The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is considered to be the richest, biggest and most prestigious poker gaming event in the world, having already given away over $2.99 billion in prize money. The WSOP is also well known for its prestigious gold bracelet since it is recognized worldwide as the game's ultimate prize.
Many poker players can't wait for the World Series of Poker next year since it marks its 50th anniversary, and so they anticipate the release of its 2019 schedule - what golden opportunities lie in wait for them?
Tristan Wade bested a field of 303 entries in the WSOP Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event to nab the World Series of Poker Circuit ring and the $106,806 first-place prize!
The 29-year-old poker pro, who had $1.1 million in live tournament earnings and a bracelet in a shootout event at the 2011 WSOP Europe to his name prior to this win, defeated fellow bracelet winner David Diaz heads-up on the third day of play to claim the title.
In 2009, at the age of 21, Joe Cada became the youngest Main Event winner ever after besting a field of 6,494 players. Many doubted that Cada was a serious poker player after the big win, but he probably silenced some of the critics when he took down Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship this summer.
Day 1 of the second-ever $1,000,000 BIG ONE for ONE DROP came to a close just an hour ago. A total of 42 players entered the tournament for $1,000,000 each and 31 will return tomorrow and fight for a slice of the $37,333,338 prize pool (top 8 players will get paid).
Will Givens is the latest bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker. The Denver, Colorado poker pro played another final table in the same $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event just a week ago and took 4th place for $84,680. He didn't waste his second shot at a bracelet though - since he's now the champion of Event #45: No-Limit Hold'em!
Dutch Boyd, a poker pro originally from Missouri who now resides in Vegas, won his third bracelet in Event #33: No-Limit Hold'em yesterday. The tournament attracted 1,688 players and Boyd was the only player with a gold bracelet to his name on the final table.
At the beginning of the final day on Tuesday, 10 players had a decent chance of taking down Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. Three players, Taylor Pair, Chris Bell and Phill Galfond, were looking to win their second bracelet, but at the end of it all it was Kory Kilpatrick from Georgia who had all the chips. In total, Kilpatrick bested a field of 389 players over three days of play to capture his first gold bracelet and $254,891 in prize money!
It took four days of play until a winner had been crowned in Event #53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. The winner, Brett Shaffer from USA, bested a field of 2,816 players and defeated British poker pro David Vamplew, who earned his second 2nd place finish of the series, in a heads-up battle that lasted 23 hands to collect his first bracelet and a whopping $665,397!
1 Brett Shaffer $665,397 2 David Vamplew $413,157 3 Arttu Raekorpi $291,392 4 Loni Harwood $210,456 5 Mike Watson $153,850 6 Deigo Zeiter $113,819 7 Jonathan Cohen $85,193 8 Darren Rabinowitz $64,513 9 Matias Ruzzi $49,420
Dana Castaneda Wins Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em This tournament saw a field of 2,883 players battle it out for three days. At the end of it all, Dana Castaneda, of USA, was crowned the champion and received her first gold bracelet and $454,207 in prize money. Castaneda is the first women to win an open event at this year's World Series of Poker. But not only that, she's also the first female open event winner other than Vanessa Selbst since 2007!
Ben Volpe Wins Event #45 $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold'em
Congratulations to Ben Volpe, of USA, who bested a field of 678 players in Event #45 to lay hands on the first prize of $201,399 and, of course, the WSOP gold bracelet! The final table of this event lasted for, believe it or not, 12 hours and included a 100-hand heads-up match between Volpe and Paul Lieu! It was a well-deserved win by Mr. Volpe, who earned his third cash at the 2013 World Series of Poker!
1 Ben Volpe 201,399 2 Paul Lieu 124,352 3 Louis Bonnecaze 80,839 4 Blair Hinkle 59,375 5 Chris Moorman 44,227 6 Horacio Chaves 33,371 7 Adam Stone 25,472 8 Danny Johnson 19,660 9 Samuel Panzica 15,331
United States and Canada have been taking down most events at the 2013 World Series of Poker so far while big poker nations like Great Britain and France have gone winless. Yesterday, however, another country received a bracelet as Norbert Szecsi from Hungary took down the country's forth bracelet in WSOP history.
