Phil Hellmuth’s Headed to the Sold Out WPT National China Sanya

Phil Hellmuth’s Headed to the Sold Out WPT National China Sanya

Dec 6, 2012 | No Comments

The biggest name in poker is on his way to China where he’ll take part in World Poker Tour’s first-ever No-Limit Hold ‘em event from Mainland China – the WPT National Sanya.

Phil Hellmuth, who’s never one to do things on a small scale, is making this a family trip, as he posted on his Twitter feed:

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While Hellmuth may be the biggest name in the event, he isn’t the only notable player participating in this historic tournament. Other well-known players  joining Hellmuth on the stunning tropical beaches of Sanya, Hainan Island are four-time WSOP bracelet winner and event ambassador David Chiu, 2012 APPT Melbourne Champion Sam Ravazi, and David Steicke who is known for playing – and winning – some of the highest buy-in tournaments around the world.

The sold-out tournament, which is capped at 530 players, will take place at the beautiful MGM Grand Sanya Resort from December 14 – 17.

Win a $12,000 WPT LA Poker Classic Package on ClubWPT This Sunday

Win a $12,000 WPT LA Poker Classic Package on ClubWPT This Sunday

Dec 5, 2012 | No Comments

If you didn’t get a chance to be one of the 435 entrants (and counting) who turned out for WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic this week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, have no fear as ClubWPT is offering ClubWPT VIP members the chance to win a $12,000 WPT LA Poker Classic package this Sunday, December 9.

The package includes the $10,000 buy-in for the Main Event along with seven nights accommodation and travel allowance for one person. >> More details and terms <<

Scheduled to take place at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA, from February 23 - 28, 2013, WPT LA Poker Classic is one of the most popular stops on the World Poker Tour schedule and always draws some of the biggest names in poker to compete for millions in prize money.

Last year's event drew 549 entrants who created a prize pool of $5,270,400 with $1,370,240 going to eventual champion and ClubWPT qualifier Sean Jazayeri.

With satellites running daily, now's the time to take your shot at playing alongside poker's finest and becoming the next ClubWPT member to go from qualifier to millionaire.

Satellite Times:
Dec. 2nd – 9th Daily*: 9:45AM, 12:45PM, 5:45PM, 8:45PM, 9:45PM ET
Dec. 3rd – 9th Daily*: 12:45AM, 3:45PM, 6:45PM, 11:45PM ET

This prize is NON-TRANSFERRABLE and CAN ONLY BE USED FOR THE 2013 WPT LA POKER CLASSIC and LOCATION.

It’s Day 2 at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic

It’s Day 2 at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic

Dec 5, 2012 | No Comments

Day 1 of the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic is in the books, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to take your shot at becoming the next player to etch your name onto the Champions Cup.

When all was said and done, 374 entrants, including past event champions like James Dempsey, Antonio Esfandiari, and Daniel Negreanu ponied up the $10,300 buy-in to chase one of the most prestigious titles in poker. When play ended, 306 players remained in the hunt, but with registration (and re-entry) open through the end of Level 8, the final player count is sure to grow before the day is done.

Jeremy Kottler will start the day as chip leader with 134,75. Randall Flowers is in second place with 119,400 while WSOP October Niner Russel Thomas is in third with 108,000. Other notables returning to the felt include WPT Champions Club members Allen Carter, Gavin Smith, Cornel Cimpan, Andy Frankenberger, Nick Schulman, Scott Clements, and Will Failla.

You can follow all of the day’s action by checking out our Live Updates, starting at noon.

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio Wraps Day 1

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio Wraps Day 1

Dec 5, 2012 | No Comments

From WPT Live Updates:

The first day of play WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic saw a strong turnout that just kept growing throughout the day. Multiple players purchased multiple entries on Day 1, and some players (like Curt Kohlberg, for one) purchased as many as three entries. Thanks to that repeat business, the tournament field settled at 374 players by the end of the night, which put this year’s Five Diamond event in striking distance of topping the 413-player field from Season X. There were 306 players that made it through according to the tournament clock at the end of play.

Defending champion James Dempsey was in action on Day 1 (see video interview above) and he was joined by former Five Diamond winners Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari. Negreanu re-entered the tournament and ended the night with 26,225, while Esfandiari held 55,150 when play came to a close.

The overnight chip leader is Jeremy Kottler with 134,975. He is joined in the six-digit chip count club at the top by Randall Flowers (119,400), Russell Thomas (108,000), Gheorge Gradinaru (107,425), and Shawn Cunix (102,000). Notables that made it through with large stacks include AP Phahurat (97,325), Dana Kellstrom (92,200), Sorel Mizzi (86,925), and Tom Marchese (84,425). Full official chip counts will be available later tonight when they are released by the tournament staff.
Former WPT Five Star World Poker Champion Carlos Mortesnen didn’t make it through Day 1 and he has chosen not to buy back in until tomorrow. Others that decided one bullet was enough for today and called it quits include Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Alex Outhred, and Bryce Yockey.

Check back in at noon PST on Wednesday to see just how many players enter (or re-enter) before registration is cut off at the end of Level 8 and the official prize pool and field size is determined. The WPT Live Updates team will be bringing you all of the action from the Bellagio Poker Room in Las Vegas.

WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic Gets Underway Today at Bellagio

WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic Gets Underway Today at Bellagio

Dec 4, 2012 | No Comments

Left to right: WPT Royal Flush Girls Ivy Teves and Danielle, WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic defending champion James Dempsey, tournament director Jack McClelland, WPT Host Mike Sexton, WPT Anchor Kimberly Lansing and WPT Analyst Tony Dunst.

Right about now, players are getting settled in around the poker tables at the Bellagio in Las Vegas as WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic kicked off at Noon PST today with the traditional “Shuffle and Deal” announced by Mike Sexton with defending champion James Dempsey and the WPT Royal Flush Girls in attendance.

These players will be looking to join the ranks of Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Eugene Katchalov, Chino Rheem, Daniel Alaei and Antonio Esfandiari as WPT Champions and WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic winners. Many of these past WPT Champions are in attendance today and are all invited to Jasmine at the Bellagio tomorrow night for a WPT Champions Dinner, one of the perks of being a WPT Champions Club member.

The $10,000 buy-in Main Event will feature unlimited re-entry for the first eight levels of play, so players will have the chance to ante up another $10,000 to get back into the tournament if they bust within that time frame. The field has already surpassed the 240-entrant mark as Level 1 has come to a close, and players can enter until the end of Level 8 (along with the re-entries) so expect that number to keep heading up toward last year’s number of 413.

The WPT televised final table will crown a winner on Sunday, December 9, and the WPT Live Updates team will bring you live updates, chips counts, photos and videos throughout the event.

Confirmed Pros for WPT Doyle Brunson 5 Diamond World Poker Classic

Confirmed Pros for WPT Doyle Brunson 5 Diamond World Poker Classic

Dec 3, 2012 | No Comments

When WPT Doyle Brunson 5 Diamond World Poker Classic kicks off tomorrow at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, it will again feature an impressive pool of talent much like it has for the decade that this event has been on the World Poker Tour schedule. Last year’s $10,000 buy-in Main Event saw 413 players enter to generate an impressive prize pool of $4,006,100 with $821,612 going to eventual WPT Champion James Dempsey. That star-studded final table also featured Soi Nguyen, Vanessa Selbst, Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger and Antonio Esfandiari.

This year’s final table has the potential to feature any number of this laundry list of poker pros who are confirmed to be participating in this year’s event:

Antonio Esfandiari
Darren Elias
Joseph Cheong
Brian Hastings
Phil Laak
Noah Schwartz
Byron Kaverman
Lee Markholt
Jonathan Little
Chris Klodnicki
Faraz Jaka
Joe Serock
Justin Zaki
John Racener
Matt Waxman
Nick Grippo
Jason Mercier
Matt Glantz
Will Failla
Allen Kessler
Darryl Fish
Mohsin Chanaria
Christian Harder
Chance Kornuth
Dwyte Pilgrim
John Monette
David Williams
Olivier Busquet

Make sure to keep up with all of the action via WPT Live Updates to see if any of the players of this list make it through to the final table, or if an amateur can break through and become part of poker history by etching their name on the WPT Champions Cup.

If you are in Vegas and want to see the action in person, the WPT “Shuffle Up and Deal” will take place at Noon tomorrow in the tournament area.

Win a $5,000 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Package Sunday on ClubWPT

Win a $5,000 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Package Sunday on ClubWPT

Nov 29, 2012 | No Comments

This Sunday, December 2, ClubWPT VIP members will have the chance to play for a $5,000 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open package that offers them the opportunity to win millions at a World Poker Tour Main Event and cement their place in WPT history and their name on the WPT Champions Cup.

The package includes a $3,500 entry into the 2013 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open running January 27th – February 1st, 2013 at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The winner will also receive six nights accommodation and travel allowance for one person.

The last World Poker Tour Main Event held at Borgata (WPT Borgata Poker Open) drew 1,131 entrants for a total prizepool of $4,220,161 with $922,441 going to eventual champion Bobby Oboodi. There’s a lot up for grabs, so make sure to get in on the action now for your chance at a piece of it.

Satellite info:

Nov. 25th – Dec. 2nd Daily*: 12:45AM, 9:45AM, 10:45AM, 12:45PM, 1:45PM, 3:45PM, 5:45PM, 6:45PM, 8:45PM, 9:45PM, 11:45PM ET

* For Daily Satellites, the top 10 from each daily satellite wins an entry into the Final Event. On the day of the event, satellites will run only at times prior to Final Event’s scheduled start time.

Legal stuff:
This package has an estimated value of $5,000. If the cost is below that amount, the difference will be awarded to the winner in cash.
This prize is NON-TRANSFERRABLE and CAN ONLY BE USED FOR THE 2013 BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN and LOCATION.

Three Poker Players Win $5,000 Package to WPT National China

Three Poker Players Win $5,000 Package to WPT National China

Nov 28, 2012 | No Comments

From left to right: Matthew Ho, Kathleen Solowitz and Peter Sevastopoulos

Recently, poker players at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles got the chance to play their way into poker history by winning a $5,000 package to WPT National China. The WPT China Mega Satellite was held during the LA Poker Open at Commerce Casino on Saturday, November 17th, and guaranteed three (3) of those $5,000 packages.

With 62 entrants and after almost 8 1/2 hours of play, three players claimed their WPT National China packages and here are those winners:

  • Matthew Ho
  • Kathleen Solowitz
  • Peter Sevastopoulos

The first-ever WPT National China tournament will be held at the spectacular MGM Grand Sanya Resort on the tropical beaches of Sanya, Hainan Island, China, and runs from December 14 – 17, 2012. This marks the first time World Poker Tour is hosting a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in China and represents another milestone in World Poker Tour’s ongoing efforts to bring high-quality, tournament poker to regions of the world where players have not yet been able to participate in these types of events.

In addition to the four-day tournament, which will be capped at 500 entries and run by World Poker Tour’s Executive Tour Director, Matt Savage, players in this event will be able to enjoy an amazing array of amenities and activities at the beautiful MGM Grand Sanya resort.

So, congratulations to those three players and we look forward to seeing you on Hainan Island.

Gallery: Michael Phelps Rails WPT Montreal Final Tablist Jeff Gross

Gallery: Michael Phelps Rails WPT Montreal Final Tablist Jeff Gross

Nov 28, 2012 | No Comments

While Jonathan Roy was busy making WPT history by taking down WPT Montreal and getting his name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup, on the rail cheering on Jeff Gross was a spectator who has made some history of his own, Olympic legend Michael Phelps.

Phelps arrived in Montreal as a surprise for his roommate and best friend Jeff Gross, waking them up on the morning of the final table:

Below is a video interview WPT’s Jeanine Deeb did with Phelps, and a behind the scenes look at Phelps and Esfandiari on the rail at the final table: