WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Featured Bounties Revealed

 WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Featured Bounties Revealed

The World Poker Tour (WPT) bestbet Bounty Scramble $ 5,000 buy-in Main Event begins this weekend and, if you read the words that came before this one, you likely saw the word “bounty” in the title of the event. As a follow-up, I bet you are curious who the bounties in the tournament will be. You’re are in luck – you don’t have to go hunting for that information because we have it for you right here, on this very website that you stumbled upon today.

The announced bounties for the upcoming WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble in Jacksonville, Florida are:

James Calderaro
Tyler Patterson
Richard Seymour
Eric “Barstool Nate” Nathan
Loni Harwood
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi
Nabil “Doc” Hierzi
Mike Sexton
Allison Hollander
Matt Affleck
Jessica Dawley
Darren Elias
John Hesp
Sam Soverel
Shannon Shorr
Anthony Zinno
Byron Kaverman
Esther Taylor Brady
Noah Schwartz
Matt Stout
Ebony Kenney
Matt Savage
Marvin Rettenmaier
Sean Winter
Chance Cornuth
Ari Engel
Tom Marchese
Ryan Riess

The bounties will work like they generally do in other tournaments. Any player who eliminates one of the players marked as a bounty (it’s certainly possible that there may be other bounties not on the list above) will receive $ 2,500. Thus, there will be a whole bunch of players who will be playing in the Main Event for half of the buy-in. There is no limit to number of bounty awards a player can win, so it is fully possible to freeroll or even profit without even “making the money.”

The chip leaders at the end of Days 1A and 1B will also win a $ 5,000 prize. The money for the bounties and the chip leaders prizes will be taken out of the prize pool, which doesn’t sound wonderful, but I don’t think we should expect the casino or the WPT to just put up all that extra money. The Main Event has a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool, anyway.

It is nice to see the bestbet Bounty Scramble on the schedule, since one of the most popular events on the poker calendar every year, the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, has been eliminated this season (can we at least get a bounty from the knockout?). Players flocked to Bay 101 for the tournament and it was arguably the most pure fun people had playing big ticket tournament poker. The players who were designated as bounties got to wear medals at the tables and they would autograph a t-shirt with their face on it for the player who took all their chips. Todd Brunson was famous for his expletive-laced diatribes that took up both sides of the shirt. Being named a bounty target – a “shooting star” at the Bay 101 was an honor and almost all stars had a great attitude and sense of humor about it.

In an interview with my colleague Earl Burton, WPT Executive Director Matt Savage said that “It was mutually agreed upon between officials on both sides that the Bay 101 would not be a part of the Season XVI World Poker Tour schedule.”

The post WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Featured Bounties Revealed appeared first on Poker News Daily.

Poker News Daily

2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Ismael Bojang Leads Event #1, Defending Champ Ryan Hefter in Top Five

 2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Ismael Bojang Leads Event #1, Defending Champ Ryan Hefter in Top Five

If it is an odd-numbered year, it means that the World Series of Poker is taking its show to Europe. This year the WSOP-E has landed at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, where the next fortnight will see 11 bracelets contested. Up first for the players is Event #1, the €1000 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack tournament.

Thursday afternoon saw the first of three-Day Ones take flight, with the players holding the option of playing in all three in an attempt to build a stack. Those three-Day Ones were going to be long ones, with 14 levels of play and late registration open until the start of Level 8. As Day 1A hit the felt, it was a bit of a surprise how many top players were a part of the proceedings.

John Racener, who is vying with Chris Ferguson for the WSOP Player of the Year award, was in his chair from the start of action. He was joined by six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro, Felipe Ramos, Ryan Hughes, James Akenhead, and Roland Israelashvili, with each player getting a generous 20,000 chip stack to start the day with. As the afternoon wore on, Racener’s main opposition Ferguson made an appearance on the tables along with Maxim Lykov and Kristen Bicknell as the first break of the day saw the tournament clock informing the field that 63 players were already in the game.

As the sun began to set on Rozvadov, more top pros came out for their first appearance of the WSOP-E. Former “November Niner” Pierre Neuville, Erik Cajelais, Roberto Romanello, Mike Leah all came to the tables, but Bicknell and Ramos exited at least the Day 1A proceedings. By the time that the clock ended Level 8 and the late registration process, 90 entries were in the books and dinner was served.

Now set in the fact that no other players would be joining the festivities, players got about the work of building a respectable stack to move to Day 2. With only 47 of those players coming back from dinner, a slight change was made to the schedule for Event #1, with the plan to play until either 15 players were left or go all the way through the full 14 levels scheduled. As it turned out, that was a solid decision by WSOP officials as the field whittled itself down to 15 just after Level 14 began:

1. Ismael Bojang, 268,500
2. Jeff Cormier, 265,000
3. Micky Blasi, 213,000
4. Ryan Hefter, 208,000
5. Oleksandr Shcherbak, 140,000
6. Hannes Neurauter, 106.000
7. Ricardo, Chauriye, 96,000
8. Mike Leah, 96,000
9. Ryan Hughes, 81,500
10. Theodoros Aidonopoulos, 75,000
11. Yaniv Botbol, 72,000
12. Carlo Savinelli, 55,500
13. James Akenhead, 46,500
14. Romain Follet, 44,500
15. Zdenko Slavik, 33,000

Bojang, despite having extensive experience in international poker, has never won a major tournament. Hefter, however, has, earning the championship in this very event in 2015 when it was last played.

Although Ferguson, Lykov and plenty of other players were eliminated on Day 1A, they all can come back on Day 1B and/or Day 1C to attempt to build a stack. The short stacks from Day 1A, Slavik and Follet, are unfortunately locked into Day 2 with their stacks, but the Top Five will be comfortable in their positions for Sunday’s Day 2 play.

Day 1B will kick off at 2PM in Rozvadov (8AM Eastern Time) and the field should be much larger than the 90 players who showed on Thursday. This tournament will be the only action around the King’s Casino for the weekend as Event #2, the €500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, is not set to begin until Monday. The action will definitely heat up as the players drift into the Czech Republic and the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe hits its full stride.

The post 2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Ismael Bojang Leads Event #1, Defending Champ Ryan Hefter in Top Five appeared first on Poker News Daily.

Poker News Daily

Judge’s Decision Mixed in Poker Pro’s Lawsuit Against King’s Casino Owner

 Judge’s Decision Mixed in Poker Pro’s Lawsuit Against King’s Casino Owner

A Clark County, Nevada District Court Judge isn’t making it easy for Australian poker pro Matthew Kirk to get $ 2 million back from King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik, but she did leave the window open a crack for Kirk to keep trying. In a decision on Friday, District Judge Linda Marie Bell tossed out all but two of ten claims from a lawsuit Kirk filed against Tsoukernik in July from a disagreement stemming from a chip transaction made at an Aria poker table.

It is very common for poker players to loan each other money and this is often done by simply handing over some poker chips. There is an honor code of sorts among players and if someone doesn’t repay what they borrowed, good luck getting along with anyone in the poker community for a while.

It was a supposed poker chip loan in May that is the center of this controversy. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kirk and Tsoukernik were playing in Ivey’s Room at the Aria and Kirk passed stacks of $ 500,000 and $ 1 million in chips to the King’s Casino owner with at least two other people present. Kirk’s attorneys obtained the security video showing the chips being exchanged and witnesses sitting at the table.

Documenting the transactions for proof, Kirk texted Tsoukernik at 4:34am, “Gave you 500k.”

About half an hour later, he texted, “Gave you 1million.”

Tsoukernik replied after the second text, saying, “Ok.”

At 5:46am, Kirk texted that he had given Tsoukernik a total of $ 3 million, to which Tsoukernik also responded, “Ok.”

So it all seemed pretty cut and dry. While the texts didn’t outright say that the $ 3 million was a loan and needed to be repaid, it is understood. After all, why would Kirk just give the guy millions of dollars?

But then, at 5:58am, Tsoukernik oddly wrote, “Not valid,” following that up with, “0 now.”

“The defendant has committed a fraud upon the plaintiff,” Kirk’s lawyers wrote in the lawsuit. “Those text messages indicate that defendant never intended to pay his loans.”

Somehow, Tsoukernik’s attorneys were able to convince the judge that the $ 3 million (Tsoukernik actually paid $ 1 million of it back) was a gambling debt, rather than a loan. As such, the judge ruled that gambling debts were not enforceable.

The two claims Judge Bell did not throw out were fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment.

“Tsoukernik entered into the contract intending to use its unenforceability to refuse repayment. If proven, this could place Mr. Tsoukernik at the greatest moral fault in this matter,” she said.

Thus, as the Review-Journal reports, Kirk’s lawyers are going to continue to go after Tsoukernik for the $ 2 million, claiming that he took the money never planning on paying it back, knowing he could fall back on the fact that gambling debts can’t be enforced to just keep it.

An interesting tidbit here is that Tsoukernik’s King’s Casino is hosting the World Series of Poker Europe, which begins Thursday. As high stakes cash game table at the Rio during the WSOP this summer was named for the casino as a way to advertise for WSOP-E.

Cover photo credit: WPT via Flickr

The post Judge’s Decision Mixed in Poker Pro’s Lawsuit Against King’s Casino Owner appeared first on Poker News Daily.

Poker News Daily

Illinois Online Gambling Legislation May Still Have Breath This Year

 Illinois Online Gambling Legislation May Still Have Breath This Year

According to Online Poker Report, it is very possible that a few online gambling bills may be looked at in some short veto sessions in Illinois coming up next week and in November. These sessions, which will only be from October 24th to October 26th and November 7th through November 9th, are used mainly for state lawmakers to review bills vetoed by the Governor, but some other bills that haven’t even gotten to the Governor’s desk are sometimes looked at, as well.

