#3 | Oliver Price’s Birthday Bash

Oliver Price3


UK poker pro Oliver Price surely enjoyed his birthday weekend, netting 3 event results on Sunday’s online poker grind, collecting over $42K for a few hours work – not bad for a weekend payday!

Price earned a victory in the Super Sized Sunday event and collected a 5th place finish in the Sunday Major over on Full Tilt. Meanwhile Price, who represented Team UK at the GPI Poker World Cup back in March, also earned a 4th place finish in the Bigger 109 event over on PokerStars.

Thank you to Matthew Pitt, who’s keen eye helped him spot that Price would indeed be celebrating his birthday in style this year!

Top 5 | Oliver Price’s Most Significant Results on the Live Circuit
›› 3rd, EPT Deauville (Jan 2014), €271,200
›› 5th, WSOP 5K NLH (Jun 2014), $158,064
›› 49th, WSOP Main Event (Jul 2014), $151,063
›› 1st, GUKPT London (Feb 2014), £86,400
›› 3rd, WPT Cyprus High Roller (Sep 2014), $120,953

*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com


84,000 | Allen Kessler’s Pocket Change


If they ranked video poker players, Allen Kessler would more than likely be the #1 ranked player in the World.

Kessler was back at it over the weekend, hitting a ten-handed royal flush! We hope that the “Chainsaw”, a 15-time winner on the live tournament circuit, had plenty of pockets as the jackpot earned him an unbelievable 84,000 quarters – $21,000! PS, we won’t be too harsh on Kessler and his skills as a photographer, the man had just hit a monster jackpot – cut him some slack!

Top 5 | Allen Kessler’s Most Significant Results on the Live Circuit
›› 2nd, WSOP Stud Hi/Low Championship (Jun 2010), $276,485
›› 1st, WSOP Circuit Connecticut (Aug 2014), $170,031
›› 2nd, WSOP PLO (Jun 2011), $140,309
›› 6th, WPT World Championship (Mar 2007), $136,452
›› 8th, WSOP Players Championship (Jun 2014), $134,101

*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com


3 | Scotty Nguyen Masters the Scotty Nguyen Challenge


The Scotty Nguyen Nguyen Poker Challenge was presented at the Cherokee Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma, between 2005 and 2008. The series was then revived for one year, branded the Scotty Nguyen Dream Catcher World Poker Challenge, moving to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

Which tour player enjoyed the most consistent success you may ask? Why Scotty Nguyen himself! The five-time WSOP bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member has earned six results, including a trio of Main Event Top 10 in his own tournament – talk about home-field advantage!

Top 3 | Scotty Nguyen’s Best Showings at the Scotty Nguyen Challenge
Nov 2008: 5th place finish (Tulsa)
Nov 2007: 8th place finish (Tulsa)
Nov 2012: 9th place finish (Durant)

*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com


40.786944, -119.204444 | Poker Players Congregate


Each year, poker players all make their way to the Nevada dessert for a get-together … however, plug-in these numbers in your GPS (40.786944, -119.204444) and you’ll soon realize that you’re not in the heart of Las Vegas playing the World Series of Poker, but instead, you’re in the middle of nowhere, connecting with other humans at Burning Man.

For a full week 65,000 friends meet at Burning Man for an experience of a lifetime. Art meets life and self-expression has no boundaries … some of poker’s brightest minds were part of this year’s experiment, including: Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast, Jeff Gross, Igor Kurganov, Scott Seiver, Sorel Mizzi, Shannon Shorr, Benjamin Hamnett, Matthew Waxman, Dan O’Brien and Liv Boeree:


*Photo credit: Tony Edwards/BurningMan.org


37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite


The king of poker on Twitch, Jason Somerville, made a deep run in Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super-Knockout during the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), currently happening at a computer near you.

Somerville’s Run It UP! warriors were in full force as a record 37,000+ people were simultaneously watching him have to settle for a 6th place finish in the event.

