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Sam Tricket Reveals £30 Million Poker Fortune

Monday, September 17th, 2018

sam-tickett-pokerSam Trickett has seen plenty of ups and downs in poker. In fact, he’s seen enough downs to where his family and bank managers asked him to quit playing the game.

But the Brit ignored their advice much to his own advantage. He’s now £30 million richer as a result of his perseverance.

Trickett spoke with the DailyStar about his poker career, revealing both the high and low points of his career. He admits to losing as much as £1 million per day, which is why people asked him to stop playing.

“My dad was really anti-gambling at the time,” says Trickett.

“I went broke a couple of times and my bank manager sat me down and told me to stop. It was hard because I knew they’d be right in other situations.”

Why did Trickett Keep Playing?

Trickett listened to what those around him had to say regarding poker. And he even felt “nervous even when there are millions on the line.” But what kept him going through it all was the belief that he’s always had an edge.

“But I could see there was money to be made because poker is a skill game,” explains Trickett. “I knew in the long run I’d end up with money.

“I had to go against what everyone said, which did upset my family. It took a while before they understood.”

Balancing Poker and Life

It’s hard for Trickett to live a normal live. This is especially true when considering that he’s won as much as £7.6 million in a single day of playing cash games.

But these days, he’s found the perfect balance between playing high stakes poker and living a regular life. Furthermore, he’s now married and living well with all of his money.

“I’m married now too, which means I’m content. I guess I still don’t respect money as much as I should. I’m a sucker when it comes to material things.”

Borgata Files Motion Against Phil Ivey for $10.1m Payment

Monday, August 20th, 2018

phil-ivey-short-deckSix years ago, Phil Ivey won $9.6 million off the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa through baccarat edge sorting. But the Borgata sued him in 2016 and won $10.1 million — including the $9.6 million in winnings, plus another $500k in comps.

Ivey has yet to repay the money, though, which has caused the Borgata to file a motion for payment. The court document cites that Ivey cashed four times at the 2018 WSOP for around $140,00, and that he’s more than capable delivering the $10.1 million.

Borgata Brings Up Ivey’s Lavish Lifestyle

Phil Ivey has always had a taste for the finer things in life ever since becoming an elite poker pro. Attorneys for the Borgata have brought this up in their motion, which notes that Ivey’s extravagant lifestyle proves he can make payment.

“This case is about money, nothing more and nothing less,” the Borgata’s documents state. “Ivey already has Borgata’s $10 million and he is clearly not in danger of going out of business.

“Defendants did not and cannot demonstrate irreparable harm as a matter of law. They are not entitled to a stay pending appeal.”

Ivey’s Attorneys Argue that Paying the Borgata would Cripple Him

ivey-borgata-lawsuitLawyers for Ivey have countered with the argument that he can’t pay the full $10.1 million, because it would devastate his livelihood. Their court documents explain that Ivey relies on a large bankroll to make money from poker. And paying such a significant chunk of money would have a “devastating impact” on his job.

These attorneys have been asking for an extension on payment ever since the case ended in 2016. They cite how the Borgata makes over $800 million in annual revenue and doesn’t need the $10.1 million right away.

Brief History of Ivey vs. Borgata

Ivey originally won $9.6 million from the Borgata with the help of an accomplice named Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun. They used a technique called edge sorting, where one identifies flaws on card backs to guess the values.

The Borgata originally paid Ivey. But they later sued to recoup the money after citing that Ivey and Sun “cheated.” A New Jersey judge sided with the casino, noting that Ivey/Sun made odds requests like having the cards rotated 180 degrees (makes edge sorting easier) and that a (flawed) Gemaco purple deck be used for the entire game.

Tom Dwan Says Staredowns are a Problem with Poker Tournaments

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

tom-dwan-poker-staredownsTom Dwan doesn’t play a lot of poker tournaments these days. But when he does, he’d prefer that you didn’t stare him down every hand.

Dwan was recently at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series, where he spoke about what he perceives as the biggest problem with poker tournaments.

“The few tournaments I’ve played lately, even when I played Bellagio this summer…people have just taken the staring at you to a whole new level. Taking a long time on every hand.”

He added, “And I know I did some of that on High Stakes Poker. But I would do it when there were like 100 big blinds in the pot. And I was thinking about bluffing almost every time.”

Dwan Thinks Most Poker Tournaments aren’t Fun Anymore

The staredowns have gotten so bad to the point where Dwan no longer enjoys playing in poker tournaments.

“Now, I think people are taking it to an extreme, and it’s just kind of not that fun, not that sporting.”

Dwan also told PokerNews that he thinks the atmosphere of the tourney plays a big role into the lengthy staredowns.

