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We’re at HPT St Louis This Weekend

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What is lining up to be a good-sized crowd is anticipated for this weekend’s Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event at Hollywood St. Louis Casino.

The turnout for each preliminary event has been outstanding, including a Missouri state record field size for the opening $350 event, with nearly 1,300 entries. The Tag Team, Seniors and all the main event satellites have had big numbers as well.

We are here as the HPTupdates.com team, providing wall-to-wall event coverage right down to the final hand at the final table.

Follow all the action starting Friday at 3pm at HPTupdates.com

Eric Yilmaz Wins WPT Thunder Valley

Yilmaz Wins WPT Thunder Valley

The first two-time World Poker Tour winner this season is Erkut ‘Eric’ Yilmaz, who wins the WPT Rolling Thunder $5,000 Main Event at Thunder Valley Resort outside Sacramento, CA.

Yilmaz, a former Sacramento-area resident who now lives near Philadelphia, defeated a 280-entry field to take home the $303,920 first-place prize. Yilmaz moves in to the top spot on the season-long WPT Player of the Year leaderboard with this win, combined with his WPT Borgata win earlier in the season.

He defeated Jim Collopy heads-up for the win, Collopy earning $200,780 as runner-up.

Here’s the updates from our ThunderValleyPoker.com blog and the WPT Live Updates reporting from the tournament.

David ODB Baker Wins WPT LAPC

David Baker Wins WPT LAPC

David ‘ODB’ Baker earns his first Million-Dollar-Payday, defeating a 546-player field to win the World Poker Tour $10,000 LAPC Championship.

Baker held off Matas Cimbolas in the heads-up match at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas, where the WPT was filming three consecutive days of WPT final tables.

Baker was the Day 3 and Day 4 chipleader, moving to the final table as one of the top stacks, with Darren Elias as chipleader. Elias was eliminated in third-place, cashing for $473,280, with Cimbolas earning $646,930 as runner-up.

Here’s the coverage we provided up to the final table at LAPCnews.com, and the full reporting from the WPT Live Updates team.

WPT Championship at LAPC Is Here

WPT Championship at 2019 LAPC

We’re at the LAPC at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles – the largest poker room in the world – providing tournament coverage for the entire 69-tournament series.

The focus shifts now to the WPT $10,000 buy-in Championship and an anticipated 550-or-so single-entry field.

Being here for the entire series, we are also covering the three remaining High Roller events – Sunday’s 410,000 Turbo 8-Max, Monday’s $25,000 High Roller and Tuesday’s $25,000 High Roller.

Follow all our coverage at LAPCnews.com

Nick Pupillo Wins HPT Black Hawk Main Event

Nick Pupillo - Champion - HPT Black Hawk - February 2019

From a Day 1 when he seemed in control the entire time, to chipleader to start the final table, Nick Pupillo earned his second career Heartland Poker Tour Main Event Title tonight, winning $194,487 as the HPT Black Hawk Champion.

The tournament at Gates Poker Room in Colorado drew a 588-entry field, the players creating a prize pool of more than $850,000 as Black Hawk continues to produce some of the largest tournaments each year for the HPT.

Here’s our tournament recap we wrote for HPTupdates.com, along with the full tournament reporting and photography we did for the weekend’s event.

Our next scheduled HPT Main Event where we’re providing tournament reporting is March 14-18 at Hollywood St. Louis.

HPT Black Hawk Final Table is Set

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We’re at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO., providing the tournament reporting for the Heartland Poker Tour‘s $1,650 Main Event. From a starting field of 588 entries, the field is down to the LiveStream table of nine.

Here’s our HPTupdates.com look at the final table with the likes of Nick Pupillo and Shawn Roberts competing for the nearly $195,000 up top.

We’ve added the players by seat, with their chipcounts included, for you to see how the final table lays out. The LiveStream is schedule to begin Monday at Noon on Twitch.

Stay Up-To-Date on all LAPC Results

2019 LAPC

We’re down at the 2019 LA Poker Classic – aka the LAPC – at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, the largest poker room in the world, providing the daily tournament reporting on all 69 events in the LAPC this year.

From this RESULTS link here, you can check on on the happenings from all past events, see who has won and what took place along the way .. all of it at LAPCnews.com

Follow us From Black Hawk This Weekend with HPT

HPT Black Hawk

We return Thursday to Gates Poker Room at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, CO. for another $1,650 Heartland Poker Tour Main Event.

