Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DUTCHMAN VAN ZADELHOFF WINS IN HIS HOMELAND

PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

It appears that Dutch poker pro Steven Van Zadelhoff sure likes the home cooking. Van Zadelhoff (2011 PTPR Rank: 2703rd) had some scores last season but nothing to write home about.

But things seem to have already turned around early in 2012 - Van Zadelhoff won the Dom Classics 2012 Main Event over the weekend, overcoming the 182 player field along the way.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1st Steven van Zadelhoff €75,075
2nd Melvyn Sleen €45,318
3rd Clyde Tjauw Foe €27,710
4th Siema Bhagooe €21,567
5th Abdel Kader €18,564
6th Johan Roosen €15,834
7th Nico Kuan €12,831
8th Vincent Gabel €10,101
9th Michel Dragonic €7,098
10th Hugo Borst €5,460

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Dom Classics 2012
NLH Main Event
January 28-29, 2012

Holland Casino | Netherlands
Buy-in: $2,080 | Prizepool: $352,736
Entries: 182

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
STEVEN van ZADELHOFF 35
MELVYN SLEEN 18
CLYDE TJAUW FOE 10
SIEMA BHAGOOE 8
ABDEL KADER 5

JOVANOVIC EQUALS DJOKOVIC AT CAPT SEEFELD

PHOTO/SOURCE: CASINOS.at

Our second of third updates from Europe has us at the Casinos Austria Seefeld for the CAPT Seefeld NLH Main Event.

Dorge Jovanovic didn't want his Serbian countryman Novak Djokovic to out-do him on Sunday.


Hours after Novak defeated Rafael Nadal in a epic tennis match, Jovanovic was picking up the victory at Seefeld.

Jovanovic (2011 PTPR Rank: 1483th) finished second at the German Championships of Poker in the Czech Republic last October.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1 Dorde Jovanovic € 94.690
2 Thomas Butzhammer € 56.850
3 Antonio Turrisi € 35.540
4 Toscan € 25.580
5 Alexander Sanek € 19.540
6 Günter Fortkord € 15.990
7 Robert Walfisch € 13.850
8 Dan Murariu € 11.370,00
9 Andrey Chesnokov € 9.770
10 Anton Taxacher € 7.465

RELATED POSTS
>> CAPT/EM CHAMPIONSHIP
>> 2011 CAPT SEEFELD

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Casinos Austria Seefeld Open
CAPT Seefeld NLH Main Event
January 28-29, 2012

Casinos Austria Seefeld | Austria
Buy-in: $2,615 | Prizepool: $457,796
Entries: 187

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andreas Griesser, (2011 PTPR Rank: 835th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DORDE JOVANOVIC 35
THOMAS BUTZHAMMER 18
ANTONIO TURRISI 10
TOSCAN 8
ALEXANDER SANEK 5

NEXT TOUR STOP
CAPT Bregenz
Final Table February 25-26, 2012


TO THE HUNTER GOES THE GUKPT MANCHESTER MAIN

PHOTO: GUKPT.com
SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

It was a busy weekend in Europe - this is our first of three updates from Europe ...

Leg 1 of the 2012 GUKPT (Grosvenor UK Poker Tour) was completed over the weekend. Scotland's Lewis Hunter collected the first PTPR Points of his career with the victory.

Hunter more than tripled his live career tournament earnings with the win. Over 49K GBP for the weekend grind!

Fifth place finisher Sam Grafton earned his first score of 2012. Grafton (2011 PTPR Rank: 1409th) earned a score at the WSOP last summer - in Event 26 - NLH Six-Max.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in GBP)
1st Lewis Hunter £49,600
2nd Kevin Steele £34,630
3rd Allan Doyle £21,800
4th Danny Blair £13,250
5th Sam Grafton £10,260
6th Gary Holden £8,120
7th Gonzalez Garcia £6,410
8th John Hanley £4,700
9th Chris Kadji £3,420
10th Jamie Ellwood £2,990

RELATED POSTS
>> QUOSS WINS GRAND FINAL
>> 2011 GUKPT MANCHESTER

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Manchester
GUKPT NLH Main Event
January 27-29, 2012

Grosvenor G Casino | Manchester
Buy-in: $1,685 | Prizepool: $266,251
Entries: 171

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Peter McAdams, (2011 PTPR Rank: 835th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
LEWIS HUNTER 35
KEVIN STEELE 18
ALLAN DOYLE 10
DANNY BLAIR 8
SAM GRAFTON 5

NEXT TOUR STOP
GUKPT Walsall
Final Table March 16-18, 2012


WSOPC CAESARS: CALENZO SURVIVES STRONG FIELD TO WIN AT CAESARS

PHOTO: WSOP.com
SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It wasn't going to be easy to win the title at the latest tour stop for the World Series of Poker Circuit. WSOP Circuit Caesars had many of Vegas' best looking for a first win of this very young poker season.



While Sean Getzwiller, Dutch Boyd and Jeff Madsen all finished in the Top 10, it's Kevin Calenzo who stole the show, winning his first Circuit ring.

Calenzo (2011 PTPR Rank: 1367th) earned - by far - the biggest paycheque of his live tournament poker career, collecting just under 200K US with the win.

The aforementioned Getzwiller (2011 PTPR Rank: 67th) finished third in the event. Getzwiller collected a WSOP bracelet over the summer, earning the win in a 1K NLH event - earning over 600K US with the victory.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in USD)
1 Kevin Calenzo $197,451
2 Ian Mack $122,183
3 Sean Getzwiller $89,617
4 William Criego $66,644
5 Jeffrey Fielder $50,231
6 Dutch Boyd $38,365
7 Joseph Kuether $29,686
8 Jeff Madsen $23,271
9 James Mordue $18,474
10 Brandon Riha $14,853

RELATED POSTS
>> ARAYA WINS WSOPC CHOCTAW
>> JOHNSON WINS WSOPC CAESARS

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Palace
WSOPC NLH Main Event
January 27-30, 2012

Caesars Palace | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $963,210
Entries: 662

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Chris Johnson, (2011 PTPR Rank: 835th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
KEVIN CALENZO 35
IAN MACK 18
SEAN GETZWILLER 10
WILLIAM CRIEGO 8
JEFFREY FIELDER 5

NEXT TOUR STOP
WSOPC Tunica (Mississippi)
Final Table February 11-13, 2012


Monday, January 30, 2012

SAN JOSE NATIVE EDALAT WINS LIONS SHARE OF 1M PRIZEPOOL AT LAPC

PHOTO/SOURCE: COMMERCETOURNAMENTS.com

The annual "kickoff" event at the LAPC (Los Angeles Poker Classic) holds a million dollar guaranteed prizepool ... oh, did we mention that the buy-in is only $340??? A great chance for any poker player to win a big chunk of change.

San Jose, California native Seyed (RU) Edalat captured the win in the wee hours of the morning. The final 10 players agreed to a deal that allowed Edalat to pickup 113K US along the way.


Over 3,200 players entered the event, the top 161 players received a payout.



