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GPI 2019: Alex Foxen officially Player of the Year, Danny Tang wins Asia POY, Kristen Bicknell tops ladies ranking for 3rd year in a row

Alex Foxen wins GPI POY for 2nd year in a row
Alex Foxen – Photo WPT.comAlex Foxen has officially won the 2019 Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year award. With his title win, Foxen achieved the unparalleled feat of winning the GPI Player of the Year award two years in a row. In 2018 he was the only player who earned more than 4,000 points finishing with 4,095.52 to claim the 2018 POY title. No player in history had ever won any of the major POY races in consecutive years.
Foxen’s 2019 run for the POY title featured one of the most notable come from behind win since he went into the final month of year as an underdog in twelfth place with 3,236.71 points. Burns, Winter, and Chidwick were dominating the leaderboards, as they were placed one through three. However, Foxen knew that a first or second place finish at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event would get him to top spot.
Foxen’s title win at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event got him up to 3,806.09 points, eventually surpassing the poker players who crossed the 3,600-point mark: Sean Winter, Bryn Kenney, Kahle Burns, and Stephen Chidwick.
Foxen also notably made a made a deep run in the WSOP Main Event. He came in 40th place at the second largest ME field in WSOP – 8,569 players. He won $211,945 which is his biggest tournament cash in a WSOP event to date.
Along with his 2019 POY title, Foxen cashed $6,346,433.
Here is a list of the top 5 players in the GPI rankings
1st – William Alex Foxen (United States) 3,806.09 pts
2nd – Sean Winter (United States) 3,679.19 pts
3rd – Brym Kenney (United States) 3,647.81 pts
4th – Khale Burns (Australia) 3,641.63 pts
5th – Stephen Chidwick (United Kingdom) 3,637.94 pts
Kristen Bicknell wins Female GPI Player of the Year for third in a Row
Kristen Bicknell – Photo WPTKristen Bicknell also created a new record after she won the 2019 GPI Female POY. She has won the prestigious GPI Female POY title for three consecutive years in a row.
Bicknell, like Foxen, was primarily an online player in her early days as a professional poker player. She reached Supernova Elite status and played live poker occasionally. She got her gold bracelet when she won the 2013 WSOP Ladies Event. Bicknell transitioned to live poker in 2015 and notably scored her second WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty event at the 2016 WSOP a year and a half after her transition.
Bicknell has gathered 3,175.37 points, and has finished 18th in the 2019 GPI POY rankings, the highest position of any woman. It also puts her as the third-highest ranking Canadian player to finish the year.
Bicknell finished the year with 36 cashes and won $2.4 million in prize money.
Bicknell’s largest tournament score of 2019 was right at the beginning of the year. She cashed out $328,500 for her 11th place finish at the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). That tournament also propelled her gave her a significant head-start for GPI rankings, earning 410.92 Player of the Year points. She also had one other score above 400 and two in the 300’s.
Bicknell is GPI Player of the Year, Alex Foxen’s girlfriend. Foxen and Bicknell have established themselves as the poker world’s number one power couple with their 2019 tournament results and achievements
Here is a list of the top 5 female players in the GPI rankings
1st – Kristen Bicknell (Canada) 3,175.37 pts
2nd – Maria Ho (United States) 2,518.42 pts
3rd – Jessica Dawley (United States) 2,102.14 pts
4th – Hui Chen Kuo (Taiwan) 2,034.73 pts
5th – Maria Constanza Lampropulos (United Kingdom) 1,832.67 pts
Danny Tang wins GPI Asia POY

