Daniel Negreanu To Buy Piece of Vegas NHL Franchise

image 1When the news first broke back in January this year that poker’s all-time money leader Daniel Negreanu would be helping Las Vegas create its first professional sports team, it was believed that his role in the process would be purely “ambassadorial”.

However, it has emerged recently in the mainstream media that Kid Poker actually plans to buy a portion of Bill Foley’s hypothetical Vegas based National Hockey League (NHL) franchise – which now looks a formality over a possibility by 2017.

“I just don’t see it not happening,” Negreanu told the Toronto Sun. “We have a solid owner, an arena near completion on the strip with a 17,500 seat capacity, and we sold 13,000 season tickets.”

“Vegas has 2.2 million people. It’s a sports town. We’ve been starving for a professional franchise of any kind for many years.”

“Nobody puts on a party or show better than Vegas. Even people who don’t really love hockey will go for the atmosphere and then we’ll explain what’s happening in the game. They’ll come to understand it.”

Negreanu later described the idea of owning a piece of the team as “the coolest thing ever” and is set to buy as soon as the franchise is officially granted.

“I’d be at every game”, he vowed. “I’d maybe even have my own hockey talk show. Right now the focus is just on getting the team.”

2015 WCOOP Is Biggest Ever With 70 Events

WCOOP_070807PokerStars has today announced that the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker, which takes place from September 6-27, will be the biggest to date, with a schedule of 70 events – four more than last year. It will also feature the largest buy-in online tournament ever held with a $51,000 Super High Roller and a guaranteed prize pool of $45 million – a $5 million increase on last year.

The highlight of the World Championship is the $10 million guaranteed Main Event on September 27 at 14.30 ET, which is set to be the richest online poker tournament of the year, but there is also a huge amount of buzz and excitement from the world’s top pros at the announcement of a $51,000 Super High Roller tournament.

Team PokerStars Pro and two-time World Championship of Online Poker winner, Jason Mercier, said: “The World Championship is undoubtedly the most prestigious online poker event of the year. There’s a huge range of tournaments, very slow, deep structures, and some massive buy-ins. Winning three SCOOP events earlier this year was awesome, but adding to my two previous WCOOP titles this coming September would be even better.”


PokerStars has added four more events to this year’s schedule to set a new record of 70 different tournaments – the biggest jump in the number of events for five years. Building on the illustrious reputation of WCOOP, for the first time there are also 15 special ‘Championship’ events with bigger buy-ins, which incorporate Hold’em, Omaha, Stud and Draw games of different variations, which will test the very best online players in the world.

Negreanu Eliminated as World Series of Poker Final Table Is Set

bustedDaniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time tournament money leader, exited the World Series of Poker’s main event in 11th place as the final table was set.

Joe McKeehen, a 24-year-old from the Philadelphia suburb of North Wales, has 63.1 million chips in the no-limit Texas hold’em world championship — more than twice his nearest competitor — with nine men remaining. The event, the last of 68 at the annual World Series of Poker, began July 5 and now will pause until the final table is played out in November. The tournament is being held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Negreanu’s 11th-place finish matched his career best in the event, which began with 6,420 entrants. Facing McKeehen on his final hand after a flop of ace-king-10, Negreanu moved all in for 5.8 million chips with ace-4. McKeehen called, showing jack-3. The river card was a queen, giving McKeehen a straight and sending Negreanu home with $526,778.

“Knocked out Negreanu and made 500 new enemies here at Rio,” McKeehen said on Twitter after ousting his opponent, one of poker’s top ambassadors.

The 40-year-old who has six gold bracelets for winning WSOP events, Negreanu has earned $30.6 million in poker tournaments to lead the all-time ranking, according to the Hendon Mob poker database. McKeehen has won about $2 million, and the remaining nine players are now guaranteed at least a million-dollar payday. The champion will win $7.68 million.

McKeehen is joined by five other Americans among the group known as the November Nine. In second place, with 29.8 million chips, is Israeli Zvi Stern. Belgian Pierre Neuville has 21.1 million chips and at 72 is the oldest person ever to make the November Nine. Italian Federico Butteroni is ninth with 6.2 million.

The final table will play out from November 8-10.

Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2015 WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller

Jonathan_Duhamel_OneDropWinner2010 Main Event Winner Jonathan Duhamel has finally won his second WSOP bracelet and his second seven figure victory. The charity ONE DROP event attracted a surprisingly large field of 135 players creating a first prize of $3,989,985.

Along with the $8,944,310 he won at the 2010 Main Event and his other scores on the tournament trail, his total live tournament winnings now amount to $16,819,897 which places him 8th on the all-time money list.

Duhamel beat retired business man Bill Klein to take the title. Klein is donating his entire second place money of $2,465,522 to the ONE DROP Foundation. Klein doesn’t play the game for money—not only does he donate all his winnings to charity, but every time he loses, he also donates an equal amount to charity.

“Don’t let me break even,” he says. “Either beat me really badly, or let me win really big.”

Last year’s Big One for ONE DROP winner Daniel Colman came in third this year. The buy-in for this event alternates between $1 million and $111,111, but each year’s winner at whichever buy-in is considered to be the defending champion.

