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It’s Phil Ivey A Fish?

Phil Ivey is considered by many the best all-around poker player in the world, however, lately when he sits at an online high stakes table in Full Tilt Poker there is a growing number of players willing to play against him. And, perhaps counterintuitively, he will generally finish his session in the same fashion that your drunken neighbor’s night, at the weekly homegame, inevitably ends: with heavy loses.

In fact since poker’s own Black Friday Ivey has dropped a whopping 6.4 million dollars in 194,847 hands played over a span of less than three years, he is amazingly the big fish in this games only surpassed by “The Great Dane” Gus Hansen who is down a cool 17.5 million dollars since Black Friday. Maybe just “The Dane” will be more fitting?

So has Ivey suddenly become terrible at poker? of course not. He is just facing the same problem that many poker players suffer in casinos and poker sites all over the world: bad table election. Simply explained, if you sit the ninth best poker player in a game where the other eight best players happen to be seated, he is bound to lose his shirt.

Easily the biggest factor that comes in play at bad table selection is a poker player’s ego, and we’re not talking your regular nobody can beat me at “whatever silly sporty thing”, no, poker player’s ego is in a league by itself. It’s such a psychological conundrum that should need teams of doctors devoted to it, if not entire universities, just to get a shot at solving it.

So, next time you visit your local casino and find a hundred regular looking poker players, you can be quite sure you just found one hundred persons who feel sorry for the other ninety nine poor souls that are about to be torn apart by their superior poker skills. It’s easy to see then, why this poker masterminds can’t be bothered to take a minute to walk around the poker room looking for the most lucrative tables. But you should. Because in poker success is measured very easily: how much you win.

Of course there are benefits to sitting in a game with a bunch of players better than you. You’ll stand lo learn a lot of useful lessons on how to beat yourself, and all this for the mere prize of the contents of your wallet. Is it worth it? Phil Ivey thinks it is. Or is he just another fish?


Isildur1 & Gus Hansen Enjoy Six Figure Days at the Nosebleeds


It’s been a while since both Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Gus Hansen both enjoyed good days at Full Tilt’s high stakes tables, but yesterday they ended up as numbers 1 and 2 on the daily leaderboard. Blom was the day’s biggest winner with a $177.1k win at the mixed game tables.

Once again, Blom’s adversary was Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn, and this time the pair played for a little over four hours during two evening sessions, punctuated only by a change of table.

Although it was a swingy match, PostflopAction never managed anything other than breaking even throughout the match, as Isildur1 built a near $200k lead with just over an hour of the match gone. However, the lead was short lived, as PostflopAction responded well, wiping out Blom’s lead as the young Russian momentarily took the lead in the match at around the half way mark. The final two hours, though, saw the Full Tilt pro rebuild his big lead, and he eventually ended the match with a $177k win.

Gus Hansen made all his money from the limit games. His early games were all heads-up at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables. He won $26k from Kagome Kagome in a morning session, and ended up, after a back and forth battle with PostflopAction, with a total of $94.4k profit from the Triple Draw tables after three afternoon bouts with the young Russian.

After a couple of hours hiatus from the tables, Hansen was back, to take on KPR16 at the FLO8 tables. He started the match well, adding a further $60k to his daily haul, before KPR16 hit a good run, which totally wiped out Hansens’s daily profit, and plunged him into the red by around $30k for the day.

During the last 40 hands of their 215 hand battle, however, Hansen hit a huge run of cards which enabled him to end the session up $42k and up $136.4k

There were no other six figure winners yesterday.

Yesterday’s Biggest Winners

Isildur1 +$177.1k

Gus Hansen +$136.4k

yurasov1990 +$75.4k

DrugsOrMe +$70.6k

Social Gaming Features Gain Popularity at Online Poker Rooms


PokerStars November Mission Week promotion adds another mission format to the social gaming features being adopted by major poker rooms.

Social gaming features have made their way into the promotional portfolio of some of the top online poker rooms. This month, PokerStars joins the club with…

Social gaming features have made their way into the promotional portfolio of some of the top online poker rooms. This month, PokerStars joins the club with November Mission Weeks and MPN adds “Achievements.”


