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Major Changes at World Poker Tour Championship

by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The Season XII WPT World Championship, which began on Monday April 21, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has seen some major changes in its structure.

For the first time ever, the tour’s season-ending event will be held outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The World Poker Tour Championship event spent its first 11 seasons at the Bellagio in LV, which was once considered the poker mecca of the world.

However, as World Poker Tour President Adam Pliska put it, “sometimes you just gotta shake things up.

“The numbers in the Championship were down and people were noticing that,” Pliska said. “The WPT Championship is something special. With so many other changes that have happened on the World Poker Tour, at some point you have to tend to the championship. It’s a focal point.”

For years, the WPT Championship at the Bellagio was the must-play poker tournament of the season for the game’s biggest superstars. More than $60 million in prize money has been won in the event since 2003, making it the most lucrative event on the WPT schedule by a mile.

However, attendance for the event has been dwindling every year bar one since 2007, where Carlos Mortensen defeated a field of 639 to win nearly $4 million. Compare this to last year’s event, where only 146 players participated. This was the smallest turnout since the debut season of 111 participants in 2003.

This decline, coupled with player feedback about the Bellagio, resulted in some major adjustments being made to the Championship Event this year.

In September, the tour announced Borgata as the new home for its flagship event. Pliska says Atlantic City was chosen due to the parent company’s new presence in NJ’s burgeoning online poker market.

“The moving of the WPT Championship is as much about celebrating legalized, regulated gaming in the United States as anything else,” Pliska told PokerNews. “What we need now in the poker community is to celebrate that as much as possible in order to spread it into multiple states and every state. I think this could open up a lot of opportunities for people to play in WPT events.”

Pliska and his team decided to take advantage of the online poker market for this year’s Championship. Five seats to the tournament have been given away through satellites at, in addition to qualifiers at and even, the official fantasy sports partner of the WPT.

In another move to make the tournament more accessible, the $25,000 price tag was slashed to $15,400. The championship event will also carry a $5 million guaranteed prize pool, with at least $1.35 million going to the champion. The last time the WPT Championship prize pool hit $5 million was in 2011, which was also the last time a player won over $1.35 million.

“When you’re changing tradition, I think you’ve got to reevaluate things. And we have,” Pliska said. “There had been a lot of push to keep the Championship at a level that is prestigious, but at the same time bringing it down to a more accessible level. So that’s what we did.

“We’ll try this, take player feedback and see how it goes.”

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All Roads Lead to Vegas at Bovada

by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, April 21st, 2014

Choose Bovada Poker Bovada Poker as your gaming destination from April 14 to June 22 and make tracks to the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Check out the many ways the poker room can get you to Sin City for an unbeatable experience below.

Your Road to Vegas 2014

This year Bovada Poker is offering you more ways than ever before to set your sights on Vegas and be part of the world’s biggest poker event. The World Series of Poker is taking place at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Vegas from May 27 to July 14, with the Main Event kicking off July 5 and guaranteeing $10 million to the winner.

Playing at Bovada is your best way to get in on the unbeatable Sin City action. Hit the felt from April 14 because all roads lead to Vegas and your shot at poker glory.

What’s Up For Grabs:

  • $12,000 Main Event Packages – including $10,000 Main Event buy-in and $2,000 for travel expenses
  • $3,000 Vegas Prize Packages – including $1,111 Little One for One Drop buy-in and $1,889 for travel expenses
  • Cash prizes

How to Win Your Way to Vegas:

  • Enter Bovada Poker Bovada Poker’s Vegas Prize Draws to win a $12K Main Event Package and a cut of $42K in cash prizes (April 14 to May 11)
  • Play in the poker room’s qualifiers and satellites to win one of twelve $12K Main Event Packages (May 5 to June 8 )
  • Like their Facebook page and get in on the social media contest to win one of four $3K Vegas Prize Packages (May 12 to June 8 )
  • Enter Bovada’s Zone Poker promotion to win a $3K Vegas Prize Package and your share of $7K in cash prizes (June 9 to June 22)

Check out your options below and hit the highway to Vegas:

  • April 14 – May 11: VEGAS PRIZE DRAWS – Win a $12K Main Event Package
    • May 5 – June 8: MAIN EVENT QUALIFIERS – Twelve $12K Main Event Packages Guaranteed
      • May 26 8:33 PM ET: SATELLITE – Six Seats Guaranteed
      • June 8 4:33 PM ET – SATELITTE – Six Seats Guaranteed
  • May 12 – June 8: BOVADA POKER SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST – Four $3K Vegas Prize Packages
    • June 9 – June 22: ZONE POKER – Win a $3K Vegas Prize Package

* Each satellite will award six seats only to the Main Event (12 seats total). In the event that there is any surplus in the prize pool of any particular Main Event satellite, further cash prizes will be distributed to lower-ranked players in US $5,000 increments.

Explore all of Bovada Poker Bovada Poker’s offers in the build up to poker’s biggest annual event and maybe you’ll even win yourself an entry!

