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This Week in Poker -- Poker Tournament News Mar. 14-20

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Poorya Nazari — 3,000
2: Cornel Cimpan — 2,730
3: Anthony Gregg — 2,500
4: Benjamin Spindler — 2,000
4: Binh Nguyen — 2,000
6: Tristan Clemencon — 1,962
7: Jens Kyllonen — 1,920
7: Stewart Scott — 1,920
7: Moritz Kranich — 1,920
7: Sandra Naujoks — 1,920

POY Movement

EPT Dortmund Creates a Crowd at Seventh Place

The third PokerStars European Poker Tour stop in Germany produced the second woman champion in the history of the tour. Sandra Naujoks topped a field of 667 players to take home a first-place prize worth €917,000. She was also awarded 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year points to pull into a four-way tie for seventh place with fellow EPT champions Moritz Kranich (EPT Deauville) and Jen Kyllonen (EPT Scandinavian Open), and Aussie Millions champion Stewart Scott. Naujoks defeated Holger Kanisch in the final heads-up match when her A-Q dominated his A-9. Kanisch was awarded €533,000 for his runner-up finish and 1,600 points to pull into a tie for 13th place on the leader board with Arnaud Esquevin, Peter Rho, Peter Hedlund, and Mike Sowers. The final table in Dortmund was one of the toughest of the fifth season of the EPT, with William Thorson (seventh place), Luca Pagano (sixth place), defending EPT Dortmund champion Michael McDonald (fifth place), and Johan Storakers (fourth place) representing a minefield of professional talent to fight through.

Tristan Clemencon Continues to Dominate in France

Another European poker tournament was responsible for the only other movement in the top 10 during the last two weeks when Tristan Clemencon from France made his fourth final table of 2009. Clemencon finished in second place at the Paris Open of Poker €2,000 no-limit hold’em main event. He took home €51,225 in prize money and 480 points. This gives Clemencon 1,962 points for 2009, which puts him in sixth place on the leader board. Clemencon also finished in third place at EPT Deauville, and he made two final tables at the Euro Finals of Poker in January. No player has been more consistent in Europe in 2009, and no other player in the top 25 has made as many final tables as Clemencon. He has now made $457,454 in prize money in 2009 at four final tables.

This Week in Poker

Card Player Live Coverage EventPokerStars EPT German Open

Author's Note: Tournament report courtesy of Brendan Murray

When the 667 players at the €5,000 buy-in European Poker Tour German Open were distilled down to a final table of eight, there was quite a game in store with several unsurprising names at the final table and one very surprising one — last year's champion, Michael McDonald, who eventually fell in fifth place. Here is a look at the winning hand.

Sandra Naujoks is EPT German Open Champion (€917,000)

After about an hour of heads-up play, which saw some significant swing hands, WPT German Open Champion Sandra Naujoksthe ultimate hand came with Sandra Naujoks and Holger Kanisch all in with A 9 versus A Q, respectively.

The board fell A 7 2, and Naujoks was behind, but the tournament was meant to be for her as the 9 fell on the turn, and the 8 on the river.

She became the second woman to win an EPT, and, just like Vicky Coren before her, in her own country. She takes home €917,000 for first place, while Holger Kanisch is the runner-up for €533,000.

Players will get their next shot at a prestigous European Poker Tour title next month at the penultimate stop of the EPT San Remo. Card Player will be there of course to bring you the best of all the action, so join us then.

Full Final-Table Recap

Card Player Liver Coverage EventWynn Classic

Author's Note: Tournament report courtesy of Julio Rodriguez

Keith FerreraIt was scheduled to be a four-day tournament, but the field played down so fast that tournament officials decided to shave off the last day and crown a champion on day three.

By making trip aces on the final hand, Keith Ferrera won the 2009 Wynn Classic Poker Championship. This was Ferrera's third final table of the series, after finishing sixth and seventh in events No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Ferrera cashed for six figures at the Bellagio last summer, but this was by far his largest score to date, winning $255,000.

Kyle Wilson Eliminated in Second Place ($249,000) -- Keith Ferrera Wins! ($255,000)

After a series of preflop raises, both players get it all in. Keith Ferrera showed A J, but Kyle Wilson (pictured right) held the dominating J J.

The best hand didn't matter much, however, because the board came A 5 4 A 3, giving Ferrera the pot and the tournament.

Wilson was eliminated in second place and earned $249,000. Ferrera takes home the trophy in addition to his $255,000 in winnings.

Full Final-Table Recap

Card Player Live Coverage EventBay 101 Shooting Star

Kathy LiebertAt press time, day 3 had come to a close at the 2009 Bay 101 Shooting Star event, and the final table of six was set. Here is a look at the how the final table will look when things begin at 4 p.m. today:

Seat 1: Chris Moore — 1,476,000
Seat 2: Thao Le — 711,000
Seat 3: Steve Brecher — 2,016,000
Seat 4: Tony Behari — 2,046,000
Seat 5: Kathy Liebert — 1,180,000
Seat 6: Chau Vu — 352,000

Check back in at 4 p.m. to catch all of the action in live updates, chip counts, and photos.

Full Chip Counts and Busted List
Day 3 Recap

WSOP Circuit – Caesars Atlantic City

Author's Note: Tournament report courtesy of Steve Murphy

O Canada, O Canada — two Canadians distanced themselves from the rest of the field at the World Series of Poker Circuit main event at Caesars, Atlantic City, on Saturday as Samuel Chartier scored the big win for $322,944, while John Nixon took home $177,619.

The Circuit event saw 208 players pony up the $5,150 buy-in and compete in the three-day tournament.

Chartier arrived at the final table as one of the short-stacks but battled back to lock up the six-figure score. In the final hand of the night, Chartier’s A-J held up over Nixon’s A-10.

Chartier has had some tournament success in the past. The 23-year-old won more than $250,000 when he made the final table of the EPT Barcelona main event. Besides the $322,944 for this win, Chartier also received an entry to the WSOP main event and a gold ring to commemorate his victory.

The Atlantic City tournament was the seventh of 10 WSOP Circuit events for this season.

Final Table Results

1. Samuel Chartier — $322,944
2. John Nixon — $177,619
3. Francis "Frank" Vizza — $90,828
4. Michaek Michnik — $70,644
5. Alex Bolotin — $60,552
6. Matt Brady — $50,460
7. Jason Young — $40,368
8. Chris Klodnicki — $30,276
9. David Zeitlin — $20,184

Selected Tournament Results:

Heartland Poker Tour – Deadwood, S.D.

Buy-in: $1,500
Number of Entries: 176
Total Prize Pool: $250,230
First-Place Prize: $74,169
Places Paid: 30

Final-Table Results:

1: Mark Alinder — $74,169
2: Rich Edinger — $37,085
3: Jay Taylor — $22,251
4: Brandon Tweeton — $17,306
5: Chris Burke — $14,834
6: Tony Albright — $12,362

Looking Ahead

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