Lara Brown

Hakim Zoufri emerged victorious at the 2016 Master Classics of Poker main event, beating 356 players for €275,608 ($294,661). The €4,250 buy-in event, which was held at the Holland Casino Amsterdam, had a prize pool of €1,409,760 up for grabs.

After four days of intense poker action, nine players made it to the final table. Post a series of eliminations, it was left for Hakim Zoufri and Fabio Sperling to fight it out for the title.

The heads-up duel between the two lasted for 30 minutes. The final hand of the game was played when Sperling (A-Q) raised preflop. Zoufri (7-7) re-raised and Sperling moved all-in. The 3-6-K-9-4 board sealed the deal in favour of Zoufri, while the German Sperling had to settle for a second place finish for $197,597.

The Dutchman joined the likes of Ole Schemion, Ram Vaswani, Noah Boeken, and Robert Mizrachi in the list of players to have captured the MCOP crown.

Final Table Results:

1: Hakim Zoufri (Neth) $294,661
2: Fabio Sperling (Ger) $197,597
3: Ivan Arbatsky (Kaz) $137,006
4: Juha Helppi (Fin) $98,421
5: Stefan Fabian (Rom) $73,250
6: Samuli Sipila (Fin) $56,219
7: Michiel Brosky (Neth) $44,312
8: Rashed Zade (Neth) $35,721
9: Charlie Carrel (UK) $29,240

Noah Boeken emerged victorious at the 2016 Master Classics of Poker €10,250 High Roller to win €217,069 ($229,812) for his first-place finish. The event, held at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam, offered a prize pool of €732,604 thanks to 73 participants.

Boeken's win helped him take his lifetime earnings tally to $2,019,263 and reach 9th on the Netherlands ‘All Time Money List’.

After a series of eliminations, six players made it to the final table. In the heads-up round, it was left for Noah to take on English pro Charlie Carrel.

There was an intense duel between them towards the end. The final hand of the game was played when Carrel (4,4) moved all in pre-flop. Noah (A,A) made the call.

The dealer laid out a Q-6-3-8-Q board, to consign Charlie to a respectable second place finish for €144,615, while Noah walked home with the big prize and bragging rights.

Top 10 Finishes: 

1: Noah Boeken €217,069
2: Charlie Carrel €144,615
3: Kees van Brugge €98,901
4: Jans Arends €69,524
5: Luuk Gieles €50,330
6: Enzo Del Piero €37,656
7: Rashed Zade €29,087
8: Stefan Wolzak €23,297
9: Rob Buky €23,297
10: Wim Emo €19,414

Online poker giant PokerStars is out with its latest offering  - Casino Rush – a mobile gaming app that offers poker, casino and slots for free play.

Players can access this app in the app store across the globe. Users can play online or offline on iOS and Android devices.

On signing up, players will get 75,000 free chips, with more being credited as and when new games are unlocked.

Apart from taking on the best in the Casino Rush leader board, players will have a chance to participate in private leaderboards with friends and family.

“We spent a lot of time assessing the social casino market, what was missing and what players wanted,” PokerStars director of social gaming, Lloyd Melnick, said.

“Our analysis found that our social players want a poker experience that they can enjoy quickly whether or not they are connected to the Internet.

“That’s why we created Casino Rush; it is the best of poker, casino and slots all fused into one great game, just what gamers in 2016 are looking for.”

In a bid to promote its ‘PokerStars Casino’ service, the company recently rolled out its first TV ad campaign in the UK.

This campaign is a new strategy for the PokerStars Casino brand. With almost 105 million players in their kitty at the moment, the company wants to further add to that number.

Sam Hobcraft, director of casino at PokerStars, said:

“In just two years, PokerStars Casino has grown immensely; we are already one of the world’s leading online casinos.

“PokerStars Casino is currently a well-kept secret for poker players, who love to play casino, and we now feel it is the right time to share our unique product and customer experience with a wider audience.”

Poker legend Mike Sexton earned himself a slice of personal history after we won a WPT title that had eluded him until now.

The Poker Hall of Famer won the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event for C$425,980 (US$317,817).

