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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
The incredible run of Canadian players at the 2013 World Series of Poker has continued with Justin Oliver and Daniel Idema winning WSOP bracelets yesterday.
Canadian players have now win nine different events at the 2013 WSOP and have already smashed the record for the most tournaments wins for a non-United States country in a series.
Oliver staged a remarkable comeback to win the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Four-Handed event and claim his first WSOP bracelet.
The thirty-seven-year-old was short stacked for the majority of the final stages of the tournament but remained calm and continued to work his way through the event.
Oliver finally made it to the heads-up stage of the tournament and found himself at a massive chip disadvantage to Nick Schwarmann.
He was, once again, able to maintain his composure and took home a well-deserved payday of $309,071- the biggest of his poker career to date.
Only a few hours later the Maple Leaf Flag was flying at the World Series again when Daniel Idema claimed victory in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event.
The former hockey player receive his second WSOP bracelet, adding to his previous triumph in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2011 World Series Poker, and the first place prize of $184,590 took his total earnings at the series to over $1 million.
Idema has put together quiet the poker resume since retiring from Ice Hockey in 2006, recording nineteen cashes at the World Series of Poker and qualifying for final tables on five different occasions.
A number of leading players made deep runs in this tournament with Mike Sexton (56th), Phil Hellmuth (42nd), Jason Mercier (36th), Barry Greenstein (21st) and Layne Flack all finishing in the cash.
The action continues at the 2013 World Series of Poker today with one of the most star-studded fields of the event doing battle in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) tournament.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, May 30th, 2013
It feels as though we are only just crowned Greg Merson as the 2012 World Series of Poker World Champion but the 2013 World Series of Poker is already here. With sixty-two WSOP bracelets being given away over the one and a half months of the event there is a great deal of poker action taking place every single day. Today, we analyse all the tournaments taking place in the first week of the event.
Event Number 1 $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
The Casino Employees Championship is one of the few closed tournaments that will take place during the 2013 World Series of Poker. The tournament has been held since 2000 and rewards casino dealers and employees, who work tirelessly over the course of the event, with the opportunity to play for a WSOP bracelet with a buy-in of only $500. Although the Casino Employees Championship generally draws very little attention it is still hotly contested by the players who take part.
Event Number 2 $5000 No-Limit Hold’em (Eight Handed)
The $5000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed event is the first open event of the 2013 World Series of Poker and is sure to attract a stacked field with a number of leading players looking to get their World Series started off on the right foot. Mike Sexton, Matt Salsberg, Chino Rheem, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Schulman and Barry Greenstein have all confirmed that they will be taking part in the event. This tournament is a new addition to the WSOP schedule and looks to have achieved its aim of getting the leading players involved in the action early.
Event Number 3 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry
This will be the only re-entry event in the 2013 World Series of Poker with players who bust in the opening flight eligible to rejoin the tournament when the second flight begins. The WSOP has cut down on re-entry tournaments in recent years and is using this event to analyse the popularity of the controversial format.
Event Number 4 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed
This is the first of six Six Handed tournaments that will take place during the 2013 World Series of Poker. This tournament is a good opportunity for amateur players to get involved as the buy-in is low and it isn’t expected to draw many of the leading professionals. The 2012 edition of this tournament was won by three time WSOP winner Matt Matros.
Event Number 5 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better
The first non-hold’em event of the 2013 WSOP will take place on Friday. This is the first opportunity for Omaha and Stud specialists to get involved in the action and it is sure to draw a strong field. This tournament was won by Ukrainian youngster Oleskii Kovalcuk who claimed his second WSOP bracelet in as many years.
Event Number 6 $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold’em
The Millionaire Maker was one of the events that stuck out when the official 2013 World Series of Poker schedule was released. This tournament offers a $1 million-guaranteed first-place prize and is expected to draw one of the biggest fields outside the Main Event. Tournament organizers are clearly hoping that the winner will be a low-level grinded or amateur player but a number of top pros are sure to have a crack at this event.
Event Number 7 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
This year the World Series of Poker will feature a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament every single weekend. These tournaments have been added to support amateur players who may only have the opportunity to head to Las Vegas for a single weekend but want to live out their dream of playing for a WSOP bracelet. Don’t expect many top players to take part in these tournaments but there are sure to be a number of life-changing and inspiration stories.
