Friday, August 31, 2012

STANLEY CHOI WINS MACAU HIGH STAKES CHALLENGE

PHOTO: POKERACE.com

The Star World Hotel and Casino hosted the inaugural 2M HKD buy-in (250K USD) Macau High Stakes Challenge on Friday. The event drew a total of 94 entries (73 players registered, 21 of them re-bought).

While many of the top / well-known high stakes poker players in the world entered the event, it's those that aren't in the poker world spotlight that stole the headlines on Friday as Stanley Choi (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-162nd) won the event, picking up over 50M HKD (almost 6.5M) for the victory.

John Juanda (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 250th), Sam Trickett (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-214th) and Phil Ivey (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 11th) all final tabled the event while Nicholas Wong, Tang Zheng, Philipp Gruissem and J.P. Kelly cashed in the event that carried a monster 23M USD prizepool.



EVENT PAYOUTS (HKD)
Stanley Choi HK$50,149,000
Zhu Guan Fai HK$33,737,000
Nicholas Wong HK$25,530,000
Tang Zheng HK$17,324,000
John Juanda HK$12,765,000
Lap Key Chan HK$9,574,000
Sam Trickett HK$7,750,000
Phil Ivey HK$6,383,000
Alan Sass HK$5,471,000
Philipp Gruissem HK$4,559,000
Di Van Hoang Dang HK$4,559,000
JP Kelly HK$4,559,000


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
MACAU HIGH STAKES CHALLENGE
NLH Super High Rollers
August 31, 2012

Star World Hotel | Macau
Buy-in: $237,875 | Prizepool: $23,512,950
Entries: 94

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
STANLEY CHOI 100
ZHU GUAN FAI 60
NICHOLAS WONG 35
TANG ZHENG 25
JOHN JUANDA 18
LAP KEY CHAN 10
SAM TRICKETT 8
PHIL IVEY 5
ALAN SASS 5


Thursday, August 30, 2012

WPT LEGENDS: HALE TO THE CHIEF - MONSTER CHIP STACK TOO MUCH FOR OPPONENTS

PHOTO: WPT.com

A few weeks after wins by big name pros Marvin Rettenmaier and Tony Gregg, relative unknown Josh Hale (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-91st) is the latest winner on the World Poker Tour.

Hale defeated 621 other competitors to win the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event at the famous Bicycle Casino, outside of Los Angeles.

Hale collects 500K USD for his efforts, eclipsing his previous tournament-best 35K USD score at the 1M Guarantee event at the Legends last season.


Second place finisher Max Steinberg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 9th) certainly made a game of it. The bracelet winner started final table play as one of the short stacks but built his chips up so much so that he started heads-up play as the leader.

The turning point came during hand #132 where Hale hit a river flush as both players had put all of their chips in the middle on the flop. Hale had his monster stack back and wouldn't surrender from that point.

It's not all bad news for Steinberg, first, he collects over 290K for a few days work - he also pushes Phil Ivey out of the Top 10 for Player of the Year, Steinberg sits ninth with only four months left to the season.


Three of the final table favourites were out of the event much earlier than most poker fans watching the live stream would have wanted as Jeff Madsen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 289th), Greg Mueller (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 39th) and Ali Eslami (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 167th) were the first three players eliminated on Wednesday.

Mueller enters the QJ Player of the Year Top 100 with his performance, in fact, Mueller cracks the Top 40 with his 36-point score.

The WPT makes their way to France next as the Grand Prix de Paris is fast approaching!



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Josh Hale $500,000
Max Steinberg $293,490
Raouf Malek $192,400
Ali Eslami $133,700
Greg Mueller $97,100
Jeff Madsen $75,400

RELATED POSTS
> HALE LEADS WPT LEGENDS FT
> WPT LEGENDS PLAYS DOWN TO FT
> THE THRILL OF VICTORY

DEFENDING CHAMPION
2011 PTPR Player of the Year:
Will Failla
2012 PTPR Points: 71

NEXT WPT EVENT
WPT Grand Prix de Paris
Aviation Club de France
September 10-15, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT Legends of Poker
NLH Main Event
August 24-29, 2012

Bicycle Casino | California
Buy-in: $3,700 | Prizepool: $2,111,690
Entries: 622

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JOSH HALE 131
MAX STEINBERG 81
RAOUF MALEK 51
ALI ESLAMI 41
GREG MUELLER 36
JEFF MADSEN 31
JIM WILLERSON 31
STEPHEN GRANER 16
JESSE MARTIN 16
ART ALANIZ 16
DAVID MARSHALL 16
CYRUS FARZAD 14
ALAN MYERSON 14
RAMZI SROUR 14
SAM BARNHART 14
ANTONIOS ROUNGERIS 11
EFREN ABUSTAN 11
JOSEPH CHEONG 11


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WPT LEGENDS: JOSH HALE LEADS AS WPT HOSTS STACKED FINAL TABLE

PHOTO: WPT.com

One thing is for sure - tonight's WPT Legends of Poker Final Table will not - ok, should not - dissapoint as some of poker's big hitters hope that this is their time to pickup a first WPT title at the Bicycle Casino near Los Angeles.

Josh Hale (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) refused to succumb to the veterans last night as we drew closer and closer to a final table. Hale - who will receive Player of the Year point for the first time of his career tonight - was the chip leader late last night and continued to pickup chips all the way through to the final whistle.

Hale will start the day with a +2:1 chip advantage over his second place opponent.

That man starting the day in second is no other than two-time WSOP bracelet winner Greg "FBT" Mueller (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-113th). Mueller had a good start to the WPT LAPC - the last time the WPT was in the Los Angeles area - but fizzled quickly and was unable to make the kind of noise he hopes to make tonight.

Mueller, who concentrates mostly on cash games when he's not spending his summers at the WSOP, is an accomplished tournament player nonetheless and could very well be the odds-on favourite to get things done later tonight.

Former WSOP Circuit Rincon Regional winner Ali Eslami (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 364th), two-time bracelet winner Jeff Madsen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 608th) and Max Steinberg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-53rd) (who owns a WSOP bracelet of his own) are three of the other major threats and are three other reasons that things should be very interesting once we shuffle up and deal.

A win for Steinberg would also catapult him into the QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Top 5.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS:
Seat 1 Max Steinberg 1,020,000
Seat 2 Jeff Madsen 1,030,000
Seat 3 Raouf Malek 3,130,000
Seat 4 Greg Mueller 3,490,000
Seat 5 Josh Hale 7,325,000
Seat 6 Ali Eslami 2,900,000

Blinds start at 30K/60K with a 10K ante.

We are moments away from final table play. WPT.com will provide "live" coverage (on a 30-minute delay) starting at 4:30pm PT.

So forget Big Brother, forget the NL and AL pennant races for a night and forget about the Theo Walcott rumours coming out of London and settle in and enjoy the action as Tony Dunst brings up live coverage from beautiful Bell Gardens.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $500,000
2nd $293,490
3rd $192,400
4th $133,700
5th $97,100
6th $75,400

RELATED POSTS
> WPT LEGENDS PLAYS DOWN TO FT
> THE THRILL OF VICTORY

DEFENDING CHAMPION
2011 PTPR Player of the Year:
Will Failla
2012 PTPR Points: 71

NEXT WPT EVENT
WPT Grand Prix de Paris
Aviation Club de France
September 10-15, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT Legends of Poker
NLH Main Event
August 24-29, 2012

Bicycle Casino | California
Buy-in: $3,700 | Prizepool: $2,111,690
Entries: 622

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 131
2nd place 81
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 36
6th place 31
JIM WILLERSON 31
STEPHEN GRANER 16
JESSE MARTIN 16
ART ALANIZ 16
DAVID MARSHALL 16
CYRUS FARZAD 14
ALAN MYERSON 14
RAMZI SROUR 14
SAM BARNHART 14
ANTONIOS ROUNGERIS 11
EFREN ABUSTAN 11
JOSEPH CHEONG 11


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WPT LEGENDS: FINAL 10 PLAYING DOWN TO A FINAL TABLE

PHOTO: WPT.com

While there isn't much in terms of experienced players, or at least players with major scores on the circuit, at the top of the WPT Legends of Poker Final 10 Leaderboard, the players currently under the average chip count totals total 5 WSOP bracelets and hope to turn things around as we play down to the WPT Final Table of six players tonight at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, minutes from Los Angeles.

Josh Hale is the current chip leader (as Level 25 wraps-up) with Jim Willerson and Raouf Malek following Hall in second and third place.

Next in line are two double WSOP bracelet winners (each did it in the same year): Jeff Madsen and Greg Mueller.

Both players usually play well in California tournaments ... Mueller actually held the overnight chip lead early at the WPT LAPC back in February.

Another bracelet winner, Max Steinberg is still in contention, as are former WSOP Circuit Rincon Regional Champion Ali Eslami and Jesse Martin.

622 players entered the event which started over the weekend creating a 2.1M+ prizepool with a cool 500K USD going to the winner!

UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS (as of 6:30PM PT)
Josh Hale 4,835,000
Jim Willerson 3,390,000
Raouf Malek 3,370,000
Jeff Madsen 1,480,000
Greg Mueller 1,160,000
Max Steinberg 1,130,000
Art Alaniz 1,085,000
Ali Eslami 1,000,000
Jesse Martin 655,000
Stephen Graner 580,000



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $500,000
2nd $293,490
3rd $192,400
4th $133,700
5th $97,100
6th $75,400
7th $60,400
8th $49,800
9th $40,400
10th $32,000

RELATED POSTS
> THE THRILL OF VICTORY

DEFENDING CHAMPION
2011 PTPR Player of the Year:
Will Failla
2012 PTPR Points: 71

NEXT WPT EVENT
WPT Grand Prix de Paris
Aviation Club de France
September 10-15, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT Legends of Poker
NLH Main Event
August 24-29, 2012

Bicycle Casino | California
Buy-in: $3,700 | Prizepool: $2,111,690
Entries: 622

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 131
2nd place 81
3rd place 51
4th place 41
5th place 36
6-7th place 31
8th place 16
9-10th place 16
DAVID MARSHALL 16
CYRUS FARZAD 14
ALAN MYERSON 14
RAMZI SROUR 14
SAM BARNHART 14
ANTONIOS ROUNGERIS 11
EFREN ABUSTAN 11
JOSEPH CHEONG 11


EPT BARCELONA: KENNEY'S WIN CLOSES OUT BARCA

While one of Spain's heroes/part-time poker player (Sergio Garcia) is catching fire on the PGA tour at the right time with the Ryder Cup around the corner and another hero/part-time poker player (Rafael Nadal) out of the US Open, the final major of the tennis season, due to injury, Spain was unable to find a hero at EPT Barcelona - a player from Spain has never won a EPT Main Event - but Barcelona should still hold its head high for hosting such a fantastic Poker Festival - Barca has certainly become one of the "must attend" stops on the poker circuit.

American Bryn Kenney (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 17th) wrapped-up EPT Barcelona with a win in the 5K NLH Six-Max Turbo event, collecting over 80K EURO for the win. Kenney and second-place finisher Nikolaus Jedlicka (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-300th) struck a deal while heads-up and Jedlicka will actually take home more money than Kenney, despite his second place finish.

Steve O'Dwyer (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-40th) earned his fourth PTPR Score of 2012, finishing in 3rd position. O'Dwyer, who was on the Top 100 bubble, jumped into the Top 50 with his score.

Daniel Stern and Jussi Nevalinna also cashed in the event that drew a total of 62 players taking one last shot at glory in Barcelona.

PokerStars now have their eyes set on WCOOP - The World Championship of Online Poker - which begin on Sunday ... then, PokerStars and the EPT make their way to San Remo for what should be another extremely successful tour stop.



PAYOUTS (EURO)
1. Bryn Kenney €83,000
2. Nikolaus Jedlicka €88,400
3. Steve O'Dwyer €39,090
4. Daniel Stern €28,570
5. Antonio Palma €21,050
6. Edward Khebzou €15,030
7. Jussi Nevanlinna €13,530
8. Jonas Becker €12,030

RELATED POSTS
> SPANISH SHOCKER IN BARCA
> POLITO WINS HR
> NO RESOLUTION AT HR
> DAMYANOV PEEVSK WINS SIDE
> ANOTHER UNKNOWN LEADS BARCA
> DUDA DOMINATES ON DAY 3
> GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Roberto Romanello
2012 PTPR Points: 42

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
5K NLH Turbo Six-Max
August 25, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $6,280 | Prizepool: $377,740
Entries: 62

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BRYN KENNEY 100
NIKOLAUS JEDLICKA 60
STEVE O'DWYER 35
DANIEL STERN 25
ANTONIO PALMA 18
EDWARD KHEBZOU 10
JUSSI NEVALINNA 8
JONAS BECKER 5


Saturday, August 25, 2012

EPT BARCELONA: SPANISH SHOCKER - POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS


For a while on Saturday, Finnish rising star Joni Jouhkimainen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 84th) - who began final table play as the short stack - was pitching a perfect game, he was making the correct reads, raising at opportune times, folding when most would not have had the guts to.

The Finn found himself with 75% of the chips and it looked like a no-brainer, Jouhkimainen would be earning his tournament victory on a major poker circuit ... well, sometimes things don't go as planned.

But two hands in a small span of time did Jouhkimainen in. He first called Mikalai Pobal's all-in - his ace-jack was never able to get there against Pobal's 88.

Then, it was an all-Finn showdown versus Ziigmund. Jouhkimainen held Kings to Sahamies' 87 on a 8-J-7 rainbow board. The turn and river wouldn't help Jouhkimainen. Joni still held the chip lead at that point, but, it sure did look as if these were two signs of what was to come as a few hours later he was on the rail.

Mikalai Pobal (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-76th) eventually outlasted the two Finns - who appeared to have shared a couple of drinks during the dinner break ... one wonders if that affected their performance at the final table post-meal - Pobal takes home over 1M EURO for his big victory.

Ziigmund (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-132nd) was the runner-up here at EPT Barcelona. It sure was great to see Ziigmund back on the circuit.

John Juanda (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-359th) suffered a sick end to his tournament. Juanda, who came into today's final table as one of the favourites, was the first player ousted from final table play.



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Mikalai Pobal € 1,007,550
Ilari Sahamies € 629,700
Joni Jouhkimainen € 404,050
Anaras Alekberovas € 301,750
Samuel Rodriguez € 230,900
Sinel Anton € 178,400
Antonin Duda € 125,950
John Juanda € 76,100

RELATED POSTS
> POLITO WINS HR
> NO RESOLUTION AT HR
> DAMYANOV PEEVSK WINS SIDE
> ANOTHER UNKNOWN LEADS BARCA
> DUDA DOMINATES ON DAY 3
> GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Martin Schleich
2012 PTPR Points: 0

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
NLH Main Event
August 19-25, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $6,235 | Prizepool: $6,544,930
Entries: 1,082

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MIKALAI POBAL 135
ILARI SAHAMIES 85
JONI JOUHKIMAINEN 55
ANARAS ALEKBEROVAS 45
SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ 40
SINEL ANTON 35
ANTONIN DUDA 35
JOHN JUANDA 20
OLE SCHEMION 20
MORTEN MORTENSEN 20
JONATHAN KARAMALIKIS 20
MIKOLAJ ZAWADZKI 18
ALEX CASALS 18
AKU JOENTAUSTA 18
ELIAS GUTIERREZ HERNANDEZ 18
FATIMA MOREIRA DE MELO 15
JAVIER PIAZUELO 15
MAURO CANAVESE 15


EPT BARCELONA: POLITO WINS HIGH ROLLERS, BILOKUR MOVES UP THE RANKINGS


A day after a marathon session where we weren't able to get down to our final table of 8, the remaining 12 players in the High Rollers event were back at it on Saturday and this time, it didn't take long at all to trigger the action.

Within the first 90 minutes of play, the first five players (including Jonathan Duhamel and Andrew Lichtenberger) had hit the rail ... ElkY wasn't far behind them.


Ultimately, Laurent Polito (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 123rd) and Leonid "Alex" Bilokur (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 24th) duked it out for all the marbles with Polito coming out on top in the end.

For Bilokur, it was a second shot at a major High Rollers title on the EPT circuit in 2012 - he won the 25K HR at the PCA in the Bahamas.

German pro Tobias Renkemeier (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 129th), who like Bilokur has had a lot of success in High Roller events, started the day as the chip leader, but, wasn't able to do better than third on Saturday.



