Jonathan Hilton crushes competition at WSOP NC

Winning the World Series of Poker National Championship is a huge accomplishment for any American player, but the stakes were increased this year. Jonathan Hilton was not only a proud victor in a prestigious WSOP event but also a golden bracelet winner, the first to be awarded outside Las Vegas. He bought in for the main event hosted by a casino in New Orleans and competed for the first prize worth $365,000. He made it to the final table and then bested a field of eight players including Brock Parker, Max Steinberg, Jeremy Ausmus, Robert “Uncle Krunk” Panitch and Nicolas Vaca-Rondon.

Jonathan Hilton crushes competition at WSOPNC

He didn’t have the largest stack but he made the most of his chips, staying off the radar in the first few hours of play. Jeremy Ausmus was the first to be eliminated despite having the second largest amount of chips at the beginning of the final table. Max Steinberg was very active in the first hours of play, going all in against Panitch and Joe Tehan and saw his pocket tens improved to a set. He defeated Tehan’s pocket Kings while stripping Panitch of a sizable amount of his chips, then locked his sights on Parker.

Bauman’s inability of doubling up caused him to succumb to the fast rising blinds and nobody was surprised when he was eliminated in the sixth place. Steinberg then eliminated both Parker and Panitch but by this time their opponents didn’t have a lot of chips in front of them so Max’s own stack was not greatly boosted. Even so he had the upper hand against Jonathan Hilton when heads-up began, which explains why both players were overly cautious in the first minutes.

Hilton patiently waited and eventually Steinberg fell into his trap by going all in with an open ended straight against two pairs. Although the odds were not crushing, neither the turn or the River improved his hand and Max had to settle for the second place. Jonathan received $355,000 for winning the World Series of Poker National Championship and the prestigious WSOP Golden bracelet.

Spring Championship of Online Poker begins in May

Spring began more than a month ago, but for those who are even remotely interested in online poker tournaments, May is the time to shine. The reason is that PokerStars will host a new edition of Spring Championship Of Online Poker and this year it is expected for all records to be shattered. The prize pool will exceed $40 million and there will be two distinct events going by the name of SCOOP Low Main Event and SCOOP Medium Main Event.

Spring Championship Of Online Poker

Those who are well aware of this tournament already took advantage of the numerous satellites that are organized over the Internet. The least expensive of them will not cost players a dime but those who choose to begin with freerolls and claw their way all the way to the top, should arm themselves with patience. The buy in for the SCOOP Low Main Event is an affordable $109, which makes it much easier to simply buy in instead of going through a string of qualifying rounds.

Those who aim the big money and plan on participating in the SCOOP Medium Main Event would be set back $1050 if they were to buy in directly. This amount is nothing to frown upon and fully justifies the decision of entering satellites, especially with some of them costing as little as a few dollars. There are hundreds of players in free rolls and just as many in those qualifying rounds, and time is quickly running out for those who have the will but not the resources to play at Spring Championship of Online Poker.

Last year, some of the most successful online poker players sat down at this tournament and in the end it was GripDsNut to win the main prize in the SCOOP Medium Main Event. He took home a significant amount, but his record will surely be surpassed in 2013 as Poker Stars expects more players to attend. Considering the fact that he scooped $800,000, 250,000 more than the second place it is only fair to assume that this year the winner could receive in excess of $1 million.