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Jesse May – Get Ready Venice Here We Come!

I love Venice.  It is truly one of the great cities in Europe, and in addition to the food, the nightlife, and the beautiful surroundings, the Venice casino is blown out.  It is the oldest casino in Europe, I think, built something like 600 years ago, and it is in a grand old style right on the banks of the Grand Canal.

This Show Is Going To Kick Ass  

I am very pumped for the show, as we will be operating from within the casino itself, and trying to do a couch style talk show much like we did in Prague, but with more fun, more games, more entertainment, and all the updates from the WPT Venice.

Not There? No Matter!

If you are not able to be here yourself, than watching the show will be the next best thing, as we will be doing a fast paced hour every night with guests and all the big names who show up in Venice.  Don’t forget to play on Party Poker while you watch the show as there is an added money tournament every day running concurrently with the show, plus special cash games on Party Poker which will have extra prizes and player points awarded to those who participate.

You’re A Part Of It Too!

This show will hopefully happen on social media, we want people to get involved via Twitter and participate in every show.  Plenty of prizes, shoutouts, Tweets, and selfies.  The Royal Flush Girls are the backbone of the show, and Violet and Dalia will be on the couch every day and doing fun interviews and pieces out and about in Venice.  I’m trying to convince them to do a Dating Game show, where a poker player can win a dinner date in Venice with one of the Royal Flush Girls, but not sure if that is definitely happening yet.  Also, Sam Trickett will be in town along with Kara Scott, and I’m pretty sure we can get them to stop in fairly often while we are filming. Hope you enjoy the show!

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

Pokerfest Bigger than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

Marvin Rettenmaier – How To Qualify To Pokerfest For Peanuts

PokerFest is back between March 2nd-16th there’s more than $1,000,000 guaranteed across 67 events and it all culminates with the $300,000 guaranteed $200 Main Event on March 16th. But you don’t have to break the bank to take a shot at a big payday as satellites are running from just $1.

We caught up with Marvin Rettenmaier to hear his tips on how to slalom your way through the satellites and put yourself in a position to win a seat.

1 Tight Is Right

Unlike a regular tournament in which the payout structure is very top heavy, satellites have a flat payout structure. So in a satellite that awards multiple seats you can qualify with one chip or one million. The point is the player who finishes the satellite with the most chips wins the same as the player who finishes with the least. As such you want to avoid coin-flips and marginal spots whenever possible. Getting AK in against pocket nines for a bunch of chips only benefits the other players in the tournament.

2 Preservation Not Accumulation

If you manage an early double up and find yourself with a decent stack you need to protect it at all costs. You want to look for very low risk spots, there’s very little need to three-bet light or risk a large amount of chips without the goods.

3 Get Your Chips In First 

Since in satellites we’re just trying to win a seat, not the tournament then avoiding showdowns should be one of your primary goals. Simply winning the blinds and antes and keeping our stack on an even keel is great. We therefore want to avoid, wherever possible calling an all-in, even with a hand as strong as A-Q or pairs that are most likely to be up against two overcards.

4 Position, Position, Position

One way to achieve points two and three is to, whenever possible only play hands from late position and fold marginal hands from early position. It’s likely in satelllites that everyone will be in short stack territory as the end game approaches. What this means is that your chances of getting re-shoved on increases as everyone has the right stack to do it. Folding hands like A-Q, A-J and small pairs from early position stops you from getting put in these awkward spots where you’ll often be pot committed. It’s far better to shove from the small blind with a weak hand than open a semi-strong hand from early position.

5 You can blind down far further than you would in a tournament

In a regular tournament any it’s not uncommon for players to simply open shove stacks of 15 big blinds or more. That’s considered a short stack. However, in the mid-stages of a satellite 15 big blinds could mean you’re chip leader! As a result, you can blind down far lower than you would in a tournament and still have fold equity. Your stack of four big blinds can do a lot of damage to most players and given the flat payout structure they usually can’t call without a real hand.

Take On A Poker Mission Or All 3 Of Them!

Now turning into quite the tradition with our Pokerfest’s are again our three special Pokerfest-related missions to complete during the series, adding an extra level of fun to proceedings!

We simply cannot wait and March 2nd had better hurry along! Once again we hope to see you all at the final table, good luck!

Mike Sexton – The ‘Shot Clock’ Is On The Way!

Some of the most common complaints at live poker tournaments relate to the speed of play.  Some players take an extraordinary amount of time to act on their hand.  This creates slow play which results in frustration by the players and getting out fewer hands per level.  The way to solve the problem and make poker a much more pleasant experience (to say nothing of getting out a lot more hands per day) is to incorporate a ‘shot clock’.

 Is it good/bad for the WPT? 

Some of the WPT staff (Adam Pliska, Angelica Hael, myself, Vince Van Patten, Matt Savage, and Tony Dunst) have occasional dinner/meetings to openly discuss how we feel we can improve the World Poker Tour and make it a better experience for the players.  A discussion at recent meetings has been about possibly using a ‘shot clock’.  Is it good/bad for the WPT?  Good for TV?  Will players want it?  And how and when do we implement it into our tournaments?

Our Survey Says… 

Before making such a significant change to our tournament policy (and since it’s the players money), we felt it was important to take the temperature of the players to see if they would be interested in a ‘shot clock’.  Thus, we agreed to take a survey to find out if they even want it, as well as get their input and suggestions.  (How to implement it has yet to be determined, but technology is such that it can be done.)

The WPT decided to put out a survey form to all the entrants of the LA Poker Classic (LAPC) and let the players vote YES or NO as to whether or not they were in favor of a shot clock for WPT events. Here was our proposed idea of how a shot clock would work (but nothing is set in stone):

    1. Players will have 30 seconds to act on their hand.  If they take no action in that time, their hand will be declared dead and will be automatically folded.
    2. Because players do sometimes face tough decisions that require additional time, each player will receive two “Time Buttons” to use during each day’s play.  Each button can be put in the pot before their original 30 second clock expires and they will then have an additional 60 seconds to act on their hand.  ”Time Buttons” may be used individually or in combination.  Once used, “Time Buttons” will be collected by the dealer and no additional time will be available for the rest of the day’s play.

We then gave them several choices of when they would like to see the shot clock used (i.e., from the beginning of the tourney, ‘in the money’, or the final 3/4 tables).

____ YES  Check here if you’re in favor of using a shot clock.

____ NO   Check here if you are NOT in favor of a shot clock.

We had a NAME (optional) space and then some lines for player SUGGESTIONS for improvement.

The Results Are In And…

I’m happy to announce that players voted approximately 80% to 20% in favor of the shot clock.  And there were many added suggestions that will certainly be considered (such as expanding the clock from 30 seconds to 45-60 seconds, issuing players more “Time Buttons” per day, having a 30 second clock until you reach the money & then go to a 60 second clock, automatically extending the shot clock to 60 seconds when a player is faced with an all-in decision, etc.).

As For Me… 

In case you don’t/didn’t know, I’ve long been in favor of a shot clock in poker and believe that it’s not a matter of “if” it’s going to happen, but “when”.  I also believe that ‘when’ it happens, everybody will be saying, “This is great!  Why didn’t we implement the shot clock ten years ago?”

Coming Soon?

“Thank You” to the WPT for putting the ‘shot clock’ proposal to a vote by the players, and a sincere tip of the hat to the players for their vote and suggestions.  I’m guessing/hoping you’ll see some type of ‘shot clock’ incorporated by the WPT for Season 13.  And I say, “HOORAY!”

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

Meanwhile back online Pokerfest is now bigger than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

9 Little Known Factors That Could Affect Your Bankroll

What’s life like in your bubble?

Mine is one of stress, gratitude and happiness.

The stress element is one part I would like to remove from my life, but it’s not always that simple.

So what stresses me out?

One of the major things that creates stress for me out will no doubt also plague you.

Money.

They say it’s the root of evil.

I am not sure about that

But I do know it’s the root of all my bloody problems, and I guess it’s the same for you right?

Money is the fuel that keeps your poker vehicle chugging along. No doubt there are times that you feel out of your depth? That you are playing in games that are above your bankroll, or you are taking risks that are making your calves shake.

You are not alone.

Here are 9 little known factors that could affect your bankroll from some of the smartest people in the business.

1# The Other Half

In his piece of work The Symposium, Plato writes about love as it comes under the examination of a group of men attending a party. During his confab Aristophanes told a tale of how humans were born with four arms, four legs and a single head made of two faces.

One day after a particularly nasty row with the Gods they decided to cut us in two and scatter us all around the world. This means that humans would spend eternity trying to find your ‘other half’ so you could live happily ever after.

What Aristophanes didn’t mention was the fact that when you find them they spend all your money – something that Sam Razavi understands all too well.

“The one little known factor that has affected my bankroll in the past has been women.” Said Razavi.

 2# Travel Expenses

One of the major advantages of choosing the life of a professional poker player is you get the opportunity to travel to some of the most exotic, interesting and exciting places on earth.

Sound exciting?

Well you had better invest the time to qualify for the these major tournaments by playing in online feeder satellites, because as Manig Loeser and Madison Bergeron tell you…travel costs can eat into your bankroll.

“One of the areas where I lose money is booking last minute flights and not planning ahead and taking advantage of the flight reward programs. The costs of travel are always way more than you budget for.” Said Manig Loeser.

“The travel costs associated with the live poker scene can quickly add up. I refer to these as ‘hidden costs’ because they are separate from the actual buy-in costs. They can quickly add up meaning you have to have a pretty good ROI to even break even.” Said Madison Bergeron.

3# Exorbitant Purchases

Point one can bleed you dry, but that doesn’t mean people who are single are immune to bankroll management issues.

On the contrary.

Being young free and single can produce just as much temptation as, as the two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Matt Perrins explains.

“I would say the one little known factor that affects your bankroll is buying a new car every three months. I have had a BMW M5, Porsche Cayman S, Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes C63 and a Nissan GTR…and each purchase has never been very good for the roll.”

4# Mindset

Poker is cut throat.

The players at the top of the game are so sharp you can get badly cut if you decide to play with them.

So being tip-top is absolutely crucial when squaring off on the cyber felt, and this is a problem that Ben Wilinofsky has faced on numerous occasions during his battles with his mental health.

“When I haven’t been well, and I’ve played instead of seeking help, I’ve had trouble focusing and trouble caring. That’s a recipe for disaster. I’ve had my biggest downswings in concert with failed and failing relationships that sent me spiraling downward.” Said Wilinofsky.

5# Swapping Pieces

Swapping pieces is the name given when two, or more, players agree to take percentages of each other’s action in the same tournament. This spreads the variance and means that even if you don’t earn any money you still have an opportunity to win something through the deal you have made with your partner.

Whilst this can be a good thing for your bankroll it can also be a bad thing as Dominik Nitsche explains.

“Being results oriented swapping pieces has definitely hurt me in the past. I don’t think that makes it a bad idea to swap pieces but it can be a pretty big bankroll leak if you are swapping with the wrong players.

“In general people should be much more careful about who they swap with. Swapping can be great, when done correctly, as it helps reduce variance in big tournaments.  However, I believe that a lot of people are using ‘reducing variance’ as an excuse to justify making bad swaps/have an interest in the tournament. Those swaps do hurt your EV and so I try to be careful and only swap with people I would also buy action of at markup.

“Reducing variance should only be a minor concern when swapping; the exception to that rule, however, is when you are deep in a big tournament.  With 30 players remaining in a major tournament it can make sense to swap with players weaker than you.”

6# Ego

Everyone has got one and if you don’t hold yours in check at the poker table it can produce leaks quicker than a Welsh farmer.

David Nicholson explains.

“Bankroll management is the easiest concept in the world – don’t spend more than you have got. And yet cockiness and ego clouds your judgment and makes bankroll management one of the most complicated concepts in the world.

“The difficulty comes with sticking to the rules. Your ego will chirp in and get the better of you when it comes to game selection decisions. It will tell you, ‘Well you don’t have the bankroll but you have been winning so take the risk.’

“Now risk taking is an important skill in poker, but reckless risk taking? That’s the ego talking and a sure fire way of going broke fast.”

7# Luck

The argument over whether poker is a game of luck or skill continues to motor on in some of the world’s most illustrious courts. Poker players will fight for their right to declare their art one of skill, and yet the role that luck plays, sometimes takes center stage for some people and it can affect your bankroll enormously.

Marvin Rettenmaier explains.

“When it came to my bankroll I got very lucky in the beginning of my career. I think I am very logical (analytical) and some things in poker just always made sense to me, but I was not anywhere close to the level of play I am at today. I don’t want to say that I was totally clueless but I definitely ran way above expectation.

“I remember that I deposited 50$ and I played a 5$ tournament. I was one tabling and I finished runner up with a field of like 700. I was so excited that I started a 10$ tournament which I also one tabled. It had like 300 players and I won. I then won a satellite into one of the major online tournaments and won it the first time I played it.

“I probably wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t get lucky at the beginning.”

8# Bankroll Management Costs

Once you get into the swing of the poker thing hopefully your bankroll will grow into something quite substantial. At this point you may need your roll to be liquid, so you can transfer it between online sites, and to various live casinos around the world.

All of this movement of funds costs money and if you are not on the ball, these small incremental charges can soon eat into your bankroll like termites chowing down on wood.

WSOP bracelet holder Scott Shelley explains.

“Transferring money between payment processors can slowly eat into your profits. When it comes to the term ‘bankroll management’ the maxim ‘every little bit counts’ is an extremely important concept for a poker player. This is especially true when exchanging foreign currency and every effort should be made to exchange money with other poker players to avoid paying the juice.”

9# The Mark Up

One of the most important concepts to get your head around when actually trying to make this poker thing work is understanding how hard it actually is to make a profit.

So players have to bear this in mind when enthusiastically throwing their bankroll around buying pieces of other player’s action. Earlier, Dominik Nitsche explained how swapping action with weaker players can be detrimental to your bankroll, and now I am going to focus on the damage that paying over the odds for your action can cause you.

A lot of the times you need to try and keep the gamble inside of you and do no let it emerge. Once it does, ego takes over, and like Dave Nicholson explained earlier problems will arise once ego is let loose on the game of poker.

Having a vested interest in a tournament is one thing, but you need to ask why are they even selling in the first place? If they really have the edge that their high mark up is suggesting then why do they even need your money?

You need to set the standard of only buying pieces of good players in good games. Players who have proven themselves capable over a prolonged period of time.

It’s easy to forget how hard it is to make a profit in poker when things are going well for you. Hold onto that money and be wary of players trying to sell action at a high mark up.

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

So after a few hard lessons in poker don’t forget Pokerfest is back bigger than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

Pokerfest is in Full Swing! Check Out The Results From Events #1-9

The 2014 edition of the ever-popular Pokerfest online festival is in full swing and already there has been over $105,000 in prizes paid out across the first nine events.

Switzerland’s Markus “shorti777” Heller claimed the first Pokerfest title of the series, taking down Event #1 for a $750.00 score. The first four-figure score of the Pokerfest is nestled in the partypoker account of Greece’s Miltiadis “KatanaGR” Kottas who was the last player standing in the $20,000 Guaranteed Rebuy that was Event #3.

The largest amount paid out to a single player so far tops the scales at an impressive $3,698.00, which was Jeremy “Jay_NIssa” Quehen’s reward for finishing at the top of the pile in Event #5, the $25,000 Guaranteed Freezeout.

Below is a full list of which players have won each of the nine Pokerfest events that have been completed so far. Congratulations to each and every one of the champions.

Pokerfest #1 – $5,000 Guaranteed 6-Max Deepstack
Champion: Markus “shorti777” Heller
Country: Switzerland
Prize: $750.00

Pokerfest #2 – $5,000 Guaranteed Turbo
Champion: Mark “Dark_Willow” Reynolds
Country: United Kingdom
Prize: $712.50

Pokerfest #3 – $20,000 Guaranteed Rebuy
Champion: Miltiadis “KatanaGr” Kottas
Country: Greece
Prize: $2,700.00

Pokerfest #4 – $15,000 Triple Chance
Champion: Gerard Carbo “r21evolutiON” Santamaria
Country: United Kingdom
Prize: $2,060.83

Pokerfest #5 – $25,000 Guaranteed Freezeout
Champion: Jeremy “Jay_Nissa” Quehen
Country: United Kingdom
Prize: $3,698.00

Pokerfest #6 – $10,000 Guaranteed Turbo
Champion: Frunze “AcnupuH4uK
Country: Moldova
Prize: $1,640.40

Pokerfest #7 – $5,000 Guaranteed 6-Max 1R1A
Champion: Matt “HeyMrJacK” Machula
Country: Canada
Prize: $825.00

Pokerfest #8 – $10,000 Double Chance
Champion: Jose “rofasi” Silva
Prize: $1,686.70

Pokerfest #9 – $10,000 Guaranteed Super Bounty
Champion: Natalia Sceglova “Mylene307” Hubert
Country: Germany
Prize: $1,425.00

Although the prizes shown above are very impressive, they are set to be eclipsed in the coming days thanks to some massive tournaments being on the schedule. Event #14, the $50 buy-in $25,000 Guaranteed Deepstack is sure to award some monster-sized prizes on March 5, while Pokerfest Event #17 – the $30,000 guaranteed Turbo Rebuy ($20 buy-in) should see bags of cash heading to the eventual winner.

Be sure to check out the upcoming Pokerfest tournaments by opening the partypoker lobby and heading to the “Tournaments” tab. From there, you can either sort the “name” column or use the wide range of filters to show “Majors” and all of the richest partypoker tournaments will be displayed before your eyes.

Don’t be put off playing or be down heartened if some of the buy-ins are outside of the constraints of your bankroll because partypoker is running a myriad of satellite tournaments around the clock that give you the chance to play for big bucks for a relatively tiny outlay. Here’s to writing about YOU by the time Pokerfest ends on March 16.

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

Pokerfest Bigger than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

This Week’s $200K Guaranteed Ends in a Three-Way Chop

This weekend’s partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday ended in a three-way chop that saw PantyShart crowned champion with MehIFold and gortatleva finishing in second and third respectively. What makes this result remarkable is the fact both MehIFold and gortatleva reached last week’s final table, finishing in sixth ($3,900) and second place! ($16,500)

The $200 buy-in for this week’s flagship tournament was ponied up by 1,192 players, who in turn created a guarantee-busting prize pool of $221,712. Those 1,192 hopefuls took to the virtual felt of partypoker at 7:00pm UK time and were whittled down to the nine-handed final table over the course of the next 9.5 hours.

