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Top News – WSOP Brakes Records, PokerStars Announce New Poker Tour

Top News – WSOP Brakes Records, PokerStars Announce New Poker Tour

And so the 42nd annual World Series of Poker has reached its midway point which means we're half way there to the most important poker tournament of the year – the 2011 WSOP Main Event. However, that's still a month away so we will just wait until the right moment to fill your heads with all the blabbering. Especially when we have some interesting World Series news to report about the things that are happening at the moment (or at least happened in the past week).

The Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth failed to win his 12th bracelet AGAIN! Last week we told you about Hellmuth falling just short of event #16 honors when he lost to John Juanda and this week was déjà vu for Phil as he had to settle for the runner-up position in Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship. With Hellmuth not being able to beat himself in the race for the 12th bracelet and set the new record, the 2011 WSOP is setting records of its own – more players, bigger cash prizes and other growing numbers show that this year's World Series is the biggest live poker tournament in world history. Check out these stories as well as all the WSOP event listings, winners and payouts in the new edition of Top News at OnlinePoker10.

2011 WSOP Breaking Records


So far the 2011 World Series of Poker appears to be the biggest live poker event to take place in the history of the world. Really?! Well, at least that's what the numbers in this week's WSOP press release say. They state that the first half of the tournament attracted 33,000 poker maniacs or 11.7 percent more than last year in the same period of time. Bigger numbers in participants' list means more cash for those who get payed – the total amount of cash given away to players increased by 8.6 percent which in money numbers is almost $56 million.

“We are humbled once again by the incredible turnout from players all over the world,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “It has been a record-setting summer thus far in 2011 and we are confident it will continue through the duration of the tournament.”

The World Series of Poker office gave specific digits on the event level which means we can show you which tournaments attracted the most players and which ones gave away the biggest amount of cash. And here they are:
  • Event #2 had the biggest heads-up tournament prize pool - $3,040,000
  • Event #10 was the largest six-handed tournament in poker history - 1,920 entries
  • Event #16 had the biggest deuce-to-seven tournament prize pool - $1,184,400
  • Event #30, was the largest seniors poker tournament in history - 3,752 entries
  • On Friday, June 18, the WSOP sat 5,946 players for the various poker tournaments scheduled that day – the largest number of players ever entered on a single day in live poker history.
“It is one thing to plan and prepare to accommodate such a large number of people on a daily basis, but it is truly an amazing feeling to see it all unfold in front of your eyes like we have witnessed at the WSOP in 2011. We are grateful for everyone’s patience throughout and want to thank the players who have showed up thus far. We look forward to welcoming still more players who are still yet to make their 2011 WSOP debut,” Tournament Director Jack Effel said.

Plus, the World Series accountants provided some stats on average numbers, for instance in players' age, their sex, nationality and whether they're Tom Dwan or Allen Bari. Check it out:
  • The average age of entrants through Event #29 is 36.17
  • The average age of winners through Event #29 is 28.82
  • 74 countries have entered
  • 946 of 29,421 entrants have been female (or 3.2 percent)
  • Tom Dwan has entered the most events - 26
  • Allen Bari has won the most money - $883,469
For more World Series stats visit WSOP.com.

Hellmuth Denied of 12th Bracelet. AGAIN!


Last week we told you about Phil Hellmuth losing Event #16: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship heads-up battle to John Juanda. Not only did Hellmuth lost the tournament, although he had a huge advantage before the final play, he also got denied from his 12th WSOP bracelet which would have been his first in a non-Hold'em event.

However, Hellmuth's troubles did not end with this defeat. Just more than a week later he found himself in a very similar situation, although this time he was the short stack. Nevertheless, the Poker Brat managed to survive the star-packed final table of Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship up until he was left to face Eric Rodawig who led the whole Day 3 of the event allowing no other player to take over his #1 spot.

So when the rest of the poker stardom including the likes of Mikhail Savinov, David Benyamine, Ted Forrest and John Racener all hit the rail, Hellmuth remained Rodawig's only obstacle on the way to his carrier-first WSOP bracelet. Although the Poker Brat collected a couple of pots after going all-in, it simply wasn't enough to overtake Rodawig and in the end Hellmuth had to accept the second heads-up defeat in 9 days and postpone his dreams of 12th bracelet once again.

“Absolutely Played my heart out, but fell short of the 12th bracelet one more time: 2nd place again. Not as depressed this time though...” posted Hellmuth on his Twitter page after the game.

Eric Rodawig collected his first major poker title (the WSOP bracelet!) as well as $440K cash prize whereas Hellmuth had to settle for $270K. You can find the full final table standing and payouts in the Week #4 Results section bellow.

PokerStars Brazil Poker Tour


Live Poker Tours are a popular thing among poker pros – everyone loves playing some live poker and getting payed big money for their skills. Everyone knows that PokerStars is the major sponsor of many poker tours so it comes as no surprise that the newly launched Brazil Poker Tour will also be supported by PokerStars

“The creation of the BPT is a natural step for developing poker in Brazil. The number of poker players grows every day and we see increased participation of Brazilians in tournaments across the world. Therefore Brazil is the natural choice to become the first country in the region with an exclusive poker circuit. We expect players from neighboring countries and all over the world to participate,” said the PokerStars LAPT president David Carrion.

