After four days of action in Hollywood, Florida, the $3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown played down from 1,360 to a final table. James Carroll leads the final six and Maria Ho is not far behind as second overall in chips. The WPT SHRPO final table will be delayed for six-plus weeks and played out on May 30 at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas. First place pays out $715K.
Patrik Antonius, the greatest to player to hail from Finland, took down the PAPC €10,000 Championship Event, which happened to be named the Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge (PAPC). The Olympic Park Casino in Tallin, Estonia hosted the event, which attracted 20 runners. Antonius outlasted them all to win €78,100 or approximately $88K USD. Antonus picked off Joni Jouhkimainen heads up for the title.
Asher Conniff outlasted a field of 607 runners at the $1,700 buy-in WSOP Circuit Main Event at Bally's Casino in Las Vegas. Conniff's came into the final table with the chip lead and he fended off all challengers. The final table also included Justin Young, Joshua Suyat, Stan Webb, William Wolf, James Fricker, Simon Deadman, and Dan Park. Conniff knocked out Hawaii's Josh Suyat for the title and circuit ring. Conniff banked $193,147 for the victory.
Martin Kabhrel won the 2019 WSOP International Circuit Rozvadov Main Event at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Kabhrel faded a field of 650 runners to win his fifth overall WSOP Circuit ring. He banked €190,000 for first place. Kabhrel loves playing at the King's Casino. He also won bracelets at the last two WSOP Europe events in RozVegas.
Uri Gilboa made history. The Israeli became the first player from his country to win a title on the European Poker Tour. Gilboa faded a field of 758 runners to win the EPT Sochi Main Event in Sochi, Russia. First place paid out 27,475,000 Rubles, or approximately $420,000 USD. Israel finished first and second place in Sochi. Zakhar Babaev took down second for nearly $250K USD.
The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America played down to a champion at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bruno Volkmann headed into the final table with the chip lead. The other finalists also included Matas Cimbolas, Sam Gagnon, Ciao Hey, Martin Mathis, and Vlada Stojanovic. The final three made a deal and Martin Mathis emerged as the champion after defeating Bruno Volkmann in a lengthy heads-up battle. Mathis banked R$3,494,800 for his victory, or approximately $900K.
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs came into the final table of the 2019 WPT Barcelona with the chip lead and he held off the other five at the final table to take down the latest stop on the World Poker Tour. Zavorotnijs faded a field of 1,227 runners to win €600,000 or $678K USD. His final table also included Eric Sfez, Niko Koop, Boris Kolev, Jerry Odeen, and Alain Zeidan.
Vinicius Lima went from the short stack to the champion at the 2019 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Lima won $728,430 at the HyperX Sports eSports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. The event began in Atlantic City at the end of January and was action paused six weeks to play the finale out in Las Vegas. Lima faded a field of 1,415 for his first WPT win.
Frank Stepuchin faded a field of 253 runners to win the WPT Gardens. The final table played out at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas. The final six included Shannon Shorr, Steve Sung, Breant Roberts, Ray Qartomy, and Jonathan Abdellatif. Stepuchin defeated Shorr heads up for the title and $548,825. Meanwhile, at the WPT Rolling Thunder just outside Sacramento, California, Erkut Yilmaz won his second-career title on the WPT for a score worth $303,920. He outlasted a tough final table and beat Jim Collopy heads-up for the win.
The World Poker Tour is experimenting with delayed final tables in Las Vegas this year. The first of them, hosted at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor, included the final six of the WPT LA Poker Classic. Old David Baker outlasted a final table that included Darren Elias, Matas Cimbolas, Jean-Claude Moussa, John Smith, and Steve Yea. Baker banked a little over $1 million for his victory.
The 2019 Triton High Roller Series in Jeju, South Korea concluded with its Main Event Championship. The 2 million HKD buy-in event (approximately $255K USD) attracted 48 total entries, including 16 re-entries. The stacked final table included Aussie Millions winner Bryn Kenney, Timothy Adams, Ike Haxton, David Peters, Petter Jetten, and Dan Smith. Canadian pro Tim Adams and Bryn Kenney chop it heads up, with Adams banking $3.54 million for first and Kenney taking down a little over $3 million for second place.
Jason Koon won another high-baller affair at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju South Korea. The American pro faded a field of 81 hopefuls in the Event #5 HKD 1,000,000 Short Deck. He won HKD 22.3 million, which is approximately $2.9 million USD. His final table included Paul Puha, John Juanda, Jun Wang, Rochard Yong, Devan Tang, Wai Yong, Furkat Rakhimov, and Gabe Patgorski. Koon picked off Puha heads-up for the victory.
The 2019 WPT LA Poker Classic Main Event played down to its final table of six players, but the finale will not resume until Monday, March 11, 2019 in Las Vegas. Some final tables for this season of the WPT will be played down at the HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. With six remaining, Darren Elias is the big stack. He's already won a record four WPT titles and he's close to earning his fifth crown since 2014. First place pays out a little more than $1 million plus a seat in the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Also at the final table are David 'ODB" Baker, Matas Cimbolas, Jean-Claude Moussa, Steve Yea, and John Smith.