PAYOUTS (EURO)
Laurent Polito 270,229
Alex Bilokur 295,451
Tobias Reinkemeier 119,660
Stanislav Labutkin 95,180
Carlos Mora 73,430
Jean-Noel Thorel 54,390
Bertrand Grospellier 43,150
Joao Vieira 32,630
Kristijonas Andrulis 27,190
Jonathan Duhamel 27,190
Andrew Lichtenberger 24,470
Gurgen Melkonyan 24,470

RELATED POSTS
> NO RESOLUTION AT HR
> ZIIGMUND THE MAN TO BEAT
> DAMYANOV PEEVSK WINS SIDE
> ANOTHER UNKNOWN LEADS BARCA
> DUDA DOMINATES ON DAY 3
> GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Philipp Gruissem
2012 PTPR Points: 36


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
NLH 10K High Rollers
August 23-25, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $12,565 | Prizepool: $1,366,710
Entries: 111

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
LAURENT POLITO 101
LEONID BILOKUR "ALEX" 61
TOBIAS REINKEMEIER 36
STANISLAV LABUTKIN 26
CARLOS MORA 19
JEAN-NOEL THOREL 11
BERTRAND GROSPELLIER 9
JOAO VIEIRA 6
KRISTIJONAS ANDRULIS 6

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


Friday, August 24, 2012

EPT BARCELONA: NO RESOLUTION - BIG NAMES BACK FOR HIGH ROLLERS FINAL TABLE


We were hoping for the final table participants in the 10K High Rollers event at EPT Barcelona would be known but, after a looooong day, we still have 12 players remaining and we're done for the night.

Final day play is set for Saturday where we will be playing down to a winner ... no matter how long it takes!




Leading the charge is High Rollers veteran Tobias Reinkemeier (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-225th). Reinkemeier has plenty of big High Stakes cashes to his name, he most recently finished second to Justin Bonomo in the 100K buy-in Super High Rollers event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

Trailing Reinkemeier is the defending EPT PCA 25K High Rollers champion Leonid "Alex" Bilokur (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 120th).

The rest of the list is full of big names including ElkY (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-20th), Andrew Lichtenberger (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 112th) and the man who held the #1 rank for a large part of 2012 Jonathan Duhamel (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 5th).

FINAL DAY CHIP COUNTS
Tobias Reinkemeier 714,000
Alex Bilokur 673,000
Laurent Polito 647,000
Jean Noel Thorel 615,000
Kristijonas Andrulis 495,000
Stanislav Labutkin 494,000
Bertrand Grospellier 468,000
Andrew Lichtenberger 352,000
Jonathan Duhamel 335,000
Carlos Mora 300,000
Joao Vieira 245,000
Gurgen Melkonyan 218,000



PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 € 359,000
2 € 206,680
3 € 119,660
4 € 95,180
5 € 73,430
6 € 54,390
7 € 43,150
8 € 32,630
9-10 € 27,190
11-12 € 24,470

RELATED POSTS
> ZIIGMUND THE MAIN TO BEAT
> DAMYANOV PEEVSK WINS SIDE
> ANOTHER UNKNOWN LEADS BARCA
> DUDA DOMINATES ON DAY 3
> GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Philipp Gruissem
2012 PTPR Points: 36


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
NLH 10K High Rollers
August 23-25, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $12,565 | Prizepool: $1,366,710
Entries: 111

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

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


EPT BARCELONA: ZIIGMUND THE MAN TO BEAT AS FINAL TABLE IS SET


We were nine-handed for what seemed like an eternity on Friday as no one refused to lose, with a spot at the EPT Barcelona final table on the line.

While no one refused to lose, one familiar face took advantage of a few opportunities and now stands as the man to beat as final table play is set for Saturday at Casino di Barcelona ... that man is online nosebleed master Ziigmund, Ilari Sahamies (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-945th).

Ziigmund will start the day with over 7.8M chips on Saturday, about 1.4M chips ahead of PokerStars qualifier - and Day 4 chip leader - Samuel Rodriguez (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR).

Day 3 chip leader Antonin Duda (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR), five-time bracelet winner John Juanda (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-587th) as well as European Masters of Poker Lisbon winner Joni Jouhkimainen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 224th) are some of the other participants who will be looking for their first EPT Title on Saturday.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1 Anaras Alekberovas 4,430,000
Seat 2 Ilari Sahamies 7,885,000
Seat 3 Antonin Duda 3,445,000
Seat 4 Samuel Rodriguez 6,450,000
Seat 5 John Juanda 1,890,000
Seat 6 Joni Jouhkimainen 1,510,000
Seat 7 Mikalai Pobal 4,410,000
Seat 8 Sinel Anton 2,355,000

Some big name players were eliminated on Friday but they were able to improve their positions on the QuadJacks Player of the Year Leaderboard...

Ole Schemion (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 164th) was the final table bubble boy. Schemion has won 1K NLH Side Events at back-to-back EPT Berlin festivals.

Morten Mortensen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 278th), Jonathan Karalamikis (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-295th) and Fatima Moreira De Melo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1291st) also collected PTPR Points in the event.

Lucille Cailly, Roberto Romanello and Alain Roy were also eliminated during Day 5 play.

CATCH ALL THE ACTION
Coverage of the final table will be shown live-to-tape (with delay) over at www.PokerStars.tv.



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 € 1,007,550
2 € 629,700
3 € 404,050
4 € 301,750
5 € 230,900
6 € 178,400
7 € 125,950
8 € 76,100

RELATED POSTS
> DAMYANOV PEEVSK WINS SIDE
> ANOTHER UNKNOWN LEADS BARCA
> DUDA DOMINATES ON DAY 3
> GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Martin Schleich
2012 PTPR Points: 0

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
NLH Main Event
August 19-25, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $6,235 | Prizepool: $6,544,930
Entries: 1,082

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 135
2nd position 85
3rd position 55
4th position 45
5th position 40
6-7th position 35
8th position 20
OLE SCHEMION 20
MORTEN MORTENSEN 20
JONATHAN KARAMALIKIS 20
MIKOLAJ ZAWADZKI 18
ALEX CASALS 18
AKU JOENTAUSTA 18
ELIAS GUTIERREZ HERNANDEZ 18
FATIMA MOREIRA DE MELO 15
JAVIER PIAZUELO 15
MAURO CANAVESE 15


Thursday, August 23, 2012

EPT BARCELONA: DAMYANOV PEEVSK WINS 2K SIDE EVENT


Ivaylo Damyanov Peevsk (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) survived a 261-player field to win a 2K NLH Side Event at EPT Barcelona on Wednesday.

While most eyes were on the Main Event, Damyanov Peevsk was busy fending off several game opponents on his way to his first PTPR Points of 2012.




Third place finisher Scott Seiver (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) was happy with the money collected in the event, that gave him some extra cash as many pros made their way to the El Classico clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona (Barca won 3-2 in the first leg of the 2012 Supercopa de Espana for those who wanted to know) Thursday.

Seiver is the 2011 WPT World Champion and the defending PartyPoker Premier League Champion.

Stephane Benadiba (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR), who final tabled the France Poker Series Finale in Paris in February of 2011, finished in seventh position while Walid Bou-Habib (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR), who recently scored at the WPT Merit Classic, finished in 8th position.

Mike Watson, Govert Metaal, Zoltan Szabo, Andrew Lichtenberger and Kyle Wilson all cashed in the event.



TOP 15 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1. Ivaylo Damyanov Peevski €141,800
2. Roland Bachmann €75,950
3. Scott Seiver €45,630
4. Petar Kochev €35,450
5. Ramin Hajiyev €27,850
6. Peter Bosen €22,780
7. Stephane Benadiba €17,720
8. Walid Bou-Habib €12,660
9. Nikolaus Jedlicka €10,120
10. Mike Watson €10,120
11. Gurgen Melkonyan €8,600
12. Christopher Pereirra €8,600
13. Salman Behbehani €7,590
14. Joao Ribeiro €7,590
15. Govert Metaal €6,580

RELATED POSTS
> ANOTHER UNKNOWN LEADS BARCA
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> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
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> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Alexander Vaserfirer
2012 PTPR Points: 0


PTPR SIDE EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
NLH 2K Side Event
August 21-22, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $2,700 | Prizepool: $636,165
Entries: 261

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
IVAYLO DAMYANOV PEEVSKI 75
ROLAND BACHMANN 40
SCOTT SEIVER 25
PETAR KOCHEV 15
RAMIN HAJIYEV 10
PETER BOSEN 8
STEPHANE BENADIBA 5
WALID BOU-HABIB 5
NIKOLAUS JEDLICKA 5

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


EPT BARCELONA: ANOTHER UNKNOWN LEADS AS WE HIT THE FINAL THREE TABLES


It's getting down to the nitty gritty in Barcelona. When we post our next report, the final table participants will be known ... for now, it's down to three tables with a second unknown online qualifier leading the charge.

