Day 1A of the 2014 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Main Event saw a field of 400 entries. American pro Ben Bianco (has 750k in live tournament earnings according to Hendon Mob) bagged up the largest pile of chips among the 172 players who made it through the day.
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 second day of the 2013 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris was played yesterday, and many poker stars were amongst the 65 players who made it through to Day 3. In fact, at the end of five 90-minute levels of play, defending champion Matt Salsberg bagged up the largest stack (212,600 chips)! Salsberg will be joined at the tables today by notables such as Marvin Rettenmaier and Timothy Adams.
21 of the remaining 65 players will receive a piece of the prize pool (a minimum payday is worth $20,250). The last man/women standing will receive nothing less than $469,477, so it will be a thrilling final table with or without any big names on it! We will be back with another brief update tomorrow morning!
The third day at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open kicks off at noon ET today and the plan is to play until only 27 players remain. When the cards are in the air, Raj Vohra (+$740k in tournament winnings) is the chip leader with 580,700 amongst the remaining squad of 174 players. Vohra will be joined at the tables by Day 2 chip leader Paul Volpe (337,000); Champions Club members Scott Seiver (304,500) Jonathan Little (260,500) and Matt Salsberg (144,000), and several other familiar faces.
The money bubble will burst when 110 players remain (min cash: $7,123) and the winner of the tournament will take home a sweet $825,099! Check back tomorrow for another update.
A total of 146 players signed up for the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship. The tournament kicked off last Saturday at Bellagio in Las Vegas and now, after two days of play, there are 66 players left. Mike Linster will bring the largest stack (744,000) to the tables tonight and Dan Shak (617,300) and Antonio Esfandiari (536,100) are ranked second and third.
Apart from Linster, Shak and Esfandiari, there are quite a few poker stars alive and kicking, including Jake Cody (Day 2's Players of The Day) Phil Hellmuth (307k), Matt Salsberg (130k), Erick Lindgren (124k), Daniel Negreanu (124), Jason Mercier (109k) and Scotty Nguyen (81k).The money bubble will burst when 15 players remain ($49,210 minimum cash); the winner will take home an incredible $1,150,297!
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!
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!
After 5 days of play, Matt Giannetti was crowned the champion of the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Giannetti, who won the 2012 WPT Malta Main Event, brought the largest stack to the final table and remained in the lead from start to finish. Besides that it only took him 6 hands to defeat Lily Kiletto heads-up.