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2018 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Opening Flights in the Books

 2018 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Opening Flights in the Books

The two starting flights of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event have come and gone and tournament organizers can breathe a sigh of relief, as the tournament has eclipsed its $ 3 million guaranteed prize pool. Through Days 1A and 1B, there were 1,023 entries ($ 3,300 + $ 200), allowing the total prize pool to just break that guarantee. Re-entries are permitted through Level 10, which is just about to end as this is being written, so we’ll see if last year’s Borgata Winter Poker Open record of 1,312 can be beaten.

Leading the field into Day 2 is Shaun McBride, who amassed 224,200 chips during Day 1B, easily more than Day 1A’s leader, 191,100. That’s not entirely unexpected – Day 1B had twice as many entries as did Day 1A, so there were more chips in play and therefore a better chance that the chip leader would gather a few more than his or her counterpart in the previous flight.

McBride has earned more than $ 200,000 on the live tournament circuit, sticking mainly to smaller buy-in regional events. According to his profile on TheHendonMob.com, he looks like he has become a regular on the World Series of Poker Circuit, with eight cashes in the past year or thereabouts. He had three small cashes at the 2017 WSOP in Las Vegas and cashed twice in preliminary events at the Borgata Winter Poker Open. McBride’s largest cash was one of his first: just shy of $ 100,000 for winning an event at the Deep Stack Extravaganza III in 2009.

The rest of the top of the leaderboard is largely filled with players whose names most readers wouldn’t recognize. Jonathan Little is there, as are Shankar Pillai and the seventh place finisher at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open that just finished, Nick Schwarmann, but that’s about it. Poker veteran Amnon Filippi, who used to be a regular in WPT events, but hadn’t played in one for quite some time until now, told WPT.com, “It’s unbelievable how many new people are playing here at Borgata. I only recognize about 10 people.”

And that’s one of the great things about poker. Anyone with a buy-in can play and who knows, maybe one the “no-names” listed below will become the next household name in the poker world.

2018 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1. Luke Blindert – 191,100
2. Ricardo Amidani – 179,200
3. Geoff Cudd – 167,600
4. Denys Shafikov – 166,500
5. Joseph Giulino – 165,100
6. Eric Panayiotou – 143,500
7. Jose Cayetano – 142,600
8. David Butkus – 140,800
9. Ken O’Donnell – 133,200
10. Thomas Reynolds – 128,800

2018 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Shaun McBride – 224,200
2. Nick Schwarmann – 177,700
3. Johanssy Joseph – 176,000
4. Troy Longo – 166,700
5. Raghuram Jonnalagedda – 154,400
6. Jonathan Little – 148,800
7. Almedin Imsirovic – 146,500
8. Chris Orme – 143,200
9. Christopher Thompson – 131,900
10. Shankar Pillai – 125,100

2018 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Shaun McBride – 224,200
2. Luke Blindert – 191,100
3. Ricardo Amidani – 179,200
4. Nick Schwarmann – 177,700
5. Johanssy Joseph – 176,000
6. Geoff Cudd – 167,600
7. Troy Longo – 166,700
8. Denys Shafikov – 166,500
9. Joseph Giulino – 165,100
10. Raghuram Jonnalagedda – 154,400

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2017 WPT Montreal Main Event: Robert Rose Leads After Starting Flights

 2017 WPT Montreal Main Event: Robert Rose Leads After Starting Flights

The weekend saw the start of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Main Event at the Playground Poker Club, a CAD $ 3,850 tourney with a guaranteed prize pool of CAD $ 2 million. Tournament organizers are hoping to match the excitement of last year’s WPT Montreal, which saw Poker Hall of Famer and legendary WPT announcer Mike Sexton finally win his first World Poker Tour title. Sexton is back this year – no longer behind the mic – and made it through Day 1C after busting at the tail end of Day 1B. The chip leader of Day 1C and the overall leader of the event going into Monday’s action is Robert Rose with 300,600 chips.

