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2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Theodore McQuilkin Tops Six Handed Event, European “Colossus” and PLO Underway

 2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Theodore McQuilkin Tops Six Handed Event, European “Colossus” and PLO Underway

The King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, has been a hotbed of activity over the past week with the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe in action on its grounds. It’s about to kick up another notch as the European version of “The Colossus” hits full stride, while it is also time to celebrate as the fourth bracelet of the schedule has been awarded.

Event #4 – €1500 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em

After being advised not to play in the tournament because it would be a “tough field,” France’s Theodore McQuilkin decided to go ahead and win his first WSOP bracelet and a first-place payday of €88,043.

McQuilkin came into the final table on Saturday in the bottom half of the standings with his 754,000 in chips, better than only Maksym Shulga and Petr Setka. Leading the way was hometown favorite Jan Bednar, whose 1.761 million in chips was closely followed by Andrej Desset and Jerry Odeen. Sitting smack in the middle of the pack in fourth place was the dangerous Ognjen Sekularac, the Serbian pro who only has $ 1.45 million or so in career earnings in his pocket.

The seven men were not quite at the “official” final table, needing to knock off one more player, and they took their time determining that unfortunate soul. Surprisingly it was Sekularac, who had trouble gaining any traction in the first 90 minutes of action. After he saw Odeen open for a bet and McQuilkin call, Sekularac went for the squeeze by moving all in. Odeen was undaunted, moving his stack all in “over the top” and McQuilkin quickly got out of the way. Odeen was sitting on Big Slick, completely dominating Sekularac’s A-2, and the King-high board changed nothing as Sekularac surprisingly was out in seventh place.

That was the last time that McQuilkin would seemingly be on the losing end of a hand. Only five hands into the official final table, McQuilkin knocked off Shulga in sixth to thrust the Frenchman into the championship mix. He slowly built that stack up until, on Hand 77, he knocked off Odeen in fourth to take a dominant lead three handed. Even after Bednar eliminated Desset in third place, he was still a 2.5:1 underdog against the massive stack of McQuilkin.

Heads up would last all of two hands. On Hand 110, McQuilkin raised the action to 165K with pocket Kings and he got exactly what he had hoped for. Bednar woke up with a big hand himself, Big Chick (A-Q), and pushed all in, which was happily called by McQuilkin. The 10-8-5-9-A four-club board improved McQuilkin to the unnecessary nut flush as he sent Bednar home in second as McQuilkin seized the championship.

1. Theodore McQuilkin, €88,043
2. Jan Bednar, €54,410
3. Andrej Desset, €35,714
4. Jerry Odeen, €24,046
5. Petr Setka, €16,618
6. Maksym Shulga, €11,797

Event #5 – €500 “The Colossus” No Limit Hold’em

There’s already a huge buzz building around “The Colossus” and it hasn’t even reached the midpoint of its series of Day Ones.  Four flights have racked up 760 players to this point, with 44 of those surviving to be eligible to move on to Day 2 on Wednesday. With six more flights to build the field, it is completely illogical to even look at the leaderboard, but so far Konstantinos Misailidis (419,000) has come out of the carnage with the chip lead. Others so far in the mix for Wednesday’s play include John Racener (334,000), former “November Niner” Kenny Hallaert (206,000) and Racener’s fellow POY contender Alex Foxen (189,000).

Event #6 – €2000 Pot Limit Omaha

Day One of the highest Euro buy in event for Omaha saw 191 entries come to the tables, including many of the contenders for the POY race. When the tournament restarts on Sunday, 31 players will be in action, with current POY leader Chris Ferguson, Mike Leah and Racener in the mix. They will be chasing Liran Twito (802,000), whose stack thoroughly outpaces second place Pim van Holsteyn (627,000) atop the leaderboard.

Player of the Year Race

Although he came into the WSOP-E with a slim lead, Ferguson has been able to expand it during the first week of the schedule. With 1005.71 points, he is the only player over that threshold. Ryan Hughes (961.23) has passed John Racener (914.32) for second place on the rankings, while (an absent from the WSOP-E) John Monnette (865.21) and Alex Foxen (786.76) round out the Top Five (Foxen’s chances at the POY may be slim and none and slim is leaving the building).

