18 | How many hours can Huck Seed stand in the ocean

18 | How many hours can Huck Seed stand in the ocean

It’s Friday Prop Bet Day – let’s have some fun! 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Huck Seed is back for Prop Bet Friday! Never one to shy away from a challenge, fellow WSOP Main Event Champ Phil Hellmuth bet Huck that he couldn’t stand in the Pacific Ocean, with water up to his shoulders, for 18 consecutive hours. The Poker Brat put $50,000 on the line. Three hours in, Seed was making his way back…

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2010 | #TBT Scott Clements wins prelim at Wynn Classic

2010 | #TBT Scott Clements wins prelim at Wynn Classic

Scott Clements has a total of 17 victories on the live tournament circuit, including a pair of World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title. One of those 17 victories came on this very day, in 2010. It was in Las Vegas at the 2010 Wynn Classic where Clements would earn career victory #11 in the $545 Omaha Hi/Lo event, defeating Hassan Kanoei heads-up for the title. The Washington native would win the…

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20 | Steve O’Dwyer to add another flag to his collection

20 | Steve O’Dwyer to add another flag to his collection

Just like any other professional poker player, GPI World #1 Steve O’Dwyer enjoys collecting flags on the live tournament circuit. Each time a player collects a cash in a country for the very first time, he/she earns a “flag” on the THM Database. A recent trip to Georgia (at the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event in Tbilisi) saw O’Dwyer earn flag #20, one step away from joining the Top 5 list, led by the incredible…

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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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1,579 | Pius Heinz returns to the winner’s circle

1,579 | Pius Heinz returns to the winner’s circle

Pius Heinz won the World Series of Poker Main Event in November of 2011. Late last week, Heinz won a preliminary event at the Eurekea Poker Tour Festival in Rozvadov, Czech Republic … his first win on the live tournament circuit since the Main Event win. The 2011 WSOP Champ went 1,579 days in between wins. Fab Five Four | Eureka! Rozvadov Super High Roller 1. Pius Heinz (GER) €44,814 2. Martin Kabrhel (CZE) €29,876 3….

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6 | James Woods shines at the L.A. Poker Classic

6 | James Woods shines at the L.A. Poker Classic

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats! James Woods isn’t just a “poker playing celebrity” … he’s a poker player who just happens to be a Hollywood actor. Woods recently participated in the L.A. Poker Classic poker series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles where he collected the second win of his career on the live tournament circuit, besting a 88-player field on the way a title in the $1,100 buy-in Omaha 8 or Better event….

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98% | Jennifer Harman takes one tough beat

98% | Jennifer Harman takes one tough beat

Saturday is Bad Beat Day on PokerStats … enjoy?! We kick off our new Saturday segment by taking a look at an awful beat the great Jennifer Harman, recently inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, in the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event. Holding Queens pre-flop, Harman would face two opponents. The flop would give her trips but fellow WSOP bracelet winner Cory Zeidman would flop a straight giving the best hand heading into the…

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200,000 | How Tiger Woods cost John Hennigan a lot of money

200,000 | How Tiger Woods cost John Hennigan a lot of money

It’s Friday Prop Bet Day – let’s have some fun! Barry Greenstein is a big Tiger Woods Fan … John “World” Hennigan? Not so much. The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, who just made a deep run at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic never shies away from a fun prop bet. That’s why, when Barry Greenstein offered Johnny World a bet when Tiger Woods was making his way onto the PGA Main Tour,…

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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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48 | The game’s best selected at #GPLDraftDay

48 | The game’s best selected at #GPLDraftDay

The first ever #GPLDraftDay took place in Los Angeles last week as the 12 Team Managers of the Global Poker League added the first four players on their rosters. Rome Manager Max Pescatori was first on the clock. He went with rising Italian star Mustapha Kanit with the 1st overall selection while Montreal followed with Canadian legend Mike “Timex” McDonald. Former GPI World #1 Jason Mercier was the first American pro off the board on #GPLDraftDay…

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2012 | #TBT Mickey Petersen wins EPT Copenhagen

2012 | #TBT Mickey Petersen wins EPT Copenhagen

We take you back to this day in 2012 where online poker sensation Mickey Petersen would secure the EPT Copenhagen Main Event title in his native Denmark. Petersen would beat now November Niner Pierre Neuville heads-up for the title which was, at the time, the first of his career. He has since won three other times on the circuit. Fab Five | EPT Copenhagen Main Event 1. Mickey Petersen (DEN), $444,595 2. Pierre Neuville (BEL), $282,843 3. Bjarke…

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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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10 | Dzmitry Urbanovich keeps adding the W’s

10 | Dzmitry Urbanovich keeps adding the W’s

Just in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a 20-year-old destroying the poker world right at this moment. Poland’s Dzmitry Urbanovich has been unstoppable for the past 13 months, winning an astounding 10 events on the live tournament circuit, including a first major event victory at EPT Dublin over the weekend. Urbanovich’s rise to fame was put into overdrive last March when he took home a remarkable four titles at the inaugural EPT Malta Festival. Fab…

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93rd | ‘The Notebook’ Director Cassavetes hits Top 100

93rd | ‘The Notebook’ Director Cassavetes hits Top 100

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats! Famed ‘The Notebook’ director Nick Cassavetes surely likes to spend some his time away from Hollywood sets at the poker table. Known as a big player in the Hollywood home games, Cassavetes is also no stranger to live tournament play. Back in 2005, the Los Angeles resident was right in the thick of things in the World Series of Poker Main Event. After several days of competition, he would finally…

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5 | Countdown to the American Poker Awards

5 | Countdown to the American Poker Awards

The countdown is on … The 2nd Annual GPI American Poker Awards are just five days away! The game’s biggest names will all gather at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and you’ll be able to catch the action, live on Twitch.tv/GPL starting at 8:30pm PT on Thursday, February 25th! 1st Annual American Poker Awards Winners Top Player in the World – Dan Smith Charitable Initiative – “All In” for Kids (CHOP/WPT Foundation) Tournament Performance – Mark Newhouse…

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40,000 | Andrew Robl buys out of bathroom bet

40,000 | Andrew Robl buys out of bathroom bet

It’s Friday Prop Bet Day – let’s have some fun! We take you back to 2008 where high stakes poker player Andrew Robl challenged his friend Jay Kwik to live in a hotel bathroom for a period of 30 days. The big problem with this bet? Kwik would stay at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas strip plus he would allowed to actually setup a bed inside the luxurious bathroom. Kwik would quickly find a home…

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95/96 | Back to the 90s with Minneapolis Jim, Miami John

95/96 | Back to the 90s with Minneapolis Jim, Miami John

It’s a double-dose of #TBT today as a pair of legendary names in the game would win L.A. Poker Classic prelim events on this very day in back-to-back years. First to 1995 where Minneapolis Jim Meehan would earn his very first tournament victory, winning the $500 buy-in Limit Hold’em event. WPT television fans will remember Meehan, a 2003 WSOP bracelet winner, at the 2004 WPT Mirage Poker Showdown final table. 1996 saw the presentation of the…

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87 | Players looking to get paid at EPT Dublin

87 | Players looking to get paid at EPT Dublin

  A grand total of 87 players will be in the money soon as the European Poker Tour made its triumphant return to Ireland for the presentation of the EPT Dublin Festival. The Festival, which had been off the EPT schedule for over eight years, has attracted many of the game’s biggest stars included for GPI World #1’s Anthony Zinno and Jason Mercier. The Main Event final table is set for Saturday. Fab Five | Biggest…

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2,416 | Huge field competes in WPTDS Parx opening event

2,416 | Huge field competes in WPTDS Parx opening event

  A massive 2,416-player field has assembled near Philadelphia to play the opening event of the WPTDeepStacks – Big Stax XV series at Parx Casino in Bensalem. The $300 buy-in event winner will fetch a massive $113,190 for first place, 377 times the amount the entry into the tournament – certainly a nice bonanza for the the lone person left standing as champion. The total prize pool for the event is set at $688,560. The…

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26,000,000 | A new milestone for Erik Seidel

26,000,000 | A new milestone for Erik Seidel

  Just under $600,000 in winnings sees poker icon Erik Seidel move past the $26,000,000 mark in winnings, pushing him to 2nd on the THM All-Time Money List, moving ahead of Antonio Esfandiari. Seidel is only the third player in poker history to cross the $26M mark. The aforementioned Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu, who sits 1st on the All-Time Money List, are the two others to have accomplished the feat. Fab Five | THM All-Time Money…

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9th | Michael Phelps final tables in Las Vegas

9th | Michael Phelps final tables in Las Vegas

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats! Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games, will be making a comeback this summer, in hopes on adding to his 22 medal count at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. When he’s not in the pool, Phelps has also enjoyed spending time at the poker table. Back in 2008, he even final tabled a preliminary event at the Caesars Palace Classic in Las Vegas….

