Card Player Poker Tour Atlantis Results: Events 14, 16, 17 & 19

Tom McEvoyThe fourth stop of Season II of the Card Player Poker Tour kicked off at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa March 21 and will host a series of 31 tournaments through March 30 culminating with a $1,100 no-limit hold’em $125,000 guarantee main event March 28-30.

Here is a look at the latest results:

Event No. 14: No-Limit Hold’em Mega Stack Survior
Buy In: $230
Entrants: 34
Prize Pool: $6,596

1 Jason Dufton $1,649
1 Mike Vonada $1,649
1 Danon Shelen $1,649
1 Mary Swafford $1,649

Event No. 16: No-Limit Hold’em Survivor
Buy In: $120
Entrants: 36
Prize Pool: $3,492

1 Hein Cao $650
1 Darrell Duffey $650
1 Adam Stemple $548
1 Dennis Grabowski $548
1 Rodney Veach $548
1 Michael Edwards $548

Event No. 17: No-Limit Hold’em Mega Stack Survivor
Buy In: $230
Entrants: 36
Prize Pool: $6,984

1 Trish Potter $837
1 Michael Carey $837
1 Mitchell Cogert $837
1 Justin Gold $837
1 Vince Burgio $837
1 Tom McEvoy $837
1 Eric Stovall $837
1 Michael Vonada $837

Event No. 19: No-Limit Hold’em Survivor
Buy In: $120
Entrants: 25
Prize Pool: $2,425

1 Daniel Frank $1,000
1 Joseph Pugno $1,000
1 John Miner $425

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is a luxurious AAA Four Diamond resort with unparalleled amenities, award-winning dining, a world-class spa and action-packed gaming. The poker room offers the region’s best games, tournaments and promotions with table side dining, a self-service soup and beverage bar, and flat screen televisions visible from every table.

For a complete schedule of events, click here.

CPPT Atlantis counts satellites as numbered events, however results for satellites will not be posted on, making for a gap in tournament results numbers.

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Card Player Poker Tour Spotlight: Vince Burgio

Vince BurgioVince Burgio has been a part of the poker scene for over 25 years and has seen many changes during his two and half decades at the felt. He is the owner of a World Series of Poker bracelet from the 1994 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo and has published two books, including his autobiography Pizza, Pasta and Poker. His poker resume includes upwards of $2.1 million in live career earnings and a fourth place WSOP Main Event finish in 1994.

Card Player sat down with Burgio before the start of CPPT Atlantis Event 14: $230 No-Limit Hold’em Mega Stack Survivor.

Name: Vince Burgio

Resides: West Hills, California

Lifetime winnings: $2,111,467

Largest Live Cash: $168,000 – 4th, 1994 World Series of Poker Main Event

Tell me about the name of your autobiography. What does it mean?

Well, I’m Italian and my wife and I struggled with what the name of the book should be, so I tried to intertwine some of my heritage in the book. It came out in the very beginning of 2006. In fact, it was named Best New Poker Book in 2006 by Ashley Adams, who writes for Poker Player Magazine.

What about the other book, Inside Poker: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly?

I used to write a column for Card Player and I had about 60 of the columns published. Then after each column I put an afterthought, because some of them were four or five years old and I thought ‘I was stupid to think that’ or ‘I was very prophetic because I saw this coming.’

Would you say you foresaw the current state of poker? Did you see the downfall of online poker coming?

Yeah, kind of. You just kind of new that either they (the government) were going to tax it or they were going to shut it down. One of the two. And I think it’s still the same now. At some point they are going to let it go and tax it.

What other things did you foresee?

Well, when they said you couldn’t smoke in the poker rooms people said ‘Oh God this is going to kill poker.’ I said ‘No, this is not going to kill poker. People are still going to play poker.’

What about things you didn’t see coming?

I certainly didn’t see the big boom that we had when Chris Moneymaker won the tournament (2003 WSOP Main Event). I think there were three things that contributed to that. Internet poker was just starting and television was different before that. I came in fourth in the Main Event in 1994 and they didn’t show the hands then. So when you watched those broadcasts, they were pretty boring. When they started showing the hands and now everybody could see what people had, that helped.

How long have you been around poker? When did you get your start?

I started in 1987. I had a construction company in L.A. and I played a few local tournaments down there and did well and then my wife said ‘Well lets go to Vegas, they have a tournament at the Hilton.’ It was a $200 or $300 buy-in and I came in third and got about $10,000 or $12,000 or $15,000, whatever it was. Then two weeks later they had one at the Riviera and I won $54,000. So I said you know what, maybe I’ll just try this for a while. I can always start my business back up. But I never have. It’s been good the whole time.

Today it’s a little more common to hear someone say they player poker professionaly, but back in 1987, how did people react after asking what you did for a living?

It’s funny that you say that because in one of my first columns I talked about how people treat somebody that plays poker for a living. Their jaw drops because they’ve never heard of it. ‘Oh wow, you actually do that?’ Then they ask where do you go and how do you do it?

One of my better columns was about how I went to have a root canal and the guy has both hands in my mouths and says ‘What do you do?’ I said ‘I’m a poker player,’ and he happened to be one too, and my whole column was about how he had both hands in my mouth and was asking me all these questions. I decided from now on I’m going to say I’m a crossing guard.

My mother, God rest her soul, she said ‘What will people think?’ And then of course in 1994 I won a bracelet and I also came in fourth in the Main Event. Then I won a $5,000 tournament for about a half a million dollars and I got a little bit of publicity. Before that, in 1992 I won the best all-around player at The Queens and I got my photo on the front page of Card Player. At that point they began to say ‘You know what, maybe it’s a viable thing.’

Of course now, you watch some of those broadcasts and seven of the nine guys are professional poker players. Now I don’t know if they are, in my definition it’s somebody who has been making a living at it for more than one year. I’ve been doing this for a lot of years.

Let’s talk a little about Atlantis, do you play here often.

Not really. In LA where I live I’m about 40 miles from the casino and I used to play everyday, because I played high but the games that I played, believe it or not, they discontinued them. But the travel time back and forth is like three hours and I just hate to put that kind of time in to go down and play.

I like to come up here because you get a room, you get on the elevator and you go down and play. So I played up here and when Mike Gainey (Poker Room Manager) took over the Atlantis, he kind of takes care of me and he is just the nicest, sweetest guy in the world, so whatever he does I will support. And at the Atlantis you’ve got no complaints about the hotel and the property.

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Card Player Poker Tour: Thirty Three Years of Irish Poker – Part VI

Joe BeeversThe Paddy Power Poker Irish Open is now part of the Card Player Poker Tour. With a colorful history spanning more than three decades, the Irish Open is sure to add additional buzz and excitement to the CPPT .

The longest running tournament in Europe and the second longest running tournament in the world, behind only the World Series of Poker, the Irish Open will crown its newest champion April 18-21 in Dublin, Ireland.

