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Breaking Down The 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table

 Breaking Down The 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table

After heading off on an unknown road a couple of weeks ago – and, instead of having to wait 100 days to come back as in year’s past – the final table of the 2017 World Series of Poker’s $ 10,000 Championship Event is ready for action on Thursday night. In front of the cameras of ESPN, poker’s next World Champion will be determined. But who will it be? Let’s break it down and determine who will eventually emerge as the “last man standing” in poker’s premiere event.

Because there is no longer a “November Nine,” momentum is going to count for something when the players come back. Those players who were cruising on Monday when the final table was determined are still going to be feeling good about their chances. But, as any good poker player knows, “feeling good” isn’t the same as playing good. Thus, this is how the Poker News Daily Crystal Ball sees the action breaking down over the next three nights.

Just to update those who have come to the party late, here’s the breakdown (by seat) of the players remaining:

Seat 1:  John Hesp, 85.7 million
Seat 2:  Scott Blumstein, 97.25 million
Seat 3:  Antoine Saout, 21.75 million
Seat 4:  Benjamin Pollok, 35.175 million
Seat 5:  Jack Sinclair, 20.2 million
Seat 6:  Damian Salas, 22.175 million
Seat 7:  Ben Lamb, 18.5 million
Seat 8:  Bryan Piccioli, 33.8 million
Seat 9:  Dan Ott, 26.475 million

And now, the predictions:

Ninth Place:  Damian Salas

Salas is one of the unknown factors at the final table, but he’s surrounded by a slew of sharks. With Lamb on his left and Pollok on his right, he will be under siege almost from the starting gun. I see Pollak being the beneficiary of most of Salas’ chip stack in knocking him out, but Salas will get the nice parting gift of a $ 1 million payday on his way out of the Rio.

Eighth Place:  Jack Sinclair

Sinclair has a similar problem that Salas has, bereft of ammunition while the armies mass around him. He also doesn’t have a great deal of experience in this situation; he has a grand total of three cashes in his poker career, with two coming at this year’s WSOP and the other (and previously his largest payday) coming at the partypoker Millions Live in April, where Sinclair made £7500. For his departure, I see a race situation between he and Saout, with Saout emerging on top as Sinclair heads to the door in eighth for $ 1.2 million.

Seventh Place:  Ben Lamb

Lamb is arguably one of the best players at the table, but you can’t last on the short stack that he’ll start the day with on Thursday. People know Lamb’s history and talent and aren’t going to mix it up with him unless they have a monster, meaning that Lamb will have little opportunity to pick up chips to bolster his stack. With both Salas and Sinclair out, I see the chips heading to the stack of Pollak, who also is a veteran of the international poker wars who can trade chops with Lamb without breathing hard.

Sixth Place:  Dan Ott

Ott will be able to squeak through the Thursday segment of the final table – playing down from nine to six – but that’s where the road will end. He won’t be too disappointed, however, with the $ 1.675 million that he will take home for his two weeks of work. His only other cashes came at this year’s WSOP in two preliminary events for career earnings of slightly more than $ 3500.

Fifth Place:  Bryan Piccioli

Piccioli has the experience to come from the pack, but it is going to be tough to get any action with both the big stacks Hesp and Blumstein on his left. As such, his ability to get chips by stealing from the late positions – the button, the cutoff, and the hijack – is going to be severely limited. It will wear on his stack and, while Piccioli will get through Thursday’s play, I can’t see him going beyond Friday.

Fourth Place:  John Hesp

Everyone loves Hesp because of his freewheeling attitude, his age, and the fun he’s having on the felt during his run to the Championship Event final table. These are all great, but the inexperience he has on the table – he’s never played a tournament larger than £100 prior to this – and the pressure will eventually catch up with him. Hesp will be having fun all the way to the bank with the $ 2.6 million he’ll get for his finish on Friday night.

