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This Week in Tournament Poker: Big Guarantee in LA, El Sayed Wins in Amneville and Hasse Victorious in Macau


All eyes were focused on Las Vegas last week as the 2010 World Series of Poker concluded when the November Nine returned to determine a winner a few days ago. Elsewhere in the world, poker didn’t stop.

There wasn’t a ton of action that took place, but the three events we’ll highlight here are all deserving of some coverage. Those three events are the 2010 LA Poker Open, the World Poker Tour Amneville and the Macau Poker Cup Championship.

2010 LA Poker Open

Beginning on November 3, the LA Poker Open is a fairly large series of events with buy-ins ranging between $125 and $2,085. Events in LA, and especially those held at the Commerce Casino, always draw huge fields. The opening event was a $220 no-limit hold’em event with re-entry allowed. There were four starting days for this tournament and a $400,000 guarantee slapped on it. Even better, the casino placed a $100,000 guarantee on first place alone! Those guarantees were met as the prize pool swelled to $468,160. Topping the field of 2,464 players was Vinh Duong from Rosemead, Calif. Here are the results.

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
1Vinh Duong$100,000
2Josh Golden$58,860
3Jeff Barnes$31,200
4Arman Tyfekchyan$17,800
5Behzad Teranie$13,000
6Christopher Haydt$10,300
7Ilan Brand$7,700
8Travis Carson$6,100
9Albert Wallake$4,800

Notable Finishes: Josh Brikis (75th - $1,100), Kenny Tran (81st - $800)

WPT Amneville

In Amneville, France, 542 players came out and ponied up the €3,200 buy-in for WPT Amneville. That generated a plump prize pool of €1,640,096. The bulk of that money was taken home by Sam El Sayed, who conquered the field for a first-place payday worth €426,425. With the win, Sayed more than nearly tripled his lifetime tournament winnings from $315,292 to $909,919.

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
€3,200 + €300542€1,640,096
1Sam El Sayed€426,425
2Franck Pepe€229,613
3Ilan Boujenah€161,550
4Nesrine Kourdourli€109,886
5Wilfried Bresson€79,545
6Jean-Paul Pasqualini€62,323
7Julien Robert€46,743
8Georges Chehade€34,442
9Philipp Legath€24,600

Notable Finishes: Nicolas Babel (16th - €13,120), Dominik Nitsche (26th - €11,480), John Eames (31st - €9,840)

Macau Poker Cup Championship

Macau is like a smaller version of Las Vegas, but the poker there is booming like crazy. The Macau Poker Cup Championship just concluded its 12-event series that drew in players from all around the world. The two events we’ll be highlighting are the Main Event and the 6-Max High Roller.

The Main Event attracted 254 players, all buying in for $20,000 HK. After a few days of play, the final table was set with players from many countries. Germany, China, Singapore, United States, Japan, Australia and France were all represented, but Germany walked away with the title. Julian Hasse claimed the $1,064,000 HK ($137,243 U.S.) for first place, beating out Kelly Flynn in heads-up play.

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
1Julian Hasse$1,064,000 HK
2Kelly Flynn$729,000 HK
3Wee Tan$440,000 HK
4Chih Chung Chen$347,000 HK
5Takashi Ogura$278,000 HK
6Nathanael Seet$231,000 HK
7Kristian Lunardi$185,000 HK
8Richard Hu$139,000 HK
9William Pastout$116,000 HK
10Nelson Sheu$92,864 HK

Notable Finishes: Joel Dodds (11th - $69,000 HK), Jeffrey Lisandro (20th - $46,000 HK), Thomas Griggs (21st - $46,000 HK), Kai Paulsen (28th - $35,000 HK), Andrew Hinrichsen (30th - $35,000 HK)

The $50,000 HK 6-Max High Roller event attracted 28 players and paid out five spots. Walking away with the most money after winning the event was Nick Wong from China. It wasn’t easy getting the win, as Wong had to fight through David Steicke, Jeffrey Lisandro and Andrew Hinrichsen at the final table.

Buy-inEntriesPrize Pool
HK$50,00028$1,316,700 HK
1Nick Wong$526,000 HK
2Andrew Hinrichsen$316,700 HK
3Jeffrey Lisandro$210,700 HK
4Thomas Floan$158,000 HK
5David Steicke$105,300 HK

That wraps up a lot of tournament action. There’s going to be plenty more action next week, so be sure to check back with us at PokerNews to see if any of your favorite players, friends or family happened to go deep in an event. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and sign up for one of our awesome bonuses to get in on the action!

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