Raman Afanasenka And Ryan Torgerson are the latest players to win poker’s most coveted prize. Meanwhile Penn National Gaming continues to struggle and Vince Van Patten talks quarantine in LA. It’s all here and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
Raman Afanasenka And Ryan Torgerson Latest Bracelets Winners
Ryan Torgerson won Friday’s monster-sized monster stack event for a whopping $172,361 top prize and his first gold bracelet! A total of 1,505 runners (who rebought 569 times) ponied up the cash for this one creating a million-plus prizepool.
What’s amazing is the just the night before Torgerson had placed second in the $1k Event #9. And even crazier old school legend Sam Grizzle placed 3rd. Here are the results courtesy of PokerNews:
-And of course Saturday there was another bracelet handed out aa Belarus’ Raman “Acrogum” Afanasenka became the first foreigner this year to ship a bracelet. Oh and also the $128,601 first-place prize!
Raman defeated poker pro Chance Kornuth heads-up in what was a back and forth hard-fought battle. This tournament was the the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #11: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed. It attracted 1,081 players who rebought 610 times. As a result, the 1,691-entry field generated a $760,950 prize pool. Crazy numbers. Some big names also went deep in this one with Erica Lindgren placing 6th and David Prociak getting 4th. Other big names include Yueqi “anoob” Zhu (173rd – $913.14), Mike “mouth123” Matusow (131st – $989.23), Robert “bustinballs” Kuhn (99th – $1,141.42), Ryan “protential” Laplante (69th – $1,597.99), Larry “lormson” Ormson (48th – $2,206.75), Jesse “MrJesseJames” Sylvia (40th – $2,587.23), Michel “miguelfiesta” Lech (16th – $4,793.98), and Kami “Loco4coco” Hudson (8th – $12,936.15).
-Over on PokerCentral, the team has been doing a great job of highlighting their recently acquired poker shows. Namely, the old WSOP broadcasts and High Stakes Poker. And this week Paul Seaton went through Season 1 of the iconic show and talked about some of his favorite moments. He writes, “With players such as Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Freddy Deeb all facing off against ‘Kid Poker’ in Episode 10 of the first series, there was bound to be a lot of drama, coupled with massive pots to be won… and lost. Here is an overview of my favorite moments of the first season of High Stakes Poker!”
-As usual we head on over to CardPlayerLifestyle.com to take a look at what Robbie has brewing. This week one of our favorite articles was “Top 10 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Tilt at the Poker Table.” Even the best players get all steamed up from time to time, and Ivan Potocki gives some sage wisdom for keeping a level head when playing cards.
-CardPlayer Magazine has more frustrating news for the gaming community. Penn National had to lay off many employees and they “Made Up The Majority Of The At Least 3,000 Workers Who Were Laid Off.” Steve Schult has the full story on how the casino industry is still hurting during these dark times.
-On the World Poker Tour’s website, there’s yet another fun blog entry from Vince Van Patten. The long time host of the WPT writes, “I’m also continuing to work with streaming on ClubWPT online and other special events for the World Poker Tour which keeps me very busy. It has been a pleasure to play on the site myself with club WPT members and the “stream team” chat! I am enjoying this immensely and I feel like I’ve made a lot of new friends and quite a few laughs.”
-And finally, there’s a great entry on USPoker.com entitled “WSOP RETRO: 20 Years and 20 Changes at the World Series of Poker.” For anyone that’s a fan of the history of the game, this is a must-read. From Moneymaker to moving the tournament to the Rio to million-dollar buy-ins, this article goes over the crazy evolution of the tournament series we all love.
Best Poker Videos on the Internet
-One of the latest bracelet winners is Matt Bode, and this week he sat down with PokerNews to talk about his crazy WSOP Turbo victory. PokerNews writes, “In this candid interview Bode calls out the overhyped old school of poker and reveals the new school with solvers and charts are just better. He details his experience of playing the Final table on WSOP.com by saying, “None of those guys were playing ninja poker. They were folding out for ICM pressure when there was a bracelet on the line. I was looking around like Oh my Gosh, nobody wants to play poker.“
-PokerStars released one of their classic videos this week writing, “An amateur and Pro Poker players Lex Veldhuis, Chris Moneymaker and Patrik Antonius are playing poker against each other at EPT Barcelona 2019. The amateur plays aggressive poker while the pro’s keep it cool. Do you think amateur Christoph can bluff the pro’s?”
-And finally, Lynn Gilmartin has been doing some weekly WPT recaps. Here is the latest from the WPT’s channel:
That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.
Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.