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Dan Colman Wins Yet Another Poker Event

by | Published: Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Before April, hardly anyone would have been able to tell you who Dan Colman was. But with three big poker event wins under his belt in just five months, he’s become a household name in the poker world.

dan colman seminole hard rock poker open winnerA win in April’s European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller was his introduction to the community, but Colman didn’t stop there. Since then, the 23 year-old has completed one of the most dominant runs in poker history.

Colman, who went on to win the World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop in July as well as finishing runner-up in last month’s EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, added another $1,446,710 to his yearly winnings on Wednesday when he beat a field of 1,499 players to take out the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Colman outlasted a tough final table to claim his staggering fourth seven-figure score of 2014. He now has more than $20,000,000 in cashes since April under his belt, and has climbed past Phil Ivey into third place on poker’s all-time list behind Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.

2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Results

Seat Player Prize
1 Dan Colman $1,446,710
2 Mike Leah $1,047,638
3 Shawn Cunix $748,313
4 John Dolan $548,763
5 Joe Kuether $424,044
6 Martin Hanowski $324,269

Colman didn’t begin Wednesday’s final table in the lead, he had to work for it. He trailed to Mike Leah in chips but it didn’t take the poker wunderkind long to command the table. After John Dolan eliminated Martin Hanowski in 6th place, Colman got all of Joe Kuether’s chips. Dolan himself exited a few hands later, and his strike also came from Colman.

It then came down to three-handed play, with the lead shifting back into Leah’s favor.  However, Colman reclaimed the pole position after eliminating Shawn Cunix in 3rd place.

Colman then took 25,450,000 into heads-up play against Leah’s 19,550,000. The heads-up sit-and-go specialist, who has become known for his impressive knack for closing the deal, grinded Leah down to 11,500,000 before finishing him for good.

Dan Colman is undoubtedly becoming a fantastic professional poker player. Where will he strike next? How many more wins will he add to his season belt? Only time will tell. But one thing for sure, the entire poker world will be watching his every move with anticipation and excitement.

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2015 Aussie Millions Schedule Announced

by | Published: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Last Friday, Crown Melbourne announced its schedule for the illustrious Aussie Millions Poker Championship in 2015. The series will kick off the New Year, beginning on Wednesday, January 14 and running through to Monday, February 2, 2015. It will consist of 21 events.

crown: aussie millions logoHeadlining the schedule will be the ever-popular Aussie Millions Main Event, which will run from Sunday, January 25 through to Sunday, February 1. The winner of the Main Event will take home an estimated AU$1.6 million. This is the same grand prize Ami Barer took home in this year’s event, which was an event to remember. Barer topped a field of 668 players, defeating Sorel Mizzi along with an entire final table of poker pros in a final day that lasted a grueling 12 hours.

Also returning to the schedule for another year are the mouth-watering big buy-in “Challenge” events, which include the: $25,000 Challenge, $100,000 Challenge, and LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge. These “Challenge” tournaments draw impressive numbers, which aren’t limited to the impressive Main Event. In 2014, the $25K Challenge received 65 entries, the $100K Challenge drew 76 entries, and Phil Ivey topped a field of 46 entries to take out the LK Boutique $250K Challenge.

“Crown Melbourne’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship has effectively become one of the top poker majors and a favorite amongst some of the most renowned players in the world,” said Crown Melbourne’s Director of Poker Jim Preston. “And the stage has never been brighter.”

In 2014, the Aussie Millions Main Event partnered with the PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour for the first time, and following a successful run it appears the partnership will remain in 2015. Because of the partnership, the Aussie Millions schedule has to be pushed back to begin later in January. This is to allow players the chance to compete in both the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Aussie Millions. The PCA is scheduled to take place from January 6-14 in 2015, which means players travelling on to Melbourne won’t miss the majority of the Aussie Millions schedule.

Read on to see the full schedule for the 2015 Aussie Millions Schedule:

Date Time Event
Wed, Jan 14 6:15 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1a
Thurs, Jan 15 6:15 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1b
Fri, Jan 16 12:30 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1c
Sat, Jan 17 12:30 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1d
Sun, Jan 18 12:30 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
  2:15 PM #2: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Shot-Clock Shootout
Mon, Jan 19 12:30 PM #3: $2,500 8-Game Mixed
Tues, Jan 20 12:30 PM #4: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em
Wed, Jan 21 12:30 PM #5: $1,150 Pot-Limit Omaha
  6:15 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1a
Thurs, Jan 22 12:30 PM #7: $2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
  2:15 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1b
Fri, Jan 23 12:30 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1c
  2:15 PM #8: $25,000 Challenge Day 1
Sat, Jan 24 12:30 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 2
  2:15 PM #9: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Terminator
  2:30 PM #8: $25,000 Challenge Day 2
Sun, Jan 25 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 1a
  2:15 PM #11: $100,000 Challenge Day 1
  2:30 PM #12: $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty
Mon, Jan 26 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 1b
  2:15 PM #11: $100,000 Challenge Day 2
  2:30 PM #13: $1,150 Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions
Tues, Jan 27 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 1c
  4:15 PM #14: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha
Wed, Jan 28 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 2
  6:15 PM #15: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed-Max
Thurs, Jan 29 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 3
  2:15 PM #16: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Fri, Jan 30 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 4
  2:15 PM #17: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shot-Clock Six-Max
Sat, Jan 31 12:30 PM #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em “Deep Freeze” Day 1
  2:15 PM #11: $100,000 Challenge Day 3
  6:15 PM #19: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Sun, Feb 1 12:15 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 5
  12:30 PM #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em “Deep Freeze” Day 2
  2:15 PM #20: $1,150 Australian Poker Hall of Fame No-Limit Hold’em
  2:30 PM #21: The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Day 1
Mon, Feb 2 12:30 PM #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em “Deep Freeze” Day 3
  2:30 PM #21: The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Day 2

