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2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1B: Joseph Cashen Takes Overall Lead

 2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1B: Joseph Cashen Takes Overall Lead

We’re on to Day 2 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland Live! Main Event, as the second of two starting flights concluded last night at the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. Day 1B drew approximately 50 percent more entrants than did Day 1A; more than 200 entries were logged on the first starting flight and more than 300 were recorded for the second. The total field to this point is 528, with 211 players making it to Day 2. Players can still register up until the start of Day 2, which is right about now, as this is being written. We should know the exact registration figures, prize pool, and payout structure a bit later.

Joseph Cashen emerged as the chip leader of Day 1B and his 221,200 chips put him atop the overall leaderboard, as well. In these types of tournaments, we often see one or two players get out to huge leads after Day 1, but in this case, the top of the leaderboard is quite condensed. After Cashen on the combined Day 1 leaderboard is Zachary Donovan with 215,700 chips, Ari Engel with 210,400, Jesse Rockowitz with 200,300, and three more players with more than 190,000 chips.

Cashen was one of the players to take advantage of the re-entry rules, as he busted out during Level 5 on Sunday, victimized by an opponent’s pocket Aces. He bought back in, but even then he struggled, seeing his starting stack of 30,000 quickly get chopped by more than half. In Level 6, though, he started his comeback. picked up the proceedings in the middle of a hand with the board reading Q-9-8-8. One player bet 4,500, Vivian Leslie called, and then Cashen moved all-in for 10,275 chips. The original bettor called and Leslie folded. Cashen had A-8 for turned trips, while his opponent held T-8 suited, for the same, but with a worse kicker. The river was a King, improving neither hand and allowing Cashen to grow his stack to just above its starting point.

“I ran pretty well here today on my second bullet,” Cashen told afterward. “I was in for two [buy-ins] yesterday, too. A couple guys went all in a little weak and I had the nuts, so that helped. I ran good, enjoyed the day. I had a lot of fun playing here with all the guys.”

As mentioned, Day 2 is just getting underway at Maryland Live! Casino.

2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Joseph Cashen – 221,200
2. Ari Engel – 210,400
3. Cherish Andrews – 205,000
4. Richard Foster – 204,000
5. Ben Eilers – 197,800
6. Art Papazyan – 195,700
7. Ashraf Fahim – 178,500
8. Dan Heimiller – 171,000
9. Jon Gilliam – 164,300
10. Belgica Dardon – 153,800


2017 World Poker Tour Maryland Live! Main Event – Overall Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Joseph Cashen – 221,200
2. Zachary Donovan – 215,700
3. Ari Engel – 210,400
4. Jesse Rockowitz – 200,300
5. Ben Eilers – 197,800
6. Art Papazyan – 195,700
7. Richard Foster – 194,900
8. Robert Sherry – 181,200
9. Ashraf Fahim – 178,500
10. Dan Heimiller – 178,000

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2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1A: Over 200 Entries for Day 1A, Zachary Donovan Holds Chip Lead

 2017 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Day 1A: Over 200 Entries for Day 1A, Zachary Donovan Holds Chip Lead

The World Poker Tour carnival has pulled into its latest stop, Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, and the crowds have come for the show. The $ 3500 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event has Day 1A in the books with Zachary Donovan holding the chip lead after a day of play.

Even though there is late registration until the start of Day 2 on Monday and unlimited entries into the tournament, there were still a throng of players who decided to show up for the “shuffle up and deal” call from WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage and the Royal Flush Girls. Christian Harder, Dylan Linde, Olivier Busquet and Sam Grafton were there at the start among the 80 or so players and, by the time the first level of play was completed, that number jumped up to 112 entries. Defending champion Zachary Smiley was also in the crowd for the start of the event, with his title defense getting off to a good start by almost doubling his starting stack of 30,000 chips.

Linde was another player who made some moves early in the event. After opening the betting off the button and only getting the big blind to come along with him, they would check a 4-3-4 flop. After an Ace came on the turn, Linde would get check-called by the big blind after firing 600 chips into the smallish pot. A second Ace came on the river and the big blind checked again, only to fire in a re-raise of 4000 over Linde’s 1800 chip bet. There were three diamonds on the board, presenting flush possibilities, and a variety of combinations for a boat, so Linde just made the call. Indeed, both players held what, by the river, became big hands. Linde (with A-2) and his opponent (with A-9) would chop it up, however.

Even though the 30K in chips would seem to be a good starting stack, there were still players who were eliminated and had to take advantage of the re-entry option. Dan Heimiller, Dan Weinman, Matt Glantz, Matt Berkey and Jesse Rockowitz were all into their wallets for another buy-in (Rockowitz made it worth his while, as you will soon see), while Andrew Brokos decided it would be best to reserve his funds for Day 1B on Sunday. By the time the final level of the night – Level 10 – had completed, more than 200 players had put their money in the kitty, with only 78 of the players with a stack eligible for play on Monday’s Day 2.