Sponsored by Natural8, Danny Tang was hailed as the Asia’s 2019 GPI Player of the Year.
Tang has been consistently ranked one of the top players in GPI Asia. 
In 2019, his pursuit for glory around the world earned him several four and five figure scores until the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro where he banked his first-ever career seven figures. Two months later, he added a first-ever WSOP gold bracelet to his achievements by winning the Final Fifty US$ 50k High Roller event.
In total, Tang cashed 37 times in 2019 amounting to over US$ 6.1 million.
Here is a list of the top 5 players in the Asia GPI rankings
1st – Daniel Chi Tang (Hong Kong) 3,163.58 pts
2nd – Chin Wei Lim (Malaysia) 2,876.93 pts
3rd – Christopher Michael Soyza (Malaysia) 2,876.31 pts
4th – Paul Phua (Malaysia) 2,812.32 pts
5th – Yake Wu (China) 2,630.24 pts
GPI Asia – Pacific National POY winners
A minimum of 1,000 points are required to be elected GPI National POY Winner
Australia – Kahle Burns – 3,641.63pts
China – Yake Wu – 2,630.24pts
Hong Kong – Daniel Tang – 3,163.58pts
India – Abhinav Iyer – 2,098.04pts
Japan – Tsugunari Toma – 2,055.90pts
Macau Huidong Gu 1,696.20pts
Malaysia Chin Wei Lim 2,876.93pts
New Zealand – Hamish Crawshaw – 2,242.28pts
Philippines – Mike Takayama – 1,986.43pts
Singapore – Graeme Siow – 1,968.92pts
South Korea – Sean Yu – 2,194.60pts
Taiwan – Pete Chen – 2,324.51pts
Thailand – Team Natural8 Phachara Wongwichit – 2,347.76pts
Vietnam – Thai Ha – 2,578.43pts
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Asian Poker Tour ready to kick off the new year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Now that the holiday season has passed, it’s back to action for the Asian Poker Tour. Last year, the brand had its biggest year with 11 events hosted around the region. For 2020, another 11 events are lined up with the first one just around the corner.
Coming to Ho Chi Minh City is APT Kick-off Vietnam 2020 taking place from January 10 to 21 at the Pro Poker Club. This will be the third consecutive year the APT hosts its season opener in the bustling city. Players can look forward to 25 tournaments and ₫ 14 Billion (~US$ 604,400) in guaranteed prizes. Special promos will also be offered throughout to celebrate the two year partnership between APT and host venue Pro Poker Club. We’ve got all that for you below including the festival’s biggest events.
APT Kick-off Vietnam 2020Main Event – ₫ 8 Billion guaranteed
At every APT series, the Main Event is the most sought after title. Its deep structure continues to be praised by players. The event guarantees ₫ 8 Billion (~US$ 345,400).
Buy-in: ₫ 22,000,000 (~US$ 950)
Dates: January 12 to 17
Starting days: January 12 to 14
Late registration: January 15 (first hour of Day 2)
Satellites: 4 Main Event satellites
Championships Event – ₫ 6 Billion guaranteed
Running back-to-back with the Main Event is the Championships Event. Since its addition to the schedule, players get another chance at winning a major APT title in a single series. It also extends a deep structure and guarantees ₫ 6 Billion (~US$ 259,000).
Buy-in: ₫ 38,500,000 (~US$ 1,700)
Dates: January 17 to 21
Starting days:January 17 to 18
Late registration: January 19 (first hour of Day 2)
Satellites: 4 Championships Event satellites
Side Events
Apart from the guaranteed events are 23 tournaments to lift trophies. The roster is filled with a variety of one day, two day, and three day events that include popular tournaments such as the Monster Stack, Head Hunter, No Limit Hold’em, Turbos and Pot Limit Omaha. Buy-ins range from ₫ 5,500 (~US$ 238) to ₫ 107,500,000 (~US$ 4,600).
Opening the series is the Kick Off Event running for three days from January 10 to 12. Buy-in is ₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 475).
Flight A: January 10 at 1pm
Flight B: January 10 at 5pm
Flight C: January 11 at 1pm
Day 2: January 11 at 530pm
Final Day: January 12 at 130pm
*Flight A players will see a 50% discounted rake. Buy-in will be ₫ 10,500,000 (~US$ 453)
High Rollers Events
The schedule wouldn’t be complete without filling the appetite of all the heavy hitters. Last year saw a demand for more High Rollers events. For the APT’s season opener, six are lined up.
High Rollers Single Day – ₫ 43,000,000 buy-in – January 14, 15, 19, and 21.
High Rollers (two day event) – ₫ 65,000,000 buy-in – January 20 to 21
Super High Rollers (two day event) – ₫ 107,500,000 buy-in – January 16 to 17
Poker at Pro Poker ClubAPT – Pro Poker Club Promos
In addition to the events, players will be treated to promos worth up to US$ 8,000 in celebration of the two year partnership between APT and Pro Poker Club. Players registered to Day 1A of the Main Event and Day 1A of the Championships Event will be eligible for three freeroll flip outs.
Pre-start at 1245pm: US$ 2,000 awarded to the winner
First break at 2pm: US$ 1,000 awarded to the winner
Second break at 410pm: US$ 1,000 awarded to the winner
Additionally, players that enter Main Event Day 1A will automatically receive a 50% rake discount. This brings the buy-in down to ₫ 21,000,000 ~(US$ 907).
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Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier is a French professional poker player and former professional eSports player. He was born on February 8th, 1981 in Melun, France.
As an eSports player, he played the games StarCraft and Warcraft III professionally. He turned to professional poker in 2005.
Grospellier honed his skill in the high stakes cash tables on PokerStars, playing under his iconic screen name “ElkY”. He often battled heads-up with Doug “WCGRider” Polk.
ElkY went on to see great success in the live tournament scene as well. He’s cashed for over $14.5 million during his career. Even more impressively, he won a WSOP, a WPT and an EPT title. Having victories in all 3 major live tournament series is called “Triple Crown” in the poker world. ElkY is one of the 9 players to achieve that trifecta of live poker success in poker history.
He also has a Twitch channel with over 50,000 followers.
– Key Career Dates –
2005: He starts playing high stakes games on PokerStars at a high volume.
2008: He wins the $8,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $2 million. Since that year the PCA was held under the European Poker Tour brand, it counts as an EPT title.
2008: He wins a $15,000 WPT championship event for $1,411,015.
2011: He wins his first WSOP gold bracelet. He finishes first in the $10,000 7-Card Stud championship for $331,639. Thus he completes the “Triple Crown”, meaning he takes down a WSOP, an EPT and a WPT title in his career.
2017: He comes in second in the $111,111 Big One for One Drop high roller event at the WSOP for $2.279 million. That is his biggest single live tournament cash to date.
– Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier’s Career –
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In the early 2000’s, Grospellier was a professional StarCraft and Warcraft III player. He lived in South Korea where, according to the man himself, he was quite famous as an eSports figure.
In 2004, one of his Korean friends introduced him to online poker. He made an account with his eSports nickname, “ElkY” on PokerStars. He started grinding and got to the high stakes tables within a year. Eventually, he shifted his focus completely away from eSports and became a full-time poker player.
However, his eSports roots have followed him into his poker career. In September 2017, he was asked in an interview by Cardplayer Lifestyle Blog if he thinks many eSports players are turning to poker.
He answered as such, highlighting the similarities between the two fields:
“Yes, there are a lot. There are a lot who have made the transition because there are a lot of skills that are similar between the two of them such as game analysis, competition, and deliberate action. The presence of game theory means a lot of eSports players also play poker.”
Grospellier even returned briefly to eSports as a Hearthstone player in 2015.
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Asia Pacific’s biggest player achievements of 2019

Another incredible year of poker has come and gone. Once again, players from Asia – Pacific outshined around the globe. For some, their wallets weighed down with large scores, for others dreams were fulfilled. Many definitely deserve acknowledgment.
Here’s a look at just some of the year’s top achievers.
Daniel Tang’s stellar year brings him among the world’s elite
Danny Tang – Photo WSOP.comDaniel Tang will close out 2019 with plenty to boast of. He is ranked #1 in THM Hong Kong All Time Money List with over US$ 8.4M in live earnings, is currently ranked 16th at the GPI standings, the highest among all Asia Pacific players, and about a month ago he was playing poker with Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Tony G inside Paul Phua’s private jet.

