Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 WSOP: DAY 4 REVIEW - HANKS WINS, SMITH ADDS TO LEAD

PHOTO: WORLD SERIES OF POKER

EVENT #2 | 1,500 NLH | 2,101 ENTRIES | 2.83M PRIZEPOOL

The first open-field bracelet event is in the books! A dream final table setup Brent Hanks, Jacob Bazeley, Andrew Badecker, Vanessa Selbst and JP Kelly were all competing for the first bracelet of the WSOP.



Hanks (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 14th) prevailed, defeating a game Bazeley (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 49th) heads up.

It was a third PTPR Score of 2012 for Badecker (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 41st) and Kelly (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 107th) while Bazeley, Selbst (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 11th) and fifth place finisher Ryan Schmidt (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-83rd) all earned their second scores of 2012.

Meanwhile, the rich get richer as current QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year leader Dan Smith collected 25 more QJ/PTPR Points in the event - at 327 PTPR Points, he opens up a 61-point lead on Marvin Rettenmaier, who currently sits second overall.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Brent Hanks $517,725
Jacob Bazeley $322,294
Andrew Badecker $224,029
Vanessa Selbst $161,345
Ryan Schmidt $117,921
Abdyl Konjuhi $87,231
Michael Kaufman $65,377
JP Kelly $49,621
Richard Park $38,106

RELATED POSTS
> WSOP DAY 3 REVIEW


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #2 : 1,500 NLH
May 28-30, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,500 | Prizepool: $2,836,350
Entries: 2,101

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BRENT HANKS 145
JACOB BAZELEY 95
ANDREW BADECKER 65
VANESSA SELBST 55
RYAN SCHMIDT 50
ABDYL KONJUHI 45
MICHAEL KAUFMAN 45
JP KELLY 30
RICHARD PARK 30
KENNII NGUYEN 30
JOSEPH CINO 30
NEIL WILKERSON 28
TODD KEIKOAN 28
KWINSEE KHOA TRAN 28
KENNETH STRICKLAND 28
NICHOLAS VERKAIK 25
DANIEL SMITH 25
CODY ZARTMAN 25


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 WSOP: DAY 3 REVIEW - HELLMUTH COLLECTS 86TH CASH

We have yet to hand out a WSOP bracelet in an open event, but, while we wait, we do have a few events working their way towards the first bracelet ceremony of 2012 ...


EVENT #2 | 1,500 NLH | 2,101 ENTRIES | 2.83M PRIZEPOOL

The final fifteen players returned to the Rio for final day play earlier on Wednesday with big names (Bazeley, Badecker, Selbst, Hanks and JP Kelly to name a few) in the hunt.



As of press time (5:40PM PT), Jacob Bazeley leads the final 10 charge. Former bracelet winners Andrew Badecker and Vanessa Selbst are right behind him.

Congratulations to Phil Hellmuth, who added to his all-time leading record of WSOP cashes, earning the 86th cash of his illustrious poker career at the World Series of Poker.

***

EVENT #3 | 3K HU NLH/PLO | 317 ENTRIES | 870K PRIZEPOOL

We played the first three rounds of the 3K Heads Up NLH/PLO event; Round 4 is currently underway, players how have already won their Round 4 matches include: David Williams, Mike Sexton, Trevor Pope, Josh Arieh, Jason Koon, Annette Obrestad and Vojtech Ruzicka.

Tim West, Justin Bonomo, Sam Stein and Eric Froehlich are amongst those that have not survived their Round 4 matchups.

***

EVENT #4 | 1500 7-STUD HI/LO 8+ | 622 ENTRIES | 839K PRIZEPOOL

Yesterday also marked the debut of Event #4 - the first stud event of the series - 198 players survived Day 1 ... Michael Mizrachi, Andrey Zaichenko, Jeff Madsen and Jon Turner are the top notables still alive in the event.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2012 WSOP FANTASY MEDIA DRAFT: "EXPERTS" PICK THEIR HORSES

The 2012 World Series of Poker Media Draft concluded on Sunday - it took a few days to conduct the 8-round, snake-style draft - it's quite a challenge trying to conduct a draft with people from North America, Europe and Australia all involved - I want to take a moment and thank Rich Ryan for running the draft, fantastic work my friend!

Now, onto the draft. 15 media types (ranging from legends: Donnie Peters to small-timers: myself) got together to try and pick the team that would earn them the distinction of "Media Stud of the 2012 Series" ... or, at least a pat on the back from his fellow participants.

The draft process was a "snake-style" format, where the person drafting first would draft last in the next round and the person drafting last in the first round would draft first in the next round (1-15, 15-1).

Kevmath was the lucky winner of the first overall pick, he decided to take someone named Ivey ... not sure who he is, he didn't register any cashes at last year's WSOP, how good can he be, really?.

Here is a look at each team that participated in the 2012 WSOP Fantasy Media Draft - including my favourite pick for each:


TEAM KEVMATH (Kevin Mathers):
Phii Ivey, Steve O'Dwyer, David Williams, Jason Somerville, David "ODB" Baker, Matthew Marafioti, Matt Matros, McLean Karr.

I love the additions of Adzizzy and Matros late but, you have to love the Ivey pick right out of the gate. Would have been easy to skip Ivey - given that he pulled the late no-show last year - but, Kevmath went for it and Ivey has already arrived at the Rio, making it a great draft selection


TEAM LUKE (Luke Lichtensetin):
Daniel Negreanu, Jon Turner, Michael Mizrachi, Michael Watson, Vivek Rajkumar, Stevie Chadwick, James Obst, Yuval Bronshtein

Mike Watson went 0 for 30 last season in the 25K Draft ... that's right, zero points earned for Team Smith/Griffin. But, if you think he's bound for a repeat, you are dead wrong. Coming off a successful run at this year's SCOOP, SirWatts is bound for a great WSOP


TEAM DOWD (Cory Dowd):
Shaun Deeb, Brian Rast, Jonathan Duhamel, Vanessa Selbst, Frank Kassela, Nick Binger, Pius Heinz, Phil Laak

Vanessa Selbst confirmed to Daniel Negreanu that she would be playing all the games at the WSOP ... if she plays them well, she could be collecting some pretty significant points for Mr. Dowd


TEAM FRANK (Frank Op de Woerd):
Jason Mercier, George Lind, Richard Ashby, Michael Chow, Yan Chen, Yueqi Zhu, Ville Wahlbeck, Kirill Gerasimov

It will be interesting to see if 3rd round selection Richard Ashby repeats his 2011 WSOP performance - one thing is for certain, Ashby plays all games very well and should be in the hunt quite often again this summer


TEAM LUDLOW (Ben Ludlow):
Bertrand Grospellier, David Sands, David "Bakes Baker, Sam Stein, Alessio Isaia, Victor Ramdin, Owais Ahmed, Joe Cassidy

Owais Ahmed was upset when he was left out of ESPN's WSOP Fantasy Draft - he tweeted the following to Daniel Negreanu (who participated in the ESPN Draft)...

"@RealKidPoker What odds can I get that I will have more WSOP USA POY pts than Banzi, Jaka, Vaswani, Vivek or Habib? #YouLeftMeOut"

Negreanu made it a point to make Ahmed one of his selections during the 25K Players Draft, Ahmed is fired up and he could end up being a steal in the 7th round



TEAM BELL (Joshua Bell):
Phil Hellmuth, Noah Schwartz, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Ben Lamb, Michael McDonald, Matt Hawrilenko, Vitaly Lunkin, Chad Brown

Picking up a guy who has results and plays all games well in the FINAL round of a draft? Yes, please! That's exactly what Bell did with his selection of Chad Brown in the 8th round - Brown had (3) Top 30 results in Seven-Stud events at the 2011 Series - including a Top 10 finish in the 10K Championship


TEAM DANIS (Eric Danis):
Eugene Katchalov, Faraz Jaka, Nick Schulman, Daniel Smith, Bryn Kenney, Eric Froehlich, Patrick Pezzin, Sam Trickett

When Daniel Negreanu AND fellow rival Remko Rinkema both acknowledge you've made a great pick in Bryn Kenney, well, you agree with them, that's what you do! A 5th round pick for Kenney could be the biggest steal of them all when it's all said and done ... quick note, in the 25K Draft, Kenney was the 14th most expensive player bid on (tied for 50pts with Hellmuth, Bakes)


TEAM HOLLOWAY (Chad Holloway):
Tom Dwan, Erik Seidel, Marvin Retteinmaier, John Monnette, Allen Cunningham, Dan Shak, Mikael Thuritz, Andy Frankenberger

"Mad" Marvin is on fire. "Mad" Marvin has been brining it in poker tournaments around the world for over 18 months now ... Will "Mad" Marvin play mixed events at the Series? Maybe not, but, he may not be able to as he may be running deep in a ton of NLH events anyway


TEAM DUCKWORTH (Tim Duckworth):
Shawn Buchanan, Christian Harder, Carlos Mortensen, James Dempsey, Annette Obrestad, Tommy Vedes, Davidi Kitai, Freddy Deeb

It's doesn't get any better than sitting with the 9th overall selection and SHAWN BUCHANAN is still around. There are a ton of great players available for selection Buchanan falling to 9th overall is a surprise to many (even those that selected in the Top 8 ;)). Given Buchanan's track record in many different poker games, look for him to have a big WSOP


TEAM PETERS (Donnie Peters):
Scott Seiver, Sorel Mizzi, Marco Johnson, Robert Mizrachi, Andrey Zaichenko, Joseph Serock, Chris Klodnicki, Christopher George

Zaichenko was one of the last players drafted at the 25K draft on Saturday, seemed to be an afterthought for most, except for Eugene Katchalov and ElkY, who were excited to add Zaichenko to their squad ... Donnie Peters had Zaichenko figured out way before the last pick, he and Katchalov know something the rest of us didn't know, and that makes Zaichenko very dangerous at this year's Series


TEAM RYAN (Rich Ryan):
Justin Smith, John Juanda, Isaac Haxton, Allen Kessler, John Racener, Abe Mosseri, Ben Yu, John D'Agostino

Allen Kessler makes me happy. He makes me smile. So much so that often times I forget that Kessler is a very good poker player, and in a variety of games. Kessler may not have the wins, but, he does cash and a few deep runs will make this fourth round pick a very valuable one


TEAM KT (Kevin Taylor):
Scott Clements, Barry Greenstein, David Benyamine, Jeffrey Lisandro, Tom Marchese, Eric Baldwin, Bryan Devonshire, Joe Kuether

We tend to forget things very easily in this new, crazy, going at 400mph world - Jeffrey Lisandro is only a few years removed from WSOP Player of the Year status ... it was a tough 2011 at the WSOP for Lisandro, rebound in the books for 2012?


