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The Poker Year In Review - November

The November Nine Plays Out, PKR Signs Jake Cody And Elky Takes A Beating


Pius HeinzIt was time for the big one! In front of a packed Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada, 22 year-old poker professional Pius Heinz took home $8.7 million and the most coveted title of the tournament year, after a back-and-forth duel with runner-up Martin Staszko.

Heinz, from Cologne, Germany, outlasted more than 6,800 players in July, six on Sunday, and two on Tuesday to capture the $10,000 World Series of Poker no-limit hold’em championship.

Raul Mestre of Spain became the new International Federation of Poker World Champion after he topped the 130-strong field in London yesterday beating Victoria Coren heads up in the $500,000 freeroll to take down the $250,000 first prize.

The Irish Winter Festival came to a close with John Keown taking down the €1,000 + €100 main event, the Irish Masters, for a tidy payday of €100,000. The three-day event drew 395 players to the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.

Adrien Allain has been crowned the champion of the World Poker Tour Amneville after topping a field of 379 for a nice payday of €310,633.

Sam Trickett won the Partouche Poker Tour and took home €1,000,000 while Scott Clements won the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Randy “nanonoko” Lew won the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event, and Mohamed Ali Houssam won the World Poker Tour Marrakech main event.

Betfair Poker has signed German poker pro Hans Martin Vogl. The former sports bettor at the betting exchange came to prominence when he reached the Betfair Asian Poker Tour final table in 2006 and won $58,000 before making the final table of the Aussie Millions main event in 2007 where he cashed for $400,000 for his fifth place finish.

UK poker pro Jake Cody signed a sponsorship deal with online site PKR. The 22-year-old is the youngest “triple crown” winner with European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, and World Series of Poker titles under his belt along with over $3 million in lifetime earnings.

The Wall Street Journal reported that an attorney for Groupe Bernard Tapie said the French investor reached an agreement with the Department of Justice that could lead to the acquisition of Full Tilt Poker for $80 million.

Phil Ivey, widely considered poker’s best player, returned to the live tournament scene, months after the online poker site he represented was accused of financial crimes. He entered the Asian Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event to little fanfare but didn’t cash.

Dutch poker player Lex “RasZi” Velduis beat Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier in their Mixed Martial Art-style fight in Marbella, Spain. The Dutchman took just four minutes to end the bout with two swift roundhouse kicks to the Frenchman’s head.