Robert Mizrachi on Monday captured his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet by winning the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud Championship at the Rio Convention Center.

In doing so, Robert not just went past his more famous brother Michael but entered a select group of players - Amarillo Slim, Huck Seed, Mike Matusow among others - to with four bracelets.

The event had 87 players participating in it. Some of the most notable players, including Chris Ferguson, were in the fray for the $817,800 prize pool.

This is the Miami native's third bracelet in as many years at the biggest event in the poker world.

The 37-year-old edged out Chicago's Matt Grapenthien in the heads-up battle, walking away with a cool $242,662.

The duo commanded close to 60% of the chips in play when the game resume on Monday afternoon. Interestingly, Grapenthien won this event in 2014. This time though he had to settle for a second place finish for $149,976. 

Robert's latest triumph seals his position as one of the best mixed-game players in the world. His first WSOP bracelet arrived in 2007 at pot-limit Omaha. After a brief spell of failed bids, the oldest of the Mizrachi brothers won the $1,500 buy-in Omaha High-Low 8-or-Better tournament and $1,500 buy-in Dealer’s Choice Six-Handed event in 2015 and 2015 respectively.

His fourth WSOP bracelet helped take Rob's WSOP earnings to $2.4 million.


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In a significant new development in the poker world, online poker giant PokerStars and Ukrainian pro Eugene Katchalov have parted ways.

Eugene was a Team PokerStars Pro for a period of five years. He joined PokerStars in March 2011 with $6,104,132 in live tournament earnings.

At the time, poker legend Daniel Negreanu had said this about Katchalov:

“Eugene has always flown under the radar, but among his peers, his game is well-respected and he is considered one of the best in the world, both in tournaments and cash games. I’m thrilled to see Eugene as part of the team. He’s a great guy and an excellent poker ambassador.”

At the time of his PokerStars exit, the 35-year-old has accumulated around $8,669,109 in tournament earnings. His most impressive performance during this tenure was a runner-up finish at the 2014 EPT Deauville Main Event for €379,500 ($518,981).

Eugene took to social micro-blogging site Twitter to share the news of his PokerStars exit with fans and followers.

Katchalov is currently in action at the 2016 WSOP where in 2011 he captured the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event for $122,909.

He is also part of the Global Poker League (GPL), representing the LA Sunset. On June 6, he will battle against Paris Aviators along with his teammates Fedor Holz, Olivier Busquet, Chance Kornuth, Maria Ho,and Aaron Paul.

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Online poker players often find themselves in tricky positions during tournament play. The real challenge of the game is to emerge relatively unscathed from such situations and go on to win the poker tournament.

One such instance is when you find yourself short-stacked in the game. No player, irrespective of his/her level of experience, has managed to escape this. Hence learning the best ways to combat when short stacked will hold you in good stead.

Keep in mind that when you are left with less than 10 times the big blind, the only option you have left is moving all-in when you are first to act.

Your objective here is to steal the blinds. You decisions at this juncture should be based on how short-stacked you are.

For instance, with 8x the bb you can afford to wait for a decent hand. But when you are left with just 4x the bb, you don’t have that luxury and might want to move all-in the moment you are first in the pot.

The thumb rule in such cases is this: more the chips, more you want play your card and lesser the chips, more you wait for the perfect chance to double or even triple up by going all-in.

When you wake up to high-value hands like AK, JJ or KK, you can push all-in even If you are out of position or one of your opponents has already played before you. However, if several players have shown strength before you turn, you might want to let go and wait for another chance.

This strategy is ideally suited to beginner poker players. However, if you are at an advanced level, do not implement this plan unless you are left with less than 6x the bb.

It also must be kept in mind that different players tend to have different strategies when going all-in. Hence one must adopt the method that he/she is most comfortable with. However, keep the above-mentioned tactics in mind since they will help you in decision-making when you don’t have much to play with.

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US poker pro Kevin Martin has become the latest player to join online poker giant PokerStars as a sponsored pro.

The Calgary native grabbed headlines as a contestant in Season 3 of the Canadian version of Big Brother. He hasn't looked back since, becoming an extremely popular Twitch broadcaster with 28,106 followers. Martin's session on an average attract over 1,000 viewers.

The Amaya Gaming-owned poker site of late has tapped Twitch to attract a younger audience. Apart from Martin, PokerStars' other sponsored Twitch stars include Jaime “jaimestaples” Staples and Jason “Jcarverpoker” Somerville.

At the moment, Kevin “GarlicXToast” is a low-stake MTT grinder and aiming to move up the ladder in due course.