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203 | Poker players declare for GPL Draft Day

203 | Poker players declare for GPL Draft Day

The Global Poker League announced that a total of 203 poker pros declared themselves eligible for the inaugural GPL Draft Day, which is set to take place at the iconic SLS Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 25th, starting at 2pm PT. Byron Kaverman, Anthony Zinno, Jason Mercier, Mike McDonald, Phil Galfond and Vanessa Selbst are just a few of the superstar pros who will be available for selection at the SLS. You will be…

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10,000 | Huck Seed backflips his way into some money

10,000 | Huck Seed backflips his way into some money

It’s Friday Prop Bet Day – let’s have some fun! In a “that came out of left field” bet, Howard Lederer bet Huck Seed, a man who is known to take on any bet or challenge, $10,000 to perform a standing back flip. He would have two days to accomplish the task. In the end, the 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion got the job done! Huckleberry reached out to his uncle for help in accomplishing…

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2003 | #TBT Mike Sexton wins Euro Finals Heads-Up title

2003 | #TBT Mike Sexton wins Euro Finals Heads-Up title

  Time flies when you’re having fun! We take you back 13 years in this #TBT where Mike Sexton was the man of the hour in beautiful Paris, France. Playing the 2003 Euro Finals of Poker at the historic Aviation Club de France, Sexton would defeat English legend John Duthie in the final match of the European Heads-Up Championship earning what was, at the time, the 24th tournament victory of his career. Fab Five Four…

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456,789 | Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho and his earnings

456,789 | Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho and his earnings

We have one simple request for Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho … never play another poker tournament in your life, we mean never, never ever, call it quits, hang ’em up, time to retire. The reason is a very selfish one. The Brazilian has collected a fun $456,789 in total lifetime earnings – he has basically created the 1,2,3’s of poker earnings. Earlier this year, he earned a 14th place finish in a Turbo event at the…

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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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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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125,000 | It’s raining Jennifer Harman, cats and dogs!

125,000 | It’s raining Jennifer Harman, cats and dogs!

  Jennifer Harman’s love for cats and dogs led her to start a charity poker event way back in 2007. The inaugural Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament, benefiting the Nevada SPCA, was first held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in April 2007. 1998 World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Kirk Morrison would end up winning the event, earning a free entry the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Morrison pledged to donate a portion of his…

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113,400 | More Gene Fisher stats!

113,400 | More Gene Fisher stats!

We’re sorry, but we just can’t seem to get enough Gene Fisher around here!!! Yesterday, we took you back 26 years to celebrate Fisher’s win at the 1990 Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker. Today, we analyze his two World Series of Poker victories – more precisely the fact that, despite bracelets 13 years apart, in two different disciplines, he won the EXACT same amount for each victory, despite two drastically different payout structures. 1980 – won…

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1990 | #TBT Gene Fisher wins at Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker

1990 | #TBT Gene Fisher wins at Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker

Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker used to be a fixture on the American poker circuit back in the day. The festival would play host to some of the best in the world, all meeting up in Las Vegas for some fun while enjoying “The Big Game”. It’s on this day 26 years ago where Gene Fisher, a two-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner, would defeat four-time bracelet champ Artie Cobb heads-up for the 1K…

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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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80% | Steve O’Dwyer is breaking the bank in 2016

80% | Steve O’Dwyer is breaking the bank in 2016

Life’s good if you’re World #1 poker pro Steve O’Dwyer. Not only are you king of the rankings, but you’re also off to a monster start to 2016 with two wins and a remarkable $2,837,488 through the first month of play. That amount ranks seconds amongst O’Dwyer’s biggest earning years on the circuit … and we’ve only barely entered February. Even more impressive? Four of his five scores, 80%, have resulted in six-figure earnings – not a bad…

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18th | Ari Engel wins a major Down Under

18th | Ari Engel wins a major Down Under

Toronto’s Ari Engel has secured the second major title of the season for Canada on the live tournament poker circuit. After Mike Watson‘s victory at the PCA in the Bahamas, Engel earned his very first career major, winning the 2016 Aussie Millions in Melbourne. Engel, who’s literally played all over the world, earned his 18th career victory, defeating American Tony Dunst for the title. Fab Five | 2016 Aussie Millions 1. Ari Engel (CAN) 2. Tony…

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356,400 | Ben Affleck wins big in Los Angeles

356,400 | Ben Affleck wins big in Los Angeles

  Ben Affleck’s appearance in “poker” film Runner, Runner may not have been a success, but his appearance at the California State Poker Championship in 2004 certainly was! It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats and they don’t get any bigger than Batman himself! Affleck may only have on line on his THM profile, but it’s an impressive one. Affleck would defeat Stan Goldstein heads-up for the Championship title. He would take home $356,400 for his effort. Fab…

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45,834 | Fedor Holz is always in a giving mood

45,834 | Fedor Holz is always in a giving mood

Fedor Holz is one of the best poker players on earth. The 2015 GPI European Poker Player of the Year has always started off 2016 with a bang, winning the inaugural Triton Super High Roller Series at WPT National Philippines in Manila – taking home the massive $3,463,500 first-place prize. Holz is always willing to give back. In 2013, he setup a challenge where he would play $500 buy-in Zoom Poker tournaments on PokerStars and donate…

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200:1 | A big bet between Vanessa Selbst and Dzmitry Urbanovich

200:1 | A big bet between Vanessa Selbst and Dzmitry Urbanovich

Dzmitry Urbanovich will be making his WSOP debut at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas later this summer. Urbanovich, who’s quickly become one of the top players in poker, seems to master all the games. Urbanovich will put his skills to the test this summer as he has entered into a bet with fellow poker superstar Vanessa Selbst. He put $10,000 on the line. If he wins three WSOP bracelets this summer,…

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2014 | #TBT Mustapha Kanit doubles Down Under

2014 | #TBT Mustapha Kanit doubles Down Under

It was on this day two years ago that poker superstar Mustapha Kanit would win a second event in 48 hours. Kanit, who clinched the victory for Italy at the 2015 GPI World Cup in Malta, would follow up a victory in the kickoff event at the 2014 Aussie Millions in Melbourne with a No-Limit Hold’em Six Max win, defeating Aussie Tam Trong heads-up for the title. *Photo courtesy of: GPI World Cup

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4 | Phil Ivey streak on the line at Aussie Millions

4 | Phil Ivey streak on the line at Aussie Millions

Phil Ivey’s four-year streak is in danger of being snapped at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne. After collecting at least one score at the Aussie Millions since 2012, including three big victories in the $250,000 Challenge, Ivey is in danger of being shutout at this year’s event. Ivey is set to begin his $250,000 Challenge title defense on Sunday. *Photo courtesy of: Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index

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1,522,000 | Ben Tollerene leads 100K Challenge in Australia

1,522,000 | Ben Tollerene leads 100K Challenge in Australia

Ben Tollerene will take the lead in the 100K Challenge at the Aussie Millions once play resumes on Saturday. The final six players will take a break from the event for a few days as play in the Aussie Millions Main Event continues in Melbourne. Former World #1 Jason Mercier and Fedor Holz, who won back-to-back high roller events in Las Vegas and Manila just a few weeks ago, are also still in the competition….

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4,304,176 | Timex loves to spend February in the outback

4,304,176 | Timex loves to spend February in the outback

If you’re ever looking for Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald anytime between the end of January and the beginning of February, chances are he’s collecting paychecks in Melbourne. In the past two years, McDonald has amassed a whopping $4,304,176 at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne. Timex certainly seems to be enjoying his time at the Crown Casino, playing – and more than likely cashing – in some of the biggest buy-in events in the world. Here are the…

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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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72 | Fun bet turns Hellmuth vs Matusow into a great tv moment on High Stakes Poker

72 | Fun bet turns Hellmuth vs Matusow into a great tv moment on High Stakes Poker

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show. Poker stars Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak love to find new ways to have fun – or get themselves in trouble from time to time – and on this episode of poker, their proposal…

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1,227,900 | Laliberte’s circus act helps Benyamine out in a big way

1,227,900 | Laliberte’s circus act helps Benyamine out in a big way

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days. Cirque du Soleil foudre Guy Laliberté loves to play poker … and doesn’t mind being on a wrong end of a massive pot, given that he recently sold the…

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548,700 | The Bear turns on Durrrr on High Stakes Poker

548,700 | The Bear turns on Durrrr on High Stakes Poker

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days. You may have felt really bad for “The Bear” Barry Greenstein if you read yesterday’s post … well, this time, it’s Barry handing out the bad beats, taking a HUGE pot from…

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361,800 | Sammy does Barry dirty on High Stakes Poker

361,800 | Sammy does Barry dirty on High Stakes Poker

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days. It’s the hand that may have made High Stakes Poker ‘Must See TV’… On the final hand of the night, as players are counting their chips and discussing dinner…

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391,300 | Sammy vs Jamie in a High Stakes Poker hand for the ages

391,300 | Sammy vs Jamie in a High Stakes Poker hand for the ages

Inspired by a PokerNews: Ten Years of High Stakes Poker article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of ‘High Stakes Poker’ on GSN in America, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite hands from the iconic TV show over the next few days. Season 4 saw two High Stakes Poker faves go head-to-head in a monster hand that last well over 10 minutes!   2006 World Series of Poker Main Event winner (the…

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9,820 | Grinders collecting those air miles

9,820 | Grinders collecting those air miles

Life on the road can be tough for those on the live tournament poker circuit. Consider this: some players left the Bahamas after the completion of the 2016 PCA and have made their way to the next big festival on the poker calendar, the 2016 APPT Aussie Millions down under in Melbourne. At last check, a $3,500 USD flight (give or take a few hundred) will get you there in about 30 hours … the…

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1 | Actor Oliver Hudson’s 2005 WSOP Main Event lasts one hand

1 | Actor Oliver Hudson’s 2005 WSOP Main Event lasts one hand

Hollywood actor Oliver Hudson wanted in on the poker craze, trying his luck in the Main Event at the 2005 World Series of Poker … sadly, the former ‘Rules of Engagement’ and ‘Dawson’s Creek’ star wouldn’t be around for very long. Hudson would lose all his chips to high stakes legend Sam Farha … ON THE VERY FIRST HAND! Good news is that if his mother, Goldie Hawn, or sister, Kate, were in Vegas, he was suddenly…

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50,000 | Antonio Esfandiari’s disqualification has a silver lining

50,000 | Antonio Esfandiari’s disqualification has a silver lining

Yesterday, we talked about a lapse in judgement that cost superstar Antonio Esfandiari a shot at a first title of 2016 at the PCA following a prop bet gone wrong with high stakes player Bill Perkins. Although Antonio would go on to win the bet, he was obviously disappointed with his actions, which prevented him from a deep run at the PCA: “I am embarrassed of the actions I took to win that bet. On…

