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This Week in Poker -- Poker Tournament News Apr. 3-10

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

Mike Leah1: Poorya Nazari — 3,000
2: Cornel Cimpan — 2,730
3: Anthony Gregg — 2,500
4: Steve Brecher — 2,340
5: Chris Moore — 2,110
6: Kathy Liebert — 2,100
7: Benjamin Spindler — 2,000
7: Binh Nguyen — 2,000
9: Tristan Clemencon — 1,962
10: Mike Leah — 1,920
10: Jens Kyllonen — 1,920
10: Stewart Scott — 1,920
10: Moritz Kranich — 1,920
10: Sandra Naujoks — 1,920

POY Movement

Foxwoods Lifts Two Tournament Professionals into the POY Race

The 2009 Foxwoods Poker Classic marked the first time that a World Poker Tour event hosted at the massive casino failed to pay at least $1 million in prize money to first place. The tournament attracted 259 players who created a prize pool worth $2,436,930. The top prize up for grabs was $731,079 for first place, and that went to the eventual champion Vadim Trincher, who won his first major tournament title. Trincher has been a grinder on the tournament trail for a couple of years now, and he had cashed four times on the WPT and six times at the World Series of Poker prior to his win at Foxwoods. Trincher was awarded 1,560 Card Player Player of the Year points for the victory. This gives him 1,788 so far for 2009, thanks to a prior final-table appearance at a preliminary event at the L.A. Poker Classic. Trincher finished in fourth place at a $2,000 no-limit hold’em event at the LAPC to take home $29,178 and 228 points. Trincher now sits in 16th place on the POY leader board.

Amnon FilippiAmnon Filippi finished in second place at Foxwoods and took home $409,405 in prize money along with 1,300 points. This was the fifth cash of 2009 for Filippi, who also made his second final-table appearance of season seven on the WPT. Filippi made the final table of the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic in December 2008, where he finished in fifth place. Filippi garnered POY points in two of his cashes prior to Foxwoods, which bring his total up to 1,567 for 2009, good for 23rd place. Filippi made his first final table of the year at the L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, where he finished in seventh place to take home 150 points, and he also finished in 12th place at the Bay 101 Shooting Star championship event to add another 117 points to his total. Filippi has been playing some of the best poker of anyone in the world during the last six months, and a major tournament win would thrust him into the top spot on the leader board.


This Week in Poker

Foxwoods Poker Classic

Vadim TrincherThe final table at the 2009 Foxwoods Poker Classic began at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 8, and five players remained in the hunt for a first-place payday worth $731,079. Here is a look at the final table when things began:

Seat 1: Lenny Cortellino — 1,175,000
Seat 2: Matthew Casterella — 1,808,000
Seat 3: Alex Perelberg — 200,000
Seat 4: Vadim Trincher — 2,813,000
Seat 5: Amnon Filippi — 1,852,000

It took more than two hours for the first elimination to take place at the final table when Alex Perelberg was forced to move all in on a short stack with 10 7. Amnon Filippi called him down with K 8, and the king high held up to eliminate Perelberg in fifth place ($106,007). It took almost five hours after that for Matthew Casterella to finally fall 172 hands into the final table. His A K went all in preflop to do battle against the pocket sevens of Filippi. The board bricked out, and Casterella was eliminated in fourth place ($138,905).

After that, the blinds caught up with the field eight hours into the final-table endeavor. Just six hands later, Lenny Cortellini fell in third place and took home $214,449 in prize money when he chose to move all in on a board of A Q 6 8. Filippi scored his third elimination at the final table when his 8 6 held strong against the A 7 of Cortellini after the river came K.

Heads-up play began with things pretty event between Vadim Trincher (3.7 million) and Filippi (4.16 million). Trincher took a big lead in the match when he made kings up to take home a pot worth 2.81 million against Filippi a half hour into the match. It was a long, slow lean after that for Trincher, who applied pressure to Filippi as Filippi slowly bled chips. The final hand took place shortly after 2 a.m. on April 9. Filippi raised to 175,000 preflop, and Trincher made the call. The flop was dealt J 5 5, and Trincher checked. Filippi bet 300,000, and Trincher check-raised to 800,000. Filippi thought for a moment and then decided to move all in for his tournament life. Trincher called him down, and they flipped up their cards:

Filippi: J 4
Trincher: 7 6

Turn and River: 8 and K

Trincher won the hand with a flush, and Filippi was eliminated in second place ($409,405). Trincher won the Foxwoods Poker Classic and $731,079 for first place. He also took home an entry at the World Poker Tour Championship and a WPT bracelet. It was Trincher's first major win, and he now has $1,154,615 in lifetime winnings.


Selected Tournament Results:

Heartland Poker Tour – Black Hawk, Colorado

Buy-in: $1,500
Number of Entries: 426
Total Prize Pool: $640,800
First-Place Prize: $191,340
Places Paid: 43

Final-Table Results:

1: Kyle Simpson — $191,340
2: Nick Macaluso — $95,670
3: Tony Saccomano — $57,402
4: Ed Wilson — $44,646
5: Ron Mazzotti — $38,268
6: Jason DeMeritt — $31,890


Looking Ahead

Five-Star World Poker Classic

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Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza II

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PaddyPowerPoker.com Irish Open

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World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars, Las Vegas

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PokerStars LAPT
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

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America’s Poker Classic


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