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Epic WSOP Heads-Up Battles: Greg Raymer vs. David Williams

May 19, 2016 Live poker

It’s late May, 2004.

The WSOP has once again shattered records in the Main Event thanks to online qualifier Chris Moneymaker winning it all the previous year.

The 2004 Main Event attracted 2,576 players, which is more than triple the previous year. It’s clear that something has changed and online poker sites and mainstream sponsors are starting to flood Binion’s Horseshoe.

The long-running tournament is in the midst of a dramatic shift, thanks to the rise of the online poker phenomenon, that won’t peak until 2006.

Twitter is years away and live coverage of the event is still being perfected.

The final table has just been set and patent attorney Greg “Fossilman” Raymer is the overwhelming chip leader with 8.2 million.

Meanwhile 23-year-old David Williams, renowned for his ...

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Pacific Poker: No Limit Multi Table Hold’em WSOP med 888-DAPT

March 31, 2016 Poker Tournaments

Starts: 31/03/2016 14:00:00 GMT
Gametype: No Limit Hold’em
Buy-in Fee: $ 0
Online Poker Tournaments (Multi-Room : 31st Mar 2016)

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Peru’s Diego Ventura Set for WSOP Main Event Debut via 888poker

February 23, 2016 Live poker

Peruvian Diego Ventura has been a force in online poker for several years.

Among other feats that have branded him one of the best in the online world, he’s made the final table of the Sunday Million twice.

Ventura started to play more live poker in 2014 and is already Peru’s all-time leading money winner at just over $ 1m.

The bulk of that total, of course, came when he just missed one of the world’s top titles and came second in the PCA main event in 2015.

At the time he almost missed the event entirely as the US denied him a transit visa after he’d won his ticket in the last online satellite.

He did eventually make it to Atlantis and went all the way to the heads-up, where he lost to Kevin Schultz...

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Joe McKeehen Wins 2015 WSOP Main Event and $7.7 million

November 11, 2015 Live poker

Joe McKeehen held on to his lead throughout the entire final table and won the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event and $ 7.7 million.

McKeehen started the final table with the largest lead in November Nine history and never lost it on his way to victory.

“It was just my day for three days,” McKeehen said. “I was never really at risk.

“Even if I’d lost the big pots I’d still have a huge lead.”

It was the McKeehen show from start to finish.

“It hasn’t really hit me,” the Philadelphia native said. “But it feels good.”

Starting Out Strong

The first day, McKeehen eliminated all three players.

The first casualty was Patrick Chan, who fell in the second hand of the day.


McKeehen started that hand on the button and moved all-in when action folded to him.

Both short stack...

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Digging Deep to Find a Favorite in 2015 WSOP November Nine Pt. 3

November 4, 2015 Live poker

I only have two players from this year’s November Nine left to present to you.

The rest were presented/discussed here and here.

Play will pick up this Sunday at Level 35 with blinds of 200,000/400,000 and a 50,000 ante.

The last two players to discuss are the two with the most chips. Together they have 48.3% of the chips … but you’d probably not find anyone offering even money on either of these two combined to become the next World Champion.

That mostly has to do with Joe McKeehen’s impressive performance gobbling up chips with two tables left.

Zvi Stern, 36 Years Old, Israel

Zvi Stern

Stern doesn’t have an impressive tournament resume, especially not among these wolves. But he does have a lot of chips.

With 74.5 BBs he has almost 20 BBs more than Neil Blumenfield in third place...

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Daily 3-Bet: JayP-AA Binge, WSOP ESPN Surge, Shark Cage 2

September 15, 2015 Live poker

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a slip of paper, a rack of chips and a skip in your heartbeat as you begin the best day of your afternoon poker news day life.

Have a tip for a future 3-Bet? Let us know about it in the comments.

Today in the 3-Bet we find unknown high-stakes crusher JayP-AA on a $ 1m tear, the road to the WSOP final table begins in earnest and PokerStars’ Shark Cage is back.

