World Poker Tour Beijing Winner | Alaei & Lamb at the Bellagio | Pokerstars Omaha Spin & Gos

21/04/2017 8:00am Categories: News

Peter Chen Wins WPT Beijing

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Season XVI of the WPT kicked off with the tour's first-ever stop in Beijing. The WPT Beijing Main Event drew a solid field of 400 players and the eventual winner earned the largest payday of his poker career with the victory. 

The WPT Beijing Main Event final table played out on Wednesday and the chip leader had over half of the chips to start final table play. 

Pete Chen had been saying for most of the tournament that he would take down the event and he proved prophetic as he never relinquished the chip lead at any point during the final table. 

At the start of the final table, the only legitimate threat was PokerStars pro-Bryan Huang but he came to the final table as the short stack. He fell quickly and Chen easily navigated his way to heads-up play against Chen Ke. 

Ke had to overcome a 5-1 chip deficit during heads-up play and that proved to be too daunting of a task. He eventually shoved with a meagre Q-3 and Chen called with K-4 suited. The board missed both players and Chen took the title. 

Peter Chen won $299,485 for his first-place victory along with a seat in the Season XVI Tournament of Champions. This was the largest score of Chen's poker career and moves him over $1 million in career earnings.


Lamb, Alaei Win Bellagio Mixed Game High Rollers

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The Bellagio in Las Vegas made history earlier this week when it ran a pair of $25k Mixed Game High Roller tournaments. 

A mixed-game high roller may not seem like an ideal event to run in most locations but Las Vegas boasts numerous high rolling mixed game players. 

The event was the brainchild of Daniel Negreanu but Brian Rast was the person who helped to facilitate it. He worked with Bellagio to come up with the structure. Both events were held in the world famous "Bobby's Room." 

The first of two events kicked off on Monday and drew a solid field of 25 players. The top four received a payday with the winner taking home $281k. 

Former WSOP Main Event November Niner Ben Lamb made a rare deep run and ended up taking down the event after defeating Negreanu heads-up. 

Negreanu earned $175,000 for his second-place finish and this moved him over the $33 million mark in live career earnings. 

Tuesday's $25k Mixed Game High Roller didn't draw nearly the same crowd and only had 10 total entries. The event only paid three players and as things turned out, Negreanu was one of those players. 

Negreanu made it heads-up once again but this time faced Daniel Alaei. Alaei had a big chip lead and Negreanu was not able to overcome it. 

Alaei took the $125k top prize while Negreanu settled for $77,500. This gave Negreanu combined earnings of over $250k over two days. 

The Mixed Game High Roller events featured a 10-game format that included all the games of HORSE along with NL Hold'em, PL Omaha, Badugi, NL 2-7 Draw and Limit 2-7 Triple Draw. 

While this type of High Roller tournament may not make its way to the international circuit, the Bellagio can offer a nice novelty event for local pros and high rolling mixed game players.



PokerStars Adds Omaha Spin & Gos

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A couple of years ago, PokerStars added a new three-handed hyper-turbo sit & go called Spin & Go. The format became insanely popular due to the random prize pools that paid up to 10,000 times the initial buy-in. 

Since its inception, the game was only available in NL Hold'em but that changed on Wednesday. PokerStars announced that it has added Omaha poker to Spin & Go, giving players another option and one that will generate even more action. 

“Omaha is a highly enjoyable poker variant and was quite high up on our players’ request list to deliver it as a Spin & Go,” said PokerStars Director of Poker Operations and Innovation Severin Rasset. 

“So we’re really pleased to be able to do this and hope that it will be as popular in this format as it is in our cash games.” 

Omaha Spin & Go tournaments will be just like the NL version with prize pools randomly generated between 2x to 10,000x the initial buy-in. 

With the exception of the highest prize pools, games will be a winner takes all format. The highest prize pools will pay out all three players with second and third getting 10% of the prize pool. 

According to PokerStars Team Pro Lex Veldhuis, “Omaha is just perfect for Spin & Go. There will be a lot of action because you can play so many hands, but it’s also really hard to knock people out in PLO. This will make for some very intense situations when the multipliers get high. I can’t wait to try them.” 

Omaha Spin & Go tournaments will be available at buy-ins of $1, $3, $7 and $15. Top prizes will range from $10,000 to $150,000. Like with the NL version, there will be only one top prize pool out of over 1 million Omaha Spin & Go tournaments run. The majority of prize pools will range from 2x to 6x.