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table (March 2, 2014) Seat Player Chips 1 MehIFold 497,874 2 crom31 1,132,667 3 gortatleva 315,795 4 peter_jane 960,884 5 TurtleManeyeye 378,137 6 PantyShart 1,297,801 7 Andreich_SPB 471,52 8 gijaporo 554,624 9 k0elh 337,196

It took more than three full orbits of the table before a player lost their entire stack and busted from the tournament. Andreich_SPV got the ball rolling by min-raising to 40,000 from early position, a bet that gijaporo in the next seat along flat-called. To gijaporo’s immediate left was k0ehl and he squeezed all-in for 190,696 chips in total, prompting each of the active players to muck their hands in turn – including the original raiser. However, gijaporo snap-called because he had initially flat-called with the monster hand that is , so k0ehl’s were in big trouble. The board failed to come to k0ehl’s rescue and he crashed out in ninth place, good for just under $2,130.

Eleven more hands played out before peter_jane found himself in a world of pain against PantyShart. From the cutoff seat, peter_jane shipped in his 300,497 stack with in an attempt to pick up the blinds and antes (12,500/25,000/2,500a). Unfortunately for peter_jane, PantyShart opted to call from the small blind with the and had his all-in opponent dominated. The flop left peter_jane drawing to running queens, s when the turn brought the into view it was all over for him. The inconsequential completed the board and peter_jane’s demise.

Two hands later and the table officially became short-handed as Andreich_SPB lost a crucial coinflip, and his stack, to gortatleva. It was all “standard” as the cool kids say, gortatleva opened to 50,000 from early position and then called with when Andreich_SPB three-bet all-in with for 279,522 chips from the button. The flop gave gortatleva a whole host of outs, one of which – the – fell on the turn. Gortatleva improved to an unnecessary heart-flush when the completed the board and Andreich_SPB crashed out of the tournament.

Only six hands later and another finalist fell by the wayside when crom31 raised to twice the big blind (50,000 in total) from under-the-gun and the excellently named TurtleManeyeye opted to three-bet all-in to 504,950 from the cutoff. TurtleManeyeye made this move with so was in bad shape against crom31’s [Ad when crom31 tossed in the extra chips and made the call. Neither player improved their hand by the river of the board, crom31 winning the pot by virtue of his ace-queen kicker.

Five became four when a short-stacked gijaporo moved all-in for 241,166 (eight big blinds) from the cutoff with and gortatleva looked him up from the big blind with . The flop had something for both players with gijaporo pairing his ace and gortatleva flopping a flush draw and a gutshot straight draw. The turn stretched gijaporo’s lead and he was a 75% favourite to double up. That was until the completed gortatleva’s flush to dash the hopes of his now busted opponent.

That turned out to be the final elimination for a staggering 99 hands, and indeed the final bust out of this week’s tournament. MehIFold clicked it open to 100,000 chips, crom31 three-bet all in for 654,632 with only to see gortatleva cold four-bet all-in over the top with . MehIfold folded – reports of him saying “Meh” beforehand were not confirmed – and when the five community cards fell the dream was over for crom71.

Only one hand of three-handed play took place before the last three players used the in-built deal making software to chop the remaining prize pool by chip counts. For a full breakdown of the final table results, check out the table below.

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Results (March 2, 2014) Place Player Prize 1 PantyShart $21,444.00* 2 MehIFold $20,000.00* 3 gortatleva $18,086.58* 4 crom31 $8,203.34 5 gijapporo $5,875.36 6 TurtleManeyeye $4,323.38 7 Andreich_SPB $3,214.82 8 peter_jane $2,660.54 9 k0elh $2,128.43

*reflects a three-handed deal.

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

Pokerfest Bigger than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

Kara Scott – What To Do And What NOT To Do in Venice!

One of my favourite places in the entire world, is the city of Venice. Being there is like stepping into a strange but beautiful dream. There is sincerely nowhere else like it in the world.

This month gives you lots of reasons to be in Venice. There is the WPT National event and the WPT Global tournament too (for those of you not lucky enough to be in Venice, there’s of course Pokerfest to keep you busy!) Back in Venice it’s Carnevale (which makes it all the more incredible) and if you visit in the springtime, you miss out on the sweltering heat that the summer can bring to the region.  Here is a list of things to try, for you lucky people who are heading there to play some poker:

1# Wander aimlessly

Staring open-mouthed in wonder at the fact that this place actually exists. This is what I spend most of my time doing, even though I’m lucky enough to have visited fairly often. With the tiny alleyways and seemingly randomly placed bridges, it’s easy to get lost in Venice but because the central area is so small, it doesn’t take long to find yourself again too. While you’re lost, keep your eyes open for the beautiful little spaces hidden down the streets you might never have taken otherwise.

2# Eat!

Every region in Italy has very different cuisine and Venice is famous for it’s seafood (not surprisingly). Try things that you don’t recognise, be brave! Go into some Osterie and order as many
different little bites of food as you can. It’s a kind of tapas but Italian style! You may not like everything, but the trying is half the fun.

3# Carnevale

Go out and buy a mask and then wander around the streets near San Marco Square and people-watch for the colourful, elaborate costumes they wear to celebrate. A fountain is set up in the Square that is literally flowing with red wine. You can grab some of this and a hot fried bit of dough to eat as you listen to the music and watch the street artists performing. It’s like Pokerfest IRL.

4# Slippery When Wet

Don’t fall in the canal or go for a swim. Tourists do this every year and you can get incredibly ill from the water. On my first trip to Venice with some friends years ago, the water level rose while we were having dinner to the point that the square was flooded with water and we couldn’t figure out how to reach our hotel.

This happens sometimes and usually there will be a raised walkway put out so that you can cross the water without getting wet. For some reason, it wasn’t there this time and so we decided (after a few glasses of wine, which totally ruined our judgement) to just take off our shoes and walk across the square through about a foot of water. It was like we’d set off some kind of silent alarm in the dark silent street as Venetians started yelling at us from their windows to get out of the water as we would get “rat feet.” I never did figure out what that was but it sounded scary enough to make us all put our shoes back on and find an alternative route to the hotel.

Although things have modernised in the Venetian sewage system, the canals are still a large part of how they deal with waste, so you really don’t want to go swimming. Trust me.

5# Forget About Time

Remember that time works differently in Venice. Don’t rush while you eat. Luxuriate in the hours and hours of food and don’t expect the shops to always be open. Midday, most shops will close for a 3 hour lunch break. I wasn’t kidding about the long meals! I was trying to find some souvenirs for my parents on one of my last visits there and came across this sign in a shop window which translates as “I don’t have a schedule or plan, nor do I want one. I’m against this by nature. My kitchen has no clock. I’ll take my time. My work lasts until it has to last.” Words to live by - Kara Scott

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

Talking about Carnival did we mention Pokerfest? Bigger than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

partypoker Premier League 7

Get ready for some high adrenaline poker like you’ve never seen before. The first episode  of partypoker Premier League 7 is set to be broadcast in the UK at 11pm on Tuesday March 4th on Sky Sports 3. Filmed at the ever popular  Playground Poker Club in Montreal the line up this time around included Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Daniel Jungleman Cates, Jeff Gross, Vanessa Selbst and champions of season 5 and 6, Scott Seiver and Dan Shak.

Improved Structure 

Following feedback from players, the structure has been improved and will feature 12 players playing six eight-handed heats, with each player participating in four league matches showcasing the famous point system ($2,000 per point). The top four will automatically go through to the final table, while the next four places (5th – 8th) will square off in a series of heads-up matches (best of three) for spots in the six-handed finale with the winner taking home $400,000. partypoker’s very own Kara Scott will present the coverage from the floor, while Jesse “the voice of poker” May will of course lead the commentary team.

For a look ahead see this special preview:

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.

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partypoker WPT Aspers Accumulator Final Day

Deal? No Deal.

With the stacks so even, talk inevitably turned to a deal.  but after players looked at both ICM and ‘Chip Chop’ deals, at least three of the players weren’t satisfied with it, and resolved to play on as things stand.  One big hand against a player and talk may be back on, but for now, the game continues as it is… and we can’t get enough of that!

Counts: 

Chaz Chattha 3.5 million

Laurence Houghton (pictured above) 3.1 million

Gareth Holt 3.1 million

David Gassian 2.35 million

Arvin Ravindran 2.1 million

Level 26 – Blinds 30,000/60,000/ante 10,000 The Pendulum Swings

For a long time in this final day, David Gassian has been the man to beat.  Wielding his axe seemingly at will, he has sliced through a lot of the field, with opponents dropping left, right and centre.  Not any longer.  In just a couple of hands, his lead has been almost entirely eroded, and without doubt, the first chinks are appearing in his armour as we are five-handed.

First, Chaz Chattha and Laurence Houghton both peeled off 125k to see a flop with the Frenchman whose adopted home is London…and the live poker felt.  the flop came and Laurence popped in 145k, which Gassian called off, but Chaz raised to 475k! total pressure on both Houghton and Gassian who both folded.

In the next hand, Laurence shoved for 1. million, and Gassian absolutely snap-called him.  Holt and Chattha dodged the drama, but Arvin Ravindran tank-folded…Ace-King!   When the cards were flipped, it didn’t look as crazy a fold as you might think.

Laurence

David

“I’m just never up against two other aces there am I?” said Arvin.

The board came out to give Laurence a priceless double and further damage Gassian.

Just now, Gassian has called a shove from Gareth Holt and lost again!  Holt shoved with – Gassian called it off with .  We stop short of calling this a blow-up, but it’s incredible how quickly Gassian has allowed his chip-stack, which looked so impenetrable just thirty minutes or so ago, to disappear.

New chip-counts:

Chaz Chattha – 3.6million

Laurence Houghton – 3.3 million

Gareth Holt – 2.8 million

Arvin Ravindran – 2.4 million

David Gassian – 2.3 million

Bobbie Brummitt OUT in 6th (£5,540)

No sooner had Brummitt outlasted the partypoker qualifier field has he gone.  In a cold deck situation, once again the blessed David Gassian has both skill and fortune in equal measure and has taken all of Brummitt’s 1.8 million chips.

Bobbie and David got it in on the turn after the board has fallen and Bobbie turned over but Gassian held for the flopped straight!  Incredible dealing, and Brummitt must console himself with the added £1,000 package to take part in the WPT National event in Newcastle in May.  Well done, sir!

Chips-counts: 

David Gassian – 7 million

Chaz Chattha – 3.1 million

Laurence Houghton – 1.7 million

Arvin Ravindran 1.5 million

Gareth Holt – 1.5 million

No Strings


Laurence Houghton (pictured) has one of the most vocal rails here.  They’re not simply loud, either, displaying a fair amount of native wit against the man they’re cheering on (to join them at the bar). Laurence is far too experienced a live player to find it anything other than amusing, of course, and everyone is enjoying the spirit in which this final table is taking place.  There may be big money at stake, but there is fun, laughter and excitement on every big hand.  It’s how poker should  be played.

When Laurence got it all in pre-flop with against Gareth holt’s , his friend-group couldn’t resist the needle.

“Thunderbirds are go!” and

“How long did it take you to get a hand in, Thunderbird?” his friends cheer.  If they’re comparing poor Laurence with an inanimate being who is motionless until called into action upon which he saves the day and rescues the mission, well…OK, they have a point. Houghton doubles to 1.8 million through the unlucky Holt, who drops to 800k and short-stack.

Steve Owens OUT in 6th (£4,610)


Steve Owens gave it a tremendous run, but it’s over in 7th place after he ran into a bigger hand pre-flop.  Shoving from mid-position with , he was dismayed to see Chaz Chattha quickly call off the required 385,000 and once the blinds got out of the way, Chattha showed and the board played out to send Steve home.

As well as Steve winning a handsome £4,610 for coming in seventh, that bust-out means Bobbie Brummitt is our last partypoker qualifier, meaning that he’s won a staggering £1,000 package to WPT-National Event in Newcastle on the May Bank Holiday!

Chattha At The Double!

Chaz Chattha (above) hasn’t been too active at the final table, with so many short-stacks around, it doesn’t make sense for those with middle stacks to take risks that might cost thousands of pounds when the chip leader David Gassian is raising most hands.  that said, someone has to stand up to Gassian and take a chunk off him, and the Team Duffy pro has done just that.

Raising to 110,000 in late position, Gassian shoved from the big blind to pile the pressure on Chaz.

“I thought you’d do that.” conceded Chaz with a wrinkle of his nose, a think and a scowl.  He looked at the pot, his opponent and eventually called, turning over .  Gassian and Chattha were racing as the chip leader peeled 700k off his mountain to match Chaz’s stack and it was in the hands of the dealer.  the flop cam – not a bad flop for Chaz at all, but hardly locked up. The turn came the , so any ten, queen or ace spelled the end for the man in the mirrored shades.  but the hopped onto the river, and Chaz can breathe again.  He’s up to 1.4 million, 10% of the chips in play, but a start on his climb up the counts:

Chip-counts:

David Gassian 5.3 million

Arvin Ravindran 2.3 million

Bobbie Brummitt 1.8 million

Gareth Hotl 1.7 million

Chaz Chattha 1.4 million

Laurence Houghton 1.3 million

Steve Owens 600,000

Level 25 – Blinds 25,000/50,000/ante 5,000

The Final Nine 

With 7 players left, and a top prize of £27,500, everyone at the final table (above) is desperate to get heads-up for the win!

Edjis Cergars OUT in 8th (£3,680)


Edjis waited for the right time to move here at the final table of the WPT-National UK London event….but sadly for him, fold equity was beyond him and he got called and busted by Arvin big stack.  Edjis’ move with was a fine one, but he was only in for 240,000 and that was small change to Arvin Ravindran with .

When the board came out that spelled doom for Edjis, but the partypoker qualifier takes home £3,680 for his weekend’s efforts – a great reward for some top poker throughout the four accumulator days.

James Mitchell OUT in 9th (£2,760)


James Mitchell needed to double to get himself back into a seat of power here at the final table of the Aspers Accumulator format WPT-National event…but instead he is heading home.  The former Irish Open champion was involved in a thrilling three-way all-in as the final table has burst into sudden life!

Steve Owens shoved his small pile of chips (250,000) into the middle in early position.  Mitchell made the move to isolate by re-shipping in the next seat round, and it was folded by Chattha, Ravindran, Houghton and Gassian.  But Gareth Holt called it off, covering Mitchell by just 100,000.

Steve Owens

James Mitchell

Gareth Holt

The flop was fanned fast from the dealer, and it was a dramatic one.   – Mitchell looked doomed as Holt took the lead.  But Owens wasn’t dead – a three would give him the ‘wheel’ straight. The turn came a , totally insignificant apart from ending James’ chances, and he stood, ready to squeeze through the massed fans and friends on the ‘rail’, pressed to the velvet rope, straining for a glimpse of the river…which was the !

A jubilant roar from Owens’ fans at his back, and he sighs with relief.  He trebles his stack to 750,000, while Holt jumps to over a million chips.  The pro, James Mitchell, slinks to the cash desk, a warm clap of applause from Chaz Chattha alone as his fellow professional collects £2,760 for his weekend’s work.

But what’s this? Another all-in and call just a couple of hands later…!

Early Nerves

Everyone seems to be settling down again after their meal at Clary’s post-dinner as the final table kicks off, withn the possible exception of the runaway chip leader, David Gassian.  He’s been the only person to make a big move, re-raising over Chaz’s open to 85k and Arvin’s raise to 185k to a bumper 425k, which got rid of Chattha and Ravindran pretty quickly.

Gareth Holt has got a shove through, as has Edjis Cergars (pictured), but the very same managed to find a fold pre-flop having committed half of his eight big blind stack and he is super-short.

Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000/ante 5,000

Our current level will kick off the final table, with 30 minutes now left on the clock until we enter Level 25.

Final Table Chip-counts

We’ve reached the most crucial stage of the WPT-National London, the final table.  With nine players remaining and around £100,000 still up for grabs, there’s a reason why it’s called the ‘business end’ of the competition.  Aspers have laid on a meal in the stunning Clary’s restaurant here within the casino itself, so while they relax and enjoy 45 minutes away from the intensity of the poker felt, let’s tell you how they stack up and introduce each of our finalists to you.

Seat 1 – Arvin Ravindran – 2,150,000 chips

Arvin is well-known to players on the London circuit in recent months, but having only grabbed two live tournament cashes, he’s in line for his greatest cash to date even if he busts first at the final table.  That looks unlikely, with Arvin currently sitting second in chips with over two million.  He’s played some brilliant, pressurising poker this week and is extremely focused on the win.

Seat 2 – Laurence Houghton – 1,420,000 chips 

Laurence (left) is one of the top 250 players in English poker history, with a consistent run of live cashes.  That said, he’s only had live results three times over the last two years, so this definitely marks a return to form – or appearance – on the live felt.  The last time Laurence reached a live final table it was in The Bahamas, so we’re guessing he might ask for the cocktail menu at Clary’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seat 3 – David Gassian – 5,790,000 chips 

Our massive chip leader, David (right) has 40% of the chips in play with eight men between him and the trophy.  An awesome power at the live felt, David has already won the Winter Classic this year for  £12,500…and is looking to win more than double that later tonight.  Can anyone stop the runaway train that is our final table chip leader?

Seat 4 – Gareth Holt – 685,000 chips 

Gareth (left) has cashed three times on the live felt, and this will be his biggest live cash wherever he finishes.  With 685k, he sounds short, but is actually 6th in chips – will he climb the ladder or go for the win?  We’ll find out when play resumes…

 

Seat 5 – Bobbie Brummitt – 1,845,000 chips 

Bobbie has been involved in drama right the way through this WPT National event.  He’s given us some classic moments already, and with a decent stack, he still has plenty of time to give us some more in this fabulous finale!

 

 

 

Seat 6 – Steve Owens – 370,000 chips 

With less than ten big blinds, Steve has a wing and a prayer at present, but he’s shown admirable courage thus far and with a great temperament, should he double early, he will be right back in the battle.  Two huge hands on this final day went marginally against him to cost him huge pots…but a chip and a chair is all you need to win!

Seat 7 – James Mitchell – 635,000 chips 

With over $1.5 million in live tournament winnings alone, James Mitchell is one of the most dangerous players you could ever meet at the felt.  Having won the Irish Open in 2010 for over $800,000, James is not fazed by anything at this level, and his fearless nature and locked-down table image could be a brick wall for players to overcome… if he can chip up.  James only has 13 big blinds, so he’ll need to make a move sooner rather than later…but there aren’t many out there better at moves than him.

 

 

Seat 8 – Chaz Chattha – 1,070,000 chips 

What more can be said about the Team Duffy pro right now?  Having final tabled just last week, Chaz is feeling in fine form and has over $300k in cashes over the last two years alone.  With titles right across Europe and deeper runs than Luis Suarez, ‘The Chatthabox’ will be talking his way to victory if he can.  He adapted brilliantly last night to switch modes just at the perfect time which earned his place in Day 3…now he’s going all out for the win.  Can he do it?  You’d better believe he wants to…

Seat 9 – Edjis Cergars – 480,000 chips 

Ten big blinds and the ultimate desire to win from being one of the short-stacks, Edjis has played some terrific poker this week, flying under the radar to grind his way through the field.  There’s no doubting he needs help with less than ten big blinds, but the quiet man of the final table has nothing to lose…and everything to win!

