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.”
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
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.
In a rather interesting development in the world of iGaming, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) revealed that revenue generated for June a was little lower as compared to May.
This despite an increase in the number from the same period last year. A total of $16.4 million (€14.7 million) was collected last month in the state.
There is a 40.6% year-on-year increase but a dip as compared to the $16.5 million generated in May this year. The highest was in the month of April when $17 million was accumulated.
$213.9 million was the total gaming win for June, a decrease from $216.5 million in last year. In May 2016, that number was $221.1 million.
The year-to-year online gaming win was $94.8 million, an increase of 31.7% from 2015. The total gaming win for the first six months of 2016 is up 2.5%.
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
Michael Gathy took down vent #35: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed of the 2016 WSOP for $560,843.
The Belgian poker pro outclassed a field of 541 players over three days to clinch the coveted gold bracelet.
This is Gathy's third WSOP bracelet. His first arrived in 2012 at the $1,000 NLHE event for $440,829, and the second in 2013 at the $1,000 NLHE Turbo for $278,613.
Thanks to his latest win, Gathy now has $1,950,684 in live career earnings. Interestingly, $1,463,269 out of that has been via wins at WSOP tournaments.
Some of the notable players that walked away with a slice of the $2,542,700 prize pool were Joe Hachem in 44th ($9,523), Jake Cody in 34th ($12,705) and Jonathan Little in 13th ($23,722).
Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations it was left between Gathy and Frenchman Adrien Allain to fight it out for the title.
The heads-up round went as per script for Gathy as he outplayed Allain who earned a cool $346,632 for his second place performance.
Gathy is now at third position on Belgium’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $1,950,684 in winnings, with David Kitai ($6,983,150), and Pierre Neuville ($3,775,555) ahead of him. Interestingly, all of Belgium's WSOP bracelet have been delivered by Kitai (3) and Gathy (3).
Final Table Results:
1: Michael Gathy $560,843
2: Adrien Allain $346,632
3: Manuel Núñez $229,990
4: Blake Eastman $155,762
5: Scott Margereson $107,723
6: Thi Nguyen $76,112
7: Thomas Boivin $54,966
8: Alexander Lynskey $54,966
9: Jason Koon $40,592
Jason Mercier won his second bracelet of the 2016 WSOP and fifth overall as he took down the $10k HORSE championship.
The Florida poker pro has been in scintillating form this term, already winning $868,549 in prize money.
The 29-year-old has cashed in at four events - two wins and a runner-up finish - to make this one of the most memorable performances in WSOP history.
With more than half of the 69-event schedule still to be played, one wonders where the American is headed.
In just five days of play, Mercier has won the 2-7 Lowball Championship, $10k HORSE championship and finished second in $10k Razz Championship. Thanks to his red-hot form, Mercier has now taken his career earning to a whopping $17,291,112.
That's not all. He is now the third youngest in history to win 5 WSOP bracelets. Only Phil Ivey (29 years, 4 months), and Phil Hellmuth (28 years, 9 months) are ahead of him.
Apart from his winnings at the table, Mercier is also making a killing off it thanks to his bracelet prop bets. Several players will now have to kiss goodbye to their hard-earned cash after having wagered against Mercier winning two bracelets at the 2016 WSOP.
“I think it’s amazing and it’s the story of the summer for sure. Just the audacity to take 180-1 odds and put up $10K to win three bracelets when most people make bracelet bets in hopes of winning one… for him to go win and then come second, which is really deflating to be so close, and then jump into the next one and win that one, it’s remarkable,” said Daniel Negreanu reacting to the news of Mercier's dream run at the WSOP this year.
Considering his form, Mercier now looks good to capture his third bracelet, which means more players will have sleepless nights after having bet against it happening.
If you intend to quickly take your game to the next level, mastering the art of value betting would be of great importance to you.
Simply put, the objective of value betting is to extract as much cash from your opponent as possible.
Hence when you want to bet on the river, there are some things you need to ask yourself. First you need to figure out the probability of getting raised by a player who is either bluffing or holding a better hand.
You also need to figure out how much money he/she is willing to call. The answer to that question is rather very complex. This greatly depends on how astutely you have been observing your opponent.
If the player has a feeling of coming out second best, he/she may not even call a bet that is worth half the pot. Also, if you bet big there is a chance of being called by players that probably have a bigger hand than you.
This should not force you into always making a small bet on the rive. Remember, betting wisely against the right opponent is bound to fetch you a good pot.
For instance, when you hit a straight or flush on the river and are faced with an aggressive opponent, what do you do? A big bet is likely to draw a call from him despite holding a weaker hand. At this juncture, he/she may feel that you don't have the winning hand and are trying to intimidate him out of contention. Hence you job is to bet in such a manner that it appears as though you are bluffing.
