Heartfelt Move by Poker Community to Buy Terminally Ill Player into the WSOP Main Event
Heartfelt Move by Poker Community to Buy Terminally Ill Player into the WSOP Main Event
Michael Graydon wasn’t looking for a free way into the WSOP Main Event, not by any means. When he first posted about the Main, he was offering to sell a % of his action with zero mark up to the poker community.
It is very common for players to sell for this and many other WSOP events, often charging a “mark up” on the sale of action according to the skill edge they believe they possess against the (admittedly very soft!) field. Graydon, as others do from time-to-time, chose the very friendly approach of offering his action at zero markup, meaning at face value. He just wanted to play, he explained in his much-loved Tweet that he was suffering with an inoperable brain tumour, and that his current aim was simply to play the WSOP Main Event this year.
Before Graydon could sell out, however, MJ Gonzales, who coached Negreanu for Heads-up play recently, generously reached out with an offer to buy him in for the full game and leave Graydon with 100% of his own winnings. Jonathan Depa then came in to split the cost with Gonzales, and Maria Ho offered to fly him to Vegas for the event!
What a spirited move by the poker community, and a beautiful gesture of support for a player who’s seeing such hard times.
We have other recent plays in this direction in the poker world, such as Philip Nagy’s Tweet in October offering to buy six random players into the Venom $2,650 online event on the Winning network, set up so that half the winnings would go to the players and the other half to breast cancer charities.
It’s wonderful to see charitable plays in the poker scene, but this particular gesture of solidarity from the community during WSOP is just a tremendously personal one, and very touching.
The whole poker world will surely be watching with interest and support for the rail of Graydon’s journey through this WSOP Main Event. We certainly will be here at PokerDeals, and we wish him the absolute best.
We're coming up to that special time of year; you can feel it in the air, crowds are singing with hearts full of joy, and everyone is giddy with anticipation… What? No, not Christmas; it's the Coin Poker Big Bang Series , of course! The Big Bang Series is back and better than ever, with ₮34,000 in prizes guaranteed and buy-ins for all bankroll levels. Tournament Schedule The tournament series runs from the 5th of December to the 9th , with tournaments running every day at 7pm BST. There are four buy-in levels to choose from; the Baby Series, the Mini Series, the Mid Series, and the Special Series. These buy-ins range from ₮4 up to ₮150, with ₮4000 guaranteed in the biggest tournaments! If you want to hop into one of these great tournaments, check out the full schedule below. 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While some tournaments will have a cap on the number of times you can rebuy, you're free to buy back in as often as you'd like on Coin Poker, giving you every chance of making a deep run and winning one of the top prizes. While you can rebuy as often as you'd like until the rebuy period closes, there is no add-on available in the Big Bang Series. You don't even have to wait until you're completely out of chips before you rebuy; players are able to rebuy any time their stack dips below the starting amount of 20,000 chips. Don't worry; if you rebuy when you're on 19,999 chips, you won't just be given one chip to get back to 20,000! Any player who rebuys at any point will be given an additional 20,000 chips. Join In The Fun This tournament series is the perfect way to start your winter season with a Bang and potentially have an extra bit of spending money for the holidays! 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The autumn edition of the Malta Poker Festival ended on a high note with two fantastic players taking home some big prizes. Mirko Mostaccio was crowned the Grand Event winner , walking away with €136,670. In the CasinoCoin High Roller event , Gabriele Re bagged the win taking home €40,000. It was a fantastic tournament from start to finish, making it an event that poker players will definitely put in their calendars going forward. We caught up with the winners and got some insight into what they thought of the tournament, and what we can expect from them in the future. Mirko Mostaccio heads to Vegas The winner of the grand event at the Malta Poker Festival has big plans for his poker career. We had a chat with him to see how he felt after his big win. [PD] What