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Comedian Kevin Hart to Enter 2017 Super High Roller Bowl

 Comedian Kevin Hart to Enter 2017 Super High Roller Bowl

In its previous two seasons, the Super High Roller Bowl presented by Poker Central has had its share of businesspeople (Dan Shak, Kathy Lehne, both accomplished poker players) and poker professionals (too numerous to mention), but it has never had a “celebrity” in the mix. Some might still say that bar hasn’t been crossed but, with the announcement from Poker Central that comedian Kevin Hart will be taking part in the 2017 version of the tournament, they are drawing closer.

It doesn’t seem to faze the star of Central Intelligence that he’s in for at least $ 300,000, if not more should he choose to re-enter the tournament. “I love playing high stakes poker, and there’s no better competition than at the Super High Roller Bowl – the world championship of high stakes poker,” Hart stated during the announcement of his participation. “I am looking forward to all the support and positive vibes from my fans who will be tuning in through Poker Central to watch me stomp all over the competition.”

“For the last two years, the Super High Roller Bowl has been the premier high stakes poker event in the world. The addition of Kevin Hart this year takes it to a whole other level,” said Joe Kakaty, the president of Poker Central, who joined Hart for the announcement. “Kevin’s ability to resonate with audiences across the world gives Poker Central the platform to reach future poker fans who will be getting their first taste of the action.”

The 56-player field was already replete with some of the best poker players in the world. Including the inaugural champion Brian Rast and defending champion Rainer Kempe, other players such as 2016 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Jason Mercier, 2017 Super High Roller Bowl runner-up Fedor Holz, the two winners of the $ 1 million buy-in “Big One for One Drop” at the WSOP Antonio Esfandiari and Dan Colman, the only man to cash in both the previous tournaments, Erik Seidel, the all-time leading money winner in poker Daniel Negreanu and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth are all a part of the field. It will present a challenge to Hart, who’s background in poker is, to be kind, limited.

Previous to 2017, there is little to no known information that Kevin Hart even was interested in the game of poker. That was until the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January, when Hart mysteriously showed up to play in the $ 100,000 Super High Roller tournament and stayed around to take part in the $ 5000 Main Event. After the trip to Atlantis, Hart did not take part in another event until he showed up in Monte Carlo for the PSC festival, where he once again took part in the €100,000 Super High Roller. Demonstrating that you just don’t “drop in” and excel in the world of high stakes poker, Hart has yet to cash in any tournament.

The presence of Hart has also stirred interest in the poker community, for both good and bad. While he held a press conference in Monaco alongside Negreanu to ostensibly “make poker fun again,” Hart didn’t exactly point out any examples of how he, along with PokerStars, was going to exactly do just that. On the negative side, people have pointed out how it appears that PokerStars has sponsored Hart in the events he’s played, meaning that Hart is freerolling the game and doesn’t have to take it seriously (not to mention that, in being the #1 comedian in 2016 with over $ 87 million in earnings, a $ 100,000 tournament is chicken feed for him).

Could Hart “break his duck” in the Super High Roller Bowl this year? Fans will be able to see Hart in action when the first day of the tournament is streamed live through YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live on May 28. The remainder of the tournament will be broadcast through Poker Central’s digital distribution network, with the tournament being taped and edited for broadcast in its entirety later in the summer. With $ 16.8 million on the line – including $ 6 million for first place – the players will be bringing their “A” game – will Hart bring his or is he the comedic relief?

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Kevin Eyster Wins 2015 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

 Kevin Eyster Wins 2015 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Kevin “1sickdisease” Eyster won the 2015 World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio over the weekend, notching the second WPT title of his career. For the win, Eyster pocketed over $ 1.5 million, and a trio of gaudy prizes: a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch, a pair of Monster 24K headphones and – get this – an Aurae Solid Gold MasterCard.

Eyster has been one of the most successful poker tournament players in the last several years. On the live tournament side, he has now won over $ 4 million, thanks in no small part to this most recent victory. As mentioned, he now has two WPT titles – the other was in 2013 at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown – to go along with another five WPT cashes. He also has eleven World Series of Poker cashes and one WSOP bracelet.

On the internet side of the ledger, Eyster once ranked as high as fourth in PocketFives’ online tournament rankings. He has over $ 3.5 million in online tourney winnings, about two-thirds of which were earned on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. His most sizable online cash was for $ 333,680 when he won an FTOPS event on Full Tilt in 2013.

Eyster began the six-handed final table in second place with 5.89 million chips. Jack Schwartz was the chip leader with 7.215 and nobody else had more than 2 million. It looked like it might be a two-person race.

