Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2012 WSOP: MARKED MAN - MERSON PROVES EXPERTS RIGHT, WINS MAIN EVENT


WSOP MAIN EVENT |
6,598 ENTRIES | 62.01M PRIZEPOOL


Despite not coming into final table as the chip leader, most experts (including many top poker professionals), had Greg Merson pegged as their pick to win the Main Event as the final table participants made their way to the RIO on Monday night.

It probably took way longer than those experts had expected, but, earlier today, their man was indeed the new WSOP World Champion and owns the most important bracelet of the series!

Merson's victory allows him to return to the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Top 10 Leaderboard in 5th position overall. This is Merson's second bracelet victory of the WSOP.

The win also allows Merson to overtake Phil Hellmuth and win the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Merson defeated Jesse Sylvia (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 165th) heads-up. Sylvia, Vanessa Selbst's understudy, had the chip lead to start the final table.

Russell Thomas (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 255th), who earned a ton of attention in the weeks leading into the final table - due to his association with poker pro Jaosn Somerville - finished fourth in the event.

Jeremy Ausmus was the only final table participant other than Merson to have collected Player of the Year points in an event other than the Main.

Ausmus had collected points in WSOP Event #35 - Mixed Hold'Em - event that was won by Chris Tryba.

PHOTO CREDIT: JOE GIRON (WSOP, POKERNEWS)



TOP 25 PAYOUTS (USD)
1 Greg Merson 8,531,853
2 Jesse Sylvia 5,295,149
3 Jake Balsiger 3,799,073
4 Russell Thomas 2,851,537
5 Jeremy Ausmus 2,155,313
6 Andras Koroknai 1,640,902
7 Michael Esposito 1,258,040
8 Robert Salaburu 971,360
9 Steve Gee 754,798
10 Gaelle Baumann 590,442
11 Elisabeth Hille 590,442
12 Scott Abrams 590,442
13 Marc Ladouceur 465,159
14 Danny Wong 465,159
15 Wilfried Harig 465,159
16 Percy Mahatan 369,026
17 Robert Buckenmayer 369,026
18 David Balkin 369,026
19 Jamie Robbins 294,601
20 Paul Volpe 294,601
21 Robert Corcione 294,601
22 Cylus Watson 294,601
23 Yuval Bronshtein 294,601
24 Daniel Strelitz 294,601
25 Roland Israelashvili 294,601

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> MERSON MAKES IT QUICK
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PTPR GRAND SLAM EVENT
2012 World Series of Poker
WSOP Main Event
July 7-16, 2012
October 29-31, 2012

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

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GREG MERSON 170
JESSE SYLVIA 110
JAKE BALSIGER 95
RUSSELL THOMAS 85
JEREMY AUSMUS 80
ANDRAS KOROKNAI 75
MICHAEL ESPOSITO 70
ROBERT SALABURU 65
STEVE GEE 55
GAELLE BAUMANN 45
ELISABETH HILLE 40
SCOTT ABRAMS 38
MARC-ANDRE LADOUCEUR 38
DANNY WONG 38
WILFRIED HARIG 35
PERCY MAHATAN 35
ROBERT BUCKENMAYER 35
DAVID BALKIN 32
JAMIE ROBBINS 32
PAUL VOLPE 32
ROBERT CORCIONE 28
CYLUS WATSON 28
YUVAL BRONSHTEIN 28
DANIEL STRELITZ 25
ROLAND ISRAELASHVILI 25
JAN HEITMANN 25
NICCO MAAG 25


IRISH WINTER FEST: HARTMANN WINS IN DUBLIN


Tim Hartmann (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-720th) won the Irish Winter Festival at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin earlier this week. Hartmann defeated Patryk Pietnoczko heads-up and earned 100K EURO for his efforts.

Third place finisher Ronan Gilligan (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-296th) continued a strong 2012 campaign. Gilligan started this season off strong with a 3rd place finish at WPT Ireland to start the year; he followed that up by placing second at UKIPT Galway in Febraury.

Julian Thew (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-2.017th) - who won GUKPT Conventry last October - was fourth in the event while Daniele Nestola (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-720th) - who won the LAPT Grand Final in Brazil in February - finished in seventh.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st Tim Hartmann €100,000
2nd Patryk Pietnoczko €56,500
3rd Ronan Gilligan €35,000
4th Julian Thew €28,350
5th Marc McDonnell €22,300
6th Jay O Toole €18,300
7th Daniele Nestola €14,400
8th Ahmed Eydan €11,400
9th Trevor Dineen €8,400
10th Declan Wallace €5,500

RELATED POSTS
> KEOWN WINS WINTER FESTIVAL


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
IRISH WINTER FESTIVAL
NLH Main Event
October 27-29, 2012

The Burlington Hotel | Dublin
Buy-in: $1,450 | Prizepool: $496,840
Entries: 385

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
TIM HARTMANN 35
PATRYK PIETNOCZKO 18
RONAN GILLIGAN 10
JULIAN THEW 8
MARC MCDONNELL 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
John Keown, €100,000


Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 WCPC: BECER OUTLASTS THE BIG BOYS TO WIN IN VANCOUVER


Kaan Becer (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-717th) came into Final Day play at the 2012 West Coast Poker Championship in Vancouver 5th in chips. But it wasn't easy for Becer, who never had control of this event until deep into heads-up play.




Becer defeated Michael Baxter (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-969th) heads-up. Baxter is no stranger to the WCPC Main Event - he finished 13th at the 2010 WCPC. Baxter also finished 13th in Seven-Card Stud Event #7 this past summer at the WSOP.

A few big name players in Canadian and American poker were also in contention on the final day in Vancouver but only Vancouver's native son, Terrence Chan (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 546th), was able to collect Player of the Year points.

Alex Cordero, Vinny Pahuja, Huy Nguyen and Jean-Philippe Piquette cashed on the final day of the event.



TOP 11 PAYOUTS (CAD)
1st Kaan Becer $100,039
2nd Michael Baxter $59,071
3rd Brian Yim $43,827
4th Terrence Chan $32,394
5th Ricky Chow $24,772
6th Eitan Even $19,055
7th Alex Cordero $14,863
8th Vinny Pahuja $11,433
9th Becky Rocco $8,765
10th Huy Nguyen $6,860
11th Jean-Philippe Piquette $5,717

RELATED POSTS
> YIM TAKES BIG INTO INTO WCPC FINAL


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WEST COAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
WCPC NLH Main Event
October 25-28, 2012

Edgewater Casino | Vancouver
Buy-in: $2,000 | Prizepool: $370,115

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
KAAN BECER 35
MICHAEL BAXTER 18
BRIAN YIM 10
TERRENCE CHAN 8
RICKY CHOW 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Afshin Majidi, 90K CAD


ANZPT MELBOURNE: HOCKIN CHAMPION AT CROWN CASINO


Paul Hockin (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-717th) is the latest winner on the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, winning ANZPT Melbourne, live from the world-famous Crown Casino.

Hockin was fifth in the ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event back in May of 2011 and even though he won the event, a deal between the final three players actually had Hockin finish third in money accumulated for the event.

Ashley Warner - who lost the heads-up battle to Hockin - was actually the big winner, collecting 130K AUD for his efforts.

Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang finished 12th in the event.



TOP 12 PAYOUTS (AUD)
1 Paul Hockin 101,275
2 Ashley Warner 130,000
3 Michael Guzzardi 112,000
4 Michael Lo Giudice 47,610
5 Ismail Ismail 37,950
6 Igal Augarten 31,050
7 Karan Punjabi 24,150
8 Anthony Aston 18,975
9 Peter Matusik 13,800
10 Tam Truong 9,660
11 Jie Gao 9,660
12 Bryan Huang 9,660

RELATED POSTS
> HOCKIN FIFTH AT GOLD COAST


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND POKER TOUR
ANZPT Melbourne
NLH Main Event
October 26-29, 2012

Crown Casino | Melbourne
Buy-in: $2,275 | Prizepool: $713,940

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
PAUL HOCKIN 35
ASHLEY WARNER 18
MICHAEL GUZZARDI 10
MICHAEL LO GIUDICE 8
ISMAIL ISMAIL 5

NEXT ANZPT TOUR STOP
ANZPT Auckland
SKYCITY Auckland (NZ)
November 17-25, 2012


Sunday, October 28, 2012

2012 WCPC: YIM HOLDS BIG LEAD BUT BIG NAMES CHASING


We've reached the final day of the West Coast Poker Championship. Only 13 members of the original 206-player field will be back to play down to an eventual champion later today in Vancouver.





