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$500,000 Guarantee likely at This Year’s Punta Cana Poker Classic

If the airport in Punta Cana feels a little crowded this week, blame the Punta Cana Poker Classic. The online poker site has confirmed that a total of 82 online poker players have secured packages worth $5,000 apiece through qualifiers online. The Caribbean tournament gets underway on Saturday, October 13th at 3pm local time.

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Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/12/2012

Ludovic Lacay Wins EPT9 Sanremo

Ludovic Lacay has won EPT9 Sanremo – and his first major title - for €744,910.

The 27-year-old French pro’s full house ended Canadian Jason Lavallee’s hopes of victory after a brief heads up battle. Lavallee, 26, from Quebec, had been the narrow chip leader at the start of the final, which took place in Casino Sanremo’s elegant theatre.

A total of 797 players from 52 countries entered the €5,300 Main Event, creating a total prize pool of €3,865,450.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/12/2012

Punta Cana Poker Classic 2012 Kicks Off This Weekend

If the airport in Punta Cana feels a little crowded this week, blame the Punta Cana Poker Classic. The online poker site has confirmed that a total of 82 online poker players have secured packages worth $5,000 apiece through qualifiers online. The Caribbean tournament gets underway on Saturday, October 13 at 3 p.m. local time.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/11/2012

2012 EPT Sanremo Main Event Final Table Determined

Canadian Jason Lavallee is just ahead of French pro Ludovic Lacay as the EPT Sanremo Main Event goes into its final day. Play resumes at 3pm with an "as live" web broadcast on EPTLive.com from 4pm. See the PokerStars blog wrap for full report.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/10/2012

Jason Tompkins Leads at 2012 EPT Sanremo

At some point today Jason Tompkins may just have felt he was beginning to own this main event (The EPT Sanremo). The Irishman was among the first to break the million mark, then wasted little time turning that into 1.5 million before his stack peaked tonight at 2,423,000.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/09/2012

Inge Forsmo Still Leads at EPT Sanremo 2012

Norwegian PokerStars qualifier Inge Forsmo kept the chip lead for almost the whole of Day 3 of EPT Sanremo - and is still chip leader going into Day 4 with 66 players left. The 24-year-old from Lillestrøm has 1,021,000. Other players that will carry big stacks into Day 3 are Angelo Racchia (851,000), Carmelo Vasta (Carmelo Vasta), Giuseppe Ottaviani (810,000) and Eric Nhouyvanisvong (763,000).

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/08/2012

EPT9 Sanremo Updates 8 October

After starting the day with 430 players, more than half of those players were gone with just 160 going after the €800,000 first prize.

Inge Forsmo, a 24-year-old PokerStars.com qualifier from Norway, was leading the pack late night Sunday.

Another Stars qualifier, Charly Marracchione, was also among the top three chip leaders Sunday night.

From EPT9 sponsor PokerStars.com:

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Oct/07/2012

The Amazing Sam Trickett Leads Going Into Day 2 of EPT Sanremo 2012

Sam Trickett, the UK's top live tournament player, is chip leader going into Day 2 of EPT Sanremo, with 178,000. The 26-year-old Aussie Millions champ already has total tournament winnings of more than $17.4 million and was runner-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the WSOP One Drop event in July for $10.1m. Close behind is Swedish pro Alex Roumeliotis, who came second in the IPT High Roller on Friday for €83,200, and American Justin Bonomo, who won the Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final Super High Roller event in April.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/07/2012

EPT9 Sanremo End of Day 1A

Italian player Erion Islamay, who min-cashed here last season, is chip leader at the end of Day 1a of the EPT Sanremo Main Event. The 27-year-old from Trieste has 162,300.

A total of 172 players survived the day from the 320 who started at 2pm. Of the seven members of Team PokerStars Pro who started Day 1a, five are still in: Jason Mercier, fresh from his WSOP-E final table in Cannes, and Leo Fernandez, who won LAPT Panama on Sunday for $171,930 as well as Ana Marquez, Jude Ainsworth and Victor Ramdin as well as PokerStars Team Online’s Mickey Petersen.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/06/2012

Poker Pro Phil Hellmuth ‘I Played the Best Poker of My Life in this Tournament’ (Video)

A jubilant Phil Hellmuth celebrated his 13th World Series of Poker win, breaking his own record for number of gold bracelets won.

