Monday, October 31, 2011

KEOWN WINS BIG AT IRISH WINTER FESTIVAL!

PHOTO/SOURCE: PADDYPOWERPOKER.com

Done and done! We've completed play in Dublin and John Keown has captured the Irish Winter Festival Main Event crown at The Burlington Hotel.

Keown outlasted 393 runners to pickup the title - defeating Noel O'Brien heads up. It was a first PTPR Score for all five players who collected PTPR Points in the event.

Defending Irish Poker Open Champion Niall Smyth made a go at it looking for another major event victory in Dublin this season ... but, Smyth wasn't able to do better than 11th position, still a very good showing by Smyth.

IRISH WINTER FESTIVAL MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS (Top 12):
1st. John Keown (€100,000)
2nd. Noel O Brien (€57,950)
3rd. Chris Dowling (€35,750)
4th. Matej Kokalj (€28,750)
5th. Michael Mazilu (€22,750)
6th. Brian Warren (€18,550)
7th. Damien Quinlivan (€14,400)
8th. Ville Salmi (€11,750)
9th. Colm Hayes (€8,700)
10th. Robert Jones (€5,800)
11th. Niall Smyth (€5,800)
12th. Keith Maguire (€5,800)

RELATED:
RUDLING TAKES LEAD AT IRISH WINTER FESTIVAL
IRISH EYES WERE SMILING ON NIALL SMYTH (APR 2011)
TABB, NEWPORT WINS OCEANS APART (OCT 2010)

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Irish Winter Festival of Poker
NLH Main Event
October 29-31, 2011

The Burlington Hotel | Dublin
Buy-in: $1,555 | Prizepool : $557,705 | Entries: 394

Defending Champion: Nicholas Newport

FINAL RESULTS:
JOHN KEOWN 35
NOEL O'BRIEN 18
CHRIS DOWLING 10
MATEJ KOKALJ 8
MICHAEL MAZILU 5

WPT FOXWOODS: LITTLE, KLODNICKI OUT - TIME FOR FINAL TABLE

PHOTO: WPT.com
SOURCE: FOXWOODSLIVE.com

We're set for another thrilling World Poker Tour Final Table! The World Poker Finals Main Event - live from Foxwoods - is set for Tuesday afternoon.

Although Steven Brackesy enters final table play as the chip leader, most of the poker world is looking at Christian Harder and reigning WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger as the "it" players at the final table.

Harder has long been a strong and recognizable player and he's had success on the circuit for a few years now. He has recently picked up a victory at Borgata Heads Up tournament. Harder also had a great WSOP, picking up over 200K this summer at the Rio.

For Frankenberger, it's a chance to solidify his legacy. Since entering the tournament circuit in January of 2010, he's amassed so big results - including a WPT Main Event victory and a WSOP bracelet to go with his aforementioned WPT Player of the Year nod for last season's play - Frankenberger looks to be the real deal and a second WPT title would certainly be very impressive.

For those in charge of TV ratings, the loss of Jonathan Little shortly after play began today was certainly tough to digest. Should Little have made it to Tuesday's final table, it would have made great television - especially in the Player of the Year vs. Player of the Year scenario - Little was WPT POY back in Season 6. Chris Klodnicki was the other player eliminated today. Klodnicki is also a well-known player on the circuit.

WPT FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS / CHIP COUNTS:
1. Steven Brackesy 1,807,000
2. Daniel Santoro 1,163,000
3. Christian Harder 1,293,000
4. Bob Carbone 588,000
5. Andy Frankenberger 374,000
6. Eli Berg 496,000

2011 PTPR RESULTS-TO-DATE (PRIOR TO FOXWOODS MAIN EVENT):
68. Andy Frankenberger, 145 PTPR Points
330. Christian Harder, 70

This is the first PTPR Score of 2011 for Brackesy, Santoro, Carbone and Berg.

WPT FOXWOODS WORLD POKER FINALS PAYOUTS:
1st: $449,910 (includes $25,500 seat to WPT Tour Championship)
2nd: $248,962
3rd: $166,271
4th: $129,816
5th: $99,585
6th: $83,580

Play resumes at 4pm Foxwoods time on Tuesday.

RELATED:
HARDER GRABS LEAD LATE AS DAY 4 ENDS
WPT POY FRANKENBERGER LEADS AT FOXWOODS
IT'S FRANKENBERGER'S TIME TO SHINE (2011 WSOP)
FOXWOODS BELONGS TO FORREST (NOV 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Poker Tour Foxwoods World Poker Finals
WPT World Poker Finals NLH Main Event
October 27-November 1, 2011

Foxwoods Resort Casino | Connecticut
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool : $1,178,300 | Entries: 189

PTS AT STAKE:
1st place 126
2nd place 76
3rd place 46
4th place 36
5th place 31
6th place 26
CHRIS KLODNICKI 26
JONATHAN LITTLE 11
ANDY ROSSI 11
HOYT CORKINS 11
JACK SCHANBACHER 11
MATT GLANTZ 9
JAMES FRANGOULIDIS 9
MATT STOUT 9
PETER POLITANO 9
BERNARD LEE 6
LEE MARKHOLT 6
THOMAS SCHREIBER 6

Sunday, October 30, 2011

WPT FOXWOODS: HARDER GRABS LEAD LATE AS DAY 4 ENDS

PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: FOXWOODSLIVE.com

Another hard day at work, another session completed at the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. Christian Harder grabs the chip lead late, he will be the one that the other remaining seven players will be chasing on Monday.

Harder (pictured, right) has three PTPR Scores so far this season. He scored at the World Poker Tour Championship and in two World Series Of Poker events over the summer.

FINAL 8 SEAT ASSIGNMENTS / CHIP COUNTS:
1. Steven Brackesy 984,000
2. Chris Klodnicki 534,000
3. Daniel Santoro 1,249,000
4. Christian Harder 1,437,000
5. Bob Carbone 263,000
6. Andy Frankenberger 486,000
7. Jonathan Little 504,000
8. Eli Berg 227,000

10 of the players eliminated today still managed to score PTPR Points. Of note, 12th place finisher Matt Glantz - who finishes 12th for the second straight WPT Main Event - collected his sixth PTPR Score of the year and moved up with the 9 PTPR Points earned in this event.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
56. Erik Seidel, 153 PTPR Points
57. Rupert Elder, 152
58. Lucien Cohen, 151
59. Josh Evans, 150
60. Matthew Glantz, 148
61. Anthony Lellouche, 148

NOTABLE DAY 4 ELIMINATIONS:
Hoyt Corkins, Matt Glantz, Matt Stout, Bernard Lee, Lee Markholt, Cornel Cimpan and the Chainsaw, Allen Kessler.

WPT FOXWOODS WORLD POKER FINALS PAYOUTS:
1st: $449,910 (includes $25,500 seat to WPT Tour Championship)
2nd: $248,962
3rd: $166,271
4th: $129,816
5th: $99,585
6th: $83,580
7th: $68,465
8th: $54,060

We return to Foxwoods tomorrow at Noon Connecticut time for what could be a very short day, once two players get eliminated, we will have our WPT Final Table - FT play set for Tuesday.

RELATED:
WPT POY FRANKENBERGER LEADS AT FOXWOODS
FOXWOODS BELONGS TO FORREST (NOV 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Poker Tour Foxwoods World Poker Finals
WPT World Poker Finals NLH Main Event
October 27-November 1, 2011

Foxwoods Resort Casino | Connecticut
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool : $1,178,300 | Entries: 189

PTS AT STAKE:
1st place 126
2nd place 76
3rd place 46
4th place 36
5th place 31
6-7th place 26
8th place 11
ANDY ROSSI 11
HOYT CORKINS 11
JACK SCHANBACHER 11
MATT GLANTZ 9
JAMES FRANGOULIDIS 9
MATT STOUT 9
PETER POLITANO 9
BERNARD LEE 6
LEE MARKHOLT 6
THOMAS SCHREIBER 6

THE ROUND-UP: GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP, HPT QUAPAW, CAPT BADEN

PICTURE: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com, THEHENDONMOB.com

Let's go to the Czech Republic, Oklahoma and Austria in this edition of the PTPR Poker Round-Up!

GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF POKER
We first take you to the Czech Repuplic where Roman Cieslik won the German Championship of Poker Rozvadov Main Event, defeating 193 opponents to win the event.

Third place finisher Miroslav Hurta picked up his second PTPR Score of 2011, Hurta earned a EPT Snowfest side event victory back in March.

HEARTLAND POKER TOUR QUAPAW
The Heartland Poker Tour's latest stop was at the Downstream Casino in Oklahoma. Scott Hastings earned the Main Event win - defeating Jeffrey Foust heads up. Close to 300 runners registered for the event.

Mark Eddleman, who scores points at the WSOP back in 2010, finished fifth at Quapaw.

CAPT BADEN
Baden, Austria was host to the latest Casinos Austria Poker Tour (CAPT) Main Event. Szabolcs Mayer picked up the Main Event victory, earning his second PTPR Score of 2011 in the process.

Mayer (pictured), who finished second to Alessio Isaia at WPT Vencie earlier this year, crosses the century mark for points in 2011 ...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
143. Mustapha Kanit, 118 PTPR Points
144. Adrien Braesco, 116
144. Bob Chow, 116
146. David "Doc" Sands, 115
147. Szabolcs Mayer, 115
148. Mike Shklover, 114

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
German Championship of Poker Rozvadov
NLH Main Event
October 14-17, 2011

Kings Casino | Czech Republic
Buy-in: $1,555 | Prizepool: $272,595 | Entries: 194

FINAL RESULTS:
ROMAN CIESLIK 35
DORDE JOVANOVIC 18
MIROSLAV HURTA 10
ROLF BALDUS 8
MARTIN STAUSHOLM 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Heartland Poker Tour Quapaw
HPT Quapaw NLH Main Event
October 22-24, 2011

Downstream Casino | Oklahoma
Buy-in: $1,100 | Prizepool: $280,963 | Entries: 296

Defending Champion: Michael Jensen

FINAL RESULTS:
SCOTT HASTINGS 35
JEFFREY FOUST 18
EDWARD HOSFORD 10
ETHAN RIDDLE 8
MARK EDDLEMAN 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Casinos Austria Poker Tour Baden
CAPT Baden NLH Main Event
October 25-26, 2011

Casinos Austria Baden | Austria
Buy-in: $2,000 | Prizepool: $410,006 | Entries: 157

Defending Champion: Mihai Manole

FINAL RESULTS:
SZABOLCS MAYER 35
CLEMENS MANZANO 18
ANDREAS WERNER 10
THOMAS BRAUNER 8
MARIO PUCCINI 5

THE ROUND-UP: HILL, SCHWARTZ WIN FOXWOODS PRELIMS, DENG AT THE ISLE OPEN

PICTURE: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com

Anthony Hill, Justin Schwartz and Kevin Deng latest winners on the circuit...

WPT WORLD POKER FINALS PRELIMS
Anthony Hill picked up the victory in the Foxwoods World Poker Finals NLH side event played on October 22nd. Hill beat a solid 239 player field to collect his first win of 2011.

Second place finisher Eric Phan won the Mega Stacks Challenge at Foxwoods back in August, this was Phan's second score of the year, he now sits with 75 PTPR Points on the season.

In other news, Justin Schwartz won another side event at Foxwoods, the 2.5K buy-in NLH event ... unfortunately, the event did not meet the criteria to receive PTPR Points but, Schwartz still gets to take home a cool 68K with his performance. Micah Raskin, Bernard Lee, Michael McNeil and Matt Matros were all in the Top 10 in the event.

ISLE OPEN MAIN EVENT
232 runners invaded The Isle Casino in Florida for the Isle Open. Kevin Deng gets the win while David Paredes (3rd in the event) earns his second PTPR Score of the year, Paredes (pictured) now has 34 PTPR Points on the season.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
863. Joe Cassidy, 34 PTPR Points
863. Franck Pepe, 34
865. Tom McCormick, 34
865. David Paredes, 34
867. Nikolas Liakos, 34

PTPR SIDE EVENT
World Poker Finals
NLH Side Event
October 22, 2011

Foxwoods Resort Casino | Connecticut
Buy-in: $1,500 | Prizepool: $318,766 | Entries: 239

Defending Champion: Micha Neugut

FINAL RESULTS:
ANTHONY HILL 75
ERIC PHAN 40
JOSEPH LIBERTA 25
BARRY ROSENDRANZ 15
ANDREW HARRIS 10
JEFFREY GOODMAN 8
JOHN ANDREWS 5
JAMES GEUGHAN 5
ANTON SMOLYANSKIY 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
The Isle Open
NLH Main Event
October 21-24, 2011

The Isle Casino | Florida
Buy-in: $2,200 | Prizepool: $464,000 | Entries: 232

FINAL RESULTS:
KEVIN DENG 35
JOSHUA HILLOCK 18
DAVID PAREDES 10
JOSHUA SMITH 8
MARK KAHOLOKULA 5

PTS AT STAKE: RUDLING TAKES LEADS AT IRISH WINTER FESTIVAL

PHOTO/SOURCE: PADDYPOWERPOKER.com

We're onto Day 2 at the Irish Winter Festival of Poker Main Event from The Burlington Hotel in Dublin.

David Rudling leads the way following Day 1 play. Rudling holds a (close to) 50K chip lead on second place John Keown.

Irish Poker Open defending champ Niall Smyth is right in the thick of things, placing 7th after Saturday's first day of play. Smyth has an opportunity for the Irish double!

Gone Saturday were Neil Channing, bracelet winners Marty Smyth and Noel Furlong as well as November Niner Eoghan O'Dea, who will be making his way to Vegas for the WSOP Final Table in a few short days.

TOP 10 CHIP COUNTS
176200 - Rudling David
126900 - Keown John
125200 - Reilly Mark
122200 - Kokalj Matej
122000 - Aasmaa Raigo
116900 - Peters Philip
114300 - Smyth Niall
108800 - David Gerald
108300 - Mazilu Michael
100700 - Taggart Ciaran

Day 2 play is set to begin shortly with Final Table play set for Monday.

IRISH WINTER FESTIVAL MAIN EVENT PAYOUTS:
1st. €100,000
2nd. €57,950
3rd. €35,750
4th. €28,750
5th. €22,750
6th. €18,550
7th. €14,400
8th. €11,750
9th. €8,700
10th-12th. €5,800
13th-15th. €4,750
16th-18th. €3,750
19th-27th. €2,900
28th-36th. €2,200
37th-40th. €1,900

RELATED:
IRISH EYES WERE SMILING ON NIALL SMYTH (APR 2011)
TABB, NEWPORT WINS OCEANS APART (OCT 2010)

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Irish Winter Festival of Poker
NLH Main Event
October 29-31, 2011

The Burlington Hotel | Dublin
Buy-in: $1,555 | Prizepool : $557,705 | Entries: 394

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 35
2nd position 18
3rd position 10
4th position 8
5th position 5

Saturday, October 29, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: WPT POY FRANKENBERGER LEADS AT FOWOODS

PHOTO/SOURCE: WPT.com

Three quick days in Connecticut and we're already down to the final 27 players at the WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals.

Reigning WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger takes the chip lead into Sunday's play. Frankenberger has been leading or flirting with the chip lead for most of the tournament, he is certainly going to try and further his lead during Day 4. He currently holds a 175K chip lead on second place Jack Schanbacher - Schanbacher accumulated a lot of chips when he eliminated David "Doc" Sands earlier today.

Two-time WPT winner Jonathan Little (including a win in this event during Season 7) currently sits fifth in chips, while Christian Harder, Chris Klodnicki, Hoyt Corkins (sans cowboy hat), recent Borgata Deep Stacks champ Matt Glantz and Matt Stout all hold above average chip stacks.

The aforementioned Harder made sure we would be getting a new champion at Foxwoods, he eliminted 2010 World Poker Finals champion Jeff Forrest (pictured) during today's play - no back-to-back jacks for Forrest.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Andy Frankenberger 658,500
Jack Schanbacher 483,500
Christian Harder 378,500
Jonathan Little 355,000
Chris Klodnicki 236,000
Hoyt Corkins 235,000
Matt Glantz 226,500
Matt Stout 221,000
Bernard Lee 84,000
Lee Markholt 61,000
Allen Kessler 43,500
Cornel Cimpan 25,000

WPT FOXWOODS WORLD POKER FINALS PAYOUTS:
1st: $449,910 (includes $25,500 seat to WPT Tour Championship)
2nd: $248,962
3rd: $166,271
4th: $129,816
5th: $99,585
6th: $83,580
7th: $68,465
8th: $54,060
9th: $42,339
10th-12th: $34,676
13th-15th: $27,563
16th-18th: $23,117
19th-27th: $19,916

RELATED:
GLANTZ, BRECHER WIN BIG
FOXWOODS BELONGS TO FORREST (NOV 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Poker Tour Foxwoods World Poker Finals
WPT World Poker Finals NLH Main Event
October 27-November 1, 2011

Foxwoods Resort Casino | Connecticut
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool : $1,178,300 | Entries: 189

PTS AT STAKE:
1st place 126
2nd place 76
3rd place 46
4th place 36
5th place 31
6-7th place 26
8-11th place 11
12-15th place 9
16-18th place 6

Thursday, October 27, 2011

EPT SAN REMO: SOME SIDE EVENT ACTION - FAILLA, GRUISSEM GAIN GROUND

PHOTO: POKERSTARSBLOG.com
SOURCE: EPT.com

Currently, two EPT San Remo side events have qualified for PTPR Points, we're still waiting for a few other results to come through ...

On a side note, Sam Stein won the High Rollers event a few hours ago, stopping Philipp Gruissem's streak of two consecutive EPT High Rollers tournament victories. Only 47 players were entered in the event, meaning it does not qualify for PTPR Points distribution.

NO LIMIT HOLD'EM TURBO BOUNTY EVENT
Viacheslav Igin won the event that was held on Saturday.

2010 EPT Barcelona Champion Kent Lundmark finished second in the event. Surprisingly, this was Lundmark's first PTPR Score of 2011.

EPT High Rollers EPT Barcelona AND EPT London Champion Philipp Gruissem and WPT Legends of Poker Champ Will Failla both scored points in the event, both adding to their point totals for the season. Guissem moves up to 19th on the 2011 PTPR Player of the Year charts while Failla inches closer to Jason Mercier for 5th overall.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
16. Galen Hall, 245 PTPR Points
17, Owais Ahmed, 241
18, Sam Stein, 233
19. Philipp Gruissem, 225
20. Byron Kaverman, 221
21. Scott Seiver, 216

Andreas Samuelsson, who picked up points in the Main Event, was 9th in the event.