In June, the Illinois State Senate passed a piece of legislation that would have legalized and regulated online gambling – including poker – and daily fantasy sports (DFS). The bill dominated, too, passing by a whopping 42-10 vote.

The bill authorized licensed casinos and race tracks in the state to apply for online gambling licenses. Taxes would have been 15 percent on gross gaming revenues, but for the first five years, the first $ 100 million in revenues would have been taxed at only 10 percent. Unfortunately, there was also a “bad actor” clause in the bill, which disqualified any operator who “accepted wagers via the internet in contravention of this act or in contravention of any law of the United States.”

Yup, that’s PokerStars.

As for daily fantasy sports, the tax portion would have been on a sliding scale. The taxes were listed at 5 percent on the first $ 1 million in gross gaming revenues, 7.5 percent on revenues up to $ 3 million, 10 percent for the portion up to $ 8 million, and 15 percent over 8 million. Licensing fees would be just $ 500 for operators that make less than $ 100,000 and increase to a max of $ 25,000 for those who make over $ 10 million.

The bill stalled out in the House, though you probably guessed that by now. There was actually a chance that Governor Bruce Rauner would have vetoed the bill, as when he ran for office in 2014, he said he didn’t want to expand gambling in Illinois. At the same time, Illinois faced a nearly $ 10 billion deficit, so any potential tax income would have been welcomed.

Online Poker Report says that three bills could possibly be considered. H 479 was the one passed by the Senate, now sitting in the House. S 209 was referred to the House Executive Committee’s Gaming Subcommittee this week. And there is S 1531, another bill moved to the House, this one to the House floor.

Since it is the most complete and furthest along, H 479 would logically have the best chance to do something and would have the shortest path to law, but you never know with these sorts of things. As mentioned, there are very few days for anything to happen, and as is usually the case, there are likely more important topics on the minds of Illinois legislators. But the windows, however small, are open, so action on internet poker is not impossible.

The post Illinois Online Gambling Legislation May Still Have Breath This Year appeared first on Poker News Daily.

Poker News Daily

MGM Acquires WNBA’s San Antonio Stars, Will Relocate Team to Las Vegas

 MGM Acquires WNBA’s San Antonio Stars, Will Relocate Team to Las Vegas

Fear of gambling keeps getting harder to justify for professional sports leagues as MGM Resorts International has purchased the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars and will move the team to Las Vegas for the 2018 season. After decades of staying away from the gambling capital of world, the leagues are now flocking there. The NHL’s Golden Knights just began its inaugural season, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas by 2020, and the United Soccer League’s Las Vegas Lights are slated to begin play next year.

The NBA, which backs the WNBA, has had Summer League games in Las Vegas for a number of years.

WNBA President Lisa Borders told the Associated Press, which originally broke the story this morning, that the league has been eyeing Las Vegas “for some time.”

Simultaneous to the Stars’ move comes the hiring of former Detroit Pistons great and New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer as the Stars’ new head coach and president of basketball operations.

“He’ll run the basketball side of the business,” Borders said in her interview with the AP. “The MGM team and the league will work to staff the business side. The folks that will run business, sales, social, digital, all the functions to run the business.”

The team will play at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Lilian Tomovich, MGM’s chief experience and marketing officer, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal of the decision, “Mandalay Bay is a smaller, more intimate arena with about 12,000 seats. We feel it’s the absolute right size arena for the fans to have that intimate experience to come watch basketball.”

As mentioned, aside from NBA Summer League games and minor league baseball, the major professional sports leagues in the United States have kept their distance from Las Vegas, claiming that sports betting can damage the integrity of the game. This is true – sports betting could damage the integrity of the game – but the fallacy of this argument is that it really doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not a team is located in Las Vegas.

In instances when someone committed sports betting crimes – say, taking money to shave points – the teams involved haven’t been based in Las Vegas or Nevada. The gambler or mobster was able to bet the money no matter where the teams involved were. Perhaps they bet with an illegal bookie, perhaps they actually placed the bets legally in Vegas (or had an accomplice place the bets). It doesn’t matter.

And today it is even sillier to worry about a team being in Las Vegas when it comes to betting on the games, as the players involved in the games could always place bets online if they want. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics kick off the NBA season tonight and if he wanted, LeBron James could logon to an online sports book and bet on or against his team quite easily. And he is nowhere near Las Vegas at the moment.

MGM is the second gambling corporation to take ownership of a WNBA team. The Connecticut Sun has been owned by the Mohegan Sun since 2003.

The post MGM Acquires WNBA’s San Antonio Stars, Will Relocate Team to Las Vegas appeared first on Poker News Daily.

Poker News Daily



usa poker svenska poker finland poker Deutsch poker spain poker italy poker france poker japan poker greece poker china poker brazil poker denemark poker netherlands poker india poker russia poker korea poker turkey poker
romanian poker bulgarian poker croatian poker czech poker israel   poker norway poker poland poker serbia poker slovakia poker slovenia poker