Pete Chen Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win First WPT Beijing for $299k

Pete Chen Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win First WPT Beijing for $299k

Taiwan’s Pete Chen was the ultimate victor in the World Poker Tour’s first-ever Main Event held in Beijing.

Chen outlasted 400 entries and outlasted a final table that included noted pro Bryan Huang to scoop a $299k haul and a ticket into the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions next year.

The Taiwanese native now has over $1m in lifetime live tournament earnings, the majority of which are from Macau, but he has made trips to play in LA and Las Vegas so the TOC trip shouldn’t be too difficult.

WPT Beijing was also the very first tournament for Season 16 so Chen grabbed an early lead in the Player of the Year race.

Haung Hits Rail in Sixth

Long-time poker pro Bryan Huang, who dominated a huge portion of WPT Beijing, was surprisingly the first player to be eliminated from the six-player final table.

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Huang started the table with short stack of 16 big blinds so he was actively shoving from the start of play.

Unfortunately for Huang he shoved pocket deuces into Zhang Wenbin’s pocket jacks and that was it for the Singaporean pro. Huang added $54k to his $1.1 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Beijing was a unique event for the WPT because a portion of the field were Chinese locals who qualified through Ourgame’s social poker game while the rest were made up of international players who bought in directly.

Next up for the WPT is a high-profile stop in Amsterdam starting on May 5.

The WPT has teamed up with PokerStars a promotion they’re calling “The MonteDam Swing” where players who take part in both WPT Amsterdam and PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo have a chance to win some extra cash.

Here are the complete final-table payouts (*First place also includes $15k TOC seat) for WPT Beijing:

1st place: Pete Yanhan Chen – CNY 2,063,454* (US $299,485*)
2nd place: Chen Ke – CNY 1,373,026 (US $199,278)
3rd place: Lu Yingqi – CNY 882,619 (US $128,101)
4th place: Zhang Wenben – CNY 585,468 (US $84,974)
5th place: Tan Yancheng – CNY 450,616 (US $65,401)
6th place: Bryan Huang – CNY 373,218 (US $54,168)

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Weinman Clips Mizrachi to Win 2017 WPT TOC for $381,500

Weinman Clips Mizrachi to Win 2017 WPT TOC for $381,500

Mizchael “The Grinder” Mizrachi has a knack for making the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions final table.

Perhaps next year he’ll finally close one out.

Atlanta grinder Daniel Weinman narrowly bested Mizrachi heads-up to become this year’s champion of champions for $381,500. Mizrachi finished third in the 2016 edition of the tournament.

It’s been a whirlwind 2017 for Weinman as he won his first-ever WPT title for $892,433 in February.

“It’s crazy going from just grinding circuit tournaments, playing and then occasionally playing one of these big buy-in events,” he said.

“You’re just hoping to min cash or go somewhat deep. To have a $900k score in February and follow it up with this… It’s incredible.”

Weinman was dominant at the final table and spent the majority of the time as the chip leader.

Seidel Crashes Out in Fifth

Erik Seidel was by far the biggest winner at the TOC final table with a ludicrous $31.6m in lifetime live tournament earnings and eight WSOP bracelets but he was unusually quiet this time around.

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Another score for Sly.

After failing to get much going, Seidel finally made a stand with A 5 only to get snapped off by Daniel Santoro with K J.

Santoro paired his jack on the flop and that was more than enough to send Seidel packing in fifth. Seidel added another $73,575 to his incredible life-time haul.

It was an extra special victory for Weinman who is a huge fan of Sergio Garcia, who won the 2017 Masters earlier in the evening.

“It’s crazy I barely even knew that Sergio won,” he said.

“This is kinda better than being at Augusta though.”

Weinman Wins New Audi

For his efforts Weinman also received a brand-new 2018 S5 that was thrown in by WPT sponsor Audi. The free car was extra sweet for Weinman his rail was heckling him the entire night about his current vehicle.

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Michael Mizrachi

“I got a Kia Sportage, the old soccer mom car,” he said.

“I got it because it was easy to tow the golf clubs around. I think the Audi will be a nice little upgrade for me.”

In total 66 Champion’s Club winners competed in this year’s edition of the TOC. WPT president Adam Pliska is confident the TOC will return for 2018.

Here are the complete final-table payouts:

1. Daniel Weinman – $381,500 + $15,000 Seat in 2018 TOC
2. Michael Mizrachi – $218,000
3. Daniel Santoro – $133,525
4. David Ormsby – $95,375
5. Erik Seidel – $73,575
6. Dylan Wilkerson – $57,225

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Michael Mizrachi, Erik Seidel Headline 2017 WPT TOC Final Table

Michael Mizrachi, Erik Seidel Headline 2017 WPT TOC Final Table

For the second straight year Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi has a shot at closing out the World Poker Tournament of Champions in his home state of Florida.

Daniel Weinman snagged the final-table chip lead with 872,000 but Mizrachi is nipping at his heels with 699,000.

Both players will have to deal with long-time poker vet Erik Seidel who finished with 540,000 chips and will no doubt be looking to add yet another accolade to his illustrious career.

The final table is rounded out by Seattle’s Dylan Wilkerson ((641,000 chips), Canadian David Ormsby (299,000) and New York’s Daniel Santoro (250,000).

Jesse Sylvia, Jonathan Jaffe Make the Money

Last year Mizrachi also entered the TOC final table second in chips but ended up bowing out in third place for $140,000.

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Erik Seidel is always a threat.

The Grinder, who was the Day 1 chip leader of this tournament, will certainly be gunning for first in this year’s competition, which pays out $381,500 in addition to a brand-new 2018 Audi S5.

By winning the TOC, Mizrachi would also pass $5m in total WPT earnings.

Meanwhile Erik Seidel, who sits with a staggering $31.6 million in all-time live tournament earnings) is currently second to Daniel Negreanu but could close the gap to just shy of a million by taking down the TOC.

Interestingly Daniel Weinman is the only Champion’s Club member at the final table that came from the most recent season of the WPT.

Stefan Schillhabel, Jesse Sylvia and Jonathan Jaffe didn’t make the final table but they did make the money by placing seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

The final table will kick off at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow and will be live streamed with a 30-minute delay on WPT.com.

Here’s a complete look at the final-table chip counts:

1. Daniel Weinman – 872,000
2. Michael Mizrachi – 699,000
3. Dylan Wilkerson – 641,000
4. Erik Seidel – 540,000
5. David Ormsby – 299,000
6. Daniel Santoro – 250,000

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WPT’s Adam Pliska: “We All Need to Hold the Industry Accountable”

WPT’s Adam Pliska: “We All Need to Hold the Industry Accountable”

Since taking the reins of the World Poker Tour in 2009, Adam Pliska has taken the WPT global, introduced countless new initiatives and helped negotiate a massive $35m-sale to Ourgame International.

In a time where many international poker tours have struggled or been shuttered entirely, the WPT is wrapping up its 15th season.

You could argue the product is more compelling than ever with a season that included long-time host Mike Sexton winning his first WPT and Ema Zajmovic becoming the first female player to win an open event.

The brand has expanded to include a wildly popular low buy-in WPT500 series as well as several social gaming applications.

Pliska, who serves as president of the WPT, is no fly-by-night operator, however, and he has long-term visions for poker that would benefit not just the WPT but the entire community.

PokerListings had the pleasure of catching up with Pliska for an in-depth chat during the WPT’s flagship Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.

PokerListings.com: How has the WPT been able to stay relevant for for all these years?

Adam Pliska: It starts with the people. We have people who are absolutely committed to pushing the brand forward. I always say one of the greatest parts of running a business with this group is that I have a bunch of very non-defensive people.

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Adam Pliska and Mike Sexton

You can’t be defensive in our group because we call it the WPT family and we mean it.

Usually people associate that with all the happy parts and the fact that you’re close but we treat each other like we’re a family and we’re very honest. We push each other.

We’re very candid and you can only do that when you trust each other and let your defenses down.

That, I think, is what continues to push us.

We have a system. Everyone can participate. We have a very flat management structure. We don’t hire anyone who’s not important.

We’re always trying to see if we can top the last thing we did.

PL: Obviously it’s been a huge year for Mike Sexton. How important has he been for the WPT family?

Mike Sexton is the spiritual glue for the WPT. Mike Sexton not only a great player, he’s a good man.

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Mike Sexton in the WPT TOC.

He not only believes in the World Poker Tour, he believes in poker. He believes in what it means. He’s as gracious to someone if it’s their first day playing poker as he is to someone who has won multiple titles.

We’re just so proud to have him. He sets a standard.

I used to work in production for many years so I’ve always worked around celebrities.

When the person who is there at the top sets a standard where you see them out there working hard to promote what we’re trying to do and the spirit of what poker can be… I assure you know one else is going to do a bad job when they have that to look up to.

PL: In your mind what differentiates the WPT from competitors like the WSOP and the PokerStars Championship?

First of all, I want to say that I think each of the major tours contributes something to this industry.

Years ago I used to get questions about whether I minded if the WSOP was playing on TV. I said I didn’t mind at all because it was good quality TV. What I mind is bad quality poker TV.

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Adam Pliska

We all need to promote this market. There was a period where there was bad stuff in the market. Most of it has died off. The good stuff has remained.

I think the WPT’s unique contribution is that we are very heavily narrative-based. We really want to make sure it doesn’t matter where you step on the train… there’s a place for you.

We have the WPT500 series, social gaming for free players, high roller events, the main tour and the DeepStacks.

You don’t have to make the final table. You don’t have to cash. We want to make sure you have a story to tell. That you went to the event, you went to the party, you met some of the crew.

We want to provide the canvas for that story to happen.

PL: How did the Tournament of Champions come to be and what are your plans for the future of the event?

We were doing the WPT Championship, which was an open buy-in event. Everyone who won a tournament on the main tour also got a buy-in.

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The entire 2017 Tournament of Champions field.

What it created was the hardest field in poker and it was very expensive. The numbers were a big issue. To me it was unimpressive. That concerned me a lot.