TEAM COLLSON (Brett Collson):
Daniel Alaei, Dan Kelly, Alexander Kostritsyn, David Bach, Ali Eslami, Paul Volpe, Chris Bjorin, Chris Lee

paulgees81 - aka Paul Volpe - is one of poker's hottest online poker pros coming into the WSOP plus he cashed in six different events at last year's WSOP (including twice in PLO and once in 2-7 lowball). Volpe hopes to ride his online momentum into the WSOP


TEAM BRADLEY (Lance Bradley):
Justin Bonomo, Chris Moorman, Fabrice Soulier, Allen Bari, Brian Hastings, Viktor Blom, Olivier Busquet, Brett Richey

After a conversation with Brian Hastings on Saturday, I'm convinced that Lance made a great pickup in the 5th round. Hastings explained that although he won't play a ton of events, he will be playing all the 10K events as well as mixed games events


TEAM REMKO (Remko Rinkema):
Matt Glantz, Steve Billirakis, Michael Binger, David Chiu, Greg Mueller, Shannon Shorr, Alexander Kuzmin, Sebastian Sabic

Alex Kuzmin was the talk of the 25K Draft for sure - Negreanu has hoping to scoop him up early and for cheap, but, the tides turned on Daniel and Kuzmin ended up as the first player added to Team Mizzi. Negreanu, Mizzi and Remko all hoping they were right in putting their faith in him


It's time for all of us to ride our horses, here's hoping that Team Danis reigns when the WSOP Final Table reaches it's final nine playes in July.


Eric Danis
@PTPRpoker

PTPRpokerLIVE: DANIEL NEGREANU'S FANTASY, CASINO EMPLOYEES KICKOFF THE WSOP


DANIEL NEGREANU 25K WSOP FANTASY DRAFT
It was an honour to cover Daniel Negreanu's 25K WSOP Fantasy Draft for QuadJacks this past Saturday.

Pokernews' Remko Rimkema and I dissected all the picks, one by one, as Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov (joined by ElkY), Sorel Mizzi, Josh Arieh and others bid on the who's who in poker, hoping to collect the 178K top prize once the WSOP Main Event reaches it's final nine.

Remko and I really liked the way Negreanu stuck to his strategy and we like the poker pros he has collected for his team. Team Bryn Kenney and Team Brian Hastings - who wasn't supposed to play signed up only a few minutes prior to draft time - are two other teams who seem to be "ones to watch" as the WSOP begins.

Negreanu provided most of the entertainment throughout the day including the "Alex Kuzmin controversy :)" where many of the participants were asking for a timeout because they didn't know who Kuzmin was, the Sorel Mizzi razzing - taking a few jabs at Mizzi's "internet poker" past when Mizzi's name was on the auction block and the now infamous Katchalov/ElkY math error - where Negreanu ended up with both Owais Ahmend and Alex Kostritsyn > Negreanu also ended up selecting young stars (and fellow PokerStars family members) Vanessa Selbst, Isildur1 and 2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel.

QuadJacks broadcasted the event live, to view a rebroadcast of the event, head on over to QUADJACKS.TV ... and keep it tuned to QuadJacks.tv for the remainder of the WSOP for daily video coverage.


CASINO EMPLOYEES EVENT KICKS OFF 2012 WSOP
I spent most of my Sunday (before having to fly back home) at the Rio, home of the 2012 World Series of Poker.

I witnessed the kickoff to the 2012 WSOP where casino employees made their way to the Amazon Room in hopes to pickup a bracelet and over 70K for first place.

Now I know that for most, the "official" start to the WSOP was on Monday - for the start of the 1.5K buy-in NLH Event #2 - but for most of the people present at the RIO on Sunday, this was their Main Event, the be-all and end-all.

The Rio is certainly ready to host the world, the Feature Table set looks absolutely amazing and, in case you were wondering, yes, pictures of previous Champions Russ Hamilton and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson do hang from the rafters, although, it's sort of curious how they are placed in the corners of the ESPN stage, hiding a bit from the general public.

Congratulations to Chiab Saechao who won the Casino Employees Event - Event #1 at the WSOP - and the 70K+ top prize! WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart was 19th in the event while notable poker player Annie LePage was 68th in the event.


Eric Danis
@PTPRpoker

Sunday, May 27, 2012

MAD MAN: RETTENMAIER CONTINUES TO ROLL, WINS WPT CHAMPIONSHIP

PHOTO: WORLD POKER TOUR

It has certainly been a good 18 months of so "Mad" Marvin Rettenmaier. Five tournament wins, 21 Top 10 finishes, over 2M in earnings ... Rettenmaier is the final winner of the World Poker Tour's 2011-12 season, winning the WPT World Championship - and just under 1.2M in the process.

Oh, and Mad Marvin signed on with PartyPoker last week to join their team of pro players ... let's just say that Mad Marvin in enjoying life at the moment.

It was a classic final table (a front-runner for PTPR Tournament of the Year for sure) as Rettenmaier had to dispose of Philippe Ktorza, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Nick "The Takeover" Schulman, Steve O'Dwyer and Trevor Pope in order to secure the World Championship.

Rettenmaier's win catapults him to second overall on the QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard presented by PTPRpoker, surpassing former #1 Jonathan Duhamel - right on time for the WSOP.

Mad Marvin wasn't the only one taking a stab at the player of the year race ... WPT Bay 101 Champ Moon Kim moves into 5th overall, WPT Lucky Hearts winner Matt Juttelstad is now 12th, WPT Venice Grand Prix Champ Rinat Bogdanov 15th, the aforementioned O'Dwyer not sits 28th while recently named WPT Player of the Year - Joseph Serock - is 29th overall.

Congratulations also go out to Thomas Marchese, who won the 100K Super High Rollers Event.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Marvin Rettenmaier $1,196,858
Philippe Ktorza $805,310
Michael Mizrachi $424,618
Nick Schulman $256,235
Steve O'Dwyer $192,176
Trevor Pope $155,571

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Scott Seiver

NEXT TOUR STOP
WPT Merit Cyprus
August 4-9, 2012
Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino
Cyprus

RELATED POSTS
> RETTENMAIER LEADS WPT CHAMPIONSHIP
> MADNESS AT BELLAGIO
> CUNIX WINS WPT JAX


PTPR GRAND SLAM EVENT
World Poker Tour World Championship
WPT World Championship NLH Main Event
May 19-26, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $25,500 | Prizepool: $3,660,500
Entries: 152

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MARVIN RETTENMAIER 151
PHILIPPE KTORZA 91
MICHAEL MIZRACHI 76
NICK SCHULMAN 66
STEVE O'DWYER 61
TREVOR POPE 56
MOON KIM 51
WIL WILKINSON 46
HAFIZ KHAN 36
JOE SEROCK 26
RON COURY 21
JOHN ESPOSITO 19
MATT JUTTELSTAD 19
TOM MCCORMICK 19
BARRY SHULMAN 16
RINAT BOGDANOV 16
FARZAD BONYADI 16
GUILLAUME DARCOURT 13


LAPT URUGUAY: MARCELO RAMOS DA FONSECA TOP MAN IN URUGUAY

Marcelo Ramos Da Fonseca has won LAPT Uruguay, defeating Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen heads up.

It was a first QJ/PTPR Score of 2012 for each of the Top 5 players.

LAPT Uruguay was the second tour stop of the 2012 season on the Latin American Poker Tour.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Marcelo Ramos Da Fonseca 144,240
Angel Guillen 126,240
Francisco Baruffi Neto 116,240
Pablo Joaquin Melogno 60,420
Ivan Luca 46,000
Osvaldo Silvio Resquin 35,970
Vladimir Dobrovolskiy 26,770
Guido Ruffini 20,080
Carlos Leoncio Mironiuk 15,390
Gasperino Loiacono 13,180

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Alex Komaroni

RELATED POSTS
> DIAZ WINS LAPT CHILE
> KOMARONI CLINCHES URUGUAY


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Latin American Poker Tour Uruguay
LAPT Uruguay NLH Main Event
May 23-27, 2012

Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino | Uruguay
Buy-in: $2,500 | Prizepool: $836,200
Entries: 152

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MARCELO RAMOS DA FONSECA 35
ANGEL GUILLEN 18
FRANCISCO BARUFFI NETO 10
PABLO JOAQUIN MELOGNO 8
IVAN LUCA 5


PTPRpokerLIVE: 25K FANTASY DRAFT, KICKOFF TO WSOP




I am spending the day at Event #1 at the WSOP and will have full coverage of Opening Day here at the Rio and a recap of Daniel Negreanu's 25K WSOP Fantasy Draft, which I provided coverage on live for the QuadJacks Network tomorrow.


