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2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

 2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

Late Thursday evening, the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event reached its second milestone. After becoming the third-largest WSOP Championship Event of all time (the first milestone), the first players to take a bit of the more than $ 67 million prize pool (and get a new mark on their Hendon Mob poker resumes) have been determined with the popping of the money bubble.

That didn’t look like it would happen when Day 3 started Thursday morning. 2600 players were still in contention when the cards hit the air, leaving some wondering if they would be able to make it to the money during Thursday’s play. Leading the pack when they went off the line was Artan Dedusha, but that Day 2 overall lead and a $ 1.50 would get him a cup of coffee and not much more until the money was reached.

More than half of the field that came back on Thursday left the Rio tournament poker arena with nothing more than shattered dreams. Of those that didn’t even come close to the money bubble, former World Champion Greg Raymer was one of the surprises. Coming back from the dinner break with a healthy stack of chips around 300K and looking to drive deep in the Championship Event once again, Raymer would get gutted in back to back hands that led to his demise. First, Raymer’s pocket tens were clipped by a rivered set of sixes to take about 40% of his stack, then saw his pocket Kings get topped by an opponent’s pocket pair of nines that found a third on the flop.

Raymer had plenty of company to join him on the rail to watch the bubble pop. 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, two-time World Champion Johnny Chan, 1983 World Champion Tom McEvoy, Brandon Shack-Harris, Brian Rast, Mike Matusow, Adrian Mateos, Pierre Neuville, Kristin Bicknell, Juha Helppi, Doug Polk (who will have much more time for commentary on the WSOP broadcasts now), Loni Harwood and Rainer Kempe all would be sent off before the money was in sight. They also weren’t part of the decision that faced WSOP players and officials late in the night.

The original plan for the day was to play five levels (at two hours each) and quit around roughly midnight, but tournament officials decided that, with only 18 players left to the 1084 players who would earn a cash, that one more level on the night would be enough. The players adjusted to this change and, befitting of the decision, battled it out through the two hours of the extra level with several players benefitting from the extra time.

Dominik Nitsche made his statement in the extra level, knocking off Jesus Maceira Gonzales to move his stack up to 745K, while Tom Cannuli aided the field in eliminating another player when his pocket Queens stood over his opponent’s Big Slick on an eight-high board. As the end of the level approached, there were two more players to eliminate to get to the money and WSOP officials decided to go hand-for-hand.

Just before that hand-for-hand process began, there was a particularly interesting hand between, surprisingly, two pros. On a Q-3-2-7-9 board and facing a 63K bet from former “November Niner” Antoine Saout into a healthy pot, Scott Seiver heard the tournament director call for hand-for-hand play as he made his decision. More thought didn’t seem to help Seiver as he could never find the reason for a call as he chucked his cards to the muck. Saout showed some larceny in his soul as he showed Seiver a J-4 for complete air as the table moved on to hand-for-hand action.

The very first deal of hand-for-hand action brought Day 3 to a close. Two players, former WSOP Championship Event final tablist “Tex” Barch and Jason Funke, were able to double up through their hands and stay in the tournament, but two others didn’t. Davidi Kitai rivered an unnecessary full house to eliminate Quan Zhou short of the money and, simultaneously, Roger Campbell couldn’t get a fourth heart on the board for his A as Kenny Shilh’s Queen-high flush eliminated him from the tournament.

With those two eliminations, the final 1084 were determined as a wild celebration ensued (Zhou and Campbell played one hand for a seat to next year’s WSOP Championship Event – Zhou would win that). As everyone celebrated the fact that they had $ 15,000 in their pockets, these players were looking to take much more than the minimum cash:

1. Patrick Lavecchia, 1.552 million
2. Pawel Brzeski, 1.546 million
3. Antoine Saout, 1.529 million
4. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, 1.523 million
5. Derek Bowers, 1.376 million
6. Mickey Craft, 1.345 million
7. Edward Nassif, 1.345 million
8. Scott Blumstein, 1.34 million
9. Artan Dedusha, 1.288 million
10. Greg Dyer, 1.276 million

Bubbling under the Top Ten is one of last year’s “November Nine” combatants Kenny Hallaert (1.256 million, eleventh place), joined by such other notables as Kitai (1.116 million), Ben Lamb (1.016 million) and Andrey Pateychuk (1 million) over the million-chip mark. Sofia Lovgren (997K), Cannuli (990K), Nitsche (829K) and Jared Jaffee (811K) are all in good shape to make a long run.

Day 4 will begin at 11AM (Pacific Time) as the remaining players decide who gets what piece of the monstrous prize pool. While making it to this point is an achievement, all who are surviving – even Jeff Del Castilho, who sits with EXACTLY 2000 in chips to start the day – still have the dream of becoming poker’s next World Champion. That still is a long way away, however, as the 2017 World Series of Poker grinds onward.

