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2016 World Series of Poker, Preliminary Events: Colossus II Falls Short of 2015, $10K Stud Led by Steve Weiss

The first Saturday of the 2016 World Series of Poker saw the tournament arenas around the Rio packed with a plethora of players of all types. For those with a shortened bankroll, the “Colossus II” rumbled on with its final two flights, while those with a bit more change in their pockets chose to take on the challenge of Seven Card Stud to the tune of $ 10,000. Event #2 – Colossus II $ 565 No Limit Texas Hold’em After the four previous flights garnered a total of 12,271 entries, it was obvious that WSOP officials were hoping the final two flights for “Colossus II” would be gangbusters. Although the two flights were the largest of the six openers, they failed to draw in enough players to eclipse the numbers from the inaugural tournament. After these totals were tacked to the end of the list on Saturday: Flight A:  3249

Hialeah Park to Pay Large Fine in 2015 Tournament Fiasco, Real Perpetrators Get Away

Wrapping up a fiasco that dates back to last summer, Florida gaming officials are expected to hand down a massive fine against one of the state’s most popular poker rooms. The fine is the result of a tournament that still has several question marks as to the integrity of the event and the racetrack where the poker room is located is not answering any further questions on the subject. The situation dates back to the last week of August 2015, when the Hialeah Park Poker Room was allegedly holding a poker tournament to celebrate its second year of existence. The tournament, a $ 250 buy in event with a $ 200,000 guaranteed prize pool and a first place guarantee of $ 60,000, drew in competition from other poker rooms across Southeast Florida as players were drawn to the sizeable prize pool. According to Florida gaming journalist Nick Sortal, one of

2015 – The Year in Poker, Part 3: The Weird World of Poker Off The Felt

As we enter the final week of the year 2015, it is time to take a look back at some of the great moments of the past year and maybe even some of the less popular times. If there is one thing that is known about the world of poker, it is that there can be some weird, wild and abnormal news that comes out regarding the game. Whether it is involving the players or a particular game or situation, the game of poker always seems to provide fodder. A quick look over the last 12 months will give everyone a chance to remember these times. In a case that would take up much of the early half of 2015, businessman/high stakes poker player Paul Phua and his son were denied the right to return to the poker tables by a Las Vegas circuit court judge in January. Citing the

2015 – The Year in Poker, Part 4: In Memoriam

As we enter the final week of the year 2015, it is time to take a look back at some of the great moments of the past year and maybe even some of the less popular times. For all the frivolity, riches and personalities who made 2015 a fun ride, the poker world also lost some people that will never be replaced. While this isn’t a comprehensive list (writer’s note:  Paul “Eskimo” Clark, who was not included in this list when it was initially published, passed away in April at the age of 68), it does remind us that our time is short on this mortal coil and, above all else, to enjoy those around us and our activities until our time is nigh. That suddenness of mortality kicked the poker world in the teeth just as the New Year began. Poker journalist ‘Diamond Flush’ passed away in January after

Hossein Ensan Wins 2015 EPT Prague Main Event

For many people, making it to a final table in a major live poker tournament just once would be a great accomplishment. It would be enough. Big money, lots of fun, a great memory…maybe we wouldn’t say, “Now I can die happy,” but we very well might be content if that’s as far as we ever got in poker. But for Hossein Ensan, just making it to a final table was not enough. Last week, after twice reaching European Poker Tour final tables in the last year and a half but failing to collect the ultimate prize, Ensan broke through, winning the 2015 EPT Prague Main Event and just over three-quarters of a million Euro. His first journey to an EPT final table came in August 2014, when he finished third in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, good for a healthy €652,667 ($ 860,091). Prior to that success, he Ensan