Vyacheslav Igin € 54,000
Kent Lundmark € 30,500
Philipp Gruissem € 17,780
Ondrej Vinklarek € 13,300
Vito Pomes € 11,000
Cristiano Guerra € 8,500
Juri Mereu € 6,700
Emanuel Failla € 4,900
Andreas Samuelsson € 3,800


NO LIMIT HOLD'EM SIDE EVENT
Moritz Gross picked up the win in the NLH side event held on Sunday. Gross defeated Mathew Frankland heads up.

Isabel Baltazar picked up her second PTPR Score of the year. Baltazar had previously collected points in the EPT Barcelona Main Event.

Moritz Gross € 72,000
Mathew Frankland € 38,500
Gregorio Pasquale € 23,100
Isabel Baltazar € 18,000
Emiliano Bono € 14,100
Christopher Lastiwka € 11,500
Niclas Adolfsson € 9,000
Stanislav Bardetckiy € 6,500
Tobias Von Siebenthal € 5,100

RELATED POSTS:
MIRACLE MAN! PATEYCHUK WINS BIG IN SAN REMO
EPT LONDON HIGH ROLLERS - GRUISSEM MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW
THE THRILL OF VICTORY - FAILLA WINS LEGENDS

PTPR SIDE EVENT
European Poker Tour San Remo
NLH Turbo Bounty Event
October 21, 2011

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $2,915 | Prizepool: $253,425 | Entries: 188

FINAL RESULTS:
VIACHESLAV IGIN 75
KENT LUNDMARK 40
PHILIPP GRUISSEM 25
ONDREJ VINKLAREK 15
VITO POMES 10
CRISTIANO GUERRA 8
JURI MEURU 5
WILL FAILLA 5
ANDREAS SAMUELSSON 5

PTPR SIDE EVENT
European Poker Tour San Remo
NLH Side Event
October 22, 2011

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $1,565 | Prizepool: $365,268 | Entries: 265

FINAL RESULTS:

MORITZ GROSS 75
MATHEW FRANKLAND 40
GREGORIO PASQUALE 25
ISABEL BALTAZAR 15
EMILIANO BONO 10
CHRISTOPHER LASTIWKA 8
NICLAS ADOLFSSON 5
STANISLAV BARDETCKIY 5
TOBIAS VON SIEBENTHAL 5

EPT SAN REMO: MIRACLE MAN! PATEYCHUK WINS BIG AT SAN REMO!

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

Russian Andrey Pateychuk is the latest EPT champion. Pateychuk defeated Bulgarian player Dimitar Danchev heads up ... but, it wasn't supposed to go down this way - at least, not until the poker gods decided to get involved.

A 95% underdog in a earlier all-in hand, Pateychuk hit a miracle river card (the 5 of hearts) in order to not only survive, but, to get right back into contention in his heads up match with Danchev. A little while after that, Pateychuk was on his way to his second PTPR Score of the season - Pateychuk finished 15th at the WSOP Main Event back in July.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
37. Shaun Deeb, 172 PTPR Points
38. Allen Bari, 172
38. Farzad "Freddy" Bonyadi, 170
39. Joseph Ebanks, 169
40. Andrey Pateychuk, 168
41. Jon Turner, 166

It was a second score for many others who received PTPR Points during this event: Yorane Kerignard, Kevin MacPhee (who was unable to become the first 2-time EPT Champion), Johnny Lodden, Christopher McClung, Lex Veldhuis and Michael McDonald all joined Pateychuk with a second score in 2011.

Alessio Isaia was the big chart mover, moving up two spots to 4th overall on the 2011 PTPR Player of the Year Leaderboard. The WPT Venice Champion held the #1 spot earlier this season. It's been quite a fine year so far for the Italian. Isaia also joins Jason Mercier, Matthew Waxman, Steve O'Dwyer and Maxim Lykov as the players with the most PTPR Scores in 2011 - all with seven.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (In EURO):
1. Andrey Pateychuk, Russia, €680,000
2. Dimitar Danchev, Bulgaria, €600,000
3. Daniel Neilson, Australia, PkerStars player, €285,000
4. Barny Boatman, United Kingdom, €225,000
5. Jan Bendik, Slovakia, €170,000
6. Yorane Kerignard, France, PokerStars qualifier, €130,000
7. Rocco Palumbo, Italy, €95,000
8. Kevin MacPhee, United States, PokerStars qualifier, €63,694

RELATED POSTS:
NEILSON RISES, STARS FALL AS FINAL TABLE IS SET
MCCLUNG, NEILSON STILL CHIP LEADERS
MCCLUNG TAKES DAY 3 LEAD
CHEONG TAKES CHIP LEAD INTO DAY 3
EPT LONDON: SPINDLER OUTLAST O'DWYER
EPT SAN REMO IS EDLER'S SHINING MOMENT (MAY 2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour San Remo
EPT San Remo NLH Main Event
October 21-27, 2011

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,750 | Prizepool : $5,144,540 | Entries: 837

Defending Champion: Rupert Elder

PTS AT STAKE:
ANDREY PATEYCHUK 133
DIMITAR DANCHEV 83
DANIEL NEILSON 53
BARNY BOATMAN 43
JAN BENDIK 38
YORANE KERIGNARD 33
ROCCO PALUMBO 33
KEVIN MACPHEE 18
JOHNNY LODDEN 18
PATRICK GASTALDI 18
ANGELO TARALLO 18
ALESSIO ISAIA 16
ANDREAS SAMUELSSON 16
CHRISTOPHER MCCLUNG 16
LEX VELDHUIS 16
GIANLUCA CEDOLIA 13
DANIELE VESCO 13
MICHAEL MCDONALD "TIMEX" 13

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

EPT SAN REMO: NEILSON RISES, STARS FALL AS FINAL TABLE IS SET

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

EPT San Remo has finally reached final table play and it what had the makings of a all-star final table field earlier on Wednesday ended with nothing of the sort as most big names fell during Day 5 play.

Now this isn't to say that we're not in for a treat, we're left with 8 players, all capable of playing some fine poker. Despite the star exodus, there are still a few well known players left in the field.

Daniel Neilson, who was second in chips the past two days, finds himself in the driver's seat with close to a 2:1 chip lead on second place. Barny Boatman hopes to make his fellow Hendom Mob members proud with a big win on Thursday.

But most eyes will be on Kevin MacPhee as he attempts to become the first person to win ever win a EPT Main Event for the second time. MacPhee won EPT Berlin in March of 2010.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENT / CHIP STACKS
1- Andrey Pateychuk 3,105,000
2- Kevin MacPhee 1,115,000
3- Barny Boatman 2,490,000
4- Daniel Neilson 6,700,000
5- Rocco Palumbo 1,160,000
6- Yorane Kerignard 2,145,000
7- Dimitar Danchev 4,435,000
8- Jan Bendik 3,980,000

2011 PTPR RESULTS (YEAR TO DATE, PRIOR TO MAIN EVENT):
708. Andrey Pateychuk, 35 PTPR Points
708. Yorane Kerignard, 35 PTPR Points
1670. Kevin MacPhee, 12 PTPR Points

It will be the first score of the season for Boatman, Neilson, Palumbo, Danchev and Bendik.

RELATED POSTS:
MCCLUNG, NEILSON STILL CHIP LEADERS
MCCLUNG TAKES DAY 3 LEAD
CHEONG TAKES CHIP LEAD INTO DAY 3
EPT LONDON: SPINDLER OUTLAST O'DWYER
EPT SAN REMO IS EDLER'S SHINING MOMENT (MAY 2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour San Remo
EPT San Remo NLH Main Event
October 21-27, 2011

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,750 | Prizepool : $5,144,540 | Entries: 837

Defending Champion: Rupert Elder

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 133
2nd position 83
3rd position 53
4th position 43
5th position 38
6-7th position 33
8th position 18
JOHNNY LODDEN 18
PATRICK GASTALDI 18
ANGELO TARALLO 18
ALESSIO ISAIA 16
ANDREAS SAMUELSSON 16
CHRISTOPHER MCCLUNG 16
LEX VELDHUIS 16
GIANLUCA CEDOLIA 13
DANIELE VESCO 13
MICHAEL MCDONALD "TIMEX" 13

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

EPT SAN REMO: MCCLUNG, NEILSON STILL CHIP LEADERS AT SAN REMO

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

It's deja vu all over again! One day after finishing the day as chip leaders, Christopher McClung and Daniel Neilson have once again taken their EPT San Remo destinies in their own hands, both will once again event play with the top chip stacks as top 24 players make their way into Casino San Remo on Wednesday.

McClung nearly tripled his Day 4 stack, he sits with 3.148M in chips and while Neilson will start the day second, he's still over 1M chips behind McClung, who has really played some solid poker in this tournament.


Native son Alessio Isaia, who currently sits 6th on the 2011 PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year Leaderboard, is fourth in chips and is on the verge of something big. Should Isaia (pictured) the early charge on Wednesday and make it into PTPR Points for the event (Top 18), Isaia will at the very least jump up to fourth overall - surpassing Jason Mercier and Will Failla along the way. A Top 2 finish and Isaia would be back on top of the poker world with the #1 rank - but, we're jumping a little ahead of ourselves.

