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Stunning Late Season Move Puts Adrian Mateos Over Bryn Kenney in Player of the Year Races

 Stunning Late Season Move Puts Adrian Mateos Over Bryn Kenney in Player of the Year Races

In a stunning, late season move that is similar to what occurred last year, Spanish poker professional Adrian Mateos has used a surge of success at the tables to pass the man who has led virtually since the start of the year, Bryn Kenney, in the Player of the Year races in tournament poker.

Mateos began the month of December in fourth place on the CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year leaderboard behind Kenney and it seemed that he was going to have a tough time catching the leader. Not only did he have to climb over two people to even reach Kenney, Mateos had to make up roughly 2000 points to even have a chance at equaling Kenney. But that is exactly what Mateos has done, utilizing the final PokerStars Championship event to do it.

After finishing off November by winning the $ 5000 Eight Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament at the Caribbean Poker Party, Mateos went on a run in December that was stunning. Beginning at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Mateos earned three final table finishes, but he wasn’t done yet. Flying back to Europe for the PSC Prague (which would turn out to be the final event ever on that circuit), Mateos earned four more cashes, three final tables and two tournaments that earned him POY points. By the end of December, Mateos had totaled up 2118 points to pass Kenney and take over first place.

It wasn’t like Kenney didn’t try to maintain his lead. He picked up 105 points for a seventh-place finish in the $ 25,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule, but it wasn’t enough to ward off the invading Spaniard. As of December 30 (and barring any last-minute finishes), Mateos and his 7220 points will earn the CardPlayer POY over Kenney’s 7173 points.

The remainder of the Top Ten on the CardPlayer list were seemingly OK with where they finished on the end-of-year rankings as they didn’t make a serious drive upwards. Fedor Holz, the runner-up in 2016 (more on this in a minute) will finish in the third-place slot in 2017, earning 5875 points (and more than $ 6.3 million) to hold off Koray Aldemir (5510) in fourth place. Justin Bonomo used a steady stream of cashes in the Five Diamond $ 25K tournaments to ease into fifth place (5411), while 2016 Player of the Year David Peters (5034), Stephen Chidwick (4912), Jason Koon (4859), Steffen Sontheimer (4782) and Benjamin Pollak (4660) round out the sixth through tenth places, respectively.

Mateos’ late season surge also saw him eclipse Kenney on the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Much like the CardPlayer ladder, Mateos was in fifth place to start the month on the GPI board with plenty of space for his numbers to rise (under the GPI rankings, only the 13 best finishes for a player, utilizing a complex calculating system, are counted towards the rankings). Of the seven cashes that Mateos had, five of them improved his 13-tournament total. That 1051.36 increase was enough to push him over the top.

As of December 30, Mateos has the top slot on the GPI POY with a total of 3504.71, while Kenney had to stand pat on his 3478.06 points because his effort at the Five Diamond didn’t knock off one of his 13 prior finishes. Chidwick also climbed a bit during the month of December, moving into third place (3247.43) over Peters (3244.62). Dan Smith, who won the $ 100,000 Super High Roller at the Five Diamond and picked up some more points in another $ 25K event, jumped up to fifth place (3235.92) to conclude 2017.

Rounding out the Top Ten on the GPI POY are Ari Engel (3206.87), Holz (3172.03), Koon (3138.27), Nick Petrangelo (3133.46) and Stefan Schillhabel (3123.39) in the sixth through tenth positions.

The final month of 2017 is remarkable in its similarity to what happened last year. In 2016, Holz dominated the POY races all season long before, in a last-minute rush, Peters was able to pass Holz and take away both POY titles. If Kenney doesn’t find a poker tournament between now and Monday, he will fall victim to the same late-season lightning strike that hit Holz in 2016, only this time at the hands of Mateos.

The end of season rush by Mateos also demonstrates one of the problems that the ranking systems haven’t been able to overcome. Of the eight tournaments (counting the Caribbean tournament) that Mateos played to overcome Kenney, four of them were High Roller events with a buy in over $ 25,000. Without those high-dollar tournaments (which add more points due to their buy-in but offer fewer obstacles in the number of players), it is unlikely that Mateos would have even gotten within sniffing distance of Kenney, who himself built the massive lead he had through primarily playing High Roller events (of his 29 cashes in 2017, 25 of them were in tournaments with more than a $ 25K buy-in).

Hopefully the CardPlayer and Global Poker Index rankings will find a way to deal with the far too numerous High Roller and Super High Roller events in 2018 (limiting the number of cashes from such events might be a good start). For 2017, however, the ink is almost dry as Adrian Mateos looks to become one of the youngest, if not THE youngest, player (23) to ever capture the awards in the two predominant Player of the Year races.

