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Atlanta poker pro Daniel Weinmann won his first World Poker Tour title last Friday (on his birthday) after outlasting a record-field of 1,312 entries in the Season XV WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open $3,500 Championship to win $892,433 and a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions .
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!
On Friday, the last six players of a 1,189-player field battled it out on the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open final table. At the end of the night, after nearly eight levels of play, Anthony Zinno stood tall as the winner after defeating Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst heads-up.
The 12th season of the World Poker Tour (WPT) will kick off in just about one month's time. So far, the organisers of the very popular tournament series have revealed half of the schedule of season XXII (11 stops), which includes a brand new stop in South Korea. WPT South Korea begins December 16 and will be held at the brand new WPT Club Phoenix Room at the Ramada Plaze Hotel in Jeju.
The first televised event on the new season will take place in Los Angeles at the Bicycle Casino on August 29. Other televised Main Events include:
WPT Borgata Poker Open (September 15)
WPT Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club de France (October 25)
WPT Montreal at Playground Poker Club (November 29)
The WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic (December 6)
WPT Season XXII Aug 16: WPT Merit Cyprus Classic, Cyprus Aug 29: WPT Legends of Poker,USA Sep 15: WPT Borgata Poker Open, USA Oct 25: WPT Grand Prix de Paris, France Nov 7: WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic, South Africa Nov 15: WPT Jacksonville, USA Nov 19 : WPT Caribbean, Carribean Nov 29: WPT Montreal, Canada Dec 6: WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, USA Dec 15: WPT Prag, Chezch Republic Dec 16: WPT South Korea, South Korea
The final table of six is set after three days of intensive poker at the World Poker Tour bestbet Open in Jacksonville, Florida. Danny Schechter will be the chip leader (3,825,000) when the final table kicks off at 20:00 CET tonight (2pm ET). Schechter only had 52,000 chips when Day 3 started, so you can just imagine what an incredible winning streak he has had.
He has almost double the amount of chips of his closest opponent (Michael Linster) and it will be interesting to see if he can keep a cool head at tonight's final table - where a first prize of $321,521 is up for grabs!
Final table chip counts: Seat 1: Pete Tinnesz - 1,035,000 Seat 2: Danny Schechter - 3,825,000 Seat 3: Michael Linster - 2,150,000 Seat 4: Pete Chwala - 1,180,000 Seat 5: David Bell - 1,980,000 Seat 6: David Diaz - 375,000
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...
On Thursday, Day 1A of the 2013 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown kicked off at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. 205 players entered the tournament for $5,000 each and, after 10 levels of play, Donald Nicholson (355,100) had the biggest stack amongst the remaining 75 players. Below are the top 10 stacks of Day 1A.
1. Donald Nicholson 355,100 2. Danny Shiff 229,200 3. Ben Tarzia 213,100 4. John McEwen 184,600 5. Faraz Jaka 181,900 6. Jerry Wong 180,000 7. Danny Suied 140,000 8. Kevin Eyster 137,500 9. Richard Leger 134,500 10.Andy Hwang 124,700
A total of 249 players signed up for the season XI World Poker Tour Barcelona main event earlier this week and yesterday, after four days of play, the final six battled it out on the final table. Characy Khun, from Canada, sat down at the final table with the largest stack and, believe it or not, he eliminated every single opponent during seven levels of play to lay hands on the first place prize of $258,448 - the largest cash of his career!
The final table of the World Poker Tour main event is set after 4 days of play. The six finalists (no notables) are already guaranteed $47,813 each but, of course, the $258,448 first prize (+a seat in the WPT Final) will make sure that everyone play their very best game and make it an interesting final table! Below are the finalists:
1 Chanracy Khun (picture) 2,393,000 2 Benjamin Pollak 1,899,000 3 Tahiri Hassani Najib 1,636,000 4 Bruno Garcia Cotelo 722,000 5 Sergio Fernandez 548,000 6 Antonio Alfaia 273,000 Average Chip Count: 1,245,000
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 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.
After 5 days of play, Matt Giannetti was crowned the champion of the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Giannetti, who won the 2012 WPT Malta Main Event, brought the largest stack to the final table and remained in the lead from start to finish. Besides that it only took him 6 hands to defeat Lily Kiletto heads-up.
Ravi Raghavan is the newest member of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club after besting a field of 503-players at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Raghavan went from being the short-stack to the only stack on the final table, which included amazing players such as Antonio Esfandiari, who won this event in Season IX, Andrew Lichtenberger who made it to the final in this event in Season X and WPT Champions Club member Shawn Buchanan!
WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic final table results:
1. Ravi Raghavan - $1,268,571 2. Shawn Buchanan - $746,502 3. Thomas Winters - $483,031 4. Antonio Esfandiari - $329,339 5. Andrew Lichtenberger - $234,197 6. Jeremy Kottler - $187,845
The third day at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic came to a close with 60 players and Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari as the chip leader (918,500). Esfandiari won this tournament 2 years ago and finished 6th last year. Now he has about 300k chips more than his closest opponent, Freddy Deeb, and more than 3 times the average stack. In other words, he has a fantastic chance of winning a second title!
Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Mazagan (Morocco) main event is running at the moment and there are 20 players left out of 146. The average stack is 219,000 and the chip leader is Frederic Brunet with 360,500 chips.
Gaelle Baumann, who finished 10th in the 2012 WSOP main event, was eliminated a while ago, but there are still some familiar faces left with the chance of winning the first prize of $168,207! Just to mention 3 of them: Champions Club Members Davidi Kitai and Guillaume Darcourt, and the winner of the 2011 WSOP HORSE Championship ($609,130): Fabrice Soulier.
After 5 days of poker Emil Olsson was crowned the champion of the 2012 WPT Copenhagen Main Event. The Swedish youngster bested a field of 229 players and defeated Morten Klein from Norway heads-up to become the latest WPT Champions Club member. He received 1,200,000 DKK ($229,938) and a $25k seat in the WPT Championship at the Bellagio.
Final table results: 1 Emil Olsson $229,938 2 Morten Klein $145,164 3 Philip Jacobsen $93,080 4 Steve Barshak $68,316 5 Robin Ylitalo $51,237 6 Jan Djerberg $40,989
The final table of the 2012 WPT Copenhagen Main Event is not far away now as only 18 players remain. Stanislav Barshak (picture), from the U.S., is the current chip leader with 830,000 chips and Frei Dilling Kjaer, the Day 3 chip leader, is ranked 3rd with 691,000 chips. Barshak and Kjaer will be joined by the likes of Peter Jepson and WPT National Series Denmark winner Steve O'Dwyer.
Jake Cody is back on the free-agent market again. The 24-year-old Brit joined PKR last November after winning the $25,000 NLHE Heads-Up event at the 2011 WSOP to complete poker's triple crown (EPT, WPT and WSOP titles).
He was the biggest name of Team PKR Pro during the year he represented PKR online and in different tournaments around the globe. It will be interesting to see if PKR will look for a new superstar in the poker world to join its Team PKR Pro, which today consists of four members: Vladimir "Beyne" Geshkenbein, Sofia "wellbet" Lövgren, Scott Shelley and Marc "Waswini" Bariller.
Day 2 of the PartyPoker sponsored WPT Copenhagen is in the books with 45 survivors. During the last stages of Day 2 the battle for the chip lead was between these players: Steve O'Dwyer, Sergii Baranov, Peter Jepson and Frie Dilling Kjaer. All four players took turns at holding the lead, but at the end of the day it was Frei Dilling Kjaer who had the biggest stack (445,500).
The first day of the World Poker Tour Copenhagen Main event saw a field of 98 players and 56 of them made it through the day (7 levels of play). The chip leader at the end of Day 1a was Andre Petrovic, from Sweden, who managed to accumulate 220,400 chips and he led from start to finish. Day 1b begins in a few hours and, of course, a greater field of players is expected to show up today.
We will be back with another update tomorrow! Stay tuned!
A big congratulations to Anthony Gregg on winnings World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic. Gregg outlasted a field of 500 players that included many big names in the poker world. In the final hand Gregg limped for 250,000 and Stephen Reynolds moved all in for about 3.4 million. Gregg made the call with K[h]9[d] and Reynolds showed A[d]4[h] and needed to hold to stay alive.
The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic final table is finally set! It took 5 days of play to narrow down the field of 549 players to only 6 - the players below:
Seat 1. Sean Jazayeri - 4,380,000 (73 BBs) Seat 2. Jason Burt - 835,000 (13 BBs) Seat 3. Dan Kelly - 2,570,000 (42 BBs) Seat 4. Jason Somerville - 840,000 (14 BBs) Seat 5. Noah Schwartz - 3,835,000 (63 BBs) Seat 6. David Sands - 4,010,000 (66 BBs)
The final table begins at 4:00 PT and there will be a live stream on WPT's website. The winner will take home amazing $1,370,240 and the second place pays $806k. But all the finalists are guaranteed to get at least $202,910 each - could easily be the first place prize in any major tournament.
