How to Find a Live Poker Tournament

How to Find a Live Poker Tournament

Poker tournaments are still the most popular way to play poker. You have many tools at your disposal when you’re looking for information on live poker tournaments in your area. Whether you’re looking for a local tournament, on vacation, or searching for opportunity to travel and live the poker dream, here are some of the […]

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Brady Returns for Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event

LAS VEGAS, NV—Today is moving day at the Rio, with less than 310 players remaining in this year’s WSOP Main Event. Among them is Mike Brady, Upswing Poker’s content manager par excellence, with a very respectable 686,000 chips. Heading into today’s play Mike reports that he feels “pretty good,” and that he’s “gonna get a […]

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partypoker $10m GTD Canadian event; WSOPE qualifiers; Chung wins chunks

partypoker $10m GTD Canadian event; WSOPE qualifiers; Chung wins chunks

Three tales with ties to partypoker, including news of another MILLIONS event, World Series of Poker Europe qualifiers, and a winner in the inaugural DT1000 in partypoker’s official live poker room Dusk Till Dawn. With all the focus on the $35m partypoker POWERFEST this weekend, a few pretty significant tweets managed to slip through various […]

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888poker Leads Charge to 2017 WSOPE, Qualifiers on Now!

888poker Leads Charge to 2017 WSOPE, Qualifiers on Now!

While the final table of the World Series of Poker is drawing all the buzz in Las Vegas, the next big WSOP event is already coming up fast.

The European edition of the WSOP is back after a two-year hiatus and will take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

There will be 11 gold bracelets to play for from Oct 19-Nov. 10 with over €20 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Around the clock cash games and free catering are just a few more of the incentives calling poker players to the middle of Europe.

Another enticement? Winning a $13,000 package to the $4 million GTD main event on official WSOP qualifier 888poker.

WSOPE 2013

Will new home mean record #s?

Biggest WSOPE Ever?

After past visits to London, Paris and Berlin the WSOPE is now moving to Europe’s largest and most successful casino. 

With the success King’s has had drawing players it should be a tournament series much larger than the previous ones.

The WSOPE 2017 will start with the opening Monster Stack event on Oct. 19 and end with the Main Event final table on Nov. 9. The lowest buy-in event will be €550 to play while the High Roller event on Nov. 1 has a €25,000 buy-in.

The much-anticipated High Roller for One Drop – which is re-locating to Rozvadov from its recent stop in Monaco – will be €111,111 to play.

The Main Event has two Day 1s on November 4/5 and it’ll be a six-day event with a €10,000+€350 buy-in.

Sub-Satellites as Low as 50 Cents!

With 888poker now the main sponsor of both the WSOP and the WSOPE it’s the only place to go for satellites and qualifiers.

As usual you can use the 888poker Steps System to get your ticket to the direct satellites. That means you can start as low as 1c buy-in to make it to the WSOPE Main Event.

888poker also offers sub-satellites for the WSOPE starting at 50c buy-in. These satellites are only for the WSOPE; you can use your steps tickets for other live and online tournaments.

The direct WSOPE qualifier will run 2-3 times a week. It’ll have a $1,050 buy-in and hand out $13,000 prize packages for the 2017 WSOPE including Main Event seat, accommodation and some travel expenses.

Most Underrated Tournament Series

The WSOP Europe is probably the most underrated tournament series on the continent. Often treated like the black sheep in the family, it’s expected the King’s Casino will give it more of the glory it deserves.

Annette Obrestad

Annette’s dazzling win in 2007 still her biggest score.

If you look at the results of past events you’ll recognize that the WSOPE has produced some great moments in poker.

The first WSOPE main event in 2007 was won by Annette Obrestad. The Norwegian prodigy steamrolled the event and then went on to runner-up the EPT Dublin Main Event just six weeks later.

Other WSOPE winners include John Juanda, Elio Fox, Adrian Mateos, Kevin MacPhee and Phil Hellmuth — the only player to win the WSOP Main Event in Europe and in Las Vegas.

Phil Laak, Theo Jörgensen, Gus Hansen, Jeff Lisandro, Michael Mizrachi, Antonio Esfandiari, Noah Schwartz, Roger Hairabedian and Barny Boatman have all won bracelets at the WSOPE.

Daniel Negreanu won the High Roller event in 2013 and finished in 25th, 43rd, 5th and 2nd place in the Main Event, almost becoming the first player to win both the European and the Asia-Pacific WSOP.

