny Axel was former owner of Card Player Magazine. Belgian Poker Pro Michael Gathy Wins $5000 Six Handed No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Former med student turned poker pro, Michael Gathy wins the $5000 Six Handed Tournament at this year’s World Series of Poker. In one of the larger prize pools of the WSOP, Gathy takes home $560,843. This marks the poker pro’s fifteenth WSOP cashes, fifth WSOP final table, and third bracelet. His total WSOP earning are over the $1.8 million mark. The tourney had 541 entries with a total prize pool of $2,542,700. Those who were in the money were the top 82. His runner up opponent was Frenchman Adrien Allain who took home $346,632.
The top finishers were: Michael Gathy $560,843 Adrien Allain $346,632 Manuel Saavedra Nunez $229,990 Blake Eastman $155,762 Scott Margereson $107,723 Thi Nguyen $76,112 Thomas Boivin $54,966 Alexander Lynskey $54,966 Jason Koon $40,592
Adrian Mateos Wins $1500 Summer Solstice No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 World Series of Poker
The next poker star, Adrian Mateos, has won the $1500 Summer Solstice tournament at the WSOP. At 21 his total earnings are nearly $5 million! The tournament had 1,840 entries with a total prize pool of $2,484,000. Mateos took home $409,171 for his work. Though originally scheduled for four days, due to the massive field and 90 minute structure, it took five days.
The final hand was a heads up between Mateos and Austrian Koray Aldemir. Though the Austrian native had a chip advantage at the start of the showdown, Mateos chipped away till he took it over and brought it down. Aldemir went all-in with unsuited ace and two, while Mateos held four pair. The board ran out with Mateos’ four pair winning.
The top finishers in the event were: Adrian Mateos Diaz $409,171 Koray Aldemir $252,805 Alessandro Borsa $182,835 Ralph Wong $133,588 Jon Turner $96,617 Jackson White $73,563 Ronald McGinnity $55,455 Stephen Ladowsky $42,252 David Tovar $32,540
Raph Lebron Wins $3000 Buy-in Six Max Limit Holdem Tournament
Professional poker player Ralph Lebron has won the $3000 Six Max Limt Holdem event at this year’s World Series of Poker. He pockets $169,337 for his efforts. This is his second WSOP final table and fourth cash and first gold bracelet. He won earlier in this series, 2nd, in the Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha event. For the week, his winnings are $380,000! Quite a nice week! The total entries were 245 and prize pool of $668,850. The competition was fierce with Joe McKeehen and other top WSOP winners.
His win was amazing since he started lowest in chipstack on the final day. He managed to outmanuever the field and was heads up against Georgios Zisimpoulos, who he beat. Zisimpoulos collects $104,646 for his work.
Top finishers in the event were: Rafael Lebron $169,337 Georgios Zisimpoulos $104,646 Brad Libson $68,896 Joe McKeehen $46,489 Matt Matros $32,172 Alex Queen $22,848 Andrey Zhigalov $16,663 Mikhail Semin $16,663 Rep Porter $12,489
In another Omaha Eight or Better tournament at the WSOP, Benny Glaser has taken another gold bracelet but the stakes were so much higher. With a buy-in of $10,000 and field of 163, the prize pool was an amazing $1,532,000. When he took this one down, he collected a whopping $407,194. It’s also his second bracelet of the summer series. It wasn’t as easy as it looks. He was playing with some of the top players in the world including Jason Mercier, Todd Brunson, and Matt Glantz.
The final hand was between Glaser and Doug Lorgeree. He had a 5:1 chip lead and continued his climb with Glaser winning with a flush. Logeree won $251,665 as runner up.
The top finishers were: Benny Glaser $407,194 Doug Lorgeree $251,665 Matthew Glantz $175,754 Grzegorz Trelski $125,125 Robert Campbell $90,846 Per Hildebrand $67,291 Todd Brunson $50,872 Jason Mercier $39,269 Felipe Ramos $30,965 Andrey Zaichenko Wins Limit $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Though he’s had some minor cashes at the 2016 WSOP series, Andrey Zaichenko can claim the $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball as his major achievement. He took it down and pocketed $117,947 along the way. He made mincemeat of his opponents on the final day. From sixth position he knocked out three player. The heads up wasn’t easy with both players having sizable leads at various times. The final hand was Zaichenko going all-in with a nine, eight low winning against Jameson Painter’s pair of sixes.
The top winners in the tournament were: Andrey Zaichenko $117,947 Jameson Parker $72,878 Guy Hareuveni $46,992 Alexandr Vinskii $31,099 Adam Spiegelberg $21,139 Andrii Nadeieliaev $14,769 Andrew Kelsall $10,614 Daniel Zack $10,614
$1000 Super Seniors 2016 WSOP Event Won by James Moore
James Moore has won the $1000 Super Seniors no limit holdem tournament at the 2016 WSOP. It’s a unique tournament for those 65 and older. James Moore pocketed $230,626. Though he started the final day in the middle with his chip stack, he was able to out maneuver his opponents to the heads up tournament with Charles Barker. Though Barker started with 2:1 chip lead, Moore steamrolled over him and took the lead. The final hand was Ace King and three of diamonds, followed by Queen of diamonds. Barker moved all in for the flush with a ten of diamonds and seven of spades. Moore called with his jack of diamonds and queen of hearts. The final card was a 7 of diamonds. Moore won with a nut-flush. Barker finished in runner up position with $142,461.
The top finishers were: James Moore $230,626 Charles Barker $142,461 Charles Rinn $73,943 Eugene Spinner $54,197 Fred Berger $40,191 Arthur Loring $30,159 James Parrott $22,902 Vern Soeldner $17,604
This is a great summer for Ian Johns, he’s just got his second bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Holdem Tournament. This is his third bracelet. He previously won in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. The 31 year old is amazed at his success. He takes home $290,635 for his efforts. The total prize pool was $1,034,000 from 110 entries.
The pool narrowed to Johns and Sean Berrios. It came down to a head to head with Johns and Berrios. Holding a king and eight of diamonds against Berrios ace and 10 unsuited. The flop rolled out 8 of spades and 4 and 3 of diamonds giving Johns a pair and potential flush. The remaining two cards did nothing for either hand but Johns won the game with a pair of eights.
The top finishers were: Ian Johns $290,635 Sean Berrios $179,625 Alexander Balynskiy $125,571 David Chiu $89,810 Jeff Thompson $65,752 Bill Chen $49,304 Brock Parker $37,888 Brian Rast $29,855 Anh Van Nguyen $24,140 Philip Tom $20,042
2016 Seniors Tournament Won by Johnnie Craig
I couldn’t call a senior a senior at the age of 54 but in poker it’s another story. But Johnnie Craig has won the WSOP 2016 Seniors tournament and pocketed a very nice $538,204 along the way. It’s the Texan native’s first WSOP final table, as well as bracelet. His previous finish was 140th in WSOP. This was the largest seniors tournament in history. In fact, this year has seen a rise in entries across the board. There were 4,499 entries creating a prize pool of $4,049,000.
Though scheduled for three days, the record field necessitated a fourth day. In the finale there was a lot of action. Though Day 3 was dominated by Wesley Chong, his lead was chipped away in the fourth day. Concluding with head to head between Craig and movie producer, Jim Lotti the action narrowed. Craig won most of his pots creating large chip advantage at the same time. Lotti moved all-in with unsuited ace and seven but hit a wall against Craig pocket four pair. The flop changed nothing and Craig won with a pair of fours!
The top finishers in the event were: Johnnie Craig $538,204 Jim Lotti $332,413 Roger Sippl $245,389 Joe Somerville $182,536 Wesley Chong $136,829 Paul Runge $103,366 Eugene Solomon $78,699 Michael Lisanti $60,392 Alan Cutler $46,713
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy Wins Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha Event at the WSOP 2016
Russia has got its first bracelet of the WSOP in Viatcheslav Ortynskiy’s win in the Six Handed Pot Limit event. This is his ninth WSOP cash and fourth final table at the WSOP, but his fir gold bracelet. His previous best finish was in 2013 in third place. For his work, Ortynskiy gets $344,327 and a bracelet. He is a poker pro and plays mostly the European Poker Tour.
During the last half hour of the tournament was a dream come true for Ortynskiy, he won nearly every pot. In a final stage of a tournament, those wins really add up quickly.
The top finishers in the tournament were: Viatcheslav Ortynskiy $344,327 Rafael Lebron $212,779 Randy Ohel $141,187 Matthew Humphrey $95,623 George Wolff $66,134 Joshua Gibson $46,727 Antti Nieminen $33,744
Alexander Ziskin Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at 2016 WSOP
A 30 year old poker pro from Chitown, Alexander Ziskin has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the WSOP 2016. It’s not only his first WSOP final table, but bracelet as well. And at 30, expect more from him in the road ahead. For the win, Ziskin pockets $401,494.
The heads up tournament had some serious ups and downs. At first it looked like Ziskin would win with his opponent, Jens Grieme, down to a single blind. Then, Grieme doubled up several times to getting the chip lead. This lead to an unscheduled fourth day of competition.
The next day, the heads up match continued though briefly after an hour and a half, Ziskin won with a pair of eights. This tournament also ranks as one of the longest sessions in the history of the WSOP.
The tournament had 1,796 entries with a total prize pool of $2,424,600.
The top finishers in the tournament: Alexander Ziskin $401,494 Jens Grieme $248,067 Kam Low $179,187 Patrick Power $130,780 Severin Schleser $96,452 Craig Mason $71,891 Marino Mura $54,160 Davis Juenemann $41,244 Aaron Kweskin $31,754
Well known poker players who cashed in this event include Max Steinberg, actor James Woods, who has cashed three times in the 2016 series, and Greg Raymer.
It’s been an amazing summer for Jason Mercier. He has just won his fifth gold bracelet at the WSOP in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament. He also collects a whopping $422,874 in first place prize money. In addition to the prize money he has an outstanding bet from Vanessa Selbst that if she’s man enough to fess up to it will bring him an additional $1.8 million. For Mercier, the win is a dream come true. This marks his 18th WSOP final table, 50 WSOP cashes and brings the Florida native’s total WSOP earnings to nearly $4.5 million dollars. Though he won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament it wasn’t as simple as it looks now.
He was down by as much as a 7:1 margin at one point in the tournament and was close to elimination at several times. He came through it all and the final hand was an ace to five straight against James Obst who finished in second place.
Mercier isn’t finished yet and is looking forward to some PLO tournaments as well. Will he get another bracelet? Stay tuned!
The top finishers in the tournament were: Jason Mercier $422,874 James Obst $261,354 Nick Schulman $183,779 Adam Friedman $131,519 Mikhail Semin $95,817. This was his third final table at the WSOP 2016. Last year, he managed to cash five times at the WSOP. Jesse Martin $71,089 Yuval Bronshtein $53,729 Bryn Kenney $41,383 John Monette $32,493
Others who cashed in the event were: Eric Siedel, his 95th cash at the WSOP, Chris Ferguson, Ian Johns and Viacheslav Zhukov.
The H.O.R.S.E. Tournament is a mix of stud and flop games.
