Thursday, December 20, 2012

QUEEN KING OF THE EAST COAST - WINS BORGATA HOLIDAY 1K


When it comes to poker tournament on the East Coast of the United States of America, it's hard to find a more successful/consistent player than Alexander Queen. In fact, Queen's six career victories on the poker circuit have all come in either Delaware, Massachusetts or New Jersey - with the bulk of these victories coming at the Borgata ... which is exactly where he won his latest title.

Over 100K USD are coming Queen's way following his victory at the Borgata $250,000 USD Guaranteed Holiday Deep Stack event, defeating fellow East Coast pro Shawn Busse heads-up.

Jamie Kerstetter, Joseph Wertz, Alexander Rocca, Raj Patel and Allie Prescott all cashed in the event.



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
Alexander Queen   $100,049
Shawn Busse   $55,581
Tom Dobrilovic   $34,460
Sean Lippel   $27,791
David Kim   $21,491
Catherine Dever   $18,156
James Meo   $14,636
Rick Rossetti   $10,931
Mickey Woll   $7,411
Christine Brewer   $4,817
Mike Kalfa   $4,817
Ariel Albilia   $4,817
Jamie Kerstetter   $3,705
Jin Hing Chin   $3,705
Robert Anderson   $3,705
Nicholas Palma   $3,150
Andrew Hippler   $3,150
Joseph Wertz   $3,150
Nicholas Salimbene   $2,779
Michael Yniguez   $2,779
Alexander Rocha   $2,779
Vitaly Kovyazin   $2,779
Corrine Pranevich   $2,779
Joel Frank   $2,779
Shervin Golbari   $2,779
Francis Johnson   $2,779
Michael Merrill   $2,779
Christopher Leong   $2,223
Raj Patel   $2,223
Maxwell Mccurdy   $2,223
Anthony Villano   $2,223
Byung Yoo   $2,223
Chris Pearsall   $2,223
Allie Prescott   $2,223
Kenneth Silberstein   $2,223
Cullen Hofmann   $2,223


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
BORGATA HOLIDAY DEEP STACK
250K Guatanteed NLH Main Event
December 16-19, 2012

Borgata Hotel Casino | Atlantic City
Buy-in: $1,090 | Prizepool: $382,000
Total Entries: 382

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ALEXANDER QUEEN 35
SHAWN BUSSE 18
TOMISLAV DOBRILOVIC 10
SEAN LIPPEL 8
DAVID KIM 5

NEXT BORGATA EVENT
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open
Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City
January 15-1, 2013


Monday, December 17, 2012

AU REVOIR CANNES - WSOP EUROPE ON THE MOVE AGAIN ...


Two years after leaving London for Cannes, Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc., announced that the World Series of Poker Europe is once again on the move, this time right outside of Paris, France.

The WSOPE will remain in France and will also remain partners with the Barrière Poker group - moving the Series to le Casino Barrière in Enghien-les-Bains, a Northern suburb of Paris.

The World Series of Poker Europe was hosted by the city of London, England for the first four years; from 2007 and 2010. The WSOPE then moved to the Hotel Majestic Le Croisette Casino Barrière in Cannes, France for its 2011 and 2011 tournaments.

It is expected that seven bracelet will be up for grabs including the €10,000 Main Event. A High Rollers event is once again scheduled for 2013.

One interesting note is that the 2013 edition of the WSOPE is scheduled to take place three weeks later than it did this past season. The 2012 event ended just as EPT Sanremo started ... if the EPT are to keep Sanremo in the same place on the poker calendar, the WSOPE would be presented as EPT Sanremo would be concluding, switching the WSOPE from before to after the presentation of EPT Sanremo.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

EPT PRAGUE: FINALLY! JELASSI WINS FIRST MAJOR TITLE


For Swedish poker pro Ramzi Jelassi, it's been a long time coming! On the poker circuit since 2005, Jelassi has picked up a few big poker titles in his career including a win at IPT San Remo in 2009.

But Jelassi never won something as big as this. After several cashes at EPT Main Events, Jelassi played his way to the first EPT Main Event title of his career, defeating Sotirios Koutoupas heads-up to win EPT Prague on Saturday.

Amazingly, the win nearly doubles the Swede's live tournament earnings.

David Boyaciyan was hoping to do one-better than he did here in Prague last season where he finished second at EPT Prague. Unfortunately for Boyaciyan, he had to settle for a third place finish, still, a very amazing feat by the Dutch banker.

Mark Herm, Mariusz Klosinski, Mikhail Petrov, Johnny Lodden, Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo, Sergio Aido Espina, Jeff Sarwer, Roberto Romanello, Manuel Bevand and Jonathan Driscoll all earned Top 30 finishes in Prague.

Photo credit: EPT.com, Neil Stoddart



TOP 32 PAYOUTS (EUR)
Ramzi Jelassi 835,000
Sotirios Koutoupas 510,000
David Boyaciyan 310,000
Ben Warrington 250,000
Diego Gomez 196,000
Sergey Kuzminskiy 150,000
Aleh Plauski 108,400
Mark Herm 75,000
Mariusz Klosinski 53,000
Jorma Nuutinen 53,000
Andreas Berggren 42,000
Mikhail Petrov 42,000
Johnny Lodden 34,000
Marco Leonzio 34,000
Dany Parlafes 29,000
Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo 29,000
Sergio Aido Espina 25,000
Jeff Sarwer 25,000
Mads Amot 25,000
Iosif Beskrovnyy 25,000
Roberto Romanello 25,000
Nicholas Galtos 25,000
Manuel Bevand 25,000
Enrico Tau 25,000
Denis Pisorev 21,000
Radu Catoiu Romania 21,000
Martin Muslow 21,000
Danilo Donnini 21,000
Martin Hanowski 21,000
Jonathan Driscoll 21,000
Cesar Garcia Dominguez 21,000
Fabrice Soulier 21,000

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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT PRAGUE
NLH Main Event
December 9-15, 2012

Hilton Prague Hotel | Prague
Buy-in: $6,970 | Prizepool: $5,514,145
Total Entries: 864

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RAMZI JELASSI 133
SOTIRIOS KOUTOUPAS 83
DAVID BOYACIYAN 53
BEN WARRINGTON 43
DIEGO GOMEZ 38
SERGEY KUZMINSKIY 33
ALEH PALUSKI 33
MARK HERM 18
MARIUSZ KLOSINSKI 18
JORMA NUUTINEN 18
ANDREAS BERGGREN 18
MIKHAIL PETROV 16
JOHNNY LODDEN 16
MARCO LEONZIO 16
DANY PARLAFES 16
JOSE MANUEL NADAL SORDO 13
SERGIO AIDO ESPINA 13
JEFF SARWER 13

NEXT EPT TOUR STOP
2013 PCA Festival
Atlantis Resort Bahamas
January 5-14, 2013

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Martin Finger
€ 720,000


GSOP PRAGUE: ADAMS WINS GSOP LIVE, MCCORKELL FOURTH


A star-studded field entered the King's Casino in Prague on Wednesday with one last shot at victory at the Prague Poker Festival.

Dominik Nitsche, Liv Boeree, Faraz Jaka, David Vamplew, Melanie Weisner, Anton Wigg, Steven van Zadelhoff, Jason Wheeler and New York Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere were amongst the 590-player field at the Grand Series of Poker GSOP Live Prague Main Event.

In the end, it's English player Matt Adams who would pickup the big win, defeating a game Tapio Vihakas heads-up.

2012 WSOP bracelet winners Craig McCorkell and Rocco Palumbo both final tabled the event. McCorkell finished fourth while Palumbo was out in fifth position.

Photo credit: GSOPlive.com



FT PAYOUTS (EUR)
Matthew Adams € 106,200
Tapio Vihakas € 70,800
Amit Zulkowitz € 50,740
Craig McCorkell € 39,530
Rocco Palumbo € 29,500
Thomas Taubenschuss € 23,069
Oliver Schaffmann € 17,995
Joel Lindpere € 13,570
Thomas Mercier € 10,797

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> AASMAA WINS PRAGUE
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DEFENDING CHAMPION
Raigo Aasmaa
€ 80,000


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
GRAND SERIES OF POKER LIVE
GSOP LIVE PRAGUE
NLH Main Event
December 12-15, 2012

King's Casino | Prague
Buy-in: $1,970 | Prizepool: $776,380
Total Entries: 590

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MATT ADAMS 35
TAPIO VIHAKAS 18
AMIT ZULKOWITZ 10
CRAIG MCCORKELL 8
ROCCO PALUMBO 5

NEXT GSOP LIVE TOUR STOP
GSOP Live Vienna
Montesino Casino
February 13-16, 2013


Saturday, December 15, 2012

EPT PRAGUE: OH SO CLOSE! MAD MARVIN WINS HR BUT NOT POY


It was going to take something close to a miracle for Dan Smith to lose his lead atop the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard powered by PTPRpoker ... and despite just winning the High Rollers event at EPT Prague, Mad Marvin Rettenmaier falls 10 points short of a miracle and Smith maintains a small lead heading into the final moments of the 2012 poker season.


Rettenmaier cements his number 2 ranking on the season and collects his fourth win on tour this season.

Mad Marvin defeated fellow German Fabian Quoss heads-up. Quoss won the WPT Rendez-Vous a Paris HR title back in September.

Juha Helppi was third, Philippe Ktorza fourth and 2010 PTPRpoker Player of the Year Sorel Mizzi rounded-out the Top 5.

Marcin Wydrowski finished in sixth position, one week after capturing his first WPT title right here in Prague.

