Archive for June, 2014

Villa-Lobos, Kuwaiti: WSOP Brazil Would Be Bigger Than WSOPE, APAC

One thing they’re very sure of, though? Poker’s future in Brazil will be huge.

So huge in fact should the World Series of Poker decide to expand into South America a WSOP Brazil could outpace the successes of WSOP Europe or Australia.

“I think it can be huge,” Villa-Lobos told PokerListings yesterday at the Rio in Vegas. “I think I can see Brazil as the second-biggest market in the world.

“Not now but can be. We are 200 million people and the country is developing, getting money, getting more equal…”

“I strongly believe that you can have a WSOP there,” Kuwaiti adds. “For sure it would be bigger than WSOP Europe. And Australia also.”

100 Strong But Loud Enough to Be Heard in Rio

While we all wait breathlessly for the move to Brazil, if you’re looking for a taste of the country’s spirit you can try and get an invite to Andre Akkari’s house in Vegas for the Brazil quarterfinal game against Colombia.

The crowd may be smaller, but accoridng to Villa-Lobos and Kuwaiti the noise level is about the same. Watch the full interview with Villa-Lobos and Kuwaiti below; more videos from the 2014 WSOP here.


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Penn National Drops Bid For $480 Million Philly Casino

Penn National Gaming Inc. has withdrawn its offer to build a $ 480 million Hollywood casino in South Philadelphia, the company said on Friday. The Wyomissing, Pa., company’s president and chief …
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2014 WSOP: Brief Recaps of Event #46, #49, #50, #52 & #53

John Hennigan Wins Event #46: The Poker Players Championship The $ 50,000 Poker Players Championship, one of the most prestigious tournaments of the 2014 World series of Poker, concluded on Saturday after five long days of play. The last man standing at the end of it all was Johh Hennigan, a long-time pro from Philadelphia, who received his third gold bracelet along with $ 1,517,767 in prize money! This win marked Hennigan’s third straight cash in the Poker Players’ Championship, including a thir[...]

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Card Player Poker Tour: Choctaw Will Offer $1 Million in Guarantees

More than $ 1 million is up for grabs beginning July 17 at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma as part of the Card Player Poker Tour. The seventh stop of …
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2014 Big One for One Drop Attracts 42 Players, Trickett Leads

At least that’s what it felt like as Trickett amassed 13.4 million chips while busting Vanessa Selbst, David Einhorn and Igor Kurganov in the process. 

To put things in perspective the English pro essentially had built a final table stack mid-way through Day 1.

“I think I’m living in fantasy land,” said Trickett about his stack.

Numbers Drop from 2012 Big One

Phil Hellmuth
No Hellmuth this year.

As expected the Big One drew some of the biggest poker names in the world including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and defending champ Antonio Esfandiari as well as business elite Paul Newey, Brandon Steven and Bill Klein.

More surprising was the fact the 2014 Big One failed to hit the cap of 56 players. In fact the event fell six players short of hitting the 2012 mark of 48 players.

Still, it’s hard to argue with a tournament that will have a prize pool of $ 37 million and a first-place prize of $ 15.3 million. It appears Antonio Esfandiari will hold onto his title as the biggest winner ever, however.

Perhaps most importantly the event raised $ 4.6 million for the One Drop Foundation which helps people across the world gain access to clean drinking water.

Some of the newcomers to this year’s Big One for One Drop included Gabe Kaplan, Jean-Robert Bellande and Greg Merson.

Noted Macau High Rollers Richard Yong and Paul Phua failed to make an appearance and that might explain why poker pros such as Andrew Robl and Vivek Rajkumar failed to materialize.

Perhaps the most notable absence was Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth who finished fourth in this event last time around and won $ 2.6 million. 

Hellmuth attempted to raise funds last minute to play the massive event and even showed up in the Rio to play but ultimately fell about $ 130k short of the buy-in.

Einhorn Crashes Out Early

Igor Kurganov
A bad day for Germans.

Businessman David Einhorn was the first player to bust on Day 1 of the Big One when he had the misfortune of flopping a set against Sam Trickett who turned a straight.

Incredibly Einhorn didn’t even last more than an hour in the competition. It was unfortunate because Einhorn was planning on donating 100% of his earnings to charity. He said he will still play the Main Event, however.

Vanessa Selbst was the first woman to ever participate in the Big One for One Drop and with her amazing ROI in high rollers everyone was expecting big things. Unfortunately she was also eliminated by Trickett in the early stages of the tournament.

It was a bad day for Germans as Kurganov, Max Altergott, Andrew Heinecker and Philipp Gruissem were all eliminated as well. Rono Lo, Brian Rast, Dan Smith, Jason Mercier and Stanley Choi were also eliminated.

There were a total of 11 eliminations throughout the day and 33 players will return to action tomorrow.

Here are the top 10 chip counts courtesy of

Sam Trickett – 13.4 million Tom Hall – 9.1 million Phil Ivey – 7.6 million Daniel Colman – 6.8 million Antonio Esfandiari – 6.7 million Noah Schwartz – 6.2 million Rick Salomon – 5.8 million David Sands – 4.6 million Phil Galfond – 4.3 million Daniel Negreanu – 4.2 million


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