Posts Tagged ‘Greg Merson’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, May 30th, 2013
It feels as though we are only just crowned Greg Merson as the 2012 World Series of Poker World Champion but the 2013 World Series of Poker is already here. With sixty-two WSOP bracelets being given away over the one and a half months of the event there is a great deal of poker action taking place every single day. Today, we analyse all the tournaments taking place in the first week of the event.
Event Number 1 $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
The Casino Employees Championship is one of the few closed tournaments that will take place during the 2013 World Series of Poker. The tournament has been held since 2000 and rewards casino dealers and employees, who work tirelessly over the course of the event, with the opportunity to play for a WSOP bracelet with a buy-in of only $500. Although the Casino Employees Championship generally draws very little attention it is still hotly contested by the players who take part.
Event Number 2 $5000 No-Limit Hold’em (Eight Handed)
The $5000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed event is the first open event of the 2013 World Series of Poker and is sure to attract a stacked field with a number of leading players looking to get their World Series started off on the right foot. Mike Sexton, Matt Salsberg, Chino Rheem, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Schulman and Barry Greenstein have all confirmed that they will be taking part in the event. This tournament is a new addition to the WSOP schedule and looks to have achieved its aim of getting the leading players involved in the action early.
Event Number 3 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry
This will be the only re-entry event in the 2013 World Series of Poker with players who bust in the opening flight eligible to rejoin the tournament when the second flight begins. The WSOP has cut down on re-entry tournaments in recent years and is using this event to analyse the popularity of the controversial format.
Event Number 4 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed
This is the first of six Six Handed tournaments that will take place during the 2013 World Series of Poker. This tournament is a good opportunity for amateur players to get involved as the buy-in is low and it isn’t expected to draw many of the leading professionals. The 2012 edition of this tournament was won by three time WSOP winner Matt Matros.
Event Number 5 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better
The first non-hold’em event of the 2013 WSOP will take place on Friday. This is the first opportunity for Omaha and Stud specialists to get involved in the action and it is sure to draw a strong field. This tournament was won by Ukrainian youngster Oleskii Kovalcuk who claimed his second WSOP bracelet in as many years.
Event Number 6 $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold’em
The Millionaire Maker was one of the events that stuck out when the official 2013 World Series of Poker schedule was released. This tournament offers a $1 million-guaranteed first-place prize and is expected to draw one of the biggest fields outside the Main Event. Tournament organizers are clearly hoping that the winner will be a low-level grinded or amateur player but a number of top pros are sure to have a crack at this event.
Event Number 7 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
This year the World Series of Poker will feature a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament every single weekend. These tournaments have been added to support amateur players who may only have the opportunity to head to Las Vegas for a single weekend but want to live out their dream of playing for a WSOP bracelet. Don’t expect many top players to take part in these tournaments but there are sure to be a number of life-changing and inspiration stories.
Event Number 8 $2500 Eight-Game Mix (3 day event) NLH; LH; 7-Card Razz; 7-Card St; 7-Card St Hi-Lo; PLO; Omaha Hi-Lo; 2-7 TD Lowball
Mixed tournaments are become an increasingly popular feature on the tournament calendar and the WSOP has included five such events on the 2013 schedule. This is another event set to draw a strong field with WSOP Player of the Year leader Daniel Negreanu signaling his intentions to take part. The 2012 edition of this tournament was won by the consistent David Baker who claimed his first WSOP bracelet after twenty-five finishes in the money.
We will keep you to date with all the news and action from the 2013 World Series of Poker here at Poker.Com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, April 15th, 2013
Team Europe, led by Sam Trickett, has defeated Team Asia-Pacific and Team Americas to win the Caesars Cup at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Team Europe defeated Team Asia-Pacific two legs to one to qualify for the final before defeating the reigning champions Team Americas to win their second Caesars Cup title.
Team Americas were heavy favorites heading into the final but went down a leg early when the star studded team of Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari lost to Trickett and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche.
The equally impressive team of Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth were able to tie the series up when they defeated Phillip Gruissem and Marvin Rettenmaier to take it to a decider.
