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Juttelstad Thwarts Gagne for WPT Seminole Title



Matt Juttelstad. Photo: BJ Nemeth.


Matt Juttelstad is the new WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open champion, defeating Gigi Gagne heads-up after an epic final table today in Florida.

Juttelstad, who led or was in the top five in chips virtually wire-to-wire, earned $268,444 for the win – by far and away his largest live score ever.

All told, 303 hands were needed to play down from the final six but only about 30 of them were needed heads-up between Juttelstad and Gagne.

Starting heads-up play with a 6.8 million to 2 million edge, it took Juttelstad slightly longer than hoped to knock off the game Gagne although she never climbed much past the 2 million.

Gagne Comes Up Just Short

On the final hand, Juttelstad limped for 80,000 with 6♥ 4♣ and Gagne called.

The flop came 5♣ 3♠ 2♥ and Gagne bet 300,000, getting a call from Juttelstad.

The A♠ turn set off the fireworks. Gagne shoved and Juttelstad snap-called with the six-high straight.

Unfortunately for Gagne, the ace had filled her wheel draw with 8-4 and now she was on the ropes.

The river blanked and Juttelstad scooped the tournament after an almost year-long hiatus from poker.

Gagne collected $158,194 for the runner-up finish but came up just short in her attempt to become the first-ever open event female WPT champion.

Florida-native Juttelstad originally busted on Day 1a but re-entered on Day 1b when his grad school interview at Florida Atlantic University ended early.

On top of the first-place money and WPT trophy, he also earned a $25,500 seat in the WPT World Championship at the Bellagio in May.

Below are the final six and their payouts:

1st:  Matt Juttelstad  -  $268,444
2nd: Gigi Gagne  -  $158,194
3rd:  Uri Kadosh  -  $105,463
4th:  Sharon Levin  -  $73,344
5th:  Todd Jacobson  -  $54,649
6th:  Keith Ferrera  -  $42,185

For a complete recap of all the action, check the WPT live updates,

Monster Pot Recap: Trickett Buried in Huge Three-Way Pot


Sam Trickett

Sam “tr1cky7″ Trickett

By: Arthur Crowson

Sam Trickett got hammered by Ilari Sahamies and doncarignano in the biggest pot on PokerStars last night.

Trickett, who just returned from a disappointing tour of duty in Macau, had only been playing $100/$200 6-Max PLO on PokerStars for little over an hour when this blockbuster $118k pot transpired.

It was a full game with tr1cky7 ($28,385), Jeans89 ($49,765), Ilari FIN ($48,460), refaelamit ($21,960), doncarignano ($43,871) and 1-ronnyr3 ($103,649) sitting.

Trickett had the button and doncarignano opened the betting for $400 from early position. Trickett called from the button, as did Jean89 from the small blind, but Sahamies 3-bet to $2,240 from the big blind.

Doncarignano, tr1cky7 and Jeans89 decided to come along for the ride and that brought a K♣ J♥ 6♦ flop with $8,960 already in the pot.

Jeans89 checked but Ilari Sahamies made a continuation bet of $7,600. Doncarignano fired back for $31,995, tr1cky7 called all-in for $26,105, Jeans89 folded and Sahamies over-shoved for $46,180, prompting an easy call from doncarignano for his last $9,636.

With $118k in the pot the cards were on their backs:

Ilari FIN: K♥ Q♣ Q♦ T♣

Tr1cky7: A♠ K♦ J♠ 8♣

Doncarignano: A♦ Q♠ J♣ T♥

Despite the massive amount of draws, Trickett’s two-pair with kings and jacks was in the lead.

That all changed when the turn brought the 9♠ completing both Sahamies’ and doncarignano’s king-high straights.

The board paired on the river with the 9♦ but that changed nothing and Ilari FIN and doncarignano chopped it up, leaving Trickett as the only real loser in the hand.

Fortunately for Trickett he was able to post a huge comeback and actually ended up winning just under $5k.

In was another story for Ilari Sahamies who ended up being the big loser in the high stakes games last night as he lost a total of $211k in 417 hands.

On the other hand doncarignano made the most of the massive pot and was the second biggest winner on the night with $119k.

Fellow 6-Max player 1-ronnyr3 was the biggest overall winner with $140k in profit.

PokerStars Launches Mobile App in UK


PokerStars Sunday Million, Nov. 30


PokerStars announced today it has launched a real-money mobile app for players in the UK.

