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Steven Silverman Wins First Ever Alpha8 $100k Event

Steven Silverman has won the inaugural Alpha8 $100,000 event and the grand prize of $891,660.

Silverman has been on a huge roll of late, recently winning the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final back in May and the $1,112,322 cash prize.  The poker pro has accumulated just over $3 million in live tournaments, including this week’s Alpha8 win.

JC Tran finished 2nd at the Seminole Hard Rock event.

Submitted by Press Release on, Aug/28/2013

Justin Bonomo Makes Final Table of 2013 Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event

Poker pro Justin Bonomo has made the final table of the 2013 Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event in Hollywood, Florida.

Bonomo is a successful poker player who has won nearly $6.9 million in his live tournament career.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/27/2013

Poker Pro Prahlad Friedman Divorce: Who Will Get the Party Mansion

Poker pro Prahlad Friedman and Dee Luong Friedman are getting a divorce.

According to TMZ.com, Dee filed for divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences. 

While the two do not have any children, they do have a 4200 square foot estate in the cliffs of Malibu just miles from the beach.

The couple separated back in April and it was not immediately clear who remained living in the mansion. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/27/2013

Poker Pro Robert Hoff Passes Away Unexpectedly

Poker player Robert “Bobby” Hoff has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 73.

He was a regular fixture on the poker scene with the likes of Doyle Brunson and Brian “Sailor” Roberts.

Hoff was best known for his 2nd place finish at the 1979 World Series of Poker.

80-year-old poker icon Doyle Brunson expressed his condolences via Twitter.

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/27/2013

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Guarantees $10 Million: Savage Arrives After Scare

The highly anticipated Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open kicked off Thursday and promises a guarantee of $10 million.

The event featured a $5,300 unlimited re-entry until the close of registration.

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/23/2013

Poker Pro Kevin Boudreau Goes to Rehab After Suffering Brain Hemorrhage During WSOP

His early prognosis was hard for many to bear but there is great news regarding the condition of 25-year-old Kevin Boudreau.  He is on his way to rehab.

Boudreau was hospitalized two months ago in Las Vegas after severe bleeding occurred in his brain.  It was determined he had suffered a brain hemorrhage while on a dinner break at this year’s World Series of Poker.

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/19/2013

Alan Gold Wins Full Tilt Poker UKIPT Galway Main Event for €187,494

Scottish poker payer Alan Gold has won the 2013 Full Tilt Poker UKIPT Galway Main Event and the €187,494 that comes with it.  This is Gold’s biggest win on the live poker circuit.

Gold entered the final table as chip leader and maintained that dominating lead throughout.

As a consolation prize, Gold also has free entries to all the remaining stops for the fourth season of the UKIPT

 

1st

Alan Gold

€187,494*

2nd

Paul Febers

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Aug/12/2013

Poker Pro Gus Hansen: ‘I Can’t Remember My Last Winning Session (Online)’

PokerListings.com recently sat down with Danish poker pro Gus Hansen, who has managed to lose a few million dollars this year alone.

The last time he won?

"Unfortunately lately I am mostly losing as I can’t remember my last winning session," he noted.

And he says, he is asking himself questions that keep him up all night

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/09/2013

Poker Pro Antonio Esfandiari Bets on Abstinence: Won’t Have Sex for a Year

Poker pros love their prop bets and the game’s biggest money earner of all time, Antonio Esfandiari, sure has plenty of cash to burn.

The question is: Can he hold out for a 12 month period?

That was the bet placed among three poker pros while in Stockholm, Sweden this week, according to fellow poker pro Bill Perkins.

Submitted by Ace King on, Aug/09/2013

Poker Pro Jon Aguiar Announces His Retirement: Will be Full Time With DraftKings

Poker Pro Jon Aguiar is done!  Well, at least for now.  We all know how these retirements go (a la Gus Hansen, who came close to retiring anyway).

