He makes regular appearances on World Poker Tour broadcasts from around the world, runs one of the game’s most popular and informative Twitter feeds, and is the industry’s go to guy when it comes to questions about tricky tournament rulings on the felt.
Now, Jeanine Deeb gives you a chance to meet the man behind the persona when she sits down for a rare, one-on-one interview with WPT Executive Tournament Director Matt Savage in his home casino, San Jose, CA’s Bay 101, in our latest WPT Flashback.
With the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star in full swing (you are following along, aren’t you?), it’s hard to believe that anyone could be looking at a calendar right now. But, for those players who are eliminated from the action in San Jose – and even for some of those who are still competing – the WPT’s upcoming European leg promises some fun times and amazing action.
Players like Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, and Jonathan Duhamel are all dusting off their passports and getting ready to jump across the pond for what promises to be an amazing double-header; the inaugural WPT National London tournament at Aspers Casin0 (March 15 – 19) and the sixth edition of PartyPoker.com’s unique Premier League, filmed at Aspers from March 17 – 23. Hosted by the irrepressible Kara Scott, this year’s Premier League event is an invitation-only, 16-player tournament featuring a massive $125,000 buy-in.
When the festivities wind down in London, things will just be heating up on the Continent when players like Sam Trickett, Marvin Rettenmaier, Phil Hellmuth, and Tony G party Italian style at the televised WPT Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Grand Prix from March 25 – 30. Of course, your favorite WPT cast members like Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, Kimberly Lansing, and the WPT Royal Flush Girls will all be on hand as well, so you won’t miss a moment of the action.
Check out the full WPT schedule and think about joining us for an amazing Spring Fling in Europe.
This Sunday at 8pm & 11pm local time on FSN, World Poker Tour viewers will once again get a chance to follow along as another player etches their name into the history books as a WPT Champion as WPT Parx Open Poker Classic – Part 3 airs and wraps up the tour stop in Philadelphia.
Along with all of the poker action at the table, the episode will highlight another player we expect to make a splash on the World Poker Tour this year, WPT Season XI One to Watch Amanda Musumeci.
Check out Amanda’s video profile segment above and make sure to tune in every Sunday at 8pm and 11pm local time on FSN to watch her in action on the World Poker Tour.
Spring is still two weeks away, which makes now the perfect time to start planning your fall poker vacation by reserving your cabin on our next World Poker Tour Cruise, taking place from September 8 – 15, 2013.
Returning to Royal Caribbean’s amazing Freedom of the Seas for the second straight year, this year’s cruise promises to be more fun than ever with new ports of call and expanded poker offerings to keep you entertained both on and off the ship. Departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, this year’s round-trip tour of the beautiful Bahamas will feature stops in exotic locations, including St. Thomas and St. Maarten, where you can explore everything these popular islands have to offer.
Back on board, you’ll enjoy unprecedented access to some of your favorite WPT cast members, such as Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, and the WPT Royal Flush Girls, along with tons of great poker training provided by our friends at WPT Boot Camp. Of course, the week will be filled with tons of cash games and tournaments too, including a Player Appreciation Freeroll on September 8 where the winner will receive a 100% discount* on the cost of their cabin for the cruise.
Registration has just opened and cabins will disappear quickly, so don’t wait too long to begin planning your next getaway. Visit the WPT Cruise website for more information and be one of the first 30 people to reserve your spot to receive an invitation to a private dinner with WPT Commentators Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten.
*Value equivalent to a double occupancy, Category M inside stateroom
Congratulations to Sertac Turker, winner of the WPT National Cyprus event at the Merit Grand Casino.
Turker, who has only been playing for a short while, defeated a field of 259 entrants to claim the title and the largest payday of his career so far, walking away with $115,000. Turker entered heads-up play as an underdog against seasoned pro Oleg Suntsov, who held the chip lead through much of the match, but who saw his fortunes change in a fateful hand where he flopped trip Queens while holding AQ, only to see Sertac, who was holding pocking Kings, come back from behind and score a key double up when he rivered a flush.
The match ended soon after when Oleg moved in with pocket 10s only to find himself dominated by Turker’s pocket Aces.
- Sertack Turker — $115,000
- Oleg Suntsov — $80000
- Kayhan Tugrul — $50,000
- Andrew Sweeney — $36,237
- Tolga Demirel — $28,000
- Shahir el Zayadi — $22,500
While in town to film WPT Parx Open Poker Classic – airs this Sunday at 8pm & 11pm local time on FSN – the WPT Royal Flush Girls, along with WPT Hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, took a trip to nearby Bensalem, PA, to visit with the Bensalem Emergency Medical Services. This is the mission statement from their website:
The mission of the Bensalem Rescue Squad is to provide competent and caring aid to the victims of emergencies in our community, through prevention, public education, and emergency services. The mission of the Squad includes cooperating with other services and aggressively seeking ways to better protect and treat the public we serve.
Parx Casino has donated more than $400,000 to Bensalem EMS over the last 5 years, enabling them to add a third crew to their rotation. This addition dropped their response time from 17 minutes down to 8 minutes, giving responders and victims life-saving minutes.
