Archive for October, 2011
I’ve been a bit quiet this month as most of my energy has gone into settling back into Santa Barbara and finding my new place.
Yes, after 4 months of travelling, hotels and couch surfing; I am actually rejoining the adult world and getting a place of my own! I managed to find this quirky little artist studio/barn and I’m really excited to get moved in.
My lease doesn’t start until November so I’ll been rocking my ‘Littlest Hobo’ style (that’s an 80s Canadian TV reference) for another month.
Before I get some quality nesting time in though, I’m off on my travels again. First up is the WSOP final table. We’re filming it live on ESPN this year.
I don’t think that sentence actually encapsulates the excitement of this development, so let me type it again. We’re filming it LIVE ON ESPN!! this year. Terrifying and exciting in equal measures and I can’t wait to get on set and watch the guys play for $ 8.7 million. What a crazy amount of money.
Once that’s all finished, I’m flying straight to London to work on the PartyPoker Mixed Games Championship. I’ve been really excited about this project which has been in the works for a while. I love that we’re looking for new ways to expand the viewers understanding and appreciation of poker and I think the time is ripe for more Mixed Games coverage. Also, we’re filming in a super swanky and stylish location in London. It’s going to look so incredible.
Last but certainly not least; if you haven’t picked up a copy of the October issue of WPT Magazine (UK/Canada editions) then go go go! I just had mine delivered and it was so cool to see myself on the cover and read Jon Young’s totally flattering article that my hands were shaking! It’s a real honour to get a cover and the WPT guys did a great job as always. And they even ran photos of me in my favourite French Press t-shirt which is my absolute coffee shop in Santa Barbara. That’s got to be worth a few free cappuccinos!
Pumpkin carving, mounds of candy, and of course the guy from accounting dressed as Elvis. No, it’s not another night in Las Vegas but Halloween sitting right around the corner and 527 players tonight were looking to pad their recent SnG dominance with the PokerStars Battle of the Planets $ 50,000.00 triple shootout freeroll. Open to all SnG players, the only requirement for this freeroll is obtaining a ticket through the weekly points accumulation of your respective planet (or buy-in level, check out the rules though the link above). An average of nearly $ 4,000.00 is on the table for those who win their first two tables awaits them at the final leg of the tournament. And tonight those final nine would grab the money and run. Here’s how they got there:
Only one Red Spade was found on the Battle of the Planets tables today, belonging to Spanish Team Online member Javier El_Cañonero Dominguez. Despite being here nearly every month from crushing the SnGs at his level, Javier would go home early tonight. With the blinds at 25/50 tried to apply some pressure to a min raise from HellRazor_KK by shoving for 1,130 chips. While HellRazor_KK would fold the initial raise, Yilmaz11 had no intentions of laying down big slick [Ah][Kh] and made the call to face off against the Spaniard’s pocket sixes [6d][6c]. Javier’s fate would come early as an ace was laid down on the flop and held through the [Qh] [Ts] [Ac] [9d] [Tc] board to send Dominguez home in 355th place.
Hailikisat and psychodave29 went all sorts of crazy over their tables finishing with a final table seat in hand before the three hour mark of the tournament assuring them of $ 775.00 regardless of finish. The final seven seats would be filled in short order as it only took 20 more minutes for our the table to be set. All eyes settled over to Table eight where santi820 was about to put away Piwonka and after the river card left Piwonka’s pair of tens looking up at santi820′s pair of aces our final table was set below:
Seat 1: xibatao (1500 in chips)
Seat 2: kuzich (1500 in chips)
Seat 3: Sea_Eagle83 (1500 in chips)
Seat 4: psychodave29 (1500 in chips)
Seat 5: nanyacoB (1500 in chips)
Seat 6: mm@ximumm (1500 in chips)
Seat 7: Hailikisat (1500 in chips)
Seat 8: santi820 (1500 in chips)
Seat 9: GoldPavlin (1500 in chips)
Maybe they needed money for candy
Three hours and thirty-five minutes later everyone was $ 3,955.96 richer as the table played out a few hands but after some minor pots were pushed around they decided on taking home between third and fourth place money a piece for their hard work throughout the month while qualifying for this tournament. That amount should be enough to grab a few cases of Mini-Snickers and Reese’s peanut butter cups without having to endure a bad costume selection.
After the pushfest erupted, it would still take seven hands before Sea_Eagle83 soared above the final table for a victory lap and take the official title of October Battle of the Planets $ 50,000 triple shootout champion! Watch the winning hand against kuzich below:
Thus ends this month’s Battle of the Planets final table in a shocking 15 minutes with deal time included. Be sure to check out all the goodies PokerStars has lined up for the Halloween weekend including the 70 Billionth hand promotion that is dropping $ 750,000 into the pillow cases of PokerStars players throughout the week.
