Sean Yu crushed another WSOP Circuit Main to win the event at the Bike for over $200,000. The Heartland Poker Tour saw HUGE numbers as their event in St. Louis speeds towards Day 3. And Jason Koon is feeling a little mental fatigue from all the high roller action. We got all those stories and more in this, the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
Sean Yu Dominates Another Final Table
If you’ve ever played against Sean Yu, you’ll know just how intimidating his table presence is. And that was certainly the case again this weekend as Yu dominated another WSOP-C final table on his was to his 7th circuit ring and $210,585 in cash. Crazy.
The $1700 Circuit Main featured 678 runners and prize pool right around a million bucks. Yu started the day as the chipleader and cruised to victory although he had to get through a tough competitor heads-up in Andrew Moreno. Other players who cashed in the event include Ankush Mandavia, Aaron Massey, Allen Kessler, Scott Stewart, Joe Serock and Mohsin Charania.
This is Yu’s THIRD Circuit Main win and all have come since 2014. Impressive.
Here are all the final table results courtesy of PokerNews:
Congrats to all the big winners!
HPT Gets Record Numbers in STL
The Heartland Poker Tour headed to Hollywood Casino in St. Louis this weekend and a record 444 entires paid the $1650 for their shot at HPT glory. After two starting flights of action, 81 players returned on Sunday to play down to the money. The bubble was broken early securing several a $3,553 min cash. And while several big names came in with nice stacks like Day 1b chip leader Josh Mullins (532,000), Shawn Roberts (408,000), Tim Burden (340,000), Helen Denton (337,000). H.B. Sablotny (329,000), Kou Vang (250,000), Ryan Tepen (173,000), Keith Heine (140,000), Mike Rieck (125,000) and Tim Vance (112,000) – at the the time of publication only a handful of those names remained.
Currently 15 players remain in the hunt with Tim Burden holding a solid chip lead of 3.2 million. Josh Mullins, Kou Vang, and Keith Heine are all still in there battling.
The plan is to play down to the final table today. You can follow the live updates on PokerNews by clicking here.
Come back tomorrow to see who takes down the title and wins almost $150,000 in prize money.
-PokerNews is continuing its excellent series entitled “Before the Game” this week with a look at Brynn Kenney. The high stakes crusher got his start playing Magic the Gathering in New York before turning his attention full time to poker. Click and see how the man who shuns GTO got to where he is today.
-As per the norm, we check in with our pal Robbie over at Cardplayerlifestlye.com. Of the several solid articles this week on the site, one we’d like to showcase talks about why Atlantic City is still the poker capitol of the NorthEast. Entitled “5 Reasons Why It’s Still Worth Visiting Atlantic City to Play Poker,” the article is a nice reminder of why AC got as big as it did, and why it’s still worth your time today.
-And speaking of Atlantic City, our friend Sean Chaffin has a nice write-up about the upcoming Borgata Spring Poker Open taking place in AC during the first half of April. The article talks about the attractive price point and massive fields that events like this continue to get.
-Jason Koon is tired, y’all. At least that’s what he says in his latest blog post over at PartyPoker. The high-roller with the lowest BMI talks about how hard is to mentally relax if you’re trying to beat the highest stakes in the world. And some of the sacrifices you have to make to stay there.
-PokerListings had a fun article this week entitled “What Will Poker Look Like in the Future?” Now it’s not an actual prediction of how poker will evolve in the decades to come. Rather, it’s a look at how different futuristic television shows and movies have showcased card games and gambling in general. Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica would all enjoy the read.
-And lastly, in case you missed it, this is funny:
I always dreamed of becoming a poker pro. I started out playing online, and later moved to Las Vegas to play for a living. I studied the game every day, read every available book, and watched every training video I could find. One night I lost my bankroll at craps. This isn't me. pic.twitter.com/z5FuaX3Gej
— Pokerlolz (@pokerlolz) March 14, 2019
Best Poker Videos on the Web
-PokerNews was able to get a hold of Athanasios Polychronopolous so he could explain the most talked-about hand from the biggest $25,000 buy-in poker tournament in history.
-The guys at Run It Once have showcased a crazy video on their YouTube channel showcasing the elusive triple check-raise. If you play a lot of no-limit hold-em, you’ll know just how hard that move is to pull of.
-And lastly, the Poker Guys break down an INSANE hand by Cary Katz and Kristen Bicknell that SOMEHOW gets checked down to the river? I just don’t know anymore.
That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.
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