TOP 5 PAYOUTS (in USD)
1 SEYED EDALAT $113,560
2 RUSSELL HIGA $81,585
3 STEVE MORESCHI $65,345
4 HENRY NOYES $62,810
5 ERIC CHHOR $51,385

RELATED POSTS
>> BROOKS WINS LAPC
>> NISTLER WINS 250K


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
LAPC NLH 1M Guarantee
January 24-29, 2012

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $340 | Prizepool: $1,000,000
Entries: 3,234

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Cory Nistler, (2011 PTPR Rank: 160th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
SEYED EDALAT 120
RUSSELL HIGA 80
STEVE MORESCHI 55
HENRY NOYES 45
ERIC CHHOR 38
ANTHONY ASAD 20
DANNY ILLINGWORTH 28
THOMAS MATTHEWS 25
JEREMIAH GILLIAM 25


TOME WINS OPENING EVENT OF 2012 ON ESTRELLAS TOUR

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERSTARS.com

The 2012 edition of the Estrellas Poker Tour kicked off over the weekend in lovely Madrid. 482 players made their way to the Gran Casino Madrid in order to fight for a share of the over 460K Euro prizepool.

Juan Miguel Tome Perez laid low for most of the event - in fact, it looked Luis Rufas was on his way to winning the title. But the winds changed late and Tome becomes the first winner of 2012 on the Estrellas Poker Tour.

Fifth place finisher Manuel Martinez also earned a fifth place finish last season at Estrellas Ibiza.

It's important to note that the final three participants reached a deal during final day play. Rufas actually ended up with the biggest monetary payout, despite finishing second.



TOP 5 PAYOUTS (in EURO):
Juan Miguel Tomé Perez € 70,619 (Deal)
Luis Rufas Acin € 88,512 (Deal)
David Kolmberger € 65,469 (Deal)
Ruben Velasco Merino € 31250
Manuel Martinez Solsona € 24300

RELATED POSTS
GOSK WINS IBIZA (2011)

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Estrellas Poker Tour Madrid
ESPT Madrid NLH Main Event
January 25-29, 2012

Gran Casino Madrid | Spain
Buy-in: $1,450 | Prizepool: $618,305
Entries: 482

NEXT TOUR STOP
Estrellas Valencia, Main Event March 28-1

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JUAN MIGUEL TOME PEREZ 35
LUIS RUFAS 18
DAVID KOLMBERGER 10
RUBEN VELASCO 8
MANUEL MARTINEZ 5


Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012 AUSSIE: FARAZ JAKA SCORES FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

It may not be exactly what Faraz Jaka who hoping for but Faraz Jaka is on the right path to start the 2012 poker season.

Twice now Jaka has been in great position to pickup tournament wins - twice Jaka has come short but, it's still two significant scores to start the year.

After collecting a Top 5 finish in the Main Event at the PCA in the Bahamas two weeks ago, Jaka (2011 PTPR Rank: 2090th) was runner-up to Jean-Paul Helderman in the NLH Six-Max side event here at the Aussie Millions - picking up close to 80K with the second place finish.

For Helderman (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), this marks his first live tournament score of his poker career.

Tam Truong (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), former EPT Copenhagen Champ Anton Wigg (2011 PTPR Rank: 1430th), Daniel Laidlaw (2011 PTPR Rank: 2087th) and Jarred Solomon (2011 PTPR Rank: 259th) are other notables who collected PTPR Points in the event.



TOP 5 PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1st Jean-Paul Helderman A$110,600
2nd Faraz Jaka A$77,000
3rd Tam Truong A$55,600
4th Anton Wigg A$38,500
5th Sean Keeton A$25,700

RELATED POSTS
>> SPEIDEL WINS AUSSIE
>> AUSSIE FINAL TABLE SET
>> DION LEADS FINAL 12
>> O'SHEA, IVEY IN TOP 26
>>O'SHEA LEADS DAY 2
>> IVEY'S ROOM OPENS AT CROWN
>> SMITH COLLECTS 1M
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH Main Event
January 27, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $2,500 | Prizepool: $467,955
Entries: 190

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Tim O'Shea (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JEAN-PAUL HELDERMAN 75
FARAZ JAKA 40
TAM TRUONG 25
ANTONG WIGG 15
SEAN KEETON 10
GEORGE VASSILOPOULOS 8
JASON PRITCHARD 5
DANIEL LAIDLAW 5
JARRED SOLOMON 5


2012 EFOP: FRENCH RAPPER KOOL SHEN WINS EFOP DIAMOND

SOURCE: POKER52.fr

French rap star Bruno Lopes (stage name Kool Shen) has won the Euro Finals of Poker Diamond Championship earlier on Sunday.

Lopes (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) had many previous live tournament cashes in his career - but, his biggest was around 50K US - he surpassed that total by winning today's event - Lopes collected almost 120K Euro with this win today.

Kool Shen defeated Aubin Cazals heads up. Cazals (2011 PTPR Rank: 1956th) held the chip lead at the of each of the last two days in Paris.

EPT Loutraki Champion Zimnan Zinyard finished sixth in the event. Zinyard (2011 PTPR Rank: 72nd) was expected to be a contender as we were nearing final table play but, he lost a huge pot to Cazals late Saturday - and would be crippled by the time final table play started on Sunday.



TOP 9 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1– Bruno Lopes 119 440 €
2– Aubin Cazals 93 190 €
3– Jerome Naye 62 130 €
4– Alain Roy 46 600 €
5– Jean-Noel Thorel 38 830 €
6– Zimnan Zinyard 31 065 €
7– Antoine Labat 25 890 €
8– Vladimir Faubert 20 710 €
9– Sampsa Hytoeren 15 535 €

RELATED POSTS
>> CAZALS IN POLE POSITION
>> CAZALS TAKE LEAD
>> SHORR, DUHAMEL CONTEND
>> BROSOLO WINS EFOP GOLD
>> ElkY BUBBLES AS FINAL DAY SET
>> BOYER WINS SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP
>> NATALIA NIKITINA WINS EFOP (2011)

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Euro Finals of Poker
EFOP NLH Diamond Championship
January 26-28, 2012

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $6,540 | Prizepool: $653,980
Entries: 109

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Natalia Nikitina (2011 PTPR Rank: 219th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BRUNO LOPES 101
AUBIN CAZALS 61
JEROME NAYE 36
ALAIN ROY 26
JEAN-NOEL THOREL 19
ZIMNAN ZIYARD 11
ANTOINE LABAT 9
VLADIMIR FAUBERT 6
SAMPSA HYTOEREN 6

2012 AUSSIE: DOUBLE UP DOWN UNDER - SPEIDEL SCORES AGAIN AT AUSSIE

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

For Oliver Speidel, winning at the Aussie Millions has become a yearly affair. Last year, Speidel earned the victory in the 1K NLH Rebuy event but this year, Speidel had his eyes set on the big one.

Speidel has captured gold down under, winning the Aussie Millions Main Event and earning a cool, crips 1.6M AUD payout.

