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May 23 2011

Sunday Majors 5/22: Big Weekend for SCOOP and PokerStars

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The list of Sunday majors is again missing some of its primary components due to the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). The series was in its last weekend, though, running the final of its 38 events (114 tournaments) with the last of the NLHE tournaments, including the three levels of the Main Event finishing on Monday, May 23.

Big events like the Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Million will be back on the Stars lineup next weekend, and until then, there were a few tournaments on the May 22nd schedule that qualified as the “majors.” The biggest of them was the $750K Guarantee on Full Tilt Poker, which offered an overlay for the players and awarded more than $123K to its winner.

Here’s how the majors finished this week:

PokerStars:

The Bigger $55 ($50 + $5)
Guarantee: $200K
Players: 4,600 (last week was 4,101)
Prize pool: $230,000 (last week was $205,050)
Paid players: 675 (last week was 630)

1st place: OldenHoldem ($29,440)
2nd place: ihufa ($20,585)
3rd place: head07 ($13,708)
4th place: harrie212 ($11,500)
5th place: adamde2ori ($9,200)
6th place: thecolonel71 ($6,900)
7th place: proggrezive ($4,600)
8th place: SupaFlyGreek ($2,760)
9th place: Mr.Cuckoo ($1,794)

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May 21 2011

Scott Seiver Seizes the WPT World Championship Title and $1.6 Million

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The WPT World Championship kicked off on May 14 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas as the Main Event of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The stop on the Season 9 tour was its season finale, and the $25K buy-in tournament was a tradition for the WPT.

The tournament drew 220 players and created a $5,309,500 prize pool. By the end of Day 2, there were still 116 players in the field, and that number thinned to 52 during the third day, ending with Sam El Sayed in the chip lead with 1,107,000 and Nenad Medic in second with 1,098,500.

Day 4 then began to play toward the money for the final 27 players. Hafiz Khan was the bubble player, and Matt Zyman was the first to cash. Others who finished in the money included Doyle Brunson, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Abe Mosseri, and Christian Harder. The day ended with 15 players left and Galen Hall in the lead with 3,438,000 chips, followed by El Sayed with 2,774,000.

The final table was set after a long Day 5, following eliminations of players like David Williams, Daniel Alaei, Nenad Medic, Shannon Shorr, and Sam El Sayed. David Peters exited in seventh to leave only six, with Galen Hall in the lead with 5,095,000 and Scott Seiver close behind with 5,075,000. Justin Young was the short stack with 1.75 million.

May 20 brought the action, though play was a bit slow for the first forty hands or so. Finally, Hall eliminated Young in sixth, and Seiver took out Tony Gargano in fifth. Hall was back in control to eliminate Roger Teska in fourth, but it was Hall who was eliminated in third place by Seiver. Heads-up play started with the 114th hand of the night with Seiver holding 16,305,000 chips versus the 5,695,000 of Farzad Bonyadi. But Seiver took control of the 40-hand match. It was on a board of 10c-6d-2s-Qc-Ks that Seiver bet, Bonyadi check-raised, and Seiver moved all-in. Bonyadi finally called all-in with Qs-10h, but Seiver had Js-9d for the straight. Scott Seiver won his first WPT title and more than $1.6 million.

1st place: Scott Seiver ($1,618,344)
2nd place: Farzad Bonyadi ($1,061,900)
3rd place: Galen Hall ($589,355)
4th place: Roger Teska ($371,665)
5th place: Tony Gargano ($278,749)
6th place: Justin Young ($225,654)

All information and photos courtesy of the World Poker Tour Live Updates team.

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May 20 2011

Erik Seidel Wins Another in 2011 with WPT Super High Roller Victory

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The trend of hosting “high roller” events in the midst of tournament series was picked up by the World Poker Tour. In the wrap session of Season 9 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, organizers held a $100K buy-in Super High Roller event during the Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

The two-day event started on May 18 and looked to finish and film before the May 20 final table of the WPT World Championship. While some were worried that turnout might be low, the results showed 29 players in the field, all willing to put up the $100K buy-in.

