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2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 2 – Vishal Maini Puts Gap Between Himself and Field

 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 2 – Vishal Maini Puts Gap Between Himself and Field

With the two Day 1 starting flights wrapped up, Monday was the time for the survivors of each – plus anyone who wanted to fire one final bullet or register for the first time – to come together in a single, unified field for Day 2 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe Main Event at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Vishal Maini emerged from yesterday’s action as the overwhelming chip leader with 651,500 chips.

After Maini, the next largest chip stack belongs to Milad Oghabian. His 463,500 is significant, but it is also nearly 200,000 fewer chips than the total belonging to Maini. After Oghabian, the top of the leader board is pretty packed, with the next five chip stacks ranging from 408,500 to 424,000 chips.

Maini has just $ 73,532 in lifetime live tournament earnings (I would LOVE to have that success!), but he isn’t quite in uncharted waters. Maini did finish sixth in the 2017 C$ 10,000 + 300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event at the Playground Poker Spring Classic and tenth in the partypoker WPT Caribbean Main Event, so he has gone deep in some non-trivial tournaments. But neither of those is the World Series of Poker Europe.

Registration for the WSOP Europe Main Event was open until the beginning of Day 2; as a re-entry event, players who were eliminated on Day 1 could still take one more shot on Monday. When the final registration tallies were made, there were 529 entries, allowing the prize pool to just barely eclipse the guarantee of €5,000,500. Of the €5,025,500, €1,115,207 will go to the winner. 80 players will make the money with a minimum cash of €15,131.

Some notables of the 134 who moved on to Day 3 of the WSOP Europe Main Event were Mike Leah, David Peters, Philipp Gruissem, Anatoly Filatov, Pierre Neuville, Anthony Zinno, Mustapha Kanit, Antoine Saout, Kevin MacPhee, Davidi Kitai, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, and Dominik Nitsche.

Ryan Riess, John Racener, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, and Chris Moorman who among those who were eliminated on Day 2. Unfortunately, Racener’s ouster on Monday at the WSOP Europe also means that Chris Ferguson has won the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. Yes, that’s right. A man who was partly responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from Full Tilt Poker customers will now be celebrated as the Player of the Year. What’s next? Are we going to elect a grifter who doesn’t pay contractors President of the United States?

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1. Vishal Maini – 651,500
2. Milad Oghabian – 463,500
3. Alexander Lakhov – 424,000
4. Jens Lübbe – 419,000
5. Roman Herold – 412,000
6. Gianluca Speranza – 408,500
7. Michael Mrakes – 408,500
8. Stoyan Obreshkov – 386,000
9. Goran Mandic – 377,500
10. Anatoliy Zyrin – 376,000

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Forbes Examines Similarities Between Esports and Poker

 Forbes Examines Similarities Between Esports and Poker

In the world of business, there is always that quest in finding the “next big thing.” With this point in mind, the business and finance magazine Forbes is looking into what many are saying will be the “next big thing” – Esports – and comparing it with what now appears to be “old news” – poker.

Writer Darren Heitner examines in an in-depth article the similarities between the burgeoning Esports world – stating that it is expected to generate $ 590 million in wagers on gambling sites by the end of this year – and the world of poker. He also notes that the powerful Canadian provincial gaming site Loto-Quebec recently accepted its first bets on an Esports event. Heitner shows how the Esports community has slowly broken onto the consciousness of the populace, including the development of a business course at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas that focuses on the Esports industry, much like how poker slowly broke out over the internet and television.

Through all these examples, Heitner demonstrates that there is plenty that compares Esports and poker. He also demonstrates that there are some huge chasms between the two entities. For example, the Esports industry is expected to have a total industry value of $ 463 million by the end of 2016. Online poker and gaming, on the other hand, has a total industry value estimated to be over $ 40 BILLION.

When it comes to viewership, Heitner states that poker (because of a longer established history) still is outpacing Esports. Although Heitner says that 40% of China’s 600 million smartphone owners have attended an Esports event (240 million), the worldwide coverage of poker benefits from its television exposure on ESPN for the World Series of Poker and other televised events. Add in the online coverage that poker gets – not only from their online sites but from such avenues as Twitch – and it is still reigning supreme over Esports.

Finally, Heitner cites that the players in the Esports realm still aren’t as well-known as those in the poker world. Heitner says that “professional poker player Doyle Brunson, with his trademark cowboy hat” is more recognizable than video game professionals such as Chris “Fatal” Bond and Peter Dager, whom Heitner says “the vast majority of civilization has never heard (from).”

There are some similarities, Heitner notes, that could eventually see Esports pass online poker in the gaming realm, however. Heitner believes that the multitude of online arenas for viewing (such as Twitch and others) is an advantage that Esports has over poker. The communication aspect of high-speed internet between people is also seen as a positive in the Esports world (and, in some ways, has become almost nonexistent in the online poker area).

It could also be said that the two disciplines have something else in common – the ability to wager on the outcome. International gambling is a $ 500 billion business and, while people still enjoy online casinos and table games (including poker), there are always new avenues to pursue that may increase the bottom line. Esports covers that well and is something that could be huge in the near future.

That is what Heitner’s analysis is telling him. “While poker may still be supreme, Esports is quickly catching up and displaying many positive signs that in some ways mimic poker’s successful attributes,” he concludes in his article. “It is only a matter of time until the Esports industry hits a total value of over $ 1 billion.”

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