Ian Shaw wrote his name into the World Poker Tour‘s history books by taking down the inaugural WPT500 Mexico City Main Event.
The tournament was billed as being “OnLive,” and was only open to players that held a WPT Global account. In total, 763 players competed in the WPT500 Mexico City Main Event, with an impressive 514 of those entrants stemming from online Day 1s held at WPT Global.
WPT500 Mexico City Final Table Results
Juan Jose Cepeda Dirzo
Jonathan Miguel Aburto Solis
Cesar David Reynoso Arredondo
Francisco Rios Vallejo
The top 91 finishers won a slice of a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. A min-cash weighed in at $1,310 with a final table appearance boosting that sum to $11,200.
Pablo Giron was the ninth-place finisher after losing a coinflip against Shaw’s ace-queen. Shaw min-raised to 400,000 before calling the 1,800,000 shove from Giron. Shaw turned over ace-queen, which beat Giron’s red deuces courtesy of an ace on the flop and a queen on the turn.
Francisco Rios Vallejo busted ten minutes after Giron fell, his four big blind shove with ace-king being called by Shaw’s dominated king-three. A three on the flop proved enough to reduce the player count by one.
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Sixth place and $18,700 went to Cesar David Reynoso Arredondo, who became Shaw’s latest victim. Shaw raised enough to set Arredondo all-in, and he called off his last six big blinds with a more than respectable ace-ten. However, Shaw flipped over ace-queen, and his queen-kicker won him the pot.
Angel Guillen‘s quest to take down a major tournament in his home town was left in ruins when his pocket three lost to Juan Jose Cepeda Dirzo‘s ace-queen, which left him with four big blinds. Guillen never recovered, and was part of a double elimination alongside Jonathan Miguel Aburto Solis.
Solis’ and Dirzo’s chips went into the middle of the felt, with Guillen all-in for 50,000 from the small blind. Dirzo showed pocket sixes, Solis pocket rockets, and Guillen the lowly seven-four of diamonds. Solis looked set for a timely double, but Dirzo flopped a set of sixes before improving to a full house on the river, busting Guillen infifth and Solis in fourth.
Shaw got back to doing what he does best, and that is busting foes. Santiago Gonzalez made a play with ten-nine for his last 5.5 big blinds, and Shaw looked him up with king-queen. A jack-high board was no help to Gonzalez, and he crashed out in third for $44,000.
Shaw went into the heads-up battle with Dirzo holding a 14,375,000 to 8,250,000 chip lead. It took less then 30-minutes for Shaw to eliminate his final opponent.
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Dirzo shoved from the button with ace-six, and Shaw instantly called with ace-queen. The five community cards fell without a six in sight, busting Dirzo, and leaving shaw to get his hands on the winner’s trophy and the $88,690 top prize.
The $88,690 Shaw banked is a career-high score, surpassing the $62,331 he collected for a fourth-place finish in a $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo event at the 2018 World Series of Poker.
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There are 95 bracelet events — most in history — on the2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule, all of which are important and worth your attention as a fan of the game. But if you can’t catch them all on PokerGO or follow along our live reporting updates, there are five tournaments you absolutely cannot miss.
The 54th annual summer poker extravaganza kicks off May 30 with, as is tradition, the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em. On that same day, there’s a $25,000 High Roller that would certainly be of interest to a true poker fan.
As mentioned, there are so many exciting bracelet events on the schedule. We strongly encourage you to lock in all summer long. But if your schedule won’t permit you to focus on poker daily, make sure you set aside time to follow these five bracelet events.
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Many consider heads-up no-limit hold’em to be the purest form of poker. At the 2023 WSOP, you’ll get to witness some of the best heads-up players battle for a massive prize pool and one of the most coveted bracelets all summer.
Last year, the great Dan Smith finally won his first WSOP title in the heads-up tournament for $509,717. In doing so, he removed his name from the top of the “best to have never won a bracelet list.” This year’s version of the tournament — Event #8: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship — began today at noon and will last for three days.
Smith will almost certainly attempt to defend his title, but it won’t be easy given the expected difficult competition. The 2023 heads-up tournament is expected to draw in many of the same crushers from previous years, such as Chance Kornuth, Alex Foxen, and Christoph Vogelsang.
