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Mike Gorodinsky wins WSOP Poker Player's Championship

26 June 2015
Mike Gorodinsky won the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship tournament at the World Series of Poker early Friday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Gorodinsky, a professional poker player living in San Diego, took home $1,270,086 and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, named in honor of the late poker pro from Las Vegas. ... (read more)

Poker dealer wins WSOP Monster Stack for $1.2 million

18 June 2015
Perry Shiao celebrated his birthday last week on the first day of the World Series of Poker’s “Monster Stack” tournament. The 25-year-old poker dealer from Pembroke Pines, Fla., received his present Wednesday. Shiao, playing in only his second career WSOP event, won the $1,500 buy-in No-limit Hold ’em “Monster Stack” event before an enthusiastic crowd at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. ... (read more)

Ex-pitcher poker pro never does what's expected

12 June 2015
Wade Townsend thrives on deception. Throughout his pitching career, Townsend loved embarrassing a batter with a fastball in the first inning, then feeding him nothing but soft stuff the rest of the game. “I threw really hard,” he said, “but my curveball was my best pitch.” These days, Townsend is sporting a blond mohawk atop his sturdy, 6-foot-4-inch frame. ... (read more)

Colorado engineer takes down WSOP Millionaire Maker event

10 June 2015
The piledriver was banned by many professional wrestling organizations due to the damage it caused to opponents. Luckily for Adrian Buckley, the finishing move is allowed at the poker table. Buckley, a 27-year-old recreational poker player from Westminster, Colo., entertained observers at the Rio All-Suite ... (read more)

Phil Hellmuth extends record with 14th career WSOP bracelet

10 June 2015
Phil Hellmuth was in his element, soaking up all the attention when he started on a victory lap around the World Series of Poker’s main table. For the next 15 minutes, Hellmuth mingled with the fans who stuck around the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino early Tuesday, shaking hands and posing for pictures. ... (read more)

WSOP officials investigate cheating allegations

8 June 2015
World Series of Poker officials said they are investigating allegations that a player cheated his way to a fifth-place finish in one of its most prestigious tournaments. The alleged incident took place during the $10,000 Heads-Up No-limit Hold ‘em Championship that ended Thursday and were levied against Valeriu Coca of Moldova. ... (read more)

WSOP "Colossus" event is already the largest live tournament in poker history

29 May 2015
The projections continued to rise Thursday, and the numbers were moving at an auctioneer’s pace. “Let’s start at 10,000 … there’s 10. Do we have 15,000? Now, 20,000 …” “At the end of all this, at the end of Saturday night, I think we’re going to put up a pretty big number,” World Series of Poker tournament director Jack Effel said. ... (read more)

WSOP planners aim for record turnout

27 May 2015
Ty Stewart typically is eager to offer up a forecast. Not this year. As the World Series of Poker executive director prepares for his 10th summer of flops, folds and flushes, Stewart is finished playing prognosticator. “As tough as it is, as much as it pains me,” Stewart said on a recent conference call ... (read more)

Jacobson shows consistency during run to WSOP title

13 November 2014
LAS VEGAS -- The first question Martin Jacobson was asked by the media was on the subject of perfection. And the Swedish poker pro quickly dismissed the notion. “I don’t think there’s such thing as a perfect tournament,” Jacobson said. Maybe not, but Jacobson sure came close. Jacobson won the World Series ... (read more)

Pingray navigates huge field, wins WSOP Monster Stack event

1 July 2014
Hugo Pingray’s roommate Pierre Calamusa was the chip leader after the first day of the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold ‘em Monster Stack tournament at the World Series of Poker, and he made sure to give Pingray a hard time about his modest stack. “He was making fun of me because he was like, ‘Oh, you don’t have a stack. ... (read more)

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