Archive for December, 2011

Florida Gets A New Addition To WPT

by | Published: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Florida has earned a spot on the 10th annual World Poker tour thanks to a thriving poker industry.

Florida was long an abyss when it came to the world of poker but legislative changes have seen the state transform over the past few year.

Called the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Showdown, the event will run from February 10 – 14 next year.

To get yourself into the game it will cost you $3,5000 with a re-entry option on day 1B.

There will also be coverage of the final table over the internet with commentary from Tony Dunst.

Florida lifted limits on cash games and tournament buy ins half way through 2010 creating a stack of new opportunities in the region.

In fact this takes to four the number of Florida visits the WPT will make in season 10.

In addition to this tournament there is the WPT Jacksonville $3,500 main event that took place in November, a $5,000 buy-in main event in Jacksonville in late April, 2012 and the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $10,000 televised main event.

The Poker Showdown premiered last April making waves with 433 players and over $4 million in the kitty.

It was won by Taylor von Kriegenbergh who took home $1.1 million became the first player to ever win a WPT title on Florida soil.

It’s not just the WPT that see’s the value in Florida with the World Poker Circuit also entering the market.

The Palm Beach Kennel Club played host to ten events, including a $1,600 main event boasting a mass of 742 players and $1 million prize pool.

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Hachem Calls Time On Pokerstars

by | Published: Monday, December 19th, 2011

Joe Hachem and Pokerstars have called it a day with the biggest online poker website in the world losing one of their main faces.

Hachem has been involved with Pokerstars for six years dating back to his win in the 2005 World Series of Poker Championship.

At the time he made headlines around the world by winning what was the biggest main event ever with 5619 entrants.

“It’s been a great run with PokerStars and I’m proud of my association with the people and the company,” Hachem said.

“It’s time for me to pursue other career opportunities and it will be fun to have some down time to spend with my family. I look forward to the future with much excitement and anticipation and will always have fond memories of my time at PokerStars.”

head of Corporate Communications for PokerStars, Eric Hollreiser, said they’re sad to see him go.

“Joe has been a terrific endorser for PokerStars over the year and, while we are sad to see him leave the Team, we are looking forward to continuing to watch him play,” he said.

“We thank him for all he’s done for our brand, and for poker, and we wish him all the best at the poker table and in life.”

Hachem is the latest loss to team Pokerstars with Tom McEvoy, Bill Chen and Dennis Phillips all being moved on.

That came on the heels of the somewhat bitter parting of Greg Raymer earlier in the year.

This though seems to be a far more respectful breakup with the move potentially offering positives to both parties.

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Phan Wins WSOP Circuit Atlantic City

by | Published: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Tuan Phan was claimed the WSOP Circuit main event in Atlantic City in the biggest win of his career.

Phan got the better of a 618 player field pocketing $188,830 as well as his first WSOP circuit gold ring.

This was the biggest main event held in Atlantic City yet with a massive 75 percent increase from last year’s field of 352.

Buy in for the tournament was $1600 making a total prize pool just shy of $900,000.

Phan has played very little in the way of live tournaments before but showed experience beyond what was expected to creep into the final table as one of the short stacks.

He bided his time slowly building his balance before finding himself in a one on one battle with Hao Le.

He went into heads up play  with a 2 to 1 advantage in chips and refused to relinquish them right the way through.

Le was unlucky in the end to be knocked out with pocket aces with Phan scoring a triplet of kings on the turn.

It wasn’t all lost for Le though who gets $116,769 for second as well as the player of the series title.

Both players will also now feature in the WSOP Circuit National Championships in Las Vegas.

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Got A Spare $1M During 2012 WSOP?

by | Published: Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The 2012 World Series of Poker will feature one event that’s not for the faint hearted, an incredible $1 million buy in tournament.

The event has already received 22 confirmations making it the definition of high stakes poker.

$111,111 of each players entry fee will go to charity organisation One Drop which is run by tournament organiser Guy Lailberte.

He’s the same man who runs Cirque du Soleil and is a well known poker player in his own right.

The charity aims to make clean drinking water available to countries across the globe.

The tournament will run from July 1-3 next year and the following list of names are already on board:

Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Tony Guoga, Bobby Baldwin, Phil Ruffin, Andy Beal, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Daniel Shak.

If you fancy winning your way in some satellite seats will also be up for grabs.

Taking into consideration the charity payments already $20 million is on offer with that set to rise, especially after being given WSOP accreditation including a bracelet.

2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel says it’s not just about cash and titles, but also about giving something back.

“I am absolutely thrilled to participate in the biggest poker event ever organized. One million dollars is a lot of money but my participation comes naturally, being a spokesperson for One Drop and because of my attachment to such a great cause,” he said.

“Life starts with water and because of its uneven distribution, a person dies every 20 seconds. ‘The Big One for One Drop’ will raise $111,111 per participant, which will definitely prove the poker community attachment to One Drop. As for me, I personally commit to give 5% of my winnings from this tournament to One Drop.”

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