Fabian Quoss crowned winner of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Tournament – Wins $1,629,940

Fabian Quoss wins $100,000 PCA Tourney. This is the first major title win for Fabian Quoss who placed at final tables at four major tourneys in 2013.
Dan Shak and Quoss went heads up in the final table. Shak has gone to the PCA Super High Roller final table three times previously and he’s someone to look at in the future obviously. His take home for the event was $1,178,980. Quoss wins cash , a trophy and SLYDE watch worth over $20,000. His career earnings stand at almost $5,000,000. He is now a top ranked German player at number four on the all time money list. Third place went to Vanessa Selbst who also won big in the regular High Roller tourney. She wins over $750,000 . Fourth place went to One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari who won over $570,000. The winners list as follows:

1 Fabian Quoss $1,629,940
2 Dan Shak $1,178,980
3 Vanessa Selbst $760,640
4 Antonio Esfandiari $575,920
5 Matt Glantz $445,520
6 Tony Gregg $347,720
7 Ole Schemion $277,080
8 Mike McDonald $217,320

Dominik Panka Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event 2014

Dominik Panka became the first Polish Poker Tour winner after going heads up against Mike McDonald . He won $1,423,096 among other prizes including a trophy and SLYDE watch. His previous lifetime winnings were just over $8000 and he’s just 22. Because of this win , he’s the most successful of all Polish poker players.
Panka states: “I’m an internet player and I haven’t played many live tournaments. I only started playing live last year and I expected my first big cash to be a tenth of this! It’s weird because I didn’t feel too much pressure on the final table. I concentrated on being a rock, a statue, and now I can’t really dance with joy because I’m still in that mindset.”
Panka’s opponent, McDonald, came close to winning a second EPT. His career earnings are over $7,000,000 and has been in the money at numerous events including EPT Dortmund, EPT Madrid, EPT Prague High Roller and other events. He won $1,064,865 for his efforts at the PCA, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Tour.
Both Panka and McDonald were from a field of 427 players who got their PokerStars Caribbean Adventure seats online at online poker site, PokerStars. McDonald was the very first, winning his trip to the Bahamas in a $700 qualifier last year.
American Isaac Baron finished third and managed to secure himself a $1,207,599 payday after cutting a three-way deal with McDonald and Panka. Originally the third place was going to win $774,060 not bad either.
The following is a list of winners of the PCA 2014 event.
1. Dominik Panka 400.00 pts $1,423,096
2. Mike McDonald 280.00 pts $1,064,000
3. Isaac Baron 200.00 pts $1,207,599
4. Madis Muur 176.00 pts $581,040
5. Daniel Gamez 152.00 pts $447,040
6. Srinivasan Shyam 132.00 pts $328,020
7. Pascal LeFrancois 112.00 pts $242,020
8. Fabian Ortiz 96.00 pts $173,220
9. Max Silver 80.00 pts $135,400
10. Thomas Hall 60.00 pts $112,400
11. Grayson Ramage 60.00 pts $112,400
12. Fabio Freitas 60.00 pts $100,700
13. Jorgen Lindebo 60.00 pts $100,700
14. Pal Zsibrita 60.00 pts $90,700
15. Antoine Saout 60.00 pts $90,700
16. Allon brock Allison 60.00 pts $80,700
17. Adrian Bussman 60.00 pts $80,700
18. Kyle Heron Sorel 60.00 pts $70,700
19. Robert Auer 60.00 pts $70,700
20. Roger Teska 60.00 pts $70,700
21. Jude Ainsworth 60.00 pts $60,700
22. Jeremy Wray 60.00 pts $60,700
23. Antonio Pace 60.00 pts $60,700
24. Anton Iaroslavskii 60.00 pts $50,900
25. Erik Olofsson 60.00 pts $50,900

The Borgata Cancels Borgata Winter Poker Open Tourney, Big Stack, No Limit Holdem Event Due to Fake Chips

Fake chips were found at the $2,000,000 Borgata Winter Poker Open by NJ gaming regulators. This lead to a cancellation of the Big Stack, No Limit Holdem Event, a tourney with a $560 buy-in. There were around 30 players left in the event at the time of cancellation. It’s not clear how the players will be reimbursed for the cancellation. No charges have been filed. The other events will go on as planned for the 18 day event.

