Posts Tagged ‘Erick Lindgren’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013
Although the victories of Erick Lindgren and Jeff Madsen dominated the headlines at the 2013 World Series of Poker this weekend there were still several other tournaments decided.
Bryan Campanello recorded the biggest win of his poker career by outlasting a field of 301 players to win the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event.
The youngster completely dominated the final table and was a deserving winner of the only Razz event on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule.
In the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament Michael Gathy defeated a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet.
Gathy was one of three former bracelet winners at the final table and was able to outlast Jason Duval and Jake Cody to claim the first place prize of $278,613 and become the second Belgian, after Davidi Kitai, to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Another European was successful in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout with Bulgarian Simeon Naydenov taking home the bracelet and the first place prize of $326,440.
Naydenov has proven to be a specialist in the Shootout format with his victory in this event adding to his tenth place finish in the $3,000 variation at the start of the World Series.
The final table of the tournament had a truly global feel with players representing Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Argentina, Great Britain and the United States taking part.
The $5,000 Limit Hold’em event drew a disappointing field of only 170 players but that didn’t bother Michael Moore who won his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet.
Moore is a WSOP veteran who finished tenth in the 1995 Main Event and required his many years of his experience to outplay a strong final table that included past bracelet winners Ronnie Bardah and Todd Witteles as well as rising poker stars Ben Yu and Justin Bonomo.
There is no rest for the wicked at the 2013 World Series of Poker with several more winners set to join Campanello, Gathy, Naydenov and Moore in the coming days.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013
It was a massive weekend at the 2013 World Series of Poker with leading professionals Jeff Madsen and Erick Lindgren both winning WSOP bracelets.
Madsen took home $384,420 for winning the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament while Lindgren continued his amazing return to the tournament poker circuit with his victory $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for a cash of $606,317.
Lindgren, who won the Player of the Year Award at the 2008 World Series of Poker, has had a couple of tough years battling a gambling addiction but is clearly back to his best after claiming his second six figure prize in as many months.
The thirty-six-year-old completely dominated most of the event but faced a tough heads-up battle against Lee Markholt who came back from a four to one chip deficit to briefly take the chip lead.
However, Lindgren was able to keep his cool and eventually recorded his second WSOP victory – five years after his maiden triumph in the $5,000 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) event at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
The wait between bracelets was even longer for Madsen who scored his first WSOP victory since his triumphs in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em and $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Short Handed events at the 2006 World Series of Poker.
Madsen has recorded a number of consistent results at the WSOP in recent years and said he was never bothered by his bracelet drought but was clearly thrilled to finally win his WSOP event.
“I feel ecstatic, it’s been a long time and I feel I played a really good tournament,” Madsen said.
“I didn’t think it would take this long, but it did.
“I wanted to win, but I’ve been working to improve my game since thing and if anything, now I am a better player.”
Lindgren and Madsen are both in with a chance at becoming the first player in the history of the World Series to win the Player of the Year Award on two occasions but still have a great deal of work to do to catch pace-setters Daniel Negreanu and Tom Schneider.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 27th, 2013
Chino Rheem capitalized on his final table chip lead to win the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Rheem went into the final table with a big chip lead, which he never relinquished as he stormed to his second World Poker Tour Title.
However, he was made to work for it by the resurgent Erick Lindgren, requiring three hours to put the two-time WPT champion away in heads-up despite starting with a three to one chip advantage.
The victory was Rheem’s fourth tournament payday of more than $1 million but he said this win meant the most to him.
“It is special because this is the WPT World Championship and its full of stacked players and every table that you look at always has three or four top pros that you recognise,” Rheem said.
Rheem has been dragged into a number of controversies in recent years but he is hopeful this victory will let him concentrate on his poker and leave his issues in the past.
“Hopefully I can have a better mindset and outlook on life,” Rheem said.
“The World Series is right around the corner and this gives me my swagger back and a big confidence boost going into the World Series this summer, so I’m really just going to try and crush.
“I’m definitely not going to try and be as careless or reckless as I have been in the past and I’m going to try to take my time when I’m thinking and not be so impulsive when making decisions.”
