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Antonio Buonanno Wins 2014 EPT Grand Final Main Event

Antonio BuonannoAfter ten hours of heads-up play, the longest one-on-one battle in European Poker Tour history, Italy’s Antonio Buonanno finally defeated Britain’s Jack Salter to win the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final main event. At around 7:00 AM in Monaco, roughly 18 hours after the eight-handed final table began, the 47-year-old finally lifted the trophy.

“It was very hard and very long. Salter is a good player and it was very difficult to win this EPT,” said Buonanno after the marathon battle. “I played five days very short-stacked but I think I played good poker yesterday and today.”

In addition to the title and the trophy Buonanno also earned the €1,240,000 ($ 1,715,439 USD) first-place prize and 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points, enough to move him into a tie for tenth place in the overall Player of the Year race standings.

In 2013 the EPT Grand Final main event final table featured some of the biggest names in the game, including Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Jake Cody, Johnny Lodden, Noah Schwartz, Andrew Pantling and eventual champ Steve O’Dwyer. This year’s final table was remarkable for quite a different reason: seven of the eight finalists satellited their way into the event. Eighth place finisher Sebastian Bredthauer didn’t even have to invest any of his own money, making his was to a $ 178,184 payday after qualifying using PokerStars VPPs (loyalty points).

Jack SalterBuonanno, a former clothing store owner who has traveled the EPT circuit for the past four years and has a big final table at the WSOP under his belt, was the only player to directly buy-in. The other seven combined to invest only €1,700 between them in qualifying for the €10,600 buy-in event. They cashed out for a total of €2.7 million.

Runner-up Jack Salter earned €765,000 and 1,750 POY points for his deep run, but surely will be disappointed after holding the chip lead for much of heads-up play and having three huge all-in hands where he was ahead or flipping to win the tournament, but failed to win any of them. He kept his composure, but the steady Buonanno was able to stretch his advantage until the final hand arose.

With unprecedented (for the EPT) blinds of 150,000 /300,000 with a 40,000 ante, Buonanno raised to 600,000 from the button with the ASpade Suit4Heart Suit and Salter moved all-in for just under 5 million with the KDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit. Buonanno called and the board ran out JHeart Suit9Spade Suit2Heart SuitQDiamond Suit3Spade Suit to secure the pot and the title for Buonanno. Salter, who had one prior final table finish in 2014 already, now sits in 13th place in the overall standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of PokerStars / Neil Stoddart.

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Keven Stammen Wins 2014 World Poker Tour Championship At Borgata

For the first time in the World Poker Tour’s 12-year history the climactic season-ending WPT Championship was not held at the Bellagio but made the move to the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event changed it’s buy-in from $ 25,000 to $ 15,000 and guaranteed a $ 5 million prize pool.

A total of 328 players turned out for the inaugural running at the new venue, but in the end only one player was destined to become the newest WPT champion: Keven Stammen. For the win the Ohio native earned $ 1,350,000 and 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points. Stammen had already made three final tables this year, including a win in a prelim at the L.A. Poker Classic, and as a result of those scores and this most recent huge win, Stammen now sits in third place in the overall POY standings, with 3,052 total points and $ 1,610,129 in year-to-date.

Byron KavermanStammen entered the televised final of six with the chip lead, but he had to overcome some top-level competition in the likes of Curt Kohlberg (5th – $ 286,292), Ryan D’Angelo (4th -$ 363,930), the WPT’s own Tony Dunst (3rd – $ 452,729) and eventual runner-up Byron Kaverman.

Stammen began heads-up play with Kaverman holding a roughly 2-to-1 chip lead, and despite some ups and downs Stammen was eventually able to extend the lead even farther before the final hand arose. Stammen limped from the button for 200,000 and Kaverman moved all-in for 3,155,000 with the 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit. Stammen made the call with the AClub Suit8Spade Suit and the two were flipping with the title hanging in the balance. The board ran out QHeart Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit3Heart SuitAHeart Suit and Stammen spiked an ace on the river to secure the pot and the title while Kaverman was sent to the rail with $ 727,860 and 1,200 POY points.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour / Joe Giron.

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Kevin Stammen Wins 2014 World Poker Tour Championship At Borgata

For the first time in the World Poker Tour’s 12-year history the climactic season-ending WPT Championship was not held at the Bellagio but made the move to the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event changed it’s buy-in from $ 25,000 to $ 15,000 and guaranteed a $ 5 million prize pool.

A total of 328 players turned out for the inaugural running at the new venue, but in the end only one player was destined to become the newest WPT champion: Keven Stammen. For the win the Ohio native earned $ 1,350,000 and 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points. Stammen had already made three final tables this year, including a win in a prelim at the L.A. Poker Classic, and as a result of those scores and this most recent huge win, Stammen now sits in third place in the overall POY standings, with 3,052 total points and $ 1,610,129 in year-to-date.

