Tournament poker report: Hellmuth wins, WSOP Africa and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Mar 01, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Another busy week in the world of tournament poker has concluded and once again there was A LOT going on in card-rooms around the world. In addition to our comprehensive coverage of the 2012 WPT LA Poker Classic here is a look at some of the other tournament news from the past week.

WSOP Circuit Series Palm Beach Kennel Club

A huge field of 778 players registered for the WSOP Circuit Series stop in Palm Beach, Florida, building a massive prize-pool that would see the winner walk away with over $225,000. Despite the huge field, a major name in the poker world nearly made it to the final table, as Brian Hastings finished in a respectable 11th place.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the WSOPC Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event:

1. Jim Harnden — $226,395

2. Rob Williamson — $139,574

3. Matthew O’Brien — $102,898

4. Roman Valerstein — $76,692

5. Jamil Wakil — $57,294

6. Drazen Ilich — $44,317

7. David Stefanski — $34,333

8. Sterling Savill — $26,930

9. Chris Parsons — $21,383

218 players enter the WSOP Africa Main Event

The third annual WSOP Africa tournament series took place this past week, with the $3,300 Main Event drawing 218 entrants, including Scotty Nguyen who acted as the ambassador for the tournament in South Africa. In the end it was a local man named Joe-Boy Rahme (love the name) who would win the WSOP Africa title, the gold Championship ring, and over $150k in prize-money.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the 2012 WSOP Africa Main Event:

* Joe-Boy Rahme — $158,595

* Ivan Pakkiri — $98,012

* Jason Straus — $71,368

* James Parker — $52,780

* Gregory Ronaldson — $39,649

* Marc Joseph — $30,196

* Brad Flynn — $23,409

* Matt Mulhall — $18,397

* Brian Bouwer — $14,654

Phil Hellmuth wins LAPC side-event

It’s been four years since Phil Hellmuth last won a poker tournament, but in the early morning hours of February 29th, the Poker Brat managed to best a field of some of poker’s top players in the $2,080 8-game Mix at the LA Poker Classic. A deal was made when the tournament was five-handed, giving Hellmuth a $22,000 payday, but more importantly for Hellmuth, he would go on to win the tournament and the trophy. Hellmuth tweeted the following after his win: “It’s Feb 29, see u in 4 years (the NEXT Feb 29) to defend my title! #LeapYearWin”

Macau Poker Cup

Another running of the PokerStars Macau Poker Cup has come to an end, and this time around the Main Event attracted a field of 635 players for the Red Dragon Main Event. The winner of the tournament was Nicky Tao Jin, who will take home over HK$1 million, and one of the coolest trophies I’ve ever seen (check out the picture accompanying this article).

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

1. Nicky Tao Jin (China) – HK$1,092,500* + $100k ACOP Entry

2. Abhishek Goindi (India) – HK$1,056,500*

3. Craig Eichmeier (UK) – HK$554,000

4. David Martirosyan (Russia) – HK$409,000

5. Jay Tan (Hong Kong) – HK$315,000

6. Zuo Wang (China) – HK$252,000

7. Ke Chen (China) – HK$205,000

8. Po En Ho (China) – HK$157,000

9. Shao-hung Lee (Chinese Taipei) – HK$126,000

* denotes deal

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