Gavin Smith (poker player)
Gavin Smith was a Canadian professional poker player who won the World Poker Tour's Season IV Mirage Poker Showdown Championship event and the WPT Season IV Player of the Year award in 2005 at the 2010 World Series of Poker he won the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event along with his first bracelet. Smith learned how to play cards by playing rummy with his father, he started playing poker at the age of 26. He became a poker dealer in 1996 and set up his own poker club in 1998, he worked as a taxicab driver and on a golf course. Smith first came to note by winning tournaments in no limit Texas hold'em and seven card stud in the 1999 and 2000 World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino. In May 2005, he won the first prize of $1,128,278 in the World Poker Tour Mirage Poker Showdown in Las Vegas, defeating Ted Forrest in the final heads-up confrontation. In October 2005 he made the WPT final table again in the 2nd Annual Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship, where he finished third, behind Minh Ly and Dan Harrington.
He made a third WPT final table in January 2006. The three WPT final tables earned him the World Poker Tour Player of the Year award for Season 4, he first cashed in the World Series of Poker in 2003 and would cash in the $10,000 no limit hold'em main event in 2004, finishing 52nd. He went on to cash in 2005 as well as in 2007. Smith boasted several other high finishes, including a runner-up finish in 2007; the experience Smith gained in mixed-games when he started playing served him well, as he had several high finishes in H. O. R. S. E. Tournaments. Smith earned his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event at the 2010 World Series of Poker, defeating Danny Hannawa heads-up, earning $268,238 for his 1st-place finish. In May 2006, Smith finished runner-up in the World Series of Poker circuit event at Harrah's New Orleans, winning $293,930. Smith had made a bet with Allie Prescott on. If Smith won, Prescott would give him $70,000 per year for 10 years. Peter Feldman went on to win the tournament.
He won the Big August Rec. Gambling Excursion Main Event in 2004, besting a strong field of 249 poker enthusiasts, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In July 2006, Smith won the World Pro-Am Challenge event at the Poker Dome Challenge, taking home the $500,000 first prize. From April 2006 until October 2006, Gavin was one of the hosts of The Circuit radio show sponsored by Card Player magazine. Beginning in 2007, Smith and Joe Sebok co-hosted PokerRoad Radio with Joe Stapleton. Smith's final episode as a co-host on PokerRoad Radio was July 12, 2010, he won Poker After Dark's Season 3 Week 2 "19th Hole". It was his first time on the show. Smith played online poker on several sites and played under the alias "Birdguts", as well as his own name on Full Tilt Poker, where he played as one of their Full Tilt Pros. Smith was good friends with Erick Lindgren; as of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceeded $5,375,000. His 17 cashes as the WSOP accounted for $874,278 of those winnings. Smith co-starred with Joe Sebok on a show called "Prop Bets" on the Internet-TV site RawVegas.tv thanks to the above-mentioned prop bet at the 2006 World Series of Poker.
Smith won a bet with Joe Sebok on who would win the most Card Player magazine points at the 2006 World Series of Poker. As a consequence, Sebok had to wear a bear outfit on Day 1B, among other funny-looking outfits, including Wonder Woman. Smith had a tattoo on his upper right shoulder of a four-leaf clover and the initials J. S, he had to get the tattoo after losing a prop bet to Joe Sebok. Smith died on January 14, 2019 at his home in Houston, Texas at the age of 50, his death was ruled Natural. Official site Card Player Magazine cover article World Poker Tour profile Pokulator 10 Questions interview
2011 World Series of Poker
The 2011 World Series of Poker was the 42nd annual World Series of Poker. The WSOP is the most prestigious poker tournament in the world with the winner of the Main Event considered to be the World Champion, it was held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada between May 31 – July 19, 2011. There were 59 bracelet events, beginning with the WSOP National Circuit Championship and culminating in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship; the November Nine concept returned for a fourth consecutive year, with the Main Event finalists returning on November 6, playing down to three that evening and adjourning until November 8. The 2011 WSOP marked the first time; because of the nature of the competition, live coverage was not allowed by the Nevada Gaming Commission. WSOP.com streamed 55 gold bracelet events on a 5-minute delay via the internet. ESPN3 streamed $50K Poker Players Championship and the Main Event online. ESPN doubled the airtime given to the WSOP from prior years. For the first time television coverage of the WSOP Main Event was "live" with a 30-minute delay.
