The Global Poker Index Newsmakers: March 24, 2014
Jaffee At It Again In Jacksonville
We’re down to 19 players at the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open as the most recent winner in Jacksonville, Jared Jaffee (GPI#84), takes the chip lead into Day 3. Jaffee won the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble in November.
Season XII WPT Champions Jordan Cristos (GPI#138) and James Calderaro (GPI#620), former WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka (GPI#113) and poker superstar Jason Mercier (GPI#5) are among the other players remaining in the event. A win for Mercier would allow him to enter the Triple Crown Club.
Stammen On Fire
Currently ranked #4 in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race, Keven Stammen (GPI#44) could very well move to #1 later this week once the new GPI rankings are released following his 14th place finish at WPT Rolling Thunder, the final leg of the WPT California Swing.
Stammen is back in the spotlight today as he is one of 9 players to have qualified for final table play at the Queen City Classic in Cincinnati. Stammdogg starts the day ranked second in chips. Nick Guagenti (GPI#1018) holds the chip lead coming into Monday’s play.
Katchalov Vs. Jedlicka At Eureka High Roller
Eugene Katchalov (GPI#43) and Nikolaus Jedlicka (GPI#17190) have agreed to meet Tuesday to determine just who will be crowned winner in the Eureka Poker Tour High Roller event as EPT Vienna kicked off last week.
As play dragged on Sunday, it was obvious that the event would not be able to finish on time. Each player agreed to meet on Tuesday morning in order to play Day 1B of the EPT Vienna Main Event on Monday.
Big Names Fall Late At $1 Millon Live! Classic
The final 11 players will return to the Maryland Live Poker Room on Monday in hopes of grabbing the $127,783 USD top prize.
One of those final 11, Roland Israelashvili (GPI#182), is the reason why 2012 WSOP World Champion Greg Merson (GPI#226) won’t be around later today. Merson was one of many top name players eliminated late on Sunday night as Anthony Gregg (GPI#345), Josh Brikis (GPI#1688), Christian Harder (GPI#68), Kyle Bowker (GPI#217) and David “ODB” Baker (GPI#150) were all eliminated.
J.C. Tran Returns To The Winner’s Circle
One of the most accomplished players on the live tournament circuit is back at it again. Months after returning to the poker spotlight as a November Niner, J.C. Tran (GPI#331), earned the second WPT victory of his career on the World Poker Tour.
Tran won WPT Rolling Thunder at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California, minutes away from his Sacramento home.
Gal Wins Monster Eureka Vienna Main
Hungarian Zoltan Gal (GPI#2480) survived a 1,432-player field to win the record-breaking Eureka Poker Tour Vienna Main Event. Gal, who is also an accomplished online player, earned the biggest payday of his career with the victory.
Java/Schleger Battle In Los Angeles
It’s been a good few weeks for Java who finished second in the Playboy event at the L.A. Poker Classic in late February.
Mario Lopez Wins Lapt Chile
Former Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez (GPI#4703), from Argentina, won the opening event of the seventh season on the Latin America Poker Tour in Chile.
Over 600 players entered the event that created a $915,631 prize pool.
Amateur Redhouse Wins Anzpt Sydney
Josh Redhouse picked a right time to earn his first score on the live tournament circuit. Redhouse won over 133K AUD with his win at ANZPT Sydney over the weekend.