Jaffe Wins WPT Montreal for $463k
Jonathan Jaffe (Photo: WPT)
Jonathan Jaffe broke through for his first major live poker title while Victoria Coren-Mitchell has stepped down from her position on Team PokerStars because of the company adding online casino games.
Jonathan Jaffe Wins WPT Montreal
Jonathan Jaffe has finally captured his first major poker title. Jaffe survived a solid field of 732 players to take down the WPT Montreal and $463k in prize money.
The final table of this event played out on Tuesday and Jaffe came into the final with the overall chip lead. He still had to survive a tough final table that included Kevin MacPhee and Mukul Pahuja, who was making in second consecutive appearance at the WPT Montreal final table.
Jaffe's biggest test came heads-up against Ratharam Sivagnanam. Starting with a 2 to 1 chip lead Sivagnanam battled back and the pair traded the chip lead over the next 81 hands.
By the time play reached the final hand Jaffe had taken a 3 to 1 chip lead. Sivagnanam moved all-in pre-flop with 10d-8d and Jaffe made the quick call with Ac-Kc. The board blanked both players and Jaffe finally had his first major title.
This was Jaffe's second WPT final table and the second time proved the charm. Back in 2008, he finished runner-up in the World Poker Finals Main Event at Foxwoods, earning $670,636.
PokerStars Adds Casino Games, Victoria Coren-Mitchell Resigns
A few days ago PokerStars announced it will be adding online casino games to its popular client. This has been met with mixed reaction from the poker community.
Long time PokerStars Team Pro Victoria Coren-Mitchell has decided to leave Team PokerStars because of it.
In her personal blog Coren revealed that she made her decision immediately after PokerStars' announcement because she didn't want to endorse casino games. While she was assured that she would not be forced to endorse them, she felt her prescience on the team passively did so.
Coren called online casino games "dangerous" but still said that she understood that players wanted this option.
Some feel that adding casino games is one way that PokerStars is preparing for a return to the United States. Online casino games are legal in New Jersey and the U.S. market has proven that online poker operators need casino gambling if they hope to compete.
Coren did leave the door open to return to the company in the future if it was in a "pure poker" role.