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sabato 20 luglio 2024

2024 World Series of Poker Main Event title goes to Tamayo


Poker history unfolded inside the Horseshoe Las Vegas Events Center today, as Jonathan Tamayo was crowned the 2024 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. Tamayo outlasted the record field of 10,112 from around the world to cash in on the $10 million first-place prize from the largest live poker tournament prize pool ever of $94,041,600. 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen was on hand to help award Tamayo, his longtime friend, the highly-coveted 2024 Main Event bracelet.

Tamayo’s win marks the second year in a row that an American has won the WSOP Main Event after Daniel Weinman from Atlanta, Georgia, took home the undisputed world championship of poker title in 2023 to break a streak of four-straight international winners. Tamayo, from Humble, Texas, is a graduate of Cornell University (’08) with a degree in hotel management. Tamayo’s previous best WSOP Main Event finish came in 2009, when he finished in 21st, earning $352,000.

“The WSOP is about history, and this was another historic summer,” said World Series of Poker Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ty Stewart. “We thank every Team Member, business partner, and most of all, the participants who came together for the biggest World Series of Poker of all time. We’ll get to work on the banners, bracelets and improvements to make sure these records only last one year.”

Niklas Astedt started the final day as the chip leader, with 223,000,000 chips, but was quickly ousted by Jordan Griff, who came into the day in third place with 187,000,000 chips. After several hands in back-and-forth heads-up play, Griff went all-in with a 9-6, while Tamayo held an 8-3. After the flop produced an 8-3-9, the turn resulted in an Ace and the river a 5, giving Tamayo the winning hand and the championship bracelet.

The WSOP Main Event bracelet, considered to be the richest trophy in sports, now goes home with Tamayo. Hand-crafted by Jostens exclusively for the WSOP, the 2024 Main Event bracelet features approximately 445 grams of 10-karat yellow gold with 2,253 various precious gemstones, including 1,948 round genuine diamonds, 230 black onyx stones, and 75 genuine red rubies to accentuate the suits. Unique to this year’s design is a removable golden face plate in the bracelet's center that serves as a card protector.

Earlier today, the WSOP announced the second edition of WSOP Paradise, in partnership with GGPoker. The winter series will take place from Dec. 6 to Dec. 19, 2024, at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas and feature a “Super” Main Event with a whopping $50 million guarantee – the largest guarantee in live poker tournament history. The reimagined WSOP Paradise festival will feature the most comprehensive set of high roller and super high roller tournaments ever offered.
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ACR Poker names Sunday tournament after Chris Moneymaker

ACR Poker, the popular online poker site, is launching a new weekly tournament in honor of former world poker champ and ACR Pro Chris Moneymaker. It starts on Sunday, 28 July.

Known for his historic 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event win, Chris Moneymaker continues to inspire poker players worldwide. His victory, famously known as the “Moneymaker Effect,” showed that anyone could become a poker champion by starting online. The Sunday Moneymaker tournament is a tribute to his legacy and offers players the chance to turn ordinary experiences into something extraordinary.

The Sunday Moneymaker tourney ($109 buy-in) is a rebrand of ACR Poker’s staple Sunday Warmup, with even more money on the line. There’s a $300,000 guarantee every Sunday at 1:05pm ET, except the last Sunday of the month where it’s bumped up to $500,000. Players can compete for life-changing prizes every week, with approximately $45,000 for first place in the $300,000 GTD tourney and $75,000 in the $500,000 GTD event.

“I’m thrilled to have an ACR Poker tournament named after me and be part of this budget-friendly, big weekly event,” stated ACR Pro, Chris Moneymaker. “Just like the recent Moneymaker Experience, where players won a VIP trip to join me in Vegas, this tourney is designed to give poker players the opportunity to experience their own ordinary-to-extraordinary moments.”

The first Sunday Moneymaker is on Sunday, 28 July at 1:05pm ET with the supersized $500,000 guarantee. Players can qualify through the two Mega Satellites that day at 10:05am ET that have 50 seats GTD ($11 buy-in) and 75 seats GTD ($22 buy-in), respectively.

Moneymaker added that there is a Mega Satellite in the hours before every Sunday Moneymaker tourney. And there is a path to qualify for each that starts with a freeroll ($0) and goes to Micro Hyper Sats ($1.05, $2.10).
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Jostens presents the coveted WSOP Main Event gold bracelet

The 2024 World Series of Poker Main Event champion was presented with a custom championship bracelet from Jostens Wednesday, 17 July at the Main Event Final Table in Las Vegas. Jonathan Tamayo took home $10,000,000 along with the masterfully designed 2024 WSOP world champion bracelet created by Jostens, the leading custom jewelry designer and producer for professional, college, and high school champions across the country.

The prestige and elegance of the World Series of Poker is brought to life on the champions bracelet. At 445 grams of lustrous 10-karat yellow gold, featuring 2,235 stunning gemstones the bracelet features black and red stones in honor of the iconic color of card suits. The center of the bracelet can be removed to display a souvenir poker chip set with diamonds.
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sabato 13 luglio 2024

Ivey has big Day 4 of WSOP Main Event

The most action-packed day so far of the 2024 World Series of Poker Main Event wrapped up early Thursday morning with 464 players remaining and 2022 GPI Player of the Year Stephen Song in front with a stack of 4,740,000. Other big stacks at the end of the day include Nazar Buhaiov (3,875,000), Biao Ding (4,265,000) and four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos (4,500,000).

"It went good," Mateos told PokerNews. "I won many pots. All my value-bets got paid, all my bluffs were folded to."

Also among those who bagged is poker G.O.A.T. Phil Ivey, who already won his 11th bracelet this summer after a decade-long drought and now looks to add a Main Event title to his untouchable resume as he enters Day 5 with 650,000.

Rising star Jesse Lonis is looking to make yet another deep Main Event run after finishing 25th in 2021. The young poker pro started the day with a heroic bluff with ace-high that included a flop three-bet and a turn shove and finished the day with just over 2.5 million.

"That was the very first hand off the deck, actually," Lonis said at the end of the day. "(There were) a lot of dynamics into it. Once the flop action happened … everything about it. I played with the guy before. I just really was confident that he was floating me really light. And I thought it was pretty much gonna be the last guy to put a chip in the pot was gonna win that hand. So I just went with my gut and said screw it, let's go. You gotta pull it off to win the tournament."

Others who bagged on Day 4 include Ren Lin, Aleksejs Ponakovs, Josh Reichard, Poker Hall of Famer John Hennigan, poker commentators Maria Ho and Tony Dunst, reigning POY Bin Weng and Alex Livingston, who finished third in this event in 2019 for $4 million.

"I think my style matches up well for this event. I have a lot of experience playing cash games, so playing deeper stacks. I think one of my bigger strengths is adjusting to my opponents and kind of taking creative lines against different players, and this tournament is kind of like the perfect opportunity for that because you just tailor your game to whoever is around you."