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Underway with High Rollers Tournament Starting

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Underway with High Rollers Tournament Starting

After mixed results from their two previous stops in the Bahamas and Panama, the PokerStars Championship has churned on to one of the wealthiest places on Earth (the net worth of an average household in the city? $ 437,031), Monte Carlo, and the Monte Carlo Casino. The €100,000 Super High Roller tournament started on Thursday while a €10,000 tournament with a surprisingly low number of players wrapped up.

That €10,000 tournament was a bit of a surprise. Only 110 players made an appearance in the tournament, but the price tag of the event ensured they would be playing for a million-dollar prize pool (€1,067,000, to be exact). After battling through a field that included former World Champion Ryan Riess (who started the day as the chip leader), Luc Greenwood, Steve O’Dwyer, and Koray Aldemir, Ole Schemion was able to defeat Murad Akhundov to win the championship. While Schemion picked up a nice €274,750 score, the lack of numbers in the tournament might have been of concern to the PokerStars brass.

Those fears were somewhat allayed by the €100,000 Super High Roller. 47 players have come out for the tournament – and nine of them have re-entered the event – to put themselves in a €200,000 hole to start the PSC Monte Carlo. One of those who rebought in the tournament was Daniel Negreanu, who at least made the most of it by finishing the day in second place. Negreanu, who isn’t afraid to put some rebuys into a tournament, didn’t have to go beyond his second bullet after doubling through Dan Smith and chopping some more chips off Christoph Vogelsang to reach his apex for Day One.

PokerStars once again is welcoming actor/comedian Kevin Hart into the fray in Monte Carlo. Hart was a surprise appearance in the Bahamas back in January but didn’t show up in Panama for any of the tournament schedule in Central America. While Hart didn’t perform very well in the Bahamas, he will be around for a second day in Monte Carlo. On his second bullet like Negreanu, Hart would be the beneficiary of pocket Aces twice to keep his stack healthy. He also secured a seat to start Day Two on Friday, but not as a member of the Top Ten.

Leading the way for those that have VERY deep pockets is Daniel Dvoress, who more than tripled his starting stack to claim the lead dog honors in the Super High Roller:

1. Daniel Dvoress, 907,000
2. Daniel Negreanu, 864,000
3. Viacheslav Buldygin, 827,000
4. Ali Reza Fatehi, 770,000
5. Steve O’Dwyer, 676,000
6. Steffen Sontheimer, 661,000
7. David Peters, 591,000
8. Igor Kurganov, 516,000
9. Stefan Schillhabel, 505,000
10. Charlie Carrel, 443,000

The remainder of the 38 players in the tournament at this mark brings you the usual suspects that you’ve seen in Super High Roller tournaments. Dan Colman just missed making the Top Ten (432,000, eleventh place) and Hart, as previously stated, is in the mix (396,000, thirteenth). Bryn Kenney (429,000, twelfth), Fedor Holz (366,000, fourteenth) and Sam Greenwood (364,000, fifteenth) are all within shooting distance of the Top Ten, while Mustapha Kanit (104,000) and Stephen Chidwick (117,000) are a couple of players who have their work cut out for them.

The Super High Roller players aren’t sure yet what they are playing for as late entry and reentry for the tournament will be open until the cards fly on Friday at 12:30PM (Monte Carlo time, 6:30AM East Coast time). On Saturday, the €5000 Main Event will begin, facing a tough task in trying to improve on the Bahamas while not falling below what Panama did. Wrapping up the weekend will be the start of the €50,000 Single Day High Roller, which will draw the “big money” out once again. Finally, the €25,000 High Roller begins on Wednesday (May 3) and will conclude with the final table of the Main Event on May 6.

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2017 Aussie Millions Underway, Sam Ingham Takes Day 1A Chip Lead

 2017 Aussie Millions Underway, Sam Ingham Takes Day 1A Chip Lead

One of the most popular poker events that isn’t the part of a major tournament “tour” or schedule – the Aussie Millions – has been underway for the past few days. On Sunday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, the $ 10,000 buy in Main Event took to the stage with the first of three-Day Ones for the international poker world to dive into.

With registration in the tournament lasting until Level 8 in the tournament, the players were relaxed about making their way to the tables. Add in the fact that there will only be seven levels of play (at 90 minutes per level) for each of the Day One flights (and, doing the math, latecomers could register up until the start of action on Day 2), the pace of the players dropping their cash at the cage was almost glacial. Still, there were some of poker’s brightest icon stepping up to take part in the venerable Australian tournament.

