Freeroll Poker Tournament News New Jersey Online Championships Tournament Series

For those living or visiting the state of New Jersey, an upcoming poker tournament is going to start in January. The event starts and ends with a $250,000 Freeroll Tournament. Yes a freeroll. Now is the time to get in and build your poker bankroll.
New Jersey is the largest online market for gambling because of its tri-state location. New Yorkers, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are all nearby. Six casino offer online gambling: the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; the Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino; the Tropicana Casino and Resort; Bally’s Atlantic City; and Caesars Atlantic City. The Golden Nugget Atlantic City will join them soon.
Moody’s Investors Service said Internet gambling will help Atlantic City, particularly the Borgata and the four casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment. The report said online betting will not be an immediate game-changer, generating $250 million to $500 million in the first year.

Schedule of Poker Events Date
$250,000 Invitational Freeroll Jan. 19, 2014
$215 NLH R&A $50k Guaranteed Jan .20, 2014
$109 Pot Limit Omaha R&A $25k Guaranteed Jan. 21, 2014
$215 NLHE $30k Guaranteed Jan. 22, 2014
$109 NLH $25k Guaranteed Jan. 23, 2014
$215 NLH 6 Max $50k Guaranteed Jan. 24, 2014
$109 NLH $70k Guaranteed Jan. 25, 2014
$530 NLH $250k Guaranteed Jan. 26, 2014
$250,000 Player’s Freeroll Feb. 2, 2014
The first Freeroll is invitational and the last one is the Player’s Freeroll. If you’re located nearby or plan on being in the area at the time . Check out more at

High Five Poker Tournament at America’s Cardroom a Big Success

The High Five Poker Tourney at Ameica’s Cardroom was a big success. Originally , it was a $350,000 Guaranteed but saw prize pools go over $415,000. There were 25 poker events over 5 days with over 10,000 entries.
“It was only five short days, but with $416,768 in total prize pools, our High Five Guaranteed series was one of our most successful yet,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “While we had guaranteed prize pools totaling $350,000, online poker players in the US flocked to Americas Cardroom in droves, pumping up the prize pool to near half-million territory.”
The High Five Guarantee was from November 20th to the 24th and had various poker games including Texas Holdem Poker , Pot Limit Omaha and more. Many tournaments features re-entries, re-buys, and add-on options as well.
The High Five Poker Tourney featured five tourneys per day with a large poker event rounding out the days schedule. Most tourneys reached beyond their guarantees.
Harris notes that the Americas Cardroom community can expect to see some big online poker series in the new year.
“Right near we’re focusing on making our players happy however we can,” commented Harris. “That includes sending more players than ever to land-based events. We recently returned from the Punta Cana Poker Classic where we enjoyed partying with the Americas Cardroom community, and this coming March we’re heading to Panama for the LSOP. We’ll be focused on sending as many players as we can to that innovative event while making sure our online tournament prize pools are impressive.”

Guillermo Olvera of Mexico Wins Punta Cana Classic 2013

Giullermon Olvera of Mexico has won the 2013 Punta Cana Classic capturing not only the title but also $171,000 and bragging rights. Chilean Leonal Otazo was the leader for most of tournament going into the final day with 2,475 million chips.
A recap of the Final Table shows how Olvera won . He held a K and 7 of diamonds against Otazo’s Q and 2 of diamonds. The community cards were 10 diamonds,3 spades, 4 diamonds, 3 diamonds and the final card was an Ace of spade.Olvera won with a high hand. Third place finish went to American Jonathan Iacovelli who took $62,740 for his efforts.
It’s a celebration for poker in Latin America. All previous winners were either Canadian or American. This is the first time a Latino has won the Punta Cana Classic.

Poker Profiles – Erick Lindgren – The Highs and Lows of Poker Professionals

Poker Pro Erick Lindgren has on top and the bottom. He’s won nearly $9,000,000 in live tournament winnings including WSOP bracelet and 2 WPT titles. But he stated having a serious gambling problem and have debts over $10,000,000. He recently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
He’s taken action by going to rehab for his addiction. Poker is littered with players who go in various directions. It’s rare to find repeat WSOP winners , they end up in the mix with scattered winnings here and there. He states that sports betting has been his addiction.
Now he’s hoping to stay focused only on poker and get back to where he was once.
As Erick Lindgren explains: “I just want to get back to where my word, when I say something, it means something and I just want to get back to a level of full accountability.”

