Tournament Tracker: Selbst and Peters Proficient in Prague

Another tournament, another trophy for Vanessa Selbst (photo credit  Tomas Stacha - PokerStars)

Another tournament, another trophy for Vanessa Selbst (photo credit Tomas Stacha – PokerStars)

The poker tournament circuit rolled into Prague last week for the start of the Prague Poker Festival and PokerStars EPT Prague with most of the BLUFF Player of the Year contenders attempting to knock Daniel Negreanu off the top spot. Back in the states, the final WSOP Circuit event of 2013 concluded in California; along with results from Connecticut and Florida and a world record set in the Philippines make up this week’s Tournament Tracker.

The first major event of the EPT Prague Festival was the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event. A record field of 1,315 players hit the felt, and it was another German winning hardware as Dimitri Holdeew claimed the title along with over $310,000. Ami Barer and Stephen Chidwick, a pair of online poker veterans, finished second and third. Chidwick has continued his success in the Czech Republic by making the EPT Prague Main Event final table.

In another area of the poker room, Vanessa Selbst took down the €5,000 ($7,300 US) EPT Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for over $138,000, topping a field with 71 entries. One more entry and the event would have qualified for BLUFF POY points, moving her into third place behind Negreanu and Gruissem. Instead, David Peters expects to move from fourth to second in the standings as he earned over $180,000 in a heads-up chop with Jan Bendik at the Eureka Poker Tour High Roller event.

The Prague Poker Festival’s feature event so far was The Grand Live at Card Casino Prague, drawing a field of nearly 300 players. The most notable player at the final table was Amanda Musumeci, but she eventually finished in fifth. Grudi Grudev scooped up nearly $85,000 for the win.

The World Series of Poker Circuit’s last stop of the year brought players to Harrah’s Rincon near San Diego. The Main Event winner was businessman collected over $115,000 a WSOPC ring and entry to the 2014 National Championship in Atlantic City. Also notable at the Rincon stop was Alexandru Masek earning a record-tying seventh WSOPC ring, tying him with Chris Reslock on the career rings list.

The World Poker Tour Regional series visited Seminole Hard Rock Tampa for their Winter Tampa Bay Open, at a pro-laden final table featuring Allen Kessler, Cord Garcia and David Tuthill. The winner was Florida pro /players/stephen-diamantas/8223/, earning over $120,000 in the victory to move his career earnings over $500,000. The CardPlayer Poker Tour stopped at the Palm Beach Kennel Club as John McNulty bested a field of 287, earning a smidge over $68,000 in their Main Event. Foxwoods’ Mega Stack Challenge Main Event was held in the midst of a winter storm, but didn’t mind the elements, winning over $50,000.

Finally, the Asian Poker Tour attempted to break a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous poker tournament, a record held by Delaware Park of 36 hours, 34 minutes, 41 seconds in August 2012. The $700 tournament drew a field of 115 hopefuls hoping to be part of a record-setting event. The tournament concluded in an astonishing 48 hours, 55 minutes and 58.5 seconds as Damon Schulenberger emerged victorious.

Eureka Poker Tour Main Event – Prague

Buy-In: $1,375
Entrants: 1,315
Prize Pool: $1,749,881

  1. Dimitri Holdeew – $310,762
  2. Ami Barer – $180,363
  3. Stephen Chidwick – $126,968
  4. Peter Jaroslav – $94,436
  5. Mark Dalimore – $73,435
  6. Milan Simko – $54,630
  7. Marcin Horecki – $41,865
  8. Johannes Tiefenbrunner – $29,786
  9. Sergii Baranov – $23,060

Notable results: Chris Moorman (12th), Kevin MacPhee (27th), David Lappin (42nd), Oleksii Kovalchuk (64th), David Peters (67th), Martin Finger (72nd), Amanda Musumeci (160th)

EPT Prague Event 7: Pot Limit Omaha Championship

Buy-In: $7,300
Entrants: 71
Prize Pool: $474,163

  1. Vanessa Selbst – $138,662
  2. Sam Greenwood – $99,555
  3. Nadar Kakhmazov – $65,131
  4. Niko Soinnen – $48,470
  5. Kory Kilpatrick – $37,867
  6. Michael Fosco – $29,330
  7. Francisco Izquierdo – $23,271
  8. Joni Jouhkimainen – $18,038
  9. Sampo Ryynanen – $13,838


