Posts Tagged ‘Jesse Sylvia’

World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event Begins

by | 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.

 


2013 Aussie Millions Kicks Off With Celebrity Tournament

by | 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.

 


Does Tournament Poker Need A Shot Clock?

by | 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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Triple Threat Battle for 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event

by | 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.

 


2012 World Series of Poker Main Event – Final Table

by | 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

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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