Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WPT LAPC: THE DOCTOR IS IN - SANDS LOOKS FOR FIRST FOR FIRST WPT TITLE

PHOTO (credit BJ Nemeth)/SOURCE: WPT.com

Yet another successful Matt Savage hosted event is about to come to an end. Many star players of the poker world made their way to sunny California the past few weeks, trying to become the next LAPC Champion.

After five days of battle, the Main Event is down to the final six participants.

The chip leader is WPT Boot Camp graduate Sean Jazayeri. Not many people expect Jazayeri to win today so, Jazayeri may just feel like he's on a freeroll. Jazayeri shouldn't be taken lightly - he does have quite a few live event scores on his resume, including a second place finish at the Wynn Classic last season.

The spotlight today may very well be on David "Doc" Sands. After a successful run at the WSOP Main Event last summer, it seems that Sands is part of everyone's list of poker players on the verge of taking over. Sands (2011 PTPR Rank: 10th) earned seven PTPR Scores in 2011, including a very nice run at the Five Diamond Classic to end the 2011 season.

Doc (pictured, right) has a little over 4M in chips to start final table play.

The man right on Sands' heels is star player Noah Schwartz. Schwartz (2011 PTPR Rank: 828th) - who won a PCA PLO side event in January - is currently 14th on the 2012 PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year Leaderboard.

WSOP bracelet winners Dan Kelly (2011 PTPR Rank: 539th) and Jason Somerville (2011 PTPR Rank: 77th) are both seeking a first WPT title of their career.

Jason Burt is the remaining player at the final table. Burt (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) earned his big payday in 2009, finishing fifth in the 15K WPT Festa al Lago at Bellagio.

Final table play live from Commerce Casino is set to begin at 4PM PT today!

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1. Sean Jazayeri - 4,380,000 (73 BBs)
Seat 2. Jason Burt - 835,000 (13 BBs)
Seat 3. Dan Kelly - 2,570,000 (42 BBs)
Seat 4. Jason Somerville - 840,000 (14 BBs)
Seat 5. Noah Schwartz - 3,835,000 (63 BBs)
Seat 6. David Sands - 4,010,000 (66 BBs)

NOTABLE DAY 5 ELIMINATIONS
Season 7 WPT Beau Rivage Champ Allen Carter, David "The Dragon" Pham, Stephen Chidwick, 2010 PTPR Player of the Year Sorel Mizzi, Jason Dewitt, former WSOP World Champion and Season 5 WPT Five Diamond Classic Champ Joe Hachem, Daniel Idema and Nick Binger.



WPT LAPC PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $1,370,240
2nd $806,370
3rd $521,770
4th $355,750
5th $252,980
6th $202,910

RELATED POSTS
>> SCHWARTZ LEADS LAPC RACE
>> IVEY'S BUBBLE BURSTS
>> SELBST WINS LAPC ASG
>> ALL-STAR CAST AT LAPC
>> EDALAT WINS KICKOFF
>> BROOKS WINS 2011 LAPC
>> SCWARTZ WINS PLO @ PCA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Gregory Brooks (Eliminated)
2011 PTPR Ranking: 26th

FINAL TABLE "LIVE" STREAM
WPT.com

NEXT TOUR STOP
WPT Shooting Star
Bay 101, San Jose, CA
2011 Champion: Alan Sternberg

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
WPT LAPC Main Event
February 24-29, 2012

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $5,270,400
Entries: 549

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 130
2nd place 80
3rd place 50
4th place 40
5th place 35
6th place 30
ALLEN CARTER 30
DAVID PHAM "THE DRAGON" 15
STEPHEN CHIDWICK 15
SOREL MIZZI 15
JASON DEWITT 15
JOE HACHEM 13
ELVIS HUYNH 13
A.J. JEJELOWO 13
SKIP WILSON 13
DANIEL IDEMA 10
NICK BINGER 10
SHAHEN MARTIROSIAN 10

PARTOUCHE AIX EN PROVENCE: ADIL IDDIR WINS LATEST PARTOUCHE EVENT

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

Adil Iddir won the latest tour stop on the Partouche Poker Tour, defeating 323 other players at the Casino Aix en Provence.

Frenchman Damien Luis finished third in the event. Luis collected a 41st place finish at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st Adil Iddir €25,150
2nd Magali Fabron €18,350
3rd Damien Luis €13,250
4th Jose Astima €11,950
5th Williams Orlando €11,350
6th Mathieu Coutant €10,950
7th Cyrille Balme €10,550
8th Bastien Puget €10,400
9th Jordane Ouin €10,400
10th Christian Achard €9,150

RELATED POSTS
>> VERGER WINS LE LYON VERT

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Frederic Chamla
2011 PTPR Ranking: 835th

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Partouche Poker Tour Aix en Provence
NLH Main Event
February 25-26, 2012

Casino Aix en Provence | France
Buy-in: $1,680 | Prizepool: $430,156
Entries: 323

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ADIL IDDIR 35
MAGALI FABRON 18
DAMIEN LUIS 10
JOSE ASTIMA 8
WILLIAMS ORLANDO 5

NEXT TOUR STOP
Partouche Nice (France)
2011 Champion: Raymond Santucci

CAPT BREGENZ OPEN GOES TO STEJPAN JOKIC

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

Stejpan Jokic won the CAPT Bregenz Open Main Event over the weekend. Jokic earns his second victory on the circuit, he had collected a win at a CAPT Seefeld Open side event back in January of 2011.

A total of 170 players entered the event with a prizepool that flirted with the 325K Euro mark.



TOP 8 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st Stjepan Jokic €88,825
2nd Kai Schmied €54,910
3rd Josef Friedl €35,530
4th Oliver Bösch €25,195
5th Daniel Marquis €18,410
6th Ivo Donev €14,535
7th Benno Jobst €12,920
8th Christoph Lanz €10,660

RELATED POSTS
>> JOVANOVIC WINS SEEFELD
>> MUDAY WINS BREGENZ

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Izak Muday
2011 PTPR Ranking: 835th

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Casinos Austria Poker Tour Bregenz
CAPT Bregenz NLH Main Event
February 25-26, 2012

Casinos Austria Bregenz | Austria
Buy-in: $2,690 | Prizepool: $424,352
Entries: 170

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
STJEPAN JOKIC 35
KAI SCHMIED 18
JOSEF FREIDL 10
OLIVER BOSCH 8
DANIEL MARQUIS 5

NEXT TOUR STOP
CAPT Salzburg (Austria)
2011 Champion: Dominik Nitsche

JOHNSON WINS MID-STATE COLUMBUS EVENT

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

Rodger Johnson collected the win at the Mid-States Poker Tour Columbus event. The event took place at the Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota.

Johnson defeated 310 other competitors and picked up almost 80K USD with the victory.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st Rodger Johnson $79,185
2nd Erick Wright $43,328
3rd Elias Monette $28,686
4th Leo Fussy $19,423
5th Sam Hanson $14,941
6th Robby Westrom $11,952
7th Dave Westrum $10,458
8th Jeff Grobe $8,964
9th Tom Westbrook $7,470
10th Christopher Classen $5,976


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Mid-States Poker Tour Columbus
MSPT Columbus NLH Main Event
February 18-19, 2012

Running Aces Park | Minnesota
Buy-in: $1,100 | Prizepool: $298,804
Entries: 311

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RODGER JOHNSON 35
ERICK WRIGHT 18
ELIAS MONETTE 10
LEO FUSSEY 8
SAM HANSON 5

NEXT TOUR STOP
MSPT Tama
Meskwaki Bingo Casino, Iowa


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WPT LAPC: SCHWARTZ, KELLY LEAD RACE TO FINAL TABLE AT COMMERCE

PHOTO (credit BJ Nemeth)/SOURCE: WPT.com

There are quite a few big name players still alive at the LAPC, in fact, the number of star players outweigh the number of lesser known players with 18 players left at the LAPC where Day 5 play is set to begin in a little over an hour from this post.

Leading the charge is the #14th ranked player on the 2012 PTPR Poker Tournament Player of the Year Leaderboard Noah Schwartz. Schwartz (2011 PTPR Rank: 828th) won the 5K PLO Turbo 8-max event at the PCA right out of the gate in 2012. Schwartz also had a nice run in his home state at the WPT Lucky Hearts earlier this month.

Scwartz is followed closely by WSOP bracelet holder Dan djk123 Kelly, Kelly is 21K in chips behind Schwartz at the start of Tuesday play. Kelly (2011 PTPR Rank: 539th) had a score earlier in the year at a Aussie Millions prelim event.

Stephen Chidwick (2011 PTPR Rank: 786th), who scored in the 5K prelim event here at the LAPC last week and Jason Dewitt (2011 PTPR Rank: 1236th) round-out the Top 5.