Latin Series of Poker Tournament – Win Seats at America’s Cardroom

In March, the Latin Series of Poker will start. It runs for a week – March 7 till March 15 2013 in Panama. And America’s Cardroom has satellite seat entries for top finishers. It’s a million dollar guarantee and that means big bucks for winners. There are two satellite tourneys for this at America’s Cardroom , one was November 10th and the other coming up November 24th, 6pm with buy-in of $50 + 5. There are 10 LSOP packages available. Will you be the lucky one?
Winners will get:
LSOP Millions Main Event buy-in ($750+100)
6-night hotel accommodation at the Hard Rock Megapolis Panama 5 Star Hotel
$20 Daily credit to spend in the Hotel Bar
24/7 VIP Support Line during the Event
Gift Bag
$750 Cash for travel expenses.
The LSOP Millions features multiple Day 1 events happening all over Latin America—several weeks before the action in Panama begins. Players who make it through Day 1 in their city will earn a seat at the Day 2 table in Panama. Day 1 will also be held in Panama, and players who win a seat online will play Day 1 there.
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*Players will be awarded with 6 nights of hotel checking in March 7th and Out on March 13th. If any Online Qualifier remains playing the Main Event after March 13th, Americas Cardroom will cover his/her hotel nights for FREE so he can stay and play the rest of the event.
It looks like a good time to play poker tournaments? I think so.

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Punta Cana Classic Main Event $700,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

Though originally a $500,000 prize pool the Punta Cana Classic has increased to over $700,000. It’s quickly becoming a sought after poker tournament. 1st place prize is $171,100 and the top 50 spots are getting paid. This tournament has a Day 1A and Day 1B structure. All prepaid packages must play in Day 1A.

Chip leader Chance Korneck has 325,000 . Fellow leaders include William Valladares , 217,800, Patrick Serda, 173,500, Leonel Otazo, 165,900 and Steve Stolzmann 163,000. Previous champ Demo Kiriopolos has 12th place with 141,900.

Some big boys of poker were in Day 1B including Marc McLaughlin who won over $1,500,000 million at the WSOP. He didn’t make it to the finals here though. Other poker pros playing include Jonathan Little.

Those who don’t get to Day 2 can still get to play. There’s a No Limit Hold’em Second Chance Tournament. And also there’s the Punta Cana Classic High Roller Tournament.

America’s Cardroom is one of poker sites with satellite seats to this event.

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America’s Cardroom Hosts New Progressive Sit N Go Race

America’s Cardroom will be having a new monthly progressive points race for Sit N Go poker players starting December 1. Cash prizes and tournament entries will be awarded based on number of Sit N Go tournaments. A leaderboard will have the leaders list.  This the first progressive race for Sit N Go players at any online poker room. A portion of all fee will create the jackpot so there’s no extra cost to players.

With the incentives offered, players will probably be grinding like crazy. Some incentives include: 4X the amount of points for players who register in On- Demand Sit N Go tourneys.  An example is if 20 players are needed for a tourney, the first 20 will get 4X as many points.

America’s Cardroom is also running a Facebook Contest that will give 18 top contestants a $5,000 Sit N Go Tournament.

More details can be found at America’s Cardroom.


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Poker Tournament Entry Fees – Getting Backers to Cover You – Jay Farber Story

One cool thing about this years major poker event the World Series of Poker is Jay Farber. He came out of nowhere and only considers poker a hobby . But he placed 2nd and collected over $5,000,000 for his efforts. His secret is he got backers to cover the $10,000 entry fee.

He stated he didn’t have the money to come up for the entry fee and got backers to cover him. If you don’t have the money for any of the exciting tournaments and you’re a good player, you might be able to get backers to cover you for a piece of the action. In this case your talking $10,000 – maybe a thousand from a couple of people who believe in your poker skills.The payoff can be enormous. For every thousand Jay Farber’s backers invested, they got $840,000 back. That’s in a couple of months , that’s better than most stock investments! And penny stocks at that. Where would find backers? Look no further than your poker pals who have a vested interest in the game and if you win often , might even trust your ability to win a larger tournament.

That’s the Jay Farber story. He’s a Vegas night club promoter . Short and beefy with tattoes everywhere. He’s the Chris Moneymaker of today and won twice as much. He presents a new way of getting in big buck tournaments. Another way is of course freerolls. And winning freeroll tournaments repeatedly.

WSOP Update – Ryan Riess Wins WSOP 2013 Takes $8,400,000 Million Prize

As I predicted, Ryan Riess won the WSOP 2013. He’ll take home over 8 million dollars as well as a diamond encrusted bracelet.

He started behind but used his skill and luck to win. In the final call, he had Ace and King of hearts and went all in. Farber stood with a Queen and Five of spades. The community cards were four , Jack and ten. Neither fourth or fifth community cards helped Farber and Riess was crowned winner.