>> THE ADVENTURE: ACT 3 - VIVA LAS VEGAS!
>> WSOP MEDIA DRAFT RECAP

Eric

Thursday, May 24, 2012

WPT CHAMPIONSHIP: LARGE AND IN CHARGE - MAD MARVIN IN TOTAL CONTROL

WORLD POKER TOUR

The Mad poker "scientist" has taken the WPT World Championship by storm! Marvin Rettenmaier entered Day 6 play as the chip leader ... only a few hours later, our WPT Final Table is set, and Rettenmaier holds a substantial chip lead at Bellagio.

At 6.7M, Rettenmaier is the only player that holds over 2.6M chips as we'll play to find the latest WPT World Champion in the event.

Two-time WPT Champion - Michael "The Grinder" Mizarachi - is one of two former WPT Champs remaining in the field ("The Takeover" Nick Schulman being the other) and sits second in chips with 2.56M.

Coming off an amazing past six months in Europe, Steve O'Dwyer's homecoming is complete, a trip to the WPT World Championship Final Table. O'Dwyer is the only other player with 2M+ chips heading into Final Table play.

The aforementioned Schulman, Trevor Pope and Philippe Ktorza round-out the Final Six.

The WPT final table bubble boy is WPT Bay 101 winner Moon Kim. Kim, who had an opportunity to catch Joe Serock for WPT Player of the Year, was unable to survive as his ace-queen lost to Rettenmaier's pocket nines.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS/SEAT ASSIGNMENTS:
Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi - 2,560,000 (43 BBs)
Seat 2: Marvin Rettenmaier - 6,715,000 (112 BBs)
Seat 3: Steve O'Dwyer - 2,035,000 (34 BBs)
Seat 4: Nick Schulman - 1,555,000 (26 BBs)
Seat 5: Trevor Pope - 1,480,000 (25 BBs)
Seat 6: Philippe Ktorza - 895,000 (15 BBs)

Thank you to WPT.com for this information

The final table players will be taking Friday off while the WPT films it's Super High Rollers Final Table ... the WPT Championship Final Table will begin Saturday at 4pm PT.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
1st: $1,196,858
2nd: $805,310
3rd: $424,618
4th: $256,235
5th: $192,176
6th: $155,571

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Scott Seiver (Eliminated)

LIVE UPDATES
WORLD POKER TOUR

RELATED POSTS
> MADNESS AT BELLAGIO
> CUNIX WINS WPT JAX


PTPR GRAND SLAM EVENT
World Poker Tour World Championship
WPT World Championship NLH Main Event
May 19-26, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $25,500 | Prizepool: $3,660,500
Entries: 152

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 151
2nd place 91
3rd place 76
4th place 66
5th place 61
6th place 56
MOON KIM 51
WIL WILKINSON 46
HAFIZ KHAN 36
JOE SEROCK 26
RON COURY 21
JOHN ESPOSITO 19
MATT JUTTELSTAD 19
TOM MCCORMICK 19
BARRY SHULMAN 16
RINAT BOGDANOV 16
FARZAD BONYADI 16
GUILLAUME DARCOURT 13


WPT CHAMPIONSHIP: MADNESS AT BELLAGIO - MAD MARVIN LEADS FINAL 9

WORLD POKER TOUR

It's a Mad rush to the final title of season as the 2011-12 WPT season is coming to a close - and "Mad" Marvin Rettenmaier is making sure that everyone knows that he's arrived in America, and he's ready for two months of work!

The Mad German leads the final nine players remaining at the WPT World Championship at Bellagio. The 25K buy-in event drew 152 players, many of them are already name players on tour including Rettenmaier, who flirted with the PTPR Player of the Year title early in 2011.

The Grinder, Michael Mizrachi, is second in chips, only Grinder and Rettenmaier hold chips stacks above 2M, in fact, they both have over 3M in chips.

Hafiz Khan, Steve O'Dwyer (making a triumphant return from Europe), "The Takeover" Nick Schulman and WPT Bay 101 winner Moon Kim highlight the other notables still alive at Bellagio.

CHIP COUNTS/SEAT ASSIGNMENTS:
Seat 1. Wil Wilkinson - 705,000 (14 BBs)
Seat 2. Michael Mizrachi - 3,124,000 (62 BBs)
Seat 3. Hafiz Khan - 1,641,000 (32 BBs)
Seat 4. Marvin Rettenmaier - 3,757,000 (75 BBs)
Seat 5. Steve O'Dwyer - 1,643,000 (32 BBs)
Seat 6. Nick Schulman - 1,350,000 (27 BBs)
Seat 7. Moon Kim - 1,139,000 (22 BBs)
Seat 8. Trevor Pope - 800,000 (16 BBs)
Seat 9. Philippe Ktorza - 977,000 (19 BBs)
Thank you to WPT.com for this information

The tournament will play down to the traditional WPT Final Table of six players later today and will reconvene on Saturday (day off tomorrow for the Super High Rollers TV taping) on the WPT Televison set and we'll play until we have a winner!



FINAL 9 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st: $1,196,858
2nd: $805,310
3rd: $424,618
4th: $256,235
5th: $192,176
6th: $155,571
7th: $118,966
8th: $82,361
9th: $58,568

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Scott Seiver (Eliminated)

LIVE UPDATES
WORLD POKER TOUR

RELATED POSTS
CUNIX WINS WPT JAX


PTPR GRAND SLAM EVENT
World Poker Tour World Championship
WPT World Championship NLH Main Event
May 19-26, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $25,500 | Prizepool: $3,660,500
Entries: 152

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 151
2nd place 91
3rd place 76
4th place 66
5th place 61
6th place 56
7th place 51
8th place 46
9th place 36
JOE SEROCK 26
RON COURY 21
JOHN ESPOSITO 19
MATT JUTTELSTAD 19
TOM MCCORMICK 19
BARRY SHULMAN 16
RINAT BOGDANOV 16
FARZAD BONYADI 16
GUILLAUME DARCOURT 13


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

THE ADVENTURE - ACT 2: SITTING, WAITING, WISHING

PHOTO: LOTO-QUEBEC

"The Adventure" is a series of articles about my journey this summer that will take me from Rockland, Ontario, Canada to the World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop 1M buy-in tournament in Las Vegas...


Rare is it that a person is granted the opportunity of the lifetime, let alone at age 35.


THE ADVENTURE – ACT 2: SITTING, WAITING, WISHING


“Now I was sitting waiting wishing
That you believed in superstitions
Then maybe you’d see the signs
But Lord knows that this world is cruel
And I ain’t no Lord, no I’m just a fool
Learning loving somebody don’t make them love you”

- Jack Johnson, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”
(In Between Dreams, 2005 Jack Johnson)



HISTORY IS MADE AT LAC-LEAMY
I had to honor to cover my first live poker tournament over the weekend – first, let me tell you I have a new-found respect for live tournament poker reporters … the job isn’t easy, forget the long hours, the lack of food, the lack of sleep … the simple pressure of providing fast, accurate information to those that are waiting for updates on your site – add to that the fact that you’re trying to out-scoop the other organizations on site is simply not healthy … but guess what? I loved every minute of the close to 40-hours of coverage that I was able to provide for the peeps, I’m ready to jump right back in there!

I was less than a foot from a briefcase containing one million dollars (oh, and two of the biggest security guards you will ever meet guarding the money) and I felt alive, it was great! You read right, the winner of a poker tournament in Canada winning a guaranteed one-million dollar buy-in into The Big One For One Drop this July at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas – something that had never been seen or done before – Le Grand Tournoi de poker Loto-Québec – the biggest and most prestigious poker tournament ever held in Canada.

Congratulations to the staff at Loto-Québec and to Richard Gunn and the great people at Casino du Lac-Leamy for what was a spectacular event – I don’t think poker players or members of the media have ever been treated like this in any poker tournament – ever!


LA BELLE PROVINCE IS COMING
One thing I know for sure? People better start paying attention to the young generation of poker players coming from the Province of Québec. They are young, smart, and seem in control of their games and from what I saw from about 10 young professionals over the weekend, Jonathan Duhamel was only the tip of the iceberg … we are going to be hearing about the Ladouceurs, Khuns, Fournier-Giguères, Grondins and others for many years to come.


SITTING, WAITING, WISHING
We tend to forget that people – yes, even poker players – are human sometimes. We’re so caught up with them calculating odds, folding in turn, making the standard c-bet, that we forget that, at the core, poker players are regular people with regular emotions. And I’m not talking about a rehearsed Phil Hellmuth rant, I’m talking raw emotion, the real stuff, not the made-for-tv stuff we’ve been used to seeing from several pros.

I bring this up because poker is indeed a game of sitting, waiting, wishing, you can play your best poker –like Laurence Grondin did - sit there, make all the right moves, waiting for the opportunity to pounce, and then wishing that your plan holds up. Unfortunately for Grondin, she played a hand exactly like you should play it yet her opponent sucked out on her and she was ousted of a tournament that she really wanted to win, a tournament where her sponsor – Espace Jeux – was dreaming of her winning and representing Espace Jeux/Loto-Québec in what will be one of the Premier events of the poker season, no pressure, right?

The same can be said of Marc-André Ladouceur. In the pole position at the start of Day 2 and seemingly in control of his own destiny, one single hand (all in pre-flop with Ladouceur’s Kings going up against Martin Fournier-Guiguère’s ace-king) brought Ladouceur down from chip leader to short stack; this game can be cruel, it can rip your heart out, and that’s exactly why we play it.


ME, MYSELF AND I
Back to myself and the reason I am writing this series of articles this summer. The goal of “The Adventure” is to follow my journey from Le Grand Tournoi de Poker Loto-Québec to the Big One for One Drop at the WSOP in Las Vegas, where I will be making my debut as a member of the WSOP media, covering the One Drop event.

But this week, a new opportunity arose. I will be making a short trip to Las Vegas prior to my “official” stay starting June 30th. This Saturday, I’m boarding a plane, off to the amazing Aria Resort and Casino to cover the WSOP 25K Buy-In Fantasy Draft, hosted by Daniel Negreanu for the QuadJacks Network.