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100,000 | Antonio Esfandiari’s lunge bet goes awry

100,000 | Antonio Esfandiari’s lunge bet goes awry

We talked about Antonio Esfandiari and his love for prop bets last week not knowing that “The Magician” would find himself in hot water (no pun intended) just a few days later after his latest prop bet would lead to his disqualification from the Main Event at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, losing over 100,000 chips and a chance at winning his first title of the season. High stakes player Bill Perkins bet Esfandiari he…

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2010 | #TBT William Reynolds wins on the NAPT

2010 | #TBT William Reynolds wins on the NAPT

It was a battle of Wills on this day in 2010 as William Reynolds would get the best of Will Molson heads-up to win the second-ever event on the North American Poker Tour (NAPT), the PCA High Roller event. The win remains his only win on the live tournament circuit. The man originally from Iowa has won just under $1.7M in online tournaments according to our friends over at PocketFives. Fab Five | 2010 NAPT PCA…

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4 | Mike Leah’s score streak to start 2016

4 | Mike Leah’s score streak to start 2016

Mike Leah once won two WSOP Circuit events in less than 24 hours – so it should come as no surprise that he pulled off another amazing feat to start the 2016 poker season. Leah picked up for cashes in four days down in the Bahamas. The Canadian star is currently competing at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. ›› Jan 6 – 1st – No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Hyper Turbo Survivor ›› Jan 7 – 20th –…

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833,260 | Big boost to the bankroll awaits the winner of the 2016 PCA

833,260 | Big boost to the bankroll awaits the winner of the 2016 PCA

  A big payday awaits the winner of the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, currently taking place at Atlantis in the Bahamas. While the old $1M paydays are gone, the winner will take home $833,260 this year, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at! The PCA final table is set for Thursday – best of luck to all remaining participants! Fab Five | 2016 PCA Main Event Payouts 1. $833,260 2. $507,240 3. $356,020…

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5 | Would you no-show the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA)?

5 | Would you no-show the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA)?

If you were lucky enough to win a package to the Bahamas to play the Main Event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) … would you ever dare skip it? Well believe it or not, five players no-showed at the PCA, meaning that free money would be added to the prize pool for all those participating in the kickoff festival to the 2016 poker season. What would cause five people not to show at the…

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2nd | ‘The Forest’ star Natalie Dormer, poker player?

2nd | ‘The Forest’ star Natalie Dormer, poker player?

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ star Natalie Dormer stars in a new movie, ‘The Forest’, released on Friday. But did you know that the Reading-born actress has some poker skills as well? Dormer participated in the PartyPoker Women’s Poker Open II in London back in 2008. After putting up quite the fight, she would fall to Emma Kennedy heads-up in her opening heat, preventing her from moving on in the competition. With the continued success of…

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210,854 | Dan Smith and Dan Colman’s charity drive a success!

210,854 | Dan Smith and Dan Colman’s charity drive a success!

A pair of superstar poker players – former World #1 Dan Smith and 2014 GPI Player of the Year Dan Colman – challenged others in the poker community over the holidays, setting up a charity drive in order to help those in need. Smith announced details of the drive in December, hoping to amass funds for various charitable donations with the pair matching all donations up to $70,000. In the end, $210,854 was raised! Fantastic work…

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500 | Ice cold bet costs Antonio Esfandiari more than his buy-in

500 | Ice cold bet costs Antonio Esfandiari more than his buy-in

Prop bets between Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak have become legendary. The pair can’t seem to let a day go by without a challenge! Back in 2012, the dynamic duo was invited to Montreal to play in the ‘Laak & Esfandiari Open‘ at the famed Playground Poker Club. A bet as to who would go deeper in the Heads-Up event would fall through – each player was eliminated in the 2nd round – so a last-longer…

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2013 | #TBT Scott Seiver wins PCA Super High Roller

2013 | #TBT Scott Seiver wins PCA Super High Roller

We rewind three years for this week’s Throwback #TBT and take you to the Bahamas where former World #1 Scott Seiver got the best of Doc Sands heads-up to win the Super High Roller event at the 2013 PCA. That result would remain Seiver’s biggest payout until just a few months ago when his second place finish at the Super High Roller Bowl earned him a 5M+ paycheck! Fab Five | 2013 PCA Super High Roller Results…

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104 | 2016 PCA about to lift off

104 | 2016 PCA about to lift off

Most of the poker world has arrived in the Bahamas in hopes of starting off 2016 on the right at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Those in attendance will certainly have plenty of tournaments to chose from during the 8-day festival as a grand total of 104 events will be presented spanning all kinds of buy-ins in between hundreds and hundreds of thousands! Action kicks off today with the presentation of the $100,000 Super High…

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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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10,039,120 | Players start year off with a bang

10,039,120 | Players start year off with a bang

There is no rest for the wicked – especially when the wicked are high stakes poker players. Just days after poker hit its only “break” of the season, a $200,000 USD buy-in tournament is being held in Manila. With 52 total entries, the winner of the Triton Super High Roller Series Cali Cup will receive $3,463,500 from a massive $10,039,120 prize pool – not a bad way to start the year! Fab Five | Cali Cup…

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106K | Daniel Negreanu wins the popularity contest

106K | Daniel Negreanu wins the popularity contest

Over 106,000 different people who visited the THM Database in 2015 clicked on Daniel Negreanu’s profile, making Kid Poker the Most Popular Player in the database for the year. It should come to no one’s surprise that Negreanu also leads the All-Time Most Popular List with the great Phil Ivey trailing Negreanu on both lists. Fab Five | Most Popular in 2015 1. Daniel Negreanu (CAN) 2. Phil Ivey (USA) 3. Daniel Colman (USA) 4. Ole Schemion…

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42 | DJ Mackinnon racked up the scores in 2015

42 | DJ Mackinnon racked up the scores in 2015

American grinder DJ Mackinnon scored an impressive 42 times in 2015, cashing in 37 of them travelling the US poker circuit. The other cashes came at the PCA in the Bahamas and in a pair of WPT events in Canada: a prelim event at Fallsview and a 78th place finish at partypoker.net WPT Montreal. Mackinnon earned 11 Top 10 finishes for the second straight season, crossing the 100K mark for the third year in a…

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12 | Atanas Kavrakov captured the most flags in 2015

12 | Atanas Kavrakov captured the most flags in 2015

One of the most popular stats on the THM Database is the amount of flags captured by a player in his or her career. Bulgaria’s Atanas Kavrakov’s 2015 season started with 5 scores during the PCA in the Bahamas and ended with 7 combined scores during WPT and EPT events in Prague … in between? Scores in 10 other countries, allowing him to collect 12 flags for the season: Bahamas Cyprus France Austria Malta Monaco…

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8,618,663 | Brian Rast is the year’s biggest earner

8,618,663 | Brian Rast is the year’s biggest earner

We countdown the Top 5 money earners on the live tournament circuit for 2015… #1 Brian Rast – $8,618,663 Win the Super High Roller Bowl and chances are you’re going to end up on top of the 2015 Money List. Well, that’s exactly what Brian Rast did, defeating Scott Seiver heads-up for the biggest prize in poker in 2015, a $7,525,000 windfall this past summer at Aria. Rast went on to collect over a million dollars more on…

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7,920,590 | Scott Seiver is 2nd biggest earner of 2015

7,920,590 | Scott Seiver is 2nd biggest earner of 2015

We countdown the Top 5 money earners on the live tournament circuit for 2015… #2 Scott Seiver – $7,920,590   Scott Seiver finishes second in earnings this season, earning at least $4M USD in winnings for a third consecutive season. Seiver’s season included the biggest payday of his career, finishing 2nd at the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl, presented this summer at ARIA. Seiver also earned a victory on tour this year in a 5K PLO event…

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7,867,631 | WSOP Champ Joseph McKeehen is 3rd top earner of 2015

7,867,631 | WSOP Champ Joseph McKeehen is 3rd top earner of 2015

We countdown the Top 5 money earners on the live tournament circuit for 2015… #3 Joseph McKeehen – $7,867,631 It should come to no one’s surprise to see the reigning World Series of Poker Main Event Champion on the 2015 list. Joseph McKeehen outlasted a 6,420-player field to win this year’s Main Event. He did add a little under $200,000 with other scores this season, including a victory at the Wynn Fall Classic, weeks before the November…

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5,093,703 | Erik Seidel is 4th top earner of 2015

5,093,703 | Erik Seidel is 4th top earner of 2015

We countdown the Top 5 money earners on the live tournament circuit for 2015… #4 Erik Seidel – $5,093,703   After more than 25 years on the circuit, poker’s living legend, Erik Seidel, is still going strong, showing absolutely no sign of slowing down. Seidel, who sits third on the All-Time Money List, collected over $5M for the second time of his illustrious career in 2015 while crossing the million dollar mark for the sixth time since…

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4,970,513 | Jonathan Duhamel 5th in earnings in 2015

4,970,513 | Jonathan Duhamel 5th in earnings in 2015

We countdown the Top 5 money earners on the live tournament circuit for 2015… #5 Jonathan Duhamel – $4,970,513 Win two major High Roller events and chances are, your name will appear on this list! That’s exactly what 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel did in 2015, winning a pair of bracelets: the WSOP One Drop High Roller and the WSOP Europe High Roller to go along with his 2010 bracelet…

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440,000 | Barry Greenstein, The ‘Robin Hood of Poker’ gives back

440,000 | Barry Greenstein, The ‘Robin Hood of Poker’ gives back

  They call him the ‘Robin Hood of Poker’ – three-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member Barry Greenstein has been such a successful cash game player throughout the years that he has donated plenty of his winnings on the live tournament circuit to charitable initiatives. Moments after winning Million Dollar Seven Card Stud tournament at the 2003 edition of Larry Flynt’s Poker Challenge Cup, Greenstein donated $440,000 of his…

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8,769 | Santa has a Hendon profile?

