WPN “Stacked September”: improved tournament schedule, 2 Million Dollar Sunday events, Short Deck Poker and a no deposit bonus of $20 at Americas Cardroom.
Undoubtedly, one of the most attractive Asian destinations for many poker enthusiasts is the Philippines. From the ample amount of events offered per year, to the hospitality, the vibrant Manila nightlife, and the stunning beaches just a short flight away, players are practically assured an enjoyable time both on and off the felt.
Coming September 13 to September 24, the country stirs up with the Asian Poker Tour returning to Resorts World Manila for the second edition of the APT Philippines Championships 2018. This highly popular festival is one not to miss with 22 events lined up and over PHP 12 MIllion in guaranteed prizes.
APT Main Event: PHP 8,000,000 (September 15 – 19)
APT-RWM Opening Event: PHP 2,000,000 (September 13 – 14)
MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo: PHP 750,000 (September 22)
Monster Stack: PHP 2,000,000 (September 23 – 24)
APT Main Event
Taking a closer look at the APT Main Event, this featured event is what everyone will be coming out for. It offers the largest guarantee of PHP8 Million (~US$149,000). Buy-in is PHP55,000 (~US$ 1,030) with players able to jump in as late as one hour into Day 2.
Day 1A: Saturday, September 15
Day 1B: Sunday, September 16
Day 2: Monday, September 17
Day 3: Tuesday, September 18
Final 8: Wednesday, September 19
In April, the Main Event delivered a prize pool of PHP 15.7 Million (~US$292,700) with 325 players in attendance. Filipino pro Lester Edoc claimed the victory, earning his first-ever APT championship title and nearly US$50,000 in winnings.
Main Event packages on CoinPoker
888 Poker is giving away 150 seats every day for events in the site´s forthcoming ChampionChips series via three-times-daily freeroll tournaments.
The Malta Poker Festival is one of the highlights of the European poker circuit. Qualify for via a satellite path that starts today at Intertops Poker.
Phil Hellmuth’s woes when it comes to televised cash games are well documented, with a series of high profile losses and blow ups having been broadcast to the world. This has always been an oddity in his career however, especially when you consider his unrivalled success at the tournament tables and record haul of WSOP bracelets. Finally, this week, Hellmuth has found an upswing at the televised cash tables, banking $300,000 and a fantastic session on Poker After Dark.
During the two sessions that Hellmuth walked away from with profit, a crucial hand came up against Jean Robert Bellande, in which Hellmuth held pocket aces, and JRB somehow levelled himself into getting everything in with AJ. Hellmuth held up, and he was well on his way to a huge winning session.
Pocket aces for @Phil_Hellmuth and a big decision for @BrokeLivingJRB! Watch how tonight’s #PokerAfterDark session ended with an over $230,000 pot! https://t.co/5rUlItuiNK pic.twitter.com/2k4u2B85WT
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) August 29, 2018
Natural8 is a poker room in continual evolution, always seeking to grow and improve. In its latest efforts to fortify the brand and embellish what it brings to players, Natural8 has updated software, given players new weekly missions and scheduled its All in or Fold (AOF) festival.
$100,000 AOF festival
The flagship offering from Natural8 in the coming month is the $100,000 AOF festival. Specially designated AOF tables will be in operation during the festival, and players simply have to take a seat and play the required number of hands to get involved. Once the required number of hands has been played, players will be awarded a seat into an AOF tournament with a guaranteed prize pool. Hand counts run in four separate week-long periods between September 1st and September 29th.
Required AoF Hands
200, in a day
All-In AoF Festival $200 GTD
Daily throughout September, 15:00:00 (UTC+0)
500, in a day
All-In AoF Festival $500 GTD
Daily throughout September, 16:00:00 (UTC+0)
3,000, in a week
All-In AoF Festival $20K GTD
September 8th, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
September 15th, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
September 22nd, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
September 29th, 17:00:00 (UTC+0)
New weekly missions giving $20,000 away to players
Located in the expat’ neighborhood of Thao Dien, 20 minutes from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Imperial Club has not failed to attract local players.
