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2009 NOVEMBER NINER WINS WORLD SERIES OF POKER SEVEN CARD STUD EVENT
Eric Buchman, a highly experienced New Yorker who placed fourth in the 2009 World Series of Poker main event, won his second WSOP bracelet this week after a tense heads up against famous Russian poker pro Alexander Kravchenko in event 34, a $1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud contest.
345 entrants ponied up the moderate buy-in for the event, generating a prize pool of $465 750, with $118,785 reserved for the winner.
The final table was reached on day 2, but play continued into Day 3 as six players were still active, including Buchman and Kravchenko, who faced Alexander Denisov, William Thompson, Bryn Kenney and Nabih Helmi.
By the time the heads up stage was reached Buchman held a 2 to 1 advantage over his opponent and, despite a fighting response from Krachenko, was able to build on his advantage until he dispatched the Russian with a full house against a pair and a busted straight.
Kravchenko more than covered his initial investment with a take-home of $73,360, whilst Buchman collected $118,785 and his second winner's bracelet.
Mallory Smith and David Prager, the initial final table eliminations on Day 2, enjoyed paydays of $14,228 and $10,921 respectively.
POKERSTARS UNVEILS EUROPEAN POKER TOUR GRAND FINAL PLAN
Online poker provider Pokerstars has announced that its European Poker Tour Grand Final will again be part of the successful Monaco Festival at the famous Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.
A total of 48 events are planned over the eleven days of the festival, and the organisers have included more $500 or less buy-in tournaments than any other EPT stop.
Taking place from April 23 to May 2, the EPT Grand Final will be held in collaboration with the France Poker Series (FPS) for the first time at the EPT Monaco festival.
There will be two main events: a Euro 1,100 buy-in FPS tournament, and a $10,600 buy-in EPT main event.
"The EPT has been leading the way in live poker for ten years, and this years EPT Grand Final will be the biggest and best ever," said EPT president Ed Stauchly this week.
"With more tournaments than ever before at lower buy-ins alongside our other events, plus a wide range of cash games, a greater variety of players will be able to experience the EPT, creating a fuller festival atmosphere."
The full schedule is available on the Pokerstars website.
WATCH OUT FOR THE NINJA!
Internet security experts have used various computer and internet publications to issue a public warning that a Russian malware dubbed i2ninja constitutes a danger to internet users and has been targeting poker players.
Apparently chitchat on some questionable hacker forums has revealed that the malware is effective on many of the leading online poker software brands, and even boasts a private support centre.
Speaking to PC World, Kaspersky expert Dmitry Tarakanov said the malware can be distributed via "...spam emails, drive-by-download attacks launched from websites infected with exploit kits and by direct installation through existing botnets and if successful in penetrating a user system can access and exploit privately stored information.
Typically, once installed the malware will access the internet from the user's device and send the plundered information to the criminal using the malicious software.
Experts give the usual advice to users: maintain all anti-virus screens and ensure these are up to date; be careful in opening emails with attachments and be alert for any unfamiliar activity in personal files like banking, passwords, gambling accounts and other sensitive and personal information.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER NEARS 2013 FINAL TABLE
It was another day of thrills and, for some, acute disappointment at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas Sunday as Day 6 played to an early conclusion after four levels, with the survivor field of 68 reduced to just 27 going forward to Day 7 and the composition of this year's Main Event final table now in sight.
Befitting the achievement of outlasting an original field of 6,352 and a week of tough, uncompromising poker, the 27 players going forward are all now assured of six-figure cashes.
Going into Day 7 on Monday, Anton Morgenstern of Germany leads the pack on 21,955,000 chips - way ahead of his closest opponent, France's Sylvain Loosli on 14,125,000.
Boosting interest in the event is the continued survival of former WSOP main event champion Carlos Mortenson, and the sole remaining member of last year's final table, Steven Gee. Mortenson is at position 6 with 10,790,000 chips and Gee is further down the leadboard at 23rd on 3,160,000.
The chip leader when Day 6 started, Sami Rustom, suffered a reversal of fortunes and was eliminated at 39th for $185,694.
Also gone is the last female player still standing this year, Jackie Glazier of Australia, who tangled with Sergio Castelluccio only to lose and depart tearfully in 31st place for a well-earned $229,281.
Among the 27 who will return to the felt for Day 7 are, as previously noted, 2001 Main Event champion Carlos Mortensen and 2012 final tabler Steve Gee. Joining them will be respected players like Yevgeniy Timosenko, David Benefield, JC Tran, Amir Lehavot and Rep Porter.
The Top Ten chip counts going into Day 7 are:
Anton Morgenstern Germany 21,955,000
Sylvain Loosli France 14,125,000 -150,000
Chris Lindh USA 12,035,000 -1,755,000
JC Tran USA 11,970,000 -1,485,000
Fabian Ortiz Argentina 10,810,000 1,110,000
Carlos Mortensen Spain 10,790,000 850,000
James Alexander USA 9,445,000 470,000
Jay Farber USA 8,975,000 -915,000
Matthew Reed USA 7,705,000 -325,000
Jason Mann Canada 7,505,000
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