Play will resume at approximately 7.30pm.

 

 

Goodbye, Mr. Bond!

Yilfer Sheveet is known as ‘Mr. James Bond’ to most of the players here.  He wears a hat that displays the legend ‘Bond’s Poker Club’, and for three days, any table he’s played at has felt his presence.  He has busted to one of the only players who could do it to him, the irrepressible David Gassian.  Gassian, already a huge chip leader here at the WPT National Event in London, is now sitting behind the kind of stack that could obscure ceiling fans.

Yilfer Sheveet (our Bondian hero) and Gassian had built the pot to around 500k by the time the money went in on the turn, by which time the board read .  It was Yilfer who shoved, but he was called instantly by Gassian, and got the bad news when he turned over his cards…

Yilfer Sheveet

David Gassian

Gassian had turned the full house and faded the King-sweat on the river to bust ‘Mr. Bond’ for £2,015.  We’re sure that he will return…but for now, Gassian has more power at the now-forming final table than Goldfinger himself.

~~~~~~~~Final Table Bubble!~~~~~~~~ Finigan’s Wake


James Finigan has left in 11th after losing to Bobbie Brummitt’s Broadway earlier.  His micro-stack went over the line with but couldn’t catch up with and he leaves in eleventh for £2,015 also.

Elsewhere around the two tables, Chaz Chattha doubled from 240k to around 520k when his held against Steve Owens’ , the flop coming to see him safely back in the game although still short.  Owens had previously lost a cold deck hand when his looked good on the turn against Laurence Houghton’s but was rivered as it came – is that the sweatiest flop ever? – then turn – Flush! – and river … where Owens’ hopes came crashing down to Laurence Houghton’s full house. Incredible.

Level 24 – Blinds 20,000/40,000/ante 5,000 Sandra ‘Jaz’ Reid OUT in 12th (£2,015)


Sandra ‘Jaz’ Reid has enjoyed a tremendous time this weekend, and that won’t have been spoiled by her exit hand, which was when she shoved on the turn with after the board came out .  David Gassian called with and the river of saw Jaz go out, the longest lasting lady in the tournament by far.

We spoke to her immediately afterwards in an exclusive interview to ask her about her experience and find out what it feels like to win £2,015 from a sole $1.65 buy-in to the original satellite!

 

Brummitt Hits Broadway


Bobbie Brummitt has been involved in some terrific hands this week at the WPT-National UK Event in Aspers Casino in Stratford, and that shows no signs of letting up.  He and James Finigan were involved in a raised pot pre-flop that saw the three cards come out . More action, more chips.  The turn card increased the stakes even more after it fell the , but the money went in on the [9d[ river.  When the cards were turned over, James Finigan had for a flopped set, but Bobbie Brummitt showed for Broadway, and that leaves Finigan on fresh air.

Nash Crashes, Diep Departs, Badecker Beaten

Stuart Nash (pictured) William Diep and Andrew Badecker have all crashed out in just five minutes here at the WPT-National London after running a little short.

Will Diep was first to bust of the pair in 15th, when he shoved his pre-flop.  Yilfer Sheveet called it off with and ace-high was enough to boost ‘Mr. Bond’ and his stack in this competition at Aspers in Stratford.

Stuart Nash left in an unfortunate run-in with James Mitchell.  Nash shoved for just 300,000 or so, and with , but   Mitchell peeled some pinks from his chip mountain with [A] and that held to eliminate the overall short-stack.

Andrew Badecker got it in better against James Mitchell. But it didn’t help him one bit.  His last 400k was in the middle with and well ahead of James’ .  The board ran out an agonising to bust Badecker in an ironic 13th position.  All three recent bustees earn £1,645 for their hard work.

Blinds go up again in just five minutes time…

Two Tables Left


There are just fifteen players left in thenhunt for the title now here at Aspers…here are the tables remaining and all the chip-counts:

Table 1 

Arvin Ravindran – 1.5 million

James Mitchell – 1.14 million

David Gassian – 3.05 million

Edjis Cergars – 460,000

Stuart Nash – 352,000

Sandra Reid – 1 million

Andrew Badecker 342,000

 

Table 2 

Gareth Holt – 1.15 million

James Finigan – 1.13  million

Bobbie Brummitt 1.23 million

Yilfer Sheveet 483,000

Laurence Houghton 586,000

Chaz Chattha 382,000

Steve Owens 955,000

Will Diep 639,000

Pot Of The Tournament

While the remaining 16 players were dividing themselves into the appropriate seats, one hand was still going on.  As it happened, it turned into the biggest hand of the tournament so far, and one that has changed the direction of the competition in stunning fashion.  Alex Tsiroudis was fairly chipped up when he made the move pre-flop, and meeting strong resistance in Daivid Gassian, the two attacking players got the whole lot – 2 million plus in chips – into the middle pre-flop.

Daivid Gassian

Alex Tsiroudis

A huge flip, then, and the flop was devastating to Gassian.   gave Tsiroudis trips and he was huge favourite to take the pot and the lead.  The turn of changed nothing…but the river of the flipped it on its head and gave Gassian a two-outer full house to shift the monster pile of chips his way.  Tsiroudis was one card from the chip lead and instead is OUT of the WPT National Event.  Gassian has three million and an overwhelming chip lead.  Players are taking their seats stunned by that miraculous/disastrous river depending on who you were rooting for!

Triple Threat

In little over an orbit of the three remaining tables, we’ve lost three more players as we move down to just two tables of eight here at the WPT National Event in London’s stunning Aspers Poker Room.

Herve Decker’s comeback crashed on the rocks as he finally bowed out after making a great run at spinning his way back into the game from just one big blind earlier on today.  His was all-in pre-flop against Onise Daneliya’s and couldn’t hit to leave him looking for the cash desk for his £1,235 pay day.

Leaping up the ladder in 18th was Darren Mapley, who was very unlucky to exit in 18th.  His was massive favourite against Arvin Ravindran’s but an ace came to send Mapley’s head spinning.  He cashed for £1,410 but lost that 1.2 million chip pot to give Ravindran what we think is the lead (full chip-counts coming in a few minutes as the two tables are confirmed). Mapley played some top stuff all week, so that bad beat will no doubt sting for some time.  1.2 million chips to nothing in one card hurts.

Finally, Onise Daniyela (pictured above) raised to 78,000 pre-flop, Will Diep re-popped to over 200,000 but then sensationally, Gareth Holt shoved all-in for 446,000.  Only Onise made the call with Diep tank-folding.  He was right to get out of the way, as Holt had and that was miles ahead of Daniyela’s .  The board ran out to bust the man who was chip leader after Day 2 for £1,410.  16 left in the race for the title, and full chip-counts and table positions are coming right up.

Abdul Miah Makes An Exit


Sandra Reid was  the only player not here for the very player-friendly start-time of 3pm, so when she arrived, her plan was probably to settle into her seat and work out who was sat at her table, and how to combat their strengths while exploiting their weaknesses.  Of course, poker doesn’t work like that, and Sandra was involved almost straight away in a massive, million chip-pot that has given her chances a massive boost.

Abdul Miah has played some great stuff this week, and running deep yet again, the Londoner has showed once again his class at the tournament felt.  We joined the action after his all-in raise over Sandra’s bet of 200k on the turn was called.  The board showed and Sandra turned over just . Incredibly, her pocket pair was actually ahead, but Abdul could hardly be more live with , having both the open straight and flush draws.  Sandra faded the whole lot of them on the river, however, to leave Abdul with spare change, which he lost with in the next hand.  Bobbie Brummitt called it off with and a dry board meant ace-high was good enough to send Abdul home in 20th place for £1,235.

Level 23 – Blinds 15,000/30,000/ante5,000

 

Florian Duta (above) has departed, as have three others.  We have twenty players left from the incredible 700+ field here at Aspers this weekend in the WPT National.  But who will take it down?

Green With Envy

Philip Green and Herve Decker were both looking down at micro stacks on Table 3 – and with 22nd-place meaning that they earn a minimum of £1,235, the momentum was with them both to try and double their way back into the game.

Herve Decker has doubled an astonishing four times since going down to not even one big blind, and now has 250,000 chips (ten big blinds for a few more minutes) after getting there with the worst of it a good few times!

Philip Green was not so fortunate, especially when his couldn’t hold against to bust.  He earns that £1,235 pay day, however, and he’s not going to be the only one departing in the next few minutes as stacks have started looking either very strong or very short.  blinds are going up….

Three Uneasy


Three players have busted in as many hands here at Aspers as Level 22 has started like a train.

Thang Nguyen departed in 24th when his shove with was called by Yilfer ‘Mr. Bond’ Sheveet ‘s .  A jack on the flop did for Thang, who can count himself mighty unlucky.  Sheveet punched the air and yelled ‘Yes!’ as the board ran out with him knocking out Nguyen.

Florian Duta’s tournament came to an end in 23rd place when he lost a ‘coin-flip’ of A-T against Bobbie Brummitt’s jacks and got the rest of it in pre-flop with Q-4 against Sheveet’s J-4 – another jack coming to eliminate the mild-mannered player in Seat 1.

And finally, Rahim Tadj-Saadat (pictured above on Day 2) saw his dreams of the title die as he shoved for 200,000 into a re-shove by Andrew Badecker with . A double-paired board saw Badecker’s ace play and bust the jovial Rahim.  Each of the players leaving us between 22nd-24th place win £1,100.

Early Action For Green

Philip Green – down but not out…yet!

It’s been non-stop since we sat down here at Aspers in the WPT National London.  24 players are left, but no-one wants the next pay-out of just over a thousand pounds – they want the £27,500 top prize.

Philip Green has taken a huge hit to his stack and his chances after being all-in pre-flop against Steve Owens.  Owens had and was racing green’s .  The board played out [Qs to decimate the older gentleman’s stack and boost Owens to around 750,000 – an early double.  Green has since doubled his 88,000 remaining chips with spiking against James Finigan’s but he still has massive work to do with only 8 big blinds to his name.

Level 22 – Blinds 12,000/24,000/ante 4,000

Table Draw

Here are how your finalists line up as Day 3 begins:

Table 1

Arvin Ravindran 909,000

Charles Chattha 674,000

David Gassian 1,182,000

Rahim Tadj-Saadat 473,000

Stuart Nash 524,000

Darren Mapley 905,000

Andrew Badecker 468,000

Alexandros Tsiroudis 765,000

 

Table 2

Florian Duta 534,000

Bobbie Brummitt 341,000

Thang Nguyen 330,000

Edijs Cergars 283,000

Yilfer Sheveet 496,000

Sandra Jaz Reid 657,000

Laurence Houghton 721,000

James Mitchell 843,000

 

Table 3

Gareth Holt 400,000

James Finigan 576,000

Herve Decker 439,000

Abdul Miah 517,000

Onise Daneliya 564,000

Phil Green 748,000

Steve Owens 365,000

Anh Will Diep 889,000

 

The Final Countdown

We are getting ready for the kick-off of the partypoker WPT National UK Event here in London, England as 24 players will beging their assault on the title from 3pm. 

You can follow all the live updates, photography, interviews and much more right here, and if you want to know what happened on Day 2 , then check out the full report here.

With players such as Daivid Gassian, Abdul Miah and Chaz Chattha gathered to fight for the £27,500 prize, the poker is expected to be of the highest standard when play begins in around half an hour.

Who’s YOUR winner?

Take On Pokerfest!

Now take all of above and go crush it at Pokerfest! Yes that’s right it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!  Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your one time!

Gassian Grabs The Final Day Lead At WPT National Event London

William Diep on Day 2 of the WPT-National event here at Aspers

Day 2 is in the can, and with two dozen players remaining in the WPT-National UK Event here in Aspers Casino in Stratford, London, the 24 players will resume play at 3.00pm on Sunday to fight to the finish, and that elusive £27,500 top prize.

Day 2 was a superb day’s poker, with bust-outs, drama, tension and most of all fun as 260 players were reduced to just three tables of eight players by half past midnight.  With 40-minute blind levels instead of 30 minutes, there was more room for play than ever, but players seemed to want to race towards the conclusion.  Action was faster on Day 2 than on some of the earlier flights, and the run from 65 players remaining to the bubble at 55th-54th place lasted just ten frantic minutes.

We lost partypoker’s Kara Scott just before the bubble, but she outlasted so many other players, the face of partypoker wasn’t disappointed.  Every table she was on seemed to have the most fun and none more so than Kara.  Her late shove with just fourteen big blinds after experiencing earlier coolers was with but she ran into the big blind’s and lasted no longer.  Only one female remained at the close of play, the gutsy and gregarious Sandra Reid, who almost did for Chaz Chattha when she had Q-Q and he held J-J. Chattha made a superb fold on the river to save his tournament life, then went on a trademark rush to finish the day well clear of the average chips.

The lead changed hands frequently, with early pace-setter Onise Daneliya never far off it.  He was taken over by Vincent Meli, but Meli woould later run into trouble and his half-million stack expired before the witching hour.  Onise grabbed back the lead after hitting more aces than anyone could have predicted.  Three times in two orbits, he called it off with ace-high and got there, twice against the unfortunate Dave McConachie, who lost a huge pot with his kings unable to hold against Onise’s to bust shortly after.  Having won a day here at WPT National, Flight 3 with 157,100 chip, he won a consolation prize of a Sit n Go to play Mad Marvin Rettenmaier – an experience to treasure for anyone!

William Diep jumped over the million mark and sat behind a wall of chips, looking like he would cruise into the lead as the day closed.  But Daivid Gassian had other ideas.  Attacking relentlessly until the last hand, Gassian bagged up the most to head into the final with the biggest chip mountain:

Day 2 Chip-counts

Onise Daneliya on Day 2 of the WPT National event here in London

Daivid Gassian 1,182,000

Arvin Rajandran 909,000

Darren Mapley 905,000

Anh Will Diep 889,000

James Mitchell 843,000

Alexandros Tsiroudis 765,000

Phil Green 748,000

Laurence Houghton 721,000

Charles Chattha 674,000

Sandra Jaz Reid 657,000

James Finigan 576,000

Onise Daneliya 564,000

Florian Duta 534,000

Stuart Nash 524,000

Abdul Miah 517,000

Yilfer Sheveet 496,000

Rahim Tadj-Saadat 473,000

Andrew Badecker 468,000

Herve Decker 439,000

Gareth Holt 400,000

Steve Owens 365,000

Bobbie Brummitt 341,000

Thang Nguyen 330,000

Edijs Cergars 283,000

With Level 22 kicking off the 60-minute levels in the final at 3.00pm, blinds will be 12,000/24,000/ante 4,000

From the World Poker Tour themselves giving the ‘Bubble Boy’ Rod McDermott a free seat to WPT Newcastle for being so gracious after the bubble lasted an age and ten short stacks doubled before he busted, to the Aspers Poker Room management, we’ve enjoyed a fantastic weekend, and hope you have too.  Here are all the payouts so far from a superbly run event:

WPT-National London Pay-Outs

thumbs-up from Mats Rosen for the cash…but he goes no further.

25th Russell Jones £975.00
26th Jonathan Baylis £975.00
27th Parviz Siabi £975.00
28th Harprit Gurnam £850.00
29th Vincent Meli £850.00
30th Mats Rosén £850.00
31st Kenny King £850.00
32nd Ryan Kelly £850.00
33rd Soyinka Sotimehin £850.00
34th Tony Vu £850.00
35th Sean Lydon £850.00
36th Cristian Ciuperca £850.00
37th Vaclav Pomije £740.00
38th Lukasz Wierzchowski £740.00
39th Konstantinos Toulis £740.00
40th Timotheos Timotheou £740.00
41st Ross Mannion £740.00
42nd Sardar Jaffar Aziz £740.00
43rd Georgy Fournadjiev £740.00
44th Peteris Berzins £740.00

Sami Idris was one of several players to make the money on Day 2

45th Christopher Love £740.00
46th Kevin Neal £630.00
47th Sami Idris £630.00
48th Steven Mitchell £630.00
49th David Mcconachie £630.00
50th Hugo Lodge £630.00
51st Meenakshi Subraminiam £630.00
52nd Christian Middelboe £630.00
53rd Marc Mulgrave £630.00
54th Paul Romain £630.00

Daneliya Delivers As WPT National UK Event London Flight 3 Ends

After an amazing three flights, the 260 players who have made Day 2 are assembled, with Kara Scott fourth in chips and one of only a handful of players who made it through all three flights.  As an incredible 700 entries took us past £129,000 in the prize-pool, big players bit the dust on flight 3, with Michael Greco, Jerome Bradpiece and Barny Boatman all unable to make it through to the business end of the tournament.

The biggest winner on the day was Dave McConachie, as he racked up an awesome 157,100 in one flight alone – the only stack he got through.  Pressure was everywhere and the players were feeling it, and dealing with it in different ways.  Philip Gould impressed, as he delivered in every flight and made it through with a big stack.  Stars such as Chaz and Sunny Chattha and Vincent Meli, all got through with decent stacks.

Here are how the chip-counts line up ahead of Day 2:

Onise Daneliya 252300
Ryan Kelly 222700
Arvin Ravindran 193200
Kara Scott 178,400
Philip Gould 165600
Haresh Thaker 163300
David Mcconachie 157100
Kenny King 153200
Vincent Meli 147600
Reza Fazeli 143200
Hasan Ifran 139800
James Thomson 133200
Sean Lydon 130100
Pablo Legarre 126200
Jonathan Baylis 116300
Terence Mcgilly 113700
Mathieu Bragard 113700
Steven Mitchell 108700
Sandra Reid 107800
Cristian Ciuperca 107300
Thomas Zhang 105800
Marc Mulgrave 104400
Kevin Neal 104100
Paul Romain 103000
Robert Fowler 102400
Pantelis Antoniou 100800
Charles Chattha 100400
Eamonn Gavin 100400
Anh Diep 100000
Ross Mannion 99900
Lee West 99300
Arturas Drepinas 98800
Susan O’connor 98400
Serge Wittenbeck 98100
Hugo Lodge 96700
Roland Redhead 96500
Michael Padmore 94500
Mark Conway 94400
Vik Kanwar 93800
Catalin Azoitei 93800
Sami Idris 90000
Laurence Houghton 89900
Vaclav Pomije 88900
Yigit Isilsoy 87500
Meenakshi Subraminiam 86300
Yves Farges 85200
Antony Simon 84200
James Robert Mitchell 82500
Branko Sprach 82100
Kuljinder Sidhu 81200
Tony Vu 81100
Stevie Hart-Sheehan 80400
Stuart Nash 79900
Robert Simons 76300
Pawan Thaper 75400
Anand Paltanwala 74800
Andrew Berkecz 74400
Xavier Rouayroux 74400
Yue Tu 72800
Herve Decker 72800
Errol Ward 72500
Rajbarath Nandhagopal 72400
Terry Payne 72200
Christian Middelboe 72000
Kaan Can 71500
Yahya Merah 71500
Karl Alexander Restucci 71100
Raymond Hemp 70700
Emyr Lewis 69900
Philip Lee 69700
Tina Abery 68600
Gabriel Carter 67700
Xuan Nguyen 67300
Andrew Gillett 67000
Dieter Aebi 67000
Jozsef Boka 66600
Arrash Zafari 66300
Chevin Beckles 66100
Jamal Gormati 65300
Harprit Gurnam 64400
Mantas Zeringis 63600
Gary Miller 63500
Timothy Dearing 62700
Soyinka Sotimehin 62600
John Gudger 61900
Andrey Dimitrov 61600
Laszlo Balogh 61400
Alvaro Garcia Cano 61300
Glen Paterson 60100
Christopher Gordon 60000
Ali Sakallioglu 59900
Bobbie Brummitt 58500
Micharaba Kaszaraba 58400
Samantha Griffiths 58000
Konstantinos Toulis 57900
Luke Slisz 57700
Kevin Williams 57400
Margarita Stoycheva 57300
Leon Narinsakchai 56800
Sunny Chattha 56600
Rod Macdermott 56000
Kirit Patel 55900
Mohammed Suhail 55800