8,769 | Santa has a Hendon profile?

Does Santa Claus play poker when he’s not busy building toys and delivering them once a year? A Hendon search actually does bring up Santa, aka Chris Cringle!!! The man from ‘Great White North, Canada’ collected a pair of scores in tournaments in Los Angeles (The Bike, Commerce) in 1994. One of his scores? A victory in the Big Poker Oktober series … no word yet on whether or not Matt Savage was there to hand the…

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2012 | #TBT Than and Holdren battle in Colorado Championship

2012 | #TBT Than and Holdren battle in Colorado Championship

  We take you back to Christmas Eve 2012 as Vinh Than and John Holdren (pictured) would battle it out for the chance to become the winner of the Colorado Poker Championship 5 … Than would end up with the win. Holdren, however, has since earned a pair of Top 10 finishes at the Colorado Poker Championship, 9th earlier this year and 10th in 2013. Fab Five | 2012 Colorado Championship 1. Vinh Than (USA) 2. John…

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162,898 | Bah Humbug! Butzhammer misses out on bigger payday

162,898 | Bah Humbug! Butzhammer misses out on bigger payday

Veteran poker player Thomas Butzhammer was hoping for a big score as final table play dwindled down in the Main Event at the EPT Prague Festival last week. Butzhammer was so confident in his abilities, that he refused a deal that would see him leave a €457,078 offer on the table. Shockingly, Butzhammer would actually bow out in fourth position, taking him a very respectable €294,180, €162,898 less than what was originally offered to him by…

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3,492,368 | Fedor Holz ends big year with a bang!

3,492,368 | Fedor Holz ends big year with a bang!

Fedor Holz certainly enjoyed his first full season on the live tournament circuit, capping off a big 2015 with the biggest win of his career at the WPT Alpha8 event presented this past weekend at Bellagio in Las Vegas. The win saw Holz finish 2015 with $3,837,029 in total earnings. Holz’s other 2015 win came in the High Roller event at the Israeli Poker Championship, held in Vienna, Austria. Fab Five | Holz’s Biggest Scores…

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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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3rd | Shannon Elizabeth’s deep run at the NBC Heads Up

3rd | Shannon Elizabeth’s deep run at the NBC Heads Up

Thr year was 2007 and there wasn’t a hotter poker event than the NBC National Heads-Up Championship, presented at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. While top-ranked pros filled most of the bracket, a few celebrities were always invited as well, to spice things up. American Pie star Shannon Elizabeth would receive an invitation in 2007 and she would not disappoint, making it all the way to the semi-final, winning four matches before falling to eventual…

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2,465,222 | Bill Klein gives it all back

2,465,222 | Bill Klein gives it all back

  Accomplished business owner Bill Klein enjoys playing in the highest of high stakes poker games. This past summer, Klein was one of 135 players to enter the One Drop High Roller at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Klein, who finished runner-up to Jonathan Duhamel in the event, ended up donating his full winnings from the event back to the One Drop Foundation. Amazingly, Klein would leave the whopping $2,465,222 paycheck in…

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27,000 | How a Vegas blackjack session saved FedEx

27,000 | How a Vegas blackjack session saved FedEx

Many will be using FedEx’s services this holiday season, sending and receiving presents. While the shipping giant will serve as your personal Santa, there was a time where FedEx founder Frederick Smith was so desperate for funds to keep the company afloat, he took the company’s last remaining $5,000 and took the next plane to Las Vegas, hoping for a miracle. The gamble paid off as Smith turned the remaining 5K into a $22,000 profit…

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2014 | #TBT Stephen Graner wins EPT Prague

2014 | #TBT Stephen Graner wins EPT Prague

We don’t have to go far back for this #TBT post as it was one year ago today that Stephen Graner would make his way to the Czech Republic and win the EPT Prague Main Event for the first major of his poker career. Graner has since earned 10 more scores on the circuit, including a 255th place in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event this past summer in Las Vegas. Fab Five | 2014 EPT Prague Results 1….

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921,540 | Big money awaits winner of EPT Prague

921,540 | Big money awaits winner of EPT Prague

We will know the name of the final EPT winner of 2015 on Wednesday as the Main Event will close out the EPT Prague Festival. Azerbaijan pro Ilkin Amirov, ranked #1 in the country’s National rankings, will carry the chip lead into final table play on Wednesday. German Thomas Butzhammer and Bulgaria’s Slaven Popov are two more notables playing it out for the massive €921,540 first place prize. The winner will replace American Stephen Graner…

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84 | Plenty of poker-made millionaires in 2015

84 | Plenty of poker-made millionaires in 2015

With only a few weeks left to the 2015 poker season, we already count 84 players who have earned at least $1,000,000 on the live tournament circuit this season according to The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Led by Super High Roller Bowl winner Brian Rast, 8 of the Top 10 money earners this season come from the mighty USA! We should see a few more millionaires added to the list as major tournament series wrap…

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#5 | Steve O’Dwyer’s amazing 2015 season

#5 | Steve O’Dwyer’s amazing 2015 season

  Poker superstar Steve O’Dwyer has been one of the most consistent poker players in the past few years. Despite years of success, O’Dwyer’s 2015 is going down as a career year. He has earned 11 Top 10 finishes out of 24 scores so far and has won an impressive 5 times on tour this year, a personal best. O’Dwyer’s most recent victory, a EPT Super High Roller win in Prague, has also put in right…

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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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250,000 | Martin Jacobson gives some of his 10M back

250,000 | Martin Jacobson gives some of his 10M back

2014 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Martin Jacobson would leave Las Vegas $10,000,000 richer 13 months ago, taking home the full paycheck – tax free! Jacobson would be giving some of the money back though as he committed to donate $250,000 of his winnings to Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a charity initiative started by poker superstars Philipp Gruissem, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, amongst others. Photo credit: World Series of Poker  

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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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1995 | #TBT: John Kabbaj wins a Cracker of a tournament!

1995 | #TBT: John Kabbaj wins a Cracker of a tournament!

It was on this day 20 years ago where two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner John Kabbaj would win for the very first time on the live tournament circuit. Kabbaj would defeat fellow English pro Dave Gardner to win the Christmas Cracker 2005 tournament in London. The 42-year-old Londoner has earned a total of 14 wins on the circuit. Fab Five | Christmas Cracker 2005 1. John Kabbaj (UK) 2. Dave Gardner (UK)…

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9,518 | Number of days between bracelet #1 and #14 for Hellmuth

9,518 | Number of days between bracelet #1 and #14 for Hellmuth

It took Phil Hellmuth 26 years to obtain 14 WSOP gold bracelets, the most by any player in World Series of Poker history. His first came after defeating Johnny Chan heads-up in the 1989 Main Event. His last? This past summer in Las Vegas following his victory over 2015 WSOP Player of the Year Mike Gorodinsky in the Seven Card Razz Championship. In all, 9,518 days have passed by from bracelet #1 to #14 for…

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1,893 | Eureka! Prague packs ’em in

1,893 | Eureka! Prague packs ’em in

Balazs Botond needed to weed his way through a record 1,738-player field in order to win the Eureka! Main Event twelve months ago in Prague … This year’s winner? Well he or she will need to survive the charge of an extra 155 runners as a grand total of 1,893 players were in contention in this edition of the Eureka! Prague Main Event that kicked off over the weekend. Fab Five | Largest Fields in Eureka! History…

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1,238,895 | Big numbers in WPT Deepstacks finale

1,238,895 | Big numbers in WPT Deepstacks finale

On the heels of yet another successful season, the WPT Deepstacks crew is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where the 2015 Championship is currently taking place at the Grey Eagle Casino. With 18 players left, it’s 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Ashkan Razavi who is leading the way as 567 players all took a chance at this year’s Championship event, creating a massive $1,238,895 CAD prize pool. Tristan Wade leads the GPI WPT Deepstack Player of the…

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7th | James Woods chases World Series of Poker gold

7th | James Woods chases World Series of Poker gold

Did you know that Golden Globes Award Winner James Woods is also an accomplished poker player? Woods has amassed over $168K in winnings in the past 11 years on the live tournament circuit … most recently, the man who won the Golden Globe for his performance in the 1986 film ‘Promise’, would come oh so close to adding a gold bracelet to his trophy case this past summer, finishing 7th in a No-Limit Hold’em Shootout event…

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100,000 | Jonathan Duhamel makes a big donation

100,000 | Jonathan Duhamel makes a big donation

    Months after winning the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, Jonathan Duhamel donated $100,000 to his favorite hockey team’s foundation. A passionate hockey fans (like most Canadians), Duhamel donated to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. Good job, Jonathan! Fab Five | Montreal Canadiens All-Time Leading Scorers 1. Guy Lafleur (CAN), 1,246 points 2. Jean Beliveau (CAN), 1,219 points 3. Henri Richard (CAN), 1,046 points 4. Maurice Richard (CAN), 965 points 5. Larry Robinson (CAN), 883…

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1,000,000 | Phil Ivey goes vegetarian

1,000,000 | Phil Ivey goes vegetarian

In an episode of High Stakes Poker that would air on March of 2010, the players around the table started talking about how much money it would take for them to become a vegetarian for a full year … after a lot of chatter, it’s poker superstar Phil Ivey who would take the bait, although even he had a feeling that he wouldn’t be able to make it through the 365-day “ordeal”… “I’ll do it for…

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2004 | #TBT Johnny Lodden wins event at St Maarten Open

2004 | #TBT Johnny Lodden wins event at St Maarten Open

Johnny Lodden is one of a shot list of professional players who’s very first line on The Hendon Mob happens to be a victory! In this #TBT, we take you back to 2004 where Lodden would survive a 146-player field to win a side event at the 2004 St Maarten Open in the Caribbean sunshine. Lodden has gone on to win two other times on the circuit. Fab Five | Lodden’s biggest scores $612,355 – 3rd,…

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3,457 | Brazil’s BIG poker boom!

