by Thomas Hackett | Published: Friday, May 17th, 2013
Little known Max Altergott has upset some of the biggest names in Poker to win the 2013 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller.
Altergott took home €1,746,400 for the victory, which was incredibly his first ever cash in a live tournament event.
The German has made a living play high stakes heads-up cash games but has only recently started playing live tournaments and his decision to enter this tournament was made at the last minute.
“I wasn’t able to put up €100,000 myself so I had to find some people that wanted to buy a share as well,” Altergott said.
“I was really looking forward to going to Vancouver for a Spring Championship of Online Poker event so I wasn’t sure about this event but at the last minute I decided to take a shot.”
Altergott was quick to pay credit to the other players at the final table and didn’t believe his high-stakes experience gave him an edge in the pressure stages of the tournament.
“I wouldn’t say I handled the pressure better than other players,” Altergott said.
“All the other players have been pros themselves and they are very, very good.”
Altergott went into heads-up with only a narrow advantage over Team Pokerstars pro Jason Mercier but wasted little time claiming his first live tournament victory.
“It was a very short heads-up battle so I can’t really say too much about it,” the German said.
“I was so happy to win the final hand on the river, my heart was beating like crazy.”
Even though he wasn’t able to win the tournament a second place finish was enough to see Mercier climb to the top of the Global Poker Index top 300 tournament poker players in the world list – ending the reign of Marvin Rettenmaier.
You can join Jason Mercier and a number of other leading poker professionals at Pokerstars.
by Thomas Hackett | Published: Monday, May 13th, 2013
Steve O’Dwyer outplayed some of the biggest names in Poker to win the Pokerstars European Poker Tour Grand Final at Monte Carlo on Sunday.
O’Dwyer negotiated players of the caliber of Jason Mercier, Noah Schwartz and Daniel Negreanu at the final to take home the first place prize of €1,224,000 but admitted he needed a bit of luck to do so.
“Coming into the final table I knew that I needed to get lucky to win,” O’Dwyer said.
“All these guys are so good and it was really going to come down to who had the best day and that was me.”
The first player eliminated from the final table was former APPT Sydney and ANZPT Melbourne winner Grant Levy and he was quickly followed to the rail by Mercier – who was considered by many to be the biggest threat at the final table.
After an hour of fairly conservative play the table exploded when Jake Cody and Schwartz both went all-in on the same hand only to be eliminated by Negreanu.
Negreanu was full of confidence after claiming the massive pot and was in a fabulous position to claim his first ever European Poker Tour Title.
However, it was not too be for Negreanu who was desperately unlucky when his Pocket Queens didn’t hold up against the Pocket Nines of Johnny Lodden.
After Negreanu’s elimination the tournament was anybody’s to win and O’Dwyer, Lodden and Andrew Pantling who took turns at holding the chip lead.
O’Dwyer eventually eliminated Lodden but Pantling held a narrow chip lead and refused to consider the possibility of a deal.
O’Dwyer admitted that Pantling refusing to take a deal put more pressure on the heads-up battle.
“I thought that the toughest part was over when we got to heads-up,” O’Dwyer said.
“There was more pressure when he didn’t want to deal, it was very stressful but I’m glad that I ran as well as I did.”
O’Dwyer quickly took the chip lead away from Pantling and raced away to a sizeable advantage after he won a monster pot just after the dinner break.
Pantling looked as though he might have been able to get himself back in the contest when he moved all-in with a flush but was devastated when O’Dwyer made quads on the turn to win the tournament.
O’Dwyer has narrowly missed out on winning a European Poker Tour title on a couple of occasions in the past and said it was “very satisfying” to finally win one of the prestigious events.
The European Poker Tour Grand Final is not over just yet with €100,000 Super High Roller taking place and we will keep you up to date with all the action here at Poker.com.
The final table of this tournament was packed full with Team Pokerstars Pros and you can join them online by signing-up and depositing today!
by Thomas Hackett | Published: Sunday, May 12th, 2013
As the world’s leading poker players head to Monte Carlo for the European Poker Tour Season Nine Grand Final Pokerstars has released the schedule for Season Ten of the popular tournament circuit.
There haven’t been many changes made to the schedule for Season Ten and the EPT will kick-off once again in Barcelona before heading to London, Prague, the Bahamas, Deauville, Berlin, Sanremo and Monaco.
European Poker Tour President Edgar Stuchly said the focus was on making the tour as stable as possible.
“Players at the EPT will see that we have made a deliberate decision to focus on stability,” Stuchly said.