DAY 5 SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
TABLE 1:
Seat 1. Shahen Martirosian - 236,000 (11 BBs)
Seat 2. Jason Somerville - 1,025,000 (51 BBs)
Seat 3. Joe Hachem - 700,000 (35 BBs)
Seat 4. A.J. Jejelowo - 1,573,000 (78 BBs)
Seat 5. David Sands - 819,000 (40 BBs)
Seat 6. Elvis Huynh - 675,000 (33 BBs)
Seat 7. Allen Carter - 580,000 (29 BBs)
Seat 8. Dan Kelly - 1,749,000 (87 BBs)
Seat 9. Jason Dewitt - 1,182,000 (59 BBs)

TABLE 2:
Seat 1. Jason Burt - 609,000 (30 BBs)
Seat 2. Daniel Idema - 433,000 (21 BBs)
Seat 3. Sean Jazayeri - 1,126,000 (56 BBs)
Seat 4. Sorel Mizzi - 600,000 (30 BBs)
Seat 5. Nick Binger - 565,000 (28 BBs)
Seat 6. Noah Schwartz - 1,770,000 (88 BBs)
Seat 7. David Pham - 855,000 (42 BBs)
Seat 8. Stephen Chidwick - 1,420,000 (71 BBs)
Seat 9. Skip Wilson - 625,000 (31 BBs)

NOTABLE DAY 4 ELIMINATIONS
Joe Tehan, Tyson Marks, Tom Marchese, David ODB Baker, Brandon Meyers, Day 3 Chip Leader Tuan Phan, Kunal Patel, Matt Marafioti, Amit Makhija and Chrisian Harder.



WPT LAPC PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $1,370,240
2nd $806,370
3rd $521,770
4th $355,750
5th $252,980
6th $202,910
7th $155,480
8th $110,680
9th $79,060
10-12th $60,610
13-15th $47,430
16-18th $39,530

RELATED POSTS
>> IVEY'S BUBBLE BURSTS
>> SELBST WINS LAPC ASG
>> ALL-STAR CAST AT LAPC
>> EDALAT WINS KICKOFF
>> BROOKS WINS 2011 LAPC
>> SCWARTZ WINS PLO @ PCA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Gregory Brooks (Eliminated)
2011 PTPR Ranking: 26th

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
WPT LAPC Main Event
February 24-29, 2012

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $5,270,400
Entries: 549

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 130
2nd place 80
3rd place 50
4th place 40
5th place 35
6-7th place 30
8-11th place 15
12-15th place 13
16-18th place 10

LIVE EVENT COVERAGE
LAPC LIVE

NEXT TOUR STOP
WPT Shooting Star
Bay 101, San Jose, CA
2011 Champion: Alan Sternberg

WSOPC PALM BEACH: SNOWBIRD HARNDEN SWOOPS VICTORY AT PALM BEACH

SOURCE: WSOP.com

A Canadian snowbird flew to Palm Beach and picked up the win at the World Series of Poker Circuit event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida.

Ontario native James Harnden (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) defeated a large 778-player field in order to win the first live tournament of his career. Harnden finished fifth in the Five Star World Poker Classic Seniors Event last May.

Drazen Ilich (2011 PTPR Rank: 658th) who posted scores at WSOPC Choctaw and WSOPC Hammond last season, David Stefanski (2011 PTPR Rank: 465th) who had deep runs at NAPT Mohegan Sun and the Borgata Spring Open and Chris Parsons (2011 PTPR Rank: 2397th) all earned Top 9 finishes in the event.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
1st James Harnden $226,395
2nd Robert Williamson $139,574
3rd Matthew O'Brien $102,898
4th Roman Valerstein $76,692
5th Jamil Wakil $57,924
6th Drazen Ilich $44,317
7th David Stefanski $34,333
8th Sterling Savill $26,930
9th Chris Parsons $21,383

RELATED POSTS
>> PALM BEACH MADNESS
>> JEWELL MAKES IT A DOUBLE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
John Riordan
2011 PTPR Ranking: 189th

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach
WSOP Palm Beach NLH Main Event
February 25-27, 2012

Palm Beach Kennel Club | Florida
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $1,131,990
Entries: 778

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JAMES HARNDEN 107
ROB WILLIAMSON 67
MATTHEW OBRIEN 42
ROMAN VALERSTEIN 32
JAMIL WAKIL 25
DRAZEN ILICH 17
DAVID STEFANSKI 15
STERLING SAVILL 12
CHRIS PARSONS 12

NEXT TOUR STOP
WSOPC Caesars Atlantic City
2011 Champion: Brian Ali

Monday, February 27, 2012

HPT OKLAHOMA: PRESLEY TOPS THE CHARTS AT DOWNSTREAM

PHOTO/SOURCE: HPTPOKER.com

Arizona native Terry Presley has secured his first win on the Heartland Poker Tour. In fact, this was the first time that Presley scored any points on the HPT tour.

Presley defeated Arkansas man Robert Bratton heads up, collecting over 76K USD with the victory.


It was a first PTPR score for all members of the Top 5, over 295K USD in cash was distributed in the event.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
1. Terry Presley $76,892
2. Robert Bratton $44,670
3. Mark Kehrees $27,827
4. Brian Davis $24,166
5. Bob Hughes $18,454
6. Garret Smith $15,437
7. Sean Sananikone $11,277
8. Ben Lampert $9,667
9. Barry Brown $8,788
10. Shawn McBride $8,055

RELATED POSTS
>> HASTINGS WINS OKLAHOMA
>> CHALBAUD WINS DAYTONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Scott Hastings
2011 PTPR Ranking: 835th

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Heartland Poker Tour Oklahoma
HPT Oklahoma NLH Main Event
February 25-27, 2012

Downstream Casino Resort | Oklahoma
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $295,920
Entries: TBA

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
TERRY PRESLEY 35
ROBERT BRATTON 18
MARK KEHREES 10
BRIAN DAVIS 8
BOB HUGHES 5

NEXT TOUR STOP
HPT Missouri
River City Casino, St. Louis

WPT LAPC: PHIL IVEY'S BUBBLE BURSTS

PHOTO (credit BJ Nemeth)/SOURCE: WPT.com

As soon as the LAPC Main Event's first hand was dealt, all eyes have been on Phil Ivey. Ivey was playing his first tournament in the US since Black Friday and the subsequent Full Tilt Poker fiasco.

Ivey (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) was in contention right from the start of the tournament, and it looked like the Ivey of old had returned to the US, however, Ivey' stack size started to take a stumble late on Saturday and again on Sunday - culminating in Ivey being the bubble boy, busting one out of the money, as Sunday play came to an end.

Tuan Phan has the chip lead as Monday play is set to being at the WPT LAPC. Phan (2011 PTPR Rank: 835th) won the WSOP Circuit Atlantic City Main Event last season.

Jason Somerville has been in the news lately, recently announcing on his blog that he was gay. Somerville (2011 PTPR Rank: 77th) - who won a WSOP bracelet last summer - had a fantastic Sunday, chipping up to second place after three days of play.

Former NAPT Los Angeles Champion Joe Tehan (2011 PTPR Rank: 266th) sits third in chips while Noah Schwartz is sixth. Schwartz (2011 PTPR Rank: 828th) currently sits 14th on the 2012 PTPR Tournament Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard - he won a PCA side event in January.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS
TUAN PHAN 1,140,000
JASON SOMERVILLE 860,000
JOE TEHAN 831,500
NOAH SCHWARTZ 685,000
THOMAS MARCHESE 530,000
DAVID "DOC" SANDS 463,500
DANIEL IDEMA 451,000
DANIEL KELLY 378,500
NICK BINGER 363,500
ALLEN CARTER 359,500
DAVID PHAM 355,000
DAVID BAKER 347,000
STEPHEN CHIDWICK 292,500
MATT MARAFIOTI 175,000
JOE HACHEM 153,000
SOREL MIZZI 124,000
AMIT MAKHIJA 115,500
JASON DEWITT 110,000
CHRISTIAN HARDER
KUNAL PATEL 46,000



WPT LAPC PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $1,370,240
2nd $806,370
3rd $521,770
4th $355,750
5th $252,980
6th $202,910
7th $155,480
8th $110,680
9th $79,060
10-12th $60,610
13-15th $47,430
16-18th $39,530
19-27th $34,260
28-36th $28,990
37-45th $23,720
46-54th $21,080

RELATED POSTS
>> SELBST WINS LAPC ASG
>> ALL-STAR CAST AT LAPC
>> EDALAT WINS KICKOFF
>> DORFMAN WINS PRELIM
>> SELBST GOES BACK-TO-BACK
>> DUHAMEL DOMINATES SIDE ACTION
>> JAKA EARNS SCORE #2

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Gregory Brooks
2011 PTPR Ranking: 26th

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
WPT LAPC Main Event
February 24-29, 2012

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $5,270,400
Entries: 549

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 130
2nd place 80
3rd place 50
4th place 40
5th place 35
6-7th place 30
8-11th place 15
12-15th place 13
16-18th place 10

LIVE EVENT COVERAGE
LAPC LIVE

NEXT TOUR STOP
WPT Shooting Star
Bay 101, San Jose, CA
2011 Champion: Alan Sternberg

Sunday, February 26, 2012

MACAU POKER CUP RESULTS ARE IN!

