French journalist William Reymond has won the 365 Online event at the 2018 WSOP. He defeated a field of nearly 3000 to claim the first gold bracelet of the WSOP and nearly $155,000. The tournament lasted a grueling 12 hours. The entry fee was a miniscule $365.

$100,000 High Roller Event
In the WSOP’s first ever $100,000 High Roller event, Nick Petrangelo has walked away with his second bracelet and first place prize of nearly $3 million dollars. There were over 100 entries. The 31 year old Massachusetts native now has nearly $15 million in lifetime earnings.
The event itself featured a who’s who of the poker world including Fedor Holz, Adrian Mateos, and Jaon Koon among other players. Petrangelo won with a two pair of aces and eights. The results are below:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Nick Petrangelo $2,910,227
2 Elio Fox $1,798,658
3 Aymon Hata $1,247,230
4 Andreas Eiler $886,793
5 Bryn Kenney $646,927
6 Stephen Chidwick $484,551
7 Jason Koon $372,894
8 Adrian Mateos $295,066
9 Fedor Holz $240,265

$1500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Won by Julien Martini
He made “julien” of all his fellow poker players and emerged to win the $1500 Omaha 8 or better event. Though, originally scheduled for 3 days it hadn’t finished and a 4th day added. The field of 911 players “prophetic” were eliminated bust by bust. The heads up came down to Kate Hoang and Julien Martini. Martini won not only nearly $240,000 but also his first bracelet. Runner up Kate Hoang took home $148,000.

Elio Fox Wins $10,000 Turbo Bounty
Elio Fox has won the $10,000 Turbo Bounty event at this years’ WSOP. He took home his second gold bracelet and nearly $400,000 for his efforts. The prize pool of $2,284,200 was split among 37 top finishers.
The final results are below:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Elio Fox $393,693
2 Adam Adler $243,323
3 Paul Volpe $169,195
4 Danny Wong $119,659
5 Charles Yohannan $86,096
6 Alex Foxen $63,042
7 David Eldridge $46,993
8 Taylor Black $35,671
9 Joseph Cada $27,582

Joe Cada Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

Joe Cada, 2009 Main Event champ, has won his third gold bracelet to win the 2018 WSOP $3000 Shootout Event. He won from a field of 363 entrants including Joseph Mckeehen. For the 30 year old player it brings his winnings to nearly $11 million dollars. A nice sum for a 30 year old.
The final results are:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Joseph Cada $226,218
2 Sam Phillips $139,804
3 Joseph McKeehen $101,766
4 Jack Maskill $74,782
5 Harry Lodge $55,480
6 Ihar Soika $41,559
7 Anthony Reategui $31,435
8 Taylor Wilson $24,013
9 Joshua Turner $18,526

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Roberly Felicio Wins Colossus Poker Tourney at 2018 WSOP
Brazilian restaurant owner, Roberly Felicio has won the Colossus. The tournament had a 565 buy-in and for his work, he took home $1 million dollars. He defeated Sang Liu. He previous won in last year’s Monster Stack. This tournament was also notable since Phil Ivey made his return and cashed in the tournament too.
The Colossus entries at 13,000 is the lowest turn out for the event since it started three years ago.
The results are:
Place Player Payout
1 Roberly Felicio $1,000,000
2 Sang Liu $500,000
3 Joel Wurtzel $300,000
4 Scott Margereson $220,040
5 Tim Miles $166,091
6 Song Choe $126,158
7 Gunther Dumsky $96,431
8 John Racener $74,178
9 Steven Jones $57,425

Andrey Zhigalov Wins H.O.R.S.E. $1500 Event at WSOP
Russian account Andry Zhigalov has won the H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2018 WSOP. In doing so, he wins his first gold bracelet and over $200,000 for the first place finish. He defeated a field of over 700 players.
He prefers mixed games and has had several cashes in mixed events but this is his largest to date.
Amazingly, he came back from being short stacked to taking a huge lead.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Andrey Zhigalov $202,787
2 Tim Frazin $125,336
3 Bradley Smith $87,769
4 Matt Woodward $62,379
5 Nicholas Derke $45,006
6 Sandeep Vasudevan $32,971
7 Scott Clements $24,531
8 J.W. Smith $18,541