For the first time in his five-year poker career, it looks as if Jason Mercier will not cross the 1M USD in earnings mark in a season as his seventh place finish in this event wasn't enough to put him over.

Photo credit: European Poker Tour, Neil Stoddart



EVENT PAYOUTS (EUR)
Marvin Rettenmaier €365,300
Fabian Quoss €210,300
Juha Helppi €121,800
Philippe Ktorza €96,900
Sorel Mizzi €74,800
Marcin Wydrowski €55,500
Jason Mercier €44,200
Andrey Gulyy €33,200
Aubin Cazals €27,700
Morten Klein €27,700
Gurgen Melkonyan €25,000
Eugene Katchalov €25,000

RELATED POSTS
> PANAGIOTOU WINS EUREKA
> RETTENMAIER WINS WPT CYPRUS
> MAD MARVIN WPT CHAMPION

DEFENDING CHAMPION
John Andress
€ 176,400


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT PRAGUE
10K NLH High Roller
December 13-15, 2012

Hilton Prague Hotel | Prague
Buy-in: $13,550 | Prizepool: $1,107,400
Total Entries: 113

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MARVIN RETTENMAIER 101
FABIAN QUOSS 61
JUHA HELPPI 36
PHILIPPE KTORZA 26
SOREL MIZZI 19
MARCIN WYDROWKSI 11
JASON MERCIER 9
ANDREY GULYY 6
AUBIN CAZALS 6

NEXT EPT TOUR STOP
2013 PCA Festival
Atlantis Resort Bahamas
January 5-14, 2013


Thursday, December 13, 2012

WPT FIVE DIAMOND: RAGHAVAN TWO-PEATS AS WE CLOSE FIVE DIAMOND


A few days prior to winning the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Ravi Raghavan was busy putting up another W, winning the final 2,500 NLH side event at Bellagio.

Raghavan's two late-season victories move him up to 19th overall on the QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard.



Will "The Thrill" Failla, Stan Jablonski, Joseph Serock, Cary Katz, Steve Gross and Chris Bjorin all final tabled the event.

Full event stats are available at the bottom of this post.


The final Five Diamond event that qualified for POY points was won by Anthony Gargano. Gargano defeated Lawrence Greenberg heads-up.

Zachary Clark - who won the event last season - finished third in the event ... meanwhile, Joseph Serock made another final table appearance at Bellagio.

PLAYER | POY POINTS | PAYOUT
ANTHONY GARGANO | 100 | T-175
LAWRENCE GREENBERG | 60 | T-456
ZACHARY CLARK | 35 | T-118
ANDREAS IOAKIMIDIES | 25 | T-1215
DARIN FEINSTEIN | 18 | T-1423
ROBERT KONZ | 10 | T-1941
JOSEPH SEROCK | 8 | 72nd
MIKE BRINKENHOFF | 5 | T-2229
JOHN MORGAN | 5 | T-2229


FINAL EVENT RESULTS |
WPT DOYLE BRUNSON FIVE DIAMOND WORLD POKER CLASSIC

EVENT 1 | 1K NLH | 135K PRIZEPOOL | 138 PLAYERS
Winner: Dwyte Pilgrim, 43K USD

EVENT 2 | 1K NLH | 130K PRIZEPOOL | 135 PLAYERS
Winner: Clyde Lorance, 41K USD

EVENT 3 | 1K NLH SENIORS | 102K PRIZEPOOL | 108 PLAYERS
Winner: Derek Payne, 33K USD

EVENT 4 | 2.5K NLH | 150K PRIZEPOOL | 62 PLAYERS
Winner: Thomas Marchese, 51K USD

EVENT 5 | 1.5K NLH | 212K PRIZEPOOL | 146 PLAYERS
Winner: Ronald Paolucci, 60K USD

EVENT 6 | 1K NLH | 262K PRIZEPOOL | 270 PLAYERS
Winner: Jeremy Ausmus, 78K USD

EVENT 7 | 1K NLH POSITION | 60K PRIZEPOOL | 62 PLAYERS
Winner: Patrick Cruse, 18K USD

EVENT 8 | 5K NLH | 417K PRIZEPOOL | 86 PLAYERS
Winner: David Belaich, 158K USD

EVENT 11 | 2.5K NLH | 417K PRIZEPOOL | 172 PLAYERS
Winner: Ravi Raghavan, 150K USD

MAIN EVENT | 10K NLH | 4.87M PRIZEPOOL | 503 PLAYERS
Winner: Ravi Raghavan, 1.26M USD

EVENT 14 | 5K NLH | 383K PRIZEPOOL | 79 PLAYERS
Winner: Anthony Gargano, 147K USD

EVENT 15 | 25K HIGH ROLLERS | 412K PRIZEPOOL | 17 PLAYERS
Winner: Thomas Marchese, 207K USD

EVENT 16 | 1.5K NLH | 235K PRIZEPOOL | 162 PLAYERS
Winner: Dan Alspach, 75K USD

Photo credit: World Poker Tour, Joe Giron, WPT.com



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
Ravi Raghavan $150,810
Francois Safieddine $86,152
Iwan Jones $45,426
Will Failla $27,412
Stan Jablonski $20,559
Joseph Serock $16,643
Cary Katz $12,727
Steve Gross $8,811
Chris Bjorin $6,266
Stuart Krasney $5,091
Tommy Vedes $5,091
Marvin Rettenmaier $5,091
Jason Heiner $4,699
Joanne J.J. Liu $4,699
Dana Kellstrom $4,699
Ray Qartomy $4,308
Joseph Dunn $4,308
Alex Cordero $4,308

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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT DOYLE BRUSON FIVE DIAMOND
WORLD POKER CLASSIC
NLH 2.5K Prelim Event
December 2-3, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $2,620 | Prizepool: $417,100
Total Entries: 172

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RAVI RAGHAVAN 75
FRANCOIS SAFIEDDINE 40
IWAN JONES 25
WILL FAILLA "THE THRILL" 15
STAN JABLONSKI 10
JOSEPH SEROCK 8
CARY KATZ 5
STEVE GROSS 5
CHRIS BJORIN 5

NEXT WPT TOUR STOP
BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN
Borgata, Atlantic City
January 27-1, 2013


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

WSOPC HARRAH'S AC: TEASDALE BEATS WOELFEL TO WIN IN AC


Adam Teasdale is the latest winner on the WSOP Circuit. Teasdale made his way through the huge 616-player field in order to win WSOP Circuit Harrah's Atlantic City.

Teasdale earned a huge paycheck in AC, just under 200K USD for his efforts.




Wade Woelfel - who finished second at the Borgata Poker Open 1K side event in September - was the bridesmaid for the second time this season finishing second to Teasdale.

Aaron Overton, Feming Chan, Scott Baumstein, Will Failla, Stan Jablonski, Jamie Kerstetter, David Diaz and Daniel Buzgon were amongst the other players who cashed in the event.

This was the first to two stops in Atlantic City during the 2012-13 season for the WSOPC - the Circuit retunrs to AC, this time at Caesars Atlantic City, February 28th through March 11th, 2013.

Photo credit: WSOP.com



TOP 36 PAYOUTS (USD)
Adam Teasdale $194,040
Wade Woelfel $120,018
Pete Rios $87,762
Sung Kim $65,124
Terry Grimes $49,000
Aaron Overton $37,376
Barry Leventhal $28,903
Ed Modlin $22,656
Trevor Deeter $18,000
Jeffrey Wicker $14,488
Feming Chan $14,488
Gregory Fishberg $14,488
Jack Thomas $11,809
Brandon Fish $11,809
Cathy Dever $11,809
Douglas MacKinnon $9,748
Mark Warren $9,748
Patricia Cahill $9,748
Travell Thomas $8,150
William Galler $8,150
Jeffrey Einsidler $8,150
Michael Pariso $6,902
Brian Nguyen $6,902
Paul Mullins $6,902
Gino Levrini $5,914
Scott Baumstein $5,914
Richard Austin $5,914
Michael Cologna $5,128
Ryan Moriarty $5,128
Yung Hwang $5,128
Will Failla $4,509
Stan Jablonski $4,509
Christian Soto $4,509
Jamie Kerstetter $4,010
Brian Munshower $4,010
Kam Chin $4,010


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WORLD SERIES OF POKER CIRCUIT
WSOPC HARRAH'S ATLANTIC CITY
NLH Main Event
December 8-10, 2012

Harrah's Atlantic City | New Jersey
Buy-in: $1,675 | Prizepool: $924,000
Total Entries: 616

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ADAM TEASDALE 35
WADE WOELFEL 18
PEDRO RIOS 10
SUNG KIM 8
TERRY GRIMES 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Tuan Phan
$188,830 USD

NEXT WSOP CIRCUIT STOP
WSOPC HARRAH'S RINCON
Harrah's Rincon, California
December 15-17, 2012


Monday, December 10, 2012

WPT FIVE DIAMOND: RAGHAVAN BEATS THE BIG DOGS


It's a win that will define a career. After over three years on the poker circuit, Ravi Raghavan has finally picked up the major poker title he had been after.

Raghavan survived one of the toughest fields of the 2012 season (half of the Top 18 participants are part of the QJ POY TOP 100 - including eight of the Top 51) to earn the win at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

So far in 2012, Raghavan had finished 11th at WPT Hard Rock and had finished 8th at the Borgata Fall Poker Open on US Thanksgiving. His only other win on the circuit came back in 2009, when he won a prelim event at the Wynn Classic in Las Vegas.


