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WPT Choctaw Day 2: Michael Stashin Looms Large

The World Series of Poker is over, so it is time for other poker tournaments to return to the spotlight. Up now: World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw. The WPT Choctaw Main Event moves on to its third day today with Michael Stashin holding the lead out of the remaining 24 players with 5.585 million in chips. There were two starting flights for this tournament; Friday’s Day 1A saw 340 entries (unlimited re-entries were permitted until the start of Day 2) and Day 1B was larger, as expected, with 562 entries. Add to those the 22 late entries before Day 2 began and the total field for WPT Choctaw is 927 entries. After pulling out the various tournament fees from the $ 3,700 buy-in, the total prize pool amounts to $ 3.121 million. The top 99 players make the money (min cash is $ 6,400) with the winner receiving nearly $

2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Michael Gentili Surges to Chip Lead on Day 4, 16 Players Remaining

It was a quick day of work for the players left alive at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event on Thursday. After only six hours of play, the field was whittled down to the final 16 players as Michael Gentili surged to the lead. Nick Maimone was the chip leader at the start of Day 4, sitting astride a massive stack of 1.75 million chips. There were some notables looking to chop him down, however, as Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was tucked in behind him with 1.333 million chips. Additionally, there was a chance at some history as John Dibella, who won this same tournament back in 2012 when it was the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (and a $ 10,000 buy in tournament), sat in third place with his 1.119 million stack. The 32 players who started the day began the parade towards the doors of the Atlantis Resort

2016 WPT Montreal Day 2: Michael Gathy Leads Remaining 50 Players

For some reason, the second day of a major, week-long poker tournament always amuses me. You have hundreds of players who made it through their starting flight, a significant accomplishment for many, and then, just like that, most of them drop by the wayside when they return for Day 2. DOESN’T ANYONE CARE ABOUT THEIR CHIPS? HOW DO SO MANY PEOPLE GET ELIMINATED SO QUICKLY? And then, inevitably, it will take forever to get rid of the last couple tables of players before the final table. Take your time and enjoy the ride, for pete’s sake! There are no moral victories in poker; getting pas the first day is meaningless. That said, there are 50 players remaining from the 247 that began Day 2 in the 2016 World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal Main Event. Michael Gathy is your chip leader with 860,000 chips, followed by Ema Zajmovic with 807,000

Michael Hahn Takes Overall Lead After Two Day Ones at WPT Choctaw

The two Day Ones for the World Poker Tour’s Season XV stop at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma are in the books. Coming through the larger of the two, Michael Hahn ended Day 1B with a sizeable chip stack of 370,000 chips to pace the field heading to Sunday’s Day 2 action. With more than 1000 entries already received in the $ 3500 buy in tournament (easily outpacing the $ 3 million guaranteed prize pool) and late registration not ending until the start of Day 2 today, the tournament promises to be entertaining throughout the upcoming week. Festivities started on Friday at the Choctaw Casino Resort with 387 entries being registered by the end of the night’s action (the tournament featured unlimited rebuys until the start of Day 2). Despite their best efforts, players such as Brandon Cantu (who made a wild bluff on a J-10-9-5-4 board with only

2016 Monster WPT Tournament of Champions Day 2: Strong Final Table Features Jonathan Jaffe, Michael Mizrachi Among Leaders

The first-ever final table for the Monster World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions has been set after a day of play on Saturday and it has six men that are well-qualified to be sitting in the seats. Atop the leaderboard when action resumes this afternoon is Jonathan Jaffe, but he’ll be facing some heat from Florida’s own Michael Mizrachi. 31 men returned on Saturday from the 64 player field, looking to claim their piece of the prize pool and potentially the first title of this semi-invitational event (players are eligible by having won a previous WPT event; those that didn’t win during the Season XIV schedule had to pony up a $ 15,000 buy in to be able to play). The man who had the best fortunes through the action on Friday was defending WPT Amsterdam champion Farid Yachou, who was able to eke out the lead over Mizrachi at