Watch Daniel Negreanu’s Daily WSOP Vlogs Right Here!

The World Series of Poker hasn’t even begun but the summer is already off to a blockbuster start for Daniel Negreanu.

How so?

Negreanu married his girlfriend Amanda Leatherman in front of a rapt audience of family, friends and poker pros alike on May 19.

It was “the social event of the season,” in poker circles, and by all accounts an epic and heartwarming evening.

But don’t just take our word for it – check out the wedding cut released from Negreanu below:

Negreanu Wants WSOP Gold, POY

While Negreanu is likely still soaring on his wedding vibes he’s also now buckling down to prepare himself for the 2019 World Series of Poker.

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The WSOP is always a priority for Negreanu. The planning of his WSOP schedule is meticulous to maximize his chances at adding another gold bracelet to his current stash of six.

Even though he lives in Las Vegas, Negreanu famously parks a private RV behind the Rio so he can relax and stay fresh in his downtime and manage the full grind of the WSOP.

He cares about winning bracelets, first and foremost. But he also cares about the WSOP Player of the Year award.

Already one of the game’s all-time greats and a two-time WSOP Player of the Year (2004, 2013), the man they call Kid Poker has another WSOP POY award in mind for 2019.

He’s also letting his fans and subscribers in on the chase – both for POY and profit – for as little as $5:

Plan is to play “next tourney up” all summer with a couple exceptions related to the $50k PPC

No days off.
Daily VLOGS.

May see me go from a $500 buy in at 11am to a $50k buy in at 3pm.

Balls… to… the wall.

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) March 30, 2019

For extra motivation to play my A-Game in the small buy in WSOP events I’m thinking of offering a package for those.

If I bundle all events $1500 or lower, what do you think is a fair markup?

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 27, 2019

Been a while since I did a YouTube video! In this video, the markup debate, some package talk, Fofty Cent, my WSOP plans, and an announcement. https://t.co/EMi8LBYP0i

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 29, 2019

With a massive 89-event WSOP schedule in LaS Vegas and 10 more bracelet events at the WSOPE in Rozvadov — and points handed out in higher increments in low buy-in, big field events — to win the POY Negreanu will have to play more events than ever before.

It will be a grind and a thrill ride from beginning to end – especially if Negreanu builds some momentum with an early deep run.

2019 WSOP Daniel Negreanu Vlogs

Another thing Negreanu has become known for over the years are his WSOP Vlogs from behind the scenes at the Rio. 

From the vegan meals stacked in his RV fridge to his quiet moments after tourney bustouts to shooting the breeze with his VIP poker pals, Negreanu has put a lot of effort into sharing his WSOP experience with his fans.

Despite his best intentions last summer was a rough for one Negreanu as he fell short of a bracelet, came out of the WSOP down about $1.3m (although he did win $3m at the Super High Roller Bowl) and went through a break-up. He still managed to shoot and post 45 daily video blogs, though.

This year, he says, we can expect daily Vlogs again from the Rio and we’ll embed all of them here for you to watch. Check out his first pre-WSOP teaser Vlog below:

2019 WSOP POY Formula

The WSOP Player of the Year formula for 2019 will be the same as it was in 2018. The points model is based on what was used on the WSOP Circuit for years and has modifiers for both the size of the event buy-in and number of entries in the tournament.

At the end of the 89 events of the WSOP in Las Vegas there will still be 10 more opportunities for players to earn points at the WSOP Europe in Rozvadov in the Fall.

When all WSOP events for 2019 have finished the player who has earned the most total points through their poker performances will win the POY crown. Check our official World Series of Poker page to see who has won the WSOP Player of the Year since its inception in 2004.

Note: Players can actually calculate exactly how many points you can earn for your finish with the WSOP POY Points calculator right on the WSOP website. Just select the event played, the number of entrants, hit “calculate” and you’ll see exactly how many points are awarded for each finish.

The following events DON’T count toward POY:

Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
Event #47: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies Event
Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em
Event #81: $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold’em

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Official WSOP 2019 Schedule | WSOP 2019 Events

As the World Series of Poker turns 50 this year the WSOP organizing committee has gone the extra mile – and then some – to make the 2019 WSOP schedule a memorable one.

A dazzling array of 89 (!) events is on the official WSOP schedule with the entire festival kicking off on May 29.

From the moment the “Shuffle Up and Deal” is announced in the traditional opener, the $500 Casino Employees Event, until a new World Series of Poker Main Event champion is crowned on July 16, it’ll be a flurry of action all day, every day at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Jump directly to the full 2019 WSOP schedule here:

Official 2019 WSOP Schedule

Among the new and exciting events on the docket to celebrate 50 years of WSOP history:

Historic $500 buy-in “The Big 50” No-Limit Hold’em event with $5 million Guaranteed
$50,000 buy-in Anniversary Special Tournament
$1,000 Mini Main Event
$1,500 Bracelet Winners-Only Event
$500 Salute to Warriors Charity Event (to benefit members of Police, Fire and Armed Forces)
$600 Deepstack Championship Event
$400 WSOP Colossus (lowest buy-in ever)
$10,000 Short Deck Holdem Event

Additionally there will be a full 20 Championship events with $10,000 buy-ins and nine official online bracelet events – an all-time record. 

Popular returning events for the 2019 WSOP alongside the iconic $10,000 Main Event include:

WSOP 2019 Logo

$1,500 Millionaire Maker
$1,000 Seniors Championship
$1,000 Super Seniors Championship
$1,000 Ladies Championship
$1,500 Monster Stack
$1,000 Tag Team Championship
The $2,620 Marathon
The Colossus (buy-in now $400 from $565)
$888 888poker Crazy Eights
$1,111 Little One for One Drop
$1,500 The Closer ($1m Guaranteed)
$50,000 Poker Players Championship

To further enhance the experience for WSOP players old and new the WSOP has also added:

One-Day Super Turbo Events
Bigger starting stacks in most events
Big Blind Ante for Main Event

It will almost assuredly be the biggest World Series of Poker in history in terms of attendance, countries represented and bracelets awarded – and that’s not even adding in the 2019 WSOP Europe scheduled for the fall in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

More on a few of the 2019 WSOP highlight events:

$500 “The Big 50” No-Limit Hold’em with $5m Guaranteed

Ty Stewart on WSOP 2015 Main Event Day 1A3

Getting the 2019 WSOP off to a rollicking start on the opening weekend is the new “Big 50.” It’ll run over 4 days (May 30-June 2) with:

$500 buy-in
50,000 chips to start
50-minute levels
$5 million guaranteed prize pool
$1m guaranteed for the winner

One flight will run each day starting early (11 am, 10 am) and go 12 levels.

Important to note: The first entry for each player is entirely rake-free (!) and all $500 goes into the prize pool. Re-entries will pay the usual fees.

“We’re excited to commence our golden event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered. This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

$50,000 Anniversary High Roller

How better to celebrate the WSOP’s 50th than with a tournament that celebrates just how far tournament poker has evolved since 1970?

The $50,000 buy-in Anniversary event is open to all players and is scheduled to run over four days. Starting stacks will be 300,000 and levels will be one hour. Registration will be open until the end of Day 2.

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$1,000 Mini Main Event

Low-stakes poker players have been clamouring for this for years and the 50th WSOP is finally delivering. 

The $1,000 Mini Main Event runs July 1 and July 2 and mimics the set-up and structure of the iconic Main Event to give those of us with smaller budgets a chance to experience the thrill of the ME.

The Mini Main Event has the same blind structure as its parent event but will have 30-minute levels (instead of the usual 120 mins). Starting stacks are a dazzling 60,000 so players will really have room to play.

9 Online Bracelet Events

This is by far a record for most online events and a real sign of the present and future WSOP.

The exact number of online events (and whether you will be able to play them via the shared player pool liquidity agreement between Nevada and New Jersey) may still be altered but for now they are listed on the schedule.