Those that know me understand that when it comes to drafts, “real life” or fantasy, I consider myself an expert – I’m a draft nerd … I even confessed on the PKRGSSP Show last night that I recently watched the WNBA Draft … live … online – forgot to mention that weeks before, I watched the MLS Expansion Draft – where the Montreal Impact named its initial roster … live … online.

You can tell I have a sickness, right? Add to that the fact that I follow live poker tournament players religiously and I’m confident (ok, I hope) that I will provide great coverage for those watching live or for those watching later on the rebroadcasts.

The next day, media members are encouraged to pick up their media passes at the Rio. I always get chills entering a poker room, doesn’t matter where it is, but in my recent summer trips to Vegas, nothing compares entering the Amazon Room (with changes starting this season) … a sea of poker tables, chips riffling, cards shuffling – it’s impossible to describe that feeling.

Picking up my media pass, to me, will be the culmination of a couple of years of hard work with no pay (I have a “normal” job during the day), it will be proof that the sacrifices I have made on a personal level will have been worth it. I hope to put these two experiences into words in my next article.

Congratulations to Carlos Nahas, who qualified for the 1M Big One for One Drop over the weekend, it was great talking with you sir at all breaks on Sunday, allowing me to dive into your mind for a bit. See you July 1st (Canada Day) at the RIO my friend, about 10% of the One Drop field will be Canadian, here’s hoping you bring it home for us.



Here it is, “The Adventure” - a 50-day venture that will take me from Rockland to Gatineau to Las Vegas and to other places in between. Join me as I attempt to relive the blow-by-blow accounts of the thrill-ride that awaits me this summer.

Here I am, standing in front of you, as vulnerable as ever, but ready – win or fail – to live the thrill of a lifetime and hoping you will follow along as I live “The Adventure”.


Eric


THE ADVENTURE SERIES:
THE ADVENTURE: BEGINS

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

WSOPC NEW ORLEANS: TRUESDELL WINS A SEE-SAW BATTLE

Local man Justin Truesdell is the King of New Orleans! Truesdell is the final winner on the World Poker Tour Circuit before the National Championship, winning the 2012 WSOP Circuit New Orleans Main Event.

It was a see-saw affair between Truesdell and runner-up Andrew Nguyen. Nguyen had a large chip lead early during heads up play but once Truesdell caught up, it was back and forth for the chip lead.

In the end, Truesdell wins one for the great state of Louisiana, down on the bayou, collecting his second WSOPC ring ... Truesdell won a side event at WSOPC Tunica back in 2009.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Justin Truesdell $204,747
Andrew Nguyen $126,693
Antony Vidmer $92.925
Daniel Lowery $69,104
Dominic Gabaldon $52,085
Michael Hallen $39,781
Shane Smith $30,782
George Miro $24,130

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Jonathan Poche

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit New Orleans
WSOPC New Orleans NLH Main Event
May 18-21, 2012

Harrah's New Orleans | Louisiana
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $1,008,770
Entries: 694

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JUSTIN TRUESDELL 106
ANDREW NGUYEN 66
ANTONY VIDMER 41
DANIEL LOWERY 31
DOMINIC GABALDON 24
MICHAEL HALLEN 16
SHANE SMITH 14
GEORGE MIRO 11
RAMON MARTINEZ 11


Monday, May 21, 2012

HPT INDIANA: ACEVEDO WINS AT MAJESTIC


Daniel Acevedo has won HPT Indiana at the Majestic Star Casino, the latest tour stop on the Heartland Poker Tour.

Acevedo defeated Joseph Chestnut in the 379-player event, collecting over 133K for the win!



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Daniel Acevedo $133,081
James Chestnut $75,281
Dawn Sanders $48, 395
Dave Kenniston $41,620
Jerry Gumila $31,457
Andre Butler $25,542

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DEFENDING CHAMPION
Nathan Giese

NEXT TOUR STOP
HPT New Mexico
July 27-30, 2012


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Heartland Poker Tour Indiana
HPT Indiana NLH Main Event
May 19-21, 2012

Majestic Star Casino | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $540,600
Entries: 379

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DANIEL ACEVEDO 35
JAMES CHESTNUT 18
DAWN SANDERS 10
DAVE KENNISTON 8
JERRY GUMILA 5


WSOPC NEW ORLEANS: NAQUIN WINS SIDE EVENT IN THE BAYOU

PHOTO: WORLD SERIES OF POKER

As we wait for Main Event results for WSOP Circuit New Orleans, a 1K side event was completed late last week and Louisiana native Jacob Naquin was the eventual winner in this 232-player prelim.






Naquin earned a fourth place finish at a 1.5K prelim event last June at the WSOP and also finished third at WSOP Circuit Biloxi last November.

Fourth place finisher Huy Nguyen won the Caesars Palace Classic Championship last November.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Jacob Naquin $56,260
Ryan Tosoc $34,773
Nicolas Gellepis $25,308
Huy Nguyen $18,716
Dominic Gabaldon $14,058
Daniel Weinman $10,723
Brett Schwertley $8,303
Christopher Conrad $6,526
Leroy Spires $5,205
Kent Hull $4,212

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DEFENDING CHAMPION
Brian Walsingham


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Series of Poker Circuit New Orleans
WSOPC New Orleans NLH 1K Side Event
May 16-17, 2012

Harrah's New Orleans | Louisiana
Buy-in: $1,085 | Prizepool: $232,000
Entries: 232

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JACOB NAQUIN 35
RYAN TOSOC 18
NICOLAS GELLEPIS 10
HUY NGUYEN 8
DOMINIC GABALDON 5


ESPT IBIZA: ROJAS PICKS UP ESTRELLAS WIN IN IBIZA

PHOTO: POKERSTARS

Play poker in Ibiza? Yes please! That's just what Pablo Rojas decided to do a few days ago and wouldn't you know it, he's now the latest Champion on the Estrellas Poker Tour!

This is Rojas' first live tournament victory on file, I'm sure he's hoping that this is a sign of great things to come for him.



TOP 5 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Pablo Rojas € 40,800*
Amaury Legait € 50,000*
Daniel Ericson € 40,000*
Saulius Tuluosa € 18,000
Daniel Coloma Serna € 15,100
*The Top 3 players agreed to a deal

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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Estrellas Poker Tour Ibiza
ESPT Ibiza NLH Main Event
May 16-20, 2012

Casino Ibiza | Spain
Buy-in: $1,405 | Prizepool: $329,720
Entries: 269

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
PABLO ROJAS 35
AMAURY LEGAIT 18
DANIEL ERICSON 10
SAULIUS TULUOSA 8
DANIEL COLOMA SERNA 5


GTPLQ: GAME CHANGER - NAHAS EARNS OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME

PHOTO: LOTO-QUEBEC

It was an epic heads up battle. After over 32 hours of play, 57 players had dwindled down to the final two. Pro Jean-Christophe Ferreira (well known in the French-Canadian poker community) and Carlos Nahas endured a 5 and half hour long battle for all the marbles.




Finally, Nahas' pocket kings allowed him to turn a flush, making him the very first Grand Tournoi de poker Loto-Quebec Main Event Champion, and earning him a 1M entry into the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker.

Loto-Quebec and the Casino du Lac-Leamy certainly outdid themselves with this event, VIP treatment for the players and their families, amazing views from outside the Theatre (where the event was held) and a live kickoff speech from CEO guru Mitch Garber and Cirque du Soleil and One Drop Foundation creator Guy Laliberte - both Canadian by the way - amazing work by Richard Gunn and the whole team!

Congratulations Carlos, most of the crown was against you, but, you showed them! Well played, sir and see you at the One Drop!



TOP 6 PAYOUTS (CAD)
Carlos Nahas $17,143 + 1M One Drop seat
Jean-Christophe Ferreira $73,347
Chanracy Khun $68,572
Franco Amoreli $59,221
Martin Fournier-Giguere $49,870
Jean-Philippe Matte $43,636
Everyone who finishes in the Top 16 also receives a trip for two to Las Vegas in July, in order to cheer on this tournament's winner.

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>> LIVE BLOG LEVEL 7-12
>> LIVE BLOG LEVEL 1-6


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Le Grand Touroi de poker Loto-Quebec
NLH Main Event
May 19-20, 2012

Casino du Lac-Leamy | Quebec
Buy-in: $25,000 | Prizepool: $1,425,000
Entries: 57

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
CARLOS NAHAS 100
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE FERREIRA 60
CHANRACY KHUN 35
FRANCO AMORELI 25
MARTIN FOURNIER-GIGUERE 18
JEAN-PHILIPPE MATTE 10
MARC-ANDRE LADOUCEUR 8
MICHEL ARSENAULT 5
CHRISTOPHER SPRYSA 5


Sunday, May 20, 2012

LE GRAND TOURNOI LOTO-QUEBEC: HEADS-UP

BACK TOMORROW
I'll have a full report from here at Lac-Leamy in the morning plus reports for Estrellas, WSOPC New Orleans, WPT Championship and SO MANY MORE EVENTS!

Thank you so much to everyone who followed, amazing event, great time, now time for a little champagne and my bed!

Good evening,
Eric




MILLION DOLLAR BABY!
11:10pm - Carlos Nahas wins "le Grand Tournoi de poker Loto-Quebec" !!!

37
11:05pm - The tournament has reached the 37-hour mark ... heads up for 5.5 hours.

#WHENWILLITEND
11:00pm - Like ElkY and Jason Mercier would say ... but, for a different reason ... when will it end here in Gatineau?

DAY AND A HALF
10:45pm - This tournament has been running for over 36 hours ... we've gone from 57 to 2 players during this time.

BACK IN THE SADDLE
10:35pm - Carlos Nahas is back in the lead, about 900K in chips.

