On August 5 at around 11 a.m., a peculiar incident got a man shot by Las Vegas cops just outside a church filled with children. The man was identified to be 25-year-old Jason Funke, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, who happens to be the 490th finisher in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event that just concluded last month.
The tranquil atmosphere brought about by super high-stakes poker pros who are labeled to be some of the most collected and calm personalities was interrupted briefly this past weekend, when a short display of violence sparked out in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio casino.
Last week, Max Pescatori and Todd Brunson were the talk of the poker community after news came out that they purchased the renowned Las Vegas restaurant named Roma Deli, situated a few miles west of the strip, at 5755 W Spring Mountain Road.
A 2016 Poker Hall of Fame inductee and winner of one WSOP bracelet, Todd Brunson is a known foodie who frequently posts photos of his meals at various restaurants on Twitter. He said he’ll have a 25% stake in the restaurant but does not share Pescatori’s ownership stake.
Massimiliano ‘Max’ Pescatori was born in Milan, Italy, so you’d bet that he knows a lot about authentic Italian-style cuisine. He is also known to be the most successful poker player in history from his home country. He has 4 WSOP bracelets and so far has won $4.2 million in live tournaments.
An arrest warrant for Ted Forrest was issued last Friday by authorities. Forrest, 51, a six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner with more than $6.3 million in live tournament earnings, has been charged with theft and bad check charges.
It was in June 15, 2016, Wednesday afternoon during the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) that Daniel Negreanu had won the third cash of his summer. However, it was another non-poker-related news that day had really made Negreanu extremely ecstatic.
It was Wednesday, on September 3, 2014, that one of the most colorful and fun to watch characters of the World Series of Poker named Joseph Levine, a regular dealer at the WSOP for nearly 30 years and known by many as "Elvis", was shot and killed in his Las Vegas home by a homeless woman.
Nevada Poker Revenue was $8.53 million in the month of February. According to Card Player magazine, the revenue in February 2014 was $9.27 million, which equals a 8 percent drop this February compared to last year.
Curious to know how successful poker players live? Well, now you can tick off Daniel Negreanu's house on your "bucket list" as PokerStars has uploaded a behind-the-scenes tour video of his Las Vegas home, which was renovated about a year ago to a "Austin Powers Meets Pee-wee Herman"-style. Also, if you are curious to know more about the lady in the video, then we recommend that you read Daniel Negreanu's New Girlfriend.
In case you missed our article on July 16, Paul "MalACEsia" Phua and another seven people were arrested by FBI agents at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas about 2 weeks ago for allegedly taking part in an illegal betting operation. Las Vegas Review-Journal, the site that broke the news, released more information on the case yesterday.
Paul Phua, better known as "MalACEsia" playing at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables, and another seven people were arrested over the weekend for allegedly taking part in an illegal betting operation at Caesars Palace.
Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney was in Las Vegas about two weeks ago to promote his Casamigos tequila. During his stay there he and some of his business partners had dinner at Botero (a luxurious restaurant inside Wynn's Encore hotel) with hotel-casino developer Steve Wynn and his wife Andrea. However, what probably was intended to be a nice and relaxed business dinner ended with a heated argument between Wynn and Clooney.
On Tuesday, Todd Brunson tweeted that a well-known poker figure had been caught red-handed stealing chips from another player at the Bellagio. The victim of the crime (a player from Japan, described as "The Jap") noticed that $800 had gone missing from his pile of chips after returning from the bathroom. The dealer informed the floor manager, who in turn asked security to check the cameras. They quickly found out that three-time WSOP bracelet winner Chau Giang, 58, was the man behind the crime.
The World Poker Tour Five Diamonds World Poker Classic has been running over the weekend at Bellagio in Las Vegas. A total of 449 players entered the competition and there are 59 players remaining after 3 days of play. The chip leader is Don Nguyen with 774,500, and he will be joined at the poker tables tonight by several poker stars, including Dan O'Brien (504,500), Brian Rast (459,500), Joe Serock (430,000), Jeff Madsen (353,500) and Scotty Nguyen (149,500).
