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Apr 10 2011

WPT Indiana Hosts Small Field with Less than 100 Players

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The World Poker Tour ventured into new territory in 2010 with its stop at the Hollywood Casino in Indiana, and the Main Event brought 144 players to the out-of-the-way casino, making a prize pool of $1,331,616 and awarding nearly $394K to Carlos Mortensen for the win. This year, the WPT was facing a tough road to match much of that, as Mortensen instead traveled to the NAPT at Mohegan Sun rather than defend his title, and the direct tournament conflict posed a problem.

Registration for the WPT Indiana was open through the start of Day 2, so the numbers reached on Day 1 were not final. With that said, there were 92 players on Day 1, and some of them who tried but failed to make it through the day included Steve Brecher, Dwyte Pilgrim, Joseph Cheong, and Vivek Rajkumar. But when the day concluded, the 57 remaining players were led by Ali Eslami (pictured above) with 147K chips, and also still in the running were names like Allen Kessler, Chris Bell, Shannon Shorr, Jonathan Little, Jack McClelland, Mike Sexton, and Jerri Thomas.

As Day 2 played on, it was announced that the final numbers were in:

Players: 97
Prize pool: $911,800
First place prize: $273,664
Paid finishers: 12

It was the lowest turnout for a WPT Main Event since the tour’s inception. Whether there were too many conflicts for players – EPT in Berlin, NAPT at Mohegan Sun, etc. – or the casino was too far off the beaten path, players did not show up to support it in great numbers this year. With that said, though, a $273K first place prize is still a big deal for some players, and a WPT title is always important.

Play continues to the final table scheduled for April 13.

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

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Apr 9 2011

NAPT Mohegan Sun Draws Big Names but Half the Crowd of Previous Year

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The North American Poker Tour has had its share of difficulties getting off the ground. Though the first season was short, the stops were successful, and even starting Season 2 strong in 2011 with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the NAPT Los Angeles stop had its issues with branding and California laws, and the only other announced stop was Mohegan Sun. A solid field turned out, but it didn’t come close to last year’s numbers.

The $5K buy-in Main Event at the 2010 NAPT Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, brought 716 players into the mix for a prize pool of nearly $3.3 million, and Vanessa Selbst took the title and $750K cash. This year?

Players: 387
Prize pool: $1,736,330
First place prize: $450,000
Paid finishers: 56

There won’t be an editorial here about how there are too many tournaments these days, but there just might be too many tournaments these days.

Main Event action kicked off on April 9 with a star-studded crowd. Some of those who didn’t make it through the day included Kathy Liebert, Chau Giang, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu, and Chris Moneymaker. But on the brighter side of things, there were 230 players who *did* advance to the second day of play, and some of those names were Vanessa Rousso, Vanessa Selbst, Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Victor Ramdin, Carlos Mortensen, Nenad Medic, Jason Mercier, John D’Agostino, Cliff Josephy, Matt Matros, and Olivier Busquet. But the Day 1 chip leader was Chris Tryba (pictured above) with a bag of 173,400 chips.

The final table is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13.

Information courtesy of PokerStars blog, and photo credit to © Joe Giron.

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Apr 8 2011

Satellite Summary: FTOPS, SCOOP, Mini UBOC & Satellites for All

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There are quite a few promotions going on all of the major websites this weekend, so in order to cover a little of three sites that cater to U.S. players, we’re condensing a bit so UB Poker and their Mini UBOC can be added.

Satellites are available for every major tournament – including the big Sunday events – so keep an eye out for those opportunities. Basically, even those with bankrolls that don’t even allow a glance at bigger tournaments can get into the satellites for a few dollars or a player points. It’s the key to taking your roll to another level.

Full Tilt Poker:

Didn’t MiniFTOPS just end? Yes, and that means that the next full-blown Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) is just around the corner. Action starts for the 45-tournament series on April 17, and there will be more than $38 million in guarantees on tap. The lowest priced buy-ins are $100 + $9 for the rebuy events, and the price to pay goes up from there. But never fear because satellites are here.

Event 1: $200 + $16 NLHE multi-entry – look for $10.65 satellite on April 9
Event 2: $240 + $16 PLO knockout – look for $55 satellite on April 10
Event 3: $200 + $16 LHE rush – look for $5.50 satellite on April 9

This is just a small example of what is already available for FTOPS XX, and more will come up on the schedule daily.


