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Top Athletes Spotted at the WSOP

by | Published: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

What makes the World Series of Poker so great is that it brings people of all ages, nationalities, and occupations together to compete for the same thing, the most coveted prize in poker: the WSOP Main Event championship. Everyone plays on an equal playing field, which is what makes the WSOP so great. The adage that anyone can play and anyone can win has been proven true time and time again.

While literally anyone can play, it’s still exciting to see celebrities or athletes take a shot – they’re just like us! The latter group in particular has increasingly been making the trip to Las Vegas to compete in the most famous poker tournament in the world. The WSOP has become a regular athlete spotting ground.

FC Barcelona center-back Gerard Pique, UFC’s Martin Kampmann, NFL’s Richard Seymour, NASCAR driver Jason White, Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, and NBA’s Paul Pierce and Earl Barron have all been spotted at this year’s tournament.

It’s not surprising, really, that athletes would enjoy playing poker during their off-season. The game offers the player a competitive arena without the potential of injury; they can go through intense competition, constantly changing strategies, and even an element of risk and guarantee they’ll be match-fit when their sport resumes. It’s a win-win situation.

It appears that athletes bring some of their skills to the felt and also develop skills while on the felt to bring back to their sporting game. Pierce, for one, said, “I have grown to love the game over the last seven to eight years. It is very competitive and mentally challenging. It helps with my patience, because in poker, you have to have a lot of patience, and that translates to the court where it helps me make the right decisions at the right time.”

Kampmann added his perspective: “You have to stay cool under pressure. One mistake at the poker table and you could be out of the tournament. Same thing in fighting; one mistake and you can get clipped, knocked out, or you can get submitted. You just have to stay cool under pressure.”

Barron reasoned it was the competitive nature of the game that brings athletes to the poker room. “Nobody that plays a sport wants to lose. While you will win some hands and lose some hands, it’s the competitive nature that makes you want to outlast everyone.”

One of the athletes gaining the most attention at the WSOP would have to be Pique. The international football star has a lot of spare time on his hands this summer after Spain was shockingly knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the first round. It seems he’s spent his time improving his poker hand. Surrounded by media when he was playing in the Pavilion Room, Pique couldn’t just blend in and play his game without distraction. Nevertheless, he proved he could hold his own against poker’s best.

Piqué has had a couple of cashes on the European Poker Tour (EPT) and former Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel said in a past interview for PokerNews that Pique can play. “You can tell he has played the game before. He has some good moves, and he bluffs at the right time. It’s good to have him at the table,” Duhamel said.

Another apparent trend is online poker rooms partnering with athletes to help build a poker brand. Warne, an 888poker ambassador, was seen playing on Day 1c, and PokerStars recently signed one of the biggest names in tennis, Rafael Nadal, to its roster of SportStars. 888poker had also signed football star Luis Suarez to their roster, but cancelled his contract after he was embroiled in a biting scandal in the World Cup.

These partnerships can only help the online sits improve their brand, with fans rushing for a chance to play a game against their favorite athletes.

If you want to improve your poker game, open your real money account at Bovada Poker Bovada Poker. With a range of promotions and tournaments (including WSOP-sponsored events) you’ll love playing poker online.

 


Last Chance to Qualify for the 2014 WSOP

by | Published: Monday, May 5th, 2014

The 2014 World Series of Poker is set to begin in less than a month, so now is the time to take advantage of the last-chance opportunities available to qualify for the $10,000 Main Event – where the winner will walk away with a guaranteed $10M.

For those who can play poker online, Bovada Poker Bovada Poker is the place to play. The online poker room has a range of qualifying events and satellites to help you get there. Get set to take on Vegas and the World Series of Poker with a $12,000 Main Event Package. From May 5 to June 8, choose from thousands of daily qualifiers and buy in for as little as $0.55 to secure your spot in our satellites. You can also skip the qualifiers and jump straight to a satellite for $500.

The first satellite kicks off on Monday, May 26 at 8:33 PM ET and the second on Sunday, June 8 at 4:33 PM ET. The top six players in each satellite will win a $12K Main Event Package.