Opened in 2018, its great facilities and attractive tournaments and freerolls have helped build a solid customer base.
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Playing Poker at Imperial Poker Club
No Cash Games.
Tournament schedules will be posted weekly on Imperial Poker’s fanpage:
Address: 115 Quoc Huong, Thao Dien, Q.2 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Contact Number: +84 028 2240 8181
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Continuing in their quest to invent new poker variants, PokerStars has launched a new game called “Unfold Hold’em” that allows players to get back in the game after the flop and win a side pot if they folded their hole cards pre-flop and find themselves racked with regret after seeing the flop.
Party Poker has announced the dates and schedule for September´s PowerFest Series. The event will run from Sunday 2nd September until Sunday 23rd September and consist of an incredible 670 tournaments guaranteed for a total of more than $60 million – Party Poker´s biggest ever tournament series guarantee.
888Poker´s XL Eclipse tournament series will run from Thursday 13th September to Sunday 23rd September and, although the full schedule has not yet been released, the series will feature a $1 million guaranteed Main Event on the final day – for which qualifiers are now running with buy-ins from just $0.50.
A recently-introduced amendment to South Africa´s National Gambling Act plans to clamp down on perceived illegal online poker activity by introducing new “procedures for the forfeiture of unlawful winnings”. The amendment, if passed, could lead to tougher anti-gambling penalties also being enforced.
Mikita Badziakouski goes back to back
Mikita Badziakouski – Photo Triton PokerBack to back Main Event titles in any live poker series is something most players only ever dream of, but for Mikita Badziakouski that dream has become a reality. Not only that, but he has accomplished his feat in a series that richly rewards its winners. The Triton Super High Roller Series crowned its new champion and handed him HKD$41,250,000 (USD5,255,456) this week, except of course, he wasn’t a new champion at all, having won the previous Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro just a few months ago. This event, held in Jeju, South Korea attracted 55 runners, many of them world-class high stakes pros, with each competitor paying HK$2,000,000 (US$256,420) to enter.
The final payouts for the Main Event are as follows:
1st – Mikita Badziakouski – HK$41,250,000 (US$5,255,456)2nd – Chan Wai Leong – HK$25,520,000 (US$3,251,376)3rd – Richard Yong – HK$16,720,000 (US$2,130,212)4th – Sam Greenwood – HK$11,550,000 (US$1,471,528)5th – Jason Koon – HK$8,470,000 (US$1,079,120)6th – Sergio Aido – HK$6,490,000 (US$826,858)
Million Dollar Cash Game
While millions of dollars always change hands when players win tournaments at the Triton Super High Roller Series, the biggest money of all can perhaps be found in the more secluded arena of cash games. With so many talented high stakes players in one place, it is no surprise that huge cash games have been going on. Usually these games are very private, but this time around they are being televised in several episodes due to air later this week. Viewers can expect to be treated to some big names in action, playing for colossal sums of money.
Blinds began at the US equivalent of $3,000/$6,000 with a $6,000 button bet added, and the buy in was set at $900,000 in US money. At the start, around $8,000,000 was on the table, but by the end there was $16,000,000 circulating. The games being played switched between regular Texas Hold’em and Short-deck Holdem.
J.P.Park who supervised the game said “I’ve been around poker for a long time, and that was the most exciting game I’ve ever seen,” Park said. “The million-dollar cash game was the biggest cash game I have ever been involved with. They started with roughly $8 million, about a million per person, on the table. And at one point there was $16 million on the table.”
Side event winners
David Peters – Photo Triton PokerIn the side events during the series, several huge scores were collected, with David Peters winning the HK$500,000 (USD$64,105) Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event for HK$8,775,000 (US$1,100,000). He defeated a field of 39 players to take down the event.
There were 60 entries for the HK$1,000,000 (US$128,210) Triton Hold’em side event. (Short Deck Ante-Only). Kenneth Kee managed to defeat all comers in that one, picking up HK$22,500,000 (US$2,860,000 approx.)
The HK$500,000 (US$64,105) Triton Hold’em event (Short Deck Ante-Only) was won by Ivan Leow who managed to best a final table that included Jason Koon and Tom Dwan to pocket the 1st prize of HK$8,470,000 (US$1,079,586.
