Archive for April, 2014

2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Schedule Announced

by | Published: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The eye of the poker world will be squarely focused on Melbourne, Australia later this year when the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific comes to town. The schedule for the event was released last week, announcing the festival will take place over two weeks from October 2-18, and will offer 10 gold bracelet events.

Crown Casino Melbourne will once again play host to the event, which will also see the culmination of the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race.

“Bigger and better is the best way to describe the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart in the press release. “New events at modest price points like the Dealer’s Choice and Terminator No-Limit Hold’em, plus an expansion of overall events and a move to springtime in Melbourne is designed to encourage the North American and European contingent to make this a can’t-miss event. Plus, we have secured the most comprehensive live television coverage in both the U.S. and Australia for both the Main Event and High Roller.”

The “live” television coverage Stewart discusses will be for the AU$10,000 Main Event, which starts on October 12, and the AU$25,000 High Roller, which starts on October 15. Though toted as being live, the two events will be viewed with a one-hour delay on ESPN television both in Australia and the U.S. on October 176 and 18. According to the WSOP, “The live television window includes 6-8 hours of coverage a day, meaning nearly every hand of the final table of each the Main Event and High Roller will be seen by viewers around the globe.”

“We are really excited that the WSOP Asia-Pacific is returning to Melbourne,” said Gus Seebeck, ESPN’s General Manager of Australia and New Zealand. “It’s a fantastic event and ESPN’s expanded coverage will bring poker fans around the world even closer to the action.”

The series, which kicks off on October 2 with the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator, will offer buy-ins ranging from as low as AU$1,100 up to AU$25,000. The Accumulator event plans to generate a large field of entrants, since each player will be allowed to play in any or all of the starting flights. The catch being though that all chips a player advances through the numerous flights with will be accumulated into one stack on Day 2.

The AU$10,000 Main Event will have two starting days and begin on October 12. Last year, the Main Event was won by poker superstar Daniel Negreanu who took home AU$1,038,825 and his fifth gold bracelet.

Below is a complete list of the 2014 WSOP APAC schedule:

Date Time Event Buy-In (AU$)
Oct. 2 6:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1a $1,100
Oct. 3 12:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1b $1,100
  6:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1c $1,100
Oct. 4 12:30 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 2  
  2:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 $2,200
Oct. 5 12:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 3  
  12:30 PM No-Limit Hold’em Day 2  
  4:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1 $1,650
Oct. 6 12:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Day 3  
  12:30 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2  
  2:10 PM Terminator No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 $1,650
Oct. 7 12:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3  
  12:30 PM Terminator No-Limit Hold’em Day 2  
  2:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1 $5,000
Oct. 8 12:10 PM Terminator No-Limit Hold’em Day 3  
  12:30 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2  
  2:10 PM Dealer’s Choice — 8-Game Day 1 $1,650
Oct. 9 12:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3  
  12:30 PM Dealer’s Choice — 8-Game Day 2  
  2:10 PM Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 $2,200
Oct. 10 12:10 PM Dealer’s Choice — 8-Game Day 3  
  12:30 PM Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 2  
  2:10 PM Mixed Event Day 1 $5,000
Oct. 11 12:10 PM Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 3  
  12:30 PM Mixed Event Day 2  
Oct. 12 12:10 PM Mixed Event Day 3  
  12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1a $10,000
Oct. 13 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1b $10,000
Oct. 14 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 2  
Oct. 15 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 3  
  6:10 PM High Roller Day 1 $25,000
Oct. 16 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 4  
  2:30 PM High Roller Day 2  
Oct. 17 2:00 PM High Roller Day 3  
Oct. 18 2:00 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 5  

 

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Online Qualifier Turns €4 into €250,000 at 2014 Irish Open

by | Published: Sunday, April 27th, 2014

For any poker player out there that doesn’t believe a non-professional poker player could take out a tournament or event – this story is for you. You’ll second-guess not entering tournament qualifiers or satellites offered at online poker rooms from now on.

Patrick Clarke accomplished the dream of every low-stakes poker player last weekend. He managed to turn a €4 online satellite victory into a €250,000 victory at the 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open.