At the time we were building up the idea of the Champion’s Club and why it was important but there was nothing that only champions got to play. It just seemed incongruent with what we were trying to do.

We made this change — Mike Sexton created the original tournament of champions many years ago — we went back to that concept.

We immediately got criticism that it was a closed event but that happens. When it was an open event no one showed up, when it turned into a closed event then everyone wanted to play.

The [TOC] is great. It attracts great sponsors and it’s a unique opportunity for us. When you play an event like this it reminds you that you are part of a community.

PL: Could you talk for a minute about the WPT500 and the recent explosion of low buy-in poker tournaments?

It’s incredibly exciting.

In the beginning we thought we’d put on this 500 series and it would be another stop where players could get on the train but what’s nice about it is how many pros like to come in and play.

It’s enabled everything we want in poker. We want amateurs. Amateurs are quite often drawn into the game because they saw someone on TV and that player was their hero.

They get to actually play against those players in the WPT500 and they might even win.

I think it’s a terrific experience.

PL: The WPT places a large importance on sponsors. How important are strong sponsors for the WPT and poker in general?

It is very important but it’s also important how those sponsors are integrated.

Back in the early days of the poker boom, we’re talking 14 years ago, people would give you money to put their name on anything related to poker.

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WPT sponsor Hublot.

I’m not going to point any fingers but some things just didn’t make sense.

We were guilty of that too. Finally one year we just stopped. We felt it wasn’t worth it. We took a year off.

We tried to think about what we were doing wrong. We decided we needed to give the sponsors a lot more information. They need to see that they’re reaching people that actually care about what they do.

Then we thought about why we actually wanted sponsors. Sure there was a financial component but it wasn’t our largest financial component by any means.

There had to be something more. Part of it is because it has a degree of prestige. It gives people the feeling that they are in a true sporting environment.

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First place in the TOC gets one of these.

In the end we decided we weren’t going to take sponsors that didn’t make sense. As soon as we closed those doors we had sponsors coming out of the woodwork.

You have to have the discipline to say, “On a personal level I like your product but we don’t think that’s going to translate to our audience and we don’t think that our audience will be helpful to you.”

These days all of our sponsors get a deep dive and we figure out how we can integrate them. It has to be integrated with the players somehow.

For example Wyndham is giving away vacations, Royal Caribbean gave cruises, Hublot is being generous to contribute to the prize pool, Audi is giving a car… and the players want the car!

Sponsors are important because they help magnify what we’re doing.

PL: What accomplishments are you most proud of since becoming WPT president in 2009?

Number one is that we became global.

Six years ago we had just one event in Europe. I used to joke that we were the “World Poker Stop” instead of the World Poker Tour.

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Dominik Nitsche is one of the many players who benefited from a global WPT.

Now we have 65 events and we’re everywhere. I’m leaving for China next week. We’re in South Africa right now. We’re about to go into Latin America. We’re all over Europe.

The globalization and effective approach of working locally and creating a product organically is a big thing.

Secondly, the WPT survived without becoming on reliant on real-money gaming.

I’m all in favor of legalization of real-money gaming. I want the real-money gaming sites to succeed greatly. But as we know it has been up-and-down, up-and-down for the last 10 years.

That’s why you have poker tours that pop up, sound really good, and then fizzle out after a year.

That happens because a law changes and you think, “Uh oh, pull back the marketing, end the tour.”

At the World Poker Tour we’ve managed a business model that allows us to create a professional league that says, “If it happens: great. If it doesn’t: We can still have a long-term vision.”

Thirdly, on a personal level I’m exceptionally proud of the assemblage of the team. We have a very flat management structure. We are very honest with each other. There is no one at the WPT who is not important. Everyone is absolutely committed.

The respect they show each other. I do not believe that you need to exploit the people who work for you to run a successful company. On the contrary.

PL: You could argue that PokerStars live events have struggled since ditching the EPT brand, do you see an opportunity to acquire potential costumers?

First of all, in regards to PokerStars, when you’ve been around as long as I have, you realize these things go up-and-down.

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WPT Alpha8 started hot but eventually struggled to draw players.

We once did a $200k buy-in Alpha8 high roller in the Philippines with 50+ entries. Then we went to Florida and had six.

Time has shown me to not be too hasty in those judgements.

What I do think is that the World Poker Tour used to have a parent company [partypoker] that was in the real-money gambling business. Now we don’t.

We only have our social gaming business. Because of that we have an opportunity to fill in holes that other companies are not filling.

We’ll be in Amsterdam shortly. Most of the other online sites don’t have stops there because you can’t do real-money gaming in Amsterdam.

We’ll continue to do that but I’ll put out the red carpet to online gaming sites if they want to work with us. We’ll absolutely do it. We can be agnostic in that way.

I’ll say this about PokerStars. We all have an interest in the promotion of poker.

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The WPT continues to air around the globe.

I look at how much dollar-value in poker promotion goes out every year and I would say the #1 promotion value comes from PokerStars because they spend the most money.

I would be silly to think that I don’t benefit from them spending money to say, “Poker, poker, poker.”

The second group in that list is the WPT. It’s not because we spend a lot of retail dollars but because we have a TV show that reaches 100 million annually. It just plays over and over again.

Somewhere in the USA, Europe or Latin America there is someone watching the show and they are reminded about how much fun poker can be.

Will 100% of those players come to the WPT? No. Some of them will go play on PokerStars or partypoker or 888. It’s OK.

I don’t want to become shortsighted.

I absolutely know there is a positive effect in doing that. It’s only bad when you get the kind of knockoffs that are not fully committed.

PL: Where is poker headed the next 5-10 years?

For many years people have asked me about the time when we were experiencing the poker boom. I say, “I never stopped seeing the poker boom” because it just kept going all over the place. In Asia or Latin America. It’s just incredible. The magnitude there is even more than it was in the USA.

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South America remains a tantalizing market.

It’s so exciting to see people lined up outside of poker rooms waiting to play.

It is globalizing. It’s diversifying. We have different levels, we have ClubWPT, we have social gaming. The players on each platform don’t necessarily cross over but that’s OK.

This umbrella, which is poker, is a wide one. We just need to be patient. We don’t need to force everything. We shouldn’t force a social player to play real-money if he/she doesn’t want to.

We also shouldn’t force live tournament players to go to social gaming sites.

We need to be able service a wide group of players. The concern is that you have to keep up standards. I think that’s going to be the issue. Outside of the USA, poker is growing so quickly.

You’re going to see many people coming and saying, “Can I make a quick buck?”

Fortunately we have an investor in OurGame now so that we can have a global company. We have 40 employees in China. We have employees in London and here.

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Time to find the next Gus Hansen.

We will all need to hold the industry accountable to make sure that the standards stay high because if people start getting bad experiences it can atrophy. We forget that.

We’ve gotta continue to treat the new player in a way that’s respectful and not just look at them like they’re fish.

Social gamers are not all fish. Some of them aren’t out to win, they’re just having fun. What’s the big deal?

In the future we need to continue to think about showing the proper respect and try to fulfill each player’s needs.

The industry puts too much in one basket. That happened with real-money gaming, for instance. That goes the same for social gaming or tournaments. Let’s just take a long-term approach.

If we continue to hit doubles and triples we will serve this community. At the World Poker Tour we’re going to continue to try and hit doubles and triples going to Latin America. We’ll continue to expand social gaming to bring more people into the game.

We’re also going to combine some things with eSports and poker in the future as well.

Every day we’re going to ask ourselves, “What can we do to be better?”

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Seidel, Busquet Among 66 Players in WPT TOC, $381k for Winner

Seidel, Busquet Among 66 Players in WPT TOC, $381k for Winner

A mixture of WPT champions both past and present descended on the Seminole Hard Rock Casino for the 2017 Tournament of Champions on Friday.

Erik Seidel, Eli Elezra, Scott Seiver and Olivier Busquet were among the long-time members of the WPT’s Champion’s Club that put up the $15,000 buy-in to join the rake-free fun and help boost the prize pool to $1,090,000.

Meanwhile every winner from Season XV of the WPT had their buy-in paid for so they all made the trip except for WPT Prague winner Oleg Vasylchenko. The overall field hit 66 players, which marks a very slight increase over last year’s 64.

The winner will walk away with $381k and seat into the 2018 Tournament of Champions.

Nine Places to Pay, 2018 Audi S5 for Winner

The prize pool got a little extra love from title sponsor Monster, which kicked in an extra $100k and a brand-new 2018 Audi S5 for the winner.

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WPT’s first open event winner Ema Zajmovic is in the field.

In total this year’s event will pay nine spots. Here’s a complete look at the payouts:

1: $381,500 and 2018 TOC seat
2: $218,000
3: $133,525
4: $95,375
5: $73,575
6: $57,225
7: $49,050
8: $43,600
9: $38,150

There are a wealth of bonus prizes for the players who make the final table including Monster portable speakers.

The winner also gets Monster Rose Gold headphones and a Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red Watch.

This year’s TOC field includes a wide range of players from nearly every season of the WPT (interestingly not a single winner from season 1 made it out to Florida for the tournament).

Here’s a complete look at every player to take part in the 2017 TOC:

Eric Afriat
Brian Altman
Andjelko Andrejevic
Olivier Busquet
James Calderaro
James Carroll
Mohsin Charania
Scott Clements
Jake Cody
Asher Conniff
Shawn Cunix
Seth Davies
Mike Del Vecchio
Tony Dunst
Eli Elezra
Kevin Eyster
Niall Farrell
Dietrich Fast
Harrison Gimbel
Javier Gomez Zapatero
Jonathan Jaffe
Jared Jaffee
Eugene Katchalov
Chanracy Khun
Jonathan Little
Patrick Lyons
James Mackey
Lee Markholt
Aaron Mermelstein
Michael Mizrachi
Dominik Nitsche
Bahbak Oboodi
David Ormsby
Samuel Panzica
Tyler Patterson
Griffin Paul
Taylor Paur
Ravi Raghavan
Marvin Rettenmaier
Ryan Riess
Luis Cruz Rodriguez
James Romero
Daniel Santoro
Michael Scarborough
Stefan Schillhabel
Noah Schwartz
Erik Seidel
Scott Seiver
Michael Sexton
Tony Sinishtaj
Zachary Smiley
Keven Stammen
Daniel Strelitz
Jesse Sylvia
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Ryan Van Sanford
Taylor Von Kriegenbergh
Matthew Waxman
Daniel Weinman
Adam Weinraub
Dylan Wilkerson
Farid Yachou
Justin Young
Ema Zajmovic
Anthony Zinno

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WPT500 Heads to LA for First Time Ever, $1m GTD at The Gardens

WPT500 Heads to LA for First Time Ever, $1m GTD at The Gardens

One of the most popular small buy-in tournaments in the world will make its debut in California this May.

