Monday, July 30, 2012

HPT NEW MEXICO: RAYMER REIGNS


Greg Raymer has won his first major poker title since his WSOP World Championship reign.

The Fossilman defeated Robert Crawford heads-up to become the latest winner on the Heartland Poker Tour, winning HPT New Mexico at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

Raymer earns over 70K USD for the victory.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Greg Raymer $71,875
Robert Crawford $42,500
Scott Dougherty $26,875
Benjie Benavidez $21,550
Allan Hedin $16,250
Steven Carruthers $14,375

RELATED POST
> ACEVEDO WINS HPT INDIANA

NEXT EVENT
HPT Colorado
Golden Gates Casino
September 3-16, 2012


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR
HPT New Mexico
NLH Main Event
July 28-30, 2012

Route 66 Casino | New Mexico
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $253,000

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GREG RAYMER 35
ROBERT CRAWFORD 18
SCOTT DOUGHERTY 10
BENJIE BENAVIDEZ 8
ALLAN HEDIN 5


Sunday, July 29, 2012

ESPT SAN SEBASTIAN: GONZALEZ OUTLASTS PINEIRO TO WIN TITLE

PHOTO: POKERSTARS

Borja Gonzalez is the latest Champion on the Estrellas Poker Tour, winning ESPT San Sebastian.

Gonzalez defeated former ESPT Alicante winner Alejandro Pineiro heads-up.

Daniel Fresneda, Lucian Tofan and Emilio Jose Beldarrain round-out the Top 5.



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Borja Gonzalez Urteaga 66,800
Alejandro Nelson Piñeiro 41,800
Daniel Fresneda Piña 23,200
Lucian Tofan 18,000
Emilio Jose Beldarrain Oleaga 15,100
Jaume Niell Alomar 12,300
Jose Luis Rujas Gil 9,800
Vicente Delgado Zamorano 7,750

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> DEIMANN WINS SAN SEBASTIAN
> ROJAS WINS IBIZA

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NEXT EVENT
ESPT Barcelona
August 15-19, 2012


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
ESPT San Sebastian
NLH Main Event
July 26-29, 2012

Casino Kursaal | Spain
Buy-in: $1,350 | Prizepool: $317,890
Entries: 269

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BORJA GONZALEZ 35
ALEJANDRO PINEIRO 18
DANIEL FRESNEDA 10
LUCIAN TOFAN 8
EMILIO JOSE BELDARRAIN 5


ANZPT QUEENSTOWN SNOWFEST: ALLAN DEFEATS STACKED FINAL TABLE

PHOTO: POKERSTARS (Kenneth Lim)

Congratulations to Dave Allan, who has defeated fellow Aussie Ken Demlakian to win ANZPT Queenstown Snowfest.

David Zhao, who finished second at the 2011 Melbourne Championships, was fifth in this event.

Popular Aussie pro Matthew Wakeman finished sixth in the event while Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang finished in seventh position.



FT PAYOUTS (NZD)
Dave Allan NZ$110,600
Ken Demlakian NZ$70,400
Jordan Westmorland NZ$41,200
Ricky Kroesen NZ$34,200
David Zhao NZ$28,200
Matthew Wakeman NZ$23,100
Bryan Huang NZ$19,100
Ivan Zalac NZ$15,100
David Evans NZ12,070

RELATED POST
> CARLSSON WINS PERTH

NEXT EVENT
ANZPT Grand Final
Crown Melbourne
August 31-3, 2012


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
ANZPT Queenstown Snowfest
NLH Main Event
July 24-29, 2012

SKYCITY Queenstown | New Zealand
Buy-in: $2,425 | Prizepool: $325,660
Entries: 149

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DAVE ALLAN 35
KEN DEMLAKIAN 18
JORDAN WESTMORLAND 10
RICKY KROESEN 8
DAVID ZHAO 5


Thursday, July 26, 2012

IT'S A PHUNG DOUBLE AT THE BORGATA DEEP STACK


Cuong Phung (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-263rd) has picked up his second Borgata Deep Stack Double Play Championship in less than five months.

Phung cashed in for almost 9K more than he did back in March; that's over 270K for the two victories.

Sardor Gaziev (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-996th) was fifth in the event. Gaziev earned a Top 18 finish in NLH Shootout Event #36 at World Series of Poker in June.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
CUONG PHUNG $140,214
MATTHEW BURNITZ $78,832
CHARLES HOOK $49,635
SACHIN RAMRAKHANI $40,292
SARDOR GAZIEV $32,117
WENDY RUBIN $26,569
JULIEN CHAMOUN $21,314
JUAN CATALA $16,058
BARRY LEVENTHAL $11,095
ROBERT MUZZATTI $7,591

RELATED POST
> PHUNG WINS AT BORGATA


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Borgata Deep Stack Double Play
250K Guaranteed NLH Main Event
July 22-25, 2012

Borgata Hotel Casino | Atlantic City
Buy-in: $1,090 | Prizepool: $602,000
Entries: 602

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
CUONG PHUNG 35
MATTHEW BURNITZ 18
CHARLES HOOK 10
SACHIN RAMRAKHANI 8
SARDOR GAZIEV 5


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WPT NATIONAL VENICE: FERRARA WINS VENICE

PHOTO:WORLD POKER TOUR

Alessandro Ferrara is the latest WPT National Series Italy winner, winning the Venice Main Event.

Ferrara defeated Cristinel Lita heads-up.

2012 WPT Venice Grand Prix runner-up Alessandro Longobardi finished 13th in the event.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (EURO)
Alessandro Ferraresi €72.750
Cristinel Lita €51.000
Stefano Accordini €32.750
Luca Testugini €24.300
Luciano Prevedello Dellisanti €18.220
Luca Bertoletti €14.550
Daniele Mazzia €12.100
Alessandro Brunello €9.700


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Poker Tour National Venice
WPT National Venice NLH Main Event
July 21-24, 2012

Casino di Venezia | Venice
Buy-in: $1,990 | Prizepool: $363,320
Entries: 207

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ALESSANDRO FERRARESI 35
CRISTINEL LITA 18
STEFANO ACCORDINI 10
LUCA TESTUGINI 8
LUCIANO PREVEDELLO DELLISANTI 5


STALLINGER WINS CAPT VELDEN


Austrian poker player Christian Stallinger wins the latest Casinos Austria Poker Tour event, CAPT Velden.

Fellow Austrian Philipp Schimmerl - who scored at Estrellas Madrid in 2011 - was fourth in the event.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Christian Stallinger €108,070
Andre Mayr €66,690
Josef Friedl €45,030
Philipp Schimmerl €31,970
Alexander Eder €24,770
Florian Kossler €20,260
Oliver Ponthieux €16,890
Ferenc Riech €14,180
Siyu Sha €11,260
Gerald Nutz €9,680


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Casinos Austria Poker Tour Velden Open
CAPT Velden Open NLH Main Event
July 21-22, 2012

Casinos Austria Velden | Austria
Buy-in: $2,430 | Prizepool: $543,195
Entries: 237

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
CHRISTIAN STALLINGER 35
ANDRE MAYR 18
JOSEF FRIEDL 10
PHILIPP SCHIMMERL 8
ALEXANDER EDER 5


JAOUI WINS BARRIERE ENGHIEN-LES-BAINS

PHOTO: BARRIERE POKER

David Jaoui (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-579th) has won the latest Barriere Poker Tour qualifier for the WSOP Europe Main Event. Jaoui is one of 11 players to qualify for WSOP Europe's Main Event.

Jaoui's last win came back in 2010 where he won the France Poker Series St-Amand Main Event.




Laurent Polito (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1202nd) finished third in the event. Polito picked up a fifth place score last month at the Partouche Forges-les-Eaux Main Event.

Barriere Poker Team Pro Yann Migeon (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1202nd) - who finished third at Barriere Toulouse in June - was fifth in this event.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
David Jaoui 34.000€
Willy Korchia 27.000€
Laurent Polito 23.000€
Cyril Desautard 20.500€
Yann Migeon 18.500€
Stéphane Girault 17.000€
Thibaut Vacher 16.000€
Karim Ahras 15.000€
Jean-Marc Pouyau 14.500€
Denis Le Coz 14.000€


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Barriere Poker Tour Enghien-les-Bains
BPT NLH Main Event
July 20-22, 2012

Casino Barriere | France
Buy-in: $1,810 | Prizepool: $350,128
Entries: 220

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DAVID JAOUI 35
WILLY KORCHIA 18
LAURENT POLITO 10
CYRIL DESAUTARD 8
YANN MIGEON 5


Saturday, July 21, 2012

REVIEWING BELLAGIO CUP VIII, YAWITZ WINS MAIN


Two events at the Bellagio Cup VIII qualified for QJ/PTPR Points.