The smallest event still offered a great payday to eventual winner Nick Schulman, with 61 players having paid the HK$100,000 (US$12,821) entry fee. On his first outing playing Short Deck Ante-Only poker, he triumphed over Kenneth Kee heads up to win the event, banking HK$2,135,000 (US$272,084).
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Poker in India
Influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures, India has a huge history in many different card games (Gin, Bridge), and even created some of their own. In 2006, Teenpatti, a poker variant, started becoming popular in India, and many experts agree that India is the largest and fastest growing online gambling market in the world. Nowadays, close to a million Indians play real-money poker on a regular basis, even though uncertainty surrounding the legal landscape of the game remains. This gambling craze is particularly true during the times of festivals such as Deepawali and Holi, where the gambling business upgrades to 30-40% in India.
The recent creation of a Global Poker League in India with teams representing cities located all over the country is also a favorable indicator of Poker’s development in India, whilst local clubs attract more and more players.
Online Poker: Legal in certains States
Live Poker: Legal Poker Clubs
Casinos with Poker:
– Casinos & Poker Rooms in India –
– Playing Live Poker in India –
Live Poker Legislation in India
India’s gambling laws are quite restrictive and apply everywhere in the country.
The most important law regarding real-money gaming in India is the federal Public Gambling Act of 1867, which makes it illegal for anyone to run a public gaming house or even to be present in an establishment of this sort.
However, if according to the Supreme Court of India, games of chance are illegal, skill-based games are legal, leaving room for the development of the Poker industry. In other decisions, the High Courts of Karnataka and Calcutta have noted that police/law enforcement authorities cannot interfere in the game of poker. Another important document is the Information Technology Act of 2000, which makes a distinction between casino games and card games.
Moreover, as India is a federal state, local legislators may create favorable law environments for gambling & poker, which is, for instance, the case of two states in particular: Goa and Sikkam.
Throughout the whole country of India, some laws do, however, apply in a uniform fashion. As such, the minimum legal gambling age is 18 everywhere in India. Also, regarding taxes, players have to pay 30 percent income tax on all winnings above 10,000 rupees (around $150).
Live Poker Venues in India
While there are no legal casinos in most of India, Goa is home to a total of seven land-based casinos, as well as several offshore ones. You can play poker in at least four of them: Casino Pride, Casino Royale, Casino Carnivale, and Casino Goa.
Sikkim state welcomes two land-based casinos where you can play poker: Casino Sikkam & Casino Mahjong.
A third state, the state of Daman, is expected to start operations in the next few years.
Foreigners and Indians are allowed to enter casinos and legal poker clubs.
– Playing Online Poker in India –
Online Poker Legislation in India
Technically, online poker is only legal in the states of Goa and Sikkim, with the latest standing as the only Indian state with clear-cut online poker regulations and licensed online poker rooms (such as adda52.com).
In most cases, the country’s legislative and judicial branches haven’t ascertained legal status of online poker sites in most Indian states. As a result, online gambling in the rest of India is kind of a grey area: it is still quite unclear if playing poker online is fully legal or not. For example, Indian online poker leader, adda52.com, does not allow players from certain regions, such as Assam, Odisha, Nagaland and Telangana. Additionally, the Information Technology Act of 2000 prohibits internet service providers from hosting gambling websites.
However, consumers and brands are now thriving in the country, both being quite confident that the law will be on their side, based on the aforementioned decision of the Supreme Court of India. Access to all major poker sites is common throughout the country.
Indians tend to rely on credit card payments to fund their poker accounts. In Sikkim, other popular options include Netbanking and Pay By Cash, wire transfer and check by mail. Generally speaking, Sikkim-licensed sites don’t accept e-wallet payments such as Neteller or Skrill.
India’s average Internet Speed is 3.5 Mbps with a lot of disparity on the territory, but it’s usually sufficient to play online poker. A VPN is recommended.
Recommended Online Poker Websites
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 5 years or so, you will certainly have heard the term ‘cryptocurrency’ finding its way into conversations especially, between poker players.
