Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PTPR POKER ROUND-UP: CLOSING APPT MACAU, PUNTA CANA CLASSIC

PHOTO: POKERSTARSBLOG.com
SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com, CALVINAYRE.com

Let us make our way to Macau and to Punta Cana in this edition of the Round-Up!

APPT MACAU SIDE EVENT
We're all done at APPT Macau and while Randy Lew stole the show, there was a 15K HKD NLH side event that was also up for PTPR Points.

Seijiro Machi picked up the win in the side event.


TOP 10 PAYOUTS:
1- Seijiro Machi $ HKD530,100
2- Calvin Ho $ HKD357,000
3- Zhongwei Wang $ HKD227,200
4- Yu Kurita $ HKD183,900
5- Xin You $ HKD146,100
6- Kornelis van Alphen $ HKD119,000
7- Chin Te Chiu $ HKD974,000
8- Damien Kerneis $ HKD75,700
9- Nicky Tao Jin $ HKD64,900
10- Anestis Pantazidis $ HKD54,140

PUNTA CANA POKER CLASSIC
The Dominican Republic hosted the Punta Cana Poker Classic mid-month. Demo Kiriopoulos was the big winner in DR - defeating Evan Mauer heads up and picking up over 130K in the process.

Fifth place finisher Engleberth Varela earned his second PTPR Score of the year - he finished third at the LAPT Punta del Este in Uruguay back in August.


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau
NLH Side Event
November 25-26, 2011

Grand Lisboa Casino | Macau
Buy-in: $1,930 | Prizepool: $391,350 | Entries: 160

FINAL RESULTS:
SEIJIRO MACHI 35
CALVIN HO 18
ZHONGWEI WANG 10
YU KARITA 8
XIN YOU 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Punta Cana Poker Classic
NLH Main Event
November 12-13, 2011

Hard Rock Hotel Casino | Dominican Republic
Buy-in: $1,500 | Prizepool: $622,500 | Entries: 415

FINAL RESULTS:
DEMO KIRIOPOULOS 35
EVAN MAUER 18
GREG BASTIN 10
CARLOS SOBENES 8
ENGLEBERTH VARELA 5

Monday, November 28, 2011

DONNINI WINS IPT CAMPIONE - PLUS CLEMENTS' VENETIAN VICTORY

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SOURCE: POKERSTARSIPT.it, POKERPAGES.com

Danilo Donnini is the latest IPT Main Event winner at the second Campione tour stop of the season. He joins an impressive list of winners on the Italian Poker Tour in 2011 - Mustapha Kanit, Luca Pagano and Oleksii Kovalchuk have all captured IPT titles this season.


Donnini defeated Mikica Mitrovic heads up. This is Donnini's second PTPR Score of 2011 - he captured third place at a IPT Campione side event back in January...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
157. David "Doc" Sands, 115 PTPR Points
158. Szabolcs Mayer, 115
158. Connor Drinan, 115
160. Mike Shklover, 114
160. Danilo Donnini, 114
162. Scott Baumstein, 113
163. Max Weinberg, 113
164. Gary Friedlander, 113
165. Bronson Tucker, 113
166. Hafiz Khan, 112

Ninth place finisher Georgios Kapalas picked up his third PTPR Score of 2011 ... Alessandro Fasolis and Andrea Dato each earned their second scores of the year.

IPT CAMPIONE TOP 9 PAYOUTS (in CHF):
1 Donnini Danilo ITALY CHF 272.000,00
2 Mikica Mitrovic SERBIA CHF 181.000,00
3 Rosa Giacomo ITALY CHF 102.000,00
4 Fasolis Alessandro ITALY CHF 68.000,00
5 Dato Andrea ITALY CHF 56.800,00
6 Scremin Tania ITALY CHF 45.500,00
7 Semen Apokorin RUSSIA CHF 34.022,00
8 Mazzitelli Gaetano ITALIA CHF 22.700,00
9 Kapalas Georgios HELLAS CHF 17.000,00


VENETIAN DEEP STACK MAIN EVENT
Meanwhile, results from the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event were finally revealed. We all knew that Scott Clements had won the event, picking up his fourth PTPR Score of the year - but we didn't have all of the necessary details in order to officially award PTPR Points - until. Congrats to Ryan Welch who picks up his third Score of 2011.

VENETIAN DEEP STACK MAIN EVENT TOP 9 PAYOUTS (in USD):
1 Scott Clements $145,775
2 Zachary Fahmie $89,892
3 Ryan Welch $60,738
4 Larry Wright $43,124
5 Jeffrey Finkelstein $33,406
6 William Holt $27,332
7 Daniel Collinge $22,777
8 Michael McTernan $19,132
9 Kevin Calenzo $15,792


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Italian Poker Tour Campione
IPT Campione NLH Main Event
November 24-28, 2011

Casino Municipale di Campione | Italy
Buy-in: $2,925 | Prizepool: $1,136,125 | Entries: 482

FINAL RESULTS:
DANILO DONNINI 104
MIKICA MITROVIC 64
GIACOMO ROSA 39
ALESSANDRO FASOLIS 29
ANDREA DATO 22
TANIA SCREMIN 14
SEMEN APOKORIN 12
GAETANO MAZZITELLI 9
GEORGIOS KAPALAS 9

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza IV
NLH Main Event
November 20-22, 2011

Venetian Casino Resort | Indiana
Buy-in: $2,500 | Prizepool: $607,380 | Entries: 265

FINAL RESULTS:
SCOTT CLEMENTS 35
ZACHARY FAHMIE 18
RYAN WELCH 10
LARRY WRIGHT 8
JEFFREY FINKELSTEIN 5

Sunday, November 27, 2011

WPT MARRAKECH: ALL-MOROCCAN AFFAIR AT WPT MARREKECH

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SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It wasn't the finish that most of the world was hoping for ... but, it was certainly the finish that all of Morocco was eagerly anticipating.

ElkY, Duhamel, Mattern - it had the making for a WPT Final Table for the ages! But, ElkY and Duhamel were out early and Mattern was gone during Final Four play.

We were down to three. Mohamed Ali Houssam and Toufik Ourini - both from Morocco - and Maksim Martinov - who was cast in the role of spoiler - at least, that's what he was hoping for.

But in a crazy hand that had Martinov as the overwhelming favorite over Ourini, Ourini was able to hit runner-runner, to confiscate Martinov's two-pair - and the crowd, Ourini and countryman Houssam erupted in celebration - Morocco has their two native sons battling it out heads up.

In the end, Mohamed Ali Houssam took down WPT Marrakech.

ElkY had a chance at second and third place on the 2011 PTPR Leaderboard but alas, he'll remain third overall. As for Duhamel, he does earn his fifth PTPR Score of the season, but, is unable to enter the Top 15 Leaderboard ...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
56. Victor Ramdin, 161 PTPR Points
57. Gregory Brooks, 161
58. Jonathan Duhamel, 160
59. Justin Young, 159
59. Zimnan Ziyard, 159
61. Martin Jacobson, 158
62. Pim de Goede, 156
62. Jake Cody, 156
64. Jason Somerville, 155

WPT MARRAKECH FINAL 9 PAYOUTS (in USD):
Mohamed Ali Houssam $267,011
Toufik Ourini $166,374
Maksim Martinov $107,340
Arnaud Mattern $69,778
Hassan Fares $50,991
Rodney Assous $41,322
Jonathan Duhamel $33,815
Elky Grospellier $30,699
Sebastien Ta $28,013

RELATED POSTS:
DUHAMEL DOMINATES EARLY, ElkY RISES LATE AS FINAL TABLE IS SET
FRENCH CONNECTION - DUHAMEL, ElkY ROCK MARRACECH
ANTHONY RUBERTO WINS WPT JACKSONVILLE
2011 WSOP: ElkY, SOMERVILLE LATEST TO PICKUP JEWELRY
OH CANADA! DUHAMEL WINS WSOP MAIN EVENT (NOV 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WPT Marrakech
WPT NLH Championship
November 24-27, 2011

Casino de Marrakech | Marrakech
Buy-in: $4,015 | Prizepool: $1,094,670 | Entries: 274

Defending Champion: Sebastien Homann

PTS AT STAKE:
MOHAMED ALI HOUSSAM 127
TOUFIK OURINI 77
MAKSIM MARTINOV 47
ARNAUD MATTERN 37
HASSAN FARES 32
RODNEY ASSOUS 27
JONATHAN DUHAMEL 27
ElkY BERTRAND GROSPELLIER 12
SEBASTIEN TA 12
SAID EL YOUSFI 12
AUBIN CAZALI 12
REDA MED JOUAHRI 10
YANN ENZINGER 10
IAN MARMION 10
DAVID SACKSICK 10
MATTHIUS REMIE 7
FADHIL FARAG 7
MEHIL ARNOUAR 7

APPT MACAU: NANONOKO PICKS A GOOD TIME TO WIN FIRST LIVE TOURNAMENT

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It's no secret that Randy Lew (knows to most as nanonoko) is one of the best online poker players in the world. Well, you can now check "win first live major tournament" on the list of accomplishments for Lew.

Lew just won APPT Macau, defeating almost 600 players on his way to a very nice payday - almost 4M Hong Kong dollars (almost 500K USD)!




PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
144. Juha Helppi, 123 PTPR Points
144. Darren Elias, 123
146. Randy Lew, 122
147. Mike Sexton, 120
147. Kunal Patel, 120
149. Vivek Rajkumar, 120

Lew defeated Jimmy Pan heads up. Jeff Rossiter (who scored points at the Aussie Millions in January) looked to be in good shape three handed but, losing a major pot to Lew proved to be the end for Rossiter.

Epic Poker League September runner-up David Steicke finished ninth in the event. The man who held the chip lead heading into final day play - Sangeeth Mohan - was unable to maintain his lead and crashed out in 10th place - one spot out of PTPR Points qualification.

APPT MACAU TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in HKD):
1- Randy Lew, 3,772,000
2- Jimmy Pan, 2,367,000
3- Jeff Rossier, 1,306,000
4- Fabian Spielmann, 1,019,000
5- Zuo Wang, 809,000
6- Kai Yat Fam, 653,000
7- Daniel Nordstrom, 498,000
8- Zheng Tai Tan, 373,000
9- David Steicke, 263,300
10- Sangeeth Mohan, 155,500

RELATED POSTS:
MOHAN LEADS AS FINAL FIFTEEN SET AT APPT MACAU
APPT QUEENSTOWN: SCHREINER IS CHIP BOSS - WINS SNOWFEST
RAIDER KAN WINS MACAU POKER CUP

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau
APPT Macau NLH Championship
November 23-27, 2011

Grand Lisboa Casino | Macau
Buy-in: $3,850 | Prizepool: $1,995,896 | Entries: 575

Defending Champion: Victorino Torres

PTS AT STAKE:
RANDY LEW "NANONOKO" 105
JIMMY PAN 65
JEFF ROSSITER 40
FABIAN SPIELMANN 30
ZUO WANG 23
KAI YAT FAM 15
DANIEL NORDSTROM 13
TAN TAI ZHENG 10
DAVID STEICKE 10

PTPR POKER ROUND-UP: WPT NTL' BOHEMIA, HOLLYWOOD CLASSIC

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

Let's head to the Czech Republic and to Hollywood - the casino in Indiana that is - in the latest edition of the round-up!

WPT NATIONAL SERIES BOHEMIA
The famed Kings Casino in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic hosted the World Poker Tour and it's National Series last week.

Mike Brandau captured the victory, defeating Sigurd Eskeland heads up - Eskeland earned points at EPT Barcelona this past summer.

HOLLYWOOD FALL CLASSIC
Justin Brown scored the first win of his poker career by defeating a game field of almost 200 players at the Hollywood Fall Classic in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Travis Lutes, Brad Albrinck and Chris Torina are all name players that were part of the Top 5.

VENETIAN DEEP STACK MAIN EVENT
Scott Clements added another victory to his poker resume by winning the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event earlier this week. We are still waiting for the official event results from the Venetian, once they are out, we will have all the info out to you.


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Poker Tour National Series Bohemia
WPT National Series Bohemia NLH Main Event
November 17-20, 2011

Kings Casino | Czech Republic
Buy-in: $2,205 | Prizepool: $474,552 | Entries: 238

FINAL RESULTS:
MIKE BRANDAU 35
SIGURD ANDREAS ESKELAND 18
SVEN KIRCHNER 10
ERKAN SENTURK 8
HAKAN ARGUN 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Hollywood Fall Classic
NLH Main Event
November 19-20, 2011

Hollywood Casino | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $288,090 | Entries: 198

FINAL RESULTS:
JUSTIN BROWN 35
TRAVIS LUTES 18
NICK BLACKBURN 10
BRADFORD ALBRINCK 8
CHRIS TORINA 5

Saturday, November 26, 2011

WPT MARRAKECH: DUHAMEL DOMINATES EARLY, ElkY RISES LATE AS FINAL TABLE IS SET

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SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It's final table time in Marrakech and the stars are out for this one!

Leading the charge is Mohamed Ali Houssam who will start the final day with 1.33 chips.

2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel is right there behind Houssam, a little 200k in chips behind Houssam. And what a day it was for Duhamel. He started off losing a bunch of chips on the very first hand but then Duhamel went on a rampage, collecting tons of chips and holding the chip lead for most of the day.

Arnaud Mattern sits fifth in chips as final table play looms. Mattern - who finished 10th at WSOP Europe and 14th at WPT Amneville - is hoping to continue on his recent upswing after a slow start to 2011.

But buzz late on Saturday was on Mattern's countryman. Less than a week after losing a kickboxing fight to fellow PokerStars pro Lex Veldhuis, Betrand Grospellier is right back on his feet, ready to take his second ever WPT World title. ElkY came on strong late in order to put himself in good position heading into Sunday's play.

There is a ton at stake for ElkY. Not only does he have a chance at taking the #1 spot in the Bluff Magazine Player of the Year race, a 5th place finish or better and ElkY would pass Eugene Katchalov for #2 on the PTPR Leaderboard ... third or better and ElkY would take the late season lead in the race for the 2011 PTPR Player of the Year.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Mohamed Ali Houssam 1,330,000
Jonathan Duhamel 1,126,000
Hassan Fares 1,110,000
Toufik Ourini 1,054,000
Arnaud Mattern 952,000
Elky Grospellier 904,000
Rodney Assous 813,000
Maksim Martinov 646,000
Sebastien Ta 282,000

PTPR FINAL TABLE IN-FOCUS
3. Elky Grospellier, 324 PTPR Points
109. Jonathan Duhamel, 133
1131. Arnaud Mattern, 26

This is the first PTPR Score of the season for Houssam, Fares, Ourini, Assous, Martinov and Ta.

WPT MARRAKECH PAYOUTS (in Moroccan Dirham):
1st: 1,798,425 (+$25k WPT Bellagio Seat)
2nd: 1,238,915
3rd: 799,300
4th: 519,545
5th: 379,667
6th: 307,730
7th: 251,779
8th: 228,599
9th: 208,617

RELATED POSTS:
FRENCH CONNECTION - DUHAMEL, ElkY ROCK MARRACECH
ANTHONY RUBERTO WINS WPT JACKSONVILLE
2011 WSOP: ElkY, SOMERVILLE LATEST TO PICKUP JEWELRY
OH CANADA! DUHAMEL WINS WSOP MAIN EVENT (NOV 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WPT Marrakech
WPT NLH Championship
November 24-27, 2011

Casino de Marrakech | Marrakech
Buy-in: $4,015 | Prizepool: $1,094,670 | Entries: 274

Defending Champion: Sebastien Homann

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 127
2nd position 77
3rd position 47
4th position 37
5th position 32
6-7th position 27
8-9th position 12
SAID EL YOUSFI 12
AUBIN CAZALI 12
REDA MED JOUAHRI 10
YANN ENZINGER 10
IAN MARMION 10
DAVID SACKSICK 10
MATTHIUS REMIE 7
FADHIL FARAG 7
MEHIL ARNOUAR 7

PTS AT STAKE: MOHAN LEADS AS FINAL FIFTEEN SET AT APPT MACAU

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

In what was being dubbed as the Phil Ivey comeback event, the 575 player field at APPT Macau was hoping that Ivey would be at the cash game tables and not at the final table when Sunday came ... well, it's almost Sunday and, the final fifteen players returning to the Grand Lisboa Casino for final day play have had their wish granted ... same goes for poker legend Johnny Chan - he too has found his seat at the massive cash games.

No Ivey, no Chan, no dream final table. But it's not like we're left with crap either, there are some fine storylines heading into final day play.


The chip leader Sangeeth Mohan. Mohan (pictured) is weeks removed from a PokerGuru Tour victory in India. In fact, Mohan's cashes all come from India - this is his first cash outside his home country.

Many will be looking for Nanonoko (aka Randy Lew) to lead the way on Sunday. Although he's a little low in chips, Nanonoko certainly has the experience needed to take advantage of lesser experienced players and could very well the one to take it down on the final day.

Jeff Rossiter - who scored poitns at the Aussie Millions this year - and David Steicke are also still in the mix.

PTPR LEADERBOARD FINAL DAY IN-FOCUS
474. Jeffrey Rossiter, 52 PTPR Points
1548. Randy Lew, 17

FINAL FIFTEEN CHIP COUNTS:
Sangeeth Mohan 2,423,000
Kai Yat Fam 2,358,000
Jimmy Pan 1,586,000
Zuo Wang 1,540,000
Fabian Spiedelmann 1,425,000
Jeffrey Rossiter 1,173,000
Josh Barrett 1,013,000
Zheng Tai Tan 985,000
David Steicke 886,000
Randy Lew 845,000
Daniel Nordstrom 786,000
Daoxing 'Bobo' Chen 672,000
Tsugunari Toma 635,000
Baton Fung 338,000
Sparrow Cheung 238,000

APPT MACAU TOP 15 PAYOUTS (in HKD):
1. $3,772,000
2. $2,367,000
3. $1,306,000
4. $1,019,000
5. $809,000
6. $653,000
7. $498,000
8. $373,000
9. $263,300
10-12. $155,500
13-15. $124,400

RELATED POSTS:
APPT QUEENSTOWN: SCHREINER IS CHIP BOSS - WINS SNOWFEST
RAIDER KAN WINS MACAU POKER CUP

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau
APPT Macau NLH Championship
November 23-27, 2011

Grand Lisboa Casino | Macau
Buy-in: $3,850 | Prizepool: $1,995,896 | Entries: 575

Defending Champion: Victorino Torres

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 105
2nd position 65
3rd position 40
4th position 30
5th position 23
6th position 15
7th position 13
8-9th position 10

Friday, November 25, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: FRENCH CONNECTION - DUHAMEL, ElkY ROCK MARRAKECH

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

We're through Day 2 at WPT Marrakech and we seem to have found a French Connection halfway through tournament play.

2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) and the #3 ranked player on the PTPR Leaderboard Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier are both trending upwards in Marrakech - both are Top 5 in chips as we finished Day 2 play with 50 players remaining from the initial 274 player field.