Justin Bonomo Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship
Justin Bonomo Wins $10,000 Heads Up NHL Event at 2018 WSOP. Taking home his second bracelet and over $185,000 is just another notch on his belt for the year. He came to the final match with a 7:1 chip lead and pummelled runner up Jason McConnon. McConnon took home $115,000 for his efforts.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
Champion Justin Bonomo $185,965
Finalist Jason McConnon $114,933
Semi-Finalist Juan Dominguez $73,179
Semi-Finalist Martijn Gerrits $73,179
Quarter-Finalist Jan Eric Schwippert $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Mark McGovern $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Nicolai Morris $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Kahle Burns $31,086

Justin Bonomo is on a roll this year. He’s moved into third place on the money list. This year he added nearly $15 million dollars to his bottom line. He recently cashed for $5 million in the Super High Roller Bowl and $4.8 million in the Super High Roller Bowl China. His live event total is over $32 million dollars and sure to increase at his age of 32.

Benjamin Moon Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Big Blind Ante Event
San Diego poker pro Benjamin Moon won the $1500 NHL Big Blind Ante. The big blind ante format is the new approach to poker tournaments. In the betting, the big blind puts up the ante for all players. In theory it saves time as someone with a low chip stack would put in some rounds all of their chips when it’s their turn at big blind. No waiting for that ace pair with this format. That is the criticism of the format. Those with weak cards would have to use their chips in any case and not hold on to to a small stack in hopes of something better.
Nonetheless, Moon won over field of 1300 players. He takes home $315,000. He also gets his first bracelet. Though new at the WSOP, the big blind ante format is de riguer in Los Angeles and San Diego where Moon plays regularly. He says it does in fact play faster.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Benjamin Moon $315,346
2 Romain Lewis $194,837
3 Colin Robinson $138,938
4 Steven Snyder $100,268
5 Nhathanh Nguyen $73,242
6 Bohdan Slyvinskyi $54,160
7 Eric Polirer $40,549
8 Raymond Ho $30,742
9 Dutch Boyd $23,605

Ognyan Dimov has won the $1500 Six-Max NLH event at the 2018 WSOP. He is the third Bulgarian to ever win a title. This is his first gold bracelet and he takes this along with the $378,743 first place prize. He is 2/3 of the way to winning poker’s triple crown.
Dimov quickly knocked out players on his way to winning the title at the final table.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Ognyan Dimov $378,743
2 Antonio Barbato $233,992
3 Nick Schulman $163,785
4 Ryan D’Angelo $116,118
5 Joey Weissman $83,396
6 Yue Du $60,686

Craig Varnell Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $565 Pot-limit Omaha Event
Triumphant over a field of 2419 players, Craig Varnell has won the $565 Pot limit Omaha event at the WSOP. For his efforts he takes home $181m790 and a gold bracelet. It’s his third final table finish.
He took chip lead after knocking out Jonathan Duhamel in the final table. With over 75 percent of the chips in play he took on Maxime Heroux. His lead only increased after that ultimately winning over Seth Zimmerman. His winning hand was a straight up.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Craig Varnell $181,790
2 Seth Zimmerman $112,347
3 Omar Mehmood $81,852
4 Maxime Heroux $60,190
5 Christopher Trang $44,677
6 Jonathan Duhamel $33,477
7 Shaome Yang $25,325
8 Jason Lipiner $19,344
9 Ilian Li $14,920

Jeremy Wien Wins $5000 No Limit Holdem Big Blind Ante Event
Winning over a field of 518 players, Jeremy Wien has won the WSOP $5000 NHL Big Blind Ante event. Wien, a derivatives trader from Mt. Kisco, NY gets his first gold bracelet and $537,710. It’s his first final table though he’s had several cashes. He did say he had a bracelet ceremony planned in his head. This gives some insight into a type of strategy called visualization. See yourself in a ceremony speech is like meditation towards the goal.
Laka lead for most of the day with Wien in second place but heads up against Wien, Laka yielded to second place.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Jeremy Wien $537,710
2 David Laka $332,328
3 Eric Blair $228,307
4 Jake Schindler $159,575
5 John Amato $113,510
6 Shawn Buchanan $82,199
7 David Peters $60,618
8 Richard Tuhrim $45,538
9 Patrick Truong $34,862