Bitcoin was the first to become a sensation, as its value went through the roof in a short space of time, but since then several other types of online currency have come to the fore.
This infatuation has been fuelled in the poker community by prominent players such as Doug Polk and Jason Lee, who have publicly shared their involvement in this new sector.
Despite this growing popularity, when it comes to ordinary people without any experience of trading on stock markets or making risky investments, the whole process of buying cryptocurrency still sounds quite complicated for many people.
Skrill offer cryptocurrency at the click of a button
As one of the leading companies when it comes to online money storage, Skrill are well placed to begin expanding their offerings to include investment opportunities.
It has been announced that their customers will now be able to buy cryptocurrency with the click of a button, and that it has made the process as simple as can be.
Skrill is already widely used by poker players to deposit and cash out on online poker sites and so the news has been positively received by the poker community.
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Details of the announcement
The following details have already been announced:
Supported cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash
Commission for exchanging USD to BTC: 1,5%
Commission for making a deposit to Skrill using BTC: 1%
Skrill will be using the popular crypto-exchange BitPay to process the transactions
Customers will not be able to transfer their cryptocurrency holding to other Skrill customers or use it to transact with merchants. This service will be added in the future.
Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Skrill, Neteller and Income Access said “The world of cryptocurrency trading is exciting and dynamic, and our digital wallet service very much lends itself to this environment. I’m confident that the ability to trade in cryptocurrencies quickly and easily through Skrill will appeal to consumers both now and in the future. We know many people want to experiment with cryptocurrency trading but don’t know where to start and we’ve made the entire process very straightforward.”
Skrill will initially be launching this service in the following countries, and it’s expected to be launched soon in other markets too.
Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the UK.
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Following months of public nominations and scrutiny by the WSOP´s Governing Council, the final ten candidates for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced. Existing Hall of Famers and an 18-member media panel now have five days to vote on who should be inducted into poker´s most exclusive club.
This July, the Asian Poker Tour heads back to Vietnam to host their fifth event of the season, the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The upcoming event promises to be bigger than before with twelve days of nonstop poker festivities taking place at the Pro Poker Club from July 11 to July 22.
See You In Vietnam – Photo APTAs always the festival offers an exciting roster of events however what everyone will be eyeing is the Main Event – VND 6 Billion Guaranteed (US$261,300). Last January saw 664 entries for the 3M guaranteed Main Event making it the largest attendance in the tour’s history. With the guarantee now doubled, expectations are high for another massive turnout.
Main Event details
For a rundown on the featured tournament, the Main Event runs from July 13 to July 18. Buy-in is VND 22,000,000 (~US$960). Players can jump in the game by signing up to any of the three starting days offered and up until the first hour of Day 2.
See the schedule below:
Day 1A: Friday, July 13 @ 1pm
Day 1B: Saturday, July 14 @ 1pm
Day 1C: Sunday, July 15 @ 1pm
Day 2A: Monday, July 16 @ 1pm
Day 2B: Monday, July 16 @ 7pm
Day 3: Tuesday, July 17 @ 1pm
Final Day: Wednesday, July 18 @ 130pm
Five Main Event packages via CoinPoker and other promos
Voyage to VietnamAnother way to secure a spot in the Main Event is through APT sponsor CoinPoker, a cryptocurrency-based online poker room. CoinPoker Voyage to Vietnam satellites to the qualifier are currently running. The Main Event qualifier will be held on July 11 at 17:00 EEST with 5 Main Event packages up for grabs. Packages include Main Event Day 1B seat, 3 night’s accommodation, and travel expense allowance of €250 paid in equivalent CHP value.
Last month CoinPoker offered two promos at APT Korea Seoul and will be extending the same to Main Event players in Vietnam: the Main Event Rake Back and the Last Man Standing promo. In Korea, Paul Hong was the first beneficiary of the Last Man Standing award winning a Main Event seat to APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The next winner will receive a Main Event seat to APT Korea in Incheon.
Schedule of events
In addition to the Main Event is another featured tournament, the Championships Event. This event runs back-to-back with the main, taking place from July 18 to July 22. Buy-in is VND 33,000,000 (~US$1,440).
