PokerListings Battle of Malta VIP Party
The PokerListings Battle of Malta is coming back for round two this September at the Portomaso Casino in Saint Julian's. This 2013 event will feature the same affordable €550 buy-in but we've bumped up the guarantee to €200,000. Check out the video to see what the Battle of Malta is all about, and head to PokerListings to find out how to win your way there for free.
This is the second WSOP Main Event final table for 888poker pro Russell Thomas and we caught him on the break to see how he does it. Since earning $2.8 million at last year's October Nine final table Thomas has been traveling the world, playing poker and fulfilling his lifelong dream of reading more books.
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event is in the money and a few of the players still in are particularly pleased since they qualified online through 888poker for a lot less than the $10k price tag. We speak to 888poker pro Sam Holden plus three qualifiers who traveled here from all over the world to visit Melbourne and take a shot at the $1 million first-place prize.
Poker is getting huge in Australia but it's not just big buy-in events like the World Series of Poker. All over the country people are playing real money poker in pubs and bars through organizations like the Australian Poker League sponsored by 888poker, and some of them are even winning their way to the big leagues. Today we chat with former Crown Poker director Jonno Pittock plus a few amateur poker players who won their way into the WSOP Asia Pacific main event through their local bar.
Commodities trader Dan Shak is used to dealing with millions of dollars through his hedge fund but he told us he gets more of a sweat at the poker table. Shak has been crushing the high-stakes live tournament circuit, racking up over $5.3 million in earnings since 2004. We caught the newly-minted Ivey Poker pro on a break at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event to find out what it's like to juggle careers in poker and finance while traveling around the world.
James Obst is one of the most successful online poker players to ever come out of Australia and right now he's at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific looking to score his first gold bracelet. Obst has been playing poker since he was 15 when he found quick success at a friend's home game thanks to a strong background in chess. By the time he was 19 Obst had made more than a million dollars playing poker on the internet and since then he's branched out into live tournaments. We caught Obst during the first couple days of WSOP APAC to learn more about the Australian prodigy
Few people have done more in the poker world than Antonio Esfandiari but the Magician's activity doesn't stop at the poker table. Esfandiari understands that to lead a balanced life you must get out of the casino, and he urges poker players to get out and enjoy the cities to which they travel for poker.
Last year Greg Merson did the impossible, winning his first WSOP bracelet for over $1.1 million and then going on to win the World Series of Poker Main Event for over $8.5 million just a few months later. But Merson's life hasn't always been so smooth. The young poker pro has battled addiction and now credits poker with helping him stay clean. He also credits his sobriety for his success on the felt. We sat down with Merson to discuss the changes he's gone through and what it means to him to lead a satisfying life.
PokerListings.com is partnering with 888poker to bring you all the action from the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific in Melbourne and it wouldn't be a true poker event without a sick VIP player party. 888poker pulled out all the stops for their players in the brand-new "West End" section of the Crown Casino. Check out the video to see what went down.
We're three days into the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific and we decided to talk to a few of the biggest names in Australian poker to find out what it means for the WSOP to come to Melbourne. Jackie Glazier, James Obst and Andrew Hinrichsen explain what WSOP APAC means to them and what it will do for the poker community down under.