2010 WPT Amneville winner Sam El Sayed currently holds a Top 10 chip stack.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Ian Marmion 379,000 (Current Chip Leader)
Jonathan Duhamel 364,500
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier 293,500
Sam El Sayed 246,000
Mohamed Aly Hossam 231,500 (Day 1 Chip Leader)
Surinder Sunar 180,000
Arnaud Mattern 131,000

WPT MARRAKECH PAYOUTS (in Moroccan Dirham):
1st: 1,798,425 (+$25k WPT Bellagio Seat)
2nd: 1,238,915
3rd: 799,300
4th: 519,545
5th: 379,667
6th: 307,730
7th: 251,779
8th: 228,599
9th: 208,617
10th: 185,437
11th: 171,050
12th: 157,462
13th: 144,673
14th: 132,683
15th: 121,493
16th: 111,902
17th: 103,909
18th: 95,916
19th: 87,923
20-24th: 77,532
25-29th: 66,341
30-33th: 56,750

RELATED POSTS:
ANTHONY RUBERTO WINS WPT JACKSONVILLE
2011 WSOP: ElkY, SOMERVILLE LATEST TO PICKUP JEWELRY
OH CANADA! DUHAMEL WINS WSOP MAIN EVENT (NOV 2010)
EL SAYED WINS WPT AMNEVILLE (NOV 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WPT Marrakech
WPT NLH Championship
November 24-27, 2011

Casino de Marrakech | Marrakech
Buy-in: $4,015 | Prizepool: $1,094,670 | Entries: 274

Defending Champion: Sebastien Homann

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 127
2nd position 77
3rd position 47
4th position 37
5th position 32
6-7th position 27
8-11th position 12
12-15th position 10
16-18th position 7

Thursday, November 24, 2011

BORGATA FALL: BADECKER'S SECOND BIG WIN OF THE SEASON

PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: BORGATAFALLPOKEROPEN2011.blogspot.com

Many poker players would die to collect one big score per season. Andrew Badecker just scored his second major victory in the past five months - not a bad half-season for the Connecticut man.

After winning a WSOP bracelet this past summer, Badecker won the inaugural Borgata Fall Open NLH Championship early this morning. Badecker defeated a strong field and a final table that included two other bracelet winners.

Badecker's win has seen him gain 80 spots on the 2011 PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year Leaderboard. Badecker now sits 18th on the list, just a couple of spots outside our Top 15...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
15. Phil Hellmuth, 254 PTPR Points
16. Roberto Romanello, 247
17. Galen Hall, 245
18. Andrew Badecker, 245
19. Owais Ahmed, 241
20. Sam Stein, 233

JohnnyBax - Cliff Josephy - finished sixth in the event.

BORGATA FALL POKER OPEN TOP 10 PAYOUTS
1st Andrew Badecker $388,657
2nd Tony Nguyen $218,531
3rd Ari Albilia $137,594
4th Peter Park $111,694
5th Mike Devinsky $89,031
6th Cliff Josephy $73,653
7th Freddy Rouhani $59,084
8th Mike Linster $44,516
9th Tom Maguire $30,756
10th Joe Wertz $21,044

RELATED:
THE GREAT TURKEY RACE IS ON AT BORGATA
2011 WSOP: BADECKER, BONKOWSKI WIN BRACELETS
GLANTZ, BRECHER WIN BIG
CLOSING OUT BORGATA, PARTOUCHE

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Borgata Fall Poker Open
Fall Poker Open NLH Championship
November 20-23, 2011

Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa | Atlantic City
Buy-in: $2,700 | Prizepool: $1,675,000 | Entries: 670

FINAL RESULTS:
ANDREW BADECKER 106
TONY NGUYEN 66
ARI ALBILIA 41
PETER PARK 31
MIKE DEVINSKY 24
CLIFF JOSEPHY "JOHNNYBAX" 16
FREDDY ROUHANI 14
MIKE LINSTER 11
TOM MAGUIRE 11

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PTPR POKER ROUND-UP: ACF SERIES, BORGATA PRELIM, EMOP RIGA AND MERIT AUTUMN CLASSIC

SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com, THEHENDONMOB.com

We're on our way to Paris, Atlantic City, Riga and Cyprus in this edition of the PTPR Poker Round-Up!

ACF HOLD'EM SERIES
Paris was back on the poker map last week with the Aviation Club de France ACF Hold'em Series. Julien Jolivet earned the victory in the event, collecting his second PTPR Score of the season; Jolivet had finished third in the France Poker Series Finale earlier this year, event that was won by Marvin Rettenmaier.

BORGATA FALL OPEN PRELIM
The Borgata Fall Open Main Event is down to it's last few remaining players (at the time of this post) but we have a prelim event that qualified for PTPR Points - the 1K side event from over the weekend attracted 260 runners.

Avraham Lipman picked up the win, defeating Jacob Toole heads up. Toole (pictured), has scores at this summer's WSOP and at the Caesars Mega Stacks main event...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
209. Thomas Wahlroos, 100 PTPR Points
210. Jacob Toole, 99
211. Adam Cook, 99
212. Dwyte Pilgrim, 98
212. Pierre Neuville, 98
214. Tyler Kenney, 98
215. Daniel Smith, 96
216. Kevin Iacofano, 96
217. Hugo Lemaire, 96

Jason Min and Richard Marshall finished third and fourth in the event.

EURO MASTERS OF POKER RIGA
Riga, Latvia was the setting for the latest Euro Masters of Poker event. Edgars Augstkalns won the event, defeating Joakim Fredriksson heads up.

MERIT AUTUMN CLASSIC
It was time for another Merit event in Cyprus. The Merit Autumn Classic found it's winner - Musa Genc won the event. Ognjen Sekularac - who scored points at EPT Barcelona back in 2010 - finished third in this event.


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Aviation Club de France Hold'em Series
ACF Hold'em Series NLH Championship
November 18-20, 2011

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $4,075 | Prizepool : $455,675 | Entries: 117

FINAL RESULTS:
JULIEN JOLIVET 35
FREDERIC HAMON 18
MASSOU COHEN 10
LUDOVIC HEINRY 8
FLAVIEN GUENAN 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Borgata Fall Open
NLH 1K Side Event
November 19-20, 2011

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa | Atlantic City
Buy-in: $1,090 | Prizepool : $260,000 | Entries: 260

FINAL RESULTS:
AVRAHAM LIPMAN 35
JACOB TOOLE 18
JASON MIN 10
RICHARD MARSHALL 8
ANDREW EGAN 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Euro Masters of Poker Riga
EMOP Riga NLH Main Event
November 17-20, 2011

Royal Casino Spa Hotel | Latvia
Buy-in: $2,240 | Prizepool : $270,520 | Entries: 175

FINAL RESULTS:
EDGARS AUGSTKALNS 35
JOAKIM FREDRIKSSON 18
MARIS KEIRISS 10
MARTIN DAHLQVIST 8
EDUARDS RAKUSS 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Merit Autum Classic
NLH Main Event
November 19-20, 2011

Merit Poker Club | Cyprus
Buy-in: $2,200 | Prizepool : $330,433 | Entries: 170

FINAL RESULTS:
MUSA GENC 35
ISMET SAHIN 18
OGNJEN SEKULARAC 10
CHADY MERHEJ 8
MANSOUR KHORRAMSHAHI 5

PTS AT STAKE: THE GREAT TURKEY RACE IS ON AT BORGATA

PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: BORGATAFALLPOKEROPEN2011.blogspot.com

As the U.S. prepares for their Thanksgiving festivities (starting tomorrow), the final 63 players are in a race to the finish line, they too would like to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families so ... we're going down to one today at the Borgata Fall Poker Open NLH Championship! That's right, our players will rest tomorrow but for today, it's time to get to work!

It may be a long day at Borgata, but pros Alex Queen, Toddy Terry, Victor Ramdin, Johnny Bax and the remainder of the 63 player field are up to the task.

New Jersey native Paul Spitzberg will enter final day play with the chip lead. Spitzberg is one of four players with at least 700k in chips.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Paul Spitzberg 792,000 (chip leader)
Yat Cheng 766,000
John Myung 737,000
Bob Hwang 728,500
Thang Nguyen 645,000
Andrew Badecker 591,000 (2011 Bracelet Winner)
Cliff Josephy 495,500
Alex Queen 426,000
Todd Terry 411,500
Victor Ramdin 226,500
Sean Knitter 215,000
Joe Cappuccio 195,000
Steve Ryan 193,000
Sirous Jamshidi 79,000

BORGATA FALL POKER OPEN PAYOUTS
1st $388,657
2nd $218,531
3rd $137,594
4th $111,694
5th $89,031
6th $73,653
7th $59,084
8th $44,516
9th $30,756
10-12 $21,044
13-15 $15,378
16-18 $11,331
19-27 $8,903
28-36 $7,932
37-45 $7,123
46-54 $6,313
55-63 $5,504

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Borgata Fall Poker Open
Fall Poker Open NLH Championship
November 20-23, 2011

Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa | Atlantic City
Buy-in: $2,700 | Prizepool: $1,675,000 | Entries: 670

PTS AT STAKE:
1st place 106
2nd place 66
3rd place 41
4th place 31
5th place 24
6th place 16
7th place 14
8th place 11
9th place 11

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

L.A. OPEN: QIAO WINS MAIN EVENT AT COMMERCE

SOURCE: COMMERCETOURNAMENTS.com

Huicun Qiao has won the L.A. Poker Open Main Event - surviving a 364 player field. Qiao defeated Michael Wang heads up.

It was another successful L.A. Poker Open series of events put together by the Commerce Casino.

TOP 10 PAYOUTS
Huicun Qiao $132,705
Michael Wang $112,990
Vahan Sudzhyan $74,150
Mike Dollis $51,200
John Conkright $37,780
Jason Turnage $30,010
Jamie Shaevel $22,950
Steven Chao $16,590
Xuan Nguyen $12,000
Chris Karagulleyan $9,180

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
L.A. Poker Open
LAPO NLH Championship
November 18-21, 2011

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $2,085 | Prizepool: $706,760 | Entries: 364

FINAL RESULTS:
HUICUN QIAO 35
MICHAEL WANG 18
VAHAN SUDZHYAN 10
MIKE DOLLIS 8
JOHN CONKRIGHT 5

WPT JAX: DOMO ARIGATO, MR. RUBERTO, BAD PUN - GOOD WIN JACKSONVILLE

PHOTO/SOURCE: WPT.com

I apologize for the pun ... just thought of it this morning and somehow secretly hoped Anthony Ruberto would win so I can use it in the headline.