Byron KavermanStammen entered the televised final of six with the chip lead, but he had to overcome some top-level competition in the likes of Curt Kohlberg (5th – $ 286,292), Ryan D’Angelo (4th -$ 363,930), the WPT’s own Tony Dunst (3rd – $ 452,729) and eventual runner-up Byron Kaverman.

Stammen began heads-up play with Kaverman holding a roughly 2-to-1 chip lead, and despite some ups and downs Stammen was eventually able to extend the lead even farther before the final hand arose. Stammen limped from the button for 200,000 and Kaverman moved all-in for 3,155,000 with the 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit. Stammen made the call with the AClub Suit8Spade Suit and the two were flipping with the title hanging in the balance. The board ran out QHeart Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit3Heart SuitAHeart Suit and Stammen spiked an ace on the river to secure the pot and the title while Kaverman was sent to the rail with $ 727,860 and 1,200 POY points.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour / Joe Giron.

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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update — Kanit, Pahuja, Coren & Afriat Make Big Moves

It was an absolutely massive week in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at the numerous huge events that dramatically influenced the overall standings over the past seven days:

2014 EPT Sanremo Main Event

Vicky Coren MitchellNearly eight years after taking down the 2006 EPT London, Vicky Coren Mitchell topped a field of 556 entries in the 2014 EPT Sanremo main event to write her name in the history books as the first ever two-time European Poker Tour champion. The tour, which is currently approaching the end of it’s tenth season, has crowned 97 different main event winners along the way, but never a repeat victor until now.

For the win Coren Mitchell €476,100 ($ 657,780 USD) and 1,680 POY points for the win. She now sits in 14th place in the POY standings as a result. She defeated Giacamo Fundaro heads-up to win the title, with the Italian earning €298,700) ($ 412,684 USD) and 1,400 POY points for his runner up finish. He now sits in 25th place in the overall standings.

2014 EPT Sanremo High Roller

Mustapha KanitGerman pro Ole Schemion has won the European Poker Tour Sanremo €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller, topping a field of 105 entries to win €265,000 and his tenth career title. The 21-year-old has amassed more than $ 4.6 million in tournament earnings in recent years playing on the European circuit.

In addition to the plentiful prize money there were also plenty of Card Player Player of the Year points awarded in this event, with Schemion taking home 600 for the win and climbing to 33rd place in the overall POY standings as a result. For his fifth-place finish Mustapha Kanit earned 250 points. This was his fifth final table finish of 2014, bringing his year-to-date earnings to $ 908,354. As a result Kanit now sits in third place in the rankings with 2,884 points.

2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event

Eric AfriatThe 2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $ 3,500 no-limit hold’em main event tournament drew a record field of 1,795, creating a total prize pool of $ 5,788,875 to blow away the $ 5 million guarantee. From that giant sea of tables only one champion could emerge, and that was 44-year-old Montreal, Quebec resident Eric Afriat who came out on top, earning his first WPT title and the $ 1,081,184 first-place prize.

In addition to the title and the money Afriat also earned 1,620 POY points. This was his first score of 2014, but it was enough to catapult him to 14th place in the standings.

Mukul PahujaFinishing runner-up was Florida’s own Mukul Pahuja, who earned $ 691,965 and 1,350 POY points for his latest deep run in a huge event. Pahuja has been on a tear lately, both on the WPT and at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, where he finished third in the $ 10,000,000 guaranteed event last August.

Pahuja has already made two WPT final tables in 2014, finishing 8th in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open and then fourth in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star main event. He came into this final table sitting in 41st place in the overall standings, but with this result has moved into sixth position with 2,442 points and year-to-date earnings of $ 1,048,912.

2014 Irish Open Main Event

Patrick ClarkeA total of 411 players turned out for the 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open €2,250 no-limit hold’em main event, building a prize pool of €822,000. In the end the last player standing was Ireland’s own Patrick Clarke, who earned €200,000 and 1,080 POY points.

As a result of the win Clarke climbed into a tie for 50th place in the overall POY rankings with James Mackey.

In addition to the first-place prize Clarke was also awarded €50,000 as a result of winning the Paddy Power Poker Sole Survivor contest, a last longer of sorts run by the company for players who satellited into the event. Both Clarke and his heads-up opponent Dave Pollock where online qualifiers, so it came down to heads-up to determine who would walk away with the extra cash.