For players that prefer the exclusivity of small fields and big returns, the CoinPoker High Rollers event takes place from July 12 to July 13. With a buy-in at a whopping VND 107,500,000 (~US$4,685), that will surely narrow the field to to heavy hitters and top players.
Making an appearance at the the APT for the first time is the NLH Single Day Ante BB. With the Ante BB growing in popularity around the world, the APT will offer two events featuring this new format.
For more information on the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships, just click on the schedule below.
More: APT Vietnam Championships 2018 Schedule
Article by Tricia David
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#1. Flush Jackpot
Jackpot payouts for huge hands are fairly common in the world of poker, but most of the time, they require the rarest of hands to be completed before a single cent of the money is paid.
With Natural8, things are a little different. While you still get a huge payout for a straight flush or royal flush, you also get paid a portion of the jackpot simply for making a regular flush.
The jackpot percentage payouts are 1% for a flush, 15% for a straight flush and 50% for a royal flush and they apply they across cash game tables where a player has a qualifying hand.
There are a few criteria that must be met, including putting at least 15 big blinds in the pot, but this is clearly an excellent chance for players to earn a little boost during their cash game sessions.
#2. $100K Flush Jackpot Chase
The largest poker advocacy group, Poker Players Alliance, has rebranded itself as the Poker Alliance, bringing itself back on the map amid rapidly changing laws. The organization’s new president, Mark Brenner, charts a course for the future of the group.
Switzerland has been reforming its gambling laws recently. The country has agreed to allow gambling operations to expand, but it has voted to root out offshore operators. Some have seen in this move an attempt to impose Internet censorship whereas others have construed it as the fulfilment of social responsibilities. Switzerland has voted to block […]
Hope sprang anew for federal online poker legislation following a recent Congressional subcommittee hearing that centered around doping in horse racing. Texas Rep. Joe Barton, who has pushed for online poker regulation in the past, has taken up the cause again, much to the delight of poker players.
Asian Teams flying high in $1,000 Tag Team Event as Nikita Luther and Giuseppe Panteleo take home the gold
The Tag Team event is one of the more unusual events seen at the WSOP each year, with players forming partnerships or groups, and sharing playing duties between them throughout the tournament. This year’s event had a $1,000 buy in, and saw 1,032 teams take part, creating a prize pool of $928,800.
Nikita Luther & Giuseppe Panteleo – Photo WSOPMany star players chose to take part, but as play got down to the final table, many of the bigger names had fallen. Interestingly though, there was still a strong Asian contingent vying for the title, with many Asian teams having already cashed up to that point.
In the top 100 finishers were several Asian teams including Sheng Xie/Li Zhou, Mike Chau/Hung Le, Pete Chen/Victor Chong/Christopher Soyza/Phachara Wongwichit, Yosuke Sekiya/Hiroshi Tamagawa/Yuri Ishida/Eiji Matsumura, Yueqi Zhu/Yue Du and Philip Chiu/Vincent Li/Sparrow Cheung.
A Japanese team consisting of Sho Mori, Hiroki Iwata and Kazuki Ikeuchi remained in contention, along with the duo of Giuseppe Panteleo and Nikita Luther.
The latter will be will know to many of our readers, as a professional Indian player who is an ambassador for Adda52. Her deep run in this event was not her first of the series either, having also taken 17th place in the $3,000 Big Blind Ante event.
As the number of survivors dwindled, it looked increasingly likely that one of these two teams would win the title, and they eventually reached heads up play. After a twenty-eight hand tussle, the chips eventually went in on a flip, with Luther’s team rivering a two outer to claim the bracelet in dramatic fashion.
