40 | Chris Moneymaker begins life as a “fortysomething”

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A young Chris Moneymaker made poker history in 2003, defeating the legendary Sam Farha heads-up to win the World Series of Poker Main Event, setting off the poker boom.

That was over 12 years ago … Moneymaker was celebrating for another reason over the weekend – he turned the big 4-o – Happy Birthday!


*Photo credit: Joe Giron/European Poker Tour


#7 | Career win for John Eames at WSOPC Las Vegas

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It was on this day, one year ago today, that star UK player John Eames would collected the biggest win of his career, in the Main Event at WSOP Circuit Las Vegas, hosted by the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino.

Eames would go on to outlast 1,043 opponent en route to the career win, which earned him a $289,706 payday. He defeated fellow pro Matt Berkey heads-up for the circuit ring.

This marked the seventh time Eames has won on the live tournament poker circuit.

Fab Five | 2014 WSOP Circuit Las Vegas
1. John Eames (UK), $289,706
2. Matt Berkey (USA), $179,119
3. Ping Liu (USA), $133,110
4. Dustin Johns (USA), $100,067
5. Brad Libson (USA), $76,092

*Photo credit: WSOP Circuit/Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino


1st | Big first win for Matas Cimbolas



It was on this day, one year ago today, that Matas Cimbolas became the very first player from Lithuania to win an open event on the World Poker Tour, securing the victory, and the £200,000 first-place prize, at the inaugural edition of WPT UK in Nottingham.

Cimbolas would defeat UK star Ben Warrington heads-up for the title at a final table that also included former November Niner Antoine Saout and online poker star Patrick Leonard.

Fab Five | 2014 WPT UK
1. Matas Cimbolas (LIT), £200,000
2. Ben Warrington (UK), £140,000
3. Tamer Kamel (UK), £92,000
4. Antoine Saout (FRA), £67,000
5. Phillip Mighall (UK), £48,000

*Photo credit: World Poker Tour


6,464 | Kevin Pollak makes a deep run in the WSOP Main Event


Accomplished actor Kevin Pollak (‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘A Few Good Men’) knows his way around the green felt as well. Pollak, who enjoys playing poker when he’s not working on his next movie project, was in serious contention in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event until suffering a bad¬†beat that would see him eliminated in 134th position.

Still, the man who also starred in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Casino’, would outlast 6,464 opponents en route to a¬†$52,718 payday.

Fab Five | 2012 WSOP ME Notables (130th to 160th)
134. Kevin Pollak (USA), $52,718
150. Niall Farrell (UK), $52,718
151. Sorel Mizzi (CAN), $52,718
156. Chance Kornuth (USA), $52,718
160. Daniel Negreanu (CAN), $52,718

*Photo credit: The Movie Review Dude


23.25 | Ashton Griffin is a man on the run


It took poker pro Ashton Griffin less than 24 hours to run 70 miles on a treadmill in order to win a $300,000 prop bet, only taking short breaks from time-to-time to fill up on carbs and liquids.

At one point, those involved in the bet were starting to worry about Griffin’s condition. His parents actually drove up to his home in order to hopefully convince him to stop … but Ashton could not be convinced to do so.

He ended up winning the bet without doing too much damage to his body … DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME KIDS!

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index


8,467,091 | IRS rakes in on November Nine

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Turns out¬†Joseph McKeehen wasn’t the biggest winner in the WSOP Main Event after all …

According to a report on TaxableTalk.com, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collected over $8.4M USD in taxes from members of the November Nine, including $3.3M from McKeehen, who saw his $7.6M payday reduced to $4.3M when all was said and done.

One man unaffected by the tax man was Belgian Pierre Neuville, who finished in 7th position. Belgium has a tax treaty with the US that allows its residents to not be taxed on their winnings.

You can read the full Taxable Talk report here.

*Photo credit: Jayne Furman/World Series of Poker


1st | John Juanda wins first ever PPT event

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It was on this day in 2004 where John Juanda would become the very 1st winner on the PPT Рthe Professional Poker Tour, defeating Chris Bigler heads-up for the title. The tour was operated by the WPT.

The first event would be presented as part of the World Poker Finals at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Top 5 | 2004 PPT Foxwoods
1. John Juanda (INA), $225,000
2. Chris Bigler (SUI), $100,000
3. Ron Rose (USA), $60,000
4. Dan Harrington (USA), $45,000
5. Jennifer Harman (USA), $30,000

*Photo credit: Jules Pochy/Global Poker Index


2,167,500 | Nick Schulman takes over WPT World Poker Finals

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“The Takeover” Nick Schulman was the talk of the town on this day ten years ago following his victory at the 2005 WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods in Connecticut.

Schulman, who’s career resume also includes a pair of WSOP gold bracelet wins, would defeat Anthony Licastro heads-up and pickup the eye-opening¬†$2,167,500 first-place prize.

Fellow WSOP bracelet winners Allen Cunningham and Lyle Berman would also make the finals at Foxwoods.

Fab Five | 2005 WPT World Poker Finals
1. Nick Schulman (USA), $2,167,500
2. Anthony Licastro (USA), $1,035,000
3. Bill Gazes (USA), $759,000
4. Allen Cunnigham (USA), $483,000
5. Lyle Berman (USA), $345,000

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index


365 | Phil Hellmuth’s win in Pittsburgh


It was on this day just 365 days ago that Phil Hellmuth would earn his last non-WSOP bracelet victory on the live tournament circuit, winning the Pittsburgh Poker Open, presented at the Rivers Casino.

Hellmuth defeated David “ODB” Baker heads-up for the title which, at the time, ended a 13-month winless streak for the Poker Brat.

Joseph Couden and Matt Glantz would each earn Top 5 finishes in the tournament.

Fab Five | 2014 Pittsburgh Poker Open
1. Phil Hellmuth Jr. (USA), $54,414
2. David “ODB” Baker (USA), $40,813
3. Joseph Couden (USA), $19,788
4. Matt Glantz (USA), $17,315
5. Derek Dempsey (USA), $14,841


2008 | Mike Binger earns 3rd W of the year at WSOPC Lake Tahoe


Mike Binger would earn his third win of the 2008 poker season on this very day as Binger would outlast 131 opponents to win the Main Event at the WSOP Circuit tour stop at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe in Northern Nevada.

Binger would defeat Tyrone Stewart heads-up to close out the year with over 1M USD in winning and a total of 11 Top 10 finishes.

Allen Kessler, Scott Clements and Chris Ferguson would each earn Top 15 finishes in the event.

Fab Five | 2008 WSOP Circuit Lake Tahoe
1. Mike Binger (USA), $181,379
2. Tyrone Stewart (USA), $112,675
3. Jake Solis (USA), $77,464
4. Michael McClain (USA), $53,777
5. Tay Nguyen (USA), $40,653


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