Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): End Of Flight 1A Chip Counts

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 16 (Blinds 2,000/4,000/500)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 6

Fausto Tersigni - 212,500
Richard Leger - 205,000
Martin Markov - 193,000
Tom Cuce - 154,000
Justin Levy - 150,000
Myles German - 70,000


"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Scarola Busts, Tersigni Has Massive Chip Lead With One Level To Plauy

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 15 (Blinds 1,500/3,000/500)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 8

Fausto Tersigni (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

With just over ten big blinds, and action folding to Kevin Scarola, he would shove for 34,600.  Player would fold behind, leaving just the blinds to decide.  After asking for a count, Fausto Tersigni would make the call (small blind), with Richard Leger also coming along from the big (after a solid two minutes of thought).  The two players would check down the runout of 2 3 7 7♠ 5♠, with the dealer announcing that he needed to see all three hands. 

Tersigni quickly rolled over his A Q, with Scarola tabling 8♣ 4♣ as he collected his things.  Leger showed K J, which meant that Tersigni's ace-high would be awarded the pot (worth over 130,000).  Fausto now holds an overwhelming chip lead with eight players remaining, sitting with 300,000.  


"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Updated Chip Counts As Level Transitions

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 14 (Blinds 1,200/2,400/400 )
Total Flight 1A Entries: 50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 9


Myles German (Boca Raton, FL)

Posted below are the updated chip counts from the remaining table, with just over two levels left to play:
  1. Tom Cuce - 180,000
  2. Fausto Tersigni - 235,000
  3. Richard Leger - 44,000
  4. Justin Levy - 110,000
  5. Myles German - 102,000
  6. Jose Parra - 66,000
  7. Martin Markov - 112,000
  8. Kevin Scarola - 47,000
  9. Skip McDonough - 115,000

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Justin Levy Likes The Breaks, Flight Down To One Table

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 13 (Blinds 1,000/2,000/300)
Total Flight 1A Entries:  50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 9


Justin Levy (Boynton Beach, FL)

Justin Levy (Boynton Beach, FL) won a pot to stay alive just before the second break of the day, and since managed to rebuild his stack.  On the second-to-last hand of Level 12, he won another sizable pot, this time chipping up to 130,000.  After an open to 4,000, and four calls, Levy would come along from the small blind (holding 8♣ 6♣).  The flop would come out Q♠ 6 8, with Mike Cohen betting 8,000 from the button, after the action checked around to him.  Levy would then check-shove for 58,000, clearing the way for Cohen to make the call, holding Q♣ J♠.  Levy's two pair would keep the lead throughout the turn and river, leaving Cohen with only 400 in chips (he'd be eliminated the next hand).

Play is now down to one table, with the following players still alive:

  1. Tom Cuce
  2. Fausto Tersigni
  3. Richard Leger
  4. Justin Levy
  5. Myles German
  6. Jose Parra
  7. Martin Markov
  8. Kevin Scarola
  9. Skip McDonough

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Updated Chip Counts At Final Break

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 12 (Blinds 800/1,600/200)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 12

The remaining Flight 1A players are currently taking their final break of the day, and will be returning to Level 13 (Blinds 1,000/2,000/300).  There are four more levels scheduled to be played, but if the field gets down to (5) players, the clock will then be paused, and the bagging process will begin.  Posted below are updated chip counts, tallied just before the break:

Table 9:

  1. Tom Cuce - 103,000
  2. Fausto Tersigni - 230,000
  3. Richard Leger - 44,000
  4. Julian Wolgemuth - 20,000
  5. Kevin Scarola - 77,000
  6. Skip McDonough - 59,000
Table 10:
  1. Mike Cohen - 61,000
  2. Justin Levy - 44,000
  3. Martin Markov - 71,000
  4. Jeff Silverstein - 60,000
  5. Jose Parra - 130,000
  6. Myles German - 68,000

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Bennett Busts, Runs Into Aces

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 11 (Blinds 600/1,200/200)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 19


Fausto Tersigni (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Steven Bennett opened the action at Table 9 with a raise to 2,700, with Tom Cuce flatting from the cutoff.  Fausto Tersigni was next to act, and he would three-bet from the button to 6,000.  After the blinds folded, action would be back on Bennett, who took a few moments before pushing his stack across his cards.  Bennett's all-in was for about 40,000, which was an amount that both of his opponents had covered.  Cuce mucked his hand, and Tersigni would follow by casually tossing a single chip towards the pot.

Steven Bennett seemed to know his fate, as he turned over J♠ J♣, only to see Fausto table A A.  The board would run out 8 6♣ 8♣ K♠ 8, and Bennett would be eliminated from Flight 1A.  Tersigni became the flight's chip leader with that pot, and sits with over 120,000.

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Full Lineup Of Remaining Flight 1A Players

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 10 (Blinds 400/800/100)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 22

Listed below are the seating assignments for the remaining players in this opening flight of the "August $150,000."  