Third Place:  Antoine Saout

Saout will be one of the shorter stacks to start the day on Thursday, but his experience will be able to carry him to the final night of action on Saturday. He’ll be the third-place stack, however, with Blumstein and Pollak having vacuumed up sizeable stacks of chips through the first couple of days. It won’t be such a bad thing for Saout, who finished in the same position back in 2009, and he’ll earn a similar payday ($ 3.5 million versus the $ 3,479,670 in 2009) for his second trip to the WSOP Championship Event final table.

Second Place:  Scott Blumstein

Blumstein seems to have the magic touch to this point in the tournament, but the heat eventually has to cool. The heads-up battle between he and Pollak will be epic – I can even see Blumstein entering the mano y mano fight with the chip lead – but Pollak’s overall skills will allow him to eventually wear down Blumstein. All it takes in heads up play is a couple of mistakes and I don’t see Pollak making them.

First Place:  Benjamin Pollak

The Frenchman is a veteran of the international tournament poker battles, thus he won’t be unnerved by the situation. He’s battled the biggest names in the world, won almost $ 3 million and been to the Winner’s Circle across Europe. Pollak came into Day 7 back on Monday as one of the shorter stacks and he only ratcheted up his play and his chip stack as he motored through the field that day. He should keep the ship steaming forward – all the way to the WSOP Championship Event title.

Whether the Crystal Ball’s predictions come true or not, it promises to be an exciting three days of poker coming from the Rio starting on Thursday night. By the time Saturday comes around, we will know who poker’s next World Champion will be.

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2017 WSOP Main Event Down to 27

 2017 WSOP Main Event Down to 27

The 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to just 27 players from its original 7,221 as the action heads into the last day before the always anticipated final table. Christian Pham, who earned his seat in the Main Event via a $ 575 satellite, leads the field with 31.440 million chips.

As we all know, making a deep run in a tournament like this requires plenty of skill, but also one’s fair share of luck. Pham has clearly done something right in his life as the poker gods blessed him on Saturday’s Day 5 to keep him in the tournament and allow him to sit on his perch going into Monday. He was all-in on the turn with 5-3 suited and the board reading 9-7-5-8. Josh Tieman, though, had pocket 8’s, good for a set. Pham was drawing to only a 6 to chop the pot with a straight on the board. He got that lucky card, survived the bluff, and obviously continued on to the chip lead the next day.

Pham has one WSOP bracelet to his credit and that one involved a different sort of luck. According to Pham, he had intended to register for a $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2015 but accidentally signed up for the much different $ 1,500 2-7 Single Draw event. No problem – he just went ahead and won the whole thing.

That bracelet earned him $ 214,332, making up the bulk of his $ 563,439 in live tournament earnings. This Main Event already qualifies as his largest cash, as Pham is guaranteed at least $ 263,532 at this point.

One of the more interesting things about the remaining field is that there are a number of players who have made a WSOP Main Event final table before. Ben Lamb (4th – 25.685 million chips) finished third in the 2011 Main Event, Antoine Saout (15th – 9.945 million) finished third in 2009, Michael Ruane (16th – 9.340 million) is gunning for back-to-back final tables after finishing fourth last year), and Marcel Luske (26th – 2.990 million) finished tenth at the 2004 WSOP Main Event, which isn’t technically the official final table, but we’ll give it to him.

Saout also finished 25th last year, so he has quite a knack for the Main Event. Benjamin Pollack (17th – 8.870 million) finished 27th in 2013.

Day 7 will begin at 11:00am Las Vegas time and will continue (with breaks, of course) until the nine-handed final table is determined. Remember, there is no “November Nine” this year; the tournament will pause for two days and then resume on Thursday for the three-day final table.

