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Big Cash Games action in Las Vegas during the WSOP

Reports suggest the current blinds in Bobby’s Room are $4K/8K and $250K pots are changing hands. Who said summertime in Vegas was all about the WSOP? This cash game action does of course spring up partly due to the WSOP bringing players together, but many players head to Vegas at this time of year purely for the cash games.
Big action in Bobby’s Room with Gus Hansen involved
Just like last year, Gus Hansen is treating the poker world to regular Instagram updates of his cash game exploits. His posts have provided details of the huge blinds and six-figure pots changing hands, along with letting the poker world know that he is currently winning in the games.

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Pinoy Briefs: Mark Amparo wins the Metro WALK TO A MILLION; Manila Super Series and APPT Manila in July

We’ve entered the last half of the year and with that comes plenty of exciting poker all over the Asian region. Focusing our attention on the Philippines, this July will see plenty of cards flying and chips shuffling at Okada Manila. Two events will bookend the month, the Manila Super Series 11 and APPT Manila.
These events come right after the conclusion of the Metro WALK TO A MILLION.
Mark Amparo – Photo MetroEach year, the country’s most popular card room – Metro Card Club aka Metro – hosts a number of homegrown festivals. Players, though mostly locals, flock in drooling at the generous prize pools offered at very affordable costs. From June 26 to July 1, the poker room was buzzing with one of these annual events, the Metro WALK TO A MILLION with a Php 1.5 Million guaranteed Main Event.
Over the course of the four starting days, 616 entered at a buy-in of just Php 3,500 (~US $70). The guarantee was exceeded and replaced with a larger Php 1,971,200 (~US$ 38,500) prize pool. Bringing home the trophy and the Php 535,000 (~US$ 10,200) first place purse was Metro Team Pro Mark Amparo. This was Amparo’s second Metro title of his career having won the room’s 2M Main Event back in 2016.
Final Table payouts
Prize pool: Php 1,971,200 – Buyin: Php 3,500 – Entries: 616 – ITM: 61
1st Mark Amparo – Php 535,000
2nd Bonifacio Mondalo – Php 294,064
3rd Reiner Magbutay – Php 180,000
4th Bryan Pelandas – Php 111,600
5th Jessie Bulatao – Php 80,000
6th Tyrone Lim – Php 60,800
7th Jimmie Javier – Php 48,000
8th Randy Cirineo – Php 38,400
9th Joseph Sia – Php 28,800
10th Royly Oracion – Php 22,400
Up next at the Metro is a new festival, the Batang Metro Poker Challenge (BMPC), taking place from August 21 to 26. The term “Batang Metro” translates to “Bred at the Metro”, in recognition of all the Filipino poker professionals that got their start at the room. One of those of course is local poker idol Mike Takayama who went on to win the country a first WSOP gold in 2018.Sup
Manila Super Series 11 and APPT Manila
OkadaNo breaks for players in the country. PokerStars LIVE Manila picks up immediately after the Metro WALK TO A MILLION. From July 2 to 7, the place to be is the Manila Super Series 11 at Okada Manila. The six day series offers Php 4.5 Million (~US$ 88,000) in guaranteed prizes with 13 events lined up. The Main Event is the star with Php 3,000,000 (~US$ 58,600) guaranteed for a buy-in of Php 12,000 (~US$ 240). See schedule below.
 More: Manila Super Series 11 – Schedule
At the close of the month, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour rolls in the country. The annual APPT Manila has grown to become one of the most sought after events in the region bringing in players from all across the globe. Last year the event paid out over Php 175,000,000 in prizes, roughly US$ 3.4 Million.
This upcoming installment runs from July 26 to August 5 with 24 games filling up the schedule. The Main Event comes with a Php 20,000,000 (~US$ 390,000) guarantee. Buy-in is Php 65,000 (~US$ 1,300). In total, the festival boasts of Php 28,000,000 (~US$ 545,000) in guarantees.
Other key events are: APPT National – Php 5,000,000 (~US$ 97,000) guaranteed and APPT Kickoff – Php 3,000,000 (~US$ 59,000) guaranteed.
See schedule below.
 More:  APPT Manila 2019 Schedule
Article by Tricia David
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WSOP 2019: Sejin Park wins Korea’s second bracelet as Yueqi Zhu is denied title defence

