Tournament Tracker: Daniel Brits Wins WPT South Africa

Daniel Brits is on his way to Atlantic City for the 2014 WPT World Championship as he captured the Emperors Palace Main Event in Johannesburg (photo credit World Poker Tour)

Daniel Brits is on his way to Atlantic City for the 2014 WPT World Championship as he captured the Emperors Palace Main Event in Johannesburg (photo credit World Poker Tour)

This week, Tournament Tracker provides results from South Africa, featuring the latest World Poker Tour winner. Results from the Bellagio, France, the Netherlands and Wisconsin also appear in this week’s report.

Starting in South Africa, the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic Main Event in Johannesburg concluded with local player Daniel Brits is the new king of the jungle, earning over $130,000 as he defeated his fellow countryman Eugene Du Plessis heads-up. Two players from last year’s WPT final table – winner Dominik Nitsche and Wesley Wiegand made a return appearance. Nitsche was unable to duplicate his feat, finishing fourth while Wiegand added a fifth place finish to last year’s fourth place result. Ronit Chamani was unable to follow up on her win in the High Roller event held earlier in the series, finishing sixth. The next stop on the WPT is the Fall Poker Scramble at Jacksonville’s bestbet poker room November 15-19.

WPT Emperors Palace Classic Main Event

Buy-In: $3,300
Entrants: 191
Prize Pool: $561,527

  1. Daniel Brits – $132,128
  2. Eugene du Plessis – $92,708
  3. Rob Fenner – $59,634
  4. Dominik Nitsche – $44,136
  5. Wesley Wiegand – $33,130
  6. Ronit Chamani – $26,504

Notable cashes: Tom Koral – 22nd, Warren Zackey – 23rd, Gaelle Bauman – 24th (all earning $5,278)

Continuing with the WPT theme, the latest WPT National Event was held at Le Phoebus Casino in Gruissan, France. The winner was Ilan Boujenah, boosting his bankroll by over $73,000 as he defeated a field of 178 entries. The GUKPT concluded their latest series in Blackpool with Richard Trigg and John Haigh making a heads-up deal where both earned almost $85,000.

The Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam kicked off over the weekend with over 400 entries in the 1,500€ ($2,000 US) opening event. The first trophy will stay in the country as Florens Feenstra earned over $200,000 over a final table that featured Shannon Shorr, David Boyacian and Guy Goossens.

The Mid-States Poker Tour’s latest stop took players to Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Wisconsin Dells casino, drawing a state record 305 entries for their $1,000 Main Event. At a final table that featured WSOP bracelet winner Chad Holloway, Joshua Reichard collected the most winnings, a smidge over $78,000 in victory. The Bellagio held their first of what they hope is a monthly series of $10,000 buy-in events with $100,000 guaranteed to the winner. The debut brought a pro-heavy field of 18 entries with three spots paid. David “Doc” Sands and Jason Koon each earned over $84,000 as they agreed to chop the final two places.

WPT National Gruissan – La Phoebus Casino

Buy-In: $1,800
Entrants: 178
Prize Pool: $309,861

  1. Ilan Boujenah – $73,459
  2. Paul Tedeschi – $46,747
  3. Isabel Baltazar – $33,390
  4. Jonathan Hamard – $26,712
  5. Pierre Barthelemy – $19,366
  6. David Pailler – $16,027
  7. Olivier Decamps – $12,688
  8. Djaybran Bouhala – $10,685
  9. Erwann Pecheux – $9,349

GUKPT Blackpool Main Event

Buy-In: $1,600
Entrants: 226
Prize Pool: $361,473

  1. Richard Trigg – $84,770*
  2. John Haigh – $84,770*
  3. John Miller – $44,144
  4. CaiCai Huang – $26,231
  5. Kyle Hendry – $19,833
  6. Mojid Khan – $16,314
  7. Kevin Steele – $12,636
  8. Adam Forsyth – $9,916
  9. Dan Pope – $7,357

*Denotes deal made heads-up

Master Classics of Poker Event 1 – Holland Casino, Amsterdam

Buy-In: $2,000
Entrants: 410
Prize Pool: $805,704

  1. Florens Feenstra – $205,451
  2. Arnoud Werf – $120,853
  3. Robert Grijs – $70,095
  4. David Boyaciyan – $54,787
  5. Robert Soogea – $45,924
  6. Niek Lucassen – $37,868
  7. Guy Goosens – $29,005
  8. Shannon Shorr – $21,754
  9. Robert Levoleger – $16,114

Mid-States Poker Tour – Ho-Chunk Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, WI

Buy-In: $1,000
Entrants: 305
Prize Pool: $294,350

  1. Joshua Reichard – $78,003
  2. Mark Borns – $42,681
  3. Miroslav Semanisin – $28,258
  4. Rob Wazwaz – $19,133
  5. Chad Holloway – $14,718
  6. John Hayes – $11,774
  7. Brett Kuznia – $10,302
  8. Brian Smith – $8,823
  9. Jason Seitz – $7,359

Bellagio Special Event

Buy-In: $10,300
Entrants: 18
Prize Pool: $177,600

  1. David (Doc) Sands – $82,580*
  2. Jason Koon – $82,580*
  3. Richard Lyndaker – $12,440

*Denotes deal made heads-up

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