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David Chiu Wins Fifth World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013

David Chiu defeated the most stacked final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker to win the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud Title and his fifth WSOP bracelet.

Chiu claimed the first place prize of $145,520 but, more importantly, joined the list of elite poker players to have won five gold bracelets.

The fifty-two-year-old needed all his skill and experience to negotiate a final table that included six other WSOP bracelet winners such as Freddie Ellis, Michael Mizrachi, Frank Kassela, Gary Benson and Adam Friedman.

Chiu said the victory was made even more special by the quality of the other players at the final table.

“This one means a lot, because there were so many tough players at the final table,” Chiu said.

“Everybody here was a great player and all professionals.”

Chiu is considered one of the nice guys of poker and lived up to that reputation by dedicating his victory to former Los Angeles Lakers owner and poker player Jerry Bruss who passed away earlier this year.

“I am dedicating this gold bracelet to Dr. Jerry Buss,” Chiu said.

“This is for him, because he had so much love for this game.

“We all miss him so much, I wanted to do this for him and it’s why I played so hard to win.”

Chiu had to wait eight years to win another WSOP bracelet but he doesn’t believe the game has passed him by, especially in games like stud.

“All the younger guys play No-Limit Hold’em, but the old-school guys still have Stud and all the mixed games,” Chiu said.

“If I did not think I have what it takes to play, I would not compete.”

With his fifth World Series victory Chiu joins some of the poker elite, like Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, Jeff Lisandro, Allen Cunningham, Berry Johnston, Chris Ferguson and Gary Berland, as the holder of five World Series of Poker bracelets but said he will continue to maintain a low profile.

“I’m really low key, I’m not into being a celebrity,” Chiu said.

“I’m just a normal person who likes to play poker.”


2013 WPT World Championship Underway

by | Published: Monday, May 20th, 2013

The 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship is underway at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.

With a $25,000 buy-in the WPT World Championship always draws an elite field and this year is no different with some of the biggest names in poker aiming to become WPT Champion.

Setting the early pace is Will Failla who finished the opening day as chip leader with 276,000 in chips closely followed by Jonathan Kamhazi (273,300), Mike Linster (269,000) and Jeffrey Ishbia (255,000).

Also well placed is Marin Rettenmaier who is aiming to become the first player in World Poker Tour history to win back-to-back World Championships.

Rettenmaier was always in the thick of the action and finished the session in ninth position with 222,000 in chips.

The in-form Daniel Negreanu, Big One For One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari, veteran Barry Shulman and the controversial Erick Lindgren were some of the bigger name players to finish the day in a comfortable position.

Not so lucky were Jeremy Ausmus, Kai Change and Tony Gargano who hit the rail before the end of the day but have the opportunity to get back in the tournament with reentry available until the end of level eight.

World Poker Tour Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg finished the day as the short stack with only 15,300 in chips but is expected to reload if he is eliminated early on day two while GPI World Number One Jason Mercier will enter the tournament today.

The first prize payday is expected to be in excess of $1 Million and all players are looking to join names such as Tuan Le, Carlos Mortensen, David Chiu, David Williams and Scott Seiver on the World Poker Tour World Championship honor roll.

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Finalists for the 2012 Poker Hall of Fame Revealed

by | Published: Saturday, September 15th, 2012

After a public nomination process the ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame class of 2012 has been revealed.

Current Poker Hall of Fame members as well as selected members of the poker media will now vote to determine who will join the exclusive club.

The 2012 Poker Hall of Fame class will be revealed before the commencement of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table in October.

The nominees are:

Chris Bjorin

Bjorin is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has cashed in the World Series of Poker an incredible sixty-five times.

David Chiu

Chiu has won World Series of Poker bracelets in Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Eight or Better and also won the 2008 World Poker Tour World Championship.

Eric Drache

Drache has played a vital part in the poker community as both a player and a tournament director. He was tournament director for the World Series of Poker in the 1970s and invented the concept of satellite events that are such a popular aspect of poker today.

Thor Hansen

Hansen is a two time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has won almost $3 million in his twenty-five career. He is considered one of the pioneers of European poker.

George Hardie

Hardie built the Bicycle Casino, which at the time was the largest card club in the world. The innovations he implemented at his casino are considered to have helped professionalize the poker industry.

Jennifer Harman-Traniello

Harman was the first female to win multiple World Series of Poker bracelets in open events. She is the only woman that has consistently played in the highest stakes cash games in Las Vegas.

John Juanda

Juanda has won five World Series of Poker bracelets and has won over $14 million in tournament poker career. He has made an incredible thirty-one World Series of Poker final tables.

Tom McEvoy

McEvoy won the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event and at sixty-seven years of age is still a vital part of the poker industry. McEvoy has written over a dozen books on poker and is one of the game’s greatest ambassadors.

Scotty Nguyen

The charismatic Nguyen, known as ‘The Prince’, is one of poker’s most well-known personalities. He has won five World Series of Poker bracelets including the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2011 $50k HORSE event.

Brian Roberts

Along with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim Roberts was a part of the famous Texas Rounders. Roberts won the 1975 World Series of Poker Main Event and was considered an extremely popular player before he passed away in 1995.