The 2019 WSOP continues to roll on, with stories and bracelet battles springing up across the Rio. Yesterday saw two exciting Asian stories unfold, with Korea’s Sejin Park adding to Korea’s stellar series, and Yueqi Zhu attempting to win the same event two years running, having also final tabled it the year before that.
Event 61: Sejin Park Takes Gold for Korea
Sejin Park – Photo WSOP.comJust under two weeks ago, Korea was celebrating its first ever bracelet winner as Jiyoung Kim took the Ladies Event title. Never had a Korean player won an open event however, until yesterday. Sejin Park had to wade through a giant field to do so, with the 13,109 entries for this COLOSSUS $400 NLH event being a significant increase on the previous year. This created a hefty prize pool of $4,391,515, with $451,272 set aside for the winner. Park was not the only Asian player to run deep in this event, with Taiwan’s Chen-An Lin taking 31st place for $13,261, China’s Dong Chen taking 51st for $8,780 and India’s Kunal Patni finishing in 56th for $7,219.
With the final table set, Andrew Barber was the only former bracelet winner involved. Sejin Park soon got busy at the final table, and after several swings in big pot, managed to grab the chiplead. One by one, the players fell away, with Park and Georgios Kapalas looking the more likely to claim the gold. Youtube enthusiast Ryan Depaulo had been one of the livelier players at the table, but his run ended in 3rd place soon after. Park began heads up player with a better than 2 to 1 chiplead and never looked likely to let the chance slip as he extended his lead before closing the event out.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Sejin Park – $451,272
2nd – Georgios Kapalas – $278,881
3rd – Ryan Depaulo – $208,643
4th – Juan Lopez – $157,106
5th – Andrew Barber – $119,072
6th – Norson Saho – $90,838
7th – Patrick Miller – $69,757
8th – Maksim Kalman – $53,925
9th – Diego Lima – $41,965
Event 63: Anatolii Zyrin takes the bracelet to deny Yueqi Zhu an impossible feat
Anatolii Zyrin – Photo WSOP.comThe $1,500 Omaha Mix brought together a strong field of 717 players, generating a prize pool of $967,950. Among those players was China’s Yueqi Zhu, who had achieved the admirable accomplishment of winning the event in 2018 just a year after having to make do with 6th place in the same event. Over the next few days, the same man once again seemed on a mission to stamp his name on this event, grinding his way up the rankings until the final table beckoned once more. He was not the only Asian hope on the third day however, with Japan’s Iori Yogo also putting on a good display to look threatening in the closing stages. The final table did not start well for Yogo, who eventually hit the rail in 6th, but for Zhu the impossible seemed possible as play ended for the night with four players still in contention. Zhu had final tabled the event three years in a row and was a close second from top in the chip counts.
Yueqi Zhu – Photo WSOP.comWhen play resumed the next day, Zhu and Russia’s Anatolii Zyrin continued where they had left off the previous day, as the two big stacks built on their dominance until they were the only two players remaining. Zhu began with a slight chip lead but having finished 2nd place in an event just three weeks ago, Zyrin was not going to be easily denied. He soon overhauled Zhu and began to pull away, a pattern which could not be broken by the Chinese pro. Zyrin kept the pressure up until finally, Zhu’s remaining stack collapsed to give victory to the Russian.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Anatolii Zyrin – $199,838
2nd – Yueqi Zhu – $123,466
3rd – James Van Alstyne – $84,106
4th – Mesbah Guerfi – $58,289
5th – Aron Dermer – $41,112
6th – Iori Yogo – $29,518
7th – Alan Sternberg – $21,582
Other winners
Event 60 – $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha hi/lo
Prize pool: $1,507,950
Entries: 1,117
Winner: Anthony Zinno – $279,920
Event 62 – $10,000 Razz
Prize pool: $1,090,400
Entries: 116
Winner: Scott Seiver – $301,421
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WSOP 2019: Phil Hui Wins $50K Player’s Championship, Negreanu, Seidel and Ivey go close

This week has been a fascinating one at the Rio, with the $50K Player’s Championship concluding, Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan getting involved in the action, and star names going deep in events too.
There may not be too many $10K events left, but the biggest one of all is now not far away. With 89 events on the schedule this year, we still have plenty of action to bring you over the coming days, including the 2019 WSOP Main Event.
Event 58: Phil Hui dismantles stellar field to win the $50K Player’s Championship
Phil Hui – Photo WSOP.comOf all the events that take place this summer, only a handful get the top players truly excited. If you can’t win the Main, winning the $50K Player’s Championship isn’t far away in terms of prestige. The field for this event is always littered with great players, and this year was no different, with 74 of the world’s best paying the $50,000 buy in, generating a prize pool of $3,552,000. Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Michael Mizrachi, Tom Dwan and Justin Bonomo are just a few of the renowned players who fell during the first two days. Dwan was making his first appearance at the WSOP for a number of years.

Just bought in to my first tournament at the wsop in quite a long time.
Gonna try and win
— Tom Dwan (@TomDwan) June 26, 2019 read more


