Chris Moneymaker (left) and David Oppenheim (right) have been inducted into the prestigious Poker Hall of Fame.
The owner of the Hall of Fame, The World Series of Poker, announced on Monday during the Main Event final table celebration that two people shall become the 57th and 58th members for their exclusive club. The 10 finalists were announced earlier last month right after an online nomination procedure.
This week, Chris Moneymaker was featured on ESPN's 30 for 30 podcast, mainly discussing about his epic 2003 WSOP Main Event win. The audio documentary-series also revealed what went on at the sports network's production at that time, which was the first time ever TV viewers got to watch a WSOP tournament from beginning until the end.
Many poker players and fans alike know that it was thanks to American poker player Chris Moneymaker's historic win in the WSOP Main Event in 2003 that sparked the poker boom of the mid-noughties after he won $2.5 million from a humble $40 satellite qualifier at an online poker site.
The survivors from Day 1 A & B continued their play in this year's main event on Tuesday. The two fields were seated in different rooms in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino; survivors from Day 1a played in the Amazon Room while the B's were playing in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms. Once Day 2 was concluded, approximately 700 players survived from both fields out of the +1,900 players that came through from Day 1.
The chip leaders from Day 1, Martin Jacobson and Trey Luxemburger, could not hold on to the top through Day 2 although Jocobson played very well most of the day and finished 9th on 342,700 chips. Luxemburger finished the day on 64th with a stack worth 186,800. The man that bagged the most after Day 2 is a relatively unknown player called Tim Stansifer who took over the lead with a chip count of 481,500.
The 2014 WSOP's Main Event kicked off this weekend on Saturday. There were 771 players that sat down at the tables at the Rio for Day 1A of this year's $10,000,000 1st place guarantee event. No other than the legendary 2005 main event winner Joe Hachem kicked off the event by announcing the classic "Shuffle up and Deal".
Day 1A gathered some famous poker faces. No less than 5 previous gold bracelet winners were among the participants: Tom McEvoy, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Merson, and Ryan Riess.
Once Day 1A concluded, the chip leader was Sweden's Martin Jacobson who bagged 200,100 chips for round 2. The young Swede has earned a total of $1,204,983 in WSOP winnings where the major part comes from finishing on 6th place in 2013's Event #47: One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em where he won $807,427.
The 2014 UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) is currently in Nottingham, a city famed for its links to the legend of Robin Hood. Two of three starting days of the £1 MILLION GUARANTEE MAIN EVENT are already in the books and 155 players of 594 entries are through to Day 2 so far.
According to PokerStars Blog, the 2005 WSOP Main Event winner and Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker fell during Day 1B. It will be interesting to see if he uses his second bullet to play Day 1C. You can follow the action from UKIPT Nottingham on the live stream below.
Live Stream Schedule: May 11 at 15:00 CET (13:00 GMT) and May 12 at 16:00 CET (14:00 GMT)
This year's main event kicked off on Saturday with the first of three starting flights (1a, 1b & 1c). Day 1 A gathered close to a thousand players (943). There were a few known faces that was seated during the first day such as "Joe Cada, Pius Heinz, Olivier Busquet, Brian Rast, Justin Bonomo, Elio Fox and Ivan Demidov". However, none of them finished the day in top 10:
The second start flight had a higher number of participants when the 1,942 players sat down around the tables on Sunday. Day 1 B had no less than five former WSOP Main Event champions: Greg Raymer, Scotty Nguyen, Doyle Brunson, Chris Moneymaker and Dan Harrington. Top 10 Chip Count:
We will be back with chip counts once Day 1 C has been concluded.
It's time to get excited as Bet Raise Fold: The Story of Online Poker (the first feature-length documentary film about the online poker boom) is set to be released in June, 2013! Check out the latest trailer below and feel free to discuss it in our forum.
The player field is now down to 22 in the 2011 PCA Main Event in Bahamas. Leading the field is a woman, the only one left in the tournament. Ana Marquez played fantastic poker during Day 4 and one can't saying anything else than it's a well deserved lead! So what happened to Chris Oliver who was in the lead with 3.67 million when Day 4 started? Well, not much to be honest. Oliver's stack remained almost the same all Day 4 and he ended the day with 3.27 million chips. However, Max Lehmanski, Oliver's closes competitor when Day 4 started, was sent off the rail during the day.
A few notable players that still have the chance to reach the final table and battle for the first prize of 2.3 million dollars are Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker, Mike Sowers, Eric Froehlich, Eddy Sabsat and Sam Stein.
The 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is getting closer and closer to its final table. 3 days of poker have been played so far, and now we are are waiting for Day 4 to start. 48 players will return today and continue the fight towards the final table - in order to get a big share from the huge prize pool.
Chip leader of the tournament is Chris Oliver with 3.6 million chips. Other players with healthy stacks that will join him at the poker tables today are, for example, the 2003 WSOP Champ Chris Moneymaker (1.6m), Max Lehmanski (2.3m), Mike Sowers (1.36m), and Sam Stein (970,000).
The 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is now down to a 173-player field and we're now waiting for the 3rd day to start. Chip leader is Adam Geyer with 909,000. Folling him are Ilan Rouah with 795,000 and Chris Oliver with 792,500. Unfortunately many of PokerStars biggest names fell out of the field during 2 of the tournament, Liv Boeree, Joe Cada, Dario Minieri, Viktor Blom etc.
Day 1b of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is now in the books. Not less than 913 players signed up for Day 1b and in total the tournament has attracted 1560 players. This means that a prize pool of $15,132,000 and a first prize of $2.3 million is up for grabs. The most interesting player who made it to day Day 2 from Day 1b is Viktor "Isildur1" Blom from Sweden. Blom will bring a 141k stack with him to Day 2 of the tournament and will do everything in his power to reach the final table - just like the other 644 remaining players.
Chip leader of the tournament is no one else than Pieter de Korver with 245,300 chips, but he can't sit back and relax yet as there are plenty of good players, Chris MoneyMaker etc, not far behind in chips. Day 2 will be a very thrilling day to follow since there are so many good players left. Personally, I will keep an eye on Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.
413 players made it to Day 2 of the tournament - 116 of them will return to the tables today and play day 3 of the tournament. These 116 player are now to battle for some serious money. Chip leader is no one else than Nick Schulman, the man who won the fourth season of WPT and has lots of great results in other major tournaments.
Other notables in the top of the field of remaining players are Chris Moneymaker (457,000), Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro (552,000), Victoria Coren (236,500) and Ramzi Jelassi (411,000). There are a few other familiar faces left in the tournament as well, however, they can be found further down in the field.
Lots of players (many familiar faces) took part in EPT Main Event Day 1b. Unfortunately many notables went off the trail during the day. Just to mention a few, Eric Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu, Tony G, ElkY, Boris Becker, Pieter de Korver (last year's champ), Jason Mercier.
Of course a few notables made it to Day 2 as well. Joe Cada, Isabelle Mercier, Marcel Luske and Joe Hachem and a few more. But still - would have been nice if more notables made it through Day 1b.
Around 400 player will be returning to play Day 2 of the tournament today. Chip leader is Thiago Decano (264,2000) followed by Paul Berende (195,500) and Tommaso Briotti (175,400). A bit further down in the felt we can find a few big names. For example the PokerStars Pros Joe Cada (123,600) and Alex Gomes (122,800).
351 players took the felt in Day 1a of EPT Monte Carlo, which was played yesterday. Around 180 players made it through the day and will now get a day of rest before its time for Day2. Among the players who made it to Day 2 we find a few notables - Chris Moneymaker, Neil Channing, Men Nguyen, Chris Bjorin, Greg Raymer and a few more.
Many big names failed to make it to Day 2 as well. Just to mention a few, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Barry Greenstein, Phil Laak and Gavin Griffin.
Around 500 players are expected to take part in Day 1b of the tournament. Lets hope that the second starting day will be more acton filled and exciting than Day 1a was.