The week just flies by, doesn’t it? That’s why you can (and should) turbo your way through the poker news of the week with PokerNews. Read what interests you and leave what doesn’t. Because honestly, who has time to waste time anymore?
The Winner’s Circle
The Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council announced that Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen are 2016's inductees and will officially be inducted Oct. 26.
Ted Jackson-Spivack won the last-ever UKIPT Main Event in Birmingham for £35,000 against Ludovic Geilich, who lost the fourth hand of the heads-up battle on the with a king on the turn and four on the river to match Spivack’s hand.
Three years later and he’s back again victorious! Driton Haxhiaj won the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Luton Main Event, winning his second GUKPT trophy and securing a £61,250 payday. In 2013, he topped a field of 262 players to win the same tournament for £42,750.
This past weekend, Ole Schemon added the PokerStars Big $215 to his list of tournaments he's conquered, acquiring a sweet $27,888. The biggest score came from Finland’s “EVERFR0ST” in the Sunday Million, a result worth $142,424.83. This and more in your Sunday Briefing.
"Imperator3" won big this past weekend online in New Jersey, shipping the GSSS #2 - $75,000 GTD NLH for $14,033. The GSSS V runs Oct. 9-23 with 75 tournaments and over $1.1 million in guaranteed prize pools. But good thing you checked in, this week the first-ever NJCOOP kicks off with at least $1.2 million in prizes.
Brandon Steven walked away from the past weekend as the ARIA $50,000 Super High Roller 11 champion with $648,000. Not bad on its own, but Steven also nabbed the $25,000 ARIA High Roller 42 for $56,400. This was his largest cash to date.
Robert Hankins won his sixth WSOPC ring and came away the winner of the WSOPC Southern Indiana Main Event. Hankins won the $1,675 Main Event for $142,560 in a field of 432 players after jamming with an ace-jack against Hank Sitton’s king-jack.
In both the Americas and the Eurasia Conference of the GPL, this was a week for the downtrodden.
The Game Changers
Sofia Lövgren loves the comfort sitting at home with a glass of wine, clicking buttons online in her pajamas. But it wasn’t always like that. She built her bankroll from the ground up with her personal motto, “Never give up,” and now she’s found her sweet spot with cash games and deep-stack play. Read her story here.
Looking for a poker coach? It seems Daniel Negreanu has been offering a lot of free advice lately. Check it out.
Curious how the key hands of the November Nine will play out? These bots reveal all.
The Big One for One Drop is the biggest buy in event ever. Of course, it started off with a bang.
PokerStars may soon be under new ownership again as Amaya weighs possible mergers and sales. U.K. bookmaker William Hill is in talks to merge with PokerStars’ parent company.
Alex Goulder challenged Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong to a £10,000 buy in table tennis match. You’ll be able to watch the match in the marquee being erected to host the WPT UK Festival at the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham. Be there with partypoker’s help.
Marty Derbyshire is back yet again with another five thoughts, including one on the GPL’s marketing fail, ESPN’s stale jokes and the end of the UKIPT.
One of the most well-known depictions of poker in mainstream popular culture, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” paintings has some interesting origins that many may not be so familiar with.
Are Republicans pot committed to Donald Trump in the presidential election? Using poker terminology, Wired reveals whether it’s too late for Republican politicians to pull their support for Trump and what they stand to lose if they don’t.
Antonio Esfandiari and Michael Mizrachi will take London by storm this week at the 888live London Poker Festival. Here’s what you can expect at this festival.
Beata “Wild Hungarian” Jambrik joined partypoker this week, but that’s not all. Partypoker announced the launch of its Twitch channel this week.
Going into the EPT Malta Festival, you should know what British players to root for. That’s why the UK & Ireland PokerNews developed a list of the top five Brits to keep your eye on.
Why doesn’t Jared Bleznick get along with everyone else in the poker world? The Railbird Report has an answer.
The reign of Fedor Holz continues with 18 weeks at the top of the GPI's overall and 2016 POY. Some other upward movement comes from Justin Bonomo, Erik Seidel and Bill Klein.
What was once called the eighth wonder of the world is no more; the Trump Taj Mahal closes.
From the grass to the felt: Teddy Sheringham remembers his past achievements in European football.
Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
How often does "X" happen in poker? Learn to use an online binomial calculator and find the answer.
TigerGaming’s weekly and monthly leaderboards could have you singing their praises! Take your pick of the $5,000 Weekly Sit ‘N Go Leaderboard Challenge or the monthly $20,000 Multi-Table Tournament Challenge.
Poker is great, but the world beyond the casino floor at St. Maarten may be just as appealing. The WSOP Caribbean Festival could give you everything you’ve ever wanted (if everything you’ve ever wanted is ATVs, party buses, zip lines and poker) at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.
Anyone got a penny on them? You should be so lucky. partypoker is giving you the chance to qualify for its Caribbean Poker Party for only $0.01.
Just six remained at the $5K WSOP final table and Jonathan Little got rereaised holding pocket jackets. How would you play this hand? See what he decided here.
A trip to Punta Cana could be in your future thanks to a $6,000 package to the Caribbean Poker Party.
"Weak-tight" players have certain tendencies that open them up to being exploited. Ashley Adams is back with tips on how to best counter these players in your home poker games.
888poker is telling its customers to expect the unexpected as it prepares to giveaway $1,000,000 in cash and prizes via its brand new Magic Spin game. Cash and prizes could be coming your way if you decide to play.
Another week closer to the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event (the November Nine) and ESPN again has brought more episodes of coverage, featuring the latter levels of Day 6. Poll call! What would you have done with these hands?
Play along with Cliff Josephy, Alex Keating and Max Silver in these Day 6 WSOP Main Event hands and let us know what you would do.
Bubble time! Who are the "players" seeking chips and who are the "non-players" waiting it out? Read it here.
NetBet Poker is running a promotion Oct. 3 through Oct. 16, giving you the opportunity to win a share of €25,000 in the Twister Poker Sit & Go format. Who doesn't like a mountain of cash?
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Michael Niwinski smartly raises the river while playing the board in a Day 5 WSOP Main Event hand. Check out this hand review to see the value of adjusting on the fly in tournaments.
Win your way to the Cash Game Festival in Tallinn by completing easy missions at William Hill.
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This week's installment of Inside Gaming provides an update on Nevada legislators' efforts to pass a bill providing for the construction of an NFL stadium in Sin City, reports on the latest monthly revenue figures from New Jersey and notes yesterday's guilty plea of a Black Friday defendant.
Is it House of Cards or Life of Cards? Well, depends on who you ask, but a new documentary series could help poker fans meet the person behind the player. This new series will feature 10 poker pros, including Daniel Negreanu, Nicolau Villa-Lobos, Vanessa Selbst, Faraz Jaka, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Chris Moneymaker and more.
StreamHouse Charity Marathon finishes up their 168-hour stint on Twitch.tv with Jaime Staples, Matt Staples, Jeff Gross and Kevin Martin today, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Michael Phelps Foundation.
Sarah Herring called the clock on Max Pescatori, hosting 60 seconds of random questions, one of which particularly stood out: Who would you most want to fight in poker?
Jeff Gross goes on the PokerNews Podcast with Matthew Parvis and Sarah Herring live from his Twitch channel during the StreamHouse Charity Marathon for the Michael Phelps Foundation.
This Throwback Thursday remembers how Dan Shak in an interview with Lynn Gilmartin says he's humbled after his win against poker legend Phil Ivey during Aussie Millions.