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Dmitry Stelmak Leads EPT San Remo with Three Tables to Go
With 27 players to go, Dmitry Stelmak is the chip leader at the European Poker Tour’s San Remo stop. The remaining players are all vying for the top prize of € 1,250,000. If Stelmak is able to take his current chip lead and parlay that into a victory it would be far and away his biggest payday. His previous high came in July of 2009 when he won $104,095 for his 2nd place finish in the $3,000 event at Bellagio Cup V.
Winning won’t be easy for Stelmak, as there are a lot of experienced players not far behind him. In second place is Allan Baekke, who is seemingly near the top of the Leaderboard in every tournament he has played in as of late. Also in fourth and sixth places respectively are PokerStars pros Jakob Karlsson and Jens Thorson.
The tournament is playing down to 24 players on Monday and will play down to eight on Tuesday, with the final table to be filmed for television on Wednesday.
Shawn Buchanan Takes Early Lead at World Poker Tour Championships
The $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio kicked off Sunday, with Shawn Buchanan taking a big early lead. Starting with 100,000 chips, Buchanan was able to grow his total to 388,600. Last year’s champion, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, also had a stellar day one, finishing fourth in chips with 277,235. Additionally the 2008 champion David Chiu and the 2007 champion Carlos Mortensen are still in with better than average stacks. Big names rounding out the top ten include Phil Ivey (8th), Toddy Terry (9th) and Christian Harder (10th).
Organizers of the WPT Championship are being liberal with their registration, allowing players to sign-up through Day 2. This is mainly because of the volcano that erupted in Iceland causing most flights out of Europe to be grounded. Therefore, official payouts won’t be announced until the end of Day 2.
2010 Women in Poker Hall of Fame Nominations are Open
Voting to determine the nominees of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame is now taking place through April 30th. This is the first year that the public has been invited to choose nominees. After the nominees are decided, the official ballot will be released the second week of May. From there official voting will begin, with the winners to be announced during a ceremony at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas on September 3rd.
In addition to the induction ceremony, there will also be a silent auction with all the proceeds going to the charity Poker Gives.
Last year’s Inductees into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame included June Field, Jan Fisher, and Cyndy Violette. Voting for this year’s ceremony can be done here.
Brunson and “The Mouth” Clash on GSN’s “High Stakes Poker”
On a relatively tame night on Game Show Network’s “High Stakes Poker,” Doyle Brunson and Mike Matusow collided in what was easily the biggest hand of the night. In last week’s episode of “High Stakes Poker” Matusow managed to go the entire hour without playing a single hand. This week was different, as he called raises, and even made some raises with speculative hands, at best. However, in what amounted to the big pot of the night, Matusow woke up with an easy pushing hand, a pair of kings, when three straddle bets, and an all-in by Doyle Brunson had acted before him. Brunson had pushed his entire stack of $152,600 holding while Matusow re-pushed with his kings. Everyone else got out of the way. Luckily, Matusow agreed to run it twice, as the first board gave Brunson a runner-runner flush. Matusow was able to avoid an inside straight draw to win the second hand, to split the pot. Matusow, naturally, couldn’t get past that hand without a comment, saying, “What a dream situation. Four raises and an all-in ship [by Brunson] with what I know can’t be aces.”
Late in the episode Phil Ivey left the game and was replaced by Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond. Galfond has the honor of being the only player in the world that Tom Dwan said he wouldn’t play in the “Durrrr Challenge,” as he believes this one to be too much of a challenge. While Dwan was at the table with him on this night, it would be Elezra he tangled with almost immediately upon sitting down. After Grospellier (pocket 8’s) and “The Mouth” (Q-J suited) got out of the way, Galfond found his Q-7 of diamonds up against the A-10 offsuit of Elezra. The flop came A-10-2 with two diamonds. Galfond bet $22,000 with his flush draw and after a few moments was re-raised $72,000 by Elezra. At this point announcer Gabe Kaplan expected Galfond to either fold, or raise all-in, as he has sat with only $250,000. Kaplan also said Galfond knew Elezra would probably run it twice, so there was a good chance he could get out without too much damage. Surprisingly, Galfond just called, and a non-diamond 9 fell on the turn. Elezra then pushed to put Galfond all-in, and scooped the pot when Galfond folded.
Taylor “ElMastermind” McFarland and “speedy0308” Among Big Weekend Winners
Despite a number of big live tournaments taken place this weekend, it didn’t stop the online poker world from seeing big numbers. The biggest winner of them all belonged to “speedy0308” in the biggest online tournament, the PokerStars Sunday Millions. After chopping three handed with “KenshoSatori” and “playerscard” for $175,983.76 each, “speedy0308” won the championship which included $30,000 that was left for the winner. The $205,983.76 victory beat his previous best cash on PokerStars by nearly $100,000.
Winning the Full Tilt $1 Million Guarantee was online pro Taylor “ElMastermind” McFarland. The final table of the event was a tough one, featuring online pros Greg “DuckU” Hobson and Josh “pbdrunks” VanDuyn. But, both of them were eliminated early on in the final table, making McFarland’s march to his $176,921 payday a bit easier down the stretch.
Other big winners include Fahid “fazi608” Ali winning $142,260.89 in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and “izik_74” taking $110,553.80 as the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl winner.
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