Each $12K Main Event Package includes:

  • $10,000 Main Event buy-in
  • $2,000 for travel expenses
  • Bovada swag
  • Invite to an exclusive party

Unfortunately, playing poker online is not available to everyone in the United States. For those players, several live casinos are running live satellites right up until June 28, allowing players the chance to win a seat in poker’s greatest tournament.

The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA, Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, Foxwoods Casino & Resort in Mashantucket, CT, Harrah’s New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, Harrah’s Rincon in Rincon, CA, Horseshoe Bossier City in Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Council Bluffs, IA, Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, IN, and the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, FL will all be hosting satellites based on the following schedule:

The Bicycle Casino
Date Time Event
June 7-17 1 PM $75 Super Satellite into 25-seat event
June 7-17 6 PM $75 Super Satellite into 25-seat event
June 7-8 3:30 PM $235 Super Satellite into 25-seat event
June 14-17 3:30 PM $235 Super Satellite into 25-seat event
June 17 3:30 PM $450 Super Satellite into 25-seat event
June 18 12 PM $450 Super Satellite into 25-seat event
June 18 6 PM $2,100 25-seat guaranteed event

 

Canterbury Park
Date Time Event
May 23 2 PM $250 satellite
May 24 10:30 AM $250 satellite
May 30 2 PM $250 satellite
May 31 10:30 AM $250 satellite
June 7 10:30 AM $250 satellite

 

Foxwoods Casino & Resort
Date Time Event
June 1-6 2 PM $150 MegaSuper Step 1 into Step 2
June 7 11 AM $1,200 Step 2 Satellite (1 in 12 get Main Event seat)
June 8-15 2 PM $150 MegaSuper Step 1 into Step 2
June 13 2 PM $1,200 Step 2 Satellite (1 in 12 get Main Event seat)

 

Harrah’s New Orleans
Date Time Event
May 3 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
May 10 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
May 17 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
May 24 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
May 31 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
June 7 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
June 14 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
June 21 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons
June 28 10 AM $250 satellite w/ $100 rebuys and add-ons

 

Horseshoe Hammond
Date Time Event
June 7 12:15 PM $500 satellite
June 14 12:15 PM $500 satellite
June 21 12:15 PM $500 satellite

 

Palm Beach Kennel Club
Date Time Event
May 3 12:15 PM $225 satellite
May 10 12:15 PM $225 turbo satellite
May 24 12:15 PM $225 satellite
May 31 12:15 PM $225 satellite

 


2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Schedule Announced

by | Published: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The eye of the poker world will be squarely focused on Melbourne, Australia later this year when the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific comes to town. The schedule for the event was released last week, announcing the festival will take place over two weeks from October 2-18, and will offer 10 gold bracelet events.

Crown Casino Melbourne will once again play host to the event, which will also see the culmination of the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race.

“Bigger and better is the best way to describe the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart in the press release. “New events at modest price points like the Dealer’s Choice and Terminator No-Limit Hold’em, plus an expansion of overall events and a move to springtime in Melbourne is designed to encourage the North American and European contingent to make this a can’t-miss event. Plus, we have secured the most comprehensive live television coverage in both the U.S. and Australia for both the Main Event and High Roller.”

The “live” television coverage Stewart discusses will be for the AU$10,000 Main Event, which starts on October 12, and the AU$25,000 High Roller, which starts on October 15. Though toted as being live, the two events will be viewed with a one-hour delay on ESPN television both in Australia and the U.S. on October 176 and 18. According to the WSOP, “The live television window includes 6-8 hours of coverage a day, meaning nearly every hand of the final table of each the Main Event and High Roller will be seen by viewers around the globe.”

“We are really excited that the WSOP Asia-Pacific is returning to Melbourne,” said Gus Seebeck, ESPN’s General Manager of Australia and New Zealand. “It’s a fantastic event and ESPN’s expanded coverage will bring poker fans around the world even closer to the action.”

