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Benny Glaser Becomes Third Player to Take Second Bracelet at 2016 WSOP and What About the Records?

 Benny Glaser Becomes Third Player to Take Second Bracelet at 2016 WSOP and What About the Records?

Only halfway through its 68 tournament schedule, the 2016 World Series of Poker has already crowned three double bracelet winners. The latest, the United Kingdom’s Benny Glaser, earned his latest piece of jewelry in the $ 10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Eights or Better World Championship.

It took a little extra work to get the tournament completed as three men – Glaser (3.225 million), Doug Lorgeree (3.095 million) and Matt Glantz (1.85 million) – couldn’t complete action on Tuesday night before the WSOP curfew hit. Thus, they came back on Wednesday to battle it out for the latest bracelet and took little time to settle their personal score.

Within ten minutes of the opening bell, the chips were flying around the table and a new leader had taken over the table. Lorgeree was able to capture several of those hands and moved out to four million chips, a two million chip edge over Glaser. Even Glantz got into the action, pumping his stack over the two million mark while knocking Glaser down to “only” 1.75 million after 30 minutes of play.

Being the short stack at the three-handed table seemed to annoy Glaser. In a rush of three hands, Glaser would power his way back into a larger chip lead than what he had to start the day (3.9 million to Lorgeree’s 3.4 million) and never let his foot off the gas. Then, with one key hand, Glaser firmly asserted command of the final table ship.

After a raise from Lorgeree, Glaser defended his big blind and saw a dangerous 9-9-8. Glaser check-raised a bet out of Lorgeree to see a trey on the turn. This time Glaser took the lead and, after a call from Lorgeree, a river seven was dealt. Glaser fired again on the river, despite there being straight, flush and full house opportunities on the board, and after Lorgeree made the call, turned up a Q-9-5-2 for trip nines with an 8-7-5-3-2 low. Lorgeree would stare at his cards, trying to find a way to split the pot with Glaser, but he would eventually toss them to the muck as Glaser scooped the pot to move over five million in chips.

Glaser didn’t just heap abuse on Lorgeree. Glantz would be eliminated by Glaser when, on a J-7-5-3-Q board, Glantz got his chips in on the turn with an excellent Q-6-5-2 for a made low (7-6-5-3-2) and a weak pair of fives, but Glaser turned up a straight and a better low (6-5-4-3-2-) with his 10-6-4-2. Needing to have a four just to be able to chop up the pot, Glantz instead saw a Queen come on the river and was out of the tournament in third place.

Up by more than a 4:1 margin, it only took Glaser roughly 30 minutes to take down Lorgeree. On the final hand, all of Lorgeree’s chips made it to the center pre-flop and the cards were turned up. Lorgeree had a 10-8-5-3 menagerie to take to battle, while Glaser had a pre-flop edge for the high at the minimum with his J-6-3-3. A K-5-4 gave a pair of fives for the lead to Lorgeree, but Glaser would turn a flush when the 8♣ came on the turn. That eight also gave Lorgeree two pair, eights up, and another eight or a five would squeak out a chop for Lorgeree that would be his only chance at survival. The river J♠ ended those hopes for Lorgeree, though, as Glaser’s flush stood to give him his second WSOP bracelet of 2016.

1. Benny Glaser, $ 407,194
2. Doug Lorgeree, $ 251,665
3. Matt Glantz, $ 175,754
4. Grzegorz Trelski, $ 125,125*
5. Robert Campbell, $ 90,846*
6. Per Hildebrand, $ 67,291*
7. Todd Brunson, $ 50,872*
8. Jason Mercier, $ 39,269*
9. Felipe Ramos, $ 30,965*

(* – eliminated on Tuesday, part of official final table)

Glaser joins Jason Mercier and Ian Johns as the dual bracelet winners (so far) for this WSOP and, with half the schedule still remaining, it isn’t inconceivable to think that maybe one of these men – or maybe someone else who also has won in 2016 – will earn a third bracelet. If they are able to do that, they would become the first player to do it since Jeff Lisandro took three bracelets (all in non-Hold’em events, it has to be noted) at the 2009 WSOP and join a small fraternity of men (Puggy Pearson, Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest, Phil Ivey and Lisandro) who have achieved the “three in a year” feat.

