Feature Coverage

€25,000 Single Day High Roller Well Underway

Sylvain Loosli setting the early pace
Sylvain Loosli setting the early pace

The latest High Roller on the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT schedule is well underway, with the start of the €25,000 Single Day High Roller. The event already has 30 entries and is a veritable who's who of the poker world.

Former EPT Grand Final winner Steve O'Dwyer, who won the €50,000 Single Day High Roller earlier this week for €676,300, is joined by Bryn Kenney, John Juanda, Timothy Adams, Igor Kurganov, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Dvoress, Isaac Haxton and Charlie Carrel to name but a few.

There have already been five re-entries from Jean-Noel Thorel, Mustapha Kanit, Dominik Nitsche and Christoph Vogelsang, with the last two joining after the first break of the day had finished.

The only player to bust but not re-enter so far is Andreas Eiler, but with late registration open until the start of Level nine (approximately 17:15), there's plenty of time for him and others to take advantage of the single re-entry policy.

Chip leaders at this early stage (starting stack is 100,000) are Sylvain Loosli (290,000) and Isaac Haxton (235,000).

Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the action.

Tags: Bryn KenneyCharlie CarrelDaniel DvoressIgor KurganovIsaac HaxtonJohn JuandaStephen ChidwickSteve O'DwyerSylvain LoosliTimothy Adams

Chris Moneymaker Wins Two New Jersey SCOOP Titles

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

It was Chris Moneymaker that kicked off the original poker boom and, if he continues his recent run-good, he may be the catalyst for a US online poker boom!

Just check out his recent results:

1st place in Event 33-H ($200 NLHE Final Weekend Kickoff) for $5,445.55
1st place in Event 34-H ($200 Stud Hi/Lo) for $2,631.98 (after a heads-up deal)
2nd place in Event 35-H ($50+R NLHE 3-Max) for $2,485.27
4th place in Event 36-H ($200 Mixed NLHE/PLO, Progressive KO) for $1,113.86 + $947.44 in bounties

Moneymaker live-streamed his victory in Event 33-H on Twitch (full video available here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/255593730) and according to Moneymaker, it's been a "busy week".

"Over the first couple of days I bubbled a few tournaments," said Moneymaker, "but then on Saturday I played three tournaments and won two of them! The Main Event didn't go as planned, but overall I can't complain.

"I always try to get online during these festivals. On Friday I actually just sat down and played $0.01/0.02 No-Limit Hold'em for a bit, then a bit of $0.05/0.10 Pot-Limit Omaha. I played a few Spin & Go's. It just meant I was able to splash around a bit and get to play with a few different people.

Chris Moneymaker

"When I'm not going to live events, I always like to play with a different group of people than normal. And these guys either don't like tournaments or can't afford it. So I like to go in and give others an opportunity to play with me a little bit."

Moneymaker said that his appearance at the online cash tables usually has one of two effects.

"They really come for me and go out of their way to play against me! It's a case of they wanna see what I have, or want to have a good story. Then there are others who play their normal game and almost relish the fact that I'm at the table."

This year's PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) was NJ’s richest tournament series ever with a guaranteed prize pool of more than $1,300,000 across a packed schedule. Also up for grabs were two Platinum Passes worth $30,000 for the winners of both the High and Low Main Events.

Platinum Pass Crowd

"Those giveaways are a cool thing to watch," said Moneymaker. "It's a nice added bonus. It's going to be a life-changing experience for many players. Obviously, you're going to have players that have been there and done it all before and are used to it, but to some, even a min-cash is going to be a significant amount of money for a lot of people.

"That's what's going to be so cool about it. The PSPC bubble will be like the WSOP bubble on steroids. The WSOP Main Event money bubble is always the fun time because it's such a large bubble for everyone. But this is going to be even crazier!"

Moneymaker says that as much as the pros will like a tournament with no rake and a softer field than usual, it's all about the recreational players.

"It will have a profound impact on their lives if they min-cash. It's all about them, not these guys who are traveling the circuit and playing 10k or 25k tournaments; it's about the guy who won his seat from a flip out."

After spending a week and a half at home, Moneymaker will travel to Canada to play SCOOP in the middle of May. The relegalisation of online poker in the United States has progressed at a glacial pace in recent years, but with recent legislative advances in Pennsylvania, Moneymaker believes it isn't long before more states follow suit.

"New York is really close; if we picked up New York then I think it'll only be a matter of time. I can definitely see it going back to before when we could play with the international markets. It's kind of slow moving, but it's all positive and moving in the right direction.

"I think interstate liquidity is a really good thing. Once we get Pennsylvania, which should be by the end of the year or the beginning of 2019 then that's a really big thing momentum-wise."

For more information about PokerStars in New Jersey, head to http://www.pokerstarsnj.com.

