Posts Tagged ‘European Poker Tour Grand Final’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Following the World Poker Tour’s release of Season XII’s closing schedule, several professional players have voiced their concern in regards to key schedule conflicts; largely the timing of the WPT World Championship.
The Tour’s major event will be held outside Las Vegas for the first time, with the rights to host instead offered to Atlantic City; a move that was tipped to cause issues before the schedule was released.
As a result of the recent scheduling, many players are now worried they will have to choose between the World Championship and the European Poker Tour Grand Final; another major event scheduled for May 2014.
Poker Pro Scott Seiver, most commonly known as the winner of the WPT Championship in 2011 was among the first to publicly voice their opinion, tweeting a plea to the WPT organizers to reconsider their chosen dates.
“Please don’t conflict with EPT Monte Carlo. Hope there is time to reschedule. Too important” Seiver said.
Tournament Director at the Borgata Spa and Casino (hosts of the 2014 WPT World Championship) Tab Duchateu was quick to play down players’ fears by stating the venue did everything in their power to ‘stay away’ from the EPT Major and was quickly followed by a statement from WPT Director Adam Pliska.
“This potential conflict was always something we were acutely aware of, and we have been in close discussions with EPT organizers to find the best solution for players who want to play both events” the statement read.
“Fortunately, there is only the slightest overlap and players can play both events; the only exception being those that make the final table at the WPT Main Event”.
As highlighted in this statement, the two events actually only overlap by one day, allowing most the ability to enter into both without any real inconvenience, though Pliska hinted they dates are still not necessarily set in stone.
“We will continue to work with other tours for the benefit of the poker community. The tight nature of this scheduling was unavoidable, but we feel we have done our best to accommodate players” Pliska concluded.
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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by Bridget Wright | 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.
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by Bridget Wright | 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.
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