How Will They Handle WSOP Records?

One of the big changes at this year’s WSOP was the expansion of the prize pool across the roster of tournaments in play. Instead of paying the usual 10% of those in the field, WSOP officials decided that 15% would be paid during this year’s schedule. This has potentially created an issue when it comes to particular yearly records on the WSOP books.

2016 WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Laplante has been on a run in Las Vegas. Not only did he pick up his first WSOP bracelet in Event #12, the $ 565 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, he has bene able to cash in eight other tournaments so far in 2016. The record for one year at the WSOP is 11 (for just the Las Vegas event) and 13 overall (if the WSOP-Europe or the WSOP-APAC is added in) and, with plenty of chances left, Laplante is pretty much a sure bet to earn some more money at the WSOP. The question is does his achievement rank as the new record?

It can’t be overlooked how much that extra 5% of the field being paid might make on this record pursuit. If the 10% rule was in place, Laplante would not have cashed in five of his events this year. With the halfway point in sight, the difference between having four cashes (under the 10% rule) and nine cashes (under the 15% rule) is significant.

Whether he gets the record or not, Laplante has had an outstanding run (if it wasn’t for Mercier, Johns and Glaser, he’d be crushing the WSOP Player of the Year race). But will he also be able to claim the record for most cashes at a singular year’s WSOP?

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Delaware’s Online Gambling Win Rises for Third Straight Month

 Delaware’s Online Gambling Win Rises for Third Straight Month

Plenty of poker players have won more in one tournament than the state of Delaware brings in every month from online gaming, but when you rank in the bottom five in the country in terms of population, you don’t expect to be raking in billions, anyway. That said, the Blue Hen State (yes, I chose to go with that instead of “The First State” or “The Diamond State”), has been on a roll recently, as its casinos have seen their total net winnings from online gambling increase for the third consecutive month.

In March 2016, according to the latest financial report from the Delaware Lottery, the state’s racinos – Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway – experienced net proceeds of $ 260,539, the most they have ever brought in during a single month in the two and a half years since the Delaware launched its legal, regulated online gaming industry. The previous record was $ 240,762, set in April 2014.

Delaware Park is by far the most successful of the three racinos, generating $ 149,346 in net online gaming revenue, compared to $ 86,554 for Dover Downs and just $ 24,639 for Harrington Raceway. The bulk of that difference came from Delaware Park’s strength in the online table (also called casino) games space. $ 64,257 of Delaware Park’s net online gaming revenue was from table games, just $ 300 less than the net from online lottery sales for the location. Compare that to Dover Downs, which made almost exactly the same amount of money from lottery sales, but which had only an online table games net of $ 6,539. Just a few hours ago, I paid more than that to the federal government for my 2015 tax bill.

Harrington Raceway was even worse in table games. It actually LOST $ 2,376 to customers who played such online games as blackjack and roulette. Lottery saved the day, though, amounting to $ 25,665 in net revenue for Harrington.

That brings us to online poker. Total net poker rake and fees were $ 37,324 for the three racinos in March, up about $ 8,500 from February. Poker has been a rocky road for Delaware; for most of the past year, the rake figures have been in the $ 20-$ 30 thousand range, though a year ago, in March 2015, the racinos brought in $ 43,636, so year-over-year numbers are down quite a bit. And even the peak of $ 48,552 in April of last year was a far cry from the best poker numbers Delaware has done. In Delaware’s second month with legal online poker – December 2014 – the poker sites earned $ 106,923 in rake. For the first four months of online poker’s existence in the state, the poker figure was never lower than $ 74,000. Things dropped precipitously after that and here we are.