Brand New Hotel & Casino Expansion

The disadvantage of the King’s Casino has hitherto been the lack of hotel rooms but that’s about to change with a new hotel next to the casino opening next month.

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King’s Lounge High Roller area coming soon.

Along with the new hotel there’ll be an extension of the already vast poker area including a new high roller area – works that were already in full swing when PokerListings visited the King’s Casino in February

“888poker works very hard to make big poker events like this accessible to all its players,” said Senior Vice President & Head of B2C at 888 Holdings, Itai Pazner, “giving them the chance to win big money and compete for a coveted bracelet.

“I’m confident that the Event will be a huge success with Kings Casino delivering a professional, fun and unmissable live poker experience for all.”

World Series of Poker Europe 2017 Schedule

Event

Game

Buy-in

Guarantee

1

Monster Stack NLHE

€1,100

€500,000

2

PLO

€550

3

NLHE Super Turbo Bounty

€1,100

4

NLHE 6-max

€1,650

5

The Colossus NLHE

€550

€2,000,000

6

PLO

€2,200

7

PLO Hi-Lo

€1,650

8

Little One for One Drop NLHE

€1,100

€500,000

9

NLHE High Roller

€25,000

10

High Roller for One Drop NLHE

€111,111

€10,000,000

11

NLHE Main Event

€10,350

€4,000,000

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Richard Dubini and Marcel Luske Fall Short of WSOP Main Event Final Table

Richard Dubini and Marcel Luske Fall Short of WSOP Main Event Final Table

partypoker ambassadors Richard Dubini and Marcel Luske came agonisingly close to reaching the final table of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, falling on the penultimate day’s play. Dutchman Luske headed into Day 7 of the $10,000 buy-in event with 2,990,000 chips, which placed him 26th from the 27 returning players. Argentinian Dubini […]

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Hellmuth: Poker Needs John Hesp at WSOP Main Event Final Table

Hellmuth: Poker Needs John Hesp at WSOP Main Event Final Table

This was 64-year-old recreational player John Hesp’s first WSOP Main Event and with two tables left he’s got a big following hoping he’ll make the final nine.

Hesp told PokerListings.com this is his first time visiting Las Vegas and that his biggest previous tournament was probably a $250 buy-in.

Now Hesp is one of the big stacks with 13 players left. He’s guaranteed at least $535,000 and chances are he’ll end up with far more.

Hesp is here in Las Vegas checking an item off his bucket list: Playing in poker’s world championship event.

He said one of the moments he’ll remember forever is when Phil Hellmuth introduced himself, and gave him a signed copy of his book which is now sitting beside Hesp at the outer feature table.

“Hellmuth came across to the table and said it was great to meet me and it made my day,” said Hesp.

“He gave me a copy of his book. I opened it up and it said, ‘To John. Please make the final table. Poker needs someone like you.’”

It’s not just Hellmuth that’s pulling for the Brit. Hesp’s flashy clothing and gregarious personality have quickly made him the fan favorite as this year’s Main Event closes in on the final table.

Rec Games to Poker’s Biggest Stage

Hesp lives in the small seaside town of Bridlington in East Yorkshire, England and says he plays poker once or twice a month at a nearby casino called Napolean’s.

He’s been playing recreationally for 20 years and says he stepped up his poker schedule to three times a month in order to prepare for the Main Event.

Now that he’s here he says he’s having the time of his life.

“I’ve relaxed a bit and I’m starting to play a bit tighter,” said Hesp.

Hellmuth Book for Hesp

Hellmuth signed book now sits beside Hesp.

“I’ve said right from the start this isn’t about the money for me but it is serious money and it is serious poker.

“I’m living the dream all the time right now.

“My first goal was to make the top 1,000, then 500, then 100, now we’re down to 17. That’s eight places away from the final table.

“It’s significant so I have to adjust my game a bit. It’s been my gut and my head that have been making decisions but I don’t know which one it is sometimes.

“The poker gods have been shining on me but I can’t rely on that forever.”

Should Hesp make the final table tonight he’ll be guaranteed at least $1 million with a shot at the first-place prize of $8.15 million and the title of world champion.

Hesp said if he does make the final table his wife, son and son-in-law will be on the next plane from England to cheer him on.

Can Poker Revitalize Bridlington?

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Bridlington, England.

Hesp told PokerListings that one of his biggest interests is helping revitalize his home town’s economy, and he thinks poker could play a part.

“I’d love to be able to take a mini version of this to my home town,” explained Hesp.

“Bridlington is and always has been a tourist destination for people coming from the industrialized west riding of Yorkshire. When the mines and steelworks all closed down in recent years the tourism dropped right off.

