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After the events of Black Friday, which saw three top US poker sites shut down, several high stakes online poker professionals in the United States have managed to stay away from the limelight. However, there are still a good number of US poker pros who are playing live poker events and turning up in the news. Here is some of the latest updates about top high stakes poker players in the US.
Last week, Matt Salsberg made the news when he won first place in the World Poker Tour Season XI Grand Prix de Paris. The American poker professional had to beat almost 230 poker players over the course of a week to win the title. Salsberg won €400,000 for his efforts.
For those in the poker community who has been wondering what had happened to some of the biggest poker pros like Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett and John Juanda, the answer is the Macau High Stakes Challenge. Some of the biggest high stakes players have been playing at the green tables in Macau, China where they do not have to worry about things like the UIGEA. Unfortunately, none of the top players made any hauls worth putting down in print. The event in question was HKD$2,000,000 super turbo tourney that saw players like Ivey, Juanda and Trickett compete at the Macau High Stakes Challenge. The players made the final table but did not win.
In this year’s list of poker hall of famer nominees, several high stakes US poker players have been featured. Nguyen, Juanda and McEvoy have been nominated among the top ten. They were nominated last year but lost out to Seidel; it remains to be seen if any of them will make it as hall of famers this year. Jennifer Harman-Traniello, another top poker player was also nominated in the top ten.
There are high stakes players and then there are super high stakes players, Antonio Esfandiari is one of the latter. This US player bought into a $1 million buy-in WSOP tourney and walked away with an $18 million prize that he recently announced he planned to “have a lot of fun with it.”
After the Partouche Poker Tour decided to pay the overlay and make the guaranteed tournament, participants were excited at the prospect of winning a large poker pot. However, things did not go well for Tom Dwan – who once hosted the Durrrr Challenge and was known for being the high stakes player to beat. Unfortunately, Dwan was defeated in the Partouche Poker Tour soon after he had played a hand. Dwan also participated in the Macau High Stakes Challenge but did not make it to the top 5.