Over the weekend, the World Poker Tour Barcelona crowned a winner, and just today, the always opinionated Mr. Negreanu let us know what he was thinking in his latest blog post. Read on to find out more.
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A Myriad of Topics
Daniel Negreanu just posted his latest blog entry where he talks about winning his golf bet by shooting 80 from the back tees at TPC Summerlin, the $50,000 8-game Players Championship at the World Series of Poker, and his thoughts on the Cereus Poker Network security issues.
"I've spoken to, and only heard great things about their new guy Paul Leggett, but this is a pretty big deal in my book. Dude, if you knew about this security issue, why, why, oh why didn't you shut the site down immediately to fix it? I thought about that overnight, and couldn't think of even one good reason not to shut it down until the site was secured. Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't imagine what that would be."
Read his thoughts over at Full Contact Poker.
We Have a Winner
Most of the European Poker Tour Awards were handed out at the beginning of this month, however, because of an eight-way tie for the EPT Mixed Games honors, an online deep-stack sit-and-go was held to determine the winner.
The eight finalists were Ben Kang, Alex Kravchenko, Scott Clements, Mike Gorodinsky, Matthias Kuerschner, Joe Hachem, Ilari Tahkikallio, and Katja Thater, with Thater taking it down.
She had to fend off Tahkokallio with whom she played heads-up. For the win, Thater receives a trip to the first stop of EPT Season 7, Tallin, Estonia, where she will be presented with her trophy.
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The Countdown is On
We have just a few more days until the Rio Convention Center doors will open for the droves of poker players coming from all over with the dream of winning a World Series of Poker title.
Poker players are known to be some of the most generous people around with all the charity events held throughout the year, raising awareness for various causes. This year, players can help by pledging 1 percent of their winnings at this year's WSOP to put a "Bad Beat on Cancer." There is also the Ante Up for Africa tournament, which sees some of the top names in the entertainment industry hit the felt with some of poker's best to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Those are just a few ways to pay it forward this summer.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is gearing up for another exciting WSOP. The Team will be on hand to bring you every flop, turn and river to keep those of you watching at home up-to-date on all the goings on at the Rio. It all gets under way this Friday so add this page to your bookmarks now so you aren't fumbling around when the action starts.
The World Poker Tour Barcelona drew a crowd of 326 players last week, gathering a prize pool over €1 million. It was the largest field that this stop on the WPT circuit has ever seen, with the first place €315,000 taken home by German player Ali Tekintamgac, who was playing his second-ever live event.
Tekintamgac went into the final table with the chip lead and never looked back. When heads-up play began, he held a 5-1 chip lead over his opponent, Roberto Garcia Santiago. It didn't take long for Tekintamgac to finish off his opponent. Santiago moved all-in with and was up against Tekintamgac's . The board ran out and Tekintamgac earned himself a seat in the WPT World Championship, a Tiffany bracelet, and of course, the cash.
WPT Barcelona Results
1. Ali Tekintamgac - €315,000
2. Roberto Garcia Santiago - €160,000
3. Mats Erik Iremark - €81,000
4. Manuel Blaschke - €71,000
5. Mads Smith Hansen - €61,000
6. Tristan Quentin Clemencon - €51,000
7. Per Emil Mattsson - €41,000
8. Bartolome Gomila Romero - €31,000
9. Manuel Cuberos Lopez Cozar - €21,400
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