When asked about his chance at another deep Main Event run, the Canadian said, "I just don't want to get ahead of myself. We're on to Day 5, still about 476 players left. But, obviously, it's great to have the opportunity."

With 1,529 players returning on Day 4 and 1,518 places paid, it didn't take long for hand-for-hand play to begin on the money bubble.

There were six all-in and calls on the stone bubble, and first up was Lucas Reeves, who seven-bet jammed pocket kings into the aces of Marcelo Tadeu Aziz Junior for the rare instance of a big stack going out on the bubble.

Thankfully for Reeves, Christian Stratmeyer was eliminated at another table for the two to split a min-cash of $15,000, while Yue Du, Asko Muratovic and David "ODB" Baker all doubled on the bubble.

From there, players quickly dropped from the field as Xuan Liu, Alexandros Theologis, Ladies Event champion Shiina Okamoto and Poker Hall of Famers Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel all earned a $15,000 payout.

The last two Main Event champions, Espen Jorstad and Daniel Weinman, were also among those who min-cashed, while their predecessor, Koray Aldemir, was eliminated during the last level of play in cruel fashion as he ran kings into aces. Later in the level, 2015 winner Joe McKeehen, the last Main Event champion standing, was eliminated.

The Main Event champions weren't the only big names who made money-extending runs. Other big names in the field included

Online legend Tom Dwan secured his first WSOP cash in over a decade as he spent most of his time on one of the feature tables before being eliminated by High Roller champion Jans Arends in the Horseshoe ballroom. Dwan, whose last WSOP cash dates back to 2011 from a fifth-place finish in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, had never cashed the Main Event today and also noted that it was the first time he'd been over a million chips in the marquee event.

Someone else who made a deep run into Day 4 was Cody Daniels, who has inspired the poker community with his strength and determination by playing through terminal illness. Daniels, who was put into the event by Alan Keating, also made a run in last year's event.

"I mean, when I didn't expect to be here this year or even play the tournament and then go back-to-back in the two biggest Mains of all time, it's just pure elation," he told PokerNews.

Daniels made it to the second to last level of the evening before running jacks into aces to finish in 590th for $32,500, besting his 635th-place finish last year that earned him $30,000.

Others players who were eliminated late in the evening include $250,000 Super High Roller champion Santhosh Suvarna, two-time bracelet winner Keith Lehr, Barstool Sports' Eric Nathan, poker media member Terrance Reid and Jared Jaffee.

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Day 5 of WSOP Main Event delivers fireworks

It will be hard to match the dramatic action that took place on Day 5 of the 2024 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em World Championship, but the remaining 160 players returning for Day 6 inside the Horseshoe Event Center will do their best as poker's biggest event gets closer to crowning a champion.

Leading the way for the third straight day is 2022 GPI Player of the Year Stephen Song, who seeks his second bracelet, another career year and to add to his more than $6 million in live earnings.

Song, who bagged 4,745,000 on Day 4 before running up a stack of 12,310,000 on Day 5, will have to fend off a trio of Portuguese pros who ascended to the top of the counts on Day 5: Carlos Caldas, Diogo Coelho and Manuel Machado. He will also have to contend with fellow Americans Yegor Moroz and Kevin Davis, as well as Ireland's Charles Russell, Mexico's Tomas Szwarcberg, Belgium's Laurent Manderlier and Sweden's Niklas "Lena900" Astedt, an online crusher recognized as one of the best in poker without a bracelet.

Day 6 Top Ten Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds

1 Stephen Song United States 12,310,000 154

2 Carlos Caldas Portugal 12,110,000 151

3 Diogo Coelho Portugal 9,950,000 124

4 Yegor Moroz United States 9,470,000 118

5 Manuel Machado Portugal 8,830,000 110

6 Kevin Davis United States 8,675,000 108

7 Charles Russell Ireland 8,055,000 101

8 Tomas Szwarcberg Mexico 7,950,000 99

9 Niklas Astedt Sweden 7,900,000 99

10 Laurent Manderlier Belgium 7,500,000 94

Other notables who will be in the Day 6 field include Poker Hall of Famer Brian Rast, four-time bracelet winner Kristen Foxen, poker commentator Tony Dunst and high-stakes familiars Danny Tang, Ren Lin and Leonard Maue.

The field shrank significantly on Day 5 and saw some of poker's biggest names go, including Phil Ivey, Alex Livingston, Nacho Barbero, Alejandro Lococo and Adrian Mateos, who correctly folded kings before getting aces cracked in a brutal turn of events.

Day 6 kicks off today at noon local time on Level 26 with blinds of 40,000/80,000/80,000. It will follow the same schedule as previous days with five two-hour levels planned and 20-minute breaks after each level and a 75-minute dinner break scheduled after Level 28 at approximately 6:40 p.m.

Each returning player has locked up a payday of at least $70,000, while all eyes are on the eight-figure prize of $10 million up top.
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Two women chasing history at WSOP Main Event

It was a moving day in the record-breaking 2024 World Series of Poker Main Event. Only 160 players out of the 10,112 entry-strong field returned to their seats inside of the Horseshoe Event Center at noon and the number of hopefuls was cut by more than half throughout the five 120-minute levels of Day 6. Some big names came up short, while others lived another day to stay in contention and potentially become the new world champion in Las Vegas.

While the biggest slice of the $94,041,600 prize pool is still up for grabs in the coming days, one major milestone was reached today as the six-figure prizes were finally unlocked. The top 125 finishers all notched up at least $100,000 for their efforts and the 59 hopefuls still in contention have already secured a payday of $160,000. That figure will rise to a cool million in the following days with significant pay jumps on the near horizon.

The only player to advance with more than 100 big blinds for Day 7 was Kevin Davis, who bagged up 26,250,000. Several other hopefuls closely bunched together include Shundan Xiao (23,925,000), Malo Latinois (22,375,000), Guillermo Sanchez Otero (21,975,000), and Yake Wu (20,875,000).

Xiao is one of two female players still in contention and sits second in chips. Born in China and residing in California, the biggest live cash Xiao had prior to this tournament was a mere $9,500 but that score will be topped by a landslide. Furthermore, all eyes were set on four-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristen Foxen, who also advanced with a healthy stack of 14,500,000.

Foxen was under the spotlight of the Thunderdome for the entirety of Day 6 and endured a rollercoaster throughout the day, which she capped off with the elimination of Tyler Montoya via coin flip at the very end. With more than $7 million in career earnings, she is one of the most successful female poker players in history and a deep run in the biggest live event of the year comes as no surprise.

"I've definitely dreamed about being the woman who takes down the Main Event," she said. "So I'm starting to live my dream. There's still a long way to go, so I'm trying to stay calm," Foxen told PokerNews in an interview during the day.

"This is the stage in the tournament where you can't go wrong in being a little conservative in decisions when they come up. There is that element of high ICM in play that I don't think many people understand. So I feel like I can't go wrong and I know what to do."

Reaching the final table would be a gargantuan feat for both players, even more so as this is the biggest WSOP Main Event to date.

