Weekly Poker News Digest – October 21

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Weekly Poker News Digest – October 21
21 Oct

Hello PokerTube fans! Here is your news update on live poker events and cashes around the world for the week of October 21st.


This is the figure won by each member of the ‘Evil Geniuses’ team in The International, the online gaming world’s largest annual prize.

Why should this be of interest to poker players? Well, it is the first time that the prize has topped that of the online poker world’s biggest annual prize – this year the WCOOP Main Event which saw Coenaldinho7 scoop $1.3m for his final table chop.

The International was started in 2011 when Valve, the developers of Day of the Ancients guaranteed $1m prize towards the prize-pool. A ‘multiplayer online battle arena’- or MOBA - video game now in its 2nd version known as Dota2, the game has millions of players world-wide.

The International 2015– a 16-team invite-only competition – was held at the Key Centre in Seattle, Washington. This year’s edition saw the prize-fund stand at a very impressive $18.4m, of which $6.6m was shared by the winning team of five, the Evil Geniuses, who became the first-ever American winners of the title.

The total prize-fund for this year’s PokerStars WCOOP Main Event was a guaranteed $10m, which resulted in a small overlay after 1995 people registered.


This is the barrier Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom cracked this weekend according to the latest HighStakesDB.com news stories

Renowned in recent years for massive swings in the nose-bleed stakes online, Blom has been consistently tearing up the biggest Stars’ games.

He added another $829,000 on Friday at the $200/400 PLO tables taking his annual winnings to $3,989,114 on Pokerstars through October 16th.

A fantastic weekend for the 25-year old Swede saw him follow up with two more 6-figure sessions, taking $216,000 against PLO players such as JayP-AA and BB1985 before crashing back to earth for a while with a $90,000 loss to RaulGonzalez at 2-7, despite “being up over $200k at one point.”

Sunday saw him back to his winning ways with a quick and profitable session against a regular heads-up rival, cumicon, who he destroyed for $226,700 in less than 2 hours back at the $200/400 PLO tables.

With his nearest rivals in the high-stakes games sitting below the $1m profit mark for the year, Blom appears to be leagues ahead in the biggest online games on offer.


This was the minimum cash which 63 players made at the ANZPT Melbourne on day 2, Aussie poker pro Minh Hau Nguyen becoming the bubble-boy when he got it all-in pre-flop with pocket kings, only to see Kenn Langcake turn over aces.

While the 7th edition of the classic tournament’s Main Event got down to final table business at the Crown Melbourne Casino, it was the cash tables which became the centre of attention. A buzz was going around regarding the ‘Jackpot’ – a payout of over $70,000 was on the cards as the total increased with every hand played, waiting for the lucky Royal Flush which would win the pot.

The lucky guy was Mark Woodhouse, whose $200 max. buy-in on the $1/3 tables was instantly increased to $73,680 as his 10♣ J♣ became a Royal Flush. Less than half-a-day later the jackpot fell again. This time Geoffrey McLachlan pocketed $16,353 according to the Crown poker FB page, and both wins came just after CP regular Vincent ‘Wonky’ Wan had scooped $104,564.

The Jackpot has now re-set to a measly $3000, and the min. cash at the Main Event no longer seems so significant!


This is the guarantee for the 888poker event to be held in the Mineirão football stadium this December, an event which will feature all of 888poker’s Brazilian pros including Bruno Politano, Nicholas Villa-Lobos and Bruno Kawauti.

Estadio Mineirão as it is known in the Brazilain state of Minas Gerais once hosted 132,834 spectators, in a 1997 match between Cruzeiro and Villa Nova, and although organisers of the 888poker festival will won’t be expecting quite such a large crowd, they are hoping the Main Event, High Roller and Last Chance tournaments on offer will prove to be a success.

888poker Ambassador Bruno Politano said of the up-coming festival, “I look forward to this celebration and the chance to compete against players from all over South America at this amazing location.”

The Main Event, guaranteed R$500k (over $128,000) will have a R$490 buy-in, and satellites to it are already running on 888poker starting at just $0.01, but it’s not the first time a soccer stadium has hosted a poker event.

The International Stadiums Poker Tour of 2013 was an ambitious project which failed to deliver and faded to obscurity after a disappointing turn-out at Wembley Stadium, home to the English national football team.


The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles was the scene for this healthy 1st prize, taken down by Osman ‘Oddie’ Dardon who saw off a field of 520 other players in the Big Poker Oktober Main Event.

The CardPlayer Poker Tour event had a total prize-pool of $586,850, and it was the LA poker pro who edged out Lily Kiletto (2nd) and Duey Dong (3rd) after 5 days of play.

The big hand heads-up which basically secured the title for Dardon came when his queens held up against Kiletto’s pocket eights, leaving Kiletto ‘crippled’, and it was all over bar the shouting.

Kiletto took home $85,095 for her week’s work.

Dardon had already netted $100,000 for his win at the Larry Flynt Grand Slam of Poker back in July, and now has total career earnings of a very respectable $1.7 million.


The healthy sum scooped by Kevin 'Civell' Vandersmissen after he quickly destroyed the final table at the PokerStars Sunday Million this past weekend.

Belgian Vandersmissen had to see off the challenge of some of the online world’s best to finish top of the 5528-player field, each buying in for the traditional $215. A total prize-pool of $1,105,600 saw the guarantee topped, with 810 players cashing.

The final table saw the Belgian, actually playing from Bulgaria, faced with the likes of Rhys "floppinhel" Jones and Nayeem "dancingbudha" Syed, but he dismissed both of them; his pocket deuces improving to a flopped set to see off Jones in 4th spot, while his Ace-high hand was enough to end Syed’s run.

Heads-up Vandersmissen’s offer of a deal was rejected by Ken "kenny05" Smaron, but almost immediately Smaron would regret his decision as the A♥9♥ he held was dominated by the Belgian’s A♣Q♥ and the kicker proved decisive when the board ran out T♥5♣T♣7♣T♦.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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