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Jay Tan Re-Signs With Bodog Poker

Female poker player Jay Tan has renegotiated her contract to continue on as a Team Bodog poker pro for the remainder of 2013.

While a money earner online, the Australian player’s first real live tournament success came this past January with a 7th place finish at the Aussie Millions Main Event that resulted in a $157,745 cash.

Submitted by Ace King on, Apr/04/2013

Tom Christopher Wins 2013 DeepStacks Poker Tour Patriot Poker Classic

Tom Christopher was announced as the winner of the 2013 DeepStacks Poker Tour Patriot Poker Classic Main Event Tuesday and will take home $54,392.  Joe Starratt finished 2nd with $38,117.

The event took place at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino and featured a field of 167 entries with a guaranteed prize pool of $218,687.

Christopher, a Las Vegas-based poker player, has had 34 cashes to 4 wins to date on the live poker circuit.   Despite those impressive numbers, his total earnings prior to Tuesday were just $119,658.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Apr/02/2013

Rocco Palumbo Wins WPT Venice Grand 2013: Mike Sexton Finishes Third

Italian poker player Rocco Palumbo has won the WPT Venice Grand 2013, bringing is live tournament earnings up to just over $1 million.

Palumbo did have three small cashes so far this year leading up to this event.  He did win $464,464 and a World Series of Poker bracelet last summer.

Noted poker player and personality Mike Sexton won a cool $69,723, finishing 3rd at the WPT Venice Grand.

In all, 173 players took part in this year’s event. 

WPT Venice Grand Final Table Results

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Mar/31/2013

Nevada Supreme Court Rules Against Phil Ivey’s Wife in Divorce Suit

The Nevada Supreme Court Friday ruled against a petition filed by poker pro Phil Ivey’s ex wife, Luciaetta Ivey, claiming she was treated unfairly in their 2009 divorce case. 

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Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/30/2013

Phil Hellmuth: New Poker Players 'Lack Reading Ability'

In an interview with PokerListings.com, 13 time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth says today’s new blood lacks the ability to read other players when taking part in live tournaments.

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Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/27/2013

PokerStars New Television Advertisement Campaign Features Rafa Nadal (Video)

PokerStars on Wednesday released its new TV advertisements to air globally featuring tennis star Rafa Nadal, himself an accomplished poker player. 

The ad spots feature Nadal competing online at PokerStars against a fictional character representing one of the site’s 50 million players.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/27/2013

Phil Hellmuth Arrives at Venice Grand Prix Dressed in Carnevale Garb

Well, he couldn’t beat riding the giant hotdog on water but poker pro Phil Hellmuth tried to top that one off with a grand entrance at this week’s World Poker Tour Venice Grand Prix.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/27/2013

Poker Pro Billy Baxter Wins $400k Tiger Woods Bet

Seven-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Billy Baxter has won $400,000 on a bet that Tiger Woods would once again regain the number one golf ranking in the world.

Woods lost his number one standing in October 2000 following a series of highly publicized scandals involving extramarital affairs. 

Doyle Brunson congratulated his friend Baxter via Twitter. 

Doyle Brunso@TexDolly

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/26/2013

Isildur1 Wins $178k at Omaha, and 2-7 Triple Draw Tables

Online poker phenom Viktor Blom (AKA Isildur1) has taken Full Tilt Poker for another $178k in recent days playing at the Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo and 2-7 Triple Draw tables. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/26/2013

Allen Kessler Wins WSOP Circuit Lodge Casino 2013

Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler won the World Series of Poker Circuit Lodge Casino 2013 Monday night and his second WSOP circuit ring.

Kessler also walked away with $20,859.

He tweeted:

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Mar/26/2013

Poker Pro Eric Seidel: ‘Drop a Drone on NRA’s Wayne LaPierre'

Following an appearance by NRA head Wayne LaPierre on NBC’s “Meet The Press”, one of the biggest money makers in poker, Eric Seidel, offered up this angry tweet:

"Drop a drone on Wayne Lapierre, please. He's a much greater threat to American lives then any terrorist, (sic)"

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/25/2013

Dinesh Alt Wins ANZPT Season 5 Sydney (Video)

The winner of the ANZPT Season 5 Sydney is Dinesh Alt, a relative unknown on the live poker circuit who managed to deny Dejan Divkovic back-to-back victories at this event.

Alt walked away with $226,320 for his efforts.

Paris Hilton’s ex and star of that now notorious sex tape, Rick Solomon, finished in 9th place after making the final table.

PokerNews.com breaks it all down in the video appearing below…

ANZPT Season 5 Sydney Final Table Results

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/24/2013

Poker pro Dan Shak has won the PartyPoker Premier League VI Final

Poker pro Dan Shak has won the PartyPoker Premier League VI Final.

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Among those making the PartyPoker Premier League VI Final Table in addition to Shak were Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Tilly, Dan Cates, Jonathan Duhamel, Tobia Reinkemeier (who led with chips coming into Saturday night’s final), Talal Shakerchi and Sam Trickett. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Mar/24/2013

Patrik Antonius Poker Profile: Wins $1.1 Mil This Week, Up $15 Mil

CardPlayer.com is reporting that Finnish poker pro Patrik Antonius managed an impressive $1.1 million run on Full Tilt Poker this past week.

Not just that: Antonius is up around $15 million lifetime on the FTP site.

And Antonius is just 5th when it comes to 2013 winners thus far with Swedish pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom up an amazing $4 million and some change while Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn is up $3.4 million. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/22/2013

Ray Dehkharghani Poker Profile: Winner of 2013 Wynn Classic Championship

Keep a close eye on Ray Dehkharghani.  He’s managed two impressive cashes during the month of March.

Dehkharghani finished 37th at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main event earlier in the month but it was the CardPlayer World Tour Wynn Classic Championship that has propelled him to the next level.

This time around he topped a field of 207 players and walked away with his biggest win to date, $235,931.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/22/2013

Daniel Cates Wins PartyPoker Premier League VI

One of the most successful poker pros in the game today, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates has won the PartyPoker Premier League VI and an additional $32,000 after going heads-up against 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel.

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Cates, Duhamel and Sam Trickett each earned automatic seats into the final table of this event.    

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/22/2013

PartyPoker Premier League VI: Jonathan Duhamel, Antonio Esfandiari Hot

The PartyPoker Premier League VI featured some big name poker players among the leaders with Dan Shak, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak and Jason Mercier topping the Group B overall standings and Jonathan Duhamel along with Antonio Esfandiari topping the Group A overall standings heading into Friday.

From PokerNews.com:

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Mar/22/2013

Poker Pro Greg Raymer Leaves PPA Board Following Hooker Arrest

Poker pro Greg Raymer has announced he will no longer be serving on the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) board following last weekend’s highly publicized arrest for solicitation of a prostitute and attempting to engage in an unnatural sex act.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/21/2013

IRS Comes After 2007 World Series of Poker Winner Jerry Yang: Seize Bracelet

The IRS has several tax liens against 2007 World Series of Poker winner Jerry Yang including one for $571,894.54.

A federal tax lien is the government’s legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt. The lien protects the government’s interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets."

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/20/2013

Ruben Visser Wins 2013 EPT London Main Event for £595,000

Dutch pro Ruben Visser has won the £5,250 PokerStars.com EPT London Main Event today for a £595,000 first prize.

The 24-year-old from Rotterdam won his seat for just £320 in a Deep Hyper-Turbo satellite on PokerStars. He beat Lithuanian Mantas Visockis heads-up to take down the tournament which started last Sunday with 647 players and a £3,137,950 prize pool.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/17/2013

Jenny Woo: Greg Raymer One of the Good Guys of Poker Despite Hooker F-Up

Poker pro Greg Raymer does not have an arrest record of any kind, so Friday's shocking revelation that he was nabbed during a hooker sting operation certainly has many in the poker community scratching their heads. 

