Posts Tagged ‘WSOP Europe’

Mike Sexton vs. WSOP

Friday, March 6th, 2015

mike-sexton-vs-wsopMike Sexton recently channeled his inner-Daniel Negreanu by writing a blog post that questions the World Series of Poker. More specifically, Sexton has a problem with the November Nine four-month break (all these years later), WSOP Europe and Australia being included in the Player of the Year race, and the growing number of bracelet events being included.

So what qualifies Sexton to be the judge and jury here? Well, as he explains in the post, he’s been going to the WSOP since 1984 and has seen the event evolve over the years. And while Mike still loves the WSOP, he doesn’t feel that some measures are putting players first. Case in point, why should the November Nine have to wait four months just to finish the final table? Or what’s the deal with making players travel to Europe or Australia just to compete in the POY race?

Apparently WSOP Director Ty Stewart is a Mike Sexton fan and saw the blog post. Stewart was also willing to offer his own rebuttal in the comments section, while defending the various points that Sexton attempted to pick apart. The “comment” from Stewart could be turned into a poker book, so we’ll just highlight one interesting excerpt:

In closing, I’d just like to say that we believe we have right to operate a fair business with the WSOP event and brand, we are almost always guided by simple endeavour to do the right things for the right reasons. We want to be a source of pride and unifying platform for you and everyone who loves poker. we want it bigger and better yes.

But we are not Dr. Evil plotting to exploit a community (which is too smart for that anyway) on an annual basis. Yes, with miles of truss & lighting/mountains of chips/thousands of staff/hundreds of security cameras we have the highest costs in the industry. But we also don’t have a myopic view of the world. And I can assure you any variance in fees collected from 65 or 68 bracelet events is not going to be highlighted topic in the Caesars Interactive balance sheets. Apologize for the long-winded reply, but your post really struck an emotional chord.

Can Anybody catch George Danzer in 2014 WSOP POY Race?

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

George Danzer wasn’t exactly a nobody before the 2014 World Series of Poker began. In fact, the German had made six WSOP final tables entering the summer. But he also wasn’t on the same fame level as a Daniel Negreanu or even Jeff Lisandro. Perhaps all of that will change, though, since Danzer has picked up two gold bracelets at the 2014 WSOP.

His first came via the Event #18 $10k Razz Championship ($294,792), and his second, more-recent bracelet comes courtesy of the $10k Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship ($353,696). Oh, and we might as well add that the German has also final tabled a $10k 2-7 Limit Triple Draw event ($70,308) and a $10k Six-Handed NLHE tournament ($49,061).

With five cashes overall – and four of them being very high quality – Danzer has jumped to the forefront of the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race. Here’s a look at the top five point-earners with just over 20 events left:

1. George Danzer – 726.20 points
2. Brandon Shack-Harris – 474.00
3. Justin Bonomo – 413.63
4. Brock Parker – 406.25
5. Richard Ashby – 400.05

As you can see, there’s some clear separation between Danzer and those chasing him. So our question is, can anybody catch the German poker pro at this point? Looking back at the 2012 and ’13 POY races, the simple answer is yes.

Last year, Negreanu was the POY after earning 890.22 points, which is plenty more than Danzer has right now. In the 2012 POY race, Greg Merson racked up 981.13 points on the strength of his Main Event title and another bracelet win. So Danzer is probably going to have to rack up 2-3 more cashes or one more big finish if he wants to secure the POY.

But another thing to account for here is that only the WSOP APAC will run after the Las Vegas series – not the APAC and WSOP Europe. Furthermore, I wouldn’t count on another player like Merson winning the ME and another bracelet in the same year. It’s a pretty rare occurrence and we’re not dealing with 1992 field sizes any more.

In summary, you can expect Danzer to get a little more competition in his quest to win the POY if he goes on a cold streak.

“Rounders 2” Back with Paris Stop and De Niro

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The poker world has waited forever, and finally, Rounders 2 is a reality! Miramax and the Weinstein company came to an agreement that’ll see some hit classics made into sequels, including Shakespeare in Love and Rounders.

What’s exciting about Rounders 2 is the changes that’ll be made to the upcoming film. As Harvey Weinstein told Deadline Hollywood, the movie is set to take on a more international feel “where you start the card game in Paris.” He also added that they need a new supervillain to replace John Malkovich.

The rumored villain is Robert De Niro, who already has an outstanding role from the gambling world to his credit. De Niro played Sam “Ace” Rothstein in the 1995 hit Casino, which inspired millions of people to visit the casino. So it’s only natural that De Niro would be linked to a film that’s inspired millions of people to play poker over the years.

As for the new Paris location, this is certainly a good move because more and more Europeans take up the game every day. We can thank the Hendon Mob and WSOP Europe in large part for this. And who knows…maybe the Rounders sequel will encourage a European poker boom.

In regard to where else this movie is going, Weinstein explained the path by saying, “There might be a certain beautiful Parisian actress involved in it, and then we’re off to the racetrack and Vegas with Matty and Edward Norton, and a new supervillain to replace John Malkovich.”

With Norton coming back to play “Worm,” it’s almost a given that Matt Damon (a.k.a. Mike McDermott) is going to have to bail him out. If De Niro is indeed involved in the project, we can reasonably assume that Worm will be in trouble with him. Whatever the case may be, this is exciting news and I can’t wait to see the film play out on the big screen.