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Natural8 Closes 2019 with a $10.7 Million Poker Fiesta

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2019 has been a great year for Natural8, dishing out new promotions every single month with hundreds and thousands of prizes to boot.
Their flagship tournament, The Good Game Series, is also deserving of praise. It featured a massive $50 million guaranteed prize pool, up from $3 million the year before. Several innovative and industry-first features were introduced, such as the A.I. Smart Betting, Bubble Protection, and Smart HUD.

To close out 2019, Natural8 brings us a $10.7 million Poker Fiesta.
Read on to find out all about it.
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WSOP Circuit at the Star: Abdine wins the 5K Challenge; Smith wins Classic and Singh takes Monster Stack

The 2019 WSOP may have ended over in Rozvadov, but circuit events continue to roll on, with Australia being the latest nation to play host to the series. In what is a great build up to the Aussie Millions in one month, players have been battling it out to get their hands on a WSOP Circuit ring at Star Casino in Sydney.
AU$5K Challenge – Winner: Shivan Abdine
5K Challenge champion Shivan Abdine – Photo by The StarThe AU$5,000 (US$3,380) Challenge tournament was one of the biggest events listed on the schedule and always looked like creating a hefty prize pool. The 203 entries ultimately sent the final figure soaring to AU$1,000,000 (US$676,000) with AU$260,000 (US$175,980) set aside for the winner.
The first day’s action saw the starting field cut to just 15, as players were felled across the tournament floor throughout the day. Jonathan Karamalikis, Alex Lynskey and defending champion Matthew Wakeman all fell during the first day, but the final day still had some interesting names in contention. The biggest of them was undoubtedly James Obst, who carrie the second largest stack of 534,000 into the final day. Leading the way was George Mitri with 709,000.
With 21 players having made the money, the final 15 wasted no time in going to war with each other. Survivors began to fall almost as son as the cards were in the air, and the field had been thinned to a final table of 9 before the first level of the day had been completed. Mitri’s dream day 1 turned into a day 2 nightmare as he dropped like a stone during the early stages before busting in 9th. He was followed by New Zealanders Charlie Hawes and Honglin Jiang, before James Obst’s day finally came to an end shortly after with a 6th place finish. Before long, the action had got down to three-handed, with Germany’s Marc Camphausen quickly following Michael Doumani to the rail shortly after to bring the action heads-up. The two players then immediately agreed a deal for the money before pushing all-in blind to determine a champion.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Shivan Abdine (Australia) – AU$260,000  (US$175,980)
2nd – Adrian Attenborough – AU$160,610
3rd – Marc Camphausen – AU$115,970
4th – Michael Doumani – AU$85,170
5th – Ehsan Amiri – AU$63,630
6th – James Obst – AU$48,350
7th – Honglin Jiang – AU$37,350
8th – Charlie Hawes – AU$29,330
9th – George Mitri – AU$23,400
AU$450 NLH Classic – Winner: Curtis Smith
Classic champion Curtis Smith – Photo by The StarThe AU$450 (US$304) Classic may not be a big buy in event, but the crowds flocked to take their shot at the event, with 1,132 entries having been registered by the time late registration had closed. This generated a prize pool of AU$509,400 (US$344,354) with almost AU$100,000 set aside up top.
The latter stages of the event saw a comparatively small number of 117 players picking up a payout. By the time the final table was in full swing, the likes of Yan Shuranov, Robert Callol and Curtis Smith were beginning to claw their way up the chip counts. As the challengers fell away, the action finally reached three-handed play, with Curtis, Callol and Shuranov left to battle for the title. Callol eventually busted out in 3rd, and the final two players were heads up. Smith soon established control over the match, and despite Shuranov’s efforts to fight his way back into contention, it was not to be his day. Smith was able to finish the job and pick up the top prize and the title.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Curtis Smith (Australia) – $92,964 (US$62,844)
2nd – Yan Shurunov – $57,420
3rd – Robert Callol – $42,667
4th – Peco Stojanovski – $32,092
5th – Nebojsa Blanusa – $24,436
6th – Emmanuel Derecho – $18,827
7th – Twizz Google – $14,676
8th – David Padovan – $11,568
9th – Paul Smith – $9,220
AU$1,000 NLH Monster Stack – Winner: Pravishil Singh
Monster Stack champion Pravisil Singh – Photo by The StarThe AU$1,000 (US$676) buy in Monster Stack was always going to be one of the highlights of the WSOP Circuit series, and with 441 players opting to get involved, it certainly lived up to that billing, producing a prize pool of AU$450,000 (US$304,200).
The event saw 45 players go on to get paid a minimum of AU$2,034, with the amount of money on the line having risen significantly by the time the final table was set. John Cho was first of the final 9 to fall, picking up just under five figures for his efforts. Players continued to crash out over the following levels until just Josh Mitchell and Pravishil Singh were left standing. The players continued to trade pots for a while before Singh took command of the match. Mitchell tried to force his way back into it but could not regain a foothold on the contest. Singh soon finished the job and was crowned champion.
Here are the final table results:
1st – Pravishil Singh (Australia) – $98,996 (US$66,921)
2nd – Josh Mitchell – $61,178
3rd – Hassib Younan – $44,703
4th – William Undy – $33,192
5th – Cezary Klimczak – $25,029
6th – Andrew White – $19,157
7th – Sheldon Mayer – $14,877
8th – Malcolm Trayner – $11,718
9th – John Cho – $9,360
Other results
AU$450 (US$304) NLH Turbo
Entries: 301
Prize Pool: AU$135,450 (US$91,564)
Winner: Hunter Song – AU$31,829 (US$21,516)
AU$550 (US$372) Short Deck
Entries: 101
Prize Pool: AU$80,000 (US$54,080)
Winner: Nebojsa Blanusa – AU$24,000 (US$16,224)
AU$1,000 (US$676) NLH 6-Max
Entries: 242
Prize Pool: AU$250,000 (US$169,000)
Winner: Nathan Susnig – AU$66,245 (US$44,782)
AU$450 (US$304) NLH Masters
Entries: 167
Prize Pool: AU$80,000 (US$54,080)
Winner: Ali Ghezelbash – AU$21,600 (US$14,602)
AU$500 (US$338) NLH Teams
Entries: 183
Prize Pool: AU$100,000 (US$67,600)
Winners: Daniel Embleton/Rehman Kassam – AU$26,000 (US$17,576)
AU$300 (US$203) NLH Ladies
Entries: 101
Prize Pool: AU$30,300 (US$20,483)
Winner: Michelle Psarras – AU$9,089 (US$6,144)
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Jean Robert Bellande’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –

Jean-Robert Bellande is an American professional poker player. He was born on September 17th, 1970. He’s also appeared on CBS’s reality show Survivor: China.
Bellande, aka JRB or “Action Bob”, has won a WSOP gold bracelet in 2018. Overall, he has around $3 million in live tournament cashes. That number could be a lot higher given the years he’s spent in professional poker – however, he mostly plays live cash games.
Recently, most poker fans know him for his infamous punt with 53 suited in a super high stakes Triton cash game.
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Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia 2020 Schedule

The Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia 2020 2020 will be held from January 25th to February 2nd at the Star Gold Coast, Australia.
Buy-in (AUD)
No Limit Hold’em
Pot Limit Omaha
No Limit Hold’em
Pot Limit Omaha
No Limit Hold’em
No Limit Hold’em
No Limit Hold’em

Super High Roller Bowl
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Event organizers in Asia tighten security around their events

The poker world was shaken a few weeks ago when Mike Postle supposedly cheated on a live stream hosted at the Stones Gambling House. Across the world, the community reacted strongly to these allegations which in turn revived other fears and stories.
Talking with Somuchpoker, three of the major live event operators in Asia – Asian Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, and Asia Poker League – stated new measures have been implemented to reinforce the fairness of the games. Main changes are bringing their own decks of cards and banning any electronics at a streamed table.
Asia Poker Tour
In a statement by LLoyd Fontillas, Asian Poker Tour General Manager / Executive Tournament Director,
“To address all the negativity revolving around in today’s poker market regarding possible cheating we would like to ensure players that we have always and continue to make sure our events are fair and safe to play in.
As an international organizer we bring enough of our own fresh cards and if we feel that the cards need replacement during event, we replace them right away with fresh decks, to also ease the minds of the players, all events that are streamed will have no commentary from now on and players will not be allowed to carry a cellphone at a streamed Final table.”
No electronics at a streamed table – Photo APTWorld Poker Tour
In a statement by Danny McDonagh, World Poker Tour Live Events Specialist,
“Considering the growth of the tour in the Asia region the WPT will, from now on, bring our own cards for its events in Asia, except if the local regulation only allows the use of the casino cards.”
Asia Poker League
James Kim of APL confirmed that on their previous event, they applied the same changes as the Asian Poker Tour – a no phone on streamed table policy and brought their own cards.
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J88poker kicks off high GTD online series – J88PT Millionaire

J88PT is a new series of live events organised by J88Poker which is growing in popularity in Asia. Four events have already taken place in Taiwan and Shanghai, with the tournament in Shanghai attracting 860 entries

Previous events:
Dec. 2018 – J88PT Taiwan, Main Event pr. pool ~US$ 202,919, CTP Club
Mar. 2019 – J88PT Taiwan, Main Event pr. pool ~US$ 327,332, CTP Club
Sep. 2019 – J88PT Ultra Stack, Main Event pr. pool ~US$ 122,160, Ace8 Club
Oct. 2019 – J88PT Shanghai, Main Event pr. pool ~US$ 365,031, WanTi Club read more


