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We usually hear of poker players making big wins and there are many who also donate a good amount of their winnings to charitable causes. In the latest update coming in from Las Vegas, The Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) will be hosting the ‘Knights of the Poker Table’ charity event in joint conjunction with Golden Knights Foundation. WSOP champion Daniel Negreanu will emcee the event and there are many big faces expected to be in attendance.
Meanwhile, the PokerStars’ Southern Europe Championship of Online Poker (SECOOP) series for players in France, Portugal and Spain has concluded. The series was a huge success and proved that the shared liquidity formula was a fruitful one for the online gaming giant.
Also in Las Vegas, Kevin Gerhart won his career-first World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring by taking down the $400 PLO (Re-entry) Event at Planet Hollywood.
The 18th charity tournament at the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) will be jointed hosted by the CSOP and the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation. Titled ‘Knights of the Poker Table’ event, the $300 buy-in tournament that features a $100 rebuy and $100 add-ons, will be held at Mezzanine in Planet Hollywood on December 8.
The event winner will take home a $10,000 entry into the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event. 6-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu who is a huge fan of Golden Knights will emcee the charity event.
The Golden Knights Foundation is the charitable link between the locals of Las Vegas and NHL’s newest team. It also focuses on public school programs, health and wellness, hunger, homelessness and Las Vegas youth.
“I’m a lifelong hockey player and die-hard hockey fan who was already a Golden Knights season ticket member when the team came to me and asked me to run their charity poker events,” said CSOP founder Matt Stout.
“I was absolutely blown away and am honored to be entrusted with organizing events that bring fans, poker players, and our hockey team closer together while playing the game we all love for a great cause,” Stout added.
Since its creation in 2014, the CSOP has helped raise funds for charities like Three Square Food Bank and The Conine Clubhouse.
Among the big names confirmed for the event are 2018 WSOP Main Event winner, John Cynn, Hollywood stuntman Kane Hodder, LFG Podcast co-host Jamier Kerstetter, Jo Kim, Randall Emmett, Lacy Jones, Lexy Gavin and Matt Savage.
The event highlights include a Vegas Golden Knights Official Watch Party at noon on the opening day. Team mascot Chance, the Golden Aces, Knight Line Presented by Drumbots and the Golden Knight are all slated to make an appearance at the watch party. Following this will be an open bar reception followed by the charity tournament.
The inaugural Southern Europe Championship of Online Poker (SECOOP) series that was hosted for PokerStars players in the shared EU liquidity in France, Portugal and Spain successfully wrapped up last week.
The online series saw participation from more than 38,000 PokerStars players from the three countries across the 149 SECOOP events that ran from October 28 to November 12, indicating that the PokerStars’ shared liquidity project has been well received.
Among the highlights at the SECOOP were the biggest €50 Warm Up and €10 Classico events ever hosted on PokerStars Southern Europe, with total prize pools hitting €237,375 and €149,382 respectively.
“Our COOP series is one of our most loved and renowned events, and we’re proud that players in Southern Europe had the chance to get involved,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at The Stars Group.
Rasset added, “We’ve hosted a variety of new series and it is amazing to see the support from our players. I want to thank everyone that has played in a shared liquidity offering for helping to create such a succcess.”
The SECOOP €250 buy-in Main Event was taken down by ‘Befuddeld’ who bested 5,215 entries to earn a winner’s payday of €172,451. ‘bzh3135’ won two Midnight Express tournaments back-to-back for €11,591.
The 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) is well underway at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and defeating a 106-strong player field, Kevin Gerhart took down the Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-entry) event. Gerhart pocketed $10,493 along with a circuit gold ring for his efforts.
29-year old Gerhart hails from Ohio but is currently settled in Las Vegas. According to him, PLO is his best game. “I play every PLO tournament I can. I love the game,” Gerhart said.
Gerhart who has been coached by 2016 WSOP $565 PLO winner Ryan Laplante, recently finished runner-up in the $550 PLO 6-Max PLO Championship at the Run It Up Reno VII for $5,200. According to him, his affinity for the game and the fact that many of his opponents in the event had less experience than him, worked to his advantage.
The player field helped generate a prize pool of $34,980 and the top 12 finishers made the money for a minimum payout of $731. Arkadiy Tsinis, Timothy Burt and Hsiao Liu were eliminated in 12th, 11th and 10th places respectively.
Final Table Recap
Aaron Henderson was the first player to bust from the final table in ninth place and following him to the rail was Kory Swekla who went out in eighth place.
Soon Ian Wright bounced out in seventh place and Kevin Meeusen was eliminated next, in sixth place.
The field narrowed down to the final four hopefuls when Day 1 ended and Gerhart bagged the overnight chip lead coming into the final day
The first player to depart on Day 2 was Neil Scott,who collected a cheque for his fourth place finish.
Another seasoned PLO player on the final table was Mitch Schock, with a 2011 WSOP $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold ‘em/ PLO Mixed bracelet win to his name. Schock’s run at another PLO title ended in third place.
Coming into the final day, Gerhart had predicted that he would faceoff the start-of-the day chip leader Mesha Zakharov heads-up and his prediction turned out to be right. After running each other down over several hands in the heads-up match, Zakharov and Gerhart got involved in a big pot that saw Zakharov losing the hand to get eliminated in second place, while Gerhart, was declared the winner!
1.Kevin Gerhart – $10,493
2. Mesha Zakharov – $6,486
3. Mitch Schock – $4,618
4. Neil Scott – $3,355
5. Gene Quinn – $2,485
6. Kevin Meeusen – $1,876
7. Ian Wright – $1,443
8. Kory Swekla – $1,130
9. Aaron Henderson – $901