There are two years unaccounted for in our look back at history, 1995 and 1997, and it’s possible there was no tournament during those years. Rogers passed away in 1999 and there is a chance, due to age and illness, the tournament did not happen – at least not in a formal sense – during those two years. Paddy Power Poker and Card Player were unable to find records of the Irish Open during that time.


Jenny Hegarty, a 72-year old grandmother, became the third woman to win the Irish Open. To date only three women hold that distinction –Irene Tier, Colette Doherty and Hegarty.


Nick Bernie’s name was added to the list of champions.


British pro and Hendon Mob original Joe Beevers won the Irish Open for just under $55,000. To date, Beevers holds nine career titles and 59 cashes and has more than $2.2 million in live tournament earnings. At the time, his Irish Open win was his second largest career cash.


Popular Northern Ireland pro Ivan Donaghy won the title.


John Falconer turned a short stack into a title when he won the 2005 Irish open, besting 2000 Irish Open champion Alan Betson heads-up. Falconer outlasted a field of 170 players for the win.


Vincent Melinn’s one and only recorded career cash came in big fashion when he won the 2006 Irish open for $423,647.


Belfast native Marty Smyth picked one of his seven career titles when he won the 2007 Irish Open for $867,456, which was his largest cash at the time. Currently, Smyth has more than $3.7 million in live career earnings and holds one seven-figure cash – a first place finish in the 2008 Ladbrokes Poker Million VII for a cool $1,000,000.

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J.C. Tran Headlines World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event Final Table

Chip leader Quoc PhamA total of 465 entries were made in the inaugural World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event at the Thunder Valley Casino outside of Sacramento, California. From that sizable turnout only six players now remain to battle it out for the lion’s share of the $1,488,000 prize pool and the chance to become the latest WPT champion.

The chip leader at the final table tomorrow will be Bay 101 tournament director Quoc Pham with 5,580,000. He is joined by Preston Harwell, Mimi Luu, Benjamin Zamani, Ken Jorgensen, and Sacremento native JC Tran. Tran, a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and WPT champion, is undeniably the most accomplished live tournament player entering the final day, but has the second shortest stack with only 710,000 (23 big blinds at 15,000 – 30,000 with a 3,000 ante.)

The final table bubble lasted 97 hands, with Ryan D’Angelo eventually hitting the rail in seventh place after he got all-in on a board of JHeart Suit9Diamond Suit5Heart Suit4Spade Suit with the 9Club Suit8Heart Suit against Benjamin Zamani’s AClub SuitJDiamond Suit. The river brought the QHeart Suit, securing the pot for Zamani and sending D’Angelo to the rail in seventh place with $41,410.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Quoc Pham 5,580,000
2 Preston Harwell 4,425,000
3 Benjamin Zamani 1,990,000
4 Mimi Luu 735,000
5 J.C. Tran 710,000
6 Ken Jorgensen 510,000

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour.

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Online Poker: Galfond, Blom In $240,000 Pot

The biggest pot in March from the high stakes online poker world came yesterday in a vicious match between Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

The action began with Galfond ($120,000) raising the button to $1,600. Blom ($200,000) three-bet to $5,400, and Galfond made the call. The flop fell JClub Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit.

Blom fired $7,200, and Galfond just called.

The 7Spade Suit landed on the turn.

Blom barreled again, this time for $16,800. Galfond made it $75,600. Blom elected to put the Maryland native all-in for around $32,000 more. Galfond, of course, made the call.

The cards were tabled, and Blom held the ASpade Suit AClub Suit KDiamond Suit QDiamond Suit, while Galfond exposed the JHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 7Heart Suit 4Heart Suit. Blom had the commanding lead on the flop, but the turn gave Galfond two pair. According to Card Player’s pot-limit Omaha odds calculator, Galfond’s hand holds about 65 percent of the time. The pair elected to run it twice, however.

The first river was the QClub Suit, which was safe for Galfond. The second river brought 10Heart Suit — also a card that was not what the Swede needed.

Galfond raked in the massive $240,000 hand.

Despite losing that hand (also the sixth largest so far in 2014), Bloom managed to be up around $300,000 when the match against Galfond was over, according to HighstakesDB.

As of Monday, Blom was up around $1 million on 2014, while Galfond was in the hole nearly $1.2 million. Their match together this weekend reportedly lasted 12 hours.

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Carter Gill Wins Latin Series of Poker Millions

Carter Gill (right) and LSOP President Diego ChanLatin America has been good to Carter Gill, and during the early evening hours of Mar. 15 things got even better. The American pro won the inaugural Latin Series of Poker Millions main event for $175,070, marking his fifth straight final table and second career title in the region.

“I don’t how that’s possible but it’s literally my fifth straight final table. I won Uruguay (LAPT ), I got sixth in a high roller in Colombia and a second in another tournament in Colombia and a fourth in the LAPT Panama,” Gill said.

As play progressed for the day, it appeared that Gill could just not be stopped.

“Unless I think about a little online tournament, I’ve never had a such a situation where I’ve literally steam-rolled the table,” he said. “I could do no wrong. It was odd, but with the hands I was getting it would have been hard not to win. I was joking to someone that if you gave the cards that I had to anyone at the final table they would have won also.”

The final hand came down to Gill and Israel’s Alon Raz after a very short heads-up match. Raz, with a massive chip deficit, moved all-in for his tournament life with ASpade Suit7Club Suit and Gill called with AClub SuitKSpade Suit. Raz’s hand never improved and he finished the tournament runner-up to the tune of $100,600.

Before he could claim the title and the prize money, Gill had to maneuver his way through a field of 1,290 players and final table featuring Team PokerStars pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero and online pros Guillermo Echevvaria and Francis Cruz.

Echevvaria was the first to go. Adam Reynolds raised to 105,000 from middle position and Echevvaria moved all-in from the small blind. Reynolds had him slightly covered and called with ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit. Echevvaria tabled AClub Suit9Club Suit and the board ran out KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit2Club Suit5Club Suit to eliminate the Peruvian pro as the ninth place finisher for $16,490.

Following Echevvaria was Oscar Ortiz. Leonardo Tarazona raised to 120,000 from the hijack and Ortiz shoved-all in for 900,000 from the big blind with ASpade Suit7Club Suit. Tarazona called with ASpade SuitKHeart Suit and stayed ahead on a KClub Suit10Spade Suit7Diamond Suit2Club Suit4Diamond Suit board to make Ortiz the eighth place finisher for $20,370.

Alon RazReynolds was next to go and his exit signaled the beginning of Gill’s domination of the final table. Gill raised to 120,000 from under the gun +1 and Reynolds three-bet to 280,000 from the hijack seat. Gill four-bet to 500,000, Reynolds moved all-in and Gill snap-called. Gill showed pocket Aces to Reynolds pocket Queens and Reynolds never improved on a board of 6Diamond Suit5Club Suit3Heart SuitJSpade Suit9Diamond Suit to leave as the seventh place finisher for $26,190.

