CardsChat Presents: Big Winners of the Week

The new poker year is underway, and there’s so much action going on, we almost forgot we were in a pandemic. And it’s not all online; live poker is showing its face, too. Below, we give you the quick-and-dirty on who’s running hot around the globe, and who booked big poker wins for the week ending today, Friday, Jan. 29:


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Phil Galfond

Galfond Challenge vs. Chance Kornuth
WSOP.com

$726,500 (+ $250k side bet)

Chance Kornuth, trailing by more than $720,000 after 25,400 hands, tapped out in the Galfond Challenge, where the namesake hero won his third high-stakes heads-up battle in his third try. Galfond earned an additional $250,000 in a side bet (one in which he risked $1 million had he lost) — reminding us once again that Galfond is darn near impossible to defeat in Pot-Limit Omaha. [more]

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(Image: Twitter/WPT)

Ilyas Muradi

WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, Florida

$605,000 (+ $15k seat in WPT Tournament of Champions)

The World Poker Tour’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open, a $3,500 buy-in event in South Florida, was the first major live poker tournament in nearly a year. After three days of play, and 1,573 entries chasing glory, Ilyas Muradi recorded his first-ever live tournament cash, coming out victorious. The newest WPT champion won life-changing money and a spot in the season-ending Tournament of Champions. [more]

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(Image: Partypoker)

Jack Hardcastle

WPT Montreal Online Main Event
Partypoker

$447,859

Jack Hardcastle bested a stacked final table in the 2021 WPT Montreal Main Event on Partypoker this week. 888 players anted up in the $3,200 online event, and plenty of stars made it to Jan. 27 finale. Dan Shak led at the start, but Hardcastle overcame a murderers’ row that included Upeshka Da Silva, Charles Chatta, and Rayan Chamas to win his first World Poker Tour main event title. [more]


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(Image: Twitch/DNegsPoker)

Daniel Negreanu

Heads-up match vs. Doug Polk
WSOP.com

$300,647

Daniel Negreanu appeared to be losing his shirt, having dropped $136,000 in his most recent session against Doug Polk. But the past week was still quite profitable for the Poker Hall of Famer and GGPoker ambassador. “DNegs” won back-to-back sessions on Friday and Monday, which included an incredible heater on Day 31 for a $390,000 profit. The bad news: he’s still down more than $700k, and considered a big underdog for a full comeback. [more]

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(Image: 888 poker)

Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsey

WSOP.com Online Circuit Series

$33,954

Onlookers screamed collusion, but with Twitch and YouTube watching, Las Vegas poker pro and 888 ambassador Chris Moorman and his wife Katie Lindsay took first and second in Event #14, a $214 NLH tourney in the WSOP.com Online Circuit Series. The event drew 410 players and 202 rebuys, with Moorman banking $19,511 and Lindsay adding $14,443. Moorman added a WSOP circuit ring to his collection (he already has a WSOP bracelet), while Lindsey was shut out from winning her first piece of WSOP jewelry. [more]


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(Image: APAT)

Team Wales

APAT WCOAP Team Championship
Partypoker

$1,000, 4 WCOAP bracelets
4 APAT gold medals

A quartet of Welsh wizards produced magic this week to win the Amateur Poker Association & Tour’s Team Championship (Event #1) in the World Championship of Amateur Poker, a previously live event this year hosted on Partypoker. Richard Rudling-Smith (captain), Dylan Herbert, Dan Owston, and Greg Mawson outperformed players from 10 countries across 24 different events. For a nation of 3 million, the result was impressive and made all the more so by the fact Wales beat the poker powerhouse that is Germany. [more]


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