Speidel (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th) collects his second PTPR Score of this early season - he earned points in the same Bounty event that he won last year. Speidel's win places him third on the 2012 PTPR Tournament Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1- Oliver Speidel 1,600,000
2- Kenneth Wong 1,000,000
3- Mile Krstanoski 610,000
4- Mohamad Kowssarie 405,000
5- Patrick Healy 300,000
6- Bjorn Li 230,000
7- Yann Dion 170,000

RELATED POSTS
>> AUSSIE FINAL TABLE SET
>> DION LEADS FINAL 12
>> O'SHEA, IVEY IN TOP 26
>>O'SHEA LEADS DAY 2
>> IVEY'S ROOM OPENS AT CROWN
>> SMITH COLLECTS 1M
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH Main Event
January 22-28, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $10,465 | Prizepool: $6,896,435
Entries: 659

DEFENDING CHAMPION
David Gorr (2011 PTPR Rank: 127th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
OLIVER SPEIDEL 131
KENNETH WONG 81
MILE KRSTANOSKI 51
MOHAMED KOWSSARIE 41
PATRICK HEALY 36
BJORN LI 31
YANN DION 31
DANIEL IDEMA 16
LEE NELSON 16
JANIS LESINSKIS 16
KARIM JOMEEN 16
PHIL IVEY 14
DANNY CHEVALIER 14
MATT TURK 14
GRANT LEVY 14
MINH NGUYEN 11
JOEY LAWRENCE 11
SLADE FISHER 11

2012 EFOP: LATE SURGE HAS CAZALS IN POLE POSITION

SOURCE: POKER52.fr

Just like he did Friday, Aubin Cazals has the end of day chip lead at the Euro Finals of Poker Diamond Championship. Cazals (2011 PTPR Rank: 1956th) enters Sunday play with 795K chips over 350K more chips more than his second place opponent.

Cazals grabbed a ton of chips late when he won a monster pot against EPT Loutraki Champ Zimnan Ziyard. Ziyard (2011 PTPR Rank: 72nd) lost most of his chip stack on that hand and will start final table play as one of the lower chip stacks.

Feature players Jonathan Duhamel and Shannon Shorr were both eliminated during the day.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENT/CHIP COUNTS
Jean-Noel Thorel – 280k
Vladimir Faubert – 130k
Antoine Labat – 328k
Alain Roy – 336k
Jérôme Naye – 123k
Bruno Lopes – 435k
Aubin Cazals – 795k
Zimnan Zinyard – 138k
Sampsa Hytoeren – 113k



TOP 9 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1 – 119 440 €
2 – 93 190 €
3 – 62 130 €
4 – 46 600 €
5 – 38 830 €
6 – 31 065 €
7 – 25 890 €
8 – 20 710 €
9 – 15 535 €

RELATED POSTS
>> CAZALS TAKE LEAD
>> SHORR, DUHAMEL CONTEND
>> BROSOLO WINS EFOP GOLD
>> ElkY BUBBLES AS FINAL DAY SET
>> BOYER WINS SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP
>> NATALIA NIKITINA WINS EFOP (2011)

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Euro Finals of Poker
EFOP NLH Diamond Championship
January 26-28, 2012

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $6,540 | Prizepool: $653,980
Entries: 109

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Natalia Nikitina (2011 PTPR Rank: 219th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 101
2nd position 61
3rd position 36
4th position 26
5th position 19
6th position 11
7th position 9
8-9th position 6

Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 AUSSIE: FINAL TABLE SET - NELSON, IVEY, IDEMA TO MAKE OTHER PLANS FOR SUNDAY

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

We have our final table down under! Bjorn Li leads the final group of seven to the felt in order to find out who will be Aussie Millions Main Event Champion for 2012.

Li (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) had a great end to the day on Saturday. He took a big pot from Oliver Speidel and ended Daniel Idema's Aussie Millions journey in about an hour, securing the chip lead from those two big moments.

It's not all bad for Speidel (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th). The 2011 Aussie Millions NLH w/Rebuys winner still bagged the second most chips - still, he's 1.3M behind our leader.

Chip leader heading into Saturday play Yann Dion had some tough times during the day. Dion wasn't able to hold onto the pole position, he's going into Sunday's action with the fifth top stack, sadly for Dion (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), he's got less chips in hand than he did when he was declared the chip leader when we reached Final 12 play.

It wasn't all roses in Melbourne on Saturday. Three players that were favourites to make it to the final table were unable to do so.

The previously mentioned Idema (2011 PTPR Rank: 145th) was unable to keep this summer's WSOP bracelet winning momentum going, he was the last to leave today.

Former Aussie Millions Champion Lee Nelson (pictured) was looking for a repeat. Sadly for Nelson (2011 PTPR Rank: 835th) - the defending ANZPT Melbourne Champion - it was lights out early during Saturday play.

The one everyone was looking for on Saturday - and throughout the tournament - was Phil Ivey. After dominating for most of the week, Ivey (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) had a steep mountain to climb during Final 12 play. Ivey was last in chips coming in and needed to push early in order to get back into contention. Unfortunately for Ivey, he was unable to shake off Dion's Ace-King and was the first man out - not all bad news for Ivey, he was out in time to register for the monster 250K buy-in Super High Roller event - event that's still ongoing now. UPDATE: as of press time, we are down to the Final Four in the 250K event - Ivey is (surprise, surprise) first in chips, followed by Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius and Gus Hansen.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1 Mile Krstanoski 2,295,000
Seat 2 Yann Dion 2,325,000
Seat 3 Patrick Healy 2,995,000
Seat 4 Bjorn Li 4,775,000
Seat 5 Kenneth Wong 2,330,000
Seat 6 Oliver Speidel 3,415,000
Seat 7 Mohamad Kowssarie 1,750,000



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1st $1,600,000
2nd $1,000,000
3rd $610,000
4th $405,000
5th $300,000
6th $230,000
7th $170,000

RELATED POSTS
>> DION LEADS FINAL 12
>> O'SHEA, IVEY IN TOP 26
>>O'SHEA LEADS DAY 2
>> IVEY'S ROOM OPENS AT CROWN
>> SMITH COLLECTS 1M
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH Main Event
January 22-28, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $10,465 | Prizepool: $6,896,435
Entries: 659

DEFENDING CHAMPION
David Gorr (2011 PTPR Rank: 127th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 131
2nd place 81
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 36
6-7th place 31
DANIEL IDEMA 16
LEE NELSON 16
JANIS LESINSKIS 16
KARIM JOMEEN 16
PHIL IVEY 14
DANNY CHEVALIER 14
MATT TURK 14
GRANT LEVY 14
MINH NGUYEN 11
JOEY LAWRENCE 11
SLADE FISHER 11

Friday, January 27, 2012

2012 EFOP: CAZALS TAKES LEAD, DUHAMEL/SHORR IN TROUBLE AFTER DAY 2

SOURCE: POKER52.fr

We are down to 21 players at the Aviation Club de France and by Sunday, one of these 21 will become the Euro Finals of Poker Diamond Championship title holder.

The chip leader after Day 2 is Aubin Cazals. Cazals (2011 PTPR Rank: 1956th) picked up chips at a rapid pace on Friday, he will enter Day 3 play with a 351K chip stack.

A player to look for on Saturday is reigning EPT Loutraki Champ Zimnan Ziyard. Ziyard (2011 PTPR Rank: 72nd) sits fourth in chips and is a player that is expected to put a lot on pressure on his opponents once we get going on Friday.

Our two features from our Thursday post - Canada's Jonathan Duhamel (PTPR #1 Ranked Player) and the USA's Shannon Shorr took it on the chin on Friday.

Both players actually had a lot of chips during the mid-way point of Day 2 play - but, both players find themselves near the bottom of the chip count - both Duhamel (2011 PTPR Rank: 71st) and Shorr (2011 PTPR Rank: 149th) will need to makes early on Day 3 in order to join the lead pack.

