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Jasper Meijer van Putten Wins 2016 EPT Prague Main Event

The European Poker Tour is dead. Long live the European Poker Tour! On Monday, Jasper Meijer van Putten won the last-ever EPT event, taking the crown in the EPT Prague Main Event. PokerStars, which operates the European Poker Tour, announced earlier this year that it will kill the EPT brand and convert the tour into two new ones: the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival. Meijer van Putten began the final table second-to-last in chips with 3.815 million, well behind the 9.710 million of chip leader Marton Czuczor. On just the second hand of the day, though, Meijer van Putten took a nice pot from Czuczor with top pair to grow his stack by about a million chips. The very next hand, Samantha “Sam” Cohen was the first player eliminated. Czuczor raised pre-flop to 280,000 with pocket Tens, David Peters called with pocket Nines, and Cohen also called, for some reason,

2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 5: Final Table Determined with James Romero, Ryan Tosoc Leading Justin Bonomo

The final table has been determined for the 2016 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event and it is shaping up to be an impressive battle. While James Romero has been able to pull away from the pack a bit, players such as Ryan Tosoc and Justin Bonomo (just to name a couple) are poised to try to take him down. Starting the action on Friday, the 19 players remaining were looking to capture one of the sextet of seats that would be in action later today. Tosoc was at the helm of the pack with Bonomo in pursuit, but it was three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour who was drawing the attention down the leaderboard. Unfortunately for Seymour, his deep run in this WPT event ended earlier than he wanted on Friday afternoon. About two hours into the Day 5 play, Tosoc pushed out a bet

2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 4: 19 Remain with Plenty of Known Pros Chasing Ryan Tosoc

After another six levels of play on Thursday, the final 19 contenders have been determined for the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Atop the standings is an unknown commodity, Ryan Tosoc, who has a host of known pros and a former NFL defensive lineman in hot pursuit. The Day 4 action started innocently enough with the drive to determining who would get paid from the event. 75 players came back to the tables Thursday afternoon, but three of those people would have rather stayed in bed. The reason? They would receive exactly $ 0 for having put in three days of work and not receive any return on the $ 10,000 (at the minimum, as it was an unlimited rebuy tournament) buy-in. Instead of waiting to get down to the bubble, Bellagio officials chose to move into hand-for-hand play to start

2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 3: Money Bubble Not Popped, Ryan Hughes Continues to Lead

Day 3 and its seven levels are in the books for the 2016 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and, although they didn’t pop the money bubble on Wednesday, Ryan Hughes was able to lead the tournament for the second consecutive day. 277 players came back to chairs with chips in front of them on Wednesday with the goal of popping that said money bubble and starting to hand out some of the $ 7 million-plus prize pool to players. Not only was Hughes in good shape to start the day, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jennifer Tilly was right on his heels in second. Toss in such names as Anthony Spinella, David ‘The Dragon’ Pham and Justin Bonomo lurking down in the Top Ten and the day was set for some frenetic poker action. Of interest to the railbirds in

2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 2: Ryan Hughes Pulls to Lead, 270 Players Remaining

Day 2 of the largest-ever World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event closed shop on Tuesday evening, still quite some distance from the money but with a notable young pro and a “blast from the past” taking up residence atop the standings. The WPT Five Diamond has already etched its name in the annals of the tour’s history. By the time that late registration closed on Tuesday afternoon, 791 entries had stepped to the tables for action at the Bellagio. For a $ 10,000 event in this day and age, that is a stunning number of participants (there were unlimited rebuys for this tournament until the start of Level 9). In fact, the total field for the 2016 WPT Five Diamond equals the previous record field for a $ 10,000 WPT event (tied with the 2007 WPT L. A. Poker Classic, which also drew 791 entries). The