Posts Tagged ‘2014 World Series of Poker’

Global Poker Index: Selbst Makes Her Ascent

by | Published: Friday, June 6th, 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 Keven Stammen 893.30 -
2 Ole Schemion 803.21 -
3 Alex Bilokur 800.07 -
4 Scott Seiver 633.26 -
5 Shyam Srinivasan 626.96 -
6 Vanessa Selbst 619.76 37
7 Mukul Pahuja 611.14 6
8 Mike McDonald 608.20 -2
9 Byron Kaverman 600.23 -2
10 Ami Barer 594.74 -2


Thanks to the 2014 World Series of Poker being in full swing, there will be a lot of movement in the GPI Player of the Year race all summer long with 65 different bracelet events playing out. The top five in the race stayed the same this week with Keven Stammen still in the lead by 90 points, but there was a lot of movement in the bottom half, as well as a couple of spots just outside the top 10.

Vanessa Selbst made a huge move up the chart after kicking off her WSOP campaign with a win in the Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em. The victory saw her shoot all the way up to 6th place from No. 43 just a week ago.

Mukul Pahuja also edged his way into the top 10, going from 13th to 7th after making the final table in a pre-WSOP event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. These two new entrants pushed Dan Heimiller and Alexander Denisov out of the top 10.

Further down the POY leaderboard, some players made incredible strides. Quan Zhoe jumped nearly 300 places to No. 41 after making the final table in two events in the City of Dreams at APPT Macau, which included a runner-up finish in the HK$100,000 High Roller.

Joseph Cheong also had an impressive climb, moving from No. 289 to 74, on the strength of an early WSOP cash win.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3961.84 -
2 Vanessa Selbst 3709.97 2
3 Scott Seiver 3705.90 -1
4 Byron Kaverman 3425.69 -1
5 Philipp Gruissem 3360.90 -
6 Dan Smith 3339.95 -
7 Jason Mercier 3291.13 2
8 Jonathan Duhamel 3268.70 -1
9 Stephen Chadwick 3257.25 -1
10 Daniel Negreanu 3222.40 3


Vanessa Selbst’s WSOP win also bumped her standing in the overall GPI 300 into 2nd position (from 4th) behind the still-leading Ole Schemion. At the bottom end of the top 10, Daniel Negreanu claimed the last spot, climbing from 13th, replacing Mike McDonald who slipped to just 11th after enjoying a small gain.

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Ten New Players Confirmed for WSOP Big One for Big Drop

by | Published: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

On Monday, ten new players were confirmed to play in the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP. Vanessa Selbst was among the list, making her the first ever woman to compete in the event.

Selbst is a surprise entrant for those whom remember the Team PokerStars Pro previously calling the one million dollar buy-in “ridiculous” when it was announced back in 2011.

“I think it is ridiculous it completely destroys the sanctity of the bracelets. It completely ruins the idea of poker stats. Everything has gotten out of hand already. I think $100k and $250k buy-in tournaments are stupid enough. High-roller tournaments are $25k, that’s enough, that’s what people can afford to play and that’s a high-roller event. The other events, if you want to buy in for higher than that, you can go do it on your own time, that’s fine, but not when it includes all the different stats and tracking and all that stuff. It really completely destroys the idea. It is ridiculous.”

Selbst seems to have now come around to the event, and couldn’t be more excited about participating. “I’m so excited to be taking part in The BIG ONE for ONE DROP this year.

I didn’t get to play in 2012, but after seeing how much fun everyone had with the event as well as how profound an impact it had on ONE DROP, I knew I had to be a part of it this time around.”

Selbst is joined by nine new players: Tony Gregg, Jean-Robert Bellande, Fabian Quoss, Max Altergott, Tobias Reinkemeier, Igor Kurganov, Christoph Vogelsang, Niklas Heinecker, and an “Anonymous Asian Businessman.”

Both Gregg and previously-announced Antonio Esfandiari have experience winning in the One Drop event. Gregg won the 2013 WSOP ONE DROP High Roller, outlasting a field of 166 players to earn $4,830,612. Esfandiari, who won the 2012 ONE DROP, finished fourth last year and pocketed $1,433,438.


The ten newly confirmed players now brings the total players confirmed for the event to 33 – more than half the 56-player cap. Seats are reserved on a first-come first-serve basis for the June 29 through July 1 scheduled event.

If the field reaches the seven-table threshold, the first-place prize will jump to more than $20,000,000.

The WSOP also announced that ESPN will be filming the event, catching every single hand from start to finish during the three-day event. The channel will also air three consecutive weeks of two-hour coverage starting on Tuesday, July 15.

