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2017 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event Day 2: Niall Farrell Takes Late Lead at Expense of Buddy

 2017 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event Day 2: Niall Farrell Takes Late Lead at Expense of Buddy

Niall Farrell is the chip leader after Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Rolling Thunder Main Event, finishing the day with 893,000 chips. Not only is he the only player above the 800,000 chip mark (nearly 900,000 at that), he is also the only one above 700,000. The closest competitor is Chuck Nguyen with 644,000; he’s the only other player that even has 600,000. Just 57 players remain of the original field of 421.

Registration was open until the beginning of Level 11 on Monday and those who were eliminated in either of the two starting flights were also allowed to re-enter one more time on Day 2, so tournament added 45 more players yesterday to get to that 421 total.

With the final numbers in, the prize pool added up to $ 1,347,200. The winner will take home $ 284,638. Just 53 players will make the money, so some near the bottom of the chip counts might not have gotten the best night’s sleep last night, as the beginning of Day 3 should be tense.

The chip leader, Farrell, has been one of the most successful players on the live tournament tour in the past year. Among other accomplishments, he won the partypoker WPT Caribbean Main Event in November, finished eighth in the 2016 High Roller for One Drop, and finished second at the 2016 WSOP $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Event. All told, he has more than $ 3.3 million in live tournament earnings and currently sits thirteenth in the Global Poker Index.

Farrell made his leap to the top of the leader board very late on Day 2 when he eliminated fellow WPT champ and good friend, Chris Moorman. Farrell raised pre-flop, Moorman re-raised, and then Farrell four-bet to 59,000 before Moorman decided to just call. On the flop of K-J-3, Farrell bet 52,000 and Moorman called. The turn was a Queen and Farrell checked this time, Moorman then bet 50,000, and Farrell called after some thought. On the river Deuce, Farrell checked again, Moorman pondered his decision for a bit before he decided to go all-in for 130,000. Farrell had baited him, instantly calling with A-T for the nut-straight. Moorman turned over pocket Tens and that was it for him.

Tweeting afterward, Moorman wrote, “Had heaps then bluffed it all off to @Firaldo87poker when he had the nuts and I had the blockers #howgooddoesherun.”

The tournament will get back underway at noon Pacific Time at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

2017 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1.    Niall Farrell – 893,000
2.    Chuck Nguyen – 644,000
3.    Alex Foxen – 568,000
4.    John Hadley – 471,000
5.    Sorel Mizzi – 466,000
6.    Steven Tabb – 462,000
7.    Brian Altman – 358,000
8.    Dan Harmetz – 332,000
9.    Mohsin Charania – 321,000
10.    Kevin Eyster – 314,000

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2016 WPT Caribbean Main Event Day 2: Troy Quenneville Surges to Lead Late

 2016 WPT Caribbean Main Event Day 2: Troy Quenneville Surges to Lead Late

Troy Quenneville leads the remaining 75 players at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Caribbean Main Event after Day 2; with 302,000 chips, he is the only player to finish Monday’s action above the 300,000 mark. Alexander Denisov is not far behind with 280,500 chips.

After Day 1A’s miniscule turnout, about another 210 entries were paid on Day 1B, bringing the field up to a small, but not insulting, level. All players were permitted one initial entry and one re-entry per day; registration and another re-entry were also allowed on Day 2 until after the dinner break. Thus, the tournament saw about another 50 entries yesterday, bringing the total field to 323 entries. Of those 323 entries, 224 were players’ initial buy-ins and 99 were re-entries.

The total prize pool for the WPT Caribbean Main Event is $ 1,456,892, with 36 players seeing a payday. The winner will receive $ 335,000, which includes a $ 15,000 entry into the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Min-cash is $ 10,000.

As often happens in big tournaments, the chip leader rose to the top position late in the day. According to the live report, Ankush Mandavia raised pre-flop, one player called, and Troy Quenneville re-raised. Both opponents called to bring on a flop of T-6-3. Action was checked to Quenneville, who threw out a 22,200 chip continuation bet. That wasn’t enough to force anyone out of the pot, so all three players saw a Queen dealt on the turn. After all three checked, the river was a 9. Mandavia bet 19,000 and again, nobody left the hand; both Quenneville and the other player called. Quenneville flipped over A-Q of spades for top pair, top kicker and that was apparently good enough, as both opponents mucked their cards.

