Tournament Tracker: Ole Schemion Wins Master Classics of Poker

Ole Schemion won his second major tournament of the year, and is now firmly in the BLUFF Player of the Year discussion.

The biggest tournament action in the world this week was happening outside of the United States this week, with tournament series’ in Amsterdam and Macau attracting large fields and quite a few big names. There was still some big poker to be played stateside as well, though, with the Main Event of the Foxwoods Poker Finals and the start of the Borgata Fall Poker Open.

The Master Classics of Poker featured the biggest prize of all, as well as a winner whose name you should get to know as you’ll likely be seeing it again soon. Ole Schemion started as an online pro but his success has translated onto the live circuit in a big way in 2012. Schemion won the final Partouche Poker Tour Main Event back in September for over $1.4 million, and he’s added a second big title this week in the Netherlands. He claimed the Main Event title at the Master Classics of Poker, besting a field of 212 and a final table that included Bryn Kenney, eventually defeating Pieter De Korver heads-up to win over $365,000.

This performance immediately puts Schemion into the BLUFF Player of the Year discussion as well, as it’s good enough to push him into the top ten. There was also a €10,000 High Roller event that took place at the Master Classics series, with Rens Feenstra beating 2012 EPT Grand Final High Roller champion Igor Kurganov to take that crown and $189,720.

The APPT Macau Asia Championship of Poker series is in full swing, but the first big event they held was labeled a “warm-up” event. The buy-in translated to just under $3,000 USD and generated a prizepool that surpassed $1 million. The 358 player field ended with a final table that could rival many major events, with Johnny Chan eventually going out in seventh place and Joseph Cheong finishing third. Jeffrey Rossiter would go on to defeat David Martirosyan heads-up to win the first place prize of over $227,000.

The first Foxwoods World Poker Finals Main Event without the WPT name attached to it still attracted a field of 230 for it’s $3,500 buy-in. 2012 PCA winner John Dibella finished third for $82,000, while Ariel Albilia grabbed the first title and biggest win of his career, worth $184,058. Down in Atlantic City, one of the hardest hit areas during Hurricane Sandy, the Borgata Fall Poker Open kicked off with a tournament that showed very little will keep players from their poker.

The first tournament of the series, a $560 No Limit Hold’em tournament with re-entries, finished with a field of 1,431, and Will Failla continued his successful lifetime record at the Borgata. He would go on to finish fourth, with Jared Jaffee (9th) also making the final table. The title and $143,114 would go to Dan Walsh of New Jersey, who beat Jay Ko heads-up to finish it off.

2012 Master Classics of Poker Main Event
Holland Casino, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Buy-in: €5,000 ($6,381)
Prize Pool: $1,352,725
Number of Entrants: 212

  1. Ole Schemion – $365,236
  2. Pieter De Korver – $219,141
  3. Faith Aydin – $128,509
  4. Ivo Hermans – $98,073
  5. Erik Tobacco – $84,545
  6. Bryn Kenney – $71,018
  7. Richard Witschge – $57,491
  8. Guy Goosens – $43,964
  9. Kristijonas Andrulis – $30,436

2012 Master Classics of Poker High Roller
Holland Casino, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Buy-in: €10,000 ($12,818)
Prize Pool: $512,755
Number of Entrants: 40

  1. Rens Feenstra – $189,720
  2. Igor Kurganov – $112,806
  3. Andrey Demidov – $76,913
  4. Alexander Roumeliotis – $56,403
  5. Serkan Kurnaz – $41,020
  6. Ilkka Koskinen – $35,893

PokerStars APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up
Grand Waldo Hotel, Macau

Buy-in: $2,968
Prize Pool: $1,023,972
Number of Entrants: 358

  1. Jeffrey Rossiter – $227,821
  2. David Martirosyan – $157,179
  3. Joseph Cheong – $93,718
  4. Rong Fan – $74,231
  5. Daoxing (Bobo) Chen – $58,846
  6. Andrey Shatilov – $48,077
  7. Johnny Chan – $37,372
  8. Adam Latimer – $27,628
  9. Jan Zeuschner – $22,500

2012 Foxwoods World Poker Finals Main Event
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut

Buy-in: $3,500
Prize Pool: $736,230
Number of Entrants: 230

  1. Ariel Albilia – $184,058
  2. Ray Morgan – $113,748
  3. John Dibella – $82,825
  4. Matthew Silberzweig – $61,181
  5. James Campbell – $46,015
  6. Kenneth Hoey – $35,118
  7. Mohd Eid – $27,167
  8. John Ting – $21,350
  9. Joseph Ward – $17,015

Borgata Fall Poker Open Event 1: No Limit Hold’em w/ Re-entry
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Buy-in: $560
Prize Pool: $715,500
Number of Entrants: 1,431

  1. Dan Walsh – $143,114
  2. Jay Ko – $85,663
  3. Dilip Ravindran – $53,118
  4. Will Failla – $44,722
  5. Taya Kuznetsova – $37,154
  6. Daniel Spanton – $30,136
  7. Frank Ficadenti – $23,207
  8. Jordan Ludwick – $16,926
  9. Jared Jaffee – $12,178
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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