The rail will certainly be following McClung, Neilson and Isaia but will also be looking for Kevin MacPhee, Barny Boatman, Lex Veldhuis, Mike McDonald and WSOPE Champ Elio Fox amongst others on Wednesday.

NOTABLE REMAINING PLAYERS:
Chris McClung 3,148,000
Daniel Neilson 2,011,000
Mustapha Kanit 1,761,000
Alessio Isaia 1,524,000
Kevin MacPhee 1,441,000
Barny Boatman 1,257,000
Johnny Lodden 1,227,000
Lex Veldhuis 877,000
Jon Spinks 788,000
Elio Fox 377,000
Mike McDonald 292,000

NOTABLE PLAYER ELIMINATIONS:
Joseph Cheong, Sergey Tikhonov, Vanessa Selbst, John Duthie, David Bach, Tyler Bonkowski, Nick Yunis, Dmitry Vitkind and Vojtech Ruzicka,

We're playing down to the final table on Wednesday.

RELATED POSTS:
MCCLUNG TAKES DAY 3 LEAD
CHEONG TAKES CHIP LEAD INTO DAY 3
EPT LONDON: SPINDLER OUTLAST O'DWYER
EPT SAN REMO IS EDLER'S SHINING MOMENT (MAY 2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour San Remo
EPT San Remo NLH Main Event
October 21-27, 2011

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,750 | Prizepool : $5,144,540 | Entries: 837

Defending Champion: Rupert Elder

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 133
2nd position 83
3rd position 53
4th position 43
5th position 38
6-7th position 33
8-11th position 18
12-14th position 16
15th position 16
16-18th position 13

WSOPC HAMMOND: CHOW BEATS DOWN THE COMPETITION, WINS THE RING

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Bob Chow defied the odds and has captured the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event title, and the coveted WSOPC Ring.

Just hours ago, when final table play began, it looked like this event was WSOP Bracelet winner Aaron Steury's to lose. Steury held the chip lead heading into FT play but was unable to use his WSOP experience to hold off Chow, who took over the final table and never looked back.

Popular player Eric Crain and Drazan Ilich was also in the hunt during today's event, capturing 5th and 6th place respectfully.

Congratulations to Bob Chow on his WSOPC title!

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS
1st Bob Chow $393,584
2nd Aaron Steury $243,818
3rd Erik Roussakis $183,991
4th Eric Crain $139,815
5th Dave Neff $106,447
6th Joe Hebda $81,774
7th Drazan Ilich $63,680
8th Dan V. Harrington $50,051
9th Shawn Quinn $39,947

RELATED:
FINAL TABLE PLAY BEGINS AT HORSESHOE
BIG POINTS ON THE LINE AS MONSTER NUMBERS SHOW UP AT WSOP HORSESHOE HAMMOND

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond
WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond NLH Main Event
October 21-24, 2011

Horseshoe Hammond | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool : $2,349,825 | Entries: 1,615

PTS AT STAKE:
BOB CHOW 116
AARON STEURY 76
ERIK ROUSSAKIS 51
ERIC CRAIN 41
DAVE NEFF 34
JOE HEBDA 26
DRAZAN ILICH 24
DAN V. HARRINGTON 21
SHAWN QUINN 21

Monday, October 24, 2011

WSOPC HAMMOND: FINAL TABLE BEGINS AT HORSESHOE

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Twenty players started Day 3 play at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event ... a few hours later ... and it's final table time!!!!

The final nine have all enjoyed their "last meal" and it's time to get those cards in the air!

Aaron Steury is the chip leader entering final table play. Steury, who won a bracelet this summer at the WSOP - Event 17 - H.O.R.S.E. - has over 1M chip more than his second place opponent. His experience surely makes him the favourite to hold on and pickup the win at the Horseshoe.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS
Aaron Steury 7,800,000
Bob Chow 6,500,000
Erik Roussakis 5,800,000
Joe Hebda 3,450,000
Eric Crain 3,300,000
Drazen Ilich 2,300,000
Dave Neff 1,800,000
Shawn Quinn 1,600,000
Dan V. Harrington 1,450,000

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS
1st $393,584
2nd $243,818
3rd $183,991
4th $139,815
5th $106,447
6th $81,774
7th $63,680
8th $50,051
9th $39,947

You can watch the final table live stream at WSOP.com

RELATED:
BIG POINTS ON THE LINE AS MONSTER NUMBERS SHOW UP AT WSOP HORSESHOE HAMMOND

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond
WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond NLH Main Event
October 21-24, 2011

Horseshoe Hammond | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool : $2,349,825 | Entries: 1,615

PTS AT STAKE:
1st place 116
2nd place 76
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 34
6th place 26
7th place 24
8-9th place 21

EPT SAN REMO: MCCLUNG TAKES DAY 3 LEAD

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We're through Day 3 at EPT San Remo and Canadian Christopher McClung is your new chip leader.

Fresh off his third place finish in the NLH 6-Max High Roller Turbo event at EPT London, McClung will enter Day 4 play with close to a 400K lead in chips over Australia Daniel Neilson.

Day 2 chip leader Joseph Cheong maintained a good pace today, he is Top 5 in chips. Joining Cheong in the Top 5 is Alessio Isaia. Isaia has had a terrific 2011 campaign, he currently sits 6th on the 2011 PTPR Poker Tournament Player Rankings Leaderboard.

There are still a ton of big names still in the field - Lodden, Fox, Veldhuis, Timex. MacPhee, Bach and Selbst are just a few of the name players still out there.

NOTABLE REMAINING PLAYERS:
Christopher McClung 1,202,000
Daniel Neilson 853,000
Joseph Cheong 833,000
Alessio Isaia 818,000
Johnny Lodden 793,000
Lex Veldhuis 687,000
Elio Fox 652,000
Mike McDonald 648,000
Mustapha Kanit 648,000
Kevin MacPhee 476,000
David Bach 423,000
Jon Spinks 414,000
Vanessa Selbst 400,000
Dmitry Vitkind 327,000
John Duthie 319,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 309,000
Barny Boatman 292,000
Nick Yunis 199,000
Tyler Bonkowski 173,000
Ondrej Vinklarek 152,000

NOTABLE PLAYER ELIMINATIONS:
Shaun Deeb, Andrew Chen, Marco Traniello, Vitaly Lunkin, Govert Metaal, Michael Benvenuti, Amit Makhija, Melanie Weisner, Cornel Cimpan, Toby Lewis, William Thorsen and Steve O'Dwyer.

The final 64 players will be back at it on Tuesday in San Remo!

RELATED POSTS:
CHEONG TAKES CHIP LEAD INTO DAY 3
EPT LONDON: SPINDLER OUTLAST O'DWYER
EPT SAN REMO IS EDLER'S SHINING MOMENT (MAY 2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour San Remo
EPT San Remo NLH Main Event
October 21-27, 2011

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,750 | Prizepool : $5,144,540 | Entries: 837

Defending Champion: Rupert Elder

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 133
2nd position 83
3rd position 53
4th position 43
5th position 38
6-7th position 33
8-11th position 18
12-14th position 16
15th position 16
16-18th position 13

Sunday, October 23, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: CHEONG TAKES CHIP LEAD INTO DAY 3 AT SAN REMO

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SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com, POKERNEWS.com

You sort of get the feeling that Joseph Cheong wants to make sure we don't forget about him - especially around this time of year.

Almost a year after finishing third in the WOSP Main Event, Cheong - who was regarded by many as the best player at that final table - is back in the limelight at EPT San Remo.

The former November Niner is looking for his first PTPR Score of the 2011 season - he had finished 20th overall in 2010 after collecting 245 PTPR Points in three events.

Cheong is the only player over 600K in chips and he will be looking at adding to his chip stack early on Day 3 Monday.

WSOP Europe Main Event Champ Elio Fox is right in the hunt! Fox enters Day 3 play with 346K in chips.

An impressive 837 players signed up to play EPT San Remo; after two days of action, only 145 players will be coming back Monday to battle for the massive +3.7M Euros prizepool - over 1 million US going to the winner.

NOTABLE PLAYERS WITH ABOVE AVERAGE CHIP STACKS (Unofficial):
Joseph Cheong 632000
Daniel Neilson 584500
Mustapha Kanit 577000
William Thorson 508500
Sergey Tikhonov 504500
Vanessa Selbst 497000
Nick Yunis 435500
Christopher McClung 402000
Ondrej Vinklarek 396000
Jon Spinks 355000
Elio Fox 346000
Lex Veldhuis 341000
Barny Boatman 300000
Johnny Lodden 287500
Kevin MacPhee 283500
Kyle Johnson 279000
Vojtech Ruzicka 276500
Mike McDonald 265000
Govert Metaal 246000
Melanie Weisner 225500
Timothy Marsters 202000
Michael Benvenuti 177000

The last two EPT San Remo Champions won't be coming back on Monday as both Liv Boeree and Rupert Elder were eliminate during Sunday's Day 2 play.

