There’s a lot to catch up on after a busy poker weekend in Atlantic City including results from the World Series of Poker circuit events at Caesars. But maybe the biggest news from the weekend is that the Tump Taj Mahal bad beat jackpot survived and now sits at $541,000.
The jackpot picked up more than $30K from Friday Morning through Sunday, a pretty good indication that bad beat mania has hit the casino and the poker room is packed.
It also appears to be the second highest bad beat jackpot recorded in the city, though it’s still far behind the $670,000 record set at the Taj last June.
Despite the Taj excitement, the WSOP circuit continued full speed through the weekend, picking up some pretty good action.
Event 2, which was played Thursday and Friday, went to Peter Ippolito of East Meadow NY, who wins $30,181.
The $500 + 70 No Limit tournament attracted 274 players with a prize pool of 123,190.
The WSOP describes Ippolito, who had about $70K in tournament cashes before the tournament, as being on an unstoppable roll, easily outdistancing the field. Sometimes the cards just fall right. For example, shortly before the final table, Ippolito was looking at a probable split as he and opponent both had ace, king suited. But Ippolito got the club run and won with a flush.
Strangely, Ippolito finally put away second place finisher Brian Adragna ($18,648) only to find out that he too is from East Meadow. The two even graduated from the same high school in different years, (Ippolito is 25, Adragna 35), but had never met.
Event 3 of the circuit event, a $300 + $50 Limit hold’em event, went to Dennis “Mike” Summers of Charlottesvill Va. who wins $12,414. The Friday two-day event drew only 158 players and a $45,978 prize pool, showing that No Limit still rules.
Still, Summers outlasted, Michael Walls of Newark Del., when his pocket sevens filled out a boat over Wall’s trip nines (two nines and a seven on the board). Walls wins $7,671.
Event 4, played Sat. and Sun, was back to No Limit with another $500 + $70 tournament. The tournament drew a healthy 368 players and a prize pool of $187,210.
The winner was Paul Lambrakis of Brooklyn, who takes home $41,186.
Lambrakis won despite being at a huge chip disadvantage to second place finisher Mun Nguyen. Lambrakis told the WSOP that he whittled down that lead, and eventually faced and defeated Nguyen heads up, by only playing strong hands and folding “borderline” hands such as ace, nine, which most short-stacked players would play.
The strategy worked and Lambrakis won.
OK, so that’s it on the results so far.
Today’s ring event at Caesars is a $750 + $80 No Limit tournament, the highest buy-in yet. The tournament begins at Noon.