The Weekly Turbo: Eli Elezra's Illustrious Career, Big One for One Drop and a Force Out

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It’s that time of the week again. Sunday is the day of rest and on that day, we want you to know: We understand. You don’t want to be doing any sort of work. That’s why we’ve done it again! Here at PokerNews, we understand the concepts of a lazy Sunday.

As you go about your day, read through these PokerNews stories so you too can be caught up on poker news without feeling like you really had to work for it.

The Winner’s Circle


Everyone loves a winner. Because it may be hard for you to judge, we did it for you. We ranked the World Series of Poker Main Event champs dating all the way back to 2003. Best believe that Chris Moneymaker, Martin Jacobson and Greg Merson found their way to the top.

Daniel Negreanu won the $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. Championship during the 2016 WCOOP, but he wasn’t the only one. Michael “SirWatts” Watson walked away with over $280,000 at a star-studded WCOOP final table.

This week’s New Jersey Online Poker Briefing: Jeffrey “bortzork” Miller scored the biggest single win, taking the NJ/888poker NJ $50,000 Ultimate Warrior for $13,500; “GivnUstrokes" won the Sunday Special $50,000 Gtd. For $10,225; Craig “craigruby” Rubinstein made over $11,000; and “COLDWARKID” snagged the $30,000 BIG Deal monthly tournament for $9,947. Other notables here.

Pedro Claus of Argentina won the LAPT Uruguay Main Event for $90,630 following a three-handed deal with Brazilian Fernando Araujo and Argentinian Manuel Vuotto.

Jonas "llJaYJaYll" Lauck won the WCOOP Main Event after turning down two chop offers for over $1.5 million.

Nabil Cardoso won the 2016 WPT National Marrakech High Roller for MAD 650,000 ($66,873).

Ian O'Hara and Kunal Patel chopped up the Coco Poker Open for more than $200K each on Monday night.

The Game Changers

Eli Elezra

Get into the life and times of Eli Elezra, who reminisces on his poker career, resurges in the poker tournament scene and talks his Hall of Fame nomination. Oh, and if he played as many tournaments as Phil Hellmuth, he’d have 25 bracelets. No big.

In this week's Five Thoughts, Marty Derbyshire discusses live poker's all-time leading money winner becoming an online champ, the Global Poker League, Moneymaker on the state of poker and more!

Partypoker is changing the way it displays hand histories – making cash game tables anonymous – and prohibiting seating scripts.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commissionis forcing its online gaming operators, Bovada and Ignition Casino, out of the U.S. market.

After a negative response to the EPT Barcelona payouts, PokerStars has made some adjustments, namely returning to the old payout structure of 12-to-15 percent paid for buy-ins €10,000 or more and capping lower buy-ins at 20 percent of the field paid with min-cashes (around 1.5 times the original buy-in).

Formerly a leader in online poker, Ongame will close its online poker rooms this October due to its sliding market share.

The invitation-only Big One for One Drop, poker’s most expensive buy in event ever at €1,000,000,released its schedule this week. Thirty-five players have already confirmed their attendance.

Nancy Lublin, CEO of Crisis Text Line, shared in Fortune her poker learnings and how they can help women in business. She says it starts with knowing how to fold, saying goodbye to that hand and moving on.

888Live makes it big in London during October with the888Live Festival, a series to complement the world-renowned 888Live events and give players the ultimate 888poker live experience. The festival features 17 tournaments with buy-ins from $165 up to $2,650.

November Nine Seat 8, Kenny Hallaert, is a tournament director/organizer-turned-poker professional: I've never in my life played for this kind of money and I probably never will.

Leon Tsoukernik unveiled his casino expansion plans for King's Casino in Rozvadov, meaning the largest poker room in Europe is about to get bigger.

Some members of the poker community deserve a different kind of recognition: The Poker Hall of Shame.

From service tech to tournament director, Matt Savage talks poker, HOF, Kassouf and hometown pride.

Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

Are you loss-averse? Robert Woolley’s here to tell you that it’s O.K. But if you can embrace rational decision-making, you can open yourself up to so much more.

How would you play the rivers on these two 2016 WSOP Main Event hands from late on Day 5?

ChallengeNeil Channing throughout October and try to claim his tournament bounties at Sky Poker.

Jonathan Little decided to play pocket deuces from out of position against Jonathan Jaffe at the WSOP Final Table. How would you play a small pair from the blinds when a tough opponent raises the button?

Calling all novice poker players: Ready to go online and try your hand at online poker? Let us help with these five tips.

Feeling lucky? Compete in the monthly cash race at Tiger Gaming and you could win a share of $20,000 every month.

Gareth Chantler wants you to look at your particular hand and then instead of being one-track mind, consider the range of possibilities, or in this case, the range of hands you actually have.

Tonybet Poker creates another industry first: A tournament where you can run the board twice.

Check Tape

Mike Matusow

His name is Mike "The Mouth" Matusow for a reason. If you follow Twitter at all, then you know that any conversation with Matusow is worth a listen. This week on thePokerNews Podcast, Matthew Parvis and Sarah Herring talk with Matusow about his recent health issues, the Poker Hall of Fame, reentry tournaments and more!

Feeling a little nostalgic?Take a look at this week's throwback, conveniently looking into Mike Matusow's previous win, which he prematurely knew was going to happen.

If you thought Rounders was one of the first poker movies ever made, you’d be way wrong. Long before that came the showing of poker clubs in 1912’s A Cure for Pokeritis. Read all about it in this week’s Poker & Pop Culture.

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