Table 6:

  1. Alan Bieler
  2. Nader Bahhur
  3. Steven Bennett
  4. Philip Consolo
  5. Fausto Tersigni
  6. Justin Levy
  7. Solomon Cohen
Table 9:
  1. Tom Cuce
  2. Richard Leger
  3. Omar Pecuero
  4. Julian Wohlgemuth
  5. Abbey Daniels
  6. Kevin Scarola
  7. Megan Endres
Table 10:
  1. Mike Cohen
  2. Martin Markov
  3. Jeff Silverstein
  4. Jose Parra
  5. Myles German
  6. Paula Alibrandi

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Levy's Line Doesn't Change, Chips Up Before Registration Closes

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 9 (Blinds 400/8001/100)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 50
Flight 1A Players Remaining: 29


Justin Levy (Boynton Beach, FL)

Justin Levy is heading on break a little "healthier" in regards to chip stack, winning a nice pot before the clock ran down, and saving himself from firing another bullet.  The hand being referenced was between Levy, Steven Bennett, and Nader Bahhur.  On a flop of 10 9 2♠, both Bennett and Bahhur checked to Levy.  Justin put out a bet of 2,400, which was then called by both players, with the players then looking at the 4 on the turn.  Both players checked once again to Levy, who shoved his remaining stack (which was about 6,400).  Bahhur and Bennett released their hands, and Levy would chip up to 19,000.

Players then took a (10) minute break, and have now returned to Level 9, with registration closed for Flight 1A.  The flight officially closed with (50) total entries, (25) of which still remain.

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Updated Chip Counts As Registration Closes

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 7 (Blinds 250/500/50)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 46

Jose Parra (Hialeah Gardens, FL)

We do apologize for the lull in coverage, as an annual update was done on the backend of the website.  The field is now just under away from the close of registration, with a second flight (Flight 1B) to begin at 6:00pm.  Jose Parra (Hialeah Gardens, FL) looks to be the early leader in the field, sitting over 110,000.  Parra is coming off of a FSPC in which he recorded three cashes, including bubbling the Event #7 ($360 No Limit Hold'em) final table.  Jose finished in 12th place during that second of four "major" events, earning $4,423.

Jose Parra - 113,000
Martin Markov - 67,000
Julian Wohgemuth - 42,000
Abbey Daniels - 40,000
Paula Alibrandi - 35,000
Kevin Scarola - 33,000
Megan Endres 16,000

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Endres Returns, Hoping For Another Final Table Run

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 2 (Blinds 50/100)
Total Flight 1A Entries: 25

Megan Endres (Coral Springs, FL)

The last time Megan Endres was featured on the blog, she was part of a nine-way chop that ended Event #7 of the 2017 Florida State Poker Championships ($360 No Limit Hold'em $200,000 GTD).  The $16,389 Megan received for eight place money stands as her largest tournament cash, and makes up a majority of her career resume ($18,194 total earnings).  While this tournament stands alone (outside of a major series), a deep run in this particular event will surely see returns similar to which she earned last month.

Endres is one of the notable "early bird" entrants into the field, joining the likes of:

Dmitry Agrachov
Nader Bahhur
Michael Tait
Skip McDonough
Kevin Scarola

ICYMI: $2,500 Buy-In NLH "Single Day Series" Announced, Satellite Added To Calendar



(POMPANO BEACH, FL) August 16th, 2017 - The Isle Casino Poker Room is proud to announce the first installment of the "Single-Day Series," a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event to be held on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Months of discussions and planning have come to fruition, with a tournament that offers a higher buy-in, and convenience of a one-day event.  The Isle Poker Room "brain trust" listened to player's comments and suggestions throughout the planning process, and have put forth a product that is sure to be well-received by the poker community.  

This initial tournament begins at 12:00pm on August 22nd, and offers a great structure for an event of it's kind.  Entrants begin with 100,000 unit starting stacks, and will be playing (30) minute levels throughout the tournament.  Registration is open through the first eight levels (closing at approximately 4:20), allowing those that choose to enter late the opportunity to still sit down with twenty big blinds.

There have been commitments made by numerous players in regards to attendance for this opening event of the "series," all interested in taking home a five-figure score in less than (14) hours.  Beyond those already to have stated their intention to play, there will be a satellite run for the event on Monday, August 21st.

The satellite will have a $275 buy-in (NLH), and guarantees one seat into the following day's tournament.  While one seat will be awarded through the guarantee, players can expect multiple seats up for grabs once registration closes for the satellite, as (10) seats will be awarded to that satellite via high hand winners on Sunday, August 20th.

The promotion that normally runs on Sunday, begins at 10:00am, and awards $100 to the qualifying high hand every (10) minutes.  In addition to the $100 cash prize, the first ten high hand winners will also be awarded a seat into Monday's $275 No Limit Hold'em Satellite into the $2,500 NLH "Single-Day Series."

It's the beginning of something special here at the Isle Casino Poker Room, with even more announcements to follow in the coming weeks regarding the "Single-Day Series."