3,457 | Brazil’s BIG poker boom!

Just days after hosting the LAPT Grand Final, Sao Paulo, Brazil is playing host to yet another monster event, the BSOP Millions. The Brazilian Series of Poker is one of the hottest tours on the circuit and this event is no exception as a grand total of 3,457 players are battling for their share of the massive R$1,380,000 prize pool! The winner is set to take home approximately $335,000 USD. Sao Paulo, Brazil is one of…

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87.83 | Byron Kaverman leads by slimmest of margins

87.83 | Byron Kaverman leads by slimmest of margins

With one month left in the 2015 poker season, Byron Kaverman is the player to beat as he enters December ranked atop the 2015 GPI Player of the Year race. Kaverman’s lead, however, is far from wrapped-up. Season XIII WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno trails Kaverman by only 87.82 points while Nicholas Petrangelo, Steve O’Dwyer, Dzmitry Urbanovich and a few other players are still within striking distance. Fab Five | 2015 GPI Player…

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323x | Someone’s about to enjoy the holidays a little more down in NC

323x | Someone’s about to enjoy the holidays a little more down in NC

The holiday season is about to get a whole lot better for one of seven players returning for final day play at the opening event at WSOP Circuit Cherokee, currently taking place in North Carolina. A massive field of 2,712 players each put up $365 for their chance at the minimum $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. The winner of the event will take home $117,991 … that’s over 323 times the amount they paid in order to…

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1st | Amir Vahedi wins Ultimate Poker Challenge

1st | Amir Vahedi wins Ultimate Poker Challenge

Those who were fans of late-night poker shows during the poker boom will remember the late Chad Brown hosting the Ultimate Poker Challenge, presented at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Each week, some of the biggest names in poker would participate in a series of tournaments. The Season 3 Championship was concluded on this day in 2005. Amir Vahedi, who passed away in 2010, would win the event, defeating Chip Jett heads-up…

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1st | Tony G wins the Moscow Millions

1st | Tony G wins the Moscow Millions

It was on this day in 2007 that Antanas Guoga – better known as Tony G  to most – won the Moscow Millions, defeating Kirill Boydachenko heads-up for the title, and $205,000 first-place prize. The poker legend has moved on to the political world; Guoga is a member of the European Parliament. Fab Five | 2007 Moscow Millions 1. Tony G (AUS), $205,000 2. Kirill Boydachenko (RUS), $102,500 3. Alexander Kravchenko (RUS), $77,000 4. Alexander Lukyanov (RUS),…

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1,974 | Record field as Norwegian Championship comes back home

1,974 | Record field as Norwegian Championship comes back home

Norwegians were able to play their National Championship in Norway for the first time since 2003 earlier this week! Due to legislation, the Norwegian Championship was played abroad for years as players needed to travel to Ireland to play their National tournament. 2014 WSOP Main Event runner-up Felix Stephensen was able to win the Championship as a monster 1,974-player field (all from Norway) participated in the historic event. Congratulations to all that made this event possible – great…

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658,000 | ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ Gone Wild

658,000 | ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ Gone Wild

A painting of Dogs Playing Poker is an absolute must for your home poker room or your basement … but did you know that they’re not all worth the $10 you may have paid for yours? A ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ painting by American artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge was part of a recent Sotherby’s auction … what price did the painting go for, you may ask? Well, the Coolidge painting fetched (pun intended) an shocking $658,000!!!…

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40 | Chris Moneymaker enjoying life as a “fortysomething”

40 | Chris Moneymaker enjoying life as a “fortysomething”

A young Chris Moneymaker made poker history in 2003, defeating the legendary Sam Farha heads-up to win the World Series of Poker Main Event, setting off the poker boom. That was over 12 years ago … Moneymaker was celebrating for another reason over the weekend – he turned the big 4-o – Happy Birthday! Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. Means a lot — Chris Moneymaker (@CMONEYMAKER) November 21, 2015 Happy Bday 2 my good…

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#7 | Career win for John Eames at WSOPC Las Vegas

#7 | Career win for John Eames at WSOPC Las Vegas

It was on this day, one year ago today, that star UK player John Eames would collected the biggest win of his career, in the Main Event at WSOP Circuit Las Vegas, hosted by the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino. Eames would go on to outlast 1,043 opponent en route to the career win, which earned him a $289,706 payday. He defeated fellow pro Matt Berkey heads-up for the circuit ring. This marked the seventh…

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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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6,464 | Kevin Pollak makes a deep run in the WSOP Main Event

6,464 | Kevin Pollak makes a deep run in the WSOP Main Event

Accomplished actor Kevin Pollak (‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘A Few Good Men’) knows his way around the green felt as well. Pollak, who enjoys playing poker when he’s not working on his next movie project, was in serious contention in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event until suffering a bad beat that would see him eliminated in 134th position. Still, the man who also starred in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Casino’, would outlast 6,464 opponents en route…

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23.25 | Ashton Griffin is a man on the run

23.25 | Ashton Griffin is a man on the run

It took poker pro Ashton Griffin less than 24 hours to run 70 miles on a treadmill in order to win a $300,000 prop bet, only taking short breaks from time-to-time to fill up on carbs and liquids. At one point, those involved in the bet were starting to worry about Griffin’s condition. His parents actually drove up to his home in order to hopefully convince him to stop … but Ashton could not be…

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8,467,091 | IRS rakes in on November Nine

8,467,091 | IRS rakes in on November Nine

Turns out Joseph McKeehen wasn’t the biggest winner in the WSOP Main Event after all … According to a report on TaxableTalk.com, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collected over $8.4M USD in taxes from members of the November Nine, including $3.3M from McKeehen, who saw his $7.6M payday reduced to $4.3M when all was said and done. One man unaffected by the tax man was Belgian Pierre Neuville, who finished in 7th position. Belgium has a…

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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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365 | 1 year anniversary of Phil Hellmuth’s win in Pittsburgh

365 | 1 year anniversary of Phil Hellmuth’s win in Pittsburgh

It was on this day just 365 days ago that Phil Hellmuth would earn his last non-WSOP bracelet victory on the live tournament circuit, winning the Pittsburgh Poker Open, presented at the Rivers Casino.   Hellmuth defeated David “ODB” Baker heads-up for the title which, at the time, ended a 13-month winless streak for the Poker Brat. Joseph Couden and Matt Glantz would each earn Top 5 finishes in the tournament. Fab Five | 2014 Pittsburgh Poker Open 1….

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2008 | Mike Binger earns 3rd W of the year at WSOPC Lake Tahoe

2008 | Mike Binger earns 3rd W of the year at WSOPC Lake Tahoe

Mike Binger would earn his third win of the 2008 poker season on this very day as Binger would outlast 131 opponents to win the Main Event at the WSOP Circuit tour stop at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe in Northern Nevada.   Binger would defeat Tyrone Stewart heads-up to close out the year with over 1M USD in winning and a total of 11 Top 10 finishes. Allen Kessler, Scott Clements and Chris Ferguson would each…

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2007 | Joseph Cappello wins big at Borgata

2007 | Joseph Cappello wins big at Borgata

New York poker pro Joseph Cappello would earn the biggest score of his career on November 15, 2007, winning the Deep Stack Poker Main Event at the famed Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Cappello would earn a trio of six-figure scores in 2007, including a 221K windfall after bursting the 7th place bubble at the WPT Borgata Winter Open … John “World” Hennigan would go on to win that one. Still active,…

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1991 | Super Seniors winner John Andlovec wins 24 years ago today

1991 | Super Seniors winner John Andlovec wins 24 years ago today

It was on this day 24 years ago that WSOP gold bracelet winner John Andlovec earned the third win on his career in a Limit Hold’em Side Event at the 1991 Peppermill Fall Tournament in Reno, Nevada. Andlovec earned the biggest win on his career this past summer at the World Series of Poker, outlasting 1,532 runners in the WSOP Super Seniors Event, an event reserved for those aged 65 and over. Fab Five | 1991 Peppermill Fall…

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1,147,000 | American poker fans tuned into WSOP finale

1,147,000 | American poker fans tuned into WSOP finale

A total of 1,147,000 tuned into ESPN to watch the final three players battle it out for the bracelet on Tuesday, according to television ratings site SportsTVRatings.com. World Series of Poker on Tues. (final table) got 1.15 million viewers, basically flat w/ 2014. Tues. night=2 hour telecast. 2014 = 4 hours+ — Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) November 12, 2015 The WSOP finale was the second-rated sports programming show on the night as only the ESPN 30…

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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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23.3 | Average age of the past 8 WSOP Champions

23.3 | Average age of the past 8 WSOP Champions

Planning on winning the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2016? If you’re in your thirties or older, you may not event have a shot! ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted the following soon after Joseph Mckeehen became the 46th World Series of Poker Main Event Champion on Tuesday night: Ages of last 8 World Series of Poker Main event winners (from 2008-2015): 22, 21, 23, 22, 24, 23, 27 & 24 — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)…

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5 | Joseph Mckeehen goes on a Main Event heater

