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U.S. Pros Still Waiting on Online Poker Legislation

There was no timetable for when online poker would return to the U.S. after Black Friday but as the years go by there’s a good chance some of the displaced pros will start to seek alternative jobs.

“It is a good living but I’m getting tired of all the traveling,” he said.

“I think I’ll keep living abroad until this upcoming WSOP. After that I may make a decision to do something else or at least travel less. I’m not sure.”

There have been some positive steps towards legalizing and regulating online poker in the U.S. but Ramage isn’t exactly holding his breath.

“It doesn’t seem too likely at this point,” he said. “Particularly any form of interstate online poker.”

It’s not a stretch to imagine that by the time online poker is fully legalized in the U.S., the current generation of poker stars will have moved on.

On the bright side Ramage has enjoyed getting to experience new cultures while traveling and is still hungry for a big live score.

Ramage has yet to win a major live poker tournament and would love to make a deep run in the 2013 Aussie Millions.

“I really haven’t done a lot live over the last few years,” he said. “I’ve had some chances but things just haven’t worked out. Hopefully this is the one.”


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Future Still Unclear for Displaced U.S. Online Pros

It’s been nearly two years since online poker’s Black Friday scattered the U.S. poker-playing community to the far reaches of the world.

Some of the best online poker players in the world including Shaun Deeb, Calvin “Cal42688” Anderson, Brian Hastings and Phil Galfond were forced to move out of their native country to continue playing.

Grayson Ramage, who’s a dominant force on the PocketFives leaderboard with over $3.2 million in lifetime earnings, seems to be reaching the breaking point when it comes to living abroad.

“Honestly I’m getting sick of it,” said Ramage while on break from the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event.

“It’s nice to see different places and travel around but you really don’t have a place to call home. It wears on you.”

Since Black Friday, Ramage, who originally hails from Red Hook, NY, has split his time between Toronto, Prague, Costa Rica and Las Vegas. He generally sees his family a couple times a year.

It’s not an unusual situation for U.S. online poker players who are generally forced to leave countries after a certain period of time expires.


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The Metro Tournament Winners January 28 to February 3

The Metro Tournament Winners January 28 to February 3

Metro Monday Bounty Tournament Champion

Metro Tuesday 40k Tournament Champion

Metro Wednesday Bounty Tournament Champion

Metro Thursday 20k Tournament Champion

Metro Friday 100k Tournament Champion

Saturday Bounty Tournament Champion

Metro Sunday 20k Tournament Champion

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Dan Shak Falls Short of Repeating as Champion

Despite having a short stack, Robl trumped a final table that included the aforementioned Kurganov, Tobias Reinkemeier, Vanessa Selbst, Niklas Heinecker, Dan Shak and Masa Kagawa.

Andrew Robl and girlfriend after winning $100k Challenge.

Heinecker, who was the last player to register for the tournament, had the misfortune of going out on the bubble when Kagawa busted him in fifth place with ace-queen over ten-nine.

Shak, who actually won this tournament in 2010, was the first player to bust in the money as he fell in fourth place to Robl to win $237,000.

Somewhat surprisingly it was Kagawa who busted next. Kagawa got unlucky to bust to Robl in third place after spending much of the tournament as the chip leader. The Japanese businessman picked up $320,000 for his efforts.

The tournament was a strange journey for Robl who busted to Shak on Day 1. Robl got it in good with top-pair on a 9♣ 3♥ 3♦ flop while Shak only had A♣ K♣ for ace-high.

An ace hit on the turn, however, and that was enough to bust Robl. Fortunately the young pro opted to re-buy.

“I was pretty tilted when I busted,” he said. “I called my buddy, I told him the hand and he told me that it sounded like I was playing good. He said I should give it another shot.”

Here are the complete final table results:

1. Andrew Robl – $1,000,000
2. Igor Kurganov – $610,000
3. Masa Kagawa – $320,000
4. Dan Shak – $237,000
5. Niklas Heniecker – $0
6. Vanessa Selbst – $0
7. Tobias Reinkemeier – $0


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Robl Posts Stunning Comeback to Win $100k Challenge

Andrew Robl was the only player to re-enter the 2013 Aussie Millions $100k Challenge but it paid off as he stormed back to win the contest for AUD$1 million.

Robl, who was one of the original members of the Ship it Holla Ballas crew, beat high roller Igor Kurganov head-up to claim his first major title.

Known in the past for his fast-paced lifestyle, Robl was remarkably calm after winning the tournament.

“I’m gonna have a glass of wine,” he said.

“Maybe after that I’ll go out for a few drinks. Nothing too exciting. If I would have won a poker tournament when I was 20 it would have been a different story. It would have been four straight days at the nightclub or the strip club. Just four days of debauchery basically.”


