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Perlovs Wins DeepStacks Mohegan Sun National Championship

by | Published: Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Artyem Perlov has claimed the biggest victory of his poker career by winning the 2012 DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship.

Notable professional poker players Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Chip Jett, Vanessa Selbst and Allen Kessler were a part of the 251 entries but Perlov was able to outlast them all and take home the first prize of $108,864.

None of the well-known professionals were able to make the final table that turned out to be an interesting contest.

Andrew Sherman-Ash started the final table as the short stack but quickly gained the chip lead and became to dominate proceedings.

He was able to eliminate Nicholas Palma and Patrick Chan in the same hand to make the final table four-handed.

At this point the four remaining players made a deal that gave Andrew Sherman-Ash $100,000 and the other players $70,000 guaranteeing each of them the biggest victory of their poker careers.

This deal seemed to slow down the pace of the tournament and it took fifty-one hands for David Stefanski to be eliminated in fourth place.

Adam Bitker quickly followed Stefanski to the rail and gave Sherman-Ash yet another elimination.

Perlov and Sherman-Ash engaged in a enthralling heads-up duel with Perlov seizing the momentum and moving away to a sizeable lead.

After fifty-three hand of heads up battle Perlov landed the killer blow, winning his maiden tournament with a flush.

The victory was easily the biggest win of Perlov’s poker career with his previous biggest score coming in the 2009 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open where he won $10,750 after finishing 33rd.

The DeepStacks Poker Tour continues next year with the DeepStacks Poker Tour PPC South Florida Main Event that will boast a $1,500 buy-in with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

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Sexton Throws Support Behind World Poker Tour Structure

by | Published: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Professional Poker Player Mike Sexton has thrown his support behind the structure of the World Poker Tour after the running of the World Poker Tour Montreal event was criticized by Allen Kessler.

Kessler was critical of the structure of the tournament arguing that the levels during the tournament were too short meaning that the second half of the tournament was decided by All-In bets that don’t favor the more skilled player.

Kessler believes that longer tournament with wider structures add positive expected value (EV) for professional poker players.

“If you don’t extend the level length as the event progresses, stacks become too short at the end, resulting in a series of all ins before it finally corrects itself,” Kessler said on Facebook.

Sexton, who is considered a leading poker ambassador, disagrees with Kessler and believes longer tournament aren’t good for the game.

“As for wider structures and longer live events, I’m against them because I don’t think they’re good for the game nor for the players who think they’re good for them,” Sexton said in a blog on Party Poker.

“Longer events make it less likely that businessmen (amateurs that add value) will play a tournament as recreational players can’t take a week off their job or away from their families to play poker tournaments.

“Second, if a recreational player wins a big-time event, it helps the growth of the game.

Sexton uses Chris Moneymaker, whose victory in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event is said to have been one of the main reasons for the Poker boom, as an example of an amateur player winning a tournament having a positive effect on the entire poker community.

“Does anyone think that a top pro – and fill in any name you want – winning a big-time tourney would benefit the game (meaning bring more players into poker) more than a newbie to poker who won a satellite to get in, or a prominent businessman or celebrity, or especially, an attractive young lady just getting started in poker,” Sexton said.

Sexton said that four days is the perfect length for World Poker Tour events as it gives recreational players the best possible opportunity to play in events without putting their jobs at risk.

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