STARTING BACK SOON
10:10pm - Restart in the next five minutes ... 827K to 598K chip lead for Ferreira ... blinds at 10000/20000/3000

FERREIRA TRENDING
9:40pm - We've passed the 4-hour mark of this heads up match and JC Ferreira is starting to win a few chips back.

THE TIDES HAVE TURNED
9:55pm - Break time here at Lac-Leamy ... JC Ferreira has wrestled the chip lead away from Carlos Nahas.

FERREIRA TRENDING
9:40pm - We've passed the 4-hour mark of this heads up match and JC Ferreira is starting to win a few chips back.

NO DEAL!
9:15pm - After players spent the past 20 mins trying to figure out a deal without any success, we're back on!

BATHROOM BREAK
8:55pm - Back in a bit, Nahas sits at about 900K in chips.

PANIC AT THE CASINO
8:42pm - The crowd roars as both players are all in with K9 ... but Ferreira picks up the flush draw on the flop ... no go, split pot

STEADY STACK-UP
8:40pm - With three straight wins, JC Ferreira is coming back

TEXTBOOK NAHAS
8:31pm - Whatever ground Ferreira had been gaining - erase that - Nahas wins two in a row and is back up over 1M

BIG POT FOR FERREIRA
8:25pm - JC Ferreira picks up a big pot, but still trails.

KEEPING UP
8:20pm - Nahas continues his to accumulate chips.

CARLOS RISING
8:05pm - Another pot for Carlos Nahas, who seems to be running away with this at the moment, 2:1 chip lead.

AND WE'RE BACK
7:45pm - Ferreira rivers two-pair, wins a good pot.

AND WE'RE BACK
7:30pm - Blinds are 6000/12000 with a 1000 ante.

BREAK TIME
7:00pm - We're on a 20-minute break. Just spoke with Carlos who tells me he "feels good".

FERREIRA RIGHT BACK IN IT
6:55pm - Huge pot with ended up in a simple pair has Ferreira back in the saddle, players are virtually tied in chips, it's a brand new game.

HITTING AND WINNING
6:50pm - Carlos Nahas seems to be hitting AND winning every hand.

TWO BIG POTS
6:40pm - Carlos Nahas has just picked up two hard fought pots, adding to his chip lead.

SHARING
6:30pm - We're sharing pots once again.

EXTRA CAREFUL
6:20pm - We've witnessed some absolute scary flops causing both players to back off.

LESS AGGRESSIVE?
6:10pm - The ultra-aggressive Nahas seems to have taken a step back a bit, letting Ferreira control the play early on.

SHARING THE WEALTH
6:05pm - Both players winning a few pots at the start of heads up play ... for those that were wondering - looks like the band will be playing AFTER heads up.

OTTAWA v GATINEAU
5:55pm - And we're off! It's Ottawa's Carlos Nahas v. Gatineau's JC Ferreira heads up for the 1M seat to The Big One For One Drop at the WSOP in Las Vegas.

ROCKSTARS!
5:35pm - We have a band setting up on stage? That's right, you heard - looks like we'll have a rock concert before the final table? We'll be back soon.


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> CLICK HERE FOR: GTPLQ LIVE BLOG LEVELS 7-12
> CLICK HERE FOR: GTPLQ LIVE BLOG LEVELS 1-6
> THE SWEET SIXTEEN
> MORE THAN MILLIONS ON THE LINE

LE GRAND TOURNOI LOTO-QUEBEC: PTPRpokerLIVE BLOG 8TH TO 3RD

LIVE BLOG HEADS UP
We're closing off this blog post, join us for heads up play...
LE GRAND TOURNOI HEADS UP BLOG

BOOM!
5:22pm - On the very next hand, Chan Khun is out as JC Ferreira's pocket 3's outlast Khun's A5 - we're heads up! after a short break.

CARLOS POWER
5:20pm - Carlos Nahas continues his final table domination ... his 77 survive a scary A6 with a 458 board > Franco Amoreli out in fourth.

CARLOS CONTINUES
5:15pm - Carlos Nahas is still winning pots - these are a little smaller but he's still winning.

HUGE BREAK
4:45pm - Carlos Nahas keeps on chipping up and has just eliminated the most dangerous player left in the tourney, Martin Fournier-Giguere.

LEVEL 17
4:35pm - Blinds are at 4000/8000 with a 1000 ante.

CHIP COUNTS AT THE BREAK
4:30pm - Thank you to Prince Poker for the chippies...

Seat 2 - Chanracy Khun - 173K
Seat 5 - Franco Amoreli - 279K
Seat 6 - Carlos Nahas - 533K
Seat 7 - Jean-Christophe Ferreira - 271K
Seat 8 - Martin Fournier Giguere - 171K

POKER EH!
4:25pm - Was able to spend a little time with recent Poker Eh! guests Jean-Nicolas Verreault and Laurence Grondin - both smiling despite having some tough days on Saturday. You can catch their episodes in the QuadJacks/Poker Eh! archives by CLICKING HERE

BAD BREAK
4:15pm - On the final hand before the break, Franco Amoreli called Jean-Philippe Matte's all in play. Amoreli's AK is best as Matte was hoping to get away with his 10-4 bluff. Break time then back for the Final 5!

INSTANT REPLAY
3:45pm - Play has stopped as we look at video review to find out about chips that may have been placed in someone else's stack.

"THE KING" OF BLUFFS
3:00pm - "Le King de Gatineau" JC Ferreira just bluffed his way to a huge pot win over Martin Fournier-Giguere.

NO ONE IN DANGER
2:45pm - Play has slowed down again, not a ton of action.

CHIP LEADER COMES OUT SWINGING
2:15pm - Chip leader Carlos Nahas is in total control at the final table - currently raising and winning pots.

COMING BACK
1:50pm - About five minutes away from 2000/4000/500 blinds ... we have Carlos Nahas ahead by a bit.

LOCAL LEGEND
1:35pm - He's affectionately known as "Le King de Gatineau" in these parts - local player Jean-Christophe Ferreira is trending as we hit our first break of the day - he's got plenty of support from the rail.

WE GO SLOW
1:15pm - Although we`re seeing many raises pre-flop, all are folding to the action players.

LADOUCEUR OUT
12:57pm - Bubble for Marc-Andre Ladouceur - minimum of 40+K to the next man out.

FOUR BET, FIVE BET - ALL IN!
12:55pm - Michel Arsenault is the first man out after wild pre-flop action. Franco Amoreli's KK good enough to beat Arsenault's AK

NOT DEAD YET
12:49pm - Sometimes a suck out is all you need. All in with sixes, Marc-Andre Ladouceur looked on in horror when MFG called him with Kings. Six on the flop, Ladouceur is not dead yet!

WELCOME TO THE FINAL TABLE
12:40pm - The final table is set and we have your chip counts and seat assignments here:

Seat 1 - Jean-Philippe Matte - 113K
Seat 2 - Chanracy Khun - 87K
Seat 3 - Michel Arsenault - 131K
Seat 4 - Marc-Andre Ladouceur - 15K
Seat 5 - Franco Amoreli - 214K
Seat 6 - Carlos Nahas - 216K
Seat 7 - Jean-Christophe Ferreira - 415K
Seat 8 - Martin Fournier Giguere - 228K

49 minutes left to level 14 - 1500/3000/400

LADOUCEUR RATTLED
12:30pm - Marc-Andre Ladouceur seems absolutely dejected after that last hand - he's still walking it off ... let's hope he can regroup as the fine technicians here at Casino du Lac-Leamy are working hard at setting up the final table.

FINAL TABLE PLAY
12:15pm - Final table play will begin after a short break.


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> CLICK HERE FOR: GTPLQ LIVE BLOG LEVELS 1-6

LE GRAND TOURNOI LOTO QUEBEC: PTPRpokerLIVE BLOG 16TH TO 9TH

CHAOS AT THE TABLES!
12:15pm - We're closing off this blog, join us for the next blog 8TH to 3RD (click on link)...
LIVE BLOG


CHAOS AT THE TABLES!
12:10pm - Table 2 ... Franco Amoreli outlasts Chris Sprysa - AK over A3, we have our final table!

BUT WAIT! On the same orbit, over at Table 1 - two tournament favourites, Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Martin Fournier Giguere clash. Ladouceur's KK way ahead of MFG's AK ... but an ace on the turn has changed this tournament dramatically. We're finally at our final table.

IS JOE TEHAN IN THE HOUSE?
12:00pm - Marc-Andre Ladouceur offering $5 or a free beer to any player showing their hole cards once they win a hand.

I RAISE
11:55am - Chanracy Khun went to the well on all four streets only to be called each time by JC Ferreira ... that is, until Ferreira raised, Khun went all in and the river wasn't need for Ferreira to double up with two pairs.

TOG DOG GONE
11:40am - Steven Paul-Ambrose has been ousted of the GTPLQ - finishing in 10th position. Steve was second in chips to start the day and was one of the favourites coming into the tournament.

KHUN DEFEATS LAM
11:30am - Chanracy Khun has eliminated Louis Lam, Lam finishes 11th in the event. Khun's AQ hit the river Q to eliminate Lam and his 99.

EMERGING CONTENDER
11:25am - While most expected Table 1 to be the Steven Paul-Ambrose v. Marc-Andre Ladouceur Show, Martin Fournier-Giguere has emerged as the table captain, and looks to be the man to beat here Lac-Leamy.

PAUL-AMBROSE TAKES A BIG HIT
11:10am - Steven Paul-Ambrose doubles up Franco Amoreli - Paul-Ambrose takes a huge hit.

NO MATCH FOR LAM
11:08am - Having tempted faith already a few times today, Philippe Belley's run ran out - his Q10 was no match for Louis Lam's KK. Belley out in 12th.

DOUBLE-UP FOR MFG
11:05am - Martin Fournier-Giguere doubles-up through chip leader Marc-Andre Ladouceur AK v AQ - MFG now sitting with approx. 140K chips.

