This Week in Poker

This week in poker sees Vanessa Selbst winning the $1m first prize in the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan taking a time out from winning and losing millions in high stakes cash games to promote 6-Plus Hold’em and much more.

1# Vanessa Selbst Wins Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout

Vanessa Selbst has won her third seven figure score after winning the inaugural Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout. The made for TV show (NBC Sports is currently airing episodes), featured a soiree of the most famous faces in poker, and the most famous celebrity faces that could play poker (celebrity being used as a euphemism for fish).

Five celebrities: Hank Azaria, Don Cheadle, Norm Macdonald, Brad Garrett and Kevin Pollak competed in a 5-Max Sit n Go, and five poker players: Doyle Brunson, Vanessa Selbst, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu did likewise.

Pollak won the celebrity heat; Selbst won the poker player’s heat, and then went on to read him like the bottom line of an opticians chart on her way to a best of three victory.

Her prize?

A cool one million dollars, meaning she moves up to 20th in the All Time Live Tournament Money Earned list with $11.6m. Clint Stinchcomb and the team at Poker Central, the first 24/7 TV channel fully dedicated to poker, organized the event. It will launch on Oct 1.

2# Aaron Lim is the First Two-Time APPT Champion

Aaron Lim continues to line up an impressive montage of live tournament results after winning the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Main Event in the City of Dreams, Manila.

The Australian pro defeated a field of 585 entrants to take the $131,780 first prize, and secure a seat in the 2015 Asia Poker Championships worth HK$100,000. He has now earned $1.9m in live tournament earnings.

It’s the first time in nine years that a player has won two APPT Main Event titles. Lim’s first victory came in Season 7 when he beat 222 entrants on his way to victory at the APPT Seoul Main Event. He pocketed $111,088 in the process.

Lim defeated the Swede Per Olsson in heads-up action. Asian high stakes Cash game organizer Winfred Yu finished eighth.

3# Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey Promote 6-Plus Hold’em

We will make like a bumblebee and buzz over to another story connected to Winfred Yu.

If you were wondering where Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan were hanging out these days then wonder no more. During an interview with PokerNews, Yu told their sideline reporter than both Ivey and Dwan were at the Poker King Club cardroom at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila playing in the biggest cash game in the world (HK$20,000/$40,000/$80,000).

That’s not all they were doing.

It’s not often that you see Dwan or Ivey advertising anything, but they are not averse to popping up on the occasional Asian YouTube video to promote poker in the region. The last time we saw the pair they were advertising the opening of the new Poker King Club (of which Yu is the CEO), and this time they are promoting the newest cash game derivative 6-Plus Hold’em.

The game is a wackier version of NLHE; with a few changes incorporated to tip the scales more on the side of luck rather than skill. This short decked game is one where the deuces, treys, fours and fives are removed from the deck, and aces can also double as a five.

What are you waiting for?

Get cutting that deck.

4# Firas Haddad Wins the WSOPC Foxwoods Opening Event

Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan’s consistent presence in Asia means they were missing for 99.9% of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Whilst the organizers minds must have been flooded with tears, life moves on.

The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) is only two weeks removed from crowning their Season 11 National Champion when the crowd swallowed up Loni Harwood after winning her second WSOP bracelet. There is no rest for the wicked. Season 12 has already begun.

The first event was a humdinger. It was a $580 NLHE Re-Entry event held at Foxwoods. It attracted a huge field of 1,457 entrants (including 507 unique entrants on Flight D alone), and the winner was one of their own.

Firas Haddad defeated Joseph Umdenstock, in heads-up action, to take the first prize of $126,760 and his first gold ring. Bradley St. Vincent continued his impressive run of form with a 15th place finish. He recently finished 58th in the WSOP Main Event, and took fourth behind Harwood in those National Championships.

5# Manig Loeser Wins WPT National Rozvadov

Nobody at that WSOPC final table had won more money playing in WSOP events than the German Manig Loeser. He doesn’t have a gold bracelet though. Heartbreaking second and third spots ensuring his wrist remained bare.

He does have a World Poker Tour (WPT) title though. That honor was bestowed upon him this week after winning the WPT National Main Event in Rozvadov.

The €1,100 buy-in event was held at the popular King’s Casino, and Loeser defeated the Dutchman Jeffrey Brouwer to capture the €76,000 first prize. He has won more money than this in the past, but it will feel good to win a tournament after a two-year hiatus in that respect.

Loeser goes into European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona on a high. Prior to his WPT victory he finished sixth in a €4,300 buy-in event.

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