The heads-up battle between Sam Holden and 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Merson was extremely tight but Holden won a coin-flip hand that put him in the position to win the leg and the Caesars Cup for Team Europe.
Team Europe has now won two of the three editions of the popular team event, adding to the inaugural title that they won during the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe.
Gruissem had a stellar day on Sunday adding a victory in the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific $50,000 Re-Entry High Roller to the Caesars Cup crown.
Although the event wasn’t for a World Series of Poker bracelet Gruissem was still happy to score the first place prize of $825,000.
There is only one event left to be decided in the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific – the $10,000 Main Event.
Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu is the chip leader heading into the final table but he faces stiff competition from a host of local talent and Russell Thomas who has incredibly made his second World Series of Poker Main Event final table in less than a year.
You can stay up to date with all the action from the final table here at Poker.com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, April 12th, 2013
The stellar World Series of Poker Asia Pacific form of poker superstars Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey has continued in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event with the pair among the chip leaders after the opening day of the tournament.
Negreanu is currently the unofficial chip leader with 136,050 in chips while Ivey is sitting in sixth place with 123,300.
This comes just days after the two did battle at the final table of the $2,200 Mixed Event that saw Ivey win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet.
Other leading players sitting comfortably in the top 100 are Brandon Wong (11th), Sam Trickett (24th), Brandon Cantu (34th), Greg Merson (38th), Nam Le (48th), Barry Greenstein (63rd), Jake Balsiger (77th), Jeremy Ausmus (80th) and Jackie Glazier (97th).
Bertrand Grospellier was the most high profile player to be sent to the rail and was joined by 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia.
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event action continues today.
Hachem Finalizes Caesars Cup Team
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem selected Shane Warne, Andrew Hinrichsen and Richard Yong to fill out Team Asia Pacific that will compete in the Caesars Cup.
Shane Warne may not be the most recognizable name in the poker world but is one of Australia’s most well-known athletes.
Warne finished his test cricket career as the leading wicket-taker of all-time and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
Although he hasn’t quiet been able to repeat these heroics on the felt he did finish third in the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships $10,000 High Stakes Event.
Richard Yong is a high-stakes tournament specialist who finished eighth in the 2012 Big One For One Drop tournament and is reported to play in the ultra-high stakes poker games in Macau.
After competing at that level there is no doubt Yong can handle the pressure of the Caesars Cup.
Andrew Hinrichesen has been a consistent tournament performer for a number of years and took home a World Series of Poker bracelet for his victory in the 2011 WSOP Europe €1,000 No Limit Hold’em event.
Team Europe Captain Sam Trickett is yet to announce his team.
The Caesars Cup will take place this Sunday and we will keep you up to date with all the action at Poker.com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Phil Ivey has announced the Team Americas squad that will compete in the 2013 Caesars Cup that will take place during the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, which is being held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
Ivey named his squad, featuring some of the biggest names in poker, on his Facebook page on Friday.
“Proud to be World Series of Poker (WSOP) APAC Caesars Cup captain,” Ivey posted.
“Here are my picks: Phil Hellmuth, Greg Merson, Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.”
The 2013 Caesars Cup will be a three way battle with Team Americas taking on a European squad (led by Sam Trickett) and a hometown squad featuring some of the best players from Australia and the Pacific region that will be captained by Joe Hachem.
Hachem and Trickett are yet to name their squads for the event that will take place this Sunday.
The Caesars Cup is very similar to golf’s Ryder Cup with players doing battle to score points for their teams in a variety of different formats.
The first leg will be a team match with two players from each team pairing up and must alternate making decisions on his street of a every single hand.
The second leg will feature two players from each team doing battle in synchronized heads-up games with players having to share the same chip stack.
This format will make for some very interesting and possibly frank strategic discussions between teammates.
If the series is tied after these two legs and four players will take on members of the opposing teams in straight heads-up matches.
A number of the players taking part in the Caesars Cup are currently taking part in the $2,200 Mixed Event at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Ivey and Negreanu managed to advance to the second day of the event but Hellmuth and Hachem were eliminated on the opening day.
We will keep you up to date with all the latest World Series of Poker Asia Pacific news here at Poker.com.
by Bridget Wright | 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 Poker.com as soon as it is available.