Top 5 | WCOOP Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super KO
1st ‘Showtime43’ (CAN), $126,518
2nd ‘Keep3r’ (AUT), $93,588
3rd ‘TheGreatPike (NOR), $70,968
4th ‘Mr.Bittar’ (BRA), $59,795
5th ‘sanpri’ (MEX), $36,389

*Photo credit: revolutionpix/Global Poker Index


#1 | J.C.’s first big win

JC Tran

It was on this day in 2003 where poker superstar J.C. Tran would collect his first-ever victory on the live tournament circuit. Tran would defeat Habib Khanis heads-up to win the $330 No-Limit Hold’em prelim event at the 2003 Heavenly Hold’em series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.

Tran would go on to win a pair of World Series of Poker gold bracelets as well as become a two-time winner on the World Poker Tour.

Top 5 | $300 Heavenly Hold’em Prelim
1st J.C. Tran (USA), $74,150
2nd Habib Khanis (USA), $38,075
3rd Karapet Palyan (USA), $19,040
4th George Rechnitzer (USA), $12,025
5th Alberto Hernandez (USA), $9,020

*Photo credit: Global Poker Index


$8,459,126 | Box Office Bonanza


Rounders hit theatres 17 years ago today. Written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman, Rounders features an all-star cast with Matt Damon playing the role of the poker hero and John Malkovich playing the poker villain.

The 1998 poker player favourite would lead the box office at the end of its first weekend, collecting a respectable $8,459,126 USD on opening weekend.

Top 5 | September 11-13, 1998 at the Box Office
#1 Rounders, $8,459,126
#2 There’s Something About Mary, $6,952,863
#3 Blade, $5,193,323
#4 Saving Private Ryan, $4,504,502
#5 Simon Burch, $3,321,370
*According to BoxOfficeMojo.com

*Photo credit: Miramax


0 | Sports Stars Shutout

Neymar Jr and Pique -EPT-Barcelona-2

Gerard Piqué and Neymar Jr. were each able to take a little time off from their busy schedules at FC Barcelona in order to play in a few events at the EPT Barcelona Festival recently. Included in the list of events the duo played was the High Roller event, one of the biggest and most challenging events on the European poker schedule.

Sadly, neither superstar was able to earn any results during their time at Casino Barcelona. Neymar Jr. will have to wait a little longer for his first score on the live tournament circuit. As for Piqué, he actually earned a pair of results at EPT Barcelona back in 2013, including a 19th place finish in the High Roller event.

Top 5 | Top Earning Footballers on the Poker Circuit
1st Steve Watts (UK), $736,525
2nd Tony Cascarino (IRL), $589,431
3rd Vikash Dhoraso (FRA), $527,451
4th Teddy Sheringham (UK), $329,478
5th Camel Meriem (FRA), $103,241

*Photo credit: PokerStars / Video courtesy of PokerStars YouTube channel


8 | Tennis Winners


While the world awaits the Finals at the U.S. Open – currently ongoing at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York – we are reminded of former World #1 tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and his exploits on the live poker tournament circuit.

The former French Open and Australian Open winner is also a double-winner on the poker circuit, earning a total 0f 8 results between 2004 and 2005. Two of those results were at the 2005 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas where Kaflinikov came close to a WSOP gold bracelet on both occasions.

Top 5 | Kafelnikov’s Best Results
2004 – 1st, Korona Russian Championships Prelim – Moscow
2004- 3rd, Korona Russian Championships Championship – Moscow
2004 – 3rd, Pacific Poker UK Open – Maidstone UK
2005 – 9th, 36th World Series of Poker Seven Card Stud – Las Vegas
2005 – 14th, 36th World Series of Poker Shootout – Las Vegas

*Photo credit: PokerStars / Video courtesy of PokerStars YouTube channel


23,000 | The Bankroll

Jaime Staples

Twitch phenom Jaime Staples is prepared to dip into a bankroll set at between $15,000 and $23,000 to play a full schedule at the World Championship of Online Poker which started on Sunday.

In total, there are 31 events on PokerStaples’ WCOOP calendar. The always entertaining Canadian will stream all events via his Twitch account!

Top 5 | PokerStaples’ WCOOP Highlight Events
1- $109 Multiple-Flight kickoff
2- $215 Sunday Warm-Up Six-Max
3- $51,000 Super High Roller (only if he can qualify)
4- 25,000 VPP Satellite into the the 51K SHR
5- $5,200 Main Event

*Photo credit: PokerStars / Video courtesy of PokerStaples’ YouTube channel


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