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David Chiu Wins Fifth World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013

David Chiu defeated the most stacked final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker to win the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud Title and his fifth WSOP bracelet.

Chiu claimed the first place prize of $145,520 but, more importantly, joined the list of elite poker players to have won five gold bracelets.

The fifty-two-year-old needed all his skill and experience to negotiate a final table that included six other WSOP bracelet winners such as Freddie Ellis, Michael Mizrachi, Frank Kassela, Gary Benson and Adam Friedman.

Chiu said the victory was made even more special by the quality of the other players at the final table.

“This one means a lot, because there were so many tough players at the final table,” Chiu said.

“Everybody here was a great player and all professionals.”

Chiu is considered one of the nice guys of poker and lived up to that reputation by dedicating his victory to former Los Angeles Lakers owner and poker player Jerry Bruss who passed away earlier this year.

“I am dedicating this gold bracelet to Dr. Jerry Buss,” Chiu said.

“This is for him, because he had so much love for this game.

“We all miss him so much, I wanted to do this for him and it’s why I played so hard to win.”

Chiu had to wait eight years to win another WSOP bracelet but he doesn’t believe the game has passed him by, especially in games like stud.

“All the younger guys play No-Limit Hold’em, but the old-school guys still have Stud and all the mixed games,” Chiu said.

“If I did not think I have what it takes to play, I would not compete.”

With his fifth World Series victory Chiu joins some of the poker elite, like Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, Jeff Lisandro, Allen Cunningham, Berry Johnston, Chris Ferguson and Gary Berland, as the holder of five World Series of Poker bracelets but said he will continue to maintain a low profile.

“I’m really low key, I’m not into being a celebrity,” Chiu said.

“I’m just a normal person who likes to play poker.”


2013 EPT Grand Final Set for Thrilling Finish

by | Published: Friday, May 10th, 2013

The Pokerstars Pokerstars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event is set for a thrilling finish with a number of leading players still in contention to win the tournament.

At the conclusion of Day 3 only thirty-four players remained in the hunt while the top ten was filled with some of Poker’s biggest names including John Juanda, Noah Schwartz, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu.

Team Pokerstars Pokerstars professional Johnny Lodden increased his chip lead and now has a commanding stack of 1,232,000, well clear of Steve O’Dywer (963,000), Andre Pantling (943,000) and Juanda (939,000).

Juanda is a five time World Series of Poker bracelet winner but hasn’t claimed a major tournament victory since his win in the $ 10,000 No Limit Deuce To Seven Draw World Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

He finished second in the 2010 European Poker Tour London Main Event and will be desperately hoping to go one better this weekend.

In contrast tenth placed Negreanu is coming of a major tournament victory after his win in the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event.

The Canadian is playing some of the best poker of his career and sounds as though he is full of confidence.

“In the money at the European Poker Tour Grand Final,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.

“My third cash in a row coming one off a fourth and a win at the WSOP APAC.

“Might as well do it again.”

Fellow Team Pokerstars Pokerstars pro Jason Mercier is well positioned for a deep run with 746,000 in chips.

Mercier has already had a successful European Poker Tour Grand Final, winning the € 2,000 Open Face Chinese Poker event, and is a leading contender to add another EPT Title to his resume.

Day four of the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main commences soon and you can stay up to date with all the action at Poker.Com.

You can play online poker with Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and Johnny Lodden at Pokerstars Pokerstars.

Finalists for the 2012 Poker Hall of Fame Revealed

by | Published: Saturday, September 15th, 2012

After a public nomination process the ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame class of 2012 has been revealed.

Current Poker Hall of Fame members as well as selected members of the poker media will now vote to determine who will join the exclusive club.

The 2012 Poker Hall of Fame class will be revealed before the commencement of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table in October.

The nominees are:

Chris Bjorin

Bjorin is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has cashed in the World Series of Poker an incredible sixty-five times.

David Chiu

Chiu has won World Series of Poker bracelets in Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Eight or Better and also won the 2008 World Poker Tour World Championship.

Eric Drache

Drache has played a vital part in the poker community as both a player and a tournament director. He was tournament director for the World Series of Poker in the 1970s and invented the concept of satellite events that are such a popular aspect of poker today.

