Archive for November, 2012

Local Hope Wins World Poker Tour Montreal

by | Published: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Québécoise Jonathan Roy outlasted a massive field of 1173 players to win the inaugural World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event and the $779,710 first prize.

The tournament was one of the biggest in the history of the World Poker Tour as Canadians flocked to the first WPT event held in the Great White North since 2008.

Fittingly the tournament was decided by a heads-up battle between two Canadians and Roy was quick to pay credit to runner-up Pascal Lefrancois.

“I thought I had an advantage over most of the opponents [at the final table] but Pascal Lefrancois is a very good player so I don’t think I had much of an advantage over him,” Roy said.

“I played pretty well but in the end it was a flip so I got lucky.”

Roy had to overcome a star studded final table with well-known professional poker players Jeff Gross and Gavin Smith both making deep runs in the tournament.

Gross and Smith grew a big crowd and the rail for the final table included Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

“I was really focused today but it was really fun to see all those people like Michael Phelps and a player from the Montreal Canadians and have them watch us play,” Roy said.

The victory was a long-time coming for Roy who experienced severe disappointment after he finished in ninth position in the World Poker Tour Malta Event.

“In Malta I had a good stack going into the final table but I lost with pocket aces against Ace-Jack which I didn’t feel very good about but I got a chance to make up for that here so it’s good,” Roy said.

Roy isn’t finished with the World Poker Tour for this season and is hoping to add another title to his name before the end of the year.

“I’m probably going to go to Prague this weekend. It wasn’t planned but I said to my friend if I win it I will go,” Roy said.

The WPT Prague event begins on December 3.

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Geoff Smith Wins ANZPT Auckland Event

by | Published: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

New Zealander Geoff Smith has scored the biggest victory of his poker career by winning the ANZPT Auckland $2000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event.

Smith outlasted a field of 207 players to take home the first prize of NZ$ 80,502.

The final table of the tournament was played at a rapid pace with Smith claiming victory after only over three hours of play on the final day – making it the shortest final table in ANZPT history.

Smith was shocked that the event had wrapped up so quickly.

“I didn’t think it would be over that quickly to be honest it was crazy,” Smith said.

“It was quiet an aggressive final table so for me it was just a matter of sitting back and watching the others knock each other out for a while and just try to pick up a couple of hands.”

Smith said the turning point of the final table was when he picked up pocket aces and was able to take the chip lead by eliminating the only female at the table Monica Eastick in fourth position.

“I got aces and knocked poor Monica out and I took the chip lead and it was all over,” Smith said.

Smith is a veteran of the New Zealand poker circuit and believes he is currently playing in career best form.

“I played well in the Aussie Millions earlier this year and I thought I was playing really well and I thought I played really well here,” Smith said.

“It’s definitely one of the top moments of my poker career and hopefully there will be more to come.”

The event was the final ANZPT event of 2012 but the circuit will resume in 2013 in Perth.

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Doyle Brunson Fighting Cancer

by | Published: Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Poker legend Doyle Brunson announced last week that he is fighting a form of skin cancer known as squamous-cell cancer.

The seventy-nine-year-old revealed the news on his twitter account last Tuesday.

“It was malignant. 4 times I have heard that in my life. Chilling way to start the day. Squamas cell cancer, nothing to worry about.#yeahright,” Brunson said on Twitter.

Brunson, affectionately known as the godfather of poker, received support from a number of big names in the poker industry.

“Normal health rules don’t apply to you sir. You’ll be 150 and keep doctors shaking their heads cause they can’t explain St.Louise,” Daniel Negreanu said on Twitter.

This is the fourth time that Brunson has been diagnosed with cancer and he was lucky to survive a particularly nasty bout of the illness in 1962.

Doctors had all but given up hope of saving Brunson and performed a radical surgery that they hoped would keep him alive long enough to see the birth of his first child.

Miraculously the surgery was a complete success and after eight hours doctors were stunned to find that there were no traces of the cancer in Brunson’s system.

The well-read poker author discussed the ordeal in his bestselling booker Super System 2.

“The odds against merely surviving the operation itself were very high. A month earlier the black corruption of melanoma had been visible to the naked eye. That the cancer had disappeared was incomprehensible to the staff at the hospital. Five doctors had unanimously agreed that it was a medical impossibility for me to live longer than a few more months, with or without the operation,” Brunson wrote.

Even at seventy-three years of age Brunson remains one of the biggest high stakes poker players in the world and amazingly still has the stamina and mental capabilities to compete with the very best players in the world.

He does not play many tournaments these days but is still a ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and won the first two World Series of Poker World Championships.

Raymer Dominates Heartland Poker Tour

by | Published: Friday, November 23rd, 2012

2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer has capped off his domination of the 2012 Heartland Poker Tour by winning the HPT Championship Open at Belterra Casino Resort this week.

Raymer had already won three Heartland Poker Tour Event events in three months and his $106,030 payday now makes him the HPT all-time money leader with $371,967.

The forty-eight-year-old won the HPT Albuquerque event, the Main Event at River City Casino & Lumiere Place in St. Louis and had already wrapped up the HPT Player of the Year award after winning at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in October.

Raymer is generally a man of few words and that was no different when he was interviewed after winning the latest tournament.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Raymer.

It was an incredible performance from Raymer who had to come back from a short-stack on three different occasions to win the tournament.

Raymer’s success has given the Heartland Poker Tour publicity that it richly deserves.

The tour is very popular with players and has been praised for its organization.

Fred Bevill, executive producer of the HPT, was over the moon with the success of the tour in 2012.

“It was a great year on tour,” Bevill said.

“Numbers are up, our casino partners are first-class, and our crew is the hardest-working team in poker but it’s the players who make our work so rewarding.”

Bevill is confident that the HPT will continue to grow in 2013.

“HPT will stop in new markets across the country while still visiting some of our favorite casinos and loyal players,” he said.

Raymer won $5,000,000 in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event and since that time has become one of the most popular poker players in the world and one of the leading ambassadors of the industry.

Raymer has been one of the leading proponents of the fight to have poker regulated and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Poker Players Alliance.

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Road to 100 Billion Hands At Poker Stars

by | Published: Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Pokerstars Pokerstars is on the way to 100 billion hands and to celebrate they are celebrating every 5 billionth hand with their milestone hand promotion. The 90 Billionth hand is just around the corner and you can give yourself the chance to win some amazing prizes by playing at Pokerstars Pokerstars in the coming days.

There’s up to $1,000,000 in cash to play for, and to be in with a chance of being a winner, simply play Pokerstars Pokerstars cash game tables and be dealt into a millionth hand from 89,700,000,000 to 90,000,000,000 (e.g. 89,902,000,000). If you’re successful, you’ll receive a cash prize that could be worth thousands of dollars. If you’re good enough to win the big ninety billionth hand, you will receive at least $20,000!

Prizes are currently being awarded at least once per hour and sometimes as often as every fifteen minutes. In an added bonus if you win a milestone hand your prize money will be doubled so there is even more motivation than usual to play as many hands as possible and get your chips in the middle of the table.

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