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“Poker Night in America” Taping Two Television Events in August

 “Poker Night in America” Taping Two Television Events in August

Although it hasn’t been the groundbreaker that many thought it would be, the syndicated poker program Poker Night in America has continued to take its shots. In the month of August, the PNIA cameras will be traipsing the country in broadcasting four tournaments live while also taping cash game events and a “made for television” effort for future broadcast.

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, FL, kicks off in a couple of days with a unique series of tournaments. Called “The Big 4,” the schedule of the SHRPO features (naturally) four tournaments that will play out simultaneously. Beginning on August 9, a $ 1100 No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) with a $ 500,000 guarantee will kick off the festivities for “The Big 4.” Following that the $ 5250 SHRPO Main Event (with a single re-entry) and a $ 3 million guarantee will open play on August 11.

As these two events play, two more will be started. On August 13, a $ 2650 NLHE (no rebuys) freeze-out tournament with a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool will hit the felt and the $ 25,500 “High Roller” (re-entry allowed) with a $ 2 million guarantee will start on August 14. These tournaments will be running simultaneously as they lead to the penultimate day.

On August 15, “The Big 4” tournaments will all come to a conclusion. Beginning at noon, all four tournament final tables will be in action, crowning champions on each table. PNIA will be on hand to broadcast the action of all four tournaments over their Twitch channel beginning at 12:30 (Eastern Time). In charge of officiating the festivities will be noted poker commentator Ali Nejad and top professional poker player/analyst Maria Ho; both will be tested on the non-stop action that will be around the Hard Rock that day.

PNIA isn’t going to settle with broadcasting four tournaments at one time. Following the close of “The Big 4,” PNIA is going to feature a “High Roller” Cash Game from August 17-19. Although a player list for the three-day event hasn’t been released yet, PNIA officials are encouraging the public to come to the taping of these games beginning at 3PM (Eastern Time). PNIA will also stream the cash games on their Twitch channel.

Not content to take a break after such a hectic schedule, PNIA will only have a couple of days off before their next stream/taping session. Part of the show will be a unique heads up “made for television” matchup, while the second will be the traditional PNIA cash game.

On August 22, PNIA will travel to Schenectady, NY, and the Rivers Casino Resort for the inaugural “King of the Hill” competition. Four players – 14-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, and WSOP bracelet winners and online terrors Daniel Cates and Doug Polk – will each put up $ 50,000 of the own money in a heads-up competition. After playing preliminary events on the 22nd, the final heads up match will be held on August 23, with the eventual champion walking off with the championship belt and, perhaps more importantly, the $ 200,000 prize pool in the “winner take all” match.

The preliminary action on August 22 will begin at 3PM (Eastern Time), with the live stream from PNIA starting (on delay) at 3:30. On August 23, the final match will start at 8PM (with the live stream beginning at 8:30) and the public is encouraged to turn out for the action. If people are unable to make it to Rivers Casino, the made-for-television event will be taped for broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

After the “King of the Hill” has been determined, PNIA will have an “invite only” cash game that will be played over two days. From August 24-25, the seven-handed cash game will also be taped for posterity (and broadcast). As with the Seminole stop, players for the invite only game haven’t been announced yet by PNIA officials.

With all the action in August, it is good to see events – even if they are a “made-for-television” endeavor – outside of the major tournament circuits get some airtime. It is also good to see the cash games featured, something that has been a staple for PNIA. The live streams should prove to be exciting and, once edited for broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, should provide some more nuance beyond the raw feed.

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World Poker Tour Changes Tournament Formats, Goes To “Shot Clock” For Events

 World Poker Tour Changes Tournament Formats, Goes To “Shot Clock” For Events

After experimenting with it during its closer of season event for the past two years, the World Poker Tour became the first tournament circuit to shift its tournaments to run on a “shot clock.” Furthermore, the Season XVI events will be played in an eight-handed format, a change from the nine or ten player tables of past years.

The World Poker Tour is proud to be the first to implement the Action Clock across all of its Main Tour events,” said Matt Savage, the WPT’s Executive Tour Director, during the announcement of the rule changes. “Many players, both recreational and professional, have expressed concerns that unnecessary tanking has taken a lot of the fun out of poker. Poker should always be fun, and it was a no-brainer decision to bring the Action Clock to all WPT Main Tour events following its success in the WPT Tournament of Champions and WPT500 Los Angeles. With the Action Clock, more action equals more fun, and who doesn’t want more fun in poker?”

