Tom Dwan explains in his own way what's wrong with playing Texas Hold'em live these days. In the interview he wishes to keep recreational players active in the game and shares his insights on what else is wrong with poker tournaments.
Gus Hansen is one of the few high-stakes poker pros that gives us a glimpse of what goes on behind the doors of Bobby's Room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Last week, he shared yet another session of a high-stakes poker cash game called The Big Game.
Kenneth Kee came so close in taking down the first event of the 2018 Triton Poker High Roller Series Jeju on July 25, and he only finished as runner-up when he lost in a heads-up match against Nick Schulman in the HK$100,000 short-deck NLHE event. However, Kee didn't lose hope, because a week later he found himself in the same spot again, this time against Cary Katz at the HK$1,000,000 Short Deck NLHE event, and this one was truly meant for him as he won to take home the colossal first-place cash prize worth HK$22,500,000 (or around USD 2,925,000).
On July 15, 2018, "the WSOP and One Drop announce the return of The BIG ONE for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament capped at a maximum of 48 players and the most significant charity initiative in poker history.
Instead of just paying Aussie Matt Kirk back all of the $3 million he borrowed (during their late-night poker session in 2017 at the Aria casino in Las Vegas) and get on with his life in peace, King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik has yet again filed a second countersuit against the poker pro who loaned him the cash.
Poker Central continues to think of new ways on how to spread the influence and excitement in poker gaming, and now they are proud to present to the poker community their short documentary series entitled "Stories from the Felt" and the episodes are available at PokerGO.
It looks like Davidi Kitai's luck has been super high thanks to his wife's baby bump, which inspired him to win the first prize of €700,000 ($862,772) in the second of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final €25,500 Super High Rollers in Casino Barcelona, Spain.
Many were happily surprised when poker legend Gus Hansen made a comeback to online high-stakes cash games on Wednesday this week. "The Great Dane" joined Sam Trickett, King's Casino owner Leon "KingsOfLeon" Tsoukernik and some other poker players with deep enough pockets to play $100/$200 Pot Limit Omaha at partypoker.
On March 21, 2018 Wednesday, player AmSoGood made a quick but sweet $117,000 off of Viktor ‘Isildur1' Blom after defeating him at a heads-up PLO match in the wee hours that day.
The two sat down just after midnight struck at a $200/$400 PLO table, and they then had a second go at it a quarter of an hour after that. Their total session lasted for only 37 minutes, had 80 hands total on the first table and 41 on the second.
Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky wins twice this week and on both counts, he came up top on the Biggest Winners list of online high stakes tables at PokerStars.
On March 21, 2018 Wednesday, it appears that American legend Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky is definitely on a roll, as he managed to win yet again a big one and came out on the top spot in the PokerStars high stakes leaderboard. The one he beat heads-up at the $100/$200 tables to get that nice payout - it's Swedish pro BERRI SWEET - the very same one he beat back on March 19, 2018 Monday, winning $90,770 that day!
On March 17, 2018 Saturday, at a PokerStars high stakes online poker action, it was Viktor ‘Isildur1' Blom who managed to grab the top spot on the leaderboard with a whopping $159,576 win after emerging victorious at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables.
On Friday, March 9, Danish poker pro Gus Hansen posted on his Instagram account that he's in the legendary Bobby's Room at the Bellagio playing with other high-stakes poker pros with stakes going to the levels of $1,500/$3,000!
A week after Viktor ‘Isildur' Blom won the Main Event at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Main Event for $1,048,153, the high stakes cash games continued at the King's Casino Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
Even though the consideration of NL€800 and PLO€800 as "high stakes" could be a little misleading for those who really are aware of what true high stakes online poker games are, nevertheless, they were a sound decision for Unibet when they introduced these high stakes games back in March 2017. However, it was only less than a year after their introduction that the management had decided that the games are "currently too rich for their philosophy", and so they have lowered the highest stakes back to their original NL€400 & PLO€400.
