Hellmuth Wins 13th Bracelet with WSOPE Main Event Victory

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Playing what he describes as “the best poker” of his life, Phil Hellmuth was the last man standing in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (a starting field of over 400 players). Hellmuth held the chip lead for most of the final table thanks in part to adopting a more aggressive playing style than most fans of the “Poker Brat” are used to. Antonio Esfandiari covered the live stream of the final table  and was taken aback by Hellmuth’s performance: ” I was shocked, impressed and completely confused by Phil Hellmuth today.” Esfandiari stated. By defeating Ukranian businessman Sergii Baranov, Hellmuth won 1.02 million euros and took the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year standings (which he will win unless Greg Merson can win the WSOP Main Event set to resume later this month). Phil became the first player to win the Main Event of both the WSOP and WSOPE and seemed to appreciate the history he was making, ” I know people don’t expect me to use this word, but I’m humbled,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out if this is real or not.” Hellmuth also joins Esfandiari as the only other player to win more than one bracelet in 2012 and extends his own record of most bracelets won, widening the gap between himself and Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan who are tied for second with 10 bracelets apiece.

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*Fresh off interviews for the Lederer Files and the 2+2 Pokercast, Howard Lederer decided the stress has been too great to conduct a scheduled interview with Diamond Flush. As DF tweeted over the weekend:

Diamond mentioned a Plan B though and yesterday released the first part of her commentary on the Lederer interviews “The Distortion of Truth in the Lederer Files.” Upcoming parts will be released this week and will feature DF using her unique insight to dissect the claims Howard made in his interviews.


Howard Lederer in 2004 World Series of Poker -...

Howard Lederer in 2004 World Series of Poker – Rio Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


*French pro Arnaud Mattern is no longer a PokerStars Team Pro. He is looking for “new adventures” according to a tweet sent out early this morning:


Tournament Poker News
*Greg “Fossilman” Raymer won the main event at the Heartlnad Poker Tour stop at the River City Casino in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2004 WSOP Main Event champ’s victory is even more impressive considering it is his second this year (Raymer also won the event in Albuquerque) and his record in HPT events is now 2 out of 3! Dennis Phillips also made the final table and finished in 7th place.


Greg Raymerk at the 2008 World Series of Poker

Greg Raymerk at the 2008 World Series of Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


*PokerStars announced the schedule for the upcoming Caribbean Adventure. The 40 tournament event starts January 5 next year. Read more here.


*And finally, Brandon Cantu took to Twitter to voice his displeasure after losing to John Aguiar in a WSOPE event. Cantu claimed he was “robbed” by the decision to delay his heads up match with Aguiar do to the start time of the WSOPE Main Event which Aguiar was registered for.


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English: Brandon Cantu at the 2008 World Series of Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Schedule Announced


PokerStars Carribbean Adventure start January 5 next year but you can qualify online now. Why not spend some time in the Bahamas, play some poker, and maybe win some money. The press release is below.

LONDON — (PRESS RELEASE) — PokerStars has unveiled the 40-event tournament schedule for the upcoming PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), calling it the “10 best days of poker on the planet” and kicking-off a 10-week qualification campaign that will award 100 packages for the prestigious Main Event.

Far removed from the roasting heat of summer on the Las Vegas Strip, the PCA offers players the greatest variety of game types and buy-in levels of any poker festival of its kind, complete with luxury five-star accommodation, some of the biggest prize pools in live poker, and opportunities to mix with glamorous celebrities and pros, all just a few steps from the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Caribbean.

The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicks off on January 5 next year at the exclusive Atlantis at Paradise Island Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. To celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, PokerStars is offering a range of $10 buy-in tournaments that will award 10 PCA packages every week for the next 10 weeks, providing 100 players with the opportunity to attend the biggest poker festival outside Las Vegas.

The PCA 10 promotion will run from October 1 to December 9 with qualifying tournaments taking place every Sunday at 12.00 ET (18.00 CET). The Main Event package is worth $16,000 and includes $10,000 Main Event buy-in, nine nights’ accommodation at Atlantis, plus flights and expenses.