Online bracelet events start June 2 with the $400 1-day Online No-Limit Hold’em event. More events will follow every week with buy-ins from $500-$1,000.

The Online High Roller will cap things off on July 3 with a $3,200 buy-in. Check the full WSOP schedule below for details (and be prepared for changes).

$1,500 Bracelet Winners-Only Event

Won a WSOP gold bracelet before? This one is for you.

Only previous WSOP bracelet winners are eligible to enter this 4-day, $1,500 buy-in event scheduled to start July 10 (Day 5 of Main Event). Starting stacks are $50k and play will wind down to a “Champion of Champions” with no re-entries allowed.

WSOP Main Event Fisheye

Just how many potential runners are there, you might wonder? Well, between the 1,078 past bracelet winners to the 60+ who will have new bracelets on their wrists this summer you’re looking at about 1,140 or so.

Just how many will take a shot at it? We’ll find out July 10.

$500 Salute to Warriors Charity Event

Want to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces? You can via this new charity event introduced for the 2019 WSOP. 

The event is open to ALL participants (not just military members) and will run three days, ending on July 4. All proceeds from this event, according to the WSOP, will be donated to the USO and other veteran organizations.

$600 Deepstack Championship Event

The $600 Deepstack may be the showpiece event but the WSOP has actually added six new low buy-in Deepstack events that will run throughout the series. Each has a buy-in between $600 and $800 and will be either No-Limit Hold’em or Pot-Limit Omaha.

The Deepstack Championship on June 25 will have a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and guarantee the winner a 2019 WSOP Main Event seat. Starting stacks are 30,000 and play will run for 3 days.

wsop colossus

$400 The Colossus

The Colossus has proven to be one of the most successful innovations the WSOP has ever put forward with up to 22,000+ players in the event from year-to-year.

This is the 5th edition of the Colossus and this year the buy-in has dropped even further to just $400 from the usual $565. That makes it the lowest buy-in WSOP bracelet event.

Starting flights will take over the Rio on June 26/27. Starting stacks are 40,000 and levels will be 40 minutes. The winner of the 2019 WSOP Colossus will again take home $1m.

$10,000 Short Deck Holdem Event

Short Deck (or 6+) Hold’em has grabbed the attention of a lot of poker players lately thanks to its inflated hand values and intense action.

It started as a fixation of just a few high-rollers in the Asian poker scene but has since spread widely and can be played online at PokerStars and William Hill Poker, among others.

The WSOP has jumped on the trend now too and catered to the high rollers with a new $10,000 Short Deck Hold’em event The $10k Short Deck Championship will play out over 4 days starting June 2. One re-entry will be permitted.

For a full rundown on the Rules of Short Deck Holdem and the official Short Deck Hold’em Hand Rankings, check our page here:

Short Deck Holdem Rules & Hand Rankings

Official WSOP 2019 Schedule

Event #1 – Wed 05/29 11:00 AM
$500 Casino Employees Event

Only for casino employees
 
$500
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
12%
 
1
 
Event #2 – Wed 05/29 12:00 PM
$10,000 Super Turbo Bounty

$3,000 bounty per player
 
$10,000
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #3 – Thu 05/30 11:00 AM
$500 BIG 50

First entry is rake-free. $65 rake is taken for every re-entry. $5 million guaranteed prize pool and $1 million guaranteed to winner. 1 re-entry per flight.

30.05. 11:00 – Flight a
31.05. 11:00 – Flight b
01.06. 10:00 – Flight c
02.06. 10:00 – Flight d
 
$500
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
N/A
 
7
 
Event #4 – Thu 05/30 03:00 PM
$1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
 
$1,500
 
O/8
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #5 – Fri 05/31 03:00 PM
$50,000 50th Annual High Roller

Played with shot clock.
 
$50,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
4%
 
1
 
Event #6 – Sat 06/01 03:00 PM
$2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw

Variants: Limit Triple Draw A-5, Limit Triple Draw 2-7, Badugi
 
$2,500
 
Mixed
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #7 – Sun 06/02 03:30 PM
$400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em
 
$400
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
3
 
Event #8 – Sun 06/02 06:00 PM
$10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em

Played with shot clock.
Played with a short deck (cards 2-5 removed).
 
$10,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
6%
 
1
 
Event #9 – Mon 06/03 11:00 AM
$600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack

$500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
 
$600
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
13%
 
1
 
Event #10 – Mon 06/03 03:00 PM
$1,500 Dealers Choice

Variants: No-Limit Hold’em; Limit Hold’em; Razz; Seven Card Stud; Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Regular; Pot-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha; Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw; Big O; Limit Omaha High; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw; Ace to 5 Lowball Triple Draw; Badugi; Badeucy; Badacy; No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw; No-Limit 5-Card Draw High
 
$1,500
 
Mixed
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #11 – Mon 06/03 06:00 PM
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Freeze-Out
 
$5,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
7%
 
0
 
Event #12 – Tue 06/04 11:00 AM
$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty

Players will receive $300 from the prize pool for every player they eliminate.
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #13 – Tue 06/04 03:00 PM
$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
 
$1,500
 
Lowball
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #14 – Wed 06/05 11:00 AM
$1,500 HORSE

Variants: Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 or Better
 
$1,500
 
HORSE
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #15 – Wed 06/05 03:00 PM
$10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em

Heads-Up. No Re-Entry, 512 players max.
 
$10,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #16 – Wed 06/05 04:00 PM
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Freeze-Out
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #17 – Thu 06/06 11:00 AM
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

No Re-Entries, 2,000 players max.
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #18 – Thu 06/06 03:00 PM
$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Freeze-Out
 
$10,000
 
O/8
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #19 – Fri 06/07 10:00 AM
$1,500 Millionaire Maker – No-Limit Hold’em

$1,000,000 guaranteed to winner.
1 Re-Entry per flight.

07.06. 10:00 – Flight a
08.06. 10:00 – Flight b
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
5 days
 
10%
 
3
 
Event #20 – Fri 06/07 03:00 PM
$1,500 Seven-Card Stud

Freeze-Out
 
$1,500
 
Stud
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #21 – Sat 06/08 03:00 PM
$10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
 
$10,000
 
Lowball
 
4 days
 
6%
 
1
 
Event #22 – Sun 06/09 11:00 AM
$1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em

Start with 40k instead of 20k chips.
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #23 – Sun 06/09 03:00 PM
$1,500 Eight Game Mix

Variants: Limit Hold’em, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Limit 2-7 Lowball, Triple Draw
 
$1,500
 
8-Game
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #24 – Sun 06/09 03:30 PM
$600 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
 
$600
 
PLO
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
unl.
 
Event #25 – Mon 06/10 11:00 AM
$600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack

Start with 30k chips.
 
$600
 
PLO
 
2 days
 
13%
 
unl.
 
Event #26 – Mon 06/10 12:00 PM
$2,620 No-Limit Hold’em Marathon

Freeze-Out, 100 minute levels
 
$2,620
 
NLH
 
6 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #27 – Mon 06/10 03:00 PM
$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better
 
$1,500
 
Stud-8
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #28 – Tue 06/11 11:00 AM
$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #29 – Tue 06/11 03:00 PM
$10,000 HORSE

Variants: Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 or Better
 
$10,000
 
HORSE
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #30 – Wed 06/12 11:00 AM
$1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
 
$1,000
 
PLO
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #31 – Wed 06/12 03:00 PM
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Freeze-Out
 
$3,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #32 – Thu 06/13 10:00 AM
$1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em

Must be 50+ to participate.
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #33 – Thu 06/13 03:00 PM
$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

Variant: 2-7 Triple Draw
 
$1,500
 
Triple Draw
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #34 – Fri 06/14 10:00 AM
$1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em

1 Re-Entry per flight. Start with 40k instead of 20k chips.

14.06. 10:00 – Flight a
15.06. 10:00 – Flight b
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
5 days
 
10%
 
3
 
Event #35 – Fri 06/14 03:00 PM
$10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed

Variants: No-Limit Hold’em; Limit Hold’em; Razz; Seven Card Stud; Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Regular; Pot-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha; Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw; Big O; Limit Omaha High; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw; Ace to 5 Lowball Triple Draw; Badugi; Badeucy; Badacy; No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw; No-Limit 5-Card Draw High
 
$10,000
 
Mixed
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #36 – Sat 06/15 03:00 PM
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

No Re-Entries, 2,000 players max.
 
