Poker News Roundup: Brandon Eisen, Phil Siddell, PartyPoker Tourney

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It was a busy week in the poker world as a couple of players earned their first major win. And we also heard the details about a mega event in September, so read on below for the particulars. 

Brandon Eisen Wins Seminole Hard Rock Championship 

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $5,250 Championship ended last Tuesday night in Florida with Brandon Eisen coming out on top. As a result, he’s $771,444 richer, making it the biggest win of his career. He claimed the reward by climbing to the top of a 914-player field. Eisen roughly doubled his career winnings with the tournament championship. His biggest previous takeaway from a single tournament was $283,895 for third place in the 2014 Little One for One Drop.  

The final table consisted of Eisen, runner-up Jeremy Ausmus ($540,459), Stoyan Obreshkov ($349,889), Ryan D’Angelo ($258,615), Adam Adler ($195,491), Ido Ashkenazi ($156,215), Jared Griener ($129,308), Joseph Cheong ($102,843) and Marcos Exterkotter ($77,132). 

Overall, this event had a total of $3 million in guaranteed prizes, making 115 paid places. 

Phil Siddell Wins Sydney Championship’s Pot-Limit Omaha 

It was a banner day for Phil Siddell this past week as he won the Sydney Championship AU$550 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament on Friday. This was Siddell’s first major tournament victory, good for $14,484. 

Siddell ousted Melbourne player Adrian Rarung, who took home $8,950. Rounding out the top five were Htet Zin in third with $6,460, Tae Woo Park in fourth with $4,747 and Andy Miller in fifth at $3,548.

It was an exciting end to this event as obviously Siddell had never won an event this big and he was left playing heads-up with Rarung, who had never even finished in the money before. Both were going to break new ground but it was eventually Siddell who captured the win.

PartyPoker Announces $60M Online Tourney For September 

It’s going to be a September to remember for poker players. Two of the biggest poker brands are going to be vying for your attention – and dollars – as they go head-to-head with massive online events.  

We already knew about the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, which will run from September 2-17 and features $70 million up for grabs. They’re catering to every type of poker player with small budgets to big, highlighted by a $5,200 buy-in, $10-million guarantee event.  

But rival site PartyPoker isn’t just standing by idly and watching this all take place. They’ve now announced the Powerfest Online Poker Series, which will run from September 2-23, extending a week beyond the PokerStars event. In total, they’ll have a slate of 670 events with a prize pool of at least $60 million. Similarly, they’re offering buy-ins of all types and sizes, ranging from as little as $1.10 to $25,500. 

Some of the bigger events we expect to see are the $5,200 Super High Roller event, which starts on September 2 and has a prize pool of at least $1 million. We’ll also see another $1-million event with the $1,050 High Roller on September 9. Then we’ll get into some mega events like the $10,300 Super High Roller, which starts on September 18 and has a minimum prize pool of $2 million, and the $25,500 Super High Roller event with a $3-million prize pool, which starts on September 20.