Throughout the years, charity poker events have proven to be something that works in raising money for good causes, and this one event in California managed to get an extremely famous host on Sunday night.
It's quite an unusual crossover of ESPN's World Series of Poker meets E!'s Keeping Up With The Kardashians in this charity poker tournament.
It looks like Phil Hellmuth can't stop smiling, because he has finally won the 15th bracelet of his poker career in this year's WSOP Event #71 $5,000 NLHE (30-min levels) and he even has a plump sum of $485,082 to take home to his wife!
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.
On October 7, Doug ‘WCGRider' Polk uploaded a Youtube video showing his one-on-one basketball match against Phil Hellmuth in Pittsburgh, a 10-1 odds on a three-point shot on the first try without even warming up. It is Polk's $10,000 versus Helmuth's $1,000. Guess who had the most fun and won in the end?
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.
King's Casino (Rozvadov, Czech Republic) will host its first World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) One Drop High Roller along with a Little One for One Drop tourney in November. The flagship tournament has a massive €10,000,000 guarantee and 50 players have already committed to play it by forking out a €11,000 non-refundable deposit each.
14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth made a short guest appearance on the latest episode of award nominated Showtime drama show ‘Billions', which is produced by Rounders creator Brian Koppelman. Hellmuth pretty much plays himself hosting a charity event for the rich and successful in the episode titled ‘Optimal Play'.
It's rather unusual that live tournaments with buy-ins around $1,000 attract many (if any) players from the poker elite, but the $1,100 Omaha Hi-Low/Stud Hi-Low event at the 2017 L.A. Poker Classic managed to do just that.
With just about 3 weeks to go until the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table, Phil Hellmuth announced via a video clip last Tuesday that he will coach November Niner Federico Butteroni, who will bring the smallest stack to the final table (15 big blinds). Hellmuth is hopeful, though. Well, he must be since he has decided to dedicate five days of his life to prepare Butteroni for the final table, where a first-place prize of $7,680,021 is at stake.
14-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth answered questions on reddit.com over the weekend. It was a so-called ASK ME ANYTHING (AMA) interview, which made it possible for anyone to ask him anything under the sun. Here are the highlights...
The second day of the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event began with 327 players and concluded with just 41. Timur Margolin finished the day out in front with 1.4 million in chips. Close behind him is Raghav Bansal, who was the chip leader for a long time on Day 2, with 1.2 million.
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship is down to 12 players after two days of play. Although Adam Owen sits at top of the chip counts heading into Day 3, all eyes will be on Phil Hellmuth when the cards are back in the air.
As you probably already know there will be no $1,000,000 tourney (Big One for One Drop) at this summer's World Series of Poker, however, there will be a $500,000 buy-in event called Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) in the beginning of July - just days before the 2015 WSOP Main Event begins.
In case you missed it, the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) kicked off on October 2nd at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The AUD$10,000 buy-in Main Event started on Sunday and Day 2 is currently on a dinner break. There are approximately 100 players left of 329 entries. The chip leader is Ivan Zhou with 293k. Jackie Glazier is in second place with 285k.
Businessman, entrepreneur, politician, basketball manager and poker pro. Antonas "Tony G" Gouga has many irons in the fire to say the least. Last week he could cross off another thing on his "bucket list" as he got married to his girlfriend of two years, Aiste Slapokaite.
No bracelet number 14 for Mr. Phil Hellmuth this time as he ended up in 6th place in Event #61: Seven Card Stud ($10,000 buy-in). Well, a big congratulations to Matt "Grapes" Grapenthien for besting an extremly tough field of 102 players to claim his first gold bracelet and $268,473 in prize money!
Grepenthien, a well respected online cash game grinder with some minor live tournament cashes dating back to 2004, overcame multiple chip disadvantages during the 9-hour final table, including the heads-up match against Todd Brunson.
The $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship attracted a field of 102 players when it started two days ago. Leading the way into the third and final day of the tournament is Todd Brunson, son of poker legend Doyle Brunson.
