Archive for September, 2013

Moorman’s Career Online Earnings Break $10m Mark

by | Published: Monday, September 30th, 2013

Following a victory for $9,500 in a $215 buy-in event at PartyPoker last Saturday, Online Poker Professional Chris Moorman surpassed the $10 million in lifetime career online earnings.

Not only the first player to earn more than eight, Moorman appears to be continually setting a new huge benchmark, as no other player has earned more than $7.5 million, according to PocketFives.

After previously telling pokernews.com he wanted to surpass the $10 million with a victory in the World Championship of Online Poker recently, Moorman is of course still greatly satisfied with the accomplishment nevertheless, as he discussed on the weekend post-tournament.

“I’m glad to make the mark in style with a victory taking me over the line rather than a bunch of min cashes” Moorman said.

“Hopefully I can make a run at the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event tomorrow and get myself well on the way to the next 10 million”.

The Hold’em Main Event began yesterday and offers the winner a guaranteed $1.25M; an ideal pot to push Moorman’s record further out of reach of his competitors.

Further to this event, the WCOOP has and continues to feature 65 other events sharing a prize pool of more than $40 million guaranteed. The best thing about this tournament is literally any poker player can qualify, and from as little as $1!

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2013 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

by | Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Following a public nomination process that was held via the World Series of Poker website, as well as scrutinizing from the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council, the finalists list for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2013 has been released.

Four new candidates have been added to the list this year, with six more players who featured in last year’s finalist list chosen to complete the group of ten.

The players for Hall of Fame consideration are:

Chris Bjorin

Bjorin is a 65-year-old Swedish-born poker player who resides in London, England. He is a two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and sits fifth on the all-time World Series of Poker cash list. To date, we has earned for the $5.5 million playing poker.

Humberto Brenes

Known as ‘The Shark’ and exhibiting one of the most outgoing personalities ever to grace the professional Poker tables, Brenes is ranked fourth on the all-time World Series of Poker cashes list, having featured as one of the most consistent performers in the WSOP for the past 25 years.

David Chiu

Born in China, Chiu relocated to the United States as an 18 year old exchange student. Chiu began his assault on Poker as a dealer, before transitioning into one of the most successful tournaments players in history. A five-time gold bracelet winner, the 53 year old has registered major wins in Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha Eight or Better.

Thor Hansen

Since first playing Poker in the late 80’s, Norwegian Pro Thor Hansen has cashed more the 175 times and walked away with more the $2.9 million. Claiming two gold bracelets of his own, Hansen was one of the earliest supporters of the now thriving European Poker scene.

Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman holds several records in the Poker world including the honor of being the first woman to win multiple World Series of Poker bracelets in open events. The 48-year-old mother of two now focuses a good deal of her time on using Poker to raise money for a host of charities.

Mike Matusow

Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow has plenty of reasons to discuss his inclusion in Hall of Fame calculations. Among these reasons is four gold bracelets and more than $9 million in career tournament earnings. Poker fans have had many opportunities to see Matusow in action this year, winning the heads-up Poker Championship in March before claiming his latest gold bracelet a month later.

Tom McEvoy

68-year-old Poker veteran Tom McEvoy has been crowned World Series of Poker Champion four times in an illustrious career that spans well over five decades. A noted Poker author, having penned dozens of strategy books and countless columns, McEvoy has been a true ambassador for the game he loves, and is even credited as spearheading the effort that prohibits smoking in poker rooms.

Carlos Mortensen

2001 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Carlos ‘The Matador’ Mortensen has won more money than any other player on the World Poker tour, despite playing significantly fewer events. The 41-year-old is also the only player to have won both the WPT Championship event and the World Series of Poker Main Event, highlighting the unique reasons for his Hall of Fame consideration.

Scotty Nguyen

Most famous for his comment “You call and it’s gonna be all over baby!” to Kevin McBride before winning the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event, Scotty Nguyen is one of the most recognized and well-liked personalities in world Poker. Picking up five bracelets and more than $11.7 million in career earnings, there isn’t a Hall of Fame contenders list without Scotty featuring!

Huckleberry Seed

With four gold bracelets and $7.5 million in career tournament earnings, it isn’t just Huck Seed’s towering frame that helps him stand out from his competition. Known as one of the Poker world’s most diverse players, there is no variation of the game Seed hasn’t conquered.

Official Ballots will be sent to the voters; 19 living hall of famers and an 18 person media panel next week, who will have until October 11 to cast their selections and have them returned to the World Series of Poker Governing Body.

