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2017 WPT Montreal Main Event: Robert Rose Leads After Starting Flights

 2017 WPT Montreal Main Event: Robert Rose Leads After Starting Flights

The weekend saw the start of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Main Event at the Playground Poker Club, a CAD $ 3,850 tourney with a guaranteed prize pool of CAD $ 2 million. Tournament organizers are hoping to match the excitement of last year’s WPT Montreal, which saw Poker Hall of Famer and legendary WPT announcer Mike Sexton finally win his first World Poker Tour title. Sexton is back this year – no longer behind the mic – and made it through Day 1C after busting at the tail end of Day 1B. The chip leader of Day 1C and the overall leader of the event going into Monday’s action is Robert Rose with 300,600 chips.

As is evident by the opening paragraph, this is a re-entry event, though re-entries were not restricted to only those who lost all of their chips. Even those who finished a starting flight with chips could re-enter in a subsequent flight if they weren’t satisfied with their ending stack. Once registration closed for Day 1C, though, that was it; there was no re-entry prior to Day 2 (nor could multiple entries be made for a single starting flight).

A total of 606 entries were paid for the WPT Montreal Main Event, with Day 1C, as expected being the largest, accounting for just more than half the total buy-ins. The prize pool just beat the guarantee, coming in at CAD $ 2.057 million. 76 players will make the money, with the winner making CAD $ 403,570.

Rose solidified his hold on the top spot just as Day 1C was about to end when Chrishan Sivasundaram moved all-in over the top of his pre-flop raise for 25,500 chips. Rose called with two red Nines, up against the K-Q of Sivasundaram. Nothing above an Eight landed on the board and Sivasundaram was eliminated while Rose took his stack to nearly 300,000, adding a bit more in the final few hands.

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1. Conray Watson – 229,000
2. Marc-Olivier Tanguay – 215,000
3. Darren Keyes – 208,300
4. Fabrice Pastor – 201,000
5. Andrew Dick – 161,400
6. Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 136,000
7. Joe Tehan – 126,100
8. Yannick Gauthier – 123,800
9. Joe Godbout – 111,700
10. Christian Harder – 110,000

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Noeung Troeung – 280,900
2. Brian Altman – 239,700
3. Asher Conniff – 210,800
4. Yu Gao – 183,600
5. Tony Dunst – 155,600
6. Scott Plummer – 155,100
7. Shane Currey – 152,800
8. Mike Leah – 146,300
9. Danny Boyaci – 143,000
10. Duff Charette – 123,300

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1. Robert Rose – 300,600
2. Michael Mizrachi – 246,900
3. Grigoriy Shvarts – 216,200
4. Ari Engel – 196,600
5. Brady Hinnegan – 178,200
6. Shaan Siddiqui – 174,900
7. Jonathan Marrie – 174,100
8. Matthew Sherman – 166,200
9. Maxime Heroux – 165,900
10. Graham Ivany – 160,000

2017 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – Overall Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Robert Rose – 300,600
2. Noeung Troeung – 280,900
3. Michael Mizrachi – 246,900
4. Brian Altman – 239,700
5. Conray Watson – 229,000
6. Grigoriy Shvarts – 216,200
7. Marc-Olivier Tanguay – 215,000
8. Asher Conniff – 210,800
9. Darren Keyes – 208,300
10. Fabrice Pastor – 201,000


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2017 WSOP Europe Day 1: Markus Dürnegger Leads After Starting Flights

 2017 WSOP Europe Day 1: Markus Dürnegger Leads After Starting Flights

Both starting flights of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe are in the books. While the later starting flights generally dwarf the earlier ones, the two flights of this tourney were fairly even; Day 1B was still larger, but it was not an overwhelming difference. A total of 490 players have signed up for the event, but the official prize pool will not be determined until Monday, as registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Unlike the traditional WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, this event is also a re-entry tournament, so players who busted on Day 1A or Day 1B can register again before Day 2 begins.

