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The live international circuits have been ablaze with tournament action and schedule announcements. Just as Carl Brewington took down the $400 NLHE Monster Stack at the 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Choctaw Durant for $208,560, came in the news of WPTDeepStacks announcing its January to June schedule of events for 2019. The circuit will hop across continents and features attractive buy-ins along with big guarantees.
Meanwhile, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) is adding a new stop in Taiwan to it`s 2019 schedule. The 2019 APT Taiwan will be held from February 20 to March 3, at the Chinese Texas Hold ‘em Poker Association (CTP) room in Taipei.
The $400 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack at the 2018 WSOPC Choctaw Durant pulled in 632 entries, collecting a prize pool of $208,560. Cash game specialist Carl Brewington topped the massive field to win his second Circuit ring along with a career-best $42,751 in prize money.
The Nashville, Texas native decided to take the upcoming WSOP Circuit season and travel to a lot of the stops. He was making a living playing cash games, mostly, but decided to give tournaments some more effort and the decision turned out quite well for him. He won his first-ever WSOPC gold ring in Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Circuit in October, this year, for $30,274. His current total live earnings stand at $181,412.
With the top 73 places assured payouts, some circuit regulars who finished in the money featured names like Raymond Marchi (12th for $3,216), Maxwell Young (16th for $2,157), Dusti Smith (27th for $1,295), Laura Lett (34th for $863), Billie Payne (42nd for $772) and Kevin Johnson (49th for $697).
John Mcmahon finished 11th for $3,216 and went out as the final table bubble boy.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Carlos Requena – 5,000,000
2. Nathanael Kogel – 4,480,00
3. Jarod Einsohn – 2,900,000
4. Ekrem Bozkurt – 2,045,000
5. Carl Brewington – 1,800,000
6. Joshua Turner – 1,700,000
7. Jo-Chun Liu – 1,055,000
8. Eric Bunch – 690,000
9. William Billot – 685,000
10. Zack Walker – 540,000
Brewington entered the final table as the fifth-biggest stack. He outlasted the likes of Carlos Requena (3rd), Zackary Walker (5th) and Joshua Turner (8th) to reach the heads-up stage, where he defeated Ekrem Bozkurt to win the title.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Carl Brewington – $42,751
2. Ekrem Bozkurt – $26,456
3. Carlos Requena – $19,404
4. Jarod Einsohn – $14,430
5. Zackary Walker – $10,876
6. Nathanael Kogel – $8,307
7. Jo Liu – $6,428
8. Joshua Turner – $5,039
9. Eric Bunch – $4,000
10. William Billot – $3,216
The mid-major tournament circuit that is part of the World Poker Tour (WPT), WPTDeepStacks has announced its schedule of events for the first-half of 2019. With 18 stops across 11 countries, the schedule features two WPT500 events and more than $3 Million in guarantees.
The 2019 WPTDeepStacks will kick off with its Berlin stop at Spielbank Casino, slated to be held from January 11-14. The event will have a buy-in of €1,200 and features a €500,000 guarantee. This year it attracted 561 entries creating a prize pool of over €775,000.
“We are pleased to announce the first half of the 2019 WPTDeepStacks schedule, and provide the 18 events of what will be the most jam-packed six months in WPTDeepStacks history,” WPTDeepStacks Executive Director Chris Torina said.
He added, “WPTDeepStacks is poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit and we look forward to adding some great new events to our long-standing partnerships.”
VP of Global Tour Management for WPT, Angelica Hael outlined the brand’s vision to expand beyond its current reach. “WPT® looks forward to expanding its global reach, and offer players around the globe a chance to play on the World Poker Tour stage at an attractive price point provided by WPTDeepStacks. Players from around the globe can look forward to competing for their share of the $3 million in guarantees in the first half of 2019,” she added.
In U.S., the WPTDeepStacks Hollywood would be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino from January 17-22. In 2018, the event saw 1,366 entries and outlasting them all was Scott Baumstein, who won $223,000 in the process.
This will be followed by the third stop that is also the first of the five events marking partnered efforts of WPT and partypoker. The WPTDeepStacks Russia will kick off on January 24 and continue till January 27 at Casino Sochi in Sochi, Russia. This is the first time a WPTDeepStacks event will be visiting Russia.
The series will then travel all the way to Playground Poker Club where it will open to WPTDeepStacks Montreal from February 1-5, with a guarantee of CAD $750,000, to be followed by WPTDeepStacks Brussels from February 7-10. The Brussels stop will be hosted at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage and the Main Event will feature a buy-in of €1,200.
The WPTDeepStacks will then breeze through a schedule of halts including best Jacksonville in North Florida, Casino Barcelona, Emperors Palace Hotel Casino in Johannesburg, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Live! Hotel and Casino in Maryland, Holland Casino Amsterdam center, Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Sacramento and Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham, among others.
Additions to the schedule include the May 9-13 halt at Golden Gates Casino in Blackhawk, Colarado.
Close on the heels of announcing its planned stop in Japan slated for February 2019, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) is adding another stop to its circuit in 2019 i.e., Taiwan. The 2019 APT Taiwan will be hosted at the Chinese Texas Hold ‘em Poker Association (CTP) room in Taipei, from February 20 to March 3.
While the complete schedule for the new stop is yet to be unveiled, what has been announced is that the stop will feature a TWD33,000 ($1,066) Main Event and a TWD49,500 ($1,599) Championship Event, apart from a number of side events and satellites.
“As the market leader in bringing world-class poker tournament events to new destinations in and around Asia, the Asian Poker Tour in partnership with the Chinese Texas [Hold’Em] Poker Association, are proud to bring the first APT event to Taipei,” Executive Director and General Manager of the APT, Lloyd Fontillas said.
President of the CTP, David Tai stated, “We are happy and excited to be hosting the very first APT event here in Taiwan. Players for sure will have a great time being in the vibrant city of Taipei which has so much to offer: great food, site seeing, shopping, night life, we have it all.”
The CTP is Taipei’s largest poker venue with six poked rooms in the city under its operational umbrella. The CTP room has the capacity to hold 25 tournament tables. It is among the select venues in Asia to offer RFID live-streaming tables.