CHIP COUNTS
Aubin Cazals 351 000
Vladimir Faubert 290 000
Alain Roy 256 600
Zimnan Zinyard 239 100
Bruno Lopes 196 700
Sampsa Hytoenen 183 400
Antoine Labat 156 800
Idris Ambraisse 143 700
Manuel Bevand 122 700
Jérôme Naye 108 500
Philippe Ktorza 107 700
Marius Torbergsen 98 200
Franck Kalfon 75 700
Lionel Lesur 71 000
Jean-Noël Thorel 66 800
Jacques Guenni 56 700
Benjamin Kraffe 49 100
Jonathan Duhamel 46 600
Shannon Shorr 46 500
Moetaz Elsayed 44 700
Mikhail Petrov 25 300

NOTABLE DAY 2 ELIMINATIONS
Martin Jacobson, EFOP Gold Champioship winner Yann Bosolo, David Benyamine, Alex Dovzhenko and Isabelle Mercier.



TOP 9 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1 – 119 440 €
2 – 93 190 €
3 – 62 130 €
4 – 46 600 €
5 – 38 830 €
6 – 31 065 €
7 – 25 890 €
8 – 20 710 €
9 – 15 535 €

RELATED POSTS
>> SHORR, DUHAMEL CONTEND
>> BROSOLO WINS EFOP GOLD
>> ElkY BUBBLES AS FINAL DAY SET
>> BOYER WINS SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP
>> NATALIA NIKITINA WINS EFOP (2011)

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Euro Finals of Poker
EFOP NLH Diamond Championship
January 26-28, 2012

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $6,540 | Prizepool: $653,980
Entries: 109

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Natalia Nikitina (2011 PTPR Rank: 219th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 101
2nd position 61
3rd position 36
4th position 26
5th position 19
6th position 11
7th position 9
8-9th position 6

2012 AUSSIE: DION LEADS THE FINAL 12

Another fairly quick day will be followed by what should be - you guessed it - another fairly quick day at the Aussie Millions Main Event.

The final 26 players came back on Friday in order to play down to the final 12. These 12 players will all gather at the Crown Casino on Saturday and play down to our final table.

Canadian Yann Dion has captured the lead at the Main Event. He is followed closely by Bjorn Li. Dion's Canadian team mate, Daniel Idema, held the chip lead for part of the day - he now finds himself fifth in chips.

Phil Ivey is still alive but will need to get things going early on Friday - Ivey has the shortest chip stack as Saturday looms.

Matt Turk and Tim O'Shea - who each held the chip leads during the two previous days of play - were both eliminated on Friday.

FINAL 12 CHIP COUNTS
1 Yann Dion 2.67M
2 Bjorn Li 2.47M
3 Mohamed Kowssarie 2.23M
4 Karim Jomeen 2.06M
5 Daniel Idema 1.84M
6 Lee Nelson 1.65M
7 Patrick Healey 1.56M
8 Janis Lesinkis 1.50M
9 Kenneth Wong 1.49M
10 Oliver Speidel 0.80M
11 Mile Krstanoski 0.75M
12 Phil Ivey 0.69M



TOP 12 PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1st $1,600,000
2nd $1,000,000
3rd $610,000
4th $405,000
5th $300,000
6th $230,000
7th $170,000
8-9th $125,000
10-12th $100,000

RELATED POSTS
>> O'SHEA, IVEY IN TOP 26
>>O'SHEA LEADS DAY 2
>> IVEY'S ROOM OPENS AT CROWN
>> SMITH COLLECTS 1M
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH Main Event
January 22-28, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $10,465 | Prizepool: $6,896,435
Entries: 659

DEFENDING CHAMPION
David Gorr (2011 PTPR Rank: 127th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 131
2nd place 81
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 36
6-7th place 31
8-11th place 16
12th place 14
DANNY CHEVALIER 14
MATT TURK 14
GRANT LEVY 14
MINH NGUYEN 11
JOEY LAWRENCE 11
SLADE FISHER 11

2012 EFOP: SHORR, DUHAMEL IN CONTENTION AT DIAMOND CHAMPIONSHIP

SOURCE: POKER52.fr

109 players made their way to the Aviation Club de France for the Euro Finals of Poker Diamond Championship. The 5,000 Euro buy-in event carries a prizepool over 650K US.


There are plenty of name European players in the event but it's two North-American players that caught our eye during Day 1 play.

Shannon Shorr has had success around the world but he's far away from his Alabama home. Still, Shorr (2011 PTPR Rank: 149th) had a good Day 1 and is looking for his first significant score since finishing 4th at the WPT Southern Poker Championship last January.

Also in the hunt after Day 1 is someone you may have heard of in 2012 ... The #1 ranked player on the 2012 PTPR Tournament Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard, Jonathan Duhamel, is in contention in Paris.

Duhamel (2011 PTPR Rank: 71st) does have some work to do on Day 2 - a quick double-up should do the trick! The 2010 World Champion looks to continue an amazing start to 2012 with this Euro tour.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS
Philippe Ktorza – 117k
Idris Ambraisse – 114k
Shannon Shorr – 89k
Jean-Noel Thorel – 80k
Zimnan Zinyard – 77k
Manuel Bevand – 64,8k
David Benyamine – 62,5k
Jonathan Duhamel – 49,4k
Martin Jacobson – 49k
Yann Brosolo – 44,7k
Alain Roy – 42k
Isabelle Mercier – 32k
Nicolas Babel – 27,5k
Remy Biechel – 22,5k
Alex Dovhzenko – 22k
Tristan Clémençon – 16k

NOTABLE DAY 1 ELIMINATIONS
Natalia Nikitina, Ludovic Lacay, ElkY, Hugo Lemaire, Juha Helppi, Davidi Kitai, Guillaume Darcourt and Samuel Chartier.



TOP 9 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1 – 119 440 €
2 – 93 190 €
3 – 62 130 €
4 – 46 600 €
5 – 38 830 €
6 – 31 065 €
7 – 25 890 €
8 – 20 710 €
9 – 15 535 €

RELATED POSTS
>> BROSOLO WINS EFOP GOLD
>> ElkY BUBBLES AS FINAL DAY SET
>> BOYER WINS SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP
>> NATALIA NIKITINA WINS EFOP (2011)

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Euro Finals of Poker
EFOP NLH Diamond Championship
January 26-28, 2012

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $6,540 | Prizepool: $653,980
Entries: 109

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Natalia Nikitina (2011 PTPR Rank: 219th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 101
2nd position 61
3rd position 36
4th position 26
5th position 19
6th position 11
7th position 9
8-9th position 6


Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 AUSSIE: DAY 4 PREVIEW - FINAL 26 INCLUDES IVEY, O'SHEA AND TURK!

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

Matt Turk leads the remaining 26 players into Day 4 at the Aussie Millions Main Event. No, it's no typo, Matt Turk leads the Aussie.

I'm willing to bet many of you did or are in the process of doing what I did earlier today - go to the Hendon Mob database to check out just who Matt Turk is.

According to the Mob, Matthew Turk has about 4K in winnings in his live tournament career - his last cash coming in August 2010.

So, excuse us for asking, just who is Matt Turk? Simple answer, he's the dude that leads the Aussie Millions in Friday play - and he has double the chips that second place Tim O'Shea has.

It's obvious that Turk (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) has momentum on his side, he hopes to keep it up on Day 4.

As mentioned, Tim O'Shea is second in chips after Day 3 play. O'Shea (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th) held the chip lead at the end of Day 2 - it looks like he continued to accumulate chips at a rapid rate on Thursday.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that ALL the attention remains on Phil Ivey. Some are actually wondering at what point he will break his media silence. Would a win get Phil to open up? Probably not, knowing that Ivey has never been big on exposure.