Calvin Lee Wins $3000 Six Max No Limit Holdem Tournament
In a tournament that was suppose to be three days but was extended to four, Calvin Lee has emerged victorious in the $3000 Six Max No Limit Holdem event at the WSOP. It’s his third WSOP cash and first final table at the event. He’s 28 year old New Yorker with a degree in economics.
The tournament had 1,029 entrants with a prize pool of $2,809,170. He collect $531,577 for first place prize.
The end of the third day, there were still five players left and the action was carried into a fourth day. Lee had the second highest chip stack next to Will Givens. He moved up the after eliminatin Martin Kozlov. A pair queens beat Givens pair of jacks giving Givens a fourth place finish. The heads up was set after Steven Thompson sent Mark Herm packing after knocking him down to 13 big blinds then busting out. This set the final heads up between Lee and Thompson. It concluded with both players having a seven pair but Lee winning with a kicker queen.
The top place finishers were: Calvin Lee $531,577 Steven Thompson $328,487 Mark Herm $224,805 Will Givens $156,281 Martin Kozlov $110,389 Alex Queen $79,246
Other notable finishers include Daniel Negreanu who finished in 19th place, Tony Gregg, Joseph Cheong and Max Steinberg.
Benny Glaser Wins $1500 Omaha High Low Split Eight or Better
British poker pro Benny Glaser took his skills to the final table and walked away with $244,103 in the Omaha High Low Split Eight or Better WSOP event. For the 27 year old, this is his third final table at the WSOP and second gold bracelet. He also happened to win the same event last year. The final table included three WSOP bracelet winners including Phillip Hui, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Max Pescatori.
The event had a total of 934 entries and total prize pool of $1,260,900.
Other notable players who finished in the money were:
Ryan Laplante who’s having a hot summer with eight cashes.
Actor James Woods cashed in this event.
Andy Bloch also cashed in this event.
The top finishers were: Benny Glaser $244,103 Benjamin Gold $150,828 Motohiro Kondo $106,070 Phillip Hui $75,627 Brandon Shack-Harris $54,680 Zachary Milchman $40,098 Ilya Krupin $29,830 Max Pescatori $22,517 Scott Packer $17,250
Michael Gagliano Wins $2500 No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP
New Jersey poker pro and instructor Michael Gagliano can add a gold bracelet and $448,463 to his poker career after winning the $2500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. I’d love having him as a teacher. This is his second WSOP final table but his first bracelet. He is a sponsored player on the New Jersey Borgata online casino. He also has a website, www.premiumpokercoaching.com . His only other final table was in the same event in 2014 where he finished in seventh place. The tournament had a total of 1,045 entries with a prize pool of $2,500,000.
The top finishers were: Michael Gagliano $448,463 Daniel Cooke $277,128 Shankar Pillai $196,119 Remi Castaignon $140,596 Zu Zhou $102,120 Niall farrell $75,164 Michael Laake $56,073 Darryll Fish $42,405 Gavin O’Rourke $32,514
28 year old Chase Bianchi from Maryland has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem tournament at the 2016 WSOP. It’s his first gold bracelet and first final table as well. The tournament was played over three days. The tournament had an entry field of 2,242 which was much larger field than the previous year with 1,915 entries. Bianchi collects $316,920 for his work. The final table was a nail biting experience. He went in with a pair of eights against his opponent, Eric Silberman, who held a pair of tens. The board revealed queen, 6 and a five. The the final cards were 7 and 4 giving Bianchi a straight.
Top finishers for the event were: Chris Bianchi $316,920 Eric Silberman $195,738 Roberto Romanello $142,926 Charles Carragher $105,308 Paul Nunez $78,301 James Alexander $58,758 Felix Morin-Dutil $44,503 Cameron Rezaie $34,024 Chris Leong $26,259.
Several November Niners were also in this event and cashed as well including Joshua Beckley, Steve Gee and Carlos Mortensen.
Marco Johnson Wins $3000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament
Californian poker pro Marco Johnson has won his second gold bracelet and $259,730 in the $3000 WSOP 2016 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament. The three day event concluded at the Rio and gives Johnson the biggest cash of his poker career. The tournament had a total of 400 entries, up from last year’s 376. This marks his ninth WSOP final table and brings his career earnings to over $2,500,000.
The top finishers were: Marco Johnson $259,730 Jared Talarico $160,522 Gerald Ringe $108,924 Todd Ickow $75,397 Glenn Engelbert $53,259 John Crisp $38,409 Toma Kalaj $28,291 Chino Rheem $21,294
This event also marked Phil Helmuth‘s latest cash and the most in the history of the WSOP.
Danny Le Wins $1500 Limit Holdem Tournament
A 49 year old businessman from California, Danny Le has won the $1500 Limit Holdem tournament at the WSOP. This is his second WSOP final table and third time in the money. He banked $188,815 for his efforts. This brings his total tournament earnings to around $250,000.
Other notable finishers include Ryan Laplante who has cashed seven times in the WSOP 2016. He won a gold bracelet earlier in the series.
The top finishers were: Danny Le $188,815 Scott Farnsworth $116,663 Tyler Bonkowski $80,706 Dave Tobin $56,740 Dale Eberle $40,550 Dustin Bush $29,466 Andrew Beversdorf $21,778 Daniel Huseman $16,376 Esmeralda Villafuerte $12,532
Ray Dehkarghani has bested Jason Mercier for the bracelet and grand prize in the $10,000 Razz event at the 2016 WSOP. This was one of the most watched tournaments of the WSOP for one major reason. A bet placed by Vanessa Selbst in January would give Mercier a 180:1 payoff on $10,000 if he could win three bracelets this year. He has one so far and two to go. He almost made it here, but captured second place with the Razz tournament.
Razz is played the opposite of the most popular forms of poker. Here the low hand is the winner. As a result, most of the players are more well rounded and experienced playing poker. The final hand had Mercier with (7 -5) J 5 K and Dehkarghani with (8 6) 9 10 7.
Mercier still has other tournaments left to get additional bracelets.
The top finishers were: Ray Dehkarghani $273,338 Jason Mercier $168,936 Yueqi Zhu $116,128 Brian Hastings $82,078 Robert Campbell $59,694 John Racener $44,712 Bart Hanson $34,521 Jyri Merivirta $27,499 $1000 Pot Limit Omaha Won by Sam Soverel
Though he usually plays tournament with buy-in of $10,000 or more, Sam Soverel has captured a gold bracelet and $185,317 in the $1000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. Soverel at 25 is one of the younger players and look for more this player in the years ahead. He already has over $2.1 million in live tournament earnings alone. Much of his earnings have been related to the Super High Roller events.
The top finishes in the event were: Sam Soverel $185,317 Kirby Lowery $114,486 Garrett Garvin $81,080 Zachary Hench $58,164 Bruno Borges $42,270 Jeffrey Landherr $31,126 Jared Koppel $23,228 Henri Ojala $17,570
Jason Mercier triumphed over a field of 100 players to be crowned winner of the WSOP 2016 Deuce Seven Lowball poker event. This is his fourth WSOP bracelet and the win gives him a take home amount of $273,335. He entered the final day as chip leader and continued his climb to number one. But it was not so simple. As the heads up came about, Mike Watson was chip leader by 4:3 chips. Mercier managed a comeback within an hour and took a 2:1 chip lead against Watson. Mercier sent Watson to runner up with 8, 6, 5, 4 and a 2. Watson collects $168,936 for his efforts.
The top finishers were: Jason Mercier $273,335 Michael Watson $168,936 Lamar Wilkinson $120,025 David Grey $86,302 Benny Glaser $62,810 Stephen Chidwick $46,277 Alexandre Luneau $34,522
Interesting note is that Vanessa Selbst made a bet while drinking of 180:1 Odds of Mercier winning three bracelets. The bet made in January 2016 was $10,000. If he gets another bracelet, he will win $1.8 million from Selbst. There are many tournaments left. Will he get lucky?
The $1500 buy-in Millionaire Maker No Limit Holdem Event was captured by Jason Dewitt. It was the first time the top two prizes guaranteed $1 million dollars. The event had 1,079 entries for a prize pool of $9,706,500. This tournament had players from age 21 to 92. The Millionaire Maker event takes place over five days. Dewitt who hales from San Diego and was a grocery bagger before turning poker pro bagged the $1,065,403 prize.
For Dewitt this marks his seventh WSOP final table appearance and brings his total WSOP earnings to $2,557,482. He also received his first gold bracelet for the victory.
Dewitt’s strategy throughout the tournament was to raise, re-raise and put the competition on the defensive. Raising and re-raising almost automatically puts fellow players into doubt about their cards strength since only a royal flush is guaranteed and every thing else is negotiable. Many will opt to fold. As a strategy over multiple hands, this is a very effective way to build a bankroll. It helps to have good strong hands as well.
The final hand was heads up against Garrett Greer a was won with a King high hand against Greer’s Queen high hand.
Other tournament highlights were schoolteacher from Washington scraped enough money to make the tournament and walked away with $500,000. This was her first WSOP and impressive that she won. She’s previously won the Pendelton OR tournament. Alex Jacob, tv show Jeopardy’s most winning player finished in 52nd place.
The top finishers were: Jason Dewitt $1,065,403 Garrett Greer $1,000,000 Lisa Meredith $500,000 Frank Rusnak $366,787 Luke Brereton $276,632 Arkadiy Tsinis $210,112 Mikhail Semin $160,725 Alessio Dicesare $123,828 Stanley Lee $96,091
WSOP veteran with 27 WSOP cashes and earnings of $1,484,475 under his belt has won the Eight Game Mixed event. The event is a combination of limit, pot limt, no limit and stud games. Usually experienced players who committed themselves to the art of poker play in these tournaments. There tend to be older more versatile players here. Many of them will compete in additional tournaments as well. There were 491 entries with prize pool of $662,850. Paul Volpe prevailed.
The Philly native pockets not only $149,943 but also gets a gold bracelet, his second. In addition to being professional poker player, he is also a sports gambler. The tournament was played over three days. The final hand was won playing a Pot Limit Omaha round against Jason Stockfish, who finished in second place.
The top winners were: Paul Volpe $149,943 Jason Stockfish $92,638 Ron Ware $60,882 Benjamin Ludlow $40,911 Anthony Lazar $28,123 Gavin Smith $19,787 Bart Lybaert $14,257 Tom Coker $14,257 Chris Klodnicki $10,526
Ryan Laplante, the openly gay poker player, won the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. He won from a field of 2,483 entries in the largest live non holdem event in history.For his win, he collects $190,328 and a gold bracelet. As he stood at the podium, in the wake of the Orlando shootings, he stated how proud he is to be gay and gave a nod to his fiance.
He started the final day in sixth position but proceeded to bust all of them except Sean Shah. The final hand brought 9 diamonds and 6 and 3 of Hearts for the flop. Laplante bet 325,000. With a potential straight and pair of nines, Shah repotted with a check raise to 1,375,000. The turn brought a queen with Laplante getting a pair. The win for Laplante sent Shah to runner up for $117,531. It was a great game and Laplante’s speech added a touch of emotion to the event. At 26, look for more in poker world from this winner.
