Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker’

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Each year the World Series of Poker (WSOP) crowns a Player of the Year (POY). I must admit that in the past, I haven’t paid much attention to who won, but this year was different. I knew my all-time favorite poker player, “Kid Poker” himself, was in the running; he entered the WSOP Europe in third place for the coveted title.

Daniel Negranu WSOP Player of the Year 2019Going into the Colossus, the final event of WSOP-E, the title was still up for grabs with four players vying for the POY title:  Daniel Negreanu, Robert Campbell, Shaun Deeb and Anthony Zinno.  In the end, however, with no one able to surpass his point total, Negreanu was crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year.

The 2019 Player of the Year race included all open bracelet events of the 2019 calendar year, including events at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (May 28 – July 16) and WSOP Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic (Oct 15-Nov 4).

One could say that Negreanu had himself a helluva good year.He cashed six times at WSOP Europe prior to the Colossus event and cashed an amazing 17 times at the WSOP in Vegas. But perhaps his favorite event of 2019 had little to do with poker.
Wedding Day for Daniel and Amanda
On May 17, 2019, Kid Poker married the love of his life, Amanda Leatherman, in Palos Verdes, California, surrounded by family, friends and numerous poker stars. What an incredible year!

Hope to see you soon at the Poker Tables, maybe you can be next year’s POY!

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A new documentary entitled Poker Queens, from director Sandra Mohr and executive producer Christine Beatty, traces the history of women in the game of poker, from the days of “Poker Alice” Ivers, to MuskanSethi, who made waves at this year’s World Series of Poker Championship Event and is one of India’s top professional poker players.

Featured in the documentary are Poker Hall of Fame members Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson and Jennifer Harman, Women in Poker Hall of Fame members Jan Fisher and Maria Ho, and current Female Player of the Year Kristen Bicknell, (who notes in the trailer that “boys don’t like to be beat by girls!”) among others, as they all seek their place at the poker table in what remains, even in the 21st century, a heavily male-dominated game.

Stories and anecdotes are also contributed by players such as Liv Boeree, Kelly Minkin, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Loni Harwood, Esther Taylor and the World Poker Tour’s Angelica Hael. They are all extremely entertaining, but what is still left unclear is what direction the documentary will take.

Will it be bold and have a point of view with regard to why there are so few female poker players? (approximately 10% of the participants in the game and, even worse, at the WSOP Championship Event this year, 4.1%, or 350 women out of the 8569-player field). If this documentary addresses the disparity issue head on, it will be far more provocative than simply a series of highly enjoyable anecdotes.

Poker Queens will premiere on Amazon Prime Video, but there is no information if there will be a charge for outside viewers or if it will be included with the Amazon Prime subscription for members and offered for free. It could be a worthy addition to the list of poker documentaries that have been presented, but we’ll have to wait for a look at the finished product before we can be sure.

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Although she hasn’t really been a professional poker player since 2011, Annie Duke’s name recognition is way up there. Her poker resume includes a World Series Of Poker gold bracelet in 2004, winning the NBC National Heads-Up Championship in 2010 and a net worth of around $8 million. In fact, she was once the leading money winner among women in WSOP history (that title now belongs to Vanessa Selbst)

Annie Duke Poker ProNevertheless, her image hasn’t always been bright and shiny; she’s the sister of Howard Lederer, a player virtually exiled from poker. Her main sponsor, Ultimate Bet, was wiped out after being embroiled in a scandal in 2013, compelling her to distance herself from the brand as well as from high profile poker tournaments. Oh yes, and in 2009 she was a contestant on a little game show called “Celebrity Apprentice” where she raised over $700,000 for her charity, Refugees International, finishing second to Joan Rivers.

Nevertheless, Duke, (who double majored in English and psychology at Columbia University, leaving a month short of completing her doctorate) parlayed her poker career, scholarship and reputation as an expert in the field of smart decision making into a new career as a corporate speaker and “Decision Strategist.” In fact, Forbes, GQ and Entrepreneur have all done specials on her, and currently she’s back in the news.

Duke is teaming up with money management firm Hartford Funds. The firm is using her experience as a professional poker player to prevent financial advisors and investors from imploding, emotionally, when the going gets tough.

She has also been featured on the Hartford Funds Podcast “Human-centric Investing Podcast” and will host an exclusive webinar on Tuesday, September 10 at 16:00 (ET), called “Decision-making tips from a poker pro.

When all is said and done, we are still waiting for her to make an appearance at the poker tables and regain her reputation as one of the leading women in poker.

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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

After seven days of play, the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached the final table. After more than 8000 eager participants were systematically dwindled down to the final nine players the Final Table was set.

We’ve reported most of the results from all other events and now we’re ready to see who of the niners will take home the most coveted World Series of Poker championship, the Gold Bracelet, and $10,000,000 dollars to sweeten the moment.

We watched intently as Hossein Ensan moved up the field to take the lead. On day 4 he had around 3,000,000 in chips, day 5 he came in at just over 7,000,000 chips, then day 6 he amassed roughly 34,000,000 and looked unstoppable. By the end of day 7, Ensan was clearly the leader of the pack with an outstanding 177,000,000 chip count. The 2nd closest chip count belongs to Garry Gates, with just over 99 million chips.

And thus the Final Table has been set. Everyone will get a much needed rest until later today with play resuming at 6:30 p.m.

Here are the Final Nine:
Seat 1 – Hossein Ensan – 177,000,000 Chips – CHIP LEADER
Seat 2 – Nick Marchington – 20,100,000 Chips
Seat 3 – Dario Sammartino – 33,400,000 Chips
Seat 4 – Kevin Maahs – 43,000,000 Chips
Seat 5 – Timothy Su – 20,200,000 Chips
Seat 6 – Zhen Cai – 60,600,000 Chips
Seat 7– Garry Gates – 99,300,000 Chips
Seat 8 – Milos Skrbic – 23,400,000 Chips
Seat 9 – Alex Livingston – 37,800,000 Chips

Here’s the remaining final table schedule:

Sunday, July 14 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN2 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 15 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 – 5:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 6:00 p.m. Play will continue until the 2019 World Champion of Poker is crowned.

Good luck gentlemen. We all know you need lady luck on your side now more than ever.

We recognize that other events have been played, big money has been won, and a few events are still being played concurrent to the Main Event . We will acknowledge all the winners in a final post.

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