April 07 2014, by Jennifer Newell

Kampanatsanyakorn Wins APPT, MSPT and WNY Poker Challenge Underway

Chane Kampanatsanyakorn Wins APPT Seoul

Season 8 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour trekked to Seoul, South Korea last week. The Paradise Walkerhill Casino hosted the Main Event, which brought in a total of 256 players for a prize pool of KRW 685,363,200, otherwise known as $650,409.

Day 2 took the field from 92 players into the money so the top 28 players could begin the payout process. Day 2 then started with 24 players and worked its way to the final table with the 10th place elimination of Jeffrey Holbrook. Sam Cohen took her chip lead to the final table, and Chane Kampanatsanyakorn of Thailand was the second-shortest stack. But he finished second in the same event last year and wanted to do one better in 2014.

Kampanatsanyakorn caught a triple-up early and continued to battle without many chips. He finally eliminated the third place finisher to get to heads-up with the lead, though, and stayed aggressive to capture victory.


1st place: Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (KRW 150,000,000) ($142,200)

2nd place: Christian Haggart (KRW 130,000,000) ($123,240)

3rd place: Sam Cohen (KRW 86,610,000) ($82,000)

4th place: Shinya Umano (KRW 49,690,000) ($47,155)

5th place: Winfred Yu (KRW 41,120,000) ($39,022)

6th place: John Marshall (KRW 32,550,000) ($30,899)

7th place: Keiichiro Sugimoto (KRW 25,700,000) ($24,389)

8th place: Makoto Yoshimichi (KRW 20,560,000) ($19,511)

9th place: Kosaku Akahi (KRW 15,433,200) ($14,646)

WNY Poker Challenge Sets Final Table

The 2014 Western New York Poker Challenge was in Niagara Falls, New York for a 16-event series. The Seneca Poker Room hosted a number of preliminary events that led up to the $1,100 NLHE Main Event with a $100K guarantee.

The first day of play brought in 183 entries for a prize pool of $176,595, well over the guarantee. By the end of the night, though, only 34 players remained and Jerry Calvaneso was the chip leader.

Day 2 brought about the money bubble, after which Kevin Mathias was the first player to cash for $2,119. Later, Thomas Babiarz busted in 11th place for $3,355 to set the final table as follows:

Nicholas Walker (1,140,000)

Pete Kaemmerlen (717,000)

Bob De Wolfe (500,000)

Louis Aquilina (475,000)

Travell Thomas (400,000)

Joe Cruz (380,000)

Johannes Mueller (275,000)

Andre Smith (200,000)

Mike Shavensky (170,000)

Kyle Gay (160,000)

MSPT Meskwaki Casino Plays Final Day

The Mid-States Poker Tour was in Tama, Iowa, for the latest stop on its tour of Middle America. The Meskwaki Casino offered up a $1,100 NLHE Main Event with a $300K guarantee after some preliminary tournaments for players.

Two starting days brought in a total of 389 entries, which meant the prize pool exceeded the guarantee. It also set a new live poker tournament record for the state of Iowa. The top 36 players were paid, and play then continued with names like Mike Lang exiting in 21st place and James Mackey in 14th. The unofficial final table was later set with these players and chip counts:

Matt Kirby (1,301,000)

Matthew Anderson (1,160,000)

Ken Payne (1,128,000)

Jeremy Putthoff (1,049,000)

Aaron Johnson (857,000)

Taylor Howard (811,000)

Marty Martimo (522,000)

Ryan Tepen (344,000)

Mike Vanier (292,000)

Rick McGown (286,000)


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Jennifer Newell fell in love with poker while working for the World Poker Tour in Los Angeles. She left the company to live as a freelance writer with a heavy concentration on the poker world. It is not often that she travels to poker tournaments and less often that she plays the game, but she can always be found reading and writing about poker. You can find her on her FreelanceWriterJen Facebook page or @WriterJen on Twitter.