Another big name still in contention is none other than six-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast, who sits right in the middle of the pack with a stack of 12,675,000 and continues to cement his legacy in the world of poker.

"I mean, every year I'm sitting probably on the other side of the Rio playing a poker tournament or at least the last couple of years, previous years, in cash games, you know, a couple times a day, checking the updates going, 'man.'"

This time, he has been part of the updates for six days already and will head into Day 7 "to try to make it through playing one hand of poker at a time, right?"

As advice for all aspiring poker players who find themselves in such a unique position deep in the Main Event, the WSOP Poker Hall of Famer had the following to share:

"So it's more about maximizing your performance and doing that by getting sleep tonight. You know, you show up, be present, watch every hand, try to get reads. Don't spend a lot of time super analyzing every hand you play, at least in the Main, you know, you should spend more time thinking strategically about how you're going to adapt and exploit the people at the poker table, especially in the Main. Because there are all kinds of different poker players here who have all kinds of different skill levels."

With the ups and downs of tournament poker, the rail of two particular contenders made their voices heard in the entire room: Yegor Moroz and Jesse Capps.

Moroz started Day 6 among the bigger stacks and quickly continued to grow the tower in front of him much to the delight of his boisterous friends only a few meters away. After some key hands and successful all-in showdowns, Moroz leaped over to high-five and celebrate wildly.

"These are all like a mix of Florida friends and Vegas friends. I've known most of these people for ten-plus years. I've lived with a bunch of them. This is a close-knit group. It really takes the edge off. Although I am actually now in a place where I'm comfortable with chips, it's still kind of stressful. We're deep in the Main. It kind of helps ease the tension."

It is not the first rodeo for Moroz in the Main Event but it will be the first time to head to the payout desk to collect a cash prize in the days to come. He finished Day 6 with 20,575,000 in chips after scoring an elimination on the final hand, which puts him in sixth place on the overnight leaderboard.

"I can't even begin to go into it. This is my tenth Main Event, my first cash. I've been playing poker forever and I've gone through the ups and downs. I've gone broke before. It's interesting that now after kind of pulling back from tournaments … I barely played any poker this summer, and then to come into this and to have a run like this is just surreal."

Capps used the power of his ducks to make it all the way to bagging and tagging for the night and loud duck noises could be heard from his rail. During the final level of the night, he won a flip in dramatic fashion to leap back into contention and then jump in the air in celebration. Ultimately, he advanced with 5,925,000 and that is good enough for just shy of 24 big blinds for Day 7.

Further notables to continue the hunt for the Main Event title include Tag Team bracelet winner Jason James (15,825,000), online legend Niklas "Lena900" Astedt (15,800,000), Joe Serock (13,175,000), Pot-Limit Omaha specialist Arthur Morris (5,925,000), Alex Keating (5,250,000) and Stephen Song (2,175,000), among others.

Several other big names were sent to the payout desk throughout the day. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Tony Dunst was among the first to fall and collected $70,000 for his efforts. High-stakes regular Aleksejs Ponakovs made the pay jump to six-figures and earned a buy-in and reentry for the ongoing $50,000 High Roller, Danielle Andersen and former WSOP Europe Main Event finalist Alexander Tkatschew also cashed for $100,000.

Sami Bechahed recorded yet another deep run at the WSOP and bowed out in 74th place for $120,000. His fate was all but sealed in a cooler against Luis Vazquez when his full house was beaten by a straight flush and the Frenchman was knocked out shortly thereafter.

Francisco Sanchez fell victim to the "wrecking ball" Davis when his nut flush draw improved, yet ended up drawing dead to a full house. WSOP bracelet winner and recent $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha runner-up Danny Tang was among the final casualties of the night and finished in 62nd place after a clash with Xiao.

Day 7 of the 2024 WSOP Main Event will commence at noon local time on Saturday, July 13. The action picks up on Level 31, where the blinds will be 125,000/250,000/250,000 and closes after the completion of Level 35.

There will be 20-minute breaks after each level, with the 75-minute dinner break scheduled after Level 33 at approximately 6:40 p.m.
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sabato 6 luglio 2024

World Series of Poker announces 2024 Hall of Fame finalists

Following a nomination period, the World Series of Poker announced 10 finalists for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2024. With one new member inducted annually, the nominees are carefully considered by the living Poker Hall of Fame members, who will allocate a ballot of 10 total points to determine this year’s inductee. The finalists for this year are as follows:

- Patrik Antonius

- Josh Arieh

- Barny Boatman

- "Miami" John Cernuto

- Ted Forrest

- Kathy Liebert

- Mike Matusow

- Matt Savage

- Isai Scheinberg

- Bill Smith

All living Poker Hall of Fame members are invited to freeroll into this year’s Event No. 95: Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold'em, which begins on Sunday, 14 July. In the event, every Poker Hall of Famer participant will be allotted a bounty corresponding to their induction year. The 2024 Poker Hall of Fame inductee will be announced during the event, followed by an unveiling of the inductee’s Hall of Fame picture at the WSOP Hall of Fame Poker Room, which opened inside Horseshoe Las Vegas in 2023.
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2023 WSOP Main Event champ kicks off 2024 Main Event

The Main Event for the 55th Annual World Series of Poker is officially underway inside the Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas, as 2023 WSOP Main Event Champion Daniel Weinman was on hand to deliver the iconic “Shuffle Up and Deal” to kickstart the tournament. Weinman, out of Atlanta, Georgia, topped a record field of 10,043 entrants in 2023 to take home the richest trophy in sports, the WSOP Main Event Bracelet, and $12.1 million in winnings.

“This is the greatest poker tournament in the world,” Weinman said. “I plan on playing in this tournament for the rest of my life and am excited to see who gets their name up on the wall next to me ... if I don’t do it again.”

“This has been the summer of legends and we’re ready to make another on the biggest stage in poker,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “We’re poised and ready for another record-breaking Main Event field, so with almost a week to register, we wish everyone safe travels in coming to take their shot.”

The 2023 Main Event attracted a record 10,043 entrants, shattering the previous record of 8,773 set in 2006. The 2023 edition stands as the biggest WSOP Main Event in series history, with a staggering $93,339,900 prize pool—the biggest in poker history.

The 2024 WSOP Main Event has four starting flights, 1A – 1D, spanning Wednesday, 3 July, through Sunday, 14 July. Late registration is available Sunday, 7 July and Monday, 8 July (starting on Level 6), and will close on Monday, July 8, at 4:40 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The tournament will feature surprise celebrity cameos, appearances by poker legends, and much more.

The Final Table will begin on Tuesday, 16 July.
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Erik Seidel off to great start at 2024 WSOP Main Event

Play on Day 1b of the 2024 World Series of Poker Main Event at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas has drawn to a close after five two-hour long levels. From the time 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer did the honors by announcing the ceremonial "Shuffle Up and Deal!" to the last hand of the day shortly after midnight, roughly 830 hopefuls ponied up a cool $10,000 to begin a journey they all hope will end with victory and a place in the annals of poker history.