Speaking about the latest edition to Team PokerStars Pro Online, Jaime Staples said:

“I’m excited to welcome my friend Kevin to Team PokerStars Pro Online. In a short space of time, Kevin has built a fun and entertaining online poker stream, and shown that by focusing on excitement and engagement with audiences, any Twitch streamer can become a big success with some hard work.”

With several thousand Twitch users following the exploits of the current PokerStars roster on Twitch, it remains to be seen how their latest addition helps the company build a broader young audience.

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Poker legend and Full Tilt Poker co-founder Howard Lederer issued a statement apologizing to online poker players for failing to protect their funds in the aftermath of Black Friday.

Earlier in the week, Amaya Inc merged FTP with the PokerStars brand. This served as an ideal opportunity for Lederer to own for his unethical business practices in the past at the help of the iconic website that is now retired.

Since the scandal, the American pro has been a pariah of the poker community and issued the apology via Daniel Negreanu’s Full Contact Poker blog.

The 51 year-old wrote that he “should have provided better oversight or made sure that responsible others provided that oversight.”

He also clarified as to why he didn't do it earlier, saying “the bigger picture’ and had convinced himself that much of the criticism levelled against him had been unfair, and instead should have been directed towards others.”

He ended the piece saying this:

“An apology is not enough, but it is what I am able to offer to the poker community in the wake of a travesty that I should not have allowed to happen. I am sorry.”

While some in the poker business are willing to bury the hatchet with Lederer, Negreanu has adopted a different position.

He feels that this statement should have been out five years back and questioned whether players “should be any less pissed at him for what happened?”

Some members of the fraternity are wondering whether Lederer has timed his apology as to pave his way to play the WSOP in Las Vegas.

Maybe the two-time WSOP champion felt like easing his way into a hostile environment by apologizing first.

Well, our guess is as good as yours!

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Amaya Gaming on May 16 announced its financial results for 2016's first quarter of 2016. The numbers showed a 6% increase in revenues to US$288.7 million from $272.29 million last year.

That figure was prevented from going up to 14% by unfavorable fluctuations in the Canadian dollar to the US dollar exchange rate, claimed the company.

Amaya Q1’s net earnings ($55.5 million) too rose by 138.5% as compared to last year.

Interim CEO Rafi Ashkenazi said:

“During the first quarter, we continued to execute on our growth plans despite unexpected challenges, including management changes and the ongoing strategic alternatives process. We attracted new customers to PokerStars, continued to introduce changes to improve the overall poker experience, expanded our online casino offering and continued to invest in our emerging online sportsbook.”

The company's business has witnessed a steady growth with last month's unaudited revenues estimated to around $96 million, an increase of 11% from a year earlier.

Out of that, 77% was accounted for by real-money online poker and 21% by online casino and sportsbook. The positive Q1 figures and April’s results made the markets very happy.

Amaya’s PokerStars product in New Jersey has already captured more than half the revenues of the state’s online poker market. The online poker giant entered New Jersey in March.

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US pro Seth Davies beat 416 other players to win the WPT Canadian Spring Championship main event for C$256,390 ($203,992) as first place prize.

The C$3,500 buy-in tournament was hosted at the  Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec with a prize pool worth C$1,294,368 ($1,029,843) up for grabs.

During the seven days of high-action poker, some of the players to walk away with a return on their investment included Andy Frankenberger in 48th (C$5,860), Jeff Gross in 45th (C$6,880), Darryll Fish in 41st (C$6,880), Amir Babakhani in 31st (C$7,900), and Antonio Esfandiari in 24th ($10,330).

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations Seth Davies and Ruben Perceval remained to fight it out for the title. Davies held a 6,780,000 to 5,680,000 chip advantage over Perceval as the two collided in the heads-up round.

Final hand of this duel was played after about 90 minutes when Perceval (8-7) went all-in on a 10-9-4-7-5 board. Davies (K-10) made the call, which ended Ruben's hopes of a win. He had to settle for a second place finish for $180,088 CAD ($115,598 USD).

Davis on the other hand took his live career earnings to $495,552. The 27-year-old's other notable performances have come at the WSOP Main Event where he finished in 123rd place for a $54,851 in 2001.

Final Table Payouts (US)

1: Seth Davies $226,893

2: Ruben Perceval $148,833

3: Joel Miller $95,512

4: Thomas Taylor $70,628

5: Guillaume Nolet $53,025

6: Tony Dunst $42,479 

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Chance Kornuth emerged victorious at the €10,000 WPT Grand Final High Roller, beating 213 players to take home a cool €351,108 ($394,992) for a first-place finish.

