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Marti Roca De Torres Comes from Behind to Earn WSOP-E Championship Event Title

 Marti Roca De Torres Comes from Behind to Earn WSOP E Championship Event Title

After an epic 14-hour battle in which he fought from an extremely disadvantageous position, Marti Roca De Torres was able to come back and defeat Gianluca Speranza to win the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Championship Event bracelet.

The six players coming back on Friday to determine the championship ran the gamut of poker experience. Chip leader Maria Ho (7.83 million) was riding a hot streak as the leader for the last two days and arguably was one of the most experienced players on the felt. Roca De Torres was right behind her, however, with his 7.26 million stack but not the same wealth of experience. After them, the contenders were few as Gianluca Speranza (4.4 million), WSOP bracelet winner Niall Farrell (3.025 million), Mathijs Jonkers (2.785 million) and Robert Bickley (1.085 million) rounded out the table.

Roca De Torres came out of the stall firing and it nearly got him in trouble. He would double up Bickley on the first hand of action, but that would be a momentary setback. Roca De Torres won four consecutive hands, with the last one battling against Ho’s first action of the day, to slip into the lead by a mere 5000 chips. Roca De Torres extended that lead on Hand 76 when, with pocket Queens, he got Ho to bet on the flop and turn (he called) after he had hit a set on the flop and Ho hit top pair with her K-Q off suit.

It was the beginning of the end for Ho. After a Farrell raise to 275K, Ho asked for a chip count (3.255 million) and then moved all in with her leading stack. Farrell immediately called, tabling pocket Jacks, while Ho could only roll over pocket deuces for the fight. An Ace high board didn’t change anything and, for the first time in two days, Ho was the short stack on the table and Farrell was challenging Roca De Torres for the lead.

Down to her last 1.26 million ten hands after clashing with Farrell, Ho moved her stack into the center and Roca De Torres, in the small blind, only called her all in. Farrell asked for a count of Roca De Torres’ chips (and learning that Roca De Torres’ had more) before moving all in over the top of Ho’s all in. Roca De Torres didn’t hesitate at all in making the call, slapping his cards on the felt triumphantly:

Ho: A-J off suit
Farrell:  pocket Kings
Roca De Torres:  pocket Aces

With Farrell drawing thin and Ho drawing virtually to air, the nine-high board didn’t come close to giving anyone other than Roca De Torres anything. Because she started the hand with the least chips, Ho was dismissed in sixth place while Farrell was bounced in fifth place as Roca De Torres took a massive lead.

Holding more than twice the number of chips than his other three competitors combined, Roca De Torres (17.48 million) looked to be in total command over Speranza (3.45 million), Bickley (3.035 million), and Jonkers (2.47 million). As it turned out, the tournament was barely getting started as the four men battled for almost six hours before the next departure occurred.

The chip stacks were quite fluent during this time, with Roca De Torres trying to eliminate his opposition but doubling them up more than he would like. He would lose the lead to first Speranza and then Bickley, who would double on SEVEN different occasions to take over the lead. Jonkers was about the only player who didn’t hold the lead, but he was able to stay vibrant in the tournament through a judicious use of the all-in move himself. In fact, it was Jonkers who would deliver the knockout that found the fourth-place finisher.

With the blinds and antes whipping around four handed, Bickley made a move all in out of the small blind, but Jonkers wasn’t going anywhere in making the call. Bickley had been caught, sheepishly showing his 3-2, while Jonkers was dominant with his A 7. The Q-10-9-2-9 not only didn’t help Bickley any, the three spades that were there improved Jonkers to the nut flush and sent Bickley out of the King’s Casino in fourth place.

Even after the knockout, Jonkers and Roca De Torres were still way behind Speranza. That chip discrepancy got even greater after Speranza, on Hand 194, bumped off Jonkers in third place after turning am unnecessary spade nut flush against a pair for Jonkers. As Speranza and Roca De Torres settled in for the heads-up match, Speranza held a more than 3:1 lead (19.95 million to 6.5 million).

Roca De Torres tried to come out aggressively from the start of heads up, but it almost worked against him. 15 hands into the battle, Speranza’s lead was almost 4:1 (22.05 million to 4.4 million) and it seemed that the tournament was firmly in Speranza’s hand. But just as they were sounding the last rites for Roca De Torres, he rose from the grave.