did you like the most about the MPF, besides winning, of course? [MM] Besides the victory, I liked the whole organization of the tournament. Meeting old friends that I haven't seen for ages was also great. [PD] In your opinion what were the main factors that contributed to you winning the event? [MM] Just like in any live tournament, there are many factors that have to be intertwined, certainly a fundamental one was to study a lot before leaving for Malta. Then you put in 14 years of experience and a bit of luck. [PD] What does the win mean to you? How did it feel? [MM] The victory in this live tournament means a lot to me, given that I had always won large sums online but never had I managed to win such a large sum in a live event. [PD] What will you do with the money? [MM] I will certainly use a good part of it to continue playing, the rest I will dedicate to my family. [PD] Are you looking forward to your WPT experience? [MM] Yes, I can't wait! it will be my first time in Vegas, a dream come true. [PD] What's next for you? [MM] The next step is playing the WSOP this summer. Gabriele Re hunts for another trophy The winner of the CasinoCoin high roller event took home a hefty sum, and his first live event trophy. Here are some of his thoughts on his Malta Poker Fest journey. [PD] What did you like the most about the High Roller, besides winning, of course? [GR] If I'm honest, I didn't love the atmosphere of this event because I was late reg, and only started on day 2, but I liked the carelessness of the players. There was not too much stress in the High Roller, and all the players were more friendly. [PD] In your opinion what were the main factors that contributed to you winning the event? [GR] I think to win this tournament, I ran very well. I didn't play many showdowns preflop but the key hand was against YohViral where I check/jammed the river with a bluff (I turned 3rd pair in the bluff), and he called my bluff with the worst hand 🙈 [PD] What does the win mean to you? How did it feel? [GR] This win doesn't change anything in my life or my routine, but it's important because it's my first live win with a trophy 🏆🙃 so I'm really happy to have conquered it! [PD] What will you do with the money? [GR] I will not do anything in particular, just bankroll my poker journey and my life. [PD] What's next for you? [GR] I'm going to Rozvadov to play the Main Event of the WSOPE so I'm hunting for another trophy 💪🏻 Wishing these two amazing players all the best for their upcoming trips, Mirko to Vegas and Gabriel to Czech Republic. We hope to see them walk away with more titles under their belts! From the solid performances and great play, we can only expect great things from these two in the future. Good luck!
In what turned out to be an impressive field of 150 players (with re-entries), the CasinoCoin Cup High Roller finally crowned a winner in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Gabriele Re beat his heads-up opponent Renato Messina to lock up his first prize of €40,000. CasinoCoin High Roller winner, Gabriele Re Final Table at the Malta Poker Festival CasinoCoin High Roller Event The final table of the CasinoCoin High Roller event at the Malta Poker Festival It was a cracker of a final table with some well-known poker faces gracing the table. Johan Guilbert, better known as YoH ViraL is a Malta resident, and no stranger to the final table of big events. Re held it together, though, taking home the grand prize, as well as a trophy for his efforts. The prizes were as follows: Place Name Prize # 1 GABRIELE RE 40,000.00 # 2 RENATO MESSINA 26,000.00 # 3 JOHAN GUILBERT 18,000.00 # 4 KOENMEUTSTEGE 13,000.00 # 5 ANGELO VIETTI 9,100.00 # 6 EDVALDAS SKYRIUS 7,100.00 # 7 THOMAS LANGELAND 5,400.00 # 8 YOSSEF IFERGAN 4,500.00 # 9 CHRISTOPHER CALVERT 4,000.00 Renato Messina: Second Place YoH ViraL: Third Place Casino Coin Bounties Along with the amazing high roller prize money, players also had the opportunity to win 1 million CasinoCoin (CSC). CasinoCoin is a digital currency, developed specifically for the regulated gaming industry. Five players had big red casino coin stickers and carried bounties of 1 million CSC. It added an extra something tasty to the already prestigious tournament, giving players the chance to bag a little extra. All bounty players were eliminated on day one. Well done to all the players who took part in this awesome event. Let's hope the next Malta Poker Festival high roller attracts even more players for even juicier prizes! We'll see you at the tables, until next time.
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