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PokerStars Bailing Out PKR Players Left Holding the Bag

 PokerStars Bailing Out PKR Players Left Holding the Bag

One of the worst things that can happen in the online poker world is when a poker site closes shop, leaving players looking for another room at which to play. Even worse is when the poker site goes under and takes its customers’ money with it. But that’s exactly what happened in early May when Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) skin PKR.com filed for administrative protection (basically the UK’s equivalent of bankruptcy) and subsequently disappeared.

While player funds were frozen at the time, it was believed initially that customers would receive their money. MPN’s Head of Product, Alex Scott, said in a blog post, “PKR has repeatedly assured us that player funds are held in a segregated client account, for the express purpose of storing such funds, in accordance with their licence obligations in the United Kingdom and Alderney. We believe this to be true.”

He added, though, that just because the funds were in a segregated bank account does not mean that the money would make its way into players’ pockets.

Scott was prophetic. PKR is gone and so is everyone’s money.

Enter PokerStars. The world’s largest online poker room announced last week that it has reached an agreement with PKR’s court-appointed administrator in which it will step in and make PKR players whole. All PKR players, regardless of whether or not they already have a PokerStars account, will get their PKR money back, straight from PokerStars’ coffers. There are no strings attached to the deal; PKR players can immediately cash out their funds from PokerStars if they so choose.

Players will (or already did) receive an e-mail from PokerStars detailing the steps required to claim their funds. For those who already have PokerStars accounts, “it should take just a few clicks.” Those who are not PokerStars customers will need to create a Stars account, but it should still otherwise be a fairly simple process and those people will not be required to play at all on PokerStars.

Some people may look at this and think PokerStars is doing it just to get in everyone’s good graces and that’s partially correct. PokerStars readily admits it but also says the important thing is to help poker players:

We expect that some players will choose to use that bankroll to play with us and we will gain some new customers, which is certainly a good business decision on our part. However, the motivation behind this move is simple: to do what’s right.

PokerStars concluded its blog post with the following:

We’re not doing this to improve our bottom line and we are not acquiring or planning to revive the PKR software platform. We’re doing this because we think it’s the right thing to do for the poker world and to encourage others to join us in putting you, the player, first by segregating and protecting player balances from operating funds. PokerStars is proud that we’re in a position where we’re able to step in and help these players and encourage all companies in the industry to put players first.

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2016 WSOP Championship Event Day 5: 80 Contenders Left Standing, Jerry Wong Ousts Bryan Piccioli to Take Over Lead

 2016 WSOP Championship Event Day 5: 80 Contenders Left Standing, Jerry Wong Ousts Bryan Piccioli to Take Over Lead

Two days from now, the “November Nine” will be determined for the 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event. As for Saturday, the 251 players who came back for Day 5 action had their minds set just on making it through another day. 80 men were able to keep the dream alive after another grinding day in the Amazon Room as a new chip leader emerged in Jerry Wong after he knocked out Day 4 chip leader Bryan Piccioli.

If Friday was the day that the ladies shined on the WSOP felt, Saturday took revenge against those same ladies. Maria Ho, who vied for the lead throughout the action on Day 4 before falling down the leaderboard, was one of the early departures from the Day 5 proceedings. On a J 8♠ 5 flop, Ho fired out for 76K and found Day 1 chip leader Valentin Vornicu willing to look her up. Ho’s A 9 was in a dominant position over Vornicu’s questionable Q 4 as a black Jack paired the board on the turn. Looking for any Queen or four to pull a rabbit out of the hat, Vornicu was gifted a 4 on the river, ending Ho’s run in 242nd place for a $ 36,708 payday.

