18 | How many hours can Huck Seed stand in the ocean

Huck Seed

It’s Friday Prop Bet Day – let’s have some fun!

1996 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Huck Seed is back for Prop Bet Friday! Never one to shy away from a challenge, fellow WSOP Main Event Champ Phil Hellmuth bet Huck that he couldn’t stand in the Pacific Ocean, with water up to his shoulders, for 18 consecutive hours. The Poker Brat put $50,000 on the line.

Three hours in, Seed was making his way back to shore, having failed Hellmuth’s challenge … to be fair, this challenge is WAY more harder than it sounds!

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart, Global Poker Index


2010 | #TBT Scott Clements wins prelim at Wynn Classic

Scott Clements

Scott Clements has a total of 17 victories on the live tournament circuit, including a pair of World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title. One of those 17 victories came on this very day, in 2010.

It was in Las Vegas at the 2010 Wynn Classic where Clements would earn career victory #11 in the $545 Omaha Hi/Lo event, defeating Hassan Kanoei heads-up for the title. The Washington native would win the $1,060 Omaha Hi/Lo almost a year to the day in 2009.

Fab Five | 2010 Wynn Classic Omaha Hi-Lo
1. Scott Clements (USA) $16,777
2. Hassan Kanoei (USA) $11,022
3. Ernie Ostreicher (USA) $6,858
4. James Hoeppner (USA) $3,919
5. Anthony Reategui (USA) $2,939

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index


20 | Steve O’Dwyer to add another flag to his collection

Steve O'Dwyer

Just like any other professional poker player, GPI World #1 Steve O’Dwyer enjoys collecting flags on the live tournament circuit. Each time a player collects a cash in a country for the very first time, he/she earns a “flag” on the THM Database.

A recent trip to Georgia (at the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event in Tbilisi) saw O’Dwyer earn flag #20, one step away from joining the Top 5 list, led by the incredible Casey Kastle, who has collected flags in 37 different countries, 13 more than Dominik Nitsche who sits second.

O’Dwyer’s Flag Collection
›› Bahamas
›› USA
›› Spain
›› England
›› France
›› Italy
›› Greece
›› Czech Republic
›› Denmark
›› Austria
›› Monaco
›› Ireland
›› Holland
›› Macau
›› Australia
›› Malta
›› Finland
›› Germany
›› Philippines
›› Georgia

Fab Five | Most Flags on THM
1. Casey Kastle (SLO) – 37
2. Dominik Nitsche (GER) – 24
3. Marcel Luske (NED) – 23
T-4 Barny Boatman (UK) – 21
T-4 Juha Helppi (FIN) – 21

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index


1,332,482 | Mike Shariati is WPT’s L.A. King

Mike Shariati

Mike Shariati became a household name last September following his unexpected victory at the WPT Legends of Poker in Los Angeles, defeating the legendary Freddy Deeb heads-up for the title.

Six months later, Shariati was back in the LA spotlight, this time attempting to win the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, one of the most prestigious tournament on the live poker circuit. He would once again make it to heads-up play, this time finishing second to German Dietrich Fast.

Although he wouldn’t win, he would almost match his total winnings from August, collecting $1,332,482 for his two remarkable Los Angeles performances – well done, Mike!

Fab Five | WPT L.A. Poker Classic
1. Dietrich Fast (GER) $1,000,800
2. Mike Shariati (USA) $656,540
3. Alex Keating (USA) $423,890
4. Sam Soverel (USA) $316,440
5. Farid Jattin (COL) $238,070

*Photo credit: World Poker Tour (WPT.com)


1,579 | Pius Heinz returns to the winner’s circle

Pius Heinz

Pius Heinz won the World Series of Poker Main Event in November of 2011.

Late last week, Heinz won a preliminary event at the Eurekea Poker Tour Festival in Rozvadov, Czech Republic … his first win on the live tournament circuit since the Main Event win.

The 2011 WSOP Champ went 1,579 days in between wins.

Fab Five Four | Eureka! Rozvadov Super High Roller
1. Pius Heinz (GER) €44,814
2. Martin Kabrhel (CZE) €29,876
3. Ivan Luca (ARG) €19,206
4. Ognjen Sekularac (SER) €12,804

*Photo credit: World Series of Poker (WSOP.com)


6 | James Woods shines at the L.A. Poker Classic

James Woods

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats!