BIG THREE COME UP SHORT
Coming into final table play, it seemed inconceivable for one of the Top 3 chip leader not to win this event.

Out of the three, superstar Shawn Buchanan had the best result, losing the heads-up battle at the hands of Raghavan.

There was a lot on the line for Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari. After collecting two bracelets in 2012, The Magician was hoping to win his second WPT Five Diamond Main Event in three years in his third straight final table appearance.

Unfortunately, Antonio was out in fourth ... but I don't think anyone will feel bad for The Magician after the season he just had!

Andrew Lichthenberg was also unable to secure the W on Sunday. After a very solid 2012 campaign, LuckyChewy was hoping to add a big win to the list but he could do no better than fifth.

Photo credit: World Poker Tour, Joe Giron, WPT.com



TOP 22 PAYOUTS (USD)
Ravi Raghavan $1,268,571
Shawn Buchanan $746,502
Thomas Winters $483,031
Antonio Esfandiari $329,339
Andrew Lichtenberger $234,197
Jeremy Kottler $187,845
Jonathan Aguiar $143,933
Theo Tran $102,461
Arthur Morris $73,187
Jason Somerville $56,110
Yevgeniy Timoshenko $56,110
Freddy Deeb $56,110
Greg Mueller $43,912
Eric Panayiotou $43,912
Andrew Robl $40,250
Scott Clements $40,250
Noah Schwartz $36,593
Jeremy Ausmus $36,593
Brian Rast $31,714
Joshua Ladines $31,714
Edward Sabat $31,714
Joseph Elpayaa $31,714

RELATED POSTS
> OMG IT'S MAGIC, BUCH, CHEWY
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NEXT WPT TOUR STOP
BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN
Borgata, Atlantic City
January 27-1, 2013


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT DOYLE BRUSON FIVE DIAMOND
WORLD POKER CLASSIC
NLH Main Event
December 4-9, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $10,300 | Prizepool: $4,879,100
Total Entries: 503

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RAVI RAGHAVAN 130
SHAWN BUCHANAN 80
THOMAS WINTERS 50
ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 40
ANDREW LICHTENBERGER 35
JEREMY KOTTLER 30
JONATHAN AGUIAR 30
THEO TRAN 15
ARTHUR MORRIS 15
JASON SOMERVILLE 15
YEVGENIY TIMOSHENKO 15
FREDDY DEEB 13
GREG MUELLER 13
ERIC PANAYIOTOU 13
SCOTT CLEMENTS 13
ANDREW ROBL 10
NOAH SCHWARTZ 10
JEREMY AUSMUS 10

DEFENDING CHAMPION
James Dempsey $821,612


Sunday, December 9, 2012

WPT PRAGUE: WYDROWSKI TOPS IN PRAGUE


Marcin Wydrowski is the king of Prague. Wydrowski outlasted 566 opponents to win WPT Prague in the Czech Republic.

With the win, Wydrowski becomes the first ever Polish poker player to win on the World Poker Tour and picks up € 325,000 for his efforts.

Alexandr Lahkov finished in second position while PartyPoker sponsored player Bodo Sbrzensy finished third. Sbrzensy held the chip lead coming into final table play.

Alin-Gabriel Grasu and Michael Gagliano, who final tabled an event at the WSOP this summer, were the first two players to be shown the door on Sunday.

Photo credit: WPT Europe, WPT.com



TOP 22 PAYOUTS (USD)
Marcin Wydrowski $423,957
Alexandr Lahkov $278,866
Bodo Sbrzesny $179,246
Tony Chang $132,736
Michael Gagliano $99,506
Alin Grasu $79,723
Elio Fox $66,472
Daniel Ospina $53,009
Konstantin Danilov $39,764
Fabian Quoss $29,243
Kevin MacPhee $29,243
Jason Mercier $29,243
Dermot Blain $23,758
Mikhail Mazunin $23,758
Sergey Vasilyev $23,758
Simon Ravnsbaek $20,396
Dmitry Gromov $20,396
Wojciech Lozowski $20,396
Frank Stumpf $17,874
Yann Dion $17,874
Daniel Rudd $17,874
Lars Bonding $15,978

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NEXT WPT TOUR STOP
BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN
Borgata, Atlantic City
January 27-1, 2013


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT PRAGUE
NLH Main Event
December 3-9, 2012

King's Casino | Prague
Buy-in: $4,265 | Prizepool: $2,129,739
Total Entries: 567

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MARCIN WYDROWSKI 130
ALEXANDR LAHKOV 80
BODO SBRZESNY 50
TONY CHANG 40
MICHAEL GAGLIANO 35
ALIN-GABRIEL GRASU 30
ELIO FOX 30
DANIEL OSPINA 15
KONSTANTIN DANILOV 15
FABIAN QUOSS 15
KEVIN MACPHEE 15
JASON MERCIER 13
DERMOT BLAIN 13
MIKHAIL MAZUNIN 13
SERGEY VASILYEV 13
SIMON RAVNSBAEK 10
DMITRY GROMOV 10
WOJCIECH LOZOWSKI 10

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk $630,263


EPT PRAGUE: PANAGIOTOU WINS EUREKA TITLE


Menikos Panagiotou wins the biggest tournament in Eureka Poker Tour history, beating out 644 opponents to win Eureka Prague in the Czech Republic.

The 29-year old Cyprus man only had a min cash earlier this season on his resume.

Ana Marquez finished 17th in the event while Zoltan Szabo finished in 24th position.

We also know that Guillaume Rivet has won the Eureka High Rollers event, winning the biggest share of the €349,920 prizepool. We hope to have full event results shortly.

Photo credit: Tomas Stacha, Eureka Poker Tour, PokerStars



TOP 25 PAYOUTS (EUR)
MENIKOS PANAGIOTOU 137,100
ROBERT VUKOVIC 75,000
MATIAS KNAAPINEN 75,000
IOANNIS TRIANTAFYLLAKIS 42,800
BERND VOGELHUBER 31,700
MARIUSZ KLOSINSKI 22,100
BOGDAN IONESCU 15,800
MARCEL BUISSINK 11,900
GREGORY LIVSHITS 9,500
Andreas Vlachos 9,500
Petr Targa 7,900
Florian Kossler 7,900
Doron Lida 6,300
Richard Larsen 6,300
Daniel Havlik 4,700
Roger Engen 4,700
Ana Marquez 4,100
Khiem Nguyen 4,100
Jurij Kolesnikov 4,100
Thomas Pettersson 4,100
Tama Ollah 4,100
Andrew Hulme 4,100
Alexandros Kolonias 4,100
Zoltan Szabo 3,480
Hana Soljan 3,480


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
EPT PRAGUE
EUREKA POKER TOUR
NLH Main Event
December 5-9, 2012

Hilton Prague Hotel | Czech Republic
Buy-in: $1,420 | Prizepool: $817,490
Total Entries: 652

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MENIKOS PANAGIOTOU 75
ROBERT VUKOVIC 40
MATIAS KNAAPINEN 25
IOANNIS TRIANTAFYLLAKIS 15
BERND VOGELHUBER 10
MARIUSZ KLOSINSKI 8
BOGDAN IONESCU 5
MARCEL BUISSINK 5
GREGORY LIVSHITS 5

RELATED POSTS
> MERIKALLIO WINS EUREKA RIGA
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DEFENDING CHAMPION
Keith Johnson, € 58,400

NEXT EUREKA TOUR STOP
End of Season 2


BERENDE WINS HOLD'EM CHALLENGE WINTER EDITION


Dutch poker pro Paul Berende has won the PokerStars Hold'Em Challenge Winter Edition Main Event at Casino Namur in Belgium.

Berende earns € 118.474 for his work in Belgium. It was a good week for Berende who finished second in the High Rollers event, adding a little over €33K to his paycheck.

Fellow Dutch pro Pieter de Korver was third in the event. de Korver recently finished second to Ole Schemion in his native land, at the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam.

A few other big names pros earned Top 25 finishes in Belgium - they include: Christophe De Meulder, Tobias Peters, Pierre Neuville and Koen de Visscher.

Photo credit: Pokerstars.be



TOP 25 PAYOUTS (EUR)
PAUL BERENDE € 118.474
CHRISTOPHE MERTENS € 101.500
PIETER de KORVER € 100.000
BART MOENS € 39.231
JONAS LAUCK € 31.603
Driss Bouchoiri € 25.791
Christophe De Meulder € 21.795
Jean-Pierre Hologne € 18.162
Tobias Peters € 14.530
Sébastien Magerat € 10.897
Pierre Neuville € 10.897
Guillaume Peltriaux € 10.897
Micha Hoedemaker € 7.991
Dirk Baumans € 7.991
Philippe De Schepper € 7.991
David Grilli € 5.812
Jonathan Abdellatif € 5.812
Ugo Jaksula € 5.812
Davy Huyst € 4.722
Rolando Camardese € 4.722
Olaf de Zeeuw € 4.722
Koen De Visscher € 4.722
Olivier Grasso € 4.722
Alban Messe € 4.722
Dren Ukella € 4.722


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
POKERSTARS HOLD'EM CHALLENGE
WINTER EDITION
NLH Main Event
December 1-9, 2012

Casino de Namur | Belgium
Buy-in: $1,935 | Prizepool: $939,065
Total Entries: 561

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
PAUL BERENDE 35
CHRISTOPHE MERTENS 18
PIETER DE KORVER 10
BART MOENS 8
JONAS LAUCK 5

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UNIBET ST. MAARTEN: MURARIU WINS SECOND UNIBET TITLE


Two and a half years after winning Unibet Open Varna, Romanian poker pro Dan Murariu won his second Unibet Open title, this time winning the 5th Anniversary celebration event on the beautiful island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

Murariu earned his 11th payout of 2012 on Sunday. He had another win during the season at the $600 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza side event back in July.

