Doyle Brunson shall be the main feature of Poker After Dark's "Godfather Week" and he will be playing two special high-stakes mixed game sessions right inside Bobby's Room at the Bellagio in October 23 and 24.
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.
The lucrative week-long high-stakes poker tournament series Poker Masters is finally getting to a very interesting conclusion at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with Brian ‘tsarrast' Rast emerging on top after Day 1 of the Poker Masters $100,000 Buy-in No-limit Hold'em event.
The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, one of the most prestigious events of the WSOP, drew a field of 91 players this year. It took five days and nights of playing a wide mix of games until the final hand was dealt on the ESPN main stage at the Rio on Thursday.
Brian Rast endured and prevailed his prop bet bike ride starting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, but those who strictly tuned in would say that it was a close call. Halfway through the 48-hour allotted deadline, because of the high winds and without the help of a drafting van, Rast was not yet even at the mid-way point near Barstow, CA.
On Monday (April 25), Brian Rast was challenged to repeat Bilzerian's cycling prop bet - he stands to win $600,000 from Bilzerian and Perkins, while only needing to shell out $100,000 of his own money should he fail.
Earlier this year some of you might have heard about a potential MMA fight between Sorel Mizzi and Luke Schwartz. Well, Schwartz ended up backing down from the challenge, claiming that he didn't have the time and effort to make the fight happen.
The Main Event has been narrowed down from 668 entries to 30 players after 3 intensive days of play at Crown Melbourne. Raiden Kan finished Day 3 with the chip lead (1,775,000), but all eyes will be on defending champion Ami Barer (443k) and two-time AU$250k Challenge winner Phil Ivey (439k) when Day 4 kicks off.
The World Poker Tour Five Diamonds World Poker Classic has been running over the weekend at Bellagio in Las Vegas. A total of 449 players entered the competition and there are 59 players remaining after 3 days of play. The chip leader is Don Nguyen with 774,500, and he will be joined at the poker tables tonight by several poker stars, including Dan O'Brien (504,500), Brian Rast (459,500), Joe Serock (430,000), Jeff Madsen (353,500) and Scotty Nguyen (149,500).
The money bubble will burst when 45 players remain, which should occur early in Day 4. A minimum cash is worth $21,700 and the winner will take home an increadible $1,161,135! Tune back in tomorrow for another update!
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.
The first day of the most expensive tournament in poker history has come to an end. Not less than 48 brave (and rich) players entered the $1,000,000 buy-in tournament The Big One for One Drop (Event #55 - No-Limit Hold'em).
After 9 levels of play, the first day came to an end with 37 players (players that were eliminated on the day included, for example, Jens Kyllönen, Jonathan Duhamel, Paul Phua, Erik Seidel, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Nick Schulman, Eugene Katchalov, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Giovanni Guarascio.). Brian Rast tops the the remaining field with his 10,7100,000 stack, Phil Hellmuth is in second place with 8,395,000 chips.
What a comeback by Brian Rast! He was down to about 2 million and almost out of the tournament a while ago. Now, about 10-15 minutes later, he's the champion and $1,720,328 richer! This was his second bracelet at the 2011 WSOP! Very impressive!
This is how the last 2 hands were played out.
Hand #216 Brian Rast had the button and raised to 240k. Phil Hellmuth called. The flop fell Q[s]7[h]8[h], and Hellmuth bet 300k. Rast called. The turn was the 4[c], Hellmuth checked, and Rast checked as well. The river was the 4[d] and Hellmuth betted 300k. Rast folds, and Hellmuth won the pot.
There are now only 2 players remaining in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. Phil Hellmuth is in the lead with 13,940,000 chips against Brian Rast's 5,260,000 stack. We might be only minutes away from the final hand being played. In fact, Rast was almost out of chips a while ago, but then he doubled up though Hellmuth. Anyhow, Phil Hellmuth has fantastic chance of winning his 12th WSOP bracelet and also take home the biggest win of his entire poker career.
The Event #55: The Poker Player's Championship final table is running at the moment. There are 3 players left: 11-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast, and Minh Ly. Brian Rast is in the lead with 9,5 million chips, Phil Hellmuth is in second place with 6,8 million, and Minh Ly has about 2,8 million.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's getting extremely exciting! All players are guaranteed at least $665,763 each. The winner will get $1,720,328 and the coveted gold bracelet, and the runner-up will get $1,063,034. Personally, I hope that Phil Hellmuth will win his 12th bracelet and take home the biggest cash in his career.
We will return with an update as soon as a winner has been crowned! Stay tuned!
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