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by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014
There still remains 101 days until the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million Big One for One Drop begins, yet nearly half of tournament has already sold out.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced on Wednesday that 23 entries have already been confirmed for the seven-figure bracelet event running from June 29 through July 1, and they are all returning players. Among them are former One Drop champion from 2012 Antonio Esfandiari, One Drop founder Guy Laliberte, and Phil Ivey.
“I can’t wait to defend my title,” Esfandiari said in a statement. “That event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first-hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help.”
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is equally excited, but for a very different reason.
“I’m really excited to play this tournament again,” he told PokerNews. “And I’m looking forward to knocking out Antonio. If he wins, I may quit poker.”
This hostility stems from Esfandiari knocking out Mercier in the 2012 One Drop shock clash.
Laliberté echoes Esfandiari and Mercier, adding “The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June… The support from the poker community continues to be just incredible.”
The players confirmed for the 2014 One Drop so far include: Antonio Esfandiari, Guy Laliberte, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Phil Galfond, Philipp Gruissem, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Paul Newey, Bill Perkins, Vivek Rajkumar, Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Brandon Steven, Sam Trickett, and Noah Schwartz.
The last event was capped at 48 and sold out, so the WSOP and One Drop decided to add another eight-handed table this year, bringing the cap to 56. If it happens to sell out again, the first place prize would reach $20 million. This is a first-come first-serve event, and those that provide a deposit will be guaranteed a seat.
Of the 23 confirmed entries so far, three are “anonymous businessmen” and the last three are satellite seats that will be offered at Aria, Bellagio, and the WSOP. In 2012, the $25,300 buy0in One Drop satellite attracted nearly 100 entries, with the winning spot going to Gus Hansen.
The WSOP and One Drop will also commence reaching out to new players that didn’t participate in 2012. All players at the 2014 WSOP are encouraged to donate one percent of their winnings to the One Drop Foundation, as they continue to improve lives in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Burkina Faso, and beyond.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013
Another six World Series of Poker bracelets were awarded this weekend as the action really starts to heat up!
McNeil Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better
Calen McNeil outlasted a tough final table, which took an extra day to be decided, to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
All eyes were on Todd Brunson, John Monnette and Stephen Chidwick when the final table began but it was McNeill who survived the onslaught to win the first place prize of $277,274.
The victory was easily McNeill’s biggest score of his poker career but was looking for an even bigger payday when he jumped right into the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
Martin Finger Wins Shorthanded Event
The shorthanded events at the 2013 World Series of Poker have proven extremely popular and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) was no exception with Martin Finger outlasting an incredible field of 806 players to win his first WSOP bracelet.
Finger was the table captain for the majority of the final table and thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $506,764.
A number of notable players made deep runs in this event with Dan Kelly recording his sixth cash of the WSOP so far in tenth; poker legend Erik Seidel finishing ninth; Nick Schulman eighth and David Pham fourth.
Josh Pollock Wins $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Josh Pollock cruelled the WSOP bracelet hopes of Noah Schwartz by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Schwartz is regarded as one of the best tournament poker players in the world and looked on track to win his maiden World Series of Poker success when he took a three to one chip lead into his heads-up battle with Pollock.
However, Pollock rode out his luck and after several close scares won his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $279,431 while a clearly disappointed Schwartz was sent back to the drawing board.
Corey Harrison Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Corey Harrison outlasted a big field of 1730 other players to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The college professor took home his first WSOP bracelet as well as the first place prize of $432,411 in what was only his second ever WSOP cash.
Despite the life-changing cash prize the dedicated teacher said he loves his job and will not be pursuing a career as a professional poker player.
Fuhs Defeats Talented Field to win $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Danny Fuhs survived a titanic heads-up battle with Christopher George to win the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The tournament drew one of the most talented fields of the 2013 WSOP thus far with four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow; 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel; 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro and consistent tournament performer Robert Mizrachi all finishing in the money as did Dan Kelly – his seventh cash of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The heads-up battle was one for the ages with Fuhs and George trading the chip lead on several occasions before Fuhs was able to land the killer blow and claim the first place prize of $277,519.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues with a star-studded field doing battle in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 20th, 2013
Mike Linster dominated the second day of the World Poker Tour World Championship to finish the session as the clear chip leader.