OTHER NOTABLE ELIMINATIONS:
Shannon Shorr, Xuan Li, Carlos Mortensen, Peter Jetten, Mike Leah, James Dempsey, Dmitry Gromov, Per Linde, Mickey Petersen, Jeffrey Papola, Hugo Lemaire, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Matthias De Meulder, Sandra Naujkos, Brian Roberts, Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, ElkY, Bryn Kenney, Brandon Cantu, 2011 PTPR #1 Ranked Player Eugene Katchalov, Sam Stein, Michael Tureniec, Robert Mizrachi, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Oleksii Kovalchuk, Jennifer Harman, Jonathan Duhamel, Theo Jorgensen, Erika Moutinho, Andrew Teng, Sorel Mizzi, Vanessa Rousso and a cast of others.

RELATED POSTS:
EPT LONDON: SPINDLER OUTLAST O'DWYER
EPT SAN REMO IS EDLER'S SHINING MOMENT (MAY 2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour San Remo
EPT San Remo NLH Main Event
October 21-27, 2011

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,750 | Prizepool : $5,144,540 | Entries: 837

Defending Champion: Rupert Elder

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 133
2nd position 83
3rd position 53
4th position 43
5th position 38
6-7th position 33
8-11th position 18
12-14th position 16
15th position 16
16-18th position 13

PTS AT STAKE: BIG PTS ON THE LINE AS MONSTER NUMBERS SHOW UP AT LATEST WSOPC

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Want to win the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event? Well, you'll have to beat a monster field of 1,615 players!

A boatload of people have decided to invade Indiana and take a shot at the +2.3M prizepool! Almost 400K goes to the winner.

Day 2 started a little less than an hour ago with the remaining 342 players taking their seats at Horseshoe Hammond. At least 15 people have already been eliminated as of last report.

Top Chip Counts (Start of Day 2)
Paul Bianchi 358,500
Mike Scarborough 324,500
Tom Luce 263,500
Jacob Bazely 255,000
Bryan Dillon 251,500
Eric Crain 251,500
Mark Kroon 250,000
Heath Penden 245,500
James Ruszkiewicz 243,500
Alex Leitzes 240,000

You probably recognize Mike Scarborough's name. Scarborough defeated an impressive field that included Erik Seidel, William Reynolds, Tom Marchese and Ali Eslami at the final table. Scarborough has been quite since, he's certainly looking for more results this season!

Jake Bazely already has two PTPR Scores this season.

171 players will get paid this event...
1st $393,584
2nd $243,818
3rd $183,991
4th $139,815
5th $106,447
6th $81,774
7th $63,680
8th $50,051
9th $39,947
10th-12th $32,193
13th-15th $26,318
16th-18th $21,759
19th-21st $18,141
22nd-24th $15,274
25th-27th $12,948
28th-30th $11,091
31st-33rd $9,587
34th-36th $8,365
37th-45th $7,378
46th-54th $6,580
55th-63rd $5,922
64th-72nd $5,381
73rd-81st $4,935
82nd-90th $4,535
91st-99th $4,183
100th-108th $3,854
109th-117th $3,548
118th-135th $3,266
136th-153rd $3,008
154th-171st $2,773

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LOCAL WINS OVER SEIDEL, REYNOLDS

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond
WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond NLH Main Event
October 21-24, 2011

Horseshoe Hammond | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool : $2,349,825 | Entries: 1,615

PTS AT STAKE:
1st place 116
2nd place 76
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 34
6th place 26
7th place 24
8-9th place 21

THE ROUND-UP: WAHLROOS, YOUNG, PHILLIPS AND OTHERS WIN

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SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com, THEHENDONMOB.com

We're in London, Vegas, Vancouver, Minnesota and Indiana in this edition of the Round-Up!

EPT LONDON NLH 6-MAX HIGH ROLLER TURBO
Final results are continuing to trickle in from London ... A blast from the recent pas as Thomas Wahlroos picks up the victory in what could be the longest titled event on tour ... the EPT London No Limit Holdem Six-Max High Rollers Turbo event ... got your breath back? Good.

Wahlroos defeated French/Amercian pro Vanessa Rousso heads up. ElkY picked up his sixth PTPR Score of the year with his fifth place finish. ElkY's 18 point score earns him second spot overall on the 2011 PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year Leaderboard, surpassing November Niner Ben Lamb.

Sixth place finisher Roberto Romanello continues his solid play this season. His fifth score puts him right back into the Player of the Year race - re-entering the Top 15, a few points ahead of PCA winner Galen Hall. Ninth place finisher Sean Getzwiller earns his fifth score of 2011.

FESTA AL LAGO CLASSIC
The 2011 Festa isn't part of the WPT tour schedule this season but, that didn't stop 228 runners to put up 5K and take a run at the title, and a grab a piece of the +1M prizepool.

Justin Young took the big prize, winning the event. Michael Katz, Thomas McCormick, Christopher DeMaci and Justin Filtz are earn, like Young, their second PTPR Scores of the season. John Krpan finished third in the event.

FALL POKER CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Jared Hubbard picked up his first title of the 2011 season, and earns over 77K in the process. Hubbard, the Minnesota native, collected the win at the Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. Hubbard defeated Brandon Beery heads up.

WEST COAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
Earlier this month, Afshin Majidi won the West Coast Poker Championship at Edgewater Casino in Vancouver. 2010 November Niner Matt Jarvis finished third in the event, earning his second PTPR Score of the season.

WSOP CIRCUIT HORSESHOE INDIANA SIDE EVENT
Talk about a whirlwind week for former November Niner Dennis Phillips. Phillips was knocked out of the WSOP Europe Championship earlier in the week, then, he got on a plane and made his way to America. Hours after landing, Phillips was right back at it at a WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Indiana NLH side event. Well, Phillips won the event! From Cannes to Indiana to cash a 55K paycheck? Not bad Dennis!

2009 WSOPC New Orleans winner Jean Gaspard finished fifth in the event. Note: This event does not qualify for PTPR Points.

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EPT London
NLH 6-Max High Rollers Turbo
October 6, 2011

Hilton London Metropole | London
Buy-in: $14,180 | Prizepool: $1,010,941 | Entries: 66

FINAL RESULTS:
THOMAS WAHLROOS 100
VANESSA ROUSSO 60
CHRIS MCCLUNG 35
DANNY SMITH 25
BERTRAND ElkY GROSPELLIER 18
ROBERTO ROMANELLO 10
YURY ESAULOV 8
SEAN GETZWILLER 5

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Festa Al Lago Classic
NLH Main Event
October 14-16, 2011

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $5,100 | Prizepool: $1,105,800 | Entries: 228

FINAL RESULTS:
JUSTIN YOUNG 102
SAMEER ALJANEDI 62
JOHN KRPAN 37
MICHAEL KATZ 27
THOMAS MCCORMICK 20
CHRISTOPHER DEMACI 12
JOEY WEISSMAN 10
ZOHAIR KARIM 7
JUSTIN FILTZ 7

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Fall Poker Classic
NLH Championship
October 11-14, 2011

Canterbury Park Card Club | Minnesota
Buy-in: $1,100 | Prizepool: $284,210 | Entries: 293

FINAL RESULTS:
JARED HUBBARD 35
BRANDON BEERY 18
PAUL SCHROEDER 10
PETER MILLER 8
ADAM SCHOP 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
West Coast Poker Championship
NLH Main Event
September 29-October 2, 2011

Edgewater Casino | Vancouver
Buy-in: $1,615 | Prizepool: $341,516 | Entries: 234

FINAL RESULTS:

AFSHIN MAJIDI 35
KC NAM 18
MATTHEW JARVIS 10
VICTOR DEOL 8
JODY HOWE 5

Thursday, October 20, 2011

TRYBA WINS WPT REGIONAL, SECOND TOURNEY OF THE YEAR

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SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com

The latest WPT Regional Champion was crowned over the weekend. Veteran player Chris Tryba picked up the victory at the World Poker Tour Regional Colorado Poker Showdown Championship in Black Hawk, Colorado.

Tryba earns his second tournament win of 2011 - he won the Borgata Deep Stack Double Play Open back in March. Tryba also picked up two PTPR Scores during this summer's WSOP - both in the Seven Card Stud and the Seven Card Stud Hi/Low 10K World Championships.

That's a total of four PTPR Scores for the Vegas pro and a total of 87 PTPR Points on the season, he is ranked 225th on the PTPR Leaderboard - a single point ahead of current November Niner Eoghan O'Dea and 2010 November Niner (and star of Entourage :)) John Racener.

Fourth place finisher Mary Flurkey picked up her second PTPR Score of 2011.

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Colorado Poker Showdown
World Poker Tour Regional NLH Championship
October 14-16, 2011

Isle Casino Black Hawk | Colorado
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $310,500 | Entries: 207

FINAL RESULTS:
CHRIS TRYBA 35
AARON FREI 18
MIKE BONETTO 10
MARY FLURKEY 8
NIELS RIKHOF 5

POKER ROUND-UP: MEANWHILE IN THE USA ... GLANTZ, BRECHER WIN BIG

PICTURE: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com, RENOTAHOEPOKER.com

While most of the poker world was in London and Cannes for the past few weeks, some American pros decided to stay home and play the US circuit and - for at least two of them - it was a very good decision.

