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Two Day Ones Completed in PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event, Overall Numbers Down

 Two Day Ones Completed in PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event, Overall Numbers Down

The PokerStars Championships have made their inaugural swing to the Sortis Hotel, Spa and Casino in Panama City, Panama. The $ 3500 Main Event has booked its two-Day Ones at this point, but it is arguable that the overall numbers might be a bit low for the side tournaments and the Main Event.

On Day 1A, slightly more than 100 players would answer the bell for action, with a noted fighter emerging at the top of the standings. While Igor Yaroshevskyy reigned supreme over the Day 1A survivors with his 219,300 in chips, it was retired MMA champion Tito Ortiz who was drawing the lion’s share of attention. Ortiz, who has fought and won championships in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and most recently fought for Bellator MMA, was in second place behind Yaroshevskyy with his 182,000 in chips, setting himself up for Day Two well. Along with Jason Koon (175,500), Steve O’Dwyer (117,000) and former World Champion Ryan Riess (77,300), the day was replete with notables among the survivors.

Day 1B was expected to bring out a throng of players and it didn’t disappoint. 259 players came to the tables on Wednesday to bring the total number for the tournament to roughly 360 players. Of that number, 128 survived the minefields of Day 1B to join with their 43 counterparts from Day 1A to bring 171 players back to the fray on Day 2 Thursday. With his 154,300 in chips, Jiachen Gong emerged as the chip leader from Day 1B, but he will be down a bit in the overall standings.

1. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 219,600
2. Tito Ortiz, 182,000
3. Jason Koon, 175,500
4. Jiachen Gong, 154,300
5. Caufman Talley, 150,300
6. Martin Kus, 146,800
7. Kamal Abdel Bittar, 146,700
8. Luke Graham, 140,300
9. Vincente Delgado, 138,000
10. Pablo Fernandez, 133,700

What has been the bigger story of the PokerStars Championship Panama is the player numbers that have shown for the preliminary tournaments. Perhaps it is unfair to compare the player response to the Panama event against the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, but it is the only comparison that can be made currently for the “new” tour (the PokerStars Championships have taken over for the European Poker Tour and the “regional” tours that were once part of the PokerStars family). In looking at the comparison, it could be said that the Panama event isn’t drawing as hoped.

The Main Event of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas (itself formerly the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) saw a respectable crowd of 738 players turn out for the $ 5000 buy in tournament (and that was a low mark for the event – in 2016, 928 players came to the line). Although more than 350 players for a first-time event would be nice for most, for a PokerStars branded event it has to be considered a bit of a disappointment. If that doesn’t do it, then a look at some of the preliminary events – and a comparison to their counterparts in the Bahamas – might paint another picture.

For a $ 1000 “Win the Button” No Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament at the Atlantis event, 68 entries were received in the tournament; at the Panama event, only four entries were received. Another Turbo event, this one for $ 2000, only drew 19 entries from those amassed in Panama City. The $ 50,000 Super High Roller tournament, a staple of the old EPT, brought in only 21 players in Panama, very different from the 68 entries that came in for the Bahamas tournament. The “name” tournaments on the PokerStars schedule – such as their PokerStars Open (a $ 220 buy in tournament) – did draw equivalent numbers, but the PokerStars National Championship was different – a $ 1000 buy in event with re-entry for Panama, a $ 2000 single entry tournament for the Bahamas. Those tournaments saw roughly equivalent prize pools.

These numbers might not be quite as worrisome as it appears, however. The Panama stop is a first-time event, as will be the next stop on the PokerStars Championship circuit in Macau. It won’t be until May, when the PokerStars Championships head to Monte Carlo, where there can be comparisons made to tournaments that existed on the old EPT circuit. But it might be a bit concerning that player numbers are low as it might indicate players aren’t warming to the new “international” PokerStars Championship circuit.

The PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event will continue through the weekend. On Monday, the next champion will be crowned as the PokerStars Championships experiment continues onward.

