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Record-setting Full Tilt Poker Montreal Main Event

The Playground Poker Club played host to a fantastic poker series that produced a record turnout for the $1,100 buy-in Main Event. The final tally for the tournament saw 1,625 players register for the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event, shattering the previous record of 1,173 players from the 2012 WSOPC Main Event in Montreal.

After crushing the record, Full Tilt Poker Country Manager Geoff Fardy was quoted as saying:

“Quebec is a hotbed for poker, home to some of the most talented players in the world, including 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel and finalist at this year’s WSOP Marc-Étienne McLaughlin, both of whom played in this event,” adding, “Full Tilt Poker is thrilled to bring a tournament of this calibre to Quebec and have the opportunity to host many of these outstanding players. Breaking the Canadian record is a great indication of the quality of the tournament and Canadians’ love of live poker.”

Heading into the final table it looked the tournament was Vinny Pahuja’s to lose. Not only was Pahuja one of the most experienced and accomplished players at the final table but he took a commanding chip-lead into Thursday’s action.

  • Seat 1: Roger Lamia — 3,380,000
  • Seat 2: Vinny Pahuja — 10,910,000
  • Seat 3: Colin Piche — 3,080,000
  • Seat 4: Zheng Yi Xie — 1,565,000
  • Seat 5: Henri Balcazar — 3,480,000
  • Seat 6: Bill Kontaratos — 6,715,000
  • Seat 7: Guillaume Rivet — 4,865,000
  • Seat 8: Michael Linster — 6,765,000
  • Seat 9: Eric Despres — 7,985,000

But the final table would not follow script, and Pahuja struggled throughout the contest, eventually finishing in a disappointing 6th place. After two more eliminations the final three players decided they wanted to lock-up a bit of the prize-money and cut a deal. The deal saw each player receive at least $150,000, but it was third place finisher Mike Linster who would pocket the most money ($200,000) just nudging past the winner of the tournament Henri Balcazar, who earned $194,046 for the win.

  1. Henri Balcazar — $194,046*
  2. Eric Despres — $150,000*
  3. Mike Linster — $200,000*
  4. Guillaume Rivet — $96,151
  5. Bill Kontaratos — $74,714
  6. Vinny Pahuja — $58,006
  7. Roger Lamia — $44,923
  8. Zeng Yi Xie — $35,150
  9. Colin Peche — $27,269

The festival also saw the return of the Full Tilt Poker live feed that first appeared at the UKIPT Galway series. The feed is made possible by Winmedia, and they have done an excellent job creating a product that not only works (an issue that has plagued live feeds all along) but also innovates. I wrote an in-depth article on the feed back in August, which you can read here: UKIPT Live Stream Could Revolutionize Tournament Coverage

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2013 Nominees For The British Poker Awards

The categories for the 2013 British Poker Awards and the nominees in each category have been revealed, and this time around the BPA’s will feature 17 separate categories, with 13 of these categories open to public voting –which you can do by visiting http://www.thebritishpokerawards.com/.

The BPA’s were created in 2010 and has grown into a major event for European poker players in its short life span. What makes the BPA’s so interesting is the sheer range of categories they celebrate, from high-stakes players to bloggers, and tournament staff.

The location of the 2013 BPA’s and the date and time have yet to be set, but the usual slew of well-known entities have already signed on to the ceremony. PokerStars is the official sponsor of the 2013 BPA’s and Calvin Ayre is an official media partner. Once again the entire ceremony is being presented by BLUFF Europe Magazine, and will feature a judging panel that includes BLUFF Europe, Jesse May, PokerListings.com, PokerNews.com, PokerStrategy.com, and Poker Channel Europe.

Here is a look at each category and the nominees:

Readers’ Choice: Best Live Tournament Player

  • Matt Ashton
  • Stephen Chidwick
  • David Vamplew
  • Toby Lewis
  • Matt Perrins
  • Sam Trickett

Readers’ Choice: Best Online Tournament Player

  • Chris “Moorman1” Moorman
  • Chris “NigDawG” Brammer
  • Charlie “Chaz_man_chaz” Combes
  • Andrew “stato_1” Hulme
  • Craig “mcc3991” McCorkell
  • Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis

Readers’ Choice: Best Online Cash Player

  • Alexander “Kanu7” Millar
  • Rob “Vaga_Lion” Akery
  • David “SexyGee” Gent
  • Ben “Milkybarkid” Grundy
  • Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton

Readers’ Choice: Performance of the Year

  • Matt Ashton
  • Matt Perrins
  • Barny Boatman
  • David Vamplew
  • Stephen Chidwick

Readers’ Choice: Best UK Tournament

  • ISPT Wembley
  • EPT London
  • UKIPT Nottingham
  • GUKPT Goliath
  • DTD Grand Prix

Readers’ Choice: Poker Personality of the Year

  • Jake Cody
  • Sam Grafton
  • Neil Channing
  • Liv Boeree
  • Sam Razavi

Readers’ Choice: Best International Player

  • David “Bakes” Baker
  • Dan “DJK123” Kelly
  • Viktor Blom
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Marvin Rettenmaier

Readers’ Choice: Best Poker League

  • Champions Poker League
  • Discover Poker League
  • Live Pub Poker League
  • Nuts Poker League
  • Redtooth Poker

Readers’ Choice: Best Blogger

  • David Nicholson
  • Kara Scott
  • Dale Philip
  • Rupert Elder
  • Neil Channing

Readers’ Choice: Best social media use

  • Sam Razavi
  • Sam Grafton
  • The Betfair Twitter account
  • Victoria Coren
  • Neil Channing

Readers’ Choice: Best live card room

  • DTD
  • The Vic
  • The Hippodrome
  • Aspers Stratford
  • G Casino Coventry

Readers’ Choice: Best poker software

  • HEM
  • PokerTracker
  • Flopzilla
  • NoteCaddy
  • PokerStove

Readers’ Choice: Best Poker Training Site

  • Run it Once
  • Poker X Factor
  • Cardrunners
  • Leggo Poker
  • DeucesCracked.com

There will also be four awards handed out that are not voted on by the fans:

  • Best contribution to growing/promoting poker (select panel)
  • Lifetime achievement (select panel)
  • Pros’ choice: Best Tournament Director
  • Pros’ Choice: Best Live Cash Player

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2013 Brings About A Poker Movie Renaissance

For whatever reason, there seems to be a newfound interest in poker and the big screen, considering no less than four poker-based movies will be released in 2013. Perhaps someone should tell these people that it’s 2013 and not 2006?

Most of these offerings will-be/are of the documentary variety –Bet, Raise, Fold; Ultimate Beat; and Drawing Dead—but in addition to these smaller projects Hollywood has also decided to give a poker-based plot another go, with the Ben Affleck/Justin Timberlake blockbuster, Runner Runner.

Runner Runner

Over the years there have been but a scant few poker movies that Hollywood has considered worthy enough for a big budget film; The Cincinnati Kid, Rounders, and Maverick immediately come to mind.

Even through the poker boom Hollywood all but ignored poker, and we ended up with the usual assortment of very unfortunate B-movies using poker as a plot line, from, writers, directors, and producers who had little understanding of poker –and in some cases storylines and camera operation.

But this seems to be changing, as Runner Runner (despite all of the negative reviews) isn’t some fly-by-night movie production.

The Documentaries

While I don’t expect Runner Runner to leave much of a footprint, I have been rather impressed with the poker documentaries and previews that we have seen this year. Instead of some no-name director trying to create a fictional poker drama, we are now seeing poker players retelling the real-life dramas that they have lived through over the past 15 years.

The already released Bet Raise Fold received strong reviews and praise from the poker community, and both Ultimate Beat and Drawing Dead appear to have the same attention to detail that poker players require if they are going to take a film seriously.

Bet Raise Fold – Bet Raise Fold was released during the 2013 WSOP and was well-met in the poker community. The film by Jay Rosenkrantz and Taylor Caby showed precisely what was possible in terms of making an intriguing and entertaining poker documentary.

Drawing Dead – Drawing Dead is in the same mold as Bet Rasie Fold, but in this instance the storyline has two separate angles: One through the eyes of an online winner (Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt) and the other looking at online poker through the eyes of a losing player. The film is scheduled to air on DirecTV on October 10, 2013.

Ultimate Beat – This is the sordid story of Ultimate Bet/UB Poker. The film is the brainchild of Scott “ElevenGrover” Bell, one of the original UB investigators, and should be enlightening and likely a bit controversial. Ultimate Beat is scheduled for an early October release.