Andrian Chin wins Crown Perth Sapphire Series Main Event

The Sapphire Series Poker Challenge at the Crown Casino in Perth has come to a conclusion. The event ran from 23rd May to 2nd June and included 11 events.
Andrian Chin takes down Main Event
The Main Event of the series had a AU$ 1,150 (~US$ 800) buy-in and found 299 entries (with 49 re-entries). This created a total prize pool of AU$ 299,000 (~US$ 207,674) with a first prize of AU$ 80,000 (~US$ 55,565).
The player ultimately winning this prize money was local regular Andrian Chin, making it his biggest ever live cash and bringing him close to $400,000 in lifetime earnings.
Andrian Chin – Photo Crown PerthThe Final Table
Andrian started into the final table second in chips and had a solid journey to the top, facing Andrej Senic heads-up. Andrej had worked his way up from 8th in chips and received a second place reward of AU$ 48,000 (~US$ 33,339).
Main Event Final Table 
Event overview:
Buy-in: AU$ 1,150 (~US$ 800)
Entries: 299 (Re-entries: 49)
Prize pool: AU$ 299,000 (~US$ 207,674)
Top 10 results:
1. Andrian Chin AU$ 80,000 (~US$ 55,565)
2. Andrej Senic AU$ 48,000 (~US$ 33,339)
3. Luke Sharpe AU$ 36,000 (~US$ 25,004)
4. Paul Murray AU$ 27,000 (~US$ 18,753)
5. Peter Brasile AU$ 20,000 (~US$ 13,891)
6. Bruno Battaglia AU$ 13,500 (~US$ 9,376)
7. Jack Owens AU$ 8,500 (~US$ 5,903)
8. Kris Busby AU$ 6,900 (~US$ 4,792)
9. Scott Buchanan AU$ 5,300 (~US$ 3,681)
10. Tu Le AU$ 5,300 (~US$ 3,681)
The “Old School Deepstack Freezeout”
The first tournament of the 11-event festival was the “Old School Freezeout” with 25-minute levels, a 20,000 start stack and no re-entries. The event took place on 23rd May and had a AU$ 550 (~US$ 382) buy-in.
Dinh Pham was the lucky winner to top the 130-strong field for AU$ 19,000 (~US$ 13,196).
Dinh Pham and Dale MarslandEvent Overview:
Prize pool: AU$ 65,000
Entries: 130
Buy-in: AU$ 550 (~US$ 382)
Top 10 results:
1. Dinh Pham AU$ 19,000 (~US$ 13,196)
2. Dale Marsland AU$ 12,000 (~US$ 8,334)
3. Anonymous AU$ 8,500 (~US$ 5,903)
4. Yann Yin AU$ 6,500 (~US$ 4,514)
5. Ize Bourne AU$ 4,700 (~US$ 3,264)
6. Nick Graphia AU$ 3,400 (~US$ 2,361)
7. Gavin Clark AU$ 2,500 (~US$ 1,736)
8. Patrick Meng AU$ 1,800 (~US$ 1,250)
9. Pros Mukin AU$ 1,400 (~US$ 972)
10. Jason Wooster AU$ 1,400 (~US$ 972)
Other Winners
Event 2 – AU$ 350 Triple Chance NLH
Buy-in: AU$ 350
Entries: 115 (Re-entries: 19)
Prize pool: AU$ 34,500
Top 10 results:
1. Tim Mitchell AU$ 10,000*
2. Alan Tchung AU$ 6,700*
3. Michele Palermo AU$ 5,000*
4. Damon Greenwood AU$ 3,600
5. Matt Rynkiewicz AU$ 2,600
6. Martyn Ward AU$ 1,900
7. Rodney Bohan AU$ 1,300
8. Arthur Phillips AU$ 1,000
9. Nick Graphia AU$ $800
10. John Messina AU$ $800
*Denotes Deal Made
Event 3 – AU$ 200 Hyper Turbo 10/10/10
Buy-in: AU$ 200
Entries: 94 (Re-entries: 25)
Prize pool: AU$ 15,040
Top 8 results:
1. Pepsi Ong AU$ 5,000
2. Patrick Murphy AU$ 3,000
3. Peter Vukmirovic AU$ 2,200
4. Dean Cox AU$ 1,650
5. Phil Mamedov AU$ 1,240
6. Mark Van Dort AU$ 900
7. Anthony Fels AU$ 600
8. Raleigh Charpentier AU$ 450
Event 4 – AU$ 200 Rebuy Event
25th May 2019
Buy-in: AU$ 200
Entries: 61
Rebuys: 119 @AU$ 100
Add-on: 65 @AU$ 100
Prize pool: AU$ 28,260
Top 8 results:
1. Steven Piotrowski AU$ 7,800*
2. Tony Aslani AU$ 7,500*
3. Vesko Zmukic AU$ 4,000
4. Tom Labouchardiere AU$ 3,000
5. Tony Tartaglia AU$ 2,200
6. Chris Ngatoa AU$ 1,700
7. Richard Larkin AU$ 1,200
8. Scott Buchanan AU$ 860
*Denotes Deal Made
Event 5 – AU$ 750 6-Max
Buy-in: AU$ 750
Entries: 126 (Re-entries: 33)
Prize pool: AU$ 85,050
Top 10 results:
1. David Lim AU$ 25,500
2. Bruno Battaglia AU$ 16,600
3. Anthony Marenko AU$ 11,500
4. Andrew Miller AU$ 8,900
5. Ben Hon AU$ 6,400
6. Andrea Rispoli AU$ 4,700
7. Dean Finnimore AU$ 3,250
8. Kevin Mcfadyen AU$ 2,500
9. Adriano Scagnetti AU$ $1,900
10. John Corr AU$ $1,900
Event 6 – AU$ 350 No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-in: AU$ 350
Entries: 195 (Re-entries: 37)
Prize pool: AU$ 58,500
Top 10 results:
1. Pepsi Ong AU$ 9,800*
2. Heather D’Orazio AU$ 8,500*
3. John Messina AU$ 8,500*
4. Ooi Keong Yeo AU$ 8,500*
5. Andrew Miller AU$ 8,500*
6. Gerard McNeill AU$ 2,800
7. Nicholas Suter AU$ 2,000
8. Jeff Field AU$ 1,500
9. Josh Conduit AU$ $1,150
10. Brent Steedman AU$ $1,150
*Denotes Deal Made
Event 7 – AU$ 400 NLH Terminator
Buy-in: AU$ 400
Entries: 127 (Re-entries: 32)
Prize pool: AU$ 44,450
Top 10 results:
1. Patrick Murphy AU$ 10,200
2. Peter Frazis AU$ 6,200
3. Jason Byrne AU$ 4,400
4. Gerard Mc Neill AU$ 3,300
5. Matt Velichkovich AU$ 2,400
6. Qian Choong AU$ 1,700
7. Craig Flynn AU$ 1,250
8. Greg Kahl AU$ 900
9. David Taylor AU$ 700
10. Isaac Tan AU$ 700
Event 9 – AU$ 200 PLO Rebuy
Buy-in: AU$ 200
Entries: 31
Rebuys: 84 @AU$ 100
Add-ons: 40 @U$ 100
Prize pool: AU$ 17,360
Top 5 results:
1. Travis Endersby AU$ 7,000
2. Yoshimura Pang AU$ 4,000
3. Anonymous AU$ 2,800
4. Andrian Chin AU$ 2,100
5. Vasily Kwong AU$ 1,460
Event 10 – AU$ 550 Shot Clock
Buy-in: AU$ 550
Entries: 63 (Re-entries: 13)
Prize pool: AU$ 31,500
Top 6 results:
1. Tim Mitchell AU$ 12,000
2. Andrea Rispoli AU$ 7,000
3. Sean Reynolds AU$ 4,700
4. Ben Hon AU$ 3,400
5. Josh Bourke AU$ 2,500
6. Blake Phillips AU$ 1,900
Event 11 – AU$ 575 Deepstack Bounty
Buy-in: AU$ 575
Entries: 79 (Re-entries: 13)
Prize pool: AU$ 41,080
Top 8 results:
1. Anonymous AU$ 12,000*
2. Chris Ngatoa AU$ 9,200*
3. Mile Krstanoski AU$ 5,400
4. Patrick Meng AU$ 4,200
5. Tony Aslani AU$ 3,100
6. Nino Marotta AU$ 2,300
7. Scott Carmichael AU$ 1,630
8. Yu Xiang Tay AU$ 1,150
* Denotes Deal Made
Article by Christin Mashmann
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Natural8’s Rush & Cash celebrates its international launch with $300,000 worth of prizes