40 diverse and fun events across 10 days
Throughout its history, the PCA has always sought to deliver a schedule of events which includes all major game formats, while being innovative and fun, and January’s event has something for everyone, with plenty for No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha fans, and lots of choice for mixed games lovers and high-rollers.

Neil Johnson, Live Poker Specialist for PokerStars said: “There is no other live 10-day event where you will find the variety and number of games that the PCA offers. It really is a unique event in terms of the amount of poker and the range of buy-in levels available, and we always try to add some new and fun variants that you won’t find anywhere else.”

The announced schedule includes NLHE daily turbos at a range of limits, starting from $300 and going up to $10,000. For those in the mood for less fast-paced action, there are the traditional NLHE events at buy-ins from $1,000. Other highlights include a $1k NLHE multi-flight re-entry event, a $5k NLHE tourney with 60-minute levels, and a $5k NLHE 6-max. The NLHE ‘Win the Button’ and ‘Ante Only’ tournaments are making a welcome return, and there are also $1k HORSE, Triple Stud and Omaha 8 events, which are all on the schedule for the first time.

There is also a series of 10 ‘Signature Trophy Events’ to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PCA, which includes the flagship $10,000 Main Event and the $100,000 Super High Roller. For players who want cash game action, there will be daily games covering all game types and limits.

January’s PCA also marks the introduction of the first-ever live ZOOM Mobile Challenge, a $1,000 buy-in fast-fold poker tournament played on PokerStars’ innovative mobile poker client. Players will be challenged to accumulate as many chips as they can in 12 minutes and compete for their spot on the leaderboard. It will be an unlimited re-entry tournament with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool, running over five consecutive days.

In its nine-year history, the PCA has seen over 20,000 players head to the Caribbean, awarded more than $100 million in prize money, and crowned nine champions, including Gus Hansen, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and last year’s winner John Dibella. The 43-year-old stock trader from New York took home $1,775,000 and became the first amateur player to win the PCA Main Event tournament after qualifying in a live satellite for the $10,000 buy-in Main Event.

David Carrion, Director of Live Operations for PCA and Latam, said: “If you were to imagine what the ultimate home poker game would look like, it would probably involve all your poker friends, an amazing location, non-stop poker action, top celebrities and poker pros, and the biggest variety of games and buy-in levels you could fit in. Well, that’s exactly what we have in mind when we plan the PCA, and the 2013 10th anniversary PCA will be the most amazing poker party on the planet.”

Live cards-up final table action
EPT Live will be webcasting the cards-up action from the final tables of the Super High Roller, the High Roller and the Main Event ‘as live’ (one-hour delay) on PokerStars.tv.

The broadcast times are as follows:

• Monday, January 7, 13:00 ET – $100,000 Super High Roller: Final Table
• Saturday, January 13, 13:00 ET – $10,000 Main Event: Final Table
• Sunday, January 14, 13:00 ET – $25,000 High Roller: Final Table

The shows will feature commentary from the pros, interviews and viewer freerolls.

PCA 2013 tournament schedule

January 5, Saturday
12:00 1 NLH Super High Roller “Unlimited Re-Entry” Day 1* $98,000 + $2,000

January 6, Sunday
12:00 1 NLH Super High Roller “Unlimited Re-Entry” Day 2 $98,000 + $2,000
17:00 2 NLH One Optinal Rebuy Super Satellite to Main Event $1,025 + $75
18:00 3 NLH Turbo $2,000 + $150
19:00 4 NLH Turbo $270 + $30

January 7, Monday
12:00 1 NLH Super High Roller “Unlimited Re-Entry” Final Table $98,000 + $2,000
12:00 5 NLH Main Event Day 1A $10,000 + $300
14:00 6 Canada Cup Invitation
14:00 7 NLH Turbo $5,000 + $200
17:00 8 NLH One Optional Rebuy Super Satellite to Main Event $1,025 + $75
19:00 9 NLH Turbo $270 + $30

