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Eric Blair Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event At The Lodge

Eric BlairA total of 330 entries were made in the 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em main event at The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.From that field only one player could emerge victorious with the title and in the end it was poker pro Eric Blair that came out on top, earning $ 116,325 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring for the win.

“They all played really well,” said Blair of his final table opponents after his win. “They were tough. No one was giving it away. It was mentally grueling.”

Blair entered the final day in the middle of the pack, but less than an orbit into the day a key hand arose that rocketed him toward the top of the chip counts when he eliminated Corey Zedo in fifth place ($ 28,967) by besting his 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit with the KHeart SuitKClub Suit. From there he was able to make it to heads-up play with Nicholas Petitti. The two battled it out for over three hours, but in the end Blair was victorious.

In addition to the title, the hardware and the money Blair also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third title of the year, having just won a $ 1,172 Deepstacks Extravaganza $ 300,000 guaranteed event at the Venetian roughly two weeks earler and a $ 2,100 prelim at the Wynn Classic in April. With another small final table finish already under his belt for 2014 as well Blair now sits in 20th place in the overall POY standings, with 1,632 points and year-to-date earnings of $ 279,996.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

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Winning The WSOP Main Event Three Times In A Row More Likely Than Perfect NCAA Bracket

The first round of the 2014 NCAA men’s college basketball tournament kicks off on Wednesday, and one bracket contest seems to be the talk of the American sports world.

In January, it was announced that billionaire Warren Buffet had agreed to insure a promotion by Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans, where a perfect bracket earns a participant $ 1 billion. Much smaller prizes are to be won for less-than-perfect brackets.

The promotion is expected to be a boon for Quicken Loans, thanks to the basically free advertising and getting millions to supply the mortgage lender with key personal information.

The odds of filling out a perfect bracket, if one flipped a coin for all the games, is 1 in 9.2 quintillion. To be precise, it’s 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.

Obviously, people don’t blindly fill out brackets that way. One mathematician at DePaul University reportedly pegged it at 1 in around 128 billion.

That’s much better than the former, which probably wouldn’t have occurred yet if everyone in the U.S. had been filling out brackets at random once a year since the Big Bang.

You’d likely have a better chance at winning the World Series of Poker main event, these days with 6,000-player fields, three times in a row than if you filled out a bracket that way.

Buffet, who has a net worth of around $ 53.5 billion, is also insuring a contest that is capped at 15 million entries, which makes it even more impossible for a perfect bracket to be had.

While Buffet and Gilbert have safe bets here, some bookmakers in Las Vegas are less than thrilled with the seeding. One told the Las Vegas Sun that this year is “probably the hardest bracket I’ve ever seen in my whole life.”

Silver State casinos won around $ 200 million from sports gamblers in 2013.

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Mike Leah Wins Two WSOP Circuit Rings In One Day

Mike Leah achieved one of poker’s most rare feats on Friday, March 14th at the Bicycle Casino. In the span of one day he took down two live poker tournaments, winning his first World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring in a $ 580 no-limit hold’em event and then hoping into the $ 365 no-limit hold’em turbo later that afternoon, only to come out on top of that as well to earn his second ring in one day.

The two wins combined to give Leah a $ 32,385 payday. Leah has now won four tournaments just two and a half months into the year. Leah got 2014 off on the right foot when he came out on top in a $ 5,300 no-limit hold’em turbo side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $ 119,770. He then went on to take down a $ 1,100 CAD no-limit hold’em prelim at the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic for $ 118,982 CAD ($ 107,084 USD).

These four wins have given Leah 1,404 Card Player Player of the Year points, enough to move him into 15th place in the overall POY standings. Leah’s year-to-date earnings have grown to $ 243,799 as a result.

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WSOP Axes European Tournament Series In 2014

On Monday, the World Series of Poker announced big changes to its bracelet events held outside of the United States.

Earlier this year, the WSOP held its first WSOP Asia-Pacific, and that will now be held in even numbered years, while the WSOP Europe will be held in odd numbered years.

Next year’s WSOP APAC is expected to take place from Oct. 1-17 at Crown Melbourne and feature ten WSOP gold bracelet events.

There is no word on what the 2015 WSOPE will have to offer.

The WSOPE had been running annually since 2007.

“We are excited to return to Melbourne in 2014 for WSOP APAC and the beginning of a new era for our international championships,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a statement.

“The WSOP standard is bigger, better and different. Moving to a rotational approach, with one international event per year allows for better organization and more marketing in each region. We also want to do right by the players, and provide more value for their travel dollar. There is a glut of poker tournaments around the world, and our vision is to each year put on a single global showcase that can’t be missed.”

The complete schedule and dates for the WSOP APAC should be announced in early 2014.

