March 5, 2006:
Fur Rondy Texas Hold'Em Winner Was
Last Wild Card Player Drawn!
Playing into the wee hours of 1:30 a.m., making the Inaugural Fur
Rondy Texas Hold'em Tournament of Champions a two day event, the
first ever Alaska State Texas Hold'em Champion was crowned by Rondy
and the APA. Dan Apted, who was the final Wild Card Player drawn in
the raffle of over 1000 wild card tickets, took home the
Championship Bracelet from the Jewelry Cache, as well as an
extensive prize package. Second Place went to Raymond Ramos (Crazy
Horse Saloon), who won a prize package that included a limited
edition Smith & Wesson Pistol set donated by Great Northern Guns and
the Alaska Poker Association. Gregory Lowe (New Peanut Farm), the
youngster at the table, won a third place package including a fur
hat from David Green Furs.
The final ten
consisted of 4 wild card players, 3 qualifiers from Latitude 61, one
from each of the following: Crazy Horse, Hide Out and Peanut Farm.
They are listed
in finishing order:
1st: Dan Apted,
2nd: Raymond Ramos, Crazy Horse
3rd: Gregory Lowe, Peanut Farm
4th: Mark Daly, Wild Card
5th: Matthew Breiler, Latitude 61
6th: Shannon Nelson, Latitude 61
7th: Paul Reynolds, Hide Out Lounge
8th: Doug Washington, Latitude 61
9th: Heather Jones, Wild Card
10th: Pancho Lucio, Wild Card
15, 2006: Alaska Poker Association Member Wins $100,000 at
World Poker Tour Event.
year’s Super Bowl Sunday meant more than just pigskin to Wasilla
resident Danny Walker. While the rest of the country was thinking
about the big game, Walker’s thoughts were on big money. And that’s
exactly what he won -- $100,000 worth -- at the L.A. Poker Classic.
The World Poker Tour no-limit hold’em tournament event held at the
Commerce Casino in Los Angeles attracted 879 players and generated a
total prize pool of over $750,000.
At the end of day one the huge field had been
trimmed down to just twenty-five players. Walker had weathered the
roller coaster ride of modern tournament play and sat comfortably
amongst the chip leaders. The journey to the final ten-handed table
would take little time as players were quickly sent to the rail.
Once at the final table, Walker faced a formidable lineup that
included two-time WSOP bracelet winner and WPT champion Scott
Two key hands would assure Walker’s rise to the
top three. With blinds at $8,000-$16,000 and a $2,000 ante, holding
KQ off-suit, Walker saw a flop of Qc, 4h, 2d. His subsequent check
enticed his lone opponent to push all-in, Walker immediately called,
picking off a total bluff (A8 off-suit). A few hands later, holding
AK off-suit, the flop came Ad, 6s, 6h, the big blind bet out $60,000
and Walker moved all-in forcing the bettor to fold.
The final table action would be fast and
furious, and it took only twenty-four hands before six players were
eliminated. The twenty-sixth hand proved to be the last, and would
see the demise of Fischmann. Moving all-in after the turn with a
flush draw he was easily called by chip leader Shane Schleger, who
was holding trip 10s and an open-end straight draw. The fourth 10 on
the river gave Schleger quads and sealed Fischmann’s fate.
With three players remaining, as is often the
case in major tournaments, a chip-count deal was suggested. The
figures were fed into the computer and Walker and his opponents
agreed to the deal that “chopped” the remaining prize money.
Walker’s $100,000 cut made his investment of $1,230, and the long
trip down from Alaska, well worth it.
showcased his relentless, aggressive style of play at a 140-player
APA tournament. Dominating right from the opening deal he arrived at
the final table with a seemingly insurmountable chip lead. Then Lady
Luck deserted him with back to back to back bad beats. Each time,
Walker got all his chips in the pot with the best hand, only to see
the turn and river rescue his opponent. His fourth place
finish and $250 gift certificate prize would seem now to be a
distant memory. However on Monday morning, talking by phone on his
way to Las Vegas (wonder what he’s going there for??), Walker
mentioned he had actually thought about that day when considering
the proposed deal in L.A. He initially was willing to take his
chances for a shot at even more money but was reminded of that day
in Alaska when his skill took a back seat to luck.
Congratulations Danny. Best of
luck when you return to L.A. next week for the WPT main event and
don’t forget to wear your lucky red APA baseball cap!
January 23, 2006:
Degagne wins 2005 APA Championship
began the final table in 5th chip position but quickly won a number
of key pots and took a comfortable chip lead into the first break.
His excellent run of cards and solid play continued throughout and
Degagne eliminated final day chip leader John Corey in heads-up
play. Joe will now go on to represent his APA poker venue, Grandview
Inn & Suites/Glacier Canyon Grill, at the Fur Rondy Tournament of
Champions, March 4th at the Egan Center in Anchorage.
