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Alex Kulev Wins 2024 Triton Event #8 $100K NLH

Champion Alex Kulev
Alex Kulev has emerged as a top contender in high-stakes live poker tournaments over the past few years. The 29-year-old Bulgarian professional’s ten biggest paydays have all occurred since the beginning of 2023, including his largest win to date: $2,566,000 as the champion of the 2024 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro $100,000 no-limit hold’em eight max event. Kulev triumphed over a field of 102 entries at the Maestral Resort & Casino in Montenegro, securing his first Triton title and the multi-million-dollar top prize.

“I’m a little bit overwhelmed, to be honest,” Kulev shared with Triton reporters after his victory, which was witnessed by his parents who traveled six hours to support him. “This means a lot to me. To accomplish this in front of my family is very special. I will cherish this for a long time.”

The event’s $10,200,000 prize pool was distributed among the top 17 finishers, with a minimum cash prize of $160,000 and seven-figure payouts for the top three. Notable players who made deep runs included Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero (14th), Stephen Chidwick (11th), Sean Winter (10th), and Bryn Kenney (9th).

The official final table began with five-time Triton champion Danny Tang in the lead and Kulev in the middle of the pack. Two-time bracelet winner Aleksejs Ponakovs (8th – $342,000) was the first to exit, his A-8 suited losing to the pocket jacks of bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Dylan Linde.

Linde doubled up Maher Nouira during seven-handed play but lost a significant pot to Kulev, ending up on the short stack. His final chips went in with A-5 suited against Liang Xu’s A-10, and after both paired their side cards, Linde was eliminated in seventh place ($454,000).

Shortly after Linde’s departure, two-time bracelet winner and two-time Triton champion Daniel Dvoress went all-in with A-Q against Thomas Santerne’s pocket queens. Santerne’s hand held up, knocking Dvoress out in sixth place ($594,000), which pushed Dvoress’s career earnings past $34.2 million.

Santerne briefly took the lead but was soon overtaken by Kulev, who won a key hand with pocket aces against Tang’s pocket jacks.

The next major confrontation saw Tang’s pocket queens lose to Kulev’s A-K in a classic preflop race, with Kulev hitting an ace on the flop. Tang finished in fifth place ($752,000), bringing his career tournament earnings to over $26.1 million, with more than $16.5 million from his 34 in-the-money finishes in Triton events.

Maher Nouira was eliminated when his pocket queens met Santerne’s pocket aces. The money went in on the turn, and with no queen on the river, Nouira finished fourth ($933,000).

Liang Xu’s final hand saw his pocket sevens lose to Kulev’s K-Q, with Kulev flopping trip kings. Xu exited in third place ($1,127,000).

Heads-up play began almost evenly, with Kulev holding 10,250,000 to Santerne’s 10,150,000. Early action favored Santerne, but Kulev doubled up with pocket queens against Santerne’s top pair of jacks to close the gap.

Kulev then gained the lead and maintained it until the final hand. Kulev limped in with ADiamond Suit10Club Suit, and Santerne shoved with 7Diamond Suit7Club Suit. Kulev called and won with trip tens, as the board ran out 10Spade Suit6Spade Suit2Club Suit10Heart SuitQHeart Suit.

Santerne earned $1,735,000 as the runner-up. The 25-year-old French player now boasts over $3.5 million in recorded tournament earnings.

Triton Event #8 – $100,000 – 8-Handed Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Alex Kulev Bulgaria $2,566,000
2 Thomas Santerne France $1,735,000
3 Xu Liang China $1,127,000
4 Maher Nouira Tunisia $933,000
5 Danny Tang Hong Kong $752,000

Artsiom Lasouski Wins Triton Montenegro $40,000 Mystery Bounty Event

Champion Artsiom Lasouski

Belarusian poker player Artsiom Lasouski made a remarkable debut at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series, held at the Maestral Resort & Casino in Montenegro. Although the 25-year-old did not cash in the first two events, he staged a stunning comeback by winning event no. 3, the $40,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em mystery bounty tournament.

Lasouski triumphed over a competitive field of 151 entries, securing the title and the top prize of $669,000 from the main prize pool. Half of the $6,040,000 prize pool was allocated for mystery bounties, which players would draw a day after the event concluded. Lasouski himself had 12 bounties to claim.

Expressing his excitement, Lasouski said through a translator, “I am very excited about this moment. I can’t believe how great it is.”

This victory marked the largest live poker win for Lasouski, significantly surpassing his previous best of $63,000 for a final-table finish in a $2,200 buy-in event at the Mediterranean Poker Party festival just a week earlier. With this win, his total recorded earnings now approach $872,000.