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2016 WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble: Two Day Ones in the Books, Jean “Prince” Gaspard Leads Final 142 Players

 2016 WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble: Two Day Ones in the Books, Jean “Prince” Gaspard Leads Final 142 Players

The two Day Ones for the 2016 WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble are in the books and, as the tournament comes together for Day 2 on Sunday, California pro Jean “Prince” Gaspard is at the top of the leaderboard of the 142 players left.

The tournament structure was such that it was going to be easy to crack the $ 1 million guarantee. The tournament features unlimited re-entries (at $ 5000 a pop) up until the dinner break on each of the two Day Ones for the tournament. That meant that, needing only 200 entries to break the guarantee, it was highly likely that the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble would be smashed. Toss in the addition of 25 bounties on certain players (at $ 2500 a pop) and the action was hectic over the first two days.

163 players came out for Day 1A on Friday, nearly reaching the $ 1 million guarantee on the first day of action alone. By the end of the night, Gaspard had built a monstrous stack of more than 300,000 in chips, but he would have a bit of a misstep in doubling up an opponent before the close of action for the night. Still, he was far and away the leader of the Day 1A field (earning him a $ 5000 bonus), joined by a top-notch leaderboard arranged behind him:

1. Jean Gaspard, 245,800
2. Justin Zaki, 221,200
3. Matt Stout, 181,800
4. Kunal Patel, 177,100
5. Kory Kilpatrick, 175,000
6. Maxx Coleman, 160,100
7. Roston Stukes, 159,600
8. Joe McKeehen, 132,300
9. Seth Davies, 132,000
10. Garrett Greer, 124,900

While those 59 players who made it through Day 1A took a break, the Day 1B grinders hit the tables on Saturday. From the start of the day alone, the 117 entries – along with the 163 Day 1A entries – saw 280 entries on the tournament clock and the crushing of the $ 1 million guarantee. By the time the dinner break came, along with the closure of the re-entry period, 216 entries were received for Day 1B to bring the entire field total to 379 entries for the tournament.

After the number-crunchers got their work done, the 2016 WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble proved to be a bonanza. From the 379-entry field, 48 players will earn a minimum payday of $ 7905. The final four players will all earn a six-figure payday, with the eventual champion of the tournament walking off with a $ 354,335 payday and a seat at the Season XV WPT Tournament of Champions.

There wasn’t a firm chip leader established until late in the evening. First Ray Erapalli seized the top slot then, in a stunner of a hand, Chris Limo picked up the baton as the chip leader. Limo outflopped an opponent when, on a J-7-6 board, Limo hit a set with his pocket sevens and saw his opponent move all-in in front of him. Limo happily called and, once his opponent showed pocket tens, was well in the lead. A five on the turn and a second six on the river kept Limo in the lead in the hand and, after the chips were pushed his way, in the lead in the tournament. It would be a lead Limo would hold onto until the close of action Saturday night.

1. Chris Limo, 220,000
2. Jermaine Gerlin, 199,700
3. Tyler Patterson, 183,000
4. Sam Soverel, 169,900
5. Ray Erapalli, 161,400
6. Nick Yunis, 156,600
7. Dean Baranowski, 149,200
8. David Jackson, 149,000
9. Ryan D’Angelo, 148,300
10. Ryan Dunn, 145,100

Day 2 action in the 2016 WPT bestbet Jacksonville Bounty Scramble will kick off at noon today with the plan for the remaining 142 players to play down through the money bubble (48 players). Monday’s action will determine the six-handed WPT final table and the champion will be crowned on Tuesday night.

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Michael Hahn Takes Overall Lead After Two Day Ones at WPT Choctaw

 Michael Hahn Takes Overall Lead After Two Day Ones at WPT Choctaw

The two Day Ones for the World Poker Tour’s Season XV stop at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma are in the books. Coming through the larger of the two, Michael Hahn ended Day 1B with a sizeable chip stack of 370,000 chips to pace the field heading to Sunday’s Day 2 action. With more than 1000 entries already received in the $ 3500 buy in tournament (easily outpacing the $ 3 million guaranteed prize pool) and late registration not ending until the start of Day 2 today, the tournament promises to be entertaining throughout the upcoming week.