Anthony Ruberto has indeed picked up the big win in Jacksonville - picking up his first WPT title and his third PTPR Score of the season.

Ruberto entered final table play with the big stack and he continued to pickup chips as the day continued...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
37. Michael Mizrachi, 180 PTPR Points
38. Adrien Allain, 178
39. Mikhail Lakhitov, 177
40. Andrew Frankenberger, 176
41. Steve Billirakis, 175
42. Anthony Ruberto, 174

Lisa Hamilton was trying to become the first woman to win a open WPT title. The 2009 WSOP Ladies Champion was unable to win but, a third place finish, and a +110K cashout is nothing to sneeze at.

Local favourite Darryll Fish was hoping for a miracle - entering final table play as the short stack, Fish was unable to make anything happen and was the first man out.

WPT JACKSONVILLE FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS:
1- Anthony Ruberto $325,928
2- Sam Soverel $187,762
3- Lisa Hamilton $112,657
4- Vitor Coelho $75,105
5- Artie Rodriguez $55,077
6- Darryll Fish $46,315

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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Poker Tour Jacksonville
WPT Fall Series Jacksonville NLH Championship
November 18-22, 2011

Orange Park Kennel Club | Florida
Buy-in: $3,500 | Prizepool: $1,277,250 | Entries: 393

FINAL RESULTS:
ANTHONY RUBERTO 128
SAM SOVEREL 78
LISA HAMILTON 48
VITOR COELHO 38
ARTIE RODRIGUEZ 33
DARRYLL FISH 28
MATT EZROL 28
ALEXANDER VENOVSKI 13
MICHAEL MESSICK 13
CHRIS TRYBA 13
CONNOR DRINAN 13
DOUG RANEY 11
JOHN LIU 11
BARRY WIEDEMANN 11
MICAH RASKIN 11
DWYTE PILGRIM 8
BENJAMIN ZAMANI 8
ALLIE PRESCOTT 8

WPT JAX: RUBERTO, COELHO LEAD THE CHARGE IN JACKSONVILLE


PHOTO/SOURCE: WPT.com

The WPT Final Table is set at the Orange Park Kennel Club as WPT Jacksonville will come to an end today, starting at Noon local time.

Anthony Ruberto is in control of his own destiny, carrying 4.5M chips to the final table. Ruberto - who has scores in the WSOP (Event 26 NLH 6-max) and a Borgata Open prelim - will hope that this experience will suffice in helping him capture his first WPT title.

Not that far behind Ruberto is a man who had the chip for most of the evening at the Kennel Club, Vitor Coelho. Coelho earned a PTPR Score at the begining of the season - scoring in the WPT Southern Poker Championship back in January.

Lisa Hamilton sits third in chips but she does bring tons of tournament experience with her to the final table. The 2009 WSOP Ladies Champion and the 2010 PCA High Rollers Final Table participants will hope that 2011 is the Year of the Woman on the WPT circuit!

Darryll Fish was favoured by many to take this one down but the reigning WPT Regional Summer Splash Champ (held at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FLA back in August) will need all of Florida to get behind him in order for him to make a triumphant comeback - he is the short stack at the table.

FINAL TABLE SEATING ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS:
Seat 1: Darryll Fish - 641,000
Seat 2: Anthony Roberto - 4,500,000
Seat 3: Sam Soverel - 1,432,000
Seat 4: Vitor Coelho - 2,570,000
Seat 5: Artie Rodriguez - 797,000
Seat 6: Lisa Hamilton - 1,901,000

WPT JACKSONVILLE FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS:
1st: $325,928
2nd: $187,762
3rd: $112,657
4th: $75,105
5th: $55,077
6th: $46,315

RELATED:
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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Poker Tour Jacksonville
WPT Fall Series Jacksonville NLH Championship
November 18-22, 2011

Orange Park Kennel Club | Florida
Buy-in: $3,500 | Prizepool: $1,277,250 | Entries: 393

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 128
2nd position 78
3rd position 48
4th position 38
5th position 33
6th position 28
MATT EZROL 28
ALEXANDER VENOVSKI 13
MICHAEL MESSICK 13
CHRIS TRYBA 13
CONNOR DRINAN 13
DOUG RANEY 11
JOHN LIU 11
BARRY WIEDEMANN 11
MICAH RASKIN 11
DWYTE PILGRIM 8
BENJAMIN ZAMANI 8
ALLIE PRESCOTT 8

Monday, November 21, 2011

SCHULTZ GETS THE CIRCUIT WIN IN TAHOE

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com, RENOTAHOEPOKER.com

Bryan Schultz is the latest winner on tour! The WSOP Circuit made it's way to Lake Tahoe for the weekend and Schultz was able to collect a nice paycheck totalling over 110K as 327 runners entered the WSOPC Lake Tahoe Main Event.

Schultz takes home the cash and the Circuit ring, defeating Daniel Lowery heads up.

It's a second WSOP Circuit third place finish for Ron Segni this season. Segni earned a third at the WSOPC St. Louis Main.


FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS:
1st Bryan Schultz $111,812
2nd Daniel Lowery $69,132
3rd Ron Segni $50,210
4th Hank Czarnecki $37,087
5th Jim Atwood $27,843
6th David Clark $21,234
7th Joe Fernandez $16,448
8th Chris Clark $12,932
9th Casey McCarrel $10,320

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Lake Tahoe
WSOPC Lake Tahoe NLH Main Event
November 19-21, 2011

Harveys Lake Tahoe | Nevada
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool : $475,785 | Entries: 327

Defending Champion: Stanley Quinn

FINAL RESULTS:
BRYAN SCHULTZ 35
DANIEL LOWERY 18
RON SEGNI 10
HANK CZARNECKI 8
JIM ATWOOD 5

WEST SOARS TO THE TOP, WINS LATEST HEARTLAND POKER TOUR MAIN

PHOTO/SOURCE: HPTPOKER.com

Congratulations to Robert West - the latest winner on the Heartland Poker Tour. West and runner-up finisher Brandon Barnes had an eventful heads up battle. Each player was all-in a few times, exchanging the chip lead until West got the better of Barnes and picked up the title.

It was the first PTPR Score of the season for all final five participants.

TOP 10 PAYOUTS:
1. Robert West $234,410
2. Brandon Barnes $117,205
3. David Goddard $70,323
4. Stephen Smith $54,696
5. Phil Delaney $46,882
6. Charles Gekle $39,068
7. Sean Roy $23,988
8. Kevin Pomaville $20,316
9. Steven Harrington $14,299
10. Jeremy Lubbers $11,720

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Heartland Poker Tour Soaring Eagle
HPT Soaring Eagle NLH Main Event
November 19-20, 2011

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort | Michigan
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool : $784,368 | Entries: 545

Defending Champion: Jordan Jayne

FINAL RESULTS:
ROBERT WEST 35
BRANDON BARNES 18
DAVID GODDARD 10
STEPHEN SMITH 8
PHIL DELANEY 5

Sunday, November 20, 2011

EPT LOUTRAKI: HESEDING RUNS OUT OF ALIGATOR BLOOD, ZIMNAN THE MAN IN GREECE

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com (Neil Stoddart)

It took a while ... actually, it took a long heck of a while ... but, Zimnan Ziyard is the winner of the first ever EPT Loutraki Main Event.

Ziyard had to survive a pesky Hauke Heseding - who was up for a long fight. Heseding was down to a few big blinds three handed but refused to go away. He kept on chipping up and chipping up - he even held the chip lead at times when we were three handed and heads up. Heseding was a game opponent but, in the end, it was Ziyard who had the final say, picking up his second PTPR Score of 2011 - he had a sixth place finish at this summer's WSOP in the 3K PLO event.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
56. Justin Young, 159 PTPR Points
56. Zimnan Ziyard, 159
58. Martin Jacobson, 158
59. Jake Cody, 156
59. Pim de Goede, 156
61. Jason Somerville, 155

Mario Puccini, Rupert Elder and Pim van Riet all scored for the third time this season ... it was score #2 for Andras Kovacs, Vasileios Chantzaras and Koen de Visscher.

EPT LOUTRAKI FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in EURO):
1 - Zimnan Ziyard, €347,000
2 - Hauke Heseding, €221,800
3 - Ioannis "John" Taramas, €134,400
4 - Florian Schleps, €100,800
5 - Pierre Mothes, €67,200
6 - Andras Kovacs, €53,700
7 - Charalampos Kapernopoulos, €40,300
8 - Mario Puccini, €27,000

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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour Loutraki
EPT Loutraki NLH Main Event
November 15-20, 2011

Club Hotel Casino Loutraki | Greece
Buy-in: $5,925 | Prizepool: $1,795,830 | Entries: 336

FINAL RESULTS:
ZIMNAN ZIYARD 128
HAUKE HESEDING 78
IOANNIS TARAMAS "JOHN" 48
FLORIAN SCHLEPS 38
PIERRE MOTHES 33
ANDRAS KOVACS 28
CHARALAMPOS KAPERNOPOULOS 28
MARIO PUCCINI 13
DAVID ELYASHAR 13
SERGEY SERAFIMOV 13
GEORGIOS GRIGOROPOULOS 13
VASILEIOS CHANTZARAS 11
RUPERT ELDER 11
DIMITRIS MPINAS 11
PANAGIOTIS KOULOUKAKOS 11
PIM VAN RIET 8
FREDERIC HEBETTE 8
KOEN DE VISSCHER 8

PTS AT STAKE: BLAST FROM THE PAST LEADS AT THE LA POKER OPEN

SOURCE: COMMERCETOURNAMENTS.com

Go back to your DVD vault. Pop in the first season of the World Poker Tour, select the Legends of Poker tournament, admire Shauna Hiatt and then take a look at the champion of said event, Chris Karagulleyan ... fast forward nine years and there he is, Chris Karagulleyan - chip leader heading into Sunday play at the LA Poker Open - live from Commerce Casino.