WPT500 Los Angeles will take place May 21-31 at The Gardens Casino and feature a $1m-guaranteed prize pool.

In keeping with WPT500 tournaments, the LA stop will feature 14 starting flights and a thrifty buy-in of $565.

When the field is reduced to 54 players on Day 2 the event will also feature an action clock to speed up play.

The tournament will serve as the Main Event for a larger Gardens Poker Festival with multiple events.

WPT500 Satellites Start at $65

Players who can’t take the $565 hit to play WPT500 can actually qualify for as little as $65 at The Gardens.

The first four starting flights will take place May 21-24, which gives players plenty of time to fire a few bullets in WPT500 and still find time to play the WSOP, which begins in earnest on May 31.

Mike Sexton

California is a new market for the WPT500, which so far has taken place in Las Vegas and Nottingham, England.

“The World Poker Tour couldn’t be happier to partner with The Gardens Casino to bring the WPT500 to California for the very first time,” said Angelica Hael, WPT VP of Global Tour Management.

“The WPT500 is a tremendous addition to the state’s robust and vibrant poker landscape, and Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles is the perfect time and place to host this historic event.

“With fantastic onsite amenities, a world-class poker room, and genuine hospitality from The Gardens team, the World Poker Tour is very excited about hosting the first-ever WPT500 in California.”

WPT events represent a massive value in terms of ROI. Last summer Andreas Olympios outlasted a staggering 3,956 entries to win a $260,000 first-place prize at the WPT500 event at Aria.

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Monster Headphones Adds $100k to WPT Tournament of Champions

Monster Headphones Adds $100k to WPT Tournament of Champions

Monster Headphones has stepped up as the title sponsor for the 2017 World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions and will throw an extra $100,000 into the already rake-free prize pool.

The 2017 WPT Tournament of Champions is set to take place April 7-9, 2017, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The tournament costs $15,000 to buy into but it’s also only open to past WPT champions. In addition every Season XV winner automatically received entry to the flagship tournament.

Adam Pliska: “Monster Raised the Bar”

This is the second straight year Monster has played a large part in the TOC.

Last year Monster chipped in a brand-new 2016 Chevy Corvette for the winner of the inaugural event. Every player at the six-handed final table also received a pair of Monster Soundstage speakers.

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Adam Pliska

This year each final-contestant will receive a Monster Superstar Ravebox, a portable speaker. In addition first place will once again get a pair of the Rose Gold wireless Monster headphones.

“Monster has been an extraordinary partner of the World Poker Tour for four seasons, and it is our pleasure that the WPT will close out a historic Season XV with the Monster WPT Tournament of Champions,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska.

“Head Monster Noel Lee and his outstanding team continue to add significant value to the WPT Champions Club, and they have raised the bar once again through the company’s tremendous contribution of $100,000 in cash to the Monster WPT Tournament of Champions prize pool.”

Last year Farid Yachou took down the first-ever TOC for $381,600 outlasting pros such as Michael Mizrachi, Jonathan Jaffe and Noah Schwartz.

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Del Vecchio Clips Mizzi to Win WPT Rolling Thunder for $284k

Del Vecchio Clips Mizzi to Win WPT Rolling Thunder for $284k

East Coast grinder Mike Del Vecchio overcame a very tough final table to take down the World Poker Tour’s Rolling Thunder stop for $284k last night.

Del Vecchio outlasted 421 entries and had to out-duel MTT master Sorel Mizzi heads-up to take down his first WPT title.

Mizzi had to settle for a $190,105 consolation prize. The final table also included all-star pros Connor Drinan and Olivier Busquet.

Drinan, Busquet Bust Early

Olivier Busquet and Connor Drinan added some serious star power to the WPT Rolling Thunder final table but it turned out they were only around for a short time.

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Olivier Busquet

Drinan doubled up an opponent and then busted sixth in a three-way hand against Busquet and John Hadley.

Busquet tripled up in the hand but would eventually fall in fifth place when his A-8 wasn’t able to hold against Steven Tabb’s K-4.

From there Del Vecchio started to bring the heat and by the time heads-up play began he had developed a nearly 2-1 chip lead against Sorel Mizzi.

Mizzi battled back to even but eventually fell when Del Vecchio turned trip fours against a massive Mizzi draw.

The trip fours held and Del Vecchio secured the title and a spot in the WPT Tournament of Champions.

WPT Rolling Thunder completes the so-called “California Swing” that also includes the LAPC and Bay 101 stops.

Next up for the WPT is a trip to Florida for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on March 31.

Here’s a complete look at the payouts from the WPT Rolling Thunder final table:

1st: Mike Del Vecchio – $284,638
2nd: Sorel Mizzi – $190,105
3rd: Steve Tabb – $122,296
4th: John Hadley – $81,930
5th: Olivier Busquet – $63,013
6th: Connor Drinan – $52,222

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Sexton in the Hunt for 2nd WPT Title at 2017 LAPC Final Table

Sexton in the Hunt for 2nd WPT Title at 2017 LAPC Final Table

The long-time WPT announcer is the second-shortest stack heading into the six-player L.A. Poker Classic final table but he still has 39 big blinds to work with.

He’s have to contend with a rampaging Daniel Strelitz who amassed 6.4 million chips and will enter the final table as the overwhelming chip leader.

First place in this year’s LAPC will tip the scales at $1.001 million.

Dunst Subs as Commentator

Strelitz isn’t the only player that Sexton will have to keep an eye on as East Coast grinder Jesse Martin will be looking to make some noise with 2.5m chips.

Tony Dunst

Tony Dunst

The rest of the final table is made up of Californian Jared Griener (1.8m chips), Bulgarian Simeon Naydenov (2.8m) and New Yorker Richard Tuhrim (680,000)

Tony Dunst will once again take Sexton’s spot in the commentary booth with Vince Van Patten for the televised final table.

It certainly worked out for Sexton last time around. Dunst filled in for Sexton when the partypoker ambassador won WPT Montreal in November.

Despite his $6.1+ million in earnings (and 14 years of commentating) Sexton only has one WPT title, which he earned in November. He will be able to make that two if the cards go his way tonight.

The 2017 LAPC final table will kick off at 4 p.m. PT today. There is no live stream but you can follow the WPT live updates.

Here’s a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

1. Daniel Strelitz – 6,485,000 (216 bb)
2. Simeon Naydenov – 2,860,000 (95 bb)
3. Jesse Martin – 2,540,000 (85 bb)
4. Jared Griener – 1,895,000 (63 bb)
5. Mike Sexton – 1,165,000 (39 bb)
6. Richard Tuhrim – 680,000 (23 bb)

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WPT to Start Season XVI with Special Beijing Event

WPT to Start Season XVI with Special Beijing Event

The World Poker Tour is going to shake things up in Season XVI by kicking things off with a special event in Beijing from April 15-19.

The WPT Beijing stop will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Ourgame Chess & Card Festival held at the Nuo Hotel.

The Beijing Main Event will have a cap of 400 players with a mixture of international players and domestic players who will be able to qualify through the Ourgame Card Festival.

This is the second time that the WPT has ventured into China as WPT National Sanya has taken place every year for the last five years.

First WPT Main Event in China

This is the first time the WPT has held a Main Event and the company’s CEO Adam Pliska said it was only natural to expand into Asia at this point.

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“The World Poker Tour is proud to kick off Season XVI with WPT Beijing and add a second major poker tournament to the burgeoning Chinese region,” said Pliska.

“It is without question that Asia has an ever-increasing demand for major poker events, as evidenced by WPT National Sanya selling out each of its first five years.

“Alongside our parent company Ourgame, the WPT looks forward to hosting the best players from the region and around the world as we kick off Season XVI with WPT Beijing.”

There will plenty of games available during the Ourgame Chess & Card Festival beyond poker including bridge, mahjong and more.

Of course the current WPT season will conclude with the Tournament of Champions at Seminole Hard Rock Casino on April 7.

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Niall Farrell Wins the WPT Caribbean Main Event for $335,000

Niall Farrell Wins the WPT Caribbean Main Event for $335,000

Niall Farrell topped a field of 323 entries in the 2016 partypoker WPT Caribbean Main Event to get his hands on the winner’s trophy and $335,000, which includes a $15,000 seat to the WPT Tournament of Champions. Place Player Prize 1 Niall Farrell $335,000 2 Troy Quenneville $220,000 3 Anthony Augustino $140,000 4 Colin Moffatt […]

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German Superstar Rainer Kempe Heads to Punta Cana

The lure of the $2 million guaranteed partypoker Million and $1 million guaranteed World Poker Tour Caribbean Main Event appears to be stronger than ever judging by the stellar names who have confirmed their attendance in Punta Cana for the Caribbean Poker Party. Germany has produced some exception poker players in recent years, and one […]

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Join Brazil’s Joao Simao at the Caribbean Poker Party

Online crusher Joao Simao is the latest stellar name to confirm they’re jetting off to Punta Cana in November to play in the Caribbean Poker Party so we thought we’d tell you a little bit about one of Brazil’s top poker players. Simao is a huge winner in online poker tournaments; he is one of […]

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Jackie Glazier Joins the partypoker Team

partypoker announces a new sponsorship deal with professional poker player Jackie Glazier. The new face of partypoker for Australia has over $1,300,000 in live earnings and will be wearing the partypoker patch at her first live event this weekend, held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. The initial two year contract will see Glazier playing […]

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Take on Igor Kurganov During the Caribbean Poker Party

He has travelled the world playing in the highest buy-in tournaments and cash games, taken on and beaten some of poker’s most feared players, and has won more than $11.7 million from live events. We are, of course, talking about the one and only Igor Kurganov. Kurganov is the latest stellar name to confirm their […]

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£3 Million WPT UK Festival is Right Around the Corner

Those of you who love to play in major poker tournaments need to check your diaries and ensure you have October 22 through to November 6 free because those are the dates the £3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour UK festival takes place. Three £1 million guaranteed tournaments are coming at you in the next […]

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Michael Mizrachi Ready to Grind at the Caribbean Poker Party

Three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, two World Poker Tour (WPT) titles, and more than $15.3 million in live poker tournament winnings help make up Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi’s impressive poker résumé. Come November, Mizrachi is hoping to add a Caribbean Poker Party victory to his accolades. Hailing from Florida, USA, Mizrachi has spent […]

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The WPT is Heading to Montreal, Are You?