Tags: Chris Moneymaker

Boeree Spreads Gospel of Poker Through TED Talks

Liv Boeree
Liv Boeree

Many different types of people from many different walks of life have found success in the game of poker, but analytically-minded individuals fluent with numbers have undoubtedly had the most success.

That descriptor can be applied to PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree, and like with many poker players, it's become the lens through which she sees the world, something she can't turn off voluntarily. The type of thought process that informs poker excellence tends to be innate, reflexive.

But Boeree believes it can be a helpful way to look at things, that's why she wanted to do a TED talk. Presenting at the TED (technology, entertainment, design) Conference, now held annually in Vancouver, has become a stamp of leadership and vision, with past speakers among the most influential individuals of the past couple of decades: Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates.

She reached out to TEDx Manchester — the TEDx conferences are satellites of sorts, numbering in the hundreds and organized by local groups — and asked if she could put together a presentation. Organizers finally responded while she was at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, with less than a month to go before the conference, and told Boeree she could have a speaking slot if she wanted it.

Though she had little time to prepare, Boeree accepted.

"I wanted to find a way to teach poker thinking for everyday people," the PokerStars Team Pro told PokerNews in an interview at PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT Main Event. "Maybe we're just so in our bubble, trained and used to thinking in probabilities. But, I think it's a super important skill."

She needed to come up with 15 minutes worth of material to talk about and she needed to memorize it until it was rote, so she could deliver it smoothly and note-free, as per TED Talks preferred operating procedure. It needed a flow, visual aids, personal examples for the audience to relate.

Getting a list of material she wanted to discuss was the easy part, Boeree said. The hard part? Editing herself. And combining entertaining content with a deadpan delivery.

"When you're trying to crack a joke, you're not allowed to laugh at your own joke," she said with an ironic chuckle.

After two weeks of rehearsing and what she estimated was 40-50 hours of work, she felt ready and gave it a go in front of an audience of about 2,000. You can see the results for yourself here:

"I was super nervous beforehand but it went pretty well," she said.

Boeree was encourage enough to run it back for another TED presentation at the main conference. While her first one referenced poker as a backdrop for the main points, this one was all about poker: three life lessons learned at the poker table.

"That's the one I'm really hoping is going to get poker on the mainstream," she said.

The recording hasn't been publicly released yet, but Boeree was kind enough to give PokerNews a sneak peek as she shared the three points. First, one must be honest about the effects of luck and skill. That is, a winning session shouldn't be chalked up to skill and a losing session shouldn't be chalked up to bad luck.

"Don't let your ego take credit for a run of good luck," Boeree said.

The second was a bit of a summary of her previous 15-minute presentation, on "quantifying things we don't like to quantify."

Finally, don't be overly reliant on intuition. Intuition, she said, can be helpful for areas of life in which a person is highly experienced. Outside of that, though? Decision-making is better approached with a calculating dispassion.

"Don't treat [intuition] like it's some godly, all-knowing thing," she said. "Why should we assume deciding your career path or who we should marry are things we have lots of experience in, that our gut is better than doing a cost-benefit analysis?

"It's not. It doesn't have the data to be based off. Your gut is good sometimes but don't think it's magic."

Shots fired, feel players.

Liv Boeree
Liv Boeree calculates at the table.

Boeree had to work even harder on edits and delivery this time around, as the main TED conference used a format with auto-advancing slides, so all of her timing had to be perfect. Furthermore, a limit of just six minutes meant even more self-editing.

"There's so much you can say about poker, trying to trim it down to six minutes is hard," she said. "It's like, 'I love this sentence. Oh, doesn't really add enough, got to cut it.'"

With the talks, Boeree aims to accomplish dual goals of growing the game and improving her own public speaking skills. If the reception on the The TEDx Manchester talk is any indicator, she's off to a strong start: 324 likes to 10 dislikes on YouTube.

Quantifying things, that's a 97 percent success rate Even Boeree's tough self-grading, with lesson No. 1 from her second talk in mind, would have to give it a strong review.

Tags: Liv Boeree

Welcome to Day 8 of Feature Coverage at PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo

Final Table of the last high roller here.
Final Table of the last high roller here.

A week has passed and coverage continues here on PokerNews of PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT.

It's time for the eighth day of feature coverage of this event, and the tournaments that remain on the schedule continue to get smaller and more exclusive. For one thing, the Main Event is down to just 120 runners, with the likes of David Peters at the top of the chip counts as the field is just a few eliminations away from the money.

Check out PokerNews hand history coverage of the EPT Main Event here.

Meanwhile, there's also a €25K Single-Day High Roller adorning the schedule today. It remains to be seen how many runners that will get or if it will even get off the ground considering many of the players looking to play big remain alive in the Main, including Peters, Ryan Riess, Antoine Saout, Ali Reza Fatehi, Rainer Kempe, Paul Newey, Erik Seidel, Nick Petrangelo and Ole Schemion.

Stay tuned here on PokerNews as we bring you continuing feature coverage of the event and possibly some updates on the status of the high roller.

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