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: POKERSTARS.com

PokerStars Macau hosted the latest edition of the Macau Poker Cup this past week with the two principle events coming to an end on Sunday.

Firstly, the High Rollers event drew 81 players. Joel Micka of Thailand picked up the victory and over 64K US in the process. Canadian Patrick Crivell was second in the event.

HIGH ROLLERS TOP 5:
1. Joel Micka 64K US (35 PTPR Points), 2. Patrick Crivell 62K (18), 3. Emanuel Seal 33K (10), 4. Nicholas Galtos 28K (8), 5. Michael Mariakis 22K (5).

RED DRAGON MAIN EVENT
A record 635 players entered the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event - that's right, the biggest number of players in a tournament in Asia - Nicky Jin was the Main Event winner, collecting over 150K US with the victory.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (DKK)
Nicky Tao Jin $153,871
Abhishek Goindi $136,323
Craig Eichmeier $71,484
David Martirosyan $52,774
Jennette "Jay" Tan $40,645
Zuo "ST" Wang $32,516
Chen Ke $26,452
Po En Ho $20,258
Shao-hung Lee $16,258

RELATED POSTS
>> LEE WINS RED DRAGON

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Patrick Lee
2011 PTPR Ranking: 835th

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Macau Poker Cup
NLH Red Dragon Main Event
February 23-26, 2012

Casino Grand Lisboa | Macau
Buy-in: $1,415 | Prizepool: $812,120
Entries: 635

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
NICKY TAO JIN 35
ABHISHEK GOINDI 18
CRAIG EICHMEIER 10
DAVID MARTIROSYAN 8
JEANNETTE TAN "JAY" 5



Saturday, February 25, 2012

EPT COPENHAGEN: OH MICKEY, YOU'RE SO FINE - PETERSEN WINS COPENHAGEN

PHOTO (credit Neil Stoddart)/SOURCE: POKERSTARS.com

Mickey Petersen sure picked the right time to win his first live tournament title. The online poker pro picks up over 2.5M DKK after winning the 2012 edition of EPT Copenhagen in Denmark.

Petersen (2011 PTPR Rank: 1155th) is widely known as one of the best poker players on the virtual felt and although he has had some live scores before, most felt is was only a matter of time for Petersen to pickup his first big victory on the live circuit.

Petersen - who wins the event in his native Denmark - slugged it out with Belgian pro Pierre Neuville for a grueling SIX hour marathon before a winner was declared.

Neuville (2011 PTPR Rank: 234th) had been in contention for a few days, having completed Thursday's play as the chip leader.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (DKK)
Mickey Neuville - 2,515,000
Pierre Neuville - 1,600,000
Bjarke Hansen - 1,000,000
Aage Ravn - 740,000
Jacob Rasmussen - 490,000
Niels Van Alphen - 390,000
Steve O'Dwyer - 290,000
Spencer Hudson - 191,400

RELATED POSTS
>> QUOTE THE RAVEN
>> NEUVILLE LEADS EPT
>> O'DWYER IN CONTROL
>> TURENIEC CONQUERS COPENHAGEN
>> WEISNER LEADS AT AUSSIE
>> KURSEVICH WINS DEAUVILLE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Michael Tureniec
2011 PTPR Ranking: 112th

NEXT TOUR STOP
EPT Madrid
March 12-17, 2012

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen
EPT Copenhagen NLH Main Event
February 20-25, 2012

Casino Copenhagen | Denmark
Buy-in: $6,635 | Prizepool: $1,789,625
Entries: 299

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MICKEY PETERSEN 127
PIERRE NEUVILLE 77
BJARKE HANSEN 47
AAGE RAVN 37
JACOB RASMUSSEN 32
NIELS VAN ALPHEN 27
STEVE O'DWYER 27
SPENCER HUDSON 12
KELD VOLQUARDSEN 12
LAURI VARONEN 12
MICHAEL TURENIEC 12
ROBERT BEER 10
GERASIMOS DERES 10
ALEXANDER MANSON 10
ALEJANDRO SANCHEZ FERNANDEZ 10
MARTIN STASZKO 7
ANDREAS WIESE 7
MARTIN EL-KHER 7



Friday, February 24, 2012

EPT COPENHAGEN: QUOTE THE RAVN - AAGE RAVN LEADS THEM TO THE FINAL TABLE

PHOTO (credit Neil Stoddart)/SOURCE: POKERSTARS.com

We've reached the final table in Denmark. EPT Copenhagen will reach its apex Saturday at Casino Copenhagen.

Norway's Aage Ravn will enter final table play with the chip lead. Ravn's name wasn't brought up much during the earlier days of the tournament but he certainly made up for it on Friday. Ravn (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) finished 29th at this year's Aussie Millions Main Event.

Online pro Mickey Petersen will start fourth in chips on Saturday. Petersen (2011 PTPR Rank: 1155th) made a deep run in a NLH event at this past summer's WSOP.

The man who finished third last season in the race for PTPR Tournament Player of the Year - Steve O'Dwyer - makes his return to final table play on Saturday, O'Dwyer will score his first PTPR Points of 2012 on Saturday.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1 Bjarke Hansen, 1,497,000
Seat 2 Mickey Petersen, 1,205,000
Seat 3 Steve O'Dwyer, 453,000
Seat 4 Spencer Hudson, 447,000
Seat 5 Jacob Rasmussen, 1,325,000
Seat 6 Pierre Neuville, 908,000
Seat 7 Aage Ravn, 2,458,000
Seat 8 Niels van Alphen, 644,000

NOTABLE DAY 4 PLAYER ELIMINATIONS
Defending Champ Michael Tureniec, Lauri Varonen, Martin Staszko and Andreas Wiese.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (DKK)
1- 2,515,000
2- 1,600,000
3- 1,000,000
4- 740,000
5- 490,000
6- 390,000
7- 290,000
8- 191,400

RELATED POSTS
>> NEUVILLE LEADS EPT
>> O'DWYER IN CONTROL
>> TURENIEC CONQUERS COPENHAGEN
>> WEISNER LEADS AT AUSSIE
>> KURSEVICH WINS DEAUVILLE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Michael Tureniec
2011 PTPR Ranking: 112th

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen
EPT Copenhagen NLH Main Event
February 20-25, 2012

Casino Copenhagen | Denmark
Buy-in: $6,635 | Prizepool: $1,789,625
Entries: 299

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 127
2nd place 77
3rd place 47
4th place 37
5th place 32
6-7th place 27
8th place 12
KELD VOLQUARDSEN 12
LAURI VARONEN 12
MICHAEL TURENIEC 12
ROBERT BEER 10
GERASIMOS DERES 10
ALEXANDER MANSON 10
ALEJANDRO SANCHEZ FERNANDEZ 10
MARTIN STASZKO 7
ANDREAS WIESE 7
MARTIN EL-KHER 7

NEXT TOUR STOP
EPT Madrid
March 12-17, 2012

"LIVE" COVERAGE
>> POKERSTARS TV


2012 LAPC: SELBST WINS ALL-STAR GAME, DUHAMEL EARNS ANOTHER STRIPE

SOURCE: COMMERCETOURNAMENTS.com

It's only February but we have already found our winner for Tournament of the Year for 2012!! Chidwick, Stout, Selbst, Duhamel, Poche, Siniak, Karr, Brikis and Jaka - those were the names, from seat 1 to 9 at the LAPC 5K NLH Prelim event final table on the eve of the WPT LAPC Main Event.

It was a who's who of North American poker and they didn't disappoint. Making it into the wee hours of the Los Angeles morning, they battled it out. When the dust settled and the smog cleared, Vanessa Selbst was the big winner, but, runner-up Jonathan Duhamel proved that January was no fluke.

Selbst has been long recognized as one of the top poker players in the world, back-to-back winner at NAPT Mohegan Sun and Partouche Grand Final Champ, Selbst (2011 PTPR Rank: 40th) certainly has some impressive victories on the circuit - did we mention she's also won a WSOP bracelet in PLO?

