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Catch up with Part 1 of Courtney's trip to Peru here. I’m a really light sleeper and my hotel room was (once again) extremely noisy, so I slept even more badly the night before Day 2 than I did the night before Day 1. Having slept around 10 hours in the past three nights, I went to the casino feeling like a zombie on Day 2 of the LAPT Grand Final.
I somehow went all of November without blogging here. I meant to write before I headed off to Peru for the LAPT Grand Final mid-month, but the writing never materialized. But, better late than never, here I am with a tournament trip report! For those that don’t know, the LAPT Grand Final was a $2.5k buy-in held in Lima. I played a few satellites trying to win a package to the event, but the closest I got was 2nd place in one of the $22r 3x turbos (which are insanely frustrating, by the way). In the end I made a small profit playing the satellites, but I had to enter the tournament using FPPs.
Antonio Esfandiari knows a thing or two about partying in Las Vegas. After all, he's the guy you can hire to take you out on the town in Sin City and show you things you'd never see on your own, all for the paltry sum of $10,000. So we were suprised when he told us that he went way overboard on the night he won the Big One for One Drop. I guess winning $18.3 million will do that to you. Check out the full interview above to hear about the night that almost killed him, plus his plans for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event. And head over to our WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Coverage to follow all the action.
In 2012 Guy Laliberté and the WSOP are taking tournament poker to astronomical new heights with the world’s first $1 million buy-in event. The maximum 48 players have now committed to playing, which begs the question, “Who in their right mind would spend a million dollars on a poker tournament?” Well, we’re here to answer that question, along with everything else you might be wondering about this super-mega-ultra high roller WSOP bracelet event.
It takes more than a couple of raises to get deep stacks all in preflop in Pot-Limit Omaha. But that was briefly overlooked late on Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and the resulting chaos is the subject of today’s Photo By the Numbers. Check out the full reporting of the hand, or keep reading for the bare bones version. With about 65 players remaining, there were five preflop limpers in front of Nikolai Yakovenko, who raised from the big blind. The first three limpers called, and then Shaun Deeb moved all in from the button with a short stack. The small blind folded, and Yakovenko reraised the pot -- but much less than his entire stack. The next two players folded, and Abe Mosseri -- who also had a bigger stack than the raise -- tanked for at least five minutes before he called and turned over his hand. Deeb and Yakovenko revealed their hands too, and since the players were clearly treating it like an all-in situation, the dealer treated it that way too -- and ran the board. Deeb flopped a set of jacks and rivered a spade flush to win the main pot and triple up, while Mosseri's pocket aces held up against Yakovenko's pocket kings to win the larger side pot. That's when Yakovenko pointed out that he technically wasn't all in, because it had only been a pot-size raise before the flop. "Floor!" Match up the numbers on the photo and the descriptions below to get the whole story.
Everyone wants them. No one wants to let them go. They start evenly distibuted around the tournament room but eventually they all find their way to one place. They are poker chips, and we like to take pictures of them.
Ville Wahlbeck is fifth on Finland’s all-time live tournament money list, and unquestionably one of the greatest mixed-game players the country has ever produced. He’s cashed at the WSOP 12 times, including winning the $10,000 8-Game Championship in 2009. He also once told us he was quitting the pro poker grind. As of late Wahlbeck has been focusing on cash games but he told us he’s itching to get back on the live tournament scene. We spoke to him about prop bets, tournament plans and the changing landscape of online poker in Finland in our latest Q&A.
We sat down with 2010 world champion of poker Jonathan Duhamel to talk WSOP Big One attendance, the ridiculous heater he's on in 2012 and what he learned from his unfortunate home invasion in December. Keep reading for the full interview transcript, and click here to read our feature story.
For seven years the Heartland Poker Tour has been showing us what a low buy-in regional poker tour can do and with their recent acquisition by Federated Sports and Gaming things are only going to get bigger. We spoke to HPT co-founder Todd Anderson about why the HPT is poised for growth, and why it offers a unique opportunity for US grinders who might be feeling the pinch post-Black Friday. This interview was used along with quotes from FS+G Chairman Jeffrey Pollack in our news feature Heartland Poker Tour: Hidden Gem of US Poker Circuit.
