Archive for the ‘Poker’ Category

Apr 28 2011

First WPT Foray to Seminole Hard Rock in Florida Dubbed a Success

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As the World Poker Tour proceeded to round out its ninth season, just before heading to Las Vegas for the WPT Championship, the crew and players headed to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino for the aptly named Seminole Hard Rock Showdown. Many players were anxious to participate in live poker in the United States considering their online poker options were recently severely limited.

Registration was open for the $10K buy-in tournament well into Day 2, but a total of 406 players turned out on Day 1 to get things started. When that day was done, only 290 players remained standing, and Randy Dorfman was the chip leader with 160K.

The second day added another 27 players before registration closed. With the total number of players at 433, the first prize eclipsed the $1.1 million mark and made the tournament a success. It will be no surprise to see this become a regular stop on the WPT going forward.

The important numbers:

Players: 433
Prize pool: $4,156,800
First place prize: $1,122,340
Paid finishers: 45

With ten levels complete, Day 2 ended with 145 players still standing. Leading the pack was Todd Terry (pictured above with Chino Rheem) with 296,400 chips, followed by Charles Wiper holding 273,100.

The tournament will find its way to a final table on May 2 to crown a new WPT champion.

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

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Apr 28 2011

Smaller but Still Solid Field at EPT San Remo

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The last stop before the European Poker Tour Grand Final is always a hit, and San Remo was no different this year. The 2010 San Remo tournament, the title of which was claimed by Liv Boeree, attracted 1,240 players and the prize pool exceeded €6 million. The 2011 stop looked to do nearly as well.

Action started on April 27 with Day 1A and 438 players, and though reports varied as to how many made it through the day, the official release stated that 211 players were still in the game. Leonid Bilokur of Russia was atop the leaderboard with 187,900 chips.

Day 1B brought another 549 players into the mix, and though the final registration number of 987 didn’t match the previous year, it was a strong showing and better than the last stop at Berlin.

Breakdown of the final numbers:

Total players: 987
Countries in play: 57
Prize pool: €4,786,950
First prize: €930,000
Paid players: 144

That second starting day ended with Team PokerStars Pro Ruben Visser of Holland (pictured above) in the top spot, taking the overall chip lead with 251,500. One of the casualties of the day, however, was last year’s champion Liv Boeree, who wasn’t able to make it through the evening for a repeat attempt.

Day 2 kicked off on April 28 with big names still in the field, including Joe Cada, Vanessa Selbst, Carter Phillips, Roberto Romanello, Victor Ramdin, and Martin Hruby. There were 249 survivors from the day in total, and combined with the 211 from the first day, a group of 460 players headed into another action-packed day.

The tournament will wrap its final table on May 3.

Thanks to PokerStars Blog for the live updates and Neil Stoddart for the photo.

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Apr 27 2011

Mainstream Media’s Poker Pieces: Tangled Web of Politics and Poker

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Surprisingly, I’m not referencing Black Friday or any of the recent articles in the mainstream media about the online sites, indictments, or payment processing. Poker finds its way into the general news cycle in other ways, though the recent news about poker may have inspired some writers to use more of the game’s terminology.

This week, the politicians are bluffing and moving all-in, while a poker chip set scared the begeezus out of the FBI. Oh, the irony.

Politicians All In

An opinion column in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel went for the overuse of the poker term all-in to make a point about Wisconsin politicians and some of their recent decisions as elected officials. The point was made, but the excessive use of the all-in lingo could lead us to believe the author only played one game of no-limit hold’em and lost by moving all-in.

Barbour Knows How to Bluff

On Sunday, this writer at the Clarion Ledger speculated that Governor Haley Barbour was hinting at running for the 2012 Republican Presidential ticket. The poker references abounded and concluded with the author’s admission that he’s no poker player but believed Barbour was in the race. Not long after that piece was published, Barbour announced that he was not going to pursue the nomination. It turned out that Barbour sat at the table, showed his money to the dealer, but as the other players salivated at the sign of the fish, he left the game.