By the end of the night, 616 had kept that dream alive with a bag of chips and a seat to return to on Day 2abc. Of those who entered the fray, Poker Hall of Famer and 1988 Main Event runner-up Erik Seidel put himself in a strong position heading into the second day by accumulating 183,600 in chips. Seidel benefited from a late surge that saw him crack his opponent's aces with a flopped set of kings to score a knockout and a large pot.

"This was a very good Day 1 for me. To triple up is great," said Seidel as he bagged his chips, adding that it is "very easy to go bust, so it's nice to be alive and have some chips." Although he admitted making one mistake, Seidel noted that his "tables were very good" and that he was still "fairly happy" with his level of play.

Seidel is already one of the all-time greats, and perhaps his indisputable level of success has allowed him to approach the tournament with some levity. "You buy a lottery ticket, you hope to beat some ridiculous odds. I don't take this tournament too seriously. If you get on a nice run, great!"

Although fellow Hall of Famer Phil Ivey won his eleventh bracelet a couple of weeks ago to move clear of Seidel on the all-time leaderboard, that fact seems to be of little concern to "Seiborg".

"I just love to play. I'm not really that focused on bracelets. They're nice when they come, but it's not my prime motivation. I'm just trying to do well."

George Dolofan was likely the entrant most pleased with their work today after he span his starting stack up to a mammoth 314,000. Matthew Sabia was another player with a bag stack at the end of the night, having amassed 297,400. Neither of those two have cracked seven figures in live earnings, but a deep run in this event could very well change that.

Other players who managed to navigate their way through the day to end with an above-average stack include Patrick Hagenlocher (270,300), Vladas Tamasauskas (268,300) and Aaron Werner (246,900). Werner took down a large pot during the last level with a raise on the river to propel his stack over the 200,000 mark.

As one would expect, many notables were present in the field. Some found a bag, including high stakes crusher Artur Martirosian (166,300), 2019 Main Event champion Hossein Ensan (166,000) and four-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (125,600). British online phenom Patrick Leonard also survived but will have his work cut out for him on Day 2 as he returns with just 18,800.

Others were less fortunate, falling at the first hurdle to see their hopes dashed far earlier than they would have liked. The 2021 WSOP Player of the Year, Josh Arieh, was one such individual after he dwindled down to bust before the dinner break. The aforementioned Raymer, who knocked out Arieh in third place en route to his main event victory twenty years ago, lasted a little longer but all in vain as he ran his jacks into aces late in the day to hit the rail.

What neither of these players suffered, however, is the fate that befell Tony Guglietti, namely busting on the very first hand of play. Guglietti ran his straight into the nut flush of John Gutierrez to send him packing mere minutes after taking his seat. While one could reasonably debate the level of misfortune involved compared to the merits of his play, what is certain is that Guglietti will have been left with a bitter taste in his mouth as he joined two others from Day 1a in a club no one wants to be a member of.

Anyone fortunate enough to have survived the day will return Sunday, 7 July, at noon local time, when they will be joined by the survivors of days 1a and 1c to play a further five levels. Late registration remains open for two more levels on Day 2, so while initial numbers are down from 2023, there is still hope of getting close to or even surpassing that record-breaking field.
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sabato 29 giugno 2024

Suvarna wins seven figures at WSOP


Despite being a relative newcomer to poker, Santhosh Suvarna has quickly captured the hearts and souls of poker fans worldwide. The Indian casino mogul has had a meteoric rise in popularity following his appearances on cash game and tournament streams.

Suvarna's never been afraid to splash around at the highest stakes, and once again, at the World Series of Poker, he proved he's more than just a VIP as he took down the biggest buy-in event of the summer, the $250,000 Super High Roller.

Suvarna was awarded his second WSOP bracelet after he topped the 75-entry field to claim the lion's share of the $18,675,000 prize pool. He defeated online poker legend Ben Tollerene in heads-up play to seize the $5,415,152 that was set aside for the winner.

Tollerene, who was in control for most of the finale, missed out on a crowning moment, but the $3,537,135 runner-up prize should do well to soothe any wounds. Chris Hunichen rounded out the podium finishes, and it was his chips that allowed Suvarna to pull off the unlikely comeback against one of the best heads-up poker players of all time.

While Hunichen may have had the biggest rail, Suvarna had plenty of fans of his own, with the likes of Hustler Casino Live stars Nik Airball and The Professor cheering him on.

"He's just, like, the sweetest guy you can find," said a jubilant Airball as he watched his friend take his winner's photos. "He's just always happy, always nice, always cheerful, always helpful.

"It takes a lot of balls to just pony up to 50K or 100K etc and battle all the wizards. He's got no fear, and he gives it his all. And I think it's f****** awesome. It's great for poker. It's great for everyone. And I'm really happy for him."

"I'm feeling very happy," Suvarna said as he collected his bracelet. "Every day, I'm learning. I'm doing very good."

Suvarna is all-in on poker as well. When he's not tending to his business ventures or spending time with his family. Poker is the only thing on his mind.

PokerNews spoke to Survana after his first bracelet win at the 2023 WSOP Europe, where he reigned supreme in the €50K Diamond High Roller.

In his winner's interview there, he shared that he's grown his game quickly by studying other players. He goes over hands in the Triton app, analysing the decisions made by those who think they are at the top of the game.

He's continued to follow that strategy, and it's yielded his biggest ever score and has put him at the top of his country's All-Time Money List despite his poker pursuits being in its infancy.

Fourteen players returned for Day 3, with twelve of them guaranteed to make the money. Hand-for-hand play began immediately, and within just 35 minutes, the bubble burst.

Businessman and Triton Montenegro Main Event champion Mikalai Vaskaboinikau was the first to be eliminated. The Belarussian, who entered the finale as the short stack, succumbed to the big slick held by Charles Hook. The latter had earlier survived a crucial hand against Vaskaboinikau on Day 2, where his kings spiked a king on the flop to overcome Vaskaboinikau's aces. This fortunate turn of events for Hook left Vaskaboinikau at the bottom of the chip counts coming into Day 3.

Hook, known for his appearance on the recent Hustler Casino Live Million Dollar stream, stayed a dominant force after the first elimination. He played a critical role in ensuring the remaining players reached the money, taking out high-stakes regular Brian Kim on the stone bubble by winning a flip against Kim's pocket sixes. This secured a minimum payday of $506,757 for those still in contention.

Following Kim's departure, Tollerene burst into life, reeling off a trio of knockouts in quick succession. The 37-year-old collected Jonathan Jaffe's short stack ahead of eliminating Phil Ivey via a rivered five-outer. Soon after, Tollerene straightened out start-of-day chip leader Adrian Mateos to set up the nine-handed final table, where he entered as the commanding chip leader.

Tollerene's composed and calculated navigation continued to be on display, where he correctly folded pocket jacks preflop when Sean Winter and Taylor von Kriegenbergh woke up with bigger pocket pairs. Winter held kings, but the cowboys were cracked after Von Kriegenbergh's queens flopped a full house.