The news wasn’t good for the other ladies, either. Stacy Matuson would lose a major portion of her stack when she couldn’t make the call against Gordon Vayo’s all-in bet, stating that she was “making the biggest laydown of my poker career” on an 8-8-2-6 flop and turn; she would eventually depart in 169th place ($ 42,285). Jennifer Shahade could never get the engines started on Saturday, dropping from the tournament in 204th place ($ 42,285) and Louise Francoeur lasted to 142nd place ($ 49,108). Melanie Weisner, who started the day with the ninth-place stack, would depart in 127th place ($ 49,108) and Gaelle Baumann made another deep run at the WSOP Championship Event in finishing in 102nd place ($ 49,108) to take the “Last Woman Standing” honors.

The ladies weren’t the only ones heading to the rail at a rapid pace. Such notables as Simeon Naydenov, Tyler Bonkowski, Shaun Deeb, Max Altergott, Jordan Cristos, Fernando Brito, Sorel Mizzi, Scott Montgomery, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Mukul Pahuja, Dan Heimiller and former World Champions Greg Raymer and Johnny Chan were unceremoniously shown the door with another line on their poker resumes but the sting of being out of the Championship Event burning their souls. There were some players who had a good day on the tables, however.

Kenny Hallaert came to the felt on Saturday trying to get the chip lead that he held after Day 3 back and, with about 100 players left to go, would do just that by eliminating Fadi Hamad and Sebastian Dornbracht with pocket Kings in one fell swoop. It wasn’t the normal double elimination as, after the chips went in pre-flop, Hamad’s A-10 off suit outdrew Hallaert’s pocket Kings and Dornbracht’s pocket Queens on an A♣ 5 2 flop. Feeling good, Hamad had to have hated the 4 that came on the turn, opening up a four-flush opportunity for Hallaert’s K (Dornbracht’s Q was defeated in that case) and, sure enough, the 10 came down on the river to give Hallaert the hand. The resulting 8.75 million chip stack was enough for Hallaert to cruise into the Day 6 action on Sunday.

By the end of the night, however, Wong would take over the chip lead at the expense of Piccioli. Getting all the chips in pre-flop, Wong’s Big Slick was dominant over Piccioli’s Big Chick of hearts, but the board threatened to bring out a different outcome. The 7-6-5-8 flop and turn presented a realistic chance at a split pot with a board straight, but another eight on the river ended that and the tournament for Piccioli as Wong rocketed over the 11 million chip mark.

1. Jerry Wong, 11.555 million
2. Jan Suchanek, 10.305 million
3. Kenny Hallaert, 10.05 million
4. Griffin Benger, 9.86 million
5. Joshua Weiss, 8.33 million
6. William Kassouf, 8.3 million
7. David Lhonore, 8.265 million
8. Chang Luo, 8.09 million
9. Jared Bleznick, 7.955 million
10. Fernando Pons, 7.93 million

Much as he has been doing throughout the tournament, Vornicu is stalking the Top Ten with his eleventh place chip stack of 7.785 million. He is joined by Antoine Saout (6.705 million, 15th place), who is looking to become only the second man to make two “November Nine” final tables, former “Big One for One Drop” champion Dan Colman (6.345 million, 18th place) and a “blast from the past” in Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy (6.175 million, 21st place). Two men still standing in the final 80, Paul Volpe (7.29 million, 13th place) and Max Silver (3.545 million, 39th) also have the chance to pass Jason Mercier for the WSOP Player of the Year award, but both would need to make the final table and finish in the top three (Silver would have to win) to knock Mercier off that perch (there is no WSOP Asia/Pacific or Europe this year).

The 80 men who will determine poker’s next World Champion will reconvene on the Amazon Room at noon on Sunday, with the dreams of an $ 8 million first place payday and the WSOP World Champion’s bracelet resplendent in their minds.

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Final Table Determined for EPT Grand Final Main Event, 12 Left in €25K High Roller

 Final Table Determined for EPT Grand Final Main Event, 12 Left in €25K High Roller

The European Poker Tour is penning the final chapters to their Season 12 book on the shores of the Mediterranean, Monte Carlo to be exact. The final table has been determined for the Grand Final Main Event, while there are 12 contenders still in the fight for the €25,000 High Roller tournament.

