The Europe-bet.com-sponsored WPT National Georgia, a more than five month-long project, is in the books, and your champion is Levan Shamatava. After approximately 14 hours of play at the final table, Shamatava earned the $ 40,460 paycheck, the crystal trophy, and the title of the first ever WPT National champion in Georgia. Levan Iselidze finished in second place, earning $ 28,360.
|1||Levan Shamatava||Georgia||$ 40,460|
|2||Levan Iselidze||Georgia||$ 28,360|
|3||Enver Khvitia||Georgia||$ 18,240|
|4||Anzor Baladze||Georgia||$ 13,500|
|5||Andreas Lobganidze||Russia||$ 10,140|
|6||Vazha Kometiani||Georgia||$ 8,100|
|7||Levan Rozomashvili||Georgia||$ 6,735|
|8||Arturs Daugis||Latvia||$ 5,400|
The $ 1,000 buy-in WPT National Main Event attracted 187 entries, nearly doubling $ 100,000 guarantee. As it was a National event, the majority of players were local to the Caucasus region. Many European players also made the trip from Germany, Portugal, England, Poland, and Norway, as well as some Northern Americans (Canada) and Asians (India).
The side events at the festival were very successful, and both Europe-bet.com and Poker Club Management were thrilled to see the club so busy with cash games and tournaments performing so well.
Georgia showed its hospitality, starting at the airport where every player received a bottle of wine upon arrival. The co-branded Europe-bet.com Poker Room is conveniently situated in the heart of Tbilisi, within walking distance of many famous sightseeing spots. The room takes up a majority of a Soviet Union-style building, with luxurious, bright and spacious halls. Right in the middle of the room, there was a pedestal with all of the trophies, creating a sport-competition atmosphere.
Europe-bet.com prepared few surprises for the Main Event players. At the beginning of the Day 1A, players were welcomed to taste local specialties: cheese and wine. On the way out of the tournament room, participants received free swag bags, containing co-branded t-shirts, hoodies, caps, sun glasses, and patches.
The player’s lounge was created on the underground floor, right below the poker room. It featured both dining and an entertainment area with a separate bar, comfortable chairs, buffets, darts, table football, and Kinect. Dinner brakes and evenings were the busiest times in there.
On Saturday night, players were invited to one of the most central and well-known nightlife locations of Tbilisi, lounge-bar “El Centro.” There was a VIP area with free drinks, fruits, and deserts waiting for them. A DJ, live music band, and dancers entertained the crowd.
Partners from Europe-bet.com also organized the live stream of the Main Event. An Austrian production company, “5 Stars Events,” supplied the equipment. The final table featured commentary in three languages: Georgian, English, and Russian. As the final table had mainly local Georgian players, there were many spectators on the rail rooting for their friends.
The inaugural Gioco Digitale WPT National San Remo kicked off last week, attracting professional and casual players from all over Europe to fight for the WPT National title. A total of 354 entries took to the tables for the Main Event, generating a total prize pool of €309,042. Denis Karakashi battled his way through the field to take home €70,000 and the coveted crystal WPT National trophy.
Karakashi travelled to San Remo with a friend and didn’t intend to play the event, but won a seat in the last satellite the day before the Main Event. Karakashi entered the final table with 70 percent of the chips in play, and reached heads-up play against Antonio Rutigliano with a six-to-one advantage.
Heads-up play began with Denis Karakashi leading by about 9 million to 1.5 million. On the final hand, Rutigliano was all in and at risk with A3 off suit against the A9 of diamonds of Karakashi. Rutigliano failed to catch up, and Karakashi was crowned the champion.
Final Table Standings
|1st||Denis Karakashi||€ 70,000|
|2nd||Antonio Rutigliano||€ 45,000|
|3rd||Dario Ciravegna||€ 29,000|
|4th||Francesco De Vivo||€ 21,000|
|5th||Alexandre Le Vaillant||€ 16,000|
|6th||Cataldo Valletta||€ 12,450|
|7th||Simone Giampaolo||€ 10,000|
|8th||Gregory Grech||€ 8,000|
|9th||Samir Bouchakour||€ 6,200|
Notable players included Italian football journalist Riccardo Trevisani, French professional poker players Paul Testud and Alain Roy, 2010 EPT Copenhagen runner-up Francesco De Vivo, and Tilt Events Pros Kara Scott and Giovanni Rizzo.