After nursing a short stack for much of the final table, Cruz was eliminated in an unmerciful way. Cruz moved all-in for 895,000 from under the gun +1 and Gill called from the cutoff. Cruz showed 6Spade Suit6Diamond Suit and needed to dodge the two over cards – AClub SuitQSpade Suit – of Gill. After a flop of 9Club Suit8Club Suit7Club Suit Cruz still had to fade a big draw but looked pretty safe after the 8Diamond Suit fell on the turn. Everything went downhill for the Dominican pro when the QHeart Suit opened on the river.

Cruz shook hands with his somewhat astonished tablemates and made his exit as the sixth place finisher for $33,950.

“He had half the deck as outs,” Barbero said as Cruz left the table.

Barbero was eliminated as the fifth place finisher for $43,625 when he got into a pot with Leonardo Tarazona. Barbero moved all-in with JDiamond Suit10Heart Suit from under the gun and Tarazona called with KClub Suit8Diamond Suit. Barbero never hit the needed cards on a ADiamond Suit3Club Suit2Spade Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit board and made his exit.

Tarazona was next to go as the fourth place finisher for $57,250 when he ran his Ace-five into the pocket eights of Raz and failed to catch any needed outs on the board.

Two hands later, Maziar Keshavarzi was all-in with AClub Suit9Spade Suit and Gill called with AHeart SuitQClub Suit. Keshavarzi never improved and left as the third place finisher for $75,675.

Final Table Results

1 Carter Gill $175,070
2 Alon Raz $100,600
3 Maziar Keshavarzi $75,675
4 Leonardo Tarazona $57,250
5 Jose “Nacho” Barbero $43,625
6 Francis Cruz $33,950
7 Adam Reynolds $26,190
8 Oscar Ortiz $20,370
9 Guillermo Echevvaria $16,490

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High-Stakes Online Poker: Dan Cates Wins $1.1 Million In Seven Days

Massive limit deuce-to-seven triple draw games have been running on Full Tilt Poker recently, resulting in some big wins for well-known poker pros.

Dan “jungleman12” Cates has benefited the most, adding tons to his already solid upswing. Over the past seven days on Full Tilt, he’s up $1.1 million. This month he’s up $1.6 million.

His leads the high-stakes online poker world with nearly $2 million in earnings on 2014.

Cates is now in the black $9.3 million lifetime on Full Tilt Poker. Over at PokerStars, he’s up around $370,000. He has played around 475,000 high-stakes hands between the two sites.

The Maryland native, who plays over in Europe these days thanks to U.S. poker restrictions, was recently united with millions locked up in his Full Tilt Poker account. He received an ACH deposit from the government in the amount of what was in his account when the site shutdown in 2011. Cates had the most stuck out of any of the victims of old Full Tilt.

The other big winner in the $1,000-$2,000 limit deuce-to-seven triple draw games has been kagome kagome, a high-stakes pro from Germany. He won around $920,000.

On the flop side, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom dropped $1.2 million over this past week. Russian Alex “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn managed to lose $783,000 during the span.

Blom had once been in the black more than $2 million in 2014, but now he’s in the hole around $175,000. He’s down $1.8 million lifetime on Full Tilt.

The big draw games saw the return of Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, who hadn’t played at all this year until March rolled around. He is down around $185,000 this month.

Gus Hansen had been on a solid upswing this month, but the past few week or so hasn’t been too great for him. He’s back to approaching $16 million in losses lifetime on the software.

Figures via HighstakesDB. Image via PartyPoker.


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Alberto Cartin Finishes Latin Series of Poker Day 2 in the Lead

Alberto CartinUpwards of $175,000 will soon belong to a single player in the Latin Series of Poker Millions. Day 2 began at 2 pm EST March 11 with 130 hopefuls, but when chips were bagged for the night only 78 remained.

The chiplead once again belonged to Costa Rican Alberto Cartin, who bagged up a whopping 816,500. Cartin, who began Day 2 with a little over 375,000, said the bulk of his chips came from two key hands.

“I had a hand with Bolivar Palacios which was about 300 or so and at the other table I basically called an all-in with a rivered set versus a possible flush, possible straight draw and it came out to be a bluff. So that was really good,” Cartin said.

Costa Rica’s Felipe Montenegro and Panama’s Palacios, two of Latin America’s most successful players, were among the players who survived Day 2.

Montenegro has more than $5.5 million in online and live cashes going back to 2006 with 145 online wins and one live final table. Montenegro won the 2008 Full Tilt Sunday $750,000 guarantee for $135,271 – his largest online cash – and finished 11th in the 2011 World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Chance for $48,843 – his largest live cash. The Costa Rican pro has tallied more than 2,840 cashes on PokerStars alone throughout his career. He also has 115 online runner-up finishes.

Jose "Nacho" BarberoPalacios has recorded just under $2.3 million in online and live winnings since 2007 including 39 online wins, six WSOP cashes and three cashes each from the World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour. Palacios’s largest score to date came from a sixth place finish in the 2011 PokerStars Carribean Adventure Main Event for $450,000. Palacios also finished runner-up in the 2010 Latin America Poker Tour Argentina Main Event for $188,200.

Other notables to make Day 3 include Jose “Nacho” Barbero, Francis Cruz, Euclides Corro, Carter Gill, Roman Valerstein, Phil Nagy and Jaime Antelhoff.

Cards will be in the air on Day 3 at 2 pm EST March 12.

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Alberto Artiaga Leads Latin Series of Poker Millions After Day 1C

Alberto AtriagaMany players tried, but only 138 remain and one of them will soon be the recipient of a six-figure pay day from the Latin Series of Poker Millions.

Cheers once again erupted across the Majestic Poker room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama when the elimination of Sebastian Ruiz ended play for the night and guaranteed the remaining players a seat on Day 2.

A total of 328 players put up the $850 buy-in on Day 1C for one last chance at the money, but play concluded for the night when only 32 remained. Those players will join the 27 players from Day 1A, 22 players from Day 1B and 48 players from previous Day 1s held throughout Latin American in previous weeks on Day 2.

Before Day 1C concluded PokerStars team pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero held the chiplead at 336,000, but it was Alberto Artiaga who overtook the lead and bagged up a stack of 371,000.

The blinds will be rolled back to 500-1000 when play begins in order to make sure all players come back to appropriate blind level from where they left off. The initial tournaments held at other venues had smaller fields, and as such reached the 10 percent mark during earlier levels. With that blinds that low, Artiaga will begin with about 370 big blinds while Barbero will begin with nearly 340.

“Obviously I’ve got a lot of chips,” Barbero said. “But I’ll start Day 2 with like 340 big blinds. I mean that has never happened in my life.”

“Day 1A is a little more turbo than I’d like it to be, I’d love to do a slower structure and everything, but it just doesn’t work with all the smaller tournaments and this tournament has to be exactly the same structure as all the other ones,” said Phil Nagy, CEO of Winning Poker Network which includes Ya Poker, America’s Card Room, Black Chip Poker and BetCRIS, all sponsors of the LSOP .

“So we tried to make up for it on Day 2 by moving the blinds back to 500-1000 and a lot of these people are going to be playing with 200 and 300 big blinds. When we did the test runs in Costa Rica, seriously nobody busted out for about four or five hours. It’s a lot of play. But it’s good because you are already in the money and you want it to be a good structure toward the end.”

All players who made Day 2 were automatically in the money, meaning there will be no money bubble to sweat through as the tournament continues on. Each min-cash is worth $2,200.

Alex ManzanoOther names that made Day 2 include Nagy, Bolivar Palacios, Felipe Montenegro and Americans Carter Gill and Roman Valerstein.

A few notable bustouts included the final member of team BetCRIS, Alex Manzano, who will not join fellow pros Engelberth Varela, Gerardo Godinez, Montenegro and Palacios on Day 2. After being eliminated on Day 1A, Manzano got off to a much better start on Day 1C and chipped up early on, but he was unable to hang on until the end of the night. Antoine Lafosse, the number one ranked player out of Peru who recently final-tabled the World Poker Tour Five Diamond in Las Vegas, was eliminated just two away from the bubble. Earlier in the day John Hewitt, who bubbled the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, make his exit.

Day 2 will begin Tuesday, March 11 at 2 pm EST

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Poker Strategy With Gavin Griffin: Defending Your Soldiers


Gavin GriffinPerhaps it’s because of the historical fiction book I’m reading about World War I. Perhaps it’s because I played some interesting hands last night that sort of outline my whole strategy in this situation. Perhaps it’s because I have some tournaments coming up in a couple of weeks and my strategy varies a bit when in tournaments. Either way, I woke up this morning sure of what I needed to write about in this week’s artcle: defending your blinds.

One of the most eye-opening things I realized when I opened my first PokerTracker database with the hands I had imported was how much I was losing from the blinds. With the exception of those who play exclusively heads up or three-handed, everyone loses money from the blinds. It’s something I knew intuitively but when the database showed me what it really looked like in those big red numbers in a sea of black ones, I knew it was something I needed to work on.

I was pretty sure that defending my blinds more (in no-limit) wasn’t the best plan. In limit, things are different. You are nearly required to defend your big blind against a single raise heads up. 3.5-to-1 is just too good of a price to pass up. It’s simplifying things a bit since you can definitely pass up that price if you play poorly postflop and can’t find a way to make money with the hands you play when cards are on the table, but for good players, defense is a must. In no-limit, however, with the massive reverse-implied odds inherent in the game and the increased positional advantage as the streets progress and the bets get bigger, it could be correct to fold a hand as good as K-J offsuit or Q-J offsuit to a small raise in a heads-up pot. The single biggest mistake I see people make in no-limit out of the blinds is defending too much. This happens in both multiway and heads-up pots and I think, even though you’re getting a better immediate price, that it’s usually much worse to defend too wide in a multiway pot than a heads-up pot for two reasons. First, it’s bad enough playing out of position against one player. To have to play out of position against multiple players on all streets is a disaster. Second, the average winning hand curve isn’t linear as the number of people in the hand increases, it’s exponential. Instead of turning your 10-5 suited into a pair of fives against only the preflop raiser and winning, you have to make trip fives or a straight against two or three players. When you add in the amount of money you lose when you make your bottom or middle pair because of how hard it is to play them out of position, defending your blinds with a wide range in a multiway or even heads-up pot in no-limit is a losing proposition.

So, if we’ve decided that we need to defend our blinds with a pretty tight range in no-limit, we now need to decide how we defend them aggressively or passively. Obviously, there are many different circumstances that arise during the course of a poker game, but the one that I’m going to look at now, for simplicity’s sake is one raise and no calls until it is our action in the blinds. I think, just like there are two different blinds in no-limit, there are two separate answers to this question. I defend my small blind aggressively and my big blind passively. Out of the small blind I will reraise with most of the hands I’ll play when there has been a raise and no calls. I like to do this because I get to build a bigger pot with what is probably the best hand, to reduce the stack-to-pot ratio, making my hand easier to play postflop, and it has the added benefit of often making the hand heads-up when it could have been multiway. There are some disadvantages of course. You’ve made the effective stakes bigger when out of position, something you’d generally prefer to do when in position. You have also defined your range more, making it easier for your opponent to play against you.

Out of the big blind, I play a different strategy in heads-up pots. I call preflop with my entire continuing range. Perhaps it’s because I’m too lazy to come up with an unexploitable three-betting range out of the big blind when playing 200 blinds deep or more, or perhaps because it’s impossible to do so. Mostly, I do it because it allows me to call with a wider range, to check-raise the flop with a wider range when my opponent’s range is at its weakest, and it gets me more flop check-throughs than my opponents because of the fact that they know my check-raising range can include hands like overpairs as well as draws, top pair, etcetera.

I think this has been an effective and simple strategy for me defending my blinds. Since I no longer play online and can’t gather hard data on whether that is true or not, it’s difficult to know for sure. I have to rely on that old fashioned gut feeling and that’s something I can defend easily. ♠



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Colombia’s John Idagarra Leads Latin Series of Poker Millions Day 1B

John IdagarraJohn Idagarra of Columbia finished Day 1B of the Latin Series of Poker Millions main event with the chiplead over the final 22 players who lasted through the day. When chips were bagged for the night at the Majestic Casino in Panama City, Panama Idagarra put away 252,000, trailed by Carter Gill with 250,000 and Pablo Eggarter with 202,500.

Pocket Queens favored Gabriel Diaz about two hours before play drew to a close and the two red ladies were enough to catapult the Peruvian to an overwhelming temporary chiplead late in the night.

With only 30 players still alive Diaz got involved in a pre-flop three-way all-in with a player holding pocket aces and another with Ace-King of clubs. The Aces held the lead on a flop of Jx 10x 8Club Suit but Diaz and the player holding Ace-King picked up plenty of outs. Diaz’s straight was completed with a nine on the turn, leaving the owner of the Aces drawing dead and the player with Ace-King needing a Queen to complete Broadway. The river bricked for his opponent and with that hand Diaz took the chip lead for a short time.

While the starting field was slightly smaller on Day 1B – 221 players compared to Day 1A’s 268 – the field was no less stacked with some of the best players in the region.

Gerardo GodinezTeam BetCRIS pro Gerardo Godinez, best known for his 2011 European Poker Tour Grand Final main event 18th place finish for $59,369, was among the field and finished Day 1B with 105,000.

“I was playing the same table during the whole day, so I had a pretty good read on all the players. I was putting the pressure on every single player,” Godinez said of how he pressed his way into Day 2. “I put on the pressure about seven times because I knew that the money meant more for them during the bubble and they were going to fold good hands. They folded Ace-King twice and tens once, so I was right.”

Godinez, of Mexico, will join fellow BetCRIS pros Engelberth Varela of Venezuela, Felipe Montenegro of Costa Rica and Bolivar Palacios of Panama on Day 2.

“It’s going to be a good competition and all of us want to represent the team really good, but in my mind I want to win because I want to be the best out of all of them,” Godinez said. “It’s going to be fun and we want to all go deep. We are friends but we are not going to have any mercy between any of us.”