This is Nikita Luther’s largest ever cash, splitting $175,805 with her teammate Giuseppe Panteleo. This is the first ever bracelet for the two players, who have continued a tradition of Asian players faring well in this event, with Indian duo Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java having won this event last year.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Nikita Luther/Giuseppe Panteleo – $175,805
2nd – Hiroki Iwata/Kazuki Ikeuchi/Sho Mori – $108,608
3rd – Manig Loeser/Joelle Parenteau/Daniel Weinand – $76,797
4th – Alex Rocha/Megan Milburn/Joanne Milburn – $55,016
5th – Gabriel Neto/Carlos Caputo – $39,936
6th – Adam Lamphere/Ao Chen/Yijie Zhang – $29,380
7th – Salah Levy/Frank Mariani/Cord Garcia – $21,910
8th – Bon Koo/Bienvenido Caballero – $16,565
9th – Loni Harwood/Haixa Zhang/Kelly Minkin – $12,700
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After 49 years, the World Series of Poker finally crowned its first Filipino champion with Mike Takayama winning the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty. Takayama overcame the 2,065 field to capture the highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet and his largest career win of $198,568.
Mike Takayama – Phot WSOPIn a brief interview with the WSOP media, Takayama expressed,
“Very happy with how I played and it is everyone’s dream to win a bracelet.” “I will most definitely be playing the WSOP Main Event this year!”
This was truly a fantastic result for Takayama who is currently on his debut visit to the WSOP. With low buy-in No Limit Hold’em events ranging from $565 to $1500 notorious for drawing in very large fields, navigating to the top is a mighty feat for any player and most especially for a first-timer at the grand arena.
Prior to taking down this tournament, Takayama also had an impressive run at the $1K NLH Double Stack event, finishing 32nd out of 5700 entries for $17,814. As one of the Philippines highest ranking live tournament players, Takayama now has over $850K in earnings.
Takayama’s recent achievements
Mike Takayama & Team Philippines – Photo WSOPWell known in Asia, Takayama is an icon for every poker player in the Philippines. Since his emergence into the live tournament scene on 2010, he has produced numerous victories that it was only a matter of time before he’d make it to the WSOP.
Last year was a good year for Takayama, capturing his second APT Main Event title for his first six-digit payout of $105,530. He also had a solid deep run at the PokerStars Festival Main Event finishing 4th for $37,686. These and other cashes earned him the 2017 GPI Philippines POY title.
This year, Takayama kicked off with a runner-up finish at the Macau Poker Cup Baby Dragon event, just missing a grab at the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Two weeks later, that moment was clearly behind him, winning the Manila Super Series Main Event to score that coveted PSPC pass.
Recap of the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOPBriefly recapping Event #59 $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty, the 2,065 entries brought on a prize pool worth $1,858,500 with 310 players taking a cut. Among the players in the field were notable pros Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer, and triple bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (ranked 2nd in the WSOP POY race).
Entering the final two tables with 18 remaining, Takayama was packed with the second largest stack flanked by bracelet winners Steve Jelinek at the helm and Jack Duong in third rank. He took full captainship at the final table claiming the bounty reward of Kavish Shabbir (6th), Elizabeth Montizanti (7th), Jack Duong (8th). Oliver Rusing (9th), and Jens Thomsen (10th).
Continuing his domination, Takayama denied Jelinek a second bracelet, sending him out in 4th place followed by Matthew Smith in 3rd to enter heads up against Lorenc Puka up 8:1. Puka’s fight was a short one, unable to penetrate the steamrolling Filipino to fall in 2nd.
Among the Asians in the money were Edward Gildar (84th), Madhav Gupta (191st), Jeffrey Hakim (235th), Yasuyuki Tsuji (245th), Raiden Kan Yew Fatt (257th), and Edward Yam (278th).
Final table payouts1st Mike Takayama – Philippines – $198,5682nd Lorenc Puka – Italy – $122,6273rd Matthew Smith – USA – $88,9384th Steve Jelinek – UK – $65,1455th Spencer Baker – USA – $48,1966th Kavish Shabbir – USA – $36,0197th Elizabeth Montizanti – USA – $27,1938th Jack Duong – USA – $20,7439th Oliver Rusing – Germany – $15,988
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With a large contingent of Asian players pursuing their WSOP dreams, albeit winning a bracelet or just being part of the experience, many have already already tested the waters and have come up on the black in some events.
Asians at WSOP for the first time
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOP / PokerNewsTake Mike Takayama, one of the few representatives of the Philippines, he finished 32nd out of 5700 entries at the $1K NLH Double Stack event. Ranked third in his country, this was Takayama’s first trip to the WSOP, a trip he never imagined would ever happen.