1. Zachary Donovan, 215,700
2. Jesse Rockowitz, 200,300
3. Casey Yontz, 177,200
4. Eric Fields, 172,300
5. Vernon Jones, 166,200
6. Fausto Valdez, 154,300
7. Quinzzy Pratt, 142,900
8. Ryan Hughes, 131,300
9. Alex Lynskey, 128.300
10. Darren Elias, 127,700

This tournament is a “best stack forward” event, meaning that players can play both Day Ones and whichever stack is built is the one the player will take into Day 2 action. That will be helpful for a few players in the field as they ended Day 1A with a less-than-stellar performance. Current World Champion Scott Blumstein (12,400), WPT champion Daniel Santoro (13,800), Weinman (32,100 and on a second buy-in), and defending champion Smiley (40,800) who might be taking up the option of playing on Day 1B to see if they can improve on their fortunes.

Day 1B will begin at noon on Sunday and there’s some work to do to get to the guarantee. Maryland Live! officials put a $ 2 million guarantee on the prize pool and need a big turnout on Sunday to make that number. Although it isn’t out of the question, another 400 or so entries are needed for the guaranteed to be met. It should make for an intriguing afternoon around the compound at Maryland Live! as the WPT rolls along.

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Bryn Kenney Continues to Lead Diverse Player of the Year Races

 Bryn Kenney Continues to Lead Diverse Player of the Year Races

Although Bryn Kenney continues to lead the various Player of the Year races in the tournament poker world, there is a humongous difference as those lists are examined. A grand total of 26 men can claim that they are one of the Top Ten players in the world, an unheard-of number by this point in the year.

On the CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year leaderboard, Kenney has been the overall leader since the start of the year. After giving the poker world a chance to catch up during the World Series of Poker, Kenney got back to his “bread and butter” – the High Roller games – and has been on a tear. A victory at the inaugural Poker Masters event, along with a seventh-place finish and a runner up finish at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona’s €25,000 High Roller event, has pushed Kenney over the 6000-point mark – 6204, to be precise.

No other player on the CardPlayer rankings has more than 5000 points. Kenney’s closest competitor is Koray Aldemir, who has racked up an impressive 4956 points that included four final tables in August and September. That barely outpaces Justin Bonomo, who used a couple of middle pack finishes at the Poker Masters series to keep his name in the mix with 4346 points.

A surprise on the CardPlayer table is Italy’s Raffaele Sorrentino. The winner of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event nearly made it a two-fer when he finished in third place at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona. Those two finishes catapulted the Italian into fourth place with 4224 points, 100 points more than fifth place Jason Koon. Rounding out the Top Ten on the CardPlayer rankings are Fedor Holz (sixth place, 4097 points), David Peters (seventh, 4002), Joe McKeehen (eighth, 3907), Benjamin Pollak (ninth, 3760) and Jake Schindler (tenth, 3646)

If you’re expecting to see the same suspects on the Global Poker Index rankings, you’re in for a rude awakening. Although Kenney (3284.93 points) and Aldemir (3149.15 points) are first and second, respectively, none of the remaining CardPlayer Top Ten are even close (Peters is the closest to cracking the GPI Top Ten, sitting in twelfth place with his 2745.14 points). That leaves a whole new list of men who are looking to take down Kenney and Aldemir.

Nick Petrangelo, who finished 2016 in eighth place on the GPI rankings, is in a stronger place in 2017 with his 3058.14 points to take third place. While an Italian is a part of the GPI listings, it isn’t Sorrentino but Dario Sammartino who is representing the country in fourth place with his 2928.47 points. Finishing off the Top Five on the 2017 GPI ratings is Dan Smith, holding 2841.98 points.

If those three at the end of the Top Five weren’t what you were expecting, then the remainder of the Top Ten should serve as a shock. Spain’s Sergio Aido is nipping at Smith’s heels with his 2809.01 points in sixth place. Aido cannot get complacent as the remainder of the Top Ten is within 40 points of knocking him down the standings. Pete Chen (seventh place, 2781.4 points), Stephen Chidwick (eighth, 2778.51), Anthony Spinella (ninth, 2769.89) and Dejuante Alexander (2769.61) all are a threat to not only Aido but also to those up the ladder.

The reason that there might be more of a race with the GPI rather than the CardPlayer rankings is the way the GPI calculates its scoring. A player’s top 13 finishes are used to calculate their accumulated points. For players like Kenney and Aldemir, they have almost maxed out their points with little chance at improving one of their top 13 scores to a better one. For those players down the leaderboard, they have a chance – albeit a bit of a slim one – to improve on their scores and rise to challenge the overall leaders.

