Sam Holden Hunting Another WSOP Main Event Deep Run
Published on Jul 2013 by Pokerlistings
888poker.com's Sam Holden is famous for his consistency at the World Series of Poker Main Event and this year he's got his sights set on another deep run. Holden has made the final table of the Main Event before and he speaks with PokerListings.com about the most important things to keep in mind when playing the biggest poker tournament in the world.
Gillian Epp has been making a successful living as a poker pro for years but we wanted to find out how she first got into the game and how she realized it could be a career. Epp stopped by the PokerListings Video Studio in Vancouver to tell her story. It turns out it all started when she was watching Gandhi at home in Cranbrook, British Columbia. The movie inspired her to travel to India to learn and teach yoga. After class each day she played poker, and she fell in love with it. During her travels in Asia she continued playing poker and when she came back to Canada she got a job dealing at her local casino. As an employee she wasn't allowed to play poker at her own casino, so her parents stepped up and drove her to the Cash Casino in Calgary for her first real live poker session. On one of the first hands she got all in and tripled up. Later that night she used her poker winnings to buy her parent's dinner. The next weekend Gillian and a couple other dealers made the drive back to Calgary to play again. A couple years later Gillian moved to Vancouver to go to school at Simon Fraser University and she got her first exposure to professional poker players in the big city. Gillian was also teaching yoga but as she started playing more and more poker, and winning, it got to the point she had to quit her day job to play poker full time.
What if you had a chance to win the biggest pot of your life, but you had to risk your entire bankroll to do it? Canadian cash-game pro Gillian Epp looks back on the defining moment of her career, a massive $150,000 pot at a $10/$20 No-Limit game at Bellagio in 2009. Epp is the latest player featured in PokerListings.com's ongoing video series Best Poker Moments, along with Brad Booth and Annette Obrestad. Epp tells the story of withdrawing her entire bankroll from the casino cage, in cash, and putting it on the table against a wealthy amateur who had her covered. It wasn't long before she had a shot at doubling up, but actually making the call and putting everything on the line was harder than she expected. Watch the video for the full story and keep an eye out for more Best Poker Moments coming soon.
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Scotsman Brendan Doogan has been playing low-stakes online poker for years and decided to take a shot at the step-satellites for Battle of Malta on 888poker, starting at just 1 cent. He fought his way through six different qualifiers to win his BOM package and managed to cash in the Main Event for €1,250. Doogan says he's had a blast and he'll be playing tons more qualifiers in the future. Check out his conversation with BOM Host Maria Ho to hear more about his incredible journey. Stay tuned to PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Will Tonking is a professional poker player but he's never had an opportunity like this before. Tonking has made the biggest final table in poker, the WSOP Main Event November Nine, and has a chance at the $10 million first-place prize and the title of world champion of poker when he returns to Las Vegas in a few months. Tonking is from New Jersey and before this event had just $93,000 in live tournament earnings. He's already guaranteed more than $730,000 for making this table and has a chance at much more. Check out this November Nine video interview to get to know Tonking better and keep watching PokerListings.com this November to find out who will become the next world champion of poker.
Felix Stephensen is a 23-year-old poker pro from Oslo, Norway, who now lives in London playing online Pot-Limit Omaha. Stephensen admits that he has very little experience playing Texas Hold'em or live poker tournaments but that didn't stop him from making it to the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. Stephensen is guaranteed at least $730k for making the 2014 November Nine but has a chance at the $10 million first-place prize and the title of world champion. Stephensen enters the final table second in chips and with nearly three months to study up on his opponents and Hold'em strategy he's got a great shot at becoming the first-ever Norwegian poker world champion. Check out the full video interview with 2014 WSOP November Niner Felix Stephensen and check back in November to see if Stephensen will come out on top.
Martin Jacobson has a chance to become the first Swedish world champion of poker in history after making the 2014 WSOP Main Event November Nine final table. Before this event Jacobsen had earned almost $5 million playing live poker events. He's got to triple that total in November when he'll be competing for the $10 million first-place prize and the title of world champion. Jacobson had played in seven WSOP Main Events before this and had never made it to the dinner break on Day 2. He told PokerListings this year felt totally different. Jacobson also said he didn't have a single losing level for four days. Get the whole story on 2014 WSOP November Niner Martin Jacobson with this in-depth video interview.
For two straight years Dutch poker players have made the final table of the WSOP Main Event and this year it's Jorryt van Hoof looking to become the first-ever world champion of poker from the Netherlands. van Hoof has been a successful Pot-Limit Omaha cash-game player for years and even owns the poker website nederpoker.com. Before this event he only had $350,000 in live tournament earnings. He's already guaranteed over $730K for making this final table but he's got a chance at up to $10 million should he emerge victorious in November. van Hoof explains to PokerListings
Billy Pappas told PokerListings he's never played a poker tournament with a buy-in bigger than $500 but thanks to a backer buying him into this event he's got a shot at the title of world champion and $10 million. If Pappas can do it he'll add that title to the five world championship of foosball titles he already has. Pappas works as a poker dealer when he's not traveling the world playing foosball and said that the $730k he's already guaranteed will change his life in a big way. We can only imagine what would happen if he won eight figures. Pappas said he was inspired to play poker when a friend turned $1 into $27,000 in two days on PokerStars. Pappas enters the November Nine final table sixth in chips and will be looking to chip up against a line-up he admits has more poker experience than him. Check out the full video interview with 2014 WSOP November Niner Billy Pappas and keep watching PokerListings.com to start your own poker journey.
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