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Record-setting Full Tilt Poker Montreal Main Event

The Playground Poker Club played host to a fantastic poker series that produced a record turnout for the $1,100 buy-in Main Event. The final tally for the tournament saw 1,625 players register for the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival Main Event, shattering the previous record of 1,173 players from the 2012 WSOPC Main Event in Montreal.

After crushing the record, Full Tilt Poker Country Manager Geoff Fardy was quoted as saying:

“Quebec is a hotbed for poker, home to some of the most talented players in the world, including 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel and finalist at this year’s WSOP Marc-Étienne McLaughlin, both of whom played in this event,” adding, “Full Tilt Poker is thrilled to bring a tournament of this calibre to Quebec and have the opportunity to host many of these outstanding players. Breaking the Canadian record is a great indication of the quality of the tournament and Canadians’ love of live poker.”

Heading into the final table it looked the tournament was Vinny Pahuja’s to lose. Not only was Pahuja one of the most experienced and accomplished players at the final table but he took a commanding chip-lead into Thursday’s action.

  • Seat 1: Roger Lamia — 3,380,000
  • Seat 2: Vinny Pahuja — 10,910,000
  • Seat 3: Colin Piche — 3,080,000
  • Seat 4: Zheng Yi Xie — 1,565,000
  • Seat 5: Henri Balcazar — 3,480,000
  • Seat 6: Bill Kontaratos — 6,715,000
  • Seat 7: Guillaume Rivet — 4,865,000
  • Seat 8: Michael Linster — 6,765,000
  • Seat 9: Eric Despres — 7,985,000

But the final table would not follow script, and Pahuja struggled throughout the contest, eventually finishing in a disappointing 6th place. After two more eliminations the final three players decided they wanted to lock-up a bit of the prize-money and cut a deal. The deal saw each player receive at least $150,000, but it was third place finisher Mike Linster who would pocket the most money ($200,000) just nudging past the winner of the tournament Henri Balcazar, who earned $194,046 for the win.

  1. Henri Balcazar — $194,046*
  2. Eric Despres — $150,000*
  3. Mike Linster — $200,000*
  4. Guillaume Rivet — $96,151
  5. Bill Kontaratos — $74,714
  6. Vinny Pahuja — $58,006
  7. Roger Lamia — $44,923
  8. Zeng Yi Xie — $35,150
  9. Colin Peche — $27,269

The festival also saw the return of the Full Tilt Poker live feed that first appeared at the UKIPT Galway series. The feed is made possible by Winmedia, and they have done an excellent job creating a product that not only works (an issue that has plagued live feeds all along) but also innovates. I wrote an in-depth article on the feed back in August, which you can read here: UKIPT Live Stream Could Revolutionize Tournament Coverage

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WPT Announces Alpha8 Stops In London And Johannesburg

The Alpha8 Tournament Series is the World Poker Tour’s ambitious attempt at popularizing Super-High-Roller tournaments and bringing them to a wider, mainstream audience. After a fairly inauspicious debut at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida, the WPT has now announced two more Alpha8 tournaments; one a very safe stop in London, and the other a not-so-safe-stop in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The addition of London to the Alpha8 schedule was almost a certainty, but the decision to host a $100,000 buy-in tournament in Johannesburg is a far more intriguing proposition, and a far riskier venture. While there is always the risk of a poor turnout for one of these events, it seems unlikely that less than a dozen players would participate in a Super-High-Roller tournament held during the WPT London series. On the other hand, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a $100k buy-in event in South Africa could draw just a handful of players, which could be disastrous for the fledgling tour.

The Alpha8 tournament in London will once again be a two-day tournament with reentries, and will take place on October 28th and 29th. The Johannesburg tournament will take place in February of 2014, and will be hosted by the Emperors Palace Hotel & Casino Resort.

Here is a look at the full press release on the two new Alpha8 stops:

Los Angeles, CA (September 26, 2013) – Following its successful launch with WPT Alpha8 Florida, World Poker Tour® is adding two new super high-roller tournaments to its schedule with the £100,000 WPT Alpha8 London starting October 28, 2013 and the US$100,000 WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg starting February 14, 2014.