The World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (is it only me, or are the tournament names getting longer and longer?) is now over and the main event couldn't have gotten a better winner! Matt Juttelstad from Florida, USA, only took part in the tournament because he was going to be in the Miami area for an interview at the Flroda Atlantic University. He entered Day 1A and busted, then re-entered on Day 1B after his interview had ended earlier that expected.
The final table of Five Diamond World Poker Classic was probably one of the most interesting World Poker Tour final tables this year since both Antonio Esfandiari and Vanessa Selbst were on it. But unfortunately Esfandiari, who won the tournament last year had the chance to take home his 3rd WPT title, didn't do so well on the final table and was eliminated already in 6th place. Selbst did better though and she was doing well until there were only 3 players left. Then everything came to an end when she lost an all in with K9 versus James Dempsey's A9.
The final table is set and today at 4:00 pm ET you will be able to follow the action (30-minute delay with hole cards and commentary) via the WPT Live Stream. When play begins in about 12 hours, there are about 5 minutes left in Level 21, and the blinds will then increase to 8k-16k with a 2k ante. Below is the official chip counts, with the big blinds calculated at 8k-16k.
Seat 1. Steven Brackesy - 1,807,000 (112 BBs) Seat 2. Daniel Santoro - 1,163,000 (72 BBs) Seat 3. Christian Harder - 1,293,000 (80 BBs) Seat 4. Bob Carbone - 588,000 (36 BBs) Seat 5. Andy Frankenberger - 374,000 (23 BBs) Seat 6. Eli Berg - 496,000 (31 BBs)
The World Poker Final, played at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, is now down to only 8 players after 4 days of play, and Jonathan Little is the player to keep an eye out for. Little has won both the WPT's Season VI Mirage Poker Showdown and Season VII Foxwoods World Poker Finals and the WPT Season VI Player of the Year Award. In other words, he now has the chance to capture his third WPT title! Below you can see who the 8 remaining players are and how many chips (and big blinds) they have left.
Yesterday, the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic final table was played. Carlos Mortensen, from Spain, had the chance to win his 4th title on the WPT tour and because of that many were cheering a little bit extra for him to win the tournament. He did very well on the final table, but unfortunately he was sent packing in 3rd place, which left Gregory Brooks and Vivek Rajkumar playing heads-up. It only took 31 hands before a short stacked Rajkumar was forced to move all-in to stay in the game. Rajkumar had Q[s]10[s] and Brooks Q[d]Q[c]. Brooks queens stood up to the river and gave him the win and the first place prize of $1,654,120. Rajkumar got $908,730 for his second place.
The NAPT (north american poker tour) Los Angeles Main Event final table included some really big names, and the big favorites to take home the tournament were Jason Mercier, Anh Van Nguyen and Michael Binger. But it wasn't any of them who took home the tournament. Instead it was the American poker pro Joe Tehan who laid hands on the $725k first prize. This is not Tehan's biggest win in his poker career. Back in 2006, he took down WPT Mandalay Poker Championship for about 1 million dollars. In total he has now won $3 million dollars in his poker career.
Final table results:
1. Joe Tehan, $725 000 2. Christopeher DeMaci, $440 000 3. Al Grimes, $250,000 4. Anh Van Nguyen, $195 000 5. Ray Henson, $145 000 6. Michael Binger, $114 000 7. Jason Mercier, $84 857 8. Jake Toole, $60 000
Randal Flowers, 22, is the youngest player ever to win multiple WPT titles after he won the WPT Festa al Lago Main Event this morning. What makes this even more impressing is that he did it within 2 months time and also because he knocked out 4 of 5 opponents on the final table. For the win of the WPT Festa al Lago Main event Flowers received the first place prize of $831,500! This is how the final hand was played out.
Hand #96: Level 30: Blinds: 80-000/160,000, 15,000 ante
Flowers raises to 333,000, and Benvenuti calls. The flop comes 9[s]6[c]5[s]. Benvenuti checks, Flowers bets 420,000. Benvenuti goes all in.
Flowers thinks for a few seconds before he decides to call.
It's finally time for another stop on the WPT tour - WPT Festa al Lago. This time it's Bellagio in Las Vegas' turn and many of the world's best poker players are supposed to show up and take part in the main event with a $10,300 buy-in at 21:00 CET tonight. WPT Festa al Lago will be going on for 6 days and the main event final table will be played next Wednesday.
There are lots of side events for those who don't do so well in the main event or simply decide not to play it. For some strange reason there is no high roller event this time, but the WPT crew has promised many $5,000 events.