Submitted by Jenny Woo on, Mar/16/2013

Poker Pro Greg Raymer Arrested in Prostitution Sting

One of poker’s best known players, Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, has been arrested following a North Carolina prostitution sting operation.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/16/2013

Steve O’Dwyer Leads for Day 5 of 2013 EPT London Main Event

EPT8 London runner-up Steve O'Dwyer is leading the final 16 going in to Day 5 of this season's £5,250 Main Event. He has 2,124,000. Also still in contention for the £700,000 first prize is EPT Grand Final champ Nic Chouity, Team 
PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen, Chris Moorman and Ruben Visser.

There were 647 players from 58 countries competing in the event which started on Sunday, creating a £3,137,950 prize pool. As well as their cash prize, Sunday's winner will receive a stunning watch from Slyde, the Official Watch Sponsor for EPT9 Main Events. 96 players are being paid.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/14/2013

Pasi Sormunen Leads for Day 4 of 2013 EPT London Main Event

Pasi Sormunen from Finland leads final 32 for Day 4 of the £5,250 EPT London Main Event. He has 1,578,000. Team 
PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Theo Jorgensen are also still in contention for the £700,000 first prize. 
There were 647 players from 58 countries competing in the event which started on Sunday, creating a £3,137,950 prize pool. As well as their cash prize, Sunday's winner will receive a stunning watch from Slyde, the Official Watch Sponsor for EPT9 Main Events. 96 players will get paid.

EPTLive will restart at noon tomorrow (Day 4).

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/13/2013

Claire Renaut Wins Bodog Anonymous Poker Series 2013 First Live Event

The first live event of Bodog’s Anonymous Poker Series (APS), held last night in London, was won by the French – other than that it was considered a huge success! Former 888Poker pro, Claire Renaut took the event, the trophy, the champagne and the first seat at the $100,000 Grand Final of the APS in Manila.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/13/2013

Mantas Visockis Leads at 2013 EPT London Main Event

Lithuanian Mantas Visockis is chip leader with 113 players going into Day 3 of the £5,250 EPT London Main Event. There were 647 players from 58 countries competing in the event which started on Sunday, creating a £3,137,950 prize pool. The winner on Saturday will receive a massive £700,000, as well as a stunning watch from Slyde, the Official Watch Sponsor for EPT9 Main Events. 96 players will get paid.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/12/2013

UKIPT London Main Event Champ Sergio Aido Leads at 2013 EPT London

Spanish player Sergio Aido, 24, is enjoying a phenomenal London Poker Festival! Aido won the UKIPT Main Event on Saturday, beating a field of 1,099. He also chopped a £1,000 side event the night before the UKIPT final - and is now chip leader for Day 2 of the EPT London Main Event. Aido, who also won the World Poker Tour National Series in Barcelona last October, has 215,200 - some way ahead of last night's chip leader Marc-Andre Ladouceur.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/12/2013

Team PokerStars Defeats Full Tilt Poker Pros

Negreanu: “Team PokerStars SCOOPS all three, winning 8 of 9  games!”  LONDON, ENGLAND  – Team PokerStars crushed  the Full Tilt Poker ‘Professionals’ in the Full Tilt v  PokerStars Heads Up contest held today at the London Poker  Festival with a clean sweep of all three matches.

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Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (PokerStars) defeated Victor  ‘Isildur1’ Blom (Full Tilt Poker) 3-0. 

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/11/2013

Kai Chang Wins 2013 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star and Over $1.1 Million

Kai Chang has won the 2013 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star and a grand prize of $1,138,350.  Among the finalists for this event was Erik Seidel who, with life time earnings in live tournaments now at just over $17 million, ranks 2nd as poker’s biggest earner to date.

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Chang also managed to upset Paul Volpe, who has taken in just shy of $1.6 million at live tournaments to date.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Mar/10/2013

Team PokerStars Pros vs. Full Tilt Poker Pros Pre Match Comments From the Pros

This weekend Team PokerStars Pros take on Full Tilt Poker’s The Professionals in the ultimate heads-up showdown at the London Poker Festival, we caught up with some of the players and spectators for their pre match thoughts...

Gus Hansen – Full Tilt Professional

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/09/2013

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