Online and Offline Poker Action Heating UpTuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Nadia
Over the past few months, the poker scene – both online and offline – has been quite busy. While a few players unexpectedly made their way to final tables and cashed in huge amounts, others, who the poker circuit expected to make big wins at the felt, did not even participate in the tournaments.
Live Poker Tournaments of Last Month
The month of September had some of the most-awaited tournaments taking place in live poker. The biggest WPT Borgata event and the first-ever WPT Malta event, witnessed interesting incidents.
* Eugene Katchalov had a close miss of the Triple Crown.
* McDonald who had retired previously as Mike “Timex’’, succeeded in achieving his first ever US title in the tournament.
* Niner Matt Giannetti, who had made it to the final table of the main event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), was underestimated by critics. They stated that it was through luck that the player made the wins that led him to the final table. Niner Matt Giannetti silenced his critics when he took home the first WPT Malta title.
WCOOP and WSOP Highlights
With a number of poker tournaments taking place world wide, many players who dominated the scene of online poker all this while, headed towards the World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) this year. With a phenomenal performance, Spanish player, “2FLY2TILT”, assumed the position of the best overall performer in the 2011 WCOOP. Daniel Negreanu, also put up a performance worth remembering.
Daniel Negreanu, who had been missing from the scenario of online poker for a while, didn’t feature in tournaments rankings until recently. The player made a come-back with a magnificent performance in the WCOOP. He had 15 in-the-money finishes in these events. Daniel Negreanu gained his place back in the tournament rankings with his performance. Currently, he is at the 6th position.
Like last month, Bertrand Grospellier continues to be at the 7th position in the tournament rankings this month. He had overall 13 WCOOP cashes. This success fetched him the 15th position in the tournament. WSOP, which has been relocated to France, will give Grospellier, the scope to excel. The player is all set to earn the WSOP bracelet once again. If he is able to do so, this will be his second bracelet of the year.
Players like John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth and Ben Lamb didn’t succeed in putting up big scores since the Las Vegas WSOP took place. They will be performing on the same stage this October, and poker fans have their eyes set on these players.
The win at the Epic Poker League (EPL) by McDonald, is one of the most interesting successes at the felt to take place this year in Vegas. Erik Seidel’s appearance at the EPL final table for the second time is another big accomplishment. The player received $6.4 million, this year for his fourth-place finish.
In Nuts, a feature which comes out with monthly reports on the best poker players in the world at present. Jason Mercier, who beat Seidel, assumes the first position. After these two players, comes Katchalov. The player received the first-ever first-place this time, by virtue of his EPT Barcelona finish. The tournament rankings of this month don’t have the name of one player – Phil Ivey.