Lindgren has been through a number of controversies of his own in the last eighteen months and Rheem wanted to send a message to members of the poker community who have been highly critical of Lindgren.
“You can read and hear a lot of things but don’t judge unless you really understand or you know,” Rheem said.
“Erick is a great guy and a great person; he has had some ups and downs in his life but who hasn’t, who hasn’t made mistakes?
“At least he can be a man and come out and be clean about it and admit it.
“He is just trying to make better with his life doing what he is very good at doing.”
Rheem wasn’t the only player to seal a big win on the weekend with Hollywood Producer Matt Salsberg securing the WPT Player of the Year Award from Paul Volpe and Paul Klann.
The World Poker Tour may be over for another year but it’s almost time to get ready for the 2013 World Series of Poker!
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, May 24th, 2013
It took only two hours of play on day five of the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship for the televised final table to be set.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu was the short-stack for the majority of the last two days of the tournament but fell narrowly short of qualifying for the televised final table when he was eliminated by close friend Erick Lindgren.
Negreanu was clearly disappointed but was still able to take home his third six figure cash of the year after winning the WSOP APAC Main Event and finishing fourth in the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.
All eyes will be on Lindgren when the televised final table kicks off later tonight.
Not only is the thirty-six-year-old attempting to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to have won three World Poker Tour titles but the first place prize of $1,150,297 is sure to help pay off some of the gambling debts that saw Lindgren end up in a rehab clinic for gambling addiction at the end of last year.
Lindgren (3,355,000) is currently sitting in second place behind chip leader Chino Rheem who holds 5,495,000 in chips.
Rheem has a wealth of final table experience in the world’s biggest tournaments after finishing seventh in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and winning the $20,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event in the Epic Poker League.
Lindgren isn’t the only former World Poker Tour champion at the table with Jonathan Roy holding 1,900,000 in chips.
Roy won the World Poker Tour Montreal event at the end of 2012 and won the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em 8 Max Turbo Bounty at the 2012 European Poker Tour Grand Final.
This is Roy’s second major final table of the year after he finished fourth in the 2013 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
Rounding out the final table are David Peters (1,085,000), Brandon Steven (1,210,000) and Matt Hyman (1,560,000).
All three are experienced tournament poker players who have all cashed for large amounts at the World Series of Poker, making this one of the toughest final table fields in the history of the World Poker Tour.
You can stay up to date with all the action from the final table here at Poker.com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Amir Babakhani finished day three of the World Poker Tour World Championship as chip leader and is on track to become only the second player in history to win back-to-back WPT titles.
Babakhani has 1,220,000 in chips followed by Brandon Steven (1,091,000), Matt Hyman (1,042,000), Hyon Kim (891,000) and A.P. Phahurat (878,000).
If Babakhani is able to convert his chip lead into victory he will join Marvin Rettenmaier as the only player to win two World Poker Tour tournaments in a row after his breakthrough victory in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship earlier this month.
It will be a tricky assignment for Babakhani as there are still a number of leading players left in the hunt for the WPT World Championship.
Daniel Negreanu is currently in the best form of his life and recovered from a disappointing day two to finish day three in the top twenty.
The Canadian currently holds 444,000 and still has a great deal of work to do but with a World Series of Poker Bracelet and a top four finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final it would take a brave man to bet against him.
One of the big stories of the tournament has been the run of Erick Lindgren who has only just re-joined the tournament poker circuit after a stint in rehab to treat his gambling addicition.
Lindgren dominated the lead-up events to the Main Event, winning the $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $ 39,722 and finishing third in the $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em.
Lindgren is currently sitting just outside the top ten but has an excellent opportunity to win his third World Poker Tour Title and announce his return as a serious tournament contender.
Other big name players still in the hunt include Jason Mercier and Dan Shak while Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari,Ben Lamb , Mike Linster and Matt Salsberg were all eliminated.
Day four of the World Poker Tour World Championship is already underway and you can stay up to date with all the action here at Poker.Com.
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