The event nearly produced a huge story, but it didn’t quite get there. Phil Hellmuth turned in a remarkable performance, and though he was the chip leader at one point with six players remaining, the poker gods deserted him and his quest for bracelet number 15 as he exited the tournament without getting any closer to the first prize.

At one point during three-handed play, the game was halted to allow medical treatment for a spectator who suffered a heart attack.

“That moment really gave this all a sense of perspective,” Duhamel said about the incident. “Obviously, we are all hoping he will make it and be okay. It was so unfortunate.”

$5,555 of each entry fee is donated to the ONE DROP Foundation which means the charity will receive $749,925 plus of course the huge donation from Bill Klein. The charitable element proves attractive to wealthy players—typically a $100,000 buy-in tournament attracts a much smaller field. The World Poker Tour Alpha 8 event held in Las Vegas at the end of last year attracted a strong field of 55 players, less than half the size of this year’s WSOP event.

On a side note, Phil Ivey turned up in Vegas to play this event. It was the first he entered in this year’s WSOP. It did not go well, and he was one of the first players to be sent to the rail.

Eli Elezra Wins His 3rd Gold Bracelet At WSOP 2015

EV 01 Bracelet Winner_Roland ReparejoIsraeli businessman and professional poker player Eli Elezra has been a regular feature of the poker landscape for at least a couple of decades and in addition to being a prolific cash game players has also excelled in tournament poker. In fact, Elezra won his first WSOP bracelet in 2007 at the $3,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low for $198,984, followed in 2013 at the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event for $173,236. Two years later, and the 54 year-old pro has done it once more, this time at the $1,500 Seven Card Stud to capture a third career WSOP gold bracelet.

Following an impressive performance which netted him $112,591 whilst bringing his career earnings to $2,710,629, Elezra commented: “This one was really special to me. It’s the game many of us grew up on and it’s played by the most experienced players. When I won the Deuce-to-Seven that was very nice, but I really take extra pride in this one because so many well-known players have won it before me.”

WSOP Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud attracted 327 players to create a prize pool worth $441,450, and amongst the 40 players seeing a return on their buy-ins was Mike Leah in 40th ($2,392), Bill Chen in 23rd ($3,399), Tom McCormick in 18th ($3,399), Barry Greenstein in 16th ($4,131), Vladimir Shchemelev in 14th ($5,094), Mike Watson in 11th ($6,365), and Eric Buchman in 10th ($8,060).

At the final table of eight, Elezra subsequently overcame such noted opposition as former WSOP bracelet winners Matt Grapenthien (8th), Jean Gaspard (7th), Allen Cunningham (3rd) and Benjamin Lazer heads-up to claim the victory. Interestingly, the average age of players competing in the event was 48 as compared to 35 for most of the other tournaments, and commenting on the win Elezra explained:

“I feel I’m running much better than I have in the past. Not only running good, but playing the right games. No-limit has become so advanced – all those young kids are much better than me. I better stick to what I’m good at.”

Final Table Results:
1 Eli Elezra $112,591
2 Benjamin Lazer $69,532
3 Allen Cunningham $44,846
4 Gylbert Drolet $32,495
5 Kenn Wittock $23,891
6 Byron Ziebell $17,821
7 Jean Gaspard $13,486
8 Matt Grapenthien $10,352

Brian Hastings Accused of Multi-Accounting As “NoelHayes”

Brian_Hastings_WSOP-520x346Brian Hastings has had a very succesful World Series of Poker so far by winning two bracelets already. However, at the same time, he has been accused by fellow poker pros of multi-accounting on PokerStars during the 2015 SCOOP.

The speculation started after poker player David Baker posted on his Twitter accusations, that Hastings had played in a SCOOP event using “NoelHayes” account on PokerStars.

It was an surprising allegation, since it is a known fact, that Hastings has played years under his “$tinger 88” account on PokerStars.

According to Baker, a “bunch of well-known pros” had informed him about it when he was playing in a same SCOOP final table with “NoelHayes”.

Hastings has not commented the accusations in any way yet on Twitter or on 2+2 poker forum (where he is known as “Stinger88”), so all appears to be speculation at this point

Team Pokerstars Pro Jason Mercier Wins Third Bracelet At WSOP

2015 World Series of PokerAfter running away with the recent Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) festival Player of the Year competition winning three titles in the process, Jason Mercier’s unfathomable success in tournament poker has now spilled over to the WSOP, where he just bagged a first bracelet in Hold’em.

The 28-year old Team PokerStars pro topped a 550 player field in a $5K buy-in 6-max No Limit Hold’em event earlier today to earn a tidy $633,357 score; bumping his bracelet tally up to 3 (with his previous wins coming in PLO events in 2009 and 2011) and his overall lifetime earnings up over $14.5M in the process.

“It feels great. I was really down on myself”, said Mercier. “I was getting beat up in cash, busting every tournament. This is the first tournament I made Day 2 of. It feels really good just to go deep, make the final table, and to win is just the cherry on top.”

