The WSOP bracelet winners are coming thick and fast, but we’re still keeping an eye on what’s happening away from the Rio. For the rest of the world, King’s Resort continues to lead the way from Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and Ireland is now back open for business, too. And at least one Las Vegas pro is showing his penchant for success in other endeavors, taking his second major title in competitive tennis. Check out our Big Winners of the Week ending Oct. 31.
WPTDeepStacks Online Main Event
Kelly needed to beat an international line-up of grinders, including a former WPT champion, to win the latest WPTDeepStacks main event on Tuesday. He bested a field of 1,041 in the $1,100 MTT, carrying a significant chip lead throughout most of the tourney. Within minutes of the start, he eliminated former WPT UK champion Simon Brandstrom. That hand increased his lead to a point where the result was almost a formality. By the time the Canadian was heads-up against Jerry Odeen, he had a 6x chip lead, which was enough to carry him to his first WPTDeepStacks title.
Swiss Poker Open
King’s Resort Rozvadov
The King’s Resort in the Czech Republic has become the home of national championships from neighboring countries in recent months, and on Monday, 929 players entered the €550 ($640) Swiss Poker Open main event (with 290 exercising their right to rebuy). That pushed the prize pool far beyond its €400,000 ($463,000) guarantee and allowed Massarotto to scoop his biggest payday ever. The Italian’s best previous tournament result was 66th place in the German Poker Days main event at King’s for €715 ($828).
International Poker Open
Cusack had to beat a field of 974 in Dublin on Monday to ensure the International Poker Open trophy stayed in Ireland. The personal trainer anted up for the €300 IPO main event’s first live outing since 2019. CardsChat ambassador Dara O’Kearney was one of Cusack’s unsuccessful challengers. A tough final table included previous IPO champion Pat Bermingham. For Cusack it was his most significant title to date, 11x bigger than his previous largest score.
Grosvenor 30/30 Blackpool
Musson has been grinding small stakes tournament poker in the UK since 2016. On Sunday night, he finally hit his first significant result. The man from Nottingham was won three live events in the past, but nothing close to the prize money picked up in Blackpool. Musson had to defeat a field of 363 in the £360 ($490) tournament to clinch his first 30/30 title, which he celebrated with his parents.
International Poker Open
€8,500+€1,500 prize package
The Irish Poker Tour traveled to Limerick, Irelend, and on Sunday Hughes, a local grinder, won the right to call himself the first champion. With Ireland back open for business, the IPT hosted its inaugural event with help from headline sponsor Paddy Power, welcoming 266 entries in a €150 ($175) NLH tournament, making it the biggest organized tournament ever in the city — for a chunk of cash and entry into the forthcoming Irish Poker Open.
US National Champion
USTA 6.0 Mixed Doubles
When the pandemic hit last year and poker rooms closed, Golomb, a cash game grinder, picked up tennis. This past weekend in Surprise, Arizona, he helped a mixed doubles team from Las Vegas’ Canyon Gate Country Club win the national championship, finishing first out of 256 teams at the United States Tennis Association’s 6.0 level. He and his partner, April Denise Belcher, went undefeated at Nationals, going 6-0 over three days. Even more impressive, it was Golomb’s second tennis national championship of 2021. A few weeks earlier, he helped Red Rock Country Club in Las Vegas win the 3.0 men’s national championship. That team, captained by longtime friend of CardsChat and Pokerati founder Dan Michalski, was stacked with poker pros turned recreational tennis sharks, including Golomb, Kyle Knecht, Chris Avino, and Nick Divella.
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