A rambunctious round-up from the world of live tournament poker including a victory for the poker-loving Stammen family, and a round-up from the World Series of Poker Europe in Rozvadov.
I have three sisters, all younger than me.
I never wanted a brother.
I don’t know why?
I never thought about it.
Thinking about it now, I think it would suck if I had a little brother, and he turned out to be better than me at something. I am not sure how my ego would have taken it.
I hope the brother Stammen brothers don’t suffer from such snobbery.
Matthew Stammen has taken down the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Michigan State Poker Championship conquering a field of 1,271 entrants to bank the top prize of $218,565.
Before entering the MSPT, Stammen had only earned $52,820 playing live tournaments, with his previous best score etched into his Hendon Mob resume back in 2009 when finishing 4/452 in a $1,000 Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event earning $30,010.
It’s his first-ever live tournament win.
Unlike Matt’s brother Keven, who has earned close to $6m competing in live tournaments, including winning a World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship title and World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet.
Back to the MSPT and the final table including Maurice Hawkins. It’s been a cracking few months for the former World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring record holder. Hawkins won a Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event title in August for $113,322 and finished runner-up to Ike Haxton in the inaugural $10,500 Short-Deck at the Poker Masters in Las Vegas for $115,500.
Here are the final table results:
Final Table Results
1. Matt Stammen – $218,565
2. Joey Wideman – $135,451
3. Isaac Kratchman – $98,510
4. Maurice Hawkins – $75,237
5. Victor Gayheart – $56,643
6. Heinz Schluter – $43,098
7. Frank Lagodich – $33,247
8. Jason Mangold – $25,859
World Series of Poker Europe Round-Up
The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is currently going through the motions in Rozvadov.
Rozvadov may be smaller than Powell’s City of Books, but the team behind the marketing efforts will be pleased that 2,992 entrants turned up to compete in Event 1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em, as it meant they eclipsed the €1m Guarantee by close to half a million euros.
The final table contains more placemats than exquisite pieces of cutlery with only Krasimir Yankov the single shiny looking fork. The Bulgarian finished 64th in the WSOP Main Event for $108,745 and won the Goliath Phamous Poker Series Main Event for $272,141 in Planet Hollywood this summer.
The winner takes home €203,820.
Here is the final table setup.
Seat 1: Hannes Neurauter – 11,825,000
Seat 2: Bjorn Bouwmans – 5,850,000
Seat 3: Nelio Gatta – 5,000000
Seat 4: Tamir Segal – 8,500,000
Seat 5: Krasimir Yankov – 8,625,000
Seat 6: Aksel Ayguen – 4,725,000
Seat 7: Dariusz Glinski – 9,350,000
Seat 8: Flavio Delfoco – 4,850,000
Seat 9: Wojciech Wyrebski – 11,875,000
It’s worth noting that last year, the organisers guaranteed this event for €2m, and Matous Skorepa beat 4,115 entrants to win the €270,015 first prize.
Event #2: €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed DeepStack
With the logistics of the COLOSSUS mainly dealt with the WSOPE launched into its second event: €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed DeepStack.
The event pulled in 221-entrants, a little nosedive on the 240-entrants that enjoyed this event last term (Theodore McQuilkin won it for €88,043), and at the time of writing, there are 39 players left going into Day 3.
Notably, sitting in second place is the man who only travelled to this remote part of the world to seal the deal on the WSOP Player of the Year race, Shaun Deeb.
Here are the Top 5 chip counts.
Top Five Chip Counts
1. Milad Oghabian – 457,500
2. Shaun Deeb – 373,000
3. Van Tiep Nguyen – 364,500
4. Chin Wei Lim – 324,000
5. Giuliano Bendinelli – 311,000
The former PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event winner, Gianluca Speranza, has 259,000 chips, the Global Poker Index (GPI) August Player of the Month, Michael Soyza has 240,500, and the reigning WSOP POY, Chris Ferguson has 151,500.