Running better than Takayama at the same event was Hong Kong’s Jacky Wong finishing 4th for a huge score of nearly $220K. This was also Wong’s virgin visit to the big leagues.
Another player is Alan King Lun Lau, two-time winner of the Asia Player of the Year, he too is at the grand stage for the first time. Lau cashed in two events with a very deep 12th place run out of 1,712 entries at the $1K NLH 30-minute levels event.
Chris Chong scores largest-ever for Singapore in the Monster Stack
Chris Chong – Photo WSOPThen there are returning players seeking the dream once again, such as Chris Chong from Singapore. Chong tasted his first series cash in 2016. Two nights ago, Chong improved on his past run, landing his largest career cash of $354,903 at the $1500 NLH Monster Stack event. In fact, it was the largest-ever cash for anyone from Singapore. Chong finished 4th out of a massive 6,260 entries. USA’s Tommy Nguyen won the event and pocketed $1,037,451, his first seven-digit payday.
Other Asian players cashing at the Monster Stack event were Dean Zohar (24th), Aditya Agarwal (27th), Hang Li (42nd), Vivian Im (205th), Chia Hsu (213th), Vincent Li (246th), Yuki Toyoshima (302nd), Vivek Rughani (436th), Ho Bao Qiang (448th), Avi Cohen (542nd), Hui Chen-Kuo “Kitty” (595th), and Ke Chen (710th).
Returning Asian players taking it deep
Pete Chen – Photo Drew Amato , Courtesy of WSOPAt the $1500 Bounty with 1,983 entries, Pete Chen ran the deepest among the Asians with a 53rd finish. At the WPT Tournament of Champions, Chen told Somuchpoker that he would be mixing it up at the WSOP, participating in other events besides Hold’em. One of his cashes was an 18th place finish at the $1500 Seven Card Stud.
India’s Paawan Bansal earned his 4th cash at this event finishing in 73rd place. Bansal kicked off his series run with a very deep 13th place at the Colossus event that drew in a humongous 13,070 entries.
Other Asian players in the money were Kazuki Ikeuchi (170th), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (177th), Danny Tang (187th), Park Yu Cheung “Sparrow” (188th), and Edward Yam (246th), and Hon Cheong Lee (268th).
We will have more news for you on the progress of the Asian players as the WSOP approaches the $10,000 NLH Main Event – World Championship.
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With the 2018 World Series of Poker just about to get underway, the WSOP Main Event qualifiers are really heating up at 888 Poker. If you have not yet bagged your seat on a plane to Vegas, the site is offering plenty more opportunities to win a WSOP Main Event package, with qualifying routes starting at just $0.01.
A recent survey of Spanish online poker players indicates that Winamax will be warmly welcomed when it joins the pan-European joint liquidity market. The French operator has responded by publishing a web page promising events and promotions likely to result in a challenge to PokerStars´ current dominance.
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It’s that time of the year again with the biggest poker festival upon us, the World Series of Poker. On May 29 – July 17, 2018, players from all over the globe will descend upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 49th edition of this annual celebration. Up for grabs are 78 official gold bracelets, the most coveted piece of hardware awarded only to event champions.
Last year, the world witnessed India capture their first bracelet(s) with Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant winning the Tag Team event. Unfortunately, those were the only Asians who reached that milestone.
Team India – Photo WSOP Drew AmatoWhile many Asians aspire to attain the same glory, looking down at the actual figures show that through the years only 9 Asian countries are represented with all of them below double digits.
The countries are Israel, Indonesia, China, India, Japan, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, and Thailand. As for New Zealand, they have one bracelet. Australia stands apart with 24.
Why there are few Asian WSOP winners
With poker booming in Asia for several years, and certainly no lack of events in the region, one does wonder why there aren’t more bracelet winners coming from this faction. One of the likeliest reasons is perhaps the number of Asians in attendance. For a majority of the players, Las Vegas is not just far but it also takes a toll on the pocket.