The Playground Poker Club is the place to be between October 30 and November 17, 2016 because those are the dates that the World Poker Tour is in town for the Playground Poker Fall Classic, which includes the $2 million guaranteed WPT Montreal Main Event. A total of 17 events are on the schedule and […]

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Take On Daniel “Jungleman” Cates at the Caribbean Poker Party

One of the latest stellar names to confirm they will be in Punta Cana for the Caribbean Poker Party is none other than Daniel “Jungleman” Cates! Cates, 26, shot to fame when he progressed from $0.25/$0.50 to $25/$50 in the space of two years, grinding heads-up cash games with some of the best players in […]

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Richard Lawlor Wins the WPT National Ireland Main Event

Richard Lawlor Wins the WPT National Ireland Main Event

Two-hundred and sixty players bought into the €1,100 partypoker WPT National Ireland Main Event and after three days of action at the INEC Killarney, that field was reduced to a single play, Richard Lawlor the latest WPT National champion. WPT National Ireland Final Table Results Place Player Prize 1 Richard Lawlor €65,000 2 Alan Kelleher […]

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WPT Caribbean Satellites Are Available Now!

WPT Caribbean Satellites Are Available Now!

Satellites for the Caribbean Poker Party have been running for the past couple of months, feeding into the partypoker Million tournament that now has a $2 million guaranteed prize pool after we decided to double it from its initial $1 million purse. Now you can qualify for the $5,000 World Poker Tour Caribbean Main Event, […]

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Mike Sexton Confirmed to Play in the C$500,000 Canadian Grand Prix

Canada’s premier poker destination, Playground Poker Club, is set to host the CAD $500,000 guaranteed Canadian Grand Prix from 1st – 5th September as a headline event for the World Cup of Cards (WCC) festival. The Grand Prix is known for its famous low buy-ins and huge guarantees, and this will be no different with […]

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Caribbean Poker Party’s partypoker Million Doubles Its Guarantee To $2 Million

partypoker have added another $1,000,000 to the Caribbean Poker Party prize pool with the partypoker Million now holding a massive $2,000,000 guarantee. Combining this with the WPT Caribbean $1,000,000 guarantee this takes the two events to a total of $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Celebrities and poker legends confirm their seats on the partypoker plane to […]

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£1m Guaranteed Devilfish Cup Scheduled During WPT UK Festival

£1m Guaranteed Devilfish Cup Scheduled During WPT UK Festival

The word legend is one of the most overused in poker circles. Very few poker players are deserving of such a title, but one man who epitomises the definition of being a legend is the late Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott. Devilfish passed away in April 2015 after a battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife Anpaktita, […]

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Leo Tran Wins WPT National Rozvadov For €75,000

Leo Tran Wins WPT National Rozvadov For €75,000

Germany’s Leo Tran secured by far the largest tournament cash of his career to date after he topped a field of 339 players in the 2016 partypoker WPT National Rozvadov Main Event to get his hands on a cool €75,000. WPT Rozvadov Main Event Final Table Payouts Place Player Prize 1 Leo Tran €75,000 2 […]

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Time’s Running Out to Qualify for WPT National Rozvadov

The fantastic King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic is preparing to host the €200,000 guaranteed World Poker Tour National Rozvadov Main Event, and the plethora of side events, but with the start date rapidly approaching, you are running out of time if you want to secure yourself a package worth $1,800. King’s Casino is an […]

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Meet The People: partypoker Qualifier Ashley Cheung

Meet The People: partypoker Qualifier Ashley Cheung

Last week, the partypoker WPT500 at Aria crowned its champion when Dusk Till Dawn regular Andreas Olympios topped a field of 3,956 to get his hands on the winner’s trophy and $260,000. Making it through to the latter stages of the tournament was one of our online qualifiers, Canadian Ashley Cheung, who we had everything […]

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Mike Sexton’s Book Launch is a Roaring Success

Mike Sexton’s Book Launch is a Roaring Success

partypoker Ambassador and all-round legend Mike Sexton’s autobiography “Life’s a Gamble” is now in the public domain after a hugely successful book launch party at Julian Serrano’s at ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which all WPT500 players who qualified at partypoker were invited to. With how open and accessible Mike Sexton is, many […]

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Andrew Jankowski wins partypoker WPT National Nottingham

Andrew Jankowski wins partypoker WPT National Nottingham

Andrew Jankowski is $192,210 richer than he was a week ago after he topped a field of 886 players in the partypoker WPT National Nottingham Main Event. What makes Jankowski’s victory sweeter is he qualified for the $1,100 buy-in tournament via a centroll at partypoker. WPT National Nottingham final table results Place Player Prize 1 […]

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Are You Heading to DTD for the $1 Million Guaranteed WPTN UK?

Fancy playing in a poker tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool? What about a tournament where the structure is regarded as one of the best in the industry? How about a tournament where the entrants are an eclectic mix of amateurs, satellite qualifiers, and professionals? If you are sat there nodding your head […]

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Win as Many as Seven Shots at the $1m Guaranteed WPT500 at Aria

Win as Many as Seven Shots at the $1m Guaranteed WPT500 at Aria

It feels like it was only five minutes ago that Craig Varnell was lifting aloft the 2015 partypoker WPT500 Aria trophy, and taking home $185,800 in cash, but it is actually almost a year, can you believe that? Time flies when you’re having fun! One good thing about a year flying by is that it […]

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Travel the World From Just $0.01 with the WPT Passport

Head to the Live Events tab in the partypoker software and you will discover something called the WPT Passport. By the time you have finished reading this little article, you’ll have all the information needed to know what the WPT Passport system is. partypoker is giving you, our valued players, the opportunity to travel the […]

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Meet The People: partypoker Ambassador Tony Dunst

partypoker ambassador Tony Dunst is something of a rarity in poker. Not only has he enjoyed success in the online and live poker worlds, he has also forged a career away from the tables as the host of the WPT Raw Deal strategy segment on the televised World Poker Tour circuit. Tony became a WPT […]

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Vlad Darie Triumphs in the partypoker WPT Vienna Main Event

Vlad Darie Triumphs in the partypoker WPT Vienna Main Event

The 2016 partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Vienna Main Event trophy is heading to Romania after Vlad Darie topped a field of 234 entries to claim his first WPT title, €170,800, and a seat to the WPT Tournament of Champions. WPT Vienna final table results Place Player Prize 1 Vlad Darie €170,800 2 Zoltan Gal […]

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Prepare for Pure Poker Wednesdays

Here at partypoker, we love to mix things up to keep the amazing game of poker fresh and exciting for you, our valued players. Over the past few weeks and months we’ve overhauled the tournament schedule with the introduction of the Power Series, put $5 million of guaranteed prize pools up for grabs in the […]

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Watch the partypoker WPT Vienna Main Event Final Table

The 234-strong field in the 2016 partypoker World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event has been whittled to its final table of six and you can watch the action unfold before your eyes here on the partypoker blog. Zoltan Gal leads the way at the start of play, but Dietrich Fast is hot on his heels […]

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Meet The People: Rachael Wood

The partypoker blog chats to a member of the partypoker community, or a member of staff, every week as part of our Meet The People campaign. It is our chance to talk with the players and employees who help make partypoker what it is, the poker site for the people. This week’s Meet The People […]

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1,332,482 | Mike Shariati is WPT’s L.A. King

1,332,482 | Mike Shariati is WPT’s L.A. King

Mike Shariati became a household name last September following his unexpected victory at the WPT Legends of Poker in Los Angeles, defeating the legendary Freddy Deeb heads-up for the title. Six months later, Shariati was back in the LA spotlight, this time attempting to win the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, one of the most prestigious tournament on the live poker circuit. He would once again make it to heads-up play, this time finishing second to German…

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Head to Las Vegas via the Tournament of Champions

The $5 million guaranteed Powerfest is in full swing and what a fantastic series it has been so far. More than 50 players have claimed Powerfest titles across the Featherweight and Middleweight categories and by the time the Heavyweight and High Roller weeks are completed we will have 98 Powerfest champions. Each of those 98 […]

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Mike Sexton Reacts to His Lifetime Achievement Award

On February 25, 2016, I was honored as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2nd edition of the GPI American Poker Awards in Beverly Hills, CA. It was a fabulous evening, first class all the way. More importantly, many deserving people who have all contributed to the betterment of the poker industry, […]

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2006 | #TBT Nam Le wins WPT Bay 101

2006 | #TBT Nam Le wins WPT Bay 101

It was on this very day, 10 years ago, where Nam Le became a shooting star winning the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose, defeating Ravi Udayakumar heads-up for the first major championship of his career. Le has collected four other WPT final tables so far in his career, including a return to a final table at the Bay 101 Shooting Star in 2014. Fab Five | 2006 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star 1. Nam Le (USA),…

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14 | WPT to crown another L.A. Poker Classic Champion