This event marks the start of our fifth calendar year providing HPT and its fans with live main event updates – posting all the tournament reporting at HPTupdates.com.

Wendy Freedman – who won the last HPT Black Hawk main event, said yesterday she cannot be there to defend her title, but last February’s champ – Mike Englert – is expected to be in attendance. Follow along there for all the action, and we’ll have end-of-day recaps here as well.

James Woods Wins LAPC

James Woods Wins LAPC Triple Triple Draw

Actor James Woods – a regular in mixed games and Hold’em events during the 2019 LAPC – won his second career Remington on Saturday night, collecting the victory in the $570 Triple Triple Draw.

The 6-Max event was a combination of 2-7 Triple Draw, A-5 Triple Draw and Badugi Triple Draw. Woods outlasted Don Halpern to earn $7,560.

Woods gave a great deal of credit for his win to his poker coach Miami John Cernuto, who was on hand for the final table and provided LiveStream commentary with me for the heads-up match.

Rocco Wins NL Deuce on His First Try

Michael Rocco - Winner - $570 NL Deuce Single Draw - 2019 LAPC

Michael Rocco never played a NL Deuce Single Draw tournament until the $570 at the 2019 LAPC at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. A final table later, Rocco has his first NL Deuce tournament win, defeating Don McNamara heads-up to earn the $7,400 first-prize.

Here’s our coverage of the event via LAPCnews.com, that’s our HoldemMediaDan ay the keyboard the entire series.

Shirley Rosario Wins LAPC $570 Stud

Shirley Rosario - Winner - $570 Stud - 2019 LAPC Event 26

Three women among the final four, it was Shirley Rosario who walked off with her third Remington as winner of the $570 Stud at the 2019 LAPC at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.

The win pushed Rosario to more total poker tournament wins in her career than Allen Kessler, in less than a third of the total cashes Kessler has.

Here’s the final results from our HoldemMediaDan, who is on-site providing LAPCnews.com live reporting for the entire series.

Social Experiment III Win Goes to Karim

Haris Karim - Winner - Social Experiment III - 2019 LAPC

No Headphones, No Hoodies, No Sunglasses and No Electronic Devices at the tables – those were the rules for Social Experiment III – a $350 buy-in Saturday in the LAPC at the Commerce.

739 entries in the single-re-entry tournament, it was Haris Karim wrapping up the event with the $30,610 first prize, along with Commerce Casino-provided sunglasses, hoodie and headphones as additional prizes.

Here’s the final results as our own HoldemRadioDan provides all the 2019 LAPC daily live reporting.

Teranie Wins 1,719-Entry Great Wall of Chips at LAPC

Sammy Teranie - winner - 2019 LAPC Great Wall of Chips

Sammy Teranie outlasted a monster-sized field of 1,719 entries to win the inaugural Great Wall of Chips, a 4350 with a $250,000 Guarantee – at the LAPC. The tournament more than doubled the guarantee, coming in at $515,700.

Teranie turned his $350 entry in to a $71,000 first-place prize, along with a coveted Remington.

Here’s our coverage from the entire Great Wall of Chips – and the full 2019 LAPC, our first time here — with HoldemRadioDan at the keyboard for the full series

God of Thunder Nearly Goes Back-to-Back

Brett Murray _TVPokerRoom

Brett Murray won the September 2018 WSOP Circuit Main Event at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California, defeating a 599-entry field.

18 weeks later the WSOPC returned to TVPokerRoom and Murray came within one player of going back-to-back, finishing as runner-up to Thomas Kornechuk in the 608-entry Main Event.

The win pushes Murray past JC Tran in to 1st Place on the All-Time TVPokerRoom money list, winning more than $500,000 just at that poker room.

Check out our coverage of this and all TVPokerRoom series tournaments all year long – 2019 marks our 6th year working with TVPokerRoom – at ThunderValleyPoker.com

We’re at LAPC Doing Live Updates All Series

2019 LAPC

New on the Hold’em Live Updates schedule is handling the live tournament reporting this year from the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles for the 2019 LAPC. The tournament is running now through the $10,000 WPT Main Event March 2-6.

