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Poker Player of the year

The poker championship circuit is always full of life, bustling with energy. It is busy and an absolutely huge event. It is simply around the corner similar to the World Poker Tour Championship along with the World Series of Poker (WSOP). It is safe to claim that this week in some ways or the other it is the sign of the calmness before the arrival of the storm. But it does not signify that there was not ample number of Card Player of the Year points but huge payouts were done this week.

A sum total of four hundred and eighteen players sent the 2,200 Euros buy-in Italian Tour of Poker  by making a full prize pool of 810,920 Euros. At the end, Italian inhabitant Davide Biscardi emerged the last one who earned 200,000 Euros as well as one thousand eighty POY points, which is sufficient for him to move  into a 3 way tie for forty eighth spot in the overall ratings with UKIPT Nottingham champ Robert Baguley and World Series of Poker Circuit’s Los Angeles winner Freddy Deeb.

Biscardi was on the top of some tough contest all along the way, which includes 6th place ranker Scott Baumstein 42,957 dollars and 9th spot holder Igor Kurganov with 16,125 dollars. Kurganov got 90 POY points,  when merged with the nine hundred and twenty four he picked up barely a week before for winning the 25,000 Euros EPT Grand Final, there was no limit to hold them.

Kurganov at this moment has till date earnings of 1,444,425 dollars. The aforesaid Baumstein has strung up together 4 final table finishes in the year 2012 and moved to a tie for the eighty seventh spot with Dan Shak. Both earned eight hundred and fifty points each.


The last GPI (Global Poker Ranking) update once again showed that Jason Mercier is still leading the GPI. This is the 5th consecutive time when the American is sitting at this position. He was ennobled with this honorary title because of his regularity.

The triple crown owner is in front of Bertrand Grospellier by gathering 2980 points. But that also signaled this week’s rankings is the fall Seidel. He was passed on to the 5th position because of bad performances on poker championships. The All Time Money list leader is behind Shawn Buchanan who is now in the third spot and David Sands holds the 4th spot. Eugene Katchalov and Sorel Mizzi are at the 6th and 7th position respectively. Vanessa Selbst, Will Failla and Steve O’Dwyer are also in the top ten and ranked at the 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively.

Other French poker players got points that allowed them to go up in the ranking. Among those players are Jean Philippe Rohr because of his win at the World Poker Tour National Series Mauritius High Roller, he got into the Top hundred. He won sixty-nine seats. Bruno Lopes also grabbed 41 seats.

With his fourth position at the European Poker Tour in Madrid, he could sense a further uprise in the upcoming poker rankings. In sum, twenty-two French poker pros got into the Top three-hundred of the Global Poker Ranking, including Adrian Allain, Roger Hairabedian, Fabrice Soulier, Arnaud Mattern, Ludovic Lacay, David Benyamine and Guillaume Darcourt.


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354 players took to the felt on the Day 1b of World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Palace $1,600 Main Event. This created a field of 662 poker players between the two flights of Day 1. 76 players pocketed their chips after 15 levels.

Jeff Fielder is leading the poker tournament before the start of Day 2 with a stack of 437500 chips. He defeated Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon to win a massive pot and moved to the top of the leaderboard later in Day 1. Kroon was second in chips at the time.

The players cast out during the Day 1a of the tournament could re-enter again in the main event by paying another $ 1600 as buy-in. Several players including Eric Baldwin, Giorgio Medici, David Singontiko, David Williams and Steve Gross decided to give it another shot. However, none of them could finally survive Day 1b. Big names to have moved on to the second day include Jeff Madsen, Scott Clements, Kathy Liebert, Vanessa Peng and Dutch Boyd. Dan O’Brien, William Reynolds, James Carroll, Sean Getzwiller and Gavin Griffin are among the Day 1a survivors.

Meanwhile, The World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw (WSOPC) has brought 947 participants on its first qualifying day. 647 players participated on the Day 1a while the Day 1b had 300 players. Only 498 players survived after an action packed day that lasted above 14 hours. Chris Tiller, who is ranked as the chipleader with 167500 chips, has a good chance of winning the competition. La Sengphet is occupying the second spot with 144,000 chips.

Many renowned poker players such as Ylon Schwartz, Gavin Smith and Todd Brunson faced an early elimination. Men Nguyen, James Van Aistyne, Scotty Nguyen, Chad Brown, Tommy Vedes, Tom McEvoy, TJ Cloutier, Roland Israel, Dennis Phillips, Kattamuri Raja, Drazen Illich and Layne Flack are among the players who made it through Day 1 and will be back on Day 2.

Focus on: Peter Eastgate

Peter Eastgate is a Danish professional poker player born in 1985, which won the WSOP 2008 Main Event, a feat that he well known for. For a while he was the player that managed to do this at the youngest age but he was overtaken by Joe Cada one year later.

He qualified for WSOP 2008 main event through Ladbrokes Poker, traveling to the event as a Team Ladbrokers member. When he reached the main event’s final table he had a total of 18,375,000 poker chips, which placed him on the fourth place, the first three being Scott Montgomery, Ivan Demidov and Dennis Phillips. The final two players that took part were Demidov and Eastgate. Eastgate won the final table, after playing for 15 hour and a half, playing 274 hands. The prize for first place was $9,152,416. He was just 22 years old when he won the World Series.

One year later he tried to defend his title and managed to resist until the 6th day, when he went out from the 78th spot.

Before his win at the WSOP, his best results during live tournaments included a finish in the money at the EPT 2008 in Copenhagen, plus a finish at the final table during the Irish Poker Open in 2007. The Paddy Power Open brought him a prize of $46,714 and this was the biggest win of his before his World Series main event success. After that WSOP win, he took part in more tournaments and he was successful in quite a few, finishing in the money during the EPT PCA Main Event, plus winning a side event which brought him $343,000. He also finished on the 2nd place at London EPT 2009, the prize being £530,000.

In 2010, he had total winnings in live tournaments of over $10.9 million.

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