BORGATA DEEPSTACKS
Matthew Glantz earned just under 100k and picked up his fifth PTPR Score of the season at the latest Borgata Deepstack event. Glantz, who finished fifth at this year's WSOP Poker Player's Championship, is no stranger to collecting points at Borgata, he had a fine finish last month at the WPT Borgata Open.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
79. Dmitry Gromov, 141 PTPR Points
80. Sami Kelopuro, 140
81. Justin Cohen, 140
82. Matthew Glantz, 139
83. Michael Tureniec, 139

FALL POT OF GOLD DEEPSTACKS LIVE
Meanwhile in Northern Nevada, the Fall Pot of Gold Deepstacks Live Main Event was taking place at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Two name players - Steve Brecher and David Baker - duked it out to find a winner ... and Brecher eventually managed to pickup the victory over the ODB.

It was Brecher's second PTPR Score of the season, he finished fourth at the WSOPC Regional Championship at the Rincon earlier this year. For Baker, this was his third score of the year.

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Borgata Deepstack
NLH Main Event
October 16-19, 2011

Borgata Hotel Casino | Atlantic City
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $352,500 | Entries: 235

FINAL RESULTS:
MATTHEW GLANTZ 35
DANIEL BUZGON 18
PHIL LIFSCHITZ 10
MICHAEL KALFA 8
JOSEPH CAPPUCCIO 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Fall Pot of Gold
Deepstacks Live NLH Main Event
October 15-17, 2011

Grand Sierra Resort | Nevada
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $267,720 | Entries: 184

FINAL RESULTS:
STEVE BRECHER 35
DAVID BAKER "ODB" 18
SHAWN DANIELS 10
LEROY SPIRES 8
EDWARD MILLER 5

2011 WSOPE: FOX, MOORMAN JUMP IN RANKINGS, SMOKROKFLOCK WINS WSOP EUROPE!

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

What a heads up match! Two rivals going at it - bet, raise, reraise, 4-bet, 5-bet oh my! Although it wasn't very long, Elio Fox and Chris Moorman put on quite the show at the end of WSOP Europe - and both have been awarded with their 1-2 finish at the WSOPE ... not only will both collect one heck of a lot of Euros, both enter the 2011 PTPR Tournament Player of the Year Leaderboard as Moorman's sixth PTPR Score of the year earn him 12th spot while WSOPE Main Event Champion Elio Fox is now seeded 13th, one spot behind his heads up nemesis.



PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
10. Steve O'Dwyer, 278 PTPR Points
11. Maxim Lykov, 274
12. Chris Moorman, 271
13. Elio Fox, 267
14. Phil Hellmuth, 254
15. Galen Hall, 245

Shawn Buchanan's 6th place finish is also a considerable one. Buchanan is only a few points away from 200 for the season. For Jake Cody and Max Silver, who both were close to the chip lead late in the tournament, it's a disappointing end to their WSOP Europe, Silver was the first player out today during final table play, Cody followed him, finishing 7th.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in EURO):
1 Elio Fox 1,400,000
2 Chris Moorman 800,000
3 Moritz Kranich 550,000
4 Brian Roberts 400,000
5 Dermot Blain 275,000
6 Shawn Buchanan 200,000
7 Jake Cody 150,000
8 Max Silver 115,000

RELATED POSTS:
FOX, CODY LEAD FINAL TABLE CHARGE
SILVER, MOORMAN LEAD, WAXMAN HEARTBROKEN
GRINDER POWER! MIZRACHI, BOUCHER COLLECT BRACELETS
WADE KNOCKS OUT SIRWATTS WHILE ElkY, O'DWYER MOVE UP
BILLIRAKIS BANKS A BIG ONE IN CANNES
HINRICHSEN PICKS UP THE WIN IN EVENT 2, ROMANELLO ENTERS PTPR TOP 15
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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE NLH Main Event
October 15-19, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $14,290 | Prizepool : $7,882,475 | Entries: 593

PTS AT STAKE:
ELIO FOX 130
CHRIS MOORMAN 80
MORITZ KRANICH 50
BRIAN ROBERTS 40
DERMOT BLAIN 35
SHAWN BUCHANAN 30
JAKE CODY 30
MAX SILVER 15
PATRIK ANTONIUS 15
ARNAUD MATTERN 15
ALEX DOVZHENKO 15
THIBAUD GUENEGOU 13
ANDY MOSELEY 13
STEVEN MOREAU 13
AMIR LEHAVOT 13
MICHAEL DRUMMOND 10
DARIO SAMMARTINO 10
JOHN DUTHIE 10

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2011 WSOPE: FOX, CODY LEAD FINAL TABLE CHARGE

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Final table time in Cannes - the final 8 players will return Thursday - where we will find our next WSOPE Champion!

American Elio Fox is the chip leader. Jake Cody, Chris Moorman, Max Silver and Shawn Buchanan are part of the group of 7 that will try and take the win away from Fox. It is certainly going to be one of the best final tables of the season.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Elio Fox 3,990,000
Jake Cody 2,685,000
Dermot Blain 2,405,000
Chris Moorman 2,230,000
Brian Roberts 2,000,000
Max Silver 1,825,000
Moritz Kranich 1,660,000
Shawn Buchanan 1,015,000

Moorman and Buchanan have the opportunity to rock the PTPR Leaderboard with a big score. Although neither player can takeover the #1 spot from Eugene Katchalov, both would end up in the top of the charts

2011 PTPR RESULTS (YEAR TO DATE, PRIOR TO MAIN EVENT):
23rd. Chris Moorman, 191 PTPR Points
38th. Shawn Buchanan, 166 PTPR Points
88th. Elio Fox, 137 PTPR Points
123. Jake Cody, 126 PTPR Points
654. Dermot Blain, 37 PTPR Points
1018. Max Silver, 27 PTPR Points
NR Moritz Kranich, First Score of 2011
NR Brian Roberts, First Score of 2011

High stakes guru Patrik Antonius was the last player eliminated today - the final table bubble boy.

Other notable Day 4 eliminations: Arnaud Mattern, Alex Dovzhenko, Amir Lehavot, John Duthie, John Eames, Erik Seidel and Tony G.

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BILLIRAKIS BANKS A BIG ONE IN CANNES
HINRICHSEN PICKS UP THE WIN IN EVENT 2, ROMANELLO ENTERS PTPR TOP 15
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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE NLH Main Event
October 15-19, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $14,290 | Prizepool : $7,882,475 | Entries: 593

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 130
2nd position 80
3rd position 50
4th position 40
5th position 35
6-7th position 30
8th position 15
PATRIK ANTONIUS 15
ARNAUD MATTERN 15
ALEX DOVZHENKO 15
THIBAUD GUENEGOU 13
ANDY MOSELEY 13
STEVEN MOREAU 13
AMIR LEHAVOT 13
MICHAEL DRUMMOND 10
DARIO SAMMARTINO 10
JOHN DUTHIE 10

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2011 WSOPE: SILVER, MOORMAN LEAD, WAXMAN HEARTBROKEN ON DAY 3

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Day 3 is in the books at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in Cannes, France. A lot of big names are still in as we're down to the final 25 players as the money bubble burst on Tuesday.

Max Silver grabbed the overall lead late on Day 3, he holds a tiny chip lead on Chris Moorman - both solid pros.

Buchanan, Fox, Antonius, Dovzhenko, Cody, Duthie, Seidel, Tony G, Eames and Mattern are just a few of the other big names still alive in Cannes.

On the other side of emotions, it was a devastating end for Matthew Waxman. Waxman, a top contender for PTPR Player of the Year, missed a huge opportunity to pickup points as his tournament was ended at the hands of Shawn Buchanan, when Waxman misread his opponent, who was holding quads at showdown.

Other big names who lost their stacks late on Wednesday included Maria Ho, Melanie Weisner, Liv Boeree, Rifat Palevic and Freddy Deeb.

FINAL 25 CHIP COUNTS:
Max Silver 1,780,000
Chris Moorman 1,769,000
Amir Lehavot 1,398,000
Shawn Buchanan 1,267,000
Dermot Blain 1,200,000
Jeremy Kottler 943,000
Brian Roberts 901,000
Elio Fox 889,000
Andrew Moseley 863,000
Giuseppe Sammartino 838,000
Steven Moreau 709,000
Patrik Antonius 696,000
Alexander Dovzhenko 627,000
Moritz Kranich 571,000
Thibaud Guenegou 546,000
Jake Cody 522,000
Ricardo Tavares 462,000
James Schafer 332,000
John Duthie 314,000
Erik Seidel 242,000
Michael Drummond 230,000
Tony G 226,000
John Eames 210,000
Arnaud Mattern 171,000
Philippe Ktorza 133,000

We're playing down to a final table on Wednesday!

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HINRICHSEN PICKS UP THE WIN IN EVENT 2, ROMANELLO ENTERS PTPR TOP 15
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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE NLH Main Event
October 15-19, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $14,290 | Prizepool : $7,882,475 | Entries: 593

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 130
2nd position 80
3rd position 50
4th position 40
5th position 35
6-7th position 30
8-11th position 15
12-15th position 13
16-18th position 10

Monday, October 17, 2011

MENENDEZ MASTERS LAPT COLOMBIA

PICTURE/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

The Latin American Poker Tour has found its latest champion. Julian Menendez was able to master the 681-player field and win his first major tournament of the 2011 season.

