Ryan Riess beat runner up, Jay Farber in a terrific heads-up battle to win the 2013 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. He had Jay on the ropes earlier, but Jay was able to hit a nine to make a straight and keep his hopes alive.
With the blinds at $600,000/$1,200,000 and the antes at $200,000, the final hand came down to Jay (on the short stack with less than $15,000,000) having few options and going all in with Q9 of spades.
Ryan called instantly with AK of hearts and was a 65% favorite. When the flop came 4 of clubs, J of diamonds and 10 of diamonds, Jay lost some of his outs as a queen would have given Ryan a straight. Jay, dead to a 5 watched as the 3 of clubs came on the turn and the 4 of diamonds came on the river making Ryan the latest main event winner and $8,361,570 richer.
The rest of the final table and their respective payouts finished in the following manner:
After more than a week of play, a field of 6,352 players has been reduced to the final nine who will meet again in November to determine who will become the WSOP Main Event champion.
The winner will not only get the coveted bracelet but will also take home over $8 million. All of the final nine players are already in good shape, being guaranteed at least $700,000 just by making the final table.
The players and their chip stacks are as follows:
J.C. Tran $38,000,000 from the United States
Amir Lehavot 29,700,000 from Israel
Marc McLaughlin 26,525,000 from Canada
Jay Farber 25,975,000 from the United States
Ryan Riess 25,875,000 from the United States
Sylvain Loosli 19,600,000 from France
Michiel Brummelhuis 11,275,000 from the Netherlands
Mark Newhouse 7,350,000 from the United States
David Benefield 6,375,000 from the United States
Former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen from Spain, finished in 10th place just missing the final table.
Tune in November 4, when the battle for the bracelet resumes.
The heads-up challenge between the pros from Team PokerStars and Team Full Tilt ended with with Team PokerStars crushing their opponents 3-0 and picking up the $150,000 in prize money.
Playing at the European Poker Tour London, each player competed in a best-of-three heads-up No-Limit Hold’em online match. Team Full Tilt,
made up of Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom played heads-up against the Poker Stars team of Daniel Negreanu, ElkY Grospellier and Ike Haxton at $50,000 per match. The first player to win 2 out of 3 in each match would win a point. The team winning 2 out of 3 matches would take the total prize money.
Blom played Grospellier, Dwan played Haxton and Negreanu would face off against Hansen. After the dust settled, Tom Dwan was the only Full Tilt player to win a game as Team PokerStars walked away with the cash. Negreanu beat Hansen despite timing out twice with the nuts.
Daniel Negreanu commented, “Well, I did predict that we’d win all 3 matches and it went just as I’d predicted. When asked if there would be a rematch, Negreanu replied, “Ah well, it’s up to them!” He laughed and said, “If they’d like to donate some more to our fund, we’d be more than happy to play them again.”
ElkY added, “It went amazingly well. The whole PokerStars team had dinner together the night before and Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov and above all Isaac Haxton – because he’s played a lot against Isildur and had a lot of information to share – all gave me advice. I had also watched a lot of his matches from when he did the SuperStar Showdown on PokerStars, so I had a lot of information about his style, more than he did on mine, since I haven’t been playing as many heads-ups as I used to. I think it was very important to win the first match, it put more pressure on him. We also worked on finding what aspects of his game I could use to my advantage, and what I could do in certain situations to make him feel even more frustrated.”
This $150,000 match all started from a tweet by Gus Hansen where he teased Negreanu about a hand from High Stakes Poker from a number of years ago where Negreanu’s full house ran into Hansen’s quads. Daniel responded by issuing this challenge to Hansen and the rest, as they say, is history.
Team Full Tilt Poker player Gus Hansen has agreed to a challenge from Team Poker Stars player Daniel Negreanu for a three-on-three online heads-up match. The challenge is a battleship-style tournament to be held at PokerStars’ London event in March.
Negreanu surveyed fans as well as other pros from Team Poker Stars to help him in his decision on who to choose for his team. Eventually Negreanu arrived at Isaac Haxton and French poker star, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier to play against Gus Hansen’s team of Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.
Negreanu is suggesting that each player put $50,000 into the pot ($150,000 per team) with the plan being a three table No-Limit Hold’em heads-up freezeout on laptops. Hansen and Negreanu are team captains so they will play each other but we will have to wait to see how the other parings match up.
A player wins an individual match by taking two of the three tables. The team who wins will have to take two of the three individual matches overall.
This is the first time there has ever been an official competition between Poker Stars pros and Full Tilt Poker pros. Interestingly, Daniel has even agreed to play the event on Hansen’s Full Tilt Poker site instead of Poker Stars. It’s set to take place during the EPT Main Event in London, which is March 10-16.