Though’s he been a professional poker player since 2003, Jean Gaspard can claim his largest cash in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. He was an overseas professional basketball player for years and Chicago Bulls prospect at one point. His previous largest cash was for $211,722 in the WSOP Circuit event in 2009. For his win, he collects $306,621 and a gold bracelet. He won by defeating William O’Neil. Runner up O’Neil will take home $189,505 in the event.
The first Dealer’s Choice was in 2014 It is a mixed poker variant game with the dealer at the button given the option of game to play. There are 19 different games that can be played in this tournament. The games and descriptions are below. No Limit/Pot Limit Games No Limit Holdem is one of the most popular forms of poker played today. It’s the seen the most on tv and is the game played at the Main Event. Pot Limit Holdem is very similar to No Limit the main difference is betting limits prevent all-ins and this makes stealing blinds harder. Pot Limit Omaha because of the four hole cards, a wide range of winning hands is possible. There are more all-ins in this poker variant. Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo Split Eights of Better is a more complex poker variant. Low hands and high hands can both win. Since this is a more complex game winning this game along with the Dealer’s Choice helps to demonstrate overall great poker playing. Big O is a game where players get 5 hole cards instead of 4 and it’s played similar to Pot Limit Omaha HI Lo so high and low hands can both win. It’s a rarely played game except at the WSOP and large poker tournaments. No Limit 2 7 Single Draw is similar to the Triple draw version but there are no limits in the betting structure and two rounds of betting. No Limit Five Card Draw is a poker variant with only once chance to draw. A strong starting hand makes a difference and pairs, two pair and three of a kinds are the winning hands most players look for. Stud Games Seven Card Stud was the most popular form of poker till No Limit Holdem rose to take number one. Two hole cards are dealt face down, one face up door card and three more cards are dealt face up. Because it’s not as popular, older players have an experience edge with this game.. Seven Card Stud Hi Low Eights or Better is another less frequently played game today. Older and experienced players have an edge. Seven Card Stud Hi Low Regular is a high low game without the eights or better restriction. Either high or low can win. Razz is the low ball version of stud poker and the goal is to get the lowest hand. For those great a reading fellow players, this is a great game since it’s more simple poker variant game. Limit Flop Draw Games Limit Holdem is the betting limit version of No Limit Holdem. Limit Omaha Hi uses four hole cards and has more potential winning combinations. Limit Omaha Hi Low Eights or Better is great game for those not trying to bust out. Aces are high and low. It’s more common for pots to be split among players. Limit A-5 Triple Draw Lowball doesn’t count straights or flushes and Aces are low. The objective is low hand wins. Limit 2 – 7 Triple Low Ball is similar to Limit ace through five but straights and flushes are included. Deuces and sevens are critical. Badugi is mostly played in Asia and is similar to Limit Ace – Five but played with four cards. Unpaired and unsuited cards are the cards to play. It’s a challenging game. Badacy is a Ace Five variant but half the pot goes to the best Badugi hand. Being a split pot poker game diminishes potential wins but can cover help prevent busting out. Baducy is a complex 2 – 7 type of Badacy. It’s a split pot poker game between the best 2 – 7 dras and Badugi hand. It’s a combination of 2 – 7 Triple Draw and Badugi.
These are the poker variants that need to be mastered for the Dealer’s Choice event. The player on the button can choose between any of these games. Jean Gaspard has finally walked away with this one . But these game brings all the experienced players to the table and you will probably find these players competiting in other games as well.
The top winners in this event were:
It may have taken along time, but Ian Johns has won his second gold bracelet at the WSOP in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Ten years earlier he won his first bracelet. In an amazing and exciting tournament, Johns was last at the end of the first day. He came back and finished in first place. He splits his time between Washington and Nevada and is a professional poker player. He won $212,604 and this brings his total WSOP earnings to $703,300.
H.O.R.S.E. has been featured at the WSOP for 15 years. It’s a mix of five poker games including Holdem, Omaha High Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Stud Eight or Better. Mix game tournaments have become more popular. These types of tournaments cover a wider spectrum of poker games. The first H.O.R.S.E. tournament was won by Doyle Brunson.
The top finishers were: Ian Johns $212,604 Justin Bonomo $131,412 Christoper Vitch $92,374 Noah Bronstein $65,866 Georgios Sotiropoulos $47,651 Andre Akkari $34,984 Svetlana Gromenkova $26,070 Scotty Nguyen $19,724
The 2016 Heads Up $10,000 at the WSOP was won by Alan Percal, a part time poker player. At 23 he is one of the youngest players at the tournament. Expect more from him in the road ahead. He’s had three WSOP Circuit cashes but this is his largest cash with $320,000. His full time job is an actuary working with statistics. He will continue to work full time rather than go professsional poker player. But he is definately someone to look at in the future in the world of poker.
The structure of the results are slightly different with the top two finishes acknowledged as such. Then, there are finalists, semi-finalists and so on. So you’ll see two people with the same prize.
The top final results were: Alan Percal $320,574 John Smith $198,192 Alex Luneau $123,929 Olivier Busquet $123,929 Matthew Diehl $56,202 Nick Yunis $56,202 Benjamin Geisman $56,202 Orlando Romero $56,202 Sam Stein $24,596
Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of $18,000,000 One Drop for Water in 2011 also cashed in the event for $24,596.
Persistence pays off is the case of Peter Eichhardt, the winner of the $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. He’s entered the Main Event eight times without cashing. This is his first major cash with $438,417. At the age of 50 he’s older than most of the players at the WSOP. The runner up, Davis Aalvik is 69.
At the final hand, he held king jack hearts. His opponent, Davis Aalvik, had king nine unsuited. The flop showed three hearts giving Eichhardt his massive victory. Aalvik settled for second place and $270,842.
Eichhardt is also a part time writer and worked in a casino in St. Petersburg in the 90s. Scenarios from this period give him most of his stories that basically crime stories. The tournament ran one day longer than expected. There were 2,016 entries with a total prize pool of $2,7721,600.
The top nine finishers are:
Peter Eichhardt $439,255
Davis Aalvik $270,842
Michael Addamo $196,202
John Racener $143,563
Tim Farrelly $106,115
Bruno Borges $79,241
Raymond Phu $59,787
Anthony Zinno $45,582
The WSOP has crowned another victor in the name of Ryan D’Angelo who won the Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Event. For his win, he will pocket $92,338. It’s a great return on the $1500 entry. This type of poker game is played usually only at high limit mixed cash games or at the WSOP Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Poker
This variant of poker is inverted in that the lowest hand wins. Since it is is draw game, two cards can be discarded and replaced for a better hand. Aces are always high. In 2-7 Draw poker, the best hand is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 . So it is challenging game for most players who are use to the high cards, pairs, three of kind combination wins games. At the WSOP this is the lowest prize of any game. The glory in playing this game demonstrates being an all around great poker player. Many of the players in this game are multiple WSOP bracelet winners and all around great poker players like Erik Siedel who finished 25th but has 94 WSOP cashes under his belt.
For Ryan D’Angelo this marks his fourth final table at the WSOP and brings his total WSOP earnings to $750,959.
Other top place finshers were: John Monette $56,061 Tom Franklin $38,582 Dan Kelly $26,632 Konstantin Maslak $18,775 Todd Barlow $13,524 Alex Dovzhenko $9,959 Joao Vieira $7,501 Barry Greenstein $5,781
Former poker dealer turned pro Lawrence Berg has won the Dealers Choice WSOP tournament. It was a six max event and featured 19 variants of poker. No limit holdem, H.O.R.S.E. and other poker games like Baduecey and Badugi were featured. The game played was the dealers choice or player on the button. It requires a lot of adaptability and flexibility of thinking to play this tournament well. For his win, he pockets $125,466. It’s the largest prize of his poker career for the 38 year old. He worked at the Bellagio before turning pro as a dealer.
Berg finished first among 389 players that included two previous gold bracelet winners Andrew Brown and Paul Volpe who finished third and fourth respectively. Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, finished in second place for the $77,526 prize. Zhu has made 47 WSOP cashes to date. He learned how to play poker via the internet.
Some of the top finishers and their cashes were: Lawrence Berg $125,466 Yueqi Zhu $77,466 Andrew Brown $50,250 Paul Volpe $33,393 Joey Couden $22,765 John Templeton $ 15,932 Daniel Habi $11,454
One of the exciting stories from the WSOP 2016 is the Colossus II. This is the second year of this event, a massive 21000+ entry event with the winner guaranteed $1,000,000. Benjamin Keeline took home the top prize. And his story illustrates how tough poker can be.
Several years ago, he’d won a WSOP Circuit ring and has pocketed over $400,000 in earnings over the years. That is good if you are part time poker player with a full time career elsewhere but for a professional poker player, it’s not much at all. Transportation and entertainment costs take a big bite out of the bottom line and can make small occasional wins look like little to show for results. Keeline left the world of poker for a while and took up being an Uber driver.
Poker earnings have to include costs of the tournaments and that may be travel related like hotel, transportation costs, entertainment costs as well as tournaments that might not have paid off costs as well. Making a clean profit in poker can be a very challenging. Keeline’s first entry was a washout, and had to enter a second time. And in more drama, he was down to a single $500 chip with antes at $500 and blinds $1500-$3000. So he came back from a very low point to overtake the competition and win the event for a massive payday of $1,000,000. The Colossus is one of the largest poker tournaments in history with over 21000 entries. The buy-in for the event is $565.
The final hand of the Colossus was no different for Benjamin Keeline. He had a pocket pair of jacks. His opponent, Jiri Horak from Czecholslavakia had Ace Nine unsuited. As the flop rolled out, an Ace and Nine appeared and victory looked likely for Horak but four of the five cards were spades giving Keeline a spade flush victory.
The top nine finishers were: Benjamin Keeline $1,000,000 Jiri Horak $618,000 Farhad Davoudzadeh $462,749 Richard Carr $348,462 Marek Ohnisko $263,962 Christopher Renaudette $201,151 Alex Benjamin $154,208 Jonathan Borenstein $118,937 Xiu Deng $92,291
Winning his fourth WSOP bracelet, Robert Mizrachi has won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event at the 2016 WSOP. In 2014 he won the Dealer’s Coice event and 2015 he won the Omaha Eight or Better event. For his win, he picks up a prize of $242,662 and gold bracelet.
He started the final day as chip leader and had quite few competitors. It’s not every day that a chip leader can hold that lead to first place but somehow he managed. Among his competitors were Ted Forrest and three time bracelet winner George Danzier.
The head to head tournament was comprised of Mizrachi and Matt Grapenthien, who previously won this event in 2014. Even though he lead going into the showdown, it took three hours of card playing till the final hand came.
The final hand was won by Mizrachi who had pocket aces against Grapenthien’s unsuited four and three. For second place Grapenthien picks up $149,976.
Kyle Julius wins his first bracelet and the $142,972 first place cash. He won over Belgium’s Bart Lybaert in the WSOP Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem Event. He triumped over a field of 667 players. This is the first bracelet of his professional poker career and at 29 is looking at the road ahead for his poker career.
The Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem structure was unusual in that players could double their chip stacks from sit n go tourneys at the Rio and online. They could also purchase additional chips for $1000. About half of the players elected for additional chips bringing the total pool to $681,000. Innovation has been key with use of online tournaments and entries. Most of the tournaments have online registration as well.
Ben Yu was knocked out for third place by Julius and this set the final heads up match between Julius and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert. It was a brief round though with Julius going all-in with a 4 pair against Lybaerts King of clubs, nine of hearts. Though the flop revealed a king, it also revealed a four of clubs, giving Julius a three of a kind and a victory. Lybaert won $88,328 for his runner up position.
The WSOP is off to an exciting start. The Colossus is set to resume today June 7 for the final matches.
From May 31st to July 19th marks the 2016 WSOP. It’s the largest in history and there are games for all levels from one dollar buy-ins and up to the One Drop for Water $111,111 buy-in and there is the first leg of the famous Main Event.
The first event was the $565 Casino Employees event. It was won by Christopher Sand who took home over $75,000. There were a total of 731 entries with 110 winners. The Colossus one of the larger prize pool tournament is in full swing with a prize pool of $7,000,000. $1,000,000 is guaranteed to the winner of this tournament. It’s a five day event.
Stay tuned in for more updates from the WSOP 2016.
It may have in Las Vegas, but two Germans battled it out for supremacy at the 2nd Super High Roller Bowl event with Rainer Kempe winning and taking home a $5,000,000 payday. The original field of 49 players had dwindled to the final table. Fellow poker pros like Erik Siedel and Phil Helmuth both of whom cashed for over a million in this tournament, duked it out for top place.
In the end Kempe rained supreme. His chipstack going into the tournament was impressive with more than twice as anyone else’s and Holz was second in chipstack, positions that don’t often remain the same throughout a tournament. The final hand was Holz pair of twos that he shoved all-in with that went up against Kempe pair of eights. Holz’ 2nd place finish was good for $3,500,000.
The Final results for the Super High Roller Bowl are:
1 Rainer Kempe $5.000.000
2 Fedor Holz $3.500.000
3 Erik Seidel $2.400.000
4 Phil Hellmuth $1.600.000
5 Matt Berkey $1.100.000
6 Bryn Kenney $800.000
7 Dan Shak $600.000
America’s Cardroom will hold its top tournament series, the High Five Tournament between June 8th and June 12th. That is five days of nonstop poker tournament action. The High Five Series is a recurring poker tournament with the first one of the year in January 2016. The series culminates with $420,000 no limit holdem tournament with a buy-in of $420. It also signifies a new high for Americas Cardroom, that has become one of the top ten US poker rooms online.
The variety of games, popular tournaments, and great customer service have place Americas Cardroom as one the top ten US online cardrooms. Their most recent Million Dollar Tournament Event was the first time it went over the guarantee! The return of the High Five Series continues the momentum.
The High Five Series features a mix of games. Primarily it has No Limit Holdem Poker but also Pot Limit Omaha 8, and Pot Limit Omaha as well. There will be 5 High Five Tournaments every day in addtion to the regular tournaments. And the tournaments include regular, rebuy addon, turbos, megastack turbo and the Main Event $420,000. Buy-ins range from $2 and go up to $420. It’s an exciting time to play . The High Five Poker Tournament tends to attract the best of the best in the poker world and players often find themselves seated next to one of them as they play!
The prize pool is $942,000. The tournaments range from $2000 and go up to $420,000 . The Main Event is June 12th at 4 pm EST and at 4:20 PM EST, there is a courtesy break. The Main Event will also be streamed via Twitch.tv.
Starting May 15th and through June 24th, Americas Cardroom will offer hardworking players an option if they win – either a package for four to Punta Cana or one trip to the WSOP Main Event.
The Punta Cana package is actually two packages and the winner could sell one if they wish. The Punta Cana Classic is one of the hottest Latin American Poker series tourneys. It’s been going over the $500,000 guaranteed. Last year it was over $800,000. For a hardworking player, they get:
6 nights accommodations, double occupancy at the 5-star Melia Caribe Tropical resort
$1,500+150 buy-in to the Main Event with $500,000 Guaranteed!
Round trip airfare up to $800
All-Inclusive premium food and beverage (24 hrs. room service included)
Welcome gift bag 24-hour premium room service
6 $50 Jackpot Sit & Go tickets
24/7 VIP Support Line
$1350 in cash
And remember this prize is doubled 2X!
If a winner selects the WSOP package they get
$10,000 Main Event buy-in
$2,500 Travel expenses
Since the WSOP has a history of cranking out winners from out of no where, this is a great chance to get on the map. The qualifiers are every Sunday EST 6 and 8 pm with a $50 buy-in. Check Out Americas Cardroom Here
On May 18th, Poker Central, the only TV channel exclusively on poker, will start broadcasting Prime Time Poker Report. This weekly show will bring news, analysis, poker gossip to millions of viewers. Poker Central and Poker News are partners in this project and hope poker enthusiasts and will find this show fun and informative.
The debut will be 9pm EST and it will be an hour long show. Donnie Peters, PokerNews Editor-in-Chief will host the show and stated “I’m very excited about this project. Fans of the PokerNews Podcast should know exactly what to expect, as the idea of the show spawned from the success of the podcast. It’ll be fun and entertaining but also informative.”
Las Vegas will be the background of the series. It will be produced by Farra Productions. Dave Farra and Matt Brown look forward to the series and hope it becomes a Wednesday night ritual for poker afficianados and professionals alike.
The growth of poker as America’s great past time has largely been attributed to the televised poker events on cable TV. If history repeats itself, this show might bring a new generation of poker enthusiasts.
Americas Card room is offering its sixth OSS, Online Super Series. It’s a great series of poker tournaments with 2.5 million in guaranteed prizes culminating in a massive million dollar tournament Sunday April 24th. Though the buy-in is $540, there are lots of satellites including freerolls and a mega satellite too. There is also a $300,000 event as well. But there are tournaments as low as .06 cents. It’s a wide range of buy-ins as well as types of tournaments. The poker series is in full swing between April 14 and April 24.
The OSS VI has 76 individual events and will guarantee $2,500,000 in prize pools over the 10 days. Buy-ins start at just six cents and there is a tremendous variety with game types including Texas holdem, pot-limit Omaha and pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better. Tournament structures include regular, turbo and hyper turbo.
You’re going to Love the OSS VI with: $2.5 million in prize pools spread across 76 events The $1,000,000 GTD Million Dollar Sunday Event Buy-ins ranging from $0.06 up to $540 Diverse schedule with a wide variety of game type.
Americas Card room has cracked the top ten cardroom in the world. It’s no wonder why. In 2016 special tournaments like the $840,000 High Five Tournament and the $150,000 Freebuy tournament has helped solidy their success in the poker world. And on top of all of this new players can get up to $50 in free tournament bucks just by signing up. The tournament bucks can only be used for tournaments but it’s less money out of pocket.
The two biggest events of the OSS VI are the $300,000 GTD on Sunday, Apr. 17 at 5pm ET and the $1,000,000 GTD Million Dollar Sunday on Apr. 24 at 4pm ET. The buy-in for the Million Dollar Sunday is $540, but you can get your ticket for a fraction of the cost with their satellites and mega satellites. The Mega Satellites will award 300 seats by themselves between Apr. 22-24.
In November 2011, Americas Card room had its first OSS with a prize pool of $150,000 . Today it’s $2,500,000 in guaranteed prize pools. Check out Americas Card room and see why they are steadily improving the poker experience.
Online Super Series Poker Tournament Schedule
Here’s the OSS VI full tournament schedule detailing dates and times of each of the 76 events. The majority of tourneys have a number of satellites from which you can secure your entry for just pennies on the dollar. Simply double click on the desired tournament in the tournament lobby of the poker client to see a listing of available satellites for each tournament.
On the tv show Breaking Bad, Jesse Pinkman is the only character to be in every episode. It’s a bonanza for Aaron Paul. So many actors are working as waiters. I’m sure he looks as this as a major blessing. He has taken three Emmy awards for his acting skills for supporting actor in a drama.
In the series, he plays a guy from an upper middle class background estranged from his family due to drug abuse. In reality, Aaron Paul is something different. He’s poker player and he’s bringing his skills to the Global Poker League. He’s joined one of the teams, the LA Sunset, and hopes to bring his poker skills to more wins. The combined team winnings as individuals is over 30 million dollars.
The Global Poker League is attempting to bring a team sports format to the world of poker. There is no better way to attract viewers than with celebrities and poker stars.There are dozen teams in the league so far. Chris Moneymaker, the man who inspired the term moneymaker effect, is captain of the Las Vegas Moneymakers.
Friday March 4th Americas Cardroom will add another incentive for new players, $50 in Tournament Bucks. These tourney bucks allow you to enter any tournament in that buy-in level and there are tournaments from as low as .50 cents and up to $200. In addition, there are three guaranteed tournaments every day that cost just $1 to $2 to enter for newbies. A newbie is one new to Americas Cardroom. This is just one of the great incentives Americas Cardroom offers to sign up. In addition, there is the New Players $250 freeroll that happens on Saturdays. And new depositors can get up to $1000 in bonus money as well.
Starting Friday, March 4th, all new depositors at Americas Cardroom will receive up to $50 Free Poker Tournament Bucks. These can be used to play in three new daily $2,000 GTD tournaments that cost just $1 or $2 to enter. The Free Tournament Bucks works like this: After your deposit of $25 or more, you get 25 card worth between 1 and 6 tournament bucks. You can find this in the rewards section. You have 25 days since opening your new account to claim each daily bonus. If you’re a grinder and want some new action. This bonus is great.
The $50 Free Tournament Bucks will be the third piece in the new Americas Cardroom Welcome Package. It already includes a 100% First Deposit Bonus up to $1,000 and access to all $250 New Depositor Freerolls in the current month.
The $1000 bonus is a matching deposit bonus. This bonus works best for grinders and more experienced players. But like anything else you get money back as you play. The bonus takes into account all your bets. So the better poker player you are, the quicker you’ll get your bonus money. The longer you last in a tournament and make final tables increase the bet aspect of the betting bonus. Other aspects include tournament cost and amount of tournaments entered as well.
New signups also get a freeroll for $250. This is a great bonus especially for new poker players. If you want to test your poker skills, try Americas Cardroom for the first time or looking for a new place to play, this will work well too. On Saturdays, once a month, you can join the monthly new players freeroll. You don’t have to join right away. It’s available whenever you want to use it.
PokerStars, the largest online poker room, is coming back to the US. According to Amaya, the new owner of the brand, Pokerstars will start in the middle of March 2016. New Jersey players will be able to play at PokerStarsNJ.com and there will be live action as well at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
PokerStars is the top online casino website with excellent technology for all the heavy action its servers take. It looks to be an exciting period in poker. Resort Hotel is poised for growth with PokerStars in its umbrella top attractions.
Black Friday spelled the end of PokerStars in the US. It came around again with Governor Christie green lighting a scrupulous evaluation and a six month license to operate in NJ during the fall of 2015. There were some things to fix. PokerStars had to repay New Jersey players, remove some staff and report to the DGE, Division of Gaming Enforcement regularly. Could this be a reason PokerStars merged Full Tilt into Pokerstars? But Full Tilt was given a green light to operate as well but I’m sure its history dragged on the upbeat momentum PokerStars is going through.
The official start of PokerStars is March 21 with beta testing occurring sometime earlier. Everything should be in place by the official start date.
Game availability will not be the same as at the regular PokerStars site. For example, New jersey players won’t be able to play in the Sunday Million, WCOOP or SCOOP. The software is different. Will the new site offer the excitement of going for the big bucks of the main PokerStars remains to be seen.
PokerStarsNJ will have Spin and Gos, and casino games. There are allready hot tournaments llike a $25,000 Freeroll scheduled for March 27 at 5pm with the winner taking home $5,000. It’s a promising start for the return of poker in America!
Pokerstars players have been reporting many changes in the last year since being taken over by Amaya. And more changes include Fulltilt poker to merge with Pokerstars. The software development can be streamlined for one site rather than two leading to cost savings on research and development.Players on existing Fulltilt platform will transfer to the Pokerstars platform.
Not having Fulltilt out in its place might be an asset to Amaya’s desire to expand into new and emerging markets. The whole Black Friday thing has fewer traces.
Additional reasons for the merger are:
Fulltilt’s market share is still low. The Black Friday experience with money tied up for years surely didn’t help.
Jobs can be eliminated saving payroll expenses.
Potentially larger jackpots from more players on a single platform.
When Amaya bought Pokerstars it was groundbreaking and there have been many changes at Pokerstars as far tournaments being eliminated and added. It’s really was happens anytime a company is bought. This is just the latest of changes.
This page gets back to the basics about Texas Holdem Poker. Every now and then I get an email about various aspects of the game. So, I decided to go over the game from the beginning. And while this article isn’t all there is, it’s a step in the right direction, instead of hearing about poker superstars or the latest tournaments.
History of Texas holdem poker
Today’s top poker players have people like Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Jack Binion to thank for the game of Holdem Poker played today. Then professional card players were looked at like seedy people. Often games were held in out of the way locations and crime at these events occurred often. The game originally started in Texas and moved to Nevada. In hopes to attract wealthy clients, the game originally played at the Golden Nugget. It was moved to what was the Dunes hotel, a better environment. Interest in the game grew and exploded with television broadcasts. This really became the turning point. Suddenly millions of people would watch these players at round tables playing this game. Next, the internet made it so much easier.
In the early internet, porn and gambling were the two biggest money makers. One lucky player named Chris Moneymaker managed to win the WSOP and entered through an online casino operator for $50. He is cited by many players today as the reason they got into poker and this has been coined the “moneymaker effect”. Now, everyone had access to the big bucks that poker offered. It was a wide open field all you had to do was win. Online poker is making players millionaires and top operators billionaires. Pokerstars was recently sold for five billion dollars and several of their top players have annual earnings in the seven figures. This is one of several online poker sites. Poker today is truly hot. For all the money on the table, poker is a simple game to play.
Poker is a community card game. Players have cards in their hands called hole or pocket cards and there are community cards that are displayed face on the table. The combination of the two decides the winning hands.
The first round is pre-flop. This is when all members are dealt their two cards. Players then get to bet, raise or fold. After this the first of three card come out. This is the flop phase of the of the round. Players get to raise, check or fold. To check is to neither raise or fold but indicate you’re still in the game. If a player raises everyone has to raise or fold. The next round is the turn. A fourth card comes out followed by another round of raising, checking or folding. Then a fifth card comes out. This is the river where everyone can add it all up and decide again to raise, check or fold. Afterwards is the showdown where everyone shows what cards they have and the player with the highest card value wins.
As in most forms of poker the ranking of hands is royal flush. A royal flush are all the face cards of the same suit and a ten.
A straight flush is the next rank the hand rankings. A straight flush is the same suit in sequence as in the diagram. In case of two straight flushes in a hand, the higher of the flush will win. For example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of spades will beat Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the same suit.
Four of a kind ranks next.
A full house is next. A full house is made three of kind and a pair. As in the straight flush the highest of the full houses will win if there are two full houses.
Next is a flush. A flush is five cards of the same suit. The highest card value will win if there are two flushes here as well.
A straight ranks next. Like a royal flush, a straight flush is all the same cards in sequence of mixed suits.
Three of a kind ranks next. This is self-explanatory. and finally a pair is the next ranking card.
Also, there is high card, in the event no one has any matching pair. An ace will trump a king, as an example.
Players are seated in a oval table. As a betting round finishes the dealer position rotates by one clockwise. The two players to the left of the dealer, right if you’re online, are called the blinds. There is the big blind and small bind. These are the first bettors with the big blind betting the round amount and the small bind betting half that.
There is much written on strategy in poker. There’s always someone who has a new way of strategy. For beginners, this is sometimes good. There’s often a tip or two that will help you win tournaments. One of the best I’ve found is Gripsed Poker. He has a massive amounts of free videos on Youtube and he has thousands of subscribers. It’s a free channel also and you can learn lots of things that will improve your game. Experienced players can also benefit especially if stuck in rut.
There is also software called huds, pokertracker, is an example. You use these as a companion while playing online . The computer will indicate whether it’s a good time to bet or not. The decision is up to you. Some swear by them other people don’t. By the way online poker is the way many of today’s poker players are working the poker scene today.
Online poker has many benefits. You can learn without distractions of a casino. You can create a comfortable atmosphere to work in and excel. One of my favorite sites for poker is Americas Cardroom.
So, here are the basics of Texas Holdem Poker. There’s so much out there in terms of abstracts of poker it’s amazing. Staying focused with a strategy of some sort often works out best even though poker is an ever changing sport with very little predictable. It’s an exciting sport and many will continue to play for a long time.
Americas Cardroom is holding its first High Five tournament of the year. It’s a great way to get in with small buy-ins from satellites as low as .25 cents and up. Over $840,000 in prize pools are on the table for the taking. And there will be winners. It may as well be you. Bonuses for first timers are in effect, up to $1000. So you can get money back from that as well.
It’s extremely competitive and the tournaments have many players. Give yourself 8 to 10 hours and the amount of players is around 2000 per tourney. Some of the tournaments are going over their original prize pool. It’s a very exciting place to be. The tournament schedule is below and include Pot Luck Omaha, PLO, tourneys as well.
From May 29 to June 1 the Super High Roller Bowl will the most exciting game in town. Scheduled to join include Daniel Negreanu and Phil Helmuth among others. The tournament will have max of 49 players and at $300,000 an entry fee the pots are astronomical. If all seats are filled it will give a prize pool of $15,000,000 and $5,000,000 to the first place winner.
The event will be held at the Aria Hotel. The Aria has allready reserved 14 seats for its own high rollers leaving 35 seats for the public. It’s open to the public.
Freeroll poker tournaments are great for all poker players and online casinos. Many of today’s top poker professionals got their start in an online freeroll tournament. And freerolls bring in many new players who will later play with real money increasing revenue for the casino. You don’t want to be the latter just the winner. Freerolls usually have a mixture of poker players from new players to experienced players. There is an effective strategy to winning most of them and this method will usually place you well in most poker tournaments whether it is a freeroll or not. This write up will cover effective strategies to win freeroll poker tournaments.
In the first period of a freeroll, you tend to see many inexperienced players going all-in with very little in terms of hands. Some players will go all-in with an unsuited two and five. But the fact is cards are cards and they still might win. In my experience, though it may be tempting, don’t go all-in based on seeing a fellow player go all-in and feel you will get their chips. Stick to good strategy – high pairs and high cards win more often. Also to note, some of these players might not be inexperienced but instead have a freeroll is free attitude and not be applying themselves the way they would in a fee to join tournament. Your goal is to win as many chips as possible with the least chips invested.
One strategy that really counts is to get the most from a good hand . For example, you get dealt a pair of aces and the flop reveals one ace and two kings. Next to a four of a kind or royal flush, you have no competition. If you go all-in right away, you will probably cause people to fold missing out on a chip accumulation opportunity. Instead, raise in graduated amounts. With a high card like king or ace fellow players are more likely to bet if they have these cards in their hand increasing the size of the pot. Or if fellow players have pairs, they may increase their bets as well. At each betting round, increase the pot by betting again. At the showdown, you’ll see many more chips than going all-in at the start of the betting rounds. This tight aggressive strategy works across the board with all tournaments.
Another excellent strategy is to sit it out. You may be dealt an unsuited ace and five and a fellow player goes all-in. It may be to your advantage to sit it out. Don’t forget any pair will beat the unsuited ace five combo and you’ll have fewer chips. Don’t take risks with your stack and fold. An alternative strategy is to check out the flop if there is a raise and assess the landscape from that position. If it looks good, raise and if not fold. Don’t get in the practice of chasing an ideal hand.
Chasing an ideal hand is the surest way to lose. If you look at most poker wins, they are usually a pair or three of a kind. At the WSOP 2015, it was won with a pair of 10s. It was also a three of kind of 10s that won the WSOP in 2014. The likelihood of a straight or flush is rare. Of course, they happen but they’re nothing to bet your stack over. You might look at that tempting pot and your hand and think it’s going to win, only to find yourself with less chips because a fellow player has a pair. The best strategy for those hands that may be flushes or straights is to see the flop even if there is a raise and evaluate from the next betting round. You might have a flush or straight and then you can make graduated betting increases from there or fold if it’s an unlikely combination. Now you see how to bet in a freeroll tournament. I’ll go over the stages.
There are basically four stages of a freeroll poker tourney. The initial stage, the middle stage, the final table stage, and the heads up stage. The initial stage covers the entry period where anyone can enter usually it’s one hour though some poker sites vary and have variable time limits up to several hours. It is still a one entry free game and play from there. The second stage is the middle. There are no more new players and it’s often the middle stage. The final table is the third stage . This stage is marked by various all-in scenarios as players hope for a heads up tourney. Heads up is the last stage of a tournament. If you have held on this long , congratulations. You are now at the top of the prize level and will get either the first or second place prize. Back to the phases and observations.
During the initial phase of freeroll poker tournaments, there tends to be many all-in betting scenarios. This is the time to sit it out and wait for great hands only. You might find your chip stack down but you are still in the game. After the initial phase, you will see fewer all-in bets since everyone wants to keep their chips. Your chips should be accumulating by now by playing the winning hands. During the later phases and up to a heads up match, this strategy will work fine. The best place to bet is more often than not at late position.
Betting at the late position is good for three reasons. First, you get to see the raises on the board and can decide if you want to bet. Second, you get to know your fellow players and decide who is a bluffer and who bets only solid hands. Knowing how your fellow players bet will help you in many plays. If a player goes all-in or raises frequently, the chances are slim that each hand is a winning hand. It may be accurate to raise against them as compared to a player who only raises with great hands in the first place. The third reason late position is great is that if a following bettor has a pair of aces or goes all-in, it may be tempting to go all-in and lose chips in the process. For all phases of a poker tournament, these tight, aggressive strategies will work and lead you to the final table if not heads up. One additional strategy is called gut instinct.
Gut instinct varies from all of these strategies in that it’s simply a matter of self-trust. You feel it and it works. Like in the freeroll example mentioned above where someone goes all-in with an unsuited two and five and they win against a pair of aces. Tuning into your instinct is as important as using rational strategy. There will be a good hand, a pair of aces for example ,where you should fold. And the flop reveals a pair of fives and your opponent just happens to have one five that trumps your ace pair. Only your gut instincts will lead you accurately here but using them and trusting them is another strategy that is most effective.
In conclusion, freeroll poker tournaments are a great way to play poker , learn the game and build a bankroll. Strategies learned in freeroll are easily applicable to tournaments you have pay to play. Following an effective strategy and taking notes will increase your empirical knowledge and lead to better outcomes than playing without any strategy at all. Key points are not to chase ideal hands, pairs and three of kinds win more often than straights or flushes and betting at late position will give you more leverage than betting at early position. Also, developing and using gut instincts will take your poker game to a high level.
America’s Cardroom has freerolls 24/7. As soon as a required amount of players are in, the tournament starts!!
They say you should always list your goals and be working for them. Well, Daniel Negreanu has done just that with his list of goals for 2016. He posted on his blog what he want to do the year ahead. It’s pretty bold, especially in poker. But this is what seperates poker players from poker professionals. The ability to be goal oriented in a game of chance. To know what you want out of this game.
He posted his 2015 goals as well. He wanted to score $2,000,000 in live tourney cashes. He did this. Also, he wanted to make 5 final tables, and win 3 WSOP bracelets. His winnings this year were around $2.5 million. His most recent cash at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic added nearly $650,000 to his bottom line.
His original goal was to enter 55 tourneys. He entered 49 . He made 4 four final tables. He didn’t win any bracelets in 2015 but came pretty close. He came in 11th at the WSOP Main Event.
Though he didn’t get all of his goals. He did pretty good overall. But he does an important, he sets goals. It’s imperative to set goals and keep working on them as the year progresses. His $2 million goal came with a December win at the Five Diamond Poker Classic.
Don’t forget to plan your goals for the new year and make it a great one!!!
The poker juggernaut continued for Joe McKeehen with this final table win over Joshua Beckley. Many people felt McKeehen wouldn’t last. It’s only the second time in WSOP history that the chip leader going into the final table has come out a winner. Jonathan Duhamel did it in 2008 but that’s all. Based on history, it was an unexpected win. But not for McKeehen. He compared the final table to a freeroll because of his chip stack but he cruised to the top with a nonchalant attitude.
McKeehen sent home six of the final table members in showdowns including Neil Blumenfield , 61, who took home $3.4 million for his efforts. He’s former software executive who sold his company to Intuit in 2013. He says the similiarities in poker and business are that the top 10% make any real money. In many ways this is true. These players have probably made more than 90% off all players during the entire poker playing career.
After knocking Blumenfield out his next victim was Joshua Beckley. Beckley held a pocket pair of 4s and as the flop came, a ten was all it took for McKeehen to claim with WSOP title. Beckley takes home $4.5 million for his work which is excellent.
His aggressive betting style didn’t aid him in getting more chips and now he goes back to Israel nearly $2,000,000 richer. Stern was up against Neil Blumenfield who had Ace King while Stern held Ace Jack. As the flop unfolded 7h, 5s, 3d, Blumenfield kept his lead. Then King of diamonds came on the turn giving Blumenfield the pair. The Queen completed the set. Stern bowed out at 5th place.
Max Steinberg is also out. He failed to get any great chip counts and a bluff left him in the dust against Neil Blumenfield. Steinberg had unsuited 2 and 3 against Blumenfield’s pair of Queens. He folded in a raise and left him with 18,250,000 chips. Finally Joe McKeehen stepped in with a raise holding Ace Queen, Steinberg who held Ace Jack went all in for 16,500,000 chips and was effectively out with Mckeehen’s Queen kicker. He’ll collect $2,600,000 for his work.
The remain three, Beckly, McKeehen, and Blumenfield meet Tuesday in the finale!!
Thomas Cannuli of New Jersey was the 6rh man out at the WSOP. He came in as the short stack.He lost to Max Steinberg. He went in with a pair of Aces and Steinberg held a pair of tens. The flop revealed Jack, Ten and a Six giving Steinberg, a three of a kind win.
Cannuli won $1,400,000 for all his work. This was just the 2nd hand of the night. Cannuli thanked everyone like a good sportsman and afterall he’s in his mid twenties and $1,400,000 is a great deal of money to have at that age. Steinberg’s stack was raised to over 31,000,000 chips and second on the leaderboard
People were looking for a David vs Goliath setting for the WSOP, they didn’t get that last night. Joe McKeehen continues his poker juggernaut increasing his lead over the table.
Patrick Chan was first out after two hands. McKeehen’s Ace and Four held up over Chan’s King and Queen for the win. Chan makes $1,001,000 for his efforts. Not to bad. Next to go was Federico Butteroni.
Federico didn’t reraise often. He waited patiently for nice hands but didn’t find any. He had some chip gains with an all-in with a Queen and nine. It bumped up his stack but not enough when coming up against McKeehen. McKeehen scored with an Ace King high hand over Ace high held by Butteroni. The Italian took home $1,097,000. and finally Pierre Neuville.
His chances were dashed with a straight against a flush from Tom Cannuli. Neuville with in with two Queens and raised. While Cannuli called with King and nine of hearts. The flop was Ace hearts , Jack diamonds and Ten of hearts. The turn was a 4 of hearts and Cannuli had it shut down. But later on against Mckeehen, Neuville lost with McKeehen getting a flush against an Ace high card . He goes back to Belgium with $1,203,000.
For the losers , they are really winners. They beat field of over 6000 players to go home with at least a million dollars. For day two, McKeehen has almost half of tables’ chips . This puts him in a formidable position. The action starts at 8pm est on ESPN.
The WSOP Final Table begins November 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm est. It’s the culumination of the Main Event Poker Tourney that started over the summer. And it could be interesting full of surprises. If history holds up, the chip leader Joseph McKeehan won’t win. Rarely do chip leaders continue the climb to the final table at the WSOP . One exception was Jonathan Duhamel who went in chip leader and won the Main Event in 2010. McKeehan hasn’t been resting on his laurels. He won the Wynn Fall Classic in October taking over $90,000 in the $300,000 Guarantee Championship.So look for fireworks, possible upsets or the poker juggernaut continues with McKeehen . As chip leader, all eyes are on him.
As a shout out to you’re not getting older but better, two players Pierre Neuville and Neil Blumenfield are also at the table. Neuville is 72 and Blumenfield 61.
Zvi Stern, who almost didn’t play the Main Event is also 2nd in chip count. He only decided to play the Main Event after United Airlines posted a cheap flight. He booked it Friday morning and was en route to Vegas Friday night. Luck was in the cards , since even if he doesn’t win the Main Event , he will still go home with $1,000,000. He’s had subsequent cashes including the 2015 WSOP Europe festival and Europe Poker Tour.
The remaining players are your everday WSOP players. All under 30. Max Steinberg is the most successful of the group with earnings around $2,000,000. He also cashed at the Big Poker Oktober – CPPT 2015. Joshua Beckley, another November Niner, has cashed since making the Final Table including a WSOP Circuit cash for $2200 in September 2015. He’s also a spokesman for America’s Cardroom featured prominently in ads for their Million Dollar Sunday Tourneys. Patrick Chan from Brooklyn, NY is still cashing including the WPT – Borgata Open at Atlantic City. Rounding out the November Nine are Federico Butteroni and Thomas Cannuli.
It will be an exciting tourney to say the least with possible upsets or predictable outcomes. The coverage is as follows:
Here are some cool tips for beginners as well as pros. Poker is poker and anyone can win any game. For beginners these tips will last throughout your poker career and professional poker players will find these tips will come in handy in any game.
1. Play premium hands.
Premium hands are high face cards like AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AK, AQ, AJ and some say any pair will do as well. By sticking to these hands you increase your odds of winning. It’s not a perfect hand so it’s best to raise and check out the flop. If your gut instinct says to go all in then do it. These premium hands are those hands that often win.
2. Find Soft Opponents and Tournaments.
Poker professionals often gravitate to big money jackpot games. They have mortgages, rent, bills to pay and need more money than a recreational player. If you’re not a professional you’ll find easier opponents to play against. Ever see a hand played and you wonder ‘how’d he play that’. That is often a sign of a inexperienced players. You’ll find it easier to win these tournaments but the money won’t be as great as playing in big money tournaments with skilled players using HUDS and other potential advantages but winning is winning.
3. Pay Attention To Opponents.
As noted above an inexperienced player might play a hand that has you scratching your head . Doing this over and over might lead you to think you can beat them and you might be right. Conversely, a player who only plays premium hands will lead you to think you should only play when you know you have a great hand to play . This is usually correct also and will save you many chips. Play when you know you have the nut hand.
4. Use Intuition as a Guide
Occassionally you’ll get a hand that creates a gut feeling it’s a winner. It might not be a premium hand as noted . It could be and unsuited 3 and 10 but somehow you know it’s winner. Don’t ignore that vibe play if it’s to big a bet and you will probably come out a winner.
5. Play Big Hands Aggressively
When the flop comes out and your AA reveals a pair of Aces for a four of a kind , go all-in. Being an aggressive player in this case will give you more chips that will lead you to the Final Table and hopefully Heads Up!
By the way, these tips are not just for beginners but all players and all ranges. You’ll see these tips will across the board in all games. Good Luck!
In a potential landmark approval, the world’s largest poker site, Pokerstars, received approval to offer online gambling for residents of New Jersey. This is another notch in the return of online poker to New Jersey residents following Black Friday and potentially a breakthrough for other states to follow. Since 2013, New Jersey has allowed online gambling through approved sites. It’s started slow with revenues of 100,000,000 but has been showing an increase over last year.
Having one of the largest , most popular sites with major jackpots everyday will probably be the ticket to bring online gambling back to the US in a major way.
Other states may follow since Pokerstars had to pass a rigorous and unheard of DGE, Division of Gambling Enforcement, review process. Other states namely Pa and Ny may look to share in the fortunes of New Jersey. Look for legislation to start in 1-2 years.
Players must be in New Jersey to play. That could mean a laptop in a train station or physical address. Ha ha.
Poker pro Vanessa Rousso, one the top female poker pros with nearly $5,000,000 in career earnings, is a finalist on the reality show Big Brother and a favorite to win the $500,000 grand prize.
Big Brother is a reality game show where members live in a house with cameras everywhere. All the comings and goings are documented digitally and the interactions of the members, often heated, are the subject of news. Members have included former pornstar Jenna Jameson, and Janice Dickinson among celebrities. Big Brother is one of the longest running reality shows on TV on air since 2000. It’s hosted by Julia Chen.
Vanessa Rousso made her name as a poker player but she’s also a serious academic who graduated from Duke University in two and half years with a degree in economics and later went to law school. She’s a spokesman for Godaddy and was also in the tv show Million Dollar Challenge. Her poker history is impressive with 16 money finishes as the WSOP, and 2 final tables and 8 money finishes in the World Poker Tour.