The “Action Clock” will be sponsored by Protection Poker and it will be used at all future WPT Main Tour events. The rule will not be utilized for the entirety of the tournament, however. It will be implemented when the tournament reaches the last table before the money bubble pops and last until the end of the tournament. There are also extensive rules on the options the players will have in making their decisions.

Once the “Action Clock” is implemented, each player will be given four “time extension” chips that are of 30 second value each. The players can use those as they see fit – one at a time or all at once for a critical decision – and if they use them all, they’re gone…for a bit. When the tournament reaches three tables, the remaining players are reset to six “time extension” chips with the same rules in effect. When the six-player final table is determined, those players will receive eight “time extension” chips to go to war with.

“Protection Poker is pleased to expand its partnership with the World Poker Tour to bring the Action Clock to all WPT Main Tour events,” said Cavin Quintanilla, the Chief Executive Officer of Gaming Advancement Marketing Entertainment, LLC, the ownership behind Protection Poker. “The World Poker Tour is poker’s most player-friendly tour, and we look forward to players experiencing the ‘Action Clock’ on a global scale.”

This rule is only being applied to the players one table from the money, but another rule change being implemented by Savage could have even more of an effect on WPT events. Traditionally, the WPT starts at a nine-player table – the industry standard, for the most part – with an occasional step to a 10-player table should the tournament be bigger than normal. For Season XVI and moving forward, the WPT will be working with the casino properties that hold their events and change over to an eight-handed table.

The change to an eight-handed table versus a nine- or even ten-handed table is significant for a couple of reasons. First, the play will move around the table incrementally quicker for the players, perhaps forcing the action in places where it would normally have been more sedate. Second, the move will make for a more comfortable setting for the players, something that is more important than the public might think.

As stated by Savage, the “Action Clock” has been utilized at the WPT Tournament of Champions for its two-year history. The players in the event, former WPT champions all, have stated that its usage was excellent for those tournaments. Two-time WPT champion Daniel Negreanu has been a loud proponent of the usage of a “shot clock” in poker, saying that playing the Tournament of Champions and other “shot clock” events have spoiled him to the point that he doesn’t like playing No Limit Hold’em events without the device.

There are those who aren’t enamored with the idea, however. Some believe that having the “shot clock” will be detrimental to newcomers taking part in WPT events because of the added pressure. There is also the question of its implementation. Poker professional Ari Engel brought this point up (noting he has played in only three tournaments implementing the “shot clock”) in stating on Twitter, “Have not played many…but when I did the clock was not implemented universally fairly. Need A+ dealers for shot clock.”

No indication was given during the announcement that this is only a test period, so it appears that the “Action Clock” rule is now the norm with the WPT. Whether other circuits implement it remains to be seen.

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Big Weekend Events for 2017 WSOP Announced

 Big Weekend Events for 2017 WSOP Announced

The World Series of Poker continues to trickle out details of the schedule for this year’s WSOP. Last week, the schedule what the WSOP calls its “flagship weekend anchor events” was announced.

The 2017 WSOP will run May 30th through July 17th, meaning that there are six weekends available during the Series. It appears that the WSOP wants to have absolute poker blowouts on those weekends, packing the Rio to the gills with gold bracelet hopefuls.

Starting things off on the opening weekend is a tournament we have talked about in previous articles: the $ 565 Colossus III. Introduced in 2015 (hence the ‘III’), the Colossus is the lowest-priced open tournament in WSOP history. As such, it has attracted more players than any live poker tournament ever; in its first two years, it attracted almost 44,000 total players. It will feature two starting flights per day for three days – June 2nd through June 4th – with one re-entry permitted per flight. In 2016, the money bubble burst during each starting flight, a payout design intended to reduce the lines at the cashier.

The following weekend will feature the $ 1,500 Millionaire Maker. There will be two starting days: June 10th and June 11th, also with one re-entry allowed per flight. There will be $ 1 million guaranteed to the winner, but the guarantee will likely be eclipsed. In 2016, 7,190 entries created a $ 9.7 million prize pool and two millionaires.

The weekend of June 16th is for the more mature players at the WSOP. June 16th will be the $ 1,000 Seniors Championship for those 50-years old and up, while June 18th will be the Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship for players over 65 years of age. In between, on June 17th, there is just a standard $ 1,500 tourney, as WSOP organizers are making way slightly for the EDC Music Festival that weekend.

