June 25, 2015
There’s going to be a Super High Roller Cash Game at the Aria between June 29th and July 1st 2015.
The game will be hosted inside the prestigious Bristlecone Ballroom inside of the convention center. Details are sparse, but we have one confirmed player and some other details to share, such as when you can watch the action on television.
It should be great to watch, but we’re going to have to wait until November 2015 to watch the footage on Poker Central TV – the new 24/7 poker channel. It’s good to see them offering special coverage like this, as it’s something a larger audience will enjoy.
A lot of people like watching tournament coverage on TV, but nothing beats a big cash game between the best poker players in the world. However – there’s also a twist for this game — poker pros will compete against casual players that have a big bankroll.
Phil Hellmuth is rumoured to play in the cash game, but he hasn’t confirmed anything yet.
The one confirmation we have is Antonio Esfandiari. he has said that he’s excited to play in the cash game and I can’t wait to watch him either – he has always been one of my favorites from the past when poker was on the TV all of the time.
Guess what the minimum buy-in is for the event? The minimum is $250,000 in cash!
The blinds will be $400/$800 and there will also be a $200 ante to ensure everyone has action in every pot. The game will be 8-handed, but players will bust out or leave and other players will be able to fill up the seats.
NL Holdem will be the only poker game played, so we can expect some big showdowns over the course of three days.
With $250,000 as the minimum buy-in there’s going to be a minimum of $2,000,000 on the table, but once the game gets going that number is sure to increase significantly. Aria will also be waiving all of the fees, which is ideal for the players.
It should attract the biggest names in poker and I’m excited to see who shows up to play at these stakes.
With the nosebleed action slowing down online according to several pros – I’m sure many big bankrolled players are excited about the chance to play for high stakes in a live setting. For some reason – players won’t be allowed to wear sunglasses at the table.
That’s a weird rule, but it’ll make the game more interesting when we get to watch the action unfold on TV.
Poker seems to be doing better again lately in the USA and this cash game should garner more eyeballs. I’m sure there will be a line-up at the Aria waiting for one of the eight seats to play and I expect many big pots.
Once we know results and how players did we’ll be sure to update our readers.
June 16, 2015
Brian Hastings just won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship over the weekend and now another cash game stud – Phil Galfond — has just won his second career WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.
The event may have featured the smallest field yet at the 2015 WSOP, as only 77 players entered the event, but the field was extremely stacked and Galfond had to play great poker to take down the bracelet.
Galfond had to beat several big names, but none bigger than Nick Schulman who finished in 2nd place. Schulman had already won this event twice in 2009 and 2012. Schulman is a 2-7 Draw Lowball specialist, but Galfond was able to emerge victorious.
You may remember recently that Galfond stated the nosebleed cash action has been struggling lately.
Galfond has wanted to spend this summer playing in more WSOP tournaments than he normally does and so far it has been a great idea. He already has three cashes this year, which includes two final table appearances in championship events.
Apart from winning this event – he also finished 4th in the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship (Event #7) for $89,939 and 252nd in the $1500 NL Holdem Millionaire Maker (Event #16) for $5990.
Galfond has stated that he has left cash games behind for the summer and will focus on just tournaments.
That has allowed him to focus on advancing in the deep field tournaments – whereas if he was still playing cash games he wouldn’t have the patience to grind through slower tournaments. It’ll be interesting to see if Galfond can make a run in the main event.
When you play in tournaments like the $10K NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (Event #29) there isn’t going to be much of an edge for any players. Everyone in the field understands the math exceptionally well and you can really only play the cards you’re dealt.
Galfond stated that because of having little to no edge – he was able to play some spots he normally wouldn’t have.
Once heads-up play started – Schulman had a 3:1 chip lead over Galfond, but “OMGClayAiken” started to quickly chip away at the lead. The final hand of the tournament played out as followed:
The blind were 12,000/24,000 and Galfond raised to 50,000 before Schulman pushed all-in for 649,000 chips. Galfond called and both players flipped over their cards. Galfond had 8/6/5/2 and Schulman had 9/6/4/3 with both players drawing one card.
Galfond spiked a 7 and ended the tournament, as Schulman was drawing dead at that point.
Schulman wasn’t the only stud on the final table either. In fact – the entire final table was stacked. Dan Smith, Erik Seidel, Jon Turner and Eli Elezra all made the final table. All four are also Nevada locals.
2015 WSOP $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship Results
· 1st Place: Phil Galfond $224,383
· 2nd Place: Nick Schulman $138,655
· 3rd Place: Dan Smith $87,898
· 4th Place: Erik Seidel $59,532
· 5th Place: Jon Turner $42,298
· 6th Place: Eli Elezra $31,463
June 4, 2015
Tuan Le just won Event #7 at the World Series of Poker, which was the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw event.
