Poker in the News — Weekly Round-up for October 19, 2018

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Oct 19, 2018

Pokerstars’ Debut New Southern Europe Championship

With guarantee of over Euro 10 Million

PokerStars has announced the debut of a new Championship of Online Poker tournament that brings together poker players from France, Spain, and Portugal.

The tournament offers a guaranteed prize pool of Euro 10 million along with three Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), each worth $30,000.

The Southern Europe Championship of Online Poker (SECOOP) will take place from October 28 to November 12 offering 149 events with buy-ins starting from Euro 5.

Tournament highlights include the Euro 250 Main Event on November 11 with a Euro 1 million guarantee, and two Sunday Special tournaments on October 28 and November 4 with guarantees of Euro 300,000 and Euro 350,000, respectively.

“We are happy to transform our renowned COOP series into a COOP specifically for our players in Southern Europe that will allow them to compete for bigger prize pools in prestigious tournaments,” Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars, said.

First World Series Of Poker Europe Gold Goes To Israel

Tamir Segal collects Euro 203,820 after winning Colossus event

It took just four hours of final table play to decide the Euro 550 buy-in Colossus NLHE event at this year’s World Series of Poker Europe, currently taking place at Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

Israeli player Tamir Segal emerged the winner after besting a field of 2,991 and a final table of nine talented opponents to claim the Euro 203,820 main prize from a pool worth Euro 1,435,412, comfortably over the guarantee.

It was Segal’s biggest career win yet, and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

When Belgium’s Aksel Ayguen busted at third for Euro 92,385 Segal faced Wojciech Wyrebski of Poland in the heads up. It was a brief affair with the duo trading chips to and fro for around twenty minutes before Segal hit his stride and eliminated the Pole for a second place reward of Euro 125,966.

Other final table cashes included:

  • Dariusz Glinski Euro 68,331
  • Hannes Neurauter Euro 51,854
  • Francesco Delfoco Euro 38,349
  • Flavio Decataldo Euro 29,104
  • Krasimir Yankov Euro 22,281
  • Bjorn Bouwmans Euro 17,209

Second Israeli WSOPE Win

And second gold bracelet for Moshe

Israeli poker pro Asia Moshe has taken down the WSOPE’s Event #2: Euro 1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Deepstack, his 25th WSOP cash and his fifth main event final table appearance.

Moshe outplayed a field of 22, ultimately defeating Robert Schultz heads up to win Euro 82,280 and his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Final table results:

  1. Asi Moshe, Israel, Euro 82,280
  2. Robert Schulz, Germany, Euro 50,842
  3. James Bullimore, United Kingdom, Euro 33,149
  4. Giuliano Bendinelli, Italy, Euro 22,210
  5. Van Tiep Nguyen, Czech Republic, Euro 15,303
  6. Viktor Katzenberger, Hungary, Euro 10,852
Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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