Europe Home to Major Poker Tours in September
By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
To say that Europe, and more particularly London, is the capital of the poker world in the month of September would be a massive understatement. Four major events in London and another major event in Cannes, France cover the calendar throughout the month.
The month kicked off with two major World Poker Tour (WPT) events held at the Palm Beach Casino in London. The £5000 main event was won by British native son Jake Cody earning himself £273,783 for the victory. Cody bested a field of 171 people. This marks Cody’s second major tournament victory of the year. He won the European Poker Tour Deauville event back in January for a cool €847,000. Check out the winning interview:
The WPT London also offered a £15,000 High Rollers event. The event was won by American Justin “Boosted J” Smith. He collected £141,000 while besting a star-studded field of 17 players which included the likes of Luke “fullflush’ Schwartz, Huck Seed and WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kasella. Finishing in 2nd place was Tony G with Freddy Deeb finishing 3rd.
The Partouche Poker Tour (PPT) played down to the final nine players of their €8500 buy-in €3 million guaranteed main event on Tuesday. The event was held at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes, France. The final nine will return next month to battle it out for the €1.3 million first prize. Making the final table is newly signed Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst who will enter with a slight chip lead. Selbst won the North American Poker Tour event at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut back in April.
The PPT was not without a bit of controversy though. On Tuesday while playing down to the final table the webcast of the proceedings included hole cards in near real time. After the first level of the day players and tournament staff were made aware of the situation and it was promptly stopped for the rest of the day. Allegations were also levied against tournament staff when someone posted his grievances on the 2+2 forums. The player alleged the tournament staff was ruling unfairly against non-French players. American professional Michael Binger was involved in one of the instances and was kicked out of the event. His response is also included in the thread.
Currently ongoing is the PartyPoker World Open VI being held at the Palm Beach Casino in London. The made for television event consists of several heats leading up to a final table. Last years winner was Phil Laak. Heat winners so far include Andrew Robl, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and EPT founder John Duthie.
The World Series of Poker Europe is scheduled to take place September 14-28 at the Casino at the Empire in London. The schedule includes five bracelet events culminating in the £10,000 main event.
At the end of the month is the EPT London. The 37 event festival will take place at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino and the Hilton London Metropole in London from September 18th – October 5th ending in the £5000 main event.