14 | WPT to crown another L.A. Poker Classic Champion

Fourteen years after Gus Hansen was crowned the first ever WPT L.A. Poker Classic Champion, the World Poker Tour is back in Los Angeles this week as the next LAPC winner is set to be crowned on Thursday. Defending Champion Anthony Zinno won the event in 2015 earning back-to-back titles after winning the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls prior to his victory in LA. Although Zinno won’t be defending his title (he was…

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Mike Sexton Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike Sexton Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award

A couple of hundred of North America’s most-prominent poker industry members and players gathered at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 25 for the 2nd Annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards where they celebrated the achievements of the past 12 months. Almost a dozen categories were voted for, including Breakout Performance of […]

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423 | WPT Fallsview hits Niagara Falls

423 | WPT Fallsview hits Niagara Falls

The great Anthony Zinno would set up what would become an impressive back-to-back performance on the World Poker Tour, winning the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls. This year, 423 competitors are battling it out to replace Zinno at the top in hopes of duplicating his performance, heading to the LAPC with the Fallsview title. Final table play is set for Wednesday! Fab Five | 2015 WPT Fallsview 1. Anthony Zinno (USA), $302,235 2. Mike Leah…

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100% | Cate Hall remains perfect on the World Poker Tour

100% | Cate Hall remains perfect on the World Poker Tour

  Not many people can claim they have cashed in their first five events on the World Poker Tour, in fact, we’re not even sure if anyone other than Cate Hall can make the claim. Hall burst onto the live tournament poker scene early in 2015. After a few small scores, she went on to finish 33rd in the $777 event at the World Series of Poker. From there, her WPT career took off, earning…

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Meet The People: Lubys Zanas Wins WPT National London

Meet The People: Lubys Zanas Wins WPT National London

Lubys Zanas is the latest person to win a World Poker Tour National Main Event after he outlasted a field of 576 players in the £100,000 guaranteed accumulator event at Aspers Casino, Stratford, London this weekend. Zanas enjoyed a deep run in the July 2014 edition of the WPT National London Main Event where he […]

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4th | WSOP Champ Joe McKeehen still scoring

4th | WSOP Champ Joe McKeehen still scoring

Just months after raising the HUGE World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet in victory, Joe McKeehen was back in contention at a major event over the weekend. Although he was unable to reach the winner’s circle this time around, McKeehen finished 4th at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City. Earlier this month, McKeehen collected a pair of 2nd place finishes at the 2016 PCA, including a runner-up finish to Bryn Kenney…

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22nd | Sasha Barrese’s WPT Seminole success

22nd | Sasha Barrese’s WPT Seminole success

It’s Celebrity Sunday on #PokerStats! We’re approaching the second anniversary of Hollywood star Sasha Barrese’s Top 25 finish at the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida. Barrese, who’s best known for her role as Doug’s wife Tracey in ‘The Hangover’ trilogy, earned her second score on the World Poker Tour last August, earning a 51st place finish at the inaugural WPT Choctaw event in Durant, Oklahoma. Fab Five | 2014 WPT Seminole…

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1,171 | Another big WPT field invades Borgata

1,171 | Another big WPT field invades Borgata

Another year, another amazing turnout at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, currently taking place in Atlantic City. The second largest field in the Winter Poker Open’s history has assembled in hopes of becoming the next World Poker Tour Champions Club member. Best of luck to the whopping 1,171 of you who first entered the competition! 2013 WPT Borgata Poker Open 3rd place finisher Cong Pham (pictured) takes the chip lead into Day 2 which…

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Prepare For the Four-Tiered $5 Million Guaranteed Powerfest

Remember how awesome Pokerfest was? Well, it is being given a Power Series makeover to make it even bigger and better than before. Introducing the $5,000,000 guaranteed, that’s correct, FIVE MILLION dollars guaranteed Powerfest, which is coming to partypoker from February 21 and stays on your screens until March 20. A staggering 98 Powerfest tournaments […]

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24th | Farewell to Rene Angelil

24th | Farewell to Rene Angelil

Sundays are usually reserved for celebrities on PokerStats, this edition is no different, except it goes to honor a showbiz legend and part-time poker player who passed away last week … Rene Angelil was laid to rest of Saturday. Best known for guiding Celine Dion to superstardom (both as a manager and a supportive husband), Angelil has a passion for poker and played as much as someone with a busy schedule such as his could….

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5,052,719 | Life’s good if you’re Fedor Holz

5,052,719 | Life’s good if you’re Fedor Holz

German star Fedor Holz ended the 2015 poker season by winning the final major event on the calendar at WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas at Bellagio. Days later, and the 2016 poker year has already as Manila played host to the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roll Series Cali Cup as part of the WPT National Philippines schedule. Holz wasted no time breaking his career-best cash at Alpha8 by taking down the title in Manila, earning…

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Qualify Now For the 2016 WPT National London

Keep your diaries free between February 4, 2016, and February 7, 2016, because those are the dates that the partypoker World Poker Tour National London festival heads to Aspers Casino in Stratford. Once again Aspers’ super casino plays host to a £100,000 guaranteed WPT National London main event and a handful of side events that […]

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#2 | Kevin Eyster wins another WPT title

#2 | Kevin Eyster wins another WPT title

Louisiana’s Kevin Eyster won his second World Poker Tour title over the weekend at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, one of the most prestigious poker tournaments on the circuit. Eyster, who defeated William Jennings heads-up, won his first WPT title back in April of 2013 the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, Florida. Fab Five | WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic 1. Kevin Eyster (USA) 2. William Jennings (USA) 3….

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5th | Director Todd Phillips runs deep at WPT Legends

5th | Director Todd Phillips runs deep at WPT Legends

Famous Hollywood film director Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover) was in deep ten years ago. Phillips had his eyes set on a WPT title at the 2005 Legends of Poker. Although he wouldn’t be able to pickup the victory in Los Angeles, Phillips did earn a fifth place finish, proving that winning those legendary Hollywood home games may very well be harder than we think! Phillips has also earned a pair of scores in bracelet…

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100,000 | Why John Hennigan was leaving Las Vegas

100,000 | Why John Hennigan was leaving Las Vegas

Three-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner, WPT Champions Club member and former professional pool player John “World” Hennigan was bet $100,000 by some of his friends that he could not leave Las Vegas to live in Des Moines, Iowa for a period of six months.   Although the participants had nothing against Des Moines, they must have known that Hennigan would be unable to stay away from the action, the hustle and the…

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Meet The People: WPT Prague Winner Javier Gomez

Meet The People: WPT Prague Winner Javier Gomez

Javier Gomez is the name of the latest World Poker Tour champion after the man from the Spanish university town of Salamanca outlasted a star-studded field of 256 players in the 2015 partypoker WPT Prague Main Event. Place Player Prize 1 Javier Gomez €175,000 2 Pavel Plesuv €120,000 3 Fahredin Mustafiv €77,500 4 Pedro Marques […]

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Meet The People: partypoker Qualifier Rainer Kempe

Meet The People: partypoker Qualifier Rainer Kempe

Ever since Chris Moneymaker turned a $38 online satellite ticket into $2,500,000 by winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, poker players around the world have dreamed about turning a small investment into a much more substantial sum. Milan Harper managed to do exactly that earlier this year, essentially freerolling his way to […]

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1st | Big first win for Matas Cimbolas

1st | Big first win for Matas Cimbolas

  It was on this day, one year ago today, that Matas Cimbolas became the very first player from Lithuania to win an open event on the World Poker Tour, securing the victory, and the £200,000 first-place prize, at the inaugural edition of WPT UK in Nottingham. Cimbolas would defeat UK star Ben Warrington heads-up for the title at a final table that also included former November Niner Antoine Saout and online poker star Patrick…

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1st | John Juanda wins first ever PPT event

1st | John Juanda wins first ever PPT event

It was on this day in 2004 where John Juanda would become the very 1st winner on the PPT – the Professional Poker Tour, defeating Chris Bigler heads-up for the title. The tour was operated by the WPT. The first event would be presented as part of the World Poker Finals at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Top 5 | 2004 PPT Foxwoods 1. John Juanda (INA), $225,000 2. Chris Bigler (SUI), $100,000 3. Ron Rose (USA), $60,000 4. Dan…

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2,167,500 | Nick Schulman takes over WPT World Poker Finals

2,167,500 | Nick Schulman takes over WPT World Poker Finals

“The Takeover” Nick Schulman was the talk of the town on this day ten years ago following his victory at the 2005 WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods in Connecticut. Schulman, who’s career resume also includes a pair of WSOP gold bracelet wins, would defeat Anthony Licastro heads-up and pickup the eye-opening $2,167,500 first-place prize. Fellow WSOP bracelet winners Allen Cunningham and Lyle Berman would also make the finals at Foxwoods.   Fab Five | 2005 WPT…

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8 | Tyler Patterson finally breaks through on WPT

8 | Tyler Patterson finally breaks through on WPT

Eighth’s time a charm for World Poker Tour regular Tyler Patterson, who was finally able to breakthrough on the WPT, winning the WPT bestbet Poker Scramble in Jacksonville earlier this week for the second major victory of his career. This event marked the second time the 2014 WSOP bracelet winner had made a WPT final table. Patterson finished 3rd at the WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City back in 2012. Fab Five | Patterson’s best WPT…

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Iaron Lightbourne Crowned 2015 partypoker WPT UK Champion

Iaron Lightbourne Crowned 2015 partypoker WPT UK Champion

The 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event crowned its champion on the night of Sunday 8 November when Iaron Lightbourne bested a talented six-handed final table. His reward was the winner’s trophy, £200,000 in cash, a seat in the $15,400 WPT Tournament of Champions and booked his place in the exclusive Champions Club. […]

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29th | Richard Seymour doing work in Jacksonville

29th | Richard Seymour doing work in Jacksonville

Former New England Patriot and Oakland Raider Richard Seymour seems to have found a new line of work after stepping away from the NFL. The three-time Super Bowl winner and seven-time Pro Bowler finished in 29th at the WPT bestbet Poker Scramble in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend, one year after earning a 37th place finish in the same event. Seymour has also earned two other results on the live tournament circuit, near Philadelphia and in…

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WPT Season XIV: WPT UK Freekick Challenge w/ Anthony Gardner

WPT Season XIV: WPT UK Freekick Challenge w/ Anthony Gardner

Watch former ‪Tottenham Hotspurs and ‪‎England‬ Footballer ‪Anthony Gardner‬ take on ‪‎DJ Mizrachi‬ and ‪Royal Flush Girl‬ Ana Falasca at the WPT Freekick Challenge. They’ve taken time out from the partypoker ‪WPTUK‬ Main Event to show us there skills. Who are you betting on?

