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50-Year-Old Andrei Konopelko Leads Pack at EPT 100 Barcelona Main Event

Belarus PokerStars qualifier Andrei Konopelko is chip leader going in to Day 4 of the record-breaking #EPT100 Barcelona Main Event. The 50-year-old from Minsk - who won his seat in a €530 satellite on PokerStars - has 1,451,000.

There are 102 players left from the 292 who started Day 3 today. The overall field was a staggering 1496 players from 71 countries, a record for EPT events in Europe (beating the 1,240-strong EPT6 Sanremo won by Liv Boeree).

Submitted by Press Release on, Aug/24/2014

Meet Double Bubble Boy Poker Pro Randal Flowers

Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Or does it?

Don’t tell this to poker pro Mark Randall Flowers, winner of more than $2.1 million in live tournaments to date.

He somehow managed to bubble both the EPT 11 Barcelona Main Event, meaning he was the last person to bust before guaranteed cashes to all those remaining.

But Flowers hardly seemed phased when asked by PokerNews.com how much more pain he could take.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Aug/24/2014

Vojtech Ruzicka Leads Record-Breaking EPT100 Barcelona Main Event

Czech pro Vojtech Ruzicka is chip leader going in to Day 3 of the record-breaking #EPT100 Barcelona Main Event. There are 292 players left from the 906 who started Day 2 today. The overall field was a staggering 1496 players from 71 countries, a record for EPT events in Europe (beating the 1,240-strong EPT6 Sanremo won by Liv Boeree).

Submitted by Press Release on, Aug/23/2014

Dan Bilzerian Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Only as He Can

Poker playboy Dan Bilzerian is the latest to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and it wouldn’t be Bilzerian without a bunch of scantily clad women to surround him. 

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Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Aug/23/2014

Michael Mizrachi Remains Secretive About EPT Barcelona Strategy

Michael Mizrachi, one of the biggest names in poker today, had been the chip leader at this week’s EPT Barcelona but has lost some steam on Saturday. By day’s end he had dropped to under 20th in terms of chip count.

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/23/2014

Poker Pros ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Hellmuth, Bilzerian: Pam Anderson Says ‘No’

Some of the best known poker pros have begun to take part in the uber viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge including the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, and poker playboy Dan Bilzerian, an Internet sensation himself.

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/23/2014

Kid Poker Daniel Negreanu Talks $25-$50 Online Challenge

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu responds to the recent Twitter debate about whether or not he's able to beat $25/$50 on PokerStars in this interview with PokerNews.com.

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/23/2014

Michael Mizrachi Leads at EPT 11 Barcelona Main Event

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is leading the 270 players remaining at the end of Day 1a of the EPT 11 Barcelona Main Event. The 2010 WSOP finalist has 186,600.

Submitted by Press Release on, Aug/21/2014

November Nine Member Martin Jacobson Likes his Chances to Win WSOP Main Event

This is the first in a series of Gambling911.com interviews with the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table members--the so-called "November Nine." Interviews with other "November Nine" members will run periodically until the WSOP Main Event resumes in three months.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Aug/20/2014

The Worst Reaction to Winning $15 Million: Dan Colman Video Goes Viral

How would you react if you just won a cool $15 million?

One of the worst reactions to winning $15 million has just gone viral and it occurred at last month’s World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop where Dan Colman walked off with the big prize.

From PokerStrategy.com:

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/14/2014

Borgata’s $9.6 million Lawsuit Against Phil Ivey May Take a Year to be Heard

A $9.6 million claim filed against big name poker pro Phil Ivey will likely be delayed at least another year.

Ivey is being used by Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel and Casino over an alleged playing card scam.  The suit is claiming fraudulent winnings during a series of visits to the casino in 2012.