Natural8 is giving away $300,000 to players during the month of June in the $300,000 Gold Hunt promotion. Rush & Cash made its debut to Natural8’s Chinese customers earlier in 2019, and now they are celebrating the international launch with $300,000 worth of prizes.

Rush & Cash is Natural8’s take on the “fast-fold” cash games. Players can fold their hand and be moved to a new table with new opponents and hole cards, meaning there is no need to wait for hands to play out before getting back into the action.
The cash part of the game’s name stems from the fact Natural8 gives players 65 percent rakeback through random Cash Drops at the table. These cash drops turn the table gold and award between 10 big blinds and 500 big blinds.
Gold Hunt Promo Details
During the $300,000 Gold Hunt promotion, players earn leaderboard points in three ways:
Three points for winning on Golden Tables
One point for each hand played
One point for each hand going to the flop
It is also possible to earn even more points by playing for higher stakes as shown in the table below:
Although the promotion runs through the month of June, it is the final week (June 24-30) that players will have to really get their grind on because their points will be doubled that week, allowing them to catch up with those in front, or earn more points to keep the chasing pack at bay.
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Top 30 Gold Hunt Payouts
 Need an Account?
If you want to win your share of more than $300,000 in the Gold Hunt promotion you will need an account at Natural8. If you don’t already have an account, Natural8 offers new players a nice welcome package including a big bonus.
Simply download Natural8 through Somuchpoker and make a deposit of at least $10, and it will be matched in the form of a bonus up to $1,688.
The bonus is released at a rate of $10 per $50 contributed to rake, and there is no time limit to clear the bonus provided that you do not request a withdrawal until the bonus is cleared.
In addition, first-time depositors also gain access to a $500 New Player Freeroll once they make a deposit of at least $10.
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Neteller is offering a new VIP level for Somuchpoker’s readers

Neteller is an e-money transfer service very popular among poker players. High-turnover customers are offered the premium membership “NETELLER VIP”, that offers additional features and lower fees. VIP benefits include multiple currency accounts, VIP chat, free money transfers and lower FX fees. The VIP levels are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.
Players that create a Neteller account via are automatically considered a Bronze VIP on Neteller, but since the 6th of May, they are eligible for a new special VIP upgrade to Bronze PRO.
The Bronze PRO Level
Bronze PRO is basically a VIP level between Bronze and Silver and it’s exclusive for sign-ups. It has all the benefits of the Bronze level and includes some additional ones:
Guaranteed limit increase – Limits are the same as for Silver VIP level
Easier access to VIP Silver – The automated target to progress to VIP Silver from Bronze PRO will be USD 20k instead of USD 50k for regular users
1.45% Send Money fee capped at USD 10
2nd currency account will NOT be available. In order to have a 2nd currency account and free Send Money transfers, Bronze PRO upgraded members will have to transfer USD 20k to merchants and become VIP Silver.

How to become Bronze PRO?
Create your Neteller account via the Somuchpoker poker link
Contact to be upgraded
Join Neteller
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Sam Razavi’s WSOP 2019 poker and vlogging ambitions

