Monday, January 31, 2011

WORLD CHAMP DUHAMEL WINS EPT DEAUVILLE HIGH ROLLERS


PHOTO CREDIT: WSOP.com

World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel has won the 10K High Rollers event at EPT Deauville. Duhamel confirmed the news on his Twitter feed (@JonathanDuhamel) :

Just won the High Rollers tournament at EPT Deauville!


This is Duhamel's first tournament win since being crowned World Champion in November.

RDS.ca is reporting that Duhamel is taking home 200,000 Euros for the win. RDS also reports that 58 players took part in the event, making this an official PTPR Tier 3 event - Duhamel would be scoring 100 PTPR Points with this win.


We will have a full event report once the fine staff at Casino Barriere releases the official event results.

COHEN'S EPT DEAUVILLE WIN MAKES JACOBSON THE BRIDE'S MAIN ... AGAIN


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

Lucien Cohen has captured EPT Deauville - congratulations to the man that hails from Paris, France.

Cohen defeated Martin Jacobson heads up. This was the second time in 5 months that Jacobson finished second at a EPT Main Event - he was defeated by Toby Lewis at EPT Vilamoura back in September.

Canadian Alex Wice, Frenchmen Franck Pepe and Sebastien Bidinger as well as Polish pro Andrejz Nowak-Rogozinski were other notables who scored PTPR Points. Fabrice Soulier finished 19th.

Main Event payouts available at the end of this post...


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EPT Deauville
European Poker Tour Main Event
January 25-31, 2011

Casino Barriere
Deauville, France

Buy-in: $6,690
Prizepool: $5,624,883
Entries: 891

POINTS AT STAKE
COHEN LUCIEN 133
JACOBSON MARTIN 83
WICE ALEX 53
CLAUDEPIERRE JULIEN 43
RENGA KASPARS 38
HALLAERT KENNY 33
HNATOW ANTHONY 33
PRYDRYK RUSLAN 18
POLITO LAURENT 18
JACOBSEN PHILIP 18
PEPE FRANCK 18
LAMBERT KEVIN 16
JOHNSON WILLIAM 16
HOLLING FABIAN 16
MAZAIRAC DIDIER 16
KEOSOMPHET KEVIN 13
BIDINGER SEBASTIEN 13
NOWAK-ROGOZINSKI ANDREJZ 13


TOP 18 MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS (IN EURO)...

1: Lucien Cohen, France, €880,000
2: Martin Jacobson, Sweden, €560,000
3: Alex Wice, Canada, €330,000
4: Julien Claudepierre, France, €260,000
5: Kaspars Renga, Latvia, €200,000
6: Kenny Hallaert, Belgium, €155,000
7: Anthony Hnatow, France, €110,000
8: Ruslan Prydryk, Ukraine, €66,800
9: Laurent Polito, France €50,000
10: Philip Jacobsen, Denmark, €50,000
11: Franck Pepe, France, €37,500
12: Kevin Lambert, Switzerland, €37,500
13: William Johnson, United States, €30,000
14: Fabian Holling, Germany, €30,000
15: Didier Mazairac, Belgium, €26,000
16: Kevin Keosomphet, France, €26,000
17: Sebastien Bidinger, France, €23,000
18: Andrzej Nowak-Rogozinski, Poland, €23,000

Sunday, January 30, 2011

PTPR RECAP: RESULTS FROM THE MERIT, CAPT SEEFELD AND EURO MASTERS


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

Three PTPR Challenger Events were recently completed.

Chadli Ojelli won the Merit Winterfest Main Event in Cyprus, Andreas Griesser won the CAPT Seefeld Main in Austria and Stefan Hansen (pictured) captured the Euro Masters of Poker Gran Canaria Main Event in Spain.


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Merit Poker Winterfest
Main Event
January 15-16, 2011

Merit Poker Club
Cyprus

Buy-in: $3,850
Prizepool: $350,000
Entries: 102

FINAL RESULTS
OJELLI CHADLI 35
GUNESER TURGAY 18
MAHKTSEV ANZOR 10
SAKR PIERRE 8
RYBACHENKO SERGEY 5


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Casinos Austria Poker Tour Seefeld
CAPT Seefeld Main Event
January 22-23, 2011

Casino Seefeld
Seefeld, Austria

Buy-in: $2,723
Prizepool: $457,939
Entries: 53

FINAL RESULTS
GRIESSER ANDREAS 35
TORO ISTVAN 18
SCHEPP MAURICE 10
ZECH QUIRIN 8
TRAN HAHN 5


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Euro Masters of Poker Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria Main Event
January 20-23, 2011

Casino Las Palmas
Spain

Buy-in: $1,500
Prizepool: $290,242
Entries: 213

FINAL RESULTS
HANSEN STEFAN 35
AVIDANI YOHAS 18
DEMCHENKO ANDREY 10
VAN WIERINGEN PIM 8
BERG JOHAN 5

PTPR UPDATE: JACOBSON LOOKS FOR REDEMPTION AT EPT DEAUVILLE


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

891 players started this event and now we're down to the final 8 at EPT Deauville.

Martin Jacobsen is the chip leader heading into final table play and, he's got redemption on his mind! The Swede has 2nd place and 3rd place finishes on the EPT Tour and no victories. He scored a second place finish last season at EPT Vilamoura - and placed 3nd at EPT Hungary in 2008.

Jacobson finished tied for 106th on the PTPR Player of the Year list in 2010 - with 2 PTPR Scores and 136 PTPR Points.

Here are the seat assignments and chip counts heading into Final Table play...

Seat 1: Anthony Hnatow - 1,644,000
Seat 2: Julien Claudepierre - 3,244,000
Seat 3: Martin Jacobson - 7,280,000
Seat 4: Ruslan Prydryk - 1,154,000
Seat 5: Kaspars Renga - 470,000
Seat 6: Alex Wice - 6,248,000
Seat 7: Kenny Hallaert - 3,599,000
Seat 8: Lucien Cohen - 3,085,000


The winner of the event will receive 133 PTPR Points.

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EPT Deauville
European Poker Tour Main Event
January 25-31, 2011

Casino Barriere
Deauville, France

Buy-in: $6,690
Prizepool: $5,624,883
Entries: 891

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 133
2nd place 83
3rd place 53
4th place 43
5th place 38
6th place 33
7th place 33
8th place 18
9th place 18
10th place 18
11th place 18
12th place 16
13th place 16
14th place 16
15th place 16
16th place 13
17th place 13
18th place 13

PTPR RECAP: RESULTS FROM IPT CAMPIONE


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARSIPT.com

The Pokerstars IPT has become one of the most succesful poker tours on the European poker scene - and it's first stop of 2011 was this past week in Campione.

Two events qualified for PTPR Points from this latest stop.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Italian Poker Tour
Pokerstars Tours Main Event
January 20-24, 2011

Casino di Campione
Campione, Italy

Buy-in: $2,995
Prizepool: $1,580,184
Entries: 470

FINAL RESULTS
NASTASI EROS 104
SCARPITTI VINCENZO 64
CERRATO DAVIDE 39
SERENELLI MARINO 29
BONETTO GIANNI 22
LIOTTA GIUSEPPE 14
BETTI GIANLUCA 12
BARTOLOMIEJ KAKOL 9
VILLA ROBERTO 9


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Pokerstars Italian Poker Tour
Pokerstars Tours Main Event
January 22-23, 2011

Casino di Campione
Campione, Italy

Buy-in: $1,500
Prizepool: $324,162
Entries: 191

FINAL RESULTS
FASOLIS ALESSANDRO 35
VINCI PASQUALE 18
DONNINI DANILO 10
SZASZ STEFAN 8
NULLI ROBERT 5

Saturday, January 29, 2011

PTPR RECAP: PASS THE SUGAR! HACHEM SCORES AT AM PRELIM, BLATTBERG SCORES WPT PRELIM WIN


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

We have Prelim Event results from the Aussie Millions and the WPT Southern Poker Championship.

First off, Mike Shklover won the Aussie Millions 5K Pot Limit Omaha Event. Australia's own Joe Hachem, WSOP Main Event winner, finished 5th in the event, scoring 18 PTPR Points in the process.

Meanwhile, Russell Blattberg won NLH Event 30 at the WPT Southern Poker Championship. Blattberg earned 75 PTPR Points.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Event 12 - Pot Limit Omaha
January 26-27, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $5,266
Prizepool: $263,304
Entries: 53

FINAL RESULTS
SHKLOVER MIKE 100
EWING DAVID 60
PUTT GRAEME 35
THORSEN OLAF 25
HACHEM JOE 18
GRECO MICHELE 10
ZOWIE MICHAEL 8
KASTLE CASEY 5


PTPR PRELIM EVENT
WPT Southern Poker Championship
Event 30 - No Limit Hold'em
January 21, 2011

Beau Rivage Resort Casino
Biloxi, Mississippi

Buy-in: $2,600
Prizepool: $339,500
Entries: 140

FINAL RESULTS
BLATTBERG RUSSELL 75
TROS CLAIR PAUL 40
PULLIAM JOE 25
SMITH BARBARA 15
ROBERTS BRENT 10
MOEINI MOHAMMAD 8
JAFFEE JARED 5
YAWITZ JESS 5
BURNS CHAD 5

BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! AUSSIE CROWNS NEW CHAMP


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

Hold your horses live event uber-pros and online super-studs, there are still a few tournaments to be had by wiley veterans - including the Aussie Millions Main Event!

Congrats to David Gorr - who outlasted 720 runners and picked up a cool 2 million dollar paycheck along the way! A great win for the veteran.

2010 PTPR Tournament Player of the Year Sorel Mizzi earned his first PTPR Score of the 2011 season with 9th place finish. Mizzi picked up 17 PTPR Points. Chris Moorman earned his second PTPR Score of the year.

Patrik Antonius (8th, 17 PTPR Points), Tobias Reinkemeier (17th, 12 PTPR Points) and Mark Vos (18th, 12 PTPR Points) were other notables that scored PTPR Points in the event.


Main Event payouts available at the end of this post...


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Main Event
January 23-29, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $7,210,000
Entries: 721

FINAL RESULTS
GORR DAVID 132
KEYS JAMES 82
ROSSITER JEFF 52
RYAN MICHAEL 42
DORFMAN RANDY 37
RAZAVI SAMAD 32
MOORMAN CHRIS 32
ANTONIUS PATRIK 17
MIZZI SOREL 17
LEW RANDY 17
SIGSBEE SHANE 17
MENZ DAVID 15
HEATH ELI 15
BONKOWKSI TYLER 15
STAVROPOULOS MANNY 15
LEE CLIFF 12
REINKEMEIER TOBIAS 12
VOS MARK 12


MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS...

1 David Gorr $1,992,532
2 James Keys $1,031,140
3 Jeffrey Rossiter $697,437
4 Michael Ryan $450,000
5 Randy Dorfman $323,587
6 Samad Razavi $224,022
7 Chris Moorman $174,244
8 Patrik Antonius $129,439
9 Sorel Mizzi $129,439
10 Randy Lew $99,583
11 Shane Sigsbee $99,583
12 David Menz $99,583
13 Eli Heath $69,708
14 Tyler Bonkowski $69,708
15 Manny Stavropoulos $69,708
16 Cliff Lee $69,708
17 Tobias Reinkemeier $69,708
18 Mark Vos $69,708

Friday, January 28, 2011

ALEXANDER THE GREAT: KUZMIN WINS WPT SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP


PHOTO CREDIT: WPT.com


Congratulations to Alexander Kuzmin, the latest winner on the World Poker Tour.

Kuzmin outlasted Leif Force and 2009 WPT Southern Poker Winner Allen Carter. Shannon Shorr finished fourth. Kuzmin scored 127 PTPR Points with his win.

Ryan Hughes (6th, 27 PTPR Points) earned PTPR Points for the second time this season.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WPT Southern Poker Championship
World Poker Tour Main Event
January 23-27, 2011

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $1,986,100
Entries: 214

FINAL RESULTS
KUZMIN ALEXANDER 127
FORCE LEIF 77
CARTER ALLEN 47
SHORR SHANNON 37
MAHONEY PATRICK 32
HUGUES RYAN 27
MCBRAYER BJ 27
WRIGHT OTIS 12
BREAKSTONE STUART 12
COELHO VITOR 12
BLAIN DERMOT 12
ZENTNER MARTIN 10
KELLER BOBBY 10
SMITH BOB 10
SHIREY HILBERT 10
BROWN CHAD 7
SMITH JORDAN 7
ROSE MARK 7

KUZMIN WINS WPT SOUTHERN, DOWN TO 8 DOWN UNDER

Alexander Kuzmin has won the WPT Southern Poker Championship. Allen Carter was not able to repeat as event champ, finishing third - Shannon Shorr scored a fourth place finish.

Down to 8 players at the Aussie Millions Main Event - Patrik Antonius is the current chip leader - Sorel Mizzi has been eliminated.

Full event reports later tonight.


Eric

Thursday, January 27, 2011

PREMIER UPDATES: WPT SOUTHERN, AUSSIE MAIN, EPT DEAUVILLE


PHOTO CREDIT: WPT.com

Updating the three PTPR Premier events we have on the go!


WPT SOUTHERN POKER CHAMPIONSHIP MAIN EVENT
We're down to four players at the WPT Main - 2009 Champion Allen Carter leads the way...

Seat 1. Alex Kuzmin - 1,033,000
Seat 3. Leif Force - 1,269,000
Seat 5. Shannon Shorr - 1,446,000
Seat 6. Allen Carter - 2,740,000


AUSSIE MILLIONS MAIN EVENT
14 players still alive down under. 2010 PTPR Player of the Year Sorel Mizzi sits 7th, he will score his first points of the year. Patrik Antonius is third in chips at last count ... here are the top 10 chip leaders...

1 Samad Razavi 2,350,000
2 Jeff Rossiter 2,160,000
3 Patrik Antonius 1,750,000
4 Chris Moorman 1,550,000
5 Randy Dorfman 1,100,000
6 James Keys 1,000,000
7 Sorel Mizzi 750,000
8 Michael Ryan 750,000
9 David Gorr 715,000
10 Tyler Bonkowski 510,000


EPT DEAUVILLE MAIN EVENT
We're done with Day 2 in France. 205 of the original 891 players are still alive ... here are the top 10 remaining runners - including frenchman Fabrice Soulier making a run ...

1 David Sonelin 438,900
2 Fabrice Soulier 390,700
3 Sergey Kislinskiy 390,200
4 Eric Sfez 369,000
5 Mathew Frankland 353,600
6 Martin Jacobson 343,600
7 Raphael Kroll 339,200
8 Fabian Holling 333,300
9 Anthony Hnatow 332,400
10 Laurent Lagreve 312,300

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BIG NUMBERS SHOW UP AT EPT DEAUVILLE: ISILDUR1, BRUEL IN TOP 12


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERCOACH.fr

We continue with monster fields at Main Events around the whole world! This time, we stop in France for EPT Deauville ... almost 900 runners in this event!!

Amongst the leaders as we head into Day 2 are "the former man of mystery" Viktor Blom (otherwise known as Isildur1) and one of my idols growing up - French singer/actor Patrick Bruel. I was a kid when I found out that Bruel would spend time in Vegas and had won big tournaments - this was the first I had ever heard of poker tournaments ... we're talking in the late 80's, early 90's folks, pre-internet, pre-ESPN airing 400 episodes a year, pre-Rounders, pre-Annette even being born!

Bruel won a bracelet in Limit Hold'em at the 1998 World Series.


Unofficial chip counts available at the end of this post...

The winner of the event will receive 133 PTPR Points.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EPT Deauville
European Poker Tour Main Event
January 25-31, 2011

Casino Barriere
Deauville, France

Buy-in: $6,690
Prizepool: $5,624,883
Entries: 891

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 133
2nd place 83
3rd place 53
4th place 43
5th place 38
6th place 33
7th place 33
8th place 18
9th place 18
10th place 18
11th place 18
12th place 16
13th place 16
14th place 16
15th place 16
16th place 13
17th place 13
18th place 13


UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS - NOTABLE PLAYERS (END OF DAY 1A AND 1B)

1 Guillaume de la Gorce 196,800
2 Bruno Launais 185,900
3 Julien Muel 183,100
4 Philippe Massias 175,600
5 Gerome Guitteau 168,600
6 Pedro Mendes Muller 166,300
7 Nicolas Babel 164,100
8 Pierre Calamusa 154,300
9 Patrick Bruel 153,100
10 Chamoun Lioui 147,600
11 Mikael Oestreicher 146,400
12 Viktor Blom 144,700
13 Jose Furtado 143,600
14 Rafal Arendt 142,900
15 Petr Targa 142,800
16 Mathew Ernest Frankland 141,800
17 Sacha Ordeheide 135,900
18 Benjamin Carpenter 129,800
19 Ancil Faiwel Dickstein 128,300
20 Jonas Ferrut 125,700
21 Eric Gambararo 125,400
22 Patrice Poujade 125,000
23 Basil Yaiche 124,100
24 Cyril Hanouna 120,800
25 Jerome Zerbib 119,900

ALLEN CARTER CHASES HISTORY AT WPT SOUTHERN TV FINAL TABLE


PHOTO CREDIT: BEAURIVAGE.com

We're down to six players at the WPT Southern Poker Championship at Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi - yes, that's right, it's WPT TV Final Table time!

We've got one hell of a final table setup .. Alexander Kuzmin is the chip leader, big-time pro Shannon Shorr (off a WPT final table late in 2010), Ryan Hughes, Leif Force and Patrick Mahoney are also at the final table ...

But it's Allen Carter, second in chips, that is holding everyone's attention. Carter is steps away from history. Carter won the 2009 WPT Southern Championship - he is looking to earn a second WPT Southern title in three years (Hoyt Corkins won the event last year - he scored 7 PTPR in this event) ... something that would put him in the record books for sure!


Here are the chip counts as Final Table play approaches...

1 Alexander Kuzmin 1,969,000
2 Allen Carter 1,928,000
3 Ryan Hughes 840,000
4 Leif Force 674,000
5 Shannon Shorr 663,000
6 Patrick Mahoney 394,000


And here are the winnings that the Final 6 are playing for...
1st: $584,481
2nd: $306,607
3rd: $212,208
4th: $140,926
5th: $110,103
6th: $86,985

The winner of the event will receive 127 PTPR Points.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WPT Southern Poker Championship
World Poker Tour Main Event
January 23-27, 2011

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $1,986,100
Entries: 214

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 127
2nd place 77
3rd place 47
4th place 37
5th place 32
6th place 27
WRIGHT OTIS 27
BREAKSTONE STUART 12
COELHO VITOR 12
BLAIN DERMOT 12
ZENTNER MARTIN 12
KELLER BOBBY 10
SMITH BOB 10
SHIREY HILBERT 10
BROWN CHAD 10
SMITH JORDAN 7
ROSE MARK 7
CORKINS HOYT 7

AUSSIE: DAY 2 ENDS WITH MIZZI, ANTONIUS, REINKEMEIER AND EDOG IN THE HUNT


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

Well look who decided to make an appearance on a major tournament leaderboard again? That's right, 2010 PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year and 2010 Bluff Magazine Player of the Year Sorel Mizzi is back on everyone's radar.

After Day 2, Mizzi currently sits 5th in chips at the Aussie Millions Main Event. Mizzi is looking for his first PTPR Score of the 2011 season.

Mizzi posted the following on his Twitter account (@sorelmizzi) at the end of Day 2...

515k in aussie millions. last year ended day 2 with 480. deja-vu


Other notables include: Tobias Reinkemeier (142 PTPR Points in 2010) is third in chips, cash game mega-star Patrik Antonius sits 9th, while Edog Erick Lindgren is still alive - now sits 15th in chips. Carter Phillips is 14th.

Randy Dorfman has a small chip lead as Day 3 approaches. 76 players remain in the event.

Day 3 seating assignment and chip counts are available at the end of this post...