$3,000
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #37 – Sun 06/16 11:00 AM
$800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack

$750,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
 
$800
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
11%
 
1
 
Event #38 – Sun 06/16 03:30 PM
$600 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty
 
$600
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
0
 
Event #39 – Mon 06/17 10:00 AM
$1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em

Must be 60+ to participate.
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #40 – Mon 06/17 12:00 PM
$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
 
$1,500
 
PLO
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #41 – Mon 06/17 03:00 PM
$10,000 Seven Card Stud
 
$10,000
 
Stud
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #42 – Tue 06/18 11:00 AM
$600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed

$500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
 
$600
 
NLH / PLO
 
2 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #43 – Tue 06/18 03:00 PM
$2,500 Mixed Big Bet

Variants: NLH, PLO, 2-7 NL, NL 5 Card Draw, Big O, PLO Hi-Low, 2-7 Pot-Limit Triple Draw
 
$2,500
 
Mixed
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #44 – Wed 06/19 11:00 AM
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty

Every player is a $500 bounty.
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #45 – Wed 06/19 03:00 PM
$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
 
$25,000
 
PLO
 
4 days
 
5%
 
1
 
Event #46 – Wed 06/19 03:30 PM
$500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack
 
$500
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
3
 
Event #47 – Thu 06/20 11:00 AM
$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em

Discount for Ladies: $1,000 buy-in.
 
$10,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #48 – Thu 06/20 12:00 PM
$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Freeze-Out
 
$2,500
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #49 – Thu 06/20 03:00 PM
$10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

Variant: 2-7 Triple Draw
 
$10,000
 
Triple Draw
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #50 – Fri 06/21 10:00 AM
$1,500 Monster Stack – No-Limit Hold’em

Freeze-Out, 50k stack

21.06. 10:00 – Flight a
22.06. 10:00 – Flight b
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
5 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #51 – Fri 06/21 03:00 PM
$2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better

Variants: Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better
 
$2,500
 
Mixed
 
3 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #52 – Sat 06/22 03:00 PM
$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
 
$10,000
 
PLO
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #53 – Sun 06/23 12:00 PM
$800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-Handed

$750,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool.
 
$800
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
11%
 
1
 
Event #54 – Sun 06/23 03:00 PM
$1,500 Razz
 
$1,500
 
Razz
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #55 – Sun 06/23 03:30 PM
$1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
3
 
Event #56 – Mon 06/24 11:00 AM
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty

Every Player is a $500 bounty.
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #57 – Mon 06/24 02:00 PM
$1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em

Played with teams of 2-4 people.
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #58 – Mon 06/24 03:00 PM
$50,000 Poker Players Championship

Variants: Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Limit 2-7 Lowball, Triple Draw
 
$50,000
 
8-Game
 
5 days
 
4%
 
0
 
Event #59 – Tue 06/25 11:00 AM
$600 No-Limit Hold’em DEEPSTACK CHAMPIONSHIP

$500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool, MAIN EVENT seat added for the winner.
 
$600
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
13%
 
1
 
Event #60 – Tue 06/25 03:00 PM
$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
 
$1,500
 
PLO-8
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #61 – Wed 06/26 10:00 AM
$400 COLOSSUS

1 Re-Entry per flight.

26.06. 10:00 – Flight a
27.06. 10:00 – Flight b
 
$400
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
15%
 
3
 
Event #62 – Wed 06/26 03:00 PM
$10,000 Razz
 
$10,000
 
Razz
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #63 – Thu 06/27 03:00 PM
$1,500 Omaha Mix

Variants: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, 5 Card PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better
 
$1,500
 
Mixed
 
4 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #64 – Fri 06/28 10:00 AM
$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em

$888,888 guaranteed to winner.

28.06. 10:00 – Flight a
28.06. 17:00 – Flight b
29.06. 10:00 – Flight c
30.06. 10:00 – Flight d
 
$888
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
unl.
 
Event #65 – Fri 06/28 03:00 PM
$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
 
$10,000
 
PLO-8
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #66 – Sat 06/29 03:00 PM
$1,500 Limit Hold’em
 
$1,500
 
FLH
 
3 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #67 – Sun 06/30 03:00 PM
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
 
$10,000
 
Stud-8
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #68 – Sun 06/30 03:30 PM
$1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
3
 
Event #69 – Mon 07/01 11:00 AM
$1,000 Mini Main Event

Freeze-Out. Same structure as the Main Event, but with 30 minute levels.
 
$1,000
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #70 – Mon 07/01 03:00 PM
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Freeze-Out.
 
$5,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
7%
 
0
 
Event #71 – Tue 07/02 11:00 AM
$500 SALUTE TO WARRIORS – No-Limit Hold’em

Proceeds to be donated to the USO and other Veteran Organizations. Final table to be held July 5th to avoid July 4th holiday.
$40 of each entry will be donated to the United Service Organizations and other veteran organizations.
 
$500
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
16%
 
1
 
Event #72 – Tue 07/02 03:00 PM
$10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
 
$10,000
 
FLH
 
3 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #73 – Wed 07/03 12:00 PM
$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship

50th No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Televised on ESPN and PokerGo).

03.07. 12:00 – Flight a
04.07. 12:00 – Flight b
05.07. 12:00 – Flight c
 
$10,000
 
NLH
 
10 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #74 – Wed 07/03 03:30 PM
$3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
 
$3,200
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
3
 
Event #75 – Sat 07/06 12:00 PM
$1,111 Little One for One Drop

Starting Chips: 20,000. $111 donation = additional 20,000 starting chips. Donation goes to www.OneDrop.org

06.07. 12:00 – Flight a
07.07. 12:00 – Flight b
08.07. 11:00 – Flight c
 
$1,111
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
19%
 
unl.
 
Event #76 – Sun 07/07 03:30 PM
$800 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
 
$800
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
3
 
Event #77 – Mon 07/08 03:00 PM
$3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
 
$3,000
 
FLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #78 – Tue 07/09 11:00 AM
$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty

Every player is a $500 Bounty.
 
$1,500
 
PLO
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #79 – Tue 07/09 03:00 PM
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Freeze-Out.
 
$3,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #80 – Wed 07/10 11:00 AM
$1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em Pot-Limit Omaha
 
$1,500
 
NLH/PLO
 
3 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #81 – Wed 07/10 03:00 PM
$1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold’em

Open to all past bracelet winners. The event is rake free.
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
0%
 
0
 
Event #82 – Thu 07/11 11:00 AM
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack

Start with 40k instead of 20k chips.
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
10%
 
unl.
 
Event #83 – Thu 07/11 03:00 PM
$100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
 
$100,000
 
NLH
 
3 days
 
3%
 
1
 
Event #84 – Fri 07/12 11:00 AM
$1,500 The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em

12.07. 11:00 – Flight a
13.07. 11:00 – Flight b
14.07. 11:00 – Flight c
 
$1,500
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
10%
 
unl.
 