A relative unknown player, Brian Yim, holds the big chip lead heading into final day play but there are some big name players still alive and kicking in this event.

This is a home event for Canadian poker pro Terrence Chan. After collecting 10 WSOP cashes this summer in Vegas, Chan earned 34K CAD in the High Rollers event earlier at the WCPC.

Huy Nguyen is also still alive in the tournament. Nguyen, who won WSOPC Choctaw and The Caesars Poker Classic last season, sent Chan a playful tweet late last night...



Michael Baxter, Alex Cordero, Vineet Phuja and Jean-Philippe Piquette are a few other names to keep an eye on today.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS
Brian Yim 1.427M
Scott Foglietta 657K
Terrence Chan 608K
Michael Baxter 578K
Kaan Becer 575K
Alex Cordero 552K
Huy Nguyen 459K
Vineet Phuja 403K
Ricky Chow 253K
Nicholas Immekos 210K
Jean-Philippe Piquette 193K
Becky Rocco 128K
Eitan Even 123K



FINAL 13 PAYOUTS (CAD)
1st $100,039
2nd $59,071
3rd $43,827
4th $32,394
5th $24,772
6th $19,055
7th $14,863
8th $11,433
9th $8,765
10th $6,860
11th $5,717
12th $5,717
13th $4,764

RELATED POSTS
> SECOND WIN OF 2011 FOR NGUYEN


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WEST COAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
WCPC NLH Main Event
October 25-28, 2012

Edgewater Casino | Vancouver
Buy-in: $2,000 | Prizepool: $370,115

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

Friday, October 26, 2012

WPT EMPERORS: DOMINATOR - NITSCHE RUTHLESS ON WAY TO FIRST WPT TITLE


One week ago, we posted an interview we did with Dominik Nitsche ... one week later, Nitsche (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 8th) was punishing his competion dominating his way to the win at the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic in Johannesburg - the WPT's first visit to South Africa.



Nitsche's win, his second of the season, earns him a spot on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard - powered by PTPRpoker. The German earned a bracelet at one of the last events this past summer at the WSOP in Las Vegas.

Nitsche picked up his first WSOP bracelet in July and followed that up with a WPT title earlier today ... can he enter poker's Triple Crown club with a win at EPT Prague in December - all in a five-month span?

Nitsche defeated English pro Jerome Bradpiece (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-284th) heads-up. Bradpiece's breakout performance came way back in 2007 when he won a GUKPT Walsall Main Event.

Jason Strauss (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-592nd) - who defeated 2010 Player of the Year Sorel Mizzi to win the Aussie Millions Heads-Up Championship in January - was fifth in this event. Strauss also earned a third place finish at WSOP Circuit South Africa earlier this season.

Like Strauss, fellow South African Greg Ronaldson (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 581st) also earned a Top 5 finish at WSOP Circuit South Africa. Ronaldson also earned a Top 15 score at WSOP NLH Event 19 this past summer.



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
Dominik Nitsche $206,153
Jerome Bradpiece $121,477
William Ross $80,985
Wesley Weigand $56,321
Jason Strauss $41,965
Andrew Anthony $32,394
Sunil Devachander $25,031
Ryan Price $18,405
Muaaz Gani $13,252
Peter Khan $10,307
Rudolf Fourie $10,307
Mike Robertson $10,307
Gareth Kalil $8,834
Greg Ronaldson $8,834
Gary Citron $8,834
Aston Soon Shiong $7,730
Max Sartirana $7,730
Sascha Dreyer $7,730
Menesh Keshav $6,626
Nersan Naidoo $6,626
Davon Dadic $6,626
Ayaz Manji $6,626
Warren Zackey $6,626
Ryan Dreyer $6,626
Marco Benevale $6,626
Gideon Scheepers $6,626
Feng Guang Li $6,626

RELATED POSTS
> HAMENTT WINS WPT BORGATA
> NITSCHE NOTCHES FIRST BRACELET
> PTPR INTERVIEWS DOMINIK NITSCHE


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR
WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic
NLH Main Event
October 22-26, 2012

Emperors Palace Hotel | Johannesburg
Buy-in: $3,600 | Prizepool: $736,230

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DOMINIK NITSCHE 127
JEROME BRADPIECE 77
WILLIAM ROSS 47
WESLEY WEIGAND 37
JASON STRAUSS 32
ANDREW ANTHONY 27
SUNIL DEVACHANDER 27
RYAN PRICE 12
MUAAZ GANI 12
PETER KHAN 12
RUDOLF FOURIE 12
MIKE ROBERTSON 10
GARETH KALIL 10
GREG RONALDSON 10
GARY CITRON 10
ASTON SOON SHIONG 7
MAX SARTIRANA 7
SASCHA DREYER 7

NEXT WPT TOUR EVENT
WPT bestbet Jacksonville
Fall Poker Scramble
Jacksonville, Florida
November 9-13, 2012


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FESTA AL LAGO: SELBST'S THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON HAVE HER BACK AT #3


It didn't take long for Vanessa Selbst to take back the #3 rank on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard.

Less than a month after moving down to #7, Selbst has picked up her third win of 2012 (she had wins in a LAPC prelim and captured a WSOP braclet over the summer) with her Festa al Lago prelim victory on Sunday night.



Selbst replaces Phil Hellmuth at #3 on the charts ... she defeated Justin Young (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-412th) heads-up. Surprisingly, this is only Young's first Player of the Year score of 2012.

Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 60th), finished third in the event.

Dana Kellstrom (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,094th), Daniel Shak (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,281st), Chris Bjorin (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 65th), Andrew Lichtenberger (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 63rd) and Rodger Johnson (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-296th) all earned POY points in the event.



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
1st Vanessa Selbst $90,693
2nd Justin Young $61,353
3rd Daniel Negreanu $38,679
4th Dana Kellstrom $21,340
5th Daniel Shak $17,339
6th Chris Bjorin $13,338
7th Andrew Lichtenberger $9,336
8th Gregory Back $8,003
9th Rodger Johnson $6,669

RELATED POSTS
> SELBST WINS BRACELET
> SELBST WINS LAPC ALL-STAR GAME


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
FESTA AL LAGO
5K NLH Side Event
October 20-21, 2012

Bellagio | Las Vegas
Buy-in: $5,180 | Prizepool: $266,750

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
VANESSA SELBST 100
JUSTIN YOUNG 60
DANIEL NEGREANU 35
DANA KELLSTROM 25
DANIEL SHAK 18
CHRIS BJORIN 10
ANDREW LICHTENBERGER 8
GREGORY BACK 5
RODGER JOHNSON 5


WSOPC HAMMOND: MARATHON FINAL DAY ENDS WITH WILLIAMS ON TOP


It took almost 18 hours to complete final day play at the latest WSOP Circuit event at the Harrah's Horseshoe Casino Hammond right outside Chicago but we finally have a winner!




Joshua Williams (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 155th) survived the marathon, defeating Ryan Riess (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-301st) heads-up.

WSOP Circuit St. Louis winner, Tripp Kirk (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-243rd), was a game participant but, in the end, had to settle for third place.

Brad Albrinck (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,094th), Nick Guagenti (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-980th) and Erik Roussakis (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,236th) - who finished third in this event last season - are other notables who earned Player of the Year points in the event.



TOP 20 PAYOUTS (USD)
1st Joshua Williams $385,909
2nd Ryan Riess $239,063
3rd Tripp Kirk $180,403
4th Sean Szurko $137,088
5th Zal Irani $104,371
6th Bradford Albrinck $80,179
7th Shiva Dudani $62,438
8th Nick Guagenti $49,075
9th Erik Roussakis $39,168
10th Claudia Crawford $31,565
11th Joshua Reichard $31,565
12th Christopher Underwood $31,565
13th James Henson $25,805
14th John Bitakis $25,805
15th Omar Zazay $25,805
16th Robert Estepaniance $21,335
17th Salvador Campos $21,335
18th Randall Pace $21,335
19th Ping Liu $17,787
20th Adam Cook $17,787

RELATED POSTS
> CHOW WINS WSOPC HAMMOND
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PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
WORLD SERIES OF POKER CIRCUIT
WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond
NLH Main Event
October 19-23, 2012

Harrah's Horseshoe Hammond | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,675 | Prizepool: $2,304,000

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JOSHUA WILLIAMS 115
RYAN RIESS 75
TRIPP KIRK 50
SEAN SZURKO 40
ZAL IRANI 33
BRADFORD ALBRINCK 25
SHIVA DUDANI 23
NICK GUAGENTI 20
ERIK ROUSSAKIS 20

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Robert Chow, 393K

NEXT HPT TOUR EVENT
WSOPC River Rock
River Rock Casino Resort
Richmond, British Columbia
October 27-7, 2012


Monday, October 22, 2012

HPT IOWA: RAYMER-RRIFIC - FOSSILMAN THREE-PEATS IN HEARTLAND


Well wouldn't you know it! Greg Raymer (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 177th) has completed the three-peat ... becoming the first player to win three Heartland Poker Tour events in the same season. After wins at HPT New Mexico and HPT Missouri, Raymer won HPT Iowa earlier tonight.

