Articles by: Tim Fiorvanti

Brains vs. AI: Poker’s Top Heads-Up Pros Take on Computer Program in Two Week Challenge

Tim Fiorvanti | April 24, 2015

Friday marks the beginning of an historic two-week challenge between four of the best Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em players in the world and Claudico, a poker-playing computer program developed at Carnegie Mellon University. Doug Polk, Dong Kim, Bjorn Li and Jason Les will play a total of 80,000 hands over the course of 13 days, […]

10 for 10: Following Martin Jacobson on his Path to the 2014 WSOP Main Event Title

Tim Fiorvanti | April 23, 2015

(Image c/o Cinebloc/Natural Stacks) Martin Jacobson entered the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event as one of the shortest stacks, but expectations were still high for the most accomplished player among the final nine. By Hand 30 he had slipped into the short stack, and even as players fell it […]

Anthony Zinno Takes POY Lead With SHRPS Runner-Up Finish

Tim Fiorvanti | April 22, 2015

With back-to-back World Poker Tour titles already under his belt in 2015, Anthony Zinno could be excused for coasting on his laurels for a little while – but he’s been anything but complacent since taking his third career WPT title at the LA Poker Classic in early March. Zinno took down a High Roller title […]

Lock Poker Closes After Long, Slow Collapse; Millions of Dollars Feared Lost

Tim Fiorvanti | April 21, 2015

Lock Poker, the long-troubled online poker site that continued to cater to American poker players after Black Friday despite severe legal and financial hurdles, has seemingly gone offline for good – leaving an estimated $15 million in player balances in jeopardy. As first reported by John Mehaffey of USPoker, Lock’s poker software and live online […]

Kuether Climbs Back to 2nd in Tight Three-Way Power Rankings Race

Tim Fiorvanti | April 20, 2015

The battle for the top spot in the BLUFF Power Rankings has never been this close. Over the last few weeks, Dan Colman, Joe Kuether and Mike Leah have been neck and neck (and neck), and now all three are separated by a what’s essentially a min-cash’s worth of points. Kuether was the only mover […]

APPT Nanjing Millions Shut Down Due to Inquest by Chinese Authorities

Tim Fiorvanti | April 17, 2015

A seemingly promising APPT event in Mainland China was shut down with little warning Friday as authorities stepped in and brought the tournament to a halt. According to World Gaming Magazine, police raided the Wutaishan Sports Center – the site of the APPT Nanjing Millions – and the only piece of information that authorities have […]

Paul Belken Wins HPT River City Main Event, $95,645

Tim Fiorvanti | April 13, 2015

A lot of big obstacles stood in Paul Belken’s way Monday at the final table of the HPT River City Main Event. Shawn Roberts was playing for a record-tying fourth HPT title, Paul Fehlig was looking to top a second place finish the last time the HPT visited River City and two other players who […]

Ron Lewis Lived the Bay 101 Experience

Tim Fiorvanti | April 13, 2015

Each stop on the World Poker Tour is defined by certain unique distinguishing characteristics, based on the locale, the history it’s built up on tour or one of a hundred other aspects that set it apart from all the rest. In the case of Bay 101 and its signature WPT Event, the Shooting Star Classic, […]

Steve O’Dwyer Jumps to 3rd in Remarkably Static Week in POY Race

Tim Fiorvanti | April 8, 2015

Steve O’Dwyer made a deep run in one of the oldest and most highly regarded tournaments of the year in Ireland to move up one spot in the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but he was an outlier in an historically quiet week. O’Dwyer finished 15th in the PaddyPower Poker Irish Open Main […]

WPT500 Returns for 2nd Year at Aria, Offers $2 Million Guaranteed Prizepool

Tim Fiorvanti | April 7, 2015

The first WPT500 event at the Aria during the summer of 2014 was a rousing success, drawing 3,599 entries at $565 a clip – producing a prizepool just shy of $1.8 million. The World Poker Tour and partypoker announced Tuesday that they’re bringing the event back for 2015, and they’re aiming to push the bar […]

Larry White Wins HPT Vicksburg Main Event, $32,678

Tim Fiorvanti | March 30, 2015

Larry White survived a rollercoaster final table at HPT Vicksburg that saw numerous lead changes and dramatic river cards, defeating Jeff Niedelman to capture his first career HPT title and $32,678. What’s more, both White and Niedelman enjoyed serious success in what was the first career HPT event for both players. White started their heads-up […]

Dzimtry Urbanovich Leaps Into POY Lead After Three Wins at EPT Malta

Tim Fiorvanti | March 26, 2015

In order to pass Anthony Zinno – owner of back-to-back World Poker Tour titles – in the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year standings this early on, you have to accomplish something truly remarkable. For Dzmitry Urbanovich, it took winning three times in under a week at the EPT Malta festival to pull it off. […]

Connor Drinan & Dani Stern Lead Final 8 in
€25,000 EPT Malta High Roller

Tim Fiorvanti | March 19, 2015

Connor Drinan has made some serious splashes over the last few years in various High Roller events around the world, and though he’s earned some serious bank in those results he’s yet to actually take one down. Friday could be Drinan’s day, as he’s taken the chiplead in the final table of the EPT Malta […]

Taylor Paur Wins $1.2 Million, First WPT Title at Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic

Tim Fiorvanti | March 14, 2015

Coming into the final table of the 2015 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic, Taylor Paur had just over $1.5 million in lifetime live tournament earnings, which placed him fifth out of the six players at that final table. There was little question as to his abilities by the end of play Friday night at […]