Event #85 – Fri 07/12 03:00 PM
$3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
 
$3,000
 
PLO
 
4 days
 
10%
 
1
 
Event #86 – Sat 07/13 03:00 PM
$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Freeze-Out
 
$10,000
 
NLH
 
4 days
 
6%
 
0
 
Event #87 – Sun 07/14 03:00 PM
$3,000 HORSE

Variants: Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 or Better
 
$3,000
 
HORSE
 
3 days
 
10%
 
0
 
Event #88 – Sun 07/14 03:30 PM
$500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver
 
$500
 
NLH
 
1 day
 
N/A
 
3
 
Event #89 – Mon 07/15 12:00 PM
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
 
$5,000
 
NLH
 
2 days
 
7%
 
1
 

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13 of the Best Poker Books Ever Written

If you choose to play winning poker, you’ll have to rededicate yourself to that goal throughout your life.

You can’t ever let your game become stale.

The minute you think you know it all is the minute you will switch to a losing player’s mindset. Poker is a game that takes a lifetime to master; there is always more information out there that can make you a better player.

Books are a great resource to help you strengthen your skills. There are thousands of books written on the subject of poker and almost all of them will be able to teach you something.

Here are my picks for the best poker books – and not just books dedicated to strategy.

Top 13 Poker Books

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1) Theory of Poker

Author: David Sklansky

This is the book that started it all, in a way. Two Plus Two Publishing is the biggest and best publishing company when it comes to poker- and gambling-related literature.

This book showcases many strategies and theories that had never been put to paper before. A must-read for any novice to intermediate poker player.

2) Harrington on Hold ’em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments volumes I-II

Author: Dan Harrington

The two best books ever written on tournament poker, by “Action Dan” himself. Learn how to play all the different stages of the tournament and how to adjust your play for each blind level.

Dan goes into incredible detail with strategies that made him the successful tournament player that he is.

3) Small Stakes Hold’em

Authors: Edward Miller, Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky

This is a book about Limit Hold’em that even a No-Limit player can benefit from. One of the most complete texts ever written for crushing low-stakes Hold’em this book will teach you the fundamentals to play any game and give you the tools to win.

4) Getting Started in Hold’em

Author: Edward Miller

This beginner book will teach you the fundamental building blocks that any solid game is built on. It is not advanced but should be the starting point for any new player wanting to learn Texas Hold’em.

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Gus Hansen

5) Sit-and-Go Strategy: Expert Advice for Beating One-Table Poker Tournaments

Author: Collin Moshman

This is the best book on sit-and-go play ever written. If you play single-table tournaments, run (or navigate) to the bookstore now and pick this book up. It’s guaranteed to increase your ROI and make you a better player not only in sit-and-gos but in multi-table tournaments as well.

6) Every Hand Revealed

Author: Gus Hansen 

In 2007 Gus Hansen outlasted 747 players for a $1.2 million win at the Aussie Millions to add to his four WPT titles and countless massive tournament scores.

In Every Hand Revealed Gus goes into amazing detail about over 300 hands that he played en route to victory. During the tournament Hansen could be seen whispering into his voice recorder after every hand. Here’s your chance to hear what he was saying.

7) Check-Raising the Devil

Author: Mike Matusow 

Mike Matusow’s road to the top of the poker world was not a smooth one. From humble beginnings as a video poker degenerate to low limit poker player/ dealer to the Main Event final table to jail and back again. 

In Check-Raising the Devil Matusow waives the fifth and tells all, whether it’s flattering or not.

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8) Elements of Poker

Author: Tommy Angelo 

This is a poker strategy book with no real poker strategy. Tommy Angelo doesn’t want to teach you to play poker, he knows you know how to play poker. He wants to teach you how to play your best poker. You can be the best player in the world when you’re on your A-game, but if you only play you’re A-game 20 per cent of the time you’re not going to be very profitable.

Conversely, a player that’s nowhere near the best in the world but consistently plays his A-game is always going to be profitable.  Elements of Poker teaches you how to stay at the top of your game and ultimately become a better poker player.

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9) Positively Fifth Street

Author: James McManus 

In 2000 James McManus was sent to Vegas by Harper’s Magazine to write stories on women in the WSOP and Ted Binion’s murder. When he got there, however, he took his front money and entered a satellite to the Main Event.

He improbably went on to final table it and wrote a book detailing all three story lines. Positively Fifth Street is an improbable “only in Vegas” story that can’t be missed.

10) Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People

Author: Amarillo Slim 

In a World Full of Fat People tells the tale of one of the greatest gamblers of all time. He beats a Chinese Ping Pong champion using Coke bottles for paddles. He beats Minnesota fats at pool with a broomstick.

He gets robbed at gun point more often than I can count. He wins the WSOP Main Event and he does it all and for higher stakes than you or I could even imagine. A book could be written about just one of these stories but Slim’s got a hundred. 

11) Small Stakes Hold’em

Author: Ed Miller 

Unless you’re playing Limit Hold’em you probably missed this book. However, Limit player or not, that would be a huge mistake. Small Stakes Hold’em is probably the best book for novice poker players.

It goes through everything you need to be a winning poker player: expected value, pre-flop hand ranking guides, adjusting for tight and loose games, odds, implied odds, everything. Even for players wanting to play No-Limit Hold’em this should be the foundation you build your game on.

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12) One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall Of Stu Ungar

Authors: Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson 

Stu Ungar was a lot of things. He was a father, a drug addict, a poker player, the best gin rummy player to have ever lived, a degenerate, and one of only two players to win the WSOP Main Event 3 times. 

That alone would make for an interesting enough book but One of A Kind goes above and beyond and brings you the stories behind the stories. It’s gripping and heart-wrenching and you won’t be able to put it down.

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13) The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King

Author: Michael Craig

In 2001 a billionaire banker by the name Andy Beal strolled into the Bellagio Poker Room. It didn’t take long before he was playing for the highest stakes in history. The games took place over a number of years, and each year Beal came back better and better.

But that didn’t stop a “corporation” of poker players from pooling their money and taking turns playing the Dallas billionaire heads-up with at mind boggling high-stakes ranging from $500/$1,000 to $50,000/$100,000 limit hold’em. 

Michael Craig tells the story of an amateur who takes on the best in the world for the highest stakes ever. If that doesn’t make you read it nothing will.

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How to Put the Advice in Poker Books to Use

Some of history’s greatest players and strategists have put their thoughts and poker secrets inside a dust cover. Any kid with a library card can grab these books and absorb the little intricacies and high-level thinking that go on in a pro’s head.

They can benefit from years of experience in just a few hours of reading. But it’s one thing to read a strategy book; it’s another to understand it. And it’s another thing altogether to truly accept and integrate the knowledge into your own game.

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Concepts not directly transferable.

What’s Your Poker Skill Level?

Your skill level and general poker comprehension have to be taken into account when reading poker books. You have to remember that the players writing these books are typically very advanced ones and play with some of the world’s best players.

The strategies used to beat players like Daniel Negreanu aren’t directly transferable to the players in your weekly 25¢/50¢ game.

It’s not possible to make a read-based play on reverse implied odds if you don’t understand the concept of implied odds to start with.

Solving even the most simple calculus problems is impossible until you first understand algebra. Poker is no different: until you understand and truly master the very basic building blocks of the game, the advanced stuff is useless to you.

You can look at a calculus question and its answer, memorize it and never get that question wrong. But without knowing how to get from the question to the answer, if a single variable is changed you have no idea where to start.

You want to understand the reason for making a play rather than memorizing a specific situation to make it. Players who progress too quickly, skipping the basics, often know when to raise or just call. But they can’t tell you why they should raise; they just know they should.

If you don’t understand that that one specific raise you’re making is exclusively for value, you’ll never understand how to size that raise properly, depending on the player you’re extracting the value from. Or, even worse, you may not know when the raise would lose you money.

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What Poker Game Are You Playing?

One of the best cash-game books available these days is Harrington on Cash Games, Volumes I and II. These books explain every aspect of cash-game play in a well-laid-out format with plenty of example hands to help drive home the concepts.

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But unless you’re playing at the same tables as Dan the information isn’t directly transferable.