At the final table, Lasouski started in second chip position behind Nikita Kuznetsov. Early eliminations included prominent players such as Stephen Chidwick (8th – $82,000) and Danny Tang (7th – $114,000). Lasouski then knocked out Daniel Rezaei (6th – $156,000) with his A-2 suited against Rezaei’s J-10 on an ace-high board, becoming the chip leader.

Dylan Linde, a World Poker Tour champion, went all-in with A-2 suited against Lasouski’s K-J, which resulted in two pairs for Lasouski and narrowed the field to four players. Samuel Ju, with only a single big blind left, managed to win the main pot with A-J against A-Q suited for Lasouski and A-5 for Kuznetsov. However, Lasouski won a significant side pot, eliminating Kuznetsov in fourth place ($253,000).

Chris Moneymaker, the recent Triton Montenegro kickoff event champion, was next to go. His J-3 failed to improve against Ju’s K-10, resulting in his elimination in third place ($311,000). Moneymaker’s impressive performance across three events netted him over $1.26 million, boosting his career tournament earnings to more than $7.3 million.

The heads-up match saw Lasouski holding a substantial chip lead against Ju. Although Ju briefly gained the lead, Lasouski reclaimed it in time for the final hand. Holding Q♦ Q♥, Lasouski raised after Ju limped with 8♠ 6♥. The flop J♦ 6♣ 3♦ saw Lasouski bet, and Ju called with second pair. The turn 9♣ and the river 9♠ led to an all-in move by Lasouski, which Ju called, only to lose to Lasouski’s overpair. Ju finished as the runner-up with $452,000, while Lasouski secured the title.

Andy Ni Wins Triton SHRS Montenegro $25,000 Eight-Max Event

Champion Andy Ni

Andy Ni, a 41-year-old Chinese player residing in Spain, has participated in just five Triton Super High Roller Series tournaments to date. Impressively, he has cashed in three out of five, securing one victory outright. His triumph occurred at the 2024 Triton Montenegro festival in the $25,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em event, earning him $785,000 as the champion.

A total of 135 entries were recorded in the event, forming a prize pool of $3,375,000 distributed among the top 23 players. Notable participants included Mikita Badziakouski, Seth Davies, Steve O’Dwyer, Quan Zhou, Nick Petrangelo, Henrick Hecklen, Patrik Antonius, and Ben Heath, who all made deep runs.

Ni dominated the chip lead as the final table of eight was set. He extended his lead by eliminating Alex Kulev in 8th place. Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero followed suit, finishing in 7th place after running into Chris Brewer’s pocket aces. Both Kulev and Barbero climbed into the top 25 in the 2024 POY standings after their respective finishes.

Danny Tang bowed out in 6th place, losing a preflop showdown against Nicolas Chouity. Viacheslav Buldygin fell in 5th place to Brewer’s hand, while Aram Sargsyan finished 4th, pocketing $290,000.

Ni surged ahead after overcoming Brewer’s challenge, eventually sealing the win in a three-way showdown. He outlasted Chouity and Brewer with his superior hand, securing the title.

Brewer claimed 3rd place and $354,000, further solidifying his impressive year. Chouity, a seasoned player, took home $531,000 as the runner-up.

Event #2: $25K NLH 8-Handed Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Andy Ni China $785,000
2 Nicolas Chouity Lebanon $531,000
3 Chris Brewer United States $354,000
4 Aram Sargsyan Armenia $290,000
5 Viacheslav Buldygin Russia $233,000

Chris Moneymaker Wins Triton SHRS Montenegro Kickoff Event

Champion Chris Moneymaker

More than two decades after igniting the poker craze with his victory in the 2003 World Series of Poker main event, Chris Moneymaker reclaimed the spotlight by clinching the championship at the 2024 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro $25,000 GG Million$. Besting a field of 163 contenders, the 48-year-old seized both the coveted trophy and the top prize of $903,000.

This triumph marked the third largest payday in Moneymaker’s illustrious career, trailing only his $2,500,000 main event win and the $2,030,000 he earned for finishing fifth in the 2023 $250,000 Triton London Luxon Invitational. With this victory, the esteemed Poker Hall of Famer has amassed nearly $7 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Confident in his play, Moneymaker remarked to Triton reporters, “I wasn’t going to lose today. I could have put it in with any hand and I would have won. I ran pure.” Reflecting on key moments, he noted, “I hit a three-outer, a six outer. I thought to myself, ‘You know what, this is going to be 2003. I’m not going to lose any more hands today.’”

