May 11, 2015
The 46th annual World Series of Poker starts at the end of the month (May 27th 2015) at the Rio in Las Vegas.
There are several new events on the schedule this year, including some unique tournaments never seen before.
In total – the 2015 WSOP will feature 68 bracelet events at varying buy-in levels. Unless you have a huge bankroll, you’re not going to be able to play in too many of the tournaments, which is why I want to outline the best tournaments available.
· Event #5: $565 Colossus NL Holdem ($5M GTD)
One of the new events on the schedule is the $565 Colossus NL Holdem tournament with $5,000,000 guaranteed. This event is going to be the biggest tournament in WSOP history. There are four starting flights and players are allowed to re-enter the tournament.
· Event #16: $1000 NL Holdem Millionaire Maker
Who wouldn’t want to become a millionaire? Well, here’s your chance to experience the thrill of playing for a $1,000,000 first place prize. The buy-in is only $1000 and there will be two starting flights. If you lose on Day 1A – you can re-enter on Day 1B.
· Event #28: $1500 NL Holdem Monster Stack
The Monster Stack is back for the second year in a row, after debuting in 2014 to huge fanfare. Over 7800 players competed in the tournament last year and first place won well over $1M. This event provides a lot of value without having a big buy-in.
· Event #55: $1500 DraftKings 50/50 NL Holdem
DraftKings is sponsoring a WSOP tournament this year and it’ll boast a format familiar to DFS players. Half of the playing field will win in the tournament. You’re not going to get rich playing in the DraftKings 50/50, but the event is a great bankroll booster.
· Event #64: $1000 WSOP.com Online NL Holdem
For the first time in WSOP history – there will be an online tournament that rewards a bracelet. Play from your hotel room, on the strip or wherever you happen to be in Nevada. The buy-in is small and you could make history by winning the first online bracelet.
· Event #68: $10,000 WSOP Main Event
The reason a lot of people travel to Vegas for the WSOP is because of the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. It’s the most prestigious event in poker and everyone wants to win a Main Event bracelet. The buy-in is costly, but hopefully your profits will pay for the buy-in.
There are a number of other great tournaments running during the 2015 World Series of Poker.
The $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP is back and will make the winner even more rich. This buy-in is unattainable for most of the players in Vegas, but you can also play in the $1111 Little One for ONE DROP, which has a much more attainable buy-in.
I haven’t even begun to list the numerous WSOP Championship events on the schedule or the special events for ladies only, seniors only or casino employees only. Vegas is going to be great in 2015 and there’s plenty of action for everyone to get excited about.
View the entire 2015 World Series of Poker schedule by clicking this LINK.
May 4, 2015
The Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) Columbus will run from Thursday, May 14th to Monday, May 25th 2015.
This is the final regional event for the third season of the HPO, which also means it’ll be the last chance for players to earn a seat in the Championship Event at M Resort Casino Spa in Las Vegas. With that being said – the turnout should be large like last year.
Joey Couden won the 2014 HPO Regional Main Event for over $60,000. A total of 126 players competed in the event, which was a record for an HPO sanctioned main event at the time. I can guarantee we’ll see a larger turnout this year than last year.
Last year, the Main Event cost $1800 to play in, but this year the buy-in is significantly lower at $1115.
The significantly lower buy-in alone will draw in a larger playing field than last year.
HPO ambassador Chris Moneymaker will be in Columbus playing along with everyone else. Want to have the shot to beat the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion? Well, you may have the chance in the HPO Columbus Main Event if you land on the same table.
2015 HPO Columbus Schedule
There are going to be a total of 32 tournaments during the HPO Columbus, but only ten of the events are sanctioned by HPO. There are plenty of tournaments to play in while in Columbus and you’ll likely have very little time to rest during the entire series.
Here’s the complete schedule of sanctioned HPO tournaments during the series.
· Event #1 (May 14th): NL Holdem Deepstack ($235 Buy-in).
· Event #3 (May 15th): NL Holdem Deepstack $50K GTD ($450 Buy-in).
· Event #7 (May 17th): NL Holdem Deepstack ($235 Buy-in).
· Event #10 (May 18th): NL Holdem Deepstack ($235 Buy-in).
· Event #13 (May 19th): PL Omaha ($235 Buy-in).
· Event #16 (May 20th): NL Holdem Deepstack ($235 Buy-in).
· Event #22 (May 22nd): NL Holdem Deepstack ($235 Buy-in).
· Event #27 (May 23rd): HPO Regional Main Event $100K GTD ($1115 Buy-in).
· Event #31 (May 24th): NL Holdem Deepstack ($235 Buy-in).
· Event #32 (May 25th): NL Holdem Deepstack ($450 Buy-in).
The two biggest events will be the two tournaments with the guaranteed prize pools. Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to be in Columbus for most of the series, as the $50k GTD starts on May 15th 2015 and the $100k GTD Main Event isn’t until May 23rd 2015.
