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Patrik Antonius Wins Partypoker MILLIONS Germany €25,000 High Roller

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

patrik-antonius-partypoker-millionsPatrik Antonius has won the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Germany €25,000 Super High Roller, held at King’s Casino (Rozvadov, Czech Republic).

The Finnish poker player topped a field of 37 players (51 including rebuys) to win the tournament along with €425,000.

Partypoker Ambassador Joao Simao took second place along with a payout worth €251,250.

Antonius Wins His First Live Tournament of 2018

What’s impressive about Antonius’ victory is that this is only his first live tourney of the year. In fact, he rarely plays live events anymore because they bore him.

But Antonius might consider taking up some more land-based tournaments after his latest win. The €425k payout is the sixth-largest of his career.

How the Partypoker MILLIONS Final Table Played Out

Manig Loeser was the unlucky bubble boy and was eliminated when his A-K combo couldn’t crack pocket queens. German poker pro Dominik Nitsche was next, losing with A-J against Renato Nowak’s pocket nines.

Deitrich Fast was the next player to be eliminated, losing with K-2 against Nowak’s pocket aces. Steve O’Dwyer busted out in fifth place when his A-J fell to Stefan Schillhabel’s pocket kings.

The German couldn’t celebrate for too long, though, because he lost with pocket 7s against Simao’s A-T hand. Antonius made the next elimination, knocking Nowak out in third place.

Simao began heads-up play with the lead. But he eventually lost the lead and busted out while holding pocket kings. Antonius rivered a straight with queen-jack to defeat Simao and win the tournament.

Partypoker MILLIONS Germany €25k High Roller Final Table

1. Patrik Antonius (Finland) – €425,000
2. Joao Simao (Brazil) – €251,250
3. Renato Nowak (Germany) – €175,000
4. Stefan Schillhabel (Germany) – €125,000
5. Steve O’Dwyer (Ireland) – €100,000
6. Dietrich Fast (Germany) – €75,000
7. Dominik Nitsche (Germany) – €60,000

Sam Greenwood Claims German Poker Pros are Vultures

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

2015 World Series of PokerPoker pro Sam Greenwood, who recently won the Aussie Millions $50,000 Challenge, has taken exception to German high roller poker pros. The Canadian recently launched a Twitter attack against them, claiming that they’re “vultures waiting for worse recs to join the tourney.”

Greenwood explained himself by tweeting that many German pros wait on the sidelines to see who’ll enter an event before they play. If they find the tournament to be juicy, they’ll enter to take advantage of lesser competition. This is essentially the definition of poker vulturing, hence why Greenwood used this term.

He was especially angry since the $50k event that he won only featured 4 players. Greenwood felt that the Germans intentionally stayed out because they felt that they’d face resistance.

Greenwood Feels that these Pros should be Ashamed

Another poignant insult that Greenwood leveled is that the German high rollers “should be forced to wait in a Pen of Shame.”

Germans are, by and large, considered to be the top high-roller players by nationality. But Greenwood questions whether this is truly the case, given that they allegedly dodged competition in the $50k Challenge. He also brought up an example on how German pros behaved at a Prague event.

“Look at the Prague 50k,” he tweeted. “Two good recs were regged from the start and most of Team Germany hung around in the tourney room like vultures waiting for worse recs to join the tourney. It’s predatory and cowardly.”

Not the Only One to Question These Players

fedor-holz-2016-wsop-one-dropGreenwood isn’t alone in questioning the behavior of German high-roller pros. Scotland’s all-time money leader, Niall Farrell, and 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen supported Greenwood’s accusations.

Meanwhile, famed German pros Koray Aldemir and Steffen Sontheimer defended themselves and called Greenwood’s tweets “laughable on so many levels.”

Sontheimer accused Greenwood of still being angry after he lost heads-up to Germany’s Fedor Holz in the 2016 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller.

Gus Hansen Says Every Hand Revealed Hurt His Poker Strategy

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

gus-hansenGus Hansen was at the top his poker game in 2008. This is the year when he released the book Every Hand Revealed, which gives players insight into his ultra-aggressive strategy.

It’s certainly not unusual that Hansen released a poker book at a time when he was one of the world’s top players. But the Great Dane thinks this book hurt him in the long run.

“What really changed a lot was after my book came out, it seemed like people just never believed I had a hand, in their mind,” Hansen said.

Given Hansen’s aggressive style and willingness to play any two cards, he’s certainly not the type of player who wants everybody calling him. But this is exactly what happened after other players read Every Hand Revealed.

The problem was only further compounded when he failed to properly adjust to how people were playing him.