Philip Long Wins the 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Eight-game Mixed Event
Winning his first gold bracelet and $147,348, Phillip Long has won the Eight-game Mixed event at the 2018 WSOP. There were many notables in the event including Daniel Negreanu and John Racener among others. There were 481 entrants.
Mixed event poker games are a benchmark in deciding if a player is a great all around player. Many poker pros play these events for the prestige in winning such an event.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Philip Long $147,348
2 Kevin Malis $91,042
3 Daniel Negreanu $59,788
4 John Racener $40,151
5 Per Hildebrand $27,587
6 Nicholas Derke $19,404

Adam Friedman Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Six-Max Event
36 year old poker pro Adam Friedman won the $10,000 Dealers’s Choice Six-Max event at the WSOP 2018. He triumphed over a field of 111 and in the process won his second gold bracelet and $293,275. His live tourney earning are almost $2.5 million.
The Dealer’s Choice event allows players to choice from a variety of poker games with variants of flops, draws and stud. Players are able to select from 20 different poker games. The prestige in winning the event comes from being considered a top all around poker player.
The final hand was stud eight or better with Friedman winning with a queens up. He played against Stuart Rutter who finished in second place taking home $181,258.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Adam Friedman $293,275
2 Stuart Rutter $181,258
3 Alexey Makarov $127,487
4 Chris Klodnicki $90,713
5 David Baker $65,308
6 Marco Johnson $47,579

Card Player Poker Tour

The Card Player Poker Tour will return to the Venetian from December 4 thru 11. The series features over $900,000 in gtd prize money. It’s one of the most popular poker circuits with tourneys held around the U.S. like Seneca Niagara in New York.
The main event features a $500,000 3500 buy-in event. This tournament lasts four days starting December 8. There are three satellites for the event at the Venetian from December 6-8.
Additional events scheduled include the $600 DoubleStack on Dec. 5 and offering a guaranteed pool of $150,000, as well as a no-limit hold’em $300 rebuy tourney with a guarantee of $25,000 starting on Dec. 10. Earlier this year, the Venetian hosted the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $5000 buy-in main event, which drew nearly 700 poker players. That event had anticipated a guarantee of $2 million; however, the overwhelming attraction of entries resulted in over $3.1 million being awarded, with the first-place winner, Javier Gomez, receiving $561,349. Hopefully, this one will exceed the guarantee as well. Card Player is one of the top destinations online for poker players and enthusiasts.

Hong Kong Poker player Park Yu Cheung Breaks Cashes in Year Record

Hong Kong poker player Park Yu Cheung has broken the record for the most cashes in a year with 62. He broke the record at Asia Championship of Poker in Macau.
His recent streak of luck has boosted his career earnings to over a million dollars. This year he won almost a third of that with $317,000 in cashes this year so far. Previously, he averaged $75,000 annually.
Before becoming a professional poker player, he was an accountant. He is chairman of the Hong Kong Poker Players Association.

Patrik Antonius Gripes about Poker

Finnish professional poker player has over $20 million dollars in tournament wins both online and land based. He is one of the elite top poker players in the world and he has criticism for both online and land based tournaments.
He stopped playing online tournaments because of HUDS or poker analyst software that sizes up situations and technically help players win more. Will online operators stop the use of HUDS? Who knows but many places accept the use of them.
He also has criticized players who take too long to make decisions at live poker events. This takes away the momentum. Also players having conversations while at the tables interfere with concentration and the ability to make good decisions and taking up more time for players to make decisions.
Bill Perkins, a poker wunderkind, also agrees and won’t play anywhere that doesn’t have a shot clock. Another poker player, Steffen Sontheimer tweeted the absence of a shot clock is killing the game. The World Poker Tour, WPT, introduced a shot clock in 2016. Maybe other live poker events will follow.

