Super High Roller Cash Game Details Released

June 25, 2015

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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.

Phil Galfond Wins the $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship

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

Tuan Le Wins $10K 2-7 Triple Draw WSOP Event

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