Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Duhamel’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, May 15th, 2014
The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.
2014 GPI Player of the Year
As you can see, there is no change to the GPI Player of the Year top ten, though Dan Heimiller is knocking on the door. After adding four more cashes to his pot at the Chicago Poker Classic, including two 11th-place finishes for $1,768 and $2,037, he could be breaking into the top ten in no time.
courtesy of pokernews.com
Keven Stammen remains the clear leader, trailed by 2013 GPI Player of the Year Ole Schemion by ninety points. Stammen’s huge lead comes after winning the Season XII WPT World Championship for $1.35 million back in April. In five months, Stammen has already gained 76.8 percent of the points Schemion needed in 2013 to take out the POY title, but he’s also already filled 12 of his 13 eligible results.
The GPI takes the 13 best results achieved by a player throughout the year, and Stammen should easily be able to replace a small cash prize he registered in January that only netted him 2.19 points.
GPI 300 Top 10
Schemion may still be trailing to Stammen in the GPI POY, but he’s well and truly out in front in the GPI 300 Top 10 players. With a score of 4016.37, he’s over 250 points clear of his closest rival Scott Seiver.
2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel rejoins the top 10 this week, taking fellow Canadian Mike McDonald’s spot. McDonald fell seven spots to No. 16 after two decaying scores – his fifth and second place finishes in side events at the Season 9 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final.
Byron Kaverman leapfrogged the only woman in the top ten, Vanessa Selbst, moving to the No. 4 spot in the world. Kaverman already has over $1.3M in live tournament winnings for 2014, after finishing runner-up to Stammen in the WPT World Championship.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at the 2013 World Series of Poker have produced a number of first-time bracelet winners and event fifty-three was no exception with Brett Shaffer recording the biggest win of his poker career.
Shaffer outlasted the monster field of 2816 players to win his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $665,397.
There were a number of interesting storylines at the final table as Loni Harwood was aiming to become the first female player to win an open event at the 2013 World Series while David Vamplew was attempting to go one better than his second place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed tournament.
Harwood played exceptionally well throughout the event but was eliminated in fourth position by Vamplew who took a sizeable chip lead into the heads-up battle.
However, Vamplew wasn’t able to take advantage of his large stack and after a long and hard fought battle, which included an overnight break; Shaffer scored victory when his Ace-Nine outflopped Vamplew’s pocket queens.
Vamplew may have missed out on another opportunity to win his maiden WSOP bracelet but he is surely comforted by the fact that he has made over $750,000 thanks to his duel second place finishes.
While Shaffer celebrated his victory, the action was really starting to heat up on day three of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
With so many talented players in the field every single table is packed full of stars and the play is of the highest of standards.
The current chip leader is Jean Gaspard, who holds a narrow lead from Tommy Hang and David Benyamine, while former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions Jonathan Duhamel and Joe Hachem are also in the top ten.
The eliminations were flowing this evening with Nick Schulman, Jeremy Ausmus, Cary Katz, Chris Klodnicki, Brian Tate and David Singer all sent to the rail.
We will keep you up to date with all the action as the popular event reaches its climax.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Kristen Bicknell and Steve Sung are the latest bracelet winners at the 2013 World Series of Poker after triumphing in the $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship and $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed events respectively.
The 2013 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship featured a buy-in of $10,000 for men while all female participants received a 90% percent discount and could buy-in for $1,000, meaning for the first time, the entire field of 954 players was actually comprised of females.
Bicknell was able to outlast them all and take home the first place prize of $173,922 and win yet another WSOP bracelet for Canada – their tenth for the 2013 World Series.
The global popularity of poker with female players was evident by the array of nationalities featured on the final table with players from France, Australia, England, Canada and the United States all battling it out for the bracelet.
This is an excellent sign for the health of the poker world and continues the transformation of the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship into one of the most prestigious events on the World Series of Poker schedule.
Steve Sung is now a two-time gold bracelet winner after he added victory in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed to his previous triumph in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2009 World Series of Poker.