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Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event Day 2: Patrick Eskandar Nears 2 Million

 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event Day 2: Patrick Eskandar Nears 2 Million

The remaining players are already in the money after Day 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) as just 38 still have chips and 150 of the original 847 runners were scheduled to cash. And as Earl Burton explained yesterday, those who participated had the added benefit of some sweet, sweet overlay; the tournament failed to reach the $ 5 million guarantee, so the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida made up the extra $ 756,000 in prize money.

Leading the final 38 is Patrick Eskandar with 1.913 million chips. Six other players have more than 1 million: Zo Karim (1.74 million), Andre Crooks (1.258 million), Tim Burt (1.226 million), Matt Affleck (1.112 million), Sam Ho (1.100 million), and Seth Davies (1.059 million). With a big blind of just 20,000, that is a pretty big spread from first to seventh.

Eskandar, who hails from Mississippi, is no stranger to the live tournament circuit, having won over half a million dollars in his career. He has nine World Series of Poker cashes and six World Poker Tour cashes. The vast majority of his cashes are small; about two thirds of his money total was from his first recorded live cash, a 20th place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, good for $ 317,161.

One of Eskandar’s most significant hands came late in the night with fewer than 45 players remaining. According to the SHRPO’s live updates, the community cards read A-T-T-4-2 and there were already a ton of chips in the middle. Eskandar checked, prompting Ankush Mandavia to move all-in for 502,000 chips. It took a while for Eskandar to ponder his move, but he finally made the call. Mandavia complemented him on his hand-reading skilled, flipping over Q-J for a busted gut-shot straight draw. Eskandar revealed A-7 for two pair, allowing him to grow his stack to 1.550 million chips at the time and sending Mandavia to the rail in 44th place.

As mentioned, there are 38 players remaining in the field. Everybody playing today (action has already gotten underway in Hollywood, Florida) is guaranteed at least a $ 22,500 payday. Most have their sights set higher, though, as the final table will be determined before the players’ heads hit their pillows tonight. The winner of the tournament will receive $ 1 million, while the top eight positions are all guaranteed at least $ 100,000.

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1.    Patrick Eskandar – 1,913,000
2.    Zo Karim – 1,740,000
3.    Andre Crooks – 1,258,000
4.    Tim Burt – 1,226,000
5.    Matt Affleck – 1,112,000
6.    Sam Ho – 1,100,000
7.    Seth Davies – 1,059,000
8.    Corey Hochman – 945,000
9.    Joe Serock – 876,000
10.    Theo Lawson – 846,000

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2016 EPT Dublin Main Event Day 3: Rapid Day of Action Brings Field to 16 Players, Patrick Clarke Leading

 2016 EPT Dublin Main Event Day 3: Rapid Day of Action Brings Field to 16 Players, Patrick Clarke Leading

It might have been thought that Day 3 of the European Poker Tour stop in Dublin, Ireland would have been a leisurely walk in the park on Thursday. If a player thought that, they wouldn’t have been prepared for the level of carnage that saw the 45 remaining players cut down to only 16 in four and a half hours. Just so that it was a round six hours of play for the day, another 90-minute level was played, but no one else departed the battlefield as Ireland’s Patrick Clarke assumed the throne of chip leader for Day 3.

The 45 players who came to the felt at the Royal Dublin Society on Thursday gave no indication of the rapidity of play that was about to occur. Great Britain’s Alex Goulder was atop the ladder at the start of the action as the only player over a million chips (1.02 million), but Frank Williams (881K) and Christopher Kruk (812K) were in pursuit. Day 1A chip leader Gilles Bernies continued his good run in the Emerald Isles, sitting in the Top Five, while Adrian Mateos, Rhys Jones, James Akenhead and Luca Pagano were arranged behind Goulder. Mateos would get off to a good start as, within the first couple of hands of action, he busted Adrien Allain in 45th to crack the 700K mark and get the day off to its rocket start.

From that point onward, it was easier to keep track of the players as they streamed past the cage than it was to keep track of who was still in the tournament. PokerStars Team Online Pro Jaime Staples, Nikolaus Teichert, Nick Petrangelo, Artem Litvinov, Pierre Neuville and Akenhead were all gone within an hour after Allain’s departure. Clarke would ignite the engines on his game by taking down Dominik Panka and, after the tables were redrawn with 24 players remaining, sniffed out a bluff from Williams to catapult up to the 1.25 million mark.

By the time the final 16 men had been determined – what was supposed to be the end of play for the day – Clarke was sitting in fourth place as Bernies, Kruk and Ivan Banic sat in front of him. EPT officials, with plenty of day left in front of them, decided to end the level they were currently on (which had 20 minutes left) and play another level before calling it a day. It was during this time frame that Clarke would seize the day and the chip lead.

