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2017 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 2 – Brandon Meyers Maintains Lead as Prize Pool Determined

 2017 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 2 – Brandon Meyers Maintains Lead as Prize Pool Determined

Continuing to hold court over the throng of players still in the tournament, poker professional Brandon Meyers continued to hold the lead as Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic concluded. At the same time, those that are left in the event found out what they were playing for once late registration/reentry closed.

Out of the 600-plus entries that were received on Day 1, Meyers was the one who drove the tournament. He would finish the day with an impressive 152,750 in chips but, as the poker adage goes, you can’t win a tournament on the first day. You also can’t win it when there are still players to enter the event, which was the case here with late registration/reentry (the $ 10,000 tournament was an unlimited reentry tournament) lasting until Level Nine (the next to last level of the night on Day 2).

Undaunted, Meyers continued to work much like he had done on Day 1. He would flop trip Aces against Ray Quartomy to add to his stack early in the day’s action, then eliminate his fellow pro later in what was a cooler of a hand. The raises went back and forth for several beats until Quartomy was all in. When the hands came up, it was predictable; Quartomy’s pocket Kings were looking up at the only hand that could beat them, Meyers’ pocket Aces, and the board didn’t bring another Cowboy to save Quartomy. With the chips from Quartomy firmly ensconced in his stack, Meyers eclipsed the 200K mark (213,000, to be exact) for the tournament.

While Meyers threatened to run off and make the tournament a mockery, the entry numbers kept climbing. 792 entries were confirmed during Level 8, breaking the record for the event (791) set just last year. And as the clock clicked down to the start of Level 9 and the end of the late registration/reentry period, it became apparent just how big the 2017 WPT Five Diamond was going to be.

Once the final entries were counted, the prize pool and the final payouts were stunning. Of the $ 7,876,400 prize pool built by the 812 entries in the event, 81 players will eventually earn a cash from the WPT Five Diamond. The minimum payout of $ 19,691 leads up to a final table that will see each player earn a six-figure cash from the event. At the very top, the eventual runner-up in the tournament will receive $ 1,134,202 for his (or her) efforts, while the next champion of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic takes home a $ 1,958,065 payday and a seat at next spring’s WPT Tournament of Champions.

With their goals now set, the players began to mix it up a bit with varying degrees of success. Gus Hansen, who was wafting between a table in the Five Diamond tournament and a high stakes cash game running in Bobby’s Room, became a contender during the last level of the night in getting his stack up to 118,700. As the first ever champion of the WPT Five Diamond (and the first ever champion in WPT history), he will bear watching as the tournament enters Day 3 on Thursday.

There were other players that didn’t see success on Day 2 of the tournament, however. Players like Ronit Chamani, Mike Shariati, Toby Lewis, Jordan Cristos, current Player of the Year leader Bryn Kenney, Shankar Pillai, and Anthony Zinno (among a wealth of others) will not be receiving cards from a dealer in the WPT Five Diamond anymore. There’s still a large contingent of players left in the tournament – 320 players from the 812 entries – who have a dream of winning the championship yet.

1. Brandon Meyers, 388,100
2. Daniel Strelitz, 310,900
3. Todd Hovenden, 230,300
4. Anthony Gregg, 225,600
5. Darren Elias, 214,700
6. Kenny Nguyen, 214,000
7. Rory Young, 213,000
8. Rainer Kempe, 200,000
9. Alex Foxen, 181,700
10. Matthew Moss, 180,000

Other players bubbling under the Top Ten include former WPT champions Taylor Paur (166,000), Mike Del Vecchio (155,100) and Kevin Eyster (136,700), and poker professionals Eddy Sabat (148,000), high stakes cash game player Lauren Roberts (148,000), Anthony Spinella (138,000), Blake Bohn (137,500) and former ‘Big One for One Drop’ champion Dan Colman (137,000).

We’re still a good distance away from anyone getting a bite out of the pie that is the prize pool. In fact, Thursday’s action (five levels of 90 minutes each) will probably only serve to bring the pack closer to the money. The bubble should pop on Friday, at which point the WPT’s “shot clock” will enter the game and the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic will start handing out the cash from the bounty that had been built.

