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2006 WSOP Champion Jamie Gold: “Poker’s Back and So Am I”

June 22, 2016 Live poker

There’s no template for Main Event champions.

Some take their millions and vanish while others linger for as long as they can. Some keep winning, others don’t.

A few champions successfully defend their titles. Some champions become intrinsically linked to poker itself.

They catalyze change, they mark monumental turning points or they cement themselves as a poker archetype.

No One Could Stop Him

Stu Ungar embodied the tragic brilliance of a genius professional gambler. Ungar won back-to-back WSOP Main Events in 1980 and 1981, but developed a crippling cocaine habit around that same time.

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Stu Ungar

After falling into a pit of sports betting and drugs, Ungar resurfaced in 1997 and won the Main Event again...

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WSOP ME Heads-Up Flashback: Carlos Mortensen vs Dewey Tomko

June 8, 2016 Live poker

If Spanish poker fans remember the 2001 WSOP fondly it’s because, way before the era of the November Nine, a Spaniard was crowned best player in the world.

It launched a trickle-down effect still being felt in Spain today with rising stars like Adrian Mateos a direct product.

As part of our continuing series on WSOP Main Event heads-up matches let’s go back and look at what happened during the 2001 heads-up between Carlos Mortensen and Dewey Tomko.

We’ll also look at their respective careers since. 

The Decisive Hand

At this final table Tomko and Mortensen had to not only face each other but also Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth.

Carlos Mortensen

The latter came face-to-face with Mortensen with only five players left at the table, which only makes the Spaniard’s run even more impressive.

After th...

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Jesus Resurrected: Chris Ferguson Resurfaces at 2016 WSOP

June 6, 2016 Live poker

Former Team Full Tilt member Chris “Jesus” Ferguson played his first WSOP event after a five-year absence late last night.

Ferguson busted the $ 10k Seven-Card Stud event last night but returned today to play the $ 1,000 Top-Up Turbo event.

The California-native declined an interview but didn’t appear to receive any hostility from the other players at his table.

Ferguson’s last cash at the WSOP took place way back in in late June of 2010 when he finished 48th in the $ 2,500 World Championship Mixed Event for $ 4,573.

Lederer Still Missing from WSOP

Ferguson has been missing from the World Series of Poker and the poker world in general since April, 2011, when online poker’s Black Friday saw top sites PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker/UB all indicted by the Dep...

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Vanessa Rousso: “Big Brother Was Harder Than WSOP”

June 5, 2016 Live poker

Vanessa Rousso is a gamer.

It doesn’t matter if she’s playing poker, chess or a reality TV show.

Last summer Rousso had the opportunity to participate in long-running CBS reality show Big Brother.

Rousso, who was playing in the Colossus at the 2016 WSOP today, put on an impressive performance on the nearly four month-long show eventually finishing third, finishing just shy of the money.

Big Brother an “Incredible” Experience

The Big Brother experience still strikes a chord with her nearly a year later.

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“It was by far the most grueling thing I’ve ever done,” she said.

“It was psychologically, emotionally and physically the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Just on every level.”

You might think the marathon reality show would compare well to the long hours of the WS...

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Paul Khoury Rocks Different Style of Bracelet at 2016 WSOP

June 4, 2016 Live poker

It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone playing the World Series of Poker wants a bracelet.

Paul Khoury already has one.

Khoury, who took a seat in Day 1c of the WSOP Colossus II today, helped co-found boutique bracelet company Lokai.

The bracelets, which were the brainchild of founder Steve Izen, are currently a hot ticket item with the likes of Oprah, Aaron Paul and Ashley Benson all hopping aboard the Lokai train.

Each bracelet contains water from Mount Everest and mud from the dead sea.

“It’s a mental reminder to stay balanced in life,” explained Khoury. “Those two elements in the bracelet kinda symbolize the highs and lows that we go through in life.”

Swapping Gold for Mud

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In the middle of the Colossus.

It’s a far cry from the glitz and glam of the gold bracelet...

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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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