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EPT Taking Over Barcelona Again; 10 Platinum Passes Up for Grabs


After taking the summer off, the European Poker Tour is back in action beginning August 21 with a return to Casino Barcelona for EPT Barcelona. The sea of high buy-ins and marquee events are topped with the added prize of 10 Platinum Passes to be distributed during the series.

partypokerLIVE: Aymon Hata Wins Sochi ₽3 Million Triton Poker High Roller


The Triton Poker High Roller roadshow moved to Sochi, Russia this week for the first formal partnered event with a major tour. partypokerLIVE played host with the first of two Triton Rollers finishing today as part of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia festival. This event was played as standard No Limit Hold’em, not the Short Deck variation Triton is synonymous with.

Aymon Hata took down the ₽3 million ($50,000) High Roller amidst a field of 47 to win the ₽48 million ($756,000) first-place prize. Six places paid and nine players made the final table leading to a tense bubble midway through Day 2.

Bartlomiej Machon busted an hour into the final table to claim the distinction of ninth and Timothy Adams followed him out the door a few hours after then.

Ivan Leow led the final table when play started but an unfortunate streak earned him the bubble boy label. Hata doubled with AJ against the KK♠ of Leow when an ace flopped and Leow sent 25 percent of his stack to his opponent.

Phillip Gruissem then caught a Leow bluff with pocket aces and the former chip leader was suddenly looking to hang on for a cash. Leow busted when his A♠10 failed to catch up to the Q♣Q of Patrik Antonius for his last 14 big blinds to clinch a payout for the six remaining players.

With six players still in, Hata won a key flip to improve his title chances. Hata won with AK versus Gruissem’s Q♣Q when a king flopped.

Gruissem dropped to only 10 big blinds and he busted to Antonius a few hands later to notch another cash on the year.

Paul Phua left the action in fifth place and Antonius won another key all-in. Phua shoved for 256,000 with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 holding 9♣9♠ and Antonius woke up with KK♠. The board ran out in the favor of Antonius and the final table was left to four.

Antonius became the fourth-place finisher as he doubled up Vladimir Troyanovskiy and then busted to the Russian within the span of a few hands. Troyanovskiy won with queens against the fives of Antonius to knock the mighty Fin down to under 30 big blinds. The action picked up from there.

Troyanovskiy opened the AK to 37,000 and Antonious joined him with 76 from the small blind. Hata didn’t want to be left out and called in the big blind with A4.

A 1033♠ flop resulted in Troyanovskiy betting 50,000 and Antonius following his action with an all-in raise of 408,000. Hata moved all-in over the top and Troyanovskiy pitched his hand. Antonious’ limited outs did not materialize and fourth would be his final result.

Konstantin Uspenskii felt to Hata only 10 minutes into three-handed play. Uspenskii’s K♠8♠ went in for 14 blinds against Hata’s queens and did not improve.

Hata’s heads up lead over Troyanovskiy never left his grasp and he closed out the impressive victory in a brief match.

Troyanovskiy pushed for nine big blinds with J♠7♣ and was met in the middle by Hata’s K♣4♣. The board ran out queen-high and Hata stepped into the Triton Poker winner’s circle for the first time.

The next Triton High Roller event in Russia is already in session with Day 1 of the ₽6 million ($100,000) Super High Roller underway.

Triton Poker High Roller Final Table Results

1. Aymon Hata – $756,000
2. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – $501,795
3. Konstantin Uspenskii – $354,375
4. Patrik Antonius – $236,250
5. Paul Phua – $165,375
6. Philipp Gruissem – $118,125

RANKINGS: Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot Tops July Worldwide PLB


He’s in the worldwide top-10 and for the month of July, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot is the king of the PLB points mountain. The Brit was the only player to top the 3,000 point mark on his way to claiming the title. Following Proudfoot is the usual group of Swedish and Russian characters with a few surprises thrown in.

Proudfoot gained control of the PLB title thanks to a few major wins. Sundays were kind to Proudfoot on partypoker and PokerStars. On July 29, Proudfoot effectively closed out his month by winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $27,938 accompanied by 382.75 points. That point total accounts for the largest percentage of Proudfoot’s monthly total of 3,216.30. Proudfoot had his say in June, as well, and improved from sixth in PLB to July’s top spot.

In second place by almost 500 points on the back of Proudfoot is Denmark’s Jonas ‘Palsgaard1’ Christensen. The #1 ranked Danish player and 35th overall worldwide did the majority of his damage in one event. Christensen took second place in the July 8 Sunday Million and earned 714.24 PLB points along with a career-high online score of $111,045.