In a 5K Side Event, Canadian Eric Afriat (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-150th) won a 63-player event, collecting over 110K USD for his efforts.

Masaaki Kagawa (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-116th), Scott Baumstein (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-363rd), Brandon Meyers (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1027th), SCOOP Main Event Champion Nicholas Grippo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1610th) and Martin Vallo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-381st) all made the final table of the side event.


Meanwhile, in the Main Event, Jess Yawitz (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 88th) picked up the victory. Yawitz had earned a Top 10 finish earlier this season in the WPT Hard Rock Main Event.

Yawitz defeated Kristijonas Andrulis (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-134th) heads-up. Alain Roy (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-367th), Steven Silverman (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-273rd), WPT LAPC Champ Sean Jazayeri (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-46th), Kory Kilpatrick (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1246th) and Lee Markholt (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1773rd) all made the final table in the event.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Jess Yawitz $291,505
Kristijonas Andrulis $290,185
Eric Panayiotou $228,845
Alain Roy $83,769
Steven Silverman $62,827
Sean Jazayeri $50,860
Kory Kilpatrick $38,893
Aaron Been $26,926
Lee Markholt $19,147


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Bellagio Cup VIII
NLH Main Event
July 13-18, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $10,300 | Prizepool: $1,260,000
Entries: 126

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JESS YAWITZ 101
KRISTIJONAS ANDRULIS 61
ERIC PANAYIOTOU 36
ALAIN ROY 26
STEVEN SILVERMAN 19
SEAN JAZAYERI 11
KORY KILPATRICK 9
AARON BEEN 6
LEE MARKHOLT 6


2012 DSE: CLOSING OUT THE DEEP STACK WITH WEST'S WIN


PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com

Timothy West (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-141st) sure picked a great time to pickup the biggest live cash of his live tournament poker career, besting a 398-player field and winning the latest Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event, held at neighbouring The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

The DSE win puts West over the 2M mark in live tournament career earnings.

This was West's first win since his Wynn Classic victory in March of 2011.

Shannon Shorr (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 144th), William Reynolds (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 410th) and Kevin Saul (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1605th) all joined West at the final table.

Slava Popov, Noah Vaillancourt, Cliff Josephy, Tony Cousineau, Galen Hall and Todd Terry all earned Top 20 finishes in the event.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Timothy West $ 444,165
Caio Pimenta $ 269,462
Dmitry Nemirovsky $ 180,443
Shannon Shorr $ 125,848
William Reynolds $ 94,386
Matt Salsberg $ 74,028
Slaven Popov $ 62,554
Kevin Saul $ 51,820
Vladislav Varlashin $ 44,417
Tom Aksell-Bedell $ 35,163

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> HALL DEFEATS GRISE
> MORE DEEPSTACK NEWS
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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza
5K No-Limit Hold'Em Main Event
July 13-17, 2012

The Palazzo | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $5,000 | Prizepool: $1,850,700
Entries: 398

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
TIMOTHY WEST 103
CAIO PIMENTA 63
DMITRY NEMIROVSKY 38
SHANNON SHORR 28
WILLIAM REYNOLDS 21
MATT SALSBERG 13
SLAVEN POPOV 11
KEVIN SAUL 8
VLADISLAV VARLASHIN 8


Monday, July 16, 2012

LAUCK WINS CAESARS MEGA STACK SERIES


Jonas Lauck (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-116th) has won the Caesars Mega Stack Series Main Event, defeating a huge 1,602-player field along the way.

Michael Linster (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-364th) finished third in the event. Linster had collected points at the Borgata Fall Open back in November of 2011.

Robert Georato (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-326th) was fifth in the event. This is Georato's third PTPR Score of 2012.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Jonas Lauck $260,765
Gennady Kalin $184,608
Michael Linster $132,240
Michael Hahn $95,101
Robert Georato $68,995
Joseph Morneau $50,658
Jonathan Dull $37,761
David Levi $28,639
Petr Bartagou $22,066


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
Caesars Mega Stack Series
NLH Main Event
July 10-15, 2012

Caesars Palace | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,080 | Prizepool: $1,553,940
Entries: 1,602

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JONAS LAUCK 116
GENNADY KALIN 76
MICHAEL LINSTER 51
MICHAEL HAHN 41
ROBERT GEORATO 34
JOSEPH MORNEAU 26
JONATHAN DULL 24
DAVID LEVI 21
PETR BARTAGOU 21


Sunday, July 15, 2012

WPT NATIONAL MAZAGAN: HAIRABEDIAN WINS THE TITLE


Popular French poker pro Roger Hairabedian has won the WPT National Mazagan Main Event title.

It wasn't easy as final day play stretched to almost 3AM Morocco time but Big Roger certainly seemed in control for most of this match.




It's Hairabedian's first PTPR Score of 2012, he had collected four scores and more than 100 PTPR Points in 2011.

Philippe Barouk, who had the chip lead when we started today's play, finished third in the event. Barouk also finished third in a Partouche Grand Finale prelim event last year.



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Roger Hairabedian 63 890 €*
Hicham Zaakour 40 960 €
Kamal Sefrioui 26 390 €
Philippe Barouk 19 110 €
Karim Bennani Smires 14 380 €
Mohamed Benboubker 11 380 €
*Plus WPT Grand Prix de Paris entry

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Poker Tour National Series
WPT National Mazagan NLH Main Event
July 12-15, 2012

Casino Mazagan | Morocco
Buy-in: $2,020 | Prizepool: $282,055
Entries: 158

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ROGER HAIRABEDIAN 35
HICHAM ZAAKOUR 18
KAMAL SEFRIOUI 10
PHILIPPE BAROUK 8
KARIM BENNANI SMIRES 5


Saturday, July 14, 2012

WPT NATIONAL MAZAGAN: HAIRABEDIAN IN FINAL DAY MIX


We have reached final day play at the WPT National Series France Mazagan, Morocco Main Event.

Philippe Barouk takes the chip lead into final day play Sunday while French veteran Roger Hairabedian has the fourth best chip stack.




The father and son team of Karim and Fahd Bennani Smires both enter final day play with the smallest stacks.

FINAL DAY CHIP COUNTS:
Philippe Barouk – 816k
Hicham Zaakour – 600k
Kamal Sefrioui – 357k
Roger Hairabedian – 317k
Rachid Arbaoui – 287k
Mohamed Benboubker – 279k
Pierre Pieri – 146k
Philippe Garet – 108k
Cyril Coville – 107k
Fahd Bennani Smires – 83k
Karim Bennani Smires – 57k



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Winner 63 890 €*
2nd 40 960 €
3rd 26 390 €
4th 19 110 €
5th 14 380 €
6th 11 380 €
*Plus WPT Grand Prix de Paris entry

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
World Poker Tour National Series
WPT National Mazagan NLH Main Event
July 12-15, 2012

Casino Mazagan | Morocco
Buy-in: $2,020 | Prizepool: $282,055
Entries: 158

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


Friday, July 13, 2012

2012 VENETIAN DSE: HALL DEFEATS GRISE FOR DSE VICTORY


PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com

Joseph Hall (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-224th) wins the latest PTPR Points-qualifying event at the Venetian Deepstack, defeating Benjamin Grise heads-up (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-224th).


Grise earned a score in the 1K NLH event earlier this month at the WSOP.

Pahuja Mukul (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-224th) was fourth in the event.

Other players to cash in the event included Joseph Kuether, Jan Bendik, Bruce Atkinson and Michael Rocco.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Joseph Hall $75,066
Benjamin Grise $46,707
Daryl Katz $28,358
Pahuja Mukul $20,851
Kenneth Strochak $15,569
Youcef Zalagh $12,789
Jeremy Stein $11,260
Joseph Kuether $9,870
Cory Leppa $8,340
Jan Bendik $6,672

RELATED POSTS
> MORE DEEPSTACK NEWS
> SO FAR AT THE VENETIAN



PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza
1,600 No-Limit Hold'Em
July 9-11, 2012

The Palazzo | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,600 | Prizepool: $278,016
Entries: 192

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JOSEPH HALL 35
BENJAMIN GRISE 18
DARYL KATZ 10
PAHUJA MUKUL 8
KENNETH STROCHAK 5


Thursday, July 12, 2012

2012 WSOP: ERIQUEZZO WINS WSOP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP



WSOP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP |
157 ENTRIES | 1.57M PRIZEPOOL


WSOP Circuit Caesars AC winner Ryan Eriquezzo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-32nd) staged a comeback to win the WSOP National Championship, defeating Nikolas Stone (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-224th) and former Circuit winner Huy Nguyen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 346th) in the final three.

