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Maxime Heroux Rides Big Stack to Victory at WPT Montreal

Bringing the second largest stack to the final tabl3e on Thursday, Maxime Heroux earned his first major tournament poker championship in winning the World Poker Tour Montreal at the Playground Poker Club last night. Heroux came to the final table with a 5.345 million stack, good for second place on the leaderboard to start the day. The only player he was looking up at was restauranteur Pat Quinn, who had amassed a 6.145 million stack for battle. These two players held the overwhelming majority of chips on the table; poker professional David Peters (3.345 million), fellow pro Derek Wolters (1.095 million), 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown champion Eric Afriat (1.04 million) and Brendan Baksh (940K) all added together didn’t have as many chips as Quinn alone and were at a disadvantage to the two top stacks. If they were going to make a move, it would have to

Mike Del Vecchio Rides Chip Lead to Championship at WPT Rolling Thunder

After seizing the lead during the previous night’s action, Mike Del Vecchio refused to be denied. Taking the sizeable chip lead he had earned, Del Vecchio would never look back as he rumbled through the remaining five men to capture his first major championship at the World Poker Tour’s Rolling Thunder at Thunder Valley Casino outside of Sacramento on Wednesday night. Del Vecchio (4.27 million) held a healthy advantage over two difficult players, John Hadley (2.978 million) and Sorel Mizzi (2.283 million), when the cards hit the air on Wednesday afternoon outside the Golden State’s state capitol. In the bottom half of the ladder, Connor Drinan (1.349 million) and Steven Tabb (1.075 million) were looking to draw themselves back into the fight while WPT Champions’ Club member Olivier Busquet sat on the short stack (676,000) to start the day’s action. Just after High Noon, the sextet of poker warriors headed

James Romero Rides Chip Lead to Championship at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

After coming into the final table action, James Romero didn’t let much slow him down as he rode his chip lead to his first major championship, the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas Saturday night. Romero had a dominant lead to start the action on Saturday afternoon. With 9.855 million in chips, his closest competitor, Ryan Tosoc (4.46 million), was behind by more than a 2:1 deficit. Nearly three times behind Romero was Justin Bonomo (3.385 million) while Igor Yaroshevskyy (2.565 million), Alex Condon (2.26 million) and Jake Schindler (1.205 million) all had a tough road to hoe if they were going to climb into contention. Thus, everyone in the WPT arena at the Bellagio thought that it was Romero’s tournament to lose, usually the kiss of death to most players. Perhaps because of the stakes they were playing for (sixth place earned $ 258,545;

Mike Sexton Rides Rollercoaster to Earn Championship at partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event

After starting the day as the chip leader – and then finding himself in a 10-1 hole during heads up competition – Poker Hall of Famer and World Poker Tour announcer Mike Sexton earned the championship of the partypoker WPT Montreal Main Event early this morning in Quebec. From the start of the day’s action on Thursday, there was a buzz of anticipation on the rail. Could Sexton (6.215 million in chips), who for years was denied the ability to play in any WPT events, finish off the deal against a youthful field. Or would it be the last remaining woman in the field, Ema Zajmovic (second in chips with 5.385 million), who would break the curse of no woman ever winning a WPT open event on the Main Tour. Then there were the contenders behind them in the form of World Series of Poker 2013 “Millionaire Maker” champion Benny

2016 EPT Dublin Main Event: Dzmitry Urbanovich Rides Chip Lead to Championship

After dominating Day 5 in seizing the chip lead, Poland’s Dzmitry Urbanovich solidified his position as a player to potentially watch for at this year’s World Series of Poker in dominating the final table on his way to the European Poker Tour Dublin Main Event championship earlier on Saturday. The 20-year old Urbanovich’s lead wasn’t as secure as he might have liked when the tournament kicked back into action on Saturday afternoon at the Royal Dublin Society. Hometown hero Patrick Clarke was roughly 800K in chips behind Urbanovich at the start of play and about 900K behind him was the United Kingdom’s Kully Sidhu. There was a chance for a “wire-to-wire” winner as Day 1A chip leader Gilles Bernies was still in the mix, but he had some work to do with slightly more than half of what Urbanovich held in his stack. Both Ilios Kamatakis and Rhys Jones were