A round-up of live tournament scores from the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo, partypoker LIVE Million North America, and Mid-States Poker Tour in Minnesota
Sorrentino had a sniff of a major title in the past when in 2014 he finished tenth in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event London. His previous best score before this win was €102,000 for winning a €1,100 Side Event at EPT Barcelona last year.
The German pro, Andreas Klatt, finished second after the pair cut a heads-up deal. Klatt had a sterling Championships beating 1,252 entrants in the €1,100 buy-in PokerStars National Championships for €151,445, and making the final table of a Pot-Limit Omaha side event finishing seventh for a minor score. His fantastic showing puts him in the driving seat for the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing title.
Final Table Results
1. Raffaele €466,714
2. Andreas Klatt – €402,786
3. Andrey Bondar – €271,500
4. Maxim Panyak – €199,900
5. Michael Kolkowicz – €147,120
6. Diego Zeiter – €108,300
Other top-notch players who dived deeper than most included: Triple Crown winners Davidi Kitai (7th), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (12th), and 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year (POY) chaser Sergio Aido (14th).
Julian Stuer won the final High Roller of the Championships when he defeated John Juanda in heads-up action to claim the €1,015,000 first prize in the €25,750 buy-in event.
187 entrants created a €4,581,500 prize pool, and superstars Thomas Muehloecker, Dario Sammartino, and Charlie Carrel all made the final table.
Both Stuer and Juanda began the final one-two in chips, and that’s how it ended after Stuer entered heads-up with a convincing 7:1 chip lead. Juanda was able to double up once, but when the chips went in for the final time, his AT was undone by KJ.
Juanda won’t be too disappointed with the loss. He had an excellent Championships earning over €1.1m in prize money after finishing third and second in the €25k events and is $150k away from breaking into the Hendon Mob All-Time Money Earners Top 10. Juanda currently sits on $20,153,373 with Brian Rast owning the tenth spot with $20,398,291.
Stuer finished second in this event back in EPT Prague last year when Isaac Haxton took the title.
Final Table Results
1. Julian Stuer – €1,015,000
2. John Juanda – €684,900
3. Thomas Muehloecker – €471,400
4. Dario Sammartino – €384,340
5. Javier Zapatero – €306,500
6. Charlie Carrel – €235,450
7. Ekrem Sanioglu – €171,300
8. Julian Thomas – €124,150
Partypoker LIVE Million North America Round-Up
Mike McDonald found time outside of his business interests to play a little poker in Montreal and proved he still has the beans.
Timex defeated fellow countryman Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault in heads-up action to take the CA$200,000 first prize in the CA$10,300 buy-in High Roller. Another Canadian, Sorel Mizzi, was third with partypoker Ambassador Roberto Romanello finishing fourth.
The last minute addition to the Million roster attracted 47 unique entrants and 53 re-entries. Perrault went into the heads-up phase with the chip lead, but the Global Poker League winner fought back to book his first live tournament win since taking down the €25,750 High Roller at EPT Malta for €498,575 in 2015.
Final Table Results (CAD$)
1. Mike McDonald – $200,000
2. Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault – $130,000
3. Sorel Mizzi – $84,100
4. Roberto Romanello – $50,000
5. Benoit Galland – $30,000
6. Vishal Singh Maini – $20,000
At the time of writing, 1,005 entrants made sure the CA$500,000 Guarantee was met in the CA$5,300 buy-in Main Event. Registration remains open for the first two levels of Day 2, so expect the final attendance to be a smidgen higher.
New Live Tournament Record For Minnesota
The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) has created a new live tournament attendance record in the Canterbury Park Card Club in Shakopee. 475 people entered the $1,100 buy-in Main Event, and Mark Wadekamper registered only his sixth cash of his career to take down the $110,220 first prize.
Wadekamper had previously made the final table of two Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Events, so he was no mug. He also managed to beat the former MSPT Champ Jonathan Kim in heads-up action. Kim won this title in December for a $107,659 score.
Final Table Results
1. Mark Wadekamper – $110,220
2. Jonathan Kim – $66,593
3. George Shabatura – $43,399
4. Mark Abboud – $30,081
5. Bryan Andrews – $22,963
6. Paul Eidem – $17,681
7. Nesbitt Coburn -= $14,696
8. Joe Maas – $12,170
9. Nathan Boyer – $10,287