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Aussie Rob Campbell wins WSOP player of the year

Mon, Nov 18, 3:24pm by Charlotte Lee

Australian poker professional Robert Campbell has been crowned World Series of Poker player of the year.

Casino Aus reports the banner year for the pro, where he won two gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and strong showings on the European tour set him up for the accolade.

Campbell headed to Las Vegas for some poker action this summer and started well from the outset.

He finished eighth in one tournament and then fifth at the final table of another.

He played the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw tournament and won it for $144,000 and that coveted gold bracelet.

He then made the final table of a Razz event, cashed in two more tournaments and won a second bracelet.

That happened at the beginning of July in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud-8 Championship, which paid more than $385,000 for first place.

He had a very successful summer in Vegas.

When the last of the 90 tournaments finished, there had been 49 days of action and millions of dollars dished out to players.

It was also time to tally the Player of the Year points, with the Melburnian sitting firmly atop the leaderboard.

There were more tournaments to play, so Campbell had to decide if he was going to King’s Casino in Czech republic in October to earn some more points.

It was likely that second placed Shaun Deeb and third placed Daniel Negreanu would attend.

Campbell did make the trip to Rozvadov, Czech Republic and the three battled against others on the leaderboard like Phillip Hui and Anthony Zinno.

It was an event that saw Dash Dudley earn his second 2019 bracelet and fellow Aussie Kahle Burns capture two World Series of Poker Europe bracelets.

When the 15-event series was over and Deeb busted from the final tournament, the player of the year leaderboard curiously showed Daniel Negreanu as the champion, taking out his third title after achieving the feat in 2004 and 2013.

Days later, a Russian poker journalist began posting on Twitter and on a popular online poker forum that he calculated the points and found an error.

The World Series of Poker agreed to what was chalked up as a clerical error.

He was mistakenly given double points for an event where he didn’t cash.

With that, the points were recalculated and Campbell was awarded the accolade.

Negreanu conceded the win to Campbell without question, calling it an “unfortunate situation”.

“Mistakes happen and life goes on,” he said.

Campbell was elated, thanking everyone for their support and congratulatory messages and accepted the win with class.

PokerStars shelves Power Up game

Poker’s tilt at trying to attract the ever-growing esports gaming crowd to the sport appears to have been shelved.

According to Poker News, PokerStars announced it was shutting down its Power Up game variant in the near future.

The first news of the Power Up game broke in 2017.

It was then deployed for real money in October 2017, setting it apart from other esports/Hold’em hybrids.

Games were essentially three-handed sit-n-gos and stakes available were relatively low, topping out at $15 games.

Power Up was a Hearthstone-like game that had its base in traditional Hold’em.

Starting with that base, developers gave players different powers and abilities like switching out hole cards, exposing opponent cards and peeking at future streets.

After limited initial marketing and some support from PokerStars ambassadors, PokerStars didn’t seem to push the product much, instead rolling out games like Split Hold’em and Showtime in 2018 and 2019.

Despite the apparent miss with Power Up, it is reported that money spent on the development wasn’t a total waste for PokerStars, who used the game engine built to power its current online client.


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