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World Poker Tour to Honor Steve Lipscomb, Lyle Berman with WPT Honors Award

Continuing the legacy of honoring those who were instrumental in their contributions to the World Poker Tour and the poker community also, the WPT will give their WPT Honors Award to two men who will join a legendary cast in May. On May 22, the WPT will look back into their past and honor Steve Lipscomb and Lyle Berman, two men whose vision created the WPT and cemented its place in poker history. “The WPT is deeply proud to present two extraordinary icons of our industry with the WPT Honors Award,” Adam Pliska, the Chief Executive Officer of the World Poker Tour, said during the announcement of the awards. “These Honorees represent the pioneering ingenuity and passionate leadership that has abundantly influenced poker. Mr. Steve Lipscomb and Mr. Lyle Berman brought poker to new heights with the creation of the World Poker Tour, and their passion and dedication have allowed

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

Ari Engel Holding Off Steve O’Dwyer On CardPlayer POY, No GPI 2016 POY?

Almost two months into 2016, the battle is already brewing in the different Player of the Year races that are in the tournament poker world…or at least there is for one of them. The champion of the Aussie Millions Main Event, Ari Engel, has been able to move to the top of the CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year race, despite the factor that he has won less money than the man behind him in second, Steve O’Dwyer. Engel, who used the Aussie Millions victory to push his point total to 2614 points only two months into this year, has been able to take down $ 1,148,102 to this point. O’Dwyer, who admitted that last year he was chasing the POY (and came up just short) has gotten off to another great start in 2016, earning two wins in High Roller tournaments to end up with 2178 points. While that

2016 Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge Day One: Steve O’Dwyer Looks to Take Another Title, Leads Final 26 Players

While it might not draw as much attention as it has in years past, the Aussie Millions still can draw a crowd to the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Perhaps because it is summertime “Down Under,” the weather and the heat of the poker tables always seem to bring the international poker community to the shores of Oz for this event, its 19th annual occurrence. Alongside its Main Event, three other tournaments – the $ 100,000 Challenge, its $ 250,000 Challenge and the tournament that started today, the $ 25,000 Challenge – usually feature star studded fields. The $ 25,000 Challenge is being played before the Main Event starts this year, giving those with some deep pockets a chance to either warm up a bit before the Main starts or put some money in their pockets and show a profit without even entering the Main. The history of the event

2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event: John Juanda Defeats Steve Warburton for First Cash in Over a Year

Wrapping up a record breaking two week stay along the coast of the Mediterranean, John Juanda emerged as the champion of the European Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, picking up his first tournament cash in well over a year. To start the penultimate day of the EPT Barcelona, the nine men left in the tournament still had to make one more elimination before they would have the official EPT final table. Denys Shafikov was crushing the field with his 17.515 million in chips as Steve Warburton was way behind him in second place with 7.18 million chips. Juanda was poised in the middle of the pack at this time but, with 4.04 million in chips, he didn’t look likely to be the “last man standing” in this tournament. On the very first hand of the day, the official final table was set. Frederik Jensen opened up