Week in tournament poker: WPT Venice NACPT and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Dec 19, 2011 Posted in Tournament News, WPT News | No Comments »

While we try to provide you with comprehensive coverage from a number of major tournaments around the world, sometimes there is simply too much going on in the world of tournament poker to cover each and every event, and this is precisely what has taken place over the past week or so.

While we were busy keeping you abreast on the latest chip counts and reports from the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic and the Epic Poker League Main Event, a few tournaments flew by under the radar. With that in mind this article should get you caught up on all of the recent tournaments in the poker world that we unfortunately haven’t given the coverage they deserve.

World Poker Tour (WPT) Venice

The $3,500 WPT Championship Event in Venice saw a dramatic decrease in attendance, but a lot of the top young talent in the poker world made the trek to Italian city for a chance at a WPT title. One budding star, Steve O’Dwyer, narrowly missed on making that dream a reality as he was bested by Italian Edoardo Alescio.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the 2011 WPT Venice Main Event:

1. Edoardo Alescio – $255,842 (includes $25,500 WPT Championship seat)

2. Steve O’Dwyer – $125,740

3. Michele Caroli – $86,990

4. Andrea Dato – $56,822

5. Andrea Benelli – $45,087

6. Alex Dovzhenko – $35,585

World Series of Poker Circuit Series (WSOPC) Harrah’s Atlantic City

The latest $1,500 Main Event on the WSOP Circuit Series took place for the 10th to the 12th of December in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and saw a total of 262 players register, creating a prize-pool of over $380k. In the end it was Tuan Phan who would pocket the $188k first-prize as well as a coveted WSOPC Ring.

Here is a look at the payouts from the 2011 WSOPC Harrah’s Atlantic City Main Event:

1. Tuan Phan — $188,190

2. Hao Le — $116,796

3. Marc Roy — $85,405

4. Larry Riggs — $63,375

5. Manh Nguyen — $36,372

6. Anthony Zinno — $36,372

7. Kevin Kaikko — $28,127

8. Denis Gnidash — $22,048

9. Michael Devinsky — $17,516

Native American Casino Poker Tour (NACPT) Choctaw

The inaugural NACPT took place over the course of two days (December 10th and 11th) in Durant, Oklahoma, with the $1,000 buy-in Main Event drawing a very respectable field of 324 players including some legends in poker world like Oklahoman and Poker Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier.

With a fairly progressive payout schedule 20 players made the money in the NACPT Main Event, with the winner, Kirk Stewart, booking not only a $68k payday but also an upcoming feature in Card Player Magazine (the sponsor of the NACPT).

Here is a look at the final tab le payouts for the inaugural NACPT Main Event:

1. Kirk Stewart — $68,310

2. Jason Simon — $42,236

3. Brandon Vise — $30,676

4. Reggi Trotter — $22,659

5. Martin Tyson — $17,011

6. Vartan Tonian — $12,973

7. Brett Rager — $10,049

8. Jeremy Vaughn — $7,901

9. Sebastian Tejada — $6,305

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