Poker Pro Magazine Europe Your Source For Poker Related Content Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:12:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Mickey Petersen Wins 2012 English Poker Open Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:12:44 +0000 admin Sept 24, 2012
Denmark player Mickey Petersen has won the 2012 English Poker Open and the £78,660 prize that went with it.

Cake Poker had sent more than a dozen players to the event through online satellites with one, Jeff “JaksonGalaxy” McKeown, finishing in 31st place. He was in the unenviable position of being eliminated by British poker sensation Sam Trickett.

The event, held at London’s famed Fox Poker Club, has seen its numbers drop over the past two years from 193 in 2010 to 137 this year. The first prize also came down dramatically from the £220,650 won two years ago. This was a £2,180 buy-in event.

The final table payouts were:

1: Mickey Petersen –- £78,660

2: Chris Bjorin –- £49,690

3: Surinder Sunar — £35,880

4: Jamie Roberts — £28,290

5: Nicola Lategano — £20,700

6: Ben Jackson — £15,180

7: Niels Ladefoged — £10,350

8: Thomas Laumier — £8,280

9: Igor Kurganov — £6,210

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Tournament Report: WSOPE, pair of WPT events and more Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:50:41 +0000 admin Sept 23, 2012
There is plenty of poker tournament action taking place at casinos around the world, so here is your chance to get caught up on the latest results, and upcoming events in the poker world. Later this week we’ll update you on even more tournament results, including the EPO, the WSOPC in Bossier City, and of course the World Series of Poker Europe tournament series.

WPT Malta

The WPT Malta Main Event was won by Yorane Keringard, who defeated the 168 player field to win his first major poker tournament. While the field size was relatively small (The tournament is competing with the WPT Borgata Poker Open, the English Poker Open, the WSOPC Bossier City, and the HPT Colorado tournaments, as well as the upcoming WSOPE) the field included some of the biggest names in poker including Tony G and Phil Hellmuth.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Yorane Kerignard – $182,292

2. Jackson Genovesi – $108,024

3. Alessio Isaia – $68,981

4. Hui Chen Kuo – $51,409

5. Zeljko Krizan – $38,425

6. Sampo Ryynanen – $30,556

WPT Borgata Poker Open

With 1,181 entrants the WPT Borgata Poker Open managed to eclipse last year’s mark, and the final table payouts reflect just how prestigious this tournament has become in the poker world.

1. Ben Hamnett – $818,847

2. Matthew Burnitz – $488,850

3. Tyler Patterson – $298,950

4. Ofir Mor – $250,065

5. Steve Brecher – $206,821

6. David Diaz – $167,337

Mike Harris victorious at HPT Colorado

Out in Colorado, the Heartland Poker Tour managed to attract 739 players for their $1,500 Main Event. The tournament was eventually won by Mike Harris (who took home nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the win) after defeating a final table that included David “Bakes” Baker. Other big names in attendance were HPT regular Greg Raymer and Colorado resident Bryan Devonshire.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Mike Harris – $245,073

2. Carla Sabini – $139,839

3. Dan Jensen – $89,825

4. Richard Perego – $73,302

5. Jeff Wertepny – $58,220

6. David Baker – $47,130

WSOP Europe kicks off

Meanwhile, over in Cannes, France, the World Series of Poker Europe kicked off this weekend. The final table of Event #1 is playing out as I write this, with UK poker pro Roberto Romanello looking to become the latest player to join Poker’s Triple Crown Club. Here is a look at the final table chip counts from Event #1 at the WSOPE:

* Yannick Bonnet — 476,000

* Senh Ung — 289,000

* Matan Krakow — 250,000

* Sylvain Ribes — 212,000

* Roberto Romanello — 200,000

* Imed Ben Mahmoud — 184,000

* Demis Hassabis — 88,000

* Romain Chauvassagne — 7,000

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Nevada Grants Two More Online Poker Licenses Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:16:21 +0000 admin Sept 21, 2012
Online poker in Nevada continues to progress as gaming officials approved licenses for two more companies to provide intrastate Internet poker.

WMS Gaming Inc. and American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP) received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thurday, with the former obtaining rubber-stamping in the category of manufacturer and the latter licensed as an operator. ACEP runs a number of Nevada casinos, including Stratosphere Hotel Casino and Tower, Aquarius, and Arizona Charlie’s. WMS recently partnered with 888 Holdings and will look to team up with a brick and mortar casino in accordance with Silver State regulation requirements.