Five reasons to follow the 2019 WSOPE

The WSOP has become one of poker’s oldest and finest institutions over the years, providing many of the greatest moments in the history of the game. That fact alone should be enough to convince you to tune in to the WSOPE when it starts on October 13th in Rozvadov. But if not, allow us to give you five more good reasons to watch Somuchpoker‘s regular coverage of the  WSOPE this year.
WSOPE is returning to RozvadovPlayer of the Year race
Most of the points for Player of the Year (POY) are collected in Las Vegas during the summer, but WSOPE is where the sharp end of the race is to be found. With limited events left to play, normally there are at least two players in contention for the title going into WSOPE. This makes for compelling viewing as those near the front of the race try to accumulate every fraction of a point they can. Sometimes they even must weigh up whether to play purely for the bracelet when they go very deep or be cautious in the hope of locking up POY points.
With the number of WSOPE events having increased significantly this year, there are more points still available than there normally would be at this point in the race. Barring something extraordinary happening, only the top 4 or 5 players have a serious shot at winning. Although, given the quality of players in the chasing pack and the number of events at WSOPE this year, we cannot completely rule out players who are several hundred points behind.
Daniel Negreanu is seeking a third titleThe current standings for the top 10 are as follows:
1st – Robert Campbell – 3,418.78
2nd – Shaun Deeb – 3,280.13
3rd – Daniel Negreanu – 3,166.24
4th – Daniel Zack – 3,126.13
5th – Phillip Hui – 2,881.67
6th – Jason Gooch – 2,643.72
7th – Joseph Cheong – 2,595.54
8th – David “ODB” Baker – 2,480.06
9th – Chris Ferguson – 2,476.96
10th – Anthony Zinno – 2,443.22
Daniel Negreanu will be bidding to win his third career POY title which would be an unprecedented accomplishment. He currently stands alone as the only player to have ever won two (2004 and 2013) since the introduction of POY back in 2004. Shaun Deeb is the defending champion and could yet draw level with Negreanu’s tally if he is able to overhaul Robert Campbell to claim back to back titles.
High buy-in event
While almost all the events at WSOPE are affordable to most serious players, one event stands alone as a Super High Roller which will only attract the biggest and richest names in the game. October 16th sees the €250,000 Super High Roller kick off, and while no POY will be awarded for this event, there is a bracelet on offer. Also, you can be sure that the player who wins it will have to navigate a brutally tough field to get their hands on the gold.
Along with this big buy-in thriller, there is also a €100,000 High Roller starting on October 23rd which will bring a similar crowd of players. High Roller specialists, top pros and businessmen will see this as a great chance to win a WSOP bracelet, with the field size likely to be somewhat smaller than most WSOP events.
Main Event
WSOPE 2018 Main Event winner Marti Roca de TorresThe jewel in the crown of WSOPE has always been the Main Event. This title may not command quite the same adulation as the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, but it is still a very special title to win. Over the years since WSOPE began, some great names have picked up this bracelet, including Annette Obrestad, John Juanda, Elio Fox, Phil Hellmuth, Adrian Mateos and Kevin MacPhee. Daniel Negreanu also famously finished in 2nd place in 2009.
After skipping 2016, WSOPE’s return in 2017 marked a spike in numbers for Main Event entries, hitting 529, when 2015 had only attracted 313 runners. Last year saw 534 entries and a top prize of over €1.1 million, and this year should match or surpass that number. The buy in for the Main Event will be €10,000, with €5 million having already been guaranteed for the prize pool. There will be two day 1 starting flights, getting underway on October 25th and 26th.
New events and mixed game additions
The number of events on this year’s schedule has risen from 10 to 15, with €22 million guaranteed across the festival. This expansion of WSOPE will see more mixed games added along with more opportunities for bracelets and POY points.
Here are some of the key side events which bring something a little different to the schedule:
Oct 17th – €2,500 buy in 8-Game Mix event
Oct 18th – €25,500 buy in Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event
Oct 20th – €25,500 buy in Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event
Oct 21st – €25,500 Mixed Games Championship
Oct 24th – €2,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em event
Speaking about the new schedule, Leon Tsoukernik who owns King’s Resort where the WSOPE is to be held said,  “We heard the feedback and are happy to add some mixed games and some bigger buy-in tournaments in order to encourage more players to make the trip”.
Negreanu blogging and selling shares

WSOPE package will be released this week with those missing out on the WSOP packages getting priority.
If that’s you, check your emails this week, follow here on Twitter, and you can also check the FB group for info related to how and when you can buy.
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Natural8 announces new influx of promotions for October

GGSeries3 may have been a huge success, but with the dust barely having settled on that tournament festival, Natural8 has delivered its promotion plans for October. As ever, variety and value are at the core of the promotions, as Natural8 seeks to further its standing in the online poker world.
Here are the key promotions for players to look forward to this month.
Rush & Cash $500K monthly
Photo credit: Natural8Natural8 is committed to giving away $500,000 each month through its Rush & Cash promotion. The promotion involves $100,000 in promised prizes every week, with four different blind levels with a separate qualifying leaderboard. Players earn one point per cent in rake paid, with each leaderboard running from (UTC+0) Sunday to Saturday each week.
The prize pools offered per leaderboard are as follows:
$1/$2 – $59,150
$0.25/$0.50 – $29,125
$0.05/$0.10 – $9,290
$0.01/$0.02 – $2,486
Players can win prizes on more than one leaderboard and the promotion offers an additional $20,000 freeroll each week for players who complete set missions. Your starting stack for that freeroll will be 2,000, 4,000 or 10,000 depending on the number of missions you choose to complete.

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Flutter Entertainment merge with Stars Group to create world’s biggest online gambling giant

Shockwaves were sent rolling through the gambling industry today as The Stars Group, who own PokerStars, announced a merger with Flutter Entertainment, formerly known as Paddy Power Betfair. The two huge gambling companies struck a near $12 billion deal which gave Flutter 55% of the shares for the new merged company, while The Stars Group got 45%.

The deal and its implications
The announced deal will see shares exchanged between the two companies as they merge to become one entity. The new combined company will boast $4.7 billion in annual revenue and a customer base of 4 million going by figures from last year. This will make it the largest online betting company in the world. read more


Mike Postle accused of cheating at Stones livestreamed cash game

In a story which has snowballed very quickly over the last day or two, allegations of cheating have been levelled at a regular on the televised cash game at Stones Gambling Hall in California. There is currently no conclusive proof, but if clear evidence is found it could fracture the trust players have in televised poker games.
The allegations
Former commentator and player in the game Veronica Brill was the first to raise suspicions by tweeting that the team behind the scenes could not use mobile phones during live streaming due to concerns about a player. She added that the same player was still publicly being promoted as one of the best.

