Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker Europe’

2013 World Series of Poker Begins

by | Published: Monday, October 14th, 2013

The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe festival kicked off on Friday in Enghien-les-Bains, France; a short distance from Paris, with a €1,100 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em event.

Throughout the tournament, which is scheduled to run throughout the next two weeks, an astonishing eight gold bracelets will be awarded, highlighted by the premier €10,450 Main Event historically known to attract one of the most star-studded fields of any poker tournament the world over.

After spending its first two years of existence in Cannes, the World Series of Poker announced they would be moving the WSOP Europe event to Paris in December 2012. The newly renovated Barriere Enghien-les-Bains Casino facility was also confirmed to hold the entire festival in a truly monstrous single poker room, with a large 500-seat theatre to play host to all final tables and the world-wide television production.

Not only highlighted by eight gold bracelets, the World Series of Poker Europe will also see the conclusion of the heated 2013 WSOP Player of the Year race.

Leading into the major tournament, 2013 $50,000 Poker Players’ Champion Matthew Ashton currently sits on top, thanks also to his appearances at three other final tables, including both second and third place finishes.

Well within striking distance in second place is five-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, who most notably won the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event for AU$1,038,825, as well as cashing six times in Las Vegas this past summer.

Loni Harwood rounds out the top three, having cashed on six occasions herself and winning her first gold bracelet in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $609,017.

History was made at last year’s World Series of Poker Europe and the possibility of similar results appears likely.

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Negreanu Wins World Series of Poker APAC Main Event

by | Published: Monday, April 15th, 2013

Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu has produced an incredible performance to win the first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event and claim his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet.

Negreanu was in complete control of the final table and rarely looked in trouble as he accumulated a monster chip lead.

His final table performance capped off a remarkable tournament in which he was always one of the chip leaders.

“From two tables, I went from 1.3 million to 2.6 million without winning a big pot, really small ball poker to the extreme,” Negreanu said in a post-tournament interview.

“I won all the pots I was supposed to win, I minimized in the spots where I was beat, and overall I played on feel, which is something that has always made me successful.

“I didn’t overthink things and I just went with my gut.”

Negreanu’s last World Series of Poker bracelet came in 2008 but he has had a number of close calls in recent years – something which crossed his mind repeatedly in the concluding stages of the tournament.

I’ve had a lot of deep runs in the past couple of years and put up a lot of seconds and thirds, and I’ve had a lot of heartbreak when I got close,” Negreanu said in a post-tournament interview.

“In the World Series of Poker Europe, I was in a very similar situation and, yeah, I had a lot of flashback moments and my emotions were running high.”

Negreanu is well known for his laidback and humorous attitude at the poker table, which was evident throughout the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, and the Canadian credits his success to his fun-loving demeanor.

“One of the things I realized about poker is that I’ve always been the most successful when I am enjoying what I’m doing, not taking myself too seriously, not overthinking things,” he said.

“In this tournament I didn’t worry about what the fundamentals are or what people would say, I just did what I do, I played my way and in the end it paid off.”

The $1,038,825 first place prize takes Negreanu’s tournament winnings to $17,476,836 and he is currently sitting fifth on the all-time poker tournament money list.

The inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific and thanks to the victories of Negreanu and Phil Ivey the event has really made its mark on the poker landscape.

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Team Europe Wins Caesars Cup

by | 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.

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Francisco Da Costa Santos Wins Portugal’s First World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Francisco Da Costa Santos has become the first Portuguese player to win a World Series of Poker bracelet by triumphing in the Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha championship at the World Series of Poker Europe.

The 36-year-old defeated a competitive field, including Daniel Negreanu, to take home the first prize of €83,275.

The professional poker player was delighted to have won his first ever bracelet and is hoping that his success will inspire a whole generation of new players in Portugal.

“Poker is still very new in my country,” Da Costa Santos said in a post-tournament interview.

“We do not have so many players right now.  But I think it’s going to catch on and be more popular.  There are a lot of younger players now who are starting to get interested in the game.”

Da Costa Santos is looking forward to celebrating the victory with his parents who didn’t approve of his career choice when he first took up poker full time.

“When I decided to turn professional, my parents didn’t like it at all.  Then, when I started winning, they liked it even less.  They thought it was gambling.  But I went ahead and finished my college degree and then I started a business.  I did that for seven years.  Then, in 2008 they legalized poker in some casinos in Portugal, and it was like (in Portugal) what happened with Chris Moneymaker in 2003,” Da Costa Santos said.

Da Costa Santos said he always dreamt about winning a World Series of Poker bracelet and is over the moon that the Europe based tournaments have made it possible for him and other European based players to succeed on their home turf.

“I wanted to be the first to win the bracelet.  But I did not think that would happen because of the taxes.  If we go there (to Las Vegas) and we win something, they will tax us at 30 percent.  But we can come here and it’s much better for us,” Da Costa Santos said.

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World Series of Poker Europe 2012 Main Event – 24 Players Left

by | Published: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

There are just twenty-four players left in the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event that is currently being held at the Majestic Barrière in Cannes, France.

Remaining in the field are some of the biggest names in Poker including twelve times World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth.

The Poker Brat is currently sitting in sixth position and had a fantastic day three, accumulating 351,000 in chips.

The Poker Hall of Fame member is aiming to become the first player to win both the World Series of Poker (which he won in 1989) and World Series of Poker Europe main events.

Jason Mercier has continued his amazing form and currently has the fifth largest stack.

The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner recently won $253,425.00 in the World Championship of Online Poker $10,300 8-Game (High-Roller) event and is ranked by ESPN as the best poker player in the world.

Popular English player Liv Boeree is still in the tournament and would dearly love to win her first ever World Series of Poker bracelet.

The TV presenter and model had a poor day three but still has over 400,000 in chips.

She is a long way behind chip leader Joseph Cheong who now holds 1,381,000 in chips.

The South Korean native is no stranger to World Series of Poker Main Events; having finished third in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Cheong has an exceptional 2012, finishing 2nd in the World Series of Poker No Limit Hold’em Mixed Max and Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza events, and would dearly love to cap off the year with his first World Series of Poker bracelet.

The remaining twenty-four players will now play down to a final table of eight.

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