The final table of the Main Event was televised in its entirety on ESPN. As per Nevada Gaming Commission stipulations, play was broadcast with a 15-minute delay and the hole cards were not shown to the television audience until after the hand was over. Since 1970, the WSOP was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2004, Harrah's Entertainment purchased the rights to the WSOP and immediately started to expand the name brand. After the purchase, Harrah's introduced Circuit Events around the country; these events were intended to build up hype for the WSOP. In 2011, they introduced WSOP Circuit National Championship; the WSOP Circuit National Championship was an exclusive tournament, limited to 100 players who qualified through the circuit events. The winner of the championship was awarded a WSOP bracelet; the event, which took place from May 27 through May 29, was won by amateur player Sam Barnhart. Through the first 57 events, the 2011 WSOP: awarded $127,468,010 in prize money. Had 68,807 tournament entries.
Had 98 countries represented. Had representation from all 50 U. S. states. Had a male participation percentage of 94.7%. Had one multiple bracelet winner; the Main Event: had 6,865 entrants. Had 85 countries represented. Had representation from all 50 U. S. states. Had a male participation percentage of 96.5%. Had 4,604 participants from the U. S. had 2,265 participants from other countries. The $10,000 No Limit Hold. After reaching the final table of nine players on July 19, the remainder of the tournament was delayed until November 6; the Main Event drew 6,865 players, creating a prize pool of $64,531,000. The top 693 finishers placed in the money, with first place paying $8,715,638; the Main Event was won by Pius Heinz. There were 301 hands played at the final table, including 119 hands of heads-up play, the most in WSOP Main Event history. Several celebrities participated in the Main Event: Day 1-A: Jason Alexander, Vincent Van Patten Day 1-B: Sam Simon, Patrick Bruel Day 1-C: Paul Pierce, Brad Garrett, Petter Northug, Audley Harrison, Shane Warne, Ray Romano, Robert Iler Day 1-D: Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth, René Angélil, Mars Callahan, Colson WhiteheadOf these celebrities, Sam Simon, Robert Iler and Mars Callahan finished in the money.
* Indicates a player who finished in the money. NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry. *Career statistics prior to the beginning of the 2011 Main Event
Anthony Zinno is a professional poker player from Cranston, Rhode Island. He has won three World Poker Tour titles and won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2015. Zinno earned a degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and passed the Massachusetts state bar exam before becoming a professional poker player. In 2008 he cashed in the WSOP Main Event in 205th place, earning $38,600, his first WPT title came in September 2013, when he prevailed over a field of 1,189 and defeated Vanessa Selbst heads-up at the Borgata Poker Open, earning $825,099. In 2015 he added two more WPT titles in consecutive events. First, he won the Fallsview Poker Classic he won the L. A. Poker Classic for $1,015,860, his victory at the LAPC was his third WPT championship, tying Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen for the record. With these two victories and multiple cashes, Zinno was awarded the WPT Player of the Year for Season 13. At the 2015 WSOP, Zinno made the final table each time.