 

With the recent surge in players at Americas Cardroom, the online poker room will be hosting million dollar Sunday tournaments each week the first quarter of 2018. There will be lots of satellite events where players can gain entry for a fraction of the $250 buy-in fee. If you’re not a member, now is great time to sign up and get the feel that will make you a winner. For new members, you get a wealth of bonuses including up to $1000 cash back, a couple of freerolls and free jackpot poker entries. Jackpot poker is played like a slots machine where you can win a random jackpot as you play poker. The poker game is run concurrently and is the standard no limit holdem poker.
As noted above, the Sunday Million Dollar Events will be every Sunday from January to March right now. If it works out, then you can expect it to grow and be every Sunday!. Many players at other online poker rooms have been disappointed with recent changes and have lead an exodus to other cardrooms. Americas Cardroom has picked up many new players and is now according to Forbes, one of the top ten cardrooms in the world. Great customer service, new offerings, nice bonuses all come together for a great way to spend the day. And Americas Cardroom is always on the forefront of whatever is new like mobile poker.
Mobile Poker
Play mobile poker games at Americas Cardoom. To get started you need an account already. From there go to play.americascardroom.eu and enter your username and password and you’re good to go. To get an account simply download the software to your computer, install and create a username and password. Just that simple. With mobile poker, you can play anywhere, anytime. And while Americas Cardroom has a wealth of big buck tournaments, you can play in free cash games, freerolls 24/7 or low to mid stakes poker tournaments and cash games. It’s got something for everyone from new poker players to the very experienced.
Upcoming Events
In November, there will be a High Five Series. The High Five Series is poker festival at ACR, they sponsor several times a year. The theme is “420”. The series culminates in a $420,000 Main Event and the winner not only gets the top cash prize but a bracelet as well.
Punta Cana Poker Results
For several years, ACR, has sponsored the Punta Cana Poker event in Santo Domingo. This year, 2017, Roberto Carvallo from Chile and Jamin Stokes split the first place prize and each got $97,590 after a long heads up match. Carvallo was declared the winner for the trophy and title with a pair of 3s. For members of ACR, there have been satellite tourneys for the event. The hotel in Santo Domingo rocks and looks like the kind that has been featured in many music videos of the “good life”.
Million dollar Sundays, mobile poker, and recurrent poker series as well as the land based Punta Cana Poker Classic are reasons to check ACR out. For new members, get a wealth of great incentives and for current members check out the great comp for players.

By Rick Braddy

Welcome to the fourth in my Texas Holdem Strategy Series, focusing on no limit Texas Holdem poker tournament play and associated strategies. In this article, we’ll examine the “Sit and Go” tournament – the most popular online poker tournament format today.

When I first started playing in Sit and Go tournaments, I was beginning to think they called it “sit and go” because you sat down, played a little, then it was time to go do something else since you’d just been whacked and knocked out of the tournament! These tournaments can be really tough, since they’re effectively like being at the “final table” of a regular tournament.

The recent popularity of playing online Sit & Go tournaments sometimes amazes me. On any given evening, you can try to jump into a Sit and Go (SNG) table on Party Poker, for example, and easily find yourself competing just to get into a seat before that table fills up, forcing you to go find another table (especially on lower-entry fee tables). I’ve seen times when it can take up to 10 attempts to get into a Sit and Go tournament table during prime time. That’s because there are literally thousands of players across the world who are hungry to get into these tournaments and hopefully win some money.

All of the major online poker rooms now offer Sit and Go format games now, so you can find a place to play just about everywhere. You can think of these games as being very similar to small “satellite” tournament games that surround the bigger poker tournaments at traditional poker tournament venues. They also somewhat resemble play at a final table in a regular tournament, with one key exception – nobody at this table earned their way to this tournament table – they simply paid their entry-fee to play there. Because of this, the broad range of players and skill levels you’re likely to encounter varies wildly – one of many challenges you’ll face in Sit and Go play.

Generally, there are two types of Sit and Go tournaments offered. Single table and multi-table tournaments. Nowadays, there is also a faster game, sometimes referred to as “Turbo” mode SNG tournaments. In these games, the tempo of the tournament is much faster (blinds go up every 5 minutes instead of 15 minutes), with the blinds increasing much faster and less time allowed to make your decisions. This is a very challenging game format, but it does move along much faster than a traditional Sit and Go tournament.

You can also get into 4-player and heads-up (2 player) games, which just effectively puts you into the poker tournament final table, short-handed mode of operation immediately, so you can play the end-game out from there. I don’t really prefer these games, though, since there are far fewer players and therefore the pool size available to win is much smaller and not as worthwhile.