With Winter's exit, Mikita Badziakouski laddered up, but he reached his final rung after succumbing to the pocket jacks of Matthias Eibinger.

After having a brief reprieve from taking souls, Tollerene's onslaught resumed, with Jeremy Ausmus, Von Kriegenbergh, Hook and Eibinger next in his firing line.

After seeing off Ausmus, Tollerene went runner-runner to make a straight, cracking Von Kriegenbergh's flopped set of kings. Hook's bust out was equally if not more brutal and exemplified how well Tollerene was running. Hook got it in with tens, flipping against ace-king.
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Potomac Poker Open returns to MGM National Harbor

The Potomac Poker Open is going all in at MGM National Harbor from 14-26 August. The region’s preeminent poker tournament is set to take over the entertainment destination for 13 days of exciting events and major winnings. Featured events include No Limit Hold’em Multiflights with $1,000,000 guarantees, $200,000 Monumental Stacks, and a $1,000,000 guarantee Main Event.

The tournament is set to include four mixed game events, and the winners of all 21 events will receive a trophy in addition to their prize.
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Moulder wins WSOP's $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw

Play has concluded for Event #56: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw here at the 2024 World Series of Poker hosted at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. The event attracted 371 total entrants, creating a prize pool of $825,475. Of that 371-entrant field, only 15 hopefuls remained at the start of the third and final day, all of whom were guaranteed at least $8,861.

Patrick Moulder had already made two final tables earlier in the series before this event, finishing ninth place in the $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship and eighth in $10,000 limit H.O.R.S.E. Championship. This time, after the dust had settled, Moulder was the last player standing, overcoming a final table that included bracelet winners such as Shaun Deeb and Chad Eveslage before last defeating Ian Chan in heads-up play to take home his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $177,045.

"It means so much to me," Moulder said after the victory. "My goal coming into the summer was to make one final table. I got to one early in the summer and got knocked out right away. It was nice to have a long Day 3 and get across the finish line".

"I didn't take anything for granted," Moulder continued. "I was excited as we kept getting closer and closer, and I caught a lot of good cards when we were three and four-handed, which is key to winning a tournament."

Moulder described first getting into mixed games after getting his first WSOP cash in a 2019 in a triple draw event.

"I busted a no-limit hold'em tournament at the 2019 WSOP. There was a $1,500 2-7 Triple-Draw tournament. I had the rest of the day free, and my wife told me to go play poker. So I went, read about the game and I think I got 19th. It was my first cash and first time playing that format. I had only played essentially no-limit hold'em before, and I enjoyed the experience and table dynamic (of mixed game tournaments) a little bit more, so I've just kind of focused on that going forward."

The action got off to a quick start today, with several players beginning with less than five big bets and attempting to spin up their short stacks. Alan Myerson was first to fall in 15th place and it would not be long before he was followed out the door by Shawn Buchanan and Michael Boik, both of whom fell to Deeb in a double knockout.

Others who made their exit before the final table include Day 1 chip leader Ryan Ko, Russell Clayton, Stephan Nussrallah, Oscar Johansson and Amir Nematinia.

Moulder began the day with the chip lead and still held the chip lead going into the final table, although the stack sizes were fairly close, and several players were right behind him. Deeb came into the final table as the shortest stack but quickly tripled up to keep himself in contention. Several more double ups occured before Anthony Hu became the first final table casualty shortly after having his stack decimated by Chan in a hand of 2-7 triple draw.

Following Hu's elimination, Chan had surpassed Moulder to take a strong lead over the rest of the field, but Moulder began catching up after making a wheel to knock out Deeb in sixth place. Deeb was followed out the door a little while later by Matthew Smith who made his exit in fifth.

Eveslage had a roller coaster final table, starting in the middle of the pack before finding himself near the top of the counts after taking a pot from Deeb early on. Eveslage would be whittled down, double up and get whittled down again after losing two badugi hands to Yuebin Guo. Several more double ups saw the last bracelet winner left in the field make it all the way to the final four before Moulder got the last of his chips in a four-bet A-5 triple draw hand.

Chan went into the final three with almost twice the chips of Moulder, while Guo was very short-stacked. Despite being short, Guo showed incredible resilience, and three-handed play lasted over two hours. Guo quickly pulled ahead of Moulder and, at one point, came close to pulling even with Chan for the chip lead. At the same time, Moulder found himself short-stacked for the first time during the day after Chan made a king-badugi and Moulder paid him off.

Once the game switched from Badugi back to 2-7 triple draw Moulder won several pots against both Chan and Guo in a dramatic shift in momentum that saw Moulder reclaim the lead from Chan while Guo was left short again. Guo almost made another big comeback after tripling up but this time he couldn't keep the momentum going and finally fell in third place in a hand of A-5 triple draw against Chan.

Chan began heads-up play with a modest lead over Moulder, but Moulder quickly took the lead and never looked back. Moulder won several pots off Chan without showdown before leaving his opponent short-stacked in a hand of A-5 triple draw after making a nine-low and calling off a bluff from Chan who had made a pair.
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sabato 22 giugno 2024

Seiver finds his way to sixth WSOP bracelet


Scott Seiver reigns victorious in Event #40: $1,500 Razz to win his sixth bracelet and second in as many weeks, along with $141,374 in prize money. It was a dominant performance from start to finish as Seiver came into Day 3 with the chip lead and kept it almost the entire day.

If you had told Seiver two weeks ago that he would be hoisting his sixth bracelet, he would not have thought you were crazy. In fact, this amount of success was what Seiver had been planning for.

"It's this weird feeling where you set a goal that should be close to impossible and then take the steps to do it."

Seiver defeated a stacked final table that included previous bracelet winners Ben Yu, Maxx Coleman, and Brandon Shack-Harris. However, winning bracelets is just part of Seiver's plans for the summer. He has his sights set on both Player of the Year and the Poker Hall of Fame.

"It's the entire motivator," explained Seiver. "I really, truly want to win Player of the Year this year. I'm going to do as much as I can to make that happen."

Seiver also indicated that this victory should help to solidify his resume for the Poker Hall of Fame.

"I'm going to keep going…whatever people need to see."

Many players who are considered "old school" have enjoyed plenty of success at the 2024 World Series of Poker. Phil Ivey, John Hennigan, and Nick Schulman have all won bracelets this year in addition to Seiver.

However, Seiver doesn't feel the need for this distinction.

"It's not that there's like an old-school resurgence. It's just that the best players are winning."

"Phil Ivey was and is one of the greatest players of all time. John Hennigan was and is one of the greatest players of all time. Nick Schulman was and is one of the greatest players of all time."

Well, if the last two weeks can be used as evidence, then Scott Seiver was and is one of the greatest players of all time.

Following Justin Liberto's elimination in 10th place, the remaining nine players combined at a single feature table.

