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This Week in Poker: Poker Tournament News Dec. 6 - Dec. 12

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

POY Standings:

David PhamJohn Phan — 6,704
David “The Dragon” Pham — 6,022
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier — 5,510
Ivan Demidov — 4,940
Erik Seidel — 4,754
Michael Binger — 4,416
David Benyamine — 4,376
Peter Eastgate — 4,320
Vinny Pahuja — 3,918
Michael Martin — 3,800

POY Movement:

The most exciting event of the last half of preliminaries at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic was the the final one before the start of the $15,000 World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Classic Championship. Event No. 12 was the last of three $5,000 no-limit hold'em tournaments, and the professionals turned out in force. The final table featured an impressive collection of players, including two Card Player Player of the Year contenders David "The Dragon" Pham and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Grospellier fell in ninth place, taking home 100 points, which brought his 2008 total up to 5,410. Pham almost went the distance but he eventually fell in third place. He was awarded 800 points, which was good enough to leap frog Grospellier to move into second place on the leader board. Pham now holds 6,022 points total, and he sits just 682 points behind current leader John Phan. If Pham is able to run deep in the WPT championship event next week he would become the first player to ever repeat as POY champion.


This Week in Tournament Poker

Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Five Diamond Preliminary Wrap Up Story


European Poker Tour Prague

The final table is set for the €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event at the European Poker Tour stop in Prague. Here is a look at the final eight:

Salvatore Bonavena -- 1,402,000
Alexiou Konstantinos -- 1,382,000
Francesco Cirianni -- 807,000
Fredrik Nygard -- 666,000
Massimo Cicco -- 429,000
Nasr El Nasr -- 376,000
Raul Mestre -- 313,000
Andrew Chen -- 309,000

Card Player will be providing full coverage from this final table, including the EPT Live video feed. Tune in tomorrow to catch all of the action.

EPT Prague Day 1A Update
EPT Prague Day 1B Update
EPT Prague Day 2 Update


Asia Pacific Poker Tour Grand Final – Sydney

Martin RoweThe final event on season two of the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour ended on Sunday, Dec. 7, when Martin Rowe won the $6,000 AUD APPT Grand Final in Sydney, Australia. The local Aussie topped a field of 477 players during four days of poker, and he walked away with a first-place prize worth $1 million AUD.

“I cannot believe I have won tonight. I felt on edge but not out of control the entire tournament, and now to have the title I am just ecstatic -- this will be life-changing for my family,” said Rowe after the win.

This was the last stop on a successful season-two schedule for the APPT. Card Player will announce the APPT season three schedule as soon as the information is released by PokerStars.

Here are the final results with the payouts listed in Australian dollars:

1. Martin Rowe -- $1,000,000
2. Jason Gray -- $476,000
3. Tony  Basile -- $266,000
4. Antonio Fazzolari -- $182,000
5. Timothy English -- $140,000
6. Frank Saffioti -- $100,800
7. Daniel Kowalski -- $72,800
8. Hai Bo Chu -- $53,200
9. Tom Rafferty -- $39,200

The day after the final table of the APPT Grand Final, Rowe returned to play in the Tournament of Champions event, and he made the heads-up match for the second day in a row, this time against Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso. The TOC featured one 10-handed table of talented professionals, including Rousso, Joe Hachem, Lee Nelson, and Chad Brown, along with former APPT tournament champions. Rousso was awarded $45,000 for the win to donate to the No Limit No Profit Initiative, which is a charity established by Rousso and Brown. Rowe was awarded $5,000 for finishing in second, which he donated to the charity Save the Children.


Latin American Poker Tour Nuevo Vallarta

LAPT Nuevo Vallarta Cancellation Story

LAPT Nuevo Vallarta Continues Online Story


Looking Ahead

Card Player Live Coverage Event
World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Classic Championship

$15,000 no-limit hold’em main event


Saturday, Dec. 13: Day 1A -- Five Levels (All preliminary tournament days begin at noon)
Sunday, Dec. 14: Day 1B -- Five Levels
Monday, Dec. 15: Day 2 -- Five Levels
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Day 3 -- Five Levels
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Day 4 -- Five Levels
Thursday, Dec. 18: Day 5 -- Down to Six Players
Friday, Dec. 19: Final Table (Begins at 5 p.m.)

Card Player Live Coverage EventEuropean Poker Tour Prague

€5,000 no-limit hold’em main event

Saturday, Dec. 13: Final Table (Begins at 1 p.m. CET)

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City

Event Preview Story