As one would expect from such an event the final table featured a plethora of immense talent, including Hollywood Poker Open, WPT Dublin and GUKPT champion Simon Deadman (2nd), Mike Gorodinsky (3rd) who also came runner up in this year’s $10K Razz event to Phil Hellmuth, Dario Sammartino (4th) who also final tabled the $10K PLO this year, last year’s Little One for One Drop champion Igor Dubinsky (5th) and James Obst (6th) who came 5th in the $10K Triple Draw.

WSOP Event #32 final table payouts:
1. Jason Mercier – $633,357
2. Simon Deadman – $391,446
3. Mike Gorodinsky – $246,867
4. Dario Sammartino – $163,604
5. Igor Dubinsky – $111,672
6. James Obst – $78,248

Phil Galfond Wins $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship

PHILPhil Galfond has won his second career WSOP gold bracelet after taking down the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. It was probably the toughest WSOP final table so far this year.

The final table featured players like Erik Seidel, Dan Smith, Eli Elezra and Nick Schulman. Schulman had won this same event already two times in earlier years and was going for his third title holding a chip lead of better than 3-to-1 over Galfond during heads-up play.

However, Galfond was able to climb back and win his second bracelet – he won his first bracelet in a $5,000 pot-limit Omaha with re-buys event in 2008.

Only 77 players registered for this event and Galfond earned $224,383 for his win. Galfond has now well over $2 million in total live tournament cashes.

“It means a lot — especially in a field this tough and at a table this tough. I have a ton of respect for all my opponents. It’s been seven years since I won a bracelet. I’m very happy.

Because we had so few players, the prize pool — I mean, it’s big — but compared to some of the other events it’s one of the smaller prize pools. I’ve played for cash game pots the size of first place. This feels a lot bigger and I think it’s because of this stage and the bracelet. It’s more meaningful than cash games.”, Galfond told to WSOP after his victory.

WSOP EV#29: $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship Final Results:

1st: Phil Galfond – $224,383
2nd: Nick Schulman – $138,665
3rd: Dan Smith – $87,898
4th: Erik Seidel – $59,532
5th: Jon Turner – $42,298
6th: Eli Elezra – $31,463
7th: Adam Owen – $24,457
8th: Bernard Lee – $19,824

Brian Hastings Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

HASTINGSBrian Hastings managed to win his second career WSOP gold bracelet and almost $240,000 in prize money in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.

According to WSOP.com, Hastings absolutely dominated the final table and only once relinquished the chip lead. In the final hand of the tournament, Hastings made a diamond flush on fifth street and Scott Clements picked up a draw to a higher flush on sixth.

However, Clements didn’t hit his draw and Hastings took down the event. The online legend has now almost $1,7 million in total live tournament earnings and more than $1 million in WSOP earnings.

Hastings has also made big WSOP side bets this year, so we can assume he has a good spot to take down those bets after this win.

WSOP EV#27: $10,000 7 Card Stud Championship (91 entries):
1. Brian Hastings – $239,518
2. Scott Clements – $148,001
3. Dan Kelly – $92,691
4. Chris George – $67,114
5. Oxana Cummings – $52,453
6. Harley Thrower – $41,829
7. Mikhail Semin – $33,967
8. Max Pescatori – $28,031

Phil Hellmuth Wins Record 14th Bracelet In $10k Razz

6cc6054c78Phil Hellmuth has made WSOP history yet again. The Poker Brat has danced his way through an extremely tough final table line up in the $10K Razz Championship to take down another bracelet and a $271,105 pay day.

Hellmuth began the final day’s play sitting 3rd in chips of the remaining 12 players, and once Erik Seidel and Shaun Deeb had both failed to make the final 8 – despite the likes of fellow bracelet winners Brandon Shack Harris (8th), Thomas Keller (5th), Mike Leah (4th) and finally Mike Gorodinsky (2nd) still to beat – there was only going to be one winner.

“It’s an amazing feeling, and it’s one of those where I kept my head down the whole time and tried to stay kind of detached from the result,” Hellmuth said after the win. “I was just focusing on playing great. Too often in the past when I’m down here I’m like, ‘I need to win the bracelet.’ I said you know what, I’m going to keep my head down, play great until it’s over and then I can look up and celebrate, talk, and whatever. You’ve probably noticed this is the quietest heads-up I’ve ever had before.”

Hellmuth defeated WSOP bracelet winner Mike Gorodinsky in heads-up play to capture the record piece of hardware.

“Mike is just really tough, and I needed all my concentration to give myself the best chance to beat him,” Hellmuth commented. “He played phenomenal poker.”

$10,000 Razz Championship Final Table Results

1 Phil Hellmuth Madison, WI $271,105
2 Mike Gorodinsky San Diego, CA $167,517
3 Adam Owen Folkestone, UK $104,914
4 Mike Leah Toronto, ON, Canada $75,964
5 Thomas Keller Chandler, AZ $59,370
6 Jyri Merivirta Helsinki, Finland $47,344
7 Stephen Chidwick Deal, UK $38,447
8 Brandon Shack- Harris Chicago, IL $31,727