The final table Event #42: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em had no previous gold bracelet winners and only one player (Chris DeMaci) had played a WSOP final table before. Szecsi overcame the final table in just a few hours time after a few dramatic all-ins that gave him the title. The 22-year-old poker player from Budapest received a gold bracelet and a sweet $345,037 first prize.
1st: Norbert Szecsi - $345,037 2nd: Dennis Gnidash - $214,760 3rd: Chris DeMaci - $149,281 4th: Kirby Martin - $107,512 5th: Rory Mathews - $78,576 6th: Bryce Landier - $58,126 7th: Ariel Celestino - $43,564 8th: Dana Buck - $33,065 9th: Jonathan Bennett - $25,392
14 of 301 players remained when Day 3 of this event began. When the cards were in the air, all eyes were on David Bach who had finished both Day 1 and Day 2 as the chip leader. However, it was another player, Bryan Campanello, who dominated the final day and also managed put a stop to Bach's winning streak.
924 players entered Event #11 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed and created a prize pool of $2,102,100. The final day (and the final table) of the tournament was played today and, after 13 players had hit the rail, Levi Berger took down the first prize of $473,019 and a his first gold bracelet! Berger's win also means that Canadians have now won four bracelet at the 2013 WSOP!
Final table results: 1 Levi Berger $473,019 2 Scott Clements $292,339 3 Ben Palmer $185,426 4 Eddy Sabat $121,711 5 Jacob Bazeley $82,297 6 David Gonia $57,282
Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em The final day of this event saw 5 amateurs who combined for $2,968 in WSOP earnings and five established pros with more than $4 million in combined earnings. After several hours of play, Matt Waxman and Eric Baldwin were the last men standing and Waxman had 3.1 million to Baldwin's 2.4 million. The two would battle for, believe it or not, 187 hands over the course of almost seven hours before a winner finally had been decided.
Event #4: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) On Monday, the fourth gold bracelet was awarded at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker. After 1,069 players entries and three days of play, John Beauprez had all the chips and received $324,764 and the coveted gold bracelet! The biggest name on the final table, as you can see in the results below, was the 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada, who finished in fourth place for $83k.
1 John Beauprez $324,764 2 Manig Loeser $200,698 3 Eric Blair $127,300 4 Joe Cada $83,558 5 Mike Mustafa $56,499 6 Keven Stammen $39,325
Event #2: No-Limit Hold'em / Eight Handed (buy-in: $5,000) A total of 481 players entered this event and created a $2,260,700 prize pool. The final table was set after 3 days of play and Trevor Pope had half the chips in play. He eliminated six of seven competitors at the final table and was crowned the winner after roughly four hours of play.
Just a few hours ago the very first event at the 2013 WSOP (Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em) concluded at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Chad Holloway, whose previous biggest cash was $3,719 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP in 2012, bested a field of 898 players during two days of play to lay hands on $84,915 in prize money! In addition to that, he received the first gold bracelet of the 44th annual WSOP!
Final table results:
1 Chad Holloway $84,915 2 Allan Kwong $52,318 3 Bobby Rooney $33,903 4 Brian Pingel $24,811 5 Daniel Ellery $18,426 6 Sean Small $13,868 7 Tyrone Smith $10,567 8 Michael Trivett $8,146 9 Hieu Le $6,348
On Wednesday, the 2013 World Series of Poker kicked off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and yesterday we posted our very first update on Event #1 and #2. WSOP posted 33 things to know about the 44th Annual WSOP on its website the other day. We have narrowed it down to the 10 things that we consider to be the most important.
1. This year's WSOP runs from May 29th thru July 15th. The November Nine will play down to a new World Champion November 4th and 5th.
2. This year features 62 bracelet events, one more than offered last year. The bracelets are once again furnished by Jason of Beverly Hills.
