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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: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Leading professional poker player Michael Mizrachi is well placed after the opening day of the 2013 European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event.
“The Grinder” finished Day 1b of the tournament as the chip leader and is currently sitting in fourth place overall with 175,400 in chips.
Mizrachi isn’t a regular on the European Poker Tour but is well placed to add an EPT Title to his three World Series of Poker bracelets and his two World Poker Tour Titles.
“I haven’t played many EPT events, I think this might only be my third one,” Mizrachi told Poker News.
“I am coming here because my brother is actually DJing at the 42nd Club on Wednesday.
“I came out for that and there was a tournament here so I thought why not come out a few days earlier.”
Mizrachi was full of his typical confidence and said he was looking forward to Wednesday night as a celebration for his tournament victory.
“It should be a great party but first I have to take care of business so that I can have money to spend on Wednesday night,” Mizrachi said.
“I’m looking forward to winning this tournament and having a great turnout.”
Mizrachi still has a long way to go to win the tournament with 314 players still remaining in contention.
Ronny Voth (196,100) is the current chip leader with Mike Kunze (188,000), Thomas Richter (176,100), Mizrachi (175,400) and Sebastian Trisch (173,500) rounding out the top five.
Notable players who were eliminated on the opening day of the tournament included: Paul Volpe, David Williams, Mike McDonald, Justin Bonomo and Rupert Elder.
The tournament continues today with flights A and B coming together for day two of the event.
The remaining players are doing battle for a total prize pool of €4,560,000 and a first place prize of €880,000.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, March 10th, 2013
Kai Chang has defeated a star studded final table to win the 2013 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event.
Chang outlasted a field of 643 entries to add his name to the list of World Poker Tour champions and take home the first place prize of $666,740.
Heading into the final table Chang was considered a heavy outsider as he was sitting fifth in chips behind leading poker professionals Erik Seidel and Paul Volpe.
Chang wasn’t happy finishing fifth and was ultra-aggressive in the opening stages of the final table; winning twelve of the first forty-eight hands played.
“I was really fortunate and very happy that I had an opportunity to be aggressive because of the lucky table draw,” Chang said.
“I tried to pick my spots and I felt like after a while I was able to get decent tells so I think I was just lucky to bluff when they didn’t have any hands.”
Change was awarded for his aggression when he eliminated Chris Johnson in fifth position and his task became much easier when Poker Hall of Famer Siedel eliminated by Paul Volpe.
The in-form Volpe, playing at his second final table in as many weeks, moved all-in with Queen-Ten and was quickly called by Change was holding Ace-Nine.
Volpe received no help from the board but his third place finish was enough to send him to the lead of the World Poker Tour Season XI Player of the Year Standings.
Chang started the heads-up battle with a two to one chip lead and it took him over six hands to eliminate Danny Nguyen and win his first ever major tournament.
Chang clearly enjoyed his success and said he was keen to add more victories when asked what his plans were.
“Play more tournaments in the World Poker Tour,” Chang said.
The World Poker Tour continues at the end of March in Venice for the World Poker Tour Gioco Digitale Venice Grand Prix.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Paul Klann has overcome a star-studded field to win the 2013 World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic.
Klann defeated 516 other players, including forty-three former World Poker Tour Champions, to win his first major tournament and take home the first place prizemoney of $1,004,090.
The Canadian was delighted to score what was easily the biggest result of his poker career.
“It’s amazing, its feels great and completely surreal,” Klann said.
Klann took a conservative approach to the final table and was able to survive to the heads-up battle without eliminating a player from the final table.
Klann’s heads-up opponent Paul Volpe had taken the opposite approach and was extremely aggressive, dominating the final table.
Klann made a tactical decision to switch gears entering the heads-up battle and after only a dozen hands had eliminated Volpe’s two to one chip lead.
The final hand was virtually a flip for the tournament with Klann’s King-Ten holding up against Volpe’s Jack-Nine.
“My game plan was to be a lot more aggressive heads-up, so that worked out and was exactly what I did,” Klann said.
The affable Canadian could not wipe the smile off his face and was beaming with excitement when asked how he planned to spend his $1 million payday.
“I’m sure my wife has already spent it,” Klann laughed.
Klann took part in the 2012 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event, eliminating WPT commentator Mike Sexton, and said he was likely to return to the tournament this year.
“I could probably use a little bit of a rest between now and then,” Klann said.
The 2013 Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament has begun with bounties Faraz Jaka, Mohsin Charania and Michael Mizrachi already eliminated.
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