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Meet the maniac who lost $500k in $250k Aria Cash Game
Meet the maniac who lost $500k in $250k Aria Cash Game

Last summer Aria held big cash game with many famous “whales” and the toughest pros participating. The person who draws maximum attention with his entertaining non-standard and incredibly loose game was an Australian Matt Kirk, who, by his own words, was just warming up before the real game.

It is quite hard to discreet name of the top online and live regulars. Sooner or later hype grows that big, the personality of this or that pro becomes practically public.

Almost nothing was available on the Australian Matt Kirk. His style reminded us of the one of Viktor Bloom or Ilari Sahamies. Fist name of famous live players that come to mind as an example is young David “Viffer” Peat.

Kirk is 28 and unlike many he never played online. He visited casino at the age of 18 for the fist time and soon joined under-the-table games in Australia.

“My usual stakes I play at are much higher,” said Matt (Aria stakes were $400/$800/$200+).

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Eli Elezra: Degenerate Gambler with Big Debts
Eli Elezra: Degenerate Gambler with Big Debts

Do you remember Eli? This handsome man with round smiling face participated in all the possible and impossible poker TV shows. On the screen Elezra looked like Santa who shaved his beard and decided to have a rest in Vegas.

In reality, this man is not like that at all. Many people respect Eli. He has a beautiful wife, wonderful children, but when it comes to poker things start to become awkward.

“He owes me and other people lots of money. I have absolutely no idea how many people he owes money to”, tells Shaun Deeb in his recent podcast.

Eli owes only $52,000 to Deeb alone. God know how much total money we’re talking of.

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Shady secrets of High Stakes, Negreanu’s revelations
Shady secrets of High Stakes, Negreanu’s revelations

Daniel Negreanu decided to come back to high stakes world this year and faced known to every Russian problem: those players “with connections” have more rights than others. Love to the private high stakes games came from Macao and took over all the popular rooms in Las Vegas.

Last year Daniel hasn’t played a single hand at live cash tables. In the beginning of the year the Canadian set a goal: to play at least 200 hours and year at least $250k.

The first playing session of mixed games took place in Aria, where Negreanu was invited personally. Blinds were $300-$600 with $600 antes. There were quite strange exemplars of the game besides traditional poker formats.

One of them is called PLO Flip. Each player contributes $10k, gets dealt four cards and they deal the board cards. The best hand wins. As easy as a pie, no skill involved.

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The Best Poker Players of 2015
The Best Poker Players of 2015

So again here we are with the hardest of tasks to define who the best players of the year were. We couldn’t do that with the great precision without gigabytes of statistics and army of specialists. So we’ve got some data to build an adequate rating of the best poker players of 2015.

Let’s use our logic. We’ll start with the definition of the term ‘best’. What does it take to be the best player? The biggest earner or the most frequent ITMer? Maybe the one who played the biggest number of tournaments or the biggest number of cash tables? What is the main criteria to define world best poker player?

Yeah, we have to forget about cash games, unfortunately. There are many top poker players playing cash only. But cash games always stay aside. Nobody knows who won the biggest money playing cash. No exact, no approximate figures. And we won’t try to think out all the numbers.

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Heart-to-heart: Russian genius Alexander Kostritsyn
Heart-to-heart: Russian genius Alexander Kostritsyn

He first knew about poker when he was 19. He won $1,450,396 on Aussie Millions at the age of 22 in 2008. Today he is 29 and he is one of the best online players in the world.

We usually write about offline players. Live poker has its own heroes and “laws”.

But there are players whose abilities and skills are that unique so their specialization doesn’t matter. Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn is one of them.

The last year was the best in Russian pro’s career. He has earned over 3.3 million according to unofficial sources. He was in top-10 of the most successful regulars.

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WSOP 2015: Poker Revolution
WSOP 2015: Poker Revolution

Upcoming World Series will be full of surprises. There are more than ten changes only in the schedule. And, probably, we’ll see the biggest poker event in history of poker!

WSOP is coming. Famous phrase “Shuffle up and deal” will be pronounced in few days in Rio Casino and 46th World Series of Poker will begin.

And we can say that this series is revolutionary without it being overstatement.

Let’s not split into hairs. Our aim is to tell you about the most interesting changes and events on WSOP 2015.

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EPT Monaco, Part 2: the first champion from Spain
EPT Monaco, Part 2: the first champion from Spain

European Poker Tour now has its own Spaniard champion. 106th title belongs to 20-year-old Adrian Mateos Dias, winner of WSOPE Europe and rising star of world poker.

We’ve already told you about big guys with endless bankrolls who were participating in €100,000 Super High Roller and €50,000 Super High Roller.  Poker veteran Eric Seidel and young Italian Mustapha Kanit became champions of these events.

Today we’ll tell you about two other main events of EPT Grand Final: €10,600 Main Event and €25,500 High Roller.

We’ll start from the Main Event – there was a lot of interesting stuff.