“I played the best poker of my life in this tournament,” he proclaimed, having led throughout the Final Thursday and ultimately defeating Ukrainian Sergii Baranov.

The shout outs were prevalent throughout the Twitter universe, even resulting in the “Texas Dolly” Doyle Brunson uttering a rare curse word. 

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Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/05/2012

Phil Hellmuth The Greatest Poker Player Ever

Phil Hellmuth has won his 13th World Series of Poker bracelet.  Hellmuth had led with chips throughout the entire Final. 

Following Stephane Albertini’s elimination in third place, it was Hellmuth vs. Sergii Baranov at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.  Baranov, the latest in a line of successful Russian poker players, had already amassed over $200,000 in live tournament play prior to the WSOPE Main Event with two 1st place finishes since 2010.

First place walks away with the bracelet and €1,022,376.  Second place takes €632,592.

Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/04/2012

Phil Hellmuth Nearing His 13th WSOP Bracelet Win

Over the next few hours we will know if Phil Hellmuth has won his 13th WSOP bracelet.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Oct/04/2012

Phil Hellmuth Leads at Final Table of 2012 World Series of Poker Europe

Phil Hellmuth is gunning for his 13th World Series of Poker gold bracelet as he leads at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) heading into the final.  Hellmuth already holds the record for most bracelets won. 

Also making the table is big name player Jason Mercier, who himself has two WSOP bracelets under his belt. 

Here’s the final table lineup:
 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Oct/03/2012

Greg Raymer Rules River City During Heartland Poker Tour

St. Louis, MO - Heartland Poker Tour looked like a rerun Monday evening as Greg “Fossilman” Raymer picked up his second HPT title of the year and $121,973 at River City Casino.  The victory, which is the second-largest win of his career, propels him to the top of HPT’s Player of the Year race

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/02/2012

Brandon Cantu Denied WSOPE Bracelet: Insists he was ‘Robbed’ (Video)

Jonathan Aguiar’s first ever World Series of Poker bracelet win did not come without some controversy as Brandon Cantu has claimed he “was robbed”.

Cantu was the runner up in Event 5: Mixed Match No Hold’em that concluded later than originally expected. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Oct/01/2012

PokerStars Unveils PCA Tournament Schedule With 100 Main Event Packages

PokerStars today unveiled the 40-event tournament schedule for the upcoming PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), calling it the ‘10 best days of poker on the planet’ and kicking-off a 10-week qualification campaign that will award 100 packages for the prestigious Main Event.

Submitted by Press Release on, Oct/01/2012

Lock Poker Pro Francisco Costa Becomes First Portuguese to Win WSOPE Bracelet (Video)

Portuguese poker phenom and Lock Pro Francisco Costa has just won the World Series of Poker Europe €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event and Gambling911.com could not be any more happy for him.

Lock Poker was quick to tweet their congrats on this achievement: 

So proud of Lock Pro @YuranPt who took home a 2012 WSOPE bracelet! First Portuguese player to win a WSOPE bracelet! We love you Francisco!

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/29/2012

Giovanni Rosadoni Wins World Series of Poker Europe No Limit Hold’em Shout Out

A 52-year-old Nice, France Business owner, Giovanni Rosadoni has won the 2012 WSOPE No Limit Hold’em Shoot out (Event #4). 

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Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Sep/28/2012

Five New Grinders Will Compete in ‘The Beast Live’ on Internet Poker Site

Five new poker players signed up to publicly face the ultimate poker grinding challenge at Americas Cardroom by facing off against each other in the new poker points race known as 'The Beast'. The progressive points race, which will begin its third run in October, features players who show themselves to the world via webcam as they attempt to grind the most points by playing poker at jackpot tables over the course of a month.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/27/2012

Online Poker Sunday Major Tournament Rebranded to ‘Sunday Big Ticket’ at Carbon

Introducing the “Sunday Big Ticket”.  That’s the new name designated to Carbon Poker’s major Sunday online poker tournament open to all customers of the website. 

