U.S. poker pro Jeff Madsen topped a star-studded field of 480 entrants in Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better to lay hands on the $301,413 first-place prize and the gold coveted bracelet.
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!
Almost 7 years ago Jeff Madsen made a name for himself in the poker scene by winning two gold bracelets within a week at the 2006 WSOP! He was 21-years-old at that time and became the youngest ever to win a WSOP bracelet (a record since broken). Besides the two wins for over $1.3 million, he finished in third place in a Omaha Hi/Lo event for about $97k and received the 2006 Player of the Year award! Madsen has been active on the poker scene since then with 25 cashes at the WSOP, but it wasn't until two days ago that he scored a third bracelet...
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...
World Poker Tour Legends of Poker attracted a field of 622 players this time. When the final table with last 6 players started yesterday Josh Hale had the chip lead, but not many believed that the unknown American would have a chance against experiened players such as Ali Eslami, Greg Mueller, Jeff Madsen etc.
Incase you missed it: World Poker Tour Malta and Borgata Poker Open both ended a couple of days ago. Below is some information on both the tournaments.
WPT Malta The stop in Malta was the first in WPT history and it ended up being a huge success even though most of the pros decided to play Borgata Poker Open in the U.S - with exception of Kara Scott and Phil Hellmuth.
Not less than 1,313 players ended up participating in the $3,5k main event of WPT Borgata Poker Open, which started 2 days ago, making it the largest tournament in WPT history. Now, both Day 1a and b are already in the books and Day 2 will start in a few hours.
Chip leader is Abe Korotkl with 260,100 chips, and in second place is no one else than Jeff Madsen with 216,925 chips (more info about him below). There are quite a few players with plenty of chips so, of course, anything could happen during Day 2 of the tournament. One thing is for sure though, a huge prize pool is up for grabs and the winner will take home stunning $922,441!
The final table of WPT Festa al Lago Main Event is finally set. 6 players will return to their seats tonight and fight for some serious cash, while lots of WPT/poker lovers around the globe will cheer for their favorite(s). Andy Frankenberger is one of the finalists and he has the chance to win his second WPT title tonight! It would be simply amazing if he manage to win 2 WPT titles within 2 months time! Chip leader is Randal Flowers, closely followed by Noah Schwartz who has over $1 million in tournament winnings.
So what happened to Annette Obrestad and Jeff Madsen who were in the very top of the field yesterday when there were only 13 remaining players? Unfortunately the poker gods weren't on Annette's or Madsen's side and both were sent off the rail almost straight away. Kind of disappointing, hah? Well, there are some really good players on the final table. Personally, I hope that Frankenberger wins his second WPT title!
After 4 days of intensive poker, the WPT Festa al Lago Main Event is down to 13 players. In other words, the final table is just probably an hour or two away when Day 5 starts tonight. Annette Obrestad, the norwegian poker pro, is in the lead with a 2 million stack. She played extremely well during Day 4 and managed to climb to the very top of the field in no-time. Right now, Annette is definitely the big favorite to take home the tournament. Well, the rest of the players will probably put on a good fight as well. Jeff Madsen, who has won 2 WSOP bracelets and millions of dollars, will probably be Annette's toughest opponent in the remaining field of players.
The WPT Festa Al Lago Main Event attracted a quite big starting field and lots of big names in the poker world when it kicked off on Friday last week. Not less than 335 players paid the buy-in of $10,300 and created a big prize pool. Now three days have passed we're down to 41 players. All of them are already in the money but of course everyone is aiming for the WPT title and the first prize of $831,500.
Players who have a good chance of making it to the final table and all the way to the tile, as it seems right now, are Steve O´Dwyer (844,500), Jeff Madsen (814,000) and Randal Flowers (795,000). All of them have played very well so far and they have the experience to take down a big tournament. There are a few other big names left in the tournament as well, but further down in the field of remaining players. Just to mention 3 of them, Annette Obrestad (395,000), Barry Greenstein (210,000) and Gavin Smith (75,000).
After almost 1 week of play, Borgata Winter Open (not longer part of World Poker Tour), one of Americas biggest live tournaments, had finally found its winner, Jeff Madsen. Jeff Madsen defeated a starting field of 766 players, which included some really big names (Gavin Smith & Jason Mercier just to mention 2). For the win, Madsen received $625,006. Now he has won almost $3 million dollars from different live tournaments and also got the best possible start on the new year.
Jeff Madsen info: Jeff Madsen was born June 7, 1985 in Santa Monica, California. He made a name for himself back in 2006 when he won 2 WSOP bracelets and also ended up in 3rd place in 2 other WSOP events. Thanks to the great results in 2006 WSOP, he's the third-youngest winner of a WSOP event.