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2017 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event: Day 1 Flights in the Books

The World Poker Tour got back in action over the weekend as the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event saw its two starting days contested on Sunday and Monday. Players are still allowed to register through the first break on Day 2, so we won’t know the official tournament figures for a little while yet, but so far, 1,120 players have signed up.. Leading the 588 Day 1 survivors into Tuesday is Jean “Prince” Gaspard with 216,900 chips. Gaspard is one of those guys whose record casual fans will look at and say, “Wow, I didn’t realize he was so accomplished.” According to TheHendonMob.com, Gaspard has over $ 2.3 million live tournament earnings. His largest cash came just this past summer, when he won the 2016 World Series of Poker $ 10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship for $ 306,621, the first gold bracelet of his career. Gaspard also won

PokerStars Introducing “Seat Me” to Combat Bumhunters

If you play online poker or have at least been keeping up with poker news, you know that over the last few years, online poker rooms and networks have made a concerted effort to make their games more appealing to recreational players by implementing features that strip away advantages from professionals (aside from actual poker skill). PokerStars announced last week that it is continuing that trend by introducing “Seat Me,” a drastic change to its ring game lobby that will eliminate some of the pros’ and heavy grinders’ more predatory practices. “With so many customers who trust our products, we have to be particularly vigilant against tools or strategies used to gain an unfair advantage,” wrote PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations Severin Rasset in a blog post. “We also need to be able to ensure that we create enforceable and sustainable policies, making sure that players who do

Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

Coming into the final table with a sizeable chip lead, Shurane Vijayaram rode that stack to battle the second biggest chip stack to start the day – that of Ben Heath – for the championship of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. In the end, that advantageous stack played to Vijayaram’s advantage in his eventual victory. The seven men that came to the table on Sunday afternoon at the Crown Casino in Melbourne were the survivors from the 725-player field that started the tournament just a week ago. Along with Vijayaram and Heath, Jeff Rossiter was a threat for the title with his 3.105 million chip stack; Rossiter was looking to improve on his third-place finish in this tournament from 2011. Tobias Hausen (2.995 million), David Olson (2.35 million) and Luke Roberts (1.305 million) were in the mix, but at the bottom of the standings – but with many eyes

Virginia Senate Passes Poker “Game of Skill” Bill, Future Unknown

In a highly contentious vote, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Senate voted to classify poker as a “game of skill.” The future of the Senate bill? That is unknown, but it opens the doors for a plethora of outcomes. The vote in the Senate was as close as you can get. After the polling was complete, the issue garnered the same number of votes for each side, 19-19, meaning that Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam’s vote was necessary to break the tie. His “aye” vote for passage cleared the way for the bill to now be considered by the Virginia House of Delegates. The Senate bill, S1400, was originally introduced by Senator Louise Lucas, who was sure that the bill would get out of the Senate chambers. “I had the law on my side,” Lucas commented before the hearing in the Senate committee that would end up passing. This was the third

Nick Petrangelo Outlasts Mike Watson, Fedor Holz to Win Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

In a rather rapid final table of five hours, Nick Petrangelo got his 2017 tournament poker season off to a good start by outlasting Mike Watson and Fedor Holz to win the Aussie Millions $ 100,000 Challenge on Saturday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. Steffen Sontheimer was the leader of the event with 451,000 in chips as it entered its final day, but that lead was a tenuous one. Hot on his heels were Holz (394,500) and Petrangelo (381,000), with the remainder of the table filled out by Sam Trickett (265,000), Watson (146,000), 2016 Player of the Year David Peters (96,000) and David Steicke (78,500) rounding out the field. With only three players getting paid, the desire to remain at the final table for even the shortest of the stacks was high. Steicke was looking for that proverbial “double up and go home” early on and he would get