EPT Grand Final Main Event

28 players came back to the felt in Monaco on Thursday afternoon, looking to either get down to the final six players for the tournament or play through six, 90-minute levels of action, whichever came first. France’s Adrien Allain was at the helm of the field for the start of play with his 3.9 million in chips, but key contenders such as former EPT Player of the Year Jan Bendik (2.447 million), former World Series of Poker November Niner Antoine Saout and another Frenchman, Benjamin Pollak (1.118 million) were also in the mix. Two dangerous players lurked at the bottom of the table, Dario Sammartino (581,000) and Vanessa Selbst (389,000), but they would have some work to do to get into contention.

Sammartino’s tried to end his day quickly with his high risk style, but it wasn’t to be. He would lose more than half his stack to Oren Rosen before doubling twice to get close to the million chip mark. The second double was especially big as, with a board reading 9-4-K-9-9, he check-called an all-in bluff out of Thi Nguyen; Nguyen’s Q-J never had anything for Sammartino’s K-5 offsuit. As Sammartino was entertaining his table Selbst, the final Team PokerStars Pro left in the field, would not be as fortunate, heading to the rail in 26th place when Mohamed Aissani’s A-9 made two pair against Selbst’s A-5 on a 4-8-4-9-K board.

As Selbst headed to the cage to collect her winnings, Sammartino’s adventures continued. Raising from the cutoff, Sammartino saw Pollak push out a three bet of 145K. When the blinds got out of the way, Sammartino looked to push Pollak off his hand with an all-in move, but he couldn’t have been happy with Pollak’s quick call. He wasn’t as Sammartino’s Q♠ J♠ was dominated by the pocket Aces of Pollak. A 6♠ 10♠ J♣ made things interesting for everyone, but the 3♦ was less than stimulating. The killer for Pollak was the Q♥ on the river, giving Sammartino a miraculous two pair and, after the chips were counted, the remainder of Pollak’s stack, sending the Frenchman to the rail in XXXX place.

Allain was quietly maintaining his lead as the day wore on and more players fell to the wayside. Erwann Pecheux, Andjelko Andrejevic and Joao Vieira would all depart over the next couple of hours and, as the dinner hour approached, Enver Abduraimov hit the rail in 10th place at the hands of Asan Umarov (in a classic race, Abduraimov’s Big Slick versus Umarov’s pocket Queens) to bring the final nine men to the table together. After some dinner, they came back to see that Jimmy Guerrero had moved in front of Allain, while Bendik and Sammartino lurked in the middle of the pack.

Pierre Calamusa utilized some unorthodox play all day that perplexed his opponents, but he eliminated Ben Philipps in ninth place when he actually had a hand – pocket sixes – to take up against Philipps’ K-J offsuit; when the ten-high board was complete, Philipps headed to the exit in ninth place. Although Calamusa would give some of those back to Saout a few hands later, he still held almost four million chips at the time and would ride it to the final table.

Guerrero would also get a bit fortunate. Limping in from middle position against Rosen and Bendik in the blinds, Guerrero would flop a flush and get three streets of action against Bendik (who had a royal flush draw) to crack the 10 million chip plateau. Guerrero and Allain would dominate much of the play in the lead-up to the final table as Sammartino was dismissed in eighth place and, as the final elimination of the night, Saout would fall at the hands of Allain when his pocket fives failed to find any help against Allain’s pocket Jacks.

1. Adrien Allain, 11.815 million
2. Jimmy Guerrero, 11.48 million
3. Jan Bendik, 2.625 million
4. Oren Rosen, 2.315 million
5. Asan Umarov, 2.235 million
5. (tie) Pierre Calamusa, 2.235 million

The final table of the EPT Grand Final Main Event will be played at 2PM Monte Carlo time (8AM Eastern Time) and will be streamed live. The minimum any of these six men will walk out of the Monte Carlo Casino with is €170,950, but the champion will take home the honor of being the EPT Grand Final victor and €961,800.

