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Saturday, 13 August 2016 10:48

Bodog's Bovada Poker to be rebranded post-Sept 30th

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Earlier in the week, Bodog announced that its US-facing poker site - Bovada - was taken over by Ignition Casino.

The online poker room will now be re-branded and no longer exist as Bovada after September 30th. The operator's players too recieved an email asking them to transfer their funds to the new site.

“Because Ignition Casino uses the same platform asda Poker, everything you enjoy such as: anonymous tables, Zone poker, mobile poker and guaranteed tournaments, like the weekly $100K, will be there waiting for you,” read the mail.

It must be noted that players will continue to avail other benefits of the side like sportbook, racebook, and casino.

As of now, Bovada/Bodog is world’s thirst most popular poker site. It boasts of 1,350 cash game players over a 7-day period.

It now remains to be seen how a change in ownership and branding will affect the traffic and popularity of the site.

Monday, 08 August 2016 11:39

James Mackey wins 2016 WPT Choctaw main event

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James Mackey took down the World Poker Tour Choctaw main event, beating a strong field of 1066 players to take home a cool $681,758.

After his memorable win, the 30-year-old Missouri pro took to social micro-blogging site Twitter to share his excitement.

“Winner! Feels amazing to finally win a WPT after playing them for 10 years. Congrats to Ben on second he played great.”

The win took Mackey’s live earnings to $3,575,959. He has also accumulated $3,874,095 playing online under the screen name "Mig.com".

Some of the notable players that earned a slice of the $3,619,070 prize pool, were Kathy Liebert in 84th ($7,821), Harrison Gimbel in 22nd ($24,940), Connor Drinan in 17th ($35,572) and Jeff Gross in 13th ($43,177).

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left between Mackey and WSOP bracelet holder Benjamin Zamani to battle it out for the title.

It took 36 hands to crown the winner of the main event. The final hand was played when Mackey (8-8) and Zamani (5-5) went all-in preflop. With the board running 8-7-6-J-6, Mackey sealed the deal and also won himself a $15,000 seat into the end of season WPT Tournament of Champions.

Final Table Results:

1: James Mackey $681,758
2: Benjamin Zamani $412,234
3: Craig Varnell $306,346
4: Bastian Fischer $230,300
5: Jack Duong $175,122
6: Matthew Smith $134,720

Russ Campanella

Russ Campanella emerged victorious at the 2016 Seneca Niagara Falls Summer Slam Main Event, beating a strong field of 475 players.

Thie biggest win of the 42-year-old's career helped him take his  live earnings tally to $152,093.

Interestingly, a large chunk of the $252,106 prize pool was split by last seven players at the final table. Hence, the top four players walked away with $26,000, while the remaining took home $20,000 a piece.

Day 2 witnessed of $600 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event witnessed 86 players back at the Seneca Niagara Falls Casino. After a series of eliminations, it was left for Campanella and  Chris Harker to fight it out for the title.

Russ outclassed the latter in the heads up to secure the title and a memorable win.

Final Table Results:

1: Russ Campanella – $26,500
2: Chris Harker – $26,500
3: Ray LaRouech – $26,000
4: Shawn Edinger – $26,000
5: Matt Fergenbaum – $20,000
6: Jason Nablo – $20,000
7: Kurtis Boutelle – $20,000
8: Julie Billiteri – $6,807
9: Jason Kanel – $5,546

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Earlier in the year, online poker giant released the test version of its new heads-up poker app DUEL. The game was designed to appeal to players with less time and even lesser patience.

A social quotient too was integrated into the game with players getting to compete against their friends from Facebook and Twitter.

Early June however, the app was pulled out after it failed to gain much traction in the market. A spokesman of the company revealed that this decision was taken “after reviewing usage data from the beta launch and determining that it was not commercially viable at scale.”

PokerStars, the pioneers of multiple initiatives, clearly failed to deliver this time, as a newer audience did not move towards the company's new product.

Some experts felt that the product did not offer lucrative cash or non-poker prizes that tend to lure players.

Also, questions from some quarters were raised about the supposed lack of marketing money spent by PokerStars on promote DUEL.

While the analysis will go on, the company needs to head back to the drawing board to buold a must-have mobile app that has the capacity to capture the imagination of a new target group.

Kuljinder Sidhu

Kuljinder Sidhu beat a strong field of 268 players to take down the Bellagio Cup XII for a cool 599,440.

The $10,400 buy-in event, with a prize pool of $2,599,600, went on for five days. 27 players were paid out with the $23,396 being the least.

Some of the notable players that made it to the final table included Faraz Jaka in 22nd ($23,396), Justin Bonomo in 15th ($31,195), and Byron Kaverman in 10th ($36,394).

