3-barrels of pure value including an innovative way to raise money for charity from the World Series of Poker, and news of two big wins for Joe McKeehen and Steve O’Dwyer.
“Shuffle Up and Deal.”
The four words that will be engraved on the tombstone of poker should it ever die. And if you want to utter them in the most prestigious and peerless poker tournament in the world, you are in luck.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the One Drop Foundation has teamed up to raise a few dollars via a fantastic show of innovation. Working alongside CharityBuzz.com, an online auction site created to help people raise money for philanthropic endeavours, the dynamic duo is offering one lucky auctioneer the opportunity to open the final table of the 2016 WSOP Main Event, and deliver those most precious of words.
The winner of the auction will also win three nights accommodation at The Cromwell, front row seats at the final table, a tour of the TV production set-up, a photo with the winners bracelet, poker lessons from the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, and dinner for two at Giada De Laurentiis’s swanky restaurant.
It’s a package worth $10,000. The auction ends 12 pm (ET) March 17. Currently, there have been nine bids with the current leader willing to spend $3,250 for the privilege.
Joe McKeehen Wins the $25k High Roller at WPT Bay 101
Sticking with the WSOP Main Event theme and last year’s winner, Joe McKeehen, has continued his post $7.6m run good by taking down the $25,000 buy-in High Roller at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Bay 101 event.
The event attracted 17-entrants and McKeehen pocketed the $156,966 first prize after defeating the 2015 Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year Byron Kaverman in heads-up action. The final four players agreed on an ICM chop with $50,000 left to play for.
.@dude904 has won the $25k High Roller when his KK held against @ByronKaverman‘s AK. He will take home $156,966. pic.twitter.com/sSjAzd0nbL
— Bay 101 Casino (@Bay101Casino) March 11, 2016
Only four players came away with any money, and here they are.
Final Table Results
1st. Joe McKeehen – $156,966*
2nd. Byron Kaverman – $96,742*
3rd. Nick Petrangelo – $77,379&*
4th. Darren Elias – $85,413*
* Indicates a four-way deal
Steve O’Dwyer Wins the WSOPC High Roller in Georgia
From one High Roller to another, and Steve O’Dwyer has ensured he will come away from his visit to Georgia in the black after capturing the $2,200 High Roller title.
The reigning GPI world number one joked, ‘downswing over!’after recently admitting the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Dublin was his first live tournament loss since CAPT Velden in July 2015.
O’Dwyer also earned his smallest ever live cash when he finished sixth in a $200 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) event for $1,000. He picked up $31,500 for the High Roller victory. It was O’Dwyer’s first WSOPC gold ring.L
Brian Senie from New Orleans won the $1,100 WSOPC Main Event for $85,004. The festival was a tremendous success with the $700,000 guarantee easily beaten with more than $1m in cash generated by an event that attended by the likes of Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Peter Eastgate and that man O’Dwyer.