“I think it kind of reflects in the makeup of the tournament,” he explained. “A lot of the people playing, you get less recreational players. And here [Triton High Roller Series], you get way more.”

Dwan Says Poker Needs to Remain a Game – Not a Sport

Dwan ended his interview by discussing his views on how poker should be treated like a fun game. This goes against a movement over previous years to “sportify” poker.

“Poker to me was always more of a game than a sport,” he said. “You know, this idea of trying to sportify it.

“Sports are when people run for miles or play football or something. And I thought it [poker] should be a more friendly atmosphere, and I think Triton’s doing that.”

You can check out everything Dwan had to say about the state of poker tournaments below.

Chris Moorman Now Has $15m in Online Poker MTT Winnings

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

chris-moorman-15-million-online-pokerChris Moorman has been the all-time leader in online poker tournament winnings for a long time. But he recently outdid even himself by becoming the first player to pass $15 million in online MTT earnings.

The Brit, who currently lives in Las Vegas now, reached this milestone after winning the $25,000 Weekly Sunday event for a $16,929 cash.

Following his victory, Moorman tweeted: “Just won the @WSOPcom $500 6 max to eclipse $15 million in online cashes. Nice way to close out the summer grind @888poker #grindonthemind #6maxlax #888poker.”

From Recreational Player to World Champion

Moorman has won more online poker Triple Crowns than anybody else at 26. And he easily has the most MTT winnings out of any player. All of this is quite impressive when considering where he started.

The 33-year-old recently explained how he didn’t know anything about poker in the beginning. But he continued working on his game and improving to the point where he became a professional.

“I met a couple of players who coached me and gave me tips,” he told Essex Live. “I also read and researched a lot on the game so I could get better.”

Great News for Moorman’s Sponsor

Moorman recently signed a deal with 888poker to serve as one of their ambassadors. And it’s hard finding anybody better to represent your online poker brand than Moorman.

He’s continued his winning ways and has proven himself more accomplished than any other internet tournament player. That said, it’ll be interesting to see what he does from here on out.

Moorman recently took part in the 2018 WSOP and cashed in nine different events. He didn’t have any near wins, but he boosted his live winnings over $5.6 million. The live arena is another place where he continues adding to his tournament earnings total.

Justin Bonomo Becomes Poker’s Biggest Winner with WSOP One Drop Victory

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Justin Bonomo has won the $1 million WSOP Big One for One Drop tournament and a $10 million payout. He defeated fellow poker legend Fedor Holz to claim victory.

But winning the One Drop wasn’t the only honor that Bonomo took down. He has also become the biggest poker winner of all time, now boasting $42,979,591 in live tournament winnings.

Daniel Negreanu has held this honor since 2014. But “Kid Poker” now falls over $3.3 million behind Bonomo after the recent turn of events.

Hard Work Pays Off for Bonomo

Bonomo is ecstatic after winning the 2018 WSOP Big One for One Drop. And he noted that much of the credit belongs to the fact that he’s worked very hard throughout the summer.

“This year has been absolutely incredible. It’s more money than I’ve ever played for in my life,” said Bonomo.

“I buckled down during all my breaks. I studied. Took the day off the day before and studied all day. I took this as seriously as I possibly could and tried to stay as focused as possible. It paid off.”

2018 Has Been a Magical Year for Bonomo

justin-bonomo-super-high-roller-china-victoryAside from the 2018 One Drop win, Justin Bonomo is enjoying an amazing year. He’s also won the Super High Roller Bowl China ($4.82 million) and Super High Roller Bowl Las Vegas ($5 million).

Taking these wins and all other big finishes into account, Bonomo has earned $24,945,435 on the year. This is the most money that anybody has won in a single year of tournament poker.

What’s impressive is that Bonomo still has several months left in the year to continue adding to his total.

2018 WSOP Big One for One Drop Final Table Results

1. Justin Bonomo – $10,000,000
2. Fedor Holz – $6,000,000
3. Dan Smith – $4,000,000
4. Rick Salomon – $2,840,000
5. Byron Kaverman – $2,000,000

Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet at 2018 WSOP

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

shaun-deeb-2018-wsop-two-braceletsShaun Deeb has become the first player to win multiple bracelets at the 2018 WSOP. His latest victory comes via the Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship.

Deeb earned his second bracelet of the summer along with a first-place payout worth $814,179.

“This year has just been ridiculous. To win two tough events, you know,” he said.

“I said it after the PLO and I’m going to say it again. It still isn’t going to sink in until I’m home, but this is exactly the summer I came out here to do.”