Carter GillAlso in the mix where Americans Leo Wolpert and 2012 Punta Cana Poker Classic champion Matthew Weber, who both played Day 1A as well.

Weber was unable to get anything going after firing multiple bullets but said he will return for Day 1C and try once again.

“For Day 1A I got up to a pretty big stack but then just ran into a couple of bad hands in a row and unfortunately bubbled,” Weber said. “It definitely would upset me if I didn’t make it to Day 2 after coming down from the states.”

Wolpert followed Weber to the rail just before the night ended.

Guillermo Olvera, the 2013 Punta Cana Poker Classic champion and one of the highest earning tournament winners out of Mexico, was also among those who did not make it through the day.

While Day 1B ended with Idagarra in the lead over the 22 players to advance on Day 1B, Team PokerStars pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero continued to hold the overall chiplead over the 48 pre-qualifiers and the 49 players from Day 1A and 1B with 336,000.

Day 1C will begin Monday, March 10 at 2pm EST with live updates on For more information about the LSOP , click here.

Day 1B Chip Counts

JohnIdarraga 252,000 Colombia
CarterGill 250,000 USA
PabloEggarter 202,500 Argentina
JohnnySandoval 182,000 CR
Jose LuisRuiz 174,000 Venezuela
GabrielDiaz 172,500 Peru
DanKent 140,000
JorgeViena 117,000 Peru
JavierGrant 116,000 CR
GiulioOliviero 115,500 Colombia
RaviManne 114,000
GerardoGodinez 105,000 mexico
FernandoNarvaez 105,000 Colombia
victorLay Castro 96,500 peru
JacoboBucaram 91,500 Ecuador
LuisPerez 87,000 Venezuela
RicardoArosemena 72,000 Panama
Juan FernandoLastra 66,000
JamesDownend 58,000 USA
EitanYechivi 58,000 Panama
EuclidesCorro 50,000 Panama
MarceloOttonello 25,000 Argentina

Day 1A and Pre-Qualifiers

Jose Barbero 336,000 Argentina
Rafael Pardo 333,500 Colombia
Andres Farias 277,300 Colombia
Nicolas Malandre 237,500 Chile
Rodrigo Quezada 222,000 Chile
Camilo Posada 219,500 Colombia
Jose Espinoza 211,200 Peru
Phillip Nagy 200,000 Costa Rica
William Cole 199,700 USA
Ryan Smith 189,000 Canada
Adam Reynolds 185,800 Great Britain
Jaime Antelhoff 172,500 Uruguay
Jonathan Brown 164,500 USA
July Bianchi 159,000 Chile
Felip Montenegro 157,000 Costa Rica
Jelko Palma 155,000 Panama
Khaled Nassief 154,500 Mexico
Roman Valerstein 154,500 USA
Allan Zumeta 150,000 Peru
Francis Cruz 144,300 Dominican Republic
Vito Recchimurzo 144,000 Venezuela
Zennawi Petros 141,000 Canada
Fernando Decorato 140,000 Panama
Pablo Toimil 131,000 Argentina
Cristian Velasquez 130,000 Chile
Eduardo Bernal 125,000 Colombia
Bolivar Palacios 122,000 Panama
Jospehy Ferry 120,100 Canada
Ben Warrington 120,000 Ireland
Adeb Shoman 116,500 Panama
Jaime Ligator 116,500 Costa Rica
Flavio Arrieta 114,000 Peru
Jorge Postigo 112,500 Peru
Alberto Fonseca 111,100 Costa Rica
Juan Alberto Sanchez 110,200 Dominican Republic
Roberto Zamora 110,000 Costa Rica
Guillermo Echevarria 109,500 Peru
Jessica Perez 109,500 Panama
Jose Pino 109,500 Chile
Nickolas Davies 108,500 USA
Carlos Duran 108,000 Dominican Republic
Donys Agenelli 102,000 Venezuela
Roberto Ingino 101,500 Venezuela
Toma Haralampiev 101,500 Bulgaria
Oscar Ortiz 100500 Puerto Rico
John Restrepo 95,500 Colombia
Guillermo Rosario 95000 USA
Ricardo Chauriye 93,900 Chile
Engelberth Varela 90,500 Venezuela
Leonardo Tarazona 90,000 Colombia
Luis Janampa 86,000 Peru
Claudio Piedrabuena 82,000 Argentina
Carlos Lam 78,800 Panama
Sergio Larrain 77,900 Peru
Miguel Velasco 74,800 Colombia
Filippo Storino 72,100 Italy
Andrey Ardila 72,000 Colombia
Richard Webb 71,100 Canada
Manuel Aranguiz 71,000 Chile
Faiber Rodriguez 69,200 Colombia
John Abello 69,000 Colombia
Felipe Morbiducci 65,500 Chile
David Tarbet 65,000 Great Britain
Jorge Olivos 63,000 Chile
Norman Cordero 62,300 Costa Rica
Ezio Fenocchio 54,000 Italia
Raul Hauyana 54,000 Peru
Hector Quinonez 51,500 Dominican Republic
Emanuel Cardenas 44,000 Peru
Rogero Nordgren 42,000 USA
Manrique Quesada 41,000 Costa Rica
Fernando Sarmiento 37,500 Panama
Javier Ramirez 31,500 Honduras
Dustin Benda 23,500 USA
Miodrag Brkovic 19,900 Aruba

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Zynga Poker Unveils Major Redesign

Zynga just recently unveiled a huge update for its social poker product, VentureBeat reported.

The redesign makes the game less cartoonish and more like a casino, with its red and gold colors. Poker action also moves at a brisker pace.

Zynga Poker is one of the firm’s most profitable products.

According to VentureBeat, Zynga’s market share in the social casino games business has been shrinking as of late. “Caesars Interactive has 14.7 percent of the social casino game market while IGT’s Double Down has 12.1 percent. Zynga is now third with 10.1 percent of the market, according to market analyst firm Eilers Research.”

“Poker is a 200-year-old game,” the firm said. “How do you reinvent that experience? We wanted to create an app that was rearchitected for mobile and reimagined.”

“We are going back to our roots in social,and players will find that the new Zynga Poker delivers entirely new layers of social, making it easier for you and your friends to join the same table and instantly connect,” the firm added in a blog post. “We had to think about what matters, about how we want our players to feel. It’s more social, with an emphasis on quality, immersive, and personal, like you have permission to dream, play and win.”

Zynga once had plans for real-money online poker in the United States, but it backed out of those ideas. It has still dabbled in that activity overseas, though.

The poker product makes money from users purchasing the play-money chips.


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U.S. Lawmaker Wants To Ban Online Poker

Another lawmaker on Capitol Hill wants to put a restriction on Internet gaming.

According to GamblingCompliance, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham — a Republican from South Carolina — said he is currently working on sponsoring federal legislation that would seek to ban all forms of Internet gambling. In other words, web poker would be outlawed.

Graham’s plans are more intense than a proposal that was tentatively pitched by Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, also a Republican. Heller would like to see a ban on Internet gaming, but with an exception made for poker — a game with a large skill component.

