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  1. [caption width="640"] Mike Del Vecchio defeated a tough final table to take down his first career WPT victory. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The final stop of the World Poker Tour California Swing made its way up to Sacramento and Thunder Valley Casino. There was plenty up for grabs in the event as Rainer Kempe came in looking to lock up his position as the points leader of the California Swing and 421 entrants were looking to close out the West Coast portion of WPT Season XV in style. Mike ‘3kingme3’ Del Vecchio started the final table as chip leader and defeated a talented group of players including Sorel ‘imper1um’ Mizzi, Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan, and Olivier Busqueton his way to taking down his first career WPT title. Busquet came in as the short stack but was able to triple up on the 27th hand in a spot that saw Drinan get eliminated in sixth place. Busquet shoved from the button for 440,000 and Drinan re-jammed out of the small blind for 960,000 total. John Hadley called from the big blind with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"] in the big blind, having both players covered, and had the [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] of Busquet along with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] of Drinan at risk. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"] flop put Busquet in the lead with two pair but also gave Drinan outs to a straight. The [poker card="6s"] turn bricked and the [poker card="qd"] river secured the triple for Busquet and sent Drinan to the rail. Although he picked up a substantial amount of chips, Busquet could not ladder up further and was eliminated in fifth place. On Hand 76, Steve Tabb shoved from the small blind and Busquet called for his last 550,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. Tabb turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="4d"] and picked up a flush draw on the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Tabb outs to a straight and he found his flush on the [poker card="2d"] river to eliminate Busquet. Four hands after Busquet exited, it was Hadley’s turn to leave the final table. Hadley opened for 140,000 from under the gun and Del Vecchio three-bet to 525,000 out of the small blind. Hadley moved all-in for 1,480,000. Del Vecchio called with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] and had the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] of Hadley in a flip worth nearly 25 percent of the chips in play. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6h"] board did nothing for Hadley and Del Vecchio assumed the chip lead to start three-handed play. Del Vecchio, Mizzi and Tabb engaged in three-handed play for a few hours before Del Vecchio opened a wide gap by doubling through Tabb. Del Vecchio opened to 180,000 on the button and Tabb three-bet to 555,000 from the small blind. Del Vecchio moved all-in for 3,420,000 total and Tabb called with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"], which trailed the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] of Del Vecchio. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"] board ran clean for Del Vecchio and Tabb was knocked down under 20 big blinds. Hand 157 was the final one for Tabb and Del Vecchio finished the job he started. Del Vecchio raised to 250,000 out of the small blind and Tabb three-bet all-in for 1,950,000. Del Vecchio called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] and needed to hold against the [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] of Tabb. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] board secured the elimination for Del Vecchio and he entered heads up play with a sizable advantage over Mizzi. On Hand 182 of the final table, Del Vecchio completed his wire-to-wire championship run. Del Vecchio raised to 300,000 and Mizzi defended his big blind to see a [poker card="7s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] flop. Mizzi checked and Del Vecchio bet 225,000. Mizzi called and the [poker card="4s"] came on the turn. Mizzi checked again and Del Vecchio bet 600,000 more. Mizzi check-raised to 1,725,000 and Del Vecchio moved all-in and Mizzi called with [poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] for an open-ended straight flush draw. Del Vecchio turned over [poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"] for trip fours and would have to fade the abundance of outs at Mizzi’s disposal. The river card was the [poker card="jh"] and Del Vecchio wrapped up the title. With the win, Del Vecchio clinched a spot in the season-ending WPT Tournament Champions next month at the Seminole Hard Rock. Final Table Payouts Mike Del Vecchio - $284,638 Sorel Mizzi - $190,105 Steve Tabb - $122,296 John Hadley - $81,930 Olivier Busquet - $63,013 Connor Drinan - $52,222
