Posts Tagged ‘World Poker Tour’

Hot Model Lily Kiletto just misses WPT History

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

While female poker players have definitely cracked the male-dominated barrier in WSOP events – having collectively won lots of gold bracelets – they’ve yet to do the same in the World Poker Tour. In fact, women haven’t won an open WPT tournament of any kind since the organization began operating in 2002.

Lily Kiletto was recently trying to change this bit of history at the 2013 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Kiletto was already turning heads because she’s a stunning, hot, exotic model; the fact that she was chasing a major poker title just gave red-blooded males even more reason to gawk at her.

The dark-skinned beauty began the Lucky Hearts Open final table with the shortest stack (860k chips). However, she made some gutsy calls, built her stack, and survived until a heads-up match with Matt Giannetti. The latter took the fun out of things after cruising to victory and adding $298,304 to his impressive total of $4,265,072 in career winnings.

As for Kiletto, she collected the tidy sum of $191,180 after finishing runner-up and brought her career earnings to $212,169. In all, the 30-year-old has $212,180 in live poker tournament winnings and put herself on the poker map.

The second place Lucky Hearts Open finish may not be enough to land Kiletto a major sponsorship deal. But after giving herself a huge bankroll boost, it’s likely that we’ll continue seeing the model/fashion designer in plenty more future tourneys.

This is especially true since she had already been playing in poker tournaments on her own since 2011. Kiletto had racked up 11 tourney cashes prior to the big Lucky Hearts runner-up effort. So it appears as if she has a solid knowledge of the game and could continue her success in the future.

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.

WPT Borgata Poker Open Sees Record Attendance With 1,042 Entrants

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The World Poker Tour has always had a strong turnout on the East Coast, but nothing compares to the record number of attendees they have seen in the last two years. Last year a whopping 1,018 players registered and this year even more players joined the tournament. The 1,042 entrants this year signify the highest ever number of attendees in the WPT Borgata Poker Open event.

Why did so many players come out for the Borgata Open? It could be that more and more people are getting into tournament poker, but the more likely reason is that the WPT drastically lowered the buy-in for the event. Typically the event had a $10,000 buy-in, but for the last two years they lowered it to $3,500. At the same time as they lowered the buy-in, they raised the prize-pool guarantee to $2 million. With these kinds of stakes, who wouldn’t sign up?

Of course, it is important to point out that the payout structure for the event has also been changed so the winner will walk away with a smaller payout than in years past. A year ago, winner Olivier Busquet took home $925,514. This year’s tournament winner will take home only $733,802. But I’d say that’s still pretty good considering the $3,500 buy-in.

If you are one of the players taking part in the WPT Borgata Poker Open, or have another tournament coming up, I suggest practicing with a free poker game online to brush up on your skills before the big event!

Kathy Liebert Plays In 100th World Poker Tour Event

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Women’s poker all star Kathy Liebert joined the WPT 100 Club over the weekend, becoming the second poker player to play in one hundred World Poker Tour events. Liebert is the highest grossing female poker player and has raked in over $5.3 million over her career. Her spot in the WPT 100 tour serves to cement her place as an all star in the world of women’s poker, and poker in general.

Liebert’s 100th event was the 2010 Legends of Poker tournament event, which took place at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles over the weekend. The only other poker player to participate in 100 WPT events is Erik Seidel, who reached the milestone last month in a tournament at the Bellagio Cup. The Bicycle Casino has a lot of sentimentality for Liebert, as it was the place that she played in her first WPT final table, as well as her first WPT tournament.

The name of the event, the “Legends of Poker”, is also fitting as Liebert is truly a legend. She has made six World Poker Tour final tables, has cashed out in 15 WPT events and has earned over $1.7 million in WPT winnings. She has also fared well in the World Series of Poker, with one WSOP bracelet, and 30 WSOP cashes. She also finished in 17th place in the WSOP Main Event twice – in 1998 and 2000.

Congratulations to Kathy on her latest achievement!

Phil Ivey Blows Fans Away With Ninth WPT Final Table

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The World Series of Poker is the biggest thing on everyone’s minds in the poker world right now, but Phil Ivey is taking a little bit of the spotlight of the WSOP by setting records with his 9th World Poker Tour final table. Everyone knows that Phil Ivey is awesome, with eight WSOP bracelet wins and one WPT title. Now he is proving yet again that he is a King of the poker world.

In the end, Ivey didn’t win the event. He lost to Moritz Kranich and Justin Smith, but still managed to come in third place, taking home $363,650. Ivey did manage to rise to chip leader at one point during the game. However, he bust with a Queen-4 against Smith’s King-8 and was out.

Before last week’s event, Phil Ivey had cashed out in 12 World Poker Tour events, and of these he had been in the final table for eight. Ivey is not the only player to score nine final tables in the WPT, though it is a very rare occurrence. Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen have accomplished the same feat. Gus Hansen has achieved a seat in 10 WPT finals.

The final rankings in the event are as follows:

First Place – Moritz Kranch – $875,150
Second Place – Justin Smith – $594,755
Third Place – Phil Ivey – $363,650
Fourth Place – John Caridad – $237,902
Fifth Place – Robert Akery – $169,930
Sixth Place – Eric Afriat – $118,950