Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hellmuth’
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: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Amir Babakhani finished day three of the World Poker Tour World Championship as chip leader and is on track to become only the second player in history to win back-to-back WPT titles.
Babakhani has 1,220,000 in chips followed by Brandon Steven (1,091,000), Matt Hyman (1,042,000), Hyon Kim (891,000) and A.P. Phahurat (878,000).
If Babakhani is able to convert his chip lead into victory he will join Marvin Rettenmaier as the only player to win two World Poker Tour tournaments in a row after his breakthrough victory in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship earlier this month.
It will be a tricky assignment for Babakhani as there are still a number of leading players left in the hunt for the WPT World Championship.
Daniel Negreanu is currently in the best form of his life and recovered from a disappointing day two to finish day three in the top twenty.
The Canadian currently holds 444,000 and still has a great deal of work to do but with a World Series of Poker Bracelet and a top four finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final it would take a brave man to bet against him.
One of the big stories of the tournament has been the run of Erick Lindgren who has only just re-joined the tournament poker circuit after a stint in rehab to treat his gambling addicition.
Lindgren dominated the lead-up events to the Main Event, winning the $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $ 39,722 and finishing third in the $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em.
Lindgren is currently sitting just outside the top ten but has an excellent opportunity to win his third World Poker Tour Title and announce his return as a serious tournament contender.
Other big name players still in the hunt include Jason Mercier and Dan Shak while Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari,Ben Lamb , Mike Linster and Matt Salsberg were all eliminated.
Day four of the World Poker Tour World Championship is already underway and you can stay up to date with all the action here at Poker.Com.
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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, April 15th, 2013
Team Europe, led by Sam Trickett, has defeated Team Asia-Pacific and Team Americas to win the Caesars Cup at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Team Europe defeated Team Asia-Pacific two legs to one to qualify for the final before defeating the reigning champions Team Americas to win their second Caesars Cup title.
Team Americas were heavy favorites heading into the final but went down a leg early when the star studded team of Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari lost to Trickett and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche.
The equally impressive team of Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth were able to tie the series up when they defeated Phillip Gruissem and Marvin Rettenmaier to take it to a decider.
The heads-up battle between Sam Holden and 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Merson was extremely tight but Holden won a coin-flip hand that put him in the position to win the leg and the Caesars Cup for Team Europe.
Team Europe has now won two of the three editions of the popular team event, adding to the inaugural title that they won during the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe.
Gruissem had a stellar day on Sunday adding a victory in the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific $50,000 Re-Entry High Roller to the Caesars Cup crown.
Although the event wasn’t for a World Series of Poker bracelet Gruissem was still happy to score the first place prize of $825,000.
There is only one event left to be decided in the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific – the $10,000 Main Event.
Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu is the chip leader heading into the final table but he faces stiff competition from a host of local talent and Russell Thomas who has incredibly made his second World Series of Poker Main Event final table in less than a year.
You can stay up to date with all the action from the final table here at Poker.com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Poker superstar Phil Ivey has claimed his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet after winning the $2,200 Mixed Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Ivey took home the first place prize of $51,840 but it is the bracelet that he will cherish which know puts him in equal forth with poker legend Johnny Moss on the list of all-time bracelet winners behind only Phil Hellmuth (13), Doyle Brunson (10) and Johnny Chan (10).
Ivey said he was happy to win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet especially after the heartbreak he suffered during the 2012 World Series of Poker when he final tabled on five occasions but failed to win an event.
“I definitely wanted to win this event especially when I got deep and I thought I had a chance,” Ivey said.
“My last six finishes at the last six final tables were very tough and it took a lot out of me so I’m happy that I had the chance to finish this one.”
Ivey was especially happy to win a World Series of Poker bracelet at the Crown Casino in Australia.
“This is my favorite place to play,” Ivey said.
“I love coming down here and I love the feeling that I have when I come here.”
Ivey is already considered by many to be the greatest poker player of all time but said he wants to add more bracelets to add to his poker legacy.
“As I have gotten older I’ve started to think about my history in Poker and where I am going to stand so it’s important for me to win these bracelets and I’m trying to catch Phil [Hellmuth],” Ivey said.
“It’s tough because he keeps winning them but I’m looking forward to the summer.”
The final table of the event was expected to lead to a heads-up battle between Ivey and fellow Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, who together held almost half the chips on the table, but Negreanu was eliminated in fourth position leaving Brandon Wong to face Ivey in heads-up competition.
Wong said it was a thrill to be able to play against Ivey.
“This place would be empty right now if it wasn’t Phil Ivey so it draws a lot of interest and its really fun,” Wong said.
“To win a bracelet is every poker players dream and to be able to win one against Phil Ivey would be great.”
The 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific continues today with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event beginning today.