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WSOP review: Jens Lakemeier wins Germany’s first bracelet

WSOP Review: Jens Lakemeier wins Germany’s first braceletA short and sweet World Series of Poker round-up congratulating the Germans for winning their first bracelet of the summer courtesy of Jens Lakemeier, the Crazy Eights event drags in crazy numbers, and the Poker Player Championship begins.

I know what you’ve been thinking these past three weeks – why haven’t the Germans been skinning everyone alive?

Typically, this time of year, about ten of them step onto the steaming hot tarmac of McCarron Airport secretly divvying up how many bracelets, and how much money they are going to win, but it hasn’t turned out like that.

Christoph Vogelsang took down the Super High Roller Bowl for $6m, but instead of German poker players swarming all over the Rio like the enchanted broomsticks in Fantasia, they appear like sheet music scattered by the billows of the Rio air con unit.

And then, along came Jens Lakemeier, who at 23-years of age, has won the first bracelet for Germany in Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix. I would like to give you a sense of how Lakemeier is feeling after his win, but he decided to switch on the Dan Colman radio silence no sooner had he smiled for the mandatory winner’s snapshot.

Lakemeier breezed through this final table like a Japanese express train, eliminating the final quintet in 20-minutes flat. Those who felt the brunt force trauma of the German included Andrew Kelsall (making his third final table), Jerry Wong (his second), and Jason Stockfish (who now has two runner-up finishes, after finishing second in the $565 Pot-Limit Omaha).

It was a brand new event. I am not sure we will see it again. Only 179 players were interested. Lakemeier earned $112,232 for the win, the second largest score of his career. He was making his second WSOP final table appearance, after finishing sixth in the €2,200 Mixed Event at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Berlin, back in 2015.

Final Table Results

1. Jens Lakemeier – $112,232
2. Jason Stockfish – $69,359
3. Andrew Kelsall – $47,239
4. Jerry Wong – $32,804
5. Ashton Griffin – $23,235
6. Kenneth Fitzgerald – $16,793

Other players who went deeper than an ant plopped into a bowl of sand was the two-time bracelet winner, Marco Johnson (8th), and WSOP Player of the Year interested parties Mike Matusow (11th) and Daniel Negreanu (12th).

The Best of the Rest

Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em will venture into an unscheduled fourth day of action after heads-up opponents Artur Rudziankov (8,935,000) and Mario Prats (4,290,000) decided to head back to their hotel room to catch some Zs. The event attracted 1,763 entries, and the winner will walk away with $395,918. Lee Watkinson (6th), Martin Kabrhel (8th), and two-time bracelet winner, John Phan (10th) all ran deep in that one.

Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed event has breezed through four starting flights and is about to hit the rather serious middle part of things. The event has pulled in 8,120 entrants, making it another phenomenal success.

And the tournament that defines the card-for-card best poker player in the world has begun. Event 62: $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship attracted 93 entrants, with the gate still open until the beginning of Day 2. The leader is the former winner, Matt Ashton, who has been spending most of his time stuck in the middle of bouncers and big guys trying to bash each other’s brains out in Bobby’s Room.

July 4, 2017: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Tom Brady favored to win third NFL MVP award for Patriots


Tom Brady Favored to Win Third NFL MVP Award for Patriots

Winning the NFL’s regular-season MVP award has been a curse of sorts for the winner, who has not won the Super Bowl in the same year since Kurt Warner of the St. Louis Rams in 1999. Since then, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has won the NFL MVP award twice (2007 and 2010) while taking home the Super Bowl honor four times (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX and LI).

Odds courtesy of

Coming off a remarkable comeback victory in last year’s Super Bowl, Brady is the +450 favorite to win this year’s NFL MVP award.

Brady missed the first four games of the 2016 regular season but still turned in one of the best campaigns of his 17-year career with 28 touchdowns and a career-low two interceptions. His passer rating of 112.2 was the second-highest number of his career too, sitting just behind his 2007 MVP season when he scored a 117.2.

The competition for this year’s NFL MVP award is led by a few other top quarterbacks across the league, only one of which has previously claimed the honor.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was the favorite a year ago and sits as the +700 second choice this season. Like Tom Brady, Rodgers has been named NFL MVP twice before (2011 and 2014). He won his first MVP the year after leading the Packers to a win in Super Bowl XLV.

Derek Carr (+900) of the Oakland Raiders, Ben Roethlisberger (+1000) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dak Prescott (+1200) of the Dallas Cowboys, Russell Wilson (+1200) of the Seattle Seahawks and Matt Ryan (+1600) of the Atlanta Falcons round out the other signal callers with odds of less than +2000.

Ryan won the 2016 NFL MVP and made it to the Super Bowl, where his Falcons lost to Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys is the first player on the MVP betting board who is not a quarterback at +2000. However, Elliott lost Rookie of the Year to teammate Prescott last year, proving how critical the QB position is in terms of NFL award voting.

July 3, 2017: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

New York Senate passes online poker bill

new yorkNew York Senate passes online poker bill16 June 2017

New York has taken a step closer to legalising online poker after the US state’s Senate passed a bill that would regulate such activities.

Bill S3898 passed by a vote of 54-8 and will now move on to the Assembly for further consideration.

The progress of the bill is similar to that of a measure that was also passed by the Senate last year by a vote of 53-5, but never made it to the Assembly.

Put forward by State Senator John Bonacic, the latest bill would allow the New York State Gaming Commission to award up to 11 online poker licences and to enter interstate agreements with other regulated states.

S3898 also includes a proposed tax rate of 15% and a clause where players must be at least 21 years old to play online poker.

Earlier this month, it was also revealed that the bill will feature a so-called ‘bad actor’ clause, relating to operators that were illegally active in the US after the 2006 passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

In addition, if approved, the bill would allow licensed operators of video lottery gaming in New York or from states “with similar licensing requirements” to apply for an online poker licence.

June 20, 2017: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

The World Series of Poker announces launch of new e-commerce platform

The World Series of Poker announces launch of new e-commerce platformWin 2 Tickets to Watch The World Series of Poker Live

Las Vegas, NV – World Series of Poker, the world’s most prestigious professional poker league, and MMAG Group Inc., a leader in product development and branding have today announced the launch of This new e-commerce platform is your source for the exclusive licensed merchandise and apparel of The World Series of Poker4.

The site, featuring a diverse range of products including fitted hats, limited edition clothing and high quality merchandise such as custom poker5 sets, will also be featuring great giveaways and experiences for the poker6 enthusiast. The initial launch giveaway will be 2 spectator tickets to the final tournament table where you will be sitting directly in view of the ESPN camera’s. Check back often as this is just the first of many great giveaways for the poker7 fan inside us all. includes a simple, user friendly layout, enhanced content, and an engaging mobile experience. With additional features such as the Poker8 blog, Social Media integration and the Loyalty Rewards program allows for greater interaction with the brand. “We are pleased to announce the launch of this new platform and merchandise associated with it. World Series of Poker9 is an internationally recognized and respected brand and we look forward to building an e-commerce platform to match with the guidance of MMAG Inc.” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart

About the World Series of Poker10
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June 13, 2017: posted in News And Reviews No Comments
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