Incredibly, Raymer's three victories on the HPT have come in a little over three months!

Former HPT Colordao champ Craig Casino (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,737th) finished third in the event.



EVENT PAYOUTS (USD)
1 Greg Raymer $72,089
2 Chad Lawson $41,771
3 Craig Casino $26,275
4 Ben Stroh $22,233
5 Ed Sinnott $16,978
6 Josh Birkenbeul $14,526
7 James Swearngin $10,780
8 Blake Cavanagh $9,432
9 Raymond Behnke $8,624
10 Gregory Bolte $7,950
11 Elizabeth Peck $6,683
12 Amanda Hruska $5,255
13 Ryan Sloth $4,986
14 T Lee Borrall $4,581
15 Robert Rowe $4,312
16 John Rausch $3,639
17 Michael McCloud $3,638
18 Stephan May $3,234
19 Michael Lang $2,236

RELATED POSTS
> RAYMER KING OF THE HEARTLAND?
> RAYMER REIGNS IN NEW MEX!
> HEARTLAND HITS A MILLION!


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR
HPT Iowa
NLH Main Event
October 20-22, 2012

Prairie Meadows Racetrack | Iowa
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $269,222

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
GREG RAYMER 35
CHAD LAWSON 18
CRAIG CASINO 10
BEN STROH 8
ED SINNOTT 5

NEXT HPT TOUR EVENT
HPT New Mexico
Route 66 Casion
Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 26-5, 2012


Saturday, October 20, 2012

GENERATION NEXT - SEND/REPLY WITH DOMINIK NITSCHE


Travelling to the most exotic destinations, wining and dining at the finest establishments the world has to offer, all that while earning millions on the circuit … find out how at age 22, German-born Dominik Nitsche is leading the next generation of poker professionals to super-stardom.

After collecting millions online, Dominik Nitsche burst onto the live poker scene in 2009, where, at the tender young age of 18 (the man wasn’t even old enough to legally drink or gamble in many countries around the world yet!), he won the LAPT Season 2 Grand Final in Argentina, collecting the biggest cash prize in Latin American Poker Tour history.

The next big chapter of Nitsche’s young professional poker career came this past summer at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Then 21, Nitsche was finally able to make his first appearance at the Rio. After a tough start to 2012 where tons of great things were expected from the German pro, Nitsche shut up all critics by collecting his first of what many believe will be many WSOP bracelets.

My first encounter with Dominik came earlier in his career after I wrote the following in a report from his win at the Merit Summer Open in June of 2011…

“Dominik Nitsche is a rising star on the poker circuit. Choosing to play primarily in the "minor leagues" to help his progression has proven to be a great decision for Nitsche the past few months.”

Nitsche took “offence” to my referring to him as a “minor league” player but it was meant as a total compliment, I was a fan of his game for sure, suggesting he was a favourite of mine (I know, I know, we’re not allowed to play favourites!) as far back as April of 2011. I quickly realized that Nitsche’s “complaint” was made in jest, understanding that he couldn’t play in any tournament he wanted to given the fact that he wasn’t 21 yet.

Dominik agreed to take some time from his extremely busy schedule to answer a few questions in this inaugural edition of SEND/REPLY – enjoy!


Eric Danis (ED)- How did you first get into poker?

Dominik Nitsche (DN)- “Well, I got into poker pretty much like any other kid these days. I saw a poker show on TV and I thought I would give it a try. I played online for play money at first. Then me and my friends started playing 1€ tournaments for fun”


ED- You have been very successful in the poker world for a few years already, have your family and friends always been supportive in your decision to pursue poker as a career at such a young age?

DN- “Not until I won LAPT to be honest. I remember telling my mom that I won 10k one night when I had like a 50k bankroll so the score was obviously huge for me at the time, my mom simply said that’s nice... but I wish you did something for school instead.

She probably didn't realize that there actually was a lot of money to be made in this game and I guess I can see why. When I won the LAPT Grand Final in April 2009 though she changed her mind ... she didn't know I won a bracelet this summer until I came to visit her a few days later. She was very excited for me and told me to call her the next time I make a final table she can watch online”


ED- You are definitely one of the players that travel the most to play tournaments around the world … Seems like you’re always on the road, what’s the longest you've been at your home in the past year?

DN- “I don’t think I have spent more than one week at the same place before travelling somewhere else this year. In poker these days there are big tournaments everywhere and if you want to make a decent living at this game you have to be willing to put in the hours.

That comes with a lot of travelling. I am very fortunate that I love travelling as much as I do and that I have so many great friends who pretty much play the same schedule as me”


ED- You seem to have a huge circle of friends in the poker world – your WSOP bracelet winner's circle picture proves it – it must make life easier on the poker circuit?

DN- “Of course it does! Sometimes life on the road can get a little boring. It’s great to know a lot of people who enjoy the same things as you do like fine dining for example.

My friends and I have probably been to more Michelin Star restaurants in the past year than anyone else.

So yeah it’s not just about poker with these guys and that’s awesome. Of course if I go deep in a tourney they will be there to support me ... and sneak in the winners picture :)”


ED- What is your favourite tour stop on the poker circuit and why?

DN- “Barcelona is probably my favourite. The city is amazing it's right by the beach and the food is fantastic. I actually had the best meal of my life in Barcelona.

Some friends and I went to Tickets by El Bulli founder Ferran Adria. It was an amazing experience.

Also, the EPT in Barcelona is one of the biggest and well let’s be honest easiest fields of the entire year. All in all it’s pretty much perfect”


ED- You have eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world – aside from your experience at Tickets in Barcelona, describe another one of your favourite meals…

DN- “Another fantastic meal I have had was at Noma during EPT Copenhagen. Noma is a restaurant unlike anything I had ever seen before.

They focus almost exclusively on regional Scandinavian products and that’s what makes it so special.

Nordic cuisine is very exciting and I’m looking forward to trying some other restaurants in Copenhagen when I get back”


ED- Why would Erik Seidel think that you worked in a thrift store? :)

DN- “Erik had dinner with us at Noma like a few weeks before he posted that picture - maybe he wasn’t very impressed with my poker skills and figured that I would need another job to support myself. Now a 2nd hand store? I really thought Erik had a higher impression of me... oh well guess I´m not inviting him to dinner any time soon :)”


ED- What’s the toughest thing about being on the road all of the time?

DN- “Figuring out what tournaments to play and which ones to skip. Right now I am still completely undecided about what I’m gonna do in November/December. There are quite a few options and I will try to sort that out sometime soon”


ED- Are there plans to slow down and cut back on your poker travels at some point?

DN- “I doubt I’m gonna slow down for at least another year. I considered slowing down before I won a bracelet but now really all I wanna do is win another big one. So if you want to win you have to keep playing :)”


RELATED POSTS:
> NITSCHE NOTCHES 1ST BRACELET
> NITSCHE WINS PTPR FUTURE WATCH AWARD
> NITSCHE CONTINUES TO ROLL
> NITSCHE WINS MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP


Eric Danis
@EricPTPRDanis
www.PTPRpoker.com


Photo courtesy of WSOP.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012

WEBER DEFEATS KELLNER TO WIN PUNTA CANA CLASSIC IN THE DR!


The Punta Cana Poker Classic is certainly a destination event on the poker circuit ... although this year's presentation of the event was earlier than it was last year (in November), it is still already cold in a few different parts of the world and those who made their way to the Dominican Republic for the event certainly enjoyed the poker ... but a little fun in the sun as well!

Matthew Weber, who held the chip lead coming into final table play, was the eventual Champion of the Classic, defeating Kelly Kellner heads-up.

Bill Kontaratos, who finished sixth in the event, was on the bubble for Player of the Year points for the second time this season. Kontaratos also finished sixth in the PokerStars Stardust Canadian Poker Classic at the end of the summer.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st Matthew Weber $135,475
2nd Kelly Kellner $81,830
3rd Eric Grenier $49,760
4th Zack Cooke $30,960
5th Gabriel Zacalik $24,330
6th Bill Kontaratos $18,800
7th Fred Swart $16,585
8th Nicola Baseli $14,375
9th Tim Barany $12,165

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> KIRLOPOULOS WINS PCPC
> OUIMETTE WINS STADUST CLASSIC


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
PUNTA CANA POKER CLASSIC
NLH Main Event
October 13-17, 2012

Hard Rock Hotel | Dominican Republic
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $552,900
Entries: 380

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MATTHEW WEBER 35
KELLY KELLNER 18
ERIC GRENIER 10
ZACK COOKE 8
GABRIEL ZACALIK 5


KOGOVSEK POWERS THROUGH FINAL TABLE TO WIN WPT NATIONAL VIENNA


The WPT National Series made its way to Vienna, one of the hottest tour stops for the World Poker Tour over the weekend to crown the WPT National Series Champion.

That title now belongs to young Slovak Tomaz Kogovsek. Kogovsek started final table as the chip leader and frankly, his opponents were no match to his power play and his chip stack as Kogovsek eventually clinched the National Series win, defeating Thomas Muhlocker heads-up.

Fourth place finisher, Peter Kamaras, collected Player of the Year points earlier this year at NLH Event #53 earlier this summer at the WSOP.

While the main tour heads to South Africa for the first time this weekend, the next WPT National Series event is currently in Slovenia, at the Perla Casino in Nova Gorica to be more precise, for the PlanetWin365 WPT National Slovenia event.



FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS (EURO)
1. Tomaz Kogovsek €60,600
2. Thomas Muhlocker €42,550
3. David Taborsky €27,370
4. Peter Kamaras €20,260
5. Predrag Kecojevic €15,210
6. Shai Zurr €12,160
7. Robert Heidorn €10,100
8. Blaz Svara €8,100

RELATED POSTS
> CHRISTENSEN WINS WPT VIENNA
> FERRARA WINS NATIONAL VENICE

NEXT WPT NTL' SERIES EVENT
WPT National Slovenia
Perla Casino, Nova Gorica
October 18-22, 2012


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WORLD POKER TOUR NATIONAL SERIES
WPT National Vienna
October 13-16, 2012

Montesino | Vienna
Buy-in: $1,435 | Prizepool: $369,740
Entries: 283

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
TOMAZ KOGOVSEK 35
THOMAS MUHLOCKER 18
DAVID TABORSKY 10
PETER KAMARAS 8
PREDRAG KECOJEVIC 5


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HPT FLORIDA: DENICK PICK OF THE LITTER AT DAYTONA KENNEL CLUB


Final tables on the Heartland Poker Tour usually don't take this long ... but, when championship supremacy is on the line, sometimes, it takes a little longer to get there!

Andrew Denick has won Heartland Poker Tour Florida at the Dayton Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room.

Denick defeated Jeremy Joseph heads-up.

2011 Champion Nick Schwarmann finished sixth in this edition, the second since Schwarmann's victory last sesaon.

Notable players Harrison Gimbel and Chad Batista earned Top 20 finishes in the event.



TOP 20 PAYOUTS (USD)
1. Andrew Denick $138,187
2. Jeremy Joseph $78,166
3. Fletcher Mckinney $50,250
4. Anne Amato $43,271
5. Trevor Renner $33,500
6. Nick Schwarmann $27,247
7. Timothy Shortell $15,912
8. Robert Salaburu $14,796
9. Robin Deeter $13,958
10. Williams Davis $12,953
11. Amelio Amato $11,725
12. Jerome Hall $10,329
13. Jacob Naquin $9,771
14. Scott Wright $8,766
15. Harrison Gimbel $7,817
16. Andrew Kelsall $6,756
17. Walid Maddah $6,142
18. Julian Melancon $5,583
19. Ryan Rodrigue $5,304
20. Chad Batista $4,467

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> RAYMER KING OF THE HEARTLAND?
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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR
HPT Florida NLH Main Event
October 11-15, 2012

Daytona Beach Kennel Club | Florida
Buy-in: $1,650 | Prizepool: $560,000
Entries: 375

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
ANDREW DENICK 35
JEREMY JOSEPH 18
FLETCHER MCKINNEY 10
SHERRY AMATO 8
TREVOR RENNER 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Joe Chaubaud

NEXT HPT TOUR EVENT
HPT Iowa
Prairie Meadows Racetrack
Altoona, Iowa
October 12-21, 2012


Sunday, October 14, 2012

FPS SUNFEST: KARIM EL RHARBAOUI WINS SUNFEST MAZAGAN


Karim El Rharbaoui is the latest PokerStars France Poker Series winner. Rharbaoui wins FPS Sunfest Mazagan and earns 505K MAD (Moroccan Dirham) for his troubles.

El Rharbaoui defeated poker circuit veteran Richard Ekert heads-up while Dutch player Patrick Renkers, who cashed in the WSOP Main Event this past summer in Las Vegas, finished in third position.




Poker veterans Mihails Morozovs, Franck Boyer and Jean Paul Pasqualini all earned Top 20 finishes in the event.



TOP 20 PAYOUTS (MAD)
1 Karim El Rharbaoui 505 000
2 Richard Ekert 390 000
3 Patrick Renkers 210 000
4 Stephane Said 172 000
5 Renaud Lejal 145 000
6 Karaca Fedayi 120 000
7 Cathy Serrat 97 000
8 Antoine Pacaud 75 000
9 Abdelmajid Es Safi 55 360
10 Guilhem Delaporte 43 000
11 Mahdi Et Tabirou 43 000
12 Mihails Morozovs 43 000
13 Franck Boyer 35 000
14 Yury Kerzhapkin 35 000
15 Brahim Benabdellah 35 000
16 Mohamed Houssam 28 000
17 Fabrice Gouget 28 000
18 Khalid Lahlou 28 000
19 Valentin Folshweiler 23 000
20 Jean Paul Pasqualini 23 000

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PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
France Poker Series
FPS Sunfest Mazagan
NLH Main Event
October 12-14, 2012

Mazagan Beach Resort | Morocco
Buy-in: $1,425 | Prizepool: $258,900
Entries: 208

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
KARIM EL RHARBAOUI 35
RICHARD EKERT 18
PATRICK RENKERS 10
STEPHANE SAID 8
RENAUD LEJAL 5

NEXT FPS EVENT
FPS Paris
Cercle Cadet, Paris
November 13-19, 2012
2011: Marvin Rettenmaier


Saturday, October 13, 2012

EPT SANREMO: A FINAL LOOK AT ALL EVENT RESULTS

PHOTO CREDIT: EPT.com (Neil Stoddart)

We take a final look back at EPT Sanremo where Ludovic Lacay was the big winner, scoring 775K EURO for his Main Event victory.

We had several other big names on the circuit collecting first prizes at Sanremo, they include: WSOP bracelet winners Keven Stammen, Vincent van der Fluit, Philippe Boucher, Roger Hairabedian and Dominik Nitsche, EPT London Champ Benjamin Spindler as well as Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Manig Loeser.








Here is a list of event results from EPT Sanremo:

# | EVENT | WINNER, WINNINGS (EURO)
2 | 5K NLH IPT High Rollers | Marc-Andre Ladouceur, 390K
4 | 300 NLH Turbo | Mohamed Akeb, 8K
6 | 900 NLH Turbo | Manig Loeser, 39K
9 | 5K NLH Main Event | Ludovic Lacay, 744K
10 | 2K PLO Turbo 8-Handed 2x Chance | Chris Sly, 51K
13 | 300 NLH Ladies Event | Svetlana Orlik, 5K
14 | 2K NLH Turbo 8-Handed | Keven Stammen, 92K
15 | 2K NLH 1x Re-Entry | Vesa Leikos, 210K
17 | 900 NLH Turbo | Vincent van der Fluit, 42K
19 | 200 NLH Hyper Turbo | Miguel Silva, 4K
20 | 900 NLH | Oleksii Kravchuk, 32K
21 | 10K NLH High Rollers 1x Reload | Benny Spindler, 253K
22 | 900 PLO 8-Handed | Philippe Boucher, 28K
23 | 300 NLH Turbo Antes Only | Balazs Botond, 10K
24 | 900 NLH Heads-Up | Roger Hairabedian, 12K
25 | 900 NLH | Dominik Nitsche, 35K
26 | 900 NLH Win The Button | Sebastian Ghor, 21K
27 | 300 NLH/PLO Turbo | Rumen Nanev, 7K
28 | 5K NLH Turbo 6-Handed | Kilian Kramer, 68K
30 | 2K NLH Turbo | Jose Carlos Garcia, 58K

Results from Jose Carlos Garcia's Event #30 2K NLH Turbo victory can be found below:



