Poker Central to air Live at the Bike Footage

Poker Central is a 24/7 poker TV network offering constant coverage of poker gaming. Players as well as poker fans can tune in and catch the pros in action or even amateurs as they compete in top quality poker events. Poker Central recently announced they will be the title sponsor of the Live at the Bike event. This tournament will take place at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in the famous poker room of the venue.

Known as The Bike, the LA casino is a top choice for visitors who want to enjoy poker gaming, casino games and entertainment. Poker Central will cover the events and have footage that will air so fans can see exactly how the tournament takes shape.

Poker Central will cover the feature table and have Abe Hepner and Nichoel Jurgens giving direct comments on the bet-by-bet action. Coverage will be vast and players will find out who is competing, how they are doing and the outcomes of every hand. Cash gamers and guest players are expected to attend so it will be interesting to see who hits the felt. Popular poker pros are known to frequent The Bike, including Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Scotty Nguyen and Doyle Brunson.

If you have Poker Central you can easily check in to see what is taking place as the event kicks off on April 20th at the Bicycle Casino. If you are unsure as to if you have Poker Central you can check availability at the site. Those who do not have the network can visit the Live at the Bike website to watch live streaming.

Poker Central has been a big hit since launching, offering players a way to watch poker action as it unfolds in various venues around the world. The Bike event is just one of many options to watch poker via the 24/7 network.

Online Poker Revenues Go Even Lower in October for Delaware

The state of Delaware is one of only three states in the US that offers online gaming options, both poker and casino. The state has not met the high estimates of earnings for online gaming as estimated but continues to be able to earn something in the industry. However, over the past few months, revenues have been less than stellar. For September, the state hit an all-time low and now for October they have went even lower.

In October, the three gaming facilities who offer online options were only able to earn just over $24,000 for the month. Harrington Raceway, Delaware Park and Dover Downs all struggled for the month and saw a 2% decrease from the month of September. This is a super low time period for the state as they are supposed to be celebrating their 2 year anniversary of operation but are seeing these low figures.

After a period of 24 months of operation, the results are in. The state has been able to earn $1,102,712 during the two year time frame which is an average of about $45,946 a month. However this amount has only been reached during one month of the last 17 of operation.

The state thought revenues would be boosted once they joined forces with Nevada to provide interstate online poker gaming. There was a significant boost in earnings but not the numbers the state expected to see now that residents of Nevada could get in on the action. The novelty seems to have worn off and the state can barely hit the $20,000 mark for the month.

Despite the lower numbers in revenues, the state has been able to continue to see new signups at the online gaming sites. Players continue to create new accounts for each facility’s website, with at minimum 300 new accounts created each month.

Team Poker Dropped at PKR

PKR is a top online poker room, offering a unique experience for gamers. Players can log online and enjoy a 3D experience, which includes unique avatars that can be customized based on the personal preferences of the individual. PKR continues to offer quality cash gaming and just recently decided to make a change with their site.

PKR will now no longer offer Team PKR, which means new members to the team will no longer have the option to play under the brand in a sponsored capacity. Dan Grant, the Head of Content and PR for PKR, reported on poker forums that PKR is entering a time of seismic change. The changes ahead will be completed in the New Year but Grant did state that PKR is doing away with the concept of Team PKR Pro.

Eleanor Gudger and Dan O’Callaghan were just added to the list of sponsored pros and will now be no longer wearing patches of PKR for live events they take part in. According to Grant, PKR was not able to fully support the Team Pros in the most recent years.

Grant stated: “To the inevitable responses to the news, I say that yes, in recent years Team Pros weren’t supported or utilized enough and that’s our bad. Running a team properly, ensuring they get the advice and support they need and that we get every ounce of benefit from them takes an investment of time and money. Reportedly, PKR was not always able to give the time and money needed, and they apologize for that.

The poker pros have been excited to take part in the team poker pro options while it was available. Gudger did not have a PKR patch on when competing in the recent Team Challenge with the PartyPoker UK. Several top players have taken part in the gaming options, and PKR now plans on taking on a different direction when it comes to offering online poker gaming.

Delaware Park to Host Championship Series

Across the United States, poker players have access to live events which offer nice prize pools and unique formats. At Delaware Park, players can take part in poker gaming or access unique tournaments when the venues decide to host a live event. This October, the racino will play host to the Mid Atlantic Poker Championship, which will include 18 tournaments of varying formats.

From the 14th of October to the 26th, the series will provide large prize pools, with guaranteed prizes from $2,500 to $150,000. According to Kevin Castora, the Manager of the Poker Room for Delaware Park, stated the venue is upping the ante for the 2015 series.

The preliminary events will have three championship events. Players in the area can take part in the $1,500 PLO championship as well as the $550 Heads-Up Championship, which will have the best two out of three matches. The main event will then take place and will have a buy-in of $1,090.

