Seneca Poker’s fourteen event Fall Poker Classic took place in beautiful Niagara Falls, New York from November 18th to November 25th.
The series culminated with the $1,500 Main Event that began on Saturday November 23rd and drew 149 entries. After almost twenty five hours of play, including four hours of back and forth heads up action, Andrew Spears of Buffalo, NY outlasted Brian McCormick and took home $52,410 in first place prize money.
McCormick took home $32,610 for his efforts after getting into the Main Event by winning a drawing for a free seat in a Step 1 satellite. He won that satellite and then won a Step 2 satellite to earn his $1,500 buy in.
Alex Barker ($19,799)and Johannes Mueller ($14,558) rounded out the top four finishers.
Thanks to the loyalty of its players, Seneca’s Fall Poker Classic was a tremendous success. Check senecapoker.com for upcoming events.
Relative newcomer to the tournament scene scores big with a gold ring win and a six-figure score
After a six-day marathon of poker in the River Rock Theater at River Rock Casino and Resort, Lincoln Milne emerged as the champion of the $1,675 Main Event. This victory earned Milne $253,015 in firstplace prize money as well as his first gold Circuit ring. Milne will also be guaranteed a seat in the National Championship, which will be held this May in Atlantic City.
“I’m still kind of taking it in to be honest,” said a visibly moved and stunned Milne late on Thursday night. “This is my biggest cash by far. This is my first year playing big tournaments. I’ve played for a long time but this was my first real breakthrough.”
After three days of intense competition at Harveys Lake Tahoe, Dan Harmetz is the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event winner.
Harmetz earns his first Circuit ring, along with $128,699 and a free entry in the National Championship, to be held at Caesars Atlantic City in the spring. Along the way, Harmetz knocked out all of his finaltable competitors on the last day of the tournament.
Ryan Rinker finishes in 2nd place, earning $79,531. He also earns Casino Champion honors with 77.5 points and a free entry into the National Championship.
Zeke Ramirez Wins Event 3 of Liz Flynt Classic
Zeke Ramirez bested Leroy Lee to take Event 3, the Main Event, of the 2013 Liz Flynt Tournament at the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California last weekend. While other Los Angeles card rooms are not meeting prior year’s entry numbers, Hustler keeps on breaking records. In this case some 2,798 players entered the main event. The limits on day 1 finished $8000-$16000 or higher. What made this tournament unique was on Championship Day 2 the blinds would not start higher than $3000-$6000. Players on Day 2 with a relatively small stack of $50,000 - $70,000 had a much better chance to cash higher, according to Craig Kaufman, Hustler Tournament Director.
When Heartland Poker Tour turned on the lights and the cameras at their nationallytelevised Final Table from the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room, Cong Pham had a commanding chip lead. Six hours later, stacks were even as the 29-year-old poker pro from Naples, Florida stared down his final opponent, James Calderaro. Both players were confident and the risks were calculated. It took 46 hands of heads-up play before an all-in and a call took place. “I hope viewers enjoy this. It’s a good heads-up match,” said world champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer who commentated the Final Table live for HPTpoker.com, “Neither player did anything silly.” Ultimately, Pham got every last chip for the title and $104,033.
It took pocket pairs for both players to get all the chips in the middle. Calderaro was all-in and at risk with eights while Pham held aces. The board ran out safely for the pocket aces bringing an end to the tournament. Calderaro of Manasota Beach, Florida adds $64,158 to over $1.8 million in career earnings. “Just add it to the pile,” he said.
Cincinnati native wins $220,000, a Circuit ring and a National Championship seat.
After a large turnout at the first ever WSOP Circuit event in Ohio, it was none other than a local engineer who took home the first place title at the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cincinnati. Brad Albrinck, a 28-year old Cincinnati native, won his first Circuit title and $221,994 on September 30.
Albrinck was born and raised in Cincinnati before heading off to Purdue University for his undergraduate degree. He came back to his hometown and attended the University of Cincinnati to get his masters degree. He has worked as a solid waste engineer for the last three years. “It’s several years of my salary,” said Albrinck with a laugh about his first place money. “You know that when you go play these things you are going to have the downswings so it’s nice to have the upswing.”
With the event being so close to his home, he was able to close out his heads-up match with some of his family and friends in attendance. He was heads-up with another Ohio native, David Kash before he dispensed of him to take the title. Heads-up play only lasted a few hands before Kash and Albrinck got all the chips in the middle preflop. Albrinck was holding ace king against Kash’s ace ten. When Albrinck faded a three-outer, the hardware was all his.
Michael Rosenbach Wins HPT Event at Thunder Valley “I’m here to win,” announced poker pro Michael Rosenbach from Berkeley, CA as he faced off against Mel Weiner, a real estate investor from Calibasas, CA, at the final table at Thunder Valley, home of the Heartland Poker Tour’s first Northern California event, on September 30. But Weiner did not go quietly. It took 25 hands heads up and a straight on the turn for Rosenbach to seize victory and collect $180,696.
For his part, Weiner collected $110,457 and moved into second place in the Gold Rush standings behind Shawn Motameni. “I don’t know how I made back-to-back Final Tables,” he said, referring to his third-place finish at the Heartland Poker Tour’s recent event at the Commerce Casino. “I was on another planet; the cards were just hitting me.”
Zentner earns $106,455, joins Casino Champion Ylon Schwartz at season-ending National Championship.
Martin Zentner outlasted a headline-riddled final table Monday night in the IP Biloxi Main Event to earn $106,455, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and an automatic berth in the seasonending WSOP National Championship.
“It feels wonderful,” Zentner said. “This is by far the biggest score I’ve ever had. It feels unbelievable. I’m really excited about the [National Championship].”
The finale began at 12 p.m. and played into the late night hours, rapping shortly before midnight. Zentner outlasted opponents like Survivor’s “Boston” Rob Mariano, Casino Championship contender Nolan Burton, four-time WSOP Circuit final tablist Dan Lowery and a heads-up opponent that just wouldn’t give up in Hank Sitton.
Zentner watched player after player hit the rail until it was down to him and Sitton and it wasn’t long before he was all-in holding tens against Sitton’s ace-king for what he thought was a title. The board ran out dry for Sitton, and Zentner crippled him. After a countdown it was revealed Sitton still claimed 80,000 of the almost 6,000,000 chips in play.
The Delaware Poker Championship® III, which began at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, garnered 206 participants and a total prize pool guarantee of $108,150. The final table played for two hours with the winner being announced after midnight on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Dave Tarantino of Wilmington, Del., took home the Championship trophy, bracelet, and more than $20,000 in cash after the final table chopped the pot with the top three agreeing to split $61,000. “I’m excited, happy,” said Tarantino, a 42-year old car dealership employee. “It was tough. I was short early, but hung in there till the cards went my way.” Tarantino said he just returned from a family vacation so would probably use the money to pay bills.
Heartland Poker Tour’s annual visit to Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, Colorado is typically the tour’s biggest event of the year. Despite massive flooding in the area, the latest event did not disappoint. The field swelled to 716 entries and the prize pool surpassed a million dollars for the fifth consecutive stop at Golden Gates. By late Monday, local retiree Richard Monroe came out on top for $235,494.
The 62-year-old from Sedalia, Colorado took down his final opponent on the 100th hand of the nationally- televised Final Table. In the final showdown, Monroe turned two pair while Alex Greenblatt, a 22-year-old student from Atherton, California, had middle pair with an open-ended straight draw. The river was no help to Greenblatt who collected $145,898 for his secondplace effort.