Earlier this week, German poker pro Ole Schemion won the first-ever World Poker Tour European Championship Main Event for to secure his first WPT title, €218,435 in prize money and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions ticket.
Mike Sexton announced last Monday, May 22, that he will be leaving his iconic role as commentator with the World Poker Tour to become Chairman of partypoker. Sexton helped found the tour back in 2002 and for the past 15 years have helped WPT become one of the most recognizable brands in the industry along with Sexton as the face of the brand.
Daniel Weinman and another 65 World Poker Tour Champion club members enterd the Season XV Monster WPT Tournament of Champions. It took three days of play to boil down the field of poker talents to the televised WPT final table, where Daniel Weinman played Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi heads-up for the title and the $381,500 first-place prize.
On Tuesday, Aaron Mermelstein took down his second WPT title after winning the World Poker Tour Maryland Main Event! Mermelstein, who won the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in January this year, bested a field of 337 runners and a final table that included two-time WSOP bracelet winner Greg Merson to bank $250,222 and a seat into the $15,400 buy-in WPT World Championship. He is the 25th person (Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen and Season XIII Hublot WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno etc.) to have scored two+ WPT titles.
Two days of poker are in the books at the the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event (played at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California) and Bryan Campanello will lead the final 24 players (of 465 entries) into Day 3 with 1,436,000 in chips. Besides Campanello, only another two players, Chad Eveslage (1,390,000) and Benjamin Zamani (1,350,000), will bring over 1 million chips to Day 3.
Both starting days at the 2014 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star have come to a close and, believe it or not, a new record has been set! A total of 713 players bought into tournament (crushing last year's record of 643 players), making it the largest Bay 101 Shooting Star in WPT History!
A big congratulations to Chris Moorman, the winner of the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic! The 28-year-old British poker professional, who has won more than $11 million online, topped a field of 534 players to secure his first major live tournament title and a sweet $1,015,460 first prize that brings his live tournament career earnings close to $3 million!
Final Table Results:
1: Chris Moorman - $1,015,460 2: Glenn Lafaye - $662,840 3: Michael Rocco - $423,440 4: Patrick Bruel - $332,190 5: Josh Neufeld - $264,520 6: Adam Friedman - $200,440
Next up on the WPT-schedule is the Bay 101 Shooting Star (an event that always attracts some of the biggest names in poker). The event runs from March 10-14 in San Jose, California, and we will post daily updates here in the news section so you won't miss out on anything!
In case you missed it: World Poker Tour Alpha8 Johannesburg ($100,000 buy-in) kicked off last Friday and saw 10 entries (9 players + 1 rebuy by Antonio Esfandiari). On Saturday, the final 7 players return for the second day of play and, after several hours of thrilling poker, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates ended up as the last man standing for $500,000 in prize money along with the prestigious Alpha8 trophy and a 24k special edition pair of Monster headphones.
Besides Cates, Kinesh Pather received $275,000 for his runner-up finish and Jason Mercier took home $200,000 for finishing in third place. Jeff Gross, who was the chip leader for sometime with 4 remaining players, ended up as the bubble boy in 4th place.
Cards are in the air at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to WPT's website, 7 players (Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Cates, Jeff Gross, Max Altergott, local player Kinesh Pather, and back-to-back Alpha8 champion Philipp Gruissem) have registered for the Day 1 of the $100,000 buy-in tournament.
The last World Poker Tour tournament of 2013 came to a close yesterday when Julian Thomas defeated Vasili Firsau, who also finished runner up at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris a few months ago, heads-up in the bwin WPT Prague Main Event! Thomas received €206,230 in prize money and joined a long list of German poker professionals who have gone all the way in some of the major poker tournaments of 2013.
Only six players remain after four days of intensive play at the PartyPoker WPT Montreal Main Event at the Playground Poker Club in Canada. Day 3 chip leader Sylvain Siebert is still in the lead and will bring 8.4 million chips to today's televised final table.
Both starting days of the 2013 World Poker Tour Caribbean Main Event in St. Maarten are in the books now and there are 107 of 191 players remaining. The overall chip leader is Ebony Kenney (picture) with 174,000 chips, and she will be joined to Day 2 by notables such as Marvin Rettenmaier (104,400), Mike Watson (45,500), Tobias Reinkemeier (25,800) and Will Failla (22,500).
We will be back with another brief update tomorrow (the prize pool should be announced by then).
