CardsChat Presents: Big Winners of the Week

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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

$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 Phil Galfond is darn near impossible to defeat in Pot-Limit Omaha. [more]

Ilyas Muradi WPT
(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]

Jack Hardcastle
(Image: Partypoker)

Jack Hardcastle

WPT Montreal Online Main Event


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


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 his odds of winning are declining by the day. [more]

The Moormans
(Image: 888 poker)

Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsey Online Circuit Series


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 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]

WCOAP Team leaderboard
(Image: APAT)

Team Wales

Amateur Poker Association & Tour
WCOAP Team Championship

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

A quartet of Welsh wizards produced magic this week to win the APAT’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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