David "ODB" Baker (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 7th) was able to accumulate more points in his fifth PTPR Score of the season, but, remains seventh in the overall standings for Player of the Year.

Sam Stein (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 514th) and Amanda Musumeci (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-132nd) were the other final table participants.

Justin Gardenhire, David Peters, Drazen Ilich, Mark Bonsack, Eugene Katchalov, Brian Rast, Nick Binger and Allen Kessler all earned Top 18 finishes.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Ryan Eriquezzo $416,051
Nikolas Stone $257,119
Huy Nguyen $186,265
Matt Keikoan $137,485
Yung Hwang $103,322
David Baker "ODB" $79,002
Sam Stein $61,434
Amanda Musumeci $48,576

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> HOBSON EARNS THE BRACELET
> GRINDHOUSE, PART 2
> KOVALCHUK WINS AGAIN
> DAVID BAKERS RULE!
> GOOD GUY TRYBA WINS BIG
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> CASSIDY-NGUYEN GO TO EXTRAS
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> MAKE IT TWO FOR MONNETTE
> CAZALS, MAD MARVIN MOVE UP
> BLOCH WINS BRACELET


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
WSOP National Championship
July 6-7 and 11, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $1,570,000
Entries: 157

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RYAN ERIQUEZZO 126
NIKOLAS STONE 76
HUY NGUYEN 46
MATT KEIKOAN 36
YUNG HWANG 31
DAVID BAKER "ODB" 26
SAM STEIN 26
AMANDA MUSUMECI 11
JUSTIN GARDENHIRE 11
DAVID PETERS 11
DRAZEN ILICH 11
MARK BONSACK 9
EUGENE KATCHALOV 9
BRIAN RAST 9
NICK BINGER 9
HAO LAZICKY 6
JONATHAN SORSCHER 6
ALLEN KESSLER 6


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BOYAZITOV WINS LATEST GCOP MAIN EVENT


Russian poker player Ramil Boyazitov won the latest edition of the German Championship of Poker, held at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic.

This was Boyazitov's biggest cash of his career; he defeated German Maurice Schepp heads-up.

Dorde Jovanovic, who won CAPT Seefeld in January, was fifth in this event. Jovanovic is a former winner of the German Championship of Poker as well.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Ramil Boyazitov €67,879
Maurice Schepp €41,559
Bulent Aydin €27,825
Siyu Sha €19,959
Dorde Jovanovic €15,737
Eugen Frey €13,853
Jan Schwippert €11,359
Mandzjuk Oleg €9,974
Lakatosh Mykola €7,481
Josip Simunic €5,818

RELATED POSTS
> HALMAI WINS FIST LEG OF GCOP


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
German Championship of Poker
GCOP Rozvadov NLH Main Event
July 6-9, 2012

Kings Casino | Czech Republic
Buy-in: $1,345 | Prizepool: $345,178
Entries: 283

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RAMIL BOYAZITOV 35
MAURICE SCHEPP 18
BULENT AYDIN 10
SIYU SHA 8
DORDE JOVANOVIC 5


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 WSOP: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL TABLE PREVIEW



WSOP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP |
157 ENTRIES | 1.57M PRIZEPOOL


Final table play in the The World Series of Poker National Championship will take place on Wednesday in what will, in theory, pit some of the upcoming "minor" league poker players against some of the best poker professionals during the past two WSOP and WSOP Europe Series.





The Top 100 WSOP Circuit qualifiers all earned a freeroll entry into this event. The WSOP forked over the 10K buy-in for each player.

In order to qualify through the WSOP Circuit, a player needed to have won a Circuit event during the 2011-12 season or be part of the Top 100 which was based on points accumulated during qualifying WSOP Circuit events - you were automatically added to the Top 100 if you won a Main Event.

The event was then made available to the Top 100 players in the past two WSOP Seasons - based on WSOP Player of the Year points accumulated in 2010 and 2011 WSOP and WSOP Europe events.

In order to enter the event under the Top 100 Player of the Year points format, that player needed to pay the 10K registration, however, no rake would be taken from the amount. 57 of those Top 100 players chose to enter the event.

After two days of play, the field shrunk from 157 to what we have now, the Final 8 players. The final table will be filmed and televised on ESPN as part of their WSOP run of shows this summer/fall.

Here is a look at the final table seat assignments and chip stacks:

Seat 1 David “ODB” Baker 281,000 2010-11 WSOP POY TOP 100
Seat 2 Amanda Musumeci 322,000 2011-12 WSOP CIRCUIT QUALIFIER
Seat 3 Sam Stein 651,000 2010-11 WSOP POY TOP 100
Seat 4 Huy Nguyen 331,000 2011-12 WSOP CIRCUIT QUALIFIER
Seat 5 Yung Hwang 1,224,000 2011-12 WSOP CIRCUIT QUALIFIER
Seat 6 Nikolas Stone 471,000 WSOPC HARRAH'S ST. LOUIS WINNER
Seat 7 Matt Keikoan 957,000 2010-11 WSOP POY TOP 100
Seat 8 Ryan Eriquezzo 474,000 WSOPC CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY WINNER


DAVID BAKER
The "ODB" David Baker (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 7th) has had a great summer at the Series. Baker has cashed six (6) times this Series, has earned (3) Top 5 finishes, including his first bracelet in Event #37 Eight-Game Mix.

With over 580K in winnings already this summer, Baker, who will start the day as the short stack, will certainly hope to ride his winning streak into the final table.

A win for Baker and he will jump to #2 on the 2012 QuadJack Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard - powered by PTPRpoker.


AMANDA MUSUMECI
Amanda Musumeci (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-151th) is fresh off a second-place finish at Event #9 NLH Re-Entry at the WSOP earlier last month.

Musumeci also counts a total of four Top 10 finishes at event on the 2011-12 WSOP Circuit (in prelim events at Palm Beach, Caesars AC, Council Bluffs, Harrah's STL).


SAM STEIN
2011 WSOP Bracelet winner Sam Stein (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1290th) hasn't had the best start to 2012 but Stein did have a very fine 2011 season where he finished 18th overall in the PTPR Poker Player of the Year Race.

Stein does have four (4) cashes at this year's WSOP.


HUY NGUYEN
Huy Nguyen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1579th) is no stranger to the WSOP Circuit. The man know to many as SavePluto9 won the 2011 Circuit Choctaw Main Event, he also won the Caesars Pokers Classic last season.


OTHERS TO WATCH
Yung Hwang will be coming into final table play as a significant chip leader, Matt Keikoan and WSOP Circuit Atlantic City winner Ryan Eriquezzo should not be overlooked either.


Card will be in the air at 1PM Vegas time on Wednesday!




FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $416,051
2nd $257,119
3rd $186,265
4th $137,485
5th $103,322
6th $79,002
7th $61,434
8th $48,576

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> HOBSON EARNS THE BRACELET
> GRINDHOUSE, PART 2
> KOVALCHUK WINS AGAIN
> DAVID BAKERS RULE!
> GOOD GUY TRYBA WINS BIG
> SHAKE AND BAKES!
> CASSIDY-NGUYEN GO TO EXTRAS
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> BLOCH WINS BRACELET


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
WSOP National Championship
July 6-7 and 11, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $1,570,000
Entries: 157

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 126
2nd place 76
3rd place 46
4th place 36
5th place 31
6-7th place 26
8th place 11
JUSTIN GARDENHIRE 11
DAVID PETERS 11
DRAZEN ILICH 11
MARK BONSACK 9
EUGENE KATCHALOV 9
BRIAN RAST 9
NICK BINGER 9
HAO LAZICKY 6
JONATHAN SORSCHER 6
ALLEN KESSLER 6


Monday, July 9, 2012

THE PTPR TOP 100: BIG WSOP RESULTS ALLOW MANY TO MAKE MOVES IN JUNE


PHOTO: WORLD SERIES OF POKER

Plenty of big-name pros made their way up the PTPR charts in June in an attempt to put themselves in a perfect position themselves in the second-half chase of the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year title - powered by PTPRpoker.


Amongst the big names who made a charge were Vanessa Selbst (up 49 positions), The Grinder (up 75 positions), Nick Schulman (up 99 positions), Phil Ivey (up 428 positions) and John Monnette, David ODB Baker and Phil Hellmuth who had yet to collect a single PTPR Point in 2012 until the start of the WSOP.





