January 2012 - Poker News

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British Man In Laak Record Attempt

Phil Laak pictured with long-term girlfriend Jennifer Tilly

Back in June 2010 Phil Laak sat down at the Bellagio and started to play in a $10/$20 No Limit Hold'em cash game....


Matthew Pitt

31 Jan 2012

Oliver Speidel Runs Over Final Table, Wins 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event

Oliver Speidel, 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion (Photo: PokerNews)

After nearly a week's worth of poker down under at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Oliver Speidel emerged as the last player standing from the 659 who entered to win the 2012 Aussie Millions Main...

Phil Ivey Wins Aussie Millions $250K Super High Roller; Bjorn Li Leads Main Event Final Table

After finishing 12th earlier in the day in the Main Event, Phil Ivey won the $250K Challenge (Photo: PokerNews)

In a tourney that ended up reuniting a number of Team Full Tilt members, the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge played out on Saturday and well into Sunday morning, with Phil Ivey emerging as the winner...

Poker in the Classroom: Teaching Probability and Decision-Making

Professor McCullough's course uses poker to study probability and decision-making.

Since I began teaching my "Poker in American Film and Culture" class I've come to find out about other college-level courses being taught which highlight poker. One such course has been taught by Professor Bruce...

Yann Dion Leads Final 12 at Aussie Millions Main Event; Phil Ivey in 12th

Yann Dion leads with 12 remaining at the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event (Photo: PokerNews)

They've played down from 659 to just 12 at the Aussie Millions Main Event, with the Canadian Yann Dion finishing Day 4 as chip leader with 2.67 million. Bjorn Li of Hong Kong sits nearby...

Player of the Year Title Caps Off Perfect Year For Sam Trickett

Sam Trickett Winning The $100,000 Challenge

The Aviation Club de France in the heart of Paris was the venue for the 11th edition of the European Poker Awards, which took place on Thursday. In total there were nine awards presented thought...


Matthew Pitt

27 Jan 2012

Dan Smith Wins Aussie Millions $100K Challenge, Seven-Figure Score

Dan Smith, winner of the 2012 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge

The Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, the first of the "high roller" events on the schedule, has completed with Dan Smith of Las Vegas outlasting Mikhail Smirnov of Moscow after a lengthy heads-up duel to win...

Poker Down Under: The 2012 Aussie Millions Is Underway

Day 1 of Event No. 1 at the 2012 Aussie Millions (Photo: PokerNews)

After spending the first half of the month focused on the Bahamas and the recently-completed PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the poker world has now turned its attention to Melbourne, Australia and the Crown Casino for the...

John Tabatabai On Being a Professional Poker Player

John at one of his parties with Viktor

You may recall an article from earlier this week regarding the Team Betfair GSOP VIII Online Trials that detailed Betfair Poker giving away 500 GSOP VIII tickets worth $15,000 in total! Well it goes a...


Matthew Pitt

19 Jan 2012

Team Betfair GSOP VIII Online Trials

Team Betfair want you!

The eighth edition of the fantastic Grand Series Of Poker (GSOP) online is just around the corner and this year it will be bigger and better than ever, with a staggering $3,850,000 guaranteed across all...


Matthew Pitt

17 Jan 2012

Leonid Bilokur Takes PCA $25K High Roller; Duhamel Runner-Up

Leonid Bilokur hoists the winner's trophy after taking down the 2012 PCA High Roller (Photo: PokerNews)

After coming from behind heads-up versus a red-hot Jonathan Duhamel, Leonid Bilokur of Russia claimed the $25,500 buy-in High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on Saturday, earning a handsome $1,134,930 for topping a...

John Dibella Claims 2012 PCA Main Event Title; Jason Koon Leads High Roller

John Dibella, 2012 PCA Main Event Champion (Photo: PokerNews)

After a week's worth of play at the Atlantis Casino and Hotel, John Dibella, a 43-year-old stock trader from New York, has won the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event title, outlasting a field of...

Transcending the Game: Talking Tebow and Poker's Popularity

Tim Tebow has led the Denver Broncos to several improbable last-minute victories, some of which seemed as likely as rivering a two-outer.

The National Football League playoffs are in full swing, with the final eight teams competing in playoff games this weekend as the march continues toward Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. All four of the...

Jaka Still in Front for 2012 PCA Main Event Final Table

The nine-handed not-quite-final final table at the end of Day 5 of the PCA Main Event (Photo: Joe Giron)

They are down to eight players at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, where after an especially long Day 5 Faraz Jaka continues to lead the way. Jaka...

Epic Poker League To Be Sold?

Is the Epic Poker League about to be sold?

The Epic Poker League may only be a year old but if reports on Wicked Chops Insider are correct then it could be under complete new ownership within the next 60 days....


Matthew Pitt

12 Jan 2012

Faraz Jaka Takes Big Lead into PCA Main Event Day 5, 24 Left

Faraz Jaka spent Wednesday collecting knockouts and chips to lead with 24 left at the PCA (Photo: Joe Giron)

After four days of play, just 24 players remain at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, with Faraz Jaka currently enjoying a big chip lead with a massive stack of 4.114 million, a little over 1.4 million...

Jonathan Duhamel's Ex-Girlfriend Refused Bail

Duhamel and Rojas-Latraverse in happier times

The former partner of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel has been informed she will remain in police custody until she and three men are tried for their part in...


Matthew Pitt

11 Jan 2012

David Shallow Wins World Poker Tour Ireland Main Event

Shallow celebrates with friends and the European Royal Flush Girls (Photo: Francesco Rizzo / WPT)

Rewind to five or six years ago and David "Dubai" Shallow was tipped for a massive future in the game and touted as one of the best up and coming poker players of his generation....

Shallow Takes Huge Chip Lead Into WPT Ireland Final Table

David Shallow (Photo:Francesco Rizzo / WPT)

The final table of the World Poker Tour Ireland has been reached and it is Dave "Dubai" Shallow who is on course to become the second WPT champion in recent months, following in the footsteps...

Major Live Score for Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Winner of $100K PCA Super High Roller


Sweden's most famous online poker player has added a major live title to his poker résumé, as Viktor "Isildur1" Blom took down the $100,000 buy-in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller event on Saturday. Blom...

Betfair Regular "Dubai" Leads WPT Ireland Main Event As Bubble Bursts


The inaugural World Poker Tour Ireland Main Event reached the money places in the early hours of Saturday morning and the man who bagged and tagged the most chips of any other player was the...

David Callaghan Leads WPT Ireland After Day 1

David Callaghan: Day 1 Chip leader (Photo: Francesco Rizzo / WPT)

The inaugural World Poker Tour Ireland Main Event kicked off yesterday afternoon and the organisers were slightly worried about the potential turnout with the 2012 PCA festival getting under way on the exact same day...

2012 PCA Begins in the Bahamas

The Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island will be the destination of many poker players over the next ten days.

While some of the poker world's attention will be on Ireland over the next few days where the World Poker Tour is hosting a Main Event, many will be following the action from the Bahamas...

Inaugural WPT Ireland Kicks of 2012 Live Poker Calendar

Kara Scott finished second in the 2009 Irish Open. Can she go one better at WPT Ireland? (Photo:

Christmas is now well and truly over, and in most cases the tree and assortment of decorations have been taken down and stored away the loft and all that is left, finally, of the enormous...

New Jersey Chasing Nevada In Race to Offer Online Gambling

Leaders in brick-and-mortar gambling, Nevada and New Jersey are looking to be leaders in offering online games in the U.S. as well.

As the year 2011 came to a close, a newly-publicized opinion by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the legality of online gambling created a mini-stir in the online poker community. In an apparent change...

Ivey Received $920,000 Per Month From Full Tilt Poker!

No wonder he could afford a McLaren SLR

Whilst it was common knowledge that the so-called "Red Pros" on the stricken former online poker giant Full Tilt Poker used to receive $35 per hour and 100% rakeback the earnings of those on Team...

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