Posts Tagged ‘World Poker Tour World Championship’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Following the World Poker Tour’s release of Season XII’s closing schedule, several professional players have voiced their concern in regards to key schedule conflicts; largely the timing of the WPT World Championship.
The Tour’s major event will be held outside Las Vegas for the first time, with the rights to host instead offered to Atlantic City; a move that was tipped to cause issues before the schedule was released.
As a result of the recent scheduling, many players are now worried they will have to choose between the World Championship and the European Poker Tour Grand Final; another major event scheduled for May 2014.
Poker Pro Scott Seiver, most commonly known as the winner of the WPT Championship in 2011 was among the first to publicly voice their opinion, tweeting a plea to the WPT organizers to reconsider their chosen dates.
“Please don’t conflict with EPT Monte Carlo. Hope there is time to reschedule. Too important” Seiver said.
Tournament Director at the Borgata Spa and Casino (hosts of the 2014 WPT World Championship) Tab Duchateu was quick to play down players’ fears by stating the venue did everything in their power to ‘stay away’ from the EPT Major and was quickly followed by a statement from WPT Director Adam Pliska.
“This potential conflict was always something we were acutely aware of, and we have been in close discussions with EPT organizers to find the best solution for players who want to play both events” the statement read.
“Fortunately, there is only the slightest overlap and players can play both events; the only exception being those that make the final table at the WPT Main Event”.
As highlighted in this statement, the two events actually only overlap by one day, allowing most the ability to enter into both without any real inconvenience, though Pliska hinted they dates are still not necessarily set in stone.
“We will continue to work with other tours for the benefit of the poker community. The tight nature of this scheduling was unavoidable, but we feel we have done our best to accommodate players” Pliska concluded.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, May 24th, 2013
It took only two hours of play on day five of the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship for the televised final table to be set.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu was the short-stack for the majority of the last two days of the tournament but fell narrowly short of qualifying for the televised final table when he was eliminated by close friend Erick Lindgren.
Negreanu was clearly disappointed but was still able to take home his third six figure cash of the year after winning the WSOP APAC Main Event and finishing fourth in the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.
All eyes will be on Lindgren when the televised final table kicks off later tonight.
Not only is the thirty-six-year-old attempting to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to have won three World Poker Tour titles but the first place prize of $1,150,297 is sure to help pay off some of the gambling debts that saw Lindgren end up in a rehab clinic for gambling addiction at the end of last year.
Lindgren (3,355,000) is currently sitting in second place behind chip leader Chino Rheem who holds 5,495,000 in chips.
Rheem has a wealth of final table experience in the world’s biggest tournaments after finishing seventh in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and winning the $20,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event in the Epic Poker League.
Lindgren isn’t the only former World Poker Tour champion at the table with Jonathan Roy holding 1,900,000 in chips.
Roy won the World Poker Tour Montreal event at the end of 2012 and won the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em 8 Max Turbo Bounty at the 2012 European Poker Tour Grand Final.
This is Roy’s second major final table of the year after he finished fourth in the 2013 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
Rounding out the final table are David Peters (1,085,000), Brandon Steven (1,210,000) and Matt Hyman (1,560,000).
All three are experienced tournament poker players who have all cashed for large amounts at the World Series of Poker, making this one of the toughest final table fields in the history of the World Poker Tour.
You can stay up to date with all the action from the final table here at Poker.com.
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
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: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
It has been a busy week for the World Poker Tour with tournaments running in Malta and Atlantic City simultaneously.
Ben Hamnett conquered a field of 1180 other players to win the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.
Hamnett went into the final table as the short stack but won a massive pot against chip leader Matthew Burnitz in just the third pot of the day.
From that point forward Hamnett was able to dominate the final table and faced off against Burnitz in a heads-up battle.
Hamnett slowly ground Burnitz’s chip stack into the ground and claimed the victory when his King-Queen held up against Burnitz’s Jack-Ten.
The $ 818,847 prize was easily the biggest of the American Professionals poker career with his previous highest cash being $38,453 earlier this year in the World Series of Poker Main Event.
On another continent Yorane Kerignard also won his maiden World Poker Tour tournament in the World Poker Tour Malta Main Event.
The Frenchmen need a slice of luck to claim the tournament when it got down to the heads-up battle.
He pushed with ace high and was called by Jackson Genovesi who held a pair of tens.
Kerignard hit two pair on the turn and the river to leave an emotional Genovesi distraught.
Kerignard has been a regular on the European Poker Tour in the last few years and has had a number of strong results.
He finished fourth in the 2010 Copenhagen Main Event, sixth in the 2011 San Remo Main Event and fourth in the 2012 Deauville Main Event but this was his first tournament victory.
Kerignard will head back to France with $182,292 and a seat worth $25,500 in the season-ending World Poker Tour World Championship.
The World Poker Tour now heads to South Africa for the Emperors Palace Poker Classic.
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