For Duhamel, it's the continuation of the dream season. Remember a few years back when it seemed like Phil Ivey or Daniel Negreanu were at every final table? You start getting the feeling that Duhamel (2011 PTPR Rank: 71st) is on the same path in 2012. The 2010 WSOP World Champion has already crossed the 200-point mark for 2012, and it's still February! Just to give you an example on how Duhamel is dominating the circuit, 2011 PTPR Player of the Year Will "The Thrill" Failla had 75 PTPR Points at this point last season, Duhamel just collected his 245th. It certainly looks like the kid from just outside Montreal is destined for greatness.

Faraz Jaka also rockets up the standings. Sitting 8th heading into the 5K, Jaka (2011 PTPR Rank: 2090th) managed a fifth place finish in the event, moving him to 3rd overall on the 2012 PTPR Tournament Player of the Year Leaderboard.



PAYOUTS (USD)
VANESSA SELBST, $140,295*
JONATHAN DUHAMEL, $121,115*
JOSH BRIKIS, $61,790
STEPHEN CHIDWICK, $42,780
FARAZ JAKA, $33,270
YURI SINIAK, $26,140
MATT STOUT, $21,390
MCLEAN KARR, $16,640
JONATHAN POCHE, $11,880
*Two-way deal for first

RELATED POSTS
>> ALL-STAR CAST AT LAPC
>> EDALAT WINS KICKOFF
>> DORFMAN WINS PRELIM
>> SELBST GOES BACK-TO-BACK
>> DUHAMEL DOMINATES SIDE ACTION
>> JAKA EARNS SCORE #2

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
LAPC NLH 5K Prelim
February 22-23, 2012

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $5,100 | Prizepool: $475,300
Entries: 98

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
VANESSA SELBST 100
JONATHAN DUHAMEL 60
JOSH BRIKIS 35
STEPHEN CHIDWICK 25
FARAZ JAKA 18
YURI SINIAK 10
MATT STOUT 8
MACLEAN KARR 5
JONATHAN POCHE 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Randy Dorfman
2011 PTPR Ranking: 50th


Thursday, February 23, 2012

EPT COPENHAGEN: NEUVILLE LEADS DEFENDING CHAMP TURENIEC, OTHERS TO THE TOP 24

PHOTO (credit Neil Stoddart)/SOURCE: POKERSTARS.com

Belgium's Pierre Neuville - Team PokerStars Pro - has taken over the chip lead as Day 3 has come to an end at EPT Copenhagen. A veteran on the poker circuit, Neuville (2011 PTPR Rank: 234th) has surprisingly never won a significant event on tour. Neuville has enjoyed some success on the EPT - of note, he finished second to Antonio Matias at EPT Vilamoura back in 2009.

WSOP November Niner Martin Staszko finds himself in the Top 10 after Thursday's play. Staszko (2011 PTPR Rank: 182nd) - who finished second in the Main Event - built an extreme short stack into a Top 10 stack today.

One person to keep an eye on Friday is defending champ Michael Tureniec. Tureniec (2011 PTPR Rank: 112th) has quietly been amassing chips and currently sits 15th out of 24. Tureniec is about 500K off-pace but, you should never count out a former champion.

Our feature player from Wednesday's post died a horrible death (at least, her chips did) on Thursday. Melanie Weisner went from the penthouse to the outhouse in no time - the hand of death coming at the hands of Steve O'Dwyer when Weisner's ace-queen ran into O'Dwyer's aces.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS
Pierre Neuville 780,000
Alexander Manson 730,000
Aage Floenes Ravn 691,000
Alejandro Sanchez Fernandez 620,500
Keld Volquardsen 523,500
Mickey Petersen 451,500
Martin Staszko 432,500 (Runner-Up, WSOP Main Event)
Steve O'Dwyer 423,500 (Day 1 Chip Leader)
Andreas Wiese 344,500
Michael Tureniec 294,500 (Defending Champion)

NOTABLE DAY 3 PLAYER ELIMINATIONS
Juha Helppi, Mads Wissing, Melanie Weisner, Simon Ravnsbaek, Kevin Iacofano, Luca Pagano and Johnny Lodden.



EPT COPENHAGEN TOP 24 PAYOUTS (DKK)
1- 2,515,000
2- 1,600,000
3- 1,000,000
4- 740,000
5- 490,000
6- 390,000
7- 290,000
8- 191,400
9,10- 140,000
11,12- 110,000
13,14- 90,000
15,16- 75,000
17 to 24- 70,000

RELATED POSTS
>> O'DWYER IN CONTROL
>> TURENIEC CONQUERS COPENHAGEN
>> WEISNER LEADS AT AUSSIE
>> KURSEVICH WINS DEAUVILLE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Michael Tureniec
2011 PTPR Ranking: 112th

PTPR PREMIER EVENT
PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen
EPT Copenhagen NLH Main Event
February 20-25, 2012

Casino Copenhagen | Denmark
Buy-in: $6,635 | Prizepool: $1,789,625
Entries: 299

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 127
2nd place 77
3rd place 47
4th place 37
5th place 32
6-7th place 27
8-11th place 12
12-15th place 10
16-18th place 7

NEXT TOUR STOP
EPT Madrid
March 12-17, 2012

EVENT COVERAGE
>> POKERSTARS BLOG


2012 LAPC: POCHE, JAKA LEAD ALL-STAR CAST AT 5K PRELIM

SOURCE: COMMERCETOURNAMENTS.com

Day 2 play has just begun at the LAPC 5K No Limit Holdem Prelim - precursor to the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic Main Event which starts tomorrow.

An all-star cast returns to Commerce today lead by Jonathan Poche and Faraz Jaka.

Poche (2011 PTPR Rank: 346th) won the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah's New Orleans last May. As for Jaka, the man from Chicago/NorCal needs no introduction. Jaka currently sits 8th on the 2012 PTPR Tournament Poker of the Year Leaderboard.

Jaka (2011 PTPR Rank: 2090th) finished third the PCA Main Event this past January and was runner-up to Jean-Paul Helderman at the Aussie Millions NLH Six-Max prelim.

Darren Elias, Joseph Cheong, James Carroll, Vanessa Selbst, Josh Brikis, Shaun Deeb and current #1 ranked player on the PTPR Leaderboard, Jonathan Duhamel all held Top 10 chip stacks as Day 2 began.

NOTABLE DAY 2 CHIP STACKS
JONATHAN POCHE, 167,600
FARAZ JAKA, 150,900
DARREN ELIAS, 133,800
JOSEPH CHEONG, 115,700
JAMES CARROLL, 87,600
VANESSA SELBST, 84,200
JOSH BRIKIS, 75,700
SHAUN DEEB, 72,000
JONATHAN DUHAMEL, 68,500
MATT STOUT, 68,100
ALEX OUTHRED, 67,500
MCLEAN KARR, 64,800
SCOTT CLEMENTS, 62,900
KEVIN SONG, 56,800
AMIT MAKHIJA, 53,900
TODD TERRY, 53,300
JONATHAN LITTLE, 52,500
ISAAC BARON, 50,400
DAVID PETERS, 50,100
YEVGENIY TIMOSHENKO, 43,600
RANDY DORFMAN, 35,000
JUSTIN YOUNG, 31,300
ELIO FOX, 25,500
ANTHONY GREGG, 17,900
TOM MCCORMICK, 13,200
ADAM GEYER, 10,400



PAYOUTS (USD)
1st PLACE $166,350
2nd PLACE $95,060
3rd PLACE $61,790
4th PLACE $42,780
5th PLACE $33,270
6th PLACE $26,140
7th PLACE $21,390
8th PLACE $16,640
9th PLACE $11,880

RELATED POSTS
>> EDALAT WINS KICKOFF
>> DORFMAN WINS PRELIM
>> POCHE WINS WSOPC NO
>> JAKA EARNS SCORE #2

PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Los Angeles Poker Classic
LAPC NLH 5K Prelim
February 22-23, 2012

Commerce Casino | California
Buy-in: $5,100 | Prizepool: $475,300
Entries: 98

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 100
2nd place 60
3rd place 35
4th place 25
5th place 18
6th place 10
7th place 8
8-9th place 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Randy Dorfman
2011 PTPR Ranking: 50th


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

@PTPRPOKER ON THE RADIO!

PHOTO CREDIT: QUADJACKS.com
On last week's Poker EH! on QuadJacks Radio, Jeremy (@evhero) and I were joined by PokerStars Super Nova Elite player Kristen Bicknell...

PokerStars Super Nova Elite player Kristen Bicknell talks to us about her SNE status, the pressure on keeping her SNE card, how she balances poker and life and where things are going for the Canadian poker pro.

Kristen Bicknell (@krissyb24poker) is a PokerStars Super Nova Elite player from Canada’s Nation Capital, Ottawa. Recently back from a Caribbean and an Alaskan cruise, Kristen explains that the life of a Super Nova Elite player isn’t all fun and games.