The new tournament will take off next month in São Paulo with a R$2,300 buy-in event starting July 21. The second event is scheduled for the month of October and should take place in Florianópolis.

“It’s very important to receive a new countrywide tournament like the BPT. It helps poker to grow as a sport and to bring more players each time. With the proposed buy-in, the quality of players also increases and it will be more challenging,” said Team PokerStars Pro Brazil's André Akkari.

For more news and info on the newly launched Brazil Poker Tour visit the PokerStars Blog.

Week #4 Results


In this week's results' section we have 11 WSOP events giving you the winners, full final table standings and payouts. Check out who won their bracelets, how much they've won and who's better at which game.

Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

1. Mark Radoja – $436,568
2. Jeffrey Gross – $269,742
3. Nicolas Fierrogottner – $198,096
4. Scott Baumstein – $146,639
5vAdam Junglen – $109,406
6. Nikita Lebedev – $82,287
7. Todd Terry – $62,370
8. Tom Marchese – $47,636
9. Sean Getzwiller – $36,669

Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better

1. Chris Viox – $200,459
2. Mike Sexton – $123,925
3. Gerard Rechnitzer – $77,097
4. Hakon Lundberg – $55,917
5. Tyson Marks – $40,782
6. Cory Zeidman – $30,228
7. Sean Urban – $22,767
8. Hernan Salazar – $17,417
9. David Warga – $13,531

Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed

1. Oleksii Kovalchuk – $689,739
2. Ionel Anton – $428,140
3. Chris Moorman – $271,800
4. Dan O'Brien – $179,162
5. Mazin Khoury – $121,416
6. Anthony Ruberto – $84,549
7. Will Failla – $60,473
8. Eric Hettinga – $60,473
9. Benjamin Pollak – $44,390

Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

1. Daniel Idema – $378,642
2. Matthew Gallin – $233,944
3. Barry Greenstein – $169,512
4. Steve Landfish – $125,120
5. Domenico Denotaristefani – $94,029
6. Justin Smith – $71,897
7. Isaac Haxton – $55,908
8. Richard Brodie – $44,207
9. Nick Schulman – $35,519

Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

1. Andy Frankenberger – $599,153
2. Joshua Evans – $372,498
3. Robert Shortway – $263,655
4. Owen Crowe – $190,147
5. Tyler Kenney – $138,847
6. Steven Merrifield – $102,600
7. Thao Nguyen – $76,747
8. Sidney Hasson – $58,083
9. Bret Hruby – $44,482

Event #29: $2,500 10-Game Mix / Six Handed

1. Chris Lee – $254,955
2. Brian Haveson – $157,491
3. Travis Pearson – $101,258
4. Shaun Deeb – $67,146
5. Kendall Fukumoto – $45,839
6. John D'Agostino – $32,200
7. Kevin Chance – $23,248
8. Don McNamara – $23,248
9. David Whitis – $17,237

Event #30: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship

1. James Hess – $557,435
2. Richard Harwood – $342,407
3. Craig Koch – $248,971
4. Joseph Bolnick – $182,347
5. Gregory Alston – $134,801
6. James Jewell – $100,594
7. Charles Cohen – $75,775
8. Walter Browne – $57,608
9. Leo Whitt – $44,202

Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

1. Sam Stein – $420,802
2. Ben Lamb – $259,918
3. Warren Fund – $184,368
4. Christian Harder – $132,623
5. Adam Junglen – $96,737
6. Zimnan Ziyard – $71,548
7. Brock Parker – $53,633
8. Austin Scott – $40,748
9. Dilyan Kovachev – $31,360

Event #32: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

1. Kirk Caldwell – $668,276
2. Ben White – $414,918
3. Marc McLaughlin – $292,634
4. Gabriel Morin – $211,353
5. Dror Michaelo – $154,506
6. Randy Haddox – $114,304
7. Rodrigo Portaleoni – $85,556
8. Kyle Cartwright – $64,788
9. Alan Stevens – $49,631

Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

1. Eric Rodawig – $442,183
2. Phil Hellmuth – $273,233
3. John Racener – $171,122
4. Ted Forrest – $123,904
5. David Benyamine – $96,836
6. Mikhail Savinov – $77,222
7. Joe Tehan – $62,710
8. Ali Eslami – $51,750
9. Antony Lellouche – $43,317

Event #34: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

1. Mark Schmid – $488,283
2. Justin Cohen – $302,031
3. Andrew Rudnik – $213,747
4. Jonathan Clancy – $154,722
5. Trevor Vanderveen – $113,297
6. Benjamin Volpe – $83,925
7. Robbie Verspui – $62,873
8. Michael Souza – $47,622
9. Jeremy Kottler – $36,473

And that's about that for the week, come back next time for more World Series of Poker news at OnlinePoker10.

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