Florencio Campomanes clinches the APPT Manila 2019 Main…

admin | August 4, 2019 | 0

After four days of heated competition that included a final day that ran for 13 hours at Okada Manila, semi-retired Filipino player Florencio Campomanes railroaded the latter half of the final table to become the newest APPT Main Event champion. He pocketed his largest live tournament career score of ₱ 11,092,500 (US$ 214,900) and one of the most prestigious titles in Asia.

Florencio Campomanes

This major victory was long overdue for Campomanes who has been using the #thebestisyettocome in his facebook posts for some time. And arrive it sure did. read more

Aaron Zang wins £1M Triton London event, Bryn…

admin | August 4, 2019 | 0

Seven years ago, the idea of a poker tournament with a seven-figure buy in was something new. The $1,000,000 buy in 2012 Big One for One Drop ushered in a new era of high stakes tournament poker and the world watched on, gripped by the excitement of such a staggering amount of money on the line. Not since that day has a tournament created such a buzz – until now.

As the number of entries ticked ever higher for the £1,000,000 Triton London tournament, it soon became we were about to see the biggest 1st place payout in a poker event. read more

Six little known stories from the life of…

admin | August 4, 2019 | 0

Poker may have existed long before Doyle Brunson was around, but in terms of competitive poker for big money and the WSOP, Brunson was one of the founding fathers of the game. An all-rounder of exceptional ability he amassed ten WSOP bracelets in his career, including back to back Main Event titles in 1976 and 1977. Having now lived the lion’s share of such a long and eventful life, Doyle Brunson’s time has been marked by many interesting stories.

Here is our collection of lesser-known gems from the life of poker’s greatest legend. read more

WSOP Main Event takes off; Day 1A field…

admin | July 4, 2019 | 0

The biggest WSOP event of all has finally arrived – event 73. The $10,000 NLH Main Event is underway, with the first of three starting day flights having played out last night. With the smoke having cleared after the opening salvos, we have all the latest on risers and fallers to bring you.

Typically, the first starting flight is the smallest, meaning that we cannot get an accurate read on total entries yet, but numbers are significantly up on day 1A in 2018, which is surely a good sign. read more

WSOP 2019: Campbell doubles, Baker binks and Schulman…

admin | July 4, 2019 | 0

Yesterday’s action has brought the best and worst of doubles to the fore, with one player taking his second runner-up spot of the series while another claims his second bracelet this summer. In addition, former bracelet winners have been getting busy, with two of them adding to their career collection in the last 24 hours. Here is the latest from the WSOP.

Event 67: Robert Campbell wins second bracelet of the series as Yueqi Zhu takes runner-up again

Robert Campbell – Photo WSOP

Not too many players get heads-up for a bracelet twice in one series, but in the $10,000 Stud hi/lo Championship events, both of the final two opponents found themselves in that exact situation. The event attracted 151 entries this year, with the prize pool growing to $1,419,400. As you might expect, there were countless big names scattered through the field. As the final table was set, Mike Matusow was perhaps, the most familiar name, but those paying attention to this series so far will have recognised Yueqi Zhu and Robert Campbell too. Both players had already been heads-up for a bracelet this summer, with Australian Campbell having claimed one title already. For Zhu, only a 2nd place had come his way this summer, in an event which he had won last year. With Matusow falling in 4th, Zhu and Campbell soon got the action down to heads-up, giving both players a second golden chance at a coveted golden prize. read more

Big Cash Games action in Las Vegas during…

admin | July 4, 2019 | 0

Reports suggest the current blinds in Bobby’s Room are $4K/8K and $250K pots are changing hands. Who said summertime in Vegas was all about the WSOP? This cash game action does of course spring up partly due to the WSOP bringing players together, but many players head to Vegas at this time of year purely for the cash games.

Big action in Bobby’s Room with Gus Hansen involved

Just like last year, Gus Hansen is treating the poker world to regular Instagram updates of his cash game exploits. His posts have provided details of the huge blinds and six-figure pots changing hands, along with letting the poker world know that he is currently winning in the games. read more

Ken Chan wins WPT New Zealand Main Event;…

admin | June 4, 2019 | 0

The World Poker Tour New Zealand 2019 festival at SkyCity Auckland casino ran from 23rd May to 3rd June, and came to a conclusion with finding a Main Event champion.