Both Texas Hold’em and Omaha are now available for real-money play in England, Scotland and Wales, joining Italy as the only countries with a PokerStars mobile app.

All of the features and support options of the desktop version are available including chat, quick-seating and multi-tabling and tutorials are provided for handset and tablet play.

“PokerStars Mobile is going to transform where and when I play poker,” said Team PokerStars pro Liv Boeree.

“I now have access to the biggest tournaments and all my favorite cash games, even when I’m not in front of my computer.

“I plan to play all the upcoming UKIPT events and will now be able to play some poker when travelling to or from a tournament.”

If you live in the UK and already have a PokerStars account, you can go ahead and download the PokerStars Mobile app for iPhone, iPad or Android from iTunes already.

Once you’ve installed the app you can log in with your existing PokerStars account and start playing. If you don’t have a PokerStars account, you’ll need to create one before you can download the app.

Download the PokerStars client via PokerListings for an up to $600 sign-up bonus and be eligible for exclusive monthly freerolls.

More countries are expected to be added soon for mobile play.

The launch of the mobile app follows on the heels of the launch of yesterday, allowing players from Sweden and FInland to play tax-free and take advantage of PokerStars’ new Malta license.

Gagne, Juttelstad Lead Lucky Hearts Final Table


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Matt Juttelstad and Gigi Gagne. Photo: World Poker Tour.


They were the top two players after Day 2 and they’re still the top two heading into the final table at the WPT Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.

This time, however, the luckier of the two is Gigi Gagne, who flipped positions with second-place Matt Juttelstad and holds a big lead on the rest of the final six heading into tomorrow’s finale.

Gagne, the last woman standing in the field and with no known cashes on her resume, is the surprising chip leader with 2,708,000 chips to start the final table.

That gives her a million-chip advantage over Juttelstad, next in line with 1,651,000.

An experienced online player, Juttelstad has a $23k PCA Main Event score plus a few other smaller cashes to his name.

Both have been at or near the chip lead for most of the tournament so it’s fitting they’re set to battle it out again tomorrow for the title.

Lesser-Knowns Rule the Day

With a few big-name pros still left in the final 34 to start the day, including Harrison Gimbel,Jonathan LittleChristian Harder and Noah Schwartz, it’s a relatively unassuming final six that will take their seats tomorrow.

None of the aforementioned pros could hold on for the final with Gimbel the closest, busting in ninth, and Harder leaving in 13th.

Instead Uri Kadosh, Day 1a chip leader, sits third in chips and will hit the final table with 1,470,000.

Sharon Levin, a Florida native with several local cashes to his credit, will start fourth with 1,208,000.

Keith “damurdera3” Ferrera, who won the 2009 Wynn Classic for $255,000 and has a second in the Full Tilt $750k, sits fifth with 1,094,000.

Todd Jacobson is the short stack with 718,000.

Almost-Live Streaming Starts at 1:30 pm

Each of the final six has is now guaranteed $43,185. A solid $268,444 will go to the winner and $158,194 to the runner-up.

Action will be broadcast “almost-live” on a 30-minute delay with hole cards starting at around 1:30 pm (EST) tomorrow.

Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst and Dan O’Brien will provide commentary. Watch the stream at

The chip counts and seat assignments, care of the WPT Live Update team:

Seat 1: Matt Juttelstad – 1,651,000 (138 BBs)
Seat 2: Gigi Gagne – 2,708,000 (226 BBs)
Seat 3: Uri Kadosh – 1,470,000 (123 BBs)
Seat 4: Keith Ferrera – 1,094,000 (91 BBs)
Seat 5: Sharon Levin – 1,208,000 (101 BBs)
Seat 6: Todd Jacobson – 718,000 (60 BBs)

Freeroll Spotlight: Premier League Seats on PartyPoker


Kara Scott

PartyPoker pro Kara Scott


PartyPoker is giving away nine seats to its flagship Premier League poker event.

Starting this week and running all the way until March 18, PartyPoker will run six weekly satellites as well as several daily qualifiers and freerolls.

Winners receive $13,000 packages that include a $10,450 seat in the televised Premier League Playoffs in Vienna, Italy.

Premier League satellite winners will also receive four nights accommodation in Vienna as well as $1,350 in spending cash.

The top two players in the Premier League Playoffs will receive $125,000 entry into the Premier League V Final.

They will get to rub shoulders with some of the biggest poker players in the world as previous winners of the premier league include David Benyamine, JC Tran and Andy Black.

Most recently Andy Frankenberger won the Premier League Mixed Championship for $100,000.

The main Premier League satellite runs every Sunday and costs $75 to buy in directly but there are daily sub-qualifiers for as little as $2 or even free.

Players who sign up for PartyPoker through PokerListings currently receive a 100% deposit match up to $500.

They also gain access to the site’s exclusive $5,000 bankroll boosters where the players just have to generate 5 player points to get into the $5k freeroll.

PartyPoker is also currently running its Card Rush promotion where you receive a Card Rush card for every 15 player points that you generate. Every single card contains a prize from cash to freeroll entries to Card Rush points.

For more information be sure to check our PartyPoker review.

Mercier Mashes Day 1a at WPT Seminole Hard Rock


Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier


Playing on his home turf in Florida, Jason Mercier ran up a huge stack to end Day 1a near the top at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Open.

A solid 125 runners forked over the $3,500 buy-in today at the Seminole Hard Rock for the next stop on the World Poker Tour with about 50 surviving the day.

For a non-televised event it also brought out a surprising amount of big names, led of course by Mercier.

The South Florida native used the home court to his advantage to rack up about 176k in chips – good for third in the chip counts.

The overnight chip leader is Uri Kadosh with 275,500, followed in second by Eliyahu Levy with 218,500.

Rounding out the top five in chips are Nick Avena with 133,200 andMichael Michnik with 121,100.

Big-Name Field, Big Day Expected Tomorrow

For just a $3,500 buy-in, the quality of the field was certainly A-list with dozens of players buying in and lamenting their table draws.

Jonathan LittleMatt WaxmanMatt StoutAndy FrankenbergerAndrew Lichtenberger,Shannon ShorrWill FaillaChristian HarderMatt Giannetti and Shaun Deeb all made appearances – some more successfully than others.

Deeb was among the more successful, building up a decent stack to end the day with 112,700.

Waxman also held his own and bagged up 59,400 – just slightly below the average chip stack of 75,000.

Shorr, Giannetti and Failla also made it through the day but with below-average stacks.

They’ll all return for Day 2 on Sunday along with Mercier.

Bustees today included Little, Stout, Harder, Lichtenberger and Frankenberger. Players who busted today however have the option of re-entering tomorrow on Day 1B.

Any players who survived but don’t like their chip stack can also forfeit their chips and try again.

A big field is expected for Day 1b tomorrow in Hollywood; tune in to the WPT Live Updates to follow the action.

Bogdanov Takes WPT Venice Title Back to Russia



Photo courtesy of World Poker Tour.

By: PokerListings

The 2012 WPT Vence Grand Prix is over and Russia’s Rinat Bogdanov has come out on top, earning $302,000 and his first World Poker Tour title.

Bogdanov outlasted 154 other players over the last five days at the Casino Di Venezia and ultimately defeated Italian hopeful Alessandro Longobardi in just two hands of heads-up play.

Information on Bogdanov is scarce but it has been confirmed he is not a professional poker player. He earns a living as a stock broker and this was his first ever WPT event.

This win absolutely dwarfs his other results, which consist of just three small events in Cyprus. His biggest win before today was $10,984.

Bogdanov was one of just two non-Italians at this final table, along with Danish professional Simon Ravnsbaek.

Dato Up, Ravnsbaek Down

As the final six took to the felt this afternoon in Venice it was Andrea Dato in the driver’s seat, sitting on a big lead. Dato was looking to improve on the fourth-place finish he posted at the last WPT Venice event in 2011.

Things went from good to better for Dato in the early stages, taking a massive pot from the man with the second biggest stack, Simon Ravnsbaek.


Simon Ravnsbaek (Photo courtesy of World Poker Tour)

Dato continued his dominance, busting the first player of the day when he raised with pocket eights and called a shove from Andrea Carini who held A-3.

With that pot Dato became the first player to break the 2 million mark.

The lead was handed back and forth between Ravnsbaek and Dato, with both players taking a very aggressive approach.

The next player out was Gianluca Trebbi, who by this point was in push-fold mode. Trebbi shoved T♥ 7♥ and ran into Alessandro Longobardi’s pocket jacks. Trebbi was out in fifth for $56,134.

Bogdanov Back from the Brink

Eventual champion Rinat Bogdanov was very nearly busted in fourth place, all-in with Q-9 against Dato’s pocket deuces. A queen on the river doubled up the Russian to over 1 million.

That stroke of luck gave him the chips he needed to eliminate Simon Ravnsbaek next, sending the Dane home with $69,095 to show for his efforts.