He finished 7th in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for $565,000 won the $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha, earning $1,122,000 and his first career bracelet. In his WSOP career, he has 44 cashes and earnings of $2,664,280; as of January 2019, Zinno has total live tournament winnings of $8,224,690. Hendon Mob profile WSOP results
Erik Seidel is an American professional poker player from Las Vegas, who has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title. He has two daughters. In 2010, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Seidel was born in New York City, he played professional backgammon in his youth. He became a trader on the American stock exchange stock market, moved on to poker. Seidel was one of the group of now famous players from the former Mayfair Club in New York City, including Stu Ungar, Jay Heimowitz, Mickey Appleman, Howard Lederer, Jason Lester, Steve Zolotow, Paul Magriel, Dan Harrington. In his first major poker tournament, Seidel was runner-up in the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event to Johnny Chan; this final hand was featured in the 1998 movie Rounders. Seidel made the WSOP Main Event final table again in 1999, finishing in fourth place in the event won by Noel Furlong. Seidel won his first WSOP bracelet in 1992 and won his eighth and most recent bracelet in 2007 Seidel has won bracelets in five different games, including Hold'em, Deuce to Seven Draw.
Only five players in the history of the WSOP have won more bracelets than Seidel: Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Johnny Moss, Phil Ivey. During the sixth season of the World Poker Tour, Seidel won the 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic, earning $992,890. In April 2011, Seidel came just short of winning his second WPT title at the Hollywood Open, he finished as the runner-up and won $155,103. In May 2015, Seidel won the 2015 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €2,015,000. In January 2007, Seidel finished in second place in the Aussie Millions $100,000 event and took home $550,000, beaten by Erick Lindgren in Heads-Up play when he moved all-in with KJ of hearts on a two-heart flop and Lindgren called with a pair of aces and his 7 kicker became an eventual straight. In January 2008, Seidel finished in second place in the Aussie Millions $10,000 main event and won $1,000,000. In March 2010, Seidel finished in second place in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship and collected $250,000 after a 2–1 loss to Annie Duke in the final.
In January 2011, Seidel finished in fourth place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event for $295,960 went on that month to take 3rd in a A$100,000 buy-in Aussie Millions tournament for $618,139. Just five days Seidel pocketed $2,472,555 when he won the Super High Roller Event at the Aussie Millions. In February 2011, Seidel won the High Roller Event at the LA Poker Classic for $144,570. In March 2011, Seidel won the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker in the final; the $750,000 he collected for the win moved him into first place on the all-time tournament money list. In May 2011, Seidel won the $100K Super High Roller event at the WPT World Championship for $1,092,780, he defeated. In August 2011, Seidel finished runner-up to David Rheem in the $20,000 buy-in 6-Max No Limit Hold'em tournament at the inaugural Epic Poker League for $604,330, which brought his earnings for 2011 to over $6.2 million. As of January 2019, his total live tournament winnings exceed $34,600,000 of which $5,388,532 have been won at the WSOP.
His 101 WSOP cashes rank him second all-time. Erik has won over $5,000,000 in poker earnings in years 2011, 2015, 2016; as of January 2017, while many players have made over $5 million in a year no other player has done this more than once. In January 2016, Seidel was ranked #28 on the Global Poker Index.. Seidel has won eight WSOP bracelets in his storied poker career, his eight bracelets rank sixth all-time. PokerListings biography
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos and beaches. In 2010, the city had a population of 39,558, it was incorporated on May 1854, from portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township. It borders Absecon, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, Egg Harbor Township, the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic City inspired the U. S. version of the board game Monopoly the street names. Since 1921, Atlantic City has been the home of the Miss America pageant. In 1976, New Jersey voters legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City; the first casino opened two years later. Because of its location in South Jersey, hugging the Atlantic Ocean between marshlands and islands, Atlantic City was viewed by developers as prime real estate and a potential resort town. In 1853, the first commercial hotel, the Belloe House, was built at the intersection of Massachusetts and Atlantic Avenues; the city was incorporated in 1854, the same year in which the Camden and Atlantic Railroad train service began.
Built on the edge of the bay, this served as the direct link of this remote parcel of land with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That same year, construction of the Absecon Lighthouse, designed by George Meade of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, was approved, with work initiated the next year. By 1874 500,000 passengers a year were coming to Atlantic City by rail. In Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, Corruption of Atlantic City, "Atlantic City's Godfather" Nelson Johnson describes the inspiration of Dr. Jonathan Pitney to develop Atlantic City as a health resort, his efforts to convince the municipal authorities that a railroad to the beach would be beneficial, his successful alliance with Samuel Richards to achieve that goal, the actual building of the railroad, the experience of the first 600 riders, who "were chosen by Samuel Richards and Jonathan Pitney": After arriving in Atlantic City, a second train brought the visitors to the door of the resort's first public lodging, the United States Hotel.