Event #40: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
When poker players risk absurd amounts of money to compete in a tournament, it’s pretty much must-watch TV. It’s even more entertaining when the top grinders in the world compete, which will be the case when Event #40: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em begins June 16 at Horseshoe Las Vegas.
In 2022, Alex Foxen, the two-time GPI Player of the Year, claimed his first bracelet in this very same event. He beat out 56 entrants to secure a career-best $4,563,700.
Event #43: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Most would consider the Main Event the most prestigious poker tournament in the world. But there’s definitely an argument to be made about Event #43: $50,000 Poker Players Championship as the second most important tournament. For mixed game players, this is their Main Event.
It used to be dubbed the “Michael Mizrachi Invitational” because Mizrachi, aka “The Grinder,” won it in 2010, 2012, and 2018. That title might soon change because Dan “Jungleman” Cates has taken it down the past two years. Cates will attempt to make it back-to-back-to-back, ala the 1990s Chicago Bulls. If he does, that would likely be widely considered the greatest accomplishment in poker history.
Last year, Jungleman beat out 112 players to win $1,449,300 and the coveted gold bracelet. This year’s edition will start on June 18 and have the same five-day structure as in the past.
When it comes to the lower buy-in tournaments — and there are plenty of juicy ones on the 2023 WSOP schedule — the most interesting one of them all each year is the Milly Maker.
June 23 is the start of Event #53: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em, a five-day contest that guarantees the winner will take home at least $1 million. For such a low buy-in, the mere fact that one player will become a millionaire and receive a shiny gold bracelet makes this tournament one of the best on the schedule every year.
In 2022, the KFC fried chicken-loving Yuliyan Kolev came out victorious, outlasting a field of 7,961 entrants for the $1,125,141 first place prize.
Event #76: $10,000 Main Event
If you watch poker just once all year, it should be the Main Event, poker’s world championship tournament. Event #76: $10,000 Main Event will begin July 3 and play down to a winner on July 17.
Espen Jorstad is your reigning world champion after having taken down the second largest Main Event in history (8,663), and received a $10,000,000 payday.
PokerNews, as will be the case with all 95 bracelet events, will be on-hand live reporting the 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event from start to finish. PokerGO and CBS Sports Network will once again handle the television and live-streaming duties throughout the most prestigious poker tournament in the world.
Who will join the exclusive club that includes legends of the game such as Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, and Doyle Brunson? We’ll find out at the end of the summer.
As one old adage goes, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Another cautions that adding fuel to the fire only increases the heat. None we are aware of speak to what happens when you add your own fuel by stating your case and promoting your own interests or having others do that for you.
Hell’s Kitchen is a part of New York City with a storied past quite unlike that of Times Square, a little more than a mile away. Centre Street, the Bowery, Canal Street, and Park Row – the general location of Martin Scorcese’s and Leonardo Di Caprio’s epic historical fiction story, the Gangs of New York is only about three miles away.
Setting the Stage for an Epic Battle
That backdrop should set the stage for what could be about to commence in the competition for three new downstate casino licenses in New York state – the first actual bonafide real Las Vegas casino licenses ever issued in or around a bustling metropolis holding some 19 million potential casino customers. A market that some have deemed to be potentially be the most lucrative latent casino market in the world.
Although there are three casino licenses available in downstate New York, potentially in and around New York City, most reporting indicates that two of those licenses are “widely believed” to be destined for the existing lottery-based casinos in Yonkers and Jamaica, Queens. The existing casinos are relatively large gaming venues that already provide tens of millions of dollars if not hundreds of millions in annual tax revenues, jobs benefits, and other financial knock-ons to local communities and the state in general. They are also operated by Resorts World and MGM, two of the largest casino operators in the world.
If two of the licenses are as good as thrown to the wind by simply changing the way two large casinos account for their handle, churn, and hold more to “real casino” standards rather than the simpler video lottery terminal and more or less fixed odds electronic gaming table accounting practices with wilder swings in gross gaming revenue for the more volatile games or natural swings in deviations from the mean for “coin flip” games like real baccarat, roulette or even baccarat, what is to be gained by the state?
That seems to be the elephant-in-the-room question most reporting fails to ask. We proffer that all three licenses might actually be up for grabs because “damn the torpedoes”. New York state will choose whichever options actually generate the most revenue and benefits for the people of New York, the local communities, and the state, because “that’s actually the remit” isn’t it?
