Happy Easter. Whether you’re spending time with the Easter bunny collecting eggs or celebrating the resurrection, you don’t have to feel like you missed out on this week’s poker news.
The Winner’s Circle
Maurice Hawkins broke the WSOP Circuit gold ring record April 10 after he won the 2017 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event for $97,561.
Ari Engel took down Mid-States Poker Tour Potawatomi for $114,876. This edged him up in the GPI rankings.
Daniel Weinman‘s got an Audi and $381,500 after winning WPT Tournament of Champions, beating Michael Mizrachi heads up.
Elliot Smith took first for HK$2,877,500 after a heads-up deal with Tianyuan Tang at PokerStars Championship Macau.
Calvin “cal42688” Anderson moved closer to $6.5 million in online poker tournament winnings on Sunday when he won the Super-Sized Sunday at PokerStars for $40,961.
Guy Klass, a 46-year-old heavy-duty truck salesman from Buffalo, New York, won the 2017 Western New York Poker Challenge Main Event for $47,016.
After a back-and-forth heads-up battle with Boris Kotleba, Marcin Chmielewski won the WSOP International Circuit Main Event at King’s Casino Rozvadov for €183,350.
Alan Summers won the latest DTD200 event for £20,500 on March 26 only two weeks after being the runner-up.
Four champions were crowned at the Season 10 finale of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour’s World Championships of Amateur Poker. Chris Webber took the Irish Championship, Asa McGrath won the 8-Game Championship and the Turbo Championship, Stephen Hollinshead won the 6-Max Championship and Paul Haycock bagged the biggest stack in the WCOAP Main Event Day 1a.
Guillaume “Volatile38” Diaz won the Winamax Series €1,000 High Roller title for €73,188 while on a plane flying over Kazakhstan.
The World Poker Tour Player of the Year race came down to the wire, but in the end, Benjamin Zamani held off a few challengers who were drawing live in the last couple of events at Seminole Hard Rock to take the title.
The Railbird Report: Gus Hansen and Tony G battle it out live and Ravenswood13 cleans up online.
Tom Morse parlayed a $375 satellite win into $117,249 when he took down Heartland Poker Tour St. Charles $1,650 Main Event.
The Game Changers
PokerStars and the World Poker Tour announced a new joint promotion, the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing, April 14.
Spin & Go for free? You can play now with Jackpot Poker on popular gaming platform Steam.
Absolute Poker will pay back Black Friday victims in a similar process to that of Full Tilt.
Carnegie Mellon artificial intelligence program, Lengpudashi, beat six Chinese players by $793,327 in virtual chips in a 36,000-hand exhibition April 10.
888poker is sponsoring the latest Swedish Poker-SM Online Championship Series (PSMO) May 1 and running satellites to the $165 PSMO Main Event where a field of between 250 and 300 players are expected to battle it out for the title of champion.
partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn are allowing the events to take center stage (a £6 million guarantee), but not without planning some off-the-felt activities for partypoker MILLIONS, including golf, VIP treatment at a football match and more.
The 2017 Mediterranean Poker Cup April 26 at Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino features two $2,200 Main Events with $350,000 guaranteed each and number of highlights on its 28-event schedule across 12 days.
Brussels is going all in. Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE will hold its first World Series of Poker Circuit event May 19-28.
The Sydney Championships run 21 days this year: July 18 through Aug. 7, expanding it by a week.
“Amarillo Slim” Preston‘s talk show tour following his 1972 WSOP win brought poker to the masses. This week in Poker & Pop Culture.
The WSOP International Circuit is heading to the Netherlands for the first time to Holland Casino Rotterdam.
Hunter Cichy‘s Advanced Concepts in No-Limit Hold’em has value for both new & experienced players. Here’s the interview.
The Poker King Cup Macau features a Main Event with a huge HK$5 million guaranteed prize pool. Head to Macau May 18-26.
This week in Canada: Ari Engel, Troy Quenneville, Sorel Mizzi and Griffin Benger make some big moves.
During the Playground Poker Spring Classic, there will be extensive live streaming so you can get in on the action. Read more about this upcoming event here.
The guarantee is set at CA$500K for the partypoker Grand Prix Canada, which gets underway in “La Belle Province” at the Playground Poker Club April 25.
Inside Gaming: New Jersey reports record month and continued growth for its online casinos and online poker; Luxor to house a new eSports arena; and two famous sports bettors facing serious legal trouble.
From John Burkett to Jose Canseco, big leaguers have readily taken a seat at the poker tables and seen similarities between the two games.
Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
Poker players need to set goals, be self-aware and learn how to be mentally tough. It helps with consistency and focus under pressure.
He was either super strong or was jamming with air. Danny Tang breaks down a “hero call” hand.
Every weekend, TigerGaming gives its players a chance to win a share of $130,000 in its biggest tournaments for anywhere from $2.20 to $99.
Claim up to €400 in casino bonuses and plenty of free spins at EnergyCasino when you make your second deposit.
Whether you’re in the casino or sitting on the couch, partypoker has more ways for you to qualify for the Grand Prix Canada.
Win yourself some Easter eggs through tomorrow. Global Poker is giving U.S. and Canadian poker players the chance to compete in its 2017 Bunny Series with over $50,000 up for grabs.
Lee Jones calls on players to rethink assumptions about limit hold’em, a game with more action and (often) bigger pots than NLHE.
The Welcome package at Everest Poker is great for any bankroll. Create your free account through PokerNews and you will be awarded a 200 percent bonus on your first deposit up to a huge €1,500.
Learn how you can play in the partypoker Grand Prix Germany for as little as $0.01.
Jonathan Little reviews a hand in which he backdoors the second nuts, but then faces a big river bet.
Going to Las Vegas for the WSOP? Try these inexpensive food options and save your money for poker.
Know what your chips are worth. Break down “ICM” and learn how it can relate to sit & go strategy.
Making good final table deals starts with being able to assess your own situation as well as others’ situation. Patrick Serda discusses his heads-up deal with William Kassouf.
Ever lose internet connectivity in the middle of a huge online poker hand? You can relate to Charlie. Here’s an excerpt from Tommy Angelo’s Painless Poker.
Cate Hall was turning heads when she appeared on the PokerNews Podcast, but you’ll never guess her answer to this question in Calling the Clock: What would you say to the Cate Hall Twitter army?
Now you don’t have to wonder what you’re missing. Here are Lynn Gilmartin outtakes from The Straddle.
PN Blogging Excerpts
“My point is that, without a doubt, there are a number of things good for the game, and being an opinionated, self-centered, often egotistical and narcissistic poker player, I’m going to tackle some of them. We all have an opinion on each of the topics I’m about to discuss.”