Daily Poker Update


A collection of odds and ends from around the poker world…


*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.


English: Brandon Cantu at the 2008 World Serie...

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.


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.

New Nadal Video for PokerStars

Español: Rafael Nadal, en el torneo ATP de Tok...

Español: Rafael Nadal, en el torneo ATP de Tokio 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PokerStars just released a new video featuring Team PokerStars SportStar Rafa Nadal. The video features Nadal learning how to bluff by pretending to be an ordinary guy (who bares an uncanny resemblance to Rafa Nadal) working at a golf clubhouse. Check out the candid reactions below.

This is latest video from Nadal and PS who earlier released a TV spot  showing off PokerStars mobile app.

Daily Poker Update

*Antonio Esfandiari‘s success continued as he took down the second event of the WSOPE.  The € 1000 entry fee for the event was only 1/1000 of  what he paid to enter the Big One over the summer. Antonio outlasted a field of 626 players to win his third bracelet and managed to take the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.

2005 WSOP gold bracelet

2005 WSOP gold bracelet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*In other tournament news, PokerStars player “maratik” took down the Main Event of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). A small stakes grinder, maratik won entry to the Main Event through an FPP satelite. Outlasting 1825 players, maratik agreed to a deal at the final table (after stating “I wont million”)  which earned him over $900,000. By being the last man standing he won another $100,000 and the championship title and brought joy to all those who were rooting for the underdog to win.

*More Howard Lederer interviews are on the way. The Two Plus Two pokercast will be interviewing Howard Wednesday night and releasing the podcast Thursday. Howard will have at least one more interview in the near future, as must-read  poker journalist “Diamond Flush” tweeted earlier:

Tom Dwan apparently just watched the Lederer Files and tweeted some thoughts:

Read more at Durrrr’s Twitter here.
GSN High Stakes Poker

GSN High Stakes Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Master of the poker parody video SrslySirius outdid himself with his new video Howard Lederer Confesses Everything.

For more great videos check out his youtube channel SrslySirius
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PokerStars Announces Full Tilt Re-Launch Plans

PokerStars issued a press release today updating their plans for the much-anticipated re-launch of Full Tilt Poker. The company is making good on its agreement with the U.S. DOJ and plans to reopen the first week of November 2012 with all players (outside if the U.S.) funds available. For residents of France, Spain, Denmark, Estonia, and Belgium players will “pair” their FTP & Stars accounts and use their Stars account to withdraw/ play. Details for Italian players are still being worked on. Players from the United States are still waiting for updates on repayment from the U.S. government. All other players around the world will have access to their funds to play/ withdraw once FTP opens in early November.

A copy of the Press Release is below: