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Poker Hall of Fame Inducts Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Every year, around the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event, the Poker Hall of Fame inducts new members. A lavish ceremony takes place honoring the individuals who are chosen as the best of the best in the poker world. For 2016, it was Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson who earned such honors. The ceremony took place last week and saw many of the living members of the Hall of Fame coming out to show support and enjoy the evening.

During his acceptance speech, Brunson stated that he would like to thank his mother, that she played a big role in his persona as well as in being a poker player. He learned valuable lessons from her in regards to the game, despite the fact that she has never played a hand. Brunson was comedic in his speech and discussed many stories he had about the poker world as he accepted his new spot.

Mortenson became the first European player to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and earned the title by having proved he has what it takes on the poker felt during events around the world. The poker pro has quite the career, having earned the top spot as the all-time money winner for the World Poker Tour as well as earning the most WPT titles in the history of the World Poker Tour, tied with Gus Hansen and Anthony Zinno for this honor at three titles a piece.

As far as Brunson’s career is concerned, he has seen a successful career on the tournament circuit having won a WSOP bracelet and finished well in many WSOP events. Brunson has cashed out in WPT events as well as earned $4.3 million overall during his career.

Both men are well-deserved of the honor and join the members of the Poker Hall of Fame, ready to vote next year when the process begins anew.

888Poker Produces Two Players for November Nine of 2016 WSOP

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

For years, poker players have had the opportunity to compete in the World Series of Poker. Every summer, the WSOP heads to Las Vegas to hold a multitude of poker tournament events, including options to win a coveted gold bracelet. The best of the best take part in such events and names are made in the poker industry due to amazing wins.

Since the early 2000s, online poker sites have offered qualifiers for players to be able to win a seat to a WSOP event for a much lower price. Most buy-ins to the WSOP are a few hundred dollars and go as high as $10,000 for the Main Event. There are larger buy-ins but the majority have mostly affordable options or somewhat affordable for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Online poker sites such as 888poker make it easy for players to take part in such big events in the hopes that players will do well and the brand will be recognized.

This year, 888poker offered players the opportunity to qualify to compete in the WSOP Main Event. This $10,000 buy-in event is the most popular on the schedule, one that everyone wants to take part in. For the 2016 Main Event, two players were able to earn their seats to compete via 888poker and work their way into the November Nine.

Both Fernando Pons and Griffin Benger earned a seat into the Main Event via an online qualifier and now have the opportunity to win the tournament. When the final table is back in action this November, Pons will sit last in chips with 6.15 million while Benger will be not too far ahead in the 7th position with 26.175 million. It will be interesting to see if either of the competitors will be able to earn the big win thanks to qualifying for a much lower amount via 888poker.

PayPal Deposit Bonus at WSOP

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

file4741238088930It was just recently announced that PayPal would be a form of deposit for players who take part in online poker play at in New Jersey and Nevada. This is a big deal for the United States online poker industry as PayPal has been avoiding the online gambling industry like the plague. Members of PayPal couldn’t even mention gambling terms in notes at PayPal in fear of having their account shut down.

PayPal is now available as a form of deposit for players at the US WSOP sites and a big bonus is that the WSOP is offering an actual bonus for players to use the deposit method. Players who deposit at least $100 can earn a free $10 Tournament Ticket. The deposit is only good until the 30th of September, giving players a little more time to take part.

Players may have missed out on the PayPal bonus due to the many great bonuses on offer at the online poker room. From the Fall Reload Bonus to the Anniversary Reload Bonus, players have several options to earn extra cash while playing at the online poker site. The Fall bonus was a 100% offer up to $500 while the Anniversary is the same, both with specific terms to clear the extra money.

New players to the site can also take advantage of the Welcome Bonus. As a new player to any online poker room, there is a welcome option to help players get started earning extra cash before game play even begins.

Members of the WSOP as well as other sites should take advantage of the many bonus and reward opportunities. By earning rewards and using incentives, players can earn extra cash which can then be used to play even more online poker games. Visit WSOP today to take advantage of the PayPal and many other deals.

Brandon Wittmeyer Wins New WSOP Event

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

file4741238088930Every year when the World Series of Poker rolls around, players have come to expect certain events. We all know there will be high roller events, the starting event of the casino employees as well as the main event. It is also common to find the WSOP officials have added new events for players to enjoy. New events give players in Las Vegas the opportunity to compete in a different type of event as well as give the WSOP a chance to see what event types might be more appealing to players.

This year, the WSOP featured a $1,500 50/50 No Limit Hold’em event which provided players with a unique format. Half the field would finish in the money with a prize of at least $1,000. Once the event reached the final ten percent, the payout structure would return to normal and offer much higher prizes for the top finishers.

