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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 20th, 2013
The 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship is underway at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.
With a $25,000 buy-in the WPT World Championship always draws an elite field and this year is no different with some of the biggest names in poker aiming to become WPT Champion.
Setting the early pace is Will Failla who finished the opening day as chip leader with 276,000 in chips closely followed by Jonathan Kamhazi (273,300), Mike Linster (269,000) and Jeffrey Ishbia (255,000).
Also well placed is Marin Rettenmaier who is aiming to become the first player in World Poker Tour history to win back-to-back World Championships.
Rettenmaier was always in the thick of the action and finished the session in ninth position with 222,000 in chips.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu, Big One For One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari, veteran Barry Shulman and the controversial Erick Lindgren were some of the bigger name players to finish the day in a comfortable position.
Not so lucky were Jeremy Ausmus, Kai Change and Tony Gargano who hit the rail before the end of the day but have the opportunity to get back in the tournament with reentry available until the end of level eight.
World Poker Tour Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg finished the day as the short stack with only 15,300 in chips but is expected to reload if he is eliminated early on day two while GPI World Number One Jason Mercier will enter the tournament today.
The first prize payday is expected to be in excess of $1 Million and all players are looking to join names such as Tuan Le, Carlos Mortensen, David Chiu, David Williams and Scott Seiver on the World Poker Tour World Championship honor roll.
We will keep you up to date with all the action from the WPT World Championship 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
The poker action is flowing thick and fast at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific with all of the bracelet events before the Main Event now underway.
Ivey and Negreanu Dominate $2,200 Mixed Event Final Table
Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu head into the final table of the $2,200 Mixed Event at the WSOP Asia Pacific with almost half the chips currently remaining in play.
Ivey and Negreanu completely controlled day two of the event and both will be confident they can add to their collection of World Series of Poker bracelets.
Ivey currently has a slight chip lead with 144,300 while Negreanu (129,000) is well ahead of Brandon Wong who is in third place (86,100).
Yesterday’s event was highlighted by a running verbal battle between Ivey and Phil Hellmuth.
Negreanu couldn’t hide his delight at the banter being shared by the two poker legends.
“TV cameras are missing gold right now,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.
“Ivey needling Hellmuth is some solid material.”
The final table of the tournament will commence today and we keep you up to date with all the action.
Piccioli Wins First Ever WSOP Asia Pacific Bracelet
Bryan Piccioli became the first person to win a World Series of Poker bracelet in Australia when he claimed victory in the $1,100 “Accumulator” event yesterday.
Piccioli overcame a strong final table including 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel and 2012 ‘October Niner’ Jeremy Ausmus to take home the $211,575 first place prize.
The Accumulator was considered a successful format and may makes its debut in the Las Vegas version of the World Series of Poker in the next few years.
Collopy Wins $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Event
Jim Collopy defeated a strong final table including Dan Shak and Marvin Rettenmaier to win the $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Shak and Rettenmaier were both aiming to win their first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet but fell short finishing in fifth and ninth respectively.
Collopy claimed his first World Series of Poker bracelet and his first tournament victory since his win in the $2,250 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2012 Aussie Millions.
Hachem Puts Together Caesars Cup Team
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem selected Jeff Lisandro and Jackie Glazier as the first two members of Team Asia-Pacific for the 2013 Caesars Cup.
Lisandro has won five World Series of Poker bracelets, including an incredible run of three bracelets in 2009, while Jackie Glazier is considered the first lady of Australian Poker.
Hachem will name the final two members of his team over the next few days while captain of Team Europe, Sam Trickett, is waiting to the last possible minute to reveal his plans.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
There are only three players left in the running for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event World Championship after the first day of the final table was completed at the Penn and Teller Theatre yesterday.
Either chip leader Jesse Sylvia, the in-form Greg Merson or young gun Jake Balsiger will be crowned Poker World Champion tomorrow.
Merson, who will win the 2012 World Series of Poker player of the year award if he can win the gold bracelet, is the current chip leader with 88.35 million followed by Sylvia with 62.75 million and Balsiger with 46.75 million.
The final three were all responsible for eliminations yesterday.
World Series of Poker bracelet winner Steven Gee was the first player to go, holding pocket eights, when he called an all-in bet from Russell Thomas who showed down a pair of Jacks.
Sylvia and Merson then got in on the action eliminating Robert Salaburu and Michael Esposito in quick succession.
Merson took the chip lead when his Ace-King completely crushed the Ace-Queen of Andras Koroknai who was eliminated in sixth position, ending his hopes of becoming the first Hungarian World Series of Poker Main Event winner.
Jeremy Ausmus had been very quiet throughout the final table and was finally eliminated by Sylvia in fifth place but the family-man was clearly delighted to have taken home $2,155,313.
Balsiger had skillfully maneuvered his short stack into fourth position but he wasn’t planning on stop there.
