MONTANA MAN WINS $2.278 MILLION IN WCOOP MAIN EVENT
Tyson “POTTERPOKER” Marks made online poker history in late September by taking down the main event championship in the 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Stars’ WCOOP is the largest annual online poker series, and Marks’ triumph in the final tourney was worth $2,278,097, the single largest online-poker payday ever. Marks emerged from a massive 2,443-player field in the $5,200-buyin event. “joetsweetp” took second for $1,404,725, while “Russian_nuts”’ third-place showing was worth $1,019,952.
POKERSTARS PULLS OUT OF WASHINGTON STATE
WHO WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE POKER HALL OF FAME?
This year’s ten finalists for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame have been announced by Harrah’s and the WSOP, following a round of nominations by the general public. In alphabetical order, the nominees are: Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Erik Seidel. The list of finalists will be voted on by a panel comprising all living HOF member and select media representatives, who can vote more than once. The top two vote-getters will be inducted, provided they receive votes from at least 50 percent of the panel.
Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel leads the way to this November’s finale of the 2010 World Series of Poker main event.
When the final table was established on July 18, Duhamel held 65,975,000 in chips, nearly 20 million ahead of his closest competitor, John Dolan, who had 46,250,000.
BRACELET IN $3,000 HORSE
Phil Hellmuth might be the all-time leader in WSOP bracelets with 11, but recent years have seen a much-younger Phil Ivey quickly close the gap. Ivey picked up his eighth WSOP bracelet by taking down Event No. 37, $3,000 HORSE. The mixed-games format drew a loaded 478-entrant field, with Ivey finishing off double bracelet winner Bill Chen for the win and $329,840 in prize money. Ivey’s win was more remarkable in that he fought his way back from shortstack status with 16 players remaining.
KASSELA TAKES TWO
April’s largest poker payday came from the other side of the pond, where Lebanese player Nicolas Chouity triumphed in the European Poker Tour’s 2010 Grand Finale in Monte Carlo. Chouity’s win was worth a monstrous €1,700,000 (approximately $2,101,200), with Chouity entering the final with a huge leader over his final-table rivals and coasting to the win. Josef Klinger finished second (€1,000,000), with Dominykas Karmazinas third (€700,000).
BOEREE SCORES ONE FOR THE GALS AT SAN REMO
MORTENSON TRIUMPHS IN HOLLYWOOD POKER OPEN
The World Poker Tour's revamped Season VIII schedule featured a brand new stop in late March, the Hollywood Poker Open in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, near Cincinnati, but a very familiar winner. Carlos Mortenson cemented his status among poker's all-time tournament greats by winning his third WPT title, tying Gus Hansen for the most WPT wins all-time. Mortenson topped the 143-player field and collected $393,820 in winnings after leading the way to the final table. Mike Mustafa finished in second ($223,623), with Frank Calo in third ($167,717).