Poker pro and poker representer Kara Scott is 888poker's newest ambassador after inking a deal with the popular poker room last week. Scott, originally from Canada but now living in Europe, has been playing and representing poker since the mid-2000's. She currently has over $640k in live tournament earnings, including her biggest score to date: a second place finish in the 2009 Irish Open for $414,612!
Popular poker player and TV-reporter Kara Scott and PartyPoker are about to split up after 5 years together. Scott commented on the "break up" in her latest blog, "PartyPoker has gone through many changes and unfortunately as their focus shifted, there were fewer and fewer TV projects. As those shows disappeared, so did one of my favourite parts of the job and now my association with Party is ending."
Another day is in the books at World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris and we still haven't reached the money bubble as 24 players still remain. Day 2 chip leader Matt Salsberg still has the chance of back-to-back titles, but he will to fight really hard during Day 4 with his stack of 218,500 to catch up with chip leader Vasily Firsau (756,000) from Belarus and his closest competitors Peter Apostolou (548,000) and Jean-Norel Thorel (458,000).
Salsberg will be joined at the tables today by a few familiar faces including Elliot Smith, Marvin Rettenmaier, Kara Scott and Jason Koon. The money bubble will burst when 21 players remain. A minimum cash is worth $20,250 and $469,477 will be awarded to the winner.
The third day of the World Poker Tour Venice main event was kind of slow and not as action-packed as one might have hoped for. The day started with 36-players and, after some hours of play, 18 of them were still standing when the tournament director called it a day. Mike Sexton, Kara Scott, Ludovic Lacay and Matt Salsberg all made it through the day with healthy stacks while Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Liv Boeree and Marvin Rettenmaier were sent packing.
All the remaining players are now guaranteed a minimum payday of $7,975 each. The plan for Day 4 is to play down to 6 players, who will battle it out on the televised final table this weekend. It's very likely that one or two big names will make it there and battle for the first prize of $180,097!
The plan for Day 2 was to play six 90-minute levels of poker, but the tournament director had to stop the action earlier when only 36-players remained. Ludovic Lacay (2012 EPT San Remo winner) finished day with the chip lead (351,400) and Mike Sexton (241,500) and Marvin Rettenmaier (187,700) also made it through the day with big stacks. Besides the players mentioned above, Kara Scott, Matt Salsberg, Giacomo Fundaro, Liv Boeree and Dan "Jungleman" Cates made it through Day 2.
The average stack is 144,166 and there are many players with plenty of chips to gamble with, so it's very hard to predict what will happen during Day 3. One thing is certain, though: it will be a very entertaining day of poker with so many well known faces racing towards the final table - where a first prize of $180,097 is up for grabs!
Both starting days of the WPT Venice main event are in the books now, and the second day is running as we write this short update. There are 91 players remaining with poker amateur Stephen Behm out in front with 188,000. Marvin Rettenmaier (ranked 4th with 129k) and Mike Sexton (ranked 9th with 99k) are the biggest names among the top 10 players. Other big names with chips left are, just to mention a few, Kara Scott, Alessio Isaia, Liv boeree, Matt Salsberg and Dan Cates (picture).
We will be back tomorrow morning with a bigger update! Stay tuned!
The main event of World Poker Tour Baden is down to 44 players after 2 days of play. German poker pro Bodo Sbrzesny, who finished third in WPT Prague a few months ago, leads the remaining squad of players into Day 3 with 403,000 chips (20k more than his fellow countryman Vishal Pundjabi).
Another German with plenty of chips is Marvin Rettenmaier (248,500 - ranked 10). Besides Rettenmaier, the biggest names left in the tournament are Kara Scott, Paul Berende and Martin Stazsko.
Day 3 starts at 14:00 (CET) with the blinds 1,200-2,400, 400 ante, and the final table will be played on Sunday. 27 of the remaining players will get a piece of the prize pool (minimum cash of $8,634 and the winner will take home $271,258).
Check back on Monday for a recap of how the final table played out.
Day 1B of WPT Prague was a very thrilling day of poker as lots of well-known players were among the 179 particiapants. Besides that, the atmosphere among the players was very good. Maybe it had something to do with some of the French players wearing bunny rabbit hats?
Yesterday Greg Merson won the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event after a very exciting final table that lasted 18 hours. The 24-year-old poker pro from Laurel, Maryland overcame a field of 6,598 players to collect the first place prize of $8,531,853 and, of course, the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet. Below is a video clip of the final hand and also a clip of a very emotional Greg Merson being interviewed and congratulated by Kara Scott after the win.