Monday Headlines: iSeries, Premier League and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 09, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Poker News BoyThis past weekend may go down as Invitational Tournament Week in the annals of poker history, with both the inaugural iSeries Live event and the Party Poker Premier League taking place between Friday and Sunday. In addition to the invitational events that were taking place the PokerStars EPT announced they would be bringing back the €100k Champion of Champions Freeroll tournament at the upcoming EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

Here is a look at all of the happenings in the poker world over the Easter weekend:

EPT Champion of Champions tournament announced

For the second straight year the PokerStars EPT will be hosting a Champion of Champions freeroll at the EPT Grand Final. The tournament will be open to all former EPT Champions, just over 80 of them, and will award €100,00 worth of EPT Passport packages to the top finishers. Here is our full report on the EPT Champion of Champions event

Dempsey wins iSeries Live

James Dempsey defied the odds (he went off as a 9-1 underdog to win the iSeries Live event) to capture the inaugural iSeries crown, along with the winner take all $100,000 prize that was up for grabs. Here is our full report on “Flushy’s” victory at the iSeries.

Party Poker Premier League in full swing

The final table for the Party Poker Premier League is set after each of the two groups played four preliminary heats. Here is a look at the eight players who made the final table as well as the chip-stack they will begin the day with:

* Mathew Frankland — 400,000

* Daniel Cates – 380,000

* Sam Trickett — 330,000

* Patrik Antoius – 320,000

* Scott Seiver – 300,000

* Tony G — 300,000

* Phil Laak – 290,000

* Tom Dwan – 280,000

Here is a link to our full report of the preliminary heats from the Party Poker Premier League V

Secret Service questions 2+2’er

In the bizarre story of the week it seems that the Secret Service is still on the trail of certain payment processors if the following 2+2 story is to be believed: Is the Secret Service Questioning Poker Players?

Lock Pro Kevin Vandersmissen wins Paddy Power Irish Open

The Paddy Power Irish Open is one of the longest running tournaments in the history of poker, and the 2012 running saw a huge turnout of 502 players including the likes of local players like Julian Thew and Andy Black, as well as superstars like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth.

In the end it was one of the rising stars in the poker world, Lock Poker pro Kevin Vandersmissen who pocketed the €420k first-place prize-money. Here is a look at the final table payouts for the tournament, and we’re hoping to have a complete recap up tomorrow:

1. Kevin Vandersmissen — €420,000

2. Thomas Beer — €225,000

3. David Dean — €158,000

4. Ian Simpson — €107,500

5. Steve Watts — €78,000

6. Jordan Lewis — €59,000

7. Samuel Chartier — €44,500

8. Andy Black — €32,700

9. Philip Magennis — €23,000

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