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.
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.
*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:
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*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.
*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.
- Daily Poker Update (rakerefuge.wordpress.com)
- Gus Hansen Returns to Full Tilt Poker (rakerefuge.wordpress.com)
Parts 5 & 6 of the PokerNews interview with Howard Lederer were released today and after a slow start the interview is becoming interesting. Lederer’s first interview since Black Friday naturally has a lot of poker players talking, here are what some famous pros are saying on Twitter.
2003 WSOP Main Event Champ Chris Moneymaker tweeted:
Sports bettor/ high stakes poker player Haralabos Voulgaris (who Erick Lindgren has reportedly owed a large sum for some time) comments on Lederer’s claim that Lindgren borrowed $2 million (actually receiving $4 million) to pay back debts:
Daniel Negreanu was outspoken as always. A few of his many tweets on the subject:
Former FTP pro John Juanda also chimed in with some thoughts and corrected Howard’s claim that Juanda was the 2nd largest shareholder in the company:
And finally on Reddit, someone claiming to be a former employee at Full Tilt Poker (“ftpinsider” ) gave a glimpse behind the scenes at FTP and shared his feelings from watching the video. The Lederer Files: 30% Truth, 30% Plausible Deniability, 30% Lies, and 10% Fucking Bullshit by ftpinsider can be found on reddit here.
Here’s Antonio Esfandiari on Howard Stern from yesterday. Enjoy.
Antonio Esfandiari tweeted earlier today that he’ll be on Howard Stern’s show tomorrow (9/18).
The interview will surely touch on the life of a young poker pro living in Vegas as well as Antonio’s historic 18+ million dollar win at the Big One for One Drop at this summer’s WSOP.
Stern will likely also ask about Esfandiari’s long time friend Phil Laak and Laak’s girlfriend actress/poker player Jennifer Tilly.
- Antonio Esfandiari on The Howard Stern Show (Full Interview) (rakerefuge.wordpress.com)