His books talk about raise sizing, explaining how you should be raising pre-flop typically from 3-5x the big blind. There are many games in the world where this simply doesn’t work.

Plenty of $2/$5 games out there have a standard opening raise of around $35 or 7x the big blind.

This is a standard raise, meaning it can vary. If you make a larger-than-average raise you’ll have to raise to $50 in this game as anything less is almost irrelevant. An opening raise of 10x the big blind completely changes the dynamic of the game.

If you’re playing $2/$5 with a $35 standard bring you’re actually playing a $5/$10 game with a short buy-in. The concepts that apply to a $2/$5 game don’t qualify since it’s playing one full limit higher, but the concepts for a $5/$10 game also don’t apply, because the whole table has bought in short.

Poker is never constant – the texture of the game will change from city to city, even from room to room. The ideas in books are absolutely worthwhile and greatly beneficial but they have to be taken as theory.

Use them to understand the reasoning and the route to the solution; don’t just follow the example plays mindlessly. Only once you understand why the author is telling you to do something, try to break it down and reapply it to the game you’re at.

Poker Theory Versus Poker Practice

You could sit down, read and reread every poker book ever written and understand the concepts of how poker works and the theories behind playing it. But this doesn’t mean that you will be successful your first time at the table.

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Poker is a skill game based as much on practice as on knowledge.

If you take two similar players with the same amount of poker experience and have one of them read a stack of poker books, that player will come back to the table stronger than the other.

When the first great poker books hit the masses many pros were worried that the average skill level of players in the game would immediately catch up to theirs.

It didn’t happen exactly as they feared it might. Even though many players read the books almost no players had nearly as much experience as the pros.

In the end those with experience got the better of the new poker students. When the Internet came along you had kids seeing more hands in one month than the old pros had seen in their first few years at the tables.

With the Internet expediting the experience the new students of the game were able to put their book-learnin’ to use. As a result the combined influence of online play and access to poker books has substantially raised the average skill level of the common poker player. The more poker you play, the more books you should read, but without one the other is of little use.

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How Playing Poker Re-Wires Your Brain for the Better

Imagine if your child came home one day and said ‘I’m quitting school to play poker.”

What would you say?

The “self-help book” parents would hug them, wish them all the best and swallow the vomit. The rest would kick them out and tell them not to come back until they’ve learned that the only successful people in the world are surgeons, concert pianists, and coke dealers.

It’s a card game, man. It’s not real life. You can’t make a living playing poker. But what is happening to that brain of yours when you play this game so many times you see aces, kings and queens in your sleep?

Are you getting smarter? Is your brain chemistry being permanently altered? I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. But Stephen Simpson is.

Out of Africa & Into Poker

The last thing on Dr. Stephen Simpson’s mind when elbow deep in blood, providing medical care in war-torn Angola and Nigeria, was the game of poker. But that’s where he ended up after a neck injury forced a change of career.

In a bid to escape the office Simpson started working with the renowned British hypnotist, Paul McKenna, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) Godfather, Richard Bandler.

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Story checks out for Moorman.

Then by complete accident he began working in the poker industry after Liv Boeree reached out for some help with her mental game. Boeree then recommended Simpson to Chris Moorman. 

The pair began working together and, within a month, Moorman won the World Poker Tour (WPT) LA Poker Classic.

I know. It was pure luck, right? Nothing to do with Dr Simpson at all.

“At the time I met Stephen and agreed to work with him,” said 888Poker Ambassador and the best online MTT player on the planet, Chris Moorman, “I was in such a bad place mentally that I was probably -EV in a tournament such as the LAPC Main Event.

“It wasn’t that I’d forgotten how to play great poker as such but more that the minute anything went wrong or I’d make a small mistake in a tournament I was unable to recover mentally and regroup. 

“Obviously in a six-day tournament there is no possible way you can play mistake-free poker so it was essential to be able to reset my mindset throughout.

Live poker is a different beast to online in that you have so much time to think while playing and previously I was finding myself unable to clear my thoughts from previous hands. 

“Stephen gave me the tools to do this and was able to get me in the ‘zone’ so much more often than I could previously. He gave me the tools to get out of my head so that I could 100% focus on playing my A game thus maximizing my chances of doing well in the tournament.”

Since those heady days Simpson has worked with several top pros, including PokerStars Team Pro Igor Kurganov, and his experiences have been crunched down into his first book on the subject: Poker Genius: The Mind Secret of Champions.

So let us have it, Dr. Simpson. Are poker players getting smarter each time they sit down to play a game of poker? Can the parents of poker-crazed teenagers take a chill pill?

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Poker, Myelin and Neuroplasticity

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“When we perform any activity consistently new neural pathways are created,” says Dr. Simpson. 

“The nerve fibres are surrounded by a myelin sheath. This protects and nourishes the nerve cell. 

“The more often impulses are transmitted through this network, the thicker the myelin sheath becomes.

“This is called myelination. A good analogy is a copper wire.

“The thicker it is the faster it will conduct electricity, and so it is with a myelin sheath.”

So the more we play poker, the more myelin we create. But what good does that do?

“When we spend a lot of time using a small number of neural pathways,” Simpson says, “brain cells have the ability to transform from performing one function to another.

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Dr. Stephen Simpson.

“Extra brain cells are recruited to these pathways from other functional areas.”

Ok, so the brain is not fixed from birth. It can change dependent on our knowledge and understanding of information and experiences. And we call this process neuroplasticity.

So how do poker players benefit from this? I asked Dr Simpson to describe some of the skills and expertise he sees in his clients on a regular basis.

“The poker players who come to see me work very hard at their game,” said Dr Simpson. “They are very highly committed and I worry sometimes they may devote so much time to poker that they risk not having much time left over for the other areas of their life.

“They also have high levels of focus and concentration, and this is tested to the limit during the long hours of competition play. Also, by necessity, they have learned to deal with serial failure and the dreaded tilt. As you know, they have only a 15% chance of making any money in a live event.

“The very best players have learned how to control their emotions. They avoid the big emotional swings from elation to despair that can occur during a single hand.

“The ideal mindset would be emotion-neutral which is probably impossible. However, the closer you can reach this state of mind the more able you will be to access your mental and physical resources when required.

“They also develop their intuition skills to a high-level. Intuition by definition is intangible. The harder you work to try and find it the more elusive it becomes.”

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“I Use EV and GTO in Everything I Do”

So how do these skills then translate into everyday life? I reached out to two exceptional talents to gauge opinion.

Phil Galfond

No better way than poker, says Phil.

“Poker has helped improve my overall decision making substantially,” says RunItOnce founder, Phil Galfond, “which impacts nearly every aspect of my life.

“Learning to look at average outcomes (EV) and to avoid results-oriented thinking should be prerequisites for adulthood. While you can learn these concepts without playing a hand of poker, I believe that no other method is as effective.”

A bold statement. Can anyone back that up?

“I try to use EV and GTO in everything I do,” says former PocketFives World #1 and partypoker Ambassador, Patrick Leonard. 

“For example, if I’ve been to London for the day and I can take a train or taxi home, and the taxi is 3x more expensive, the normal muggle would think the train was +EV.

“But in reality the taxi, where I can write an article/catch up on emails/watch a training video, to me is clearly the GTO option. People in the world completely undervalue their time.”

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Boundary is Narrow

But is there a downside to all of this poker? Dr. Simpson noted that “I worry sometimes they may devote so much time to poker.” 

World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club member, Chanracy Khun, illustrates Dr Simpson’s point.

“There is a downside to playing so much poker,” says Khun. “I think most of the online guys who multi-table a lot develop some kind of ADD that we didn’t have before playing, making it hard to focus on a single task without getting bored.

“Most of my peers and I have a hard time focusing on a single/redundant task, like staying focused in a live tournament, without checking our phone; getting organized with our time, being able not to lose stuff, etc.”

I asked Dr Simpson what he thought of Khun’s comments:

“If we are deeply committed to a single activity which we enjoy it can become obsessive or even compulsive,” he says. “When this activity carries a reward this reinforces the behaviour, so creating a vicious circle.

“So playing on multiple tables increases the number of pleasurable reinforcing hits, therefore strengthening the compulsion. Playing on one table at a time will consequently never be as stimulating as multi-tabling for the obsessive player.

“The boundary between compulsion and addiction is a narrow one and all players should be aware of the risks. Once poker becomes an addictive behaviour it makes little difference whether it is rewarding or not.

“The behaviour will still continue in the face of mounting losses and the serious personal consequences that can result.”

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Reach Out to Others

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“The best way to accelerate the rate of growth in any area of life is to reach out to others.”

So, what I am learning here is there are some tremendous benefits from playing poker as the more we play, the more myelin is produced around our nerve cells.

This is a good thing because it allows our learning to accelerate until we eventually master it. 

The myelination process created by poker also quickens our responsiveness and skills sets in all the ways that Dr Simpson finds in his clients, and in ‘everyday life’ as Phil Galfond and Patrick Leonard demonstrates.

But we need to be careful because there is a fine line between the necessity of mastery and the fall into addiction and compulsive behaviour as recognized by Khun and his peers.

So, if you are a recreational poker player reading this, what should you take away from it? I give the final word to Dr Simpson. 

“The best way to accelerate the rate of growth in any area of life is to reach out to others. This is why elite performers have coaches, and why coaches themselves also have coaches. It takes so much longer to learn from your own mistakes.”

If you want to increase your myelin, find a wing and climb under it. If you are going to pack it all in to travel the world playing poker, make sure you have a cracking coach.

Like Phil Galfond, Patrick Leonard or Dr. Stephen Simpson.

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2018 Battle of Malta Goes Stratospheric; New Highs to Come

A €2 million Main Event prize pool? 4,000+ entries? More record-setting side events with their own guarantees?

The Battle of Malta poker festival, now owned by the Eden Group and Casino Malta, reached stratospheric heights in 2018 but, according to the team already planning next year’s festivities, that was just a taste of what’s to come next.

“The Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre is a spectacular venue for a poker tournament,” said Event Coordinator Telly Bartolo, “and we’re just delighted that it was so full of players throughout the festival.

“Plans are already underway to ensure that registration at next year’s Battle of Malta will be a lot easier. We also plan to have more tables, more rooms – and more side events.”

Biggest BoM Ever … By Far

The Battle of Malta had set plenty of records over the years but nothing quite like in 2018.

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Moving into the expanded Eden Arena space at the InterContinental Hotel and tapping into Casino Malta’s extensive casino partner network, poker players and satellite winners poured into the BoM like never before.

By the time the final numbers were tallied on Day 1D 3,816 entrants were registered in the BoM Main Event – almost twice the previous record of 2,074.

That shattered the €1m guarantee and set the prize pool at €1,850,760. It was ultimately shared by 570 players and saw 5 players take home over €100,000 after a deal was made.

For a €550 buy-in, that’s an extraordinary return on investment. France’s Julien Stropoli (who lives in Malta) was the winner and took home €168,500 but runner-up Maxime Canevet topped him with €192,000.

2018 Battle of Malta Main Event Final Table Results

1. Julien Stropoli €168,500* (€300,000)
2. Maxime Canevet €192,000*
3. Erik Ostergaard €139,500*
4. Mantas Urbonas €121,500*
5. Abdallah Fakhreddine €108,500*
6. Andy Hills €53,000
7. Gustav Vadenbring €41,000
8. Mateusz Moolhuizen €30,000
9. Jerry Mangum €23,000

* denotes 5-handed deal

Including the Main Event and the side events the 2018 Battle of Malta festival saw 13,000 tournament entries overall – a dazzling turnout and easily a record for biggest poker festival held on Malta.

The first-ever BoM Ladies Event, the 888 Crazy Eights and the PLO Double Chance were a few of the new favorites alongside the Siege of Malta Second Chance event and the BoM High Roller.

Needless to say, the tournament venue was packed day-after-day throughout the six-day festival and made this year’s Battle of Malta a spectacular success.

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Big Names, Big Plans for 2019 Battle of Malta

Over 55 nationalities were represented in the BoM Main Event and among them were some of the game’s biggest names and faces.

Some were here for their first time; some were repeat visitors who were drawn back to the amazing value and great spirit of Battles of Malta past. A short list of some of our most famous attendees in 2018:

Patrik Antonius
Boris Becker
Ana Marquez
Fabrice Soulier
Fernando Pons
Sofia Lövgren
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
Anthony Gardner
John Arne Riise

Past BoM champions back for more included Nicolas Proust and Nadav Lipszyc, alongside the entirety of the 2017 Battle of Malta Main Event final table.

With it’s enchanting history and spectacular setting Malta is a place that can win your heart and if you make a few thousand (or a hundred thousand) euro along the way, you tend to come back.

Who will be back for 2019? Well, that list is still tbd but the dedicated staff of Casino Malta are already deep in the planning stages of a bigger and better BoM for 2019.

Registration will be smoother, amenities and side events will be expanded and the prize pool, you can expect, will balloon again. 

Is a €2 million prize pool and 4,000 entries out of the question? Far from it. In fact, it may even be the new floor for what has become one of Europe’s must-play poker events.

“We’d like to thank absolutely everyone who contributed to making Battle of Malta 2018 such an outstanding success,” said Event Director Diane Fenech. “All the players, their friends and families, the tournament, casino and hotel staff, our many sponsors and all the media.

“The numbers were simply staggering this year.”

Catch up on last year’s excitement over on our Battle of Malta coverage page and keep your eyes peeled for live and online satellites coming soon to Casino Malta partners in the New Year

See you at Battle of Malta 2019 – you won’t want to miss it!

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Picture Perfect! 2018 Battle of Malta Begins in Style

We expected big things for the start of the 2018 Battle of Malta, and we were not disappointed.

Moving to the spacious InterContinental Hotel and Casino Malta for the first-time this year, the Eden Arena was decked out in its Sunday best to greet the players on Day 1a today.

Not only was there plenty of elbow room (and registration points) for everyone to breathe easy, the room was awash in red and blue balloons.

They weren’t there just to help set the festive mood – they were actually used to highlight the table numbers!

And that was only the beginning.

Laura Cornelius, Live Stream Ease BoM Into Action

New host Laura Cornelius was on hand to kick off the shuffle up and deal and when the chips settled into play we found some familiar faces around the tables.

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Ana Marquez is here!

Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, Espen Uhlen Jorstad, Poker Mama Jackie Cachia and two-time final-tablist Jonas Hähnert were all here.

So were former Premier League footballer Anthony Gardner, WSOP November Niner Fernando Pons and Austrian chess wiz Ivo Donev.

Did we mention former Battle of Malta Main Event champion Nicolas Proust?

By the end of the day 451 entries had made it into the prize pool to make it the biggest Day 1A since the BoM moved to more than two Day 1 flights in 2015. For reference, last year’s Day 1a had 320 entries.

Play ran through 16 levels and ended the night in the money with 68 players left. Those players have all been paid out €500 but they can also choose to forfeit their stack and come back again tomorrow.

Any difference in prize money will be paid out when we starting busting people on Day 2.

Koops There It Is!

The chip leader for Day 1A is Alexander Koops with 497,000. Here are the top 10 counts:

1. Alexander Koops 497,000
2. Luigi D’alterio 461,000
3. Fabrizio Privitera 454,000
4. Stanislav Zegal 434,000
5. Nir Amar 362,000
6. Per Steinar Sele 339,000
7. Stefano Terziani 330,000
8. Shlomo Yaakov Ben 313,000
9. Fredrik Karl Ellingsson 310,000
10. Pierre-Yves Joubert 306,000

Live coverage continues every day on PokerListings.com and the live stream runs everyday on the Battle of Malta Facebook page.