The winner of the event will receive 132 PTPR Points.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Main Event
January 23-29, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $7,210,000
Entries: 721

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 132
2nd place 82
3rd place 52
4th place 42
5th place 37
6th place 32
7th place 32
8th place 17
9th place 17
10th place 17
11th place 17
12th place 15
13th place 15
14th place 15
15th place 15
16th place 12
17th place 12
18th place 12


DAY 3 SEATING ASSIGNMENTS AND CHIP COUNTS

Table | Seat | Name | Chip Count

10 1 PHILLIPS, WILLIAM C 307500
10 2 FARKAS, GABOR 121500
10 3 MAIALE, RENATO C 110000
10 4 KEEFE, OLIVER L 211500
10 5 LINDGREN, ERICK A 267000
10 6 SMITH, ELLIOT K 315500
10 7 ELLIS, RAYMOND R 56500
10 8 HEATH, ELI 108500

14 1 PENCIK, MARTIN 164500
14 2 FREYMANN, RENE 434000
14 3 VOS, MARK C 203000
14 4 RODRIGUES, MANUEL 386500
14 5 DALESSANDRI, JOHN 101000
14 6 ROSSITER, JEFFREY S 385000
14 7 HEALY, MICHAEL G 130500
14 8 PERKINS, JAMIE R 105500

19 1 KATCHALOV, EUGENE 61000
19 2 KIRK, MATTHEW ARTHUR 198500
19 3 BLACKMORE, BENJAMIN C 221000
19 4 EICHENDORF, SEAN L 79500
19 5 FOY, JOHN W 115500
19 6 RAZAVI, SAMAD 107000
19 7 SPARKS, CHRISTOPHER P 158500
19 8 MARCUS, VAN 50500

24 1 MO, JASON 102000
24 2 SEAL, EMANUEL 240000
24 3 SIGSBEE, SHANE M 141500
24 4 COCHRANE, GAVIN R 81000
24 5 CHARETTE, SIMON M 175500
24 6 DORFMAN, RANDY S 581000
24 7 LEE, CLIFFORD S 154000
24 8 GANG, STEVE 68500

25 1 INDRICH, HARALD 121000
25 2 ZOCH, ROMAN 128500
25 3 ANTONIUS, PATRIK 428500
25 4 GUTTMANN, MICHAEL 150500
25 5 MORRIS, SIMON A 41000
25 6 KARIB, YUSTINUS 42500
25 7 CHU, HAI B 431000
25 8 LUKASHAUGEN, TORE W 254000

27 1 BONKOWSKI, TYLER J 260500
27 2 RAYNER, GENE 138500
27 3 WONG, PETER 47000
27 4 KOVACS, ANDRAS 74500
27 5 VOLKOFF, TAMARA 57000
27 6 COLMAN, JULIUS 53500
27 7 DEEB, SEMON S 170000

28 1 REIJMER, DANIEL 204500
28 2 WHITE, MICHAEL W 120000
28 3 MOUNTENEY, CHRISTOPHER P 114000
28 4 REINKEMEIER, TOBIAS 533500
28 5 STAVROPOULOS, ARISTOMENIS 118000
28 6 RYAN, MICHAEL N 547500
28 7 MENZ, DAVID J 146000
28 8 JORSTEDT, MATTIAS O 79500

29 1 MIZZI, SOREL J 489000
29 2 MATTHEWS, MICHAEL A 175500
29 3 MOORMAN, CHRISTOPHER G 220000
29 4 LACKOVIC, NIKOLA 97000
29 5 NEWMAN, MICHAEL P 180500
29 6 LAUGESEN, SHANE 124000
29 7 PATEL, HIREN G 177000

31 1 GORR, SAMUEL D 223500
31 2 ALBERGO, ANDREW M 31500
31 3 KEYS, JAMES C 508000
31 4 SOWERS, MIKE 149000
31 5 LEW, RANDY 484000
31 6 LOGIUDICE, MICHAEL 88000
31 7 PATGORSKI, JOHN G 376500

32 1 RODRIGUEZ, SANCHEZ 85500
32 2 ROBERTS, EARL A 133000
32 3 INGRAM, LOUISE M 118000
32 4 LEDERER, HOWARD H 181500
32 5 CUSENZA, ADAM J 261500
32 6 CHOW, KUT F 97000
32 7 SMITH, ALEC F 120000

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2M TO THE WINNER DOWN UNDER - EDOG A LEAD DOG


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

All three Day 1's are done at the Aussie Millions Main Event. Day 2 starts in a few hours and 2 million dollars awaits the winner of the event. Ok, ok, it's a few dollars short of 2M but let's call it an even 2 mill.

Erick "EDog" Lindgren is one of the chip leaders as Day 2 looms. Patrik Antonius, Carter Philips, Aussie Millions Event 1 winner Martin Drewe, Phil Ivey, Erik Cajelais, Gavin Griffin are some of the other big names atop of the leaderboard.

Here is what we're playing for...

1 $1,992,532
2 $1,031,140
3 $697,437
4 $450,000
5 $323,587
6 $224,022
7 $174,244
8 - 9 $129,439
10 - 12 $99,583
13 - 18 $69,708
19 - 24 $44,820
25 - 30 $34,860
31 - 36 $29,866
37 - 40 $24,916
41 - 56 $19,933
57 - 72 $14,947


Unofficial chip counts available at the end of this post...

The winner of the event will receive 132 PTPR Points.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Main Event
January 23-29, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $7,210,000
Entries: 721

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 132
2nd place 82
3rd place 52
4th place 42
5th place 37
6th place 32
7th place 32
8th place 17
9th place 17
10th place 17
11th place 17
12th place 15
13th place 15
14th place 15
15th place 15
16th place 12
17th place 12
18th place 12


UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS - NOTABLE PLAYERS (AFTER DAY 1)

Oliver Keefe 198,200
Erick Lindgren 186,000
Luke Brabin 177,200
Patrik Antonius 176,500
Carter Phillips 167,500
Charles Chua 163,000
Jeff Rossiter 154,900
Michael Ottobra 143,900
Brian Furness 141,800
Martin Drewe 136,100
Colin Nicholas 134,900
Phil Ivey 134,200
Jay Kinkade 128,700
Jeff Sarwer 120,500
Randy Lew 119,000
Chris Moorman 116,900
Elliot Smith 116,200
Andras Kovacs 113,900
Haibo Chu 113,900
Ronnie Shabtay 111,400
Gabe Patgorski 110,500
Erik Cajelais 108,700
Dale Marsland 102,000
Gavin Griffin 101,700
Fabian Quoss 95,000
David Gorr 91,500
Tonio Roder 91,300
Yasuhiro Waki 80,000
Jason Gray 79,700

Monday, January 24, 2011

HUY NGUYEN DOMINATES ON WAY TO WSOPC CHOCTAW CROWN


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

Huy Nguyen knew what he wanted and well, he took it! Nguyen dominated throughout final table play at the WSOPC Choctaw Main Event in Oklahoma - he carried a massive chip lead heads up and Traci Brown was unable to stage the comeback.

It was the first PTPR Score of the season for all final table participants - none of these players earned a PTPR Score in 2010 either.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw
Main Event
January 22-24, 2011

Choctaw Casino Resort
Durant, Oklahoma, USA

Buy-in: $1,600
Prizepool: $1,175,640
Entries: 808

POINTS AT STAKE
NGUYEN HUY 108
BROWN TRACI 68
LYNCH SHALLUM 43
GIBRALTER JEFF 33
HEMPKINS BOBBY 26
ILICH DRAZEN 18
HAYNES VICTOR 16
WATSON ANDREW 13
CHEUNG ROBERT 13

LAPC 1M GUARANTEE - NISTLER TURNS $335 INTO 250K!!!


PHOTO CREDIT: COMMERCECASINO.com


4,000+ runners, most of whom falling like flies, in a record pace, all trying to turn a little into a lot - that is the madness that has become the opening event of the Los Angeles Poker Classic (LAPC).

Cory Nistler survived the ordeal, and collected 250K in the process! Pay $335, receive $250,000? Now that's a pyramid scheme we could all get acustumed to, right?

It was the first PTPR Score of the season for all of the Final 9 players. None of the players collected PTPR Points in 2010 either.

The maxium number of PTPR Points (includes bonus points) were handed out in this tournament.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
LAPC Event 1 - $1,000,000 Guarantee
January 19-23, 2011

Commerce Casino
Los Angeles, California, USA

Buy-in: $335
Prizepool: $1,191,015
Entries: 4179

POINTS AT STAKE
NISTLER CORY 120
SIMONIAN JOHN 80
NGUYEN THU 55
DANLEY MICHAEL 45
CHAUDERSON PAUL 38
RIVKIN ERIC 30
SABAG MARCEL 28
NGUYEN TUAN 25
HARDY FRANKLIN 25

PTPR UPDATE: FINAL TABLE PLAY IS ON AT WSOPC CHOCTAW


PHOTO CREDIT: COMMERCECASINO.com

We're down to four players at the WSOPC Final Table at the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma!

Shallum Lynch holds a small chip lead over Huy Nguyen with Jeff Gibralter and Traci Brown still in play as well.

Here is what the Final Four are playing for ...

1st $232,706
2nd $143,462
3rd $105,764
4th $78,828


Here are the current unofficial chip stacks ...

SHALLUM LYNCH 6.4M
HUY NGUYEN 6.3M
JEFF GIBRALTER 1.8M
TRACI BROWN 1.5M



PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw
Main Event
January 22-24, 2011

Choctaw Casino Resort
Durant, Oklahoma, USA

Buy-in: $1,600
Prizepool: $1,175,640
Entries: 808

POINTS AT STAKE / PARTIAL RESULTS
1st place 108
2nd place 68
3rd place 43
4th place 33
HEMPKINS BOBBY 26
ILICH DRAZEN 18
HAYNES VICTOR 16
WATSON ANDREW 13
CHEUNG ROBERT 13

Sunday, January 23, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: WPT SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP IN FULL SWING


PHOTO CREDIT: BEAURIVAGE.com


It's Main Event time - The World Poker Tour hits the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

214 players registered for today's main - a little over 170 players are still alive after about 7 hours of play.

Gavin Smith holds the early chip lead.

Here is what we're playing for...

1st: $584,481
2nd: $306,607
3rd: $212,208
4th: $140,926
5th: $110,103
6th: $86,985
7th: $65,792
8th: $48,454
9th: $34,968
10th-12th: $24,372
13th-15th: $22,446
16th-18th: $20,519
19th-27th: $18,593

Unofficial chip counts available at the end of this post...