A two-day event with re-entry, WPT Alpha8 London is designed specifically for an international field consisting of the best-known professional players and wealthiest recreational enthusiasts. Held in Mayfair’s beautiful Palm Beach Casino, the tournament will be played on the glamorous WPT Alpha8 set and filmed for broadcast on FOX Sports 1 in early 2014.

We are very excited to name London as the second stop for our new Alpha8 series,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “With its long-standing reputation as one of the world’s premier cities and financial capitals, London offers all of the amenities any high-stakes poker player could possibly desire. Its combination of culture, fine dining, nightlife, and enthusiasm for high-stakes poker make it the perfect venue for a unique event such as Alpha8.”

Hosting WPT Alpha8 suits the exclusivity of both the tour and the Palm Beach Casino.” said Tony Pearce Managing Director – London Genting Casinos UK Ltd. “We are extremely excited with the expected high-stakes cash games surrounding the event, which will be bigger than anything seen before in London and which will recreate the famous big game held in Macau.”

On February 14, 2014, World Poker Tour’s cameras will travel to the Emperors Palace Hotel & Casino Resort in Johannesburg, South Africa for WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg. Featuring a US$100,000 buy-in with re-entry, this two-day tournament will also be filmed for broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

South Africa is home to one of the most enthusiastic poker communities anywhere, and the gorgeous Emperors Palace Casino is truly a one-of-a-kind gaming destination,” Pliska said. “The resort offers everything the discerning, high-stakes player wants, whether it’s world-class poker or the chance to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive destinations. Emperors Palace truly epitomizes what Alpha8 is all about.”

Poker is one of the fastest growing games in South Africa and an event like WPT Alpha8 is going to be a huge draw for players from all across the country,” said Peermont & Emperors Palace Chief Operating Officer for Gaming, Bob Yearham. “Combine that with the fact this event is taking place at the height of summer in South Africa, and this will truly be a must-attend event for players seeking an unforgettable poker experience.”

The magnificent resort and its five-star hotel is located less than five minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and all players at WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg will receive VIP ground transportation to the resort, one week’s complimentary accommodation at the Doreale Grande Hotel, a dedicated VIP host, and an invitation to a free, two-night safari where they can enjoy the natural beauty of the South African wilderness.

For more information on upcoming WPT Alpha8 events, please contact events@wpt.com.

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PokerStars EPT London Tournament Series Preview

One of the biggest tournament series of the entire year is nearly upon us, as the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) prepares to roll into the city of London from October 2nd through the 12th. This is the second stop of the EPT’s historic Season 10 and if the turnout in Barcelona is any indication, the EPT London could be one for the record books.

The EPT London Main Event will run from October 6th through the 11th and will feature a £5,000 buy-in. When it comes to online sportsbook bonuses Titan Bet Bonus Codes comes second to none!

Throughout its history the EPT London has been a record-setter, eclipsing the UK attendance record in 2009, and besting that record the following year. Here is a look at the Main Event attendance for the EPT London over the years:

  • Season 1: 175 entries
  • Season 2: 242 entries
  • Season 3: 398 entries
  • Season 4: 392 entries
  • Season 5: 596 entries
  • Season 6: 730 entries
  • Season 7: 848 entries
  • Season 8: 691 entries
  • Season 9: 647 entries
  • Season 10: ???

For more information on the EPT London series you can visit the PokerStars EPT website at http://www.europeanpokertour.com/tournaments/london/

Here is a look at the full schedule of 32 tournaments that will take place over the 11-day tournament series:

TIME # EVENT BUY IN
October 2 – Wednesday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 1A £1,000 + £100
21:00 2* NL – UKIPT Turbo – Win the Button! £100 + £10
October 3 – Thursday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 1B £1,000 + £100
21:00 3* NL – UKIPT NL – Turbo £200 + £20
October 4 – Friday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 4 EPT10 Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Day 1 – TV £48,500 + £1,500
17:00 5* NL – UKIPT London Cup Unlimited Re-Entry  – Day 1 £300 + £30
21:30 6 NL – Super Satellite to EPT Main Event £500 + £50
October 5 – Saturday
12:00 1* UKIPT Main Event – Day 3 CLOSED
12:00 4 EPT10 Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Day 2 – TV £48,500 + £1,500
12:00 7* NL – UKIPT High Roller – Day 1 £2,000 + £200
13:00 8 NL – Holdem – EPT Women’s Event £300 + £30
14:00 5* NL – UKIPT London Cup Unlimited Re-Entry  – Day 2 CLOSED
18:00 9* PLO – UKIPT Double Chance £250 + £25
21:00 10 NL – Turbo £1,000 + £100
October 6 – Sunday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 1A £5,000 + £250
12:30 1* UKIPT Main Event – Final Table CLOSED
12:30 7* NL – UKIPT High Roller – Final Day CLOSED
13:00 12 Chinese – Open Face – Unlimited Re-Entry – 30 Minute Levels £2,000 + £200
13:00 4 EPT10 Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Final Table – TV CLOSED
13:00 9* PLO – UKIPT Double Chance – Final Day CLOSED
16:00 13 NL – Omaha High/Low – Turbo Deepstack £300 + £30
18:00 14 NL – Super Satellite to EPT Main Event £1,000 + £75
21:00 15 NL – Last Chance Turbo Super Satellite to EPT Main Event Day 1B £1,000 + £50
October 7 – Monday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 1B £5,000 + £250
20:00 16 NL – Turbo – “8 Handed” £2,000 + £150
October 8 – Tuesday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 2 CLOSED
16:00 17 NL – Holdem – Day 1 £2,000 + £200
19:00 18 PLO £500 + £50
21:15 19 NL – Turbo – Win the Button! £300 + £30
October 9 – Wednesday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 3 CLOSED
12:00 17 NL – Holdem – Final Day CLOSED
13:00 20 NL – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Day 1 £1,000 + £100
15:00 21 NL – Holdem – Single Re-Entry Per Day – Day 1A £1,000 + £100
18:00 22 PLO – 8 Handed £1,000 + £100
21:15 23 NL – Turbo £1,000 + £100
October 10 – Thursday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 4 CLOSED
12:00 20 NL – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 24 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Day 1 £10,000 + £300
12:30 21 NL – Holdem – Single Re-Entry Per Day – Day 1B £1,000 + £100
13:00 22 PLO – 8 Handed – Day 2 CLOSED
18:00 25 PL – Omaha 8 / Stud 8 £500 + £50
20:00 26 NL – Turbo £1,000 + £100
21:15 27 NL – Turbo £300 + £30
October 11 – Friday
12:00 11 EPT Main Event – Day 5 CLOSED
12:00 21 NL – Holdem – Single Re-Entry – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 24 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 handed” – Day 2 £10,000 + £300
12:00 28 NL – Holdem – Deepstack £500 + £50
13:00 29 PLO – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Day 1 £1,000 + £100
17:00 30 8 Game – Day 1 £500 + £50
18:00 31 NL – Holdem – 30 Minute Levels – 8 Handed £1,000 + £100
20:00 32 NL – Prince George Megastack – Day 1 £200 + £20
October 12 – Saturday
12:00 24 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 handed” – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 29 PLO – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 30 8 Game – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 31 NL – Holdem – 30 Minute Levels – 8 Handed – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 32 Prince George Megastack – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 33 NL – Turbo – “6 Handed” £5,000 + £200
13:00 11 EPT Main Event Day 6 – Final Table CLOSED
13:00 34 NL – Deepstack Turbo – £30K GTD – 30K Stack / 15 Min levels £300 + £30
16:00 35 NL – Turbo – “6 Handed” £2,000 + £150
17:00 36 NL – Hyper Turbo – £10K GTD – 10K Stack / 10 Min levels £100 + £10

 

WPT Announces Major Change To $25k Championship Tournament

The changes are continuing on the World Poker Tour. In the course of the past few months the WPT has announced the creation of the Alpha8 Super-High-Roller tournament series; replaced Kimberly Lansing with Lynn Gilmartin as the WPT host; launched a five-stop UK National Series Tour; and this week the WPT announced that the WPT Championship will be moving from the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Since Season 1 (back in 2002) the World Poker Tour’s $25k end of the season championship event has been held at the Bellagio, but all that will be changing for Season XII, as the WPT issued a press release stating that the Season XII Championship will be moving to the Borgata.