Photo credit: Unibet, unibetopen.com



EVENT PAYOUTS (EUR)
DAN MURARIU EUR 110,000
MICHEL FARDEL EUR 59,000
EMIL HEGEDUS EUR 31,000
OLIVIER ROBVEILLE EUR 26,000
MAKSYM LAVROV EUR 21,800
Paulo RODRIGUES EUR 17,600
Kamil PALUSZKIEWICZ EUR 13,800
David GABRIELSSON EUR 10,000
Ruggiero SCOMMEGNA EUR 6,690
Antti KARKKAINEN EUR 4,200
Mihai MANOLE EUR 4,200
Tristan SAMIS EUR 4,200
Sander LANGEZAAL EUR 3,500
Ted AHS EUR 3,500
Dueval FENTON EUR 3,500
Jasper WETEMANS EUR 2,800
Robert BAKKER EUR 2,800
Julien SUBREVILLE EUR 2,800
Tomasz KOZUB EUR 2,100
Erich KOLLMAN EUR 2,100
Ben BEIGHLE EUR 2,100
Seppo SALO EUR 2,100
Christophe ENRICI EUR 2,100
Sami MOILANEN EUR 2,100
Niki KOVACS EUR 2,100
Zoltan BARABAS EUR 2,100
Johan GOSLINGS EUR 2,100


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
UNIBET OPEN
UNIBET ST. MAARTEN
NLH Main Event
December 3-7, 2012

Casino Royale | St. Maarten
Buy-in: $2,130 | Prizepool: $447,615
Total Entries: 238

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DAN MURARIU 35
MICHEL FARDEL 18
EMIL HEGEDUS 10
OLIVIER ROBVEILLE 8
MAKSYM LAVROV 5

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> GHATGE WINS UNIBET LONDON

NEXT UNIBET OPEN TOUR STOP
UNIBET COPENHAGEN
Casino Copenhagen, Denmark
March 7-10, 2013


WPT FIVE DIAMOND: OMG IT'S MAGIC, BUCH AND CHEWY AT FT!


Now that's more like it!

Hours after being left wanting more as big name pros were unable to crack the WPT Final Six at WPT Prague, we are set for an amazing thrill ride as the final table at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic is star-studded, to say the least!



Antonio Esfandiari, Shawn Buchanan and Andrew Lichtenberger all hold the Top 3 chip counts and all highlight the final table at Bellagio.

There is tons at stake of The Magician. Not only is Esfandiari looking for a third major title in 2012 - to go along with his WSOP One Drop and WSOP Europe prelim wins - a win later today and Esfandiari - currently ranked #8 on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard - would skyrocket up to #3 overall.

At the very least, Esfandiari is assured to move up one spot to #7, surpassing German pro Ole Schemion.

For Shawn Buchanan, it's redemption time. Known by many of his peers as one of the best in the game, Buch's season was completely derailed at the start of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer after his girlfriend was gravely injured in a freak home accident.

Buchanan has shown in the past that he can run hot at a WPT Final Table. Buchanan won the WPT Mandalay Bay Championship back in 2007.

Andrew Lichtenberger a.k.a. LuckyChewy also has a lot ridding on this tournament.
After quietly putting together a strong 2012 campaign, LuckyChewy would certainly love to add a win to his 2012 resume.

Amazingly, both Esfandiari and Lichtenberger final tabled this event last season ... even more crazy? Antonio won this event back in 2010 - this marks his third straight final table at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

WPT FINAL TABLE:
Seat 1: Antonio Esfandiari 3,465,000 (LEADER)
Seat 2: Andrew Lichtenberger 2,940,000
Seat 3: Jeremy Kottler 1,215,000
Seat 4: Ravi Raghavan 1,250,000
Seat 5: Shawn Buchanan 3,465,000
Seat 6: Thomas Winters 1,615,000

An all-star field entered the Bellgaio on Saturday - some of the big name pros eliminated during Day 5 play included: Jonathan Aguiar, Jason Somerville, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Freddy Deeb, Greg Mueller, Andrew Robl, Scott Clements, Noah Schwartz, Jeremy Ausmus, Brian Rast, Eddy Sabat and Joseph Elpayaa.

Photo credit: World Poker Tour, Joe Giron, WPT.com



TOP 22 PAYOUTS (USD)
1 $1,268,571
2 $746,502
3 $483,031
4 $329,339
5 $234,197
6 $187,845
Jonathan Aguiar $143,933
Theo Tran $102,461
Arthur Morris $73,187
Jason Somerville $56,110
Yevgeniy Timoshenko $56,110
Freddy Deeb $56,110
Greg Mueller $43,912
Eric Panayiotou $43,912
Andrew Robl $40,250
Scott Clements $40,250
Noah Schwartz $36,593
Jeremy Ausmus $36,593
Brian Rast $31,714
Joshua Ladines $31,714
Edward Sabat $31,714
Joseph Elpayaa $31,714

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> FUNDARO WINS MAZAGAN
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> MAGIC MAN - ANTONIO WINS FIVE DIAMOND

NEXT WPT TOUR STOP
BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN
Borgata, Atlantic City
January 27-1, 2013


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT DOYLE BRUSON FIVE DIAMOND
WORLD POKER CLASSIC
NLH Main Event
December 4-9, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $10,300 | Prizepool: $4,879,100
Total Entries: 503

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 130
2nd position 80
3rd position 50
4th position 40
5th position 35
6th position 30
JONATHAN AGUIAR 30
THEO TRAN 15
ARTHUR MORRIS 15
JASON SOMERVILLE 15
YEVGENIY TIMOSHENKO 15
FREDDY DEEB 13
GREG MUELLER 13
ERIC PANAYIOTOU 13
SCOTT CLEMENTS 13
ANDREW ROBL 10
NOAH SCHWARTZ 10
JEREMY AUSMUS 10

DEFENDING CHAMPION
James Dempsey $821,612


Saturday, December 8, 2012

WPT PRAGUE: FT SET AS STARS FALL LATE


My what could have been ... with twelve players left at WPT Prague on Saturday, it looked as if we were on our way to a superstar final table showdown.

But in a flash, Jason Mercier, Kevin MacPhee and Fabian Quoss had hit the rail. The big name pros were soon followed 2011 Bellagio Cup and WSOP Europe Champ Elio Fox - who was the final player eliminated prior to the formation of the WPT final table.

PartyPoker's Bodo Sbrzesny will hold the chip lead once final table begins in a few hours.

Sbrzesny is followed closely by the man who came into Saturday's play at the chip leader, Tony Chang.

American Michael Gagliano heads into final table play fifth out of sixth in chips but still has plenty of chips to play with. Gagliano final tabled a 2.5K NLH event at the WSOP this past summer.

WPT FINAL TABLE:
Seat 1: Alin Grasu 855,000
Seat 2: Marcin Wydrowski 2,745,000
Seat 3: Tony Chang 3,610,000
Seat 4: Michael Gagliano 2,375,000
Seat 5: Bodo Sbrzesny 4,605,000 (LEADER)
Seat 6: Alexander Lakhov 2,815,000

Photo credit: WPT Europe, WPT.com



TOP 22 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $423,957
2nd $278,866
3rd $179,246
4th $132,736
5th $99,506
6th $79,723
Elio Fox $66,472
Daniel Ospina $53,009
Konstantin Danilov $39,764
Fabian Quoss $29,243
Kevin MacPhee $29,243
Jason Mercier $29,243
Dermot Blain $23,758
Mikhail Mazunin $23,758
Sergey Vasilyev $23,758
Simon Ravnsbaek $20,396
Dmitry Gromov $20,396
Wojciech Lozowski $20,396
Frank Stumpf $17,874
Yann Dion $17,874
Daniel Rudd $17,874
Lars Bonding $15,978

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NEXT WPT TOUR STOP
BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN
Borgata, Atlantic City
January 27-1, 2013


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT PRAGUE
NLH Main Event
December 3-9, 2012

King's Casino | Prague
Buy-in: $4,265 | Prizepool: $2,129,739
Total Entries: 567

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 130
2nd position 80
3rd position 50
4th position 40
5th position 35
6th position 30
ELIO FOX 30
DANIEL OSPINA 15
KONSTANTIN DANILOV 15
FABIAN QUOSS 15
KEVIN MACPHEE 15
JASON MERCIER 13
DERMOT BLAIN 13
MIKHAIL MAZUNIN 13
SERGEY VASILYEV 13
SIMON RAVNSBAEK 10
DMITRY GROMOV 10
WOJCIECH LOZOWSKI 10

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk $630,263


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

GUKPT GRAND FINAL: GRAFTON EARNS FIRST BIG WIN


After several top-end results on the GUKPT, it's the breakthrough win that many thought Sam Grafton (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-665th) would soon be earning.

Grafton won the GUKPT Grand Final on Sunday, the first win of his live tournament poker career and the £ 102,700 collected dwarfs what he had earned in his live career.

Grafton defeated Peter Charalambous heads-up. Charalambous becomes the bridesmaid for the second time on the GUKPT - he finished second to Jeff Kimber at GUKPT Walsall back in 2008.

Two-time WSOP final table participant Jon Spinks was fifth in the event ... meanwhile, Christopher Brammer, Jan Sjavik, Jamie Burland and Simon Deadman are some other notables who cashed in London.