The hotel was owned by the railroad. It was a sprawling, four-story structure built to house 2,000 guests, it opened while it was still under construction, with only one wing standing, that wasn't completed. By year's end, when it was constructed, the United States Hotel was not only the first hotel in Atlantic City but the largest in the nation, its rooms totaled more than 600, its grounds covered some 14 acres. The first boardwalk was built in 1870 along a portion of the beach in an effort to help hotel owners keep sand out of their lobbies. Businesses were restricted and the boardwalk was removed each year at the end of the peak season; because of its effectiveness and popularity, the boardwalk was expanded in length and width, modified several times in subsequent years. The historic length of the boardwalk, before the destructive 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane, was about 7 miles and it extended from Atlantic City to Longport, through Ventnor and Margate; the first road connecting the city to the mainland at Pleasantville was completed in 1870 and charged a 30-cent toll.
Albany Avenue was the first road to the mainland available without a toll. By 1878, because of the growing popularity of the city, one railroad line could no longer keep up with demand. Soon, the Philadelphia and Atlantic City Railway was constructed to transport tourists to Atlantic City. At this point massive hotels like The United States and Surf House, as well as smaller rooming houses, had sprung up all over town; the United States Hotel took up a full city block between Atlantic, Pacific and Maryland Avenues. These hotels were not only impressive in size, but featured the most updated amenities, were considered quite luxurious for their time. In the early part of the 20th century, Atlantic City went through a radical building boom. Many of the modest boarding houses that dotted the boardwalk were replaced with large hotels. Two of the city's most distinctive hotels were the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel and the Traymore Hotel. In 1903, Josiah White III bought a parcel of land near Ohio Avenue and the boardwalk and built the Queen Anne style Marlborough House.
The hotel was a success and, in 1905–06, he chose to expand the hotel and bought another parcel of land adjacent to his Marlborough House. In an effort to make his new hotel a source of conversation, White hired the architectural firm of Price and McLanahan; the firm made use of reinforced concrete, a new building material invented by Jean-Louis Lambot in 1848. The hotel's Spanish and Moorish themes, capped off with its signature dome and chimneys, represented a step forward from other hotels that had a classically designed influence. White merged the two hotels into the Marlborough-Blenheim. Bally's Atlantic City was constructed at this location; the Traymore Hotel was located at the corner of the boardwalk. Begun in 1879 as a small boarding house, the hotel grew through a series of uncoordinated expansions. By 1914, the hotel's owner, Daniel White, taking a hint from the Marlborough-Blenheim, commissioned the firm of Price and McLanahan to build an bigger hotel. Rising 16 stories, the tan brick and gold-capped hotel would become one of the city's best-known landmarks.
The hotel made use of ocean-facing hotel rooms by jutting its wings farther from the main portion of the hotel along Pacific Avenue. One by one, additional large hotels were constructed along the boardwalk, including the Brighton, Shelburne, Ritz Carlton, Madison House, the Breakers. The
J. C. Tran
J. C. Tran is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player, based in California. Tran is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion, has made eight World Poker Tour final tables, winner of a WPT title, won at the World Poker Challenge and is the WPT Player of the Year of their fifth season. Tran was the chip leader coming into the final table of the 2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine, he ended up finishing in 5th place for $2,106,893 for the biggest cash of his career. Tran was born in Vietnam, is the youngest of eight children of Vietnamese parents; when he was two years old, his family moved to the United States, where he received a degree in Business Management Information Systems from California State University at Sacramento. Tran built his bankroll playing the $9 / $18 game at Capitol Casino in California. Tran has since noted. Tran has finished in the money at numerous poker tournaments, finishing 5th at the 2004 World Poker Finals and on the television bubble of the 2004 L.
