Jesse Sylvia emerged victorious at the 2016 WPT Borgata main event in Atlantic City to take home a cool $821,811 in prize money.

The event attracted a strong field of 1,179 led to the creation of a $3,773,979 prize pool.

Thanks to this win, Sylvia took his career earnings to $6,820,468. To make things more special, this was his first win at a major tournament.

Some of the notable names to have earned a return on their investment in the $3,500 WPT Borgata main event was Blair Hinkle in 47th ($10,945), Eli Elezra in 38th ($12,832), Alan Engel in 31st ($14,719), Matt Waxman in 11th ($45,099), and John Racener in 9th ($69,253).

After six days of intense poker action, five players made it to the final table. After a series of eliminations, Sylvia and Zach Gruneberg were left to fight it out for the coveted title.

The 80th hand of the heads-up was the last after moved all-in preflop holding Jh-4h. Gruneberg (As-2c) made the call and had to settle for a second place finish when the board ran Jc-9c-8c-Qs-Kd.

Final Table Results:

1: Jesse Sylvia $821,811

2: Zach Gruneberg $490,617

3: Taha Maruf $300,031

4: Simon Lam $250,970

5: Chris Limo $207,569

6: Farid Jattin $167,942

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Jeremy Dresch emerged victorious at the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Columbus, beating a field of 344 players for $83,045 first place prize.

With a $332,180 prize pool at stake, Dresch played solid poker on both days to register the biggest score of his career.

Commenting on his latest win, the 42 year-old said:

“Long time coming. I never look beyond the weekend; I’ll decide what to play on Wednesdays. I didn’t even know this tournament was going on, I had no idea. My buddy told me earlier in the week, so I played it.”

Dresch was on 18th place on Day 2 with just 59 players remaining. 36 players walked home with a return on their investment. These included Jason Seitz in 34th ($2,093), Peixin Liu in 28th ($2,093), Joe Matheson in 18th ($3,322), Mike Schneider in 15th ($4,651), and Blake Bohn in 13th ($4,651).

10 players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, only Dresch and Victor Peppe remained to fight it out for the coveted title.

The final hand of the heads-up duel was played when Dresch (5-5) beat Peppe (J-6) to seal the title.

Top 10 Finishes:

1st: Jeremy Dresch $83,045

2nd: Victor Peppe $49,827

3rd: Jim Boone $32,321

4th: Brian Friesen $22,588

5th: Bradley Demotts $16,941

6th: Richard Alsup $13,287

7th: Reginald Powell $11,294

8th: Kraig Komrosky $9,301

9th: Andy BeBerg $7,974

10th: Chris Korent $6,311

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In a sensational display, Brady Hinnegan took down the 2016 World Cup of Cards (WCC) main event for C$110,000 (US$83,530).

The event, hosted at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Canada, witnessed three days of action thanks a strong field of 359 players.

The C$1,650 buy-in Main Event, with a prize pool of C$522,345, had several notable poker players return home with a return on their investment. These included Marco Caza in 29th ($3,200), Kyle Janisse in 25th ($3,500), Rodney Ramalho in 22nd ($4,000), and Carter Swidler in 15th ($6,600).

Ten players made it to the final table, and after a series of eliminations, it was left for Brady to fight it out with Tomas Larivee Magni for the title.

Hinnegan came into the heads-up round with a 3:2 chip advantage over Magni. The final duel went as per script for the former and final had been played when Magni (Q-5) raised all-in on a K-Q-9-6-5 board.

Having hit a straight, Hinnegan (J-10) made the call to condemn Magi to a second place finish for C$78,000 (us$59,230).

Hinnegan finished the night with the biggest score of his career so far.

Final Table Results (C$):

1: Brady Hinnegan $110,000

2: Tomas Larivee Magni $78,000

3: Elie A $58,000

4: Laurence Louie $44,500

5: Karim-Olivier Kamal $34,500

6: Man Sze Chow $26,500

7: Philippe Belley $20,000

8: Kevin Rivest $14,495

9: Tyler Wilson $10,500

10: Ian Tang $8,100

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Second half of the Global Poker League is set to commence on September 20, Alex Dreyfus’s event entered into a break on July 8 after first half of season 1.

Considering the lukewarm response to league, the French entrepreneur has made some changes to the format in order to make it more engaging.

All the latest updates and information about the GPL will now be available on iOS and Android devices.

GPL commentator Griffin Benger has been replaced by a “rotating cast of poker experts,” which included Jonathan Little.