$ 50,000 guarantee October Battle of the Planets $ 50,000 triple shootout freeroll results (10-30-11):
(* all players chopped the final table money evenly)
1. Sea_Eagle83 (Australia) *$ 3,995,56
2. kuzich (Russia) *$ 3,995,56
3. Hailikisat (Estonia) *$ 3,995,56
4. mm@ximumm (Russia) *$ 3,995,56
5. santi820 (Argentina) *$ 3,995,56
6. psychodave29 (Netherlands) *$ 3,995,56
7. GoldPavlin (Latvia) *$ 3,995,56
8. nanyacoB (Ukraine) *$ 3,995,56
9. xibatao (Portugal) *$ 3,995,52
It’s the end of Day 1 at the Irish Winter Festival Main Event and we are glad to see that six of Titan Poker’s 12 qualifiers are advancing to Day 2.
We are also a little bit disappointed because we lost our Norwegian player just a few minutes before the end of the day. We just know that he busted after losing two hands in a row. The last hand he held A10 and was faced with AA.
The average stack at the end of Day 1 is 49,000 and 121 players will come back to the Burlington Hotel tomorrow at 14:00 local time.
Dennis McCartney (USA): 37.2K
Jack Connolly (UK): 35.3K
Daniele Vagni (Italy): 31.2K
Jozsef Vass (Hungary): 17.2K – He lost a coin flip with 5-5 versus AK just before the end.
Dorlan Schick (Canada): 43.4K
Owen Shiels (UK): 28.2 K
Day 5, October 27th, made space for the Fixed Limit specialists to show off their skills. They didn’t disappoint as once again both guaranteed prize pools were smashed.
Pokerfest #14: $ 250 Gtd FLH
- Prizepool: $ 250
- Runners: 1,446
- synedrol – $ 50.53
- SAM19750 – $ 27.50
- Listva1947 – $ 17.25
An impressive 1,446 players took to their seats for the daily points buy-in offering and after just over 7 hours it was synedrol who took home his first Pokerfest crown.
Pokerfest #15: $ 2,500 Gtd FLH
- Prizepool: $ 3,910
- Runners: 391
- panteer – $ 1,016.66
- cayton21boom – $ 604.09
- hucksied – $ 342.12
With an $ 11 buy-in, event #15 saw 391 players sign up and generate a prize pool just shy of $ 4,000.
In his first Pokerfest appearance, it was panteer who took it down making it one win from one in the series! cayton21boom and hucksied in second and third were also making their Pokerfest debuts and both pocketed a nice payout for their evenings work.
Pokerfest #16: $ 25,000 Gtd FLH
- Prizepool: $ 27,400
- Runners: 274
- donni3brasco – $ 7,124.00
- NeverGiveUp_ – $ 4,233.30
- Troubador – $ 2,397.50
The main event for the day once again saw the $ 25,000 Guaranteed prize pool surpassed as 274 Fixed Limit fans paid the $ 109 for their seat.
Once again it was a Pokerfest newcomer who took home the spoils. donni3brasco from Romania claimed a well earned payday in excess of $ 7k making it a very good day at the office.
The No Limit Hold ‘em action returned on Wednesday 26th October and the crowds continued to flock to the tables generating some monster midweek prizepools.
Pokerfest #11: $ 400 Gtd NLH
- Prizepool: $ 400
- Runners: 2,235
- nick906- $ 75.00
- BanditStep00 – $ 42.20
- AntonAt – $ 26.40
Pokerfest #12: $ 4,000 Gtd NLH
- Prizepool: $ 9,560
- Runners: 956
- AnticiBorik – $ 757.24
- VITOLIO777 – $ 719.11
- Suhoff76 – $ 716.48
Pokerfest #13: $ 40,000 Gtd NLH
- Prizepool: $ 75,300
- Runners: 753
- Szilard83 – $ 8,529.49
- Mundos – $ 7,373.34
- zvicar – $ 5,839.27
Summer has its pleasures as we all know, and spring and fall both delight in their own way. But winter can be a different story. For most of us, the thought of January brings images of bundling up in heavy jackets and boots and trudging through ice and snow–chilling enough to make my fingers freeze up on the keyboard just writing about it. And January, as we all know, can be the cruelest month.
Pause. Sound of book pages rustling in the background. Okay, stop.
