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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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Borgata Puts Up Slight Overlay On $5 Million Guaranteed World Poker Tour Championship

The WPT Championship Moved To Borgata This YearThe World Poker Tour Championship attracted a field of 328 entries, just shy of what the Borgata needed to meet the $ 5 million guarantee.

As a result, the Atlantic City property had to dip into the rake from the $ 15,000+$ 400 tournament to come up with the extra cash and give the players an overlay of $ 80,000. An additional $ 147,600 was taken out for tournament staff and dealers.

This is the first time since the tour’s inception in 2002 that the WPT Championship was held outside of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The buy-in was also lowered from $ 25,000 to $ 15,000.

The tournament’s previous rendition had been suffering through a slump, drawing only 146 players in 2013, the fewest since 2003. The tournament peaked in 2007 with 639 entrants, creating a total prize pool of nearly $ 15.5 million. Carlos Mortensen came out on top, earning $ 3,970,415.

This year’s WPT Championship winner will take home $ 1,310,146, slightly more than the $ 1,150,297 that David “Chino” Rheem picked up for winning the event in 2013.

A total of 36 players will make the money, earning at least $ 30,085. Here’s a look at the full final table payouts.

1. $ 1,310,146
2. $ 727,860
3. $ 452,729
4. $ 363,930
5. $ 286,292
6. $ 235,341
7. $ 189,244
8. $ 143,146
9. $ 97,048

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Blair Hinkle Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event For Third Time

Blair Hinkle has written his name in the poker history books as the first player to ever win the same World Series of Poker Circuit main event three times. It started when Blair took down the 2010 WSOP-C Horseshoe Councl Bluffs main event. In 2013 he found his way through the field again, and now just one year later he defended his title to win the event for a third time. Not only is he the only player ever to win the same event three times on the WSOP Circuit, he’s only the second player to win three main events period. The first was Chris Ferguson.

“I don’t think it’s set in exactly yet. I think I just take a lot of pride in my play and winning the tournaments,” Hinkle told WSOP.com after his win. “I think that my play is pretty good as we get deeper and it really starts to turn up to a higher level as we get closer to the final table and throughout the final table. I think that’s what I’m proud of. Winning each time doesn’t matter as much to me as playing well and feeling like I deserve to win it, I guess.”

Hinkle topped a field of 247 entrants to win $ 90,700 and 408 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his first live tournament score of 2014, although he did receive quite a payday earlier this spring when he finally was reimbursed the more than $ 1 million that he had locked up on Full Tilt Poker after having no access to it for nearly three years. Hinkle also won the gigantic $ 10,000,0000 guaranteed prizepool event held last August at the “Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open “:http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-tournaments/4218-2013-seminole-hard-rock-poker-open/1099549/resultsfor $ 1,745,245.

Hinkle got off to a fast start in Council Bluffs, ending day one with more than twice as many chips as the next competitor. In fact his end of day 1 chip count was higher than two stacks that players brought to the final table. By the time the field was narrowed to nine Hinkle was only second in chips, but he was able to make it to heads-up and successfully overcome runner-up Matt Bond to defend his title.

By the time the final hand arose Hinkle had better than a 3-to-2 chip lead. Bond limped in from the button and Hinkle shoved from the big blind. Bond made the call with AClub Suit8Heart Suit which was a coin flip against Hinkle’s 7Heart Suit7Club Suit.

The board ran out KSpade Suit3Heart Suit3Club Suit4Diamond Suit5Club Suit and just like that Hinkle and secured the pot, the title and his place in WSOP Circuit history.

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

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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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World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event Surpasses $5 Million Guarantee

The 2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown main event drew a lot of attention in the poker world when it was announced that the $ 3,500 buy-in event would feature a huge $ 5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. That meant that in order to reach the huge guarantee the event would need to draw more than 1,551 entries over the three starting days.

When registration closed on day 1C a total of 1,795 entries had been 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. With the guarantee well surpassed, the top 170 finishers were set to make the money, with a min-cash being worth $ 7,093. While making the money is all well and good, of course all of the remaining players really have their hopes set on the title and the first-place prize of $ 1,081,184.

Justin Young is the chip leader heading into day 2This is not the first time that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has set a lofty guarantee and surpassed it. In August of 2013 the casino hosted a $ 10,000,000 guaranteed $ 5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament as the main event of it’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. In the end Blair Hinkle topped a field of 2,384 entries to win $ 1,745,245 from the more than $ 11.9 million prize pool.

673 players survived to day two in the ongoing WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, with Las Vegas based poker pro Justin Young in the lead with 313,200.

Other notables who entered the day with big stacks include Joe Kuether (295,900), Nick Schwarmann (274,900) and Matt Stout (215,900).

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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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James Calderaro Headlines World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open Main Event Final Table

A total of 258 entries were made in the 2014 World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open. building a $ 825,600 prize pool. From that mass of players now only six remain to battle it out for the title and the first-place prize of $ 206,041.

The chip leader heading into the final day Nabil Hirezi with 2,792,000. Second in chips is recent WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event champion James Calderaro with 1,916,000. He topped a field of 415 players in that event in early February, winning $ 271,103 for his first WPT main event title. Two-time prior WPT final tablist Faraz Jaka has now made his third, coming into the final day with 542,000.

Faraz JakaThe final table was set when Bryan Irish-Jones was sent to the rail in seventh place. Hirezi min-raised to 32,000 in early position and Irish-Jones moved all-in for 260,000. Hirezi made the call with the KSpade SuitJClub Suit which was behind Irish-Jones’ ASpade SuitQSpade Suit. The board ran out KDiamond SuitJDiamond SuitJHeart SuitKClub Suit5Spade Suit, giving Hirezi an overflowing full house and sending Irish-Jones to the rail on the final table bubble with $ 31,760.

Other notables 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).

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

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour / BJ Nemeth.

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J.C. Tran Wins 2014 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event

J.C. Tran has emerged victorious in the inaugural 2014 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $ 3,500 no-limit hold’em main event. Tran topped a field of 456 entries at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort just outside of his hometown of Sacramento to earn the $ 302,750 first-place prize and his second WPT title. As a result Tran, who also has two WSOP gold bracelets, became the 20th player in poker history to win multiple WPT main event titles. His lifetime live tournament earnings now exceed $ 11 million.

In addition to the title and the money Tran also scored 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points. Tran had already made one final table this year at the Heartland Poker Tour’s main event, which like this event also took place at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort. With his eighth=place finish in that event and this win Tran has climbed to 23rd place in the overall POY standings with 1,220 points and year-to-date earnings of $ 322,208.

Preston HarwellTran entered the final table as the second shortest stack, starting the day with only 23 big blinds. Despite that fact, he was able to eliminate four opponents in a row to get heads-up with with Preston Harwell. Tran once again began at a chip disadvantage, but the final two did battle for 62 hands with multiple lead changes taking place along the way. Eventually Tran pulled out to a big lead, and by the time the final hand arose he had just over 11 times as many chips as Harwell.

From the button Harwell moved all in for 1,125,000 with the 8Spade Suit5Spade Suit and Tran called with the KDiamond Suit4Club Suit. The board ran out 6Club Suit4Spade Suit2Diamond Suit10Heart Suit9Heart Suit and with that Tran’s pair of four’s secured him the pot and the title. For his runner-up finish Harwell took home $ 200,030 and 900 POY points. Harwell finished fourth in the WSOP Circuit Choctaw main event, and as a result of these two scores has climbed to 20th-place in the overall standings with 1,380 points.

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

Photos Courtesy of Joe Giron / World Poker Tour.

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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:

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