The move to the Borgata almost certainly has to do with the partnership between bwin.party (the parent company of the World Poker Tour) and the Borgata in the soon to be launched online gaming industry in New Jersey.

The Borgata has also been one of the few stops on the World Poker Tour that has managed to draw sizable crowds and maintain their attendance numbers since the tour started to wane around 2008. There will now be three televised WPT events held at the Borgata during Season XII of the WPT

Below is a look at the press release issued by the WPT to announce the historic change:

World Poker Tour’s Season XII World Championship Moving to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Tournament Marks WPT’s Third Televised Event from Borgata in Season XII

Twitter: @WPT

Facebook.com/WorldPokerTour

www.WPT.com

Los Angeles, CA (September 17, 2013) – For the first time in its history, World Poker Tour’s prestigious, season-ending World Championship will be held outside Las Vegas at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Together with the currently running WPT® Borgata Poker Open and January 2014’s WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, this event will make Borgata home to three televised WPT tournaments in Season XII.

“We’re very pleased to name Borgata — now home to four of the five biggest tournaments in WPT history — the host of the Season XII WPT World Championship,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “With Borgata’s well-deserved reputation for running world-class tournaments and providing unparalleled service to its players, we believe this venue is perfectly suited to host our season-culminating event. We look forward to working with the team at Borgata to bring the WPT World Championship to new heights.”

Along with the change of venue, World Poker Tour is pleased to welcome PartyPoker as the official sponsor of the Season XII WPT World Championship. “The partnership of WPT, PartyPoker, and Borgata brings together three of the most respected names in poker, and we look forward to making the World Championship more impressive than ever before.” Pliska said.

“We are extremely pleased to be growing our long-standing relationship with World Poker Tour and to be expanding our relationship with PartyPoker, especially as we look to launch Borgatapoker.com,” said Borgata’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “Adding the WPT World Championship Sponsored by PartyPoker is a welcome addition and an important new chapter in the history of this illustrious tournament.”

Borgata’s first televised WPT touranment of the year, the WPT Borgata Poker Open, is running now. With 1,189 entrants, this year’s event surpassed last year’s impressive turnout and genrated a massive prize pool of $3,923,700. Sponsored by ClubWPT.com, the tournament’s final table will be recorded on Friday, September 20 and will air on FOX Sports Network in March 2014. World Poker tour will return to Atlantic City for its second televised event of the season when the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open begins in January 2014.

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November Niner Makes Interesting Staking Offer

He’s already guaranteed ninth place money ($7xx) and now Amir Lehavot is looking to lock-up an even larger payday from his WSOP Main Event final table run, offering 30% of his action at ICM, which works out to $29,248 for 1%.

According to Lehavot, his parents have 10% of his action, a friend has another 10%, and Amir has the other 80% –of which he is now selling up to 30%. Lehavot currently sits in 2nd place behind chip-leader JC Tran.

Normally buying the pretty accomplished Amir Lehavot at even money (ICM) would seem like a good idea against this lineup, but based on the payout schedule Amir would have to finish in 3rd place for investors to see a profit, and the profit would only be about $640 on a $29,248 investment. Of course, should Lehavot finish in 1st or 2nd place, earning investors $14,625 in profit per % and $47,015 respectively.

Furthermore, investors would need to submit tax information should he finish in 3rd place or higher.

Here is a look at the ROI for investors based on each finishing position are:

  • 1st place: 160%
  • 2nd place: 51%
  • 3rd place: 2%
  • 4th place: -30%
  • 5th place: -53%
  • 6th place: -70.4%
  • 7th place: -83.2%
  • 8th place: -92.8%
  • 9th place: -100%

Lehavot explained his reasoning for the pricing on 2+2:

Clearly I believe I have a skill edge and hence my finish distribution is better than ICM and hence this is a +EV investment for investors. I’m effectively selling at no markup.

I understand that investor ROI is quite limited here, i.e. the best case scenario is a 2.6x return. The downside is also significantly lower than when typically buying action, 84% of the time investors are going to get atleast 30% back, etc.
Basically because it’s the FT already the variance I’m transferring to investors per $1 is much smaller than when buying action at the beginning of a tourney.

So anyways, that’s the way I look at it. I’m fortunate enough where selling this action isn’t a high priority for me. Obviously I prefer to sell, and believe it’s a +EV investment for investors, or I wouldn’t have posted. But if I keep my entire 80%, that’s ok. I don’t intend to change the price I’m selling at.

Needless to say, the response to Lehavot’s offer was pretty polarizing; with some players (smart professional players and backers) saying this is good value, while others with the same pedigree claim it is basically a lol offer. Eager to get rewards just by playing your favorite online poker? Check out our Club Titan VIP!

WCOOP and Mini-FTOPS Highlight Tournament Schedules

It’s a very busy time for online poker tournaments, as several tournament series kicked off this past weekend, not to mention the usual slate of big weekend action that can be found across the Internet. The biggest tournaments for the next three weeks will be found on PokerStars (as they always are, but for the next three weeks they will be even bigger than usual) as the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) got underway this past weekend.

In addition to the WCOOP, PokerStars sister site Full Tilt Poker will be hosting the Mini-Full Tilt Online poker Series (Mini-FTOPS) over the next couple of weeks, and over on the Merge Gaming Network the Poker Maximus VI tournament series also got started on Sunday –the Poker Maximus is the only one of the three open to US players.

WCOOP Fever Already Gripping the Poker World

The numbers are a bit mind boggling: 66 tournaments over three weeks, with at least $40 million in prize-pools waiting to be won. This can only mean that the PokerStars WCOOP has returned. The 2013 WCOOP is looking like it will be one of the biggest in the series history (which is no small order) and as always there will be a player of the Series leader-board where players will compete for even more cash and prizes.

In addition to the huge events that will be taking place the WCOOP will also be running countless warm-up and second-chance tournaments, as well as their usual daily and weekly tournaments.

For more information on the PokerStars WCOOP you can visit the following website: http://www.pokerstars.com/wcoop/

Full Tilt’s $3 million Mini-FTOPS

The Mini-FTOPS is exactly what you would expect it to be; an exact replica of the recently concluded FTOPS XXIII with the exception that the buy-in for every tournament has been slashed by a factor of 10. The series will feature 39 events with $3 million in guaranteed prize money.

The Main Event of the Mini-FTOPS will be a $70+$5 buy-in No limit Holdem tournament and will take place on September 29th.

You can learn more about the Mini-FTOPS at the following website: http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/promotions/ftops/mini

Poker Maximus at the Merge Gaming Network

85 Poker Maximus VI tournaments will be held on the Merge Gaming Network in the coming 15 days with $3 million in guaranteed prize-money on the line. The tournament are pretty affordable, with some featuring buy-ins s low as $1.10, but the Main Event will be a bit more exclusive, with a $530 buy-in.

You can learn more about the Poker Maximus series at the following website: http://www.carbonpoker.ag/promotions/poker-maximus-vi.html

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Full Tilt Poker Unveils FTOPS XXIII Schedule

Weeks ago Full Tilt Poker wrapped-up a very successful FTOPS XXIII (Full Tilt Poker Online Poker Series) that saw some massive prize-pools awarded, and some of the biggest names in online poker walk away with FTOPS XXIII victories. Now the site is prepping for the Full Tilt Poker Mini-FTOPS XXIII, which will get underway on September 8th, with the online poker site hosting a 39-event tournament series with over $3 million in guaranteed prize-money up for grabs.

Buy-ins for the Mini-FTOPS events start at just $11, with the largest buy-in is a still-affordable $109.

The Main Event will be a $75 buy-in NLHE tournament with a $750k guarantee.

In addition to the tournament the Mini-FTOPS XXIII will feature a Player of the Series leader-board, which will have the top players over the course of the series competing for some very cool prizes, including a grand prize of free-entries into all FTOPS XXIV tournaments (with the exception of the two-day high-roller event) which has a value of about $12,000.

