banner ad

National Poker News

PokerNews

Daily news from poker and online poker world

Sarah Herring and Jeff Platt join together to talk about the end of the 50th annual World Series of Poker Main Event. It took him about nine hours and things got a little rocky at times, but Ensan closed the deal. He eliminated both Alex Livingston and then Dario Sammartino across a little under 200 hands of play, securing the historic bracelet for the 50th running of the WSOP, as well as $10 million and poker immortality as the next world champion. He called the moment, the culmination of getting through a field of 8,569, "unbelievable." The two discuss the ESPN coverage, Jamie Kerstetter, Nick Shulman, Norman Chad and more. Plus their take on the rails, having other tournaments still going and more. For more insights from the Main Event check out: https://www.pokernews.com/news/2019/07/hossein-ensan-2019-world-series-of-poker-main-event-34891.htm?itm_content=pn-hp-hero-1

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 19, 2019, 8:18 pm

The 2019 World Series of Poker had tons of amazing moments. From Nick Shulman winning his third bracelet and David “ODB” Baker winning his 2nd bracelet to WSOP Industry professional Garry Gates making the Main event Final table, the summer was full of non-stop action. Have a look at some of our favorite moments that you might have missed, and others we waited the whole summer to show you. See what Sarah Herring, Sasha Salinger and Oliver Biles didn’t want you to see and moments that made our hearts melt. To check out all the video coverage of the 2019 WSOP Check out: https://www.pokernews.com/video/

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 17, 2019, 10:00 am

Hossein Ensan had the chip lead every day coming into the final table! But the battle wasn't easy. He had a roller coaster of a day playing against formidable opponents in Alex Livingston and Dario Sammartino. But ultimately Hossein Ensan captured the most prestigious prize in poker and will take home $10,000,000. Sarah Herring talks to Ensan after his victory. For all the details and coverage of the Main Event check out: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:48 am

Dario Sammartino came into the Final Table 7th in chips but put up an incredible battle to finish the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2nd Place. After a lengthy heads up battle, Hossein Ensan raised to 11,000,000 on the button and Dario Sammartino came along out of the big blind. The flop came 10s 6s 2d and Sammartino check-called a bet of 15,000,000. Both rails fell silent on the 9c turn and Sammartino checked once more. Ensan now fired a second barrel of 33,000,000 and Sammartino pushed all in for 140,000,000 and Ensan snap-called. Dario Sammartino: 8s 4s Hossein Ensan: Kh Kc The combo draw of Sammartino had plenty of outs to turn around the 2-1 chip deficit, however, the Qc on the river was not what he was looking for. Sammartino's Main Event run came to an end in second place and missed out on the maiden bracelet but takes home $6,000,000 for his efforts. To see all the Main Event coverage check out: https://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:23 am

Alex Livingston had an incredible journey in the 2019 WSOP Main Event and managed to finish even stronger than his 13th place finish in 2013. He will take away $4,000,000 for his efforts. Alex Livingston shoved all in from the button for 41.1 million and Hossein Ensan quickly called in the small blind. Dario Sammartino released his cards in the big and the two players showed down: Alex Livingston: Ac Jd Hossein Ensan: As Qd Both players would pair on the 6d Jh Qs flop but Ensan kept his big lead. The 2s turn left Livingston in need on the river, but the 9d left the 2019 Main Event heads up. Either Dario Sammartino or Hossein Ensan will be poker's next world champ. Watch hand for hand coverage LIVE on: https://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 17, 2019, 6:25 am

Hello everyone and welcome back for your final update from the 50th annual world series of poker. It is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The most prestigious poker event of the year will crown a champion tonight as the Main Event will play down to a winner as of 5:30 p.m. local time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Out of the second-biggest WSOP Main Event field of 8,569 entries ever in the 50th edition, three different nationalities will be represented when the cards go back in the air, and all eyes are set on the WSOP Main Event bracelet and the payday of $10,000,000 that comes along with it. No boxing announcer will be needed to get the crowd going in the Amazon Room, announcing the three finalists in contention to become "champion of the world". The rails of Hossein Ensan, Alex Livingston and Dario Sammartino have proven in the previous days that the Thunderdome and entire tournament room is filled with chants in three different languages creating a worthy atmosphere for the big showdown. Ensan is the odds-on favorite to claim the title and his first bracelet, as he ended up on top of the leaderboard for three straight days. Born in Iran, the 55-year-old will enter the final day with about 327 million. It is a commanding lead, as the stacks of Livingston 120 million and Sammartino 68 million combined only represent around 36.5% of the chips in play. However, with the deep WSOP Main Event structure, even Sammartino as the shortest stack has 33 big blinds at his disposal and the Italian has the experience of several WSOP final tables to his name. Livingston will enter Day 10 with 60 big blinds and Ensan lords it over them at the top of the counts with a massive 163 big blinds. Yesterday action started with a swift double up from Sammartino but it was hours until we saw the elimination of Kevin Maahs, The rail of Kevin Maahs was as loud when it came to supporting their favorite. Maahs' run came to an end in fifth place. In a classic flip, Maahs failed to connect with ace-ten suited against the pocket nines of Ensan, who cemented his status as the runaway chip leader throughout the day. https://youtu.be/whlqFkWIXeY For Garry Gates, a fantastic Main Event run ended in fourth place when he jammed his last fourteen big blinds with sixes and Livingston snap-called with pocket queens. No miracle six or straight appeared, and the final three bagged up right after. While they were still busy on the main feature table, a very emotional Gates was accompanied out of the room by an enormous rail, which chanted his name for the entire Amazon room to hear. https://youtu.be/0QCPKy9WMVs Life changing moments are certain to happen today as the pay jumps are insane from 3rd to 2nd is two million dollars and from 2nd to 1st is the different of 4 million dollars. We will have all the udpates LIVE hand for hand on https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 17, 2019, 1:19 am