James Woods isn’t just a “poker playing celebrity” … he’s a poker player who just happens to be a Hollywood actor.

Woods recently participated in the L.A. Poker Classic poker series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles where he collected the second win of his career on the live tournament circuit, besting a 88-player field on the way a title in the $1,100 buy-in Omaha 8 or Better event. The Top 12 included a pair of circuit veterans in Owais Ahmed and John Holley.

The 1987 Golden Globe Award winner collected a grand total of six scores during the LAPC, a very impressive feat.

This past summer, Woods made poker headlines final tabling a No-Limit Hold’em Shootout event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. World Top 10 ranked player Nick Petrangelo would go on to win the event; Woods would bow out in 7th position.

*Photo credit: L.A. Poker Classic (lapcnews.com)


98% | Jennifer Harman takes one tough beat

Jennifer Harman

Saturday is Bad Beat Day on PokerStats … enjoy?!

We kick off our new Saturday segment by taking a look at an awful beat the great Jennifer Harman, recently inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, in the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Holding Queens pre-flop, Harman would face two opponents. The flop would give her trips but fellow WSOP bracelet winner Cory Zeidman would flop a straight giving the best hand heading into the turn. That turn would, however, give Harman a full house, leaving her a 98% favorite heading into the river. Zeidman was left with one out, the 7 of diamonds … and then, the river …

What’s weird is the way Zeidman slow rolled Harman in the end; knowing he had the absolute nuts?

Tough beat, Jennifer.

*Photo credit: The Hendon Mob


200,000 | How Tiger Woods cost John Hennigan a lot of money

Tiger Woods

It’s Friday Prop Bet Day – let’s have some fun!

Barry Greenstein is a big Tiger Woods Fan … John “World” Hennigan? Not so much.

The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, who just made a deep run at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic never shies away from a fun prop bet. That’s why, when Barry Greenstein offered Johnny World a bet when Tiger Woods was making his way onto the PGA Main Tour, accepting the bet was a no brainer!

Greenstein would offer Hennigan $5,000 each time Tiger wouldn’t win a tournament. In return, Hennigan would send $19,000 Barry’s way each time Tiger would win an event. Then, Tiger went on an absolute heater winning almost each and every time he would set foot on a golf course.

Barry would allow John to buy out of the bet for $100,000 … in total, “The Bear” won an estimated $200,000 from Johnny World … certainly not the way Hennigan had intended it!

*Photo credit: World Series of Poker


2006 | #TBT Nam Le wins WPT Bay 101

Nam Le

It was on this very day, 10 years ago, where Nam Le became a shooting star winning the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose, defeating Ravi Udayakumar heads-up for the first major championship of his career.

Le has collected four other WPT final tables so far in his career, including a return to a final table at the Bay 101 Shooting Star in 2014.

Fab Five | 2006 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star
1. Nam Le (USA), $1,198,300
2. Ravi Udayakumar (USA), $629,500
3. Danny Smith (USA), $340,000
4. David Williams (USA), $280,000
5. Fabrice Soulier (FRA), $240,000

*Photo credit: The Hendon Mob


14 | WPT to crown another L.A. Poker Classic Champion

WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Fourteen years after Gus Hansen was crowned the first ever WPT L.A. Poker Classic Champion, the World Poker Tour is back in Los Angeles this week as the next LAPC winner is set to be crowned on Thursday.

Defending Champion Anthony Zinno won the event in 2015 earning back-to-back titles after winning the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls prior to his victory in LA. Although Zinno won’t be defending his title (he was eliminated earlier in the tournament), he won’t leave LA empty handed … he was awarded an American Poker Award for Tournament Performance of the Year in honor of his 2015 WPT LAPC victory.

Fab Five | 2015 WPT LAPC
1. Anthony Zinno (USA), $1,015,860
2. Mike Leah (CAN), $701,350
3. Chris Klodnicki (USA), $451,090
4. Igor Yaroshevsky (UKR), $333,680
5. Peter Neff (USA), $250,260

*Photo credit: World Poker Tour


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