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Mian Wei Crowned the 2015 partypoker WPT High Roller Champion

Mian Wei Crowned the 2015 partypoker WPT High Roller Champion

Mian Wei emerged victorious in the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour UK High Roller at Dusk Till Dawn, coming out on top of a star-studded field of 48 to claim the winner’s trophy and £100,000 in cold, hard cash. Place Player Prize 1 Mian Wei £100,000 2 Mario Sanchez Cano £60,000 3 Steven Warburton £40,000 […]

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Richard Harris Wins the WPT500 UK For £150,000

Richard Harris Wins the WPT500 UK For £150,000

Richard Harris is £150,000 richer than he was a few days ago thanks to the Welshman outlasting 1,615 other players in the £1 million guaranteed 2015 World Poker Tour WPT500 UK at Dusk Till Dawn. Place Player Prize 1 Richard Harris £150,000 2 Yani Yanev £90,0000 3 Chin Chai Koh £60,000 4 Florian Duta £37,500 […]

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How to Succeed at Satellite Tournaments

Playing poker tournaments is a lot of fun. From trying to build a big stack to triumphing heads-up, it’s a hoot. But if there’s one thing better than winning big, it’s doing so having paid a fraction of the price others have to enter that tournament. From online tournaments such as the #sundaymajors flagship $150,000 […]

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Five Reasons Why the WPT500 is the Must-Play Tournament of the Year

There’s A Million Pound Prize-Pool! That’s not a typo. A million pound sterling is up for grabs and the tournament entry is only £500+50. The incredible prize-pools put up by WPT and Dusk Till Dawn really are what keeps thousands of players coming back to the Nottingham poker hotspot, and this year will be no […]

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1/207 | The Tryba has spoken in Colorado

1/207 | The Tryba has spoken in Colorado

Popular US circuit star Chris Tryba would leave the Isle Casino Hotel in Black Hawk, Colorado a happy man in 2011 as four years ago today, Tryba, who’s career also includes a WSOP gold bracelet win in 2012, bested a 207-player field to win the WPT Regional Colorado Main Event. The man who calls Colorado home has earned 13 victories in his 12-year career on the live tournament circuit. TOP 5 | 2011 WPT Regional Colorado…

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$500,000 | WPT joins forces with Tiger

$500,000 | WPT joins forces with Tiger

The WPT Foundation joined forces with the Tiger Woods Foundation this past May in Las Vegas for Tiger’s Poker Night; a celebrity poker tournament presented by the World Poker Tour. The event kicked off the 17th edition of Tiger Jam. Tiger himself, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten all competed in the event and helped raise over $500,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation’s College-Access programs. *Photo credit: WPT Foundation // Video…

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Teach The People: Making a Great Read

It can be hard to evaluate the strategy behind making a big read, because hands like those rely on a player’s subjective evaluation of his opponent. In the example video shown below, Phil Hellmuth calls down JC Tran’s triple barrel bluff with middle pair—despite the fact that two of the flopped draws hit on the […]

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1,000,000 | Freddy Deeb wins big in Aruba

1,000,000 | Freddy Deeb wins big in Aruba

The great Freddy Deeb was one step away from collecting a third WPT title just a few weeks ago at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, finishing second to Mike Shariati. On this day ten years ago today, however, it was all roses for the poker legend. It was on October 1, 2005 where Deeb defeated Josh Schlein heads-up en route to his very first WPT title, winning the $1,000,000 top prize at the WPT Ultimate Poker…

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2,255 | Borgata packs ’em in

2,255 | Borgata packs ’em in

New Yorker David Paredes became the latest player to battle his way through a 1k+ field towards WPT victory at the Borgata in Atlantic City; making this the 9th time the WPT hosted another mega-field event at Borgata. Three WPT events were showcased at Borgata in 2015 including the recently completed BPO, the Winter Open and the WPT World Championship, which moved from Las Vegas to Borgata in 2014. Incredibly, a grand total of 2,225 players entered a…

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#10 | Double-digit WPT results for Goldberg

#10 | Double-digit WPT results for Goldberg

Almost 10 years after earning his very first result on the World Poker Tour, Fred Goldberg captured his 10th WPT score over the weekend, finishing 23rd at the inaugural WPT Maryland Live! That first WPT score? That came in January 2006 at the WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) … yes, you’re reading it right, many may have forgotten that the PCA used to be a WPT tour event! Goldberg, a 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner,…

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Meet The People: Luke “Polymath” Slisz

A Polymtah is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas and it is also the partypoker alias of a certain Luke Slisz, who is the subject of this week’s Meet The People. Luke first discovered poker back in 2008 when a friend of his took him along to a £3 […]

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#1 | J.C.’s first big win

#1 | J.C.’s first big win

It was on this day in 2003 where poker superstar J.C. Tran would collect his first-ever victory on the live tournament circuit. Tran would defeat Habib Khanis heads-up to win the $330 No-Limit Hold’em prelim event at the 2003 Heavenly Hold’em series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Tran would go on to win a pair of World Series of Poker gold bracelets as well as become a two-time winner on the World Poker Tour. Top…

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#1 | J.C.’s first big win

#1 | J.C.’s first big win

It was on this day in 2003 where poker superstar J.C. Tran would collect his first-ever victory on the live tournament circuit. Tran would defeat Habib Khanis heads-up to win the $330 No-Limit Hold’em prelim event at the 2003 Heavenly Hold’em series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Tran would go on to win a pair of World Series of Poker gold bracelets as well as become a two-time winner on the World Poker Tour. Top…

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675,942 | The Bounty

675,942 | The Bounty

Five months after winning the Mega Millions event during WSOP Circuit Los Angeles, Irvine native Mike Shariati was back at it at the Bicycle Casino on Friday, defeating two-time WPT Champion Freddy Deeb heads-up to win the WPT Legends of Poker. Shariati collects $675,942 for the victory, not bad for the very first WPT result of his career on the live tournament circuit! Top 5 | 2015 WPT Legends of Poker 1st Mike Shariati (USA)…

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1,445 | The Distance

1,445 | The Distance

With the WPT Legends of Poker concluding, many players are making their way to Thackerville, Oklahoma to play the 2015 River Poker Series Main Event, hosted by the great Maria Ho. In order to get there, players will first have to fly 1,445 miles from LAX to the Dallas Forth Worth International Airport. Then, it’s time to jump in that rental car to make the 90-minute journey to the WinStar World Casino where a guaranteed…

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Teach The People: The Power of Position

If you’ve ever played a session of blackjack, then you know the advantage that comes with being able to act second. It’s the main reason the house has an edge in the game, and if you make a priority to act second in poker—by having position—then you’ll enjoy a similar advantage. Acting second is so […]

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Teach The People: Making a Bad Bet

I generally advise playing an aggressive game in hold’em, but there are numerous ways to make a bad bet if you’re not careful. You can run a bluff that’s unlikely to work, make a value bet that’s poorly sized, or even bet in a situation where checking expects to gain more value. The most obvious […]

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Meet The partypoker People: Tristan Chaplin

Have you played poker at any of the partypoker WPT National UK festivals? Were you at the Grand Prix Million at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham? If so, you’ve most likely bumped into Tristan Chaplin who seems to frequent these events more than most. The popular 36-year old forklift truck driver from sunny Essex has been […]

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WPT National London Accumulator: Final Day Live Updates

Hello and welcome to the third and final day of the £100,000 guaranteed partypoker WPT National London accumulator event. At precisely 3:00 p.m (BST) on Sunday 2 August, the tournament is unpaused for the last time as we play until one man, or woman, is sat with every single chip in play in front of […]

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WPT National London Accumulator: Day 2 Live Updates

WPT National London Accumulator: Day 2 Live Updates

Welcome to Day 2! Strong … or Almost Gone! We were at the table to see our first all-in and call of this Day 2, after catching up with some of the players who finished Day 1’s third flight in a strong position, including Joe Laming (pictured above, 83k), James Akenhead (123k), Irina Nikolaidi (120k) […]

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WPT National London Accumulator: Live Updates

WPT National London Accumulator: Live Updates

WPT National UK London Accumulator Flight 1 Welcome To London! With last night’s DT38 Charity tournament a huge success (our final six players who all made – and donated – money are pictured above), attention turns to the big kick-off of the WPTNUK Accumulator Main Event! Flight 1 is tonight, with Flights 2 and 3 […]

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Become an EastEnder for the Weekend

Become an EastEnder for the Weekend

If you’re joining hundreds of other players at this week’s World Poker Tour National UK Accumulator event at Aspers Casino in Stratford, East London, then you’ll be in good company. Celebrities, footballers and poker pros alike will be playing in Wednesday night’s exclusive ‘DT38’ charity event raising money for the Dylan Tombides foundation. With three […]

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Teach The People: A Battle of the Blinds

Unlike many aspects of poker tournament strategy, there are fewer agreed upon “standard” plays when it comes to a battle of the blinds, especially when the stacks are deep. When stacks are short — around 20 blinds or less — most blind versus blind strategy involves going all-in pre-flop, but there’s more nuance once the […]

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WPT National London Kicks Off With the DT38 Foundation Charity Tournament

The latest WPT National London festival opens its doors to the poker loving public on July 30, but before then there is an extra special tournament scheduled to kick the festival at Aspers Casino Stratford, a charity tournament to raise money for the DT38 Foundation. Kicking off at 7:00pm on Wednesday 29 July is the […]

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Teach The People: Knowing when to fold

Most of poker is folding. If you’re at a full handed table, it’s difficult to play more than 30% of your hands and be profitable; most professionals fall closer to 20% of hands played. This means that the bulk of your time at the table is spent folding and watching the action go by. Knowing […]