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Submitted by Ace King on, Sep/27/2012

Cake Poker Introduces $100k Gold Fest Tournament Series

Cake Poker announced its $100k GOLD FEST Tournament Series for Gold Card hoarders, er, holders. Satellites begin this weekend (July 29, 2012). Vintage Series holders will see some great value in this promo!  Learn more about the $100k Gold Fest promo here.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/26/2012

Antonio Esfandiari Wins Third WSOP Bracelet at 2012 WSOP Europe Event 2

You would think he may have retired by now after winning that record-setting $18 million at this year’s World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop, but Antonio Esfandiari is hardly content with that feat. 

Esfandiari has won his 3rd WSOP bracelet and a measly €126,207.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Sep/25/2012

PokerStars Player Wins $1 Million at WCOOP After Qualifying With Loyalty Points

Russian player ‘maratik’ was crowned the PokerStars 2012 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion this morning, winning $1,000,907.26 having qualified into the $5,200 buy-in event for just 40 Frequent Player Points (FPPs)!

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/25/2012

Imed Ben Mahmoud Wins WSOPE Event Number 1: €2,700 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

The first event at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe is in the books. Emerging victorious over the 227-player field was Imed Ben Mahmoud to earn a payday of nearly €150,000 and his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet!

Mahmoud began Day 3 sixth in chips out of the final eight players. He maneuvered his way to heads-up play with start-of-the-day chip leader Yannick Bonnet, but was slightly behind in chips. Right away, though, Mahmoud snatched the chip lead and never looked back from there.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/24/2012

Jason Mercier Wins His Second WCOOP Bracelet

The biggest and most prestigious series in online poker comes to an end tonight as the $5,200 Main Event will crown its latest champion, with the victor set to pick up a life-changing sum of $1,612,843.75. That figure came from 1,825 entrants and a total prize pool of $9,125,000 – nearly $1 million more than last year’s Main Event.

Submitted by Press Release on, Sep/24/2012

Americas Cardroom Online Poker Room Now Offering $10k Guarantees Nightly

Online poker players no longer have to wait until the weekend for a 5-figure guarantee. Americas Cardroom today announced that its weekly nightly guarantee at 9pm ET is jumping to $10k. Up until now, Monday night's big tourney featured an $8k guarantee, and the featured nightly tourney from Tuesday through Friday stood at $7k.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/24/2012

Mickey Petersen Wins 2012 English Poker Open

Denmark player Mickey Petersen has won the 2012 English Poker Open and the £78,660 prize that went with it.

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Cake Poker had sent more than a dozen players to the event through online satellites with one, Jeff “JaksonGalaxy” McKeown, finishing in 31st place.  He was in the unenviable position of being eliminated by British poker sensation Sam Trickett. 

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/24/2012

Cake Poker Satellite Winner JaksonGalaxy Busts Out by Sam Trickett at English Poker Open

Jeff “JaksonGalaxy” McKeown busted out of the 2012 English Poker Open in 31st place, eliminated by one of the greats in the game, England’s Sam Trickett.

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McKeown qualified for the big tournament via satellites for the English Poker Open using the last 3 Gold Chips on his Cake Poker account

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Sep/22/2012

Moooovelous: Cattle Rancher Wins $245k on Heartland Poker Tour

Runner-up Carla Sabini Becomes HPT’s Highest-Earning Woman

Submitted by Guest on, Sep/17/2012

Poker Maximus II – Final Day Recap

The final Sunday of the Poker Maximus II series brought plenty of action as the series wrapped up its 11-day event with two co-main events as well as two smaller tournaments available to players. After 35 great events we would like to congratulate all the players that took part in Poker Maximus II and look forward to seeing you for Poker Maximus III. Here’s how the final day’s action concluded:  Play Online Poker for Free or Real Money at Carbon Poker Here

Submitted by Matt Skinner on, Sep/17/2012

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