EVENT PAYOUTS (GBP)
Sam Grafton   £102,700
Peter Charalambous   £72,800
Victor Ilyukhin   £45,400
Matthew Moss   £28,250
Jon Spinks   £22,250
George Hassabis   £17,100
David Maudlin   £13,700
Sandiep Khosa   £10,300
Christopher Brammer   £7,700
Jan Sjavik   £6,000
Jamie Burland   £6,000
Ramey Shaio   £5,150
Simon Deadman   £5,150

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Fabian Quoss, £119,996

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
GROSVENOR UK POKER TOUR
GUKPT Grand Final
November 30-2, 2012

Mazagan Beach Resort | Morocco
Buy-in: $4,570 | Prizepool: $577,387
Total Entries: 146

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
SAM GRAFTON 35
PETER CHARALAMBOUS 18
VICTOR ILYUKHIN 10
MATTHEW MOSS 8
JON SPINKS 5

NEXT GUKPT TOUR STOP
GUKPT LONDON
Grosvenor Victoria Casino
February 24-3, 2013


Saturday, December 1, 2012

WPT MAZAGAN: KITAI FIZZLES, FUNDARO TAKES ADVANTAGE


The stage was set for Triple Crown winner Davidi Kitai (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 29th). The Belgian came into final table play at WPT Mazagan with a massive chip lead. A win, and Kitai would enter the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Top 10 Leaderboard, pushing recent WPT Champions Club inductee Noah Schwartz out of the Top 10.

But things certainly didn't go as planned for Kitai. A few hours after the start of final table play, Kitbul would be out of the tournament, finishing fourth.

Giacomo Fundaro (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-139th) would end up winning the inaugural event in Morocco, defeating Frederic Brunet (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-312nd) heads-up.

With his 11th place showing, Bruno Lopes - aka Kool Shen - continues his amazing 2012 season on the poker circuit. Lopes moves up to 35th position overall on the 2012 charts.

Bruno Fitoussi, Paul Tedeschi, Guillaume Darcourt, Charles Harvey, Sebastien Compte, Fabrice Soulier and Omar Karib all cashed in the event.

Photo credit: Lee Davy, World Poker Tour, WPT.com



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
Giacomo Fundaro $168,207
Frederic Brunet $99,082
Jeremy Nock $64,048
Davidi Kitai $47,279
Clement Beauvois $35,518
Bruno Fitoussi $28,531
Paul Tedeschi $23,559
Guillaume Darcourt $18,847
Charles Harvey $14,100
Sebastien Compte $10,359
Bruno Lopes $10,359
Fabrice Soulier $10,359
Sergei Vasilyev $8,497
Achile Voltolina $8,497
Bruno Louy $8,497
Omar Karib $7,216
Mbarek Saadi $7,216
David Chekroun $7,216

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NEXT WPT TOUR STOP
DOYLE BRUNSON FIVE DIAMOND
WORLD POKER CLASSIC
Bellagio, Las Vegas
December 4-9, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT MAZAGAN
NLH Main Event
November 27-1, 2012

Mazagan Beach Resort | Morocco
Buy-in: $4,570 | Prizepool: $577,387
Total Entries: 146

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GIACOMO FUNDARO 126
FREDERIC BRUNET 76
JEREMY NOCK 46
DAVIDI KITAI 36
CLEMENT BEAUVOIS 31
BRUNO FITOUSSI 26
PAUL TEDESCHI 26
GUILLAUME DARCOURT 11
CHARLES HARVEY 11
SEBASTIEN COMPTE 11
BRUNO LOPES 11
FABRICE SOULIER 9
SERGEI VASILYEV 9
ACHILE VOLTOLINA 9
BRUNO LOUY 9
OMAR KARIB 6
MBAREK SAADI 6
DAVID CHEKROUN 6


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ACF HOLD'EM SERIES: REARD WINS THE MAIN EVENT


Frenchman Alexandre Reard (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-491st) wrapped things up at the Paris ACF Hold'Em Series at the Aviation Club de France earlier this week, besting 78 opponents to win the 3K EURO buy-in Main Event, collecting €67,540 for the win.

Reard finished second at the Marrakech Poker Open in Morocco this past May and also won the Euro Finals of Poker Bronze Championship at the start of the season.



EVENT PAYOUTS (EURO)
ALEXANDRE REARD   €67,540
JEAN-JACQUES ZEITOUN   €45,030
YONI HOURI   €33,775
VICTOR CHOUPEAUX   €22,515
GILDAS LE PRAT   €15,760
Jean-Louis Perez   €13,510
Ali Mekhtoub   €11,260
William Hani   €9,005
Alban Juen   €6,755

2011 CHAMPION
Julien Jolivet, €85,595

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> JOLIVET WINS ACF HOLD'EM SERIES
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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
PARIS ACF HOLD'EM SERIES
NLH Main Event
November 23-25, 2012

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $3,875 | Prizepool: $287,145
Total Entries: 79

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ALEXANDRE REARD 35
JEAN-JACQUES ZEITOUN 18
YONI HOURI 10
VICTOR CHOUPEAUX 8
GILDAS LE PRAT 5

NEXT AVIATION CLUB DE FRANCE EVENT
EURO FINALS OF POKER
WPT NATIONAL SERIES
Aviation Club de France, Paris
January 8-23, 2013


WPT MONTREAL: ROY IS PLAYGROUND KING


Local hero Jonathan Roy is the king of WPT Montreal. Roy (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 19th) picks up the huge first-place, worth over 780K USD for his second victory of the season on the circuit ... Roy won a EPT Grand Final side event in Monte Carlo earlier this year ... the win allows Roy to make a late-season charge, moving to 19th overall on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard.

In an all-French Canadian final, Roy defeated his friend, 2010 WSOP bracelet winner Pascal Lefrancois (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-242nd), heads-up for the Montreal title.

American Jeff Gross (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 289th) certainly tried his best to play the role of spoiler but ran out of steam three-handed.

Lefrancois held a sizeable chip lead on his two opponents when three-handed play began but was hit hard in a few hands actually dropping to third for a while before battling back to face Roy during heads-up play.

One of Canada's most famous and recognizable players, Gavin Smith (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 568th), was back the limelight for the first time in a while, finishing fourth in the event.

Martin Raus, Ashton Griffin, Amanda Musumeci and Francois Billard, who cashed in the 1K Deepstack event earlier in the series at Playground, all earned POY points in this event.

Congratulations to the folks at Playground Poker Club near Montreal for hosting a great event, the third biggest in the history of the World Poker Tour.



TOP 27 PAYOUTS (USD)
Jonathan Roy $784,101
Pascal Lefrancois $473,572
Jeff Gross $319,238
Gavin Smith $212,937
Sylvain Siebert $147,184
Peter Kaemmerlen $113,792
Serge Cantin $86,539
Martin Raus $63,370
Gabriel Fernandes $45,313
Kuong Chhe Kuoch $32,366
Josue Sauvageau $32,366
Tommy Velliama $32,366
Ashton Griffin $25,211
Amanda Musumeci $25,211
Thanh Phong $25,211
Danny Thanh Nguyen $21,123
Paul Apotstols $21,123
Francois Billard $21,123
Bruce Buffer $17,714
Jean Roy $17,714
Todd Siislev $17,714
Jason Koon $17,714
Anesti Kocini $17,714
Amichai Barer $17,714
Timothy Adams $17,714
Hugo Dumoulin $17,714
Mike McDonald $17,714

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PTPR SIDE EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
PLAYGROUND POKER CLASSIC
WPT NLH Main Event
November 23-27, 2012

Playground Poker Club | Quebec
Buy-in: $3,325 | Prizepool: $3,387,930
Total Entries: 1,173

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JONATHAN ROY 136
PASCAL LEFRANCOIS 86
JEFF GROSS 56
GAVIN SMITH 46
SYLVAIN SIEBERT 41
PETER KAEMMERIEN 36
SERGE CANTIN 36
MARTIN RAUS 21
GABRIEL FERNANDES 21
KUONG CHHE 21
JOSUE SAUVAGEAU 21
TOMMY VELLIAMA 19
ASHTON GRIFFIN 19
AMANDA MUSUMECI 19
THANH PHONG 19
DANNY THANH NGUYEN 16
PAUL APOTSTOIS 16
FRANCOIS BILLARD 16

NEXT WPT TOUR STOP
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT MAZAGAN
Mazagan Beach Resort, Morocco
Event Started (FT December 1st)


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WPT REGIONAL: FIGUEROA THE ROCK 'N ROLL STAR


While the main tour is still in Montreal, the WPT Regional Series setup shop in Florida over the weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood for the Rock 'N Roll Poker Open.

Victor Figueroa was the big winner, collecting 105K USD for his efforts. Amazingly, Figueroa was runner up in three different events at the WPT Regional Summer Splash right here at the Seminole back in August. This is Figueroa's first win on the poker circuit.

Anthony Ruberto was runner-up in the event. Ruberto won a prelim event at the Battle at the Beache in Pompano Park last March.

Falling short of the final table were Mukul Puhaja, Ronnie Bardah and Corey Burbick - all three men did, however, finish in the Top 20.



