Posts Tagged ‘main event’

Summer Slam Series Returning to Seneca Niagara

by | Published: Monday, July 21st, 2014

The annual Summer Slam series returns to Niagara Falls, New York later this week at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. The seven-event series will run for just over one week from July 25 through August 3, with highlight events including a $600 Main Event which features a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The Summer Slam kicks off this Friday with a $200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack at 11 AM. But the flagship event of the 10-day festival would have to be the $600 Main Event running from August 1-3.

Andy Spears took out the top spot in last year’s Summer Slam Main Event worth $23,000. Spears is expected to return to Seneca this year to retain his title along with recent Western New York Poker Challenge champion Nick Walker. Numerous other successful players from the Western New York region are also expected to be in attendance.

Brand new to the Summer Slam series this year is a $125 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event which comes with a $50,000 prize pool. The tournament will begin with six separate starting flights across three days (July 28-30), with players who advance on Day 1 returning on July 31 to play for the champion title. Players are allowed to enter in more than one flight, with their largest finishing stack being taken forward to Day 2.

2014 Summer Slam full schedule:

Event Date Time Tournament
1 Fri, July 25 11 AM $200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack
2 Sat, July 26 11 AM $300 No-Limit Hold’em
3 Sun, July 27 11 AM $200 No-Limit Hold’em
4 Sun, July 27 6 PM $100 No-Limit Hold’em
5 Mon, July 28 11 AM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight A ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Mon, July 28 6 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight B ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Tues, July 29 11 AM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight C ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Tues, July 29 6 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight D ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Wed, July 30 11 AM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight E ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Wed, July 30 6 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight F ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Thurs, July 31 12 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2 ($50K Guaranteed)
6 Fri, August 1 11 AM $600 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 1a ($100K Guaranteed)
6 Sat, August 2 11 AM $600 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 1b ($100K Guaranteed)
6 Sun, August 3 11 AM $600 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 2 ($100K Guaranteed)
7 Sun, August 3 11 AM $200 No-Limit Hold’em

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Ami Barer Wins the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event

by | Published: Monday, February 10th, 2014

The 2014 Aussie Millions is wrapping up, but the poker tournament will not quickly be forgotten with big stories such as the five-way chop in the $25,000 Challenge that saw Max Altergott emerge victorious, or when Yevgeniy Timoshenko overcame a huge chip disadvantage to win the $10,000 Challenge.

The Main Event concluded on Sunday, when the final seven players of the initial 668-player rotation returned to play down to a winner. After a grueling 12 hours, Ami Barer emerged as the winner of the AU$1.6 million first-place prize. Runner-up Sorel Mizzi also took home an impressive AU$1 million.

It took three hours for the first elimination to occur, with all players determined to win the top share of the prize pool. Scott Seiver was the first to bust in level 28, after meeting Darren Rabinowitz’s opening of 160,000 with a three-bet all in of just over a million.

The champion of the Aussie Millions was ensured to be a North American when Aussie Andrew Phaedonos ran into Mizzi’s kings and fell in sixth place. He was soon followed by Vincent Rubianes in fifth place after running into the pocket rockets of Rabinowitz.

Despite winning the knockout, Rabinowitz was the next to go. In level 30, he opened for 240,000 but was met by Barer, who responded with a three-bet from the button.

Just minutes later, Jake Balsiger was eliminated via a bad bet. He ended in third-place, the same position he finished in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Then there was two. With a massive hand after knocking out Balsiger, Barer was set-up to win. He began the play with a three-to-one chip lead against Mizzi, and he quickly sealed the deal when Mizzi shoved into Barer’s aces.

2014 Aussie Millions Final Table Results

Place Player Prize (AU)
1st Ami Barer $1,600,000
2nd Sorel Mizzi $1,00,000
3rd Jake Balsiger $650,000
4th Darren Rabinowitz $450,000
5th Vincent Rubianes $335,000
6th Andrew Phaedonos $250,000
7th Scott Seiver $170,000


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EPT Set to Host Blockbuster for 100th Event

by | Published: Monday, January 13th, 2014

The European Poker Tour is set to host its 100th event this August, and has revealed they will be hosting Europe’s largest ever Poker festival in Barcelona, Spain.

Spanning from August 16-27, 2014, the Casino Barcelona event will officially mark the beginning of season 11 of the EPT, and will partner with the locally-renowned ‘Estrellas Poker Tour’ from the 16th-21st to produce what is sure to be a truly memorable 12 day Poker extravaganza.

EPT President Edgar Stuchly said the Tour could not be more excited about the 100th event, particularly as it will be held in one of the world’s most picturesque cities.

“The EPT was born in Barcelona so it’s very fitting to celebrate EPT’s 100th event in true style and with unforgettable poker” Stuchly said.

“EPT Barcelona is one of the most popular tour stops and attracts players from all over the world for the fantastic mix of beaches, iconic architecture, party atmosphere and world class poker.”

The 2013 edition of the event broke all major European Poker records, and eventually saw the two Main Events of 1,798 and 1,234 players respectively award winners Soenke Jahn and Tom Middleton with €169,136 and €942,000 – each player’s largest victory to date.

This year, the EPT has revealed that 20 extra tables will be included to ensure the expected player fields will be covered, and records are broken once again.

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World Series of Poker Announces 2014

by | Published: Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The World Series of Poker has announced the schedule for the 2014 edition of the world’s most popular poker festival, which is set to take place from May 27- July 14, 2014 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Boasting more than 60 bracelet events, the Main Event for 2014 will run from July 5, winding down to the final table on July 14th.

Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director revealed the event will be the biggest and best so far.

“In our 45th year, and 10th at the Rio, we are hard at work to make the 2014 World Series of Poker the biggest and best yet. We will build it, we hope you will come.”

The new addition of has been earmarked as the only way for players to win seats at the WSOP 2014, which will include entries into the coveted Main Event.

Three events that have been confirmed are the Millionaire Maker, the Big One for ONE DROP and the Little One for ONE DROP.

In 2013, a total of 6,343 entrants kicked off the Millionaire Maker, generating a total prize pool of more than $8.5 million and awarding champion Benny Chen with an incredible $1.2 million winner’s check.

The amazing $1 million buy-in Big One featured 48 players and saw Antonio Esfandiari walk away with more than $18 million; with organizers expecting an even bigger turnout for 2014.

The Little One generated a playing pool of 4,756 players for a total prize pool of more than $4 million and saw champion Brian Yoon turn his $1,111 buy-in into $663,727.

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WPT Venice Carnival Announced for March 2014

by | Published: Sunday, December 29th, 2013

March 2014 has turned into a particularly big one for the World Poker Tour following the announcement of the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival, to take place from the 5th-16th and becoming the fifth official event of the month.

In production with Tilt Events, the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival is set to feature 25 events, peaking with the €3,000 Main Event running from March 10-15. In a salute to the history of poker, the event will take place in the world’s oldest Casino; Casino di Venezia.

Other major events set to take place are the €1,500 WPT National Venice High Roller, the €5,000 WPT High Roller and the €990 WPT National Venice, which boasts a guarantee of at least €200,000.

Taking place alongside the WPT Venice Carnival in March 2014 will be the LA Poker Classic from 1st-6th, Bay 101 Shooting Star from 10th-14th, Thunder Valley from 15th-19th and the Jacksonville bestbet Open, running from March 21st-25th.

The 2014 season of the World Poker Tour is set to be the biggest, busiest and most lucrative season of the World’s biggest professional Poker tour to date, and will cover dozens of events in locations around the entire world.

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