That pot gave Quenneville the lead, growing his stack to nearly 400,000 chips. As you can tell by the end of day chip counts, he lost a chunk after that, but not so much that he fell out of the chip lead.

Should Quenneville hold on to at least make the money, it would be, by far, the largest live tournament cash of his career. According to poker database, Quenneville has just two live cashes – accomplished this spring – for a total of less than $ 600.

The 28-year old Quenneville is originally from Ontario, Canada and now lives in Costa Rica. He attended Saginaw Valley State University where he competed on the men’s golf team.

Day 3 will begin at 3:00pm local time (2:00pm ET). That’s two hours earlier than yesterday, but Tournament Director Christian Scalzi was sure to go around to each table to let players know of the change in schedule. The plan is to play nine 60-minute levels on Tuesday; the money bubble should burst and the field should get close to the final table.

2016 World Poker Tour Caribbean – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1.    Troy Quenneville – 302,000
2.    Alexander Denisov – 280,500
3.    Josef Snejberg – 255,500
4.    Vishal Maini – 246,500
5.    Robin Hegele – 240,000
6.    Jean-Luc Adam – 240,000
7.    Duff Charette – 237,000
8.    Keven Stammen – 234,000
9.    Ema Zajmovic – 230,500
10.    Roberto Vahlis – 225,000

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2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event Day 1A: Farid Jattin Takes Late Lead

 2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event Day 1A: Farid Jattin Takes Late Lead

The World Poker Tour has shifted its focus to the east coast of the United States this week as the 2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event got underway on Sunday. The tournament will span the rest of this week; the second of two starting flights is today and the final table will be held on Friday. A total of 297 players entered Sunday’s Day 1A in Atlantic City and of the 152 survivors, Farid Jattin has the most chips with 206,200, making him the only player to finish above the 200,000 chip mark.

Farid Jattin is not a household name by any means, but he has been quite successful in live tournaments recently, climbing to 74th in the Global Poker Index. The highlight of this year is probably a fifth place finish in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic back in February, good for $ 238,070. Clearly, he knows how to make a run in a World Poker Tour event. Jattin has $ 1,857,770 in total live earnings, according to and ranks as Colombia’s top money winner (I have a friend that would be very relieved to know I didn’t spell Colombia with a “u”).

At this stage of the tournament, there are rarely any pots that are truly enormous, but late in the day, Jattin did take down one pot that was a healthy portion of the average chip stack, giving him the boost he needed to hit the top spot on the leader board. According to the report, during Level 8 (300/600/75 ante), Jattin raised pre-flop to 1,575 chips, David Jackson called, another player re-raised to 5,075, and Jattin called while Jackson folded. Now, the flop wasn’t completely reported by, but it was either 7-2-2 or 7-2-A. Based on what followed, we’re guessing it was 7-2-2, but it only matters depending on how much you want to study the actions of Jattin’s opponent.

On that flop, Jattin checked-called his opponent’s 6,050 chip bet. The turn was a 5 and again, Jattin check-called, but this time it was of a 33,000 chips all-in. Jattin flipped over A-2 suited for, depending on the missing card from the flop, either trip deuces or two pair, Aces and Twos. His opponent had pocket Tens and whiffed on the river, giving Jattin a sizeable pot.

The Borgata Poker Open could end up getting large, as unlimited re-entries are allowed before Level 10, two levels into Day 2. It is also a “best stack forward” event, meaning that players who made it through Day 1A can play again on Day 1B if they so choose and carry their best finishing stack of the two days into Tuesday’s action.

Day 1B begins shortly, at 11:00am ET. We have presented the top ten chip stacks below, though there still might be some names to fill in. We say this because this list was posted on last night, before the official chip counts were released and the top ten is comprised almost exclusively by big name players, so there is a good chance these are just select names at the top of the leader board. So peruse the list was a bit of skepticism, but know that these players are still amongst the leaders after Day 1A.