Hedge fund manager and poker pro Dan Shak will be hosting the annual "All In for Kids" charity poker event on Thursday. The event will be held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York and will be filmed for national television and air as a part of a future World Poker Tour broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
In addition to wealthy CEO's, celebrities and athletes, poker pros including Vanessa Selbst, Mike Sexton and Phil Hellmuth will participate in the tournament. The event has raised more than $4.3 million over the past five years. All money raised will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
On Friday, the last six players of a 1,189-player field battled it out on the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open final table. At the end of the night, after nearly eight levels of play, Anthony Zinno stood tall as the winner after defeating Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst heads-up.
The 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open final table is set after four intensive days of play at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City! Day 3 chip leader Cong Pham and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst (the highest-earning woman in poker) will lead the remaining 6 players into tomorrow's televised final table. The average chip count is 5.9 million and Pham has a healthy stack of 10.1 million while Selbst has 7.9 million.
Seat 1. Eric Fields - 3,150,000 (31 bb) Seat 2. Anthony Zinno - 6,935,000 (69 bb) Seat 3. Vanessa Selbst - 7,910,000 (79 bb) Seat 4. David Randall - 3,520,000 (35 bb) Seat 5. Jeremy Kottler - 3,925,000 (39 bb) Seat 6. Cong Pham - 10,190,000 (101 bb)
Another action-filled day of poker is in the books at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and now there are only 36 players left out of 1,189 entries, which means that the final table, where some serious cash is up for grabs, is just around the corner! Cong Pham will lead the remaining players into Day 4 with 2.5 million chips, and other top stacks are Jake Schwartz (2,145,000), David Johnston (2,050,000), David Randall (2,020,000), and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst (1,739,000).
All the remaining players are guaranteed a minimum cash of $14,777 - with the chance of taking home the first prize of a whopping $825,099! We will be back with another brief update tomorrow, so stay tuned!
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.
On Monday, Day 1B at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey concluded with close to 440 players of 813 entries! A total of 595 players of 1,189 will return to play later on today and Paul Volpe (picture) has the biggest stack of chips! Volpe, an American pro with over $2 million in live tournament earnings, finished Day 1B with 231,850 chips to earn a $5,000 bonus, and Anthony Castelli bagged up the second largest stack (203,950) to receive a $3,500 bonus.
The top 110 players will cash for at least $7,123 each from the $3,805,989 prize pool, the winner will get an incredible $825,099, and $17,000 is set aside to pay the chip leader bonuses for Day 1A and 1B.
The first Day 1 flight at the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Main Event attracted 376 players and approximately 180 of them advanced to Day 2. The chip leader at the end of play was Cong Pham (picture) with 191,025 in chips. He will get $5,000 from Borgata as the chip leader yesterday, and $3,500 will be awarded to Besnik Ziba for finishing second in chips with 183,375.
Several big names fell during Day 1A including Matt Salsberg, Kara Scott, Matt Waxman, Chad Brown and Season XII "One to Watch" Loni Harwood. Luckily all of them (and other players that didn't make it through Day 1A) will have a chance to re-enter today. In fact, according to WPT's website, there will be unlimited re-entries for all players today.
We will be back with another brief update tomorrow!
After four days of play, the final table of the World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic Main Event is set! The final 6 players will return to play in about 1 hour and fight for a first place prize of $258,00!
The big favourite to take down the tournament is the 1 million+ chip leader Alexey Rybin who has led the tournament from start to finish Day 2, 3 and 4. The 33-year-old from Moscow, Russia has $483,503 in live tournament earnings and his best score so far is a 5th place finish at EPT San Remo in 2010 for $366,833 (Liv Boeree won the tournament).
1 Pierre Sayegh 349,000 Lebanon 2 Alexey Rybin 2,698,000 Russia 3 Andrei Nikonov 1,280,000 Russia 4 Sergey Rybachenko 921,000 Russia 5 Albert Daher 1,595,000 Lebanon 6 Kayhan Tugrul 1,025,000 Turkey
World Poker Tour Alpha8 is a brand new series of high-stakes, televised poker tournaments held at the most exclusive resorts around the globe, including stops in North America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. The minimum buy-in starts at an insane $100,000 and the first tournament is scheduled for August 26-27, 2013 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. All WPT Alpha8 tournaments will feature an eight-player final table that will be broadcasted on the new FS1 network starting 10pm EST on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
"I am honoured to announce Alpha8, WPT's newest and most ambitious offering in conjunction with its primetime home on FS1," said WPT President, Adam Pliska. "Showcasing the world's poker elite and featuring multimillion dollar prize pools, Alpha8 represents the highest televised treatment of super high-roller tournament poker to date. Playing out over a global stage, this series will give audiences insight into the intensity and skill demanded at the sport's highest levels."