The first step for Clarke came after Kruk raised the pot from early position and Banic called off the hijack. Clarke, sensing an opportunity, put the squeeze on with a three bet from the small blind and, after the big blind and Kruk tossed their cards to the muck, Banic made the call. An 8-K-3 flop brought two checks, but a second eight on the turn saw Clarke fire out for 190K. Banic called to see a four come on the river and, after Clarke fired a third bullet, a stubborn Banic called again. When Clarke turned up a 9-8 for turned trips, Banic slid his cards to the muck and Clarke saw his chip stack rocket over the two million mark.

The day wasn’t done for Clarke, however. On the last hand of the day, Clarke popped the play up to 50K and Kruk looked him up from the big blind. On an A♣ K♣ 9♠ flop, Kruk check-called another bet out of Clarke before both players checked the 9♥ on the turn. When the 8♣ came on the river, Clarke slid out a river bet of 425K and, after puzzling over the question facing him, Kruk made the call. After Clarke showed a Q♣ 5♣ for what would be the nut flush, Kruk could only shake his head and send his cards to the muck as Clarke’s stack neared the three million mark:

1. Patrick Clarke, 2.95 million
2. Gilles Bernies, 2.801 million
3. Iliodoros Kamatakis, 1.446 million
4. Dzmitry Urbanovich, 1.407 million
5. Kuljinder Sidhu, 1.26 million
6. Alexandre Meylan, 1.206 million
7. Rhys Jones, 1.095 million
8. Ivan Banic, 1.062 million
9. Alex Goulder, 1.012 million
10. Tomas MacNamara, 812,000
11. Mikhail Petrov, 663,000
12. Adrian Mateos, 651,000
13. Matias Ruzzi, 587,000
14. Christopher Kruk, 450,000
15. Jiachen Gong, 448,000
16. Frank Williams, 275,000

The champion of the EPT Dublin will come out of these 16 men, but they have to play down to the final eight to be eligible for the title. Friday’s action will determine those eight players, with Saturday’s action crowning the champion. That fortunate individual will take home a nice payday of €561,900 and the most recent championship of the European Poker Tour.

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2015 November Nine Profile – Patrick Chan

 2015 November Nine Profile – Patrick Chan


Name:  Patrick Chan
Age:  26
Hometown:  Brooklyn, NY

A young up and coming player who calls Brooklyn, NY, home, Patrick Chan is the epitome of someone who has paid his dues by playing his way through smaller events to find himself now sitting on the precipice of fame at the World Series of Poker Championship Event. The five years of play on the East Coast have given Chan the experience to earn the eighth place seat at the 2015 “November Nine” with 6.225 million in chips.

Chan’s first cash dates back only five years ago when he finished in 24th place at a $ 500 No Limit Hold’em at a WSOP-C event in Atlantic City that barely returned him double his buy-in. He would continuously work on his game throughout the smaller tournaments in Atlantic City with the occasional foray to Las Vegas, where he earned his then largest cash in 2011 at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza. Fast forward another year and Chan earned his first ever WSOP cash in one of the $ 1000 NLHE events on the schedule.

Since that time, Chan’s career has skyrocketed as the events have become bigger. In November 2012, Chan earned third place in a $ 2500 preliminary event on the Borgata Fall Poker Open schedule to pick up his largest cash to date, $ 131,895. Once month later, he would make the final table of the DeepStacks Poker Tour stop at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and has gone on to add a deep cash in the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open and four more cashes in the WSOP, including this year’s “Colossus.” His total career earnings in tournament poker are $ 524,263, which he has already doubled by collecting his ninth place payday in the 2015 WSOP Championship Event and can increase the further he drives in the tournament.


Day 1(C):  81,900
Day 2(B):  66,800
Day 3:  300,500
Day 4:  844,000
Day 5:  2.105 million
Day 6:  7.4 million


Chan was in danger of exiting the tournament on Day 7 when he went to battle against Belgium’s Pierre Neuville late in the evening. After Neuville three-bet the action, Chan would push all-in for over six million chips and Neuville was more than happy to look him up. Chan’s A♥ Q♥ was in a race against Neuville’s pocket Jacks, with Chan catching lightning in a bottle on the 10♥ 4♥ 3♥ flop to storm ahead. Poker is a cruel mistress, however, as Neuville caught a Jack on the turn to give him a set and outs to besting Chan’s nut flush. With Neuville now looking for the case Jack or any ten, four or three, the river Queen kept Chan in front and gave him a stack of over 13 million chips.

Chan would ride that stack, not making any more noise, until the “November Nine” were determined. He will probably have to make some moves early if he is to drive any deeper in the tournament, however.

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