"August $150,000" (Flight 1A): Kicking Off The Multi-Flight Action, Big Announcements To Follow

"August $150,000 GTD"
$360 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
Level 1 (Blinds 25/50)
Total Flight 1A Entries: N/A



The "multi-flight madness" returns in just a short while, as the cards get in the air for Flight 1A of the $360 No Limit Hold'em ($150,000 GTD), otherwise known as the "August $150,000."  The $360 buy-in tournament has a total of eight starting flights, with an afternoon (12:00pm) and evening (6:00pm) start time each day, Wednesday through Saturday.  Day 2 for the tournament is on Sunday (August 20th) at 12:00pm, and will play down to a conclusion.  

The tournament's structure stays the same for each opening flight, with players sitting down to starting stacks of 20,000 units.  Level's will last (30) minutes during each starting flight (Levels 1-16), and transition to (40) minutes on Day 2 (Level's 17+).  Registration is open through Level 8 (and the break that follows), with the schedule seeing the bagging process begin after Level 16 (or until 13% of the field remains).


This is a buy-in (price point) that seems to be very popular with tournament players here at the Isle Casino, attracting players from the entire spectrum (recreational to professional).  The "rules announcement" for the early bird players seated in Flight 1A will be made shortly, with cards in the air just after 12:00pm.  Live blogged coverage will follow, with some big announcements to start the day!!!





Wednesday, August 16th: "August $150,000 GTD" Begins With Two Flights, Still "Spinning To Win"

ICYMI: Tuesday afternoon's $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD) saw registration close with (44) entries, and an official prize pool of $3,388.  The tournament's first place payout was scheduled to be $1,322, but that number would change after a four-way deal was agreed to.  The final four players happened to be some of the most loyal Isle Casino tournament poker players, so it was no surprise when the four friends decided to chop the remaining prize money.  Donald Gordon (Boynton Beach, FL) was the chip leader at the time of the deal, and would be declared the tournament's winner.

  1. Donald Gordon (Boynton Beach, FL) $968
  2. Arlene Vazquez (Parkland, FL) $728
  3. Daniel Genachte (Deerfield Beach, FL) $618
  4. Aldring Gomez Torres (Miami Beach, FL) $600
  5. Fausto Tersigni (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $271
  6. Jean Brigagao Do Nascimen (Orlando, FL) $203
The $8,000 guarantee for the Tuesday evening (6:00pm) tournament was never in doubt, as a total of (194) entries made up the $60 No Limit Hold'em field.  After the registration period closed, and the optional add-ons were included into the number, the official prize pool would close at $9,206.  There would be (25) spots paid in the tournament, with a min-cash worth $69, and $2,294 up top.  Notables to cash (short of the final table) included Oleg Efremov, Antonio Colon, Hosney Boutros, and Daniel Shortley.  Play continued once the final table was reached, but the clock would be paused after two eliminations.  The remaining eight players would begin talking numbers, and a deal would be agreed to.
  1. Amit Savani (Miami, FL) $1,184
  2. Peter Bejusca (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $1,059
  3. Steve Galer (Albany, NY) $1,027
  4. Irwin Block (Deerfield Beach, FL) $863
  5. Diego Peres (Coconut Creek, FL) $804
  6. Kevin McGillicuddy (Tamarac, FL) $704
  7. Frédérique Levons (Aruba) $591
  8. James Amos Jr. (Brockton, MA) $552
  9. Mohamad Mbaied (Pompano Beach, FL) $229
  10. Scott Cousins (Vero Beach, FL) $199

Tournaments: Wednesday afternoon marks the beginning of the $360 No Limit Hold'em ($150,000 guaranteed prize pool) event, the the first of two multi-day events in the month of August.  The "August $150,000 GTD" has a total of eight flights, with an afternoon (12:00pm) and evening (6:00pm) each day (Wednesday through Saturday).  Day 2 for the tournament is on Sunday (August 20th) at 12:00pm, and will play down to a conclusion.  

The tournament's structure stays the same for each opening flight, with players sitting down to starting stacks of 20,000 units.  Level's will last (30) minutes during each starting flight (Levels 1-16), and transition to (40) minutes on Day 2 (Level's 17+).  Registration is open through Level 8 (and the break that follows), with the schedule seeing the bagging process begin after Level 16 (or until 13% of the field remains).

While the guarantee on this event is $150,000, results from prior events (with a similar price point) show that we can expect that number to be reached well before the final flight.  Each of the afternoon flights will have "live blogged coverage," with full updates throughout Day 2, until the last hand has been dealt (and the trophy awarded).

Promotions: The high hand promotions are in full swing from the moment the doors open this morning, with the "Turbo High Hands" ($100 awarded every 10 minutes from 9:00am-12:00pm, with rollovers) distributing money at a rapid pace.  The transition at 12:00pm begins the "Spin To Win" promotion, which has awarded hundreds of thousands since it's inception.  It's the high hand promotion that makes all others jealous, and affords those that have a qualifying high hand (awarded every 30 minutes), an opportunity to spin the ever-popular "Money Wheel."  The total amount awarded...along with hourly breakdown, will be published tomorrow afternoon, here on the blog.



- Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (30) minutes during Day 1 flights, transitioning to (40) minutes on Day 2
- All Day 1's will play (15) complete levels or until 13% of the field remains (whichever comes first)


- Players start with 20,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (30) minutes during Day 1 flights, transitioning to (40) minutes on Day 2
- All Day 1's will play (15) complete levels or until 13% of the field remains (whichever comes first)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15th: Six-Way Event Chop Of The $25,000 GTD, "Tournament Tuesday" Returns

ICYMI: It's usually said that only one person walks away truly happy from a poker tournament after it's over, and that's the winner.  Last night would be the an exception though, as the final six players agreed to an even chop, with each of them walking away with $2,991.  The $130 No Limit Hold'em tournament had a $25,000 posted guaranteed, but ended up eclipsing that number, after (297) entries made up the field.  The official prize pool closed at $28,809, and ended up boasting a first place prize of $6,330.  Obviously that number would be altered once the deal was agreed to, but first we would see numerous Isle Poker Room notables book cashes for their resumes (including Guillermo Irving, Chad Millward, Anna Dikker, Alexander Thomas, David Moreno, and Charlemagne Benjamin, Jr.).  The final table was reached just before midnight, and after four eliminations, the players left managed to work out a deal where they all took the same amount.  For "records" purposes, Nathan Schwartz (Boca Raton, FL) was listed as the tournament's winner.  

  1. Nathan Schwartz (Boca Raton, FL) $2,991
  2. David Shifrel (Margate, FL) $2,991
  3. Scott Bailey (Loxahatchee, FL) $2,991
  4. Evan Teisch (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $2,991
  5. Lloyd Nastase (Coral Springs, FL) $2,991
  6. Jon Lane (Davie, FL) $2,991
  7. Michael Heverly (West Hollywood, CA) $962
  8. Ralph Spadafore (Boynton Beach, FL) $791
  9. Dean Arahovites (Margate, FL) $633
  10. Richard Pace (Louisville, KY) $533
Tournaments: It's come to be known as "Tournament Tuesday," with any tournament that is plugged into the afternoon evening time slot, turning out to be a success.  The day's action starts at 11:00am, with the $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD).  The tournament sees players sitting down to starting stacks of 25,000 units, and playing levels lasting (20) minutes.  

That tournament is followed by one of the more popular evening events, the $60 No Limit Hold'em ($8,000 GTD).  The event crushes the guarantee on a weekly basis, with fields over (200) entries becoming the norm.  The event is structured with a 14,000 unit starting stack, levels of (20) minutes, and an optional add-on at the end of registration.

Promotions: It's all about getting to the poker room early on Tuesdays (and Thursdays), as the "Early Bird Full House" promotion offers an awarded cash prize (depending on game plated) for the first (50) full houses of the day (in live cash games).  That promotion is followed by $300 high hands every (15) minutes, from the hours of 12:00pm-4:00pm.


11:00am - $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD)

- Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event

6:00pm - $60 No Limit Hold'em ($8,000 GTD)

- Players will begin with a 14,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Levels are (20) minutes in length
- Optional add-on at the end of Level 8 ($20 for 10,000 units, 100% goes towards the prize pool)
- All late registrants and re-entries will receive a full stack

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14th: $25,000 GTD Expecting Another Massive Field, While Daytime Players Look For That High Hand Money

ICYMI: Sunday afternoon's $150 No Limit Hold'em tournament had a field that was comprised of (42) entries, which equated to a prize pool of $4,830.  A total of six players were going to reach the money, with action continuing after the money bubble burst.  It wouldn't be until heads-up play, that discussions of a deal began.  After Vitaliy Averyanov and Andrew Donavan worked out the numbers, they came to an agreement, with Vataliy earning first place money.

  1. Vitaliy Averyanov (Hallandale, FL) $1,884
  2. Andrew Donovan (Pompano Beach, FL) $1,111
  3. Andrew Sassen (Deerfield Beach, FL) $676
  4. Andrew Daire (Boca Raton, FL) $483
  5. Jeffrey Saunders (Boston, MA) $386
  6. Andrew Davis (Delray Beach, FL) $290

Tournaments: The Monday afternoon time slot (11:00am) hosts a $120 No Limit Hold'em Survivor, with three players guaranteed to walk away with a $400 "package."  Approximately 1 in 4.5 players will make up each "package," so the potential for more than three players to win $400 is always there.  The event is structured with starting stack of 12,000 units, and levels that last (20) minutes throughout the afternoon.

The evening tournament (6:00pm) carries the largest guaranteed prize pool for a single-day event on the August schedule.  The $130 No Limit Hold'em tournament has a $25,000 guarantee, and has been one of the most popular tournaments on the recurring schedule.  The structure has players sitting down to starting stacks of 16,000 units, and playing levels of (20) minutes over the course of the night.

