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World Series of Poker update: currently watching the One Drop High Roller live stream

Hi again, folks. Now that the baseball game is over, I am doing something that has been a regular and favorite activity of mine every Sunday night for years: watching poker. 

Tonight, I am watching the live stream of the World Series of Poker event #67: the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em, a major WSOP event featuring some really good poker players. 

Tonight, current WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen is at the final table — but maybe he won’t be there for much longer, because he moved all-in just now. And just as I write this, he wins the hand! What fun. (Of course, this is all being shown on a delay.)

This final table at the Rio should last a while yet and you can watch it here. Updates are here.

The biggest event of them all at the WSOP, the Main Event, is now just under way as well. Updates for that are here as well. For all the news of all the events go to WSOP.com

Now as I write this, McKeehen’s been eliminated. That is it for now — back to poker watching.


Update on this week’s millionaires at the WSOP

I have come to the conclusion the real reason I keep the blog going is to offer a lively alternative to the usual boring topics you normally get from other Saskatchewan-based media folks — like their coverage of the Garth Brooks concert, for instance, or better yet, the ‘Riders.

With that said, here is my World Series of Poker update for this weekend. (You can bet nobody else in Saskatchewan media cares about that.)

Earlier this week, a winner was crowned at Colossus 2 held at the Rio, that massive event in which some 22,000 poker players participated. 

The winner was a fellow named Ben Keeline who wins a cool million dollars. Now, this is one of those inspiring stories — Keeline’s poker playing had hit the skids so badly that he ended up quitting and was driving an Uber cab! Now, he’s a millionaire. Good for him. If this story doesn’t launch another “Poker boom”, nothing will.

There is more million-dollar money up for grabs this weekend as one of the events is the $1500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold-’em is under way. Updates here. And I notice Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu is one of 12 people still alive in the $1500 Seven Card Razz event.

There is still plenty of poker ahead down in sunny Las Vegas where the current temperature is 87 degrees F. As well, there is a lot of live-streaming going on of final-table action and you can tune in to that here

The main event final table for the WSOP is on this week! 


Yes, the final table for the WSOP is on, and I don’t care, because Daniel Negreanu was eliminated and is not there!

The November Nine is now down to six. Action resumes this afternoon at the Rio in Las Vegas, but I’ll be in no position to follow much action tonight due to my other commitments (City Hall, etc.).

Now, my belated thoughts on Daniel Negreanu busting at the World Series of Poker

I no longer care about the World Series of Poker. All the talk late on Tuesday night was about Canadian Daniel Negreanu, a poker legend in his own time, and whether or not he would finally make it to the “November Nine” final table at the $10,000 Main Event. 

This, of course, is the poker equivalent of going to the Final Four, or the Super Bowl, or whatever (baseball World Series?). It would have been interesting to see the Canadian media reaction if Negreanu did make it. Because while Negreanu is well known among poker fans for his countless appearances on these poker shows on TV, you still get the feeling he hasn’t received the mainstream attention in this country that he deserves. (Even the national soccer team’s Christine Sinclair gets more press.)

Winning the title of Main Event champion is supposed to represent the world championship of poker, poker greatness. But I question whether it really does mean you are the best at poker for any particular year. Maybe it meant something in the old days, but lately the fields for the Main Event have gotten so huge and it really has turned into a big “donkament” for that reason. 

Greatness, I think, is better measured by your play over a long period of time, and Negreanu has certainly proved himself on that front with his “player of the year” titles and the multiple WSOP bracelets he’s won at their other events. Still, making the Main Event final table would have been awesome for him and for Canada. 

So when I learned on Twitter that he had lost, and fallen to the floor in an “agony of defeat” moment, was sad indeed. (And as an aside — why the heck was this ‘countdown to the final table’ not livestreamed like the rest of the WSOP was?! Massive fail on their part.)

