The Legends of Poker took off with a star-studded celebrity event at the Bicycle's brand new Event Center. Celebs included professional athletes, actors and some of poker pros including, Camryn Manheim, Suzanne Todd, Phillip Palmer, Ken Davitian, Budd Friedman, Willie Garson, Kelli Gates, Annie Duke, Jamie Gold, Joseph Reitman, Tony Denison, Mike Lansford, Steve Mittleman, Sara Rue, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Van Nguyen, J.K. Simmons, Phillip Palmer, Amir Vahedi, Karri Turner, Damion Marzett, Brett Faryniarz, and Dwight Stones, comedians Michael Colyar, Norby Walters and James Pickens Jr.
Have you ever looked at your stack during a Poker tournament and thought, "Gee, I'd love to just cash this out right now!" Well, 103 brave souls recently faced down torrential thunder storms and active tornado warnings for that very opportunity!
The inaugural Badhat-White Tiger Cash Blast No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournament is complete, and officially declared a raging success!
On July 30, Tunica's Horseshoe Casino presented the tournament that was hosted by the creators and licensed owners of the new format, Kenny "Badhat" Piel, and Mike "White Tiger" Woods, two local poker pros.
When this event was fivehanded, WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Song raised, only to be reraised by Vanna Tea. Song called. The flop was 5-3-2. Tea moved all-in with 7-7 and Song called with A-Q. A ten and a nine on the turn and the river were no help to him, and Kevin Song was eliminated in fifth place, winning $1,295.
The man with the magical sounding name, the guy responsible for much of today's poker boom, Chris Moneymaker, held nearly 40 percent of the chips in play at the final table of the 2009 World Poker Open in Tunica, MS, but failed to deliver in the clutch and finished third, winning $60,110. A nice payday, to be sure, but far short of the $192,953 first place payout taken by Jeremy Gaubert, who also walked away with a $10,000 seat into the WPT Southern Poker Championship in Biloxi, MS.
While the World Series of Poker was grinding down to a final nine players at Las Vegas' Rio, a marathon festival of poker at the Venetian, the Deep Stack Extravaganza, was concluding its forty-sixth tournament in a series of moderately-priced events-most of the events feature a $350 or $550 buy-in-that began May 28 and ended July 16.
Nicholas Binger, of Las Vegas, NV, took first place in the Venetian's main event, a $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold 'em tournament to win $377,228.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's fourth annual Borgata Summer Poker Open concluded with Philadelphian Anthony Damato winning the $3,000 + $200 no-limit hold 'em championship, and taking home $356,319 for his efforts. The three-day championship offered a prize pool of $1,245,000.
Damato outlasted Newark, DE, resident Michael Walls along with a field of over 400 poker pros and amateurs to secure the title of Borgata Summer Poker Open Champion. Walls came in second, winning $192,975.
The Bicycle Casino's Deepstack Mini Series championship event drew 208 players, creating a prize pool in excess of $100,000, with first place taking home $33,500 plus a $10,000 seat into the World Poker Tour/Legends of Poker tournament next month.
Amir Ghazvinian, a structural engineer who has been playing poker for four yearsâ€"ever since he moved to the Los Angeles area from Floridaâ€"was the winner when a chip count deal was reached with three players remaining. Ghazvinian was the chip leader by approximately 100,000 chips at that point and was declared the winner.
When it comes to mouth-watering food and great live music, no city beats New Orleans. The poker action here isn't too bad either. In a sense, everyone who visits New Orleans ends up a winner.
That's a perspective shared by thousands of poker players, who come to the Crescent City each year to play in the South's most prestigious poker tournament series.
Last issue we reported on Events No. 1 - 9 at the Wildhorse. Now we have results from Events No. 10 - 13 in a tournament series well-known for its ambiance and high degree of player friendliness.
Prize money topped the million dollar mark, as the 12-day event saw 3,850 players vying for their share of $1,035,233. Three local charities were also big winners, with $2,300 donated directly by Poker Round-Up players-and the Oklahoma Johnny Hale Foundation contributing an additional $500 check.
The second annual Minnesota State Poker Championship recently concluded at Canterbury Park on April 26, naming a new Minnesota State champion. Alec Anderson of Plymouth, MN worked his way through a field of 138 players to capture the title along with first place prize money of $65,955.