One day after Antonin Duda took Barcelona by storm, it's PokerStars online qualifier Samuel Rodriguez' (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) time to shine.



Rodriguez - who was second after Day 3 play - nearly quadrupled his chip stack on Thursday, becoming the only player left in the field with more than 3.1M in chips ... he in fact has more than 5.3M chips.

Sitting behind Rodriguez in the standings is colourful Aussie poker pro Jonathan Karamalikis (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-458th). Better known to most by his online poker and Twitter handle xMonsterxDongx, Karamalikis will certainly be looking to his vast poker experience to guide his to a final table on Friday.

There are still a bunch of other top players still alive as we play down to the first final table this season on the European Poker Tour. Lead by two former former EPT Champs (Morten Mortensen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-435th) and Roberto Romanello (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-501st)) and a Olympic Gold Medalist (Fatima Moreira de Melo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR)) and other notables Cailly, Schemion, Juanda, Roy, Sahamies and Jouhkimainen, we are certainly looking at one of the best Final 24 fields in EPT history.

FINAL 24 SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS

TABLE - SEAT - PLAYER - CHIP STACK
1 1 Lucille Cailly 1,431,000
1 2 Antonin Duda 2,054,000
1 3 Ole Schemion 1,571,000
1 4 Javier Piazuelo 1,256,000
1 5 Jonathan Karamalikis 3,085,000
1 6 Morten Mortensen 392,000
1 7 Alex Casals 731,000
1 8 John Juanda 1,644,000

2 1 Saveikis Algirdas 488,000
2 2 Alain Roy 445,000
2 3 Mauro Canavese 1,026,000
2 4 Ilari Sahamies 1,040,000
2 5 Fatima Moreira de Melo 805,000
2 6 Mikolaj Zawadzki 1,006,000
2 7 Luis Rufas 405,000
2 8 Elias Gutierrez Hernandez 1,290,000

3 1 Ibon Merino Borbolla 615,000
3 2 Joni Jouhkimainen 1,161,000
3 3 Aku Joentausta 1,015,000
3 4 Anton Sinel 1,974,000
3 5 Anaras Alekberovas 685,000
3 6 Mikalai Pobal 2,745,000
3 7 Roberto Romanello 497,000
3 8 Samuel Rodriguez 5,330,000

NOTABLE DAY 4 PLAYER ELIMINATIONS

Ilan Boujenah, Zimnan Ziyard, Leo Margots, Andrey Zaichenko, Konstantin Puchkov and Matthias de Meulder.



REMAINING PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 € 1,007,550
2 € 629,700
3 € 404,050
4 € 301,750
5 € 230,900
6 € 178,400
7 € 125,950
8 € 76,100
9-10 € 55,100
11-12 € 46,700
13-14 € 40,400
15-16 € 34,650
17-24 € 29,400

RELATED POSTS
> DUDA DOMINATES ON DAY 3
> GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Martin Schleich
2012 PTPR Points: 0


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
NLH Main Event
August 19-25, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $6,235 | Prizepool: $6,544,930
Entries: 1,082

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 135
2nd position 85
3rd position 55
4th position 45
5th position 40
6-7th position 35
8-11th position 20
12-15th position 18
16-18th position 15

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

EPT BARCELONA: GRISHIN WINS ESTRELLAS HIGH ROLLERS


Dmitry Grishin won the Estrellas Poker Tour High Rollers NLH Event earlier this week. The ESPT is celebrating its end to Season 3 as part of the EPT Barcelona Poker Festival.

Grishin (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-246th) defeated Christopher Andler heads-up.

Euro Masters Lisbon winner Joni Jouhkmainen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 223rd) finished third in the event while LAPT Punta del Este runner-up Angel Guillen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-823rd) was fifth.

Kevin MacPhee (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1033rd), Zoltan Szabo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1019th) and Jonathan Karamalikis (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-458th) all final tabled the high rollers event.

Dan Shak, Jason Duval, and a pair of EPT Champions - David Vamplew (EPT London 2010) and Sandra Naujoks (EPT Dortmund 2009) - all cashed in the event.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1. Dmitry Grishin €77,210
2. Christopher Andler €62,000
3. Joni Jouhkimainen €56,000
4. Fabrice Maltez €39,000
5. Angel Guillen €22,400
6. Kevin MacPhee €17,750
7. Zoltan Szabo €13,500
8. Jonathan Karamalikis €10,030
9. Cayetano Garcia €7,710
10. Julien Alberola €7,710

RELATED POSTS
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> GONZALEZ WINS SAN SEBASTIAN
> HOBSON WINS WSOP ANTE-ONLY

NEXT ESPT EVENT
Season 4 Events TBA


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
ESTRELLAS POKER TOUR
ESPT Barcelona
NLH High Rollers
August 18-19, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $2,505 | Prizepool: $483,390
Entries: 215

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DMITRY GRISHIN 75
CHRISTOPHER ANDLER 40
JONI JOUHKIMAINEN 25
FABRICE MALTEZ 15
ANGEL GUILLEN 10
KEVIN MACPHEE 8
ZOLTAN SZABO 5
JONATHAN KARAMALIKIS 5
CAYETANO GARCIA 5


EPT BARCELONA: DUDA DOMINATES DAY 3 HEADLINES


While we have several interesting names still alive at EPT Barcelona, it's the name Duda that grabbed most of the headlines on Tuesday.

With only 61 of the original 1,082 still in contention in the Main Event, online qualifier Antonin Duda (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) is the man to beat as players prepare for what should be an action-packed Day 4 in Barcelona.



While Duda had most of the poker world buzzing, other name players are hoping that EPT Barcelona is theirs for the taking ...

The man known to most of the poker world as Zigmund, Ilari Sahamies (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-940th), is third in chips heading into Wednesday play. Zigmund is no stranger to huge moments (although they usually happen in NLH cash games, at nosebleed stakes).

Right behind Sahamies is poker superstar John Juanda (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-582nd). Juanda, a five-time WSOP bracelet winner, has had success on the European Poker Tour. He finished second to David Vamplew at EPT London in 2010.

2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Fatima Moreira de Melo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) closes out the Top 5. The three-time Olympian (field hockey, Netherlands) will certainly be playing at a Championship level on Wednesday.

EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 198th) and EPT Grand Final runner-up Lucille Cailly (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 163rd) both hold Top 10 chip stacks.


NOTABLE PLAYERS : DAY 4

Antonin Duda 1,470,000
Samuel Rodriguez 1,416,000
Ilari Sahamies 1,269,000
John Juanda 968,000
Fatima Moreira De Melo 955,000
Zimnan Ziyard 940,000
Marcos Fernandez 926,000
Lucille Cailly 902,000
Ole Schemion 762,000
Jonathan Karamalikis 677,000
Roberto Romanello 671,000
Alain Roy 562,000
Morten Mortensen 543,000
Ilan Boujenah 329,000
Leo Margets 250,000
Konstantin Puchkov 197,000
Matthias De Meulder 116,000



REMAINING PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 € 1,007,550
2 € 629,700
3 € 404,050
4 € 301,750
5 € 230,900
6 € 178,400
7 € 125,950
8 € 76,100
9-10 € 55,100
11-12 € 46,700
13-14 € 40,400
15-16 € 34,650
17-24 € 29,400
25-32 € 24,650
33-40 € 20,000
41-56 € 16,800
57-61 € 14,150

RELATED POSTS
> GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!
> SABATO WINS ESTRELLAS
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Martin Schleich
2012 PTPR Points: 0


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
NLH Main Event
August 19-25, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $6,235 | Prizepool: $6,544,930
Entries: 1,082

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 135
2nd position 85
3rd position 55
4th position 45
5th position 40
6-7th position 35
8-11th position 20
12-15th position 18
16-18th position 15

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


Monday, August 20, 2012

WSOPC BILOXI: FIVE ALIVE - CARTWRIGHT WINS FIFTH CIRCUIT RING


Kyle Cartwright (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-76th) sure is a fan of the World Series of Poker Circuit! After four previous Circuit event victories, Cartwright has added a fifth ring, filling up a hand full of jewelry.