Check out her hot Las Vegas mansion.
Federico Butteroni is one of the November Nine WSOP finalist. He hails from Italy and speaks in a very thick Italian accent. At 25, he’s pretty much a vet in the poker world having recorded cashes from 2010. He thinks European players are more aggressive than Americans and more unpredictable as well. For the Final Table at the WSOP, he’s not sure of his strategy yet. He just wants to rest before the tournament. He’s the lowest stack of all players going into the Final Table with 6,200,000 chips. How will he do stay tuned for the November Nine Final Table.
Here’s a list of his recorded cashes:
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
29-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #59) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 3,622
24-Jun-2015 United States $ 235 No Limit Hold’em 3PM Rio Daily Deepstacks 2015, Las Vegas won $ 31,756
12-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack (Event #28) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 45,633
28-May-2015 Czech Republic € 199 No Limit Hold’em – IMOP Main Event IMOP – Italian Masters Of Poker, Rozvadov won $ 1,668
10-Jun-2014 Australia No Limit Hold’Em – Event #9 Sapphire Series Poker Challenge, Perth won $ 6,301
09-Jun-2014 Australia A$ 100 No Limit Hold’em – Monday Night Weekly Tournament – The Poker Scene Monday 2014 Crown Casino Perth Recurring Tournaments, Perth won $ 187
04-Jun-2014 Australia No Limit Hold’Em – Event #6 Sapphire Series Poker Challenge, Perth won $ 3,887
01-May-2014 Australia A$ 330 No Limit Hold’em Last Sunday of the Month 2014 Crown Casino Perth Recurring Tournaments, Perth won $ 3,246
09-Dec-2010 Italy IPT € 2,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event IPT – 2 – Sanremo III, Sanremo won $ 6,706
Here’s a video clip where he talks about being and Italian poker player and getting ready for the WSOP.
Though he’s in 8th place going into the Final Table, you can’t count New Yorker Patrick Chan out from winning the WSOP 2015. In fact, don’t be surprised if he takes it down. He’s from Brooklyn!!! The same place as Vanessa Selbst. He’s been cashing for years after starting out online pre-Black Friday and his list of cashes is impressive with $500,000 in live cashes not including the huge WSOP pay day ahead. His favorite casino is the Borgata.
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
29-May-2015 United States WSOP $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 7,170
19-May-2015 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em (Event #8)WSOP Circuit – Foxwoods, Mashantucket won $ 12,964
21-Apr-2015 United States $ 100 + 20 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry (Event #27) Borgata Spring Poker Open/WPT World Championship, Atlantic City won $ 364
09-Apr-2015 United States $ 160 No Limit Hold’em #3Liz Flynt Spring Classis 2015, Gardena won $ 900
12-Feb-2015 United States $ 570 No Limit Hold’em 2015 L.A Poker Classic, Los Angeles won $ 23,890
08-Feb-2015 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout 2015 L.A Poker Classic, Los Angeles won $ 2,650
28-Jan-2015 United States $ 2,350 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax Championship Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem won $ 71,449
17-Sep-2014 United States $ 260 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City won $ 2,465
31-Jul-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 1,676
14-Jun-2014 United States $ 300 No Limit Hold’em – Encore Presentation Phamous Poker Series V, Las Vegas won $ 5,047
31-May-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Millionaire Maker (Event #8) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 100,689
05-Feb-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach won $ 1,936
12-Nov-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack- Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 29,406
19-Aug-2013 United States $ 310 + 55 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo WSOP Circuit – Connecticut, Mashantucket won $ 1,182
11-Aug-2013 United States $ 520 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – Connecticut, Mashantucket won $ 3,804
26-Jun-2013 United States $ 185 No Limit Hold’em II Rio Daily Deepstacks 2013, Las Vegas won $ 309
30-May-2013 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #3) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 2,619
14-May-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Six Max Mega Stack Challenge XXVIII, Mashantucket won $ 607
06-Apr-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Foxwoods, Mashantucket won $ 3,329
15-Mar-2013 United States $ 2,325 + 175 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 6,754
10-Mar-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Three-Play Deep Stack Poker Tournament, Atlantic City won $ 1,439
09-Mar-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,055
01-Mar-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-entry WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 716
27-Jan-2013 United States WPT $ 3,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 28,207
25-Jan-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 783
15-Jan-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,120
01-Dec-2012 United States DSPT $ 2,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Main Event DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship, Uncasville won $ 33,599
18-Nov-2012 United States $ 2,500 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Borgata Fall Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 131,895
11-Aug-2012 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Borgata $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series, Atlantic City won $ 28,279
22-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Deep Stack Double Play Open, Atlantic City won $ 3,212
01-Jul-2012 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #54) 43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012, Las Vegas won $ 2,667
19-Jun-2012 United States $ 600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 6,852
11-Sep-2011 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry 2011 Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,083
11-Jun-2011 United States $ 340 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 2,294
21-May-2011 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Borgata $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series, Atlantic City won $ 689
16-Dec-2010 United States $ 570 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,163
Here’s a video clip with his foresight for the Final Table in November. He feels he could win with a good run of cards. Hello!! He also mentions where he grinds and mentions the Borgata Casino.
Max Steinberg is a 27 year old professional poker player who started cashing in tourneys in 2008. He has an impressive list of finishes and to date has nearly $2,000,000 in live tournament wins. He’s had 11 WSOP cashes. In 2013, he was in the Main Event when he knocked out Phil Ivey and went on to win $400,000 but this is his biggest cash to date . He’s guaranteed a million and potentially $7,600,000 in the November WSOP tournament.
Interesting to note, he won his seat this year with a Draft Kings satellite tournament for $27. Amazing! He’s also a spokesman for Draft Kings , the sport/poker site.
His recent cashes are below:
Aug 19, 2014 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 2014 10th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship $1,000 won $3,431
Jul 15, 2013 WSOP $10,000 Main Event 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 won $50,752
Jun 20, 2013 Event 32 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $5,000 won $23,791
Jun 16, 2013 Event 27 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $3,000 won $231,501
Jun 12, 2013 Event 20 – $1,500 Omaha 8/OB 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $8,377
Jun 05, 2013 Event 9 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $3,000 won $39,756
May 24, 2013 No-Limit Hold’em 2013 WSOP National Championship $10,000 won $219,799
Feb 28, 2013 Event 4 – No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up (64 Player Max) 2013 Chicago Poker Classic $5,000 won $15,637
Aug 29, 2012 Main Event (WPT) 2012 WPT Legends of Poker $3,500 won $293,490
Jul 02, 2012 Event 53 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $21,114
Jun 16, 2011 Event 20 – No-Limit Hold’em 2011 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III $1,070 won $2,567
Mar 24, 2011 Main Event 2011 Wynn Classic $5,000 won $71,974
Oct 04, 2010 EPT London Main Event 2010 PokerStars.com EPT London – Season VII $7,415 won $14,145
Jun 04, 2010 Event 8 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $352,916
May 24, 2008 No-Limit Hold’em Championship 2008 LAPT I – San Jose, Costa Rica $2,500 won $144,773
Here’s a recent video celebrating his November Nine victory;
He is the 2nd Final Table to also be an executive though retired. Pierre Neuville was a businessman who created a game, Eddy Merckx, named after a famous cyclist. He then went on to start a toy company that he later sold to Hasbro. Afterwards, he was vice president of Hasbro till he retired and from there went to start a personal consulting company with clients including Kevin Costner. At 72, he’s the oldest player in the Final Table, age is only a number!!
He started cashing in 2007 and hasn’t looked back! He’s been extremely successful in the European Poker Tour, EPT with over 15 final tables and has cashed in 39 events. Last year 2014, he had several WSOP cashes including taking home nearly $400,000 in the Six Handed Event. His most recent cash the million guarantee and potentially nearly $8,000,000 from the 2015 WSOP is his best cash to date. His total cashes are around $3,000,000. That’s a great way to retire!!
His recent live cashes history are below:
23-Aug-2015 Spain € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Hyper Turbo Bounty #27 EPT – 12 – ESPT – 6 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 968
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68)46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
05-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker (Event #16)46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 6,973
08-May-2015 Monaco € 2,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo ‘8 Handed’ (Event #78)EPT – 11 – FPS – 5 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 4,980
02-May-2015 Monaco EPT € 10,000 + 600 No Limit Hold’em – EPT Main Event (Event #27)EPT – 11 – FPS – 5 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 33,552
21-Mar-2015 Malta € 2,000 + 200 #18 No Limit Hold’em – IPT High Roller EPT – 11 – IPT – 7 – Malta, Portomaso won $ 42,032
06-Feb-2015 France € 500 + 50 #39 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Cash EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 968
05-Feb-2015 France € 1,000 + 100 #35 No Limit Hold’em – Cash – 6 Handed EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville 12th won $ 2,690
03-Feb-2015 France € 2,000 + 200 #24 No Limit Hold’em – Cash EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 4,200
17-Dec-2014 Czech Republic € 300 + 30 #57 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Edition of EPT Main Event EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,933
14-Dec-2014 Czech Republic € 1,000 + 100 #36 No Limit Hold’em Holdem EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,852
07-Dec-2014 Czech Republic EKA € 1,000 + 100 #2 No Limit Hold’em EUREKA – Main Event EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,210
30-Nov-2014 Belgium € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Belgian Poker Challenge – Namur, Namur won $ 3,182
13-Oct-2014 England £ 2,000 + 150 #24 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo 8 Max EPT – 11 – UKIPT – 4 – London, London won $ 47,577
18-Sep-2014 Morocco 7,700 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Tanger Poker Festival VI, Tanger won $ 5,224
27-Aug-2014 Spain € 100 + 20 #43 No Limit Hold’em – Hyper Turbo EPT – 11 – ESPT – 5 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 356
16-Aug-2014 Spain ESTPT € 1,000 + 100 #2 No Limit Hold’em – Estrellas Main Event EPT – 11 – ESPT – 5 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 10,364
18-Jul-2014 Belgium WPTN € 675 + 75 WPTN Brussels Main Event WPT National Brussels Summer Poker Challenge 2014, Brussels won $ 15,691
11-Jul-2014 United States $ 235 No Limit Hold’em Rio Daily Deepstacks 2014, Las Vegas won $ 797
08-Jul-2014 United States $ 1,100 No Limit Hold’em #60 Deepstack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas $ 2,679
01-Jul-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #60)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,460
28-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #55)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,881
25-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #49)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 9,224
22-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #45)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 2,253
18-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #39)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 16,573
15-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #33)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,266
10-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #24)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas 2nd won $ 385,041
07-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #19)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,154
01-May-2014 Monaco € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Bounty 8 MaxEPT – 10 – FPS – 4 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 3,665
25-Apr-2014 Monaco € 2,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – FPS High RollerEPT – 10 – FPS – 4 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 5,666
29-Mar-2014 Belgium € 900 + 99 High Roller Planet Poker Deepstack Series, Namur won $ 20,615
12-Mar-2014 Morocco 9,900 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event Tanger Millionaire Maker, Tanger won $ 2,457
06-Mar-2014 Belgium WPTN € 1,350 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event win2day.be WPT National Brussels, Brussels won $ 5,630
27-Jan-2014 France € 800 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Random Bounty EPT – 10 – FPS – 3 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 2,803
Here’s a recent video clip:
What is a CEO doing at the WSOP? Ask Neil Blumenfield, president and COO of Elastic Intelligence. This company is at the forefront of accessing and sharing data that is in a cloud. Not clouds in the sky , computer clouds where information and data is kept. Their application is a breakthrough in the industry and was bought buy Intuit. The prez is Neil Blumenfield who also is a finalist in the WSOP 2015. It’s amazing that someone with his background is also a poker champ. He’s had modest cashes of around $150,000, but the million dollar payday and potentially more is his greatest. He’s also one of the oldest players at age 61 but not the oldest.