Event #1: Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em ($500 buy-in) 898 players (a larger field than expected) signed up for Event #1: Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em and, after 11 levels and over 14 hours of play, only 55 made it through to Day 2. The chip leader is Michael Trivett with 133,900 chips, putting him about 30k ahead of Sean Small's second-place stack of 103,700. Play will continue at 1 p.m. local time tomorrow in the Amazon Room at the Rio, Las Vegas. The winner will take home $84,915 and a WSOP bracelet!
Event #2: No-Limit Hold'em / Eight Handed ($5,000 buy-in) Day 1 of this event kicked off yesterday and saw a 481 players battle it out for eight levels of play. 232 players remained at the end of the day and the chip leader is Tom Marchese, who bagged up 153,975 chips. Only a few other players accumulated six-figures stacks, including David "Doc" Sands (110,825) and Scott Baumstein (111,100).
In addition to the players already named above, poker stars such as Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Moorman, Vanessa Selbst and Barry Greenstein will bring healthy stacks to Day 2. Here are some big names that, unfortunately, were eliminated during Day 1: Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Erick Lindgren, Jonathan Duhamel and Marvin Rettenmarier.
Jamie Gold, 43, won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2006 and took home an incredible $12 million! The 2006 Main Event was played during the height of poker's popularity and Gold outlasted 8,722 other players (the biggest main event in WSOP history). A few days ago, The Heritage Auctions wrote that Jamie Gold's gold bracelet from the epic win will be up for grabs at an auction in Rosemont, Illinois, August 1-2, 2013.
The bracelet is described on the site as having "259 stones including over seven carats of diamonds and 120 grams of white and yellow gold. Rubies are inset to create the red of the heart and diamond suits, while a sapphire represents the spade and three black diamonds the clubs."
Neither Gold nor Heritage Auctions have commented on why the bracelet is for sale, but many believe it's another of Gold's ideas to raise money for charity.
Doyle Brunson has won an impressive 10 WSOP Gold Bracelets in his poker career. He won the first bracelet back in 1976 ($5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw) and his 10th bracelet in 2005 by winning the $5,000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event for $367,800 - one of the biggest tournament cashes in his career. His last WSOP cash occurred in 2009 when he finished in 17th place in the WSOP Europe £10,000 Main Event in London for £31,198. As of 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,000,000. He has totaled $2,945,053 in earnings from his 34 cashes at the WSOP
Do you dream of going to Las Vegas and participating in the World Series of Poker? Believe it or not but you can realize your dream already this summer without spending a dime! That's right! PartyPoker is running freerolls and satellites around the clock to a tournament each Sunday where they award 1 of 20 players a 2013 WSOP package worth $14,000!
Each Main Event package consists of:
$10,000 WSOP Main Event buy-in
$2,000 in spending money
Hotel accommodation in Las Vegas for 10 nights
Besides the main event package, PartyPoker is also running daily satellites and freerolls to a tournament (also played every Sunday) where packages worth $5,000 are up for grabs!
The $5,000 package consists of:
$2,500 WSOP side event buy-in
$1,650 in spending money
Hotel accommodation in Las Vegas for seven nights
The promotion is running until 16th June, 2013. Satellite buy-ins range from as little as $1 to $700+$50, but not to be forgotten: you can win a package for free in the daily WSOP freerolls!
On Monday, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu took down the WSOP APAC Main Event for AUD$1,038,825 and received his fifth WSOP gold bracelet! He outlasted a field of 405 players and had to defeat a tough final table that included big names such as Benny Spindler, Thomas Russel and Winfred Yu.
Just a few moments ago, Phil Ivey won another WSOP bracelet at World of Poker Asia at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The $2,200 buy-in tournament (WSOP APAC Event #3 - Mixed Event) drew 81 of the best mixed game players in the world, generating a total prize pool of $168,000. The top nine players received a piece of the prize pool and Mr. Ivey received $51,840 after defeating Brandon Wong heads up.