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EPT Monaco, Part 1: Belarusians, Urbanovich and lots of money
EPT Monaco, Part 1: Belarusians, Urbanovich and lots of money

While Main Event in Monte Carlo is just getting started (starting days are over), super high roller have already finished their draught. Tournaments with buy-ins of €100,000 and €50,000 have already been played. And famous Belarusian online Players were on the stage in both of them.

Let’s start with the stage itself. Finishing stage of the 11th season of European Poker Tour is in Monaco till 8th of May. 78 tournaments are scheduled! This is one of the biggest poker fests in history (if not the biggest) when we are speaking about the number of tournaments.

The main stage is occupied by the most expensive tournaments - Super High Roller and Main Event with €10,600 buy-in.

Today we are speaking about big boys.

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Heart-to-heart: Kind Maniac David «Viffer» Peat
Heart-to-heart: Kind Maniac David «Viffer» Peat

Poker is a world full of personalities. Some of them are altruistic, some are clever and educated, and many can’t live without the game. However, most of the players are famous for playing poker in the first place. Our today’s hero is not only one of the noble cash players, but is well known for his temper.

“My father left my mom when I was 3 years old. She has married another man two years later. My stepfather got sick when I was 8 and died when I was 10. I don’t communicate with my father for over 20 years and I don’t see my mother as well.

I’ve been living alone since I am 15…”

This is a very brief description about his childhood from Viffer himself. His nickname sounds better than his real name, isn’t it? All his friends call him that.

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All the high rollers go to Manila
All the high rollers go to Manila

It is only 2-hour flight from Macau to the Philippines capital Manila.  But there are no fewer differences between these places than between any twin brothers – that means plenty. At least if we’re talking about poker development. Ivey, Dwan, Cates, Yong, Mo and many others started to visit Manila more and more often.

October last year new poker room of Solaire Casino in the city Paranac (Manila agglomeration) hosted World Poker Tour stage for the first time. There were two tens of quite huge tournaments, including $2,200 Main Event and $25,500 High Roller.

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Big game in Macau: Who plays $12.5k/25k?
Big game in Macau: Who plays $12.5k/25k?

Despite continuing decrease of earnings of Chinese casinos big cash game in Macau is rolling full speed (well, almost as good as always). Sometimes stacks of players consist of tens of million dollars and there is not enough room for all the chips.

Unreal game in Macau isn’t going anywhere. The best pros in the world together with the most powerful and richest businessman are still there. They don’t talk about it much. Players won’t benefit from it, especially in modern day realities of today’s China: there is big war against corruption – almost everybody is getting tested.

But some info comes through. And here it is.

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Heart-to-heart: The man of the world Igor Kurganov
Heart-to-heart: The man of the world Igor Kurganov

On the top Russian players list he has the first place – $8,422,677. Annually he donates about 10% of his earning for the charities through his own charity organization. This multimillionaire and super high roller is Igor Kurganov.

In the modern poker Kurganov’s personality keeps aloof. One knows about him much less than would want to know. For example there’s no information about the early life of the German with the Russian background.

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EPT Deauville 2015: Songs, dances and poker wonders
EPT Deauville 2015: Songs, dances and poker wonders

Only in Deauville one can see a 49-year-old French confectioner singing songs at the playing table and demonstrating moves from tae kwon do. Only there the tournaments are carried out with four blinds and the chip leader stacks don’t worth a penny.

Ah, Deauville! A recreation place for Parisian bohemia, elite, aristocracy. At this popular resort in the north of France an episode of EPT takes place two times a year. For many years already.

Despite the long ago accustomed poker tradition, playing fields at the main event become reduced. In 2012 there were 890 registrations, in 2013 – 782, even less in 2014 – 671 buy-ins, and this year only 592 buy-ins.

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Aussie Millions 2015, episode 3: Phil, that's the boy!
Aussie Millions 2015, episode 3: Phil, that's the boy!

The end of the Australian poker celebration favored us with a sensation. Phil Ivey won $250,000 Challenge for the third time for four years! Just fancy that! How it is possible – let’s try figuring that out.

Richard Yong’s victory at $100,000 Challenge (regular of the super big cash games in Macau) and local regular Manny Stavropoulos’ excellent performance at Main pale beside new Phil Ivey’s achievement.

Phil is cool – it’s a fact. But the degree of his awesomeness can be understood from performances like these.

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EPT London: At the top of the double-decker
EPT London: At the top of the double-decker

The busy week in the capital of Great Britain resulted in the victory of the German Sebastian Pauli in the Main Event (£499,700) and the triumph of the Canadian Andrew Chen in High Roller (£394,200). The both had to fight to a finish.

It’s raining in London as usual. Actually in Great Britain there are approximately 100 rainy days a year. But it would be alright if the price of housing, food and services was not so high. In short, not all the players could afford the journey to the capital of Great Britain.

Nevertheless we witnessed one of the most spectacular events of the European Poker Tour in recent memory.

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