Check in on our Italian language updates right here. Watch our recap video for the Day and enjoy some pictures below!

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A Quick Player’s Guide to the 2018 Battle of Malta

Never been to the Battle of Malta?

Or maybe you’ve visited past editions of the Battle of Malta and want to know what’s new and how things will be organized this year?

Don’t sweat it.

We’ve got your back with a quick run-through below of all the new additions, logistical changes and things to look forward to for the 2018 Battle of Malta poker festival.

Have a question we haven’t answered? Leave us a note in the comments and we’ll find the answer for you (or direct you to someone who can answer it for you)!

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Where is the Battle of Malta Being Played This Year?

If you missed our big news from earlier this year, PokerListings sold the rights to the Battle of Malta to the Eden Leisure Group, who own the 5-Star InterContinental Hotel and Casino Malta.

The 2018 Battle of Malta will take place inside the massive 3000m2 Eden Arena conference area inside the hotel.

How Many Tables Can the BoM Arena Hold?

An astounding 140!

How Far Away is Casino Malta from the Old BoM Location?

Casino Malta is less than a 5-minute walk away from the old BoM location and still in the St Julian’s area, Malta’s premier spot for restaurants and nightlife.

How Much is the Battle of Malta Main Event Guarantee?

For the first time ever the Battle of Malta Main Event (still with €550 buy-in) has a €1 million guarantee.

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How Many Events Will Be Played?

Including the Main Event the 2018 Battle of Malta will host 9 different tournaments. See the full schedule of events here.

Where Do I Register for Battle of Malta Events?

Registration for the 2018 Battle of Malta main event and all side events will be at multiple registration points in the Eden Arena.

Where Can I Collect My Pre-Registration Ticket?

If you already have a pre-registration ticket you can jump in any “fast lane” registration point at the Eden Arena.

Can I Still Buy Into the BoM Online?

Yes, you can buy in online via www.BattleofMalta.com or through MainEventTravel.com which offers special room+buy-in packages and several great discounts. You can buy just a seat in the Main Event or packages for 1 or 2 players including hotel. 

How Do I Book a Hotel Room?

You can book Club Room and Junior suites via www.BattleofMalta.com or standard rooms through MainEventTravel.com. At MainEventTravel.com you’ll find all of the full room+buy-in packages which come at discounted prices when bought together.

Can I Still Qualify Online or Live for the Battle of Malta?

Online qualifiers for the BoM Main Event are still ongoing at a few online partners including the MPN network and 888poker. Check in the tournament lobbies for the latest satellites or on our online qualifier page here.

55+5 (and cheaper) live satellites will be running at Casino Malta all next week. Check the lineup here and stay tuned to the Battle of Malta Facebook page for more updates.

Who Will Host the 2018 Battle of Malta?

This year’s host for the 2018 Battle of Malta is Laura Cornelius, a well known poker TV presenter who has worked for PokerStars.tv, the Global Poker League, Sky Poker and more.

Cornelius will be kicking off the BoM festivities every day and joining the BoM parties. Cornelius is the fourth host in the history of the Battle of Malta following Kara Scott, Maria Ho and Gaëlle Garcia Diaz.

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Will Patrik Antonius Really Be There?

Really! He will be. And he’s just as handsome in person as he is on TV!

Will Boris Becker Really Be There?

He will be! Specifically you can find him at the Pink October Malta high roller charity tournament to raise funds on October 26 but you’ll likely see him in the Main Event and around the cash tables (maybe) too.

How About Ana Marquez and Sofia Lövgren?

They’ll be there too!

Is There a Battle of Malta Live Stream?

Yes! The 2018 Battle of Malta will have six full days of live stream coverage starting from Day 1a. For the first 5 days the live stream will be a single-camera feature table on a 30-minute delay with cards-up display.

The 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event final table will have 5 cameras, full commentary and rotating guests! You can watch the 2018 Battle of Malta Live Stream at:

www.BattleofMalta.com
Battle of Malta Facebook page
Twitch.tv
PokerListings Live Stream Page

The live stream will also be embedded on several external poker sites.

Text and photo live updates will be posted every day on PokerListings.com, PokerListings.it (in Italian) and BattleofMalta.com. Join the live Twitter conversation with the hashtag #battleofmalta in your own social media posts.

Can I Wear Sponsor Patches or Logos if I’m on the Live Stream Feature Table?

Yes, you can wear any logos, any size.

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Where Can I Collect My Payout?

From any registration point at the Eden Arena. Please ensure you bring photo ID.

Does the Battle of Malta Have a Dress Code?

No, you may wear anything you like including trainers, jeans, shorts, sandals, vests etc

What is the Battle of Malta Main Event Structure?

See the Main Event and Side Event structures and payouts right here.

What is the Battle of Malta Re-Entry Policy?

This year’s Main Event will offer unlimited re-entries for the first time ever.

How Many Day 1 Flights Are There?

For the first-time ever the Battle of Malta main event will have 4 Day 1 flights. Days 1A, 1B and 1C will be normal flights while Day 1D will be a Turbo flight starting at 9pm on Saturday evening.

Will the Battle of Malta Main Event Have Big Blind Ante?

Yes! The 2018 Battle of Malta main event will have a Big Blind Ante for the first time. The ante comes into play in Level 2. The player in the big blind will post antes for the whole table to speed up the game and avoid any confusion over who has put in their ante or not.

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How Many Dealers will the 2018 BoM Have?

Led by Tournament Director Rodolfo Zirio there will be more than 100 dealers working at the 2018 BoM along with 10 floor staff.

Will There Be Cash Games Running During the Tournament?

Yes, a wide variety of cash games will be available 24/7 at Casino Malta where there are over 30 poker tables available. Limits start at €1/€3.

Will There Be Parties?

Of course there will be parties! The 2018 Battle of Malta will host 3 parties over the tournament weekend:

Thursday, October 25: Aperol Spritz Battle of Malta Welcome Party (Free Aperol Spritz drinks from 8pm onwards in the Casino Malta bar)
Saturday, October 27: Battle of Malta Bowling Competition at Eden SuperBowl (Bowling Competition for 4 seats in 2019 BoM Main Event)
Sunday, October 28: Battle of Malta Players Party at private Paranga Beach on St. Julian’s Bay

Will There Be Trophies?

Yes! Our signature BoM trophies will again be awarded with a new design and style for 2018.

Where Can I Charge My Phone?

Mobile phone charging hotspots will be placed around the tournament area for players to use as they like.

What About Table Service?

Every tournament table at the Battle of Malta will have its own wireless call button for players to request food, drinks & massages.

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6-Day Live Stream, Tiffany’s Bracelet Add Flash to 2018 BoM

A doubled, €1m guarantee. Patrik Antonius and Boris Becker.

A massive new space capable of hosting 1,400+ players a day. Record pre-sales that portend a gigantic crush of players descending on the 2018 Battle of Malta.

We’ve already hinted at some of the grand additions to what is already the best low buy-in poker festival in Europe.

But did you know you can bowl for your €550 seat in the 2019 Battle of Malta Main Event? Watch a live stream from the tournament floor all six days?

How about win a sterling silver bracelet from luxury jewellers Tiffany & Co. if you win the BoM Ladies Event?

While the 2018 Battle of Malta will be flush with the same great atmosphere that’s made the BoM famous, there’s a lot more in store for those heading to the island in less than two weeks.

6-Day Live Stream, Full Commentary Final Table

The Battle of Malta has been live streamed the past 2 years but restricted mainly to the final table. That’s changed for 2018.

Run by leading poker tournament broadcaster HDPokerStream, 2018 Battle of Malta live streaming will cover all six days of the Main Event.

All coverage will be cards-up with full graphics (thanks to RFID technology) with the first five days featuring a single-table and a fixed camera.