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2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 2 – Vishal Maini Puts Gap Between Himself and Field

 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 2 – Vishal Maini Puts Gap Between Himself and Field

With the two Day 1 starting flights wrapped up, Monday was the time for the survivors of each – plus anyone who wanted to fire one final bullet or register for the first time – to come together in a single, unified field for Day 2 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe Main Event at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Vishal Maini emerged from yesterday’s action as the overwhelming chip leader with 651,500 chips.

After Maini, the next largest chip stack belongs to Milad Oghabian. His 463,500 is significant, but it is also nearly 200,000 fewer chips than the total belonging to Maini. After Oghabian, the top of the leader board is pretty packed, with the next five chip stacks ranging from 408,500 to 424,000 chips.

Maini has just $ 73,532 in lifetime live tournament earnings (I would LOVE to have that success!), but he isn’t quite in uncharted waters. Maini did finish sixth in the 2017 C$ 10,000 + 300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event at the Playground Poker Spring Classic and tenth in the partypoker WPT Caribbean Main Event, so he has gone deep in some non-trivial tournaments. But neither of those is the World Series of Poker Europe.

Registration for the WSOP Europe Main Event was open until the beginning of Day 2; as a re-entry event, players who were eliminated on Day 1 could still take one more shot on Monday. When the final registration tallies were made, there were 529 entries, allowing the prize pool to just barely eclipse the guarantee of €5,000,500. Of the €5,025,500, €1,115,207 will go to the winner. 80 players will make the money with a minimum cash of €15,131.

Some notables of the 134 who moved on to Day 3 of the WSOP Europe Main Event were Mike Leah, David Peters, Philipp Gruissem, Anatoly Filatov, Pierre Neuville, Anthony Zinno, Mustapha Kanit, Antoine Saout, Kevin MacPhee, Davidi Kitai, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, and Dominik Nitsche.

Ryan Riess, John Racener, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, and Chris Moorman who among those who were eliminated on Day 2. Unfortunately, Racener’s ouster on Monday at the WSOP Europe also means that Chris Ferguson has won the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. Yes, that’s right. A man who was partly responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from Full Tilt Poker customers will now be celebrated as the Player of the Year. What’s next? Are we going to elect a grifter who doesn’t pay contractors President of the United States?

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1. Vishal Maini – 651,500
2. Milad Oghabian – 463,500
3. Alexander Lakhov – 424,000
4. Jens Lübbe – 419,000
5. Roman Herold – 412,000
6. Gianluca Speranza – 408,500
7. Michael Mrakes – 408,500
8. Stoyan Obreshkov – 386,000
9. Goran Mandic – 377,500
10. Anatoliy Zyrin – 376,000

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Arkansas Puts Casino Gambling Measure on November Ballot

 Arkansas Puts Casino Gambling Measure on November Ballot

Arkansas poker and gaming lovers have made their voices heard, but now it is time to make their votes count. An amendment to the state constitution has been put on the November General Election ballot that would legalize most casino gambling and authorize the construction of up to three casinos in the state.

The drive to get the measure, labeled as “Issue 5,” on the ballot was initiative of an advocacy group called Arkansas Wins in 2016. The organization penned the amendment and gathered over 100,000 signatures on a petition, easily more than the 84,859 required by the Secretary of State’s office.

“We’re grateful to the 100,977 registered Arkansas voters that joined with our campaign to get this pro-growth, pro-jobs issue on the ballot this November,” said Arkansas Wins in 2016 and Arkansas Winning Initiative Inc. spokesperson Robert Coon in a press release. “This amendment will create thousands of good paying jobs, generate tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue, increase tourism, and stimulate our state and local economies.”

If the amendment passes in November and becomes law, one casino would be permitted in each of Boone County, Miller County, and Washington County. There is almost certainly a strategy behind the choice of these counties, as one of the goals is to pull residents of neighboring states over to the new Arkansas casinos. Washington County is on the Oklahoma border and is also near Missouri, Boone County borders Missouri and is near Oklahoma, and Miller County borders both Texas and Louisiana.

In June, Arkansas Wins announced that it had into a partnership with Cherokee Nation Entertainment to build a casino in Washington County. Cherokee Nation operates nine Oklahoma casinos, including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. One of its properties, Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs, is on the Oklahoma/Arkansas border and is only a few minutes away from Washington County.

In a press release at the time of the June announcement, Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton said:

It’s been an interest of ours for many years to leverage our nearly thirty years’ experience in gaming, hospitality and entertainment into markets outside of Oklahoma. This commercial gaming venture is a natural evolution of our business model that will be good for the state, northwest Arkansas and the Cherokee Nation. We employ thousands of people, and are good community partners, and we look forward to extending that into Arkansas.