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations; it was left between Kuljinder Sidhu and Nick Schulman to battle it out for the title.

The duo opted to split the prize money before the playing the heads-up round for the trophy. The UK pro overcame his more illustrious opponent to walk away with the bragging rights.

Thanks to this latest triumph, Sidhu now has $2,266,868 in career earnings.

Final Table Results:

1: Kuljinder Sidhu $599,400

2: Nick Schulman $557,388

3: Chance Kornuth $285,956

4: Connor Drinan $198,869

5: Pratyush Buddiga $148,177

6: Adam Geyer $114,382

7: David Peters $88,386

8: Liv Boeree $64,990

9: Dani Stern $46,793

Phil Hellmuth Pittsburgh Poker Open

Phil Hellmuth is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever poker players. The American pro first gained global headlines after his 1989 WSOP main event win. He then went on to do the same in 2012 as well. As of now, the Poker Brat has 14 gold bracelets to his credit and a huge reputation.

This year however, Hellmuth suffered a disappointing campaign, accumulating just $67,098. After bowing out o the main event without any returns on his investment, Hellmuth took to social micro-blogging site Twitter to share his frustration.

“One of my worst @WSOP in the last 10 years. One final table, one 15th place, only 3 cashes and tons of “Close to cashes.” Blah.”

The 51-year-old was clearly not in the best of moods, even flinging his mobile phone across the room. He was eventually eliminated by Sara Hall.

Hellmuth was in desperate need of a credible performance in the last event of this year's WSOP, the $1K Little One for One Drop. Sadly for him, he couldn't step up his game there either.

“If my reads were on, if my White Magic were perfect all the time, I’d have eight more bracelets, maybe 10 more bracelets, but on days where it’s not quite there you just have to adapt,” he said after the event.

The last thing poker enthusiasts should do is doubt the ability of Hellmuth. It must be noted that he is placed seveth on poker’s all-time money list with $20,977,294 in winnings. 2016 hasn't been too bad for him either. Hellmuth finished 4th at the $300k Super High Roller Bowl for a whopping $1.6 million payday.

Corey Thompson Wsop 2016

Corey Thompson beat a tough field of 1397 players to take down the Event #58: $1k No Limit Hold’em for a cool $221,163.

This is Thompson's first WSOP bracelet. His best performance before this was a win at the $1,650 HPT Daytona Beach Main Event for $131,720. The 27-year-old now has $438,700 in live earnings.

Commenting on his latest win, the Florida pro said:

“It’s been a huge year. I don’t play cash games that much. I’ve been playing more tournaments. The HPT win was really huge. I really caught fire since then. I started coming out here [to the WSOP] four years ago, but mostly played just a few smaller events. This win was huge.”

Some of the notable players that earned a slice of the $1,257,300 prize pool were Juha Helppi in 76th ($2,450), Kelly Minkin in 43rd ($4,518) and Ryan Riess in 23rd ($6,651).

Nine players made it to the final table. After a series of eliminations, it was left between Thompson and Germany’s Enrico Rudelitz to fight it out for the title. 

The former held a a 4 to 1 chip lead over the German at the start of the heads-up duel. The final result was arrived at in a matter of 60 hands. Rudelitz (A-7) moved all-in preflop and was called by Thompson (Q-J). The board ran 10-8-2-9-6, which meant that Rudelitz had to settle for a second place finish for $136,651.

“I come from a working-class background. My mother cleans houses for a living. My father mowed grass and did yardwork. I know what it’s like to work for a living. I know the value of money,” said a delighted Thompson.

Final Table Results:

1: Corey Thompson $221,163
2: Enrico Rudelitz $136,651
3: William Liang $97,811
4: Darren Terazawa $70,821
5: Ankit Ahuja $51,878
6: Terry Fan $38,452
7: Matthew Chang $28,842
8: Ryan Pochedly $21,897
9: Benjamin Reinhart $16,827

Martin Kozlov Wsop 2016

Martin Kozlov gave Australian poker fans something to cheer about as he took down Event #39: $10k 6-Handed NLHE of the 2016 WSOP.

The Aussie outplayed a total field of 294 players to take home a cool $665,709 and a first career bracelet.

Kozlov has been very cosistent in the ongoing showpiece event with four cash outs already to his credit. Prior to his triumph, his best finish this term was fifth.

Kozlov's live earnings jumped to $1,569,626 after his sensational win. That's not all. He has $2,815,455 to his credit in online winnings.

“I fire some tournaments when I’m feeling it, and this summer I’ve been feeling it so I’ve been firing all the six-handed tournaments. I’m just running hot. Just running hot,” he said after the win.