The C$3,850 buy-in tournament, hosted by Kahnawake's Playground Poker Club, had 648 participants and a prize pool of C$ 2,199,960 (US$1,641,357) up for grabs. Sexton showed his class, playing solid poker for six days to take home the prestigious title.

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Sexton was left to grapple with Benny Chen for the coveted trophy. The veteran poker pro brought all his class into play in the heads-up round. The final hand of the game was played when Sexton (Q-Q) and Chen (K-J) went all-in preflop. A Q-9-4-A-2 board meant Benny had to settle for a respectable second place finish for $286,110.

Mike Sexton on the other hand ticked another box of his illustrious poker career.

Final Table Results (C$): 

1st: Mike Sexton $425,980
2nd: Benny Chen $286,110
3rd: Nadir Lalji $183,320
4th: Ilan Boujenah $132,750
5th: Ema Zajmovic $102,010
6th: Jake Schwartz $81,740

Ken Komberec emerged victorious at the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Meskwaki main event, outplaying 405 players to take home a cool $93,922 for first place. The $1,100 buy-in event had a prize pool of $391,350 on offer.

Interestingly, four months back Ken's mate John Sun had won the 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship for $104,627.

“Feels good. I don’t play in a lot of these, so it feels great. John won here in July. Hopefully you’ll keep having us back. We’ll be playing some more tournaments in the next six months for sure,” Ken said.

Some of the big names that walked away with a return on their investment at the MSPT Meskwaki main event included Blake Bohn in 43rd ($1,957), Jason Seitz in 37th ($1,957), Rodger Johnson in 32nd ($2,348), Kou Vang in 26th ($2,935); Matt Alexander in 17th ($3,796), John Reading in 14th ($5,088), and Aaron Massey in 20th ($2,935).

After three days of solid poker, 10 players made it to the final table and Ken and Drew Woodke had to fight it out for the title after a series of eliminations.

After a protracted heads-up battle, Ken got the better of his final opponent thanks to his pocket rockets that held over a open-ended straight draw.

Woodke had to settle for a $56,746 for his spirited second place finish.

Final Table Results: 

1: Ken Komberec $93,922
2: Drew Woodke $56,746
3: Tom Hammers $36,983
4: Josh Reichard $25,633
5: DJ Buckley $19,568
6: Carl Carodenuto $15,067
7: Ron McMillen $12,523
8: Anthony Knepper $10,371
9: Keith Neuzil $8,766
10: John Whitacre $6,653

Wai Yong emerged victorious at the 2016 Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event to take home the first prize for $2,097,622.

44 players participated in the HK$500,000 (US$63,400) buy-in tournament, which had a prize pool of US$6,285,640 on offer.

Some of the big names that were part of this high-profile event included Tom Dwan, Dan Cates, Fedor Holz, Mustapha Kanit, and Erik Seidel. 

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left between Yong and Bryn Kenney to fight it out for the main prize.

Going into the heads-up round, Yong held a 2-1 chip lead over his last opponent.

This duel didn't last long and the final hand of the game wa splayed when Bryn Kenney went all-in preflop holding K-9. Yong, with K-10, made the call. With no help from the community cards, Bryn had to settle for a second place finish for $1,401,694.

Final Table Results: 

1: Wai Kin Yong $2,080,557
2: Bryn Kenney $1,401,694
3: Sergio Aido $848,557
4: John Juanda $584,560
5: Winfred Yu $402,275
6: Peter Chan $301,712
7: Wai Chan $245,145
8: David Peters $213,709
9: Arnaud Romain $207,430

All good things come to an end, is a line gambling and showbiz industries are all too familiar with. The latest big news to emerge out from this sphere is the split between singer Mariah Carey and Australian casino mogul James Packer.

This after the pair got engaged on 21st January 2016 in a rather lavish manner. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Packer is one of Australia’s richest men with an estimated fortune of around $4 billion.

However, things have now turned ugly between the two, as the American pop diva has asked for a $50 million settlement from her the Aussie.

Mariah’a lawyer argue that Packer made several financial promises to her client and compelled her to move from New York to Los Angeles.

The exact reasons for their splitsville aren’t known yet but there are several reports in the American media.