The American pro now has an incredible 9 bracelets under his belt and has climbed to 3rd place (shared with Johnny Moss) on the all-time WSOP bracelet leaderboard. Below are the top 5 players of that leaderboard.
1. Phil Hellmuth 13 2. Johnny Chan 10 2. Doyle Brunson 10 3. Phil Ivey 9 3. Johnny Moss 9
The official schedule for the 2013 World Series of Poker has now been released. The tournament series will include 62 bracelet events and run from May 29 to July 7 at the All-Suite Hotel & Casino. During the opening weekend, a new "Millionaire Maker" (Event 6) will be played. The tournament will have a buy-in of $1,500 and will see one person taking home $1,000,000!
Yesterday Greg Merson won the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event after a very exciting final table that lasted 18 hours. The 24-year-old poker pro from Laurel, Maryland overcame a field of 6,598 players to collect the first place prize of $8,531,853 and, of course, the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet. Below is a video clip of the final hand and also a clip of a very emotional Greg Merson being interviewed and congratulated by Kara Scott after the win.
It's over. After 13 hours of play and 399 hands, the American poker pro Greg Merson, 24, was crowned the champion of the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker Main Event! Merson sat down at the final table two days ago with the third largest stack. After about seven and a half hours of play, only three players had chips left and Merson had 88.35 million chips - about 26 million more than his closest opponent, Jesse Sylvia.
After about seven and a half hours of play, Day 8 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event and the first night of the final table came to an end. The final 3 players who still have the chance of taking home the $8.5 million first prize and the world champion title are Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia and Jacob Balsinger - all from the U.S. (the only non-U.S. player, Andras Koroknai, was eliminated in 6th place for $1.6 million).
Greg Merson, who was ranked third when the final table kicked off, had an amazing winning streak during Day 8. When Day 9 begins tonight, he will bring a massive 88.35 million stack to the table - about 26 million more than Jesse Sylvia, who had the lead when the final table kicked off yesterday. Balsiger, who eliminated Russel Thomas in 4th place and put an end to Day 8, will bring 46.8 million chips to the final table when play resumes. Day 9 is scheduled to kick off tonight at 5:45 PM local time. Until then, check out the interviews below (taken from WSOP's website).
In a recent interview, the 78-year-old poker legend Doyle Brunson revealed that he lost his scooter when leaving the Rio (Las Vegas) early in the morning after Day 1 of the Main Event.
"It flew off the lift on my Escalade as I was leaving the Rio after day 1 of the Main Event. It was about 2 o'clock in the morning and as I made a sharp left on Flamingo I heard a strange noise behind me. I looked back and couldn't see anything but I suspected my scooter had broken loose. The traffic was so bad I couldn't turn back, so I continued home where I could see the lift had malfunctioned and the scooter was gone." said Doyle Brunson
Apparently the high-stakes profile Sam Trickett was robbed at the 2012 WSOP on Wednesday this week. Now you might think that he was pickpocked by a stranger on the street or something like that, but that is not the case. Sam Trickett twittered the following about the incident.
There are already some people speculating about the identity of the "well-known pro". However, we won't post any of that here as it might drag an innocent man or women's identity through the mud. In other words, we will wait and see if Trickett writes it himself.
Event #4: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better ($1,500 buy-in) attracted a field of 622 players when is started on Tuesday. Now, after 3 days + several hours of play, only 3 players remain and in the lead is no one else than poker legend Chris Bjorin from Sweden (based in London, England).
Chris Bjorin has throughout his career kept a relatively low profile and avoided many televised poker tournaments and interviews. He has been a regular at the WSOP since the early 90s and has won two WSOP bracelets and has many other notable WSOP cashes. His highest finish in the WSOP Main Event was 9th place finish 1997.
In an interview that was published 22/5, 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth said that there is a big chance that he will play the $1,000,000 buy-in event Big One for One Drop at this summer's WSOP because he has found stakers to pay a large chunk of the massive buy-in.
