PRO Super Turbo: WSOP 2017 Schedule is Out, Holz Keeps Crushing
Poker players around the world rejoice - and start making your summer plans now that the full schedule for the 2017 World Series of Poker has been released.
Meanwhile, in an actual poker series already underway, the Aussie Millions is in full swing at the Crown Casino in Melbourne Australia.
James Chen won the first of the four major events of the series, taking down a record-setting $25k Challenge. And Fedor Holz and David Peters have made the final table of the $100k Challenge, which will resume on the weekend.
WSOP Schedule Packed w/ 74 Events, 8 New
World Series of Poker officials released the full schedule for the 2017 WSOP a couple of weeks early. This year's WSOP will run from May 30 through July 17 and feature a record 74 events.
This year's schedule will feature 8 new events. Among the new events are an Online High Roller Event, a $10k Tag Team NL Event and a $333 NL Event.
In addition, this year's schedule includes "The Giant," a $365 buy-in that will have weekly starting dates from June 9 through July 7th. Each day will feature unlimited re-entry and each starting flight will reach the money.
Besides the eight new events, many of the legacy events have returned along with certain select gimmick events that include the Colossus III, Super Seniors NL Hold'em and more.
Check out the full schedule of events with dates and buy-ins at WSOP.com.
James Chen Wins $25K High Roller at Aussie Millions
In case you've missed it, the 2017 Aussie Millions is presently underway with three of its largest events already underway or completed.
The $25k High Roller concluded over the weekend and James Chen came out on top of a record field of 133 entries. Chen won the buy-in for the $25k High Roller by taking down the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. title earlier in the month.
Chen had to survive a stiff test at the final table, navigating through the likes of Ryan D'Angelo, John Juanda and Antoine Saout.
Brandon Adams and Chen faced off heads-up for the title and after nearly 2 hours of heads-up play, Chen took down the title for the largest live cash of his poker career.
Chen won the title and $648,098. Will he try his luck at the $250k Challenge? The event kicks off on Sunday.
Fedor Holz and David Peters Make Final of $100k Challenge
Fedor Holz and David Peters started 2016 by facing each other heads-up in a Triton Super High Roller Event. Holz walked away the victor and started an epic run that saw him win $16 million during the year.
Both have managed to make the final table of the $100k Challenge at Aussie Millions but are in starkly different positions.
The $100k Challenge only managed 18 entries, meaning only the top three will take home cash. Play was halted when the final table of seven was reached and German Steffen Sontheimer has the overall chip lead.
Right behind him is Holz, who now considers himself a "recreational player." Other players at the final table include Sam Trickett, Mike Watson and David Steicke.
Peters is looking to start 2017 the way he ended 2016, but he will have some work to do. He comes into the final table sixth in chips and close to shove or fold range.
The final table of this event will not play out until Saturday because of the Aussie Millions Main Event that's presently underway. When the event resumes, the remaining players will be gunning for about USD $667k in first-place prize money.