Building his stack with small victories, Roca De Torres would take over the lead on Hand 226 when he called a Speranza all-in bluff on the river. Although Speranza took the lead back only nine hands later, it seemed that bluff catch by Roca De Torres served to inspire him. He would continuously shove on the Italian and gradually grinded his way back into a competitive situation.

When the end came, it was stunningly fast. First, on Hand 269, Roca De Torres moved all in against and Speranza made the call. It was a race situation, Roca De Torres’ pocket fives up against Speranza’s A-J off suit, and the race got closer when Speranza spiked on the A-9-3 rainbow flop. That race ended, however, when a five hit on the turn to give Roca De Torres an unbeatable set and the hand. Left with only 775K after the chips were counted, Speranza sent them to the center on Hand 270 with a 10-8 off suit against Roca De Torres’ Q-5. No eight was found on the K-5-4-A-3 board, earning the title for Roca De Torres in an inspired run.

1. Marti Roca De Torres, €1,115,207
2. Gianluca Speranza, €689,246
3. Mathijs Jonkers, €476,585
4. Robert Bickley, €335,089
5. Niall Farrell, €239,639
6. Maria Ho, €174,365
7. Jack Salter, €129,121*
8. Luis Rodriguez, €97,344*

(* – eliminated on Thursday, part of official final table)

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2017 World Series of Poker: Artan Dedusha Leads as Field Comes Together for Day 3

 2017 World Series of Poker: Artan Dedusha Leads as Field Comes Together for Day 3

The 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event is in full swing as, after the completion of Day 2C early this morning, Artan Dedusha will take the survivors towards the first day of action when all the competitors will be battling it out at the same time.

Dedusha started the day’s action with a decent 109,700 in chips, but it was going to be an arduous task to work through the 3300 players who came from Day 1C. Dedusha appeared to be up for the task, albeit with the assistance of some good fortune. The Brit saw some good fortune when his pocket fives flopped a set and busted an opponent’s pocket Kings, then rubbed the rabbit’s foot again when he flopped two pair against an opponent holding pocket Aces. These hands allowed Dedusha to rack up a 680,000-chip stack that not only led the Day 2C competitors but put him in the overall lead.

Dedusha’s work wasn’t the only surprise of the Day 2C action. The newlywed Merciers – Jason and Natasha – both came through the day’s carnage with a bit of a surprise. The six-months pregnant Natasha will hold bragging rights so far in the Mercier clan as she finished off Day 2C with 470,000 chips. As she was bagging those up, Jason was doing the same with his 101K in chips, an impressive feat considering he started Day 2C with just slightly more than half his tournament starting stack (28K).

Of course, with the good also comes the ugly – in poker terms, that means people being eliminated. Daniel Negreanu was one of those who had to make the long walk from the Rio tournament arenas after being eliminated on Day 2C. On what would be the hand that led to his demise, Negreanu showed an Ace after an A 3 5 flop, only to have his opponent show him merely a 6 3 for a wealth of draws but air for actuality.

Perhaps a bit steamed by that, Negreanu moved all in from early position with pocket sevens and found a dance partner in John Allan Hinds. Hinds’ pocket sixes were behind pre-flop, but four spades on the board along with Hinds’ 6♠ gave him a flush and defeated Negreanu, sending him to the rail in disappointment after an outstanding WSOP run.

Negreanu wasn’t the only one who had something to be disappointed about. Former World Champions Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen and Phil Hellmuth hit the rail, alongside other pros such as Maria Ho, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen, Paul Volpe, Antonio Esfandiari and Gus Hansen. And there won’t be a rematch of the “Clash of 2016,” as both William Kassouf and Griffin Benger both were eliminated and won’t be around for Day 3.

