London Live event to include a High Roller contest

April 3, 2011 by Dan Brown in Poker News

The second London Live poker event to be held this weekend at the Grosvenor Victoria “The Vic” Casino in the British capital will add a new contest to its itinerary, a £1,000 High Roller tournament that will take place on Sunday 3rd April.

The organisers, BlackBeltPoker, boast that they create the best value deep stack tournament in the United Kingdom and it seems that British poker players agrees as the 400-player capacity for the Main Event was filled way before the event’s official start on Friday 1st April. The $275-dollar buy-in created a $100,000 prize pool with a guaranteed first prize of $20,000 and a further 20% added to individual prizes and 20 bounties up for grabs.

Players interested in the £1,000 High Roller showdown will be able to buy-in directly at the Grosvenor Victoria casino; registration will be open until 15 minutes before the first hand is dealt at 2pm (GMT).

The Main Event has attracted poker professionals Neil Channing, Jake Cody, David Docherty, Richard Ashby, Surinder Sunar and Irish Open Champion James Mitchell.

Jake Cody, winner of the World Poker Tour (WPT) London event last year, and Neil Channing are also down to participate in the newly-added High Roller event.


WPT Vienna ends with another title heading to Russia

March 30, 2011 by Dan in Poker News

The Montesino Casino was witness to a record-breaking poker event as the inaugural World Poker Tour (WPT) Vienna came to town last week and concluded over the weekend after seeing 555 players take their seats.

The participation set a record for a a European WPT event and forced the organization of two opening days. The buy-in was a hefty €3,500 (around $5,000). The event also made history by being host tournament to the first WPT final table to feature live streaming with hole cards on a 30 minute delay.

Dmitry Gromov

Dmitry Gromov

Dmitry Gromov from Russia went into the final table as chip leader. Known for winning the $5,000 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event last July, Gromov’s demolition skills did not wait long in the wings as he sent local boy Markus Jenisch to the rail with a set of 9s. Jenisch filed his biggest win to date with over €36,000 for 8th place, his best result to date had been a €6,000-cash in the Greek Poker Tour stop also in Vienna, in September of last year.

Gromov went on to end Alessio Isaia’s entertaining appearance at the final table – dressing as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of Vienna’s most famous residents. Isaia is still in the running for a shot at the Bluff Player Of The Year title, with a WPT final table position doing him no harm.

Fellow Russian Maxim Kolosov began to help himself to his countryman’s chips when it started to appear that Gromov was unbeatable – he had amassed well over half the chips remaining in play. Kolosov removed the Romanian Valentin Stroiescu and left the door open for Gromov to set the heads-up by saying goodnight to both Italian Full Tilt Poker pro Mario Adinolfi and Dane Simon Ravnsbaek.

In amazingly stark contrast to the marathon heads-up drawn out to eight-hours long at the WPT Venice, the Vienna equivalent lasted only a few hands. Kelosov, eager to strike an early double-up, left himself vulnerable, moving in against the A10 of Gromov with only 88 and having to sit through an even weaker board.

Gromov took the hand, the first WPT Vienna title, a seat worth $25,000 at the WPT World Championship in May and a healthy wad of €447,840 ($631,000) back to his bank manager. Kolosov had to be content with €241,180 but couldn’t match his partner, Natalya Nikitina’s, achievement of becoming a European WPT winner in Europe.

The next stop on the WPT is in Bratislava, Slovakia for their €2,500 Main Event at the Golden Vegas casino fromn 30th March 30 through 3rd April. The WPT hits U.S. Shores again on 9th April to set up camp at the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.


Online hotshot West beats Obrestad to take the 2011 Wynn Classic

March 29, 2011 by Dan Brown in Poker News
Tim West

Tim West

Tim West, a player known for his online success, has taken down the 2011 Wynn Classic Championship that was held in Las Vegas last week.

The final table at the  2011 Wynn Classic kept up the tradition of seating a number of big-name stars and, even though it’s not a televised event, competed with recent climaxes in the international circuits such as the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour.

212 participants paid the $5,000 buy-for a Main Event place and generated a prize pool of $1,028,200.. The final table included a majority showing  of online poker players such as Eric Froehlich, Carter King, Matt Waxman, Annette Obrestad, and Tim West.

West and Obrestad edged out the rest of the field and the other finalists to set up a complex heads-up that followed a long and windy path. The pair took the tournament into a home straight that looked like it might hit the morning sun before West hit two pairs while waiting on a flush draw and scooped up the $318,738 top prize. Obrestad took home $215,922 – her biggest win since turning 21 last spring.

Other top players who got in the money include: Phil Hellmuth, who finished in 19th place, Billy Kopp, who left the tables in 12th and Men “The Master” Nguyen whose run ended just short of the final table when he was eliminated in 11th place.

Obrestad’s leading man, Scott Montgomery won the $1,560 preliminary event worth over $47,000 and placed third in a $1,000 event as well for another $16,000. Chad Brown grabbed a win in one of the two $2,000 buy-in preliminary events to pocket $73,088.


Caesars Palace launches new Winter Poker Classic

January 22, 2011 by Dan Brown in Poker News

The new Caesars Palace Winter Poker Classic Tournament is a series of 27 events that will take place from 17 January through 4 February in the famous casino’s Poker Room.

Buy-ins for the events will begin from an economical $120 and steadily rise to $550 for the No Limit Hold’em Championship event which will commence on 3 February. There are two special events in the new series: the Oklahoma Johnny Hale Seniors Event on 29 January which will send its winner to 2011 World Series of Poker Seniors Championship Event as well as please him or her with a large cash prize; and, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship – a $230 buy-in tournament that is open to everyone in a traditional multi-table tournament for its first day but will convert to a play-off heads-up freezeout format once the number of players left in the competition reaches 16. The overall winner will receive a $20,000 seat for the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in March; essentially the opportunity to play on national television against poker’s biggest names for a look in at taking home the $500,000 top prize that was won last year by Annie Duke.

The enormous Poker Room at Caesars Palace’s offers 24-hour poker action in both its main room and adjoining side room. There are numerous tournaments organized at different hours on a daily basis and cash games of all stakes. The new Winter Classic Poker Tournament is like a sister event to the Caesars Classic Tournament that is celebrated every autumn.


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