5 | Joseph Mckeehen goes on a Main Event heater

The next WSOP Main Event Champion will be crowned later tonight. Joseph Mckeehen owns a sizeable chip lead that can be attributed to a hot streak which saw him eliminate five straight players starting with the legendary Daniel Negreanu, which Mckeehen eliminated in 11th position back in July. Fab Five | McKeehen’s late-game eliminations 11th – Daniel Negreanu (CAN) 10th – Alexander Turyansky (GER) 9th – Patrick Chan (USA) 8th – Federico Butteroni (ITA) 7th…

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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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192,600,000 | Joe McKeehen brings biggest percentage of chips to FT

192,600,000 | Joe McKeehen brings biggest percentage of chips to FT

The 2015 edition of the WSOP November Nine is right around the corner – we countdown to this year’s N9 with stats and facts surrounding the festivities: Joseph McKeehen will start tonight’s play as the big stack as the November Nine kicks off live from the Penn & Teller Theatre in Las Vegas tonight. McKeehen, who’s chip stack more than doubles that of current 2nd position player Zvi Stern, holds over 32% of the 192,600,000…

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2,251.81 | Mike Gorodinsky wins GPI WSOP Player of the Year

2,251.81 | Mike Gorodinsky wins GPI WSOP Player of the Year

The 2015 edition of the WSOP November Nine is right around the corner – we countdown to this year’s N9 with stats and facts surrounding the festivities: Despite skipping the Main Event, 2015 WSOP Poker Players Championship winner Mike Gorodinsky won the GPI WSOP Player of the Year title in what was a race to the finish! While Brian Hastings and Shaun Deeb were chasing Gorodinsky throughout the summer, it was 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion…

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243 | John Juanda enters Poker’s Hall of Fame tonight

243 | John Juanda enters Poker’s Hall of Fame tonight

The 2015 edition of the WSOP November Nine is right around the corner – we countdown to this year’s N9 with stats and facts surrounding the festivities: John Juanda will be induced into the Poker Hall of Fame tonight, he will be joined by fellow poker legend Jennifer Harman, who will also enter the Hall in a ceremony set for Binion’s in downtown Las Vegas. Although he is far from being done, Juanda is already assured…

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72 | Age won’t matter once Pierre Neuville begins his November Nine journey

72 | Age won’t matter once Pierre Neuville begins his November Nine journey

The 2015 edition of the WSOP November Nine is right around the corner – we countdown to this year’s N9 with stats and facts surrounding the festivities: Pierre Neuville is 72-years-young. During the WSOP, he’s often seen jogging inside the Rio on off days in order to remain in peek physical condition. Despite his young-at-heart attitude, Neuville has set the record as the oldest player to ever reach the November Nine finale. Should he win…

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78-55 | Ryan Riess, basketball star?

78-55 | Ryan Riess, basketball star?

The 2015 edition of the WSOP November Nine is right around the corner – we countdown to this year’s N9 with stats and facts surrounding the festivities: A year after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event, Ryan Riess made his way from the green felt to the hardcourt playing in ‘The Hunger Games’ star Josh Hutcherson’s Celebrity Baskeball Game as part of the Nike 3ON3 at L.A. Live festivities in August of 2014….

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11th | Daniel Negreanu misses out on November Nine

11th | Daniel Negreanu misses out on November Nine

The 2015 edition of the WSOP November Nine is right around the corner – we countdown to this year’s N9 with stats and facts surrounding the festivities: The poker world was a buzz on July 14th as Daniel Negreanu was weeding his way through the massive 6,420-player field and had his sights set on the final table in what could have been a November Nine for the ages with record television ratings on ESPN. Sadly,…

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10,000,000 | Martin Jacobson wins ultra-competitive November Nine

10,000,000 | Martin Jacobson wins ultra-competitive November Nine

The 2015 edition of the WSOP November Nine is right around the corner – we countdown to this year’s N9 with stats and facts surrounding the festivities: It was a November Nine for the ages last year as Swedish superstar Martin Jacobson was able to survive an epic final three matchup against Norway’s Felix Stephensen and the Netherlands’ Jorryt van Hoof. Jacobson would go on to earn a whopping $10,000,000 for his efforts. Fab Five | 2014…

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6 | Spinning for a million

6 | Spinning for a million

Last week, six people playing a “Spin & Go” on online site PokerStars.com were the lucky recipients of million dollar paydays – 6 in 7 days! Spin & Go is a tournament where a randomly generated prize pool is awarded for each three-player match. Three of the six winners entered a $5 tournament – not a bad return on their investment, that’s for sure!   *Photo credit: PokerStars  

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10/31 | Halloween victory for Charlambos Xanthos

10/31 | Halloween victory for Charlambos Xanthos

It was all treat and no trick for Charalambos Xanthos on Halloween night in 2009. Xanthos would defeat UK veteran James Mitchell to win the World Heads-Up Championships held in London. Happy Halloween everyone! Fab Four | 2009 World Heads-Up Championships 1. Charalambos Xanthos (CYP), £65,000 2. James Mitchell (UK), £30,000 3. Victor Ilyukhin (UK), £15,500 4. Laurence Houghton (UK), £15,500 *Photo credit: The Hendon Mob  

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#301 | Vanessa Selbst is the first

#301 | Vanessa Selbst is the first

There is no doubting Vanessa Selbst’s amazing track record on the live tournament poker circuit. Multiple bracelets, WPT close calls, numerous EPT spade trophies on the mantle and some performance stats that even the most accomplished pros could only dream about. Yet the former #1 ranked poker player in the world set a mark that no one ever ranked atop the GPI World Poker Rankings wanted to set … she became the very first World…

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37 | Joe Kuether’s unbelievable year

37 | Joe Kuether’s unbelievable year

In case you hadn’t noticed, Wisconsin star Joe Kuether is putting together a season for the ages in 2015 – earning results in an amazing 37 events so far … 37! Kuether’s most recent score was a second place finish in the WSOP Circuit Hammond (Chicago) Main Event. Kuether’s season includes a pair of victories and 13 Top 10 finishes so far – keep it up, Joe! Fab Five | Number of Results for 2015…

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49/50 | Harman, Juanda called to the Hall

49/50 | Harman, Juanda called to the Hall

Congratulations go out to Jennifer Harman and John Juanda who were both elected to enter the Poker Hall of Fame. While the duo had to wait a few years before getting the call, each are very deserving of their nominations. Harman still plays the biggest game in Las Vegas while Juanda’s recent performances, including a big win at EPT Barcelona, certainly went a long way to help him enter the HoF. Harman and Juanda will…

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10 for 10 | A look inside WSOP Champ’s life

10 for 10 | A look inside WSOP Champ’s life

Ever wanted to get an inside look of what it’s like to be the WSOP Main Event Champion after winning $10,000,000? Seattle-based CINE/BLOC did just that following 2014 Champ Martin Jacobson and bringing unprecedented coverage into the life of the superstar Swede with a documentary title 10 for 10. While we wait impatiently for the playing of the 2015 November Nine, take 23:37 minutes and watch 10 for 10 – it’s well worth your time!…

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1st | Dan Livingstone wins big at Horseshoe Hammond

1st | Dan Livingstone wins big at Horseshoe Hammond

Dan Livingston certainly enjoyed his time at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana – situated right outside of Chicago, Illinois – back in 2009. It was on this day six years ago that Livingston would finish 1st in the WSOP Circuit Hammond Main Event, taking home $291,740 for his efforts.   Amazingly, Livingston only has one other result on the live tournament circuit – that came earlier this year in a Rio Daily DeepStacks event…

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#1 | Ram Vaswani wins EPT1 Dublin

#1 | Ram Vaswani wins EPT1 Dublin

Dublin was the third-ever stop on the European Poker Tour’s first season. back in 2004. The Merrion Casino Club would play host to a historical moment as THM original Ram Vaswani would take down the Main Event, defeating Rory Liffey heads-up for the crown. Vaswani would add WSOP gold three years later – winning the 2007 Limit Hold’em Shootout event in Las Vegas. Dublin would be removed from the EPT schedule after Season 4, but, for the first…

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1st | Dan O’Brien is Grand Challenge champ

1st | Dan O’Brien is Grand Challenge champ

It was a Grand day for American poker pro Dan O’Brien on this day in 2011 … O’Brien outlasted 70 opponents en route to his first-ever victory on the live tournament poker circuit in the Main Event at the Grand Challenge Tournament Series in Las Vegas. O’Brien would defeat legendary Norwegian star Thor Hansen heads-up in the finale. Top 5 | 2011 Grand Challenge Series Main Event 1. Daniel O’Brien (USA), $53,250 2. Thor Hansen (NOR), $36,715 3. Terry…

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12,955,089 | Poker community donates to One Drop

12,955,089 | Poker community donates to One Drop

The Big One for One Drop, the Little One for One Drop and the One Drop High Roller tournaments have quickly become fixtures on the World Series of Poker schedule as superstars such as Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, Anthony Gregg and Daniel Colman have all won a prestigious ‘One Drop’ title. What shouldn’t be forgotten is the fact that with each buy-in into these events, tournament participants are donating to the One Drop Foundation, created…

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1,000,000 | Annette steamrolls her way to historic WSOPE victory

1,000,000 | Annette steamrolls her way to historic WSOPE victory

It’s not often that players in any sport can live up to the hype … but in 2007, Annette Obrestad certainly did! All eyes were on 18-year-old as she participated in the very first WSOP Europe in London. Obrestad’s online play had grown to legendary status. The Norwegian’s performance at WSOPE was nothing short of stellar. She battled some of the biggest names in the game on way to her very first WSOP gold bracelet, and…

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3 | Greece’s coming out party at WSOP Europe

3 | Greece’s coming out party at WSOP Europe

Coming into WSOP Europe, the country of Greece had never been able to call one of their own a World Series of Poker champion. One week into tournament play in Berlin and the Greeks have won their first three WSOP gold bracelets! Makarios Avramidis starting things off in style, winning the opening event of the Series. Then, Pavlos Xantopoulos defeated one of the hottest players on the planet at the moment, Mario Lopez to win a bracelet…

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841 | Boatman didn’t have to wait too long for bracelet #2

841 | Boatman didn’t have to wait too long for bracelet #2

UK legend Barny Boatman won his very first World Series of Poker gold bracelet in the summer of 2013, 13 years after collecting his first result at the WSOP. Boatman didn’t have to wait long add a second gold bracelet to his collection as 841 days after winning in Vegas, he earned his second career WSOP victory over the weekend at WSOP Europe, in Berlin. Boatman Poland’s Grzegorz Grochulski heads-up to win the PLO title….