“Thus far, investigators have found that one or more tournament entrants improperly introduced a significant number of counterfeit chips into the tournament, gaining an unfair advantage and compromising the integrity of play for the event,” Tom Ballance, the Borgata’s president and chief operating officer said Saturday.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the criminal actions of these individuals can have a detrimental impact on more than 4,000 other entrants,” he said. “We fully understand and regret the disappointment this cancellation causes our valued customers, and we will work diligently with DGE investigators to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The integrity of our games and the confidence of our players is of the utmost importance to us.”

Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event Crowns New Poker Champ

The PCA, Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure, crowned a new winner of the High Roller Event. Jake Schindler won over $1,100,000 after a heads up with 2012 world champ Greg Merson. Merson’s take home was nearly a million at $948,996 in cold hard cash. Also in the booty , includes a trophy and watch worth over $15,000.
In third place was Vanessa Selbst , a team Pokerstars Pro, whose third place win pulls her up on the all time money list by two spots by winning over $600,000. Her lifetime winnings are over $9,000,000!
The full list of winners is below:
1. Jake Schindler, USA, $1,192,624
2. Greg Merson, USA, $948,996
3. Vanessa Selbst, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, $607,580
4. Mustapha Kanit, Italy, $492,600
5. Robert Mizrachi, USA, $389,720
6. Aleksandr Denisov, Russia, $295,920
7. Ole Schemion, Germany, $216,040
8. Joao Viera, Portugal, $157,940
This event had 247 entries including re-entries with a $6,051,500 prize pool.

America’s Cardroom to Accept Bitcoin for Deposit and Withdrawal

America’s Cardroom is set to become the first online poker room to accept the bitcoin for deposit and withdrawal options. Other methods will still be available for deposit and withdrawal. When depositing via bitcoin the currency with be changed over to USD. Deposits will start between $5-$1000
This is likely to increase the membership base several times over as many players would love to use the bitcoin for poker. It will certainly attract attention.
The bitcoin has been in the news alot lately over acceptability and exchange rate. More places are accepting the bitcoin for payment and bitcoins are increasing in value on the money exchange where it’s accepted. China though has limited its use and there’s concern of money laundering through use of the bitcoin.
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Preparing For A Poker Tournament – Poker Tournament Strategy

Remember being in school and being on a team and going for a game or match? Not only were you psyched up but so was everyone around you. Poker is a little different. You stand alone and you win alone with whatever cards you have.
Take Time Out To Yourself as a Winner
Preparing for a poker tournament takes a little work but is well worth it. Psyche yourself up. See yourself with arms up flashing a victory smile or maybe it’s a mound of cash you’re holding on to. Either way make a mental image of yourself as a winner for a start.
Find the Hunger Zone
You can play a poker tournament like it’s another day or play with fire in heart. It’s better to play with fire in your heart and soul. Feel the cards as they turn expecting to make the best out of the cards dealt. A strong desire to win will amazingly open doors for you and you will find your game is played much better.
Stay Abreast of Changes
It’s always good to be a part of several online poker rooms. Each one usually is the same but different. For example, America’s Cardroom has Turbo Tournaments that start every 30 minutes. If you want to learn or practice quickly you can do it here. Other poker rooms might have satellite seats to land tourneys another casino might not have. This one way to stay abreast of opportunities in the poker world. Another is to stay on top of strategy from the pros.
Many poker pros have crafted their own strategy from years of playing. Will their strategy work for you? It’s great to test and maybe make a poker pros strategy your own. It’s also good to apply yourself to your own game and come out with your own strategy that works for you.
Conclusion
Find a strategy that works takes time but will add to your poker expertise. You will take some worry away from your game and will give you a cooler demeanor, facial expression, while you’re playing and that could help you win a match in itself.

