Articles by: Howard Swains

WSOPE: Roger Hairabedian denies Erik Seidel a 9th bracelet

Howard Swains | October 18, 2013

There are few players in world poker who command as much respect as Erik Seidel. Eight World Series bracelets and 30 years at the top of the game will do that. But in Europe, and France in particular, they have their own senior figures who don’t tend to set much stall by reputations. Roger Hairabedian […]

WSOPE: Could The WSOP Reign in Spain?

Howard Swains | October 18, 2013

The administrators of the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) have made no secret of their discussions over another potential move for this tournament series. Rumours persist that after three years in France, the WSOPE could be on its way again, this time perhaps to Spain. Ty Stewart, the Executive Director of the WSOP, told […]

WSOPE: Erik Seidel eyes nine, as Stojanovic and Ausmus claim first

Howard Swains | October 17, 2013

There was enormous promise ahead of Thursday at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe. A handful of nearly men had their chance at redemption, a few established bosses had a chance to further consolidate their riches and there was a potential unique centurion in our midst. Two bracelets would be prised from their glass […]

WSOPE: After knocking all summer, Jeremy Ausmus finally let in

Howard Swains | October 17, 2013

Before today, Jeremy Ausmus had made three World Series of Poker final tables, including in Australia as well as Las Vegas. One of them was the Main Event final table of 2012, where he finished fifth for $2m and change, and he had even made the final of the WSOP National Championship in New Orleans. […]

WSOPE: Helppi heads PLO; Ivey boosts Mercier; Konopelko leads

Howard Swains | October 16, 2013

Wednesday at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Enghien-les-Bains felt a little like Christmas Eve. Preparations were well underway for tomorrow’s big show, when two bracelets will be awarded to winners in the €5,300 Mixed Max and the €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha, but there was still a lot of organising to do. […]

WSOPE: Redefining Run Good With November Niner Jay Farber

Howard Swains | October 16, 2013

If you run exceptionally good in poker, you might get to the November Nine. If you run exceptionally good in life, you might get get paid to party for a living in Vegas. But if you’re Jay Farber — who at 28 has already done both those things — you can even run good as […]

WSOPE: A Quiet, Theatrical Introduction to ‘Not Paris’

Howard Swains | October 15, 2013

Perhaps the most immediately evident thing about the 2013 WSOPE in Paris is that it’s not in Paris at all. The more eagle-eyed poker followers will notice that the venue this week is more specifically described as Casino Barriere d’Enghien-les-Bains and that the French capital doesn’t get a mention. Enghien-les-Bains is near Paris. That much […]

WSOPE: Meet Sylvain Loosli, the New Poker Ambassador

Howard Swains | October 15, 2013

If Sylvain Loosli wandered into your local American card room this week, the chances are he could sit down, play a few hours and leave without anyone having any clue who he was. Hidden beneath a hood, some dark sunglasses and a French accent, he would probably be just another guy you couldn’t get a […]

WSOPE: Day 1 Wraps in Mixed Max; Johansson Leads Final Table Of First Open Event

Howard Swains | October 14, 2013

The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe has now been running for four days, but only at around 3 o’clock this afternoon did it really start to feel like a major event. The conference center of Casino Barriere d’Enghien-les-Bains suddenly filled with countless superstars of the world stage, clutching their tickets for Event 3 €5,000 […]

WSOPE: Matt Ashton’s Cash Puts Daniel Negreanu on Defensive

Howard Swains | October 14, 2013

In most circumstances, Daniel Negreanu doesn’t spend much of his time scanning the list of players min-cashing poker tournaments, particularly those with a small buy-in and in which he has not played. But this afternoon at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), Negreanu had been paying particular attention to the early fallers from Day […]

WSOPE: Germany’s Kilian Kramer Takes Massive Lead After Day 1B

Howard Swains | October 13, 2013

Jackie Glazier was not just the first player at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe to pick up a gold bracelet. Until late on Tuesday night, she will be the only one. We won’t see another final table until the day they call mardi in these parts. Engineers will therefore have a couple of […]

On the Poker Express With Barry Greenstein and David Yan

Howard Swains | October 13, 2013

The first Eurostar train on a Sunday morning rolls out of London’s St Pancras Station at 8.24 a.m. It is rarely busy. You neither start nor finish a romantic mini-break in either Paris or London at the crack of dawn on a Sunday, and so the trays of croissants and pitchers of coffee tend to […]