January 8, Tuesday
12:00 5 NLH Main Event Day 1B* $10,000 + $300
12:00 10 Zoom Mobile Challenge $50k Guaranteed $1,000 + $25
14:00 11 PLO Turbo $5,000 + $200
16:00 12 H. O. E. Day 1 $1,000 + $100
18:00 13 NLH Turbo Bounty $1,000 + $1,000 + $150

January 9, Wednesday
12:00 5 NLH Main Event Day 2*
12:00 10 Zoom Mobile Challenge $50k Guaranteed $1,000 + $25
12:00 14 NLH Win The Button Day 1 $1,000 + $100
13:00 12 H. O. E. Day 2
14:00 15 PLO Day 1* $5,000 + $300
16:00 16 H.O.R.S.E Day 1 $1,000 + $100
18:00 17 NLH Turbo $2,000 + $150

January 10, Thursday
12:00 5 NLH Main Event Day 3*
12:00 10 Zoom Mobile Challenge $50k Guaranteed $1,000 + $25
12:00 18 NLH Day 1* $5,000 + $300
13:00 15 PLO Day 2*
13:00 16 H.O.R.S.E Day 2
14:00 19 NLH Day 1* $1,000 + $100
16:00 20 PLO Dealer Choice 5 or 4 Cards Day 1 $1,000 + $100
18:00 21 NLH Turbo $5,000 + $200
19:00 22 NLH Turbo $270 + $30

January 11, Friday
12:00 5 NLH Main Event Day 4*
12:00 10 Zoom Mobile Challenge $50k Guaranteed $1,000 + $25
12:00 23 NLH Day 1 $2,000 + $150
12:00 24 World Cup of Poker Day 1 Invitational
12:00 18 NLH Day 2*
13:00 25 NLH Heads-Up Day 1 (64 Player Cap)* $5,000 + $300
13:00 19 NLH Day 2*
13:00 20 PLO Dealer Choice 5 or 4 Cards Day 2
16:00 26 Omaha High-Low 8 or Better Day 1 $1,000 + $100
18:00 27 NLH One Rebuy Super to NLH High Roller $2,850 + $150
19:00 28 NLH Turbo $270 + $30

January 12, Saturday
12:00 5 NLH Main Event Day 5*
12:00 10 Zoom Mobile Challenge $50k Guaranteed $1,000 + $25
12:00 29 NLH Unlimited Re-Entry Day 1A * $1,000 + $100
13:00 30 NLH High Roller 1 Optional Re-Entry Day 1* $25,000 + $500
13:00 23 NLH Day 2
13:00 25 NLH Heads-Up Day 2*
13:00 26 Omaha High-Low 8 or Better Day 2
14:00 31 NLH Ladies Only Day 1* $1,000 + $100
16:00 32 Triple Stud Day 1 (7-Card Stud, Razz & 7-Card Stud High-Low 8 or Better) $1,000 + $100
18:00 29 NLH Unlimited Re-Entry Day 1B $1,000 + $100
19:00 33 NLH Turbo $270 + $30

January 13, Sunday
12:00 5 NLH Main Event Final Table* $10,000 + $300
12:00 30 NLH High Roller “1 Optional Re-Entry” Day 2*
12:00 34 NLH 6-Handed Day 1 $5,000 + $300
13:00 29 NLH Unlimited Re-Entry Day 2*
13:00 31 NLH Ladies Only Day 2*
13:00 32 Triple Stud Day 2 (7-Card Stud, Razz & 7-Card Stud High-Low 8 or Better) $1,000 + $100
14:00 35 NLH 6-Handed Day 1 $1,000 + $100
16:00 36 PLO Day 1 $1,000 + $100
18:00 37 NLH Turbo Bounty $1,000 + $1,000 + $150
19:00 38 NLH Turbo $270 + $30