The first ever run of the event was sponsored by DraftKings and it was Brandon Wittmeyer who outlasted the field of 1,123 to earn the first place win. Wittmeyer earned a prize of $200,618 and his first ever WSOP bracelet. This was the second time the poker player made a final table during the WSOP.

In the end, Wittmeyer had to face Derek Gomez in heads up play to earn the first place win. During the final hand, Gomez was all-in and Wittmeyer called. Gomez showed A-10 off-suite with Wittmeyer holding A-Q of hearts. The flop fell K-10-2-2-Q, giving Wittmeyer the pair on the river and the first place win.

Final Results:

Finish Player Name Prize  
1 Brandon Wittmeyer $200,618  
2 Derek Gomez $123,907  
3 Ping Liu $77,516  
4 Mukul Pahuja $56,245  
5 Tom Braband $41,540  
6 Matt Affleck $31,079  
7 Perati Muhamet $23,650  
8 Stefano Terziani $18,268  
9 Michael Whitman $14,266  



WSOP Millionaire Maker Win Goes to Adrian Buckley

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

file4741238088930Twenty seven year old Adrian Buckley just had his poker dreams come true by earning his first ever WSOP cash out at the Millionaire Maker event. Buckley did not just cash out in the event, he took it down, outlasting the field of over 7,200 players to earn the first place win, his first gold bracelet and just over $1.2 million in cash!

Buckley could not believe he had earned the title win. Speaking just after the tournament, the player stated that his win was 100% surreal and that the past few days have been crazy, as it was definitely the run of the century.

During the tournament, Buckley would have to defeat several top competitors to move on in the event. Such pros as Erick Lindgren, Mike Sexton and Olivier Busquet were taking part in the poker event. When final table play began, Buckley would hold the shortest stack but would soon gain the chip lead and be ready to take on Javier Zarco in heads up play.

On the final hand, Buckley would open up with 2,000,000 with Zarco then moving all in with 17 million. Buckley would call and show pocket tens. Zarco held pocket sixes and looked to be in big trouble. The board fell K-J-3-K-2 and gave Buckley the hand and the title win. Buckley is now a millionaire but plans on continuing his job with Lockheed-Martin as an electrical engineer. The player came to the WSOP to compete in 10 events and now says he will definitely be taking part in the upcoming Main Event.

Final Results:

First Place                            Adrian Buckley                  $1,277,193

Second Place                     Javier Zarco                        $791,690

Third Place                          Olivier Busquet                 $589,569

Fourth Place                       Randy Pfeifer                    $441,465

Fifth Place                           Mohammad Siddiqui      $333,038

Sixth Place                          David Miscikowski           $253,094

Seventh Place                   Erick Lindgren                    $193,675

Eighth Place                        Justin Pechie                      $149,238

Ninth Place                         Mike Sexton                      $115,890


Unique Information Guide Released by WSOP

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

file4741238088930As the 2015 World Series of Poker draws near, information on events, hotel stays and more are being released by the brand. Many players visit the WSOP year after year to enjoy their favorite poker games, with the opportunity to win a WSOP bracelet as well as earn a nice cash prize. The WSOP has recently released a WSOP Player Information Guide which will serve as a reference for new players to the events, easily being able to take part in game play.

The guide can be access from the WSOP website and can be downloaded to a MAC or PC. The application for WSOP on mobile can also offer the guide. With the guide, players will then be able to learn about the proper procedures to follow in order to take part in gaming. Players can also register and deposit with the information to take part in the tournament options.

Once you have register and provided the proper documentation, you will be able to deposit with a number of banking methods. Use Visa, Neteller, bank transfer, Rio cashier or Nevada 7-Elevens. The mobile number of your device is required for geolocation needs and will ensure that you are taking part in game play while within the state borders.

Players who take part in online gaming while in Nevada will be able to make withdrawals at the Rio cashier cage, via Neteller, bank check or bank transfer. Each banking option has a minimum and maximum cashout limit. Each of these particulars and so much more are offered in the guide so you can learn every aspect of tournament options at the WSOP.

Any tournament tickets or chips earned online can be picked up at the payout window of the Rio, with a dedicated option for the WSOP. These pickups can begin on May 27th, with identification required.

Super High Roller Event Gaining Attention

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

This summer the Aria plans on offering a Super High Roller Bowl which has a price tag of $500,000 to enter. This is a high dollar amount that many poker players just cannot afford, expect the elite. The event will not take place until July but already the number of players set to complete has passed the 40 entry mark. The event is set to be a big money maker, with the field continuing to grow at a nice pace.

The event has seen seven additional players sign up to compete in just the past two weeks. That is $3.5 million in entry fees paid, a crazy amount of cash. The tournament will begin on the 2nd of July and will continue until the 4th, which sets the event taking place right before the World Series of Poker begins their Main Event. This allows players who are in town to take place in the Aria event as well as the WSOP Main Event.

