Bracelet winner earns follow-up gold trophy and pockets $122K in Quebec
The final day of the Casino Lac-Leamy Main Event started with Charles Sylvestre on top and ended with Charles Sylvestre on top. The Quebecois WSOP bracelet winner ruled the tournament and never slowed down as he battled his way through the final 18. Sylvestre earned the $122,435 first place prize, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and on top of that, a berth into the WSOP National Championship.
“After my unexpected WSOP bracelet this summer, to come back here to Lac- Leamy, my hometown, and ship the ring… I can’t ask for better. It’s an amazing feeling,” Sylvestre said.
The 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit at Casino Lac- Leamy marked the first time for a WSOP event to take place in the Canadian province of Quebec. The series was a success, not only drawing 371 players for the $1,675 finale, but drawing rave reviews from players.
“[The tournament] was very nice and well organized,” Sylvestre said. “For the first event in the province of Quebec it was amazing. Overall it was a success and very well organized.” The final day of the Main Event started with 18 hopefuls and Sylvestre with a two-to-one chip lead over his nearest challenger, Canadian pro Mike Leah.
In the second level of play on Day 3 we witnessed an epic clash between Daniel Charette, who held the chip lead for quite a while on Day 2, and Leah. Leah crippled Charette who bluffed all-in on the turn against Leah’s set. Charette was knocked out not too long after this while Leah was now very close to Sylvestre.
30-year-old pro adds $142K to over $1.16 in career winnings
Las Vegas-based poker pro Ari Engel has made a name for himself in poker with 91 career cashes totaling over $1.16 million since 2006. His enviable live tournament resume includes 39 Final Tables and a dozen wins. He’s got more World Series of Poker Circuit rings than he could wear on one hand. The 30-year-old has traveled the world collecting paychecks in London, Prague, and Manila, but it was a stop in America’s Heartland that earned him his biggest payday to date. Engel took down a record field at River City Casino and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri for $142,125 on the nationallytelevised Heartland Poker Tour.
Engel’s pocket sevens ended his heads-up match with Paul Fehlig of St Louis in eight hands. The runner-up earned $87,696 for his national TV debut.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment Launches Three Online Casino Websites for New Jersey Residents & VisitorsNovember 21, 2013 - 3:40pm
Marks 1st Time in U.S. that Caesars & Harrah’s Offer Real-Money Online Gaming
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (November 21, 2013) – On June 26, 1979, Caesars Atlantic City first opened its doors. Now 34 years later, a new era of gaming in New Jersey begins, as three online real-money gaming offerings under the Caesars umbrella begin entertaining New Jersey residents and visitors.
Adam Friedman of Gahanna, Ohio returned to Belterra Casino Resort over the weekend to improve on his fourteenth-place Heartland Poker Tour finish in March. A successful pro player, Friedman has accumulated over $1.3 million in winnings and four World Series of Poker Final Tables. A WSOP bracelet winner, Friedman was one of many accomplished players at Monday’s HPT Final Table at Belterra. He was the only one with well over a million in chips. If I take my time and pick my spots, I have a chance at winning this event,” he said before action began.
Little time was needed as Friedman took down the nine-handed Final Table in record time. The heads-up match was a quick affair as Friedman held 85% of the chips in play. The battle was over in four hands when Friedman moved allin and was called by Jason Andrews of Pittsburgh, who in turn was all-in. Andrews cards were good for a straight but it was Friedman’s flush that won the hand and the championship worth $83,439. The runner-up collected $51,453.
The “2013 WSOP November Nine” Set to Compete for $500,000 Main Event Bracelet by Jason of Beverly HillsNovember 1, 2013 - 2:51pm
LAS VEGAS—Famed Jason of Beverly Hills founder and designer Jason Arasheben – known for creating edgy and lavish statement jewelry for celebrities and athletes including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and LeBron James – is the exclusive championship jewelry designer for the 2013 World Series of Poker® (WSOP).
On November 4 and 5 the “2013 WSOP November Nine” will compete for the coveted Main Event bracelet, which includes more than 28 carats of brilliant white diamonds – including two black diamonds and two rubies to represent each card suit – set within more than 220 grams of 14-carat white gold. The masterpiece required 250 hours of labor to design and produce and is valued at approximately $500,000.