Well, Phil is letting his play do the talking. Ivey (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) will start Day 4 sixth in chips as one of seven players with above 1M chip stacks. The picture at the top of this article says it all when it comes to Ivey, what a rail!

Former Aussie Millions Champion Lee Nelson is still in this thing. Nelson (2011 PTPR Rank: 835th) has a Top 10 stack heading into Friday play.

A pair of Canadians are also holding their own down under as Yann Dion (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) and 2011 WSOP bracelet winner and former BCPC Champ Daniel Idema (2011 PTPR Rank: 145th) both hold Top 10 chip stacks and shouldn't be overlooked on Friday.

NOTABLE CHIP STACKS (over 200K in chips)
Matt Turk 2,675,000
Tim O'Shea 1,376,000 Day 2 Chip Leader
Yann Dion 1,156,000
Phil Ivey 1,107,000
Daniel Idema 1,033,000 2011 WSOP Bracelet Winner
Minh Nguyen 992,000
Lee Nelson 878,000 2006 Aussie Millions Champ
Oliver Speidel 614,000
Joey Lawrence 504,000
Grant Levy 381,000
David Steicke 183,000



TOP 26 PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1st $1,600,000
2nd $1,000,000
3rd $610,000
4th $405,000
5th $300,000
6th $230,000
7th $170,000
8-9th $125,000
10-12th $100,000
13-15th $75,000
16-18th $60,000
19-24th $45,000
25-26th $35,000

RELATED POSTS
>>O'SHEA LEADS DAY 2
>> IVEY'S ROOM OPENS AT CROWN
>> SMITH COLLECTS 1M
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH Main Event
January 22-28, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $10,465 | Prizepool: $6,896,435
Entries: 659

DEFENDING CHAMPION
David Gorr (2011 PTPR Rank: 127th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 131
2nd place 81
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 36
6-7th place 31
8-11th place 16
12-15th place 14
16-18th place 11

FORMER NOVEMBER NINER JOHN DOLAN WINS THE MILLION DOLLAR HEATER!

PHOTO: POKERENEWS.com
SOURCE: GULFCOASTPOKER.net, @SpamBx392

A special thank you to Ross Leitz (@SpamBx392 on Twitter) and Gene Dudek at GULFCOASTPOKER.net for their help in gathering these results.

John Dolan is the Mississippi King! Dolan defeated a star-studded final table at the Beau Rivage Resort Casino and captured the Million Dollar Heater Main Event - collecting 336K of the +1M prizepool that was up for grabs!

At the final table, Dolan - the former November Niner (2010 - Jonathan Duhamel) - had to fend off a bracelet winner (Ryan Welch), a two-time WPT Champion (Randal Flowers) a former Gulf Coast Champion (Mark Rose) and a recent WPT Regional Series winner (Daniel Clemente) - not an easy feat, that's for sure.

Surprisingly, this event marks the first significant live win of Dolan's career. His highest winning cash was in the 30K range ... although he did collect 1.7M with his 6th place finish at the 2010 Series - not bad at all!



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in USD)
1st John Dolan 336,105
2nd Glenn Poole 185,367
3rd Kirill Kruglov 101,850
4th Mark Rose 81,480
5th Ryan Welch 61,110
6th Matt Stout 50,925
7th Dan Clemente 40,740
8th Hamib Jahangard 30,555
9th Randal Flowers 20,370

RELATED POSTS
>>LOOKING FOR A HEATER IN MS
>> KUZMIN WINS WPT SOUTHERN
>> FLOWERS POWERS - WPT FESTA

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
The Million Dollar Heater
NLH Main Event
January 21-25, 2012

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino | Biloxi
Buy-in: $5,175 | Prizepool: $1,018,500
Entries: 210

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JOHN DOLAN 102
GLENN POOLE 62
KIRILL KRUGLOV 37
MARK ROSE 27
RYAN WELCH 20
MATTHEW STOUT 12
DAN CLEMENTE 10
HAMIB JAHANGARD 7
RANDAL FLOWERS 7


PTPR UPDATE: DOLAN WINS HEATER, AUSSIE MILLIONS


John Dolan has won the Million Dollar Heater plus a Day 4 preview of the Aussie Millions (yes, Mr. Ivey is still in Top 6) all later today on PTPRPoker.com!


Eric

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

KOSMADAKIS WINS MERIT WINTERFEST MAIN

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

Greek poker player Iraklis Kosmadakis earns his first known live cash in a big way - winning the Merit Winterfest Main Event and pocketing a cool 125K paycheck along the way.

Third place finisher Vladimir Kochelaevskiy was the lone notable player to pickup PTPR Points in the event. Kochelaevskiy finished second to Tomer Berda at the 2010 WSOP (NLH Side Event) good for a 500K cash.




FINAL FIVE PAYOUTS (in USD)
1st Iraklıs Kosmadakıs $125,810
2nd Peter Haslam $80,323
3rd Vladimir Kochelaevskiy $55,472
4th Roman Kleyman $37,721
5th Cantea Marian-Catalin $28,845

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Chadli Ojelli (2011 PTPR Rank: 835th)


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
2012 Merit Winterfest
NLH Main Event
January 21-22, 2012

Merit Crystal Cove Hotel | Cyprus
Buy-in: $2,750 | Prizepool: $250,000
Entries: 183

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
IRAKLIS KOSMADAKIS 35
PETER HASLAM 18
VLADIMIR KOCHELAEVSKIY 10
ROMAN KLEYMAN 8
CANTEA MARIAN-CATALIN 5

ISLE CLASSIC: FRANKEL WINS PRELIM AT POMPANO

SOURCE: POKERPAGES.com

The 2012 Isle Classic in Pompano Beach started a few weeks ago. The first event to qualify for PTPR Points was completed over the weekend.

Steven Frankel won the NLH Bounty Event and earned his biggest payday since finishing second at a WPT Borgata Poker Open prelim back in September of 2008.

Frankel (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), defeated Floridian Salman Jaddi (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) heads up.

Chad Batista (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), Mike Beasley (2011 PTPR Rank: 2397th), Andrew Touchette (2011 PTPR Rank: 2703rd) and Adam Levy (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) all cashed in the event, although none earned PTPR Points with their result.




FINAL FIVE PAYOUTS (in USD)
**excludes bounties collected
1st Steven Frankel $40,000
2nd Salman Jaddi $37,280
3rd Jordan Wunder $19,680
4th Randell Cohen $14,112
5th Scott Wyler $11,136


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
2012 Isle Classic
NLH Bounty Event
January 20-22, 2012

The Isle Casino Pompano Beach | Florida
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $307,200
Entries: 192

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
STEVEN FRANKEL 35
SALMAN JADDI 18
JORDAN WUNDER 10
RANDALL COHEN 8
SCOTT WYLER 5

WELCH, DOLAN, STOUT AND FLOWERS LOOKING FOR A HEATER IN MISSISSIPPI

PHOTO: POKERENEWS.com
SOURCE: GULFCOASTPOKER.net, @SpamBx392, @RandALLin

It's final table time at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Mississippi as the Million Dollar Heater reaches it's final stage today in Biloxi.

We have a very impressive final table at Beau Rivage ... we have a WSOP bracelet winner, a November Niner, a two-time WPT Champion, a WPT Regional Champ and a Gulf Coast Champion all battling for the 336K top prize.