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WPT Announces Alpha8 Stops In London And Johannesburg

The Alpha8 Tournament Series is the World Poker Tour’s ambitious attempt at popularizing Super-High-Roller tournaments and bringing them to a wider, mainstream audience. After a fairly inauspicious debut at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida, the WPT has now announced two more Alpha8 tournaments; one a very safe stop in London, and the other a not-so-safe-stop in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The addition of London to the Alpha8 schedule was almost a certainty, but the decision to host a $100,000 buy-in tournament in Johannesburg is a far more intriguing proposition, and a far riskier venture. While there is always the risk of a poor turnout for one of these events, it seems unlikely that less than a dozen players would participate in a Super-High-Roller tournament held during the WPT London series. On the other hand, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a $100k buy-in event in South Africa could draw just a handful of players, which could be disastrous for the fledgling tour.

The Alpha8 tournament in London will once again be a two-day tournament with reentries, and will take place on October 28th and 29th. The Johannesburg tournament will take place in February of 2014, and will be hosted by the Emperors Palace Hotel & Casino Resort.

Here is a look at the full press release on the two new Alpha8 stops:

Los Angeles, CA (September 26, 2013) – Following its successful launch with WPT Alpha8 Florida, World Poker Tour® is adding two new super high-roller tournaments to its schedule with the £100,000 WPT Alpha8 London starting October 28, 2013 and the US$100,000 WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg starting February 14, 2014.

A two-day event with re-entry, WPT Alpha8 London is designed specifically for an international field consisting of the best-known professional players and wealthiest recreational enthusiasts. Held in Mayfair’s beautiful Palm Beach Casino, the tournament will be played on the glamorous WPT Alpha8 set and filmed for broadcast on FOX Sports 1 in early 2014.

We are very excited to name London as the second stop for our new Alpha8 series,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “With its long-standing reputation as one of the world’s premier cities and financial capitals, London offers all of the amenities any high-stakes poker player could possibly desire. Its combination of culture, fine dining, nightlife, and enthusiasm for high-stakes poker make it the perfect venue for a unique event such as Alpha8.”

Hosting WPT Alpha8 suits the exclusivity of both the tour and the Palm Beach Casino.” said Tony Pearce Managing Director – London Genting Casinos UK Ltd. “We are extremely excited with the expected high-stakes cash games surrounding the event, which will be bigger than anything seen before in London and which will recreate the famous big game held in Macau.”

On February 14, 2014, World Poker Tour’s cameras will travel to the Emperors Palace Hotel & Casino Resort in Johannesburg, South Africa for WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg. Featuring a US$100,000 buy-in with re-entry, this two-day tournament will also be filmed for broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

South Africa is home to one of the most enthusiastic poker communities anywhere, and the gorgeous Emperors Palace Casino is truly a one-of-a-kind gaming destination,” Pliska said. “The resort offers everything the discerning, high-stakes player wants, whether it’s world-class poker or the chance to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive destinations. Emperors Palace truly epitomizes what Alpha8 is all about.”

Poker is one of the fastest growing games in South Africa and an event like WPT Alpha8 is going to be a huge draw for players from all across the country,” said Peermont & Emperors Palace Chief Operating Officer for Gaming, Bob Yearham. “Combine that with the fact this event is taking place at the height of summer in South Africa, and this will truly be a must-attend event for players seeking an unforgettable poker experience.”

The magnificent resort and its five-star hotel is located less than five minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and all players at WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg will receive VIP ground transportation to the resort, one week’s complimentary accommodation at the Doreale Grande Hotel, a dedicated VIP host, and an invitation to a free, two-night safari where they can enjoy the natural beauty of the South African wilderness.

For more information on upcoming WPT Alpha8 events, please contact events@wpt.com.

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2013 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed By WSOP

Two of the 10 finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame will be given poker’s grandest honor on November 3, 2013 when they are inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Wine Tasting Room inside the Rio. This year’s inductees will join fellow poker greats like Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, and Johnny Moss, cementing their legacies in poker.

The WSOP’s press release detailed the voting process from this point forward, as well as the aspects the voters are asked to consider:

The above list of names will be submitted to the 19 living Hall of Fame members and an 18-person media panel later this month for voting. Only these 37 individuals cast votes for induction.