The 12th season of the World Poker Tour (WPT) will kick off in just about one month's time. So far, the organisers of the very popular tournament series have revealed half of the schedule of season XXII (11 stops), which includes a brand new stop in South Korea. WPT South Korea begins December 16 and will be held at the brand new WPT Club Phoenix Room at the Ramada Plaze Hotel in Jeju.
The first televised event on the new season will take place in Los Angeles at the Bicycle Casino on August 29. Other televised Main Events include:
WPT Borgata Poker Open (September 15)
WPT Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club de France (October 25)
WPT Montreal at Playground Poker Club (November 29)
The WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic (December 6)
WPT Season XXII Aug 16: WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, Cyprus Aug 29: WPT Legends of Poker,USA Sep 15: WPT Borgata Poker Open, USA Oct 25: WPT Grand Prix de Paris, France Nov 7: WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic, South Africa Nov 15: WPT Jacksonville, USA Nov 19 : WPT Caribbean, Carribean Nov 29: WPT Montreal, Canada Dec 6: WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, USA Dec 15: WPT Prag, Chezch Republic Dec 16: WPT South Korea, South Korea
The 2013 WPT World Championship main event ($25,000) concluded early Saturday morning with David "Chino" Rheem, who entered the final table with a big lead, defeating Erik Lindgren heads-up for an incredible first prize of $1,150,297. It was Rheem's second World Poker Tour title (His first victory came at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Season VII) and now he has over $7 million in live tournament winnings.
Final Table Results: 1: Chino Rheem - $1,150,297 2: Erick Lindgren - $650,275 3: Jonathan Roy - $421,800 4: Matt Hyman - $289,988 5: Brandon Steven - $223,203 6: David Peters - $173,993
Chino Rheem entered Day 4 21st in chips with 24 players remaining and he went on an incredible winning spree after the field reached the money to take the chip lead. Rheem, winner of the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic in 2008, has almost twice as much chips as any other finalist. He he will be joined by two-time WPT title winners Erick Lindgren and Daniel Negreanu on the final table. Negreanu only has 545k to work with, but Erick Lindgren has 2.5 million and is second in chips. In total, 5 of 8 finalists already have their names engraved on the WPT Championship Cup trophy: Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, Rocco Palumbo, Chino Rheem and Jonathan Roy.
After 4 days of play at the PartyPoker World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship, 735 players have become only 6 who are ready for the final table. The chip leader at today's final table will be Amir Babakhani, of Canada, with 6,635,000 chips. Babakhani sent two big stacks to the rail to build his stack to the chip lead on Wednesday and now he has a fantastic chance of taking down the tournament and the $442,248 first prize. However, no matter what happens on today's final table - he's already guaranteed the biggest cash of his entire tournament carrer.
Seat 1: Barry Kruger - 4,770,000 Seat 2: Tao Liang - 3,870,000 Seat 3: Jonathan Bardier - 1,470,000 Seat 4: Amir Babakhani - 6,635,000 Seat 5: Jason Duval - 4,155,000 Seat 6: Martin Leblanc - 1,140,000
The final table of the 2013 World Poker Tour bestbet Open main event concluded yesterday. Mike Linster came into the final table with the second largest stack and played extremely well until he had advanced to heads-up against David Bell, who started the day in third chip-position.
The final table of six is set after three days of intensive poker at the World Poker Tour bestbet Open in Jacksonville, Florida. Danny Schechter will be the chip leader (3,825,000) when the final table kicks off at 20:00 CET tonight (2pm ET). Schechter only had 52,000 chips when Day 3 started, so you can just imagine what an incredible winning streak he has had.
He has almost double the amount of chips of his closest opponent (Michael Linster) and it will be interesting to see if he can keep a cool head at tonight's final table - where a first prize of $321,521 is up for grabs!
