All of the structures on the WPT circuit have gotten better. The knock on them was that the final tables were a crap shoot. They have really good structures now for players. Some of the tournaments are going to a triple-stack structure. That was the case at the Bellagio Cup. It gives better players an even greater chance to rise to the top and make final tables.
San Jose, Costa Rica (PRWEB) August 22, 2008
The World Poker Tour's Legends of Poker begins on Saturday from the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California. Amidst the sea of poker talent at the event will be Court Harrington, Tournament Reporter for PocketFivesLive.com, which covers online poker players in the biggest live tournaments, including the upcoming Legends of Poker. Next up for Harrington after L.A. are the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and the Ultimate Bet Aruba Poker Classic.
Harrington discussed what players can expect at the Legends of Poker event on this week's PocketFives Podcast: "All of the structures on the WPT circuit have gotten better. The knock on them was that the final tables were a crap shoot. They have really good structures now for players. Some of the tournaments are going to a triple-stack structure. That was the case at the Bellagio Cup. It gives better players an even greater chance to rise to the top and make final tables." Players can register for coverage free of charge at PocketFivesLive.com, the source for WPT coverage.
PocketFivers dominated the action in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series IX, taking home over $4 million from final table appearances alone. California's Brian "dubbeemin" Mintz won the FTOPS Main Event for $432,400 on Sunday, beating out nearly 4,900 participants to claim the FTOPS championship. "Triathlon4" of Germany won $341,500 for second place in the FTOPS $2,500 high-stakes event, while "knickadam55" claimed the third place prize of $253K. "Sebbau," also from Germany, won $194,000 for finishing in fourth. "Unbay2k4" received $105,000 for first place in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. "Vegan213" earned $54K for his victory in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Mulligan, while "feldliss" won the Ultimate Bet $200K Guaranteed for $45,000. "Derdings" was awarded $37,500 for first place in the Absolute Poker Weekly $150K Guaranteed.
James "P0KERPR033" Campbell moved up nine spots to #7 this week in the PocketFives.com Online Poker Rankings. He received a huge rankings boost from his second place finish in the $300 rebuy event of the FTOPS, earning $157,500 in the process. Dutch superstar Johan "busto_soon" Van Til is up four to #8 following his third place showing in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $46K, while Brent Hanks won two $100 rebuy tournaments on PokerStars last week, moving him up to #14 worldwide. Jocke "RIPCURL" Treijs of Sweden won the $100K Pro Bounty tournament on Absolute Poker for $41K and is now ranked #38. Ben "bfineman" Fineman enters the rankings this week at #82 after taking down the FTOPS $1K rebuy event two weeks ago for $300,000. Other new names in the Top 100 this week are "jagz7," "mx4ever," "daisyxoxo," "Mossified84," and "brainwash."
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