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23 Top Players Confirmed for WSOP $1 Million One Drop

by | Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

There still remains 101 days until the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million Big One for One Drop begins, yet nearly half of tournament has already sold out.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced on Wednesday that 23 entries have already been confirmed for the seven-figure bracelet event running from June 29 through July 1, and they are all returning players. Among them are former One Drop champion from 2012 Antonio Esfandiari, One Drop founder Guy Laliberte, and Phil Ivey.

“I can’t wait to defend my title,” Esfandiari said in a statement. “That event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first-hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help.”

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is equally excited, but for a very different reason.

“I’m really excited to play this tournament again,” he told PokerNews. “And I’m looking forward to knocking out Antonio. If he wins, I may quit poker.”

This hostility stems from Esfandiari knocking out Mercier in the 2012 One Drop shock clash.

Laliberté echoes Esfandiari and Mercier, adding “The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June… The support from the poker community continues to be just incredible.”

The players confirmed for the 2014 One Drop so far include: Antonio Esfandiari, Guy Laliberte, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Phil Galfond, Philipp Gruissem, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Paul Newey, Bill Perkins, Vivek Rajkumar, Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Brandon Steven, Sam Trickett, and Noah Schwartz.

The last event was capped at 48 and sold out, so the WSOP and One Drop decided to add another eight-handed table this year, bringing the cap to 56. If it happens to sell out again, the first place prize would reach $20 million. This is a first-come first-serve event, and those that provide a deposit will be guaranteed a seat.

Of the 23 confirmed entries so far, three are “anonymous businessmen” and the last three are satellite seats that will be offered at Aria, Bellagio, and the WSOP. In 2012, the $25,300 buy0in One Drop satellite attracted nearly 100 entries, with the winning spot going to Gus Hansen.

The WSOP and One Drop will also commence reaching out to new players that didn’t participate in 2012. All players at the 2014 WSOP are encouraged to donate one percent of their winnings to the One Drop Foundation, as they continue to improve lives in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Burkina Faso, and beyond.

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WPT World Championship Final Table Set!

by | Published: Friday, May 24th, 2013

It took only two hours of play on day five of the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship for the televised final table to be set.

The in-form Daniel Negreanu was the short-stack for the majority of the last two days of the tournament but fell narrowly short of qualifying for the televised final table when he was eliminated by close friend Erick Lindgren.

Negreanu was clearly disappointed but was still able to take home his third six figure cash of the year after winning the WSOP APAC Main Event and finishing fourth in the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.

All eyes will be on Lindgren when the televised final table kicks off later tonight.

Not only is the thirty-six-year-old attempting to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to have won three World Poker Tour titles but the first place prize of $1,150,297 is sure to help pay off some of the gambling debts that saw Lindgren end up in a rehab clinic for gambling addiction at the end of last year.

Lindgren (3,355,000) is currently sitting in second place behind chip leader Chino Rheem who holds 5,495,000 in chips.

Rheem has a wealth of final table experience in the world’s biggest tournaments after finishing seventh in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and winning the $20,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event in the Epic Poker League.

Lindgren isn’t the only former World Poker Tour champion at the table with Jonathan Roy holding 1,900,000 in chips.

Roy won the World Poker Tour Montreal event at the end of 2012 and won the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em 8 Max Turbo Bounty at the 2012 European Poker Tour Grand Final.

This is Roy’s second major final table of the year after he finished fourth in the 2013 Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.

Rounding out the final table are David Peters (1,085,000), Brandon Steven (1,210,000) and Matt Hyman (1,560,000).

All three are experienced tournament poker players who have all cashed for large amounts at the World Series of Poker, making this one of the toughest final table fields in the history of the World Poker Tour.

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Tournament Poker Round-Up

by | Published: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

It is an incredibly busy week in the world of Poker with European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Circuit events taking place around the globe.

Paul Klann leads Canadian Spring Championship

Paul Klann has a substantial chip lead heading into Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship taking place at the Playground Poker Club.

Klann currently has 1,793,000 in chips with forty-four players remaining and is in an excellent position to win his second WPT Title this season after winning the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic earlier in the year.

Klann and World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic Winner Ravi Raghavan were two of few big names to advance to the third day of the tournament with leading poker pros such as: Jeff Madsen, Huck Seed and Matt Salsberg all eliminated before the end of the day.

Day three of the Canadian Spring Championship kicks off shortly and we will keep you up to date with all the action.

