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Levan Shamatava wins inaugural WPT National Georgia

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The 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.

Rank Player Nationality Prize
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 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 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. 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 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.

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Satellite Winner Denis Karakashi Crowned Inaugural Gioco Digitale WPT National San Remo Champion

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.

Winning Hand

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.

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 Final Table Standings

Place Player Prize
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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2015 WSOP Day 8: Colossus and Two Others Crown Champs on an Event-Filled Day

The biggest tournament in live poker history crowned a champion on Day 8 of the 2015 World Series of Poker, with two other bracelet events also doing the same.

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Local Businessman Kevin Tedesco Crowned Fourth WPT National Cannes Champion

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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 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 WPTN Cannes.

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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:

Rank Player Prize
1 Tedesco Kevin €90,000
2 Besalduch Jose €63,000
3 Benyeffou Ikam €41,000
4 Steinmetz Ronald €30,100
5 Cefali Charles €22,900
6 Zocchetti Ludovic €18,200
7 Ta Sebastien €15,300
8 Hamouni Nicolas €12,200


Saturday night Les Marches opened its doors for a night to remember at the official WPT player’s party sponsored by 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.

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That’s a wrap from 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 event page for further information:


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2015 WSOP Day 6: Hyper Champ Crowned, First 10K Final Table, Le Goes for Back-To-Back

Day 6 of the 2015 World Series of Poker saw John Reading win gold in the $ 1,000 Hyper Hold’em event and the first $ 10,000 buy-in event’s final table reached.

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Zinno Continues to Chase WPT History

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.



Final figures:

Total: 341

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

Full live updates: As always the hand for hand action plus pro interviews can be found on

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High Lights From A Week of APPT Macau Poker Action

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2015 WSOP Day 3: Wang Defeats Kenney for Gold; Colossus Kicks Off

Day 3 of the 2015 World Series of Poker saw the Colossus kick off and Michael Wang defeat Bryn Kenney heads up to win gold.

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