Saturday, January 6, 2018, was Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky's lucky day, as he was crowned the first prize winner at the PokerStars high stakes tables. He won a total of $110,744 at PokerStars $1k/$2k 8-Game tables, playing heads-up against Russian poker pro Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov.
Many people who aren't too familiar with the ways of the poker world may believe that those poker pros who win at tournaments get to take all the millions of cash they won with them, but little do they know that there's a lot more being lost when it comes to huge buy-ins, re-buys and not to mention the scores of other little deals (i.e. sponsors) to settle after a tourney has been won.
Whether this is some sort of practical joke, this most recent Youtube video of Doug "WCGRider" Polk slamming a US$5 million heads-up challenge on Tom "durrrr" Dwan's face looks like it's going to be a very interesting spectacle, should it happen.
At the all-new Poker After Dark, poker fans anticipated the comeback of Tom "durrrr" Dwan, and they were not disappointed as Dwan's poker prowess has once again manifested, allowing him to win a $700,000 pot against Antonio Esfandiari during the first day of the 3-day show.
The winner of the 2017 High Roller for One Drop victor Doug Polk shall be facing off against the world's all-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth for a massive $200,000 on the 4th week of August at the Rivers Casino located just outside of Albany, New York.
In the world of poker, when someone mentions the name Phil Ivey, most people would throw out a flurry of various topics surrounding the controversial and mysterious poker pro. However, whatever they say, Phil Ivey is still considered as one of the world's best poker players of today.
The tranquil atmosphere brought about by super high-stakes poker pros who are labeled to be some of the most collected and calm personalities was interrupted briefly this past weekend, when a short display of violence sparked out in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio casino.
Tom Dwan, best known as "durrrr" at Full Tilt's high-stakes tables before Black Friday, made a rare appearance in a live poker tournament last weekend when he entered the HK$500,000 (approx. US $64,000) Super High Roller of the 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker (MBP) Spring Challenge.
Doug "WCG|Rider" Polk has recently uploaded to his Youtube channel a remarkable video in which he reviews the top 5 largest pots that high-stakes poker pro Isildur1 ever played, and describes each one in detail.
Poker legends Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey (left to right in picture) all headed to Bellagio last week for some high-stakes action. With ‘high-stakes action' we are not only referring to high stakes cash games but also proposition bets!
If you've followed the high stakes games on PokerStars lately, you probably know that the action has been great and that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has won some serious cash. The fact is that the Swede has won over $3 million since the end of August and is currently up $3.7 million this year (Hands: 194,493 hands; most played game: Draw).
Last week we reported about EPT Barcelona's biggest and most important events. Aside from all record-breaking tournaments, there were several interesting high stakes cash games running at Casino Barcelona during the poker festival. This might be the most intersting pot, though. On Wednesday, 27th September, Dani "Ansky" Stern wrote on 2+2 about how he was cheated out of €18k in a €100/€200 Pot Limit Omaha cash game.
Things can change quickly in the game of poker. A great example on that is Viktor "isildur1" Blom's incredible winning streak in the past 2 weeks or so. In the beginning of August the 24-year-old Swede's overall result on PokerStars was about -$1 million --- today it is almost +$1.8 million! In total, he's up 2.7 million dollars playing on the world's largest poker site in the month of August!
Viktor "isildur1" Blom has been doing great in the past few days on PokerStars nosebleed tables. According to HighStakesDB, the 24-year-old Swede's winning streak began on Friday and he's currently up $2.3 million in the past 7 days.
Poker King Club President Winfred Yu revealed to PokerNews about a week ago that Phil Ivey and Daniel "jungleman12" Cates were in Manila for some high stakes cash games. Believe it or not but, according to Yu, some games had blinds of HK$20,000/$40,000/$80,000 (approx. $2,500/$5,000/$10,000).
In 2009, Tom "durrrr" Dwan was at the top of his career playing high-stakes heads-up cash games online. The fact is that he was so confident in his game that he offered anyone 3-1 odds on $500k who could beat him in heads up after 50,000 hands. He posted the below message on a poker forum.