A bill from Graham reportedly would seek to restore the Wire Act’s control over web gaming. In December 2011, the Department of Justice issued a revision of sorts on its interpretation of the law, saying that states could pursue online gambling on their own turf.

Three have done so thus far.

Casino boss Shdeldon Adelson, a huge Republican donor, is fighting to stop the spread of online casino games in the country. He said he’s worried that online betting would hurt the brick-and-mortar side of things. Las Vegas Sands is the largest casino developer in the world.

It has been speculated that lawmakers opposing online gaming could gain favor with Adelson, who has pledged to spend “whatever it takes” on the issue.

Odds of any federal bill banning online gaming are remote, though. The reason? Because some states are already realizing legitimate revenues from the activity. Trying to put a stop to those industries would be almost impossible politically.


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2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event Builds $5.1 Million Prize Pool

The numbers are in for the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event. A total of 534 players made their way to the Commerce Casino to play in this event, building a total prizepool of $5,126,400. The top 63 finishers will make the money, with a min-cash being worth $18,970 while the eventual champion will take home $1,015,460.

Scott BlackmanAt the end of day 2 less than 175 players remain from the sizable starting field. The chip leader heading into day three is Scott Blackman with 380,000. Blackman had also ended day 1 as the chip leader, and kept ahead of a number of notable players who were nipping at his heels, including Danny Steinberg (280,000), David Paredes (251,000) and Alex Masek (199,900).

Defending LAPC main event champion Paul Klann survived the day with 31,600. In 2013 Klann topped a field of 517 in this event to secure the first-place prize of $1,004,090. 2013 runner-up Paul Volpe and third-place finisher Jesse Yaginuma both also made it through to day three.

Here is a look at the payouts:

1st: $1,015,460
2nd: $662,840
3rd: $423,440
4th: $332,190
5th: $264,520
6th: $200,440
7th-8th: $137,900
9th-10th: $100,480
11th-12th: $73,310
13th-18th: $54,850
19th-24th: $42,550
25th-30th: $36,400
31st-36th: $31,270
37th-45th: $26,660
46th-54th: $22,560
55th-63rd: $18,970

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Poker Strategy Playing It Safe


Andrew BrokosIn life, I’m a nit. Some might even say a cheapskate. I only drink tap water at restaurants. I never go to night clubs or trendy bars. When poker tournaments take me to expensive casino resorts, I bring a lot of my own food.

Despite all the time I spend in casinos, I’ve never touched a pit game in my life: no dice, no blackjack, no roulette, and certainly no slot machines. I’ve never purchased a lottery ticket. I work hard to find every edge I ca when I play poker, so why would I knowingly give away two or three percent in the pit?

Yet at the poker table, I’m capable of anything. I’ll check-raise bluff four players on the flop if I think no one has a set. I’ll bluff twice the pot on the river if I think I can get you off of your set. In my first World Series of Poker main event, when the $10,000 buy-in represented about a quarter of my net worth, I (correctly) called off 15 percent of my stack with king-high on the river in the first level.

How do I reconcile my seemingly risky approach to poker with the way I treat money in other aspects of my life? My philosophy is actually very consistent: I hate letting money slip through my fingers, and that’s exactly what happens if I miss a positive expectation play at the poker table.

This is why I bristle when people talk about checking or folding being a “safe play.” It’s safe in the sense that it won’t cost you any more money from your stack, but what about your equity in the pot?

I understand the temptation of this logic, and I’m sure I’ve been guilty of it myself. Your chips are something real and tangible, already in front of you, whereas your pot equity is distributed across a range of possible outcomes with uncertain probabilities. Still, it is real, it is worth money, and most importantly, it already belongs to you.

Every time you are dealt into a hand of poker, you have some chance of winning, and hence some equity in the pot. Just like when you make mortgage payments on a house, your equity in the pot is worth something. Folding doesn’t cost you nothing, it costs you your equity. Losing this equity is exactly as expensive as losing chips from your stack if you call and end up losing the pot.

Unlike with a house, you generally have to make further investments in a pot to realize your equity. Often this represents too high a price, in which case the safest play is indeed to fold.

Other times, your opponents will give you the opportunity to bluff them, which is like buying out their equity at a bargain price. Not taking those opportunities is akin to turning down a deal whereby you pay $1 to buy $2. Actually, it’s more like turning down a coin flip where you pay $1 if you lose but stand to win $2. There’s risk involved, but as long as you’re properly bankrolled, it’s a good investment, and not taking it is akin to turning down free money.

Think about the feeling you get when you fold only to have your opponent show you a bluff. Probably there is a visceral frustration that comes from seeing quite clearly what you have lost and how easily it could have been yours.

Maybe you feel the same way when you check the river and win at showdown against a hand that would have paid off another bet. You can see how you could have had more money, and you know that you don’t have it, and that hurts.

I get that same feeling when my opponent wins at showdown with a hand that I think he would have folded to further pressure. Had I applied that pressure there would be more chips in my stack, so by not applying that pressure, I functionally lost those chips. I let money slip through my fingers. I hate that!

The immediate impetus for this article was a comment on my blog. I posted a hand where I held a pair of jacks on a 9Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit board. On the river, I was out of position to two players, and based on the action so far, I was far more likely to have a flush than were either of my opponents. With $655 in the pot and nearly $5,000 in the effective stacks, I asked readers what they thought was the best play.

One commenter said that checking was “obviously” the safe play, but that’s not obvious to me. I estimated that I might have the best hand as much as 20 percent of the time in that spot. I’d probably fold to a bet, though, so I can’t expect to win even that often at showdown. If my read about neither opponent having a flush was right, however, then a big bet could succeed nearly always. This makes bluffing much less risky in the sense that I would hardly ever lose, whereas checking would cause me to lose the vast majority of the time.

The real risk, I suppose, is that my reads are off. If someone actually did have a flush, or just refused to fold a weaker hand to a big bet, then I could lose not just the pot but also my bluff.

That’s a risk you take whenever you play poker, though. If you aren’t comfortable backing your reads with the money you have on the table, then you have too much money on the table.

The alternative approach is to hope to win simply by getting dealt better cards than your opponents, and that strategy is about as risky as they come. ♠

Andrew Brokos is a professional poker player, writer and coach. He blogs about poker strategy on and is co-host of the Thinking Poker Podcast. Andrew is also interested in education reform and founded an after-school debate program for urban youth.


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Online Gambling Expert: California Has Best Odds To Legalize Web Poker In 2014

Despite it being an election year in the Golden State, online gambling expert Chris Krafcik thinks it has the best chance, among other U.S. states, of getting something done in 2014 with regards to web poker. Krafcik is the Research Director (North America) for GamblingCompliance and for years has been monitoring developments there.

Right now, just Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have legal — and operational — online wagering. Others are considering it this year, but in many spots the chances appear low.

California is home to the nation’s top tribal casino industry, and Krafcik said that if they can figure out the nuts and bolts of how online poker would work for the industry there at large, something could advance rather rapidly, as opposed to bills stalling in the legislature, like they have in years past. Momentum does seem to be building.