“Bridlington went into decline and I think something like this could help rejuvenate the town. For all the people and the businesses, in a lot of cases their jobs are on the line.

“My interest is to try to help keep my community alive.”

Should Hesp go on to make the final table and potentially become the next world champion, he’d certainly have the name recognition and the resources to get this project off the ground.

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Poker Hall of Fame shortlist: Ivey & Eskandani appear for the first time

Poker Hall of Fame shortlist: Ivey & Eskandani appear for the first time

The shortlist for the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame has been revealed with Phil Ivey, and Mori Eskandani appearing for the first time. Who has the heart of a whale, the sting of a rattlesnake, and the puff of a peacock? It’s time to pick a poker star from the annals of time and cement […]

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Big Day for Brits as Crowds Clash on WSOP Main Event Day 1A

Big Day for Brits as Crowds Clash on WSOP Main Event Day 1A

The first starting flight of the 2017 WSOP Main Event drew a crowd today and British poker players topped the leaderboard for most of it.

795 players bought in. That’s more than the 764 who played Day 1A last year and it’s the biggest number this flight has seen since 2013.

First it was old schooler Barny Boatman jumping out to an early lead as the first player to break the 100k mark with Sam Grafton eventually overtaking him to finish the night among the very biggest stacks.

Boatman cold three-bet with 5-7 from the big blind early in the day and turned the nut straight against Iraj Parvizi. He doubled up in that hand and continued to beat up his table to surge to almost 140,000.

Denmark Comes Out On Top

Also representing the United Kingdom today and managing to advance to Day 2 were Patrick Leonard, Matthew Ashton, Steven Warburton, Mark Teltscher and former November Niner James Akenhead.

By the time the final hand of Day 1A was finished, however, Danish pro Morten Mortensen had scooped the outright lead. Mortensen turned the nut straight in a huge 100k pot and had his opponent’s pocket kings, an overpair to the board, drawing dead.

Mortensen finished with 279,000, the biggest stack reported by the World Series of Poker.

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Here’s a look at the unofficial top 10, courtesy of WSOP.com:

Morten Mortensen – 279,000
Sam Grafton – 240,000
Griffin Abel – 226,000
Jonathan Little – 210,300
David Eldridge – 207,000
Frank Crivello – 192,000
Harald Sammer – 187,300
Ronnie Brown – 181,100
Ryan Hall – 180,000
Nick Schwarmann – 176,600

More Poker Pros, One Superbowl Winner Advance

Also running up stacks on Day 1A were Anatoly Filatov, Jennifer Shahade, Maxim Lykov, Sam Chartier, Josh Arieh, Jon Turner, Billy Baxter, Doug Polk and Phil Laak.

Three-time Superbowl champion Richard Seymour started the day on the ESPN feature table and finished the night with around double the 50k starting stack.

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Defending champ Qui Nguyen advanced to Day 2.

Mike Matusow caught a tough table, up against fellow four-time WSOP bracelet winner Tom Schneider and former national spelling bee champion turned top poker pro Pratyush Buddiga.

All three of them made it through to Day 2.

Last year’s champ Qui Nguyen returned to defend his title and made it through the day.

Another former world champion, Jerry Yang, also played. 2007, the year Jerry Yang won the Main  Event, was the last year before the introduction of the November Nine final table.

This year the WSOP dispensed with the delay but Yang won’t be reprising his role at the final table. He busted during the final level of the night

Also making an early exit was World Poker Tour Tournament Director Matt Savage who sold 80 individual one per cent pieces of his Main Event action.

Two more Day 1 flights remain so check back tomorrow for continuing coverage of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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2017 WSOP Main Event Begins w/o November Nine Final Table

2017 WSOP Main Event Begins w/o November Nine Final Table

The 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event begins today, bringing thousands of the world’s best poker players to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

And for the first time since 2007, the tournament will finish without the three-month break known as the November Nine.

Today is the first of three starting flights and the final table is scheduled to play out July 19-21.

Players from over 85 countries around the world are expected to participate. The event draws celebrities and sports stars in addition to elite poker pros, recreational players and poker enthusiasts.

Last year’s Main Event saw an unlikely champion in Vietnamese-American Qui Nguyen whose biggest previous poker cash was $9,029 in a low buy-in WSOP event in 2009.

Nguyen won over $8 million when he outlasted 6,736 other players and defeated California poker pro Gordon Vayo heads-up.

