Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker Main Event’
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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by Thomas Hackett | Published: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer was arrested in a prostitution sting at a Wake Forest hotel earlier this week.
The Wake Forest Police Department said that Raymer was one of six men arrested after responding to a message posted by an undercover policemen acting as a female prostitute.
Raymer is facing charges of prostitution and attempted crimes against nature.
Raymer released a statement through his attorney Wade M. Smith apologizing for the embarrassing arrest.
“Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment,” Smith said.
“He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends and fans.
“Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received.”
Raymer burst onto the poker scene at the 2004 World Series of Poker when he won the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ‘em Main Event and took home the first place prize of $5,000,000.
The following year Raymer made another deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 25th, a feat that is considered one of the most impressive in the history of the World Series of Poker.
In recent years Raymer has been a strong advocate for the rights of poker players and is a member of the board of directors for the Poker Players Alliance.
Raymer had an extremely successful 2012 poker season claiming four separate tournament victories on the Heartland Poker Tour for a total score of $371,967.
The forty-eight- year old is currently placed 38th on the All Time Poker Tournament Money list with $ 7,391,123 in career earnings.
It remains to be seen how his arrest will affect Raymer’s poker career or his work with the Poker Players Alliance.
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by Thomas Hackett | Published: Friday, February 15th, 2013
The World Series of Poker has released the schedule for the 2013 event that will be held from May 29th to July 15th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
The schedule is not that different from the 2012 offerings but sixty-two gold bracelets will be offered – one up from 2012.
The World Series of Poker Main Event will begin on the 6th of July while the first Saturday $1500 No Limit Hold’em event will award $1 million to the winner – a tournament WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart is particularly excited for.
“Dreams are dealt each year at the World Series of Poker,” Stewart said.
“From the opening weekend, where we will make yet another millionaire, to the Main Event, which awards the largest single prize in the world, the WSOP is an annual affirmation about the strength and global appeal of the game.”
World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel is extremely excited for the event and said the schedule is one of the best in the history of the World Series.
“Bring your bankroll, whatever it is, and come have the time of your life,” Effel said.
“We think this is the most diverse schedule we’ve ever had and we’ll be ready for an all-time turn-out at the 44th annual WSOP.”
Highlights of the 2013 World Series of Poker Schedule Include:
- No Limit Hold’em weekends in June. Every weekend a $1500 buy-in large field event will be held for players that are only able to attend the World Series of Poker for a single weekend.
- The “Millionaire Maker’ scheduled for June 1st is a $1,500 buy-in Single Re-Entry tournament that will guarantee the winner at least $1 million.
- The first Turbo event will be held on June 19 with levels of only thirty minutes.
- The One Drop High Roller with a $111,111 buy-in will award a World Series of Poker bracelet with three percent of the house fees being donated to the One Drop charity.
- The Little One For One Drop with a $1,111 buy-in is the only unlimited re-entry tournament of the event with players able to re-buy as many times as they like during the first four levels of play.
- The first ever Open Face Chinese Poker tournament in the history of the World Series will be held on July 13th although an official World Series of Poker bracelet will not be awaraded.
You can stay up to date with all the latest World Series of Poker news and updates here at poker.com.
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