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event – End of Day 6 Chip Counts

1. Christian Pham – 31,440,000
2. Valentin Messina – 28,590,000
3. Jack Sinclair – 27,535,000
4. Ben Lamb – 25,685,000
5. Pedro Oliveira – 22,540,000
6. John Hesp – 20,880,000
7. Randy Pisane – 18,370,000
8. Scott Blumstein – 18,125,000
9. Richard Dubini – 14,975,000
10. Bryan Piccioli – 14,500,000
11. Richard Gryko – 13,760,000
12. Jonas Mackoff – 12,050,000
13. Michael Krasienko – 11,430,000
14. Robin Hegele – 11,150,000
15. Antoine Saout – 9,945,000
16. Michael Ruane – 9,340,000
17. Benjamin Pollak – 8,870,000
18. Alexandre Reard – 8,580,000
19. Karen Sarkisyan – 8,105,000
20. Dan Ott – 7,815,000
21. Damian Salas – 7,800,000
22. David Guay – 7,400,000
23. Scott Stewart – 6,230,000
24. Florian Lohnert – 5,360,000
25. Jake Bazeley – 3,915,000
26. Marcel Luske – 2,990,000
27. Michael Sklenicka – 2,230,000

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Daniel Daniyar Takes Down WPT Amsterdam, Andreas Klatt Earns “MonteDam Swing” Championship

 Daniel Daniyar Takes Down WPT Amsterdam, Andreas Klatt Earns “MonteDam Swing” Championship

The World Poker Tour has wrapped up its pre-World Series of Poker schedule with the close of action at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. As to their WPTDeepStacks Main Event, Daniel Daniyar started the day with the second biggest stack and finished it with all the chips to take the title, while Andreas Klatt celebrated an outstanding run of poker between Monte Carlo and Amsterdam to win the “MonteDam Swing.”

As previously stated, Daniyar (1.8 million) started the day with the second biggest stack, trailing only Jan Jansma (2.365 million) on the leaderboard. They were the only two players above a million chips as Jorn Walthaus (845K), Louis Salter (735K), Jonathan Rozema (495K) and Shyngis Satubayev (430K) rounded out the final table on Saturday. From the start, Daniyar was on the offensive, starting a run that would only end with him winning the title.

Daniyar set the tone from the first hand of action, calling Rozema’s all-in and proving to be correct in the call when his K-Q was besting Rozema’s 7-5 pre-flop. There was a seven on the flop, but it was joined by a King to keep Daniyar in the lead. After an uneventful turn and river, Rozema would hit the rail in sixth. Ten minutes later, it was Walthaus’ turn to hit the exits, with Daniyar pulling off another knockout with K-Q. With Walthaus leading pre-flop with his A-8 off suit, the 10-3-5 flop looked innocent enough. After a nine came on the turn, Daniyar now had outs to a straight along with his potential to pair his paint. The river not only was paint, it was a Jack, giving Daniyar a winning straight and sending Walthaus out in fifth place.

Now with the lead, Daniyar did not take his foot off the gas. Although Salter would take down Satubayev in fourth, Daniyar dived right back into the pool in bumping off Jansma in a shocker of a hand. After doubling up both his opponents, it looked as if Daniyar would do it again when he made a bit of a questionable play. In that hand, Jansma put out a raise, Daniyar three-bet and, after Jansma moved all in, made the call. His 6♠ 3♠ shrunk up against the red Kings of Jansma, but the fates held another story. A 6-3-4 flop hit Daniyar squarely and, by the time the river brought another trey to give him a boat, Daniyar had vanquished the mighty Cowboys of Jansma, ending Jansma’s night in third place.

Everyone thought it would be a quick heads up session – Daniyar held a monstrous 6.2 million stack to Salter’s 500K – but Salter would prove to be a worthy opponent. Three double ups over a half-hour span would shoot Salter to the lead and another half-hour would put him up by a margin similar to what Daniyar started with. Daniyar would recompose himself and got back in the game, however, and with a flourish. Another half-hour of play would see Daniyar not only retake the lead after he hit a flush to best Salter’s Kings, but stunningly win the tournament.