In the end Andrea Dato managed to top his last WPT Venice final table performance, but only by one spot.

Dato busted in third, getting it in bad with K♣ 8♣ against Bogdanov’s K♠ T♠. Dato earned $95,003.

The heads-up match was over before it even got started, taking just two hands to be decided.

On the final hand Bogdanov flopped bottom pair and check-called a bet from Longobardi, who had flopped top pair. Bogdanov turned two-pair and they got the money in.

Rinat Bogdanov took €229,800 and denies Italy the home-turf win. Alessandrio Longobardi pocketed €111,700 for second.

The World Poker Tour’s next event started today at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Florida. Keep an eye on our Poker News Section for updates.

Isildur1 Rebounds with Marathon Session


Viktor Blom

Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom

By: Arthur Crowson

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom played over 6,000 hands on PokerStars last night and walked away with over $200k in profit.

It was a decidedly different outcome than two nights ago when he lost $279k, mostly to Sander “Berndsen12” Berndsen.

Last night Blom decided to turn up the volume and played a staggering 6,291 hands on PokerStars.

The young Swede mixed it up with $50/$100 to $100/$200 Pot-Limit Omaha and No-Limit Hold’em.

He also switched between 6-Max games against Jeans89, 1-ronnyr3, LuckyGump and Ville Wahlbeck and heads-up matches against Ilari Shamies and Berndsen12.

Isildur1 finally got the best of Berndsen12 last night and torched the Dutch pro for $183k on a single table.

He continued his winning ways against Sahamies as the pair played a series of $100/$200 PLOmatches.

By the time Sahamies and Isildur1 finally called it quits Blom was up a total of $211k on the night. Not enough to get even from earlier this week but certainly a good start.

The win also leaves Blom just over $50k of being even in online poker in 2012. Of course Blom does have that $1.3 million PCA Super High Roller win he can also lay claim to.

Meanwhile Finnish pro Ville Wahlbeck was the biggest winner last night as he absolutely killed the 6-Max $100/$200 PLO games for $244k.

Wahlbeck tends to fly under the radar and he’s done it again this year with over half a million in profit just a couple months into the year.

The other big winner last night included 0Human0 (+$121k), Jeans89 (+$86k) and mikki696 (+$59k).

On the losing side Ronnie “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser got hammered in the 6-Max games and ended up losing a total of $191k.

Sahamies was right behind Kaiser as he lost $153k in 1,703 hands, mostly against Isildur1.

Doncarignano (-$138k), Berndsen12 (-$132k) and K_0_S_T_Y_A (-$126k) rounded out the top five losers last night.

For more info on the high stakes action from last night be sure to check our online poker stats section.

Bjerkmann Leads Final 27 at WPT Venice Grand Prix


Marcel Bjerkmann

Norway’s Marcel Bjerkmann is leading as WPT Venice approaches the money.

By: Matthew Showell

Day 2 of the WPT Venice Grand Prix was all about Marcel Bjerkmann as the young Norwegian smashed his way to the lead heading into Day 3.

Just 27 players remain. That’s down from the 85 that started Day 2, and the 155 that originally bought into this World Poker Tour main event.

And with only 18 players getting paid, nine players will walk out of the Casino Di Venezia tomorrow with nothing to show for their efforts.

$302,065 is waiting for the winner and while Marcel Bjerkmann is closest to it right now, he’s got some stiff competition standing in his way.

Here are the top ten chip counts going into Day 3:

1. Marcel Bjerkmann – 436,300
2. Marko Neumann – 384,400
3. Jason Wheeler – 348,200
4. James Akenhead – 336,000
5. Andrey Gulyy – 326,000
6. Gianluca Trebbi – 323,500
7. Andrea Dato – 309,900
8. Gabriele Lepore – 233,200
9. Jeremie Sochet – 232,500
10. Alessandro Longobardi – 221,200

Akenhead, Scott Among Survivors

In 2009 James Akenhead made the final tables of the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, and the WSOP Europe Main Event in London, and he’s making another run in Venice.

Kara Scott

Kara Scott will be working the shortstack as the money bubble approaches.

Akenhead finished fourth in chips heading into Day 3, his 336,000 narrowly edged out by American pro Jason Wheeler who finished the day with 348,200. Sitting in second, above Wheeler but below Bjerkrmann, is German pro Marko Neumann with 384,400.

Also through to Day 3, but much farther down the list, is Team Party Poker pro Kara Scott.