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Aug/07/2013

Viktor Blom the Week’s Biggest Loser

Online poker phenom Viktor Blom managed to lose $1,404,756 playing online at Full Tilt Poker, making him the week’s biggest loser.

We wouldn’t shed too many tears for the Swede as he has managed to rack up over $5 million so far online this year.  

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/22/2013

Introducing Your WSOP November Nine 2013

From the vast sea of 6,353 hopefuls that began a once-a-year voyage costing $10,000, just nine survivors remain to vie for riches, fame, and the realization of every poker player's dream--the Main Event bracelet.

These nine are now destined to become this year's most celebrated and scrutinized group of poker players.  They are the nine finalists of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, otherwise known as the November Nine.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jul/16/2013

World Series of Poker Final Table to be Determined

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) - As the sun began to set over the Rio casino in Las Vegas, a weary group of card sharks approached the midway point of the last day in the contest for a place at the World Series of Poker's final table.

Fewer than a dozen eliminations stood between the remaining players in the world's biggest no-limit Texas Hold `em competition Monday evening and a ticket for a November finale worth $8.4 million for the winner.

Men in hoodies and sunglasses played amid the blue and red lights of an ESPN set crafted within the Rio hotel-casino off the Strip.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jul/15/2013

JC Tran Among Chip Leaders at 2013 WSOP: Glazier Makes Big Move

Big name pro JC Tran was among the top 3 chip leaders early in the evening Sunday as the last woman standing was on the ropes, though we had some good news just for Jackie Glazier as this was going to press.

The WSOP tweeted:

.@JackieGlazier's Main Event hopes still alive as she doubles through Jack Amyx when her JJ bests his AK.

Glazier, though, was near the bottom of the chip count with just 37 left.  And just moments before this went to press, Glazier shot up into the top 25

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jul/14/2013

Dan Bilzerian Loses $3.1 Million in a Single Night Shooting Dice and Playing Poker

Poker pro Dan Bilzerian tweeted that he was “kinda bummed” after losing $3.1 million Saturday night shooting dice and playing poker while visiting Los Angeles for the weekend.

Bilzerian claimed to hate tourneys and, as such, declined playing at this year’s World Series of Poker.

"I'd rather discuss a girls modeling career than play the WSOP," he tweeted last week.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jul/14/2013

2013 WSOP Getting Down to the Wire: Last Woman Sitting Jackie Glazier

68 players remained at this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event heading into Sunday’s play.  There also remains only one female, that being Australia’s Jackie Glazier, following Annette Obrestad’s elimination late Saturday.

Only One Female Still In

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/14/2013

Annette Obrestad Still Going Strong: Doyle Busto

Lock Poker pro and the first ever World Series of Poker Europe winner Annette Obrestad was holding her own at this year’s WSOP Main Event.  She is already in the money with 239 players remaining.

Obrestad apologized for the lack of tweeting late Friday:

Sry for very few tweets, at tv table and not allowed to use phones, 850k 5-10k

Sadly, poker icon Doyle Brunson busted out on Friday after a strong run.

By day's end, the chip lead belonged to Jon Lane, from Menasha, WI. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/13/2013

Doyle Brunson Continues to Hold His Own at WSOP Main Event

Slipping a few notches to the lower tier of the 70’s in terms of chip counts, the Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson, was still among the more successful players kicking off Friday’s play of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event.  77 out of 649 ain’t too shabby after all.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jul/12/2013

WSOP Masseuse Sophie Lonsinger Hot Tips‬: Doyle Brunson Wants Happy Ending (Video)

Sophie Lonsinger, massage therapist to the pros, shared some quick tips with PokerNews.com on how to revitalise your body and mind while playing a long poker session.

They are going to need Ms. Lonsinger’s expertise as the days continue to drag on.

