7×7 | Jason Mercier’s million dollar seasons

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Make it another million dollar season for poker superstar Jason Mercier. In fact, Mercier has already crossed the 2M mark for 2015, already making this the fourth best year in earnings in Mercier’s outstanding poker career.

This year marks the seventh time in Mercier’s eight years on the circuit that he has collected seven-figure earnings – 7/8 – not a bad stat!

Top 5 | Mercier Earnings Per Season
2014 – $3,672,602
2008 – $2,752,423
2011 – $2,416,013
2015 – $2,132,969 (year-to-date)
2013 – $1,837,361

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart/PokerStars/European Poker Tour


1/207 | The Tryba has spoken in Colorado

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Popular US circuit star Chris Tryba would leave the Isle Casino Hotel in Black Hawk, Colorado a happy man in 2011 as four years ago today, Tryba, who’s career also includes a WSOP gold bracelet win in 2012, bested a 207-player field to win the WPT Regional Colorado Main Event.

The man who calls Colorado home has earned 13 victories in his 12-year career on the live tournament circuit.

TOP 5 | 2011 WPT Regional Colorado
1. Chris Tryba (USA), $67,000
2. Aaron Frei (USA), $59,078
3. Michael Bonetto (USA), $60,222
4. Mary Flurkey (USA), $31,050
5. Niels Rikhof (USA), $18,630

*Photo credit: World Series of Poker


$500,000 | WPT joins forces with Tiger


The WPT Foundation joined forces with the Tiger Woods Foundation this past May in Las Vegas for Tiger’s Poker Night; a celebrity poker tournament presented by the World Poker Tour. The event kicked off the 17th edition of Tiger Jam.

Tiger himself, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten all competed in the event and helped raise over $500,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation’s College-Access programs.

*Photo credit: WPT Foundation // Video credit: World Poker Tour


46% | Bank on Vanessa Selbst

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There is no doubting that Vanessa Selbst is a world-class poker player … but just how good of a closer is she? Three stats caught our attention, including the one about Vanessa finishing in the Top 5 of events she cashes in 46% of the time – as close to a sure bet as there is in the poker world!

72 – Total results
21% – Win rate
46% – Top 5 finish rate
57% – Top 10 finish rate

*Photo credit: Jules Pochy/Global Poker Index


195,000,000 | Another streak for Somerville


After 57 consecutive days, Jason Somerville has wrapped-up Season 4 of his #runitup broadcasts on Twitch.

That’s a total of 195,000,000 seconds of content during the two-month period – incredible work Mr. Somerville! The Run it UP! Warriors surely enjoyed another successful stream season from Somerville.

Top 5 | Stats from #runitup S4
1. 195,000,000 seconds of streaming
2. 57 days
3. 374 hours
4. $42,000 in profits
5. nearly a million lines of chat!

Well done, yet again, Jason!

*Photo credit: revolutionpix / Global Poker Index


50 | Weight off Ted Forrest’s shoulders

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50! That’s the amount of weight, in pounds, that six-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest had to lose in order to win a $2,000,000 bet against Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and Justin Smith.

It took Forrest a little over two months to lose the weight … DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

*Photo credit: World Series of Poker


#1 | Martin Kozlov wins ANZPT Melbourne


Australian poker pro Martin Kozlov earned would earn win #1 on the live tournament circuit on this day in 2010. Kozlov would go on to defeat 2015 WSOP 5K Six-Max finalist James Obst heads-up at ANZPT Melbourne for what remains today the most profitable win of his poker career.

Kozlov won the Sydney Championships in 2014 and has earned Top 10 finishes at EPT London and at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Enghien-les-Bains and Melbourne since earning his first result on the circuit back in 2007.

TOP 5 | 2010 ANZPT Melbourne
1. Martin Kozlov (AUS), A$195,700
2. James Obst (AUS), A$124,000
3. David Chilcott (AUS), A$68,950
4. Amanda De Cesare (AUS), A$53,855
5. Ben Savage (AUS), A$42,625

*Photo credit: Danny Maxwell/EPT/PokerStars


13 | Poker Brat wins big in Europe


Poker superstar Phil Hellmuth certainly enjoyed his time in Cannes back in 2012. The Poker Brat left the French Riviera with the WSOP Europe Main Event title, winning WSOP gold for the 13th time of his career. The Main Event final table included Joseph Cheong, Christopher Brammer, Paul Tedeschi and Jason Mercier.

Hellmuth would need to wait three years to add his record-extending 14th bracelet. He won #14 this summer in Las Vegas, defeating Mike Gorodinsky heads-up in the Seven Card Stud Championship event.

TOP 5 | 2012 WSOP Main Event
1. Phil Hellmuth Jr. (USA), €1,022,376
2. Sergii Baranov (UKR), €632,592
3. Stephane Albertini (FRA), €423,360
4. Joseph Cheong (USA), €292,320
5. Christopher Brammer (UK), €207,648

*Photo credit: Jules Pochy/Global Poker Index


10 | Chasing WSOP gold in Berlin

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Spanish star Adrian Mateos was only 18 years old when he won the Main Event, the last time the World Series of Poker was in Europe. That was two years ago where the WSOPE was presented in Enghien-les-Bains, France.

This year, it’s off to Berlin as 10 gold bracelets are on the line. The kickoff event to the Series featured a total of 197 players battling for supremacy in the No-Limit Hold’em Six Max event.

*Photo credit: HoldemPix/Global Poker Index


253,698 | Record smashed on PokerStars

Common Cents winner


“DaDumon”, a player from Austria, turned his $0,01 buy-in into a $10,000 windfall on PokerStars earlier this week as the online poker giant hosted the kickoff event to the Common Cents tournament series.

A grand total of 253,698 players participated in the event, making it the largest tournament in online poker history. The previous record of 225,000 players was set in June of 2013.

*Photo credit: PokerStars


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