Menendez defeated Jonathan Monsalves heads up in what was a crazy final day, where a big field was still remaining as the day started.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (In Colombian Pesos):
1st: Julian Menendez (Argentina) - 123,540,000
2nd: Jonathan Monsalves (Colombia) - 105,490,000
3rd: Jessica Bedoya (Ecuador) - 129,040,000
4th: Victor Mauricio Forero (Colombia) - 136,025,000
5th: Alexis Agudelo Gomez (Colombia) - 102,314,000
6th: Stuart McDonald (Australia) - 166,341,000
7th: Rafael Pardo (Colombia) - 39,832,000
8th Jonathan Markovitz (Ecuador) - 27,942,000
9th: John Jairo Canola (Colombia) - 23,186,000

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Latin American Poker Tour Colombia
LAPT Columbia NLH Main Event
October 13-16, 2011

Allegre Casino | Colombia
Buy-in: $1,035 | Prizepool: $642,075 | Entries: 681

FINAL RESULTS:
JULIAN MENENDEZ 35
JONATHAN MONSALVES 18
JESSICA BEDOYA 10
VICTOR MAURICIO FORERO 8
ALEXIS AGUDELO 5

Sunday, October 16, 2011

POKER ROUND-UP: GSOP GREECE, MACAU CUP

PICTURE: GSOPLIVE.com
SOURCE: GSOPLIVE.com, POKERSTARSBLOG.com

Two significant poker events reached their climax this weekend. We have results from the GSOP Greece Main and the Macau Poker Cup Championship.

GSOP GREECE
Another successful tour stop for the Grand Series of Poker. Record-setting numbers for the Greek Main Event. In the end, Sergio Marti Aguilar is your champion, defeating the entertaining Stefan Genchev heads up. It was a first PTPR Score for 2011 for all of the Top 5 players.

MACAU POKER CUP
The Macau Poker Cup Championship Event winner is Raiden Kan. Kan played a great final table and picks up his first major tournament victory. Victor Chong lost to Kan heads up. Charles Lam earns his second 5th place Challenger Event finish of the season.

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Grand Series of Poker Greece
GSOP Greece NLH Main Event
October 11-15, 2011

The Porto Carras | Greece
Buy-in: $2,265 | Prizepool: $528,699 | Entries: 345

FINAL RESULTS:
SERGIO MARTI AGUILAR 35
STEFAN GENCHEV 18
DE LIMA CARVALHO 10
ALLY SQUIRE 8
GEORGE TZIMAS 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Macau Poker Cup
NLH Championship
October 11-15, 2011

Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino | Macau
Buy-in: $2,570 | Prizepool: $714,015 | Entries: 308

FINAL RESULTS:
RAIDER KAN 35
VICTOR CHONG 18
HAU HAUNG CHANG 10
CHESTER LEE 8
CHARLES LAM 5

Saturday, October 15, 2011

2011 WSOPE: GRINDER POWER - MIZRACHI, BOUCHER COLLECT BRACELETS

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It's a double dose of WSOP bracelet winners on Saturday.

While French-Canadian Philippe Boucher was collecting his first bracelet earlier in the day, it was the Grinder, Michael Mizrachi who was grabbing headlines as the day wore on.

Grinder collected his second WSOP bracelet. After taking the 2010 Series in Vegas by storm, Grinder has come to Cannes 15 months later to pickup another bracelet.

Grinder defeated Roger Hairabedian and Shawn Buchanan today in order to secure the victory in the special "Split" holdem format - the first of it's kind in WSOP history ... where we played a full-ring, six handed and heads up all on different days.

Both Grinder and second place finisher Buchanan cross the century mark in PTPR Points for the season. Hairabedian earns his third PTPR Score of the year while it was number two for Noah Schwartz, Dan Fleyshman, Anatoliy Ozhenilok and Brian Hastings.

Final 8 Payouts (in EUR):
1- Michael Mizrachi 336,008
2- Shawn Buchanan 207,624
3- Roger Hairabedian 112,092
4- Noah Schwartz 112,092
5- Dan Fleyshman 54,810
6- Brian Powell 54,810
7- Anatolii Ozhenilok 54,810
8- Brian Hastings 54,810

Back to Boucher! It's a first bracelet - earned in the PLO Six-Max event. Boucher defeated Michel Dattani heads up. For Boucher, it's a first tournament win since his Caesers Classic victory back in November of 2010.

Alex Dovzehnko and Bryan Devonshire both ear a third PTPR Score for the season.

Final Table Payouts (in EUR):
1- Philippe Boucher 124,584
2- Michel Dattani 76,982
3- Nicolas Fierro 53,426
4- Alexander Dovzhenko 37,529
5- Jarred Solomon 26,676
6- Jack Ellwood 19,181

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE NLH Split Format Event #4
October 12-15, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $16,355 | Prizepool : $1,887,360 | Entries: 125

FINAL RESULTS:
MICHAEL MIZRACHI 101
SHAWN BUCHANAN 61
ROGER HAIRABEDIAN 36
NOAH SCHWARTZ 26
DAN FLEYSHMAN 19
BRIAN POWELL 11
ANATOLII OZHENILOK 9
BRIAN HASTINGS 6

PTPR SIDE EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE PLO Six-Handed Event #5
October 13-15, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $2,545 | Prizepool : $783,770 | Entries: 339

FINAL RESULTS:
PHILIPPE BOUCHER 75
MICHEL DATTANI 40
NICOLAS FIERRO 25
ALEXANDER DOVZHENKO 15
JARRED SOLOMON 10
JACK ELLWOOD 8
RIFAT PALEVIC 5
BRYAN DEVONSHIRE 5
JOHN NAHUM 5

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2011 WSOPE: WADE KNOCKS OUT SIRWATTS WHILE ElkY, O'DWYER MOVE UP

SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

The latest WSOP Europe tournament was completed a few hours ago ... a who's who of the poker world - what a final table it was!!!

Tristan Wade won his first bracelet and his first major live event, and he couldn't be any happier - the Twitter world is all a buzz as well, sure looks like Wade is a popular player and many fellow pros are very happy for him. Here are two of Wade's latest Twitter posts... (@TristanCre8ive)
I won. Finally took down a big tournament. Thanks everyone for the sweat #WSOPBraceletWinner #WorldChamp !!!!

WOW. Thank you everyone. I have the best family, friends, supporters... Really I'm in awe at all the unbelievable things everyone has said!!

Wade scored his first win in style, a monster final table was in his way. Heads up, he defeated SirWatts, Michael Watson, of Canada. Both players pass the century mark in PTPR Points for the season.

Two other final table participants - who were already on the PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year Top 15 Leaderboard - accumulated enough points to move up in the standings.

Both 5th place finisher ElkY and 6th place finisher Steve O'Dwyer (who's been playing some terrific poker as of late) have made their way up from 7th to 3rd and from 11th to 10th respectively on the Leaderboard. ElkY surpasses Jason Mercier for the three seed.

O'Dwyer becomes the second player in a week to reach seven PTPR Scores, tops this season on the circuit.

Richard Toth, Max Silver, Emil Patel, Taylor Paur and James Dempsey were the other notable names at the final table.

Final Table Payouts (in Euro):
1- Tristan Wade 182,048
2- Michael Watson 112,526
3- Richard Toth 84,016
4- Max Silver 63,151
5- Bertrand Grospellier 47,763
6- Steve O'Dwyer 36,357
7- Emil Patel 27,842
8- Taylor Paur 21,459
9- James Dempsey 16,637

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE NLH Shootout Event #4
October 11-13, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $4,415 | Prizepool : $1,025,765 | Entries: 258

FINAL RESULTS:
TRISTAN WADE 102
MICHAEL WATSON 62
RICHARD TOTH 37
MAX SILVER 27
BERTRAND GROSPELLIER 20
STEVE O'DWYER 12
EMIL PATEL 10
TAYLOR PAUR 7
JAMES DEMPSEY 7

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

EPT LONDON: A FEW MORE RESULTS ARE IN ... DUHAMEL, STEIN AND WAXMAN OH MY!

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTASBLOG.com

Side event results from EPT London are slowly being released to the public. We have two side events that qualify for PTPR Points ... one of them has a laundry list of who's who in poker!

In the 2K British Pounds event, Patrik Ghatge picked up the win but it's the other players who collected points that had our attention.

Daniel Smith (proud new Canadian!) finished third in the event - good for his fifth PTPR Score of the season. Defending WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel earned his fourth score, finishing sixth. Sam Stein, who sits just a few points outside the PTPR Top 15, earns his fourth score while Matthew Waxman surpasses ElkY on the PTPR Leaderboard with his seventh score of the year ... joining Jason Mercier and Max Lykov as the only players with seven PTPR Scores this year.

In the 1K British Pounds Oct. 3-4 event, it was Shinya Shimada who won the event. Georgis Kapalas' second PTPR Score is earned with his third place finish. Andrew Chen (4th score) and Anton Wigg (2nd score) were the other two notable players at the final table.