This time, the GPL Playoffs and Finals will be held in Las Vegas, instead of at TwitchCon 2016 in San Diego.

Here’s how the teams stand at the moment:

Americas Conference Table

1: Montreal Nationals – 145 points

2: LA Sunset – 134 points

3: Sao Paulo Mets – 112 points

4: New York Rounders – 108 points

5: San Francisco Rush – 105 points

6: Las Vegas Moneymaker – 95 points

Eurasia Conference Table

1: Moscow Wolverines – 122 points

2: London Royals – 109 points

3: Hong Kong Stars – 106 points

4: Paris Aviators – 104 points

5: Rome Emperors – 96 points

6: Berlin Bears – 92 points

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Said El-Yousfi took down the 2016 WSOPC Global Casino Championship, after beating a strong field of 126 players for a cool $343,256. After three days of pulsating action, Moroccan-born Frenchman earned a slice of history by becoming only the second non-American player to capture a WSOP Circuit event. This memorable win helped Said to push his live earnings to $443,271.

Commenting on his latest triumph, El-Yousfi said:

“I feel wonderful. It’s fantastic. It’s like the cherry on the cake.. I like to make jokes and have fun. When we got to 15 or 16 players, I was already happy. I played this tournament like I played a tournament with 200 friends.”

Some of the notable players that walked away with a slice of the $1,260,000 prize pool included Jonathan Turners in 18th ($16,280), Nipun Java in 16th ($16,280), Justin Zaki in 13th ($19,259), and Jesse Martin in 12th ($23,262).

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left between Said an Yasin Ahmady to fight it out for the title. The heads-up duel lasted 34 hands and the final hand was played when El-Yousfi (A-8) moved all-in on a J-9-7 flop. Ahmady (K-Q) called, but did not get any assistance on the turn (7) and river (9). The latter had to settle for a second place finish for $212,150.

Final Table Results:

1: Said El-Yousfi $343,256
2: Yasin Ahmady $212,150
3: Joshua Turner $150,851
4: Joe Kuether $109,192
5: Sean Small $80,483
6: Cody Pack $60,427
7: Alexander Rocha $46,231
8: Brian Green $36,054
9: Blake Whittington $28,673

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Matt Marafioti disappearing act during the 2016 WSOP led to his friends and family filing a missing person's report. People close to him felt he was suffering from problems related to mental health.

On August 1 however, Canadian poker pro resurfaced, claiming he was camped for 45 days and enjoyed his “summer in peace and quiet”.

Poker pro Randy Dorfman was actually the first person to sound alarm over Matt's absence at the request of the latter's family.

On his return however, Matt has dissociated himself from Randy, terming him a “very seedy, one-sided community,” and furthermore stated that Dorfman was no friend of his, going so far as to call him “an ex Wall Street, Miami swinger club owning, SCUMBAG mobster who happens to be Jewish so please stop HARASSING me/publicly lying.”

In response to the attack, Randy hit back stating that Matt “suffers severe mental illness’ and is ‘DESPERATELY’ in need of help."

There is no concrete evidence to suggest that Marafioti is indeed undergoing mental health problems. However on January 16, 2016, he released a video on YouTube titled “Matt Marafioti Is Being Framed By The Illuminati, Italian, And Jewish Mobs Because Of Drake". This raised several eyebrows in the poker community about the player and his temperament.

Marafioti has now released another video, debunking the myth around his alleged mental health problems.

“To be honest, I find the poker community to be a very seeded, one-sided community. So with that being said, I chose to remove myself from the situation in order to grant myself the peace and happiness I deserve, which I live in every single day. So I’m just moving on with my life in a completely positive and happy manner.”

Marafioti has $2,771,146 in live tournaments earnings and an additional $2,984,909 from playing online under the screen name ‘Adzizzy’.

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Democrats and Republicans recently held their national conventions to formally announce their respective presidential candidates.

The election campaign has been a polarized affair so far, mostly due to the rhetoric of Donald Trump. Several celebrities have hit out the billionaire businessman for his stand on immigration and Muslims.

Poker legend Daniel Negreanu too has previously spoken out against Trump. The Canadian became a US citizen earlier in the year and is now eligible to vote in the upcoming election.

Negreanu praised Michelle Obama after her speech at the DNC in Philadelphia, writing “AMAZING WOMAN AND ROLE MODEL FOR OUR KIDS!!!!” 

He also stated that Hillary Clinton’s was a “well delivered speech full of ideas, plans, and solutions.”

