Episode Recap – Marvin “MadMarvin” Rettenmaier wins WPT World Championship

Episode Recap – Marvin “MadMarvin” Rettenmaier wins WPT World Championship

Oct 22, 2012 | No Comments

It’s all over. Marvin “MadMarvin” Rettenmaier has captured the Season X WPT World Championship title and will be the newest poker player to have their name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup. For the win “MadMarvin” earns $1,196,858, which includes entry into next season’s WPT World Championship, and a silver Tiffany card protector.

When the last episode of the season kicked off last night at 8pm & 11pm local time on FSN, there were three players remaining at the WPT World Championship final table, Marvin “MadMarvin” Rettenmaier, Philippe Ktorza and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, with the following chip counts:

Rettenmaier – 11,575,000
Mizrachi – 1,925,000
Ktorza – 1,740,000

As you can see, MadMarvin entered the episode with a crushing chip lead; however, the going would not be as easy as it would seem with a chip lead like that. Both Ktorza and Mizrachi took huge pots off him multiple times during three-way play, and he eventually dropped out of the chip lead until knocking out Mizrachi in third place ($424,618), which gave him a 2 million chip lead going into heads-up play.

As heads-up play began, Ktorza continued to take pots off Rettenmaier and at one point the chip counts had almost completely reversed from where they had started at the beginning of the episode:

Marvin Rettenmaier – 3,725,000
Philippe Ktorza – 11,500,000

As the match stretched on, Rettenmaier’s talent level began to shine through as he built his chip stack back up and was able to eventually put away the match and go home with the WPT Champions Cup.

Below is a clip from last night’s episode in which WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst takes a look at the heads-up match between this poker pro and amateur and how fitting and end it was for WPT Season X.

See you next season!

Two of Poker’s Hottest Women Heading to WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic

Two of Poker’s Hottest Women Heading to WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic

Oct 19, 2012 | No Comments

If the presence of big name poker pros like Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada and Brazilian star Felipe “Mojave” Ramos weren’t enough – along with the attendance of local TV star Caitlin Fox – players can expect to see two of poker’s hottest women in the mix at WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic, Liv Boeree and Tatjana Pasalic.

Liv has had a tremendous amount of success on the live poker tournament circuit, earning more than $2 million in live tournaments over the span of just a few years. This success is best characterized by her European Poker Tour win back in 2010, for which she earned $1,250,000. Since then her results have been just as consistent, she is a member of Team PokerStars and can be seen at major poker tournaments the world over, including this WPT event in South Africa.

Tatjana has also seen her fair share of success, rising from the poker scene in her native Croatia to become one of the most recognized females in the poker industry. In 2011, she appeared at the top of WPT Magazine’s list of the 20 sexiest girls in poker and later that same year was named “Personality of the Year” by WPT Magazine readers as part of the annual Readers’ Choice Awards. She is currently signed to Team Bodog as a personality and TV presenter and will be playing more events in this role, including this one.

Check out the photos gallery below for some shots of the women, and maker sure to keep track of WPT Live Updates to see how these two fare at WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic.

Have Dinner with the “Magician” at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Have Dinner with the “Magician” at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Oct 18, 2012 | No Comments

We all know Vegas is a magical kind of town filled with wondrous people you won’t find anywhere else. As it turns out, one of those people is WPT Champions Club member Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, who performed two of his biggest tricks this year, winning WSOP bracelets in Europe and at the most expensive tournament ever played – the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event where he took home the title and more than $18 million in prize money.

If you want to learn Antonio’s secrets to success, all you have to do is head over to Charitybuzz and bid for your chance to have a private dinner with him at Bellagio during December’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Bidding on this event ends on Halloween, so don’t miss your chance to claim an incredibly cool treat and to hang out with one of the most popular players in poker today.

Episode Preview: WPT World Championship – Part 3

Episode Preview: WPT World Championship – Part 3

Oct 18, 2012 | No Comments

It all comes down to this. There are three players remaining at the final table of the Season X WPT World ChampionshipMarvin “MadMarvin” Rettenmaier, Philippe Ktorza and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi – but only one can be named Season X WPT World Champion. As you can see from the chip counts below, Rettenmaier holds a commanding chip lead over Mirachi and Ktorza heading into three-way play and will look to ride that lead to his first WPT victory.