Don’t bother looking it up in the Famous Quotations collection. I know the quote from Eliot says April, but January is much more appropriate in these parts, although The Waste Land does seem to apply. Now back to thoughts of January, which for players on PokerStars can be a very different thing.
PokerStars players and some of the biggest pros in the poker world see the month of January in another way. They see it as a new beginning and the chance to bring along the whole family for the vacation they longed for at Christmas. They look at early January as the time to celebrate the New Year on white sand beaches with palm trees swaying in the breeze. They see a world-class resort with the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, and a place to swim with dolphins or sharks, depending on their tolerance for fear and adventure. They see an underwater archeological dig that they can explore without ever getting wet. They see twenty-two restaurants and twenty bars and lounges where they can relax and kick back while sampling some of the world’s best cuisine. And then they see a final table in a poker room of gigantic proportions with millions of dollars up for grabs in a festival of poker that is exceeded only by the World Series of Poker. They see it all happening at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and they wouldn’t miss it for the world.
This is your chance to be part of it as the PokerStars Women Live weekly finals begin this Saturday. Every week the qualifiers will award at least one $ 3250 package to the PCA! The event runs January 12-14, with players returning home on Sunday the 15th. The package includes your $ 1,100 buy-in, three nights hotel accommodations, and $ 1,000 for expenses.
Daily freerolls and satellites are running now to help you make your PCA dreams come true. See the PokerStars Women Live PCA 2012 page for more times and details.
I hope to see you in the Bahamas in January. I’ll be there to cover the event and maybe that championship interview I do for PokerStars Women will be with you! For details on last year’s event, see this post, this post, and the winner’s report.
The European Poker Tour main event in San Remo reaches its final day with just eight players from a field of 837 remaining, returning to the theatre of Casino San Remo tomorrow to play to a winner, who will walk away with a first prize worth €800,000.
After an often frenetic day of play, which reduced the final 24 to eight in a little more than four levels, we lost the bulk of the local Italians, two Team PokerStars Pros, while a former champion fell to the rail, another stands poised to pull of an historic double.
Kevin MacPhee will take a seat at the final table tomorrow, the short stack with 1,115,000 chips with which to mount a campaign to earn a place in poker history. So long has the title of “first double winner” been bandied about by the travelling bandwagon that accompanies the tour, that it’s now like some old piece of furniture stored in the spare room, suitable only for propping up pianos or holding down loose papers. Tomorrow it will once more be dusted off, shined, and prepared for the possibility of proper home.
MacPhee’s task will be a tough one, not only for a big hand against Dimitar Danchev that reduced his stack by half (and will leave him on tilt for the rest of the night) but because of the quality of the final table field, represented by eight nationalities.
Joining MacPhee will be chip leader Daniel Nielson from Australia, who, saw off Johnny Lodden tonight to bring play to an end. “Good”, “solid” and “aggressive” were words used to describe the EPT newcomer.
Chip leader Daniel Nielson
Here’s how they’ll line up…
1. Andrey Pateychuk, Russia, 3,105,000
2. Kevin MacPhee, United States, 1,115,000
3. Barny Boatman, United Kingdom, 2,490,000
4. Daniel Nielson, Australia, 6,700,000
5. Rocco Palumbo, Italy, 1,160,000
6. Yorane Kerignard, France, 2,145,000
7. Dimitar Danchev, Bulgaria, 4,435,000
8. Jan Bendik, Slovakia, 3,980,000
It is perhaps not the line-up railbirds may have dreamed of as play started this afternoon, with an array of the game’s brightest falling at the penultimate hurdle.
The TV Table
Jon Spinks departed within minutes of the start, choosing to get his 700,000 chips into the middle in good health rather than wait, like others, for age to whither them. Spinks was followed by Elio Fox, the new World Series of Poker Europe champion who looked to be on his way to an unlikely double. While his day may have ended in 23rd place, it wasn’t a bad trip all things considered.
When a single former champion reaches the final of an EPT the talk fo first double winners is turned up to unbearable levels. So when two of them looked all set for the last eight the rhetoric was bulky and alas, premature.
Mike McDonald, who already has three EPT final tables to his name, narrowly missed out on another, busting in 18th place and leaving it to Kevin MacPhee to progress, hotly pursued by a geek carrying that record book.
Lex Veldhuis just missed out on his first EPT final table, busting in 15th (his best EPT yet) with the damage done by fellow Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden. Following Veldhuis to the door was chip leader coming into the day Chris McClung, who endured a nightmare day in which the all-ins he called remained firm against his efforts to dominate.