He attacked Trump, terming him an “awful human being” and a “thin skinned” sociopath who was “dangerous to America”. 

Trump supporter came after Negreanu after his comments about the Republican candidate.

Interestingly, some poker players like Mike Matusow, Matt Glantz, and Doyle Brunson are backing Trump.

Negreanu had a clear message to those that disagreed with him on social micro-blogging site Twitter. Unfollow me, he wrote to them.

Responding to Negreanu, poker legend Brinson, said: “I almost pulled the [unfollow] trigger but decided it would be stupid because we disagree over politics. America will decide.”

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James “Flushy” Dempsey emerged victorious at the Grand Prix Poker Tour Brighton Main Event for a first place prize of $40,000. In doing so, he beat a strong field of 2,100 at the Amex stadium to take his live earnings to $2,062,726. Flushy also boasts of $1,075,976 in online winnings.

224 players made it to Day 2 of the $109 buy-in tournament, ensuring at least $330 for their efforts. Nine players made it to the final table after a four-hour long battle.

After a series of eliminations, it was left between Dempsey and Tom Simm to fight it out for the title. The former held a 24m to 17.6m chip advantage over the latter.

The final hand of the contest was played when Dempsey (10d-9d) and Simm (8d-7d) went all-in on a Q-J-2 flop with two diamonds. With no help from the turn and river, Simm had to settle for a second place finish for $24,000.

Final Table Results: 

1: James Dempsey $40,000
2: Tom Simm $24,000
3: Seth Webber $16,000
4: James Alsop $12,260
5: Ken Priestnall $9,000
6: Peter Burgon $7,000
7: Paul Nugent $5,500
8: Jamie Robinson $4,000
9: Jaraslaw Szwarc $3,000

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In an interesting turn of events, 888-WSOP.com’s cash game average rose above that of online poker giant PokerStars in New Jersey.

The obvious reason behind this result was due to WSOP.com’s to interlink promotions from the ongoing WSOP event in Las Vegas.

WSOP.com offered players 100% deposit bonus of $1,000, helping boost the traffic to the website.

Ring games are responsible for generating 70% of an online poker portal’s revenue.

Amaya-owned PokerStars beat competition on this front after just one week of its launch in the state. Apart from this week and a brief period in May, PokerStars has maintained its supremacy in the market.

While this period has traditionally witnessed a dip in traffic, NJ’s traffic in June posted only a 7% year-on-year growth.

It is also true that the state’s online poker industry has shown improvement on key parameters as compared to 2015.

However, one expected PokerStars’ entry into the market would have transformational change.

 

So far though, that effect has been missing and the company’s closest rivals are not bowing out without a big fight.

 

 

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Finland's Jens Kyllonen won his first bracelet after he emerged victorious in Event #62: $25k Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for a massive payday of $1,127,035.

This win helped take his career earnings to a whopping $2,766,652.

Commenting on his historic win, Jens said:

“I can’t remember when I had this kind of rush. It has to be back in 2011 when I won a million in one day. That’s a similar feeling that I can remember, but other than that, this is the biggest one.”

“It’s kind of been a dream. For some Finnish players it has been more of a dream, but I certainly appreciate the bracelet a lot. I’m going to remember it forever,” he further added.

Out of 184 players, some notable ones that walked home with a slice of the $4,370,000 prize pool included Isaac Baron in 28th ($37,062), Taylor Paur in 23rd ($42,435), Yevgeniy Timoshenko in 18th ($42,435), Paul Volpe in 15th ($49,050), Michael Mizrachi in 12th ($70,256), and Robert Mizrachi in 9th ($86,969).

Six players made it to the final table with Jens and US pro Tommy Le slugging it out in the heads-up round. There was no surprise in store as Jens outclassed the American for the bracelet and cash with a solid show.

After Jani Vilmunen (2009) and Ville Wahlbeck (2009), Kyllonen is now only the third player from Finland to win a WSOP bracelet. He is now fourth on his country's all time money list, behind Patrik Antonius ($6,788,792), Juha Helppi ($6,267,941), and Jani Sointula ($2,829,829).

Final Table Results: 

 

1: Jens Kyllonen $1,127,035
2: Tommy Le $696,558
3: Dan Smith $487,361
4: Ryan D’Angelo $347,641
5: Veselin Karakitukov $252,909
6: Dmitry Savelyev $187,724
7: Ludovic Geilich $142,227
8: Sean Winter $110,035

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