The money bubble will burst when 45 players remain, which should occur early in Day 4. A minimum cash is worth $21,700 and the winner will take home an increadible $1,161,135! Tune back in tomorrow for another update!
It's seems like there was a very interesting high-stakes game running in Las Vegas in the past weekend. Los Angeles-based multimillionaire and poker player Dan Bilzerian, who's best known for his wild lifestyle and parties, recently claimed on twitter to have won $10.8 million in just one night playing heads-up poker.
The gambling mecca of the world might see another visitor record this year as 24.4 million visitors already have flown there this year - almost the same 7-month span as last year. Close to 40 million people flew into Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport in 2012 and broke the previous record of 39.2 million, which was set in 2007.
Last week, we wrote that Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City would close its poker room in August as it wasn't profitiable enough. Now another casino has closed its poker room. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The M Resort (a casino off the strip in Las Vegas) has closed its 14-table poker room to make space for a slot machine tournament area. Apparently the poker room didn't do as well as the slot machine tournaments that usually attracted 800 players to the ballroom, which was way too small.
Currently tournaments are held in a ballroom and with the new area, guests will be able to play on our floor with better access to our amenities and easy access to self-parking," a spokeswomen for the casino said.
Although M Resort has closed its poker room, they still plan to host poker events, such as the Hollywood Poker Open, a $500,000 guarantee tournament that attracted 631 players in June ($1,423,062 prize pool) and was won by Spanish poker pro Ana Marquez.
Another day of action-packed poker is in the books at the Bellagio Poker Room in Las Vegas. Now there are only 24 players left, which means that just another 9 need to be eliminated before everyone's guaranteed a min-cash worth $49,120, and Amir Babakhani (player of the day) leads the pack with 1.2 million chips. Other big stacks include Brandon Steven (1,091,000), Matt Hyman (1,042,000), Hyon Kim (891,000), and Alex Phahurat (878,000).
Not familiar with any of the names above? Don't worry! Poker stars such as Dan Shak (698,000), Jason Mercier (583,000), Erick Lindgren (467,000), Jake Cody (365,000) and Daniel Negreanu (329,000) will return to play tonight and battle it out for a seat at tomorrow's final table - where a first prize of $1,150,297 is up for the grabs!
Britsh poker pro Marcus Bebb-Jones, 49, was arrested at his home in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, in 2009 for the murder of his wife Sabrina, 31, in 1997. He admitted second-degree murder, telling police he killed his wife in a "heat of passion". On Wednesday, bbc news wrote that he had been jailed at Garfield County Court for 20 years, but his sentence will be reduced to reflect the time he has severed awaiting the trial.
Matthew Anthony Roth, of Fairbanks, Alaska, made a living from playing online poker since he was 18 and had a very bright future ahead of him, but his life (and many others) changed drastically on April 15, 2011 when online poker was shut down in the U.S. by FBI (Poker's Black Friday). Roth (in the middle of the picture) spent months reclaiming his funds, which were spread around several poker sites. Although he recovered most of his money and graduated in 2012 with a degree in finance - his life never became what it once was.
It's a fact that David "Viffer" Peat and Shawn "Sheikh" Sheikhan (both well-known from GSN's High Stakes Poker) don't like each other. About 2 years ago the two created headlines when they started fighting during a tournament in Las Vegas. Now history has repeated itself...
On Wednesday, Barry "the Robin Hood of poker" Greenstein posted a blog on traveling to find the best games in poker. Barry wrote that he hasn't been traveling much as of late and as a result of that he has missed out on many good games.
"One of the things that I haven't done recently as much as I should have is travel to play in good games. When I was younger and single, if there was a good poker situation I found out where it was and went there, because I was free to travel. I just hopped on a plane, had some contacts, and got in the game.
A group of cash game grinders, led by Las Vegas pro Nick DiVella, are doing everything in their power to get former Full Tilt Poker owner Howard Lederer, who made a public return to poker last month, banned from the Aria poker room in Las Vegas.
On November 14, WSOP revealed on its website that the 44th running of the World Series of Poker will begin on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Rio-All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The series will run for 49 consecutive days, concluding the final nine players of the Main Event on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Tournament buy-ins start as low as $75 and cash games will run around the clock starting May 29 throughout the seven-week tournament series. About 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 squares-feet of ballroom space to make sure that there is plenty of space for the thousands of players from around the world who attend the 2013 WSOP.
Russ Fox, a tax consult based in Las Vegas, has in the past few years been calculating how much the WSOP Main Event finalists will get to keep after paying taxes. This year $10,028,396 of the $27,258,025 final table prize pool should be taxed. The biggest tax bite will be taken from the winner Gregory Merson...
"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" is a cliché that probably most people have heard of sometime in their life. Luckily this unwritten law didn't stop the following story from reaching the newspapers.
Back on September 2, the 42-year-old taxi driver Adam Woldemarim was cleaning out the back seat of his van before the start of his 2 p.m. shift when he found something between the seats. It was a black soft laptop case that was stuffed with $221,510.
Howard "The Poker Professor" Lederer, the previous Full Tilt Poker owner, is back at the poker tables. On Monday, he was seen taking part in high stakes cash games with other well-known poker pros at Bellagio's casino in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, he was seen at Aria's casino, playing against Nick Schhulman, David Oppenheim, Huck Seed, and other big names.
Michael Phelps has won an incredible 18 gold medals at the Olympics, including his last win of the 4x100-Meter Medley Relay at the London 2012 Olympics. After the Olympics in London came to an end, about a month ago, Phelps announced that he was retiring from swimming, and he also revelaed in some interviews that he would spend more time playing poker.
In a recent interview, the 78-year-old poker legend Doyle Brunson revealed that he lost his scooter when leaving the Rio (Las Vegas) early in the morning after Day 1 of the Main Event.
"It flew off the lift on my Escalade as I was leaving the Rio after day 1 of the Main Event. It was about 2 o'clock in the morning and as I made a sharp left on Flamingo I heard a strange noise behind me. I looked back and couldn't see anything but I suspected my scooter had broken loose. The traffic was so bad I couldn't turn back, so I continued home where I could see the lift had malfunctioned and the scooter was gone." said Doyle Brunson
42 players have so far pre-registered for the $1 million buy-in tournament ($111,111 will be a charitable donation to One Drop) THE BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP that will be played at RIO All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on July 1st, 2012.
Five of the players are businessman who don't want their names published, 3 seats are reserved for qualifing players, the remaining 34 players are a mix of rich people and well-known poker pros.
Some good news for all you "Isildur1" fans out there. In an interview with a Swedish poker magazine, Viktor Blom, 21, said that he will go to Las Vegas and play his first-ever World Series of Poker event on Tuesday next week.
"I will go there for the NLHE heads-up tournament with $10,000 buy-in and then I try to play as many tournaments as possible until the main event has come to an end. I'm really looking forward to it. It will be really fun! I feel really happy that I get the chance of going there, but it sucks that it's during the summer."
The third day of the WPT World Championship has come to and end with about 45 players (WPT is still verifying the number of players). Michael Mizrachi, who lead the way into Day 3 with 428k, is among the players who are through to Day 4.
But he will "only" bring 171,700 chips to the tables when play continues again today. Isaac Haxton was in 5th place when the day started, but unfortunately nothing worked out for the American High-Stakes Pro as he was eliminated during the day.
World Poker Tour World Championship is being played at Bellagio in Vegas at the moment, and already Day 1 a & b as well as Day 2 are in the books. According to the latest update on world poker tour's website, 95 players remain and no one else than Michael Mizrachi leads with 428,000. Another well-known player with plenty of chips is Isaac Haxton (has played a few Superstar Showdown matches against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom) in 5th place with 313,500.
Macua's casinos are making 5 times as much as the casinos along the strip in Las Vegas and the town keeps on growing. Last week the latest casino opened up, Sands Cotai Central, and it costed 4.4 billion dollars to complete.
Sands Cotai Central's 2 casinos have 340 gaming tables and 40 VIP areas for high rollers. Later this year - another floor will be open for business, with another 200 tables.