  2. The World Poker Tour stays on the West Coast after the L.A. Poker Classic and travels north for WPT Rolling Thunder. Season XVI marks the fifth trip for the WPT to the Lincoln, CA outpost for a $3,500 buy-in event. From March 2-6, there is fierce poker competition to be had as one of the final WPT titles of the season is on the line. Building on 2017 Success Mike Del Vecchio battled through a field of 421 to claim his first WPT title in Season XV. The players who Del Vecchio defeated at the final table include Connor Drinan and Olivier Busquet. Del Vecchio joined an elite group of WPT Rolling Thunder winners led by J.C. Tran and Harrison Gimbel. Tran took down 465 entrants to win his title in Season XII and Season XV’s field was the largest since that time. Riding the LAPC Momentum From the time it was added to the WPT calendar, Rolling Thunder follows Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic on the schedule. That is no more for at least this year with the hiatus of Bay 101 for at least Season XVI. The L.A. Poker Classic wraps up on March 1 and the WPT train rides immediately for Rolling Thunder the next day. Expect to see dozens who played LAPC to catch a flight and make their way to Thunder Valley for the last California WPT event of the season. The LAPC field size should carry an indication of how many and who will play at Thunder Valley. Player of the Year Battle Builds Art Papazyan is 700 points in front of Eric Afriat for current Season XVI Player of the Year honors but that lead is on the fringe of changing. Afriat won the WPT Winter Poker Open at Borgata in January in his second final table appearance of the season. With one more WPT final table appearance this season, Afriat can tie or surpass Papazyan’s 2,400 points. The Quebec business professional is uncertain of his upcoming WPT schedule but the opportunity to win the exclusive prize may bring him out to the West Coast. New Room to Show Off Thunder Valley recently opened their brand new poker room and the glamour element should add to what is already an event with high expectations. Locals are flocking in large numbers to play satellite qualifiers, leading to more buzz for an already prestigious event. The new room features an open playing space and nearby access to all the amenities Thunder Valley is known for. Unique Format Features Six Max Action The WPT Rolling Thunder adds the shorthanded element of poker deep in their event. Once the field reaches 36 players, the field condenses to six tables of six players each. It is at this stage where the tournament switches over to 90-minute levels until the final table. Bay 101 is famous for this structure pivot and Rolling Thunder recently added it to their WPT showcase. Expect to see some fun hands and memorable moments that compare to Charlie Carrel’s elimination in a hand where Pat Lyons moved all-in blind. Where to Watch The final table streams live on WPT.com on March 6 starting at 12:30 pm PT. The six-figures in prize money, the prestige of winning a WPT, and predicted tough final table leads to what will be an exciting conclusion to what has become one of the most enjoyable stops on the WPT circuit.
  3. The 2019 Aussie Millions recently wrapped up, and it was another record-setting festival of events Down Under. In the heat of the Australian summer, while tennis fans from around the world enjoyed another edition of the famed Aussie Open, the Aussie Millions was packing the house at Crown Casino in beautiful Melbourne. The Aussie Millions Main Event generated its largest turnout ever with 822 entries, besting last year’s record attendance of 800 entries. Bryn Kenney captured the Aussie Millions Main Event title and A$1.272 million ($914,617) after a three-way deal, Cary Katz won the $100,000 Challenge for A$1.481 million ($1.074 million), and plenty of other big scores were had. Here's a look at the biggest winners from the 2019 Aussie Millions. Top 25 2019 Aussie Millions Money List 1. Toby Lewis - A$1,607,654 ($1,149,064) 2. Cary Katz - A$1,481,760 ($1,074,908) 3. Rainer Kempe - A$1,284,225 ($919,258) 4. Michael Del Vecchio - A$1,275,852 ($916,936) 5. Bryn Kenney - A$1,272,598 ($914,617) 6. Andrew Hinrichsen - A$1,102,408 ($792,305) 7. Manig Loeser - A$772,246 ($555,014) 8. Abraham Passet - A$617,400 ($447,878) 9. Jack Salter - A$541,660 ($390,523) 10. Anton Morgenstern - A$530,640 ($384,767) 11. Clinton Taylor - A$483,000 ($347,132) 12. Guillaume Nolet - A$451,069 ($322,640) 13. Tobias Ziegler - A$431,270 ($311,395) 14. David ‘Chino’ Rheem - A$416,760 ($296,137) 15. Thomas Mühlöcker - A$412,300 ($296,320) 16. Matthew Wakeman - A$380,300 ($273,322) 17. Farid Jattin - A$373,880 ($270,869) 18. Dominik Nitsche - A$350,385 ($251,999) 19. Gyeong Byeong Lee - A$311,985 ($224,207) 20. Kristen Bicknell - A$294,530 ($213,599) 21. Jason Pritchard - A$291,885 ($210,084) 22. Hamish Crawshaw - A$253,334 ($182,037) 23. Vincent Huang - A$251,865 ($180,431) 24. Gautam Dhingra - A$247,039 ($175,716) 25. Bjorn Li - A$235,600 ($169,326) Toby Lewis tops the list of winners, earning A$1.607 million ($1.149 million) thanks to four cashes in the series. Two of those four in-the-money finishes were for mega bucks, as Lewis placed second in the $25,000 Challenge for A$781,214 ($555,107) and first in the $50,000 Challenge for A$818,054 ($587,936). Lewis' performances moved him to more than $6.3 million in live tournament earnings and jumped him to sixth place on England's all-time money list, as ranked by The Hendon Mob. Katz, who was already mentioned as the winner of the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, was the second-biggest money earner from the 2019 edition of the event. Katz only cashed once, but he won the A$100,000 buy-in event for A$1.481 million ($1.074 million). It was the fifth-largest score of Katz’s poker career, as he moved to more than $18.4 million in live tournament earnings and up to 25th on poker’s all-time money list, also according to The Hendon Mob. Ranking third was Rainer Kempe, who earned a combined A$1.284 million ($919,258) thanks to two big results. Kempe won the $25,000 Challenge that Lewis came second in and took home A$831,465 ($590,814). He also placed fourth in the $100,000 Challenge that Katz won for A$452,760 ($328,444). Kempe's success carried over from the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where he won more than $1.2 million from three cashes and was the ninth-biggest winner to come out of that series. Just from the PCA and Aussie Millions, Kempe has won more than $2.1 million in prize money in 2019. You’ll notice that Mike Del Vecchio notched Kenney by a couple