The state is not in the business of doing favors for competitive businesses or at least it shouldn’t be, and if existing “casino communities” and their attendant gaming operators lose a little for the greater good of the state by creating three brand new revenue streams “cannibalism be damned” then that’s exactly what the location selection committee will recommend – or should.
If, in the end, a greater benefit for the whole of the state and the populace can be shown to be better attained by simply expanding the current gaming venues – more or less grandfathering in existing operators without fear or favor, then that is what the selection will, or should determine its job is to do.
Back to the Heat in the Kitchen
If that is the case, and the world’s most powerful casino interests are about to embark on a competition for perhaps the most lucrative market on earth – observers and participants should be ready for an epic battle of the titans as has never been seen before and it’s going to get so hot in downstate New York that an outside observer wouldn’t know the difference between Hell’s Kitchen, Times Square, Staten Island, Coney Island, any of the potential sites for a single new casino license. Or hell itself.
We saw amazing machinations for placement, power and control of the upstate casino markets a few short years ago when the first Las Vegas-style casino towns and operators were chosen – so-called “grassroots organizations”, false-flag petition drives, disinformation, seriously flawed “gaming studies”, political upheavals and almost every other imaginable disruption of industry-standard business decorum and charm offensive imaginable.
You ain’t seen nothing yet
For now, we see self-promotion, goodwill advocacy, and some local resistance to each announced contender’s proposal. We see good corporate “citizens” pitching themselves as the most viable alternative and none of the half dozen or so serious contenders has attacked any other in public – nor are they likely to overtly. Nothing “dirty” has bubbled up yet and none of those vying for a new license outside of Yonkers or Queens has alluded to there only being one license available – nor have the two “widely believed” “shoe-ins”.
MGM Resorts International, the owners of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers has remained mostly mum on the subject as has Genting Malaysia Berhad – the ultimate owner of Resorts World New York at Aqueduct Raceway. And that is the wise move. Isn’t it? That could change.
When the state opened bidding for the licenses they set the minimum bid at half a billion dollars and let it be known that it would be a competitive bidding process. At least one player stated it would not go down that route – it would offer a proposal, and negotiate in good faith, but not go head over heels into a bidding process. There are, of course, many possible reasons for such a position not the least of which could be that it would show weakness if it were to find itself unable to compete in a high-priced auction of sorts or that it might not have quite the resiliency to be an effective world power if it tied up resources in an unproven market due to the “known unknowns” of just how many licenses might be up for grabs in reality.
Perhaps New York state or the existing video lottery terminal and electronic table game providers should clear the air and let the public, as well as the potential contenders, know specifically if the existing lottery casinos are on equal footing with other competitors or if they are to enjoy a potentially unfair advantage. Each new proposal we have examined has addressed community benefits and other aspects expected of them in the request for proposals. There is still an elephant in the room and that elephant, if not stared down and asked to dance could quite possibly, become exhibit #1 in any “sour grapes” lawsuits, which inevitably arise before all is said and done when the stakes are this high.
For now, the question remains, just how hot is this contest going to get? The answer is most likely just hot enough to create inflection point after inflection point and just hot enough to bend reality in the mirror of time enough that when it is all said and done, most people will be glad just to be shut of it and to get on with life in the fast lane of gambling. However, it also could present myriad risks to consumer confidence in any and all processes involved in American casino license tenders.
Were two additional licenses approved by voters with a simple majority of Yay vs Nay votes after all seven currently authorized licenses have been issued under the 2013 referendum – all stakeholders, including the public, deserve the quietude of a clear and transparent process with no wild animals lurking in, stumbling. Around, or crashing through the room
If that is true, then why not now? If not now, when? The tender candidates who may risk many times the “minimum bid” to build the casino(s), as well as the public surely deserve to know.
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Macau gaming industry seems to experience a complete recovery in 2023, according to the latest figures. As Inside Asian Gaming reports, Macau operators generated a total of MOP$15.57 billion (US$1.93 billion) in gross gaming revenues in May to record the fifth consecutive month of growing revenues this year following the re-opening of the region of January 8, 2023.
The source reports that the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) informed that the revenue figure achieved by the Macau gambling industry in May 2023 was 366%higher than the one recorded in May 2022 when the region saw the GGR of only MOP$3.34 billion (US$414 million).
