Poker News Round Up for the Week of April 30th 2016


Welcome to the poker news round up for the week of April 30th 2016. This past week saw a lot of news in the poker world with some major stories that could have lasting effects on the poker community.

We also had a few tournaments end with new, and repeat champions. And in one of the stranger stories, a former WSOP finalist will be taking his talents to reality T.V.

David Williams a Master Chef?

Former runner up in the 2004 WSOP Main Event David Williams has made over $8 million playing poker. Most know him for his 2nd place finish to Greg Raymer in 2004. Others know him from his days as a Magic the Gathering professional player.

Now, the world will get to know him as a chef in Fox's reality T.V. show - Master Chef.

The show is hosted by famed chef Gordon Ramsey and pits 40 chefs against one another in a winner takes all competition. It's unclear if Williams actually has any professional cooking experience; but we can assume the $250,000 prize for winning the show is good enough to give it a shot.

Paul Volpe Wins Borgata Spring Poker Open

Volpe is a successful high stakes tournament pro with millions in winnings along with major tournament titles. But, his biggest win came this past Thursday when he won the 2016 Spring Poker Open at the Borgata for $356,255.

The prize money isn't the biggest he's ever won which may lead you to wonder why this is the biggest tournament in his career.

The location is what matters for this prize. Volpe considers the Borgata in Pennsylvania to be his home casino. He resides in West Chester, PA and has never won a tournament in his home state. Just how big was this win for the young pro?

'Amazing' - 'I've always wanted to win here' He told a reporter after his win.

Ole Schemion Wins 2016 WPT Super High Roller

Ole Schemion won the EPT, Poker Stars Super High Roller event for $1.6 million after defeating Mustapha Kanit in Monte Carlo. The two players would cut a deal immediately upon getting to heads up. The two wanted to just split up the prize winnings and call it a day. However, EPT tournament director had other ideas.

Ole and Kanit were forced to play for at least $50,000 to decide a winner. Ole would come out ahead and take home the trophy along with the prize money.



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