The UltimateGrinders.com poker coach reveals that the pressure on keeping her SNE status can be detrimental to her health. Her latest ascension to SNE status (this past November and December) lead her to having to schedule time for shower, eat and sleep – scheduling life around poker! She was absolutely pokered out at that point, explaining the recent 15-days away from the on-line felt.

>> Click to read the remainder of the story plus watch the show - that's right > watch!!!




COMING UP THIS WEEK...

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Greg Mueller joins us on the show!! We'll talk poker, food and the Canucks with FBT! - join us for Poker Eh! Thursday at 9PM ET on QuadJacks.com.

Also, catch me on @PKRGSSP on QuadJacks! Jeff and I will talk recent circuit results as well as upcoming tournies, including the start of the LAPC and ongoing results from EPT Copenhagen. Thursday at 8PM PT (11PM ET) on QuadJacks!

VENETIAN DEEPSTACK: THAT'S MORE LIKE IT! AFTER WPT 6TH, FERRERA WINS THE DSE!

PHOTO CREDIT: POKERNEWS.com
SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

Only a short week ago, many poker experts were shocked when Keith Ferrera was the first player eliminated at the final table at WPT Lucky Hearts at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.

Ferrera was pegged by most - with all due respect to his final table opponents - as the man to beat at the final table yet, there he is was, collecting his sixth place paycheque, having to wait for his first win of 2012.

The 2009 Wynn Classic winner didn't take long to make amends. Ferrera (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) has followed up his WPT Lucky Hearts 6th with a win at Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza Main Event.

A total of 254 players entered the popular Vegas event, Ferrera picks up just under 140K with the victory.

2011 PTPR Tournament Player of Year Will "The Thrill" Failla earned his first PTPR Points of the season, finishing fourth. Failla (2011 PTPR Rank: 1st) beat out a monster field in the Borgata $500 re-entry event last month - unfortunately, that event did not qualify for PTPR Points.

Kenny Shih, Ryan Julius, Matt Marafioti, Carter Gill, Dan O'Brien, Matt Berkey and Gavin Smith are some notable names that cashed in the event.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st - Keith Ferrera $139,720
2nd - John Taitt $86,161
3rd - Kenneth Auker $58,217
4th - Emanuel Failla $41,334
5th - Kenny Shih $32,019
6th - Francois Safieddine $26,198
7th - Paul Lieu $21,831
8th - Hasan Aslanai $18,338
9th - Guy Maxtonegraham $15,136
10th - Ryan Julius $11,934

RELATED POSTS
>> CLEMENTS WINS DEEPSTACK IV
>> FERRERA AT LUCKY HEARTS


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza I
NLH Main Event
February 19-21, 2012

Venetian Casino Resort | Las Vegas, NV
Buy-in: $2,500 | Prizepool: $582,168
Entries: 254

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
KEITH FERRERA 35
JOHN TAITT 18
KENNETH AUKER 10
WILL "THE THRILL" FAILLA 8
KENNY SHIH 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Scott Clements
2011 PTPR Ranking: 289th


EPT COPENHAGEN: IS THIS FINALLY MELANIE WEISNER'S TIME TO SHINE?

PHOTO (credit Neil Stoddart)/SOURCE: POKERSTARS.com

Melanie Weisner is widely recognized as one of the top live tournament pros on the circuit, yet, most are surprised when they learn that Weisner has yet to pickup that one big score on the circuit, which is something that most assumed had already happened given her skill.

Weisner has been close before - most recently starting final day play with the chip lead at a NLH Bounty Side Event at the Aussie Millions. It goes without saying that Weisner is one of the best players without a major victory.


This may be about to change. Weisner (2011 PTPR Rank: 1155th) holds the chip lead with 72 players left EPT Copenhagen, presented by PokerStars.com. Weisner takes a 48K chip into Day 3, she has accumulated an impressive 368K in chips the first two days of the tournament.

WPT Venice Grand Prix fourth place finisher Simon Ravnsbaek sits second in chips. Ravnsbaek (2011 PTPR Rank: 283rd) won the Danish Poker Championship in this very casino last October. Ravnsbaek also earned a third place finish at WPT Vienna last March.

Another familiar face to the Danish crowd at Casino Copenhagen rounds out the Top 3. Kevin Iacofano (2011 PTPR Rank: 238th) - who finished fourth in this event last year - is about 15K in chips behind Ravnsbaek.

Of the four players featured in yesterday's EPT Copenhagen recap, only two survived second day play - Steve O'Dwyer and Juha Helppi. Roberto Romanello and Marcel Bjerkmann were both eliminted during Day 2.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS (MIN. 40K CHIPS)
Melanie Weisner 368,200
Simon Ravnsbæk 320,800
Kevin Iacofano 305,200
Pierre Neuville 221,300
Michael Tureniec 214,500 (Defending Champion)
Juha Helppi 160,300
Steve O’Dwyer 122,000 (Day 1 Chip Leader)
Mads Wissing 119,300
Mickey Petersen 82,200
Luca Pagano 59,000
Johnny Lodden 41,100
Martin Staszko 27,900 (2011 WSOP Main Event Runner-Up)

NOTABLE DAY 2 PLAYER ELIMINATIONS
Anton Wigg, Martins Adeniya, Will Molson, Allan Baekke, Roberto Romanello, Samuel Chartier, Mario Puccini, Marcel Bjerkmann, Theo Jorgenssen, Arnaud Mattern, Byron Kaverman, David Vamplew, Vojtech Ruzicka and John Eames.



EPT COPENHAGEN PAYOUTS (DKK)
1- 2,515,000
2- 1,600,000
3- 1,000,000
4- 740,000
5- 490,000
6- 390,000
7- 290,000
8- 191,400
9,10- 140,000
11,12- 110,000
13,14- 90,000
15,16- 75,000
17 to 24- 70,000
25 to 32- 65,000
33 to 40- 60,000
41 to 48- 55,000

RELATED POSTS
>> O'DWYER IN CONTROL
>> TURENIEC CONQUERS COPENHAGEN
>> WEISNER LEADS AT AUSSIE
>> KURSEVICH WINS DEAUVILLE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Michael Tureniec
2011 PTPR Ranking: 112th


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen
EPT Copenhagen NLH Main Event
February 20-25, 2012

Casino Copenhagen | Denmark
Buy-in: $6,635 | Prizepool: $1,789,625
Entries: 299

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 127
2nd place 77
3rd place 47
4th place 37
5th place 32
6-7th place 27
8-11th place 12
12-15th place 10
16-18th place 7

NEXT TOUR STOP
EPT Madrid
March 12-17, 2012

EVENT COVERAGE
>> POKERSTARS BLOG


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

EPT COPENHAGEN: O'DWYER TAKES CONTROL OF DAY 1 IN DENMARK

SOURCE: POKERSTARS.com

Steve O'Dwyer is looking to pickup where he left off at the end of last season as he came oh so close to capturing the 2011 PTPR Tournament Poker Player of the Year crown - finishing second at WPT Venice.

Now back on the EPT circuit, O'Dwyer is the chip leader after Day 1 play at EPT Copenhagen, presented by PokerStars.com, where O'Dwyer and 298 other players have congregated for a shot at EPT Gold!

O'Dwyer (2011 PTPR Rank: 3rd) won the Bellagio Cup and one of the Epic Poker League Pro/Am events last season. O'Dwyer will bring a 25K chip lead over his closest opponent on Day 2 Wednesday.

Another PTPR Top 10 player from last season finds himself with a top chip stack. Roberto Romanello (2011 PTPR Rank: 9th) is fifth in chips after Day 1 while Finnish legend Juha Helppi (2011 PTPR Rank: 152nd) and PTPR sensation Marcel Bjerkmann (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) also hold top stacks.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS (MIN. 40K CHIPS)
Steve O’Dwyer 190,975
Mads Wissing 127,575
Roberto Romanello 115,475
Juha Helppi 105,425
Marcel Bjerkmann 100,925
Kevin Iacofano 96,150
Ben Vinson 80,675
Melanie Weisner 78,900
Johnny Lodden 77,400
Vojtech Ruzicka 72,950
Anton Wigg 65,700
Mickey Petersen 57,075
Simon Ravnsbæk 56,725
Theo Jorgensen 55,450
Michael Tureniec 53,750
Sam Chartier 53,200
Martins Adeniya 47,075
Luca Pagano 44,225
Allan Baekke 41,150



EPT COPENHAGEN PAYOUTS (DKK)
1- 2,515,000
2- 1,600,000
3- 1,000,000
4- 740,000
5- 490,000
6- 390,000
7- 290,000
8- 191,400
9,10- 140,000
11,12- 110,000
13,14- 90,000
15,16- 75,000
17 to 24- 70,000
25 to 32- 65,000
33 to 40- 60,000
41 to 48- 55,000

RELATED POSTS
>> TURENIEC CONQUERS COPENHAGEN
>> KURSEVICH WINS DEAUVILLE
>> O'DWYER O SO CLOSE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Michael Tureniec
2011 PTPR Ranking: 112th


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen
EPT Copenhagen NLH Main Event
February 20-25, 2012

Casino Copenhagen | Denmark
Buy-in: $6,635 | Prizepool: $1,789,625
Entries: 299

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 127
2nd place 77
3rd place 47
4th place 37
5th place 32
6-7th place 27
8-11th place 12
12-15th place 10
16-18th place 7

NEXT TOUR STOP
EPT Madrid
March 12-17, 2012

EVENT COVERAGE
>> POKERSTARS BLOG


WSOPC PALM BEACH: MADNESS AT THE DOGTRACK, LU WINS 1M GUARANTEE EVENT

SOURCE: WSOP.com

They came, they all came ... they ALL came! In what was a little chaotic - people started getting in line in the wee hours in the morning for a chance to register - but in the end, a HUGE turnout ...