Don’t cry for Farber, he walks away with over $5,000,000 million dollars. More than some winners won in previous tournaments.Interesting to note, Farber sold parts of his buy in. He said he didn’t have $10,000 to invest himself. How much of it he keeps is anyone’s guess. But his investors got a nice return!!

Sylvain Loosli – Online Poker Millionaire – Finishes Fourth Place at WSOP

Sylvain Loosli is a 26 year old French poker player who focuses on online cash games up to $25/50 on online poker sites like Winamax and Pokerstars. He is an online poker millionaire. His few live tournaments wins are $3,198 at the European Poker Tour at Deauville and $ 80,966 at the Dublin Winamax Poker Open. His latest live tournament has brought him much more – $ 2,792,533 to be exact. He finished fourth in the latest WSOP.

Loosli’s been playing poker since 2006  but only been a pro for the last couple of years. He’s a native of Toulon but lived in London for the past 2 years. His roommates in London are poker pros, Guillaume de la Gorce  and PokerStars pro Bertrand  Grospellier.

He is the first French player to make the Main Event final table since Antoine Saout in 2009. Saout played well at the final table before eventually falling in third place. Loosli  hoped to improve on that finish and become the first French world champion. Loosli took 19,600,000 to the Main Event final table, which put him in sixth place.

WSOP Results for Sylvain Loosli. He was eliminated in fourth place after going all in with a queen of hearts and seven of clubs. But he still takes home nearly $3,000,000. Not bad!

WSOP Update – Heads Up Tonight with Ryan Reiss and Jay Farber in the World Series of Poker

It’s all come down to this , the greatest heads up match of the year. It’s the WSOP grand prize and the winner will be either Ryan Reiss or Jay Farber. Ryan Reiss is the 23 year old former casino dealer who turned poker pro and Jay Farber is the poker hobbyist who got lucky. Who will win? If I had to bet, I think Ryan Reiss will pull of the victory. I’m sure in Vegas someone has odds placed.

Ryan Reiss eliminated Amir Lehavot, who leaves in third place with $3,700,000. Don’t feel bad for him.

JC Tran, who came in as chip leader busted out and came in fifth place. He had a string of weak hands. So goes it in poker, he was favored to win.

The WSOP is broadcast with 15 minute delays to prevent cheating. Tonight is the final heads up match of the World Series of Poker.

The WSOP Final Table Overview

Today is the WSOP Final Table, the culmination of a poker tournament that started in May. Up for grabs is over $8,000,000. But everyone is a winner with even the ninth place finisher collecting over $700,000. It’s amazing that one night could be so valuable. The players are on point to win and have been from the start. Let’s look at some of the players since you will probably see more of them. Most are experienced poker pros.

Players in the Final Table

JC Tran – The chip leader is the most awarded player at this final table. He  was one of poker’s beacons during the recent boom , but turned and centered his goals around home. Instead of being a constant poker tour player, spending much of the year on the road, Tran elected to stay  closer to his wife and son and has played only a few major poker tournaments over the past couple of years. He’s a  two-time WSOP bracelet winner, World Championship of Online Poker champion and WPT champion is in command of this final table.

Amir Lehavot – He followed his interest in poker in 2007 and found a passion in online poker. He’s a previous WSOP bracelet winner.He’s an engineer by trade.

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin –  His history speaks for itself with three top 86 finishes in the WSOP since 2009. His friend is Jonathan Duhamel.

Jay Farber – a nightclub promoter, he has always had a drive for poker and finally was able to explore that and play in the main event this year. He’s one of the least experienced players but history has way of making winners when there were none.

Ryan Riess – At 23 , he’s the youngest player in the Final Table and hails from Michigan..He was  dealer in a casino and is now a player. I wonder if nights observing others play has paid off.

Sylvain Loosli – A Frenchman, he is also one of the least experienced players. Let’s if his streak continues.

Michiel Brummelhuis – He has a background in poker is great with focus on cash games and tourneys. He’s well known in Europe. He’s from Holland.

Mark Newhouse – It’s hard to stay on top of the poker world. He rose to the top of tournament play in 2006 but things changed like a bad beat.He’s a winner anyway even if he loses in ninth place , he’ll still pocket over $700,000.

David Benefield – Off to an impressive start in the poker world, Benefield built up a huge bankroll and then went back to college for Asian Studies at Ivy League Columbia. Asian studies lead him to Macau and back to the poker world . He’s had an incredible year. Will he keep it up.

Let the game begin!

WSOP, World Series of Poker, Final Table Begins Today

The final table of the World Series of Poker begins today in Vegas. The action starts at around 4:30 and is broadcast on several outlets including ESPN2. Also live updates are available at Tweets will be current in real time.