Promotions: Outside of the "standard high hand" promotion, there will be "Turbo High Hands" from 9:00am-12:00pm.  During that window of time, $100 will be awarded to the qualifying high hand every (10) minutes (rollovers apply).

11:00am - $120 No Limit Hold'em Survivor (3) $400 Winners GTD (~1 in 4 win $400)

- Players will begin with a 12,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will receive full stacks
- Levels are (20) minutes in length throughout

6:00pm - $130 No Limit Hold'em ($25,000 GTD)

- Players will begin with a 16,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will receive full stacks
- Levels are (20) minutes in length throughout

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday, August 13th: Saturday's $15,000 GTD Ends In A Healthy Eight-Way Chop, "Turbo High Hands" Highlight Sundays Action

ICYMI: The first of Saturday's two tournaments was the $100 No Limit Hold'em "Big Stack Turbo Bounty" ($3,000 GTD), an event that attracted (41) total entries.  The field eclipsed the posted guarantee, with a prize pool of $2,327, and a bounty pool of $1,025.  The tournament would eventually end in a heads-up chop between Miguel Munoz and Fedner Oralien, two names that have frequented the daily tournament payouts as of late.

  1. Miguel Munoz (Miami, FL) $842
  2. Fedner Oralien (Lauderdale Lakes, FL) $600
  3. Michael Sischo (Deerfield Beach, FL) $326
  4. Danilo Parada (Oakland Park, FL) $233
  5. Blaine McRae (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $186
  6. Barry Teller (Tamarac, FL) $140
The big surprise from yesterday cam during the evening tournament ($120 No Limit Hold'em), which had a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool, but ended up soaring past that number.  A total of (261) entries made up the field, bringing the official prize pool to $22,185.  The payouts up top were very "healthy," with the top three payouts scheduled to make $5,058, $3,555, and $2,274.  With over $15,000 up for grabs at the final table alone, it was easy for the final eight players to agree to a deal, with everyone walking away with at least $1,291.
  1. Ramond Nalbandian (Lake Worth, FL) $2,740
  2. Richard Zisser (Boca Raton, FL) $2,701
  3. Robert Bass (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $1,992
  4. Thomas Macey (Boca Raton, FL) $1,928
  5. Howard Schwartz (Coral Springs, FL) $1,895
  6. Scott Di Benedetto (Boca Raton, FL) $1,540
  7. Trent Trimble (Lake Worth, FL) $1,500
  8. Danny Blackburn (Deerfield Beach, FL) $1,291
  9. Jason Paolicelli (Boca Raton, FL) $505
  10. Celso Leroy (Delray Beach, FL) $427

Tournaments: There is one event on the Sunday tournament schedule, with the $150 No Limit Hold'em event beginning at 11:00am.  The structure is one that offers deep play throughout the event, with players sitting down to 20,000 unit starting stacks, and playing (25) minute levels over the course of the day.

Promotions: For a number of months, Sunday's high hand promotion has been of the "turbo" format, with $300 awarded every (15) minutes from 2:00pm-9:00pm (rollovers apply).  While that promotion is still in place this afternoon, there will be an extra six hours of "turbo" high hands, with $100 awarded every (10) minutes, from 8:00am-2:00pm (rollovers apply).  However you break it down, it's $600 worth of high hands up for grabs over the span of (13) hours.  Both tournaments are high hand eligible, adding even more appeal to the events.

11:00am - $150 No Limit Hold'em 

- Players will start with 20,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Levels are (25) minutes

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 12th: "Big Stack Turbo" And $15,000 GTD Grabbing Tournament Attention

ICMYI: Robert Transue (N. Lauderhill, FL), the all-time leader of tournament cashes at the Isle Casino Poker Room, continued to widen the gap Friday night.  The player affectionately known as "Poppa Bear" headed a five-way chop of the $75 No Limit Hold'em ($3,000 GTD) event, earning $900 for the first place finish.  This was Robert's sixth tournament win at the Isle, and his (100th) recorded result overall.  Of the one-hundred recorded results, (57) of them have now come at his "home poker room," with his nearest competitor more than fifteen cashes behind.

  1. Robert Transue (N. Lauderhill, FL) $900
  2. Michael Malenzano (Pompano Beach, FL) $795
  3. Mohamad Mbaied (Boca Raton, FL) $635
  4. Joseph Laurenzi (Deerfield Beach, FL) $617
  5. Maury Halperin (Lauderdale By The Sea, FL) $536
  6. Howard Katz (Deerfield Beach, FL) $221
  7. David Poces (Boca Raton, FL) $189
  8. Seymour Weiner (Boca Raton, FL) $168
  9. Ernesto Azucena (Palm Springs, FL) $147

Tournaments: Today's tournament action begins at 11:00am, with the $100 No Limit Hold'em "Big Stack Turbo Bounty" ($3,000 GTD).  A long time Saturday afternoon staple (when multi-day tournaments aren't running), this event is structured with 18,000 unit starting stacks, and (15) minute levels.  Because of the "turbo" structure, players have until the end of Level 10 to register or re-enter (with a full stack).

