A field of 108 took seats at the first day of the European Poker Tour Monaco Grand Final Main Event. At the end of the day there were about 53 players left and Dan Smith (picture) held the lead with 136,500 chips. Other big names that made it through the day with 100k+ stacks were Freddy Deeb, Jake Cody and Paul Volpe.
Day 1A attracted an unusually small field for a Grand Final Main Event (163 players more took part last year), but let's hope that a massive field will show up for Day 1B today! We will be back with another brief update tomorrow morning.
101 players still have chips left in the Partouche Poker Tour's Main Event. 63 of them will receive a share from the prize pool and the winner will take home €1 million. Now, the biggest names that will return today are Juha Helppi, Sam Tricket, Freddy Deeb and David Vamplew. But unfortunately none of them are in the very top of the field.
In a big chip lead is Oleksii Kovalchuk, from Ukraine, with 892,500. Kovalchuk is not a newcomer in the poker scene even though his name probably isn't familiar to most people. At this year's WSOP he took home the $2,500 NLH 6-max event, and earlier this year he also took home an event on the Russian Poker Tour and the IPT tour.
The WPT Paris High Roller event with a €15,00 buy-in saw 36-player field, and just like last year (25 players and €20k buy-in) Sorel Mixxi and Freddy Deeb faced each other in the final heads-up match. However it was Sorel Mizzi who won this time! For the win he received 234,495 euro. In total, Sorel Mizzi now has almost $4 million in tournament winnings.
2011 WPT Paris High Roller results (36 players): 1. Sorel Mizzi €234.495 2. Freddy Deeb €130.275 3. Nichlas Mattsson €78 165 4. Jerome Zerbib €52.110 5. Christopher Lastiwka €26.055
In case you haven't noticed, or have been sleeping under a rock, the 2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker is running at Rio in Las Vegas at the moment. So far 8 events have finished and 3 events are being played at the moment (Event #8: No-Limit Hold'em, Event #10: No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed, and Event #11: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship).
The WPT High Roller event in London attracted a very small field of players this time. Only 18 players were willing to pay the buy-in of £15,000, among them were notables such as Tony G, Luke Schwartz and Freddy Deeb. It ended up being Freddy Deeb, Tony G and Justin "BoostedJ" Smith who made it to the money. First player to leave the tournament was Freddy Deeb, which left Tony G and "Justin Smith playing heads up, a heads up match which Justin Smith took home after some time. For the win he received nothing less than £141,000.
24 players paid the buy-in of €20,000 and entered the High Roller tournament at WPT Paris last weekend. The field included notables such as the american poker legend Freddy Deeb, Kristoffer Thorsson from Sweden and probably the hottest player in the poker world right now, Sorel Mizzi. Freddy Deeb reached the final table second in chips and managed to stay there all the way to heads up against Sorel Mizzi.
Sorel Mizzi had a massive chip lead and probably no one thought that Deeb could win the tournament. However, 2 all ins changed everything and suddenly Deeb was the big favorite to win. Sorel Mizzi was a bit shocked after this and more or less gave up. It didn't take long before Deeb grabbed the first place prize of €290,000.
"I cannot believe I came back, he kept making me call, but I changed my game and got a bit of a break." said Deeb after the win.
Lots of celebrities, poker players and VIPs were invited to the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational at Commerce Casino, near downtown Los Angeles. On the 4th day of playing the tournament was down to 6 players which were going to fight for the first prize of $100,000. Read more » Freddy Deeb Wins WPT Celebrity Invitational
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