At the call of “shuffle up and deal,” the tournament floor was replete with top notch professionals and those celebrities who have some poker skills. 2016 World Series of Poker “November Niner” Kenny Hallaert, former WSOP-Europe champion Annette Obrestad, actress Jennifer Tilly, cricketeer Shane Warne, Phil Laak, James Obst, Chance Kornuth and Rainer Kempe were all in place when the gun sounded and, for the most part, these players did well. Laak was an early departure, joined by such luminaries as Sylvain Loosli, Jonathan Karamalikis, Martin Finger and Obrestad, who all were out by the time the dinner break arrived.

By the time the final level for the evening arrived, 212 players had entered the tournament. This is significant because it is the first time a Day 1A for the Aussie Millions has cracked the 200-player mark since 2011 (for a $ 10,000 tournament, an outstanding outpouring of players). It also bodes well for the overall numbers for the Aussie Millions Main Event as, with the penchant of poker players, the later days (Days 1B and 1C) are expected to have even larger fields for action.

After Sam Higgs, who was quite busy throughout the day on his patch of felt, took a decent pot off Jason Gray in the final hand of the night, the remaining 120 players bagged up their chips and prepared for the wringer of Day 2 on Wednesday. Of those 120 players, Sam Ingham will be atop the leaderboard with a hungry mob behind him.

1. Sam Ingham, 160,100
2. Pascal Pflock, 115,000
3. Patrick Crivell, 110,000
4. Sam Higgs, 107,900
5. Oliver Weis, 103,000
6. Andrew Bassat, 93,000
7. Erik Seidel, 86,000
8. Jennifer Tilly, 85,000
9. Jay Prasad, 85,000
10. Barry Woods, 81,300

$ 100,000 Challenge Delayed Until Monday

Scheduled to start at the same time as the Aussie Millions Main Event, one of the top Super High Roller tournaments in the poker world – the Aussie Millions $ 100,000 Challenge – was postponed until Monday to clear the schedule. In all honesty, the reason for the postponement was because some players who wanted to potentially take part in the Challenge were already in the Day 1A action for the Main Event and they didn’t want to “table-hop” between the two events.

Such players as Fabian Quoss, Dan Shak, Sam Trickett, Erik Seidel and others who are staples of High Roller tournaments were all in the Main Event while players such as Stephen Chidwick, Ben Tollerene, David Peters and others were waiting to see if it would be worth putting up their $ 100,000 (at least…the tournament allows for multiple rebuys) for action. Late Sunday afternoon, Crown Melbourne officials decided to postpone the event and make it a two-day tournament instead of the three-day event as previously planned. Those officials also announced that the rake for the event would be chopped in half, essentially giving the “high rollers” a discount to play in the tournament.

Thus, Monday’s action will be a bit crowded. Along with Day 1B of the Aussie Millions Main Event, the $ 100,000 challenge will take place with all the above-mentioned characters and surely a few more. It is just the continuation of one of the finest tournament poker events in the world, the Aussie Millions.

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2017 PokerStars TCOOP Underway

 2017 PokerStars TCOOP Underway

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) began Monday and will stuff 65 tournaments into just a dozen days through January 29th. There will be $ 15 million in prize pool guarantees, $ 2.5 million of which will be in the $ 1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event on the final day of the 2017 TCOOP.

PokerStars sought out player feedback and used much of it to make tweaks to the schedule and festival format. Some of the primary schedule changes that PokerStars highlighted in a press release include:

•    $ 27 companion tournament to the Main Event was added, featuring a $ 250,000 guaranteed prize pool.
•    Saturday and Sunday tournaments aren’t as spread out so that times are more reasonable time. Early events will begin at 8:00am or 10:00am and the latest tournaments will start no later than 18:30pm.
•    High Roller event buy-in has been increased to $ 3,000.

