With the holidays right around the corner, the poker world is cramming in a ton of action before slowing down the final week. Dylan Linde earned the largest win of his career with a victory in the illustrious WPT Bellagio Five Diamond and over $1.6 million. Parker Talbot headlines the final 16 players in the EPT Prague Main Event. And Marle Cordeiro talks about her experience in Ivey’s Room. We’ve got that and so much more in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.


Linde Wins Big at Bellagio

The World Poker Tour’s 10k Five Diamond event always brings out the big names and this past week was no exception. Negreanu, Esfandiari, Bonomo – they all turned out for the annual WPT Five Diamond and its $10k buy-in. But after the dust settled it was Run It Once coach Dylan Linde who was left standing with all the chips, the trophy, and over $1.6 miilion USD.

The event generated 1,001 entries, a new record for a 10k WPT. Of course several big names made very deep runs before coming up just short of the final table. Joe Hachem (85th – $21,789), Erik Seidel (69th – $25,886),  Antonio Esfandiari (66th – $25,886) and Joe McKeehen (9th – $163,142) were just some of the names to go home a little richer yet all the more disappointed. In the end Linde would defeat a stacked final table that also included tournament specialist Barry Hutter and bracelet winner Andrew Lichtenberger.

Here are the results of the final table courtesy of PokerNews:

big big money y’all

Congrats to all the big winners! The next WPT event will take place in LA with the $10,000 buy-in WPT Gardens Poker Championship at The Gardens Casino. That event kicks off the second week of January.

Talbot Onto Day 5 in Prague

Meanwhile across the pond, one of poker’s most famous streamers is making a deep run in one of Europe’s most illustrious events. Just 16 remain in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €5,300 Main Event and headlining those 16 in 4th place is pro Parker Talbot. Talbot has been close to the top of the leaderboards most of the event and may finally be bringing home that seven-figure score he’s been chasing for so long.

Currently leading the pack is Germany’s Paul Michaelis who has 5,315,000 in chips. Liviu Ignat sits in second with 4,550,000 while Diego Zeiter sits in 3rd with just under 4 million. Of course several name players were felted during the day. Tobias Peters, former chip leader Natalie The, and Anton Wigg were just some of the names that will go home wondering what-if.

Talbot and the rest will all be back tomorrow at noon local time to play down to the televised final table of 6. Who will win the €1,020,000 ($1,152,861 USD) first place prize? Tune back into PartTimePoker tomorrow and follow the PokerNews live updates here to find out.


Quick Hitters

-The PokerStars Players Championship is right around the corner in January and the site has been giving away $30k packages like they’re free T-shirts. The last one was a big one as it honored a member of the poker media. Aleeyah Jadavji won the honors after working hard as a tournament reporter basically nonstop the last two years. A huge congrats to Alee. We here at PTP can’t help but say that we were a little bit hurt that we didn’t win.. or get nominated… or considered at all. Not that we deserved it. Congrats again to Alee on a well-deserved honor! Go get ’em.

-ICYMI PartTimePoker’s own Alex Weldon finished his series this week of giving some solid strategy for tackling PokerStars’ new game Fusion. In this final article Alex looks at River play and all the adjustments needed in the new hybrid game.

-Over at PokerNews, Chad Holloway has an excellent interview with one of poker’s classic authors. Anthony Holden, author of Big Deal: A Year as a Professional Poker PlayerBigger Deal: A Year on the New Poker Circuit, and Holden on Hold’em, sat down with Chad to discuss his history of writing the books and the unfortunate reason he’s been away from the game for some time. Check it out.

-Cardplayer has a nice look at Dan Smith and his annual year-end charity drive that he hopes always reaches a million dollars.

-As always we take a look at what Robbie has to offer in this week’s articles over at Cardplayerlifestyle.com. This week Robbie talks about diversity in poker and why it’s important to invite women to your home game.

Best Poker Videos on YouTube

-The fanboys always get excited when Marle releases a new video. And the poker pro and comedienne didn’t disappoint with this week’s offering. In it she talks about her hatred of tournaments and about her opportunity to play in the famed Ivey’s Room.


-Meanwhile over at Run It Once, the team talks about which poker players they like the LEAST. Sorry Hellmuth, you evidently aren’t too popular with this crowd…


PhotoCredits: Pokernews.comWPT.comCardplayerlifestyle.comPokerCentral.com, PartTimePoker.comESPN.comPokerStars.com

Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker