1,300,000 | Fedor Holz crowned 2014 champ

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September 2014 saw Fedor Holz collect over $1M, defeating Yuri Martins heads-up to win PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event. The final table also included WPT Champions Club member Faraz Jaka and online poker legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

The 2015 WCOOP Main Event kicks off later today – best of luck to all participants!

Top 5 | 2014 WCOOP Main Event
1st Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (GER)
2nd Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (BRA)
3rd Class “neckbr4ke” Stoob
4th Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion (UK)
5th Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka (USA)

*Photo credit: PokerStars

 

4x | Sam Razavi hits an APT grand slam

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UK poker pro Sam Razavi hit one out of the park last month, collecting a foursome of championship trophies in a single week at the APT Asian Poker Series event presented in the Philippines.

Coming off a remarkable four-win effort, the three-time APT Player of the Year is well on his way to a fourth PoY title.

Top 4 | Razavi’s Cebu Grand Slam
›› Aug 12, 2015: Ante Up for Charity, 63,200 PhP
›› Aug 15, 2015: Pot Limit Omaha, 161,200 PhP
›› Aug 17, 2015: NLH Deepstack Turbo, 98,100 PhP
›› Aug 19, 2015: NLH Six-Handed Turbo, 180,000 PhP

*Photo credit: Asian Poker Tour

 

6/8 | The Flying Dutchman is done streaking!

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Marcel Luske, the Flying Dutchman, has won a remarkable 32 tournaments in his 16-year career on the live tournament circuit. Even more impressive? Luske would win 6 of the first 8 tournaments he would earn results in, including winning a trio of tournaments in a 30-day span in 2001.

Luske’s impressive 6/8 streak, which saw him collect victories in all of his first four cashes on tour, would culminate in a Seven-Card Stud tournament victory at the Vienna Spring Festival in Austria.

It’s on this day in 2001, however, that Luske’s 6 for 8 streak would be snapped, finishing 7th in the 1K NLH event at the Vienna Fest, one day after winning #6.

Top 5 | Luske’s first five wins on the circuit
›› Nov 1999: Master Classics of Poker Stud/Hold’em, $15,200
›› Jan 2001: Poker Prague Open Super Final, $40,000
›› Feb 2001: Euro Finals of Poker PL 7-Stud Hi/Lo, $10,949
›› Feb 2001: Euro Finals of Poker PL Hold’em, $34,468
›› Mar 2001: British Open Pot Limit Omaha, $51,600

*Photo credit: The Hendon Mob

 

3rd | Vanessa Rousso comes oh so close!

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We close out Vanessa Rousso Week with a look at the woman herself, who after qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, competed for the title last night.

After a strong showing, Vanessa Rousso ends up taking 3rd spot on CBS’ ‘Big Brother’. Rousso played a strong game and pulled off one of the most shocking blindsides in the game’s history, according to many fans. She may be gone from the Big Brother house, but will certainly not be forgotten.

Steve Moses, a 22-year-old college student from Gouverneur, New York won the game and took home the $500,000 top prize.

Congratulations Vanessa, you did us proud!

Top 5 | ‘Big Brother 17’ Results
1st: Steve Moses (22), College student
2nd: Liz Nolan (23), Marketing coordinator
3rd: Vanessa Rousso (32), Professional poker player
4th: John McGuire (27), Dentist
5th: Austin Matleson (30), Professional wrestler

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart, Global Poker Index

 

151,802 | Alex Jacob shocks Jeopardy purists

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In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa!

2006 U.S Poker Championship winner Alex Jacob made a return to TV screens earlier this year participating in the popular game show Jeopardy.

Jacob shocked Jeopardy purists when he used an unusual style of play by picking questions from the middle to the lower part of the board instead of the traditional top-to-bottom style. The strategy would also put-off his opponents and Jacob was able to make a six-day, $151,802 run on the show.

He will be part of the upcoming Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.

 

#1 | Fatima Moreira de Melo wins Dutch ‘Survivor’

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In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa!

We told you earlier about JRB’s failed attempt at winning ‘Survivor: China’, well, one poker player was able to pickup the Survivor title! Dutch Olympic gold medal winner turned star poker pro Fatima Moreira de Melo won Expeditie Robinson 2012, the Netherlands version of the hit US television program.

Fellow poker players Christophe and Matthias De Meulder were also part of the journey.

Top 5 | Expeditie Robinson 2012
1st: Fatima Moreira de Melo (NED)
2nd: Peggy Vrijens (NED)
3rd: Fajah Lourens (NED)
4th: Christophe De Meulder (BEL)
5th: Gene Thomas (BEL)

*Photo credit: Jules Pochy, Global Poker Index

 

6th | Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle’s Amazing Race

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In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa!

One Leg after finishing second on the 15th season of the Amazing Race, top-ranked female poker pro Maria Ho and part-time poker player Tiffany Michelle were forced to abandon the Race. They would be eliminated in 6th position – one step away from a guaranteed Top 5 finish.

The gruelling Race saw the talented duo make their way from the USA to Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands.

Top 5 | The Amazing Race 15 
1st: Meghan & Cheyne, Leg 12
2nd: Sam & Dan, Leg 12
3rd: Brian & Ericka, Leg 12
4th: Flight Time & Big Easy from the Harlem Globetrotters, Leg 11
5th: Gary & Matt, Leg 10

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart, Global Poker Index

 

6,500 | The Great Liv Boeree – Soul Crusher

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In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa!

Before she became a top poker pro, Liv Boeree was on the UK game show ‘Split or Steal’ … the concept? Pretty easy … work with your partner to collect as much money as possible and in the end, decide if you want to split the winnings with your teammate or, steal and keep it all for yourself!

Boeree’s partner opened his heart wanting to split the £6,500 bounty with Boeree and she agreed … however, when it was time to reveal their selection, originally made in secret, Liv revealed steal, stunning her partner and the crowd … and thus marked the beginning of an amazing poker career!

Top 5 | Boeree’s Best Results on the Circuit
›› 1st, EPT Sanremo (2010), €1,250,000
›› 3rd, EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (2015), €391,000
›› 2nd, UKIPT Edinburgh (2014), £59,180
›› 2nd, EPT London Side Event (2010), £51,330
›› 1st, Euro Ladies Championship (2008), $42,000

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart, Global Poker Index

 

24 | JRB voted off the island

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In celebration of Vanessa Rousso qualifying for CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ finale, we take a look at the numbers behind other poker players who have competed on reality tv/game shows – Go get ’em Vanessa!

2015 WSOP Poker Players Championship runner-up Jean-Robert Bellande was a castaway on Survivor: China back in 2007. Although he didn’t win, Bellande was able to “Outwit, Outlast, Outlplay” seven of the 15 other castaways, making it all the way to Day 24 on Survivor: China.

Top 5 | Survivor: China 
1st: Todd Herzog, 39 days
2nd: Courtney Yates, 39 days
3rd: Amanda Kimmel, 39 days
4th: Denise Martin, 38 days
5th: Peih-Gee Law, 36 days

*Photo credit: Joe Giron Photography, Global Poker Index

 

#14 | Phil Hellmuth’s 1994 win at the Four Queens

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Win #14 for Phil! Believe it or not, we’re not talking about Phil Hellmuth‘s record-continuing 14th bracelet victory this summer at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas but his 14th win on the live tournament circuit, which happened in this day in 1994.

Hellmuth won a preliminary event at the Queens Poker Classic in Las Vegas, defeating a legendary final table which would eventually include a pair of fellow Hall of Famers in Mike Sexton and Tom McCormick and a future WPT Player of the Year in Howard Lederer – not a bad Final Four!

The Poker Brat has gone on to win 40 more times on the circuit … 54 career victories? Remarkable!

Top 5 | Queens Poker Classic 1K NLH Results
1st: Phil Hellmuth (USA), $42,400
2nd: Mike Sexton (USA), $24,380
3rd: Tom McCormick (USA), $12,720
4th: Howard Lederer (USA), $7,420
5th: Vince Palma (USA), $5,830

*Photo credit: Jules Pochy, Global Poker Index

 

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