We have one simple request for Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho … never play another poker tournament in your life, we mean never, never ever, call it quits, hang ’em up, time to retire.
The reason is a very selfish one. The Brazilian has collected a fun $456,789 in total lifetime earnings – he has basically created the 1,2,3’s of poker earnings.
Earlier this year, he earned a 14th place finish in a Turbo event at the 2016 PCA … let’s all selfishly hope that’s the final score of his career … kidding, of course!
Fab Five | Top Scores for Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho
Nov 2014 – 2nd, BSOP Millions Main Event (Sao Paulo)
Dec 2015 – 5th, BSOP Millions High Roller (Sao Paulo)
Nov 2015 – 1st, BSOP Millions NLH Turbo (Sao Paulo)
July 2015 – 29th, Bellagio Cup (Las Vegas)
June 2015 – 17th, WSOP NLH Extended Play (Las Vegas)
*Photo credit: The Hendon Mob
Not many people can claim they have cashed in their first five events on the World Poker Tour, in fact, we’re not even sure if anyone other than Cate Hall can make the claim.
Hall burst onto the live tournament poker scene early in 2015. After a few small scores, she went on to finish 33rd in the $777 event at the World Series of Poker. From there, her WPT career took off, earning five straight cashes to date, including a pair of final tables and a 27th place finish last week at the WPT Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City.
WPT Fallsivew in Niagara Falls and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, which kicks off the WPT’s California Swing, are next on the schedule – don’t be surprised to see the name Cate Hall in contention in either of these events.
Hall is nominated for Breakout Player of the Year at the upcoming GPI American Poker Awards in Los Angeles.
Fab Five | Cate Hall on the World Poker Tour
Sep 2015 – 86th, WPT Borgata Championship (Atlantic City)
Sep 2015 – 5th, WPT Maryland (near Baltimore)
Nov 2015 – 64th, partypoker WPT Montreal
Dec 2015 – 5th, WPT Five Diamond World Classic (Las Vegas)
Feb 2016 – 27th, WPT Borgata Winter Championship (AC)
*Photo credit: Joe Giron/World Poker Tour
Just months after raising the HUGE World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet in victory, Joe McKeehen was back in contention at a major event over the weekend.
Although he was unable to reach the winner’s circle this time around, McKeehen finished 4th at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City. Earlier this month, McKeehen collected a pair of 2nd place finishes at the 2016 PCA, including a runner-up finish to Bryn Kenney in the Super High Roller event.
New Yorker Christopher Leong would survive the 1,171-player field in order to win the first WPT title of his poker career.
Fab Five | WPT Borgata Winter Open
1. Christopher Leong (USA), $816,246
2. Rafael Yaraliyev (USA), $487,288
3. Liam He (USA), $297,995
4. Joseph McKeehen (USA), $249,267
5. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (UKR), $206,160
*Photo credit: Jayne Furman/World Series of Poker
It’s Celebrity Sunday on #PokerStats!
We’re approaching the second anniversary of Hollywood star Sasha Barrese’s Top 25 finish at the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.
Barrese, who’s best known for her role as Doug’s wife Tracey in ‘The Hangover’ trilogy, earned her second score on the World Poker Tour last August, earning a 51st place finish at the inaugural WPT Choctaw event in Durant, Oklahoma.
Fab Five | 2014 WPT Seminole Showdown
1. Eric Afriat (CAN), $1,081,184
2. Mukul Pahuja (USA), $691,965
3. James Mackey (USA), $441,128
4. Jacob Bazeley (USA), $371,931
22. Sasha Barrese (USA), $25,372
*Photo credit: revolutionpix/Global Poker Index
Jennifer Harman’s love for cats and dogs led her to start a charity poker event way back in 2007. The inaugural Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament, benefiting the Nevada SPCA, was first held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in April 2007.
1998 World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Kirk Morrison would end up winning the event, earning a free entry the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Morrison pledged to donate a portion of his eventual 56th place winnings to charity.