Austria’s Markus Dürnegger emerged as the overall chip leader, amassing 246,200 chips during Day 1A. According to, he has about $ 1.2 million in live tournament earnings. The vast majority of that figure came this summer, when he finished second in the €10,300 No Limit Hold’em PokerStars Championship High Roller event, good for $ 860,570.

Also of note near the top of the leader board is Henry Tran, who was the chip leader of Day 1B with 224,700 chips, 2015 WSOP Main Event seventh place finisher Pierre Neuville (239,000 chips), Mustapha Kanit (177,100), 2009 WSOP Main Event third place finisher AND 2017 fifth place finisher Antoine Saout (144,400), and 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess (150,400).

This is the tenth WSOP Europe Main Event. Annette Obrestad famously won the first WSOP Europe Main Event back in 2007, becoming the youngest player in history to win a WSOP bracelet, just a day shy of her 19th birthday. She would not even be able to play the traditional World Series of Poker for another few years, as the legal gambling age in Nevada is 21.

There was no WSOP Europe last year and there will not be one next year, as in November 2013, it was decided that the WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia Pacific (APAC) would be held in alternating years, likely because having major World Series of Poker festivals in Las Vegas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region (read: Australia) risked spreading players and their bankrolls too thin.

This year’s WSOP Europe is being held for the first time at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Somehow, this village of fewer than 1,000 people in the extreme western part of the country on the German border has the casino with the largest poker room in Europe, with 160 tables.

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1. Markus Dürnegger – 246,200
2. Pierre Neuville – 239,000
3. Laszlo Bujtas – 216,500
4. Asi Moshe – 203,600
5. Gilbert Diaz – 188,900
6. Razvan-Andrei Dumea – 170,700
7. Piotr Franczak – 169,800
8. Dejan Pustoslemšek – 162,100
9. Markus Ross – 157,400
10. Jan-Peter Jachtmann – 154,100

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Henry Tran – 224,700
2. Josip Simunic – 189,100
3. Marc MacDonnell – 182,500
4. Parker Talbot – 179,500
5. Mustapha Kanit – 177,100
6. Norbert Madaras – 155,800
7. Hans Thumann – 150,500
8. Dominik Panka – 149,600
9. Farid Yachou – 146,700
10. Diego Ventura – 145,200

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Markus Dürnegger – 246,200
2. Pierre Neuville – 239,000
3. Henry Tran – 224,700
4. Laszlo Bujtas – 216,500
5. Asi Moshe – 203,600
6. Josip Simunic – 189,100
7. Gilbert Diaz – 188,900
8. Marc MacDonnell – 182,500
9. Parker Talbot – 179,500
10. Mustapha Kanit – 177,100

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Underway with High Rollers Tournament Starting

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Underway with High Rollers Tournament Starting

After mixed results from their two previous stops in the Bahamas and Panama, the PokerStars Championship has churned on to one of the wealthiest places on Earth (the net worth of an average household in the city? $ 437,031), Monte Carlo, and the Monte Carlo Casino. The €100,000 Super High Roller tournament started on Thursday while a €10,000 tournament with a surprisingly low number of players wrapped up.

That €10,000 tournament was a bit of a surprise. Only 110 players made an appearance in the tournament, but the price tag of the event ensured they would be playing for a million-dollar prize pool (€1,067,000, to be exact). After battling through a field that included former World Champion Ryan Riess (who started the day as the chip leader), Luc Greenwood, Steve O’Dwyer, and Koray Aldemir, Ole Schemion was able to defeat Murad Akhundov to win the championship. While Schemion picked up a nice €274,750 score, the lack of numbers in the tournament might have been of concern to the PokerStars brass.

Those fears were somewhat allayed by the €100,000 Super High Roller. 47 players have come out for the tournament – and nine of them have re-entered the event – to put themselves in a €200,000 hole to start the PSC Monte Carlo. One of those who rebought in the tournament was Daniel Negreanu, who at least made the most of it by finishing the day in second place. Negreanu, who isn’t afraid to put some rebuys into a tournament, didn’t have to go beyond his second bullet after doubling through Dan Smith and chopping some more chips off Christoph Vogelsang to reach his apex for Day One.