The casino amendment would levy an 18 percent tax that would go to the state (the same as the state’s two racinos have), plus a 1.5 percent tax to the city where the casino is built and a 0.5 percent tax to the county. Some electronic “games of skill” such as video poker and video blackjack are currently permitted at the racinos, but this amendment would allow for all forms of casino gambling, like craps, roulette, and poker.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is against the idea of gambling expansion, saying, “I don’t think that is what we need to expand tourism in the Natural State. I think we have some great venues for electronic games of skill in Arkansas now, horse racing. That’s our tradition. That’s our history.”

“Even if you were going to have casino gambling in Arkansas, this is not the means to accomplish it, whereby you have a ballot initiative that designates … three locations, that gives basically a monopoly to an out-of-state company to designate who is going have those operations.”

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EPT Prague Main Event Day 1B: Massive Player Turnout for Day 1B Puts Samuel Chartier Into Overall Lead

 EPT Prague Main Event Day 1B: Massive Player Turnout for Day 1B Puts Samuel Chartier Into Overall Lead

While they were able to pull in 254 players for the action of Day 1A, the “powers that be” for the European Poker Tour had to be a bit concerned about the player numbers for their stop at the Hilton Prague Hotel in the Czech Republic. As it turned out, there wasn’t any reason for the “suits” to be worried as a massive player turnout for Day 1B brought reminiscences of last year’s massive gathering.

From the start of the day, it was obvious that Friday’s numbers were going to be big. When the cards first went into the air, there were 430 players on the tables and that number would quickly rocket past the 500 mark. Surprisingly, every table had a notable name on it, with such players as Dylan Linde, Dermot Blain, Luca Pagano, Mickey Petersen, Jude Ainsworth, Martins Adeniya, 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year George Danzer, David Vamplew, recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Juanda and Eugene Katchalov (among others) hearing the “shuffle up and deal” call. As the day rolled along, such players as Simon Deadman, Alex Bilokur, Balasz Botand and defending champion Stephen Graner took advantage of the late registration and came late to the game.

About three hours into the day’s action, the sidelines began to fill up with players you wouldn’t expect to be in that situation. 2015 WSOP Championship Event “November Niner” Zvi Stern, Sam Grafton, Ami Barer, Robin Ylitalo, Andy Black and the defending champion Graner would all go down. It seems that Graner, for the most part, was unable to get anything going in the 2015 version of this tournament, falling to Mustafa Biz when Graner got his final chips in pre-flop with K♣ Q♣ and hit on the 8-Q-6 flop. The problem was it wasn’t enough to catch Biz’s pocket Aces and, instead of holding the trophy once again, Graner was out before the dinner break on Day 1B.

Samuel Chartier was perhaps the surprise of the day’s action as no one knows how he got to the stack that he will carry to Day 2. The tough Canadian pro quietly worked his way through the backwaters of the Hilton Prague tournament arena, building up a chip stack of 165,000 late in the evening’s action. Things would get even better for Chartier before the end of the night as, once again without much fanfare, he would be the only player to emerge from the two Day Ones with more than 200K in chips besides their name.

1. Samuel Chartier, 211,500
2. Luca Amoruso, 168,800
3. Gleb Tremzin, 168,700
4. Ivan Zhechev, 159,900
5. Gerald Karlic, 158,500
6. Mustafa Biz, 150,200
7. Roberto Romanello, 147,800
8. Bruno Lopes, 143,700
9. John Leathart, 142,600

Combined with the field from Day 1A, the unofficial leaderboard looks like this:

1. Samuel Chartier, 211,500
2. Anton Astapau, 190,600*
3. Luca Amoruso, 168,800
4. Gleb Tremzin, 168,700
5. Ivan Zhechev, 159,900
6. Gerald Karlic, 158,500
7. Ghattas Kortas, 151,200*
8. Adrian Mateos, 150,200*
8. Mustafa Biz, 150,200
10. Roberto Romanello, 147,800

(* – played Day 1A)

The 783 players that flooded the Hilton Prague on Friday – added to the now miniscule looking 254 that stepped to the felt on Thursday’s Day 1A – brought the entire field count up to 1037 players (there are no re-entries on the EPT, these were individual players). That challenges last year’s numbers of 1107 and it is possible that the field may still eclipse that mark as late registration is open for the tournament until the first hand is dealt on Day 2 Saturday. Regardless of whether anyone joins in after this point, the first place prize for the eventual champion should earn a payday of around €900,000 (Graner earned €969,000 for his victory in 2014).

Roughly 600 players will return on Saturday as the field comes together for the first time at the 2015 EPT Prague. Saturday’s action will resume at noon local time (6AM Eastern Time) as the battle continues until the final champion for 2015 is crowned on the EPT stage on Wednesday.

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