If someone is displaying a probability of cheating on a live stream you don’t make the entire room not be able to use their cellphones in an attempt to reduce everyone’s anxiety and then still promote the player as one of the best.
— Veronica 2.0 (@Angry_Polak) September 28, 2019 read more


APT Taiwan 2019 Schedule

The APT Taiwan 2019 will be held from October 9 to the 20th at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association, Taipei, Taiwan.
Buy In + Fee (TWD)
Wed, Oct 9
Event 1: Super High Rollers Warm Up Single Day
Event 2: Monster Stack Day 1
Satellite 1: Main Event
Thu, Oct 10
Main Event Day 1A – 6 Million Guaranteed
Monster Stack Final Day

Special Event: Super High Rollers Day 1
Event 3: Head Hunter Day 1 2,000 Bounty
Satellite 2: Main Event – Hit and Run format
Fri, Oct 11
Main Event Day 1B – 6 Million Guaranteed
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Asian Poker Tour returns to Taiwan in October with NT$ 12 million guaranteed prize pools

Early this year, Taipei City, Taiwan was treated to the first-ever Asian Poker Tour event held at the highly popular Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association aka CTP Club. The inaugural event exceeded all expectations. Guaranteed prize pools were easily smashed and over US$ 2 million in prizes were distributed.
APT Taiwan – TrophiesComing next week, the tour returns to CTP Club for another APT Taiwan 2019 festival taking place from October 9 to 20. The series promises to be richer than previous with the total guarantee increased from NT$ 10M to NT$ 12 million (~US$ 386,000). Out of the 23 events scheduled, the featured events are the tournaments to capture. Among the side games, there are seven High Rollers events to look forward to and of course other player favorites. For better gaming experience, all APT events utilize the Ante Big Blind format and the Shot Clock.
Here’s a rundown of what’s in store.
Featured / Guaranteed Events 
As always, the APT brings with them their most highly revered events, the Main Event and Championships Event. They each offer a deep structure with slow increasing blinds. The events run back to back from October 10 to 15 and October 16 to 20. Each event comes with a NT$ 6 million guarantee.
Main Event – NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guaranteed
The Main Event is the first featured event lined up and it comes with a NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guarantee. This is the tour’s top of the line tournament. The structure has been regarded as one of the most well designed in the region. Buy-in is NT$ 33,000 (~US$ 1,070). It runs for six days from October 10 to 15 with three starting days. Late comers will be very happy to know that registration closes one hour into Day 2.
Day 1A: Thursday, October 10
Day 1B: Friday, October 11
Day 1C: Saturday, October 12
Day 2: Sunday, October 13
Day 3: Monday, October 14
Final 8: Tuesday, October 15
Things to know:
Each starting day plays until the end of Level 9
Each level runs for 60 minutes
Registration closes at the start of Level 11 (Day 2)
There are three satellites leading up to this event
Championships Event – NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guarantee
The Championships Event is the second highlighted event of the series and it also comes with a NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 193,000) guarantee. It runs for five days from October 16 to 20. Though the structure is different from the Main Event, it is likewise deep. There are two starting days with registration open until the first hour of Day 2. Buy-in is NT$ 49,500 (~US$ 1,600).
Day 1A: Wednesday, October 16
Day 1B: Thursday, October 17
Day 2: Friday, October 18
Day 3: Saturday, October 19
Final 8: Sunday, October 20
Things to know:
Each starting day plays until the end of Level 8
Each level runs for 60 minutes
Registration closes at the start of Level 10 (Day 2)
There are five satellites leading up to this event
High Rollers
Welcome to APT TaiwanThis year has seen an increase in players seeking bigger pots and tighter fields. The answer to that was more High Rollers events. At APT Taiwan, there are seven of this type to enjoy with buy-ins ranging from NT$ 54,000 to NT$ 210,000 (~US$ 1,800 to ~US$ 6,800).
Super High Rollers Warm Up Single Day – October 9 – NT$ 82,500 (US$ 2,700)
Super High Rollers – October 10 to 11 – NT$ 210,000 (~US$ 6,800)
High Rollers Single Day – October 11 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,800)
High Rollers – October 14 to 15 – NT$ 86,000 (~US$ 2,800)
High Rollers Single Day – October 15 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,800)
High Rollers – October 19 to 20 – NT$ 65,000 (~US$ 2,100)
High Rollers Single Day – October 20 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,800)
Other Events
In addition to the games listed above, many player favorites also fill the schedule such as Turbo events, Short Deck, Bounty, No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and bookenders the Monster Stack events. Buy-ins range from NT$ 5,500 to NT$ 16,500 (~US$ 180 to ~US$ 535).
Remaining festivals
Taiwan has been growing in mass popularity since the arrival of international tours last year. The upcoming APT Taiwan 2019 is the tour’s second visit to the country and the ninth festival of their calendar year. Due to the huge success of the APT Taiwan inaugural event in February, in addition to this second event, the tour will host its finale back in Taiwan. Prior to that the tour visits Ho Chi Minh for the third time this year.

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Angle shooting: When players get caught using dirty tactics on TV

With poker being highly competitive and players seeking to find ways to expand their edge, angle shooting can sometimes surface during a live game. However, these tactics do nothing to improve the reputation of the game, or the players involved. There is little tolerance in the modern poker world for shady techniques used to gain an edge.

