The Nightly Turbo: Premier League Final Table Set, Irish Open Champion, and More

Tom Dwan

The tournament action was blazing through Europe at the PartyPoker Premier League and Irish Open over the weekend. We'll provide you with results from both of those events and more in the latest edition of the Nightly Turbo.

In Case You Missed It

How has life changed for Faraz Jaka since Black Friday? Find out that and more in the latest edition of Seat Open.

Did you miss Sunday's World Poker Tour coverage on FSN? Read our WPT recap to get caught up.

Poker pro Alec Torelli was back with another blog on Monday. Torelli's latest entry focuses on when to get up from the poker table.

After Erik Seidel was eliminated from the PartyPoker Premier League, Tony G came to some interesting conclusions about the man known as Seiborg. Visit The Muck to find out what he said.

*Photo courtesy of the PartyPoker Blog.

Dwan, Laak Round Out Premier League Final Table

The preliminary heats of the PartyPoker Premier League V were completed over the weekend. Six players secured seats into Tuesday's finale, where one player will collect $500,000 and a ticket to the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship.

Mathew Frankland, Sam Trickett, Tony G, Dan "jungleman" Cates, Patrik Antonius and Scott Seiver each finished in the top three of their respective eight-person groups and advanced to the eight-handed final table. Frankland won two heats and finished atop Group A with 40 points, and Cates led Group B with 38 points.


1Mathew Frankland40
2Sam Trickett33
3Tony G30
4Phil Laak29
5Andy Frankenberger28
6Erik Seidel24
7Eugene Katchalov9
8Luke Schwartz7


1Dan Cates38
2Patrik Antonius32
3Scott Seiver30
4Yevgeniy Timoshenko29
5Tom Dwan28
6Vanessa Selbst23
7Bertrand Grospellier18
8Ben Wilinofsky2

Four players competed in a series of playoff heads-up matches on Monday for the last two seats in Tuesday's finale. Phil Laak defeated Andy Frankenberger in the Group A best-of-three heads-up match, and Tom Dwan bested Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the Group B playoff.

The starting chip counts for the final table will be reflected by the number of points each player earned during the four prelim heats. Here's what the counts will look like when play begins:

Mathew Frankland — 400,000
Dan Cates — 380,000
Sam Trickett — 330,000
Patrik Antonius — 320,000
Tony G — 300,000
Scott Seiver — 300,000
Phil Laak — 290,000
Tom Dwan — 280,000

The PartyPoker Premier League V champion will be crowned on Tuesday, so be sure to follow the PartyPoker Blog for live updates from Vienna.

Kevin Vandersmissen Wins 2012 Irish Poker Open

The 2012 Irish Poker Open came to a close on Monday night in Dublin, Ireland. After three days of play, Belgium's Kevin Vandersmissen outlasted a field of 502 players to claim his second major title and the top prize of €420,000.

A handful of notables reached the final table, including Andy Black and Samuel Chartier, both of whom made early exits on Monday. Online qualifier Ian Simpson entered the final table with the chip lead, but his dreams of glory were dashed when he exited in fourth place for €107,500.

After David Dean was sent to the rail in third place, Vandersmissen bested Thomas Beer heads-up for the title. On the final hand of the match, Beer got his remaining 2.1 million chips in with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} on a board of {9-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Vandersmissen called with {9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}, and the {8-Diamonds} turn and {9-Hearts} river sealed the championship for the Belgian pro.

Vandersmissen added another six-figure score to his resume; he had previously won the 2010 Full Tilt Poker Series Grand Final for $198,641 and finished second at the European Poker Tour Snowfest for $368,601 in 2011.

2012 Irish Open Results

1Kevin Vandersmissen€420,000
2Thomas Beer€225,000
3David Dean€158,000
4Ian Simpson€107,500
5Steve Watts€78,000
6Jordan Lewis€59,000
7Samuel Chartier€44,500
8Andy Black€32,700
9Philip Magennis€23,000

For more, check out the PaddyPowerPoker Blog.

PartyPoker Big Game Draws Closer

On Wednesday, some of poker's best players will take their seats at The Big Game, a 48-hour €25/€50 cash game running alongside the WPT Vienna Main Event in Austria. For the second straight year, PokerNews will be providing an exclusive live stream bringing viewers all the action!

Much like last year's Big Game, viewers will be able to interact with others fans, the PokerNews staff, and even the players. Plus, they'll be able to vote on which players are evicted from the table, and compete in trivia games for seats into tournaments at

Tom Dwan, Tony G, Sam Trickett, Patrik Antonius and Scott Seiver are among the players already in Vienna and expected to take part. Join us at our dedicated Big Game page at 18:00 CET on April 11 to witness the action!

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The Players Will Never Fold

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is taking a new approach to influence poker players to push for online poker legislation in the U.S.

To mark the one-year anniversary of Black Friday, the PPA has launched a new campaign called The Players Will Never Fold, aimed at bringing the community together with united voices to correct the injustices of the past year. The campaign runs from now through April 16 and encourages players to let their voice be heard during this pivotal time.

For more info, visit

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