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FTOPS XXIV DELIVERS OVER $9 MILLION IN PRIZE POOLS

Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS XXIV came to a close last weekend with more than $3.3 million in prize pools won across the final three days.

 

Two weeks of exciting tournament action culminated with over $1,600,000 awarded in the Main Event, which saw “poksu pete” outlast a field of 2,755 to turn his $635 buy-in into $207,016. Second-place finisher “Illini213” took the lion’s share of the Main Event prize pool however with $261,339, due to a deal made three handed.

 

Submitted by Payton on, Dec/10/2013

Poker Player Niklas Heinecker the Biggest Online Money Earner in 2013

German poker player Niklas Heinecker has won more money than any other person online in 2013 to date, cashing out a sweet US$1.19 million.  And to think he only began playing online back in May.

It’s not just online where Heinecker has enjoyed huge success.  He also won the HK$1 GuangDong Asia Millions (US$4.5 million) back in May, bringing his total combined earnings on the year to an unprecedented $8.7 million. 

Overall, Chris Moorman is the biggest money earner online, having amassed $10 million in Web tournaments over his career.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Nov/19/2013

Guillermo Olvero of Mexico Wins 2013 Punta Cana Poker Classic: 'Bears' All

Mexican poker player Guillermo Olvero has won the coveted 2013 Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event.  He is the first poker player representing Latin America to win the Classic, now in its 4th year.  Until now, two Canadians and an American have been crowned.

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/18/2013

Notable Pros Outlast 274 Entries in Day 1A of Punta Cana Poker Classic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Busting out of a poker tournament is never fun, but when you have a spectacular beach at your doorstep, 24-hour room service, and all-you-can-handle everything, it stings a little less. That's if they decide to call it a day, players that bust on Day 1A can still play Day 1B. Also, during late registration period a player can still re-enter Day 1B after getting knocked out.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/13/2013

How The Mighty Have Fallen in the World of Poker

4Flush this week has a good piece about how the mighty have fallen in the world of poker since the days of the mid-2000’s poker boom.  Some are obvious like Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Russ Hamilton.  Another big name, Annie Duke, seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth after being propelled to stardom as a finalist on Donald Trump’s “Apprentice” (Joan Rivers, who some would say saw right through Ms. Duke, ended up being hired in the end).

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/13/2013

Ari Engel Scores Biggest Career Win on HPT

St. Louis, MO Las Vegas-based poker pro Ari Engel has made a name for himself in poker with 91 career cashes totaling over $1.16 million since 2006. His enviable live tournament resume includes 39 Final Tables and a dozen wins.  He’s got more World Series of Poker Circuit rings than he could wear on one hand. The 30-year-old has traveled the world collecting paychecks in London, Prague, and Manila, but it was a stop in America’s Heartland that earned him his biggest payday to date. Engel took down a record field at River City Casino and Hotel in St.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/12/2013

Freidman Dominates Experienced HPT Final Table

Florence, IN - Adam Friedman of Gahanna, Ohio returned to Belterra Casino Resort over the weekend to improve on his fourteenth-place Heartland Poker Tour finish in March.  A successful pro player, Freidman has accumulated over $1.3 million in winnings and four World Series of Poker Final Tables.  A WSOP bracelet winner, Freidman was one of many accomplished players at Monday’s HPT Final Table at Belterra.  He was the only one with well over a million in chips.

Submitted by Press Release on, Nov/05/2013

David Benefield, Mark Newhouse First Elimination of WSOP Main Event Final 2013

Mark Newhouse was the first to say “good bye” and big name player David Benefield was quick to follow at this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event Final table.