Anyway, Negreanu busted in 11th place, two places short of the Final Table. But before you feel too sorry for him, keep in mind his cash prize amounts to a little over a half-million dollars for this finish. Besides, he’s rich anyway. 

Still, whatever reason Canadians have to tune in the Main Event final table in November is gone, because it’s back to being the usual collection of low-profile people that we have come to expect for this event. No wonder the poker world groaned when Negreanu busted out. 

Everyone is sweltering at the WSOP in Las Vegas. 111 degrees Fahrenheit!!!


With the World Series of Poker still on in Las Vegas, I have been trying to keep up with the live streams from that tournament. I guess the biggest news so far came when Phil Hellmuth won his 14th bracelet. Then there was the story of the guy who entered the wrong tournament by accident, and then ended up winning the whole thing. 

But the real story from my “second home” Las Vegas right now is the heat. Las Vegas is under an excessive heat warning and that is expected to last all weekend, and the temperature is meant to be 111 degrees Fahrenheit!!! 

I’ve been watching the local Vegas TV news online and the excessive heat is all these anchor people will talk about. As someone whose entire Las Vegas experience is with their winter, I find it hard to imagine conditions like that there. You’d be risking heatstroke just walking on the ramp from New York New York to the MGM Grand!! 

As for the Rio, home of the WSOP, I wonder how the air conditioning is holding up. It can’t be too pleasant for anyone going in or out of there. 111 degrees Fahrenheit is absolutely ridiculous, folks. 

The 2015 World Series of Poker is on!!!


It is a light night in the world of sports, so I intend to spend this evening tuned into the live stream of the first final table at the 2015 World Series of Poker from Las Vegas! 

The first event is the Casino Employees event, open only to casino employees (ie. Dealers, etc.). So the final table for that one will start, right after these folks are done eating! Aargh.

The 68th and last event, is the $10,000 Main Event (No-limit Texas Hold ’em), and that won’t start until July. And it won’t end until November!! In between, there are many others for many different variants of poker. 

Probably the big event in the early days Is the Colossus, which has a $5,000,000 prize but only costs a cheap $565 to enter. As a result, everyone and their dog is expected to show up for that one. They are expecting the biggest field ever for a live poker tournament in that one. The first day for the Colossus is actually tomorrow.

(Update, June 2: apparently there is a lot of griping now about the Colossus payouts.)

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the live streams from the Rio, it will give me something to do while waiting for the Golden State-vs.-Cleveland NBA finals to start. 

WSOP final three players going at it in Las Vegas tonight — could be a late night

The final table at the World Series of Poker main event is down to three players, and notably, none of them Americans. The remaining players are from, get this, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. And all of them are currently based in London, where online poker is legal. Let that be a lesson to you, USA, you can’t expect to stay good at poker for long if you refuse to let most of your citizens play online!

Story here. Also, live reporting is here.

Personally, I don’t think I can hack watching the entire final table all night, due to a cold that has me knocked out, so I’ll be heading to bed soon. I’ll probably end up sleeping through the winning hand.

As an aside, current conditions where I am are minus 11 Celsius. Current conditions in Las Vegas this evening: plus 19 Celsius.

Once again — why am I here?!? And that is my comment for now.

Update: Martin Jacobson from Sweden wins the Main Event and the grand prize of $10 million!

Not much going on EXCEPT: WSOP counting down to Nov. Nine!

wsopIt’s among the slowest nights of the year in sports, with not much going on beyond the Home Run Derby.

But it’s among the biggest nights in the world of poker as the $10,000 Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas plays down from 27 remaining players down to the November Nine. The last nine players standing then return to the Rio in November to play for the title and millions upon millions of dollars.

PokerNews is covering all the action from the Rio, and you can follow their updates from the Main Event here.


wsopEnough about the bad news — on to the good news, for a change, this time from the world of poker.