Event Number 8 $2500 Eight-Game Mix (3 day event) NLH; LH; 7-Card Razz; 7-Card St; 7-Card St Hi-Lo; PLO; Omaha Hi-Lo; 2-7 TD Lowball
Mixed tournaments are become an increasingly popular feature on the tournament calendar and the WSOP has included five such events on the 2013 schedule. This is another event set to draw a strong field with WSOP Player of the Year leader Daniel Negreanu signaling his intentions to take part. The 2012 edition of this tournament was won by the consistent David Baker who claimed his first WSOP bracelet after twenty-five finishes in the money.
We will keep you to date with all the news and action from the 2013 World Series of Poker here at Poker.Com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 6th, 2013
The penultimate event of Season XI of the World Poker Tour – The Party Poker Canadian Spring Championship – is underway at the Playground Poker Club in Quebec.
The Canadian Spring Championship is split into three different starting flights and after the first two flights French Canadian Philippe Boucher is the leader with 278,100 in chips.
The first flight was not a successful day for recognised poker professionals with World Poker Tour Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg, 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Huck Seed and former World Poker Tour winner Will Failla the three biggest names who managed to progress to the second day of the event.
Not as lucky were last year’s winner Jonathan Roy, 2006 World Series of Poker player of the year Jeff Madsen or Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton.
The rules of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship give players the opportunity to play in all three starting flights and a number of leading players who were eliminated on day one tried their luck again in the second flight.
Phil Laak was one of these players and was randomly seated at the exact same seat and table on both days.
Laak was confident that this quirky occurrence would be enough to see him advance to the second day of the event but he was sent to the rail early once again as were Roy, Madsen and Tony Dunst.
The chip leader at the end of the second flight was Matt Kay who won a massive pot at the end of the day and now has 270,400 in chips, almost 100,000 more than Mike Bartholomew who finished the flight in second place with 186,500 in chips.
The final flight of day 1 takes place today and we will keep you up to date with the results here at Poker.com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Rocco Palumbo outlasted a field on 173 players to win the World Poker Tour Venice Grand Prix held at Casino di Venezia – the oldest casino in the world – this weekend.
Palumbo had to overcome a tough final table, which included World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton, to claim the victory and score the $180,097 first-place prize.
Palumbo’s play was flawless during the final table and he was never in threat of being eliminated.
However, it was not Palumbo who eliminated the majority of the people at the final table with fellow Italian Marcello Montagner’s aggressive style meaning that he was always involved in the action.
Montagner eliminated Erion Islamay and Robert Begni while Palumbo send Xia Lin to the rail to make the tournament three handed.
Sexton was in a good position to win his first ever World Poker Tour event but his dreams were crashed when his pair of Jacks was bested by Montagner’s two-pair.
Although Montagner had been the dominant figure at the final table it was Palumbo who took the chip lead into the heads-up battle.
Palumbo never surrendered the chip lead and after less than an hour of heads-up play was able to seal victory.
Montagner moved all-in with pocket nines but was snapped called by Palumbo who had hit two-pair on the flop.
The river was no help for Montagner but he was still happy to take home $108,316 for his second place finish.
The result was Palumbo’s second major poker tournament victory in less than twelve months after he took home $464,464 and won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em event during the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Palumbo has now won just shy of $1 million in live poker tournament earnings.
Season XI of the World Poker Tour continues in Barcelona this week.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Paul Klann has overcome a star-studded field to win the 2013 World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic.
Klann defeated 516 other players, including forty-three former World Poker Tour Champions, to win his first major tournament and take home the first place prizemoney of $1,004,090.
The Canadian was delighted to score what was easily the biggest result of his poker career.
“It’s amazing, its feels great and completely surreal,” Klann said.
Klann took a conservative approach to the final table and was able to survive to the heads-up battle without eliminating a player from the final table.
Klann’s heads-up opponent Paul Volpe had taken the opposite approach and was extremely aggressive, dominating the final table.
Klann made a tactical decision to switch gears entering the heads-up battle and after only a dozen hands had eliminated Volpe’s two to one chip lead.
The final hand was virtually a flip for the tournament with Klann’s King-Ten holding up against Volpe’s Jack-Nine.
“My game plan was to be a lot more aggressive heads-up, so that worked out and was exactly what I did,” Klann said.
The affable Canadian could not wipe the smile off his face and was beaming with excitement when asked how he planned to spend his $1 million payday.
“I’m sure my wife has already spent it,” Klann laughed.
Klann took part in the 2012 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event, eliminating WPT commentator Mike Sexton, and said he was likely to return to the tournament this year.
“I could probably use a little bit of a rest between now and then,” Klann said.
The 2013 Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament has begun with bounties Faraz Jaka, Mohsin Charania and Michael Mizrachi already eliminated.
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