Follow along with all the action as we post updates throughout each tournament at LAPCnews.com with HoldemRadioDan at the keyboard.

Davidson Wins His 2nd HPT Title

Nick Davidson _HPTEC

Nick Davidson defeated a field of 554 entries at Ameristar East Chicago to capture the HPT Main Event title, earning him $178,709 and his second career HPT East Chicago win.

Davidson – winner of the same event in September 2016 – held off Mike Sabbia in heads-up play to garner the victory.

Check out the full story and main event live updates coverage from Paul Oresteen at HPTupdates.com

WSOP Circuit Returns to Thunder Valley

WSOP Circuit TVPokerRoom

TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California plays host once again to the WSOP Circuit Series Jan. 10-21. We’re on site the entire series as Hold’em live Updates is the in-house updates team for all TVPokerRoom Series tournaments.

We kick off coverage Jan. 10 with the five-starting-flight $300,000 Guaranteed The Opener, a $400 buy-in Circuit Ring event, continue through the $100,000 GTD Monster Stack and on to the $500,000 GTD Main Event.

Follow all the coverage at ThunderValleyPoker.com.

 

Mini-Series Time at Thunder Valley

OneDay$100K

We’re kicking off 2019 just as soon as it begins, with the Jan. 1-5 OneDay$100K Mini-Series at TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California.

From a New Years Day $30k to the closing $460 with a $100,000 Guarantee – and $100 bankroll builders in between, there’s a tournament for everyone.

Check out the schedule here, and follow all our updates at ThunderValleyPoker.com

Greenblatt Wins WPTDS Thunder Valley

Greenblatt Wins WPTDS Thunder Valley

Add another 2018 major to the poker resume of Alex Greenblatt as he takes down the $500,000 Guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Season Finale $1,500 Main Event at Thunder Valley Resort.

Greenblatt – winner of the HPT Black Hawk Main Event earlier this year – defeated James Brown heads-up to earn the $122,500 first prize in the 446-entry main event.

Check here for our full Main Event and series live updates coverage.

Event 11 (Main Event) Results

 

11/16-18/18 Event 11
$550 Main Event
175 Entries
$84,876 Prize Pool
21 Places Paid
Name Place Payout
Thu Tran 1 $19,000
Jessica Berryhill 2 $13,171
Jimmy Alvarez 3 $13,170
Vincent Chung 4 $7,020
Brian Horgan 5 $5,263
Nicholas Chambers 6 $4,202
Andrew Villegas 7 $3,489
Manny Hernandez 8 $2,793
Shayne Heine 9 $2,080
Deven Cannon 10 $1,511
John Rogers 11 $1,511
Tony Yalda 12 $1,511
Benjamin Mohr 13 $1,240
Simon Nunes 14 $1,240
Alan Del Nero 15 $1,240
Barbara Caldwell 16 $1,053
Joseph Dudek 17 $1,053
David Covarrubias 18 $1,053
John May 19 $917
Nabil Esho 20 $917
Bradley Link 21 $917
James Fraser 22 $525

 

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Double Up for Alvarez

LEVEL – 27          ANTES – 5K            BLINDS – 20K/40K        REMAINING – 3/175

Jimmy Alvarez gets a double up, compliments of Thu Tran.

Tran raises to 85,000 and Alvarez shoves for 405,000.  Tran makes the call.

Board: 6c 6s Jc 4c 2s

Alvarez hits a flush, good for a double up to 825,000.

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Vincent Chung – 4th Place – $7,020

LEVEL – 26          ANTES – 5K            BLINDS – 15K/30K        REMAINING – 3/175

Vincent Chung is out in 4th.

Chung goes all in on the button for 45,000 and gets called by Thu Tran.

Board: 2s Kd 9c 2d 8c

Tran: Ah 2c

Chung: 3c 2h

Chung takes home $7,020 and Tran has close to 3 million.

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Brian Horgan – 5th Place – $5,263

LEVEL – 26          ANTES – 5K            BLINDS – 15K/30K        REMAINING – 4/175

Brian Horgan is out in 5th.  He and Thu Tran were all in after the flop came A J J.  Horgan had pocket fives while Tran had K J.  Horgan did not hit his two outer and is going home with $5,263.

Tran chips up to over 2.3 million.

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Nicholas Chambers – 6th Place – $4,202

LEVEL – 26          ANTES – 5K            BLINDS – 15K/30K        REMAINING – 5/175

Nick Chambers has finished in 6th place, taking home $4,202.

Chambers shoves from the button for 286,000 and gets called by Thu Tran in the big blind.

Board: Js 7s 3s 6c 5d

Tran: Ad 7c

Chambers: Ac 2d

Chambers is out and Tran chips up to over 2,000,000.

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Andrew Villegas – 7th Place – $3,489

LEVEL – 25          ANTES – 4K            BLINDS – 12K/24K        REMAINING – 6/175

Andrew Villegas is out in 7th place after shoving from his big blind and getting called by Jimmy Alvarez.

Alvarez raises to 65,000 from UTG+1 and Villegas gets it in after the action folds around to him.  Alvarez doesn’t hesitate to call and the players are all in heads up.

Board: Jd 4h 6h 4s 10h

Alvarez: Ah Js

Villegas: Kh Qd

Villegas takes home $3,489 and Alvarez is now sitting with over 900,000.

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4th Break – Chipcounts

REMAINING – 7/175

The final 7 players are on break.  Here are their chipcounts:

Seat Name Chipcount
1 Andrew Villegas 198,000
2 Vincent Chung 435,000
3 Jimmy Alvarez 785,000
4 Deven Cannon 10th
5 Nicholas Chambers 456,000
6 Manny Hernandez 8th
7 Brian Horgan 792,000
8 Thu Tran 1,837,000
9 Shayne Heine 9th
10 Jessica Berryhill 392,000

 

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Manny Hernandez – 8th Place – $2,793

LEVEL – 24          ANTES – 3K            BLINDS – 10K/20K        REMAINING – 7/175

Manny Hernandez is out in 8th place for $2,793 after getting it in with A 10 and facing Brian Horgan’s pocket queens.  The board runs out, Hernandez does not improve and he goes bust.

Horgan is currently sitting with about 800,000.

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Leslie Hartman: Series Champion

With no more contenders to overtake Leslie Hartman’s 1st place ranking on the Player of the Series leaderboard, she is the official Series Champion!

Congratulations to “McBluffin” who has won complimentary entry into all Turlock Poker Room tournaments from December 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019 as well as a trophy and commemorative Series Champion swag, a winners package worth over $12,000!

Hartman did make Day 2 of the Main Event but busted out early when her pocket pair ran into a bigger pocket pair and her opponent had her outchipped.

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Shayne Heine – 9th Place – $2,080

LEVEL – 23          ANTES – 2K            BLINDS – 8K/16K        REMAINING – 8/175

Shayne Heine had been struggling to chip up at the final table.  Earlier, he raised to 100,000 and got shoved on by Jessica Berryhill.  She has him outchipped and he laid down his hand, open folding pocket tens.

Shortly after, Heine shoves all in pre-flop for 240,000 and gets called by Jimmy Alvarez.

Board: 2s 9c 6d 4d Kc

Alvarez: Jd Jc

Heine: Ac 7c

This was a devastating loss for Heine since he needed to finish in 8th place in order to win the title of Series Champion.  The winners package for Player of the Series is valued at over $12,000.

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Deven Cannon – 10th Place – $1,511

LEVEL – 23          ANTES – 2K            BLINDS – 8K/16K        REMAINING – 9/175

Deven Cannon finishes in 10th place for $1,511.

He shoves from the hijack for 108,000 and gets called by Manny Hernandez on the button.  The players are all in heads up.

Board: 8d Qd Qh 9d As

Hernandez: 8h 8c

Cannon: Kh 10s

Cannon is eliminated and Hernandez chips up to over 410,000.

This also means that Shayne Heine, currently in 2nd on the Player of the Series leaderboard, is one player away from taking the lead and the Series Champion title away from Leslie “McBluffin” Hartman.

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Ladies for the Lady

LEVEL – 23          ANTES – 2K            BLINDS – 8K/16K        REMAINING – 10/175

Jessica Berryhill gets a much needed double up when she gets it in with pocket queens.

Brian Horgan raises to 32,000 from the hijack and Berryhill shoves from the small blind.  Andrew Villegas calls and Horgan folds.

Board: 5s 7h 4s 2h 6h

Berryhill: Qs Qh

Villegas: Ad Qd

Berryhill doubles up to over 275,000.

