Tim Whaley earns first tournament victory and $67,230
Last Friday afternoon, Tim Whaley took a bad beat. He met up with a few friends who all planned to pile into Whaley's car and drive 700 miles from Atlanta to New Orleans. Their destination? The World Series of Poker Circuit -- at Harrah's New Orleans. Then, the unexpected happened. The car broke down.
We have a final table set for Thursday's WPT Championship. The Season IV inaugural event, a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, completed day 3 shortly before 1:00 am this morning. The surviving six players that will be seated at tomorrow's television table follows, the list is ordered by descending chip count with seat assignment shown in ().
Thang Pham (6) $1,760,000
Christopher Bell (4) $1,417,000
Ted Forrest (1) $1,370,000
Eugene Todd (3) $763,000
Gavin Smith (5) $687,000
Mark Ellerbe (2) $353,000
The first tournament of the World Poker Tour Season IV has a winner. Gavin Smith made it official when he defeated Ted Forrest to take the title and become the WPT's latest millionaire. Gavin outlasted the field of 317 to take the top prize and as an added bonus he receives a $25,000 seat in the WPT season ending Championship at the Bellagio in 2006.
The second day of the 2005 World Poker Tour Season IV opener was played today with the 153 survivors from the 317 players that paid the $10,000 buy-in and lasted through day one. The play today offered some great poker and exciting drama from the green felt tables. The agony of defeat was repeated one hundred and five times today as the field was cut to 48 players scheduled to return on Wednesday at noon to do it all again. The second day chip leader is Robert Mizrachi with $348,000 in tournament chips.
Jill Gold won her first major poker tournament, defeating a World Series of Poker Circuit record field of 286 players at the Harrah's New Orleans L.I.P.S. championship. Gold came to the final table as one of the lowest players in chips and blasted through nine finalists en route to a nice payday of $17,729. Abbe Garfinkez, from nearby Mandeville, LA was the runner up.
The first day of the WPT $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Championship got under way at noon today, Monday. The event marks the kick off of the WPT Season IV. A packed tournament area at The Mirage with 317 entrants seated provided plenty of excitement for the many fans crowding the rails. The room was filled with the who's who of professional poker. Pro players at every table make this a fun tournament to cover. First day action is fast and furious with half the field gone in just a few hours. Many of the well known including WPT head man, Lyle Berman, will be absent from the tables tomorrow.
21-year-old University of Texas student Jason Su wins first major poker tournament and becomes youngest WSOP winner in history.
Imagine the following circumstances coming true: You started an online tournament just after getting home from work. A couple of hours later you are excitedly sitting at the final table with a big payday possibility. The one problem that you have is time, as your young daughter's dance recital is scheduled to begin in only a few minutes. You nervously check your watch between each hand, wishing the flow of play would get faster. Really, you never dreamed the tourney would last this long. You now sit and ponder two images within your mind ...
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The $3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament ended early this afternoon when final table chip leader, Terry Fleischer of Las Vegas, lost most of his chips in two hands to the eventual winner, Francois Safieddine of Denver, Colorado. Francois doubled through Terry when he put Francois all-in and his pair of fives finished second. Suddenly, Francoir had twice as many chips. A few hands later an almost identical situation between the two and again, Francois doubled up. The overwhelming chip lead allowed Francois to play an aggressive game that made short work of the opponents.