The event was held at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and strong participation led to the creation of a prize pool worth €2,075,800 ($2,335,246).

The US poker pro's latest win helped him take his live career earnings tally to $4,054,926. Chance has accumulated an additional $1,762,732 playing online poker under the screen name ‘Chances Cards’.

Commenting on his win, Kornuth said:

“I want to stop for a minute to thank everyone for the support and kind words. Times like these are incredibly enjoyable. I’m a lucky guy.”

Some of the noted players that walked away with a return on their investment included Ole Schemion in 29th (€18,270), Bryn Kenney in 25th (€20,340), Dan Shak in 21st (€22,420), Adrian Mateos in 27th (€27,610), and Isaac Haxton in 14th (€30,720).

Chance was the chip leader at the final table, but was almost on par with his opponents as the game progressed to three-handed. The trio then struck a deal.

Ultimately, Chance went home with lion’s share of the remaining prize pool and the title, while Philipp Gruissem and Sergey Lebedev won €299,162 and €292,750 respectively.

Final Table Results:

1st: Chance Kornuth (€351,108)

2nd: Philipp Gruissem (€299,162)

3rd: Sergey Lebedev (€292,750)

4th: Fedor Holz (€169,000)

5th: Murad Akhundov (€133,680)

6th: Anthony Zinno (€101,500)

7th: Felipe Ramos (€74,100)

8th: Dmitry Yurasov (€54,180)

9th: Christian Christner (€44,840)


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Farid Yachou emerged victorious at the 2016 WPT Tournament of Champions, beating 64 players to take home a cool $381,600 for first place. The Dutchman played solid poker over three days to walk away with several other prize than just the cash. Yachou also won a 2016 Corvette, a Hublot King Power Unico Titanium watch, and at Tiger Wood's charitable event, which is backed by World Poker Tour.

Yachou has only two live tournaments cashes to his credit. He took down both events for a total of $606,673. In May last year, Yachou won the €3,300 WPT Amsterdam for €201,000 ($225,073). This made him eligible to play the WPT Tournament Of Champions held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

After a series of eliminations, only six players made it to Day 3. As more heads rolled, it was left between Farid and Romanian player Vlad Davie to fight it out for the title. The duo entered the heads-up round with fairly even in chips. However, the railbirds did not have to wait long as the final hand of the game was played when Yachou (A-2) moved all-in on an 8-2-2-10-8 board. Davie (K-7) made the call and had to settle for a runner-up finish worth $224,190.

Speaking about his latest triumph, Farid said:

“It’s something I cannot believe. I am sitting with only champions. I said to myself, ‘I will be glad finishing 30th or 35th.’ Then, slowly, day by day, hand by hand, it all came together. Everything came to me.”

Final Results:

1st: Farid Yachou – $381,600

2nd: Vlad Davie – $224,190

3rd: Michael Mizrachi – $140,450

4th: Jonathan Jaffe – $95,400

5th: Noah Schwartz – $74,200

6th: Darren Elias – $58,300

7th: Andy Frankenberger – $47,400

8th: Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $38,160 

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Chino Rheem created history as he become only the fourth player ever to win three World Poker Tour titles. Rheem achieved this feat after he emerged victorious at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $10,000 Finale in Hollywood for $705,885.

Thanks to this triumph, he is now part of an elite group of players comprising Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen and Anthony Zinno. This win also helped the Californian to take his career earnings to $8,082,134.

In superb display, the 36 year-old pro beat a strong field of 342 players over five days at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino to take home the coveted title.

Speaking about his win, Rheem said:

“With everything I’ve been through and where I’m at in life and where my head’s at, this probably would be the number one [victory], even though it’s not even a million-dollar score. It’s the smallest one I’ve done of the big ones, but this ranks as being up there as far as timing and everything.”

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left for Rheem and Aditya Prasetyo to fight it out for the titel.

The final hand of the heads-up battle was played when Rheem (7-6) moved all-in preflop only to be called by Aditya with K-9. The board ran J-10-4-7-7, which consigned Prasetyo to a second place finish for worth $484,130. Rheem's previous WPT wins include the 2008 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1,538,730, and the 2013 WPT World Championship for $1,150,297.

Interestingly, Rheem's biggest scored arrived at 2008 WSOP Main Event when he finished 7th for $1,772,650.

Final Table Results:

1: Chino Rheem $705,885

2: Aditya Prasetyo $484,130

3: Richard Leger $311,305

4: Adrian Mateos $200,510

5: William Benson $154,585

6: Bryan Piccioli $127,905

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