Dedusha will be the overall leader with his stack on Day 3, but here’s how he came out against his other Day 2C combatants:

1. Artan Dedusha, 680,000
2. Marcin Chmielewski, 564,000
3. Michael Krasienko, 561,300
4. Sonny Franco, 546,700
5. Ryan Hughes, 510,100
6. Tyson Mao, 506,500
7. Denis Timofeev, 498,000
8. Alexander Yen, 490,000
9. Nick Petrangelo, 480,300
10. Natasha Mercier, 476,800

This was the Top Ten from the Day 2A/B battlefield:

1. Lawrence Bayley, 618,000
2. Mickey Craft, 608,100
3. Richard Gryko, 564,800
4. Scott Anderson, 560,000
5. Sergio Castelluccio, 548,500
6. Michael Sklenicka, 540,600
7. Joseph Conor, 511,100
8. Koen Breed, 480,800
9. Grayson Ramage, 471,000
10. Larry Smalley, 469,000

And this (according to WSOP reports) would be the overall leaderboard for the tournament after the completion of Day 2 action:

1. Artan Dedusha, 680,000
2. Lawrence Bayley, 618,000
3. Mickey Craft, 608,100
4. Richard Gryko, 564,800
5. Marcin Chmielewski, 564,000
6. Michael Krasienko, 561,300
7. Scott Anderson, 560,000
8. Sergio Castelluccio, 548,500
9. Sonny Franco, 546,700
10. Michael Sklenicka, 540,600

As stated previously, the field will come together for the first time today on the Rio tournament battlefields. There are 2600 players remaining from the original 7221 runners, but it still may be a bit difficult getting to the 1084 players who will make the minimum $ 15,000 cash and earn a flag on the Hendon Mob board late Thursday night/early Friday morning. There’s still quite a bit of work to be done before we begin speaking about the true contenders for the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event bracelet and the crown of World Champion, but that time is coming closer.

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Boston Globe Editorial Comes Out with Anti-Online Gaming Opinion

 Boston Globe Editorial Comes Out with Anti Online Gaming Opinion

Although there hasn’t been a state pass online gaming regulations since 2013, there have been several that have come up with legislation on the subject (that have failed to garner support) or have created committees to further study the situation. One of those states is Massachusetts, which has been active in building their gaming offerings with three new casinos being built around the state to counteract those in neighboring Connecticut. They have also been studying an expansion into online gaming, but one of the state’s top newspapers has come out with a definitively anti-online gaming stance.

On Sunday, the Boston Globe editorial staff penned an op-ed that looked to persuade state legislators from further pursuit of online gaming. Entitled “Don’t Gamble Massachusetts’ Future Online,” the op-ed starts out by mentioning the legislative study that is considering full online casino regulation – slots, poker, “table” games, the entire operation. They also mention that, in previous op-eds, they have supported the expansion of online lottery sales. When it comes to online gaming and poker, however, the Globe staff believes that goes too far.

One point that the Globe editorial staff brings up is that there isn’t any “ancillary benefits” to online gaming and poker. With the live casinos, the Globe writers point out that there are other areas that money is spent other than gambling – hotel rooms, dining, shopping, concerts, shows, and other non-gaming outlets which garner the state revenue. Another point brought up is that, five years after legalizing casino gaming in the state, there still isn’t a full-fledged casino open and one “slot” outlet in Plainridge hasn’t exactly drawn in the revenues that were predicted. The Globe also states that the live casinos and lottery operations can be controlled by the state, while the online offerings would have private companies in control.

The final point that the Globe makes is that online gaming and poker are “predatory.” The editors quote Les Bernal, the national director of Stop Predatory Gambling, as saying, “Young people aren’t going to brick-and-mortar casinos, which should be a good thing. This whole effort is about getting an entire new generation of youngsters hooked on gambling.”

The problem with Bernal and the organization speaking out on the subject is that the Globe fails to offer any counter-argument to the statement. It is an op-ed, granted, but some actual information from a pro-online gaming organization – the Poker Players Alliance is unfortunately the ONLY one that has any prominence in the States of America – could have at least been presented to offer some balance to the piece. It doesn’t appear, however, that the Globe staff was interested in a balanced report.

Opinions from readers are mixed on the subject, with some taking the Globe to task for not presenting a more researched opinion. “There is a good reason this article is in the opinion section,” one reader writes. “Very little evidence is show and the is an amalgam of the authors’ feelings about morality and ethics.” “Why not try a trial, a year?” another writer states. “Then (we can) evaluate…with facts.”