“I don’t think I did a good job of adjusting because as we all know, I like to play a lot of hands. I made a lot of mistakes along the way not adjusting to the perceived image of me. Now, I haven’t played in a long time so maybe sometimes they believe I have something, I don’t know.”

Despite the fact that players quickly adjusted to his poker style, Hansen has never given up on the game. And he told that he plans on entering some more tournaments in 2018.

“I have to re-discover and re-invent things,” said Hansen. “Now that I’ve played the One Drop there and a little poker here the last couple months, I’m getting into a rhythm. I’m probably going to play more poker next year. There’s a chance you’ll see me in a couple more tournaments.”

Gus Hansen is one of the all-time poker legends. So hopefully we do indeed see him in more tourneys in 2018.

Vivian Saliba Joins 888poker as Brand Ambassador

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

vivian-saliba-pokerBrazil’s Vivian Saliba has signed a deal to represent 888poker as a brand ambassador. She joins the likes of countryman Bruno Foster, Chris Moorman, Bruno Foster, Sofia Lovgren, Kara Scott, Natalie Hoff, and Parker Talbot as a member of Team888.

This isn’t Saliba’s first brush with 888poker, because she’s done some reporting for them at live tournaments. But now she’ll be a full-time member of the poker site’s family.

The young Brazilian said that her favorite thing about 888 is their wide variety of events.

“There are many aspects I like about 888poker. First of all, the 888live events because of the affordable buy-ins with good structures and amazing locations,” she said.

“I also like the online platform because of the variety of different tournaments and cash games with a large number of players online at any time.”

More on Vivian Saliba’s Poker Career

Vivian Saliba begin playing live poker tourneys in 2014, recording her first cash within the same year. Saliba first landed on the international poker radar when she took 11th place in the 2017 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha – 8 Handed Championship. This earned her $47,923, which is still her biggest cash.

vivian-saliba-poker-1Saliba explained that pot-limit Omaha is her favorite game.

“I prefer PLO because there is way more action compared to Hold’em what makes it more enjoyable to play,” Saliba said.

“A lot of players are new to the game and make many mistakes which is obviously good for me as a professional poker player.”

In addition to finishing 11th in the PLO 8-handed championship, she also cashed in the 2017 WSOP Main Event (421st, $27,743). Overall, Saliba has collected $193,780 in live poker winnings over her career.

This puts her 117th overall on Brazil’s all-time tournament winnings list. She should have no trouble moving up further, because she’ll be playing in more live events under the 888 banner.

Saliba said that she started playing poker at the age of 17, when she visited a local card club with her father. The now 24-year-old would later earn her first tournament cash at the same club.

Patrik Antonius Bored with Poker Tournaments

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

patrik-antonius-poker-tournaments-slowPatrik Antonius still plays in live poker tournaments from time to time. In fact, he just took part in the WSOP Europe $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. Nevertheless, he’s still not a big fan of live events these days.

“I’m personally not a fan of the way poker has evolved, how people slow the game down and it’s a bit less gambling and less fun nowadays. People take it a little too serious in my opinion,” Antonius told PokerNews’ Julia Lee.

“It’s the snowball effect because one or two players start slowing down and suddenly everybody is doing the same on the table.”

What does Antonius Think can Improve the Situation?

Poker tournament organizers have been discussing using a shot clock in tourneys for quite some time. And Antonius thinks that this would be a step in the right direction.

“I think definitely the shot clock is going to be something that is going to be needed in the future because it’s really painful nowadays to play a tournament,” he said.

Antonius Doesn’t Like “Modern Poker”

patrik-antonius-poker-tournaments-slow-1Antonius described an instance during the WSOP Europe where things started off well, but then suddenly got bad.

“Everybody was playing with a very good rhythm. Nobody was really taking a lot of time unless there was a big decision,” he told Lee.

“And suddenly [after dinner break] every hand was five, seven minutes … A couple players started to play slow and everybody started to copy.”

These are the type of incidents that are ruining the game for Antonius. And he thinks that some people are taking poker so seriously that they’re ruining it.

“It’s modern poker but I don’t think it’s good for the poker. It’s not good for the game, for the people. This is an enjoyable game. Everybody starts to play because it’s a fun game. And you’re trying to make money but it has become a little bit too serious in a certain way, I think.”

You can see the entire interview with Antonius below.

John Juanda Wins Triton Super High Roller and $2.87m

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

john-juanda-wins-tournamentJohn Juanda has won the Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event along with HK$22,410,400 (US$2,872,299). Juanda beat Fedor Holz heads-up to capture the title at Galaxy Macau Hotel in Taipa, Macau.

