After summarizing 2010's high stakes games online, we have completed a list over 2010's most successful poker players at Full Tilt Poker. It really ended up being the year of the "newcomers" - Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates grabbed the first place with over $5.5 million won and Andreas "Skjervoy" Torbergsen ended up in second place with almost $3,8 million.
As it goes for Brian Townsend, who was a big winner 2009, he ended up losing the most 2010. Townsend was losing almost every single month and for a long time "the battle" for the not-so-glamorous first place on 2010's biggest loser list was between him and the Finnish poker star Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies. However, Townsend ended up losing $4 million dollars and Ziigmund about $2 millions.
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582 players paid the buy-in of £1,075 and entered Event #3 (No Limit Hold´em) at WSOPE London a few days ago. The field is now down to only 9 players and it's time for the final table in a few hours time. Kaveh Payman is in the lead with 434,000 followed by Mehdi Senhaji (369,000).
All eyes, however, will be on the young Englishman JP Kelly (242,000) as he has the chance to break Phil Ivey's record of the youngest players to win three bracelets. He would also become the first player since Johnny Chan won the main event in back-to-back years to successfully defend his title.
Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, the 2004 WSOP Main Event champ, has been doing very well so far in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. He ended up in 13th place in event #25 for $4,000 and made it all the way to the final table in event #27 where he got knocked out in 3rd place ($10,000). It will be interesting to see if any other big names will have as big success in 2010 WCOOP as Greg Raymer.
About a month has pasted since the 2010 WSOP Main Event, the last event at the 2010 World Series of Poker, went on a break in wait for the final table that will be played in November. Tomorrow it's finally time for the first stop on the 2010/2011 WSOP Circuit. The first stop on the tour will take place at Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa and after that there are another 12 stops scheduled. One of these stops will take place in October outside the U.S. - Emerald Casino in South Africa.
However, according to the WSOP Circuit crew, there might even be more stops added to the tour. New for this season is that there will be a big final at Caesars Palace in April next year. One can qualify for this final, for example, via a new ranking system that was introduced this year.
Phil Ivey, the biggest star in the poker world, seems to be unstoppable at the moment. For many weeks the american poker pro has been running over his opponents at Full Tilt Poker. And it wasn't a big surprise when Phil ended up being last week's biggest winner, again. $765,301 - that's how much Phil Ivey won last week! So far this year, he has won 3.2 million dollars. Only Tom "durrrr" Dwan has won more money - $4.2 million. But you have to keep in mind that Tom Dwan has played almost 10 times as much hands. In other words, very impressing results by Phil Ivey!
Here are the top 5 winners and losers of the previous week.
Phil Ivey $765.301,00 URnotINdanger2 $459.147,80 Cole South $343.742,40 harrington25 $232.614,50 David Benefield $179.700,50
205 players returned to Amazon Room at Rio Hotel & Casino to play Day 6 of the main event yesterday. At around midnight, the tournament crew called it a day and there were only 78 players remaining. In the lead is the danish poker pro Theo Jorgensen with 9,300,000, and almost 2 million in chips behind him are Michael Mizrachi and John Racener, both from USA.
Theo Jorgensen has played extremely well in the past few days and he has been advancing in the field every day. If you ask me, I think that he deserves to be where he is right now. I'm 100% sure he will make it to the final table if he continues playing this well. And who knows, maybe he will be the second dane ever to win a Main Event? Another player to watch out for is the PokerStars Pro William Thorson from Sweden. William has been running extremely well in live tourneys this year and I hope that he will be one of the 27 players who make it to the final day before the tournament goes on a break.
For the second year in a row, the general public can vote on their favorite poker players who they think deserves to get inducted into the poker hall of fame. They may also write up to 250 words in support of their choice. On September 13, a list with the players that have received the most votes will be sent to the 16 living Hall of Fame players and a selected group of media members who will rank the nominees in order of preference. After that the Hall of Fame committee have made a final review, the top 2 vote-getters will be inducted at an enshrinement ceremony at the Main Event final table in November, 2010.
On Sunday PartyPoker's Big Game IV in London kicks off. We will get to watch an action filled 48 hour televised cash game where some of the biggest stars of poker (from all over the world) will take part. Last time the PartyPoker Big Game was played it was a huge success and this time will probably be no different since the mysterious swede Isildur1 (thanks his sponsor Tony G) and many other big names already have signed up.
In the previous PartyPoker Big Game the 2 biggest winners were Robert Williamson and Andrew Feldman. Both of them will take part in Big Game IV on Sunday as well.
