This week’s poker news starts off with the European Poker Tour where the festivities have kicked off. Let’s recap the first winner there as well as a couple of other notable ones from this past week.
Jean-Noel Thorel Wins 2022 European Poker Tour Bounty Event
The 2022 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo event is officially underway. The first event that crossed the finish line was the £10,200 buy-in no-limit hold’em mystery bounty event, which had brought in a total of 83 entries to battle it out for the large £390,100 prize pool. In addition to that money, there was another £415,000 up for grabs in what was called ‘mystery bounty’ cashouts. Nobody was able to hang on longer than Jean-Noel Thorel, who took home the biggest prize.
Thorel brought in approximately £107,290 for his first-place finish in the event. He also added on an additional £77,500 in bounties that he picked up along the way. Thorel has not come close to passing the $7.2 million mark in total career tournament earnings up to this point.
He has gotten close to wins a number of times quite a bit but only has three registered tournament victories under his belt up to this point. The rest of them have come from runner-up and third-place finishes.
Lei Want Wins 888Poker London High Roller Event
Lei Wang just set himself a career record for the best tournament win. Wang competed in the 888Poker LIVE London High Roller event against a tough field of 61 other entries. By the end of it all, he was the only one left standing to win £49,180 in earnings from the victory.
This entire event was live-streamed straight from Twitch as well and all got to watch the intense action unfold right before their eyes. The 888poker Twitch stream will be covering a £2,100 Main Event later on in the week in case you missed this one.
Akz A was the runner-up in this event, finishing in second place and winning £42,220. Finally, the third-place finisher wound up being Bixi Yao. Yao earned a little over half as much as the first two finishers, claiming £24,350.
Hall Wins Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship
The official 2022 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship has come and gone, and Ruth Hall has earned the championship. The five-day event by Ladies International Poker Series took place at South Point Casino in Las Vegas. At the end of it all, there was a $550 buy-in Nevada State Championship Event to participate in. Out of 157 total entries, nobody was able to outlast Ruth Hall. Hall took the largest chunk out of the $78,500 prize pool and claimed $18,537 for herself.
Hall has grown accustomed to winning over her career. She was able to up her career tournament earnings to $370,000 with the latest win. On top of that, Hall was named the Women’s Poker Association Player of the Year award for her success.
This wasn’t even the first time that Hall has won this specific event. Back in 2019, she was able to surpass 294 other entries to win the same event back at the Orleans Casino. Hall competed again in 2021 but wound up coming just short in seventh place out of 317 entries. It’s safe to say that Hall knows her way around these poker championship events.