Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 PTPR AWARDS: WSOP POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP NAMED TOURNAMENT OF 2011

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SOURCE: PTPR POKER, THEHENDONMOB.com

Another great season on the poker circuit! So many great tournaments to chose from for Tournament of the Year but, in the end, it was down to a two-tournament race.

We were leaning very heavily on the first of the EPT San Remo Main Events of 2011 - where Rupert Elder won his first EPT title, leading the next generation of poker stars at the final table.

A who's who of who's next attempted to steal the win away from Elder. Maxim Lykov, Max Heinzelmann, Xuan Liu were the other big names at the final table - Andrew Teng and Joe Cada also made a nice run in San Remo.

Although we were seriously considered EPT San Remo for Tournament of the Year, we just couldn't overlook the star-studded affair that was the WSOP Poker Players Championship, which was played between July 2nd and 6th this past summer at the Rio in Las Vegas.

The 16 stars who cashed in the event surely deserved to be part of this Tournament of the Year distinction. Right off the bat, another 2nd place finish for Phil Hellmuth! Like him or not, Hellmuth is a genuine star in poker and winning the event would have been tremendous.

But Brian Rast decided to take the title away from the Brat. Matt Glantz was fifth, WPT Tour Champion Scott Seiver placed seventh, WSOP Player of the Year Ben Lamb was eighth ... Lester, Shchemelev, Lisandro, Arieh, Mike Binger and Greenstein all were part of the Top 16 - a spectacular lineup for our Tournament of the Year.

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2011 World Series of Poker
50K Poker Player's Championship
July 2-6, 2011

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Buy-in: $50,000 | Prizepool: $6,144,000 | Entries: 128

FINAL RESULTS:
BRIAN RAST 151
PHIL HELLMUTH 91
MINH LY 76
OWAIS AHMED 66
MATTHEW GLANTZ 61
GEORGE LIND 56
SCOTT SEIVER 51
BEN LAMB 46
JASON LESTER 36
VLADIMIR SHCHEMELEV 26
JEFFREY LISANDRO 21
YAN CHEN 19
JOSH ARIEH 19
MICHAEL BINGER 19
BARRY GREENSTEIN 16
SEBASTIEN RUTHENBERG 16

RELATED:
A FINAL LOOK BACK AT THE POKER PLAYER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WILL THE POKER BRAT GET THE LAST LAUGH?

2011 PTPR AWARDS TRACKER
Rookie of the Year: Oleksii Kovalchuk | 2010: Thomas Marchese
Comeback Player: Phil Hellmuth Jr. | 2010: Michael Mizrachi
Breakthrough Player: Andrey Pateychuk | 2010: Vanessa Selbst
Future Watch: Dominik Nitsche | 2010: Pilgrim, Bjerkmann
Tournament of the Year: WSOP Poker Players Champ. | 2010: WPT Tour Champ.

Player of the Year: TBA | 2010: Sorel Mizzi
Most PTPR Scores: TBA | 2010: Sorel Mizzi
Moment of the Year: TBA

2 comments:

  1. I've been following the updates on the PTPR poker circuit all year round. Though I have to be honest about my disappointment because I was rooting for Minh Ly. Congratulations to Brian Rast nonetheless, well played!

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  2. Anyone of the final 18 would have been a deserving Champion to be honest!

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