Others, however, applaud the stance taken by the Globe. “Bravo for taking a stand on this, though I expect our legislature will soon cave to the allure of tax revenue,” one writer says. Another takes a rather extreme stance in writing, “Gambling is a tax on stupidity. We shouldn’t be taxing it, we should be trying to mitigate it.”

Massachusetts is examining the potential of online gaming, as are several other states in the Northeast. Pennsylvania has passed the revenues from online gaming into their current budget, but they have been unable to reach an agreement on regulating the industry. New York currently has legislation in its General Assembly, but that has been the case for the last three years. Being first into the action would be of great advantage to the Bay State, but the Globe doesn’t believe that it is worth the risk for the state or its citizens to open online casino gaming and poker.

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Information Regarding Baazov Insider Trading Trial Comes to Light

 Information Regarding Baazov Insider Trading Trial Comes to Light

Former Amaya Gaming Chief Executive Officer David Baazov has been aggressively fighting the charges of insider trading brought against him by the Canadian government earlier this year. In details released by the Toronto Globe and Mail earlier this month, further information regarding that case is coming to light.

Per Globe and Mail reporter Nicolas Van Praet, the attorneys for Baazov are accusing Canadian prosecutors of several missteps. First, Baazov attorney Sophie Melchers has stated that there have been massive dumps of information which are requiring extensive research by her staff. In addition to this, Melchers says the information being provided is insufficient to provide an adequate defense. Melchers points out an accusation from the prosecution that she is looking to have adjudicated for further clarity.

In their briefs, the Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF), the government oversight agency from the Canadian government, alleges that Baazov used “fronts” to disguise trades that he made (more on this in a bit). Melchers counters that, since the AMF and government prosecutors don’t name these “fronts,” that she cannot properly prepare to defend them. “He’s being accused of trading via a front that’s not identified, with sums owned by an entity that’s not identified, on dates that are not identified,” Ms. Melchers is reported to have said of Mr. Baazov by Van Praet. “All those ingredients, we don’t know them.”

In attempting to clarify the information at hand, Melchers is requesting that the judge in the case direct the prosecution to disclose this mysterious information. In the courts of Canada, it is known as a “prete-nom,” or an actual naming of the situations where Baazov used some sort of alias to shield his identity from knowledge. It would also force the prosecution to not only clarify the names but also the time periods and other deeper details in the case.

Without this information, Melchers says it is impossible to be able to defend Baazov. “Today, nine months after charges were laid, it’s clear that the AMF’s evidence is incomplete,” Van Praet quotes Melchers as informing the court. “We don’t know the scope of what we should still expect.”

Baazov rocked the online poker world when he was able to negotiate the sale of PokerStars, then a privately-owned equity by the Scheinberg Family, to the publicly traded Amaya Gaming. The $ 4.9 billion deal by far was the largest in online gaming history and created one of the largest online gaming corporations in the industry when it took place in 2014. After some investigation, however, Canadian authorities weren’t sure of the legitimacy of some of the other actions surrounding the deal.

As usual after such a massive deal, the AMF began an investigation in 2014 and, in March of this year, decided they had enough evidence to proceed. Baazov and two associates, Benjamin Ahdoot and Yoel Altman, were all charged with different violations of insider trading laws. Baazov was charged with aiding in trades while in possession of privileged information, influencing or attempting to influence the market price of a stock (in this case, Amaya Gaming) and communicating privileged information. Ahdoot, Altman and three other companies – Dioclese Capital Inc., Sababa Consulting Inc. and 2374879 Ontario Inc. – are charged with aiding in trades while in possession of privileged information and influencing or attempting to influence the market price of a stock.

There is base evidence through the rocketing stock price that occurred around the sale point of PokerStars to Amaya Gaming. Prior to the sale, Amaya Gaming stock was trading around $ 7.50 per share on the NASDAQ boards but, as the information emerged that the deal was imminent, the share price soared over $ 35, nearly a five-time increase (currently Amaya Gaming stock is trading at $ 14.15 per share, still an 88% increase over its 2014 price). The AMF is alleging that Baazov and his cohorts, through their knowledge of the sale, bought Amaya stock at the low point and were the beneficiaries when the price hit its peak, the clearest definition of insider trading if there is one.

