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In this edition of our PokerGuru 3-Bet, we start with the news of PokerStars partnering with German luxury brand Hugo Boss to bring co-branded clothing and the first of this merchandise will be available at European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona.
Meanwhile in the US, the first stop of Moneymaker PokerStars Players NLH Championships (PSPC) Tour, held at Stones Gambling Hall in California was a massive success where Sacramento localCliff Ellefson won the $86 buy-in rake-free event to claim the Platinum Pass to PSPC Bahamas, while the second stop is currently underway at Lucky Chances in San Francisco Bay area.
The last story is a tournament report featuring Missouri resident Dennis Thuman, who won the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Old West Tour $575 Main Event for a payday of $61,640, even as other tournaments of the series crowned winners.
Following its trend of partnering with some of the leading brands in different sectors, PokerStars has teamed up with German luxury brand, Hugo Boss to launch a line of co-branded clothing.
The poker giant’s tie-up with the couture brand will include a wide array of clothing and accessories like Stars branded hoodies and harpy eagles.
With the PokerStars’ team in attendance at the just-opened EPT Barcelona, fans of the brand can be assured to get their hands on the first of these pop-up merchandise up for the take at the Stars Merchandise store. Soon, a full lineup of merchandise products is expected to be available both online and offline.
The first stop of the Moneymaker PokerStars Players NLH Championships (PSPC) Tour, held at Stones Gambling Hall in California, early in August was a huge success. Attracting a massive 812 entries to its fold, the $86 buy-in rake-free event turned out to be quite a hit. Besting the field, local player from Sacramento Cliff Ellefson won the event and also the $30,000 Platinum Pass for PSPC, Bahamas.
Meanwhile, the second Moneymaker Tour stop is currently underway at Lucky Chances in Colma, San Francisco Bay area. The event kicked off on August 19 and will continue till August 25 where players can enter through seven starting flights and the top 10% of each flight will return to the felts to play down to win the coveted Platinum Pass valued at $30,000.
“It’s like a dream, it’s fun! I’ve never experienced anything like this, coming to Stones, our little casino and it’s the first stop of the tour,”Ellefson said, after his win.
“You could really feel the vibe, like people lined up around the walls to try to sit down,” Ellefson added.“There’s just so many different dynamics that made it fun and I was just thankful to be here all day.”
At its first stop in Stones, Day 1A drew in 364 entries while Day 1B saw 448 entries. The top nine players from each flight returned for a playoff.
With the action live streamed by Jason Somerville’s Run It Up Twitch channel; there were a host of celebrity commentators including Daniel Negreanu, Joe Stapleton and Lon McEachern, who added to the celebrity quotient at the event.
The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Old West tour opened to its first stop at Horseshoe Tunica and, besting a field of 536 players in the $575 Main Event, Dennis Thurman took home the first-place prize of $61,640, in addition to other spoils of victory, a pair of cowboy boots and a custom RGPS belt buckle!
The Missouri-resident has a rich resume of poker experience and though this was his first RG Main Event appearance, he went on to outlast all other challenges in the field and defeated Dan Lowery heads-up to claim the title.
Thuman began Day 2 with a below average stack of 51,000 but quickly chipped up to enter the final table in the middle of the pack. He avoided elimination and sidestepped all attempts by Lowery to corner him.
Lowerysent most of the players out from the final table and the duo clashed heads-up for the title with Lowery poised close to victory holding a 3-to-1 advantage in chips. Thurman however, was quick to turn the situation in his favor. He doubled up early against Lowery and went on digging at his opponent’s stack. Towards the finale, Lowery looked strong with his against Thurman’s but Thurman flopped a set and collected the pot. The final hand saw Thurman`s against Lowery’s . Thurman first flopped a pair and then clipped a three-of-a-kind kings on the turn to lock up the title.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Dennis Thurman – $61,640
2. Dan Lowery – $37,520
3. Adam Wandler – $24,924
4. Marshall Bailey – $17,420
5. David Newman – $12,908
6. Ryan Enis – $10,050
7. Jared Ingles – $8,174
8. Grant Hart – $6,700
9. Michael Pelt – $5,360
10. Robert Shuptrine – $4,368
In other side events at the stop, Bobby Woodruff won theRunGood Pro Bounty event for $7,005, Vernall Hoskins took down the One-Day eventfor $5,000, Justin Gardenhire won the DeepStack event for $14,144, while Hau Duong shipped the Turbo event for $2,589.