The Seniors events both start in the morning, which is just asking for me to make a joke about an early bird special, but I will refrain.

The Monster Stack, an honest-to-goodness freezeout tournament, will have its two starting flights on June 24th and June 25th. The $ 1,500 buy-in event gives players 15,000 chips to start.

The first weekend of July is the beginning of the Crazy Eights tournament, which does not actually feature the game “Crazy Eights.” It’s just named that because it has an $ 888 buy-in and the tables are eight-handed.

And then, on July 8th, the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event kicks off. There are three starting days: July 8th, July 9th, and July 10th. It will go all the way until July 17th, at which point the November Nine will be determined.

The complete 2017 WSOP schedule is expected to be released some time next month.

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Final Preliminary Events Wrapping Up at 2016 WSOP

 Final Preliminary Events Wrapping Up at 2016 WSOP

While the first Day One for the 2016 World Series of Poker’s Championship Event was held on Saturday, several other tournaments either wrapped up or were near their conclusion. In one event in particular, a popular professional player picked up the second leg of poker’s Triple Crown in winning a WSOP bracelet.

Event #63 – $ 1000 No Limit Hold’em

Fighting through a sizeable 2452 player field, poker professional and World Poker Tour analyst Tony ‘Bond_18’ Dunst emerged as the champion of the tournament.

There were 25 players left on Saturday that had a shot at this tournament championship and they took roughly four hours to determine the final table. Dunst, who eliminated Pratik Ghatge in tenth place to bring the final nine men together, was in second place behind Jason Rivkin at the start of the action, but he was closely pursued by Matas Cimbolas, Josh Field and Francisco Araujo. How close was the pursuit? Dunst only held a 400K chip edge over Araujo with Cimbolas and Field both only 100K chips behind him.

Dunst would eliminate three of the seven opponents on his way to capturing the chip lead to take on Rivkin for the championship. Up by about three million chips at the start of heads up action, it would take more than three hours of play before Dunst would be able to put away Rivkin. On the final hand, Dunst put the pressure on by moving all-in pre-flop and Rivkin called. Rivkin actually held the edge pre-flop with his K-10 against Dunst’s Q-8, but the Q-8-7 flop completely flipped the script. A nine on the turn brought some outs for Rivkin to the straight, but a ten on the river wasn’t enough for Rivkin to overcome Dunst’s power game at the final table.

1. Tony Dunst, $ 339,254
2. Jason Rivkin, $ 209,596
3. Josh Field, $ 153,015
4. Francisco Araujo, $ 112,724
5. Matas Cimbolas, $ 83,804
6. Sergio Cabrera, $ 62,880
7. Levon Torosyan, $ 47,622
8. Raffaele Castro, $ 36,406
9. David Sciacqua, $ 28,097

With the win, Dunst has now accomplished two of the three steps to poker’s Triple Crown. The WSOP bracelet, along with Dunst’s victory at the WPT Caribbean in St. Maarten in 2013, leaves Dunst a European Poker Tour Main Event victory away from achieving a goal that only five men (Gavin Griffin, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, Bertrand Grospellier and Davidi Kitai) have been able to achieve. As his duties with the WPT take up a good deal of his time, Dunst will have to see if he can squeeze in some EPT events to be able to reach that goal.

Event #64 – $ 3000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

Overcoming what was a tough gauntlet of Omaha players, pro Kyle Bowker came out on top of Event #64 early Sunday morning, his first-ever WSOP bracelet win.

Scott Clements led the final 21 players to the tables on Saturday with the goal of the championship in everyone’s eyes. Several strong contenders such as Blair Rodman, Ben Yu, Jon Turner, Ari Engel, Rex Clinkscales and Marco Johnson were eliminated in the run-up to the final table and, once Clements took down Anil Gurnaney in tenth place, the official table was set with Richard Ashby holding the edge over Noah Bronstein and Clements. Bowker, for his part, was in the middle of the pack as the final drive to the champion began.

The normally sedate pace of the Hi/Lo discipline was offset by the ratcheted action of Pot Limit play, but it still took almost six hours before Bowker could face off against Kate Hoang in heads up play. Starting with almost a four million chip edge, Bowker never let Hoang have a sniff of the championship, turning trip deuces on the final hand to best Hoang’s A-A-10-4 and capture the title.

