ANZPT Sydney: Jim Psaros is the new champion
The ANZPT has this week crowned a new champion, as Jim Psaros took down the Sydney event in a field of 445 runners. He won $183,000 after the players agreed to a deal at the final table. Psaros was a popular winner, being an Australian. Although if he had lost heads up, his opponent Emanuel 'Curly' Seal would have been an equally popular victor. The ANZPT Melbourne later in the year, should draw a good crowd, just as Sydney has this week.
GPI Global Poker Masters: Italy is the new world champion!
At the weekend, the poker world was treated to an interesting inaugural event, with a concept developed by rankings company GPI. With 3 years of previous live results adding up to points totals for players across the world, the 8 top ranked countries were invited to take part in a 'world cup' of poker. Each time consisted of 4 top ranked players from each country, along with a wild card entry chosen by the team. The aim of the Global Poker Masters is to bring poker to a worldwide audience as an exciting, marketable sport, with different rounds involving sit & go's, heads up matches, and tag team tables. With players all having a shot clock, there was no 5 minute tanking going on which helps the game appeal to television audiences, and the points system during the event which involved the last placed team being dumped out in each round, created some tense moments. After taking an early lead, some of the other teams appeared to doubt whether Italy could sustain their results, but the Italians proved everyone wrong by claiming the crown of world champions, pushing Russia and the USA into 2nd and 3rd .
Team Italy wins the first ever "Poker World Cup"
Online Cash games: Sahamies "Ziigmud' Bounces
Back After a fairly difficult and uneventful few years at the high stakes cash games, Ilari Sahamies has finally started making big steps in the right direction, as he became the biggest winner for 2015 this week according to highstakesdb.com. Sahamies has developed a reputation over the years for funny chat comments and a loose style of play, and in 2009 was one of the biggest winners and most feared players at high stakes. Between late 2008 and early 2010 he had an upswing totalling over $9 million, and after a mostly break even run in recent years, he appears to be very much back to form.
Ziigmund is currently the biggest winner at Online Cash Games according to HDB
$10 million prizepool for the Anniversary Sunday Million
With a huge guarantee set at $9 million for the 9th anniversary Sunday Million, Pokerstars ensured a memorable tournament with huge money on offer. The eventual prize pool topped $10 million as over 50,000 players either bought in, or satellited into the event, and it was Brayden 'BRAYDEN93' Fritzshall from Mexico who took the win, although a seven way chop had been agreed prior to this. He took home almost $600,000 for this career defining win.