Jason Mercier Captures Third 2015 SCOOP Title

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.

2015 World Series of Poker Schedule

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.

Hollywood Poker Open Columbus Starts on May 14th 2015

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.