Watch the video for more information and make sure to visit the WPT Foundation website to read more about the charitable efforts of World Poker Tour. And make sure to tune in this Sunday at 8pm and 11pm local time to catch all of the action from Parx Casino as WPT Parx Open Poker Classic concludes and a new WPT Champion crowned.
For the third year in a row Silicon Valley “Tech Titans” took on poker pros and came away victorious at the WPT Foundation SVEN Silicon Valley Poker Charity Challenge. This year it was Google/YouTube Executive Shishir Mehrotra who faced down an impressive field of well-known names from the poker world and a heads-up battle with Nancy Albertini, President of Albertini Group, to claim the title. No winnings were paid out as all funds collected – estimated to be about $35,000 – are donated to a worthy cause, with this year’s recipient being the Computer History Museum, who also hosted the event.
The list of participants at last night’s event read like a who’s who of some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies, including Cisco, Google, M3 Automation, IVP, Box, Saunders Holdings, Intel, SpreeCast, Appensure, Square, Sutter Hill Ventures, Optimal, Inc., WilmerHale and Crossview. The list of poker pros was no less impressive – with poker pro Dan O’Brien reaching the final table – and included Joe Serock, WPT Season XI Ones to Watch Jason Sommerville and Amanda Musumeci, Alex Phahurat, Noah Schwartz, WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Byron Kaverman, Jonathan Little, Shannon Shorr, Tommy Vedes, Faraz Jaka and Dan Fleyshman.
WPT Host Mike Sexton served as emcee for the evening with the WPT Royal Flush Girls also in attendance. World Poker Tour cameras were on hand to capture the action for the upcoming Season XI WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star episodes that will air starting June 30 at 8pm and 11pm local time on Sunday nights on FSN.
When World Poker Tour rolls into town it’s not all flops, turns and rivers, the cast and crew often gets the chance to experience the great activities and experiences available in and around the host casino, all of which can be seen during World Poker Tour episodes every Sunday night at 8pm and 11pm local time on FSN.
In the case of WPT Parx Open Poker Classic, Parx Casino has some great entertainment outside of the poker room and the beautiful city of Philadelphia as a backdrop, which WPT Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten along with Tony Dunst and the WPT Royal Flush Girls decided to use to the fullest.
In the first clip from this Sunday’s episode (above), Mike, Vince, Tony and the Royal Flush Girls headed out to the horse races to try their hand at a little horse betting. It went really well for some, and not so well for others.
In the second clip (below), Mike and Vince decided to pay homage to one of Philadelphia’s most famous fictional residents, Rocky, and traced his footsteps during his iconic training run.
This plus plenty of poker action is what you can expect to see this Sunday on FSN when World Poker Tour returns at 8pm and 11pm local time for WPT Parx Open Poker Classic – Part 2.
It took nearly 9 hours of intense play for Paul Klann to become a millionaire at the WPT LA Poker Classic Championship, not that you’ll hear him complain about the long stint under the TV lights.
Klann, a small business owner from Alberta, Canada, took home $1,004,090 for his victory, including a seat in the $25,500 WPT World Championship at Bellagio in May. Playing conservatively throughout much of the final table, Klann was content to let his opponents battle each other which doing his best to stay out of the fray. That tactic changed when he entered heads-up play as a 2-1 dog, and opened up his game to overcome the deficit and claim the title.
Klann’s took his first step toward the championship on hand 13 when Toby Lewis moved all in with Ah – 10h, only to be called by Danny Fuhs who held Ad – 9d. A 9 on the flop ended matters quickly, and Lewis found himself sent to the rail in sixth place with a check worth $193,560. Play slowed considerably after the first elimination with players doubling up through one another regularly, but no one being knocked out. That changed when David Fong moved all in with pocket Queens and got called by Daniel Fuhs who held Ac-Kh. Fong survived a flop of 8s-4s-2h, but got run down on the turn, which brought the Ks. A meaningless 5d on the river ended Fong’s day.
Another slow period of play lasted until hand 162 when Fuhs found himself crippled after tangling with Paul Volpe. Fuhs finally moved all in for 525,000 from the button while holding Qc-Js and found himself in trouble after Volpe raised from the small blind with Kd-Jh. The board brought no help for Fuhs, who was sent home in fourth place with a payday worth more than $316,000.
Head-up play came just seven hands later when Jesse Yaginuma shoved with Qc-Js only to run into Volpe’s Ac-10s. Yaginuma failed to improve, giving Volpe a massive chip lead against the amateur Klann. In a fierce battle that saw multiple lead changes between the two competitors, the final blow came quickly. After crippling Volpe on the hand before, Klann called Vople’s 550,000 chip shove while holding Qh-5h, which was ahead of Volpe’s 10h-9s. When the board failed to help Volpe’s hand, Klann’s Queen high was good enough to take the title and to etch his name into WPT history alongside past WPT LA Poker Classic winners like Gus Hansen and Antonio Esfandiairi.
- Paul Klann – $1,004,090
- Paul Volpe – $651,170
- Jesse Yaginuma – $429,810
- Daniel Fuhs – $316,650
- David Fong – $236,250
- Toby Lewis – $193,560