Scott has a very solid record making deep runs in big events, having finished runner-up the 2009 Irish Open for $413k and cashed in the WSOP Main Event twice for a total of over $80,000.

Scott heads into tomorrow 21st in chips with 60,100.

Big Names Among Busted

The final table could easily have had a lot more star power, but a host of big names went bust during the playdown to 27.

Hopes were high for Italy’s Filippo Candio, who became the first Italian to make the WSOP Main Event final table in 2010. Candio entered Day 2 as chip leader but went broke in a massive preflop all-in holding pocket queens against Jason Wheeler’s aces.

Candio flopped a set but Wheeler managed to make a flush by the river.

Also out was American pro Melanie Weisner, and she got unlucky to go broke. Weisner got her stack in with A-K against Simon Raevnsbaek’s A-6 but couldn’t dodge the six on the flop.

Joining Weisner and Candio on the rail were name-pros Tony G, Roberto Romanello, Marvin Rettenmaier, Max Pescatori, Mike Sexton and Guillaume Darcourt.

Action resumes tomorrow as the WPT Venice Grand Prix plays into the money and down to the final table. Keep an eye on our Poker News Section for more updates.

Daily 3-Bet: Bumhunts Gone Wild, Mercier Bet Filed, Choe ‘Nuff

David Choe

David Choe.

By: PokerListings.comThe PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a downhill soap box derby through the rolling hills of lesser-known poker news stories.

Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to drop a note in the comments.

Today in the 3-Bet we find Neil Channing rueing the spread of bumhunting, Jason Mercier signing off on another prop bet and gambling artist David Choe hitting the Facebook jackpot.

1) Channing Calls Out Bumhunters, Says Ruining Live Games

When it comes to gambling and all of its tributaries, Neil Channing has been around the block.

Neil Channing

Got to give some to get some.

A former bookmaker who made his living felting tourists at the Grosvenor Victoria casino in London long before hitting the tournament circuit, Channing knows what it takes to get a good game running.

Unfortunately, much like Phil Galfond recently lamented about the high-stakes games online, Channing says bumhunters are ruining the live games at the Vic now too.

In particular, he says it’s a specific group of young players doing it:

“I hate this to sound like a tirade against youth, it’s just that this is an Internet phenomena and it is a group of young players that are causing it.

“They don’t seem to get how fragile the eco-structure of live poker is and they are not thinking of the future.

“The whole thing is kind of a prisoner’s dilemna. I was always prepared to suck up some of the bad stuff, to take the losses in bad games, for the long-term good of the game.

“Nobody seems to care about the long-term anymore so I too have stopped caring.”

Bottom line: You got to give action to get action, youngsters.

More from Channing in his Black Belt Poker blog.

2) Mercier vs. Reporter Head-to-Head in Seven Sports

Everyone knows Jason Mercier likes to throw around a prop bet or two.

Given his status as one of the most successful tournament players of the last few years, though, it’s rare someone in the media can afford his stakes.

Jason Mercier

Pushing big chip piles a lot like shot put.

Dutch poker reporter Renko Rinkema apparently can as they’ve laid a $5,000 prop bet down to play out at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

The challenge? Play seven sports head-to-head and the winner of four will take the $5k.

Rinkema gets to pick four sports and Mercier three with a mediator setting the terms for the specific challenge within each sport.

After getting a few suggestions rejected, including tug-of-war and snowboarding, Rinkema finally settled on these:

@happyfreaked: “After long deliberation I pick Cycling, Shot pot, Rowing and inline speed skating.

Mercier picked these:

@JasonMercier I choose basketball, racquetball, baseball guess I just gotta figure out which of Remko’s sports I can win at”

We’re guessing it won’t be shot pot. Read more and find the challenge terms on the PokerStars blog here.

3) Degen Gambler David Choe Hits Huge with Facebook Stock

If you’ve ever seen artist David Choe’s work and/or hitchhiking show Thumbs Up on Vice TV, you know he’s both a) a brilliant graffiti artist and b) a degenerate gambler.

More of a blackjack player than a poker player, we’re sure he’s likely spent a night or two at the poker tables to ease his gambling itch though.

Long story short, either way we love it when a gambler hits it big and Choe has definitely just hit it big.

Back in 2005, Choe painted the murals for the original Facebook office in return for stock instead of $60,000 in pay.

That stock was just valued at around $500 million in the recent IPO.

Lesson being: Sometimes it pays really, really well to be a gambler.

More on his Facebook winfall from the NY Times here.


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