Articles by: Paul Oresteen

Michael Puccio Wins HPT Ameristar East Chicago for $164,249

Paul Oresteen | December 16, 2014

Michael Puccio entered a $150 Seniors Event a little over a week ago, he took it down and parlayed his winnings into a qualifier for the Heartland Poker Tour Ameristar East Chicago Main Event. The lawn maintenance contractor to Chicago’s exclusive North Side won the qualifier and played his way into $164,249 and an HPT […]

Matt Alexander Wins HPT Prairie Meadows Main Event for $69,043

Paul Oresteen | December 9, 2014

Matt Alexander won his second  Heartland Poker Tour title at the Prairie Meadows Casino & Racetrack for $69,043 after a back-and-forth heads-up match with Kou Vang. “I feel great coming out on top, I play so many of these tournaments to win so it’s nice to get a first place,” Alexander said. “I’ve won two tournaments […]

David Gutfreund Wins Season X Finale at Soaring Eagle, $156,649

Paul Oresteen | November 25, 2014

David Gutfruend has made Heartland Poker Tour final tables before, three in fact, but he was always the bridesmaid and never the bride, but that all changed at the Season X Finale at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort after he navigated a tough final table and won his first HPT title and $156,649. “It […]

Martin Jacobson Cracks Power Ranks Top Ten with WSOP Main Event Win

Paul Oresteen | November 17, 2014

Martin Jacobson won $10 million for taking down the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 600 Player of the Year points that came with it and landed him at the sixth spot in the current BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings. Joining Jacobson in the top 20 are Davidi Kitai, while Dan Colman, […]

Dylan Wilkerson Breaks Through at WPT Emperor’s Palace Classic

Paul Oresteen | November 17, 2014

Dylan Wilkerson made back-to-back World Poker Tour final tables earlier this year for nearly a million dollars and finished runner-up both times, but he broke through in South Africa at the Emperor’s Palace Poker Classic Main Event to win his first WPT title, entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship and took home $147,509. The third […]

Martin Jacobson Joins POY Top Five with 2014 WSOP Main Event Win

Paul Oresteen | November 14, 2014

Martin Jacobson played nearly flawlessly at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table and navigated his way to the most coveted title in poker and a cool $10 million. Along with his title he earned enough Player of the Year points to join the top five spots in the 2014 BLUFF Player […]

Martin Jacobson Takes Over Chiplead, Jorryt van Hoof Short Stacked

Paul Oresteen | November 12, 2014

The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table returned Monday night and play went deep into the night with Jorryt van Hoof, Martin Jacobson and Felix Stephensen bagging up their stacks at around 4:30 am after 244 hands. The three finalists returned to a raucous introduction from the voice of the UFC Bruce […]

Billy Pappas & Will Tonking Eliminated from Main Event, Three Remain

Paul Oresteen | November 11, 2014

Chip stacks fluctuated wildly in a level packed with action and long periods not much going on. Billy Pappas was on fire early but fell short in a huge flip situation against Martin Jacobson and then Will Tonking was eliminated in a pair versus pair showdown. Here’s how the counts stacked up at the start […]

Billy Pappas Heats Up, Bruno Politano & Dan Sindelar Eliminated

Paul Oresteen | November 11, 2014

Though two players were sent to the rail during the last level, the story of the level centered on Billy Pappas. He was in dire straits as the shortest stack at the table with just over 6 million in chips. Then in a matter of minutes, Pappas reversed his fortune in the span of four […]

Jorryt van Hoof Extends Chiplead, Short Stacks Gain Ground

Paul Oresteen | November 10, 2014

After an extended break the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event resumed on Monday in the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio. A packed house welcomed the nine returning players and 2013 WSOP champ Ryan Riess was on-hand to give the ceremonial “Shuffle Up and Deal.” Play was halted in July during with […]

Daniel Negreanu & Jack McClelland Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame

Paul Oresteen | November 10, 2014

Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland took their place in poker history at the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday at the Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. The old and new guard of poker gathered in Benny’s Bullpen, now named the Longhorn Room, where the World Series of Poker called home under […]

The Breakout with Phillip Hui: Finding Love and Happiness in Poker

Paul Oresteen | November 7, 2014

Phillip Hui hasn’t been playing poker all that long and found his way to the tables through his golf buddies as he worked his way towards becoming a professional golfer. But life has a way of changing one’s course and a couple years later he found his passion, found the love of his life and […]

Stan Jablonski Chasing Aaron Massey for Season X Player of the Year

Paul Oresteen | November 6, 2014

Season X of the Heartland Poker Tour has two stops remaining on the schedule for a few contenders to challenge Aaron Massey for the HPT Player of the Year title. Massey has nearly a 140-point cushion over his closest competitor from winning two events and finishing runner-up in another. Colin York, Jay Bishop, Jeff Madsen […]

Dan Smith, Ole Schemion & Mike Leah Top BLUFF Power Rankings

Paul Oresteen | November 3, 2014

Just 30 points separate Dan Smith, Ole Schemion and Mike Leah for the lead in the latest BLUFF Poker Player Power Rankings. All three players crossed the 1,400-point mark but Dan Colman or Daniel Negreanu have enough points to challenge the leaders with a deep run in a highlight event. A handful of players improved […]

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