Karagulleyan enters Day 2 with a little over 182k in chips - a little less than 20k chips ahead of David Le.

Speaking of blasts from the past, keep an eye on the man currently in 19th place - Kenny Tran - although his last tournament win came at the 2008 WSOP - Tran is always a dangerous player in tournament play.

TOP 10 CHIP COUNTS:
1- CHRIS KARAGULLEYAN 182,500
2- DAVID LE 165,000
3- YUSUP LEE 160,600
4- NIPUN JAVA 156,800
5- MARK JONES 155,300
6- JOHN CONKRIGHT 139,700
7- RALPH SCHWARTZ 135,400
8- STEVEN CHAO 125,600
9- RYAN BUCKHOLTZ 124,500
10- BOBBY FIRESTONE 122,800

L.A. POKER OPEN PAYOUTS:
1st PLACE $190,630
2nd PLACE $112,990
3rd PLACE $74,150
4th PLACE $51,200
5th PLACE $37,780
6th PLACE $30,010
7th PLACE $22,950
8th PLACE $16,590
9th PLACE $12,000
10th-12th PLACE $9,180
13th-15th PLACE $7,410
16th-18th PLACE $6,360
19th-27th PLACE $5,300
28th-36th PLACE $4,590

Thank you to @WhoJedi Jay Newman for the awesome info!

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
L.A. Poker Open
LAPO NLH Championship
November 18-21, 2011

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $2,085 | Prizepool: $706,760 | Entries: 364

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

PTPR POKER ROUND-UP: SIDE EVENT ACTION AT BCPC

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com, CANADAPOKER.com

The British Columbia Poker Championship (BCPC) ended earlier this month. We had Main Event results for you ... and now we bring you side event results from the BCPC - once again, thanks to Jon Harnish @Jontm at CANADAPOKER.com for info and results from the BCPC!

BCPC 1K NLH SIDE EVENT
Terry Tsang enjoyed himself at the BCPC this season. He followed a 10th place finish in the opening event with a win in the 1K NLH side event - collecting over 130k with the win - the biggest (by far) of his career.

BCPC NLH HIGH ROLLERS
It was time to put your money where your mouth was at the High Rollers event - Tri Huynh sure did, and he came out of the event with a title! Huynh is no stranger to big scores - he finished third at the 2010 WPT LA Poker Classic Main Event - collecting over 600k in the process. He also collected over 100k this summer at the WSOP, finishing 41st. He'll have to settle with about 115k in winnings in this one - we're sure he'll manage!

Runner-up Vincent Jacques earned a second PTPR Score this season, he scored at a Venetian Deepstack event back in June.

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
2011 British Columbia Poker Championship
BCPC 1K NLH Side Event
October 30-31, 2011

River Rock Casino Resort | British Columbia
Buy-in: $1,080 | Prizepool : $623,634 | Entries: 628

Defending Champion: Yan Ho-Lee

FINAL RESULTS:
TERRY TSANG 35
JORDAN MCMASTER 18
JOHN WILSON 10
MARTY COOPER 8
JI NAM 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
2011 British Columbia Poker Championship
BCPC NLH High Rollers
November 7-9, 2011

River Rock Casino Resort | British Columbia
Buy-in: $4,915 | Prizepool : $367,070 | Entries: 82

FINAL RESULTS:

TRI HUYNH 35
VINCENT JACQUES 18
GARY NOVA 10
RYAN DELLAZIZZO 8
NORMAN OVERDIJK 5

PTS AT STAKE: WE'RE OFF TO THE RACES IN JACKSONVILLE

PHOTO/SOURCE: WPT.com

Tommy Vedes and Matthew Jarvis are our lead dogs at the Orange Park Kennel Club in Jacksonville, Florida where the WPT has set sail for it's latest tour stop.

A total of 393 players entered the event, Jarvis was the talk of Day 1A while Vedes dominated Day 1B play - Vedes is the only player starting Day 2 Sunday with over 200k in chips.

There are a bunch of big names with chips - Deeb, Pham, Fish, Jaffee, Racener, Glantz and Schulman to name a few - it will be fun to see who trends upwards on Sunday.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Tommy Vedes 209,200
Matthew Jarvis 190,300
Shaun Deeb 174,900
David Pham 165,600
Nicholas Grippo 149,600
Darryl Fish 135,400
Jared Jaffee 134,600
John Racener 101,400
Matthew Glantz 101,300
Nick Schulman 96,900
Daniel Buzgon 95,500
Dwyte Pilgrim 95,400
Abbey Daniels 95,100
Chris Klodnicki 91,100
Maciek Gracz 72,500
James Van Alstyne 71,300
Annand Ramdin 70,200
Michael Beasley 70,000
Tyler Smith 67,500
Corey Burbick 61,800
Jeffrey Forrest 54,000
Tony Dunst 52,700
Chris Tryba 48,700
Jonathan 36,900
Carter King 33,500
Ken Aldridge 33,100
Seneca Easley 28,000
Lisa Hamilton 23,400
Allie Prescott 19,200

WPT JACKSONVILLE PAYOUTS:
1st: $325,928
2nd: $187,762
3rd: $112,657
4th: $75,105
5th: $55,077
6th: $46,315
7th: $40,056
8th: $33,797
9th: $28,790
10th: $25,035
11th - 13th: $21,280
14th - 16th: $17,524
17th - 20th: $13,769
21st - 30th: $10,014
31st - 40th: $7,510

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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Poker Tour Jacksonville
WPT Fall Series Jacksonville NLH Championship
November 18-22, 2011

Orange Park Kennel Club | Florida
Buy-in: $3,500 | Prizepool: $1,277,250 | Entries: 393

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 128
2nd position 78
3rd position 48
4th position 38
5th position 33
6-7th position 28
8-11th position 13
12-15th position 11
16-18th position 8

Saturday, November 19, 2011

EPT LOUTRAKI: QUALIFIERS DOMINATE FINAL TABLE LINEUP

SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

It's qualifier madness as the final table is set at EPT Loutraki as five of the final eight players qualified through Pokerstars in order to earn their way into the event.

The chip leader (who himself qualified) is Zimnan Ziyard. Ziyard took the lead late and has accumulated a whole bunch of chips ... he will enter final table play with a one million chip lead. Ziyard finished sixth at a 3K PLO event this past summer at the WSOP - that event was won by Sam Stein.

German player Mario Puccini - who had a good run at CAPT Baden last month - is also in contention. Puccini sits near the middle of the pack as final table play looms. Andras Kovacs is in serious trouble as the short stack at the table - he is hoping that his live tournament experience will help him out on Sunday.

THE SEASON SO FAR (Results prior to EPT Loutraki Final Table)
952. Zimnan Ziyard, 31 PTPR Points
1570. Mario Puccini, 15
1704. Andras Kovacs, 13

This is the first PTPR Score of the year for Taramas, Mothes, Heseding, Schleps and Kapernopoulos,

It was a tough day for Rupert Elder. The former EPT San Remo champ had high hopes coming into Saturday's play - Elder even flirted with the chip lead during the session. But alas, it was not meant to be and Elder's chip stack fizzled and it become clear that he would not become the first ever two-time EPT Champion.

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
58. Jake Cody, 156 PTPR Points
59. Jason Somerville, 155
59. John Juanda, 155
61. Erik Seidel, 153
62. Rupert Elder, 152
63. Lucien Cohen, 151

FINAL TABLE SEATING ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS:
Seat 1 - John Taramas, Greece, 1,755,000
Seat 2 - Charalampos Kapernopoulos, Greece, 749,000
Seat 3 - Pierre Mothes, Germany, 1,073,000
Seat 4 - Hauke Heseding, Germany, 1,660,000
Seat 5 - Florian Schleps, Austria, 850,000
Seat 6 - Mario Puccini, Germany, 1,077,000
Seat 7 - Andras Kovacs, Hungary, 210,000
Seat 8 - Zimnan Ziyard, UK, 2,771,000

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (IN EURO):
1 - €347,000
2 - €221,800
3 - €134,400
4 - €100,800
5 - €67,200
6 - €53,700
7 - €40,300
8 - €27,000

RELATED:
JUDET LEADS 'EM INTO DAY 3 AT EPT LOUTRAKI
EPT SAN REMO IS RUPERT ELDER'S SHINING MOMENT (MAY 2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour Loutraki
EPT Loutraki NLH Main Event
November 15-20, 2011

Club Hotel Casino Loutraki | Greece
Buy-in: $5,925 | Prizepool: $1,795,830 | Entries: 336

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 128
2nd position 78
3rd position 48
4th position 38
5th position 33
6-7th position 28
8th position 13

DAVID ELYASHAR 13
SERGEY SERAFIMOV 13
GEORGIOS GRIGOROPOULOS 13
VASILEIOS CHANTRAZAS 11
RUPERT ELDER 11
DIMITRIS MPINAS 11
PANAGIOTIS KOULOUKAKOS 11
PIM VAN RIET 8
FREDERIC HEBETTE 8
KOEN DE VISSCHER 8

Thursday, November 17, 2011

PTS AT STAKE: JUDET LEADS 'EM INTO DAY 3 AT EPT LOUTRAKI

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

Success! The European Poker Tour's first ever tour stop in Lukrati, Greece has attracted over 330 and has created a prizepool north of 1.3M Euros.

PokerStars Team Pro Toni Judet will carry the chip lead into Day 3 Friday - as 100 players return to the tournament area in hopes to make it through weekend play.

Still some big names remaining in this tournament - look for some of them to make a big move on Friday.


NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Toni Judet 288200
Julian Herold 168500
Carlos Lopez 157800
Iliodoros Kamatakis 131600
Kevin MacPhee 130100
Rupert Elder 118300
Jude Ainsworth 117200
Johnny Lodden 115100
Roberto Romanello 112800
David Peters 76500
Ana Marquez 69000
David Vamplew 67600
Roger Hairabedian 53900
Joseph Elpayaa 50300
McLean Karr 33400

EPT LOUTRAKI PAYOUTS:
1 - €347,000
2 - €221,800
3 - €134,400
4 - €100,800
5 - €67,200
6 - €53,700
7 - €40,300
8 - €27,000
9-10 - €20,100
11-12 - €14,800
13-14 - €12,100
15-16 - €10,100
17-24 - €8,700
25-32 - €7,400
33-40 - €7,000
41-48 - €6,600

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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
European Poker Tour Loutraki
EPT Loutraki NLH Main Event
November 15-20, 2011

Club Hotel Casino Loutraki | Greece
Buy-in: $5,925 | Prizepool: $1,795,830 | Entries: 336

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 128
2nd position 78
3rd position 48
4th position 38
5th position 33
6-7th position 28
8-11th position 13
12-15th position 11
16-18th position 8

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

GIMBEL COMES UP A LITTLE SHORT IN QUEST FOR HOLLYWOOD DOUBLE

SOURCE: Seminole Hard Rock Poker Room > @SHRThePokerRoom on Twitter

It was almost deja vu all over again at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Almost a year ago to the day, Harrison Gimbel was earning a 330K payday and a win at the Fall Poker Open Championship in Hollywood - Gimbel was two positions away from doing the exact same thing again yesterday, except this time it was at the Rock and Roll WPT Regional Main Event.

Gimbel, the 2010 PCA Champion, earned (surprisingly) only his first PTPR Score of the season.

The actual champion, when all was said and done, Farhan Madhani picked up the victory.

One of our favourite players - Allen Kessler - finished fourth in the event, earning his fifth PTPR Score of the year ...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
96. Andrew Badecker, 139 PTPR Points
97. Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, 138
98. Randy Dorfman, 138
98. Vanessa Selbst, 138
100. Bobby Oboodi, 138
101. Ronnie Kaiser, 137

Young phenom Daniel Buzgon was fifth in the event, collecting his third PTPR Score 2011.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (IN USD):
Farhan Madhani $172,408
Alexander Venovsk $150,000
Harrison Gimbel $76,130
Allen Kessler $54,052
Daniel Buzgon $40,349
Dennis Tuttle $31,975
Robert Perry $23,981
Travell Thomas $17,891
Brooks Long $12,942

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Poker Tour Regional Rock & Roll Poker Open
WPT Regional NLH Main Event
November 11-14, 2011

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | Florida
Buy-in: $2,500 | Prizepool : $761,300 | Entries: 331

FINAL RESULTS:
FARHAN MADHANI 35
ALEXANDER VENOVSK 18
HARRISON GIMBEL 10
ALLEN KESSLER 8
DANIEL BUZGON 5

Monday, November 14, 2011

THE ROUND-UP: PETERS WINS IN BLACKPOOL, VAN DEN BIJGAART IN AMSTERDAM

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com, POKERPAGES.com

Heading to Blackpool and closing the MCOP in Amsterdam in this edition of the PTPR Poker Round-Up!

GUKPT BLACKPOOL
The most recent tour stop for the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour was in Blackpool this past weekend. Andy Peters took home the title at The Sandcastle. Benjamin Jackson (who finished second a GUKPT prelim earlier in the week) finished second in this event as well.

FINAL 9 PAYOUTS:
1. Andrew Peters £72,020
2. Benjamin Jackson £47,820
3. Mark Physick £31,440
4. Rupinder Bedi £19,000
5. Daniel Corbett £14,150
6. Paul Bracken £11,530
7. Mark Livesey £8,910
8. Jack Ellwood £7,200
9. Adrian Eley £5,240

MCOP NLH SIDE EVENT
Time to leave Amsterdam. The Master Classics of Poker series ended over the weekend and we have one last event that qualified for PTPR Points.

Joep van den Biljgaart won the 750 Euro buy-in NLH event on Friday night. van den Biljgaart earns his second PTPR Score of the season - he had scored points at EPT Berlin earlier in the year ...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
354. David "Bakes" Baker, 68 PTPR Points
355. Traci Brown, 68
356. Tristan Clemencon, 67
357. Alexander Debus, 67
357. Joep van den Biljgaart, 67
357. Phil Willcocks, 67

Nikita Nikolaenko was runner-up in the event - he was also a runner-up in another MCOP side event earlier last week.

FINAL 9 PAYOUTS:
1st Joep van den Bijgaart €61,230
2nd Andy van Poeijes €36,503
3rd Simon Berntsen €20,960
4th Dani Malekzadeh €16,721
5th Nikita Nikolaenko €14,366
6th Micha Hoedemaker €11,775
7th Robert Levogeler €9,420
8th Vincent Gabel €7,065
9th Gerard van Schijndel €4,710

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour Blackpool
GUKPT Blackpool NLH Main Event
November 10-12, 2011

G Casino "The Sandcastle" | Great Britain
Buy-in: $1,700 | Prizepool: $416,395 | Entries: 262

FINAL RESULTS:
ANDREW PETERS 35
BENJAMIN JACKSON 18
MARK PHYSICK 10
RUPINDER BEDI 8
DANIEL CORBETT 5

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Master Classics of Poker
MCOP NLH Side Event
November 11, 2011

Holland Casino | Amsterdam
Buy-in: $1,020 | Prizepool: $324,962 | Entries: 314

FINAL RESULTS:
JOEP VAN DEN BIJGAART 35
ANDY VAN POEIJES 18
SIMON BERNTSEN 10
DANI MALEKZADEH 8
NIKITA NIKOLAENKO 5

Sunday, November 13, 2011

PARTOUCHE MAIN: TRICKETT TAKES ANOTHER MILLY, WINS IN CANNES

PHOTO/SOURCE: PARTOUCHEPOKERTOUR.com

Another day, another tournament, another million dollars ... not a bad year for Sam Trickett ... not a bad year at all!

Trickett has just picked up his THIRD + million dollar paycheck, this time winning the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event Final Table. This is the fifth PTPR Score of the season for Trickett - who has had a dream season for sure.

Apart from his million euro win today, Trickett had double + million dollar pay days back in January, at high roller events at the Aussie Millions ...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN
28. Marvin Rettenmaier, 202 PTPR Points
29. Shawn Buchanan, 196
30. Sam Trickett, 193
31. Benjamin Spindler, 191
32. Amir Lehavot, 190
33. Alexander Kuzmin, 189

It looked like Salman Behbehani had every major pro pulling for him and for Trickett. Many were hoping that these two players would play heads up - and they did. Behbehani held the chip lead heading into Final Four play and, in fact, didn't lose the lead until the last two hands of the night.

Third place finisher Oleksii Kovalchuk can at least leave with a consolation prize - apart from the 379k EURO he gets to bring home - the WSOP bracelet winner, who has been hot on tour this season - lands in 20th position overall on the PTPR Player of the Year list for 2011, just a few points behind two-time 2011 EPT High Roller champ Philipp Gruissem.

FINAL FOUR PAYOUTS (IN EURO):
Sam Trickett 1.000.000€
Salman Behbehani 600.000€
Oleksii Kovalchuk 379.760€
Ilan Boujenah 300.000€

RELATED:
TRICKETT, KOVALCHUK IN DEEP AT FINAL TABLE
MACEIRAS LEADS FIELD INTO DAY 4 PLAY
NO REPEAT FOR SELBST AT CANNES
VANESSA SELBST - QUEEN OF CANNES (Nov 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Partouche Poker Tour Season 4 Main Event
PPT NLH Main Event
September 11-17, 2011

Le Palm Beach de Cannes | France
Buy-in: $11,625 | Prizepool : $6,707,625 | Entries: 577

Defending Champions: Vanessa Selbst

PTS AT STAKE:
SAM TRICKETT 130
SALMAN BEHBEHANI 80
OLEKSII KOVALCHUK 50
ILAN BOUJENAH 40
ROGER HAIRABEDIAN 35
MUSTAPHA KANIT 30
ALEXANDER DOVZHENKO 30
ALEXANDRE COUSSY 15
MADS WISSING 15
EMILE PETIT 15
LUDOVIC LACAY 15
KAMEL CHITI 13
BENJAMIN CHEVALIER 13
WILL "THE THRILL" FAILLA 13
JUHA HELPPI 13
MESBAH GEUFRI 10
BENJAMIN VINSON 10
TYLER SHOOK 10

Saturday, November 12, 2011

PARTOUCHE MAIN: TRICKETT, KOVALCHUK IN DEEP AT FINAL TABLE

SOURCE: PARTOUCHEPOKERTOUR.com

We are down to the final four in Cannes! The Partouche Poker Tour Season 4 Main Event is going down to the wire and Sunday is the big day!

Saturday saw the final nine competitors return to action after making it to final table play back in September. Five were eliminated on Saturday - they include Mads Wissing who lost all of his chips in no time. Wissing was chip leader mid-way through today's play but those chips quickly disappeared.

Roger Hairabedian, Mustapha Kanit, Alex Dovzhenko and Alexandre Coussy all followed Wissing to the money cage on Saturday.

This leaves Sam Trickett and Oleksii Kovalchuk as the two big names still alive at the final table. Trickett has had a very solid 2011 on the poker circuit - Kovalchuk burst onto the scene with a win this summer at the WSOP (and an Italian Poker Tour win) - and a win would place him into the PTPR Top 15 Player of the Year Leaderboard.