The trial in penal court in Toronto is continuing now, but it appears there is still quite a bit of posturing that the attorneys are taking. Poker News Daily will continue to monitor the situation.

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2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event: Largest Field in Grand Final History Comes Out for Two Day Ones, Albert Daher Leads

 2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event: Largest Field in Grand Final History Comes Out for Two Day Ones, Albert Daher Leads

The finale for its Season 12 schedule, the European Poker Tour’s Grand Final has exceeded expectations on the coast of the Mediterranean. After two Day Ones, the largest EPT Grand Final field of 1068 players had come to the tables in the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco (potentially with more to come), making the EPT bosses look brilliant in lowering the buy in for the tournament from its former traditional €10,000 to its price in 2016 of €5000.

Day 1A arose bright and sunny on Saturday with 286 players coming to the tables to stake their claim European poker’s biggest prize. The mixture of satellite winners was punctuated with the appearance of a significant tournament professional, but it was the showing of one of football’s best players that seemed to excite many in the tournament arena. Team PokerStars SportsStar Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to take his shot at poker superstardom, which was a bit odd because his Real Madrid team will be hosting Manchester City on Wednesday in a Champions League match – what would he do if he were to make a deep run in the Grand Final? That question won’t have to be answered, unfortunately; Ronaldo would lose a big hand off the bat and never get back over his starting stack, falling before the close of Level 1.

Ronaldo wasn’t the only big name among the crowd on Saturday. “Gentleman” John Gale, Fabian Quoss, Antoine Saout, Isaac Haxton, Sergey Lebedev, Justin Bonomo and former Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania were all on hand in the midst of Level 1, but former Grand Final victor Ivan Freitez, Huy Pham and Aleh Yurkin would join Ronaldo on the rail. By the end of the night, Roman Verenko had stacked up 198,000 in chips to assume the Day 1A chip lead, but such players as Jake Cody, Faraz Jaka, Mike Watson, a Patrik Antonius sighting and Gale all were among those to move on to Day 2 on Monday.

With such a large field for the Day 1A action, it was expected that Day 1B would be massive and the players didn’t disappoint. 487 players were on the counter for the call of “shuffle up and deal,” offering the potential for the 2016 EPT Grand Final to the biggest in the EPT’s history (Season 5’s 935 runners in the Grand Final was the previous record, although it has to be noted that the buy in then was €10,000). By the time dinner arrived, a total of 779 players had been added to the player roster and, at the end of the night, three more entries brought the overall total to 782 runners for Day 1B. There is a possibility that more players may still enter into the tournament – late registration is open until the start of action on Day 2 Monday – but the 1068 total players for the 2016 EPT Grand Final is the biggest turnout in history.

As the adage states, you can’t win a poker tournament on the first day, but you can certainly lose one. There were several players who demonstrated the truthfulness of that adage as they will not be returning on Monday for any more play in the Grand Final. Guillaume Darcourt, Lee Markholt, Andrey Zaichenko, Bruno Fitoussi, Luca Pagano, Yury Gulyy and James Akenhead won’t be back, but one elimination in particular caught the eye of many in the room.

Entering after the dinner break, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu played the very first hand he was dealt and picked up some chips from opponent Markku Koplimaa. On the very next hand, the duo would clash again on a K-5-9-7-J board and Negreanu called off his final chips after Koplimaa bet out Negreanu’s exact stack. ‘Kid Poker’s’ A-K looked nice, but it fell to Koplimaa’s 8-6 for the turned straight. In the span of two hands, the all-time winningest player in poker history was gone from the EPT Grand Final.

The room was abuzz with the man who marched to the top of the chip standings by the end of the night. Seemingly making no mistakes as he stormed through the day, Albert Daher was able to amass a 266,600 chip stack to take the overall chip lead. Complete stats for Day 1B aren’t available as of yet so a formal chip count isn’t available either, but it is thought that Daher, Sebastien Lebaron and Kulli Sidhu are the top three players at this point.

Day 2 will kick off on Monday afternoon with around 585 players still remaining in the tournament. The reduced buy-in will probably keep the first place prize down a bit, but the prestige of taking the EPT Grand Final will still be cherished by the player who achieves that goal. The champion will be crowned on Friday, concluding the Season 12 schedule for the EPT.

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