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After 4 days of poker action at the sunny Cote d’Azur, local businessman Kevin Tedesco won the heads up battle against Jose Besalduch for €90,000 in the PMU.fr WPT National Main Event.
The 431 player field found its way down to 2 players and after a 30 minute heads up Kevin found [Kh] [Th] in the BB having a 3 times bigger stack than his opponent Jose Besalduch, who was holding [Ah] [8d ]. Jose raised to Kevin who packs out a 3bet which ends on a 4bet shove from Jose. After a short cogitation Kevin calls. The board reveals [4d] [2s] [3h] [3s] [Tc]! The river giving Kevin two pair and the win of PMU.fr WPTN Cannes.
Kevin Tedesco, who only plays poker as a hobby, managed to leave a big field of professional players behind him including WPT Champions Club member Guillaume Darcourt, PMU pro Romain Paon, PMU pro Erwann Pecheux , PMU pro Brian Benhamou, PMU pro Damien Lhommeau , Unibet Pro Quentin Leconte, PKR Pro Patty Baumier, WSOP Bracelet Winner Antonin Teisseine and much many, to score his biggest ever live cash.
Final Table Payouts:
Saturday night Les Marches opened its doors for a night to remember at the official WPT player’s party sponsored by PMU.fr. Free drinks, a buzzing DJ and the beautiful view over the harbour in Cannes created a heated party atmosphere and players used the night to dance, drink and socialise off the the tournament floor.
Click here for the live updates: http://poker.blog.pmu.fr/category/coverage_live/wptn-cannes-2015/ and use this link to watch the livestream: http://poker.blog.pmu.fr/coverage_live/wptn-cannes-2015/wptn-cannes-day-3-le-live-stream-cest-ici/
That’s a wrap from PMU.fr WPTN Cannes, but the next WPTN summer stop is Gioco Digitale WPT National San Remo 12th – 15th June with the €990 Main Event. Check out the official WPT.com event page for further information: http://worldpokertour.com/event/national-events-gioco-digitale-wpt-national-san-remo-season-2015-2016/#eventTab1
Day 2 of the WPT Amsterdam Main Event at the Holland Casino has ended with 65 players still clinging to the hope that they will be a WPT Champions Club member. 341 entrants created a total prize pool of €992,310.
The man who will lead the field when we return for Day 3 will be Joep van der Bijgaart. He bagged up 438,000 chips, after firing four bullets, and leads a series of big stacks including Barrie Pietersz (367,500), Giacomo Fundaro (312,000), Jason Wheeler (278,000) and Guy Goosens (271,500).
Other notables still in with a chance of winning a WPT title are Scott Davies (215,000), Noah Boeken (69,500), Andrew Chen (61,000), David Yan (238,000), Sorel Mizzi (254,000) and WPT Champions Club member Giacomo Fundaro (312,000) The group of players who are in line to win four WPT titles is an exclusive one. There is nobody in it. Anthony Zinno bagged up 116,000 chips and will hope to fill that void. Players who were less fortunate include WPT Champions Club members Yevgeny Timoshenko and Dominik Nitsche.
Day 1A: 130 entries
Day 1B: 194 entries
Day 2: 17
Prizepool after deductions: €992,310
Video Coverage: Bryn Kenney was the star of today’s video. WPT Royal Flush Girls Dalia and Jeannie challenged the poker pro at the Ellen Degeneres heads up game. Watch the full video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH6_sqcqz5Y
Full live updates: As always the hand for hand action plus pro interviews can be found on WPT.com.
The 2015 PokerStars.net APPT Macau poker festival is in the books, all tournaments have finished. And with that, we look back one more time, one more look back at all the fun we had. Scott Davies showing his excitement, Bryan Huang and Danny McDonagh battling it out in Poker Jeopardy!, Celina Lin and Randy Lew taking their personalized quiz, and so much more.