Weekly Poker Roundup: May 29, 2018
WPT Releases 2018 Portion of Season XVII Schedule
The World Poker Tour announced the first half of the Season XVII schedule on Saturday. The first tour stop, which will be in July, is a brand new one: the WPT Gardens Poker Festival at the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California. The buy-in for the Main Event, which will run July 21-26, will be $5,000.
The rest of the 2018 schedule is as follows: WPT Choctaw and WPT500 Los Angeles in August, WPT Borgata Poker Open and WPT Maryland at Live! Casino in September, WPT bestbest Bounty Scramble in October, WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker Open in November, and WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December.
“Season XVI was our most tremendous season yet. We held our first-ever stops in Beijing, Japan, and South America, returned a televised WPT Main Tour event to Europe, and broke ground in the burgeoning region of India,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “Additionally, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic drew a record-setting field for the second consecutive year, Art Papazyan won two WPT titles en route to winning the Hublot WPT Player of the Year award, Darren Elias won an unprecedented fourth WPT title, and the World Poker Tour awarded its one-billionth prize dollar. The bar has never been higher for the WPT, and we look forward to even greater success this upcoming season.”
Chris Ferguson “Apologizes” for Black Friday
Out of the blue this past week, poker player Chris Ferguson posted a video on Vimeo titled, “Chris Ferguson reaches out to the poker community,” a supposed attempt to apologize for what happened on Black Friday in 2011.
The video is just 42 seconds long and looks like something he did not at all want to do. Ferguson is clearly reading off of a script. It also lacks any sincerity or substance whatsoever.
“I’d like to take this brief opportunity to address the poker community, which I love and have been a part of for a long time,” he says. “I deeply regret not being able to prevent Black Friday from happening. After Black Friday I worked relentlessly to ensure that all players got paid back and I sincerely apologize that it took as long as it did.”
I also realize that it has taken me a long time to make any sort of public statement and I appreciate my fans and the poker community as a whole for their patience and support,” Ferguson adds. “One day, the Full Tilt Poker story will be told and, like many of you, I look forward to that day. I hope to see you at the World Series of Poker this summer. Thank you and good luck.”
PokerStars Launches Showtime Hold’em
Last weekend, we told you that PokerStars had ended the temporary run of Split Hold’em and, according to table graphics discovered by Poker Industry PRO, was likely getting ready to launch a new game. This past week, PokerStars did, in fact, introduce that new game: Showtime Hold’em.
Showtime Hold’em plays almost exactly like a regular game of Texas Hold’em. In fact, nothing a player who is still active in a hand does differs from a standard game in any way. There are no extra cards, no additional betting rounds, changes to card values, or anything like that. There is one big difference, though: players who fold have their hole cards exposed for the duration of the hand.
This will quite obviously change how hands play out. Players will have their tendencies figured out much faster. It may be difficult to settle into one set style of play, so players might have to start changing up their patterns frequently. Those still in the hand will also have a lot more information, so it might be easier to pick off bluffs or have more confidence that your draw might come in.
Darren Elias Claims Fourth WPT Title
Darren Elias won the $10,000 WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, becoming the first poker player to win four open World Poker Tour Main Event titles. He was previously tied with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Chino Rheem, and Anthony Zinno. Elias defeated Kitty Kuo heads-up, who herself was attempting to become just the second female to win an open WPT title.
“She played tough the whole time,” Elias told WPT.com of Kuo’s efforts at the final table. “She was definitely tricky, a tough player to play against. She was short most of the time. With the strategy she was playing, if I didn’t get good cards it was going to take a while. We were both limping. She was limping a ton. I didn’t really want to press the action if I didn’t have to. The blinds kept going up and she just wouldn’t die. She played tough.”
Elias was a part of WPT history as well in 2014 when he was the second person to win back-to-back WPT titles. He emerged victorious in the WPT Borgata Open and the WPT Caribbean. Marvin Rettenmaier was the first, winning the season-ending and season-beginning events a couple years prior.
“It was cool to do something no one has ever done,” Elias said. “I think I do well against the American pros and American recreational players who play in these more so than the European players. These WPTs are mostly in America with mostly American players, so I think that’s a lot of the reason for my success.”
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