Cartwright's latest victory came earlier today during the WSOP Circuit Biloxi Main Event, at the IP Casino in Mississippi.

With his third place finish, John Dolan (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-76th), moves back into the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Top 20, sitting in 18th position, just one point behind WSOP bracelet winner Aubin Cazals.

Meanwhile, Cory Wood (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-76th), who scored points in 2011 during the WSOP, finished fourth in this event.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Kyle Cartwright $107,992
Brad Johnson $66,744
John Dolan $48,429
Cory Wood $35,730
Jesus Cabrera $26,798
Dennis Pasentine $20,421
Tony Hatley $15,804
Peter Shashy $12,420
Patrick Eskandar $9,909

RELATED POSTS
> CARTWRIGHT WINS CIRCUIT STL
> MONROE WINS WSOP CIRCUIT BILOXI
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DEFENDING CHAMPION
Jerry Monroe
2012 PTPR Points: 0


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WORLD SERIES OF POKER CIRCUIT
WSOP Circuit Biloxi
NLH Main Event
August 18-20, 2012

IP Biloxi | Mississippi
Buy-in: $1,675 | Prizepool: $450,000
Entries: 300

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
KYLE CARTWRIGHT 35
BRAD JOHNSON 18
JOHN DOLAN 10
CORY WOOD 8
JESUS CABRERA 5

NEXT WSOP CIRCUIT EVENT
WSOPC Horseshoe Bossier City
Bossier City, Louisiana
September 13-24, 2012


EPT BARCELONA: SABATO WINS BIGGEST TOURNEY IN SPAIN'S HISTORY


The EPT Barcelona Poker Festival hosted the largest field in Spain's tournament poker history over the weekend as Lorenzo Sabato (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-76th) won the final Estrellas Poker Tour stop of Season 3.




Sabato survived the 1,036-player field in order to collect the 200K EURO top prize! The Italian finished 18th in the first-ever Ante Only event at this summer's WSOP.

Sabato defeated Andrey (not to be confused with Ivan) Demidov of Russia heads-up.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Lorenzo Sabato 200,000
Andrey Demidov 122,500
Niclas Svensson 76,500
Miguel Mora 59,200
Samuel Bernabeu Guilabert 44,200
Pere Estatuet 30,100
Artur Alabart Urgelles 22,000
Jonas Garstick 16,000
Jacques Zaicik 12,500
Tomeu Gomila 12,500

RELATED POSTS
> GONZALEZ WINS SAN SEBASTIAN
> HOBSON WINS WSOP ANTE-ONLY

NEXT ESPT EVENT
Season 4 Events TBA


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
ESTRELLAS POKER TOUR
ESPT Barcelona
NLH Main Event
August 15-19, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $1,355 | Prizepool: $1,238,160
Entries: 1,036

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
LORENZO SABATO 120
ANDREY DEMIDOV 80
NICLAS SVENSSON 55
MIGUEL MORA 45
SAMUEL BERNABEU GUILABERT 38
PERE ESTATUET 30
ARTUR ALABART URGELLES 28
JONAS GARSTICK 25
JACQUES ZAICIK 25


Sunday, August 19, 2012

EPT BARCELONA: U MAD? GIVE SMITH HIS NUBS!


Give the man his due ... or his nubs, as he would prefer. Only 10 days after losing his lead atop the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard to Marvin Rettenmaier, Dan Smith (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 1st) has taken back what's his, the #1 spot.

With his win in the EPT Barcelona 50K Super High Rollers event, Smith has won his fifth major event this season, four of those wins counting for PTPR Points and Smith becomes the first player since the beginning of the PTPR Rankings back in 2010 to top the 500-point mark in a season ... and we still have four and a half months to go in 2012!

Smith started the season winning the 100K High Rollers Challenge at the Aussie Millions, he then proceeded to win THREE events in one week during the EPT Grand Final festivities in Monte Carlo. Smith also had a fine WSOP this past summer, earning three Top 20 finishes including a third place finish in the 5K NLH event a few days before the start of the Main Event.

Smith joins Jonathan Duhamel and Phil Ivey as the only three players with seven PTPR Scores for 2012.

JC Alvarado (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-273rd) was Smith's heads-up victim, nursing a very short stack for most of heads-up play. Alvarado earning his second PTPR Score of 2012.

Ilari Sahamies (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-932nd) - better known to the poker world as Zigumnd - and the Canadian duo of Mike Watson (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 401st) and Mike McDonald (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-281st) were the other members of the Top 5.



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Dan Smith 1,075,500
JC Alvarado 676,100
Mike Watson 399,500
Ilari Sahamies 291,900
Mike McDonald 215,100
Erik Seidel 153,600
Talal Shakerchi 138,300
Jim McCrink 122,960

RELATED POSTS
> SMITH TO TAKE WHAT'S HIS
> SMITH TOPS APRIL
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
Casino San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT Barcelona
50K Super High Rollers
August 17-19, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $61,605 | Prizepool: $3,786,190
Entries: 64

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DANIEL SMITH 100
JC ALVARADO 60
MICHAEL WATSON 35
ILARI SAHAMIES 25
MIKE MCDONALD 18
ERIK SEIDEL 10
TALAL SHAKERCHI 8
JIM MCCRINK 5

Saturday, August 18, 2012

EPT BARCELONA: SMITH LOOKING TO TAKE BACK WHAT WAS HIS


It was only ten days ago when Dan Smith (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 2nd) was the only player to be over the 400-point mark and was leading the way in the 2012 QuadJacks Player of the Year race. Then Marvin Rettenmaier decided to win the WPT Merit Classic and takeover from Smith, who had led the Player of the Year race since his crazy run at the EPT Grand Final series in Monte Carlo at the start of the summer.



Well, Smith didn't take long to put himself in a position to regain the #1 spot. With only 8 players remaining in the 50K Super High Rollers event at EPT Barcelona, Smith holds the chip lead and, unless he loses all of his chips first, will regain the #1 overall ranking from Mad Marvin.

Smith is one of only three players with over 700K in chips, in fact, Smith, Mike "Timex" McDonald (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-425th) and J.C. Alvarado (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1695th) have an absurd advantage on the rest of the final table as all three hold at least 3M chips as final table play looms.

The remaining five players - which include Erik Seidel (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-760th), Zigmund a.k.a. Ilari Sahamies (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) and Mike Watson (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1265th) - will have a huge mountain to climb in order to hope to win this thing on Sunday.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS / CHIP COUNTS
Seat 1 JC Alvarado 3,116,000
Seat 2 Mike McDonald 4,650,000
Seat 3 Erik Seidel 698,000
Seat 4 Mike Watson 604,000
Seat 5 Dan Smith 5,108,000
Seat 6 Jim McCrink 500,000
Seat 7 Ilari Sahamies 685,000
Seat 8 Talal Shakerchi 670,000



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st 1,075,500
2nd 676,100
3rd 399,500
4th 291,900
5th 215,100
6th 153,600
7th 138,300
8th 122,960

RELATED POSTS
> SMITH TOPS APRIL
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT San Remo Festival
San Remo, Italy
October 3-11, 2012


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT Barcelona
50K Super High Rollers
August 17-19, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $61,605 | Prizepool: $3,786,190
Entries: 64

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

Friday, August 17, 2012

EPT BARCELONA: THE PLACE TO BE AS ESTRELLAS, SUPER HIGH ROLLERS DRAW BIG NUMBERS

By inserting the final tour stop of the Estrellas Poker Tour at the beginning of the EPT Barcelona Poker Festival, PokerStars were certainly hoping for a large field. But event the folks at PokerStars must be impressed by the massive 1,036 player field and the over 1M EURO prizepool - with 200K EURO to the winner - making it the largest poker tournament ever held in Spain!