This win comes shortly after Deeb was able to take down the $25k PLO Eight-Max tournament.

Deeb’s Path to Victory in Event #74

355 players paid the $10,000 buy-in to compete in this tournament, creating a $3.34 million prize pool. In the end, Paul Volpe and Deeb ended up as the final two players competing for the bracelet.

Each player was trying to win their fourth-career WSOP tournament. And it was a see-saw battle most of the way, with both players grabbing the lead at different points.

But Deeb finally managed to take control of the action. The final hand saw Volple move all-in with Ks-7c and Deeb call with Kc-4c. Volpe got nothing from the board, while Deeb paired his 4 to claim victory.

Deeb Moves Atop Leaderboard in 2018 WSOP

The win in the Big Blind Antes tournament not only gives Deeb multiple bracelets for the 2018, but it also puts him atop the leaderboard.

“I’ve always focused on leaderboards. It’s always been a pride of my grinding ability,” Deeb explained.

“This was an intense year. I still might have to go to Rozvadov because John Hennigan still has chips in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. It’s like a boxing match.

“Every time I throw a jab, he counters back, and now he’s coming for first place in that horse. He’ll always be in striking distance.”

2018 WSOP Big Blind Antes $10k NL Hold’em Six-Handed Championship

1. Shaun Deeb – $814,179
2. Paul Volpe – $503,196
3. Romain Lewis – $325,842
4. Bin Duan – $216,370
5. Scott Margereson – $147,431
6. John Andress – $103,152

Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet at 2018 WSOP

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

jean-robert-bellande-first-bracelet-2018Jean-Robert Bellande has managed to become a successful poker pro whose career has spanned over 13 years.

But up until now, the one thing that has always alluded him is a WSOP gold bracelet.

Bellande can now cross this off his list, though, after winning a bracelet in the Event #58: $5,000 NL Hold’em Six-Handed tournament.

How Bellande Won Event #58

The $5k NLHE Six-Handed tournament drew 621 entrants and offered a $2.87 million prize pool.

Bellande had a good run from start to finish, grabbing the chip lead before the final table started. He furthered this lead by eliminating multiple players and setting a heads-up match with Scotland’s Dean Lyall.

JRB held a 2-to-1 chip lead, but would eventually lose his cushion. Lyall even managed to grab a 3-to-1 lead himself at one point.

But Bellande charged back by winning eight straight pots. The final hand saw Lyall shove with A-3, only to be called by JRB’s pocket 3’s. The board gave Bellande an extra three and the victory.

“I had a blast. I had so much fun during this tournament, not just winning but mixing it up,” said JRB.

“Six-handed is cool because you’re always in action. The guys were all fun. We just had a good time. Every day we just had a blast.”

Bellande Surprised to Win in NLHE Six-Handed

JRB admitted after his victory that six-handed hold’em isn’t his strongest game. Nevertheless, he’ll take the victory and finally being able to end his WSOP curse.

“Winning a bracelet in no-limit hold’em is an extra big surprise to me because it’s not my best game,” said Bellande.

“I’ve worked a lot on my game but I know I’m way behind the top-level players in that game. I would never ever dream my first bracelet would be in no-limit hold’em, but it makes it extra exciting for me.”

2018 WSOP $5,000 Six-Handed NLHE Final Table

1. Jean-Robert Bellande – $616,302
2. Dean Lyall – $380,595
3. Andrew Graham – $254,684
4. Tay Nguyen – $173,598
5. Eric Blair – $120,669
6. Kacper Pyzara – $85,570

Tommy Nguyen Wins WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack and $1,037,451

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

tommy-nguyen-2018-wsopThe 2018 WSOP $1,500 MONSTER STACK was once again a big success. The tournament drew 6,260 entrants, which created a giant prize pool worth $8,451,000. Tommy Nguyen successfully navigated through this field to win the first-place prize of $1,037,451.

The Canadian had only $195,851 in live tournament winnings before the WSOP began this summer. That said, he couldn’t believe his good fortune in the 2018 WSOP MONSTER STACK.

“I don’t know. I’m just taking it all in right now,” said the 28-year-old. “I dreamed of this and I believed I could make it. I came for a bracelet and I got it.

“I just final tabled the millions event not too long ago in Montreal. It gave me a chance to come here. I took my shots. I felt really good. I played really good.”

Nguyen Beats James Carroll to Secure Win

Nguyen certainly didn’t have an easy final opponent, facing online poker pro James Carroll heads-up. But he did have a 5-to-4 chip advantage to start with and a good run of cards.

The Toronto native quickly stretched his lead to a 6-to-1 chip edge. Nguyen shoved with A-K, to which Carroll called with K-2. The board was dealt J-8-4-J-Q, giving Nguyen the victory.

