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Daniel Negreanu Among 10 Finalists for 2014 Poker Hall of Fame

by | Published: Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The World Series of Poker released its list of 10 nominees for the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame on Tuesday, and it includes first-time and returning candidates alike.

The finalists were once again nominated by the public, making it the sixth straight year it’s been done that way, and the list includes five returning candidates and five first-timers. Poker top-dog Daniel Negreanu leads the band of newcomers in his first year of eligibility.

Each candidate is voted for based on the following criteria:

  • Be a minimum age of 40 year old at the time of nomination
  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Played for high staked
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

daniel negreanuOther first-time nominees include Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi, 1975 WSOP Main Event runner-up Bob Hooks, six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest, and respected tournament director Jack McClelland.

The five returning nominees are Jennifer Harman, Humberto Brenes, Mike Matusow, Chris Bjorin, and Huck Seed.

It is now in the hands of the 21 living Hall of Fame members and 20-member media panel to cast their votes for the newest member/s before the October 10 deadline.

Up to two of the 10 nominees will soon join an elite list of Poker Hall of Famers that includes the likes of Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Benny Binion, David “Chip” Reese, Thomas Auston “Amarillo Slim” Preston, Stu Ungar, and Phil Hellmuth. Last year, both Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy were voted to join the prestigious club.

The 2014 Poker Hall of Fame class will be inducted as part of the WSOP Main Event final table festivities at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during a special ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 9.

Negreanu’s nomination is an accomplishment in and of itself, considering it was the very first year he could be nominated, but he may miss out due to being younger and still very much in the game. He could still have some of the best wins ahead of him, and members may wait to see those. Either way, keep checking poker.com to learn which lucky player/s is inducted.

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Online Registration for WSOP Asia-Pacific Events Now Open!

by | Published: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

In just one month, the World Series of Poker will host the second edition of its WSOP Asia-Pacific. Taking place at Australia’s Crown Casino Melbourne from October 2-18, the series will feature 10 gold bracelet events. Last year’s event saw five awarded, so with five more added to this year’s schedule it is likely to be an even bigger event.

2014 WSOP Asia PacificWith buy-ins ranging from as low as AU$1,100 up to AU$25,000, all poker players have the chance to attend this exciting event. The series kicks off with the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator on October 2 but the highlight of the series will undoubtedly be the AU$10,000 Main Event, which will have two starting days beginning on October 12. Players are able to register for the series online via Crown Poker’s website, which means you won’t have to wait in line or risk being put on an alternative list.

Daniel Negreanu won last year’s Main Event for AU$1,038,825, and his fifth gold bracelet win helped him become the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year. Will he return to the series? What other big names in the professional poker community will make the trek down under? Since this year’s WSOP Asia-Pacific will be the culmination of the 2014 Player of the Year race, many big-name players are expected to make the trip, including Negreanu (who currently sits fourth on the POY leaderboard), Brandon Shack-Harris (first), and George Danzer (second) in a bid to earn final points. Imagine who you could be rubbing shoulders with.

“Bigger and better is the best way to describe the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “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.”

Both the WSOP and Crown Melbourne are prepared to help book your trip to Australia and the handy online registration means you’re guaranteed a seat with ease. This is a stop not to be missed, even if you just go to watch the pros in action.

Take a look at the entire 2014 WSOP APAC schedule below and see if anything piques your interest:

Date Time Event Buy-in (AUD)
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  
  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  

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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.

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Global Poker Index: New Leaders in Player of the Year and Top 300

by | Published: Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.

 

2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Alex Bilokur 1041.37 2
2 Keven Stammen 961.23 -1
3 Ole Schemion 803.06 -1
4 Byron Kaverman 786.34 1
5 Scott Seiver 778.95 7
6 Mustapha Kanit 770.96 1
7 Jason Mercier 726.33 -3
8 Vanessa Selbst 667.96 -2
9 Mike McDonald 651.58 6
10 Mukul Pahuja 647.85 -2

Keven Stammen has held the top spot in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race since late March, but this week there is a new leader. Alex Bilokur jumped two places, from third, to seize the top spot from Stammen. His rise is thanks to recent big cash wins at the WSOP – including a victory in the Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship, which helped the Russian player catapult himself into the top spot.

