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Daniel Negreanu Among 10 Finalists for 2014 Poker Hall of Fame

by | Published: Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The World Series of Poker released its list of 10 nominees for the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame on Tuesday, and it includes first-time and returning candidates alike.

The finalists were once again nominated by the public, making it the sixth straight year it’s been done that way, and the list includes five returning candidates and five first-timers. Poker top-dog Daniel Negreanu leads the band of newcomers in his first year of eligibility.

Each candidate is voted for based on the following criteria:

  • Be a minimum age of 40 year old at the time of nomination
  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Played for high staked
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

daniel negreanuOther first-time nominees include Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi, 1975 WSOP Main Event runner-up Bob Hooks, six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest, and respected tournament director Jack McClelland.

The five returning nominees are Jennifer Harman, Humberto Brenes, Mike Matusow, Chris Bjorin, and Huck Seed.

It is now in the hands of the 21 living Hall of Fame members and 20-member media panel to cast their votes for the newest member/s before the October 10 deadline.

Up to two of the 10 nominees will soon join an elite list of Poker Hall of Famers that includes the likes of Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Benny Binion, David “Chip” Reese, Thomas Auston “Amarillo Slim” Preston, Stu Ungar, and Phil Hellmuth. Last year, both Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy were voted to join the prestigious club.

The 2014 Poker Hall of Fame class will be inducted as part of the WSOP Main Event final table festivities at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during a special ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 9.

Negreanu’s nomination is an accomplishment in and of itself, considering it was the very first year he could be nominated, but he may miss out due to being younger and still very much in the game. He could still have some of the best wins ahead of him, and members may wait to see those. Either way, keep checking to learn which lucky player/s is inducted.

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Dan Colman Wins Yet Another Poker Event

by | Published: Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Before April, hardly anyone would have been able to tell you who Dan Colman was. But with three big poker event wins under his belt in just five months, he’s become a household name in the poker world.

dan colman seminole hard rock poker open winnerA win in April’s European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller was his introduction to the community, but Colman didn’t stop there. Since then, the 23 year-old has completed one of the most dominant runs in poker history.

Colman, who went on to win the World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop in July as well as finishing runner-up in last month’s EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, added another $1,446,710 to his yearly winnings on Wednesday when he beat a field of 1,499 players to take out the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Colman outlasted a tough final table to claim his staggering fourth seven-figure score of 2014. He now has more than $20,000,000 in cashes since April under his belt, and has climbed past Phil Ivey into third place on poker’s all-time list behind Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.

2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Results

Seat Player Prize
1 Dan Colman $1,446,710
2 Mike Leah $1,047,638
3 Shawn Cunix $748,313
4 John Dolan $548,763
5 Joe Kuether $424,044
6 Martin Hanowski $324,269

Colman didn’t begin Wednesday’s final table in the lead, he had to work for it. He trailed to Mike Leah in chips but it didn’t take the poker wunderkind long to command the table. After John Dolan eliminated Martin Hanowski in 6th place, Colman got all of Joe Kuether’s chips. Dolan himself exited a few hands later, and his strike also came from Colman.

It then came down to three-handed play, with the lead shifting back into Leah’s favor.  However, Colman reclaimed the pole position after eliminating Shawn Cunix in 3rd place.

Colman then took 25,450,000 into heads-up play against Leah’s 19,550,000. The heads-up sit-and-go specialist, who has become known for his impressive knack for closing the deal, grinded Leah down to 11,500,000 before finishing him for good.

Dan Colman is undoubtedly becoming a fantastic professional poker player. Where will he strike next? How many more wins will he add to his season belt? Only time will tell. But one thing for sure, the entire poker world will be watching his every move with anticipation and excitement.

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Online Registration for WSOP Asia-Pacific Events Now Open!

by | Published: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

In just one month, the World Series of Poker will host the second edition of its WSOP Asia-Pacific. Taking place at Australia’s Crown Casino Melbourne from October 2-18, the series will feature 10 gold bracelet events. Last year’s event saw five awarded, so with five more added to this year’s schedule it is likely to be an even bigger event.

2014 WSOP Asia PacificWith buy-ins ranging from as low as AU$1,100 up to AU$25,000, all poker players have the chance to attend this exciting event. The series kicks off with the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator on October 2 but the highlight of the series will undoubtedly be the AU$10,000 Main Event, which will have two starting days beginning on October 12. Players are able to register for the series online via Crown Poker’s website, which means you won’t have to wait in line or risk being put on an alternative list.

Daniel Negreanu won last year’s Main Event for AU$1,038,825, and his fifth gold bracelet win helped him become the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year. Will he return to the series? What other big names in the professional poker community will make the trek down under? Since this year’s WSOP Asia-Pacific will be the culmination of the 2014 Player of the Year race, many big-name players are expected to make the trip, including Negreanu (who currently sits fourth on the POY leaderboard), Brandon Shack-Harris (first), and George Danzer (second) in a bid to earn final points. Imagine who you could be rubbing shoulders with.

“Bigger and better is the best way to describe the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “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.”

Both the WSOP and Crown Melbourne are prepared to help book your trip to Australia and the handy online registration means you’re guaranteed a seat with ease. This is a stop not to be missed, even if you just go to watch the pros in action.