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600 | Jennifer Tilly goes from the red carpet to the green felt

600 | Jennifer Tilly goes from the red carpet to the green felt

Academy Award nominee Jennifer Tilly would trade in her acting chops for poker skills in 2005, rising to poker superstardom following her victory in the Ladies Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Tilly would defeat 600 other players on way to her first major poker title. Top 5 | 2005 WSOP Ladies Championship 1. Jennifer Tilly (USA), $158,335 2. Anh Le (USA), $83,540 3. Carolyn Ancheta (USA), $43,680 4. Cecilia Reyes (ESP),…

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7×7 | Jason Mercier’s million dollar seasons

7×7 | Jason Mercier’s million dollar seasons

Make it another million dollar season for poker superstar Jason Mercier. In fact, Mercier has already crossed the 2M mark for 2015, already making this the fourth best year in earnings in Mercier’s outstanding poker career. This year marks the seventh time in Mercier’s eight years on the circuit that he has collected seven-figure earnings – 7/8 – not a bad stat! Top 5 | Mercier Earnings Per Season 2014 – $3,672,602 2008 – $2,752,423 2011…

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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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46% | Bank on Vanessa Selbst

46% | Bank on Vanessa Selbst

There is no doubting that Vanessa Selbst is a world-class poker player … but just how good of a closer is she? Three stats caught our attention, including the one about Vanessa finishing in the Top 5 of events she cashes in 46% of the time – as close to a sure bet as there is in the poker world! SELBST STATS: 72 – Total results 21% – Win rate 46% – Top 5 finish…

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195,000,000 | Another streak for Somerville

195,000,000 | Another streak for Somerville

After 57 consecutive days, Jason Mercier has wrapped-up Season 4 of his #runitup broadcasts on Twitch. That’s a total of 195,000,000 minutes of content during the two-month period – incredible work Mr. Somerville! The Run it UP! Warriors surely enjoyed another successful stream season from Somerville. it’s a wrap folks, season 4 of #runitup is in the books! 57 days, 374 hours of streaming, $42,000 in profits, near a million lines of chat! — Jason…

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50 | Weight off Ted Forrest’s shoulders

50 | Weight off Ted Forrest’s shoulders

  50! That’s the amount of weight, in pounds, that six-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest had to lose in order to win a $2,000,000 bet against Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and Justin Smith. It took Forrest a little over two months to lose the weight … DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! *Photo credit: World Series of Poker  

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#1 | Martin Kozlov wins ANZPT Melbourne

#1 | Martin Kozlov wins ANZPT Melbourne

  Australian poker pro Martin Kozlov earned would earn win #1 on the live tournament circuit on this day in 2010. Kozlov would go on to defeat 2015 WSOP 5K Six-Max finalist James Obst heads-up at ANZPT Melbourne for what remains today the most profitable win of his poker career. Kozlov won the Sydney Championships in 2014 and has earned Top 10 finishes at EPT London and at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas,…

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13 | Poker Brat wins big in Europe

13 | Poker Brat wins big in Europe

Poker superstar Phil Hellmuth certainly enjoyed his time in Cannes back in 2012. The Poker Brat left the French Riviera with the WSOP Europe Main Event title, winning WSOP gold for the 13th time of his career. The Main Event final table included Joseph Cheong, Christopher Brammer, Paul Tedeschi and Jason Mercier. Hellmuth would need to wait three years to add his record-extending 14th bracelet. He won #14 this summer in Las Vegas, defeating Mike…

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10 | Chasing WSOP gold in Berlin

10 | Chasing WSOP gold in Berlin

  Spanish star Adrian Mateos was only 18 years old when he won the Main Event, the last time the World Series of Poker was in Europe. That was two years ago where the WSOPE was presented in Enghien-les-Bains, France. This year, it’s off to Berlin as 10 gold bracelets are on the line. The kickoff event to the Series featured a total of 197 players battling for supremacy in the No-Limit Hold’em Six Max event….

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253,698 | Record smashed on PokerStars

253,698 | Record smashed on PokerStars

  “DaDumon”, a player from Austria, turned his $0,01 buy-in into a $10,000 windfall on PokerStars earlier this week as the online poker giant hosted the kickoff event to the Common Cents tournament series. A grand total of 253,698 players participated in the event, making it the largest tournament in online poker history. The previous record of 225,000 players was set in June of 2013. *Photo credit: PokerStars  

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$10,449 | Phil Kessel cashing in at the World Series of Poker

$10,449 | Phil Kessel cashing in at the World Series of Poker

Game on! The 2015 National Hockey League season begins tonight! Some NHL stars aren’t just amazing on the ice – but can carry their weight at the poker table as well … Phil Kessel has collected four cashes in the past three years at the World Series of Poker, including a pair of scores this summer in Las Vegas. He has earned $10,449 on the live tournament circuit … still quite a ways from the $10,000,000…

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634th | Roberto Luongo switches goalie pads for poker chips

634th | Roberto Luongo switches goalie pads for poker chips

The 2015 National Hockey League season is set to begin on Wednesday! Some NHL stars aren’t just amazing on the ice – but can carry their weight at the poker table as well … Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made headline news in the summer of 2012 – but it wasn’t because of a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs – it was due to the goalie’s deep run in the World Series of Poker Main…

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72 | Erick Lindgren’s epic golf rounds

72 | Erick Lindgren’s epic golf rounds

Erick Lindgren loves to play golf but even he admits that playing 72 holes in one day – in the middle of the sweltering Las Vegas desert – was probably not the best he ever made in his lifetime … but he still did it! While the former WPT Player of the Year suffered through heat exhaustion – and was rumored to have lost 15 pounds during his four rounds of play – Lindgren would collect…

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8% | Was Runner Runner that rotten?

8% | Was Runner Runner that rotten?

When word first got out that a poker-themed movie featuring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake was in the works, poker fans were excited. Sadly, when Runner Runner was finally released in theatres – on this day in 2013 – it failed to deliver. And while poker fans were very critical of the movie, the experts over at Rotten Tomatoes were even more brutal. The film received a 8% rating on the Tomatometer – ouch! Top 5 |…

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17/19 | A career full of wins for John Juanda

17/19 | A career full of wins for John Juanda

19 years after winning his very first event on the live tournament circuit, John Juanda was back in the winner’s circle in August, winning EPT Barcelona, adding another impressive major title to his credit. Incredibly, this marked the 17th year where Juanda won a title on the circuit – you read that right, John Juanda has at least one win in 17 of his 19 years on tour, including at least one win in each…

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103,512 | Chasing the WSOP dream

103,512 | Chasing the WSOP dream

It’s become an annual pilgrimage – poker players head down to the desert each summer, all hoping to leave Las Vegas with one of the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet. We saw a big increase in the total numbers this past summer as the WSOP executive team continue to “get creative”, adding events that are attracting huge fields. This year, The Colossus was added to the schedule and drew over 22k entries! When…

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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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15 | Sheringham goes from the pitch to the felt

15 | Sheringham goes from the pitch to the felt

Former English International Teddy Sheringham was a competitor on the live tournament circuit following a successful career on the pitch which saw him play for legendary clubs Manchester United and Totenham Hotspur, amongst others. Sheringham was able to earn 15 results on the poker circuit, including earning a 5th place finish at EPT Vilamoura in 2010. The EPT final table included eventual winner Toby Lewis, UK superstar Sam Trickett and 2014 WSOP Main Event winner…

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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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1,300,000 | Fedor Holz crowned 2014 champ

1,300,000 | Fedor Holz crowned 2014 champ

September 2014 saw Fedor Holz collect over $1M, defeating Yuri Martins heads-up to win PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event. The final table also included WPT Champions Club member Faraz Jaka and online poker legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. The 2015 WCOOP Main Event kicks off later today – best of luck to all participants! Top 5 | 2014 WCOOP Main Event 1st Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (GER) 2nd Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (BRA) 3rd Class “neckbr4ke” Stoob…

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4x | Sam Razavi hits an APT grand slam

4x | Sam Razavi hits an APT grand slam

UK poker pro Sam Razavi hit one out of the park last month, collecting a foursome of championship trophies in a single week at the APT Asian Poker Series event presented in the Philippines. Coming off a remarkable four-win effort, the three-time APT Player of the Year is well on his way to a fourth PoY title. Top 4 | Razavi’s Cebu Grand Slam ›› Aug 12, 2015: Ante Up for Charity, 63,200 PhP ›› Aug 15, 2015: Pot Limit…

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6/8 | The Flying Dutchman is done streaking!

6/8 | The Flying Dutchman is done streaking!

Marcel Luske, the Flying Dutchman, has won a remarkable 32 tournaments in his 16-year career on the live tournament circuit. Even more impressive? Luske would win 6 of the first 8 tournaments he would earn results in, including winning a trio of tournaments in a 30-day span in 2001. Luske’s impressive 6/8 streak, which saw him collect victories in all of his first four cashes on tour, would culminate in a Seven-Card Stud tournament victory at…

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3rd | Vanessa Rousso comes oh so close!

3rd | Vanessa Rousso comes oh so close!