Here’s a video of Daniel Negreanu talking about how it all got started:
Australia has seen huge growth in the sports betting arena but poker remains the star attraction. Business analysts IBISWorld report that poker accounted for over 60% of total betting spent by gamblers during 2011 and 2012. The sports betting sector has seen phenomenal growth and is becoming increasingly popular. At present it’s only 1.6% of the total gambling market but it has seen 14.7% growth over the past five years, which is more than lotteries and horse racing.
IBISWorld predicts Australian gambling will grow to $22.5 billion, with an average of $1,256 wagered per person in 2012. Customers are displaying an increased awareness of where they are placing their bets. And they are taking full advantage of the benefits and convenience of online casino services. Along with sports betting, gamblers now have access to a wide selection of casino games and multi-player options such as online poker tournaments. All can be accessed direct from the Internet and increasingly also on mobile devices and smartphones.
Sally Gainsbury, from the center for gambling, education and research at Southern Cross University commented that: ‘The prominence of new technology, such as the rising penetration of smartphones, enables people to place a bet anywhere’. Gaming Club’s official representative said, “The gambling industry has been very strong in Australia for many years now. This has clearly been helped by the growth of several online gaming websites that offer hundreds of online casino games.”
With six of the November nine busting out the previous Sunday, the WSOP main event title was up for grabs Tuesday night airing on ESPN.
The six players to exit Sunday and their respective winnings are:
4th Matt Giannetti $3,011,655
5th Phil Collins $2,268,909
6th Eoghan O’Dea $1,720,396
7th Badih Bounahra $1,313,851
8th Anton Makiievskyi $1,009,910
9th Sam Holden $782,115
That left Pius Heinz, Martin Staszko and Ben Lamb left from the starting field of 6,865 players to fight it out for the title on Tuesday night.
It didn’t take long for the fireworks to begin. On hand #1, Ben Lamb on the short stack, pushed all in with KJ off suit and was called by Staszko’s pocket sevens. The sevens held up and Lamb is crippled with just 10 big blinds left. On hand #4 Lamb has little choice but to shove with Q6 off and is called again by Staszko’s pocket pair, this time jacks. They hold up and Lamb finishes in third.
Heads up between the 22 year old Heinz and the 35 year old Staszko then begins on hand #5 with the blinds at $800,000/$1,600,000 and a $200,000 ante. Heinz, the more aggressive of the two is looking to become the 2nd youngest player to win the WSOP main event. (Joe Cada age 21 in 2009)
Heinz had trouble making hands in heads up play and fell behind to Staszko but the aggressive Heinz hung in and eventually pulled ahead.
The final hand saw Staszko, down to just over $44,000,000 in chips, pushing all in with 10c-7c against the As-Kc of Heinz. When neither player hit a pair, Heinz was the champion, winning $8,715,618. Staszko collected $5,433,086 for second.
The final nine players who will make up the 2011 WSOP main event final table have emerged from a field of 6,865 players.
The chip leader, Martin Staszko (40.1 million in chips) — A professional poker player for about one year, is 35 years old and admits that he plays much more online than live. In fact, since arriving in Vegas on June 2, he has played 15 tournaments, which he says is more than he has played in his entire life. He is the first player from the Czech Republic to make the final table.
In second is, Eoghan O’Dea (33.9 million) — He is a 26-year-old pro who has cashed in big tournaments before and his father, Donnacha, has also won a bracelet and cashed in the main event six times.
Next is Matt Giannetti (24.7 million) — A 26-year-old pro from Las Vegas, Nevada well-known in poker circles for his cash game play.
Phil Collins (23.8 million) — another 26 year old from Las Vegas, is in 4th place.
In fifth place is Ben Lamb (20.8 million) — He is considered by many, the best player at the table. He has already won a bracelet, made two other final tables and taken home $1.2 million before the main event.
In the sixth place is Badih Bounahra (19.7 million) — who at 49 is the oldest player of the nine. He is also an amateur and strictly a live player. He’s also the first player from Belize to make the final table at the WSOP.
In seventh is Pius Heinz (16.4 million) — He is 22 years old and is the first German player to reach the November Nine.
In eighth is Anton Makiievskyi (13.8 million) — The youngest player at the final table, the 21-year-old Ukrainian can become the youngest WSOP main event champion if he wins in November.
In ninth is Sam Holden (12.3 million) –a 22-year-old native of Canterbury, England who survived being short stacked for most of Days 6 and 7.
Seating for this year’s November Nine are as follows:
Seat 1: Matt Giannetti (Las Vegas, NV) – 24,750,000 in chips
Seat 2: Badih Bou-Nahra (Belize City, Belize) – 19,700,000 in chips
Seat 3: Eoghan O’Dea (Dublin, Ireland) – 33,925,000 in chips
Seat 4: Phil Collins (Las Vegas, NV) – 23,875,000 in chips
Seat 5: Anton Makiievskyi (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) – 13,825,000 in chips
Seat 6: Sam Holden (Sussex, UK) – 12,375,000 in chips
Seat 7: Pius Heinz (Cologne, Germany) – 16,425,000 in chips
Seat 8: Ben Lamb (Tulsa, OK) – 20,875,000 in chips
Seat 9: Martin Staszko (Trinec, Czech Republic) – 40,175,000 in chips
The players are now on a three and a half month break before play resumes on November 5th. They will then play until only two players left and after a day off, will resume to determine the next No-Limit Hold’em World Champion.
