Poker News Roundup: Elio Fox, Malta Tourneys, Warren Sheaves

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There were some big wins on the poker circuit this week, including another one for Elio Fox. He’s been conquering plenty of titles this year and that’s where we’ll start our weekly recap of the poker news: 

Elio Fox Wins Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 

It’s never a bad week when your bank account gets a boost by half a million. That’s the case for Elio Fox, who is in the midst of a big year, after scoring his latest big win with a championship in the Seminole Hard Rock $50,000 Super High Roller event. That was Fox’s eighth six-figure prize of the year and his fifth top-two finish in a tournament with a minimum $25,000 buy-in. Fox has unofficially won about $4 million this year, helped by a reported deal he made with Nick Petrangelo in the $100,000 High Roller at the World Series of Poker. 

Fox entered the final table with a huge lead (141 big blinds), which was roughly double the second-place stack of Chris Hunichen. That gave him a huge edge. 

Dan Shak finished second behind Fox in the Seminole Hard Rock tournament and collected $305,000. Guiseppe Iadisernia of Venezuela was third and won $190,000. Rounding out the top five were Ali Imsirovic in fourth and Hunichen in fifth. Four of the top five finishers were from the United States. 

Battle Of Malta And 888Poker Announce Partnership 

Want to win a trip to Malta? Now you can if you play with 888Poker. The online poker portal has announced that a few lucky players will earn a trip to the Battle of Malta tournaments in October. 888Poker is giving players a chance to win a seat at the 550 Euro Main Event for as little as one cent. The tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of one million euros, or $1.16 million US. 

The Battle of Malta tournaments will go from October 25 to 30 and involve many NLHE and PLO games. Beyond the Main Event itself, there will be a Ladies Tournament, a 165 Euro PLO Double Chance, a 220 Euro Final Battle Turbo, a three-day 1,320 Euro High Roller, a 330 Euro Deepstack Turbo, and a three-day 245 Euro Siege of Malta offering. 

Last year’s Battle of Malta gained just over 2,000 entries, a new attendance record on the Mediterranean island. Other satellite tournaments will precede the Battle of Malta earlier in October, until the 14th of the month.

Sheaves Wins WSOP Global Casino Championship 

Warren Sheaves outlasted a field of 125 qualifiers to win the WSOP Global Casino Championship, good for $282,113 and a gold bracelet. It was a sweet win for him as he hasn’t won many prizes like that so far. The victory nearly doubled his career prize money to $666,912. 

Loni Harwood was bidding to become the first repeat champion at this event but ended up finishing in fifth. He took home just over $65,000. Looking at the rest of the top five, Jeremy Meacham was second, Keven Stammen was third and Armin Stocker of Switzerland – the only non-American in the top five – finished fourth. 

Stammen had the overall chip lead heading into the official final table, but Sheaves was able to turn the tide at the end.