€25,000 High Roller – Day 2

231 entries were received for the €25,000 High Roller on Wednesday and, for Day 2 on Thursday, 95 players remained with former EPT champion Niall Farrell atop the table with his 311,200 in chips. The 231 entries set a record for the event, topping last year’s 215 entries that were received for the tournament, and guaranteed an outstanding prize pool for the 31 players who would earn a cash. In fact, the tournament’s top prize of €1,197,000 dwarfs what the winner of the Grand Final Main Event will receive.

There was quite a bit of work before the money would even be in sight and some of the lower stacked players looked to either rebuild their stacks or get out of the tournament and onto more enjoyable pursuits in Monte Carlo. Such players as Erik Seidel, Adrian Mateos, Mohsin Charania, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Stephen Chidwick were all gone well before dinnertime. After the break, the players came back to a new leader, 2015 WSOP November Niner Zvi Stern, and the popping of the money bubble when Ami Barer’s pocket tens were vanquished by Julian Stuer’s A-Q in a race.

After Barer’s departure, the parade to the cashout cage began. Some of the players picking up some spending cash from the High Roller tournament include Global Poker Index World #1 player Steve O’Dwyer, Vladimir Troyanovsky, Ivan Luca, Amit Makhija, Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu and Farrell. It wasn’t until the departure of Byron Kaverman in 13th place that EPT officials decided to call it a night with 12 players remaining in the tournament.

1. Zvi Stern, 1.638 million
2. Max Silver, 1.342 million
3. Alexandros Kolonias, 1.338 million
4. Alexandru Papazian, 1.231 million
5. Ivan Deyra, 1.16 million
6. Rafael Da Silva Moraes, 1.026 million
7. Eddy Maksoud, 907,000
8. Imad Derwiche, 840,000
9. Anthony Zinno, 816,000
10. Saar Wilf, 509,000
11. Thomas Miller, 383,000
12. Ramin Hajiyev, 366,000

The High Roller tournament will reconvene at 12:30PM local time tomorrow (6:30AM Eastern Time) and will play out until there is only one. The High Roller event and the final table of the EPT Grand Final Main Event will put the finale on what has been another outstanding season on the European Poker Tour.

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2015 WPT Prague Main Event Day 3: Pavel Plesuv Zooms To the Top with Two Tables Left

 2015 WPT Prague Main Event Day 3: Pavel Plesuv Zooms To the Top with Two Tables Left

The third day of the World Poker Tour stop in Prague, the Czech Republic is in the books. After a furious final few moments of action during the day, Pavel Plesuv emerged as the leader with only 18 players (two tables) remaining in contention.

60 players stepped back to the tables in the King’s Casino on Friday, looking to whittle the field down massively. Their first challenge was getting to the final 27 players, who would earn a line on their Hendon Mob resume for their efforts. As the day began, Brian Senie was the massive chip leader with his 759,000 in chips, but Steve O’Dwyer, Byron Kaverman, Yann Dion, Ole Schemion and Dimitar Danchev all lurked behind him, with O’Dwyer and Kaverman in the hunt for one of the Player of the Year awards handed out in tournament poker.

Within a half hour of the start of the day’s play, six ‘shorties’ had been eliminated from the event, including former WPT champion Tony ‘Bond_18’ Dunst. The final two ladies in the tournament, Gaelle Baumann and Aurelie Quelain, headed to the rail soon after Dunst had bitten the dust. By the time the action had reached the final four tables, Senie (who had difficulty all day gaining any traction) had lost the lead to Jerry Odeen, but he still sat decently with 430,000 in chips (Odeen, meanwhile, had racked up 640,000).