  • July 15 – 9-11 PM EST – Day 1 and Day 2 action
  • July 22 – 9-11 PM EST – Day 2 action and final table bubble
  • July 29 – 9-11 PM EST – Final table action through to winner

“With the unthinkable stakes of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP and its colorful mix of early committees, we are thrilled ESPN has embraced the opportunity to truly showcase a seminal moment for poker that just may yield the biggest first prize in sports television history,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

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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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23 Top Players Confirmed for WSOP $1 Million One Drop

by | Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

There still remains 101 days until the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million Big One for One Drop begins, yet nearly half of tournament has already sold out.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced on Wednesday that 23 entries have already been confirmed for the seven-figure bracelet event running from June 29 through July 1, and they are all returning players. Among them are former One Drop champion from 2012 Antonio Esfandiari, One Drop founder Guy Laliberte, and Phil Ivey.

“I can’t wait to defend my title,” Esfandiari said in a statement. “That event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first-hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help.”

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is equally excited, but for a very different reason.

“I’m really excited to play this tournament again,” he told PokerNews. “And I’m looking forward to knocking out Antonio. If he wins, I may quit poker.”

This hostility stems from Esfandiari knocking out Mercier in the 2012 One Drop shock clash.

Laliberté echoes Esfandiari and Mercier, adding “The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June… The support from the poker community continues to be just incredible.”

The players confirmed for the 2014 One Drop so far include: Antonio Esfandiari, Guy Laliberte, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Phil Galfond, Philipp Gruissem, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Paul Newey, Bill Perkins, Vivek Rajkumar, Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Brandon Steven, Sam Trickett, and Noah Schwartz.

The last event was capped at 48 and sold out, so the WSOP and One Drop decided to add another eight-handed table this year, bringing the cap to 56. If it happens to sell out again, the first place prize would reach $20 million. This is a first-come first-serve event, and those that provide a deposit will be guaranteed a seat.

Of the 23 confirmed entries so far, three are “anonymous businessmen” and the last three are satellite seats that will be offered at Aria, Bellagio, and the WSOP. In 2012, the $25,300 buy0in One Drop satellite attracted nearly 100 entries, with the winning spot going to Gus Hansen.

The WSOP and One Drop will also commence reaching out to new players that didn’t participate in 2012. All players at the 2014 WSOP are encouraged to donate one percent of their winnings to the One Drop Foundation, as they continue to improve lives in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Burkina Faso, and beyond.

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$10M Guaranteed for Main Event at 2014 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Friday, February 14th, 2014

Get ready to mark your calenders, Caesars Entertainment released its official schedule for the 2014 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Make sure you’re free from Tuesday, May 27, and head on over to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The 45th Annual World Series of Poker tournament will feature 65 bracelet events, including the Main Event that’ll feature a $10 Million guaranteed prize for the winner.

Scheduled to begin on July 5, the Main Event will begin with the first of three starting fights. The entry fee will remain at $10,000, but the $10M guaranteed payday will make 2014’s prize the second largest in the event’s history.

Jamie Gold took home the largest win of $12 million for his Main Event win in 2006. The biggest win since then went to Peter Eastgate in 2008 ($9,152,416). Last year’s winner Ryan Riess banked $8,361,570, which was the smallest amount since Jerry Yang received $8,250,000 in 2007.

The 2014 WSOP will open with the $500 Casino Employee’s Event, but the real highlight of opening day will be the second event: $25,000 Mixed Max Event. This grueling four-day tournament will start with nine-handed action before switching to six-handed play on Day 2. Day 3 will become four-handed, and the final day will feature heads-up matches to determine its winner.

2014 is the year for comebacks at the WSOP.

After listening to player feedback, the WSOP decided to reintroduce the fan-favorite $10,000 Championship event, with 12 variations, to this year’s schedule.

  • 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (May 29-31)
  • Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 1-3)
  • No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (June 3-5)
  • Seven Card Razz (June 6-8)
  • H.O.R.S.E. (June 8-10)
  • Pot Limit Hold’em (June 12-14)
  • No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (June 14-16)
  • Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 17-19)
  • No-Limit Hold’em Heads Up (June 19-21)
  • Limit Hold’em (June 26-28)
  • Seven Card Stud (July 1-3)
  • Pot Limit Omaha (July 3-5)

The WSOP is also bringing back three staple tournaments: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (June 22-26), the Seniors Event (June 6-8), and the Ladies Event (June 27-29). Men are still able to enter the latter tournament, but must pay $10,000 to enter while ladies receive a discounted $1,000 buy-in. This strategy was a success last year, as none of the 954 participants were male.

Tournament organizers expect an even bigger turnout than last year—79,471 total participants who competed for more than $197 million in prize-pool money—especially with the return of the ONE DROP event.

“For ten years we have tried to raise the bar on tournament poker,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “There is real optimism 2014 can be our biggest year yet with an anticipated $200 million in prize money to be paid out this summer. With new satellites and daily tournaments exclusively on and a plethora of side events, there is more reason than ever to make the trip to poker mecca.”

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