As of late Thursday evening, just under 1000 players remained in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jul/11/2013

Phil Ivey Inks Deal With California Tribal Casino Online Poker Room

PokerFuse.com is reporting that poker pro Phil Ivey has entered into a deal to act as front man for the Pala band of Mission Indians new online poker room.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/09/2013

Michael Mizrachi Among Top 5 Chip Leaders at WSOP Main Event

One of the biggest names in poker and a past World Series of Poker Main Event finalist, Michael Mizrachi, was among the top 5 chip leaders following Day 1c’s action.

The Lock Poker pro has amassed more than $14 million in career live tournaments to date.  He also managed to finish 4th and 9th in two of this summer’s World Series of Poker events.

Some of the other big survivors after Day 1c included Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, and 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/09/2013

Big Name Busts at the 2013 WSOP Main Event

Day 1b of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event got underway on Sunday and there were already some notable eliminations.

Saying “Good Bye” after Day 1a play included the likes of funnyman Jason Alexander, Soi Nguyen, Abe Mosseri, TJ Cloutier, Chino Rheem, Sopranos actor Robert Iler, Sam Barnhart, and 2011 Main Event Champ Pius Heinz.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jul/07/2013

Matthew Ashton Wins 2013 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship

UK poker player Matthew Ashton has won the 2013 World Series of Poker $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship Friday.  This is his 3rd first place finish and 1st WSOP bracelet.

Ashton walks away with $1,774,089 for his efforts.  Don Nguyen of Chino Hills, California, had led much of the way and managed to finish second with $1,096,254.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/05/2013

Poker Player May Have Used Funds From Casino Heist to Enter WSOP

A Washington State poker player who placed 11th in a recent World Series of Poker event may have used proceeds from a casino heist to pay his way into this year’s WSOP, according to authorities.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/04/2013

Jonathan Duhamel, David Benyamine at Final Table of Poker Players Championship

Poker superstars Jonathan Duhamal (the 2010 WSOP Main Event champ) and David Benyamine were among those making the final table of the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship heading into Thursday.

All eyes were on relative unknown, Don Nguyen, however.  He enters the day with a rather large chip lead.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/04/2013

Duhamel, Hachem, Benyamine Still Going Strong at Players Championship

26 players remained in this year’s World Series of Poker Players Championship coming into Day 4.  The event will pay out close to $2 million to the winner and more than a million dollars to runner up.  The winner will also receive the coveted Chip Reese Trophy.

Don Nguyen led with chips coming into Wednesday while Mike Gorodinsky sat with the second largest stack.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/03/2013

Doyle Brunson Busts Out of 2013 Poker Players Championship

It was a good run while it lasted by the Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson, busted out of this year’s WSOP Poker Players Championship in 53rd place.

Both David Benyamine and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel, continued to sit among the top 5 chip leaders heading into the overnight hours Tuesday.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jul/02/2013

Doyle Brunson Makes it to Day 3 of 2013 Poker Players Championship

The Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson, is back and better than ever!  He is one of 78 people to advance in the Poker Players Championship (2013), not to mention he was right up in the top 40.

Son Todd Brunson also made it to Day 3.

David Benyamine and Jonathan Duhamel enter the day as the top two chip leaders, respectively. Duhamel was the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jul/02/2013

Adelson Gets the Finger for Bashing Online Gambling in US, Boatman WSOP Win

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Submitted by Ace King on, Jun/30/2013

Anthony Gregg Wins 2013 One Drop High Roller, Antonio Esfandiari Makes $1.4m

Anthony Gregg, also known as “Tony”, is the big $4.8 million winner of the 2013 One Drop High Roller event, which featured a $111,111 buy-in.  This is Gregg’s first WSOP bracelet. 

The 26-year-old from Columbia, Maryland was the winner of last August' Parx Open Poker Classic WPT Event, taking home $416,127.  He also finished 2nd at the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo event last month. 

In just a very short period of time Gregg has become one of the top money earners in poker with $8,732,557 in winnings to date on the live circuit.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jun/29/2013

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Is NYC Really Getting a Casino?

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