Posts Tagged ‘Ravi Raghavan’

Negreanu Begins 2014 as World Number 1

by | Published: Sunday, January 5th, 2014

From week to week, the Global Poker Index (GPI) releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world, and for the majority of professionals, it is a goal to be perched as high as possible at the turn of any given year to the next.

Utilizing a system that takes works off a player’s results over six half-year periods, the GPI is forever changing, with the top 50 often unrecognizable from one week to the next.

At the turn of 2013-14, renowned Canadian player Daniel Negreanu had earned the honor of top spot, amassing an incredible 3339.35 points on the GPI to sit just above German nationals Ole Schemion on 3201.50 and Marvin Rettenmaier on 3066.74.

Also recently crowned Player of the Decade by the GPI, Negreanu (or KidPoker as he is known in online poker rooms) was initially believed to be claiming second spot in this year’s change-over, as Schemion claimed 2013 Poker Player of the Year honors and seemed the most likely to unseat the reigning champion.

Other notable movers in the top 10 included Ravi Raghavan, who rejoined the GPI top 10 after two great years on tour in a row resulted in more than $2.2 million in prize money, which included victory in the 2012 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic and fifth place in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event most recently.

Former top 10 main-stay David Peters was the notable casualty of the past two seasons, falling from his previous sixth position to 12th after a slow 2012 was not completely overturned in season 2013.

Despite not featuring in serious contention, US national Corrie Wunstel made the biggest climb in the last week of 2013 to currently sit in position 245, a mind-blowing 45 positions higher than the previous week’s figures. The Texas local most notably finished 65th in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and a commanding fifth in the World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville.

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19 Year Old Adrian Mateos Claims WSOP Europe Main Event

by | Published: Monday, October 28th, 2013

The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe came to a dramatic ending on Friday in the final table of the Main Event, with the season’s last bracelet (along with a cool €1 million) going the way of 19-year-old Spaniard Adrian Mateos.

Defeating local favorite Fabrice Soulier in a marathon heads-up matchup that lasted a grueling five hours, Mateos spoke of his excitement at winning the major event.

“With more money, I can play more events. You will see me more … Next year I can’t go (to Las Vegas), I have to wait, but I will be there”.

Beginning the final day’s proceedings fourth in chips, Benny Spindler boasted a very healthy stack but attempted a massive bluff against Jerome Huge and was called, exiting in sixth place just a few hands later after moving all in with a pair of Queens, only to be beaten out by Mateos’s King-Ten.

Sole American hopeful Ravi Raghavan was the next player to find a seat in the runners-up lounge, despite flopping a royal flush draw against two pair shown by Mateos. The Spaniard led out for 65,000 on a King-Ten-Eight flop and Raghavan raised to 175,000 before being called and in turn moving all-in. Mateous called and revealed King-Eight for two pair, only faced with a pair of aces by Raghavan.

Similarly to Spindler earlier in the day, Frenchman Jerome Huge ran a huge bluff during open play and was unsuccessful, tabling Four-Three for a lowly pair of threes completely counteracted by Soulier’s two pair of Aces and Queens.

Just after the start of three-handed play Dominik Nitsche continued the trend of unsuccessful bluffs and was crippled, never recovering before being shown his €400,000 prize for third place only six hands later.

Mateos entered heads-up play with a commanding 4-1 chip lead over his more favored opponent and slowly pulled further away from Soulier. It took more than 100 hands seal the deal once and for all, when Soulier moved all-in with the Nine-Eight of diamonds hand only to be called by Mateos, who held Ace-King off suit. Another King spiked the turn and Mateos was awarded the €1 million winner’s check.

The sky now appears the limit for the 19-year-old, who will have to bide his time for the next two years until an age of 21 will allow him into the major tournaments of Las Vegas.

Tournament Poker Round-Up

by | 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 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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Raghavan Wins World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic

by | Published: Monday, December 10th, 2012

Ravi Raghavan has recorded a stunning comeback to win the 2012 World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic.

Raghavan overcame a final table that included poker superstar Antonio Esfandiari to win the WPT Trophy as well as the first place prize of $1,268,571.

Raghavan was overwhelmed to have won such a prestigious tournament.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Raghavan said.

“It hasn’t hit me yet.”

Raghavan has been a regular on the World Poker Tour in recent seasons and was clearly emotional to score a breakthrough victory.

“I’ve been playing this game for a long time and this is what you play for so it fills amazing to actually do it,” Raghavan said.

The Illinois native was short stacked for the majority of the tournament and played superb poker to keep himself in the event.

“I think I play pretty well short stacked and I was very patient,” he said.

The turning point of the final table came when Raghavan busted Esfandiari who had dominated the early proceedings of the tournament.

“[Busting Esfandiari] was huge,” Raghavan said.

“He is tough as nails and one of the best in the world.”

Despite eliminating The Big One For One Drop champion Raghvan was still up against it heading into the heads up battle with Shawn Buchanan who he rates as a very tricky opponent.

“Buchanan is really good and he plays with really interesting heads-up style so I had to adjust to it,” Raghavan said.

“I hit a lot of flops so I guess I picked a really good day to run amazing.”

Raghavan has achieved a great deal of tournament success in recent years but this is easily the biggest victory of his career.

His previously biggest score was also in a World Poker Tour event when he won $105,234 for finishing fifth in the 2010 Hollywood Poker Open.

The World Poker Tour takes a break for Christmas but resumes on January 27th for the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

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