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2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Final 13 Players Determined in Event #1 With Italy’s Carlo Savinelli Leading

 2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Final 13 Players Determined in Event #1 With Italy’s Carlo Savinelli Leading

It was moving day at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe on Sunday as the kickoff tournament for the schedule, the €1000 No Limit Hold’em, tried to reach its final table. While it didn’t reach that audacious goal, the final 13 players were determined with Italy’s Carlo Savinelli holding down the lead.

115 players came back on Sunday afternoon to the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, for Day 2 with dreams of a WSOP championship dancing in their heads. Leading the way after a dominant Day 1C was Sander van Wesemael, who held a monstrous stack of 323,500 chips to start action. Following him up were nine-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Valentin Vornicu, Day 1A chip leader Ismael Bojang and Day 1B chip leader Sergio Fernandez. Although these men held big stacks to start the day, they still had to make sure they made it to the money.

With only 85 players receiving a piece of the prize pool (a min-cash earned a player €1952), there would be 30 players who would leave the King’s Casino with nothing but a story to tell. The field went about knocking the numbers down almost immediately as, within two hours, there were only 90 players left. When the time came for the bubble to pop, there was a trio of eliminations rather than the usual one or two.

While hand-for-hand play was going on, Viktor Katzenberger was the first one eliminated. Katzenberger wasn’t alone, however, as Mario Mosbock would be dispatched from the tournament and, moments later, Konstantinos Tsirakidis came to the end of his tournament life. With all three eliminations occurring on the same hand of hand-for-hand play and the 85th and 84th positions in question, the three players chopped up the €3904 amongst each other as the rest of the field celebrated just before the end of the first level of play of the day.

Once the bubble popped, the cash out cage became the place to be. As players like Ivo Donev, defending champion of the event Ryan Hefter, Mike Leah, James Akenhead, Allen Kessler, and Ryan Hughes (earning valuable WSOP POY points) met their tournament demise, several players hit the accelerator to drive to the final table. Both Bojang and Vornicu earned their chips during the run up to and after the money bubble popped, but it was another player who would eclipse them for the overall chip lead by the time the tournament was stopped early Monday morning in Rozvadov.

Savinelli wasn’t doing badly on the day, sitting with about 750,000 in chips, when he entered a four-player hand with Viliyan Petleshkov, Pierre Neuville and Pawel Csichowski. All four would check a very dangerous J-10-9 flop, but a deuce on the turn brought some action. Savinelli bet out 150,000 that saw only Csichowski come along and, after a Queen on the turn brought more intrigue, the fireworks were lit.

Csichowski pushed out the remainder of his stack – roughly 300K in chips – and Savinelli immediately made the call. A disconsolate Csichowski asked if Savinelli had a King and Savinelli indeed did…in fact, he had two with his pocket pair of Cowboys. Csichowski could only turn up his 8-6 for the bottom end of the straight and head to the cage to pick up his 15th place payday.

Using that elimination, Savinelli would cruise through the remaining half hour of the evening. When officials with the WSOP, noting that there was little chance of getting to the nine-handed official final table, called the end of the day at 2AM local time, Savinelli claimed the top slot on the leaderboard for Day 2 of Event #1.

1. Carlo Savinelli, 1.34 million
2. Serge Danis, 1.19 million
3. Ismael Bojang, 1.12 million
4. Viliyan Petleshkov, 1.035 million
5. Sergio Fernandez, 980,000
6. Pierre Neuville, 823,000
7. Oleksandr Shcherbak, 780,000
8. Georgios Zisimopoulos, 775,000
9. Peter Bstieler, 765,000
10. Ali Sameeian, 760,000
11. Rene Crha, 685,000
12. Alexandre Viard, 640,000
13. Walter Treccarichi, 310,000

The remaining 13 men will return to the felt at 2PM on Monday, with the first bracelet of the 2017 WSOP-E set to be awarded sometime tomorrow night in the King’s Casino. At the same time, Event #2 on the schedule, the €500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, will kick off its Day 1 action. It will be a busy day in Rozvadov on Monday as the 2017 World Series of Poker kicks into full throat.

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2017 Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 4: Final Table Determined, Nathan Bjerno Massive Chip Leader

 2017 Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 4: Final Table Determined, Nathan Bjerno Massive Chip Leader

The final table for the World Poker Tour’s 2017 Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, NJ, is shaping up to be a “one versus all” affair. The reason? Chip leader Nathan Bjerno, who garnered most of his chips in taking down two of the players who had been around the top of the leaderboard virtually the entire tournament, has almost a third of the chips in play.