This has been a big year for Canadians in the World Series of Poker as everyone knows by now, and we have news that really amounts to icing on Canada’s cake in 2013. Daniel Negreanu clinched the Player of the Year title for the WSOP by winning the WSOP Europe High Roller event this week in Paris, France.

This is his second WSOP bracelet this year, having won the WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event earlier, and his sixth bracelet overall. This is also the second time he has won the WSOP Player of the Year title, last winning it in 2004. This latest victory in Paris further cements Negreanu’s reputation as the Wayne Gretzky of poker in Canada — compared to Jonathan Duhamel, former WSOP Main Event winner, who is probably the Mario Lemieux of poker in Canada.

Anyway, a big year is winding down with the WSOP Europe Main Event wrapping up today and with the WSOP Main Event November Nine final table happening on November 4 and 5 on ESPN. Of course there is a chance for Canada to possibly score one more WSOP bracelet this year as Marc-Etienne McLaughlin is at the final table.

Oh darn it, the real reason for this post is because lately I’ve done not nearly enough of the things in life that I enjoy doing — one of which is winning at poker. Instead, I’ve been covering the news way too much. I really do need to get my priorities in order, soon.


From a purely Canadian perspective it has been a fascinating World Series of Poker so far in Las Vegas.


For those who are not so familiar, there’s something like 62 events here, with this one being the last one. We’ve had ten Canadians win WSOP bracelets already, with the last of them won by Kristen Bicknell in the Ladies event.

Also contending for Player of the Year honors has been Daniel Negreanu, who wound up going heads-up in a battle with Eli Elezra at the 2-7 Triple Draw championship. Elezra ended up prevailing. Still, it’s been a record year for Canada at the Main Event, with the ten bracelets being the most for any country outside the USA  in one year.

We’ve seen a lot of action at the $10,000 Main Event as the field is down to 68 as today begins. Some 6352 players started this tournament last week.

Among the highlights for a lot of people was the deep run of poker legend Doyle Brunson, 80 years old, former Main Event champion, who made it to day 4 and cashed at the Main Event.

As usual, though, the list of people at the top of the field today consists mainly of folks we’ve never heard of. The goal is to get the field down to nine players and then play the final table later this fall.

Oh, and for those wondering, Roberto Luongo did compete at the Main Event this year, but didn’t finish in the money.


So the Final Table is set at the World Series of Poker $10000 Main Event, to reconvene in October to decide the championship. The summer portion of the WSOP wrapped up last night at the Rio as they counted down the bust-outs down to the nine players left, and I followed an audio feed from some outfit called Fifth Street Radio that actually covered the event live. Boy, what a comedown from last year when ESPN carried much of the WSOP Main Event live on TV as it happened, but that is the state of poker these days.

Unfortunately, I don’t expect interest to pick up by October, as the final table consists of a bunch of rank no-names mostly from the ‘States. The only interesting story lines ended up busting out late: the lone Canadian left, Marc Ladouceur from Quebec, busted in 13th place. As well, two women who stood the best shot in years at winning, Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann, busted before making it to the final table. Baumann ended up bubling out in tenth place. So that’s another big storyline  — the potential for a female to win the event or be at the final table — down the tubes, too.

Anyway, the Main Event will be back in October, and I’ll likely tune in to see what happens even though no one beyond absolute poker die-hards is going to care.



I just thought I would update you on the progress of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Based on what I’ve gathered from Twitter and elsewhere Luongo is still alive and kicking on Day 3 of the Main Event. Today alone, he has outlasted such poker names as Peter Eastgate, Jerry Yang and Pius Heinz, all former winners of this event.

Not only that, his brother Fabio Luongo is also in it and doing even better at last report. If both Luongos hang in there for another day they stand a good chance of cashing at this event.

Here’s a story filed at Yahoo from a few hours ago, charting Luongo’s progress. In other news, there are lots of Twitter rumors out there that Luongo might be traded to the Leafs. Dream on, Leaf followers.