Odeen didn’t hold onto the lead for long, however. In a clash against Pavel Veksler, Odeen saw Veksler move all in on a 7-J-6-K-J board and agonized over the decision. Odeen agonized long enough that the clock was eventually called on him and, after he had made the call with the seconds ticking down, you could see why it was a tough decision. Odeen’s pocket Aces looked good on the table, but Veksler’s pocket sevens looked even better as they found a third on the flop to eventually make a boat. Although the hand would seriously dent his stack, Odeen would make it through the remainder of the day’s play.

As the money bubble approached, Schemion was one of the casualties. On an A-4-K flop, Schemion, Aliaksei Boika and Ben Heath all put out 30K to see a turn six. Schemion, with the action on him first, weighed out the issue in his mind so much that the dealer thought at one point he had checked. Heath, after the dealer’s error, checked and Schemion responded that he hadn’t completed his action. After the action was rolled back to Schemion – and with Heath’s check binding at the moment – he decided to push all in. Heath, freed from his previous action, now chucked his cards to the center, but Boika made the call.

If he was looking to bully Heath, Schemion made a mistake in forgetting about Boika. Boika’s pocket fours for the flopped set were a massive favorite over Schemion’s K-4 (flopped two pair) with one card to come; when the river came with a King, Schemion was out of the event just short of the money while Boika firmed up his standing to make some money at the WPT Prague.

The money bubble would pop in a very cruel fashion. Plesuv would open the betting and, after a call from Aleksandar Denishev, Yung Hwang would pop the bet up to 31K. Plesuv responded by making it 70K to go and, after Denishev got out of the way, Hwang shoved his remaining stack. Plesuv responded in kind and was dismayed at the results; his pocket Kings had run into the pocket Aces of Hwang, who just needed to fade five cards to get a key double up.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. A King in the window turned the cooler into a winner for Plesuv, his flopped set now leading the pocket Aces, but a Queen on the turn opened up a Broadway draw for Hwang along with the two Ace outs. A second deuce hit the river, however, ending Hwang’s tournament in brutal fashion as the final 27 celebrated their cash and Plesuv celebrated his newfound lead.

After battling with Odeen through the day, Senie would be one of the last eliminations on Day 3. He would lose a chunk of chips to Odeen to drop to 300K, then battled against Henrik Hecklen in a hand that would prove to be his undoing. On a 5-5-Q flop, Senie bet out and only Hecklen came along for a seven on the turn. Senie fired again, this time for 75K, and Hecklen once again called. On a river deuce, Senie put his stack in the center and Hecklen pondered the response. After the time in the tank, Hecklen made the call.

All Senie could offer for the battle was an A-10 for complete air; meanwhile, Hecklen put up an 8-5 for flopped trips that were good enough to take the hand and eliminate Senie. After a few more hands of action, the final two tables were determined for play today.

1. Pavel Plesuv, 1.229 million
2. Pavel Veksler, 1053 million
3. David Abreu, 627,000
4. Sergio Aido, 595,000
5. Henrik Hecklen, 525,000
6. Ihar Soika, 459,000
7. Steve O’Dwyer, 442,000
8. Anton Afanasyev, 413,000
9. Pavel Savin, 386,000
10. Pedro Marques, 326,000

With his run here, O’Dwyer is looking to put his name in the mix on the POY front. A win in this tournament would probably put him in the Top Five of the CardPlayer Magazine POY race and, depending on how many points he could earn for the win, might be able to break into the Top Three on the Global Poker Index POY rankings. There are 17 other men who are looking to stop O’Dwyer from doing that, however, as the players at the WPT Prague play down to the official final table through Saturday’s action.

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2015 WSOP Europe Event #1 – €2000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em Day 1: Oliver Price Holds Top Slot with 35 Players Left

 2015 WSOP Europe Event #1 – €2000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em Day 1: Oliver Price Holds Top Slot with 35 Players Left

The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe has opened the doors of the Spielbank Berlin Casino in Germany with action in its first event on the schedule. The €2000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament’s Day One action saw a nice turnout and a popular British pro take the top slot for the day’s play.