FBI Cracks Down on Poker Chips

Evidently, a poker chip case looks terribly like a suspicious package. Someone left their chip case near the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it was reported to the police, who shut down part of the main street and the entire FBI building to investigate the suspicious item. They even used an X-ray machine to detect its contents: poker chips. Scary! Wonder if an attorney for the Department of Justice left it there after a home game…

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Apr 25 2011

Smyth Defeats Sunar to Win 2011 Irish Poker Open

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It’s not one of the major tournament series. In fact, it’s not a series at all, but the Irish Poker Open has grown exponentially in popularity through the years. It was first established in 1981 and is the second longest running poker tournament in the world aside from the World Series of Poker.

This year, the €3,500 buy-in NLHE Main Event was held in Dublin, and action started on April 22. When registration closed, there were 615 players in the tournament, which put the prize pool at €1,968,000, enough to pay the top 64 finishers and give €550K to the winner.

As always, the event drew some big names, like Sam Trickett, Andy Black, Roberto Romanello, Alan Smurfit, Padraig Parkinson, Jake Cody, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot, and Julian Thew. Only 287 of the crowd made it through to Day 2, and it was late in that day that the money bubble burst. There were only 55 players who moved on to Day 3, and some who cashed but failed to make the final table included Michael Tureniec, Noel Furlong, JP Kelly, Marty Smyth, and Jude Ainsworth, and Andy Black was the tenth place finisher.

The final table played out on April 25, with Niall Smyth as the starting chip leader (2,038,000 chips) and Niall McCann as the short stack (434,000 chips).

Smyth began by eliminating McCann, but it was Seamus Cahill who stepped up to eliminate John Eames in eighth and Rob Taylor in seventh, and Surinder Sunar took out Karl Rudwall in sixth. Cahill was back to send Aleksi Savela home in fifth, but Smyth was able to eliminate Cahill in fourth place. Sunar busted Martin Petri to leave only two players, Sunar with 3.4 million and Smyth with 8.8 million. Sunar doubled up to even the stacks, but just as Sunar took the lead, Smyth doubled back to a commanding lead. The final hand saw Sunar all-in with A-9 to the Q-5 of Smyth, and the board came 10-3-3-2-5 to river the winning pair. Sunar took second place, and Smyth became the 2011 champion.

1st place: Niall Smyth (€550,000)
2nd place: Surinder Sunar (€290,000)
3rd place: Martin Petri (€180,000)
4th place: Seamus Cahill (€145,000)
5th place: Aleksi Savela (€115,000)
6th place: Karl Rudwall (€85,000)
7th place: Rob Taylor (€63,000)
8th place: John Eames (€45,000)
9th place: Niall McCann (€30,000)

Information and photo courtesy of the PaddyPowerPoker blog.

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Apr 25 2011

Sunday Majors 4/24: A New State of Reduced Guarantee Affairs

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It was the second Sunday in a row with reduced guarantees and no United States players. For many poker fans and players, it was also another difficult day to know that they – and some of their favorite players – would not be at the tables.

As for our coverage, UB Poker no longer offers an type of Sunday guarantee over $75K, so they’ve been dropped from the list of Sunday majors. Full Tilt was light this week because of FTOPS tournaments replacing some of the usual events, and we’re only including the Sunday Mulligan with its dramatically reduced guarantee of $50K only until some of the other events return in coming weeks. And PokerStars renamed its DNG Sunday Special as The Bigger $55, but most of its guarantees stayed above $200K and thus remain listed below.


Sunday Warm-Up ($200 + $15 NLHE)
Guarantee: $500K (reduced from $750K)
Players: 3,364 (last week was 3,737)
Prize pool: $672,800 (last week was $747,400)
Paid players: 495 (last week was 540)

1st place: abeainy ($105,630.68)
2nd place: ALKADYPA ($78,717.60)
3rd place: charoff ($55,506.00)
4th place: busto_soon ($38.686.00)
5th place: drifto99 ($28.594.00)
6th place: risk2Dupside ($21,866.00)
7th place: LuckyOrel ($15,138.00)
8th place: Jabracada ($8,410.00)
9th place: Coxxa ($5,382.40)

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