Play continued nine-handed for an hour until Steven Abitbol was eliminated in ninth. He was ahead going into seventh street, but Scott Seiver caught a seven on the end to make an eight-seven against the nine-eight of Abitbol.

Over two hours would go by until Ben Yu was the next to fall in eighth place. He got the rest of his short stack in after starting eight-seven-three against Maxx Coleman. An unfortunate runout resulted in Yu hitting the rail in eighth place as the four-time bracelet winner's run came to an end.

The next casualty was Brad Lindsey, who started four-three-two against Brandon Shack-Harris's seven-six-five but failed to improve as Shack-Harris made a six-five to eliminate Lindsey in seventh place.

Shortly before dinner, Akihiro Kawaguchi fell in sixth place. After a long stretch of bad cards and depleting antes, Kawaguchi got the last of his chips in the middle against Ingo Klasen. Unfortunately for Kawaguchi, he triple-paired while Klasen made jack-eight.

After the remaining five players went to dinner, Soner Osman was the next to bust. He found himself in a flip situation against Seiver with similar starting hands, but Osman was unable to improve against Seiver's six-five.

Shortly after, Maxx Coleman hit the rail in fourth place. Coleman defended his bring-in with jack-three-two and got the rest of his stack in on fourth street against Shack-Harris, who made a seven-six to eliminate Coleman.

Seiver had around half the chips in play to start three-handed play. The three players exchanged chips for some time before Seiver won the largest pot of the tournament by far. All three players saw sixth street in a two-bet pot, with Shack-Harris deciding to fold sixth with just 500,000 chips behind. Seiver ended up making nine-seven-five against the nine-seven-six of Ingo Klasen to eliminate the German in third place.

A couple of hands later, Brandon Shack-Harris got the rest of his stack in against Seiver, who ultimately made ten-seven to beat the queen-jack of Shack-Harris.

Seiver joins an elite group of six-time bracelet winners that includes Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Josh Arieh, Brian Rast, and many more legends of the game.

Seiver's ambition does not stop at six, however.

"I want to win five more [this summer]. But realistically, I'll probably only win two more."
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Third WSOP bracelet win for Margolin


A lightning fast final table of Event #36: $800 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack came to a close after only four hours of play, with Timur Margolin overcoming Agharazi Babayev to take down his third bracelet.

The Israel native was congratulated by a rail of friends and fellow players. After what felt like a dominant run on the final table, he pocketed $342,551 for first place and, of course, a coveted WSOP bracelet to add to his collection.

Crushing last year's impressive numbers, the event was another record-breaker, with a turnout of 4,278 entries, which generated a prize pool of $3,011,712.

With the inclusion of an unexpected Day 3, Margolin found himself starting the day as the chip leader. However, his early aggression hindered his stack as he failed to win many pots throughout the first 45 minutes of play. His prior experience with final tables in the WSOP and continued aggression helped him to climb back and soar through the remaining field looking unstoppable along the way.

Margolin was quick to thank his family for their support, and said he was looking forward to playing more at the Series.

"I wanna thank my wife and kids for being so supportive of my decision to travel and play poker," Margolin told PokerNews. "To live a family life and grind tournaments is not an easy lifestyle to manage.

"If it wasn't for my wife's support, I would be playing the Series in the first place."

Compared to his previous bracelet wins, Margolin said that this tournament went quicker than expected.

"It just led to more action and short-stack play," he told PokerNews.

Margolin shared that a big win with ace-queen suited was a calculated risk as he had a lot of fold equity against the similar sized stacks.

"This allowed me to regain momentum and apply maximum ICM pressure on the shorter stack players and expand my chip lead exponentially." Margolin added.

Margolin already held two WSOP bracelets and his prior experience in WSOP events showed. Also among the final table were 25k Fantasy Draft picks Adam Hendrix and Joseph Couden.

Jeremy Chen was the first to fall as Babayev chipped up to a healthy third place stack.

Margolin then eliminated Vaughan Machado in a battle of the blinds to hold nearly double the stack of his nearest opponent.

Players began dropping left and right while Margolin continued to assert maximum pressure. Cole Uvila and Francisco Riosvallejo fell in rapid succession to Margolin who now sat with sixty percent of the chips in play.

Both Couden and Hendrix found themselves with most of their stack committed due to the increased blinds. Couden lost his flip, while Hendrix made a double with the worst starting hand in poker.

Hendrix soon fell to Babayev as both he and Michael Allen both battled to ladder up. It was the former who achieved that as Allen was eliminated soon after.

Finally, Margolin's overwhelming chip lead was too much to overcome over the heads-up contest, as Babayev finished as the runner up.
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PokerStars appoints Kerryjane Craigie as Ambassador for Women in Poker

PokerStars is proud to announce the appointment of Kerryjane Craigie as an Ambassador for Women in Poker. A prominent figure in the poker community, Kerryjane brings a wealth of experience and a passionate commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the game.

Kerryjane began her journey at The Hippodrome Casino London in 2012, overseeing the joint poker room collaboration between PokerStars and the Hippodrome. This partnership has thrived and is now one of the leading and most prestigious card rooms in London. Her impressive dedication and vision have since propelled her to the position of Director of Poker for the Hippodrome Casino.

In 2023, Kerryjane was nominated to the Women's Poker Association (WPA) board, where she is responsible for the "Raise it Up" campaign outside of North America. She will soon launch this initiative in Europe and worldwide, further solidifying her commitment to fostering an inclusive poker environment.

An accomplished player herself, Kerryjane has a series of remarkable achievements. She won the UKIPT Women's Event in Brighton in 2023, secured second place in a WSOP bracelet event, and was the last remaining Brit in the inaugural Colossus event at WSOP 2015, finishing 84th out of 23,400 participants.

In addition to her professional achievements, Kerryjane founded the Ladies Club in 2014, which has grown into a supportive community of women who meet monthly to share strategies, mindsets, and experiences. She has also hosted women at competitor events, emphasizing the importance of the game's growth and the advancement of women in poker, irrespective of brand allegiance.

"I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to promote and support women in poker as a PokerStars ambassador," said Kerryjane Craigie. "I truly believe that the mindset that PokerStars has and their belief in making a difference is on point in today’s environment. Launching an active program for Women in Poker with initiatives to encourage, support, and promote this game we all love is as exciting as it gets. There are complex moments at a poker table when someone in a minority, and not just talking gender, feels uncomfortable. It’s time to make that a thing of the past, and we can all make a conscious change. I’m beyond thrilled to be a part of it and raring to go!"

