26,000,000 | A new milestone for Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel

Just under $600,000 in winnings sees poker icon Erik Seidel move past the $26,000,000 mark in winnings, pushing him to 2nd on the THM All-Time Money List, moving ahead of Antonio Esfandiari.

Seidel is only the third player in poker history to cross the $26M mark. The aforementioned Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu, who sits 1st on the All-Time Money List, are the two others to have accomplished the feat.

Fab Five | THM All-Time Money List
1. Daniel Negreanu (CAN), $32,315,817
2. Erik Seidel (USA), $26,503,242
3. Antonio Esfandiari (USA), $26,495,566
4. Daniel Colman (USA), $25,239,801
5. Phil Ivey (USA), $23,856,035

Photo credit: Jules Pochy/Global Poker Index


9th | Michael Phelps final tables in Las Vegas

Michael Phelps

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats!

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games, will be making a comeback this summer, in hopes on adding to his 22 medal count at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

When he’s not in the pool, Phelps has also enjoyed spending time at the poker table. Back in 2008, he even final tabled a preliminary event at the Caesars Palace Classic in Las Vegas. He would finish in 9th position.

Fab Five | Caesars Classic Prelim
1. Julian Parmann (USA), $84,442
2. Ky MacPherson (USA), $44,307
3. Khai Tran (USA), $26,063
4. Brandon Demes (USA), $20,850
9. Michael Phelps (USA), $5,213

Photo credit: Neil Stoddart/The Hendon Mob



202 | Poker players declare for GPL Draft Day

GPL Draft Day

The Global Poker League announced that a total of 203 poker pros declared themselves eligible for the inaugural GPL Draft Day, which is set to take place at the iconic SLS Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 25th, starting at 2pm PT.

Byron Kaverman, Anthony Zinno, Jason Mercier, Mike McDonald, Phil Galfond and Vanessa Selbst are just a few of the superstar pros who will be available for selection at the SLS.

You will be able to catch the action live, on Twitch.TV/GPL starting at 1:30pm PT as Joe Stapleton, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Eric Danis will take you from a pre-show all the way through the end of the draft!

You can see the full player list HERE.

10,000 | Huck Seed backflips his way into some money

Huck Seed

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

In a “that came out of left field” bet, Howard Lederer bet Huck Seed, a man who is known to take on any bet or challenge, $10,000 to perform a standing back flip. He would have two days to accomplish the task.

In the end, the 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion got the job done! Huckleberry reached out to his uncle for help in accomplishing the task. Turns out his uncle is an acrobat!!!

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart, Global Poker Index


2003 | #TBT Mike Sexton wins Euro Finals Heads-Up title

Mike Sexton

Time flies when you’re having fun! We take you back 13 years in this #TBT where Mike Sexton was the man of the hour in beautiful Paris, France.

Playing the 2003 Euro Finals of Poker at the historic Aviation Club de France, Sexton would defeat English legend John Duthie in the final match of the European Heads-Up Championship earning what was, at the time, the 24th tournament victory of his career.

Fab Five Four | 2003 Euro Heads-Up Final Four
1. Mike Sexton (USA), €65,000
2. John Duthie (UK), €35,000
T3. Roger Hairabedian (FRA), €15,000
T3. Jan Boubli (FRA), €15,000

*Photo credit: Neil Stoddart, Global Poker Index


456,789 | Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho and his earnings

Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho

We have one simple request for Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho … never play another poker tournament in your life, we mean never, never ever, call it quits, hang ’em up, time to retire.

The reason is a very selfish one. The Brazilian has collected a fun $456,789 in total lifetime earnings – he has basically created the 1,2,3’s of poker earnings.

Earlier this year, he earned a 14th place finish in a Turbo event at the 2016 PCA … let’s all selfishly hope that’s the final score of his career … kidding, of course!