EVENT PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 Jose Carlos Garcia € 58,900
2 Bjorn Lindberg € 46,000
3 Zimnan Ziyard € 22,200
4 Igor Pihela € 17,600
5 Thomas Gabriel € 13,600
6 Paul Testud € 10,100
7 Carlos Alvarez € 8,100
8 Kent Lundmark € 6,160
9 Ramin Hajiyer € 5,050
10 Nikolay Tsanev € 5,050
11 Alessandro Traversi € 4,500
12 Dan Smith € 4,500

RELATED POSTS
> SPINDLER WINS HIGH ROLLERS
> THE EVENT THAT WOULDN'T END
> LACAY WINS MAIN EVENT
> LAVALLEE, LACAY, TOMPKINS LEAD THE WAY
> JASON SENSATIONS
> FORSMO OVER A MILLY!
> FORSMO LEADS, TRICKETT BLEEDS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
NLH Main Event
October 11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $2,720 | Prizepool: $261,420
Entries: 104

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
JOSE CARLOS GARCIA 75
BJORN LINDBERG 40
ZIMNAN ZIYARD 25
IGOR PIHELA 15
THOMAS GABRIEL 10
PAUL TESTUD 8
CARLOS ALVAREZ 5
KENT LUNDMARK 5
RAMIN HAJIYER 5

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


Thursday, October 11, 2012

EPT SANREMO: SPINDLER WINS HIGH ROLLERS, GOOD WEEK FOR STAMMDOGG


Reigning and defending EPT London Champion Benjamin Spindler (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-192nd) collects the last POY points available at EPT Sanremo, winning the 10K NLH High Rollers event.

This is Spindler's first live tournament cash since his big London win a little over 12 monhts ago.

Second place finisher Keven Stammen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 28th) had a good time in Sanremo. After his victory in a 2K NLH Turbo side event earlier in the week good for 92K EURO, Stammdogg continued to collect money today. His second place finish earned him 200K EURO.

With his fourth place finish, Joseph Cheong (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 19th) earns POY points for the seventh time this season and moves into the Top 20 in the race for Player of the Year. Subiime's seven scores is one less than Dan Smith and Phil Ivey, who both have eight.

Cheong had a deep run in the WSOP Europe Main Event last season, event won by Phil Hellmuth.

Philipp Gruissem (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 142nd) and Igor Kurganov (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 143rd) - both of which have High Rollers victories in the past few seasons - final tabled the event.

Joel Nordkvist (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-404th), Igor Yaroshevskyy (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-2,182nd) and Brandon Barnes (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-2,182nd) are three other notables who collected POY points this event.

EPT Barcelona Main Event winner Mikalai Pobal finished tenth in this event and failed to collect POY points.



EVENT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Benny Spindler €253,000
Keven Stammen €200,000
Joel Nordkvist €98,500
Joseph Cheong €74,100
Kent Roed €57,600
Philipp Gruissem €41,200
Igor Kurganov €32,900
Igor Yaroshevskyy €24,700
Brandon Barnes €20,600
Mikalai Pobal €20,600

RELATED POSTS
> THE EVENT THAT WOULDN'T END
> LACAY WINS MAIN EVENT
> LAVALLEE, LACAY, TOMPKINS LEAD THE WAY
> JASON SENSATIONS
> FORSMO OVER A MILLY!
> FORSMO LEADS, TRICKETT BLEEDS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
10K NLH High Rollers
October 9-11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $13,320 | Prizepool: $1,064,230
Entries: 84

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
BENNY SPINDLER 100
KEVEN STAMMEN 60
JOEL NORDKVIST 35
JOSEPH CHEONG 25
KENT ROED 18
PHILIPP GRUISSEM 10
IGOR KURGANOV 8
IGOR YAROSHEVSKYY 5
BRANDON BARNES 5

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Thorsten Schafer

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


EPT SANREMO: THE EVENT THAT WOULD NEVER END - LEIKOS WINS 2K SIDE EVENT


It took a few more days than expected, but, the EPT Sanremo 2K NLH Event has crowned a Champion - Finland's Vesa Leikos (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-179th) took down the event is what is, by far, the biggets live tournament cash of his career ... 210K EURO for his efforts.

Leikos defeated 2010 IPT Malta winner Michal Polchlopek (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 135th) heads-up while circuit veteran JC Alvarado (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 168th) finished third.

Former Aussie Millions third place finisher Jeffrey Rossiter (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,182th), two-time WPT winner Jonathan Little (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,601th) and 2011 EPT Sanremo final table participant Jan Bendik (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,925th) are other notables who collected POY points in the event.

Several big-name pros cashed in the event but failed to pickup precious Player of the Year points .. they include: Melanie Weisner, WSOP stand-out Gaelle Baumann, Ronny Kaiser, Benny Spindler, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Nacho Barbero, Faraz Jaka, Sam Chartier and the #1 ranked poker player in the world, Dan Smith.



TOP 18 PAYOUTS (EURO)
Vesa Leikos €210,000
Michal Polchlopek €115,000
JC Alvarado €71,600
Giulio Astarita €57,600
Jeffrey Rossiter €43,700
Radoslaw Morawiec €35,000
Jonathan Little €27,000
Manolo De Vecchis €18,940
Jan Bendik €14,800
Melanie Weisner €14,800
Gaelle Baumann €12,800
Ronny Kaiser €12,800
Oliver Speidel €11,400
Athanasios Polychronopoulos €11,400
Javier Gomez €10,000
Enver Abduraimov €10,000
Dan Smith €8,900
Nacho Barbero €8,900

RELATED POSTS
> LACAY WINS MAIN EVENT
> LAVALLEE, LACAY, TOMPKINS LEAD THE WAY
> JASON SENSATIONS
> FORSMO OVER A MILLY!
> FORSMO LEADS, TRICKETT BLEEDS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
2K NLH Side Event
October 7-11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $2,855 | Prizepool: $1,128,789
Entries: 450

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
VESA LEIKOS 104
MICHAL POLCHLOPEK 64
J.C. ALVARADO 39
GIULIO ASTARITA 29
JEFFREY ROSSITER 22
RADOSLAW MORAWIEC 14
JONATHAN LITTLE 12
MANOLO DE VECCHIS 9
JAN BENDIK 9

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Gilbert Toutati

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


EPT SANREMO: FRENCH FLAIR - LUDOVIC LACAY WINS MAIN EVENT

PHOTO CREDIT: EPT.com (Neil Stoddart)

Ludovic Lacay (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-78th) has won EPT Sanremo, defeating Jason Lavallee (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-155th) heads-up for the title.

Lacay is a well-known and well-liked player on the circuit. The Frenchman already has a bunch of six-figure scores to his credit, the almost 800K EURO won today is the biggest cash of his live tournament career, surpassing the 500K USD he collected by finishing 19th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event.

Lavallee will have to settle as the the bridesmaid for the second time in a major championship. Lavallee, a popular pro from the Province of Quebec in Canada, was second to Tommy Vedes at the 2009 WPT Festa al Lago, the last time he had the opportunity to win a big tournament. Still, there is no shame in winning over 530K EURO for his efforts.

EPT Grand Final 25K High Rollers fifth place finisher Artem Litvinov (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-245th) finished third in event while recent tournament winners Imed Mahmoud (WSOP Europe Kickoff NLH Six-Max Event, (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 145th)) and Matt Salsberg (WPT Grand Prix de Paris, (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-58th)) both earned POY points in the event.

Jason Tompkins (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-255th), who had the chip lead for quite some time in this event, Micah Raskin (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-524th), Ismael Bojang (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-454th), Jonas Mackoff (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,469th), Michael Benvenuti (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-854th) and Thomas Gabriel (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-673rd) are other notables who collected POY points in the event.



