The Global Poker Index Newsmakers: February 17, 2014 The Global Poker Index Newsmakers: February 17, 2014
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Key Takeaways
  • A summary of the recent accomplishments of players ranked on the Global Poker Index.

Jungle Wins Joburg

Daniel Cates (GPI#29943) made a rare appearance on the live tournament circuit at WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg … good thing he did! Jungleman would end up winning the event and take home the $500,000 USD top prize, defeating local qualifier, former WSOP Circuit South Africa final table participant, Kinesh Pather (GPI#4524), heads-up.

Deadman Second In Birmingham

Former WPT National Dublin winner Simon Deadman (GPI#209) finished second to Faisal Shabbir (GPI#72577) at Genting Poker Series Birmingham over the weekend.

Deadman also finished at last month’s GPS Main Event in Nottingham.

Sandness Wins MSPT Event In Minnesota

Mark Sandness (GPI#1716) won the Mid-States Poker Tour event in his home state of Minnesota on Sunday. Sandress’ win comes off the heals of another big victory at the Great Minnesota Freeze Out, pushing his 2014 winnings to over 135K USD to start the season.

Sandness defeated another famous Minnesota native, Blake Bohn (GPI#316) heads-up to win his first MSPT title.

Paris Wins In Marrakech

Olivier Paris (GPI#788) earned his first victory on the live tournament circuit, winning the Marrekech Poker Open, earning 765,000 MAD (close to 100K USD) for the big victory in Morocco.

Ricardo Manquant (GPI#718), who won the Marrakech Open last October, would finish fourth in this event.

Mathews Holds Off Moneymaker, Childs In Tunica

Only 20 players would take part in the Hollywood Poker Tour Tunica Regional Event as former WSOP World Champion Chris Moneymaker (GPI#3324) and 2007 WSOP Main Event final table participant Lee Childs (GPI#661) looked to win the title after both qualifying for final table play.

Toby Mathews (GPI#25415) had other things in mind and took the title away from the two veterans, earning the first win of his career on the live tournament circuit.

Lucky 13 Make CPPT Foxwoods Final

The final 13 players will return to Foxwoods today in hopes of becoming the latest winner on the Card Player Poker Tour and picking up the $113,435 UDS first prize.

Ronnie Pease (GPI#24100) and WPT final table participant Anthony Ruberto (GPI#2349) are the only two players heading into FT play with more that 1M chips while WSOP bracelet winner Chris Tryba (GPI#612) will look to take those chips away from the leaders later today.

Maglio Leads FT At WSOPC PBKC

The final table is set at WSOP Circuit Palm Beach in Florida and Vincent Maglio (GPI#1134) is the man to beat as the final nine players make their way to the Kennel Club later today.

Former WSOP Circuit Atlantic City Champion Joseph McKeehen (GPI#304) and Joshua Kay (GPI#1685) will be two players that Maglio will need to avoid in order to win his first Circuit ring.

Heimiller Final Tables HPT Colorado

Circuit veteran Dan Heimiller (GPI#174) will hope to add to his 25 career tournament titles later today as the final table is set at HPT Colorado at the Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk.

Colorado native Keith Love (GPI#5329) leads the way with a 4.6M chip stack … Love finished second in this event back in April 2011.

Huang, Corkins In The Money At APT Cebu

The final 36 players are set to do battle as Day 2 is in the books at APT Cebu in the Philippines. Amongst the surviving players are Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang (GPI#2550) and a blast from the past, WSOP and WPT Champ Hoyt Corkins (GPI#3125)!

WPT Returns To Fallsview This Week

The World Poker Tour makes a return to Niagara Falls later this week with the presentation of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic, the second WPT stop in Canada this season.

The event, which is scheduled to sellout, will see top pros Vanessa Selbst (GPI#8), Mike Watson (GPI#18), Tony Dunst (GPI#954) and the red-hot Mike McDonald (GPI#7).

Tony G Begins “farewell Tour”

As he prepares to enter the political game, Tony G is set to play a few events along the way in what he is calling his “farewell tour”. The first stop on the tour is coming later this week at the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships.

The Dusk Till Dawn confirms that Boris Becker, Barny Boatman, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot, Neil Channing, Marcel Luske, Sam Trickett and JP Kelly are also scheduled to take part in the event.