In general, two-table Sit and Go’s are much more profitable, since they begin with more players (18 to 20), making the prize pool larger and more attractive. Once you know how to play and win in these Sit and Go tournaments and can adjust your play appropriately, the number of tables and players really doesn’t matter as much, since you’ll be able to adapt your play quickly as the situation changes around you.

Some of my favorite places to play Sit & Go tournaments include Party Poker, Poker Stars and PrimaPoker’s Captain Cook’s poker rooms. There are many awesome poker rooms out there, with a wide range of players frequenting each of them. They are all very similar.

There are a number of different entry-fee levels to choose from, typically ranging from $5 up to $5,000. There is very little difference in playing in the lower limit games in the $5 to $30 range. When you get above the $30 threshold, the level of players you’ll encounter improves dramatically. The poker room site typically takes a “rake”, a fee of around 10% for hosting the tournament, and the balance of the funds go into the prize pool. In single-table SNG tournaments, the payout goes to the top 3 finishers. In two-table games, the top 4 places are generally paid.

In higher entry-fee games, you’ll be playing against some very good players. In these high tier games, you’ll encounter some of the best, most dangerous players around. If you’re interested in getting into these high stakes games, one way is to win enough at the lower stake games so that you earn, or leverage, your smaller entry-fees into the bigger games, a traditional way that satellite games work and a good approach to take.

I play in a lot of Sit and Go tournaments and regular tournaments, both online and in casinos and poker rooms. Throughout all of this, I have finally learned how to win consistently at Sit and Go tournaments. There are some key areas that you must focus on and shore up in order to properly “shape” your play and end up in the money.

You’ll need a well-rounded approach, though, to place in the money consistently at Sit and Go tournaments, including:

* Playing Position Correctly – you’ll need to know how to use position in the Sit and Go tournament to your advantage, which hands to play in which positions and how to keep from losing your chips from poor positions. Earlier in the tournament, it’s best to be more conservative with your play by only playing the best hands from the best positions.

* Adjusting to Changing Conditions – the key to winning Sit and Go tournaments is adjusting your play style and approach as the blinds and number of players increases. Done correctly, you’ll end up in the final 3 in the money up to half of the time (no approach you can take will allow you to win all of the time). As the game progresses, you must adjust or the blinds will eat you up.

* Winning Heads-up Play – arguably one of the most misunderstood, yet most fun part of any tournament, is playing heads-up against another good player. Learning to play winning heads-up poker means the difference between being the Winner and 2nd Place – a huge difference in payout in all tournaments goes to the winner, along with the recognition as the champion, so you must learn to play great heads-up poker. In general, you must play much more aggressively heads up than you would otherwise.

* Beating Aggressive Players – see my article on playing vs. aggressive players, which will definitely make a difference for Sit and Go play, as it explains how to take advantage of aggressive and wild players, without losing all of your chips in the process.

* Online Tells – there are many different special tells that you can use when playing online. Do you know them? Do you use them? If not, chances are they’re being used against you! For example, when players use checkboxes online and make a lot of their decisions ahead of time, then suddenly they’re not using the checkbox (because they’re taking longer), that could be a tell that they’re having to think things through more, which could be a tell. If they use checkboxes and act instantly, chances are they don’t have a very good hand, so didn’t even need to think about it (just clicked the checkbox and now waiting on the next card).

* Successful Bluffing and Blind Stealing – one of the most important moves in poker is bluffing the opponents, and in tournament play, you must be capable of successfully bluffing in order to survive the blinds and antes and to win heads-up. You can’t bluff weak players, so don’t even try. You’ll need to learn how determine the style or type of the players, so you’ll recognize who to bluff.

The next time you’re thinking about playing a poker tournament, give the Sit and Go a try. It’s a fast-paced tournament, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience first hand what it’s like to play at that Texas Holdem poker tournament final table. You’ll go through a sequence of fast play and changing conditions, starting from a full table of 10 players, progressing rapidly to only 5 to 6. Then, if you’re a good enough player, you’ll find yourself in the most dangerous position of all – where you’re one of only 4 players remaining, so you’re only one seat out of the money. The key goal is surviving to the heads-up phase, so you get a shot at being the tournament winner, who receives the bulk of the prize pool.

