Archive for March, 2013
by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, March 30th, 2013
The Sunday Storm has become the most popular weekly online poker tournament at Pokerstars and to celebrate its second anniversary they are giving poker players the opportunity to win a share of $1 million with a buy-in of only $11!
The Sunday Storm generally has a guaranteed prize pool of $300,000 and with a buy-in of $11 it is ideal for players with bankrolls of all sizes. The tournament gives poker players the experience of playing in a major tournament without having to spend their entire bankroll!
April 7th is the anniversary of the popular tournament and Pokerstars has decided to up the prize pool to $1 million with a guaranteed first place prize of at least $100,000. The best part is the buy-in is still only $11.
As an added bonus for players a number of the members of Team Pokerstars will be taking part in the tournament. If you find yourself at a table with one of these poker superstars and you eliminate them from the tournament you will receive a $50 cash bonus absolutely free! Sign-up and deposit at Pokerstars to give yourself the chance to mix it with the best today.
You can buy into the tournament directly for $11 or attempt to win your seat by playing in the range of low buy-in satellites and qualifying events running all week long at Pokerstars. You could possibly turn a $1 entry free into $100,000 in the Sunday Storm tournament!
If you are a new player to Pokerstars make sure you take advantage of their excellent first deposit bonus. All players making their first deposit can receive a 100% deposit bonus up to $600!
Pokerstars have an incredible ranger of Sunday online poker tournaments that are perfect for players with casino balances of all sizes. Sign-up and deposit at the leading online poker room today!
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Dan Shak joined one of the most exclusive clubs in the poker world by adding his name to the Premier League winners list after winning season six at the Aspers Casino in London on Sunday.
The final table for the event was a slight anticlimax, with poker legends such as Daniel Negreanu, Tony G and Phil Hellmuth failing to qualify, but the competition was still extremely strong.
Tala Shakerchi went into the final table with a big stack but was the first player eliminated when his Ace-Eight ran into the Ace-King of Antonio Esfandiari.
Jennifer Tilly surpassed expectations to qualify for the final table of the tournament but couldn’t make a small run with her small stack and was eliminated in seventh place.
Tobias Reinkemeier was the chip leader heading into the final table but could never get rolling on the final table.
His final hand summed up his day with his King-Seven being severely out flopped by the Five-Three of Dan Cates.
Unfortunately for Cates, he couldn’t take advantage of the double-up and was eliminated by Shak just a few hands later.
Jonathan Duhamel dominated Pool A in the preliminary rounds and started the final table well but a big loss to Sam Trickett left him with one of the shortest stacks at the table and just a few hands later he became Shak’s latest victim.
Antonio Esfandiari was a last minute qualifier for the final table but took advantage of the opportunity with his characteristically aggressive play.
However, as the tournament became three-handed he was well behind Shak and Trickett but attempted to make something happen with Pocket Nines.
He was called by Shak holding Ace-Two who snared an Ace on the river to send Esfandiari packing and give himself the chip lead.
Shak’s advantage was quickly wiped out when his own flush was defeated by the higher flush of Trickett but Shak was able to take the lead back when he won a monster pot holding another flush.
This pot effectively crippled Trickett’s stack and Shak took down the tournament on the very next hand.
Shak took home $450,000 and continue his stellar form in 2013 that has now seen him win well over $1 million in live tournament winnings.
The Premier League was sponsored by Party Poker who offer an incredible range of poker games as well as the opportunity to play with a number of leading professional poker players.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, March 25th, 2013
Dinesh Alt won the Sydney Main Event of the Pokerstars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour at Sky City Casino this weekend.
Alt ended the amazing run of Dejan Divkovic, who was looking to claim back to back ANZPT titles, and took home the first place prize of $226,320.
It looked as though Divkovic was going to win his second ANZPT trophy when he took the lead at the start of the heads-up battle but his chip stack was crippled when he went all-in with a set of sixes only to be called by Alt who had a jack-high straight.
Alt travelled all the way from Switzerland for the event and was delighted to have claimed victory after an extremely long final table.
“I am feeling very good, I’ve never had this feeling before because I’ve never won much money before and this is my first big event,” Alt said.
Alt won a qualifier at Pokerstars and has managed to turn his initial outlay of $40 into $226,320 and an ANZPT Trophy.
“I just can’t believe it, it is very cool,” Alt said.