The 2017 Main Event is expected to build a prize pool of over $60 million with a similar first-place prize to last year.

The winner will also receive the trademark diamond-encrusted Main Event bracelet worth an estimated $500,000.

66 events have already played out at the 2017 World Series of Poker with tens of thousands of players entering and many tens of millions of dollars being awarded.

But nothing in the poker world comes close to the size and prestige of the Main Event.

Enhanced Live Broadcast ESPN/PokerGO

ESPN and ESPN2 plan to carry 40+ hours of live coverage from the Main Event. The live broadcast will run on a 30-minute delay as per gaming regulations.

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2016 Main Event champ Qui Nguyen.

ESPN’s live broadcast starts with four hours of action today and will include every-hand coverage of the three-day final table starting July 19.

“This is poker’s Olympics and we are thrilled that ESPN and PokerGO have joined forces to bring viewers around the globe inside access to our game’s most prestigious event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

“We can’t wait to get started on July 8 and look forward to sharing this event with a massive audience.”

PokerGO, the world’s only live poker subscription service will also cover the Main Event, supplementing ESPN’s broadcast with an estimated 60 hours of additional content.

Norman Chad, Lon McEachern and Kara Scott will provide commentary for the Main Event along with a rotating cast of poker’s biggest names who will help provide strategy analysis.

PokerListings.com will be on location for the duration of the Main Event producing feature articles, photography and a live window to the WSOP via Twitter.

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Smoking Legal Weed in Vegas? Know the Risks at WSOP

Smoking Legal Weed in Vegas? Know the Risks at WSOP

Recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada today but smoking pot at the World Series of Poker can still have serious consequences.

Weed’s always been pretty common at the WSOP. Whether it’s outside, in the hallways or at the tables, it’s unusual to go a full day at the Rio Hotel and Casino without smelling it somewhere.

Now with marijuana available in Las Vegas for anyone of legal age, odds are we’ll be smelling it even more.

But smoking and vaping weed at the World Series isn’t the safest activity if you value being allowed on the Rio property.

Officially they have a zero-tolerance policy that involves having anyone using drugs on the premises arrested by the police and possibly banned from not just this property, but all Caesars properties.

It’s happened before but considering the number of people discreetly partaking, it’s not really that common.

Shane Schleger is a poker pro whose first WSOP cash was in 2005, a $131k score for making a final table in a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event.

Schleger says he’s been smoking weed in varying amounts the entire time he’s played at the WSOP.

“I’ve run the gamut of styles,” said Schleger.

“I’ve definitely done my normal wake-and-bake and play WSOP events over the years but that’s not necessarily how I am geared right now.

Shane Schleger

Shane Schleger

“This current trip I’ve played four prelims and abstained until dinner break.”

Schleger’s never had a problem with security but he said he has a friend that was caught with a vape pen at another Caesars property and banned from the World Series of Poker altogether.

Over the last 15 years there have been many stories of players getting kicked off properties all over the US for smoking pot, some while still playing in a tournament.

Schleger’s position is that while it is clear the WSOP’s parent company Caesars must have rules like a no-drugs policy, potentially being banned from setting foot inside the World Series of Poker is disproportionate to the offense.

Many poker players are earning a living at the WSOP, some people have medical marijuana prescriptions and others have traveled from around the world to play here.

The unspoken consensus, though, is that if you’re discreet and respectful when you’re smoking weed, chances are you’ll be okay.

“I don’t look at the problem in terms of Smokers vs Caesars,” he explained.

“I’m not under any reasonable expectation that a huge corporation will condone drug use on its property. That’s why I find the unspoken accommodation of this popular activity to be a reasonable middle ground.

“I think more people get barred from these properties for being drunk or unruly or challenging the authority of a security guard, which usually happens when someone is drunk.

“So on the spectrum of things you can do to piss off the guards, discreetly smoking some cannabis in a wide open desert seems less foolhardy than, say, walking around the Linq drunk and acting like an asshole.”

Don’t Expect Weed in Casinos Anytime Soon

The current guidelines around marijuana being sold and consumed in casinos was outlined in a 2014 memo to gaming licensees written by Gaming Control Board member Terry Johnson and the board decided there would be no changes to those guidelines as a result of weed’s eventual legalization by the State of Nevada.

Police at WSOP

A police vehicle parked outside the entrance to the WSOP.

The memo essentially said that since the possession and sale of marijuana are federal crimes, casinos wouldn’t be allowed to invest or operate marijuana facilities regardless of changing state laws.

The same concept applies to smoking weed at the WSOP now that the state says it’s legal for recreational use.