The 3-day event showcased the poker skills of the top sixty
points leaders from the 2005 Player of the Year standings. With over
400 APA members, just making the final sixty was a commendable
achievement. Two groups of thirty players played over the weekend
down to Monday’s 10-handed final table. APA Player of the Year Jay
“Mahu” Enfield fell just short in his quest for both Alaska Poker
Association titles when eliminated on a pure bluff just short of the
The Alaska Poker Association final table Jan 23rd 18:00
The final table was set. Here are the seats and official chip
John Corey - $70,100 (seat 2)
Rashaad Hinson - $27,200 (seat 10)
Jared Davidson - $25,600 (seat 9)
Wendy Fredrickson - $18,100 (seat 3)
Joe Degagne - $18,000 (seat 4)
Ron Langenhuizen - $16,400 (seat 1)
Dave Parker - $12,400 (seat 6)
Perry Underwood - $10,400 (seat 8)
Ryan Bill - $8,900 (seat 7)
Harvey Frankel - $5,400 (seat 5)
Blinds $500/$1000 Ante $100
Two hands in, Ryan Bill from the big blind raises all-in pre-flop
(Qd,Qc), Perry Underwood calls (As, Kd). Perry hits a King on the
flop, two blanks on the turn and river provide no help to Ryan and
he is sent to the rail.
Ryan Bill eliminated in 10th place
Near the end of the first level Harvey Frankel moves all-in on
the small blind (4d, 4h). Harvey, low on chips, is called by both
Dave Parker (Js, 5c) and Joe Degange (Kc, 6c).
Both players check down a flop of 10d, 8d, As, 6h, 2d and Joe’s pair
of sixes bests Harveys pair of fours.
Harvey Frankel eliminated in 9th place
With blinds at $1000/$2000 with a $200 ante Ron L. moves all-in
under the gun (Kh, Qc), Perry Underwood calls from the button (Ah,
10h). A board of all low cards, 3d, 3s, 8s, 4c and 6s helps neither
player and Perry’s ace high ends Ron’s tournament.
Ron Langenhuizen eliminated in 8th place
Wendy down to $6,400 on the small blind, watches four players
call the big blind and goes all-in. Big blind folds, Dave calls,
Jared goes over the top all-in with his last $21,100. Rashaad and
John both fold and Dave calls. Wendy shows (Ah, Js), Dave shows (Qh,
10h) and Jared shows (Ac, Qs). The board comes 3h, 3s, 8c, 2d, Jc.
Wendy makes a pair of Jacks to win the main pot, Jared wins the
substantial side pot with ace high leaving Dave with only $400 of
chips. John says he folded pocket eights which would have eliminated
Next hand Dave Parker, almost down to the felt, is forced all-in
with less than the blinds, Rashaad Hinson calls the big blind, John
Corey (Kh, Qc) exercises his option on the big blind raising $5,000,
Rashaad folds. With a flop of 7s, 10s, Jh, Dave pairs his 10 and
looks likely to triple up, but John catches an ace on the turn to
make a Broadway straight and Dave is out.
Dave Parker eliminated in 7th place
Joe Degagne doubles up through Perry Underwood and has $31,800.
John Corey wins a huge pot when a bluff turns into the best hand.
With the big blind at $4,000, Perry (Ad, Kc) moves in with his
remaining $3,200, big-stacked Rashaad calls from the small blind,
similarly big-stacked John checks his big blind. With everyone
expecting the obvious check down they are surprised with some
fireworks! The flop comes 3c, 10s, 9c. Rashaad bets out $6,000, John
raises another $10,000. Rashaad goes into the tank for 4 or 5
minutes before calling. The turn brings the Js. John pushes his last
$25,500 forward and Rashaad calls with his last $24,800. Rashaad
shows (10h, 7c) second pair, John obviously hated Rashaads call and
shows a complete bluff (Qh, 5s). John’s disappointment turns into
ecstasy as the river card hits the felt…the Queen of Diamonds!!
John’s pair of queens takes down the huge side pot. Rashaad shakes
John’s hand and is headed for the rail. Almost forgotten in all the
action is Perry has made the nut straight and triples up with the
Rashaad Hinson is eliminated in 6th place
Just before the break Wendy moves all her chips in pre-flop
($7,200). Joe and John call. The flop brings Kc, 6h and 2d, Joe
moves all-in and John folds. Joe shows (Kd, Jc) for top pair, Wendy
shows (Ac, 10d). The turn helps Wendy with the 10 of hearts but the
river clinches Wendy’s fate with another King for Joe.
Wendy Fredrickson eliminated in 5th place
Official chip counts:
Joe Degagne - $100,800
John Corey - $74,200
Jared Davidson - $20,000
Perry Underwood - $17,400
Blinds $3000/$6000 Ante $200
The first hand after the break Jared moves all-in (Ac, 7d), Perry
thinks for a while before calling (10c, 7c). The board of Jh, 10h,
2c, Qd, Kc gives Jared an ace-high straight on the river to trump
Perry’s pair of tens.
Perry Underwood eliminated in 4th place
Eight hands later Jared (Ad, 6c) moves his last $8,300 in and
John (9c, 3s) calls from the big blind. Jared goes from favorite to
underdog after the flop gives john a pair of threes and with no help
from the turn or river Jared’s tournament is over.
Jared Davison is eliminated in 3rd place
Heads-up play begins with Joe as the chip leader but John would
only have to double-up once to take the lead. The first seven hands
produced only small battles until hand eight. Joe moves in from the
small blind for all of his chips, he has
John covered. John quickly
calls. Joe has (Kc, 8c) and John shows (Qc, 10h). The flop gives Joe
the lead with a pair of eights, 3c, 3h and 8d. Nothing helps John on
the turn or river and Joe becomes the 2005 APA Tournament Champion.
John Corey is eliminated in 2nd place
Joe Degagne becomes the 2005 Alaska Poker Association