Bluff Europe Weekend Round-Up

Bluff Europe Weekend Round-Up

Monday, 26 October 2009

We don't know what's happened to all the action online recently - the biggest pot on Full Tilt Poker has barely topped $250k for weeks - but live poker is absolutely booming. EPTs, WPTs, Poker Millions, WSOP Circuits: it's all kicking off in the live arena. Sure, PokerStars got 8,242 players out for the Sunday Million but it can't quite compare.

Freddy Deeb Leads WPT Festa al Lago

This weekend saw a field of over 350 players stump up $15,400 to compete at the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago at the Bellagio. Now just six remain, with two-time WPT champion and five-time final tabler Freddy Deeb leading the field towards the $1.2m first prize.

The two-time bracelet winner has accolades including the 2007 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the WSOP, meaning he certainly has what it takes to overcome the other five players and make it WPT title number 3.

Christophe Banzimra Wins EPT Warsaw

The prize isn't as big as it looks - the native currency has a first-place EPT Warsaw prize of nearly 1,500,000 but that translates to about 50p. OK, we kid - it's still £317,000 give or take, so we wouldn't say no.

Over 200 players registered for the PokerStars European Poker Tour Warsaw event, but only one man could win it all - French entrepeneur Christophe Banzimra took down the title after his top two pair held up against Alfio Battisti's nut flush draw.

James Akenhead Makes Poker Million Final

Completing a trio of major finals, Hit Squaddie James Akenhead has added to his WSOP and WSOPE Main Event final tables by making the sixth of seven spots in the Full Tilt Poker Poker Million, a televised tournament that sees Luke Schwarz enter as chip leader.

"I've watched previous Poker Million's on television, so to get to the final table in my first appearance is something I'm proud of," Akenhead said. "It's the biggest tournament of this structure I've ever played in."

Jennifer Tilly Returns to Poker

Apparently boyfriend Phil Laak's high-rolling lifestyle (especially after a Poker Open win recently) has rubbed off on actress Jennifer Tilly once again - after quitting the game last year, Tilly has returned to the felt. She joined Laak at the World Poker Open final and competed in the WPT Festa al Lago event.

Irish Winter Festival

The Paddy Power sponsored Irish Winter Festival is well underway in Dublin, with only a few tables remaining. Players will arrive back for day 3 shortly and you can follow our live feeds from Ireland here at Bluff

And finally...

Badbeat sponsored Dream Team V Final

Some random donk managed to luckbox his way to victory in the live final of Dream Team V down in Birmingham this weekend - rumour has it that he is the online editor for Bluff Europe...

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