His cash history is scattered across the years. In 2008, he won over $15,000 in the Nevada State Poker Championship. In 2014, he place 286th in the WSOP Main Event. He’s also scored well in the Heartland Poker. He also placed in the WSOP Seniors Event.
His top live cashes history are below:
Jul 16, 2012 $10,000 WSOP Main Event 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker won $38,453
Jan 27, 2014 $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 2014 HPT – California – Thunder Valley won $37,749
Aug 18, 2015 $5,250 No-Limit Hold’em $5 Million GTD 2015 SHR Poker Open won $25,000
Oct 05, 2008 No-Limit Hold’em State Championship – Event 28 2008 1st Annual State of Nevada Championship Poker Tournament won $15,930
Jun 17, 2015 $600 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors $50K GTD 2015 Wynn Summer Classic won $4,641
Here’s a video clip of an interview.
Ofer Zvi Stern, mostly called Zvi Stern, is one your typical poker players. He plays with hoodie on , sunglasses so you can’t catch and facial expressions but he plays hard and going into the WSOP Final Table in November his chip count is a nice 29,000,000. He’s from Israel and is the 2nd Israeli to make the November Nine Final Table, Amir Levohat made it in 2013. He’s had only two live cashes of about $100,000 to his name but feels confident and this is poker where anything can happen and anyone can win no matter their chip count going into Final Table. His new live cash total is over $1,000,0000 so he’s definately doing something right.
His live cash history is below:
27-Aug-2015 Spain € 500 + 50 Pot Limit Omaha #50 EPT – 12 – ESPT – 6 – Barcelona, Barcelona 10th € 2,260 won $ 2,588
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
07-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Handed (Event #19) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 9,501
01-Jun-2015 United States $ 1,100 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Main Event #19 Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 2,512
29-May-2015 United States WSOP $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 3,009
12-Jan-2015 Bahamas $ 24,000 + 1,000 #24 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller 8 Handed PCA – 2015, Paradise Island won $ 44,540
01-Jul-2008 United States WSOP $ 1,500 Limit Hold’em – Shootout 39th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2008, Las Vegas won $ 5,055
10-Jul-2007 United States WPT $ 10,000 + 300 Bellagio Cup III – No Limit Hold’em Bellagio Cup III, Las Vegas won $ 41,310
06-Aug-2006 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em 37th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2006, Las Vegas won $ 39,530
05-Aug-2006 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em 37th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2006, Las Vegas won $ 1,289
Here is his interview from Poker News on Youtube:
When Joe Mckeehen goes into the WSOP Final Table, he goes in as chip leader with over 63,000,000 chips. He’s only 24 but is already a WSOP veteran who last year won over $800,000. He hales from Pennsylvania but is already a poker roadie with wins stretching around the country including Atlantic City, Vegas, Foxwoods, Florida and even Paradise Island. He’s a laid back gentleman in an interview but makes it clear he’s there to win the tournament.
He talks about strategy somewhat in that as chip leader he can put pressure on shorter stacked players and in this case everything worked out. It doesn’t always work out as you know. I’ve big stacked players make big bets and lose and short stacked players come back from the brink and win. Poker is really anyone’s game and there are no guarantees. Will this tournament have a major upset? Who knows but Joe Mckeehen appears very relaxed as takes a break before the Final Table in November.
His total cashes are near $2,000,000 not bad for a 24 year old . His recorded cashes are below.
05-Jul-2015 United States $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
27-Jun-2015 United States $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo (Event #56) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 12,376
04-Jun-2015 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event #14) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 5,413
29-May-2015 United States $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 5,000
23-Apr-2015 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em Six Max (Event #10) Borgata Spring Poker Open/WPT World Championship, Atlantic City won $ 3,395
13-Mar-2015 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Double Play Borgata Poker Player’s Series, Atlantic City won $ 1,232
06-Mar-2015 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event #10 WSOP Circuit – Baltimore, Baltimore won $ 4,703
19-Feb-2015 United States $ 1,000 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem won $ 1,179
13-Feb-2015 Canada C$ 4,700 + 300 No Limit Hold’em WPT Main Event 2015 Fallsview Poker Classic, Niagara Falls won $ 8,120
18-Dec-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em (Event #8) WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 3,058
12-Dec-2014 United States $ 1,100 + 100 No Limit Hold’em Big Stax 1100 Parx Casino Big Stax IX, Bensalem won $ 13,105
03-Dec-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax IX, Bensalem won $ 27,236
13-Nov-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Event #14 Borgata Fall Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 3,104
01-Oct-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’m – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VIII, Bensalem won $ 894
11-Sep-2014 United States $ 1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Heads Up WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City won $ 37,248
07-Aug-2014 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 500 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 3,208
31-Jul-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 995
26-Jun-2014 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack (Event #51) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 820,863
08-Jun-2014 United States $ 2,100 No Limit Hold’em #26 Deepstack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 101,864
30-May-2014 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout (Event #6) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 4,411
13-May-2014 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 949
25-Apr-2014 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Philadelphia, Chester won $ 6,013
24-Apr-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – Philadelphia, Chester won $ 6,091
17-Apr-2014 United States $ 600 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Borgata Spring Poker Open 2014, Atlantic City won $ 33,873
08-Apr-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deeptack Re-Entry Borgata Spring Poker Open 2014, Atlantic City won $ 1,385
15-Mar-2014 United States $ 1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold’Em Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 61,285
13-Mar-2014 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’Em Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 2,508
27-Feb-2014 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 500 Parx Casino Big Stax V, Bensalem won $ 1,002
20-Feb-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax V, Bensalem won $ 20,641
14-Feb-2014 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event WSOP Circuit – West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach won $ 68,291
19-Jan-2014 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 770
17-Jan-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack (Re-Entry) WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 69,808
15-Dec-2013 United States $ 150 + 30 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event Borgata Mini Series, Atlantic City won $ 413
06-Dec-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo WSOP Ring Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 746
30-Nov-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Ring Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 3,633
21-Nov-2013 United States $ 280 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Black Chip Bounty – 6 Max – Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 471
17-Nov-2013 United States $ 400 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepest Stack – Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 30,963
01-Nov-2013 United States $ 2,500 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 4,979
30-Oct-2013 United States $ 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 6,343
24-Oct-2013 United States $ 260 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 8,514
20-Oct-2013 United States $ 530 + 70 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 10,706
03-Oct-2013 United States $ 300 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Parx Casino Big Stax IV, Bensalem won $ 5,074
27-Sep-2013 United States $ 300 + 40 No Limit Hold’em Philly Poker Deepstack, Chester 2nd $ 14,123
06-Sep-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Borgata Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 1,171
03-Sep-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Borgata Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 1,138
22-Aug-2013 United States $ 5,300 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event Seminole Hard Rock 2013 Poker Open, Hollywood won $ 14,544
08-Aug-2013 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Parx Casino Big Stax III, Bensalem won $ 1,534
01-Aug-2013 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em Parx Casino Big Stax III, Bensalem won $ 3,000
06-Jul-2013 United States $ 10,000 World Championship – No Limit Hold’em (Event #62) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 24,480
24-Jun-2013 United States $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #44) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 8,194
10-Jun-2013 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 6,013
28-May-2013 United States $ 500 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 1,569
19-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 1,623
15-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 14,205
09-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 24,219
26-Apr-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – Harrahs Chester, Chester won $ 1,995
07-Apr-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 Limit Hold’em Borgata Spring Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 3,819
09-Mar-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 174,147
01-Mar-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-entry WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,112
14-Feb-2013 United States $ 1,500 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 1500 Parx Casino Big Stax I, Bensalem won $ 4,890
26-Jan-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack Semi Turbo WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,013
12-Jan-2013 United States $ 1,090 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Delaware Park Winter Poker Classic, Wilmington won $ 4,236
21-Sep-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 27,843
08-Sep-2012 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em WPT Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 15,389
13-Aug-2012 United States $ 300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Turbo 2012 Empire State Poker Championship, Verona won $ 15,885
01-Aug-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WPT Parx Open Poker Classic, Bensalem won $ 8,635
25-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 2,722
20-Jul-2012 United States $ 550 No Limit Hold’em – ReEntry 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 19,019
15-Jul-2012 United States $ 550 No Limit Hold’em 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 1,015
03-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 7,972
02-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #56) 43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012, Las Vegas won $ 2,757
15-May-2012 United States $ 175 + 25 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 3,168
14-May-2012 United States $ 175 + 25 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 1,157
13-May-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Turbo Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 3,335
14-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 10,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em 6 Max – High Roller PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 21,100
12-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 2,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 116,230
10-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 270 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 3,680
10-Aug-2011 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Heartland Poker Tour, Verona won $ 3,957
08-Aug-2011 United States $ 300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Turbo Heartland Poker Tour, Verona won $ 18,006
12-Jul-2011 United States $ 330 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Florida State Poker Championships, Pompano Beach won $ 923
26-Jun-2011 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 1,612
23-Jun-2011 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Event 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 2,276
21-Jun-2011 United States $ 175 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 200
17-May-2011 United States $ 165 + 25 No Limit Hold’em East Coast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 1,242
03-Mar-2011 United States $ 250 + 45 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty 2011 March Madness, Verona won $ 3,960
14-Aug-2010 United States $ 2,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event PokerStars.net Empire State Hold ‘Em Championships, Verona won $ 4,100
He’s an accomplished poker professional at the age of 24!!
Thomas Cannuli, 23, from New Jersey is getting ready for the WSOP 2015. He’s guaranteed a million but might get much more than that if he wins. He’s one of several November Niners who come from New Jersey along with Joshua Beckley. That would look great for the state of New Jersey. He’s mostly a cash game player with $50,000 in winnings so far . This year will be his best. He’s listed in tourneys from 2013. He’s had several WSOP cashes so far and this is a learning experience as well.
Though is experience is limited, he’s proving himself a great poker player of tomorrow. Will he become the next Phil Negreanu? He has an interview where he talks strategy for November 2015. He plans on taking time off, relaxing then getting back in the groove or grind for the big day. Some of his pals include Antonio Esfandiaras among others who been teaching the tricks for the Big Day. A humble guy, he credits working hard and luck with helping him wn.
Here’s the clip below.