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Teach The People: How to play pocket queens

Pocket queens are unquestionably a premium hand in no limit Texas Hold’em, but there’s a large disparity between how confident you feel with queens and how confident you feel with kings or aces. As there are more nuance to  playing pocket queens, new players often consider them a “trouble hand” and alter their raise sizes to […]

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partypoker study shows poker is a top psyche out sport

We recently conducted a study of 2,000 adults where we asked them about the best celebrations in sport and which sports required competitors to be able to psyche out their opponents in order to succeed and unsurprisingly poker was ranked up there in the latter category. Twenty percent of the people surveyed ranked poker as […]

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Mike Sexton speaks – potential brand ambassadors

Mike Sexton speaks – potential brand ambassadors

In my previous blog post, Let’s hear it for the WPT, I discussed the many difficulty associated with obtaining sponsorship from mainstream companies, even for the most long-standing and reputable poker entities. Today I will be writing about individual sponsorship for players. Numerous poker players have enjoyed sponsorship deals from online poker sites and hopefully […]

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Kings Of Vegas Winner Through to WPT500 Aria Final 18

The partypoker Kings Of Vegas promotion not only made the dreams of 50 poker players come true by giving them the chance to head to Las Vegas to compete in the $2 million guaranteed WPT500 at Aria, it has also created an amazing story. Milan Harper headed to Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) in May to […]

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Meet The People: Gareth “gazthehippy1” Smirthwaite

Every Monday is Meet The partypoker People Monday where the partypoker blog reaches out to our valued players and chats with them about all things poker. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to play only freerolls or if you’re a regular in our highest buy-in tournaments, we love find out more about you. In the […]

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partypoker presents – The WPT500 at Aria

If you’re a poker player looking for some real value in the near future, you might consider playing the WPT500 at ARIA – the first day 1’s started in May and the tournament runs through until July 6 (with ten starting flights). Here are some very good reasons to play the WPT500 at ARIA: The guarantee […]

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Teach The People: The art of bluffing

The latest Teach The People segment on the partypoker blog takes a look at the art of bluffing. At the beginning of my poker career, I believed bluffing was about bravado and the way it was talked about during poker commentary reinforced that belief. But bluffing involves as much science as psychology, and it has […]

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Teach The People: How to play small pairs

Playing small pairs in hold’em can be awkward because unless they flop a set, they can be difficult to win with when the hand goes to showdown. Exactly what qualifies as a small pair is relative to the situation, but for the purpose of this article we’ll say small pairs are pocket twos through to […]

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Meet The People: Vegas-bound Ian Laird

Do you believe in beginner’s luck or do you think it is a fallacy? One player who we think could be a believer is Ian Laird, who only signed up to partypoker six weeks ago and on the sixth week secured a $6,000 package to Las Vegas. While Ian may be new to partypoker, he […]

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Meet the People: Two more Kings Of Vegas winners

We’re making poker players’ dreams come true at partypoker thanks to sending some of them to play in the WPT500 at Aria in Las Vegas. Recently, Charles Martel won a $6,000 package as part of our Kings of Vegas promotion while Tom Kugelstadt secured a Las Vegas trip of a lifetime as part of a […]

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The poker world according to Tony Dunst

Tony Dunst, as by now you’re probably aware, has played poker against people from every corner of the globe and the wily professional has agreed to share his opinion about an array of nationalities he has come face to face with at the felt. We like to call this segment, the Poker World According to […]

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A bad beat at the worst possible time

A bad beat at the worst possible time

The cliché response to hearing about a bad beat is, “that’s poker”, a response that’s half sorry about that and half shut up about it. It’s rare to find a bad beat that’s interesting to anyone but the person who experienced it, the best stories typically involving two players who are rivals, dislike each other […]

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Playing with Pocket Jacks

Because pocket jacks can vary from spearheading one of the strongest in the hand to being barely worth a call, they are often thought of as a ‘trouble hand’ by beginners. It’s pocket jacks’ lack of clarity that creates trouble for less experienced players. When playing pocket jacks in tournament poker the primary factor to […]

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On his way to WPT500, Kenneth Vass wins a Kings of Vegas package

Our Meet the partypoker People segment made its debut last week when we sat down and spoke to Liverpool’s John Garside who, after only nine days of being a partypoker customer, won a $6,000 Kings of Vegas package. We have another Kings of Vegas winner to introduce you to this week so step forward, Mr […]

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Embarrassing Texas Hold’em moments

At first glance poker, and particularly Texas Hold’em, can be an intimidating game to learn. It’s not as simple and obvious as numerous other games offered in the casino. You can’t just bet red or black and let the croupier handle the rest. You need to understand the rules and structure of the game, and […]

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Meet John Garside, a Kings of Vegas package winner

John Garside couldn’t believe his luck when, after only being a partypoker member for just over a week, he won one of the first $6,000 Kings of Vegas packages. The 47-year old father-of-three from Liverpool works in the busy world of I.T. and, being a regular on various live poker tours around the United Kingdom, […]

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Former Newcastle great Rob Lee on NUFC, boxing and more

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Newcastle United great Rob Lee between some intense foosball action in the partypoker lounge at the WPT National in Newcastle to do what men do best (no, not that), chat about sports. Pacquiao or Mayweather He, like most people, wants Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather senseless […]

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2015 WPT National Newcastle live updates

2015 WPT National Newcastle live updates

Shuffle Up and Deal The tournament director has muttered those famous words, “Shuffle up and deal” and play is under way here in Newcastle. There are currently 115 players in their seats, the button starts in Seat 4 and play has begun! Welcome to WPT National Newcastle! Hello and welcome to the latest leg of […]

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A fighting chance to win a £200 seat to WPT Newcastle

A fighting chance to win a £200 seat to WPT Newcastle

No matter how much we like or hate admitting it, most men love to see a scuffle break out in sports. So, what is it we like about fights? Is it the surge of adrenaline we feel when it’s all about to kick off? It may come down to our primal instincts or primitive roots, […]

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Five Vegas Casinos You Simply Must Play Poker In

Any poker player worth their salt simply has to visit Las Vegas at least once in their lifetime. It is, after all, the Mecca for poker players. The iconic buildings, draped in bright neon lights in the middle of the Nevada desert are a sight to behold in their own right, but once you step […]

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Memories of David “Devilfish” Ulliott

Memories of David “Devilfish” Ulliott

Poker icon David “Devilfish” Ulliott, from Hull, England, succumbed to cancer quietly and with class last week. He won WSOP, WPT titles and was a legend in high stakes cash games. Out of respect for Nolan Dalla and Stu Ungar, I won’t call Devilfish ‘One of a Kind’ – but, like Stuey, it would certainly […]

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Dinosaurs, Dancing and Hysterics at Grand Prix Poker Tour Newcastle

Dinosaurs, Dancing and Hysterics at Grand Prix Poker Tour Newcastle

We’d be remiss, with the Grand Prix Poker Tour heading to Newcastle from February 20-21, if we didn’t offer some advice of what you should be doing when you’re away from the tables. Here’s half a dozen ways you to make the most of the city that never sleeps but don’t blame us when you […]

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WPT champion Tony Dunst on reading your opponents

Tuesday’s just got a whole lot more fun and educational thanks to the launch of the Teach the partypoker People. Our customers are extremely important to us and if we can increase your poker playing skills while having a great time then everyone is a winner. Follow us on Twitter where we’ll be using the […]

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Can playing Daily Fantasy Sports be almost as fun as playing poker

During the past nine months I’ve found something I enjoy doing almost as much as playing poker and it takes the form of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). There are a number of parallels between DFS and poker. But is it as fun as playing poker? I’ve made a profit so far but can’t be certain […]

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The WPT is heading to Amsterdam so let the red lights lead the way

The World Poker Tour (WPT) National series dropped anchor in the Netherlands for the first time in October 2014 and was a roaring success, leading to scores of questions on social media about when the next Dutch WPT would be. Yesterday, the WPT was proud announce, after signing a four-year partnership with Holland Casino, that the […]

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partypoker WPT UK wins Best Poker Tournament at the British Poker Awards

The 2014 British Poker Awards took place earlier this week and we’re delighted to announce that the partypoker WPT UK festival won the Best Poker Tournament award. The partypoker WPT UK festival was held in November 2014 at Dusk Till Dawn with its two major highlights being the inaugural £1 million guaranteed WPT500 UK and […]

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Christopher Gordon crowned partypoker WPT National UK London champion

Christopher Gordon gave himself the perfect Valentine’s present this weekend when he won the partypoker World Poker Tour National UK London Main Event at Aspers casino in Stratford, London and with it the £22,500 first place prize. Gordon was one of 594 entries in the £100,000 guaranteed spectacular, among that bumper crowd were the likes […]

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backhand bluffing to success at WPT National UK

backhand bluffing to success at WPT National UK

Our only advice, when table tennis Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Gavin Rumgay takes his familiar stance behind the table, is to stay well clear or risk losing an eye. Gavin is among the world’s top six table tennis players and currently stands atop Scotland’s table tennis mountain, ranked as the nation’s best. The 30-year-old Scotsman […]

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Things to do in Stratford when you’ve bust!

Things to do in Stratford when you’ve bust!

I’d be willing to bet good money that there are very few poker players out there who make contingency plans for when they inevitably bust from a live poker tournament. This seems strange considering that all but one of the players who buy into, say the partypoker World Poker Tour National London (WPTNUK) accumulator event, […]

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Seven essentials for the travelling poker player

Thanks to Jack “Treetop” Straus‘ exploits in the 1982 World Series of Poker, there are many people out there who think all you need is a chip and a chair to compete at the poker tables. Modern poker players going to live events, however, rely on an assortment of travel accessories. Nowadays people are used to being around gadgets, […]

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What does Malta matter?

What does Malta matter?

