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Phil Galfond wins 2015 WSOP 2-7 Draw Lowball

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

phil-galfond-2015-wsop-draw-lowballIt’s been eight years, but Phil Galfond finally got his second gold bracelet, winning the 2015 WSOP $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. Galfond beat an extremely talented 77-player field to win the $224,383 top payout.

“It means a lot — especially in a field this tough and at a table this tough,” said Galfond. “I have a ton of respect for all my opponents […] It’s been seven years since I won [a bracelet]. I’m very happy.”

The last time that Galfond won at the WSOP was in 2008, when he got a bracelet in the $5,000 Omaha event, collecting $817,781 in the process. That final table featured greats like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and John Juanda. So it should be no surprise that the final table he faced this time around was equally as tough.

Jorryt van Hoof, Bernard Lee, Eli Elezra, Erik Siedel and Dan Smith all made final table runs. And Galfond’s heads-up opponent was Nick Schulman, who was seeking his third-career win in this very event. However, Schulman came up short in second place, taking $138,665 for the runner-up finish.

“When we were shorthanded, everybody’s so good,” said Galfond, while reflecting on the difficult final table. “Normally in tournaments you tend to sort of shy away from spots because there are going to be better situations to get your money in […] When I was heads up with [Schulman], I’m going to take every spot that presents itself. There’s no huge edge later. Just try to play every hand as best you can.”

With this victory, Phil Galfond now has over $2.3 million in live tournament winnings to go along with the $8 million that he’s won in online poker cash games.

2015 WSOP $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Final Table Results
1. Phil Galfond – $224,383
2. Nick Schulman – $138,665
3. Dan Smith – $87,898
4. Erik Seidel – $59,532
5. Jon Turner – $42,298
6. Eli Elezra – $31,463
7. Adam Owen – $24,457
8. Bernard Lee – $19,824
9. Jorryt van Hoof – $17,067

Johnny Lodden discusses Bleak Norwegian Poker Situation

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Johnny Lodden has earned countless millions in live and online poker cash games. Plus he’s added another $1,250,499 in live tournaments. But with the current poker situation in Norway, even Lodden is having a hard time.

According to him, the biggest problems facing Norwegian poker are the mafia, ridiculously-high taxes, and live games being illegal. He recently addressed these problems in an interview with PokerListings.

Lodden addressed both the mafia and illegal live poker by saying, “We play online and we do also get to play live poker in illegal clubs. Nowadays it is really hard with the legislation and the mafia coming in and taking over some of the clubs in Norway.”

“Now we have started up a new club which is really nice, but of course we don’t have as many players as before. When they know the mafia might be involved and they have families they don’t want to play anymore and risk anything.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if the current situation will change any time soon. Norway’s favored political party (Hoyre) isn’t in favor of poker, which means they’re unlikely to change the illegal status of live games. Based on this, Lodden doesn’t think Norwegian poker players have much to look forward to at this point.

“We have everything against us. It is annoying to pay so much tax (half of winnings), but I do not mind paying my taxes since I live in a country where everyone pay taxes, that is how it is. However, I would like a tax system where you pay less tax on your winnings and where you can tell the authorities that you did not win anything this year so you cannot pay taxes.”

While things are tough for Norway’s poker players in general, at least Lodden has a deal with PokerStars to fall back on. And he’ll be representing the world’s largest online poker site this year at the 2013 WSOP. Lodden is hoping to win his first career WSOP gold bracelet.

Tatiana “Mysters_Y” Barausova becomes Newest PokerStars Pro

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Because she doesn’t play on the live circuit, Tatiana “Mysters_Y” Barausova isn’t exactly the world’s best known poker player. However, she figures to get a lot more attention after signing a deal with PokerStars Team Online. She’ll join other internet standouts such as Randy “nanonoko” Lew and Isaac “Ike Haxton” Haxton on this team.

Barausova has been excelling in online poker cash games over the past couple years. She’s made some excellent profits while playing NL Hold’em cash games ranging from the $3/$6 to $25/$50 limits. Based on her stats at HighStakesDB, Barausova has earned $45,770 in ring game profits. Keeping in mind that HSDB only tracks results at the $25/$50 stakes and above, it’s hard to tell how much more money the Russian has made during her career, but we’re sure it’s a lot more than $45.7k.

Barausova has accomplished the very difficult feat of being a PokerStars Supernova Elite VIP player two years in a row thanks to her frequent ring game play. Taking her VIP status into account, Barausova also makes a lot of money through the extra Supernova rewards and benefits.

One more thing worth mentioning about the Russian’s play is that she has experienced some pretty big tournament results as well. She’s final tabled both a $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up and $225,000 Sunday Rebuy to earn $35,787 from these cashes alone. We might see some other large tourney cashes from Barausova in the future since she’s talked about dedicating more time to tournaments.

Besides her talent on the felt, Barausova’s obvious beauty can’t be denied either. And since poker is such a male-dominated game, good-looking women are few and far in between. Taking all of this into account, we fully expect Tatiana to become a much bigger star in the poker world.