Posts Tagged ‘Linda Johnson’

McEvoy, Johnson headline Senior Poker Tour

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The number of entrants in the WSOP Seniors Hold’em Championship increased by almost 300 people this year, hitting a record of 4,407 players. Apparently, WSOP winners Tom McEvoy and Linda Johnson took notice of this since they’re headlining a new poker tournament series that’s dedicated entirely to seniors.

Appropriately titled the Senior Poker Tour (SPT), this series will hold its first official event at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica from January 15-19. There’ll be 17 tournaments at SPT Tunica, with a $550 buy-in Main Event serving as the marquee tourney.

In a poker world where Main Event buy-ins commonly range from $1k to $10k or more, the $550 amount is certainly interesting. Back when many senior players were younger, this is around what buy-ins used to cost. So you can bet that more older players will be encouraged to get involved in the SPT.

Overall, this definitely seems like a good thing for poker because seniors are becoming a larger part of the market. Aside from the WSOP Seniors Championship, a lot of players aged 50 and over are entering other tournaments too. Given that these grinders have some money on their hands, it’s definitely a good idea to encourage participation among this demographic.

So does this mean that the SPT is headed for success? Well, the idea of a seniors-only poker organization is a relatively new concept in today’s game. And obviously the SPT is never going to grow as large as the WSOP, EPT or WPT, where anybody can enter, regardless of age.

But as pointed out in the beginning, poker is rapidly growing among older players. So it seems that now is as good of time as any to open up a tournament series that caters specifically to seniors.

Poker Hall of Fame, EPT San Remo Updates

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There are some big updates in the poker world to report dealing with the Poker Hall of Fame and 2011 EPT San Remo tournament.  First off, Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame yesterday.

Barry Greenstein was a virtual lock after looking at the nominees, which included Annie Duke, Huck Seed, Tom McEvoy, Jack McClelland, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, John Juanda, Marcel Luske and Scotty Nguyen. Greenstein, who is called the Robin Hood of Poker for his charity work, got into the Hall via his $7.5 million in live tournament cashes and two WPT titles. In addition to this, Greenstein is a regular in the high stakes poker world.

Linda Johnson’s resume includes being a driving force in starting the World Poker Tour, and starting CardPlayer Magazine mostly by herself. She is also a solid poker player with over $342,000 in winnings and a WSOP bracelet – though this played much less of a factor in her Poker Hall of Fame induction.

As for the 2011 EPT San Remo, the tournament was won by an unheralded player by the name of Andrey Pateychuk. The Russian player, who had just $46k in live tournament cashes before this victory, added another €680,000 ($965k) to his poker earnings after beating Dimitar Danchev heads-up.

When the two players were the only ones remaining on the EPT San Remo final table, they decided to split €1.2 million of the leftover prize money, and play for the other €80,000. After a couple of hours of play, the two players were still near-even until Pateychuk went all-in with 6-7 unsuited. Danchev called with 9-T unsuited and flopped top pair with 9’s; unfortunately for him, the next two cards gave Pateychuk a runner-runner straight, and he won the hand.

With very few chips left, Danchev was quickly eliminated, which gave Andrey Pateychuk the victory.