Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival schedule announced

The schedule for the Full Tilt Poker Galway festival has been announced on the official Full Tilt poker site.

The Live Event is to kick off on 27th July and run through until 12th August, being rounded up by a No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

There are lots of poker events underway in the lead up to the festival, which aren’t necessarily related, for example the PokerStars 100 Billion Poker hands promotion, which is due to take place some time in June, as the company celebrates 100 Billion hands played on their online game.

I’ve played a few games on Pokerstars recently, as usually I tend to stick to Full Tilt, however even I can’t deny that the excitement of the Ultimate Freeroll and the Million Dollar Hand is pulling me in.

Back to Full Tilt, the festival this year is boasting 60 events, and winning certain events will give you a free “FTOPS XXIII Main Event ticket worth $635 in addition to titles and cash earnings.” – fulltiltpoker.com

Is anyone going to the Galway Festival this year? I’s set to be a good one!


Kobe Bryant invited to WSOP

Many online poker players yesterday heard that Kobe Bryant has been invited to play at WSOP (World Series of Poker) in tribute to the late Lakers Owner, Jerry Buss, who sadly passed away on February 18th, 2013.

Posting on Twitter on June 10th, WSOP (@wsop) said:

“Poker misses Dr. Buss. Game. Class. We invite @kobebryant to play in tribute. #sharksvsmamba” – although, sadly, Kobe Bryant then took to Twitter to reply to the request saying ” @wsop Thanks for the invite, means a lot. Doc says no go. I’ll be there in spirit, no bluff. Dr. Buss, best owner ever.”

Kobe Bryant talks to WSOPUnfortunately, Kobe had to decline the special invite due to doctor’s orders, but said he’ll be there “in spirit”

WSOP 2013 will continue through until July 15th 2013 in Nevada, boasting 62 bracelet events (one more than last year). Read the various Poker Reviews at poker.gamble.co.uk for help on choosing where to play online.


PokerStars to celebrate 100 Billion hands in June

Throughout June, PokerStars players like me are being treated to what can only be described as one of the biggest months in poker EVER with the 100 Billionth hand promotion!

PokerStars are running their promotion throughout June to celebrate 100 Billion poker hands having been played, 100 BILLION! Officials say they are expecting the 100 billionth hand to be dealt around the 14th June this year, with one hand paying $1 million ( the Million Dollar Hand).

PokerStars Ultimate Freeroll

I personally am more looking forward to getting stuck into some of the other promotions that they are offering throughout the month, one of them being the Ultimate Freeroll which is a special freeroll tournament which is offering a $1,000,000 prize pool and the winner will grab the grand prize of $50,000. For those also interested in the Ultimate Freeroll, it is going to take place on 30th June.

Of course, other promotions will be running throughout the month to celebrate this jaw dropping event, and more information on all of the promotions that are running is available at pokerstars.com along with a pretty cool video which can only add more excitement to the event!

For those that are new to poker and want to take part in the month long celebration but don’t know exactly how to play poker, read through the Poker Strategy guide at poker.gamble.co.uk – i found it to be very helpful and it has certainly improved my play style! Good Luck to everyone taking part this month and let me know in the comments if any of you have any impressive wins.

Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival

The Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival will be coming to the city later this year (29th July to 12th August, specifically) after PokerStars allowed it to be re-branded from the original UKIPT Galway Festival.

This is the first live poker festival since Full Tilt poker re-launched back in Q4 2012, after closing almost two years prior, following the events of Black Friday which caused thousands of players around the world to have their accounts frozen.

So far, one of the only pro poker player’s attendances has been confirmed, and that is Mr Gus Hansen, if you have read my previous posts you will know that he is in my top 3 favourite poker players of all time.

Hopefully I will be attending this years event as I haven’t been to any live poker festivals for some time now, and I definitely think it would be interesting to see Full Tilt’s first attempt at hosting one.

Steve O’Dwyer wins European Poker Tour Main Event

Last night saw Steve O’Dwyer win the 9th season of the European Poker Tour Main Event, fending off over 531 players and beating many big names in poker such as Daniel Negreanu and Jake Cody to the top spot.

