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This Week in Poker -- Poker Tournament News Apr. 18-24

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Poorya Nazari — 3,000
2: Jude Ainsworth — 2,840
3: Cornel Cimpan — 2,730
4: Anthony Gregg — 2,500
5: Constant Rijkenberg — 2,400
6: Steve Brecher — 2,340
7: Stewart Scott — 2,336
8: Chris Moore — 2,110
9: Kathy Liebert — 2,100
10: Mike Leah — 2,020

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Card Player Live Coverage Event -- Five-Star World Poker Classic

Christian HarderAs of this writing, 10 players remained in the 2009 WPT Championship at Bellagio. (Note: Bruno Fitoussi was eliminated in 10th shortly before this was published.) Here is where the chip counts stand at the final table:

Seat 1: Justin Young -- 3,110,000
Seat 2: Elky Grospellier -- 2,050,000
Seat 3: Bruno Fitoussi -- 2,095,000
Seat 4: Scotty Nguyen -- 4,415,000
Seat 5: Brian Rast -- 1,340,000
Seat 6: Eugene Katchalov -- 1,605,000
Seat 7: Shannon Shorr -- 3,000,000
Seat 8: Yevgeniy Timoshenko -- 2,230,000
Seat 9: Christian Harder -- 8,670,000
Seat 10: Ran Azor -- 3,000,000

Play will continue today until the final television table of six is reached. The final contestants will then return tomorrow at 4 p.m. You can follow along with all of the action in live updates.

WPT Championship day-5 recap

Card Player Live Coverage Event -- PokerStars European Poker Tour San Remo

The eight players who found themselves at the final table of the European Poker Tour San Remo had already achieved a remarkable feat, having bested 1,170 other players on their way to their shot at the €1.5 million top prize. Chip leader Dragan Galic had done something no other player had in EPT history -- he was chip leader overnight each night since day 1 -- but could he sustain his charge for the title? Only time would tell.
Constant RijkenbergThe final table consisted of:
  1. Dragan Galic: 3,098,000
  2. Gustav Sundell: 2,625,000
  3. William Reynolds: 2,531,000
  4. Constant Rijkenberg: 932,000
  5. Alexander Fitzgerald: 721,000
  6. Danilo D'Ettoris: 686,000
  7. Kalle Niem: 641,000
  8. Ovidiu Balaj: 625,000

Constant Rijkenberg is EPT San Remo Champion (€1,508,000)

With plenty of action on a 10-5-3-5 board, the two heads-up players only experienced the final battle for a very short period of time before it was all over.

Constant Rijkenberg (pictured right) took down the event with pocket aces versus Kalle Niemi's A-10. Niemi needed a 10, but it was a 4 that fell on the river, and he went out in second place for €862,000.

The 20-year-old Rijkenberg takes home a massive €1,508,000 for withstanding the trials and tribulations within a field of 1,178 from all around the world.

Next stop coming up shortly is Monte Carlo for the Grand Final. Another amazing and large field is expected there, with a huge amount of money on the line. Join the Card Player reporting team there for all the action.

Full EPT San Remo final-table recap

PokerStars LAPT -- Mar Del Plata, Argentina

The PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and the $5,200 no-limit hold’em main event attracted 291 players, including Team PokerStars pro J.C. Alvarado, who is fresh off of his win in the $1,000 buy-in PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker main event. The turnout set a record for the largest prize pool at an LAPT event with more than $1.4 million up for grabs. The nine contestants at the final table took their seats on Apr. 19 to play down to one champion who would walk away with $381,030. Here are the results from the final table heading into heads-up play:

9: Jose Barbero -- $28,220
8: Alfons Fenjin -- $35,280
7: Derek Lerner -- $49,400
6: Leo Fernandez -- $63,520
5: Jason Skeans -- $77,620
4: Sergio Farias -- $105,860
3: Rodolfo Awad -- $141,140

The heads-up match began with Nitsche holding a large 2-1 chip lead, and things were over quickly. The final hand was also the first hand between the final two players. Nitsche raised preflop to 80,000, and Landazuri made the call. The flop was dealt K 9 8, and Landazuri checked. Nitsche opened the action for 50,000, and Landazuri check-raised to 140,000. Nitsche made the call, and the turn fell 10. Landazuri bet 150,000, and Nitsche made the call before the river fell K. Landazuri moved all in, and Nitsche made the call. They turned up their hands, and Nitsche held K J. Landazuri turned up J 5, and he was eliminated in second place ($211,700). Nitsche won the LAPT Grand Final for season two, and he took home $381,030.

Full LAPT Grand Final final-table recap

Looking Ahead

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ANZPT – Sydney

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