So, you can practice for bigger tournament events by playing in Sit and Go tournaments and that way you’ll be very comfortable when you do make it that final table in a big Texas Holdem poker tournament, and you’ll have a lot of fun and gain some great Texas Holdem tournament poker experience along the way.

Rick Braddy is an avid writer, Texas Holdem player and professional software developer and marketer for over 25 years. His websites and Texas Holdem poker tournament e-course helps people become better Texas Holdem tournament players. If you’re a poker player, be sure to visit his Texas Holdem websites today and learn how you can play better Texas Holdem, too.

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One of the most exclusive, and highest payouts of all highstakes poker tournaments, the Aria Super High Roller Bowl, is slated to begin May 28th. 55 high stakes poker players will be competing in the event that sports a buy-in of $300,000. Yes that’s three-hundred-thousand dollar buy-in per seat. To be considered, potential players have to put down a $30,000 deposit! This will be one of the year’s most lucrative poker tournaments and features the top names in poker.
The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl saw German poker player Raine Kempe pocket $5 million dollars. Fedor Holz, another German took home second place prize of $3.5 million dollars. The 2017 payouts are bigger. The first seven finishers will be in the money. Top prize is $6 million and second prize is $3.6 million. The seventh place finisher will get $600,000. The total payouts are $16,800,000. The Super High Roller Bowl runs from May 28th till June 1st.
The poker pros who are scheduled to be in this event and brief bio include:
Andrew Lichtenberger
From East Northport, Ny, Andrew Lichtenberger, 29, is an American poker player. Aka LuckyChewy, his total live poker earnings are almost $9 million dollars with his best cash at $1.7 million dollars in the 2014 World Poker Classic. His second best cash was last year in the 2016 $3000 No Limit Holdem Event 52 for $569,158. He is sponsored by Ivey Poker.

Andrew Robl
Aka good2cu is an American poker player from Michigan.Andrew Robl, 30, has gone broke several times before hitting it big. Though he focuses on cash games, he won the 2013 Aussie Millions for $1 million dollars. His total live earnings are over $4 million dollars.

Ankush Mandavia
From Georgia, Ankush Mandavia has total live earnings greater than $4 million dollars. His top cash was nearly $800,000 in the No Limit Holdem Eight Max event at the EPT XII Jan 2016.

Antonio Esfandiari
A former magician, Antonio Esfandiari, has made history in the poker world with the largest cash ever, The One Drop for Water Tournament where he took home over $18 million dollars. His total live earnings exceed $27 million dollars. He has been in several movies and involved with tv shows like “Underground Poker”, a three-part mini series on the Discovery Channel.

Benjamin Sulsky
From Brewster, Mass. Benjamin Sulsky has nearly $2 million in live earnings. His greatest cash was over $1 million at the 2015 One Drop Event 58.
Benjamin Tollerene
From Texas, Benjamin Tollerine is an up and coming player. His most recent cash and one of his largest was over $500,000 in the Poker Stars Panama Event 5 in March 2017. His total earnings are near $3 million dollars.

Bill Klein
Bill Klein is a retired businessman turned poker pro. He’s had several cashes at the Aria including the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl for nearly $350,000. His largest cash was nearly $2.5 million dollars at the 2015 One Drop for Water Tournament.
William Perkins
A renaissance man in the making, William Perkins runs the Skylar Hedge Fund Investment group. He’s produced three major motion pictures and plays poker as a past time. His career earnings are nearly $3 million dollars. He is friends with Dan Bilzerian.

Robert Baldwin
One of the older players in the tournament at 65, Robert Baldwin is a casino executive who is CEO of Mirage Resorts and overseas several Mandalay Resort Group resorts. The Bellagio has a high stakes poker room named after him called “Bobby’s Room”. He has four WSOP bracelets under his belt.

Brian Rast
He was valedictorian at his high school but later dropped out of Stanford to become a poker player. He never looked back. He’s earned three WSOP bracelets and has made several videos on playing poker. A major poker player, his total earnings are over $20 million dollars.

Bryn Kenny
Bryn Kenny is no stranger to the Aria. He regularly plays the Monthly High Stakes Tournament there that has a $25,000 buy-in. His total winnings are over $14 million dollars. He was runner up in the Aria High Roller Series in both #54 and #55 and is second on their leaderboard.

