Articles by: Paul Oresteen

Aaron Massey Leads Heartland Poker Tour Player of the Year Race

Paul Oresteen | October 1, 2014

Aaron Massey grinds the domestic circuit as hard as anybody the last couple of years and his “no days off” approach has him leading of the Heartland Poker Tour Player standings powered by BLUFF. He is the only player over 200 points but a few players could pass Massey with a deep run in one [...]

Jeff Madsen Climbs Four Spots in BLUFF Power Rankings

Paul Oresteen | September 29, 2014

The BLUFF Power Rankings have reached the point in the calendar where players fall off the rankings and new players climb due to the busy tournament schedule. Dan Colman and Keven Stammen moved up in the top ten while Jeff Madsen climbed the most spots, moving from 20th to 16th. Dan Smith and Daniel Negreanu [...]

George Danzer Highlights Elite Level POY Standings

Paul Oresteen | September 28, 2014

The next four weeks on the calendar is loaded for the professional tournament player; events are scheduled around the world along with plenty of domestic options to choose from. The EPT invades London, there is a WPT Alpha8 event and the World Series of Poker invades Melbourne for ten bracelet events. There are so many [...]

David Williams Defeats Phil Laak in WPT Monster Invitational

Paul Oresteen | September 21, 2014

David Williams survived a back-and-forth heads-up match against Phil Laak and won the World Poker Tour Monster Invitational. Williams earned $20,000 in cash and $35,000 in WPT buy-ins to the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, LA Poker Classic and World Championship in April. “It feels good to win, the last invitational I was at was the [...]

The Staking Conundrum: Do Other Players Have the Right to Know?

Paul Oresteen | September 21, 2014

Backing arrangements, staking and swapping are as much of a part of poker as chips, chairs and rake. Money swaps hands between players and backers on handshake deals and as poker grew more people understood is was part of the game. Poker is a game of many circles and shared financial interests and when a [...]

Jeff Madsen Found Friends & Success While ‘Chasing Every Title’

Paul Oresteen | September 20, 2014

Jeff Madsen cashed 25 times in 38 weeks across three countries and four states and somehow flew under the radar so far in 2014. Madsen could arguably claim he’s the hardest working player in tournament poker – his manic cash rate came from a dozen different tournament series this year. Madsen reflected on his life [...]

Darren Elias Wins First WPT Title in Borgata Poker Open, $843,744

Paul Oresteen | September 19, 2014

The third time was a charm for New Jersey native Darren Elias as he broke through and won his first World Poker Tour title at the Borgata Poker Open. Elias defeated Kane Kalas heads-up for for his name on the Champions Cup, a seat to the WPT World Championship and $843,744. Elias has two previous WPT [...]

Kane Kalas, Darren Elias & Blake Bohn Highlight BPO Final Table

Paul Oresteen | September 19, 2014

Kane Kalas began Day 4 of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in the middle of the pack but bagged up the chip lead with 14 million heading into the final table. The day fell into two halves – the march from 31 players to seven and then seven to six for the TV table [...]

Jean “Prince” Gaspard Looking for a Crown at Borgata Poker Open

Paul Oresteen | September 18, 2014

Jean Gaspard ended Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open well out in front of the field with 5.4 million. Gaspard stayed very active throughout the day, seemed to run pure in flip situations and ended with a 2.5 million chip lead over second place Blake Bohn - when the average stack landed at [...]

Matt Affleck & Tyler Patterson – Poker’s Newest Odd Couple?

Paul Oresteen | September 17, 2014

Matt Affleck and Tyler Patterson got to know each other from the local games they played a few years ago and formed a friendship which led to them traveling together. Earlier this year their living situations synced up and they decided to share an apartment in the Freemont area of Seattle. The biggest question they [...]

Blake Bohn ‘Got Hit By the Deck’ in Day 2 of Borgata Poker Open

Paul Oresteen | September 17, 2014

Normally locating the chip leader in a large field at the end of the night proves to be a challenge, but Blake Bohn‘s towers of 5,000 chips made him quite easy to spot. Bohn bagged up 807,500 – almost 200,000 chips more than Darren Elias in second place – as the chip leader for Day [...]

Online Star Mike Gagliano Goes Offline at the Borgata Poker Open

Paul Oresteen | September 16, 2014

The name Michael Gagliano might not elicit much of a response from online poker players in New Jersey but mention “ned_plimpton” or “itWasThatOr0″ and they’ll tell you he’s one of the best MTT players in New Jersey today. But Gagliano doesn’t need a reputation or forum gossip to inflate his presence on the tables – [...]

Darlene Lee Leads Historic Day 1B of Borgata Poker Open

Paul Oresteen | September 16, 2014

Darlene Lee began Day 1B of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open without her luggage after her airline lost her bags and was just another face in the crowd. Twelve hours later Lee had her luggage, 254,900 chips and a new pair of Monster headphones for being the Day 1B chip leader. Day 1B [...]

Richard Seymour: Super Bowl Champ to Big One for One Drop Champ?

Paul Oresteen | September 15, 2014

Richard Seymour intimidated the NFL’s largest athletes while he won three Super Bowls, played in seven Pro Bowls and was the highest paid defensive player in the league at one point. Seymour retired after the 2012 season and filled his newly found free time with poker. Seymour made the trip to Atlantic City to play [...]

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