Posts Tagged ‘live poker tournament’

Daniel Negreanu pissed that Rafael Nadal won

Friday, December 20th, 2013

A little over a week ago, Rafael Nadal won his first live poker tournament at the EPT Prague celebrity event. Not only did Nadal generate €50,000 for charity with this victory, but he also gained a little respect from the poker community…that is, unless you’re talking about Daniel Negreanu.

According to TMZ, Negreanu merely thinks that the tennis star got lucky whenever they tangled horns on the felt. “He got two lucky hands,” Negreanu said, “that’s the only reason why he beat me.”

The two hands that Negreanu is referring to saw Nadal double up through the 6-time WSOP champion and add to his stack. On one occasion, Rafa was all-in with Q-3 against Daniel’s A-9, and still took this hand down. The other hand was more of a coinflip since Negreanu’s pocket 3’s were cracked by Nadal’s Q-9 combo.

When you look at these two hands, it really only appears that Rafa got lucky in one case. Nevertheless, ‘KidPoker’ is ready for a rematch and is pretty confident that he’d pull out the win. “I’m down and ready to go for a rematch! I’d win this time. Obviously. I’m suppose to win every time.”

We have to agree with Negreanu’s assessment on how another poker game between he and Nadal would go. After all, the Canadian has been playing in poker tournaments since 1997, and he’s earned $19,549,209 throughout his illustrious career. With his massive total in winnings, Negreanu ranks third all-time behind Antonio Esfandiari and Sam Trickett.

Nadal may not bring this same pedigree, but he has been working to improve his poker game. The 13-time Grand Slam tennis champion started playing online poker in July of 2012, and has continually worked to iron out leaks. But even with his recent dedication to poker, it’s unlikely that Nadal could keep out-performing Negreanu.

Tom Middleton wins EPT Barcelona and €942k

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

After leading the 2013 EPT Barcelona Main Event since Day 3, Tom Middleton capped off his strong run by winning this tourney along with €942,000.

EPT Barcelona, which began with 1,243 runners, featured a large number of prominent pros. But despite this fact, the 8-player final table was largely full of unknowns looking for their first truly big score. Middleton and his heads-up opponent, Kimmo Kurko, were the only players with any sizable poker accomplishments before this event.

Kurko, who had over $1 million in winnings prior to this tourney, worked out a deal with Middleton before they started playing heads-up. With both players about even in chips, they agreed that the winner would take home €942,000 (instead of €1,067,000), and second place would receive €750,000 (rather than €625,000). The idea here was to reduce variance and make sure that the payouts were more equal.

Once a deal was established, the players battled back and forth for quite some time; however, Middleton started pulling out to a big lead. On the final hand, Kurko shoved his chips in preflop with A-4(o) on a 4-bet, and Middleton called and flipped over pocket 5’s. The board failed to help either player, which was to Middleton’s benefit as he won his first EPT title.

Thanks to the massive payout he just received, the Brit now has $2,222,102 in live poker tournament winnings. Besides winning EPT Barcelona, Middleton won the 2012 Fallsview Poker Classic ($304,980) and a 2012 Aussie Millions side event ($86,702). He also took third in a 2011 WSOP $2,500 NLHE tourney ($305,015).

2013 EPT Barcelona Main Event Final Table Results

1st. Tom Middleton (UK) – €942,000
2nd. Kimmo Kurko (Finland) – €750,000
3rd. Kresten Nielsen (Denmark) – €440,500
4th. Luca Fiorini (Italy) – €328,000
5th. Pasi Sormunen (Finland) – €253,000
6th. Benoit Gury (France) – €188,000
7th. Eduard Bhaggoe (Netherlands) – €143,000
8th. Andreas Christoforou (Cyprus) – €102,430

Daniel Negreanu picks well on Millionaire Matchmaker

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

A few weeks ago, we discussed how Daniel Negreanu was set to appear on the popular Bravo reality show “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” Well that day finally came as KidPoker sought out the advice of show host Patti Stangler in hopes of finding true love.

In the video introduction that he sent to Patti, Negreanu let her know that he’d dated a woman for four years, only to find out that “she’d been getting around” with other men. Because he was still hurt from this relationship, Stangler nicknamed him “Wounded Wally.”

Next up was an interesting trip to an astrologist, where the four-time WSOP champ learned that he wasn’t supposed to find his soulmate until at least 40 years old. The cosmic alignments must have been right in this case because Negreanu is 38 and still looking for that special lady.

After visiting the astrologist, Daniel went to a mixer that was set up by Stangler. The goal here was for Negreanu to meet a number of gorgeous women and find the one with an “Anna Farris” type of personality. He was eventually able to find one girl that met this ideal, and he took her on a date to Las Vegas.

The two seemed to hit it off right away as they checked out the set of a Vegas show and played blackjack. The latter actually led to the couple’s first kiss, and they only become more enamored with each other from here. Negreanu and his new blonde lover ended up spending a sexless night (at Patti’s request)  together at his Vegas house – thus sealing their perfect match. If you’re interested in seeing a few scenes from the episode, you can check out the video below:

Theo Jorgensen is Latest Robbery in Poker Community

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

One topic that we’ve discussed a few times in the past is how more and more poker players seem to be getting robbed these days. And the trend culminated last year with the grisly beating/robbery of 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel.

Unfortunately, we witnessed another robbery that was just as grisly as Duhamel’s over the weekend. This time the victim was well-liked Danish grinder Theo Jorgensen, who had three masked criminals break into his Greve, Denmark home. They demanded money and the Dane forked over what amounted to $6,215 USD. However, the robbers were unhappy with this amount and one of them shot Jorgensen in the leg three times.