Rising Revenue Trend:
However, the revenue level reached in May was also 5.7% higher than the industry’s performance from April 2023 when Macau operators generated MOP$14.72 (US$1.82 billion) in gross revenues to set the record GGR level since January 2020. The May figure therefore represents a continuation of the month-over-month rising revenue trend and sets the highest revenue figure in 2023 to date.
At the same time, the figure significantly contributes to the Macau’s GGR aggregated over the first five months of 2023 to MOP$64.93 billion (US$8.05 billion) year-to-date, which represents a 173% highervalue on a year-on-year basis, according to Inside Asian Gaming.
The industry’s strong performance in May also marks the extension of the best first quarter for the Macau casino industry in the last three years, with April and May revenue levels testifying about the even stronger second quarter 2023. After being heavily affected by COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions, the region re-opened its gaming facilities on January 8, 2023 and the revenue figures almost doubled already in January 2023 to keep on growing to the 366% year-on-year levels seen in May 2023.
Since January 8, 2023, the growth has been tremendously supported by arrivals from mainland China, Hong Kong, and overseas. It was additionally boosted in May with the May Day festive week when the region reportedly hosted almost 500,000 visitors and recorded the hotel occupancy growth of as much as 85%.
But despite the strong performance, Macau casino stocks have recently experienced certain volatility in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, according to GGRAsia. During a conference session at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia 2023 Special Edition: Singapore, Angela Hanlee,an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, told the source that Macau gaming revenue numbers have been beating forecasts every month.
She reportedly addressed Macau operator share prices and said that investors were “not rewarding the beat at all.” According to Hanlee, the fundamental factors for the share price growth are not being significantly driven at the moment.
Phil Ivey ran deep in the World Poker Tour (WPT)Mexico City Mystery Bounty, a $3,000 buy-in tournament, but ultimately was eliminated in fourth place ($19,000). Luis Gonzalez, on the other hand, was the last player out of 69 standing and received $62,100 for his efforts.
WPT Mexico Feria also featured a WPT500 event that had a huge field of 763 entrants, creating a $500,000 prize pool with 91 players reaching the money. After all was said and done, Ian Shaw came out victorious for a $88,690. Juan Jose Cepeda Dirzo was the runner-up and earned a $59,000 consolation prize.
The WPT500 Mexico City event was a unique tournament in that it was a hybrid online-live event. Play began on the WPT Global platform and then the players who reached Day 2 returned to action to finish things up at the Frontón México entertainment venue.
Final Table Results
Juan Jose Cepeda Dirzo
Jonathan Miguel Aburto Solis
Cesar David Reynoso Arredondo
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The Mystery Bounty event, which awarded a top bounty prize of $75,000 on top of the main prize pool, brought out some big names in the game, including WPT ambassadors and personnel Ivey, Brad Owen, and Lynn Gilmartin.
Ivey not only ran deep but was the only American who finished in the money. Gilmartin came close to the money, but was eliminated in 11th place, two spots from a cash. Owen, the most popular poker vlogger of all-time, went out in 18th place.
No one could outlast Gonzalez, who defeated Tomas Szwarcberg heads-up for the title. The runner-up was paid $42,000.
Norway has come a long way in protecting its gamblers, so much so that the country announced this week that it has slashed its number of problem gamblers in half.
According to a recent survey compiled by Spillforsk, there are currently 23,000 problem gamblers in Norway. That’s down from 55,000 just four years ago. Similarly, the number of at-risk consumers has also dropped to 93,000, a decline of 24% from 2019.
Although this is evidently good news for all involved, you might be wondering how Norway’s problem gambling progress compares to other major markets in Europe. VegasSlotsOnline News has taken a look through the data so you don’t have to.
Finland – Rate: 0.8%
Much like Norway, Finland has a monopoly gambling system under the government-owned Veikkaus. This allows the nation to keep a close eye on its gamblers and ensure they aren’t losing control. However, it also could be argued that this increases the black-market risk as gamblers look for alternative options – a view supported by the fact the nation’s problem gambling rate is higher than others in Europe.
50% of Finnish gambling takes place on unlicensed sites
Earlier this year, Veikkaus announced that it had welcomed a study comparing Finland’s monopoly system with other European markets. The study found that 50% of Finnish gambling takes place on unlicensed sites, meaning an open market is looking more and more likely in Finland. This is something the report suggested would “significantly improve” the channelization to legal gambling.