For the first time, the WSOP Main Event bracelet will also be customized to the winner, as the bracelet design includes the two “hole cards” dealt during the WSOP Main Event final hand. Immediately after the event, Arasheben will laser cut each card to correspond to the winning hand of the new World Champion.
Shakopee, MN -- Lyle Berman is the first member of the newly formed Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame. The announcement, made Friday at a ceremony held at Canterbury Park Card Casino in Shakopee, MN, came as no surprise to industry professionals and poker players. Berman, at the forefront of several successful Minnesota businesses, has been a key player in the gaming industry since co-founding Grand Casinos Inc. in 1990. He is a professional poker player with three World Series of Poker bracelets and more than $3 million in poker tournament winnings.
Geno Lawrenzi Jr. remembers Benny Binion
Benny Binion was not the easiest person in the world to interview. The diminutive poker king of Las Vegas with the craggy James Cagney looks and the Dale Robertson ‘Wells Fargo’ voice was always too busy doing something else to take time to talk to a bothersome reporter. I know this is true. Over the years, as a journalist and magazine writer, I made many attempts to slow him down for an interview, and I failed far more than I succeeded. Benny had his reasons for being uncomfortable with the press. There was his lack of formal education, and, of course, the interviewer always had the option of digging up some past skeletons, like a couple of fatal shootings in Texas. To Benny’s way of thinking, that happened a long time ago. That was then, this is now. He lived in the present better than any man I have ever known, including myself.
One person who did get through to Benny was the late Mary Ellen Glass, a University of Nevada at Reno professor. In 1973, as part of the University’s Oral History Program, she persuaded Binion to grant her an interview. She promised the interview would focus on his family and his influence in Las Vegas casinos, as well as his creation of the World Series of Poker. Put in those terms, how could Benny, a genial gentleman at the core, turn her down?
Heartland Poker Tour Coming to Northern California... and Thunder Valley Casino Resort Ups The Ante With Record FieldsAugust 28, 2013 - 10:46am
By Charles Neale Gerencser
[Pictured: Mario Sequeira of Hanford, CA took home $75,000 in Thunder Valley’s August Players Championship]
The Heartland Poker Tour is coming to the Poker Room at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, September 20th through the 30th. This will be the first ever nationally- televised poker event at Thunder Valley, and the first stop ever for the Heartland Poker Tour in Northern California. The Thunder Valley event is the middle leg of the Heartland Poker Tour’s “Gold Rush Series”.
“We are excited to bring the Heartland Poker to Northern California,” said Ben Erwin, Poker Room Director at Thunder Valley. “It has been great to see the enthusiasm for poker in California as the Gold Rush Series came together. With stops in Southern California, the Central Valley, and Thunder Valley in the north, along with our satellite partners, every player in California has a chance to play in a nationally- televised event.”
By Geno Lawrenzi Jr.
Back when Reno, NV. was creating its reputation as the “biggest little city in the world” and a major gambling Mecca, Pappy Smith, owner of Harold’s Club, came up with the slogan, ‘HAROLD’S CLUB OR BUST!’
To make the slogan stick, Pappy and his sons encouraged players to leave signs and banners all over the world, along with the mileage from that particular location to Harold’s Club in downtown Reno. One memorable sign in Alaska had the distance down correctly to the kilometer.
The colorful Smith family no longer own Harold’s Club, of course. One son, Raymond, married a sultry songstress named Kay Starr who had a huge recording in “Wheel Of Fortune,” while another son Harold Smith Sr. ended up destitute and a wandering alcoholic after he squandered his share of the family fortune. Ironically, he had written a book during his heyday called “I Want To Quit Winners.” Sadly, like many gamblers who make it to the top, he could not keep the momentum going and took the long slide to ruin.
Reno and Tunica, MS. are similar in several significant ways. Like Reno, Tunica is centered off the beaten path in the Mississippi Delta. As you drive into Tunica, you are surrounded by farmlands of sorghum and corn. In the distance, cattle and a few horses graze while large neon signs prepare you for the Tunica experience.