On the penultimate hand, Salter pushed all in with a J-8 off suit and Daniyar was happy to look him up with a leading A-4. The board never presented any threats, coming down 10-2-3-K-6, to keep Daniyar in the lead, making him the first champion of the WPT to hail from Kazakhstan.

1. Daniel Daniyar, €152,600
2. Louis Salter, €106,710
3. Jan Jansma, €65,570
4. Shyngis Satubayev, €39,885
5. Jorn Walthaus, €30,800
6. Jonathan Rozema, €25,525

Along with Daniyar’s victory was the awarding of the PokerStars Championship/WPT “MonteDam Swing.” The WPT and PokerStars teamed up for a joint promotion in which players had the opportunity to win excellent prizes if they competed in both the PSC Monte Carlo and the WPT Amsterdam. Two events in Monte Carlo – the €5000 Main Event and the PokerStars National Championship – and two in Amsterdam – the WPTDeepStacks Main Event and a smaller buy in event prior to the Main – were used to compile points for the players, with the caveat that the winner had to have cashed in both Monte Carlo and Amsterdam.

After Monte Carlo, there was pretty much no reason to go on. Germany’s Andreas Klatt, who won the National Championship in Monte Carlo and cashed in the Main Event, didn’t even know there was a special competition going on when he traveled to Amsterdam for the WPT festivities. Once informed that he was in line to take the “MonteDam Swing,” Klatt made the most of it, finishing tenth in the WPTDeepStacks Main Event to earn the qualifying cash to meet the requirements and pick up the “MonteDam Swing” championship. As a reward for his efforts, Klatt earned his buy-in for the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event, which will be contested later this year.

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PKR Poker Shut Down For “Financial” Reasons

 PKR Poker Shut Down For “Financial” Reasons

Once again demonstrating the need in the States of America for regulated online gaming and poker if not in the international industry, the online poker site PKR Poker seems to have shut their doors in citing “financial difficulties” as the reason for the shutdown.

Over the past week, there has been some precursors of what would happen over the weekend. On Wednesday last week, the site shut down for what was said to be “regular maintenance” for PKR. That “regular maintenance” stretched out to a full day before the error message was changed to indicate that there were financial issues with PKR that required the shutdown of the site. The problem with this is that, with the site shut down, there was no way for players to access their accounts nor withdraw any money that they had.

If that wasn’t reason to panic, the network supporting PKR’s withdrawal of service sent everyone into a frenzy. The Microgaming Network, who hosted PKR since March of last year, shut down their support of the site, leading to another ominous statement from PKR themselves. According to a statement from PKR, the companies’ corporate entities, PKR Limited and PKR Technologies, had filed “applications” (could be read as bankruptcy proceedings) with the Court for Administrative Orders in the United Kingdom. That hearing is supposed to be heard today.

With the courts getting involved, Microgaming removing their support (the company has stated that PKR held their players’ money, not the network), and the dribble of statements from the site, it doesn’t look good for players who had any sort of funds on the site. For those affiliates who were making some coin from sending players to play at PKR, they have been informed to remove any banner ads or other advertising links from their sites and, as with the players, any monies they are owed could be gone.

The shutdown of PKR is an excellent demonstration of why there needs to be stronger regulation of the online gaming industry worldwide. PKR is simply the latest site – joining such sites as Lock Poker, Ultimate Bet, Absolute Poker, and others – that has shut down operations and left players in the lurch. The supposed “governance” bodies that look over and license the sites – the various Caribbean organizations, those on the Isle of Man and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which hosts many of the sites – have NEVER held the rooms responsible for their closure nor their failure to pay back players for the funds they had on the sites.

In the States of America, and in particular the states that have regulated and licensed online gaming and/or poker, there has been a recourse for the players. When Ultimate Gaming shut down – leaving players in Nevada (poker only) and New Jersey (online gaming/poker) with bankrolls on the site – there was a process established for those players to receive their monies FIRST, rather than the normal process of bankruptcy where the players would have been treated as creditors and may or may not have seen their money. To this date, Ultimate Gaming’s calm, orderly shutdown is the epitome of how to treat the customers when a gaming site goes under.

