Mike Leah went from zero career World Series of Poker Circuit rings to two in less than 12 hours on March 15th. At the WSOP Circuit stop at the Bicycle Casino, the Ivey Poker pro won Event 9: $580 No Limit Hold’em for almost $17,000. Leah then jumped into event 11: $365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo for over $15,000. The results give Leah four tournament wins so far, good for third place in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year leaderboard.
James Carroll almost did Leah one better during the past two weeks. Carroll started with a win in a side event at the Wynn Poker Classic for over $46,000. He then went to San Jose and earned over $1,250,000 by winning the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic. Carroll’s returned to play the $5,200 Wynn Poker Classic Main Event. Carroll’s effort at winning three straight tournaments fell short as he finished in sixth. The previous results moved Carroll into fourth in the BLUFF POY standings.
JC Tran’s win at WPT Rolling Thunder, held at the Thunder Valley casino outside his hometown of Sacramento, California made him the 10th player to have multiple WPT open titles and WSOP bracelets. The other nine players to perform the feat are Antonio Esfandiari, Hoyt Corkins, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, Carlos Mortensen, Scott Clements, Barry Greenstein, Michael Mizrachi and Howard Lederer.
Greg Raymer won a side event at the World Poker Tour bestbet Spring Series in Jacksonville on March 19. It was Raymer’s first victory and final table since winning his fourth Heartland Poker Tour event of 2012.
The 2,200 HKD ($285 US) Macau Millions Main Event drew a record 1,804 entries, a record for a poker tournament in Asia, from March 7-16. The previous record was 1,329 entries, for the same event – held in 2011. Hao (Ho Ho) Chen finished on top, earning over $70,000.
Kou Vang made his third straight Mid-States Poker Tour final table on March 17, as the series debuted at the Golden Gates Poker Parlour and Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. Vang, a regular on the Midwest-based circuit, finished 6th at Golden Gates for $22,650. His other two final tables were also at debuting locations: 8th at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana and 2nd at Louisiana’s Belle of Baton Rouge.
The runner-up finish of Shane Schleger at the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the Bicycle Casino for $139,820 was his largest live tournament cash since finishing fourth at the 2007 World Poker Tour Bellagio Cup for $232,490.
The World Poker Tour’s visits to Venice have paid off well for Andrea Dato. All of Dato’s cashes have been final table appearances, improving on his position each time. Dato finished 4th in 2011, 3rd in 2012 and defeated Sam Trickett heads-up on March 15, earning over $145,000.
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