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March 5, 2006: Fur Rondy Texas Hold'Em Winner Was Last Wild Card Player Drawn!

After 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, Wild Card
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

 


 

February 15, 2006: Alaska Poker Association Member Wins $100,000 at World Poker Tour Event. 

This 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 Fischmann. 

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. 

Walker recently 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!

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January 23, 2006: Jay Enfield pulls away down the stretch to become the 2005 Alaska Poker Association Player of the Year.

Jay Enfield pulls away down the stretch to become the 2005 Alaska Poker Association Player of the Year.  Jay “Mahu” Enfield’s season-long consistency, coupled with some key finishes in the last few tournaments, secured him the well-deserved title of 2005 Player of the Year. Never out of the top five in the points standings, Enfield held off relentless competition from his pursuers to end the season on 1,335 points, 120 points ahead of second place finisher and top female player Carole Jordan. Jeff Urban (1,130 points), Robbie Bowers (1,030 points) and Kristi Smith (1,020 points) rounded out the top five.

Players competed in weekly tournaments of up to 140 entrants. Points were awarded to everyone at the nine-handed final table; 150 points to the winner, 100 to the second, 90 to the third, with points to each subsequent finisher decreasing by 10 down to 30 points for 9th place. A special “bounty” prize of 50 points was awarded to the player who knocked out the previous week’s winner.

The 2006 Alaska Poker Association Spring/Summer Season kicks off April 1st. Membership forms are now available; contact an association representative to sign up. This year the APA is expanding its tournament reach to include any authorized venue within Alaska. If your favorite location is having poker tournaments or is interested in starting them, have the owner contact us for details.

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January 23, 2006: Degagne wins 2005 APA Championship

Degagne 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 final table.

Tournament Report:

The Alaska Poker Association final table Jan 23rd 18:00
The final table was set. Here are the seats and official chip counts:

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 3 players.

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 main pot.

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

Break

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 Tournament Champion!

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