United Kingdom Ireland Poker Tour Dates Announced

The United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour 2014 have been announced with a final table in London. The tour starts in Edinburgh January 16th and heads to Dublin, Nottingham, Marbella and Isle of Man.
This poker tour will feature something for everyone with buy-ins as low as €700 for Dublin and Isle of Man poker players . The 2013 had a prize pool of £724,590 with the winner , a 21 year old Scotsman, collecting £113,405 . There are also lower buy-ins for various events at each stop. The schedule is below.
EDINBURGH 16TH – 20TH JAN

ASSEMBLY ROOMS £1000 + 100 £500,000
DUBLIN 27th FEB – 3RD MARCH
MANSION HOUSE €700 + 70 €350,000
NOTTINGHAM 7TH – 12TH MAY
DUSK TILL DAWN £1000 + 100 £1,000,000
MARBELLA 11TH – 15TH JUNE

CASINO MARBELLA €1000 + 100 €500,000
ISLE OF MAN TBA

VILLA MARINA £700 + 70 £350,000
LONDON TBA

Cab Driver Gets $10,000 for Returning $300,000 in Vegas from Poker Player

An as yet to be identified poker player gave Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa $10,000 for returning $300,000 left behind in his taxi. The player is said to be one of the better known players for at least having so much dough.
Justin Bonomo, Mark Newhouse, Phil Galfond and Ben Lamb are all being mentioned as the possible “Secret Santa” of Vegas.
“It’s good enough, I really appreciate it,” Gamboa said about the reward. “I wasn’t expecting anything from the people I help. I never expect anything from the people I do good for, but I really appreciate it and that he appreciated what I’d done for him.”
The cab driver had allready gave Gamboa a $5 tip on a $10 fare. He got even more generous with the return of the cash.
“You know, he doesn’t want me to mention his name, and I want to keep his privacy. He doesn’t want any publicity,” Gamboa said.
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2014 Latin American Series of Poker Tour Schedule Announced

The Latin American Poker Tour 2014 schedule has been announced by PokerStars. It’s the 7th season and will stop in several Latin American countries including Chile, Brazil, Peru, Panama , Uruguay and one more destination to be announced.

The seventh season hopes to build on the success of the sixth season that had a record prize pool of nearly $10,000,000 with more than 4,000 players and 1,000 online qualifiers. The sixth season was a big improvement over Season 5. Hopefully , this next season will be even better.

LAPT President, David Carrion, said: “Season 6 was LAPT’s best ever, with the number of unique players growing at a dramatic rate by any standards in the world. We are committed to maintaining our re-entry proposal, along with improvements in the overall schedule after taking into consideration player feedback. Our partners are committed to the festivals, and players are enjoying the repeated stops and similar dates. We have high expectations to continue to deliver an accessible tour with large fields and strong prize pools, always under the umbrella of superb service and authentic poker.”

Commenting on the schedule changes, LAPT Tournament Director, Michael Ward, said: “LAPT 7 is going to be more exciting than ever. We have added a $500 NLH Freeze-Out event with 30-minute levels, as well as a $500 NLH Deep Stack Turbo with a single re-entry to this season’s line-up. We have also standardised all Main Event buy-ins across the year at $1,700, except for the Grand Final at $3,000, and raised the buy-in of the NLH Unlimited Re-entry event from $500 to $1,100. I hope that our regular players enjoy the improvements in the schedule and that we attract even more new ones.”

The Seventh Season Starts March 19 – March 23 in Chile

The Enjoy Casino and Resort will kick off the 7th season. It’s win for the poker tour and the hotel. Gino Breschi, manager at Enjoy Viña del Mar, said: “The Enjoy Group is proud to host the most important poker tournament in the Latin American region. Last year we gathered 1,024 players, making it the biggest event of the series, and we are working hard towards breaking this record. This tournament stop is recognized internationally and constitutes an effective way of promoting tourism in the area, making it a must for players from all over the world.”

The Latin American Poker Tour and Brazilian Series of Poker will combine for a poker tourney at the end of May in São Paulo .

Players can play both at land based casinos and online through qualifying satellites.

One of the simplest ways to play the new Latin American Poker Tour is by winning a seat online at PokerStars.net. For further information please visit: http://www.lapt.com

Event

 

Main Event

 

Buy-in

 

Chile, Viña del Mar
Enjoy Casino and Resort
March 19-23, 2014 $1,550 + $150
LAPT/BSOP Brazil, São Paulo
Holiday Inn Anhembi
May 30-June 3, 2014 R$3,910 + R$490
Panama City, Panama
Veneto Wyndham Grand Hotel and Casino`
July 23-27, 2014 $1,550 + $150
TBC September 10-14 $1,550 + $150
Lima, Peru

Atlantic City Casino

October 15 – 19, 2014 1,550 + $150
LAPT Grand Final
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino
November 26-30, 2014 $2,700 + $300