3-Barrels of pure value including Jon Turner winning the Card Player Poker Tour Main Event at The Venetian, Kuljinder Sidhu winning the Bellagio Cup, and Fedor Holz confirmed as a Celebrity Cash King.
Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner has topped off an excellent summer by winning the $5,000 buy-in Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT) Venetian Main Event for $536,858.
Sheldon Adelson, the man who wants to kill online poker, opened the doors to his Las Vegas home, and 537 players walked through and took a pew. Ironically, $7.7m of the $10m Turner has won playing poker was earned playing online – something he can’t do in the States thanks to people like the octogenarian billionaire.
The event was the piece de resistance of the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III, a series that guaranteed over $16m in prize money. The CPPT event raised $2,497,050 in prize money. The winning purse of $536,858 is Turner’s largest.
Turner, who beat Artem Metalidi in heads-up action, also enjoyed a vibrant World Series of Poker (WSOP). He cashed in five events, including three Top 20 finishes, a fifth in the Summer Solstice event, and a 100th place finish in the Main Event.
Final Table Results
1. Jon Turner – $536,858
2. Artem Metalidi – $329,860
3. Dan Heimiller – $237,719
4. Thomas Paul – $179,788
5. Matt Parry – $134,841
6. Jeremy Ausmus – $102,379
7. Ilan Boujenah – $79,906
8. Erick Lindgren – $62,426
9. Tim Reilly – $47,444
Other notables to cash included Adrian Mateos (14th), Chance Kornuth (22nd), and Jeff Madsen (40th).
Kuljinder Sidhu Wins The Bellagio Cup
The CPPT Venetian Main Event wasn’t the only Vegas tournament to take advantage of the influx of players tumbling out of the WSOP Main Event.
The $10,400 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Bellagio Cup XII attracted 268 entries and a total prize pool of $2,599,600. British pro-Kuljinder Sidhu took the top prize of $599,440 after beating Nick Schulman in heads-up action. Fellow Brit Liv Boeree also made the final table finishing in eighth.
Sidhu and Schulman decided to split the remaining $1.1m Chance Kornuth fell in third place. It’s Sidhu’s third cash of the year, and all three of them have been in the six-figure region. He finished third at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in Dublin for $281,651, third in a €10,200 Turbo Event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for $103,758, and now this little beauty. Sidhu’s largest score to date came last year when he finished runner-up to Mustapha Kanit for $722,771 at the €10,300 EPT Barcelona High Roller. He has now earned over $2.2m in live tournament earnings.
Final Table Results
1. Kuljinder Sidhu – $599,440
2. Nick Schulman – $557,388
3. Chance Kornuth – $285,956
4. Connor Drinan – $198,869
5. Pratyush Buddiga – $148,177
6. Adam Geyer – $114,382
7. David Peters – $88,386
8. Liv Boeree – $64,990
9. Dani Stern – $46,793
Byron Kaverman finished 10th; Noah Schwartz finished 11th, and Igor Kurganov finished 12th.
Fedor Holz Confirmed as a Celebrity Cash King
A few days after Fedor Holz talked to CalvinAyre about feeling burned out and seeing his future away from poker, he has agreed to appear in the annual Celebrity Cash Kings event at the King’s Casino, Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
The high stakes cash game streams live Aug 14 – 17. The format will be €50/€100 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) with the option to switch to Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) should the players choose to do so.
Dan Cates, Tobias Reinkemeier, and Jan Peter Jachtmann are also confirmed. Dusk till Dawn (DTD) owner Rob Yong will also take a seat as he scopes out the competition in more ways than one, and Wales all-time live tournament money earner Roberto Romanello will also be in the game.
After earning $18m in four years playing live tournaments, not to mention his exploits online, Holz is one of the hottest players in the world right now and currently occupies the World #1 spot in the Global Poker Index (GPI).