The series, which kicks off on October 2 with the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator, will offer buy-ins ranging from as low as AU$1,100 up to AU$25,000. The Accumulator event plans to generate a large field of entrants, since each player will be allowed to play in any or all of the starting flights. The catch being though that all chips a player advances through the numerous flights with will be accumulated into one stack on Day 2.

The AU$10,000 Main Event will have two starting days and begin on October 12. Last year, the Main Event was won by poker superstar Daniel Negreanu who took home AU$1,038,825 and his fifth gold bracelet.

Below is a complete list of the 2014 WSOP APAC schedule:

Date Time Event Buy-In (AU$)
Oct. 2 6:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1a $1,100
Oct. 3 12:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1b $1,100
  6:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1c $1,100
Oct. 4 12:30 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 2  
  2:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 $2,200
Oct. 5 12:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 3  
  12:30 PM No-Limit Hold’em Day 2  
  4:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1 $1,650
Oct. 6 12:10 PM No-Limit Hold’em Day 3  
  12:30 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2  
  2:10 PM Terminator No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 $1,650
Oct. 7 12:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3  
  12:30 PM Terminator No-Limit Hold’em Day 2  
  2:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1 $5,000
Oct. 8 12:10 PM Terminator No-Limit Hold’em Day 3  
  12:30 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2  
  2:10 PM Dealer’s Choice — 8-Game Day 1 $1,650
Oct. 9 12:10 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3  
  12:30 PM Dealer’s Choice — 8-Game Day 2  
  2:10 PM Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 1 $2,200
Oct. 10 12:10 PM Dealer’s Choice — 8-Game Day 3  
  12:30 PM Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 2  
  2:10 PM Mixed Event Day 1 $5,000
Oct. 11 12:10 PM Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 3  
  12:30 PM Mixed Event Day 2  
Oct. 12 12:10 PM Mixed Event Day 3  
  12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1a $10,000
Oct. 13 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1b $10,000
Oct. 14 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 2  
Oct. 15 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 3  
  6:10 PM High Roller Day 1 $25,000
Oct. 16 12:30 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 4  
  2:30 PM High Roller Day 2  
Oct. 17 2:00 PM High Roller Day 3  
Oct. 18 2:00 PM WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 5  

 

If you want to start preparing for the WSOP APAC event, head over to Bovada Poker Bovada Poker today  to hone your poker skills.

 


Online Qualifier Turns €4 into €250,000 at 2014 Irish Open

by | Published: Sunday, April 27th, 2014

For any poker player out there that doesn’t believe a non-professional poker player could take out a tournament or event – this story is for you. You’ll second-guess not entering tournament qualifiers or satellites offered at online poker rooms from now on.

Patrick Clarke accomplished the dream of every low-stakes poker player last weekend. He managed to turn a €4 online satellite victory into a €250,000 victory at the 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open.

Clarke won his €2,250 entry into the Irish Open Main Event by playing online poker at Paddy Power, and ultimately defeated a field of 411 players to pocket the biggest win of his career.

The tournament victory itself netted Clarke €200,000. He claimed the additional €50,000 by being the last man standing in the Paddy Power Sole Survivor competition. If you can believe it, the extra €50K prize came down to a heads-up match against Dave Pollack, who also won his seat online. Pollack netted himself a tidy €130,500.

With the victory, Clarke found his name added to the elite list of Irish Open champions that includes Noel Furlong, Liam Flood, Joe Beevers, Neil Channing, James Mitchell, Kevin Vandersmissen, and Ian Simpson. A list he never thought of being on when he was playing his poker game online for €4.

2014 Irish Open Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Patrick Clarke €250,000
2 Dave Pollock €130,500
3 Liam Chevalier €97,500
4 Thomas O’Shea €73,800
5 Oliver Lynch €54,500
6 Michael Gilligan €38,500
7 Barry Donovan €26,500
8 Jonathan Lundy €19,250

 

Clarke entered the final table as the overwhelming chip leader and never looked back.

If Clarke’s story has inspired you, open your real money account at Bovada Poker Bovada Poker today to play for a chance to enter one of the world’s biggest poker events – the World Series of Poker event at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Vegas from May 27 to July 14.