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has not created any headlines for quite some time now. The main reasons are that he's not been running that good nor lost any major sums (well, compared to what many of us are used to hear about).
There will be no $1 million buy-in tournament (Big One for One Drop) at the World Series of Poker this summer, but that doesn't mean that there won't be any other tournaments this year with massive buy-ins. On February 19th, Tom Hall, who participated in the 2014 Big One for One Drop and is a regular in Macau's biggest cash games, posted the following message on twitter.
On Saturday, poker pro Kyle Loman tweeted about a massive game taking place in Bobby's Room at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Todd Brunson, son of poker legend Doyle Brunson, and Andy Beal, a Texas billionaire who made his fortune through real estate and banking, played heads-up limit hold'em with $50,000/$100,000 blinds. The two bought in for $5 million each and Brunson had all the chips in play at the end of the game.
A former Danish high-stakes poker player has been reported to the department of economical fraud in Denmark. The reason is that several players of the Danish poker community have found trojan horses on their computers that they believe were installed by the suspect in question. The accused could allegedly see the other players hole cards on different poker sites.
In case you missed it, a French poker documentary (produced and directed by Victor Samont) called Nosebleed was recently released on YouTube.
The documentary is about two young French poker players who have been playing the biggest online cash games since 2009 and their dreams of winning a gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Gus Hansen has surpassed $20 million in all-time career losses after yet another disastrous week at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables. Hansen has lost approximately $920k this month alone, bringing his losses this year to $5.5 million!
There have some incredible games running at Full Tilt Poker in the last few weeks. Last week was no different, including Saturday's games where big names such as Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Gus Hansen, Alex "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn, Niki Jedlicka and Daniel "jungleman12" Cates battled each other at the nosebleed tables. The latter, Daniel Cates, ended up winning an incredible $677.4k on Saturday!
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom got the best possible start to 2014 as he was up over $2.2 million already in February. However, as many of you already know, he has been bleeding money since the amazing winning streak and been down over $2 million at one points. Now it looks like the Swede is having a decent comeback given that he has booked some nice wins in the past week, including a $237k profit on Saturday and a $424.1k win the following day.
On Thursday, PokerStars released a short documentary about its Team Online member Alex "Kanu7" Millar - who has earned over 3.3 million dollars on PokerStars since May 2011. The documentary covers his journey from playing freerolls to playing the world's biggest online cash games. If you like to learn more about Alex Millar and the filming of the short documentary, then make sure to read his blog below the video. Enjoy!
Iraj Parvizi, a 48-year-old wealthy Iranian-Born financier, is currently taking legal action against Les Ambassadeurs Casino. Parvizi is requesting the London casino to pay him back the £10,000,000 he has lost over the past 4 years in high-stakes poker games in which he claims to have been cheated out of money by poker pros.
After dropping approximately $1.4 million in 3 weeks at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables, Phil "OMGClayAiken"Galfond seems to have turned things around for the better. According to an news article on Highstakesdb yesterday, the 29-year-old American Pro had won $1.1 million in the past 4 days.
It's been a while since we made some news on the high-stakes poker games online. The most notable winner at Full Tilt's nosebleed tables in the past few days is Niklas "ragen70" Heinecker (picture), who was the biggest winner last year with $6,190,599 (65,577 hands over 506 sessions).
World Poker Tour Alpha8, a series of high-stakes tournaments (with buy-ins starting at $100,000 per event!) played at some of the most exclusive resorts in the world, will premier on Sunday on Fox Sports 1! In total, four Alpha8 tournament have been played to date, including the first stop in Florida in August last year that saw 18 players (3 rebuys were made) battle it out for a $2 million prize pool!
There has been a lot of talk about the high-stakes cash games in Macau in the past few years, but, unfortunately, the information on these cash games have mostly been speculations and rumours as many of the players taking part usually aren't willing to share their stories.