Gareth Holt 55800
Alexandros Tsiroudis 55700
Florian Duta 54700
Gregory Moore 54700
Andrew Badecker 54400
Alexandru Obada 54200
Richard Wheatley 54100
Rahim Tadj-Saadat 53800
Richard Mcdonald 53500
Tamer Kamel 53300
John Ashton 53100
Kevin Connor 52900
Zoltan Kovacs 51900
Philip Green 51700
Stephen Smith 51200
Darren Mapley 51200
Mats Rosén 49900
Demetris Theophanous 49700
Marios Andreas 49400
David Phethean 49000
Arnel Casabar 48900
Zydrunas Lukosiunas 48800
Edwin Biber 48400
Ricky Benger 48200
Mauro Suriano 48000
Vadim Seriozeckin 47900
Rahul Sinha 46900
Paltryk Slusarek 46800
Dariusz Zenka 46500
Sardar Jaffar Aziz 46400
Daniel Fulgescu 46000
Simon Toller 45000
Roshan Bijmohun 44200
Sally Smith 44100
Danny Shine 44000
Andrew Brisland 43600
David Gassian 43000
YILFER SHEVKET 42400
Samuel Welbourne 42000
Emil Georgiev 41900
WILLIAM LANGTON 41700
Timotheos Timotheou 41300
Gabor Antal 41100
GETNET HAILU 40500
Christopher Love 40400
Benjamin Wey 40300
Robert Barry 40200
Oliver Kirschner 39800
Van To Le 39600
Thang Nguyen 39300
Danail Douhlinski 39100
George Apostol 38900
Robert Glen 38500
Lauris Krievs 38300
Jen Chiang 38100
PARVIZ SIABI 38100
Lyndon Basha 37900
Jack Glass 37700
Danny Blair 37400
Stephen Dickson 37400
Nicholas Finn 37300
Peteris Berzins 37000
Tony Collison 36500
William Kassouf 36100
Martin Desmond 36000
Rana Adnan 36000
Koa Quan 35400
Jonathan Vincent Roux 35400
Edijs Cergars 34800
NICHOLAS VAN DE WEYER 34600
VINCENT ANDERSON 34500
Morgan Florin 34400
Kyle Wilson 34400
Daniel Grant 33800
Ioannis Vogiatzoglou 33400
Iulius Buzetoiu 33400
Paul Russell 33300
ERIC RAMKEESOON 33100
Holger Herrmann 33000
Patrit Papushi 32900
Luca Forcignano 32900
Nicolae Ponea 32000
Daniel Creser 31500
Josi Ortiz 31100
Nayden Tonov 30100
Steven Owens 29900
Ceri Rees 29900
Adam Nicolae 29900
Ali Enver 29800
Santhi Thiyagarajah 29600
George Achillea 28900
Emanuel Mattinson 28900
David Tompkins 28600
Ramadan Krasnici 28300
Abdul Miah 28000
Gareth Smirthwaite 27400
Erol Taylan 27300
Thomas Dunning 27200
Jose Fernandez 25300
Ashraf Mohamed 25100
Matthew Osborne 24900
Luke Mcintyre 24700
Realfi Petro 24600
Elizabeth Stone 24500
John Gilbert 24300
Lukasz Wierzchowski 24300
Sundeep Sangany 24200
Russell Jones 23900
Giap Tran 23700
Nicolas Barbani 23600
Richard Hoadley 23400
Cheng Moc 23300
Tarek Aziz Ahmed 23100
Adam Jastrzebski 22500
Christopher Johnson 22300
Lee Saunderson 22300
Marios Nicolaou 22200
Robert Kucma 21800
Matja Svendsen 21400
Martynas Vitkauskas 21100
James Finigan 21100
Terence Farmer 21100
Awtila Havacs 20900
Bilal Kabdani 20400
Uri Dinay 20200
Antonio Rochira 20200
Francois Margfrtiti 20200
Eve Goodman 19800
Rizgar Qadir 18500
Daniel Jones 18300
Paul Danko 18300
Leon Campbell 18100
Trevor Bulless 18000
Marinos Mina 17000
Ruslanas Rudycevas 17000
Lucas Bezzina 16300
Stephen Draper 15200
Konrad Kucharczyk 15100
Razvan-Vasile Stoea 14300
Kimberly Hebden 14000
Boris Dolenc 13700
Kamil Rafal 13600
Alex Van De Weyer 12800
Georgy Fournadjiev 12600
Stephen Brown 11900
Tony Doggett 11500
Giedrius Banys 11500
Jonathan Brock 11500
David Anderson 11400
Thien Nguyen 11100
Andrew Sledmore 10500
Alan Dean 10200
Joan Arnaldo Boix 8600
Hristo Georgiev 7000
DAVID SHALLOW 5700
Rajinder Shina 5700
Radu-Cristian Muresan 5600

Pablo Makes Them Pay In Flight 2 Of WPT UK National London

 

With an amazing 229 entries, we got ever closer to finding out who the big stacks will be when Day 2 takes place tomorrow here at the Aspers Casino Poker Room in East London.  Stratford is the location for what has so far been a fantastic two days of poker, and with one final Day 1 flight to come this evening, it promises to be exciting stuff with tournament lives now on the line with no option of re-entry.

Michael Greco endured a torrid time at the end of the day after a great start.

With a 20,000 starting stack and opening blinds at a kind 50/100, play was well and truly live, with players such as Chaz Chattha, Kara Scott, Kevin Williams and Paul Romain all playing their second flight.  Others, including Michael Greco, both Boatman brothers and Joe Beevers were all starting from scratch, so needed to press for chips early.  that worked in spades for the actor & director Greco, who busted his friend JJ Hazan in Level 2 and never looked back, quickly becoming chip leader and crushing his table.  He would run his stack up to 68,000 before a final level pot that decimated all his hard work.  His A-A was all-in pre-flop against A-T and managed to be drawing dead by the turn after the first four cards came out 3-J-Q-K to give his opponent sue O’Connor an unassailable ‘Broadway’.

It wasn’t all bad luck for the faces that we saw on every table.  Both Chattha brothers enjoyed a profitable flight, with Chaz (73,000) adding to his Day 1 total to hop over the 100k mark overall.  Sunny bagged up 45,000, which after a blank first flight, was just what he needed to get back in the game.  Still they dropped, Gabriel Carter, Chuck Khuu, Jerome Bradpiece and Kevin Williams all needing to pull a final flight out of the bag.   But partypoker gal Kara Scott doubled her winnings from Flight 1 and now has an excellent 95,100 before Flight 3.  She was her usual effervescent self, albeit right at the back of the room, busting players and giving them a long walk back to the registration desk to get involved tonight.

Barny Boatman (above) busted, while Ross rolled along.  And then came the big stacks.  Robert Fowler powered through in his first attempt, grabbing 102,000 to leap up the leaderboard, a new threat to the Reza Fazelis of yesterday.  Sandra Reid bagged up six figures too, as did Mathieu Bragard.  But no-one got near Pablo Legarre, whose excellent chip-count of 126,200 put him top of Flight 2.

Full Flight 2 Chip-counts:

Pablo Legarre 126,200 Mathieu Bragard 113,700 Sandra Reid 107,800 Robert Fowler 102,400 Sean Lydon 99,200 Arturas Drepinas 98,800 Susan O’connor 98,400 Serge Wittenbeck 98,100 Catalin Azoitei 93,800 Sami Idris 90,000 Kenny King 86,600 Haresh Thaker 76,700 Robert Simons 76,300 Antony Simon 75,700 Vik Kanwar 74,800 Charles Chattha 73,000 Stuart Nash 70,100 Andrew Gillett 67,000 Jozsef Boka 66,600 Meenakshi Subraminiam 66,000 Jamal Gormati 65,300 Gary Miller 63,500 Kara Scott 61,800 Hugo Lodge 60,300 Lee West 56,300 Gareth Holt 55,800 Alexandru Obada 54,200 Richard Wheatley 54,100 Arvin Ravindran 53,100 Kevin Connor 52,900 Darren Mapley 51,200 Jonathan Baylis 50,700 Terence Mcgilly 50,400 Christian Middelboe 49,400 Arnel Casabar 48,900 Rahul Sinha 46,900 John Gudger 45,500 Ryan Kelly 45,000 Roshan Bijmohun 44,200 Danny Shine 44,000 Sunny Chattha 44,000 Timothy Dearing 43,500 David Gassian 43,000 Kevin Neal 42,100 Cristian Ciuperca 41,900 WILLIAM LANGTON 41,700 Benjamin Wey 40,300 Robert Barry 40,200 Michael Padmore 39,800 Oliver Kirschner 39,800 Philip Gould 38,800 Alexandros Tsiroudis 37,700 Danny Blair 37,400 Gabriel Carter 37,400 Stephen Dickson 37,400 Tony Collison 36,500 William Kassouf 36,100 Martin Desmond 36,000 Rana Adnan 36,000 Paul Romain 35,800 Jonathan Vincent Roux 35,400 Edijs Cergars 34,800 Kyle Wilson 34,400 Ali Sakallioglu 31,300 Richard Mcdonald 31,300 Bobbie Brummitt 30,100 Steven Owens 29,900 Terry Payne 29,000 David Tompkins 28,600 Gareth Smirthwaite 27,400 Erol Taylan 27,300 Andrey Dimitrov 26,600 Xavier Rouayroux 25,300 Philip Green 24,900 Pantelis Antoniou 24,600 Sundeep Sangany 24,200 Russell Jones 23,900 Giap Tran 23,700 Nicolas Barbani 23,600 Richard Hoadley 23,400 Cheng Moc 23,300 Zoltan Kovacs 23,200 Vadim Seriozeckin 22,800 Raymond Hemp 21,800 Dieter Aebi 21,100 James Finigan 21,100 Martynas Vitkauskas 21,100 Kuljinder Sidhu 20,400 Paul Russell 20,100 Robert Glen 19,500 Daniel Jones 18,300 Paul Danko 18,300 Leon Narinsakchai 15,500 Konrad Kucharczyk 15,100 Soyinka Sotimehin 14,600 Razvan-Vasile Stoea 14,300 Emyr Lewis 14,200 Boris Dolenc 13,700 Alex Van De Weyer 12,800 John Gilbert 12,200 David Anderson 11,400 Thien Nguyen 11,100 Christopher Gordon 11,000 Alan Dean 10,200 Adam Nicolae 10,000 Thomas Zhang 8,600

Fazeli Flies Through WPT National UK Flight 1 In The Lead

 

Reza Fazeli took a monster stack through to Day 2 as the WPT UK National event in the fabulous cardroom at Aspers Casino in Stratford got off to a great start, with 217 entries.  He’ll have a chance to add to that on Flights 2 and 3, meaning potential for a mountain should Fazeli play like today.

99 players made it through the field after we lost players such as Kevin Williams, Paul Zimbler and Sunny Chattha along the way.  Eight levels took place, with Philip Gould and Tom Dunning dominating big pots early on.  Other players did it the hard way, with Rahim Tadj-Saadat and Errol Ward both recovering from short-stacks to plough a late furrow.

We welcomed players of all levels to Aspers as Kara Scott played for partypoker, getting past an early loss to build a stack of 33,300. Others were unable to survive.  Ali Zinhi departed when his was no match for Tommy Zhang’s pocket kings. Dave McConachie had his own kings crushed by Chevin Beckles’ pocket aces.  The 30-minute blind levels put players to decisions early on, and the spirit of the tournament was electric.

When the dust settled, though, Fazeli was the biggest in chips, and he’ll surely be back today to accumulate as many chips as he can…in this form, who will be the player to stop him?

We’ll be back with a new blog from 2pm on Friday as we see who can add the most chips in the accumulator format during what should be a fantastic Flights 2 and 3.

Hope you’ve enjoyed tonight’s WPT UK National Event in London’s stunning Aspers cardroom.

Reza Fazeli 143,200 Ryan Kelly 127,200 Philip Gould 126,800 Steven Mitchell 108,700 Onise Daneliya 98,200 Ross Mannion 86,700 Branko Sprach 82,100 Tony Vu 81,100 Pantelis Antoniou 76,200 Andrew Berkecz 74,400 James Thomson 73,400 Yue Tu 72,800 Errol Ward 72,500 Kaan Can 71,500 Philip Lee 69,700 Arvin Ravindran 68,300 Xuan Nguyen 67,300 Jonathan Baylis 65,600 Mantas Zeringis 63,600 Samantha Griffiths 58,000 Konstantinos Toulis 57,900 Luke Slisz 57,700 Mohammed Suhail 55,800 Paul Romain 55,200 Florian Duta 54,700 Gregory Moore 54,700 Rahim Tadj-Saadat 53,800 John Ashton 53,100 Mats Rosén 49,900 Demetris Theophanous 49,700 Hasan Ifran 49,400 Xavier Rouayroux 49,100 Christopher Gordon 49,000 David Phethean 49,000 Zydrunas Lukosiunas 48,800 Edwin Biber 48,400 Ricky Benger 48,200 Daniel Fulgescu 46,000 EAMONN GAVIN 44,200 Sally Smith 44,100 Chevin Beckles 42,400 Emil Georgiev 41,900 Gabor Antal 41,100 Kevin Neal 40,600 Christopher Love 40,400 Laurence Houghton 39,900 Margarita Stoycheva 39,700 Van To Le 39,600 George Apostol 38,900 Karl Alexander Restucci 38,500 Lauris Krievs 38,300 Jen Chiang 38,100 Lyndon Basha 37,900 Jack Glass 37,700 Peteris Berzins 37,000 Andrey Dimitrov 35,000 NICHOLAS VAN DE WEYER 34,600 VINCENT ANDERSON 34,500 Morgan Florin 34,400 Daniel Grant 33,800 Iulius Buzetoiu 33,400 Kara Scott 33,300 Nicolae Ponea 32,000 Daniel Creser 31,500 Sean Lydon 30,900 Stephen Smith 29,800 Ali Sakallioglu 28,600 Andrew Badecker 28,400 Ramadan Krasnici 28,300 Charles Chattha 27,400 Soyinka Sotimehin 27,200 Thomas Zhang 26,700 Arrash Zafari 26,300 Jose Fernandez 25,300 Ashraf Mohamed 25,100 Vadim Seriozeckin 25,100 Marios Andreas 25,000 Matthew Osborne 24,900 Luke Mcintyre 24,700 Realfi Petro 24,600 Andrew Brisland 23,200 Mauro Suriano 23,100 Pawan Thaper 23,000 Terence Mcgilly 22,900 Robert Kucma 21,800 Uri Dinay 20,200 Leon Campbell 18,100 Trevor Bulless 18,000 Marinos Mina 17,000 Lucas Bezzina 16,300 Paul Russell 13,200 Georgy Fournadjiev 12,600 Stephen Brown 11,900 Tony Doggett 11,500 Christian Middelboe 10,600 Adam Jastrzebski 10,300 Hristo Georgiev 7,000 DAVID SHALLOW 5,700 Rajinder Shina 5,700

 

Last Four Hands

We’re waiting for the last hands to finish here at Aspers as the first flight of the £100,000 WPT UK National Event here in London reaches the end of the day.    Some recent bust-outs (in the final hand) include Paul Zimbler.  He tried to push off a player with an open straight draw, but his opponent shrugged and declared “I can play tomorrow!” before calling with middle-pair.  He held to send Zimbler to the rail.

Definitely through are around half the 217-strong field, we are told there will be an extended wait while the counts are tallied up, so we’ll confirm full Flight 1 chip-counts in the early hours, but we can tell you that Kara Scott (33,300), Chaz Chattha (27,300), Errol Ward (74k) and Nick van der Weyer all made it through.  We’ll have the full list up for you as soon as we have it!

Tomorrow we look forward to welcoming the Hendon Mob to Aspers, as well as Michael Greco, Kara Scott, Chaz Chattha, Sunny Chattha, and plenty more big names.  Who will make Day 2 with the biggest stack?  We’ll find out in 24 hours…

Down To The Weyer

We’re getting close to the end of play here at Aspers on Flight 1 as the WPT UK National event kicks into ‘no guts, no glory’ stage.  One man who doesn’t need to go crazy is Aspers regular and D’artagnan look-a-like Nick van der Weyer (pictured).  He’s looking very comfortable on his table, cruising clear of the 38,000 average.  Also healthy are Chris Gordon (55k), Paul Romain (50k) and Errol Ward, whose stack has taken a giant leap from earlier on.  He now sits behind nearly 70, around double average.

Sadly, we’ve lost Kevin Williams, who was hit by a sucker-punch river in a horrid hand for the popular Theatre Director/Poker Player.  Every great story has a sting in the tail, and he was on the wrong end of it, calling a raise in the small blind with 5-5.  The flop came 9-3-4 and he was the only caller to the original raiser’s continuation bet.  the turn came an innocuous jack, and both players checked.   On the river, Kevin hit his set, and bet 5k, raised all-in for an extra 8k.  He called…only to see that his opponent had floated with A-2 and hit ‘the Wheel’ (A-2-3-4-5) on the river.  Kevin lost the rest in a standard shoving spot with A-J crushed by Paul Zimbler’s J-J, all the chips heading to The Marbella Kid.

Ward Wins A Good One

Errol Ward is taking his shot by playing here at the WPT UK National London, and having run out of luck earlier in the tournament, he’s bouncing back.  Blinds are now 400/800, and he started the hand with under ten big blinds.  Calling a min-raise in mid-position with Q-T, he was all-in on the turn of Ts-3d-Ac-9c against one opponent, after a whopping six of them saw that min-raise.  That added serious value to the hand for Errol, and he was up against the straight draw of 8-7.  He faded the river to treble up to around thirty big blinds…back in the game!

Level 7 – Blinds 400/800/100

Zinhi Out, Zhang Doubling 

We’re losing players quickly now, with just 45 minutes of play left to get those chip-stacks up towards the kind of level that will make this accumulator format even more value tomorrow.  Ali Zinhi busted when his suited A-K was no match for Tommy Zhang, whose micro-stack is now up above the average of 33,700.

We have around 130 players still left, and expect at least three dozen of those to exit before the Flight is over.  The next level could be carnage!

Sunny & Chaz Chattha Interview 

With the players heading for ten minutes break ahead of the last two levels, we caught up with two Londoners who consider Aspers their home turf – Team Duffy & Hit Squad members Sunny & Chaz Chattha!  With the two brothers faring slightly differently, this almost turned into a tale of the tape!

Level 6 – Blinds 300/600/75

Heroes Everywhere

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the field here at the WPT National UK event is packed with class.  Not only do we have huge personalities such as Kara Scott, Scott Shelley and Kevin Williams lined up together on the unofficial ‘feature’ table, there are top, top players all around the room.  Of all the tables in Aspers to be moved to, Sunny Chattha (6,100) has been moved to sitting opposite his own brother in Chaz Chattha (pictured below), who has a much healthier stack of 19,325.  The average in chips is approaching 30,000, so players need to make moves to be in the running for a big stack to take through to the next day of TWO flights.

Making a hero call in poker is never easy, but when you have ace-high and your opponent has barrelled every street it gets harder and harder.  Van Le was the man able to make the call with A-Q  on the river of a low board, his opponent holding A-J for absolutely nothing.  A 20,000 pot is slid towards the gutsy Le.

Rahim Tadj-Saadat – Mr Hollywood

We’ve seen Rahim play a lot of London tournaments, and he has real staying power – like an old Hollywood actor, he knows how to turn on the charm when he needs to.  Having gone into the break low on chips, he’s transformed his fortunes by, in the words of his tablemate, “beating up the same guy five times”.

Rahim has already given that standard poker player reaction to his turn of luck – asking which is the biggest stack in the room!

158 players remain from the 217 entries so far today on Flight 1.  As you can see below, everyone is enjoying this fantastic cardroom…

Level 5 – Blinds 200/400/ante 75

Three And Easy

We’re into Level 5 now, with the three biggest stacks in the room streets ahead of most.

Philip Gould sits behind 68,000, and Onise Daneliya has 78,500, but they’re both way behind runaway chip leader Tom Dunning (pictured, below) with an incredible 94,300.  Tom got a lot of his chips in a pot where another player shoved all-in with J-T on a ten-high flop, Tom calling it off with J-J and winning around half his now monster chip-stack.

Playing in today’s tournament?  Let us know how you’re getting on via Twitter by using the hashtag #WPTNUK .

If you’re thinking of taking part tomorrow on Flights 2 and 3 , which kick off at 2pm and 8pm respectively, then you might be interested to know that the prize-pool currently sits at £39,060…meaning the overlay is currently an incredible £60,940!!

Kara Scott Interview

As the players filed out for a well-earned break, we caught up with partypoker’s Kara Scott on her love of London, how she has done so far on Flight 1 and whether she actually, maybe or possibly injured Ryan Giggs in Manchester.

 

Stacking Them High 

With Level 4 the last before the players take a short break (they will play eight levels tonight), we thought we’d get you come chip-counts.  We’ve had the first few of our eliminations, with Dave McConachie chief amongst the casualties, as he shoved over the top of a big bet on the flop.  He was called and in horrible shape, his over-pair to the flop of K-K crushed by Chevin Beckles’ A-A.  that was the of McConachie, but he’s one of the majority of players who’ll be playing all three flights it would seem.

Let’s have a look at how some other notables are shaping up as the decisions become more vital in every hand…

Chevin Beckles 55,150

Dr. Ash 41,500

Paul Zimbler 39,800

Chris Gordon 30,400

‘H’ Nicholas 28,500

Kara Scott 27,600

Greg Moore 26,000

Kevin Williams 22,800

Ali Zinhi 20,900

Chaz Chattha 20,525

Mats Rosen 17,800

Jerome Bradpiece 16,200

Ergun Macit 16,100

Scott Shelley 16,000

Yves ‘flintsword’ Farges 13,425

Tommy Zhang 13,000

Rahim Tadj-Saadat 11,700

Tim Timotheu 9,600

Level 4 – Blinds 150/300/ante 50

Kara vs. Kevin

Two of our favourite players to watch playing poker happen to be sitting right next to each other.  Kara Scott (below, right) clearly loves being back in London, and she’s dashed in to play this event specially.  Next to her is former Black Belt Pro Kevin Williams (left), who has an awesome live poker record.  His processing of hands is fearsome, and belying his slight frame, his aggression and power at the table is legendary.   The two have clashed twice in big pots, with Kevin getting the slight edge, winning a couple of nice early pots to chip up.  The last one was for around 3,700 chips at 100/200/25, where he bet Kara away on the turn, popping 2800 into the pot after the first four cards fell J-2-Q-2.

