Tournament Tracker: Cheong Wins Big in Manila, Oboodi Bests Field at Borgata

Bobby Oboodi won his second career title and six-figure cash in the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open championship event.

Bobby Oboodi won his second career title and six-figure cash in the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open championship event.

The 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open wrapped up this week with the completion of 22 tournaments plus the championship event at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the 2013 Asian Poker Tour kicked off in Manila, Philippines and the DeepStacks Poker Tour made a stop in Pennsylvania. The 16-tournament Marbella Poker Festival wrapped up in Marbella, Spain with World Poker Tour, Grand Series of Poker and and Cirsa Poker Tour main events. The WPT also made a stop in Cannes, France.

One of the biggest stories to come out of the live tournament scene during the past week was Joseph Cheong’s $1,340,171 score for winning the 2013 Asian Poker Tour’s Manila Millions Super High Roller. About one week ago Cheong finished runner-up to Philipp Gruissem in the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific High Roller for $534,776, meaning he has won slightly less than $2 million in roughly seven days. The score was also the second largest of Cheong’s career, only behind his 2010 WSOP Main Event third place finish which netted him over $4.1 million.

Cheong was not the only player to mark his second largest career live cash. Back in the United States Bobby Oboodi, the 2011 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open $3,300 Main Event champion, bested Mike Gagliano heads-up in the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship Event for $300,633. The first place finish was Oboodi’s second major live title and his second six-figure live cash.

French Pro Guillaume Darcourt came out as the winner at the WPT National Main Event in Cannes, France after besting a field of 234 players for $114,570. With the win Darcourt picked up his second WPT title, having won the WPT Bucharest main event in 2010, and his fourth six-figure cash of his career. It was also Darcourt’s fourth WPT final table and fifth WPT in the money finish.

Francisco Perez became a WPT champion during the past week as well. Perez outlasted a field of 236 players in the WPT Main Event at the Marbella Poker Festival at Casino Marbella in Marbella, Spain. The title was a milestone marker for Perez as it was his first major win and largest career cash at $104,749. Like Perez, Mario Sanchez found his first career title during the Marbella Poker Festival. Sanchez won the GSOP Main Event for $96,771, his largest career cash and first live win.

2013 Asian Poker Tour
Resorts World Manila Casino, Manila, Philippines

Event 4: Manila Millions – Super High Roller
Buy-in: $128,800
Prize Pool: $3,123,503
Number of Entrants: 18

  1. Joseph Cheong – $1,343,171
  2. Richard Yong  – $843,410
  3. Peter Chan – $531,060
  4. Paul Phua – $405,862

2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open
Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Event 19: Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship
Buy-in: $2,500
Prize Pool: $1,207,350
Number of Entrants: 502

  1. Bahbak (Bobby) Oboodi – $300,633
  2. Michael Gagliano – $169,029
  3. Kenny Nguyen – $108,662
  4. Phounsavath (Andy) Philachack – $86,326
  5. Vinnet (Vinny) Pahuja – $67,612
  6. Orson Young – $55,538
  7. Henry Lu – $44,068
  8. Jordan Siegel – $34,409
  9. Ray Shackelford – $24,147

Full Results

2013 World Poker Tour National – Cannes
Le Croisette Casino Barriere, Cannes, France

Main Event
Buy-in: $1,965
Prize Pool: $441,206
Number of Entrants: 234

  1. Guillaume Darcourt – $114,570
  2. Erwann Pacheux – $69,397
  3. Stefano Coletti – $45,828
  4. Jean-Michael Severin – $34,044
  5. Imed (Ben) Mahmoud – $26,187
  6. Guiseppe Zarbo – $20,094
  7. Christophe Verrier – $16,760
  8. Mickael Azoulay – $13,094
  9. David Pailler – $10,226

2013 Marbella Poker Festival
Casino Marbella, Marbella, Spain

World Poker Tour National Main Event
Buy-in: $1,965
Prize Pool: $441,602
Number of Entrants: 236

  1. Francisco Perez – $104,749
  2. Rasmus Larsen – $74,634
  3. Yavor Tutev – $48,447
  4. Manuel Salvador – $35,353
  5. Scott O’Reilly – $26,187
  6. Gerard Cordier – $20,950
  7. Steven Watts – $17,676
  8. Daniel Bances – $14,141
  9. Stanislav Macugins – $10,606

2013 Marbella Poker Festival
Casino Marbella, Marbella, Spain

Grand Series of Poker Main Event
Buy-in: $1,305
Prize Pool: $496,242
Number of Entrants: 392

  1. Mario Sanchez – $96,771
  2. Kristian Johansson – $63,022
  3. Matt Adams – $45,665
  4. Jano Toth – $34,754
  5. Alexander Scherdin – $25,801
  6. Jari-Pekka Ratty – $19,850
  7. Andreas Johansson – $16,131
  8. Jari Porkka – $13,155
  9. Stephen Dreimann – $10,917

Full Results

2013 DeepStacks Poker Tour
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Northeast PA Poker Open Main Event
Buy-in: $1,000
Prize Pool: $104,670
Number of Entrants: 111

  1. Michael Murphy – $33,180
  2. Thomas  Koral – $16,747
  3. Anthony Casagrande – $11,514
  4. Matthew Tumminia $,8374
  5. Jason Kwartier – $6,804
  6. Ethan Dolan – $5,235
  7. Dennis Zollo – $4,187
  8. Ronald Malinchak – $3,140
  9. Thomas Cooney $2,618

Full Results

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