Entering the final quarter of the 2017 tournament poker season, the opportunities for players to catch Kenney or Aldemir are slipping away. The World Poker Tour has four events before the close of 2017, including their always popular stop at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas (the High Roller tournament there should draw a huge field). The PokerStars Championships unbelievably has only one tournament scheduled over the next three months, the PokerStars Championship Prague, but the High Roller tournaments put on with that circuit (and the December time frame of the Prague stop) should have another huge crowd. You also can’t overlook the smaller events such as the PokerStars Festivals, the WPT DeepStacks, the WSOP Circuit and other tours and their action.

Kenney has been the dominant force since the cards hit the air at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January. But the same was true last year, when Fedor Holz dominated the opposition before Peters snuck up and snatched away both the CardPlayer and GPI crowns. Could we see that again in 2017? It would be a difficult task, but it can be done.

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2017 WPT Borgata Poker Open Day 4: Matt Parry Takes Over Lead at Final Table, Cliff Josephy on Short Stack

 2017 WPT Borgata Poker Open Day 4: Matt Parry Takes Over Lead at Final Table, Cliff Josephy on Short Stack

The penultimate day of the latest World Poker Tour event is at hand as the final table has been determined for the 2017 WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, NJ. Coming to the six-handed table, Matt Parry has taken a sizeable lead as Day 3 chip leader and Jersey native Cliff Josephy hangs on by the short stack.

24 men came back to the tables on Thursday with the goal of being one of the final six at the end of the night. Josephy was the only player who was over the four million mark in chips (4.079 million, to be exact), but that didn’t mean there weren’t challenges awaiting him. Parry (3.398 million), Day 2 chip leader David Gerassi (3.354 million), Gregory Weber (2.651 million) and Will Givens (2.426 million) rounded out the Top Five as the cards went into the air on Friday.

Although the 24 men were guaranteed $ 16,306 for their efforts, every man was staring at the $ 789,058 (not to mention the seat at the WPT Tournament of Champions and their name being etched into the Champions’ Cup) that the eventual champion would receive. As such, the early play was tentative as players guarded their chips. Poker pro Erik Cajelais was one of the early casualties, however, with the Canadian running a suited A-7 into Veselin Katrandzhiev’s K-Q off suit and getting unlucky when a King hit on the turn.

The start to Josephy’s Day 4 was good as he extended his lead over the field. After opening the betting off the hijack, Alexander Farin popped his remaining 400K or so in chips into the center from the button. Josephy paused briefly before making the call and finding himself leading, his A-10 routing Farin’s A-6. A ten on the flop extended Josephy’s lead and, although the turn would bring a gut shot draw for Farin, the river paired to keep the former “November Niner” in front to take the hand to move up to almost five million chips and the knockout of Farin.

It wasn’t the same story for another former chip leader, Gerassi. On a Q 3 3 2 flop and turn, Gerassi put the pressure on Gregory Weber by moving all in. Gerassi covered Weber and Weber took his time to make the call, burning through four of his six “time extension” chips before finally making the call. It turned out to be the correct move as Weber’s J J had Gerassi’s J♣ 9 drawing dead. A river 5 would momentarily elate Gerassi until he realized that Weber’s diamond Jack beat his diamond nine, sending the nearly six million chip pot and the chip lead to Weber; Gerassi was left with scraps with 387K and soon after hit the rail in 21st place.

Weber and Josephy ruled the roost when the redraw came at two tables (along with Parry, who eliminated Jason Gooch in 17th place to reach five million in chips), but the threesome would unfortunately end up on the same table against each other. You might think that they would have stayed away from each other but, on the eight handed tables, it was inevitable that there would be conflicts. Parry was the one who took advantage of these squabbles, first cutting some chips out Weber and they rivering a seven-high straight against Josephy to pick up another chunk of chips to take over the lead. What wasn’t happening were eliminations, however, as it took more than five hours (including a dinner break) to get down to the unofficial final table.

Parry was dominant at this point, holding 7.075 million in chips and only Weber within shouting distance with his 5.6 million in chips. Josephy struggled through the time leading to dinner, dropping down into the pursuit pack as the players tried to determine who would be the six men who would come back on Friday for action.