January 14, Saturday
12:00 30 NLH High Roller “1 Optional Re-Entry” Final Table*
12:00 39 NLH Turbo PCA Main Event Edition $270 + $30
13:00 34 NLH 6-Handed Day 2
13:00 35 NLH 6-Handed Day 2
13:00 36 PLO Day 2
14:00 40 NLH Turbo 6-Handed $10,000 + $300

Denotes 10th Anniversary Trophy Event

Please note that for the majority of tournaments, 3 percent of the prize pool will be used to pay dealers and floor staff. This arrangement does not apply to a small number of tournaments. For further information, please contact pca@pokerstars.com.


Bwin.Party Completes Sale of Ongame Network



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Bwin.Party has sold the Ongame Network to Amaya Gaming. The network sold for around $19 million dollars but the price could go up if the U.S. regulates online poker in the next few years. The deal comes months after Shuffle Master pulled out of a similar deal to purchase the network. Ongame is home to several different poker rooms including Betsson, Betfair and Coral. The Press Release is below.


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Bwin.party digital entertainment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


1 October 2012


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Sale of Ongame to Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (‘Amaya Gaming’)




Sale of Ongame, a leading B2B online poker network, to Amaya Gaming for up to €25.0 million on a cash-free and debt-free basis
Initial consideration of €15.0 million payable in cash on completion expected during the fourth quarter of 2012
Additional payments of up to €10.0 million, will become payable if there is regulated online gaming in the United States within the next five years
Completion is subject to the standard conditions for a transaction of this type, including regulatory approvals


bwin.party today announces that it has agreed to sell Ongame, its business-to-business (‘B2B’) online poker network, to Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (‘Amaya Gaming’) for a total cash consideration of up to €25.0 million.


Contingent consideration will become payable by Amaya Gaming if there is regulated online gaming in the United States within five years of completion. The exact amount of the contingent consideration will depend upon the extent of the regulation based upon the number of states that regulate and the total population covered.


The transaction is subject to the normal terms and conditions for a transaction of this type as well as certain regulatory approvals and is expected to complete during the fourth quarter of 2012. The management of Ongame will transfer with the business and the net sale proceeds will be used by bwin.party for general corporate purposes.


Information on Ongame


Ongame Network Ltd (‘Ongame’) is one of the world’s largest B2B poker providers. The global network includes 25 of the e-gaming industry’s strongest brands that are owned by a total of 19 operators. Ongame also operates regional networks in France and Italy. The company offers both operators and their players a wide variety of cash games and tournaments to choose from. Further information about Ongame can be found at http://www.ongame.com.


Commenting on today’s announcement, Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, the Co-CEOs of bwin.party, said:


“The sale of Ongame conforms to our strategy, especially as we move closer to launching our single, proprietary technology platform in the next few months. We believe Ongame will fit well into Amaya Gaming and has an excellent future ahead.”


David Baazov, Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Gaming, said:


“The acquisition of Ongame bolsters Amaya Gaming’s product portfolio, transforming Amaya into a leading provider of gaming platforms. Amaya looks forward to unleashing Ongame’s technology to its full potential through the leveraging of our many B2B relationships and delivering new partners and players to the network. The Ongame platform is scalable, proven and secure and is well suited for quick deployment in new regulated markets. We’re excited about the wide range of opportunities this acquisition makes possible for us as we execute on our vision.”


bwin.party was advised by McQueen Limited.


Gus Hansen Returns to Full Tilt Poker

Gus Hansen at WSOP 2006 Rio, Las Vegas

Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen has agreed to represent the new Full Tilt Poker according to a press release issued today. The role will be a familiar one for the popular Danish poker player who held a similar position with Full Tilt under previous management. Hansen, a world-class backgammon player as well as one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men,” has long been a fan favorite. Since the demise of the old FTP Gus has played online at PokerStars (mostly PLO and PLO8) under the screen name “Brokski.” After Tilt’s re-launch this November, Gus will be back “home” and he’s ready for the challenge of rebuilding the reputation of the former #2 site in the world:”I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand” Hansen stated. Players around the world are eagerly awaiting the return of FTP and Gus’s high stakes matches.

Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The full Press Release:

“The Great Dane” becomes re-launched site’s first brand ambassador

DUBLIN – October 2, 2012 – FullTiltPoker.com today announced that international poker star and tournament legend Gus Hansen will return as brand ambassador for the site, which plans to re-open for real-money poker on November 6, 2012.

In August, PokerStars obtained the assets of Full Tilt Poker and committed to reimburse Full Tilt Poker customers outside the U.S. whose accounts have been inaccessible since the previous management closed the site in June 2011.

Full Tilt Poker will offer real-money poker games and tournaments globally, with the exception of the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Estonia and Belgium. Full Tilt Poker’s customers in the rest of the world can soon look forward to accessing their accounts and playing on the re-launched site, confident that they are supported by PokerStars’ history of integrity combined with Full Tilt Poker’s track record of delivering the highest quality online poker experience.

Hansen, a poker icon and four-time WPT champion, already boasts career tournament earnings of nearly $11.2 million and is widely considered to be one of the best all-around players in the world – whether it be large tournaments, live cash games or online. As a former Full Tilt Pro, Hansen, 38, is excited to be returning to one of the world’s leading poker brands.

He said: “I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand. Full Tilt Poker has the best games, most innovative software and the strongest poker community; to me this feels like coming home.”

“Gus is one of the best-known and most respected names in the poker community,” said Sarne Lightman, the newly-appointed Head of Marketing at Full Tilt Poker. “Gus has always embodied the best characteristics of the Full Tilt Poker brand and we are thrilled to have him return as an ambassador.”

“Expect plenty more news in the comings weeks,” states Lightman. “More international pros, exciting launch promotions and the return of Full Tilt Poker as the world’s most innovative poker site.”

Players can start playing on Full Tilt Poker from November, 6 2012

For more information contact press@ft-services.com

About Full Tilt Poker
FullTiltPoker.com is a leading poker brand known for delivering the most authentic online poker experience in the world. Full Tilt Poker’s innovative software, game design and game play make it the online home for serious poker players.

Full Tilt Poker is being re-launched in November 2012 by The Rational Group, which also operates PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. Full Tilt Poker plans to operate globally under license from the Isle of Man, which provides rigorous regulatory oversight and deploys the best practices in ensuring player fund protection and the security and integrity of online poker.

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Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*The 2+2 Pokercast released their interview with Howard Lederer earlier today.  The much-anticipated interview comes on the heals of the Howard Lederer Files released by PokerNews. Howard answered questions for over 3 hours for the show. The podcast can be found here.

*John Wray (co-creator of The Micros series) started a thread on 2+2 about  another very important interview on the FTP situation: ** FTP’s “Red Vest Guy” Avatar Breaks His Silence! **

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Tournament Poker News

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*Roger Hairabedian won Event 3 (Pot Limit Omaha) at the WSOPE to become the first Frenchman to win a WSOPE bracelet.

*Giovanni Rosadoni won Event 4 (an No Limit shootout) to quickly give France it’s 2nd ever WSOPE bracelet.

*PokerStars has an article on Marat Sharafutdinov (better known as maratik) talking about his WCOOP Main Event win earlier this week. Read more here.

*Asian Businessman Paul Phua won a $100,000 buy-in high roller tournament held in London. John Juanda tweeted congratulations to his friends-

*WSOPE is streaming some events live here.

Poker on TV

*Living the Life is a new reality-tv show premiering next year. According to IMBD the show will be about “two girls travel the world and try to make a living as professional poker players. First stop, the European Poker Tour in Barcelona, Spain.” “Survivor” alumna Amanda Kimmel is one of the stars of the show.

Kimmel will be joined by reality-tv veteran Trishelle Cannatella.