Ken Chan takes down the Main Event

Ken Chan – Photo WPT

The NZ$2,000 buy-in Main Event had 333 entries, and Ken Chan came into the third and final day as the chip leader. The final table lasted 8 hours and it all came down to Chan’s beating Sarah Saifi’s by rivering a straight on a board. read more

WSOP 2019 in full swing: Record smashed, Negreanu…

admin | June 4, 2019 | 0

Big 50 becomes record-breaking 50

The WSOP is no stranger to large tournament fields, with the Main Event regularly attracting well over 7,000 players and events like the Colossus consistently trebling that figure. Despite the name, the event commands a buy in of $500. The name Big 50 is in honour of the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker this year.

Big 50 field – Photo WSOP.com

The Big 50 has certainly lived up to its name in terms of field size, with each of the four starting day flights adding thousands of players to the field. By the end of day 1c the field had already swelled to over 19,000 with the casino struggling to find enough rooms to cram the players into. By the end of day 1d the overall figure had breached the 26,000 mark. This smashed the previous record set by the Colossus event which attracted 22,374 runners back in 2015. read more

WSOP 2019 in full swing: Record smashed, Negreanu…

admin | June 4, 2019 | 0

Big 50 becomes record-breaking 50

The WSOP is no stranger to large tournament fields, with the Main Event regularly attracting well over 7,000 players and events like the Colossus consistently trebling that figure. Despite the name, the event commands a buy in of $500. The name Big 50 is in honour of the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker this year.

Big 50 field – Photo WSOP.com

The Big 50 has certainly lived up to its name in terms of field size, with each of the four starting day flights adding thousands of players to the field. By the end of day 1c the field had already swelled to over 19,000 with the casino struggling to find enough rooms to cram the players into. By the end of day 1d the overall figure had breached the 26,000 mark. This smashed the previous record set by the Colossus event which attracted 22,374 runners back in 2015. read more

Manila Megastack: Lisa Tan Meiling becomes first woman…

admin | June 4, 2019 | 0

Over the past ten days, running from May 24 to June 2, PokerStars LIVE Manila held the 12th edition of their highly popular Manila Megastack series at Okada Manila. 26 events were up for grabs. Numerous well known players lifted trophies with some even bringing home two for the shelf.

Stealing the ultimate spotlight was Singapore’s Lisa Tan Meiling for her victory at the Main Event. Not only did Meiling capture her first-ever live tournament title, she also became the first woman to ever win the Manila Megastack Main Event. We have the results below along with winners of other events. read more

Metro Card Club Summer Event P3 Million Guaranteed…

admin | April 4, 2019 | 0

If you are in Asia, most especially in the Philippines, the place to be for the next 11 days is the Metro Card Club. Most commonly known by the locals as the Metro, the standalone card room is the largest and most popular poker room in the country with over 30 tables. Due to their highly affordable events, the room has continuously attracted both locals and foreigners. Numerous Filipino pros got their start here and they continue to frequent the place. The chances of seeing local superstars Marc Rivera, Lester Edoc, and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama are quite high.

Starting tomorrow, the house will ignite with the start of the annual Metro Summer Event. The festival runs from April 5 to 15. A wide variety of games is lined up including the top attraction, the P3,000,000 (~US$57,600) guaranteed Main Event. read more

J88Poker Tour closes with high marks and Eemil…

admin | April 4, 2019 | 0

J88Poker Tour wrapped up another successful festival at the CTP Club – Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association. The first edition in December 2018 – which so happened to be their first-ever live venture – saw a packed house everyday that this second edition was staged just a short three months after.

J88Poker Tour 2019

The festival ran for six days from March 29 to April 3. Players from all over Asia attended representing nations and regions: Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and of course Taiwan. The Main Event not only smashed the advertised guarantee but it also doubled up to NT$10,170,000 (US$330,000). Winning it was Taiwan’s own Chi Hang for NT$2,152,000 (US$69,000). Hang also claimed the highly coveted WSOP 2019 Main Event ticket and the J88PT championship bracelet. read more

J88Poker Tour: Catching up with the side events

admin | April 4, 2019 | 0

With the J88Poker Tour 2019 – Main Event – down to the Final 9 players, it’s time to give the side events a bit of attention. Four events have concluded after opening day. We’ve got those results for you below.

Deep Stack Turbo: CHIH YING LIANG

Chih Ying Liang

The Deep Stack Turbo drew 147 runners for a prize pool of NT$ 769,986 (~US$25,000). 20 players earned a piece of the pot with Chih Ying Liang claiming the biggest for his victory. Liang pocketed NT$184,896 (~US$6,000). read more

Second High Roller victory for Justin Bonomo in…

admin | March 4, 2019 | 0

Justin Bonomo made history in 2018 with his incredible tournament run and a staggering $25 million in earnings over the year. Within just six months he had topped the All-Time Money List on The Hendon Mob.

