Tournament Report: Big poker names winning big

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 13, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

The past week saw a full docket of big tournaments taking place all over the world, and in virtually every one of these tournaments it was a well-known name in the poker world that came out on top.

Scott Stanko wins the WSOPC Council Bluffs

Scott Stanko is now $100k richer after winning the latest World Series of Poker Circuit Series Main Event in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Stanko bested a field of 290 players to win the $1,600 buy-in Main Event after defeating WSOPC regular Charles “Woody” Moore in an epic 2-hour long heads-up battle.

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

1. Scott Stanko — $101,266

2. Charles Moore — $62,584

3. Casey Cavanaugh — $45,410

4. Stephen Ma — $33,503

5. Mark Bonsack — $25,127

6. James Smith — $19,148

7. Sean Moore — $14,819

8. Pej Niyati — $11,646

9. Jeremy Jagoda — $9,261

Belgium’s Vandermissen dominant in Ireland

Lock Poker may have hit the jackpot when they signed 22 year-old Kevin Vandersmissen of Belgium to be a part of team LockPRO Elite. The former EPT Snowfest runner-up came out on top of a very tough field of 502 players at the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open this past week, booking the biggest win of his short poker career.

At the final table Vandersmissen had some stiff competition in the form of Ireland’s own Andy Black as well as top poker pro Sam Chartier. Here is a look at the complete final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Kevin Vandersmissen – €420,000

2. Thomas Beer – €225,000

3. Dixie Dean – €158,000

4. Ian Simpson – €107,500

5. Stene Watts – €78,000

6. Jordan Lewis – €59,000

7. Samuel Chartier – €44,500

8. Andy Black – €32,700

9. Phillip Magennis – €23,000

UKIPT Nottingham reaches its guarantee

The PokerStars UKIPT made a bold guarantee for the Nottingham stop, a £1,000,000 guarantee on a £700 buy-in tournament! Over the course of the three starting days the tournament attracted huge fields, and the guarantee was easily surpassed. This could very well be a new high for the popular PokerStars UKIPT series, now in its third season.

We’ll keep you updated on the massive prize-pool developing at the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event.

Brian Lemke claim Borgata Spring Poker Open title

The Borgata in Atlantic City always draws a big crowd for their major tournament series, and the Spring Championship was no exception as the Main Event produced 1,041 entries. The tournament was able to crack the 1,000 thanks to the re-entry format, and it was poker pro Brian Lemke who would be the biggest winner, taking home the $111,076 first-prize.

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

1. Brian Lemke – $111,076

2. Joseph Daddario – $66,746

3. Philip Sam $40,391

4. Justin Sousa – $33,837

5. Jong Man Kim – $27,769

6. Eric Doerr – $22,467

7. Joseph Primavera – $17,923

8. Ramon Hubbard – $13,622

9. Akiva Pearlman – $9,340

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