1) JayP-AA Has $ 1m 48-Hour Stretch

Unknown high-stakes online reg JayP-AA popped up on the poker scene early in 2011 – coincidentally just before Black Friday – after a runner-up finish in the Sunday Warm-Up dropped over $ 100k in his bankroll.

Ben Sulsky
Ben Sulsky.

No one expected him to last as his aggressive style led many to believe he’d have a short stay at high stakes.

Fast forward to this pa...

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2015 WSOP November Niner Pierre Neuville: “Best is Yet to Come”

July 16, 2015 Live poker

Just four months ago Pierre Neuville received a standing ovation at the European Poker Awards in Malta upon being presented the jury’s special prize, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In his speech he expressed his thankfulness for the appreciation but also pointed out that he’s in no mood to quit the game.

He finished his speech with the words “the best is yet to come,” foreshadowing his amazing run to the November Nine culminated last night.

The 72-year-old Belgian has already shown the world there are no limits in No-Limit Hold’em. And he’s not done yet.

A Poker Player Who Didn’t Play

Pierre Neuville
Poker brought Neuville back to life.

The former “Friend of PokerStars” and president of Hasbro (producer of the game Trivial Pursuit), Neuville is one of the most popular players in Europe...

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WSOP 3-Bet: Rampaging Gold, Amazing Zinno, Robl Gone Wild

July 1, 2015 Live poker

Have something you want to see in a future 3-Bet? Drop us a line in the comments.

Today in the 3-Bet we find a long-awaited deep Jamie Gold run, Anthony Zinno nears his 5th (!) final table of the summer and Andrew Robl gone wild at the Aria $ 250k cash game.

1) Jamie Gold on a Rampage

Jamie Gold
Remember this guy?

We can’t think about the 2006 WSOP for very long without tears trickling slowly down our cheeks (you should have seen the free swag!) but we’ll try to hold the waterworks back to get this blurb out.

Jamie Gold is back and contending for another WSOP gold bracelet.

He’s second in chips with 37 players left in Event #59, $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, and if the WSOP updates are an indication he’s doing it in some vintage JG form.

Not “top top” vintage, but he’s got a big stack again ...

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In the Money, Near the Lead: Jennifer Tilly Hunts Second WSOP Bracelet

June 17, 2015 Live poker

Back in 2005, Tilly won the $ 1,000 NLHE Ladies Event and has been chasing another World Series of Poker bracelet since.

“I always get that caveat like, ‘Well, that’s a ladies bracelet,’” said Tilly.

“So you know, it’d be great to win in an open field that has a lot of internet geniuses. I mean, it’d be fantastic.

“I could have one on each arm, like Wonder Woman.”

Tilly has had 11 WSOP cashes since her bracelet win and is currently seeing how far she can take her 12th.

Tilly finished day 1 of the $ 5,000 NLHE 6-Max 5th in chips and rose to the top of the counts when the bubble burst earlier today.

Now guaranteed $ 8,892, Tilly is looking to make a deep run in one of the toughest fields of the year.

Six-Max Adrenaline

“I really like the 6-max,” said Tilly...

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Christian Pham Accidentally Registers for 2-7, Wins WSOP Bracelet

June 13, 2015 Live poker

Pham had accidentally registered for a No-Limit 2-7 tournament, a game he didn’t even know existed.

Two days later, Pham won the event, his first World Series of Poker bracelet and $ 81,314.

“I sat at my table and they dealt five cards,” Pham said. “One guy threw away one card and someone else threw away two and I had no idea what game it was.

“I said, ‘Oh my god, what do I do?’”

Pham tried to unregister for the event but he was told there was nothing they could do since he’d already played a hand of the event.

With no idea of how to play the game, Pham was left with just one move.

“I thought I threw away $ 1,500,” Pham said. “I folded the first seven or nine hands because even if I had the nuts, I didn’t know.”

That led Pham to his first 2-7 lesson.

Learning the ...

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