Articles by: Paul Oresteen

Jennifer Shahade: Blurring the Boundries Between Chess and Poker

Paul Oresteen | October 24, 2014

Jennifer Shahade criss-crosses the globe changing hats as a professional poker player and master chess player. Sometimes she dons both, like at the recent UKIPT event on the Isle of Man where PokerStars hosted an international chess tournament and Shahade participated in an exhibition playing  six chess/poker matches simultaneously – where she won five of [...]

Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland Elected to Poker Hall of Fame

Paul Oresteen | October 23, 2014

The Poker Hall of Fame announced Thursday that first ballot inductee Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland are the Class of 2014 with a ceremony on November 9 – the eve of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Negreanu is arguably the world’s most recognizable poker player and McClelland spent four decades in [...]

Chris Lane Wins First Title in Vicksburg Main Event for $43,597

Paul Oresteen | October 21, 2014

Chris Lane arrived at the Heartland Poker Tour Vicksburg Main Even final table short on experience but proved to be in for the long haul. Lane defeated Jesus Cabrera in heads-up match that lasted nine hands for $43,597 and a package to the season-ending Soaring Eagle Season X finale. “I didn’t think I’d be here [...]

Kane Kalas: At the Intersection of Broadcaster and Pro Poker Player

Paul Oresteen | October 17, 2014

Kane Kalas was born into broadcaster royalty as the son of the legendary Phillies broadcaster and the voice of “Inside the NFL” Harry Kalas. Kane has baseball in his blood, earned a degree in broadcast journalism but chose to make his way as a professional poker player first and finds himself at a crossroads. “Poker [...]

Adrian Mateos Tops Loaded EPT London High Roller Day 1 Field

Paul Oresteen | October 16, 2014

Adrian Mateos stands on top of the 82 remaining players for the EPT London High Roller Day 1 field. The single re-entry format generated 165 entrants with registration still open until the start of Day 2. High roller standouts flooded the field with Ole Schemion, Vitor Blom, Philipp Gruissem, Dan Colman, Isaac Haxton and Sorel Mizzi [...]

Sebastian Pauli Leads Final 16 to Day 5 of EPT London Main Event

Paul Oresteen | October 16, 2014

Sebastian Pauli leads the remaining 16 players to Day 5 of EPT London’s Main Event. Thirty-six players began the day and 20 eliminations later the field bagged and tagged for the night. Pauli bagged 2.6 million and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody is the only other player above the two million-mark with 2.2 million. Day 2 [...]

Olivier Busquet and Henrik Hecklen Join Top 20 in Overall POY Race

Paul Oresteen | October 15, 2014

Dan Colman owns the top spot in the Overall 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year standings with a significant cushion over Dan Smith and Mike Leah. But with significant POY points still up for grabs at the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific and the European Poker Tour London, a new challenger could emerge next week. [...]

Raffaele Sorrentino Leads Remaining 130 Players to EPT London Day 3

Paul Oresteen | October 14, 2014

Raffaele Sorrentino amassed the largest stack after the last cards were dealt for Day 2 of the EPT London Main Event. Only two other players crossed the 400,000 chip-mark – Sebastian Pauli and David Cabrera – as 130 surviving players move on to Day 3 to fight for the 95 spots that pay. Four Team PokerStars [...]

Gregory Johnson Wins First Title at WSOPC Southern Indiana, $124,200

Paul Oresteen | October 14, 2014

Gregory Johnson not only faced the largest field the Horseshoe Southern Indiana has had for their World Series of Poker Circuit event, 360 entries, he had three talented Circuit veterans to overcome – Charles “Woody” Moore, Doug “Rico” Carli and Brian Powell. Johnson outlasted them all and earned $76,783 for his first poker title. “This [...]

Georgios Zisimopoulos Leads 280 Survivors in EPT London Day 1B

Paul Oresteen | October 13, 2014

Georgios Zisimopoulos finished on top of Day 1B of the European Poker Tour London Main Event. He picked up a large pot near the end of play to edge out Leo Nordin for the chip lead. Two Team PokerStars Pros landed in the top ten counts – Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and two-time EPT champ Vicky [...]

Aaron Massey Climbs as Keven Stammen Falls in BLUFF Power Rankings

Paul Oresteen | October 13, 2014

The three-horse race for the lead in the BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings remained stagnant between Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu and Ole Schemion, but Dan Colman sits within striking distance despite having less than ten months of live results of qualifying cashes. Aaron Massey climbed seven spots while Keven Stammen dropped 13 spots as the [...]

Byron Kaverman: ‘The Last Few Years I Haven’t Had a Place of My Own’

Paul Oresteen | October 11, 2014

Byron Kaverman has been travelling the U.S. and Europe almost constantly since 2011 amassing $3.2 million in live earnings. He’s been so busy travelling that he hasn’t had a place to call home for the past two years. While living out of a suitcase Kaverman hit a hot streak in 2014 where he won nearly [...]

Rory Young Wins First Bracelet in Eight Game Dealer’s Choice Event

Paul Oresteen | October 10, 2014

Rory Young was the least experienced player returning for Day 3 of the AU$1,650 Eight Game Dealer’s Choice event at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific. He was up against a total of four bracelets, an Australian Poker Hall of Famer and a contender for WSOP Player of the Year – but he outlasted [...]

Brandon Shack-Harris Improves, James Calderaro Tops Triple-A Ranks

Paul Oresteen | October 8, 2014

The World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific reached the halfway point and so far it’s been mostly an all Australian affair in bracelet events. Dan Colman sits securely in the lead and opted not to travel to Melbourne to play the WPT Alpha8 London event. Dan Smith and Mike Leah pose the biggest threat to Colman’s [...]

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