34 players returned to the baize at the Borgata on Thursday with the difficult task of getting to the final six. Charles Coates held the lead with his 3.371 million in chips, but right behind him was Blake Bohn and his 3.024 million stack. With both players on the same table, the potential for fireworks was in the mix, but it would take some time for the fuse to be lit.

There was still a bit of play in the stacks (even short stacked Asher Conniff was sitting decently with his 406,000 in chips, good for 17 big blinds), so it took a bit of time before the first elimination of the day. That occurred when Day 2 chip leader Jack Duong pushed his stack all in against Shaun Deeb about 40 minutes into the day. Deeb was more than happy to call Duong’s push with his pocket Kings and Duong, with Big Slick, would hit on the K-J-10 flop for a gut shot straight draw. Unfortunately, Duong couldn’t find the filler for the hole in his straight – the Queen – on the turn or the river, sending him out of the tournament 34th place.

The next competitor out surprised many in the tournament room. Coming in with an even million chips, Olivier Busquet would send more than half of them to Bart Dowling after Dowling turned a set and rivered quad sixes against him. That wasn’t the most painful beat, however, as moments later Busquet would take on Bohn in the hand that would end his tournament.

After Bohn raised and Dowling called, Busquet would squeeze the action with an all-in move. Bohn looked him up (Dowling exited at this point) and the players turned their cards up. It was the classic race situation, Busquet’s A-10 off suit versus Bohn’s pocket eights. In the window was an Ace for Busquet, but the third card on the flop was an eight to give Bohn a set. Once an innocent trey and a four came on the turn and river, Busquet was suddenly out of the tournament in 33rd place.

Bohn was quite aggressive with those new chips and it paid off well for him. He would eliminate David Stefanski in 28th place and forced Adnan Mohammad to lay down another hand as his chip stack climbed to almost five million chips. After Tony Ruberto bluffed off a stack of chips to him, Bohn was in prime shape for the final table as his stack reached the 6.5 million mark.

That would be the epitome of Bohn’s day, however. He would bleed chips off over the course of the evening but reach the unofficial final table with about half the chips he had after Ruberto’s bluff. Those chips would hit the center against Bjerno, who had stormed out to a decent lead over the field by earlier knocking off Coates in tenth place with his pocket threes flopping a set against Coates’ pocket sixes. Bohn was in a different situation, however, as his A-K would need help against Bjerno’s pocket tens. It wouldn’t come as the board came down ten-high, giving Bjerno an unnecessary set against Bohn’s Ace-high and sending Bohn to the rail in eighth place.

After Jia Liu took down Thomas Penza in seventh place – Liu’s pocket Jacks handling Penza’s A♥ 8♥ with ease on a K-5-3-5-Q board – the official WPT final table was set with Bjerno over the 12 million mark in chips:

1. Nathan Bjerno, 12.415 million
2. Jia Liu, 6.815 million
3. Tyler Kenney, 6.03 million
4. Daniel Weinman, 5.41 million
5. Richard Foster, 5.13 million
6. Nicholas Immekus, 3.55 million

For those who plan to be in attendance for the final table action, it may be a long evening. Immekus, on the short stack, still has 44 big blinds to play with (the table was paused in Level 29 with blinds of 40K/80K with 10K antes), plenty of time for him to look for a moment to strike. Of the remainder of the table, Kenney is the best-known player of the lot, having made a WPT final table before (2014, a third-place finish at the WPT Legends of Poker). While he does have about a third of the chips, Bjerno is the epitome of that old axiom “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” as he tries to seal the deal in Atlantic City beginning at 2PM this afternoon (live stream with hole cards begins at 2:30 at WPT.com)

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2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 5: Final Table Determined with James Romero, Ryan Tosoc Leading Justin Bonomo

 2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 5: Final Table Determined with James Romero, Ryan Tosoc Leading Justin Bonomo

The final table has been determined for the 2016 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event and it is shaping up to be an impressive battle. While James Romero has been able to pull away from the pack a bit, players such as Ryan Tosoc and Justin Bonomo (just to name a couple) are poised to try to take him down.

