This Week in Tournament Poker: Plenty of Action and Dolan Comes Close
This week, we’ll take a look at four events that recently wrapped up in Europe. Then we'll move our focus to the United States. In Europe, the 2010 Poker Grand Prix, the Swedish Open Poker Championship 2010 Main Event, the 2010 Mountain Poker Party Seefeld and the 2010 Hold’em Series all wrapped up and crowned four new winners. In the U.S., the World Poker Finals held all of its preliminary events; we’ll recap the results from the four largest ones.
2010 Poker Grand Prix
Starting with the 2010 Poker Grand Prix in Saint Vincent, Italy, the €1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event attracted 138 players and created a nice prize pool worth over €200,000. A payday of €46,090 went to the winner, Jackson Genopesi. Twenty-one spots were paid out, and everyone who cashed earned at least €2,000. One of the finishers in the money was notable poker professional Max Pescatori. Cristiano Blanco also made the final table and finished in seventh place.
|€1,500 + €150||138||€200,790|
|2||Ettore Di Leva||€32,150|
Notable Finishes: Max Pescatori (15th - €2,400)
Swedish Open Poker Championship 2010 Main Event
Much like the 2010 Poker Grand Prix had all the in-the-money finishers coming from the country in which the event was hosted, everyone who cashed in the Swedish Open Poker Championship 2010 Main Event was from Sweden.
Winning the event was Andreas Berggreb, who happened to cash in the World Series of Poker Main Event back in 2008. The buy-in for the event was SKr20,000, which is roughly $3,000. Berggren won SKr586,000 for his victory, or about $87,000. The event attracted 119 entrants.
|SKr20,000 + SKr900||119||SKr 2,380,000|
2010 Mountain Poker Party Seefeld
The 2010 Mountain Poker Party Seefeld drew a field of 73 players for the €1,500 buy-in event. Gabor Gyarmat, the winner, took home €31,210. Eight spots paid out:
2010 Hold’em Series
The Aviation Club de France in Paris was host to the 2010 Hold’em Series and the €3,000 Main Event attracted 145 players. The winner, Paul Pires-Trigo, took home nearly €130,000. Only one of the players who finished in the money wasn’t from the host country, France: 18th-place finisher Imad Derwiche from Senegal.
Notable Finishes: Antoine Arnault (10th - €6,075)
Foxwoods World Poker Finals
The Foxwoods World Poker Finals is one of the biggest tournament series on the East Coast of the U.S., taking place in Connecticut. We’ll take a look at the results for four big preliminary events: the $1,375 No-Limit Hold’em, the $2,325 No-Limit Hold’em, the $910 No-Limit Hold’em and the $4,800 No-Limit Hold’em. The four winners crowned were Micha Neugut, Steven Tabb, Nathan Smith and Lawrence Lipman, respectively. Out of those four, the largest field came out for the $910 No-Limit Hold’em event, which drew 254 entrants. Here are the results for these four events.
|$1,375 + $125||212||$282,755|
Notable Finishes: Bernard Lee (14th - $5,089), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (16th - $4,099), Steven Fiorentini (19th - $4,099), Gordon Eng (25th - $3,534)
|$2,325 + $175||122||$275,140|
Notable Finishes: Jeffrey Vanchiro (10th - $5,640), Lou Esposito (11th - $5,640), Kyle Loman ($4,814)
|$910 + $90||254||$224,205|
Notable Finishes: Men “The Master” Nguyen (11th - $4,259), William Botchis (17th - $2,690)
|$4,800 + $200||49||$228,144|
*Denotes a chop
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 and as always, follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.