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Much has happened in the poker world in the past week, both on the live and online felts.
The 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harvey’s Lake Tahoe got off to a successful start and crowned winners in several events, including the $400 NLHE (1-Day) which was shipped by poker player and commentator Bernard Lee who claimed his second WSOPC ring, pocketing $11,456 for his victory.
The online felts too witnessed sizzling action as Russian pro Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov took down both the Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller: $200K GTD for $52,933 and the Sunday Main Event High Roller: $100K GTD for $20,491 on partypoker this past Sunday.
Meanwhile, World Poker Tour (WPT) and partypoker LIVE have announced five premier poker stops in 2019 that will be held in Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Canada.
The 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harvey’s Lake Tahoe kicked off with a bang as Charles ‘Joe’ Ambrogi took down the opening event, i.e. the $250 NLH Re-Entry, followed by Adam Owen winning the $400 NLHE Multiflight Re-Entry. The third event of the series was the $400 NLHE (1-Day) which attracted a field of 124 entries creating a prize pool of $40,920. Topping the field to win his second WSOPC ring was poker pro and commentator Bernard Lee.
A popular face in the poker fraternity, Lee’s claim to fame came when he finished 13th for $400,000 in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. He followed that up with winning Event #9: Turbo No-Limit Hold’em at the 2014 WSOPC The Lodge Casino for $14,500. His current total live earnings stand at $2,355,065.
With only the top 15 places assured payouts, runners who finished in the money included the likes of Alan Mulleady (12th for $839), Tom Leach (13th for $691), Shawn Bessey (14th for $691) and Todd Studenicka (15th for $691).
Patrick Testoni finished 11th for $839 and bubbled the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Paul Miller – 400,000
2. Bernard Lee – 303,000
3. Michael Tomaselli – 220,000
4. Mark Threadgill – 200,000
5. John Marquez – 171,000
6. Joe Grew – 156,000
7. Kevin Davis – 145,500
8. Jake Dahl – 132,000
9. Joseph Mussat – 90,000
10. Paul Zado – 70,000
Just before the final table commenced Lee doubled up twice and started the final table as the second largest stack behind Paul Miller. One of the pivotal moments for Lee was when Kevin Davis doubled up through Mark Treadgill with pocket fours against pocket jack, spiking a set of fours on the river to stay alive. That would give Davis a big chip lead in the tournament, but Lee remained patient
“He [Davis] had a massive stack,” Lee explained. “He gave away about 200,000 taking a chance against the guy I went heads-up with. And actually, at that moment I looked down and thought, oh my god, I’m the chip leader by default. That was a big moment right there.”
Once Lee got hold of the chip lead, he did not relinquish it till the end. He was able to apply pressure at the right spots and seemed to make all the right moves against his heads-up opponent Miller.
“This was the goal,” Lee said. “The goal was to get a ring. I came here, and I said, I feel like I’m playing really well right now. Let’s go get this second ring. It happened.”
Talking about the immense support he has received from his family, Lee said “The last time I won a ring, I dedicated it to my daughter, Maya. This time, I’ll dedicate this one to my son, Noah.”
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Bernard Lee – $11,456
2. Paul Miller – $7,082
3. Michael Tomaselli – $5,112
4. Kevin Davis – $3,756
5. Mark Threadgill – $2,808
6. Jacob Dahl – $2,135
7. Paul Zedo – $1,650
8. Joseph Mussat – $1,296
9. Joe Grew – $1,035
10. John Marquez – $839
The Sunday Major series hosted on partypoker is one of the most sought-after high value online tournaments and a lot of poker players go through their entire careers without winning a Sunday Major title. However, Russian pro Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov is not one of those players.
Filatov won not one, but two events on partypoker on October 28. The first event he took down was the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller: $200K GTD which attracted an impressive 186 entries for a $1,050 buy-in. Only 24 of those received any returns for their efforts with Filatov’s fellow Team partypoker member Kristen “Krissyb24” Bicknell cashing in 19th place for $1,373 plus an additional $910 worth of bounties.
The eight-handed final table commenced with each player assured a payout of $3,000 from the main prize pool plus whatever they could claim from the bounty prize pool.
