A total of five players will return to Day 4 of the EPT Malta Main Event with over 1 million in chips each, and Poland's Jaroslaw Sikora out in front with 1,457,000! Sikora and his two closets competitors, Alexander Ivarsson and Faraz Jaka, have been among the top stacks since Day 1 and now they and the other remaining 37 players are guaranteed to take home at least €11,840 each.
A champion has been crowned at the World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open Main Event ($3,500 buy-in) after 4 days of intensive play! Nabil Hirezi, who brought the largest pile of chips to yesterday's final table of six players, topped a field of 258 players to earn $206,041 and his first WPT title! Hirezi is a 59-year-old dentist who has run a successful practice for 22 years in Jacksonville and he plays in the bestbet Jacksonville poker room almost ever day.
A final table of six is set at the World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open Main Event after 3 days of play. Unfortunately, Jared Jaffee, Day 3 chip leader and winner of this event in 2013, fell a few spots shy of the WPT final table. He earned $13,935 in prize money and gained 50 WPT season XII POY points to take his total to 1,900 points (4th place POY standings).
Only 19 of 258 players remain after two days of play at the World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open Main Event. Jared Jaffee, who won the most recent WPT event at bestbet Jacksonville, is the chip leader heading to Day 3 (begins in approximately 5 hours) with 776,000 in chips!
On Thursday, Day 1A of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Emperors Poker Classic Main Event ($3,600) kicked off. The event, which is being played at The Palace of Dreams in the heart of Johannesburg in South Africa 7-11 Nov, attracted 85 entrants (11 more than last year) and 54 players made it through the day. Nahum Lum bagged up the largest stck (123,725), and he will joined to the second day by notables such as Faraz Jaka, Gaella Baumann and Barny Boatman.
The second Day 1 flight begins in a few hours and, as usual, a greater field of players is expected to participate! We will be back with another update on Monday morning. Until then, have a great weekend!
542 players entered the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown main event over Day 1A and Day 1B last week. Now, after 3 days of play, there are 21 players left fighting for the first prize of a whopping $660,395! The chip leader is Kevin Eyster with 1.9 million and Champions Club member Tony Ruberto (1.5 million) and Faraz Jaka (1.47 million - left in picture) are ranked second and third in chips.
A part from Jaka and Ruberto, notables such as Jeff Madsen, Matt Salsberg (right in picture), Ben Hamnett and Matt Giannetti will return to the tables today. At the moment it looks like we will have a few familiar faces at the final table, but, of course, anything can happen in the game of poker.
We will be back with another update tomorrow! Stay tuned!
It was an action-packed weekend at the Victoria Casino in London given that both the Main Event final table and the High Roller final table were played. The latter saw 137 entries (players: 112 and 25 re-entries) and on Saturday the field had been narrowed down a final table with the following 9 players:
On Monday, the first starting day of World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star (San Jose, California) kicked off with 270 players. The field included some of the biggest stars in the game of poker, however, only 109 made it through the day and, unfortunately, many big names hit the rail: Phil Hellmuth (picture), Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi, Scotty Nguyen, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst (to mention a few).
Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max (nine handed on Day 1; six handed on Day 2; and then heads-up for the final 16) kicked off yesterday with 96 players. After eight levels of play, 52 of them had chips left and Jennifer Tilly had the largest pile of chips in front of her. In total, she accumulated an amazing 218,500 chips during the day - about 90k more than her closest opponent, Faraz Jaka. Apart from Jaka and Tilly, big names such as Marvin Rettenmair (109k), Michael Mizrachi (89,7k) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (82,5k) finished Day 1 with plenty of chips as well.
Day 2 of the tournament starts later today and it will defintely be a very exciting day of poker because only 16 of the remaining players will receive their share of the €921,600 prize pool. The winner will take home €258,047 while the runner-up will get €159,459. We will be back with another update tomorrow morning.
After 5 days of play, the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Bahamas main event is down to a final table with 8 players. Faraz Jaka (picture), the day 2 and day 4 chip leader, is still in the lead. Jaka will bring 6,47 million chips to the final table. Xuan Liu (picture), the last remaining women, and Kyle Julians are very close behind Jaka in chips. So, the final table will be everything but a walk in the park for Jaka.
Faraz Jaka, who lead the way into 3 day, is once again back in the lead as Day 4 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event has come to an end with 24 remaining players. Faraz turned his 1,22 million stack into a monstrous 4,1 million stack during Day 4 - about 1,4 million more chips than his closest opponent Alex Fritzgerald.
Unfortunately Team PokerStars Pro Berry Greenstein was knocked out in 25th place for $46k. This was far from the first time that "The Robin Hood of Poker" went deep in a major tournament but missed out on the big cash. We can only wish him better luck next time.
The third day of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) main event in Bahamas is now history. Out of the 184 players who started the day only 64 players were left with chips when the tournament crew called it a day. All of the remaining players are guaranteed to get away with at least $32,500 each. But of course that's peanuts compared to the prize money on the final table.
After a very though duel between the 6 last remaining players on the final table it came to be Team PokerStars Pro, Alexandre Gomes who took home the tournament and the first prize of $1,187,670. Erik Seidel didn't manage to keep the good flow he had earlier in the tournament and he was the first player that had to leave the final table.
Now there are only 6 players left in WPT Bellagio Cup. Of these 6 players we find no less than Erik Seidel, a man that already has won the most a poker player can win in his life (8 WSOP bracelets and a WPT title for example). Now he's aiming for another win as he is one of the last 6 remaining players.