A. Poker Classic and 2005 Borgata Poker Open, he finished 5th in the 2006 L. A. Poker Classic. All of these events were televised on the World Poker Tour. Tran has made 3 final tables in the World Series of Poker and cashed in the $10,000 no limit hold'em main event in both 2004 and 2005, finishing 117th both years. Tran finished 2nd in a World Series of Poker circuit event, winning $251,920. On October 2, 2006, Tran won the main event at PokerStars' WCOOP, winning $670,000. On March 2, 2007, Tran finished 2nd in the 2007 L. A. Poker Classic, winning $1,177,010. On March 28 he won his first WPT title, the World Poker Challenge, earning $683,473, he was the World Poker Tour's Player of the Year. Notable victories include: 2003 Heavenly Hold'em, $300 limit hold'em: $74,150 2005 Rio Las Vegas Poker Festival, $1,500 no limit hold'em: $97,470 2006 WCOOP Main event, $2,500 no limit hold'em: $670,000On June 30, 2008 Tran won his first bracelet at the 2008 World Series of Poker in Event 49, $1,500 No Limit event besting a field of 2718.
Tran took home $631,170 in winnings. In all, Tran cashed in 7 events at the 2008 WSOP, good for $896,392 in total winnings and a 6th-place finish in the 2008 WSOP Player of the Year. In November 2008, Tran won The PartyPoker.com Premier League III by beating Tony G in heads-up play. Tran took home $300,000 for winning first place at the final table. In June 2009, during the 40th Annual World Series of Poker, Tran won his second bracelet for winning the $2,500 Pot-limit Omaha event; as of 2010, his total live tournament winnings amount to $7,996,635. His 28 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,694,280 of those winnings, he has made the November 9 final table of the 2013 WSOP main event, where he started as chip leader but finished in 5th place. Tran used all his poker knowledge and experience to overcome a short stack and with the major support of his friends and family, he won the latest WPT event held at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Mar 15–19, 2014; as a result of his second WPT title, he became only the 20th player in history to win multiple WPT events.
Overall, he cashed in $11 million while playing live tournament, according to Hendon Mob Database. ALL IN Magazine 2007 Poker Player of the Year World Poker Tour profile
Justin Bonomo is an American professional poker player, a former Magic the Gathering competitor. He became the youngest player to be featured at a televised final table on February 19, 2005, when he placed fourth during the inaugural year of the EPT at the French Open in Deauville, France, he was 19 at the time. As of 2018, his live tournament winnings exceed $42,900,000, with his 47 cashes at the World Series of Poker accounting for over $13,826,160 of those winnings. At the WSOP, Bonomo made 16 final tables, his first bracelet came in 2014 in Event #11: No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed, earning $449,980. He came in second in the previous event Triple Draw Lowball; this was his third runner-up finish after which he lamented on Twitter, “Always a bride’s maid, never a bride.” At the 2018 WSOP, Bonomo won Event #16, the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship with a prize of $185,965. He followed this up by winning Event #78, the $1,000,000 One Drop for $10,000,000. With this victory, he overtook Daniel Negreanu as number 1 on the all time money list with live earnings of $42,979,591.
Justin Bonomo is a regular face on the High Roller circuit. He has been entering and cashing events such as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Super High Roller Bowls in China and Las Vegas, is a regular at the ARIA High Roller Events. Bonomo was caught entering major online poker tournaments using multiple accounts in 2006 on Partypoker, he was banned from several sites and tens of thousands of dollars were seized. Bonomo was a sponsored member of Team Bodog until January 2010. In 2011, he was accused of account sharing with his friend Isaac Haxton by Prahlad Friedman, they have both vehemently denied the accusation. Justin Bonomo lives in Las Vegas in the legendary Panorama Towers, residence to more than 70 professional poker players. Bonomo practices polyamory, he donated $13,250 to the SENS project, a life extension research project