The WPT High Roller event in London attracted a very small field of players this time. Only 18 players were willing to pay the buy-in of £15,000, among them were notables such as Tony G, Luke Schwartz and Freddy Deeb. It ended up being Freddy Deeb, Tony G and Justin "BoostedJ" Smith who made it to the money. First player to leave the tournament was Freddy Deeb, which left Tony G and "Justin Smith playing heads up, a heads up match which Justin Smith took home after some time. For the win he received nothing less than £141,000.
It ended up being Phil Ivey, Justin "boostedJ" Smith and Moritz "Cattenatio" Kranich who were the 3 last players at the final table in World Poker Tour Bellagio Cup VI in Las Vegas. Phil Ivey doesn't need any presentation, but the other 2 might not be that familiar to many. Both Smith and Kranich have been extremely successful online and live in the past few years. For example Smith ended up 3rd in last year's Bellagio Cup and Kranich took home this year's EPT Deauville.
Anyhow, it came to be the german poker pro Kranich who took home the tournament after a long heads up against Justin Smith. For the win he received nothing less than $875,150. This is Moritz first WPT title.
Lyle Berman tells about the success of his new business.
The World Poker Tour Enterprise sold its famous poker tour along with it poker-related resources to PartyGaming. They were left with $28 million in cash with a desire to make a new project.
During that time, there were no public statements on the direction they are taking. However, Steve Lipscomb told Carol Player what the dissolved company plans to pursue and it involved something that is not in any way related to the poker industry.
The look of the new project has become much clearer in less than a year and everything has been “so far, so good” for the World Poker Tour’s former owners.
A special feature was published on the Los Angeles Business Journal this week and it featured Voyager and Gas which is an energy company based in Montana. This has become Lipscomb’s new project along with the other founders, Lyle and Brad Berman of World Poker Tour Enterprise.Read more » WPTE Transitions from Poker to Energy
There were 25 players who began day 4 of the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris with the hopes of bagging the first prize which was worth €633,902. The day ended with eight players in the finals with each player being guaranteed of not lower than €70,000 along with their position in the event at the first WPT which will be televised by MatchRoom Sports. Theo Jorgensen led the way when the match had been decided during the early hours of the morning.
Rumors that Scotty Nguyen has problems with his alcohol use has been circulating on the web for a very long time. That he was really drunk at the televised final table in the 2008 WSOP HORSE-event didn't really help him prove people they were wrong about him and his "so-called" alcohol problems. However, a few days after that Scotty won the HORSE event, he realized that he had done something wrong and therefore he apologized to all his fans in his blog.
Lately, many have claimed that Scotty cant play poker sober. Scotty now wants to prove them wrong as he said in a recent interview that he wont drink anything in the next few poker tournaments and show everyone that he's as good sober as drunk.
Phil Hellmuth has won and achieved almost everything a poker player can dream of. Just listen to this. Phil has won 11 WSOP bracelets, reached the final table in many major poker tournaments, he has interests and is the face for one of the worlds most popular poker sites, Ulimate Bet. And last but not least, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame 3 years ago.
So what is left to achieve? Well, he has never won a WPT tournament and now he has a great chance to do so as he has made it to the final table of WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star together with 6 other players. Phil will bring 1,150,000 chips to the final table today, and only 2 players have accumulated more chips than him, Andy Seth (1,550,000) and Mclean Karr (1,225,000). However, Phil is the one with most routine and skill of the 7 remaining players. My money is on him!
It came to be the Hungarian Andras Koroknai who took home the WPT LA Poker classic. Andras Koroknai dominated the final table, and when it was time for heads-up, he had a lead with 13,450,000 against his final opponent Raymond Dolan's 1,450,000 stack. With blinds of 75,000 - 150,000 (25,000 ante) it was just a matter of time before Raymond was forced to move all in and try to double up before his stack would be gone. And as expected, it all came to an end straight away
Andras Koroknai moved all in from the button, and Raymond Dolan called with Q[c] 4[h]. Koroknai flipped over Q[h] 8[h].
Tommy Vedes from New York had a really tough fight for the win on the final table. Many times he almost went out, but then got very lucky on the river. In one of the key pots that brought him to the top, he was all-in with A-10 versus A-J and got a 10 on the river. Down to heads-up Vedes had a massive chip lead with over 13 million chips against his final opponent Jason Lavellee's 2.5 million chips.
This is how the final hand was played out (Blinds: 100,000/200,000 - Ante: 20,000).