Sarah Herring and Jeff Platt get together one last time in the Rio's Amazon Room for the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Coverage. There are only three players left and life changing money on the line. Hossein Ensan Germany 326,800,000 Dario Sammartino Italy 67,600,000 Alex Livingston Canada 120,400,000 They discuss the bust outs of Kevin Maahs and Garry Gates. You can watch full bust out interviews here: Garry Gates: https://youtu.be/0QCPKy9WMVs Kevin Maahs: https://youtu.be/whlqFkWIXeY To watch the LIVE hand for hand coverage check out: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/ Global Poker is the home of online poker in America - thanks to their massive weekly tournament schedule and the chance to win through their Jackpot Sit n Go's! With more than one million registered players in the United States. if you are not playing on Global Poker then you are missing out. Head to www.GlobalPoker.com and set up an account today.

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 17, 2019, 12:55 am

Garry Gates shoved all in for 29.2 million in the small blind and Alex Livingston woke up to in the big blind. Gates was dominated with . The flop brought some backdoor chances for Gates. The turn closed those off so it was down to needing a river six for Gates. Though his rail chanted enthusiastically for one, the dealer delivered the instead, harmlessly pairing the board. Still, Gates' rail chanted his name. He takes home $3,000,000 Gates explains tearfully how this experience has changed his life. He reveals that he is a winner for having this experience and that he will be able to get out of doubt and provide a better life for his daughter. He also shares for the first time that the man behind his entry was Jason Mercier and he couldn't wait to give Mercier back the money after Mercier put so much faith in him. To watch the coverage Hand for Hand live check out: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 16, 2019, 6:50 am

Hossein Ensan raised to 4 million second to act. Kevin Maahs jammed in the small blind for 30.3 million and Ensan called. Hossein Ensan: 9s 9h Kevin Maahs: Ah 10h The Jh 5c 3s flop brought only backdoors for Maahs. The Js turn meant Maahs needed help on the river, but the 4h didn't do it for him. Maahs took home $2,200,000 for his fifth-place finish. He opens about his notorious tanking and why it might just be indicative of his "contrarian perspective." He explains why he decided to play starting on Day 2 and what he plans to do with the money. To follow the LIVE coverage Hand for Hand check out: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 16, 2019, 6:29 am