On a day in which it all kicked off in the Italian parliament, it was all calm among Italians in the main event, reduced from seven to one. Rocco Palumbo will represent the home nation tomorrow after the departure of Cristiano Guerra, Mustapha Kanit, Daniele Vesco, Gianluca Cedolia, Alessio Isaia and Angelo Tarallo.
But it fell to the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden to bring the day to a close, falling in ninth place to miss what would have been his first ETP final table since Budapest in 2006. He shoved with ace-king only for Daniel Nielsen to find a pair of queens that dodged everything on the board.
In their place are the likes of Jan Bendik, from Spectacular Slovakia, reaching his second EPT final table after Prague in Season 7. He plays a stack of 3,980,000 tomorrow.
Andrey Pateychuk may have kept a low profile today but the Russian’s pedigree speaks of success on major tournaments, as his 15th place singing in the World Series main event this year is testament to. He’ll be back armed with 3,105,000. Yorane Kerignard, bagging up 2,145,000, does the same after a gritty performance that rewards him with his second EPT final table after EPT Copenhagen in Season 7.
Last night Barny Boatman joked that he had now won the “min-cash Triple Crown” with cash finishes at EPT London, the WSOPE and now here, something he could only ruin by making the final table.
That’s just what he did today, using aggression early on to reinforce his stack while playing solidly throughout. He returns with 2,490,000. Dimitar Danchev completes the line-up, playing a stack of 4,435,000.
To tally that up, that’s one former winner, three former finalists, an Italian, a Mobster and at least one player set to record their best live tournament finish. Read all about them, and those who departed today, at the links below…
Level 23 (cont.)-25 updates
Level 26-27 updates
Our thanks to our colleagues blogging in German, French and Italian, and to our photographer Neil Stoddart, whose copyright enforcement team once provoked a fist fight in the Italian parliament.
Casino San Remo
Tomorrow eight will become one as a new EPT San Remo champion, and perhaps even the first double winner, will lift the trophy and pocket a cheque for €800,000. Live coverage from the theatre in Casino San Remo, will resume at 2pm, with EPT Live coverage the action every step of the way. If your imagination needs moving pictures as well as words, that is.
Until then we’re off for ice cream. Goodnight from San Remo.
$ 1,000,000 in guaranteed prizes and an exciting live poker tournament in Prague are coming your way. Titan Poker has just launched satellites leading to the $ 1,000,000 iPoker Online Poker Series tournaments and the iPOPS Live Main Event in Prague.
iPOPS is a lightning fast online poker tournament series taking place between November 28th and December 4th, 2011, with a total guaranteed prizepool of $ 1,000,000. Tournaments take place very two days with affordable buy-ins, culminating with a $ 500,000 guaranteed prize tournament.
iPOPS #1 on November 28th carries a $ 200,000 guaranteed prizepool and will be staged as a $ 100+$ 9 freezeout tournament, with 6-max tables.
iPOPS #2 will take place on November 30th and have a $ 150,000 guaranteed prizepool. The No Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament will have $ 50+$ 5 buy-ins with re-buys and an add-on available.
iPOPS #3 will be staged on December 2nd. This Pot Limit Omaha tournament will feature 6-max tables, have a $ 100+$ 9 buy-in with one re-buy available, and carry a $ 150,000 guaranteed prizepool.
The series will culminate on December 4th with the iPOPS #4 $ 500,000 GP tournament, a $ 125+$ 10 freezeout.
The last 27 players left in the action of iPOPS #4 will battle it out live at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague on December 10th.
In addition, iPOPS Live is the iPoker Network’s first live tournament and will be staged at the Corinthia Hotel Casino in Prague on December 10th-11th, 2011. This freezeout event carries a €700 + €70 buy-in and will be focused primarily on players from the iPoker Network.
Titan Poker’s IPOPS Live satellites lead to three weekly Super Satellites, each awarding winning players with €1,450 prize packages to the IPOPS Live Main Event in Prague.
Winning players will receive the €700 + €70 Main Event buy-in; €255 for 3 nights’ accommodation at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague, December 9th – 12th 2011; €25 for handling fees; and €400 for flights and spending. In addition, players will be invited to a special Welcome Party on December 9th.
First of all I have to say thank you for all the good wishes at the WSOPE last week – it was quite a tournament for me.
I was totally gutted to bust the Main when I did but it was honour to represent Europe in the Caesars Cup, a pleasure to crush Andrew Robl and a real pleasure to win $ 100k from Biketime Bordy. It was all happening…
The truth is, however, is that it is all happening at PartyPoker.com at the moment with the start of Pokerfest, my dear sponsors Meatfest – an online tournament series where I let Zasko run amok and devour all the fresh fish.