Lavellee moves all-in with 2,775,000, and Vedes quickly calls with K[d]Q[d]. Lavellee shows 8[h]6[h]. The flop comes A[d]9[s]5[c], and Lavellee picks up a gutshot straight draw. The turn card is Q[c]. At this point Lavellee only have four 7's that can give him the pot. The river card is a Q[s], and everything is over. Tommy Vedes received $1,218,225 for the win, and Jason Lavellee $795,150.
Final table results: 1st: Tommy Vedes - $1,218,225 2nd: Jason Lavallee - $795,150 3rd: Craig Crivello - $477,090 4th: Freddy Deeb - $278,300 5th: Jason Burt - $208,725 6th: Shawn Cunix - $168,970
Daniel Negreanu, the Canadian PokerStars PRO, have 3 big passions in life - Poker, golf and statistics. A few days ago one could read in his blog that he had made statistics over how much the most successful World Poker Tour players have made from the tournament.
In the spreadsheet with the statistics, Daniel only included poker players who played a minimum of 30 WPT events so the information wouldn't be to misleading. 176 players qualified for his investigation. Here are the results.
WPT Borgata attracted a huge starting field this year. Not so many notable poker players, but the tournament turned out great even though the most stars decided to play WSOPE in London instead. Of the huge starting field it came to be the 6 players below who made it to the final table.
Olivier Busquet - 10,350,000 Yanick Brodeur - 5,780,000 Ivan Mamuzic - 5,655,000 Jeremy Brown - 5,480,000 Keith Crowder - 2,750,000 Kenny Nguyen - 600,000
Olivier Busquet, from New York, had a big chip lead as the final table started. It was a very well deserved chip lead, and to be honest it seemed like nothing could stop him from grabbing the first prize of $925,514. But the way to the win of WPT Borgata wasn't all that easy for the American.
World Poker Tour Borgata attracted a huge starting field this year. Maybe because of the low buy-in, or maybe because not so many stars decided to play this time. Many of the bigger names are instead playing World Series of Poker Europe in London at the moment.
Whatever the reason might be for so many participants this time, the tournament is now down to the 6 players below who are going to play the final table. No notable names as you can see, but it will be a very entersting to see whether the big chip leader, Olivier Bisquet, from New York, can manage to keep the big lead and get another great result this year (311th place in 2009 WSOP Main Event).
Olivier Busquet - 10,350,000 Yanick Brodeur - 5,780,000 Ivan Mamuzic - 5,655,000 Jeremy Brown - 5,480,000 Keith Crowder - 2,750,000 Kenny Nguyen - 600,000
Not much interesting happened during the very short Day 4 of WPT Cyprus. So, what can we tell you about Day 4 then? Well, Rep Porter, took over the lead after that he doubled up and played great poker throughout the day. The big stacks continued playing great and remained in the tournament. After 2 levels, 10 out of 21 players were still in the tournament as Day 4 came to an end. Day 5 of WPT Cyprus will also be a very short day as these ten players will play down to a final table of six:
Rep Porter - 1,786,000 Jonathan Little - 972,000 Layne Flack - 952,000 Steven Fung - 681,000 Huck Seed - 669,000 Uri Keidar - 583,000 Janar Kiivramees - 509,000 Rony Jazzar - 437,000 Thomas Bichon - 396,000 Nenad Medic - 256,000
Only 10 players are now left in the tournament with the chance of winning the first prize of almost $600,000. The Team Full Tilt pros have been doing very well in WPT Cyprus. However, Huck Seed, is the last Team Full Tilt pro who still have a great chance of winning the tournament after that Kelly Kim was eliminated a few minutes ago in 11th place ($20,760)
Rep Porter, has a big chip lead at the moment with around 1.7 million chips. On second place is Jonathan Little with 940,00 chips, and on third place is Layne Flack with a bit less than 940,000 chips.
125 players made it to Day 2 of World Poker Tour in Cyprus. Of those 125, only 64%, or 55 players survived to Day 3 of the tournament. Among the survivors we find Full Tilt pros Allen Cunningham, Andy Bloch, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, along with the overnight chip leader, Nenad Medic. Unforutunartly the 4 players (Phil Gordon, John Tabatabai, Jan Skampa and Ludovic Lacay) with the biggest stacks as Day 2 started, were sent packing.
Day 3 of the tournament has now been running for a while now and at the moment there are only 47 players left. Nenad Medic is still the chip leader, he has around 360,000 chips at the moment. On second place and ninth place we find Full Tilt pros Roy Winston and Huck Seed. It will be very interesting to see if any of the big names will make it to the final table.