Hello everyone and welcome back to our coverage of the 2019 world series of poker Main event, I’m Sarah Herring and this is what you need to know. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event final table began on Sunday evening with nine players remaining from the second largest Main Event field ever of 8,569 players. Hossein Ensan was well out in front with sizable chip lead and Garry Gates was comfortably in second place. After a tad more than three hours of play, Ensan remains chip leader. Gates is still in second but made the biggest move. He won 11 of the 56 hands played, tied with Ensan. While Ensan only added about 31 million to his chip-leading stack, Gates increased his stack by about 73 percent with the 74.4 million he accumulated. Between the two of them, they hold about 75 percent of the chips in play. Have a look at the chip stacks coming into play. Although Dario is coming in the shortest stack, he is nothing but hopeful. The first to depart from the final table was Milos Skrbic. On the sixth hand of the night, and sitting eighth in chips at the time, Skrbic was in the big blind and when Gates set him all in from the small blind, Skrbic called all in for 17 big blinds with ace-jack. While he usually would be ahead in this spot, he was actually dominated by Gates' ace-queen. No help came for Skrbic and the Serbian was out in ninth place for $1,000,000. Just a few hands later, Timothy Su raised all in from under the gun for about 18 big blinds and Ensan looked him with ace-jack. Su was slightly ahead with pocket threes, but the runout gave Ensan jacks full of fives to end Su's Main Event in eighth place for $1,250,000. On the 32nd hand of the night, Ensan min-raised from the cutoff and the United Kingdom's Nick Marchington made a stand for his remaining 12 big blinds with ace-seven. Ensan had the goods with pocket kings and held up, ending Marchington's run in seventh place for $1,525,000. Play was initially scheduled to end for the night when six players was reached, but the decision was made to keep it going a little while longer. Zhen Cai, who began the final table third in chips, was very active in his attempt to chip up, but ultimately was eliminated in sixth place. With a raise and a call before him, Cai picked up ace-king in the big blind and committed his stack of about 24 big blinds. Ensan had opened the pot and folded, but Kevin Maahs called with pocket nines. Cai flopped a Broadway draw but couldn't get there, finishing in sixth place for $1,850,000. If anyone were to emerge as a villain in last nights coverage it was definitely Kevin Maahs. What started as unnecessary tanking ended in Maahs rail doing the "nah nah nah nah" after Zhen Cai bust. This is pretty generally accepted as poor sportsmanship in the poker community. Feel free to cheer on your guy, but no need to rub it in as someone exits the tournament. The sentiment among the poker community just was summed up in a tweet from Danielle Anderson. https://twitter.com/dmoongirl/status/1150589019165560832 At this stage, just five candidates remain in contention for a $10 million prize. They'll continue to play with just over 28 minutes remaining in the level. One thing is for sure, life changing pay jumps are happening right before our eyes and of course we will have all the live action for you live hand for hand on PokerNews.com And thanks to our sponsors Global Poker, the fastest growing poker site in America. Global Poker is the home of online poker in America - thanks to their massive weekly tournament schedule and the chance to win through their Jackpot Sit n Go's! With more than one million registered players in the United States. if you are not playing on Global Poker then you are missing out. Head to www.GlobalPoker.com and set up an account today.

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:33 am

Jeff Platt and Sarah Herring sit together before the start of the 2019 WSOP main event 2nd day of Final Table to discuss the action from last night when 9 players still remained. -Milos Skerbic busts in 9th -Timothy Su soon after in 8th with pocket 3s -Nick Marchington in 7th -Zhen Cai in 6th who was playing to win it Kevin Maahs emerging as Villain: -First the Tanking https://twitter.com/dmoongirl/status/1150589019165560832 -Then his Rail's behavior during exit from Cai Garry Gates 2nd in chips after having a great day and closing gap between him and chip leader Hossein Ensan. Dario Sammartino in a great mood even though short stack and will be very dangerous if he doubles. Alex Livingston the dark horse? To watch LIVE hand for hand: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/ Global Poker is the home of online poker in America - thanks to their massive weekly tournament schedule and the chance to win through their Jackpot Sit n Go's! With more than one million registered players in the United States. if you are not playing on Global Poker then you are missing out. Head to www.GlobalPoker.com and set up an account today.

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:07 am

Dario Sammartino opens up to PokerNews after the first day of the 2019 World Series of Poker Final Table. He shares about his experience playing down from 9 to 5 and what he was able to do and not do with his short stack. But, tomorrow, as he says, "Tomorrow, I have nothing to lose." To see the Live Reporting Hand for Hand check out: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/ Check out his interview from Day 7: https://youtu.be/t0j8640grwU

  Share: Facebook Twitter   

Posted: July 15, 2019, 7:25 am
We’ve moved! Search PokerNews Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher, or go to https://audioboom.com/channel/pokernews-podcast. New RSS: https://audioboom.com/channels/4705206.rss See you there! 
Posted: June 5, 2016, 8:23 pm
We’ve moved! Search PokerNews Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher, or go to https://audioboom.com/channel/pokernews-podcast. New RSS: https://audioboom.com/channels/4705206.rss See you there! 
Posted: June 5, 2016, 8:23 pm
Donnie is joined by JASON SOMERVILLE (!!!) in the Biggest Little City in the World for Run it Up Reno. 
Posted: May 29, 2016, 4:42 pm
Donnie is joined by JASON SOMERVILLE (!!!) in the Biggest Little City in the World for Run it Up Reno. 
Posted: May 29, 2016, 4:42 pm
The TOPDOLLARMAN himself, Paul Newey joins Remko at WPT Amsterdam. 
Posted: May 27, 2016, 8:59 pm
Howard Lederer dropped a bomb on Thursday, so naturally, Rich and Donnie discuss. They also try to meet Chicago Joey’s 10-voicemail challenge, to get an Isildur1 interview. 
Posted: May 20, 2016, 4:36 am
Remko, a faux Canadian, sits down with actual Canadian Max Greenwood to talk about his poker journey, his fellow poker-playing brothers, and more. 
Posted: May 19, 2016, 4:33 pm
Jason Mercier joins Remko to talk about prop betting at the World Series of Poker, his three-bracelet bet against Vanessa Selbst, and some of the high-stakes cash games he’s dabbling in. 
Posted: May 11, 2016, 4:01 pm
Top

Switch to our mobile site