The biggest story to break this past week was reaction from the poker community to the “Lederer Files” videos. Howard Lederer broke his silence on the events that led to the downfall of Full Tilt Poker after Black Friday. The lengthy interview touches on many topics, including the sale of FTP to PokerStars, payment processing of player’s money, and other members involved in the collapse of FTP like Ray Bitar. He both assumes and denies responsibility concerning his role in the process of events. Lederer also mentioned that he might return to play in live poker tournaments at some point in the future so it will be interesting to see how he will be received by the poker community if that indeed happens.
Many players had strong reactions to the “Lederer Files” including former Team Full Tilt member John Juanda, who took to Twitter to voice his opinion and refute some of the statements made in the interview. Here are a few things he posted in reaction to the interview:
“For the record, Howard Lederer was wrong when he said I was 2nd largest shareholder of FTP! Maybe he REALLY didn’t know!!??? #Lederer Files”
“As Ray Bitar’s boss, Howard Lederer should’ve accepted more blames instead of trying to shift blames to everyone else. #LedererFiles”
“IMO Lederer didn’t do interview bcos he’s sorry. He did it2 settle old scores+put blame on ppl who disagreed w/how he ran FTP #LedererFiles”
This past week was also a very busy stretch for the World Poker Tour with three champions crowned in the past seven days. WPT Main Events started on both the U.S. and European legs of the tour last Sunday, WPT Malta and the WPT Borgata Poker Open. Yorane Kerignard was the winner in Malta on Thursday and Ben Hamnett took home the title at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City on Friday. And if that wasn’t enough WPT action, Matt Salsberg won the Grand Prix de Paris last Saturday.
The World Series of Poker Europe also began this week and BLUFF is in Cannes covering the event. You can read the coverage daily throughout the tournament, which runs through October 4 on the shores of the French Riviera.
Ben Hamnett Wins World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open
Ben Hamnett was crowned the champion of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open on Friday night and he won $818,847. The $3,500 No Limit Hold’em Main Event attracted a large field of 1,181 players and it started the previous Sunday. He defeated Matthew Burnitz in the heads-up final. Hamnett now holds $959,504 in live career tournament earnings, and he was all smiles after the victory.
In the final hand Burnitz raised to 1,050,000, Hamnett moved all in, and Burnitz quickly called with J T. Hamnett turned over K Q and Burnitz needed to improve to stay alive. The board fell Q 8 2 3 5. Burnitz flopped a gutshot straight draw but he did not make it in the end. Hamnett won the pot, and his first WPT title, along with $818,847. Burnitz finished as the runner up, earning $488,850.
Final Table Results:
- Ben Hamnett – $818,847
- Matthew Burnitz – $488,850
- Tyler Patterson – $298,950
- Ofir Mor – $250,065
- Steve Brecher – $206,821
- David Diaz – $167,337
Matt Salsberg Wins World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris
Matt Salsberg topped the field of 228 players to win $515,720 at the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris on Saturday, September 15. It was the fourth win of his career and the first major tournament title of his career. He topped Theo Jorgensen in a heads-up final that saw Salsberg comeback for the win after it looked like he would be knocked out twice for a thrilling finish to the event.
In the final hand Salsberg was ahead with pocket queens and Jorgensen held Q [ Ts]. The board was dealt 5 3 2 4 7 and Jorgensen was eliminated in second place after a strong run in the tournament and he took home $341,149. Salsberg was crowned the champion of the tournament and he collected the top prize of $515,720.
WPT Grand Prix de Paris Final Table Results:
- Matt Salsberg – $515,720
- Theo Jorgensen – $341,149
- Philipp Gruissem – $219,265
- Timothy Adams – $162,162
- Mohsin Charania – $121,987
- Fabian Quoss – $97,684
Yorane Kerignard Wins WPT Malta Main Event
The World Poker Tour Malta €3,300 No Limit Hold’em Main Event ended with Yorane Kerignard at the top of the 169 players that entered, and he took home $182,292. He defeated Jackson Genovesi in a lengthy heads-up battle to take his career earnings to $866,215. Kerignard had previously appeared at European Poker Tour Main Event final tables in Deauville, Copenhagen, and San Remo but this was his first major title victory.
In the final hand Genovesi raised to 125,000 preflop. Kerignard three bet to 260,000 and Genovesi called before a T 4 2 flop hit the table. Kerignard bet 210,000 and Genovesi moved all in for 1.2 million. Kerignard called and he held A 3 against the T 9 of Genovesi. The turn and river were dealt 3 A and Kerignard came from behind to win the pot and the tournament. Genovesi was visually and audibly shaken after the hand, as his emotions poured out after a deep tournament run came to an end. He took home $108,024 as the runner up, while the champion Kerignard was awarded the top prize of $182,292.
WPT Malta Final Table Results:
- Yorane Kerignard – $182,292
- Jackson Genovesi – $108,024
- Alessio Isaia – $68,981
- Hui Chen Kuo – $51,409
- Zeljko Krizan – $38,425
- Sampo Ryynanen – $30,556
World Poker Tour to Head to China in December
The World Poker Tour announced a new event in China in cooperation with WPT’s China partner Beijing Ourgame Ltd. on Wednesday, and it is the first time the long-running tournament series is headed to Asia. The tournament will be hosted at the MGM Grand Sanya Resort on the tropical beaches of Sanya, Hainan Island, located in the China Yalong Bay National Resort District. It is also close to Hong Kong and Macau, China’s version of Las Vegas.
The tournament is part of the WPT National series of events and the tournament will run from December 14-17. The four-day $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament will be capped at 500 entries and will be run by WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage.
In addition to China the WPT National tour is also headed to Vienna, Austria (October 13-16); Nova Gorica, Slovenia (October 18-22); Barcelona, Spain (October 25-29); and Gruissan, France (November 1-4) before the end of the year.
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