Bovada Poker is a renowned and trusted poker brand that offers fast and ultra-simple, no frills poker play. It can be hard to find online gambling sites that still accept U.S. players, yet Bovada was created solely for the U.S. market, so players can feel right at home. Open your real money account today to improve your poker play and play your way into the WSOP this May.


Win Daily Cash and a WSOP Package at Bovada

by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Play your poker games at Bovada Poker Bovada Poker from April 14 to May 11 for your shot at $42,000 in daily cash prizes and a chance to win a $12K Main Event Package for Vegas.

Vegas Prize Draws:

Hit the felt at Bovada from April 14 to May 11 for your shot at winning a cut of $42,000 in cash prizes. Every day, one player will win $500 cash and 10 players will each win $100 cash.

On top of that, the poker room’s grand prize winner will get a $12K Main Event Package, taking them to Sin City for the WSOP. The $12K prize includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in, $2,000 for travel expenses, Bovada swag and an invite to an exclusive party!

How to Win Daily Cash

Enter on the website’s promotional page now and start earning Poker Points for your cut of $42,000 in cash prizes. You can get unlimited entries to the daily draws.

Daily $500 Prize Draw

  • Get one entry for every 25 Poker Points you earn that day.

Daily $100 Prize Draw

  • Get one entry for every 10 Poker Points you earn that day.

Grand prize draw for the $12K Main Event Package

  • Get one entry for every 10 Poker Points you earn from April 14 to May 11.
  • Each “Day” begins at 00:00:01 AM ET and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET

There is no limit to how many draw entries you can earn for both the daily and grand prize draws.


Every day from April 15 to May 12 ten qualifying players from the previous day will win a $100 cash prize and one qualifying player will win a $500 cash prize. All daily draw winners will be contacted by email or by phone within 48 hours and their cash prize will be credited to their Bovada account.

The grand prize draw will take place on May 12 and the prize winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the draw by a Bovada Poker representative of the Sponsor or Sponsor’s designee (or as soon as possible thereafter). The winner of the grand prize draw will receive a $12,000 Main Event Package which includes the $10,000 buy-in and $2,000 for travel expenses.

If you want to play on team Bovada Poker Bovada Poker in the WSOP Main Event in Vegas, open your real money account now and start earning those entries by winning poker points! Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you still have a chance at winning a share of $42,000, which is very impressive.

Earing Poker Points

  • Ring Games: Earn points when you put in to a raked pot (see chart below).
  • Tournaments: Get 3 points for every $1 spent on tournament entry fees.

The points you earn while playing ring games are based on the rake you contribute. For every hand that you contribute rake of $0.01 or more you will earn between 0.05 and 1 Poker Point. The amount depends on the rake contributed and breaks down as follows.

Rake Points
$1.00 – $3.00 1.00
$0.50 – $0.99 0.50
$0.25 – $0.49 0.25
$0.05 – $0.24 0.10
$0.01 – $0.04 0.05


PokerStars Release 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker Official Schedule

by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

PokerStars released its official schedule for the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on Wednesday. For the first time in the annual poker festival’s history, there will be three events on each day of the series, creating a total of 45 events – each with three different buy-in ranges (low, medium, and high). The festival will run from May 4-18 with $40 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The first event—a NL Hold’em—is scheduled to kick off at 11:00 EDT on Sunday, May 4, and the series will culminate with a Main Event on Sunday, May 18. The Main Event will feature buy-ins of $109 (low), $1,050 (medium), and $10,300 (high).

Last year’s victor Victor “Isildur1” Blom took home $1,096,200 from the Main Event, after defeating Noah Boeken heads-up. Other past winners of the event include Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo (2012), Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro (2011), Ryan “toetagU” Fair (2010) and Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth (2009).

The 2014 schedule will feature several different poker variants, including limit hold-em, pot-limit Omaha, H.O.R.S.E., five-card draw, 2-7 single draw, and badugi.

Take a look at some of the events from the 2014 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule below and determine which Events you want to enter.

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Sunday, May 4
11:00 EDT — Event 1-L: $27 NL Hold’em (6-Max)
11:00 EDT — Event 1-M: $215 NL Hold’em (6-Max)
11:00 EDT — Event 1-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em (6-Max)

Monday, May 5
17:00 EDT — Event 6-L: $7.50 NL Hold’em (Turbo w/ Rebuys)
17:00 EDT — Event 6-M: $82 NL Hold’em (Turbo w/ Rebuys)
17:00 EDT — Event 6-H: $700 NL Hold’em (Turbo w/ Rebuys)

Tuesday, May 6
14:00 EDT — Event 8-L: $7.50 NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
14:00 EDT — Event 8-M: $82 NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
14:00 EDT — Event 8-H: $700 NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)

Wednesday, May 7
17:00 EDT — Event 12-L: $27 Stud
17:00 EDT — Event 12-M: $215 Stud
17:00 EDT — Event 12-H: $2,100 Stud

Thursday, May 8
14:00 EDT — Event 14-L: $27 PL Omaha Heads-up
14:00 EDT — Event 14-M: $215 PL Omaha Heads-up
14:00 EDT — Event 14-H: $2,100 PL Omaha Heads-up

