48 | The game’s best selected at #GPLDraftDay


The first ever #GPLDraftDay took place in Los Angeles last week as the 12 Team Managers of the Global Poker League added the first four players on their rosters.

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

*Photo credit: revolutionpix/Global Poker League


2012 | #TBT Mickey Petersen wins EPT Copenhagen

Mickey Petersen

We take you back to this day in 2012 where online poker sensation Mickey Petersen would secure the EPT Copenhagen Main Event title in his native Denmark.

Petersen would beat now November Niner Pierre Neuville heads-up for the title which was, at the time, the first of his career. He has since won three other times on the circuit.

Fab Five | EPT Copenhagen Main Event
1. Mickey Petersen (DEN), $444,595
2. Pierre Neuville (BEL), $282,843
3. Bjarke Hansen (DEN), $176,777
4. Aage Ravn (NOR), $130,815
5. Jacob Rasmussen (DEN), $86,621

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


423 | WPT Fallsview hits Niagara Falls

WPT Fallsview

The great Anthony Zinno would set up what would become an impressive back-to-back performance on the World Poker Tour, winning the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls.

This year, 423 competitors are battling it out to replace Zinno at the top in hopes of duplicating his performance, heading to the LAPC with the Fallsview title.

Final table play is set for Wednesday!

Fab Five | 2015 WPT Fallsview
1. Anthony Zinno (USA), $302,235
2. Mike Leah (CAN), $211,866
3. Corey Hochman (USA), $136,232
4. David Cloutier (CAN), $100,745
5. Jeremy Halaska (USA), $75,634

*Photo credit: World Poker Tour


10 | Dzmitry Urbanovich keeps adding the W’s


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

*Photo credit: PokerStars/European Poker Tour


93rd | ‘The Notebook’ Director Cassavetes hits Top 100

Nick Cassavetes - The Notebook

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats!

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

*Photo credit: RogerEbert.com


5 | Countdown to the American Poker Awards

American Poker Awards

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

*Video credit: PokerNews


40,000 | Andrew Robl buys out of bathroom bet

Andrew Robl

It’s Friday Prop Bet Day – let’s have some fun!

We take you back to 2008 where high stakes poker player Andrew Robl challenged his friend Jay Kwik to live in a hotel bathroom for a period of 30 days.

The big problem with this bet? Kwik would stay at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas strip plus he would allowed to actually setup a bed inside the luxurious bathroom.

Kwik would quickly find a home away from home in the bathroom and Robl soon realized that he would never win the bet – he chose to buy out of the challenge for $40,000.

We’re thinking things may have been different had Kwik been forced to sleep on the bathroom floor at a Motel 6 in Detroit.

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart, Global Poker Index
*Video credit: CardPlayerTV


95/96 | Back to the 90s with Minneapolis Jim, Miami John

Miami John Cernuto

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.

Photo credit: Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index


87 | Players looking to get paid at EPT Dublin

Anthony Zinno

A grand total of 87 players will be in the money soon as the European Poker Tour made its triumphant return to Ireland for the presentation of the EPT Dublin Festival.

The Festival, which had been off the EPT schedule for over eight years, has attracted many of the game’s biggest stars included for GPI World #1’s Anthony Zinno and Jason Mercier.

The Main Event final table is set for Saturday.

Fab Five | Biggest EPT Dublin Main Event Fields
605 – Dublin 2016
389 – Dublin 2006
248 – Dublin 2005
221 – Dublin 2007
163 – Dublin 2004

Photo credit: World Poker Tour


2,416 | Huge field competes in WPTDS Parx opening event


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.


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