PokerListings Battle of Malta – pokerturnering
Battle of Malta 2014 har nått sitt slut och turneringen har än en gång slagit ett nationellt rekord. Faktum kvarstår att turneringen fortfarande är den största som har arrangerats i Malta.
Här är några av turneringens höjdpunkter (2014):
- 1 447 entries till Main Event
- Deltagarrekordet kvarstår även under 2014
- Största prispoolen för en 550-euros turnering i Europa. Beloppet uppgår till € 701,795
- Största förstapriset för en 550-euros turnering i Europa. Förstapriset uppgår till € 140,000
- Största fristående turneringen i Europa 2014
Det pekar tydligt på att PokerListings än en gång har visat sin styrka och kompetens. Under Battle of Malta 2014 fanns det en hel del kända pokerprofiler. Några av dessa är Leo Margets, Johnny Lodden, Luca Pagano, Fabrice Soulier, Dominik Nitsche, Rupert Elder, Dermot Blain, Sofia Lövgren, Luca Moschitta, Andreas Hoivold, Marcin Horecki, Steve Watts, Gaelle Garcia Diaz och många fler.
Vi vill även tacka vinnarna i 2014 Spirit of Poker Awards; Thor Hansen, Dominik Panka och Shannon Shorr, samt årets värdinna och programledare Maria Ho.
För att reservera din plats i Battle of Malta 2015 ber vi dig skicka ett e-postmeddelande till turneringsdirektören Ivonne Monteleagre: battleofmalta (@) pokerlistings.com.
Tack för förtroendet. Vi hoppas på att vi ses snart igen!
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Behind the Scenes: PokerListings and the Battle of Malta
For the second year in a row the PokerListings Battle of Malta set the record for the largest poker tournament ever held in Malta and this year we're taking you behind the scenes to find out what goes into one of Europe's hottest low buy-in poker events. Starting at the PokerListings video studio in Vancouver we fly to Malta to see if the 2014 Battle of Malta will cover the €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. We also go inside the PokerListings.com head office to learn the story behind one of the most successful online poker affiliate companies in the world. Watch the full video and check PokerListings.com for more action from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Panka, Hansen, Shorr Receive 2014 Spirit of Poker Awards in Malta
At the 2014 Battle of Malta, PokerListings honored three very special poker players with the Spirit of Poker Awards. Dominik Panka, Thor Hansen and Shannon Shorr took the second-ever SOPA awards in the categories of Rising Star, Living Legend and Most Inspiring Player, respectively. Both Panka and Hansen were in Malta to receive the award but Shorr was unable to attend and sent in a video acceptance speech. Each player beat out a tough lineup of poker pro's and received more votes in order to win. Check out the video and watch Battle of Malta host Maria Ho present the awards, plus a few words from each of our winners.
Thor Hansen Reflects on Epic, Inspiring Poker Life (w Johnny Lodden)
Thor Hansen was a teenager when he took over his brother's stack in a poker game and went on his first heater. Now, over 50 years later he's been around the world and seen more of what the poker world is all about than almost anyone. Hansen received the Spirit of Poker Living Legend Award at the 2014 Battle of Malta and spoke candidly about one of the most epic and inspirational poker journeys ever. Starting in Oslo in the 1960s Hansen played in poker clubs, at the racetrack and even in the woods. “Poker came naturally to me. I was playing a little bit of pool and I was always into gambling. I went to the racetrack when I was seven years old,” said Hansen. “I never thought about what I was going to become. Poker just meant so much to me so quickly I never thought about anything else. I just wanted to play poker. So that's what I did.” In his 20s Hansen began travelling. He set a course for Las Vegas and on his first trip won a WSOP bracelet and did well in the cash games. Hansen talks about how, years later, he became close friends with poker legend Stuey Ungar and went on to play for Larry Flynt in his famous seven-card stud game in LA. Hansen is joined by Johnny Lodden, one of Norway's most successful poker players ever. Lodden talks about how Hansen was and continues to be an inspiration to poker players in Norway and beyond. Check out the full interview and keep watching PokerListings for poker player interviews, short documentaries and poker strategy video.