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
Victor Figueroa   $105,000
Anthony Ruberto Jr   $85,000
Matthew Goldman   $74,018
Kerwin Ramsumair   $35,779
Michael Ortiz   $26,402
Matthew Leconche   $20,974
Yigal Hen   $16,039
David Forster   $11,597
Omar McFarlane   $8,390
Alain Rodriguez   $6,416
Michael Minetti   $6,416
Mohammad Siddiqui   $6,416
Adam Adler   $5,182
Mukul Pahuja   $5,182
Oleg Gaidouk   $5,182
Richard Zipes   $4,442
Cory Wood   $4,442
Ronnie Bardah   $4,442
Anthony Rutter   $3,701
Corey Burbick   $3,701
Cory Blum   $3,701
Sharon Bachar   $3,701
John Rhodes   $3,701
William Pilossoph   $3,701
Steve Karp   $3,701
Karim Vegas   $3,701
Joseph Couden   $3,701
Greg Rosen   $3,208
Brandon Navarrete   $3,208
Ariel Quintana   $3,208
John Pappas   $3,208
Aleksey Kashirin   $3,208
Evan Dollinger   $3,208
Jason George   $3,208
Rich Rice   $3,208
Maurice Costigan   $3,208


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR REGIONAL SERIES
ROCK 'N ROLL POKER OPEN
WPT NLH Main Event
November 23-26, 2012

Seminole Hard Rock | Florida
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $493,500
Total Entries: 329

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
VICTOR FIGUEROA 35
ANTHONY RUBERTO JR 18
MATTHEW GOLDMAN 10
KERWIN RAMSUMAIR 8
MICHAEL ORTIZ 5

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NEXT WPT REGIONAL TOUR STOP
WPT Regional Series Florida
WPT Winter Tampa Bay Open
Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa Bay
December 6-9, 2012


WPT MONTREAL: MONTREAL CALLING - BIG NAME CANUCKS LOOK FOR WPT GLORY


Two hometown heroes (Roy, Lefrancois) - one of the country's best (Smith) add in an American star (Gross) and you've got yourself the perfect mix for what should be an exciting final table later today at the Playground Poker Club minutes outside of Montreal.


They started off 1,173 strong - monster numbers in the third biggest WPT tournament in history - and now they're down to the final six, all looking for WPT glory.

Pascal Lefrancois helped but Quebec and French Canada on the poker map back in 2010 when he won his first WSOP bracelet - and went topless for the occasion! Later that year, Quebec's footprint on the poker landscape would be cemented when Lefrancois' good friend, Jonathan Duhamel, went on to win the Main Event.

You may be a little unfamiliar with Jonathan Roy - but you should not overlook the Boucherville native. Roy does have lots of experience on the tournament circuit, including a win in a 8-max side event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo this year and a 9th place finish at WPT Malta just a few months ago.

This could be a big moment for Gavin Smith. In his native Canada, chasing that second WPT title. The former WSOP bracelet winner is one of Canada's biggest stars in poker and his four WPT final table performances combined with this two WSOP final tables will surely serve him well later today ... the only problem? He starts the day last in chips.

Jeff Gross will be looking to play the role of spoiler on Tuesday. Gross has tons on the line. He brings a big chip stack to the table today and is looking for his first major poker title.

Gross came oh so close to bracelet #1 at the 2011 WSOP when he finished second to Mark Radoja (a Canadian for what it's worth) in the 5K NLH Shootout event.

Both Lefrancois and Smith were former guests of mine on Poker Eh! on QuadJacks Radio - you can listen to their interviews here: Poker EH! on QuadJacks

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS / CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1: Jonathan Roy 7.48M
Seat 2: Pascal Lefrancois 6.06M
Seat 3: Jeff Gross 8.65M
Seat 4: Gavin Smith 1.60M
Seat 5: Peter Kaemmerien 2.40M
Seat 6: Sylvain Siebert 8.85M

Blinds are set at 60K - 120K with a 20K ante for the first 23 minutes of play.

The WPT will live stream the event over at www.WPT.com starting at 4:30pm ET (on a 30-minute delay) ... Mike "Timex" McDonald is expected to join live stream host Tony Dunst in the commentary booth.



TOP 18 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st place $779,710
2nd place $470,920
3rd place $317,450
4th place $211,745
5th place $146,360
6th place $113,155
Serge Cantin $86,505
Martin Raus $63,015
Gabriel Fernandes $45,060
Kuong Chhe Kuoch $32,185
Josue Sauvageau $32,185
Tommy Velliama $32,185
Ashton Griffin $25,070
Amanda Musumeci $25,070
Thahn Phong $25,070
Danny Thahn Nguyen $21,005
Paul Apotstols $21,005
Francois Billard $21,005

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PTPR SIDE EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
PLAYGROUND POKER CLASSIC
WPT NLH Main Event
November 23-27, 2012

Playground Poker Club | Quebec
Buy-in: $3,325 | Prizepool: $3,387,930
Total Entries: 1,173

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 136
2nd place 86
3rd place 56
4th place 46
5th place 41
6th place 36
Serge Cantin 36
Martin Raus 21
Gabriel Fernandes 21
Kuong Chhe Kuoch 21
Josue Sauvageau 21
Tommy Velliama 19
Ashton Griffin 19
Amanda Musumeci 19
Thahn Phong 19
Danny Thahn Nguyen 16
Paul Apotstols 16
Francois Billard 16


Sunday, November 25, 2012

ANZPT AUCKLAND: SMITH'S BREAKTHROUGH VICTORY IN NZ


After a few years of smallish but respectable scores, Geoff Smith has finally broken through, winning ANZPT Auckland.

The New Zealand native continues the trend of picking up scores in his native country (all buy one have been in NZ), this time winning a big one, over 80K NZD for this efforts.

Smith defeated Sebastian Martineau heads-up.

It was the first time that the ANZPT visited Auckland, and with over 200 participants, you can count on the tour coming back in Season 6.

A few months break for the ANZPT - next up, Perth starting in Valentine's Day.

Photo: PokerStars, ANZPT



EVENT PAYOUTS (NZD)
1 GEOFF SMITH 80,502
2 SEBASTIAN MARTINEAU 55,000
3 PRAVIN HARJI 55,000
4 MONICA EASTICK 55,000
5 JAMIE MULLIGAN 25,875
6 Miroslav Sheynin 21,735
7 Xiaodong Xia 17,595
8 Graeme Putt 13,455
9 Patrick Healy 10,350
10 Andre Nunes-Carreira 7,245
11 Jason Lee 7,245
12 Cole Swannack 7,245
13 Brendan Ng 6,210
14 Jie Gao 6,210
15 Emile Gissaud 6,210
16 Angie Fitzgerald 5,175
17 Michael Guzzardi 5,175
18 Leang Kang 5,175
19 Jared Adams 4,140
20 Hoshy Patel 4,140
21 Kani Edwards 4,140
22 Jun Ho Hwang 3,726
23 Stefan Gruenewald 3,726
24 Emerson Rewi 3,726


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
AUSTRLIA NEW ZEALAND POKER TOUR
ANZPT AUCKLAND
NLH Main Event
November 21-25, 2012

SKYCITY Casino | New Zealand
Buy-in: $1,810 | Prizepool: $341,535
Total Entries: 207

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GEOFF SMITH 35
SEBASTIAN MARTINEAU 18
PRAVIN HARJI 10
MONICA EASTICK 8
JAMIE MULLIGAN 5

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

WPT MONTREAL: 1K DEEPSTACK ENDS AS MAIN EVENT BEGINS


Yet another full house is expected for Day 1B at WPT Montreal at the Playground Poker Club in less than an hour.

Many of the biggest names of poker are in Montreal, and many of them had an early start playing the 1K Deepstack event presented on Wednesday and Thursday.

We were 13 players short of 400 for the Deepstack event with American (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-321st) Buck Ramsay collecting 84K CAD for the win, earning his first POY points of the 2012 season.

Homegrown talent Jason Duval (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-683rd) was third in the event. Duval finished 8th at EPT Madrid earlier this season - Bruno Lopes aka Kool Shen was fourth in that same event.

We only bring up Lopes into this conversation because he also has a connection with our other highlight player from this tournament, sixth place finisher Vladimir Faubert (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,650th), who finished in 8th position at the Euro Finals of Poker Diamond Championship event back in January ... Lopes won that event. 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Aubin Cazals was second at the EFOP Diamond event.

Samuel Chartier was 11th in the event, Francois Billard was 13th while Laurence Grondin finished in 19th position.

The #2 ranked player in the world, Marvin Rettenmaier, cashed, finishing in 27th position.

We're moments away from Day 1B play at WPT Montreal, best of luck to all players!



EVENT PAYOUTS (CAD)
Buck Ramsay $84,000
Joshua Abiscott $50,000
Jason Duval $38,000
Wesley St-Jean $30,000
Dean Murphy $22,000
Vladimir Faubert $18,000
Zlatko Acimovic $14,000
Said Nehme $12,000
G- Man $10,000
Nicola Lategano $8,000
Samuel Chartier $6,500
Stepan Dzhigarkhanyan $5,500
Francois Billard $5,000
Normand Gauthier $4,600
Oleg Boulchyi $1,874
Tim Duong $4,000
J.F. Bouchard $3,720
Jiachen Gong $3,600
Laurence Grondin $3,300
Unknown Player $3,300
Kim Kilroy $3,300
Louis Lam $3,000
Soren Turkewitsch $3,000
Lucas Drolet $3,000
Louis Karastamatis7.50 $2,700
Amichai Barer $2,700
Marvin Rettenmaier $2,700
Kevin Stani $2,400
Kevin Odell $2,400
Michael Korovine $2,400
Malachy Hagan $2,000
Ramzi Karam $2,000
Alexandre Sourdif $1,900
Terry Papadopolous $1,800
Glen Cymbalak $1,600
Joseph Gray $1,600
Kenneth David $1,600
Colin Padgett $1,500
Dave Brochu $1,500
Alexandre Hartung $1,500


PTPR SIDE EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
PLAYGROUND POKER CLASSIC
NLH 1K Deepstack Event
November 21-22, 2012

Playground Poker Club | Quebec
Buy-in: $1,105 | Prizepool: $325,660
Total Entries: 387

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BUCK RAMSAY 75
JOSHUA ABISCOTT 40
JASON DUVAL 25
WESLEY ST-JEAN 15
DEAN MURPHY 10
VLAD FAUBERT 8
ZLATKO ACIMOVIC 5
SAID NEHME 5
G-MAN 5

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

BORGATA FALL: BROCK'S BORGATA THANKSGIVING BOUNTY


A few good men were still hard at work on U.S. Thanksgiving morning earlier today at the Borgata in Atlantic City as final table play went into overtime at the Borgata Fall Poker Open.