Simon Deadman in 39th ($16,078), Max Silver in 24th ($24,722), Scott Seiver in 19th ($24,722) and Steve Gross in 11th ($38,268) walked away with a slice of the $2,763,600 prize pool.

With 45 places paid, 9 players made it to the final table. Kozlov was faced with some stiff competition with the likes of Chris Ferguson and David Kitai in the race.

After a series of eliminations, the final had of the game witnessed three-way action. Justin Bonomo (9-9) re-raised all-in preflop. He was called by Kitai (6-6), and Kozlov (Q-Q). The flop of Q-Q-7 more than enough to seal the deal in favour of the Australia.

“It’s tough, it’s prestigious, it’s all the best players having their crack. I guess I just got lucky,” Kozlov further added.

Final Table Results:

1: Martin Kozlov $665,709
2: Davidi Kitai $411,441
3: Justin Bonomo $271,856
4: Chris Ferguson $183,989
5: Nick Petrangelo $127,622
6: Jack Salter $90,783

Russian Ortynskiy WSOP

Viatcheslav Ortynskiy outplayed a total field of 580 players to capture the Event #30: $3k Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2016 WSOP.

Apart from the coveted gold bracelet, the Russian poker pro walked away with $344,327 out of the $1,583,400 prize pool.

This win helped place Ortynskiy at 10th position in the list of Russians to win a WSOP bracelet. The only two players from the European country to have won two braceletes are Viatcheslav Zhukov (2011,2012) and Vitaly Lunkin (2008,2009).

The 36-year-old Ortynskiy described his win as amazing.

Among the 87 money places were some big names who walked away with a return on their investment. Eli Elzera in 40th ($6,658), Max Silver in 35th ($7,795) and Christian Harder in 17th ($14,561) were among those who impressed.

Ortynskiy entered the final table as the chip leader and there was no upset in store as he outclassed Rafael Lebron in the heads-up to claim his first WSOP title. Ortynskiy’s career earnings jumped  to $1,052,850 with his latest win.

Final Table Results:

1: Viatcheslav Ortynskiy $344,327
2: Rafael Lebron $212,779
3: Randy Ohel $141,187
4: Matthew Humphrey $95,623
5: George Wolff $66,134
6: Joshua Gibson $46,727

Benny Glaser Wsop 2016

In some wonderful news for United Kingdom poker lovers, Benny Glaser took down Event #26: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better for $244,103 at the 2016 WSOP.

The 27-year-old has maintained his good show at the event showpiece event where he won $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event for $136,215 last year.

Thanks to his latest triumph, Benny now has $493,712 in live career winnings.

Speaking about his second bracelet, Glaser said:

“I think the 2-7 field and final table was tougher than this was, to be honest. This is the game I put the most hands in, online. So, perhaps I just am more used to this game since I play it all the time.”

Participation of 934 players in The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better event helped create a prize pool worth $1.26 million.

Among there were some notable pros that walked away with a return on their investment. Allyn Shulman in 102nd ($2,317), James Woods and David Baker in 52nd ($4,120) were among those. 

There was not much doubt about the final outcome as Glaser held twice as many chips as Benjamin Gold,who was second.

In the end it all played out as per script and Glaser won UK its first bracelet of WSOP 2016.

Final Table Results:

1: Benny Glaser $244,103
2: Benjamin Gold $150,828
3: Motohiro Kondo $106,070
4: Philip Hui $75,627
5: Brandon Shack-Harris $54,680
6: Zachary Milchman $40,098
7: Ilya Krupin $29,830
8: Max Pescatori $22,517
9: Scott Packer $17,250

Bet365 Australia Fine

In a rather significant new development in the world of iGaming, betting major Bet365 is now ready to offer its services once again to Bulgarian residents.

The company will now be able to do so as it secured an online sports betting licence from Bulgaria's State Commission on Gambling (SCG).

Not long ago, Bet365 was blacklisted by the country's government. To make matters worst, Bulgaria then made its intentions clear of adopting more stingent laws. 

Bet365 though wanted to be a presence in the country and acquired a license to operate in 2015. After a brief period, the license was cancelled by the authorities. At the time, both parties did not reveal the reason by this action.

The matter was taken to court by the bookmaker. Thankfully for Bet365, the Sofia Administrative Court ruled in its favour with SCG having to issue a new licence.

After the re-entry of Bet365, a total of 10 players are now present in the Bulgarian betting market.

Notable among them are Betfair and PokerStars. The comeback of Bet365 however will make things more interesting. It now remains to be seen how the dynamics of the Bulgarian online gambling market are altered.


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