PTPR PRELIM EVENT
European Poker Tour London
2K No Limit Holdem
October 2, 2011

Hilton London Metropole | London
Buy-in: $3,385 | Prizepool: $595,539 | Entries: 189

FINAL RESULTS:
PATRIK GHATGE 75
JONI NENONEN 40
DANIEL SMITH 25
OSCAR KROON 15
ILKIN AMIROV 10
JONATHAN DUHAMEL 8
SAM STEIN 5
MATTHEW WAXMAN 5
DAN MARURIU 5

PTPR PRELIM EVENT
European Poker Tour London
1K No Limit Holdem
October 3-4, 2011

Hilton London Metropole | London
Buy-in: $1,730 | Prizepool: $324,555 | Entries: 206

FINAL RESULTS:

SHINYA SHIMADA 75
YVES BOSCHETTI 40
GEORGIOS KAPALAS 25
LARS WIK 15
ROBERT WILLIS 10
DAVE BARNES 8
ANDREW CHEN 5
MATHIEU THIRY 5
ANTON WIGG 5

POKER ROUND-UP: EURO MASTERS BARCELONA AND MERIT FALL OPEN RESULTS

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com, POKERPAGES.com

We're off to Barcelona and Cyprus for this edition of the round-up!


EURO MATERS BARCELONA
Result from the start of the month as the Euro Masters of Poker made their way to Spain - at Casino Barcelona - for their latest Main Event. Norway's Andreas Hagen picked up the victory while Johan Berg picked up his second PTPR Score of the year - the other one also coming at a Euro Masters event - at Gran Canaria.

MERIT FALL OPEN
In Cyprus, the next edition of the Merit Poker Series was in focus - the Fall Open Main Event went to Mateza Pajahshria. Fifth place finisher Anton Ponomarev earned his second score of the year - he had scored at the Russian Poker Series Kiev Main Event last month.

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Euro Masters of Poker Barcelona
EMOP Barcelona NLH Main Event
September 29-October 2, 2011

Casino Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $1,515 | Prizepool: $621,678 | Entries: 455

FINAL RESULTS:
ANDREAS HAGEN 35
KENNETH APPELL 18
DANIEL MARIN 10
MATS LUNDKVIST 8
JOHAN BERG 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Merit Poker Series Fall Open
NLH Main Event
October 8-9, 2011

Merit Poker Club | Cyprus
Buy-in: $2,750 | Prizepool: $382,500 | Entries: 153

FINAL RESULTS:
MARTEZA PAJAHSHRIA 35
ANATOLIY SUVOROV 18
SARBEL KOUMI 10
MEHRSHAD MOUSAVI 8
ANTON PONOMAREV 5

2011 WSOPE: BILLIRAKIS BANKS A BIG ONE IN CANNES

SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Another result in from Cannes, home of the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe! Steve Billirakis is the king of Omaha, having just captured the bracelet in Event #3 - Pot Limit Omaha and a cool 238,140 Euro!

The win earns Billirakis his third PTPR Score of the season, he now stands at 157 PTPR Points for the season, good for 44th overall.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
42. Martin Jacobson, 158
43. Sean Getzwiller, 158
44. Steve Billirakis, 157
45. Pim de Goede, 156
46. Jason Somerville, 155

Billirakis defeated Michele Di Lauro heads up. Di Lauro had some success on the Italian Poker Tour in 2010. Fourth place finisher Sam Trickett and Erich Kollmann both collect their fifth scores of the year, Samuel Chartier and November Niner Eoghan O'Dea each pickup their third PTPR Scores of 2011.

Final Table Payouts (in Euro):
1- Steve Billirakis 238,140
2- Michele Di Lauro 147,171
3- Ramzi Jelassi 105,937
4- Sam Trickett 77,642
5- Jerome Bradpiece 57,912
6- Konstantin Uspenskiy 43,950
7- Erich Kollmann 33,922
8- Sam Chartier 26,610
9- Eoghan O'Dea 21,221

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE Pot Limit Omaha Event #3
October 10-12, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $7,315 | Prizepool : $1,217,601 | Entries: 180

FINAL RESULTS:
STEVE BILLIRAKIS 101
MICHELE DI LAURO 61
RAMZI JELASSI 36
SAM TRICKETT 26
JEROME BRADPIECE 19
KONSTANTIN USPENSKIY 11
ERICH KOLLMANN 9
SAMUEL CHARTIER 6
EOGHAN O'DEA 6

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2011 WSOPE: HINRICHSEN PICKS UP THE WIN IN EVENT 2, ROMANELLO ENTERS PTPR TOP 15

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Andrew Hinrichsen has just picked up his first WSOP bracelet!

Hinrichsen defeated Gianluca Speranza heads up. Hinrichsen doubled up early in heads up play and he didn't look back - from then on, he took over the event.

Roberto Romanello finished fifth in the event. The 25 PTPR Points collected are good enough to spring Romanello into the PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year Top 15 Leaderboard. Romanello overtakes Sam Stein in 15th position.

John Eames had another disappointing major event final table. Eames wasn't able to do better than 7th.

Final Table Payouts (in Euro):
1- Andrew Hinrichsen 148,030
2- Gianluca Speranza 91,262
3- Tarcisio Bruno 67,281
4- Bernard Guigon 50,146
5- Roberto Romanello 37,874
6- Eric Baudry 28,977
7- John Eames 22,449
8- Nabil Nedjai 17,608
9- Gregory Lejolivet 13,982

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE NLH Event #2
October 8-11, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $1,480 | Prizepool : $1,005,951 | Entries: 771

FINAL RESULTS:
Andrew Hinrichsen 107
Gianluca Speranza 67
Tarcisio Bruno 42
Bernard Guigon 32
Roberto Romanello 25
Eric Baudry 17
John Eames 15
Nabil Nadjai 12
Gregory Lejolivet 12

Monday, October 10, 2011

WSOPC STH INDIANA: CRAZINESS IN INDIANA! CASTOIRE WINS MAIN EVENT

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Craziness in Indiana! About an hour ago, Aaron Massey (the chip leader coming into today's play) looked in control of the WSOP Circuit Southern Indiana Main Event. 20 minutes ago, it looked as if Jacob Bazely (who eliminated Massey) was unbeatable with a monster chip lead. Now, it's the man that was lurking in the dark, Robert Castoire, that has collected the WSOP Circuit ring.

Insanity indeed. Double-up after double-up (while being behind in most cases) and it sure seems as if Castoire was destined to win this one!

Mike "Pegasus" Smith and Bernard Lee were unable to collect PTPR Points in the event, each finishing outside the Top 5.

Final Table Payouts
1- Robert Castoire 107,022
2- Jacob Bazely 66,171
3- Aaron Massey 48,059
4- Donovan Darland 35,499
5- Mark Smith 26,650
6- Thang Nguyen 20,325
7- David Hengen 15,743
8- Bernard Lee 12,378
9- Sameer Al Dbhany 9,877

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Southern Indiana
WSOPC Souther Indiana NLH Main Event
October 8-10, 2011

Horseshoe Southern Indiana | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool : $455,415 | Entries: 313

FINAL RESULTS:
ROBERT CASTOIRE 35
JACOB BAZELY 18
AARON MASSEY 10
DONOVAN DARLAND 8
MARK SMITH 5

2011 WSOPE: ROMANELLO, EAMES HIGHLIGHT EVENT #2 FINAL TABLE

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Another final table is set on the French Rivera. Event #2 - No Limit Hold'em - will reach it's climax on Tuesday in Cannes, and we have a few intriguing characters assembled in what should be an interesting FT to say the least.

The main focus will be on Roberto Romanello. The defending EPT Prague and WPT Bratislava Champion is already assured to move up to 16th on the 2011 PTPR Tournament Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard - but - Romanello could not only crack the Top 15, he would skyrocket up to 3rd overall should he be able to take the win in this event.

Add to the fact that a victory would allow Romanello to enter the coveted Poker Triple Crown Club if he can collect the bracelet on Tuesday. Romanello will start the day third in chips.

PTPR Leaderboard Look-In (includes the minimum 12 PTPR Points Romanello is guaranteed to receive in this event):
13. Galen Hall, 245
14. Owais Ahmed, 241
15. Sam Stein, 228
16. Roberto Romanello, 224
17. Byron Kaverman, 221

Another big name still alive is John Eames. Eames is looking for a breakout event in 2011 - this could be just what the doctor ordered. Eames will be one of the shorter stacks but a few pot victories early and it's game on!

The chip leader is Gianluca Speranza. Eric Baudry and Andrew Hinrichsen are two other names to look for on Tuesday.

Final Table Chip Counts
1- Gianluca Speranza 757,000
2- Andrew Hinrichsen 434,000
3- Roberto Romanello 253,000
4- Nabil Nedjai 250,500
5- Eric Baudry 232,000
6- Tarcisio Bruno 153,500
7- John Eames 106,500
8- Gregory Lejolivet 95,000
9- Bernard Guigon 53,000

2011 PTPR Rankings (prior to WSOPE Event #2 NLH)
19. Roberto Romanello, 212 PTPR Points
213. John Eames, 88
395. Eric Baudry, 55
652. Andrew Hinrichsen, 36
2167. Giancula Sperenza, 5

This is the first PTPR Score of the season for Nedjai, Bruno, Lejolivet and Guigon.

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Europe
WSOPE NLH Event #2
October 8-11, 2011

Casino Barriere & Hotel Majestic | Cannes
Buy-in: $1,480 | Prizepool : $1,005,951 | Entries: 771

PTS AT STAKE:
1st place 107
2nd place 67
3rd place 42
4th place 32
5th place 25
6th place 17
7th place 15
8th place 12
9th place 12