Byron Kaverman
Another poker player familiar with the Aria High Roller Events, Byron Kaverman has nearly $10 million in live cashes. He cashed at the Aria Hotel Feb 4 in their Super High Roller for over $100,000. He also had multiple cashes over a million dollars at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January 2017.

Cary Katz
The student loan mogul and pro poker player had an opulent Las Vegas mansion on the market some years ago. He also founded Poker Central. He often plays at The Aria Super High Roller Event and cashed most recently March 4 for $92,000. His total earnings are over $10 million dollars.

Christian Christner
A newcomer in the high stakes poker world, his total earnings are slightly over $600,000. He has most recently cashed in PokerStars Championship Panama. He hails from Germany.

Christoph Vogelsang
One of Germany’s top poker players, Vogelsang has the Big One for One Drop under his belt for a whopping cash of $4.5 million in 2014. His total other cashes round out his total cashes of nearly $7.5 million dollars.

Daniel Colman
He really has looked back since the One Drop for Water tournament in 2014 for nearly $14 million dollars, the second largest cash in poker history. He added several other 7 figure cashes to his total that summer as well. And even this year he’s added nearly $2 million dollars to his cashes for a total cash of nearly $28,000,000. At 26 years old, he’s one of the youngest players. He is also second in for the most cashes of an American player.

Dan Perper
With nearly $2 million in cashes, he’s nothing not to look at. The Illinois is an experienced poker player with many cashes under his belt including nearly $900,000 at the 2015 One Drop for Water Event.

Dan Shak
He is hedge fund manager and semi pro poker player who specializes in high stakes buy-in tournaments. He has nearly $9 million in earnings. His most recent cash was $86,400 at the Aria Super High Roller 13.

Dan Smith
One of the top 10 in the money of all time for Americans, Dan Smith is a force to reckon with. His total earnings are over $15 million dollars. This year is no exception with nearly $800,000 in cashes so far in 2017. It could be a very good year for him.

Daniel Negreanu
The Canadian has made a name for himself as the all time top of the in the money list with over $32 million dollars in poker winnings. Lately his streak has been off at the live tournaments. His most recent cash was over $250,000 at the PokerStars High Roller Event in the Bahamas.

David Einhorn
David Einhorn, a semi pro player, he is the founder of Greenlight Capital. He is a billionaire businessman. His most recent cash was $44,728 in 2014 in the No Limit Holdem Event 66. His total poker earnings are over $5 million dollars.

David Peters
Hailing from Ohio, Peters is a force to reckon with. He’s been a success almost from the start at age 21. He’s racked up over $15 million dollars in earnings. His most recent cashes was over $100,000 at the PokerStars Macau Event 28. For 2017, he’s made almost $450,000 in cashes.

Dominik Nitsche
Originally from Germany, Nitsche, who lives in Scotland, has an impressive list of cashes. In 2016, he cashed over $1 million dollars for the year. His most recent cash was $2000 in the Asian Championship of Poker.

Doug Polk
The California native has made his mark in the poker world. He specializes in heads up play. He ran a $20 deposit at PokerStars into $10,000 but still didn’t find lasting success till he decided to focus solely on poker. His most recent cash was $86,000 in the Aria High Roller 49.

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has allowed an appeal to the November decision that Phil Ivey cheated the Crockford Casino out of nearly 8 million pounds playing Punto Banco, a Baccarat variant.
Many people have speculated the reason the court gave the first decision to the Crockford and other casinos that since joined in not paying Ivey is the close relation between the tax roll the casinos provide to the local governments. It would almost be impossible to break that bond. Ivey used what is called edge sorting.

Edge sorting is really paying attention to the cards and noticing the patterns. These are only on certain makers of cards. To play using edge sorting, you have to notice the patterns on the cards and have high and low cards seperated. Players can bet accordingly by noticing the differences in the high and low cards.. Call the makers of the cards in this case. Many casinos have since chosen card makers whose pattern is impossible to detect.

“Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1,” said Ivey, in a statement released by his legal team.
He went on to say, “I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”

Ivey has two cases on two continents. One is at the Crockford in London and the other at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Both involve millions of dollars. The amazing thing is these casinos invited him to play in the first place. This is not only a Phil Ivey case. There was a winner in New York who won a jackpot at slots only to be told it was a machine malfunction. Similarly, the jackpot winner will have to pursue the case in court, but they probably don’t have the deep pockets of Phil Ivey.

