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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 20th, 2013
Mike Linster dominated the second day of the World Poker Tour World Championship to finish the session as the clear chip leader.
With sixty-seven players left in the hunt, Linster has 744,000 in chips and is well positioned to add to his inaugural World Poker Title that he won last month in the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open.
The in-form Dan Shak is currently in second place with 617,300 in chips.
Shak has had a sensational year thus far, winning the Party Poker Premier League and cashing in the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure; 2013 Aussie Millions, WPT Los Angeles Poker Classic and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.
Antonio Esfandiari is yet to taste tournament success this year but with 536,100 in chips is well placed to make a deep run in this event.
Esfandiari scored his first major tournament victory in the 2004 Los Angeles Poker Classic and would dearly love to become a duel World Poker Tour winner after coming close on a couple of occasions in the last six months.
As expected a number of big names took advantage of the late registration and entered the tournament during level eight.
Phil Ivey was quickly eliminated and Jason Mercier struggled while Phil Hellmuth capitalized on some aggressive play to be sitting in seventeenth position at the conclusion of the day.
A number of leading pros finished the day with a short stack and will need to play well to get themselves back into the tournament.
Noah Schwartz (36,900), Jonathan Aguiar (49,100), John Hennigan (64,900), Scotty Nguyen (81,500), Daniel Negreanu (124,000), Erick Lindgren (124,100) and Matt Salsberg (130,800) will all need a bit of luck if they are going to become World Poker Tour Champion.
Day three of the event is just about to start and we will keep you up to date with all the action here at Poker.com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 20th, 2013
The 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship is underway at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.
With a $25,000 buy-in the WPT World Championship always draws an elite field and this year is no different with some of the biggest names in poker aiming to become WPT Champion.
Setting the early pace is Will Failla who finished the opening day as chip leader with 276,000 in chips closely followed by Jonathan Kamhazi (273,300), Mike Linster (269,000) and Jeffrey Ishbia (255,000).
Also well placed is Marin Rettenmaier who is aiming to become the first player in World Poker Tour history to win back-to-back World Championships.
Rettenmaier was always in the thick of the action and finished the session in ninth position with 222,000 in chips.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu, Big One For One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari, veteran Barry Shulman and the controversial Erick Lindgren were some of the bigger name players to finish the day in a comfortable position.
Not so lucky were Jeremy Ausmus, Kai Change and Tony Gargano who hit the rail before the end of the day but have the opportunity to get back in the tournament with reentry available until the end of level eight.
World Poker Tour Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg finished the day as the short stack with only 15,300 in chips but is expected to reload if he is eliminated early on day two while GPI World Number One Jason Mercier will enter the tournament today.
The first prize payday is expected to be in excess of $1 Million and all players are looking to join names such as Tuan Le, Carlos Mortensen, David Chiu, David Williams and Scott Seiver on the World Poker Tour World Championship honor roll.
We will keep you up to date with all the action from the WPT World Championship here at Poker.com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Mike Linster outlasted a field of 351 players to win the World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open yesterday.
Linster produced a consistent performance across the tournament to score the first place prize of $321,521 and an entry into the World Poker Tour Championship.
Linster said he was delighted to score the first big win of his poker career.
“It feels great, I’ve been looking for a big win for a while,” Linster said.
“I’ve had some small victories and this is finally a big one that will hopefully put me on the map on the poker scene.”
Linster had cultivated a tight image throughout the tournament but changed gears and got aggressive on the final table.
“With a six-handed final table it’s always going to be more aggressive in general,” Linster said.
“I tried to pick my spots; I wasn’t as aggressive as I thought I was going to be.
“I made a big bluff early on David Bell and other than that I just had some good spots.
“It was a pretty straight forward final table, nothing crazy.”
With only two players remaining Linster and Bell were almost dead even and what followed was an extremely exciting heads-up battle.
Bell kicked out to a big lead early but Linster was able to get back into the contest with a couple of important double ups.
After almost 100 hands Linster finally secured the win when his Ace-Queen held up against the suited Eight-Six held by Bell.
Linster said he was full of confidence heading into the heads-up battle and admitted that he underestimated Bell.
“David played great, I definitely underestimated him to start the game and he played really well heads-up,” Linster said.
“I have had a lot of experience heads-up, both online and live, and I thought I was going to run him over but that definitely was not the case.”
The result was easily the best in Linster’s poker career improving on his third place finish for $ 132,240 in the Championship Event of the 2012 Mega Stack Series.
We have reached the business end of season XI of the World Poker Tour with the Party Poker Canadian Spring Championship in Montreal the last event before the WPT World Championship that kicks off on May 18th.
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