Card Player had the chance to speak with Krafcik about California’s chances this year, as well as a handful of other topics related to online gaming in the United States.

Brian Pempus: First off, what impact do you think Sheldon Adelson’s anti-web gaming efforts could have on the state level?

Chris Krafcik: Las Vegas Sands is majority-owned by one of the world’s wealthiest men, which means that it can well afford to spend aggressively at the state level to advance its policy agenda. I think the company is likely to have the most success in the two states in which it operates casinos: Nevada and Pennsylvania. Lawmakers and regulators in those states will be inclined to consider the company’s position on Internet gambling because it has skin in the game. By “skin in the game,” I mean the company’s casinos and the jobs and tax revenue they generate. But in other states — say, California or Illinois — the company is less likely to have success chiefly because it does not have skin in the game. So, while the company is positioned to slow or stall the progression of Internet gambling legislation in Pennsylvania or the expansion of Internet gambling in Nevada, it will likely find that task more challenging in other states where it has no casino presence to leverage.

By way of background, Nevada legalized Internet gambling — or “interactive gaming” — in June 2001. The law authorized the Nevada Gaming Commission, with the advice and assistance of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, to adopt regulations governing the licensing and operation of interactive gaming, including the types of interactive games operators may offer. NRS 463.750(1). Currently, operators may not accept or facilitate a wager on “any game other than the game of poker and its derivatives.” Regulation 5A.140(1)(a). This year, however, the Commission and the Board will likely consider whether to expand the types of interactive games operators may offer to include slot games and table games. All this to say that I expect Las Vegas Sands to lobby against any such expansion.

BP: Which state do you think is most likely to legalize online gaming this year and why?

CK: California. If the state’s fractious but politically powerful Native American gaming industry can agree to a consensus Internet poker bill, tribal lobbyists expect that it will move quickly. The bill-passage deadline there is August 31.

BP: Do you think Rod Wright’s conviction will have an impact on California online poker efforts?

CK: In some ways, yes. In others, no. In Sacramento, Senator Wright was considered the most educated lawmaker on Internet poker issues. Some in the Legislature feel that without a politico as knowledgeable as Wright advocating on behalf of the state, whatever Internet poker bill eventually passes could lean too heavily in favor of its Native American gaming industry. Consideration of Internet poker legislation is set to continue without Wright at the helm. Ahead of the February 21 bill-introduction deadline, two lawmakers, Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer and Senator Correa, have signaled their intent to introduce legislation.

BP: Do you think the initial NJ revenue figures will in some way help other states in their respective deliberations on the online gaming issue?

CK: Because the New Jersey market is less than three months old, I think lawmakers in other states will be paying closer attention to the efficacy of geo-location and consumer-protection technology than to how quickly or slowly the market is growing on a monthly-sequential basis.

BP: When do you see a compact of some kind being formed between Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, or any combination of the two?

CK: That is very difficult question to answer, but my best guess is not for a while. For now, regulators in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey are focused on proving out their intrastate Internet gambling rules and systems. Even after those rules and systems are proven out, though, there is still the very tricky matter of reconciling one state’s with another’s. To put a number on it: years, not months.

BP: What do you make of Steve Wynn sort of backtracking on his online gaming plans?

CK: Given Wynn Resorts’ exposure to explosive growth in Macau, and with its second casino set to open there in 2016, the company is not nearly as reliant on the U.S. Internet gambling opportunity as some of its rivals are. In light of that, Mr. Wynn can well afford to take his time.

BP: Do you think New Jersey will become the online gaming hub that Ray Lesniak envisions?

CK: Senator Lesniak is among the most forward-thinking lawmakers in the country on Internet gambling issues. He is also a very tenacious fellow. If he wants New Jersey to become a national regulatory hub for Internet gambling, there is certainly reason to think it could happen. At this stage, though, his bill, S980, which would authorize so-called “interstate and foreign Internet wagering,” has not attracted much interest from the Atlantic City casino industry.















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Former Congresswoman To Fight Against Potential Federal Ban Of Online Poker

There likely won’t be any passage of legislation that would legalize nationwide — or ban nationwide — forms of Internet gambling. For one, a few states are already realizing those revenues and Congress would surely not put an end to those revenue streams. Since the states are already venturing out on their own, there is less of an impetus to push through a bill to make it legal nationwide. Not to mention, the issue is pretty controversial and there have always been more pressing matters for Congress to look at.

Despite all of this, one group led by Sheldon Adelson is pushing a federal ban on the web games. Those efforts reportedly have prompoted a former Congresswoman to join a group that will oppose the opposition to online gaming. Mary Bono, who represented Californians, is teaming up with Mike Oxley, a former Congressman from Ohio, to lead the “Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection”, which will try to protect online poker from said ban.

These developments are according to The Desert Sun.

The battle is expected to be costly for both sides, with Adelson saying he would spend whatever it takes to thwart, or at least delay, online gambling in the U.S.

Bono’s group, known as C4COP, reportedly has said that “an online gaming ban simply would not work,” since it would limit states’ rights and would “stifle innovation and growth.”

“Congress can neither legislate the Internet away, nor consumer demand for online products. We need to do all we can to make sure that the Internet is a safe place for businesses, consumers, families and children,” Bono said in a statement.

“I am proud to be a part of the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection to make sure that people know the risks behind implementing such a ban.”

As a lawmaker, Bono was also involved with past online poker discussions on Capitol Hill.

C4COP is backed by MGM Resorts International, among others, according to Politico.




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2014 Card Player Poker Tour Foxwoods Main Event Beats Guarantee By Nearly $200,000

The champion will take home $113,435 and this trophyA total of 340 entries were made in the inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Foxwoods $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event, building a total prize pool of $494,700.

That means the event’s $300,000 guarantee was surpassed by just under $200,000! The top 36 finishers will make the money, with a min-cash being worth $3,858 while the eventual champion will take home $113,435 for the win.

Despite relatively heavy snowfall throughout Saturday the turnout for day 1B was impressive. There were 261 total entries today, with that number being comprised of 197 unique players and 64 re-entries. There were plenty of players firing multiple bullets in this event including 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion John Dibella (3), Vinny Pahuja (3), Roland Israelashvili (4), Michael Dentale (4) and Tom Dobrilovic (4).

Brad St. VincentAt the end of the day only 84 players remained the chip leader was Brad St. Vincent with 268,000. Other notables who finished the day with big stacks include Vinny Pahuja (146,800), former card Player tournament reporter and current poker pro Jameson Singer (119,600), Chris Tryba (114,500), 2012 WSOP main event finalist Michael Esposito (98,000) and Ryan Eriquezzo (78,200).

Some big names that turned out but didn’t survive the day include John Dibella and two-time Oscar nominee James Woods.