A large number of poker pros have entered the ESPT Main Event with Italian player Lorenzo Sabato holding the chip lead following Day 2 play Friday.

Former EPT Champions Michael Eiler and Martin Finger as well as Canadian poker pro Jason Lavallee are three of the 49 players who survived Day 2 play as the money bubble burst six hours into Friday play.

TOP 15 CHIP COUNTS
Lorenzo Sabato 1,185,000
Samuel Bernabe Guilabert 1,018,000
Artur Alabart Urgelles 762,000
Andrey Demidov 741,000
Jason Lavallee 534,000
Antonio Luft 528,000
Mikel Diaz Allende 501,000
Rumen Nanev 498,500
Martin Clemmense 455,000
Carlos Lopez Salazar 454,000
Martin Finger 451,500
Vincente Zamorano 425,000
Michael Weiss 412,000
Miguel Mora Hernandez 411,500
Jonas Garstick 400,500


RE-BUY A GOOD MOVE FOR O'DWYER
2011 standout Steve O'Dwyer didn't have the WSOP everyone expected him to have this summer but he's hoping to make up for lost time as the EPT Barcelona Poker Festival rolls along with the 50K NLH Super High Rollers Event.

O'Dwyer was eliminated early during Day 1 play but thankfully, there were unlimited rebuys for the first day of play. O'Dwyer was one of three players to rebuy during Friday's opening day play - Jonathan Duhamel and Masa Kagawa were the other two with Duhamel being the only player to be ousted twice on Day 1.

Daniel Negreanu is another player who was eliminated during Day 1 play. Negreanu and any other player not currently in the field will have one last opportunity to rebuy before play starts on Day 2. All indications point towards Kid Poker re-entering the event Saturday.

The prize pool will be - at the very least - 1.8M EURO with the winner getting a nice pay check on Sunday once final table play is concluded.

TOP 15 CHIP COUNTS
Steve O'Dwyer 1,249,000
Erik Seidel 738,000
JC Alvarado 713,000
Ignat Liviu 656,000
Simon Ravnsbaek 640,000
Mike Watson 639,000
John Juanda 638,500
Dan Smith 585,000
Steven Silverman 580,000
Tobias Reinkemeier 565,000
Raffaele Gerbi 530,000
Jason Mercier 503,000
Ilari Sahamies 487,000
Vadzim Kursevich 477,000
Timothy Adams 442,000




TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st 200,000
2nd 122,500
3rd 76,500
4th 59,200
5th 44,200
6th 30,100
7th 22,000
8th 16,000
9th 12,500
10th 12,500

RELATED POSTS
> O SO CLOSE, O'DWYER 2ND IN VENICE
> KATCHALOV THIRD AT BARCELONA
> LUNDMARK WINS BARCELONA

NEXT ESPT EVENT
Season 4 Events TBA


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
ESTRELLAS POKER TOUR
ESPT Barcelona
NLH Main Event
August 15-19, 2012

Casino di Barcelona | Spain
Buy-in: $1,355 | Prizepool: $1,238,160
Entries: 1,036

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 120
2nd position 80
3rd position 55
4th position 45
5th position 38
6th position 30
7th position 28
8-9th position 25


Thursday, August 16, 2012

WPT PARX: GREGG OUTDUELS REYNOLDS; ENTERS QJ TOP 10


They were both supposed to be players to watch as the final table picture became clearer in Pennsylvania, and, in the end, Anthony Gregg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 8th) and Stephen Reynolds (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 72nd) didn't fail to deliver, playing down to the final two in a fight for the finish.

Gregg is the one who was crowned WPT Champion and, in the process, collects his first-ever major tournament victory - a stat that may be surprising to many as Gregg is widely known in the poker community as one of the best players out there - so many fellow poker pros were ecstatic to hear that Gregg had finally won a big one.

Reynolds held his own, holding a major portion of the chips for awhile during heads up play but a crucial - all-in pre-flop - A-5 (Reynolds) vs. 99 (Gregg) hand in which Gregg's pocket pair held seemed to swing the momentum Tony's way.

Gregg also holds bragging rights on most poker pros as soon after collecting the big win, Olympic gold-medal legend Michael Phelps was quick to congratulate Gregg through his twitter feed - sick brag for sure!

No rest for the wicked over at the WPT as the tour makes it way near Los Angeles for the Legends of Poker - Main Event action starts later next week!




TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Anthony Gregg $416,127
Stephen Reynolds $244,877
Chris Lee $158,450
Larry Sharp $108,034
Chris Vandeursen $76,824
Andre Nyffeler $61,619
Joey Couden $47,215
Joseph Wertz $33,611
Tommy Miller $24,008
Robert Pyne $18,406


RELATED POSTS
> FT SET NEAR PHILLY
> MARVIN WINS CYPRUS, #1 RANK
> WERTZ WINS WPT REGIONAL
> KARR DOMINATES PARX OPEN

DEFENDING CHAMPION
New Event on WPT Schedule

NEXT WPT EVENT
Legends of Poker
The Bicycle Casino
Near Los Angeles, CA
August 24-29, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
Parx Open Poker Classic
NLH Main Event
August 10-15, 2012

Parx Casino | Pennsylvania
Buy-in: $3,500 | Prizepool: $1,212,694
Entries: 500

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ANTHONY GREGG 130
STEPHEN REYNOLDS 80
CHRIS LEE 50
LARRY SHARP 40
CHRIS VANDEURSEN 35
ANDRE NYFFELER 30
JOEY COUDEN 30
JOSEPH WERTZ 15
TOMMY MILLER 15
ROBERT PYNE 15
ATHANASIOS POLYCHRONOPOULOS 15
ALAN KRAUT 13
VINNY PAHUJA 13
TIMOTHY CHANG 13
BRENT ROBERTS 13
KEVIN CALENZO 10


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WPT PARX: FINAL TABLE SET NEAR PHILLY


One week after crowing Marvin Rettenmaier as its first ever back-to-back Champ, the next tour stop for the World Poker Tour has reached final table play.

Although Rettenmaier won't have the opportunity to make it three in three (Rettenmaier was eliminated early during tournament play), two well-known pros will start the day in the top 2 chip positions, hoping to take their first-ever WPT title.

Stephen Reynolds (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-349th) enjoyed (2) 11th place finishes during this summer's WSOP, he will start the day with the biggest stack of them all.

Anthony Gregg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 132nd) will start the day in second place. Gregg has scored two major tournament Top 10 finishes this year - in the PCA Main Event and during the WSOP this summer.

2011 WSOP bracelet winner Chris Lee (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) enters final table play with third place chips.


FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS:
Seat 1 - Stephen Reynolds 4,035,000
Seat 2 - Andre Nyffeler 895,000
Seat 3 - Chris Lee 3,040,000
Seat 4 - Tony Gregg 3,600,000
Seat 5 - Larry Sharp 870,000
Seat 6 - Chris Vandeursen 2,430,000



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st $416,127
2nd $244,877
3rd $158,450
4th $108,034
5th $76,824
6th $61,619
Joey Couden $47,215
Joseph Wertz $33,611
Tommy Miller $24,008
Robert Pyne $18,406

RELATED POSTS
> MARVIN WINS CYPRUS, #1 RANK
> WERTZ WINS WPT REGIONAL
> KARR DOMINATES PARX OPEN

DEFENDING CHAMPION
New Event on WPT Schedule

NEXT WPT EVENT
Legends of Poker
The Bicycle Casino
Near Los Angeles, CA
August 24-29, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
Parx Open Poker Classic
NLH Main Event
August 10-15, 2012

Parx Casino | Pennsylvania
Buy-in: $3,500 | Prizepool: $1,212,694
Entries: 500

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st place 130
2nd place 80
3rd place 50
4th place 40
5th place 35
6th place 30
JOEY COUDEN 30
JOSEPH WERTZ 15
TOMMY MILLER 15
ROBERT PYNE 15
ATHANASIOS POLYCHRONOPOULOS 15
ALAN KRAUT 13
VINNY PAHUJA 13
TIMOTHY CHANG 13
BRENT ROBERTS 13
KEVIN CALENZO 10


Monday, August 13, 2012

LAPT COLOMBIA: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? QUALIFIER EARNS UPSET VICTORY


Ireland's Robbie Renehan (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-602nd) sure picked a good time to qualify online for a live poker tournament.

