Poker Tournaments Weekly Round-up — May 08, 2017

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated May 18, 2017

German Poker Ace Adds Another Euro 274,750 To Career Earnings

Ole Schemion in fine form

German poker ace Ole Schemion is off to a great start at the currently running PokerStars Championship Presented by Monte-Carlo Casino festival, taking down the Euro 10,300 Opening No-Limit Hold’em event for Euro 274,750 and his ninth spade trophy.

Monte Carlo must be one of Schemion’s favourite stamping grounds; it was here that he took home Euro 1.8 million in last year’s Euro 100,000 buy-in Super High Roller, and agreed a chop in the Euro 50,000 buy-in Super High Roller that earned him another Euro 857,241. And there have been other lucrative wins over the past several years here for him.

In his latest victory, the event attracted a star-studded 110 entries, generating a prize pool of Euro 1,067,000.

On the final day former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Reiss started out as the final table chip leader, but failed to maintain momentum and was eliminated at sixth.

He wasn’t the only star player to bust – Ireland’s Steve O’Dwyer started strong but was eliminated at fourth.

Schemion entered heads up with a chip advantage against Murad Akhundov from Azerbaijan, but the latter scored early with a big pot that put him right back in the game. Schemion responded with his own big pot and a double up, playing aggressively for the next hour to keep ahead before finally claiming the victory and sending Akhundov to the cashier for the second placing prize of Euro 188,860.

Other final table cashes included:

Koray Aldemir Euro 123,770

Steve O’Dwyer Euro 100,300

Luc Greenwood Euro 80,560

Ryan Riess Euro 62,950

Jonathan Bensadoun Euro 49,610

Gerald Karlic Euro 37,880

Poker Ace Bryn Kenney Claims Euro 1.78 Million Main Prize In Monte Carlo Super High Roller

Euro 100,000 buy-in event pulls in an entrt field of 61

US poker pro Bryn Kenney (30) has enhanced an already impressive reputation as an international player with one of his biggest wins yet this weekend – playing in the Euro 100,000 buy-in PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino Super High Roller, he scored one of his biggest rewards yet in claiming the top prize of Euro 1,784,500.

The event attracted a total entry field of 61 (14 being re-ups) and generated a prize pool of 5,948,415.

Many of the world’s best players travelled to Monte Carlo to play for the big money, with respected names like Daniel Dvoress, David Peters, Ole Schemion and Sam Greenwood all making the final table, but it was Kenney and Russian online ace Viacheslav Buldygin (27) who faced each other in the heads up after eliminating them all….with Kenney holding a significant chip advantage..

His Russian opponent immediately set about levelling the chip counts, scoring big through two major double ups and even managing to seize the lead at one stage, but Kenney was not to be denied and scored a huge double up of his own to take back control.

At that point the duo discussed a chop but could not agree on the split, and the action resumed; it turned out to be a smart decision on Kenney’s part, because he was able to build his advantage into a win and take all the winner’s spoils, leaving Buldygin with a still impressive runner up prize of Euro 1,290,800.

Other final table cashes included:

Daniel Dvoress Euro 832,800

David Peters Euro 630,600

Ole Schemion Euro 487,715

Steffen Sontheimer Euro 380,700

Martin Kabrhel Euro 303,350

Sam Greenwood Euro 237,950

Partypoker To Sponsor Eurasian Poker Tour

Five-year deal with organisers Poker Club Management could herald a new drive into Eastern Europe

PartyPoker has announced a 5-year main sponsorship deal for the Eurasian Poker Tour with organisers Poker Club Management, with the first event slated as the Euro 1 million guaranteed Party Poker Eurasian Poker Tour Montenegro on June 16-25 this year at the Merit Royal Casino in the coastal resort of Budva.

The EAPT gives Party an opportunity to push into Eastern European markets that include the Commonwealth of Independent States with a series of $500,000 guaranteed tourneys, each leg culminating in a Euro 1 million guaranteed main event.