4-time Asia Poker Tour “Player of the Year” Sam Razavi is a well-known figure of the Asian poker circuit. However, right now his ambitions have switch to a new focus, both as a player and also as a content creator.
Sam Razavi has just landed in Las Vegas with his ambition to do better than last year’s runner–up finish in the Millionaire Maker.
He shared with Somuchpoker:
“The main focus will be on the Rio and the WSOP itself, Hold’ em and PLO, up to and including the Main Event. The structures seem to allow for more play this year so as always exact events will be dependent on what Day 2s I have or haven’t made. From a poker perspective my goals are always the same: the focus is on as many WSOP events as possible to maximise the chances of winning a bracelet and of course make as much money as possible.”
He continues, “The WSOP is fast becoming my ‘bread and butter’ months of the year as aside from the Aussie Millions my focus outside of those months involves much less poker than it used to. Aside from that I hope to keep up a healthy routine which should be much easier not only living with my brother but also having our own place instead of living out of the Rio every day.”
Vlogging and Giveaway
Sam also has high expectations for his vlogging. He will produce content built on a combination of his acting skills and the support of his brother. And many will be happy to hear: There will be giveaways!
Sam explains, “A lot of people have been in touch over the years asking if I’m going to write a book about my experiences travelling and playing poker, or to give a greater or more detailed insight into the game in general.”
“So I thought vlogging would be a fun way to start. I’ve moved back to the UK and have been actively getting back into acting and I have plans to write and direct some stuff myself so this also makes the vlogs beneficial to me as of course there will be some fun stuff thrown in there that will utilise the element of performance and it will force me to familiarise myself with filming, editing and so on.”
The support of his brother on more than one level
“My brother Ismaeel has given me some pointers so far as he’s done a fair bit of vlogging himself. We’ve rented a house together and he’s supplying healthy nutritious meals for poker players out there. His cooking is second to none. He was offered a job with Gordon Ramsay on his first meeting with him and couple that skill with him being a certified nutritionist and you can’t go wrong.”
More interaction and entertainment
“The other fun thing with this vlog is that it gives me a new avenue to interact with my followers and they will be rewarded with giveaways of my action throughout the series. The focus is going to be much more on entertainment rather than strategy, although I will touch on interesting hands and keep an update of events paid and profit/loss.“
“What I don’t want to do is alienate and make the vlog only of interest to those that like poker. I’d like to reach a wider audience and I do think there is no harm in showing what life is like as a poker player, if only to help dilute certain stigma that surrounds this profession. I spent many years on the Asian circuit most notably the APT, and as such it would be great to have a following not only from Europe and the UK but also from across Asia.”
“For the Asian community it gives a real insight into Vegas and I will probably do an episode that really covers everything for first time visitors. So it think overall it’s of great benefit for them to follow!”
The first giveaway will end in few hours. Do not miss it!
Article by Christin Maschmann
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WPT announces first-ever event in Australia; Triton Poker confirms £1 million buy-in event

While the poker world is looking at Las Vegas, two other major poker tournament organisers have announced some big news.
WPT announces first ever-event in Australia
The Star Gold CoastThe World Poker Tour has announced a partnership with The Star Gold Coast Casino Queensland and the first WPT ever to be held in Australia.
The full WPT Australia festival will take place from 27th September to 7th October, with a total of 10 events on the schedule and buy-ins ranging from A$330 to A$5,000. The WPT Main Event buy-in is A$2,500.
“The Star Gold Coast and the nation of Australia welcome the World Poker Tour to our home for what is a monumental partnership,” said Geoff Hogg, Managing Director Queensland, The Star Gold Coast.
Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour, added, “The World Poker Tour is proud to add WPT Australia to our roster of wonderful global events and The Star Gold Coast as a casino partner. As a native Australian, I am thrilled to have a WPT event take place in my home country and even more pleased to have it hosted at such a wonderful property.”
The Star Gold Coast itself is worth a visit after a $850 million transformation with its award-winning restaurants and bars, world-class gaming facilities, and an on-site theatre.
And if you haven’t heard, Australia’s Gold Coast is pretty amazing, too, with or without poker.
No more April Fools from Triton Poker: £1 million event confirmed

The one you’ve all been waiting for… THE BIGGEST BUY-IN IN TELEVISED POKER HISTORY
Full Details:
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) May 24, 2019 read more


PokerStars prepares major software update, partypoker about to restrict HUDs

The online poker landscape is evolving quickly with private applications taking a growing share of the cash game market and Asian poker sites like Natural8 investing massively in expanding their tournament offerings.
In response to this increased competition, the market leaders PokerStars and partypoker have too keep innovating and double down on safety and trust.
Major software update for PokerStars
As revealed by,  new game engine is being rolled out market by market. From players’ perspective most of this will probably not be visible at first. However, online giant PokerStars is showing off what can be done on the surface alone.
Currently only available for the .net client, a first real money rollout of project “Aurora” will be available for the Portuguese market with new animations, sound effects and interactive elements. The old game engine is planned to be retired by the end of the year.

The possibilities are almost endless. Once the new engine is fully in place, we can expect PokerStars to be a lot faster, more creative, fun and innovative.
Restriction on HUDs on partypoker
And while PokerStars makes the headlines with a more stable and faster game engine, partypoker takes another step towards players in gaining their trust with more safety measures..
Recently, partypoker had announced a big move against bot accounts, shutting down 277 of them and paying back players more than $735,000.
The discussion around the use of HUDs and other third party tools has been going on for a long time. Many online poker sites have already decided to ban HUDs, but up until now the two big leaders in poker held off any changes to current policies.
This will now change for partypoker. It was just announced that the world’s second biggest site will drastically reduce the use of tracking tools or HUDs starting early May. read more


Natural8 is bringing back the GG Series with $10M GTD across 157 events

This May 12th, Natural8 is bringing back the much anticipated Good Game Series. Since its first installment last November featuring $3.5M in guarantees, Natural8 is making a leap to $10M GTD this May.
The Natural8 Good Game Series 2 (N8GGS2) is a MTT festival comprising of 157 events across 15 days, from May 12 – May 26. This series will cater to all types of MTT players — from low-stakes grinders to the major league high-rollers.

