Archive for December, 2013
by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, December 29th, 2013
March 2014 has turned into a particularly big one for the World Poker Tour following the announcement of the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival, to take place from the 5th-16th and becoming the fifth official event of the month.
In production with Tilt Events, the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival is set to feature 25 events, peaking with the €3,000 Main Event running from March 10-15. In a salute to the history of poker, the event will take place in the world’s oldest Casino; Casino di Venezia.
Other major events set to take place are the €1,500 WPT National Venice High Roller, the €5,000 WPT High Roller and the €990 WPT National Venice, which boasts a guarantee of at least €200,000.
Taking place alongside the WPT Venice Carnival in March 2014 will be the LA Poker Classic from 1st-6th, Bay 101 Shooting Star from 10th-14th, Thunder Valley from 15th-19th and the Jacksonville bestbet Open, running from March 21st-25th.
The 2014 season of the World Poker Tour is set to be the biggest, busiest and most lucrative season of the World’s biggest professional Poker tour to date, and will cover dozens of events in locations around the entire world.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Last Monday, the World Poker Tour announced plans to run two full days of WPT Season XI programming both today (Christmas Day) and next week on New Year’s Day.
Taking place on FSN, the two marathons will kick off with Season XI’s first televised event, the WPT Parx Poker Open.
WPT President Adam Pliska outlined the success of last year’s similar events as the major reason for the decision.
“Last year’s holiday marathons were a great success for both us and FSN, and we’re pleased to again offer viewers the chance to catch up on moments they may have missed of re-live their favorite hands from the past year on tour” Pliska said.
The WPT Christmas event is set to kick off today at 12p.m. local times and will include around 18 hours of programming, ending with the WPT LA Poker Classic.
The New Year’s event will also begin at 12p.m. local time, January 1st 2014 with a further 15 hours of scheduled poker programming, covering events from the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star through to the season-completing WPT World Championship.
From all the team here at Poker.com, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday period!
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Recently, the World Poker Tour announced plans to expand the Season XII calendar once more with the addition of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in February 2014.
Following two extremely successful seasons in Montreal, the WPT will return to Canada once more for the CAD$5,000 main event at the Fallsview Casino Resort, which is located around an hour outside of Toronto.
Featuring a single entry format, the WPT Classic Main Event will run for a total of three days from 22nd-24th of February to close out the tournament series.
“Poker is more popular than ever in Canada, and our players have been asking us to add another WPT stop north of the border” WPT President Adam Pliska said in a statement following the announcement.
“We’re thrilled to accommodate them by adding this great new event to the tour, and we look forward to another fantastic event on Canadian soil.”
In a way to make the tournament accessible to everyone interested, players have had the ability to qualify via satellite events since December 9, which will continue to run until Super Satellites in early February.
Director of Communications at Fallsview Casino, Greg Medulun shared his and the venue’s delight in the new partnership with the WPT.
“The return of the WPT is exciting news for all talented and notable poker enthusiasts” Medulun said.
“Our Casino is well-suited to host what will be a definite sold-out event given the added excitement WPT brings.”
Currently boasting a range of more than 3,000 slot machines and more than one hundred table games, Fallsview Casino is also noted as housing some of the best restaurants in the Toronto area and is located a stone’s throw from the world famous Niagara Falls.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
World records continue to drop in the world of Poker in 2013, as American Damon Shulenberger claimed the APT Resorts World Manila Iron Man Poker Challenge in the Philippines to set a new benchmark of 48 hours, 55 minutes and 58.5 second for the ‘Longest Continuous Poker Tournament’.
Smashing the previous record of 36 hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds set by Peter Konos in Delaware last season, Shulenberger managed to out-wit, outplay and outlast a total of 114 fellow competitors to record his place in history and walk away with the $18,240 winner’s check.
“I have never experienced anything like it in my life” a dazed yet excited Shulenberger said following the final hand.
“Not only going without sleep for two nights straight but I started at level 1 at 8PM and never left the table for five minutes, until almost 50 hours later, with winning the championship.
“I don’t think I’ll play poker again for at least a month.”
Following a four-hour long heads up round, it was Korea’s Choi Byung Kyoo who claimed second prize and a healthy $10,670 check for his troubles.
After remaining in with a shot for almost the entire round, the short-stacked Kyoo played his remaining chips with a hand of King-Seven off suit, immediately called by Shulenberger who had been concealing an Ace-Four off suit. The board ran Ace-Two-Three-Jack-Ten to pair up Shulenberger’s Aces and deliver the US native the monumental title.
“I am most a casual player, so whereas some people like to play all night, all day I’ve always maintained a commitment to sleeping by at least 2a.m. or 3a.m. so I never did an all-nighter like some of my friends” Shulenberger concluded.
Rounding out the top five were German Sandro Simon, Lim Dae Hoon of Korea and local Florencio Campomanes.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Following up from the success in recent years of the entire Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, the Macau Poker Cup has quickly been etched out as one of the region’s most sought-after prizes and it now appears the 20th edition of the tournament in 2014 will be bigger and better than ever.
As the biggest tournament in undoubtedly Asia’s biggest gambling hub, the Macau Cup has been part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour’s official calendar for the last six seasons, steadily growing in popularity throughout each event and contributing to the spike in popularity of poker-based games in Macau as a whole.
Scheduled to take place from January 10th- January 21st 2014 inclusive, the 20th edition of Asia’s most prestigious prize is set to feature 12 official Player of the Year events, peaking with the major ‘Red Dragon’ Main Event, boasting a HK$8 million guaranteed prize pool, equating to around US$1 million.
Featuring a reasonable buy in of only around US$1,550, the Main Event will take place in the City of Dreams Poker Room from January 16th and will allow for three starting day flights.
Pokerstars Pro Celina Lin shared her excitement of the 2014 edition of the Macau Poker Cup.
“I always knew the MPC would get bigger and the Red Dragon is hugely popular throughout Asia” Lin said.
“It’s hard to believe we’re at number twenty already, but I have no doubt MPC20 is going to be the biggest ever and I love the opportunity of winning a historic event.”
With more than 10 major poker events scheduled, the 2014 Macau Poker Cup is already in line to be the biggest in the history of the tournament.
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