The final table was stacked with poker talent with ANZPT Perth winner Divkovic and Australian poker legend Gary Benson both taking big stacks into the final day of the event while Alt had one of the smallest stacks at the table.
“I had a lot of luck as I was a small stack and won two all-ins,” the Switzerland native said.
“I had some good hands and I just tried to play my best.”
The result was Alt’s first cash in a live poker tournament as before yesterday he could even be found on the Hendon Poker database.
Pokerstars is regularly holding qualifying events for major poker tournaments all over the world.
Sign-up and deposit at the leading poker room and, just like Alt, you could win an event in one of the biggest poker events in the world!
by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer was arrested in a prostitution sting at a Wake Forest hotel earlier this week.
The Wake Forest Police Department said that Raymer was one of six men arrested after responding to a message posted by an undercover policemen acting as a female prostitute.
Raymer is facing charges of prostitution and attempted crimes against nature.
Raymer released a statement through his attorney Wade M. Smith apologizing for the embarrassing arrest.
“Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment,” Smith said.
“He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends and fans.
“Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received.”
Raymer burst onto the poker scene at the 2004 World Series of Poker when he won the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ‘em Main Event and took home the first place prize of $5,000,000.
The following year Raymer made another deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 25th, a feat that is considered one of the most impressive in the history of the World Series of Poker.
In recent years Raymer has been a strong advocate for the rights of poker players and is a member of the board of directors for the Poker Players Alliance.
Raymer had an extremely successful 2012 poker season claiming four separate tournament victories on the Heartland Poker Tour for a total score of $371,967.
The forty-eight- year old is currently placed 38th on the All Time Poker Tournament Money list with $ 7,391,123 in career earnings.
It remains to be seen how his arrest will affect Raymer’s poker career or his work with the Poker Players Alliance.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
The Party Poker Premier League VI began this Sunday at the Aspers Casino with sixteen of the world’s leading professional poker players doing battle for $450,000.
The sixteen players were split into two groups of eight and both pools have now completed their opening events.
Group A kicked off the tournament and definitely looked like the more stacked table with Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, Sam Trickett, Marvin Rettenmaier, Daniel Cates, Daniel Negreanu, Phill Hellmuth and last year’s winner Scott Seiver all doing battle.
Scott Seiver’s quest to defend his title did not start well and he was the first player to be eliminated and was quickly followed to the rail by Daniel Cates.
The next elimination involved the final two of the 2012 Big One For One Drop tournament and Sam Trickett gained a small slice of revenge by eliminating Antonio Esfandiari.
Phill Hellmuth was uncharacteristically quiet during the event and was eliminated in fifth place before Daniel Negreanu joined him on the rail just two hands later.
The in-form Marvin Rettenmaier had steadily built himself a decent chip stack but was crippled by Trickett and eliminated just a few hands later.
At the beginning of the heads-up battle Trickett had a clear chip lead over Jonathan Duhamel but the pair traded momentum back and forth before Duhamel was able to claim victory when his Ace-Nine held up against Trickett’s King-Jack.
Duhamel scored sixteen points for his victory that has him sitting in the box seat to qualify for the final table of the event while Seiver and Esfandiari have a great deal of work to do.
While Group B didn’t have as many big names as the first group the quality of poker was just as high.
Tony G lost a big hand against Talal Shakerchi early and was never able to recover becoming the first player in Group B to be eliminated.
Shakerchi raced away to an early chip lead but some overly aggressive play saw him eliminated in seventh position and earn just two points.
Igor Kurganov was a last minute call-up to Party PokerPremier League VI but he was able to take advantage off his opportunity and was the next player sent to the rail.
After a slow start Phil Laak got involved in the action but ran into the trips of Tobias Reinkemeier and finished in fifth place.
Jason Mercier was the favorite heading into this table but he found himself short-stacked and was the next player eliminated by Reinkemeier.
Jennifer Tilly was the surprise packet of the group but joined the line of players to be eliminated by Reinkemeier and finished in third position.
Despite his dominance of the table Reinkemeier only held a slight chip lead over Dan Shak going into the heads-up battle.
Shak took a slight lead early in the piece but a showdown between Shak’s King-Queen and Reinkemier’s Ace-Five gave the German a massive chip lead and he claimed victory on the very next hand.
Both groups will play three more heats, with top three players from each group advancing to the final table.
Premier League VI is sponsored by Party Poker one of the leading online poker rooms.