ACEP and WMS join Shuffle Master, International Game Technology, South Point Poker, Bally Technologies, Monarch Interactive, and Global Cash Access Holdings as entities that have received online poker licensing in Nevada. South Point Poker leads the way in the race to be the first up and running online site and is aiming for a real-money launching date sometime this fall following the completion of testing requirements.

WMS and ACEP were not the only companies garnering approval from the gaming commission Thursday, as PokerTrip Enterprises received a marketing license as the first business allowed to promote online poker sites in affiliate marketing. The Las Vegas company will target Nevada residents and tourists and promote various online poker rooms, receiving a percentage of the rake that each one of its sign-ups generates while playing poker on the sites.

There have been roughly three dozen applications submitted to Nevada gaming officials for online poker licenses in either the manufacturer, operator or service provider categories thus far. The most recent applicant to throw their hat into the ring is Vintage Vegas Gaming, operator of Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel–which happens to be the birthplace of the World Series of Poker. From 1970-2004, poker’s most well-known tournament series was held at Binion’s until Harrah’s bought the casino and the WSOP brand. Harrah’s is now Caesars Entertainment and has retained the WSOP rights, but sold Binion’s in 2008 to Vintage Vegas Gaming, who have apllied for licensing in each of the three categories.

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ISPT boss says tournament may not happen Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:59:53 +0000 admin Sept 20, 2012
After a flurry of positive movement and press, the potential May 2013 debut of the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) at Wembley Stadium is now in question. The ambitious undertaking has been met with cynicism from the very beginning, and despite recent signings and the announcement of satellite tournaments, the ISPT is now looking like more of a long-shot than before.

ISPT Marketing Director George Djen told, “At least 15,000 players must come, otherwise the tournament won’t take place,” adding, “But we could guarantee that this will [be] the hugest tournament in the world in terms of the participants. A maximum of 30,000 players could play.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a canceled press conference where the ISPT was supposed to explain many of the details of the tournament, most importantly the way the guaranteed prize-pool would be escrowed. The reason the guarantee suddenly became a major issue dates back to the beginning of the ISPT, when a €30 million guarantee was first given. The ISPPT later reduced this to €20 million, and more recently started eliminating the word “guarantee” from their website altogether.

Compounding the problem was the recent fiasco at the Partouche Poker Tour, where the PPT tried to renege on a €5 million guarantee for the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, before finally relenting after a severe backlash. What makes the PPT situation so impactful for the ISPT is that many of the people linked with the ISPT have connections with the Partouche Poker Tour and Partouche family.

The ISPT has been actively promoting the tournament, even signing several of the biggest names in poker to work as ambassadors for the tour: Sam Trickett, Mike Mizrachi, David Benyamine, and Liz Lieu. The ISPT also had Patrik Antonius patched-up at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, and has reserved Wembley Stadium from May 31 through June 6 (the dates of the first ISPT Main Event).

The initial push for the ISPT came as Groupe Bernard Tapie was trying to buy Full Tilt Poker, and it was widely accepted that Full Tilt Poker would act as the “feeder” for ISPT events – Along with Prosper Masquleier, who has ties to the Partouche family and worked for the online arm of the Partouche gaming empire, Laurent Tapie is integrally involved in the ISPT. When the deal finally fell through this April the entire poker world thought the ISPT had died along with it, but the ISPT has trudged on, although with the latest statements it’s unclear if the event will ever take place.

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Borgata Poker Open pulls in over 1,100 entrants Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:58:27 +0000 admin Sept 19, 2012
A total of 1,181 entries were recorded for the 2012 Worlds Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open (some individuals registered more than once thanks to the reentry/rebuy format the tournament is using) swelling the total prize-pool to nearly $3.9 million and putting the first-place prize-money at a healthy $818k.

Despite some healthy competition from other poker tournaments going on around the globe, including another WPT event on the island of Malta, the Borgata Poker Open managed to better last year’s attendance mark by 50 entrants; a very good sign for poker.

The ability to rebuy during the first four levels was a new wrinkle added to this event, but unlike a traditional rebuy tournament, players who wanted to fire another bullet had to go up to the cage and basically re-register for the event, where they were assigned a new seat.

The poker pros were out in force for both starting days, with big names like Brian Lemke, Jonathan Little, recent WPT Grand Prix de Paris winner Matthew Salsberg, Darren Elias, Tony Dunst, Barry Greenstein, and Carlos Mortensen all landing near the top of the leader-board after their Day 1 flights.

