On July 3, Wednesday, the 2019 WSOP Main Event kicked off smoothly with over 1,300 players duking it out on Day 1a. This breaks the record from last year's Day 1a of 925 participants.
WSOP bracelet winner Bryan Campanello was the Day 1a chip leader with 417,500 in his bag, subsequently followed by Raymond Travis Rice (335,000), Timothy Su (297,300), Quentin Roussey (266,400), and Takehiro Kato (259,200).
A poker player who had just finished playing a game at the Rio Hotel & Casino says as he was about to leave the casino hotel's parking lot on Monday morning, July 1, he was shocked to find a man pointing a gun to his face.
Run It Once Poker was launched by a familiar face in the poker world, Phil Galfond. Since announcing the project, Phil has continuously pushed for transparency. Throughout the process, Phil shared a series of articles elaborating on every major decision Run It Once Poker made.
Opening its doors in February 2019, Run It Once Poker made a splash in the online poker scene by offering it's players 51% rakeback via their revolutionary in-game rewards feature, "Splash The Pot."
Splash The Pot creates a unique gaming experience for players by randomly splashing pots before the hand is dealt with extra cash ranging from 1 to 1,000 big blinds!
The major benefit of participating in a satellite tournament is that it gives you the chance to play in higher stakes events with a minimal buy-in. For novice and recreational players whose bankrolls do not allow them to play even the cheapest tournament events, satellites offer a unique chance to win a seat at a very affordable cost.
While in the early stages it was poker legend Phil Ivey leading the pack, on Day 4 the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner suddenly lost his grip on the goal as he took a beat after beat, which made his stack plummet down to zero, thus making way for another hopeful to take the ultimate prize.
On June 29 (Saturday) a former pro golfer from Texas was able to snag his second gold bracelet after winning Event #58 of the 2019 WSOP.
2019 WSOP Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Buy-in: $50,000 Date: June 24 to 28, 2019 Entries: 74 Prize pool: $3,552,000
Phillip Hui outlasted a player field of 74 to take home the prize money worth $1,099,311. Also, his name will be engraved on the Chip Reese Trophy.
The inaugural MILLIONS Vegas edition will run from June 28 to July 2, 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Also for the first time, there will be a $10,300 buy-in MILLIONS special edition event with a $5 million guaranteed prize pool!
$5 Million Guaranteed MILLIONS Vegas
When: June 28 to July 2, 2019
Where: Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
MILLIONS Vegas is actually a standalone $5M guaranteed ‘Special Edition' of the tour's focal Main Event, featuring a $10,300 buy-in. This Las Vegas debut of partypoker coincides with Aria's popular roster of single-day high roller tourneys and a jam-packed summer poker schedule. This special edition event comes before the much-awaited 50th anniversary of the WSOP Main Event on July 3rd.
The event has two Day 1s, with one entry allowed each day. Unlike the usual MILLIONS structure, the Las Vegas stop will let players buy-in directly into Day 2, which will stay open for the first 2 levels. Live satellites starting from just $11 at Aria shall start on June 27, Thursday.
In addition, partypoker is going to host an exclusive invite-only Players Party on July 2, Tuesday.
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Jeopardy! Champion James Holzhauer has made his WSOP debut this Monday in Las Vegas.
A pro sports gambler for over a decade, Holzhauer played in two events at the Rio Convention Center: Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit-Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em (with Mike Sexton as his partner)
Both events were scheduled on June 24, Monday.
Holzhauer said, "I decided to enter because [Poker Hall of Famer] Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my buy-ins. I don't have any plans to enter another WSOP event beyond those two. I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but I don't intend to make a career of it now, as I'm sure I wouldn't be good enough at it to justify forgoing other opportunities."
PokerMatch is the first and largest Ukrainian poker room of an independent network since 2016, and the sponsor of the Ukraine national sports poker team that won the 2019 Nations Cup in Ireland.
Players from all over the world can play poker games in Euro, Hryvnia or Dollars. 1500-6,000 people from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and many other countries play at PokerMatch simultaneously. The website and apps are available in English, Ukrainian and Russian. In addition to the standard game client for PC and mobile applications, players can also use a "vertical" mobile HTML5 client. PokerMatch is licensed in Curacao and has iTech Labs and Gaming Labs security certificates.
With the 2019 WSOP currently ongoing, the WSOP has announced this Sunday, June 23, the top 10 finalists eligible for the 2019 Poker Hall of Fame. Just one or two will be inducted.
The list of 10 poker players was created after a process of public nomination and a vetting of these nominations by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council. The decision now falls in the hands of 30 living members and 21 poker-industry media experts to determine who gets inducted.
Get ready for the biggest buy-in in poker history - at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series 2019 in London!
For the first time ever, Triton Poker is heading to London to bring you a tournament schedule featuring famous poker pros and recreational players battling it out live with nosebleed buy-ins starting at £25,000.
partypoker launched its latest major software update for the global dotcom (.com) client on Monday (June 17, 2019) as part of the update in which all players are required to choose a new alias (player name).
On June 17, starting from 09:00 BST (10:00 CET), players will be shown a pop-up window the next time they log-in to the client, asking them to create a new alias. Player names will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to the site's rules regarding appropriate language.
partypoker LIVE has announced a new concept that will now allow players a new method on how to get in to live tour events.
The latest "experiment" will have partypoker hosting Online Day 1 and Day 2 in a sole flight, online. Meanwhile, the Live Day 1 and Day 2 shall be scheduled at the host venue as always. Every player who manages to survive from either method will be in-the-money already on Day 3 at the live event!