Angle shooting is classified as anything which is not clearly outside the rules in a way where punishment could be enforced but does take unfair advantage of an opponent by underhanded means. read more


Jennifer Harman’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –
Jennifer Harman is an American professional poker player. She was born on November 29th, 1964 in Reno, Nevada.
She’s one of the 3 women in poker history to have won at least 2 open – meaning discounting the female-only Ladies Events – WSOP bracelets. She was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015. 
Harman was featured regularly on NBC’s classic poker TV show Poker After Dark. Also, she likes to play the highest stakes live cash games in the world in the Bellagio’s famous Bobby’s Room.
Unfortunately, her career was somewhat hindered by her serious health problems – she had two kidney transplants.
– Key Career Dates –
c.1980: She starts playing live poker in her local land casinos. At the time, she was below the legal gambling age.
2000: She wins her first WSOP gold bracelet.
2001: She takes on billionaire banker Andy Beal as part of “The Corporation”, a line-up of famous poker pros playing a series of super high stakes heads-up matches against the challenger, Beal.
2005: She comes in 2nd in a $10K WSOP Circuit event in Las Vegas for $383,840. That is her biggest single live tournament cash to date.
2007: She appears on the first season of Poker After Dark, NBC’s classic poker TV show.
2015: She gets inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
– Jennifer Harman’s Career –
 → Beginnings ←
According to an exclusive interview she gave to our site, Harman started playing poker in live casinos before she reached the legal gambling age, at 16. She recalls she sneaked in casinos in Las Vegas to play. Given the fact that her home state is Nevada, the gambling capital of the world, it’s not surprising that poker has been a part of her life from early on.
Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada. However, she chose not to pursue a career in that field, rather to play poker for a living.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Jennifer Harman’s Hendon page shows $2.765 million in live tournament earnings. That respectable sum is a product of results from the past 25 years – 89 individual ITM finishes over the course of a quarter of a century.
Her first recorded cash is an 8th place finish in a $500 tournament at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino in Vegas. She won $3,052 for that, in January 1994.
The first time she made a live cash for over $100,000 was at the 2000 World Series of Poker.
In December 2004, she came in 4th in a $15,000 World Poker Tour event for $299,492. At the final table, she was faced with the eventual winner and her close personal friend, Daniel Negreanu. In March 2008, he finished 3rd in the $10K Bay 101 Shooting Stars championship for $330,000.
Harman made the biggest live cash of her career in March 2005. She was playing a $10K WSOP Circuit event at the Rio. Out of the 222 players that entered, she finished 2nd, winning $383,840.
→ World Series Of Poker ←
Jennifer Harman is one of 3 female players to have won at least 2 WSOP events, discounting the gender segregated Ladies Events. The other two are Vanessa Selbst ( with 3 bracelets) and Loni Harwood (2).
Harman won her first bracelet in the $5,000 No Limit 2-to-7 Draw event in 2000 for $146,250. According to the urban legend, it was her first time playing that game and she had only received a 5-minute lesson on it from infamous Full Tilt boss Howard Lederer right before the tournament.
She confirmed the legend in our interview, saying:
“I won the bracelet when I didn’t know the game  [2-7 Triple Draw] beforehand. Howard basically gave me a sheet to study, with what hands to play in what positions. But No Limit Deuce is a draw game, so you don’t see any cards; it’s basically a feel game. You feel your opponent, and when you know how to play—you know the hands and the positions and know a little bit about the game—it becomes a feel game, and I’m good at that. And you need a little luck too! A little luck always helps to win a tournament!”
Her second bracelet is from the 2002 World Series. She won the $5,000 Limit Hold’em championship and pocketed $212,440.
On top of her victories, she took 3rd place in the $10,000 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better event for $173,159 in 2010.
Overall, Harman has cashed in WSOP events 37 times for a combined $1,008,443.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Jennifer Harman was part of one of the most legendary stories in poker history. It was “The Corporation” taking on billionaire banker Andy Beal in heads-up cash games with stakes as high as $100,000/$200,000 blinds!

In 2001, founder of Beal Bank Andy Beal came by the Bellagio to play some high stakes Limit Hold’em. The pros in the room quickly noticed the new amateur willing to wager huge amounts of cash and tried to befriend him. Eventually, Todd Brunson was able to get Beal to play him heads-up, but lost around $100,000. 
News of the upset spread among the sharks of Vegas, who tried everything to keep their new fish on a winning streak at the cash tables of the Bellagio. Andy Beal, however, had another idea.
Fearing collusion, he proposed he plays ever pro in a heads-up match. That is when “The Corporation” was created.
The Corporation was a line-up 16 professional poker players. It included, among others, Doyle Brunson and his son Todd, Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, and the hero of our story, Jennifer Harman. The 16 pros pooled together $10 million to take on their challenger in a series of heads-up Limit Hold’em cash game matches.
This epic battle lasted over 3 years. The stakes were initially $10,000/$20,000. However, the parties kept agreeing to increase it, so it eventually grew as high as $100,000/$200,000.
For a long time, Andy Beal was in the lead. At some point, The Corporation even completely busted their $10 million bankroll.
However, they managed to come back. The poker pros pooled another bankroll and demanded a re-match.
Phil Ivey was the one doing most of the heavylifting for his team. However, Jennifer Harman did her part too. Eventually, The Corporation won back the initially lost $10 million and earned an additional $6.5 million to go with it. 
That was the end of Andy Beal’s crazy run against the poker pros. Shortly after, Beal announced he wasn’t planning on playing poker again.
Jennifer Harman takes part in less unique cash games as well. She regularly plays in the world’s most famous high stakes cash game room, Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. She usually plays on stakes ranging from “just” $200/$400 all the way up to $1,500/$3,000.
She also appeared on some of the classic poker TV shows, such as NBC’s Poker After Dark or The Game Show Network’s High Stakes Poker.
There, she battled some of the best known pros of the game in high stakes cash games in front of the cameras. read more