In addition to the substantial cash prize and title, Moneymaker secured 1,092 Card Player Player of the Year points, marking his second POY-qualified score of the year. His recent achievements include a sixth-place finish in a $500 mystery bounty event at the Moneymaker Poker Tour Palm Beach stop and a notable sixth-place position in the ACR Poker Venom online event, where he earned $382,007.

The event drew a sizable crowd, creating a prize pool of $4,075,000 distributed among the top 27 finishers. Notable players who cashed include Aram Oganyan, Nick Petrangelo, Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, Hossein Ensan, Justin Saliba, and Byron Kaverman.

At the final table, Moneymaker entered as the chip leader with Biao Ding in second position. Isaac Haxton exited in ninth place, followed by Morten Klein in eighth. Subsequent eliminations featured Lewis Spencer and four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos, with Brian Kim emerging as a formidable opponent.

Moneymaker surged into the chip lead after doubling up against Kim, ultimately facing him heads-up. The final hand saw Moneymaker clinch victory with top pair, top kicker against Kim’s valiant effort. Kim secured the runner-up spot, adding $609,000 to his earnings.

With this triumph, Moneymaker reaffirmed his enduring prowess in the poker world, securing his status as one of the game’s legendary figures.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Chris Moneymaker $903,000 1092
2 Brian Kim $609,000 910
3 Igor Yaroshevskyy $419,000 728
4 Biao Ding $341,000 546
5 Danilo Velasevic $272,000 455

Doug Polk’s Dallas-Area Poker Room Plans Rejected


Earlier this week, Doug Polk’s endeavors to establish a poker room in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch faced rejection. The city council voted against a proposal to permit poker clubs during their Tuesday night session.

Polk, a prominent figure in the poker world who acquired The Lodge poker club in Round Rock two years ago, aimed to extend his venture into other regions of Texas, commencing with Farmers Branch. The council meeting witnessed a turnout of both supporters and opponents of the initiative, each eager to express their viewpoints.

In an attempt to address any apprehensions regarding the potential impact of a poker club on the city, Polk personally addressed the council during the meeting.

“There are card players all over your city today, so I want to dispel the idea that this is somehow eroding the fabric of the community,” Polk told the council, according to PokerNews.

Clubs Bring Mixed Reactions

In recent years, poker clubs have become increasingly prevalent throughout Texas. Nevertheless, state regulations prohibit gambling activities where the house takes a rake. To circumvent this restriction, these establishments operate more akin to social clubs, where players pay dues resembling those of a country club.

The proliferation of such clubs, particularly in south Texas, has led to the regular hosting of cash games and tournaments. Despite their popularity, certain cities have opposed their presence within their boundaries. For instance, the city of Dallas has engaged in legal battles with business owners attempting to establish clubs within its jurisdiction.

Critics have even contended that these Texas clubs may not be legally compliant at all.

“A person commits the crime of ‘gambling promotion,’ if he intentionally or knowingly operates or participates in the earnings of a gambling place,” gaming legal expert and publisher of the Gambling and the Law blog noted in a post addressing the issue. “And ‘keeping a gambling place’ is a separate crime.”

Despite that, the clubs remain open in many parts of the state. Polk took the rejection in stride and has promised that he will keep searching for a city to open his next club.

“Want to thank everyone that came out tonight,” he noted on Twitter afterward. “Lots of people came and spoke, I appreciate supporting our concept. I also recognize lots of people who spoke against were trying to do what’s best for their town. Overall, they were respectful. Lots of great people in Farmers Branch.”

Derk Van Luijk Wins 2024 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event

Derk van Luijk

The 2024 PokerStars European Poker Tour Monte Carlo witnessed its largest turnout yet, with 1,208 entries pouring into the €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event, setting a record for this prestigious tournament. For the fourth time in its history, the field exceeded a thousand participants, maintaining the trend from the last three editions. This surge of players amassed a staggering prize pool of nearly $6.3 million. The ultimate victor emerging from this intense week of competition was Derk van Luijk.

Initially facing an exit in eighth place, the 43-year-old Dutch player defied the odds by clinching a crucial all-in with A-J against pocket aces, securing his survival deep into day 5. Eventually, he triumphed, claiming not only the coveted title but also the lion’s share of the prize pool, a hefty $1,080,000.

Still in disbelief, Van Luijk exclaimed to PokerStars reporters, “I still can’t realize it. I’m serious, it’s amazing.” This triumph significantly eclipsed his previous recorded earnings, notably the $101,053 garnered from a victory in a 2022 EPT Barcelona €2,200 side event, boosting his total recorded earnings to over $1.3 million.

His victory also earned him 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year points, marking his first POY-qualified score of the year. This achievement catapulted him to 38th place on the 2024 POY leaderboard, as presented by Global Poker.