Here is a look at the complete Mini-FFTOPS XXIII schedule from the www.fulltiltpoker.com website:

Event # Day Date Time (ET) Type Buy-In Guarantee
1 Sunday 8th Sept 13.00 NL Hold´em – Re-entry Tournament $22.00 $200,000
2 Sunday 8th Sept 16.00 NL Hold´em – Escalator Format $33.00 $50,000
3 Monday 9th Sept 11.00 PL Omaha Hi – Re-Buy & Add-On $11.00 $25,000
4 Monday 9th Sept 14.00 NL Hold´em – Re-entry Tournament $109.00 $150,000
5 Monday 9th Sept 17.00 NL Hold´em – Rush Poker $22.00 $25,000
6 Tuesday 10th Sept 11.00 NL Omaha Hi/Lo – 6-Max $22.00 $20,000
7 Tuesday 10th Sept 14.00 FL Razz $33.00 $15,000
8 Tuesday 10th Sept 17.00 NL Hold´em – Multi-Entry Tournament $11.00 $50,000
9 Wednesday 11th Sept 11.00 PL Five Card Omaha Hi – 6-Max $22.00 $20,000
10 Wednesday 11th Sept 14.00 NL Hold´em – Re-buy & Add-On $33.00 $75,000
11 Wednesday 11th Sept 17.00 NL Hold´em – Rush Poker $22.00 $30,000
12 Thursday 12th Sept 11.00 NL Irish $22.00 $30,000
13 Thursday 12th Sept 14.00 PL Courchevel Hi – 6-Max $33.00 $20,000
14 Friday 13th Sept 11.00 NL Hold´em – Freezeout $11.00 $30,000
15 Friday 13th Sept 14.00 Seven Card Stud $22.00 $10,000
16 Saturday 14th Sept 11.00 NL Hold´em – Heads Up $55.00 $25,000
17 Saturday 14th Sept 14.00 PL Omaha Hi – 6-Max Triple Chance $33.00 $30,000
18 Saturday 14th Sept 16.00 NL Hold´em – Rush Poker $11.00 $25,000
19 Sunday 15th Sept 10.00 NL Hold´em – Knockout/Multi-Entry $13.00 $100,000
20 Sunday 15th Sept 13.00 NL Hold´em – Re-entry Tournament $33.00 $250,000
21 Sunday 15th Sept 16.00 FI Hold´em – Escalator Format $22.00 $20,000
22 Monday 16th Sept 11.00 PL Omaha Hi – Heads Up $33.00 $15,000
23 Monday 16th Sept 14.00 NL Hold´em – 6-Max Double Chance $109.00 $100,000
24 Monday 16th Sept 17.00 NL Hold´em – Freezeout $22.00 $40,000
25 Tuesday 17th Sept 11.00 PL Omaha Hi/Lo – Knockout $26.00 $20,000
26 Tuesday 17th Sept 14.00 FL 2-7 Triple Draw – 6-Max $33.00 $10,000
27 Tuesday 17th Sept 17.00 NL Hold´em – 1 Re-Buy & 1 Add-On $11.00 $40,000
28 Wednesday 18th Sept 11.00 PL Six Card Omaha Hi – 6-Max $22.00 $20,000
29 Wednesday 18th Sept 14.00 NL Hold´em – 6-Max Rebuy & Add-On $11.00 $50,000
30 Wednesday 18th Sept 17.00 NL Hold´em – Knockout/Re-Entry $33.00 $40,000
31 Thursday 19th Sept 11.00 10 Game Mix – 6-Max Multi-Entry $55.00 $40,000
32 Thursday 19th Sept 14.00 PL Omaha Hi – Rush Poker $22.00 $20,000
33 Friday 20th Sept 11.00 NL Hold´em – 6-Max Freezeout $22.00 $50,000
34 Friday 20th Sept 14.00 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo $22.00 $10,000
35 Saturday 21st Sept 11.00 NL Hold´em – Two Day Event $215.00 $400,000
36 Saturday 21st Sept 14.00 FL Omaha Hi/Lo – Freezeout $22.00 $15,000
37 Saturday 21st Sept 16.00 NL Hold´em – Rush Poker Re-Buy $11.00 $60,000
38 Sunday 22nd Sept 10.00 NL Hold´em – 6-Max Re-entry $26.00 $150,000
39 Sunday 22nd Sept 13.00 Main Event NL Hold´em – Re-entry $75.00 $750,000

