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by Bridget Wright | 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.
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: Saturday, January 26th, 2013
The 2013 Aussie Millions is well and truly underway. Two gold rings have already been given away while another tournament has reached its final stages. Today, we will get you to speed with all the action, so far, from the 2013 Aussie Millions.
Rupert Elder Wins $1,100 Opening Event
Brit Rupert Elder has crushed the dreams of locals to win the opening gold ring of the 2013 Aussie Millions.
Elder overcame a field of 1137 players to capture the tournament and the first place prize of $250,000.
The local hope at the table was Australian prodigy Brendon Rubie, who won the event last year, but he was eliminated in fifth place to leave the four European players remaining to battle it out four-handed.
Elder had the chip lead for the majority of the final day of the tournament and defeated Martin Finger in a heads-up battle that lasted only a couple of hands.
Elder has now won over $1.5 million in his tournament poker career and will be looking to add even more in the Aussie Millions Main Event that starts next week.
Vakilli wins $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha Event
Sam Vakilli dominated the final table of $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha Event to win the second gold ring of the Aussie Millions.
Vakilli and John Messina quickly took control of the final table and it took just forty-five minutes for the final table to be down to just two players.
It was tougher work after that for Vakilli who took over three hours to wear down his opponent and claim victory and the $53,600 first place prizemoney.
21 Players Left in $1,100 No Limit Holdem Shootout Event
Vanessa Selbst, Jake Balsiger and Annette Obrestad were just some of the big names who failed to progress to the second day of the $1,100 No Limit Holdem Shootout Event.
The twenty-one remaining players will return to Crown Casino today with the top three players from each table progressing to the final table.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
The 2013 Aussie Millions has kicked off with the annual staging of the Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Celebrity Charity Poker tournament.
The tournament is now in its sixth year and brings together celebrities, professional poker players and amateurs to raise money for the Shane Warne Foundation – the charity founded by Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne.
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem said he and Warne had bonded over their love of their families and want to bring happiness to children that aren’t as fortunate as their own.
“The Shane Warne Foundation helps sick and underprivileged kids in Australia and aboard,” Hachem said.
“You know how passionate I am about my family so it is a perfect match with Shane and I – he loves his kids so much and we are so lucky to have healthy kids that live a privileged life.
“If we can do anything to help some other kids have a better life that is great. “
The star-studded celebrity line-up included Liz Hurley, Australian comedians Glenn Robbins and Andy Lee, actor Gary Sweet as well as legendary Australian boxer Jeff Fenech.
Fenech, who is a previous winner of the tournament, said that he loves playing in the event and paid tribute to the hard work done by Warne.
“It is always great to be involved with the Shane Warne Foundation – He does a lot of work, people don’t realize what a generous and hardworking guy that Shane is,” Fenech said.
The Poker world was well represented in the tournament with Annette Obrestad, Robert Williamson III and Tony Hachem all taking part as well as 2012 October Niners Jake Balsiger, Jesse Sylvia and Russell Thomas who all played at the same table once again.
Joining Sylvia at the table was his girlfriend who has Sylvia worried about how fast she is improving.
“I’ve been teaching her how to play and she is getting better than I am,” Sylvia said.
“It’s really scary every time we play together she crushes me.”
Hachem proved his dedication to the tournament and the Shane Warne Foundation by blinding off his chips in the latter stages of $1,100 opening event of the Aussie Millions in order to host the event with Warne.
The tournament was won by Mike Turnly who won a seat in the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event as well as the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event.
The Aussie Millions continues this week and you can find all the latest coverage here at poker.com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Leading professional poker player Daniel Negreanu has led calls for a ‘shot clock’ to be added to live poker tournaments.
The calls come after the live stream of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event final table was plagued by players taking a long time to make their decisions.
The three-handed battle lasted over eleven hours with the majority of that time taken up by Jesse Sylvia, Greg Merson and Jake Balsiger tanking when thinking about even the most of decisions.
Negreanu was one of many professional poker players who took to twitter during the final table to express his boredom at the slow pace of the play.
“Poker needs a shot clock of some kind. It’s become silly at this point how long each hand takes, often in mundane situations,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.
“If there was any doubt about the need for a clock in poker this is exhibit A. This is painstakingly tilting for casual viewers.”
Negreanu even went as far to propose how he feels the shot clock rules should be implemented.
“Each subsequent tank will be clocked 15 seconds earlier. 1st offense= warning 2nd= clock at 2 min 3rd= clock at 1:45 and so on,” he said.
“As players we CAN police habitual tankers on our own as its in our rights to do so. I think 3 minutes for a decision is MORE than enough.”
Respected poker veteran Mike Sexton, known as the ambassador of poker, supports Negreanu and believes slow play is becoming a significant problem.
“Guys take too long to act on their hand now,” Sexton said.
“It’s just too slow; it’s too boring so we have to get a shot clock in poker.”
Some events, like the Aussie Millions, have experimented with shot clock tournaments but it appears unlikely that this issue will have a universal solution anytime soon.
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