Rettenmaier – 11,575,000
Mizrachi – 1,925,000
Ktorza – 1,740,000

However, with a big name talent like Mirachi behind him, nothing is guaranteed. And don’t count out the amateur Ktorza. Think Sean Jazayeri beating “Doc” Sands heads-up at WPT LA Poker Classic this year and remember that an amateur can hit all the right cards and take down the most talented of players. Without spoiling anything, we can tell you that the ride isn’t easy for anyone at this final table and things don’t quite go the way you might think they would. This rollercoaster ride of an episode is a fitting end to an amazing World Poker Tour season and one definitely worth tuning in to watch.

WPT World Championship – Part 3 airs Sunday night at 8pm & 11pm local time on FSN and will end when one of these three players earns the right to have their name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup.

To get you in the mood to see another WPT Champion, here’s a preview clip of this week’s WPT Champions Cup Moment in which we take a look back at all of the WPT Champions crowned during Season X.

TV Star Caitlin Fox to Play WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic

TV Star Caitlin Fox to Play WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic

Oct 17, 2012 | No Comments

Along with big name poker pros like Chris Moneymaker and Joe Cada, who will be making the trek to Johannesburg, South Africa, to play WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic in just a couple of days, South African poker fans will also see the familiar face of local TV star Caitlin Fox.

Caitlin spent seven years as a presenter on Craz-e, South Africa’s popular kids’ TV show, and became a household face and name thanks to her time there. After matriculating from the kids’ TV world, Caitlin now spends her time modeling and has seen herself featured in both local and international ads. Alongside her modeling career has come an interest in poker to the point that she has been named the female ambassador for this year’s WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic.

To read more about Caitlin and her role at this year’s event visit the following:

Meet Emperors WPT ace queenThe Citizen Online
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Tomaz Kogovsek Wins PartyPoker.com WPT National Vienna
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Tomaz Kogovsek Wins PartyPoker.com WPT National Vienna

Oct 16, 2012 | No Comments

Tomaz Kogovsek parlayed a $200 PartyPoker.com satellite buy-in into €60,600 after winning the first-ever PartyPoker.com WPT National Vienna tournament at the Montesino Casino. Kogovsek, a native of Slovenia, bested a tough field of 283 players to claim the title and the largest cash prize he’s earned in five years of player poker. In addition to his first-place winnings, PartyPoker.com provided Kogovsek with an entry to the upcoming PlanetWin365 WPT National Slovenia (Oct 18 – Oct 22) so that he can attempt to make a second consecutive final table in front of his family and friends.

Eight players started today’s final day of play, with Kogovsek holding a chip lead that was never threatened. Slovenian Blaz Svara was the first player eliminated, followed quickly by two of the table’s short stacks, Robert Heidorn who finished seventh, and Shai Zurr, who fell in sixth position. When Predrag Kecojevic and Peter Kamaras, the Day 1A chip leader, were eliminated in fifth and fourth positions, respectively, the three remaining players were all sitting near equal stacks.

After David Taborsky’s pocket 7s lost a race against eventual runner-up Thoms Muhlocker’s Ad-9d, the tournament’s final heads-up confrontation was set. With Kogovsek holding a sizable chip lead over Muhlocker, the battle lasted just 20 minutes and ended in spectacular fashion when Kogovsek’s Ah 8d out-flopped Muhlocker’s Ac Kh on a board that ran out 10d-Qs-8s-Ad-6h.

Final payouts are provided below:

  1. Tomaz Kogovsek – €60,600
  2. Thomas Muhlocker – €42,550
  3. David Taborsky – €27,370
  4. Peter Kamaras – €20,260
  5. Predrag Kecojevic – €15,210
  6. Shai Zurr – €12,160
  7. Robert Heidorn – €10,100
  8. Blaz Svara – €8,100
WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic – Off-the-Felt Activities in South Africa

WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic – Off-the-Felt Activities in South Africa

Oct 16, 2012 | No Comments

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.

Episode Recap: WPT World Championship – Part 2

Episode Recap: WPT World Championship – Part 2

Oct 15, 2012 | No Comments

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.

Mine for Treasure at the WPT Regional Colorado Poker Showdown

Mine for Treasure at the WPT Regional Colorado Poker Showdown

Oct 11, 2012 | No Comments

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.