Final table chip counts: Seat 1: Pete Tinnesz - 1,035,000 Seat 2: Danny Schechter - 3,825,000 Seat 3: Michael Linster - 2,150,000 Seat 4: Pete Chwala - 1,180,000 Seat 5: David Bell - 1,980,000 Seat 6: David Diaz - 375,000
Kevin "1SickDisease" Eyster is the latest member of the World Poker Tour Champions Club after taking down the Seminole Hard Rock Showdown main event for $660,395 last night. The American online pro bested a field of 542 players and a final table that included no one else than Jeff Madsen. Eyster now has close to $1.2 million in live tournament earnings!
Final Table Results: 1st: Kevin Esyter - $660,395 2nd: Ben Tarzia - $389,750 3rd: Zo Karim - $252,190 4th: Paul Dlugozima - $171,950 5th: Daniel Letts - $122,275 6th: Jeff Madsen - $100,000
The World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown main event lost some familiar faces during Day 4, including Faraz Jaka (9th place), Ben Hamnett (10th place), Tony Ruberto (12th place), Matt Salsberg (13th place) and Matt Giannetti (21st place). Luckily, one big name made it to the final table...
On Thursday, Day 1A of the 2013 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown kicked off at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. 205 players entered the tournament for $5,000 each and, after 10 levels of play, Donald Nicholson (355,100) had the biggest stack amongst the remaining 75 players. Below are the top 10 stacks of Day 1A.
1. Donald Nicholson 355,100 2. Danny Shiff 229,200 3. Ben Tarzia 213,100 4. John McEwen 184,600 5. Faraz Jaka 181,900 6. Jerry Wong 180,000 7. Danny Suied 140,000 8. Kevin Eyster 137,500 9. Richard Leger 134,500 10.Andy Hwang 124,700
A total of 249 players signed up for the season XI World Poker Tour Barcelona main event earlier this week and yesterday, after four days of play, the final six battled it out on the final table. Characy Khun, from Canada, sat down at the final table with the largest stack and, believe it or not, he eliminated every single opponent during seven levels of play to lay hands on the first place prize of $258,448 - the largest cash of his career!
The final table of the World Poker Tour main event is set after 4 days of play. The six finalists (no notables) are already guaranteed $47,813 each but, of course, the $258,448 first prize (+a seat in the WPT Final) will make sure that everyone play their very best game and make it an interesting final table! Below are the finalists:
1 Chanracy Khun (picture) 2,393,000 2 Benjamin Pollak 1,899,000 3 Tahiri Hassani Najib 1,636,000 4 Bruno Garcia Cotelo 722,000 5 Sergio Fernandez 548,000 6 Antonio Alfaia 273,000 Average Chip Count: 1,245,000
There are now only 13-players left in the WPT Barcelona main event. Leading the field is Sergio Fernandez who had an incredible winning streak during Day 3. He will bring 1,268,000 chips to Day 4 and has a great chance of making his first WPT final table. Another player that impressed yesterday was Chanracy khun. The Canadian citizen sent several players packing during Day 3 and will bring the second largest stack (838,000) to the tables today.
The action resumes at 14:00 CET and will, according to the plans, continue until a final table of 6 players has been reached. The remaining players are guaranteed $14,215 each with the chance of laying hands on the top prize of $258,448 + a seat in the WPT final.
It has been an action-filled weekend in Casino Barcelona's poker room as Day 1A, Day 1B and Day 2 of the WPT Barcelona main event have been played. The field has been narrowed down from 249 to 42 players and the money bubble will burst during Day 3 (starts at noon today). The chip leader is Anaras Alekberovas (picture) with 467,000 chips and Tahiri Hassani (434,500) and Antonio Alfaia (430,500) are not far behind.
Besides the players mentioned above, there are two players that one should look out for during Day 3: Lukas Berglund (347k), of Sweden, who won this tournament in 2011 and Steve O'Dwyer (112,000), the American poker pro who has played several EPT and WPT final tables.
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!
On Monday, the first day of the WPT Venice Main Event kicked off at the the oldest casino in the world: Casinò di Venezia (opened in 1638). Only 65-players signed up for the first day, but luckily many of them were well-known faces from around the world including Matt Salsberg, Daniel Cates, Kara Scott, Mike Sexton, Gaelle Bumann and Marvin Rettenmaier.
After 8 levels of play, the first day concluded with 32 players and poker amateur Stephen Behm had the largest stack (188,000). Two-time WPT champ Marvin Rettenmaier (picture) is ranked second with 115,000 chips, and WPT commentator and poker ambassador Mike Sexton is not far behind with 99,900 chips.
We will be back with another update tomorrow! Stay tuned!