The criteria they will consider in their vote are as follows:

- A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition

- Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination

- Played for high stakes

- Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers

- Stood the test of time

- Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

This year’s finalists include:

  • Chris Bjorin
  • Humberto Brenes
  • David Chiu
  • Thor Hansen
  • Jennifer Harman
  • Mike Matusow
  • Tom McEvoy
  • Carlos Mortensen
  • Scotty Nguyen
  • Huckleberry Seed

Mike Matusow, Humberto Brenes, and Carlos Mortensen are all first-time nominees –which makes it unlikely they will be inducted this time around, even though Mortensen is a no-brainer to be a hall of famer down the road.

Unlike recent years, there isn’t really a “shoe-in” this time around. From the above list I would personally give the nod to Jennifer Harman and Carlos Mortensen, but if we are talking about what the actual voters will do I would say that Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, David Chiu, and Jennifer Harman are the prohibitive favorites:

  • Jennifer Harman 1/2 to be inducted

I thought Harman would get in last year, but the HOF voters went old-school on us and selected Eric Drache and Sailor Roberts. This year there is no “nostalgia” pick to select (which is depressing to me considering there are still many “old-timers” who deserve to be inducted) so I think this is Harman’s year.

  • David Chiu 3/1 to be inducted

Chiu’s profile got raised this summer when he won his 5th WSOP bracelet, which had a lot of people reexamining his stats over the years.

  • Chris Bjorin 4/1 to be inducted

Bjorin’s stats stack-up nicely to Chiu’s, and his European ties could edge him past Chiu for some voters who are looking to globalize the Hall of Fame –Can someone explain to me how Marcel luske isn’t a finalist???

  • Thor Hansen 5/1 to be inducted

Like Bjorin, Hansen is one of the trailblazers for European poker. His ongoing, public fight with cancer has seen his accomplishments and larger than life personality brought into the public eye.

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Nevada’s Impact On US Online Poker Traffic Numbers

Now that the online poker industry is up and running in the state of Nevada we are starting to see exactly what kind of impact licensed online poker rooms will have on the US market –and if you are an unlicensed offshore provider the future doesn’t look very promising.

The US online poker market currently consists of Bovada, all of the other unlicensed rooms, and then Ultimate Poker, WSOP.com and Seals with Clubs.

The sites that have taken the biggest hit in recent months are those on the Merge Gaming Network and the Revolution Network. Both networks (which were thriving just after Black Friday) have seen traffic plummet, and can now only boast average traffic of 370 players.

But not all of their traffic has gone to Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com. Bodog has seen a traffic increase, as have the Winning Poker Network and the Chico Poker Network, both of which are now in striking distance of Merge and Revolution –something that I would have considered an impossibility even a few months ago.




Bovada 7-Day Average 1,100 players 7-Day Average 1,320 players
Revolution Gaming Network 7-Day Average 680 players 7-Day Average 370 players
Merge Gaming Network 7-Day Average 670 players 7-Day Average 370 players
Winning Poker Network 7-Day Average 245 players 7-Day Average 305 players
Chico Poker Network 7-Day Average 210 players 7-Day Average 300 players
Ultimate Poker 7-Day Average 75 players 7-Day Average 155 players
Seals With Clubs 7-Day Average 84 players 7-Day Average 64 players
WSOP.com N/A 7-Day Average 55 players


*Traffic numbers from www.pokerscout.com. Pokerscout.com uses a 7-day rolling average of cash-game players to determine traffic numbers.

If the current trend continues it’s quite likely that one or more unlicensed poker rooms may have to close their doors. Revolution has plummeted from an average of over 1,000 cash-game players just last year to their current level, while Merge has seen a similar fall but for different reasons: Revolution has been plagued by lengthy withdrawal times while Merge has seen several high-profile skins leave the network for unspoken reasons.

Bovada could end up being the proverbial thorn in the side of the licensed US poker rooms in the early going, as the site is the only unlicensed US-friendly online poker room with traffic numbers that are currently unattainable for the current crop of licensed rooms to compete with – and we all know that taffic is one of the biggest factor when players join an online poker site.

PokerStars EPT London Tournament Series Preview

One of the biggest tournament series of the entire year is nearly upon us, as the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) prepares to roll into the city of London from October 2nd through the 12th. This is the second stop of the EPT’s historic Season 10 and if the turnout in Barcelona is any indication, the EPT London could be one for the record books.

The EPT London Main Event will run from October 6th through the 11th and will feature a £5,000 buy-in. When it comes to online sportsbook bonuses Titan Bet Bonus Codes comes second to none!

