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TJ Cloutier

It’s been a little bit harder this week to find some marquee events to focus on in the poker world. All eyes are on London right now for the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe, which will be followed by the European Poker Tour London. We managed to find four events that drew big crowds and created solid prize pools.

The first event we’ll go over is the Winamax Poker Open held in Dublin. The event drew 313 entrants. Many French players made the trip to represent their country, but it was Crumlin, Ireland’s Alan Trueick who took down the event. He was the only non-Frenchman at the final table and earned €40,142 for his victory.

Winamax Poker Open – Dublin

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
1Alan Trueick€40,142
2Romain Mahot€24,649
3Cyril Calestroupat€18,154
4Nicolas Vallet€12,990
5Stephane De Sieter€9,077
6Stephane di Crescenzo€5,947

In the United States at the Hustler Casino in Gardena, Calif., a $200,000 XTreme Stack Event was held that drew a massive numbert of players. What’s massive? Well, how about 1,074. They beat out the guarantee for this $200 buy-in event, and Maksim Uskolovsky walked away with $57,000 after he conquered the field.

$200,000 Xtreme Stack Event

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
1Maksim Uskolovsky$57,000
2Massoud Eskandari$27,600
3Aneglo Aguiluz$18,000
4Andrew Drobot$12,000
5Tony Phan$9,000
6Farzin Ahktar$6,000
7Brian Hunnel$4,450
8Agop “Jack” Boghossian$3,600
9Fred Lemier$2,206

Notable Finishes: Vinny Vinh (17th - $1,350)

Next up, we’ve got the Greek Poker Tour in Vienna. A field of 309 played, and Georgious Giorkatzis topped them all. For his win, he took home €40,000.

Greek Poker Tour

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
1Georgious Giorkatzis€40,000
2Marcus Stammberger€22,450
3Peter Sulyok€14,970
4Andreas Chalkiadakis€11,970
5Mark Pinter€9,720
6Vangelis Tsairis€8,230
7Bobi Badic€6,730
8Markus Jenisch€5,230
9David Packer€3,730

Last, we have the largest buy-in from these four. The TJ Cloutier Choctaw Poker Classic Championship Event wrapped up in Durant, Okla., where 191 players came out to action. Sushakara Kattamuri topped them all and took home the $73,127 first-place prize. TJ Cloutier himself made the money in the event, finishing in 17th place.

TJ Cloutier Choctaw Poker Classic Championship Event

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
$1500 + 150191$281,248
1Sushakara Kattamuri$73,127
2Rakeshkumar Patel$45,171
3Jay Merchant$32,616
4James White$23,954
5Tracey Watson$17,896
6Murry Oleson$13,598
7Ray Tubbs$10,505
8John Moersch$8,249
9Patrick Roberts$6,581

Notable Finishes: TJ Cloutier (17th - $3,673)

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