His victory in the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop for $10 million aided him to surpass Daniel Negreanu in the All-Time Money Rankings and also took the crown from the “Young Prince” – as Joey Ingram likes to call him – Fedor Holz in what had been the best tournament run in poker history. read more

Criminal charges against Paul Phua dropped

admin | March 4, 2019 | 0

Two weeks ago Paul Phua went to trial in Macau and has now been “found innocent of all charges in a criminal case file against him years ago in Macau.” The news was distributed this week via a press release.

Paul Phua

Just as it was the case in the U.S. trial, things basically fell apart and charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. In the U.S. it was, because evidence had been obtained illegally and was so dismissed, in Macau “experts testified that his phone and computer records conclusively showed that he had not participated in taking any bets and had not cooperated with any betting ring.” read more

Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event…

admin | February 4, 2019 | 0

Like we said, despite Bryn Kenney entering the final day at the bottom of the rung, he was undoubtedly the biggest threat at the Aussie Millions Main Event. He was the most decorated and experienced player with over US$25 Million in live earnings, and he displayed it. After a grueling three-handed battle running over four hours, a deal was struck with Michael Del Vecchio and Andrew Hinrichsen to end the game abruptly. Kenney was granted the victory and now adds Australia to his impressive list of accomplishments.

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Top 10 achievements by Asia-Pacific players in the…

admin | January 4, 2019 | 0

2018 has come to a close and what an incredible year it was for players from the Asia-Pacific region. While there are many to acknowledge, here’s our list of top 10 player achievements for the year:

Michael Soyza tops Asia GPI ranking

Michael Soyza – Photo PokerStars

Malaysian pro Michael Soyza turned up the notch this year accumulating over $2.65M in live tournament earnings and rising to top rank of the Asia GPI standings with 3,112,36 points. This also placed him 13th in the overall GPI ranking. read more

Spotlight on the Metro Card Club: The year…

admin | January 4, 2019 | 0

2018 shined brightly on many destinations in Asia and for this article, we put our spotlight on the Metro Card Club aka Metro – one of the pioneers of poker in the Philippines.

For those unfamiliar with this incredibly popular poker joint, it is the largest brick and mortar poker room in the country, and for many years, it was the largest in Asia. Many of today’s top Filipino pros started at the Metro including Mike Takayama, the first homegrown Filipino 2018 WSOP bracelet winner. read more

PokerStars Red Dragon returns: James Lee and Romain…

admin | December 4, 2018 | 0

After a period of uncertainty, PokerStars have brought back the prestigious Red Dragon series, with the latest edition being hosted in Jeju, Korea. Events are already under way and winners have been crowned, but there is plenty more poker yet to be played. The series kicked off with the Baby Dragon event and will continue through to the conclusion of the Main Event on December 9th.

James Won Lee wins Baby Dragon

James Won Lee – Photo PokerStars

The ₩1,200,000 million (US$1,081) Baby Dragon event got the series rolling, with 298 players buying in, generating a prize pool of ₩312,900,000 (US$281,745). 32 players went on to reach the money and there was a strong Chinese contingent still in the running as the final table was assembled. Regardless, an opening event Chinese victory was not to be. The two surviving Taiwanese players, Chi Ying Tsai and Wei Cheng Yin put in creditable performances, taking 4th and 3rd place respectively, leaving China’s Dong Chen and James Won Lee to duel for the top prize. No deal was made and the players went head to head for the title. Lee rode his luck during the confrontation, winning a flip before rivering a wheel with a small ace when up against the AT of Chen. Once he had grabbed the initiative he kept pressing and was able to grind his opponent down and win his second career PokerStars Live title. Lee picked up ₩74,310,000 (US$66,911) for his win. read more

APT Finale Philippines 2018: Mikiya Kudo wins the…

admin | December 4, 2018 | 0

The end of the year is a busy one for poker players in the region. One of the ongoing festivals attracting players is the Asian Poker Tour’s last event of the season taking place in the Philippines

The APT Finale 2018 is currently underway at Resorts World Manila. The festival runs from November 27 to December 6. Half of the games have already concluded including 3 of the 5 guaranteed events. The first featured tournament, the Main Event P10M guaranteed was won last night with Japan’s Mikiya Kudo defeating Korean pro Lim Yohwan at heads up. read more