Clarke won his €2,250 entry into the Irish Open Main Event by playing online poker at Paddy Power, and ultimately defeated a field of 411 players to pocket the biggest win of his career.

The tournament victory itself netted Clarke €200,000. He claimed the additional €50,000 by being the last man standing in the Paddy Power Sole Survivor competition. If you can believe it, the extra €50K prize came down to a heads-up match against Dave Pollack, who also won his seat online. Pollack netted himself a tidy €130,500.

With the victory, Clarke found his name added to the elite list of Irish Open champions that includes Noel Furlong, Liam Flood, Joe Beevers, Neil Channing, James Mitchell, Kevin Vandersmissen, and Ian Simpson. A list he never thought of being on when he was playing his poker game online for €4.

2014 Irish Open Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Patrick Clarke €250,000
2 Dave Pollock €130,500
3 Liam Chevalier €97,500
4 Thomas O’Shea €73,800
5 Oliver Lynch €54,500
6 Michael Gilligan €38,500
7 Barry Donovan €26,500
8 Jonathan Lundy €19,250

 

Clarke entered the final table as the overwhelming chip leader and never looked back.

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  • $3,000 Vegas Prize Packages – including $1,111 Little One for One Drop buy-in and $1,889 for travel expenses

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  • May 26 8:33 PM ET: SATELLITE – Six Seats Guaranteed
  • June 8 4:33 PM ET – SATELITTE – Six Seats Guaranteed
  • May 12 – June 8: BOVADA POKER SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST – Four $3K Vegas Prize Packages
  • June 9 – June 22: ZONE POKER – Win a $3K Vegas Prize Package

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Caesars Looking to Develop $750M Casino Resort in New York

by | Published: Friday, April 25th, 2014

The popular Caesars Entertainment, which owns fifty-three casinos across the globe, announced on Wednesday that it plans to pursue a license in a bid to develop a new resort casino in Woodbury, New York, which is located roughly fifty miles north of New York City.

Caesars are putting a lot into this process already. They posted a $1 million application fee to get one of the four available licenses in New York State for their proposed $750 million luxury resort. Caesars has big plans for the resort, which is situated on 121 acres of land in Woodbury, including a hotel, restaurants, bars, retail, and entertainment/meeting spaces.

“Woodbury is already a well-known destination thanks to the world-class shopping at Woodbury Common. The site is ideally suited for the development of a resort casino given its proximity to transportation and other attractions,” said Gary Loveman, chairman and CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “We are delighted to be collaborating with [developer] David Flaum, whose vision and experience will play a crucial role as we work to design and develop a project that fits well with the surrounding community.”

New York is already bustling with five Indian-run casinos upstate, as well as an additional nine slot-machine parlors at racetracks. Nevertheless, New York voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling last November. The amendment could result in up to seven full-scale casinos, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has limited the expansion permit to four new casinos to begin with – one of which Caesars has already bid on.

Cuomo believes the expansion will bring many jobs to the upstate region of the state.

“We literally hemorrhage people from the borders who go to casinos,” said Cuomo. “I think it will keep the money in the state, and I think it’s a major economic development vehicle for the Hudson Valley especially and for upstate New York.”

Cuomo reached out to a number of different casino operators, including the Las Vegas Sands, MGM, and Boyd Gambling, though only Caesars has submitted a bid for an upstate resort at this stage. The possibility of casinos in the New York metropolitan area may change their minds, if and when Cuomo permits the construction of them. With three casino expansions still up his sleeve, Cuomo holds all the cards.

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Major Changes at World Poker Tour Championship

by | Published: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The Season XII WPT World Championship, which began on Monday April 21, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has seen some major changes in its structure.

For the first time ever, the tour’s season-ending event will be held outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The World Poker Tour Championship event spent its first 11 seasons at the Bellagio in LV, which was once considered the poker mecca of the world.

However, as World Poker Tour President Adam Pliska put it, “sometimes you just gotta shake things up.

“The numbers in the Championship were down and people were noticing that,” Pliska said. “The WPT Championship is something special. With so many other changes that have happened on the World Poker Tour, at some point you have to tend to the championship. It’s a focal point.”