The idea is to know what your opponent is likely to chase and the worth of what your hold. Since this is bound to change from opponent to opponent. For instance when you are playing a tight players, betting less will is more likely to fetch you a call. A timid player feels he is behind when faced with a strong bet and does not participate in the action.
It is also a good tactic to sometime go in for a bigger bet. This usually surprises them. You might end up being the beneficiary of a good pot on most occasions. This is primarily because they feel you are bluffing and end up making the call.
In short, to bet the right amount one needs to focus on betting patterns of opponents of all times. This might be a bit tough when you start out, but eventually you will have to develop a habit of understanding when your opponents are likely to call or fold on the river.
Peter Eichhardt created history at the ongoing WSOP has he became the first non-US player to win a bracelet with his triumph in Event #6: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em for $438,417.
The Swede put on a strong show, beating 2,016 players with $2,721,600 up for grabs. After three days of solid poker, the 50-year-old had just US player Davis Aalvik standing between the coveted bracelet and himself.
The latest win helped Peter extend his lifetime earnings to $1,289,702.
Speaking about the bracelet victory, he said:
“I think we have seven or eight gold bracelet winners in Sweden. Chris Bjorin has two. And, of course, there’s Martin Jacobson. But it’s still pretty unusual for us in Sweden to win a gold bracelet. It’s special for us.”
Some of the key names that had a decent outing included Steve Grass in 84th ($4,140), David Vamplew in 52nd ($7,681), Mike Leah in 37th ($9,229), Justin Young in 22nd ($13,786), and Adam Geyer in 10th ($27,351).
Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations it was left between Eichhardt and Aalvik to fight it out in the heads-up. The last hand of the event was played when the Swede (Kh-Jh) moved all-in preflop, only to be called by Davis (Kd-9c). The board ran Ah-3h-2h-Qc-6d to seal the deal in favour of Peter.
“A few years ago, I wasn’t good in poker, at all. I was playing in the Bahamas and I looked around and everyone at the table was like between 21 and 30 and they were so good. And I was so bad. I was like a tourist there. I just made up my mind to start taking the game more seriously and do something about it. And, I did. I started studying a lot. I worked a lot at it, and now here I am.,” the winner further added.
Final Table Payouts:
1: Peter Eichhardt $438,417
2: Davis Aalvik $270,842
3: Michael Addamo $196,202
4: John Racener $143,563
5: Tim Farrelly $106,115
6: Bruno Borges $79,241
7: Raymond Phu $59,787
8: Anthony Zinno $45,582
9: Richard Dubini $35,121
Of late, 888Poker has witnessed plenty of action not just on its table but off them as well. The online poker giant has let of off Jackie Glazier as its sponsored pro and brought in Chris Moorman.
Glazier jumped on the 888Poker bandwagon in August 2014 and the two parties ended their association earlier this week.
Taking to social micro-blogging site Twitter, she posted:
“Thanks @888poker it was filled with amazing times! Wish the company and all the team every success in the future xx. I want to thank @888poker @jenvonstrohe @GazTheWolf @Dozdozy for signing me 3yrs ago. Great memories and so many fun times xx.”
At the time of joining 888Poker, Glazier was enjoying phenomenal poker success with live tournament earnings worth $1,188,451.
Through the course of her three-year tenure, Glaziers performances were not as prolific. She accumulated close to $135,042 with 888Poker.
“I have put in more work than ever, and that makes it even harder to take. I did a lot of training and spent a lot of time on forums but wasn’t getting the results.. It’s hard not to get a little bit jaded in poker because you can’t control the results. The past two years have been a little hard on me emotionally and mentality.. After 7-8 years of playing professionally, I needed some time out.,” Glazier said about this latest development.
Moorman on the other hand is considered one of the hottest properties in the world of poker.
The Briton has close to $13,379,398 playing online tournaments to his credit so far. With 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, there is no denying Moorman is the real deal.
Some of his best live tournament performances include a runner-up at the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for €800,000 ($1,068,690), and a win at the 2014 WPT LA Poker Classic Main Event title for $1,015,460.
“888 is doing big things and really is working hard to expand their reach in poker. Things like sponsoring the WSOP and the Super High Roller Bowl have shown they are committed to their growth of the brand and I can’t wait to see what they have coming up in the future,” he said after joining the world’s second biggest online poker site.
Earlier, Jeff Gross too was signed up by 888Poker. Their roster is now made up of Dominik Nitsche, Kara Scott, Sofia Lovgren, Gross and Moorman.