Throughout its history the EPT London has been a record-setter, eclipsing the UK attendance record in 2009, and besting that record the following year. Here is a look at the Main Event attendance for the EPT London over the years:

  • Season 1: 175 entries
  • Season 2: 242 entries
  • Season 3: 398 entries
  • Season 4: 392 entries
  • Season 5: 596 entries
  • Season 6: 730 entries
  • Season 7: 848 entries
  • Season 8: 691 entries
  • Season 9: 647 entries
  • Season 10: ???

For more information on the EPT London series you can visit the PokerStars EPT website at http://www.europeanpokertour.com/tournaments/london/

Here is a look at the full schedule of 32 tournaments that will take place over the 11-day tournament series:

October 2 – Wednesday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 1A £1,000 + £100
21:00 2* NL – UKIPT Turbo – Win the Button! £100 + £10
October 3 – Thursday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 1B £1,000 + £100
21:00 3* NL – UKIPT NL – Turbo £200 + £20
October 4 – Friday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 4 EPT10 Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Day 1 – TV £48,500 + £1,500
17:00 5* NL – UKIPT London Cup Unlimited Re-Entry  – Day 1 £300 + £30
21:30 6 NL – Super Satellite to EPT Main Event £500 + £50
October 5 – Saturday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 3 CLOSED
12:00 4 EPT10 Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Day 2 – TV £48,500 + £1,500
12:00 7* NL – UKIPT High Roller – Day 1 £2,000 + £200
13:00 8 NL – Holdem – EPT Women’s Event £300 + £30
14:00 5* NL – UKIPT London Cup Unlimited Re-Entry  – Day 2 CLOSED
18:00 9* PLO – UKIPT Double Chance £250 + £25
21:00 10 NL – Turbo £1,000 + £100
October 6 – Sunday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 1A £5,000 + £250
12:30 1* UKIPT Main Event – Final Table CLOSED
12:30 7* NL – UKIPT High Roller – Final Day CLOSED
13:00 12 Chinese – Open Face – Unlimited Re-Entry – 30 Minute Levels £2,000 + £200
13:00 4 EPT10 Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Final Table – TV CLOSED
13:00 9* PLO – UKIPT Double Chance – Final Day CLOSED
16:00 13 NL – Omaha High/Low – Turbo Deepstack £300 + £30
18:00 14 NL – Super Satellite to EPT Main Event £1,000 + £75
21:00 15 NL – Last Chance Turbo Super Satellite to EPT Main Event Day 1B £1,000 + £50
October 7 – Monday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 1B £5,000 + £250
20:00 16 NL – Turbo – “8 Handed” £2,000 + £150
October 8 – Tuesday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 2 CLOSED
16:00 17 NL – Holdem – Day 1 £2,000 + £200
19:00 18 PLO £500 + £50
21:15 19 NL – Turbo – Win the Button! £300 + £30
October 9 – Wednesday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 3 CLOSED
12:00 17 NL – Holdem – Final Day CLOSED
13:00 20 NL – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Day 1 £1,000 + £100
15:00 21 NL – Holdem – Single Re-Entry Per Day – Day 1A £1,000 + £100
18:00 22 PLO – 8 Handed £1,000 + £100
21:15 23 NL – Turbo £1,000 + £100
October 10 – Thursday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 4 CLOSED
12:00 20 NL – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 24 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Day 1 £10,000 + £300
12:30 21 NL – Holdem – Single Re-Entry Per Day – Day 1B £1,000 + £100
13:00 22 PLO – 8 Handed – Day 2 CLOSED
18:00 25 PL – Omaha 8 / Stud 8 £500 + £50
20:00 26 NL – Turbo £1,000 + £100
21:15 27 NL – Turbo £300 + £30
October 11 – Friday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 5 CLOSED
12:00 21 NL – Holdem – Single Re-Entry – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 24 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 handed” – Day 2 £10,000 + £300
12:00 28 NL – Holdem – Deepstack £500 + £50
13:00 29 PLO – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Day 1 £1,000 + £100
17:00 30 8 Game – Day 1 £500 + £50
18:00 31 NL – Holdem – 30 Minute Levels – 8 Handed £1,000 + £100
20:00 32 NL – Prince George Megastack – Day 1 £200 + £20
October 12 – Saturday
12:00 24 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 handed” – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 29 PLO – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 30 8 Game – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 31 NL – Holdem – 30 Minute Levels – 8 Handed – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 32 Prince George Megastack – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 33 NL – Turbo – “6 Handed” £5,000 + £200
13:00 11 EPT Main Event Day 6 – Final Table CLOSED
13:00 34 NL – Deepstack Turbo – £30K GTD – 30K Stack / 15 Min levels £300 + £30
16:00 35 NL – Turbo – “6 Handed” £2,000 + £150
17:00 36 NL – Hyper Turbo – £10K GTD – 10K Stack / 10 Min levels £100 + £10