FAN FAVOURITE GONE
10:49am - Gaby Houle Morin is out in 13th position - they're dropping like flies early!

LADOUCEUR EARNS FIRST KILL
10:45am - Chip leader Marc-Andre Ladouceur has taken care of his first player. Eric Salvas was all-in with Q9 against Ladouceur's AQ - with a queen on the flop. No miracle card, Salvas is out 14th.

YOU WANT ACTION?
10:30am - Two all-ins, two tables! On Table 2, Jonathan Driscoll's queens are not match to JC Ferreira's aces, causing him to exit in 15th position ... meanwhile, at Table 1, Franco Amoreli's all-in is met with folds from Steve Paul-Ambrose and Carlos Nahas.

NOT-SO SWEET 16
10:13am - Louis Crete is out in 16th position, having run into aces.

ALREADY ALL-IN
10:10am - Eric Salvas doubles-up.

SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!
10:03am - Cards are in the air - blinds 1200/2400/300 for 56 minutes .. then two more levels, no break after this level.

COME ONE, COME ALL
9:50am - Players are at the tables, counting their chip stacks. A reminder that the event is open to the public, there are plenty of GREAT seats available to all (ages 18 and over, of course) ... come on down!

BRIGHT AND EARLY
8:00am - We are two hours away from the start of play, the players are invited for a sit-down breakfast prior to start of today's festivities.

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LE GRAND TOURNOI LOTO-QUEBEC: SWEET SIXTEEN - LADOUCEUR LEADS THE PACK

PHOTO: POKERNEWS

The final sixteen players will be making their way to the Casino du Lac-Leamy on Sunday morning with at least one prize in their pocket.

The Sweet 16 have all won a trip to Las Vegas in July but, frankly, that's not what any of these players are here for. Sure maybe a few amateurs that qualified for only a few hundred dollars, the thought of spending a week in Vegas during the WSOP is great, but, for a guy like our chip leader, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, the stakes are much higher than that.

For Ladouceur and many others still alive, the trip to the WSOP in Las Vegas was already booked weeks ago, this is about the biggest opportunity of their careers, qualifying for the One Drop at the WSOP in Las Vegas with the opportunity win 15M!

Ladouceur's star was shinning bright throughout Saturday's Day 1 play.

Former PCA Champ Steve Paul Ambrose is second in chips entering Day 2 play - both Ladouceur and Paul-Ambrose - who finished the day playing at the same table for a few hours - will start Sunday play again at the same table.

SWEET 16 SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
TABLE 1
Seat 1 Martin Fournier Giguere 97,600
Seat 2 Eric Salvas 16,800
Seat 3 Christopher Sprysa 52,200
Seat 4 Carlos Nahas 73,800
Seat 5 Marc-Andre Ladouceur 230,900
Seat 6 Franco Amorelli 33,600
Seat 7 Michel Arsenault 124,600
Seat 8 Steven Paul-Ambrose 164,600

TABLE 2
Seat 1 Chanracy Khun 80,600
Seat 2 Louis Lam 77,600
Seat 3 Gabriel Houle Morin 96,700
Seat 4 Louis Crete 42,500
Seat 5 Jonathan Driscoll 90,100
Seat 6 Jean-Philippe Matte 69,300
Seat 7 Philippe Belley 45,300
Seat 8 Jean-Christophe Ferreira 130,200

Play resumes at 10AM ET - we'll be back with the live blog!



EVENT PAYOUTS (CAD)
1st place $17,143 + 1M One Drop seat
2nd place $73,347
3rd place $68,572
4th place $59,221
5th place $49,870
6th place $43,636
Everyone who finishes in the Top 16 also receives a trip for two to Las Vegas in July, in order to cheer on this tournament's winner.

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>> LIVE BLOG LEVEL 1-6
>> MORE THAN THE MILLION
>> THE ADVENTURE: BEGINS


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Le Grand Touroi de poker Loto-Quebec
NLH Main Event
May 19-20, 2012

Casino du Lac-Leamy | Quebec
Buy-in: $25,000 | Prizepool: $1,425,000
Entries: 433

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


Saturday, May 19, 2012

LE GRAND TOURNOI LOTO-QUEBEC: PTPRpokerLIVE BLOG LEVEL 7-12

SWEET 16
11:17pm - I spoke too soon! Scott Montgomery has just been eliminated by "the man with a hell of a lot of chips", Marc-Andre Ladouceur.

We have reached our Final 16 - play is done for the day ... Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Steve-Paul Ambrose, Jonathan Driscoll and Gabriel Houle Morin are the most notable players still alive.

One person will win a 1M buy-in seat to the Big One for One Drop at this summer's World Series of Poker.


NO END IN SIGHT?
11:15pm - We've started Level 12 ... Blinds: 1200/2400/300.

SUCK, RESUCK
11:10pm - After short-stack player Franco Amorelli's all-in play was called by stack master Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Amorelli's K-10 was in the lead over Ladouceur's suited Q-9. Ladouceur spikes a Queen on the flop but Amorelli rivers trips to stave off elimination. Ladouceur's stack suffers only a small hit.

ONTARIO BOYS CLASH IN QUEBEC
11:00pm - Scott Montgomery goes all-in, the action is folded around to fellow Ontarian Steve-Paul Ambrose, who folds after giving it some thought.

TENSION IN THE THEATRE
10:50pm - No one wants to the bubble boy! Play has slowed down considerably here at Lac-Leamy.

VERREAULT IS OUT
10:35pm - Poker Eh! guest and accomplished Quebec actor Jean-Nicolas Verreault has been eliminated - we are one away from the Final 16 ... we're now hand for hand ... PLUS, we're not going another level tonight, we'll be done once the next player is out.

19TH POSITION
10:30pm - Daniel Charette is out in 19th, two more eliminations prior to the final 16.

MONTGOMERY SPIKES ON HISLOP
10:15pm - River deuce gives Scott Montgomery the gutshot straight, cracking Eddie Hislop's pocket eights, almost a full double-up for Montgomery.

FINAL BREAK
9:55pm - We're taking our final break of the night, back in 20:00 with 800/1600 blinds and 200 antes ... only 20 remain here at Lac-Leamy >> Ladouceur, Ambrose with big stacks - Verreault, Montgomery still in contention.

LADOUCEUR ELIMINATES HALLEE
9:45pm - We're down to 20 players! One of the latest eliminations pitted fellow Quebec pros Jason Hallee and Marc-Andre Ladouceur. Ladouceur disposed of Hallee and continues to stack up.

24TH POSITION
9:30pm - Virgil Vancea has been eliminated in 24th position.

1, 2, 3 TABLES REMAIN
9:25pm - Crowd favourite Lise Theriault has just been eliminated in 25th position, we are now down to three tables ... Ladouceur, Paul, Verreault, Montgomery, Hallee still alive.

BACK TO FRANCE FOR QUILLEROU
9:00pm - The last man to have qualified from French (France) poker site JOA ONLINE is out - David Quillerou finshes in 26th position.

SLOW AND STEADY
8:45pm - It certainly looks like players are tightening up, realizing exactly what's at stake ... they still have a little play but soon, the blinds will start destroying the weak.

27TH POSITION
8:20pm - Robert Cote has been eliminated in 27th position.

UPDATES FROM THE FLOOR
8:15pm - Taking a look at a few stacks... We reported on Marc-Andre Ladouceur's big stack earlier on - it's getting even bigger! Ladouceur seems in control of his own destiny at this point.

Poker Eh! family member Jean-Nicolas Verreault's stack is down a bit while, like Ladouceur, WSOP bracelet winner Scott Montgomery is also building an army of chips. Montgomery and Steve-Paul Ambrose are the only players with major championships left in the field.

20-MINUTE BREAK
7:35pm - Players break for 20 minutes, Down to 27 players with the recent eliminations of Gylbert F. Drolet ... Drolet qualified to enter this 25K buy-in tournament with a $3 satellite.

ELIMINATION
7:00pm - Ya Lu is out 29th.

MAKE IT 30
6:50pm - Two more players eliminated: Michel Parent and Daniel "Pseudo55" Berube

THE FINAL 32
6:45pm - We are down to only 32 players with the recent eliminations of Jean-Hughes Niquay, David Simard and Jean-Francois Brossard.

CELEBRITY ON THE RISE
6:20pm - It was a pleasure earlier this week to tape a special French episode of Poker Eh! on the QuadJacks Network. Our guest for the occasion was accomplished Quebec actor (and poker player) Jean-Nicolas Verreault.

Well, J-N is using his Poker Eh! run-good ... Verreault's chip stack has gone up in multiples, looks like he has one of the top stacks at the moment. (Photo: QuadJacks.com)


STARS ARE FADING
6:05pm - It's now Erik Cajelais' turn to hit the rail, proving that chip stacks can come and go in a heartbeat in NLH.

LADOUCEUR TAKING OVER
6:00pm - Although we don't have official chip counts, it certainly looks like Marc-Andre Ladouceur has taken over at the GTPLQ - Ladouceur, who started gaining notoriety at last year's WSOP - looks to take over here in Gatineau. (Photo: PokerNews.com)


ALL-INS ALL AROUND
5:55pm - Players are starting to get short, we're hearing all-in after all-in ... reality TV's Marc-Andre Payette was just eliminated, we're down to 36 players.

LEVEL 7 BEGINS WITH A BANG
5:30pm - We have lost two other players, including Christopher McClung - we are now down to 37 players remaining in the field.

CLICK HERE FOR: GTPLQ LIVE BLOG LEVELS 1-6

MORE THAN A MILLION ON THE LINE - ONE DROP SEAT, FAME AND FORTUNE AWAITS WINNER OF GTPLQ

PHOTO: POKERNEWS

A total of 57 players have invaded Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec (across the river from the Nation's Capital) with one thing in mind - qualify for the 1M buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament later this summer at the WSOP in Las Vegas.