Bracelet winner Ryan Welch (pictured) is the chip leader. Welch (2011 PTPR Rank: 502nd) has a little over 870K in chips. Welch is followed closely by former November Niner John Dolan. Dolan (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) is about 20K behind the chip leader.

Two-time World Poker Tour Champion Randal Flowers is the small stack but, Flowers (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) is surely hoping his previous final table experience will help him survive today.

2010 Gulf Coast Poker Championship winner Mark Rose (2011 PTPR Rank: 1262th) and current WPT Regional Tampa Champ Daniel Clemente (2011 PTPR Rank: 836th) are two other big names to look out for later today.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS
Ryan Welch 871,000 Twitter: @gutshtallin
John Dolan 849,500 Twitter: @JRD312
Kirill Kruglov 697,500
Matt Stout 486,500 Twitter: @MattStoutPoker
Daniel Clemente 345,000
Habib Jahangard 310,000
Glenn Poole 300,000
Mark Rose 221,500
Randal Flowers 142,500 Twitter: @RandALLin



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in USD)
1st - 336K
2nd - 185K
3rd - 101K
4th - 81K
5th - 61K
6th - 51K
7th - 40K
8th - 30K
9th - 20K

EVENT COVERAGE
GULF COAST POKER

RELATED POSTS
>> KUZMIN WINS WPT SOUTHERN
>> FLOWERS POWERS - WPT FESTA

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
The Million Dollar Heater
NLH Main Event
January 21-25, 2012

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino | Biloxi
Buy-in: $5,175 | Prizepool: $1,018,500
Entries: 210

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 102
2nd place 62
3rd place 37
4th place 27
5th place 20
6th place 12
7th place 10
8th place 7
9th place 7


2012 AUSSIE: '11 PRELIM WINNER O'SHEA LEADS, IVEY STANDS RIGHT BEHIND HIM

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

Day 2 play is complete and it looks like Phil Ivey is in it to win it.

With 74 players remaining - only two away from the money bubble - Ivey (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) is second in chips 778K. Ivey must be scaring the living hell out of the remaining field.

Ivey trails only Tim O'Shea in the Main Event. O'Shea (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th)
won the NLH 6-Max event here at the Aussie Millions last season.

Another Aussie Millions prelim winner from 2011, Oliver Speidel, is fifth in chips. Speidel (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th, tied with O'Shea) currently has 540K in chips for the tournament.

2006 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion Lee Nelson also has a healthy chip stack. Nelson (2011 PTPR Rank: 836th) - who won the ANZPT Melbourne Main Event in 2011 - will look to collect more chips on Day 3 as the money bubble draws near.

Aage Ravn (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), Jason Koon (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) and Yann Dion (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) are other top stacks to keep an eye on Day 3.

NOTABLE CHIP STACKS (over 200K in chips)
Tim O'Shea 921,000
Phil Ivey 778,500
Aage Ravn 708,500
Jason Koon 667,500
Oliver Speidel 540,000
Yann Dion 495,000
David Steicke 453,000
Lee Nelson 432,500 (2006 Champion)
Daniel Idema 350,000
Michael Pedley 331,500 (Prelim Event Winner)
Brett Watson 291,000 (Day 1 Chip Leader)
Michael Tureniec 289,000
Minh Nguyen 238,000



TOP 24 PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1st $1,600,000
2nd $1,000,000
3rd $610,000
4th $405,000
5th $300,000
6th $230,000
7th $170,000
8-9th $125,000
10-12th $100,000
13-15th $75,000
16-18th $60,000
19-24th $45,000

RELATED POSTS
>> IVEY'S ROOM OPENS AT CROWN
>> SMITH COLLECTS 1M
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH Main Event
January 22-28, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $10,465 | Prizepool: $6,896,435
Entries: 659

DEFENDING CHAMPION
David Gorr (2011 PTPR Rank: 127th)

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 131
2nd place 81
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 36
6-7th place 31
8-11th place 16
12-15th place 14
16-18th place 11


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 AUSSIE: IVEY'S ROOM OPENS AT CROWN; KEVMATH KASHES IN TERMINATOR

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

Let's take you back down under to see what's happening at the Aussie Millions.

Before taking you to Main Event coverage - where a certain MEGA star continues his comeback to the poker circuit - we take you to Event #14 - the $500 Terminator event. Although we're still not sure what exactly happens when you don't cash in the "Terminator" event, we do know that a friend to PTPR - Mr. Kevmath himself - Kevin Mathers (the KING of poker knowledge) was able to secure a sixth place finish, winning over 6K for his efforts! Very well played sir, so happy for you! Score one for the good guys!

Did Kevmath steal Ivey's thunder? Well, if you go according to all the accolades Kev received on Twitter today, it may very well be the case ... but I don't think that Ivey minds not getting the attention!


IVEY'S ROOM

Well, well, well - look who decided to leave the big game in Macau and join most of the poker world in Melbourne? That's right kid, one of the greatest ever is back on the tournament grind. After participating in the 100K Challenge, Ivey registered for Day 1C of the Aussie Millions Main Event.

Ivey's chip stack went up and down and up and down on Day 1C ... but, when we were bagging and tagging, all eyes were on Ivey's chip stack, it sits at over 180K, good for 8th place.

Although it's not the #1 spot, Phil Ivey (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) with a Top 10 chip stack after Day 1? Could be deadly.

The overall chip leader is Brett Watson. Watson (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) is the only man with a +200K chip stack, 257K to be more precise.

James Dempsey (2011 PTPR Rank: 61st), Jason Koon (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), Kenna James (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), Melanie Weisner (2011 PTPR Rank: 1156th) and PCA 5K NLH 8-Max Turbo winner Kunimaro Kojo (2011 PTPR Rank: 2357th) all have healthy chip stacks as all three remaining Day 1 players will converge to the Crown Casino for Day 2 play.

There are currently a total of 654 entries for the Main Event - registration is still open until the end of the first level played on Day 2.

Looks like the total prizepool will top the 6 million dollar mark - well done, Australia!



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in AUD):
PAYOUTS TBA

RELATED POSTS
>> SMITH COLLECTS 1M
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH Main Event
January 22-28, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $TBA
Entries: TBA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
David Gorr

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
TBA

WSOPC CHOCTAW: ARAYA BEST IN BIG FIELD, WINS AGAIN AT CHOCTAW

SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Abraham Araya may request that all poker tournaments be played out of the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

For the second time in a little over three months, Araya has picked up a title in Choctaw. After winning the TJ Cloutier Challenge back in October, Araya (2011 PTPR Rank: 836th) won the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event last night.

Almost 1,000 players entered the three day event in what's becoming a hot event on the poker circuit. Araya defeated Daniel Lowery (2011 PTPR Rank: 1484th) in what was a relatively quick heads up encounter.