From the start it was obvious that there was going to be a strong contingent of players on the tables and that the play for the day was going to be serious. Looking to knock off 12 levels of play (after a 2PM Berlin Time (8AM Eastern Time) start), the players would be driving straight through the day with no dinner break in the plans. With the players starting with 10K in chips and facing 40-minute levels, the players were jamming the chips in at every opportunity.

Only one level into play (and with late registration going on until Level 9), 169 players had made their way to the felt and a couple of them mixed it up frequently. Former “November Niner” Sylvain Loosli saw his chip stack fluctuate in the early going and Benjamin Pollak routinely saw his chip stack go from healthy to heart attack, usually within a few hands of each other. Unfortunately, Loosli wouldn’t be able to survive the fluctuations, hitting the rail before the late registration period ended. Pollak, on the other hand, survived the variations and will return to play on Day 2.

Once the final entries were counted in following the close of late registration (which Phil Hellmuth barely made), the prize pool was announced for the tournament. 197 players had shown up for the inaugural event of the 2015 WSOP-E, building a prize pool of €382,180. 21 players will take home at least €3520 for the efforts and the eventual champion walks off with the latest WSOP bracelet and a €105,000 payday.

Now ripe with the knowledge of what they were playing for, the action heated up around the Spielbank Berlin Casino. WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro was knocking off players frequently, including defending World Champion (for a little longer anyway) Martin Jacobson, to push his stack over the 45K mark. Lisandro, looking to add to the six bracelets he already has in his possession, finished off the day with slightly more than 47K in chips and will be lurking in the pack when Day 2 starts.

Hellmuth, after making his traditional late start, almost made it through the day. He was able to nearly triple up his stack but, by the close of Level 11, Hellmuth’s fortunes had turned. Losing most of his stack while holding Big Slick against an opponent’s K-J, Hellmuth would see his final chips go in pre-flop against Artur Koren and Peter Feiertag. The duo checked a Q-8-5 rainbow flop and, after a second Queen on the turn, Koren put out a toke 1500 chip bet and was called by Feiertag. Both checked the ten on the river and, after Koren showed an 8-7 for Queens up, Feiertag topped him with an A-10 for a better two pair. Hellmuth tried to muck his cards but, because he was all in, his A-7 was shown to the table as Hellmuth headed to the rail.

For the most part, the United Kingdom’s Oliver Price was quiet throughout the day. By the midpoint of the day, he had built his stack up to 75K in chips and, entering the last level of the day, was in the chip lead with 115K. In one of the final hands of the night, Price was able to get an opponent to commit his remaining stack with only the nut flush draw. Price, only holding a pair of eights himself, was able to dodge all the outs for his opponent to rake in a massive pot and sit proudly atop the leaderboard for the day:

1. Oliver Price, 171,000
2. Frederic Schwarzer, 122,900
3. Alexander Debus, 112,000
4. Giacomo Fundaro, 104,600
5. Onguin Yagci, 86,000
6. Stephen Chidwick, 84,200
7. Max Pescatori, 75,300
8. Benjamin Einert, 72,500
9. Artur Koren, 70,800
10. Sebastian Malec, 60,400

Other players such as Andrew Lichtenberger (13th place, 55,000), Scott Clements (15th, 49,000) and Lisandro (17th, 47,700) will be dangerous players to watch among the 35 who will return for Friday’s Day 2 action.

Along with the continuation of Event #1, “The Oktoberfest” will rule the weekend action in Germany. The €550 buy in tournament is expected to have the largest field of any event at the 2015 WSOP-E and will fill the Spielbank Berlin to its brim with poker players. “The Oktoberfest” will go through the weekend as Event #1 will crown a champion on Saturday. It promises to be a big weekend for poker on the Old Continent as the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe kicks off with a bang.

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