Poker Tournaments — Weekly Round-up for April 28, 2017

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated May 18, 2017

Major High Roller Poker Tourney To Be Sponsored Again By 888Poker

The third iteration of Poker Central’s $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl tournament is scheduled for May 28 – 31 this year.

888Poker clearly found its sponsorship last year of the Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl valuable, because it has signed up again as the presenting sponsor for the third edition of the competition, scheduled to run between May 28-31 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The timing places the tournament just ahead of the 2017 World Series of Poker, making travel planning by international professionals that much easier.

This year’s $300,000 buy-in freezeout Super High Roller Bowl is the biggest yet and will again attract a global audience of poker fans, Poker Central claims. Entries were originally capped at 35 players, but that has since been expanded to 56 entrants following significant player demand.

Among the big names that have already registered are Doug Polk, Fedor Holz, Bryn Kenney, Erik Seidel, David Peters, Brian Rast and Rainer Kempe. The latter player won the tournament last year, claiming the top prize of $5 million (see previous InfoPowa report).

In a Poker Central press statement this week, Itai Pazner from 888Poker said:

“Poker Central’s productions offer high-level poker action with world-class poker players. The Super High Roller Bowl is an extremely prestigious event which is followed by a wide and varied audience of poker fans around the world. We are thrilled to be renewing our ongoing partnership with Poker Central and look forward to what will no doubt be an epic event.”

Pazner added that his company’s sponsorship agreement also involves additional and yet to be disclosed Poker Central events.

Argentina’s Maria Lampropulos Victorious In Partypoker Live Millions Tourney

Despite some very talented opposition in a massive field, Maria takes home the GBP 1 million main prize in historical encounter

The weekend saw the conclusion of the GBP 5,300 buy-in Party Poker Live Millions Dawn Til Dusk main event, with Argentinian outsider Maria Lampropulos taking the honours and the GBP 1 million main prize in an exciting finish, watched by boyfriend and coach Ivan Luca.

The mixed online and live event attracted 8,500 entries, creating a prize pool well over guarantee at GBP 6,017,395 and ensuring that the top 253 players cashed.

The eight-player final table included two women, and the accomplished UK professional Stephen Chidwick, whom Lampropulos confessed she feared the most. However in the event, Chidwick only placed sixth.

Lampropulos’s heads up after five hours of final table action was against an ascendant and confident young player from Doncaster, Jacob Mulhern, who declined to discuss a chop before the heads up began.

That may have been an over confident mistake, because although he started out by increasing his lead and appeared to be dominating Lampropulos, the Argentinian player kept her head.

She caught her opponent out in at least two big bluffs which gave her a 2 to 1 lead that she very ably leveraged that into a resounding win after just 40 minutes of heads up action.

Her 24-year-old opponent went home with a runner up prize of GBP 650,000, plus GBP 100,000 for being the last man standing for all Caribbean Poker Party players that bagged up chips in Punta Cana last November.

Other final table cashes included:

Jeremy Pantin GBP 450,000
Mateusz Rypulak GBP 320,000
Jon Spinks GBP 220,000
Stephen Chidwick GBP 150,000
Katie Swift GBP 100,000
Neel Murthy GBP 72,395

Truong Wins First Wsop Gold Ring

Takes down Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

North Carolina nail technician, Vanessa Truong, outplayed a field of 1,164 in the World Series of Poker Harrah’s Cherokee Circuit $1,675 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, to win $318,646 and her first WSOP gold ring.

Truong went into heads play with Daniel Pearlman having knocked out six, of the eight, players at the final table.  She emerged victorious after three and half hours, and 115 hands of play.

“Can’t explain it, kind of like in a dream,” Truong said.

Pokerstars’ SCOOP Ready To Go

$55 million invested in this edition

This year’s Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is just around the corner, commencing on April 30 with PokerStars’ biggest ever-online series guarantee of $55 million.

SCOOP has teamed up with PokerStars Makes Millionaires to guarantee that two players will walk away from the series as millionaires./n/n
The first week of the series (April 30 – May 6) is dedicated to Event 01, the Phase Event. On these days, players will have the opportunity to earn their entry into 01-H Phase 2, which guarantees $1 million for the winner. The other event with a $1 million first-place prize that all players should be aiming for is the Main Event 55-H on May 21.

The 57 events that comprise SCOOP 2017 offer a wide variety of different tournament formats at separate buy-in levels to ensure that players of all bankrolls have an opportunity to play. Each event has Low, Medium and High versions, meaning the full range of buy-ins for SCOOP 2017 goes from $5.50 all the way up to $25,000.

The three Main Events between them offer guaranteed prize money of at least $9.5 million, with the High version awarding at least $1 million for first place.

Satellites are available, awarding SCOOP tickets for a fraction of the buy-in, and for this year’s series Pokerstars is introducing On-Demand satellites. These start when the minimum number of players have registered, just like a Sit & Go, but also feature a period of late registration, like a scheduled tournament.

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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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