A quick an easy round-up of the live tournament action around the globe including a new live tournament record in Canada; wins for Matt Salsberg and Rob Wazwaz, and a nine-handed chop in the opening event of the 888Live Barcelona festival.
Partypoker has broken new ground after hosting an event with the largest prize pool in the history of Canadian live poker. The partypoker MILLION North America Main Event and the Playground Poker Club’s Spring Poker Classic created a CA$5,709,750 prize pool, $709,750 more than the promoted CA$5m Guarantee.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) held the previous record set at CA$5,133,335 during the 2007 WPT North American Poker Championship. Partypoker and the Playground Poker Club has beaten that record by CA$576,415.
One record that still belongs to the WPT is the highest payout handed to an individual player for a tournament held on Canadian soil. Scott Clement’s CA$1,456,585 beating the CA$956,000 earned by Jean-Pascal Savard in the MILLION Main Event by half a million Canadian bucks.
Matt Salsberg Wins a Big Bear Trophy
Matt Salsberg has found himself on top of another pile of bodies after taking down the 2017 California State Poker Championship after cutting a heads-up deal with Fredrick Arni.
Salsberg defeated a field of 1,119 entrants to bank the top prize of $174,870, a $10k LAPC seat, and one of the strangest looking poker trophies I have ever seen. It’s the sixth time Salsberg has earned a six-figure score and his first live tournament win since taking down a side event at the WPT LA Poker Classic last year.
Final Table Results
1. Matt Salsberg – $174,870
2. Fredrick Arni – ¢160,000
3. Thu Nguyen – $85,720
4. Delmero Toledo – $58,040
5. Eddy Sabat – $44,610
6. Douglas Lada – $37,040
7. Thomas Zanot – $31,040
8. John Hulett – $25,020
9. Saya Ono – $19,020
888Live Barcelona Starts Well
Matt Salsberg’s chop with Fredrick Arni is more common that not in poker circles, but when did you last hear of the entire final table dividing the money and calling it a day?
The €220 buy-in Opening Event at 888Live Barcelona attracted 720 entrants. The top 81 players reached the money during the three-day event, but within 10-minutes of the final table the players agreed to an ICM chop with Alejandro Vazquez Gomez confirmed as the winner because he had the most chips.
Rob Wazwaz Wins Heartland Poker Tour Title
The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event at Ameristar Casino Hotel, in East Chicago, attracted 526 entrants. $173,385 of the $757,440 prize pool went to Rob Wazwaz who took it down along with a bracelet and a $3,6000 HPT Championship package.
It was Wazwaz’s fourth final table of the year and his first win. He was the runner-up to Luke Bohnen in the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Main Event in Columbus in February, finished fifth in the MSPT Main Event in Minnesota a few weeks later, and took third in a $235 buy-in event at the Canterbury Card Club in Shakopee, so it was coming.
The HPT has handed out over $85m in prize money since its inception.