Vanessa Selbst Wins Event #2: Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em
Although Jason Mo dominated a great part of the final heads-up match of Event #2: Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em, it was Vanessa Selbst who stood tall as the winner at the end of all! Besides the top prize of $871,148 (She now has over $10 million in career live tournament earnings), Selbst received her third WSOP gold bracelet for besting a field of 131 entries! Jason Mo received $538,308 for his second place finish, which was his third runner-up finish in a WSOP event since 2010!
As a part of the annual fund-raiser weekend known as Tiger Jam, which raises money to the Tiger Woods Foundation that helps improving the health, education and welfare of children in the USA, an exclusive 50-player $10,000 buy-in charity tournament (presented by the World Poker Tour) was played last Friday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel casino in Las Vegas.
68 of 328 players are "alive 'n' kicking" after two days of play at World Poker Tour World Championship (sponsored by PartyPoker) in Atlantic City, USA. The chip leader is Eric Afriat (Champions Club) with 1,003,000 and he's well ahead of the rest of the field.
Hedge fund manager and poker pro Dan Shak will be hosting the annual "All In for Kids" charity poker event on Thursday. The event will be held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York and will be filmed for national television and air as a part of a future World Poker Tour broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
In addition to wealthy CEO's, celebrities and athletes, poker pros including Vanessa Selbst, Mike Sexton and Phil Hellmuth will participate in the tournament. The event has raised more than $4.3 million over the past five years. All money raised will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Event #8: €25,600 High Roller, the final bracelet event at the 2013 WSOPE in Paris, kicked off yesterday and attracted 75 entrants. The first day lasted for six levels and approximately 62 players made it through the day. Canada's Sorel Mizzi will be leading the way with 268,800 chips to the second day, and not far behind are big names such as Scott Seiver (248,200), Antonio Esfandiari (229,000) and Phil Ivey (182,800)
The cards will be back in the air at 1.00 PM local time and registration will remain open for the first 5 levels, so hopefully Phil Hellmuth will join in on the action and take a shot at bracelet number 14!
Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry saw 659 entries and the remaining 9 players will return to play later on today and battle it out at the final table - where a first prize of €129,700 and a WSOP gold bracelet are at stake!
Five events of the 44th annual WSOP concluded during the weekend. Here's a short summary.
Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em 535 players was seated when event #12 started on the 5th of June.After two days and some seven hours, there was only one player left - Lev Rofman. Mr.Rofman left the event as the last man standing and $166,136 in prize winnings. The last table below:
Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better Event #13 concluded after three days. It was no other than Mike "The Mouth" Matusow whom secured his fourth gold bracelet and $266,503 in first-place prize. The final table concluded as below:
David "Bakes" Baker
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em This event was also a three day battle where Jonathan Taylor out-played the field of 1,819 players. After hitting a pair of 9's on the turn in the last hand, Taylor won his bracelet and left the table with $454,424 in prize winnings. The last table finished as below:
Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 862 players participated in event #15 that started on Friday, June 7th. Two days later, Tom Schneider took home his third gold bracelet and the first prize of $258,960 after terminating Owais Ahmed. The top ten finishers of event #15 below:
Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Canadian Mark Radoja took home the first place of the prestigious heads-up event #16. 162 participants and $1,522,800 in the total prize pool gave Mr. Radoja a nice first prize amount of $336,190. WSOP bracelet legend (13 bracelets and $12,253,057 in WSOP winnings), Phil Hellmuth finished on fifth place and earned $54,024. Below is the top eight finishers of event #16:
On Tuesday, WSOP announced the 2013 WSOP Europe schedule. The 7th Annual WSOPE offers seven gold bracelet events and will run October 12 to October 25, 2013 in Paris, France. The highlights of the tournament will be a brand new €25,000+€600 No Limit Hold'em High Roller event and, of course, the main event. Last year the main event was played in Cannes and Phil Hellmuth bested a field of 420 players and laid hands on $1.3 million and his 13th bracelet! The organisers of the tournament believe that this year's main event will attract more players thanks to the move to Paris.