“Playing against Fedor was really tough,” Juanda said afterward.

“He’s a really awesome player and obviously, he’s the guy winning all the super high rollers. I’m really fortunate to play heads up and come out on top. I think we have a different style of playing. It was a good long match and I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it too.”

This is the second-biggest cash of Juanda’s career. And he was just as excited about winning a tournament of this magnitude as he was the about prize money.

“Well, obviously it feels great anytime you win a tournament of this magnitude,” Juanda explained. “First, you have to play pretty well and you also have to get lucky.

“Especially nowadays with the tough fields we have. For example, the final table, I mean, looks like everybody is an amazing player.”

Juanda started off his heads-up battle with Holz with a 2:1 chip advantage. But Holz, being the skilled player that he is, was able to narrow the margin.

The German poker pro had two straight double-ups and even managed to take the lead at one point. However, Juanda battled back and eventually knocked out his final opponent.

Juanda Praises Triton Super High Roller Series

After his big win, Juanda had plenty of great things to say about the Triton Super High Roller Series. He not only loves playing in the Triton poker tournaments, but also everything from the food to location.

“There are so many things I like about the Triton tournaments because they always treat the players nicely and of course I’m good friends with all the organizers. I feel very comfortable every time I come here.

“Manila, Montenegro, and here [Macau], it’s like being around friends. The field is always really good. The registration desk, there’s never any line. The buffet is probably the best from all the poker tournaments.”

This victory and $2.87 million payout moves Juanda up to seventh place on the all-time poker tournament winnings list. He has over US$23.5 million in his tourney career.

Triton Super High Roller Series Final Table Results

1. John Juanda (Indonesia) – US$2,872,299
2. Fedor Holz (Germany) – US$2,101,674
3. Kahle Burns (Australia) – US$1,301,018
4. Adrian Mateos (Spain) – US$890,757
5. Dietrich Fast (Germany) – US$590,425
6. Stephen Chidwick (USA) – US$440,380
7. Timothy Adams (Canada) – US$360,257
8. Isaac Haxton (USA) – US$310,271

Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen Playing in WSOP Europe High Roller

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

patrik-antonius-pokerThe 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is ready to kick off at King’s Casino Rozvadov (CZ) on October 19. And one of the most-exciting events will no doubt be the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop, which will offer a €10 million guaranteed prize pool.

This event will kick off on November 3 and feature many of the biggest names in poker. Gus Hansen, Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony G, and Liv Boeree have already confirmed their entries.

€100,000 from each buy-in will go to the prize pool, while the other €11,111 will go to the One Drop Foundation.

The WSOPE High Roller for One Drop will be a three-day event, with each player starting with 2 million chips. Blinds will also increase slowly at 60 minutes, making this a true deep-stacked tournament. Players can re-enter an unlimited amount of times up until the third blind level of Day 2.

gus-hansen-2015-wsopIf the European high roller is anything like the WSOP Las Vegas, we can expect a big event. 130 players entered the 2017 WSOP High Roller for One Drop, and Doug Polk won the tourney along with $3,686,865.

The WSOPE High Roller for One Drop is capped at 111 players. But there’s a very good chance that this tourney will meet its cap. King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik gave up his seat and still donated his buy-in to charity.

“The demand is strong and I have given up my own seat and will play host instead,” Tsoukernik said. “My €11,000 deposit will go to One Drop.”

Beyond the high roller, the 2017 WSOP Europe will feature nine other bracelet tournaments. This includes the 2017 WSOPE Main Event, which will run from Nov. 4-10 and guarantee €5 million. Poker pros can also look forward to playing a large number of cash games on the side of the tournament action.

Holz, Polk Pledge 1% of Poker Masters Profits to Social Media Follower

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

fedor-holz-2016-wsop-one-dropFedor Holz and Doug Polk have both proposed a unique offer, whereby they’ll give 1% of their Poker Masters profits to a social media follower.

This could end up being a lot because the Poker Masters series features some of the game’s biggest tournament prize pools.

Case in point, Nick Schulman just won $918,000 in the Event #1: $50,000 no-limit Texas hold’em event. If Polk or Holz won this amount, $9,180 would go to one of their social media followers.

Held at the Aria Resort and Casino, the Poker Masters series will feature four $50,000 buy-in tournaments, a $100,000 buy-in event, and re-entries for all of these tourneys.

Poker Masters Schedule for Polk and Holz

doug-polk-poker-mastersPolk says that he’ll enter every event at the 2017 Poker Masters. But he won’t be exercising his rebuy option.