The season XI World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star main event ended up as the record for field size at this tour stop (643 players). Last Friday, after 5 days of play, the field had been narrowed down to a final table with the following 6 players:
Seat 1. Joe Nguyen - 2,175,000 (72 bb) Seat 2. Erik Seidel - 3,435,000 (114 bb) Seat 3. Chris Johnson - 2,740,000 (91 bb) Seat 4. Paul Volpe - 5,525,000 (184 bb) Seat 5. Kai Chang - 2,590,000 (86 bb) Seat 6. Joe Kuether - 2,830,000 (94 bb)
Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star saw a field of 44 players play down to a final table of 6. Paul Volpe finished second in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event last week and now has another chance to lay hands on his first WPT title.
The second day of World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star is over and now there are only 44 players left , all of whom are guaranteed $16,890 each. Paul Volpe, a well-known online grinder who finished second in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic last week, is in a decent lead with 1,394,00. In fact, his closest opponent, Brendon Rubie, has less than 900k.
Volpe is not the only poker star who's doing well. Mario Ho, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel all have about 800,000 chips and all are looking very strong. It will be interesting to see how Day 3 plays out. Right now it looks like we have some big names on the final table - where a $1,138,350 first prize is up for grabs!
The World Poker Tour has now landed at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California. The tournament, which will be televised, is set to run from March 4 to March 8 and some of the biggest names in poker are expected to show up. The highlight of WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star is, of course, the $7,150+$350 buy-in Main event (single Re-Entry, Featuring Two Days Ones) and The $24,500+$500 High Roller Event.
Day 1A of the Main Event begins today at 11:00 AM (local time) and the High Roller begins on Wednesday at 04:00 PM. We will keep you up-to-date on both events, so make sure to check our news section every day!
The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic came to an end just a few hours ago. Paul "Paulgees81" Volpe, a well-known online pro, brought the largest stack to the final table and Paul Klann was ranked second (about 800,000 less chips than Volpe) when the final table kicked off.
Day 5 of the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic saw 18 players return to play. Toby Lewis (2010 EPT Vilamoura Main Event Champion) was the chip leader with 1.8 million and his closets opponents were Paul Klann (1,581,000) and Paul "Paulgees81" Volpe (1,581,000).
Day 4 of the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic saw several big names hit the rail, including all 7 Champions Club members: Scott Clements (30th place), Joe Hachem (33rd place), Scott Seiver (52nd place), Phil Laak (54th place), Carlos Mortensen (55th place), John Hennigan (56 place) and recent bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble winner Noah Schwartz (19th place).
254 players signed up for the WPT Baden Main Event (Day 1A: 104 & Day 1B: 150). Both starting days are in the books now and there are 131 players remaining. Day 2 starts in just about 2 hours and Kimmo Kurko (picture), from Day 1A, will sit down with the largest stack (149,700). Steve O'Dwyer is ranked 6th with 118,000 chips and Champions Club members Marvin Rettenmaier (86,000) and Lukas Berglund (78,900) are not far behind.
The money bubble will burst when 27 players remain ($8,634). The winner will take home a whopping $271,258 - about 100k more than the runner-up. Check back tomorrow for a Day 2 recap.
It's been a very action-packed weekend in the poker world. Besides the Aussie Million Main Event final table, the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open concluded with Andy Hwang taking home the top prize and a spot in the WPT Champions Cup. The 27-year-old poker pro from Houston, Texas, outlasted a record-field of 1,042 players and now has $977,152 in live tournament earnings.
Final table results: 1st: Andy Hwang - $730,053 2nd: James Anderson - $438,698 3rd: Mike Gogliormella - $265,475 4th: Matt Haugen - $222,336 5th: Jeremy Druckman - $182,514 6th: Matthew Salsberg - $147,671
Ravi Raghavan is the newest member of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club after besting a field of 503-players at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Raghavan went from being the short-stack to the only stack on the final table, which included amazing players such as Antonio Esfandiari, who won this event in Season IX, Andrew Lichtenberger who made it to the final in this event in Season X and WPT Champions Club member Shawn Buchanan!
WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic final table results:
1. Ravi Raghavan - $1,268,571 2. Shawn Buchanan - $746,502 3. Thomas Winters - $483,031 4. Antonio Esfandiari - $329,339 5. Andrew Lichtenberger - $234,197 6. Jeremy Kottler - $187,845