The WSOP is owned by Caesars Entertainment, which just launched an online poker site in the state of New Jersey. It also has web poker offerings in Nevada.

And of course there is the summer WSOP, which has been running annually for decades.

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WSOP Crowns First ‘Online Nine’ Poker Champ

Matt Wilson in 2006This week, in addition to crowning a main event champion, the WSOP named its first ever “Online Nine” champion. It was the Nevada poker site’s first official championship.

Matt Wilson, hailing from North Richmond Hills, Texas, won the $ 50,000 top prize after a live heads-up match at the Penn and Teller Theater in the Rio in Las Vegas.

In order to qualify for the live sit-and-go, Wilson won an online championship event at WSOP.com.

The WSOP launched its online poker site in September.

Wilson defeated Matt Schultz, from South Dakota, in about an hour-long duel.

Thanks to the victory, Wilson now has more than $ 100,000 in career poker tournament scores.

The nine-event series kicked off Oct. 25 with a $ 100,000 freeroll and wrapped up Nov. 2 with the $ 200+$ 15 buy-in Internet main event. The tournament schedule also featured two rebuy tournaments and buy-ins from as little as $ 25+$ 2.50.

The nine winners of these events made up the Online Nine, which competed in the special $ 100,000 online sit-and-go freeroll on Nov. 4. The final two players stopped before heads-up play and resumed action at the final table of WSOP main event at the Penn and Teller Theater. The runner-up earned $ 30,000 and the third-place finisher took home $ 20,000.

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Philipp Gruissem Leads WSOP Europe €25,000 High Roller Going Into Final Day

Philipp GruissemA total of 80 players posted the €25,600 buy-in in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe no-limit high roller event, building a prize pool of €1,920,000 ($ 2,645,568 USD). After two long days of high stakes action in the Casino Barriere Enghien les Bains in Paris, France, there are now only 13 players remaining to battle for the title, the WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of €725,000 ($ 998,977 USD). The chip leader heading into the final day is German high roller super star Philipp Gruissem with 1,296,000 of the 6 million chips in play. Joining him are some of tournament poker’s top professionals. Here is a look at the chip counts for day 3:

As any poker fan can see, this is an absolutely star studded field. During the last level Daniel Negreanu had this to say about the remaining players:

When the fourth highest earning poker player in live tournament history, with more than $ 18.3 million in live cashes, thinks the field is tough, it probably is. The numbers confirm Negreanu’s assertion, with the remaining 13 players combining for more than $ 63.4 million dollars in collective live tournament earnings.

These 13 players will return at 1:00 PM local time to play down to a champion. Here is a look at the prize money on offer:

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Meet The 2013 WSOP November Nine — Amir Lehavot

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Meet The 2013 WSOP November Nine — Sylvain Loosli

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WSOP Finalist Ryan Riess: ‘I Just Blow Money Like It Grows On The Tree In My Backyard’

Poker pro Ryan Riess will enter the 2013 World Series of Poker main event final table in November in fifth chip position. He will be looking to cap off an improbable 12-month run of playing cards that could see him turn $ 50 into $ 8.3 million, even with heavy losses at roulette along the way.

Riess, who hails from Michigan but lives in Florida these days, might be the youngest at the table, but he thinks he is the best. His confidence on the felt is in part thanks to what he says is his lack of “much respect for money.” In many ways the 23-year-old is a fearless gambler.

Card Player had the chance to speak to Riess about his navigation through the toughest tournament in all of poker, as well as what precautions he will take with a possible seven-figure bankroll and a propensity to “blow money like it grows on the tree.”

Brian Pempus: Can you talk about your main event run?

Ryan Riess: This was my first main event, so I didn’t really know the structure and what I was getting into at first. But once I realized that the structure had two-hour levels and you could just play all day, it gave me the ability to be patient and just wait for cards. That’s the mindset I employed on Day 1 and kind of kept that throughout the entire tournament. I was pretty fortunate at times. On Day 1 I ran extremely hot and flopped sets like five times and made quads twice. Day 3 and Day 4 were kind of brutal because my tables were really tough. Day 5 was really good, but Day 6 was brutal. But on Day 7 I ran really well toward the end and here I am.

BP: Was the strategy to let other people blow up and make mistakes?

RR: Yeah, exactly. I was really patient and didn’t bluff much. I didn’t run any really crazy bluffs during the entire tournament. I wasn’t running anything elaborate like cold four-betting people preflop with nothing. With two hour levels, you can afford to be really patient. Over the course of a tournament there are a lot of spots that people would call “good,” but in the main event you can wait for “great” spots instead of just the good ones. I was just waiting for those opportunities.
I was only all in for my tournament life four times during the main event.

BP: Is that pretty amazing to be all in that infrequently during a seven-day tournament?