Festivities started on Friday at the Choctaw Casino Resort with 387 entries being registered by the end of the night’s action (the tournament featured unlimited rebuys until the start of Day 2). Despite their best efforts, players such as Brandon Cantu (who made a wild bluff on a J-10-9-5-4 board with only K-8 against Alex Yen’s pocket Aces to be eliminated), Erick Lindgren (pocket Jacks couldn’t find a third against Grayson Ramage’s pocket Queens), Pratyush Buddiga (pocket Kings run down by the flush of Matt Bond) and Cate Hall were only some of the more than 200 players who didn’t survive the action from Day 1A. Steve Gross, however, was able to make it through the minefield, bagging up 299,500 chips to head to today’s action.

1. Steve Gross, 299,500
2. Hiren Patel, 298,800
3. Marcos Exterkotter, 248,200
4. Bobby Oboodi, 232,000
5. Jeff Kester, 223,500
6. Alex Lynskey, 220,600
7. Rodney Springs, 218,300
8. Cary Jones, 209,400
9. Dustin Schooner, 204,600
10. Cord Garcia, 199,000

Several notable names bubbled under the Top Ten from the 107 players who came out of the Day 1A battles. Olivier Busquet (11th place, 198,600), Tommy Vedes (14th, 190,200) Dan Shak (19th, 163,000) and Andy Philachack (20th, 157,000) all took a day off on Saturday with their seats through to Day 2 sealed.

As per usual for multi-Day One tournaments, Day 1B turned out to be the bigger of the two starting days by far. By the end of the night on Saturday, 651 entries had been racked up to bring the total for the tournament to 1038 entries. With late registration and the reentry period closing with the start of action on Sunday, it still isn’t known what the prize pool will be, what the first place prize will be nor how many of the participants will be paid.

The players weren’t concerned with that on Day 1B, however, they were just looking to get through with a decent stack. Some of the players that were eliminated on Day 1A, such as Cantu and Hall, came back for another taste on Day 1B and fared a bit better, making it to the end with a chip stack and a chair to move to Day 2. Others, such as WPT announcer Vince Van Patten, weren’t as fortunate, heading to the rail (for the record, Van Patten’s broadcast partner and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton also was knocked off).

When the smoke had cleared from the Day 1B fight, Hahn had amassed a humongous stack of chips good enough not only for the Day 1B lead but also a place at the top of the overall leaderboard.

1. Michael Hahn, 370,000
2. Chad Gilliam, 313,800
3. Drew Dumanski, 300,500
4. Kyle Bowker, 300,000
5. Jake Schindler, 273,400
6. Orlando Romero, 260,800
7. James Mackey, 199,700
8. Andre Crooks, 191,800
9. Jesse Yaginuma, 184,600
10. Darren Elias, 165,100

Putting the two Day Ones together show Hahn and Gilliam are in excellent shape to make deep runs in the event.

1. Michael Hahn, 370,000
2. Chad Gilliam, 313,800
3. Drew Dumanski, 300,500
4. Kyle Bowker, 300,000
5. Steve Gross, 299,500
6. Hiren Patel, 298,800
7. Jake Schindler, 273,400
8. Orlando Romero, 260,800
9. Marcos Exterkotter, 248,200
10. Bobby Oboodi, 232,000

Once again, the final numbers won’t be known for the WPT Choctaw until the first cards hit the air on Sunday’s Day 2 action. At that point, the late registration/reentry period will end and the final tallies will be made. First place for the WPT Choctaw could range in the $ 400-$ 500,000 range, meaning someone will be in store for a decent payday from a few days of work on the Oklahoma prairie.

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2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event: Largest Field in Grand Final History Comes Out for Two Day Ones, Albert Daher Leads

 2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event: Largest Field in Grand Final History Comes Out for Two Day Ones, Albert Daher Leads

The finale for its Season 12 schedule, the European Poker Tour’s Grand Final has exceeded expectations on the coast of the Mediterranean. After two Day Ones, the largest EPT Grand Final field of 1068 players had come to the tables in the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco (potentially with more to come), making the EPT bosses look brilliant in lowering the buy in for the tournament from its former traditional €10,000 to its price in 2016 of €5000.