Tournament players that are searching for good value and solid structure, need to look no further than tonight's event.  The $120 No Limit Hold'em event that begins at 6:00pm boasts a guarantee of $15,000, and a very player-friendly structure.  The starting stack is 25,000 units, with levels that start at (20) minutes, and transition to (25) minutes (once registration closes).  This offers deep play in the later stages of the event, something many tournament regulars are looking for.

Promotions: The high hand promotions take another "breather" today, between yesterday's (11) hours worth of "turbo" high hands, tomorrow's (7) hours of $300 high hands (awarded every 15 minutes).  The "standard high hand" procedure is in place, awarded prizes to qualifying high hands every (30) minutes (with rollovers).


11:00am - $100 No Limit Hold'em "Big Stack Turbo" w/ $25 Bounties ($3,000 GTD)

- Players will begin with a 18,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (10) levels
- Option player "add-on" at the end of Level 10 ($25 for 10,000 tournament chips), with 100% of the "add-on" going to the prize pool 
- Levels are (15) minutes in length

6:00pm - $120 No Limit Hold'em ($15,000 GTD)

- Players will begin with a 25,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will enter with full stacks
- Levels 1-8 are (20) minutes in length, transitioning to (25) minutes Levels 9+

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11th: High Hands Headline The Start To The Weekend

ICYMI: Yesterday's tournament action started with a mixed event, as the $130 H.O.R.S.E. ($2,000 GTD) got underway at 11:00am.  A total of (26) entries made up the field, eclipsing the posted guarantee, and making for solid event.  A total of four spots were scheduled to get paid, and once the money bubble burst, the remaining players agreed to a deal.  Ilia Belkin (Aventura, FL) earned his second ever recorded tournament cash, and first win, collecting $737 for first place money.

  1. Ilia Belkin (Aventura, FL) $737
  2. Gary Finkel (Lake Worth, FL) $706
  3. Ronald Schroeder (Pembroke Pines, FL) $600
  4. Cesar Garcia (Miramar, FL) $557
The evening tournament (6:00pm) was the $130 No Limit Hold'em ($20,000 GTD), an event that has eclipsed the guarantee week after week, and attracted fields north of (200) entries.  Last night's installment would be no different, as a field of (214) entries made up the official prize pool of $20,758.  Many of the Isle Poker tournament regulars were in attendance, with names like Elias Nassif, Maury Halperin, Joseph Duchman, Adel Jo, and Alexander Thomas adding another Isle tournament cash to their resumes.  It was late in the evening once the final table was reached, but that didn't deter players from continuing on without a chop.  After the elimination of Cindy Chiu (Coconut Creek, FL) in fourth place, the three players remaining agreed to a deal, with Prang In (Pompano Beach, FL) declared the tournament's "winner."
  1. Prang In (Pompano Beach, FL) $4,500
  2. Robert Arahovites (Davie, FL) $3,572
  3. Jared Carter (Pompano Beach, FL) $2,600
  4. Cindy Chiu (Coconut Creek, FL) $1,294
  5. Manuel Amaro (West Palm Beach, FL) $999
  6. David Albertson (Margate, FL) $828
  7. Dan Kolchko (Pompano Beach, FL) $706
  8. Teddy Mendesse (Boynton Beach, FL) $604
  9. Horney Boutros (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $504
  10. Patricia Conrad (Delray Beach, FL) $436

Tournaments: The weekend tournament action kicks off at 6:00pm, with the $3,000 guaranteed, $75 No Limit Hold'em event.  With the poker room open (24) hours on Fridays, players can take advantage of the fact, and can play the tournament down to a winner (if they so choose).  The tournament structure has players sitting down to starting stacks of 15,000 units, and playing (20) minute levels over the course of the night.

Promotions: From the moment the doors to the poker room open, the "bonus" high hands are in effect.  Things start with the "Turbo High Hands," with $100 awarded to the qualifying high hand every (10) minutes.  With less tables in the morning hours, we usually see rollovers on a consistent basis, some of which get as high as $600-$700.  The ten minute high hands run from 9:00am-12:00pm, and then transition to a different promotion. 

Things are still "turbo-ish," with $250 high hands awarded every (20) minutes, from the hours of 12:00pm-4:00pm.  The promotion only gets richer after that, as one last transition sees $500 awarded every (20) minutes, from the hours of 4:00pm-12:00am.