The 2019 Triton Poker Series in Jeju, Korea is almost half-done. Three events are in the books. Justin Bonomo won the opening event or 250K HKD Short Deck Event for a HKD 4.6 million (or $586K USD). Hong Kong's Devan Tang won HKD 9.7 million (or $1.24 USD) for taking down Event #2 HKD 500K Short Deck. Malaysian Michael Soyza binked Event #3 HKD 500K 6-Max for a heady HKD 11.15 million (or $1.420M USD).
Demo Kiriopoulous outlasted 602 runners to win the 2019 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Canada. He banked approximately $383K US dollars or $517,424 in Canadian Dollars. His final table included Andrew Pantling and Jake Schwartz.
David Peters saved his best performance for last. Peters won the final event on the 2019 USPO schedule. Peters faded a field of 33 runners to win Event #10 $100,000 NL. He defeated a final table that included Chris Hunichen, Keith Tilston, Martin Zamani, and Ryan Riess. The win propelled Peters to the top of the USPO leaderboard, where he edged out Sean Winter and Stephen Chidwick, who had won two titles again this year. Peters won $1.32 million for the Main Event to become the overall 2019 US Poker Open Champion.
Brynn Kenney kicked off 2019 with a victory down under. Kenney shipped the Aussie Millions Main Event two weeks earlier. And now he has a USPO title under his belt. Kenney banked $450,000 for fading 60 runners in USPO Event #7 $25,000 NL. His final table included Ben Yu, Jake Schindler, Nick Petrangelo, Nick Schulman, and Keith Tilston.
Stephen Chidwick loves playing at the US Poker Open. It must be something in the water at the Aria Casino. Chidwick won his second event of the 2019 USPO when he took down Event #6 $25K PLO for a score worth $351,000. He won the opening event of the USPO as well. He's banked over $705K through six events. Chidwick defeated Cary Katz heads-up for the victory.
Sean Winter is the hottest player at the US Poker Open right now. He made four final tables in a row and took down Event #4 $10K Short Deck for a $151,200 score. Winter also was a runner-up in Event #1. He's banked nearly $420K in less than a week at the USPO.
Lauren Roberts outlasted a field of 91 runners to win Event #3 $10,000 NL at the 2019 US Poker Open at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Roberts outlasted a tough final table to win $218,400. Sean Winter made his third-straight final table, but he busted in fifth place. Stevie Chidwick made another final table, but he took third place.
Stephen Chidwick leads all British players in all-time money for a reason. The poker savant added $216,000 more to his tournament earnings after he won USPO Event #1 $10,000 NL at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Chidwick won his third overall USPO title by outlasting 90 runners in the opening event of the 2019 US Poker Open.
The World Series of Poker Europe returns in 2019 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. For a third year in a row, the WSOP-E returns to RozVegas. The 2019 WSOPE will featured ten bracelet events starting October 15 and running through November 4. Last November, British pro Jack Sinclair took down the WSOP-E Main Event for a €1.1 million score.
A trio of Aussies made the final table at the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event, but it were two Americans pros who would walk away with the majority of the cash. American Bryn Kenney took down the largest Aussie Millions in history for a score worth $1.27 million (AUD), or approximately $923K USD. There was a three-way money deal with American Mike Del Vecchio and Australia's Andrew Hinrichsen. All three banked at least $1 million AUD.
The 2019 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open started with 1,415 runners at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and they are down to six players. The final six will play down to a champion on March 12 at a special eSports arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. Dave Farah is the big stack with six remaining. Also alive are Brandon Hall, Daniel Buzgon, Joseph Di Rosa Rojas, Ian O'Hara, and Vinicius Lima. First place pays out $728,430 and a seat into the Tournament of Champions at the Aria.
PokerStars announced specifics for two stops on the upcoming Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) with the circuit coming to the Philippines and South Korea. The APPT Korea kicks off on April 5 with a Main Event starting on April 11. The APPT Manila will kick off at the end of the July and running the first week of August at the swanky new Okada Manila.
The 2019 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas is currently at 74 events and counting. The final schedule has yet to be released, but the WSOP announced a couple of additions including a special Bracelet Winners Only. There will also be larger starting stacks and Big Blind Ante format for any ante events.
Phil Hellmuth defeated six players in heads-up matches to win the Borgata Winter Poker Open heads-up title in Atlantic City, NJ. Hellmuth outlasted 64 players in Event #16 $1,590 NL Heads-Up to win $37,248. Olivier Busquet went deep but he finished in fourth place. Hellmuth is closing in on $23 million in career earnings.
The 2019 PCA Main Event Championship is in the books and American pro Chino Rheem survived a field of 865 runners to win $1.5 million. Rheem came into the final table with the lead and knocked out all five opponents en route to a quick and efficient victory in the Bahamas. Rheem picked off Daniel Strelitz heads-up for the trophy. Rheem has officially passed $10 million in career earnings.