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Tournament Poker Round-Up

by | Published: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

It is an incredibly busy week in the world of Poker with European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Circuit events taking place around the globe.

Paul Klann leads Canadian Spring Championship

Paul Klann has a substantial chip lead heading into Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship taking place at the Playground Poker Club.

Klann currently has 1,793,000 in chips with forty-four players remaining and is in an excellent position to win his second WPT Title this season after winning the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic earlier in the year.

Klann and World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic Winner Ravi Raghavan were two of few big names to advance to the third day of the tournament with leading poker pros such as: Jeff Madsen, Huck Seed and Matt Salsberg all eliminated before the end of the day.

Day three of the Canadian Spring Championship kicks off shortly and we will keep you up to date with all the action.

Dan Smith Takes Early Chip Lead in EPT Grand Final

Dan Smith is the chip leader after the opening flight of the Pokerstars Pokerstars Monte Carlo European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.

Only fifty-three players managed to survive the opening flight of the tournament and Smith (136,500) currently holds a narrow chip lead over Pablo Fernandez (135,900), Freddy Deed (133,900), Arlo Dotson (127,100) and Jake Cody (119,000).

EPT officials will be hoping the second flight draws more players as the 108 players that took part today was down 163 players on the same stage of the tournament last year.

The second flight of the Main Event is underway and features a number of leading players including Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen and Vanessa Selbst.

Chris Reslock Breaks World Series of Poker Circuit Record

Veteran Chris Reslock has become the most successful player in World Series of Poker Circuit history after capturing his seventh Gold Ring in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Reslock won his sixth ring in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em event earlier in the week and has now vaulted past Alex Masek as the all-time Gold Rings leader.

Reslock will have an opportunity to add to his collection of Rings when he takes part in the World Series of Poker National Championship at the end of May.

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Negreanu Pulls out Of NBC Heads-Up Championship

by | Published: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Daniel Negreanu has withdrawn from the NBC National Heads-Up Championship that will be held from January 24th to January 26th.

The NBC National Heads-Up Championship is a made-for-tv event that features sixty-four of the best or most well-known poker players from around the world.

Negreanu was set to compete in the event for the eighth time but cited a prior commitment as his reason not to compete.

“First off I like to stay how much I love the event and how great that I think it is for poker and how important it is for this event to be back on the schedule in light of what has happened in the United States,” Negreanu said.

“The simple answer that I am not playing is a prior commitment.

“I promised some friends who need me and my support that I would be there this weekend.

“I’ve looked back in my life and the amount of times that I have made a poker tournament a priority over my friends and my family… I don’t know if I could forgive myself for skipping out on my friends anymore.”

Although the absence of the popular Negreanu leads a hole in the tournament it is still filled with some of the best and most exciting poker players in the world.

Some of the big names competing in the tournament are:

Jean-Robert Bellande: The self-proclaimed bad boy of poker and contestant on the popular TV show Survivor is not the most talented player in the field but may be the most entertaining.

Doyle Brunson: The NBC National Heads-Up Championship is one of the few tournaments that haven’t been won by the Godfather of Poker.

Antonio Esfandiari: The Big One For One Drop winner reached the semifinals in the inaugural competition but has struggled in recent years.

Phil Hellmuth: The Poker Brat had a stellar 2012 and is looking to become the first person to win this tournament on multiple occasions.

Phil Ivey: Ivey sets high levels for himself and would be disappointed at his previous lackluster efforts in this event.

Greg Merson: The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event winner is looking to add yet another accolade to his growing poker resume.

Chris Moneymaker: The man credited with igniting the poker boom has an excellent record in this event finishing runner-up in 2011.

Erik Seidel: The 2011 winner joins Hellmuth in the quest to win a second NBC National Heads-Up Championship.

Dan Smith: The 2012 GPI Poker Player of the Year is looking to maintain his number 1 GPI ranking.

The draw for the event is taking place tonight and we will post the draw here at as soon as it is available.


Top Five Poker Players of 2012

by | Published: Friday, January 4th, 2013

2012 was truly an incredible year for poker. After Black Friday tarnished 2011 for the Poker world it was good to see Poker get back into the headlines for the right reasons in 2012. The Big One For One Drop tournament, the incredible final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event and the reopening of Full Tilt Poker were some of the biggest stories of the year. However, the question remains who were the best poker players in 2012? We have come up with a list of five players who we believe were a cut above the rest in 2012.

5. Dan Smith

Dan Smith truly had a breakout year in 2012. He started the year by defeating a star-studded field in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge which was only a sign of things to come for the popular American. Smith went on to dominate the Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final and had a consistent World Series of Poker without winning a bracelet. He continued his winning ways by finishing the year with two more European Poker Tour victories. Smith truly had an incredible year and the only thing stopping him from being higher on this list was his failure to win a World Series of Poker bracelet.

