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2017 WPT Legends of Poker Day 2: Oddie Dardon Out in Front as Money Bubble Nears

No more separate flights at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event, as Monday was Day 2, when the survivors of each of the three Day 1’s came together in a single, unified field to try to make their way toward their poker dreams. Oddie Dardon is the chip leader going into Day 2 with 775,000 chips. Dardon finished Day 1C with 160,000 chips, good for ninth-best of that flight and placing him squarely among the overall chip leaders heading into Day 2. One of the hands that really put him in position to make a run came in Level 15. According to the WPT.com report, Day 1C chip leader Cody Slaubaugh raised pre-flop to 7,000 chips, Will Kassouf called, Dardon called, Mel Wiener called from the small blind, and the button also called. Action! On the 9-T-J (two hearts) flop, the action checked to Kassouf, who

New PokerStars VIP System Nears

PokerStars has been gradually changing its VIP system and previewing coming changes for about a year and a half now. On Monday, the world’s largest online poker site put out another announcement, still a bit short on details, but still offering us a further glimpse of what is to come. In a blog post titled “Modernising how we deliver rewards,” Director of Poker Innovation and Operations for PokerStars Severin Rasset gave a brief summary as to why his company is so gung-ho on overhauling its VIP loyalty program: Poker is a game of wits with players competing against each other for fun, for competition and for profit. Our goal in managing poker is always to maintain that delicate balance and deliver the best possible playing experience while doing so. Since 2006, our loyalty program has encouraged volume rather than competition. It has been a tremendous success and was the right

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event Day 2: Patrick Eskandar Nears 2 Million

The remaining players are already in the money after Day 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) as just 38 still have chips and 150 of the original 847 runners were scheduled to cash. And as Earl Burton explained yesterday, those who participated had the added benefit of some sweet, sweet overlay; the tournament failed to reach the $ 5 million guarantee, so the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida made up the extra $ 756,000 in prize money. Leading the final 38 is Patrick Eskandar with 1.913 million chips. Six other players have more than 1 million: Zo Karim (1.74 million), Andre Crooks (1.258 million), Tim Burt (1.226 million), Matt Affleck (1.112 million), Sam Ho (1.100 million), and Seth Davies (1.059 million). With a big blind of just 20,000, that is a pretty big spread from first to seventh. Eskandar, who hails from Mississippi,

2016 WSOP Preliminary Events: Three More Bracelets Awarded as Halfway Point Nears

As the 2016 World Series of Poker nears its halfway mark, three more bracelets were awarded at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. One was a tournament that needed some overtime to take care of business, while the other two events played out as scheduled on Saturday. Event #23 – $ 2000 No Limit Hold’em Two men, Bulgaria’s Viliyan Petleshkov (8.175 million) and Spain’s Cesar Garcia (5.48 million) were the final two men left standing on Friday evening when the WSOP curfew sounded its bell. While they both may have wanted to continue the fight, it was necessary for both men to take the benefit of an extra day of play. Having played for 12 hours on Friday, the men came back at 1PM on Saturday afternoon, refreshed and ready to take care of the remaining business. As to whom the rest benefitted the most, it