August 29, 2015
Sometimes NFL players break out and become stars after a major injury to one of their teammates. Such may be the case with three wide receivers in the 2015 season, who, in the absence of their talented teammates, will see an uptick in targets. Let’s take a look at them all below.
1. DaVante Adams, Green Bay Packers
The second-rounder out of Fresno State was already slated for No. 3 wideout duties behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. But Nelson is now out with a torn ACL, meaning Aaron Rodgers will need somebody else besides Cobb to throw the ball to. Enter Adams, who should ascend to the No. 2 spot opposite Cobb and improve greatly on his 446 yards and three touchdowns from a year ago. So get Adams on your early daily fantasy football teams before his stock begins soaring.
2. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers
There was already plenty of good buzz about Wheaton coming from QB Ben Roethlisberger. However, Wheaton is now looking at more than just good buzz now that fellow wideout Martavis Bryant is facing a four-game suspension for drugs. Playing opposite Antonio Brown, Wheaton has a realistic chance to put up huge numbers while slotting No. 2 duties. Last year he had 53 catches for 644 yards, so we already know that he can perform when called upon.
3. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
Rookie Devin Funchess is dealing with a little injury of his own in a hamstring strain. However, it’s nothing compared to Kelvin Benjamin, who was set for stardom before tearing his ACL. Funchess, who’s a second rounder with great size at 6’4″, 225 pounds, has a chance to take over the No. 1 wideout role for the Panthers. At the very least, he’ll be looked at in the red zone quite a bit with his size.
August 20, 2015
The past year and a half has seen Dan Colman go on an incredible run where he’s earned over $24 million through live poker tournaments. And part of that run includes winning the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open title along with $1 million.
The 25-year-old poker pro was back to defend his title this year at the 2015 SHRPO Main Event, facing off against a field of 907 players. The excitement level rose as Colman battled through the large field and into second place heading on to the final table. His good run would continue as he played into three-handed play with Omar Zazay and Brian Phillis.
Unfortunately, his title defense would fall just short as he flopped a set while holding J-J, only to see Zazay flop a king-high straight. Zazay would go on to win the tournament and a $1 million payout, while Colman settled for the $310,000 third-place prize.
Nevertheless, it’s just another strong result for a guy who’s been tearing it up on the live poker scene. Back in June he also took third in the 2015 WSOP $111k ONE DROP High Roller, which netted him $1,544,121.
Colman now sits fourth on the all-time poker winnings list with $24,427,801, with only Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel ahead of him.
It’s hard to tell what the future holds for Colman, who once famously ranted against the game on TwoPlusTwo. But at the pace he’s going, it’s crazy to think what he could do in 5-10 years if he sticks with poker. Of course, nobody expects Colman to win another $24 million in the next 18 months, but he’s definitely an excellent player who will keep adding huge cashes to his total for the foreseeable future.
August 18, 2015
The 2015 Fall RunGood Poker Series starts later this month and there are four stops on the schedule.
RunGood Gear is a clothing company built for poker players and they put on this series. They also partnered up with Blaycation to offer special $2000 VIP packages to the RunGood Cup Championship.
The first stop on the series will be at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa on August 26th-30th 2015.
Like the first series – the main event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs will have a $675 buy-in and $100,000 GTD. However, last year there were 426 entries and the prize pool swelled to just over a quarter-million dollars.
There will likely be another big turnout this year. In fact – it could end up bigger than last year’s main event. If you plan on playing during the first stop in Council Bluffs – make sure you use the following code to get a deal on your hotel.
Horseshoe Casino is offering a 30% discount on room-rates at Harrah’s Council Bluffs, which is nearby. Use the code “RUNGP” at the HarrahsCouncilBluffs.com website to book your room and apply the rate discount.
The first stop in Council Bluffs will feature five days of poker, with two side events and one main event. Plus, you can bet the cash game tables will be full the entire time, as hundreds of players will be at the casino all week.
The next stop for the 2015 Fall RunGood Poker Series is at the Hard Rock Tulsa between September 16th-20th 2015.
There’s one more stop before the championships. The third stop will be at the Downstream Casino in Quapaw between November 4th-8th 2015. This will be the final chance to win one of the VIP packages.
All three of the stops will feature the exact same format – with two side events and one main event taking place.
The winners of each side event and the final table from each main event will win a $2000 VIP package to the RunGood Cup Championship in December. The location has yet to be determined, but will be announced soon.
Each VIP package includes travel allowance, hotel, VIP events and a seat in the RunGood Championship.
This isn’t going to be a massive poker series with life-changing prizes, but it’s well-run, plus in a region of the country where live poker events are limited. If you live in the area – this is a can’t miss poker series to end 2015.
It’s also very affordable, as the main event is only $675. Plus, there are always hotel deals available to make traveling as inexpensive as possible. The RunGood Poker Series was a success the first time around and I expect it will be again.
Complete 2015 Fall RunGood Poker Series Schedule
· Road to the RunGood Cup at Council Bluffs: August 26th – August 30th 2015.
· Road to the RunGood Cup at Hard Rock Tulsa: September 16th – September 20th 2015.