WPT Announces Major Change To $25k Championship Tournament

The changes are continuing on the World Poker Tour. In the course of the past few months the WPT has announced the creation of the Alpha8 Super-High-Roller tournament series; replaced Kimberly Lansing with Lynn Gilmartin as the WPT host; launched a five-stop UK National Series Tour; and this week the WPT announced that the WPT Championship will be moving from the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Since Season 1 (back in 2002) the World Poker Tour’s $25k end of the season championship event has been held at the Bellagio, but all that will be changing for Season XII, as the WPT issued a press release stating that the Season XII Championship will be moving to the Borgata.

The move to the Borgata almost certainly has to do with the partnership between bwin.party (the parent company of the World Poker Tour) and the Borgata in the soon to be launched online gaming industry in New Jersey.

The Borgata has also been one of the few stops on the World Poker Tour that has managed to draw sizable crowds and maintain their attendance numbers since the tour started to wane around 2008. There will now be three televised WPT events held at the Borgata during Season XII of the WPT

Below is a look at the press release issued by the WPT to announce the historic change:

World Poker Tour’s Season XII World Championship Moving to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Tournament Marks WPT’s Third Televised Event from Borgata in Season XII

Twitter: @WPT



Los Angeles, CA (September 17, 2013) – For the first time in its history, World Poker Tour’s prestigious, season-ending World Championship will be held outside Las Vegas at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Together with the currently running WPT® Borgata Poker Open and January 2014’s WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, this event will make Borgata home to three televised WPT tournaments in Season XII.

“We’re very pleased to name Borgata — now home to four of the five biggest tournaments in WPT history — the host of the Season XII WPT World Championship,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “With Borgata’s well-deserved reputation for running world-class tournaments and providing unparalleled service to its players, we believe this venue is perfectly suited to host our season-culminating event. We look forward to working with the team at Borgata to bring the WPT World Championship to new heights.”

Along with the change of venue, World Poker Tour is pleased to welcome PartyPoker as the official sponsor of the Season XII WPT World Championship. “The partnership of WPT, PartyPoker, and Borgata brings together three of the most respected names in poker, and we look forward to making the World Championship more impressive than ever before.” Pliska said.

“We are extremely pleased to be growing our long-standing relationship with World Poker Tour and to be expanding our relationship with PartyPoker, especially as we look to launch Borgatapoker.com,” said Borgata’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “Adding the WPT World Championship Sponsored by PartyPoker is a welcome addition and an important new chapter in the history of this illustrious tournament.”

Borgata’s first televised WPT touranment of the year, the WPT Borgata Poker Open, is running now. With 1,189 entrants, this year’s event surpassed last year’s impressive turnout and genrated a massive prize pool of $3,923,700. Sponsored by ClubWPT.com, the tournament’s final table will be recorded on Friday, September 20 and will air on FOX Sports Network in March 2014. World Poker tour will return to Atlantic City for its second televised event of the season when the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open begins in January 2014.

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November Niner Makes Interesting Staking Offer

He’s already guaranteed ninth place money ($7xx) and now Amir Lehavot is looking to lock-up an even larger payday from his WSOP Main Event final table run, offering 30% of his action at ICM, which works out to $29,248 for 1%.

According to Lehavot, his parents have 10% of his action, a friend has another 10%, and Amir has the other 80% –of which he is now selling up to 30%. Lehavot currently sits in 2nd place behind chip-leader JC Tran.

Normally buying the pretty accomplished Amir Lehavot at even money (ICM) would seem like a good idea against this lineup, but based on the payout schedule Amir would have to finish in 3rd place for investors to see a profit, and the profit would only be about $640 on a $29,248 investment. Of course, should Lehavot finish in 1st or 2nd place, earning investors $14,625 in profit per % and $47,015 respectively.

Furthermore, investors would need to submit tax information should he finish in 3rd place or higher.