The action kicked off on Sunday night with a huge start. It all harks back to those famed days at Party in my eyes – all those weak players and guaranteed money making opportunities.
I wrote before that PartyPoker.com had been regarded as the softest poker room out there and this weekend has certainly not made me change that opinion. The fish piled into the $ 300k guaranteed, swelling the prize pool – the whitebait couldn’t get enough of the $ 2k, hardly surprising as this offered the unique opportunity to enter a major online poker festival for just points!
Is it still safe to go into the water? YES IT IS. It only gets better this week. Monday night is the no-limit re-buys. Where’s Martins Adeniya – give that guy a refill? Tuesday is PLO (passive loser orgy) – want to mix it up? Get some heart for god sake!
Wednesday is back to no limit, the only game that Phil Hellmuth has really excelled in (before he got overtaken by the kids). Thursday – well Thursday looks really attractive to me – the Russians love their fixed limit, need I say more, I have a big mark in the G diary!
Saturday looks interesting to me too – no limit hold’em but six seat and deep structured. Plenty of chance to practice controlled aggression and captain the table. 47 events, $ 3 million guaranteed (it is going to be much more than that) and a $ 1 million guaranteed on the 6th November. Ladies and gentleman, there is going to be fireworks.
My only problem? Week three of the Pokerfest clashes with the WPT Amneville, commonly regarded as the weakest field of any tournament in Europe – it is all just locals and they are French as well. Welcome to poker paradise!
After the long war of attrition yesterday, Day 3 of the European Poker tour main event in San Remo was more a short skirmish this afternoon, as the field of 144 broke through the bubble at 128 and played on until 64 remained.
Not today a schedule based on levels, but instead a plan to invite eight tables of players back to Casino San Remo tomorrow. That’s exactly what we have tonight.
We also have a new chip leader, in the shape of Christopher McClung who bags up 1,202,000, having not putting a foot wrong.
Chip leader Christopher McClung
We also have two champions remaining, with Kevin MacPhee (476,000) and Mike McDonald (648,000) each returning tomorrow.
We also have four Team PokerStars Pros left in the field, with Lex Veldhuis (687,000) and Johnny Lodden (793,000) each turning it up a notch, while John Duthie (319,000) and Vanessa Selbst (400,000) each steering safely through the day.
Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie
We also have a slew of top Italians looking for a win on home soil, and a first title for an Italian since Salvatore Bonavena in Season 5. Angelo Tarallo (840,000) leads the local heroes, with Alessio Isaia (818,000) also among the leaders.
What else? A bubble boy, a cursed position if there ever was one but at least dispatched in a fashion that minimised the public celebration taking place in his face.
As players departed for a 15 minute break while play was hand-for-hand, Christopher McClung check-raised Christian Troger all-in on a flop of [ts][7h][4d], Troger acted, calling for his tournament with [as][7s]. Alas, McClung showed pocket kings, which proved more than capable of dispatching Troger. At least we can reassure his loved ones that it was quick and relatively private.
On the bubble
It meant players returning from the break arrived to find themselves €7,000 better off, and, with pressure also off, the chips began to flow in all directions. Soon we’d broken the 100 player mark as players leapt from the main event frying pan into the side event fire.
Out went Michael Watson, then Melanie Weisner and Marco Traniello. Shaun Deeb, who had played solid gold poker all week, also went, as did Toby Lewis. The departure of Plamen Yakimov in 65th place brought this day’s play to an end.
Shaun Deeb (yellow) and Vanessa Selbst (yellow) in action today, with McClung in the foreground
We now wait, ready for 64 to become 24 tomorrow afternoon. Brief yourself with the seat draw, the official chip counts and prepare by reading all of today’s coverage at the links below.
Level 16 and 17 updates
Level 18 and 19 updates
That brings a fairly brief Day 3 to an end. Our thanks to our German, Italian and French bloggers, as well as photographer Neil Stoddart whose copyright means he’s now banned from every branch of Happy Snaps in North London.
Santuario Madonna della Costa in San Remo
After 3 days of a wonderfull poker, Team Titan ’s Florian Desgouttes had to quit the tournament on a really hard last hand that he couldn’t avoid just before the end of Day 3.
Florian, with a pocket 3 hit the flop: 8♥ 3♣ 4♥ and invested his stack of 220 K for an average of 320 K. His opponent with A♣ 8♣ found the top pair on the flop, then the max flush draw while the turn fell K♣ and finally hit it on the river, the 10♣
Really cruel for the french player who nevertheless realized a beautiful result ending the italian adventure winning a prize of € 10,000.