The twenty-one year-old moved all-in with Ace-King and was surprisingly called by Russell Thomas who was dominated with Ace-Nine.
The board was no help to Thomas and the semi-professional poker player was eliminated in fourth position, taking home $2,851,537.
All three players have the chance to make history when the final table resumes.
Sylvia is aiming to become the first player to convert the chip lead into a Main Event victory since Jonathan Duhamel, Merson can become the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year and complete an incredible 2012 while Balsiger can become the youngest World Champion in World Series of Poker history.
We will keep you posted with all the latest news here at poker.com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, October 29th, 2012
We are now only two sleeps away from the highly anticipated 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. During the last few months we have given you a chance to get to know the various members of the October 9 but today we will be analyzing their preparation for the life-changing event and accessing their chances of taking home the coveted bracelet and the $8,527,982 first place prize.
Jesse Sylvia (Chip Leader with 43,875,000)
Jesse Sylvia has the pressure of being the chip leader heading into the final table and is aiming to become just the third player since 2005 to convert the chip lead going into the final table into a Main Event victory.
Sylvia has spent the downtime before the final table relaxing with family and friends as well as playing a few tournaments and watching a lot of videos to prepare for the event.
As the chip-leader Sylvia should make a pretty deep run in the final table but will be good enough to convert this into a win? Sylvia has limited big event final table experience so we expect him to fall just short of claiming his first ever major tournament victory.
Our Prediction: 3rd
Andras Koroknai (2nd in chips with 29,375,000)
The only non-American at the final table will have all of Europe behind him as he aims to become the first Hungarian to win the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Koroknai has kept a low profile during the break so not much is known about what he has done to prepare for the final table.
Koroknai is an experienced player on the live tournament scene and proved that he has the ability to win a big tournament by claiming the 2010 World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic. The Hungarian is one of the leading contenders to claim the World Championship.
Our Prediction: 2nd
Greg Merson has had a stellar 2012 and will win the World Series of Poker Player of the year award if he is successful this week.
Merson has been committed to continuing his normal routine during the break, which mostly includes cash games, but did play several events at the World Series of Poker Europe.
Merson is the in-form player heading into the final table having already won a bracelet, in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em six-handed event, at this year’s World Series. However, because of this we believe that the other players at the final table will have analyzed Merson’s game extensively and he will be the main target at the table.
Our Prediction: 4th
Russell Thomas (4th in chips with 24,800,000)
Russell Thomas is only a part-time poker player but is still incredibly well known on the professional tour after cashing in the World Series on three occasions in the last few years.
Thomas has easily had the best preparation for the final table. He hired World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Jason Somerville as a coach who put him through a three-month training program that included several simulations of the final table.
Thomas is an extremely talented player who has really taken advantage of the break between the tournament proper and the final table. He is our pick to go all the way and win the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Our Prediction: 1st
Steven Gee (5th in chips with 16,860,000)
Steven Gee heads into the final table with easily the most poker experience having started playing seriously in the 1970s.
Gee has been watching the ESPN coverage of the final table and studying the play of each October 9 opponents extremely closely.
Gee’s biggest asset is his World Series Of Poker final table experience having won a bracelet, in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, at the 2010 World Series of Poker. If he can get a bit of luck Gee is definitely a chance to win a second bracelet.
Our Prediction: 6th
Michael Esposito (6th in chips with 16,260,000)
Michael Esposito has cashed in the World Series of Poker on three occasions but this will easily be his biggest cash of all.
The forty-four-year-old admitted that he hasn’t done much preparation and will be relying on his poker experience during the final table.
Esposito appears happy to have made it this far and it’s tough to see him making a deep run.
Our Prediction: 8th
Robert Salaburu (7th in chips with 15,155,000)
Robert Salaburu has been a professional poker player for all of his adult life but has more experience in cash games than live poker tournaments.
Salaburu has spent the break preparing for the final table by playing as many live poker tournaments as possible but also enjoyed a relaxing European vacation.
Salaburu is a dark horse who probably has the best chance of any of the short stacks to make a deep run in the tournament. If he can double up early all other players will need to watch out.
Our Prediction: 5th
Jacob Balsiger (8th in chips with 13,115,000)
The twenty-one-year-old is aiming to become the youngest World Series of Poker Main Event winner in history.
Balsiger has hired Mike McDonald as his coach and the pair have been working closely in the last month.
We expect Balsiger to come out firing and that could get him into some early trouble.
Our Prediction: 9th
Jeremy Ausmus (9th in chips with 9,805,000)
Jeremy Ausmus heads into the final table with the short stack and will need a bit of luck if he is going to become World Champion.
The family-man has watched his opposition during the World Series telecast but has stuck to his regular routine.
Ausmus is a patient enough player to realize that he still has enough chips to work with. We don’t think he will win but he probably won’t be the first player out either.
Our Prediction: 7th
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