Posts Tagged ‘Jason Koon’

Philipp Gruissem Claims Alpha8 St. Kitts

by | Published: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

German Poker Professional Philipp Gruissem has claimed his second straight World Poker Tour Alpha8 title after his win in London only a few weeks ago was followed by a victory in the $100,000 buy-in St. Kitts event this past Sunday.

Outlasting a skilled field of 23 players at the Royal Beach Casino, Gruissem claimed an attractive $1,086,400 for his troubles and has now won two of only three Alpha8 high roller events since the inception of the series earlier this year.

Day two of the tournament began with 16 players still in contention for the seven-figure prize; however after hours of play it was a heads-up meeting with Tom McDonald that stood between Gruissem and the major prize.

On the final hand of the match, Gruissem moved all-in prior to the flop with an AH-5D hand, immediately called by McDonald who featured the slightly stronger AD-6C; essentially meaning the champ would have to hit a five to claim the entire pot.

That is precisely what happened when the board turned out JH, 5H, 4C, KS, 10H, securing the second major title in succession for Gruissem and awarding McDonald a healthy $679,000 runners-up check.

As a result of finishing positions, there was a lot of movement all over the Lock Poker Lock Poker Player of the Year table, peaking with Gruissem and fellow final-table player Scott Seiver moving into the overall top 10.

This tournament marked the ninth final table for Seiver this season, who also won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure super high roller tournament for over $2 million and finished runner-up to Gruissem at the memorable London Alpha8 tournament in October.

Jason Koon, who finished fourth for a cool $298,760 and 300 POY points also made a move, registering his sixth final table of the season and consolidating position 30 on the overall standings sheet.

The St. Kitts event was the last World Poker Tour Alpha8 event for 2013, with play scheduled to resume at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa in February 2014.

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2013 World Series of Poker Action Continues

by | Published: Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Benny Chan Wins ‘Millionaire Maker’

Canadian restaurant manager Benny Chen defeated one of the largest fields in World Series of Poker history to win the ‘Millionaire Maker’ No Limit Hold’em Event.

Chen outlasted the incredible field of 6343 players to win the life-changing amount of $1,199,104 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet.

The ‘Millionaire Maker’ was expected to be big but even WSOP officials were surprised at the response the tournament received.

The tournament not only broke the record for the largest single day starting field in tournament poker history but featured the largest poker tournament field ever outside the WSOP Main Event.

While it was Chan who emerged victorious all eyes at the final table were on Dan Kelly who was aiming to win his second WSOP bracelet.

Although Kelly finished in fourth place, he is in ominous form having finished sixth in the $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament earlier in the week.

Waxman Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Matt Waxman defeated leading poker pro Eric Baldwin to win the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, in what is sure to be one of the most epic heads-up battles of the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Waxman required 187 hands and seven hours to see off Baldwin and claim the first place prize of $305,952 as well as his first ever WSOP bracelet.

It was an impressive effort from Waxman who was the dominant figure on a final table that included Jason Koon, former bracelet winner Brent Hanks and Amit Makhija as well as a number of talented amateurs.

The victory ended a number of years of heartbreak for Waxman who had previously played at three World Series of Poker final tables but fell just short of winning a WSOP bracelet.

Waxman has now recorded over $2.5 million in tournament earnings and is, without a doubt, one of the most consistent players on the tournament circuit.

Michael Malm Claims $2,500 Eight-Game Mix Victory

Mix games are becoming increasingly popular on the professional tournament circuit and that was clearly evident during the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, which drew the most star-studded field of the 2013 World Series of Poker thus far.

Part-time poker player and newspaper salesman Michael Malm was able to outlast them all despite not even planning on taking part in the tournament!

Malm planned to register for one of the Daily DeepStack tournaments run during the WSOP but missed the registration and instead entered the Eight-Game mix event.

It proved a very wise decision as he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet as well as the first place prize of $225,104 after defeating a final table that included bracelet winners Greg Mueller, Dario Alioto and Mike Wattel.

Malm said he was happy simply to cash in the tournament after narrowly missing the money in the first four bracelet events that he contested during the 2013 World Series of Poker.

The World Series of Poker continues today with another stacked final table battling for a bracelet in the $3000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.


World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Update

by | Published: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event is always one of the most popular events of the poker calendar and this year’s event has been no exception.

The 635 players that have taken part in the opening day of the tournament have already made the 2013 event the largest in the history of the Bay 101 Shooting Star.

One reason for the increased popularity of the event might be the added number of bounties and prizes on offer.

The first Shooting Star event was held in 1997 with only ten bounties of $1000 each on offer.

This year the tournament is offering a $2500 bounty with an incredible fifty shooting stars in the field.

World Poker Tour tournament Director Matt Savage said his team puts in a lot of effort to select the shooting stars.

“There is a lot of thought that goes into choosing a shooting star,” Savage said.

“How popular they are, how well liked they are and if they have a lot of achievements in the industry comes into the decision making process.

“The choice is made by both me and the management at Bay 101 and I think we have done a pretty good job.”

Jason Koon said he was happy and humbled to have been selected as a shooting star.

“I think that there are a lot of guys out there that are a lot more deserving than me they just didn’t come to the tournament or weren’t selected for some reason,” Koon said.

“I’m happy to be one and I think that I’m a rising star of the game.”

After twelve levels of play there are currently twelve shooting stars left in the field of a total 146 players.

Kyle Julius (245,000) is currently the best placed shooting star but Scott Seiver (228,000), Antonio Esfandiari (224,000) and Erik Seidel (215,000) are hot on his heels.

Christian Harder has the chip lead with over 500,000 in chips followed by Brendon Ruble (495,000) and Isaac Baron (405,000).

You can stay up to date with all the latest action from the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Event here at Poker.Com.