David “ODB” Baker scored $1 million and a $15,000 seat to the WPT Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions Monday night at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
ODB defeated Matas Cimbola to take down the title.
“Without a doubt this would be the biggest win of my poker career,” Baker said heading into play at the Final Table. “I’ve got a pretty big poker reumé, but I have one glaring omission. I don’t have a WPT title. I have no major No Limit Hold’em title, and I have no million-dollar score. And I can check off all those boxes today.”
Check, check and check!
To experience a taste of the raw emotion Baker felt, check out The Fives podcast where Lance and Donnie corralled Baker just after his victory.
partypoker Team Online now comprises of two former PokerStars Team Pro as well as other popular streamers including Matt Staples (younger brother of Jaime Staples), Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic, Alan Widmann, Ryan Schoonbaert, Monika Zukowicz, and many others.
The creation of Team Online is part of a “wider streaming strategy” from partypoker. The room has hinted that it “will be unveiling further new additions to Team Online”.
Whether that would also include Kevin Martin, we’ll find out soon!
Having already won Short Deck event last year at 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro for over $3.6 million, Jason once again repeats last year performance to claim his second Short Deck title in Event #5: HK$1 Million Short-Deck Ante-Only.
The event drew 81 entries out of which 44 were re-entries to create a prize pool of HK$76,140,000. Jason had to face Malaysian businessman Paul Phua for the title and prize that was worth $2.84 million.
“It was extremely tough,” Koon said about his heads-up opponent Paul Phua who finished as a runner-up. “Paul is a great player. I had a good feeling that [he] and I would possibly have a showdown. He’s just so, so good.”
With this win, American poker pro has now close to $27 million in total live earnings, taking him into ninth place on the list of the Hendon All Time Money List.
Meanwhile, the organizers of the Triton Poker Series, Jeju, added yet another Short Deck event in this series following Short Deck’s incredible popularity. The event has been named as the “Triton Refresh“ and was played on Saturday, March 9 with a buy-in of HK$1 million.
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.
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.
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.