thousand dollars on the list. The two were involved in a three-way deal at the end of the Aussie Millions Main Event and took home just about the same amount of money. Del Vecchio had another cash at the Aussie Millions that allowed him to finish higher than Kenney on this list. In ninth place with A$541,660 ($390,523) won at the 2019 Aussie Millions was Jack Salter, and he’s the player who cashed the most times within the top 25. Salter cashed five times during the festival, but that wasn’t the most times a player finished in the money at the 2019 Aussie Millions. Justin Liberto and Travis Endersby each cashed six times and were the ones to cash the most times. Liberto earned a combined A$181,609 ($131,133) and Endersby scored a total of A$105,488 ($75,571). If you read our 'Biggest Winners from the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure' article, then you’ll notice there are a few more repeat names on the two lists, in addition to Kempe. Those players are David 'Chino' Rheem, Farid Jattin, and Dominik Nitsche. Rheem, who won the 2019 PCA Main Event for $1.567 million, finished third in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge to win A$416,760 ($296,137). He was the 14th-biggest money earner from this year’s Aussie Millions as a result of that. Jattin notably finished seventh in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship for $746,000 in the Bahamas. In Melbourne, Jattin finished 31st in the Aussie Millions Main Event and then took second in the A$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, winning a combined A$373,880 ($270,869). Nitsche won $606,240 at the 2019 PCA festival and then won another A$350,385 ($251,999) at the 2019 Aussie Millions festival, placing 23rd and 18th on each series' earnings leaderboard. Down Under, Nitsche took fourth in the $50,000 Challenge for A$323,950 ($232,823) and sixth in the A$5,000 Six-Max NL for A$26,435 ($19,176).
  4. On Sunday night in Melbourne, Australia, Bryn Kenney pulled off a feat that most tournament poker players would think is impossible. Kenney won the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event and didn't eliminate a single player from the final table - including the runner-up, Mike Del Vecchio. Kenney, Del Vecchio, and third place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen agreed to a deal that awarded Kenney the title. The deal, which included Kenney getting the biggest share of the prize money, ended the tournament with no further hands played. The final table took just over eight hours to complete included a show of dominance from Andrew Hinrichsen. It took a little over an hour before the seven-handed final table saw an elimination. From the button, Hinrichsen raised to 140,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] before Hamish Crawshaw re-raised to 575,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. Hinrichsen announced he was all in and Crawshaw called all in. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"][poker card="3h"] flop moved Hinrichsen in front with top pair and neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="2s"] river were of any help and the 26-year-old New Zealander was eliminated in seventh place. Hinrichsen went back to work in whittling down the field a little over an hour later in another all-in preflop spot. Hinrichsen raised to 200,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"] before Gyeong Byeong Lee moved all in for 320,000 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"]. Hinrichsen called and then moved ahead after the [poker card="td"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"] flop. Lee could only watch as the [poker card="qh"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river offered him no relief and he was eliminated in sixth. Another hour passed by before the next elimination and this time, Hinrichsen wasn't involved. From UTG, Matthew Wakeman raised 160,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"] and Clinton Taylor re-raised to 300,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] from the button. The blinds folded and Wakeman shoved all in for 2,670,000 and Taylor called. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] to give Taylor the pot and send Wakeman to the rail in fifth place. Over the next 23 hands, things went south for Taylor and a confrontation with Hinrichsen ended his misery. Action folded to Taylor on the button and he moved all in for 1,905,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"] and Hinrichsen called from the big blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6c"] flop didn't improve Taylor and after the [poker card="7d"] hit the turn, Taylor was officially eliminated in fourth. The [poker card="ah"] river was a meaningless needle for Taylor. Thanks to his work eliminating three of the last four players, Hinrichsen began three-handed play with just over 60% of the chips in play. Over the course of the next 4.5 hours and 109 hands of play, Hinrichsen saw his fortunes change dramatically and he ended up with just 25% of the chips in play when the final three players began discussing a chop. It took just a few moments for them to agree to an adjusted payout that resulted in not playing another hand. Thanks to one of the final hands of play, Del Vecchio actually had a slight lead over Kenney but Kenney was still able to negotiate a deal that paid him the most and awarded him the official title of Main Event champ. Final Table Payouts Bryn Kenney - $1,272,598 AUD Mike Del Vecchio - $1,272,162 AUD Andrew Hinrichsen - $1,097,739 AUD Clinton Taylor - $483,000 AUD Matthew Wakeman - $380,300 AUD Gyeong Byeong Lee - $309,000 AUD Hamish Crawshaw - $242,000 AUD
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