Eureka Poker Tour Prague High Roller

Buy-In: $3,305
Entrants: 430
Prize Pool: $1,146,613

  1. David Peters – $180,193*
  2. Jan Bendik – $180,193*
  3. Paul Volpe – $99,037
  4. Georgios Karakousis – $79,780
  5. Jorma Nuutinen – $62,586
  6. Liran Machluf – $48,968
  7. Luka Dragic – $36,864
  8. Andrii Nadieliaiev – $26,135
  9. Iosif Beskrovnyy – $20,908

*Reflects deal made heads-up

Notable results: Elio Fox (10th), Jacob Balsiger (31st), David Vamplew (32nd), Olivier Busquet (44th)

The Grand Live: Prague

Buy-In: $1,515
Entrants: 298
Prize Pool: $402,115

  1. Grudi Grudev – $84,794
  2. Marios Rozakis – $53,828
  3. Jukka Lappi – $37,435
  4. Andreas Panayides – $29,504
  5. Amanda Musumeci – $22,724
  6. Morten Nielsen – $17,738
  7. Antti Karkkainen – $17,738
  8. Timofey Vekshin – $11,159
  9. Christopher Dowling – $9,173

WSOP Circuit Main Event – Harrah’s Rincon

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 330
Prize Pool: $495,000

  1. Shahin Edalatdju – $116,325
  2. Steven Firestone – $71,924
  3. Erle Mankin – $52,237
  4. Chris DeMaci – $38,585
  5. Paul Sokoloff – $28,967
  6. Craig Francis – $22,092
  7. Mary Anne Madruga – $17,112
  8. Robert Mather – $13,454
  9. Sean Burson – $10,737

Notable results: Soi Nguyen (16th), Alexandru Masek (25th)

WPT Regional Winter Tampa Bay Open – Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 301
Prize Pool: $451,500

  1. Stephen Diamantas – $121,900
  2. Ryan Sponaugle – $72,240
  3. Steven Korfonta – $47,408
  4. Cord Garcia – $34,734
  5. Josh Miller – $24,155
  6. Allen Kessler – $19,189
  7. David DeBoer – $14,674
  8. Brandon Vasapolle – $10,610
  9. David Tuthill – $7,676

CardPlayer Poker Tour – Palm Beach Kennel Club

Buy-In: $1,100
Entrants: 287
Prize Pool: 284,098

  1. John McNulty – $68,191
  2. Luke Brereton – $42,142
  3. Evan Teitelbaum – $30,580
  4. Sean Winter – $22,560
  5. Ian O’Hara – $16,920
  6. Eric Blair – $12,894
  7. Brian Hastings – $9,947
  8. Thomas Gleason – $7,842
  9. Gerard Donaghy – $6,257
  10. Notable results: Chino Rheem (19th), Chance Kornuth (23rd)

    Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge XXIX Main Event

    Buy-In: $1,200
    Entrants: 285
    Prize Pool: $301,330

    1. Giuseppe Pizzolato – $52,127*
    2. Matthew Stark – $36,066*
    3. Alias Mourtadh – $22,302*
    4. Frank Meaney – $30,724*
    5. Seunghywan Lee – $36.335*
    6. Doug Johnson – $13,259
    7. Dick Carson – $10,848
    8. James French – $8,588
    9. Zachary Schwartz – $6,644

    *Reflects a deal made five-handed

    Asian Poker Tour Iron Man Challenge – Resorts World Casino – Manila

    Buy-In: $700
    Entrants: 115
    Prize Pool: $71,400

    1. Damon Schulenberger – $18,240
    2. Choi Byung Kyoo – $10,670
    3. Sandro Simon – $7,390
    4. Lim Dae Hoon – $5,390
    5. Florencio Campomanes – $4,460
    6. Howard Ang Lee – $3,680
    7. Gerry Flores – $3,030
    8. Kim Jinwi – $2,530
    9. Norbert Koh – $2,180
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