The relative newcomer to the circuit qualified through PokerStars to play in LAPT Colombia's Main Event over the weekend and pulled off the minor upset, turning a short stack into a victory, earning his first major live poker tournament.

Renehan's win seems even more surprising as it looked as if Spanish pro Raul Paez (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-998th) - who came into final table play as the big chip leader - was destined to earn his first LAPT title. But, it wasn't meant to be as Paez was eliminated in third position.




TOP 10 PAYOUTS (COL$)
1. Robbie Renehan 264,700,000
2. Jayr Fregona 200,000,000
3. Raul Paez 122,350,000
4. Weider José Gutiérrez 91,160,000
5. Cristian David Velasquez 69,930,000
6. Hernan Villa 54,940,000
7. Ruben Ospina 41,210,000
8. Luis Felipe Perez 31,220,000
9. Liam McMillan 24,040,000
10. Pedro Ramirez Rincon 20,600,000

RELATED POSTS
> PAEZ LEADS COLOMBIA FT
> RAMOS WINS LAPT URUGUAY
> MENENDEZ MASTERS LAPT COLOMBIA
> SCOTT WINS WSOP 3K PLO EVENT

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Julian Menendez
2012 PTPR Points: 0


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
LATIN AMERICAN POKER TOUR
LAPT Colombia Ntl' Championship
NLH Main Event
August 7-12, 2012

Casino Allegre | Colombia
Buy-in: $2,340 | Prizepool: $696,785
Entries: 337

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ROBBIE RENEHAN 35
JAYR FREGONA 18
RAUL PAEZ 10
WEIDER JOSE GUTIEREZ 8
CRISTIAN VELASQUEZ 5

NEXT LAPT EVENT
LAPT Panama
September 26-30, 2012


Sunday, August 12, 2012

LAPT COLOMBIA: PAEZ LEADS AS FINAL TABLE SET FOR HIGH NOON


The Latin American Poker Tour has made its way to Colombia in order to crown its latest LAPT Champion as a Spaniard leads the final table charge.





Fresh off a Top 15 finish in WSOP Event #36 - 3K Pot-Limit Omaha, Raul Paez (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1366th) is no stranger to the big stage. Paez finished third to Scotty Nguyen and Michael Mizrachi at the 2006 WPT Gold Strike World Poker Open and has several other final table performances all over Europe.

As the chip leader, Paez is in control of his own destiny, looking for his first LAPT title.

Cristian Velasquez (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) - who enters final table play fourth in chips - finished third in the High Rollers event here at LAPT Colombia last season.

Although some have a few minor scores, none of the remaining final table participants have ever been in this type of spotlight, it will be interesting to see who will rise and who will fall as final table play is set to begin at Noon Colombia Time (COT).


FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS:
Seat 1 Raul Paez 1,734,000
Seat 2 Hernan Villa 568,000
Seat 3 Robbie Renehan 561,000
Seat 4 Ruben Ospina 1,165,000
Seat 5 Weider Vanegas 1,152,000
Seat 6 Jayr Fregona 286,000
Seat 7 Luis Herrera 549,000
Seat 8 Cristian Velasquez 672,000



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (COL$)
1st 284,700,000
2nd 180,000,000
3rd 122,350,000
4th 91,160,000
5th 69,930,000
6th 54,940,000
7th 41,210,000
8th 31,220,000
9th Liam McMillan 24,040,000
10th Pedro Ramirez Rincon 20,600,000

RELATED POSTS
> RAMOS WINS LAPT URUGUAY
> MENENDEZ MASTERS LAPT COLOMBIA
> SCOTT WINS WSOP 3K PLO EVENT

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Julian Menendez
2012 PTPR Points: 0


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
LATIN AMERICAN POKER TOUR
LAPT Colombia Ntl' Championship
NLH Main Event
August 7-12, 2012

Casino Allegre | Colombia
Buy-in: $2,340 | Prizepool: $696,785
Entries: 337

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

NEXT LAPT EVENT
LAPT Panama
September 26-30, 2012


Thursday, August 9, 2012

WPT CYPRUS: STARK RAVING MAD - RETTENMAIER TAKES CYPRUS, #1 OVERALL RANK

PHOTO: WORLD POKER TOUR

Make it back to back WPT title for "Mad" Marvin Rettenmaier. After winning the WPT World Championship days before the start of the 2012 WSOP, Rettenmaier followed that up with a victory at the kickoff event of the 2012-13 WPT season, the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic.



Not only does Rettenmaier win his second straight WPT title, he jumps two spots to #1 Overall on the 2012 QuadJacks Player of the Year Leaderboard - powered by PTPRPoker.

Rettenmaier earns his sixth PTPR Score of 2012 having scored points at the Aussie Millions, EPT Berlin, EPT Grand Final, WPT Championship, WSOP and WPT Merit so far this season.

Mad Marvin finished 2011 ranked #21 overall with 252 PTPR Points, earning the most PTPR Scores with nine.


Erik Cajelais also made major strides on the QJ Leaderboard, his seventh place finish allowed him to jump over 20 spots into the Top 20 at #19 overall for 2012.


Ran Azor, Walid Bou Habib, former WPT Champ Sam El Sayed, Robert Mizrachi and defending GSOP Grand Final Champ Andrey Shatilov all collected points in the event.




TOP 15 PAYOUTS (USD)
Marvin Rettenmaier $287,784
Artur Voskanyan $184,020
Ran Azor $118,360
Victor Parashiv $87,610
Joseph El Khoury $65,770
Kiryl Radzivonau $52,590
Erik Cajelais $43,690
Walid Bou Habib $35,020
Gilboa Yossi $26,240
Kemal Sevevi $19,110
Sam El Sayed $19,110
Eddy Maksoud $19,110
Husnu Sincar $15,670
Aram Vartevanyan $15,670
Robert Mizrachi $15,670

RELATED POSTS
> MAD MARVIN WINS WPT CHAMPIONSHIP
> RETTENMAIER EARNS MOST PTPR SCORES

DEFENDING CHAMPION
First-Time Event

NEXT WPT EVENT
WPT Parx Open Poker Classic
August 10-15, 2012


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT Merit Cyprus Classic
NLH Main Event
August 4-9, 2012

Merit Crystal Cove | Cyprus
Buy-in: $4,400 | Prizepool: $1,212,694
Entries: 329

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MARVIN RETTENMAIER 128
ARTUR VOSKANYAN 78
RAN AZOR 48
VICTOR PARASHIV 38
JOSEPH EL KHOURY 33
KIRYL RADZIVOUNAU 28
ERIK CAJELAIS 28
WALID BOU HABIB 13
GILBOA YOSSI 13
KEMAL SEVEVI 13
SAM EL SAYED 13
EDDY MAKSOUD 11
HUNSU SINCAR 11
ARAM VARTEVANYAN 11
ROBERT MIZRACHI 11
ANDREY SHATILOV 8
TOLGA DEMIREL 8
JULIEN EHRHARDT 8


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

KESTER SCORES AGAIN: GALEN KESTER WINS WORLD POKER OPEN


Galen Kester (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-319th) has collected his third PTPR Score of the 2012 season.

After a couple of scores at the World Series of Poker, Kester has added a victory to his 2012 resume, winning the World Poker Open at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.



Kester now has 67 PTPR Points on the season.

Former November Niner John Dolan (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-319th) finished 8th in the event, outside of PTPR Points collection however.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Galen Kester $165,000
Brad Peeples $91,000
Mike Postle $50,000
Jessie Bryant $40,000
Johnny Landreth $30,000
Mark Herm $25,000
Timothy Stull $20,000
John Dolan $15,000
Glen Biddle $10,000
Marlin Drake $7,000

RELATED POSTS
> DIAZ WINS WPO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
David Diaz
2012 Rank: NR


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WORLD POKER OPEN
NLH Main Event
August 3-6, 2012

Gold Strike Casino | Mississippi
Buy-in: $3,000 | Prizepool: $500,000
Entries: 158

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GALEN KESTER 35
BRAD PEEPLES 18
MIKE POSTLE 10
JESSIE BRYANT 8
JOHNNY LANDRETH 5


TO THE MAXX: DANSKY WINS CARD PLAYER CHOCTAW


The Card Player Poker Tour made its way to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma over the weekend.