Say what you will about Tony G but the man is always good for a prop bet. Yesterday rumors started swirling that The G had offered Melanie Weisner a seat in the $10,000 Aussie Millions Main Event if she could ride a unicycle around a poker table twice. The rumors were true. We had a feeling when we saw Weisner practicing with a unicycle in the hall earlier today but Tony G confirmed over Twitter that he was indeed offering $10k if she could pull it off. After the third level of the Day 1c Main Event, in which Weisner is already playing, Tony G, Weisner, the media and about 20 of Weisner’s friends congregated on the Crown Casino promenade outside the casino. Weisner and Tony G talked for a few minutes about the arrangement. Weisner wanted to go in a straight line instead of around an object and Tony G finally relented. After a couple test runs Weisner finally took off and came tantalizingly close to winning the bet finally falling of the unicycle within about 15 feet of the makeshift finish line. We’ve got a couple photos from the event after the jump:
19 January 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Australians do things a little differently than everyone else and it goes further than just eating pancakes for dinner and being obsessed with Paul Hogan. If you find yourself at the upcoming WSOP APAC you're going to hear some phrases thrown around that might confuse you. Don't worry - we've got you covered with our guide to the most popular poker hand nicknames Down Under.
By now you know that Pius Heinz won the 2011 WSOP Main Event. You probably watched the live stream, the full broadcast and have memorized every single bustout hand. There were a few things they didn't focus on in the broadcast, however, and we’ve compiled a list of the various happenings you may have missed if you weren’t in Las Vegas for the grand finale. After the jump you’ll find nine stories that went a bit under the radar. Also be sure to check our 2011 WSOP Main Event picturebook.
The November Nine break is days from being done and Sam Holden is making the trip from his home in London to Las Vegas to compete for the biggest prize in poker. We spoke with him at the recent EPT London main event and since there were so many extras that didn't make it into the story, we're publishing the full interview transcript right here. Read on to hear what it's like to sweat the biggest day of your poker career for four months.
You know that old poker saying, “If you can’t spot the mark in your first 30 minutes at the table …”? We're on location at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe main event and this table brought that old adage to mind. Connect the numbers with the explanations below and see if you can figure out who's sitting at this table with a target on hsi or her forehead. We’ve done it before but when we see a table like this in a major tournament we feel the need to break it down for you by the numbers.
Niall “onehandturks” Charlton is in Cannes playing the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe and he sat down with us to talk about the online grind and life outside of the game. Charlton plays high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha online, up to $100/$200, and according to highstakesdb.com he’s profited to the tune of $320,000 so far this year. Charlton took a few minutes to chat on a break from the €5k PLO WSOPE event to speak with us.
We’re nearing the halfway point in this year’s November Nine intermission, meaning we’re closer than ever to determining the 2011 world champion of poker. But who are these champion contenders, and what poker ambassador qualities do they bring to the table? What kind of potential to impact the poker world do they each possess? And what are their individual chances of actually taking this thing down? These are the questions we’ll be considering in this installment of Poker Graphed.
He may be the short stack coming in to the 2011 WSOP Main Event final table, but with 24 big blinds left Sam Holden isn't just looking to get it in on the first hand and go home in ninth. If you caught our feature article with Sam in the news section yesterday, below is the full transcript of the interview.
The above photo shows Scotty Nguyen cracking up at fellow poker pro Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth. Nguyen is laughing because Hellmuth, who was severely short-stacked entering Day 2a, made one crucial mistake today. He forgot to show up.
As much as we love to give credit where credit is due, it’s getting around time to call a spade a spade at the 2011 WSOP. We’ve compiled a completely subjective list of five players who have been less than impressive at the 2011 WSOP. We should add that we’re actually pretty big fans of the following players but their results have simply been unacceptable for how skilled they are at poker. The 2011 WSOP is not finished, of course, with about 10 more bracelets to be awarded and the mega $50k Players Championship and $10,000 Main Event yet to be played. Will any of the following players be able to prove us wrong in our assessment? We hope so.
Today's WSOP Photo by Numbers is another BJ Nemeth special, captured with about 80 players left in the $10,000 PLO Championship this afternoon. As BJ put it, "I've been covering major tournaments since 2004, and I can't recall ever seeing a five-way all-in situation this deep into a major event." Five players were all-in before the flop, and in Omaha no less! Read on for the full story of this photo, by the numbers of course.
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