Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst is running extremly good as of late. Just about a week ago she finished 3rd in the PCA Super High Roller for $760k, then she finished in 42nd place in the Main Event for $32k this weekend, and now she's the chip leader in the $25k High Roller!
On Sunday, the World Poker Tour Caribbean $3,500 Main Event wrapped up at Casino Royale in St. Marteen with WPT's very own Tony Dunst as champion! The WPT Raw Deal host overcame a very tough final table that included two former WPT champions, Marvin Rettenmaier and Giacoma Fundaro, to earn his first major tournament title and a sweet $145,000 first place prize + $15,400 seat into the WPT World Championship (Borgata, May 2014)! This was his fifth WPT cash (third largest cash of his career) and the second final table.
The next stop on the World Poker Tour is the PartyPoker WPT Montreal that runs from Nov. 29 - Dec. 5. We will keep you updated from start to finish on this event, so make sure to check our news section every day for the latest updates.
Both starting days of the 2013 World Poker Tour Caribbean Main Event in St. Maarten are in the books now and there are 107 of 191 players remaining. The overall chip leader is Ebony Kenney (picture) with 174,000 chips, and she will be joined to Day 2 by notables such as Marvin Rettenmaier (104,400), Mike Watson (45,500), Tobias Reinkemeier (25,800) and Will Failla (22,500).
We will be back with another brief update tomorrow (the prize pool should be announced by then).
Another day is in the books at World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris and we still haven't reached the money bubble as 24 players still remain. Day 2 chip leader Matt Salsberg still has the chance of back-to-back titles, but he will to fight really hard during Day 4 with his stack of 218,500 to catch up with chip leader Vasily Firsau (756,000) from Belarus and his closest competitors Peter Apostolou (548,000) and Jean-Norel Thorel (458,000).
Salsberg will be joined at the tables today by a few familiar faces including Elliot Smith, Marvin Rettenmaier, Kara Scott and Jason Koon. The money bubble will burst when 21 players remain. A minimum cash is worth $20,250 and $469,477 will be awarded to the winner.
The second day of the 2013 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris was played yesterday, and many poker stars were amongst the 65 players who made it through to Day 3. In fact, at the end of five 90-minute levels of play, defending champion Matt Salsberg bagged up the largest stack (212,600 chips)! Salsberg will be joined at the tables today by notables such as Marvin Rettenmaier and Timothy Adams.
21 of the remaining 65 players will receive a piece of the prize pool (a minimum payday is worth $20,250). The last man/women standing will receive nothing less than $469,477, so it will be a thrilling final table with or without any big names on it! We will be back with another brief update tomorrow morning!
The plan for Day 2 was to play six 90-minute levels of poker, but the tournament director had to stop the action earlier when only 36-players remained. Ludovic Lacay (2012 EPT San Remo winner) finished day with the chip lead (351,400) and Mike Sexton (241,500) and Marvin Rettenmaier (187,700) also made it through the day with big stacks. Besides the players mentioned above, Kara Scott, Matt Salsberg, Giacomo Fundaro, Liv Boeree and Dan "Jungleman" Cates made it through Day 2.
The average stack is 144,166 and there are many players with plenty of chips to gamble with, so it's very hard to predict what will happen during Day 3. One thing is certain, though: it will be a very entertaining day of poker with so many well known faces racing towards the final table - where a first prize of $180,097 is up for grabs!
On Monday, the first day of the WPT Venice Main Event kicked off at the the oldest casino in the world: Casinò di Venezia (opened in 1638). Only 65-players signed up for the first day, but luckily many of them were well-known faces from around the world including Matt Salsberg, Daniel Cates, Kara Scott, Mike Sexton, Gaelle Bumann and Marvin Rettenmaier.
After 8 levels of play, the first day concluded with 32 players and poker amateur Stephen Behm had the largest stack (188,000). Two-time WPT champ Marvin Rettenmaier (picture) is ranked second with 115,000 chips, and WPT commentator and poker ambassador Mike Sexton is not far behind with 99,900 chips.
We will be back with another update tomorrow! Stay tuned!
The main event of World Poker Tour Baden is down to 44 players after 2 days of play. German poker pro Bodo Sbrzesny, who finished third in WPT Prague a few months ago, leads the remaining squad of players into Day 3 with 403,000 chips (20k more than his fellow countryman Vishal Pundjabi).
Another German with plenty of chips is Marvin Rettenmaier (248,500 - ranked 10). Besides Rettenmaier, the biggest names left in the tournament are Kara Scott, Paul Berende and Martin Stazsko.
Day 3 starts at 14:00 (CET) with the blinds 1,200-2,400, 400 ante, and the final table will be played on Sunday. 27 of the remaining players will get a piece of the prize pool (minimum cash of $8,634 and the winner will take home $271,258).
