Last month, Aria High Roller regular Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli got indicted over a $6.2 million Super Bowl and World Cup ticket scam, which involved obtaining huge sums of money from investors meant to buy World Cup and Super Bowl tickets, but instead he used the cash to fund his lavish gambling and personal lifestyle.
Last night it was announced that Jennifer Harman and John Juanda are the newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame! The two American poker pros will be officially inducted on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 pm at Binion's Gambling Place in Las Vegas.
The biggest ever EPT Main Event (EPT Barcelona) concluded yesterday after several days of thrilling and action-packed poker. Poker legend John Juanda bested a field of 1,694 players to lay hands on the trophy and over €1 million in prize money!
Although a €1,105,000 first-place prize was up for grabs on the EPT Grand Final High Roller final table last Friday, it only took approximately 5 hours of play before a winner was crowned. The main reason for this fast-paced final table was that heads-up play only lasted for 1 hand!
The third day of Event #55: The Poker Players Championship ($50,000 buy-in) is in the books. Don Nguyen (picture), from USA, will lead the remaining 26 players to Day 4 of the tournament. He will be joined by big names such as Jonathan Duhamel, David Benyamine, Joe Hachem, John Juanda, Erick Lindgren and Huck Seed.
When the remaining field of 26 has been narrowed down to 16 during Day 4, then all players will be guaranteed a minimum payday of $111,893 - with the chance of laying hands on the first prize of $1,774,089 and the coveted gold bracelet!
We will be back with another brief update tomorrow!
Simeon Naydenov Wins Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout A total of 1,194 runners signed up for this event and created a $1,611,900 prize pool. When the last day kicked off there were 12 players left with the chance of taking home the bracelet and the $326,440 first prize. After about sevens hours of play a winner had been crowned: Simeon Naydenov from Bulgaria.
Another day of the EPT Monaco Grand Final main event is in the books. There are now only 34 of 531 players left in the tournament and it starts getting really exciting as the final table is just around the corner.
There are lots of big names left in the tournament, including Steve O'Dwyer, Andrew Pantling, John Juanda, Noah Schwartz, Victor Ramdin, Jason Mercier, Jake Cody, Paul Volpe, Daniel Negreanu, Andrew Lichtenberger, Andrew Chen, Freddy Deeb, Luke Schwartz, Mickey Petersen, Ville Wahlbeck and Norwegian Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, who remained out front throughout Day 3.
All the remaining players are now guaranteed a minimum payday of €21,500 - with the chance of a bank-busting €1,224,000! We will be back with a final table recap on Monday morning!
The Majestic Super High Roller (with re-buys) attracted 49 players with 11 rebuys being added to the prize pool. When the third day started, 9 players returned to play and John Juanda had an huge lead with 2,596,000 chips.
After several hours of battle on the final table, Juanda was playing heads-up against Mike Watson, the Canadian poker pro who started the day in 9th place with only 299k. Juanda started the heads-up with 4.83 million in chips to Watson's 4.17. Juanda took down the first few pots and increased his lead, but things changed drastically when Watson got a bit lucky a few hands into the match...
The Magestic Super High Roller (with re-buys) is now 2-days-old and 49 players (11 rebuys and 61 entries in total) have become a final table of 9. Day 1 chip leader John Juanda will bring the most chips to the final table today. With 2,596,000 chips he has about 1.2 million more than his closest competitors Richard Yong and Philipp Gruissem.
The total prize pool is €2,880,000 and 8 of the remaining 9 players will receive a share of it. The winner of the tournament will get €1,000,000 and the coveted gold bracelet!
End of Day 2 Chip Counts:
1. John Juanda 2,596,000 2. Richard Yong 1,309,000 3. Philipp Gruissem 1,308,000 4. Steve O'Dwyer 1,146,000 5. Tobias Reinkemeier 904,000 6. David Benefield 551,000 7. Jani Sointula 489,000 8. Winfred Yu 368,000 9. Mike Watson 299,000
Besides the ongoing (and very exciting) WSOP Europe Main Event in Cannes, the $50,000+$1k buy-in Majestic Super High Roller with re-buys started yesterday and saw 43 entries throughout the day. The field included notables such as Tom Dwan, Sam Trickett and Daniel Negreanu, who signed up for the tournament as soon as he had been knocked out of the Main Event.
Last Friday, a field of 73 poker players, including wealthy businessmen and poker stars, entered the first ever Macau High Stakes Challenge for HK$2,000,000 each (US$260,000) and created poker history. In total, 21 players made a rebuy and brought the prize pool to insane HK$182,360,000 (US$23,511,000). Plenty of big names hit the rail early due to the fast-moving 30-minute levels, and it didn't take many hours of play until the field had been narrowed down to only 8 players (picture), including notables such as Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett and John Juanda.
It ended up being a very interesting final table of the EPT Barcelona Main Event this weekend as famous players such as Ilari Sahamies and John Juanda were on it. Unfortunately Juanda was the first player to hit the rail and he received €76,100 for his 8th place.
Day 4 of the EPT Barcelona main event just came to an end with 24 survivors. Samuel Rodiguez, who started the day with the 2nd largest stack, is now in a big lead with 5,330,000. Antonin Duda, who lead the way into Day 4 with 1.47 million chips, is also alive, but he has dropped to 4th possition with 2,054,000 chips.
