Posts Tagged ‘Howard Lederer’

Top Females of the Felt: Poker’s Pretty Faces

When you enter a poker tournament, do you ever look around to see how many women are playing? Do you wonder if there will be a “pro” at your table to cause you stress and grief? The truth is, both are a good probability with women’s success on the rise in the poker industry. Still, women make up less than 5 percent of most playing fields in tournaments.

The most untapped market today in poker is women. The online sites want them and are patiently waiting to scoop up the next winner to add to their promotable stable of professional players. One very possible venue for these ladies on the rise to emerge from is ladies-only poker tours. New women’s poker tours are popping up on an average of two a year, promoting events for women and providing environments for women to learn how to build their game and move into open events.

One of the most successful women poker tours traveling around the United States is the High Heels Poker Tour (HHPT). With founder Lauren Failla at the wheel, she plans to make the tour international and increase women’s interest in poker. “The only tour that existed prior to 2007 when the HHPT began was on the West Coast. With research in hand and realizing that women’s poker was virtually non-existent on the East Coast, I decided to create an outlet where women could make their mark,” she says. “Understanding the market is paramount as I continue through this journey to bring women’s poker to the next level. The High Heels Poker Tour now has events all over the United States and abroad. In looking toward the future, my efforts will continue to focus on this demographic while creating new and exciting opportunities for the HHPT and HHPT Academy for Women.” (more…)


The field for the WSOP Tournament of Champions has been announced and contains 20 of the worlds most prominent poker all stars. With $1 million dollars in prize money up for grabs, the play is sure to  of the highest caliber.

Poker’s very first fan-voted Tournament of Champions will feature 20 of the game’s most notable players, as 355,081 votes were cast to determine who will compete for $1 million in prize money in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions on Sunday, June 27 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Full Tilt Subject of Federal Probe

full_tilt_logo_600_450One of the largest and most recognizable names in poker is the subject of a new federal probe, Full Tilt Poker, who’s name and logo is affixed at virtually every poker event around the world. The interest by the government stems from a suspected element of money -laundering, while this may be a way to compel cooperation even in areas where gambling is legal, the original article appears below:

Full Tilt Poker, the world’s second largest poker site, is being investigated by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on money laundering charges, according to a report Monday in the Financial Times.

Casinos to Computer: Highlight on Home Gaming

p36_american-adven_optHome Gaming Software Heats Up

Walk into any big-box retailer, be it Target or Best Buy, and head to the electronics section. You’ll find a plethora of video and computer games designed to work with a host of systems, ranging from the Nintendo Wii to the XBOX 360 to your very own personal computer (PC). While you may still love firing up your laptop for a quick round of solitaire, today’s games have become more graphically pleasing, more realistic and more stimulating than ever before.


GSN’s High Stakes Poker Season Five filmed at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

high-stakes-poker.jpgThe taping of the highly-anticipated fifth season of HIGH STAKES POKER™ was filmed at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas December 19-21. 

The new season features the returns of poker stars Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson and Eli Elezra, along with players new to HIGH STAKES POKER such as Tom Dwan and reigning World Champion Peter Eastgate, and recreational players like “The Simpsons” creator Sam Simon, Bob Safai and film director Nick Cassavetes. The stakes have never been higher for the players as the minimum cash buy-in of $200,000 is the largest buy-in for an entire run of a television series. The show returns to the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV where HIGH STAKES POKER SEASON ONE took place.

Here are some images from the taping on December 19-21:

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Poker Pros Cleaning Up at the World Series of Poker

wsop_mbest.gif(Las Vegas, NV) – In what seems to be another great year for the World Series of Poker, the staple poker pros are showing their prowess with several top cashes and four first place finishes…so far. With online poker sites, satalite tournaments from around the world and other means of feeding players into the annual famed poker tournaments, the competition has been tough with the appearance of the household names dwindling in years past…but their back!


To kick things off with the third event of the year, the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold em event, David Singer beat 713 players to take home $214,122. Then, last week, Erik Lindgren claimed the $5,000 buy-in Mixed Hold’em event and $374,505 when he outlasted 332 players. Then on Wednesday (June 11) Mike “The Mouth” Matusow beat 85 players and claimed the $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball event and $537,857 against a final table filled with the best players in the world. And then, to add to the excitement, last night (June 12) Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu outlasted 480 players in the $2,000 Limit Hold-em event and walked away with $204,863.

Pictured below are the staple pros who have top ten finishes in the four events mentioned in this post. In order from left to right are: (Top Row) David Singer, Erick Lindgren, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, , Roland de Wolfe. (Second Row) Howard Lederer, David Williams, Barry Greenstein and Tony “G” Guoga.

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For the record, that is $1,331,347 claimed by four individuals…who are extremely well-known poker players. Also, don’t think that these guys are playing easy fields by any means. Of the four events, there were a total of 1,610 players entered. In each of these four tournaments, the final tables consisted of several other seasoned veterans such as Roland de Wolfe (Lindgren’s Tourney-Placed 4th for $117,030), Howard Lederer (Lindgren’s Tourney-Placed 6th for $74,119), David Williams (Lindgren’s Tourney-Placed 7th for $58,515), Barry Greenstein (Matusow’s Tourney-Placed 3rd for $225,553), Erick Lindgren (Matusow’s Tourney-Placed 4th for $156,152), and Tony “G” Guoga (Matusow’s Tourney-Placed 6th for $78,076). Add up the total take from the four winners and these additional six (Lindgren listed twice) and you get an astounding $2,040,792! 

While the $10,000 No-Limit WSOP Championship Event doesn’t take place until next month, it will host around 5,000 (or more) players. If the preliminary events are to serve as any indicators, look for big name action at the final table.