“Our sources say what may have been the deal breaker for Packer came when she had some sort of rendezvous with one of the dancers in her Vegas show … something that is on video for the reality show. We’re told James hated the reality show from the get-go and it became a major source of conflict,” read an article on TMZ.

This saga between the ex-couple is far from finished. It remains to be seen how the two will go on to settle this matter.

Either way, will keep you posted on what happens next.

When it comes to fun and games, nothing can beat the Halloween weekend. Though the Halloween traditions are rooted in American culture, the rest of the world has now well and truly appropriated that legacy.

Few things can be more fun and enjoyable than wearing something you'd never dare to in public and making merry with your closest pals and members of your family.

Interestingly, there are those that don't enjoy the madness of Halloween, yet want to taste a slice of this action. Well, if you belong to this category, then we have just the perfect scene for you.

Just relax, sit back and be a part of Halloween weekend from the comfort of your home. What can be more fun that raking in the moolah during this fun time?

If you are a part of PKR Poker, you stand a chance to win some cool Halloween giveaways. If you aren’t, don’t stress. Read what’s at stake and take the plunge.

Four Card Fright Fest at PKR Poker will run up to Sunday, November 6. Play 5 or more Fright Fest tournaments, and get a €10 satellite ticket for the €5,000 GTD Finale on Sunday 6 November.

PKR Poker’s Four Card Fright Fest is sure to give you chills! Play terrifying Omaha tournaments with guaranteed prize pools every day during the promotional period, and bring your most gruesome game for the Final on Sunday 6 November!

It must be noted that this is a Pot Limit Omaha tournament series, with 20 events in 10 days with a total of €15,000 guaranteed. The buy-ins for the same, range from €1.10 to €55.

Jakub Michalak emerged victorious at the €10,200 EPT Malta Single Re-entry High Roller, beating 64 players to walk away with a cool €178,133 ($193,789). The event, hosted at the Casino at Portomaso, offered a prize pool of €814,800.

Thanks to this win, Michalak’s live career earnings increased to $1,280,460. Interestingly, this was his second biggest career win.

Some of the big names, who participated in the event included Max Silver and Steve O’Dwyer.

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left for Jakub and Rocco Palumbo to fight it out for the coveted prize.

The heads-up battle was wrapped up rather quickly after Michalak's K9 was too good for Palumbo's pocket twos.

Final Table Results:

1: Jakub Michalak Poland €178,133
2: Rocco Palumbo Italy €138,763
3: Charlie Carrel UK €170,754
4: Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey €80,250
5: Scott Seiver USA €63,550
6: Behzad Ahadpour Iran €49,700
7: Pratyush Buddiga USA €39,100
8: Adrian Mateos Spain €30,550
9: Morten Mortensen Denmark €23,200

David Yan emerged victorious at the EPT Malta €25,750 High Roller, beating a strong field of 46 players to walk home with €465,800.

Commenting on the win, the New Zealand poker pro said:

“I’m pretty happy with it. It’s tough to explain, but it feels pretty nice. It’s pretty cool.”

The event, held at the Portomaso Casino, had two noted players in Adrian Mateos (9th), and Davidi Kitai (7th) just missing out on the final table.

Six players however made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Yan and Ramin Hajiyev were left to fight it out for the coveted title.

The heads up battle didn't last too long as Hajiyev was brushed aside by Yan in no time.

Ramin (9h-6d) moved all-in on a Jh-10d-5h-7d-Qh board. Yan (Qc-10c) made the call to seal the deal. Hajiyev took home a cool €334,400, while Yan was crowned 2016 EPT Malta High Roller champion.

This win helped Yan take his live career earnings to over $3 million.

Final Table Results:

1: David Yan (NZ) €465,800
2: Ramin Hajiyev (AZ) €334,400
3: Oleksii Khoroshenin (UKR) €217,400
4: Max Silver (UK) €164,030
5: Mikita Badziakouski (BY) €127,400
6: Ole Schemion (GER) €98,740
7: Davidi Kitai (BEL) €78,050
8: Patrick Leonard (UK) €60,500
9: Adrian Mateos (SPN) €46,180