6:00pm - $75 No Limit Hold'em ($3,000 GTD)

- Players will begin with a 15,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will receive full stacks
- Levels are (20) minutes in length throughout

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday, August 10th: Ronald Arena Goes Back-To-Back, H.O.R.S.E. And $20,000 GTD On Tap

ICYMI: Tournament players know that cashing in an event on consecutive days is not the easiest thing, and making a final table in the same manner is a feat in itself.  Winning a tournament on back-to-back days...now thats something special.  Ronald Arena (Boynton Beach, FL) accomplished the repeat win after taking down yesterday's $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD), besting a field of (40) entries.  Both days, Arena would head a five-way chop, but he would earn over $100 more in yesterday's deal.  So after five years without a tournament win on his resume, what does he do once he finally gets the first place next to his name...he does it again (posted below are the full results from the event).

  1. Ronald Arena (Boynton Beach, FL) $796
  2. Marco Rodriguez (Miami Beach, FL) $640
  3. Robert Tanner (Wellington, FL) $575
  4. Nachum Lumelski (Pembroke Pines, FL) $538
  5. Arnold Cohen (West Palm Beach, FL) $531
Last night's tournament was a $60 No Limit Hold'em event, which got underway at 6:00pm.  The field was comprised of (109) entries, and after the optional add-ons were tallied, the official prize pool would close at $5,251.  The tournament would follow in the afternoon event's footsteps, also ending in a five-way chop.  Ferederique Nathaniel (Aruba) made sure that he started his Hendon Mob resume off strong, with a first place as his first ever recorded cash.  Nathaniel earned $886 for his share of the deal, just two dollars more than John Bilas, who was the tournament's "runner-up" finisher.
  1. Ferederique Nathaniel (Aruba) $886
  2. John Bilas (Wilton Manor, FL) $884
  3. Michael Braverman (Boca Raton, FL) $860
  4. Anthony Vulpis (Lauderdale By The Sea, FL) $659
  5. Jeffrey Shepard (Westin, FL) $515
  6. Linzell Borders (Tamarac, FL) $242
  7. Alexandros Cantantinou (Boca Raton, FL) $205
  8. John Sarappa (Lantana, FL) $179
  9. Justin Walker (Sunrise, FL) $158
  10. Steven Winslow (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $139
Tournaments: There are two events on the tournament schedule for Thursday, the first of which sees the return of the "mixed events."  After last week's successful O.E. (Omaha/Stud 8B) tournament, a $130 H.O.R.S.E. ($3,000 GTD) event is in the afternoon time slot.  The structure is great for the players, as things start off quickly (with 15 minute levels), but transition to (20) minute levels after registration closes.  Players start with 16,000 in chips, allowing for some surprisingly deep play in the later stages of the day.

The evening tournament is the $130 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event, which carries with it a $20,000 guaranteed prize pool.  The numbers are always great when this tournament is slotted in the evening time slot, with tonight's installment expecting to bring big numbers.  Players start with 16,000 units, and play (20) minute levels over the course of the night.

Promotions: The Full House Early Bird promotion is in it's regularly scheduled spot this morning, but it's no longer just for limit hold'em players.  Every table in the poker room (excluding time raked games) is eligible for the promotion, which pays out the first (50) full houses (payout depends on which stakes are being played).  Similar to what is run on Friday's, there will also be $300 awarded to qualifying high hands every (15) minutes (from 12:00pm-4:00pm).



11:00am - $130 H.O.R.S.E ($2,000 GTD)

- Players will begin with a 16,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will receive full stacks
- Levels 1-8 are (15) minutes in length, with Levels 9+ lasting (20) minutes

6:00pm - $130 No Limit Hold'em ($20,000 GTD)

- Players will begin with a 16,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will receive full stacks
- Levels are (20) minutes in length throughout

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday, August 9th: Tuesday's Tournament Chops, And "Spin To Win's" Return

ICYMI: Tuesday's tournament action got underway at 11:00am, as the $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD) filled the afternoon time slot.  The $3,000 prize pool was comprised of (37) entries, with many of the daytime "regulars" in attendance.  Once the official payouts would be posted, players would see a min-cash worth $240, and a first place prize of $1,230.  After the money bubble burst, the remaining players began discussing a deal, which was agreed to shortly thereafter.  Ronald Arena (Boynton Beach, FL) would be declared the tournament winner, seeing a return of $692 for his efforts.

  1. Ronald Arena (Boynton Beach, FL) $692
  2. Stacy Thomas (Jupiter, FL) $662
  3. Sara Azmi (Lauderhill, FL) $650
  4. Michael Brinson (Boynton Beach, FL) $551
  5. Zaki Lichaa (Pompano Beach, FL) $445
There was a $75 No Limit Hold'em tournament in the 6:00pm time slot, which attracted a total of (62) entries.  The $3,224 prize pool was an impressive one, considering there was no guarantee posted, which clearly didn't deter players.  The $1,161 first place prize (scheduled) was a great return on a $75 buy-in, but that number would be altered after a six-way deal was agreed to.
  1. Carlos Rincon (Sunrise, FL) $701
  2. Frédérique Levons (Aruba) $663
  3. Domenico Barilla (Deerfield Beach, FL) $439
  4. Zachary Galati (Delray Beach, FL) $425
  5. Barry Price (N. Palm Beach, FL) $372
  6. Antonio De Araujo (Pompano Beach, FL) $363
  7. James Powers (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $145
  8. Marc Cohen (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $116
Tournaments: The "Monster Stack" kicks off the tournament action this afternoon, as the $100 No Limit Hold'em ($3,000 GTD) event begins at 11:00am.  Having now found a consistent on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, the tournament has become a player-favorite.  Starting stacks of 25,000 units, and levels of 25 minutes, allow for some deep players (during all stages of the event).  