If you want to see the ESPN  almost live coverage of the action, be advised to stay off Twitter though, since the action will be shown on a 15 minute delay schedule with hole cards shown at the end of each hand. Your information could be confused.

Calling the action will be Lon McEachern, Norman Chad, and Antonio Esfandiari, winner of the One Drop PokerTourney, worth $18,000,000 along with Marienela Pereira and 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth going over the action during recaps.

It’s going to be an exciting day for the world poker.

Texas Holdem Poker Pro Annie Duke Reacts To Quantitative Reasoning Study

Poker Pro Annie Duke wrote an op ed piece about a quantitative reasoning study about interpretion of data of politically polarized issues. She is a Texas Holdem Poker Pro and the sister of Howard Lederer, part of the former Full Tilt Poker .

Duke reacted to a  study from Dan Kahan and his colleagues that shows that those who are good at quantitative reasoning are more likely to show bias in interpreting data about politically polarized topics. Duke writes:

“When presented with data from a gun control study, a politically polarized topic, all subjects became more polarized in their conclusions, as expected. But the surprise here is that the more quantitatively adept subjects did not do better than their less quantitative peers in interpreting the data as they did in the non-polarizing condition. In fact, they did worse. The people highest in numeracy were more likely to fit the data to their pre-existing view on gun control. Those who were better with numbers were better able to manipulate the data to justify their conclusions when the topic was one that was emotionally charged and polarized.

“This study is disturbing news for rationality. Every day, we have smart people interpreting data for us. Telling us what to eat; whether we are making the world too warm; when, how and how often we should be working out; who we should be voting for and the list goes on…If it is true that smart people are more likely to fall into the motivated reasoning trap, better able to interpret and manipulate data to fit what they want to be true, then that paints a bleak picture for our reliance on the news we get.”

Duke tells her readers to be more critical of the world around them as well as aware of the bias in their own decision making process.

Daniel Negreanu wins High Roller Event at World Series of Poker Europe and Pockets $1,000,000

Daniel Negreanu with a long history of poker tournament wins has won the World Series of Poker High Roller Event. This is another notch on his belt. The event yielded $1,001,225 US. He also has won the World Series Poker Player of the Year for the 2nd time. He’s previously won the WPT Player of the Year award. His total poker career earnings are nearly $20,000,000.

The final table Negreanu played against German Philip Gruissem who was booted to third place. In the heads up match, he played against Nicolau Villa-Lobos , winning with a pair of jacks.

“2004 was just such a different time for me,” said Negreanu, recalling his first WSOP POY victory. “This one means a lot more for me than the last one – it was a little more difficult to win. I came here and won it in the very last [tournament]. I love drama!”

2013 WSOP Europe €25,000 High Roller – Final Results

Daniel Negreanu – €725,000 ($1,001,225)

Nicolau Villa-Lobos  – €450,000 –

Philipp Gruissem – €250,000

David Peters – €150,500

Timothy Adams – €100,600

Scott Seiver – €74,600

Jason Koon – €63,500

Erik Seidel – €55,400

Joni Jouhkimainen – €50,400

Texas Holdem Poker Winner Adrian Mateos Takes Home 1 Million (euros) at WSOP Europe Main Event

Spanish holdem poker player, Adrian Mateos won over a group of 375 fellow holdem poker players to win the WSOP Europe Main Event. He also gets the gold bracelet and 1 million (euros) in cash money . The amazing thing, he’s 18. He’ll have to wait to test out Las Vegas where he has to be 21 to play but till then life’s a bash.

“I feel amazing. It is incredible,” Mateos said following his victory. Unfortunately though, he still has two years to go before he turns 21, but until then, he may play at some bigger  poker events on the European poker circuit.

“You will see me more,” Mateos asserted.

It’s the amazing thing about poker tournaments. Winners can come out of nowhere and take the money and all the glory associated with it. He’s also only the 2nd bracelet winner to come from Spain.

At the final table, Mateos was the chip leader. French player Fabrice Soulier gave him a run for the money but Mateos started to play smaller pots and this strategy worked. This heads up battle lasted 160 hands and several hours.

This was the 7 WSOP Europe Main Event. The following list include other winners.

1st: Adrian Mateos – Spain – €1,000,000

2nd: Fabrice Soulier – France – €610,000

3rd: Dominik Nitsche – Germany – €400,000

4th: Jerome Huge – France – €251,000

5th: Ravi Raghavan – USA – €176,000

6th: Benny Spindler – Germany – €126,000

7th: Andrei Konopelko – Belarus – €101,000

8th: Shannon Shorr – USA – €77,500