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BONOMO LEADS

The last eight’s final table is all set in the European poker Tour Grand Final 201 € 100000 super high roller no-limit hold’em eight-max event that began at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Casino on Monday.

The huge buy-in that equates roughly $ 132000, was placed a total 45 times, along with a number of poker players’ re-entry after missing on their primary attempt. This made a prize kitty of $ 5853559. Only 6 poker players will get the money along with a min-cash worth $ 408921 and the winner garner $ 2163324. After 2 days of game, 8 of the top names remain in the game. Justin Bonomo with 4393000 chips keeps a huge chip lead, or about forty-one percent of the entire chips in play.

Even with such a huge lead, Justin will have to confront some of the best players in the game. Masa Kagawa, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Daniel Negreanu and Tobias Reinkemeier and all have over one million in chips along with the blinds at 12000 – 24000 with 3000 ante. The short stacks are also dangerous, as the poker players behind them are Jonathan Duhamel, Eugene Katchalov and Patrik Antonius.

At present, Duhamel ranked at 4th in the Card Player of the Year race, along with 6 previous final table ends, 1 title as well as $ 1.34 million in profits already in the year 2012. Duhamel could catch up with lead by ending 2nd spot or higher in this championship, as he is 450 points behind the Oliver Speidel, the current leader.

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POKER SHAKE-UP DUE

Cities like Hamilton will serve the future of poker gambling in their communities during a huge shake of gaming operations in the city of Ontario.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation declared that the broad slashes of its plans to develop their operations Monday, adding introducing online gaming, making a brand new casino near Greater Toronto Area, reaching into new regions and blocking many money losing operations.

Till now, it is not quite clear that how these modifications will strike Hamilton, the slot machine and racetrack colossus located on the outskirts of the city. Though this proclamation reveals the door to the all new gambling chances in Hamilton, still it is quite early to tell that what kind that will take.

However, what is quite clear that the city council as well as the community will have a comment in the outcome. Mike Kirkopoulos, the city spokesperson, told that it will be up to them to determine what the future of gambling looks like in Hamilton.

The OLG proposed some solid details on Monday, rejecting to disclose that facilities would be ending and how properly the changes will play out. The program is anticipated to include $ 1.3 billion a year to peasant coffers and effect in 2300 net brand new jobs in gaming as well as 4000 byproduct job in retail as well as in hospitality.

Some of these jobs will be made by a new, state of the art casino planned to be made somewhere in the GTA. The OLG top official, however, told that Hamilton region is not on their consideration.

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2012 AUSSIE MILLIONS

The 2012 Aussie Millions tournament saw a slight decline in the number of players with 659 players this year compared to the 721 on 2011. The decline of the attention did not stop the supply of attention and headlines by the dramatic hands and of course Phil Ivey. The only thing the Poker world seems to be talking right now is Phil Ivey and why not, Phil had been absent on some of the major poker event for almost 9 months and there he came back with a bang at the Aussie Millions. The tournament began with Dan Smith on the spotlight who had defeated a tough field and also of Phil Ivey’s return to the tournament. It was a memorable weekend at the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship where Phil Ivey won the first place in the $250,000 challenge. It was the early hours of the Sunday morning when Phil Ivey defeated Patrick Antonius heads up, and shipped the $2,000,000 first place prize.

Some of the stars participating in the 2012 Aussie Million tournament were Erik Seidel who was the champion of the last year event along with the runners-up Sam Trickett, Jason Mercier, Tom Dwan, John Juanda and Sorel Mizzi. Some of the businessmen who participated were Paul Phua, Richard Yong and Winfred Yu.

The southern hemisphere’s most prestigious title had some of the late registrants and the Day 2 began with 314 players, they competed for a share of $6.59 million prize pool and the first position would pick $1.6 million. The former Aussie Million champions like Lee Nelson, Stewart Scott, Tyron Krost and Gus Hansen was there for the Day 2 but only Nelson survived the day. The eliminated players of the day included Aage Ravn, Jason Mercier, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Van Marcus, JP Kelly, Vitaly Lunkin, JC Tran, Annette Obrestad, David Bach, Tom Dwan, Tony G and James Dempsey.

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Focus on: Vitaly Lunkin

Vitaly Lunkin is a Russin poker player which was born in Moscow, in Russia. He is well known for the two bracelets he won at the World Series.

His first participation at the WSOP was in 2006, when he finished on the 829th place at the WSOP Main Event. Two years later, in 2008, he managed to get the first bracelet, when he won a No Limit Hold’em event which had a buy-in of $1,500. The prize for that 1st place was $629,417.

Next year, he managed to win another bracelet, which came from the No Limit Hold’em event which had a $40,000 buy-in, playing against 200 very good poker players. His prize for it was $1,891,018. Another important feat that year was finishing 2nd at Pot Limit Omaha World Championship, the winner being Matt Graham. The prize for that 2nd place was $419,832.

Back home, he won the Moscow Russian Poker Tour and he is a poker coach and trainer in Moscow.

By 2009 he had managed to have winnings in live tournaments of over $3.9 million. He had seven finishes in the money at the World Series and those brought him $3,369,230.

While he has two bracelets at the World Series, he also has 14 finishes in the money. His best place at the main event was in 2010, when he finished in 308th place. He also has one finish in the money at EPT.

Vitaly was a Renju and backgammon player initially, but he learned poker from a friend and he went on to become one of the best players in Russia. He managed to take part in five final tables back to back in local championships, which was a national record.

His style of play is very aggressive, but despite that, he is a quiet and reserved person.