A 25K buy-in event, prizepool way over 1M - this is absolutely the THE most prestigious poker tournament in Canadian history.

And contrary to popular belief, it's not just amateurs that picked up seats for the event. Former EPT Champion Mike McDonald highlights a star-studded field that includes bracelet winner Erik Cajelais - who bought in at the very last minute.

Both players spent most of the first six levels at the same table. Cajelais was banging hard early, bullying opponents into folds ... but, both players now sit with less than admirable chip stacks - although neither are on life support.

BREAKING!!! Mike McDonald has been eliminated in 40th position.

Former WPT Caribbean Adventure winner Steve-Paul Ambrose, WSOP bracelet winner and former November Niner Scott Montgomery and Christopher McClung highlight the stellar field.

It was a rough start to the day for pre-tournament favourite Samuel Chartier. Chartier, who's aces were cracked on the third hand of the day, barely had time to digest his breakfast before suffering his elimination.

Friend of Poker Eh! Laurence Grondin as well as fellow Quebec pro Marc-Etienne McClaughlin also exited the tournament earlier today.

A total of 40 players remain after six levels, we should be playing six more today and then we're back bright and early in the morning for Day 2.



EVENT PAYOUTS (CAD)
1st place $17,143 + 1M One Drop seat
2nd place $73,347
3rd place $68,572
4th place $59,221
5th place $49,870
6th place $43,636
Everyone who finishes in the Top 16 also receives a trip for two to Las Vegas in July, in order to cheer on this tournament's winner.

RELATED POSTS
LIVE BLOG LEVEL 7-12
>> LIVE BLOG LEVEL 1-6
THE ADVENTURE: BEGINS


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Le Grand Touroi de poker Loto-Quebec
NLH Main Event
May 19-20, 2012

Casino du Lac-Leamy | Quebec
Buy-in: $25,000 | Prizepool: $1,425,000
Entries: 433

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


LE GRAND TOURNOI LOTO-QUEBEC: PTPRpokerLIVE BLOG LEVEL 1-6

CLICK HERE FOR: GTPLQ LIVE BLOG LEVELS 7-12

MAKE THAT 39
5:00pm - Michael "Timex" McDonald was eliminated on the very last hand before the dinner break.

40 FOR 40
4:50pm - The fine folks at Casino Lac-Leamy certainly know how to put on a show! After being served breakfast and a little lunch, players are now enjoying MORE food - a nice spread for sure.

40 players are on a 40-minute break following the completion of Level 6 here at Lac-Leamy.

Once players return to the final five tables, blinds will be at 300/600 with a $75 ante. Average chip stack is 35,925.

BREAKING BAD
4:35pm - Marc-Etienne McLaughlin was just eliminated in 41st place which means we are breaking to five tables.

The table break couldn't come at a better time for Erik Cajelais and Mike McDonald, both with not-so-great chip stacks - change of scenery is hopefully what the doctor ordered for both Canadian pros.

FALLING LIKE FLIES
4:00pm - Three players were recently sent to the rail, including Philippe D'Auteuil (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-171st) - who was eliminated by fellow pro Marc-Andre Ladouceur.

Simon Lapointe and and Michel Allen also eliminated, we're down to 42 players.

OUR FRIEND ON THE RAIL
3:15pm - Our friend EspaceJeux pro Laurence Grondin - who's been a two-time guest on Poker Eh! on QuadJacks Radio - was sucked out and we're sad to report that she is out of the tournament.


Real Paquin has also been eliminated, down to 45 players.

DOWN TO 47
3:00pm - We are down to 47 players as Gerardo Del Guercio is out in 48th position.

END OF LEVEL 4
2:30pm - Level 4 is in the books, we're on break for another 20 minutes ... level 5 starts at 150/300 with antes (25) making their first appearance of the tournament.

49 players remain.

TABLE 8 ACTION - CAJELAIS COLLECTS, McDONALD'S ACES CRACKED
2:05pm - Players at Table 8 are certainly keeping things interesting. Aggressive post-flop bets are making Erik Cajelais look like a master, his monster chip stack is certainly proof.

Meanwhile, Mike McDonald's aces were cracked moments ago ... his opponent, holding pocket 8's, tripped-up on the flop.

TWO PLAYERS OUT, SMALL VIDEO
1:50pm - Bernard Fortin, Dinara Khaziyeva out in 51st and 50th positions ... We're approaching a 40-minute lunch break, here is a small video I posted earlier on YouTube.




TWO MORE GONE
1:35pm - Michel Bertrand (53rd) and Daniel Le Clainche (representing French (France) site JOA are the latest to be eliminated, down to 51 players.

ANOTHER CASUALTY
12:55pm - Player Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre has just been eliminated, 53 remain.

BREAK TIME
12:10pm - Players are now on a 20-minute break, still 55 players remain.

POWER POKER FROM THE PROS
11:52am - It's all fun and games until poker pros Erik Cajelais and Scott Montgomery five bet you all in for your chips. Power poker approach working for both as the amateurs lay down their hands.

STUDIO 54
11:50am - A very disappointed Andre Fortin just left the tournament area, he is our latest casualty.

DOWN TO 55
11:45am - Patrick Boisvert was just eliminated, finishing 56th ... we are down to 55 players.

LEVEL 2
11:25am - Level 2 play started a little while ago - still 56 players remain ... after a few shocking moments to start the day, looks like action has slowed down.

EARLY RETURNS
10:35am - Erik Cajelais (who was the last man to buy into the event - sitting at Table 8 with Mike McDonald) and Pseudo55 (who doubled-up early with his Chartier elimination) are two of the players with healthy stacks early.

CHARTIER'S ACES CAN'T SURVIVE
10:10am - Samuel Chartier all in pre-flop with aces - those aces cracked by pocket queens (when a third queen hit the board). Chartier is the first man out!

AT THE TABLES
10:05am - Table 1 (Samuel Chartier), Table 4 (Paul), Table 5 (Verreault), Table 6 (Scott Montgomery, Chris McClung), Table 7 (Laurence Grondin), Table 8 (Mike McDonald)

WELCOME TO LAC-LEAMY, MR. CAJELAIS
10:00am - Erik Cajelais is the last player to buy-into the event, 57 players with a shot at glory!

MILLION DOLLAR DREAM: BIG NAMES SHOW UP FOR SHOT AT ONE DROP BUY-IN


It's not often that you get to run into Caesars Interactive Entertainment Mitch Garber and Cirque du Soleil creator Guy Laliberte outside of Las Vegas ... but they are here, live in Gatineau, QC - at Casino Lac-Leamy as the 25K buy-in qualifier to the 1M One Drop is set to take off in the next few minutes.

But Garber and Laliberte aren't the only big names here at Lac-Leamy ... A who's who of Ontario and Quebec poker players - Samuel Chartier, Philippe D'Auteuil, Laurence Grondin, Jason Hallee, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Christopher McClung, Scott Montgomey, Steven Paul and Michael "Timex" McDonald - headline what is a strong list of 55 players (registration still open until 10AM) ... they are capping the event at 64 players.

With the event reaching 50 players, we can now confirm that this event will qualify for QJ/PTPR Points as a Tier 3 Event, 100 QJ/PTPR Points to the winner - a win for McDonald would place him in the Top 40.

I'm heading back into the Theatre, will provide updates throughout today's play.


A million dollar buy-in is at stake as Poker Eh's "Canada's Road to the WSOP" continues live from Casino Lac-Leamy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

THE QJ SCOOP! - buck21-ING THE TREND: BUCHANAN, KELLY HIGHLIGHT LATEST SCOOP WINNERS

PHOTO: QUADJACKS.com






The latest PokerStars SCOOP Report - THE QJ SCOOP! - is now up at QuadJacks.com (clink link below) and features the latest victories by Shawn Buchanan (buck21) and Dan Kelly (djk123) ...


THE QJ SCOOP!
May 17 2012 Report


Eric

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

THE QJ SCOOP - URIBE, BONOMO, HARDER OH MY!

PHOTO: QUADJACKS.com

NOTE: My report premiered earlier today on QuadJacks. This report will post on www.QuadJacks.com daily and will then be posted on this site at a later time.


The QJ SCOOP! | PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker 2012 Daily Report | QuadJacks Poker Radio Network May 15 2012


URIBE, BONOMO, HARDER OH MY!
Event 22-H – 1K Mixed NLH/PLO grabbed our attention today in our latest QJ SCOOP Report. Columbia’s Mayu Roca Uribe won the event, collecting over 83K USD along the way.

Recent EPT Grand Final High Rollers and Super High Rollers success story, Justin Bonomo, made his way to Canada in order to collect a second place finish, and a 62K score. Bonomo is ranked 25th on the QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard, powered by PTPRpoker.

Maryland man Christian Harder fought hard for a third place finish while JIZOINT and Python817 round-out the Top 5.

Joao Barbosa collected a Top 25 finish.