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The final table, however, will go into 5th gear with full commentary, five cameras and a revolving group of guest hosts to help crown the winner.

Says HDPokerStream co-founder Heimar Lill: “We’re going to be live streaming for up to 60 hours across the six days of the tournament. It’s a very exciting project for us.”

Viewers from around the world can watch the stream on PokerListings.com, BattleofMalta.com, on the Battle of Malta facebook page and on Twitch. Sites that want to embed the stream can find the codes on the 888poker and MPN Facebook pages.

Bowling for 2019 BoM

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While the Battle of Malta has had its fair share of parties for festival-goers to take part in there’s a new tradition about to be established in 2019:

Bowling for BoM Seats

Fans of the great American pastime will be happy to hear that on Saturday, October 27, there will be the first-ever Bowling for BoM event at the Eden SuperBowl.

Four-person teams (you must have a Battle of Malta or Casino Malta silicone wristband to compete) will battle it out over three heats for 4 seats to the 2019 Battle of Malta Main Event!

The Bowling competition kicks off at 8.30pm at the Eden SuperBowl (just minutes from the new BoM venue, Casino Malta) with three heats. Heat winners meet in the final at 11pm. The ultimate winning team of 4 will each win a 2019 BoM seat!

Registration for the Bowling event opens Friday, October 26 at noon; just visit the Eden SuperBowl to confirm the names of your team.

Get Spritzed, Get Beached

The new Bowling extravaganza isn’t the only social event on the 2018 Battle of Malta calendar. On Thursday, October 25 players will be welcomed to the 2018 BoM with the Aperol Spritz Battle of Malta Welcome Party.

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Hosted right at the Casino Malta all Battle of Malta players are invited to enjoy free Aperol Spritz drinks from 8pm onwards at the bar.

On Sunday night the volume goes up another notch with the Battle of Malta Players Party. 

For the first-time ever the Players Party will be held at Paranga Beach, the Intercontinental Hotel’s exclusive, private stretch of shore just a few minutes’ walk away.

With music from one of Malta’s elite party DJs all night and the memorable views of St Julians Bay throughout the evening, the BoM Beach Party will make more than a few envied appearances on the Instagram feeds of players and friends.

Luxury Bracelet from Tiffany’s for BoM Ladies Winner

Founded in 2017 the Poker League of Nations (PLON) is “the world’s largest and most internationally represented women’s poker organization” and has dedicated itself to promoting women in poker. Among its missions as an international cooperative are to lobby event organizers to host more Ladies events and provide ladies-only satellites into bigger main events.

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This year the PLON co-founders Maureen Bloechlinger and Lena Evans will both travel to the 2018 BoM to play both the Ladies Event and Main Event alongside:

PLON Malta Ambassador Jackie “Poker Mama” Cachia
PLON Italy Ambassador Giada Fang and
888 Ambassador and PLON Spain Ambassador Ana Marquez

As the sponsors of the €110 buy-in Ladies Event on Saturday PLON has also put up the champion’s package for the event which this year will include a stunning sterling silver bracelet from luxury American jewellers Tiffany & Co.

The PLON will also run a Ladies Last Longer for the €1m Main Event. All you have to do to participate is wear the PLON patch and be the Last Woman Standing on Day 2 (or at the final table).

The Last Woman Standing will win the last-longer cash, a Battle of Malta backpack and great Poker League of Nations swag.

45 BoM Seats Up for Grabs!

Still haven’t secured your seat for the 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event? At least 45 Battle of Malta seats are still up for grabs in 5 “Battle for Your Sword” live satellites starting next week at Casino Malta.

The first four satellites (Oct. 19, 21, 22, 23) all have 5 seats guaranteed while the final satellite on Oct. 24 offering up 20 (!) guaranteed seats! Details below:

Friday, October 19, 8pm: €55 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed
25k starting stack with 15-min blind levels
Unlimited re-entries
Soft cap: 100

Sunday, October 21, 8pm: €30 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed
15k starting stack with 15-min blind levels
Unlimited re-buys until Level 8.
Add-on also available: €30 for 30,000 stack
Soft cap: 100

Monday, October 22, 8pm: €55 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed 
25k starting stack with 20-min blind levels
Unlimited rebuys until Level 6
Soft cap: 100

Tuesday, October 23, 7pm: €55 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed
25k starting stack with 20-min blind levels
Single re-entry until Level 6
Soft cap: 150

Wednesday, October 24, 6pm: €55 + €5 satellite

20 €550 seats guaranteed
10k starting stack with 20-min blind levels
Unlimited re-entries until Level 6
Soft cap: 300

More BoM Bits & Pieces:

— Battle of Malta 2018 Tournament Directors will be Rodolfo Zirio and Luca Vivaldi, both well-known figures on the European poker circuit. Zirio will be the lead Tournament Director and Vivaldi responsible for the Battle of Malta schedule and tournament structures.

— Battle of Malta 2018 team features more than 100 dealers, 5 Senior Floor staff and 5 Junior Floor staff. Floor staff speak six languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German & Hebrew.

— Battle of Malta 2018 Senior Floor staff include Stephane Dumoulin (Gaming Events Coordinator at Grand Casino Brussels Viage), EPT vets Richard Thoman, Sebastian Portier and Nicola Pacifico and Alessandro Serpi of Casino Sanremo.

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Patrik Antonius – “Poker is my main focus”

This year, Patrik Antonius joins the field in the Battle of Malta. 10 questions for the man who celebrated a huge comeback on the poker stage this year.

His star began to rise during the main poker hype, and Antonius was there when the largest poker pots were played live and online.

1 – You’ve had more results in poker in 2018 than in previous years. Is this coincidence or are you getting back into tournaments?

PA: I don´t think it’s a coincidence. 2018 was the year I came back and played more tourneys than in years. From 2007 to 2017 I played a few events a year but my focus was on cash games. This year I felt I wanted to come back and focus more on tournaments – and the results have been pretty good, I guess 🙂

2 – Is poker your main focus these days or is it something else?

PA: Poker is my main focus, I love to play poker. I have also been working on an interesting IT-project, to improve poker industry. I care a lot about poker and I am hoping to be able to make a positive impact.

3 – The Battle of Malta is a rather low buy-in event for a player like you. What’s the main attraction for an event like this?

PA: Sure, it is lower buy in, but masses create great atmosphere and make fun events.

4 – In recent years, many poker personalities have argued that poker is declining. Meanwhile, the BOM grew every year. In your opinion, what accounts for the BOM’s big success?

PA: I have played at good, successful, events this year and to me poker is growing and doing well. Nowadays poker events are better-organized, schedules are good and there is also time for dinners and fun. The Main Event buy in at BOM is suitable for masses and Malta has a good possibility for some fun and sun.

5 – You were involved in some of the biggest pots ever to be played online or on TV. Do you think that games can still be that big and stakes that high in the future?

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PA: Yes.

The live games have remained same size and even bigger. Regarding online poker, something needs to change. I doubt online poker will get the same big games as back in the days.

6 – The largest games on TV are mostly in Europe. Has Europe taken away the poker spotlight from the US?

PA: Europe has not taken the spotlight away from US, I think the poker interest is equally high on both continents. As for big games, I played in a million euro buy in cash game in Europe just this year, at a Triton Event. Big games exist all around.

7 – Does poker need inventions like shot clocks or new variants like Open Face Chinese to stay interesting? Or is it good the way it is?

PA: We definitely need shot clocks! It would be great if everyone could play poker with a good pace.

To me there is enough game variants as it is.

8 – Can Short Deck Hold’em be the new sensation? Why or why not?

PA: Short Deck Hold’em has its place but I don’t see it ever competing with the full deck.

9 – Who is your favourite tennis player?

PA: I am a big tennis fan overall and I appreciate all high level tennis players. I heard Boris Becker is coming to Malta – great news.

10 – If it wasn’t for poker, what profession would you have?

PA: Who knows …

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