In the second season of this series, the Championship Event is structured as a Phased Tournament (Day1/2) and will feature the largest guarantee of the series. There will be five separate Day1 tournaments (May 19, 23, 24, 25, 26) for an entry to GGS Championship [Day2] $500K GTD on May 26th.
For players who are more tight-fisted on coughing up the buy-in amount in its entirety, there is an alternative – Gain entry to the Championship and various Main Events through different satellites with over $40,000 guaranteed. There will be more than 3,000 seats across 700+ satellites starting on May 1. Buy-ins start from $1. read more


Everything you should know about the upcoming APL Ho Chi Minh City

The Asia Poker League Taiwan was wrapped up last week and we can already look forward to the next stop of this popular poker festival series.

It will be the first APL event in Vietnam in 2019 from 9th to 20th May at the Pro Poker Club HCMC.
Players are encouraged to travel to the 17-event festival on the first day as there will be a freeroll for one VND 16,500,000 (~US$709.62) Main Event and two VND 11,000,000  (~US$472) Massive Stack seats.
The Main Event and High Rollers
APL TrophiesThe VND 16,500,000 Main Event will have four starting flights starting on 12th May and conclude with the final 9 on 18th May. The prize pool is guaranteed at VND 8 billion (~US$343,984).
The festival will also feature two high roller tournaments. The VND 30,000,000  (~US$1,290)  High Roller from 16th to 19th May with three starting days and the 2-day VND 50,000,000 (~US$2,149) Super High Roller on 19th & 20th May with VND 5 billion guaranteed (~US$214,952).
A guaranteed kick-off and strong finish
Besides the freeroll on 9th May there will be another good reason to arrive early, the VND 6,000,000 (~US$258)Kick Off event with  VND 1,5 billion guaranteed (~US$64,498). It will have three starting days and conclude on 12th May.
Other notable events in the schedule are the two K.O. Bounty events for VND 6,600,000  (~US$283) on 10th May and VND 8,800,000 (~US$378) on 18th May, the VND 6,600,000 (~US$283) Pot Limit Omaha on 12th and a selection of satellites into various bigger events.
This stop for the Asia Poker League will be one of two in Vietnam this year with the second one taking place 7th to 17th November.
More: APL Ho Chi Minh City – Full Schedule
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APT Philippines early highlights: Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event; Iori Yogo & Narutoshi Otsuka win High Rollers

The Asian Poker Tour is currently running its fourth event of the year with APT Philippines 2019 ongoing at Resorts World Manila. Games began on April 24th and is scheduled to conclude on May 5th. Through the years, this leg has proven to be the most popular. With this year’s festival falling during Japan’s Golden Week, it certainly has reflected on the numbers. The Main Event said it all with a new series record set of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 (~US$ 470,700). Owning all the glory was Filipino Christopher Mateo.
The festival also wrapped up several side events. Among the biggest winners were Japanese players Iori Yogo and Narutoshi Otsuka. Each one shipped a High Rollers event. Other big winners were Low Zi Cheng and Louis Bilodeau.
Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event
The Main Event set a new APT Philippines series record of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 with buy-in at P55,000 (~US$1,064). This figure more than doubled the advertised P10M guarantee. 51 players earned a cut. Emerging victorious was Filipino player Christopher Mateo to capture his first-ever major career title and his largest score of P4,376,000 (~USD 84,400).
Christopher Mateo – Photo APTThe Main Event ran a course of five days from April 26 to 30. Well known players were of course in attendance with a couple of them grabbing headlines. Singaporean pro Alex Lee topped the starting days overall count, Filipino pro Marc Rivera led at the end of Day 2, and Mateo entered the final 8 round in charge. Among the players also looking to ship it was German pro Marvin Rettenmaier. He eventually finished in 7th place.
Throughout the final race, Mateo held the chip lead and knocked out four players along the way. At heads up, he struck a deal with Singapore’s Lu Zhenghao. Despite a brief switch in stack leadership, Mateo quickly reclaimed it and went on to win it.
Final 8 payouts
1st Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P4,376,000 (deal)
2nd Lu Zhenghao – Singapore – P4,100,000 (deal)
3rd Vamerdino Magsakay – Philippines – P2,357,100
4th Su Tianhong – China – P1,702,500
5th Jung Seungmook – Korea P1,273,200
6th Keichiro Sugimoto – Japan – P982,600
7th Marvin Rettenmaier – Germany – P780,300
8th Jessie Supnet – Philippines – P635,700
Iori Yogo wins the High Rollers #1
The APT announced there would be six high rollers events in the lineup. The first one was the High Rollers #1 with a buy-in of P107,500. It ran for two days attracting 43 runners for a prize pool of P4,171,000 (~US$80,000). Japanese pro Iori Yogo triumphed over John Tech at heads up to pocket a lion’s share P1,308,900 (~US$25,000).

