This week’s poker news starts us off in Las Vegas where the city is ready to host another major poker event. It’s been almost six quiet months since the last in-person tournament was played, so this is great news for Sin City.
First Major Tournament Series Announced In Vegas Since COVID-19
It’s been a rough year for the poker scene in Las Vegas but it feels like things are getting back to normal. A major in-person poker tournament has been announced as the DeepStack Showdown Poker Series will be running from September 7th through the 27th at the Venetian Resort.
The series will be featuring over $400,000 in guaranteed prize pools with the largest event being the $100,000 guaranteed $400 buy-in MonsterStack no-limit hold’em event.
For the majority of this series, their prize pool guarantees will be 50% of the events that were held prior to the shutdown. The Venetian Resort also announced the ‘Venetian Clean Commitment’, which is their protocols for how they’ll ensure that health and safety standards are met. Of course, the tournament wouldn’t have been able to go live otherwise but players can expect more than 800 safety protocols throughout the events.
Former Miss Global Iran Wins WSOP Online Bracelet
Melika Razavi was best known for representing Iran in the Miss Global pageant back in 2016 and now she has just won a different type of event. Razavi has just defeated a total of 2,024 entries en route to winning her first WSOP Online gold bracelet. She took down WSOP Online $1,050 buy-in ‘Beat The Pros’ no-limit hold’em bounty event and earned the top prize of $239,180.
For Razavi, this was the highest recorded score of her career. Her former highest score was a fifth-place finish in a $1,500 buy-in event at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel-Casino over in Cyprus where she claimed $56,120 for her placement in the event.
Finishing behind her was Dylan Linde in second place, as he ended up winning $147,447. Then in third place was Andre Difelice, who won $114,413 from the event. Rounding out the top four was Leonid Yanovski, who was able to bring home $66,056.
Holz Wins His Second WSOP Online Bracelet
German native Fedor Holz defeated a total of 127 entries in order to claim the 2020 WSOP Online $25,000 buy-in heads-up no-limit hold’em event. Part of the ‘People’s Choice’ events, Holz claimed the top prize of $1,070,250 and his second gold bracelet.
This was a star-studded event as Holz had to go through a number of high-quality opponents to get the win. He beat Luc Greenwood, Robert Flink, Anton Morgenstern and current all-time money leader, Justin Bonomo.
Winning is nothing new for Holz, as he has over $34.1 million in total career earnings. That number actually places him number eight on poker’s all-time money list. He also has just earned the eighth spot in the WSOP’s career earning’s list as well, with just under $13 million to his name in official bracelet events. His largest recorded event was during the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One Dor One Drop, finishing runner-up and winning $6,000,000.