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PokerStars 2014 World Championship of Online Poker Schedule

by | Published: Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Once again, the richest online poker tournament series in the world will be taking place in September.

pokerstars WCOOPLast week, Pokerstars Pokerstars released its schedule for the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which will run from September 7 – 28. The annual online series will offer a variety of popular games and formats in 66 events with a total $40 million in guaranteed prize money.

The event kicks off with a $109 no-limit hold’em WCOOP event on Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 AM ET but the fun doesn’t stop there with two $215 no-limit hold’em events scheduled for opening day, including a Sunday Million special tournament with $1.5 million guaranteed.

As we’ve come to expect, the festival will be highlighted by a $5,200 buy-in Main Event with a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The two-day Main Event will take place September 28-29 and, for the first time ever, the final will be broadcast live.

One of the most exciting additions to this year’s roster is the side promotion that will see four protégés win training from Team PokerStars Pros (Andre Akkari, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, and Vanessa Selbst), and receive buy-ins to three events, including the $5,200 Main Event. The protégés will be voted for by the general public and can be followed on PokerStars’s facebook page.

Last year’s event was a complete success with PokerStars handing out more than $62 million across 66 events, crushing the $40 million in guarantees offered. The total number of tournament entrants across the series was 144,945, up nearly 15 percent on the 2012 total of 126,041.

Online qualifiers to all the 2014 events are now live, with cash buy-ins starting from less than $1 and Frequent Player Point satellites from just 1 FPP. Continue reading for a look at the 2014 WCOOP schedule (all times EDT): (more…)

Davidi Kitai Wins Second WSOP Bracelet

by | Published: Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Davidi Kitai defeated a strong final table to win the $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker to become the first player from Belgium to win two WSOP bracelets.

Although the Pot-Limit event only drew a small field of 195 players it was packed full of talent and Kitai thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $224,560 for his consistent play throughout the tournament.

The final table had a very European field with Kitai joined by Bulgarian Dimitar Danchev, Ukrainian  Eugene Katchalov, Frenchmen Bertrand Grospellier and Italian Dario Minieri.

Minireri, Grospellier and Katchalov were all aiming to add to their World Series of Poker bracelet collections but were eliminated in eighth, seventh and fifth place respectively as Kitai cultivated his chip lead.

Kitai maintained his chip lead all the way to the heads-up battle but faced a tough challenge against Cary Katz who came up firing and stole the chip lead early into the contest.

The Belgian managed to battle back but received a great deal of luck to wrap up the victory when his Pocket Jacks outflopped the Pocket Kings of Katz.

Kitai was delighted with the victory but said it still couldn’t top his first World Series of Poker victory.

“The first one was so special and it changed my poker career but it is good to confirm that I can win again,” Kitai said.

The thirty-three-year-old is Belgium’s most successful tournament poker player in history and he said the game is becoming increasingly popular in his homeland.

“Poker became popular the last few years because it is now legal and some people recognize me,” Kitai said.

Kitai has now recorded $ 3,161,463 in tournament cashes overall and with this score has now won over $1 million at the World Series of Poker but he still has plenty he wants to achieve in his career.

“My dream is to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event,” Kitai said.

“I do have a lot of dreams and I am motivated to achieve even more.”

Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins Second Career WSOP Bracelet

by | Published: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Greek poker pro Athanasios Polychronopoulos won the second WSOP bracelet of his career after he outlasted a mammoth field to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Polychronopoulos outlasted 2104 other players to take home the first place prize of $518,755, in what was his biggest victory since he won the same event for a cash of $650,223 at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

Polychronopoulos didn’t do it without luck as he went into the final hand of the tournament as a massive underdog; holding Queen-Jack against the Ace-Jack of German Manuel Mutke.

With both players relatively even in chips the winner of this hand was almost guaranteed to win the title but Mutke’s dream of his first World Series of Poker victory was crushed when Polychronopoulos hit one of only three remaining queens in the deck on the river.

However, the slice of luck on the final hand should not take away from the strong performance of the Greek who was among the chip leaders for the majority of the three-day tournament.

Polychronopoulos has recorded both his live tournament victories at the World Series of Poker but has recorded a number of other strong results in big field No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour.

The big field No-Limit Hold’em events have drawn a number of leading pros throughout the WSOP so far and this tournament was no exception with big names such as Layne Flack, Jake Cody, Jake Balsiger, Matt Matros and Barry Greenstein all finishing in the cash.

Joe Cada and David Baker continued their strong starts to the summer by making their second and third final tables of the 2013 WSOP but both fell narrowly short of adding to their WSOP bracelet collections.

The 2013 World Series of Poker continues today with big names Eugene Katchalov and Bertrand Grospellier doing battle on the final table of the $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event.

Negreanu Challenges Hansen To Heads-Up Battle

by | Published: Friday, March 1st, 2013

After exchanging banter on Twitter last week Daniel Negreanu has challenged Gus Hansen to a heads-up battle featuring members of Team Pokerstars Pokerstars and Team Full Tilt Poker.

Negreanu will team up with two members of Team Poker Stars while Hansen will have fellow Full Tilt Poker professionals Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom in his corner.

“With Full Tilt Poker back up and Gus being the elder statesmen on the team I thought that maybe we should settle this over the felt,” Negreanu said.

“At the European Poker Tour London Event me – Daniel Negreanu- challenges you – Gus Hansen – and your two cronies to a heads-up battleship style match with me and two members of Team Pokerstars Pokerstars.”

Hansen quickly accepted the offer on Twitter.

“I should probably check with Mr. Blom and Mr. Dwan first, but I have this funny feeling they will make time for this,” Hansen said.

Team Pokerstars Pokerstars is filled with poker talent making Negreanu’s selection a very tough one.

The Canadian said he was tossing up between five highly qualified candidates and asked for the general public’s help in deciding.

The five candidates listed by Negreanu are:

  • Vanessa Selbst – Selbst is a high-stakes heads-up specialist and appears the easiest choice. Selbst enjoys publicity so she would likely accept the invitation.
  • Jason Mercier – The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner is considered one of the best all round players in the world and would likely thrive in this format.
  • Eugene Katchalov – Negreanu knows first-hand how good Katchalov is heads-up with the American defeating Negreanu heads-up during the 2011 Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Tournament.
  • Bertrand Grospellier – Grospellier is one of the most successful online poker players in history and has an excellent record heads-up.
  • Isaac Haxton – Haxton was the not very first player to defeat Viktor Blom in a SuperStar Showdown and has an exception heads-up record.

If they are available Vansessa Selbst and Isaac Haxton appear to be the best choices.

We will keep you up to the date with all the latest from this interesting competition when our coverage of the European Poker Tour London Event starts next week.

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