Notables such as John Juanda, Ilari Sahamies and PokerStars Team SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo will also return to play today with hopes of making it to the final table, where some serious cash is up for grabs. The next 8 players to hit the rail will receive €29,400 each, which is nothing compared to the money that is up for grabs on the final table. For example: the winner of the tournament will get €1,007,550, the runner-up gets €629,700 and a 3rd place finish pays €404,050.
After 3 days of play, PokerStars' European Poker Tour Barcelona main event player field has been narrowed down from 1082 players to only 61. Day 4 will begin in a few hours with Antonio Duda as the chip leader (1.47 million), closely followed by Samuel Rodriquez (1,141,600). In third place is no one else other than the Finnish high-stakes guru Ilari Sahamies with 1,269,000 chips, followed by John Juanda (968k) and Fatima Moreira de Melo (955k) in 4th and 5th place, so expect Day 4 to be something special!
All of the remaining players are guaranteed to walk away with €11,550 each. The 9 players who make it to the final table will be guaranteed at least €55,100 each. However, no one will probably be happy with that amount since the first prize is an astounding €1,007,550!
The $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2012 World Poker Tour World Championship was played last Friday and Tom Marchese took down the tournament for a bit more than $1,3 million. Andrew Robl finished as the runner-up, earning $822k.
Tonight the final table of the $100,000 buy-in WPT World Championship Super High Roller is being played. Relatively unknown Dan Perper tops the field with 3,415,00 chips. But apart from him there are many familiar faces on the final table. Just have a look at the final table lineup below and you understand what we mean.
Seat 1) Bill Klein, 620 000 Seat 2) John Juanda, 1 875 000 Seat 3) Tom Marchese, 2 235 000 Seat 4) Daniel Perper, 3 415 000 Seat 5) Justin Bonomo, 2 105 000 Seat 6) Andrew Robl, 3 355 000
The winner of the tournament will take home amazing $1,3 million, so it will defeinitly be a very thrilling final table to follow. We will return with an update as soon as a winner has been crowned.
The finalists for the 2011 Hall of Fame were announced yesterday. The 10 players who have the chance to get inducted this time are the following: Annie Duke, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Marcel Luske, Linda Johnson, Jack mcClelland, John Juanda, Tom McEvoy, Scotty Nguyen and Huck Seed. Of the 10 nominees, 4, Greenstein, Johnson, McEvoy, and Nguyen were nominated both in 2009 and 2010.
We're back with yet another update on the 2011 WSOP. Since our last update on June 10th, another 4 events have finished - Event #13 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, Event #14 Limit Hold'em, Event #15 Pot Limit Hold'em and Event #16 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. Below you can read about how John Juanda beat Phil Hellmuth in an epic heads-up match...and much more...
In case you haven't noticed, or have been sleeping under a rock, the 2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker is running at Rio in Las Vegas at the moment. So far 8 events have finished and 3 events are being played at the moment (Event #8: No-Limit Hold'em, Event #10: No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed, and Event #11: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship).
David Vamplew, 23, made it to the final table 3rd in chips, but he was almost half a stack behind Kyle Bowker and poker legend John Juanda. These 3 remained in the top of the field until they were the last men standing. Kyle Bowker was first out and then it was Juanda and Vamplew who played heads-up for the EPT title. The heads-up was quite even at first, Juanda with a slight advantage though. After sometime, 2 big pots ended up on Juanda's side of the table and suddenly he had a 4-1 chip advantage. At this point, everything pointed Juanda's way and he was very close of winning his first EPT title.
Vamplew, however, had no plans whatsoever to give up and now he switched gears and started playing fantastic poker. After an amazing comeback, and with a bit of help from the poker gods, Vamplew took home the tournament and the first place prize of £900,000.
Today it's finally time for the EPT London Main Event Final Table. Eight of 848 players have made it this far and they will now fight for a big piece of the huge prize pool, and of course the EPT title. Chip leader is Kyle Bowker (USA), closely followed by no one else than John Juanda (USA) who has won millions of dollars, played lots of final tables and also won 4 WSOP Bracelets. Both Bowker and Juanda have accumulated huge stacks and if nothing out of the ordinary happens on the final table today, then it's probably one of them who will take home the tournament and the first prize of £556k!
Here are the 8 finalists:
Kyle Bowker (USA) 7,165,000 John Juanda (USA) 7,075,000 David Vamplew (UK) 3,670,000 Artur Wasek (Poland) 2,250,000 Tom Marchese (USA) 1,535,000 Kayvan Payman (Canada) 1,29,5000 Per Ummer (Cyprus) 1,245,000 Fernando Brito (Portugal) 1,100,000
Day 1c brought the biggest starting field so far in the tournament with almost 50% more than both day 1a and day 1b together. Day 1c included the best and most well known players as well. To mention a few of them, Gus Hansen, Phil Laak, Joe Hachem, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen and JC Tran.
Bengt Sonnert from Sweden is one of the 9 remaining players that will play the final table tonight in the WSOPE Main Event. Sonnert brings 385 000 chips with him to the final table and is at the moment on the 8th place. But even though Sonnert is short stacked he's for sure someone to count on in the fight for the first prize of $868 800. Another 2 players to count on are John Juanda from Team Full Tilt which is leading the tournament with over 1.35 million chips and Daniel Negreanu from Team PokerStars on 4th place with 1,002,000 chips.
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