Every event on the schedule will run for one day only, providing a winner at the end of every day. Only four events, #4, #10, #12 and #13 will take part over multiple days. Multiple satellites will be offered, allowing players to earn their seat for very little money. Players will find satellites offered in several different forms from the standard option to turbos.

Players in Delaware can choose to take part in every event or a select few. Stay for a few days or choose to stay in the entire time to have access to top quality entertainment and premium prize pools. Below is a look at a few choice events on the schedule.

Event #1              MAPC Kick Off Classic—NLH                        $40,000 guarantee                           $340 buy-in

Event #2              Black Chip Bounty                                            $10,000 guarantee                           $250 buy-in

Event #3              Colossal Stack—NLH                                       $15,000 guarantee                           $150 buy-in

 

 

 

 

Michigan Senator Fighting for Fantasy Sports as Game of Skill

For years, poker players have tried to have the game classified as a game of skill. When it is, the game can usually bypass laws and be played at home, casinos, basically anywhere. One senator in the state of Michigan is now taking the game of skill fight to fantasy sports to see Michigan continue to offer the activity.

Senate Bill 459 was created by State Senator Curtis Hertel and if passed, would take action against fantasy sports in Michigan. The activity would be considered illegal, when currently there is nothing that bans the activity within the state.

In the state, it is illegal to have unregulated betting on games of chance. If fantasy sports could be classified as a game of skill, the activity would be legal in the state, even for wagering. Hertel recently released a statement on his beliefs stating that in a three week time span as many as 1 million citizens in the state will be gathering to draft fantasy football teams. Hertel feels there is no legislation in place to protect citizens who participate in fantasy sports. The Senator wants to ensure citizens of the state are protected.

Fantasy sports creates about $3 to $5 billion in revenues each and every year with as many as 57 million people in the United States taking part. Michigan residents are among those who enjoy the activity and the senator wants to ensure that everyone can take part with the proper regulations in place.

It will be interesting to see how far the legislation moves in the state. While most states are focused on poker or casino gaming, land-based and online, Michigan just wants to be able to participate in sports betting on fantasy sports teams without any retribution. The bill will now be considered and must move forward before it can become law.

Fitz Announces Poker Festival Dates for 2015

downloadPlayers who enjoy visiting Dublin for poker gaming or who may find themselves in Dublin may want to take part in the upcoming 2015 Poker Festival provided by the Fitz. The Fitzwilliam Casino and Card room will be hosting the special festival in November, with satellites beginning on the 25th.

Earn a seat to the Main Event by taking part in the Super Satellite which will begin on the 25th with a small buy-in of just €50. Included in the events of the festival will be a no-limit hold’em freezeout, deepstacks and the End of the Month Freeroll. The Main Event of the festival will have a buy-in of €500+€40 and will take place over 2 days.

The Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club is located in Dublin, Ireland and has been named the best card room in Ireland. Located at Clifton Hall, the venue is a lovely place to enjoy poker gaming and the festival is always exciting.

Anyone who is 18 or over can receive a free membership to the card rom. Membership is required to compete and is open to anyone, even those who make the special trip to Dublin to complete. Those who want to travel to Dublin, the poker festival can be enjoyed as well as the many attractions and tasty dining that can be found in the area.

The Fitzwilliam Casino wants to see a good turnout and has already released details for the festival as the tournaments are always popular. More details, including information on each event and plans for traveling, can be found at the casino website. Learn more about the festival and plan a special trip for the fall to enjoy quality poker gaming in a unique and beautiful location. You never know, you may earn a top prize and start a career with the trip!

 

 

 

Phil Hellmuth Loses out on Main Event to Daniel Negreanu

Image result for wsopIt is never easy to be eliminated from a big poker event, especially the WSOP Main Event. Top poker pro Phil Hellmuth had his eyes on yet another WSOP bracelet for 2015 but fell short in the most anticipated event of the year. On Saturday, Hellmuth was up against fellow poker pro Daniel Negreanu when he was eliminated in 417th place.

During the hand, Hellmuth bet 20,000 and was called by a fellow opponent who was in the small blind. Negreanu then three bet to 56,000 and Hellmuth then four bet to 295,000. The small blind player folded and Negreanu called, telling Hellmuth the felt they had the same hand.

However, they did not. Hellmuth showed pocket queens while Negreanu held A-K suited clubs. The flop of K-9-3 gave Negreanu the higher pair and a Jack on the turn gave Hellmuth the option of earning a straight. However the 5 on the river sealed his fate as Negreanu won the hand.

After being eliminated, Hellmuth took to Twitter stating that Negreanu was lucky he had only pocket queens after his fellow pro felt like they had the same hand. Negreanu also took to Twitter, stated that it was bittersweet to have busted his buddy during the Main Event.

During game play, Hellmuth was paired with some tough competition, having Phil Ivey at his table during day one. Hellmuth ended up doubling up Ivey at one point during game play. For the pro, he did have a good finish, earning $21,786 for his efforts. We will now watch and see as the Main Event continues to play down to the final table.