What does Malta matter? It’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves as hundreds of eager poker players, three of whom qualified with partypoker, pack their shorts and t-shirts, and head to the tiny country situated in the Mediterranean Sea. And tiny is no exaggeration. The three Maltese islands have an area of a piddly 122 square miles – compared […]

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partypoker and Loaded team up to offer party package for WPT National London

partypoker has combined forces with Loaded, the UK’s original  male magazine, to offer an incredible package, valued at over £600, for WPT’s upcoming National London poker extravaganza, which takes place at Aspers Casino in Stratford from 12 – 15 Feb. This Valentines package speaks for itself with the lucky winner receiving a buy-in to two accumulator flights […]

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Dusk Till Dawn joins the party!

Dusk Till Dawn joins the party!

There are exciting times ahead for the poker community because partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn (DTD), Europe’s premier award winning live poker venue, have entered a multi-year branding and online agreement that has the players in mind. Later this month, as part of the ground-breaking deal, DTD’s online satellites and online tournaments will move to […]

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Five tips for making the most of a poker trip

Do you love to travel? Well, travelling and playing poker can go hand-in-hand if you enjoy doing both. Some people enjoy playing poker online and from the comfort of home, but for many of us the appeal of travelling to new places is an opportunity too exciting to turn down. No matter your level of […]

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Aspers hosts the WPT National as it returns to the UK

Three WPT National tournaments announced with combined prize pools of £300k The WPT is bringing its low buy-in tour back to the UK for three events in 2015. The WPT Aspers Accumulator kicks things off February 12-15 at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City. The buy-in is £200 and you can enter all three of the…

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Want to qualify for live WTP event?

Tony Dunst, the reigning World Poker Tour Caribbean champion, knows a thing or two about qualifying for major live poker events, and here he shares a couple of handy hints to help you qualify for the upcoming WPT National UK London Main Event. The cheapest way to gain entry into a World Poker Tour live […]

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Five things you may not know about Cyprus

The partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event takes place at the Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Casino on January 23 and it has the makings of another poker extravaganza. The main event, with its €2,000 buy-in, guarantees a €300,000 prize pool and is certain to attract, like moths to a flame, some of Europe’s premium poker talent. […]

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PeterAdams2 turns molehill into mountain of cash with partypoker

With much of Europe, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom looking like it had come under attack from Elsa – you know, from the 2013 animated blockbuster Frozen – many people were looking for ways to keep warm. A sure-fire way to keep you nice and toasty is to run piping hot at poker, win yourself a sack […]

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Alex Goulder Crowned 2014 WPT National Prague Champion

British professional poker player Alex Goulder is the latest stellar name to win a WPT National title after he took down the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event in the early hours of December 8. Goulder went into the final day’s play seventh in chips with 19 players remaining, but by the time Vladimir […]

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Simeon Naydenov Leads Final 19 of WPT National Prague

By the time the weekend ends the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event will have crowned its champion. Day 3 kicks off at 13:00 CET with only 19 players remaining and it is Bulgaria’s Simeon Naydenov who leads them all. Naydenov won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2013 when he took down […]

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Nikolay Tsanev Tops 2014 WPT National Prague Day 1b Chip Counts

The second and final starting flight of the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event was a far busier affair than Day 1a, with 183 players exchanging €2,000 for 30,000 chips and the chance to become a WPT National champion. By the time eight levels were completed, the dream was over for 82 of those […]

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Alexander Lakhov Leads on Day 1a of WPT National Prague

Russia’s Alexander Lakhov started the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event in scintillating form, ending the first of two starting flights with colossal stack of 182,900 chips, almost 44,000 more chips than anyone else in the field. Lakhov was fast out of the blocks and already had a sizeable stack when he had a […]

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Busy Busy Busy

Busy Busy Busy

Yesterday I realized that my last blog was nearly three months ago! So I made a conscious effort today to sit down and write about everything I’ve been up to lately. The last 3 months have actually been non-stop with the release of my book and traveling across three continents to play live and online […]

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Busy Busy Busy

Yesterday I realized that my last blog was nearly three months ago! So I made a conscious effort today to sit down and write about everything I’ve been up to lately. The last 3 months have actually been non-stop with the release of my book and traveling across three continents to play live and online […]

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Matas Cimbolas Leads the 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event Final Table

Four days ago, the £1,000,000 guaranteed 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event kicked off at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. A total of 354 players bought in across two starting flights and those 354 hopefuls have been whittled to the final table of six. Leading the final six players into battle is the UK-based Lithuanian […]

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Antoine Saout Leads Final 16 Players in the 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event

French pro Antoine Saout is the chip leader in the 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event where only 16 players remain in contention for the £200,000 first place prize and the title of champion. Saout won a monster-sized pot on the last hand of Day 3 to propel him to the top of the chip […]

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Adrian Mateos Reclaims Chip Lead as 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event Reaches Day 3

Only 51 players remain in the £1 million guaranteed 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event as the £3,000 buy-in tournament reaches its third day of play. The name at the top of the chip counts going into Day 3 is a familiar one, it is that of Adrian Mateos who you may recall was the […]

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Eleanor Gudger Wins the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK For £140,000!

Eleanor Gudger is £140,000 richer this morning thanks to her taking down the £1 million guaranteed 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) in Nottingham. Gudger turned professional 18 months ago and this is by far her largest live tournament score and ensures that there are two WPT titles in her family because […]

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Liu Leads Final 61 in the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK

If things weren’t already serious in the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK before then they are now because only 61 players remain in the hunt for the £140,000 first place prize, a prize that is awarded today! Leading the 61 surviving players is the man who topped the Day 1e chip counts, Dahe Liu. While others […]

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Buck Fares Best on Record-Breaking WPT500 UK Day 1f

Friday was Day 1f of the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK and what a memorable day it was. Not only was Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) packed with some of the best poker talent in the world, it was a day that goes down in history thanks to it being the busiest ever at DTD. A massive […]

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Dahe Liu Demolishes Day 1e of the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK

Day 1e of the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK was the busiest starting day yet in the £1 million guaranteed spectacular, attracting 374 entries in total. By the time the 14th 40-minute level was completed, only 95 players still had chips in front of them and none of them had more in their stacks than Dahe […]

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Simon Deadman Tops Day 1d 2014 WPT500 UK Counts

There is a familiar name at the top of the Day 1d 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK chip counts, that of Simon Deadman. Deadman finished the fourth starting flight with 346,500 chips, the most of any of the 56 surviving players. It could have been a different story had the £1 million guaranteed tournament not been […]

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Luigi Viscomi Soars Into The Lead in the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK

It is quite an uncommon occurrence for the tournament chip leader on Day 1 to walk away with the title, but Luigi Viscomi has a realistic chance of beating the statistics and doing just that. Why? Because on Day 1c of the £1 million guaranteed 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK he turned his 30,000 starting stack […]

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Simon Higgins Tops WPT500 UK Day 1b Chips Counts and Leads Overall

The 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK continued marching onwards on Monday when Day 1b of the £1,000,000 guaranteed tournament took place at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. The cashiers processed 115 entries while registration was open and only 30 of those 115 managed to punch their Day 2 tickets. Simon Higgins had the best day of […]

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Mark Elliott Claims Day 1a Chip Lead in the 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK

The eagerly anticipated partypoker WPT500 UK kicked off on November 9 and what a fantastic day of poker it was. Dusk Till Dawn was buzzing with excitement as players packed into the Nottingham-based venue hoping to turn their 30,000 starting stack into a much more substantial amount, which would give them a realistic shot at […]

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Boxing Legend Carl Froch: “It’s Fantastic To Have The WPT In My Hometown of Nottingham”

Poker players around the globe are tingling with excitement at the prospect of completing for a slice of the WPT500 UK’s £1 million guaranteed prize pool for as little as £500. But it’s not only the poker community who is looking forward to competing at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn poker club, a Nottingham legend is […]

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Christopher Frank Emerges Victorious at WPT National Vienna

Talented German pro is the latest player to get his hands on the coveted WPT National trophy after he took down the star-studded WPT National Vienna Main Event at the Montesino Casino in the Austrian capital. Frank was one of 375 players to exchanged €1,100 for the chance of becoming a WPT National champion and […]

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Scott Baumstein Of #Teampartypoker Gives Us His Advice For Taking On The WPT 500 At DTD

In November, you can join the World Poker Tour for another large field tournament at a wonderful property for a fraction of the cost. I’m talking about the £1 million guaranteed WPT 500 at Dusk Till Dawn! Here’s How To Tackle It… I’m really excited about the WPT 500 and I’m going to discuss how […]

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World Poker Tour UK stop confirmed; Dusk Till Dawn to host HUGE festival

Dusk Till Dawn’s (DTD) owner Rob Yong has confirmed in a new blog post that the World Poker Tour (WPT) will be coming to Nottingham in November 2014. It’s the latest in a string of massive festivals at DTD and their success supports a change in strategy for the UK’s number one poker venue.  In 2014 alone, Yong and…

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My Own March Madness – Part 2

My Own March Madness – Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of this blog leading up to the WPT final table check that out here. Coming into the final table I felt great. This was my chance to finally get the big live title that I had narrowly missed out on in the past. I liked my seat draw […]

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My Own March Madness – Part 1

My Own March Madness – Part 1

February was an amazing month for me poker-wise which I touched on in my last blog. Little did I know though that March was going to be even better in every aspect. After playing a lot online in Vancouver in February I decided to take a break from online in March and focus on playing […]

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My Own March Madness – Part 1

February was an amazing month for me poker-wise which I touched on in my last blog. Little did I know though that March was going to be even better in every aspect. After playing a lot online in Vancouver in February I decided to take a break from online in March and focus on playing […]

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Reentry Tournaments

Reentry Tournaments

After reading an article from well known tournament director Matt Savage (pictured left) last week I decided to make my latest blog post a discussion about reentry tournaments. Like them or loath them reentry tournaments are a huge part of the modern day tournament scene. In the past few years the number of reentry tournaments have […]

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Reentry Tournaments

After reading an article from well known tournament director Matt Savage (pictured left) last week I decided to make my latest blog post a discussion about reentry tournaments. Like them or loath them reentry tournaments are a huge part of the modern day tournament scene. In the past few years the number of reentry tournaments have […]

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