Steven Wolansky just missed out on a bracelet last year when he finished second in Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix. On Wednesday he got his revenge after besting a field of 241 runners over three days of play in the No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. Believe it or not but Wolansky was only responsible for one elimination on this 6-handed final table...
On Friday, the $100,000 Super High Roller at the WPT World Championship final table saw 6 players battling it out for the title. It's not that common that anyone who plays a final table walk away empty handed, but that was the case for 3 players on this televised final table: Andrew Robl, Steven Silverman and Jim Courtney. After many hours of play, Daniel Perper was eliminated by David "Doc" Sands in third place for $409,500, which left Sands and Joseph Cheong playing heads-up for the title.
The WPT World Championship Super High Roller with its $100,000 buy-in attracted 17 players, and four players bought in twice: Cary Katz, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel, and Jean-Noel Thorel. However, none of the $200,000 players reached the televised final table, which begins at 4:00 pm PT today. Here are the six finalists:
Seat 1. Joseph Cheong - (picture) 1,646,000 (102 bb) Seat 2. Andrew Robl - 169,000 (10 bb) Seat 3. James Courtney - 1,690,000 (105 bb) Seat 4. Steven Silverman - 1,339,000 (83 bb) Seat 5. Daniel Perper - 164,000 (10 bb) Seat 6. David Sands - 1,286,000 (80 bb)
Only the top 3 players will receive a slice of the prize pool, so expect it to be a very interesting final table with a lot of nerve.
18 players entered the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila Millions with a massive HK$1,000,000 buy-in (approx.$129,000) and four rebuys were made during Day 1 (last Thursday). 7 players returned to play last Friday and Joseph Cheong had the lead with 738,000. After a few hours of play, Cheong, Richard Yong, Paul Phua and Peter Chan were all in the money and, believe or not, Cheong eliminated all of them to claim the first place prize of $10,428,000 (approx. $1.3 million)
This was Joseph Cheong's biggest live tournament cash to date and he now has $7,000,000+ in live tournament winnings.
Final table results: 1 Joseph Cheong $10,428,000 2 Richard Yong $6,548,000 3 Peter Chan $4,123,000 4 Paul Phua $3,151,000
On Thursday, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila Millions with a massive HK$1,000,000 buy-in (about $129,000) kicked off at Resorts World Manila. 18 players (Joseph Hachem, Sam Trickett and a few other big names) signed up for the tournament and 4 of them even made a rebuy. After several hours of play, the first day came to an end with 7 men still "standing".
Not only a Main Event Champion was crowned yesterday, but also the High Roller event got a winner! Joel Nordkvist from Sweden had a huge lead with 1,2 million chips when the final table kicked off, and his closest opponent was Benny Spindler with about 840k
44 survivors returned for the second day of the 2012 PokerStars EPT Sanremo €10,000 High Roller yesterday. When the day started, Brandon Barnes was the chip leader, and other notables remaining were Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, Jonathan Duhamel and Eugene Katchalov. Unfortunately neither of them made it to the money, and Barnes was eliminated in 9th place for €20,600.
A big congratulations to Phil 'The Poker Brat' Hellmuth who outlasted a field of 420 players in the 2012 WSOPE Main Event in Cannes, France! This was the poker legend's bracelet victory number 13, and it occurred only three months after his 12th win at the WSOP (Event #18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz)!
Today the WSOP Europe Main Event final table will be played, and guess what? It will be one of the best final tables in a very long time! Phil Hellmuth has the lead with 3,434,000 chips and the chance of winning his 13th gold bracelet! Joseph Cheong (1,966,000 chips - ranked 3), the third-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2010, is looking for his first gold bracelet victory! Jason Mercier (652,000 chips - ranked 7), the man who's widely considered one of the world's best tournament players, is on the hunt for a third gold bracelet. Below is a brief introduction of the 8 finalists who will be fighting for a first place prize of €1,022,376!
On Tuesday, the World Series of Poker Main Event continued with Day 3 from the Majestic Barrière in Cannes, France. The remaining 77 players of 420 played six levels of poker during the day, and by the end of the night, 24 players had chips left and Joseph Cheong, who finished 3rd in the 2010 WSOP Main Even, had the chip lead. Apart from Cheong, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth made it through the day with healthy stacks. Other familiar faces to survive the day were, for example, Liv Boeree, David Benyamine and Andy Frankenberger.
The field of 379 players who signed up for the WPT Amneville Main Event 3 days ago have now become a field of 76 players as Day 1 and 2 are over. Chip leader is Urs Kohler with almost 500k chips, followed by Scott Baumstein with 481k. Other players of note to make it to Day 3 are, for example, Nesrine Kourdourli (431k), Joseph Cheong (380k) and Arnaud Mattern (258k). Play will resume at 12:00 (CET) today and will played for 5 90-minute levels or until the field has been narrowed down to 18 players.
Today 64 players will return to the tables and play Day 4 of PokerStars EPT San Remo Main Event. All of the remaining players are guaranteed €12,000 each and today the field will be played down to 24 players before going on a break until tomorrow. Christopher McClung, from Canada, is in a pretty big lead with about 1,2 million chips. Then there are 7 players with 750,000 - 850,000 chips, so day 4 will be very interesting to follow.
Joseph Cheong, the 2010 WSOP main event finalist who lead the pack into Day 3, has dropped 3 positions and will return with 833,000 chips today. A few other notables in the top of the remaining field of players: Alessio Isaia (winner of this year's WPT Venice) in 5th place with 818k, Johnny Lodden (classic high stakes player during the Prima Poker era) in 6th place with 793k, and Lex Veldhuis (the winner of WSOP Europe last week) in 11th place with 652k.
In case you missed it: The EPT San Remo Main Event started a couple of days ago. A massive field of 837 players signed up for the tournament and now, 3 days later, 145 players have chips left to gamble with. Chip leader is Joseph Cheong, from USA, with 632,000. Cheong has about $4,5 million in career winnings - $4,1 million from the 3rd place finish at the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
Three notable players with plenty of chips left: William Thorson in 4th place with 508k, Vanessa Selbst in 6th place with 497k, and Johnny Lodden in 20th place with 287k. Anyhow, the tournament bubble bursts when there are 128 players left. The winner of the tournament will take home stunning €800,000 while the runner-up will get €480k.
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