This Week in Tournament Poker: August 22-28, 2010
Another week is in the books with a few more events coming to conclusion around the world. The Borgata once again proved it’s the prominent live poker venue on the East Coast with another big event. Over on the other side of the world, Crown Casino flexed its poker muscles yet again with another amazing installment of the Victorian Poker Championships, of which we’ll highlight the two big events. Over in Europe, Finland, Spain, and the Czech Republic all held big events this past week, as well.
We’ll kick things off with the Borgata Deep Stack Re-Entry event in Atlantic City, New Jesery. This $500 + $60 buy-in event allowed re-entry as follows: “Players may register for Day 1a or Day 1b. Players may re-enter tournament on Day 1a and/or Day 1b if they bust out prior to end of Level 3 of that starting day. If player entered into Day 1a and has been eliminated from tournament, player may register for Day 1b.” That’s not a bad way to spice up the prize pool, which swelled to $215,000. Michael Silverman was the big winner, taking home $59,686. He defeated a final table that included Joe Simmons and Matt Glantz.
Borgata Deep Stack Re-Entry
|$500 + $60||430||$215,000|
Notable Finishes: Christian Harder (44th - $772)
Next up, we’ve got the Victorian Poker Championships in Melbourne, Australia. The two events we’re going to highlight from the 18-event schedule are the AUD $10,200 High Stakes Hold’em and the AUD $2,700 Main Event.
The first of these two brought out the big guns from Down Under. Brendon Rubie, Tyron Krost, Julius Colman, Gary Benson and Billy Jordanou all took to the felt, but none made the final five spots where the money was made. A total of 24 players showed up for this event, creating a prize pool of AUD $240,000. Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis emerged victorious and pocketed the six-figure first-place prize.
Vic Champs High Stakes Hold’em
|AUD $10,000 + $200||24||AUD $240,000|
|1||Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis||AUD $100,000|
|2||James “Andy McLEOD” Obst||AUD $60,000|
|3||Shane Warne||AUD $40,000|
|4||Aaron Benton||AUD $25,000|
|5||Grant Levy||AUD $15,000|
The Main Event saw 269 runners fork over the AUD $2,700 buy-in. The top 27 players made the money with a top prize of AUD $160,700 going to the eventual winner. That one fortunate soul was Michael “ITSOVER9000” Egan. Grant Levy also had a deep run in this event as he did in the High Stakes Hold’em but fell just short of the final table.
Vic Champs Main Event
|AUD $2,500 + $200||269||AUD $672,500|
|1||Michael “ITSOVER9000” Egan||AUD $160,700|
|2||Josh “jbrhythm” Barrett||AUD $114,300|
|3||Karib Karib||AUD $87,400|
|4||Martin Comer||AUD $60,500|
|5||Antonis “Toothpick Tony” Kambouroglou||AUD $40,350|
|6||Michael Bouskila||AUD $33,600|
|7||David Gorr||AUD $26,900|
|8||Cliff Lee||AUD $20,200|
|9||Mishel Anunu||AUD $13,450|
|10||Jackson Zheng||AUD $10,100|
Notable Finishes: Grant Levy (12th – AUD $7,500), Ricky “rickwaa” Kroesen (18th – AUD $7,500), Trung “DYnaSTyZz” Tran (21st – AUD $5,000), Mitchell Carle (27th – AUD $5,000)
Traveling across the world some more, there were three events held in Europe. The Finnish Open Championships, the Spanish Poker Tour Castellon 2010 and the Kings Casino €200,000 Guaranteed Tournament all came to conclusions. The three big winners were Hai Hoang, Julien Pouchain and Andreas Schulz. All three pocketed over €50,000 for the victories.
Finnish Open Championships
|€2,000 + €100||87||€174,000|
Spanish Poker Tour Castellon 2010
|€1,000 + €100||202||€191,400|
Kings Casino €200,000 Guaranteed Tournament
|€1,000 + €100||491||€491,000|
* - Denotes a chop
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