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3-Bet: PokerStars Revamps High Stakes MTT Schedule With High Roller Club, Josh Vizcarra Ships $400 NLHE at WSOPC Choctaw Durant & 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open to Host Event to Benefit Disabled Veterans

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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly November 9, 2018
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PokerStars has revamped its high-stakes MTT schedule with the announcement of a new High-Roller Club that features MTT`s with buy-ins ranging from $530 to $2,100 from November 27 to December 17.

In live action, as the WSOP Circuit stop at Harveys Lake Tahoe Circuit came to a close, the World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) circuit action moved over to Choctaw Durant, where Josh Vizcarra was crowned the winner in the $400 No-Limit Hold’em and won $14,612 along with his second WSOPC gold ring.

Nonetheless, even though live poker is exciting to watch and play, but when attached with a social cause, it gives new meaning to the game. In that vein, the 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open will be hosting an event in Atlantic City to benefit disabled veterans.

PokerStars Revamps High Stakes MTT Schedule With New High Roller Club

In the run up to the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC), PokerStars has revamped its high stakes MTT offerings with the introduction of High-Roller Club. The High-Roller Club features tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $530 up to $2,100 that will run from November 27 to December 17.

PokerStars High-Roller Club

As part of the High-Roller Club schedule, six High-Roller Club events are scheduled to run every week from Monday to Saturday. The events start with a $1,050 buy-in Daily Warm-up event, followed by a $520 buy-in Bounty Builder High-Roller, a $1,050 Daily-themed event, $530 buy-in Daily 500 and also the $1,050 buy-in Daily Cooldown. Another event, the $530 Daily Supersonic is a hyper-turbo structured event.

PokerStars High-Roller Club Daily Schedule

PokerStars High-Roller Club Daily Schedule

Satellites for these events begin for as little as $17.50. For players who like Pot-Limit Omaha, the $530 Omania High-Roller offers exciting high roller action.

On Sundays, the High-Roller Club schedule offers seven tournaments and while the Sunday schedule is similar to the daily listing, a $2,100 Sunday High Roller will replace the Daily-themed $1K tournament, while the Sunday Supersonic High-Roller edition will command a $1,050 buy-in.

PokerStars High-Roller Club Sunday Schedule

PokerStars High-Roller Club Sunday Schedule

Josh Vizcarra Ships $400 NLHE at Choctaw Durant For $14,612

The Grand Theatre was decked in banners as the 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Choctaw Durant conducted its seventh event, the $400 No-Limit Hold’em, that brought in 164 entries generating a prize pool of $154,120. It was Texas native Josh Vizcarra who scored his second Circuit ring and banked $14,612 in prize money at the event.

WSOPC Choctaw Durant Winner Josh Vizcarra with friends
WSOPC Choctaw Durant Winner Josh Vizcarra with friends

Vizcarra had won his first WSOPC gold ring in Event #11: $365 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2016 WSOPC Palm Beach Kennel Club for $7,968. His poker resume is dotted with 32 WSOP cashes, with a cumulative $283,926 in tournament winnings.

19 places were assured a min-cash of $363 and several notables finished in the money including Gary Luther (11th for $1,055), Charles Belcher (12th for $1,055), David Larson (13th for $868), Salvatore DiCarlo (14th for $868), Marsha Adams (15th for $868), Billie Payne (16th for $726), Douglas Claybrook (17th for $726), Timothy Frazin (18th for $363) and Sara Stohler (19th for $363).

Patrick Quirk bubbled the final table at 10th place for $1,055.

Final Table Chip Counts

1. John Haddad – 512,000

2. Ryan Luna – 498,000

3. Josh Vizcarra – 405,000

4. Lonny Weitzel – 308,000

5. Gerald Cunniff – 228,000

6. Maxwell Young – 227,000

7. Logan Yates – 166,000

8. Bryan Sneed – 82,500

9. Jonathan Thomas – 77,000

Final Table Recap

Josh Vizcarra entered the final table with the third-largest stack. He was pitted against many circuit regular including the winner of the $400 NLHE (1-Day) at Harveys Lake TahoeMaxwell Young.

Vizcarra came up against John Hadad in the heads-up play and while the confrontation was short, it was also swingy. Vizcarra started heads-up play with about a 4-to-1 chip lead but Hadad battled back a bit before hitting a three-outer to take a slight chip lead before Vizcarra won a massive pot with a flush against three-of-a-kind sixes. It left Haddad with a short stack again and Vizcarra took it down shortly after that hand.

Following merely 20 minutes of heads-up play, Vizcarra was crowned the champion, as he took home his second gold ring, adding $14,612 to his bankroll.

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Joshua Vizcarra – $14,612

2. John Haddad – $9,030

3. Ryan Luna – $6,500

4. Lonny Weitzel – $4,764

5. Bryan Sneed – $3,554

6. Logan Yates – $2,697

7. Maxwell Young – $2,081

8. Gerald Cunniff – $1,633

9. Jonathan Thomas – $1,302

2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open to Host Event Benefitting Disabled Veterans

The 2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open which kicked off on November 6 in Atlantic City and will run till November 21, is brimming with enough events to satisfy every player’s desire. But that’s not all! An event to benefit disabled veterans will also be played at the series.

2018 Borgata Fall Poker Open

Veterans Day Deeper Stack will play at noon on Veterans Day, i.e. November 11. The $240 buy-in will see $10 from each entry donated to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Atlantic City Chapter 10. The event features a $25,000 guarantee. Poker pro Dennis Phillips, a long-time supporter of the veterans is expected to be among the attendees..

The series features several attractive events including the Borgata Deepstack kick-off which has a $500,000 guarantee and the Borgata Almighty Stack guaranteeing a $300,000 prize pool. However, it is the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship that is to watch out for. Consisting of two starting flights and with a buy-in of $2,500+$200, the event boasts of a $1 Million guarantee and will begin on November 17.

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