November Mission Weeks provide a promotional tool for PokerStars to encourage higher volume play. At the start of each week players select a mission appropriate to their game preferences and likely volume of play. At its simplest, players are setting themselves a VIP points (VPP) target for the week.

If they hit the target, they receive a freeroll “All In Shootout” tournament entry where the prize pools range from $10k to $250k. The “All In Shootout” format means that players that don’t turn up will be automatically put all in on every hand.


MPN has just introduced “Achievements” along similar lines. Achievements reward players with a badge that can be displayed at the table for completing a series of challenges.

Players who win three badges by the end of November will be entered into a $500 freeroll tournament.

Each achievement comes with a “Pips” rating. The more difficult the achievement, the more Pips players earn for completing it. Pips add up to a score and MPN suggests that players can challenge their friends to beat their score.


Since introducing missions with its radical software upgradePartyPoker has regularly introduced new missions of varying complexity. An example from last month is the WPTMontreal Mission. Players who achieved the mission tasks were given a freeroll entry into a tournament that awarded three seats—one a full package—to the WPT Montreal.

The tasks that players had to complete to achieve the mission crossed several game formats, and each was tenuously linked to some facet of Canadian history, geography or culture.


French regulated site Winamax has taken a different slant on the mission idea. The challenge is called “Guns and Glory” and players move up in levels as they collect experience points (XP).

Starting with a plastic sword at level one, new weapons are provided as players move up levels. Players can wear this weapons with a chosen character avatar, and with increased levels, new character avatars become available.

It is likely that missions at online poker rooms are going to become a permanent fixture. The combination of social and financial rewards make them an effective method of encouraging more play and adding entertainment value to existing players’ poker experience.


Top Players: Patrick Antonius


Es el jugador europeo con mayores ganancias en el poker online y dominó las mesas de cash, especialmente en Omaha, durante años. Patrik Antonius ha tenido la carrera soñada que, sin embargo, no parece que vaya a extinguirse pronto.

Patrik Antonius es una de las leyendas del poker online. Pero hubo un tiempo en que no lo conocía casi nadie y él tampoco sabía que jugadores se escondían detrás de cada nick. Pero eso no le importaba: jugaba contra todos pues estaba seguro que tenía ventaja. Por ello, a mediados de 2005, no sabía que su rival en varias partidas de Limit Holdem con ciegas $500/$1.000 era Daniel Negreanu. Tampoco le importaba saberlo: lo único que le interesaba es que había alguien que estaba dispuesto a jugar contra él por cientos de miles de dólares.

Antonius descubrió quién era su rival durante la primera sesión pero eso no le impidió seguir jugando. Después de un par de días tenía ya beneficios por $400.000 dólares y la satisfacción de saber que Negreanu, según había confesado, sólo seguía jugando contra él porque estaba aprendiendo muchísimo durante la partida. Eran clases caras pero valiosas.

La carrera pokeril del finlandés es envidiable: desde que descubrió el poker a los quince años se ha dedicado a destrozar las mesas y es uno de los jugadores más exitosos de la actualidad. En torneos en vivo ha ganado más de seis millones de dólares mientras que en Full Tilt Poker, sala que representó durante muchos años, es el segundo jugador con más ganancias en la historia: casi quince millones se ha embolsado desde el 2005 aproximadamente.

1. De las canchas a las mesas

Patrik Antonius nació en 1980 en Helsinki y, contrario a lo que muchos pudieran creer, su infancia no fue sencilla. “Nunca tuvimos mucho dinero”, declaró una vez, “Mi papá era repartidor de pan pero perdió su empleo y entonces mi mamá tuvo que conseguir un trabajo en una guardería”. Antonius, mientras tanto, canalizaba toda su energía infantil en los deportes y pronto descubrió que era realmente bueno en el tenis. Tan bueno que sus entrenadores sospechaban que tenían en sus manos a un futuro campeón de Wimbledon.