TOP 24 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 Ludovic Lacay 744,910
2 Jason Lavallee 538,089
3 Artem Litvinov 283,000
4 Angelo Recchia 225,000
5 Jason Tompkins 171,000
6 Micah Raskin 132,000
7 Adrian Piasecki 96,000
8 Ismael Bojang 65,450
9 Amerigo Santoro 50,000
10 Charly Maracchione 50,000
11 Carmelo Vasta 40,000
12 Iulian Ruxandescu 40,000
13 Jonas Mackoff 32,000
14 Michael Benvenuti 32,000
15 Imed Mahmoud 27,000
16 Matt Salsberg 27,000
17 Alberto Musini 23,000
18 Thomas Gabriel 23,000
19 Negjdel Avdylaj 23,000
20 Giuseppe Cefalu 23,000
21 Yevgeniy Timoshenko 23,000
22 Andrea Furlanetto 23,000
23 Inge Forsmo 23,000
24 Michele Di Lauro 23,000

RELATED POSTS
> LAVALLEE, LACAY, TOMPKINS LEAD THE WAY
> JASON SENSATIONS
> FORSMO OVER A MILLY!
> FORSMO LEADS, TRICKETT BLEEDS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk (Eliminated)


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
NLH Main Event
October 5-11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,905 | Prizepool: $5,037,450
Entries: 797

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
LUDOVIC LACAY 132
JASON LAVALLEE 82
ARTEM LITVINOV 52
ANGELO RECCHIA 42
JASON TOMPKINS 37
MICAH RASKIN 32
ADRIAN PIASECKI 32
ISMAEL BOJANG 17
AMERIGO SANTORO 17
CHARLY MARACCHIONE 17
CARMELO VASTA 17
IULIAN RUXANDESCU 15
JONAS MACKOFF 15
MICHAEL BENVENUTI 15
IMED MAHMOUD 15
MATT SALSBERG 12
ALBERTO MUSINI 12
THOMAS GABRIEL 12

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

EPT SANREMO: FINAL TABLE SET - LAVALLEE, LACAY, TOMPKINS LEAD THE WAY


The United Nations has formed at the final table of EPT Sanremo. A Frenchman, a Irishman, a Pole, an American, a Canadian, a German, an Italian and a Russian - all meeting to determine which one of them will win the 800K EURO up for grabs in Sanremo on Thursday.

The Canadian, Jason Lavallee (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-858th), will be the man to beat on Thursday. Lavallee started Tuesday's play with about 200K in chips - he ended the day with over 1M - and Lavallee refused to let up today as he more than quadrupled his stack again, entering final table play with 5.45M chips.

Lavallee final tabled Event #22 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball at the WSOP over the summer. He is better known for his second place finish at the WPT Festa al Lago in 2009 where he collected a little under 800K USD for his efforts.

Ludovic Lacay (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,708th) is only a few chips behind Lavallee. Lacay final tabled the 5K PLO Championship at the PCA in the Bahamas in January. He has over 2M USD in career earnings.

Jason Tompkins (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-531st), has been in contention for days now in Sanremo. Tompkins, who started the day as the chip leader, will have the third biggest chip stack at the final table.

FINAL TABLE SEAT ASSIGNMENTS/CHIP COUNTS:
Seat 1 - Ludovic Lacay 5,366,000
Seat 2 - Jason Tompkins 3,605,000
Seat 3 - Adrian Piasecki 2,045,000
Seat 4 - Micah Raskin 1,550,000
Seat 5 - Jason Lavallee 5,545,000
Seat 6 - Ismael Bojang 2,845,000
Seat 7 - Angelo Recchia 1,755,000
Seat 8 - Artem Litvinov 800,000

NOTABLE DAY 5 ELIMINATIONS:
Jonas Mackoff, Michael Benvenuti, Imed Mahmoud, Matt Salsberg, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Inge Forsmo.



TOP 24 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 800,000
2 483,000
3 283,000
4 225,000
5 171,000
6 132,000
7 96,000
8 65,450
9 Amerigo Santoro 50,000
10 Charly Maracchione 50,000
11 Carmelo Vasta 40,000
12 Iulian Ruxandescu 40,000
13 Jonas Mackoff 32,000
14 Michael Benvenuti 32,000
15 Imed Mahmoud 27,000
16 Matt Salsberg 27,000
17 Alberto Musini 23,000
18 Thomas Gabriel 23,000
19 Negjdel Avdylaj 23,000
20 Giuseppe Cefalu 23,000
21 Yevgeniy Timoshenko 23,000
22 Andrea Furlanetto 23,000
23 Inge Forsmo 23,000
24 Michele Di Lauro 23,000

RELATED POSTS
> JASON SENSATIONS
> FORSMO OVER A MILLY!
> FORSMO LEADS, TRICKETT BLEEDS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk (Eliminated)


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
NLH Main Event
October 5-11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,905 | Prizepool: $5,037,450
Entries: 797

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 132
2nd position 82
3rd position 52
4th position 42
5th position 37
6th position 32
7th position 32
8th position 17
AMERIGO SANTORO 17
CHARLY MARACCHIONE 17
CARMELO VASTA 17
IULIAN RUXANDESCU 15
JONAS MACKOFF 15
MICHAEL BENVENUTI 15
IMED MAHMOUD 15
MATT SALSBERG 12
ALBERTO MUSINI 12
THOMAS GABRIEL 12

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

EPT SANREMO: JASON SENSATIONS - TOMPKINS, LAVALLEE RED-HOT ON DAY 4


We are down to our final 24 players at EPT Sanremo as only two more days until we crown our next EPT Tour Champ.

Two Jason stole the headlines on Tuesday.

Jason Tompkins (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-531st) was sixth in chips heading into today's play ... and the Irishman wasted zero time accumulating tons of chips and overtaking Inge Forsmo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) for the overnight chip lead. Forsmo will start in second chip position.

The other Jason, Canada's Jason Lavallee (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-858th) was on the bottom half of the chip counts when the day began ... but it certainly didn't take long for Lavallee to boost his chip stack ... Lavallee more than quadrupled his stack on Tuesday. He, like Tompkins, will be looking to position themselves on Wednesday, en route to their first major poker title.

Recent WPT Grand Prix de Paris winner Matthew Salsberg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-81st) held the chip lead for a while today. Salsberg's recent experience will certainly serve him well and we play down to the final table of eight on Wednesday.

FINAL 24 CHIP COUNTS:
Jason Tompkins 2,423,000
Inge Forsmo 2,025,000
Ludovic Lacay 1,731,000
Negjdet Avdylaj 1,702,000
Angelo Recchia 1,700,000
Jonas Mackoff 1,691,000
Iulian Ruxandescu 1,218,000
Jason Lavallee 1,066,000
Micah Raskin 1,042,000
Amerigo Santoro 1,000,000
Adrian Piasecki 1,000,000
Matt Salsberg 783,000
Alberto Musini 768,000
Michael Benvenuti 760,000
Giuseppe Cefalu 715,000
Carmelo Vasta 632,000
Ismael Bonjang 619,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko 533,000
Imed Mahmoud 510,000
Michele Di Lauro 467,000
Artem Litvinov 458,000
Thomas Gabriel 342,000
Andrea Furlanetto 293,000
Charly Maracchione 260,000

NOTABLE DAY 4 ELIMINATIONS:
Luca Moschitta, Isaac Haxton, Laurent Polito, Sofia Lovgren, Justin Bonomo, Morten Mortensen, Shaun Deeb, Fabian Quoss, Christopher Brammer, Michael Watson, David Vamplew, Guillaume Rivet and Roberto Romanello.



TOP 24 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 800,000
2 483,000
3 283,000
4 225,000
5 171,000
6 132,000
7 96,000
8 65,450
9-10 50,000
11-12 40,000
13-14 32,000
15-16 27,000
17-24 23,000

RELATED POSTS
> FORSMO OVER A MILLY!
> FORSMO LEADS, TRICKETT BLEEDS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk (Eliminated)


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
NLH Main Event
October 5-11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,905 | Prizepool: $5,037,450
Entries: 797

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 132
2nd position 82
3rd position 52
4th position 42
5th position 37
6-7th position 32
8-11th position 17
12-15th position 15
16-18th position 12

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


WSOPC STH INDIANA: HIP HIP HEIMILLER!


Circuit veteran and former bracelet winner Dan Heimiller (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-694th) won the WSOP Circuit Southern Indiana Main Event last night, collecting his first tournament victory since winning a WPT Hard Rock prelim event last April in Florida.


Fourth place finisher Timothy Chang (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) earned POY points for the third time this season ... Chang earned POY points at the Chicago Classic in March and in the WPT Parx Open Main Event.

Meanwhile, fifth place finisher Sean Winter (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) collected points for the first time since January of 2011, where he cashed in the Chad Brown Poker Challenge.