Once the final table is configured, the players will get a long break until November. When fall arrives, the players will return to the felt to see who can claim the first place prize.

 

 

Quinn Do Earns 2nd WSOP Bracelet with $10,000 Dealers Choice Win

Image result for wsopEarning multiple WSOP bracelets seems to be the name of the game in this year’s World Series of Poker. Quinn Do now joins a list of poker players who have earned multiple gold bracelets during the WSOP. Taking part in the $10,000 Dealers Choice event, Do has now earned 2 bracelets after outlasting the 108 players in the event.

The tournament had a prize poll of just over $1 million and saw top players competing in the event. Quinn Do was able to outlast the field of the best pros to earn the first place prize of $319,792, earning his second WSOP bracelet of his career. The first bracelet for Do came in 2005 when he won a Limit Hold’em event with a buy-in of $2,500.

Do commented that winning the bracelet this year was much better than the first as it was for Mixed Games, something that Do has worked on for some time. The pro spent ten years playing the games to be able to come to the WSOP and win the event, which was better for him and his game play.

The final table of the event consisted of six players, four of which are WSOP bracelet winners. Do would face a tough field including Adam Friedman, Jeff Madsen and Rep Porter. In the end, Quinn Do would defeat Rep Porter in the final round to earn the first place win.

The WSOP continue with the Day 1A of the Main Event having started just yesterday. With the Main Event, the series will conclude as the final table is chosen. The final table players will return in November to finish out the event to see who the big winner will be.

Final Results of the WSOP Dealer’s Choice Event:

First Place Quinn Do $319,792
Second Place Rep Porter $197,608
Third Place Jeff Madsen $129,651
Fourth Place Jake Abdalla $89,114
Fifth Place Adam Friedman $63,277
Sixth Place Jussi Nevanlinna $46,384

 

 

 

One Drop High Roller Event Creates $14million+ Prize Pool

Image result for wsopWhen the World Series of Poker rolls around, poker players know to expect certain events. The schedule is basically the same with a few tweaks and changes each and every year. This year, the WSOP brought back the Big One for One Drop in the form of the One Drop High Roller event. The series tournament had a buy-in of $111,111 of which $11,111 would be placed in a donation fund for the One Drop Foundation.

This year, the event saw 135 players register and created prize pool of $14,249,925. With the donations of each buy-in, over $750,000 was raised for the One Drop Charity. The top sixteen players will earn a payday with players earned at least $251,000+ with a first place prize of just over $3.9 million.

In the event, amateurs as well as pros have signed on to try and earn the massive first place prize. Included in game play are Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Anthony Gregg, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Galfond. Play will only take place for 2 days, creating a speedy tournament for those participating.

By the end of day one, last year’s Big One For One Drop champion Daniel Colman was the chip leader with only 46 players remaining. Notable players holding high chip counts including Phil Hellmuth, Sorel Mizzi and Andrew Lichtenberger.

Play begins again today with the winner announced as soon as the final two go head to head. It will be interesting to see who earns the first place finish, be it a pro or amateur player. After his event concludes, the WSOP will still have a few choice events before the Main Event begins and the series will conclude until the Main Event concludes in the fall. We will continue to cover this event and many more as the WSOP comes to a close.

2nd WSOP Bracelet Earned in 2015 by Brian Hastings

Image result for wsopBrian Hastings has done quite well for 2015 in the World Series of Poker, having just earned his 2nd gold bracelet of the series. Each year for as many as 13 years running, players have earned consecutive gold bracelets of two each. Brian Hastings kept the double winning streak alive for this year by earning the first place finish of the $1,500 10-game mix tournament, earning the bracelet and $133,403 in the process.

This was the second gold bracelet for Hastings within a ten day time frame and his third overall. He won his first WSOP bracelet back in 2012 when he competed in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em heads-up event. The second one took place just a few days ago during the $10,000 seven card stud tournament.

In the latest event, Hastings was up against a field of 380 players with a total of $513,500 up for grabs. There were ten different poker variants offered in the tournament which included the following:

  • Limit Hold’em
  • No Limit Hold’em
  • Triple draw
  • No Limit 2-7 single draw
  • Pot-limit Omaha
  • Omaha eight or better
  • Stud
  • Razz
  • Stud eight or better
  • Badugi

Several players were able to compete in the event and managed to do quite well. These players included Todd Brunson, Mike Watson, Dan Kelly and Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth made it to 17th place and had the potential to earn his 15th career bracelet but fell short of the event final table. In the end, Hastings had to defeat Rostislav Tsodikov in the final round to earn the first place win and his second World Series Of Poker bracelet of 2015. The WSOP continues with many events still left on the schedule including the much-anticipated Main Event and high roller events.

Final Results:

Finish Player Name Prize  
First Brian Hastings $133,403  
Second Rostislav Tsodikov $82,398  
Third Todd Brunson $52,977  
Fourth Alexey Makarov $35,130  
Fifth Tim Reusch $23,982  
Sixth Mike Watson $16,846