Here is a look at the leaders from Day 1a of the WPT Borgata Poker Open:

1. Robert Boyko – 173,100

2. Kyle Frey – 168,250

3. Chad Power – 158,250

4. Michael Melkerson – 148,900

5. Lloyd Mandel – 147,575

6. Barry Greenstein – 144,250

7. Darren Elias – 137,525

8. Shawn Cunix – 133,000

9. Tony Dunst – 125,100

10. Carlos Mortensen – 123,825

Here are the leaders from Day 1b of the WPT Borgata Poker Open:

1. Brian Lemke – 272,575

2. Kyle Bowker – 201,000

3. James Poper – 185,100

4. Vadim Bulavchik – 160,000

5. Carl Pipitone – 150,000

6. Mike Holm – 135,225

7. David Pham – 130,225

8. Matthew Salsberg – 122,600

9. Jonathan Little – 117,775

10. Jean Gaspard – 108,850

Some other notable names that managed to make it through to Day 2 were Jeff Madsen, Cliff Josephy, Matt Glantz, Olivier Busquet, Allen Kessler, David Williams, Allen Cunningham, Eric Baldwin, Dwyte Pilgrim, Cherish Andrews, Andy Frankenberger, Joe Cada, Harrison Gimbel, Victor Ramdin, Will Failla, and Mike Sexton.

110 players will walk away from the Borgata Poker Open with cash in hand (but several are likely to still be down a few thousand dollars from their rebuys and reentries. Here is a look at the final table payouts for the tournament:

* 1st place: $818,847

* 2nd place: $488,850

* 3rd place: $298,950

* 4th place: $250,065

* 5th place: $206,821

* 6th place: $167,337

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The Stars Shine at the British Poker Awards Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:58:34 +0000 admin Sept 18, 2012
It was a good night for Sam Trickett, PokerStars and DTD at the British Poker Awards, with the three being connected with 10 of the 17 awards distributed.

The glittering event that is the British Poker Awards was hosted last night aboard HMS President at London´s Embankment as a prelude to the English Poker Open which starts today at the Fox Poker Club on London´s Shaftesbury Avenue. As widely predicted (by PokerNewsReport at least) Sam Trickett picked up three awards for Best Cash Player, Best Tournament Player and Player of the Year, but the involvement of PokerStars in British Poker was probably the stand-out feature of the evening.

PokerStars´ sponsored pros Liv Boeree and Vanessa Selbst captured the plaques for Poker Personality of the Year and International Player of the Year respectively, while Kirsty Thompson was acknowledged as the person who had contributed most to promoting poker in the UK courtesy of the UKIPT and her “baby” – the UKIPT Nottingham at Dusk till Dawn – won Best UK Tournament. PokerStars had one more prize to come – that of Best Tournament Director which was awarded to Toby Stone for his work on the EPT and UKIPT events.

Dusk till Dawn got in on the act by winning Best Card Room and Best Card Room Manager (Simon Trumper), while the bar at the Palm Beach Club and the restaurant at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino picked up awards for their beverage services. Chris Moorman (Best Online Player), Neil Channing (Best Blogger / Social Media) and Craig McCorkill (Breakthrough Player of the Year) were the other individuals to win awards as the Champions Poker League picked up the title of Best Poker League and the Hendon Mob triumphed in the race for Best Poker Forum.

Congratulations to all the winners!
Category Voted for by Winner
Best Cash Player Public Sam Trickett
Best Tournament Player Public Sam Trickett
Best Online Player Public Chris Moorman
Best Poker League Public Champions Poker League
Best Poker Forum Public The Hendon Mob
Best UK Tournament Public UKIPT Nottingham
Best Blogger/Social Media User Public Neil Channing
Best Card Room Bar Public Palm Beach, London
Best Card Room Restaurant Public Grosvenor Victoria, London
Biggest Contribution to Promoting Poker Public Kirsty Thompson UKIPT
Player of the Year Judges Panel Sam Trickett
Best International Player Judges Panel V anessa Selbst
Breakthrough Player of the Year Judges Panel Craig McCorkill
Poker Personality of the Year Public Liv Boeree
Best Tournament Director Player´s Choice Toby Stone
Best Card Room Manager Player´s Choice Simon Trumper (DTD)
Best Card Room Player´s Choice Dusk till Dawn

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Leaked Federal Online Poker Bill Prompts More Questions Than Answers Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:49:55 +0000 admin Sept 17, 2012
Several aspects of the proposed online poker bill of Senators Reid and Kyl has many observers questioning some of the bill’s provisions.

Although only a summary of the proposal is now available to the poker community, many players have questioned several provisions within the document and are left wondering whether or not the proposal has any chance of becoming law in its current form. The first order of business under scrutiny is the blackout period that forbids licensees to have online poker sites up and running “until at least 15 months until the date of the bill’s enactment.” Intended to keep any one online poker site from getting a jump on any other, this provision means that legalization would not take hold until sometime in 2014. Obviously, this is not a beneficial time frame as far as players are concerned and may seem like an eternity for those who have been shut out from playing since Black Friday.

