Three live tournament wins to catch up on including victories at the WinStar Resort, the World Series of Poker Circuit in Rotterdam, and the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
When it comes to the hierarchy of live tournaments, you can safely say that these seven are the Gondoliers of the canal.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP).
The World Poker Tour (WPT)
The PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT)
The Aussie Millions
The Super High Roller Bowl
And then you have a plethora of events that hold a special place in the hearts of those that experience them year-in, year-out, but don’t curry the same global appeal. And sizzling amongst all that noise is the $2,500 WinStar River Poker Series Main Event.
Last year, the former WPT Player of the Year, Benjamin Zamani, defeated all 926 entrants to win the $2m GTD WinStar River Poker Series Main Event, banking $347,134. This year, that honour went to a completely different animal, Will Pengelly, a 20-year old student, who had never cashed in a live event and needed to skip school to feature in the final table.
The University of North Texas student has been playing cash games at the WinStar Resort since he turned 18, and likened playing tournaments to buying a lottery ticket.
Pengelly won the title and $249,310 in prize money after the final five players decided to crank up the blind speed turbo style after cutting an ICM deal. The whole thing was done and dusted within the hour.
Final Table Results
1. Will Pengelly – $249,310*
2. Ricky Green – $205,710*
3. Ekrem Bozkurt – $215,170*
4. Jeff Banghart – $206,570*
5. Dean Baranowski – $144,000*
6. Matthew Bray – $75,440
7. Alan Cummins – $58,580
8. Johnny Deas – $46,060
9. Brian Green – $36,640
*Indicates a five-way chop.
Adam Miller Wins The Quantum Million Event at the Bike
Sticking with the States, and Adam Miller has taken down the $199,024 first prize in the Quantum Millions event at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles.
Miller likes competing at The Bike.
He finished sixth for $42,120 in the $1,675 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Main Event at the same venue. Miller beat Jim Collopy in heads-up action. Collopy is enjoying his finest year since 2013, after also placing third in the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship for $146,644.
The WPT Champions Club member, Jordan Cristos, also made the final table finishing seventh.
Final Table Results
1. Adam Miller – $199,024*
2. Jim Collopy – $166,000*
3. Javid Javani – $92,320
4. Amir Turkzadeh – $68,020
5. Jordan Cristos – $54,295
6. Steve Potashnick – $43,380
7. Giuseppe Catalano – $34,235
8. Tyler Dickinson – $26,245
9. Jeffery Bati – $19,560
*Indicates a heads-up deal.
Luuk Gieles Wins the WSOPC Rotterdam High Roller
Finally, Luuk Gieles has taken down the €3,500 High Roller at the WSOPC in the Holland Casino, Rotterdam.
The event attracted 31 entrants, and Gieles, who has over $600,000 in live tournament earnings, beat the lot. The win was only Gieles second ITM finish of the year, finishing 58th in the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona for €35,000. His most significant score to date remains €137,140 for finishing seventh in a €50,000 High Roller at the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Prague.
1. Luuk Gieles – €53,073
2. Kevin Paque – €35,386
3. Albert Hoekendijk – €17,693
4. Raoul Refos – €11,795