The 2013 Class of the Poker Hall of Fame will then be inducted as part of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table festivities on November 3rd.


Caribbean Poker Tour Offers Satellite Tickets via New App!

by | Published: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Approaching quickly, in just over a month on November 8, the Caribbean Poker Tour will launch with seven tournaments on the breath-taking island of Punta Canta.

The major draw-card of the maiden event will be the $1,500 no-limit hold’em William Hill Poker Open, expected to entice a playing party of more than 200.

Later in the month, the tour will wind its way to the equally stunning neighboring island of St. Maarten for a dozen more events, peaking with an official World Poker Tour main event at Casino Royale, situated in Maho Bay.

The St. Maarten event will also play host to the first high roller tournament of the tour, in the form of the $7,000 buy-in, seven handed Lucky Number 7 High roller to be hosted by German Poker Professional Tobias Reinkemeier.

This past Monday, a new app for both iPhone and Android devices was launched by the Caribbean Poker Tour to be used as an avenue to offer fans the opportunity to win satellite tickets. Essentially, players can qualify by downloading the app, opening it and selecting ‘Start Quiz’. When submitting the completed quiz, players must click the ‘Show Reward’ button and enter their name and email address, which will then go into the draw for one of three places in the €200 satellite contest, to be drawn next Monday, September 30.

Players can qualify for Caribbean Poker Tour events online through a number of online poker providers, listed on their website.

Three holiday packages to the Caribbean Poker Tour are up for grabs, including the Ultimate Caribbean Package (17 days worth €7,500), the St. Maarten Experience (10 days worth €5,000) and the Punta Cana Experience (7 days worth €4,000).

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EuroVegas Plan in Jeopardy Following Smoking Ban

by | Published: Thursday, September 19th, 2013

In the early stages of this year, Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson announced plans to develop EuroVegas; a $22 Billion casino complex in Madrid, Spain.

Housing six casinos, three golf courses, a convention center and 36,000 hotel rooms, the plan for Europe’s own golden strip now appear in jeopardy as a result of a Spanish anti-smoking law.

Detailed in a report by Bloomberg Businessweek released recently, Adelson and co. are seeking an exemption to the law originally crafted in 2010, that forbids any form of smoking in public areas.

If unsuccessful, the casino development will almost certainly cease to push forward, instead seeking an alternate location away from areas governed by this law.

For the Las Vegas Sands, who are also currently developing similar projects in Macau and Singapore, the idea of a smoke-free casino appears a major deterrent, likely due to a 2009 study conducted by the St. Louis Federal Reserve which highlighted a 20 percent drop in patronage following a similar ban in Illinois casinos.

While the production of the casino precinct would be terrific for the Spanish economy; creating upwards of 260,000 jobs and attracting as many as five millions visitors annually, it currently does not appear in the plans of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his government to amend the law to accommodate a single exemption, after several other bodies’ unsuccessful attempts in recent years.

While Spain is exhibiting a deteriorating economy, it appears an entirely uphill battle for Adelson and the Las Vegas Sands, who will need to make a decision sooner rather than later in regards to progression.

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World Series of Poker Announce New Site

by | Published: Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The owners of the World Series of Poker have announced this week their plan to launch an online gambling website.

WSOP.com will be the second entry into the online Poker world on Nevada when it opens on Thursday, following Ultimate Gaming; a subsidiary of Las Vegas station casinos, who launched in April this year.

Available to players who live in and visit the state of Nevada, one of only a few states that have legalized online gambling to date, the site will further requite players to be 21 or older.

CEO Mitch Garber discussed the plan with excitement recently, delving further into the services the platform will offer.

“This is a historic moment for our company” Garber said.

“We will bridge land-based and online gaming in ways that have never been seen before”.

General Manager of Online Poker Geoffrey Stewart further discussed the link with Caesars Entertainment Corp, one of the more regulated and established casino operators of physical casinos in the United States, and made it clear the site will now be the only place to win seats at the actual World Series of Poker.

“This opens up a whole new category for the World Series of Poker brand, enabling us to connect with consumers year-round and reach them where they are most today; on digital devices” Stewart said.

Nevada regulatory authorities will monitor the ‘public field trials of cash, sit and go and satellite games’ which include single penny wagers and tournaments with buy-ins that start from as little as $1.10.

Games that have so far been announced include no-limit Texas Hold’em featuring both full table and shorthanded variations, as well as seven card stud and Omaha hi-lo.

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