Delaware is clearly a state that needs cross-border agreements with other states for online poker, as its population is not large enough to sustain any sort of real poker traffic. It did begin sharing player pools with Nevada in late March of last year and it looks like that gave revenue a boost, but that boost didn’t last.

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Third Time’s A Charm as Bryn Kenney Wins 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller

 Third Time’s A Charm as Bryn Kenney Wins 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller

After making the final table of this same event twice previously (in 2011 and last year), Bryn Kenney finally found “third time lucky” as he maintained his lead he brought in to the final table to the end of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure’s $ 100,000 Super High Roller event.

Kenney had a minimal lead, his 3.82 million stack over Ankush Mandavia’s 3.36 million in play, but many eyes were on the player who held the third place slot. Defending World Champion Joe McKeehen continued to show the same skills that had brought him World Series of Poker gold in bagging up 2.805 million in chips, while David Peters attempted to keep pace with him with his 2.085 million. Isaac Haxton, fresh off of his split with Team PokerStars Pro Online (1.395 million) and Mustapha Kanit (1.03 million) both were looking to get something going as the cards hit the air.

For the first 50 hands or so, the players were content to shift the chips around the table. This also would lead to a change atop the leaderboard as Mandavia took over following a clash with Peters. The first knockout would come rather quickly and, once it occurred, opened the floodgates for the tournament to come to a close.

After running his pocket sevens into Kanit’s A-5 – and seeing the Italian pro hit an Ace on the flop – Haxton was the first to go. Left short-stacked after that clash with Kanit, his 10-9 was no match for McKeehen’s Big Slick to eliminate Haxton in sixth place for $ 360,060. That may sound like a nice payday, but Haxton was in for at least two buy-ins (of $ 100,000 each, remind you) that reduced his overall ROI to only about $ 160K or so. If he only had pieces of himself, then his actual overall profit probably didn’t crack six figures.

Kanit seemed to continue to find the right moments to get his chips to the center. Against Mandavia, Kanit’s A-9 was able to walk through Mandavia’s A-6 for another double up and, about 20 hands later, Kanit would pull off the trick for the third time against Peters. Pushing pre-flop with a 10-9 in an effort to get Peters off his hand, Kanit would instead see Peters call with Big Slick. The board gave Kanit an unbeatable straight on the turn and another key addition of chips while Peters would depart at the hands of Kenney in fifth place soon afterwards.

Kanit’s fortunes had to run out at some point, however, and they would in fourth place. He actually had a hand when the chips hit the center this time, pocket sevens, and they looked pretty racy against Mandavia’s A-J. By the time the five cards constituting the board were displayed, though, Mandavia sat on a straight to send Kanit out of the tournament and Mandavia into the lead.

Now down to three players, the trio decided to shuffle around chips for a bit before deciding a champion. After Kenney cut some chips off him, Mandavia would try to garner some revenge on Kenney but came out on the losing end. His K-4 didn’t have enough power to eclipse Kenney’s K-9 with both players in the blinds and, after trying to make a steal, Mandavia instead found himself without chips and out in third place.

Kenney was a slight leader (7.945 million) over McKeehen (6.55 million) at the start of heads up play and the duo would entertain the rail with the heads up action. Kenney jumped up to 10 million quickly but the World Champion fought back to take a lead of his own. In fact, McKeehen actually had Kenney knocked down to only 10 big blinds at one point before Kenney started a rally that would lead him to the championship.

On the final hand of the tournament, McKeehen raised his button and Kenney moved all in. McKeehen was just as quick with his call as Kenney had been with his all-in move and with good reason:  his pocket fives were in good shape against the K-7 that Kenney put on display. The flop couldn’t have come any worse for McKeehen, with a Boeing (7-4-7) landing the flop. Now looking for one of two fives to save him, McKeehen could only see a trey and a Jack come on the turn and river, ensuring the victory and the million-dollar payday for Bryn Kenney.