His wife, who’d witnessed the entire scene, called police immediately after the robbers took off. They arrived too late to catch the criminals, but Jorgensen was quickly driven to the hospital. He’s now recovering from the leg wounds and released the following Facebook message about the ordeal:

I know that the outsiders may have a mistaken idea of how much cash I have in my home. I have alarm systems installed, always so get cash lying as possible and generally taken my precautions. It has unfortunately proved not to be enough. I have it under (control) well, and right now I want to focus on taking care of my family, so we can get through this.

This is yet another unfortunate and scary robbery incident in the poker world. And we’d like to think that this would be the last poker robbery for a while. However, with the fame and perceived wealth that players like Jorgensen have, other grinders will likely be targeted in the future too.

Speaking of Jorgensen’s wealth, he’s collected $3,239,763 in live poker tournament cashes and has earned both WSOP and WPT titles. The Dane has also made millions of dollars playing both live and online cash games as well.

Sam Trickett signs with International Stadiums Poker Tour

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has been given the green light to run it’s much-discussed event at Wembley Stadium in London. The poker tournament will be held from May 31st to June 6th, 2013, the prize pool could reach an impressive €20 million, and 30,000 players are expected.

As for the latter, Sam Trickett will be doing his best to help reach this 30k figure since he’s signed on with ISPT. He’ll join Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as an official ambassador for this organization. The Brit spoke about his signing by saying, “As a poker player, I have to be associated with such an enormous event. Being part of this tournament means being part of the history of poker.”

At only 26 years old, Sam Trickett is already one of the world’s most successful grinders, having earned the 2011 British Poker Award for UK’s Best Cash Player. Trickett is also a prolific tournament player who is ranked fourth all-tine in live winnings with $16,471,099. A large chunk of this amount recently came in the WSOP $1 million Big One for One Drop, where he collected $10,112,001 after finishing runner-up.

Trickett is now preparing to promote and play in the €600 buy-in ISPT Wembley Stadium online qualifiers; these satellites include a single rebuy and double add-on. It’s also worth mentioning that 1,000 players will be allowed to skip the initial online days and go straight to Day 3 (live) for €6,000.

ISPT Wembley is the brainchild of Groupe Bernard Tapie, and this event looks to destroy Europe’s old attendance record for a poker tournament (1,765). Even if just a fraction of the 30,000 players show up, the tourney should easily beat the record.

Matt Marafioti accused of Poker Cheating Conspiracy

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

With over $2 million in live poker tournament winnings and an impressive online poker resume, Matt Marafioti is widely considered one of the better pro players out there. However, the Canadian’s name has been dragged through the mud over the past couple of days after an alleged Skype conversation between him and another player was leaked on the TwoPlusTwo forums.

The 2p2 thread begins with a posted Skype conversation (sent to poster via email) between Marafioti and a Swedish online poker player named Samar Rahman. This already leads people to jump to conclusions because Rahman has been accused of cheating players such as Patrik Antonius in the past through elaborately-placed computer viruses. But things get worse when the conversation alludes to hacking into other players’ accounts so Marafioti and Rahman can see opponents’ hole cards.

Seeing as how it’s possible to manipulate a Skype conversation before posting it to the internet, it’s tough to verify 100% accuracy in this matter. However, most people in the TwoPlusTwo thread feel Marafioti and Rahman’s conversation about cheating other players follows a realistic flow for an IM conversation.

Perhaps more damning are the character issues here because both Marafioti and Rahman are pretty questionable people. Marafioti has gained quite a bit of attention for his melodramatic twitter posts and incessant cursing while Rahman is rumored to be a skilled computer hacker – as mentioned before.

Of course, none of this is evidence that these two online poker pros definitely conspired to cheat people. However, it is worth mentioning that the TwoPlusTwo thread has been kept up, which means they either feel there is some validity behind the accusations or – at the very least – they believe the topic is worthy of discussion.

Amanda Musumeci, Claudia Crawford 2011 WSOP Main Event Darlings

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Every year, there are a couple of women who battle for the title of “Last Woman Standing” in the WSOP Main Event. And this year, Amanda Musumeci and Claudia Crawford are both making strong runs at being the last woman standing in the 2011 WSOP Main Event. After five days of play with 174 players left, Crawford is in the best position at 46th with over 2.1 million chips, while Musumeci is 87th with 985,000 chips.

Obviously Crawford has the strongest chance to be the last woman standing; however, anything can happen in the Main Event, which means Musumeci could also make a move.

Regardless of what happens, both women are already winners since they’ve gained lots of publicity by making it this far. For Crawford, who only had nine small cashes in her career, making it into the final 200 players of the Main Event means that she’s finally a recognized face. And seeing as how she’s attractive, this Main Event run could lead to a big sponsorship deal for Crawford.

For Musumeci, her strong Main Event play has finally earned her a live poker tournament cash. Before this year’s Main Event, she was primarily known for online poker tournaments, which doesn’t usually land people sponsorship deals. This being said, there was outcry when Bodog Poker signed Musumeci to a big deal since men with similar stats (over $700k in online winnings) probably wouldn’t get the same opportunity.

On the other hand, Bodog has always exemplified the playboy image of owner Calvin Ayre, and they often bring plenty of women to commercial events such as Poker in the Park. In any case, this Main Event cash further legitimizes Musumeci’s career.