2,607 runners in total, all vying for the 1.25M prizepool.


Anh Lu won his lion's share of the top prize, defeating Charles Flett heads up.

Florida native and former PCA Main Event and Seminole Fall Poker Open Championship Harrison Gimbel finished seventh in the event. Gimbel (2011 PTPR Rank: 2090th) had such a fantastic 2010, he surely hopes to get back to that pace in 2012.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Anh Lu $182,750
Charles Flett $113,759
Jerry Ard $86,611
Josh Kay $66,874
Jose Silverman $52,014
Phong Nguyen $40,772
Harrison Gimbel $32,214
Devon Garbus $25,648
Michael Cox $20,594
Artie Smith $16,384

RELATED POSTS
>> RIORDAN WINS PALM BEACH

DEFENDING CHAMPION
John Riordan
2011 PTPR Ranking: 189th


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach
NLH 1M Guarantee Event
February 16-20, 2012

Palm Beach Kennel Club | Florida
Buy-in: $555 | Prizepool: $1,250,345
Entries: 2,607

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ANH LU 120
CHARLES FLETT 80
JERRY ARD 55
JOSH KAY 45
JOSE SILVERMAN 38
PHONG NGUYEN 30
HARRISON GIMBEL 28
DEVON GARBUS 25
MICHAEL COX 25

NEXT TOUR STOP
WSOP Circuit Caesars Atlantic City
March 1-19, 2012


Monday, February 20, 2012

WILLEMIN WINS MARRAKECH OPEN, CHHITI FINISHES FOURTH

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

France's Pascal Willemin collected the first live tournament win of his poker career over the weekend. Willemin (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) collected over 44K EURO with his win in Marrakech, at the Marrakech Poker Open Main Event.

Willemin has a few other small live event scores, all of them in Marrakech.

Fourth place finisher Kamel Chhiti earned over 17K EURO in the event. Chhiti (2011 PTPR Rank: 1901st) finished 12th at the Partouche Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event back in September/November of last year.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st Pascal Willemin, €44,761
2nd Romero Gomila, €35,786
3rd Miguel Gurrea, €26,788
4th Kamel Chhiti, €17,859
5th Ali Baalbaki, €13,405
6th Florian Desgouttes, €11,133
7th Franck Douay, €9,314
8th Mohamed Bennani, €7,952
9th Stephane Said, €6,816
10th Jessy Marillaud, €5,680

RELATED POSTS
>> WPT MARAKECH RESULTS


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Marrakech Poker Open
NLH Main Event
February 17, 2012

Casino de Marrakech | Morocco
Buy-in: $1,780 | Prizepool: $296,303
Entries: 195

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
PASCAL WILLEMIN 35
ROMERO GOMILA 18
MIGUEL GURREA 10
KAMEL CHHITI 8
ALI BAALBAKI 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Michel Leibgorin
2011 PTPR Ranking: 181st


LAPT GRAND FINAL: NESTOLA GRAND CHAMPION, NEGREANU ENDS UP SIXTH

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Daniele Nestola wins the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final. Nesotla collects the biggest cash of his career, having survived a 367-player field here in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Nestola defeated Gasperino Nicolas heads up.


KID POKER RUNS INTO ACES
Despite not having one of the top chip stacks, most still believed that Daniel Negreanu was the man to beat when play started on Monday. Unfortunately, Negreanu ran into aces and ended up finishing sixth in the event, right outside PTPR Points qualification.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (BRA REAL)
Daniele Nestola : 324,600
Gasperino Nicolas : 214,700
Carlos Ibarra : 148,840
Felipe Morbiducci : 89,570
Jonathan Markovits : 64,540
Daniel Negreanu : 48,730
Vitor Torres : 35,560
Juan Gonzalez : 26,340

RELATED POSTS
>> KID POKER AT FINAL TABLE
>> PIMENTA LEADS, KID POKER TRENDS
>> MENEDEZ MASTERS COLUMBIA

EVENT COVERAGE
>> POKERNEWS

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final
LAPT NLH Grand Final
February 17-20, 2012

Sheraton WTC Sao Paulo | Sao Paulo, Brazil
Buy-in: $2,335 | Prizepool: $792,720
Entries: 367

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DANIELE NESTOLA 35
GASPERINO NICOLAS 18
CARLOS IBARRA 10
FELIPE MORBIDUCCI 8
JONATHAN MARKOVITS 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Alex Manzano
2011 PTPR Ranking: 198th


UKIPT GALWAY: GILLIGAN VOTED OFF ISLAND, NATIVE SON MULLIN WINS GALWAY!

PHOTO CREDI/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

Irishman Emmett Mullin wins the UKIPT Galway Main Event! Mullin (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) defeated Ronan Gilligan heads up. Gilligan (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) finished third at WPT Ireland earlier this season.

The two players started just about even in chips as heads up play began. The two duked it out for almost 90 minutes before Mullin picked up the victory.

ABOU RISK COMES UP SHORT
Defending Champion Nick Abou Risk was looking for his third UKIPT title since August of 2010. Entering final table play with a low stack, Abou Risk was unable to get things going on Monday, finishing outside of PTPR Points qualification for the event.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (EURO)
Emmett Mullin - €114,900
Ronan Gilligan - €68,750
Joe Roberts - €41,900
Craig Burke - €30,750
Aleksandras Rusinovas - €24,150
John Willoughby - €19,400
Nick Abou Risk - €14,700
Richard Haile - €10,900
Joris Ruijs - €7,800

RELATED POSTS
>> ABOU RISK LOOKS FOR THIRD
>> QUALIFIERS REIGN IN GALWAY
>> SHALLOW WINS WPT IRELAND
>> ABOU RISK WINS GALWAY

EVENT COVERAGE
>> POKERSTARS BLOG


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour Galway
UKIPT Galway NLH Main Event
February 16-20, 2012

Radisson Hotel | Galway, Ireland
Buy-in: $1,010 | Prizepool: $623,665
Entries: 698

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
EMMETT MULLIN 35
RONAN GILLIGAN 18
JOE ROBERTS 10
CRAIG BURKE 8
ALEKSANDRAS RUSINOVAS 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Nick Abou Risk
2011 PTPR Rank: Not Ranked

Sunday, February 19, 2012

CHIP LEADERS BATTLE AT NIAGARA, VOGEL WINS WESTERN NEW YORK CHAMPIONSHIP

SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

Two men had control of most of the chips when Final Table play at the Deepstacks Tour Western New York Poker Championship Main Event when the day began.

Well, none of the other opponents were able to gain a upper hand and William Vogel and Lou Procopio (the two leaders heading into Sunday's play) found themselves heads up for all the marbles.

Congratulations to William Vogel, winner of the Western New York Poker Championship. Vogel collects over 71K USD with victory, the first of his poker career.

Over 200 players made their way to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday where Randy Pfeifer was looking to defend his title. In the end, William Vogel is your winner.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
William Vogel 71,827
Lou Procopio 43,928
Nicholas Goetz 31,161
Michael Wachowski 22,245
Tom Krol 17,802
Steve Przybyl 13,359

RELATED POSTS
>> FINAL 6 RETURN AT NIAGARA
>> PFEIFER WINS SENECA NIAGARA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Randy Pfeifer
2011 PTPR Rank: 393rd

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Western New York Poker Championship
Deepstacks Seneca Niagara NLH Main Event
February 17-19, 2012

Seneca Niagara Casino | Niagara Falls, NY
Buy-in: $1,500 | Prizepool: $281,234
Entries: 217

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
WILLIAM VOGEL 35
LOU PROCOPIO 18
NICK GOETZ 10
MICHAEL WACHOWKSI 8
TOM KROL 5


UKIPT GALWAY: FINAL TABLE SET, ABOU RISK SEEKS THIRD UKIPT WIN

PHOTO CREDIT: POKERSTARS.com
SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

The Final Table has been set at UKIPT Galway and Canadian Nick Abou Risk is looking for the triple!