Over $125,000 was raised for the Nevada SPCA. Harman continues to host the event; the 2015 edition was recently presented as part of the WSOP Circuit schedule at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Fab Five | 2007 Jen Harman SPCA Results
1. Kirk Morrison
2. Justin Marchand
3. Daniel Negreanu
4. Erez Ozer
5. Marry Ann
*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com
We’re sorry, but we just can’t seem to get enough Gene Fisher around here!!!
Yesterday, we took you back 26 years to celebrate Fisher’s win at the 1990 Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker.
Today, we analyze his two World Series of Poker victories – more precisely the fact that, despite bracelets 13 years apart, in two different disciplines, he won the EXACT same amount for each victory, despite two drastically different payout structures.
1980 – won $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em ($113,400, 126 entries)
1993 – won $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split ($113,400, 189 entries)
Congratulations, Gene – our first back-to-back stat!
*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com
Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker used to be a fixture on the American poker circuit back in the day. The festival would play host to some of the best in the world, all meeting up in Las Vegas for some fun while enjoying “The Big Game”.
It’s on this day 26 years ago where Gene Fisher, a two-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner, would defeat four-time bracelet champ Artie Cobb heads-up for the 1K Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo title.
This would mark Fisher’s second win at Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker, winning his first title in 1997.
Fab Five | 1990 1K 7-Stud Hi-Lo
1. Gene Fisher (USA), $47,600
2. Artie Cobb (USA), $23,800
3. Sam Grizzle (USA), $11,900
4. John Yarmosh (USA), $7,140
5. Jeff Campbell (CAN), $5,950
*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com
Another year, another amazing turnout at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, currently taking place in Atlantic City.
The second largest field in the Winter Poker Open’s history has assembled in hopes of becoming the next World Poker Tour Champions Club member. Best of luck to the whopping 1,171 of you who first entered the competition!
2013 WPT Borgata Poker Open 3rd place finisher Cong Pham (pictured) takes the chip lead into Day 2 which is set to kickoff later today in Atlantic City.
Fab Five | Biggest Borgata Winter Open Fields
1,229 – 2014: won by Robert Merulla
1,171 – 2016: winner TBD
1,042 – 2013: won by Andy Hwang
1,017 – 2009: won by Steve Weinstein
989 – 2015: won by Aaron Mermelstein
*Photo credit: WPT.com
Life’s good if you’re World #1 poker pro Steve O’Dwyer. Not only are you king of the rankings, but you’re also off to a monster start to 2016 with two wins and a remarkable $2,837,488 through the first month of play. That amount ranks seconds amongst O’Dwyer’s biggest earning years on the circuit … and we’ve only barely entered February.
Even more impressive? Four of his five scores, 80%, have resulted in six-figure earnings – not a bad start to 2016, Mr. O’Dwyer!
Fab Five | 2016 O’Dwyer results
$953,700 – 4th, WPT Triton Super High Roller, Manila
$945,495 – 1st, EPT PCA Super High Roller, Bahamas
$744,829 – 1st, Aussie Millions 250K Challenge, Melbourne
$182,625 – 4th, Aussie Millions 25K Challenge, Melbourne
$10,840 – 89th, EPT PCA Main Event, Bahamas
*Photo credit: Aussie Millions
Toronto’s Ari Engel has secured the second major title of the season for Canada on the live tournament poker circuit. After Mike Watson‘s victory at the PCA in the Bahamas, Engel earned his very first career major, winning the 2016 Aussie Millions in Melbourne.
Engel, who’s literally played all over the world, earned his 18th career victory, defeating American Tony Dunst for the title.
Fab Five | 2016 Aussie Millions
1. Ari Engel (CAN)
2. Tony Dunst (USA)
3. Samantha Abernathy (USA)
4. Alexander Lynskey (AUS)
5. Dylan Honeyman (AUS)