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Hellmuth, Matusow, Cates in NBC Heads-Up Final 8

The field of 64 at the $25k NBC Heads-Up Championship is down to just eight with Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow leading the charge to the final.

Two of the game’s original and most recognizable stars, both had to knock off tough opponents in the Rounds of 32 and 16 to advance.

Hellmuth, who won the inaugural NBC Heads-Up event in 2005, continued his string of strong results in the past year by defeating Justin Smith and David “Doc” Sands.

Matusow, who hasn’t seen the same level of success or exposure since Black Friday, surprised at least a few observers by knocking off Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Barry Greenstein for his spot in the quarter-finals.

Hellmuth will face Eugene Katchalov in the quarters while Matusow will face John Hennigan.

Cates, Seiver Clash in Clubs Bracket

While the poker vets controlled the Hearts and Spades brackets the young guns ruled the day in the Clubs and Diamonds.

Heads-up killers Dan “Jungleman12” Cates and Scott Seiver will match up in the quarters of the Clubs bracket while Joe Serock and Brian Hastings meet in the Diamonds bracket.

Hastings knocked off fellow online icon Tom “durrrr” Dwan in the Round of 16 and Serock topped GPI Player of the Year Dan Smith.

Action picks up again at 2 pm today in Vegas and won’t stop until a $750,000 winner is crowned.

Today’s Match-Ups:

Eugene Katchalov vs. Phil Hellmuth
Brian Hastings vs. Joe Serock
Dan Cates vs. Scott Seiver
Mike Matusow vs. John Hennigan

Yesterday’s results:

Round of 32

Barry Greenstein def. John Monnette
Mike “The Mouth” Matusow def. Viktor Blom
John Hennigan def. Sam Simon
Phil Ivey def. Justin Bonomo

Round of 16

Mike ‘The Mouth” Matusow def. Barry Greenstein
John Hennigan def. Phil Ivey


Round of 32

Joe Cheong def. Bruce Miller
Eugene Katchalov def. Phil Galfond
Phil Hellmuth def. Justin Smith
David “Doc” Sands def. Chris Moneymaker

Round of 16

Eugene Katchalov Def. Joe Cheong
Phil Hellmuth def. David “Doc” Sands


Round of 32

Antonio Esfandiari def. Jonathan Duhamel
Dan Cates def Chris Moorman
Vanessa Rousso def. Shaun Deeb
Scott Seiver def. Kyle Julius

Round of 16

Dan Cates def. Antonio Esfandiari
Scott Seiver def. Vanessa Rousso


Round of 32

Tom Dwan def. Doyle Brunson
Brian Hastings def. Eli Elezra
Joe Serock def Huck Seed
Dan Smith def. Gaelle Baumann

Round of 16

Brian Hastings def. Tom Dwan
Joe Serock def. Dan Smith


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Daily 3-Bet: ElkY FTW, Girl Fight, Dwan Cracks Phil

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a series of three fiercely-contested one-on-one matches to settle the mid-afternoon poker news battle once and for all.

If you have an idea for a great 3-Bet piece, just drop us a note in the comments below.

It’s an all-NBC National Heads-Up Championship 3-Bet today with Daniel Negreanu making his Heads-Up picks, some hilarious Twitter trash talk and the best NBC HU clip of all-time.

1) Negreanu Predicts ElkY to Win NBC Heads-Up

So Daniel Negreanu may not be actually playing the NBC National Heads-Up Championship but that hasn’t kept the one-man media machine from taking an interest in the contest.

Negreanu posted his predictions based on the recently released draws for the heads-up tournament on Full Contact Poker today.

For the most part Negreanu was pretty conservative in his guesses and didn’t really offer any huge upsets.

His potential final four is pretty online heavy, however, with Chris Moorman, Andrew Lichtenberger and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier as well as Liv Boeree.

Boeree might not be a bad choice actually as women have historically done very well in this tournament with Vanessa Rousso finishing second in 2009 and Annie Duke winning it all in 2010.

In the end Negreanu went with ElkY to win it all for the $500,000 first-place prize.

ElkY is a very solid pick considering he made the final four of NBC heads-up in 2009. Also, he’s insanely good at poker. Check out the rest of Negreanu’s picks on Full Contact Poker.

2) NBC Heads-Up Ignites Trash Talk on Twitter

With NBC Heads-Up set to start later today some of the contestants have already started to needle each other on Twitter.

Maria Ho, Gaelle Baumann, Chris Moorman and Justin Bonomo all had some choice Tweets but Erik Seidel razzing opponent Tom Dwan over the amount of time he spends in Macau was highlight-reel worthy.


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