As you may have recently read, I have been keeping up a lot lately with online poker in the USA and following some of the major events such as the recent launch of Ultimate Poker in Nevada. Another one of my favourite poker habits, is following the European Poker Tour (EPT).

Last night saw O’Dwyer fend off some of the biggest and best poker players in the world to take the title, and eventually scooped the €1,224,000 prize!

Trying to keep as up to date as possible with the game on Twitter, it seems that O’Dwyer has lived up to his name and won one of the toughest games going.

Also in the final 8 were Jake Cody, one of my new poker idols that has managed to win some of the more impressive games lately with his aggressive playing style, and then of course, we have Daniel Negreanu, who, alongside Blom is definitely up there in my top 5 favourite poker players of all time. Eventually though, Negreanu, or @RealKidPoker as he is known on Twitter managed to walk away with €321,000 in prize money, still not a bad amount!

Hard Rock Poker Open 2013 $10m Guaranteed Tournament

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has announced the upcoming Hard Rock Poker Open tournament, running throughout August, with the Main Event running from 08/22 to 08/29 which will guarantee a $10 million pool that players will attempt to win.

I think this could be the largest (correct me if i’m wrong) guaranteed poker tournament prize ever, with others such as the WPT generating much higher, however they are more well known and attract more players. This is perhaps why this $10m guaranteed tournament looked so exciting when I first saw it on Twitter this morning.

The Main Event is going to run from August 22nd through to the 29th and will have a Buy-In of $5,300, which is considerably lower than a lot of other tournaments that can’t manage to offer such a high guaranteed prize.

Source: pokerbankrollblog.com

Speaking about this exciting new tournament that poker players around the world are no doubt looking forward to, the Director of Poker at Seminole Hard Rock, William Mason said that the $10 million guarantee would mean the winner would receive around $1.7 million. I am certainly looking forward to the event in Hollywood, as it has been confirmed that the Main Event will be part of a series running throughout August which will see multiple other poker rooms across Florida play lower entry fee tourney’s which will allow the winners to progress to the $10m guaranteed Main Event.
According to southflorida.com there are no plans to televise the tournament which is making many poker players online and off consider taking part in the tournament, which is understandable with such an irresistible tournament to play for.

Good Luck to everyone taking part in the Hard Rock Poker Open $10m guaranteed tourney, hopefully I will see you there!

Ruben Visser crowned winner of EPT London

Ruben Visser, 24, has took the crown as the EPT London Main Event winner, after storming ahead of the 647 other players in the event, and taking home the £595,000 prize. The 6 day Main Event made for some interesting following online, as players like Steve O’Dwyer, Theo Jorgensen, and Chris Moorman all placed in the final 8.

In what turned out to be a lengthy final day of the Main Event, Visser came out on top, and followed up with a tweet saying: “Thanks everyone for the support and congratulations the past days! Still feels unreal” 

I certainly hope to see a lot more of Visser’s gameplay after EPT in London, whilst other players like Mantas Visockis and Oluf Haglund both gave an impressive performance too.

This takes Ruben’s total winnings to a jaw dropping $1,977,887 since he first started playing for live cash back in 2008, and it isn’t the first time Visser has made the headlines with his poker strategy, after finishing as a runner up at the EPT Grand Final three years ago, and again in the Deauville Main Event last year.
I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Ruben Visser on yet another hefty win at EPT London 2013.

2013 WSOP Schedule Announced

The Schedule for the 2013 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) has been announced.

I, along with many other Poker Players have been expecting the announcement for some time, and finally Caesars Entertainment and official WSOP came forward on February 15th to put us out of our misery.
The 44th annual WSOP is going to run from May 29th through to July 15th, 2013.
With three months until the event kicks off, we have plenty of time to improve our play and ready ourselves for the challenge!

The event starts on May 29th, and is going to consist of 62 events, with a lot of focus no doubt being put on the $10,000 Championship Event. According to the news article on wsop.com, the “November Nine” is to go ahead again, starting on July 15th, and then will be played on November 4th and 5th.