Starting the action on Friday, the 19 players remaining were looking to capture one of the sextet of seats that would be in action later today. Tosoc was at the helm of the pack with Bonomo in pursuit, but it was three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour who was drawing the attention down the leaderboard. Unfortunately for Seymour, his deep run in this WPT event ended earlier than he wanted on Friday afternoon.

About two hours into the Day 5 play, Tosoc pushed out a bet and Seymour put him to the test by moving all in. Tosoc debated his situation for a couple of minutes before making the call, finding his K-Q off suit live against Seymour’s off suit A-10. The J-9-8 flop kept Seymour in the lead, but the 10 on the turn wasn’t something he was looking for as it gave Tosoc a King-high straight. To add insult to injury, the Ace on the river improved Seymour to a worthless two pair against Tosoc’s Broadway, sending the former NFL star to the rail in 18th place. In earning his fifth ever WPT cash, Seymour also earned his best cash ever ($ 52,174) and continues to strive for that landmark poker title that he’s working towards.

As Tosoc was ending Seymour’s day, however, he was losing the chip lead. On the other table, Romero was clashing with Rob Wazwaz on a 10-2-2-6-J board that saw Wazwaz push the final chips of his stack to the center on the river. Romero called with no concerns and, after the cards were up, it was obvious why. Romero’s A-2 had flopped the world while Wazwaz’s K-10 held a losing two pair. Romero rocketed to six million chips following the hand as Wazwaz reviewed the play of the hand in his head as he headed to the cage in 17th place.

Romero kept up the pressure on his opponents but was also the beneficiary of some fortune on Friday. He would eliminate Stephen Graner in 15th place after his A-Q flopped Aces up against Graner’s pocket Jacks, then would move on to the unofficial final table of 10 with a massive chip stack of 6.395 million. That stack only got bigger when he took down J. C. Tran in tenth place, once again holding A-Q against Tran’s pocket tens and seeing a board of Q-4-3-Q-A.

Now sitting on about a third of the chips in play, Romero didn’t exactly sit back and let everyone else decide the future final table. In fact, Romero would be the player who would end the action for the evening in what started as a three-way pot. Jake Schindler would open the betting out of the cutoff and both Romero (button) and Chris Klodnicki (big blind) came along. After a K-9-7 flop, Klodnicki fired a bet of 220K. Schindler thought it over for a bit before making the call and, after a five-minute tank of his own that brought a calling of the clock, Romero popped the action up to 510K. Warily Klodnicki made the call, as did Schindler, building the largest pot of the tournament to this point.

A turn four didn’t seem to help anyone but it would bring the final action on the hand. Both Klodnicki and Schindler checked to Romero, who put out another bet of 510K for consideration. Klodnicki didn’t believe the story that Romero was telling, moving all in over Romero’s bet, but Schindler decided that Romero had the goods. It turned out Schindler was correct as Romero showed pocket sevens for the set against Klodnicki’s K-9 (Kings up). Needing a King or a nine to top Romero, Klodnicki instead saw a five to end his tournament on the television bubble and stack Romero massively for Saturday’s action.

1. James Romero, 9.86 million
2. Ryan Tosoc, 4.465 million
3. Justin Bonomo, 3.36 million
4. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 2.57 million
5. Alex Condon, 2.265 million
6. Jake Schindler, 1.21 million

This shapes up as one of the tougher final tables in recent memory on the WPT. Schindler, even on the short stack, knows what is necessary to win as a former champion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 High Roller (2014). With his finish in this tournament, Condon will crack the $ 1 million mark in career earnings and, should he win, would rocket close to $ 3 million in earnings. Yaroshevskyy is close to $ 2 million in earnings (mostly on the European circuit) but is looking for his breakthrough championship, while Bonomo, Tosoc and Romero are known commodities.

It promises to be an entertaining battle this afternoon/evening as these six men contend for this WPT title. The winner will join such names as Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, Eugene Katchalov, David ‘Chino’ Rheem and Mohsin Charania as champions of this event. While that is definitely some rarefied air, the $ 1,938,118 first place check might be more of what the players are looking at.

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2016 WPT Montreal Day 4: Final Table Determined with Mike Sexton in the Lead

 2016 WPT Montreal Day 4: Final Table Determined with Mike Sexton in the Lead

There is a chance at history in Canada this afternoon. After a battle through a 648-entry field, Poker Hall of Famer and World Poker Tour announcer Mike Sexton will come to the final table of the partypoker.com WPT Montreal at the Playground Poker Club with the chip lead. Of the remaining five players, only Ema Zajmovic is within shooting distance of Sexton’s mountain of chips.

