Tournament Report: Big action around the globe

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 22, 2012 Posted in Tournament News | No Comments »

I can’t remember a busier timed in tournament poker than what has taken place over the past two weeks or so in the poker world. In addition to the big boys, the WPT and EPT, there was also the massive UKIPT tournament in Nottingham which saw the prize-pool exceed £1 million for a £700 buy-in event, as well as a slew of other poker tours around the globe.

While we’ve brought you updates on the larger events mentioned above, some of the smaller tournaments have escaped our coverage, and now we’re here to set that right, and give the winners of these events the coverage they deserve.

Borgata Spring Poker Open

The Borgata saw a massive turnout for their Spring Championship Main Event with Jia Liu topping the field of 520 players to win the $312k first-place prize. Liu defeated a final table that included poker pro Chad Batista and backer-extraordinaire Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy to win the title.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Jia Liu — $312,483

2. Lawrence Abrams — $175,700

3. Ruslan Dykshteyn — $112,950

4. Robert Pardo — $89,733

5. Cameron Cornell — $70,280

6. Chad Batista — $57,730

7. Cliff Josephy — $45,808

8. Matthew Woodward — $35,768

9. H Michael Borovetz — $25,100

10. Mike Meskin — $16,315

Manila Millions

30 players turned-up for the $1,000,000HKD tournament in Manila this weekend, and despite a slew of professional tournament players like Tom Dwan, Johnny Chan, Joe Hachem and Phil Ivey, it was the locals who took home all of the prize-money, shutting out the pros from all five spots in the money. The big winner was Allen Le, who picked up the top prize of $13,080,000HKD, roughly $1.6 million USD.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Allan Le — HKD $13,080,000

2. Devan Tang — HKD $8,175,000

3. Sun Sheng — HKD $4,905,000

4. Richard Yong — HKD $3,597,000

5. Keith Gipson — HKD $2,943,000

Eureka Poker Tour Croatia

171 players from all over the world signed-up for the €1,000 buy-in Main Event on the Eureka Poker Tour in Croatia this past week, but when the dust settled it was a Croatian who would keep the title in Croatia, after cutting a deal during heads-up play.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Alija Filipovic (Croatia) — €42,700

2. Mate Mecs (Hungary) — €32,000

3. Dragan Galic (Croatia) — €16,400

4. Nikolay Bibov (Bulgaria) — €13,450

5. Ivan Brkicic (Croatia) — €11,200

6. Verdan Premuzic (Croatia) — €9,050

7. Ruud Van de Goor (Netherlands) — €7,300

8. Karolj Kis (Slovenia) — €5,910

Phil Collins wins HPT Las Vegas

A stacked final table played for the latest Heartland Poker Tour title in Las Vegas last week, and in the end it was 2011 November Niner Phil Collins who would emerge victorious over the field. In addition to Collins the final table included, online legend and current rising star Matt Marifioti, one of the greatest tournament players in online history Steve “gboro780” Gross, WSOP bracelet winner Leo Wolpert, and tournament pro Dan O’Brien.

Here is a look at the top 6 finishers in the event:

1. Phil Collins — $71,556

2. Matt Marafioti — $41,570

3. Steve Gross — $25,897

4. Leo Wolpert — $22,489

5. Dan O’Brien — $17,173

6. Terry Presley — $14,666

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