Rome Manager Max Pescatori was first on the clock. He went with rising Italian star Mustapha Kanit with the 1st overall selection while Montreal followed with Canadian legend Mike “Timex” McDonald.
Former GPI World #1 Jason Mercier was the first American pro off the board on #GPLDraftDay – going #3 overall to Bryn Kenney’s New York Rounders.
Fab Five | GPL Draft Day Top 5 Picks #1 Mustapha Kanit (ITA), Rome Emperors #2 Mike McDonald (CAN), Montreal Nationals #3 Jason Mercier (USA), New York Rounders #4 Philip Galfond (USA), San Francisco Rush #5 Anthony Zinno (USA), Las Vegas Moneymakers
Just in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a 20-year-old destroying the poker world right at this moment.
Poland’s Dzmitry Urbanovich has been unstoppable for the past 13 months, winning an astounding 10 events on the live tournament circuit, including a first major event victory at EPT Dublin over the weekend.
Urbanovich’s rise to fame was put into overdrive last March when he took home a remarkable four titles at the inaugural EPT Malta Festival.
Fab Five | EPT Dublin Main Event 1. Dzmitry Urbanovich (POL), €561,900 2. Gilles Bernies (GER), €349,800 3. Kully Sidhu (UK), €250,300 4. Patrick Clarkse (IRL), €193,650 5. Iliodoros Kamatakis (GRE), €152,600
Famed ‘The Notebook’ director Nick Cassavetes surely likes to spend some his time away from Hollywood sets at the poker table.
Known as a big player in the Hollywood home games, Cassavetes is also no stranger to live tournament play. Back in 2005, the Los Angeles resident was right in the thick of things in the World Series of Poker Main Event.
After several days of competition, he would finally bow in 93rd position, earning a very respectable Top 100 finish.
Fab Five | 2005 WSOP Main Event 1. Joe Hachem (AUS), $7,500,000 2. Steven Dannenmann (USA), $4,250,000 3. John Barch (USA), $2,500,000 4. Aaron Kanter (USA), $2,000,000 93. Nick Cassavetes (USA), $77,710
The countdown is on … The 2nd Annual GPI American Poker Awards are just five days away!
The game’s biggest names will all gather at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and you’ll be able to catch the action, live on Twitch.tv/GPL starting at 8:30pm PT on Thursday, February 25th!
1st Annual American Poker Awards Winners Top Player in the World – Dan Smith Charitable Initiative – “All In” for Kids (CHOP/WPT Foundation) Tournament Performance – Mark Newhouse Best Ambassador – Daniel Negreanu (fan vote) Breakout Player – Brandon Shack-Harris Player of the Year – Daniel Colman Female Player of the Year – Vanessa Selbst Lifetime Achievement – Steve Lipscomb, WPT co-founder Media Content – Brad Willis (Stages/Never Stop Fighting blog) Innovation/Initiative – Twitch opens its doors to poker Media Person – Chris Grove Industry Person – Adam Pliska Event of the Year -2K – WSOP Monster Stack Event of the year +2K – WSOP Main Event
It’s a double-dose of #TBT today as a pair of legendary names in the game would win L.A. Poker Classic prelim events on this very day in back-to-back years.
First to 1995 where Minneapolis Jim Meehan would earn his very first tournament victory, winning the $500 buy-in Limit Hold’em event. WPT television fans will remember Meehan, a 2003 WSOP bracelet winner, at the 2004 WPT Mirage Poker Showdown final table.
1996 saw the presentation of the $500 buy-in Seven Card Stud event as Miami John Cernuto would outlast 86 opponents to win the top prize. Cernuto has won 56 times on the live tournament circuit, including a trio of World Series of Poker bracelets.
A massive 2,416-player field has assembled near Philadelphia to play the opening event of the WPTDeepStacks – Big Stax XV series at Parx Casino in Bensalem.
The $300 buy-in event winner will fetch a massive $113,190 for first place, 377 times the amount the entry into the tournament – certainly a nice bonanza for the the lone person left standing as champion.
The total prize pool for the event is set at $688,560. The WPTDS Main Event is set to kickoff later this month.