Once again it was Parry who would take advantage of the action. He quietly kept accumulating chips before he brought the evening’s festivities to a close with its last elimination. On the 49th hand of the unofficial final table, Parry would raise the betting and Muarem Kica moved all in over his bet. The call for Parry was a pittance of his sizeable stack and it was the correct one, his A-K holding the edge over Kica’s 7-6. The King on the flop basically ended the proceedings and, once a four fell on the turn, Kica was drawing dead. The formality of the river tossed salt on the wound as a seven came, but Kica was already on his way to the cage for his seventh-place money as Parry took a sizeable lead:

1. Matt Parry, 9.11 million
2. Gregory Weber, 6.99 million
3. Thomas Paul, 6.1 million
4. Jia Liu, 4.81 million
5. Guo Liang Chen, 3.85 million
6. Cliff Josephy, 2.95 million

Today’s final table from the Borgata will be taped for future broadcast on the Season XVI schedule of the WPT on Fox Sports 1. It will also be live streamed on PokerGO (with a 30-minute delay) beginning at 3:30PM (Eastern Time) for those who have a subscription to the site. It promises to be an exciting table as Josephy has the “hometown edge”…whether that will carry him to the title – or whether Parry’s dominance will continue – are going to be the highlights of the evening’s action.

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2017 WPT Borgata Poker Open Day 3: Money Bubble Pops as Cliff Josephy Takes Over Lead

 2017 WPT Borgata Poker Open Day 3: Money Bubble Pops as Cliff Josephy Takes Over Lead

The World Poker Tour has pulled into the Borgata in Atlantic City for their latest event, the Borgata Poker Open, and it has once again shown to be one of their bigger events of this Season XVI schedule or otherwise. Coming into Wednesday’s action, the 1132 entry field had been whittled down to 117 players; by the end of the Day 3 play, nearly four-fifths of that field were gone with New Jersey native and former “November Niner” Cliff Josephy atop the standings.

The 117 players who came back on Wednesday were looking to claim a piece (a min-cash was worth $ 6812 and a Hendon Mob flag) of the prize pool, but some of those coming back wouldn’t be so happy. With 110 players earning a prize, that meant seven players would exit the Borgata empty-handed. One player who was guaranteed something for his efforts was chip leader David Gerassi, whose 1.322 million stack made sure that, save for a massive collapse, he was going to be around deep into the money.

With the Action Clock on the field (the WPT this year has instituted a 30-second “shot clock” to move play along; the clock is turned on when the tournament reaches one table before the money), the play was quick coming off the starting gun. Jared Jaffee doubled through Walter Taylor in a classic race, pocket Jacks versus A-Q, and plenty of other action was being pushed on the tables. Still, it would take almost 2½ hours for the seven players to get knocked out, with the elimination of Jordan Siegel in 111th place ($ 0) when his flush draw failed to come home against Joseph Giulino’s pocket eights.

Now in the money, the players flooded the cage. ClubWPT qualifier Jim McLaughlin, Jaffee, and Maurice Hawkins found their paydays for their efforts, but Josephy didn’t want to leave the party. After coming into the day in fourth place, Josephy kept his stack climbing as day worked into night. He bumped off Brandon Hall in 64th and John Moore in 63rd place to rocket over the two million chip mark and would ride that stack to the dinner break as the chip leader.

With 51 players coming back from dinner, there was still a great deal of work left to get the field to a reasonable number for Friday’s action. Gerassi remained viable in the tournament, eliminating Ben Zamani in 50th place, but Josephy kept his foot on the gas. Josephy eliminated Ken Aldridge to crack the three million chip mark, but he saved his best for a clash with Gerassi.

On a J-9-9 flop, Gerassi would check-raise a bet from Travis Greenawalt and a Josephy call to 231K. Greenawalt didn’t have any further interest, but Josephy did. After Josephy called, an Ace came on the turn that slowed down Gerassi a bit. He would check, but Josephy wanted to keep playing as he bet 175K. Gerassi’s previous bravado melted away as he shot his cards into the muck while a tricky Josephy showed the table his pocket nines – the flopped quads obviously had Gerassi beaten from the flop at the minimum.

Josephy would ride that stack to the final gun, the only player to bag up more than four million chips at the conclusion of play:

1. Cliff Josephy, 4.079 million
2. Matt Parry, 3.398 million
3. David Gerassi, 3.354 million
4. Gregory Weber, 2.651 million
5. Will Givens, 2.426 million
6. Benjamin Morgan, 1.958 million
7. Richard Bai, 1.364 million
8. Vittorio Faricelli, 1.287 million
9. Johanssy Joseph, 1.233 million
10. Jason Gooch, 1.148 million

With 24 players remaining in the tournament, it is a bit too early to crown anyone the champion yet. Friday’s play will take the 24 players down to the six-handed official WPT final table, which will play out on Saturday. All the remaining players are guaranteed a payday of $ 16,306, but it is the $ 789,058 up top that will be the target for everyone as the WPT looks to crown their latest champion.

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