TonyBet Announces first ever Open Face Chinese Poker World Championship

Antanas Guoga, better known as Tony G, is one of the most recognizable faces in poker. Lately, he has pretty much retired from the game, he is far too busy spending time with his new wife and with his new duties as a member of the European Parliament. His Open-Face Chinese Poker site, Tonybet has been thriving however, and will organize the first ever OFC Championship during the Prague Poker Festival.

Picture of the day - Viktor "Isildur1" Blom glory days

To commemorate Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's departure from Full Tilt Poker, we decided to publish a screenshot from 2009, when he burst on the scene. He played heads on on 6-8 tables against the best players in the world and won 5 million before losing it all back and disappearing as quickly as he emerged. In this particular session, he was playing against Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius and had close to $2 million on the tables. The Swedish wunderkind has since returned to the high stakes scene but has not been able to replicate his results, and many believe that the game has progressed so much that he will never have the edge on the field that he once held. (Click on image to enlarge)

Full Tilt confirms Blom and Hansen departure

Just mere hours after we published our article speculating that Gus Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom are no longer part, the rumors were confirmed by Full Tilt. Full Tilt stated that the sponsorship deals have "expired" and that the site is looking to move in a new direction with their marketing.

Partypoker Pokerfest kicked off on Sunday

Partypoker's online tournament series, Pokerfest, kicked off on Sunday with $2.24 million in guarantees and a total of 76 events, including the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event. The series runs until November 2, and the events are split into low, medium and high buy-in levels, ranging from $1 to $1,000.

Picture of the day - Phil Ivey's old fake ID

When Phil Ivey started off playing poker, he wasn't old enough yet to legally enter casinos. That small problem was not going to stop Ivey, who got hold of a fake ID with the name "Jerome Graham", and started visiting Atlantic City casinos, and thus, a legend was born. A couple of times, Ivey missed the last bus home and was forced to sleep on the beach, which earned him the name "No Home Jerome". 

Gus Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom no longer Full Tilt Professionals?

Full Tilt has recently updated their website, with new logos and more, which are all part of their plan to market themselves as more than just a poker site (they even changed their URL to FullTilt.com a while ago). Players noticed another change however - Full Tilt Professionals Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Gus Hansen are no longer on the start screen of the client, and rumor is that this is because they have severed ties with the site.

PokerStars Team Pro Online Week & Red Spade Open

PokerStars is running a Team Pro Online Week, that includes promotions to win free PCA packages worth $15,000, the opportunity to become a Team Online pro, and an exclusive Micro-Stakes Zoom Poker Challenge, as well as the Red Spade Open, a $55 tournament with $1 million guaranteed and juicy bounties on Team PokerStars players.

EPT London - Pauli crushes Main Event, Chen wins High Roller

Sebastian Pauli  scored a start to finish victory in the EPT London Main Event, in the heads-up he defeated Kevin MacPhee, who was aiming to win his second EPT. Meanwhile, Andrew Chen won the £10,300 High Roller.

WSOP Asia-Pacific - Scott Davies wins Main Event for $850,000

Scott Davies had a great run at this year's World Series of Poker, he cashed six times and came close to a bracelet in the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em tournament, finishing in 4th place for $112,000. This time around he managed to go all the way and beat a strong final table on his way of capturing his first WSOP bracelet as well as the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event title.

EPT London - Pauli leads Main Event final table, Cody, Gordillo and MacPhee still in

Day 5 of the EPT London Main Event started on Friday with 16 players, and play would continue until only the 8 participants of the final table remained. Sebastian Pauli started the day as the chipleader, and he leads the final table with a significant chiplead aswell, but he has fierce competition that includes EPT champions Jake Cody and Kevin MacPhee, aswell as Pablo ''gordiju'' Gordillo, who gained fame when he won three tournaments in one night on PokerStars for more than $100,000. You can watch the live stream with revealed hole cards at the bottom of this article from 14:00 BST.

WSOP APAC - George Danzer wins 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race

We have reported before about George Danzer and Brandon Shack-Harris' epic race to win the prestigious Player of the Year award, but the final few events brought even more excitement. In the end, it was the German PokerStars Team Pro who claimed the victory and the $10,000 seat into the 2015 WSOP Main Event.

WSOP APAC - Mike "GoLeafsGoEh" Leah wins A$25,000 High Roller

Mike "GoLeafsGoEh" Leah has had a very impressive year so far, and he continues to to rack up results, this time, he defeated an extremely strong final table consisting of players like Jonathan Duhamel, Jesse Sylvia and Brian Roberts on his way to winning the A$25,000 High Roller tournament for A$600,000.

Picture of the day - First 10 Days of Spin&Gos Infographics

PokerStars recently introduced a new tournament format, in which people can win up to $30,000 in just a couple of minutes. Even though many players think it will ruin the poker ecosystem, Spin&Go tournaments have been extremely popular since their introductions. According to tracking site estimates, cash game traffic has decreased by 9%-13% on PokerStars as a result of Spin&Gos. PokerStars published an infographics about the results of the first 10 days, which you can check out below.

EPT London - Sebastian Pauli leads final 16

36 players started Day 4 of the EPT London Main Event, and there were still plenty of big names in the field. By the end of the day there were only 16 players left standing, led by German player Sebastian Pauli. Today, players are playing down to the final 8 players, you can watch the live stream from Day 5 in the article, with players like Jake Cody, Kevin MacPhee and Benny Spindler all battling for the £499,700 GBP first prize.

WSOP APAC - Jack Salter leads Main Event final table

Day 4 of the WSOP APAC Main Event started with 18 players with Victor Teng in the chiplead with 1.8 million chips, but there were plenty of great players still left in the field. By the end of the day, the 6-handed final table was set, and the chipleader is EPT Grand Final runner-up Jack Salter with 3.2 million chips, while Teng finished as the final table bubble.

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