Players are beginning to arrive in Johannesburg in preparation for the start of one of the most exotic stops on World Poker Tour – WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic.
With professionals such as Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, and Melanie Weisner all participating in this inaugural tournament, the on-the-felt action will be fierce as everyone competes to become the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to etch their name on the prestigious WPT Champions Cup. Away from the tables, players will get the chance to relax and hang with the pros at an invitation-only welcome party on October 21 featuring dinner, drinks, and traditional Zulu dancing.
As a special treat for interested players, Emperors Palace will also arrange a special overnight safari outing where you can get up close with some of Africa’s most majestic creatures in their natural habitats. The time and date of the safari outing will be determined based on player interest.
And then there were three. At the close of WPT World Championship – Part 2 last night on FSN, three players remained seated at the WPT World Championship final table, but all eyes were on the newcomer, Marvin “MadMarvin” Rettenmaier. What started as an impressive chip lead for Rettenmaier at the beginning of the episode over the rest of the table turned into utter dominance by the time Nick Schulman was eliminated in fourth place. At the close of play, Rettenmaier had more than three times the number of chips (11,575,000) as Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi in second (1,925,000) and Philippe Ktorza in third (1,740,000) combined. That’s a big lead.
For a little more on our new chip leader, take a look at this profile of Rettenmaier from last night’s episode:
And a three-way all-in hand featuring Rettenmaier, Mizrachi and Steve O’Dwyer, who exited in fifth place ($192,176):
The episode ended with Rettenmaier dispatching the aforementioned Schulman in fourth place ($256,235) and taking his 2.7 million chip stack, which catapulted MadMarvin up to the 11.5 million mark where he sits at the end of the episode. There was a lot of action in the episode and impressive play from MadMarvin at his first WPT final table, so make sure to tune in next week at 8pm & 11pm local time to catch the thrilling conclusion of World Poker Tour Season X on FSN.
Founded in 1859, Blackhawk, Colorado is a product of the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush that brought thousands of miners to the Rockies in search of fame and fortune. While there may not be much gold left in the mountains today, there are still fortunes to be made in this historic mining town. In fact, there’s no better time to hit it big than when the WPT Regional Colorado Poker Showdown rolls into the Isle Casino Hotel from October 18 – 21.
Featuring a $2,000 buy-in and three Day 1s limited to just 150 players each, this is a “can’t miss” for players seeking to stake their claim on the World Poker Tour. With tons of satellites and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs in this year’s Main Event, proper preparation is an important part of ensuring your success, so be sure to check out the tournament event page for all the information you need to ensure you don’t get shut out of the action.
When WPT World Championship – Part 2 airs on FSN on Sunday night at 8pm & 11pm local time, there will be five very talented poker players competing to have their name be the one that is engraved on the WPT Champions Cup as the newest WPT World Champion. Here are those five with their chip counts when play gets back underway:
1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 5,955,000 (74 BBs)
2. Philippe Ktorza – 3,300,000 (21 BBs)
3. Nick Schulman – 2,755,000 (34 BBs)
4. Michael Mizrachi – 1,990,000 (24 BBs)
5. Steve O’Dwyer – 1,360,000 (17 BBs)
Rettenmaier still has an impressive chip lead over the rest of the table, with Ktorza only making up some ground when he eliminated Trevor Pope in sixth place at the end of the last episode. However, with three WPT titles and four WSOP bracelets between them, Schulman and Mizrachi are not to be overlooked as they will take the experience they’ve collected from eight total WPT final tables and look to reel in “MadMarvin” before he has a chance to run away with this final table. And with more than $4 million in tournament earnings between them, Ktorza and O’Dwyer also have the chops to make a run at the WPT World Championship.
As seen in the below video clip from the upcoming episode, the Bellagio – and especially this event – still rate very highly among elite poker players as a place and a tournament that can be career defining.
And as another teaser from Sunday night’s episode, WPT Raw Deal analyst takes a look at the value of the “coin flip” in a poker tournament and how “The Grinder” may have missed an opportunity when he passed one up at this final table.
There’s plenty of action for all, so make sure to tune in to, or set your DVR for, FSN on Sunday night at 8pm & 11pm local time to catch every minute of this march toward the next WPT World Champion.
As the most prestigious World Poker Tour event of Season X, the $25,000 buy-in Season X WPT World Championship drew some of the biggest names in poker to compete for the chance to have their name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup and walk away with the $1,196,858 first-place prize as the WPT Season X Champion. Among the six players who made it through to the WPT televised final table, and the five that are still remaining when Part 2 airs this Sunday night on FSN, is poker pro and two-time WPT Champion Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.
One of the most recognized names in poker, “The Grinder” has been reaching major poker tournament final tables since 2004, winning his first WPT title at the 2005 WPT LA Poker Classic. Over those last eight years, Mizrachi has earned another WPT title, three WSOP bracelets and countless other smaller tournament wins while racking up more than $14 million in career tournament earnings.
At this final table, he entered in second place and so far has survived one elimination and is currently in fourth heading into WPT World Championship – Part 2, which airs this Sunday night at 8pm & 11pm local time on FSN. Make sure to tune in to see if this WPT Champion can add his name yet again to the WPT Champions Cup.
Check out this profile clip from that upcoming episode below:
There’s still time to reserve your seat at the upcoming PlanetWin365 WPT National Slovenia tournament. Running October 18 – 22, this €1,500 event is expected to draw players from across Europe to the beautiful Perla Casino & Hotel in Nova Gorica.