SCOOP EVENT 22-H | $1000 MIXED NLH/PLO | MAY 14-15 2012 | 436 ENTRIES | 436K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 marroca5 (Mayu Roca Uribe) COL $83,668.40
2 ZeeJustin (Justin Bonomo) CAN $62,130.00
3 charder30 (Christian Harder) CAN $45,780.00
4 JIZOINT (Charlie Combes) UK $34,880.00
5 Python817 (Li Zhang) CAN $24,416.00

NOTES: marroca6 (Mayu Roca Uribe) is ranked #394 on the PocketFives Rankings and sits T-903rd on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard, powered by PTPRpoker .. ZeeJustin (Justin Bonomo) sits 25th on the QuadJacks Leaderboard .. charder30 (Christian Harder) sits T-645th on the QuadJacks Leaderboard .. JIZOINT (Charlie Combes) is ranked #278 on the PocketFives Rankings .. joaobarb (Joao Barbosa) finished in the Top 25


HIGH BUY-IN EVENT RESULTS
SCOOP EVENT 21-H | $2000 NLH | MAY 13-14 2012 | 951 ENTRIES | 1.9M USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 ministerborg DEN $344,262.00
2 ImDaNuts (Chris Oliver) CRC $247,260.00
3 JACK-CRACK-R AUS $185,445.00
4 10IsTheYear CAN $138,846.00
5 hook2120 CRC $97,953.00

NOTES: ImDaNuts (Chris Oliver) is ranked #15 on the PocketFives Ranknigs .. mig.com (Corwin Mackey), dirty.brasil and Pipedream17 (Michael Dietrich) all finished in the Top 25


SCOOP EVENT 22-H | $1000 MIXED NLH/PLO | MAY 14-15 2012 | 436 ENTRIES | 436K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 marroca5 (Mayu Roca Uribe) COL $83,668.40
2 ZeeJustin (Justin Bonomo) CAN $62,130.00
3 charder30 (Christian Harder) CAN $45,780.00
4 JIZOINT (Charlie Combes) UK $34,880.00
5 Python817 (Li Zhang) CAN $24,416.00

NOTES: marroca6 (Mayu Roca Uribe) is ranked #394 on the PocketFives Rankings and sits T-903rd on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard, powered by PTPRpoker .. ZeeJustin (Justin Bonomo) sits 25th on the QuadJacks Leaderboard .. charder30 (Christian Harder) sits T-645th on the QuadJacks Leaderboard .. JIZOINT (Charlie Combes) is ranked #278 on the PocketFives Rankings .. joaobarb (Joao Barbosa) finished in the Top 25


SCOOP EVENT 23-H | $2000 NLH 4-MAX | MAY 14-15 2012 | 395 ENTRIES | 790K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 pistons87 CAN $208,797.00
2 g.karolis LTH $127,980.00
3 nutsinho CAN $69,472.60
4 JRADF79 BEL $43,023.40
5 AaronBeen (Aaron Been) MEX $28,029.20

NOTES: g.karolis is ranked #152 on the PocketFives Rankings .. AaronBeen (Aaron Been) is ranked #541 on the PocketFives Rankings .. subiime (Joseph Cheong) and djk123 (Dan Kelly) both finished in the Top 25


SCOOP EVENT 24-H | $1000 PLO 1R 1A TURBO | MAY 14 2012 | 282 ENTRIES | 642K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 MaiseE SWE $131,289.00
2 Milana Jones RUS $96,300.00
3 JRADF79 BEL $72,546.00
4 LukeFromB13 CAN $54,570.00
5 IneedMassari BRA $37,236.00

NOTES: MilanaJones is ranked #62 on the PocketFives Rankings .. LukeFromB13 is ranked #56 on the PocketFives Rankings .. IneedMassari is ranked #496 on the PocketFives Rankings .. paulgees81 (Paul Volpe), joaobarb (Joao Barbosa) and BrynKenney (Bryn Kenney) all finished in the Top 25


MEDIUM BUY-IN EVENT RESULTS
SCOOP EVENT 22-M | $100 MIXED NLH/PLO | MAY 14-15 2012 | 1,903 ENTRIES | 190K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 GermanBraine GER $172,575.88
2 hazelasty POL $128,522.80
3 Pav_Juli RUS $91,014.00
4 teruliro BRA $62,330.80
5 DJG1989 UK $46,886.00

NOTES: hazelasty is ranked #841 on the PocketFives Rankings .. AABenjaminAA finished 10th in this event


SCOOP EVENT 23-M | $200 NLH 4-MAX | MAY 14-15 2012 | 2,205 ENTRIES | 441K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 forhayley RUS $68,125.68
2 LFmagic (Luke Fields) UK $41,511.33
3 swordfish077 GER $24,065.37
4 wywrotX (Michael Wywrot) CAN $14,636.79
5 pkrbt SWE $9,371.25

NOTES: LFmagic (Luke Fields) is ranked #332 on the PocketFives Rankings .. wywrotX (Michael Wywrot) is ranked #439 on the PocketFives Rankings and sits T-515th on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard, powered by PTPRpoker


SCOOP EVENT 24-M | $100 PLO 1R 1A TURBO | MAY 14 2012 | 1,364 ENTRIES | 307K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 niccc (Nicolas Chouity) LIB $52,326.00
2 TJ SABA CAN $38,475.00
3 1234_ET GER $29,210.22
4 Jenndo THA $20,930.40
5 Giffordonian UK $15,236.10

NOTES: niccc (Nicolas Chouity) won the 2010 EPT Grand Final .. Liv Boeree finished 15th in this event


LOW BUY-IN EVENT RESULTS
SCOOP EVENT 22-L | $10 MIXED NLH PLO | MAY 14 2012 | 8,352 ENTRIES | 83K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 CMoosepower DEN $12,533.34
2 Denff RUS $9,218.10
3 Fohle140586 GER $6,681.60
4 Nick nase GER $4,426.56
5 slavik19861 RUS $3,424.32


SCOOP EVENT 23-L | $25 NLH 4-MAX | MAY 14-15 2012 | 10,523 ENTRIES | 263K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 Faaalk SWE $25,439.50
2 marodon MDA $15,395.14
3 capeta333 BRA $8,920.87
4 saadleb LIB $5,545.62
5 HustlerGrune (Zachary Gruneberg) CRC $3,501.52


SCOOP EVENT 24-L | $10 PLO 1R 1A TURBO | MAY 14 2012 | 5,552 ENTRIES | 120K USD PRIZE POOL

TOP 5 RESULTS:
1 Darreta BUL $18,839.53
2 Mrdawwe SWE $14,027.76
3 Superfizzy GER $9,933.82
4 MakiDon GER $6,803.16
5 Internett93o (Renan C. Bruschi) BRA $5,117.42

NOTES: Mrdawwe is ranked #46 on the PocketFives Rankings

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

THE ADVENTURE: BEGINS

"The Adventure" is a series of articles about my journey this summer that will take me from Rockland, Ontario, Canada to the World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop 1M buy-in tournament in Las Vegas...





THE ADVENTURE: BEGINS


“I wanna have the same last dream again,
the one where I wake up and I'm alive.
Just as the four walls close me within,
my eyes are opened up with pure sunlight.
I'm the first to know,
my dearest friends,
even if your hope has burned with time,
anything that's dead shall be re-grown,
and your vicious pain, your warning sign,
you will be fine.

Hey, oh, here I am,
and here we go, life's waiting to begin.”

- Angels and Airwaves, The Adventure
(We Don’t Need to Whisper, 2006 Geffen Records)


Rare is it that a person is granted the opportunity of the lifetime, let alone at age 35.


HIS-STORY
In French Canada, you’re programmed to do two things right from the day that you’re born and that’s play hockey and play cards … and eat tons of amazing French Canadian food too! But that’s it; it’s as simple as that. In fact, in many French-Canadian family gatherings, it’s not a true PARTY unless cards are in the air at some point.

I can remember vividly playing in wildly competitive cribbage matches with my father, grandfather and cousin, living the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat; or playing the game “500” with my uncles (which we still do to this day every Christmas) – there were no “there, there”, no freebees, no “let’s let the kids win”, it was savage, it was vicious, it was no holds barred, it was exactly how I would have wanted it. There is no doubt that part of the reason I am who I am today is due to those card games, in my grandparents’ basement, where it was winner take all, survival of the fittest.

FAST FORWARD
I’ve always been a fan of cards, sports and statistics. In fact, in high school, I created a statistical system for cribbage, where players could find out about all kind of things, including cribbage pct, peg pct, etc … we’re talking YEARS before the arrival of VPIP kids!

A few years ago, I designed a scoring system to determine who the best live poker player was on the circuit. There are other scoring systems out there, but I believed it mine. What was first a fun way to track the major players on the circuit became a blog that then became an obsession. Earlier this year, my site, www.ptprpoker.com, joined forces with poker media giant QuadJacks (www.quadjacks.com) to introduce the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year, powered by PTPRpoker.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
Last September, when Loto-Québec announced it would be hosting a 25K buy-in tournament with the winner qualifying for the Big One for One Drop million-dollar buy-in tournament at the WSOP (World Series of Poker) … and that this tournament would be held at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, minutes away from my hometown … I thought “wouldn’t it be a great opportunity to cover the event for my website”.

Well, a few months ago, Loto-Québec accepted my request for media accreditation and starting Saturday, I will be covering Le Grand Tournoi de poker Loto-Québec – the most prestigious poker event in Canada’s history, marking the beginning of “The Adventure”.

BE BOLD
As mentioned, the winner of this coming weekend’s event will be representing Loto-Québec at the One Drop during the WSOP in Las Vegas starting on July 1st, Canada Day. I decided I was going to go all-in (poker pun intended) and apply for media accreditation at the World Series of Poker.

Having the opportunity to follow the winner of Le Grand Tournoi down to Las Vegas to witness him/her compete at the One Drop was an opportunity too good to pass up.

I have been to the WSOP a number of occasions, I even participated in the Series a few years back but this, this was going to be a whole new ballgame. See, anyone can go to Vegas; anyone can actually buy-into a WSOP event and play, but receiving media accreditation from the WSOP – that’s something that’s hard to get.

A few weeks ago, I received some great news; I was accepted by the WSOP Media team and will be on my way to the World Series on June 30th to cover the event.


Here it is, “The Adventure” - a 50-day trek that will take me from Rockland to Gatineau to Las Vegas and to other places in between. Join me as I attempt to relive the blow-by-blow accounts of the thrill-ride that awaits me this summer.

Here I am, standing in front of you, as vulnerable as ever, but ready – win or fail – to live the thrill of a lifetime and hoping you will follow along as I live “The Adventure”.