Anthony Zinno’s Beastly 2015 WSOP


Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno (pictured) is at it again. He’s leading a $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker with a dozen players remaining with a stack of 2.46 million and will add to an impressive 2015 WSOP run.

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Zinno has four in the money finishes thus far at the WSOP; all four are for final tables. He took sixth in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship for $74,000, placed seventh in a $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em event for $64,000, finished fifth in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $72,000, and final tabled the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for over a half-million dollars.

$775,000 in winnings later and guaranteed at least $71,000 from the High Roller PLO event, Zinno is having one hell of a WSOP. He told this author on Twitter that he was “just runnin’ hot” and is searching for his first WSOP bracelet.

Zinno had seven cashes during the 2014-2015 WPT season and won the LA Poker Classic and Fallsview Poker Classic for $1.3 million total. He took down the 2013-2014 Borgata Poker Open as well.

Zinno is #11 in the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year standings, but will undoubtedly move up with this cash. The man who is fifth on the same list, longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured), is fifth in the High Roller PLO event with 12 players to go. Deeb has three top-10 finishes already this year and won the $10,000 PLO Championship for $318,000.

Deeb clashed several times during Tuesday’s play with fellow PocketFiver Alexander joiso Kostritsyn. The final encounter of the night went to the Russian, who called a check-raise from Deeb on a board of 4-10-K-3. The final card was a 2, which put three hearts on the board.

WSOP coverage explained, “Kostritsyn bets what looks to be 280,000 and suddenly it is Deeb’s turn to think. He ultimately relents and kicks his cards into the muck. Kostritsyn wins the pot and now has about 1.9 million to his name.”

Here are the chip counts of the final 12 players:

1. Anthony Zinno – 2,460,000
2. Juha Helppi – 2,214,000
3. Alexander joisoKostritsyn – 1,812,000
4. Michael chipchucker5 Ferrell – 1,488,000
5. Shaun shaundeebDeeb – 942,000
6. Stian Usterud – 833,000
7. Pakinai Lisawad – 700,000
8. Christian charder Harder – 676,000
9. Christopher Santora – 576,000
10. Ismael Bojang – 562,000
11. Talal Shakerchi – 457,000
12. Troy Burkholder – 411,000

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