Carter Phillips is the name of the winner of Event #31: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em. Phillips topped a field of 2,811 players, the largest $1,5k NLHE event so far at the 2012 WSOP, and defeated the winner of the 2009 Main Event heads-up, Joe Cada.
This was Phillips' second WSOP bracelet after winning the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six Handed event in 2010 for $482,774. This time he received amazing $664,130 - the second biggest tournament cash of his career after the EPT Barcelona main event win in 2009 that gave him $1,216,023!
Ladies and gentlemen, we are just hours away from EPT Barcelona - one of the biggest and more prestige full stops on the tour. Just like last year, we can expect a huge field of players to take part in the Main Event with a buy-in of €5000+€300. Defending champion Carter Phillips, EPT Snowfest winner Allan Baekke and EPT Vilamoura winner Antonio Matias are 3 of the most interesting names that already have announced that they will take part in the Main Event.
PokerStars has been running lots of satellites for EPT Barcelona. Now over 160 online qualifiers players are on their way to Barcelona to take part in the Main Event. Some of them have won their entry for as little as €7.50 - now they have the chance of winning some serious cash that can take their poker career in the right direction.
Carter Phillips had his breakthrough last year when he became the EPT Barcelona, but since then we haven't heard much from him. He has been playing in quite a few tournaments but not won any bigger amounts worth mentioning. However, tonight the long-awaited payday finally came for the 21-year-old American as he took down the $1,500 buy-in six-handed no-limit Hold'em tournament (event 16) at 2010 WSOP.
In the field of the 55 remaining players (who have made it from Day 2 to Day 3) we find many PokerStars qualifiers and pros. American PokerStars qualifier Carter Phillips, who won EPT Barcelona last month, was in the lead almost all Day 2 but then lost the lead to fellow qualifier Clayton Mozdzen from Canada.
The Main Event of EPT Warsaw attracted a total of 203 players from 33 countries this time. The total prize pool is €1,145,826, and 24 players will get a piece of it. The winner of the tournament will get €358,644, and the second place finisher will get €200,520.
A total of 203 players (Day 1a=88, Day 1b=115) entered the Main Event of EPT Warsaw this time. Of these 203 players, 148 made it to Day 2 of the tournament. In the lead is PokerStars qualifier Carter Phillips from North Carolina with 194,850 chips.
Phillips, seems to be on an EPT roll at the moment as he took home EPT Barcelona just a month ago. Luca Pagano, the Team PokerStars Pro from Italy, is still up among the leaders with 101,575 chips. It will very interesting to see if these 2 players will continue playing great poker and stay in the top till Day 3 of the tournament.
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