Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker Main Event’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The 2013/2014 World Series of Poker Circuit wrapped up its 15th stop on the schedule with the $1,675 Main Event on Monday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Christian Pham took home the top prize of $214,322 and a seat in the 2014 National Championship at the tournament that attracted nearly 700 entrants and created a total prize pool of $1,045,000. Pham qualified for the tournament via a $200 satellite.
Final Table Results
||Yu Sheng Lin
Fourteen players were still in contention at the beginning of Day 3, meaning five players needed to go before the final table was set. They ended up being William Chao (14th – $13,121), Philip Woerner (13th – $13,121), Ben Keeline(12th – $16,122), Chris Bonita (11th – $16,122), and Joseph Elia (10th – $16,122).
Chris Lindh was the first elimination of the final table in Level 27. He finished Day 1a as a massive chip leader, but fell short in the final round.
Despite knocking out Lindh, Jesse Wilke was the next to go. He was followed by Ofer Akerman in seventh place. In Level 29 Jonathan Gavio, who won the WSOP Circuit Tunica Main Event, opened from the button with 120,000 only to have Nancy Birnbaum, the last woman standing, three-bet all in from the small blind. Gaviao snap-called and Birnbaum was out.
After Andrew Saprio and Michael Ma were eliminated fifth and fourth respectively, a lengthy three-handed battle played out. Things came to a head in Level 31 when a short-stacked Yu Sheng Lin opened for 250,000 on the button and Pham called from the big blind. Lin eventually hit the rails in third place.
Heads-up play lasted just a few hands, with Pham coming out on top. He went home with $214,332, a gold ring, and a seat into the 2014 National Championship.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, February 14th, 2014
Get ready to mark your calenders, Caesars Entertainment released its official schedule for the 2014 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Make sure you’re free from Tuesday, May 27, and head on over to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The 45th Annual World Series of Poker tournament will feature 65 bracelet events, including the Main Event that’ll feature a $10 Million guaranteed prize for the winner.
Scheduled to begin on July 5, the Main Event will begin with the first of three starting fights. The entry fee will remain at $10,000, but the $10M guaranteed payday will make 2014’s prize the second largest in the event’s history.
Jamie Gold took home the largest win of $12 million for his Main Event win in 2006. The biggest win since then went to Peter Eastgate in 2008 ($9,152,416). Last year’s winner Ryan Riess banked $8,361,570, which was the smallest amount since Jerry Yang received $8,250,000 in 2007.
The 2014 WSOP will open with the $500 Casino Employee’s Event, but the real highlight of opening day will be the second event: $25,000 Mixed Max Event. This grueling four-day tournament will start with nine-handed action before switching to six-handed play on Day 2. Day 3 will become four-handed, and the final day will feature heads-up matches to determine its winner.
2014 is the year for comebacks at the WSOP.
After listening to player feedback, the WSOP decided to reintroduce the fan-favorite $10,000 Championship event, with 12 variations, to this year’s schedule.
- 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (May 29-31)
- Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 1-3)
- No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (June 3-5)
- Seven Card Razz (June 6-8)
- H.O.R.S.E. (June 8-10)
- Pot Limit Hold’em (June 12-14)
- No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (June 14-16)
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 17-19)
- No-Limit Hold’em Heads Up (June 19-21)
- Limit Hold’em (June 26-28)
- Seven Card Stud (July 1-3)
- Pot Limit Omaha (July 3-5)
The WSOP is also bringing back three staple tournaments: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (June 22-26), the Seniors Event (June 6-8), and the Ladies Event (June 27-29). Men are still able to enter the latter tournament, but must pay $10,000 to enter while ladies receive a discounted $1,000 buy-in. This strategy was a success last year, as none of the 954 participants were male.
Tournament organizers expect an even bigger turnout than last year—79,471 total participants who competed for more than $197 million in prize-pool money—especially with the return of the ONE DROP event.
“For ten years we have tried to raise the bar on tournament poker,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “There is real optimism 2014 can be our biggest year yet with an anticipated $200 million in prize money to be paid out this summer. With new satellites and daily tournaments exclusively on WSOP.com and a plethora of side events, there is more reason than ever to make the trip to poker mecca.”
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by Thomas Hackett | Published: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Kristen Bicknell and Steve Sung are the latest bracelet winners at the 2013 World Series of Poker after triumphing in the $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship and $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed events respectively.
The 2013 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship featured a buy-in of $10,000 for men while all female participants received a 90% percent discount and could buy-in for $1,000, meaning for the first time, the entire field of 954 players was actually comprised of females.
Bicknell was able to outlast them all and take home the first place prize of $173,922 and win yet another WSOP bracelet for Canada – their tenth for the 2013 World Series.
The global popularity of poker with female players was evident by the array of nationalities featured on the final table with players from France, Australia, England, Canada and the United States all battling it out for the bracelet.
This is an excellent sign for the health of the poker world and continues the transformation of the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship into one of the most prestigious events on the World Series of Poker schedule.
Steve Sung is now a two-time gold bracelet winner after he added victory in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed to his previous triumph in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2009 World Series of Poker.
A number of top players like Marvin Rettenmaier, David Baker, David Benyamine and Jeff Gross made deep runs in the tournament but it was Sung who walked away with the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,205,324 – the largest in his tournament poker career.
Baker’s cash was his eighth at the 2013 World Series of Poker and he is now less than one point behind Daniel Negreanu in the battle for the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Award.
Sung wasted no time getting back on the tables and is currently taking part in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel is currently the chip leader in the event from Brian Rast and George Danzer.
by Thomas Hackett | Published: Friday, May 24th, 2013
It took only two hours of play on day five of the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship for the televised final table to be set.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu was the short-stack for the majority of the last two days of the tournament but fell narrowly short of qualifying for the televised final table when he was eliminated by close friend Erick Lindgren.
Negreanu was clearly disappointed but was still able to take home his third six figure cash of the year after winning the WSOP APAC Main Event and finishing fourth in the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.
All eyes will be on Lindgren when the televised final table kicks off later tonight.
Not only is the thirty-six-year-old attempting to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to have won three World Poker Tour titles but the first place prize of $1,150,297 is sure to help pay off some of the gambling debts that saw Lindgren end up in a rehab clinic for gambling addiction at the end of last year.
Lindgren (3,355,000) is currently sitting in second place behind chip leader Chino Rheem who holds 5,495,000 in chips.
Rheem has a wealth of final table experience in the world’s biggest tournaments after finishing seventh in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and winning the $20,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event in the Epic Poker League.
Lindgren isn’t the only former World Poker Tour champion at the table with Jonathan Roy holding 1,900,000 in chips.
Roy won the World Poker Tour Montreal event at the end of 2012 and won the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em 8 Max Turbo Bounty at the 2012 European Poker Tour Grand Final.
This is Roy’s second major final table of the year after he finished fourth in the 2013 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
Rounding out the final table are David Peters (1,085,000), Brandon Steven (1,210,000) and Matt Hyman (1,560,000).
All three are experienced tournament poker players who have all cashed for large amounts at the World Series of Poker, making this one of the toughest final table fields in the history of the World Poker Tour.
You can stay up to date with all the action from the final table here at Poker.com.
by Thomas Hackett | 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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