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EPT Main Event Down to 13 Players, High Roller Event Underway
The final two events of the European Poker Tour’s Championship are underway. The current leader in the € 10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event is Nicolas Chouity, holding 5,900,000 chips, which is a significant lead over Craig McCorkell, who is in second with 3,094,000 chips. Currently in third place position is Andrew Chen, who is hoping to parlay his online qualifier win on PokerStars to the first place prize of the EPT Main Event of € 1,700,000.
The €25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em event is also running simultaneously with the end of the EPT Main Event. The early leader in day 1 of the High Roller event is Viktor Blom. Tons of big names make up the top chip leaders so far, including Daniel Negreanu, Tony G., Isabelle Mercier, and Allan Baekke. One million Euros will be awarded to the champion.
WSOP Las Vegas Circuit Main Event Down to Ten
The World Series of Poker circuit main event from Caesars Palace at Las Vegas is down to just ten players. The ten remaining players are choosing the right time of year to get hot, as the start of the WSOP is now less than a month away. Among those looking to head to the WSOP on a hot streak by winning this circuit event is current chip leader, Las Vegas professional Stephen O’Dwyer, with online pro James Carroll right behind him. Despite only having 150 runners for the championship event, it garnered quite a tough field. Also looking to take his middle of the pack stack to the title is well known online player Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger. The champion of this event will take home $190,137.
After Months of Rumor, It’s True, Phil Ivey is Getting a Poker Room
For quite a while the poker forums have been discussing a rumor that Phil Ivey was going to have his own poker room dedicated to him in one of the big Las Vegas casinos. Well, it’s true – the Ivey Room will be opening May 22 at the Aria casino.
To commemorate the event, an invitation-only $1,000,000 guaranteed freeroll will be held on opening day. Additionally, Phil Ivey will have a $100,000 bounty on his head, and assuming he doesn’t win the tournament, the freeroll winner will not only win $250,000, but will also take on Ivey in a heads-up match for an additional $250,000.
Another rumor also spreading is that the Ivey Room will become the new home of the “Big Game” which currently takes place at Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. Aria poker room manager Adam Altwies has said that they will offer games as high as $1000/$2000 and up, which adds some merit to that speculation.
Regardless of where the “Big Game” is played, Ivey will be allowed to play in it. In 2005 Daniel Negreanu signed a contract with Wynn Casino that originally stated he could play only there. Ivey will not have that stipulation in his contract with Aria.
PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Begins May 2nd
The 2010 edition of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) begins May 2nd, and 38 events later, will end on May 16th. Up for grabs is a total combined guaranteed prize pool of $45,000,000, but with the expected amount of participants, that number is likely to equal many more thousands of dollars.
While a lot of online poker series seem to rely heavily on high buy-in no limit hold'em events, the SCOOP has something for everybody. On top of no limit hold’em, the SCOOP will also feature Omaha, Stud, HORSE, and 8-game. Additionally, for each event there will be three buy-in tiers: low, medium, and high, meaning there is an opportunity for every level of play to make some serious money.
The premier event of SCOOP will begin May 16 with three two-day No Limit Hold’em Main Events. The low tier Main Event has a $109 buy-in, with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000. The middle tier will be a $1,050 buy-in with a guaranteed prize pool of $3,000,000. The high tier will be a $10,300 buy-in, with a prize pool guaranteed of $5 million.
Satellites for these events are currently running with buy-ins as low as $0.25.
Tom Dwan Continues Remarkable Run, Ivey Runs Well, “Odonkor1” Down Big
Over the last few weeks a player seemingly following in the stakes of “Isildur1” has taken over Full Tilt in a big way. “Odonkor1” has enjoyed success that has seen him book wins over the regulars at Full Tilt in the highest stakes, but inevitably he was due to have a showdown with Tom “Durrrr” Dwan. Dwan, who has already won nearly $6,000,000 for the year, humbled “Odonkor1” a bit this week when he beat him out of $199,000 in 1,992 hands in heads-up action at $100/$200. A major chunk of that came when Dwan was able to complete a flush on the river holding against the aces of “Odonkor1.”
That $199,000 loss for “Odonkor1” seemed mild, compared to the $300,000 he lost to “LuckyChewy.” “LuckyChewy,” who is also making a deep run in the WSOP Circuit Event, did most of his damage, much like Dwan, when he was able to crack the aces of “Odonkor1” while holding Q-10 offsuit.
Many people believe that “Odonkor1” is Swedish professional Joel Nordkvist, but just like the “Isildur1” case, this isn’t confirmed.
“Durrrr Challenge” Resumes with 8.5 Hour Session
For the first time in over a month, Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan sat down to grind out some hands in what has been a long drawn out first round of the “Durrrr Challenge.” Dwan, who has been dominating the challenge, actually saw himself down to the tune of $65,000 at the completion of this 8.5 hour session.
With just over 14,000 hands to go to complete the challenge Dwan still holds a $1,993,658.50 lead over Antonius. While Dwan is still a huge favorite to win this challenge, it was a good sign for supporters of Antonius, as it was one of his first winning sessions in the challenge in a while. While Antonius still has a way to go to make this challenge an interesting one, and get himself out of his hole for the year, this is certainly a good sign for him.
Awaiting Dwan at the completion of this challenge is Brian Townsend.