With sixty-seven players left in the hunt, Linster has 744,000 in chips and is well positioned to add to his inaugural World Poker Title that he won last month in the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open.
The in-form Dan Shak is currently in second place with 617,300 in chips.
Shak has had a sensational year thus far, winning the Party Poker Premier League and cashing in the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure; 2013 Aussie Millions, WPT Los Angeles Poker Classic and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.
Antonio Esfandiari is yet to taste tournament success this year but with 536,100 in chips is well placed to make a deep run in this event.
Esfandiari scored his first major tournament victory in the 2004 Los Angeles Poker Classic and would dearly love to become a duel World Poker Tour winner after coming close on a couple of occasions in the last six months.
As expected a number of big names took advantage of the late registration and entered the tournament during level eight.
Phil Ivey was quickly eliminated and Jason Mercier struggled while Phil Hellmuth capitalized on some aggressive play to be sitting in seventeenth position at the conclusion of the day.
A number of leading pros finished the day with a short stack and will need to play well to get themselves back into the tournament.
Noah Schwartz (36,900), Jonathan Aguiar (49,100), John Hennigan (64,900), Scotty Nguyen (81,500), Daniel Negreanu (124,000), Erick Lindgren (124,100) and Matt Salsberg (130,800) will all need a bit of luck if they are going to become World Poker Tour Champion.
Day three of the event is just about to start and we will keep you up to date with all the action here at Poker.com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 13th, 2013
Steve O’Dwyer outplayed some of the biggest names in Poker to win the Pokerstars European Poker Tour Grand Final at Monte Carlo on Sunday.
O’Dwyer negotiated players of the caliber of Jason Mercier, Noah Schwartz and Daniel Negreanu at the final to take home the first place prize of €1,224,000 but admitted he needed a bit of luck to do so.
“Coming into the final table I knew that I needed to get lucky to win,” O’Dwyer said.
“All these guys are so good and it was really going to come down to who had the best day and that was me.”
The first player eliminated from the final table was former APPT Sydney and ANZPT Melbourne winner Grant Levy and he was quickly followed to the rail by Mercier – who was considered by many to be the biggest threat at the final table.
After an hour of fairly conservative play the table exploded when Jake Cody and Schwartz both went all-in on the same hand only to be eliminated by Negreanu.
Negreanu was full of confidence after claiming the massive pot and was in a fabulous position to claim his first ever European Poker Tour Title.
However, it was not too be for Negreanu who was desperately unlucky when his Pocket Queens didn’t hold up against the Pocket Nines of Johnny Lodden.
After Negreanu’s elimination the tournament was anybody’s to win and O’Dwyer, Lodden and Andrew Pantling who took turns at holding the chip lead.
O’Dwyer eventually eliminated Lodden but Pantling held a narrow chip lead and refused to consider the possibility of a deal.
O’Dwyer admitted that Pantling refusing to take a deal put more pressure on the heads-up battle.
“I thought that the toughest part was over when we got to heads-up,” O’Dwyer said.
“There was more pressure when he didn’t want to deal, it was very stressful but I’m glad that I ran as well as I did.”
O’Dwyer quickly took the chip lead away from Pantling and raced away to a sizeable advantage after he won a monster pot just after the dinner break.
Pantling looked as though he might have been able to get himself back in the contest when he moved all-in with a flush but was devastated when O’Dwyer made quads on the turn to win the tournament.
O’Dwyer has narrowly missed out on winning a European Poker Tour title on a couple of occasions in the past and said it was “very satisfying” to finally win one of the prestigious events.
The European Poker Tour Grand Final is not over just yet with €100,000 Super High Roller taking place and we will keep you up to date with all the action here at Poker.com.
The final table of this tournament was packed full with Team Pokerstars Pros and you can join them online by signing-up and depositing today!
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, May 10th, 2013
The 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 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 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.
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