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Tom Dwan Mum Over Full Tilt Poker Breakup: Could Have to do With Play History

Poker pro Tom Dwan recently cut ties with Full Tilt Poker and the breakup does not appear, at least on the surface, to have been amicable.

F5Poker.com suggests there could be more coming out real soon:

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/08/2014

Disgraced Poker Blogger ‘Who Jedi’ is Now ‘Where Jedi’: Pulls Blog

A poker reporter charged with stealing from dealer chip jars at the Mohegan Sun no longer has his blog up, Thomas Somach reports.

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/03/2014

Sotirios Koutoupas Wins EPT Deauville 2014 for €614,000

Sotirios Koutoupas has won EPT Deauville for €614,000 and become the first ever Greek EPT champion.

Koutoupas, who was runner-up to Ramzi Jelassi at EPT9 Prague, beat Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov heads-up today thus thwarting the Ukrainian’s bid to secure poker’s Triple Crown. Katchalov, 32, already has a WSOP and WPT title and came close to an EPT title when he finished third in Barcelona in Season 8. He got €379,500 for second place.

Submitted by Press Release on, Feb/01/2014

Final Eight of EPT Deauville High Roller Determined

Lebanese player Albert Daher is chip leader for the final of the record-breaking EPT Deauville €10k High Roller. Daher has 1,300,000, nearly twice as much as his nearest rival – EPT Barcelona champion Martin Schleich from Germany, who is in second place with 762,000. EPT8 Player of the Year Ondrej Vinklarek from the Czech Republic lies in third with 737,000.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/31/2014

Ole Schemion Wins 2013 European Poker Player of the Year Award

DEAUVILLE, France – PokerStars today congratulates Ole Schemion on winning the European Player of the Year at the GPI European Poker Awards 13th Edition sponsored by PokerStars.  The awards were held in conjunction with Casino Lucien Barriere and the PokerStars European Poker Tour Deauville.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/29/2014

British Poker Pro Nigel Goldman Vanishes Amidst Embezzlement Fears

Nigel Goldman, a British poker pro popular on the big name tournament circuit, has gone missing from his Costa Del Sol, Spain mansion.

It’s not just Goldman who has gone missing, however.  Some by £2.5m in clients funds have also vanished.

The warning signs may have been there from the get-go.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/29/2014

Poker Pro Dario Sammartino Leads at EPT 10 Deauville Main Event

Italian pro Dario Sammartino is leading the remaining 137 players as we go in to Day 3 of the EPT Deauville Main Event. The 26-year-old, who was third in the FPS High Roller a few days ago for €63,800 and fourth in the UKIPT London Main Event in October, has 427,200, closely followed by EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard with 392,500. His biggest live cash to date was runner-up at IPT Sanremo in October for €95,000.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/28/2014

PokerStars.IT IPT Nova Gorica 1 Season 6 – Vincitore Marko Mikovic

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Un giocatore Serbo, Marko Mikovic, ha vinto il primo premio di €89,000 (deal finale a tre) dopo un intenso Heads up al tavolo finale dell’IPT Nova Gorica, che si e’ protatto fino alla tarda serata di Martedi'.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/27/2014

Chris Day Leads at Even of Day 1A of EPT 10 Deauville Main Event

British player Chris Day has a super-narrow lead over Finland's Jorma Nuutinen at the end of Day 1a of the EPT Deauville Main Event tonight. Day has 154,100 to Nuutinen's 154,000. There are 134 players who made it through today from the 234-strong starting field including Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov and Marcin Horecki.

The EPT has joined forces with the national France Poker Series to create a mega ten-day, 45-event EPT Deauville Poker Festival, running January 22 - February 1, 2014 at Casino Barriere.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/26/2014

Poker Pro Annie Duke Gets a Facelift

Annie Duke is back after enduring a few years of criticism for her role representing shuttered online poker room UB.com and perhaps more so for being the sister of disgraced Full Tilt Poker headman Howard Lederer. Full Tilt Poker still owes millions to US players.

Duke has mostly been in hiding…until now….and she’s getting a makeover.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jan/20/2014

Poker Pro Phil Ivey to Unveil Training Site IveyPoker.com by Month’s End

Poker pro Phil Ivey is set to open his much anticipated online poker training website IveyPoker.com in the coming days.