Players: 29
Prize pool: $2,802,000
First place prize: $1,092,780
Paid finishers: 5

Some of the players who exited on Day 1 included Justin Smith, Dan Cates, Phil Laak, Tony G, Tom Marchese, and Phil Galfond. It ended with 17 players going into the second day and Justin Bonomo holding the chip lead with 1,837,000. The rest of the top five, in order, were Vivek Rajkumar, Erick Lindgren, John Morgan, and Randy Dorfman

Day 2 started with the elimination of Eugene Katchalov and moved forward as players like Gabe Kaplan, Rick Solamon, and Sam Trickett exited. Cary Katz was the bubble player out in sixth place. Justin Bonomo was out in fifth at the hands of Erick Lindgren, and a while after the dinner break, Lindgren also took out Rajkumar. Lindgren eventually eliminated long-time friend Negreanu, and Lindgren launched into heads-up play with the lead over Erik Seidel. But Seidel took that lead, and the two decided to pause the match at 12:30am that night. When they resumed on May 20, they exchanged double-ups but Seidel began to soar. Finally, on a flop of Ac-4c-2c, Seidel bet, and Lindgren check-raised all-in with Jc-3h. Seidel called with Ah-5h. The 9d and 2s kept top pair in the lead, left Lindgren out in second place, and gave Seidel another high roller tournament victory.

1st place: Erik Seidel ($1,092,000)
2nd place: Erick Lindgren ($700,500)
3rd place: Daniel Negreanu ($448,320)
4th place: Vivek Rajkumar ($336,240)
5th place: Justin Bonomo ($224,160)

All information and photos courtesy of the World Poker Tour Live Updates team.

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May 16 2011

Sunday Majors 5/15: $1 Million Guarantee on Full Tilt Garners $1.5M Prize Pool

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What’s left of the Sunday majors is an ever-changing scene. Two of the big PokerStars tournaments – Bigger $55 and Sunday Storm – have lost significant players in the last two weeks, possibly due to concurrently running SCOOP events, though the Sunday 500 actually gained player this week. And the big offering on Full Tilt Poker each Sunday changes of its own volition, as last week it was the $750K Guarantee with a $200 buy-in, and this week it was the $1 Million Guarantee with a $600 buy-in. Ever-changing for certain.

No matter, the online poker world must be glad to see any tournaments on the “majors” list after losing U.S. customers one month ago. As Americans continue to begrudge the developments of Black Friday, the rest of the world can count on some online poker in their world.

This weekend’s stats are as follows:

PokerStars:

The Bigger $55 (formerly DNG Sunday Special) ($50 + $5)
Guarantee: $200K (reduced from $300K)
Players: 4,101 (last week was 4,492)
Prize pool: $205,050 (last week was $224,600)
Paid players: 630 (last week was 675)

1st place: uknowProsky* ($21,079.47)*
2nd place: tukker1988 ($18,930.33)*
3rd place: fsp04 ($17,200.54)*
4th place: birs320 ($10,252.50)
5th place: pokerpimps81 ($8,202.00)
6th place: Play4vodka ($6,151.50)
7th place: CHIQUIDEALER ($4,101.00)
8th place: spoonface ($2,563.12)
9th place: cookymon$ter ($1,660.90)
*3-way deal

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May 16 2011

Solid Turnout for WPT World Championship at Bellagio, Mosseri Leads after Day 2

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The ninth season of the World Poker Tour was ready to wrap, but not before the WPT World Championship played out. As part of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the WPT Main Event was the grand finale of the season with a $25K buy-in and elite field.

Players had plenty of time to register into the second day of play, but Day 1 concluded with some initial numbers. There were 188 players who entered the Main Event, and approximately 170 survived the day. And from that crowd, Christian Harder was the chip leader with 249,975 chips, followed by Ali Eslami with 240,475.

Day 2 added another 32 players to the field to add up to 220 for the registration total, which was higher than most industry people anticipated. While a lot of money is still tied up on online sites and with the WSOP on the horizon, a $25K buy-in was high, but the players responded with a favorable turnout. Here are the details:

Players: 220
Prize pool: $5,309,500
First place prize: $1,618,344
Paid finishers: 27

When that day ended, only 116 players remained, and Abe Mosseri (pictured above) was in the chip lead with 685,200, and Alan Sternberg was in a somewhat distant second with 606,400 chips. Steven Kelly and Roger Teska followed as the only other players above the 500K mark.

The final table is scheduled for Friday, May 20.

All information and photos courtesy of the World Poker Tour Live Updates team.

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