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Kenny Hallaert, Alan Picken & Richard Figiel Take Down partypoker Majors

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Three tournament results from partypoker to catch up on including an online victory by the World Series of Poker November Niner, Kenny Hallaert; a victory in Cardiff for Alan Picken, and Richard Figiel takes a title in Montreal after a six-way deal.

Kenny Hallaert continues to shine in large field tournaments after partypoker crowned him the $500,000 Guaranteed Online Grand Prix winner this weekend.

Kenny Hallaert, Alan Picken & Richard Figiel Take Down partypoker MajorsThe Belgian, who finished 5/22,374 in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Colossus last year, and then waded through the treacle like field of 6,737 entrants to make the WSOP Main Event November Nine, defeated 4,531 competitors on his way to securing a $63,891 purse over the weekend.

The 34-year old was in esteemed company as he headed into the home straight with Jon “FundMyMatiz” Spinks, Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway, Sebastian “p00cket00” Sikorski, Ian “Simpioni” Simpson, Phil “PhilRoyal888” Mighall, and Toby “eightenclubs” Lewis all enjoying deep runs.

It’s the first big score for Hallaert since making the November Nine, but give him a break, he’s been a busy boy. A few weeks ago, Hallaert made his debut as the new Tournament Director for Unibet during the Unibet Open Copenhagen.

Final Table Results

1. Kenny ‘FCBSpacey’ Hallaert – $63,891

2. Weie13 – $38,391

3. Bigfi5h555 – $25,391

4. ZlblDeNb_PrO – $17,261

5. Febolinha – $12,141

6. Sickflush – $8,891

7. Bigg4z1977 – $6,591

8. Cavs_tricolo – $$5,191

9. Rensu – $3,991

ESPN coverage of the 2016 WSOP begins today and will end with live coverage of the three-day Main Event final table.

Alan Picken Wins GPPT Cardiff

When Alan Picken headed down to Cardiff City Stadium to compete in the $250,000 Guaranteed Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) he was more prepared than most – he had a sleeping bag in his car.

“I didn’t think I would win,” Picken told partypoker sideline reporter Michelle Orpe after his victory.

The Dusk till Dawn (DTD) regular should have been more confident. In May he finished 23rd in the $1,000 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) National Main Event in his hometown club winning $5,789, before finishing 14th in the £550 DTD Deepstack for £2,250 a few days before travelling to the Welsh capital.

“It’s been my best year by far,” said Picken.

215 players progressed to Day 2 after a sea of Day 1 flights were made available for a $109 buy-in either live or online. Former Welsh rugby union star Shane Williams competed in the event but failed to make it through the 2,104 strong Day 1 field. Regular faces who had deep runs included Dan Owston (163rd), Iwan Jones (151st), Dewi James (101st), Andrew Hulme (100th), Eleanor Gudger (92nd), Leigh Wiltshire (46th), Paul Jackson (41st), and the newest member of the partypoker ambassadorial team Roberto Romanello (30th).

“I am just buzzing. I ran like God for the first six levels. Then I just grinded it out. You have to play your game and believe.” Said Picken after his win.

That leg in Cardiff was the last stadium visit of the tour. The next one will be played in Killarney, Sep 14.

Final Table Results

1. Alan Picken – $40,000

2. Daniel Hamblin – $24,000

3. Adrian Ko – $16,000

4. Josh Veasey – $12,000

5. Chris Alexander – $9,000

6. David Morgan – $6,560

7. Neil Wyatt – $5,000

8. John Hird – $4,000

Richard Figiel Wins partypoker Canadian Grand Prix

Richard Figiel has topped a field of 3,341 entrants in the C$500,000 Guaranteed partypoker Canadian Grand Prix in the Playground Poker Club in Montreal.

The event had over 50 starting flights, and Figiel thought his tournament had ended after firing four bullets into the dust. He was on his way home when an official told him that he could buy into Day 2 directly for $1,100, which he duly did. It was a sound investment.

The tournament nearly ended with six players left after they all agreed to split the remaining prize money. It’s unusual to see so many players agree to a split, especially when you consider that Karla Leduc and Neil MacLeod were holding a golden chip that would have been worth an additional $50,000 had they won.

The players went ahead with the chop. $10,000 was taken from the prize pool and left for the eventual winner, which was Figiel after beating Paul Moohorea in heads-up action.

Final Table Results

1. Richard Figiel – C$49,385*

2. Paul Moohorea – C$30,165*

3. Richard Monreau – C$37,655*

4. Neil Macleod – C$34,945*

5. Kegan Cummings – C$37,160*

6. Karla Leduc – C$32,780*

7. Daniel Dagenais – C$10,300

8. Adam Cader – C$7,800

9. Mark Sloane – C$5,970

10. Sofian Boulila – C$4,630

*Denotes a six-way deal

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