PokerFuse.com was able to obtain the court schedule for this matter with hearings to be held right up to July 2015:

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/12/2014

Poker Pro Paul Phua and Son Released by ICE After Ivey Bailout

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the father-son tandem of Paul and Darren Phua late Monday after poker pros Phil Ivey and Andrew Robl posted their initial $2.5 million bail.  Both had initially been charged with running an elaborate World Cup betting operation from a swank Las Vegas resort.  ICE had immediately taken them back into custody upon their release and threatened deportation back to Malaysia.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/29/2014

Poker Pro Phil Hellmuth Dresses Up as a Baby for ‘Poker Night in America’ Game

Poker pro Phil Hellmuth is once again living up to his nick “The Poker Brat”.

On Monday, he dressed as a baby for “Poker Night in America”.

“I am dressed up as a baby on the set of "Poker Night in America!" W a onesie, a bonnet, a bottle & a rattle,” Hellmuth proudly proclaimed on his Twitter page.

“Poker Night in America” features a two day celebrity event going from July 29-30 and taking place at the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland.  The full event started at the beginning of the month.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/28/2014

Fabián Ortiz Wins LAPT7 Panama

The third stop, of the Seventh Season of the Latin American Poker Tour in Panama, has come to an end with a new favorable and double victory for Argentina and Fabián Ortiz. 550 players paid USD $ 1,700 to enter another stage of the regional tournament sponsored by PokerStars.net. Together they managed to make a prize pool of USD $ 826,925 to be distributed among the first 79 players. But it was Fabián Ortiz who took all the glory of the LAPT title again.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jul/27/2014

Poker Pro Daniel Negreanu Turns 40 in Style: Party at the Cosmopolitan

If you happen to be in Vegas this weekend, be sure to check out the Marquee Day Club Friday and the night club on Saturday to come celebrate the 40th birthday of poker icon Daniel Negreanu.

All are invited including Gambling911.com readers!

According to PokerStrategy.com, the pre-party will take place Friday at the Day Club, complete with pool and drones that deliver champagne.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jul/22/2014

Americas Cardroom To Host $1 Million Guaranteed Tournament This December

Poker in America is officially back. Americas Cardroom today announced Winning Millions, a $1 million guaranteed poker tournament set to get underway on December 14th, 2014. The historic online poker tournament will feature the single biggest online poker prize pool US players have seen since April 2011.

Qualifiers for the $500+$40 buy-in tournament will be available soon.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jul/14/2014

Dan Smith Still Hanging In as Field Dwindles at WSOP Main Event

Two big name poker pros were sitting pretty at this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event Saturday evening: Brian Hastings and Dan Smith.  By Sunday night, Hastings was ousted but Smith was still going strong with just over a dozen players remaining.

Few of the other names remaining were recognizable to those but the most hardcore of poker enthusiasts.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/12/2014

WSOP Main Event Notable Survivors After Day 3

When Day 3 began, there were 1,871 hopes entering the Rio.  That number dwindled down to 746.  Phil Ivey was the chip leader heading into the day. The ten-time bracelet winner’s tenure at the top did not last long though.  It only took 30 minutes for Ivey to be knocked off his perch. 

Heading into Day 4, Ivey was 72nd among chip holders.

Heading home during Day 3 were this year’s Poker Player Champion John Hennigan, Day 1 big stack Nick Divella, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Matt Matros.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/11/2014

Phil Ivey On Top: Leads With Chip Counts at WSOP Main Event

One of poker’s greatest players of all time, Phil Ivey, continues to excel at this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event.

After Day 2, Ivey led with chip counts, 505,000.

From WSOP.com:

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/10/2014

Big Name Players Bust Out of WSOP Main Event: Four Former Champs Remain

A number of big name poker players have failed to advance beyond the World Series of Poker Main Event 4th day (known as Day 2AB). 

Among those who bid farewell: Josh Arieh, Dennis Phillips, Mike Matusow, Jason Somerville, George Danzer, Brandon Shack-Harris, Live Boree and Annette Obrestrad. Obrestrad had an especially painful exit as she lost a 100k chip pot with her opponent drawing nearly dead, the WSOP noted.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/09/2014

2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Among Top Five Biggest of All Time

It’s official.  The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event is among the top five biggest of all time based on number of entrants.

