UK poker star and Everest poker pro, Sam Trickett, rose through the poker ranks to become one of the most successful tournament poker players on the planet.
Ranked 6th on the All Time Money List according to The Hendon Mob, Trickett’s meteoric rise is a story fairy tales are made of, and the Express has captured it for you to read.
From being bailed out by his dad and being told to get a “propper job,” to scoring over $10 million in the 2012 Big One for One Drop, Trickett’s story is truly amazing. But don’t take our word for it, read it yourself and get inspired to greatness!
Italian poker player, and former PokerStars Team Pro, Dario Minieri, who stepped into the public spotlight during the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event wearing his trademark striped scarf, has won his fight with the Italian government over the declaration of his poker winnings.
Minieri is now a resident of Malta where he can play online poker with international players, and where he hopes to avoid the scrutiny of the Italian tax man.
Poker fans may also remember that Minieri was the first player to ever use his PokerStars FPPs to buy a Porsche. Take a trip back in time with us and watch this PokerNews interview with Minieri and none other than Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum.
Met with @ppapoker marketing director Drew Lesofski in DC today. He is incredibly passionate about fighting for poker http://t.co/DT0SUY8Dw8— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) February 13, 2015
Chewy has already begun by soliciting help from his fellow pros in an effort to help fund the organization that prides itself on fighting for the rights of players to play online poker. So we thought we would help him spread the word! Do your part and help spread the word too, or send your donations yourself to the PPA.
If any pros want to get involved catch up with me as I’ll be meeting with Drew again to organize events to raise awareness for online poker— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) February 13, 2015
Poker has granted me many positive experiences and I look forward to help fundraising for the @ppapoker at our events with other pros to— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) February 13, 2015
to make a positive change and share the game we love!— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) February 13, 2015
Just a few days after the conclusion of the EPT (European Poker Tour) main event in Deauville, the “queen of the Norman beaches” in France, the Tour announced that the event will not return to the picturesque town in the 12th season of the series. This does not indicate the end of the collaboration of Pokerstars / Full Tilt Poker with the Groupe Lucien Barrière (a major hotel and casino group in France and other countries in Europe) – the town will still be on the list of stops during the France Poker Series.
“Our contract to hold EPT events in Deauville has now reached its natural conclusion,” Rebecca McAdam, Senior Manager of Public Relations at PokerStars and Full Tilt, told PokerNews.com. “We are grateful to our partners at Barriere, the staff, and the people of the town of Deauville for their hospitality over the last 11 seasons of the EPT,” she added. Some of the main reasons behind the decision to exclude Deauville from the list of the EPT stops in France are politics and taxation, according to Eric Cavillon, head of the Barriere Casinos. Although the exclusion of Deauville will leave a “big empty space” in the event’s calendar, Cavillon said, the current heavy taxation of gambling in France, as well as the heavy regulation of the industry have determined the organizer to exclude the town from the EPT.
Deauville was an important stop in the European Poker Tour calendar ever since the event was launched. Still, this is not the first time the city in Normandy will be taken off the series’ schedule – it was left out of the calendar during the 4th season of the event, in 2007. In the 12th season of the series Deauville will be replaced with another European city. Which one will it be, we don’t know yet – the complete schedule of the event was not published yet. Rumors about Deauville being excluded from the European Poker Tour schedule have been circulating for quite some time before the announcement was made. Rumors say that the town could stay off the schedule even for several years from now.
The next event in the European Poker Tour will take place in Malta between March 17-28, 2015, at the elegant Portomaso Casino. The €1,100 IPT Main Event kicks off proceedings from March 18-23, with the €5,300 EPT Main Event taking place March 22-28. Until then we have some time to kill – why not pay a visit to http://www.redflushcasino.com/.
It was during day 2 of the history-in-making $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship when a Vietnamese lady by the name of Thi Xua Nguyen stunned everybody by making this incredible laydown versus Athanasios Polychronopoulos, a Greek-American professional poker player with two WSOP bracelets.
220 players remained on the field when Nguyen raised from the button with Ad Qc only to get 3-bet to 37,000 by Polychronopoulos from the big blind who held a pair of Aces.
Nguyen made the call and the flop landed Ks 9s Qd. Both the players checked. The Qh on Turn improved Nguyen’s hand to trips. She bets 17,000 after Polychronopoulos checked for a second time. He made the call and the Ace of Spade gave both the players a full house.
Polychronopoulos once again checked on the river with his Aces full. Nguyen bets 50,000 leaving her 153,000 chips behind but finds herself in a check-raise-all-in situation.
This is where things go crazy!!!
After tanking for a while, Nguyen lays down Ad Qc face up—a freaking Full house!!!. Out of respect for her incredible fold, Polychronopoulos flips out Aces and was himself stunned.
Did she misread her hand? No!!! She knew what she was doing. Nguyen put him on Aces or Kings and she was bang on right!!!
The hand was caught during the live stream and obviously, the viewers glued to the stream went berserk including the commentators James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, and Lex Veldhuis.
Nguyen eventually finished 153rd for $25,450 and Polychronopoulos also made cash but busted against Platinum Pass winner, Jussi Nevanlinna.
What is more crazier is that on day 1 Nguyen won an EPT Monte Carlo package during a random draw table giveaway.
PokerStars gave away 320 free entries to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) over the course of the previous year via Platinum Passes that after accomodations and spending money were valued at $30,000.
Short Deck Hold’em, AKA 6+ Hold’em, is one of the hottest poker variants being played today, and courtesy of these highlights from the HKD 500k ($64k USD) buy-in Short Deck Event at the Triton Poker SHR Jeju 2018 series, you can learn from one of poker’s all-time masters, Phil Ivey.
OP-Poker, a team of Twitch streamers and official ambassadors of PokerStars’ Power Up, was recently invited to have a look at PokerStars’ brand new upcoming Virtual Reality Product PokerStars VR held at EGX conference at Birmingham.
Unibet has announced that the Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, who’s “Hollywood high stakes poker game was the subject of the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed film Molly’s Game“ will be their special guest!
This story still has the poker community talking. Real life poker couple Kristen Bicknell (who is signed by partypoker) and Alex Foxen made the final table of a tournament at The Venetian in Las Vegas last month. Their alleged soft-play and collusion has the poker community riled up with the likes of Doug Polk and Justin Bonomo still talking about it long after play finished up.
Unibet have worked with creative agency FCB Inferno to release a custom deck of cards to accompany the launch of a new poker format where the Queen outranks the King.The project is intended to help draw attention to gender equality and unconscious gender bias in poker.