Day 1B survivors will combine with the 22 who made it through day 1A to make a field of 106 returning on Sunday at 11:00 AM local time for day 2. Make sure to check back here for more live coverage as we try to play down to a final table.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the survivors of day 1B:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Brad St. Vincent 268,000
2 Bob Skinner 220,000
3 Gennadiy Kostrov 194,700
4 Mathew Silberzwieg 187,000
5 Nick Cyr 185,100
6 David Kluchman 181,800
7 Ben Bianco 171,200
8 Jason Calnan 165,000
9 Tom Thomas 154,400
10 Vinny Pahuja 146,800
11 Daniel Pignataro 142,200
12 Patrick Kelly 135,000
13 Jordan Ludwick 129,800
14 Ryan Mostafa 126,000
15 Jameson Singer 119,600
16 Chris Tryba 114,500
17 Greg Konrad 112,000
18 Chris Schonbach 110,900
19 David Espinola 109,500
20 Bob Ricciuti 100,000
21 Nick Bennett 100,000
22 Micheal Esposito 98,000
23 Mark Beamly 94,000
24 Jeff Einsidier 93,300
25 John Andrews 92,700
26 Lucian Cazzello 92,500
27 Ryan Methia 89,200
28 Mike Vely 88,700
29 Bryan Leskowitz 87,300
30 Bill Cunningham 87,000
31 Jessica Wuerz 86,800
32 Rohan Long 84,300
33 Spyros Malkotsis 83,600
34 Omar Saaed 82,600
35 Ryan Eriquezzo 78,200
36 Adam Bitker 76,800
37 Roger Palombizio 72,000
38 Stephen Jurket 71,800
39 Frank Flowers 70,900
40 Derek Chin 70,500
41 Roland Israelashvili 69,300
42 Mike Jarvela 69,200
43 Matthew Zola 67,700
44 Tom Dobrilovic 66,500
45 Kevin Boesel 62,000
46 Michael Dentale 61,100
47 James Campell 58,700
48 Robert Allain 57,800
49 Kim Schinco 51,600
50 Anthony Zinno 51,300
51 Craig Sklar 50,900
52 Aaron Smith 50,100
53 Hilary Dombrowski 49,000
54 Jim Clark 47,400
55 Christopher Papa 46,300
56 Arthur Ohannessian 44,200
57 Keith Herskowitz 43,800
58 Paul Francis 43,100
59 Ramy Ibrahim 43,000
60 Richard Jordan 42,800
61 Philip Knezevich 42,700
62 Philippe Casciola 42,100
63 Gordon Eng 41,800
64 Rory Anderson 40,800
65 Alex Ortiz 40,000
66 Guisseppe Rubio 38,800
67 Ken Silberstein 37,600
68 William Wachter 36,800
69 Khoskou Gholamreza 36,300
70 Sean Cleary 35,400
71 Jon Iacovelli 28,700
72 Mark Awatt 28,500
73 Kamar Russell 26,000
74 Corwyn Canedy 25,200
75 William Lewis 22,500
76 Terry Grimes 21,600
77 Robert Gilber 21,200
78 Maurice Paradis 20,100
79 Frank Schino 19,900
80 Giuseppe Pizzolato 18,500
81 Jonathan Sorsohen 17,100
82 Jim Miron 14,700
83 Jamie Flynn 14,000
84 Ben Rosado 12,700

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Ronnie Pease Leads Final 13 Players in the Card Player Poker Tour Foxwoods Main Event

Ronnie PeaseA six-figure pay day of $113,435 is up for grabs as the Card Player Poker Tour Foxwoods $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em $300,000 Guarantee Main Event heads into its final day.

After 11 levels of play the final 13 players bagged up their chips for the night and Ronnie Pease was in the lead with 1.56 million. The chiplead position is nothing new to Pease – he also finished Day 1A with a massive chiplead over the 22 players who advanced.

Day 1B chipleader Brad St. Vincent is still alive and well, finishing the day third in chips with 979,000. Perhaps the most recognizable name still in the field, 2012 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Chris Tryba, bagged up 438,000 at the end of the night.

Day 2 began with 106 runners and action moved along quickly, seeing more than half the field eliminated in the first four levels of play. Once the money bubble approached, play slowed down considerably and saw only a few eliminations for two levels.

The money bubble was burst just before dinner when Mike Vela ran his JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit into the AClub SuitQDiamond Suit of Mike Jarvela on a ASpade Suit5Spade Suit4Diamond Suit3Club SuitJDiamond Suit board.

Joe Starratt was the first player to take home a piece of the nearly half a million dollar prize pool, being eliminated 36th for $3,858. Soon after Starratt, World Poker Tour champion Anthony Zinno was eliminated. Zinno began Day 2 as one of the shortest stacks in play but managed to hang on long enough to finish in 33rd, adding an additional $3,858 to more than $1 million in live career winnings.

Anthony ZinnoOther notables who made their exits prior to the money included 2012 WSOP National Championship winner Ryan Eriquezzo, Vinny Pahuja, Mike Dentale, 2012 WSOP Main Event seventh place finisher Michael Esposito and Tom Dobrilovic.

Chris Leong, who cashed his way into the CPPT leaderboard by winning Event 1: $600 No-Limit Hold’em $100,000 Guarantee for $42,149, cashing out for 52nd and $602 in Event 4: $300 No-Limit Hold’em $75,000 Guarantee and taking third in Event 7: $400 No-Limit Hold’em $75,000 Guarantee for $11,763, also made his exit before the money but seemed not to be too upset by it.

Leong Tweeted “Busted…. guess it was ridic to think I could cash in first 4 tourneys of the year lol.”

Leong currently sits in fourth on the CPPT leaderboard for money won on the season with $54,514. As of now he also holds the record for most money won on the season without cashing in a main event.

Play will resume Monday at 12pm EST with full live updates on Once a final table is reached the live stream and commentary will begin.

Day 3 Chip Counts

Ronnie Pease 1,566,000
Anthony Ruberto 1,247,000
Brad St. Vincent 979,000
Mark Lieberman 925,000
Josh Albin 808,000
Justin Adams 531,000
Tom Thomas 463,000
Frank Paul 453,000
Chris Tryba 438,000
Ben Bianco 380,000
Chris Schonbach 246,000
Patrick Kelly 202,000
Mike Jarvela 132,000

In the Money Finishes

TBA $113,435
TBA $69,258
TBA $45,760
TBA $36,360
TBA $26,714
TBA $21,767
TBA $17,809
TBA $14,099
TBA $10,898
TBA $7,915
TBA $7,915
TBA $7,915
TBA $6,678
Rob Holtz $6,678
James Rubin $6,678
Mark Brambley $5,936
PhillipKnezevich $5,936
Adam Bikter $5,936
Jason Calnan $5,194
David Stefanski $5,194
Steven Juricek $5,194
Lucian Cappello $4,669
William Cunningham $4,669
Samuel Taylor $4,669
Peter Everett $4,669
Ken Silberstein $4,669
Daniel Pignataro $4,669
Matthew Silberzweig $3,858
Robert Gilbert $3,858
Jordan Ludwick $3,858
Nicholas Cry $3,858
Ryan Methia $3,858
Anthony Zinno $3,858
Kurt Lichtman $3,858
Christopher Papa $3,858
Joe Starratt $3,858

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