Of course, there will be a leader board for TCOOP. The prizes are as follows:

1st Place – Champion’s Trophy, $ 10,000 Cash, SCOOP 2017 – Main Event [M] Ticket
2nd Place – $ 5,000 Cash, SCOOP 2017 – Main Event [M] Ticket
3rd through 5th Place – $ 2,500 Cash, SCOOP 2017 – Main Event [M] Ticket
6th through 10th Place – SCOOP 2017 – Main Event [M] Ticket
11th through 50th Place – SCOOP 2017 – Main Event [L] Ticket
51st through 75th Place – SCOOP 2017 – $ 55 Deadline Turbo Ticket
76th through 100th Place – SCOOP 2017 – $ 27 Deadline Turbo Ticket
101st through 200th Place – SCOOP 2017 – $ 7.50 Deadline Turbo Ticket

And here is the complete PokerStars 2017 TCOOP schedule:

Wednesday, January 18th

Event 01 – 08:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Kickoff] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 02 – 10:00 – $ 82 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 03 – 12:00 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [Turbo]
Event 04 – 14:00 – $ 27 NL Hold’em [Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 05 – 16:00 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [8-Max, Turbo, Bubble Rush]

Thursday, January 19th

Event 06 – 09:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Progressive Knockout (33%)]
Event 07 – 11:00 – $ 82 PL Omaha [6-Max, Win the Button]
Event 08 – 13:00 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (100%)] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 09 – 15:00 – $ 82 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo]
Event 10 – 17:00 – $ 320 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Fat Thursday SE] (Re-Entries Available)

Friday, January 20th

Event 11 – 08:00 – $ 82 PL Omaha [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 12 – 10:00 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout]
Event 13 – 12:00 – $ 27 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Win the Button, Rebuys]
Event 14 – 14:00 – $ 320 NL Hold’em [Fast Friday SE, Zoom] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 15 – 16:00 – $ 82 Stud Hi/Lo [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)

Saturday, January 21st

Event 16 – 10:00 – $ 700 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Zoom, Ultra-Deep] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 17 – 12:30 – $ 7.50 NL Hold’em [8-Max, Big Splash]
Event 18 – 14:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Heads-Up]
Event 19 – 15:30 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 20 – 17:00 – $ 82 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]
Event 21 – 18:30 – $ 27 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE] (Re-Entries Available)

Sunday, January 22nd

Event 22 – 10:00 – $ 215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 23 – 11:30 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Bubble Rush]
Event 24 – 13:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [Players’ Voice Event]
Event 25 – 14:00 – $ 700 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)] (1 Re-Entry Available)
Event 26 – 16:00 – $ 82 PL Omaha [3-Max, Zoom, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 27 – 18:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE] (1 Re-Entry Available)

Monday, January 23rd

Event 28 – 08:00 – $ 82 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 29 – 10:00 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 30 – 12:00 – $ 82 FL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max, Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 31 – 14:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, 10-Stack]
Event 32 – 16:00 – $ 27 NL Hold’em [Win the Button, Bubble Rush, Progressive Knockout (75%)] (Re-Entries Available)

Tuesday, January 24th

Event 33 – 09:00 – $ 27 NL Hold’em [Little Splash]
Event 34 – 11:00 – $ 82 PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 35 – 13:00 – $ 82 Stud [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 36 – 15:00 – $ 700 NL Hold’em [8-Max, Turbo, Ultra-Deep]
Event 37 – 17:00 – $ 320 NL Hold’em [Fat Tuesday SE]

Wednesday, January 25th

Event 38 – 08:00 – $ 82 NL Single Draw 2-7 [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 39 – 10:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 40 – 12:00 – $ 700 PL Omaha [6-Max, Turbo]
Event 41 – 14:00 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Big Antes] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 42 – 16:00 – $ 27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Final Day 1]

Thursday, January 26th

Event 43 – 09:00 – $ 82 NL Omaha [6-Max, Progressive Knockout (50%)] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 44 – 11:00 – $ 11 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Splash]
Event 45 – 13:00 – $ 82 Razz [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 46 – 15:00 – $ 700 NL Hold’em [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 47 – 17:00 – $ 27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo]

Friday, January 27th

Event 48 – 08:00 – $ 82 NL Draw [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 49 – 10:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Turbo]
Event 50 – 12:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Ante Up, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
Event 51 – 14:00 – $ 82 FL Hold’em [6-Max, Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
Event 52 – 16:00 – $ 700 NL Hold’em [Progressive Knockout (33%)]