Abou Risk (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) is the defending champion - winning the event in December of 2010 ... he also won UKIPT Edinburgh in August of 2010 - Abou Risk is seeking his third UKIPT title in 18 months - quite the accomplishment.

However, Abou Risk does have a lot of work in front of him. At 647K - about 1.8M chips behind the leader - Abou risk will need to move early in order to get back into contention.

GILLIGAN CONTINUES STRONG START TO 2012
The chip leader heading into Final Table play is Ronan Gilligan. Gilligan (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) is no stranger to the big stage in 2012 - Gilligan finished third last month at the inaugural WPT Ireland Main Event.

Gilligan's chip stack almost doubles those of John Willoughby, who sits second. Will Gilligan's lead be too much for his opponents? Find out on Monday.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS
Ronan Gilligan - 2,489,000
John Willoughby - 1,382,000
Craig Burke - 1,283,000
Joe Roberts - 1,103,000
Emmett Mullin - 1,003,000
Aleksandras Rusinovas - 1,003,000
Richard Haile - 652,000
Nick Abou Risk - 647,000
Joris Ruijs - 440,000



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 - €114,900
2 - €68,750
3 - €41,900
4 - €30,750
5 - €24,150
6 - €19,400
7 - €14,700
8 - €10,900
9 - €7,800

RELATED POSTS
>> QUALIFIERS REIGN IN GALWAY
>> SHALLOW WINS WPT IRELAND
>> ABOU RISK WINS GALWAY

EVENT COVERAGE
>> POKERSTARS BLOG


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour Galway
UKIPT Galway NLH Main Event
February 16-20, 2012

Radisson Hotel | Galway, Ireland
Buy-in: $1,010 | Prizepool: $623,665
Entries: 698

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 35
2nd place 18
3rd place 10
4th place 8
5th place 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Nick Abou Risk
2011 PTPR Rank: Not Ranked

UNIBET PRAGUE: VERBOVEN WINS THE MAIN EVENT, COLLECTS 100K EURO

SOURCE: UNIBETOPEN.com

It wasn't as easy as some may have thought, but, Filip Verboven is indeed your Unibet Open Prague Main Event Champion.

Verboven started the day with the biggest chip stack but that stack went up and down throughout Final Table play. He started heads up play virtually heads up but in the end, Verboven (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) was able to survive and win the first live circuit tournament of his career.


FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (EURO)
Filip Verboven € 100,000
Ruggerio Scommegna € 56,600
Stieven Razab-Sekh € 37,700
Jan Grajzel € 30,200
Gerret Van Lancker € 24,500
Tomasz Kozub € 20,700
Hans Sybrandi € 17,000
Dan Murariu € 13,200
Flavien Guenan € 9,400

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Unibet Open Prague
NLH Main Event
February 16-19, 2012

Hilton Hotel | Prague, Czech Republic
Buy-in: $2,170 | Prizepool: $496,344
Entries: 698

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
FILIP VERBOVEN 35
RUGGERIO SCOMMEGNA 18
STIEVEN RAZAB-SEKH 10
JAN GRAJZEL 8
GERRET VAN LANCKER 5


LAPT GRAND FINAL: MIDDLE MAN - KID POKER BRINGS MID-STACK TO FINAL TABLE

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It's Final Table time down in Brazil! All eyes will be on Sao Paulo on Monday as Kid Poker Daniel Negreanu has a decent chip stack heading into Final Table play at the LAPT Grand Final.

As expected, Negreanu (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) final table experience far exceeds the experience of all other Final Table players combined. Negreanu takes a little over 700K in chips into Monday's play, about 1.2M chips behind our leader.

That chip leader is German player Daniele Nestola. Nestola biggest payday to date came in 2010 - where Nestola (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) finished in the Top 20 at NAPT Venetian Las Vegas.

This will be the first PTPR Score of the season for all participants, only the Final Five will receive points in the event.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1 Felipe Morbiducci, 347K
Seat 2 Daniel Negreanu, 702K
Seat 3 Jonathan Markovits, 991K
Seat 4 Carlos Ibarra, 1.297M
Seat 5 Daniele Nestola, 1.892M
Seat 6 Juan Gonzalez, 548K
Seat 7 Gasperino Nicolas, 1.19M
Seat 8 Vitor Torres, 273K


FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (BRA REAL)
1st : 324,600
2nd : 214,700
3rd : 148,840
4th : 89,570
5th : 64,540
6th : 48,730
7th : 35,560
8th : 26,340

RELATED POSTS
>> PIMENTA LEADS, KID POKER TRENDS
>> MENEDEZ MASTERS COLUMBIA

EVENT COVERAGE
>> POKERNEWS

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final
LAPT NLH Grand Final
February 17-20, 2012

Sheraton WTC Sao Paulo | Sao Paulo, Brazil
Buy-in: $2,335 | Prizepool: $792,720
Entries: 367

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 35
2nd place 18
3rd place 10
4th place 8
5th place 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Alex Manzano
2011 PTPR Ranking: 198th


FINAL SIX RETURN AT DEEPSTACKS SENECA

SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It's wide open at the Deepstacks Senaca Niagara Main Event in Niagara Falls. Six players chasing the elusive 71K top prize.

Two players hold most of the chips hostage. William Vogel and Lou Procopio each hold approximately 2M chips while the remaining six players hold about 1.4M chips combined.

None of the final table participants hold any live tournament payouts of significance.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1 Steve Przybyl, 179,000
Seat 2 Tom Krol, 577,000
Seat 3 William Vogel, 2,097,000
Seat 4 Lou Procopio, 1,955,000
Seat 5 Nicholas Goetz, 437,000
Seat 6 Michael Wachowski, 233,000


FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
1st 71,827
2nd 43,928
3rd 31,161
4th 22,245
5th 17,802
6th 13,359

RELATED POSTS
>> PFEIFER WINS SENECA NIAGARA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Randy Pfeifer
2011 PTPR Rank: 393rd

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Western New York Poker Championship
Deepstacks Seneca Niagara NLH Main Event
February 17-19, 2012

Seneca Niagara Casino | Niagara Falls, NY
Buy-in: $1,500 | Prizepool: $281,234
Entries: 217

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 35
2nd place 18
3rd place 10
4th place 8
5th place 5


UNIBET PRAGUE: VERBOVEN LEADS AS FINAL TABLE IS SET

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: UNIBETOPEN.com

The final nine players are ready for action at Unitbet Open Prague.

Belgium player Filip Verboven leads the way. Verboven is one of two players with a stack above 1M.

2010 Unibet Open Varna winner Dan Murariu is fourth in chips but he's almost 800K chips behind the leader. Murariu will be playing in his fourth Unibet Open Main Event final, a very impressive feat.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1 MURARIU Dan 454,000
Seat 2 RAZAB-SEKH Mohamed 1,000,040
Seat 3 SCOMMEGNA Ruggiero 499,000
Seat 4 VERBOVEN Filip 1,367,000
Seat 5 SYBRANDI Hans 427,000
Seat 6 VAN LANCKER Gerret 445,000
Seat 7 GUENAN Flavien 369,000
Seat 8 JÁN Grajzel 377,000
Seat 9 KOZUB Tomasz 103,000


FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st € 100,000
2nd € 56,600
3rd € 37,700
4th € 30,200
5th € 24,500
6th € 20,700
7th € 17,000
8th € 13,200
9th € 9,400

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Unibet Open Prague
NLH Main Event
February 16-19, 2012

Hilton Hotel | Prague, Czech Republic
Buy-in: $2,170 | Prizepool: $496,344
Entries: 698

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 35
2nd place 18
3rd place 10
4th place 8
5th place 5


Saturday, February 18, 2012

UKIPT GALWAY: QUALIFIERS REIGN AS FINAL TABLE NEARS

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: POKERSTARSBLOG.com

Day 3 play is on the horizon at the PokerStars United Kingdom and Irealand Poker Tour (UKIPT) Galway NLH Main Event and it's seems as though the Radisson Hotel has been invaded by qualifiers!

Of the 59 remaining players returning to play Day 3 on Sunday, only 18 of them did not earn their way into the tournament by qualifying online on PokerStars.

The lead dog is no different. Qualifier Alan Gilmore has the most chips after Saturday's play. Gilmore will enter Sunday's play with 467K in chips, just 8K chips more than second place player Aleksandras Rusinovas who, you guessed it, also qualified online in order to enter the event.