In the end, it's veteran poker pro Brock Parker (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 16th) who wins the Borgata Fall Poker Open ... defeating Scott Baumstein (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 96th) heads-up.

This is Parker's second win of the season - his first also coming at Borgata, at the Winter Poker Open, where he won a prelim event.

Parker's win helps him make a big late-season move on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard, moving him into the Top 20.

Recent WSOP October Nine participant Michael Esposito (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-254th) finished sixth in the event.

Meanwhile, Vinny Pahuja (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-432nd), Jeffrey Papola (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-241st), Matt Stout (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 215th), Ravi Raghavan (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,247th) and Kambiz Behbahani (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,791st) are other notables who final tabled the event.

Photo: Borgata Fall Poker Open


FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Brock Parker $372,568
Scott Baumstein $209,480
Patrick Chan $131,895
Vinny Pahuja $107,067
Jeff Papola $85,344
Michael Esposito $70,602
Matt Stout $56,637
Ravi Raghavan $42,672
Kambiz 'Tony' Behbahani $29,482
Lou Crispino $20,172

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrew Badecker, $388,657

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
BORGATA FALL POKER OPEN
NLH Main Event
November 18-21, 2012

Borgata Hotel Casino | Atlantic City
Buy-in: $2,700 | Prizepool: $388,657
Total Entries: 644

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BROCK PARKER 106
SCOTT BAUMSTEIN 66
PATRICK CHAN 41
VINNY PAHUJA 31
JEFF PAPOLA 24
MICHAEL ESPOSITO 16
MATT STOUT 14
RAVI RAGHAVAN 11
KAMBIZ BEHBAHANI "TONY" 11


VENETIAN DSE: HARO DEFEATS BIG CHEESE ET AL. AT DSE



It's a second score at Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza events this season for Alexander Haro (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-747th) ... but something tells us this one may be the one that Haro will remember most a few years down the road.


Haro defeated a 261-player field - including 2010 CardPlayer of the Year Thomas Marchese at the final table - on way to a huge 142K USD score - not a bad pay day for the latest winner of the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event.

As mentioned, Marchese finished fourth in the event. Shockingly, Marchese earns Player of the Year points for the first time this season.

CardPlayer guru Barry Shulman was sixth in the event while Eric Froehlich finished in 24th position.



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
Alex Haro $142,503
Axel Werner $87,879
David Feldman $59,378
Thomas Marchese $42,158
Ryan Tosoc $32,658
Quentin Siffledeen $26,720
Barry Shulman $22,267
Franklin Chambers $18,704
Paul Lieu $15,438
Aaron Motoyama $12,172
Ken James $12,172
Michael Haag $12,172
Alberto Sabogali $9,500
Jeffrey Frerichs $9,500
Eshed Hadaya $9,500
Steven Goldberg $7,422
Zvi Zipor $7,422
Samantha Cohen $7,422
Elior Molcho $6,532
Frank Rusnak $6,532
Brandon Carswell $6,532
Jared Ingles $6,532
Michael Taylor $6,532
Eric Froehlich $6,532
Jason Garritty $6,532
Soren Blanner $6,532
Ann Mong $6,532


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
VENETIAN DEEP STACK EXTRAVAGANZA IV
NLH Main Event
November 17-20, 2012

The Venetian | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $2,500 | Prizepool: $593,775
Total Entries: 261

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ALEX HARO 35
AXEL WERNER 18
DAVID FELDMAN 10
THOMAS MARCHESE 8
RYAN TOSOC 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Timothy West, $444,165

NEXT VENETIAN DSE EVENT
2013 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza I
The Venetian, Las Vegas
January 31-February 27, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LA POKER OPEN: HOLLAND WINS AS LAPC LOOMS


Believe it or not, we are only months away from the 2013 Los Angeles Poker Classic ... but first, we had business to take care of at Commerce Casino yesterday as the Championship Event at the LA Poker Open needed to find a winner.

And that winner is live tournament veteran and former WSOP bracelet winner Randy Holland. Holland weeded through the 364-player field in order to collect $110,000 USD for the victory.

Holland's first live tournament cash of significance came way back in 1993 - where he finished eighth in a 1,500 NLH event at the WSOP, good for 11K.

Fifth place finisher Patrick Karschamroon earned (2) Top 15 finishes in NLH events at this past summer's WSOP.

Karschamroon won the Cal State Poker Championship back in 2010.

Aaron Kaiser, Bart Hanson, Greg Sessler and Chris Gregorian are a few other known players who cashed in the event.

Picture courtesy of LAPCNews.com, Commerce Casino


TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
1 RANDY HOLLAND $110,000
2 MALIK ADAWI $95,250
3 KANE LAI $54,440
4 VADIM BARANOVSKY $40,290
5 PATRICK KARSCHAMROON $30,250
6 STEPHEN PLACHE $24,190
7 EDWARD FRISH $20,090
8 AARON KAISER $16,110
9 TOMMY SAN $12,070
10 SHANT MARASHLIAN $8,790

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Huicun Qiao, $132,705

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
LA POKER OPEN
NLH Championship
November 18-21, 2012

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $546,000
Total Entries: 364

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RANDY HOLLAND 35
MALIK ADAWI 18
KANE LAI 10
VADIM BARANOVSKY 8
PATRICK KARSCHAMROON 5


IPT NOVA GORICA: D'ANTONI SURVIVES BONAVENA CHARGE


The task at hand was certainly not an easy one to complete. The mission? Beat a former IPT and EPT Champ with tons of live tournament poker experience heads-up in order to secure the first live tournament victory of your career.

For Riccardo D'Antoni, it's mission accomplished! The young Italian won ITP Nova Gorica earlier this week, defeating tournament 2008 EPT Prague Champ Salvatore Bonavena (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-362nd) heads-up.

For Bonavena, it's a fourth Top 5 placing at IPT events. Funny enough, he's collected a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and a 4th place finish ... fifth position next for Bonavena?

Bonavena also placed third at the WSOP Europe 1K event - event won by Antonio Esfandiari.

Third place finisher Sebastiano Giudice and fourth place finisher Fausto Cheli have a history of playing final tables together. They both had the opportunity to play in the WPT National Series St-Vincent event together - Cheli finished second and Giudice fourth in that event.

Picture courtesy of PokerStars, IPT


TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Riccardo D'Antoni €155,000 $196,998
Salvatore Bonavena €95,000
Sebastiano Giudice €55,000
Fausto Cheli €42,000
Paolo Casaburi €33,000
Massimiliano Bramati €25,000
Michele Di Lauro €18,000
Michele Limongi €12,000
Manilo Iemina €9,000
Antonio Massi €9,000

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Anton Karasinsky, €140.000

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
ITALIAN POKER TOUR
IPT Nova Gorica
NLH Main Event
November 15-19, 2012

Hit Casino Perla | Slovenia
Buy-in: $2,815 | Prizepool: $740,340
Total Entries: 298

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RICCARDO D'ANTONI 35
SALVATORE BONAVENA 18
SEBASTIANO GIUDICE 10
FAUSTO CHELI 8
PAOLO CASABURI 5

NEXT IPT TOUR EVENT
IPT Campione
Campione Casino, Italy
January 10-14, 2013


Monday, November 19, 2012

HPT CHAMPIONS: FOUR THE RECORD BOOKS


Words can't even begin to describe what transpired about an hour ago at the Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Indiana where 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 89th) won his fourth - that's right, fourth - Heartland Poker Tour event since the end of July, winning four out of six events during that stretch.


There is no denying Raymer's skills. Going real deep the year following his Main Event victory proved that Fossilman was no fluke ... but four tournaments in a matter of months? No one could have predicted this. Raymer picks up over $106,000 USD for his Indiana victory.

Raymer defeated Jacob Bazeley (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 91st) heads-up. Bazeley has also had a solid 2012 campaign - his highlight coming right off the bat at the 2012 WSOP - finishing second to Brent Hanks in NLH Event #2 at the Rio.

Bazeley also earned (2) Top 5 finishes in side events at The River Poker Series this past August in Oklahoma.

Picture courtesy of Heartland Poker Tour


FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
1 Greg Raymer $106,030
2 Jacob Bazeley $59,706
3 Bruce Ostrander $38,088
4 Iverson “Cotton” Snuffer $32,941
5 Jason Gwinn $25,324
6 Kenny Hicks $20,588

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Inaugural Event

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR
HPT Championship Open Indiana
NLH Main Event
November 16-19, 2012

Belterra Casino Resort | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $411,765
Total Entries: 283

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GREG RAYMER 35
JACOB BAZELEY 18
BRUCE OSTRANDER 10
IVERSON SNUFFER 8
JASON GWINN 5

NEXT HPT TOUR EVENT
HPT On The High Seas
Season 9 Kickoff Event
Onboard MSC Poesia
January 19-26, 2013


FPS PARIS: POLISH PRIDE - RYPULAK WINS PARIS


Mateusz Rypulak has won the France Poker Series Paris Main Event.