 

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Phil Ivey Scores a Total $500,000 Win After Two Days Playing Online

by | Published: Monday, May 19th, 2014

Nine-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey may not have had a successful first four months of 2014, but after playing two successful days of online poker this week he’s back on track. Profits of $410,341 from games played during Monday to Wednesday have helped Ivey put his name back on top of the list of online poker’s biggest winners.

Ivey’s majority of profits came on Tuesday, when he closed as the day’s biggest winner after bringing home a $441,380 payday accumulated from 835 hands played in six different poker sessions.

poker tournament playersMore than half of his winnings on Tuesday came during a late-morning session at the $1,500/$3,000 8-game table. He took on opponents such as Viktor Blom and Patrik Antonius, taking out a total of 188 hands and a $235,500 profit.

Ivey managed to take out another $152,000 win when he went up against Blom later in the day playing heads up.

He played another winning session on Wednesday, albeit with less grand winnings. Ivey played a total of 695 hands in four sessions, taking home an overall win of $74,357. Despite the huge win, which netted him the position of second biggest online winner of the week with an overall profit of $410,341, Ivey is still down $2.3 million since the beginning of 2014.

Hac Dang took out the title of biggest online winner of the week, after taking home a total of $513,724 in winnings since last Monday. His playing trajectory was exactly the same as Ivey’s: he started the week with a loss of $44,167, before getting back on track on Tuesday with a winning total of $346,394. By Wednesday he closed the day as the biggest winner with a profit of $211,512 after 491 hands.

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Borgata Files Lawsuit against Phil Ivey for Alleged Baccarat Cheating

by | Published: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City is suing poker legend Phil Ivey for $9.6 million he made at the Baccarat table in their casino as they believe he cheated his way to the win, according to a report made in the New Jersey Law Journal last week.

The lawsuit entered by Borgata alleges that Ivey used “edge sorting” to exploit manufacturing flaws in playing cards during four sessions of Baccarat at the casino during 2012. Edge sorting is a method of spotting tiny variations in the pattern printed on the backs on cards to predict which suit/number the card will be.

Borgata has also named the card manufacturer, Germaco Inc., which designed the cards, and Ivey’s partner, Cheng Yin Sun, in the suit. Yin Sun reportedly accompanied Ivey to the Baccarat table and gave instructions to the dealer.

Among the many charges listed in the lawsuit are breach of contract, racketeering, fraud, conversion, unjust enrichment, and civil conspiracy.

Surprisingly, Ivey is currently involved in another very similar case – but on the other end. The biggest legal battle in the UK casino history unfolded last May, when Ivey sued the Crockfords Casino for withholding £7.8 million (about $12 million) he won playing Punto Banco, a form of baccarat, because they claimed he used the “edge sorting” method and didn’t deserve his winnings.

Ivey admitted to using edge sorting at Crockfords, but said the casino only had itself to blame for not recognizing it. It wasn’t a premeditated plan, just something he picked up on during the play and used to his advantage. He released the following statement last May:

“I am deeply saddened that Crockfords has left me no alternative but to proceed with legal action, following its decision to withhold my winnings. I have much respect for Gentings, which has made this a very difficult decision for me… Over the years I have won and lost substantial sums at Crockfords and I have always honored my commitments. At the time, I was given a receipt for my winnings but Crockfords subsequently withheld payment. I, therefore, feel I have no alternative but to take legal action.”

This story is still developing, but based on the Crockfords case, Ivey will not be taking this lying down. Many poker fans don’t believe Ivey has cheated, and deserves his winnings from both casinos.

Comments on PokerNews have noted that: “It would only be considered cheating if you knew about the defects before you sat at table. Purposely manipulating the way cards are entered in shufflers is deceitful and I would consider that cheating as well. The dealer is responsible for not reporting the request to the pit boss and should have had realized this was a huge red flag.”

and

“Borgata affords him the opportunity to cheat and then turns around and sues him. Completely laughable. It should have just resulted in an expensive lesson to the Borgata being: look for possible restitution by suing the faulty playing card manufacturer and not the player.”

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23 Top Players Confirmed for WSOP $1 Million One Drop

by | 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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