Thor Hansen

Hansen is a two time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has won almost $3 million in his twenty-five career. He is considered one of the pioneers of European poker.

George Hardie

Hardie built the Bicycle Casino, which at the time was the largest card club in the world. The innovations he implemented at his casino are considered to have helped professionalize the poker industry.

Jennifer Harman-Traniello

Harman was the first female to win multiple World Series of Poker bracelets in open events. She is the only woman that has consistently played in the highest stakes cash games in Las Vegas.

John Juanda

Juanda has won five World Series of Poker bracelets and has won over $14 million in tournament poker career. He has made an incredible thirty-one World Series of Poker final tables.

Tom McEvoy

McEvoy won the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event and at sixty-seven years of age is still a vital part of the poker industry. McEvoy has written over a dozen books on poker and is one of the game’s greatest ambassadors.

Scotty Nguyen

The charismatic Nguyen, known as ‘The Prince’, is one of poker’s most well-known personalities. He has won five World Series of Poker bracelets including the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2011 $50k HORSE event.

Brian Roberts

Along with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim Roberts was a part of the famous Texas Rounders. Roberts won the 1975 World Series of Poker Main Event and was considered an extremely popular player before he passed away in 1995.

Stanley Choi wins Macau High Stakes Challenger

by | Published: Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Businessman Stanley Choi has beaten some of the biggest names in Poker to win the mega buy-in Macau High Stakes Challenge.

Seventy-three players paid the HK$2,000,000 buy-in for a total prize pool of $23,511,128 (USD), with Choi claiming the first prize of $6,465,560.

Because of the hyper-turbo blind structure plenty of big names were eliminated early as high stakes professional player’s battled wits with wealthy Asian businessmen.

Choi was joined at the final table by four wealthy amateurs as well as Poker superstars Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett and John Juanda.

Ivey made an all-in preflop move early in the final table but his King-Six was dominated by Tang Zheng’s King-Nine and the American was eliminated in eighth place.

British high stakes star, Sam Trickett, was knocked out by Choi shortly afterwards and claimed the seventh place prize of just under $1Million.

Trickett has had an incredible run in high stakes tournaments, after winning the $100,000 buy-in at the Aussie Millions for $1,525,000 and finishing second in the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop at this year’s World Series of Poker, winning an incredible $10,112,001.

Juanda had an up and down day and was eventually eliminated in fifth position by Zheng.

Zhengh himself followed Juanda to the rail next, which left the tournament with just three players and Choi holding almost half of the chips.

Choi busted Nicholas Wong and took a commanding chip lead into heads up competition with Zhu Guan Fai.

Amazingly, the heads-up battle lasted just one hand as Fai went all-in with pocket sixes but was dominated by Choi’s pocket tens.

The board was not able to help Fai and he finished in second place but could not be too unhappy with his prize of $4,349,735.

Choi’s $6.4 Million first prize was the largest ever outside of the World Series of Poker and the tenth biggest first prize in the history of tournament poker.

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Could The Poker Brat Triumph?

by | Published: Thursday, June 30th, 2011

While many have focused on Phil Hellmuth losing out to John Juanda and Eric Rodawig, The Poker Brat is currently in position to take Player of the Year honors.

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Phil Hellmuth has managed to cash four times so far in the 2011 World Series of Poker, taking about $530,000 in prize money for his efforts. The WSOP has been more about the achievements than the money for Phil, though, and it seems he is just a hair’s breadth away from winning his twelfth WSOP bracelet.

Losing against John Juanda is no shame at all, and Hellmuth came in with an incredibly shortstack when going heads up against Eric Rodawig. While more impressive achievements than two second place finishes at the same WSOP have been recorded, it is still not an easy task and Phil is perhaps fittingly ranked second in the current Player of the Year rankings.

While Hellmuth has strong competition from the current leader Ben Lamb, it seems like Lamb is more of a PLO specialist than anything. A couple of PLO events are still left to run, but Hellmuth is looking a good chance in The Poker Player’s Championship and final table finish in that along with another cash just might put him over the top.

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