Sin embargo, Patrik tuvo que alejarse de las canchas a los quince años debido a una fuerte lesión en su espalda que sufrió a causa de los duros entrenamientos que realizaba. Tuvo que alejarse un tiempo del tenis aunque, cuando volvió, intentó ponerse al mismo nivel de sus compañeros. A los dieciocho años, mientras realizaba el servicio militar obligatorio, Patrik continuaba practicando pero sufrió otra lesión que, esta vez, lo dejó fuera de las canchas para siempre.

Patrik conoció el poker a los quince años y o jugaba con sus compañeros de tenis durante los descansos. Al principio inventaban sus propios juegos hasta que un amigo descubrió las reglas del PL Omaha y entonces se volvió su partida de cabecera. Cuando cumplió la mayoría de edad, y ya sabiendo que su futuro no estaba en el deporte, visitó el casino de Helsinki y ganó el primer torneo de poker en el que participó.

Tras terminar el servicio militar, Patrik comenzó a frecuentar el casino una vez por semana. “Todavía estaba jugando por diversión, simplemente tratando de ganar algunos dólares”, recuerda Patrik, “No sabía que se podía ser profesional de poker. Mucha gente en Finlandia piensa que el poker es ilegal y cuando yo empecé nadie lo conocía, no había programas de TV ni nada”.

Tras regresar de Italia, país donde hizo sus estudios y trabajo como modelo, Patrik depositó sus primeros $200 dólares en una sala de poker online y comenzó la verdadera aventura pokeril. En menos de tres meses los había transformado en $20.000 dólares aunque él mismo admite que realmente “no tenía ni idea de lo que estaba haciendo”.

Su modalidad de cabecera era PL Omaha. “La gente era muy mala”, recuerda Antonius”, Yo simplemente apostaba todo el tiempo, subía preflop, apostaba en el flop, en el turn y en el river. Si me resubían siempre podía foldear…”. Con $20.000 dólares en su cuenta el pensamiento mágico no tardó en aparecer.

Patrik Antonius iba a ser un jugador profesional de poker.

A Antonius le gustaba medirse contra los mejores, sin embargo. El dinero lo hacía contra los jugadores malos que no hacían otra cosa que foldear sus cartas pero siempre tuvo algo muy claro: “Era más importante mejorar mi juego enfrentándome a mejores jugadores que ganar constantemente en límites bajos. Es en nivele superiores donde está el dinero de verdad”.

En el 2004 el desconocido Antonius, con su ya clásico nick “Finddagrind” disputaba legendarias partidas contra los mejores de la época, entre ellos el sueco Erik “Erik123″ Sagstrom. No pasó mucho tiempo antes de que Antonius pudiera no perder en esas partidas, después comenzó a tener una pequeña ventaja y pronto se convirtió en el mayor ganador de las mesas.

El mayor ganador de poker online en Europa.

Donde sea que haya acción, está Patrik Antonius, Ya sea en forma de un gigante cash-game, un torneo High Roller, una prop-bet o un partido de tenis donde haya que apostar algo, el finlandés estará listo para jugarse algunos cientos de miles de dólares. Y esto, más o menos, siempre fue así: desde el 2005, el año en que empezó a ser regular de las mesas de High Stakes en las salas online hasta el tiempo en que se convirtió en uno de los mejores regulares del Bobbys Room en Las Vegas.

“Si en el Big Game del Bellagio jugarán sólo PL Omaha nadie tendría ninguna oportunidad contra mí”, declaró en una ocasión. Pero a finales de 2005 tuvo otro roce con el éxito cuando descubrió que los torneos eran, contrario a lo que creía, muy divertidos.

2. Antonius todo terreno

En agosto de 2005 Antonius puso su nombre en boca de algunos europeos al ganar el Main Event del Scandinavian Poker Open que le reportó el equivalente a $66.000 dólares. Esa victoria lo animó a seguir probando los torneos y lo que no se espera fue la buena racha con la que lo recibió esta modalidad: Un mes después finalizó tercero en el European Poker Tour de Barcelona, una de las primeras paradas del circuito para aumentar su bankroll en €117.000.

Su revancha llegó en el EPT de Baden apenas un mes después. Antonius llegó al evento con bastante retraso y había perdido la mitad de su stack sólo por las ciegas y antes pero eso no le impidió poner en uso su juego agresivo y antes de terminar el día ya poseía una enorme pila de fichas. Un par de jornadas después las tenía todas y por ende se convertía en un nuevo campeón del European Poker Tour ganando €288.000 en el camino.