PokerStars players Dean Lyall and Defending Champion Nick Abou Risk has Top 15 stacks heading into Day 3 play.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS
Alan Gilmore 467,000
Aleksandras Rusinovas 459,000
Kevin Monroe 443,500
Joris Ruijs 427,500
Hector Garcia Cabanillas 386,000
Dean Lyall 312,000
Nick Abou Risk 278,500
Michael Huber 144,000
David Cleary 100,500
Nicolas Hahn 69,000
Thomas Ward 55,500

NOTABLE DAY 2 ELIMINATIONS
Gordon Happer, Danny Blair, Richard Sinclair, Denis Murphy, Barney Boatman and Gareth Walker.


TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 - €114,900
2 - €68,750
3 - €41,900
4 - €30,750
5 - €24,150
6 - €19,400
7 - €14,700
8 - €10,900
9 - €7,800
10 - €5,180

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Nick Abou Risk

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour Galway
UKIPT Galway NLH Main Event
February 16-20, 2012

Radisson Hotel | Galway, Ireland
Buy-in: $1,010 | Prizepool: $623,665
Entries: 698

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 35
2nd place 18
3rd place 10
4th place 8
5th place 5


LAPT GRAND FINAL: PIMENTA LEADS WHILE KID POKER, RUCA TRENDING

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: POKERNEWS.com

It's Carnival time in Sao Paulo! The Carnival Poker Festival is playing host to the Latin American Poker Tour Season Four Grand Final where 367 players made their way to the Sheraton WTC Sao Paulo on Friday to duke it out.

After two days of action, we're in the money and down to the final 24 players.

Caio Pimenta leads the way. Pimenta (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) - who won a LAPT Mar del Plata prelim event back in 2009 - is the only player over 600K in chips heading into Sunday's play where we will play down to a final table.

KID POKER A CONTENDER
Fresh off his now famous "poker rant" on the current state of affairs over at Full Tilt Poker, Kid Poker himself, Daniel Negreanu held the chip lead for a bit on Saturday. Seems like Negreanu's promise to get focused and return amongst poker's elite on the live tournament circuit.

Negreanu (2011 PTPR Rank: NR) holds the 10th position heading into Day 3 play.

2011 WPT Bratislava runner-up Mayu Roca also appears on the Top 10 leaderboard. Roca (2011 PTPR Rank: 377th) takes a little more than 400K to the final table.

NOTABLE CHIP COUNTS
Caio Pimenta 607,000
Vincenzo Giannelli 538,000
Carlos Ibarra 479,000
Joshua Ewing 460,000
Vitor Torres 447,000
Mayu Roca 412,000
Daniel Negreanu 398,000
Juan Gonzalez 378,000
Samir Nadim Nasser 133,000
Humberto Brenes 51,000

NOTABLE DAY 2 ELIMINATIONS
Leo Fernandez, Elio Fox, Felipe Ramos, Bill Gazes and Nacho Barbero.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (BRA REAL)
1st : 324,600
2nd : 214,700
3rd : 148,840
4th : 89,570
5th : 64,540
6th : 48,730
7th : 35,560
8th : 26,340
9th : 22,390
10th : 22,390

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Alex Manzano
2011 PTPR Ranking: 198th

PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final
LAPT NLH Grand Final
February 17-20, 2012

Sheraton WTC Sao Paulo | Sao Paulo, Brazil
Buy-in: $2,335 | Prizepool: $792,720
Entries: 367

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 35
2nd place 18
3rd place 10
4th place 8
5th place 5


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

@PTPRPOKER ON THE RADIO!

PHOTO CREDIT: QUADJACKS.com
In case you missed it, here is an excerpt of the article that I wrote for QuadJacks.com following last Thursday's Poker Eh! on QuadJacks Radio...

Did Full Tilt Poker stick it to a charity? The curious case of FTP and the Montreal Poker Open. John Harnish joins us for a blow-by-blow account of how some Canadian poker players were innocent victims of Black Friday and the ongoing Full Tilt fiasco.

On Thursday’s episode of Poker Eh! on QuadJacks Poker Radio, Jeremy Sibthorpe (@EVhero) and Eric Danis (@PTPRpoker) were joined by John Harnish (@Jontm) to discuss the ongoing Montreal Poker Open controversy involving Full Tilt Poker and the Miriam Foundation.

The Montreal Poker Open is a yearly $275 buy-in No Limit Hold’Em Poker event with multiple rebuy opportunities held at Le Windsor in downtown Montreal. The tournament’s main focus is to amass funds for the Miriam Foundation, a charity that helps people with autism and developmental disabilities.

However, players play not only to help out a deserving cause, since once the tournament reaches the final 30, those players are then flown to Vegas in order to continue the tournament. The final 10 players also receive entry into the WSOP Main Event.

Mr. Harnish explains that due to the fact that this tournament was not played in a casino and instead was played at Le Windsor, the decision was made that all winners would have the monies collected added to their Full Tilt accounts.

On March 31, 2011, the final 30 players in the tournament qualified for the Vegas portion of the tournament. The tournament was to resume in late May, but April 15, 2011 – Black Friday – came along and everything changed.

The event went ahead with the finals and by the end of the Victoria Day Long Weekend (third weekend in May in Canada), our winners were declared.

>> Click to read the remainder of the article I posted on QuadJacks - as well as to listen to the re-broadcast of last Thursday's show.




COMING UP THIS WEEK...

On this week's episode of Poker Eh! we welcome PokerStars Super Nova Elite Canadian poker player Kristen Bicknell (@KRISSYB24POKER) - join us for Poker Eh! Thursday at 9PM ET on QuadJacks.com.

Also, it's comeback week for @PKRGSSP on QuadJacks! The season debut was on Tuesday with the next episode coming Thursday at 8PM PT (11PM ET) - catch me every Thursday - where Jeff and I will discuss what's going on in the world of live tournament poker each week. Welcome back, Jeff!


ST. HILAIRE WINS ANOTHER EDITION OF THE MEGA STACK CHALLENGE AT FOXWOODS

SOURCE: THEHENDONMOB.com

Andrew St. Hilaire is the latest winner of the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge in Connecticut.

St. Hilaire had one lone second place finish good for 11K back in 2010 on his live tournament poker resume - he now adds over 90K with the victory at Foxwoods.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st Andrew St. Hilaire, $91,859
2nd Daryl Jace, $49,373
3rd Theodoros Adalis, $32,342
4th Suzanne Dines, $25,261
5th Todd Mitchell, $20,668
6th Adam Hui, $16,458
7th Jean Joseph, $12,630
8th Christopher MacNeil, $10,143
9th Jimmy Alimonos, $8,091
10th Patricia Herron, $6,315


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge
NLH Main Event
February 11, 2012

Foxwoods Resort Casino | Connecticut
Buy-in: $1,200 | Prizepool: $382,742
Entries: 362

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ANDREW ST. HILAIRE 35
DARYL JACE 18
THEODOROS ADALIS 10
SUZANNE DINES 8
TODD MITCHELL 5


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

WPT LUCKY HEARTS: VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE - JUTTELSTAD RULES THE HARD ROCK

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: WPT.com

Although he didn't hold the chip lead throughout, it seemed pretty obvious early on that Matt Juttelstad was going to be one to watch out for at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.

Hovering around the chip lead throughout, Juttelstad's chip stack did take a hit earlier today during final table play but, he took control of the tournament late and never looked back ... after a few very small payouts, Juttelstad goes home with almost 270K US, well played, sir.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS
1st: Matt Juttelstad, $268,444
2nd: Gigi Gagne, $158,194
3rd: Uri Kadosh, $105,463
4th: Sharon Levin, $73,344
5th: Todd Jacobson, $54,649
6th: Keith Ferrera, $42,185

RELATED POSTS
>> GAGNE LOOKING FOR VALENTINE
>> JUTTELSTAD STILL ON TOP
>> DAY 2 UNDERWAY AT HARD ROCK
>> GIMBEL SHORT AT HARD ROCK
>> FROM RUSSIAN, WITH LOVE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Inaugural Event

NEXT TOUR STOP
WPT L.A. Poker Classic (LAPC)
February 24-29, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open
WPT Lucky Hearts NLH Main Event
February 10-14, 2012

Seminole Hard Rock | Hollywood, FL
Buy-in: $3,500 | Prizepool: $958,750
Entries: 295

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MATT JUTTELSTAD 127
GIGI GAGNE 77
URI KADOSH 47
SHARON LEVIN 37
TODD JACOBSON 32
KEITH FERRERA 27
OMAR SIDER 27
HAL KLEIN 12
HARRISON GIMBEL 12
VICTOR HEFFESSE 12
ALEX IVANOV 12
GANESH LETCHUMANAN 10
CHRISTIAN HARDER 10
GIAN OLIVERI 10
RAJ VOHRA 10
STEVEN KARP 7
ANTONIO COLON 7
NOAH SCHWARTZ 7