The aim of the site is to “teach the world how to play better poker.”

Prominent figures in the world of poker will be well represented on the site including Jennifer Harman, Patrik Antonius and Greg Mercer.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/20/2014

Poker Pro Tom Dwan Responds to $25 million Win Story in Macau

Poker pro Tom “Durrrr” Dwan did not win $25 million as was reported on a variety of poker websites Friday.

He tweeted late Friday evening:
ya so at the time of this bogus macau story 36hrs ago i was losing on my macau trip, and definitely hadnt won 25 million in a session.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/18/2014

Dominik Panka Wins PCA Main Event 2014 for Over $1.4 Million

The European Poker Tour got its first-ever Polish champion today when PokerStars online qualifier Dominik Panka defeated Mike McDonald heads-up to take down the $10,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. Panka, who received a life-changing $1,423,096 for his win, was the ninth Pole to make an EPT final table.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/14/2014

Jake Schindler Wins $25k PCA 2014 High Roller: Selbst Comes in 3rd

American pro Jake Schindler has won the $25k PCA High Roller for $1,192,624 after cutting a heads-up deal with 2012 world champion Greg Merson. Merson received $948,996 for his runner-up finish. As well as the huge cash prize, Schindler also received a prestigious trophy and Steel and Rose Gold watch worth €12,800, courtesy of SLYDE, the Official Watch Sponsor of PCA 2014.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/14/2014

PCA 2014 Final Table Determined

Estonian pro Madis Muur has done it again, and is narrowly ahead of would-be two-time EPT champion Mike McDonald for the overnight chip lead - going in to the final of the of the $10k PCA 2014 Main Even with 6,205,000.

All eight players in tomorrow's final are guaranteed at least $173,220, but a life-changing prize $1,820,420 first prize awaits the winner, along with the title of PCA 2014 champion, a trophy and stunning “Steel and Black” design watch worth €5,550 from SLYDE, the Official Watch Sponsor of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2014.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/12/2014

British Poker Pro Max Silver Leads at PCA 2014 Main Event

British pro Max Silver is leading the last 72 players in the $10k PCA 2014 Main Event bagging up 1,453,000 for Day 4. The 23-year-old former Full Tilt Poker employee, here at the PCA with fiancee Lisa, has been on a tear in the last few months, ending 2013 with a sixth place finish for €160,200 at EPT Prague - which pushed his lifetime tournament winnings to more than $1 million.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/11/2014

Poker Pro Justin Smith Sentenced for Role in Russian Mob Run Gambling Ring

Kissimmee, Florida resident Justin “BoostedJ” Smith has been sentenced to probation for his involvement in an illegal gambling ring with ties to the Russian Mob.  The poker pro, who has won over $2.1 million in live tournaments to date, was sentenced to three months of home confinement and 200 hours of community service.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/10/2014

Dan Bilzerian: ‘Poker Players Are Kind of a Degenerate Group’

Colorful poker pro Dan Bilzerian gave few details on that $10.8 million session he tweeted about recently other than that it was a $5,000-$10,000 no-limit event.  But in an exclusive Card Player interview, Bilzerian talks about how he got into poker and readily admits there is "nothing normal about winning or losing $10 million in a single night".

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/09/2014

World Poker Tour Makes ‘Monster’ Mistake Says Caro: Fury Over Headphones

Legendary poker pro and strategy expert Mike Caro believes that the World Poker Tour may have just made a “Monster” mistake. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/07/2014

Poker Pro Dan Bilzerian Makes Acting Debut in ‘Lone Survivor’ (Video)

Poker pro and Instagram sensation Dan Bilzerian has made his acting debut in the critically acclaimed “Lone Survivor”.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jan/06/2014

Daniel Negreanu Named ‘Poker Player of the Decade’

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – Daniel Negreanu, a member of Team PokerStars.com Pro, has been recognised as the best poker player of the past decade by independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI). This recognition follows an outstanding performance by Negreanu in 2013, where he won a number of big poker tournaments and received numerous ‘Player of the Year’ awards.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/03/2014

It Pays to be Honest: Poker Pro Gives Cabbie $10k for Returning Lost $300k (Video)

An unidentified 28-year-old poker player gave Las Vegas cabbie Gerardo Gamboa $10,000 for returning $300,000 left behind in his taxi.  The player, who many in the poker community were attempting to determine through his age and location, is said to be one of the better known players.