Linus Loeliger’s Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth

– General Information –
Credits: highstakesdb.comLinus Loeliger, better knowns as his PokerStars moniker LLinusLLove, is a Swiss professional poker player. His exact date of birth is not public, his Wikipedia page simply states he was born in either 1994 or 1995.
LLinusLLove is known as one of the greatest online cash game players in the world. He’s played 140,000 tracked hands on Stars and is in over $1.4 million in profit. Even though tracking stopped, he’s still playing the highest stakes cash games on the site against other famous online pros, such as the Belgian OtB_RedBarron.
He’s also an accomplished live tournament player. He currently leads Hendon’s Swiss all time money list with $1.865 million in career earnings.
– Key Career Dates –
2013: He makes a post on the 2+2 Forum, declaring he wants to build his $150 bankroll up by playing NL10 until he is able to play NL100 before the end of the year.
2016: He starts playing $25/$50 cash games and higher on PokerStars.
2017: His identity is revealed to the poker fans.
2019: He wins the £25,000 Triton 6-Handed Turbo event in London for £690,000. That is his biggest single live tournament cash to date.
– Linus Loeliger’s Career –
 → Beginnings ←
In March 2013, someone by the username Deepz created a thread in the 2+2 Forum’s “Goals & Challenges” topic with the title “NL10 to NL100 6-Max”.
His first post read:
“Hey 2p2’ers
I’m 19 years old living in Switzerland and been playing poker for a few months and I’ve read few books and tons of threads on this forum.
I first started playing on 888poker but I’ve always had some tilting problems and BRM-problems so to help that I’m gonna start a challenge, where i update graphs, hands and other stuff.
I do this challenge for me so I stay in my BRM and so I can review some hands in this thread.
With this new challenge I switched to a new site, Pokerstars and I’m starting at NL10 6 max with a 15 BI – BRM. 
My goal is to get to 100NL by the end of the year 2013. My stars-name is “llinusllove” by the way.
First goal to achieve is to get to NL16 with a BR of 240$
Current BR: 150$
I’ll try to play everyday for 3-4hours straight and to update graphs and hands 4-5 times a week.”
He got only one responder with a message of support. Then, he posted a few updates on his bankroll until April 2013.
The next response is from November 2016. Someone commented “well he’s playing NL10,000 right now so I guess his challenge worked”.
Technically, it is unclear whether he made it to the NL100 stakes by the end of 2013. However, that is certain that he was playing NL5,000 and NL10,000 by May 2016.
The fresh name in the high stakes cash scene on PokerStars, especially with his active 2+2 Forums presence, caught the attention of the online poker community. However, LLinusLLove wished to remain anonymous because, as he put it, “usually there’s nothing good coming from it” – it being letting poker fans know about his true identity.
That all changed in August 2017 when ran a piece revealing who’s behind the LLinusLLove screen name on PS.
It was inevitable since someone who he made money transfers with leaked his real name to an online poker site. Since his identity was out, he decided to buy in some widely covered high buy-in tournaments as well.
→ Live Tournaments ←

Loeliger was visiting some poker player friends in London in April 2016. Given the fact that he was focusing solely on online cash games at the time, he decided to play a £2,000 UKIPT event at the Hippodrome not for profit, just for fun. Yet he was able to finish first in the 114-player field and win the £55,650 first prize.
Prior to that result, his Hendon page only showed two live cashes for a combined $6,132. Both events were played in Malta where he moved to while playing online poker professionally.
After his identity was made public, Loeliger started playing highly publicized, high buy-in events around the world. His first high roller was the €50,000 event at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona. Fresh off of his demasking in 2017, he had a lot of attention on him. However, he failed to cash.
In 2019, he started playing the Triton high roller series’ events. First, he came in 3rd in a HK$250,000 turbo tournament in Montenegro for $219,262 .
Then, when the series made a stop in London, the British capital brought luck to Loeliger again.
He finished 3rd again, this time in the £50,000 8-handed event for £594,000. He also won the £25,000 6-handed turbo event for £690,000 ($840,039). That is the biggest live tournament score of his career to date.
With just 6 individual cashes on his Hendon page, he leads the Swiss all time money list on the site with $1.865 million in live tournament earnings. 
→ Online Poker ←
LLinusLLove is one of the best known screen names in the high stakes online cash game scene.
According to an online database, he played around 140,000 tracked cash game hands on stakes $25/$50 and higher between May 2016 and April 2018. In that sample, he’s $1.438 million in profit. That translates to an average of $10.05 won per hand.
This doesn’t mean that Loeliger stopped playing after April 2018, rather the website stopped tracking hands.
He plays NLHE almost exclusively, usually on $100/$200 stakes. His biggest recorded online cash game pot was $137,000 that he won against Timofey “TrueTeller” Kuznetsov in March 2018.
When it comes to online tournaments, LLinusLLove doesn’t have a PocketFives account with publicly available tournament results. However, he has tallied up a few big online tournament scores as well.
In September 2018, for example, he took down a $25K WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) event for $587,747.
In May 2018, he took 2nd place in a $2,100 SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) event for $145,315. Also, he won a weekly $5K tournament on GGPoker in March 2019 for which he got $90,760.
→ Scandals ←
His crazy hands against OtB_RedBarron
In December 2016, popular poker YouTuber Joe Ingram decided to make a video about the crazy and unusual plays that LLinusLLove made while playing high stakes heads-up cash game against Jonas “Otb_RedBarron” Mols. read more