“You have to have the aces this time, right?” Kara quipped. Kevin sheepishly sliding his cards face down after Kara did the same.  Just a couple of orbits later, however, Kara won those chips back after she bet half the pot to the tune of 1900 on a two-heart board of 6d-7s-Qh-7h.  Her opponent looked displeased to let the pot go, but it was great pressure on 4th Street from Scott.

Have Sword, Will Travel 

Not many of our online qualifiers have travelled as far as one of our players tonight.  Yves Farges (below) is known as ‘flintsword’ on partypoker, and he qualified for this WPT UK National event in London as he did for the Milton Keynes leg – by playing a $1.65 satellite event.  We’re just bringing in a new, larger abacus to try and work out if this could be the biggest win for the smallest buy-in in partypoker history – but as we discovered, Yves could do with a little luck.

“It was going great until I ran my kings into that guy’s aces…” he gestured, remaining cheerful.  In a battle of the air miles, we think Yves is first class, and might even put our own Kara Scott in economy!

Yves has 13,075 from his 20,000 starting stack, so it could be worse, and he’s confident he can get right back in the mix.

Level 3 – Blinds 100/200/ante 25

Beginners Luck?

We’re welcoming plenty of players this weekend who’ve either never played live (with 157 having qualified from partypoker’s fantastic online satellites) or having entered from winning a ticket in a live satellite, with over 320 qualifiers coming from either the live felt here at the casino or partypoker. One such player who’s never called a bet here at Aspers is Mr. Nicholas, known simply as ‘H’.  He won a big hand early on to give himself a lot of confidence.   One of four callers to 400 pre-flop, he was the only caller after a flop of Kh-6c-2c, when his opponent (young, confident, nodding to heavy beats) bet 700 from the hijack.  ’H’ called quickly in the small blind, content to continue without position, and two players in mid-position folded.

On a turn of the seven of clubs, our hero checked to his headphone-toting aggressor, who apologised for betting again, popping 1125 across the line.  Again, a quick but deliberate call.  Both players checked the river and while our young enemy grimaced with 9c-Tc, our first timer turned over K-J to take the pot.

“The turn gives me a lot of outs…” remarked the youngster, but Mr Nicholas, (below, right) a little more mature, graciously nodded.

“I only came here because my brother was playing.  I’ve seen the casino was here, but this is my first time actually playing.”

We’re hopeful that if he keeps winning pots like that, our beginner might see a chunk of that incredible prize-pool!

Noisy Neighbours

There are some very interesting match-ups in the room here at the partypoker £100k Guaranteed WPT National London in Stratford’s beautiful Aspers Casino.  One table in particular holds four very familiar players.  All of them know the other’s game, which may lead to some fireworks here in the first flight of the tournament.  Chaz Chattha comes into this tournament on the back of a 6th-place finish last weekend for £25,000.   He shares the felt with Ali Zinhi, Tim Timotheu and Ergun Macit, with both Tim and Ergun posting title-winning performances in the last year.  No soft spots there.

As you can see from our exclusive shots of the action, plenty of players had fun in the Kara Scott Sit n Go, with the champagne reception giving the whole room a bubbly atmosphere!

 

Level 2 – Blinds 100/200

Zimbler Floats A Boat

Paul Zimbler may be our early leader in this first level.  With blinds just 50/100, the man known as ‘The Marbella Kid’ told us how he made a ‘cheeky min-raise in late position’ with pocket deuces.  With several callers, the flop came a mouth-watering 2-7-Q.  This time, he led the action to 375 and got just one caller. The turn dropped another seven, giving Paul the full house.  His bet of 525 was immediately raised to 1300 by his opponent.

“You don’t have the seven, do you?” Paul asked, calling to the river.

That came a blank nine, or so Paul thought.  His enemy led out this time, and Paul raised him quickly to 3750.  That got a call, and Paul turned over his full house.  His enemy had turned a pair and rivered two pair with queen-nine, but it wasn’t good enough… and Zimbler has 29k from his 20,000 starting stack.

Starters Orders 

Level 1 – Blinds 50/100

Play is under way here at the Aspers tables, with plenty of well-known players drifting into the cardroom to take their seats.  Why wouldn’t they?  With a £100,000 guaranteed prize-pool, it’s well worth playing all three flights to build as big a stack as you can.

Other luminaries we have in their seats or in the queue are: Chris Gordon, Chaz Chattha, Marios Andreas, Tim Timotheu, Rahim Tadj-Saadat, Ergun Macit, Kevin Williams, Briony Stone and Nick van der Weyer, both of whom won tickets to tonight’s event.  In fact, the satellite numbers into this event have been immense, and we have over 200 players involved already!

In The House 

Players of all walks of life have made it to Aspers Casino in Stratford, London tonight as the WPT National Event London Flight 1 kicks off!

It’s an Accumulator format for the action over the next two days, with players having a chance to enter tonight, tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening to accumulate the biggest stack.

We have already noticed London regulars Will Kassouf, Kirit Patel, Dave McConachie and Mats Rosen limbering up for the start of play at 8pm, while partypoker poster girl Kara Scott is very excited about playing here tonight…

 

You can join in too on Twitter, just use the hashtag #WPTNUK !

Take On Pokerfest!

Now take all of above and go crush it at Pokerfest! Yes that’s right it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!  Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your one time!

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Can’t Keep Up? 7 Ways to Simplify Your Online Tournament Diary

How manic is your online tournament schedule?

Are you the type of player who likes to hang thousands of dollars in buy-ins over the fire each Sunday and cross your fingers in the hope that they don’t get burned?

Do you fire up more tables than a warehouse worker at Ikea?

If so then the chances are your stress levels are pretty high and I think I have just the answer for you.

Can’t keep up? Here are 7 ways to simplify your online tournament schedule in order to crush it when it matters like the upcoming Pokerfest Series on partypoker.

1# Have an Eye on the End Game

The longer you play the more energy you will feel slip through your pores, until you are screaming for your bed like it’s a long lost love.

This online poker lark is a lot more energy sapping than people think, and so it makes sense to plan for this inevitability.

Rupert Elder believes a sensible way to approach this problem is to pad out the back end of your tournament schedule with some 180 man style tournaments because they can be very predictable in how long they last.

2# Trial and Error

If you really want to get the most out of your tournament poker then I strongly suggest you start learning how to monitor your performance after the event.

Casting a keen eye over your performance data, without the distraction of playing, will unveil some key insights into how you can reduce stress when it comes to your tournament planning.

Mathew Frankland believes there is a certain automation that can kick in with some players who will mindlessly click registration buttons day in day out.

He suggests having a real handle over what types of games you do well in, and what types of games that you don’t.

Perhaps you excel in Turbo type structures, perhaps short-handed tables are your things, or perhaps you love a good deep-stacked competition.

You cannot measure what you don’t manage.

3# Filters

Don’t be fooled into believing a full lobby screen doesn’t cause too many distractions just because you are an experienced player.

Any form of data can become too much data, especially when you are trying to free up as much space as possible so you can pay due cognizance to the action on the tables.

With this in mind Richard Trigg believes an absolute must for an online grinder is the use of the filtering system that is found on most online poker rooms lobby function.

Once you know what works for you then just set up your filtering system to just show you the games that interest you and block everything else out to free up more space in the mind.

4# Keep That Ego in Check

If you are not careful your ego can lay waste to your energy levels when settling in for a full night of online tournament poker action.

Scott Shelley believes being realistic when you are planning your schedule is a critical success factor when it comes to designing a good solid online tournament schedule.

“Don’t burn out. There have been times when I have planned to play whole festivals, but that approach doesn’t always work out. You need to ensure that you have downtime in between events so you can keep your focus high.” – Scott Shelley.

5# Multiple Monitors

For some players it’s critical that they focus entirely upon the job in hand, and for others there is the need for distraction. Poker players are all unique after all.

Chris Brammer is the type of player who falls into the latter bracket. Fully focused when he needs to be, but also sufficiently organized to be able to get to the other tools of his trade with simplicity.

With this in mind Chris recommends using two monitors when settling down for a session. The first is used purely for poker, and the second is used for Facebook, Skype, Poker Tracking sites or anything else that is not directly related to actual game time.

6# Priorities

Jason Wheeler plays 9 to 24 tables simultaneously and over 50-80 tournaments per session, so when the man gives you advice on how to simplify your tournament schedule you sit up and listen.

This is what he had to say on the theory of prioritization.

“The first technique I use is to separate my tournaments into daily and weekly categories. Each specific site will have a list of daily tournaments that I like to play and some weekly specials. So the first thing I do is determine my daily session and then add my weekly tournaments to that list so I have a clear view of what lies ahead.

“If the schedule looks big then I label each tournament as ‘must play’ or ‘nice to play’ and only add the latter tables when I have room throughout the day, which depends on how well the session has been going.”

7# Keep That Mind Clear

When planning to purge the soul on a festival of poker it’s important to keep your mind and body as sharp as they can be.

With this in mind Mark Radoja has the following advice.

“It’s vitally important to keep your mind clear. A tough schedule can weigh on you both mentally and physically.

“A routine is extremely important. Scheduled healthy meals and a little physical exercise each day can go a long way to keeping you sharp when the decisions matter most, and to keep you out of the autopilot zone.

“Finally, don’t forget to give yourself a couple of days off to do something you enjoy that’s completely non-poker related.”

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

So there we have it 7 tips from the pros to help you keep your mind in check and get you ready to crush the next installment of Pokerfest! And we just know you’re going to love this Pokerfest more than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

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Rod McDermott Is Bubble Boy Supreme

Some players react badly to the bubble.  Some gripe, some moan, some just steam silently in their chair, almost refusing to leave.  Not Rod McDermott.  There was a proposal for the bubble deal turned down of course, and then on his own table, the shortest stack in the room with just 2 antes triple up to survive with .  Shorties doubled all round the tables, with at last count ten short-stacks doubling up or trebling up to survive.  Still, Rod waited his time, hoping someone else would go before him.

Some players were given penalties for crowding tables where an all-in was taking place, and tension was just as present in the Poker Room here at Aspers as there was a sense of gallows humour.  Others utilised the bubble to make profit on marginal spots, chief among these – unsurprisingly – being Chaz Chattha and James Mitchell. But eventually, Rod was in for just one and a half big blinds, and he got called quickly by the biggest stack at the table.

Rod Mc Dermott

Chip Mountain

The flop brought a sweat, with it falling . Announced to the whole floor, it got a collective ‘ooh’. The turn brought a , meaning Rod needed a seven or three to survive. The river was a however, and that was McDermott’s tournament.

“Bubble Boy!” he yelled, standing up, spreading his arms and taking a round of applause akin to a goal at Wembley.  All the others were in the money.  Rod shook hands, he thanked the players and wished them all luck.  Then he was stopped on the way to the exit.  He was met by John from Aspers and Lee from the World Poker Tour.  And they gave that man a seat to the WPT National Event in Newcastle.  McDermott was elated, genuinely really pleased, as if his gracious acceptance that he’d missed the money had heralded the kind act by the organisers.

McDermott bounded out, with dreams of running that little bit further when the WPT National event rolls North-East.  He’ll be going all out for the win.

Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000

Hand For Hand As Kara Scott Busts 

Kara Scott has just busted pre-bubble with 56 players left to leave us on the money bubble. the partypoker player got fourteen big blinds into the middle in late position  with and her opponent made the call with .  She departs before the money but has truly brought great fun and top play to this tournament. A pre-bubble deal has been rejected, so the bubble will not be paid.

Near The Money 

 

Two players have just busted to mean that we are almost hand for hand on the bubble of the WPT National Event here in London at Aspers Casino.  Those bust-outs were players who’d both ground it from a short-stack, but with varying stacks when they eventually busted.

Yigit Isilsoy went out when he lost a 320k flip with Daivid Gassian.  Gassian held and they held across a board of against Yigit’s . He wasn’t too disappointed, having spun his way back into contention from just two big blinds before the break.

Elsewhere,  Chaz Chattha has just knocked OUT Michael Padmore.  The Team Duffy pro called the shove from his opponent, and Chaz turned over . Padmore held but they couldn’t hold on the board of .

Some chip-counts on the bubble:

Onise Daneliya 850,000

William Diep 740,000

Arvin Rajandran 670,000

James Bond 580,000

Daivid Gassian 340,000

Thang Nguyen 330,000

Chaz Chattha 240,000

Kara Scott 165,000

Dave McConachie 130,000

Sami Idris 90,000

Good Exposure…But For Whom?

Chaz Chattha raised under the gun and the table respected the move until it came round to Paul Romain.  Now up to around 150,000 from 45,000 not so long ago, Paul shoved on the button.  The small blind – Rahim Tadj-Saadat – got out of the way, but when the big blind did likewise, he deliberately showed an ace, claiming not to have seen Chaz’s cards (and, one must presume, raise).  What now?  Chaz took off his sunglasses, and peeled one Beats headphone away from his ear.

“He’s showed me one of my cards.  What can I do?”

Chaz eyes Paul Romain and tells him his hand.

“I have Ace-Queen and he’s showed me, you know. He’s showed me an ace.  Do you do that with jacks?”

No response from Romain, who is not known as ‘The Rock’ for nothing.  He’s wearing his lucky ‘Black Belt’ Day 2 t-shirt.  He’s spun it up from nowhere to have a shot at making the money, just ten players away now.

“I think I have to fold anyway.” says Chaz and mucks, disgruntled.

Paul Romain raises Chaz from disgruntled to seriously miffed, turning over and shaking his head.

Our new chip leader is the overall chip leader from the start of the day as things have come full circle for Onise Daneliya(pictured, right), who has an incredible 860,000!  He doesn’t even seem to care that if he leads the chip-counts at the end of the day then he’ll get to play a Sit n Go with legendary ‘Mad’ Marvin Rettenmaier!  He solely focuses on adding to his monster chip-stack, which dave Mcconachie tells us that he did so by hitting the turn ‘twice with ace-rag when I have kings and jacks’.  Now that’s going to help build a stack!

Level 17 – Blinds 4000/8000/ante 1000

Nearing The Bubble 

With only nine tables holding players here at the WPT National UK Event, we have a little more focus on who will be making the money and the moves toward the final table here at Aspers. One table with a lot of chips is the one where Vincent Meli was chip leader.  We say was because Vincent has lost a little since his peak of 540k, and now holds 420k.  Abdul Miah (pictured) has 430k and we know from previous experience that he has the game to run very deep.  He’ll have a lot of work to do to get there, however.  Pro James Mitchell (230k) is at his table, and so is Chris Johnson, siting behind a little less on 160k.  the average chips is 205,000, so the table has more than most.  An opportunity.

Paul Romains In It 

Paul ‘The Rock’ Romain was short, seriously so in fact, with just 45k to his name.  Somehow,  he’s ground his way back into contention and now has around 125k after raising all-in frequently when in the right position and taking down pots without having to show his cards a lot of the time.  If you don’t know his name, it’s possibly because his play flies under the radar sometimes.  he’s been around the circuit a while, loves the game and interacts with anyone away from the table, but at the felt is as focused as anyone we know. Having got his way back into the fight, he’s doing all he can to make the money – we wish him well.

New Chip Leader

With just 71 players left here in Level 16, two-thirds of the players will make the money.  Plenty need to build stacks and we’ve had that surge of bust-outs, meaning the momentum leans back now to trying to make the money for some players.  Lots of our players have big stacks, so we will try and round up the table captains and separate the short-stacks from the chip mountains on a trip for chip-counts.  We do think, though, that our new chip leader is Arvin Rajandran (pictured), who has a whopping 625,000 chips.

Williams Waves Goodbye

We’ve lost one of the brightest personalities in the game and this tournament in Kevin Williams.  Having run 400 chips all the way up to 130k, he dropped back a little, then got it in pre-flop with Dave McConachie.  ’Mac’ held while Kevin flipped and couldn’t find any paint as the board ran dry to bust him.

They’re dropping on every hand, with the field well below the hundred mark now.  Will Kassouf was busted when his lost to Reza Fazeli’s 8-4, although it was only for three big blinds.  The big hand he lost was when Will had J-J and was all-in pre-flop against a player with who spiked an ace on the turn.  That player was busted in the next orbit, his K-K ousted by 5-5 after a five appeared on the flop.  Carnage.

Errol Ward departed when he lost  a flip with against the of Steve Owens.  Owens has a stack and looks very focused, but all the players at the table recognise the play of Errol Ward, who’s thoroughly enjoyed his debut WPT appearance here at Aspers casino.

And finally Sue O’Connor, vanquisher of Michael Greco, has gone.  She had her chips in the middle with on a flop, but was up against Darren Mapley’s and couldn’t find a club.

More chip-counts:

Darren Mapley 390,000

Abdul Miah 270,000

Peteris Berzins (pictured, right)

Samantha Griffiths 172,000

James Mitchell 130,000

Yigit Isilsoy 44,000

 

Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000/1,000

Back In The Room

