Weekly Poker Roundup: September 25, 2017
Not Cool, Hawaiian Gardens. Not Cool.
The Hawaiian Gardens card room in Los Angeles screwed over customers last weekend, as it altered the schedule of a tournament to try to avoid having to shell out an overlay. It happened in the second event of the Gardens Poker Classic, a $1 million guaranteed tournament.
The $565 buy-in event had a week’s-worth of “Day 1” flights, spanning Saturday, September 16th through Friday, September 22nd. Day 2 and Day 3 were scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd, and Sunday, September 24th. The early flights, though, drew fewer players than the card room expected, so Hawaii Gardens decided to add two more Day 1 flights, inserting them this weekend on Saturday and Sunday and pushing Day 2 and Day 3 to Monday and Tuesday. Events 3 and 4 of the Gardens Poker Classic, in turn, were cancelled.
Several poker pros have spoken out against the move by Hawaiian Gardens. The rescheduling was particularly egregious because the final two days of the tournament were supposed to be this weekend. There had to have been a lot of players who planned their weekends around the tournament and, perhaps more importantly, did not plan on having to take a day or two off of week or childcare this week.
PokerStars Releases NJCOOP Schedule
PokerStars New Jersey recently released the schedule for the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP), which will run from September 30th through October 16th.
The NJCOOP will have 46 events and over $1.2 million in guaranteed prize pools. The $500 buy-in Main Event is scheduled for October 14th and October 15th. Other high buy-in tournaments include a $500 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Six-Max event and a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Most tournaments are in the $75 to $300 buy-in range.
Most tournaments on the schedule are fairly normal within the standard variations of Hold’em and Omaha, but there are a few fairly unique events, including multiple Win the Button tournaments, Zoom Poker, and something called “Speed-Down.”
As usual, PokerStars will host satellites to give players the opportunity to get into the games on the cheap. It is also offering Second Chance freerolls every day for those who bust out of NJCOOP events out of the money. These freerolls will award tickets into NJCOOP tournaments.
Steffen Sontheimer Cruises to Poker Masters Title
Steffen Sontheimer dominated the inaugural Poker Masters poker tournament series, as he won the finale, the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, and over $1.5 million.
Sontheimer was the only player to make the final table in all five Poker Masters tournaments. Here’s the breakdown of his series:
- Event #1: 4th place – $306,000
- Event #2: 1st place – $900,000
- Event #3: 8th place – out of the money
- Event #4: 5th place – $117,000
- Event #5: 1st place – $1,512,000
None of the tournaments were large because of the sky-high buy-ins, but that also meant the fields were extremely strong, so finishing in the top eight every single time, including two wins, is pretty incredible. Sontheimer’s $2.733 million demolished the competition, as the second overall money winner was Bryn Kenney with $1.085 million, while third was Fedor Holz with $1.054 million.
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