· Road to the RunGood Cup at Downstream Casino: November 4th – November 8th 2015.
· RunGood Cup Championship (Location – TBD): December 10th – December 13th 2015.
August 3, 2015
Loni Harwood claimed her second gold WSOP bracelet by winning the 2015 World Series of Poker National Championship at Harrah’s Cherokee. The final table was stacked and Harwood played great to pick up the win.
A total of 122 players competed in the event and the prize pool was $1,220,000 – the field included players that bought in directly for $10,000 and players that qualified through the WSOP Circuit throughout the year.
The top fifteen players in the tournaments were guaranteed to win money. Last year’s winner Dominik Nitsche ended up just making the money, as he was knocked out of the tournament in 15th place – he won just over $20,000 for his effort.
Players such as Phil Hellmuth, Scott Clements, John Monnette and Jeff Madsen all competed in the tournament, but none of the pros could make the money. The biggest name that made the final table was definitely Daniel Negreanu.
Negreanu wasn’t able to win the tournament, but he finished in 6th place and won over $60,000 for his effort. Kid Poker has had an amazing summer with multiple deep finishes, but he hasn’t been able to finish the events off with a victory.
I’m sure he doesn’t mind, though, as he’s still racking up big payout after big payout this summer. If he keeps playing like he has been, it’s only a matter of time before Negreanu bags a big bracelet at a major WSOP event.
Once Negreanu went out, it didn’t get any easier. Alex Masek is the most accomplished WSOP Circuit player and he was able to make it heads-up against Harwood. Masek started the final table as the short stack, but played great all day.
When heads-up play started, Masek actually held a small chip lead against Harwood. Harwood started building up a chip lead before an explosive hand send Masek to the rail and earned Harwood a big payday.
Harwood went all-in with pocket threes (3/3) and Masek called his remaining stack with A/7 off-suit. The flop came 8/7/3 with two clubs. Harwood hit a set and Masek’s best chance of winning the hand was by hitting two more clubs for a flush.
The turn brought a 5 of clubs, which kept the flush draw alive, but the river brought a 6 of spades. Harwood won the hand and the tournament. It was a great win and she definitely deserved the victory.
2015 WSOP National Championship Results
Here are the final table results and payouts:
· 1st Place: Loni Harwood $341,559
· 2nd Place: Alex Masek $211,599
· 3rd Place: Darryll Fish $152,402
· 4th Place: Brad St. Vincent $111,984
· 5th Place: Vincent Moscati $83,716
· 6th Place: Daniel Negreanu $63,647
· 7th Place: Paul Mattioda $49,203
The 2015-16 WSOP Circuit season will get underway next week at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. If you want to watch the 2015 WSOP National Championship, tune in to ESPN on August 18th 2015.
ESPN filmed the event and will begin broadcasting the action on the 18th of this month.
July 13, 2015
It would be huge for poker to have a big mainstream star make the November Nine (Final Table) in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event and “Kid Poker” is hanging tough as we close out Day 5 on the felt.
Action is still being played at the Rio this morning (Midnight Monday), but Negreanu is in great shape to make it through to Day 6. He’s currently sitting in 31st place with a little over two million in chips.
Joseph McKeehen is still the chip leader and he’s closing in on five million chips as I type this up.
The East coast poker player that’s known to be a grinder has been great in the Main Event, but we all know that having a chip lead at this point in the tournament means nothing, as one poor decision could end things horribly.
We started Sunday with 237 players left, but we’re already down to just 102 players and we’ll have a shorter field before we wrap things up here. With about 100 players left – everyone in the room can see the finish line.
Negreanu has been hitting when he needs to, including a coin flip against the legend Phil Hellmuth. These two may be friends off of the felt, but they enjoy giving each other the gears when sitting down at the table.
Hellmuth opened up the hand in question by betting 20,000 from late position. Negreanu raised to 56,000 and at that point Hellmuth shipped his remaining chips in (295,000 Total).
Negreanu made the call after declaring “I think we have the same hand”. Negreanu flipped over A/K of clubs, while the “Poker Brat” showed pocket queens (Q/Q). The flop brought a K/9/3, which paired up Negreanu.
Hellmuth got no help on the turn or river and he was eliminated from the WSOP Main Event on a huge coin flip.
That’s what I love so much about the WSOP Main Event. There’s millions on the line, which in turn causes many intense moments at the felt. Since the big hand against Hellmuth – Negreanu has been building his chip stack.
Right now – the top four players in the tournament are Americans, but there’s a lot of international talent still in the field and numerous international players are lurking near the top of the leaderboard.
There are five Europeans in the top 12 right now and three Canadians in the top 50. Players like George McDonald, Ghattas Kortas and Fedor Holz are all in the top ten and representing the Europeans very well.
Once we get down to the November Nine we’ll be sure to update readers with who made it, along with a profile on each player remaining. There’s still a ton of play left and I’m sure the top 10 will look much different soon.
Negreanu has a best finish of 11th place in the WSOP Main Event – never cracking the top ten. Plus, his 11th place finish came when the WSOP Main Event had just over 600 entrants – a far cry from today’s fields.
The Canadian would love nothing more than to solidify his career with a WSOP Main Event bracelet.