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This last week has been particularly hectic with two overlapping Asian tournaments i.e. APT Manila and MPC Macau and a strong representation of Indians in both the series. A few Indian players are still in the running at the MPC Main event and members can follow their progress here.
The busy live action did not deter a few players from putting in the hours for an online grind and once again we have some big scores to report. Other big stories had Blair Hinkle setting a new WSOP Circuit record by winning the main event title at Council Bluffs for a second time and 888 Poker`s announcement to start online operations in USA this year.
Here are this week’s top stories
A busy Asian tournament schedule kept most of the online juggernauts occupied but it did not deter a few multitaskers who managed a mini session every now and then. Sumit Sapra (PS id boronyx) managed to win the PokerStars Big $22 for $10,508.27 on Thursday the same day he played day 1B of the Red Dragon main event. Probably the early bust out led him to an online grind session with the boys back at the hotel. Fellow Mumbaikar Kanishka Samant too binked a ‘Big’ on PokerStars (PokerStars Big $27.5) while on tour to Manila for the Asian Poker Tour 2013 Philippines series.
The biggest “Star of the Week” was Sabyasachi ‘Infusion_leo’ Chakraborty. Kolkata born Sabyasachi (Saby) has been a consistent winner the last couple of months with his total MTT cashes already eclipsing the USD 100K mark. This week, Saby made deep runs in numerous tournaments with his biggest cash coming in the Sunday $109 kick-off for $19,404 where he finished 2nd. Other PokerGurus to score this week include Mukul Misra (1st in Poker 770 $20K Gtd – $4,867,75); young gun Sahil Agarwal (1st in PokerStars $2.7 turbo – $1,937.5) and Manoj Singh (2nd in PokerStars Big $16.5 – $2,946.6).
Blair Hinkle has created WSOP Circuit history by winning the $1,675 Main Event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs, Iowa for a 2nd time. Hinkle pierced a field of 367 players to take home the top prize of $121,777 along with a seat in the WSOP National Championship later this year. Hinkle last won this event in 2010 banking $88,555.
Final Table Results
Position Player Prize
1st Blair Hinkle $121,177
2nd Brendan Waite $74,881
3rd Sean Small $54,716
4th Mark Bonsack $40,627
5th Cord Garcia $30,635
6th Trevor Deeter $23,448
7th Sterling Savill $18,209
8th Ben Smith $14,343
9th Tim Hughes $11,457
10th Phil Mader $9,275
Read the complete coverage of this event here.
888 Poker may soon be operational in Nevada according to 888 Holdings CEO Brian Mattingley. Mattingley told Reuters that the company is planning to launch its online poker room in Nevada this summer and is waiting for its software to be approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board before it can go live. Nevada Gaming Commission has already approved interactive gaming licenses for 20 companies. 888 Poker has also applied for a license in New Jersey making its intention of becoming a serious player in the US market very clear.