Posts Tagged ‘WSOP Circuit’

Loni Harwood has Record-Setting 2013 WSOP

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Coming into the 2013 WSOP, Loni Harwood had gained a little bit of fame for herself in the poker world after winning two WSOP Circuit bracelets. However, the acclaim she earned for her small WSOPC victories was nothing compared to the attention she’s getting now.

Last night, Harwood capped off a record-setting 2013 WSOP by winning the Event #60 $1,500 NL Hold’em tourney along with $609,017. She battled through a field of 2,541 players to grab the win and her first gold bracelet.

The $609k payout is what’s really impressive here because this is the biggest cash by a woman at the Las Vegas WSOP. It’s the second largest WSOP prize of any kind by a female, ranking behind the $2,013,734 that Annette Obrestad earned for winning the 2007 WSOPE Main Event.

The history doesn’t stop here for Harwood because she also became the third lady to make three final tables in one WSOP. She finished sixth in the Event #31 $1,500 PLO tournament ($39,803), fourth in the Event #53 $1,500 NLHE ($210,456) tourney, and first in Event #60. In all, she’s cashed six times this summer and made $874,698 – yet another single-year record for a woman at the Vegas WSOP.

As for why we haven’t heard of Harwood yet, she’s only 23 and recently graduated from college. Upon graduating, she moved from New York to Florida and began grinding in live cash games. Harwood learned how to play poker by watching her dad in online games, which naturally led her to the felt. Now she’s the female star of the 2013 WSOP and is looking towards a very bright future.

2013 WSOP Event #60 $1,500 NL Hold’em Final Table
1. Loni Harwood – $609,017
2. Yongshuo Zheng – $378,607
3. Mika Paasonen – $267,978
4. Yngve Steen – $193,265
5. Asi Moshe – $141,124
6. Daniel Cascado – $104,282
7. Cy Williams – $78,006
8. Bijon Notash – $59,036
9. Hiren Patel – $45,212

Amanda Musumeci falls short in 2012 WSOP Event #9

Friday, June 8th, 2012

To say that there’s a drought among female winners at the WSOP is an understatement. In fact, the last woman to win an open-entry WSOP tournament came in 2008, when Vanessa Selbst won a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. Maria Ho came close to ending this drought last year when she finished runner-up to Allen Bari in a 2011 WSOP $5,000 NLHE tournament – but again, no dice.

So it’s no surprise that plenty of people were excited when Amanda Musumeci made a deep run in the recent 2012 WSOP Event #9. The Philadelphia native burst onto the poker scene last year when she made a deep run in the 2011 Main Event; she ended up finishing 62nd and earning $130,997. So many poker fans were already well aware of Musumeci by the time the Event #9 final table rolled around.

Unfortunately for her, Ashkan Razavi was busy steam-rolling opponents at the final table, and by the time he and Musumeci met heads-up, he had built over a 6:1 chip advantage on her. She managed to make things entertaining by doubling up at one point and prolonging the heads-up match for a while; however, it wasn’t enough as Musumeci finished in second with a sizable $481,643 prize.

Seeing as how she was runner-up, this signifies another miss for the ladies when it comes to open WSOP tournaments. Of course, things aren’t over by a long shot for the women because there are still 50 bracelet events left to be played, which leaves them with plenty of time to end the dry spell.

As for Musumeci, there’s no reason to be sad because she’s proven to be quite the grinder over the past year. In between her 62nd Main Event finish and the 2nd place finish in the 2012 WSOP, she managed to cash in 15 different tournaments – including eight WSOP Circuit events. Taking all of this into account, she’s now earned $748,223 in career tournament winnings.

Poker Sites aligning with Casinos

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

One of the most interesting trends that’s developing in poker right now is all of the online poker sites that are aligning with casinos to create websites. 888Poker and Caesars Entertainment were the first two major companies to form a pact, and this deal will see 888 and Caesars eventually running a website when/if online poker is regulated in the US. In addition to this pact, PokerStars recently made a deal with the Wynn, while Full Tilt Poker is said to be working with Station Casinos on a potential site.

What’s interesting about all of these sudden alliances is that land-based casinos were vehemently opposed to internet poker in the early and mid-2000’s. So why the change of heart now?

As you probably guessed, it’s not because land-based casino owners are suddenly more interested in playing online poker themselves. Instead, it all has to do with money since land-based casinos suddenly see the light, and are willing to embrace internet poker rather than fighting against it.

Besides realizing they can earn all kinds of extra revenue with online poker, other benefits of joining the online poker craze for land-based casinos is that they can funnel lots of new visitors to their poker events. For example, a new site between 888Poker and Caesars can run lots of promotions that would bring players to Caesars’ tournaments. Suddenly, their dinky WSOP Circuit events would attract a lot of new potential players.

Of course, this all hinges on whether or not online poker is ever legalized within the US. After all, these deals between online poker rooms and land-based casinos are merely writing on paper until the UIGEA gets lifted. And for the first time in a while, land-based casinos are on board with the rest of us in hoping that this actually happens.