The winner of the event will receive 127 PTPR Points.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WPT Southern Poker Championship
World Poker Tour Main Event
January 23-27, 2011

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $1,986,100
Entries: 214

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 127
2nd place 77
3rd place 47
4th place 37
5th place 32
6th place 27
7th place 27
8th place 12
9th place 12
10th place 12
11th place 12
12th place 10
13th place 10
14th place 10
15th place 10
16th place 7
17th place 7
18th place 7


UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS - NOTABLE PLAYERS (AS OF 8PM ET)

Gavin Smith 155,000
Andrew Lichtenberger 110,000
Jonathan Little 75,000
Ryan D'Angelo 67,000
Kyle Bowker 60,000
Jason Mercier 54,000
Chris Bell 50,000
Tom McCormick 50,000
Yuval Bronshtein 48,000
Josh Arieh 48,000
Shawn Cunix 47,000
Hoyt Corkins 45,000
Tom Braband 42,000
Micah Raskin 40,000
Ali Eslami 40,000
Chad Brown 38,000
Eric Cloutier 38,000
Tom Franklin 38,000
Joseph Cheong 35,000
Randal Flowers 35,000
Timothy Finne 34,000
Brent Roberts 33,000
Scotty Nguyen 33,000
Justin Young 32,000
Lee Markholt 32,000
Eric Baldwin 32,000
Larry Little 31,000
Jim Collopy 30,000
Michael Benvenuti 30,000
Curt Kohlberg 30,000
John Dolan 30,000
Shannon Shorr 28,000
Kara Scott 27,000
Tony Cousineau 27,000
Nick Schulman 27,000

PTS AT STAKE: CRAZY NUMBERS AS LAPC STARTS


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Guarantee a million dollar prize pool and a minimal buy-in? Obtain craziness, craziness in numbers!

At that's what the Los Angeles Poker Classic (LAPC) has created for the second straight year. Once again, the opening event at this year's LAPC carries a million dollar prize pool guarantee - and the 4,179 player field (yes, you read right, over 4,000 players!) brought in a $1,191,015 prize pool.

We are already down to a little over 80 players heading into Day 2.

Here is the prize pool the remaining players are fighting for:

1st Place $250,000
2nd Place $132,220
3rd Place $75,440
4th Place $61,300
5th Place $47,150
6th Place $37,720
7th Place $28,290
8th Place $18,860
9th Place $15,090
10th-12th Place $8,860
13th-15th Place $7,540
16th-18th Place $6,600
19th-27th Place $5,660
28th-36th Place $4,720
37th-45th Place $3,770
46th-54th Place $2,830
55th-63th Place $2,360
64th-72nd Place $1,890
73rd-84th Place $1,410

Play resumes at Level 19, 1,000 Ante, 4,000-8,000 Blinds with 15:28 Remaining


The winner of the event will receive 120 PTPR Points.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
LAPC Event 1 - $1,000,000 Guarantee
January 19-23, 2011

Commerce Casino
Los Angeles, California, USA

Buy-in: $335
Prizepool: $1,191,015
Entries: 4179

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 120
2nd place 80
3rd place 55
4th place 45
5th place 38
6th place 30
7th place 28
8th place 25
9th place 25

Saturday, January 22, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: MASSIVE FIELD SHOWS UP AT WSOPC CHOCTAW


PHOTO CREDIT: WSOP.com

Oklahome may never be the same ever again as 808 poker players have invaded the Choctaw Casino - you read right, 808 players started the day as the WSOP Circuit hosted it's Main Event.

The total prize pool sits at over 1 million dollars.

The winner of the event will receive 108 PTPR Points.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw
Main Event
January 22-24, 2011

Choctaw Casino Resort
Durant, Oklahoma, USA

Buy-in: $1,600
Prizepool: $1,175,640
Entries: 808

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 108
2nd place 68
3rd place 43
4th place 33
5th place 26
6th place 18
7th place 16
8th place 13
9th place 13

PTPR RECAP: A FINAL LOOK AT THE PCA - KOSTRITSYN WINS BIG


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Alexander Kostritsyn was a big winner last Sunday, on the final night of the PCA in the Bahamas.

Kostritsyn defeated red-hot Eugene Katchalov heads-up. David Benyamine catches fourth place.

3rd place finisher Darren Elias scores for the second time this season, he now has 55 PTPR Points in 2011 - Elias scored 20 PTPR Points a few days before at the PCA, Event 17 NLH 8-Max event.

Here are the payouts for this event:

Alexander Kostritsyn $263,840
Eugene Katchalov $131,920
Darren Elias $98,940
David Benyamine $72,555
Alexander Condon $52,770
Micah Raskin $39,575



PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
High Rollers No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Turbo
Janaury 16, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $10,200
Prizepool: $659,600
Entries: 68

FINAL RESULTS
KOSTRITSYN ALEXANDER 100
KATCHALOV EUGENE 60
ELIAS DARREN 35
BENYAMINE DAVID 25
CONDON ALEXANDER 18
RASKIN MICAH 10

PTPR RECAP: SPEIDEL WINS AUSSIE EVENT 7


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Oliver Speidel outlasted Day 1 chip leader Randy Dortman heads up in order to win Event 7 - No Limit Hold'em with Rebuys - at the Aussie Millions.

Speidel, WSOP and WSOPE bracelet winner JP Kelly, Eoghan O'Dea, Albert Munnullin, Alex Debus and Andrew Scarf, who all posted PTPRP Points in 2010, earned their first PTPR Points of 2011.


PTPR PRELIM EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Event 7 - NLH w/Rebuys
January 21-22, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $1,150
Prizepool: $341,000
Entries: 86

FINAL RESULTS
SPEIDEL OLIVER 75
DORTMAN RANDY 40
O'DEA EOGHAN 25
MINNULLIN ALBERT 15
KELLY J.P. 10
LOVELADY JOEY 8
DEBUS ALEXANDER 5
ZINDO JOHN 5
SCARF ANDREW 5

Friday, January 21, 2011

RECAP/AT STAKE: MORE FROM DOWN UNDER...


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Tim O'Shea was the chip leader heading into the final day of play at Event 6 of the Aussie Millions. And, when all was said and done, O'Shea had all of the chip, winning the 6-max No Limit Hold'em event.

O'Shea beat Daniel Neilson heads up. This was the first PTPR Score of the season for all players that earned PTPR Points in this event.

Full event results follow at the end of this post...

Meanwhile, in Event 7, No Limit Hold'em with rebuys, Randy Dortman and Oliver Speidel both have over 100,000 chips. WSOP and WSOPE bracelet winner JP Kelly is third in chips and hopes that his experience will be able to score him the title.


PTPR PRELIM EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Event 6 - NLH 6-Max
January 20-21, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $541,260
Entries: 373

POINTS AT STAKE
O'SHEA TIM 75
NEILSON DANIEL 40
HENDRIKS KELSEY 25
DHINGRA GAUTAM 15
ZHENG JACKSON 10
HINRICHSEN ANDREW 8
MAROTTA NINO 5
GUTTMAN MICHAEL 5
BLANCHETTE LEVI 5

Thursday, January 20, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: 12 REMAIN AT AUSSIE MILLIONS 6-MAX


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We're down to the final two tables at the Aussie Millions 1K No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event - the next event to qualify for PTPR at this year's Aussie Millions.

Tim O'Shea carries the chip lead into the final day of play. Andrew Hinrichsen and Nicholas Owens also have good chip stacks after Day 1.

Neil Channing, James Potter and defending champ Kristian Lunardi were notable late eliminations.


Here are the table draws for the start of Day 2...

Table Draw: One

1 Gauntam Dhingra 369,000
2 Kelsey Hendriks 172,000
3 Daniel Neilson 217,000
4 Levi Blanchette 136,000
5 Michael Guttman 201,000
6 Nicholas Owens 506,000


Table Draw: Two

1 Jackson Zheng 159,000
2 Tim O'Shea 857,000
3 Andrew Hinrichsen 541,000
4 Michael Accardo 176,000
5 Milan Gurung 287,000
6 Nino Marotta 131,000


The winner of the event will receive 75 PTPR Points.


PTPR PRELIM EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Event 6 - NLH 6-Max
January 20-21, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $541,260
Entries: 373

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 75
2nd place 40
3rd place 25
4th place 15
5th place 10
6th place 8
7th place 5
8th place 5
9th place 5

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

PTPR RECAP: 6-EVENT RECAP! FALLSVIEW, HEARTLAND, PARTOUCHE AND HELSINKI FREEZEOUT


PHOTO CREDIT: HEARTLANDPOKERTOUR.com


Rob Perelman, known as veeRob in the Twitter world, made us all proud winning the Heartland Poker Tour's opening event of the 2011 season at the Red Rock in Vegas. J.J. Liu finished third in the event.

Here is what veeRob tweeted shortly after his victory...

Winner winner chicken dinner. @hptpokertour champion. Only took 2 hands of heads up! Weeeeeee



In Lyon, Laurent Morel won the first Partouche Poker Tour event of the year.

The Helsinki Freezeout recently held it's Main Event and Miikka Annttonen was the champ.

And finally, the Fallsview Casino held it's annual Fallsview Poker Classic. All three events from the series qualified for PTPR Points. All three events drew a huge amount of players. Giuseppe Spano, David Quang and Joseph Mandool were the three winners at Fallsview.



PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Heartland Poker Tour Red Rock
HPT Main Event
January 15-16, 2011

Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $553.000
Entries: 553


FINAL RESULTS
PERELMAN ROB "veeRob" 35
GASPER LASZLO 18
LIU JOANNE "J.J." 10
HERRING HEATH 8
HEIDMAN DICK 5


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Partouche Poker Tour Lyon
PPT Main Event
January 8-9, 2011

Casino Le Lyon Vert
Lyon, France

Buy-in: $1,680
Prizepool: $560.439
Entries: 333


FINAL RESULTS
MOREL LAURENT 35
ZAOUCHE EVRARD 18
ENZINGER YANN 10
COHEN PASCAL 8
RIJKENBERG CONSTANT 5


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Helsinki Freezeout
Main Event
January 13-15, 2011

Grand Casino Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Buy-in: $4,039
Prizepool: $303.171
Entries: 79


FINAL RESULTS
ANNTTONEN MIIKA 35
VILMUNEN JANI 18
LAUTTAMUS JUHA 10
JOENTAUSTA DONALD 8
JUUTILA JAMI 5


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Fallsview Poker Classic
Main Event
January 9-11, 2011

Fallsview Casino Resort
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Buy-in: $5,000
Prizepool: $856.700
Entries: 184


FINAL RESULTS
SPANO GIUSEPPE 101
NIRO GIUSEPPE 61
SEAQUIST BRUCE 36
BINH PHAM VAN 26
GIAMPAOLO MICHELE 19
SCHOLZ JORN 11
JAMES JASON 9
ST-PIERRE ROBERT 6
BASTOS PAULO 6


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Fallsview Poker Classic
Event 1
January 6-7, 2011

Fallsview Casino Resort
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


FINAL RESULTS
MANDOOL JOSEPH 35
BUI THINH 18


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Fallsview Poker Classic
Event 1
January 6-7, 2011

Fallsview Casino Resort
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Buy-in: $2,500
Prizepool: $1,012.098
Entries: 444


FINAL RESULTS
QUANG DAVID 102
WATSON MICHAEL 62
LIU ERIC 37
ST-PIERRE MICHEL 27

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PTPR RECAP: MORE FROM THE PCA - KAVERMAN, PANTLING, ULMER WIN


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARSBLOG.com


We still have a few more event results that we're collecting but for now, three more PCA events have official results ... including Byron Kaverman collecting 102 PTPR Points by winning the 5K No Limit Hold'Em 8-max event. The win puts Kaverman in a third place tieon the PTPR Player of the Year charts along with Andrew Chen.

