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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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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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Top Athletes Spotted at the WSOP

by | Published: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

What makes the World Series of Poker so great is that it brings people of all ages, nationalities, and occupations together to compete for the same thing, the most coveted prize in poker: the WSOP Main Event championship. Everyone plays on an equal playing field, which is what makes the WSOP so great. The adage that anyone can play and anyone can win has been proven true time and time again.

While literally anyone can play, it’s still exciting to see celebrities or athletes take a shot – they’re just like us! The latter group in particular has increasingly been making the trip to Las Vegas to compete in the most famous poker tournament in the world. The WSOP has become a regular athlete spotting ground.

FC Barcelona center-back Gerard Pique, UFC’s Martin Kampmann, NFL’s Richard Seymour, NASCAR driver Jason White, Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, and NBA’s Paul Pierce and Earl Barron have all been spotted at this year’s tournament.

It’s not surprising, really, that athletes would enjoy playing poker during their off-season. The game offers the player a competitive arena without the potential of injury; they can go through intense competition, constantly changing strategies, and even an element of risk and guarantee they’ll be match-fit when their sport resumes. It’s a win-win situation.

It appears that athletes bring some of their skills to the felt and also develop skills while on the felt to bring back to their sporting game. Pierce, for one, said, “I have grown to love the game over the last seven to eight years. It is very competitive and mentally challenging. It helps with my patience, because in poker, you have to have a lot of patience, and that translates to the court where it helps me make the right decisions at the right time.”

Kampmann added his perspective: “You have to stay cool under pressure. One mistake at the poker table and you could be out of the tournament. Same thing in fighting; one mistake and you can get clipped, knocked out, or you can get submitted. You just have to stay cool under pressure.”

Barron reasoned it was the competitive nature of the game that brings athletes to the poker room. “Nobody that plays a sport wants to lose. While you will win some hands and lose some hands, it’s the competitive nature that makes you want to outlast everyone.”

One of the athletes gaining the most attention at the WSOP would have to be Pique. The international football star has a lot of spare time on his hands this summer after Spain was shockingly knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the first round. It seems he’s spent his time improving his poker hand. Surrounded by media when he was playing in the Pavilion Room, Pique couldn’t just blend in and play his game without distraction. Nevertheless, he proved he could hold his own against poker’s best.

Piqué has had a couple of cashes on the European Poker Tour (EPT) and former Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel said in a past interview for PokerNews that Pique can play. “You can tell he has played the game before. He has some good moves, and he bluffs at the right time. It’s good to have him at the table,” Duhamel said.

Another apparent trend is online poker rooms partnering with athletes to help build a poker brand. Warne, an 888poker ambassador, was seen playing on Day 1c, and PokerStars recently signed one of the biggest names in tennis, Rafael Nadal, to its roster of SportStars. 888poker had also signed football star Luis Suarez to their roster, but cancelled his contract after he was embroiled in a biting scandal in the World Cup.

These partnerships can only help the online sits improve their brand, with fans rushing for a chance to play a game against their favorite athletes.

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Global Poker Index Update

by | Published: Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.


2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Alex Bilokur 1,064.46 -
2 Keven Stammen 1,001.05 -
3 Scott Seiver 953.71 +1
4 Daniel Negreanu 946.18 +2
5 Mustapha Kanit 940.52 -2
6 Jason Mercier 866.04 -1
7 Matt Glantz 858.99 +5
8 Byron Kaverman 821.71 +3
9 George Danzer 815.17 -2
10 Dan Smith 806.00 -2

With so much action happening at the WSOP right now, the GPI Player of the Year race is constantly switching up. Yet Alex Bilokur has managed to maintain his lead for the fourth week running thanks to a first place finish in last month’s Event #28: Pot Limit Hold’em that earned him 167.61 points.

Daniel Negreanu continues to climb the POY race. Last week he jumped from #10 to #6, and this week he’s at #4 thanks to a second place finish in The Big One for One Drop, which earned him 121.65 points.

Matt Glantz also experienced a big jump, up five places from #12. This is thanks to a 7th place finish in last week’s Event #59: Omaha Hi/Lo.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3,899.59 -
2 Vanessa Selbst 3,893.09 -
3 Daniel Negreanu 3,627.89 -
4 Dan Smith 3,603.40 -
5 Byron Kaverman 3,506.70 +1
6 Erik Seidel 3,398.53 +1
7 Scott Seiver 3,359.07 -2
8 Paul Volpe 3,291.80 +1
9 Alex Bilokur 3,261.38 +1
10 Michael Watson 3,260.24 +3

There wasn’t much movement among the top 10 of the GPI 300 this week. The top four players remain exactly where they were last week, while the bottom six traded small places. All players bar one gained a place this week, thanks to Philipp Gruissem dropping out of the top 10 entirely (down 5 places to #13).

Michael Watson is the biggest gainer, jumping from #13 to #10 and just 1.14 point behind Alex Bilokur in #9. His rise was thanks to a second place finish in last week’s Event #58: No Limit Hold’em – Mixed Max which earned him 278.42 points.

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Dan Colman Wins Big One for One Drop for $15.3 Million

by | Published: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Daniel Negreanu may have reached heads-up play in a bracelet event for the second time this summer at the 2014 World Series of Poker, but he was outplayed by another Daniel in the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. Daniel Colman took home the victory and huge cash prize to the value of $15,306,668.

Colman follows in the footsteps of Antonio Esfandiari to become just the second Big One for One Drop champion. But it wasn’t all cheer and celebration as Colman refused to do media interviews following his win, resulting in a backlash of critique for the 23 year-old from the larger poker community.

Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop Final Table Results

Position Player Payout
1 Daniel Colman $15,306,668
2 Daniel Negreanu $8,288,001
3 Christoph Vogelsang $4,480,001
4 Rick Saloman $2,800,000
5 Tobias Reinkemeier $2,053,334
6 Scott Seiver $1,680,000
7 Paul Newey $1,418,667
8 Cary Katz $1,306,607

Tom Hall was eliminated in 9th position, meaning he walked away empty-handed. But this left the remaining eight players to battle it out for the massive $37,333,338 prize pool. The first five knockouts of the final table came in quick succession, occurring within the space of just 40 hands.

With the payouts becoming increasingly high, the pace slowed down after that. It took another 32 hands for Christoph Vogelsang to fall in third place from a three-way hand. That left just two players.

Negreanu handed out four of the six final table knockouts, but Colman had the lead going into heads-up play: 68,550,000 to Negreanu’s 57,450,000. The pair continuously switched lead position, until Colman built up his lead once more and delivered the final blow in the 46th hand.

This is Negreanu’s second runner-up finish this summer after losing to Paul Vope in Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. But don’t feel bad for “Kid Poker”. The $8,288,001 second-place prize money is a nice consolation prize and vaults him into the top spot in the all-time tournament winnings list. He has now won more than $29.7 million in his career, putting him about $3.5 million clear of Esfandiari.

Colman collects his first career WSOP bracelet after having come close in Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship where he made the semifinals.

Colman has also put himself into contention for the WSOP Player of the Year race following his win. Though he’s made it clear he doesn’t care about the accolades that accompany a big poker win, he’s put himself into the race. He earned 300 points by winning the One Drop, which helped him climb to fifth place.

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