Playing at Bovada Poker is your best way of getting right in the Sin City action. You could win yourself a ticket into either the Main Event or the Little One for One Drop. Full prizes are:

  • $12,000 Main Event Packages – including $10,000 Main Event buy-in and $2,000 for travel expenses
  • $3,000 Vegas Prize Packages – including $1,111 Little One for One Drop buy-in and $1,889 for travel expenses

Just play in Bovada Poker Bovada Poker’s qualifiers and satellites, and enter the daily Vegas Prize Draws to become the next Patrick Clarke. Check out the options below and hit the highway to Vegas:

  • April 14 – May 11: VEGAS PRIZE DRAWS – Win a $12K Main Event Package
  • May 5 – June 8: MAIN EVENT QUALIFIERS – Twelve $12K Main Event Packages Guaranteed
  • May 26 8:33 PM ET: SATELLITE – Six Seats Guaranteed
  • June 8 4:33 PM ET – SATELITTE – Six Seats Guaranteed
  • May 12 – June 8: BOVADA POKER SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST – Four $3K Vegas Prize Packages
  • June 9 – June 22: ZONE POKER – Win a $3K Vegas Prize Package

* Each satellite will award six seats only to the Main Event (12 seats total). In the event that there is any surplus in the prize pool of any particular Main Event satellite, further cash prizes will be distributed to lower-ranked players in US $5,000 increments.

 


Win Daily Cash and a WSOP Package at Bovada

by | Published: Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Play your poker games at Bovada Poker Bovada Poker from April 14 to May 11 for your shot at $42,000 in daily cash prizes and a chance to win a $12K Main Event Package for Vegas.

Vegas Prize Draws:

Hit the felt at Bovada from April 14 to May 11 for your shot at winning a cut of $42,000 in cash prizes. Every day, one player will win $500 cash and 10 players will each win $100 cash.

On top of that, the poker room’s grand prize winner will get a $12K Main Event Package, taking them to Sin City for the WSOP. The $12K prize includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in, $2,000 for travel expenses, Bovada swag and an invite to an exclusive party!

How to Win Daily Cash

Enter on the website’s promotional page now and start earning Poker Points for your cut of $42,000 in cash prizes. You can get unlimited entries to the daily draws.

Daily $500 Prize Draw

  • Get one entry for every 25 Poker Points you earn that day.

Daily $100 Prize Draw

  • Get one entry for every 10 Poker Points you earn that day.

Grand prize draw for the $12K Main Event Package

  • Get one entry for every 10 Poker Points you earn from April 14 to May 11.
  • Each “Day” begins at 00:00:01 AM ET and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET

There is no limit to how many draw entries you can earn for both the daily and grand prize draws.

PRIZES AND WINNING

Every day from April 15 to May 12 ten qualifying players from the previous day will win a $100 cash prize and one qualifying player will win a $500 cash prize. All daily draw winners will be contacted by email or by phone within 48 hours and their cash prize will be credited to their Bovada account.

The grand prize draw will take place on May 12 and the prize winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the draw by a Bovada Poker representative of the Sponsor or Sponsor’s designee (or as soon as possible thereafter). The winner of the grand prize draw will receive a $12,000 Main Event Package which includes the $10,000 buy-in and $2,000 for travel expenses.

If you want to play on team Bovada Poker Bovada Poker in the WSOP Main Event in Vegas, open your real money account now and start earning those entries by winning poker points! Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you still have a chance at winning a share of $42,000, which is very impressive.

Earing Poker Points

  • Ring Games: Earn points when you put in to a raked pot (see chart below).
  • Tournaments: Get 3 points for every $1 spent on tournament entry fees.

The points you earn while playing ring games are based on the rake you contribute. For every hand that you contribute rake of $0.01 or more you will earn between 0.05 and 1 Poker Point. The amount depends on the rake contributed and breaks down as follows.

Rake Points
$1.00 – $3.00 1.00
$0.50 – $0.99 0.50
$0.25 – $0.49 0.25
$0.05 – $0.24 0.10
$0.01 – $0.04 0.05

 


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