After eight days of tournament poker, the young man from Poland defeated 714 players including Frenchman Sofiane Tigride heads-up to collect the second live tournament score of his career of note - although we're sure that he is much more excited about his big pay day today compared to the 22,000 CZK cheque he cashed in July after finishing 11th at the Pardubice Poker Festival in the Czech Republic.

Top payout players included WPT World Championship runner-up Philippe Ktorza and Paul Tedeschi who recently collected three Top 10 finishes at WSOP Europe in Cannes, including a sixth place finish in the Main Event.

Picture courtesy of Poker52.fr


TOP 24 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1- Mateusz Rypulak 150.000€
2- Sofiane Tigride 100.000€
3- Moritz Naber 63.238€
4- Pascal Oren 45.000€
5- Julien Sitbon 35.000€
6- Matthieu Hervé 26.000€
7- Flavien Guenan 21.000€
8- Randar Sikk 16.000€
9- Charles Berrebi 12.000€
10- Jean-Louis Santoni 10.000€
11- Yasmine Hanane 10.000€
12- Timothée Marlin 10.000€
13- Ahmed Abd El Fatah 8200€
14- Karim Ouadah 8200€
15- Abou Sy 8200€
16- Philippe Ktorza 7000€
17- Benjamin Souriau 7000€
18- Michal Smola 7000€
19- Christophe Dartagnan 5900€
20- Stéphane Nadot 5900€
21- Paul Tedeschi 5900€
22- Rodolphe Dethiere 4800€
23- Daniel Maciel 4800€
24- Thomas Fonce 4800€


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
FRANCE POKER SERIES
FPS Paris
NLH Main Event
November 12-19, 2012

Cercle Cadet | Paris
Buy-in: $1,400 | Prizepool: $903,155
Total Entries: 715

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MATEUSZ RYPULAK 35
SOFIANE TIGRIDE 18
MORITZ NABER 10
PASCAL OREN 8
JULIEN SITBON 5

NEXT FPS TOUR EVENT
Finale FPS
Casino Barriere, Deauville
January 30-2, 2012

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Marvin Rettenmaier, € 244,036

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

LAPT PERU: SCOTT WINS GRAND FINAL


Jordan Scott has won the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima, Peru.

Scott survived a 376-player field on way to the first big score of his live tournament poker career.

Fifth place finisher Brent Sheirbon finished third at LAPT San Jose back in 2008.

You can bet that the final five players were relieved when PokerStars Team Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero was eliminated in sixth position.

Picture courtesy of LAPT, PokerStars, Carlos Monti


TOP 24 PAYOUTS (USD)
Jordan Scott $187,300
Maxence Debar $119,120
Oscar Barriga $81,370
Jorge Gonzalez Pirela $60,400
Brent Sheirbon $46,140
Nacho Barbero $36,070
Aramis Salvadori $26,840
Roberto Vahlis $20,130
Sebastian Marcel Miranda $15,440
Cesar Holguin $13,200
Sergio do Canto Pereira $11,480
Rafael Fernandez $10,180
Jonathan Marcovits $9,130
Ruben Felix La Rosa $8,330
Juan Carlos Celi $7,650
Nicasio Sanchez Toranzo $7,040
Daniel Ospina $6,480
Alfredo Zegarra $6,480
Lucas Leonardo Vera Lopez $5,990
Espir Aguad $5,990
Jose Carlos Paz $5,550
Alejandro Martin Caridad $5,550
Brian England $5,180
Andres Eduardo Herrera Zepeda $5,180


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
LATIN AMERICAN POKER TOUR
LAPT Peru Grand Final
NLH Main Event
November 14-18, 2012

Atlantic City Casino | Lima
Buy-in: $2,500 | Prizepool: $838,860
Total Entries: 376

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JORDAN SCOTT 35
MAXENCE DEBAR 18
OSCAR BARRIGA 10
JORGE GONZALEZ PIRELA 8
BRENT SHEIRBON 5

NEXT LAPT TOUR EVENT
End of Season 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Kemal Ferri, $207,400

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

WPT COPENHAGEN: OLSSON'S UP AND DOWN DAY ENDS IN A WIN!


Emil Olsson won the inaugural WPT Copenhagen earlier today in Denmark.

Although Olsson entered final table play as the chip leader, his final table opponents certainly didn't make things easy for him on Saturday.

For a while, it seemed as if Olsson simply couldn't do anything right - he wasn't able to win a race ... that is, until he was able to get things back on track, when his QJ got the best of Stanislav Barshak's J9 on a JT344 board, eliminating Barshak in fourth position.

Olsson defeated former EPT Copenahgen final table player Morten Klein heads-up.

Picture courtesy of WPT.com


TOP 18 PAYOUTS (USD)
Emil Olsson $229,938
Morten Klein $145,164
Philip Jacobsen $93,080
Stanislav Barshak $68,316
Robin Ylitalo $51,237
Jan Djerberg $40,989
Frei Dilling Kjaer $34,670
Jimmy Jonsson $27,325
Bircan Cakar $20,494
Martin Tonnesen $15,200
Thor Drexel $15,200
Niclas Martinsson $15,200
Christian Honore $12,295
Kenny Kousgaard $12,295
Jens Kerper $12,295
Claus Nielsen $10,587
Peter Jepsen $10,587
Steve O'Dwyer $10,587
Alexander Petersen $9,221
Yaron Zeev Malki $9,221
Rasmus Agerskov Larsen $9,221
Jan Sorensen $8,197
Jesper Mertz $8,197
Sergii Baranov $8,197
Tamas Meszaros $7,171
Erez Lilienthal $7,171
Dennis Rasmussen $7,171

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PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT Copenhagen
NLH Main Event
November 12-17, 2012

Casino Copenhagen | Denmark
Buy-in: $4,480 | Prizepool: $899,226
Entries: 229

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
EMIL OLSSON 127
MORTEN KLEIN 77
PHILIP JACOBSEN 47
STANISLAV BARSHAK 37
ROBIN YLITALO 32
JAN DJERBERG 27
FREI DILLING KJAER 27
JIMMY JONSSON 12
BIRCAN CAKAR 12
MARTIN TONNESEN 12
THOR DREXEL 12
NICLAS MARTINSSON 10
CHRISTIAN HONORE 10
KENNY KOUSGAARD 10
JENS KERPER 10
CLAUS NIELSEN 7
PETER JEPSEN 7
STEVE O'DWYER 7

NEXT WPT TOUR EVENT
WPT Montreal
Playground Poker Club
Kahnawake, Quebec
November 23-27, 2012


Friday, November 16, 2012

WPT COPENHAGEN: FINAL TABLE SET IN DENMARK


The final table at the inaugural WPT Copenhagen Main Event is set for Saturday at Casino Copenhagen in Denmark.

The man sitting in seat #1, Emil Olsson of Sweden, is the chip leader heading into final table play.

Olsson doesn't have many scores in his career - his best moment came at the Malmo Open in 2011. Olsson finished third in that event.

Stanislav Barshak comes into Day 5 play second in chips. Barshak comes off a win at WSOP Hammond - he won the Six-Max prelim event.

Barshak also busted on the TV final table bubble at the WPT Hollywood Poker Open back in April of 2011.

The man with the biggest "big moment" experience is the short stack, Morten Klein. Klein, who finished third at EPT Copenhagen - good for over 250K USD - back in 2010,
will have to battle back in order to better that third place finish.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS:
Seat 1 | Emil Olsson  2,208,000
Seat 2 | Stanislav Barshak  1,597,000
Seat 3 | Robin Ylitalo  934,000
Seat 4 | Philip Jacobson  742,000
Seat 5 | Jan Djerberg  824,000
Seat 6 | Morten Klein  568,000

On the flipside, it was the end of the road for Steve O'Dwyer during Friday's play. O'Dwyer began the day with one of the smallest chip stacks and was unable to get anything started ... he was the first player out on Friday.



TOP 18 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $229,938
2nd $145,164
3rd $93,080
4th $68,316
5th $51,237
6th $40,989
Frei Dilling Kjaer $34,670
Jimmy Jonsson $27,325
Bircan Cakar $20,494
Martin Tonnesen $15,200
Thor Drexel $15,200
Niclas Martinsson $15,200
Christian Honore $12,295
Kenny Kousgaard $12,295
Jens Kerper $12,295
Claus Nielsen $10,587
Peter Jepsen $10,587
Steve O'Dwyer $10,587

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NEXT WPT TOUR EVENT
WPT Montreal
Playground Poker Club
Kahnawake, Quebec
November 23-27, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT Copenhagen
NLH Main Event
November 12-17, 2012

Casino Copenhagen | Denmark
Buy-in: $4,480 | Prizepool: $899,226
Entries: 229

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 127
2nd position 77
3rd position 47
4th position 37
5th position 32
6th position 27
FREI DILLING KJAER 27
JIMMY JONSSON 12
BIRCAN CAKAR 12
MARTIN TONNESEN 12
THOR DREXEL 12
NICLAS MARTINSSON 10
CHRISTIAN HONORE 10
KENNY KOUSGAARD 10
JENS KERPER 10
CLAUS NIELSEN 7
PETER JEPSEN 7
STEVE O'DWYER 7