On Sunday, the final 7 players of a starting field of 732 (the fourth largest Main Event in Aussie Millions history) returned to the Crown Poker Room to battle it out on the final table. Not less than three Australians and two women made the final table this year but after 92 hands of play the biggest stars, Ari Engel from Canada and Tony Dunst from USA, were playing heads-up for the title!
Slightly confused what to do when you are dealt two queens in no-limit Texas Hold'em? Don't worry, you are not alone! Although it's the third best starting hand of the game, many poker players aren't as confident with pocket queens as they would be with kings or aces.
The televised final table of the World Poker Tour World Championship is set after four days of play at Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. The two biggest stacks of Day 3, Asher Conniff and Ray Qartomy, will be returning for the final table but defending champion Keven Stammen won't. Stammen, who brought the third largest stack to Day 4, went out in 9th place after losing his final chips (approx. 450k) to Ray Qartomy.
On Saturday, after 5 days of play, the final six players of 326 returned to the Borgata Hotel and Casino to play the World Poker Tour World Championship final table. Keven Stammen (USA) held a pretty decent chip lead when the cards were in the air, and he remained out in front nearly all the way to the title!
Champion Club member Eric Afrait bagged up the largest stack for the second day in a row when Day 3 concluded with 18 players. Afriat, who won the recent Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1,081,184, will bring 2,029,000 chips (400k more than his closest competitor) into Day 4 and has set up himself well to make a second WPT final table in a row.
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.
The first day of play at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($10,000+$300 re-entry event at Bellagio, Las Vegas) attracted 374 players. After several hours of play, Day 1 concluded with 306 survivors and Jeremy Kottlet as the overnight chip leader with 134,975. Lots of well-known pros made it through the day with healthy stacks - just to mention a few of them: Joe Serock (77k), Tony Dunst (76,7k), Antonio Esfandiari (75k) and David Baker (75k).
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