A number of top players like Marvin Rettenmaier, David Baker, David Benyamine and Jeff Gross made deep runs in the tournament but it was Sung who walked away with the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,205,324 – the largest in his tournament poker career.
Baker’s cash was his eighth at the 2013 World Series of Poker and he is now less than one point behind Daniel Negreanu in the battle for the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Award.
Sung wasted no time getting back on the tables and is currently taking part in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel is currently the chip leader in the event from Brian Rast and George Danzer.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013
Another six World Series of Poker bracelets were awarded this weekend as the action really starts to heat up!
McNeil Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better
Calen McNeil outlasted a tough final table, which took an extra day to be decided, to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
All eyes were on Todd Brunson, John Monnette and Stephen Chidwick when the final table began but it was McNeill who survived the onslaught to win the first place prize of $277,274.
The victory was easily McNeill’s biggest score of his poker career but was looking for an even bigger payday when he jumped right into the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
Martin Finger Wins Shorthanded Event
The shorthanded events at the 2013 World Series of Poker have proven extremely popular and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) was no exception with Martin Finger outlasting an incredible field of 806 players to win his first WSOP bracelet.
Finger was the table captain for the majority of the final table and thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $506,764.
A number of notable players made deep runs in this event with Dan Kelly recording his sixth cash of the WSOP so far in tenth; poker legend Erik Seidel finishing ninth; Nick Schulman eighth and David Pham fourth.
Josh Pollock Wins $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Josh Pollock cruelled the WSOP bracelet hopes of Noah Schwartz by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Schwartz is regarded as one of the best tournament poker players in the world and looked on track to win his maiden World Series of Poker success when he took a three to one chip lead into his heads-up battle with Pollock.
However, Pollock rode out his luck and after several close scares won his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $279,431 while a clearly disappointed Schwartz was sent back to the drawing board.
Corey Harrison Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Corey Harrison outlasted a big field of 1730 other players to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The college professor took home his first WSOP bracelet as well as the first place prize of $432,411 in what was only his second ever WSOP cash.
Despite the life-changing cash prize the dedicated teacher said he loves his job and will not be pursuing a career as a professional poker player.
Fuhs Defeats Talented Field to win $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Danny Fuhs survived a titanic heads-up battle with Christopher George to win the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The tournament drew one of the most talented fields of the 2013 WSOP thus far with four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow; 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel; 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro and consistent tournament performer Robert Mizrachi all finishing in the money as did Dan Kelly – his seventh cash of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The heads-up battle was one for the ages with Fuhs and George trading the chip lead on several occasions before Fuhs was able to land the killer blow and claim the first place prize of $277,519.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues with a star-studded field doing battle in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 3rd, 2013
John Beauprez outlasted a tough final table to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Beauprez, the creator of poker training site PLO Quick Pro, has had previous success at the World Series of Poker but the $324,764 payday was by far the largest of his career.
The tournament was one of only few Six Handed events on the 2013 WSOP schedule and drew a very strong field with World Poker Tour Player of the Year Matt Salsberg, 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel and 2013 WSOP APAC bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli all finishing in the cash.
Heading into the final table all attention was on 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada who was aiming to become the first Main Event winner since Carlos Mortensen to win another bracelet.
Cada was playing at his second WSOP final table since his Main Event victory but was unable to end ‘the curse of the Main Event winner’ when he was eliminated in fourth position by Maing Loeser.
Eric Blair quickly followed Cada to the rail and after a lengthy back and forth heads-up battle with Loeser Beauprez was finally victorious.
Beauprez said winning his first WSOP Gold bracelet meant everything to him.
“I’ve had this dream of playing heads-up for a gold bracelet a thousand times, but nothing matches the actual experience,” Beauprez said in a post tournament interview.
“It happens really fast and the whole time you are there, it really feels like a dream.”
Although Beauprez said he doesn’t play poker for the money he has some very noble plans on how to spend his winnings.
“I’m going to start a college fund for some family,” Beauprez said.
“I have some nieces I’m very close to and when I was in bed last night thinking about what I was going to do with all the money, I decided I’ll start a college fund for my nieces.”
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues today with only sixty players left in the inaugural Millionaire Maker Event.