The Golden Nugget and Casino will host the Grand Poker Series which is into its eighth edition, and it will kick off Wednesday, May 27. The tournament offers guaranteed pool prize money of $1,600,000 and is poised to keep top players of the world engaged till July 3 with an action packed schedule.
This is one of the best tournaments for low-stake players and this Grand Poker series offers a schedule of 56 events where the buy- ins will be starting with a minimum of $100 and ending with a maximum of $560. The event is likely to draw players who love the low-stake series and also from the field which is camped in Las Vegas to play in the 2015 World Series.
Jason Sides of Golden Nugget said, “We have strung up an interesting schedule of poker that would appeal both the advanced as well as the novice poker players.” The Vice President continued to elaborate that the tournament offers affordable buy- in for players, fantastic structure and guarantee money of over a million dollars.
The $560 Main Event is the summit of the series and it has guarantee prize money of $500, 000 for players to win from. There are 11 different tournaments with $100,000 guarantee money featured by Grand Poker series with $350 buy-ins. There are about 20 tournaments that the 2015 edition series hold which are played in different forms except hold’em and they also include H.O.R.S.E. events numbering two. (more…)
Jason Somerville in his four-year Poker career has been very consistent in his form on tour thus has registered winnings worth $2.5 million in live tournaments. He h as also earned online cashes worth $1.5 million during this period.
In the early days he had many close encounters without winning anything substantial. His best time came in the 2011 season where he won his first WSOP bracelet. The next year it became more amazing and achieved solid poker wins, but the 25-year old poker player’s success could be attributed more to the time away from the table than on it.
He quipped “the year has been different for me. The first six months were spent m ore on concentrating on my personal life than travelling and playing. “It was necessary because I had to focus on my personal life too so that I find happiness”.
Here you must know that the Long Island, NY resident is pointing towards the blog post in February where he opened up to the rest of the poker community. He was not sure of positive reactions from his peers when they know about his homosexuality leanings, but it came as a surprise when the community members accepted him back without any conditions.
Somerville said, “It was an overwhelming support from the poker community,” and continued excitingly that he did not encounter any negative vibes from the people whatsoever. He said that he was feeling awkward initially to be in the situation but the community treated him as it has always been before he revealed his sexual orientation, if not more than that. (more…)
Unlike the conventional poker era when only the top-notch players received the limelight, the emergence of the Global Poker Index as a ranking site has come in handy. Today, well-performing players are granted a glare of publicity through poker news rooms for excellent performance in the casinos. On February 2015, the GPI disseminated a list of 300 players, Argentinean Leo Fernandez was ranked 183rd, previously he was in the 182nd position and garnered 1857.16 points. Fernandez is not a new poker pro as he has been in the poker industry for quite some time up to now. His resume imputes he is a determined underdog who is yet to give up and has a promising career ahead of him.
His earliest covered event was in 2008 when he plunged into the World Series of Poker $2,500 NLHE Six-Handed where he finished in the 13th place to take home $19,086. The next year saw him venture into the PokerStars.net LAPT $5,200 Main Event in Mar del Plata where he placed 6th for $63,520. The following year in 2010, he resurged in the PokerStars.net LAPT Main Event in Florianopolis where he ranked 41st to garner $4,619. Later on the same year he joined the PokerStars.net EPT Main Events, first in Barcelona where he placed 36th to walk away with €15,000 and in London where he finished 93rd for £9,000. Fernandez was to be spotted in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High-Roller where he finished runner up for a whacking $544,925 in 2011. (more…)
Irish guru poker player Donnacha “The Don” O’Dea has not only kept his flag flying in gambling but also in swimming. His career in poker is the most intriguing string of milestone achievements that his golden resume reflects.
He missed the World Series of Poker gold bracelet at slim chances in 1983 where he finished runner-up in his heat to Tom McEvoy in the $1,000 limit hold’em tournament. Playing regularly has seen him enrich his resume and also rise up the ladder in the poker industry. However, a closer examination of his resume demonstrates he is not only talented but has inculcated skills through his lengthy experience in the casinos.
His first final table at the WSOP’s Main Event came in 1983 placing 6th and also emerged 9th in a similar game in 1991. Years later, he has recorded cashes at the WSOP, in 1990 placing 32nd, 1994 for a 27th position, 1996 for a 25th place and recently in 2007 emerging 171st. His fortuitous WSOP gold bracelet slipped into his trophy portfolio in the pot-limit Omaha with re-buys where he ousted Johnny Chan in a heads-up encounter. (more…)