1. Kyle Bowker, $ 294,960
2. Kate Hoang, $ 182,281
3. Jarred Graham, $ 124,360
4. Richard Ashby, $ 86,422
5. Chris Ruby, $ 61,196
6. Noah Bronstein, $ 44,171
7. Daniel Lowe, $ 32,510
8. Scott Clements, $ 24,409
9. Paul Taylor, $ 18,702

Event #65 – Ladies’ No Limit Hold’em Championship

The final nine women from an 819 player field will come together on Sunday to determine the Ladies’ Championship. There are two prominent professionals who are a part of the mix, with Amanda “Mandy” Baker sitting in second position behind Wendy Freedman and Amanda Musumeci rumbling around the middle of the pack waiting to strike. While Day 1B is going on beside them, these ladies will be fighting it out for a very good prize of $ 149,108 and the Ladies’ Bracelet.

1. Wendy Freedman, 909,000
2. Amanda Baker, 675,000
3. Courtney Kennedy, 567,000
4. Barbara Johnson, 416,000
5. Amanda Musumeci, 403,000
6. Xiu Deng, 376,000
7. Natalia Breviglieri, 357,000
8. Yaxi Zhu, 221,000
9. Nicole Schwartz, 185,000

Event #66 – $ 1000 No Limit Hold’em Hybrid Online/Live

Six men will step from the shadows of online play to take part in the second running of this event. After 1247 players ponied up the “G” to play on, Clayton ‘SLARKDUCK’ Maguire will bring the survivors to the felt on Monday to finish off the tournament. He will have one of the top pros in the world looking him in the eye come Monday in Simeon Naydenov, who has career tournament earnings of more than $ 1.5 million and won a WSOP bracelet in 2013.

1. Clayton ‘SLARKDUCK’ Maguire, 7,157,023
2. Simeon ‘FeelGoodInc’ Naydenov, 6,203,740
3. Marc-Oliver ‘mariovideo’ Carpentier-Perrault, 2,520,809
4. Park Yu ‘Sparrow’ Cheung, 1,118,408
5. Spencer ‘TheGoat21’ Taylor, 943,029
6. Richard ‘jklotz’ Tuhrim, 761,991

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2016 WSOP Preliminary Events: Three More Bracelets Awarded as Halfway Point Nears

 2016 WSOP Preliminary Events: Three More Bracelets Awarded as Halfway Point Nears

As the 2016 World Series of Poker nears its halfway mark, three more bracelets were awarded at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. One was a tournament that needed some overtime to take care of business, while the other two events played out as scheduled on Saturday.

Event #23 – $ 2000 No Limit Hold’em

Two men, Bulgaria’s Viliyan Petleshkov (8.175 million) and Spain’s Cesar Garcia (5.48 million) were the final two men left standing on Friday evening when the WSOP curfew sounded its bell. While they both may have wanted to continue the fight, it was necessary for both men to take the benefit of an extra day of play. Having played for 12 hours on Friday, the men came back at 1PM on Saturday afternoon, refreshed and ready to take care of the remaining business.

As to whom the rest benefitted the most, it had to have been Garcia. Garcia doubled up through Petleshkov when, on an 8 5♣ 3 flop, the money went to the center with Garcia holding bottom two pair and Petleshkov holding J 9 for the flush draw. The J♣ on the turn gave Petleshkov a few more outs to the championship, but none of them would come home; a 10 on the river gave the double to Garcia and the chip lead.

From that point on, Garcia could do no wrong. It would take another half-hour of play, but Garcia would eventually get Petleshkov’s chips in the center. On the penultimate hand, Garcia limped the button and, after Petleshkov fired a bet over him, decided to put the Bulgarian to the test with an all-in move. Petleshkov was up to the task, making the call and showing a live K-J off suit against Garcia’s A-6 off suit. Once the eight high board rolled off, Garcia had captured his first WSOP championship in strong fashion.

1. Cesar Garcia, $ 447,739
2. Viliyan Petleshkov, $ 276,660
3. Yuriy Boyko, $ 198,185*
4. Adrian Buckley, $ 143,598*
5. Kamel Mokhammad, $ 105,253*
6. Craig McCorkell, $ 78,053*
7. Craig Varnell, $ 58,569*
8. Thiago Nishijima, $ 44,478*
9. Anthony Spinella, $ 34,188*

(* – eliminated on Friday night, at official final table)

As a side note, this tournament was the most international one of the WSOP to date. Spain, Bulgaria, Ireland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Brazil and the United States all fielded at least one member of the final table (the U. S. had three).