RR: It was really cool. Coming into the tournament I expected to be at risk eight or nine times, if I made it all the way to the end. There are so many people and you have to run so well. I was really fortunate to only be sweating four times. Those were the most nerve-racking moments of my life, though. I was shaking; I couldn’t even control myself because I was so nervous.

I am actually not nervous at all right now, though. When it gets closer, maybe the week before, those feelings might start building up, but right now I am just super excited.

BP: Do you think you are going to be nervous about the money or the fact that you are playing in front of such a huge audience and everyone’s moves are going to be scrutinized?

RR: I’ll be most the nervous because I want to win so badly. I set such high expectations for myself. Other people aren’t going to make me nervous; it’s just living up to my own expectations. I do think I am the best player at the table. Everyone is very good, but I think I am the best.

BP: You made the final table at such a young age, but do you feel you need to make the most of this opportunity since it could very likely never happen again?

RR: Yeah, I’ve talked to a lot people who keep telling that as a professional poker player money like this is hard to come by. I can’t think that this is going to happen many other times. They have helped me realize that this very rare and that I should take advantage of it to the best of my ability.

BP: The stakes you were playing just recently were a lot lower. Is it kind of surreal to be playing for millions of dollars at a final table come this November?

RR: Yeah, it is pretty crazy. I don’t have much respect for money. I just blow money like it grows on the tree in my backyard. I don’t really think about the money like how most people would in my situation; I don’t think.

BP: Have you had some pretty vicious swings with your bankroll over the years? Has anything like that been the result of your lack of regard for money?

RR: Well, I graduated from college (at Michigan State University) in December of this past year, so I was broke throughout college because I would go out partying everyday, and I would never really care too much about money; I had a job and was going to school to get my degree. I wanted to have fun and just live life. I didn’t really worry about money too much, but I had a couple downswings in the pit, playing roulette, blackjack and baccarat, and all of those horrible games. Once you sit down at a roulette table and lose $ 30,000 in one day, your respect for money goes down a little bit. I am trying to gain it back, but it’s hard.

BP: Are you trying to avoid those games going forward? Your bankroll could be boosted by a massive amount thanks to the main event final table.

RR: Oh yeah, I quit playing them awhile ago. That last time I played those games was the day after the Super Bowl in February. I lost like $ 50,000 in a month playing those stupid games, so I think I learned my lesson. I hope I don’t go back to them.

BP: Was that $ 50,000 a big loss for your poker bankroll at the time?

RR: Yeah, it was very big.

BP: You built your bankroll up from playing live tournaments?

RR: Yeah, I never had a bankroll until (WSOP Circuit Horseshoe) Hammond this past October. We chopped it, and I got $ 277,000. I had just $ 2,000 to my name before the tournament.

BP: So this is pretty sick parlay? You turned the $ 2,000 into that score, and then used that money to enter your first WSOP main event and make the final table.

RR: Yeah, it is pretty incredible. Actually the week before I had that $ 2,000 I was dead broke; I think I had $ 50 to my name. So in a year I may go from $ 50 to $ 8 million.

BP: Have you thought about ways to protect this money once you have it?

RR: Yeah, I am not going to pull a Chino Rheem and go drop $ 100,000 in the pit or play $ 100,000 poker tournaments. I am going to try to be smart and play $ 10,000 buy-ins at the most, and maybe a $ 25,000 here and there. I am going to try be smart with it because it is hard to come by.

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WSOP Poker Site Launches Early For Certain Customers

For those in Nevada who pre-registered for the World Series of Poker’s real-money online poker at the Rio this summer, online action was available Tuesday — which was about two full days prior to the site’s statewide launch (for everyone) on Thursday morning.

Such players received an email with a special download link.

The site currently offers no-limit and limit Texas hold’em, pot-limit Omaha high, limit Omaha eight-or-better, seven-card stud high and seven-card stud hi-low eight-or-better.

“It is a gratifying and exciting day to see the WSOP online launch,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a conference call Monday morning.

“From Fremont to any street in Nevada in less than a decade,” he said of how the WSOP franchise has been drastically transformed and expanded so quickly.

In addition to the cash games running, the site is offering freerolls and other smaller buy-in multi-table tournaments. Sit-and-gos are also open for business. The action is obviously expected to pick up drastically in the coming days and weeks.

The only other real-money online poker site in Nevada is Ultimate Poker, which is run by an offshoot of Station Casinos. That site launched back in April.

The WSOP is owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Thanks to a partnership, Caesars is utilizing the software of 888 Holdings to run its games.

All in the industry are looking forward to when Nevada can join up with other jurisdictions to create even larger player pools for web poker games. Right now, only the Silver State, New Jersey and Delaware have legalized web gambling.

For more news from Nevada, check out its state page.

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