"New tournament dates and 12 million Parisians have us aiming for the largest Main Event in Europe," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "Baguettes and Bracelets; Champagne and Cash; we think is a winning recipe for the 2013 WSOP Europe."
Click here to check the complete tournament schedule.
A total of 146 players signed up for the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship. The tournament kicked off last Saturday at Bellagio in Las Vegas and now, after two days of play, there are 66 players left. Mike Linster will bring the largest stack (744,000) to the tables tonight and Dan Shak (617,300) and Antonio Esfandiari (536,100) are ranked second and third.
Apart from Linster, Shak and Esfandiari, there are quite a few poker stars alive and kicking, including Jake Cody (Day 2's Players of The Day) Phil Hellmuth (307k), Matt Salsberg (130k), Erick Lindgren (124k), Daniel Negreanu (124), Jason Mercier (109k) and Scotty Nguyen (81k).The money bubble will burst when 15 players remain ($49,210 minimum cash); the winner will take home an incredible $1,150,297!
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is the winner of the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Championship! Matusow defeated Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi in the first round, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in the second, Barry Greenstein in the third, John Hennigan in the quarterfinals, Scott Seiver in the semifinals and then faced Phil Hellmuth in the best-of-three-series final.
The first round of the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship finished a few moments ago, with 32 players moving on to Round 2. One of the most interesting matches of Round 1 was the one between Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Andrew Lichtenberger, who Daniel Negreanu predicted would win the tournament.
The 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship ($20,000 buy-in -- invitation-only) begins today and runs for the next 2 days. Viktor Blom, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Dan Cates and Tom Dwan are a few of the well-known players who take part in the tournament (64 players in total). Daniel Negreanu, who decided to withdraw from the tournament yesterday, has been replaced by David "Doc" Sands. Here is the official NBC Heads-Up bracket (click to enlarge):
A big congratulations to Phil 'The Poker Brat' Hellmuth who outlasted a field of 420 players in the 2012 WSOPE Main Event in Cannes, France! This was the poker legend's bracelet victory number 13, and it occurred only three months after his 12th win at the WSOP (Event #18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz)!
Today the WSOP Europe Main Event final table will be played, and guess what? It will be one of the best final tables in a very long time! Phil Hellmuth has the lead with 3,434,000 chips and the chance of winning his 13th gold bracelet! Joseph Cheong (1,966,000 chips - ranked 3), the third-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2010, is looking for his first gold bracelet victory! Jason Mercier (652,000 chips - ranked 7), the man who's widely considered one of the world's best tournament players, is on the hunt for a third gold bracelet. Below is a brief introduction of the 8 finalists who will be fighting for a first place prize of €1,022,376!
The final table is very, very close now. At the moment 11 players have chips left, including Phil Hellmuth who leads the pack with a 2.8 million stack. Another 3 players need to be eliminated before the final table is set and the tournament goes on a break until tomorrow.
The remaining 11 players are guaranteed €52,416 each, the 8 finalists will be guaranteed €84,672 each - with the chance of taking home an amazing €1,022,376 first place prize.
On Tuesday, the World Series of Poker Main Event continued with Day 3 from the Majestic Barrière in Cannes, France. The remaining 77 players of 420 played six levels of poker during the day, and by the end of the night, 24 players had chips left and Joseph Cheong, who finished 3rd in the 2010 WSOP Main Even, had the chip lead. Apart from Cheong, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth made it through the day with healthy stacks. Other familiar faces to survive the day were, for example, Liv Boeree, David Benyamine and Andy Frankenberger.
There are now 77 remaining players of 420 in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Michael Mizrachi held a significant lead over his next closest competitor, Day 1b chip leader Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier when Day 2 started. "The Grinder" played loose-aggressive game that took him, and his opponents, for a wild rollercoaster ride. Eventually he was eliminated in in Level 11 where he joined Vanessa Rousso, Joe Hachem, Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and many other big names on the rail.