Lennaárd Crushes BOM Deluxe, Bergman Pulls Off Surprise Proposal
This year at the PokerListings Battle of Malta there was more than poker on the schedule. Two men met to settle years of bitter rivalry in the boxing ring, on the poker felt and on the chess board. Ken Lennáard is a well-known poker player and writer in Sweden and it was in the comment section of his blog that he first met Andreas Bergman. Harsh words followed, mostly from Bergman if you believe Lennáard's story, before Bergman suggested they meet face to face to put their beef to rest once and for all. We captured it on video and although it didn't pan out the way we hoped, the ending surprised us all. Check out the full short documentary to see the story unfold for yourself.
GPI's Alex Dreyfus: It's the Right Time to Start Sportifying Poker
Two and a half years ago Alex Dreyfus bought the Global Poker Index with the intention of making it the worldwide standard for poker rankings. He now says he's accomplished that goal and is looking forward to making poker a mainstream sport. Dreyfus competed in the PokerListings Battle of Malta, the biggest poker event in Malta's history, and says the event's low buy-in and major-tournament feel are a key way poker brands can attract new players to the game. Dreyfus says it's a format that's largely missing from the European tournament scene but that globally it's actually the fastest-growing style of poker event. Dreyfus goes on to explain his new projects the Global Poker Masters and the Global Poker League, two new initiatives to make poker more marketable to a mainstream audience. Through both events Dreyfus hopes to create a system where the best poker players in the world don't have to buy-in to major events, but can instead compete for big prizes supported by team owners and advertising sponsors, similar to professional golf. Check out the full interview and stay tuned for more interviews and highlights from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Jan Peter Jachtmann Rates Best German PLO Players, High-Stakes Scene
Jan Peter Jachtmann is a high-stakes poker player from Germany who specializes in Pot-Limit Omaha but he took a shot in No-Limit Hold'em at the 2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta. Jachtmann runs down the list of who he thinks are the best German PLO players, plus talks about the new season of German High Roller, the country's most successful televised high-stakes cash game. Jachtmann also discusses his print magazine POKERBLATT and it's future after PokerStars recently pulled their advertising purchases. Check out the full video and keep watching for more from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
BOM Host Maria Ho Recaps Action-Packed 2014 Battle of Malta
PokerListings.com has been to poker tournaments all over the world but we've never seen an event with the passion and excitement on display at the 2014 Battle of Malta. It not only broke it's own record for the biggest poker tournament in Malta history, with 1,447 entries, it brought together hundreds and hundreds of amateur poker players from all over Europe and gave them a major international tournament experience at a buy-in that's accessible even to low-stakes players. BOM Host Maria Ho did an amazing job anchoring the videos and interacting with fans and players, and she's back for one final event recap video to show you everything the Battle of Malta has to offer. After four huge days of poker Bulgarian Antoan Katsarov made a heads-up deal with local Maltese poker player Alan Brincat that saw Katsarov take home €122,000 and a killer Battle of Malta trophy. Check out the video for the winner interview, tons of footage from the Main Event and side tournaments, plus an inside look at the BOM VIP Player Party that was definitely one of the best parties in the poker world. The Battle of Malta will be back next year, bigger and better than ever, and we hope to see you there.
Katsarov Beats Brincat in Record-Setting 2014 Battle of Malta
The 2014 Battle of Malta was the biggest poker tournament Malta has ever seen and after four action-packed days of poker it was Bulgarian Antoan Katsarov edging out the local favourite Alan Brincat to take the title, the trophy and the first-place prize. The two fought it out until the casino's 5am hard-stop and since Katsarov had roughly 65 per cent of the chips he became the 2014 Battle of Malta champion. The top two prizes were chopped according to chip equity which worked out to €122,750 for Katsarov and €107,250 for Brincat. BOM Host Maria Ho was on hand to present both players with their trophies and bring you up to speed with the daily highlight video. Check that out for a quick wrap-up and keep an eye out for the full 2014 Battle of Malta recap video coming soon.
Girls, Drinks, Dancing at Off-the-Hook BOM VIP Player Party
The Battle of Malta VIP Player Party was definitely not your average poker party. The vibe was electric, the women were beautiful and the drinks were flowing. Hundreds of poker players descended on The Villa at Le Meridien to relax after a few days of intense poker action, and the party did not disappoint. Check out our full VIP Party video for a taste of the action and keep it locked on PokerListings.com
Rupert Elder: “After Taking a Break I'm Back and Ready to Play”
Former EPT Champion Rupert Elder took a break from poker for almost a year but is back in action at the Battle of Malta and says he's more motivated than ever to crush on the felt. Elder has been living in Edinburgh just a few blocks from fellow poker pro Dominik Nitsche. During his time off Elder joined a table-tennis league but admits he mostly just shows up to tournaments and loses. Elder has earned almost $2 million playing live poker tournaments but says with its small buy-in the Battle of Malta reminds him of the tournaments he used to play when his career was just starting out. Elder says it's great to play an event where the emphasis is on fun but you can still win a massive prize. Check out the full interview and keep it locked on PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
BOM Highlights Day 2: Bubble Bursts, Quest for a Champion Begins
261 players returned to the felt for Day 2 of the 2014 Battle of Malta and with 170 getting paid it didn't take long before we found ourselves on the bubble with a shortstack all-in and at risk. Check out the daily BOM Highlights show featuring Maria Ho to see the bubble hand, plus footage from the packed BOM VIP Player Party at the Villa at Le Meridien overlooking the Mediterranean. Day 2 finished with 35 players and tomorrow we'll be playing down to a champion. €141,000 is on the line for first, plus one of the coolest trophies we've ever seen, so it's safe to say the remaining players will be battling hard when they hit the felt. Check out the highlight video for a taste of the action and stay tuned to PokerListings.com tomorrow to find out who becomes the 2014 Battle of Malta champion!
Brendan Doogan Qualified for Battle of Malta for 1 Cent
Scotsman Brendan Doogan has been playing low-stakes online poker for years and decided to take a shot at the step-satellites for Battle of Malta on 888poker, starting at just 1 cent. He fought his way through six different qualifiers to win his BOM package and managed to cash in the Main Event for €1,250. Doogan says he's had a blast and he'll be playing tons more qualifiers in the future. Check out his conversation with BOM Host Maria Ho to hear more about his incredible journey. Stay tuned to PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Sofia Lövgren Folds Jacks Preflop Against Aces, Kings and Queens
Swedish poker pro and 888poker ambassador Sofia Lövgren is a local and no stranger to the PokerListings Battle of Malta. This year she's had a crazy time on the felt and managed to dodge a serious bullet by folding pocket jacks when three of her opponents had pocket aces, kings and queens. A jack hit the flop but there was also an ace so it's a good thing she was able to let them go. Lövgren chats with BOM Host Maria Ho about what it's like living in Malta, what she thinks of the biggest poker event ever held on the island and how she got her start playing poker. Check out the full video and stay tuned to PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Day 2 Shuffle Up and Deal and Thanks to Battle of Malta Sponsors
BOM Host Maria Ho is still in this event but took a few minutes to announce shuffle up and deal and to thank all our amazing sponsors that made the Battle of Malta the biggest poker tournament in this island's history. 888poker, Betsafe, Betsson, Everest Poker, Poker 770, RedBet, TurboPoker, Planet Win 365, NordicBet, BetClic have all sent qualifiers here to the Battle of Malta to help crush the €500k guaranteed prize pool by over 40%. Check out the full video and keep an eye on PokerListings.com for more updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
BOM Highlights Day 1B: 1,447 Players Build €700k Prize Pool
The second Day 1 flight is done at the 2014 Battle of Malta and with a final count of 1,447 entries it's officially re-set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta. It also crushed the €500k guarantee by over 40 per cent. Check out the daily highlight video featuring BOM Host Maria Ho and tons of up-close footage straight from the Battle of Malta. We spoke to poker players from all over Europe and we also attended the BOM Hilton Cocktail Party that went down last night right next door to the casino. Tomorrow we'll be playing down to the final table and you can follow all the action with videos, news, interviews and photos on PokerListings.com.
Jay Farber Finishes Runner-Up in WSOP 2013 Main Event
Local Las Vegas amateur Jay Farber made an epic run in this year's WSOP Main Event but, sadly, it came to an end in second place. On the bright side he did make more than $5 million and had a chance to compete on poker's biggest stage. PokerListings.com speaks to Farber moments after it ended to get his side of the story.
Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event and $8.3m
The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event is over and Ryan Riess is champion! PokerListings.com was on location for the entire event and we've got interviews with Riess, his parents and runner-up Jay Farber. Riess took down $8.3 million and the title of world champion. Check out this video to see how it all went down.
Ryan Riess Preparing to Play Heads-Up for WSOP Main Event
Ryan Riess admitted that he did absolutely nothing to prepare for the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table but he did say that he will be doing some prep work for his heads-up match against Jay Farber tomorrow. $8.3 million and the title of world champion is on the line.
JC Tran: 'I'm Not 100% Happy with How I Played'
JC Tran entered the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table as the chip leader but only made it to fifth place before finding himself on the rail. Tran still took down more than $2.1 million but it was clear the veteran pro was disappointed. Tran speaks candidly to the poker media following his elimination about how he felt about the way he played and what it's like getting so close and coming up short. Tran also offers refreshing perspective on what's really important in his life when he speaks about expecting his second child in just a few weeks.
Jay Farber: 'I Just Came In and Surprised Everyone'
Las Vegas nightclub promoter Jay Farber was the only non-professional at the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table but according to many in the poker community he performed the best. Farber came into today brimming with confidence and it looks to have paid off. He's got the chip lead going into heads-up play against Ryan Riess and even though he's guaranteed more than $5 million, Farber has his sights set squarely on the title of world champion and the $8.3 million that goes with it.
Marc-Etienne McLaughlin Busts Sixth in WSOP Main Event
French-Canada had a chance to crown a second WSOP Main Event champion but, sadly, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin's run came to an end in sixth place. On the bright side he did take home more than $1.6 million. McLaughlin took a few minutes to chat with the poker media following his elimination about the state of poker in Quebec and how much his supporters meant to him at this final table.
Michiel Brummelhuis Scores Seventh in WSOP Main Event
Dutch poker pro Michiel Brummelhuis made history when he became the first player from the Netherlands to ever make the WSOP Main Event final table but, sadly for his fans back home, his epic run came to an end in seventh place. Brummelhuis pocketed more than $1.2 million and takes a few minutes to speak to the poker media following his elimination.
David 'Raptor' Benefield Busts Eighth at 2013 WSOP Main Event
Former high-stakes pro David "Raptor" Benefield came into the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table extremely short and despite picking up a bit of momentum early, he was unable to get his hands on enough chips to truly wage war. Benefield busted in eighth place and earned $944,593. We spoke to him moments after his elimination.
Mark Newhouse Finishes Ninth in 2013 WSOP Main Event
American cash-game grinder and former WPT champion Mark Newhouse came into this year's WSOP Main Event final table short on chips and unfortunately wasn't able to turn things around. Newhouse was the first elimination of the night, walking away with over $733k.
Following Roberto Luongo at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event
PokerListings.com got exclusive access to follow NHL goalie Roberto Luongo at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. In 2012 both Roberto and his brother Fabio cashed in the Main Event, and this year Roberto tried to go even deeper. Follow Roberto's progress in this short poker documentary on PokerListings.com.
David Benefield: 2013 WSOP November Nine
PokerListings.com gets to know David Benefield after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Benefield is a 27-year-old poker player from Arlington, Texas who has been making a living for years playing high-stakes poker online. In 2009 Benefield took a step back from poker and is now studying Chinese and Political Science in addition to playing cards. David Benefield is known as Raptor online and as part of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table he's got a chance at $8 million.
Jay Farber: 2013 WSOP November Nine
PokerListings.com gets to know Jay Farber after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Farber is a local Las Vegas nightclub promoter who has a chance at $8 million and the title of world champion of poker. Farber is a recreational player but told PokerListings.com that his opponents shouldn't underestimate him. Farber explains what this opportunity means to him and what his strategy will be in November.
Sylvain Loosli: 2013 WSOP November Nine
PokerListings.com gets to know Sylvain Loosli after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Loosli is one of the few French player to ever earn a chance at becoming world champion and he'll be looking to improve on Antoine Saout's third-place finish in 2009. Sylvain recently moved to London to play poker but now he's got a chance at $8 million in Las Vegas this November.
Amir Lehavot: 2013 WSOP November Nine
PokerListings.com gets to know Amir Lehavot after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Lehavot is a former WSOP bracelet winner originally from Israel. Lehavot moved to Texas at a young age and picked up poker while working in the tech industry in San Francisco. Lehavot enters the final table in November second in chips.
Marc McLaughlin: 2013 WSOP November Nine
PokerListings.com gets to know Marc McLaughlin after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. McLaughlin has the chance to become the second Canadian world champion in WSOP history and is already guaranteed over $733k for making it this far. McLaughlin tells PokerListings.com about the poker scene in Montreal and what this opportunity means to him.
Spain's Adrian Mateos Wins 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event
In one of the most hard-fought heads-up battles we've ever seen young gun Adrian Mateos defeated French veteran Fabrice Soulier to claim the title of 2013 WSOPE Main Event champion, not to mention the €1 million first-place prize. PokerListings.com speaks to Mateos moments after the win to find out what it means to him and the future of poker in Spain.
Dominik Nitsche Bringing Experience to WSOPE Main Event Finale
German pro Dominik Nitsche already has a WSOP bracelet but he told PokerListings.com that winning his second in the WSOPE Main Event would be even sweeter. Nitsche is at the final table gunning for the €1 million first-place prize and he took a few minutes to speak about it to PokerListings.com.
Spain's Adrian Mateos Hunting First Bracelet in WSOPE Main Event
20-year-old Spanish poker pro Adrian Mateos is at the final table of the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event and he's got a chance at his first gold bracelet. Mateos already has a title on the Estrellas Poker Tour in Spain and has moved to London to play online poker professionally. Get to know him a little better in this interview on PokerListings.com.
Daniel Negreanu Wins WSOPE High Roller, Sixth Bracelet
Tonight in Paris Daniel Negreanu took down the WSOP Europe High Roller event and secured his sixth gold bracelet. Negreanu defeated Brazil's Nicolau Villa-Lobos to win €725,000 and he speaks to PokerListings.com moments after the win.
Negreanu Gives Us Inside Look at WSOP Player of the Year Victory
Tonight at the World Series of Poker Europe Daniel Negreanu made history by becoming the first player to ever win two WSOP Player of the Year titles, and he gave PokerListings.com an inside look at how it went down. Coming into the €25k High Roller Event Negreanu had one last chance to pull ahead in the POY race. He had to come eighth or better. We follow Negreanu on his quest and speak to him moments after he became the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year.
Nicolau Villa-Lobos Chasing First Gold Bracelet at WSOPE
Nicolau Villa-Lobos has won events on the Brazilian Series of Poker, the UKIPT and even picked up the medium buy-in SCOOP Main Event this year on PokerStars, but so far a WSOP gold bracelet has eluded him. Right now Villa-Lobos is deep in the 2013 WSOPE High Roller event, playing alongside some of the biggest names in poker including Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. PokerListings.com speaks to Villa-Lobos about his background and how a surprise heart surgery when he was 18 led to him getting into poker.
