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WSOP Europe VIP Party at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
The night before the WSOP Europe Main Event players and media took to the Eiffel Tower for a VIP party and a charity auction. PokerListings tagged along and saw the party with Liv Boeree, Phil Hellmuth and many more. Get an inside glimpse of one of the greatest poker parties ever!
This year the World Series of Poker hosted the second-ever $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop and one player was conspicuously absent: Phil Hellmuth. The leading all-time WSOP bracelet winner played the first One Drop in 2012 but told PokerListings.com that he left the financing too late and was unable to register because one of his backer's failed to wire $130,000 to the Rio in time. Hellmuth spoke to the PokerListings video team during the 2014 WSOP Main Event and gave us the whole story on why he wasn't in the One Drop. Hellmuth goes on to talk about playing in home games with billionaires and how much he learns from sitting with some of the brightest minds in business and technology. Check out the full video interview with Phil Hellmuth from Las Vegas and keep watching PokerListings for the latest news and video from the 2014 World Series of Poker.
Liv Boeree and German high-stakes poker pros Phil Gruissem and Igor Kurganov have founded a new charity to promote humanitarian aid within the poker world. Gruissem and Kurganov have been advocates of the Effective Altruism movement for some time and are now putting that concept into practice by helping poker players donate their money to effective, efficient charities. All three of these poker players have won huge sums of money playing poker but they all say there were still lacking a sense of fullfilment. They suggest that any poker player at any level can make a positive difference in the world and be happier by engaging in philanthropy. Check out the video to hear why these three poker pros are so excited by this new project and keep watching PokerListings.com for the latest news and video from the 2014 World Series of Poker.
PokerListings.com has scoured the web for our favorite video clips of poker bad beats, blow-ups and outbursts. Featuring legends of losing it like Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu, this video mashup proves without a doubt that poker is overflowing with excitement.
In one of the most hard-fought heads-up battles we've ever seen young gun Adrian Mateos defeated French veteran Fabrice Soulier to claim the title of 2013 WSOPE Main Event champion, not to mention the €1 million first-place prize. PokerListings.com speaks to Mateos moments after the win to find out what it means to him and the future of poker in Spain.
German pro Dominik Nitsche already has a WSOP bracelet but he told PokerListings.com that winning his second in the WSOPE Main Event would be even sweeter. Nitsche is at the final table gunning for the €1 million first-place prize and he took a few minutes to speak about it to PokerListings.com.
Tonight in Paris Daniel Negreanu took down the WSOP Europe High Roller event and secured his sixth gold bracelet. Negreanu defeated Brazil's Nicolau Villa-Lobos to win €725,000 and he speaks to PokerListings.com moments after the win.
Tonight at the World Series of Poker Europe Daniel Negreanu made history by becoming the first player to ever win two WSOP Player of the Year titles, and he gave PokerListings.com an inside look at how it went down. Coming into the €25k High Roller Event Negreanu had one last chance to pull ahead in the POY race. He had to come eighth or better. We follow Negreanu on his quest and speak to him moments after he became the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year.
Nicolau Villa-Lobos has won events on the Brazilian Series of Poker, the UKIPT and even picked up the medium buy-in SCOOP Main Event this year on PokerStars, but so far a WSOP gold bracelet has eluded him. Right now Villa-Lobos is deep in the 2013 WSOPE High Roller event, playing alongside some of the biggest names in poker including Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. PokerListings.com speaks to Villa-Lobos about his background and how a surprise heart surgery when he was 18 led to him getting into poker.
High-stakes pro Jason Koon has been playing poker for the last seven years and it's taken him from his tiny home town in West Virgina all over the world. Koon now lives in Vancouver, Canada where he plays online and focuses on living a balanced lifestyle. Right now he's in Paris competing at the World Series of Poker Europe where speaks with PokerListings.com about how he never saw this level of success coming.
Fabrice Soulier has been playing poker professionally since the late 1990s and if any recent bracelet winner has truly paid his dues it's him. Soulier took down the $10k HORSE event at the 2011 WSOP in Las Vegas and now he's deep in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Soulier speaks candidly to PokerListings.com about the perspective he's gained from a long career in poker and how his real goals are to use his poker winnings to help his friends and family and do real good in the world.