The 2018 WSOP's first Championship event has concluded, and the victor is American poker pro Paul Volpe, who claimed his third bracelet after dominating Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $417,921.
In 2014, American poker pro Paul Volpe claimed his first title at the World Series of Poker after defeating Daniel Negreanu heads-up in the $10,000 buy-in No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. Volpe has reached several WSOP final tables since then, but it wasn't until yesterday that he finally got a second gold bracelet!
The american "boss" Paul-Paulgees81-Volpe only needs to knock out one more player, before he can call himself double world champion. WSOP event no.10 - 10.000$ Heads Up No Limit Hold'em championship is known as one of the toughest tournaments of the series, as there are virtually no soft spots in the field. It came to show yesterday as there were pretty much entirely known players registered, so you had to bring your A-game if you had hopes of advancing to the next round.
Paul managed to do just that, when he beat, Barry Hutter, Isidro Sifuentes and Mathew Cooperin his three matches, and is therefore ready for the final.
If Volpe gets the victory it will be his second WSOP bracelet of his career and his second world championship, as he took down the championship in the 2-7 draw lowball last year.
For the final Volpe is up against WSOP winner Keith Lehr, who beat Jake Schindler, Valeriu Coca and Dee Tiller.
WSOP Main Event Day 1B kicked off on Sunday and gathered a field of 2,144 players. Once concluded, some 1,300 players are set to go on to Day 2B. The chip leader is a pretty unknown player called Trey Luxemburger who managed to finish the day with 193,450 chips, closely follwed by Sarkis Hakobian on 190,125 and Ryan Buckholtz on 189,000.
Day 1B saw some familiar faces that managed to survive to Day 2B. Among these are Martin Staszko, Antoine Saout, Kevin Schaffel and Dennis Phillips. Some of the unfortunate poker profiles that were busted out on Day 1 were Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier,Paul Volpe, Chris Moorman, and “Doc” Sands.
Main Event Day 1C is expected to be have the highest number of participants of all Day 1's. In order to beat last years number of players, another 3,438 participants need to enroll.
A lot was at stake for Mr. Daniel Negreanu on the final table of the Event #13: No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball, given that he could win his 7th gold bracelet but also because he and Phil Ivey have accepted large bets on whether they will win a bracelet this summer. And to make things extra exciting, Negreanu made it to heads-up against Paul Volpe after a few hours of play...
On Monday, Day 1A of the World Poker Tour World Championship kicked at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, USA. A total of 105 players (most them well-known pros from the U.S.) showed up and 62 made it through the day with Paul Volpe (US pro with over 2.4 million in live tournament earnings) out in front with 215,300. Other notable players that bagged up plenty of chip were Jerry Wong (198,000), Brandon Steven (195,500), Scott Seiver (192,500) and Anthony Gregg (190,600).
The second starting day begins at 11 a.m. ET. Players that fell during Day 1A will be able to register again today while registration remains open until the start of Level 7. We will be back with another brief update tomorrow morning!
The third day at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open kicks off at noon ET today and the plan is to play until only 27 players remain. When the cards are in the air, Raj Vohra (+$740k in tournament winnings) is the chip leader with 580,700 amongst the remaining squad of 174 players. Vohra will be joined at the tables by Day 2 chip leader Paul Volpe (337,000); Champions Club members Scott Seiver (304,500) Jonathan Little (260,500) and Matt Salsberg (144,000), and several other familiar faces.
The money bubble will burst when 110 players remain (min cash: $7,123) and the winner of the tournament will take home a sweet $825,099! Check back tomorrow for another update.
On Monday, Day 1B at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey concluded with close to 440 players of 813 entries! A total of 595 players of 1,189 will return to play later on today and Paul Volpe (picture) has the biggest stack of chips! Volpe, an American pro with over $2 million in live tournament earnings, finished Day 1B with 231,850 chips to earn a $5,000 bonus, and Anthony Castelli bagged up the second largest stack (203,950) to receive a $3,500 bonus.
The top 110 players will cash for at least $7,123 each from the $3,805,989 prize pool, the winner will get an incredible $825,099, and $17,000 is set aside to pay the chip leader bonuses for Day 1A and 1B.
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.
On Thursday, Ronny Voth was eliminated from the main event after 4 days of play (50th place - €15,000), but the German pro had no plans whatsoever to take a break from poker given that he signed up for the €10,000 buy-in High Roller event. He and another 135 players battled it out for several hours before the tournament director called it a day.
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 Thursday, the EPT London High Roller with a £10,300 buy-in (rebuy) kicked off. The tournament saw 127 entries and approximatly 75 players remained after 8 levels of play. Paul Volpe is the chip leader (239,000 chips) heading into Day 2 of the tournament. Volpe has been running extremely good in the past 3 weeks or so. Two weeks ago he finished second in the WPT L.A. Main Event for $651,170, then he finished third in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event for $435,610 last weekend.
We might see more entries today as players can register for the tournament until 11:45 am. Below are the top 10 stacks when the second day kicks off (in a few hours time).
The season XI World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star main event ended up as the record for field size at this tour stop (643 players). Last Friday, after 5 days of play, the field had been narrowed down to a final table with the following 6 players:
Seat 1. Joe Nguyen - 2,175,000 (72 bb) Seat 2. Erik Seidel - 3,435,000 (114 bb) Seat 3. Chris Johnson - 2,740,000 (91 bb) Seat 4. Paul Volpe - 5,525,000 (184 bb) Seat 5. Kai Chang - 2,590,000 (86 bb) Seat 6. Joe Kuether - 2,830,000 (94 bb)
Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star saw a field of 44 players play down to a final table of 6. Paul Volpe finished second in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event last week and now has another chance to lay hands on his first WPT title.
The second day of World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star is over and now there are only 44 players left , all of whom are guaranteed $16,890 each. Paul Volpe, a well-known online grinder who finished second in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic last week, is in a decent lead with 1,394,00. In fact, his closest opponent, Brendon Rubie, has less than 900k.
Volpe is not the only poker star who's doing well. Mario Ho, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel all have about 800,000 chips and all are looking very strong. It will be interesting to see how Day 3 plays out. Right now it looks like we have some big names on the final table - where a $1,138,350 first prize is up for grabs!
The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic came to an end just a few hours ago. Paul "Paulgees81" Volpe, a well-known online pro, brought the largest stack to the final table and Paul Klann was ranked second (about 800,000 less chips than Volpe) when the final table kicked off.