Por si fuera poco, antes de terminar ese año, Antonius viajó a Las Vegas y disputo el World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic, uno de los torneos más caros del circuito (buy-in de $15.000 dólares) donde se las arregló para finalizar en segunda posición por delante de grandes estrellas como Doyle Brunson, Phil Laak y Darrel Dicken. Esto le significó un millón de dólares más para su ya abultadobankroll.

No pasó mucho tiempo, quizá motivado por sus buenos resultados en torneos y también por su destacada actuación en las mesas de cash de Full Tilt Poker, antes de que Antonius decidiera comprar una casa en Las Vegas y establecerse ahí. Curiosamente, nunca imaginó que daría ese paso ni mucho menos que sería regular del Bobbys Room. “En Europa, cuando tenía un bankroll de $30.000 dólares”, recuerda Patrik, “Ni siquiera sabía que existía esa mesa ni que se jugaba la WSOP“.

Pero en el 2007 ya era un ganador consistente en la mesa y había aprendido a jugar las más de diez modalidades que a diario se disputaban en el Bobbys Room. “Son los límites más altos y muy pronto tendré una sesión positiva de dos millones de dólares”, aseguró en una entrevista de aquella época.

Durante la World Series of Poker de 2008, Patrik tuvo, sin embargo, quizá uno de sus mejores momentos como profesional: ya era reconocido por la comunidad de poker como uno de los mejores del mundo y sus nicks eran conocidos por todos los fans. Pero el primero de junio tuvo que cambiarlos ya que firmó un contrato con Full Tilt Poker para pasar a formar parte del Team Pro de la sala, un exclusivo club en el que contaba, entre otros, con Phil Ivey, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch y Gus Hansen.

Con el parche de Full Tilt Poker, Antonius terminó séptimo en el evento de $10.000 dólares de PL Omaha y unos días más tarde se quedó cerca de la mesa final en un torneo mixto de Holdem. El finlandés, sin duda, seguía imparable.

Uno de los pocos tropezones en la carrera de Patrik Antonius llegó a principios de 2009. En enero de ese año Tom Dwan lanzó al mundo un reto en el que ofrecía pagar $1.5 millones de dólares al jugador que, después de 50.000 manos, le ganara dinero multitableando cuatro mesas en PL Omaha o NL Holdem. El “durrrr Challenge” como se le llamo en la prensa generó mucha expectativa y el primero que saltó a la cancha aceptado el duelo fue, por supuesto, Antonius.

Patrik estimaba que la partida tardaría entre tres y seis meses para completarse pero nada más lejos de la realidad: aunque ambos comenzaron con muchas ganas, los enfrentamientos se volvieron cada vez más erráticos y breves hasta que, después de un par de meses, simplemente el proyecto se diluyó y ninguno de los dos rivales volvió a decir nada sobre él. En febrero del próximo año se cumplirán cinco años del inicio del reto y, desafortunadamente, no parece que se vaya a terminar jamás,

De las 50.000 manos que debían jugarse se disputaron poco más de 39.000 en modalidad de PL Omaha y  lo cierto es que a Antonius quizá le vino bien que no se continuara el desafío. En toda la partida Dwan estaba arriba por dos millones de dólares y en diez mil manos restantes era complicado que Patrik consiguiera remontar.

Sin embargo, a finales de 2009, con la aparición de “Isildur1″ en las mesas de Full Tilt Poker, el duelo de “durrrr” quedaba relegado por la acción que el misterioso sueco generaba en las mesas. Uno de sus múltiples rivales fue Antonius con quien protagonizó el que, hasta la actualidad, se mantiene como el pozo más grande en la historia del poker online. En una mesa de PL Omaha con ciegas $500/$1.000, Patrik ganó un pozo de $1.3 millones de dólares. El tercer pozo más grande en la historia también lo disputaron ambos jugadores y volvió a ser para Antonius: $879.000 dólares en total.

