Hit and Run: Strange Finish on Eureka Poker Tour; Locating Past WSOP Champs; Kurganov Wins WSOPC Ring

Steve Ruddock : March 9th, 2016


Where have former WSOP Main Event champions gone?  Boyfriend and girlfriend finish 1st and 2nd in Eureka Poker Tour Main Event. iGNA Award nominees. And more.

Here today gone tomorrow

The curious trend of World Series of Poker Main Event champions (and runners up) riding off into the proverbial sunset appears to be over, but from 2007-2011 it was a real phenomenon. 2007 champ Jerry Yang has all but disappeared from the poker scene; for completely different reasons, 2008 champ Peter Eastgate is essentially retired from the game; and 2011 champ Pius Heinz has been completely MIA, that was until a recent appearance at a Eureka Poker Tour stop on the Czech Republic, where he won a high-roller tournament.

Along with the three champs noted above, 2007 runner-up Tuan Lam is missing in action, and 2009 runner-up Darvin Moon also keeps a very low profile.

It’s actually a very interesting trend.

Quick Hitters

- The schedule for the 15 event, March Mini Fest at WSOP.com has been unveiled, and it includes a $20 buy-in, $5,000 guaranteed Main Event tournament. All of the other Mini Fest tournaments feature buy-ins between $1 and $10.

- One of the first guests on Matt Savage’s Inside Poker show that recently debuted on Poker Central is Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, who spoke with Savage about the flow of poker tournaments, and how commercial breaks may be hurting it.

- The Eureka Poker Tour produced a very strange result on Tuesday, as boyfriend and girlfriend finished first and second in the Rozvadov Main Event. The situation led to some not so quiet whispers of collusion during three-handed play on Twitter:

- Igor Kurganov has been on an absolute tear over the past year, and his latest victory came in a WSOP Circuit Series high roller tournament where he added nearly $100k to his lifetime earnings. Kurganov was the first-round pick of London Royals manager Liv Boeree in the inaugural GPL draft; he also happens to be her boyfriend.

- iGaming North America (iGNA) has revealed its shortlist for the second annual iGNA Awards. the winners in the seven categories will be revealed at the iGNA Conference which runs from April 5-7 at Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas.

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