All the remaining players are back in the room as the WPT National UK London rattles like a runaway train towards the money places.  We may well make that today, as we’ll be playing thirteen levels today rather than twelve with the field so large.

Here are some of the chips from around the room as players settle back  into their seats:

Vincent Meli 540,000

Steven Micthell 376,000

Gary Miller 220,000

 

Chaz Chattha 140,000

Mats Rosen 155,000

Kara Scott 125,000

Reza Fazeli 115,000

Chris Johnson 115,000

Rizgar 100,000

Rahim Tadj-Saadat 98,000

Daivid Gassian 70,000

Philip Gould 48,000

Paul Romain 43,000

 

 

Speaking With Sue O’Connor

Some of our dinner break has been spent talking to the lady who busted poor Michael Greco yesterday on flight 2 in the now infamous AA < AT hand.  Sue told us how she made a mistake, but how the history at the table and previous hands between the two influenced her move.  She’d previously made a tough fold with when ahead, and felt like she might be pushed off the pot.

Sue figured that the re-raise pre from Michael with his aces might not make him look strong.  He played it really well, as she boldly shoved with A-T to push him  off the pot and of course he called…but Sue hit Broadway for a 120k pot.  Sue is still in the hunt for the £27,500 top prize here in London, and has around 120,000 chips now, too.  that’s around 24 big blinds, and as Sue rightly said to us just now, we’re ‘at that stage for shoving’.

Break Time

Players are off on their breaks for an hour as dinner means the 104 players still involved get a full hour to replenish and refuel.  They’ll return to blinds of 2,500/5,000/500 and with Vincent Meli the big chip leader, everyone will be looking on building a stack to make the money.  Dave McConachie is the latest player to do just that, taking a big one from Briony Stone after his rivered a straight and he got 35k more value into the pot with Briony having a lower straight.

Elsewhere, we have lost Eve Goodman from BLUFF Magazine, as well as our final SnG winner Katje Svendsen, both of whom busted today after bringing a touch of glamour to proceedings.  Partypoker’s Kara Scott remains involved.  Starting the day on 175k, we saw her endure a horrible middle period of the day so far, dropping to just 50k at one point after losing with flush under flush and QQ < KK to double up a shortie.

After those knocks, it took guts to fight back into it, but the Canadian/British/adopted Italian has staying power and the ability to mix it up in fine style at the felt and she’s ground her way back up to 105k, which is a little short of the 138k average.  It’s still a highly playable stack in this excellent WPT structure, which has been given plenty of positive feedback by Aspers’ players this afternoon.

Reza Fazeli Interview

Having won Flight 1 with 143k, Reza Fazeli (left) decided not to play another flight, instead treating this Aspers Accumulator as effectively a £200 freezeout.  So was it a wise move?  We caught up with the genial player to find out how today has been going for him so far.

Half Million Reached

We called him as a big stack, but there is no doubt which man is running rule over the Aspers Poker Room right now in the WPT-N London event.  Vincent Meli has 503,500 and the clear chip-lead.  He is destroying his table, and his latest efforts compare to the earlier call he made on the same table.  Hassan Irfan raised to  in mid position, with Vincent and Reza Fazeli both calling.  The flop came [3h and Vincent alone check-called a bet of 19,500 from Hassan, with Fazeli sitting back in his chair to observe the action.  The turn of brought another bet from Hassan, this time 40,000, again a Meli call.

The river of looked unimportant unless either player had gone to the turn with 9-T or 9-5.  As it was, Irfan bundled 94,000 into the middle – it was now a very big pot.  Meli called it after two minutes in the tank, showed and that was good enough.  Hassan missed his flush, so we’re told, but Meli has half a ‘milly’ and won’t care how.

Big In The Game 

Poker is such a great mindsport to watch.  We’ve often compared it to football in the sense that you never get to run alongside Lionel Messi as he scores a winner in the last minute but right here at Aspers Casino, you just need to buy-in to the Accumulator-format WPT-National event to sit next to the best in the business as they ply their craft.

Big Stacks

Here are some of the biggest stacks in the room right now as just 130 of the 260 players remain.  Money places start at 54th.

Vincent Meli (pictured, above) 340,000

Arvin Rajandran 280,000

Konstantinos Toulis 260,000

Hassan Irfan 250,000

Lucas Bezzina 240,000

Ross Mannion 210,000

Gary Miller 210,000

Big Fold By A Big Player  

Chaz Chattha has been grinding roughly the same stack all day, on around 100,000. He’s just made a superstar fold after there was 25,000 in the pot pre-flop to lose a little… but save a lot.  Money saved is money earned, as they say, in poker.  Chaz folded to an open shove of 65,000 from his opponent on and folded A-T.  His opponent smiled, turning over A-Q. ‘Nice fold’ he remarks, cursing his luck not to get another 65,000 chips no doubt.

Chris Gordon Caught By The River

Chris Gordon has just been busted after an extraordinary hand at one of the outer tables here at the WPT National event in Aspers Stratford.  One player opened to 16,000 and Bobby Brummitt (pictured, right) called.  Gordon raised, however, popping it to 45,000.  Only Brummitt called.  The flop came and that’s when the chips went in, the whole lot of them.  Chris had Bobby covered, but it was for basically all the chips the two men shared, and the pot was over 300,000 chips.  At this stage of the tournament, it was a huge pot in every sense.  Both men stood up.

Chris Gordon

Bobby Brummitt  

What a cooler!  The turn of wasn’t important, but the on the river sent the table into gasps.  Chris reeled back, turning away from the action.  Bobby sat back down, and nonchalantly declared:

“I put you on aces, actually.”

This sent Chris apoplectic.  His opponent was telling him he called with the worst hand and he knew it.  Bobby was undeterred, stacking a mountain of new chips.   Chris was visibly distraught, not just by the bad beat, but what he perceived as some needle after the hand had concluded, as well as the original flat-call for over 40% of his opponent’s chips with Big Slick.  The very next hand his lost to when all the chips went in pre-flop.   He was just one card from a top ten stack…and instead, he’s looking for the exit.

Level 13 – Blinds 1500/3000/ante 300

Avery At The Double

Tina Avery has more than doubled here at the Aspers Accumulater WPT National Event in London.  She made her move on the flop in an interesting leveling hand with her opponent.  Pre-flop, there was 12k in the pot, with Tina playing a stack of around 43,000.   Heads-up with her enemy, the flop came and Tina continued to 3,000.  She was face with an immediate raise – to 9,000 but, undaunted, she shoved for around 28,000 more. Her opponent made the call eventually, and showed . Tina flipped and held though the turn and river to double to around 80k.

Back in the game.

Meli The Menace

Vincent Meli is a very experienced pro and came into play today looking like someone to watch.  He’s even more so now, being the quiet man at his table (which contains Will Kassouf , pictured) but sitting behind an amazing 350,000 chips!

Meli built his stack from winning several medium pots, like the one he took down from Will just now.  With 55,000 in the pot, the board showed when we joined the action to see Kassouf pop around a third of his remaining stack – 15,100 chips – into the middle.  Meli thought, riffled, processed – all in silence – and eventually made the call.  Kassouf showed the but Meli flipped and that was enough to take yet another pot.

Level 12 – blinds 1200/2400/ante 300

We have some big, big stacks in the room, with Philip Gould (155k), Tim Timotheu (140k) and Paul Romain (see below) all up above six-figures.  But all of them pale into relative insignificance currently when stacked up against Peteris Berzins.  Coming into the start of the day with just 37k, he has spun that up to a massive 301,000 and is clear chip leader.  He only played because his friend was here at Aspers, it has become his local and last week he won the weekly league for his ticket!  Incredible.

Still In The Hunt

With 152 players left now, Everyone is excited about what they could be winning here at Aspers for the WPT National event:

#WPTNUK 54 paid, 214 left £27k up top. Got 110k, avg 67k

— Paul Romain (@Paul_Romain) March 1, 2014

 

Prizes Announced

Prizes have been announced here at the WPT-National Event in London, with 54 places being paid.  The min-cash (54th-46th inclusive) is £630, while those finishing between 45th place and 37th place get £740. 36th-28th place pays £850, while those coming between 25th-27th place receive £975. The bigger pay-outs are right here to the right…

Level 11 – Blinds 1000/2000/ante 300

Seat Of Death? 

Although the money will not be until 54 players remain, and we expect that to be much later tonight, all the players really are having a great time.  Even players who have busted are sticking around to rail friends, play cash and enjoy the surroundings and refreshments that only Aspers provide.  The poker is a priority, however, and everyone still in the hunt for the biggest slice of the £137,340 prize-pool are keenly focused on getting to the final table.

Briony Stone dropped down to 11,000, but on a queen-high flop got it in with Q-9 and rivered two-pair to take down the pot.  The very next she was all-in pre-flop with , and had two callers, hitting a six on the flop to treble up, she now has an above-average stack of 80,400.  Sadly for Briony, her beau Nick Van de Weyer endured a miserable time when he sat down at Kara Scott’s table.  To her direct right, Nick was all-in pre-flop with A-Q and called by pocket fives for a 75k pot…only for a 5 to hit the flop.  That’s three players who’ve been to Kara’s right and busted in quick succession.  we’ve heard of the ‘Table of Death’…but the Seat of Death?!

Play It Cool 

Kevin Williams has doubled again to report a growth from 400 chips to 40,000 in what is a stunning recovery.  His latest all-in was thought to have been called by his opponent when he asked the dealer for a chip-count and got the news it was 19,300.

“Cool.” he said.  the dealer asked him to turn his cards over to showdown, but the player denied he was calling.

“I said cooooooool.” he drawled.

“It’s not a call.” said Kevin, smiling, “But you might want to think about bandying around words like that at a poker table.  Some of us have our tournament lives at stake!” Much laughter from all parties, and an eventual CALL from Kevin’s opponent.  Kevin was in good shape, with against and rode out the board of to pile up an astonishing amount of chips compared to just twenty minutes ago.

Two Depart As Kassouf Crushes

So much of the action in this Day 2 has been at Will Kassouf’s table that the other players at the table can’t be wrong in christening it the ‘feature table’.  Kassouf has just busted Marios Andreas, when the latter was all-in with and Will called it off with .  A jack-high flop kept Marios in the tournament, but the turned ace sent him home after the river bricked.

Dr. Ash got it in with a flush draw against A-K and couldn’t hit, while Kevin Williams has just suffered two massive blows to his chances, losing consecutive pots to drop from 105,000 to 400 chips (two antes) in two devastating hands.  One pot went the way of another player after they held T-9 on A-T-9-7-5, but since he ran T-7 into K-K and dropped to almost being out, he’s spun that 400 into over 14,000!  It would be a massive comeback were he to fight back from here.

Level 10 – Blinds 800/1660/ante 200

Kevin Williams Calls It Off 

The diminutive pro Kevin Williams always manages to carve himself the kind of table image to suit the players he’s sharing the felt with – it’s the skill of a pro that separates them from the hopefuls and gives them that most vital of powers in multi-table tournaments – table control.  Williams has that for sure now after he has boosted his chip-stack to match his talent early on Day 2.

Starting the day with just 57,400 chips, he called a min-raise pre-flop along with another player to see a three-way flop of .  His enemy raised to 5k, which Tina Avery dodged and only Kevin called.  The turn of saw his opponent shove – and Kevin quickly call. Kevin showed and his opponent held 6-3 off, with only a 4 able to save his tournament life.  An on the river gave Kevin his enemy’s whole stack, and he now sits comfortably on 110,000.

In the hand directly after that one, Tina Avery was all-in and at risk of her own tournament life with on a flop of  against her opponent’s .

“It’s OK,” she said out loud to the table. “The jack of diamonds is coming right now.”

And there it was, up jumped the exact card she called on the turn and she faded the river to double up.

“You can call me a witch if you have to.” she said, laughing as she piled up an above-average stack.

We’re far too polite for that!

Kara Scott All-In 

With a starting stack of over 175,000, you might not have expected to have seen Kara Scott all-in this early on Day 2.  Circumstances and personalities change poker hands, however, and the partypoker Pro took advantage of the situation between herself and a Farmer at her table (Terry Farmer to be precise) to push him off a valuable pot.  Having told us how she dipped a little from her starting stack after doubling Terry twice, we were there to see Kara raise to 3700 from the dealer button.  Terry was in the small blind, and re-raised to 11,800 – around 30% of his stack.  Kara wasn’t fazed, politely declaring herself ‘all-in’ and Terry went into the tank.

Eventually, he folded, deciding not to chance it.

“I think you might have got me that time.” he remarked.  Kara beams a smile and rakes a pot, now back up to around 140,000 and in the comfort zone.

Early Exits

With 260 players coming back, we were always going to have a lot of early bust-outs and two dozen have gone out of the tournament so far. Included amongst those are Dave Shallow, whose namesake stack was abandoned after Flight 1 and we never saw him again (much to the pleasure of the players at his table) but others have come back today to run into trouble.

Danny Blair returned with just 30,000 in chips, and he got it all-in blind-on-blind with “and up and down straight draw against top pair” and couldn’t hit on turn and river.  He’s not the only one making an early departure.  Marinos Mina has gone, he shoved all-in pre-flop with for fifteen biig blinds, but was up against ! He actually improved on the flop, but couldn’t find a diamond or running straight cards across the and river.

Some players are doing very well, however.  Dave McConachie has a great record in day 2′s and it’s not difficult to see why.  We actually doubt if we’ve seen many better at coming into Day 2 at top speed, and with a stack of 157,100 at the start of play (top ten stack) he has been bullying his table-mates from the word go.  He must be above 180,000 already, threatening the very top of the leaderboard.

Kassouf On The Rollercoaster

Will Kassouf (pictured, left, on his Day 1 flight) is sat down with some of the louder players in the room, and as you may or may not know, table-talk is very much part of his game too!  When he got involved in the action early, we wanted to be close to a potential blow-up/meltdown/celebration.  Will came into today with just 36,000 chips (30 big blinds) so he was always going to be one of the most active players when play resumed.  So it proved as he went up and down over the early stages of Level 9 here in London.

Raising pre-flop from 3000 to 8400, Will told his heads-up opponent that he just wanted ‘to get rid of my change’.  It was just the two men involved and the flop came . Both players checked that flop, a move Will would come to regret.  On the turn, the came in and Will check-called 6,000, taking a long time to consider his options.  He later declared that he ‘always planned to jam the turn on anything other than a king’. The river came a , a seemingly innocuous card if ever there was one for that board, but Will checked to his opponent who shoved all-in!  Will was in the tank longer than was comfortable, and he eventually open-folded – his opponent told him he had King-Jack.

One hand later, and Will, down to 19,000 exactly, with his wish for no change satisfied, call the all-in of the button next to him when in the small blind with .  his opponent had an off-suit and with two spades on the flop and one on the turn, Will had outs.  A miracle king on the river doubled him through his opponent and Will now has 40k, a slight improvement on his opening stack.

Progress is progress…

Level 9 – Blinds 600/1200/ante 200

Play is under way here at the Aspers Poker Room in London, and the WPT National Event shows no signs of slowing down.  The action is fast and furious already, with blind levels now 40-minutes and allowing more play as players know that their moves now to knock out another player from the tournament will mean they’re not coming back.

There are some great match-ups around the room, with Team Duffy pro Chaz Chattha (pictured, 100,400 chips) takes on Kara Scott (178,400). Elsewhere, two men who have run so deep in another live Lonfon MTT that they played out a thrilling heads-up finale are sat right next to each other in Yigit Isilsoy (87,500) and Chris Gordon (60,000) face off.  Tommy Zhang takes on James Thomson, while partypoker qualifier ‘flintsword’ (a.k.a. Yves Farges) faces up to ‘The Rock’ or Paul Romain to his frenemies.

Day 2 Is Here! 

Welcome back to Aspers Casino in Stratford, London as Day 2 of the WPT National UK Event reaches a crucial stage.  260 players have made it through from the three accumulator flights, and from here on in, we have ourselves a freezeout tournament on our hands….but not any old freezeout!

With just £200 the buy-in, a staggering prize-pool of over £129,000 is up fro grabs.  That’s an amazing amount of money and the winner is likely to walk away with more than £30,000 – easily the most incredible value for just £200 buy-in we’ve ever heard of!

We’ll bring you all the live updates right here through to the conclusion of Day 2, as well as exclusive photography of the event, live interviews with some of the stars and much, much more.

Play gets under way at 2pm, with all the Day 2 chipcounts available here if you haven’t checked out the runners and riders before the big kick-off.

This is going to be a very special day indeed…

Take On Pokerfest!

Now take all of above and go crush it at Pokerfest! Yes that’s right it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!  Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your one time!

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Van de Weyer Gone But Will Return

No easy tables today but could do without @slevinupyoholla from @BluffEurope and @IanFrazer to my right. #WPTNUK

— Nick Van de Weyer (@vandewnj) February 28, 2014

He survived those two chaps, with Ian Frazer having busted, but it didn’t last much longer….and yet we’ll welcome him to Day 2 tomorrow.  If you’re confused, don’t be.

Nick Van de Weyer has busted here on Flight 3 of the WPT  UK National Event in London, but had already made it through to day 2 from Flight 1, so all he has failed to do today is add to his stack.  He was ‘on fumes’ at the break, and after doubling up when his held against an opponent’s , managed to lose in the very next hand.  Calling a bet of 1000 on the flop of [7h his only opponent led 1700 on the turn of , which Nick again called.  Van de Weyer shoved his remaining 4,700 in on the river of and was called pretty quickly.  Nick turned over for top pair, top kicker, but his opponent had flopped a set with and Van de Weyer was out.  We’ll look forward to seeing him back in action tomorrow on Day 2…but who will join him?