As is evident by the opening paragraph, this is a re-entry event, though re-entries were not restricted to only those who lost all of their chips. Even those who finished a starting flight with chips could re-enter in a subsequent flight if they weren’t satisfied with their ending stack. Once registration closed for Day 1C, though, that was it; there was no re-entry prior to Day 2 (nor could multiple entries be made for a single starting flight).

A total of 606 entries were paid for the WPT Montreal Main Event, with Day 1C, as expected being the largest, accounting for just more than half the total buy-ins. The prize pool just beat the guarantee, coming in at CAD $ 2.057 million. 76 players will make the money, with the winner making CAD $ 403,570.

Rose solidified his hold on the top spot just as Day 1C was about to end when Chrishan Sivasundaram moved all-in over the top of his pre-flop raise for 25,500 chips. Rose called with two red Nines, up against the K-Q of Sivasundaram. Nothing above an Eight landed on the board and Sivasundaram was eliminated while Rose took his stack to nearly 300,000, adding a bit more in the final few hands.

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1. Conray Watson – 229,000
2. Marc-Olivier Tanguay – 215,000
3. Darren Keyes – 208,300
4. Fabrice Pastor – 201,000
5. Andrew Dick – 161,400
6. Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 136,000
7. Joe Tehan – 126,100
8. Yannick Gauthier – 123,800
9. Joe Godbout – 111,700
10. Christian Harder – 110,000

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Noeung Troeung – 280,900
2. Brian Altman – 239,700
3. Asher Conniff – 210,800
4. Yu Gao – 183,600
5. Tony Dunst – 155,600
6. Scott Plummer – 155,100
7. Shane Currey – 152,800
8. Mike Leah – 146,300
9. Danny Boyaci – 143,000
10. Duff Charette – 123,300

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1. Robert Rose – 300,600
2. Michael Mizrachi – 246,900
3. Grigoriy Shvarts – 216,200
4. Ari Engel – 196,600
5. Brady Hinnegan – 178,200
6. Shaan Siddiqui – 174,900
7. Jonathan Marrie – 174,100
8. Matthew Sherman – 166,200
9. Maxime Heroux – 165,900
10. Graham Ivany – 160,000

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Overall Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Robert Rose – 300,600
2. Noeung Troeung – 280,900
3. Michael Mizrachi – 246,900
4. Brian Altman – 239,700
5. Conray Watson – 229,000
6. Grigoriy Shvarts – 216,200
7. Marc-Olivier Tanguay – 215,000
8. Asher Conniff – 210,800
9. Darren Keyes – 208,300
10. Fabrice Pastor – 201,000

 

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2017 WSOP Europe Day 1: Markus Dürnegger Leads After Starting Flights

 2017 WSOP Europe Day 1: Markus Dürnegger Leads After Starting Flights

Both starting flights of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe are in the books. While the later starting flights generally dwarf the earlier ones, the two flights of this tourney were fairly even; Day 1B was still larger, but it was not an overwhelming difference. A total of 490 players have signed up for the event, but the official prize pool will not be determined until Monday, as registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Unlike the traditional WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, this event is also a re-entry tournament, so players who busted on Day 1A or Day 1B can register again before Day 2 begins.

Austria’s Markus Dürnegger emerged as the overall chip leader, amassing 246,200 chips during Day 1A. According to TheHendonMob.com, he has about $ 1.2 million in live tournament earnings. The vast majority of that figure came this summer, when he finished second in the €10,300 No Limit Hold’em PokerStars Championship High Roller event, good for $ 860,570.

Also of note near the top of the leader board is Henry Tran, who was the chip leader of Day 1B with 224,700 chips, 2015 WSOP Main Event seventh place finisher Pierre Neuville (239,000 chips), Mustapha Kanit (177,100), 2009 WSOP Main Event third place finisher AND 2017 fifth place finisher Antoine Saout (144,400), and 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess (150,400).

This is the tenth WSOP Europe Main Event. Annette Obrestad famously won the first WSOP Europe Main Event back in 2007, becoming the youngest player in history to win a WSOP bracelet, just a day shy of her 19th birthday. She would not even be able to play the traditional World Series of Poker for another few years, as the legal gambling age in Nevada is 21.

