WPT Slovenia: Miha Travnik First Slovenian to Win Major Title
WPT Slovenia just finished, with local Miha Travnik taking the first place title and $144,399! hk prize will also be receiving a $25,500 entry into the WPT World Championship held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, later this year.
WPT Slovenia featured 141 entrants and a total prize pool of $554,609, running for five days total. It was located in the historic Metropol Casino, in the sunny beach-side getaway of Portoroz, Slovenia. The Metropol Casino is known for its castle like architecture and breathtaking views of the stunning Adriatic Sea.
The twenty-year old Travnik came in with online only experience. This was his first major live tournament and he was up against some stiff competition. With Portoroz’ close proximity to Italy, many of Italy’s top pros made the flight. It seems though that home field has its advantages. With this win Travnik becomes the first Slovenian to win a major international poker tournament!
At the final table tough Swedish pro Johannes Korsar, who held the chip lead for much of the tournament, tried to make it back to back Swedish WPT wins, after fellow countrymen Lukas Berglund won the first stop on this year’s WPT Tour, the WPT Spanish Championship. Korsar ended up settling for third after losing a few monster hands to Italian live pro Vincento Natale.
Heads up action found Travnik facing Vincento Natale and very short on chips. Only by overcoming a large chip deficit was Travnik able to get the win. The win meant a great deal to Travnik, who is very proud to bring the first ever WPT Title to Slovenia, as well as to do it in front of his friends and family looking on from the rail.
This is the 10th season of the WPT, with two events already done out of twelve scheduled for the year. The next three events will be Legends of Poker in Los Angeles (Aug 25th), WPT Grand Prix de Paris (Sept. 5th), and the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City (Sept. 18th).
Also, next month in Los Angeles, Season 9 Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger is scheduled to receive his Player of the Year trophy at a special ceremony.
Final Table Results:
1st: Miha Travnik: €84,500 – Slovenia
2nd: Vincenzo Natale: €70,700 – Italy
3rd: Johannes Korsar: €48,500 – Sweden
4th: Ferdi Ciorabai: €36,300 – Romania
5th: Gaetano Fortugno: €28,800 – Italy
6th: Marcello Marigliano: €23,400 – Italy
Dennis Phillips to Host a Unique Event Ahead of the WSOP Final Table
He might be leading the field right now, but 2008 WSOP main event chip-leader Dennis Phillips is not taking anything for granted. In addition to bringing in Roy “The Oracle” Winston to help improve his game, he has now organized a final warm up event on November 7th – two days before the final table resumes.
A group of 20 high stakes players will gather at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas to compete in the Dennis Phillips Chipleader Challenge. For the pros it’s a chance to earn some serious prize money, but it could prove even more lucrative for Phillips as he looks to fine tune his game ahead of a run at the main event’s $9 million first prize.
The tournament will be played in a shootout format, with two tables of 10 putting up the $10,000 entry fee, designed to give Phillips some high-stakes single-table experience ahead of November 7th. The winner of each table will receive $50,000 with the two table champions then facing off in a heads up match for the remaining $150,000.
Along with a unique tournament experience the competitors will also be treated to an exclusive after party. Plans are also afoot to auction off signed felt from the tournament to raise money for charity.
Phillips and Winston are already confirmed for the event along with high profile pros: David Benyamine, Erica Shoenberg and Hoyt Corkins.