708 players signed up for the Main Event of Irish Poker Open this time. Now, after that 3 days of poker have been completed, we have finally reached the final table. These are the 8 players who will play the final table later on today.
Seat 1: Peter Murphy -- 546,000 Seat 2: Ben Roberts -- 419,000 Seat 3: Edmund Sweeney -- 407,000 Seat 4: Santeri Valikoski -- 1,722,000 Seat 5: Rob Sherwood -- 497,000 Seat 6: Paul Carr -- 1,596,000 Seat 7: James Mitchell -- 1,155,000 Seat 8: Declan Connolly -- 735,000
The payout structure is quite steep, so we can probably expect a few of the finalists to be quite nervous, playing a bit tighter than they usually would do. However, it will for sure be very interesting final table to watch. The first place prize pays €600,000 and the second place €312,000. In other words, we can expect a very long and thrilling heads-up.
The 64-player starting field at the NBC national Heads-up championship was filled with the biggest names in the poker world today. Even for someone who hasn't followed poker for all that long - most of the players who took part in this tournament must be familiar. Anyhow, even though the starting field was dominated by men, it came to be a women who took down the tournament. Annie Duke played focused, concentrated and showed no fair against any player she was up against from the very first hand she played. However, she had a really, really hard road to walk since she was up against some of the world's best HU poker players.
Anyhow, in the final, Annie Duke was up against the poker legend Erik Seidel who has won not less than 8 WSOP Bracelets. Just like Annie Duke, Erik had played great poker from the very first hand in the tournament. However, Erik had also crushed some of his opponents on the way to the final table (for example: Peter Eastgate - 2008 WSOP Main Event champ) and earned lots and lots of respect as he proved to be extremely good at playing heads-up.
It came to be these 8 (2 PokerStars qualifiers) relatively unknown players who made it to the final table in the NAPT Venetian Main Event. Sam Stein, Thomas Fuller, David Paredes, Yunus Jamal, Tom Machese, Eric Blair, Daniel Clemente and John Cernuto.
Anyhow, the 2 players that dominated the final table and made it to heads-up were Sam Stein and Tom Marchese. Sam Stein took the command almost straight away, and because he had won almost every single pot in the 3 past days, no one thought that Tom Marchese stood a chance against him. However, Marchese managed to figure out Stein's game and sense his weaknesses - and exploit them. It didn't take long before Marchese had taken the command over the game and after some time he had also taken every single chip from his opponent. A big congratulations to Tom Marchese.
A new rule was recently inducted into the 2010 World Series of Poker Official Tournament Rules. The new rule says that it's not okay to have a bad smell while taking part in any of the WSOP events. If someone doesn't take care of their hygiene, the tournament staff has the right to tell the player about his bad hygiene, and also take him off the table until the problem has been taken care of.
2010 World Series of Poker Official Tournament Rules: 37 B All participants are entitled to expect civility and courtesy from one another at every Tournament table and throughout the Tournament area. Any individual who encounters behavior that is not civil or courteous -- or is abusive in any way -- is encouraged to immediately contact a Tournament official. This shall include, but is not limited to, any player whose personal hygiene has become disruptive to the other players seated at their table. The determination as to whether an individual's personal hygiene is disruptive to other players shall be determined by the Tournament Staff which may, in its discretion, implement sanctions upon any such player who refuses to remedy the situation in a manner satisfactory to Rio.
Gus Hansen had a really thought time last year. In total he lost about $5.5 million dollars. 2010, however, has started in the best possible way for the Dane. Even though there are almost another 2 weeks to go of January, he has already won about $800,000! Thanks to this great achievement, he's now the player who has won the most this year. If Gus continue playing this good, it's very possible that he gets back on track and makes up for money he lost last year.
Tom Dwan keeps on losing Not all high stakes players have had as good start of the new year as Gus Hansen. Tom "durrrr" Dwan is one of them. Dwan has lost $365,000 so far and it seems like he needs to take a break and look over his own game before he can become a winning player again.
Gus Hansen had a very hard time at the poker tables last year as he lost more than $5,5 million dollars, and probably another few millions in sportsbetting. Even though Gus probably can afford to lose this much and still play high stakes, he deiced to take a break and look over his own game. It seems like this break really has paid off, because 2010 has started in the best possible way for "The Great Dane."
Between 1 and 3 January, Gus Hansen has won over $200,000 in less than 600 hands. It seems like he has changed something in his game and is really hungry for revenge. However, it will for sure take a couple of months before we get to know whether or not Gus Hansen is going to be a big winner this year.
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