Jason Koon: 'Whatever Happens I Hope I'll Be Healthy and Happy'
High-stakes pro Jason Koon has been playing poker for the last seven years and it's taken him from his tiny home town in West Virgina all over the world. Koon now lives in Vancouver, Canada where he plays online and focuses on living a balanced lifestyle. Right now he's in Paris competing at the World Series of Poker Europe where speaks with PokerListings.com about how he never saw this level of success coming.
Fabrice Soulier: 'I Want to Use Poker Winnings to Do Good in the World'
Fabrice Soulier has been playing poker professionally since the late 1990s and if any recent bracelet winner has truly paid his dues it's him. Soulier took down the $10k HORSE event at the 2011 WSOP in Las Vegas and now he's deep in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Soulier speaks candidly to PokerListings.com about the perspective he's gained from a long career in poker and how his real goals are to use his poker winnings to help his friends and family and do real good in the world.
Ludovic Lacay: 'I Want to Prove to Myself I Can Be One of the Greatest'
French poker pro Ludovic Lacay has been on the live tournament scene for a long time and although he racked up an impressive list of final tables and runner-up finishes, a major win had eluded him until he took down EPT San Remo last year. Now Lacay is in Paris at the 2013 WSOP Europe and he's got the chip lead deep in the Main Event. Lacay speaks to PokerListings.com about his secrets to succeeding in tournament poker, how he's grown as a person and why the only person he has to prove anything to is himself.
Loni Harwood Following in Poker Pro Father's Footsteps
This summer Loni Harwood absolutely crushed the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. She made three final tables including her first WSOP bracelet win. Now Harwood is in Paris competing at the 2013 WSOP Europe and we caught her on camera to get to know her a bit better. It turns out she was first exposed to poker by her father who was a professional himself. After finishing college Loni decided to follow in her father's footsteps and even though her career has only begun she's already had huge success.
Max Steinberg Busted Ivey in Vegas, Gunning for Hellmuth in Paris
With two final-table finishes Max Steinberg had a great summer at the WSOP in Las Vegas but the highlight had to be busting Phil Ivey out of the Main event. Now Steinberg is in Paris at WSOP Europe and he's on the same table as Phil Hellmuth.
Faraz Jaka Explains Crazy All-In Hand from WSOPE Main Event
Faraz Jaka doubled up just before the dinner break on Day 2 of the WSOP Europe Main Event and it was anything but standard. Jaka joins PokerListings.com in the studio to explain what went down.
Jake Balsiger Hit by Truck, Turned Settlement into 3rd at WSOP Main Event
888poker Ambassador Jake Balsiger finished third in the 2012 WSOP Main Event and the story of how he got there is incredible. While grinding low-stakes cash and going to university in Arizona Balsiger was hit by a truck and suffered serious brain damage. Miraculously he made a full recovery over a number of months and decided to take the settlement money and go to Las Vegas to play the World Series of Poker. Ultimately Balsiger pocketed $3.7 million and launched a poker career that brought him here to Paris for WSOP Europe.
Devilfish: 'Get Off Your Laptops and Get Out There and Live'
David "Devilfish" Ulliott has been around the block and he's learned a thing or two about life. Ulliott just had his eighth child and after taking a year off from poker he's back at the felt. Ulliott spoke with PokerListings.com at WSOP Europe to impart a few life lessons on the new generation of poker players.
Antonio Esfandiari Talks 2014 One Drop, Future of Poker
Poker's leading all-time money winner Antonio Esfandiari is at the World Series of Poker Europe in Paris and he tells PokerListings.com how he feels about the Big One for One Drop returning to Las Vegas in the summer of 2014. Esfandiari pocketed more than $18 million when he defeated Sam Trickett at the first One Drop and he joked that he plans to bink it again and really put the hurt on the high-stakes poker community.