Check back on Monday for a recap of how the final table played out.
254 players signed up for the WPT Baden Main Event (Day 1A: 104 & Day 1B: 150). Both starting days are in the books now and there are 131 players remaining. Day 2 starts in just about 2 hours and Kimmo Kurko (picture), from Day 1A, will sit down with the largest stack (149,700). Steve O'Dwyer is ranked 6th with 118,000 chips and Champions Club members Marvin Rettenmaier (86,000) and Lukas Berglund (78,900) are not far behind.
The money bubble will burst when 27 players remain ($8,634). The winner will take home a whopping $271,258 - about 100k more than the runner-up. Check back tomorrow for a Day 2 recap.
On Thursday, a total of 52 players returned to play Day 2 of Event #5: Mixed Max (No-Limit Hold'em). Jennifer Tilly had the lead when the day started and Faraz Jaka was the closest opponent.
After several hours of 6-handed action, just as planned, the second day of the tournament ended when 16 players had chips left, and both Jaka (3rd place with 258,100) and Tilly (9th place with 163,300) were among the survivors. Other notables to make it through the day were, for example, Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bertrand Grospellier and Jason Mercier. However all the pros mentioned above were overshadowed by another player...
Just a few hours after Matthew Salsberg, producer of the popular TV series Weeds, took down the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the main event at WPT Malta kicked off at Portomaso Casino in St.Julians. Day 1a only attacked a field of 64 players willing to pay the €3,300 buy-in. The reason for this might be because of several expensive WCOOP on PokerStrars and/or that WPT Grand Prix de Paris was to close.
Martin Rettenmaier won WPT Merit Cyprus Classic main event last night and became the first person in history to win back-to-back World Poker Tour main event titles. Not many could see this coming two days ago, when Day 4 started with 18 players and Rettenmaier had one of the smallest stacks...
Day 4 of the World Poker Merit Cyprus Classic kicked off yesterday with 18 survivors, including notables such as Erik Cajelais, Sam El Sayed, Robert Mizrachi and Marvin Rettenmaier. Many expected either Cajelais, Mizrachi or Sam El Sayed to make it through the day with their healthy stacks, but unfortunately all of them hit the rail during the day and will miss out on today's final table.
The plan was to play 5 levels of 90-minutes but it wasn't necessary since the field had been narrowed down to only 18 players when 65-minutes remained of the final level. The new chip leader is Erik Cajelais, who has been in the top of the field since the very beginning of the tournament, with 1,190,000 chips. The Canadian poker pro finished runner-up in the 2007 Turks and Caicos Poker Classic and then finished 4th in the more recent Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event, and now he has a fantastic chance of winning his first WPT title.
Marvin Rettenmaier had a massive lead when the final table kicked off last Saturday, and even though the final table included so many good players very few thought that anyone would have a chance against Rettenmaier, who had played absolutely amazing poker the last 2 days of the tournament.
Yesterday the sixth day of the WPT World Championship was played at the Bellagio in Vegas. There were only 9 players left and only 6 of them would make it to the final table. Marvin Rettenmaier had a big lead and could just have kicked back and relaxed, waiting for the small stacks to take out each other.
There are now only 9 players left in the World Poker Tour World Championship after 5 days of play! But the final table is still not set as the remaining 9 players need to become 6 for Saturday's televised final table! This means that the 6 players who survive Day 6 (play starts in a few hours) will get a well-deserved off-day to gather some energy.
152 players have become only 19 after 4 days of play, and now only 1 more player has to hit the rail before the tournament has reached the money and all players are guaranteed at least $40,266. Hafiz Khan (picture) leads the pack with 1,966,000, closely followed by Marvin Rettenmaier with 1,870,000, and nick Schulman is in 3rd place with 1,315,000.
A few days ago the Brittish poker pro Sam Trickett announced on Twitter that he and Titan Poker had parted ways: "Me an Titan have decided to part ways. I have enjoyed representing them and they was a absolute pleasure to work with. Thanks again Titan..."
According to Trickett's ex team-mate Marvin Rettenmaier's Twitter, Titan Poker is parting ways with all its Pro Team players. This means that Titan Poker no longer has any pro players. However, nothing has been announced on Titan Poker's website, so we will have to wait and see if they will spend the Pro Team money on something else instead.
There are some great things happening at Titan Poker in September. The poker site is celebrating its 6th birthday with a $6k freeroll, a Heads-up Championship, a Mystery Week promo, add to that that Titan Poker pros Sam Tricket and Marvin Rettenmaier will play lower stakes so anyone has the chance to play against a real pro.
To take part in this fantastic promotion, simply click on "OPT IN" on Titan Poker's website. If you don't have an account at Titan Poker yet, then we suggest that you check out our $150 no deposit bonus first.
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