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Phil Ivey Wins Ninth World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Poker superstar Phil Ivey has claimed his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet after winning the $2,200 Mixed Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.

Ivey took home the first place prize of $51,840 but it is the bracelet that he will cherish which know puts him in equal forth with poker legend Johnny Moss on the list of all-time bracelet winners behind only Phil Hellmuth (13), Doyle Brunson (10) and Johnny Chan (10).

Ivey said he was happy to win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet especially after the heartbreak he suffered during the 2012 World Series of Poker when he final tabled on five occasions but failed to win an event.

“I definitely wanted to win this event especially when I got deep and I thought I had a chance,” Ivey said.

“My last six finishes at the last six final tables were very tough and it took a lot out of me so I’m happy that I had the chance to finish this one.”

Ivey was especially happy to win a World Series of Poker bracelet at the Crown Casino in Australia.

“This is my favorite place to play,” Ivey said.

“I love coming down here and I love the feeling that I have when I come here.”

Ivey is already considered by many to be the greatest poker player of all time but said he wants to add more bracelets to add to his poker legacy.

“As I have gotten older I’ve started to think about my history in Poker and where I am going to stand so it’s important for me to win these bracelets and I’m trying to catch Phil [Hellmuth],” Ivey said.

“It’s tough because he keeps winning them but I’m looking forward to the summer.”

The final table of the event was expected to lead to a heads-up battle between Ivey and fellow Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, who together held almost half the chips on the table, but Negreanu was eliminated in fourth position leaving Brandon Wong to face Ivey in heads-up competition.

Wong said it was a thrill to be able to play against Ivey.

“This place would be empty right now if it wasn’t Phil Ivey so it draws a lot of interest and its really fun,” Wong said.

“To win a bracelet is every poker players dream and to be able to win one against Phil Ivey would be great.”

The 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific continues today with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event beginning today.


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.


Doyle Brunson Fighting Cancer

by | Published: Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Poker legend Doyle Brunson announced last week that he is fighting a form of skin cancer known as squamous-cell cancer.

The seventy-nine-year-old revealed the news on his twitter account last Tuesday.

“It was malignant. 4 times I have heard that in my life. Chilling way to start the day. Squamas cell cancer, nothing to worry about.#yeahright,” Brunson said on Twitter.

Brunson, affectionately known as the godfather of poker, received support from a number of big names in the poker industry.

“Normal health rules don’t apply to you sir. You’ll be 150 and keep doctors shaking their heads cause they can’t explain St.Louise,” Daniel Negreanu said on Twitter.

This is the fourth time that Brunson has been diagnosed with cancer and he was lucky to survive a particularly nasty bout of the illness in 1962.

Doctors had all but given up hope of saving Brunson and performed a radical surgery that they hoped would keep him alive long enough to see the birth of his first child.

Miraculously the surgery was a complete success and after eight hours doctors were stunned to find that there were no traces of the cancer in Brunson’s system.

The well-read poker author discussed the ordeal in his bestselling booker Super System 2.

“The odds against merely surviving the operation itself were very high. A month earlier the black corruption of melanoma had been visible to the naked eye. That the cancer had disappeared was incomprehensible to the staff at the hospital. Five doctors had unanimously agreed that it was a medical impossibility for me to live longer than a few more months, with or without the operation,” Brunson wrote.

Even at seventy-three years of age Brunson remains one of the biggest high stakes poker players in the world and amazingly still has the stamina and mental capabilities to compete with the very best players in the world.

He does not play many tournaments these days but is still a ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and won the first two World Series of Poker World Championships.

WSOP Charity Master Class

by | Published: Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The World Series of Poker and cancer charity Bad Beat on Cancer are teaming up to give players the opportunity to learn from the best poker players in the world.

Throughout the course of the 42nd World Series of Poker players are invited to attend any of the 11 free-admission seminars from respected poker pros relating to a number of different poker topics.

The WSOP, in conjunction with the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the Nevada Cancer Institute have teamed up to present what is being referred to as the ‘First Annual Bad Beat Seminar Series’.

Attendees will get in an insight into some of the world’s greatest poker minds with legends such as Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth sharing personal insights, instructions and playing tips prior to the start of play each day.

The hope is that those attending the seminar will consider either a twenty dollar donation or agree to pledge 1% of their WSOP winnings to the charity, with all donations to be made tax deductable.

All seminars will take place in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio Convention Center, which is just across the hall from the main tournament area.

All seminars will feature 45 minutes of lecture time/discussion, which will be followed by 15 minutes of audience questions.

Here’s a look at the complete Bad Bead Seminar Schedule.

Date Pro Topic
June 4th Chad Brown Beating the Odds
June 11th Andy Bloch NLH Pre-Flop Play
June 17th Doyle Brunson A Poker Life
June 18th Phil Galfond PL Omaha
June 25th Daniel Cates Playing Post-Flop
July 1st Vanessa Selbst NLH Tournament Strategy
July 2nd Phil Gordon Inquisitive Poker
July 7th Annie Duke Making Better Decisions
July 8th Annette Obrestad Playing Turn and River
July 9th Sam Chauhan Main Event Mindset
July 10th Phil Hellmuth 11 Ways to Play Better NLH


Players are reminded that it is not too late to qualify for the WSOP. Carbon Poker Carbon Poker have a number of WSOP packages up for grabs.

New Pro Poker League Launched

by | Published: Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Federated Sports and Gaming have released an initial roster of 218 of the world’s top poker pro’s, who will fight it out an all new live poker league in 2011-12.

In January, the Federated Sports and Gaming organization announced plans to form a poker league, featuring the world’s best 200 players.

Players have been ranked according to the Federated Sports and Gaming system, which takes into account historical results, similar to the ranking system used in golf and tennis.

Membership of the tour will be based on a player’s adjusted lifetime earnings, the number of major poker titles won and the number of cashes since 2008.

The Palms Casino in Las Vegas will play host the league which will run from August 2011 to February 2012.

Players will then earn a tour card that will be valid for two, three or five years, depending on the level of achievement.

For the 2011-12 season, Federated Sports and Gaming will issue 136 two year cards, 55 three year cards and 27 five year cards. Players who earn these tour cards will join the list of 218 of the world’s top poker pro’s.

The 218 players on the initial roster were hand-picked by Federated Sports and Gaming and include some of the legends of poker.

Distinguished players such as Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein and Mike Matusow are just some of the names on the list.

Interestingly, top pro Annie Duke has been named as the new league’s commissioner, meaning the new tour will have more of a player focus.

“This is incredibly pro-centric. This is the one piece that is kind of missing from the poker landscape right now, which is something for the best players in the world to compete against each other,” said Duke.

Duke also believes keeping the league membership small ensures the highest quality of tournament play and also allows Federated Sports and Gaming the opportunity to deliver outstanding service to the players.

“Our goal in setting the objective qualifying criteria was to capture the best live tournament players – not a certain set of personalities,” said Duke.

To earn a 2 year category B tour card a player must have made at won least $1.25 million from live poker and must have cashed in at least 9 tournaments since January 2008.

Each event of the tour will begin with a satellite style pro-am tournament. These tournaments will have a $1,500 buy in and award temporary league cards to the top nine finishers.