Over the past couple years, Sunday has become the most important day of the week for tournament poker players, with the largest (and most lucrative) Texas hold ’em tournaments being spread by top poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker on that day each week. Today, PokerStars ups the ante with a $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million tournament, celebrating the fifth anniversary of their marquee weekly event.
You read that title correctly. At just 19 years of age, John Riordan was able to make a $200,000+ score and win the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida. Unlike most states in the U.S. with a minimum gambling age of 21, in Florida it is legal for anyone over the age of 18 to gamble.
This poker blogger’s favorite poker TV show, High Stakes Poker, is finally back for its 7th season! The producers of the show have decided to “shuffle the deck” as it were, and have made some changes, most notably in replacing host Gabe Kotter Kaplan with Saturday Night Live alumnus Norm MacDonald.
Just a mere 7 months ago, Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, stunned the poker world when he declared that he was retiring from poker. Shortly thereafter, as if to emphasize that he was serious about his retirement, Eastgate put his WSOP bracelet up for auction, donating the approximately $150,000 in proceeds to UNICEF, a very generous, benevolent, and highly commendable act. Lo and behold, a mere few months since then and Eastgate goes ahead and publicly announces his return to poker.
In a stunning development, The World Series of Poker Europe has announced that it will be moving from London to Cannes, France, until 2014. Does this mean that for the next 3 years, poker’s top pros will be hearing things like “Big Blind S’il Vous Plaît” and “French only at the table sir”?
Does anyone out there know why Great Britain is called “Great”? Well, this poker blogger can think of one reason: it’s the homeland of poker bombshell Liv Boeree! Yes, the term is more traditionally used for blondes, but c’mon! Seriously! Anyhow, Boeree cemented her place in the poker scene last year with a €1,250,000 win at the EPT San Remo. Up until now, Boeree’s major poker successes had been made on the live felt, but this past Sunday, the PokerStars pro notched her first big online poker score.
Just to bring closure to yesterday’s poker blog entry, I’m sure you’re all wondering who won when the 2010 November Nine reconvened to play in the $15,000 freeroll at Foxwoods. Well, before I reveal the winner and spoil the fun, let me share what other fun facts I learned about the event since yesterday.
World Series of Poker 2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, fresh off his recent victory at the EPT Deauville High Roller event, is set to try and repeat history against the rest of last year’s November Nine. As part of Foxwoods’ Mega Stack Challenge XIX poker series, 18 qualifiers will join all 9 members of last year’s WSOP main Event final table, including Duhamel and Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, in a special 3-table no-limit Hold ’em poker tournament.
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.