In-from Simon Brandstrom Wins World Poker Tour UK
Simon Brandstrom’s remarkable 2019 got even better last weekend with victory in the World Poker Tour United Kingdom.
The $3,300 entry competition, staged at Nottingham’s Dusk ‘til Dawn card room, attracted 690 entries and it was the Swedish player that entered the final table as chip leader …and managed to maintain his advantage until the final hand was dealt.
Successful in Barcelona’s EPT main event just five weeks ago, and recipient of €187,880 when coming second in a WPT DeepStacks Barcelona in March, 37-year-old Brandstrom bolstered his career winnings by a further $330,000 for his latest remarkable victory.
And there you have it, Simon Brandstrom is your new @WPT Champion and he takes home $330,000 after making a gutsy call at the end. Congratulations to Simon and also to Ryan Mandara who takes home $221,650 for his second place finish. pic.twitter.com/DujzOefePZ— partypokerLIVE (@partypokerlive) October 6, 2019
Boost For Indian Card Players
A decision by India’s High Court of Calcutta to lessen legal restrictions on private poker games in the state of West Bengal has been welcomed with open arms by card players in the most populous democracy in the world.
Whilst poker playing remains a legal grey area, the 14 people arrested at the end of September for playing poker in two Kolkata/Calcutta restaurants are now unlikely to be prosecuted on their original charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and assorted violations of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competition Act.
Biggest Online Poker Tournament
PartyPoker’s $20 million guaranteed MILLIONS Online is the biggest online poker tournament in the world and its hosts have thrown open the doors of opportunity by giving away 250 Phase 1 satellite seats (worth $109 apiece) per-week, in a ‘Million for MILLIONS Promotion’ which started on Monday and runs until November 4.
The 2019 MILLIONS Online, which has a $10,300 entry and begins on December 1st. Last year’s big story belonged to the Slovenian player “Scarmak3r” who parlayed a $5 satellite entry into a place in the feature event where he finished third for a $1,364,687.50 pay-day.
Pim “ForMatherRussia” de Goede from Malta finished second for $2,309,994 and Dutchman Manuel “Sheparentao” Ruivo claimed the victory and $2,329,943 in what was then a $5,300 entry tournament.
iPoker’s Martial Art Series Belter
The iPoker Network, whose partner sites include Bet365, William Hill, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have announced an online ‘Poker Dojo Series’ which will begin on October 25th and run until November 3rd.
There are €320,000 worth of guarantees over 80 tournaments which are tiered, in keeping with a karate/judo, white, yellow, blue and black belt depending on the level of buy-in.
Partouche Tour is Back en France
The French Partouche Poker tour, once such a popular feature on the poker calendar with its year’s end main event previously won by Alain Roy, Jean-Paul Pasqualini, Sam Trickett, Vanessa Selbst and Ole Schemion is back on the map in 2020.
Organisers have recently released details of their 2020 tour which read as follows:
- Aix-en-Provence from January 24 to 26
- Lyon Vert from February 21 to 23rd
- Forges-les-Eaux from March 13 to 15
- La Grande Motte from April 3 to 5
- Divonne-les-Bains from May 15 to 17
- Saint-Amand-les-Eaux from June 5 to 7
- Pornic from 17 to 19 July
- Final at the Palm Beach in Cannes from August 31 to September 6
The final table of the €7,000 entry main event will be played on the casino rooftop.
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