Day 1A arose bright and sunny on Saturday with 286 players coming to the tables to stake their claim European poker’s biggest prize. The mixture of satellite winners was punctuated with the appearance of a significant tournament professional, but it was the showing of one of football’s best players that seemed to excite many in the tournament arena. Team PokerStars SportsStar Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to take his shot at poker superstardom, which was a bit odd because his Real Madrid team will be hosting Manchester City on Wednesday in a Champions League match – what would he do if he were to make a deep run in the Grand Final? That question won’t have to be answered, unfortunately; Ronaldo would lose a big hand off the bat and never get back over his starting stack, falling before the close of Level 1.

Ronaldo wasn’t the only big name among the crowd on Saturday. “Gentleman” John Gale, Fabian Quoss, Antoine Saout, Isaac Haxton, Sergey Lebedev, Justin Bonomo and former Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania were all on hand in the midst of Level 1, but former Grand Final victor Ivan Freitez, Huy Pham and Aleh Yurkin would join Ronaldo on the rail. By the end of the night, Roman Verenko had stacked up 198,000 in chips to assume the Day 1A chip lead, but such players as Jake Cody, Faraz Jaka, Mike Watson, a Patrik Antonius sighting and Gale all were among those to move on to Day 2 on Monday.

With such a large field for the Day 1A action, it was expected that Day 1B would be massive and the players didn’t disappoint. 487 players were on the counter for the call of “shuffle up and deal,” offering the potential for the 2016 EPT Grand Final to the biggest in the EPT’s history (Season 5’s 935 runners in the Grand Final was the previous record, although it has to be noted that the buy in then was €10,000). By the time dinner arrived, a total of 779 players had been added to the player roster and, at the end of the night, three more entries brought the overall total to 782 runners for Day 1B. There is a possibility that more players may still enter into the tournament – late registration is open until the start of action on Day 2 Monday – but the 1068 total players for the 2016 EPT Grand Final is the biggest turnout in history.

As the adage states, you can’t win a poker tournament on the first day, but you can certainly lose one. There were several players who demonstrated the truthfulness of that adage as they will not be returning on Monday for any more play in the Grand Final. Guillaume Darcourt, Lee Markholt, Andrey Zaichenko, Bruno Fitoussi, Luca Pagano, Yury Gulyy and James Akenhead won’t be back, but one elimination in particular caught the eye of many in the room.

Entering after the dinner break, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu played the very first hand he was dealt and picked up some chips from opponent Markku Koplimaa. On the very next hand, the duo would clash again on a K-5-9-7-J board and Negreanu called off his final chips after Koplimaa bet out Negreanu’s exact stack. ‘Kid Poker’s’ A-K looked nice, but it fell to Koplimaa’s 8-6 for the turned straight. In the span of two hands, the all-time winningest player in poker history was gone from the EPT Grand Final.

The room was abuzz with the man who marched to the top of the chip standings by the end of the night. Seemingly making no mistakes as he stormed through the day, Albert Daher was able to amass a 266,600 chip stack to take the overall chip lead. Complete stats for Day 1B aren’t available as of yet so a formal chip count isn’t available either, but it is thought that Daher, Sebastien Lebaron and Kulli Sidhu are the top three players at this point.

Day 2 will kick off on Monday afternoon with around 585 players still remaining in the tournament. The reduced buy-in will probably keep the first place prize down a bit, but the prestige of taking the EPT Grand Final will still be cherished by the player who achieves that goal. The champion will be crowned on Friday, concluding the Season 12 schedule for the EPT.

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2015 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event: Xin Wang Holds Lead after Two Day Ones in Inaugural Tournament

 2015 WPT Maryland Live! Main Event: Xin Wang Holds Lead after Two Day Ones in Inaugural Tournament

Not one to rest on their laurels, the World Poker Tour quickly swung back into action after the conclusion of the Borgata Poker Open. In fact, while David Paredes was wrapping up the championship of that event, the first of two Day Ones took place at the newest venue for the WPT, Maryland Live! in, of course, Hanover, MD.