PokerStars once again is welcoming actor/comedian Kevin Hart into the fray in Monte Carlo. Hart was a surprise appearance in the Bahamas back in January but didn’t show up in Panama for any of the tournament schedule in Central America. While Hart didn’t perform very well in the Bahamas, he will be around for a second day in Monte Carlo. On his second bullet like Negreanu, Hart would be the beneficiary of pocket Aces twice to keep his stack healthy. He also secured a seat to start Day Two on Friday, but not as a member of the Top Ten.

Leading the way for those that have VERY deep pockets is Daniel Dvoress, who more than tripled his starting stack to claim the lead dog honors in the Super High Roller:

1. Daniel Dvoress, 907,000
2. Daniel Negreanu, 864,000
3. Viacheslav Buldygin, 827,000
4. Ali Reza Fatehi, 770,000
5. Steve O’Dwyer, 676,000
6. Steffen Sontheimer, 661,000
7. David Peters, 591,000
8. Igor Kurganov, 516,000
9. Stefan Schillhabel, 505,000
10. Charlie Carrel, 443,000

The remainder of the 38 players in the tournament at this mark brings you the usual suspects that you’ve seen in Super High Roller tournaments. Dan Colman just missed making the Top Ten (432,000, eleventh place) and Hart, as previously stated, is in the mix (396,000, thirteenth). Bryn Kenney (429,000, twelfth), Fedor Holz (366,000, fourteenth) and Sam Greenwood (364,000, fifteenth) are all within shooting distance of the Top Ten, while Mustapha Kanit (104,000) and Stephen Chidwick (117,000) are a couple of players who have their work cut out for them.

The Super High Roller players aren’t sure yet what they are playing for as late entry and reentry for the tournament will be open until the cards fly on Friday at 12:30PM (Monte Carlo time, 6:30AM East Coast time). On Saturday, the €5000 Main Event will begin, facing a tough task in trying to improve on the Bahamas while not falling below what Panama did. Wrapping up the weekend will be the start of the €50,000 Single Day High Roller, which will draw the “big money” out once again. Finally, the €25,000 High Roller begins on Wednesday (May 3) and will conclude with the final table of the Main Event on May 6.

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2017 Aussie Millions Day 1C: Tony Mladenovski Leads Final Starting Flight

 2017 Aussie Millions Day 1C: Tony Mladenovski Leads Final Starting Flight

The last of the three starting flights of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event was completed early Wednesday morning at Crown Casino Melbourne. With another 322 players taking to the felts, the three-day total is now up to 718 registrants. It does not look like the 2008 record of 780 players, but with registration open through the first level of Day 2, it is entirely possible that last year’s mark of 732 players could be eclipsed.

Tony Mladenovski came out of Day 1C as that flight’s chip leader, ending with 187,400 chips. That is still a ways off from Day 1B leader, Mustapha Kanit, who will enter Day 2 with a tournament-leading 215,000 chips. Mladenovski, a Melbourne local, has almost no live tournament cashes of which to speak. According to his profile on, he has just three cashes in regularly schedule tourneys at the Crown Casino in both Melbourne and Perth for a total of barely over $ 3,000. Should he maintain a position in the Aussie Millions anywhere in the vicinity of where he is now, he will get to celebrate by far the largest live tournament score of his life.

As we all know, in poker sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Now, that is not at all to say that another local, Joel Douaglin, isn’t a fine poker player – he did place third in this very tournament two years ago – but it always feels good to have the cards fall your way.

During Level 4, Douaglin and his opponent each got all their chips into the middle in a pre-flop raising war and boy was it terrible timing for his opponent, who had a very nice hand, pocket Jacks. Not that one would typically want to be shoving with that early in a tourney, but still, it’s a good hand. Douaglin had pocket Aces, though, and just as he liked it, the board provided no drama, allowing him to eliminate the other player and grow his own stack to about 67,000 chips.