Elsewhere, Scott Seiver (up 7 spots) and Mike McDonald (up 6 spots) have both moved back into the top 10 this week, taking positions previously occupied by Joe Keuther (now #11) and Davidi Kitai (now #13).

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Vanessa Selbst 2946.69 1
2 Ole Schemion 3897.33 -1
3 Daniel Negreanu 3824.34 -
4 Scott Seiver 3635.23 -
5 Byron Kaverman 3563.39 -
6 Philipp Gruissem 3370.01 -
7 Paul Volpe 3337.86 1
8 Alex Bilokur 3299.31 10
9 Erik Seidel 3285.76 3
10 Jonathan Duhamel 3244.60 -1

But the big GPI news this week is the fact that Vanessa Selbst has moved into the top spot in overall GPI rankings, swapping spots with the previous frontrunner Ole Schemion. She now stands as the eighth player overall and the first woman ever to earn the top ranking.

Bilokur (big jump from #18 to #8) and Erik Seidel also moved into the top 10 this week, taking the spots of Mike Watson (down from #10 to #12) and Jason Mercier (down from #7 to #16).

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Merson, Negreanu Join 41 Confirmed Players for $1M BIG ONE for ONE DROP

by | Published: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The World Series of Poker announced 11 more entrants on Tuesday for the popular and hotly anticipated BIG ONE for ONE DROP, the $1 million buy-in tournament due to take place from June 29 through July 1 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

The last time WSOP released its updated entry list for the tournament, back in May, there were 30 confirmed players. The latest additions bring the total confirmed players to 41, which is just 15 shy of the 56-player cap. If the field can reach the cap, the first-place prize pool will rise to more than $20 million.

The latest poker pros to throw their hat in the ring and cough up the $1 million buy-in include Daniel Negreanu, Greg Merson, Scott Seiver, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates, Daniel Colman, and Isaac Haxton. Non-poker pro entrants include businessmen and high roller tournament regulars Tom Hall and Talal Shakerchi, as well as Winmark Corporation CEO John Morgan.

A full list of confirmed players so far:

Max Altergott Bobby Baldwin Jean-Robert Bellande Daniel Cates
Daniel Colman David Einhorn Antonio Esfandiari Phil Galfond
Anthony Gregg Philipp Gruissem Tom Hall Isaac Haxton
Niklas Heinecker Phil Ivey Igor Kurganov Guy Laliberté
John Morgan Jason Mercier Greg Merson Daniel Negreanu
Paul Newey Doug Polk Fabian Quoss Vivek Rajkumar
Brian Rast Tobias Reinkemeier Andrew Robl Noah Schwartz
Erik Seidel Scott Seiver Vanessa Selbst Talal Shakerchi
Brandon Steven Sam Trickett Christoph Vogelsang Anonymous Businessman
Anonymous Businessman Anonymous Asian Businessman Aria Resort Satellite Winner Bellagio Resort Satellite Winner
WSOP Satellite Winner      

ESPN will be on hand to catch every hand from start to finish during the three-day event, filming all the action to air over three consecutive weeks of two-hour coverage starting on Tuesday, July 15. The schedule will be as follows:

  • July 15: 9-11 PM EST – Day 1 and 2 action
  • July 22: 9-11 PM EST – Day 2 action and final table bubble
  • July 29: 9-11 PM EST – Final table action through to winner

“With the unthinkable stakes of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP and its colorful mix of early committees, we are thrilled ESPN has embraced the opportunity to truly showcase a seminal moment for poker that just may yield the biggest first prize in sports television history,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

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