 

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WPT Season XII Ones to Watch Revealed

I’m a big fan of “Rising Stars” and “Ones to Watch” lists, but to be quite honest, it seems like the World Poker Tour (WPT) is about a year behind on their selections. I’m not sure what they think they are accomplishing when they select players who are already on the radar, but it seems every year that most of their “Ones to Watch” list is made up of known quantities in poker.

Take last year for example. Jason Somerville, Shaun Deeb, Xuan Liu, Jason Koon, and Brian Hastings were on the “Ones to Watch” list along with legitimate “Rising Stars” like Amanda Musumeci, AP Phahurat, and Dee Dozier. Really, do we need to be told that Shaun Deeb, Jason Somerville, or Xuan Liu are strong tournament players?

So who is on the list this year? Just four players with between $900k and $2.5 million in career tournament earnings in Jeff Gross, Kyle Julius, Aaron Massey and Loni Harwood (now if they had picked Harwood BEFORE the 2013 WSOP I’d be pretty impressed) as well as Christina Lindley and the relatively unknown Athanasios Polychronopoulos. The final member of the “Ones to Watch” list is Danny Suied who I have never heard of before.

  • Jeff Gross: Career Tournament Earnings – $1,516,829

Gross is a regular on the tournament trail, playing virtually any and every tournament available from smaller buy-ins to Super-High-Roller events. It probably doesn’t hurt that he can count Michael Phelps (yah, that Michael Phelps) amongst his friends.

  • Loni Harwood: Career Tournament Earnings – $981,927

Harwood had a breakout performance at the 2013 WSOP, capturing a bracelet and making three final tables. It will be interesting to see if Harwood is able to travel the WPT circuit or if she decides to keep honing her craft in events like the WSOPC and Heartland Poker Tour.

  • Kyle Julius: Career Tournament Earnings – $2,590,313

Julius is a former online player who has transitioned nicely to the live tournament scene, attested to by his $2.5 million in career tournament earnings. Despite his monetary success Julius has yet to win a live tournament, having finished second in the 2012 PokerStars PCA and a 2012 WSOP tournament.

  • Christina Lindley: Career Tournament Earnings – $197,722

Lindley is still an unproven commodity in the poker world, but she has put together a fairly strong resume of live and online success since taking up the game a few years back.

  • Aaron Massey: Career Tournament Earnings – $1,389,626

Massey is one of those tournament grinders that quietly plugs along year after year, and with nearly $1.4 million in career earnings he is probably due for a big breakout win.

  •  Danny “Miami Boss” Suied: Career Tournament Earnings – $226,494

I’m pretty stumped on this one. Suied is definitely colorful, that goes without saying, but I’m not really sure he belongs on a “Ones to Watch” list unless the WPT knows he intends to play multiple events this season.

  • Athanasios Polychronopoulos: Career Tournament Earnings – $518,755

This is one of the selections I actually agree with this year. Polychronopoulos is a definite rising star in tournament poker so it should be fun to watch his name get butchered throughout the course of the season. Play at the best online poker room today, check out our detailed review on Titan Poker here.

 

888 Poker Signs WSOP Main Event Chip-leader JC Tran

While they may stick a patch on a bunch of players at major tournaments, 888 Poker doesn’t hand out poker sponsorships lightly. Making the cut as a member of Team888 is reserved for a select few, and the latest player deemed worthy of an 888 sponsorship deal is World Series of Poker Main Event chip-leader JC Tran.

Tran isn’t just the WSOP Main Event chip-leader though. Over the course of his long poker career he has racked-up some very impressive accomplishments, and should he win the 2013 WSOP Main Event we are likely looking at a future Poker Hall of Famer.