Antonius ha disfrutado de un enorme éxito en las mesas y se ha ganado el respeto de sus pares. Considerado como uno de los mejores en PL Omaha, desde la debacle de Full Tilt Poker y el Black Friday ha mantenido un perfil bajo en las mesas online pero sigue disputando enormes partidas en vivo tanto en Las Vegas como en Mónaco, ciudad donde actualmente reside.

19/11/2013 por Samuel Albores


High Stakes Railbird: Disaster for Benefield, Hansen Continues to Rise, & Urindanger Wins Big

The action at the Full Tilt Poker high-stakes tables was in full swing this weekend, beginning with the continuation of the “durrrr Challenge”between Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and Tom “durrrr” Dwan.

In other action, Di “Urindanger” Dang emerged as the weekend’s big winner with $655,122 in the black over the course of 27 sessions and 2,993 hands. “IHateJuice” also had a good weekend playing only three sessions and 641 hands but taking down $345,850 in profit. At the other end of the spectrum, David Benefield took a beating and became the weekend’s biggest loser, dropping $716,970.

Bad Saturday for Benefield

David Benefield had a terrible day on Saturday; he just couldn’t gain traction and lost $386,000 playing $500/$1000 pot-limit Omaha againstPatrik Antonius. To make matters worse, he went on to lose almost $240,000 in the $200/$400 PLO cap game against numerous other players.

In one of Benefield’s worst hands, he was sitting with $158,393 when Antonius ($241,525) raised to $3,000 on the button. Benefield reraised to $9,000 and Antonius made the call as the flop came down {8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. Benefield, first to act, led out for $12,000, which Antonius called.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds} and once again Benefield led out, this time to the tune of $32,000. Antonius called and the {3-Clubs} appeared on the river. Benefield moved all-in for a little over $105,000, and Antonius quickly called. Benefield turned over {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for two pair while Antonius showed {6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{K-Spades}{A-Diamonds} for a full house. With that, Antonius took down the $317k pot and added to Benefield’s weekend woes.

Hansen Headed for the Black

Gus Hansen has been back to his winning ways in recent months and is looking to rectify his disastrous start to 2010. On Sunday, he made some progress by winning $281,000 in the $200/$400 and $500/$1,000 PLO cap games. It was in the $500/$1,000 game that Hansen played 231 hands against “DrugsOrMe,” winning $183,000 in the process.

In one particular hand against Di “Urindanger” Dang ($96,097.50), Hansen ($43,897.50) was on the button and raised to $3,000. Dang pushed back with a reraise to $9,000, and Hansen opted to make it $27,000 to go. Dang called and the pair created a pot worth $54,000 before the flop, which came down {Q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. Dang led out for a bet of $16,000 and Hansen called, capping the pot in the process.

Hansen: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{5-Spades}{K-Spades}
Dang: {6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{A-Clubs}

Both players agreed to run it twice and the {7-Spades} on the first run gave Dang two pair and the lead; however, the {Q-Spades} on the river counterfeited his two pair and gave Hansen the first half of the pot. On the second run, the turn was the {2-Spades} and the river the {Q-Hearts}, giving Hansen the same two pair. He managed to win both runs and scoop the $80,000 pot.

Urindanger Gets His Revenge

Although he lost the aforementioned hand to Gus Hansen, not everything went wrong for Di “Urindanger” Dang; he did end up the biggest winner over the weekend. In the following hand he not only managed to notch a win, but he also got some revenge against Hansen.

Hansen ($40,867) was on the button and raised to $3,000. Dang ($209,112.50) then reraised to $9,000, Hansen called, and the flop fell {4-Hearts}{J-Spades}{9-Spades}. Dang led out for $18,000, Hansen raised to $31,000, and Dang called to cap the pot.

Dang: {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Hansen: {K-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Spades}

Dang was ahead with his pair of jacks, but Hansen had picked up a flush draw. The pair agreed to run it twice and the first run came {J-Hearts},{J-Diamonds} to give Dang the first half of the pot with quads. On the second run, the turn was the {6-Diamonds}, giving both players straight draws, but the {Q-Diamonds} helped neither and Dang won again to scoop the $80,000 pot.