First to go was “SiguiendoElFlow”, followed by British player Dan “ROTTsFEARestFC” Charlton.
“TigerVSyou” busted in sixth-place and collected more money overall that fifth-place finisher “funnyboy7777” thanks to the progressive bounty element of the tournament.
Finishing in fourth place was “KryptoKing420” who netted a combined $13,187, a few hundred dollars more than “Dork Pork” who was eliminated in third-place for $12,435 in total.
Filatov faced “x_zola25” in the heads-up battle where he came out on top.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov – $52,933
2. x_zola25 – $22,839
3. Dork Pork – $12,435
4. KryptoKing420 – $13,187
5. funnyboy7777 – $6,380
6. TigerVSyou – $7,052
7. Dan “ROTTsFEARestFC” Charlton – $5,499
8. SiguiendoElFlow – $6,545
The second event that Filatov topped was the partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller: $100K GTD. With a buy-in of $530, the tournament pulled in 201 entries, collecting $100,500 in prize money.
Earlier in the tournament, Niklas “Drulitooo” Astedt, Kenny “Spacey1891” Hallaert and Team partypoker’s Jason “Jason_Koon” Koon busted inside the money, while Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland navigated his way to another final table where he ran out of steam in sixth-place for $4,221.
Filatov defeated Dutch star Jans “Graftekkel” Arends heads-up to take home his second title for the day, along with $20,491 in prize money.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov – $20,491
2. Jans “Graftekkel” Arends – $14,874
3. Sponix92 – $10,602
4. justkot – $7,839
5. lincownz – $5,527
6. Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland – $4,221
7. Beezneez360 – $3,115
8. nepge – $2,311
The World Poker Tour (WPT), along with its partner partypoker LIVE, have recently announced five premier poker event stops in 2019. The two franchises will host festivals across Canada and Europe that feature WPT500, WPTDeepStacks, and the WPT Main Tour events on the schedule.
The first stop on the map will be Casino Sochi in Sochi, Russia for WPTDeepStacks and WPT Main Tour events. The inaugural WPT Russia will run from January 18 to 27. The WPT Russia Main Event will feature a $3,300 buy-in event along with a guarantee of $1,500,000.
Deputy General Manager of Casino Sochi, Dmitry Anfinogenov said, “Casino Sochi greets another prestigious brand and we are delighted to add to our portfolio of events in 2019.”
Next, the WPT will head to Barcelona, Spain for WPT Barcelona which will take place from March 9 to 17.
“Casino Barcelona welcomes back the WPT and looks forward to resuming our great partnership,” said Raúl Horta, Poker Director of Casino Barcelona. “The diverse offering of WPT500, WPTDeepStacks, and WPT Main Tour buy-ins plus the €10,000 High Roller creates a schedule with marquee tournaments for all players.”
The Season XVII WPT European Championship will take place from September 22 to October 6 at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK.
“We are excited to have the World Poker Tour brand at Dusk Till Dawn once more,” John Duthie, President of partypoker LIVE, said. “WPT and partypoker LIVE are aligned in their mission to put players first and we are pleased to partner for one of the best events of the year.”
King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic will play host to WPT Germany which guarantees over €6,000,000 during the festival and will be held from August 9 to 18.
King’s Casino CEO, Leon Tsoukernik, said of WPT Germany, “King’s Casino is delighted and honoured to welcome a WPT Main Tour event to Rozvadov for the very first time. This marks the opening of another exciting chapter in the growth of Europe’s largest poker room.”
The final event will see the WPT and partypoker LIVE returning to Playground Poker Club in Montreal. Next fall’s WPT Montreal festival will be conducted from October 25 to November 3.
Talking about the partnership between the two brands, CEO of WPT Adam Pliska stated, “The World Poker Tour is pleased to add more locations to our growing footprint in Europe and further expand our relationship with partypoker LIVE. This partnership’s inclusion of multiple WPT offerings at each festival is a monumental achievement for the WPT toward providing players across the globe with the opportunity to play in World Poker Tour events at all buy-in levels.