The Borgata case is also not over. The court ruled Ivey had to pay back the $10.1 million he won playing Baccarat from the Borgata in 2012. That ruling has also moved on to appeal. It will be important to take notice of the results. If a casino can get away with not paying winners does it make sense to play at all.

Starting the final table of the WSOP 2016 Main Event by playing aggressively has paid off well for Qui Nguyen. He won the event and the $8 million dollar first place prize. Though it wasn’t always smooth sailing, he pulled out a win which has become expected for those who play aggressively.
He came into the final table winning small to medium and several large pots against Gordon Vayo who was second in chip count and Gordon Josephy who was third. Josephy came out early moving up but his rise was crimped by Vayo who was dealt some strong hands as Josephy doubled up. He was left short stacked. He rallied for a bit till being eliminated by Vayo. Josephy took home $3.5 million for his work. This set the stage for Nguyen and Vayo.
The heads up match was long at 8 hours with many twists and turns. Vayo had gotten the chip lead briefly but that was changed after half an hour. The two battled back and forth till Nguyen took control. He went all-in on the river and Vayo folded with 80,000,000 chips on the table. Later Nguyen took another chunk of chips leaving Vayo weakened.
Nguyen continued to build on his lead eventually winning with a pair of kings against Vayo’s jack – ten spades combination.
Highlights of the tournament are in the video below.

Nguyen’s win highlights the effects of aggression in poker. If you sit at a table, you see it all the time. Players who raise often, even with questionable hands, often come out ahead.
The results were:
Qui Nguyen $8,005,310
Gordon Vayo $4,661,228
Cliff Josephy $3,453,035
Michael Ruane $2,576,003
Vojtech Ruzicka $1,935,288
Kenny Hallaert $1,464,258
Griffin Benger $1,250,190
Jerry Wong $1,100,076
Fernando Pons $1,000,000
For most of the players, this is a high point of the poker career. Nguyen had his largest cash at this event. His previous top finish was $9000 and he earned his first bracelet. It’s rare to have repeat winners who place tops in the Main Event over and over.

On day two of the WSOP Final Table, Qui Nguyen increased his lead to nearly 200,000,000 chips. He played aggressive, winning medium pots and he got one large pot against Ruane, who he eliminated with an ace – jack combination. Nguyen didn’t start off so well though. He doubled up and lost to Ruane with pocket sixes against Ruane’s pocket eights. Nonetheless, he still retained control of the board.
At one point in the tournament, Vayo held the chip lead. He eliminated Ruzicka with a pair of eights against a ace – king combination from Ruzicka who also bluffed.
The remaining three will battle it out for the last of the series. The chip counts of the remaining players are:
Nguyen 197,600,000
Vayo 89,000,000
Josephy 50,000,000

Qui Nguyen has taken over the lead in day one of the final table and has a major chip lead. The biggest hand of the night however went to Nguyen who took Kenny Hallert out with a pair of aces against Hallaert’s ace queen of clubs. Though that was the biggest hand of the night, Nguyen had been leading for most of the night. That hand was more or less the cap of a successful night at the table. He holds a sizeable lead over his opponents.
There were four bust outs. The action leading to the four bust outs were:
Fernando Pons went all-in with ace-six but lost when Cliff Josephy won with three of kind of kings. Jerry Wong was next with a pocket jacks being overruled by Vojtech Ruzicka’s pocket queens. Griffin Benger was next out when a pocket tens from Gordon Vayo won over Benger’s ace- nine combo.
The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1.9 million.
There are five players remaining.
Chip counts for the remaining players are:
Nguyen 128,625,000
Josephy 63,850,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 62,250,000
Vayo 58,200,000
Ruane 23,700,000
All the players who busted out are guaranteed at least a million dollars . First place finish will take home $8 million dollars.
The results for the bust outs were:
Hallaert $1,464,258 6th
Benger $1,250,190 7th
Wong $1,100,076
Pons $1,000,000
Don’t feel bad for the losers though they will each not only got at least $1 million bucks. But can also parlay that into big buck endorsements. A final table at the WSOP is a very prestigious place to have on a poker resume.