Wesley Pantling and Timothy Ulmer each won a PTPR Prelim event, each collecting 75 PTPR Points. Of note in Pantling's event, Max Lykov collected PTPR Points for the second time this season and Kevin Vannicola also scored for the second time in Ulmer's event.

Full results below ...


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
Event 17 - No Limit Hold'em 8-Max
January 11-12, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $5,250
Prizepool: $1,188.250
Entries: 245


FINAL RESULTS
KAVERMAN BYRON 102
TURNER JONATHAN 62
FITZGERALD ALEX 37
ALLEN ROY 27
ELIAS DARREN 20
GREIM PAUL 12
GREENWOOD LUCAS 10
RYBIN ALEXEY 7
MALKEY JAMES 7



PTPR PRELIM EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
Event 23 - No Limit Hold'em 6-Max Bounty
January 12-13, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $355.020
Entries: 366


FINAL RESULTS
PANTLING WESLEY 75
BIOKUR LEONID 40
HUNICHEN CHRISTOPHER 25
CAMPBELL JOHN 15
BEGLEY TIMOTHY 10
ANDREWS CHERISH 8
NYGAARD VEGARD 5
NIELSEN SOREN 5
LYKOV MAXIM 5



PTPR PRELIM EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
Event 29 - No Limit Hold'em 6-Max
January 13-14, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $425.830
Entries: 439


FINAL RESULTS
ULMER TIMOTHY 75
SAVERS KYLE 40
RETTENMAIER MARVIN 25
VANNICOLA KEVIN 15
PALMER BENJAMIN 10
MICHNIK MICHAEL 8
PORPBANDARWALA SOHEB 5
CROWE OWEN 5
AFRIAT ERIC 5

Monday, January 17, 2011

CANADIAN CLOSERS: MOLSON, CHEN WIN ON FINAL DAY OF PCA


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARSBLOG.com


Fellow Canadians Will Molson and Andrew Chen won big events on the final day at the PCA in the Bahamas.

This was Molson's (pictured, celebrating with his father) third straight year heads up at the PCA 25K High Rollers event - an amazing, almost inplausible feat - after two straight runner-ups in 2009 and 2010, Molson finally sealed the deal, winning the event. Molson, who had 3 PTPR Scores last season, earns his first PTPR Score of 2011.

Molson beat Leo Fernandez heads up. Fernandez and 4th place finisher Erik Seidel each score for the second time at the PCA. Max Lykov, David "Bakes" Baker and Jason Mercier also scored in the event.

Andrew Chen won the very popular 5K NAPT Bounty Shootout event. He won the event in very dramatic fashion, eliminating pros Shaun Deeb and Michael Binger on the same hand, to end the event.

Chen earns 102 PTPR Points for his win and is now ranked 3rd on the PTPR Player of the Year charts. Deeb earns his second PTPR Score of this very young season.

Although the PCA is now over and done with, we are still awaiting official results from a few events. Stay tuned.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
PCA 25K High Rollers Event
January 14-16, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $25,000
Prizepool: $3,995,500
Entries: 151

Defending champion: William Reynolds

POINTS AT STAKE
MOLSON WILLIAM 101
FERNANDEZ LEO 61
LYKOV MAX 36
SEIDEL ERIK 26
METAAL GOVERT 19
BAKER DAVID "BAKES" 11
MARAFIOTI MATT 9
MERCIER JASON 6
DE VRIES SHANDER 6


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
NAPT Bounty Shootout
January 13-16, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $5,250
Prizepool: $1,134,000
Entries: 216

POINTS AT STAKE
CHEN ANDREW 102
BINGER MICHAEL 62
DEEB SHAUN 37
BAUMSTEIN SCOTT 27
NEUMANN MARKO 20
PILOSSOPH WILLIAM 12

WOW CANADA: MOLSON BREAKS STREAK, CHEN WINS SHOOTOUT

It was a good day for Canada in the Bahamas!

Two-time PCA High Roller runner-up Will Molson was back heads up for a third straight year - this time winning the whole thing! Molson could be the best High Roller out there.

Fellow Canuck Andrew Chen won the NAPT Bounty Shootout event, surviving a tough final 6 that included Shaun Deeb and Michael Binger.


Full event reports later today.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

DREWE WINS AUSSIE MILLIONS OPENING EVENT


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com


Congratulations to Martin Drewe for capturing the opening event of the Aussie Millions. Drewe lost his chip lead (he was the chip leader heading into the second day of play) but managed to survive over 140 eliminations to finally capture the title, and the first PTPR Points of his career.

Canadian (and former November Niner) Scott Montgomery finished 8th in the event. Montgomey won his first WSOP bracelet in 2010.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Event 1 No Limit Hold'Em
January 13-17, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $1,000,000
Entries: 1,000

Defending champion: Matthew Ephraums

POINTS AT STAKE
DREWE MARTIN 110
KRAMER DARREN 70
COHEN JUSTIN 45
LACKOVIC NIK 35
DALESSANDRI VITO 28
BECHERA ANTOINE 20
XIOUROUPPA GABRIEL 18
MONTGOMERY SCOTT 15
PALMER JONATHAN 15

ONE HALL OF A COMBACK - GALEN HALL WINS PCA MAIN EVENT


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When four-handed, Chris Oliver had over 65% of the chips. A few hours later, Galen Hall was lifting the PCA's Championship trophy. It was a comeback of monumental proportions but, in the end, Hall got things done for his first ever PTPR Score!

Sam Stein and Mike Sowers (the two heavyweights at the final table) finished 4th and 5th respectively, for their first PTPR Scores of the season.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Championship
WSOPC Atlantic City Regional
December 19-22, 2010

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $1,279,624
Entries: 136

Defending champion: Harrison Gimbel

POINTS AT STAKE
HALL GALEN 140
OLIVER CHRIS 90
IONEL ANTON 60
STEIN SAM 50
SOWERS MIKE 45
PALACIOS BOLIVAR 40
WEINBERG MAX 40
PLOUFFE PHILIPPE 25
STELMAK DMITRY 25
MARQUEZ ANA 25
MONEYMAKER CHRIS 25
PESEK MICHAEL 23
BAKSIC GREGORY 23
ANDERSON CALVIN 23
GOLKA RAFAEL 23
BOU-HABIB WALID 20
MATHIS MARTIN 20
KHANNA SHAYNE 20

Saturday, January 15, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: DEEB, BINGER HIGHLIGHT PCA BOUNTY SHOOTOUT FT


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARSBLOG.com


We're down to the final table of six players at the 216-player 5K Bounty Shootout at the PCA down in the Bahamas.

Each remaining player has won two heats and $50,000 already - plus, whatever bounties they have collected up to now are theirs to keep.

The toughest bounty of them would have come when final table participant Michael Binger eliminated his brother Nick, and collected his bounty. Next Sunday dinner may be a little quiet for the Bingers!

Binger is joined at the final table by red-hot Shaun Deeb. Deeb didn't even earn a single PTPR score last season, yet, he's already in the Top 15 this season with a second place finish at the PCA earlier this week. Deeb will look to ride the momentum.

Deeb has this to say in a tweet (@shaundeeb) earlier today...

sometime around noon tomorrow will be playing the final table of shootout on pokerstars.tv should be very fun I'm quite excited



Pokerstars pro Ville Wahlbeck is the other big name at the final table and will be looking to bring a NAPT title back to Finland.

Canadian Andrew Chen, German Marko Neumann and American Scott Baumstein (who eliminated Jude Ainsworth heads up to advance) are the other final table participants.


102 PTPR Points to the winner!

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
NAPT Bounty Shootout
January 13-16, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $5,250
Prizepool: $1,134,000
Entries: 216

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 102
2nd place 62
3rd place 37
4th place 27
5th place 20
6th place 12

PTS AT STAKE: AUSSIE MILLIONS PRELIMS KICK OFF!


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1000 players ... that's right, 1000 players have entered the opening event at the 2011 Aussie Millions. 1000 players equals a million dollar prize pool equal 200K going to the the winner of this event.

We hope the opening event is a precursor to an incredible Aussie Millions filled with mega fields!

After three Day 1's, Day 2 will start shortly with a little over 140 players still alive. Martin Drewe holds a small chip lead.

90 players will be paid in the event, here are payouts for the Top 27 players (in AUD)...

