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19.01. |

China's Alvan Zheng has emerged victorious, powering though Macau's largest-ever 2,343-strong field to take the title and lions share of the prize pool.

Banking an impressive HK$911,000 (~$116,000) for his first place finish, Zheng defeated fellow countryman Quan Zhou with a controlled display of canny play and poker finesse.

Zheng came into the final table in pole position with a stack of 4,515,000 - 500,000 more than closest rival Zhou - and relinquished the chip lead only once in his quest for victory.


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18.01. |

Although at this stage it's unlikely any major shift from the changes made to the PokerStars VIP programme recently by Amaya, at least the general displeasure of the poker community and the player boycotts which followed in its wake seems to have been noticed by the PokerStars owners - as some of the most high profile players in the game have been invited to Amaya HQ today to discuss the changes with PokerStars.

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17.01. |

Amaya Gaming ‘s sports betting site BetStars has announced a new  product this week  called ‘Spin & Bet’. As is made fairly apparent by the name, the innovation is based on sister site PokerStars’ popular jackpot Sit & Go game ‘Spin & Go’.

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16.01. |

Congrats to Canada's Andre Difelice who took down two events on the very last day of this year's PCA Festival. The 24-year-old, who was born in Canada but grew up in Colorado, won the very last event to finish this year's enormous festival at Atlantis, the $10k NL Bounty Turbo "$5,000 Bounties" for $97,580, the best live cash of his poker career.

The tournament attracted 71 players with nine paid. Earlier in the day, he also won the $600 NL Turbo Edition of PCA Main Event for $24,820. Difelice spent his youth climbing and represented Canada in three World Cups. After tearing a knee ligament, he had to give up climbing for a while and followed older brother Alex in to the world of online poker.

As well as his two final day victories, Difelice also finished third in #1k NL Hyper Turbo Win the Button event for $10,560.

Source: EPT Press

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15.01. |

A truly dominating performance from Nick Maimone throughout the final table gained the American pro the PCA 2016 $25k High Roller title yesterday.

He arrived for yesterday's final along with another eight contenders but in less than ten hours of play, had knocked all of them out one by one.

Heads-up with Sean Winter, the pair cut a deal and Maimone then won to boost his high roller earnings by $996,480.

Source: EPT Press

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14.01. |

Day 2 of PCA 2016 $25K High Roller started with 106 players who had bagged chips on day 1 and 11 extra entries from players who paid their buy-in before noon when play resumed.

Overall, there were 225 entries to the high roller (173 unique players + 52 re-entries) and the prize pool was set at $5.4 million with $1,142,100 for the winner.

It's 2015 WSOP Main Event runner-up Josh Beckley in the chip lead after Day 2 as the remaining nine players bagged their chips at 2am.

Source: EPT Press

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13.01. |

In the always-stacked field in the PCA $25k High Roller, Dustin Johns and Robert Gorodetsky wouldn't be the first name to have anyone's attention. However, when looking for the big stacks at the end of Day 1, these little known US players appear on top of the list.

There were 214 entries to the PCA $25k High Roller today (170 unique players + 44 re-entries). All participants have the single re-entry option with late registration open until just before start of Day 2.

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12.01. |

Brazilian football legend and Team PokerStars SportStar Ronaldo made the final of yesterday’s PCA 2016 $1k NL Event. He finished seventh for $3,580.

Last year he finished 26th in the PCA Main Event for $ 42,180. Yesterday’s event was won by Ronald’s fellow countryman Gorki Oliveira for $17,170.

It was Oliveira’s third largest cash and first ever trophy. There were 77 players creating a $74,690 prize pool; 11 players cashed.

Source: EPT press

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11.01. |

Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker won PCA 2016 Invitational Charity tourney. The 2003 world champion will be donating his $10,000 winnings to the Autism Society of Ohio.

Spanish golf legend Sergio Garcia finished second and is donating his $5,000 share of the prize pool to “The First Tee” which helps youngsters build positive development through the game of golf while third-placed Maria Ho is donating $2,500 to the Kidney Cancer Association.

The event was hosted by EPT presenter Joe Stapleton. Football legend Ronaldo and Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo were the other two players who took part.

Source: EPT press

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10.01. |

Last month, Steve O'Dwyer became the first ever EPT Super High Roller double champion.

Yesterday, he became the first double winner of the EPT One-Day High Roller as he took down the PCA $50k One-Day High Roller for $945,495. after he cut a deal with Connor Drinan heads-up.

What's more impressive is that there were only five events played in this format as they appeared on the schedule for the first time at the EPT11 Grand Final.

Source: EPT press

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