Previous HPO Season 3 Main Event Results
Five stops have already been completed during Season 3 of the Hollywood Poker Open.
HPO Charlestown is still underway and the Main Event isn’t until this weekend, but here are the rest of the results.
· HPO Lawrenceburg Main Event – Jesse McEuen $49,676.
· HPO Toledo Main Event – Charles Maxcy $37,465.
· HPO Tunica Main Event – Donald McArthur $17,100.
· HPO Grantville Main Event – Steven Gurney-Goldman $29,342.
· HPO St. Louis Main Event – Linda Lieder $48,440.
The HPO Championship Event is June 26th 2015 and will have a $2500 buy-in for anyone that wants to compete.
There will also be daily satellite events at the M Resort Casino Spa leading up to the Championship Event.
April 27, 2015
Dan “DQ” Hendrickson just won over $100,000 in cash by winning the MSPT Canterbury Park Main Event – by far the biggest cash in his poker career. Hendrickson is a Dairy Queen owner, but he has been a big supporter of the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour since inception.
Everyone on the final table had their endurance tested, as Day 2 play lasted for over 17 hours.
A total of 78 players made it to Day 2 and the action wasn’t too fast paced. In order to win a big MTT you often need some luck and that was the case for Hendrickson. Early in Day 2, Hendrickson was all-in and needed the river to hit in order to double-up.
Hendrickson was all-in with an A/K off-suit, while Todd Breyfogle had pocket tens. Hendrickson ended up hitting an ace on the river to win the hand and that put him at close to 500,000 in chips. It was a huge hand and turning point for DQ.
Some of the notable names that were unable to make the money on Day 2 include Ryan Tyler who was the chip leader to start the day, Nick Pupillo, Ken Pates, Kou Vang, Matt Kirby and Lance Harris, several of whom are MSPT sponsored pros.
By the time the tournament was down to two tables we lost some other notable names, including Judd Greenagel, Aaron Johnson, David Gutfreund, Josh Reichard and Mike Schneider. Once the tourney was down to two tables, the action really slowed down.
The short stacks were doing everything possible to stay alive and continue to move up to a higher payout level, while the bigger stacks weren’t looking to splash their chips around. This caused many players to be short stacked by the final table.
Loki Abboud just missed out on the final table, as he was eliminated in 10th place. Once the final table started several short stacks started getting knocked out in succession, including Norberto Santamaria (9th) and Shane Nelson (8th).
Adam Dahlin had a huge chip lead at this point in the tourney, as he had roughly 40% of the chips in play.
Dahlin was sitting to the left of Hendrickson, which made it even tough for DQ to make a run and win the event. Hendrickson was forced to pick his spots very wisely, but he managed his aggression well and ended up picking off Dahlin and Ryan Hartmann.
By the time action went heads-up the blinds were huge and there wasn’t going to be much play left.
On the final hand of the tournament, Hendrickson raised to 600,000 with a Q/9 of diamonds, Hartmann pushed all-in for 3,600,000 and was called by Hendrickson who felt like gambling. Hartmann tabled pocket fives, but Hendrickson hit a queen to win.
MSPT Canterbury Park Main Event results
· 1st Place: Dan Hendrickson $106,182
· 2nd Place: Ryan Hartmann $61,301
· 3rd Place: Adam Dahlin $37,404
· 4th Place: Steve Webb $30,131
· 5th Place: Todd Breyfogle $23,689
· 6th Place: DJ Buckley $19,741
· 7th Place: Gary Loeffler $15,793
· 8th Place: Shane Nelson $12,052
· 9th Place: Norberto Santamaria $8312
April 19, 2015
The big news this weekend in poker has been the announcement of Poker Central – a new 24/7 poker television network.
CEO Clint Stinchcomb has offered us with some details on the new venture.
We still don’t have exact dates of when the channel will launch. “Fans can start enjoying 24/7 poker in Q4 2015,” said Stinchcomb.
Exact dates and distribution partners will be announced later in the year. Poker Central will be the first 24/7 poker channel in the world and I believe it could work out well, as long as the company can continually add new programming to the content library.
Poker Central will launch with over 2000 hours of programming – nearly half of which will be U.S. television premiers.
That’s great news, as I’m sure the company wouldn’t hook many viewers with constant reruns.
In related news – Poker Central has partnered with POKER PROductions to televise the $25 Million Super High Roller Bowl – a live poker tournament featuring a buy-in of $500,000 and an expected first place payout of nearly $8 million in cold hard cash.
POKER PROductions are well known for being the creators of Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker and NBC’s National Heads-Up Championship. This partnership will help Poker Central through the launch phase by providing them with exclusive content.
The $25 Million Super High Roller is scheduled for July 2nd – July 4th 2015 and will be hosted at the Aria Resort & Casino.
Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Seiver and several other big names are expected to play in the tournament. With such a massive buy-in I’m sure the tournament will provide great TV entertainment, although the coverage won’t be live.
However, next year Poker Central is “looking closely at incorporating some live elements,” said Stinchcomb.
Poker Central’s mission is to provide non-stop poker coverage across the world. With that being said – the company is aiming to launch in as many international markets as possible. When the channel launches it won’t just be available in the USA.
The company also wants to be available on as many devices as possible, including mobile phones and tablets.
A lot of programming is consumed on mobile devices and it makes sense for a channel like Poker Central to target international viewers through smart phones and tablets. We’ll have more news on distribution partners in the months to come.
The new 24/7 channel won’t just broadcast poker tournaments and cash games either. There are plans to feature celebrity poker players, player strategy sessions and tips, plus player profiles (Pokerographies) and destination profiles for poker players.
In recent years the big TV networks have continued to offer poker broadcasting, but the programming is limited.
In other niches, we’ve seen 24/7 channels have plenty of success, including the Golf Network.
Televised poker has played a large role in the growth of poker internationally – yet no other company has attempted to provide a 24/7 poker channel. Poker Central has a long and tough path ahead of them, but they already have a great team in place.
Poker Central is continuing a strong recruitment effort to target talented executives.
As we hear more news about Poker Central we’ll be sure to provide everyone with an update.
March 16, 2015
The World Poker tour is rolling right along, but the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event featured what may have featured the toughest final table in recent memory. When it came to an end on Saturday morning, we finally had crowned a champion of the tough final six. When all was said and done, it was Taylor Paur who got the job done, but he had to do a good bit of work to build his original starting stack and take over to win the championship. Let’s break down how it all played out and see how Paur earned his first place victory as well as his $1,214,200 prize.
Paur began the final table as the second largest chip stack with 4.27 million, but had some work to do in order to catch up to Isaac Baron and his 6.175 million chip stack. After Baron and Paur, there were two Shooting Stars left in the event in Faraz Jaka with 2.92 million chips and Sorel Mizzi with 1.92 million chips. The other two players weren’t easy outs either, as it was Jacob Bazeley with 3.92 million and Ravee Mathi with 1.47 million chips. The players had some work to do before we crowned a champion and were geared up for a fun run before we crowned a champion in this event. The cards were in the air and the short stacks got right to work in this one.
Mathi may have had the short stack, but he was able to get some chips through being aggressive early on. Unfortunatley for him, that didn’t stand, as the aggression eventually was the end of his run. The board showed J-6-5-6-5 and Mathi chose to get it all-in at that point. Mizzi, playing from the cutoff chose to fold, but Paur made the call and showed 8-5 for a rivered full house. The pair that Paur made on the flop was enough, as he didn’t even need to hit the river. Mathi showed A-8 for a total bluff, meaning that he was sent home in sixth place.
It didn’t take long for our next elimination to come, as Jaka was unable to get anything going through much of the early stages. He managed to grab a pocket pair with fours and chose to shove his final million chips in. Jaka was far behind when being called by Bazeley, who showed pocket tens. Bazeley chose to isolate and go over the top all-in, which led to folds around the table. When the board ran out Jack-high with no four coming, Jaka was sent home in sixth place. This also meant that his bounty would go to Bazeley as well, who was poised to push his way up the leaderboard at this point.
With four players left in the action, each player was set to grind it out for the long haul. They played more than 60 hands before we saw another elimination. When that time came, the final Shooting Star, Mizzi saw a raise from Bazeley and Paur three-bet the action. After all of this, Mizzi chose to push his entire stack into the middle. Bazeley sat and debated for a while before finally folding, but Paur decided to make the call. Paur turned over pocket fives against the A-J off suit of Mizzi. The board didn’t hit for Mizzi and he was sent home in fourth place. This also meant that Paur would get Mizzi’s bounty and take the chip lead moving into the final three.
Paur was sitting pretty at this point, holding more chips than both of his opponents had together. Most expected Paur to run through the final table at that point, but both Bazeley and Baron were able to double-up and get closer to Paur. It went over a whopping 70 hands before Paur was able to eliminate one of the two players and it was Bazeley who was headed to the rail. His A-10 was able to hold up against the K-7 of Bazeley on a nice A-2-2-9-A board, which set us up with a heads-up match between Paur and Baron.
Paur began the heads-up match with a strong 2-1 chip lead and he never let Baron get back into it. The heads-up match didn’t last long, as the two played only nine hands before we saw our champion crowned. The final hand featured Paur calling a three-bet, which led to a 9-7-2 flop with two hearts. Paur then check-called a million chip bet from Baron, leading to a three of diamonds on the turn. Baron then bet out 1.65 million and Paur called again, leading to a five of hearts on the river. Baron then chose to move all-in and Paur made an immediate call, turning over 10-9 of hearts for a rivered flush. Baron showed A-9 off suit and was sent home in second place with a payday of $704,200.