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Dobson gets the Amnéville FPS title

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The buy-in of € 1,100 Main event at the FPS (France Poker Series), Amnéville finished with the win of of Benjamin Dobson in this Sunday, 13th May. Remember that both of them were fifteen among the 317 primarily registered who had their passes to go back in the poker playing room to attempt to grab the winner’s trophy along with a€ 70,000 prize. Eight of those participants were quite lucky to be at the final table with Jean Michel Texier leading.

After the exit of Jonathan Klifa as well as Enrico Rudelitz at 8th and seventh spots, the chip leader was also ruled out and took the€ 15,300 prize. Michel Dubert and Marc Huyghebaert also brought together the bench of took out after a few hours.

Johannes Meyer Zu Wendischhoff, the German for his part, got the last stair of the podium when bringing back€ 30,000 home. Then the final game was played between the French Benjamin Dobson and Guillaume Roiron. The meeting finished only at around 2 : 45 in morning. The French player got wiped out by the 23 years young English player.

Confessedly, this Nottingham native already has a quite great experience as he takes part in online poker for more than five years. More than that, it must be remembered that already he has took part in many top online championships like WCOOP. He pocketed a sum of € 44,320 prize for the second spot. After this Amnéville, the France Poker Series championship will go to the Gujan-Mestras from 27th June to 1st July, 2012.


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Since 10th April, Tuesday, rooters of the WPT (World Poker Tour) circuit met in the city of Vienna to start a new stage of the championship.

Last year, the championship pulled in a field of 555 poker players. Generating a prize money of € 1776000, but this year a downfall in inflow was noticed. Rightly so, with 163 registered participants on Day 1A and 233 players on Day 1B, the whole field of season 2012 sums with 396 players.

Nevertheless, it was very captivating as the player’s field combines different players. Several former World Poker Tour champs like Adam Levy, McLean Karr, Victor Ramdim and Vanessa Selbst were present there. Some of them reattempted their scopes by entering in Day 1B.

After the first two days of qualifying, the player’s field came down to 182. The day’s chip leader is Darko Stojanovic who done his path of playing the game with aggression, managed to heap up a huge deal of 320000 chips. He got a huge advantage as the player who is at the 2nd spot; Carsten Jeppe has only 206400 chips with him.

Not to forget that the chip leader’s best performance in live events was a victory at the World Poker Tour Regional Series last February in Paris. In spite of his good position, Stojanovic is quite far from his victory. Still, he will face tough opponents like the Day 1A chip leader Sam El Sayed or David Breitfuss.


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There were high hopes that Mississippi online poker players will be able to enjoy legalized intrastate framework in near future, thanks to a bill which was expected to make this a reality. But sadly the bill “The Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act Of 2012” died this week on table.

The bill was introduced by the lawmakers to take advantage of a change in the policy of the government after indications were given by the Department Of Justice that online poker and other form of gambling are not to be considered illegal under Wire Act 1961. The bill would have allowed gaming licensees carrying out their operations in the state to offer customer wagering and internet poker.

The bill also called for creation of rules to govern the gambling industry of the state through Gaming Commission before any changes were to be made on online gambling. It is to be noted that casino gambling is considered legal in Mississippi and it has been around since 1990. There are about 30 licensees who run gambling establishments and offer poker on 160 poker tables.

Several top notch names in the US gambling industry such as Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts, Boyd Gaming offer services in Mississippi and the death of the bill will be a disappointment for these groups. The state will find itself behind the race among states such as Iowa, California and New Jersey to push through online poker legislation. Nevada may be the first state to come up with real money online poker site if everything goes to plan.


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An East African immigrant Abraham Araya, who is residing in Carrollton at present, took away the largest lump of the $ 1.4 million prize kitty.  The forty-four year old aircraft mechanic as well as the father of three kids beat the huge crowd to grab the topmost payday of $ 270380. This is certainly not the very first time when Araya succeeded on the property. 

Araya grabbed the 1st position in the year 2011 TJ Cloutier Choctaw Poker Challenge Main Event for more than $ 83000 just 3 months before.  In current addition to the money as well as the WSOPC ring, Abraham also gained an automatic pass into the season-ending championship WSOPC National Championship free-roll.

The Oklahoma stop checked a twenty-one percent growth in attendance compared to previous year’s domain of 808 poker players. The event of this year also attracted a huge number of notables, which includes Todd Brunson, Gavin Smith, Dennis Phillips, Tommy Vedes, Chad Brown and Scotty Nguyen.  The top ninety-nine finishers in the championship claimed a payday of minimum $ 2917.  The huge names got away on paydays, whereas the locals prevailed the action.  Only 4 states were made up at the concluding table, with 5 players from the state Texas, 2 players from Arkansas, 1 player from Oklahoma and 1 player from the state of Louisiana.

The next stop of WSOPC in Las Vegas is already afoot at the Caesars Palace.  The preliminary play is already attracting many local poker pros and more are expected to appear at the time when the Main Event begins on 28th January.
Final table results of the WSOPC Choctaw Main Event:
•    Abraham Araya – $ 270380
•    Daniel Lowery – $ 167230
•    Michael Sanders – $ 123430
•    Jack Miller – $ 92352
•    Mark Buford – $ 69968

Focus on: Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen is an American poker player of Vietnamese origins which won a bracelet at the WSOP five times, the most known ones being the one from the Main Event in the WSOP 1998 and the HORSE World Championship $50,000 at the WSOP 2008. He is the only poker player that has wins in both these events. He is one of the poker players that are extremely active and between 2000 and 2004 he managed to finish in the money at over 100 events.

At the WSOP 1997 he managed to win the Omaha 8 or Better $2,000, which got him a prize of $150,000. Despite this win, he needed a 1/3 bankroll from Mike Matusow to be able to take part in the WSOP 1998, since he was broke. He won that World Series and one third of the winnings went to Mike Matusow (a total of $333,333). The next day after he won this bracelet, a brother of his died in a car accident in Vietnam. Since then, Scotty decided to never wear the bracelet he won at the 1998 WSOP.

He also took part in a number of final tables at the World Poker Tour and he managed to also win an event in 2006. In 2007, he finished 2nd at the WSOP, at Seven Card Stud, the 1st being Eli Elezra. He was also close to getting to the Main Event final table in 2007, but he went out from 11th place, with a prize of $476,926.

He won the WSOP HORSE event in 2008 but he had an objectionable behavior at that table, as he swore at other players and waitresses and drank alcohol at the table. He later apologized for his behavior.

As of 2010, Scotty had total winnings at tournaments of $11,250,000. Over $4.7 million of those came from his WSOP appearances.