Winning one WSOP bracelet is a great accomplishment that every poker player would love, but winning the same event two years in a row is a feat only the best poker players have ever accomplished. That’s exactly what Le was able to do this year.
Le won the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw last year, after beating a field of 120 players. He won $355,324 last year.
This year the event was a bit smaller – the field only had 109 players. However, the field was tough and full of 2-7 Triple Draw pros – many of them very familiar with each other due to playing the live cash games in Los Angeles.
How rare is it to win back-to-back WSOP titles? Well, the last player to win consecutive bracelets in the same event was Thang Luu who won the $1500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better event in 2008 and 2009. This isn’t a feat seen every year in Las Vegas.
Le said he almost didn’t end up playing in this event – I’m sure he’s glad he entered the event now.
You know the playing field is going to be real tough in a $10K 2-7 Triple Draw tournament, as most Texas Holdem players don’t have any interested in the poker game. The final table had several big names, but none bigger than Phil Galfond.
Galfond is a great 2-7 Triple Draw player and he finished on the final table in this event last year too.
When play went heads-up – Le was up against Max Casal — a player Le knows very well from the LA casinos.
After the event – Le stated that he wasn’t excited about Casal heads-up because he knows Casal is one of the strongest heads-up players in 2-7 Triple Draw, but Le was still about to emerge victorious.
Here’s how the final hand of the tournament played out:
Le raised the pot to 80,000, which was then 3-bet by Casal to 120,000. Le 4-bet and Casal called with his remaining stack. Casal only drew one card on each draw, while Le took three cards, two cards and then held pat on the final draw.
Le had J/8/6/5/2, while Casal ended up with 9/7/5/3/3. Casal had a chance to win the hand on the final draw, but he drew a 3, which paired his hand and sent him to the rail. Despite Casal’s success in cash games – this was his first WSOP cash in four years.
Will Le be able to win this event next year for the third time in a row? Only time will tell, but there’s no denying that Le is one of the best 2-7 Triple Draw players in the world. You can run great and win one bracelet, but repeating is an incredible feat.
Here’s how the final table shook up and the payouts:
· 1st Place: Tuan Le $322,756
· 2nd Place: Max Casal $199,438
· 3rd Place: Ismael Bojang $130,851
· 4th Place: Phil Galfond $89,939
· 5th Place: James Obst $63,863
· 6th Place: Rep Porter $46,813
· 7th Place: Calvin Anderson $35,389
May 25, 2015
The 2015 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is wrapping up.
No one has been playing better poker than Jason Mercier. He just captured his third SCOOP title in one week by winning the Event #20 (High), which was a $2100 NL Holdem (4-Max) tournament.
The 4-Max tournament drew a massive field of 398 and had to be played over two days. Once play was down to the final 16 players, the remaining players stopped playing until Day 2. Many of the remaining players in the field were professionals.
Once action got down to the final table, things didn’t get any easier for Mercier.
Mercier had to beat Ryan Franklin and Calvin Anderson on the final table. Anderson is the record holder for the most SCOOP titles with six. He had a great series as well, but he wasn’t on the same level of Mercier during this year’s SCOOP series.
You have to run good to win three SCOOP titles in a week and that was the case for Mercier.
He’s the best poker player in the world right now in my opinion, but winning big MTT’s still requires some luck. On the final hand of the tournament – both players were all-in preflop — Franklin had pocket tens and Mercier had pocket nines.
Franklin was the player at risk, but if he won the hand it would have been an entirely new tournament, as he would have drawn close to even with Mercier. However, it wasn’t meant to be, as Mercier was able to spike a nine on the turn to win with a set.
Event #20 Final Table Results:
· 1st Place – Jason Mercier $178,457
· 2nd Place – Ryan Franklin $152,789
· 3rd Place – Calvin Anderson $68,408
· 4th Place – TransSib $42,315
Mercier also won Event #5 (High) $2500 FL Badugi and Event #8 (High) $2100 NL Draw.
The other two events had much smaller playing fields to navigate through, but both were packed with pros.
I’m sure Mercier is brimming with confidence right now and his timing couldn’t be better. The World Series of Poker will be starting next week and I’m sure Mercier with use some of his newly won funds to splash around in Las Vegas this summer.
In other online poker news – Isaac Haxton won over $300,000 on PokerStars recently.
Haxton now ranks 7th on the 2015 money list at $321,847. Phil Ivey was active on the felt recently too – he had some positive and negative sessions. However, he’s still ranked 2nd on the biggest losers list for 2015, as he’s down over $1.2M on PokerStars.
Chris Moorman won the PokerStars Sunday 500 last Sunday for $87,400 as well – it was the first time Moorman won the event.
That’s surprising, as Moorman has won more money playing online poker tournaments ($12.7M) than anyone else.
Moorman continues dominating the online poker scene, as he notched another PocketFives Triple Crown, which requires a player to win three MTT’s in a week with 100+ players and a prize pool of $10K or more.
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.