Saturday, January 28th

Event 53 – 10:00 – $ 215 HORSE [Turbo]
Event 54 – 12:30 – $ 215 PL Omaha [Turbo, Heads-Up]
Event 55 – 14:00 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Mix-Max, Part 1: 9-Max]
Event 56 – 15:30 – $ 82 Players’ Voice #2 [non-NLHE]
Event 57 – 17:00 – $ 215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Win the Button]
Event 58 – 18:30 – $ 82 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE] (Re-Entries Available)

Sunday, January 29th

Event 59 – 08:00 – $ 215 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Ultra-Deep]
Event 60 – 10:00 – $ 700 8-Game [Turbo]
Event 61 – 11:30 – $ 3,000 NL Hold’em [8-Max, Turbo, High-Roller] (1 Re-Entry Available)
Event 62 – 13:00 – $ 27 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Final Day 1]
Event 63 – 14:00 – $ 1000 NL Hold’em Main Event [Turbo] (1 Re-Entry Available)
Event 63-L – 14:00 – $ 27 NL Hold’em Main Event [Turbo, Low-Stakes Edition] (2 Re-Entries Available)
Event 64 – 16:00 – $ 11 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Big Splash]
Event 65 – 18:00 – $ 700 NL Hold’em Wrap-Up [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Ultra-Deep] (Re-Entries Available)

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888poker’s Gift Showers Promo Underway

 888poker’s Gift Showers Promo Underway

888poker is in the midst of a holiday-themed promotion with one of my favorite names ever, even if it is a little wordy: Gift Showers $ 800,000 Season of Giving Promotion. I’m just imagining my childhood self, cackling with glee as presents rain down on me, each one a mystery, possibly containing that thing that would make my wildest dreams come true. Now, 888’s promo isn’t exactly like this, but for those who play poker on the site, it’s a cheap and easy way to try to win prizes until the day after Christmas.

888 is hosting three different types of tournaments during the Gift Showers promotion:

All-In Gift Tournament – every day at 20:20 GMT through December 26th
$ 2,000 Lucky Star Tournament – every day at 01:05, 11:05, and 18:05 GMT through December 26th
$ 6,500 Starburst Tournament – every Sunday at 20:35 GMT through December 25th

The All-In Gift Tournament is another one of these tourneys we’re seeing more and more of in which all players have to do is register; showing up is optional. The software just puts everyone all-in pre-flop automatically until someone wins. For Gift Shower, the All-In Gift Tournament doesn’t award cash prizes. As the name implies, “gifts” are the reward. Here is a breakdown of the prize allocation:

Iphone 7 – 1st Place
GoPro Hero 5 Black – 2nd place
PlayStation 4 Slim – 3rd place
888poker Hoodie – 4th through 13th place
888poker Knitted Hat – 14th through 33rd place
888poker Cards – 34th through 53rd place
$ 5 CIP FreePlay voucher – 54th through 143rd place
$ 1 BLAST Ticket – 144th through 583rd place
$ 2,000 Lucky Star tournament ticket – 584th through 5000th place

In order to participate, players need entry tickets; everybody gets one for the All-In Gift Tournament and one for the $ 2,000 Lucky Star Tournament just for being a real money 888 customer. Up to three more tickets can also be earned for the All-In Gift Tournament each day (I guess it’s a multi-entry tourney) by doing the following:

•    Play five or more BLAST tournaments with a minimum buy-in of $ 1
•    Play in tournaments or Sit-and-Go’s (not counting BLAST or heads-up) with total buy-ins of at least $ 4
•    Win 15 hands at the real money cash game tables with stakes of $ 0.02/$ 0.05 or higher

The only minor catch to the above is that in order to be eligible to earn those extra tickets, players must have played in the All-In Gift Tournament or $ 2,000 Lucky Star Tournament at least once. Since everyone gets one free ticket for each, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Tickets for the weekly $ 6,500 Starburst Tournament can be earned by completing a weekly mission, revealed in a Sunday e-mail. For that tournament, $ 5,000 of the prize pool is cash, while the rest is awarded to the winner in the form of a Bebop drone, a Sky controller and a Galaxy tablet.

Additional chances at tickets for the tourneys, plus other tournament tickets and free plays in the casino and sportsbook, are available via a Star Spin game. Everyone who has deposited at least once on 888 can spin up to two times per day, once on the desktop client and once on the mobile app.

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