Here is a look at some of JC’s accomplishments:

  • Career live tournament earnings – $9.5 million
  • Won the $1,500 No Limit Holdem tournament at the 2008 WSOP — $631,170
  • Won the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament at the 2009 WSOP — $235,685
  • 2006 WCOOP Main Event Winner — $670,000
  • Won the 2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic $5k tournament — $523,075
  • Party Poker Premier League III Winner — $300,000
  • Runner-Up at the 2007 WPT LA Poker Classic — $1,177,010
  • 2007 WPT World Poker Challenge Champion — $683,473
  • Eight career Top 7 finishes on the WPT
  • WPT Season 5 Player of the Year
  • 2013 WPT Alpha8 Super-High-Roller runner-up — $526,890

On top of being an excellent poker player, Tran is also one of the most admired poker players by fans, the media and his peers. The extremely well-like poker pro will undoubtedly have the largest section at the WSOP Main Event final table in November, and with the chip-lead and his poker skills he is the odds on favorite to win the tournament.

Here is a look at the 2013 WSOP Main Event Final Table chip-counts:

  1. JC Tran — 38,000,000
  2. Amir Lehavot — 29,700,000
  3. Marc McLaughlin — 26,525,000
  4. Jay Farber — 25,975,000
  5. Ryan Riess — 25,875,000
  6. Sylvain Loosli — 19,600,000
  7. Michiel Brummelhuis — 11,275,000
  8. Mark Newhouse — 7,350,000
  9. David Benefield — 6,375,000

In a press release issued by 888 Poker JC Tran commented, “I am extremely excited to work with 888poker and looking forward to a great experience. I can’t wait to represent 888poker at my best and help in any way possible.”

In the same press release, Inbal Lavi, Vice President of 888poker, stated, “We are excited to have JC Tran join our Team 888poker, his attitude towards the game and inviting personality embodies what we look for in our Team ambassadors. This year Team 888poker will be at its strongest and should bring some exciting content and opportunities to our continuously growing poker room. Good luck to Tran and the rest of our Team.”

*Resources: www.thehendonmob.com, www.wikipedia.org

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WPT Hosting Tourney in Honor of Jerry Buss This Monday

This weekend the World Poker Tour will host a special charity tournament in honor of the late Dr. Jerry Buss. Buss, best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was also a fairly regular participant in high-stakes poker games, with Seven-Card-Stud being his preferred poker game. Buss passed away in February after battling cancer; he was 80 years old.

As a poker player, Buss was known to be a competent and extremely likable practitioner of the game, and was probably a favorite in virtually any stud game in the country with the exception of the ones he chose to participate in. Buss was also willing to help promote the game, as he did when he appeared on two of the games most popular shows: High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark.

While he preferred cash games, in poker tournaments Buss was no slouch, winning five poker tournaments during his lifetime, including his largest tournament score when he won the $200 NLHE tournament at the 2005 Winning O’ the Green series.

Buss also had two very notable finishes: First he finished 3rd in the 1991 Seven Card Event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) which seems to have really kindled his love affair with the game. And as most poker fans know, finished second to Layne Flack in the 2003 World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational –Flack was regular in Buss’s poker games and the two put on a memorable show for the viewing audience.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times:

On Aug. 25 at 4 p.m., the World Poker Tour Foundation will hold the Frank Mariani & Jerry Buss No Limit Hold ‘em Poker Tournament at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.

The guaranteed prize for the tournament is $20,000.

The entry fee is a $365 buy-in, with 25% of the tournament’s prize pool donated to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, which focuses “on the use of sports to promote education, teamwork and self-esteem among Los Angeles area youth.

The tournament was added to the 2013 Legends of Poker tournament series schedule (the Legends of Poker series began back on July 28) and should draw a pretty nice crowd, considering the tournament lines-up nicely right before the Main Event gets underway on August 29th.

You can see the full 2013 WPT Legends of Poker tournament schedule here: http://www.thebike.com/poker-tournaments-los-angeles/legends-of-poker-2013-2013.html

Buss was also honored during the 2013 World Series of Poker, with a special video message from Kobe Bryant delivered before the start of the Seven Card Stud event; a tournament Buss participated in whenever he had the chance, dating back to his 3rd place showing in 1991.

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