Dan Smith continues to hold onto the #1 spot for the third straight month. After dominating April, Smith continued to add to his lead in June with three PTPR Scores at the World Series of Poker.

Here is a look at our current Top 100...



RANK | PLAYER | LAST MONTH*
1 DANIEL SMITH (1)
2 VANESSA SELBST (T51)
3 MARVIN RETTENMAIER (2)
4 MICHAEL MIZRACHI (T79)
5 JONATHAN DUHAMEL (3)
6 JOHN MONNETTE (NR)
7 DAVID BAKER "ODB" (NR)
8 PHIL IVEY (T436)
9 PHIL HELLMUTH JR. (NR)
10 NICK SCHULMAN (T109)
11 KYLE JULIUS (T51)
12 VADZIM KURSEVICH (13)
13 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI (NR)
14 AUBIN CAZALS (T125)
15 TOMMY VEDES (T25)
16 ANDY BLOCH (NR)
17 BERTRAND GROSPELLIER (18)
18 JOHN DOLAN (T4)
18 MOON KIM (T4)
20 MICHAEL GATHY (NR)
21 THOMAS MIDDLETON (6)
22 OLEKSII KOVALCHUK (T234)
22 VINCENT VAN DER FLUIT (NR)
24 BRUNO LOPES (16)
25 MOHSIN CHARANIA (10)
25 NEIL WILKERSON (NR)
27 JOE CADA (T82)
28 GREGORY MERSON (NR)
29 DAVIDI KITAI (20)
30 ANDREW CHEN (7)
31 RANDY OHEL (NR)
32 TIMOTHY ADAMS (NR)
33 JOHN DIBELLA (8)
34 MICKEY PETERSEN (T25)
35 NOAH SCHWARTZ (9)
36 BRENDON RUBIE (T82)
36 CARTER PHILLIPS (NR)
38 DAVID BAKER "BAKES" (NR)
39 ROCCO PALUMBO (T837)
40 CHRISTOPHER TRYBA (NR)
41 ERIK CAJELAIS (96)
42 ANDREW FRANKENBERGER (NR)
43 CORY ZEIDMAN (T453)
44 JUSTIN BONOMO (27)
45 OLIVER SPEIDEL (11)
46 MATT JUTTELSTAD (12)
47 BRENT HANKS (NR)
47 ASHKAN RAZAVI (T453)
47 CLIFFORD GOLDKIND (NR)
47 MAX STEINBERG (NR)

*LAST MONTH = Player Ranking
prior to start of 2012 WSOP




RANK | PLAYER | LAST MONTH*
47 DUNG NGUYEN (NR)
47 HENRY LU (NR)
47 WILL JAFFE (NR)
47 TOMAS JUNEK (NR)
47 DOMINIK NITSCHE (NR)
56 FARAZ JAKA (14)
56 FREDERIK JENSEN (19)
58 JASON KOON (T381)
59 RINAT BOGDANOV (15)
60 BARRY GREENSTEIN (392)
61 MATT MATROS (NR)
61 JOEY WEISSMAN (NR)
63 CRAIG MCCORKELL (T698)
64 TIMOTHY FINNE (NR)
65 LARRY WRIGHT (NR)
66 GREG OSTRANDER (NR)
67 VIACHESLAV ZHUKOV (NR)
68 BROCK PARKER (T150)
69 SEAN JAZAYERI (17)
70 BRANDON SCHAEFER (NR)
71 PANAYOTE VILANDOS (NR)
72 ROCH COUSINEAU (NR)
73 HERBERT TAPSCOTT (NR)
73 SIMON CHARETTE (NR)
73 STEVEN LOUBE (NR)
73 GREG HOBSON (NR)
77 BRIAN HASTINGS (NR)
78 YLON SCHWARTZ (NR)
79 DAVID ARSHT (NR)
80 NICK JIVKOV (NR)
81 JANNICK WRANG (21)
81 AUSTIN SCOTT (NR)
83 STEPHEN CHIDWICK (149)
84 JOSEPH CHEONG (NR)
85 TOM CHAMBERS (NR)
86 NAOYA KIHARA (NR)
87 DAVID SHALLOW (T22)
87 MORTEN CHRISTENSEN (T22)
87 SHAWN CUNIX (T22)
87 LEIF FORCE (NR)
87 BRIAN MEINDERS (NR)
87 RONNIE BARDAH (NR)
93 SHAWN BUCHANAN (T51)
94 ADAM FRIEDMAN (NR)
94 JOE CASSIDY (NR)
94 JAN-PETER JACHTMANN (NR)
94 KENNY HSUING (NR)
98 CLIFF JOSEPHY (36)
99 BENJAMIN SCHOLL (NR)
100 KENNII NGUYEN (NR)
100 BRANDON CANTU (NR)



JUNE QUADJACKS/PTPRPOKER PLAYER OF THE MONTH: JOHN MONNETTE


PHOTO CREDIT: WORLD SERIES OF POKER

2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Month for June | Powered by PTPRpoker

Three WSOP scores including a second bracelet victory in two years have earned John Monnette QuadJacks Poker Player of the Month - powered by PTPRpoker - honours for the month of June 2012.

JUNE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Monnette won Event #10 5K Seven-Card Stud at the World Series of Poker. He also posted scores in Event #15 5K Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better and Event #32 10K H.O.R.S.E.




JUNE TOURNAMENTS THAT QUALIFIED FOR PTPR POINTS: 66
Grand Slams - 0 | Premier - 44 | Tier 3 - 1 | Side - 2 | Challenger - 19

JUNE PLAYER OF THE MONTH STATS
John Monnette, 249 PTPR Points, 3 PTPR Scores

>> WSOP Event #10 5K Seven-Card Stud - 126 PTPR Points
>> WSOP Event #15 5K Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better - 47 PTPR Points
>> WSOP Event #32 10K H.O.R.S.E. - 76 PTPR Points

JUNE TOP 10
249 JOHN MONNETTE
194 PHIL IVEY
187 DAVID BAKER "ODB"
178 MICHAEL GATHY
176 VINCENT VAN DER FLUIT
174 PHIL HELLMUTH JR.
163 MICHAEL MIZRACHI
145 NEIL WILKERSON
145 CARTER PHILLIPS
145 ROCCO PALUMBO
145 ASHKAN RAZAVI
145 CLIFFORD GOLDKIND
145 MAX STEINBERG
145 DUNG NGUYEN
145 HENRY LU

MOST PTPR SCORES FOR JUNE 2012
A total of 768 different players scored PTPR Points in June, 108 of those players earned at least two scores for the month.

With five (5) scores at the WSOP, Phil Ivey earned the most PTPR Scores for the month. Konstantin Puchkov, Rep Porter and Scott Clements each collected four (4) Scores.

JUNE MOST PTPR SCORES
5 PHIL IVEY
4 KONSTANTIN PUCHKOV
4 REP PORTER
4 SCOTT CLEMENTS
3 JOHN MONNETTE
3 DAVID BAKER "ODB"
3 VINCENT VAN DER FLUIT
3 PHIL HELLMUTH JR.
3 TOM CHAMBERS
3 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI
3 JESSE MARTIN
3 MICHAEL CHOW
3 JEFFREY LISANDRO
3 BRYN KENNEY
3 JOSEPH CHEONG
3 BERTRAND GROSPELLIER "ElkY"
3 THIAGO NISHIJIMA
3 CALVIN ANDERSON
3 MICHAEL WATTEL "MIKE"
3 BRYAN DEVONSHIRE
3 EUGENE KATCHALOV

AT THIS POINT LAST SEASON (January to June 2011)
At this point as of June 2011, Jason Mercier had taken over the Player of the Year race. Mercier's NAPT Mohegan Sun and WSOP bracelet wins propelled him to first overall. Fellow Team PokerStras Pro Eugene Katchalov was just a few points behind Mercier.

Alessio Isaia, Bertrand Grospellier and Ali Eslami rounded-out the Top 5.

2011 Player of the Year Will Failla tied with Martin Jacobson for 79th on the overall leaderboard.

Here is a look at our 2011 Top 5, up to April 2011:

305 JASON MERCIER
299 EUGENE KATCHALOV
293 ALESSIO ISAIA
286 BERTRAND GROSPELLIER "ElkY"
281 ALI ESLAMI

MORE FROM THE VENETIAN DEEP STACK EXTRAVAGANZA ...


PHOTO: POKERNEWS.com

Here are the latest results (those that qualify for PTPR Points) from the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza, being played at the Palazzo.



1,100 NLH | 391 PLAYERS | 382K PRIZEPOOL
The UK's Richard Trigg over 91K USD for his victory in the 1,100 NLH event, picking up his first PTPR Points of the season along the way.