The 29-year-old poker pro said that if he doesn’t cash at all, he’ll still give $500 to the winner of the social media contest.

This isn’t the only time that Polk has given away part of his tournament winnings. He did the same at the 2017 WSOP, offering 2% of his winnings to social media followers. Polk gave away over $30,000 following his win in the $111,111 buy-in One drop High Roller ($3.6 million).

Holz and Polk aren’t collaborating on the social media giveaways. But Holz’s promotion is similar to Polk’s. The German poker star has asked fans to share his “Life of a Champion” video and download his Primed Mind coaching app to participate. There’s no word on if Holz will still pay social media followers if he fails to cash.

Two Great Poker Players

Fedor Holz has $23,904,884 in poker tournament winnings, including a rapid flurry of high-roller cashes in recent years. So he’s a good bet to do well at the Poker Masters.

Doug Polk has $8,842,008 in poker winnings, despite the fact that he mostly plays online and live cash games. Around 40% of Polk’s live tourney earnings come from his victory in the $111k One Drop.

Poker’s Dragan Kostic Gets 18-Month Sentence for Tax Evasion

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

dragan-kostic-pokerPoker player Dragan Kostic has been sentenced to 18 months in a Spanish prison for tax evasion. The tax evasion stems from when Kostic failed to pay taxes on a poker tournament prize worth €532,000 ($766,438).

Originally from Macedonia, the 55-year-old moved to Spain over two decades ago. And he eventually began playing in poker tournaments around Spain.

His €532k windfall came from taking second place in the €5,300 EPT Barcelona Main Event in 2011. Kostic neglected to pay any of the €233,000 in taxes that he should have. According to El Confidencial, he not only failed to report the massive payout but also claimed a refund of €1,300.

Kostic’s Defense Consisted of Claiming Ignorance

Kostic told a Spanish courtroom that the reason why he didn’t pay his poker taxes is because he didn’t know the laws.

Specifically, he claims to have thought the tourney taxes would be automatically taken out by the casino. When this defense was unsuccessful, Kostic said that his accountant failed to tell him to pay the taxes.

The Criminal Court of Palma originally convicted him of tax evasion. So Kostic tried to appeal in the Provincial Court of Palma. He was once again unsuccessful here too.

His argument was furthered damaged by the fact that he declared poker wins of €7,750 and €20,000. These payouts were above Spain’s required €2,500 threshold on gambling wins.

Kostic Has Won Almost $1 Million in Poker Tournaments

Dragan Kostic began playing live poker tournaments in 2008. He’s since managed to put together a solid career that includes $980,087 in tourney winnings.

Ever since his second-place effort in the Barcelona Main Event, he’s been playing poker all over Europe. But he won’t be playing much poker in the near future as he heads to jail for 18 months.

$1.2m Bad Beat Jackpot Hit at Montreal Poker Room

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

playground-poker-bad-beat-jackpotTwo lucky players at Montreal’s Playground Poker Club are celebrating after triggering a massive $1.2 million bad beat jackpot.

Elphege Delarosbil was playing $1/$2 no-limit hold’em at the time of his big win. He was holding pocket jackpots when the board came up Jc-6h-9s-Js-10s. This gave him quad jacks, which usually wins in almost any situation.

However, Shane Galle was also sitting at the table with Qs-8s, which gave him a straight flush and the winning hand.

Normally Delarosbil would be in disbelief at his bad beat. But since he was playing at one of Playground Club’s bad beat tables, he now has reason to cheer. Here’s a look at the poker room’s tweet on the matter:

“Why are these gentlemen smiling? One takes home 40% and the other 20% of our $1,210,989 Bad Beat Jackpot!! #BadBeatJackpot.”

The $1,210,989 jackpot is one of the largest-ever bad beat jackpots in live poker. Delarosbil unlocked it because he satisfied Playground Club’s requirements of losing with quad eights or more.

Given that he suffered the bad beat, Delarosbil collected the largest share at over $460,000 (40%). Galle earned more than $230,000 (20%) for winning the hand.

Everybody else involved in the pot received $30,000, while Playground Poker Club keeps the rest. The poker room was very generous with their cut, distributing $1,200 to each player in the vicinity of the winning bad beat table.

About the Playground Poker Club

Located just outside downtown Montreal, the Playground Poker Club has become one of the premiere poker hubs in Canada.

They regularly draw major events such as Card Player Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, and partypoker LIVE tournaments. Their popularity certainly won’t go down after awarding one of the biggest bad beat jackpots in either live or online poker history.