Submitted by Ace King on, Nov/04/2013

Heartland Poker Tour Names Most Valuable Player: David Grandstaff

Heartland Poker Tour named its first-ever Most Valuable Player early Tuesday in the heart of the Heartland at Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. Local player David Grandstaff had it locked up with two wins in the series and a sixth-place finish.  As the Main Event came to a close, only one player had enough points to potentially oust him.  Chris Louviere would have to finish in first place to surpass Grandstaff and that seemed unlikely.  As HPT viewers have come to expect, anything can happen.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/29/2013

Adrian Mateos of Spain Wins 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

Adrian Mateos of Spain defeated a tough field of 375 and a tough final table to claim the title of WSOP Europe Main Event Champion along with the gold bracelet and a €1 million payday.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/25/2013

Viktor Blom Puts $100k on the Line to Test Himself Against Full Tilt Poker Players

Get freeroll tickets for the chance to face-off against a poker superstar during Blom 100

Onchan, Isle of Man –As Blom 100 kicks off today, 100 Full Tilt Poker players are set to find out if they have what it takes to beat the legendary Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/25/2013

Daniel Negreanu Wins 2013 WSOPE High Roller Event

After a long day of battling against some of the best players in the world it was Daniel Negreanu who came out victorious at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe High Roller event. 

Earlier Thursday Negreanu locked up the World Series of Poker Player of the Year title for the second time since having previously won it in 2004.

Thursday’s victory yielded €725,000, which helped boost his overall earnings to just over $19.5 million.

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/24/2013

2013 WSOPE Final 6 Determined: Benny Spindler Leads

The aim for today was to make the final eight players from the 24 that started at midday. Such was the quick progress made that the final eight was reached in less than four levels of play. The WSOP made the decision to play on until six remained and that only took another 50 minutes of play.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/23/2013

24 Remaining in This Year’s WSOPE Main Event

These days when the poker world hears the last name "Steinberg", the first person they likely htink of is gold bracelet winner Max Steinberg.  Back in 2010 though, it was Danny Steinberg who was the more notable of the twin poker players.  Danny final tabled the WSOPE Main Event that year, taking sixth place the last year the series was held in London.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/22/2013

The Latest Poker Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy will be the 45th and 46th inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame. 

A ceremony for the induction will take place on November 3.  Celebrations take place at the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Scotty Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American, is a five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner.  Nguyen is perhaps best known for winning the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event. He is the first and currently only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 Players' Championship.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Oct/21/2013

MTOPS Gets Under Way

While there are plenty of high-stakes poker games on tour at the moment, the Micro Turbo Online Poker Series is also back, and claims to be bigger than ever before.

The tournament kicked off on the 13th October 2013, the series is played throughout 15 days of jam-packed poker with over $1 million to play for.

Submitted by Payton on, Oct/21/2013

375 Players Enter 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

This year's World Series of Poker Europe Main event has 375 entries, a €3.6 million prize pool, and €1 million payout to the champion.

Remaining players from the first two days will be combined to kick off Monday’s play.

Among the more familiar names still taking part:  Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Martin Finger, Max Steinberg, Shannon Shorr and Noah Schwartz.

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/21/2013

Robin Ylitalo Wins PokerStars EPT London Main Event for £560,980

Swedish pro Robin Ylitalo has won the £5,250 PokerStars.com EPT London Main Event today for a £560,980 first prize.

The 27-year-old from Gothenberg, who made the final of EPT8 Campione, beat Greek player Georgios Karakousis heads-up to win his first EPT title and a stunning watch from Official EPT 10 Main Event Watch Sponsor SLYDE.

He said: “It’s amazing to win this, the best feeling. I absolutely thought I could do it... I thought I was able, but it didn’t happen. I can’t put words to how great it feels. I have been dreaming of this for a long time.”

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/12/2013

EPT London £50K Super High Roller Final Table Determined: Finger Leads

Final table chip counts 
Martin Finger, 4,770,000 
Johannes Strassmann, 2,215,000 
Bill Perkins, 2,060,000 
David Benefield, 1,320,000 
Christoph Vogelsang, 1,220,000 
Timothy Adams, 1,140,000 
Tobias Reinkemeier, 850,000 
Patrik Antonius, 750,000

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/06/2013

Henri Balcazar Wins Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event

Ontario Man Wins Record-Breaking Main Event At Montreal Festival

Montreal, Canada – Henri Balcazar is the inaugural Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event champion, taking home C$194,044 for being the last player standing in a record-breaking field.