There was a bit of trepidation on the part of WPT officials when Day 1A started on Friday. Although notable pros such as Brock Parker, Christian Harder, Allen Kessler and Darren Elias (who must have caught the train straight from his 17th place finish at the Borgata on Thursday), the numbers just weren’t rushing the doors of the Maryland Live! Casino. With one reentry for each day in this $ 3500 tournament until the close of Level 7 (after the dinner break), however, it was sure to draw in some players with cash to spare.

Harder got off to a nice start, cracking Aces on one of his first hands when he caught a flush, and Elias used Kings against an opponent’s Jacks to get above the 30K starting chip stack. Jake Schwartz and Anthony Zinno were seated at the same table and didn’t waste any time in knocking heads with each other. Esther Taylor-Brady would have a cooler of a hand, her pocket Jacks getting knocked off by pocket Kings after the chips went in pre-flop, but she coolly stepped to the cage, rebought, and came right back to the same seat at the same table.

By the time Day 1A came to a close, 108 entries had been registered for the tournament as Joel Micka sat atop the table for the day:

1. Joel Micka, 251,200
2. Amir Babakhani, 228,200
3. Corey Hochman, 194,200
4. Travis Greenawalt, 146,300
5. Kent Goulding, 144,900
6. Jake Schwartz, 130,600
7. Fred Goldberg, 126,500
8. Riley Fuller, 125,400
9. Anthony Zinno, 119,200

After the small numbers on Friday, WPT officials were glad to see the players flock to the tournament floor for Day 1B of the event on Saturday. 229 entries were received during the Saturday action and there were a few faces from Day 1A that made a reappearance. Harder, who couldn’t make it out of the Day 1A fracas, was joined by such new players as WPT Champions’ Cup holders Elias (also couldn’t get out of Day 1A), Cornel Cimpan and Andy Frankenberger. A couple of players came down from the festivities in New Jersey, Maurice Hawkins (fresh off his fourth place finish at the Borgata) and Dave Stefanski, as the tournament room bustled.

In the early going, one of the “local talents” was able to get the better of World Series of Poker bracelet winner Tyler Patterson. With the flop and turn showing A-K-10-A Patterson would three bet the action and, after his opponent called, an innocent five came up on the river. After getting checked to, Patterson fired again but this time was met with a check-raise that completely boggled Patterson’s mind. “You don’t have two Kings, do you?” Patterson queried his opponent as he reviewed the hand in his mind. After pondering the situation, Patterson released his A-9 (trip Aces) but would have to live with wondering whether his move was correct as his opponent mucked his cards and scooped the chips.

Following the dinner break, the official prize pool was announced. The top 36 players will walk away with a minimum of $ 7228, but the big prize would be the goal of all the players. That person will walk off with a $ 250,222 payday but perhaps more importantly a seat at the Season XIV WPT World Championship next spring at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

By the time Day 1B action had concluded, 86 players had made it through the minefield, meaning Sunday’s Day 2 field will feature 124 players left to vie for the championship. Xin Wang was able to fly under the radar for most of the day, something that he won’t be able to do on Sunday as the overall chip leader:

1. Xin Wang, 286,900
2. Paul Bereford, 239,300
3. Joseph Chasen, 228,600
4. Igor Borukhov, 205,100
5. Aaron Mermelstein, 170,800
6. Blake Napierala, 162,000
7. Andy Spears, 155,600
8. Tim Bishop, 150,200
9. Lee Childs, 150,000

Wang will lead an overall Top Ten that looks like this:

1. Xin Wang, 286,900
2. Joel Micka, 251,200
3. Paul Bereford, 239,300
4. Joseph Chasen, 228,600
5. Amir Babakhani, 228,200
6. Igor Borukhov, 205,100
7. Corey Hochman, 194,200
8. Aaron Mermelstein, 170,800
9. Blake Napierala, 162,000
10. Andy Spears, 155,600

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