Veikkaus has since said it is open to the idea of a licensed gambling market. The CEO only affirmed that the transition should happen “faster rather than slowly.”
Denmark – Rate: 0.7%
Just a few years ago, Denmark was joint with Spain as the nation with the lowest problem gambling rate in Europe. Its numbers have spiked considerably since then, however, and the nation is acting in an attempt to bring this number back down to where it should be.
In April, the Danish government announced that it would provide annual funding of DK10m ($1.5m) to problem gambling research and treatment from 2023 to 2025. Citing the “worrying” increase in problem gambling rates as a reason, officials said they would mainly use the funds on “targeting information” towards children and young people.
nearly 500,000 people in Denmark have some degree of gambling problem
Viewing figures from the Danish Gambling Regulator this year found that nearly 500,000 people in Denmark have some degree of gambling problem. Jeppe Bruus, Denmark Minister for Taxation, said the government has a “special obligation” to protect the nation’s vulnerable groups from gambling harm.
Norway – Rate: 0.4%
*Source: Lotteri- og stiftelsesestilsynet*
In announcing news of its rate slash this week, Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri- og stiftelsesestilsynet attributed the progress to its work on safer gambling initiatives and tools. A new debt register prevents Norwegians from losing too much to gambling, while from Wednesday this week, Norwegian players under 20 years of age will have a reduced maximum monthly spending limit.
In addition, the regulator has cracked down on the illegal black market, increasing the channelization levels through Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto – the only firms allowed to offer gaming legally in the country. This has included blocking bank deposits from offshore sites and cracking down on illegal TV ads.
Henrik Nordal, the Department Director for the Norwegian Gambling Authority, expressed his feelings on the results this week: “The decline is so great that there is no doubt that the work to stop illegal gambling companies has an effect.”
UK – Rate: 0.3%
*Source: Public Health England*
The UK public has a very strained relationship with its gambling market. While its one of the most mature markets in the world, regularly bringing in $14bn+ ($17.5bn+) each year, operators and suppliers are dealing with tighter and tighter restrictions as anti-gambling groups continue their fight.
around 230,000 people are addicted to gambling in the country
Perhaps surprising to some anti-gambling voices in the country, the UK actually has one of the lowest problem gambling rates in Europe. The UK Gambling Commission has estimated that this ratio of 0.3% may be even lower still, but Public Health England has estimated that around 230,000 people are addicted to gambling in the country.
MPs and anti-gambling groups are not satisfied there though, and high-profile incidents such as the recent Ivan Toney betting saga continue to bring the industry into ill repute. So much so that the government recently published its White Paper on gambling reform. Among other measures, MPs are introducing advanced affordability checks and staking limits for online slots.
Spain – Rate: 0.25%
*Source: Carlos III University*
According to the problem gambling severity index, an industry-standard gauge, Spain has one of the lowest gambling rates in Europe. That said, the research needs to be taken with a pinch of salt given that it was completed in 2020 by Spain’s Carlos III University. Data sets are very few and far between for Spain’s gambling industry, but no further study has been conducted to see if this has risen or fallen since.
Notably, the survey found that the COVID-19 pandemic did not result in any significant rise in online gaming, unlike many other markets such as the US. Meanwhile, the number of gamblers using retail venues such as casinos and bingo halls fell by as much as 50% from pre-pandemic levels during the crisis.
Garzon declared he would dedicate most of the Ministry’s budget to the issue
It is not clear if these figures have risen post-pandemic, but Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs is not holding back in regard to customer protection. In October, Alberto Garzon declared he would dedicate most of the Ministry’s budget to the issue. Mainly, he said he would use funds to target problematic and fraudulent behaviors and detect problem gambling.
Spain has already cracked down on gambling advertising on TV. In 2021, the government introduced legislation preventing gambling advertising outside of the hours of 1am to 5am to protect vulnerable groups.
