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
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
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
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!
SELBST STATS: 72 – Total results 21% – Win rate 46% – Top 5 finish rate 57% – Top 10 finish rate
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!
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
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
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.
“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.