Lara Brown


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

Online poker giant PokerStars has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding the landscape. 

After Spin & Go tournaments and changes to its loyalty program, the firm has now come up with yet another innovation.

The latest feature, rolled out on July 15, will see all-in cash game players that lose the hand not be able to hide their hole cards.

This is what the PokerStars blog said:

“Hole cards from all-in confrontations had always been displayed in the hand history anyway, so advanced players who were familiar with the software were able to retrospectively find out what opponents had in all-in situations. Going forward, all players will be able to view these hole cards in real-time, taking away this advantage, and adding to the excitement of the hand."

This is yet another move by the brand to boost the prospects of amateur and recreational players. Hence this comes as a great lifeline to them.

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

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

Regular cash game players will often find themselves involved in multi-way pots. The key here is to have a clear distinction between hands that will help you win and the ones that will leave you in a soup.

In such situations, there is a strong probability of two or more players connecting with the flop, mostly on a board with possibilities of straight or flush draw.

If you keep this in mind, then you best chance to win a multi-way pot is to hold a better than one would require against just a single opponent.

When there are online one or two opponents, even a top pair can be enough to seal the deal. When there are four players in the fray, the eventual winner needs to hold a hand lot better than a two pair.

Note that you shouldn’t get too excited with hands like a top pair or top kicker or for that matter even KK’s. The single most important factor you need to watch closely is the texture of the board. For instance, you might be holding pocket AA’s on a 7h, 8h and 9d board. Let’s assume there are four players, with some of them due to act after you.

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In this situation, you must seriously considering opting out of the hand. Hands like AA or KK are lethal in heads-up action. But when it comes to a multi-way pot, at least one player will have you crushed at the flop in such a situation.

If pockets rockets don’t cut it, what’s the best hand to beat competition in such scenarios? Interestingly, medium and even small pairs can get the job done, especially when you flop a set. Also, when you flop a set on a board with a high card, there is every chance at least one other player will get himself/herself involved and hand you a decent pot.

Hands like AQ, AK and KQ too can be extremely handy in multi-way pots. This is simply because they offer the possibility of hitting a big straight or a nut flush. You need to remember this especially if you have flopped a top pair etc., since your opponents with one of those hands could outdo you.

For instance, many experts believe that AK is a problematic hand when you’ve flopped top pair. It can burn a hole in your pocket if not played with care especially since it appears a lot stronger than it actually is.

Finally, you need to pay attention when a player on the table is willing to shell out a lot of cash. Even if you have flopped top par in multi-way pot, always been open to the possibility that he/she might have you beat.

Ultimately, it all boils down to how well you know your opponents or have clearly you have figured their respective gameplay. Presence of mind and astute decision making is often the differentiator between a good play and a great play.

Shaun Deeb emerged victorious at Event #49: $1,500 Seven Card Stud of the WSOP 2016. He beat a field of 331 players to take home a cool $111,101.

Last year, the 30-year-old won his first ever bracelet with the $10k Pot Limit Hold’em event win. After his latest triumph, Deeb now boasts of $2,288,091 in live earnings. That's not all. He has $6,358,922 in online winnings as well. 

Speaking about his victory, Deeb said:

“There’s a lot of run good in stud.. I had all the big hands and all the 3-way pots and I ran one big bluff and it got through and with the time it just had value so it was really easy to play. I didn’t really have to outplay anyone. Anyone would’ve won with my cards in that tournament.”

The event was played over three days with a prize pool worth $446,850. Fifty spots were paid and some of the notable players who walked home with a return on their investment included Robert Mizrachi in 46th ($2,257), James Obst in 28th ($2,717) and Vladimir Schemelev in 17th ($3,108).

Eight players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left between Deeb and Adam Friedman to fight it out for the title. 

Despite Friedman's chip lead at the start of the heads-up battle, Deeb pulled off a phenomenal win.

“I was just happy to have some chips going into Day Three and it obviously was a super tough final table with a lot of great players who have been playing for over a decade,” he further added

Final Table Results: 

1: Shaun Deeb $111,101
2: Adam Friedman $68,666
3: Max Pescatori $46,312
4: Katherine Fleck $31,899
5: Eugene Katchalov $22,448
6: Yaniv Birman $16,147
7: John Monnette $11,878
8: Cory Zeidman $8,941

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


While there is plenty of talk about Jason Mercier and Ian Johns, UK's Benny Glaser has grabbed the spotlight at this year's WSOP 2016 with two wins in just one week.

After winning the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better championship for $407,194, the 27-year-old took down $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event for $244,103.

Thanks to his impressive show at this year's WSOP, Glaser's live career earning have now jumped to $900,906.

The $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event witnessed a field of 934 players, with Felipe Ramos (9th), Jason Mercier (8th), Todd Brunson (7th), and Matt Glantz (3rd) putting up solid performances.

Commenting on his latest win, Glaser said:

“It’s surprising that I won two back-to-back, full stop. But Omaha eight-or-better is one of my best games and probably the games I’ve played the most hands in online, so it would be one of the top games that it would happen in if it was going to happen. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. It’s just been a crazy week of grinding and focusing, but now I’ll get some time to enjoy it.”

Final Table Results:

1: Benny Glaser $407,194
2: Skippy Lorgeree $251,665
3: Matt Glantz $175,754
4: Grzegorz Trelski $125,125
5: Robert Campbell $90,846
6: Per Hildebrand $67,291
7: Todd Brunson $50,872
8: Jason Mercier $39,269
9: Felipe Ramos $30,965

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.