Here is a look at the current top 20 in the POY standings:

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Patrick Clarke Wins 2014 Irish Open Main Event

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2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open: Defending Champ Ian Simpson On Day 1

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2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Final Table Set

The 2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown main event set a lofty $ 5 million guarantee in it’s $ 3,500 no-limit hold’em main event. A total of 1,795 entries were made, setting a record as the largest field in the 12-year history of the WPT and bringing the total prize pool to $ 5,763,150. From that ocean of starting players now only six remain to battle it out for the title and the first-place prize of $ 1,081,184.

The chip leader heading into the final day is Mukul Pahuja with 18,895,000. Pahuja has been on a tear lately, both on the WPT and at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, where he finished third in the $ 10,000,000 guaranteed event last August. He’s already made two WPT final tables in 2014, finishing 8th in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open and then fourth in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star main event. He currently sits in 41st place in the Card Player Player of the Year race, but could move inside the top five with a win on Wednesday.

It won’t be easy for Pahuja, however, as he will have to overcome a final table filled with top tournament professionals. The other five at the final table are all notable players with impressive resumes, including WSOP bracelet winners James Mackey and Chance Kornuth as well as Matt Stout, whose combined live and online tournament winnings exceed $ 3.8 million.

The final table will resume at 4:00 PM local time and will be filmed for and later aired on Fox Sports Networks.

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

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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update — Cheong, Sandling and De Fenza Win

Things are really heating up in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by CarbonPoker. Here is a look at the events that most influenced the overall standings over the past week:

2014 Bellagio $ 25,000 High Roller V

Joseph CheongThe Bellagio Poker Room has played host to a series of $ 25,000 buy-n no-limit hold’em high roller events throughout 2014. The most recent running of the event attracted a total of 24 entries, building a prize pool of $ 591,000.

In the end the last player standing was none other than Joseph Cheong, who earned $ 295,500 and 420 POY points for the win. Cheong is apparently specializing in these high buy-in, small field events at Bellagio this year, as he has already finished runner-up twice in these $ 25,000 events.

All told he has cashed for $ 512,299 so far this year and earned a total of 1,120 POY points, enough to move him into 39th place in the overall standings.

World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee

Jason SandlingA total of 665 entries were made in the 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em main event at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, building a total prize pool of $ 997,500.

Jason Sandling emerged victorious, earning $ 204,487 and 840 POY points. This is his lone POY-qualified score so far in 2014, but it alone is enough to move him into 72nd place in the POY rankings.

Runner-up William O’Neal took home $ 126,533 and 700 points at his second WSOP Circuit final table of the year. He had previously finished third in a $ 580 prelim at the WSOP Circuit Tunica and now sits in 71st place in the overall standings, just ahead of Sandling.

Italian Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event

Alessio de FenzaA total of 1,124 entries were made in the €770 ($ 1,064 USD) Italian Poker Tour SanRemo main event, the early highlight at the 2014 European Poker Tour Sanremo festival. The lion’s share of the $ 1,087,672 prize pool ended up going to Italian local Alessandro De Fenza, who earned €105,600 ($ 145,728 USD) and 960 POY points for the win.

De Fenza is a SuperNova Elite on PokerStars, meaning that he has a ton of experience playing online, but had very little in the way of live tournament results to speak of prior to this win.

The EPT Sanremo €4,900 no-limit hold’em main event got underway earlier this week, with 556 players already registered and players still able to enter going into the start of day 2 on Wednesday, so that is sure to be a huge tournament in terms of awarding both payouts and POY points.

Here is a look at the current top 20 in the POY standings:

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2014 CPPT Atlantis Main Event Final Table Recap

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Nabil Hirezi Wins 2014 World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open

A total of 258 entries were made in the 2014 World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open. building a $ 825,600 prize pool. After two starting days and three more full days of poker action that number was whittled down to just one champion: Jacksonville local Nabil Hirezi.

The 59-year-old dentist and avid poker player earned $ 206,041 and 612 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. Hirezi defeated James Calderaro heads-up for the title, with the tournament coming to a close when Hirezi’s 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit beat Calderaro’s AClub SuitKDiamond Suit. In early February Calderaro topped a field of 415 to win the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, but fell just short of winning back-to-back Florida-based WPT titles.

James CalderaroCalderaro, a 48-year-old investor, earned $ 133,764 and 510 POY points for runner-up finish, which combined with the $ 271,103 and 1,080 points from his earlier win to move him into 15th place in the overall Player of the Year standings.

Other big names who made deep runs in this event include two-time WPT runner-up in 2014 Dylan Wilkerson (19th – $ 8,507), Dan Heimiller (18th – $ 9,722), Jason Mercier (16th – $ 9,722), John Racener (13th – $ 11,424) and 2013 WPT bestbet Jaconsonville Fall Poker Scramble_ main event champion Jared Jafee (12th – $ 13,935) and Faraz jaka (6th – $ 38,241).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the six-handed final table:

Photos courtesy of the World Poker Tour.

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