Ladies, this one is just for you. In celebration of Kerryjane Craigie’s new role, PokerStars, together with Kerryjane, will be hosting a special Women in Poker event during the dinner break of the WSOP Ladies Championship in Las Vegas. The PokerStars Ladies’ Night Ambassador Reception aims to bring together women in the industry to meet fellow players, in a celebration of women in poker while also gathering feedback on the new initiatives that PokerStars will be launching in the coming months. The 60-minute dinner reception will offer complimentary food, and attendees will have a chance to chat with Kerryjane about her new position, as well as meet PokerStars ambassadors Jen Shahade and Maria Konnikova.
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sabato 15 giugno 2024

Maor wins record-breaking 2024 BetMGM Poker Championship

Daniel Maor emerged as the winner of the BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA Resort & Casino on Tuesday, 11 June. Maor outlasted a field of 1,141 entrants who played down to seven players for the live-streamed final table from the PokerGo Studio at Aria.

Maor knocked out four of the final five players and entered heads-up play against Shannon Shorr with a significant chip lead. Maor took home the top prize of $613,914, which surpassed his previous biggest single-tournament winnings ($101,000) and his total career earnings ($465,659).

“I’ve had some close calls at final tables and couldn’t close the deal. It feels great to win a prestigious event like this,” said Maor. “When looking at the overall schedule for the summer, this was something I earmarked because a $3,500 buy-in, $3 million guarantee events don’t come around every day. The structure was great, and I wanted to play in this, especially at a nice venue like ARIA.”

The 2024 ARIA Poker Classic, presented by BetMGM, was highlighted by the six-day BetMGM Poker Championship and concluded with record-breaking numbers. The $3,500 buy-in no limit Hold ‘em tournament drew a field of 1,141, including more than 150 BetMGM online qualifiers, and a $3.6 million prize pool, surpassing the $3 million guarantee. In 2022, the event drew 343 entries and a $1.1 million prize pool. Last year, the $2 million guarantee hit $3.2 million, with the winner, Leo Taffe, taking home $560,442.

Luke Staudenmaier, BetMGM's Director of Poker, said, “The BetMGM Poker Championship is quickly becoming a summer staple for Las Vegas poker players as we, once again, showed notable growth. A sincere thanks to all participating players as well as the highly skilled and professional ARIA staff. We look forward to returning bigger and better in 2025!”

Ryan Kirk, ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations, said, “The BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA was a huge success for the third consecutive year. The tournament field was the largest to date, we awarded more prize money than ever before, and the competitors enjoyed their ARIA experience. Our partnership with BetMGM has further strengthened our position as a global leader in the Poker industry.”

The ARIA Poker Classic continues through 13 July. BetMGM Poker players in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania can win their way to the ARIA Poker Classic through 20 June.

Final table results

1. Daniel Maor - $613,914

2. Shannon Shorr - $430,367

3. Lyu Jun Qiang - $279,207

4. Jordan Westmorland - $206,914

5. James Romero - $156,344

6. Eric Baldwin - $126,405

7. Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau - $104,424
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Ivey snags 11th WSOP gold bracelet

credits: WSOP

The debate about who the greatest poker player of all time is could be endless, with a hundred different opinions from a hundred different people. But there is no doubt about one player who belongs in that conversation, and he showed on Day 4 of Event #29: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship (6-Handed) that he's still got it.

Phil Ivey, acknowledged as perhaps the best player alive for 20 years, ended a decade-long drought at the World Series of Poker when he defeated Danny Wong heads-up to win his 11th bracelet. The win moves him past the likes of Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel, and the late, great Doyle Brunson and into second place on the all-time leaderboard. Just Phil Hellmuth looms ahead of him.

"It's good. It feels good. It feels good to win always," Ivey said, with a large crowd gathering to capture the moment a true legend of the game achieved a new career milestone.

Poker has evolved significantly since the start of the 21st century. The game has seen the growth of online poker, young stars who played more hands in one day than some of the old-school pros played in a year. Solvers and game theory now predominate among a new generation of pros who spend more time looking at charts than staring down opponents.

Throughout it all, Ivey has ruled supreme. His first bracelet, back in 2000, was won against Amarillo Slim. He's now competing against some players who weren't even born when he first established himself as the game's premier player. The priorities have changed: Ivey is now a family man, unable to spend countless hours playing as he once did.

But the fire is still there, and so is the elite talent. "I'm motivated. If I can play I will. A lot of times I'm not in town," he said. "I keep showing up. Playing, performing. I want to keep winning."

Ivey has resumed the hunt for Hellmuth's record with his victory today, but that's not what motivates him going forward. "I'm not thinking about that. I'm just playing. Just playing tournaments when I can," he said.

He once seemed sure to challenge Hellmuth, winning five bracelets by the age of 30 and 10 by the age of 40. But 10 years went by without a title, during which Ivey sometimes didn't even appear at the WSOP. Other players arrived to snatch away the crown. Ivey showed he's not going away without a fight today.

The Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship (6-Handed) event drew 149 entrants for a prize pool of $1,385,700. Three players returned to play on the unscheduled Day 4 at 4 p.m. after 13 hours weren't enough to crown a champion yesterday. Ivey entered as the short stack with 2,260,000 as Wong was the chip leader with 3,730,000, followed by Jason Mercier with 2,955,000.

Ivey made his move early, drawing a wheel in a massive pot against Mercier to virtually tie Wong for the chip lead. Wong, though, began pulling away as he was dealt a pat eight to win a pot off Mercier, knocking Mercier down to less than 1,000,000.

Mercier doubled up twice before he got his last 170,000 in the middle against both Wong and Ivey. He finished with a 9-7-5 as Wong was drawing to an 8-6. Both players peeled Wong's last card, which turned out to be a seven and complete Wong's hand. Mercier was sent to the rail in third place as Wong led Ivey 5,315,000 to 3,630,000 at the start of heads-up play.

His lead wouldn't last long, however, as Ivey made another wheel against Wong's 9-8 to rocket into the chip lead.

Ivey left Wong with less than 1,000,000 after making an 8-7 as he began to climb closer toward the title. Wong doubled up once when he drew to his own 8-7, but he was soon after forced all in for 250,000. Wong patted a 10-8 while Ivey took one holding 7-7-5-4-3. He ended up peeling a deuce on his last card to make the wheel, and a bracelet drought that began 3,639 days ago came to an end.

Ivey is back atop the poker mountain. He conquered one of the strongest fields on the WSOP calendar, proving, even after all these years, he's still among the best.
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Schulman secures fifth WSOP bracelet

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High-stakes poker pro and commentator Nick Schulman won his fifth World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet as he took down Event #26: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em (8-Handed) for $1,667,842. It was a special victory for Schulman, who not only secured his biggest-ever WSOP cash but also his first non-mixed game bracelet.

The victory was nothing short of a steamroll as Schulman won a massive flip early at the final table to double through Noel Rodriguez before going on to eliminate five of his seven opponents. Rodriguez was left with just two big blinds but somehow managed to ladder to a runner-up finish worth $1,111,897.

"It felt incredible," Schulman told PokerNews about the pivotal hand. "Everybody who's played poker tournaments has a lot of residual trauma ... And holding there was amazing. And then that set up where there was one big chip leader ... It's pretty rare. And a very special setup to find yourself in.

"And I was fortunate enough to have the kind of golden lane, where they can't really do anything. Even if they know you're messing around, they still kind of can't do anything. And that's the best place to be in at a final table."