Friday, May 9
11:00 EDT — Event 16-L: $11 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys)
11:00 EDT — Event 16-M: $109 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys)
11:00 EDT — Event 16-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys)

Saturday, May 10
11:00 EDT — Event 19-L: $27 NL Hold’em (6-Max Shootout)
11:00 EDT — Event 19-M: $215 NL Hold’em (6-Max Shootout)
11:00 EDT — Event 19-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em (6-Max Shootout)

Sunday, May 11
17:00 EDT — Event 24-L: $11 PL Omaha (Six-Max Turbo w/ Rebuys)
17:00 EDT — Event 24-M: $109 PL Omaha (Six-Max Turbo w/ Rebuys)
17:00 EDT — Event 24-H: $1,050 PL Omaha (Six-Max Turbo w/ Rebuys)

Monday, May 12
11:00 EDT — Event 25-L: $11 Mixed NLHE/PLO
11:00 EDT — Event 25-M: $109 Mixed NLHE/PLO
11:00 EDT — Event 25-H: $1,050 Mixed NLHE/PLO

Tuesday, May 13
11:00 EDT — Event 28-L: $27 FL Triple Draw 2-7
11:00 EDT — Event 28-M: $215 FL Triple Draw 2-7
11:00 EDT — Event 28-H: $2,100 FL Triple Draw 2-7

Wednesday, May 14
14:00 EDT — Event 32-L: $27 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super Knockout)
14:00 EDT — Event 32-M: $215 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super Knockout)
14:00 EDT — Event 32-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super Knockout)

Thursday, May 15
11:00 EDT — Event 34-L: $27 8-Game
11:00 EDT — Event 34-M: $215 8-Game
11:00 EDT — Event 34-H: $2,100 8-Game

Friday, May 16
14:00 EDT — Event 38-L: $27 HORSE
14:00 EDT — Event 38-M: $215 HORSE
14:00 EDT — Event 38-H: $2,100 HORSE

Saturday, May 17
14:00 EDT — Event 41-L: $215 NL Hold’em Heads-up High Roller
14:00 EDT — Event 41-M: $2,100 NL Hold’em Heads-up High Roller
14:00 EDT — Event 41-H: $21,000 NL Hold’em Heads-up High Roller

Sunday, May 18
14:30 EDT — Event 44-L: $109 NL Hold’em Main Event ($100K+ to 1st)
14:30 EDT — Event 44-M: $1,050 NL Hold’em Main Event ($300K+ to 1st)
14:30 EDT — Event 44-H: $10,300 NL Hold’em Main Event ($500K+ to 1st)


Borgata Files Lawsuit against Phil Ivey for Alleged Baccarat Cheating

by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City is suing poker legend Phil Ivey for $9.6 million he made at the Baccarat table in their casino as they believe he cheated his way to the win, according to a report made in the New Jersey Law Journal last week.

The lawsuit entered by Borgata alleges that Ivey used “edge sorting” to exploit manufacturing flaws in playing cards during four sessions of Baccarat at the casino during 2012. Edge sorting is a method of spotting tiny variations in the pattern printed on the backs on cards to predict which suit/number the card will be.

Borgata has also named the card manufacturer, Germaco Inc., which designed the cards, and Ivey’s partner, Cheng Yin Sun, in the suit. Yin Sun reportedly accompanied Ivey to the Baccarat table and gave instructions to the dealer.

Among the many charges listed in the lawsuit are breach of contract, racketeering, fraud, conversion, unjust enrichment, and civil conspiracy.

Surprisingly, Ivey is currently involved in another very similar case – but on the other end. The biggest legal battle in the UK casino history unfolded last May, when Ivey sued the Crockfords Casino for withholding £7.8 million (about $12 million) he won playing Punto Banco, a form of baccarat, because they claimed he used the “edge sorting” method and didn’t deserve his winnings.

Ivey admitted to using edge sorting at Crockfords, but said the casino only had itself to blame for not recognizing it. It wasn’t a premeditated plan, just something he picked up on during the play and used to his advantage. He released the following statement last May:

“I am deeply saddened that Crockfords has left me no alternative but to proceed with legal action, following its decision to withhold my winnings. I have much respect for Gentings, which has made this a very difficult decision for me… Over the years I have won and lost substantial sums at Crockfords and I have always honored my commitments. At the time, I was given a receipt for my winnings but Crockfords subsequently withheld payment. I, therefore, feel I have no alternative but to take legal action.”

This story is still developing, but based on the Crockfords case, Ivey will not be taking this lying down. Many poker fans don’t believe Ivey has cheated, and deserves his winnings from both casinos.

Comments on PokerNews have noted that: “It would only be considered cheating if you knew about the defects before you sat at table. Purposely manipulating the way cards are entered in shufflers is deceitful and I would consider that cheating as well. The dealer is responsible for not reporting the request to the pit boss and should have had realized this was a huge red flag.”


“Borgata affords him the opportunity to cheat and then turns around and sues him. Completely laughable. It should have just resulted in an expensive lesson to the Borgata being: look for possible restitution by suing the faulty playing card manufacturer and not the player.”

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