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The first online bracelet event of the 2023 World Series of Poker was the $333 Triple Treys Summer Tip Off. It drew 1,330 entries (including re-entries), creating a total prize pool of $634,800. After nine hours and 33 minutes of play, it was Cody “1eggadaymike” Bell who had all the chips in play in his possession. For his efforts, he receives $87,665 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
$333 Triple Treys Summer Tip Off Final Table Results
Cody “1eggadaymike” Bell
Douglas “OpenOpen” May
Nicholas “MrFinalT” Kiley
Benjamin “Pr0spector88” Palmer
“Lbird33” was the unfortunate soul wh popped the money bubble, busting in 241st place. The remaining 240 players secured at least $952, while those who navigated their way to the final two tables locked in at least $3,681.
Notable players who were eliminated before the final table included former bracelet winner Steve “gborooo” Gross (13th – $4,951), Benjamin “MrLarryDavid” Felson (31st – $1,904) and Vanessa “ContainsNuts” Kade (35th – $1,904).
Seven-Handed Final Table Reached
Benjamin “Pr0spector88” Palmer was eliminated in seventh place when his pocket aces were cracked. Palmer took home $14,409 for his deep run.
Nicholas “MrFinalT” Kiley, “CN_23”, and “JLEbrun” were next to fall by the wayside, leaving only three players in the hunt for the title and the all-important bracelet.
Bell held a massive chip lead over his two remaining opponents going into three-handed play. The rich became richer when Bell’s pocket fives cracked the kings of “Fzzypenguin” who exited third for $47,038.
It did not take long for Bell to finish off Douglas “OpenOpen” May in a brief one-on-one clash. who took $63,987 for his runner-up finish, while Bell took home $87,665 for the win as well as his first WSOP gold bracelet.
That wraps up PokerNews’ coverage of the first online event of the 2023 WSOP. Stay dialled into our live reporting pages for all of the action from every bracelet-awarding tournament on the bustling 2023 WSOP schedule.
The 888poker XL Spring Series draws to a thrilling conclusion on June 5 with the massive $500,000 guaranteed Main Event. While there are still a few Day 1s for you to get your teeth into, time is rapidly running out if you want to become the XL Spring Series Main Event champion.
At the time of writing, some 306 players have entered the $250 buy-in $500,000 guaranteed XL Spring Series Main Event, and only 54 have managed to punch their Day 2 tickets at the first time of asking.
British grinder “PasaukMamai” is the current chip leader, having turned their 10,000 starting stack into a tournament-leading 167,680 during their chosen starting flight. “PasaukMamai” is now on course to become this tournament’s champion and has enough chips to eliminate opponents when the massive mystery bounties become active on Day 2.
PokerNews believes the largest bounty to enter the mix on Day 2 will be worth $50,000! Can you imagine bagging a $50,000 bounty?
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Back in May, Borgata Poker and BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, presented Almighty Million, a $1,000 buy-in tournament boasting a $1 million guarantee. That was crushed as 2,761 entrants created a $1,955,065 prize pool – the largest in the history of the Almighty Million – which was paid out to the top 250 finishers.
There was a lot of money on the line at the final table, which is why the final 10 players opted to work a deal that ultimately saw Daniel Cosner claiming the trophy and $178,872 in prize money.
“I’m still in shock. It’s something I’ve dreamed about doing since I started playing poker. For now,” Cosner said after the win. In addition to taking six figures in prize money, Cosner also claimed a $6,500 package to the BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA in Las Vegas which starts on June 9th and culminates with a live-streamed final table on June 13th.
“I plan on continuing to study,” he added. “I’m just hoping I can run deep again in a huge event. I also plan on bringing my dad with me so hopefully he can play the event as well and he can get his first big cash.”
Almighty Million Final Table Results
Others to cash the tournament were Joseph Licata (11th – $19,551), Will “The Thrill” Failla (13th – $13,197), John Parisi (17th – $10,069), Louis Russo (25th – $8,211), Eric Hayes (32nd – $6,940), Jaime Reyes (41st – $5,865), Mike Dentale (54th – $4,888), and Anthony Cicali (66th – $3,910).
“It was a pleasure to host a successful relaunch of the Almighty Million for the first time in more than three years. Our players made one thing very clear about this event, they love it and want more events like it. We cannot wait to make that happen,” said Kellie De Celis, the Director of Poker Operations at Borgata.
BetMGM Director of Poker Luke Staudenmaier, an industry veteran, stated: “Almighty Million proved to be another fantastic omnichannel event with BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker. From online qualifiers to a record prize pool, players have shown a high level of enthusiasm for the return of Almighty Million to the premier poker room on the East Coast.”