1. Bryn Kenney, $ 1,687,800
2. Joe McKeehen, $ 1,220,480
3. Ankush Mandavia, $ 787,640
4. Mustapha Kanit, $ 596,360
5. David Peters, $ 461,340
6. Isaac Haxton, $ 360,060
7. Daniel Dvoress, $ 286,920*
8. Kathy Lehne, $ 225,040*

(* – eliminated Thursday, official final table finish)

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Jonathan Duhamel Wins Third Bracelet, Captures WSOP High Roller Gold

 Jonathan Duhamel Wins Third Bracelet, Captures WSOP High Roller Gold

On a Friday night pause before the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe’s Championship Event winner will be determined, the final table of the €25,000 High Roller event played out. At the end of the festivities, former World Champion Jonathan Duhamel emerged as the champion of the event.

The final table from the 64 player field expectedly contained some of the biggest names in the game. Mustapha Kanit was atop the leaderboard at the start of play with his 1.726 million in chips, while Christoph Vogelsang (820K) was the closest competitor. Samuel Chartier (712K), Fedor Holz (587K), Duhamel (542K) and poker “Triple Crown” winner Davidi Kitai (415K) rounded out what would prove to be an entertaining evening of poker.

While Kanit stayed out of the fray, the remaining five men scrambled for position. In what would prove to be a dramatic hand, Kitai limped from the button and, after Holz had moved all in, immediately made the call with his pocket Kings. Holz was in a difficult spot with his pocket fives and, following an A-K-J flop, was in even more dire straits. A Queen on the turn didn’t shut out Holz, leaving him options for a chop with a ten on the river. Like a savior from on high, that ten came on the river, irritating Kitai after having a hammerlock on the hand and saving Holz by splitting the pot.

Holz would not last much longer, however. His stack fluctuated wildly during the final table play to the point where he moved all-in with a 10-9 and only 175K in chips to fight with. If the stack had been bigger, perhaps Duhamel doesn’t make the call with only an A-7 off suit but, once he did, the duo was off to the races. A J-7-2 flop hit both men, Duhamel improving to a pair and Holz to a gut shot straight draw, but that would be the extent of the excitement. Another seven on the turn and a five on the river kept Duhamel in the lead and sent Holz to the rail in sixth place.

Duhamel continued to slowly chip up, but it was Kanit who was the Alpha at the table. He would eliminate Vogelsang in fifth place after turning a gut shot straight draw into a full-fledged straight to crack the two million chip mark. The other three players, however, weren’t ready to let Kanit get too far out in front as Chartier earned a key double up to bring him back to the pack. After Kanit rebuilt some of his stack, he would then double up Kitai.

At this point, the quartet of players were virtually neck and neck with each other as all the stacks were between a million and 1.25 million chips. Kanit would reestablish his dominance in taking down Chartier in fourth, but Kanit would then turn around and give a huge portion of that stack to Kitai in doubling him up. Duhamel would end the day soon after that, sending Kanit home in third place after starting the day as the dominant chip leader.

Duhamel and Kitai were within 250K in chips of each other at the start of the heads up battle, but it would not be a fight that would last long. On the seventh hand of heads up action, Duhamel forced Kitai to fold on an A 3 2 9 5♠ board to drive Kitai under a million chips, only to see Kitai double up on the very next hand. Fifteen minutes later, the tournament was over.

Kitai moved all in from the button and Duhamel peeled his hole cards, looked and called. His pocket sevens were ahead of Kitai’s J-7 off suit steal attempt, but there was plenty of danger out there for Duhamel to dodge. A monochrome A♠ K♠ 2♠ flop gave Kitai more outs as he had the only spade, but the turn 8 helped neither player. The case seven would fall on the river, improving Kitai to a pair of sevens that weren’t good enough to defeat Duhamel’s set of sevens and earning the title for Duhamel.

