Jae Kyung Sim wins APPT Cebu, the EPT Grand Final gets underway in Monte Carlo, PokerStars announce details of Season X of the EPT, Roy leads the charge on Day Two of the WPT in Montreal and Ultimate Poker gives grinders something to cheer about on Sundays.
The PokerStars sponsored Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) stop at Cebu has been a happy hunting ground for Jae Kyung Sim. Last year, Sim recorded his first-ever live cash when he made the final table finishing in eighth place for $15,444. That experienced boded well with the South Korean, because just a few short days ago he went all the way to cap his most successful performance to date winning $96,646.
“I am so happy because I was short stacked at the start. This is the second year I have played at APPT Cebu I finished eighth last year and this year I am very happy to be the champion.” Sim told PokerNews in the wake of his victory.
Sim came into the final table on the short stack but that didn’t stop him from eliminating six of the final seven players barring his route to glory. A victory made all the more sweeter as Sim was one of the shortest stacks in the field during the cash bubble, and could never in a million years believe he would go on to win the whole goddam thing.
One of the most recent World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winners, Jim Collopy, came into the final table with the chip lead. The American who took down the WSOP A$1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) event in Australia at the beginning of April, was everybody’s favorite until he drove his pocket queens into the brick wall posed by the pocket aces of Anthony Wright to finish in a disappointing fourth place.
So how did Sim manage to go from nearly zero to the ultimate hero?
“I was very lucky.”
Now that’s what I call a large slice of humble pie.
European Poker Tour News
It’s time for poker players from all around the world to dig deep into those empty pockets. It’s the EPT Grand Final at Monte Carlo. One of the only places in the world where it seems rational to pay €20 for a glass of beer, €10 for a bottle of water and the cheapest available bit of grub is a €10 sandwich.
Day 1A of the €10,000+€600 Main Event is underway and some of the early birds who have turned out to catch a few worms include Vanessa Rousso, Freddy Deeb, Isaac Haxton, Johnny Lodden, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, Erik Seidel, Jake Cody, Mike Watson, Boris Becker, Barry Greenstein, Marvin Rettenmaier, Jonathan Duhamel, current EPT Player of the Year leader Jan Bendik and last years Super High Roller winner Justin Bonomo.
Talking about Super High Rollers there is a nasty rumor circulating that some of the lads are going to pass the time of day by having a $1 million buy-in cash game. The Grand Final will be the setting for the largest array of cash games in the tour’s history and it has sparked interest amongst the games elite.
Sam Trickett, Paul Newey, Philipp Gruissem, Isaac Haxton and Niklas Heinecker have all confirmed that they are ready to play for the biggest bucks available.
With Season IX zooming to its end quicker than a super-fuelled Godolphin racehorse, the owners of the red spade have announced details of the upcoming 10th season of play. There is very little change, with the same venues all in place, but there has been some minor date changes to the stops at both London and San Remo. The World Poker Tour (WPT) have yet to announce their line-up for their 12th season and it will be interesting to see if the pair have decided to get together to offer an improved overall offering for the poker playing community.
World Poker Tour News
With the French Riviera currently acting like a poker magnet, you would assume there would be nothing but iron filings left to fill the kitty at the PartyPoker sponsored WPT Canadian Spring Championship in Montreal.
OK the field may not have reached the dizzy heights of the 1,173 it attracted back in November, but 735 players is an impressive feat nonetheless making sure someone is going to walk away with a $438,607 first prize.
The event is currently hop, skipping and jumping through Day Two with under 300 players remaining, and the man who won that event back in November, Jonathan Roy, is one of the early leaders.
Ultimate Poker Hit Their First Sunday Guarantee
The one and only, Ultimate Poker, have managed to drag their way through a first few days of an operation littered with customer moans and groans to achieve a successful start on the first big Sunday Grind. OK, the word ‘big’ is going slightly over the top, but the site will be ecstatic after the first $10k Guaranteed event sold out over an hour before the event started. The event, which was capped at 200-players, created a prize pool of $18,200, 27-players got paid and the winner, “d4heels” earned $4,173.
Ultimate Poker became the first regulated online poker room to open for business in the United States when it opened in Nevada just last week.