After just three hands of heads-up play, the 32-year-old from Kitchener, Ontario hoisted the trophy, beating local player Eric Despres to the top spot.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/04/2013

Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event 2013 Final Table Determined

Day 4 of the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event saw 25 players return and in just six hours the final table of nine was found.

The unfortunate player to bubble the final table was Jeremie Trepanier. Trepanier took the defeat with a smile and left the tournament in an agonizing 10th place (C$21,121).

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/03/2013

Chris Moorman First Poker Player to Pass $10 Mil Mark Online in Tournaments

Chris Moorman is the first poker player to reach the $10 million mark in online tournaments.

The breakdown according to PokerUpdate.com is mighty impressive:

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/02/2013

Brad Albrinck Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Cincinnati 2013

Brad Albrinck has won the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Cincinnati and the $221,994 prize that goes along with it.

Prior to this win, the local Cincinnati player had amassed just over $60,000 on the live circuit with three cashouts.

David Kash finished 2nd with $136,863. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/01/2013

Poker Face: Vanessa Rousso The Next Lady Gaga (Video)

Poker pro Vanessa Rousso is going from poker to pop it appears.  One of the game’s top female players and a PokerStars.com pro (not to mention a big Gambling911.com fan favorite), Rousso recently expressed her love for music and her desire to enter the recording industry.

“Why not check out taking online classes in music?” Rousso said in a recent interview.  “I did my research and found out that Berkley was the best school for contemporary music.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Sep/30/2013

2013 Poker Hall of Fame Inductee Finalists Revealed

The 2013 Poker Hall of Fame finalists have been announced.

They are, in alphabetical order: Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, David Chiu, Thor Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Tom McEvoy, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen and Huckleberry Seed.

Six of these finalists were nominated last year.

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/26/2013

European Poker Tour Horror Stories Emerge as More Laptops Potentially Hacked

After two weeks of initial reports that laptops had been compromised during this year’s EPT Barcelona event, more poker players have come forward to reveal they, too, were apparent victims of hackings during additional stops of the prestigious European Poker Tour.

Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/25/2013

Latin American Poker Pro Leo Fernandez Suspended by PokerStars

One of Latin America’s top poker players, Leo Fernandez, has been suspended from the Team PokerStars roster until the conclusion of an investigation.  Fernandez is alleged to have violated Latin American Poker Tour terms and conditions.  The violation in question was not immediately specified as of press time late Thursday.

"Leo made a big mistake that we didn't agree and of which we cannot speak right now," said Reinaldo Venegas, a PokerStars representative.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Sep/19/2013

Man Sentenced 30 Years to Life for Assaulting Poker Pro Ron Wall

A Las Vegas judge has sentenced 34-year-old Edmond Price to 30 years to life for assaulting and robbing poker pro Ron “The Duke of Fremont” Wall.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/17/2013

Phil Ivey Admits to ‘Edge Sorting’ Advantage in $12.1 Mil Win at Crockfords

Poker pro Phil Ivey has finally admitted to having an advantage in his $12.1 win at Crockfords Casino just over a year ago.  London’s oldest casino has refused to pay Ivey any of his winnings.

Ivey, along with a female acquaintance, had been playing Punto Banco, a skill-free variant of baccarat, when he struck the remarkable win streak.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/16/2013

Poker Diva Daniel Negreanu Throws Tantrum at EPT Barcelona

One of poker’s most outspoken characters, Daniel Negreanu, had a temper tantrum Thursday at the European Poker Tour €10k High Roller event.

Negreanu revolted against a new so-called “first card” rule, leading to him quitting the event.

From PokerNews.com:

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/05/2013

Breaking News

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

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Is NYC Really Getting a Casino?

Is NYC Really Getting a Casino?

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