1. Jonathan Duhamel, €554,395
2. Davidi Kitai, €342,620
3. Mustapha Kanit, €227,145
4. Samuel Chartier, €160,775
5. Christoph Vogelsang, €121,020
6. Fedor Holz, €96,625
7. Timothy Adams, €81,420

In winning the High Roller, Duhamel almost was able to capture another prestigious WSOP title. By earning 2174.64 points, Duhamel was in prime position to win the WSOP Player of the Year award. Alas, $ 50,000 Poker Players’ Champion Mike Gorodinsky’s performance in Las Vegas this summer, where he earned 2251.81 points, was good enough to hold Duhamel at bay. With only the 2015 “November Nine” left to play, Duhamel will have to be satisfied with the runner-up slot on the board. That will probably be easy for Duhamel to do after picking up his third WSOP bracelet, arguably the best performance post-World Championship of any WSOP Championship Event winner since Chris Ferguson in 2000.

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PokerStars Announces Massive Changes to Third Party Software Policy

 PokerStars Announces Massive Changes to Third Party Software Policy

In a move that could have a seismic effect on how online players take on the game, PokerStars announced earlier this week new changes to their policies on third party software usage. The new changes are in effect now and, if fully pushed by PokerStars officials, will effect players who have come to depend on something other than their own abilities to play the online game.

In a post on Two Plus Two, PokerStars’ Sit & Go and Tournament Manager Baard Dahl details out the discussions that had been echoing around the halls of PokerStars’ offices. Those discussions brought out the following changes to the third party software policies, straight from Dahl’s post on Two Plus Two:

1. Reference material, such as starting hand charts, now have to be “basic in nature”. Anything considered to be sophisticated in nature can no longer be used whilst the client is open.

2. HUDs are no longer permitted to display non-numerical data, categorize players or dynamically display statistics specific to a certain situation.

3. Hand or Situation Analyzers, such as programs that compute equities of various ranges of hands against one another, can no longer be used whilst the client is open.

4. Game State Reporters can no longer automatically or semi-automatically retrieve information from an otherwise permitted reference material. For example, tools can no longer notify an end-user that their starting hand lies in Group 1 of a statically defined grouping of hands.

5. Table Selection and Seating Scripts can no longer time a player’s registration into a global waiting list. They must register players into specific tables or tournaments.

The first three changes will actually have an impact on how the play will be conducted on the virtual felt. HUDs have long been popular for the voluminous information that they provide to the players, with some even allowing situational analysis for determining the play of hands. By removing the ability to either display hand grouping information or player categorizations, a HUD user will have to rely more on his own immediate knowledge.

Another important change will be in the ability for software to automate the selection of tables and seats. In the case of the Spin & Gos, Dahl writes, it should be totally random whom players were being seated to play against. Such programs as SpinWiz, however, were circumventing the PokerStars software and allowing for players to target certain opponents (the practice when done in a cash game setting is called “bumhunting”). Dahl was quick to note that “at this time” PokerStars was still allowing some generic seating scripts for other games.

In his post, Dahl also details out how the new protocols will be implemented. “In accordance with our usual procedure, our first objective will be to educate people who do not realize that this form of software is now prohibited,” Dahl writes. “Consequently, we will have sent a notification of these rule changes to players who we know have been using such software in the recent past. None of these players have broken any of our rules, but we want to make sure that everyone has first-hand information so that they do not inadvertently end up in a situation where they break the rules in the future.”

The commentary from the users was divided on both sides of the issue. Some thought that the new regulations are the result of Amaya Gaming, the owners of PokerStars, further protecting the “casual” player and taking away from those looking to make a living off of the online game. Others, however, have long bemoaned the usage of third-party software at the virtual tables – even longtime poker professional Patrik Antonius recently lamented that he cannot beat the games online anymore because of the usage of HUD software – and see the moves by PokerStars as long overdue but perhaps too late to help the online game.

With the new rules enacted, we should be able to see the effects on PokerStars traffic numbers – if there is to be any effect – over the coming weeks. Players will either have to adjust to life without some of their favorite software devices or – as is usual in the online game – find others that can circumvent the PokerStars protocols.

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