Party Poker and Poker Club Management have worked together before, most recently on the successful PartyPoker Million Sochi, which attracted an entry field of 1,170 and generated a prize pool in excess of the guarantee at Euro 1.13 million (see previous InfoPowa reports).

Another Big Win For Adrian Mateos

Spanish poker ace claims his third biggest reward so far in Euro 50,000 buy-in Single Day High Roller

The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Euro 50,000 buy-in Single-Day High Roller has delivered Spanish poker ace Adrian Mateos’s third largest pay-day, the victory boosting the Spaniard’s bank balance by Euro 908,000 this weekend.

The event generated a prize pool well over the guarantee at Euro 3.10 million from a total of 64 entries, 12 of them re-ups. Among the many top players spotted at the tables were Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton, John Juanda, David Peters and Charlie Carrel, none of whom reached the final table.

Big names that did make the final eight included Daniel Dvoress, Erik Seidel, Fedor Holz, Nick Petrangelo, Steve O’Dwyer, Ramin Hajiyev, Mike Watson and Sergio Aido…an indication of the formidable quality of the field in general.

In all, the event took 14 hours of almost non-stop action to conclude, with the final table forming just after midnight when Mustapha Kanit was eliminated at tenth.

At the three handed stage Mateos saw off Erik Seidel to enter the heads up against Canada’s Daniel Dvoress with a 5 to 1 chip advantage that proved too tough for the Canadian to overcome; around 2.30 am local time Dvoress was sent home with a second placing prize of Euro 652,000, leaving the honours and the main prize in its entirety to Mateos.

Although Euro 908,000 is clearly a great deal of money, it is not Mateos’s biggest career pay-out; the young Spaniard won the main event in the EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo two years ago, pocketing just over a million Euros, and in 2013 he scored a million Euros in the main event of the World Series of Poker Europe.

Starting in 2012, he has played in almost every major live poker competition there is, securing pay-days that run from a few thousand Euros to six-figure victories.

Other final table cashes included:

Erik Seidel Euro 423,800

Fedor Holz Euro 319,800

Nick Petrangelo Euro 248,400

Steve O’Dwyer Euro 192,400

Ramin Hajiyev Euro 152,140

Mike Watson Euro 118,000

Sergio Aido Euro 90,200

German Poker Ace In Monte Carlo High Roller Victory

Gruissem bests an entry field of 85 to claim main prize of Euro 485,135

The Pokerstars Championship in Monte Carlo continued to deliver on exciting action this week with the completion of another High Roller event, this one the Euro 25,500 buy-in Single Day High Roller, which attracted 85 entries (27 of them re-ups, including a remarkable four by runner up Steve O’Dwyer!) generating a prize pool of Euro 2,082,500.

The limited time, high action format seemed to suit German pro Philipp Gruissem well as he sailed through the game, rarely making a misstep despite a formidable list of opponents that included Rafael Moraes, Joao Simao, John Juanda, David Peters, Nick Petrangelo, Jason Mercier, Oliver Weis, David Dvoress, Justin Bonomo, Mikita Badziakouski, Dan Colman, Mike Watson, David Yan and Erik Seidel.

When John Juanda busted at third for Euro 266,550 heads up finalists Steve O’Dwyer and Gruissem huddled to work out a chop which gave Euro 494,665 to O’Dyer as chip leader and Euro 465,135 to Gruissem, with Euro 20,000 left on the table for the ultimate winner.

Two hands later it was all over, with Gruissem surprising the crowd to emerge as winner with Euro 485,135, and O’Dwyer actually earning more as runner up on Euro 494,665… but remember he had re-entered four times at Euro 25,500 a pop.

Other final table cashes included:

Justin Bonomo Euro 205,100

Oliver Weis Euro 162,450

Mikita Badziakouski Euro 127,030

Daniel Dvoress Euro 100,000

Jason Mercier Euro 78,100

Nick Petrangelo Euro 59,350

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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