Poker tournament action from around the globe

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 31, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Yesterday we updated you on a number of poker events, including the Aussie Million, the Million Dollar Heater tournament series in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Caesar’s Palace. Today we’ll revisit the WSOPC Caesar’s Palace Main Event where the field played down to a winner last night, check-in on the IPT San Remo Main Event which also concluded yesterday, and preview the upcoming PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) stop in Deauville, France.

WSOP Circuit Series Caesar’s Palace

Yesterday 15 players returned to the poker tables at Caesar’s Palace to determine the winner of the 2012 WSOPC Caesar’s Palace Championship which comes with a nearly $200k prize. Among the players were poker veterans Jeff Madsen (famous for winning back-to-back bracelets at the WSOP), Dutch Boyd (a two-time bracelet winner himself who burst onto the poker scene in 2003), and Sean Getzwiller (another bracelet winner in the final 15).

However at the end of the night it was tournament grinder Kevin Calenzo who would prove victorious over a very tough final table. Here is a look at the final table payouts from the event:

1. Kevin Calenzo — $197,451

2. Ian Mack — $122,183

3. Sean Getzwiller– $89,617

4. Bill Criego — $66,644

5. Jeff Fielder — $50,321

6. Dutch Boyd– $38,365

7. Joe Kuether — $29,686

8. Jeff Madsen– $23,271

9. James Mordue — $18,474

PokerStars Italian Poker Tour (IPT) San Remo

One of the brightest stars of 2011 is continuing his successful run in 2012 as Oleksii Kovalchuk absolutely dominated the action at the PokerStars IPT San Remo Main Event according to the (translation needed!).

In his short career, Dating back to February 2011, Kovalchuk has won a Russian Poker Tour tournament (for $123k), a World Series of Poker bracelet (for $689k), finished 3rd in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event (for $518k), and now has TWO Italian Poker Tour titles to his credit (in 2011 he won the IPT Nova Gorica and now the IPT San Remo in 2012).

In less than a full year on tour Kovalchuk has booked nearly $2 million in tournament earnings! Truly one of the young players to watch in the game.

Preview of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Deauville

The EPT is back in action beginning today, as the tour invades the French city of Deauville for the start of the €5,000 Main Event. The tournament series will feature a total of 35 separate events, and in addition to the Main Event (won by Frenchman Lucien Cohen last year) poker pros can also choose from the following tournaments:

* February 3, 2012: €5,000 Heads-Up No Limit Holdem Tournament

* February 4, 2012: €10,000 No Limit Holdem High-Roller Tournament

* February 6, 2012: €5,000 No Limit Holdem 6-Max High-Roller Tournament

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