Who’s up? Who’s down?

This week’s biggest winners (11/26-11/29): Di “Urindanger” Dang (+$655,112), “IHateJuice” (+$345,850), Rami “Arbianight” Boukai(+$277,764), “DrugsOrMe” (+$231,035), “rumprammer” (+$216,326)

In the red: David Benefield (-$716,970), “davin77” (-$274,106), “GooGie MonA” (-$174,544), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$170,612)

Year to Date Winners: Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$4.63 million), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$4.02 million), Phil Ivey (+$3.02 million)

Year to Date Losers: Brian Townsend (-$2.53 million), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-1.91 million), “Matatuk” (-1.53 million)

source: pokernews.com



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Red: IPoker            Salas: PaddyPower, William Hill, Betmost       Rakeback %: 45-60%

Red: Ongame                     Salas: Goalwin                                          Rakeback %: 45-60%

Red: Microgaming             Salas: Unibet                                           Rakeback %: 45-55%

Red: Entraction                  Salas: Victor Chandler                            Rakeback %: 45-60%

Cada una de estas salas es las mas solida y con mejor atencion al cliente en sus redes, de  hecho la mayoria se dedican principalmente a las apuestas deportivas y cotizan en bolsa, por lo que en nuestra opinion ofrecen la mejor seguridad.

Si deseas preguntar sobre nuestras ofertas de rakeback, deja un comentario o envianos un email a newtipsterintown@gmail.com

No olvides preguntar por los bonos y promociones existentes en cada sala =)

Full Tilt Poker Announces Rush Poker Mobile

Full Tilt Poker has announced the open beta release of Rush Poker* Mobile.

Full Tilt’s revolutionary poker format is now available to all players on the go using mobile devices running Flash v10.1 or higher. The mobile version features both real money and play money tables, and Android users will also be able to download the application on Android Market.

Players can now access the Rush Poker* Mobile application by going to http://mobile.fulltiltpoker.com on their mobile device’s web browser or on their computer.

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Canadian Jonahtan Duhamel wins WSOP 2010 Main Event


Jonathan Duhamel is the winner of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship.

Duhamel, from Boucherville, Quebec became the first Canadian citizen in history to win poker’s world championship.  Two Canadians had previously finished in the runner-up spot in the 41-year-history of poker’s undisputed world championship.  Tuan Lam took second place in 2007, to Jerry Yang.  Fellow Canadian Howard Goldfarb did the same in 1995, losing to Dan Harrington.
Duhamel, a 23-year-old poker pro, collected a whopping $8,944,310 in prize money.  He was also presented with the widely-cherished and universally-revered gold and diamond-encrusted gold bracelet, representing the game’s sterling achievement.

The triumph was not easy.  Duhamel overcame a huge field of 7,319 entrants who entered what was the second-largest WSOP Main Event in history.  The tournament began on July 5th, and took more than four months to complete, including the customary recess prior to the November Nine.

Duhamel’s route to victory was a determined one, albeit peppered with a few unwanted detours.  He arrived at the final table — which began on Saturday, November 6th — with the chip lead.  He held about one-third of the total chips in play.  Duhamel lost some of his momentum during stage one of the finale, which included the elimination of seven players playing down to the final two.  Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi seized the chip lead at one point during play, but ultimately finished fifth.  Joseph Cheong also proved to be a formidable foe during the long battle, but ended up as the third-place finisher.

Stage two of the November Nine’s grand finale was played on the main stage inside the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas.  The final duel was played to a packed house of nearly 2,000 spectators and a worldwide audience following the action over the Internet.  Millions more will watch the final crescendo of the WSOP Main Event on Tuesday night, when the championship premiers on ESPN television.  The two-hour program will debut at 7:00 pm PST.
The runner up was John Racener, from Port Richie, FL.  Despite the disappointment of defeat, he could take great pride in a noble effort that resulted in overcoming all but one of the more than 7,000 players who began the pursuit of ever poker player’s greatest dream.  Racener collected poker’s supreme consolation prize — $5,545,955 in prize money.