Even for regulars of the Asian circuit, one would need a sizable bankroll to cover the costs which include travel, accommodations, meals, and most especially, entry fees to the tournaments. This greatly decreases the number of players willing to take on the world stage.
For those that do make their way to the WSOP, most of them specialize in Texas Hold’em. Being the most popular game at the series, players will then have the difficult task of navigating their way to the top of very large fields. To have a better chance at the gold, players will need to expand their repertoire to include Mixed Game formats or even higher buy-in events.
Currently, only a small number of Asian Players have shown such versatility. In 2012, Japan’s Naoya Kihara won a bracelet at the 5K Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed event. Since then, he has cashed in 2-7 Lowball, H.O.R.S.E., Razz, Seven Card Stud, and 8-10 game mix. Recently, WPT Asia-Pacific Player of the Year, Pete Chen, announced he would be playing mixed games at the WSOP. Last year, Chen placed 2nd at one of the 5K NLH events.
Bracelet winners from Asia-Pacific nations
Taking a look at the Asian nations on the WSOP bracelet board, Israel has the highest straps with 8 titles won. Indonesia comes in second to the leader with 5 titles all won by USA-based Indonesian pro John Juanda.
China and India
China and India are tied with 3 bracelets each. Jiang Chen put China on the board for his win back in 2005; Yue Du added another in 2016; then last year, Yunpeng Zhou won the WSOP China Main Event held in Sanya. Last year, China ranked 11th in the highest number of entries at the WSOP with 52. Chinese pros spotted at the WSOP were Xixiang Luo, Yang Zhang, and Guo Dong to mention a few.
For India, 2017 was their breakthrough year. USA-based Indian pro Nipun Java won two WSOP bracelets with one of the titles in a tag team event partnered with Aditya Sushant. Every year the series sees an increase of Indian players with last year at 30 entries. One player in hot pursuit of a gold is the country’s 3rd ranked Aditya Agarwal. His first WSOP cash was back in 2007 and since piled on the deep runs. Last year he cashed 11 times at the series. Another player is Kunal Patni.
Japan and Afghanistan
Naoya Kihara – Photo WSOPJapan and Afghanistan are next on the ladder with two bracelets each. Naoya Kihara was first to plant the Japanese flag in 2012 followed by Takahiro Nakai in 2015. Japan followed right behind China in the number of entries last year at 50. One of this year’s attendees will be Iori Yogo. The pro placed 3rd at one of the events in 2014 and will try and take it to the summit this time around.
Though we haven’t touched upon much news on Afghanistan, as part of the region, the two bracelet holders are Qushqar Morad for a Stud event in 2002, and six years later, Sherkhan Farnood for a bracelet at the 2008 WSOP Europe in a H.O.R.S.E event.
The next ones in the list are Iran, Thailand, and Malaysia all with one title apiece. Well-known pro Amir Vahedi strapped it for Iran, Nat Koe for Thailand, and Junzhong Loo for his victory at the WSOP APAC in 2013. In Asia-Pacific, Simon Watt brought one in for New Zealand back in 2010.
Australia ranked 5th overall
Then we have Australia. They rank 5th overall in bracelets with 24. Jeff Lisandro is a monster at the series with 6 on his wrist. Mel Judah is next with 2 bracelets. Out of the 16 players with one each are famous pros Joe Hachem, James Obst, Aaron Lim, and Martin Kozlov to mention a few.
Asian countries with no bracelets
Asian countries yet to bring home the gold are Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Cambodia, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Each year, some of these nations are represented at the series although the numbers are very low. Despite this, some players do get far such as Taiwan’s Pete Chen who nearly landed a bracelet finishing 2nd at one of the events last year.
Viet Kieu successes at the WSOP
Out of all the Asian countries still hunting down that first bracelet, one country in an peculiar position is Vietnam. No player flying the Vietnam flag has won a WSOP event but the Viet Kieu have been very successful. Famous pros Scotty Nguyen, Men “the Master” Nguyen, and David Pham bring in a total of 15 bracelets combined. If only these 3 players were listed under their ancestral homeland Vietnam then the country would be ranked 8th overall.
Article by Tricia David
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