While falling short of October’s record crowd at the Hammond Horseshoe, the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Harrah’s Atlantic City did get 352 players to buy-in to its Main Event. With the contest now concluded, Matt Waxman has emerged triumphant (and over $117k richer) after defeating Jesus Cabrera at heads-up play. Not bad, having a WSOP-C ring and the knowledge that you had to beat Jesus to get it. Next up is the $10k buy-in WSOP-C Northeast Regional Championship, which gets underway on Sunday.
Across the Atlantic, Day 1b of the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event is in the books. A total of 563 players paid the €5,300 buy-in, creating a prize pool of €2.73m. Last year’s champ, Czech Jan Skampa, has already hit the rail, which means a fresh title holder lurks among the 254 survivors who will head into Day 2 action. Will it be Day 1a chip leader Elias Brussianos, or Day 1b top dog Dirk Richter?
The recent Italian Poker Tour San Remo stop attracted a field of 342 players. Native son Antonio Caponnetto emerged with the title and €170k. Not bad for his first ever major live tournament triumph. Riccardo Lacchinelli took €110k for placing second and Francesco Moro earned €67k for his third place finish. Next up for the IPT is Campione d’Italia beginning Jan. 20.
And in case you missed it, Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis bagged a monster AUS $459,510 check for winning the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Sydney Grand Final. Karamalikis started the final table in the middle of the pack chip-wise, and was behind Benjamin McLean when the two got down to heads-up play, but like the man says, that’s why they play the games. McLean earned over $294k as consolation, and Tom Rafferty took $164k for placing third.