Kevin Williams Interview

With players jumping into the bar area and drowning their bad beat/celebrating their brilliant play, we dragged Kevin Williams away from the bright lights and talked to him about his directorial career and poker, how much he’s enjoyed playing an accumulator format for the first time and how his career has progressed to date in a revealing interview.

Kevin is currently at starting stack, and playing his third flight, having not progressed from the first two flights.  Can he survive all the way to Day 2 ?

Level 4 – Blinds 150/300/ante 50

Patel Pays Off On The Turn

Kirit Patel was chip leader, but after the latest pot we’re not sure that he is…

We joined the action on a big raise on the turn from Kirit, who saw the bet of his opponent (1700) and raised to 4600.  the board has come  That got a re-raise to 12,700, and Kirit shoved all-in for around 70k.  His opponent called, and the men turned their cards.

Kirit Patel:

Opponent:

Low straight was no good for Kirit, and he was drawing to a chop if another ace came on the river.  Sadly for him, that was a and his opponent doubled through him in a 45k pot, which is just less than Kirit has himself at 47,600.

Legarre Leads After Flight 2

Lots of you have been asking about full chip-counts from Flight 2.  With well over a hundred players progressing at the exact same time as around 200 were registering, you can imagine the work it was with the Registration Desk team working in their droves to bring us all the chip-counts.  Here’s a full write-up of flight 2 and all the stacks that survived

Level 3 – Blinds 100/200/ante 25

Svendsen Wins… Again

Katje Svendsen of Norway is already a winner tonight.  She took part in the ‘Beat Kara Scott’ partypoker Sit n Go at 6.00pm, and won it, gaining herself a £200 seat into tonight’s final flight of the WPT National Event here in London.   She’s making good use of that ticket thus far, and we watched her play a hand to see how she was getting on.  Pre-flop, Katje raised to 575 and was raised to 2300.  She and one other player called and the three players saw a flop of . One player checked, with another in mid-position betting out 1k.  Only Katje called.  The turn brought the and both players checked to the river, a .  Katje again called, this time to the tune of 2700.  Her opponent mucked, so Katje won the hand without showdown, and rakes a nice-size pot.  She’s up to 25,000 from her 20k starting stack.

Kassouf Calls Off A Chunk

Will Kassouf is undoubtedly the loudest player at most tables he plays, and we only say not all because he’s not in the kind of buy-ins that Phil Hellmuth is often!  He’s a quality player too, however, and processed a hand just now for a very long time.

We joined the action with a pot of 12k after will made a long call with two other players involved.  The board read at the time, and once Will was in for an extra 3500, the river came a .  That prompted a big bet from the aggressor to his right.  7k of his 9,000 stack made it into the middle – an odd amount given his stack-size.  Will thought and thought about it.  He eyed his opponent, he calculated his stack, he re-checked his cards twice and then thrice.  He eventually called…and was instantly show  the bad news.  The other player involved snap-folded the river, but the gentleman who bet 7k out of 9k flipped for flopped trips. That was good enough, but so is Kassouf, and he still has around 16,000 to play with.

Kirit Patel Leads, Over 700 Entries!

It’s been a phenomenal turn out here in London for the latest WPT-National event.  Aspers Casino in Stratford is the perfect location, with ample room to accommodate such a huge crowd, and there is a packed Poker Room right now.   What does that mean for the prize-pool?

Over 700 players in the #WPTNUK ! Late reg open till 10.20pm. £200 to win a piece of £125K+ @AspersPoker @partypoker pic.twitter.com/MJsl8tF1rV

— Lee Johnston (@WPTLee_J) February 28, 2014

Flight 3 is only in Level 2, but already some of the players seem absolutely bent on destroying the field right now.  It’s been frenetic, with Kirit Patel the clear chip leader.  We asked the golf-obsessed London regular how he piled up over 73,000 in just 40 minutes from a 20k starting stack.

“I flopped a set of three’s and queen-ten couldn’t lay it down.  And I had aces, which held amazingly.  They were all-in on the turn against queens, and she was drawing dead.”

A combination of skill and luck at poker?  Well, that can just win tournaments like this.

Level 2 – Blinds 100/200

Michael Greco Heads Home 

We’re sad to report that Michael Greco has busted the final flight here at WPT UK National Event London and in dramatic circumstances.  Having suffered such a horrendous beat at the end of Flight 2, we can’t blame him in trying to play a higher variance style in this last leg, hoping to go big or go home in a bid to make Day 2.  It’s the latter because he ran into a very big hand. Raising pre-flop to 725, he was raised by one player to 2300 and made the call to go to the flop heads-up.

The dealer fanned and Michael led 3100, gaining a flat call from his opponent – an odd move as the hand transpired.  The turn came , opening up the flush draw, and when Michael bet 7100, his opponent re-raised him all-in for just another 5,500 chips, which the U.S.-based actor called.

“I’m gambling, but I have outs.” he declared, showing for the flush draw with a wheel straight possibility open to the five.  His opponent had the leading hand with   and when the [Kd fell on the river, that was Greco’s shot at glory gone.  A great display in Flight 2 was undone by that horrible suckout, and it just wasn’t his day. As we discussed earlier in our interview, poker may be a skill game, but it relies on luck too.

Record Attendance

Aspers is a large casino.  No, scrap that…it’s huge. There were 229 entries this afternoon and the players had so much room to play in the Poker Room here at the WPT UK National Event in London that they could easily burn off a bad beat with a brisk mile’s walk around the floor.  Tonight has seen a huge queue taken care of as the Registration Desk has been busier than ever before, getting every player a seat.  It’s incredible – everyone wants a piece of this ever-growing prize-pool, with the £100,000 guarantee completely smashed.

There are some great table draws out there, with Kirit Patel taking on Danny Blair,  Neil McCulloch against Tom Dunning, Chaz Chattha vs. Briony Stone, Nick van der Weyer meeting Ian Frazer, Yves ‘flintsword’ battling with Chuck Khuu and Michael Greco sharing the baize with Flight 2 crusher Robert Fowler, who has already bagged 102,000.  Greco himself was desperately unlucky not to do exactly the same, as his A-A lost to A-T all-in pre-flop in the last level of the previous flight for an 120,000 pot.  but he’s back in the hunt for gold, and one of dozens and dozens of tables.

This is going to be a spectacular evening’s poker!

Accumulate! 

Level 1 – Blinds 50/100

We’re heard the immortal line ‘Shuffle Up And Deal!’ and that can mean only one thing – we’re under way in the final  flight here at Aspers Casino in Stratford as Day 1 comes to a conclusion with the last chance to make Day 2.  It’s an accumulator format, meaning that Flights 1-3 stacks are combined for each player, so for some it’s a case of making hay to build their chip-mountain….for others though, its a last chance to bag a day 2 seat and join the partypoker fun in the later stages of this awesome tournament!

Michael Greco, Chaz & Sunny Chattha, Kara Scott, Ross & Barny Boatman, Joe Beevers, Jerome Bradpiece, Kevin Williams, Chris Gordon, Ian Frazer, Dave McConachie, Tommy Zhang and Marios Andreas are just some of the names already in seats so let’s get amongst it for all the action!

Take On Pokerfest!

Now take all of above and go crush it at Pokerfest! Yes that’s right it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!  Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your one time!

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Elegance At Aspers

With so many quality players, it’s been a fantastic second flight and with Flight 3 to come after an hour’s break, the excitement is far from over.  Here in one of our exclusive shots from the poker room here in Stratford, London, we see Joe ‘The Elegance’ Beevers chatting with partypoker’s own Kara Scott (below).  both players took part in Flight 2 today, with Kara bagging up 61,800 to add to her stack yesterday, meaning her combined total is 95,100 – very impressive.

Aces Cracked For Greco

We didn’t see Michael Greco lose his stack, so as play ended in Flight 2, amid the riffle of chips being tipped into plastic bags and the question repeating around the room like an echo ‘…So how much do you have?’ we caught a moment or two with the L.A. based actor who has returned to Blighty today to play so well here in the WPT UK National event.

“I had pocket aces.  I raise to 2,400 and a lady opposite me re-raises to 6k.  I’m loving this, and re-pop it to 16k, she shoves for 45,000 and I call.”

It’s the golden situation.  I’m guessing she has kings. Michael thought the same.

“She has to have kings there, right? She shows me Ace-Ten and tells me that because I was raising again she thought I was at it.  It’s the perfect situation.  The three comes out the deck first, I’m loving that.  Then jack, queen complete the flop.”

The expression says it all. I know the king came in on the turn, but Michael tells me anyway.  It’s horrible – a 120k pot slides across to the other player, and four hours of what Michael called ‘perfect poker’ ends with the former Eastender needing to do it all over again in the final flight.

We’ll see if he does from 8pm right here on the partypoker blog.  In the meantime, the players are filing out; we’ll bring you a round -up of the Flight and full chip counts as soon as we have them.

In And Out

Some players are making merry in the last three hands, risking a little to win a lot, while others are praying for a double-up.  Kevin Williams, Tom Dunning and Yves Fargas will each have to do it the hard way, trying to make Flight 3 the one where they star and take a big stack from that through to Day 2 – otherwise, they’re out as neither flight so far has helped them.  The same doesn’t apply – yet – to Michael Greco (pictured, below) , but he’s lost a huge chunk  of his chips, down to just 12k from 68k a few orbits ago – we’ll endeavour to find out how that happened!

Kara Scott has 62,100 and is racing between tables as she multi-tables her special SnG with 5 lucky freerollers all hoping to win a £200 seat for taking it down, and her Flight 2, which has gone very, very well indeed.  She has a combined 95,000 chips…as long as she survives the last few hands!

Level 8 – Blinds 500/1000/ante 100

Dead Or Alive?

Two high profile exits have happened in recent minutes, with Ian Frazer (pictured) out of the tournament, and Jerome Bradpiece joining him on the rail ahead of Flight 3.  Jerome lost a lot with “pocket sevens into pocket aces” and then got it in with Q-J on a flop of K-T-x. His opponent had K-J and held to eliminate him, but Bradpiece is already regged for Flight 3.

Two players who are still very much alive are the Chattha brothers.  Sunny has made a spectacular comeback, grinding his way back up to 45,000 from fresh air just two levels ago.  Chaz, meanwhile, got into a real duel with exciting young player Tommy Zhang.  Pre-flop, we counted around 4,000 in the middle.  The flop fanned and Tommy check-called Chaz’s bet of 1400.  On the turn of Tommy check-called again, this time to 3,800.  The pot was building.

On the river, Tommy checked yet again.  Would Chaz check behind for showdown value? Not a bit of it.  He deliberately fired 11,400 across the line.  Tommy thought about folding for a long time but the overbet was too tempting, and he committed around 40% of his remaining stack to the call.  Chaz flipped for a flopped full house, and rakes a massive pot.  Tommy is left with 15,400.  His opponent stacked up  60,000.

New Chip Leader

We don’t actually have a picture of our man yet, but Robert Fowler has the biggest stack in the room with 95,000.  We fully expect the six-figure mark to crack soon, with 155 players left in the room.  Saying that, plenty are enjoying the bar or playing cash here at aspers and waiting for Flight 3, which kicks off at 8pm.  Make sure you’re here for that, it’s looking like £120,000 as a projection in the prize-pool if Flights 1 & 2 are replicated and it’s getting busier in the casino.

Every player in the room is having fun at Aspers here for the WPT UK National Event London.

Level 7 – Blinds 400/800/ante 100

With 160 players left, some players are taking hits.  Chaz Chattha had 48,000 at one point, but has dropped back to 37,000, still well above average.  Chris Gordon doubled two short stacks when his couldn’t beat when the chips were all-in pre-flop, and another suckout when he was dominating his opponent has left him with little over 10,000 chips.

Elsewhere, Yigit Isilsoy busted after being ground down to just ten big blinds.  He got it in with nines against kings too, but was unable to spike a nine.  He’s on the cash tables until Flight 3 starts at 8pm.

Star Spotting 

With so many big names in the house, it’s easy for the more recreational players to spot players they know around Aspers Casino here in Stratford, London. This cheeky tweeter used the hashtag #WPTNUK to joke about today’s field being even more star-studded thanks to a certain fictional fireman heating things up – do you know who they mean?

Day 2 at the poker. There are bonafide famous people here today, unlike yesterday. There's the one off London's Burning for example #WPTNUK

— Paul Russell (@pdrussell) February 28, 2014

Top Ten Chip Stacks 

With 185 players remaining, we have lost a number of our players.  They include: Barny Boatman, Surinder Sunar and JJ Hazan, but plenty of big names are still  involved – and right at the top of the chip-counts.  Here are some of the big hitters in the WPT UK National Event London right now…

Wittenbeck de Serge 76,600

Michael Greco 68,000

Nathieu Bragard 61,500

Gareth Holt 58,000

Eddie Cargars 56,100

Keith Boniface 46,300

John Baylis 46,000

Kara Scott 46,000

Chaz Chattha 43,000

Ray Hemp 42,000

Numbers Game

We’ve had 229 entries in Flight 2 here at Aspers, in the second flight of three.  Even basic mathematicians amongst you will know that this currently represents £15,000 of overlay to get involved in, and with dozens of players busting yesterday and re-entering on both of today’s flights everyone is in the spirit of the accumulator:

229 Players for flight 2 of #WPTNUK Excellent turn out and hoping for an even bigger turn out for flight 3 at 8pm. @KaraOTR #WPTNUK

— AspersPokerStratford (@AspersPoker) February 28, 2014

Chattha On The March

We’d expect nothing less than a top performance from Chaz Chattha here at the WPT UK National event in London’s Aspers Casino.  The Team Duffy pro may have endured one of his worst years in poker last year, but he’s already kicked off 2014 in style, and having banked over a quarter of a million in 2012, looks well on his way to another decent score this weekend in what could be a big year.  Going through last night with just over 27,000 from Flight 1, Chaz has more than that now with three more levels still to come.  He just punished the aggressive Gabriel Carter in an interesting hand.

Raising to 800 UTG+1, Chaz saw Gabriel raise him to 2300 from the small blind.  That got a slow call from Chattha and both players eyed each other as the flop came [Jd .  Gabriel took a long time leading out 1700, but Chaz called quickly, his eyes back on his younger opponent before the turn of fell.  Carter checked that card, and Chaz did likewise, before another nine, the dropped on the river.  Carter checked, and Chattha followed suit.

“King-high.” said Gabriel.  Chaz turned over to take the pot and grow the gap between the two men’s chip stacks considerably.

Gabriel Carter – 14,500

Chaz Chattha – 46,150

Level 5 – Blinds 200/400/ante 75 

Michael Greco Interview

When he’s not been busting players up here at Aspers, former Eastender and now U.S. based film & television actor Michael Greco (right) has been speaking with us here at partypoker, as he told us how his career has been going since leaving London for L.A., what it was like working with Kevin Costner and how he never stops learning in poker.

Michael has 68,000 at the break, one of the biggest if not the biggest stack in the room, and he’s not the only big name to be crushing.   Kara Scott has been pounding the players at her table, the partypoker pro busting two people with flush draws that didn’t get there in the hand before the break to sit on 55,000.  Average is 22,000, so those two players have made phenomenal starts.

Stacking ‘Em High

With just a few minutes to go until the players take a half-time break and gather their wits for the next four levels, we thought we’d bring you some more chip-stacks as the great and good do battle for as many fun-discs as they can gather ahead of Flight 3, which starts at 8pm.

Danny Blair 23,300

Ross Boatman 19,225

Ian Frazer (pictured) 18,800

Sunny Chattha 15,500

Chris Gordon 15,200

Alex Van Der Weyer 12,600

Jerome Bradpiece 9,700

Kevin Williams 8,400

Level 4 – Blinds 150/300/ ante 50

Barny Busto 

Barny Boatman has left Flight 2, after he called off the last of his shortish stack on a cruel board.  Chaz Chattha talked us through the hand at his table, as – just like last weekend – he’s outlasted the Hendon Mob, with a little bad luck for Barny again contributing. Two players joined Barny on seeing a flop of . Only one player called Barny’s continuation bet of 500, exactly the amount he raised pre-flop.  The turn of a prompted a check-call again from Barny’s mop-haired opponent, doing a passable impression of Manchester United footballer Maroane Fellaini.  On the river of a , Barny’s nemesis shoved to put Barny in for the extra 5,000 chips he still had and the Hendon Mobster called it off.  His opponent showed pocket sixes for a full house, and while Chaz thinks Barny might have showed the king, the bracelet winner is out.

Tuna Fished

Gabriel Tuna is used to playing big buy-in tournaments in London and all over Europe, and the pro is a fearsome competitor.  Stoea Ratevan qualified online for this tourney via partypoker and this is definitely an enjoyable step up for him, and with both men sat right next to each other, we joined the action on the turn.  With a board of , Ratevan bet 1800 in the hijack, but Gabriel, in position on the button raised, ‘clicking it back’ to 3600 with change.

Ratevan called, and the fell on the river.  Ratevan led again, looking hesitant to gamble 2,000 into the pot.  Tuna called, but grimaced and stood up in anger when the qualifier showed for the nut flush.

The cards never care about reputation or experience, and Ratevan leaps to around 30,000, Tuna sinking a little to 24,000.  both men are above average in chips, so we can see them clashing again.

Everyone is having fun here, as Tommy Zhang tweets:

 

http://t.co/S3UctnQyRM updates. Phone low already somehow. Tourney is so fun!! #WPTNUK

— Tommy (@teezey) February 28, 2014

Michael Greco Leads Field 

With Level 3 well under way, some big names are doing well here at the WPT UK National Event in Straford’s Aspers Casino.  Michael Greco (above) leads the field at present, but some other notables are gaining in his slipstream.

Michael Greco 48,500

Kara Scott 28,600

Chaz Chattha 27,000

Greg Moore 22,500

Chuck Khuu 20,400

Barny Boatman 9,500

Will Kassouf 8,900

Level 3 – Blinds 100/200/25

Greco Gets Hazan

They’ve only been sat together a short while, but already JJ Hazan and Michael Greco have clashed, with the latter ending up with all the chips.  In a sensational pot, Greco has got the biggest stack in the room after he managed to oust the gregarious Hazan.

