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Breaking: Antonio Esfandiari Takes Home Another Cool Million Dollars Plus at WSOP

Winner of last year’s One Drop $1 million buy-in, Antonio Esfandiari, had already taken in close to $2 million more in the first ever One Drop High Roller event heading into Saturday morning.

As of 6 am EDT, Esfandiari was sitting with the 4th largest number of chips out of four.

He was guaranteed to take home just shy of $2 million with the grand prize set at just under $5 million.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jun/29/2013

Antonio Esfandiari Still Going Strong at One Drop High Roller

You almost want to say “Hey, Antonio, let someone else win!”

Then again, a piece of us wants to see it happen again, and again, and again.

Antonio Esfandiari won last year’s big inaugural $1 million Big One for One Drop Event and the $18, 346,673 that came with it.

By Friday evening, with just 14 players left in the One Drop High Roller event, Esfandiari was still very much in the thick of things. 

Any place 5th or higher pays at least $1 million with 1st place paying $4.8 million. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jun/28/2013

Antonio Esfandiari is Beyond Sick! Eyes Another Big Money WSOP Title

Last year’s winner of the World Series of Poker One Drop, with the biggest prize ever given out in a single tournament, Antonio Esfandiari, is on a tear once again.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jun/28/2013

Bitcoin Cease and Desist, Kara Scott Engaged, Vegas CEO Fired

These are the top gambling news stories here at Monday June 24, 2013 (AM EDT). Follow us on Twitter here.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jun/23/2013

Lock Poker Pro Melanie Weisner Loves Bouncing Around in Vegas (Video)

Lock Poker pro Melanie Weisner has managed to thus far cash out in two of this year’s World Series of Poker events, including a 15th place finish in Event #16 for just over $26,000.

When not at the tables, Weisner likes to wind down at some of the best Vegas hot spots. recently sat down with Weisner to ask what she’s been up to off the felt.

Well….she’s actually been hiking… at Red Rock.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jun/23/2013

Poker Pro Kevin Boudreau Suffers Brain Hemorrhage While at WSOP

Shocking news confirmed Saturday by the poker community that pro Kevin “Phwap” Boudreau was hospitalized last week with severe bleeding in his brain.  He suffered a brain hemorrhage while on a dinner break at this year’s World Series of Poker.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jun/23/2013

Dan Kelly Doesn’t Care About ‘Silly Record’: 8 WSOP Cashes So Far

Poker pro Dan Kelly says he “doesn’t care about a silly record” when it comes to cashing in eight different World Series of Poker events this year.

The record, for those of you wondering, is 11 in a one summer period.


Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jun/18/2013

Alexandre Chieng Wins 2013 APPT Macau Main Event

Alexandre Chieng has won the 2013 APPT Macau Main Event and the $278,940 that comes with it.

Chieng also earned himself a seat into the Macau ACOP Main Event this coming October for his efforts.

To date, Chieng has won close to a half million dollars in live tournament play and has 17 cashes.

Kenneth Leong finishes 2nd and takes home $179,088.


Submitted by Ace King on, Jun/17/2013

Event #29 $5,000 H.O.R.S.E Controversy Over a Conversation in Russian (Video) reported on the controversy at Table 376 over two players speaking Russian to one another.

The problem at Event #29: $5000 H.O.R.S.E had to do with the fact that neither players were involved in the hands when speaking Russian.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jun/16/2013

Mike Matusow has ‘Recovered’ After Full Tilt Poker Fiasco

Poker pro Mike “The Mouth” Matusow tells he has finally recovered after the Full Tilt Poker shutdown and indictments of April 15, 2011.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Jun/15/2013

Doyle Brunson’s Son Todd Makes Final Table of WSOP Event 20

All eyes are on Todd Brunson, son of the Godfather of Poker and friend of Doyle Brunson.

Todd has made the final table of the World Series of Poker Event 20 - Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better.

While the elder Brunson is among poker’s most recognized names, Todd is certainly no slouch.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jun/12/2013

Jason Mercier Hand Voted ‘Greatest Event in PokerStars History’

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – A hand featuring Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier has been voted the ‘Greatest Ever Poker Hand in the History of PokerStars’ by a poll of influential poker media.


The poll, which enlisted the help of some of the poker industry’s top media voices, was held as an alternative selection to the public vote, which is open until June 10 at the PokerStars YouTube channel.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jun/06/2013

Heartland Poker Tour Cruising Back to the Caribbean With Maria Ho

Port Canaveral, FL – By popular demand, Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is heading back to the warm waters of the Caribbean with Card Player Cruises, sailing away on January 12, 2014 for a seven-day cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.  The schedule for “HPT on the High Seas” will include an HPT Main Event, qualifying events, multiple side tournaments, and cash games, along with plenty of sun, sand, and surf. The cruise will depart from Port Canaveral, located near Orlando, Florida.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jun/03/2013

World Series of Poker 2013 Sets Record: Two More Bracelets Won

The 2013 World Series of Poker has set a new record for a live buy-in tournament.

Just over 6300 players signed up for the newly unveiled Millionaire Maker event, breaking the old record of almost 4000 set back in 2009. 

The individual who wins is guaranteed to walk away with a staggering $1 million with those making the final table also forecast to do well based on the number of entries and massive prize pool.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jun/03/2013

Unprecedented 6343 Entries at First Ever WSOP ‘Millionaire Maker’ Event

The numbers are in and they are staggering for the first ever World Series of Poker “Millionaire Maker” event. 