Ninth place finisher Dejuante Alexander (2011 PTPR Rank: 1156th) earned 14 PTPR Points for his effort.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in USD)
1- Abraham Araya 270,380
2- Daniel Lowery 167,230
3- Michael Sanders 123,430
4- Jack Miller 92,352
5- Mark Burford 69,968
6- Derek Browning 53,675
7- Will Nguyen 41,679
8- Justin Gardenhire 32,771
9- Dejuante Alexander 26,069
10- Drew Dumanski 20,989

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Huy Nguyen (2011 PTPR Rank: 103rd)

EVENT COVERAGE
POKERNEWS.com

RELATED POSTS
>> NGUYEN WILL NOT REPEAT AT CHOCTAW
>> NGUYEN DOMINATES ON WAY TO WSOPC WIN (2011)
>> NGUYEN WINS CAESARS CLASSIC (2011)


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant
WSOPC NLH Main Event
January 21-23, 2012

Choctaw Casino Resort | Oklahoma
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $1,422,990
Entries: 978

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ABRAHAM ARAYA 109
DANIEL LOWERY 69
MICHAEL SANDERS 39
JACK MILLER 34
MARK BUFORD 27
DEREK BROWNING 19
WILL NGUYEN 17
JUSTIN GARDENHIRE 14
DEJUANTE ALEXANDER 14

NEXT WSOPC TOUR STOP
WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV
On now (Main Event starts Jan 27)


Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 AUSSIE: DAN SMITH COLLECTS 1M+ IN 100K CHALLENGE

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

Dan Smith and 21 other competitors all put up 100,000 AUD in order to participate in the second Aussie Millions 100K Challenge. Smith (2011 PTPR Rank: 237th) got the best of his opponents and picked up a cool crisp 1M+ AUD with the victory - not a bad two-day payday!

Smith defeated Mikhail Smirnov heads up. Smirnov (2011 PTPR Rank: 1150th) lost a huge race late and was unable to recover.

Australia's native son Joe Hachem (2011 PTPR Rank: 322nd) and the one and only Tony G (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) were the only two other players to finish in the money in the event.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1- Dan Smith A$ 1,012,000
2- Mikhail Smirnov A$ 616,000
3- Joe Hachem A$ 330,000
4- Tony G A$ 242,000

RELATED POSTS
>> IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS BOUNTY
>> WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32
>> PEDLEY OUTLASTS KARAMALIKIS
>> MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS
>> MAD MARVIN LEADS FT CHARGE
>> RUBIE WINS AUSSIE OPENER
>> GOING INTO OVERTIME DOWN UNDER
>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

Aussie Millions
100K Challenge
January 22-23, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $100,000 | Prizepool: $2,200,000
Entries: 22

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
Event did not qualify for PTPR Points

Sunday, January 22, 2012

LATEST POKER EH! EPISODE ON QUAD JACKS - HEY, THEY KEPT ME FOR AN HOUR!

PHOTO: QUADJACKS.com

I was back on Quad Jacks Radio this past Thursday on the Poker Eh! Show with @Evhero and the lovely and talented @Zekday0 - this time, they decided to keep me on for the full hour - hell, they even put my face in the Toronto skyline (see picture at the top of this post) - they like me, they really like me ;)


We were joined by Jon Harnish from CANADAPOKER.com - Jon has tremendous knowledge of the Canadian poker scene, it was great to finally hear his voice after communicating via e-mail and Twitter for the longest time.

Hope you enjoy!

LISTEN HERE >> POKER EH! ON QUAD JACKS RADIO - JAN 19/2012


Eric

WSOPC CHOCTAW: NGUYEN WILL NOT REPEAT/MONSTER FIELD

SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

A monster field has gathered at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma for the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw tour stop. For the second straight year, Choctaw has attracted quite the field - and the for the second straight year, Huy Nguyen is in contention.

Nguyen (2011 PTPR Rank: 103rd) won the event last season. He's hoping that his current +100K chip stack will be able to help him make it two for two. Nguyen - better known to many as SavePluto9 - sits Top 25 at the moment - there are 111 players remaining as our runners come back from dinner break as we speak.

UPDATE: Please note that Nguyen was eliminated prior to the dinner break - we apologize for the erroneous information that we had originally reported. There will be a new Champ at Choctaw this season.

Thank you to @lukasmwillems for this information.


Teddy Gill is the chip leader with 590K in chips.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in USD)
1st $270,380
2nd $167,230
3rd $123,430
4th $92,352
5th $69,968
6th $53,675
7th $41,679
8th $32,771
9th $26,069
10th $20,989

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Huy Nguyen (2011 PTPR Rank: 103rd)

EVENT COVERAGE
POKERNEWS.com

RELATED POSTS
>> NGUYEN DOMINATES ON WAY TO WSOPC WIN (2011)
>> NGUYEN WINS CAESARS CLASSIC (2011)


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant
WSOPC NLH Main Event
January 21-23, 2012

Choctaw Casino Resort | Oklahoma
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $1,422,990
Entries: 978

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 109
2nd place 69
3rd place 39
4th place 34
5th place 27
6th place 19
7th place 17
8-9th place 14


2012 EFOP: BROSOLO OUTLASTS STRONG FIELD TO WIN EFOP GOLD

SOURCE: POKER52.fr

Yann Brosolo has won the Euro Finals of Poker Gold Championship, taking over from 2011 Champion Julien Muel.

Brosolo (2011 PTPR Rank: 1693rd), earned a score at EPT Prague last season on the circuit. This doubles his previous single event payout.

The chip leader heading into today's play was Samir Choubani. Choubani (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) could do no better than second place, still, a respectable first score to start the season.


Third place finisher Charles Harvey earns his second PTPR Score of 2012. Harvey (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) had a 16th place showing at WPT Ireland earlier this month.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1er – Yann Brosolo – 70,000 euros
2e – Samir Choubani – 62,500 euros
3e – Charles Harvey – 37,900 euros
4e – William Saad – 25,265 euros
5e – Nicolas Langlois – 18,950 euros
6e – Lucien Cohen – 15,790 euros
7e – Angelo Besnainou – 12,635 euros
8e – Amine Cherif – 11,055 euros
9e – David Lascar – 9,475 euros
10e – Fabian Switz – 7,895 euros

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Julien Muel (2011 PTPR Rank: 836th)

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Euro Finals of Poker
EFOP NLH Gold Championship
January 19-21, 2012

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $2,585 | Prizepool: $408,125
Entries: 168

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
YANN BROSOLO 35
SAMIR CHOUBANI 18
CHARLES HARVEY 10
WILLIAM SAAD 8
NICOLAS LANGLOIS 5


2012 AUSSIE: IRISHMAN PARKHILL WINS THE BOUNTY/SHOOTOUT

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

Congratulations to Ross Parkhill, the latest winner at the Aussie Millions! Parkhill was able to fend off 32 opponents on Sunday to pickup the coveted gold ring.

The tournament, which started as a standard bounty tournament Saturday, transformed into a shootout on Sunday, where the last two remaining players at each of the four tables met up for a final table showdown.

Parkhill (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) defeated Michal Polchlopek heads up. Polchlopek (2011 PTPR Rank: 2091st) earned a WPT Venice score last season.

Jamie Pickering (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), 2011 Aussie Millions Rebuys winner Oliver Speidel (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th) and James Obst (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) were other notables that finished in the Top 8.

Day 1 chip leader Melanie Weisner (2011 PTPR Rank: 1156th) had a tough day on Sunday. Things looked good as the day started but, unfortunately, it wasn't too long for Weisner - the new Lock Poker Pro - to hit the rail.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1- Ross Parkhill 119,500
2- Michal Polchlopek 73,000
3- Sam Capra 50,000
4- Mark Betts 34,000
5- Jamie Pickering 24,000
6- Oliver Speidel 16,000
7- Adam Cusenza 13,000
8- James Obst 10,000

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>> BLOOD, GUTS AND GORR!!! (2011)

PTPR SIDE EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH 1.5K Bounty/Shootout Event
January 21-22, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $1,570 | Prizepool: $495,250
Entries: 315

FINAL RESULTS
ROSS PARKHILL 75
MICHAL POLCHLOPEK 40
SAM CAPRA 25
MARK BETTS 15
JAMIE PICKERING 10
OLIVER SPEIDEL 8
ADAM CUSENZA 5
JAMES OBST 5


Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 EFOP: ElkY BUBBLES AS FINAL DAY SET AT THE AVIATION CLUB

SOURCE: POKER52.fr

Day 2 is in the books at the Aviation Club de France in Paris. We will crown a Euro Finals of Poker Gold Championship winner on Sunday as the final 12 players were sent home before a final table could be set ... it was past 4AM in Paris when they were sent home.

