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Top Poker News: Winning Hands and Boosted Bankrolls

This week has been another good one for men and women poker pros in the top poker news. Several players have been making their names and taking home big rewards. Top poker news.

In Mount Pleasant, Michigan at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Pat Steele ended the Heartland Poker Tour $1,650 Main Event in first place, taking home $155,636 and making all the top poker news reports. Steele beat 462 players, including 2009 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Cada, who eventually ended up in fourth place. Steele and Tom Midena clashed when Midena moved all in with a jack of clubs and a nine of spades against Steele’s ace of hearts and seven of diamonds, but Steele got it in good and as the board ran out he emerged as winner. Midena was runner-up and he took home $96,031. One of the emerging women poker pros, Penelope Banhidy, came third and won $62,917. Top poker news

At this year’s SCOOP a total of $75,585,305.05 has been won in 132 tournaments, making history as the world’s richest online poker festival. A large chunk of that cash was awarded to the headliner grabber in top poker news, Viktor “Isidur1″ Blom, who took home a phenomenal $1,096,200 first prize from Event # 43-H. Over two days Blom whittled down a field of 295 players until just 18 remained. The Swede was nearly pipped by Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, who held the top spot for much of the game, but he was eventually knocked out, taking $2,397,709 in prize money. Blom went into battle with Boeken, who had flopped a pair of kings, with a king-high straight and a stranglehold on the hand. The nine of clubs fell on the turn and with one card to come, which was revealed to be the ace of diamonds, Blom had won. Top poker news

John “JohnnyGstaks” Hayes was known as a stone cold killer on the US online poker circuit and up until “Black Friday” he had earned himself over $2.4 million in the online games. He has now turned his hand to live tournaments and is making his presence known on the felt across the world. Making top poker news when he dominated at the Mid States Poker Tour Main event at the Northern Lights casino in Walker, Minnesota and beat men and women poker pros with seemingly very little effort. He took the first prize of $43,473 after cruising through the tournament, wearing the bracelet and posing for photos before Level 17 had even been reached. He won with a full house and put Reg Powell into second place with $24,405 and Bill Romer in third with $24,405. Top poker news

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