As the Canadian champion, Duhamel was only the sixth non-American to ever win the WSOP Main Event.  He followed in the hallowed footsteps of Mansour Matloubi (UK — 1990), Noel Furlong (Ireland — 1999), Carlos Mortensen (Spain — 2001), Joe Hachem (Australia (2005), and Peter Eastgate (Denmark — 2008).


WSOP Main Event Final Table 2010 Wrap-Up


As we sit here on the stage absorbing what we’ve just seen, it’s hard to find words to close this day out properly. But we’ll try.

It was just after high noon when our November Nine filed onto the stage and into their seats under the bright lights of the made-for-TV set. They were soon engulfed by a crowd of close to 2,000 spectators all decked out in matching shirts, patched up like your grandfather’s trousers, and screaming multi-lingual cheers in unison at full throat. Bruce Buffer soon took the stage to utter the most famous words in poker, and suddenly a poker game broke out amidst all the madness and pomp.

It took 28 hands to find our first casualty of the day, and it was the amateur to fall first. Soi Nguyen was content to flip his {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Spades} against Jason Senti’s {A-Diamonds} {K-Clubs}, but a third queen on the flop was all she wrote for Nguyen.

The second victim was also sent packing on a coin flip, albeit an exciting coin flip. Michael Mizrachi’s {A-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} loved the {Q-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} flop, but Matthew Jarvis’ {9-Clubs} {9-Hearts} liked the {9-Spades} turn a little bit better. It looked like he’d just saved his tournament life, but the {A-Spades} river gave the pot back to The Grinder and sent Jarvis off in eighth place.

Seven-handed play dragged on for an eternity, and Michael Mizrachi took advantage of the table to build himself a fairly sizable chip lead with more than 60 million. There were still seven when they broke for dinner just before 7pm. When they returned, yet another exciting (and similar) coin flip broke out. Jason Senti’s {A-Diamonds} {K-Spades} out-flopped Joseph Cheong’s {10-Clubs} {10-Spades} in a big way as the dealer rolled out {K-Diamonds} {K-Hearts} {Q-Clubs}. The turn {J-Diamonds} was a little sweat for Senti, and the river {9-Diamonds} was a total disaster. Cheong’s straight pushed his opponent straight out the door, and Senti collected seventh-place money on his way to the bar.

John Dolan fell next in sixth place, his {Q-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} unable to win a race (imagine that, a race) against Jonathan Duhamel’s {4-Diamonds} {4-Clubs} despite turning 16 outs to survive.

The demise of Michael Mizrachi began when his {A-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} doubled up John Racener’s {A-Spades} {K-Diamonds} to knock him out of the chip lead. A few minutes later, he doubled up Jonathan Duhamel on a big coin flip, and it all came crashing down a few minutes later. Jonathan Duhamel played his {A-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} slow, and he lured Mizrachi into a shove when his {Q-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} flopped top pair on the {5-Diamonds} {4-Spades} {Q-Clubs}. The chips went in, and there was no further help for Mizrachi, ending his near-legendary run in fifth place. That officially gives Frank Kassela the title of 2010 WSOP Player of the Year, incidentally.

Three hands later, the volatile Italian (who was surprisingly un-volatile today) fell in fourth place. Filippo Candio got his chips in with {K-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}, but he could not get there against Joseph Cheong’s {A-Clubs} {3-Clubs}. Cheong flopped an ace and made a wheel by the time it was all said and done, and Candio took just over $3 million for his efforts.

When they began three-handed play, Cheong and Duhamel were running away with the show. They were each approaching 100 million while John Racener sat patiently by with his 20-ish million. Cheong, however, was in no mood to sit patiently. He went to work quickly and was the first player to crest that magical 100-million-chip mark. He and Duhamel proceeded to wage all-out war hand after dramatic hand while Racener folded his buttons, sat on his hands, and waited for the fireworks.

And the fireworks, they came. In Hand #213, 25 hands into the three-way, a battle of the big-stacked blinds broke out. It started with Cheong opening the pot, and the betting action ended with him six-bet shoving all in with {A-Spades} {7-Hearts}. Duhamel probably didn’t like the idea of playing a 180-million-chip pot, but he didn’t waste any time calling with {Q-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds}, putting himself at risk in the process. There was no ace for Cheong, and he was crushed from 95 million all the way down to just ten. It was, as far as we can tell, the largest pot in the history of the WSOP!