Here’s the latest regarding the online poker challenge match between Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Daniel “Jungleman 12″ Cates that’s taking place on Full Tilt Poker.com
The latest session finished March 29, 2011 with almost 1,100 hands being played. Jungleman 12 came out slightly ahead by about $40,000. So far, 19,335 hands have been played out of the 50,000 to be played (with almost $130,000,000 having been bet to this point) and Daniel is winning the overall poker challenge by a little over $1,251,000.
For those unfamiliar with the Tom Dwan Full Tilt online poker challenge challenge, Tom puts up prize money at 3 to 1. If he wins, he gets the amount won at the tables and $500,000 from his opponent. If he loses, his opponent gets the amount won at the tables and $1,500,000 from Dwan.
The first match (which hasn’t continued since August, 2010 ) has Tom Dwan playing Omaha Hi against Patrik Antonius. So far, 39,436 hands have been played out of the 50,000 hands to be played with Tom up a little over $2,000,000. Amazingly, over $342,000,000 has been wagered over those 39,000+ hands.
The second of Tom “durrrr” Dwan’s poker challenges, this one, a no-limit hold ‘em contest against Daniel “Jungleman 12″ Cates just finished its latest session. “Jungleman 12″ came out ahead in the 844 hands played today winning about $24,000.
The totals so far in the 11 sessions played are: 11,569 total hands played out of the 50,000 hands to be played, with Daniel up a little over $580,000. $580,000 doesn’t represent a very big hole for Dwan to dig out of when you consider that over $70,000,000 has been wagered so far.
For those unfamiliar with the Dwan poker challenge,”durrrr” is putting up prize money at 3 to 1. If he wins, he gets the amount won at the tables and $500,000 from his opponent. If the opponent wins, they get the amount won at the tables and $1,500,000 from Dwan.
The first match (which has been going on for some time) has Tom Dwan playing Omaha Hi against Patrik Antonius. So far, 39,436 hands have been played out of the 50,000 hands to be played with Tom up a little over $2,000,000. Amazingly, over $342,000,000 has been wagered over those 39,000+ hands.
The final nine players who will make up the 2010 WSOP main event final table have emerged from a field of 7,319 players who began play back on July 5.
The chip leader, Jonathan Duhamel (65.9 million in chips) is a 22-year-old from Montreal who finished 10th last December in EPT Prague.
Next is John Dolan (46.2 million in chips) who is a 24-year-old from Bonita Springs, Fla. He is in great position to win, especially considering that starting Day 8, he had only 2 million in chips and was 24th out of 27 players.
In third place is Joseph Cheong (23.5 million in chips) and another young full-time player who is only 24 years of age. Joseph said he has played over 10,000 poker tournaments the last few years and feels this experience plays to his advantage. He says, “There are a lot of solid guys here, but I think I’m going to win this tournament.”
In fourth place is John Racener (19.0 million in chips) has been traveling the poker circuit for the past few years and has already had success, including 11 WSOP cashes (including this main event)
Fifth place is occupied by Matt Jarvis (17.6 million in chips) a 25-year-old Canadian, who’s been making his living online and has only one five-figure cash in live play to his credit, but is still confident about his chances at the final table.
In sixth is Filippo Candio (16.4 million in chips) who is a 26 year old well-respected pro from Sardinia, Italy. He plays in a number of events and he won the Italian Poker Tour Campionato Italiano in 2009.
Seventh place is held by Michael Mizrachi (14.4 million in chips) who is a Miami native and one of the best known players in the world, with more than $8.8 million in live tournament earnings. Michael has already had a great 2010 WSOP by virtue of his winning the $50,000 Players’ Championship.
In eighth place is Soi Nguyen (9.6 million in chips) who is a 37-year-old amateur from Santa Ana, Calif. This is only his fourth live tournament and he is soaking up the experience.
The final seat is occupied by Jason Senti (7.6 million in chips) is a 28 year old Minneapolis native who has been playing poker professionally for three years.
Congratulations to all nine.
Here is the 2010 November Nine Seating Chart with Chip Counts followed by the Payouts:
Seat 1: Jason Senti — 7,625,000
Seat 2: Joseph Cheong — 23,525,000
Seat 3: John Dolan — 46,250,000
Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel — 65,975,000
Seat 5: Michael Mizrachi — 14,450,000
Seat 6: Matthew Jarvis — 16,700,000
Seat 7: John Racener — 19,050,000
Seat 8: Filippo Candio — 16,400,000
Seat 9: Soi Nguyen — 9,650,000