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This Week in Poker -- Sept. 5-12

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Card Player Player of the Year Update

1: Eric Baldwin — 4,588
2: Vitaly Lunkin — 4,337
3: Cornel Cimpan — 3,570
4: Angel Guillen — 3,492
5: Mike Leah — 3,137
6: Brock Parker — 3,132
7: Alexandre Gomes — 3,120
8: Jeffrey Lisandro — 3,018
9: Poorya Nazari — 3,000
10: Jude Ainsworth — 2,840

This Week in Poker

Carter Phillips Wins PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event

Carter PhillipsThe final table of the 2009 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona main event began at 2 p.m. local time in the Catalan region of Spain. When cards got into the air for the final day of this €8,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, Carter Phillips held the chip lead, and Marc Goodwin was second place in chips. A large crowd of Spaniards attended the final table to root on local player Santiago Terrazas, and he didn’t disappoint them. He doubled up a few times to stir the crowd toward passionate cheering and eventually finished in third place. He was the last of six players who fell during four and a half hours of play that saw a lot of action before the heads-up final. After Terrazas hit the rail, things stood the same between Phillips and Goodwin as they did when play began.

Phillips held the chip lead with 8,010,000, and Goodwin was trailing with 6,375,000. By the end of their heads-up match, it was Phillips who held his first EPT title and €850,000 in prize money. The heads-up match was a long affair between two skilled opponents. In the matchup between the U.S. and the U.K., the EPT title was claimed by the young American.

The next stop for season six on the EPT will take place in the U.K., the London main event will run from Oct. 2-7.

Here are the final-table results from Barcelona:

1 — Carter Phillips, USA, PokerStars qualifier — €850,000
2 — Marc Goodwin, UK — €530,000
3 — Santiago Terrazas, Spain, PokerStars player — €300,000
4 — Mihai Manole, Romania — €250,000
5 — Asa Smith, UK — €200,000
6 — Toni Ojala, Finland — €160,000
7 — Matt Lapossie, Canada, PokerStars qualifier — €120,000
8 — Georgios Kapalas, Greece — €80,000

Richard Toth Wins WPT Sloavakia

Richard Toth wins World Poker Tour SlovakiaHungarian Richard Toth won the World Poker Tour Slovakia last week. Toth faced stiff competition at the final table of the $4,000 buy-in event from 2009 World Series of Poker bracelet winner and European Poker Tour Monte Carlo finalist Peter Traply and recent WSOP $40,000 anniversary event finalist Alec Torelli.

The final table was made up of (with chip counts):

Seat 1: Alec Torelli — 1,064,000
Seat 2: Richard Toth — 781,000
Seat 3: Boris Zelený — 469,000
Seat 4: Saŝa Stenčič — 439,000
Seat 5: Marec Tatar — 160,000
Seat 6: Peter Traply — 63,000

Chip leader at the start of play, Torelli faded rather rapidly and exited in fourth and it was Toth who showed the most steel, going on to lift the top prize of €104,000.

The final table payouts were:

1: Richard Toth — €104,000
2: Boris Zelený — €66,000
3: Saŝa Stenčič — €42,000
4: Alec Torelli — €31,000
5: Peter Traply — €25,000
6: Marec Tatar — €20,000

The World Poker Tour recently entered into an agreement with PartyGaming which plans to purchase the once mighty tour for just over €12 million.

Looking Ahead

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Borgata Poker Open

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Commerce Hold’em Series

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