There was no WSOP Europe last year and there will not be one next year, as in November 2013, it was decided that the WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia Pacific (APAC) would be held in alternating years, likely because having major World Series of Poker festivals in Las Vegas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region (read: Australia) risked spreading players and their bankrolls too thin.

This year’s WSOP Europe is being held for the first time at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Somehow, this village of fewer than 1,000 people in the extreme western part of the country on the German border has the casino with the largest poker room in Europe, with 160 tables.

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1. Markus Dürnegger – 246,200
2. Pierre Neuville – 239,000
3. Laszlo Bujtas – 216,500
4. Asi Moshe – 203,600
5. Gilbert Diaz – 188,900
6. Razvan-Andrei Dumea – 170,700
7. Piotr Franczak – 169,800
8. Dejan Pustoslemšek – 162,100
9. Markus Ross – 157,400
10. Jan-Peter Jachtmann – 154,100

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Henry Tran – 224,700
2. Josip Simunic – 189,100
3. Marc MacDonnell – 182,500
4. Parker Talbot – 179,500
5. Mustapha Kanit – 177,100
6. Norbert Madaras – 155,800
7. Hans Thumann – 150,500
8. Dominik Panka – 149,600
9. Farid Yachou – 146,700
10. Diego Ventura – 145,200

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Markus Dürnegger – 246,200
2. Pierre Neuville – 239,000
3. Henry Tran – 224,700
4. Laszlo Bujtas – 216,500
5. Asi Moshe – 203,600
6. Josip Simunic – 189,100
7. Gilbert Diaz – 188,900
8. Marc MacDonnell – 182,500
9. Parker Talbot – 179,500
10. Mustapha Kanit – 177,100

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2017 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event: Day 1 Flights in the Books

 2017 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event: Day 1 Flights in the Books

The World Poker Tour got back in action over the weekend as the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event saw its two starting days contested on Sunday and Monday. Players are still allowed to register through the first break on Day 2, so we won’t know the official tournament figures for a little while yet, but so far, 1,120 players have signed up.. Leading the 588 Day 1 survivors into Tuesday is Jean “Prince” Gaspard with 216,900 chips.

Gaspard is one of those guys whose record casual fans will look at and say, “Wow, I didn’t realize he was so accomplished.”

According to TheHendonMob.com, Gaspard has over $ 2.3 million live tournament earnings. His largest cash came just this past summer, when he won the 2016 World Series of Poker $ 10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship for $ 306,621, the first gold bracelet of his career. Gaspard also won a WSOP Circuit event in 2009, the New Orleans & Bayou Poker Challenge Championship Event, for $ 211,722.

Gaspard told WPT.com that he took the week off before the Borgata Winter Poker Open so that he could come in fresh.

“I’ve been ready, and I told my friend I was going to bag up 200K,” he said. “Obviously you’ve got to run a little bit good. I played well, and I didn’t run bad. The one spot where I did run bad in a pot, usually I allow that to stay in my mind, but I erased it right away.”

As mentioned, there were 1,120 registrations in the two starting flights. The tournament allows for unlimited re-entries until the start of Level 11, which should be around 2:15pm today. Thus, it is very likely that likely that last year’s field of 1,171 players will be eclipsed. With the entry totals as they stand right now, the guaranteed prize pool of $ 3 million has already been surpassed.

Day 2 is about to start at the Borgata in Atlantic City as the players prepare for the continued long grind to the final table.