Here is a look at the ROI for investors based on each finishing position are:

  • 1st place: 160%
  • 2nd place: 51%
  • 3rd place: 2%
  • 4th place: -30%
  • 5th place: -53%
  • 6th place: -70.4%
  • 7th place: -83.2%
  • 8th place: -92.8%
  • 9th place: -100%

Lehavot explained his reasoning for the pricing on 2+2:

Clearly I believe I have a skill edge and hence my finish distribution is better than ICM and hence this is a +EV investment for investors. I’m effectively selling at no markup.

I understand that investor ROI is quite limited here, i.e. the best case scenario is a 2.6x return. The downside is also significantly lower than when typically buying action, 84% of the time investors are going to get atleast 30% back, etc.
Basically because it’s the FT already the variance I’m transferring to investors per $1 is much smaller than when buying action at the beginning of a tourney.

So anyways, that’s the way I look at it. I’m fortunate enough where selling this action isn’t a high priority for me. Obviously I prefer to sell, and believe it’s a +EV investment for investors, or I wouldn’t have posted. But if I keep my entire 80%, that’s ok. I don’t intend to change the price I’m selling at.

Needless to say, the response to Lehavot’s offer was pretty polarizing; with some players (smart professional players and backers) saying this is good value, while others with the same pedigree claim it is basically a lol offer. Eager to get rewards just by playing your favorite online poker? Check out our Club Titan VIP!

First Of Its Kind Poker Conference At G2E Gaming Summit

On September 25, 2013 at 3PM PST the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will host a roundtable discussion called Power Poker: The Players’ View, a first of its kind poker-centric discussion. In a bit of irony, the 2013 G2E will be held at the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center; the Las Vegas Sands is one of the flagship properties of casino magnate and anti-online poker activist Sheldon Adelson.

The panel will be moderated by QuadJacks Marco Valerio and will consist of the following poker personalities:

  • Poker’s all-time money-leader and Ultimate Poker Ambassador Antonio Esfandiari
  • Tournament pro and Parx Casino Poker Room Ambassador Matt Glantz
  • 2013 November Niner and Las Vegas nightlife professional Jay Farber
  • Poker and chess player Jennifer Shahade

Each of the panelists was quoted in the press release announcing the panel on the G2E website:

“As a poker player, I’m excited to see the growing interest and increased attention that this game is receiving,” said Esfandiari. “I’m thrilled to be participating on the upcoming players panel at G2E and look forward to sharing my knowledge and opinions on this topic.”

I envision a partnership between every regional poker room and their resident professional poker players, so as to create a familiar, entertaining and easily accessible poker playing atmosphere,” said Glantz, poker room ambassador at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania.

I’m honored to be a part of such a distinguished poker players panel,” said Farber. “I look forward to discussing ways in which we can expand and improve the online and offline experience. I also hope to provide a unique insight into gaming’s effect on Vegas nightlife.”

When I began playing poker, I approached it much like a chess player, focusing on the strategic elements of the game, and only slowly learning to enjoy the gambling aspects of it,” said Shahade, internationally acclaimed chess champion, author and poker player. “As more states begin to regulate online poker, this distinction becomes more important. I’m also looking forward to discussing how our poker culture can attract and welcome new female players to the game, both live and online.”

This will be the second panel discussion moderated by Valerio. In February of 2013 Valerio moderated a similar panel discussion at the iGaming North America Conference (iGNA) where the panel of Matt Kaufman, Collin Moshman and Daniel Negreanu, discussed a number of aspects ranging from recreational vs. professional models and the use of software like HUD’s. The iGNA panel was well-received and offered up a number of slightly different points of view on the poker topics discussed.

You can read Valerio’s summary of the panel discussion or listen to the entire talk at the following link: http://agentmarco.com/players-speak-igna-2013-audio-summary/

The discussion at the iGNA conference was focused almost entirely on online poker (for obvious reasons), which will not be the case at the upcoming G2E panel discussion, where we will likely see online poker and live poker topics receive equal time and attention.

According to the press release issued on the G2E website:

During the session, the panelists will discuss the rise of Internet poker, the proper management of a live poker room, the game’s impact on mainstream culture, and how to understand poker from the player’s point of view.”

To book a spot or find out more about the G2E you can visit their website at http://www.globalgamingexpo.com

For more information on tournaments and schedules just check our Tournaments Titan Poker section.

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