Anthony Carleo, who robbed Bellagio in Las Vegas last year and got away with $1,5 million in chips, got his sentence the other day. The American was found quilty of armed robbery and was sentenced to 3-11 years in prison. Caleo was arrested already in February, a few days after he had sold a cranberry (a $25k chip) to an undercover cop. At that time he was at Bellagio and gambled away chips from the robbery.
Money keeps on rolling in the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas. And still there are no signs that Black Friday has harmed the poker scene over there since, for example, the 2011 WSOP saw many record fields and cash games - all over town - were running hot around the clock. Apart from that many poker rooms are doing well right now, the hotels and casinos (many of them offers poker tournaments and cash games) are also doing very well. As a result of the good financial times in Vegas lately new hotels and casinos are being built while some are being refurbished for huge amounts.
One of the latest hotels to undergo a facelift is the classic Bellagio on the strip. The owners of Bellagio have invested $70,000,0000 to refurbish 2500 rooms in the main building. 500 of the rooms are already finished and in use. Every room has mattresses in Kashmir and a 40' flatscreen TV. If everything goes according to the plan the refurbishment should be done mid December.
A lot of people were surprised when they read in Doyle Brunson's latest blog that he's considering to hit the road and move from Las Vegas to California. What surprised people even more was that the reason Doyle is considering to move is because of poker. Yes, Doyle thinks that there aren't enough high-limit games to suit him.
"Las Vegas is becoming more and more a not very desirable place for a poker pro to live. There are simply isn't very many high limit games anywhere. What's with the economy, the world wide tournaments, and the internet poker, the outlook for live cash games are bleak. Poker is on the verge of making a very significant change and in my opinion very bad change. I'm considering moving to California; at least there are a few mid level games that are played regularly", writes Doyle Brunson in his blog.
It's finally time for another stop on the WPT tour - WPT Festa al Lago. This time it's Bellagio in Las Vegas' turn and many of the world's best poker players are supposed to show up and take part in the main event with a $10,300 buy-in at 21:00 CET tonight. WPT Festa al Lago will be going on for 6 days and the main event final table will be played next Wednesday.
There are lots of side events for those who don't do so well in the main event or simply decide not to play it. For some strange reason there is no high roller event this time, but the WPT crew has promised many $5,000 events.
The BankrollMob & Party Poker WSOP promotion has ended. Around 1500 players managed to "scratch their way" via our daily WSOP scratch game, into one of the daily qualifiers. From the daily qualifiers, 162 players qualified to our "Main WSOP Tournament" which was played yesterday, June 6th.
The businessman Terrance Watanabe has lost more money at a commercial casino than anyone else has ever done before - according to professor and gambling expert William Thompson at University of Nevada. As you probably already have figured out, it's not small amounts we're talking about here. Terrance Watanabe has lost $204 million in just 1 year at different casinos in Las Vegas. Not enough with that. Terrance is now also risking 28 years behind bars for a false check he issued, in order to pay off his debts of 14.7 million dollars, to Harrah's casino Rio and Caesars Palace.
According to Terrance, he's not owe them anything as they had promised to give him a 30% discount on everything he lost. Terrance has also opened a civil rights case against Harrah's. He claims that they have been giving him prescription drugs, alcohol and other things to keep him happy while losing millions of dollars. However, he has accepted the fact that he has a problem with his gambling and he doesn't want any of the money he lost back.
We will probably hear more about this very soon as the case will be up in court on the 12th of June.
The Ivey Room, a new poker room for high stakes poker games, opened up at Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last weekend. As you probably already have figure out the poker room has borrowed the name of the world's most successful poker player, Phil Ivey. The Ivey Room celebrated its opening by having a $1,000,000 VIP tournament where the player who knocked out Phil Ivey got $100,000. The winner of the tournament got the chance to play a heads-up against Phil Ivey for $250,000.
Chino Reem was the one who knocked out Phil Ivey from the tournament, and Larry Litton won the tournament and got to play against Phil Ivey. However, he didn't manage to beat Phil Ivey heads up. We will probably hear a lot more about The Ivey Room during the 2010 WSOP.