17 players came back for action on Wednesday in one of the most popular venues in Quebec if not Canada. The Playground Poker Club was teeming with action as partypoker qualifier Samuel Gagnon (3.35 million chips) held court over the Day 4 field. There was only one player within shouting distance of Gagnon at the start of the day, Benny Chen (2.065 million), and both of those men were bracketing the dealer on one table. On the second patch of felt, Zajmovic (2.14 million) was in command as Terry Schumacher (2.125 million) looked to keep her in check. For his part, the day didn’t look like it would be very lengthy for Sexton (530,000).

After simply surviving through the early part of the day, Sexton finally found a way to get back in the game. After a raise from Alex Keating to 65K in the hijack, Sexton popped him with an “all in over the top” raise for three-quarters of a million chips in the cutoff. After the rest of the field scattered, Keating made the call and tabled pocket tens, which held the preflop edge over Sexton’s Big Slick. The Ace came in the window, pushing Sexton to the lead, and once no ten appeared on the turn or river, the Poker Hall of Famer was up to 1.5 million.

This seemed to light a fire under the veteran professional as his stack only increased from that point onward. He dumped Martin Raus in 15th place, Keating in 13th place and Tam Ho in 12th place in making his way to the unofficial final table of 10 players with 2.875 million chips. It wasn’t Sexton who had the eyes of the railbirds on Wednesday afternoon, however.

About the same time Sexton was going on his run, Zajmovic was making some moves of her own. She decimated the stack of Robert McGhee when, on a J-10-2-5-5 board, she check-called her way to a monster pot when McGhee bluffed with a Q-3 against her 5-3 (trip fives). Now over three million in chips, Zajmovic continued to have fortune come her way when she went runner-runner to make a straight and eliminate Jason Mann after he flopped a set against her. By the time the unofficial final table was set, Zajmovic was on a 5.335 million stack and the chip leader in the event.

Both Zajmovic and Sexton would be formidable foes as the official six-handed WPT final table was determined. Although Zajmovic would maintain her stack while the field was cut from 10 to six (she was not afraid to put her chips into action, eliminating Antonin Duda in eighth place), Sexton was the beneficiary of a clash with Gagnon that would shoot him into the lead.

After Chen made a raise off the hijack, Gagnon moved his stack to the center off the button with only the blinds to get through. Sexton, however, simply called as he tried to entice Chen into the action. It didn’t work as Chen sent his cards to the muck and, after Gagnon and Sexton’s cards were on their backs, it was a definite cooler. Gagnon had a good hand in his pocket tens, but Sexton outpipped him with a pocket pair of Knaves (Jacks). Once the board came with neither of the two remaining tens, Sexton scooped up Gagnon’s chips, sending the partypoker qualifier to the rail as the television table “bubble boy” and ending the action for the night with Sexton in the lead.

Seat 1:  Nadir Lalji, 1.52 million
Seat 2:  Benny Chen, 2.48 million
Seat 3:  Ilan Boujenah, 2.29 million
Seat 4:  Mike Sexton, 6.215 million
Seat 5:  Ema Zajmovic, 5.385 million
Seat 6:  Jake Schwartz, 1.55 million

Although Sexton and Zajmovic have ample stacks, the challenges beneath them are many. Chen has shown himself to be quite difficult on the table and Schwartz just missed the final table at the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble and ran deep at the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event in October. Boujenah, despite not having a major tournament championship, has over $ 1.5 million in career earnings since 2009 (thank you, Hendon Mob) and Lalji has cashes in tournaments from Hungary to Spain to Las Vegas.

The final table will start at 4PM and be taped for broadcast as a part of the Season XV schedule of the WPT on Fox Sports, but there will also be a live stream for those who can’t wait that long. The live stream will begin (on a 30-minute delay) at 4:30PM at WPT.com. Can Sexton capture a WPT title? Can Zajmovic make WPT history in becoming the first female champion on the Main Tour in the 15-year existence of the WPT? Or will there be another surprise from Montreal? All questions will be answered when it plays out this evening and a new champion is crowned in Quebec.

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