Whalen takes out Venetian Poker Bowl

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Whalen takes out Venetian Poker Bowl

There was still plenty of poker actionat the weekend, with Bob Whalen winning the MSPT Venetian Poker Bowl and taking home $140,000.

Part Time Poker reports that Whalen just won the biggest tournament of his life. And it was one that had a prize pool of more than $1 million.

1,093 players turned out for the fourth edition of the Mid-States Poker Bowl at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

After it was all said and done, Whalen walked away with $140,152 as part of a deal with the top five players.

Whalen might look slightly familiar to poker fans from his TV coverage in 2008, where he made a deep run in the Main Event, ultimately placing 79th.

Several other name pros made deep runs, including Joustin Young who placed seventh for almost $30,000.

Action continues in Madrid

The action continued at the 888 Poker live festival in Madrid with day two action on Sunday.

The field of 1,067 has been whittled down to 378, all of them in fierce competition to make the money and the final table.

Some of the big names still in contention are Kara Scott, Fernando Pons, Ana Marquez, Dominik Nitsche and Ebony Kenney.

Chidwick takes out Australian Poker Open

Stephen Chidwick has won the inaugural Australian Poker Open at the Star Gold Coast after more than a week of High Roller action.

The British player now has more than US$34 million in lifetime earnings, with his victory earlier this week in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em enough to see him overtake American David Peters in the all-time money list.

He cements his status as the all-time winningest European in poker history, now almost $2 million clear of Fedor Holz and US$8 million clear of Mikita Badziakouski.

It was a nail biting race to the Australian Open title, with first Mike Watson and then Andras Nemeth sitting atop the leaderboard after recording victories in the first half of the festival.

However, Chidwick’s victory for $399,500 saw him become the third different player to top the leaderboard, only for Nemeth to retake the lead after cashing in event six.

It all came down to the $100,000 Main Event, where Chidwick picked up his third cash of the festival.

This was enough to overtake the Hungarian and claim the $50,000 Championship prize.

Chidwick said afterwards that he hopes these style of events continued, citing their ability to judge a player’s ability over multiple tournaments.

“Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too,” said Chidwick.

“But over the course of seven, eight or ten events you’re going to see the better players more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.”

It wouldn’t be a Poker Open without Stephen Chidwick grabbing a title, as he recorded his sxith win in Poker Open history, surpassing David Peters on the all-time money list and moving into the lead in the Australian Poker Championship leaderboard.

He won event five, the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, defeating a field of 47 players to win $399,500.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself and just keep trying to play my best,” Chidwick told Poker Central.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to win it without another score. I only have a small lead right now and there’s a couple of events left. I just always want to win but I never set my goals on winnings one specific event.

“When I play I just want to win. I’m very motivated by leaderboards and rankings as it’s always very fun to chase those,” Chidwick said.

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