Event #25 – $ 2500 No Limit Hold’em

In the first of two tournaments that would stretch the boundaries of the WSOP curfew system. Michael Gagliano was able to withstand 1045 players to take down his first ever WSOP bracelet early on Sunday morning.

24 players were still alive on Saturday afternoon when the tournament resumed and they wasted little time in getting down to the final table. When start of day chip leader Michael Scarborough was eliminated by Zu Zhou in 10th place, the final nine men came together with everyone packed tightly together on the leaderboard. Zhou held the chips lead with 2.38 million markers, but Darryll Fish was right on his tail and Michael Laake wasn’t far behind him. Gagliano wasn’t threatening anyone at this time, holding only 955K in chips and in the bottom half of the standings.

Gagliano got into the mix when he doubled up through Gavin O’Rourke when his pocket sixes were able to find a four-flush against O’Rourke’s pocket nines that had actually flopped a set. Gagliano stayed out of the way of much of the action between that point and the dinner break, which enabled him to work into third position behind Laake and Zhou. Still, with eight men left, it was anyone’s tournament.

After the sustenance, Gagliano slowly began to build an empire. He would crack the three million chip mark by Hand #90 of the final table, but it would take him nearly the same amount of hands to move over four million in eliminating Remi Castaignon in fourth place. By the time Gagliano took out Shankar Pillai in third place, Gagliano had built a two million chip lead over Daniel Cooke.

The twosome jousted for a bit until Gagliano seized the tournament by the throat. Having lost the lead to Cooke, Gagliano got his chips in on a K-8-7-9 flop and turn. Cooke’s K-3 off suit was crushed by Gagliano’s 6-5 for the turned straight and, after the river Queen was ceremoniously dealt, Gagliano grabbed a 10:1 lead over Cooke with the double up.

It would take another 24 hands of battle against the valiant Cooke before Gagliano could take down the championship, however. On the final hand, Cooke would move all in and, after Gagliano called, saw his K-Q off suit was live but behind Gagliano’s A-9. A 9-8-7 flop pushed Gagliano into the lead further and, after no paint came on the turn or rive, Cooke was vanquished in second place and Gagliano took down the prize.

1. Michael Gagliano, $ 448,463
2. Daniel Cooke, $ 277,128
3. Shankar Pillai, $ 196,119
4. Remi Castaignon, $ 140,596
5. Zu Zhou, $ 102,120
6. Niall Farrell, $ 75,164
7. Michael Laake, $ 56,073
8. Darryll Fish, $ 42,405
9. Gavin O’Rourke, $ 32,514

Event #26 – $ 1500 Omaha Hold’em Hi/Lo Eights or Better

As Event #25 was coming to its conclusion, Event #26, the $ 1500 Omaha Hold’em Hi/Lo Eights or Better tournament found its end. Benny Glaser would emerge victorious in this event, the sole survivor from the 934 player field.

27 players came back for the restart on Saturday and they wasted no time getting to business. 10 players departed within the first couple hours of action and, after another two and a half hours, the unofficial final table of 10 had been determined. By the time that Joe Ford was eliminated by Phillip Hui in tenth place after the dinner break, Glaser was at the helm of the ship holding a monstrous stack of chips (2.4 million) with such notables as Max Pescatori and Brandon Shack-Harris looking to take him down.

That didn’t happen, however. Glaser would top the three million chip mark in eliminating Zachary Milchman in sixth place as the night owls watched the final table at 1AM, then would bump Shack-Harris out in fifth to move past four million. After Hui (fourth) and Motohiro Kondo (third) fell at the hands of Glaser, Benjamin Gold was the last man left and he had a significant four million chip disadvantage to Glaser. Within 15 minutes of heads up play, Glaser would finish off the job in rivering a better two pair (Queens up) to Gold (tens up) to capture his second WSOP bracelet as the vacuums sounded in the Amazon Room.

1. Benny Glaser, $ 244,103
2. Benjamin Gold, $ 150,828
3. Motohiro Kondo, $ 106,070
4. Phillip Hui, $ 75,627
5. Brandon Shack-Harris, $ 54,680
6. Zachary Milchman, $ 40,098
7. Ilya Krupin, $ 29,830
8. Max Pescatori, $ 22,517
9. Scott Packer, $ 17,250

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