We’ve mentioned it before, but in light of this being a very series-centric weekend, we’ll take another look at some of the satellites running for the May Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Action doesn’t start until May 8, but that will launch 15 days of anywhere from six to nine tournaments per day on average. With more than $45 million in guarantees and three levels of buy-ins for each tournament, there’s something for a wide range of players.

Event 1-Low: $20 + $2 NLHE – look for 250 FPP satellite on April 9
Event 2-High: $2,000 + $100 NLHE – look for $82 satellites on April 9
Event 3-Medium: $50 + $5 NLHE 6-max – look for $3.30 satellites on April 10

Satellites for each event – and every level – run daily.

UB Poker:

One of the best promotions on UB Poker is the Mini UB Online Championship (UBOC). Similar to Full Tilt, UB Poker takes its championship series to a mini-level with buy-ins that make the events more accessible to a wider range of players. This spring’s Mini UBOC will run from April 10 to 17, with 27 events and more than $650,000 in guarantees. From $11 rebuy events to the $82 championship tournament, there is something for everyone.

While specifics of the satellites aren’t available without logging in to the website, there are options that range from a few dollars or as little as player points, all of which can earn players their seats into the Mini UBOC events.

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Apr 6 2011

EPT Berlin Starts Strong with 773 Players and Lots of Security

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With a new location and better security, the European Poker Tour returned to Berlin for a popular stop in the series. Since it’s obvious that they want to put last year’s robbery far behind them, I will kindly refrain from all snarky comments and puns. You’re welcome.

So, action began at the Spielbank Casino. It was on April 5 that the first of two starting days launched the 2011 Berlin Main Event, and there were 315 players at the tables, though only 151 made it through to bag their chips. While several names like Henrique Pinho and Arnaud Mattern made it through, it was Phil Hellmuth’s favorite player Cristian Dragomir (pictured on the right) who led the chip counts with 205,500 of them.

Day 1B attracted another 458 players, including names like Boris Becker and defending champion Kevin MacPhee, though only 202 completed all levels and made it to Day 2. The chip leader – and overall leader of both starting days – was Sander Berndsen with 242,900 chips.

The big numbers from the EPT Berlin are:

Total players: 773
Countries in play: 50
Prize pool: €3,865,000
First prize: €825,000
Paid players: 120

Day 2 will kick off with the survivors, including recognizable players like Roberto Romanello, Thomas Bichon, Jason Helder, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and Peter Eastgate. The field of 353 will be reduced significantly as the week continues.

Interesting to note that the EPT Berlin has an official sponsor, something new for the tour it seems. Shamballa Jewels is the “official bracelet sponsor” and will be creating the winner jewels for the current EPT stop as well as San Remo and the Grand Final in Madrid.

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

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Apr 6 2011

Mainstream Media’s Poker Pieces: Space Poker Joker and Slim in St. Louis

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The highlights – or lowlights – of this week’s foray into mainstream media found poker notes in different perspectives. The Lunar Poker Tour was an April Fool’s joke, but we also stumbled upon some of the worst poker writing as well as a St. Louis newspaper that just couldn’t leave Amarillo Slim alone. Granted, the poker media has a difficult enough time, but when that collides with bigger media, things can get interesting.

Poker on April Fool’s Day

Today’s poker tours are getting so big and pricy that a joke about just that made it to the MSNBC “Cosmic Log” on April Fool’s Day. The link to a poker website mentioned a $10 million poker tournament in space with the Lunar Poker Tour on tap for the future. Hey, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker! Whoever gets this one has the ultimate promotion. Who wants to win the online poker race?

Worst writing ever?

This seems to be a reader-submitted “diary” of some sort, but it may be some of the worst “poker” writing ever published. Not only are there grammatical errors galore, but the tips themselves are almost undecipherable. We only link to this because it’s so terrible … and it’s located on a reproductive health website. (Insert your own joke here.)

Slim still slammed

With the World Series of Poker Circuit event moving into St. Louis’ Harrah’s casino, it was only proper that the primary newspaper – St. Louis Post Dispatch – picked up on the story. But the focus of the piece was guest players Amarillo Slim, and the writer had to mention his 2003 indictment while mentioning his place in poker and his accomplishments. Way to attract people to the events, St. Louis!

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