Fab Five | Top Scores for Luiz Duarte Ferreira Filho
Nov 2014 – 2nd, BSOP Millions Main Event (Sao Paulo)
Dec 2015 – 5th, BSOP Millions High Roller (Sao Paulo)
Nov 2015 – 1st, BSOP Millions NLH Turbo (Sao Paulo)
July 2015 – 29th, Bellagio Cup (Las Vegas)
June 2015 – 17th, WSOP NLH Extended Play (Las Vegas)

*Photo credit: The Hendon Mob


100% | Cate Hall remains perfect on the World Poker Tour

Cate Hall

Not many people can claim they have cashed in their first five events on the World Poker Tour, in fact, we’re not even sure if anyone other than Cate Hall can make the claim.

Hall burst onto the live tournament poker scene early in 2015. After a few small scores, she went on to finish 33rd in the $777 event at the World Series of Poker. From there, her WPT career took off, earning five straight cashes to date, including a pair of final tables and a 27th place finish last week at the WPT Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City.

WPT Fallsivew in Niagara Falls and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, which kicks off the WPT’s California Swing, are next on the schedule – don’t be surprised to see the name Cate Hall in contention in either of these events.

Hall is nominated for Breakout Player of the Year at the upcoming GPI American Poker Awards in Los Angeles.

Fab Five | Cate Hall on the World Poker Tour
Sep 2015 – 86th, WPT Borgata Championship (Atlantic City)
Sep 2015 – 5th, WPT Maryland (near Baltimore)
Nov 2015 – 64th, partypoker WPT Montreal
Dec 2015 – 5th, WPT Five Diamond World Classic (Las Vegas)
Feb 2016 – 27th, WPT Borgata Winter Championship (AC)

*Photo credit: Joe Giron/World Poker Tour


4th | WSOP Champ Joe McKeehen still scoring

Joe McKeehen

Just months after raising the HUGE World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet in victory, Joe McKeehen was back in contention at a major event over the weekend.

Although he was unable to reach the winner’s circle this time around, McKeehen finished 4th at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City. Earlier this month, McKeehen collected a pair of 2nd place finishes at the 2016 PCA, including a runner-up finish to Bryn Kenney in the Super High Roller event.

New Yorker Christopher Leong would survive the 1,171-player field in order to win the first WPT title of his poker career.

Fab Five | WPT Borgata Winter Open
1. Christopher Leong (USA), $816,246
2. Rafael Yaraliyev (USA), $487,288
3. Liam He (USA), $297,995
4. Joseph McKeehen (USA), $249,267
5. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (UKR), $206,160

*Photo credit: Jayne Furman/World Series of Poker


22nd | Sasha Barrese’s WPT Seminole success

Sasha Barrese

It’s Celebrity Sunday on #PokerStats!

We’re approaching the second anniversary of Hollywood star Sasha Barrese’s Top 25 finish at the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.

Barrese, who’s best known for her role as Doug’s wife Tracey in ‘The Hangover’ trilogy, earned her second score on the World Poker Tour last August, earning a 51st place finish at the inaugural WPT Choctaw event in Durant, Oklahoma.

Fab Five | 2014 WPT Seminole Showdown
1. Eric Afriat (CAN), $1,081,184
2. Mukul Pahuja (USA), $691,965
3. James Mackey (USA), $441,128
4. Jacob Bazeley (USA), $371,931
22. Sasha Barrese (USA), $25,372

*Photo credit: revolutionpix/Global Poker Index


125,000 | It’s raining Jennifer Harman, cats and dogs!

Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman’s love for cats and dogs led her to start a charity poker event way back in 2007. The inaugural Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament, benefiting the Nevada SPCA, was first held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in April 2007.

1998 World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Kirk Morrison would end up winning the event, earning a free entry the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Morrison pledged to donate a portion of his eventual 56th place winnings to charity.

Over $125,000 was raised for the Nevada SPCA. Harman continues to host the event; the 2015 edition was recently presented as part of the WSOP Circuit schedule at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Fab Five | 2007 Jen Harman SPCA Results
1. Kirk Morrison
2. Justin Marchand
3. Daniel Negreanu
4. Erez Ozer
5. Marry Ann

*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com


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