World Poker Tour Season 2

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:39

World Poker Tour Season 2

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With the success of the inaugural season of the World Poker Tour at hand, the second season began with a flourish at the Grand Prix de Paris with an outstanding buy in of 10,000 euros. It was David Benyamine, a satellite qualifier, who managed to steadily get rid of all his opponents one at a time and leave with the 430 000 cash prize.

Other new poker playing sites include the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure, the Borgata Poker Open, and the Bay 101 Shooting Star held near the San Francisco Bay Area. Pros Gus Hansen, a player with many notable wins, and Phil Gordon were the veteran winners of the Caribbean and Frisco, respectively while amateur but long time poker dabbler Noli Francisco claimed the poker pot in Borgata. From the addition of these venues, one would see that the game of poker is truly creating a significant impact on the gambling and entertainment industry.

The Legends of Poker game finds a reappearance in the second season with a variety of colorful characters -  a former saloon stylist, a dotcom entrepreneur, tournament champions, and other renowned gamblers. But perhaps the most striking of the participants in the ultimate showdown was Phil Laak. However, his mysterious/ quirky appearance did not earn him the title of legend.  It was Mel Judah who triumphantly survived and outlasted the rest of his opponents despite being short-stacked for many rounds.

Aside from the Legends of Poker game, the other tournament stops that found a repeat performance in the second World Poker Tour were the Ultimate Poker Classic in Aruba where Erick Lindgren easily beat out his opponent with his commanding chip lead, the World Poker Finals in Foxwoods Resort Casino with Alabama cowboy Hoyt Corkins showing off his Texas Hold Em skills to ensure victory, and the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio where former backgammon player and dotcom millionaire Paul Phillips took home a hefty million. Added to this list of second timers are the World Poker Open at the Goldstrike Casino, the L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino where Antonio the Magician Esfandiari who performed his winning act, the World Poker Invitationals also at the Commerce Casino with Phil Laak making his enigmatic presence even more memorable with his hundred thousand dollar win, PartyPoker Million on the waters of Mexico where Erick Lindgren took his second tournament victory, and the World Poker Challenge at the Hilton in Reno.

The second season of World Poker Tour had its grand finale once more at the Bellagio in the heart of Vegas with the World Poker Tour Championship match. Martin De Knijff dominated the competition and earned a staggering record-breaking amount of more than $2,700,000 which has been noted as the largest cash prize in North American gaming history.

Following the popularity of its first season, the second World Poker Tour continues to delight and entertain audiences worldwide. These worldwide poker events will surely continue to gain more followers and even participants in the future.