“I hit middle set, and he flopped top pair.  When he rivered the set, I had a full house and he just couldn’t get away from it.”

Modest stuff from Michael, who we’ll chat to at the next break.  Unless something goes dramatically wrong, we’ll be speaking with one of the chip leaders in the room.

Value Hunting 

With 214 people playing already and late registration open until approximately 4.00pm here at Aspers Casino, the WPT UK National Event London is heating up nicely.  If you like overlay, there’s still £20,00 of that, so get down here!

Some fun players are playing on the same table.  We hope to speak with legendary actor and director Michael Greco later on, so if you have any questions for the former Eastender pitching up in the East End from his new base in L.A., let us know.  He’s sharing the felt with former Dragons Den pitcher JJ Hazan, a larger than life personality to match his poker prowess.  Kara Scott (seen left in an exclusive partypoker Sit N Go giveaway yesterday) has been joined by the livewire Chuck Khuu, who we’ve seen in action before. The popular London circuit regular plays any two cards extremely well post-flop, so there will be fireworks on his table before long.

Barny Finds A Fold

Two players from Flight 1 enjoying a superb atmosphere in the Aspers cardroom during the WPT UK National Event in London.

There’s nothing like instinct in poker – knowing when you’re behind or ahead can mean the difference between winning nothing and piling up trophies.  Fine margins decide everything in the game, and we have one of the best in the business at making those crucial decision here on Flight 2.  Barny Boatman won a WSOP Bracelet last summer, and it was universally agreed to be thoroughly deserved.  He’s since been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, but if you thought he was taking it easy after gaining the recognition of his peers, well, you don’t know Barny!

Barny raised under-the-gun here in Level 1 to 225, from blinds of 50/100.  He got an immediate raiser to 575 two seats around, and only the small blind joined Barny in calling that raise.  The flop came [Kd which prompted a quick check from both the small blind and Barny.  Our aggressor popped a chunky 1125 bet into the middle, and both the small blind and legendary Hendon Mobster got out of the way.  A small pot goes away, but you get the feeling that a big one will be raked towards Boatman before too long… instinctively.

Also joining the tables in late registration are: Tommy Zhang, Surinder Sunar and Paul ‘The Rock’ Romain.

Table Mates 

Some of the players who will be taking each other on at their first table aren’t just acquaintances.  Plenty of them know each other’s games inside out, so the ability to mix it up will be crucial.

Chaz Chattha shared a table with Barny Boatman just last week, but the pair can’t leave each other alone.  The two players, each with well clear of a million in tournament cashes alone will be looking to run over their table.  Sunny Chattha has a familiar ‘frenemy’ in the shape of Jerome Bradpiece, who of course came 2nd in the debut WPT Event in South Africa.  He – with his fearsome beard – is already in the zone.

Kara Scott has Greg Moore for company at the far end of Aspers Casino, while Gabriel Tuna and Alex van der Weyer lock horns nearer the bar.  Mohammed Suheil (above) was well clear of average in chips yesterday and is back in for both flights today – could he be the overall chip-leader going into Day 2? Over the next ten hours we are going to find out!

Level 1 – Blinds 50/100

Legends At Lunchtime 

We have spied some great players already in their seats, with the following players all playing today for their first flight so far: Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman, Joe Beevers, Michael Greco, Gabriel Tuna, Alex van der Weyer and Ian ‘The Razor’ Frazer.

Returning after varied results in their Flight 1′s are:  Chaz & Sunny Chattha, Will Kassouff, Rahim Tadj-Saadat, Mohammed ‘Dr. Ash’ Suheil, Kevin Williams and of course, partypoker Pro Kara Scott, who has got the very best preparation in for her assault on Flight 2.

At @AspersPoker for the second flight of #WPTNUK. Started my day with a Cumberland butty and only got a little egg down my front. Result!

— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) February 28, 2014

Two For Company 

With 217 players taking part yesterday on Flight 1 (and 99 surviving with stacks) we welcome players for what is sure to be one of the biggest flights ever. Everyone in London seems to be gathered in the stunning Aspers Casino cardroom in readiness for the WPT UK National Event here in Stratford.   We expect a huge field, with Barny & Ross Boatman, Michael Greco and Joe ‘The Elegance’ Beevers all here.  Joe’s excited as you can tell from his tweet on the way in…

Off to and looking forward to playing @AspersPoker @AspersStratford for the #WPTNUK London Accumulator event. Flights at 2pm and 8pm.

— Joe Beevers (@joebeevers) February 28, 2014

With eight levels, the kick off at 2pm will start at blinds of 50/100.  Can we beat flight 1′s total of 217 players?  We’re confident!

Coming up today, we’ll have exclusive photos of your favourite players, live updates right here and even some interviews with the big names in attendance.  Play starts in around ten minutes, so let battle commence!

Take On Pokerfest!

Now take all of above and go crush it at Pokerfest! Yes that’s right it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!  Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your one time!

partypoker WPT National UK London Main Event Flight 1

Kara Scott Interview

As the players filed out for a well-earned break, we caught up with partypoker’s Kara Scott on her love of London, how she has done so far on Flight 1 and whether she actually, maybe or possibly injured Ryan Giggs in Manchester.

 

Stacking Them High 

With Level 4 the last before the players take a short break (they will play eight levels tonight), we thought we’d get you come chip-counts.  We’ve had the first few of our eliminations, with Dave McConachie chief amongst the casualties, as he shoved over the top of a big bet on the flop.  He was called and in horrible shape, his over-pair to the flop of K-K crushed by Chevin Beckles’ A-A.  that was the of McConachie, but he’s one of the majority of players who’ll be playing all three flights it would seem.

Let’s have a look at how some other notables are shaping up as the decisions become more vital in every hand…

Chevin Beckles 55,150

Dr. Ash 41,500

Paul Zimbler 39,800

Chris Gordon 30,400

‘H’ Nicholas 28,500

Kara Scott 27,600

Greg Moore 26,000

Kevin Williams 22,800

Ali Zinhi 20,900

Chaz Chattha 20,525

Mats Rosen 17,800

Jerome Bradpiece 16,200

Ergun Macit 16,100

Scott Shelley 16,000

Yves ‘flintsword’ Farges 13,425

Tommy Zhang 13,000

Rahim Tadj-Saadat 11,700

Tim Timotheu 9,600

Level 4 – Blinds 150/300/ante 50

Kara vs. Kevin

Two of our favourite players to watch playing poker happen to be sitting right next to each other.  Kara Scott (below, right) clearly loves being back in London, and she’s dashed in to play this event specially.  Next to her is former Black Belt Pro Kevin Williams (left), who has an awesome live poker record.  His processing of hands is fearsome, and belying his slight frame, his aggression and power at the table is legendary.   The two have clashed twice in big pots, with Kevin getting the slight edge, winning a couple of nice early pots to chip up.  The last one was for around 3,700 chips at 100/200/25, where he bet Kara away on the turn, popping 2800 into the pot after the first four cards fell J-2-Q-2.

“You have to have the aces this time, right?” Kara quipped. Kevin sheepishly sliding his cards face down after Kara did the same.  Just a couple of orbits later, however, Kara won those chips back after she bet half the pot to the tune of 1900 on a two-heart board of 6d-7s-Qh-7h.  Her opponent looked displeased to let the pot go, but it was great pressure on 4th Street from Scott.

Have Sword, Will Travel 

Not many of our online qualifiers have travelled as far as one of our players tonight.  Yves Farges (below) is known as ‘flintsword’ on partypoker, and he qualified for this WPT UK National event in London as he did for the Milton Keynes leg – by playing a $1.65 satellite event.  We’re just bringing in a new, larger abacus to try and work out if this could be the biggest win for the smallest buy-in in partypoker history – but as we discovered, Yves could do with a little luck.

“It was going great until I ran my kings into that guy’s aces…” he gestured, remaining cheerful.  In a battle of the air miles, we think Yves is first class, and might even put our own Kara Scott in economy!

Yves has 13,075 from his 20,000 starting stack, so it could be worse, and he’s confident he can get right back in the mix.

Level 3 – Blinds 100/200/ante 25

Beginners Luck?

We’re welcoming plenty of players this weekend who’ve either never played live (with 157 having qualified from partypoker’s fantastic online satellites) or having entered from winning a ticket in a live satellite, with over 320 qualifiers coming from either the live felt here at the casino or partypoker. One such player who’s never called a bet here at Aspers is Mr. Nicholas, known simply as ‘H’.  He won a big hand early on to give himself a lot of confidence.   One of four callers to 400 pre-flop, he was the only caller after a flop of Kh-6c-2c, when his opponent (young, confident, nodding to heavy beats) bet 700 from the hijack.  ’H’ called quickly in the small blind, content to continue without position, and two players in mid-position folded.

On a turn of the seven of clubs, our hero checked to his headphone-toting aggressor, who apologised for betting again, popping 1125 across the line.  Again, a quick but deliberate call.  Both players checked the river and while our young enemy grimaced with 9c-Tc, our first timer turned over K-J to take the pot.

“The turn gives me a lot of outs…” remarked the youngster, but Mr Nicholas, (below, right) a little more mature, graciously nodded.

“I only came here because my brother was playing.  I’ve seen the casino was here, but this is my first time actually playing.”

We’re hopeful that if he keeps winning pots like that, our beginner might see a chunk of that incredible prize-pool!

Noisy Neighbours

There are some very interesting match-ups in the room here at the partypoker £100k Guaranteed WPT National London in Stratford’s beautiful Aspers Casino.  One table in particular holds four very familiar players.  All of them know the other’s game, which may lead to some fireworks here in the first flight of the tournament.  Chaz Chattha comes into this tournament on the back of a 6th-place finish last weekend for £25,000.   He shares the felt with Ali Zinhi, Tim Timotheu and Ergun Macit, with both Tim and Ergun posting title-winning performances in the last year.  No soft spots there.

As you can see from our exclusive shots of the action, plenty of players had fun in the Kara Scott Sit n Go, with the champagne reception giving the whole room a bubbly atmosphere!

 

Level 2 – Blinds 100/200

Zimbler Floats A Boat

Paul Zimbler may be our early leader in this first level.  With blinds just 50/100, the man known as ‘The Marbella Kid’ told us how he made a ‘cheeky min-raise in late position’ with pocket deuces.  With several callers, the flop came a mouth-watering 2-7-Q.  This time, he led the action to 375 and got just one caller. The turn dropped another seven, giving Paul the full house.  His bet of 525 was immediately raised to 1300 by his opponent.

“You don’t have the seven, do you?” Paul asked, calling to the river.

That came a blank nine, or so Paul thought.  His enemy led out this time, and Paul raised him quickly to 3750.  That got a call, and Paul turned over his full house.  His enemy had turned a pair and rivered two pair with queen-nine, but it wasn’t good enough… and Zimbler has 29k from his 20,000 starting stack.

Starters Orders 

Level 1 – Blinds 50/100

Play is under way here at the Aspers tables, with plenty of well-known players drifting into the cardroom to take their seats.  Why wouldn’t they?  With a £100,000 guaranteed prize-pool, it’s well worth playing all three flights to build as big a stack as you can.

Other luminaries we have in their seats or in the queue are: Chris Gordon, Chaz Chattha, Marios Andreas, Tim Timotheu, Rahim Tadj-Saadat, Ergun Macit, Kevin Williams, Briony Stone and Nick van der Weyer, both of whom won tickets to tonight’s event.  In fact, the satellite numbers into this event have been immense, and we have over 200 players involved already!

In The House 

Players of all walks of life have made it to Aspers Casino in Stratford, London tonight as the WPT National Event London Flight 1 kicks off!

It’s an Accumulator format for the action over the next two days, with players having a chance to enter tonight, tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening to accumulate the biggest stack.

We have already noticed London regulars Will Kassouf, Kirit Patel, Dave McConachie and Mats Rosen limbering up for the start of play at 8pm, while partypoker poster girl Kara Scott is very excited about playing here tonight…

Good to be back at @AspersPoker :) After spending 2 wks of 18 hour days last year for the @partypoker Premier League, it's like coming home!

— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) February 27, 2014

You can join in too on Twitter, just use the hashtag #WPTNUK !

Take On Pokerfest!

Now take all of above and go crush it at Pokerfest! Yes that’s right it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!  Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your one time!

Marvin Rettenmaier’s 6 Tips For Pokerfest

With 13 outright live tournament victories since April 2010 Team partypoker pro Marvin Rettenmaier knows a thing or two about winning a poker tournament. Just in time for our legendary Pokerfest Poker Series starting March 2nd he’s here to give you his top tips for each stage of a tournament no matter whether you’re playing live or online poker. Let’s start from the beginning.

1# Don’t Lose It

Although they say “you can’t win a tournament on Day 1 only lose it”, I personally only partly agree with that statement. It is important to pick up chips early and don’t make any common mistakes especially online in order to protect yourself from bad beats and coolers which can happen even if you are the best player in the world. Remember, as long as you have more chips than everybody else you can’t bust!

2# Work Out Your Table

It doesn’t matter if I’m playing live or online my playing style in the early stages always depends on the table. If it’s a soft table I will play more than half of my hands and try to make big hands since I know I’ll have a very good chance of winning a big pot if I do, plus I will find decent bluff spots. If it’s a tough table I will play tighter. That doesn’t have too much to do with it being pre-antes but because you are usually still very deep stacked during the pre-ante levels.

3# Luck Of The Draw?

The table draws are a big factor in determining ones chances of going deep or winning a tournament. There are definitely situations when I will play very passively for some levels if I have a tough table in a soft tournament, this is just as true online. This is because I know the average table draw will give me a way better chance to accumulate chips and I don’t have to risk my chips in marginal situations.

4# Pay Close Attention

Even in the early stages of a tournament you have to pay attention to the other players.  There is so much information to gain in every interaction or hand somebody plays. Regarding physical tells there is what we call the baseline, which is the regular behavior somebody has at the table. If somebody is overly talkative even when he plays a hand and then just stops talking after looking at his hand alarm bells should start ringing. The same can be said online of course.

5# Play The Game

There have been times when I made marginal calls in the beginning of a tournament both live and online just to see somebody’s hand in order to figure out their tendencies early on so I have more information for bigger pots that might develop later on in the tournament.

6# No Distractions

There’s been a lot of discussion in poker recently about young players in hoodies and headphones not interacting with their table. I think they’re making a mistake as talking to your opponents really only has advantages. You can find out if their bluffing or more! If you find out that he is a local and qualified through a satellite, he will probably tighten up a lot on the bubble and you can abuse that. If you find out that he usually plays cash and you can figure that he is probably not as experienced with a short stack and you can put that into your calculations.

There is another point to be made that it’s always good to be the nice guy at the table since people will be less likely to mess with you – that is obviously not the main reason why I’m being friendly at the table but it’s just something that comes along with it. Now when it come’s to online play the clear lesson here is minimize your distractions and focus on your  game at hand! Good Luck!

Take These Learnings For Pokerfest!

Now take all of above and go crush it at Pokerfest! Yes that’s right it’s back, bigger and better than ever before!  Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your one time!

Earn Your Share of $5,000,000 at the WPT World Championship!

Sure the trophy is nice but when $million is on the line that’s some serious icing on the cake right? Well Mike Sexton recently reminded us all that we need to think about the game more of course and he’s right, but did I mention 5 MILLION. What would you do with that kind of cash?

Online qualifiers are underway

Right now on partypoker you can qualify to the televised $15,400 buy-in Season XII WPT World Championship Main Event, which will be sponsored by partypoker. Taking place at the fantastic Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City from April 21 – 26. With a $5,000,000 and $1,350,000 is guaranteed for first prize!

Don’t be shy!

We’re running exclusive $18k prize packages qualifiers right now on partypoker so go grab one!

And the good news is you can win your package loads of ways from our daily freerolls all the way up to the $500 buy-in WPT World Championship online satellite, with one guaranteed package every other week.

We’re also running daily $5 turbo qualifiers, $2 entry re-buy tournaments and daily $50 satellites which can be used to secure a seat into the main online $500 satellite every other week.

 So what’s inside these $18k packages?
  • $15,400 Main Event buy-in
  • 6 nights’ hotel and hospitality
  • $1,350 travel and spending money
Mike Sexton’s thoughts:

Team partypoker’s Mike Sexton said: “It’s big news that the WPT World Championship has moved east to Atlantic City for the first time in its history and that $5,000,000 is guaranteed meaning first place will take home at least $1,350,000. We thought we would find New Jersey’s Next Poker Millionaire on nj.partypoker.com in January but we’ll also find one in April too! The buy –in for this season’s WPT Championship has been lowered to $15,400 making it more accessible for online qualifiers.”

Marvin Rettenmaier:

Team partypoker’s Season X WPT World Champion Marvin Rettenmaier is another happy to see online routes into the Championship. “Winning the WPT World Championship was one of the greatest days of my life and to do it in my first week as a member of Team partypoker was just the cherry on top. It is rare to see many online qualifiers for bigger buy-in events so I for one will be aiming to secure a seat as one is guaranteed in the $500 entry satellites on March 9, 23 and April 6. Even better I am going to try and freeroll my way in!”

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