Ole Schemion wins the “Big $215” on Stars
German star Ole Schemion has once again been making waves in the online world this week, having added victory in the Big $215 to his impressive list of results. Playing under the name “wizowizo” he defeated a field of 834 players, and picked up USD$27,888 for his performance. While the prize money may be pocket change to a man like Schemion, his victory reminds the poker world that he remains one of the most powerful forces in the game.
SamRostan claws some back in the “$1,050 Sunday Grand”
Another familiar name that has been setting the virtual felt alight this week is Chun Lei “SamRostan” Zhou, who won the USD$1,050 buy in Sunday Grand tournament. He picked up $56,741 for his impressive win and although any player would be delighted with a tournament triumph, he still remains one of the biggest all time losing players in online poker history, down over USD$10 million.
Negreanu and Haxton endure a rough September online
It’s fair to say that by most people’s standards, Ike Haxton and Daniel Negreanu have had a disastrous month. Haxton, playing under the name “philivey2694” dropped USD$152,798 over the course of September to finish as the biggest loser for the month, but he is still up USD$466,015 for the year, so he can take some comfort from that. For Negreanu, no comfort can be found in his cash results. After a torrid time at the cash tables since February 2011, he has lost USD$492,733 with USD$131,057 of that deficit coming in September alone. Despite his cash game woes Negreanu won’t be too distraught, as he recently picked up a WCOOP title in the only event he played this year – the USD$2,100 HORSE. The Canadian poker legend picked up USD$61,865 for that win.
Bigger action coming soon
It’s back, but not quite as we know it. The Big One for One Drop is now open for registration, with the buy in now set at 1,000,000 Euros, and the location switched to Monte Carlo. While this represents a big change from the original WSOP location, there are even bigger changes in play with regards to the invitational aspect. Professional players are not allowed to participate, meaning that only wealthy businessmen and affluent amateurs will be playing. 35 competitors are already registered, with tournament founder Guy Laliberte being coached by Daniel Negreanu.
October 14th marks the start of the latest edition of the Big One for One Drop, but there will also be other High Roller events which are open to all and have smaller buy ins. Satellites for the Big One will be running on October 13th, so the final lineup will not be known until late that day.
Article by Craig Bradshaw