Ivey wins again, WSOP schedule released

  • The start of the year always marks big tournaments like PCA and Aussie Millions. Today we look at the recent live tournaments as well as jump forward to WSOP series, starting in May.

  • At the moment Pokerstars is running their European Poker Tournament event in Deauville while a massive festival has just finished in Australia. And there’s no need to look far ahead, because there’s a big list of a tournaments to be held in February.

    Aussie Millions 2015

    Despite the fact that this was a colossal, two-week poker festival by far the biggest story from Aussie Millions was Phil Ivey’s win. Regarded as the best poker player in the world Phil Ivey has defeated Mike McDonald heads-up and won his third LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge navigating a 25-strong field. He’s done the same in 2012 as well as 2014 earning a total of AU$8.2 million from these three tournaments alone.

    Richard Yong won the $100,000 Challenge for AU$1,870,000 outlasting 69 other poker players. Erik Seidel and Scott Seiver are also worth mentioning as both reached final tables of both $100,000 and $250,000 Challenges.

    Aussie Millions $10,600 Main Event lasted for 7 days (including Day 1a, 1b and 1c) and saw 648 entries. Plenty of big names entered but the only widely known pro that reached the final table was Brian Rast, finishing 5th for $315,000. The event was won by an Australian Manny Stravropoulos who took home over $1.3 million.

    EPT Deauville is still underway

    In a couple of hours EPT Season 11 Deauville Day 3 will begin where 138 players still are n contention to win the title. However, only 87 will make the money – at least €8,810. Among the survivors from yesterday there are plenty of big names including Bertrand Grosspellier, Kevin MacPhee, Eugene Katchalov, Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Rubben Visser.

    Day 3 starts at 12:00 CET.

    WSOP Schedule Released

    Just a day ago World Series of Poker released their schedule for this year’s series. Even though the first event doesn’t start until May 27th, there’s already so much hype about the schedule. There will be a new $565 Colossus event with $5m guarantee, several events will have more chips and a couple of new levels (250/500 and 2500/5000).

    There are a lot of new additions to the schedule to make 68 events in total. But the one we want talk about today is the first ever WSOP online event.

    On July 2 WSOP will run a $1,000 buy-in online gold bracelet event. It’s event #64 of the series that still has a lot of questions unanswered. For example, some are concerned about how WSOP will know who is actually playing the event?

    WSOP promised some answers soon but one thing they said was that the heads-up play will be played out live at the Rio.

    All in all, the schedule has improved a lot. WSOP has listened to feedback from the players and adjusted the tournaments structures. If you would like to play in this year’s WSOP, online satellites will start at poker rooms all over the internet very soon.