Lots of money in the bank and looking for a luxury house in Las Vegas? Then this house might be something for you. Phil Ivey's house in Vegas is for sale at the moment to the prize of $1,995,000. The house is located in one of Las Vegas finest neighborhoods (lots of celebes living in this area - Andre Agassi, Tomas Breitling, Michael Jackson's doctor (the 1 whose in court at the moment) - Dr Conrad Murray and many more) next to a luxury golf course. The house was built 2001 and it has 4 garages, 6 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, a pool and much more.
So why is Phil selling his house? Does it have something to do with his divorce last year? Maybe he's fed up with the house and want to get rid of it? He's for sure not selling it because he needs the money. That's 100% sure!
Joseph R. "Joe" Francis is an American entrepreneur known as the founder of Mantra Films, Inc., which produces the Girls Gone Wild and Guys Gone Wild DVD series. A while ago, he went to the police and told them that Steve Wynn, a billionaire who owns a huge part of Las Vegas and also been voted one of the worlds most influential persons by Time Magazine, has threatened to kill him and bury him in the desert.
Yesterday, NBC revealed all information about the sixth season of the National Heads-up Poker Championship. 64 players will meet up at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on 4th March and play for a piece of the $1,5 million dollar prize pool. Host for this event will be no one less than Leeann Tweeden (picture), host of Poker After Dark. Now, take a deep breath before checking the participants list below.
Mike Matusow , Jason Mercier , Dario Minieri , Chris Moneymaker , Darvin Moon Greg, Mueller, Daniel, Negreanu Scotty Nguyen, Annette Obrestad, Brock Parker , Dennis Phillips, Greg Raymer , Vanessa Rousso , Kara Scott , Huck Seed, Erik Seidel, Mike Sexton , Gavin Smith , Jennifer Tilly, Paul Wasicka, David Williams, Leo Wolpert , Jerry Yang, Patrick Antonius, Eric Baldwin, Andy Bloch, Doyle Brunson, Joe Cada, Johnny Chan , Don Cheadle, Allen Cunningham , Pieter De-Korver , Annie Duke Tom Dwan , Peter Eastgate, Eli Elezra , Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Farha, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Jamie Gold, Phil Gordon, Barry Greenstein , Bertrand Grospellier, Joe Hachem, Gus Hansen , Jennifer Harman , Phil Hellmuth, Orel Hershiser, Jesper Hougaard , Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Gabe Kaplan, John Paul, Kelly , Phil Laak, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren
It's once again time for another big charity poker tournament. This time in the capital of the world when it comes to gambling, Las vegas. The charity tournament is scheduled to kick off 12th December at Hard Rock Casino. The tournament is set to benefit The One Step Close Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to have an impact on the lives of those suffering from cerebral palsy by working with support groups, individuals who have CP, and by providing money for research.
The buy-in for the tournament will be $500+$50 and there will be unlimited $200 rebuys the first 90 minutes. Half of the money will go to charity and the second half will go to the prizepool. Some of the bigger names that will take part in the tournament are Phil Laak, Jamie Gold, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezera, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Freddy Deeb, and Scotty Nguyen.
If you love the surroundings of luxurary casinos and planning on getting married, but don't like the idea of a old traditional type of wedding. Then Las Vegas, Nevada, probably is the best place for you to get married. The marriage industry in Las Vegas is just getting bigger and bigger every year. There are hundreds of sites and companies offering lots of different wedding packages. For example, you can get married with "Elvis Presley" as priest, get married in a private helicopter with the view of Las Vegas by night, or why not dress up as a medieval prince and princess at the Canterbury Chapel in the Excalibur hotel? These are just three examples on how you can get married in Las Vegas.
Darvin Moon, the chip leader in the Main Event of World Series of poker 2009 have no interested in signing any contract with any poker site. And it doesn't matter if they try to draw with millions of dollars and nice hotel rooms in Las Vegas.
Earlier this year we reported that a couple of land based casinos were going to try out the new PokerTek tables which are electronic and do not require a live dealer. One of the casinos who have tried this out is the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas. Read more » Excalibur Casino Getting the live dealers back