At 6:00pm, players have the opportunity to turn a minor buy-in into some major money, as the $60 No Limit Hold'em event returns to the evening time slot.  The tournament is structured with 14,000 unit starting stacks, and (20) minute levels throughout the night.

Promotions: The high hand promotions are in full swing from the moment the doors open this morning, with the "Turbo High Hands" ($100 awarded every 10 minutes from 9:00am-12:00pm, with rollovers) distributing money at a rapid pace.  The transition at 12:00pm begins the "Spin To Win" promotion, which has awarded hundreds of thousands since it's inception.  It's the high hand promotion that makes all others jealous, and affords those that have a qualifying high hand (awarded every 30 minutes), an opportunity to spin the ever-popular "Money Wheel."  The total amount awarded...along with hourly breakdown, will be published tomorrow afternoon, here on the blog.


11:00am - $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD)

- Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event

6:00pm - $60 No Limit Hold'em

- Players will begin with a 14,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Levels are (20) minutes in length
- Optional add-on at the end of Level 8 ($20 for 10,000 units, 100% goes towards the prize pool)
- All late registrants and re-entries will receive a full stack

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday, August 8th: Big Payouts In The $25k, Lavigne Makes A Grand Introduction

ICYMI: Monday's tournament action began with the $120 No Limit Hold'em "Survivor," an event in which three players were guaranteed to walk away with $400 payouts.  The "intimate" field of (13) entries was more than enough to meet the guarantee, with a fourth spot paying out the difference.  

  1. Osvaldo Legrand (Sita, Puerto Rico) $400
  2. Eric Batarre (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico) $400
  3. Angel Clemente (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) $400
  4. Gregory Noss (Miami, FL) $61
The highlighting event came in the evening though, as the $130 No Limit Hold'em ($25,000 GTD) attracted a field of (322) entries.  The prize pool cruised past the posted guarantee, and officially closed at $31,234.  A min-cash in the event would see a return of $162, but it was the first place prize that everyone had their eye on, as the tournament's winner was scheduled to receive $6,757.  A large group of Isle tournament poker notables notched cashes for their resumes, including names like Adam Koppel (38th Place - $162), Garrick Young (24th Place - $270), Irwin Block (21st Place - $331), Anna Dikker (18th Place - $403), and Lisa Teebagy (12th Place - $568).  After the final table was reached, action would continue on, with a four-way deal agreed to after Steve Zukowski's elimination in fifth place.  Deborah Lavigne (Fairhope, AL) would head the chop, earning $4,519 for first place.  Lavigne may be an unfamiliar name to followers of the blog, but for those in the "poker know," she's no stranger.  Deborah came into the day with over $88,000 in live tournament earnings, and is just coming off a cash in the opening event of the SHRPO (255th Place - $1,095).
  1. Deborah Lavigne (Fairhope, AL) $4,519
  2. Michael Corbett (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $4,434
  3. Emannuel Ibarry (Orlando, FL) $3,788
  4. James Orphanos (Boca Raton, FL) $3,728
  5. Steve Zukowski (Coral Springs, FL) $1,496
  6. Ali Jules (Tamarac, FL) $1,238
  7. David Coughlin (Lighthouse Point, FL) $1,040
  8. Sabas Ferrer (Coral Springs, FL) $854
  9. Brian Nelli (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) $675
  10. Brittney Lot (Jacksonville, FL) $568
Tournaments: There are two tournaments on the schedule for Tuesday, the first of which begins at 11:00am.  The $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD) has been one of the more popular "daily" events for a while now, continually eclipsing the guarantee.  Players love the structure, which allows for some super deep play (25,000 unit starting stacks, and (20) minute levels).  That tournament is followed at 6:00pm, by a $75 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event, which starts players with 15,000 units (and plays 25 minute levels throughout).

Promotions: The Full House Early Bird promotion is in it's regularly scheduled spot this morning, but there is one "not so small" addition to the schedule..."Turbo High Hands."  Similar to what is run on Friday's, there will be $300 awarded to qualifying high hands every (15) minutes (from 12:00pm-4:00pm).


11:00am - $100 No Limit Hold'em "Monster Stack" ($3,000 GTD)

- Players start with 25,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event

6:00pm - $75 No Limit Hold'em

- Players will begin with a 15,000 starting stack
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will receive full stacks
- Levels are (25) minutes in length throughout