Tournament Tracker: Leah Leads the Way in Niagara Falls

Mike Leah continues the recent success of Ivey Poker members, winning his second tournament of 2014 (photo credit - Jay Newnum)

Mike Leah continues the recent success of Ivey Poker members, winning his second tournament of 2014 (photo credit – Jay Newnum)

Results from Niagara Falls, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, England and The Philippines highlight this week’s edition of Tournament Tracker as an Ivey Poker member earns their second tournament win of the year.

The World Poker Tour returned to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada last week with a pair of preliminary events held before the Main Event. Mike Leah added to his hot start to the year with another six-figure score as he won the opening event, an 1,100 CAD ($1,005 US) no limit event. The 2,500 CAD ($2,250 US) event was won by 2002 National Spelling Bee champion Pratyush Buddiga, earning nearly $220,000.

Continuing with international results, Sky Poker, a UK-facing online poker site held their inaugural UK Poker Championship at the Dusk Til Dawn cardroom. Their main event drew over 600 entries, with a prize pool topping $1,000,000 US. Twenty-year-old student Alexander Spencer finished on top, earning over $200,000.

The Asian Poker Tour’s Asian Series made their way to Cebu in the Philippines as a field of almost 300 entries participated in their Main Event. Paul Hockin claimed the title, pocketing over $70,000.

The LA Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles holds their WPT Main Event on March 1, and their preliminary schedule has helped raise the stakes. Their $1,600 Playboy Classic doubled the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool with 2007 WPT Invitational winner Adam Weinraub coming out on top after a deal was negotiated six-handed, cashing in for over $115,000.

Finally, the Mid-States Poker Tour made their first visit outside the Midwest area, heading to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A modest-sized field of 118 entries participated in the Main Event, with Shawn Schoreck defeating Minnesota veteran Kou Vang, earning over $32,000.

(All information provided in USD)

Fallsview Poker Classic – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Buy-In: $1,005
Entrants: 649
Prize Pool: $574,750

  1. Mike Leah – $108,630
  2. Geoffrey Robert McNeely – $76,156
  3. Thomas Manuge – $48,969
  4. Stephanie Goertz – $36,267
  5. Jeremy Rose – $27,186
  6. Christopher Gaddi – $21,783
  7. Johannes Mueller – $18,162
  8. Danny Frietas – $14,484
  9. Eli Cohen – $10,863

Buy-In: $2,250
Entrants: 578
Prize Pool: $1,161,100

  1. Pratyush Buddiga – $219,442
  2. Neal Thornton – $153,845
  3. Bo Wang – $98,925
  4. Joseph Andres – $73,625
  5. Joseph Browning – $54,919
  6. Sylvain Siebert – $44,006
  7. Shawn Martin – $36,691
  8. Thi Hoa Nguyen – $29,260
  9. Chaayanath Mysore – $21,945

Notable cashes: Marc Etienne McLaughlin (22nd), Casey Jarzabek (44th)

Sky Poker UK Poker Championship – Dusk Til Dawn – Nottingham, England

Buy-In: $1,830
Entrants: 621
Prize Pool: $1,033,251

  1. Alexander Spencer – $207,981
  2. Danny Blair – $124,789
  3. Paul Delaney – $83,192
  4. James Rimmer – $62,394
  5. Steven Sargent – $46,588
  6. Charles Chattha – $34,941
  7. Deborah O’Connell – $26,622
  8. Allan Graham – $20,798
  9. John Haigh – $16,638

Notable cashes: Marcel Luske (12th), Barny Boatman (16th), Martins Adeniya (38th)

APT Asian Series – Cebu – Main Event

Buy-In: $1,120
Entrants: 299
Prize Pool: $298,262

  1. Paul Hockin – $72,323
  2. Azusa Maeda – $42,052
  3. Ivan Zalac – $28,326
  4. Mo Yongwei – $19,987
  5. Maria Bernadette Lina – $16,097
  6. Do Hoang Anh – $12,833
  7. Stephen Miles – $10,150
  8. Sun Tan – $8,048
  9. Antonio Martins – $6,573

Notable cashes: Hoyt Corkins (14th), Sam Razavi (21st)

L.A. Poker Classic Event 41: Playboy Classic – $500,000 Guaranteed

Buy-In: $1,600
Entrants: 666
Prize Pool: $1,000,000

  1. Adam Weinraub – $116,135*
  2. Nipun Java – $114,955*
  3. David (ODB) Baker – $78,345*
  4. Derek Kwan – $68,055*
  5. Kyle Bowker – $94,810*
  6. Meikat Siu – $73,640*
  7. Amit Makhija – $30,790
  8. Andrew Johnson – $24,540
  9. John Yom – $18,570

* Reflects deal made six-handed

Notable cashes: Nam Le – $13,470 (10th), Garrett Greer (21st), Matt Salsberg (24th), Dan Heimiller (69th)

Mid-States Poker Tour: Belle of Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Buy-In: $1,110
Entrants: 118
Prize Pool: $113,684

  1. Shawn Schoreck – $34,105
  2. Kou Vang – $21,032
  3. Daniel Holmes – $15,006
  4. Will (Poker Monkey) Souther – $10,914
  5. Tom Annonson – $8,072
  6. Robert Matthews – $6,139
  7. Mihail Karasoulis – $4,661
  8. Allen Kessler – $3,638
  9. Michael Benton – $2,956
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