Final 8 payouts
1st Iori Yogo – Japan – P1,308,900
2nd John Tech – Philippines – P872,500
3rd Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P606,600
4th Argyle Alejandria – USA – P438,100
5th Kannapong Thanarattrakul – Thailand – P327,600
6th Linh Tran – Vietnam – P252,900
7th Hirasawa Fumimasa – Japan – P200,800
8th Markus Garberg – Norway – P163,600
Narutoshi Otsuka wins the High Rollers Single Day #1
The next High Rollers was a single day event with the shot clock activated to help speed things up. Buy-in was P86,000 (~US$1,700) for a prize pool of P2,871,200 (~US$55,000). Another Japanese player navigated his way to the top. Narutoshi Otsuka overcame the 37 entries to win the P986,800 (~US$19,000) first place purse. This was Otsuka’s first-ever recorded live tournament victory.
Narutoshi Otsuka – Photo APTPayouts
1st Narutoshi Otsuka – Japan – P986,800
2nd Koichi Aiba – Japan – P634,100
3rd Kosaku Akashi – Japan – P427,500
4th Lester Edoc – Philippines – P301,200
5th Roger Spets – Switzerland – P221,000
6th Ryo Kotake – Japan – P168,200
7th Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P132,400
Low Zi Cheng wins the Dream Maker opening event
Awarded the first trophy of the festival was Singapore’s Low Zi Cheng for his triumph at the Dream Maker opening event. Impressively, Cheng also won last year’s opener at the same series. The draw of the Dream Maker was its payout structure with only 5% of the field earning. With 88 entries at P16,500 each, the prize pool amounted to P1,280,400 (~US$24,500). Only 5 players gained with Cheng defeating Christopher Mateo at heads up to claim P547,000 (~US$10,500).
Low Zi Cheng – Photo APTPayouts
1st Low Zi Cheng – Singapore – P547,000
2nd Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P317,100
3rd Samad Razavi – UK – P196,300
4th Netnapit Muksatean – Thailand – P129,400
5th Hiroyuki Yoshimura – Japan – P90,600
Louis Bilodeau wins the No Limit Hold’em #1
The largest side event so far was the No Limit Hold’em #1 pulling in 143 entries for a pot of P2,496,800 (~US$48,000) with buy-in at P19,800 (~US$382). Out of the 24 players paid shipping the largest share of P593,600 (~US$11,500) was Canadian Louis Bilodeau. This was his first-ever APT victory.
Louis Bilodeau – Photo APTFinal 8 payouts
1st Louis Bilodeau – Canada – P593,600
2nd Kohei Kawai – Japan – P395,600
3rd Roger Spets – Sweden – P275,000
4th Keisuke Okamura – Japan – P198,600
5th Otake Michitaka – Japan – P148,600
6th Wei Xu – China – P114,700
7th Sato Yoshinori – Japan – P91,00
8th Matt Ericson – Thailand – P74,200
APT Philippines 2019 is now running its second featured event, the Championships Event – P10 Million (~US$193,300) guarantee. Buy-in is P82,500 (~US$1600). Somuchpoker will have that result for you once it concludes along with other big winners of the series.
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Taiwan’s own Chi Hang ships the J88Poker Tour Main Event and wins seat to WSOP

It took over 8 hours of intense final table action for the J88Poker Tour Main Event to complete.  When it did, it was local player Chi Hang reveling in all the glory. Chi spiked a lucky two-outer on the turn against Jin Ho Hong to capture NT$2,152,000 (~US$69,000), the J88PT champion’s golden bracelet, and a seat to the WSOP 2019 Main Event.
Chi Hang winning momentFinal 9 recap
Chi Hang was impressive throughout. Prior to reaching today’s final 9, he entered Day 2 in the top ten out of the 134 players that advanced from the starting days. To close Day 2, he was third in the count.
Final 9 playersKicking off the final day, Hang quickly picked up the first pot, and it wasn’t a small one either. With progressive betting at every street, his full house bested Vincent Li’s (seat 5) full house on a board of . This sent Li down to 8bbs and was soon railed in 9th place by Patrick Liang with pocket tens over pocket sixes.
Entering the final day with a monstrous stack was Lin Yu Sheng. He padded that further by sending Sam Chen Yu Hung (8th) to the rail. It was a flip with Sam holding and Lin with the board running .
Ray Chiu stands beside all in player Sam Chen Yu HungBefore the next casualty, Hang shaved some towers off Sunny Jung to climb closer to the leader Lin. Hang had full house, Jung two pair, on a board . Jung would eventually fall to Liang but not before Ray Chiu sent Wu Chun Hui out in 7th place with dominating throughout.
Wu Chun HuiJung’s last hand was that lost to Liang’s on a board of . 
Sunny JungThe five-handed round was a long one. During its three hour-run, Hang continued to climb, picking up pots off the leader Lin to send him down to earth. Short-stacked Chiu doubled up twice with pocket sixes holding up and his getting full pay from Liang on a board . Liang had . The all in was on the turn.
The table finally trimmed to four with Liang knocking out Lin (5th). Liang shoved on a board . Lin tanked then called for his tournament life with only to see Liang’s .
Lin Yu ShengDown to four players, Liang led with one-third of the chips in play until he ran into a costly pot against Jin Ho Hong. Hong was all in on the turn holding set and Liang held draw. The river didn’t help Liang and Hong doubled up into the chip lead.  Despite Liang’s loss in chips, he was still way ahead of Chiu’s stack. Liang eliminated Chiu in 4th place with over on a board .
Ray ChiuThe three-handed round was a tough one for Liang. His stack was on a perpetual downturn and finally put it all in with that was called by Jin Ho with . The board offered no help instead improving Jin Ho to trips and Liang was out in 3rd place.
Patrick LiangThis left Jin Ho up against Chi Hang for the title, the top prize money, the bracelet, and the WSOP 2019 Main Event seat. In the end it was Chi Hang who prevailed. The last hand was a dramatic two-outer spiked on the turn. Jin Ho with , Hang with , the final board .
Jin Ho Hong – 2nd placeCongratulations to Chi Hang for his victory at the J88Poker Tour Main Event!
Chi Hang – Main Event championFinal 9 Payouts
1st Chi Hang – Taiwan – NT$ 2,152,000 + WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket + customized golden bracelet2nd Jin Ho Hong – Korea – NT$ 1,348,5003rd Patrick Liang – Brazil – NT$ 832,0004th Ray Yik Yin Chiu – Hong Kong – NT$ 631,2005th Lin Yu Sheng – Taiwan – NT$ 459,1006th Sunny Jung – Korea – NT$363,5007th Wu Chun Hui – Taiwan – NT$ 287,7008th Chen Yu Hung – Taiwan – NT$ 239,9009th Vincent Li – Hong Kong – NT$ 192,100
Final Table Replay
Watch 2019 J88 Taiwan from 華人德州撲克俱樂部 on
The Main Event ran from March 30 to April 3 with 452 entries each one coughing up the NT$25,000 (~US$800) buy-in. This huge turnout doubled the advertised guarantee to a lucrative NT$10,170,000 (US$330,000). Day 2 saw pieces of the pot distributed starting with 54th place which was shared due to two players busting on the bubble round. The final 9 returned today and after 8 hours of competition, Chi Hang seized his first-ever live tournament victory and scored his largest win.
More: J88Poker Tour Full Coverage
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J88Poker Tour: Catching up with the side events

