Lee Davy brings you another round up of poker news including the One Drop High Roller heading to the World Series of Poker Europe, the Super High Roller Bowl selling out, and much more.
We will start this week’s poker news round up with the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and the $111,111 One Drop High Roller will be making an appearance at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Festival when it takes place at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov this November.
PokerListings broke the news, via King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik. 31 people have already registered meaning the winner will receive a WSOP bracelet.
Here is that list of heavyweights booked to compete:
• Phil Ivey
• Sam Trickett
• Antonio Esfandiari
• Daniel Cates
• Paul Newey
• Igor Kurganov
• Quirin Zech
• Tony G
• Pierre Neuville
• Fedor Holz
• Andrew Pantling
• Rob Yong
PokerListings also stated there would be a Little One for One Drop for those with a smaller bankroll.
If you do manage to win the bracelet then what are you going to do with it?
Maybe you will sell it on eBay?
Inspired by a Polish Olympic silver medallist who donated their medal to save the life of a three-year-old suffering from cancer, Max Pescatori, has auctioned the fourth of his four bracelets on eBay. 100% of the sale will go to the victims of the Amatrice earthquake that claimed the lives of close to 300 people and left 2,500 homeless. Tom McEvoy also sold a bracelet on eBay recently. It went for $15,000. Pescatori will be hoping for more of the same.
It seems Nolan Dalla might have sung his last WSOP hurrah. The WSOP stalwart said as much in a personal blog advising you of 55 things you may not know about him and #55 was:
“My first World Series of Poker was in 1985. Since then, I’ve been to most of them. However, I have probably worked my last WSOP.”
And the WSOP has released the structure sheet for the 48th annual extravaganza.
Check it out: http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/
More Live Poker News
The $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl was a sellout. 54 players paid the $30,000 deposit to compete in the third iteration of the World Championships of High Stakes Poker.
The turnout gave the organisers a headache after they had previously announced a cap of 50 players. It was decided to hold a live lottery to choose the first 35. Daniel Negreanu acted as Chief Ball Tickler and failed to pull his own out of the bag.
Negreanu wasn’t the only star to miss out. Dan Colman and Justin Bonomo were just two of the big names who might have to sit this one out. I use the word might because the organisers have suggested that the 15 seats reserved for non-professionals, may now be used for professionals.
The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) took a leaf out of the Card Player Tour’s playbook by finding a sponsor for their Player of the Year (POY) award. The tequila maker Kimo Sabe Mezcal has stepped up to the bar, and the early leader is Jordan Young after he defeated a field of 695 entrants to win the MSPT Venetian Poker Bowl event for $117,381 after cutting a heads-up deal with Ankush Mandavia.
Partypoker added two additional stops to their Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT). The low buy-in event that originally spanned some of the most iconic football stadiums in Great Britain has gone global. The GPPT will visit Vienna and Montreal. Both events will also host live MILLIONS and Millions Phase 1, Day 1 and Day 2 flights.
888Poker completed their second 888Live Festival, and by all accounts, it was a success. Irrespective of what the Hendon Mob might say the 888 team told the press that they hit all of their guarantees. Highlights included Stacy Matuson beating Will Kassouf 2-0 in their Heads-Up Grudge Match, Catlin Pop defeating 531 entrants to take the €80,000 first prize in the Main Event, and Jonas Kraft winning the High Roller for €49,875.
Finally, PokerStars also announced a few new events. This time the focus was on the 2017 PokerStars Festivals. Passports will receive stamps from Marbella, Uruguay, Chile, South Korea, and Manila.
The Best of the Rest
PokerStars decided it was not cost effective to allow non-French residents to compete on PokerStars.fr. An email circulated to all and sundry explaining how access will end from 13th February 2017.
888Poker launched a new digital news channel. Kara Scott will anchor. The pilot episode only contained 888Poker News, so let’s hope you are a fan of the online poker room.
Daniel Weinman won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open. Weinman defeated 1,312 entrants to take the $892,433 first prize. Tyler Kenney was third in that one.
Michael Zhang won the largest ever prize doled out in a £1,100 Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event when he defeated 435 entrants to take the £113,000 first prize in London. Carl Pickles finished fourth. I don’t know who he is, but I love the name.
Joey Ingram completed a poker strategy eBook in 11-days. The Poker Podcast Prince created a 47,000 word, eBook called Chasing the Poker Dream after taking an even money prop bet for $2,000. Ingram met the deadline but published the book on Amazon with a typo in the title – Chasting The Poker Dream. Not that it matters, it’s currently the top-selling poker book in the online store.
Last but not least, Bryan Paris is only the second man to earn over $10m playing online multi-table tournaments (MTTs). Now, that doesn’t mean Paris has $10m. It doesn’t quite work like that. And to demonstrate that point, Paris treated himself to an electric keyboard.
Time ladies and gentlemen.
Somebody just called the clock.