FT PAYOUTS (USD)
Dan Heimiller $117,300
Jonathan Taylor $72,516
Chad Eveslage $52,902
Tim Chang $39,239
Sean Winter $29,559
Ki Kim $22,608
Joseph Worth $17,544
Charles Furey $13,810
Kevin Davis $11,026

RELATED POSTS
> FIFTH RING FOR CARTWRIGHT

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Robert Castoire

NEXT WSOPC EVENT
WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond
Horseshoe Hammond, Illinois
October 11-22, 2012


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
WORLD SERIES OF POKER CIRCUIT
WSOP Circuit Southern Indiana
NLH Main Event
October 6-8, 2012

Horseshoe Southern Indiana | Indiana
Buy-in: $1,675 | Prizepool: $510,000
Entries: 340

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
DAN HEIMILLER 35
JONATHAN TAYLOR 18
CHAD EVESLAGE 10
TIM CHANG 8
SEAN WINTER 5


Monday, October 8, 2012

EPT SANREMO: FORSMO OVER A MILLY, 66 SURVIVE DAY 3 IN SANREMO


For the second straight day Norwegian Inge Forsmo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) leads the way in Sanremo.

After earning the chip lead on Sunday, Forsmo continued his strong play on Day 3 today - he is the only player returning tomorrow with over a million chips in play.





Ireland's Jason Tompkins (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-531st) also maintained a big chip stack on Day 3. Tompkins enters Tuesday's play in sixth chip position.

Although Tompkins does have a ton of live scores on his resume, a major win is still missing - could this be the one for the Irish poker pro?

2010 EPT London Champ David Vamplew (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,455th) rounds-out the Top 10.

For the second straight day, the final hand of the evening wasn't too nice to a top pro. After Sam Trickett lost most of his chips on the final hand on Sunday (Trickett was eliminated early during Day 3 play), it was Isaac Haxton's (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 276th) turn to feel the pain on Monday.

All-in pre-flop, Haxton's AK was up against Eric Nhouyvanisvong's QQ ... the flop did make things interesting as Haxton hit two diamonds and Nhouyvanisvong had to sweat a flush draw on the turn and river - which he did.

Although Haxton still has a lot of chips, he would have been near the chip lead had he not been involved in that final hand.

NOTABLE END OF DAY 3 CHIP COUNTS:
Inge Forsmo 1,021,000 (Day 2+3 Chip Leader)
Jason Tompkins 681,000
Charly Maracchione 596,000
David Vamplew 547,000
Isaac Haxton 488,000
Sofia Lovgren 431,000
Michael Benvenuti 429,000
Shaun Deeb 402,000
Micah Raskin 367,000
Matt Salsberg 355,000
Mike Watson 351,000
Justin Bonomo 350,000
Morten Mortensen 344,300
Imed Mahmoud 330,000
Ludovic Lacay 312,000
Luca Moschitta 289,000
Jason Lavallee 240,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko 195,000
Roberto Romanello 145,000
Christopher Brammer 94,100
Fabian Quoss 48,000

NOTABLE DAY 3 ELIMINATIONS:
Walid Bou-Habib, Sam Razavi, Ben Vinson, Stephen Chidwick, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Ana Marquez, Manig Loeser, Chris Moneymaker, Liv Boeree, Jude Ainsworth, Todd Terry, Andre Akkari, Brandon Crawford, Szabolcs Mayer, Mickey Petersen, Sam Trickett, Rupert Elder, Pius Heinz and Nacho Barbero.



REMAINING PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 800,000
2 483,000
3 283,000
4 225,000
5 171,000
6 132,000
7 96,000
8 65,450
9-10 50,000
11-12 40,000
13-14 32,000
15-16 27,000
17-24 23,000
25-32 19,000
33-40 16,000
41-56 14,000
57-66 12,000

RELATED POSTS
> FORSMO LEADS, TRICKETT BLEEDS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk (Eliminated)


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
NLH Main Event
October 5-11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,905 | Prizepool: $5,037,450
Entries: 797

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 132
2nd position 82
3rd position 52
4th position 42
5th position 37
6-7th position 32
8-11th position 17
12-15th position 15
16-18th position 12

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


Sunday, October 7, 2012

EPT SANREMO: FORSMO LEADING, SALSBERG RISING, TRICKETT FALLING AS DAY 2 ENDS


Inge Forsmo (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: NR) has the chip lead as Day 2 of the EPT Sanremo Main Event has come to a close.

A total of 797 players entered the event creating a prizepool of over 5M USD with 800K EURO going to the winner. There are currently 162 players still alive in the tournament.




Recent WPT Grand Prix de Paris Champ Matthew Salsberg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-81st) sits in sixth position hoping that his recent hot streak continues here in Sanremo.

Salsberg could have finished the day with way more chips, but, a misstep with only a few hands left to play cost him some chips.

Jason Tompkins (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-531st), Morten Mortensen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-323rd) and Ben Vinson (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-364th) all ended the day with Top 10 stacks ... 2010 EPT London Champ David Vamplew (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-T-1,455th) is 11th.

On the flipside, it certainly wasn't a good day for Sam Trickett (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-244th), who entered Day 2 play as the chip leader.

Trickett, who finished second at the Big One for One Drop this summer, saw a huge stack of chips disappear on the final hand of the night as Trickett's when former WPT Tour Champion Yevgeniy Timoshenko rivered a straight.

Play continues at 2PM CET (Central European Time) on Monday.

NOTABLE END OF DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS:
Inge Forsmo 606,100 (Day 2 chip leader)
Jason Tompkins 500,000
Morten Mortensen 344,300
Matt Salsberg 338,700
Yevgeniy Timoshenko 336,300
Ben Vinson 335,200
David Vamplew 294,800
Sofia Lovgren 223,800
Justin Bonomo 203,400
Shaun Deeb 188,800
Ludovic Lacay 188,100
Roberto Romanello 174,400
Ana Marquez 162,800
Sam Razavi 155,800
Isaac Haxton 148,800
Jude Ainsworth 137,700
Guillaume Rivet 130,800
Michael Watson 116,000
Micah Raskin 108,200
Stephen Chidwick 108,100
Todd Terry 97,500
Christopher Brammer 94,100
Szabolcs Mayer 94,100
Fabian Quoss 89,100
Liv Boeree 81,400
Chris Moneymaker 70,600
Mickey Petersen 66,300
Nacho Barbero 65,100
Marc-Andre Ladouceur 50,800
Andre Akkari 46,300
Pius Heinz 43,600
Manig Loeser 43,300
Jason Lavallee 37,900
Rupert Elder 31,500
Sam Trickett 21,600



EVENT PAYOUTS (EURO)
1 800,000
2 483,000
3 283,000
4 225,000
5 171,000
6 132,000
7 96,000
8 65,450
9-10 50,000
11-12 40,000
13-14 32,000
15-16 27,000
17-24 23,000
25-32 19,000
33-40 16,000
41-56 14,000
57-72 12,000
73-96 10,000
97-120 8,000

RELATED POSTS
> STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk (Eliminated)


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT San Remo
NLH Main Event
October 5-11, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,905 | Prizepool: $5,037,450
Entries: 797

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
1st position 132
2nd position 82
3rd position 52
4th position 42
5th position 37
6-7th position 32
8-11th position 17
12-15th position 15
16-18th position 12

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


EPT SANREMO: STAMMDOGG DEFEATS KARR TO WIN 2K TURBO


Side event action continues at EPT Sanremo ... what else are you going to do when you get eliminated from the Main Event? You play the 2K NLH Turbo, of course!

And that's exactly what 153 players did, many of them big name players on the circuit, on Saturday in Sanremo.





Former WSOP bracelet winner Keven Stammen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-127th) won the event, outlasting fellow American McLean Karr (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 384th) heads-up to win the title.

Stammen, who has collected over 3M in winnings on PokerStars alone, earned just under 93K EURO for the win ... he also collected POY points at a side event at the PCA and at the WSOP.

Shannon Shorr (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 145th) finished fourth, earning POY points for the fifth time in 2012 while EPT Deauville side event winner Roman Romanovskyi (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 176th) was fifth in the event.

Kent Lundmark (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 1,035th) and Jacques Torby (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,202nd) are a few other notables that collected POY points in this event.



EVENT PAYOUTS (EURO)
1. Keven Stammen €92,900
2. McLean Karr €51,950
3. Atanas Gueorguiev €31,150
4. Shannon Shorr €22,250
5. Roman Romanovskyi €17,800
6. Kent Lundmark €14,850
7. Alexander Zyamin €11,900
8. Jacques Torbey €8,900
9. Jasper Winzerling €6,550
10. Michel Abecassis €6,550
11. Christian Troger €5,900
12. Philippe Narboni €5,900
13. Jude Ainsworth €5,350
14. Daniele Mazzia €5,350
15. Emil Eranosyan €4,760
16. Pierre Cecco €4,760

RELATED POSTS
> THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Fabrizio Leonardi Alfio


PTPR PRELIM EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT SANREMO
2K NLH Turbo Event
October 6, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $2,865 | Prizepool: $386,815
Entries: 153

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
KEVEN STAMMEN 75
MCLEAN KARR 40
ATANAS GUEROGUIEV 25
SHANNON SHORR 15
ROMAN ROMANOVSKYI 10
KENT LUNDMARK 8
ALEXANDER ZYAMIN 5
JACQUES TORBEY 5
JASPER WINZERLING 5

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


EUREKA! LATVIA: MERIKALLIO DEFEATS MACDONALD TO WIN IN RIGA


Consider it a successful first visit to Riga for the Eureka! Poker Tour.

