113,400 | More Gene Fisher stats!

Amarillo Slim's Superbowl of Poker event winner Gene Fisher

We’re sorry, but we just can’t seem to get enough Gene Fisher around here!!!

Yesterday, we took you back 26 years to celebrate Fisher’s win at the 1990 Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker.

Today, we analyze his two World Series of Poker victories – more precisely the fact that, despite bracelets 13 years apart, in two different disciplines, he won the EXACT same amount for each victory, despite two drastically different payout structures.

1980 – won $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em ($113,400, 126 entries)
1993 – won $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split ($113,400, 189 entries)

Congratulations, Gene – our first back-to-back stat!


*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com


1990 | #TBT Gene Fisher wins at Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker

Amarillo Slim's Superbowl of Poker event winner Gene Fisher

Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker used to be a fixture on the American poker circuit back in the day. The festival would play host to some of the best in the world, all meeting up in Las Vegas for some fun while enjoying “The Big Game”.

It’s on this day 26 years ago where Gene Fisher, a two-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner, would defeat four-time bracelet champ Artie Cobb heads-up for the 1K Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo title.

This would mark Fisher’s second win at Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker, winning his first title in 1997.

Fab Five | 1990 1K 7-Stud Hi-Lo
1. Gene Fisher (USA), $47,600
2. Artie Cobb (USA), $23,800
3. Sam Grizzle (USA), $11,900
4. John Yarmosh (USA), $7,140
5. Jeff Campbell (CAN), $5,950

*Photo credit: TheHendonMob.com


1,171 | Another big WPT field invades Borgata

WPT Borgata Winter Open

Another year, another amazing turnout at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, currently taking place in Atlantic City.

The second largest field in the Winter Poker Open’s history has assembled in hopes of becoming the next World Poker Tour Champions Club member. Best of luck to the whopping 1,171 of you who first entered the competition!

2013 WPT Borgata Poker Open 3rd place finisher Cong Pham (pictured) takes the chip lead into Day 2 which is set to kickoff later today in Atlantic City.

Fab Five | Biggest Borgata Winter Open Fields
1,229 – 2014: won by Robert Merulla
1,171 – 2016: winner TBD
1,042 – 2013: won by Andy Hwang
1,017 – 2009: won by Steve Weinstein
989 – 2015: won by Aaron Mermelstein

*Photo credit: WPT.com


80% | Steve O’Dwyer is breaking the bank in 2016

Steve O'Dwyer

Life’s good if you’re World #1 poker pro Steve O’Dwyer. Not only are you king of the rankings, but you’re also off to a monster start to 2016 with two wins and a remarkable $2,837,488 through the first month of play. That amount ranks seconds amongst O’Dwyer’s biggest earning years on the circuit … and we’ve only barely entered February.

Even more impressive? Four of his five scores, 80%, have resulted in six-figure earnings – not a bad start to 2016, Mr. O’Dwyer!

Fab Five | 2016 O’Dwyer results
$953,700 – 4th, WPT Triton Super High Roller, Manila
$945,495 – 1st, EPT PCA Super High Roller, Bahamas
$744,829 – 1st, Aussie Millions 250K Challenge, Melbourne
$182,625 – 4th, Aussie Millions 25K Challenge, Melbourne
$10,840 – 89th, EPT PCA Main Event, Bahamas

*Photo credit: Aussie Millions


18th | Ari Engel wins a major Down Under

Ari Engel

Toronto’s Ari Engel has secured the second major title of the season for Canada on the live tournament poker circuit. After Mike Watson‘s victory at the PCA in the Bahamas, Engel earned his very first career major, winning the 2016 Aussie Millions in Melbourne.

Engel, who’s literally played all over the world, earned his 18th career victory, defeating American Tony Dunst for the title.

Fab Five | 2016 Aussie Millions
1. Ari Engel (CAN)
2. Tony Dunst (USA)
3. Samantha Abernathy (USA)
4. Alexander Lynskey (AUS)
5. Dylan Honeyman (AUS)


356,400 | Ben Affleck wins big in Los Angeles

Ben Affleck in Runner, Runner

Ben Affleck’s appearance in “poker” film Runner, Runner may not have been a success, but his appearance at the California State Poker Championship in 2004 certainly was!

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats and they don’t get any bigger than Batman himself! Affleck may only have on line on his THM profile, but it’s an impressive one.

Affleck would defeat Stan Goldstein heads-up for the Championship title. He would take home $356,400 for his effort.

Fab Five | 2004 Cal State Championship
1. Ben Affleck (USA)
2. Stan Goldstein (USA)
3. Charles Pacheco (USA)
4. Jimmy Tran (USA)
5. John Esposito (USA)

*Photo courtesy of: tinseltine.com


45,834 | Fedor Holz is always in a giving mood

Fedor Holz

Fedor Holz is one of the best poker players on earth. The 2015 GPI European Poker Player of the Year has always started off 2016 with a bang, winning the inaugural Triton Super High Roller Series at WPT National Philippines in Manila – taking home the massive $3,463,500 first-place prize.

Holz is always willing to give back. In 2013, he setup a challenge where he would play $500 buy-in Zoom Poker tournaments on PokerStars and donate half of the total winnings. Casa Esperenza, a Chilean charitable organization that supports children who live in extreme poverty, received a $45,834 donation on behalf of the young German pro.

*Photo courtesy of: World Poker Tour


200:1 | A big bet between Vanessa Selbst and Dzmitry Urbanovich

Vanessa-Selbst (1)

Dzmitry Urbanovich will be making his WSOP debut at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas later this summer. Urbanovich, who’s quickly become one of the top players in poker, seems to master all the games.

Urbanovich will put his skills to the test this summer as he has entered into a bet with fellow poker superstar Vanessa Selbst. He put $10,000 on the line. If he wins three WSOP bracelets this summer, that $10K investment will turn into an amazing $2,000,000. That’s right, Selbst gave him 200:1 odds!

Can the 2015 Polish National Player of the Year pull it off? We’ll all have to tune in this summer and find out!

*Photo courtesy of: Jules Pochy/Global Poker Index

2014 | #TBT Mustapha Kanit doubles Down Under

Mustapha Kanit

It was on this day two years ago that poker superstar Mustapha Kanit would win a second event in 48 hours.

Kanit, who clinched the victory for Italy at the 2015 GPI World Cup in Malta, would follow up a victory in the kickoff event at the 2014 Aussie Millions in Melbourne with a No-Limit Hold’em Six Max win, defeating Aussie Tam Trong heads-up for the title.

*Photo courtesy of: GPI World Cup

4 | Phil Ivey streak on the line at Aussie Millions

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey’s four-year streak is in danger of being snapped at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne. After collecting at least one score at the Aussie Millions since 2012, including three big victories in the $250,000 Challenge, Ivey is in danger of being shutout at this year’s event.

Ivey is set to begin his $250,000 Challenge title defense on Sunday.

*Photo courtesy of: Neil Stoddart/Global Poker Index

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