Venice does things a little differently than the rest of the world, but then again, what do you expect from a city whose roads are actually canals? The city is unique – a one of a kind, must see for any world traveller – especially if they happen to play a little bit of poker.
So, if you fit the bill and want to check two amazing experiences off your personal bucket list, mark your calendars for the WPT National Series Venice tournament running at the beautiful Casino Ca Noghera from July 21 – 24. Sponsored by GD Poker, this €1,500 + €150 tournament will feature some of the best know pros in Italy, including Max Pescatori, Giovanni Rizzo, and Carla Solinas, along with PartyPoker’s own Kara Scott.
Visit the Event Page for full tournament information and learn how you can win one of 15 guaranteed satellite seats for just €220 and for information on how your friends and family can watch you compete for the title on the tournament’s live stream.
The benefits of being a ClubWPT VIP member just keep rolling in. On top of the $5,000 WPT Legends of Poker package up for grabs on Sunday, ClubWPT VIP members also have the chance to win a seat to a WPT Boot Camp event every month.
This month’s tournament will be held on Sunday, July 22nd at 4PM ET. View the course schedule and choose from any WPT 2-Day Boot Camp.
These camps are geared toward poker players of all skill levels, from the beginner to the advanced, and feature a sophisticated curriculum comprised of live lecture, game play and poker footage along with special camp tournaments and events.
This prize includes the seat to the Boot Camp ONLY. No Travel or Hotel accommodations are included.
There’s only one chance left for ClubWPT VIP members to play for the opportunity of a lifetime, winning a seat to a WPT Main Event and the chance to win $1,000,000. This Sunday, July 15th at 4PM ET, the last $5,000 WPT Legends of Poker package is up for grabs and includes a seat into the 2012 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event tournament running August 24th – 29th, 2012 at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA, and five nights accommodation and airfare to/from destination for one person.
Satellites are still running daily, so now’s the time to take a shot at playing alongside poker’s finest and become the next WPT Poker-Made Millionaire™!
Satellite times are:
July 10th – July 14th Daily*: 3:45PM, 5:45PM, 6:45PM 8:45PM, 9:45PM, 11:45PM ET
July 10th – July 15th Daily*: 12:45AM, 9:45AM, 10:45AM, 12:45PM, 1:45PM
*For Daily Satellites, the top 10 from each daily satellite wins an entry into the Final Event. On the day of the event, satellites will run only at times prior to Final Event’s scheduled start time.
Note: WPT $3,700 Seat prize winner’s option. The winner (1st place) of this tournament in June may substitute in place of the seat, a one-time cash payment of $1,250. The choice of prize substitution must be made in writing and once made is final. See Official Tournament Rules for more information on this tournament.
This prize is NON-TRANSFERRABLE and CAN ONLY BE USED FOR THE 2012 WORLD POKER TOUR LEGENDS OF POKER EVENT AND LOCATION.
In a David vs. Goliath style final table, amateur poker player and WPT Boot Camp alumnus Sean Jazayeri captured the WPT LA Poker Classic title, the $1,370,240 in prize money and had his name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup by taking on a table full of young and talented poker pros all intent on cementing their status.
Heading into the final table, Jazayeri held the chip lead and, while the chip lead would swing in and out of his hands, he would stay at or near the top of the leaderboard while those young pros hit the rail one by one until he was left facing WPT Season X One to Watch David “Doc” Sands, who had built up momentum and entered the match with a slight chip lead.
Jazayeri held his own against the more experienced Sands, until two consecutive hands determined the fate of both and ended the tournament. The first was a classic race situation in which Jazayeri’s AK beat out the QQ of Sands and the second was a brutal river card for Sands when Jazayeri hit a five-outer to send Sands out in second and become a WPT Champion.
Here are the full final table payouts:
1. Sean Jazayeri – $1,370,240
2. David Sands – $806,370
3. Dan Kelly – $521,770
4. Noah Schwartz – $355,750
5. Jason Burt – $252,980
6. Jason Somerville – $202,910
We’re down to the final three players at the LA Poker Classic, but David “Doc” Sands, Dan “DJK 123” Kelly, and Sean Jazayeri aren’t the people who kicked some butt at the Commerce Casino. Check out how Royal Flush Girl Ivy Teves unwinds after a long day on set and see how she’s redefining the term “bad beat.”
To catch more of Ivy and the rest of the Royal Flush Girls – along with the amazing conclusion of the LA Poker Classic – tune into World Poker Tour on FSN this Sunday at 8pm and 11pm local time.
On Sunday, World Poker Tour will crown the newest LA Poker Classic Champion. The question is, will it be one of the two 20-something professionals – David “Doc” Sands or Dan “DJK 123” Kelly – or will it be 53-year old amateur, Sean Jazayeri.
You don’t think we’re going to tip our hand, do you?
What we will tell you is that you won’t want to miss any of the action when these three players battle it out for one of the tour’s most prestigious titles and the chance to have their name immortalized next to guys like this:
Tune into the World Poker Tour on FSN this Sunday at 8pm and 11pm local time to see which player become LA’s newest star.
A couple of weeks ago, we spoke with World Poker Tour Commentator Mike Sexton as he prepared to play in the richest poker tournament ever held, the $1 Million Big One for One Drop charity event at the World Series of Poker.
The tournament – which was capped at 48-players – sold out, raising a total more than $5.3 Million for One Drop, and creating a prize pool worth more than $42.6 Million. Even though Mike missed out on collecting the $18 Million first-place prize, he did finish in the money, collecting $1.1 Million for his ninth-place finish.
We caught up during the televised final table to find out what he thought of the tournament and its impact on poker.
WPT Blog: How did the event compare to your expectations? Were you surprised that they actually had to turn players away because of the cap?
Mike Sexton: One Drop actually exceeded my expectations. It sold out, and was fantastic for both poker and the One Drop organization.
Besides that, it was just a great event with a nice welcome party, a beautiful area to play in, comped food & drinks, the best dealers at the WSOP, and a terrific camaraderie between the pros and the businessmen. It was a fantastic experience and, most importantly, I cashed.
WPT Blog: What was the atmosphere like? On the live stream, it looked like everyone was pretty loose and friendly, especially after the money bubble burst.
Mike Sexton: It was electric. Everyone was loose and enjoying themselves, and they all knew it was an historical event in the poker world. They’ll be talking about the inaugural One Drop $1M buy-in tourney 20 or 25 years from now.
WPT Blog: Were you surprised by the caliber of play from the businessmen in the field?
Mike Sexton: I wasn’t surprised at all. Most of them play extremely high-stakes cash games and are pretty tough. In fact, I think they had an advantage in that the money wasn’t a factor for them, unlike the pros, who all pieced themselves out to play. As a group, I think the businessmen outplayed the pros.
WPT Blog: What do you think about [hedge fund manager] David Einhorn’s pledge to give all of his winnings to the charity? How does that reflect on poker? Do you think other players may – or should – follow his example?
Mike Sexton: I salute the guy and wish other who could afford it would follow his example. It has to be good for poker.
WPT Blog: Do you think we’ll see more events like this in the future?
Mike Sexton: This was a special event. The only way this could go annually, in my humble opinion, is if many more businessmen entered the event each year. I don’t think the pros could afford to play every year without a longer structure or a bigger overlay.
Peter Olsen must be doing something right. The Danish player won his entry to the WPT National Series Madrid through a qualifier on PartyPoker.com and then parlayed that victory into €60,000 and a WPT National title. Not too shabby at all – especially for someone playing in his first-ever live tournament.
The eight-player final table quickly became short-handed as Olsen found himself in the final four. Raul Mestre, eager to win the title for his home country, dispatched Swedish player Alex Stevic in fourth place and Portugal’s Rosa Maria Islas Rodriguez in third to take the chip lead into his heads-up battle with Olsen.
Olsen didn’t stay down for long, however, taking a number of pots off Mestre to take control of the match. Olsen’s luck continued to the tournament’s final hand where, on a board of 10d, 4c, Qs, 7s, 5c, his Kh 5c connected on the river to best Mestre’s Kc Jc.
Become a ClubWPT VIP Member to see how you can duplicate Peter Olsen’s amazing run by winning your way into one of the next WPT Regional, WPT National, or WPT Season XI Main Events. Play for your seat online and – with a little luck – you could be the next WPT Champion.
Odds makers would say that Sunday nights World Poker Tour episode on FSN was anything but a fair fight as 53-year old amateur Sean Jazayeri continued to battle with three of the hottest young guns in the game at the LA Poker Classic.
When short-stacked Noah Schwartz busted in the early going, Jazayeri found himself with a huge target painted on his back, as both David “Doc” Sands and Dan “DJK 123″ Kelly lined him up for the kill. And while Jazayeri may have been a little over his head at times – as the clip below shows – he proved to be a harder target than either Sands or Kelly anticipated.
For more on how the talented amateur managed to avoid having his ticket punched by the two aggressive pros, take a look at the hand that Tony Dunst breaks down in his Raw Deal segment.