Maxx Dansky was the eventual winner as 800 players registered for the event, creating a total prizepool of 760K!

Dansky defeated Miguel Hernandez heads-up.

Poker legend T.J. Cloutier was ousted in 16th position. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner collected over 7K for his efforts.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Maxx Dansky $152,008
Miguel Hernandez $93,708
Michael Newport $69,084
Carlos Valdivieso $51,490
Keith Carter $38,889
Jason Brewer $29,754
Travis Riffle $23,051
Ricky Green $18,080
Tana Karnchanakphan $14,356
Gary Luther $11,537


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
CARD PLAYER POKER TOUR
CPPT Choctaw NLH Main Event
August 3-6, 2012

Choctaw Casino Resort | Oklahoma
Buy-in: $1,080 | Prizepool: $760,000
Entries: 800

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MAXX DANSKY 35
MIGUEL HERNANDEZ 18
MICHAEL NEWPORT 10
CARLOS VALDIVIESO 8
KEITH CARTER 5


Saturday, August 4, 2012

2012 FSPC: FLORIDA CONTINUES TO PROVE IT'S A HOTBED FOR POKER

PHOTO: THE ISLE

Brandon Barnes (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-146th) won over 212K USD by winning the Main Event, but it's the overall success of the Florida State Poker Championship that has the State of Florida once again proving that it is indeed on the hotbeds of poker.

Although the leaderboard was dominated by Florida residents, it's Barnes, a Michigan native, who picked up the Main Event top prize. Barnes earned a second place finish at Heartland Michigan this past November. Barnes had collected over 117K USD for that second place finish.

Barnes defeated veteran pro Adam Levy (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-319th) heads-up.

Meanwhile Hans Winzeler (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 72nd) collected his third PTPR Score of 2012, crossing the 100-point mark.

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Champion Tommy Vedes (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 10th) earned his fourth PTPR Score of the season - Vedes climbs back into the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Top 10 Leaderboard - powered by PTPRPoker.

Darryll Fish, Micah Raskin and Norm Zapczynski are other notables who earned PTPR Points in the event.


Other FSPC highlights included:

EVENT #5
A total of 1,187 entries in the 250K Guaranteed event as Hagai Stein won 30K for his efforts - not bad of a $500 buy-in!

EVENT #13
Joseph Urgo won the $1,600 buy-in bounty event, defeating 120 opponents. Adam Levy - who finished second in the Main Event - was sixth in this event.

EVENT #14
Over 34K to Barry Hutter for winning the Six-Max event. Eventual Main Event winner Brandon Barnes was third in this event.



MAIN EVENT TOP 10 (USD)
Brandon Barnes $212,500
Adam Levy $187,000
Hans Winzler $151,000
Tommy Vedes $94,340
Stuart Paterson $58,750
Darryll Fish $44,650
Micah Raskin $34,780
Norman Zapczynski $25,850
Jacob Schindler $18,330
Richard Zipes $14,570

RELATED POSTS
> DRININ TAKES DOWN FSPC
> WEST SOARS TO HPT TITLE

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Connor Drinin
2012 Rank: NR


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
FLORIDA STATE POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
NLH Main Event
July 27-30, 2012

The Isle Casino | Florida
Buy-in: $5,300 | Prizepool: $940,000
Entries: 188

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BRANDON BARNES 101
ADAM LEVY 61
HANS WINZELER 36
TOMMY VEDES 26
STUART PATERSON 19
DARRYLL FISH 11
MICAH RASKIN 9
NORM ZAPCZYNSKI 6
JAKE SCHINDLER 6


Thursday, August 2, 2012

BULGARIAN KALOV WINS IGAME OPEN PRAGUE


Bulgarian poker player Slavi Kalov outlasted Joni Jouhkimainen heads-up in a tense two-hour battle for the title.

For Kalov, it's a second live tournament cash for his career.

Jouhkimainen earned his second PTPR Score of the season. The Finnish pro won the Euro Masters Lisbon event back in April.



FT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Slavi Kalov € 71,412
Joni Jouhkimainen € 47,020
Jefri Islam € 30,563
Linus Hjulström € 24,098
Timothy Härold € 19,102
Mats Rahmn € 16,163

RELATED POSTS
< JOUHKIMAINEN WINS EMOP LISBON


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
iGAME OPEN
iGAME Open Prague NLH Main Event
July 26-29, 2012

Kings Casino | Prague
Buy-in: $1,580 | Prizepool: $356,022
Entries: 254

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
SLAVI KALOV 35
JONI JOUHKIMAINEN 18
ISLAM JEFRI 10
LINUS HJULSTROM 8
TIMOTHY HAROLD 5


IPT SAN REMO: SUPERNOVA ELITE MEONI WINS SAN REMO


PokerStars SuperNova Elite Alessandro Meoni has won the Italian Poker Tour's San Remo event.

Poker is alive and well in Italy as the PokerStars IPT continues to attract big fields - 375 players entered this Main Event.

Andrea Dato finished fifth in the event. Dato already has six PTPR Scores this season, joining current Player of the Year Dan Smith. Only Jonathan Duhamel and Phil Ivey have more scores than Dato and Smith, both Duhamel and Ivey have seven scores already this season.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Alessandro Meoni 166,000
Raffaele Bertolucci 129,000
Julien Norbert Dolay 71,500
Nicolo Allisiardi 53,500
Andrea Dato 36,000
Omar Rodriguez 29,000
Johnatan Maisonneuve 21,000
Giuseppe Zarbo 14,000
Davide Bonometti 10,710
Federico Petruzzelli 10,710

RELATED POSTS
> BISCARDI WINS IPT GRAND FINAL


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
ITALIAN POKER TOUR
IPT San Remo NLH Main Event
July 26-31, 2012

Casino San Remo | Italy
Buy-in: $2,675 | Prizepool: $885,585
Entries: 375

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ALESSANDRO MEONI 35
RAFFAELE BERTOLUCCI 18
JULIEN NORBERT DOLAY 10
NICOLO ALLISIARDI 8
ANDREA DATO 5


APT MACAU: CHANG DEFEATS YU TO WIN MACAU

PHOTO: ASIAN POKER TOUR

Carlos Chang wins APT Macau, defeating Winfred Yu heads-up and collecting over 1.9M HKD with the victory.

Fourth place finisher Aaron Lim earned a fourth place finish at ANZPT Perth in March of 2011.




This was Tom Alner's second PTPR Score of 2012. Alner earned a Top 5 finish at NLH Event #43 at this summer's WSOP.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (HKD)
Carlos Chang 1,913,100
Winfred Yu 1,016,400
Richard Yueqi Zhu 478,300
Aaron Lim 358,700
Tom Alner 299,000
Zhang Ai Min 239,200
Yue Qing Zhou 179,400
Yi-Po Lee 122,600
Samad Razavi 110,600
Martin Nilsson 101,700

RELATED POSTS
> SPEIDEL'S APT SCORE



PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
ASIAN POKER TOUR
APT Macau NLH Main Event
July 27-31, 2012

StarWorld Casino | Macau
Buy-in: $3,220 | Prizepool: $771,055
Entries: 268

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
CARLOS CHANG 35
WINFRED YU 18
RICHARD ZHU 10
AARON LIM 8
TOM ALNER 5


SUN RISES AT MID-STATES TAMA


Daniel Sun is the latest winner on the Mid-States Poker Tour. Sun defeated 300 other players in order to win the latest event at the Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa.

Sun had a fourth place finish at Heartland Poker Tour Quapaw in Oklahoma in February of 2011.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (USD)
Daniel Sun $77,103
Jeremy Dresch $42,183
Michael Fick $27,932
Jason Brin $18,912
Gene Bennett $14,548
Erik Burton $11,638
Nate Fair $10,183
David Gutfreund $8,729
Brett Reichard $7,274
Harry Behling $5,819

RELATED POSTS
> AHMED WINS MSPT IOWA


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
MID-STATES POKER TOUR
MSPT Tama NLH Main Event
July 27-29, 2012

Meskwaki Casino | Iowa
Buy-in: $1,100 | Prizepool: $290,955
Entries: 301

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DANIEL SUN 35
JEREMY DRESCH 18
MICHAEL FICK 10
JASON BRIN 8
GENE BENNETT 5