PokerStars weekend review (04-15-13)
It's been a big weekend for Team PokerStars Pro. Jake Cody and Matthias De Meulder both won national PokerStars events while Daniel Negreanu was busy going bracelet hunting down under in the WSOP APAC Main Event. At the time of writing he was dominant chip leader with five players remaining. Keep your eyes Blogbound for news about how Kid Poker finishes up. Will the chirpy Canadian bag his fifth WSOP bracelet?
It was also another big week online with millions of dollars won in the biggest and best tournaments around. You can check out the results of some of the key weekly tournaments here.
Daniel Negreanu: Looking for number fiveJake Cody proved his poker prowess once again by winning the inaugural UKIPT Series event which took place at PokerStars LIVE at the Hippodrome. Cody beat a field of 343 in the £275 event to book a £19,400 win, his first since completing the Triple Crown in May 2011. The three-day tournament was covered in full here.
Jake Cody: another title for the young Brit Matthias 'mattionfire' De Meulder was also tearing things up on home soil. He pocketed €53,549 by taking down the BPC Middelkerke Main Event. Want to know more about that? How's your Dutch? Check out the full tournament report here.
Matthias De Meulder: man on fireNick 'gbmantis' Niergarth won the Sunday Million for $235,833.60. Thanks to an enormous four-handed chip lead, when a deal was suggested the chip chop figures allotted $244,000 to Niergarth, more than the regular first place payout. He offered to give away $14,000 of the chip equity but there were no takers. FOO-92 from Germany took down the second largest win of the day in the Sunday Warm-Up for $107,765.70 while former EPT Grand Final champ Nicolas 'niccc' Chouity who the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $51,947.80. Ami 'UhhMee' Barer also deserves a mention. Not only did he win the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $26,166 but he also took 1st in the $215 Weekly 8-Game for $2,812. A 3rd place finish in the $215 Weekly FL Hold'em for another $1,000 was a little cherry on top. It might not be a big one but you can only beat what's put in front of you: Victor Ramdin won a $109 rebuy last night for $5,773. Check out who won what in the big weekly tournaments here. The PokerStars Blog took a look behind the scenes of the new Rafa Nadal commercial to find quite how much time, effort and feathers going into making a global ad campaign. Talking of effort, Jan Bendik, Kent Lundmark and Steve O'Dwyer have all been putting in some serious time at the European Poker Tour tables this year. Bendik, who is Slovakia's biggest winner on the all-time money list, has a sizeable lead in the EPT Player of the Year race going into the final two events of the year but Lundmark and O'Dwyer - among others - definitely still have a chance of catching him.
Kent Lundmark, Jan Bendik and Steve O'Dwyer (l-r)
Rick Dacey staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.