1: $200,020
2: $128,220
3: $85,222
4: $65,220
5: $52,220
6: $42,220
7: $32,220
8: $22,220
9: $15,020
10: $11,520
11-18: $8,520
19-27: $6,520


For Day 2 seat assignments and chip stacks, see below.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
2011 Aussie Millions
Event 1 No Limit Hold'Em
January 13-18, 2011

Crown Casino
Melbourne, Australia

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $1,000,000
Entries: 1,000

Defending champion: Matthew Ephraums

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 110
2nd place 70
3rd place 45
4th place 35
5th place 28
6th place 20
7th place 18
8th place 15
9th place 15


DAY 2 SEATING ASSIGNMENTS AND UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS:

Table 10
Seat 1: Barny Boatman (74,200)
Seat 2: Shane Sigsbee (62,400)
Seat 3: David McBrien (139,700)
Seat 4: Fabian Geisel (45,300)
Seat 5: Jenny Son (2,000)
Seat 6: Robert Elliott (17,500)
Seat 7: John Corr (54,500)
Seat 8: Kristian Lunardi (69,000)
Seat 9: Antonio Casale (110,900)

Table 14
Seat 1: David Morton (91,300)
Seat 2: Karib Karib (14,600)
Seat 3: John Apostolidis (76,800)
Seat 4: Terry Tserdanis (46,000)
Seat 5: Peter Conen (46,500)
Seat 6: Martin Drewe (218,800)
Seat 7: Troy Harris (116,600)
Seat 8: Milan Gurung (120,900)
Seat 9: Alex Dayoub (162,200)

Table 19
Seat 1: Tim Balaban (111,400)
Seat 2: Michael Doolan (27,600)
Seat 3: Ryan m Hong (135,400)
Seat 4: Lauren McIver (110,000)
Seat 5: Seonglee Ang (71,600)
Seat 6: David Brand (98,900)
Seat 7: Jeffrey Sarwer (92,900)
Seat 8: Nir Peer (74,200)
Seat 9: Rody Kaka (124,200)

Table 24
Seat 1: Beng hooi Beh (116,900)
Seat 2: Stephen Quon (89,800)
Seat 3: Andrew Hinrichsen (33,000)
Seat 4: Steven Jones (68,900)
Seat 5: Andrew Carolan (43,600)
Seat 6: Barry Beyers (73,700)
Seat 7: Arif Mustafa (76,100)
Seat 8: Jessica Dawley (70,400)
Seat 9: Timothy Mitchell (85,800)

Table 25
Seat 1: Simon Watt (37,600)
Seat 2: Rupert Elder (1,400)
Seat 3: Sean Dunwoodie (79,300)
Seat 4: Benjamin Gilholme (77,800)
Seat 5: Stephen Rogers (38,200)
Seat 6: Yann Pauchon (62,800)
Seat 7: Paul Arsenis (164,900)
Seat 8: Martin Lazarevic (31,000)
Seat 9: Melanie Wohlers (176,400)

Table 26
Seat 1: Vito Dalessandri (59,200)
Seat 2: Jason Mo (88,400)
Seat 3: Matthew Rolfe (32,400)
Seat 4: Michael Spilkin (46,800)
Seat 5: Nik Lackovic (112,700)
Seat 6: James Owens (55,800)
Seat 7: Michael Matthews (88,800)
Seat 8: Alfred Saliba (56,200)
Seat 9: Joshua Ijsenbruk (56,600)

Table 27
Seat 1: Daniel Andrews (33,200)
Seat 2: Jeffrey Rossiter (42,100)
Seat 3: Rob Campbell (53,100)
Seat 4: Daniel Neilson (55,600)
Seat 5: Alfred Frommer (40,100)
Seat 6: Huy Mai (83,700)
Seat 7: Phares Bouya (122,400)
Seat 8: Salam Georges (118,800)
Seat 9: Darren Kramer (44,500)

Table 28
Seat 1: Daniel Smith (29,300)
Seat 2: Dale Townsend (71,500)
Seat 3: Junzhong Loo (51,500)
Seat 4: Joey Baker (112,200)
Seat 5: Andrew Damianou (37,300)
Seat 6: Michael Raines (60,600)
Seat 7: Haim Diamond (85,800)
Seat 8: Tony Zelevarov (91,000)
Seat 9: Toan Nguyen (126,800)

Table 29
Seat 1: John Overbeek (197,200)
Seat 2: Caleb Osterman (24,600)
Seat 3: Christopher Pereira (63,300)
Seat 4: Gary Benson (53,800)
Seat 5: Nam Nguyen (76,100)
Seat 6: Hamish Modra (49,300)
Seat 7: Trent Jones (23,600)
Seat 8: Simon Morris (34,000)
Seat 9: Jonyson Azzi (37,000)

Table 30
Seat 1: Mitchell Pavletich (44,200)
Seat 2: Michael Ottobre (113,200)
Seat 3: Amir Minagar (45,200)
Seat 4: Ali Ghezelbash (39,800)
Seat 5: Anxhelo Prifti (55,800)
Seat 6: Martin Kozlov (73,700)
Seat 7: Joshua Wilson (43,300)
Seat 8: Alan McDougall (60,100)
Seat 9: Joseph Keil (108,600)

Table 31
Seat 1: Nino Marotta (77,700)
Seat 2: Antoine Bechara (88,800)
Seat 3: Jack Powell (132,000)
Seat 4: Adriano Cendron (100,600)
Seat 5: Hoanmac Nguyen (64,700)
Seat 6: Omer Silajdzija (67,400)
Seat 7: Ciaran Begleycarter (57,200)
Seat 8: Jonathan Palmer (44,100)
Seat 9: Michael Kroger (27,600)

Table 32
Seat 1: Stephen Moreschi (5,810)
Seat 2: Linus Englund (61,600)
Seat 3: Jackie Glazier (74,700)
Seat 4: Nicholas Starrenburg (12,700)
Seat 5: Robert Jackson (109,400)
Seat 6: Andrew Teng (34,400)
Seat 7: Kamyar Ekrami (45,700)
Seat 8: Isaac Lau (155,000)
Seat 9: Graeme Putt (34,600)

Table 33
Seat 1: Thuy Quach (38,000)
Seat 2: Scott Montgomery (39,900)
Seat 3: Steve Leonard (76,400)
Seat 4: Luke Edwards (48,300)
Seat 5: Justin Cohen (128,100)
Seat 6: Tri Nguyen (96,800)
Seat 7: David Chen (17,200)
Seat 8: Gabriel Xiourouppa (48,500)
Seat 9: Vesko Zmukic (16,700)

Table 48
Seat 1: Nathan Goodall (53,900)
Seat 2: Scott Peters (48,400)
Seat 3: Jamie Pickering (105,800)
Seat 4: Allan Dacre (33,000)
Seat 5: William Rice (68,200)
Seat 6: John Course (35,800)
Seat 7: Dean Francis (91,000)
Seat 8: Teresaann Natoli (62,000)

Table 49
Seat 1: Matthew Pearson (27,200)
Seat 2: Ryan Mckay (95,000)
Seat 3: Charles Combes (13,300)
Seat 4: Paul Birman (48,300)
Seat 5: Nikolaos Konstandellos (84,000)
Seat 6: Raemin Alexander (26,000)
Seat 7: Minh Nguyen (65,100)
Seat 8: John Eames (36,100)
Seat 9: Joel Dodds (28,500)

Table 50
Seat 1: Oliver Grujic (18,200)
Seat 2: Costa Argirai (179,300)
Seat 3: Mahir Algassim (39,000)
Seat 4: Jonathan Karamalikis (107,300)
Seat 5: Paul Figueroa (58,400)
Seat 6: Mark Segal (28,000)
Seat 7: Huatjin Chong (50,400)
Seat 8: Tolly Sakellariou (207,400)
Seat 9: Blagoja Lembovski (96,500)

PTPR RECAP: MORE RESULTS FROM THE PCA...


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Will "The Thrill" Failla (pictured) has won his first event of the 2011 poker season and he's looking for more. Failla had three PTPR Scores last season, finishing tied for 353rd in the standings.

Dominique Dupuis become the second French Canadian to win at the PCA and Dutch player Pieter De Vries is the king of heads-up! Full results below ...


PTPR PRELIM EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
Event 13 No Limit Hold'em
January 10-11, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $2,150
Prizepool: $923,440
Entries: 476


FINAL RESULTS
FAILLA WILL "THE THRILL" 75
VANNICOLA KEVIN 40
MACNAUGHTON PAMELA 25
AHMADI BAHADOR 15
NEMETH ANDRAS 10
HUGHES RYAN 8
KURTZ MATTHIAS 5
RODRIGUEZ JUAN ALVARADO 5
LUTH PEYMAN 5



PTPR PRELIM EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
Event 18 No Limit Hold'em
January 11-12, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $1,100
Prizepool: $467,000
Entries: 467


FINAL RESULTS
DUPUIS DOMINIQUE 75
VANDERMISSEN KEVIN 40
CHARETTE SIMON 25
FERNANDEZ TORREZ FERNANDO 15
GUEVERA JOSE 10
SALLES GUALTER 8
FORSMO INGE 5
SALOMON RICHARD 5
BARDAH RONNIE 5



PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
Pokerstars Heads Up Championship
January 12-13, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $5,250
Prizepool: $310,400
Entries: 64


FINAL RESULTS
DE VRIES PIETER 100
COLMAN DANIEL 60
ARMSTRONG JAMIE 30
JAFFE JONATHAN 30
PELLEGRINO BRYAN 10
BAUMSTEIN SCOTT 10
LEBLOND BENJAMIN 10
KUDER TOBIAS 10

Friday, January 14, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: PCA 25K HIGH ROLLERS - REYNOLDS LOOKS TO DEFEND


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151 players have searched their pockets and found 25K - ok, so maybe they asked their sponsors instead - to play the PCA High Rollers Event - an outstanding number of participants only a few days after the start of the 10K Main Event. There are currently 96 players remaining.

Defending Champ William Reynolds is in the hunt, currently sitting in the Top 10 in chips. Ryan Fair is your chip leader - Leo Fernandez and Humberto Brenes, who both scored PTPR Points in the first PTPR Event of the season, are stil alive.

Other Top 25 notables include: 2010 PTPR #3 ranked player Thomas Marchese, David Baker, Faraz Jaka, Chino Rheem, Bryn Kenney, Vanessa Rousso and Jason Mercier.

Jaka had this to say on his Twitter feed (FarazJaka1) as he wrapped up his day:

"Finished the day with 129k. 97 left 16 pay. Played EXTREMELY well in the High roller today."



101 PTPR Points goes to the winner of this PTPR Tier 3 Event. 16 players will get paid for the event - here is the prize pool:

1: $1,072,850
2: $554,925
3: $369,490
4: $295,960
5: $240,470
6: $203,475
7: $166,480
8:$129,480
9-10: $110,985
11-12: $92,490
13-14: $73,990
15-16: $55,490


For current chip stacks, see below.


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
PCA 25K High Rollers Event
January 14-16, 2011

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $25,000
Prizepool: $3,995,500
Entries: 151

Defending champion: William Reynolds

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 101
2nd place 61
3rd place 36
4th place 26
5th place 19
6th place 11
7th place 9
8th place 6
9th place 6


UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS (NOTABLE PLAYERS) AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY:

Ryan Fair 217200
Tyler Reiman 205400
Giuseppe Pantaleo 182000
Kyle Julius 173500
William Reynolds 170800
Leo Fernandez 167600
Gustavo Kein 166800
Max Lykov 164200
Masa Kagawa 163200
Tony Gregg 160900
Moritz Kranich 157300
Tom Marchese 147000
David Baker 139100
Juan Maceiras 137700
Matt Woodward 135000
Faraz Jaka 120000
Fernando Brito 110000
David Rheem 108000
Alex Gomes 84600
Bryn Kenney 83000
Vanessa Rousso 79100
Jason Mercier 75600
Paul Berende 70000
Andre Akkari 63600
Eugene Katchalov 63000
Freddy Deeb 57000
Joe Hachem 55500
Matt Marafioti 54000
Humberto Brenes 52600
Erik Seidel 52000
David Benyamine 52000
Matt Affleck 50000
David Sands 37000
Luke Schwartz 35000
Jonathan Little 35000
Johnny Lodden 34300
Phil Collins 25000
Joe Cada 22300
Alex Kravchenko 21100
Sandra Naujoks 17900

PCA REPORT: WE FINALLY HAVE POINTS ON THE BOARD - CHARTIER OUTDUELS DEEB


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The first PTPR tournament of the 2011 season is in the books and, we have a new leader!

Montreal native Samuel Chartier bested Shaun Deeb heads up to win the PCA 5K PLO 8-max Championship. Chartier earns 100 PTPR Points for the event.

Recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee Erik Seidel finished third. Other notables: Leo Fernandez (5th) and Huberto Brenes (6th).



PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Championship
January 10-11, 2011

Atlantis Casino & Resort
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $5,250
Prizepool: $310,400
Entries: 64


FINAL RESULTS
CHARTIER SAM 100
DEEB SHAUN 60
SEIDEL ERIK 35
MUNERA CARLOS 25
FERNANDEZ LEONARDO (LEO) 18
BRENES HUMBERTO 10
VERBAKEL BJORN 8
COSTA MARCELO 5

Thursday, January 13, 2011

PTPR UPDATE: MONEYMAKER GONE, STEIN, SOWERS HIGHLIGHT PCA MAIN FINAL TABLE


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This could be the quickest three-day span in the history of major tournament - we're already done today. Final table play, live on ESPN2, will air Saturday night.

The feel-good Chris Moneymaker story ended with no sign of a final table presence - Moneymaker went out 11th. Chip leader Ana Marquez also bowed out without any success today.

Chris Oliver enters final table play with a +3 to 1 chip lead over second place Galen Hall. Pros Sam Stein and Mike Sowers (who's had a good couple of months) are third and fourth in chips.


2011 PCA main event final table

Seat 1. Mike Sowers (USA) 3,685,000
Seat 2. Max Weinberg USA 3,350,000
Seat 3. Chris Oliver (USA) 19,670,000
Seat 4. Bolivar Palacios (Panama) 2,445,000
Seat 5. Sam Stein (USA) 5,855,000
Seat 6. Anton Ionel (Romania) 3,530,000
Seat 7. Philippe Plouffe (Canada) 1,555,000
Seat 8. Galen Hall (USA) 6,435,000


2011 PCA prizes (in USD)

1. $2,300,000
2. $1,800,000
3. $1,350,000
4. $1,000,000
5. $700,000
6. $450,000
7. $300,000
8. $202,000



PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure
NAPT Main Event
January 8-15, 2010

Atlantis Resort & Casino
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $15,132,000
Entries: 1560

Defending champion: Harrison Gimbel

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 140
2nd place 90
3rd place 60
4th place 50
5th place 45
6th place 40
7th place 40
8th place 25
9th place 25
10th place 25
11th place 25
12th place 23
13th place 23
14th place 23
15th place 23
16th place 20
17th place 20
18th place 20

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PTPR UPDATE: MARQUEZ LEADING, MONEYMAKER TRENDING


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Day 4 is in the books at the PCA Main in the Bahamas. 22 players will head into competion Thursday - they will be playing down to the final table.

Ana Marquez owns the chip lead - she is the last woman standing.

But it's the second place player that is getting all the buzz. 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker is on track to become a early candidate for feel good story of the year. The focus will squarely be on Moneymaker once Day 5 starts.

Mike Sowers and Sam Stein are two other big names currently in the top 10.


Here are the chip counts heading into Thursday's play...

Ana Marquez Spain 3805000
Chris Moneymaker USA 3765000
Dmitriy Stelmak Russia 3340000
Chris Oliver USA 3275000
Mike Sowers USA 3180000
Sam Stein USA 3085000
Bolivar Palacios Panama 2875000
Philippe Plouffe Canada 2480000
Marty Mathis USA 2385000
Galen Hall USA 2305000
Michael Pesek USA 2260000
Rafael Golka Germany 2220000
Bryan Colin USA 1925000
Anton Ionel Romania 1670000
Walid Bou-Habib Lebanon 1665000
Gregory Baksic Canada 1415000
Grayson Ramage USA 1160000
Calvin Anderson USA 980000
Max Weinberg USA 860000
Shayne Khanna Canada 720000
Joel Patchell USA 650000
James St. Hilaire USA 600000


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Championship
WSOPC Atlantic City Regional
December 19-22, 2010

Harrah's Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $1,279,624
Entries: 136

Defending champion: Harrison Gimbel

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 140
2nd place 90
3rd place 60
4th place 50
5th place 45
6th place 40
7th place 40
8th place 25
9th place 25
10th place 25
11th place 25
12th place 23
13th place 23
14th place 23
15th place 23
16th place 20
17th place 20
18th place 20

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

PTPR POKER PLAYER PROFILE: TOBY LEWIS


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PTPR Player Profile on Toby Lewis.

PLAYER CARD
Name: Toby Lewis
Location: Hampshire, England

2010 PTPR Ranking: 25th
2010 PTPR Points: 226
2010 PTPR Scores: 4

Lifetime Tournament Winnings: $957,825 (Hendon Mob)


2010 PTPR TOURNAMENT SCORES (4)
IPT POKERSTARS VENICE (PTPR Tier 3 Event)
July 29-2, 2010
Placed 6th, 32K
13 PTPR Points

EPT VILAMOURA MAIN EVENT (PTPR Premier Event)
August 28-2, 2010
Won the event, 600K
128 PTPR Points

WORLD POKER OPEN VI (PTPR Challenger Event)
September 10, 2010
Placed 7th, 75K
10 PTPR Points

EPT LONDON NLH EVENT 16 (PTPR Prelim Event)
September 28-29, 2010
Won the event, 105K
75 PTPR Points

HIGHLIGHTS

- Two tournament wins in 2010

- Currently in the hunt at the PCA Main Event

Monday, January 10, 2011

PTPR UPDATE: PCA MAIN DAY 2 IN THE BOOKS, GUGA GONE


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Tennis fan, it's game, set and match for former #1 Gustavo Kuerten. Guga did not survive Day 2 at the PCA Main in the Bahamas - but, he did make the money, and that's something to be very proud about with this amazing field.

Guga and over 1,300 other players have seen their tournament come to an end, we have 173 players remaining.

Day 3 will start tomorrow with Adam Geyer as the unofficial chip leader. Mike Sowers, Chris Moneymaker, Eric Buchman, Eric Froehlich and Dwyte Pilgrim all sit atop the Top 12 in chips.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: ONE HUGE TURNOUT AT EPT PCA MAIN EVENT


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A record number of people have turned out in the Bahamas - all to play the EPT PCA Main Event - in all, 1.560 players have registered for the 10K buy-in event. We're now in the money as 231 players remain!

Over 15 million dollars at stake - with 2.3 million going to the winner!


Here are the official payouts for the event:

1. $2,300,000
2. $1,800,000
3. $1,350,000
4. $1,000,000
5. $700,000
6. $450,000
7. $300,000
8. $202,000
9-10. $155,000
11-12. $130,000
13-14. $115,000
15-16. $100,000
17-20. $87,500
21-24. $75,000
25-32. $66,000
33-40. $59,000
41-48. $52,000
49-56. $45,000
57-64. $38,000
65-72. $33,000
73-80. $28,000
81-112. $23,500
113-144. $20,000
145-184. $17,500
185-232. $15,000


For current chip stacks, see below.


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Championship
WSOPC Atlantic City Regional
December 19-22, 2010

Harrah's Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Buy-in: $10,000
Prizepool: $1,279,624
Entries: 136

Defending champion: Harrison Gimbel

POINTS AT STAKE
1st place 140
2nd place 90
3rd place 60
4th place 50
5th place 45
6th place 40
7th place 40
8th place 25
9th place 25
10th place 25
11th place 25
12th place 23
13th place 23
14th place 23
15th place 23
16th place 20
17th place 20
18th place 20


UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS (NOTABLE PLAYERS) AS OF 8PM ET:

Eric Froehlich 676000
Eric Buchman 630000
Ilan Rouah 625000
Oleg Perepletchikov 570000
Adam Geyer 570000
Chris Oliver 540000
Chad Eveslage 520000
Guillaume Gignac 495000
Harry Kaczka 440000
Jonathan Jaffe 415000
Faraz Jaka 380000
Walid Bou-Habib 370000
Toby Lewis 362000
Adam Gabor 355000
Bruno De Oliveira Severino 345000
Pieter de Korver 330000
Chris Moneymaker 315000
Alex Santiago 300000
Olivier Busquet 275000
Timothy Finne 240000
Redmond Lee 205000
Andy Frankenberger 200000
Mathieu Martin 199500
Dwyte Pilgrim 190000
JP Kelly 155000
Marcel Luske 155000
Dan Heimiller 140000
ElkY 135000
Alex Brenes 123000
Allen Bari 112000
Victor Ramdin 110000
Hoyt Corkins 110000
David Benyamine 105000
Gustavo Kuerten 97000
Michael Binger 92000
Nicholas Binger 90000
Greg Debora 88000
Sandra Naujoks 75000
Ryan Olisar 75000
Hafiz Khan 73600
Brandon Adams 67800
Maria Demetriou 65000
David Rheem 55000

PTPR POKER PLAYER PROFILE: EUGENE KATCHALOV


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PTPR Player Profile on Eugene Katchalov.