We do not know if the registration for this event will eventually be capped or if the Aria will let players continue to pony up the massive buy-in to compete. The goal is to have a $25 million prize pool and offer a first place prize of $8 million+. To meet these numbers, the event would need 50 entries, which should be doable as players continue to sign up to compete.

The Aria website is keeping the poker community in the know as to who is signing up to compete and how many players are registered. So far, the new players set to compete include someone known as a Hedge Fund Manager, a retired businessman and a CEO. Once the event begins, it will be interesting to see how many players are actually going to compete and how large the prize pool will be!

WSOP New Jersey Online Poker Site Prepares for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

file4741238088930As the holiday season is quickly upon us, the online poker sites around the world are offering special gaming options and promotions for players to take advantage of. In the United States, players usually do not have the option of taking part in such gaming. Now that the state of New Jersey has online poker and casino gaming, players within the state have the option of enjoying such gaming. The site has been very popular with gamers and is now offering special poker promotions for members to take advantage of.

With the current promotions, the WSOP site will now have eight new bonuses and will provide Sit & Go Leaderboards and will offer mobile users special promotions. Mobile users will be able to earn prizes by using a mobile device to compete in the online poker gaming. On top of the standard promotions, the online poker site will be offering special events where players have the opportunity to earn major cash prizes.

From the 15th to the 21st of December, the online poker site will be offering Deep Stack Tournaments which will offer low buy-ins and $20,000 in guaranteed prize money. Players will begin with 200 big blinds and will find blinds as low as $10 and as high as $100 with plenty of cash up for grabs to build a solid bank roll.

On top of what is already being offered, the online poker room will have a Daily Holiday Gift Giveaway which will offer great prizes for players to try and win. Players can click on the link at the site and register to win by earning one Action Player Point by competing in tournament or cash game play. Players will have the opportunity to win great prizes from gourmet food to televisions, digital cameras and more.

Vegas Vacation Up For Grabs at WSOP NJ

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

file4741238088930The WSOP online poker site in the state of New Jersey allows players in the state to compete in major online poker tournaments, cash gaming and earn seats to major live land-based events. The site also allows players to compete in special competitions, promotions and bonus opportunities. For the month of October, WSOP has decided to offer a special vacation competition where the lucky winner will spend a little time in Las Vegas!

Throughout the month, players will be eligible to win a trip to Las Vegas by signing up for a new gaming account at the WSOP website. New players who create an account for the first time will be given an entry to win the trip for two which will include hotel accommodations for two nights at the Planet Hollywood.

To be eligible, players will need to deposit a minimum of $25 and use a special bonus code VegasTrip during the creation of the account. With the deposit, players will earn a free entry to the drawing to win the special trip. The drawing will take place on November 3rd where one lucky winner will be able to take a break from the cool New Jersey temperatures this winter to enjoy the warm weather of Vegas.

Players can earn additional entries into the drawing by playing cash games and earning Action Player Points. For every 10 APPs earned, players will receive an additional entry into the trip drawing. The prize package not only includes accommodations but also airfare and a $200 gift card of Total Rewards. With this card, a player can enjoy dining and shopping in Nevada where the Total Rewards Gift Card is accepted.

The month of October has just started, so players have plenty of time to create a new account to earn entries into the prize drawing. It will be interesting to see who earns the big prize once November comes!

Poker Hall of Fame Nominations Begin

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

file4741238088930The Poker Hall of Fame is a group of individuals who have been nominated to be in the exclusive group as a result of their contribution to the game. Once the World Series of Poker concludes, the nominations begin for the Poker Hall of Fame. The nomination process takes place over several weeks and the eventual inductees usually attend the induction ceremony at the same time as the final table of the WSOP main event.

The Poker Hall of Fame currently has 46 members, of which 21 are still living. Included in the members are: Scotty Nguyen, Tom McEvoy, Dan Harrington, Erik Seidel, Mike Sexton, Phil Hellmuth, Jack Binion, Benny Binion, David Reese, Doyle Brunson and many more. To join this elite group of individuals, nominees will have to meet a certain criteria.

To be considered, players need to have played against top competition that are knowledgeable in the game. Players need to be at least 40 during the time of nominations and have played for high stakes, and consistently well. Individuals must have the respect of their peers and stood the test of time with the game. If nominated and not a player of poker, the individual must have contributed to the overall growth of the game with positive and long-lasting results.

Nominations can be made by the public via online submissions until the 15th of August. After this time, the nominations will be sent to a nominating committee. The submissions will then be reviewed and the final list of candidates will be selected. Others can be added by the committee if decided. The final list is made public in September and the voting can then take place. The official voters of the Poker Hall of fame are current members as well as selected members of the media. Once selected, the inductees will attend a ceremony in November.