2016 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Main Event – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1.    Farid Jattin – 206,200
2.    Josh Arieh – 187,000
3.    Olivier Busquet – 177,700
4.    Mimi Luu – 148,700
5.    Randy Pfeifer – 137,200
6.    Brian Yoon – 122,100
7.    Kevin Saul – 113,900
8.    Lexy Gavin – 109,800
9.    Will Failla – 106,900
10.    Eli Elezra – 105,200

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Five Years Too Late: Howard Lederer Apologizes for “Black Friday” – Through Daniel Negreanu

 Five Years Too Late: Howard Lederer Apologizes for “Black Friday” – Through Daniel Negreanu

In the five years since “Black Friday” hit the online poker industry, poker professional Daniel Negreanu has been one of the more vocal critics of the people that were in charge of one of the rooms involved in that situation, Full Tilt Poker. Now, more than five years later, Negreanu is allowing one of the culprits of that infamous day to issue his mea culpas, for reasons that are unknown at this time.

Negreanu opens his blog post discussing his own opinions that came from the “Black Friday” actions. “I don’t regret being vocal about it all, but I would have left out the talk of baseball bats (Negreanu once threatened “old school Vegas action” on the person we are soon to meet) and handled my response more responsibly,” Negreanu writes. He then goes on to introduce the disgraced Howard Lederer, who issued a statement to the poker community through Negreanu’s blog at Full Contact Poker.

In his longer-than-necessary statement, Lederer finally says the words that the poker community would have liked to have heard him say five years ago:  he screwed up. He now understands that (and we’ll paraphrase for brevity here) he was trusted with people’s monies and that, as that person that represented Full Tilt Poker, he had a unique position that put him at the front of the firing line if there was a problem. He learned this after talking with a friend in 2014, who’s comments to him finally made him see the light. Finally, Lederer says, “An apology is not enough, but it is what I am able to offer to the poker community in the wake of a travesty that I should not have allowed to happen. I am sorry.”

Negreanu then offers his opinion on the statement from Lederer.

“I think this is the kind of apology people would have liked to read five years ago,” Negreanu starts by writing. “It may be too little too late for some, but it’s a far cry from The Lederer Files (the devastatingly awful series of interviews done in 2012 by Lederer with in which Lederer tried to blame everyone other than himself for the downfall of Full Tilt Poker). Does it definitively answer all the questions surrounding what he knew and what he didn’t know? No. Does it change the fact that people who trusted Howard, both investors and customers alike, were let down? No. Does it mean that you should be any less pissed at him for what happened? That one is up to you, I guess.”

So why is Lederer coming out now to discuss the issue and offer to the poker world the grandest of apologies? Well, we ARE a couple of weeks from the start of the 2016 World Series of Poker and, it is fair to assume, that Lederer would like to be able to walk into a poker room again without feeling the scorn from every set of eyes that hit his face (this is a possibility also floated by Negreanu). Especially with some of the biggest tournaments and cash game action set to hit Las Vegas kicking into gear at the end of May, Lederer might like to get in on that action (it isn’t known just how much money he DID get away with from the Full Tilt fiasco).

Then again, it is also possible that the apology is a truthful one. Sometimes it can take several years for someone to see the error of their ways and set about trying to rectify the situation. While it is completely illogical to think that Lederer is personally going to go around and prostrate himself for everyone he’s wronged, this might be as close as he can get.

Negreanu also states this as he reaches the end of the post. “If anything, I think writing this statement is good for him (Lederer),” Negreanu says. “It’s the right thing to do…The choice to accept his apology is a personal one. There is no right or wrong way to receive it. For what it’s worth, I personally believe the apology to be genuine.”

What the poker community thinks…may be hard to define.

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Is it better to start tourny at start or late?

 Is it better to start tourny at start or late?
I am trying to get an notion on no matter whether it is far better to be a part of a tourny at the commence of appropriate prior to late registration ends.

With commencing at the commencing you in idea have longer to construct your stack

Ready till the finish you didnt have to invest x quantity of time and several rounds of blinds plus you appear to have a greater possibility to complete ITM albeit you are instantaneously limited stacked.

System for reference im using is Carbon.

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