Entrants looking to maximize their value in this tournament can still win their way into the field for as little as €0.22 via online satellite qualifiers at planetwin365.com. Players seeking even more action in Slovenia can also compete in a €660 side event sponsored by Enjoybet.it.
“I can’t wait to visit the casino, as I’m told the venue is first class and the people are very friendly,” said WPT Champions Club member James Dempsey, who has confirmed his presence at the event. “I hear they love donating chips, so I expect to run deep and see a lot of chips coming my way.” Other players expected to attend include WPT Champions Club member Alessio Isaia and 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Rocco Palumbo.
The march toward crowning a champion for World Poker Tour Season X began last night on FSN at 8pm & 11pm when WPT World Championship – Part 1 aired. The $25,000 buy-in event marks the culmination of the World Poker Tour season every year and is a prestigious tournament drawing the biggest names in poker. This year’s event saw 152 entries pony up that buy-in amount to generate a prizepool of $3,660,500, with payouts going to the top 18 places and $1,196,858 going to the eventual WPT Season X Champion.
Last night’s episode took viewers from the first moments of the event through to the stacked six-person televised final table, 146 eliminations later. Once the final table was set, players convened at the WPT Final Table set to face each other down for the right to have their name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup. Just as the episode was coming to a close, the first player was eliminated from the final table when Trevor Pope exited in sixth place, earning $155,571.
Pope’s departure left the following five players battling for the title:
1. Marvin Rettenmaier - 5,955,000 (74 BBs)
2. Philippe Ktorza - 3,300,000 (21 BBs)
3. Nick Schulman - 2,755,000 (34 BBs)
4. Michael Mizrachi - 1,990,000 (24 BBs)
5. Steve O’Dwyer - 1,360,000 (17 BBs)
Below are profile clips of two of the players at this final table, Schulman and Ktorza.
There’s still a lot of poker to be played at this final table and a lot of talent on display, so make sure to tune in to, or set your DVR for, FSN this Sunday night at 8pm & 11pm local time.
Amanda Musumeci may not be a household name yet, but give her some time. As one of the most successful women playing online poker in the United States before Black Friday, Amanda was slowly and steadily building both a bankroll and a reputation as a fierce tournament player.
After the collapse of online poker in April 2011, Amanda had a choice; move out of the US and continue playing online as an expat or stick around and move from the virtual felt to the live poker circuit. She chose the latter option and, starting with World Poker Tour’s Season XI broadcasts in 2013, you can follow Amanda’s progress as she travels the world as one of WPT’s new crop of Ones to Watch.
Since those shows are still a few months away, we stole some time with Amanda to speak with her about her plans to play on one of World Poker Tour’s most anticipated events, the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic in Johannesburg, South Africa, starting October 22.
WPT Blog: So, South Africa… have you ever been there before and is there anything in particular you’re excited about seeing or doing?
Musumeci: No, I haven’t, but I’m so looking forward to this trip. From the pictures I’ve seen, the area looks incredible! I can’t wait to take amazing pics, try new foods, and experiencing all the area has to offer.
WPT Blog: With so many amazing activities available to visitors through the casino partner (Emperor’s Palace Casino) and so much to see, are you planning on spending some extra time in South Africa?
Musmeci: Yes, I am. I’m going to Cape Town before my trip to Johannesburg for the WPT Events. I thought it would be great to get some R&R before I go play… get my mind in a relaxed mode. And, once I’m finished winning the WPT Main Event, I’m going on a three-day safari.
WPT Blog: So, what are you doing to prepare for your trip?
Musmeci: I’ve been doing a ton of research online to find out more info on the area… I’m looking for a nice pad for my Cape Town excursion. Other than that, just your standard stuff. Packing and prepping mentally to play well in the WPT events.
WPT Blog: What do you expect of the poker players in South Africa? How do you think the game will differ from what you’ve become accustomed to in the States and Europe?
Musumeci: I’m expecting at least a handful of pros to come out for the events, but I’m not really sure what the poker scene is like in South Africa. Since I haven’t heard much about poker there, I’d imagine there may be several soft spots. I’m hoping for a good turn out of mostly recreational players.
WPT Blog: Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, and Melanie Weisner have all committed to the tournament. Are there any other pros you wish were joining you?
Musumeci: The fewer pros who show up, the better equity I have, so… no.
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They say the couple that plays together, stays together, and that’s never been truer than when you’re talking about Chip and Karina Jett. As the most successful couple in poker, the Jetts have proven to be a nearly unbeatable combination, both on and off the felt. Now, you can learn their secrets to success by spending an incredible evening with them at the magnificent MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The package includes:
- One night stay for two (2) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (standard occupancy, room incidentals not included)
- Two tickets for either KÀ by Cirque du Soleil or David Copperfield
- Dinner for two (2) at Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill with Chip & Karina Jett
- A private, two-hour poker lesson with Chip & Karina
You and a guest will start your stay with a private, two-hour poker lesson provided by both Chip and Karina where they will teach you techniques and strategies designed to improve your play in both cash games and tournament poker. The day doesn’t end there, however, as you’ll get to enjoy an incredible meal with Chip and Karina at Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill where they’ll share stories about their lives in Vegas and playing professional poker.
Finally, you’ll end your night by attending one of the most popular shows in town where you’ll get to marvel at David Copperfield’s mind-boggling magical skills or revel in the amazing artistry displayed by the performers in KÀ by Cirque du Soleil.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience and to have Chip and Karina Jett show you why a pair of Aces is the strongest hand in poker.