Trigg defeated Tyler Kenney heads-up.

1 Richard Trigg $ 91,863 (35 PTPR Points), 2 Tyler Kenney $ 55,734 (18), 3 Jared Ingles $ 37,322 (10), 4 Daniel Chan $ 26,030 (8), 5 Jason Lee $ 19,522 (5)

***

1,600 NLH | 385 PLAYERS | 557K PRIZEPOOL
French poker player Maxime Conte defeated New Jersey's Joseph Brand heads-up to win the 1,600 NLH event and over 133K USD along the way.

Mazin Khoury was third in the event while Leandro Csome was fifth.

1 Maxime Conte $ 133,794 (35), 2 Joseph Brand $ 81,169 (18), 3 Mazin Khoury $ 54,354 (10), 4 William Childs $ 37,909 (8), 5 Leandro Csome $ 28,431 (5)

***

2,600 NLH | 168 PLAYERS | 382K PRIZEPOOL
Saskatoon native Ryan Smith won the latest 2,500 buy-in event, defeating Carlos Sanchez of Venezuela heads-up.

Michael Shklover was third in the event while Olivier Busquet and Jonathan Jaffe finished in 6th and 7th places respectively.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Ryan Smith $103,194
Carlos Sanchez $64,210
Michael Shklover $38,984
Kevin Allen $28,665
Flavio Silva Dos Reis Juniar $21,403
Olivier Busquet $17,581
Jonathan Jaffe $15,479
Parkyu Cheung $13,568
Robert Jaenicke $11,466
Carla Solinas $9,173

RELATED POSTS
> SO FAR AT THE VENETIAN
> FERRERA WINS THE DSE!


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza
2,500 No-Limit Hold'Em
July 5-7, 2012

The Palazzo | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $2,600 | Prizepool: $382,200
Entries: 168

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
RYAN SMITH 35
CARLOS SANCHEZ 18
MICHAEL SHKLOVER 10
KEVIN ALLEN 8
FLAVIO SILVA DOS REIS JUNIAR 5


HACK WINS THE WYNN SUMMER CLASSIC


Micheal Hack won the Wynn Summer Classic on Friday, collecting his first PTPR Points of 2012 and collecting the biggest live tournament cash of his poker career.

Hack had earned over 100K in a Borgata series event back in 2009. He defeated Dennis Rubba heads-up.






FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
1 Michael Hack $125,103
2 Dennis Rubba $122,467
3 Miguel Cieri $70,949
4 Mark Herm $50,117
5 Jon Collado Fernandez $36,833
6 Kevin Zhang $27,172
7 Mitchell Johnson $20,530
8 Alessandro Sarro $15,699
9 Steven Buckner $12,680

RELATED POSTS
> BARON RETURNS TO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
2012 Wynn Summer Classic
No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
July 4-6, 2012

Wynn Las Vegas | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $2,600 | Prizepool: $603,825
Entries: 249

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MICHAEL HACK 35
DENNIS RUBBA 18
MIGUEL CIERI 10
MARK HERM 8
JON COLLADO FERNANDEZ 5


Sunday, July 8, 2012

2012 WSOP: DAY 42 RECAP - THE TAKEOVER TAKES OVER

PHOTO: WSOP


EVENT #60 |
10K 2-7 DRAW LOWBALL (NO-LIMIT) |
101 ENTRIES | 949K PRIZEPOOL


They don't call him "The Takeover" for nothing. When it comes to winning the 2-7 Draw Lowball 10K Championship, Nick Schulman (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 10th) knows what's going on.

After winning this event back in 2009, Schulman made it two wins in four years last night, earning his second WSOP bracelet.





The Takeover defeated Mike Wattel (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 122nd) heads-up while George Danzer (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-102nd), Benjamin Parker (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-541st), Ashton Griffin (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-688th), defending Champ John Juanda (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-526th) and Bob Bright (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-829th) were all part of the star-studded final table.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Nick Schulman $294,321
Mike Wattel $181,886
George Danzer $115,295
Benjamin Parker $78,088
Ashton Griffin $55,482
John Juanda $41,270
Bob Bright $32,080

RELATED POSTS
> NITSCHE NOTCHES A BIG ONE
> ZHUKOV SURVIVES
> MERSON MAKES IT QUICK
> BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINALE
> NOT THAT FAST! JAFFE WINS
> SELBST SKYROCKETS TO #2
> HOBSON EARNS THE BRACELET
> GRINDHOUSE, PART 2
> KOVALCHUK WINS AGAIN
> DAVID BAKERS RULE!
> GOOD GUY TRYBA WINS BIG
> SHAKE AND BAKES!
> CASSIDY-NGUYEN GO TO EXTRAS
> HELLMUTH LEGEND GROWS, EARNS #12
> MAKE IT TWO FOR MONNETTE
> CAZALS, MAD MARVIN MOVE UP
> BLOCH WINS BRACELET


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #60 : 10K 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
July 5-7, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $949,400
Entries: 101

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
NICK SCHULMAN 126
MIKE WATTEL 76
GEORGE DANZER 46
BENJAMIN PARKER 36
ASHTON GRIFFIN 31
JOHN JUANDA 26
BOB BRIGHT 26
ALI ESLAMI 11
LARRY WRIGHT 11
ANDY BLOCH 11
ERIK SEIDEL 11
JASON MERCIER 9
DANIEL NEGREANU 9
MARCO TRANIELLO 9


2012 WSOP: DAY 42 RECAP - NITSCHE NOTCHES A BIG ONE


EVENT #59 |
1K NO-LIMIT HOLD'EM |
4,620 ENTRIES | 1.56M PRIZEPOOL


A lot was expected from Dominik Nitsche (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-47th) in 2012 after he was named as the PTPRpoker Future Watch Player - the ONE to watch in 2012.

What had been a tough year for the German certainly turned into a great one last night. After six straight months with zero PTPR scores, Nitsche turned things around in a big way, collecting his first bracelet in his first visit to Las Vegas.

Just having turned 21, this is the first year that Nitsche was eligible to play the WSOP and all tournaments in the US.

Nitsche defeated Jonathan Hilton (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-151th) heads-up while Day 1 and Day 2 chip leader Alex Cordero (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-274th) was third.

It was s second PTPR Score this season for fifth place finisher Randolph Lanosga (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-226th).



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Dominik Nitsche $654,797
Jonathan Hilton $405,156
Alex Cordero $291,725
Sebastien Comel $215,592
Randolph Lanosga $160,665
Franklin Johnson $120,748
Martin Vallo $91,476
Jonathan Miller $69,896
Daniel Eichhorn $53,846

RELATED POSTS
> ZHUKOV SURVIVES
> MERSON MAKES IT QUICK
> BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINALE
> NOT THAT FAST! JAFFE WINS
> SELBST SKYROCKETS TO #2
> HOBSON EARNS THE BRACELET
> GRINDHOUSE, PART 2
> KOVALCHUK WINS AGAIN
> DAVID BAKERS RULE!
> GOOD GUY TRYBA WINS BIG
> SHAKE AND BAKES!
> CASSIDY-NGUYEN GO TO EXTRAS
> HELLMUTH LEGEND GROWS, EARNS #12
> MAKE IT TWO FOR MONNETTE
> CAZALS, MAD MARVIN MOVE UP
> BLOCH WINS BRACELET


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #59 : 1K No-Limit Hold'Em
July 4-7, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,000 | Prizepool: $1,566,000
Entries: 4,620

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DOMINIK NITSCHE 145
JONATHAN HILTON 95
ALEX CORDERO 65
SEBASTIEN COMEL 55
RANDOLPH LANOSGA 50
FRANKLIN JOHNSON 45
MARTIN VALLO 45
JONATHAN MILLER 30
DANIEL EICHORN 30
IAKOV ONUCHIN 30
JOSHUA PRAGER 30
HIEU NGUYEN 28
DANIEL THOMAS 28
YOAV TENENBAUM 28
JAMES TAYLOR 28
DAVID STEIRMAN 25
GYLBERT DROLET 25
WAYNE BROWN 25


Saturday, July 7, 2012

2012 WSOP: DAY 41 RECAP: ZHUKOV SURVIES COUSINEAU, BELL FOR THE WIN


EVENT #58 |
3K POT-LIMIT OMAHA HI-LO SPLIT-8 + |
526 ENTRIES | 1.43M PRIZEPOOL


It was a three-man affair that was finally won by the Russian as Viacheslav Zhukov (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 64th) defeated Canadian Roch Cousineau (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 69th) (one the revelations this Series) and the USA's Chris Bell (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-358th), a bracelet winner and veteran on the tournament trail in order to secure the bracelet.