“During a successful Season 9 where we decided to host fewer and bigger events incorporating the national tours, we listened to an enormous amount of player feedback who valued less time spent travelling, and more time spent playing.”
The European Poker Tour focused on turning each stop on the tour into a true Poker festival with buy-ins that suit players with bankrolls of all sizes.
High Roller events have become a major part of the professional poker circuit in recent years and this will continue in Season Ten of the EPT with more High Roller tournaments scheduled for every stop.
Leading Team Pokerstars pro Daniel Negreanu said he was delighted with the schedule and was excited to visit exotic locations around Europe.
“Really excited to see all of the top EPT spots back for Season 10 and think this is the best schedule yet with several big festivals planned, which is great for those making the trip overseas,” Negreanu said.
“It really gives players the bang for their buck with all of the side events available at each stop.”
Satellites for Season Ten of the European Poker Tour will begin at Pokerstars on Wednesday May 15th and give amateur poker players the opportunity to qualify for a major event for as little as $1.
Sign-up and deposit at Pokerstars to give yourself the opportunity to join the pros on the European Poker Tour.
by Thomas Hackett | Published: Friday, May 10th, 2013
The Pokerstars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event is set for a thrilling finish with a number of leading players still in contention to win the tournament.
At the conclusion of Day 3 only thirty-four players remained in the hunt while the top ten was filled with some of Poker’s biggest names including John Juanda, Noah Schwartz, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu.
Team Pokerstars professional Johnny Lodden increased his chip lead and now has a commanding stack of 1,232,000, well clear of Steve O’Dywer (963,000), Andre Pantling (943,000) and Juanda (939,000).
Juanda is a five time World Series of Poker bracelet winner but hasn’t claimed a major tournament victory since his win in the $ 10,000 No Limit Deuce To Seven Draw World Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker.
He finished second in the 2010 European Poker Tour London Main Event and will be desperately hoping to go one better this weekend.
In contrast tenth placed Negreanu is coming of a major tournament victory after his win in the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event.
The Canadian is playing some of the best poker of his career and sounds as though he is full of confidence.
“In the money at the European Poker Tour Grand Final,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.
“My third cash in a row coming one off a fourth and a win at the WSOP APAC.
“Might as well do it again.”
Fellow Team Pokerstars pro Jason Mercier is well positioned for a deep run with 746,000 in chips.
Mercier has already had a successful European Poker Tour Grand Final, winning the € 2,000 Open Face Chinese Poker event, and is a leading contender to add another EPT Title to his resume.
Day four of the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main commences soon and you can stay up to date with all the action at Poker.Com.
You can play online poker with Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and Johnny Lodden at Pokerstars.
by Thomas Hackett | Published: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
It is an incredibly busy week in the world of Poker with European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Circuit events taking place around the globe.
Paul Klann leads Canadian Spring Championship
Paul Klann has a substantial chip lead heading into Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship taking place at the Playground Poker Club.
Klann currently has 1,793,000 in chips with forty-four players remaining and is in an excellent position to win his second WPT Title this season after winning the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic earlier in the year.
Klann and World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic Winner Ravi Raghavan were two of few big names to advance to the third day of the tournament with leading poker pros such as: Jeff Madsen, Huck Seed and Matt Salsberg all eliminated before the end of the day.
Day three of the Canadian Spring Championship kicks off shortly and we will keep you up to date with all the action.
Dan Smith Takes Early Chip Lead in EPT Grand Final
Dan Smith is the chip leader after the opening flight of the Pokerstars Monte Carlo European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.
Only fifty-three players managed to survive the opening flight of the tournament and Smith (136,500) currently holds a narrow chip lead over Pablo Fernandez (135,900), Freddy Deed (133,900), Arlo Dotson (127,100) and Jake Cody (119,000).
EPT officials will be hoping the second flight draws more players as the 108 players that took part today was down 163 players on the same stage of the tournament last year.
The second flight of the Main Event is underway and features a number of leading players including Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen and Vanessa Selbst.
Chris Reslock Breaks World Series of Poker Circuit Record
Veteran Chris Reslock has become the most successful player in World Series of Poker Circuit history after capturing his seventh Gold Ring in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Reslock won his sixth ring in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em event earlier in the week and has now vaulted past Alex Masek as the all-time Gold Rings leader.
Reslock will have an opportunity to add to his collection of Rings when he takes part in the World Series of Poker National Championship at the end of May.
You might not be able to play at the WPT, EPT or WSOP but you can find a great deal of poker action at Titan Poker.