2017 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open – Day 1A Chip Leaders

Olivier Busquet – 185,000
James Dorrance – 181,000
Joel Gola – 177,000
Frank Calderone – 175,700
Michael Hahn – 162,000
Stephen     Deutsch – 160,100
Lily Kiletto – 150,500
Randolph Pearson – 148,000
William Horan – 145,100
Adam Geyer – 142,800

2017 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open – Day 1B Chip Leaders

Jean Gaspard – 216,900
Shankar Pillai – 209,200
Ryan Smith – 185,400
Asher Conniff – 180,400
Abe Aboukhalil – 177,700
Adnan Mohammad – 152,700
Tony Tran – 144,500
Aaron Overton – 143,800
Nicholas Immekus – 143,700
Barry Leventhal – 140,600

2017 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

Jean Gaspard – 216,900
Shankar Pillai – 209,200
Ryan Smith – 185,400
Olivier Busquet – 185,000
James Dorrance – 181,000
Asher Conniff – 180,400
Abe Aboukhalil – 177,700
Joel Gola – 177,000
Frank Calderone – 175,700
Michael Hahn – 162,000

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2016 WPT Montreal Day 1: Eric Afriat Leads Three Starting Flights

 2016 WPT Montreal Day 1: Eric Afriat Leads Three Starting Flights

Before last week’s U.S. Presidential Election, there were some people in the States who said they would move to Canada if Donald Trump won. From the sounds of it, it seems that Trump himself kind of wants to run away, too, now that he realizes what the job entails. If some of those people who entertained thoughts of emigration were poker players, they have their chance to cross the border and stay this week, as the latest World Poker Tour Main Event, partypoker.net WPT Montreal, is well underway.

WPT Montreal had three Day 1 flights, starting on Friday. As expected, the flights sizes got progressively larger, with the total field finally topping out at 648 entries. Going into Monday’s Day 2, 274 players remain with Eric Afriat as the chip leader, holding 214,500 chips.

The buy-in for the Main Event was CAD $ 3,500 + 350   The winner will receive $ 317,896 and the top 81 players will make the money, the min-cash being $ 4,552. The prize pool is CAD $ 2,199,960, easily beating the $ 2,000,000 guarantee.

Perhaps interestingly, Afriat came out of Day 1A, smallest of the starting flights. Because there are more chips in play in larger flights, the early chip leaders often come from those flights, so Afriat bucked a trend. Afriat hails from Quebec and is currently 49th on the all-time Canadian live tournament money list with over $ 1.7 million in earnings, according to TheHendonMob.com. He is no stranger to life atop the World Poker tour leaderboard, as more than half of his winnings (about $ 1.1 million) came from a victory in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown championship event in 2014.

Day 2 is already underway at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. The plan is to play nine one-hour levels before calling it a night.

2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1.    Eric Afriat – 214,500
2.    Thomas Boivin – 175,800
3.    Richard Mask – 174,100
4.    Daniel Le – 167,300
5.    Francois Gobeil – 157,600
6.    David Paredes – 151,000
7.    Scott Montgomery – 149,000
8.    Jeff Gross – 119,700
9.    Andy Hwang – 106,700
10.    Esther Taylor-Brady – 106,000

2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1.    David Quang – 196,100
2.    Mike Dentale – 187,300
3.    Manig Loeser – 182,700
4.    Senthuran Vijayaratnam – 182,100
5.    Matt Salsberg – 174,400
6.    Samuel Gagnon – 160,000
7.    Adam Shannon – 160,000
8.    Quy Dao – 148,900
9.    Gennadiy Kostrov – 146,400
10.    Ryan Rivers – 137,500
2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1.    Daniel Maor – 179,700
2.    Ivan Fazal Karim – 163,100
3.    Matthew McDonough – 162,000
4.    Shyam Srinivasan – 161,000
5.    Dakota Vandine – 158,500
6.    Jean-Philippe Binet – 158,300
7.    Simon Charette – 157,300
8.    Chris McClung – 156,900
9.    Garrett Greer – 147,200
10.    Brian Hastings – 141,700
2016 partypoker.net WPT Montreal – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1.    Eric Afriat – 214,500
2.    David Quang – 196,100
3.    Mike Dentale – 187,300
4.    Manig Loeser – 182,700
5.    Senthuran Vijayaratnam – 182,100
6.    Daniel Maor – 179,700
7.    Thomas Boivin – 175,800
8.    Matt Salsberg – 174,400
9.    Richard Mask – 174,100
10.    Daniel Le – 167,300

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