The deal in which PokerStars purchased the assets of Full Tilt through the U.S. Department of Justice specifically allows both sites re-entry into the U.S. marketplace, but the Reid/Kyl proposal aims to punish sites that “were involved in offering Internet gambling to United States residents after 2006 (following enactment of UIGEA)” by prohibiting them from offering services to the American market for five years. Whether or not this “bad actor” provision is good for online poker is sure to be heavily debated. However, PokerStars was able to become the top online site the world over due to flagrantly ignoring the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and some sort of punishment does seem justifiable to many.

Another controversial aspect of the proposal is the exclusion of players from countries outside of the U.S. This will severely cripple player liquidity and is one element to the proposal that really should be reconsidered. The reason behind such a scheme is to keep control and regulations within U.S. jurisdictional borders and is intended to safeguard players from ever going through a Full Tilt fiasco with unregulated poker sites again. Wanting to protect U.S. players and their funds is obviously beneficial to all. But doing so by restricting participation to allow only U.S. players to compete against one another and forbidding international involvement is not the answer.

Allowing states to opt-in at their discretion does appear to be a workable solution as opposed to blanket federal legislation across all 50 states. There are some states who may not want to participate, such as Utah, which has already passed regulations to opt-out of any federal online gambling scheme. Players who happen to reside in a state that elects not to participate in online poker would seemingly have no other choice but to relocate.

The chances of the bill gaining passage in its current form without any modifications or amendments is likely slim. The recent public dispute between Senators Reid and Heller over whether or not the bill should first be introduced in the Senate or House of Representatives is indicative of the difficulty likely to be encountered in gaining Congressional approval of the Reid/Kyl federal online poker bill. Many now believe the bill won’t be considered until after the elections in November.

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JIM STRAW – The 500-Million Dollar Man-Exposes Truth About Success Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:25:11 +0000 admin Sept 16, 2012
In the children’s story, “The Little Engine That Could,” the little engine began by “thinking” he could pull the train over the mountain. Then, he “knew” he could and he pulled the train over the mountain. — The story only misses one all-important factor in the little engine’s success.
While “thinking” and then “knowing” he could do it, the little engine kept his wheels turning. Without that physical application the little engine would have never reached the top of the mountain.
All of the goal setting, affirmations, visualizations, incantations, prayers, rituals, monotonous repetitions, and mental exercises will never allow anyone to reach their goals … without a physical application, nothing happens.
In Mustard Seeds, Shovels and Mountains: Achieve Success Using Your Physio-Psychic Power lies a powerful recipe for pulling out of the daily doldrums and into the powerful, get-it-done person everyone was always meant to be! Right in the foreword, the author, Jim Straw, sets it out plainly: who in this world is successful and who isn’t, with a clear, concise definition that everyone can understand. Further, he defines the rules for success and how the quest for independence, financial or otherwise, is both a journey and a personal exercise of determination
and practice.
And that’s just the foreword.
After beginning at the beginning, with who he is, his successes and the reasons why he has been successful,
Jim Straw proceeds to detail in an easy to understand methodology, sometimes step by step, what precisely is the Physio-Psychic Power and how to tap into it. By spelling
out what he did, how he did it and why he did it, Straw draws an illustration of success that can almost be reached out to and pinned to the wall. Straw explains that there is no magic formula for success but that, instead, it is the brass ring that can be reached and grabbed along the travel through life and its lessons. The book displays
that grasping success is something that that can be created.
To have success involved getting out out and do something – anything. Only then can success be grasped and owned.
According to readers of the pre-released edition some of the most impactful portions of the book lie within
the Faith and Failure? chapters. One wrote, “Straw’s approach to self-help is more of a hand up than a push forward.” Analyzing and dissecting why success is illusive
has never been clearer than in the pages of Mustard Seeds, Shovels and Mountains.”
About the author:
JFStraw.html —

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FSS Grand Finale This Weekend at Americas Cardroom Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:08:42 +0000 admin Sept 15, 2012
Americas Cardroom is pulling out all the stops this weekend to get more online poker players into the Punta Cana Poker Classic. The Grand Finale tournament of its Freeroll Super Series, which will see the top 500 poker players since February compete for three Punta Cana Poker Classic packages, gets underway on Saturday at 3pm ET.

On Sunday September 16th, the online poker site is guaranteeing another four packages at 7:30pm ET, open to all real-money online poker players, including those in the US.