With his fourth place finish in the event, David "ODB" Baker (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 7th) is back in the 2012 Player of the Year race.

Randy Ohel (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 30th), Yuval Bronshtein (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-240th) and Scotty Nguyen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-160th) all made a final table appearance Anthony Lellouche, Thomas Scarber, Kyle Bowker, Stephen Su and Mickey Appleman all finished in the Top 18.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Viacheslav Zhukov $330,277
Roch Cousineau $204,426
Chris Bell $135,858
David Baker $100,820
Randy Ohel $75,662
Yuval Bronshtein $57,339
Jack Ernest Ward $43,840
Scotty Nguyen $33,789

RELATED POSTS
> MERSON MAKES IT QUICK
JUNEK WINS BRACELET
> BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINALE
NOT THAT FAST! JAFFE WINS
> SELBST SKYROCKETS TO #2
> DANG WINS LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP
> HOBSON EARNS THE BRACELET
> GRINDHOUSE, PART 2
> KOVALCHUK WINS AGAIN
> DAVID BAKERS RULE!
> GOOD GUY TRYBA WINS BIG
> SHAKE AND BAKES!
> CASSIDY-NGUYEN GO TO EXTRAS
> HELLMUTH LEGEND GROWS, EARNS #12
> MAKE IT TWO FOR MONNETTE
> CAZALS, MAD MARVIN MOVE UP
> BLOCH WINS BRACELET


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #58 : 3K PLO Hi-Low Split-8 +
July 3-6, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $3,000 | Prizepool: $1,435,980
Entries: 526

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
VIACHESLAV ZHUKOV 130
ROCH COUSINEAU 80
CHRIS BELL 50
DAVID BAKER "ODB" 40
RANDY OHEL 35
YUVAL BRONSHTEIN 30
JACK ERNEST WARD 30
SCOTTY NGUYEN 15
JUAN RAMIREZ 15
DANIEL MCNALLY 15
FELICIA JOHNICO 15
BINH NGUYEN 13
DEXTER MCNALLY 13
ANTHONY LELLOUCHE 13
THOMAS SCARBER 13
KYLE BOWKER 10
STEPHEN SU 10
MICKEY APPLEMAN 10


Friday, July 6, 2012

2012 WSOP: DAY 40 RECAP - MERSON MAKES QUICK WORK OF LEHR IN EXTRA DAY


EVENT #57 |
10K NO-LIMIT HOLD'EM SIX-HANDED |
474 ENTRIES | 4.45M PRIZEPOOL


One hand is all it took for Greg Merson (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 27th) to win his first bracelet as an extra day of play was needed to determine a winner in the 10 NLH Six-Handed event.

Merson defeated Keith Lehr (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 167th) heads-up for the title and collects over 1.1M for his win.

Shannon Shorr (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-238th), Eddy Sabat (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-489th), Christopher Brammer (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-302nd) and Andrew Lichtenberger (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 101st) all final tabled the event.

Timothy Adams, Layne Flack, Tony Hachem, Andrea Dato, Daniel Sidelar, Jason Mercier, Carter Phillips, Frederik Jensen and Josh Brikis all finished in the Top 18.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Gregory Merson $1,136,197
Keith Lehr $701,757
Shannon Shorr $455,362
Eddy Sabat $300,753
Christopher Brammer $200,502
Andrew Lichtenberger $140,351

RELATED POSTS
JUNEK WINS BRACELET
> BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINALE
NOT THAT FAST! JAFFE WINS
> SELBST SKYROCKETS TO #2
> DANG WINS LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP
> HOBSON EARNS THE BRACELET
> GRINDHOUSE, PART 2
> KOVALCHUK WINS AGAIN
> DAVID BAKERS RULE!
> GOOD GUY TRYBA WINS BIG
> SHAKE AND BAKES!
> CASSIDY-NGUYEN GO TO EXTRAS
> HELLMUTH LEGEND GROWS, EARNS #12
> MAKE IT TWO FOR MONNETTE
> CAZALS, MAD MARVIN MOVE UP
> BLOCH WINS BRACELET


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #57 : 10K No-Limit Hold'Em Six-Handed
July 3-6, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $10,000 | Prizepool: $4,455,600
Entries: 474

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GREGORY MERSON 129
KEITH LEHR 79
SHANNON SHORR 49
EDDY SABAT 39
CHRISTOPHER BRAMMER 34
ANDREW LICHTENBERGER 29
TIMOTHY ADAMS 29
LAYNE FLACK 14
NICK MAIMONE 14
TONY HACHEM 14
STANISLAV BARSHAK 14
ANDREA DATO 12
DANIEL SINDELAR 12
JASON MERCIER 12
CARTER PHILLIPS 12
FREDERIK JENSEN 9
MARTIN RAUS 9
JOSH BRIKIS 9


Thursday, July 5, 2012

2012 WSOP: DAY 39 RECAP - JUNEK PUTS CZECH REPUBLICO ON THE BOARD


EVENT #56 |
1K NO-LIMIT HOLD'EM |
2,798 ENTRIES | 3.77M PRIZEPOOL


Congratulations to Tomas Juenk (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-42nd) of the Czech Republic for his NLH win in Event #56.

Junek defeated David Borg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-143rd) heads-up.

Former WSOP World Champion Peter Eastgate (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-316th) was fourth in the event while Donald Vogel (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-261st) and Bassel Moussa (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-677th) each made it to the final table.

Alexander Queen, Michael Graydon, Bastian Fischer, Sam Holden, Paul Vas Nunes and Randolph Lanosga all finished in the the Top 18.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Tomas Junek $661,022
David Borg $410,517
Donald Vogel $289,530
Peter Eastgate $209,111
Eliyahu Levy $152,867
Andrew Taylor $113,092
Steven Goldberg $84,649
Tomas Trampota $64,101
Bassel Moussa $49,105

RELATED POSTS
> BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINALE
NOT THAT FAST! JAFFE WINS
> SELBST SKYROCKETS TO #2
> DANG WINS LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP
> HOBSON EARNS THE BRACELET
> GRINDHOUSE, PART 2
> KOVALCHUK WINS AGAIN
> DAVID BAKERS RULE!
> GOOD GUY TRYBA WINS BIG
> SHAKE AND BAKES!
> CASSIDY-NGUYEN GO TO EXTRAS
> HELLMUTH LEGEND GROWS, EARNS #12
> MAKE IT TWO FOR MONNETTE
> CAZALS, MAD MARVIN MOVE UP
> BLOCH WINS BRACELET


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #56 : 1,500 No-Limit Hold'Em
July 2-4, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,500 | Prizepool: $3,777,300
Entries: 2,798

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
TOMAS JUNEK 145
DAVID BORG 95
DONALD VOGEL 65
PETER EASTGATE 55
ELIYAHU LEVY 50
ANDREW TAYLOR 45
STEVEN GOLDBERG 45
TOMAS TRAMPOTA 30
BASSEL MOUSSA 30
GIANLUCA MATTIA 30
ALEXANDER QUEEN 30
MICHAEL GRAYDON 28
DMITRI VALOUEV 28
BASTIAN FISCHER 28
CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL 28
SAM HOLDEN 25
PAUL VAS NUNES 25
RANDOLPH LANOSGA 25


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

2012 WSOP: BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP - A FINAL LOOK BACK


EVENT #55 |
1M BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP |
48 ENTRIES | 42.66M PRIZEPOOL


It was magic, and so very fitting that the Magician himself, Antonio Esfandiari, won the Big One for One Drop, in what will go down as the biggest and most prestigious tournament in poker history.

Esfandiari (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 11th) defeated young UK mega cash game/high buy-in master Sam Trickett (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-217th) heads-up. You may shocked to hear that this is the first time that Trickett has posted a PTPR-qualifying result in 2012 ... that's because Trickett has been busy taking on all comers in the biggest cash games in the world in Macau.

With his fourth place finish, Phil Hellmuth does exactly what he did last year at this time, that is enter the Top 10 for the season. Phil now stands in 8th position on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard - powered by PTPRpoker.




FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673
Sam Trickett $10,112,001
David Einhorn $4,352,000
Phil Hellmuth $2,645,333
Guy Laliberté $1,834,666
Brian Rast $1,621,333
Bobby Baldwin $1,408,000
Richard Yong $1,237,333
Mike Sexton $1,109,333

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PTPR PRELIM EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #55 : 1M Big One for One Drop
July 1-3, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,000,000 | Prizepool: $42,666,672
Entries: 48

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 125
SAM TRICKETT 75
DAVID EINHORN 45
PHIL HELLMUTH 35
GUY LALIBERTE 30
BRIAN RAST 25
BOBBY BALDWIN 25
RICHARD YONG 10
MIKE SEXTON 10


2012 WSOP: DAY 38 RECAP - NOT THAT FAST! JAFFE HAS TO WORK FOR BRACELET


EVENT #54 |
1K NO-LIMIT HOLD'EM |
3,221 ENTRIES | 2.89M PRIZEPOOL


William Jaffe (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-42nd) had hoped that his meaningful chip lead heading into extra day play in the latest 1K NLH event would help make today a walk in the park.

Well, things didn't go as planned as on one of the first hands of heads-up play, Jaffe's opponent, Luis Campelo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-142nd), spiked a miracle deuce on the river to make him trips, besting Jaffe's two pair ... the rail, filled with Brazilians - all here to support their countryman - erupted in celebration with cheers and chants. The players were now almost even in chips.

Jaffe, however, managed to get things back under control and eventually was able to eliminate Campelo and collect the bracelet!

WSOP Circuit Rincon Champion Joseph Kuether (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 104th) continued his strong 2012 campaign earning his fourth PTPR score of the season with his third place finish.

Brett Schwertley, Benjamin Volpe, David "Bakes" Baker and John Eames all earned Top 18 finishes in the event.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (USD)
Will Jaffe $500,075
Luis Campelo $309,429
Joseph Kuether $218,983
Nghi Van Tran $158,512
Ken Fishman $116,072
Jason Tompkins $85,981
Perati Muhamet $64,414
Benjamin Grise $48,788
Jeffrey Fielder $37,367

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PTPR PRELIM EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
Event #54 : 1K No-Limit Hold'Em
July 1-4, 2012

Rio All-Suite Hotel | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $1,000 | Prizepool: $2,898,900
Entries: 3,221

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
WILL JAFFE 145
LUIS CAMPELO 95
JOSEPH KUETHER 65
NGHI VAN TRAN 55
KEN FISHMAN 50
JASON TOMPKINS 45
PERATI MUHAMET 45
BENJAMIN GRISE 30
JEFFREY FIELDER 30
BRETT SCHWERTLEY 30
CARL LE 30
BENJAMIN VOLPE 28
DAVID BAKER "BAKES" 28
IAN CHAN 28
CLAYTON FLETCHER 28
ROBERT BROWN 25
DAVID SMART 25
JOHN EAMES 25


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

PTPRpokerLIVE: BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINAL FOUR


LIVE COVERAGE OF THE BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP

Congratulations to Antonio Esfandiari, the first-ever winner of The Big One for One Drop, a tremendous win for poker

Hand #14 Antonio raises to 1.7M, call. 5d Jd 5c, Antonio bets, Sam raises, AE re-raise for 10M ... Re-raise ... Antonio all-in!!!

6dQd for Trickett ... 5-7 for Antonio ... trips vs. flush draw ...

3 of hearts on the turn ... river is a 2 of hearts ... MAGIC MAN WINS!

Hand #13 Walk for Antonio

Hand #12 Antonio raise, call. 3-9-Q (two clubs). Antonio bets 2M, call. 5s. Sam bets, call. 9d. AE bets, Trickett calls Trip 9's for AE

Hand #11 A-8-2 two-heart board .. Sam bets, wins

Hand #10 Antonio raises, Sam folds

Hand #9 flop 4-2-K (two hearts) .. Sam bets, fold from the Magician

Hand #8 flop 6-10-9 check/check turn 10 - Trickett bets, Antonio folds

Hand #6 cont ... Trickett goes over the top all-in ... Antonio folds ... Hand #7 Antonio gets a walk

Hand #6 Antonio raises, Trickett with the re-raise ... Antonio RE-raises ...action to follow

Hand #5 Trickett wins

Hand #4 Esfandiari raises preflop for the win

Hand #3 Trickett wins on a 6-4-Q board

Hand #2 - Antonio wins uncontested

Hand #1 ... both players show 10-7 - split pot!

7:15pm PT
On the 6th hand Antonio raises, Trickett re-raises, Antonio RE-raises, Trickett all in, fold

7:08pm PT
CHIP COUNTS:
Esfandiari 102.4M
Trickett 41.5M

7:00pm PT
It's hard for ESPN and the WSOP to ask for a better heads-up matchup. Two young, good looking men with great personalities and fantastic poker results ... and both wearing shorts and flip flops!

6:54pm PT
Einhorn all-in ... Antonio K-10 to Einhorn's K-9 ... flop 9-10-6 (2 hearts) ... turn 3 of hearts (no hearts for either player) ... river Q ... Einhorn is eliminated

6:44pm PT
Play about to resume ...

CHIP COUNTS:
Esfandiari 88.3M
Trickett 42.8M
Einhorn 12.8M

6:38pm PT
Five-minute bathroom break ... or is it?

6:34pm PT
Hellmuth all-in A10 v AQ ... flop A-10-5 flush draw for Trickett ... K on the turn ... Jack on the river to eliminated Phil Hellmuth in fourth position

6:30pm PT
Final four play begins.

CHIP COUNTS:
Esfandiari 87.3M
Trickett 34.5M
Einhorn 13.8M
Hellmuth 8.2M


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PTPRpokerLIVE: BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINAL TABLE 8TH to 5TH


LIVE COVERAGE OF THE BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP

6:22pm PT
Guy all-in, Antonio calls ... Guy: QQ, Antonio AK suited >> 7-J-2-K-4 on the river. Mr. Guy Laliberte is out of this tournament.

6:18pm PT
Level 22 ... Blinds 400K/800K with a 100K ante

6:09pm PT
With a 2-K-7 (2 hearts) board, Antonio check to Trickett who bets ... turn 8 of spades check - bet - call ... river queen of hearts ACTION card ... Trickett not able to pull the trigger on the river ... Antonio shows AK to win! Trickett had 8-9.

Looks like we have a new chip leader!

5:35pm PT
Three players in the hand on a 4-3-8 all hearts flop. Esfandiari checks, Trickett bets, Rast calls, Esfandiari folds.

Turn 10 of spades - Sam bets, Rast calls.

River 3 of spades, action on Trickett - all in and a call.

WOW! Quad threes for Trickett, Rast flopped a flush ... Rast is out!!

5:27pm PT
What a fold by Trickett! Einhorn raises in early position. Trickett, the last to act, tank-folds 99 ... Einhorn shows KK

5:23pm PT
Friendly game of poker going on ... players involved in a pot showing their cards after every hand

5:04pm PT
Level 21 begins ... Blinds 300K/600K with a 75K ante

4:54pm PT
First hand all-in! Laliberte JJ ... Baldwin A10 ... 7-10-8-Q-7 > Bobby Baldwin out in 7th position

4:52pm PT
We are back! 17 minutes remain in the current level

4:41pm PT
Players about to be re-introduced (with showgirls!) for the ESPN audience, we should be ready to go shortly

3:47pm PT
We are on break until 4:35pm PT so that ESPN can pickup the broadcast ... talk to you in a few!

3:40pm PT
Hellmuth trending: Phil starting to get aggressive and is picking up pots ... tv break

3:33pm PT
Action slow at the moment ... plenty of pre-flop raises without any action

2:55pm PT
On a 4-6-8 rainbow board ... Baldwin all-in with K9, called by Laliberte's 54 ... turn 5, river 7 ... Bobby hits the miracle straight and is still alive in this event!

2:49pm PT
The approx. chip counts following Rask's big win ...

Laliberte 19.7M, Rast 12.9M, Hellmuth 13.3M, Esfandiari 40.7M, Baldwin 5.4M, Trickett 36.8M, Einhorn 15M

2:46pm PT
Richard Yong all in for approx. 3M with A2 ... called by Brian Rast with a KJ ... King on the river and Yong is the first man out

2:35pm PT
Level 20 ... 250K/500K with a 50K Ante

2:35pm PT
Players are on a 15-minute break

2:21pm PT
David Einhorn just got a walk! Action is a little slow at the moment which is understandable given the circumstances

2:16pm PT
The Antonio Show ... using the power of the big stack, Antonio Esfandiari has won the last two pots without much effort

2:05pm PT
Short break in the action ... ESPN has bills to pay, you know!