Tonight has got to be the slowest night of the year as far as sports is concerned — the only rival for that title would have to be All-Star Monday night when there was also basically nothing going on except for the home-run hitting contest.

Let’s see, now. I guess the ESPN ESPY awards were tonight, and there was an MLS soccer game between Toronto and Vancouver (who cares — zzzz), and the Calgary Stampede has its Rangeland Derby and rodeo going on. Apart from maybe a few other horse races at the local tracks and the usual minor league sports, that is pretty much it.

…WHICH LEAVES THE FIELD WIDE OPEN FOR POKER, with the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event still going on as we speak in Las Vegas at the Rio. The field continues to whittle down and you can follow the updates here at the WSOP website.

As usual the main event has attracted its fair share of celebrities, with the likes of Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Kevin Pollak and others in the field — much to the amusement of everyone. The appearance of the usual celebrities is part of what makes the Main Event what it is, and some of them turn out to be pretty good at the game (ie. Jennifer Tilly).

One of the celebrities competing at the 2012 Main Event, which will raise eyebrows up here in hockey-mad frozen Canada, is none other than Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo.

Yes, indeed, he’s playing in the Main Event. Folks in Vancouver seem to be making a scandal out of the fact that he’s been sponsored for his $10,000 stake by BC Lottery Corporation, and as usual the whiners are calling it a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Actually, this sort of thing happens all the time in poker– with gaming companies picking up the tab for celebrities to go and play and help promote their brands.

If Luongo does well, it’s great for BC Lottery Corporation because it means he’ll get on TV when ESPN runs the highlights from the WSOP on Tuesday nights. It’ll mean lots of publicity for the casinos and online activities that BC Lottery  runs. And as a matter of fact, Luongo has been doing pretty well and at last report was still alive and in contention. So give Luongo a break, eh? 

Actually, maybe he should retire from the NHL entirely and do this full time, since Vancouver doesn’t seem to want him anymore anyway.

Another sports celebrity who made his way into the WSOP field is none other than Canadian UFC star Georges St.Pierre. I noticed he even made the cover of this month’s WPT Poker magazine. Alas, he didn’t last long, busting out quickly on his very first day. 

Poker may look easy but trust me when I say that even when compared to the UFC, it isn’t.


I haven’t posted much about this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, but there have been some happenings — Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi and Andy Bloch win bracelets, the Year of the Woman (Vanessa SelbstAllyn Jaffrey-Shulman etc.), and so on.   

But what I really want to talk about is the big event that just wrapped up yesterday at the Rio. That was the sensational charity event created by poker player/philanthropist/Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte to help the One Drop charity,a charity designed to provide safe water for all around the world. There was an incredible $1 million buy-in which 48 of the absolute best players out there took advantage of, and there was an incredible $18 million grand prize for the winner.

I watched the ESPN live feed of the final table on the Internet the other day and it was incredible poker, with lots of all-ins and plenty of intensity.

In the end it was Antonio Esfandiari who ended up winning the biggest tournament of his life, and biggest payday of his life, over Sam Trickett, who nevertheless still goes home with a runner-up prize of $10 million dollars.

It’s hard to believe the rest of the tournament will be able to top last night for excitement, but there is the WSOP Main Event which is due to start July 7 and wrap up July 16 with the names of the nine players who will reconvene at the final table in October.

Great WSOP so far — the action has really helped get the minds of a lot of people off of the host of other problems the game of poker is having at the moment in the USA.

WSOP 2012 IS ON!!

Well the long drawn-out marathon that is the World Series of Poker has just kicked off at the Rio down in Las Vegas this week, and it promises to be another death-defying event.

Actually, the only reason I am posting this is to test out the YouTube videos and see how they work on the new website.  To be totally honest with you, the WSOP isn’t really up to much yet; they just had their casino workers’ tournament and the Main Event is still a long, long way off.

Here’s an update on what is going on courtesy of the folks at PokerNews.  And we will have more news from the WSOP as it develops.