Although it is a sad and depressing anniversary for us Americans, it is nothing if not notable. April 15th marked the one-year anniversary since the United States became essentially shut out of the online poker community. Many have moved abroad, others exclusively to the live casinos, but either way, things just aren’t the same.
While we may be no nearer to the legislation we all so desperately want, we may be closer to the end of the Full Tilt fiasco which means player’s money may in fact be closer than it seems. Pocket Kings Ltd (The company that owns the Full Tilt Poker brand) has recently been putting up ads for numerous jobs. We can only hope that this means an influx of business on the horizon and the possible return of player money. Either way, it signals that we are closer to the end of a dark chapter in poker’s history.
Seiver Wins PartyPoker Premier League V
To add to his already stellar poker resume, Scott Seiver took down the $120,000 buy-in 16-person PartyPoker Premier League V. Seiver beat out high-stakes online cash legend Dan “Jungleman” Cates heads-up for the win and the $500,000 first prize. Rounding out the final table were Phil Laak, Patrik Antonius, Tony G, Tom Dwan, Qualifier Matthew Frankland (who came in with the chip-lead only to falter and finish 7th), and Sam Trickett. In addition to his half a million bucks, Seiver also won a $25,500 seat to the WPT Championship in May, an event where he will return as the defending champ.
With poker tournament prize-pools on the decline and circuit stops becoming more and more pro heavy, seldom do we see satellite winners make deep runs anymore. However, lightning struck at WPT Vienna and satellite qualifier Morten Christensen took down the title and the $410,519 first prize. Rounding out the final table were Konstantin Tolokno, former EPT champ Ben Wilinofsky, Serbian poker pro Ognjen Sekularac, Goswin Siemsen, and Norbert Szecsi.
Online Poker’s second biggest tournament series of the year, PokerStars’ Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP), is upon us yet again. Last year Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro took him down the $10,300 Main Event High for $504,691. This year, PokerStars is guaranteeing $30 million across their 120 events (each event has a low, medium, and high buy-in). The series will run May 6-20 and will again conclude with a $2.5 million guaranteed $10,300 buy-in Main Event High.
While the nosebleed cash games aren’t quite what they used to be, PokerStars has continued to sponsor their cash game sensation Team Pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in their SuperStar Challenge series. Blom has historically dominated the series and showed this to be true again in his most recent match against Isaac “philivey2694” Haxton. The two started with $500,000 spread across four tables of $200/$400 No-Limit Hold’em open but unlike a normal cash game session, the two agreed to play until one of them had all the dough. Blom took down Haxton relatively easily however in just around 5,000 hands.d Poker
Although we have seen the end of the Epic Poker League for the time being, the HPT brand is going strong having just finished a $1,600 tournament at the Palms in Las Vegas. Although a rather small prize pool final table was stacked and featured which eventual champion Phil Collins, Matt Marafioti, Steve Gross, Dan O’Brien and Leo Wolpert. Collins, who recently finished 5th in the 2011 WSOP Main Event for over $2 million, took home $71,556 for outlasting nearly 200 players and taking down the HPT title.