Jason Mercier beats John Juanda for EPT High Rollers Title, FTOPS X and more
Jason Mercier wins the EPT High Rollers Event
Last night, EPT San Remo champion Jason Mercier took down the Pokerstars.net EPT High Rollers event in London, managing to stop John Juanda from doing a London double at the same time. Mercier is almost running as hot as Juanda having made the WSOPE PLO Final two weeks ago. Both men have surged forward in the European poker rankings as a result (despite both being American).
Mercier wasn't the only Mercier at the final table, as Pokerstars.net Pro Isabelle Mercier finished in 9th place after November 9 chip leader Dennis Philips bubbled. David Benyamine also made the final table as did Scotty Nguyen who was back to his jovial fun loving self after the controversial HORSE final table.
Mercier adds another £516,000 to his fantastic 2008 earnings and Juanda is another £327,000 better off, making this trip more than a £1 million week in London. The next stop on the Pokerstars.net European Poker Tour is the €4,350 buy-in Budapest event running from October 28 – November 1 at the Las Vegas Casino, Sofitel Hotel.
Soraya Homam is the Women World Open Champion
Germany's Soraya Homam has taken down Party Poker World Women's Open, defeating 36 of the best female players in the world to take the $50,000 first prize. Big names including Bev Pace, Jen Mason, Maria Demetriou and Pokernews own Mel Lofhouse were all in attendance. The final table included Michele Orpe and Kyla Kalmar (The wife of Jon Kalmar) and the payouts looked like this:
1st – Soraya Homam - $50,000
2nd – Stefanie Bergener - $22,000
3rd – May Maceiras - $14,000
4th – Eliza Burnett - $10,000
5th – Michelle Orpe - $7,000
6th – Kyla Kalmar - $5,000
The show will air on channel 5 later this year.
FTOPS X announced
Not too long after the hugely successful WCOOP, Full Tilt Poker have announced the latest installment of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series. FTOPS X starts on November the 5th and boasts 25 high stakes events, which include a $5000 buy-in main event and more than $15 million in guarantees across the festival.
Once again if you make a FTOPS final table you'll win a FTOPS jacket, win the event and you get the FTOPS jersey and avatar. There is also the welcome return of the FTOPS satellite challenge and the 'Bouncebackability' Freeroll.
The full schedule looks like this:
Event #01 Wednesday, Nov 5th at 21:00 ET, $200 + $16 NL Hold 'em 6-Max $1M Guarantee
Event #02 Thursday, Nov 6th at 14:00 ET, $240 + $16 PL Omaha Knockout $200K Guarantee
Event #03 Thursday, Nov 6th at 21:00 ET, $500 + $35 NL Hold 'em 3 x Shootout $300K Guarantee
Event #04 Friday, Nov 7th at 14:00 ET, $300 + $22 NL Hold 'em 1 rebuy and 1 add-on $600K Guarantee
Event #05 Friday, Nov 7th at 21:00 ET, $200 + $16 Limit Hold'em 6-Max $150K Guarantee
Event #06 Saturday, Nov 8th at 14:00 ET, $500 + $35 PL Omaha 6-Max $350K Guarantee
Event #07 Saturday, Nov 8th at 16:00 ET, $100 + $9 NL Hold 'em Rebuy $600K Guarantee
Event #08 Sunday, Nov 9th at 14:00 ET, $240 + $16 NL Hold 'em Knockout 6-Max $600K Guarantee
Event #09 Sunday, Nov 9th at 18:00 ET, $300 + $22 NL Hold 'em $1.5M Guarantee
Event #10 Monday, Nov 10th at 14:00 ET, $300 + $22 Mixed Hold 'em $250K Guarantee
Event #11 Monday, Nov 10th at 21:00 ET, $1,000 + $60 NL Hold 'em $1.5M Guarantee
Event #12 Tuesday, Nov 11th at 14:00 ET, $200 + $16 HA (half PL Hold 'em, half PL Omaha) $150K Guarantee
Event #13 Tuesday, Nov 11th at 21:00 ET, $500 + $35 HORSE $300K Guarantee
Event #14 Tuesday, Nov 11th at 21:00 ET, $200 + $16 NL Hold 'em Turbo $500K Guarantee
Event #15 Wednesday, Nov 12th at 14:00 ET, $200 + $16 PL Omaha/8 $150K Guarantee
Event #16 Wednesday, Nov 12th at 21:00 ET, $300 + $22 NL Hold 'em 6-Max Rebuy $1M Guarantee
Event #17 Thursday, Nov 13th at 14:00 ET, $200 + $16 NL Hold 'em 4 x Shootout 6-Max $250K Guarantee
Event #18 Thursday, Nov 13th at 21:00 ET, $300 + $22 Razz $150K Guarantee
Event #19 Friday, Nov 14th at 14:00 ET, $200 + $16 NL Hold 'em $400K Guarantee
Event #20 Friday, Nov 14th at 21:00 ET, $200 + $16 Stud/8 $100K Guarantee
Event #21 Saturday, Nov 15th at 14:00 ET, $500 + $35 NL Hold 'em Heads Up $500K Guarantee
Event #22 Saturday, Nov 15th at 14:00 ET, $5,000 + $200 NL Hold 'em Two Day Event 6-Max $2M Guarantee
Event #23 Saturday, Nov 15th at 16:00 ET, $100 + $9 PL Omaha Rebuy $400K Guarantee
Event #24 Sunday, Nov 16th at 14:00 ET, $120 + $9 NL Hold 'em Knockout $500K Guarantee
Main Event Sunday, Nov 16th at 18:00 ET, $500 + $35 NL Hold 'em $2.5M Guarantee
A crazy week so far for poker across Europe
It's not been a great week thus far for poker across the rest of Europe; the Norwegian government looks to be getting closer to implanting their own UIGEA style ban on online gambling. Recently a formal proposal was submitted to parliament which includes the banning of payment processors that conduct business with online gaming sites as well as measures which could block gambling sites from Norwegian ISPs.
Then in Italy an innocent poker player was murdered when he got caught up in a mafia 'civil war' during a poker game in a social club in Casal di Principe.
One ray of light, however, for poker this week came in Holland as Dutch professor Ben van der Genugten, an expert statistician, has called for the Dutch Supreme Court to classify poker as a skill game. We predicted an argument to classify poker as a skill game in Holland here at UK Pokernews when we found out the Dutch court were looking into reclassifying the laws on online gambling, and we wish Professor Ben van der Genugten the best of luck (or indeed skill) in his case.
Channing back on top, Penly still dominates Omaha rankings
Following his WSOPE final table in the £1500 no limit hold'em, Neil 'Badbeat' Channing is once again at the top of the PokerinEurope European Poker Rankings. The Irish Open champion is hovering above Andreas Krause, Jason Mercier, Nik Persaud and Dave Penly in the top ten, but will surely need another final table to secure the title.
Speaking of Dave Penly, he is still in pole position to win the European PLO player of the year award, but Theo Jorgensen is now hot on his heels. Penly is fortunate in that there are not that many more PLO events this year and those that are, he is likely to be playing in on the GUKPT schedule, so we could get a double scoop in Europe for UK players. Keep tuned to UK Pokernews for an exclusive interview with Dave Penly in the next few weeks.