On Thursday, a total of 52 players returned to play Day 2 of Event #5: Mixed Max (No-Limit Hold'em). Jennifer Tilly had the lead when the day started and Faraz Jaka was the closest opponent.
After several hours of 6-handed action, just as planned, the second day of the tournament ended when 16 players had chips left, and both Jaka (3rd place with 258,100) and Tilly (9th place with 163,300) were among the survivors. Other notables to make it through the day were, for example, Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bertrand Grospellier and Jason Mercier. However all the pros mentioned above were overshadowed by another player...
Yesterday the third and final part (running) of the Phil Hellmuth Vs Tony G Triathlon took place outside the Hilton Hotel in St.Julian's, Malta. Tony G started the 6-lap running competition with a 1 minute and 6 seconds advantage thanks to a better winning time in the basketball event. However, many considered Hellmuth to be the better runner of the two, so it was set to be a thrilling ending of the triathlon. Check out the video below to see if Hellmuth managed to catch up with Tony G.
In case you missed it, Tony G and Phil Hellmuth have not only been taking part in World Poker Tour Malta main event in the past few days, but they have also been competing in basketball and swimming as a part of an ongoing triathlon. Tony G won the first leg (basketball) and Phil Hellmuth won the swimming event - just like expected. However, Tony G had a better time when he won and will therefore get a 1 minute and 6 seconds advantage in the last competition of three, running.
After eight-levels of thrilling poker, the third day's player field had been narrowed down from 27 players to a final table with only 6 players, and for the third successive day it was Jackson Genovesi who had the lead. Jackson will bring 1,553,000 chips to today's final table, and his closest opponent is Yorane Kerignard with 1,422,000 chips.
A lot of well-known players hit the rail during Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Malta main event. Just to mention a few of them: Jason Mercier, Erik Cajelais, Jonathan Duhamel and 12-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who was visibly upset when his A[c]K[c] didn't make it in a three-way all in.
Just a few hours after Matthew Salsberg, producer of the popular TV series Weeds, took down the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the main event at WPT Malta kicked off at Portomaso Casino in St.Julians. Day 1a only attacked a field of 64 players willing to pay the €3,300 buy-in. The reason for this might be because of several expensive WCOOP on PokerStrars and/or that WPT Grand Prix de Paris was to close.
The 2012 WSOP has finally reached the main event. The 10 day event kicked off on Saturday the 7th of July with the first of three starting days and attracted 1,066 players, which according to WSOP.com "was a 19% increase from last year’s opening session". The main event has a buy-in of $10,000 and after the first day's session only 657 players remained. Among the known players that were kicked out during the first day of event 1A were the 12-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, the 1993 champion Jim Bechtel and Joe Hachem who got his only bracelet after winning the 2005 main event.
The chipleader after the first day is William John who managed to get a good start; 100,000 chips a head of the second placement which is held by Gerardo Lubas who cashed $8,920 from this year's event #46. The top ten standings from Day 1A is:
1. William John - 266,700 2. Gerardo Lubas - 165,825 3. Daniel Strelitz - 164,125 4. Dane Lomas - 157,600 5. Cary Katz - 154,850 6. Benjamin Pollak - 144,200 7. Chance Kornuth - 141,775 8. Jonathan Cuevas - 141,675 9. Jared Okun - 141,350 10. Eric Kurtzman - 136,900
The most expensive tournament in poker history has come to an end - The Big One for One Drop ($1,000,000 buy-in). Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari ended up taking home the whole thing and bank-account busting $18,346,673 - the richest prize in poker history. Besides that, he received his second gold bracelet after winning the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event in 2004 for $184,860.
The Big One for One Drop ($1,000,000 buy-in) is now down to only 8 players. Antonio Esfandiari holds the lead with 39,925,000 chips, and Sam Trickett is not far behind with his 37,000,000 stack. Brian Rast, the Day 1 chip leader, is still in the tournament, but he's now in 4th place with 11,350,000 million chips.