THE SEASON SO FAR (Results prior to Partouche Final Table)
32. Oleskii Kovalchuk, 188 PTPR Points
282. Sam Trickett, 78
614. Salman Behbehani, 40
907. Ilan Boujenah, 33

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS:
Salman Behbehani 5 280k
Sam Trickett 5 240k
Oleskii Kovalchuk 3 760k
Ilan Boujenah 3 090k

FINAL FOUR PAYOUTS (IN EURO):
1st- 1.000.000€
2nd- 600.000€
3rd- 379.760€
4th- 300.000€

We're just a few short hours away from the final table re-start! You can watch the final table live stream on partouchepokertour.com (French, English coverage).

RELATED:
MACEIRAS LEADS FIELD INTO DAY 4 PLAY
NO REPEAT FOR SELBST AT CANNES
VANESSA SELBST - QUEEN OF CANNES (Nov 2010)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Partouche Poker Tour Season 4 Main Event
PPT NLH Main Event
September 11-17, 2011

Le Palm Beach de Cannes | France
Buy-in: $11,625 | Prizepool : $6,707,625 | Entries: 577

Defending Champions: Vanessa Selbst

PTS AT STAKE:
1st position 130
2nd position 80
3rd position 50
4th position 40
ROGER HAIRABEDIAN 35
MUSTAPHA KANIT 30
ALEXANDER DOVZHENKO 30
ALEXANDRE COUSSY 15
MADS WISSING 15
EMILE PETIT 15
LUDOVIC LACAY 15
KAMEL CHITI 13
BENJAMIN CHEVALIER 13
WILL "THE THRILL" FAILLA 13
JUHA HELPPI 13
MESBAH GEUFRI 10
BENJAMIN VINSON 10
TYLER SHOOK 10

BOYACIAN WINS MCOP MAIN EVENT IN AMSTERDAM, BENVENUTI SCORES IN SIDE

SOURCE: NL.POKERNEWS.COM

Congratulations to David Boyaciyan who just picked up the win at the Master Classics of Poker Dutch Championship at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam - closing an exciting few weeks of poker in the Netherlands.

Boyaciyan defeated 293 other runners to pickup his first win of the season, many star players attended what is quickly becoming a destination event on the poker circuit.

WSOP bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos - who won NLH Event 48 this past June - earned a fourth place finish in the event.

Another bracelet winner from over the summer, Joseph Ebanks (winner of the NLH 6-Max 10K Championship) finished sixth in Amsterdam, moving into the Top 35 - surpassing 2010 PTPR Comeback Player of the Year Michael Mizrachi and others in the process...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
33. Tristan Wade, 186 PTPR Points
34. Taylor Von Kriegenbergh, 184
35. Joseph Ebanks, 182
36. Michael Mizrachi, 180
37. Adrien Allain, 178
38. Mikhail Lakhitov, 177

David Peters - who scored at the WPT Championship earlier this year - finished seventh in this event. Keven Stammen was another notable who picked up PTPR Points in the event.

MCOP DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 9 PAYOUTS:
1- David Boyaciyan 382.200
2- Jussi Nevanlinna 227.850
3- Victor Wessman 130.830
4- Athanasios Polychronopoulos 104.370
5- Keven Tribes 89,670
6- Joe Ebanks 73,500
7- David Peters 58,800
8- Makarios Avramidis 44,100
9- Jody Bertozzi 29,400


Michael Benvenuti earned his third PTPR Score of 2011 in a MCOP side event held last Saturday. Benvenuti bested a 323 player field to earn his biggest payout of the season.

SIDE EVENT TOP 9 PAYOUTS:
1- Michael Benvenuti 125.970
2- Nikita Nikolaenko 75,098
3- Constantin Meyer 43,121
4- Epko Steinmetz 34,399
5- Hugo Leung 29,554
6- Ninh Nguyen 24,225
7- Olaf de Zeeuw 19,380
8- Wim Eilert 14,535
9- Mark van der Loo 9690

RELATED:
MARCEL BJERKMANN - DUTCH KING (2010)

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Master Classics of Poker
MCOP NLH Dutch Championship
November 9-12, 2011

Holland Casino | Amsterdam
Buy-in: $7,130 | Prizepool: $1,996,115 | Entries: 294

Defending Champion: Marcel Bjerkmann

FINAL RESULTS:
DAVID BOYACIYAN 103
JUSSI NEVALINNA 63
VICTOR WESSMAN 38
ATHANASIOS POLYCHRONOPOULOS 28
KEVEN STAMMEN 21
JOE EBANKS 13
DAVID PETERS 11
MAKARIOS AVRAMIDIS 8
JODY BERTOZZI 8

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Master Classics of Poker
NLH Side Event 1.5K Freezeout
November 5, 2011

Holland Casino | Amsterdam
Buy-in: $2,035 | Prizepool: $668,553 | Entries: 323

FINAL RESULTS:
MICHAEL BENVENUTI 35
NIKITA NIKOLAENKO 18
CONSTANTIN MEYER 10
EPKO STEINMETZ 8
HUGO LEUNG 5

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CAESARS CLASSIC: NGUYEN COLLECTS SECOND WIN IN 2011 AT THE PALACE

SOURCE: @kevmath, @CLVPoker
PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com

Huy Nguyen is King of the Palace! Nguyen won the Caesars Palace Classic Main Event Monday night - besting an impressive 520 player field. The field included a very solid final table that included the likes of Justin Young, Jamie Kaplan and Steve Billirakis.

Billirakis proved to be Nguyen's strongest competition, Billirakis was the last player standing in the way of his second tournament victory of the 2011 season.

Nguyen had won the WSOPC Choctaw Main Event earlier in 2011. He defeated 807 other runners in that tournament back in Oklahoma in January - certainly two very impressive results for him this season ...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
82. David Bach, 143 PTPR Points
82. Andrew Hinrischsen, 143
84. Tyler Bonkowski, 143
84. Huy Nguyen, 143
86. Matthew Jarvis, 142
87. Samnuel Chartier, 142

For Billirakis, this was his fourth PTPR Score of 2011. He has 175 PTPR Points for the year. Fourth place finisher Ricky Hale earned his second score of the season.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in USD):
1 Huy Nguyen $97,349
2 Steve Billirakis $70,112
3 Casey Stewart $54,223
4 Ricky Hale $41,966
5 Jamie Abrahamson $32,029
6 Jamie Kaplan $23,707
7 Justin Young $18,411
8 Joseph Parille $14,123
9 Motoyuki Mabuchi $10,088

RELATED:
STAR PLAYERS REMAIN AS CAESARS CLASSIC FINAL TABLE BEGINS
BILLIRAKIS BANKS A BIG ONE IN CANNES
HUY NGUYEN DOMINATES ON WAY TO WSOPC CHOCTAW CROWN

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Caesars Palace Poker Classic
NLH Main Event
November 4-7, 2011

Caesars Palace | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,100 | Prizepool: $504,400 | Entries: 520

Defending Champion: Philippe Boucher

HUY NGUYEN 35
STEVE BILLIRAKIS 18
CASEY STEWART 10
RICKY HALE 8
JAMIE ABRAHAMSON 5

2011 WSOP: THERE IS NO OTHER KIND - HEINZ IS YOUR WORLD CHAMPION


PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It's all over. The long marathon that looked like it would end in a flash well, didn't, as the WSOP crowned it's latest World Champion, Germany's Pius Heinz.

It looked to be over in a heartbeat. One hand in, one runner was crippled, four hands in, we were heads up ... all thanks to what many would describe as the "forgotten man" at the final table, Czech Martin Staszko. Most of the poker world were either picking Ben Lamb or Heinz to win it all ... most of North America was on the Lamb bandwagon while most of Europe seemed to be backing Heinz.

Well, we will all remember the performance of runner-up Martin Staszko. On the opening hand of three-handed play, Staszko went from the outhouse to the penthouse as he called Ben Lamb's all in. His sevens held and Lamb, the favourite heading into the start of Final Table play, was down to only a few big blinds - yes, it was that fast.

Three hands later, Staszko had disposed of Lamb, had taken the chip lead, and had won the first four hands of the night, and it looked like lady luck was on his side. In fact, Staszko held pocket sevens, pocket kings and pocket jacks in three of those first four hands.

But Pius Heinz wasn't going to let that affect his play. He was determined to push Staszko around and suddenly, the tide turned in Heinz' favour and it looked like we were going to be done very quickly. But Staszko battled back and refused to surrender. They traded chip leads a few more times and ... hours later, Heinz was back in the driver's seat and never looked back - becoming the first German to hold the title of poker's World Champion, succeeding from Canadian Jonathan Duhamel - who was a great ambassador for poker during his reign.

The quality of play at the final table was simply amazing. Also, what else can be said about ESPN's Final Table "live" coverage? The final three included Antonio Esfandiari's expert analysis, Antonio did a splendid job.

PTPR GRAND SLAM EVENT
2011 World Series of Poker
WSOP NLH Main Event
July 17-November 8, 2011

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, Nevada
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $64,531.000 | Entries: 6,865

Defending Champion: Jonathan Duhamel

FINAL RESULTS:
PIUS HEINZ 170
MARTIN STASZKO 110
BEN LAMB 95
MATT GIANNETTI 85
PHIL COLLINS 80
EOGHAN O'DEA 75
BOB BOUNAHRA 70
ANTON MAKIIESVKY 65
SAM HOLDEN 55
JOHN HEWITT 45
KHOA NGUYEN 40
BRYAN DEVONSHIRE 38
KONSTANTINOS MAMALIADIS 38
SCOTT SCHWALICH 38
ANDREY PATEYCHUK 35
RYAN LENAGHAN 35
SAM BARNHART 35
KENNY SHIH 32
ALEKSANDR MOZHNYAKOV 32
GIONNI DEMERS 32
CHRIS MOORE 28
LARS BONDING 28
ANDREW HINRICHSENB 28
GREGORY KAPLAN 25
JERRY VAN STRYDONCK 25
JP KELLY 25
KYLE JOHNSON 25

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

EPT SAN REMO CHAMP PATEYCHUK BEST IN OCTOBER

PHOTO: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

EPT San Remo Champion Andrey Pateychuk claims PTPR Player of the Month honours for October.