Cheong doubled up once in the meanwhile, but six hands after the blowup, he was gone in third place. That’s good for more than $4 million, but it doesn’t come with a ticket to Monday’s finale.

There are only two of those, and they belong to Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener. For handicapping purposes, it’s Duhamel with the big chip lead, but don’t sleep on the short stack. Racener has been playing some fine poker of late, and his short-stack abilities were certainly on display here today.

There are 13 minutes, 52 seconds left in the current level, and the button was awarded to the big stack; Jonathan Duhamel will begin with position on Monday. We’re scheduled for an 8pm start here in Las Vegas.

It’s Duhamel. It’s Racener. It’s $8.9 million and the 2010 WSOP Main Event gold bracelet. Who ya got? Find out how the final chapter plays out right back here on Monday night.

WSOP ME Final Table Heads Up, Duel in the Desert Racener vs Duhamel


It’s Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener!

Note:  Press Conference with final two players is scheduled for the Rio Masquerade Stage, starting on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Las Vegas, NV (November 7, 2010) — It’s taken four months, two days, and seven hours to reach poker’s ultimate showdown.

The two final green-felt gladiators in the quest to become the undisputed 2010 Wold Poker Champion are:

SEAT 1:  Jonathan Duhamel (Boucherville, Quebec) — 188,950,000 in chips

SEAT 2:  John Racener (Port Richey, FL) — 30,750,000 in chips

The crescendo of the November Nine reached its near-final furious finale when Jonathan Duhamel eliminated Jospeh Cheong on what turned out to be the final hand of Final Table — Day One.  The last hand was dealt at 1:49 am on Sunday AM.  The long 13-hour session included the elimination of seven players, leaving only Duhamel and Racener to compete in a heads-up duel for the world title.

Third-place finisher Joseph Cheong, from San Diego, CA collected $4,130,049 in prize money — a nice consolation prize, but a painful exit nonetheless from what was close to a nearly insurmountable chip lead at one point in at the final table.

The fourth-place finisher was Filippo Candio, from Sardinia, Italy.  As the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event Championship final table, Candio proudly collected $3,092,545.

The fifth-place finisher was Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, from Miami, FL.  Undisputedly the most famous and most accomplished of the final nine, Mizrachi suffered a blistering final hour when he went from chip leader to the rail, losing every key late hand of importance.  Mizrachi took some consolation in his payout, which amounted to $2332,992 in prize money.

The sixth-place finisher was John Dolan, from Bonita Springs, FL.  He ran card dead at the worst possible time, hopelessly falling victim to a bad run of cards in the later stages of play.  Dolan busted out when his bluff failed.  Nonetheless, he managed to scoop a monster-sized check from his initial $10,000 investment.  Dolan received $1,772,969 in prize money.

The seventh-place finisher was Jason Senti, from St. Louis Park, MN.  He began final table play with the shortest stack, but moved two spots up the money ladder.  Senti collected $1,356,720.

The eighth-place finisher was Matthew Jarvis, who took a terrible beat en route to a disappointing end result.  Jarvis was the victim of one of several astounding final table hands which resulted in a cyclone of emotional twists and turns and ultimately, chip lead changes.  Jarvis received $1,045,743 in prize money.

The ninth-place finisher was Soi Nguyen, from Santa Ana, CA.  The only amateur player among the final nine, Nguyen collected $811,823 in prize money — an incredible accomplishment considering this was his first time to cash in a major poker tournament.

The final duel of the Main Event is set to begin on Monday night.  Heads-up play will resume November 8th at 8 pm PST, when the final two survivors will play down to a winner.  Coverage of the final table will air in a two-hour telecast on Tuesday at 10 pm ET on ESPN.

The winner of this year’s WSOP Main Event, the second largest in the 40-year history of the WSOP with 7,319 entrants, will take home a staggering $8,944,310 in prize money.  He will also be presented with the most coveted achievement in all of poker — the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship gold bracelet.

So, who will become the 2010 world poker champion?