1:54pm PT
Big decision here ... on a 3-5-9-10-K rainbow board, Einhorm bets out 1.5M, Hellmuth raises, Einhorn tanking for about five minutes ... folds

1:42pm PT
On a 5-6-7 board with two hearts, Antonio bets 2M+, Guy raises all-in ... Antonio tanking ... and folds

1:26pm PT
Einhorn AA, Esfandiari KK AIPF ... no help on the board, Einhorn doubles

1:08pm PT
Level 19 ... 200K/400K with a 50K Ante

1:08pm PT
Hellmuth with the change in eye-wear ... wonder if these sunglasses are luckier?

1:03pm PT
Brian Rast all-in on the second hand. Laliberte tanks and folds AQ face-up

12:58pm PT
Level 18 continues ... 150K/300K with a 50K Ante

12:52pm PT
Amazing player introductions - let's get this show on the road!


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2012 WSOP: BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP FINAL TABLE PREVIEW

WSOP.com

EVENT #55 |
1M BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP |
48 ENTRIES | 42.6M PRIZEPOOL










"Now, the time is now
We can still turn it around
Raise your voice like a weapon
Til' they fall to the ground

Light, let there be light
Without a shadow of doubt
We will fight tooth and nail until
Salvation is found"

- Viking Death Match, Billy Talent (2012 / Roadrunner)

It simply doesn't get any better than this. I am sitting about 10 feet away from 18 million dollars and the ESPN Mothership Stage where one of our final 8 participants in the biggest and most prestigious tournament in poker history, "The Big One for One Drop".

A dream final table awaits as Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte (the man who actually created this unique 1M buy-in event), Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Phill Hellmuth, Brian Rast and co. are here to put on a show!

And what a show we will have later today. Starting with the player introductions, highlighted by the Cirque du Soleil drummers, and then, cards will be in the air in what will be a life-changing moment to the one who wins this event.

SEAT 1 - GUY LALIBERTE | CANADA | Stack 21.7M
Founder, Cirque du Soleil/Founder OneDrop.org Canada

SEAT 2 - BRIAN RAST | USA | Stack 11.35M
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner; 2011 WSOP Players Champion

SEAT 3 - PHIL HELLMUTH | USA | Stack 10.925M
12-time WSOP bracelet winner; 1989 WSOP World Champion

SEAT 4 - ANTONIO ESFANDIARI | USA | Stack 39.925M
2004 WSOP bracelet winner; 2 WPT titles

SEAT 5 - BOBBY BALDWIN | USA | Stack 7.15M
Four-time WSOP bracelet winner; 1978 WSOP World Champion

SEAT 6 - SAM TRICKETT | UK | Stack 37M
Won Partouche Poker Main Event and Aussie Millions 100K High Rollers Championship in 2011; Close to 5M in 2011 earnings

SEAT 7 - RICHARD YONG | MALAYSIA | Stack 7.475M
Businessman; 4th in the Super High Rollers event at APT Manila

SEAT 8 - DAVID EINHORN | USA | Stack 8.375M
Hedge Fund Manager; Founder Greenlight Capital' 18th in 2006 WSOP Main Event


You can follow the live reports at www.PTPRpoker.com



Eric Danis
@PTPRpoker

Monday, July 2, 2012

PTPRpokerLIVE: BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP LEVEL 14-18


LIVE COVERAGE OF THE BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP

Your unofficial chip counts heading into tomorrow's final table:

Guy Laliberté 21.7M
Brian Rast 11.3M
Phil Hellmuth 10.9M
Antonio Esfandiari 40.5M
Bobby Baldwin 7.2M
Sam Trickett 36M
Richard Yong 7.4M
David Einhorn 8.3M

Talk to you all tomorrow!
Eric

11:58pm PT
Dream final table? Antonio, Rast, Hellmuth, Trickett et al! Esfandiari has just eliminated gentleman Mike Sexton

11:41pm PT
Trickett does it again ... Sam Trickett has eliminated Ilya Bulychev in 10th position. We have an official final table, all nine remaining players are in the money

11:22pm PT
THE FINAL TEN

Seat 1 Guy Laliberté
Seat 2 Brian Rast
Seat 3 Phil Hellmuth
Seat 4 Antonio Esfandiari
Seat 5 Mike Sexton
Seat 6 Bobby Baldwin
Seat 7 Ilya Bulychev
Seat 8 Sam Trickett
Seat 9 Richard Yong
Seat 10 David Einhorn

11:18pm PT
Philipp Gruissem is our 11th place finisher - done in at the hands of Sam Trickett who looks to have approx. 35M chips now. We are re-drawing the final 10

11:08pm PT
Level 18 - 150K/300K blinds, 50K ante

10:55pm PT
UPDATED SEAT DRAW/CHIP COUNTS:

TABLE 446
Einhorn 8.2M, Laliberté 26M, Baldwin 7.7M, Sexton 10.2M, Esfandiari 28.5M, Yong 7.5M

TABLE 447
Rast 13M, Hellmuth 8.1M, Trickett 27M, Gruissem 8.3M, Bulychev 3.1M

10:45pm PT
Break time

10:40pm PT
Sam Trickett spikes a jack on the river, Brandon Steven is your 12th place finisher

10:19pm PT
Back to back for Antonio. He eliminates Tom Marchese. Big Cheese is out in 13th place

10:16pm PT
It was a great run for Fred Banjout ... but, alas, it's over. Antonio's pocket Jacks hold against Banjout's pocket tens, 14th place for Banjout

10:05pm PT
Mike Sexton's kicker is better than Roland De Wolfe's kicker, De Wolfe eliminated in 15th position

9:57pm PT
Beware of the Brat! Phil Hellmuth doubles-up through Ilya Bulychev, he's not dead yet

9:45pm PT
Level 17 - 120K/240 blinds with a 40K ante

9:23pm PT
AJ suited loses to AK suited ... Cary Katz out in 16th place, Philipp Gruissem continues to build a castle

9:07pm PT
Two all-ins!!!

Bobby Baldwin doubles-up through Philipp Gruissem and Roland De Wolfe is saved by a miracle river (ace to give him two-pair; counter-fits the two-pair that Fred Banjout had flopped.

8:47pm PT
Double-up for Sexton. AIPF with pocket 4's - he survives much to the joy of Padraig Parkinson who just yelled from the crowd. Banjout was Sexton's opponent

8:45pm PT
And we're back ... Blinds are 100K/200K with a 30K Ante - Level 16

7:05pm PT
Back in about 85 minutes ... Sweet 16 action continues

7:05pm PT
Minutes before the dinner break - Bobby Baldwin is back in the game! Double-up vs. Rast as Rast's aces are no good, Baldwin (holding KQ) hits a King on the flop and another one on the river

6:48pm PT
After a short break, we are back in action ... here are the updated seat draws (with approx. chip counts)...

TABLE 446
Banjout 5.2M, Einhorn 6.9M, Laliberté 14.7M, De Wolfe 3.5M, Sexton 1.9M, Esfandiari 19.3M, Yong 10.1M, Marchese 4.8M

TABLE 447
Rast 20.5M, Hellmuth 9M, Steven 11.7M, Baldwin 2.1M, Trickett 15.6M, Katz 2.5M, Gruissem 9.4M, Bulychev 3.1M


6:40pm PT
Loto-Quebec's Haralabos Voulgaris is eliminated by fellow Canadian Guy Laliberte ... Guy turns a straight, both players all in, Haralabob's Queens are no good

We now redraw the final two tables

6:23pm PT
Sam Trickett has doubled-up through Antonio Esfandiari ... AK good vs. AQ

6:18pm PT
Ilya Bulychev was moved to Table 447 earlier (to balance the tables following Bill Perkins' elimination)

6:15pm PT
Talal Shakerchi's 9's cannot beat Guy Laliberte when an ace hits the board. Shakerchi is out in 18th position

6:11pm PT
Bill Perkins is out in 19th position

6:07pm PT
UPDATED SEAT ASSIGNMENTS:

TABLE 446
Gruissem, Hellmuth, Bulychev, De Wolfe, Banjout, Rast, Sexton

TABLE 447
Katz, Einhorn, Perkins, Marchese, Trickett, Esfandiari

TABLE 448
Shakerchi, Baldwin, Yong, Laliberté, Steven, Voulgaris

6:03pm PT
Blinds are up again! 80/160K blinds with a 20K ante

5:36pm PT
Pot of the tournament? Top 5 chip stacks collide as Jason Mercier's Kings are done in by Antonio's Aces. Mercier finishes in 20th position

5:23pm PT
Rick Solomon is the next one out. We are down to 20 players.

5:15pm PT
Brian Rast has lost an all-in race - I'm not kidding! Roland De Wolfe double through Rast as he hits a King, besting Rast's A-5 hand

4:59pm PT
We're a few minutes away from Level 14: 60K/120K/15K



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