Riga hosted 278 players for the Main Event, all with the hopes of becoming the first winner of Eureka! Latvia.


In the end, Valtteri Merikallio (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-693rd) of Finland won the big prize, taking home over 68K EURO for his efforts this week at the Royal Casino.

Merikallio defeated popular English pro Sam MacDonald (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,248th) heads-up. MacDonald certainly had the Twitter rail rooting for him on Sunday. Although it's not a victory, MacDonald still picks up the biggest live tournament cash of his poker career, collecting over 43K EURO for second.

Another Finn, Joni Nenonen (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,936th), finished fourth in the event. Nenonen lost to recent Unibet Open winner Pratik Ghatge in a side event at EPT London in 2011.



TOP 10 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1. Valtteri Merikallio € 68,800.00
2. Sam Macdonald € 43,700.00
3. Dariusz Paszkiewicz € 24,300.00
4. Joni Nenonen € 18,880.00
5. Gary Clarke € 15,770.00
6. Vitalijs Tarhanovs € 12,950.00
7. Zvonimir Zoric € 10,250.00
8. Normunds Rumba € 8,090.00
9. Marko Martinkovič € 6,060.00
10. Martins Shulte € 4,040.00

RELATED POSTS
> BODIS WINS EUREKA! CROTIA

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Inaugural Event


PTPR CHALLENGER EVENT
EUREKA! LATVIA
NLH Main Event
October 4-7, 2012

Royal Casino | Riga
Buy-in: $1,430 | Prizepool: $362,290
Entries: 278

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
VALTTERI MERIKALLIO 35
SAM MACDONALD 18
DARIUSZ PASZKIEWICZ 10
JONI NENONEN 8
GARY CLARKE 5

NEXT EUREKA EVENT
EPT Prague Poker Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


Friday, October 5, 2012

EPT SANREMO: THE DAWG GETS HIS DAY - LADOUCEUR WINS IPT HR TO KICKOFF SANREMO


It's finally Marc-Andre Ladouceur's (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 64th) time to shine. Ladouceur won the kickoff event to EPT Sanremo on Friday, winning the 5K IPT High Rollers event, collecting over 132K EURO for his efforts.

This is Ladouceur's third six-figure score in less than three months. Ladouceur lost to Terje Augdal in the finals of the EPT Barcelona 10K Heads-Up event.



Earlier this summer, Ladouceur enjoyed quite a deep run in the WSOP Main Event, he is currently being featured in the WSOP on ESPN episodes as one of the big stacks heading into Day 7 coverage.

Ladouceur also enjoyed a deep run at the 2011 Main Event, finishing in 63rd position.

EPT Deauville champ Vadzim Kursevich (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 19th) collected POY points for the fourth time this season, his sixth place finish in this event earn him a place on the Top 20 overall leaderboard.

Kevin Schulz (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-250th), Mihails Morozovs (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 342nd) and Michael Benvenuti (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,239th) are some of the other notables who collected points in the event.



EVENT PAYOUTS (EURO)
Marc-Andre Ladouceur €132,400
Alex Roumeliotis €83,200
Kevin Schulz €49,200
Joel Nordkvist €36,000
Mihails Morozovs €26,500
Vadim Kursevich €18,900
Michael Benvenuti €17,000
Artem Metalidi €15,100

RELATED POSTS
> POBAL UPSETS THE FINNS
> PATEYCHUK WINS SANREMO

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Andrey Pateychuk

NEXT EPT EVENT
EPT Prague Festival
Hilton Prague Hotel, Czech Rep.
December 5-15, 2012


PTPR TIER 3 EVENT
EUROPEAN POKER TOUR
EPT SANREMO
IPT 5K NLH High Rollers
October 3-5, 2012

Casino Sanremo | Italy
Buy-in: $6,900 | Prizepool: $492,505
Entries: 75

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
MARC-ANDRE LADOUCEUR 100
ALEX ROUMELIOTIS 60
KEVIN SCHULZ 35
JOEL NORDKVIST 25
MIHAILS MOROZOVS 18
VADZIM KURSEVICH 10
MICHAEL BENVENUTI 8
ARTEM METALIDI 5


Thursday, October 4, 2012

2012 WSOPE: SIMPLY THE BEST - HELLMUTH WINS WSOPE, 13TH BRACELET


Make it lucky #13 for Phil Hellmuth. 23 years after becoming the World Champion winning the 1989 WSOP Main Event, Hellmuth has captured the WSOP Europe Main Event, becoming the first player ever to win both events ... can Hellmuth make it a triple at the inaugural WSOP Asia Pacific next April? We'll soon find out.

Hellmuth sky-rockets to #3 overall on the 2012 QuadJacks Poker Player of the Year Leaderboard - powered by PTPRpoker.

Hellmuth befriended his heads-up opponent, Sergii Baranov (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-255th), through playing together during the tournament ... and although they were buddy-buddy sharing fist pump after fist pump during today's final table play.

Popular pro Joseph Cheong (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 29th) was o-so close once again to his first major title but he just couldn't overtake the two big stacks (Hellmuth and Baranov) at the table, he will have to settle for a fourth place finish.

The man that many wanted to see make a comeback on Thursday, Jason Mercier (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 222nd), was the first player out at the final table. Mercier started the day low in chips and he simply couldn't get things started.

It's certainly not the finish they were looking for, but, both Kyle Julius (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 15th) and Timothy Adams (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 17th) entered the Top 20 Player of the Year race.

The tandem each scored points at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris last month at the Aviation Club de France.

Christopher Brammer (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 206th), Scott Seiver (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 272nd), Steve Dannenmann (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,132nd), Toby Lewis (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 210th), David Benyamine (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: 639th), Max Silver (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,901st), Curt Kohlberg (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,901st) and Liv Boeree (2012 QJ/PTPR Rank: T-1,901st) all collected POY points in the event.



TOP 32 PAYOUTS (EURO)
1st Phil Hellmuth 1,022,376
2nd Sergii Baranov 632,592
3rd Stephane Albertini 423,360
4th Joseph Cheong 292,320
5th Christopher Brammer 207,648
6th Paul Tedeschi 149,184
7th Stephane Girault 108,864
8th Jason Mercier 84,672
9th Timothy Adams 66,528
10th Scott Seiver 66,528
11th Nicolas Cardyn 52,416
12th Steve Dannenmann 52,416
13th Toby Lewis 40,320
14th Kyle Julius 40,320
15th David Benyamine 32,256
16th Max Silver 32,256
17th Curt Kohlberg 26,611
18th Liv Boeree 26,611
19th Joe McGowan 26,611
20th Sebastien Guinand 26,611
21st Vadzim Markushevski 26,611
22nd Andy Frankenberger 26,611
23rd Vladislav Varlashin 26,611
24th Joe Kuether 26,611
25th Bertrand Grospellier 22,982
26th Ben Roberts 22,982
27th Vladimir Troyanovskiy 22,982
28th Kitty Kuo 22,982
29th Philipp Gruissem 22,982
30th Steponas Venckus 22,982
31st Emil Patel 22,982
32nd Axel Pergolizzi 22,982

DEFENDING CHAMPION
Elio Fox


PTPR PREMIER EVENT
WORLD SERIES OF POKER EUROPE
WSOP Europe NLH Main Event
September 29-4, 2012

Hotel Majestic Barriere | Cannes
Buy-in: $13,465 | Prizepool: $5,195,635
Entries: 420

PTPR POINTS DISTRIBUTION
PHIL HELLMUTH 129
SERGII BARANOV 79
STEPHANE ALBERTINI 49
JOSEPH CHEONG 39
CHRISTOPHER BRAMMER 34
PAUL TEDESCHI 29
STEPHANE GIRAULT 29
JASON MERCIER 14
TIMOTHY ADAMS 14
SCOTT SEIVER 14
NICOLAS CARDYN 14
STEVE DANNENMANN 12
TOBY LEWIS 12
KYLE JULIUS 12
DAVID BENYAMINE 12
MAX SILVER 9
CURT KOHLBERG 9
LIV BOEREE 9

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> ROSADONI WINS FIRST BRACELET
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