With the J88Poker Tour 2019 – Main Event – down to the Final 9 players, it’s time to give the side events a bit of attention. Four events have concluded after opening day. We’ve got those results for you below.
Deep Stack Turbo: CHIH YING LIANG
Chih Ying LiangThe Deep Stack Turbo drew 147 runners for a prize pool of NT$ 769,986 (~US$25,000). 20 players earned a piece of the pot with Chih Ying Liang claiming the biggest for his victory. Liang pocketed NT$184,896 (~US$6,000).
Top 10 payouts
1st Chih Ying Liang – Taiwan – NT$184,896
2nd En Hao Chan – Taiwan – NT$125,900
3rd Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$83,200
4th Zhang Zhi Peng – Singapore – NT$68,500
5th Chuan Chang Peng – Taiwan – NT$55,000
6th Sun Shou Peng – Tawan – NT$43,100
7th Tam Hoi Wai – Hong Kong – NT$32,300
8th Edward Yam – Hong Kong – NT$ 23,900
9th Pu Yan – China – NT$18,500
10th Guan Yu Zhang – Taiwan – NT$15,400
Short Deck: TOMMY CHAO
Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai TsengThe Short Deck tournament attracted 85 to the felt for a prize pool of NT$ 445,230 (~US$14,500). Only 11 profited. Tommy Chao and Hsien Pai Tseng split the top two prizes down the middle with Chao claiming the trophy for his larger stack.
1st Tommy Chao – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
2nd Hsien Pai Tseng – Taiwan – NT$104,915 (deal)
3rd Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$57,000
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$43,800
5th Chan Hau Huang – Taiwan – NT$34,700
6th Mark Gruendemann – Ireland – NT$27,100
7th Fung Png Cheong – Hong Kong – NT$21,300
8th Bobby Zhou Xing Hua – Singapore – NT$16,700
9th Guo Yu – China – NT$12,600
10th Nguyen Van Dai – Vietnam – NT$11,100
11th Jung Sang Yup – Korea – NT$11,100
Eemil Touminen – PLO champion76 runners took on the Pot Limit Omaha event each one contributing the NT$8,800 buy-in for a prize pool of NT$589,760 (~US$19,100). Taking it to the limit was Finland’s Eemil Touminen, denying a local the title and the NT$162,260 first prize.
Payouts1st Eemil Touminen – Finland – NT$162,260
2nd Tao Wei Chang – Taiwan – NT$115,300
3rd Kelvin Beattie – Japan – NT$75,500
4th Kim Jiwoon – Korea – NT$58,100
5th UNKNOWN – NT$46,000
6th Che Li Lin – Taiwan – NT$36,000
7th Kwok Chun Lai – Hong Kong – NT$28,300
8th Mahdi – Singapore – NT$22,100
9th Tsai Tsan Wang – Taiwan – NT$16,800
10th Philip Wang – Taiwan – NT$14,700
11th Kim Hyun Jin – Korea – NT$ 14,700
Super KO Bounty: KIM JAE HYUK
Kim Jae HyukThe Super KO Bounty drove in 135 to the tables each one hunting down the NT$2,000 bounty per head scalped. The cash prize pool amounted NT$507,590 with 20 paid. Claiming the lion’s share portion of NT$123,700 was Korea’s Kim Jae Hyuk for holding on to his head.
Top 10 Payouts
1st Kim Jae Hyuk – Korea – NT$123,700
2nd Liu Zhen Jie – Singapore – NT$84,700
3rd Guan Lun Cheng – Taiwan – NT$55,700
4th Li Chiang Lu – Taiwan – NT$45,900
5th Kim Hak Do – Korea – NT$36,900
6th Anthony Wong – Hong Kong – NT$28,900
7th Tsang Hei Cam – Hong Kong – NT$21,700
8th Ji Wei Chen – Taiwan – NT$16,000
9th Kuo Chen Hung – Taiwan – NT$12,300
10th Chi Chung Ho – Hong Kong – NT$10,300
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April fools the poker community

As serious as poker can be, when April 1st comes around we often get surprised by the creativity of the April Fools jokes in the poker community. 2019 was no different. Here are some highlights of this year’s April 1st.
Blom’s Bankroll Management course on Upswing Poker
Poker’s biggest troll Doug Polk had a field day. He tweeted about a series of new courses that will be offered on his poker coaching site Upswing Poker and started with a Bankroll Management course by the notorious splasher Viktor Blom:

Really excited about the new material we’ve got lined up in the near future @UpswingPoker. Heres just a taste of some of it.
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkPoker) April 1, 2019 read more