In the next level, Douaglin found himself in a similar situation. Pocket Aces and a willing raiser pre-flop. When all the chips were in, his opponent had to be feeling terribly about the cooler with which he was just smacked, as he revealed that he had pocket Kings. I don’t even know how one is supposed to feel about that. Do you shrug it off, since there wasn’t much you could do to avoid ending up all-in against Aces, or do you curse the poker gods until you are blue in the face for setting you up in such a sadistic way? At any rate, the board once again was uninteresting and Douaglin’s Aces held up. At that point, he jumped into the chip lead with 142,300 chips. As we have discussed, he is no longer the leader, but his (unofficial) 110,900 chips put him near the top of the list heading into Day 2.

Speaking of Day 2, it will begin at 12:30pm local time Wednesday. About 372 players made it through from the starting flights and, as mentioned, some more may join before the end of the first level.

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2016 WPT Montreal Day 1: Eric Afriat Leads Three Starting Flights

 2016 WPT Montreal Day 1: Eric Afriat Leads Three Starting Flights

Before last week’s U.S. Presidential Election, there were some people in the States who said they would move to Canada if Donald Trump won. From the sounds of it, it seems that Trump himself kind of wants to run away, too, now that he realizes what the job entails. If some of those people who entertained thoughts of emigration were poker players, they have their chance to cross the border and stay this week, as the latest World Poker Tour Main Event, WPT Montreal, is well underway.

WPT Montreal had three Day 1 flights, starting on Friday. As expected, the flights sizes got progressively larger, with the total field finally topping out at 648 entries. Going into Monday’s Day 2, 274 players remain with Eric Afriat as the chip leader, holding 214,500 chips.

The buy-in for the Main Event was CAD $ 3,500 + 350   The winner will receive $ 317,896 and the top 81 players will make the money, the min-cash being $ 4,552. The prize pool is CAD $ 2,199,960, easily beating the $ 2,000,000 guarantee.

Perhaps interestingly, Afriat came out of Day 1A, smallest of the starting flights. Because there are more chips in play in larger flights, the early chip leaders often come from those flights, so Afriat bucked a trend. Afriat hails from Quebec and is currently 49th on the all-time Canadian live tournament money list with over $ 1.7 million in earnings, according to He is no stranger to life atop the World Poker tour leaderboard, as more than half of his winnings (about $ 1.1 million) came from a victory in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown championship event in 2014.

Day 2 is already underway at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. The plan is to play nine one-hour levels before calling it a night.

2016 WPT Montreal – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1.    Eric Afriat – 214,500
2.    Thomas Boivin – 175,800
3.    Richard Mask – 174,100
4.    Daniel Le – 167,300
5.    Francois Gobeil – 157,600
6.    David Paredes – 151,000
7.    Scott Montgomery – 149,000
8.    Jeff Gross – 119,700
9.    Andy Hwang – 106,700
10.    Esther Taylor-Brady – 106,000

2016 WPT Montreal – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1.    David Quang – 196,100
2.    Mike Dentale – 187,300
3.    Manig Loeser – 182,700
4.    Senthuran Vijayaratnam – 182,100
5.    Matt Salsberg – 174,400
6.    Samuel Gagnon – 160,000
7.    Adam Shannon – 160,000
8.    Quy Dao – 148,900
9.    Gennadiy Kostrov – 146,400
10.    Ryan Rivers – 137,500
2016 WPT Montreal – Day 1C Chip Leaders

1.    Daniel Maor – 179,700
2.    Ivan Fazal Karim – 163,100
3.    Matthew McDonough – 162,000
4.    Shyam Srinivasan – 161,000
5.    Dakota Vandine – 158,500
6.    Jean-Philippe Binet – 158,300
7.    Simon Charette – 157,300
8.    Chris McClung – 156,900
9.    Garrett Greer – 147,200
10.    Brian Hastings – 141,700
2016 WPT Montreal – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1.    Eric Afriat – 214,500
2.    David Quang – 196,100
3.    Mike Dentale – 187,300
4.    Manig Loeser – 182,700
5.    Senthuran Vijayaratnam – 182,100
6.    Daniel Maor – 179,700
7.    Thomas Boivin – 175,800
8.    Matt Salsberg – 174,400
9.    Richard Mask – 174,100
10.    Daniel Le – 167,300

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