There were 318 entries in the High Roller event, an increase from the 301 entries last year, resulting in a new record for the event and creating a prize pool of $7,473,000. The final table included six-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (8th - $153,302), British high-stakes crusher Ben Heath (5th - $376,762) and high roller regular David Stamm (4th - $529,833).

Schulman's previous bracelets, the first dating back to 2009, are in mixed game variants including 2-7 Lowball Draw, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and Seven Card Stud. Just last year, he took down Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $110,800 in what resulted in one of the most memorable winner photos in poker history.

Schulman has had some close calls in high roller No-Limit Hold'em bracelet events. In 2019, he finished third in the $100,000 NLH High Roller for $1,187,802 and fifth in last year's WSOP Paradise $100,000 High Roller for $731,000.

With hundreds of hours logged in the commentary both analyzing high-level poker, it's hardly a surprise Schulman was able to close out.

"I mean, I collect so many ideas," Schulman said about whether commentating helps his play. "There's so many great players ... It's an intimate experience commentating ... You're actively engaged with every hand."

Schulman turns 40 later this year and will be eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame next year. While the Hall of Fame wasn't on his mind after the victory, he said being inducted would be "a tremendous honor."

"As it goes with something like that, that's not up to me," he said. "But, of course, I'm a big sports fan, and, you know, Hall of Fame has a great ring to it."

The most pivotal hand of the tournament took place early as the two chip leaders found themselves colliding in a blind-versus-blind cooler. Schulman's held pocket queens against the ace-king of Rodriguez to take an overwhelming chip lead over his seven competitors, while Rodriguez was left with a stack of two big blinds that he ran up through multiple double-ups.

Deeb was looking for a seventh bracelet while competing in the best shape of his life as he entered the final table second in chips. But the "Team Lucky" member had anything but luck under the bright lights, starting off with his two pair failing to hold against the gutshot draw of Li.

Not long after, Deeb double-barrelled queen-high into the trip kings of Rodriguez to plummet to the bottom of the chip counts.

Deeb doubled and chopped an all in before a final blow where his Big Slick couldn't hit against the pocket sixes of Lyall, as Deeb watched the all in on the monitor with Josh Arieh and Matt Glantz.

The eliminations picked up from there as Li, Roberto Perez, Heath and Stamm dropped from the field, all four of whom were knocked out by Schulman. All the while, Rodriguez managed to rebuild his stack before sending Dean Lyall out in third.

Heads-up play lasted just one hand as Schulman flopped top pair and held against the flush draw of Rodriguez. Schulman, wearing round sunglasses, shook his opponent's hand before dapping up Chino Rheem, who was supporting him on the rail.
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sabato 8 giugno 2024

ACR Poker runs its $2 Million Vegas Fast Track series

ACR Poker, the popular online poker site, is all-in on Las Vegas this summer. They're running their Vegas Fast Track Series from 9-16 June with $2 million in guarantees, plus awarding a $12,500 package to the world's most famous Main Event.

"The Vegas Fast Track Series not only has lots of great tourneys to play in, but it comes with an extra twist," stated ACR Pro, Chris Moneymaker. "This is your chance to head to Vegas this summer and become a world champion for free."

The Vegas Fast Track Series has $2 Million in guaranteed prize pools. Buy-ins start at just $1.10 and go up to $109. That means players of various bankroll sizes will want to 'start their engines' and compete in this high-octane series.

There is also a Leaderboard Competition worth $18,000, paid directly by ACR Poker. The winner gets a $12,500 package to Vegas that pays for the Main Event buy-in and travel expenses. Or, they can keep the cash instead. Nine players will also win a $630 ticket to their 23 June Vegas Main Event Satellite, which guarantees 10 identical packages.

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2024 Poker Hall of Fame nominations are now open

With the 55th annual World Series of Poker officially underway, nominations for the 2024 Poker Hall of Fame are now open. Poker players and fans can submit a nominee and must include a brief explanation for their choice.

“With the poker world losing original participants of the 1970 WSOP in the last two years, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the history of the game,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “The Poker Hall of Fame is meant to make sure legends who paved the way for today’s record-setting fields are never forgotten, and we thank poker fans for their help putting forth worthy candidates during the nomination process.”

Nominations will remain open through Sunday, 16 June when all submissions will be tabulated, and the top 10 nominations reviewed by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council. The existing Poker Hall of Fame members will then cast votes on the final list of nominees to determine the 2024 inductee.

The 2024 Poker Hall of Fame nominee will be announced on July 14, 2024. The inductee will receive a plaque to be displayed at the World Series of Poker Hall of Fame Poker Room, which opened at Horseshoe Las Vegas in 2023.

The Poker Hall of Fame criteria are as follows:

- Must have played poker against acknowledged top competition

- Be a minimum of 40-years-old at time of nomination

- Played for high stakes, consistently well, and stood the test of time

- For non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results

Those enshrined in the Poker Hall of Fame include:

- Nick Dandolos ’79

- James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickock ’79

- Edmond Hoyle ’79

- Felton McCorduodale ’79

- Johnny Moss ’79

- Red Winn ‘79

- Sid Wyman ‘79

- T “Blondie” Forbes ’80

- Bill Boyd ’81

- Tom Abdo ’82

- Joe Bernstein ’83

- Murph Harrold ’84

- Red Hodges ’85

- Henry Green ’86

- Walter “Puggy” Pearson ‘87

- Doyle Brunson ’88

- Jack “Treetop” Straus ‘88

- Fred “Sarge” Ferris ’89

- Benny Binion ’90

- David “Chip” Reese ‘91

- Thomas Austin Preston ‘92

- Jack Keller ’93

- Julius Oral Popwell ‘96

- Roger Moore ’97

- Stu “The Kid” Ungar ‘01

- Lyle Berman ’02

- Johnny Chan ’02

- Bobby Baldwin ‘03

- Berry Johnston ’04

- Crandell Addington ’05

- Billy Baxter ’06

- T.J. Cloutier ’06

- Barbara Enright ’07

- Phil Hellmuth ’07

- Henry Orenstein ‘08

- Duane “Dewey” Tomko ‘08

- Mike Sexton ‘09

- Dan Harrington ‘10

- David Oppenheim ‘10

- Erik Seidel ‘10

- Linda Johnson ’11

- Eric Drache ’12

- Brian “Sailor” Roberts ‘12

- Tom McEvoy ’13

- Scotty Nguyen ‘13

- Jack McClelland ‘14

- Daniel Negreanu ‘14

- Jennifer Harman ‘15

- John Juanda ’15

- Todd Brunson ’16

- Carlos Mortensen ’16

- Phil Ivey ’17

- David “Devilfish” Ulliott ‘17

- Mori Eskandani ’18

- John Hennigan ’18

- Chris Moneymaker ’19

- Huck Seed ‘20

- Eli Elezra ‘21

- Layne Flack ’22

- Brian Rast ‘23

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