Things looked good for Betrand Grospellier early on Saturday. ElkY held one of the top stacks early but sadly, ElkY (2011 PTPR Rank: 5th) was the bubble player and won't be returning on Sunday.

EPT Deauville Champ Lucien Cohen will be defending his title later this month but first, he's got business to take care of here. Cohen (2011 PTPR Rank: 80th) spent parts of the day with the chip lead. He will be fourth once we start play Sunday.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS
Samir Choubani – 614,5k
Yann Brosolo – 484,5k
Charles Harvey – 421,5k
Lucien Cohen – 412k
Nicolas Langlois – 299,5k
Angelo Besnainou – 256,5k
William Saad – 243k
David Lascar – 191k
Fabian Switz – 140k
Jean-Louis Santoni – 139k
Julien Pitcho – 102k
Amine Cherif – 57,5k



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (in EURO)
1e – 75800 euros
2e – 56850 euros
3e – 37900 euros
4e – 25265 euros
5e – 18950 euros
6e – 15790 euros
7e – 12635 euros
8e – 11055 euros
9e – 9475 euros
10e – 7895 euros

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Euro Finals of Poker
EFOP NLH Gold Championship
January 19-21, 2012

Aviation Club de France | Paris
Buy-in: $2,585 | Prizepool: $408,125
Entries: 168

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


2012 AUSSIE: WEISNER LEADS FINAL 32 IN BOUNTY/SHOOUTOUT PRELIM

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

Melanie Weisner leads the way as the final 32 1.5K NLH Bounty players come back to a Sunday Shootout!

That's right, after a day full of bounties, the final four tables of eight players will turn into shootout tables with each table's winner meeting up in the final four!


Weisner (2011 PTPR Rank: 1156th) had some success on the circuit in 2011 but was never able to secure a major score.

Aussie veteran Jamie Pickering (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) is second in chips - about 50K behind Weisner.

Harry Demetriou (2011 PTPR Rank: NR), Oliver Speidel (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th), Eric Crain (2011 PTPR Rank: 680th) and James Obst (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) are a few other notable players still alive in the event.

SHOOUTOUT TABLE LINEUPS

Table 1: Melanie Weisner, Joshua Foster, Fabian Craib, Radoslaw Kopec, Oliver Speidel, Trung Tran, Sam Capra, Peter Dykes

Table 2: Jamie Pickering, Ross Parkhill, Sandeep Pulusani, Rhys Jones, Aaron Lim, Guang Lu, Tom Rafferty, Clemens Manzano

Table 3: Hans Dorn, Michal Polchlopek, Todd Bailey, Harry Demetriou, Bill Argyros, James Obst, Eugene Juczenko, Veselin Zmukic

Table 4: Mark Betts, Aleks Brkovic, Sayed Jabbour, Tsugunari Toma, Eric Crain, George Moussa, Louis Srour, Adam Cusinza



TOP 10 EVENT PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1st $119,500
2nd $73,000
3rd $50,000
4th $34,000
5th $24,000
6th $16,000
7th $13,000
8th $10,000
9th $7,500
10th $7,500

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PTPR SIDE EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH 1.5K Bounty/Shootout Event
January 21-22, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $1,570 | Prizepool: $495,250
Entries: 315

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


2012 AUSSIE: PEDLEY OUTLASTS xMONSTERxDONGx AS LOCAL LEGENDS BATTLE

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

An All-Aussie showdown was the culmination of a stacked final table down under at the Aussie Millions NLH 1K Rebuy event.

Michael Pedley and xMONSTERxDONGx Jonathan Karamalikis gave the local crowd what they wanted - two Aussies fighting for the Championship. In the end, the man that won a Aussie prelim back in 2008 was the winner as Pedley collected over 122K AUD with the victory. Karamalikis, obvisouly, was second.

djk123 Dan Kelly's third place finish was his second big showing this week at the Aussie - Kelly won the PLO event earlier this week - certainly a good start to the year for djk123.

Sad to see Marvin Rettenmaier and Michael Benvenuti go so early. Both players were game for a go at the title but, neither was able to get things going early - Benvenuti's struggles earned him zero PTPR Points for the effort while Rettenmaier, who was the chip leader coming into final table play, managed to earn 5 PTPR Points.


EVENT PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1st Michael Pedley $122,670
2nd Jonathan Karamalikis $88,830
3rd Dan Kelly $57,105
4th Tyron Krost $40,185
5th Mike Watson $29,610
6th Jim Collopy $25,380
7th Tony Sama $21,150
8th Marvin Rettenmaier $16,920
9th Andrew Scarfe $12,690
10th Michael Benvenuti $8,460

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PTPR SIDE EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH 1K Rebuy Event
January 20-21, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $1,150 | Prizepool: $443,135
Entries: 423

FINAL RESULTS
MICHAEL PEDLEY 75
JONATHAN KARAMALIKIS 40
DAN KELLY "djk123" 25
TYRON KROST 15
MIKE WATSON "SirWatts" 10
JIM COLLOPY 8
TONY SAMA 5
MARVIN RETTENMAIER 5
ANDREW SCARFE 5


Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 AUSSIE: MIDDLETON DEFEATS DODDS TO WIN 1K 6-HANDED PRELIM

PHOTO/SOURCE: POKERENEWS.com

Tom Middleton defeated Joel Dodds heads up to win the 1K NLH 6-Max event at the Aussie Millions yesterday.

Middleton (2011 PTPR Rank: 386th) had some success in 2011 - he picked up points at the WSOP and at a WPT prelim at Bellagio.

For Dodds (2011 PTPR Rank: 564th), it was yet another close call. He had a third place finish at the Everest Poker The One Event last April.

Peter Skouteris (2011 PTPR Rank: 1245th), Kosta Mamaliadis (2011 PTPR Rank: 760th) and Darren Kramer (2011 PTPR Rank: 213th) all earned PTPR Points in the event.


TOP 10 EVENT PAYOUTS (in AUD):
1- Tom Middleton 84,200
2- Joel Dodds 58,135
3- Peter Skouteris 40,450
4- Craig Cockburn 30,800
5- Kosta Mamaliadis 23,100
6- Ben Lingenfelder 15,400
7- Xin Zhao 9,625
8- Stefan Jedlicka 6,970
9- Darren Kramer 6,970
10- Jeremy Cleaver 6,970

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PTPR SIDE EVENT
Aussie Millions
NLH 1K Six-Max Event
January 19-20, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $1,045 | Prizepool: $403,325
Entries: 385

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
TOM MIDDLETON 75
JOEL DODDS 40
PETER SKOUTERIS 25
CRAIG COCKBURN 15
KOSTA MAMALIADIS 10
BEN LINGENFELDER 8
XIN ZHAO 5
STEFAN JEDLICKA 5
DARREN KRAMER 5