Day 1C of the 2014 Main Event broke the record for the largest starting flight in Main Event history drawing 3,968 entries. The previous record was held by Day 1C of the 2013 Main Event when it drew 3,467 players.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/08/2014

WSOP: Jeff Madsen Arrest and Ejection From Rio a Hoax

Tweets made last week from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas by poker pro Jeff Madsen about getting arrested for drugs and being banned from the event venue were not true, Gambling911.com can confirm.

The remarks, made on Madsen's Twitter feed last Thursday, July 3, were simply attempts at humor by the three-time WSOP bracelet-winner who is known for his wacky sense of humor and quirky personality.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jul/07/2014

Record Number for WSOP Main Event Starting Flight Expected

Day 1a of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event drew a modest 771 players while Day 1b resulted in an impressive 2,144 entrants.

Day 1c is always the biggest draw with WSOP officials already anticipating over 3,467 players, which is likely to shatter last year's record.

From WSOP.com:

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/07/2014

Jeff Madsen Not Banned From 2014 WSOP for Pot Possession After All

Poker pro Jeff Madsen appeared to have been banned from this year’s World Series of Poker after Rio Casino security officials removed him from the property for possession of marijuana.

Madsen claimed on his Twitter account that he had taken some cannabis into a WSOP PLO event to throw into the “pot”, so to speak.

On Sunday, Madsen declared he would be playing in the Main Event after all.

He had earlier tweeted:

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/06/2014

Doyle Brunson Says World Series of Poker Main Event Hours ‘Too Damn Long’

Poker legend Doyle Brunson has tweeted that he will no longer play in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Brunson, who turns 81 next month, tweeted:

To everybody who keeps asking...I'm not playing the Main Event. Hours are just too damn long

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/06/2014

2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Kicks Off

The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was set to begin on Saturday.  Over the next three days, we will grasp the number of entries and, as such, the ultimate prize money to be handed out. 

Last year’s WSOP had Ryan Reiss (remember him?) walk away with the top prize of $8,361,570.   We won’t know the winner until November when the final table takes place.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/05/2014

Phil Ivey Responds to Borgata Cheating Allegations: ‘Was All Skill’

Poker pro Phil Ivey is looking to have a lawsuit filed against him by the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City dismissed.  The Borgata alleges that Ivey and a companion cheated the casino out of nearly $12 million while playing baccarat.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/03/2014

Poker Pro Chad Brown Passes Away at Age 52

Following a long bout with cancer, poker pro Chad Brown has passed away at the age of 52.

Brown died at 1:15 am Wednesday morning at Calvary Hospital Hospice in the Bronx, New York. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/02/2014

Daniel Negreanu Now All Time Top Money Earner in Poker: $8 Mil Loser at One Drop

Regardless of where he finished at this year’s World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop, Daniel Negreanu had become the biggest money earner of all time in poker.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/01/2014

Paris Hilton Ex Rick Salomon Leads Big One for One Drop

Rick Salomon, perhaps known best for starring in that infamous sex tape with one time girlfriend Paris Hilton, lead with chips heading into the finale of the 2014 Big One for One Drop.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/01/2014

Breaking News

New York Mobile Sports Bets Wil Likely Pass New Jersey for No. 1

New York Mobile Sports Bets Wil Likely Pass New Jersey for No. 1

New York likely surpassed New Jersey for the top spot in the U.S. sports betting market during the first two weekends that mobile bets were offered, according to a company that most of the legal U.S. sports betting industry uses to verify that its customers are where they say they are.

DraftKings Pulls Out All The Stops in Final Petition Push....Offers Free Cash?

DraftKings Pulls Out All The Stops in Final Petition Push....Offers Free Cash Enticement?

DraftKings is not hiding the fact that they want to enter the Florida market.  While ads pushing a sports betting petition airing on television in the Sunshine State do not mention the company, DraftKings is now promoting the campaign via Twitter with their name all over it.

Is NYC Really Getting a Casino?

Is NYC Really Getting a Casino?

New York City could become the next Las Vegas.  New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday proposed a $216.3 billion budget that would bring casino gambling to the Big Apple.