The event saw notable figures such as Dan Smith (29th), Mustapha Kanit (26th), and the 2015 champion, Adrian Mateos (11th), making deep runs. The final day began with Boris Angelov leading the pack, while Van Luijk started in sixth chip position among the remaining seven contenders.

As the day progressed, Van Luijk’s dominance grew, culminating in a head-to-head showdown with Angelov. Despite several hours of intense battle, Van Luijk ultimately emerged victorious, claiming the title after a dramatic final hand where his ASpade SuitQHeart Suit prevailed over Angelov’s KSpade Suit7Club Suit. With Angelov’s elimination in second place, Van Luijk secured his place in poker history, adding another remarkable achievement to his burgeoning career.

EPT Monte Carlo Main Event final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Derk Van Luijk $1,080,000 1,920
2 Boris Angelov $670,140 1,600
3 Rania Nasreddine $478,332 1,280
4 Jovan Kenjic $367,740 960
5 Jonathan Pastore $282,636 800

Patrik Antonius Wins EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 High Roller


Entering the final table as the chip leader, Patrik Antonius dominated from start to finish, clinching the 2024 EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller title. Securing the top prize of $2.1 million, the renowned Finnish poker player outmatched German star Christoph Vogelsang in a thrilling heads-up battle, capping off an intense final table showdown on the picturesque French Riviera.

The Rise and Fall of Contenders At the outset of the final table, Patrik Antonius commanded the chip lead with a stack of 3.94 million chips (65 big blinds). His closest competitors included Juan Pardo (56BB), Ben Heath (41BB), Christoph Vogelsang (39BB), and Byron Kaverman (34BB), with none even close to matching Antonius’ stack.

Alex Kulev, starting with a mere seven big blinds, quickly found himself at risk, ultimately bowing out in eighth place after a confrontation with Juan Pardo. Stephen Chidwick followed suit in seventh place, succumbing to Pardo’s and Kaverman’s stronger holdings.

Amidst the dwindling field, David Yan’s hopes were dashed in sixth place, unable to overcome Antonius’ formidable hand. Jean-Noel Thorel’s departure in fifth place marked another casualty, falling short against Pardo’s superior hand.

The Final Showdown As the field narrowed to three, Juan Pardo’s misguided call sealed his fate against Vogelsang’s dominating hand, leaving Antonius and Vogelsang to battle heads-up. Despite Vogelsang’s initial surge, Antonius seized control with a decisive hand, propelling him to a commanding chip lead.

In a climactic finish, Antonius sealed his victory by besting Vogelsang in a final showdown. With unmatched skill and determination, he emerged triumphant, adding another illustrious title to his repertoire.

Reflecting on his win, Antonius expressed his elation and determination to continue honing his craft, anticipating many more years of success in the competitive poker circuit.

As the EPT Main Event in Monte Carlo loomed, Patrik Antonius remained a formidable force, poised to extend his dominance in the shadows of the French Alps.

2024 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Patrik Antonius Finland $2,105,000
2nd Christoph Vogelsang Germany $1,358,250
3rd Juan Pardo Spain $970,250
4th Byron Kaverman United States $746,500
5th Ben Heath United Kingdon $574,000
6th Jean-Noel Thorel France $456,400
7th David Yan New Zealand $365,100
8th Stephen Chidwick United Kingdon $291,900
9th Alex Kulev Bulgaria $233,600

Lorenz Schöllhorn Wins WPT Prime Gold Coast Championship


The 2024 World Poker Tour Prime Gold Coast Championship attracted 1,395 entries at The Star across three starting flights, with a buy-in of $2,000 AUD ($1,300 USD). After five days of intense play, Switzerland’s Lorenz Schöllhorn emerged triumphant, claiming the title and the top prize of $257,729.

This marked Schöllhorn’s inaugural live tournament victory, surpassing his previous best finish of 31st place in a $1,100 pot-limit Omaha event at the 2023 WPT World Championship festival in Wynn Las Vegas, where he earned $2,913.

As the champion of this event, Schöllhorn earned 960 Card Player Player of the Year points, propelling him toward the top 150 in the 2024 POY standings presented by Global Poker.

More than $1.6 million in prize money was distributed among the top 175 finishers, with six-figure USD payouts for the top three. Schöllhorn dominated the final table, starting by eliminating Martin Ward in 9th place.

His next significant knockout occurred when his pocket tens held against Michael Fraser’s Q-10, securing Fraser a $95,069 payday. Travis Endersby’s tournament journey ended in 3rd place when his kings and nines were bested by Schöllhorn’s full house, earning Endersby $127,173.