Pateychuk edged WSOP Europe Champ Elio Fox by three points in order to become the October Player of the Month.

Germany's Philipp Gruissem was fourth for the month. After collecting the second of back-to-back EPT High Stakes titles, Gruissem also collected points at EPT San Remo, in the NLH Turbo Bounty side event.


36 TOTAL TOURNAMENTS QUALIFIED FOR PTPR POINTS
Grand Slams - 0
Premier - 3
Tier 3 - 10
Side - 7
Challenger - 16

OCTOBER TOP 10

October Player of the Month:
Andrey Pateychuck, 133 PTPR Points, 1 PTPR Score
> EPT San Remo (Champion) - 133 PTPR Points

133 ANDREY PATEYCHUK
130 ELIO FOX
126 DANIEL SANTORO
125 PHILIPP GRUISSEM
116 BOB CHOW
107 ANDREW HINRICHSEN
103 GUILLAUME HUMBERT
102 TRISTAN WADE
102 JUSTIN YOUNG
102 TRISTAN WADE

A total of 278 different players scored PTPR Points in October. Ten players were able to collect two PTPR Scores during the month:

2 PHILIPP GRUISSEM
2 SHAWN BUCHANAN
2 CHRIS MCCLUNG
2 MATTHEW GLANTZ
2 MAX SILVER
2 BERTRAND GROSPELLIER "ElkY"
2 ROBERTO ROMANELLO
2 SAM TRICKETT
2 ALEKSANDR DOVZHENKO
2 ANDREAS SAMUELSSON

AT THIS POINT LAST SEASON
At this point in October 2010, Frank Kassela was surpassed by eventual Player of the Year Sorel Mizzi. Mizzi collected points at the EPT London High Rollers and the Foxwoods World Poker Finals during the month ... here is how the Top 10 looked like:

357 SOREL MIZZI
343 THOMAS MARCHESE
316 FRANK KASSELA
299 VANESSA SELBST
292 CARLOS MORTENSEN
283 JAKE CODY
278 MICHAEL MIZRACHI
269 TOMER BERDA
265 JOHN JUANDA
264 JOSE NACHO BARBERO

Finally, here is a look at the Top 10 countries who visited the PTPR site in October:
1. USA, 2. Canada, 3. Germany, 4. UK, 5. Ukraine, 6. Russia, 7. France, 8. Netherlands, 9. Sweden, 10. Croatia

POONI GETS IT DONE AT THE BCPC

SOURCE: CANADAPOKER.com

First off, a big thank you to Jon Harnish from Canada Poker for the updated results - fantastic work! Follow Jon on Twitter @Jontm and be sure to read his stuff on CANADAPOKER.com !!

Another successful British Columbia Poker Championship (BCPC) Main Event is in the books. The River Rock Casino Resort near Vancouver (in Richmond) is proving to be a place that players want to visit this time of year.

Despite some big name pros from all over North America entering the event, it was mostly an unknown Western Canada/US-centric final table. When the dust settled, local player Rajdeep Pooni took over from Eric Place as BCPC Champion.

Pooni earns over 280K CAD with the win, quite a nice payday!

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in CAD):
1st RAJDEEP POONI $288,467
2nd ADAM BITZ $181,860
3rd LEE GOLDMAN $112,878
4th TODD BURGERS $90,930
5th SIMON QUINTAL $73,998
6th GEORGE JALKOTZY $58,320
7th DEREK SHANNON $45,778
8th JURG RICHARDS $36,372
9th TONY BUSSEY $26,965

Sixth place finisher George Jalkotzy earned his second PTPR Score of 2011, Jalkotzy - who scored in Event 9 Deuce to Seven Lowball at the WSOP this summer - now has 58 PTPR Points on the season ...

PTPR LEADERBOARD LIVE LOOK-IN:
419. Philip Meulyzer, 59 PTPR Points
420. Michael Pesek, 58
420. Michele Dattani, 58
420. George Jalkotzy, 58
423. Andrea Dato, 58
424. Erich Kollmann, 57
425. Bill Chen, 57

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
2011 British Columbia Poker Championship
BCPC NLH Main Event
November 2-5, 2011

River Rock Casino Resort | British Columbia
Buy-in: $3,000 | Prizepool : $1,232,740 | Entries: 470

Defending Champion: Eric Place

FINAL RESULTS:
RAJDEEP POONI 104
ADAM BITZ 64
LEE GOLDMAN 39
TODD BURGERS 29
SIMON QUINTAL 22
GEORGE JALKOTZY 14
DEREK SHANNON 12
JURG RICHARDS 9
TONY BUSSEY 9

Monday, November 7, 2011

WSOPC IP BILOXI: MONROE GOES FROM SHORT STACK TO CHAMPION IN A JIFFY

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

When the final 12 players reconvened in order to find the next WSOP Circuit winner at IP Casino in Biloxi, Jerry Monroe was barely hanging on - he was one of the short stacks and, add to that, the fact that Jeremy Drewery had a significant chip lead over the 11 others.

Well, only a few short hours later and Monroe (pictured) is the one standing on the top of the mountain, wearing the WSOP Circuit ring. Monroe defeated Wild Bill Phillips heads up.

Jacob Naquin earned a second PTPR Score this season with his third place finish. Back to Drewery, this was certainly a disastrous result for him ... he literally went from chip king to short stack within a matter of a few hands.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS:
1. Jerry Monroe $112,779
2. William Phillips $69,721
3. Jacob Naquin $50,862
4. Chris Parsons $37,726
5. Jeremy Drewery $28,420
6. Ronald Sewell $21,737
7. Michael Nasserazad $16,868
8. Russell Ivy $13,278
9. David E. Williams $10,601

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi
WSOPC IP Biloxi NLH Main Event
November 5-7, 2011

IP Casino Resort & Spa | Mississippi
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool : $490,335 | Entries: 337

Defending Champion: Travis Lutes

FINAL RESULTS:
JERRY MONROE 35
BILL PHILLIPS 18
JACOB NAQUIN 10
CHRIS PARSONS 8
JEREMY DREWERY 5

PTS AT STAKE: STAR PLAYERS REMAIN AS CAESARS CLASSIC FINAL TABLE BEGINS

SOURCE: @kevmath, @CLVPoker
PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com

It's final table time at the Caesars Palace Poker Classic Main Event and we've got a few name players left on the board.

An impressive total of 520 entries in the event, we are down to our final 9. A stunning three of the remaining players have won a tournament on the circuit this season ... and all have won pretty important tournaments.

Festa al Lago winner Justin Young will collect his third PTPR Score of the 2011 season. Young (pictured), who also collected points at the WPT Tour Championship, started the day second in chips.

The chip lead heading into Monday's play belongs to Huy Nguyen - Nguyen won the WSOPC Choctaw Main Event earlier in the year.

The other winner on tour this season is Steve Billirakis. Billirakis already has three PTPR Scores on the season - including the win in the PLO event at WSOP Europe. Billirakis also has two scores at the WSOP this summer. This will be the first score in a non-WSOP event for the year for Billirakis.

FINAL TABLE SEATING ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS (prior to the start of FT play):
Hale, Ricky $2,450,000
Kaplan, Jaime $2,840,000
Abrahamson, Jamie $1,400,000
Young, Justin $4,470,000
Nguyen, Huy $4,925,000
Parille, Joe $705,000
Stewart, Casey $1,735,000
Billirakis, Steve $2,275,000

PTPR LEADERBOARD IN-FOCUS (Prior to Caesars Classic):
51. Justin Young, 158 PTPR Points
53. Steve Billirakis, 157
167. Huy Nguyen, 108
672. Ricky Hale, 38

First PTPR Score for Kaplan, Abrahamson, Parille and Stewart.

RELATED:
BILLIRAKIS BANKS A BIG ONE IN CANNES
WALHROOS, YOUNG, PHILLIPS AND OTHERS WIN
HUY NGUYEN DOMINATES ON WAY TO WSOPC CHOCTAW CROWN

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Caesars Palace Poker Classic
NLH Main Event
November 4-7, 2011

Caesars Palace | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,100 | Prizepool: $504,400 | Entries: 520

Defending Champion: Philippe Boucher

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

PTS AT STAKE: FINAL 12 RETURN TO BILOXI - FIGHT FOR WSOPC IP CROWN

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Twelve men are coming back for final day play at the latest World Series of Poker Circuit tour stop in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The IP Casino Resort & Spa is hosting the event which is currently being dominated by Jeremy Drewery. Drewery - who finished second at the World Poker Open in Tunica in 2010 - has just about a 2:1 chip lead on second place Michael Nazzerazad.

Three of the remaining 12 players have scored PTPR Points in 2011. Ronnie Sewell scored at this year's edition of the World Poker Open in Tunica, Bill Phillips earned PTPR Points at a Venetian Deep Stack side event back in July while Jacob Naquin collected a Top 10 finish at NLH Event 43 at this year's WSOP.

FINAL DAY CHIP COUNTS:
Jeremy Drewery 152,4000
Michael Nazzerazad 851,000
Ronnie Sewell 697,000
Bill Phillips 680,000
David E. Williams 671,000
Chris Parsons 575,000
John Holley 320,000
Russell Ivey 302,000
Jerry Monroe 300,000
Richard Tucker 288,000
Roscoe Bennett 128,000

Cards are in the air and we're ready to go in Biloxi!

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi
WSOPC IP Biloxi NLH Main Event
November 5-7, 2011

IP Casino Resort & Spa | Mississippi
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool : $490,335 | Entries: 337

Defending Champion: Travis Lutes

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