For years, the WPT Championship at the Bellagio was the must-play poker tournament of the season for the game’s biggest superstars. More than $60 million in prize money has been won in the event since 2003, making it the most lucrative event on the WPT schedule by a mile.

However, attendance for the event has been dwindling every year bar one since 2007, where Carlos Mortensen defeated a field of 639 to win nearly $4 million. Compare this to last year’s event, where only 146 players participated. This was the smallest turnout since the debut season of 111 participants in 2003.

This decline, coupled with player feedback about the Bellagio, resulted in some major adjustments being made to the Championship Event this year.

In September, the tour announced Borgata as the new home for its flagship event. Pliska says Atlantic City was chosen due to the parent company’s new presence in NJ’s burgeoning online poker market.

“The moving of the WPT Championship is as much about celebrating legalized, regulated gaming in the United States as anything else,” Pliska told PokerNews. “What we need now in the poker community is to celebrate that as much as possible in order to spread it into multiple states and every state. I think this could open up a lot of opportunities for people to play in WPT events.”

Pliska and his team decided to take advantage of the online poker market for this year’s Championship. Five seats to the tournament have been given away through satellites at nj.partypoker.com, in addition to qualifiers at BorgataPoker.com and even DraftKings.com, the official fantasy sports partner of the WPT.

In another move to make the tournament more accessible, the $25,000 price tag was slashed to $15,400. The championship event will also carry a $5 million guaranteed prize pool, with at least $1.35 million going to the champion. The last time the WPT Championship prize pool hit $5 million was in 2011, which was also the last time a player won over $1.35 million.

“When you’re changing tradition, I think you’ve got to reevaluate things. And we have,” Pliska said. “There had been a lot of push to keep the Championship at a level that is prestigious, but at the same time bringing it down to a more accessible level. So that’s what we did.

“We’ll try this, take player feedback and see how it goes.”

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All Roads Lead to Vegas at Bovada

by | Published: Monday, April 21st, 2014

Choose Bovada Poker Bovada Poker as your gaming destination from April 14 to June 22 and make tracks to the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Check out the many ways the poker room can get you to Sin City for an unbeatable experience below.

Your Road to Vegas 2014

This year Bovada Poker is offering you more ways than ever before to set your sights on Vegas and be part of the world’s biggest poker event. The World Series of Poker is taking place at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Vegas from May 27 to July 14, with the Main Event kicking off July 5 and guaranteeing $10 million to the winner.

Playing at Bovada is your best way to get in on the unbeatable Sin City action. Hit the felt from April 14 because all roads lead to Vegas and your shot at poker glory.

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  • $12,000 Main Event Packages – including $10,000 Main Event buy-in and $2,000 for travel expenses
  • $3,000 Vegas Prize Packages – including $1,111 Little One for One Drop buy-in and $1,889 for travel expenses
  • Cash prizes

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  • Play in the poker room’s qualifiers and satellites to win one of twelve $12K Main Event Packages (May 5 to June 8 )
  • Like their Facebook page and get in on the social media contest to win one of four $3K Vegas Prize Packages (May 12 to June 8 )
  • Enter Bovada’s Zone Poker promotion to win a $3K Vegas Prize Package and your share of $7K in cash prizes (June 9 to June 22)

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  • April 14 – May 11: VEGAS PRIZE DRAWS – Win a $12K Main Event Package
    • May 5 – June 8: MAIN EVENT QUALIFIERS – Twelve $12K Main Event Packages Guaranteed
      • May 26 8:33 PM ET: SATELLITE – Six Seats Guaranteed
      • June 8 4:33 PM ET – SATELITTE – Six Seats Guaranteed
  • May 12 – June 8: BOVADA POKER SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST – Four $3K Vegas Prize Packages
    • June 9 – June 22: ZONE POKER – Win a $3K Vegas Prize Package

* Each satellite will award six seats only to the Main Event (12 seats total). In the event that there is any surplus in the prize pool of any particular Main Event satellite, further cash prizes will be distributed to lower-ranked players in US $5,000 increments.

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