What was perhaps Eyster’s most crucial hand of the final table came early on, on just the 25th hand of the final table. According to the report, with five players now remaining, Eyster raised pre-flop to 160,000 and was re-raised by Schwartz to 465,000. Eyster three bet to 1.06 million and after some thought, Schwartz moved all-in. Eyster called another 5.21 million with pocket Aces, much to the dismay of Schwartz, who had pocket Queens. Not that mattered since a Queen never showed up, but Eyster ended up turning a wheel straight to double-up and grow his stack to 10.57 million, giving him more chips than the other four players combined.

From there, though, it was a bit of a struggle for Eyster. He cruised for a while, but then gradually found his stack shrinking. At one point he was under 5 million chips, but after eliminating Ben Yu in third place, Eyster was back up to 9.875 million, 575,000 more than his heads-up opponent, Bill Jennings.

Eyster got off to a fast start, growing his lead to nearly 2-to-1, but Jennings came charging back to completely flip the table. Eyster then did the exact same thing, taking a 12.425 million to 6.75 million chip lead, before closing out the tourney.

Eyster raised to 800,000 pre-flop and Jennings made the call. On the flop of A-9-4, Eyster bet 600,000 and Jennings called. With another 4 on the turn, Eyster bet 975,000 and Jennings, this time, decided to shove for 5.3 million. Eyster made the quick call, showing A-Q for two pair, Aces and Fours, while Jennings flipped over his K-9, giving him a worse two pair, Nines and Fours. Jennings didn’t get any help on the river and Eyster captured his second WPT title.

2015 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic – Final Table Results

1.    Kevin Eyster – $ 1,587,382
2.    Bill Jennings – $ 929,745
3.    Ben Yu – $ 607,433
4.    Jake Schwartz – $ 412,187
5.    Cate Hall – $ 291,320
6.    Eddie Ochana – $ 226,238

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2015 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 3: Kevin MacPhee Leads as Money Bubble Bursts

 2015 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 3: Kevin MacPhee Leads as Money Bubble Bursts

The money bubble burst on Wednesday at the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event as the field was narrowed from 65 to 21. The tournament moves to its penultimate day on Thursday, the day the six-handed final table will be determined. With the championship in sight, it is Kevin MacPhee ahead of the pack with 1.15 million chips, the only player to break the million chip mark.

MacPhee is no stranger to making it this deep in a major tournament. With over $ 7 million in live tournament earnings, he has made his fair share of final tables. This summer, he won nearly half a million dollars while winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $ 5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo event. He also added a fourth place finish as one of his seven total cashes this summer. The biggest cash of MacPhee’s career came back in 2010 when he won the European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event for €1,000,000 ($ 1,356,429). Coincidentally, that tournament was held at Spielbank Berlin, the same casino that is hosting the WSOP Europe.

As mentioned, the money bubble burst on Day 3, which means, of course, that somebody had to be the bubble boy. That unwanted badge of honor went to Tobias Ziegler. According to, after Kilian Kramer opened the betting pre-flop, Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger called and then Ziegler shoved from the small blind for 210,000. Kramer folded and Lichtenberger called with A-K of spades, up against Ziegler’s J-J. The flop was Q-8-9 with two spades, keeping Ziegler in the lead but giving Lichtenberger additional spade outs. One of those spades was produced on the turn, giving Lichtenberger the flush and the pot. Ziegler was forced to the rail in 33rd place, one spot away from the min-cash of €20,000.

Lichtenberger moved his stack to over 700,000 on that hand and ended the day at 718,000, good for third place overall. Also amongst the chip leaders is Erik Seidel, sitting in fourth place with 665,000 chips. Seidel has quietly had one hell of a year, amassing half a dozen six-figure or better cashes. Amongst the many highlights are a win in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller Event for €2,015,000 ($ 2,222,222) and a seventh place finish in the Super High Roller Bowl, good for $ 860,000.

Niall Farrell, chip leader after Day 1 and one of the leaders after Day 2, was eliminated in 34th place.

Spielbank Berlin will host Day 4 of the WSOP Europe Main Event on Thursday. Cards will be dealt until just six players remain. They will then take Friday off before returning on Saturday to determine the WSOP Europe champ.

2015 World Series of Poker Main Event – Day 3 Chip Leaders

1.    Kevin MacPhee – 1,150,000
2.    Johannes Becker – 894,000
3.    Andrew Lichtenberger – 718,000
4.    Erik Seidel – 665,000
5.    Ardit Kurshumi – 577,000
6.    Kilian Kramer – 557,000
7.    Mario Sanchez – 550,000
8.    Conor Beresford – 503,000
9.    David Lopez – 452,000
10.    Enver Abduraimov – 434,000

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