Archive for August, 2013
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, August 29th, 2013
The Inaugural World Poker Tour Alpha8 $100,000 buy-in event has been won by Steven Silverman, who defeated 2013 World Series of Poker November Nine chip leader JC Tran in a heads-up battle.
Following seven levels of high quality action, nine players of an original 21 returned on the final day to play to a winner in the event sponsored by ClubWPT.com, exhibiting a winner’s purse of more than $890,000!
The win marked the second high roller victory for Silverman this year, who previously too out the €25,000 High Roller event at the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final in May for €775,400.
It took only nine hands for the first elimination to occur, when Bill Perkins was beaten all-in by Isaac Haxton, who exhibited a stronger hand of Ace-eight off suit. Perkins departure left 10 players and the official final table was set.
While many players managed to hang in there for at least a while, a constant stream of big loses eventually saw the numbers dwindle to a final four of Silverman, Tran, Jeff Gross and Matt Glantz, all in a position to make an assault on the top prize.
On hand #137, start-of-the-day chip leader Glantz moved all in for 262,000 and was called by Gross, who turned over a much stronger hand of Ace-six to Glantz’s ten-eight to send Glantz to the runner-up bar and set up a three-way showdown.
After Silverman moved over the top of Gross eight hands later, what looked to be the most likely final showdown between the day’s most consistent performers began.
Highlighting the close nature of the whole tournament’s play, the final hand saw Tran Pull a queen-eight, just less than Silverman’s championship hand of Queen-nine. While both players managed two-pair, Silverman’s slightly stronger hand meant the difference of over $300,000 in prize money and of course, the title of inaugural Alpha8 champion.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Following a few more tournaments, there has been and looks as though there will be a reasonable amount of noticeable movement in the Lock Poker 2013 Card Player of the Year race!
Later this week, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will kick off its monstrous $10,000,000 guarantee main event, which will undoubtedly call for standings changes in the Player of the Year race.
Further to this, there will be a $100,000 buy-in beginning next week and an already completed $560 no-limit hold’em event with a ridiculous $1,000,000 guarantee; one that has so far made the largest impact on the Player of the Year race!
A total of 2,289 entries to this tournament were lodged and were finally whittled down to Raymond Piccin, who defeated Darren Rabinowitz heads-up for the title.
This was Rabinowitz’zs eighth final table of 2013 and has been paid for his consistency by rising to 52nd in overall standings.
The Arizona State Poker Championship saw a total of 1299 entries compete in the $1,080 no limit hold’em main event, eventually won by professional Joe Kuether who earned himself 960 Player of the Year points and a climb to 26th on the overall standings.
The World Series of Poker Circuit Foxwoods tournament kicked-off this month, crowning Jason Strasser as champion of the marquee $1,675 no-limit hold’em event. A prize of $186,600 and 840 Player of the Year points were awarded to Strasser, who has this year made a large career change and not been able to play much.
The final event awarding Lock Poker Player of the year points over the past month was the World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus event; the first of the WPT circuit this season.
Alexey Rybin was crowned champion following eight grueling days in the $4,400 main event, which drew an overall field of 262 big-name players. For his troubles, Rybin was awarded 648 Player of the Year points.
After the best all-round performances of the season so far, Daniel Negreanu remains atop the leader board with a huge 3,768 points and $1,765,118 in combined earnings!
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, August 24th, 2013
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Adding to an already huge list of exciting promotions that fill out the remainder of the August calendar, this unique reload bonus is joined by week eight of the Race for Riches beginning today and the Poker Maximus Freeroll giveaway, where players who earn 100 VIP points or more will receive free entry!
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
The 2013 bwin WPT Merit Cyprus Classic has been won by Russian businessman Alexey Rybin, who missed a big meeting in Monte Carlo in order to compete at the final table!
Enduring a tough tournament that lasted six full days, Alexey started the final day rather passively; a little unusual compared to the aggressive nature he’d exhibited every other day, yet still managed to clinch victory and claim the top prize of $258,000.
Lebanese national Pierre Sayegh was the first player knocked out of the final round this past Wednesday, producing both the shortest starting stack and considered the tightest of all remaining players.
Sergey Rybachenko, the most experienced player of the final lot managed an early double through eventual runner up Albert Daher, though a few hands later the favor was returned leaving Rybachenko mortally wounded and becoming the second player to take a seat at the loser’s bar.
After losing with Ace-ten off-suit to Rybin’s Ace-King also off-suit, Turkish player Kayhan Tugrul was left nursing a micro-stack and was eventually swallowed up by Rybin’s full house a few plays later.
This left three contenders; two Russians and a Lebanese player all exchanging chips for several hours before Andrei Nickonov was coolered, again by Rybin, in a pot that also handed the eventual champion the chip lead and momentum heading into the final showdown.
On a flop that showed King, Ace and Jack, Rybin concealed a monster hand of Ace-King and when moving all in on a Two turn, left Daher confidently calling with a hand of Ace-three. This completely crippled Daher, who was bested by Rybin a few hands later.
On top of the prize money, Rybin’s win assures him a spot at next year’s WPT Championship and of course the WPT Cyprus title.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
On Monday, the final 11 players of an initial 591 player field sat down to play for a winner in the 2013/14 World Series of Poker Circuit Foxwoods Main Event.
Following a grueling five levels of play, 28-year-old New Yorker Jason Strasser was the last man standing, walking away with a cool $186,600 and becoming the first player qualified for the 2014 National Championship.
As reported by the World Series of Poker live team, things heated up from the get go when Brian Leskowitz doubled through then chip leader Wes Wyvill on the very first hand.
Not long after, John Ting became the day’s first casualty when His King and Queen off-suit failed to overhaul Leskowitz’s pocket jacks, followed quickly by Forrest Mansur as he unknowingly played against Joe Morneau’s pocket Aces.
Frank Pezzullo was next to go in 9th, while Keith Donovan became Leskowitz’s second victim when a pair of 10’s just wasn’t enough to see off an Ace and King on-suit.
Two big stacks then collided, ushering in the biggest pot of the tournament. Caught up were Mike Gaudano and Scott Baker, with Wyvill cashing in on three-of-a-kind kings to send baker packing.
When James Rubin was shown the door, again by Leskowitz, five players were left to fight it out for the top prize, however it was only moments until Gaudano and Wyvill again locked horns, ultimately resulting in an early shower for the former.
After making the game’s boldest moves and single handedly knocking out half of the final table, Leskowitz’s luck ran out when taking on eventual champion Strasser, who exhibited pocket Jacks over nine and seven off-suit.
Morneau’s dwindling chip pile could only last for so long, eventually dispatched by Wyvill to set up the heads-up between the final two.
Following several intense back-and-forth’s between the pair, Strasser moved all in on King Five on-suit, above all forcing Wyvill to flash his Queen of Spades before sending his cards to the muck.
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