We close out Vanessa Rousso Week with a look at the woman herself, who after qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, competed for the title last night. After a strong showing, Vanessa Rousso ends up taking 3rd spot on CBS’ ‘Big Brother’. Rousso played a strong game and pulled off one of the most shocking blindsides in the game’s history, according to many fans. She may be gone from the Big Brother house, but will certainly not be forgotten….

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151,802 | Alex Jacob shocks Jeopardy purists

151,802  | Alex Jacob shocks Jeopardy purists

In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa! 2006 U.S Poker Championship winner Alex Jacob made a return to TV screens earlier this year participating in the popular game show Jeopardy. Jacob shocked Jeopardy purists when he used an unusual style of play by picking questions from the middle to the…

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#1 | Fatima Moreira de Melo wins Dutch ‘Survivor’

#1 | Fatima Moreira de Melo wins Dutch ‘Survivor’

In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa! We told you earlier about JRB’s failed attempt at winning ‘Survivor: China’, well, one poker player was able to pickup the Survivor title! Dutch Olympic gold medal winner turned star poker pro Fatima Moreira de Melo won Expeditie Robinson 2012, the Netherlands…

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6th | Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle’s Amazing Race

6th | Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle’s Amazing Race

In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa! One Leg after finishing second on the 15th season of the Amazing Race, top-ranked female poker pro Maria Ho and part-time poker player Tiffany Michelle were forced to abandon the Race. They would be eliminated in 6th position – one step away…

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6,500 | The Great Liv Boeree – Soul Crusher

6,500 | The Great Liv Boeree – Soul Crusher

In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa! Before she became a top poker pro, Liv Boeree was on the UK game show ‘Split or Steal’ … the concept? Pretty easy … work with your partner to collect as much money as possible and in the end, decide if you want to split…

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24 | JRB voted off the island

24 | JRB voted off the island

In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa! 2015 WSOP Poker Players Championship runner-up Jean-Robert Bellande was a castaway on Survivor: China back in 2007. Although he didn’t win, Bellande was able to “Outwit, Outlast, Outlplay” seven of the 15 other castaways, making it all the way to Day 24 on…

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#14 | Phil Hellmuth’s 1994 win at the Four Queens

#14 | Phil Hellmuth’s 1994 win at the Four Queens

Win #14 for Phil! Believe it or not, we’re not talking about Phil Hellmuth‘s record-continuing 14th bracelet victory this summer at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas but his 14th win on the live tournament circuit, which happened in this day in 1994. Hellmuth won a preliminary event at the Queens Poker Classic in Las Vegas, defeating a legendary final table which would eventually include a pair of fellow Hall of Famers in Mike…

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#3 | Oliver Price’s Online Birthday Bash

#3 | Oliver Price’s Online Birthday Bash

  UK poker pro Oliver Price surely enjoyed his birthday weekend, netting 3 event results on Sunday’s online poker grind, collecting over $42K for a few hours work – not bad for a weekend payday! Price earned a victory in the Super Sized Sunday event and collected a 5th place finish in the Sunday Major over on Full Tilt. Meanwhile Price, who represented Team UK at the GPI Poker World Cup back in March, also earned a…

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84,000 | Allen Kessler’s Pocket Change

84,000 | Allen Kessler’s Pocket Change

If they ranked video poker players, Allen Kessler would more than likely be the #1 ranked player in the World. Kessler was back at it over the weekend, hitting a ten-handed royal flush! We hope that the “Chainsaw”, a 15-time winner on the live tournament circuit, had plenty of pockets as the jackpot earned him an unbelievable 84,000 quarters – $21,000! PS, we won’t be too harsh on Kessler and his skills as a photographer,…

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3 | Scotty Nguyen Masters the Scotty Nguyen Challenge

3 | Scotty Nguyen Masters the Scotty Nguyen Challenge

The Scotty Nguyen Nguyen Poker Challenge was presented at the Cherokee Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma, between 2005 and 2008. The series was then revived for one year, branded the Scotty Nguyen Dream Catcher World Poker Challenge, moving to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. Which tour player enjoyed the most consistent success you may ask? Why Scotty Nguyen himself! The five-time WSOP bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member has earned six results, including…

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40.786944, -119.204444 | Poker Players Congregate

40.786944, -119.204444 | Poker Players Congregate

Each year, poker players all make their way to the Nevada dessert for a get-together … however, plug-in these numbers in your GPS (40.786944, -119.204444) and you’ll soon realize that you’re not in the heart of Las Vegas playing the World Series of Poker, but instead, you’re in the middle of nowhere, connecting with other humans at Burning Man. For a full week 65,000 friends meet at Burning Man for an experience of a lifetime….

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40.786944, -119.204444 | Poker Players Congregate

40.786944, -119.204444 | Poker Players Congregate

Each year, poker players all make their way to the Nevada dessert for a get-together … however, plug-in these numbers in your GPS (40.786944, -119.204444) and you’ll soon realize that you’re not in the heart of Las Vegas playing the World Series of Poker, but instead, you’re in the middle of nowhere, connecting with other humans at Burning Man. For a full week 65,000 friends meet at Burning Man for an experience of a lifetime….

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37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

The king of poker on Twitch, Jason Somerville, made a deep run in Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super-Knockout during the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), currently happening at a computer near you. Somerville’s Run It UP! warriors were in full force as a record 37,000+ people were simultaneously watching him have to settle for a 6th place finish in the event. Top 5 | WCOOP Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super KO 1st ‘Showtime43’ (CAN),…

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37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

The king of poker on Twitch, Jason Somerville, made a deep run in Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super-Knockout during the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), currently happening at a computer near you. Somerville’s Run It UP! warriors were in full force as a record 37,000+ people were simultaneously watching him have to settle for a 6th place finish in the event. Top 5 | WCOOP Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super KO 1st ‘Showtime43’ (CAN),…

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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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$8,459,126 | Box Office Bonanza

$8,459,126 | Box Office Bonanza

Rounders hit theatres 17 years ago today. Written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman, Rounders features an all-star cast with Matt Damon playing the role of the poker hero and John Malkovich playing the poker villain. The 1998 poker player favourite would lead the box office at the end of its first weekend, collecting a respectable $8,459,126 USD on opening weekend. Top 5 | September 11-13, 1998 at the Box Office #1 Rounders, $8,459,126 #2 There’s…

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$8,459,126 | Box Office Bonanza

$8,459,126 | Box Office Bonanza

Rounders hit theatres 17 years ago today. Written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman, Rounders features an all-star cast with Matt Damon playing the role of the poker hero and John Malkovich playing the poker villain. The 1998 poker player favourite would lead the box office at the end of its first weekend, collecting a respectable $8,459,126 USD on opening weekend. Top 5 | September 11-13, 1998 at the Box Office #1 Rounders, $8,459,126 #2 There’s…

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0 | Sports Stars Shutout

0 | Sports Stars Shutout

Gerard Piqué and Neymar Jr. were each able to take a little time off from their busy schedules at FC Barcelona in order to play in a few events at the EPT Barcelona Festival recently. Included in the list of events the duo played was the High Roller event, one of the biggest and most challenging events on the European poker schedule. Sadly, neither superstar was able to earn any results during their time at…

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0 | Sports Stars Shutout

0 | Sports Stars Shutout

Gerard Piqué and Neymar Jr. were each able to take a little time off from their busy schedules at FC Barcelona in order to play in a few events at the EPT Barcelona Festival recently. Included in the list of events the duo played was the High Roller event, one of the biggest and most challenging events on the European poker schedule. Sadly, neither superstar was able to earn any results during their time at…

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8 | Tennis Winners

8 | Tennis Winners

While the world awaits the Finals at the U.S. Open – currently ongoing at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York – we are reminded of former World #1 tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and his exploits on the live poker tournament circuit. The former French Open and Australian Open winner is also a double-winner on the poker circuit, earning a total 0f 8 results between 2004 and 2005. Two of those results were…

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8 | Tennis Winners

8 | Tennis Winners

While the world awaits the Finals at the U.S. Open – currently ongoing at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York – we are reminded of former World #1 tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and his exploits on the live poker tournament circuit. The former French Open and Australian Open winner is also a double-winner on the poker circuit, earning a total 0f 8 results between 2004 and 2005. Two of those results were…

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23,000 | The Bankroll

23,000 | The Bankroll

Twitch phenom Jaime Staples is prepared to dip into a bankroll set at between $15,000 and $23,000 to play a full schedule at the World Championship of Online Poker which started on Sunday. In total, there are 31 events on PokerStaples’ WCOOP calendar. The always entertaining Canadian will stream all events via his Twitch account! Top 5 | PokerStaples’ WCOOP Highlight Events 1- $109 Multiple-Flight kickoff 2- $215 Sunday Warm-Up Six-Max 3- $51,000 Super High Roller (only…

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23,000 | The Bankroll

23,000 | The Bankroll

Twitch phenom Jaime Staples is prepared to dip into a bankroll set at between $15,000 and $23,000 to play a full schedule at the World Championship of Online Poker which started on Sunday. In total, there are 31 events on PokerStaples’ WCOOP calendar. The always entertaining Canadian will stream all events via his Twitch account! Top 5 | PokerStaples’ WCOOP Highlight Events 1- $109 Multiple-Flight kickoff 2- $215 Sunday Warm-Up Six-Max 3- $51,000 Super High Roller (only…

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#70 | The Events

#70 | The Events

The 2015 edition of PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Sunday as a grand total of 70 events will be presented during the three-week series. ‘CrownUpGuy’, also known as German star Fedor Holz, won the Main Event last season. This year’s Main Event is set to begin on September 27 – the winner will walk away with $1,500,000! Top 5 | 2014 WCOOP Results 1st Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (GER) 2nd Yuri “theNERDguy”…

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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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