Take a look at the entire 2014 WSOP APAC schedule below and see if anything piques your interest:

Date Time Event Buy-in (AUD)
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  
  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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Andre Lettau Wins 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event

by | Published: Friday, August 29th, 2014

andre-lettau-wins-EPT-BarcelonaThe record-breaking European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 Main Event, which attracted a field total of 1,496 runners, came to an end yesterday after a gruelling 15-hour final table.

With an epic heads-up battle lasting six hours on its own, the final three opted for a three-way deal. After beating the near 1,500 strong field, who each paid €5,300 to play the first EPT event of Season 11, Andre Lettau emerged victorious.

The German took home the title and €794,058 in prize money, though runner-up Samuel Phillips took home a lot more thanks to the three-handed deal. Phillips banked over a million Euros in total (€1,021,275), while the third player in the deal, Hossein Ensan, picked up €652,667.

Final Table Results

Position Player Country Payout
1 Andre Lettau Germany €794,058
2 Samuel Phillips United States €1,021,275
3 Hossein Ensan Germany €652,667
4 Andrea Dato Italy €362,000
5 Andrey Shatilov Russia €286,000
6 Kiryl Radzivonau Belarus €224,500
7 Ji Zhang Germany €171,600
8 Slaven Popov Bulgaria €121,300

Ensan started the day with the chip lead, being the only player with over 10 million in chips. But it was Lettau who made the first move early in the day, winning four pots in a row and pushing himself up the leaderboard. Phillips made an early run himself, soon taking the chip lead from Ensan after picking up aces against Ensan’s King of Hearts/Jack of Spades.

Phillips continued to dominate the remaining players, constantly keeping the pressure on them as they were forced to concede pot after pot due to ICM.

Andrey Shatilov was the only player on the final table with previous EPT final-table experience, having made the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure final table a couple of years ago. Yet even his experience couldn’t help him for long. The Russian played well, but found himself short with a King and 10 of Spades. Lettau made the call with an Ace of Spades/Jack of Hearts and the board was left with just four players.

Andrea Dato was soon eliminated in fourth place, leaving the final three to play it out. Phillips soon won a monster pot and took the lead. It was at this point the three remaining players had a heated discussion, working out a deal that left €90,000 for the winner. Ensan was soon eliminated by Lettau.

This meant Lettau started the heads-up battle with a 5-1 chip lead against Phillips but over the course of the following hours the lead swapped hands several times. After 141 hands of heads-up action – more than in the rest of the final table itself – the tournament came to an end on Hand #273.

All eyes are now on London, where the next EPT event will start in just over a months’ time.

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PokerStars Bans Political Statement Displays at EPT Events

by | Published: Monday, August 25th, 2014

When Olivier Busquet and Daniel Colman stepped out to the final table at the European Poker Tour €50,000 Super High Roller last Wednesday wearing “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” t-shirts, criticism ran throughout the poker community.

olivier busquet daniel colman ept


Following the wave of criticism that a poker game is not the platform for political statements, PokerStars has decided to change the rules regarding the display of political statements as slogans at the live events.

“Our tournaments are designed to promote poker and poker competition and not as a platform for political statements,” PokerStars’ Head of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser wrote in a statement sent to CardPlayer Lifestyle’s Robbie Strazynski.

“Players have many channels to express their views on world politics, but our tournaments are not an appropriate place,” Hollreiser continued. “We will refuse entry to any player displaying political statements of any kind.”

While many thought the two high-profile players using the visibility and popularity of the EPT event to encourage the poker community to talk about the conflict between Isreal and Palestine was a daring move, it was not condoned by everyone. Criticism toward the statements started as soon as the live stream of the final table began. Suddenly it stopped being about a fun poker event.

“[It] doesn’t matter what “side” you are on. [The] EPT is embarrassing itself by allowing Daniel Colman and Olivier Busquet to wear those t-shirts,” Strazynski wrote on Twitter before publishing an article on CardPlayer Lifestyle titled “There’s No Room for Politics in Poker”.

Strazynski, who strongly believes that topics as politics and religion are to be avoided at all costs at the poker table, believes that “[if] any poker player wish to use the prestige of their notoriety to advocate a particular political issue, it’s their prerogative. However, PokerStars and other governing and sanctioning bodies in poker ought to have a rule against politics at the table itself.”

However, there are other poker buffs who disagree. Shortly following the publication of Strazynski’s opinion piece, poker historian Nolan Dalla expressed his opposing views in his own post title “Political Censorship Has No Place in Poker”.

Dalla believes that the initiative of the two players did not deserve all the criticism it raised, nor it should have led PokerStars to rule in favor of a ban against the display of political statements.

“There was nothing profane nor vulgar about either item of clothing,” Dalla wrote. “Frankly, the t-shirts would hardly even be noticed on the streets of any cosmopolitan city.”

Dalla, who is the media director for the World Series of Poker and a famed poker writer, believes the ban by PokerStars is perhaps well-intended, but it is still an act against the important individual right of free expression.

“Frankly, we need more politics — just about everywhere. We need more discussion about problems and possible solutions. Not during poker hands, mind you,” Dalla explained.

Free Palestine, or End Apartheid, or Obama 2012, or Tea Party 2014, or I love Israel, or any other political expression is entirely appropriate in a free democratic society,” Dalla concluded.

“I’ve seen all of these shirts in poker rooms over the years. Here’s some advice — if you don’t like what you see, then turn away. If you don’t like the message or the person, then don’t talk to them.”

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