Tournament Tracker: Uruguay and Brazil Generate Huge Winners

Andres Herrera wins the Conrad Poker Tour Main Event in Uruguay, that's one way to impress the ladies (photo credit Pokerlogia.com)

Andres Herrera wins the Conrad Poker Tour Main Event in Uruguay for over $770,000, that’s one way to impress the ladies (photo credit Pokerlogia.com)

The past week in poker tournament action saw its biggest results from Brazil and Uruguay, both featuring large fields along with multimillion dollar prize pools. Highlights of the past week include the Heartland Poker Tour and Unibet Open held their final events of the year as the World Series of Poker Circuit crowned a winner in Atlantic City.

First stop is to Punta del Este, Uruguay for the Conrad Poker Tour Grand Final, a $2,500 buy-in with rebuys event. A field of over 550 players with over 200 rebuys meant a prize pool over $2 million meant the winner would earn over $750,000 features players from across South America. In the end it was Andres Herrera of Chile winning the title. In Brazil, the Brazilian Series of Poker held their Grand Final in Sao Paolo. Their Main Event had a more modest buy-in of $940 with a field of 2400 entries, one of the largest tournament fields this year. The final table would have the final four players making a deal, each earning over $160,000. Murilo Ruiz claimed the victory, earning over $370,000.

Jetting over to the US, the Heartland Poker Tour closed out their year with a visit to the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana drawing a field of over 400 entries. Imari Love, Aaron Massey, Edward Ochana and Joseph Hebda were the notable names making the final table. In the end, Ochana defeated Massey heads-up to win over $150,000. The result moved Ochana over the $1 million mark in career earnings.

The World Series of Poker Circuit concluded their stay at Harrah’s Atlantic City with a field of over 500 playing for a WSOPC ring, National Championship seat and over $180,000. Joseph Lapinta had five previous cashes in 2013, but no final tables. He made his first final table a triumphant one, defeating Atlantic City regular Joseph Wertz heads-up.

Dutch pro Florens Feenstra followed up his victory at a Master Classics of Poker preliminary event in Amsterdam with a victory in the Unibet Open Main Event in Riga, Latvia, earning his second six-figure score in less than a month.

The Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic experienced a turnaround in their preliminary event field sizes, moving from numbers low enough you could play Keno with towards BLUFF Player of the Year eligibility. The last event before the WPT Main Event featured a $5,180 buy-in and a final table full of notables, including 2013 November Niner Amir Lehavot, 2012 BLUFF POY runner-up Dan Smith and Dan Shak. But they couldn’t close the deal as Clayton Maguire defeated Tim West, cashing in for almost $160,000.

Next week’s Tournament Tracker will feature results from Prague, Foxwoods, the WSOPC’s visit to Rincon, Tampa Bay, and Manila’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the longest poker tournament in history.

Conrad Poker Tour: Conrad Resort and Casino – Punta del Este, Uruguay

Buy-In: $2,500
Entrants: 557 + 237 rebuys
Prize Pool: $2,213,650

  1. Andres Herrera – $770,650
  2. Reinaldo Abramovay – $357,000
  3. Leo Annunziata – $185,000
  4. Rubens Apovian – $135,000
  5. Felipe Balaban – $90,000
  6. Alejandro Lopez – $75,000
  7. Clovis de Araujo – $60,000
  8. Sebastian Ruiz – $45,000
  9. Fernando Erize – $35,000

Notable results: Leo Fernandez (26th), Brian Saslavchik (28th), Hernan Crespin (34th)

BSOP Grand Final: Sao Paulo Holiday Inn Parque Anhembi

Buy-In: $940
Entrants: 2400
Prize Pool: $1,861,854

  1. Murilo Ruiz – $371,698*
  2. Marcello Azevedo – $201,242*
  3. Jorge Breda – $205,523*
  4. Murillo Rodrigues – $163,562*
  5. Tiego Zaramella – $90,473
  6. Erasmo Correa – $64,847
  7. Jairo Cesar de Paula Junior – $42,093
  8. Pedro Padilla – $29,351
  9. Leonardo Alencar – $18,561

*Reflects deal made four-handed

Heartland Poker Tour – Majestic Star Casino: Gary Indiana

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 448
Prize Pool: $654,080

  1. Edward Ochana – $152,477
  2. Aaron Massey – $94,082
  3. Imari Love – $61,640
  4. Nick Schwarmann – $42,823
  5. Joseph Hebda – $31,793
  6. Nemesio Alegado – $24,656
  7. John Grace – $21,347
  8. George Dietz – $17,519
  9. Ryan Olson – $14,274


Notable finishes:
Tom Koral (17th), Tim Vance (24th), Nick Jivkov (27th), Tyler Reiman (32nd), Keven Stammen (33rd)

World Series of Poker Circuit: Harrah’s Atlantic City

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 578
Prize Pool: $867,090

  1. Joseph Lapinta – $182,070
  2. Joseph Wertz – $112,615
  3. John Jones – $82,384
  4. Keith Donovan – $61,106
  5. Fabrizio Sarra – $45,977
  6. Jeremy Wien – $35,070
  7. Melad Marji – $27,120
  8. James Dorrance – $21,259
  9. Kevin Kernan – $16,889

Notable finishes: Chris Tryba (35th), John Dibella (36th), Loni Harwood (39th), Jeff Papola (49th)

Unibet Open: Riga, Latvia

Buy-In: $2,260
Entrants: 208
Prize Pool: $425,482

  1. Florens Feenstra – $102,864
  2. Rick Jansen – $72,044
  3. Jens Glud Hansen – $46,289
  4. Damian Mizinski – $34,288
  5. Jarkko Mammela – $25,736
  6. Kristaps Bertulis – $20,592
  7. Anders Kjellerup – $17,105
  8. Nicholas Storm – $13,696
  9. Imro Sendar – $10,257

WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Buy-In: $5,180
Entrants: 94
Prize Pool: $455,900

  1. Clayton Maguire – $159,563
  2. Tim West – $91,180
  3. Amir Lehavot – $59,267
  4. Anthony Gargano – $41,031
  5. Ben Hamnett – $31,913
  6. Richard Lyndaker – $25,075
  7. Dan Shak – $20,516
  8. Dan Smith – $15,957
  9. Randel Brown – $11,398

WPT Regional Mississippi: IP Biloxi

Buy-In: $1,150
Entrants: 136
Prize Pool: $138,720

  1. Caufman Talley – $37,175
  2. Edward Gilfillan – $26,038
  3. (Captain) Tom Franklin – $16,744
  4. Kyle Cartwright – $12,402
  5. Chun Law – $9,294
  6. Hai Nguyen – $7,435
  7. Rami Owera – $6,187
  8. Jack Trammell – $4,952
  9. Laura Born – $3,718

Mid-States Poker Tour – Canterbury Park

Buy-In: $1,100
Entrants: 366
Prize Pool: $353,714

  1. Nasir (Naz) Alkhatib – $93,734
  2. Shane Nelson – $51,289
  3. Brent Kallman – $33,951
  4. Allen Chapman – $22,991
  5. Gerrit Wierbos – $17,686
  6. Craig Mcclellan – $14,149
  7. Brett Kuznia – $12,380
  8. Gennady Shimelfarb – $10,611
  9. Marvin Beaulieu – $8,843
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