PLAYER CARD
Name: Eugene Katchalov
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA

2010 PTPR Ranking: 115th
2010 PTPR Points: 132
2010 PTPR Scores: 6

Lifetime Tournament Winnings: $5,894,962 (Hendon Mob)


2010 PTPR TOURNAMENT SCORES (6)
PCA HEADS UP CHALLENGE (PTPR Tier 3 Event)
January 8-10, 2010
Placed 6th, 17K
10 PTPR Points

WSOP NLH SHOOTOUT EVENT #6 (PTPR Premier Event)
June 1-3, 2010
Placed 11th, 16K
13 PTPR Points

WSOP OMAHA HI-LOW 8+ EVENT #25 (PTPR Premier Event)
June 12-14, 2010
Placed 7th, 74K
27 PTPR Points

WSOP H.O.R.S.E. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (PTPR Premier Event)
June 23-25, 2010
Placed 3rd, 248K
47 PTPR Points

WSOP NLH SIX-HANDED EVENT #52 (PTPR Premier Event)
June 30-3, 2010
Placed 6th, 194K
26 PTPR Points

WSOPC ATLANTIC CITY CIRCUIT EAST REGIONAL (PTPR Premier Event)
December 19-22, 2010
Placed 15th, 21K
9 PTPR Points

HIGHLIGHTS

- Recently outlasted 37 other players to win the 100K buy-in Super High Rollers event at the PCA - outdueled Daniel Negreanu heads up

- Owns a World Poker Tour title (2007 Bellagio Cup)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

SUPER HIGH: KATCHALOV OUTLASTS NEGREANU TO WIN PCA SUPER HIGH ROLLERS


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Congratulations to Eugene Katchalov for winning the first big buy-in event of the 2011 poker season - the PCA Super High Rollers 100k buy-in event. It's still stunning to see that 38 players all put up 100,000 to play this event - Katchalov rakes in 1.5M for the win, not bad for three days of work - at less than 8 hours a day at that!

Kid Poker Daniel Negreanu should also be commended for his second place finish, a great start to the season for both he and Eugene.

Negreanu just posted the following on Twitter (@RealKidPoker):

1 million doesn't suck. Eugene is a great player and I'm happy for him. Great start to the year!


The PCA Main Event is now under way - big points will be on the line with this event - unforutnately, the Super High Rollers event did not count towards PTPR Points due to the fact that the minimum 50 players necessary to score points was not met.


Here are the Top 24 players from this event with the Top 5 being paid (USD)...

1. Eugene Katchalov, United States, $1,500,000
2. Daniel Negreanu, Canada, $1,000,000
3. Bryn Kenney, United States, $643,000
4. Nick Schulman, United States, $400,000
5. Humberto Brenes, Costa Rica, $200,000
6th - Sandor Demjan, Hungary
7th - Andrew Lichtenberger, United States
8th - James Obst, Australia
9th - Dan Cates, USA
10th - Vivek Rajkumar, United States
11th - Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany
12th - Bryan Colin, United States
13th - Ciao Pimenta, Brazil
14th - Jason Mercier, United States
15th - David Benyamine, France
16th - Matt Glantz, United States
17th - Andrew Robl, United States
18th - Shawn Buchanen, United States
19th - Antonio Esfandiari, United States
20th - Mike McDonald, Canada
21st - Sorel Mizzi, Canada
22nd - Phil Laak, United States
23rd - Justin Smith, United States
24th - Dan Shak, United States

PTPR UPDATE: KATCHALOV KATCHES LEAD AT PCA SHR!


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The players at the PCA 100K Super High Rollers event are on their first break of the day - and we already have three casualties.

@luckychewy, Andrew Lichtenberger was the first one out today. Hungarian Sandor Denyan was the unlucky bubble player while colorful Humberto Brenes was the first to pickup some cash, collecting $200,000 for his fifth place finish.


Here are the latest chip counts from Paradise Island:

Eugene Katchalov 3455000
Daniel Negreanu 3320000
Bryn Kenney 1475000
Nick Schulman 1280000

PTPR POKER PLAYER PROFILE: "THE TAKEOVER" NICK SCHULMAN


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PTPR Player Profile on "The Takeover" Nick Schulman.

PLAYER CARD
Name: Nick Schulman
Location: Manhattan, New York, USA

2010 PTPR Ranking: 182nd
2010 PTPR Points: 104
2010 PTPR Scores: 4

Lifetime Tournament Winnings: $4,235,076 (Hendon Mob)


2010 PTPR TOURNAMENT SCORES (4)
WPT BAY 101 SHOOTING STAR MAIN EVENT (PTPR Premier Event)
March 8-12, 2010
Placed 13th, 23K
11 PTPR Points

EPT GRAND FINAL MONTE CARLO (PTPR Grand Slam Event)
April 25-30, 2010
Placed 18th, 67K
20 PTPR Points

WSOP 50K PLAYERS' CHAMPIONSHIP (PTPR Grand Slam Event)
May 28-1, 2010
Placed 9th, 50K
46 PTPR Points

WSOP HORSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 43 (PTPR Premier Event)
June 23-25, 2010
Placed 7th, 78K
27 PTPR Points


HIGHLIGHTS

- Scored points in two of four Grand Slam events (EPT Grand Final, WSOP Players Championship) during the 2010 season

- Owns a WSOP bracelet (2009 Deuce to Seven Lowball World Championship) and a WPT Title (2005 World Poker Finals)

- One of the youngest WPT winners of all-time

Friday, January 7, 2011

SUPER HIGH ROLLERS FINAL TABLE SET: THE TAKEOVER, KID POKER LEAD THE WAY


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

Final table time in the Bahamas! The final 7 players of the 100K buy-in Super High Rollers are set.

"The Takeover" Nick Schulman is your chip leader with Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu right behind him. Day 1 chip leader Bryn Kenney (pictured) sits fourth. Eugene Katchalov, Humberto Brenes, Sandor Demjan and "Lucky Chewy" Andrew Lichtenberger are the other participants.


Here are the chip counts following Day 2:

Nick Schulman USA 2990000
Daniel Negreanu Canada 2166000
Eugene Katchalov USA 1476000
Bryn Kenney USA 1390000
Humberto Brenes Costa Rica 756000
Sandor Demjan Hungary 379000
Andrew Lichtenberger USA 373000


And here are the results so far:

1. $1,500,000
2. $1,000,000
3. $643,000
4. $400,000
5. $200,000

6th -
7th -
8th - James Obst, Australia
9th - Dan Cates, USA
10th - Vivek Rajkumar, United States
11th - Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany
12th - Bryan Colin, United States
13th - Ciao Pimenta, Brazil
14th - Jason Mercier, United States
15th - David Benyamine, France
16th - Matt Glantz, United States
17th - Andrew Robl, United States
18th - Shawn Buchanen, United States
19th - Antonio Esfandiari, United States
20th - Mike McDonald, Canada
21st - Sorel Mizzi, Canada
22nd - Phil Laak, United States
23rd - Justin Smith, United States
24th - Dan Shak, United States

Thursday, January 6, 2011

OPENING DAY: 2011 POKER SEASON OPENS WITH SUPER EVENT


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARSBLOG.com


It's Opening Day of the 2011 poker season ... and what place in the world to be than the lovely Bahamas, home of the Atlantis Resort.

Indeed, one of the biggest series on the poker calendar is also it's first - the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).

And what a way to kickoff a season, with a 100k buy-in Super High Rollers event! Amazingly, 38 players registered for the event ... sadly, the event does not qualify as a PTPR Points event due to the 50-player minimum not being met ... however, this tournament is a who's who in the world of high stakes poker ... ok, some names are missing - most notably Dwan and Ivey - but still, an amazing amount of talent at the tables.


TOURNAMENT FACTS
Buy-in: $100,000
Entries: 38
Remaining: 30

5 players will be paid:
1 - $1,500,000
2 - $1,000,000
3 - $643,000
4 - $400,000
5 - $200,000



Here are the chip counts as players are currently on dinner break

Player Chip Count
Bryn Kenney 695000
Daniel Negreanu 600000
Shawn Buchanan 492000
Vivek Rajkumar 490000
Nick Schulman 490000
Caio Pimenta 445000
Andrew Robl 430000
Jason Mercier 400000
James Obst 390000
David Benyamine 380000
Bryan Colin 332000
Viktor Blom 313000
Andrew Lichtenberger 300000
Justin Smith 290000
Dan Shak 288000
Eugene Katchalov 280000
Jonathan Duhamel 270000
Phil Laak 260000
Daniel Cates 250000
Antonio Esfandiari 250000
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier 240000
Bill Chen 224000
Matt Glantz 223000
Jason Somerville 212000
Humberto Brenes 195000
Sorel Mizzi 180000
Mike McDonald 178000
Tobias Reinkemeier 160000
Sandor Demjan 106000
Ashton Griffin 85000

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

PTPR PLAYER PROFILE: PTPR PLAYER OF THE YEAR SOREL MIZZI


PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com

PTPR Player Profile on Sorel Mizzi.

PLAYER CARD
Name: Sorel Mizzi
Location: Toronto, Canada

2010 PTPR Ranking: 1st
2010 PTPR Points: 371
2010 PTPR Scores: 10

Lifetime Tournament Winnings: $3,507,672 (Hendon Mob)


2010 PTPR TOURNAMENT SCORES (10)
PCA Heads Up Challenge (PTPR Tier 3 Event)
January 8-10, 2010
Placed 5th, 17K
10 PTPR Points

AUSSIE MILLIONS MAIN EVENT (PTPR Premier Event)
January 24-30, 2010
Placed 3rd, 638K
52 PTPR Points

WYNN CLASSIC NLH Event 16 (PTPR Challenger Event)
March 13, 2010
Won the event, 85K
35 PTPR Points

EPT SNOWFEST NLH Event 3 (PTPR Prelim Event)
March 23-24, 2010
Won the event, 95K
75 PTPR Points

BORGATA SPRING OPEN NLH Event 4 (PTPR Tier 3 Event)
April 13-15, 2010
Won the event, 170K
100 PTPR Points

EPT MONTE CARLO NLH HIGH ROLLERS EVENT (PTPR Tier 3 Event)
April 30-1, 2010
Placed 6th, 190K
11 PTPR Points

WORLD SERIES OF POKER Event 21 7-Card Stud (PTPR Premier Event)
June 10-13, 2010
Placed 6th, 22K
29 PTPR Points

EPT LONDON NLH HIGH ROLLERS TURBO (PTPR Tier 3 Event)
October 5, 2010
Placed 5th, 74K
18 PTPR Points

WPT WORLD POKER FINALS MAIN EVENT (PTPR Prelim Event)
October 28-2, 2010
Placed 7th, 88K
27 PTPR Points

WPT FIVE DIAMOND NLH MAIN EVENT (PTPR Premier Event)
December 3-7, 2010
Placed 9th, 59K
14 PTPR Points


HIGHLIGHTS

- Won both BLUFF Magazine's and the PTPR Player of the Year awards for 2010 despite not winning a single major tournament (PTPR Premier/Grand Slam Events)

- Also, Mizzi never earned a single Player of the Month honor in 2010, proving that he was consistent all season long