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Quick Hit for Villegas

LEVEL – 22          ANTES – 2K            BLINDS – 6K/12K        REMAINING – 10/175

Not long after the final table gets settled in, the action gets heated between Andrew Villegas and Vincent Chung.

The players are all in and the board runs out hearts to give Villegas a flush to beat Chung’s flopped trips.

Villegas doubles up to just over 725,000.

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Final Table

LEVEL – 22          ANTES – 2K            BLINDS – 6K/12K        REMAINING – 10/175

The final table is set!  Here are the remaining 10 players:

Seat Name
1 Andrew Villegas
2 Vincent Chung
3 Jimmy Alvarez
4 Deven Cannon
5 Nicholas Chambers
6 Manny Hernandez
7 Brian Horgan
8 Thu Tran
9 Shayne Heine
10 Jessica Berryhill

 

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Mr. Rogers Gets Evicted

LEVEL – 22          ANTES – 2K            BLINDS – 6K/12K        REMAINING – 10/175

John Rogers is out in 11th, bringing the tournament to the final table.

Vincent Chung and Rogers are heads up post-flop and they both get it in.

Board: 7d 8h 2c 9c 10s

Chung: 2s 2h

Rogers: Ks Kd

Chung has Rogers out-chipped and gets the knockout.  Rogers is out in 11th for $1,511 and Chung is sitting comfortably with 585,000.

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A Triumphant Tran

LEVEL – 22          ANTES – 2K            BLINDS – 6K/12K        REMAINING – 13/175

Thu Tran makes being the tournament chip leader look easy.

Tran raises to 25,000 from the hijack position and Nunes shoves from the small blind for 69,000.  Tran makes the call.

Board: 2d 9c 2s 9s 6h

Tran: Ac Qh

Nunes: Qs Jc

Tran’s ace plays and Nunes is out in 14th place.  Tran has amassed a massive chip lead for the tournament, now sitting with just under 800,000.

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3rd Break – Chipcounts

Turlock Poker Room

REMAINING – 14/175

Players are on 3rd break.  Fourteen players remain.  Here are their chipcounts:

Name Chipcount
Thu Tran 693,000
Nicholas Chambers 579,000
Brian Horgan 493,000
Jimmy Alvarez 490,000
Vincent Chung 451,000
Manny Hernandez 382,000
Shayne Heine 301,000
Andrew Villegas 181,000
Ben Mohr 171,000
Deven Cannon 170,000
Jessica Berryhill 160,000
John Rogers 128,000
Simon Nunes 119,000
Tony Yalda 77,000

 

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Last Man and Woman Standing

LEVEL – 21          ANTES – 1K            BLINDS – 5K/10K        REMAINING – 15/175

Joseph Dudek has finished in 17th place, leaving only Shayne Heine in the running for the title of Series Champion.  He is currently 2nd in the ranks and has to finish in 8th place or better to beat current point leader Leslie “McBluffin” Hartman.

Finishing in 16th place was Barbara Caldwell, leaving one female left in the field: Jessica Berryhill.

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Big Hand for Heine

LEVEL – 20          ANTES – 1K            BLINDS -4K/8K        REMAINING – 17/175

Late in Level 20, Shayne Heine adds about 100,000 to his stack when he gets dealt aces.

Heine is in middle position and raises to 23,000, getting called by John Rogers in the big blind.

Flop: 5s 7h 4d

Rogers is first and checks.  Heine bets 20,000 and Rogers raises to 50,000.  Heine three-bets to 120,000 and Rogers lays it down.

Heine shows As Ah before dragging in the pot.  He’s got about 390,000 in chips now.

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Dudek Doubles Up

LEVEL – 20          ANTES – 1K            BLINDS – 4K/8K        REMAINING – 17/175

With not much more than 11 big blinds left, Joseph Dudek gets them in with a small pair and hits an even bigger hand.

From the UTG+1 position, Manny Hernandez raises to 24,000.  Action folds around to Dudek in the small blind who shoves for 89,000.  Hernandez goes into the tank but eventually calls.

Board: 9s 7c Qc 2c Jc

Dudek: $s 4c

Hernandez: Jh 10h

Not seeing the flush, Hernandez starts to celebrate, but the chips head to Dudek who is now sitting with 195,000.

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