The WSOP bracelet comes at a good time for the former student, who sacrificed his studies for poker.

“I was actually supposed to graduate this year but I dropped a course in accounting to take poker more seriously,” said Nguyen.

“I knew I wasn’t a winning player but I was stubborn. Just in the last two years, I started winning more. I tried to fix my game and started learning more.”

2018 WSOP $1,500 MONSTER STACK Final Table Results

1. Tommy Nguyen – $1,037,451
2. James Carroll – $640,916
3. Frank Rusnak – $475,212
4. Chris Chong – $354,903
5. Daniel Corbett – $266,987
6. Michael Benko – $202,327
7. Shyam Srinivasan – $154,463
8. Harald Sammer – $118,802
9. Rittie Chuaprasert – $92,061

Shaun Deeb Wins 2018 WSOP $25k PLO Max Eight – Earns $1.4 Million

Monday, June 25th, 2018

shaun-deeb-2018-wsop-25k-ploShaun Deeb has triumphed in the 2018 WSOP $25k Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max event. He defeated a 230-player field to win the $1,402,683 top prize. Deeb also collects his third-career gold bracelet.

Following the victory, the long-time poker pro commented that nobody forced him into any dangerous spots.

“No one really ever put me in a bad spot,” he said. “I was able to control the pot sizes the way I wanted to almost every hand. That really helps, to not get in an inflated pot with a marginal hand.

“Everyone played their best game, I just ran the best. I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle, hop in every event I can and just enjoy myself.”

Deeb, who’s been playing live tournaments since 2006, didn’t win his first WSOP bracelet until the 2015 $10k PLO Championship.

He was often featured in the ‘greatest poker player to never win a bracelet’ discussions back then. But Deeb’s most-recent victory now gives him three WSOP wins in the last four years.

Deeb Cruises through $25k PLO Eight Max Final Table

Deeb began the final table near the chip lead and never looked back. He personally eliminated Jason Koon (fifth) and James Calderaro (fourth), while Ben Yu ended tournament runs for Ryan Tosoc (sixth) and Scotty Nguyen (third).

Yu and Deeb both had two bracelets to begin the heads-up portion. The two were relatively close in chips, but Deeb has a lot of experience with mixed games. Therefore, he didn’t have too difficult of a time dispatching Yu in this matchup.

2018 WSOP $25k PLO Eight Max Final Table Results

1. Shaun Deeb – $1,402,683
2. Ben Yu – $866,924
3. Scotty Nguyen – $592,875
4. James Calderaro – $414,134
5. Jason Koon – $295,606
6. Ryan Tosoc – $215,718
7. David Benyamine – $161,020
8. Bogdan Capitan – $123,004

Michael Mizrachi Wins 2018 WSOP $50k Poker Players Championship – Third Career PPC Title

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

michael-mizrachi-2018-wsop-poker-playeres-championshipMichael Mizrachi has won the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship (PPC) for a third time in his career. The long-time poker pro took down the 2018 WSOP $50k PPC after topping an 87-player field.

He battled through these elite pros over a five-day span. In the end, he triumphed over John Hennigan in a heads-up duel to secure his third PPC victory and a $1,239,126 payout. The prize pushes his career winnings up to $16,941,284.

Mizrachi reflected on the magnitude of his accomplishment after completing the hat track.

“When I won the first one, it was amazing,” he said. “The second one, it was great. I mean, the third one is so unheard of.

“This is quite an accomplishment and this is definitely my event. I’m already looking forward to next year.”

Mizrachi Built Momentum Throughout 2018 WSOP $50k PPC

Mizrachi didn’t have a hot start to the 2018 Poker Player’s Championship. But he was rolling by the end of Day 2 after grabbing the chip lead. He held this lead throughout most of the remaining days.

Mizrachi entered the six-player final table with 8.87 million chips, which was about 40% of the chips in place. Dan Smith was a distant second with 4.49 million.

John Hennigan made some serious final tables moves by going from fourth in chips (2.4 million) to the chip leader. He held a 4:3 chip advantage over Mizrachi when heads-up play began. But the latter had everything go his way during the heads-up portion.

“I never had big swings this whole tournament,” Mizrachi explained. “All the cards went my way. I hit a bunch of hands. Everything went my way. I just won every pot.”

2018 WSOP $50k Poker Players Championship Final Table Results

1. Michael Mizrachi – $1,239,126
2. John Hennigan – $765,837
3. Dan Smith – $521,782
4. Mike Leah – $364,197
5. Benny Glaser – $260,578
6. Aaron Katz – $191,234