4. Marvin Rettenmaier

Marvin Rettenmaier made history in 2012 by becoming the first player in history to win back to back World Poker Tour events. Rettenmaier scored the biggest win of his career by taking home $1,196,858 in the World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship and backed it up with victory in the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic $4,000 Main Event. As well as a deep run in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event he finished the year with victory at the European Poker Tour Prague Event. The incredible achievement of winning back to back tournaments of such size puts Rettenmaier just above Smith on our list.

3. Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth had a terrific 2011 but he took his game to a whole new level in 2012. The ‘Poker Brat’ finally won his elusive 12th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event and went on to record good results in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E and $1 million Big One For One Drop events. But Hellmuth wasn’t finished there. He headed across the Atlantic for the World Series of Poker Europe and absolutely dominated the field in the Main Event to take home his 13th bracelet and become the first player to win the main event of both World Series events. It was a truly banner year for a player who seems to keep on getting better.

2. Antonio Esfandiari

With one fell swoop Antonio Esfandiari became the most successful player in the history of tournament poker. The Big One For One Drop tournament was the biggest in poker history with a $1 million buy-in and featured a small but tough field of professional poker players and wealthy businessmen. Esfandiari showed just how good he really is by winning the tournament and taking home the incredible prize of $ 18,346,673. That wasn’t his only successes in 2012 as “The Magician” went on to claim another World Series of Poker bracelet at the WSOP Europe. While Esfandiari didn’t win his as many tournaments as those below him on the list his victory in the Big One For One Drop tournament will go down as one of the most memorable in poker history and makes him worthy of this spot on the list.

1. Greg Merson

Greg Merson dominated the 2012 World Series of Poker like no other. He started the Series by winning his first bracelet as well as the biggest payday in his tournament poker career. Having already had a successful World Series Merson entered the Main Event despite stating that he doesn’t like tournament poker. Merson not only went on to claim the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event World Championship he also stole the title of World Series of Poker Player of the Year away from Hellmuth. Amazingly, just over a year ago Merson was battling a drug addiction that appeared as though it might derail not only his poker career but his life. Thankfully, Merson got his career and his life back on track and is an extremely deserving winner of our player of the year award.

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Marvin Rettenmaier Wins EPT Prague High Roller

by | Published: Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Marvin Rettenmaier has capped off his stellar 2012 by winning the European Poker Tour €10,000 High Roller at Prague Hilton on Sunday.

Rettenmaier outlasted an excellent field of 113 players to claim the first place prize of €365,300 and win his fourth tournament of the year.

The victory brings Rettenmaier closer to Dan Smith in the race for the Global Poker Index of the Year and the German admitted that was his motivation for playing the tournament.

“I didn’t even think about the money at all I was chasing player of the year points but that is a nice amount of money,” Rettenmaier said.

European Poker Tour organizers were stunned by the amount of players that entered the event and Rettenmaier was quick to pay credit to the quality of the field assembled.

“It was very very tough the whole field was very good,” Rettenmaier said.

“My starting table was probably the toughest in the room so I was happy when it was over.”

Rettenmaier has had by far the greatest year of his career but couldn’t really explain why he has found so much success in 2012.

“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Rettenmaier said.

“I took more breaks this year than last year and I think that helped me for sure.

“But I don’t really know.”

Rettenmaier started the year with victory in the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final before scoring $ 1,196,858 by winning the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em World Poker Tour Championship.

He recorded several good results at the World Series of Poker, without winning a bracelet, before claiming another victory in the World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic.

The European Poker Tour continues in January with the Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure.

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Dan Smith Wins 2012 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

by | Published: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Dan Smith has won the 2012 EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller to become the first major European Poker Tour winner of the season.

Smith began the final table as chip leader and stayed in that position until the early stages of heads-up play with JC Alvarado.

The American won the chip lead back shortly after and pulled away to a sizeable lead.

The tournament ended with a cooler of hand, with Smith’s Ace-King out flopping Alvarado’s pocket Kings to give Smith the €962,925 first-place prize and Shamballa bracelet.

“He (Alvarado) is a very tough player and when he got the chip lead he became the favorite but I just tried to play my best and hope that I was able to get lucky and I did,” Smith said in a post tournament interview.

Smith was joined at the final table by good friends Mike Watson and Erik Seidel who amazingly all flew into Barcelona on the same flight.

“It didn’t really feel like we were playing for a lot of money you know. We were mostly hanging out and in between hands I was just chatting with Mike. It was fun and it’s nice to see your friends do well,” the popular Professional Poker Player said.

The win was Smith’s fifth victory in 2012; after winning the $100,000 Challenge in the Aussie Millions Poker Championships and three separate events at the Monte Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final in April.

Smith also had a successful 2012 World Series of Poker, cashing on five occasions including a third place in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event.

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