It's not official yet, but as far as Daniel Negreanu is concerned, it's a done deal – the NHL is coming to Las Vegas. Negreanu joined Jason Somerville on Twitch this past Wednesday and said there will be hockey in Vegas starting in 2017. “It's not official, the commissioner hasn't said so, but I did,” Negreanu told the thousands of viewers who tuned in.
About five years ago, Mike McDonald decided to retire from poker. The man they call “Timex” was only 20 years old, but he had already won the 2008 EPT Main Event in Dortmund for a cool $1.3 million, along with several six-figure paydays. McDonald was thinking about going back to school at the University of Waterloo, and maybe pursuing some business interests.
His retirement didn't last very long. McDonald was right back on the circuit in no time, and it's hard to argue with that decision. Timex passed the $10-million mark in live earnings last year, and after a successful showing at this year's EPT opener in Barcelona, McDonald is up to $11.9 million lifetime, third among Canadians behind Daniel Negreanu ($30.7 million) and Jonathan Duhamel ($16.8 million).
By Paul Hewson
Back in the Wild West days, there was a gentleman named “Wild Bill” Hickok who caused quite a stir. The famous lawman/gunslinger enjoyed playing poker, up until one day in 1876 when he was shot in the back while playing at a saloon in Deadwood. The hand Hickok held at the time he was killed: Aces and Eights. The Dead Man's Hand.
By Paul Hewson
Poker is a lot of fun, but hosting a poker game is serious business. Even if you and all your buddies know poker inside and out, it still takes organization, planning and effort to make sure the game goes off without a hitch. A series of financial transactions are taking place, even if there's beer in the fridge. By hosting the game, not only are you in charge of the chips and dip, you are the treasurer for the night as well.
Still willing to take the plunge? Excellent. You're going to need some things, though. Here are the first five items on your shopping list.
A Poker Table (or Two)
On October 4, not only is our $100,000 Guaranteed tournament increased to $200,000, our Championship Series is wrapping up with the Main Event - worth $100K. That's $300K Guaranteed today with just these two tournaments!
From September 9 to November 8, the Golden Spade Poker Open will be lighting up Bodog Poker. This year’s GSPO has a prize pool of over $5,000,000 guaranteed. That’s our biggest prize pool ever, so you don’t want to miss this online tournament series. This is your chance to show us, and the poker world at large, that you can dominate the felt and set the gold standard with Bodog.
Qualifiers for the Golden Spade Poker Open will be running daily right up to the final event on November 8 (with buy-ins starting at just $0.55) – you’ve got over 150 events to look forward to. The gold rush starts with the Contender Series, which runs from September 8 through October 4 and offers micro to low-stakes tournaments. The Championship Series kicks off on October 13, and offers mid to high-stakes tournaments. The action will build up to the $500,000 Main Event, taking place on the final day, November 8.
There are many ways to qualify for a seat in the GSPO. With buy-ins low enough to suit every bankroll, there’s no reason why you can’t go for gold and, who knows, you might be walking away with the lion’s share of $5,000,000. You can check out the full schedule on Bodog’s website for more details.
Explore your options today and hit the GSPO felt from September 9 onwards. It’s time to break records and set standards and, with over $5,000,000 guaranteed up for grabs, the stakes have never been higher.
By Paul Hewson
Daniel Negreanu has done just about everything there is to do in poker – except win the Main Event at the World Series of Poker. Sadly, he won't be winning it this year, either. Negreanu came tantalizingly close to reaching the final table before crashing out in 11th place, earning himself another $526,778 USD in the process. “Kid Poker” has now eclipsed the $30-million mark in live tournament winnings.