PokerNews reached out to Luke Staudenmaier to ask him some additional questions regarding the event, BetMGM Online & Live plans, and much more.
Q&A Luke Staudenmaier, Director of Poker, BetMGM
PokerNews: The Borgata just wrapped its Almighty Million. How did it go?
Almighty Million was a resounding success and we were so thrilled to be able to support the Borgata Poker team for this event. From a numbers point of view, over 170 players qualified/registered for the event using the BetMGM Poker app and the event resulted in a prize pool that reached $1.9 million, the largest in the history of Almighty Million.
Are there future plans for tournaments at the Borgata?
Absolutely! We have ambitious plans to continuously iterate on our successes, ranging from new tactics for qualifying players to raising the bar when it comes to player experience once they arrive at Borgata. The relationship with the Borgata Poker team, MGM Resorts, and BetMGM is extremely collaborative, everyone brings creative ideas to the table.
In regards to the BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA – what can you tell us about promotions leading up to the event? Will you be qualifying players online?
We are currently qualifying players online in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ontario for the BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA. Last year we sent nearly 70 players to this championship and this year we are aiming to reach 100. We’re really pulling out all the stops: depositor satellites each week, ambitious qualifier guarantees, engaging ‘Spin the Wheel’ promotions, and communicating with a wide range of players, not just professionals. Our partners at MGM Resorts have doubled the guarantee from $1 million to $2 million, so there’s a lot of work to do!
Who are the current BetMGM Poker Ambassadors? Any chance we might see more in the future?
We have worked closely with four-time WPT champion Darren Elias. Darren is a consummate professional and is passionate about both online and land-based poker. There is always a chance that we’ll find new partners to work with. As a team of passionate poker players, our eyes are always peeled for new talent.
What else is coming up this summer for BetMGM Poker? Any online tournament series? Special promotions? That sort of thing?
While we know that the summer weather has an impact on online poker traffic, it also presents an opportunity to put new ideas to the test and to gauge player feedback. We are constantly working on new tournament promotions to keep players interested in our larger seasonal championship series. Progressive knockouts, low buy-ins, high rollers, PLO – we’ll try them all and let our players decide if we keep them or not.
In regards to the future of US online poker, can you give us any sort of idea of what BetMGM Poker is either preparing for or would like to see happen?
It is our hope that more states adopt sensible regulations and that the great game of poker continues to thrive in the USA, both in the digital and land-based spaces. As states adopt legislation, more players will discover the game, more poker content will be created and shared, and more innovative opportunities to connect digital and land-based poker players will surface.
The third day of the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas gave an indication of things to come, with no fewer than six events taking place across the vast tournament areas. Throw into the mix the first bracelet-awarding online event of the series, and you have all of the ingredients for a super busy day of poker.
Two events crowned their champions; the $25,000 High Roller 6-Handed was the first. Switzerland’s Alexandre Vuilleumier came out on top in that event, clinching $1,215,864 and his first piece of poker hardware. Amazingly, Vuilleumier only started dedicating himself to tournament poker in January 2022, yet here he is, winning some poker gold and the 2023 WSOP’s first seven figure score.
Bracelet number two went to Cody “1eggadaymke” Bell, who took down the first online event of the summer, the $333 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Treys Summer Tip Off for $87,666.
Pro-Heavy Dealer’s Choice Down to Only 11 Players
Andrew “AJ” Kelsall is one of only 11 players that survived an action-packed Day 2 in Event #5: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-handed. The day started with 135 players hoping to progress to Day 3, but the field was decimated over the course of ten hours of poker.
Kelsall tops the chip counts with a 1,950,000 stack, but there are some supremely talented players hot on his heels. Such luminaries as Nick Pupillo (1,105,000), Chad Eveslage (1,095,000), David Levi (645,000), and John Racener (565,000) are still in the mix.
Day 2 saw many big hitters fall by the wayside. Jeff Lisandro, Phil Hellmuth, David Bach, Marco Johnson, Frank Kassela, Daniel Negreanu, and Benny Glaser were just a handful of stellar names that cannot win this event.
Join PokerNews from 1:00 p.m. on June 2 as the final 11 players fight it out until one player has all of the chip in play.
