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Spearfish Man Wins South Dakota State Poker Championship

A Spearfish man won the South Dakota State Poker Championship in Deadwood and got $30,000 richer. Cal Dardis was one of 104 players who participated in the Texas Hold ’em tournament over the weekend at the Silverado-Franklin Hotel & Gaming Complex. He held the winning hand on Sunday night.

Winning $21,000, Tony Hanig of Winner finished second. In third came Tyler Peterson of Everett, Wash. He won $12, 800. 93 players left the tournament empty-handed, while the top 11 finishers walked away with some cash.

To play in one of three flights, or groups, Friday and Saturday, the poker players had to pay $1,100. The top 20 people in each flight moved on to the final round Sunday. A poker tournament can be an extensive and exhausting affair, hours piling on hours of meticulous play. Dardis’ pile grew ever larger, even though players slowly lost their chips.

Distinctive attire was donned by different players. Some pulled hoods low down over their faces, while others wore sunglasses while playing. Dardis plugged headphones into his ears and brought a winning resume to the tournament.

He won $3329 in June 2009 and took seventh place in the Mega Stack Series in Las Vegas. Earlier that year, he won $2720 and took 14th in the Heartland Poker Tour in Deadwood. Since then, he has competed in at least a couple of other Las Vegas tournaments. 134 players were brought in from different states in the 2011 tournament. South Dakota had 86 players.

Tom Rensch, Silverado-Franklin general manager was hoping for 300 participants in this tournament. This would have made a $300,000 pot and a $100,000 first-place prize. However, only a third of that was managed. Mother’s Day fell on the final day of the tournament and this could be the reason for the low turnout said Poker room manager Jesse Karn. He added that the tournament still helped liven up casino, drawing more gamblers than a usual weekend in May, even with turnout lower than last year.

In 2011, Bill Swan of Miles City, Mont. Won the title and took home $40, 000. Richard Morgan of Deadwood finished in second place. He won $27,000.


Phil Collins – Final Tablist at 2011 WSOP Main Event

2011 WSOP main event final tablist Phil Collins was the last man standing in a total of 195 players posted the $1,650 buy-in. He secured the $71,556 first-place prize by defeating Matt Marafioti heads-up to secure his first live tournament victory. The 27-year-old finished 5th for a $2,269,599 payday and famously made last year is WSOP Main Event Final Table.

Phil Collins said that playing eight days in the (WSOP) Main Event is an experience almost no one gets to have. He really enjoyed my experience with HPT and he added that the structure is phenomenal.

At the Palms Casino Resort, a whole slew of top players entered the $1,650 buy-in HPT Nevada. Randy Dorfman in 20th ($2,154), Christina Lindley in 12th ($5,315), and bubbling the final table Dutch Boyd in 7th ($10,904) were amongst those cashing in at the event.

Nevertheless, the final table of six was packed with some of the brightest, youngest talents in the game including Steve “gboro780? Gross, Matt “ADZ124? Marafioti, Phil Collins, Dan O’Brien, Leo Wolpert and Terry Presley.

Phil Collins went heads-up against Canadian pro. Marafioti has earned 1,934,851 in live tournament winnings, as well as a further $1,372,062 playing online under the screen name “ADZ124.” Marafioti was eventually defeated when his A-Q fell to Collin’s A-9, who managed to pair his 9 on the board following a fierce heads-up battle. Marafioti finished second and claimed $41,570. Phil Collins now has $2,491,855 in live tournament cashes, to go with his $3,011,356 won online as “USCphildo" and he was crowned the 2012 Heartland Poker Tour Champion.

The final table payouts for the tournament are - 1st: Phil Collins - $71,550; 2nd: Matt Marafioti - $25,897; 3rd: Steve Gross - $25,897; 4th: Leo Wolpert - $22,489; 5th: Dan O’Brien - $17,173; 6th: Terry Presley - $14,666.


EPT San Remo Title Claimed by Elder

Max HeinzelmannOn the Italian Riviera, the 24-year-old British pro Rupert Elder claimed the EPT San Remo title. The former economics student took home a Shamballa Jewels bracelet and earned €930,000 for the win, a seat in the EPT Champion of Champions event and a seat in the EPT Grand Final. Elder beat German Max Heinzelmann heads-up. The contest was very exciting.

Heinzelmann also finished runner-up three weeks ago at EPT Berlin. He has now earned of a bridesmaid reputation. Heinzelmann however enjoyed a nice bonus of € 600,000, although he must have felt a little disappointed for not claiming the title.

Elder said that he is very happy and excited to win. He added that the feeling of the win is yet to sink in. He said that Max, a great player, was his toughest opponent at the table. 25-year-old Canadian Xuan Liu finished third. She was the first female final tablist on the EPT this season. At fourth place was Team PokerStars Pro and EPT6 Kyiv champion Max Lykov. Francesco De Vivo, Massimilano Manograsso, Constantino Russo and Roberto Spada were the four Italian players tried to defend the honor of their countries at this final table and were ranked respectively at the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place. They were not good enough to win the title.

Creating a total prize pool of €4,786,950, a total of 987 players from 57 countries entered the €5,300 main event. Elder performed really well in the tournament and he was the deserving winner.