WSOP 2013 Dates

WSOP 2013 Dates announced – May 29th – July 16th Source: http://www.masterspokerclub.com/the-WSOP-2013-dates-are-set-n169

The event I personally am most looking forward to is the Millionaire Maker, or ‘Event #6’ that starts on June 1st. I think it’s going to attract a lot of media attention and get a lot of players interested, as the winner receives a guaranteed $1 million regardless of how many people enter the event.
Of course, the famous Casino Employees Event is going ahead this year, and is going to commence on May 29th, the day it all kicks off.

Sadly. after the success of 2012’s “Big One For One Drop” event, it has been confirmed that it won’t be making an appearance this year, although after talking to people on Twitter and through various news articles online, it is heavily speculated that it will be returning in 2014. This year though, there will be two smaller versions, the “One Drop High Roller” and the “Little One For One Drop” which will apparently feature a $111,111 and $1,111 buy-in respectively.

A different tournament that is said not to be appearing in this year’s WSOP, but could possibly make an appearance in the future, is the Open Face Chinese Poker, not much has been mentioned about it online, but i will be keeping an eye out and updating as more news is released, in the mean time, read the How To Play guide of Open Face Chinese Poker at CardPlayer.com

Andrew Robl is Aussie Millions $100,000 Winner

Poker Player Andrew Robl has won the Aussie Millions 2013 $100,000 Challenge, after 6 hours of play on Monday and took the AU$1,000,000 prize, along with the champion title.

The Aussie Millions tournament, which started on Sunday saw 21 players at the table for over 9 levels of play. Having being bust in that field, Robl used his re-entry option, and he was the only player to do so (clearly a wise move).
Unlike the usual 8 players to start at the final table, there were 7 this time, after a double elimination in Day 1. And with only 4 seats guaranteed to be paid, this meant that 3 out of the 7 would unfortunately be leaving empty handed.

The last hurdle saw Robl take on Kurganov. After a double, Kurganov worked his way up to 915,000, which was no match for Robl’s 1.285 million. The game ended with Kurganov finishing as runner up with AU$610,000.

Jake Cody joins PokerStars

Jake Cody, 24 is announced as latest member of Team PokerStars

Jake Cody has been announced as the latest member of Team PokerStars by Daniel Negreanu, shortly before Day 1B of PCA Main Event in the Bahamas commenced.

The 24 year old from Brimington, England first appeared on the European tournament scene in 2010 when he participated in some major events, winning €857,000 in Deauville in January, and then £273, 783 at the Main Event of the World Poker Tour in London in August. He also revealed that since he began playing online poker, he deposited an initial $10 and has not yet deposited since.

The announcement that he had joined Team PokerStars came on Wednesday, after he left PKR a few months ago (He joined Team PKR Pro in November 2011). Clearly it didn’t take him long to find a new sponsor.

After being announced as the latest member by Negreanu, Cody said: “Team PokerStars Pro is the holy grail of poker sponsorship. It has been a long term goal for a while now and for it to finally happen feels like a dream come true.”

Negreanu, after making an introductory speech for the new Poker Pro, turned to Cody and presented him with a Team PokerStars Pro patch infront of everybody gathered for the Day 1B of the PCA Main Event. He followed with “And it’s official, Good luck my man.”

After the events caught up with him, and it all settled in, Cody said that it was a dream come true, and that he just wants to win. Now that’s fighting talk!

Jake Cody Triple Crown Winner

Jake shouldn’t be put off by the media attention and masses of Poker players and fans that were gathered at the event where his sponsorship was announced, as at the young age of 24, he has already achieved the title of Youngest Triple Crown Winner.
He achieved this title by winning the following events:

Jake Cody, Team PokerStars Pro

€5000 EPT Deauville, €857,000 ($1.2m) in January 2010
£5000 WPT London, £273,783 ($425k) in August 2010
$25,000 WSOP Heads Up Championship, ($851k) in May 2011.

This brings his overall Live Tournament winnings to a massive $3,156,032. So it really is no wonder that PokerStars wanted to snap the Brit up as their latest Poker Pro.

After a quiet year in 2012, due to not playing many live games, he is determined to bounce back this year and show the Poker World what he’s made of.
In 2012, Jake earned $54,988, meaning it wasn’t his best year, however, with his $3+ million career earnings, AND a sponsorship with PokerStars, he definitely has a lot to look forward to in 2013.