Articles by: Steve Schult

THE BLUEPRINT: How Aaron Mermelstein Won the Borgata Winter Poker Open

Steve Schult | March 21, 2015

In January, Aaron Mermelstein saw a sharp increase in his career tournament earnings. At the end of January, Mermelstein outlasted a field of 989 players to take home $712,305 and a WPT title by winning the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open $3,500 Main Event. The win brought the Philadelphia native’s career earnings to over […]

THE BLUEPRINT: Martin Jacobson Breaks Down His WSOP Main Event Win

Steve Schult | February 3, 2015

Martin Jacobson cemented his place in poker history and joined a very small group of poker players by taking home the most coveted bracelet of the year in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. Last November, the Swedish poker pro and former chef came to the final table with just under $5 million […]

THE BLUEPRINT: How Andrew Lichtenberger Won WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas

Steve Schult | January 8, 2015

Andrew Lichtenberger has already accomplished virtually everything one could accomplish in poker. More commonly known to his peers as “LuckyChewy,” Lichtenberger has played in and beaten high-stakes cash games and tournaments, both live and online, millions of dollars in the process. Besides earning a living on the felt, Lichtenberger recently finished up his first book. “The […]

The Blueprint: How Jonathan Jaffe Won WPT Montreal

Steve Schult | December 9, 2014

Jonathan Jaffe celebrated his Thanksgiving north of the border by adding $429,106 and a WPT title to his already impressive poker resume. Jaffe defeated Ratharam Sivagnanam heads-up to take home his first major title at the WPT Montreal Main Event. The Massachusetts native brings his career earnings to just shy of $2 million after besting […]

How and Why Felix Stephensen was Eliminated in 2nd Place

Steve Schult | November 12, 2014

  Felix Stephensen started the final table second in chips and ended up finishing the final table in second place as well after falling just short in a heads-up match against Martin Jacobson. Stephensen made his presence felt early on in the final table when he pulled off a bluff against Billy Pappas. With blinds of 200,000/400,000 and […]

How and Why Jorryt van Hoof was Eliminated in 3rd Place

Steve Schult | November 12, 2014

The chip leader at the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table has had mixed results in recent history, with Jonathan Duhamel being the only player to come in with the chip lead and take home a bracelet. Jorryt van Hoof was unable to join the French Canadian in that elusive club as […]

How and Why Will Tonking Was Eliminated in 4th Place

Steve Schult | November 11, 2014

William Tonking was eliminated from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event in fourth place (Drew Amato Photo) William Tonking was the last American player remaining at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, but with his fourth place finish, the Main Event bracelet is guaranteed to be heading across the Atlantic […]

How and Why Billy Pappas was Eliminated in 5th Place

Steve Schult | November 11, 2014

The foosball world lost its chance at a poker world championship with the elimination of Billy Pappas in fifth place. Pappas was the only true amateur at the table when the day began and held his own against the rest of the pros at the table. Early on, it looked as if the pros were going to run […]

How and Why Dan Sindelar was Eliminated in 7th Place

Steve Schult | November 11, 2014

It didn’t take long after Bruno Politano‘s eighth place finish, for Dan Sindelar to be eliminated in seventh place. The Nebraska native and Las Vegas cash game pro was the first player to win seven figures as he takes home $1,235,862 for a seventh place finish. Sindelar started the day in the middle of the pack with just […]

How and Why Bruno Politano was Eliminated in 8th Place

Steve Schult | November 11, 2014

The Penn and Teller Theater got a lot quieter as Bruno Politano and his rowdy rail heads to the exits and is eliminated in eighth place at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. The lone Brazilian at the final table started the final table as the short stack and was able to climb the […]

How and Why Mark Newhouse was Eliminated in 9th Place

Steve Schult | November 11, 2014

Mark Newhouse made poker history by becoming the first player to make back-to-back World Series of Poker Main Event final tables in the November Nine era, but his second appearance ended the exact same way his first did. With a ninth place finish. Newhouse came to the final table third in chips and started the […]

THE BLUEPRINT: How Darren Elias Won the WPT Borgata Poker Open

Steve Schult | September 26, 2014

Darren Elias was already a very successful, well-respected poker player before he headed to the WPT Borgata Poker Open – where he topped a field of 1,226 players and took home a first place prize of $834,744. It was Elias’ biggest career cash and his fourth live tournament title. The win brought his career live […]

The BLUEPRINT: How Harry Arutyunyan Won the WPT Legends of Poker

Steve Schult | September 3, 2014

(photo credit Joe Giron/WPT) Before last week Harry Arutyunyan had just one tournament cash to his name, a 36th place finish in a $235  No Limit Hold’em tournament. before entering the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event. The 31-year-old businessman from California waded through a field of 593 players in the $3,700 No […]

Luis Velador Eliminated in 10th, November Nine Set

Steve Schult | July 15, 2014

Less than 30 minutes into level 35, Luis Velador was eliminated by Mark Newhouse and the November Nine of the 2014 World Series of Poker has been set. Newhouse will make WSOP history and become the first player since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004 to make back-to-back Main Event final tables. Tonkin’s Shove Gets […]