The WSOP reports that, after playing two separate flights Saturday (Day 1a and 1b), eight levels of grueling play whittled the field from 6,343 runners, an unprecedented number in terms of low buy-in WSOP tourneys, to 1,481 players.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jun/02/2013

Poker Pro Amnon Filippi Free to Play in WSOP But Must Wear Ankle Bracelet

Poker player Amnon Filippi will be permitted to travel to Las Vegas for this year’s World Series of Poker but must wear an ankle bracelet.

Filippi awaits trial for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The 43-year-old poker pro was busted in the Bronx, New York nearly 7 months ago for allegedly operating a marijuana “grow house”. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, May/31/2013

Swimming With Sharks: Michael Phelps vs. Vanessa Selbst at 2013 WSOP

“That wasn’t fun,” 18-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Michael Phelps tweeted in regard to his going up against one of the greatest female poker players at this year’s World Series of Poker.

For Phelps, this was his first ever WSOP event.  He took on Vanessa Selbst.

He tweeted after going busto:

Submitted by Ace King on, May/31/2013

Viktor Blom Wins $1 Million at SCOOP Main Event

Another $1 million win for Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

The online poker phenom has just won the popular SCOOP Main Event and the $1 million cash prize that comes with that honor.

Blom has been winning big in recent weeks at the high stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker, now owned by PokerStars.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/28/2013

David Sands Wins WPT World Championship Super High Roller

It is very rare that you make a World Poker Tour televised final table and still walk away empty handed, but that was what happened to three players on the final day of the World Poker Tour World Championship $100,000 Super High Roller event.

The high buy-in tournament attracted 21 players and so only the top three would walk away with prize money at Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/27/2013

Controversial Poker Player Chino Rheem Wins $1.2 Mil at WPT Championship

David “Chino” Rheem has just won the 2013 $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship and the $1.150,297 cash prize that comes with it, much to the behest of some in the poker community.

Rheem, a finalist at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, has been a polarizing figure in the world of poker.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/25/2013

Jason Mercier Offers 3-1 Odds of Winning Bracelet at 2013 World Series of Poker

Poker pro Jason Mercier announced Thursday via Twitter that he will be offering 3:1 odds that he will win a bracelet at this year’s World Series of Poker. 

No easy task to be sure.

The 24-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, already has two WSOP bracelets.  He did not win a bracelet last year.

He tweeted:

Looking for action at 3 to 1 on winning a bracelet this summer. Also willing to bet on myself vs almost anyone and lay small odds...

The minimum bet is $3000 to win $1000 and money would be escrowed according to Mercier.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, May/23/2013

Pat Steele Wins $155k on Heartland Poker Tour

Mount Pleasant, MI - Just before play began Monday at Heartland Poker Tour’s nationally-televised Final Table, 37-year-old Pat Steele said he was “going to have a lot of fun here.”  That he did.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/21/2013

Max Altergott Wins €100,000 Super High Roller at EPT Grand Final 2013

German online high-stakes cash game player Max Altergott had never cashed in a live poker event before, but today he took down the prestigious €100,000 Super High Roller event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final for a massive €1,746,400 first prize.

The other six players to make the money were Canadian Sorel Mizzi, Altergott’s roommate here in Monaco, who finished third, WSOP bracelet winner Timothy Adams, PCA High Roller runner-up Vladimir Troyanovskiy, PCA Super High Roller winner Scott Seiver and WSOP-E High Roller champion Mike Watson.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/16/2013

Hedge Fund Tycoon Talal Shakerchi Loses £850,000 in Poker

A London tycoon, Talal Shakerchi, has lost more than £850,000 in a poker game held over the past weekend.

The 49-year-old head of hedge fund, Meditor, staked 500,000 euros (£424,112) along with five other players for an unofficial game at the European Poker Tour in Monaco this past weekend.

Submitted by Ace King on, May/15/2013

Jason Mercier Leads Super High Roller EPT Grand Final 2013

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, who bust the Main Event yesterday in seventh place, is chip leader in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €100k Super High Roller at the end of Day 1. Mercier has 1,183,000 with Sorel Mizzi currently second with 885,000. There were 41 players today, with seven re-entries. 30 players made it through Day 1 but those who were eliminated today have until play starts tomorrow at noon to re-enter.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/13/2013

Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke Revealed as Part Owners of Defunct Poker Site

Shocking revelations have come out over the past week regarding poker pros Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke’s affiliation with shuttered  While both were well known as the faces behind the company, taped conversations released in recent days shows that the two players actually had part ownership in

Submitted by Ace King on, May/13/2013

Crockford’s Claims Phil Ivey Exploited Cards: Won’t Pay £7.8m in Winnings

Following news that poker pro Phil Ivey has sued London’s oldest casino, Crockford’s, that establishment has fought back claiming that Ivey won £7.8m by 'reading' the back of cards.

Crockford’s refuses to pay out the £7.8m.  Ivey insists he did nothing wrong.

The Daily Mail explained how the alleged scheme transpired:

Submitted by Ace King on, May/13/2013

Steve O’Dwyer Wins EPT Grand Final Main Event 2013 and €1,2 million

Steve O’Dwyer has won the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event for a massive €1,224,000 first prize after what many consider to be the best final table in history.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/12/2013

Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier at Final Table of EPT Grand Final 2013

Two of the biggest names in poker, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier, will represent the final table of the EPT Grand Final 2013.

Submitted by Press Release on, May/11/2013

Gus Hansen Approaching $10 Million Lifetime Losses on Full Tilt Poker

Gus Hansen is nearing the $10 million mark in poker, but unfortunately he’s in negative territory.

Data goes back to 2007.  Full Tilt Poker was shut down for nearly 9 months this past year.


Submitted by Ace King on, May/10/2013

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