The Freeroll Super Series kicked off in early February 2012. Since launching the series, Americas Cardroom has hosted 1,855 free poker tournaments, featuring a total of 1,008,151 combined players. Over $50,000 in cash and tournament entries have been handed out through three rounds of daily, weekly, and monthly tournaments.

Americas Cardroom held eight Round 1 qualifiers every day, with a $0 buy-in. Each free online poker tournament awarded between 10 and 50 entries in the weekly Round 2 tournament, which was held every Saturday.

For every five players in the Round 2 tourney, one Round 3 entry was handed out. The Round 3 monthly tournament awarded $3,000 in total prize money to the top 100 players. Round 3 also awarded leaderboard points to poker players. The top 500 players ranked on the leaderboard earned a seat in Saturday’s Grande Finale.

The series culminates this Saturday at 3pm ET when the 500 top players in the series will compete for three Punta Cana Poker Classic packages worth $5,000 apiece. Each package includes one Main Event buy-in, 6-night hotel accommodations for two, all-you-can-handle food and drinks (alcohol included) for two, airfare up to $800, a $1,500 resort credit, 24-hour premium room service for two, a welcome gift bag, ground transportation in Punta Cana, and more.

Entering its third year, the Punta Cana Poker Classic tournament takes place at the Vegas-style Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Dominican Republic from October 12th through 18th with a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000.

Unlike previous Caribbean tournaments hosted by other poker networks where online poker players had to purchase expensive food and alcohol, the Punta Cana Poker Classic awards Americas Cardroom winners with a bracelet that gives them access to unlimited food and beverages 24/7. Hotel rooms are well stocked with beer and liquor, room service is available whenever poker players crave it, and over a dozen restaurants and delis are ready to cater to package winners.

Poker players who missed winning a Punta Cana Poker Classic through the Freeroll Super Series aren’t out of luck. The online poker site is guaranteeing four Punta Cana Poker Classic prize packages this Sunday, September 16th at 7:30pm ET. The buy-in for the tournament is $250+15 and lower buy-in qualifiers are now live.

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The Casino Regina Poker Classic Series Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:57:15 +0000 admin Sept 14, 2012

Smack dab in the middle ofCanada’s prairie heartland is a
gem of a casino that, for sixteenyears, has served up a bountiful
harvest for poker players.

Casino Regina is located in the city’s historic Union Train
Station. This National Heritage Site once played a vital role in
shaping our great nation, transporting settlers and goods from
coast to coast. Now, the beauty and architecture remains, but
travellers pass through its great halls for a different reason.
“Casino Regina has been a part of the Canadian poker scene
since the beginning,” says Poker Manager Mark Durnin.
“We were one of the first in the country to host big poker
tournaments, and I like to think that, after sixteen years,
we’ve become experts at treating our guests to the best poker
experience out there.”
“We’ve welcomed players from as far away as Australia.
And, the best part is, we see familiar faces year after year.
It’s true, there may be bigger tournaments out there, but
people make the trek to Regina because of our famous prairie
hospitality and our incredible venue.”
This year’s Harvest Poker Classic takes place in the “Queen
City” November 6th to 10th, featuring: a single table satellite
extravaganza, and four days of Texas Hold’em with a total
estimated prize pool of over $500,000.
Casino Regina’s magnificent Show Lounge is transformed
for the event, from a Vegas-style theatre that brings in the very
best live acts, to a poker venue that lives up to the casino’s
“Always Entertaining” philosophy.
The HPC is one of two tournaments presented by Casino Regina
as part of their Poker Classic Series. Each spring, the casino
plays host to the Station Poker Classic – another four-day,
Texas Hold’em event with prize pools regularly around the
half-million dollar mark. Poker players can also keep their game
sharp with weekly tournaments every Tuesday and Wednesday
in the spectacular Poker Room.
The Casino Regina Poker Classic Series has awarded over
$5.5 million to players so far, and this year’s Harvest Poker
Classic promises to be as sensational as ever. “We always make
an extra effort to build upon each event to give our players the
greatest experience possible,” states Durnin. “We encourage
everyone to register in advance, and we look forward to being
your host for some exciting poker action this November.”
To register for the 16th Annual Harvest Poker Classic call
1-866-61-POKER, or visit for more details.
The Casino Cruiser will be available for complimentary shuttle
service to and from the airport, hotel and casino by phoning
(306) 798-3825 to reserve your pick-up time.
Be a part of this year’s bountiful harvest
in Canada’s heartland.
Call 1-866-61-POKER and register today.

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