Heading into heads-up play against Andres Vasquez, Schöllhorn held a commanding chip lead. In the final hand, Schöllhorn’s flush draw and overcard prevailed over Vasquez’s pocket jacks, securing Schöllhorn the victory and Vasquez a runner-up prize of $171,782, his largest tournament cash to date.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Lorenz Schöllhorn $257,729 960
2 Andres Vasquez $171,782 800
3 Travis Endersby $127,173 640
4 Michael Fraser $95,069 480
5 Chin Yaw Chan $71,771 400

NYC Poker Clubs: Find the best poker clubs in New York


Step into the lively world of poker in New York City! Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, the city boasts a poker culture that thrives just as energetically. Catering to avid players, NYC presents a diverse array of venues to indulge in this beloved game. From clandestine club poker dens to the opulent settings of five-star hotels, the city leaves no desire unmet. Are you looking for the best poker clubs in New York City? Or maybe you’re wondering where to play poker in New York City? Look no further! In this article, we’ll be exploring the top poker clubs in New York, the best poker rooms NYC has to offer, and the poker tournaments that keep the city’s gamblers on the edge of their seats.

Finding Poker Rooms in New York City

Once you locate a poker clubs in New York, it’s crucial to verify that it aligns with your preferences and provides the games you relish. Factor in your budget when selecting a venue, considering the top poker clubs in New York. Diversifying your gaming experience by attending sessions at various locations can enhance the enjoyment and offer new challenges. Exploring different venues not only allows you to hone your skills against diverse opponents but also injects fresh excitement into the game.

Top Poker Clubs in New York

When it comes to discovering top-tier poker clubs in New York, players have a plethora of choices. The city’s poker scene is vibrant and diverse, catering to players of all levels, whether seasoned pros or newcomers seeking to enhance their skills.

Among the standout options is the NYC Poker Club, renowned for its upscale ambiance. With professional dealers, premium tables, and a diverse selection of games like Texas Hold’em and Omaha, it offers a luxurious experience for enthusiasts.

For those craving a more sociable setting, the New York Free Poker Club is a fantastic option. Welcoming players of every skill level, it hosts complimentary games with enticing prizes, along with regular tournaments and social gatherings—a perfect avenue for connecting with fellow poker aficionados.

Another beloved establishment is the NYC Poker Club, known for its relaxed vibe and inclusive atmosphere. Boasting an array of games, from cash games to tournaments, and equipped with professional dealers and top-notch gear, it caters to players of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

For a taste of opulence and exclusivity, the Poker Room at the Borgata in Atlantic City is a must-visit. Renowned for its breathtaking ocean views and high-stakes poker action, it consistently ranks among the country’s finest poker destinations.

How to Join the Poker Clubs in New York?

Joining a poker club presents an excellent opportunity to refine your skills, forge new connections, and revel in the excitement of the game. With a plethora of esteemed poker clubs scattered across New York, enthusiasts are spoiled for choice, basking in dynamic and inviting environments.

Whether you’re a seasoned player or a novice looking to learn, there’s something for everyone in the city’s poker scene. So if you’re looking to play poker in NYC, Text “SPBLOG” to (347) 471-1813 with full name, email & occupation.

Poker Tournament Action Returns To Wynn Las Vegas April 8-24


Prepare yourself for an exhilarating poker extravaganza as Wynn Las Vegas unveils its latest tournament spectacle, the 2024 Wynn Signature Series. Spanning from April 8 to April 24, this series boasts 27 thrilling events, promising over $1.7 million in guaranteed prize money throughout its 17-day duration.

Every event on the lineup comes with a guarantee, with five of them offering six-figure assurances, including two tournaments with a staggering $500,000 guarantee.

First up is the $500,000 guaranteed $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em mystery bounty event, happening from April 10 to April 14. Spread across four starting flights, each commencing at noon from April 10 to April 13, the tournament reaches its climax with the final playdown day at the same time on the 14th.

Following closely is the second $500,000 guaranteed event, a $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament set for April 18 to April 21. This event presents six starting flights. Flights 1A, 1C, and 1E take off at noon from April 18 to April 20, while Flights 1B and 1D begin at 6:00 PM on April 18 and April 19, respectively. The turbo format Flight 1F rounds off the starting flights at 7:00 PM on April 20, with the ensuing day dedicated to determining the champion.

The $150,000 $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, running from April 15 to April 17, follows as the next major guaranteed event. Additionally, there are two $100,000 guaranteed $400 buy-in tournaments, the first running from April 8 to April 10 and the second from April 22 to April 24.

For a comprehensive view of the schedule, refer to the list of events provided below. Detailed schedules and structure sheets are also available on Wynn Las Vegas’ official website.