Dan Smith Takes Early Chip Lead in EPT Grand Final

Dan Smith is the chip leader after the opening flight of the Pokerstars Pokerstars Monte Carlo European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.

Only fifty-three players managed to survive the opening flight of the tournament and Smith (136,500) currently holds a narrow chip lead over Pablo Fernandez (135,900), Freddy Deed (133,900), Arlo Dotson (127,100) and Jake Cody (119,000).

EPT officials will be hoping the second flight draws more players as the 108 players that took part today was down 163 players on the same stage of the tournament last year.

The second flight of the Main Event is underway and features a number of leading players including Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen and Vanessa Selbst.

Chris Reslock Breaks World Series of Poker Circuit Record

Veteran Chris Reslock has become the most successful player in World Series of Poker Circuit history after capturing his seventh Gold Ring in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Reslock won his sixth ring in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em event earlier in the week and has now vaulted past Alex Masek as the all-time Gold Rings leader.

Reslock will have an opportunity to add to his collection of Rings when he takes part in the World Series of Poker National Championship at the end of May.

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Team Poker Stars Defeats Full Tilt Professionals

by | Published: Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Team Pokerstars Pokerstars, led by Daniel Negreanu, has defeated the Gus Hansen-led Full Tilt Professionals in their battleship team challenge at the European Poker Tour London Event.

Negreanu and his teammates Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier will each collect $50,000 from Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom as well as $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from Full Tilt Poker.

Each individual match-up was played in a best of three table’s format.

The first game saw Grospellier taking on Blom and the Frenchman wasted little time jumping to a 1-0 lead.

Grospellier claimed the tie for Team Pokerstars Pokerstars in the second game before making it a clean sweep just a couple of hands later.

Haxton and Dwan had done battle many times before in a heads-up format with both players knowing the others games inside out.

Both players were cautious in the opening stages of the tie but after twenty-three hands Haxton scored the first table with a set of fours.

It didn’t take long for Dwan to even the tie and take the leg to a third and final table.

Haxton was extremely short-stacked and was; arguably, fairly lucky to get himself back into the hunt after going all in pre-flop with his last 396 in chips.

The luck continued for Haxton and he was able to win the game and secure the match for Team Pokerstars Pokerstars.

That wasn’t the end of the action with Hansen and Negreanu battling on the felt for $50,000.

Negreanu quickly took a one-nil lead and secured the tie with a victory on table two just a few hands later.

Just to rub it in Negreanu was able to come from behind on the third and final table to secure a clean sweep.

The event was very well received by the poker community and both teams said they looked forward to further battles in the future.

You can join Negreanu, Haxton and Grospellier online by signing-up and depositing at Pokerstars Pokerstars.


Negreanu Announces Team Poker Stars Teammates

by | Published: Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Daniel Negreanu has named Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier as his teammates to take on the Full Tilt Professionals during the European Poker Tour London event next week.

The Full Tilt Professionals team is led by Gus Hansen and includes Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom.

The challenge will played with a best of three structure with the winners of each match receiving $50,000 from their opponent and the members of the winning team scoring $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from the opposing online poker room.

Hansen was given his choice of match-ups and chose to face Negreanu while Grospellier will take on Blom and Dwan will do battle with Haxton.

Negreanu said the decision was very tough but ended up backing the judgment of his fellow Team Pokerstars Pokerstars pros.

“The unanimous choice, the number one guy that everybody thought was the right pick and I was planning on picking him almost certainly was Isaac Haxton,” Negreanu said.

“I’ve played heads-up with Isaac and he is probably the most experienced player on Team Pokerstars Pokerstars in this specific format so you absolutely cannot go wrong with this pick.”

Negreanu said the second pick was much tougher but is happy to into battle with Bertrand Grospellier.

“There was a case to be made for everybody but I was specifically looking at this specific format and match-up wise so I ended up going with Grospellier,” Negreanu said.

Negreanu said he hoped the event would be a bit of fun and create some positive headlines for poker.

“One of my New Year’s resolutions was to create some positive headlines for poker in light of what happened on Black Friday,” the popular Canadian said.

“I thought it’d be really cool, and I thought fans would really enjoy watching a match like this go down.”

The challenge will take place on Sunday March 10th at 10 a.m. ET and will be played online with Full Tilt Poker.

This means that anybody with a Full Tilt Poker account can log-on and follow all the action live.