Davis Bags Big on Day 1b of the Mystery Millions
Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions is shaping up to be massive thanks to another 2,957 players turning out for Day 1b, taking the total attendance to 4,980 with two flights remaining.
Twenty-two levels reduced the near-3,000 Day 1b field to a more manageable 146. Shaun Davis (2,475,000) emerged as the flight’s chip leader once the dust had settled, and Davis now has a good chance of capturing this tournament’s bracelet.
Israel’s Tal Avivi (2,380,000), and Joseph Dornish (2,250,000) each bagged up stacks of more than two million chips. Bracelet winner Leo Soma (1,805,000) has also started well, and finished fourth on the Day 1b overnight leaderboard.
Others who progressed included former soccer star Max Kruse (1,560,000), and the 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson (1,180,000), the latter riding his luck in a key hand during the 17th level of the night.
Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions End of Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1c shuffles up and deals at 10:00 a.m. local time on June 2, and it will not be surprising to see more than 3,000 players take to their seats.
Wilson Leads the Way in the Tournament of Champions
Only 31 players remain in the hunt for the $200,000 top prize of Event #4: Tournament of Champions, as the event moves into its final day.
Scott Wilson shone brightest on Day 2, bagging up 2,885,000 chips, some 44 big blinds more than Brent Gregory (2,000,000) in second place. Two other players, Dakota Britton (1,400,000) and Vincent Moscati (1,120,000) crammed more than one million chips into their overnight bags, and will fancy their chance of glory when the tournament resumes.
Further down the chip counts, in 24th place, is Jason Somerville (405,000). Somerville is the last remaining bracelet winner in the field; he’ll be hoping to become a two-time WSOP champion by the time this tournament concludes.
Event #4: Tournament of Champions Top 10 Chip Counts
Cards are back in the air from 12:00 p.m. local time on June 2, and PokerNews will be with you every step of the way.
Fernando “Jnandez” Habegger Shines on Day 1 of the NLHE/PLO Mix
Some 547 players bought into Event #6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha, but only 48 had chips requiring bagging up by the time the curtain came down on proceedings.
Fernando Habegger, known in online poker circles as “Jnandez” bagged up a tournament-leading stack of 1,625,000, and will fancy his chances of capturing his first piece of poker jewellery.
The Swiss PLO specialist is being hunted down by some formidable opponents. They include bracelet winners Michael Banducci (1,250,000), Michael Moncek (1,210,000), and Gregory Kolo (1,040,000), who all occupy top ten spots in the overnight chip counts.
Kristen Foxen (895,000), Alex Livingston (785,000), Joao Vieira (750,000), and Yuval Bronshtein (465,000) are also in with a shout.
The plan for this event is to resume play at 12:00 p.m. on June 2 and play down to the final table. Fire up PokerNews’ live updates to discover which players navigate their way to that grand finale.
Mike Leah Second in Chips in the Limit Hold’em Event
Fixed Limit Hold’em is not as popular as it once was, but that did not stop 527 players paying $1,500 to compete in this event. Day 1 saw 15 levels completed, and 358 players busted during that time, leaving 169 grinders heading through to Day 2.
Dana Davidson (208,500) is the overnight leader, but Canada’s Mike Leah (200,000) is only a big bet behind in the standings. Leah won a bracelet in 2014 when the WSOP headed to Australia. He triumphed in the A$25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Can he secure his second piece of poker gold in Las Vegas?
Sure to be pushing the leaders all the way are the likes of Nick Schulman (180,500), mixed game specialist Adam Friedman (156,500), Jim Collopy (85,000), Patrick Leonard (85,000), Erick Lindgren (56,500), and Joe McKeehen (14,900).
Event #7: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts
1:00 p.m. local time on June 2 is when Day 2 kicks off. Return to PokerNews at that time for all the clicking it back you can handle!
What to Expect on Day 4 of the 2023 WSOP
Day 4 of the 2023 WSOP is another busy affair, with two more events joining the five that are already in play.
Day 1c of the Mystery Millions will fill vast areas of the tournament floor. It runs alongside Day 3 of the Tournament of Champions, and the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice.
Also in play are second days of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha, and the $1,500 Limit Hold’em.
The new events starting are the eagerly anticipated $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship, and the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud. Our team cannot wait to get back into the action and bring you updates from all seven of these amazing tournaments.