PhilHellmuth: I haven't even tried to raise money for the "Big One" yet. Then I talked to just one guy and I got a text from him: "I am thinking about buying a piece of you for the Big One. I put up $250,000." I just wrote back: "Thank you!"
Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, is the newest member of Team Betfair Poker. The Ex World Champion retired from poker in 2010 but is now back in business as he's planning on playing several major tournaments. He will make his first appearance wearing the Betfair logo at the 2012 WSOP Main Event in July.
So what has Peter Eastgate been up to since he quit poker in 2010? Watch the video below and find out for yourself :)
The BankrollMob & Party Poker WSOP promotion has ended. Around 1500 players managed to "scratch their way" via our daily WSOP scratch game, into one of the daily qualifiers. From the daily qualifiers, 162 players qualified to our "Main WSOP Tournament" which was played yesterday, June 6th.
Joseph Cada is only 21 years old and the youngest player on the final table. Joseph has been playing poker for 6 years and he started playing poker online at Party Poker at the age of 16. After that, he has achieved a lot in different tournaments at Full Tilt poker. This year Joseph Cada played his very first World Series and took the world of poker by storm as he made it to 2 final tables!
On Saturday Joseph and the other 8 remaining players will have hundreds of thousands people from all over the globe watching them. It will be very interesting to see if Joseph can handle the pressure like he said he could in an interview some time ago.
After some research about Joseph Cada it stands clear that he's one of the November 9 players that people talk the most about on different forums and websites. Many think that he won't have a chance on the final table, when others think that he has a great chance of becoming one of the last remaining players, but maybe not another Peter Eastgate.
Jeff Shulman, 34, was born and bred in Seattle, Washington and later on in life he moved to Las Vegas, where he's still living today with his wife and child. Jeff's biggest interests are golf, poker, and his job as editor for a big poker magazine, which his dad is the CEO of. But it's not from playing golf, or his job as an editor that has made him rich and famous.
Made millions from playing poker When Jeff started playing poker in 3rd grade at summer camp, he probably couldn't even dream of how successful he would become in poker some years after. Jeff became a good all-round player, but especially good at playing live poker tournaments, and it's from that he has built a fortune. In total he has won over $2,4 millions from different events in EPT, WPT, WSOP etc. Even though he has made so much money from different live tournaments, he has only won 1 major tournament.
Eric Buchman, 29, from Valley Stream, New York started playing poker 10 years ago and was in the beginning just a break even player. But it only took him 2 years until he started winning. During his career as pro he has achieved quite a lot. For example he has cashed 9 times in WSOP and also has some great results from online poker cash games. In the beginning of the Main Event, Eric just had the strategy to survive to the next day. But on the last day of the tournament he changed his tactic and tried to accumulate as much chips as possible so he would put himself in a position to win the tournament. As the final table kicks off on Saturday, Eric is on second place with 34,800,000 chips.
The $50K HORSE Event is still being played as we speak but Swedish poker pro Erik "Erik123" Sagström will not be fighting for the million dollar price pool as he finished the tourmament in 3rd place. Read more » No Win for Erik Sagström
WSOP Event 19 was a No Limit Hold Em Six handed tournament and the final table was played last night. After several hours of play at the final table it was US poker pro Brock Parker who won the tournament which gave him a bracelet and a $552.745 first price.Read more » Brock Parker Wins WSOP Event 19
Event #8 of the 2009 WSOP was a Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball tournament. Once it came down to the final day there were only seven players remaining in this tournament, and one of them was no other than Team FullTilt member Phil Ivey. At the start of the day Phil Ivey found himself in 6th place with 110.000 in chips. But after just a couple of hands he found himself being on his way out of the tourmanet as he dropped down to 65.000 in chips very quickly. Read more » Phil Ivey wins Event #8
Today is the opening day of the 40th Edition of the World Series of Poker. This is going to be celebrated by having a special even where the buy in is $40.000. This tournament is going to be played on Thursday at 18:00 CET.Read more » WSOP 2009 is here!