Jason Koon vs. The Mountain (Teaser for Short Documentary)
PokerListings.com brings you a teaser for its upcoming short poker documentary with high-stakes poker pro Jason Koon. We learn about climbing the stakes in poker and moving forward in life from one of the brightest minds in the poker world. Jason Koon has racked up almost $3.5 million in live tournament earnings and routinely plays some of the biggest buy-in poker events in the world. Koon is an American but after online poker was shut down in the US on Black Friday, he moved to Vancouver to continue to play poker on the internet. Now he lives with fellow high-stakes pro Ben Tollerene and uses Vancouver as a launching pad to travel the world playing poker. In the next month PokerListings.com is shooting a special short poker documentary to tell Jason Koon's unique story. Check out this short teaser now and keep an eye on PokerListings.com for the full documentary coming soon!
Xuan Liu Poker Mini-Doc: Easy Game Episode 8
The eighth and final episode of PokerListings.com's short poker documentary series takes us to Toronto, Canada to get to know one of poker's fastest rising stars, Xuan Liu. A respected online and live pro, Liu has been immersed in the live tournament circuit for the last few years. She's already made two major final tables and she's got more than $1.4 million in live earnings. But in addition to much success at the poker felt, we learn that Liu's values go far beyond becoming the best poker player in the world.
Easy Game Episode 7: Matt Salsberg
Matt Salsberg has written and produced TV shows like Weeds and Entourage but in the last couple years he's spent at least as much time at the poker table as in the writer's room. For the seventh episode of our short documentary series Easy Game we fly to LA to talk to Salsberg, his family and Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. We also follow Salsberg to the LA Poker Classic to speak with long-time WPT commentator Mike Sexton.
Easy Game Episode 6: Terrence Chan
Terrence Chan has been a big part of the poker world for more than a decade. First as a member of the team that developed PokerStars and later as a high-stakes, heads-up Limit Hold'em specialist. You could say Chan had it made. So why did the 32-year-old from Vancouver, Canada put it all on the line to pursue a career in mixed martial arts? In the latest episode of our poker documentary series Easy Game, we follow Chan in Vancouver to find out.
Easy Game Episode 5: Dan 'Jungleman12' Cates
In the fifth episode of our ongoing poker documentary series Easy Game we travel to Malta to bring you the legendary Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates. Cates is one of the most successful high-stakes poker players in the world and he gives us his poker story plus insight into the world of online nosebleed cash games. Keep an eye on PokerListings.com for more episodes in the Easy Game series.
Easy Game Episode 3: Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb is one of the original online tournament grinders and we flew to Mexico to shoot the latest episode of Easy Game as he played the biggest tourney in online poker, the WCOOP Main Event on PokerStars.com. Deeb shares his story and tells us how a college dropout from New York became one of the most successful online poker players in the history of the game. Stay tuned for more episodes of our Easy Game mini-documentary series as we show you the many sides of online poker culture.
Easy Game Episode 4: Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger
In Episode 4 of our ongoing poker documentary series EasyGame we travel to Toronto to visit the formerly number one ranked online poker player on the planet: Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger. Over the last few years Benger has made millions of dollars playing poker on the internet, and that was all after being one of the world's top-ranked Counterstrike players. Playing video games took Benger around the world as a teenager but it was nothing compared to what he's accomplished in poker. Join us as we tell the story of one of the most competitive and successful gamers ever.
Easy Game Episode 1: Barry Greenstein
PokerListings.com is kicking off its new poker video series "Easy Game" with one of the greatest poker players to ever play the game. Barry Greenstein has been one of the most successful poker pros in the world for decades and he invited PokerListings.com into his home to give you the benefit of his experience.
Easy Game Episode 2: Matt 'ADZ124' Marafioti
Matthew Marafioti is one of the most controversial poker players in the world. He's won millions of dollars playing online and live but his career has been plagued with criticism for his extravagant lifestyle and outspoken personality. In this new video series PokerListings.com explores one side of Matt Marafioti in his home in Toronto, Canada.