“We have local law enforcement on property, in our parking lots, and people get arrested with regularity if they’re caught smoking on Rio grounds,” said WSOP Vice President of Corporate Communication Seth Palansky.

“Look, we don’t have a special task force set up to go after these people or anything but if there’s illegal activity happening on property we’ll do what we have to do make this a safe and comfortable environment for people.

“It’s like if I decide to drive 35 in a 25 zone, I’m risking getting a ticket so you have to know the risks before you make a decision.”

But if you’re deep in a WSOP event with serious money on the line, the potential risk of smoking a joint in the parking lot is much higher than a speeding ticket.

When it comes to lifetime or long-term bans, however, Palansky explained that those are much more commonly given for offenses like unruly or violent behavior and security risks compared to getting caught smoking pot.

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888poker’s Chris Moorman Snags First WSOP Bracelet in 6-Max

888poker’s Chris Moorman Snags First WSOP Bracelet in 6-Max

He’s already the most successful online poker player in history and a WPT champion.

England’s Chris Moorman had yet to win a World Series of Poker bracelet, though — until this past weekend.

With a rambunctious British rail cheering him on, the esteemed 888poker pro bested a field of 959 players in Event 27, $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max, to claim his first WSOP title and a $500k pay check.

“Surreal” Day

“It’s kind of surreal,” Moorman told the media when he finally lifted the gold at 3am. “Any time you win live, it’s like it’s a lot more ‘real.’

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“Any time you win live it’s a lot more real.”

“Particularly since a lot of my online success was when I was living in the UK and I would be playing all through the night, and maybe win a tournament about five or six in the morning.

“I would just be there on my own, maybe talking with friends on Skype online, but the money goes into your account. You don’t see the money in front of you; you don’t have anyone celebrating. I don’t know – it’s just a great feeling when you win [live].”

Part of that feeling was certainly due to a highly excited rail that cheered him on through the final table and included, among others, Maria Ho, Marvin Rettenmaier and Niall Farrell.

Ace on the River

Three tough and long days of poker lay behind him. On the last day 21 players were still in the mix and among them were high profile players like Pratyush Buddiga, James Chen, Sam Cohen, Steve Sung, Morten Mortensen and then chipleader Max Silver.

Silver got destroyed by a bad beat with kings against queens but Moorman was spared by variance this time and moved into the chiplead when the final six sat down to determine the winner.

In the second hand of that finale Moorman and Sung were all-in with A-K vs pocket jacks. Moorman hit an ace on the river and took command over the table.

“If I lose that, I’m out. I was fortunate enough to win that there,” said Moorman afterwards. Instead, he took over the chiplead and kept it all the way.

Bernardo Dias from Brazil was the player to withstand the pressure of Moorman the longest, but even he was never able to level up in chips against the Englishman.

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Power of UK behind him.

It did four hours for the heads-up to finish so the Brazilian proved to be a worthy and resilient opponent.

Now Over $20m Combined

It’s the first WSOP bracelet for Moorman although he came close twice back in 2011, when he was runner-up to Elio Fox in the WSOP Europe in Cannes and to Joe Ebanks in the WSOP $10k 6-max NLHE Championship.

Having won almost $15 million in online poker tournaments Moorman is now on the point of also becoming one of the most successful live players on the planet.

While the second place in Cannes still counts as his biggest score – just over $1 million – he has now surpassed the $5 million mark in live winnings.

It was Moorman’s third cash at the 2017 WSOP and he has no plans of leaving soon. He’s also moved up the POY leaderboard and is now in 13th place, just ahead of $10k HORSE champion David Bach.

Moorman’s new book The Story of the Most Successful Online Poker Player of All Time will be available at the WSOP and online this week. The book had been announced at 888poker’s opening event at their branded poker room in the Aspers Casino in London last year. 

Things are looking pretty good for Moorman, who will also lead the British 888poker 8-Team into the main event next month.

WSOP 2017 Event 27, $3000 NLHE 6-Max Final Table Payouts

Place

Name

Country

Prize

1

Chris Moorman

GB

$498,682

2

Bernardo da Silveira Dias

Brazil

$308,166

3

Michael Gagliano

US

$210,139

4

Steve Sung

US

$145,634

5

John Gorsuch

US

$102,605

6

Max Silver

GB

$73,510

You still have the chance to play the WSOP main event and become part of one of five 8-person teams. Get your own 888poker account through PokerListings and play. Satellites to the WSOP main event are running for one more week, so hurry up!

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