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India`s Manish Goenka won the €100 buy-in Italian Poker Sport Opener €10K GTD at King’s Resort & Casino in Rozvadov yesterday. Goenka, who is a regular at the venue and is also the co-founder of The Indian Poker Series (TIPS), is in Rozvadov on a family vacation but managed to squeeze in some time for poker – and it was time well spent as Goenka took home €1,600 (~₹1.24 Lakhs) in prize money for his win following a five-way ICM chop.
Setting his sights on poker entrepreneurship, 888Poker Ambassador, Germany’s Dominik Nitsche is all ready to launch to his new poker training site ‘DTO Poker,’ while the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, Chris Moneymaker has announced his very own, Moneymaker Poker Series with planned stops in Australia and U.S.
Manish Goenka Wins Italian Poker Sport €100 Opener After 5-Way Chop
Very few things get us more excited than an Indian poker player winning an international poker tournament, more so at a prestigious venue. The hero of this feature is Manish Goenka who took down the €100 buy-in Italian Poker Sports Opener €10K GTD at King’s Resort & Casino in Rozvadov yesterday. Goenka outlasted a field of 103 entries (including 36 re-entries) and defeated local player Dominik Martan heads-up to capture the title for €1,600 (~₹1.24 Lakhs) following a five-way ICM chop.
“It was the Opening Event so the field was fair. The Main Event should be a tougher field,” said Goenka, who plans to play the €350 buy-in Main Event (€551,000 GTD) next.
The final 12 places were paid with a min-cash worth €105. The other top finishers who benefited from the deal were Dominik Martan (2nd for €1,456), Michaela Metlicka (3rd for €1,400), ‘Oxymiron’ (4th for €1,400), and ‘BOMBER’ (5th for €1,400).
Final Table Results (EURO)
*denotes 5-way deal
Dominik Nitsche Ready to Unveil New Poker Training Site – DTO Poker
German poker pro Dominik Nitsche has recently announced that he would be launching his very own poker training site – DTO Poker. A fan of GTO poker, the ‘DTO’ possibly stands for ‘Dominik Theory Optimal’ as Nitsche firmly believes his ability to dominate the felts is due to hours of studying and playing the game.
Presently residing in Edinburgh, Scotland, the young pro has won four WSOP gold bracelets and boasts of an astronomical $18,016,133 in live tournament winnings. Nitsche is an accomplished online poker player as well with around $5 Million in winnings.
Talking about his poker theories, the 888Poker Ambassador said, “The thing with ‘flow’ for me. I am not a big believer in the concept in poker. I don’t think it applies because you do most of your work away from the table. When I sit down, things don’t change; my environment doesn’t affect me. It’s always the same game. I don’t believe in having superhuman reads.”
He further added, “It’s all about poker decisions. It doesn’t matter if I sit down and lose my stack in the first hand or win the tournament. Poker decisions are always the same. It’s a function of practice. If I play a lot and study a lot before a tournament, I make better decisions. Even if I am running bad or well, the decisions come to me within three seconds of the shot clock.”
The high roller expert’s training site sports the tag line, “The most convenient way to study like a pro.” While no further details regarding the site have been released, more information will likely be shared by the German poker superstar soon.
Chris Moneymaker Announces New ‘Moneymaker Poker Series’ in U.S. & Australia
The legendary Chris Moneymaker has a poker story unlike any other. He shot to fame in 2003, after winning the coveted World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event title – an event with a $10,000 buy-in and millions in prizes. Moneymaker won his seat to the event through a $39 online satellite, and famously went on to win it for $2.5 Million – and the rest, as we know, is history.
Moneymaker went on to touch the upper echelons of poker stardom after his historic win; he joined PokerStars as a Team Pro and has been part of the site’s promotional activities ever since. In 2018, PokerStars ran the Moneymaker PSPC Tour in the U.S. where $86 buy-in events were hosted across seven live stops and one online stop (New Jersey) and the winner of each stop was awarded a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the 2019 PSPC. Taking a step further in the business of poker, Moneymaker has now launched his own poker tournament series.
The Moneymaker Poker Series will make several stops in Australia and the U.S., the inaugural stop of which will be held at the Acacia Ridge in Brisbane, Australia from July 22-28.
“It’s been 15 years since the big win and it only feels like yesterday. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and i want to give someone else the opportunity to feel that #winningmoment,” Moneymaker tweeted while announcing the series.
The series’ next stop in Australia will be at the Royal Poker Club in Adelaide (July 30 -Aug 3) before it moves to Texas in the U.S. at The House Club Poker Room and Lounge in Edinburg (Aug 14-18) followed by the Poker Kings Card House in Corpus Christi (Aug 20-25).
Buy-ins and full-blown schedules for each stop are yet to be released, though Moneymaker has hinted at a “$500” buy-in Main Event at each location.
Moneymaker has urged Texans to support the local poker clubs that will be hosting the stops of his ambitious new tournament offering.