2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel just did something very few recent WSOP Champions have done; follow up his performance with another meaningful victory. Over the last few years, since Chris Moneymaker in 2003, the poker world has seen the various WSOP Champions come and go with various degrees of success. Some of the champions proved that their victories weren’t flukes; specifically 2005 champ Joe Hachem and 2004 champ Greg Raymer come to mind. None of the past few champs, however, has managed to score a convincing victory while in defense of his title, until Duhamel took down the recent High Roller event at the EPT Deauville.
Can a poker player possibly win $40 million in one year? Though the thought sounds preposterous, Erik Seidel is actually on pace to win that much money in 2011, having just wrapped up a January that saw him take home a whopping $3.4 million.
I thought that after more than half a decade of involvement in the poker industry and after tens of thousands of poker hands played live and online that I’d seen it all. Boy was I ever wrong! I recently came across an advertisement in CardPlayer magazine for something called the Poker Cube.
After more than 1 year online, apparently people are starting to take notice of this site and poker blog. Congratulations to Card Player Lifestyle 🙂 on being ranked among the top 30 poker blogs by Online Poker Lowdown.
So yesterday I played in one of the Sunday majors for the first time (Sunday 1/4 Million at PokerStars). It took me about 4 hours until I busted (I made the money) and then I started wondering how much longer it would’ve taken to finish the tournament, if somehow I got lucky enough to make the final table. That inspired me to do some research about PokerStars’ biggest tournament, the Sunday Million. Here’s what I came up with.
The high stakes online poker pro known to the world simply as Isildur1 has finally “gone public”, revealing himself to be none other than Viktor Blom. PokerStars scored a coup, signing Isildur1 to become one of their site pros and promising that his identity would soon be revealed. Keeping to their word, PokerStars reportedly has big plans for Viktor Blom this year.
Readers of Daniel Negreanu’s poker blog know that he always sets himself goals for the year. His first goal for 2011 was to win $1 million. Incredibly, just a couple weeks into the New Year, Negreanu can already cross that off his list! While he didn’t win the $100,000 Super High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, second place was good enough to win Negreanu $1 million and catapult him into the all-time lead for money won in poker tournaments (around $14 million), ahead of FullTilt pro Phil Ivey.
You gotta admit, the people at UB have been pretty busy lately. With Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke recently departing from the UB stable, the online poker room has made a move towards showcasing a younger group of online poker pros, most notably new company front man Joe Sebok. This week, however, UB shocked the poker world when it signed WSOP bracelet winner Prahlad Friedman to an endorsement deal.
Two of the biggest names in poker, Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke, have announced that they have severed business ties with UB. Notoriously in the news over the last few years for corruption scandals (which led to the rebranding of UltimateBet as UB in the first place), UB no longer has any of its inaugural pros left in its stable of poker players.
That’s right. After more than 12 years “away from the felt” Matt Damon (as Mike McDermott) will ante up again in “Rounders 2” and try to win some serious “stacks of high society”!