When it came out, PKR Poker was quite innovative in its approach. Advertised as the first 3D online poker site, that stylish delivery of the game never seemed to catch on with the online poker community. Although it has battled valiantly through the years, PKR could never mount up enough momentum to challenge partypoker at first and then PokerStars after its ascension to the #1 slot in the industry. At one time sporting a stable of sponsored professionals that included Sofia Lovgren (LONG ago) and Jake Cody, PKR hadn’t been that active in the poker sponsorship field over the past couple of years.

Players who have funds on the site or other questions are encouraged to e-mail support@pkr.com, but don’t expect an immediate reply, if one is forthcoming at all.

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Oregon House Passes Bill to Shut Down Portland Poker Rooms

 Oregon House Passes Bill to Shut Down Portland Poker Rooms

A bill that would amend Oregon poker laws to ban the “for profit” industry that has sprung up has passed through the Oregon House of Representatives and now is waiting for the Oregon Senate’s review and vote.

The legislation that would ban Portland poker rooms, known as HB 2190, passed through the House by a prohibitive majority of 39-16. In that legislation, the current laws would be amended to state that only “social” poker games could be conducted and that those gatherings would have to be “operated and controlled by a charitable, fraternal or religious organization” such as the American Legion or Knights of Columbus groups. At this time, Portland is home to a thriving, for-profit industry, with 13 poker rooms that exist in the city limits for the past decade and another seven that are within the county.

Over the past year, the focus of law enforcement has been on the Portland poker scene, looking for violations of the law as it is currently written. Several of the most popular outlets have been targeted by Portland police for employing dealers – the games are supposed to be self-dealt – and, once they were found to be in violation of the law, were fined significant amounts of money and closure for up to two weeks. The new bill, if implemented into law, would completely remove these types of businesses.

When the Oregon legislature passed gaming regulations back in 1973, poker was allowed as “social gaming” in businesses and private clubs. Although there are regulations prohibiting “gambling” in the state of Oregon and after several challenges to the way the law was written, Portland became a thriving hub of poker rooms. Those rooms, however, didn’t open until 2007, and they have become an integral industry in the city.

Now, however, there are opponents that would like to see Oregon (and particularly Portland) tighten up those laws. In the state of Oregon, Indian tribes operate eight different casinos, including the Klamath Tribe, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Those casinos are losing about $ 10-$ 15 million per year to the Portland poker room industry and, with a strict law stating that only certain organizations can offer poker events, would stand to recoup a great deal of that money.

The tribal casinos aren’t just talking a big game, they are putting the money up to take in the patrons of the Portland scene. In La Center, WA (about 20 miles north of Portland), the Cowlitz Tribe opened Ilani Casino, a state-of-the-art casino in late April. Consisting of 378,000 square feet of entertainment and gaming space (including 2500 slot machines and 75 table games and a 20-table poker room, according to the World Casino Directory. The new casino is expected to draw in 4.5 million visitors per year, employ 1200 people and bring in $ 200 million annually in revenues.

Currently there are no efforts in the Senate regarding the Portland poker rooms, which has saved the industry in the past. There have been efforts for the past four years to close the poker rooms in Portland, but every year they have died due to no corresponding bill to reconcile and send to the governor. Current Governor Kate Brown‘s position on the subject of Portland’s poker rooms and/or the Oregon casino industry aren’t known should a bill come to her desk.

For now, the Portland poker scene is still in existence. The rooms are abiding by the laws as they are written – not charging a rake on players (the players instead pay a fee to play), not paying the dealers (the dealers are tipped) and making their revenues through food and drink sales. Should the Oregon Senate come up with legislation – and should it be reconciled with the already-passed House version of the bill – then the tension regarding the future of Portland poker rooms will ramp up.

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