Justin Bonomo, Mark Newhouse, Phil Galfond and Ben Lamb are all being mentioned as the possible "Secret Santa" of Vegas.

Submitted by Ace King on, Dec/27/2013

Julian Track Wins EPT Prague 2013 for €725,700

Here were your results for the record breaking EPT Prague 2013: Julian Track, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, €725,700 
George Sotiropoulos, Greece, €700,000 
- Stephen Chidwick, UK, PokerStars qualifier, €378,000 
- Ka Kwan Lau, Spain, PokerStars player, €283,800 
- Ole Schemion, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, €218,300 
- Max Silver, UK, PokerStars player, €160,200 
- Zdravko Duvnjak, Croatia, PokerStars player, €118,200 
- Jorma Nuutinen, Finland, PokerStars player, €84,600

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/18/2013

Georgios Karakousis Leads for Day 2 of EPT Prague High Roller Event

EPT London runner-up Georgios Karakousis was chip leader at the start of Day 2 of the record-breaking €10k EPT High Roller. In London, the 63-year-old took £349,200 home to Greece after being beaten heads-up by Robin Ylitalo. Here in Prague, he just finished fourth in the €2k Eureka Prague High Roller for €58,000.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/17/2013

Damon Shulenberger Wins Longest Poker Tournament in History

American Damon Shulenberger has won the longest poker tournament in history, a grueling 48 hour event. 

The APT-RWM Iron Man Poker Challenge officially took 48 hours, 55 minutes, and 58.5 seconds.  Shulenberger’s accomplishment surpassed that of Korean player Choi Byung Kyoo. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Dec/16/2013

Ludovic Lacay Leads for Day 4 of EPT Prague 2014

EPT Sanremo champion Ludovic Lacay is chip leader as the EPT Prague Main Event goes in to Day 4. The French pro has a massive 1.7 million in chips, more than 500,000 clear of his nearest rival, German player Julian Track. There are now just 61 players left from the record-breaking starting field of 1,007. Other big names still in contention for the €889,000 first prize are Jonathan Little, Ole Schemion, Ana Marquez, Eureka Main Event winner Dimitri Holdeew and Stephen Chidwick.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/15/2013

Sergei Popov wins Eureka Season 3 Leaderboard

Eureka Prague is now finished, all the events are already over. Tour's season 3 has come to an end since the Czech capital was the last stop this year (preceded by Rozvadov, Bulgaria and Croatia). 


Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/14/2013

Georgescu Leads at End of EPT Prague Day 1A

Romanian player Georgescu Tiberi-Florian is leading the 210 players who have made it through Day 1a of the EPT 10 Prague Main Event. Also among the chip leaders are Ronny Voth, Joao Simao, Sebastian Saffari and Simon Mattsson. The tourney started at noon with 389 players.

The EPT Prague Main Event runs until December 18 - with a live stream every day on EPTLive, starting at 3pm on Day 1b. Prague is the third stop of EPT Season 10 and yet again has joined the regional Eureka Poker Tour to create a spectacular 11-day festival of poker at the Hilton Prague featuring 47 events.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/12/2013

Dmitri Holdeew Takes Down Eureka Prague Main Event

The record-breaking tournament is finally over after Dmitri Holdeew from Germany became the Eureka 3 Prague champion for a €226,400 first prize. He is mainly a cash game player but was still capable of beating online tournament professionals Ami "UhhMee" Barer and Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick at the final table.

Submitted by Press Release on, Dec/12/2013

MORE THAN €1,275,000 TO BE AWARDED IN EUREKA 3 PRAGUE POKER TOUR

The massive Main Event of Eureka Prague has created a huge 7-figure prize pool with €1,275,550 to be divided between 191 players. The new champion will take home an impressive €226,410 - the biggest prize ever awarded in Eureka Poker Tour history. The first prize actually exceeds nearly all the total prize pools awarded in Eureka season 1. All players are guaranteed at least €1,750.

 

Submitted by Payton on, Dec/10/2013

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