Right behind Christensen is Russian rankings regular ‘papan9_p$.’ They finished July with another productive month that included eight wins with a triumph across PokerStars, partypoker, and 888poker. The last Sunday of July was the cherry on their month. A win in the partypoker Super Sunday 6-Max Bounty Hunter High Roller came with $23,204 in nuts and 302.03 worth of sprinkles.

The group of Swedes are in the fourth and seventh positions. ‘lena900’ stands just off the podium and is joined by June PLB winner ‘C Darwin2’ three spots behind.

Sweden remains the king of the jungle as ‘lena900’ leads the Worldwide Rankings with ‘C Darwin2’ in second. ‘lena900’ captured four wins with the best of the bunch coming on July 1. The PokerStars Hotter $109 ended with ‘lena900’ holding the trophy and $14,245 grand prize.

The crowning July triumph for ‘C Darwin2’ was a silver medal in partypoker’s Sunday Big Bounty Hunter High Roller. ‘C Darwin2’ notched 279.42 points for the result.

Second on the Ukraine charts and fifth in PLB is ‘Palyaaa.’ They put together another top-10 month after taking third in the June PLB rankings. As a result of the strong consecutive campaigns, ‘Palyaaa’ is up to a career-best Worldwide Ranking of 17th.

Current Worldwide top-10 member and former #1 Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez lodges in the sixth position. Gonzalez spent all of July recording results on partypoker and 888poker which resulted in six wins.

Two more Russians reside in the top-10 to close out the bottom of the third of the July PLB rankings. ‘kot_spartac’ is in the eighth spot and Worldwide #3 ‘hellohellohello’ dwells in 10th.

‘kot_spartac’ emerged with three wins in July in only two full weeks of action after ostensibly taking some time off to play live poker.

‘hellohellohello’ became the 37th player in PocketFives history to cross the $7 million mark in career tournament earnings. Their largest score of the monthly session was on PokerStars. The $2,100 Sunday High Roller winner’s circle came lined with 316.23 points and $38,215.

Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang is in the nine-hole. Lang put in a metric ton of volume in July and came away with five gold medal to show for his efforts. Officially around the corner on the second half of the year, Lang is ranked 50th in the world and fourth in his native Canada.

A month after David ‘bewater’ Goodman hit the top-10 in June’s PLB, fellow American Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo almost duplicated the feat. New Jersey’s Lupo finished 16th in the July PLB rankings, only 145 points outside of 10th.

PocketFives July PLB Rankings Top 10

1 proudflop 3,216.30
2 Palsgaard1 2,722.75
3 papan9_p$ 2,718.58
4 lena900 2,630.43
5 Palyaaa 2,542.25
6 SixthSenSe19 2,481.25
7 C Darwin2 2,480.66
8 hellohellohello 2,359.76
9 OU_dlanger610 2,324.43
10 kot_spartac 2,282.12

RANKINGS: Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo Retains Control in New Jersey


Another month of an incomplete roster of New Jersey grinders ended the same way June did. Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo tops the charts for another month (4.275.97 PLB points) and is the only player in the state over the 4,000 point benchmark.

Lupo achieved five wins in July topped off by a $12,950 result on PokerStarsNJ. The NJ Summer Series $1,000 High Roller on July 24 attracted 36 of the state’s best and Lupo emerged victoriously by beating competitors Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman and Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano on the tournament podium. Overall, Lupo earned 12 top-3 finishes and his career online earnings are up to $1.765 million.

David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman jumped over Gagliano to take second place for this month. Coleman was in Las Vegas for a week at the start of July and overcame the lack of volume to achieve 12 medals and three golds. The last Sunday of the month proved to be a profitable one. Coleman took third place in the PokerStarsNJ $10,000 GTD High Roller and the NJ Summer Series Main Event to top $12,700 in gross earnings. He wasn’t done there. The partypokerNJ $40,000 GTD ended with Coleman in the winner’s circle to collect the $7,455 first-place prize.

Gagliano fell a spot in the rankings but still had himself a productive month. In only a week of play, Gagliano won the NJ Summer Series $25,000 GTD Six-Max for $6,056 and then place third in events on partypokerNJ and PokerStarsNJ. Gagliano’s summer in Las Vegas featured six cashes with the best result coming in the $5,000 NLH Big Blind Ante event where he took 10th place for $27,208.

Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun and Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon traded spots on the leaderboard at the fourth and fifth positions.

Lawhun jumped a spot thanks in part to a full month of volume which equaled 37 cashes. Two of those scores were wins including a July-ending triumph in the $7,500 GTD KO on WSOP.com. The win came with $3,225 to put Lawhun within $80,000 of cracking the $1 million mark in career online earnings.

Kwon didn’t jump online until the second to last weekend in July. In that span, he gained a single win on partypokerNJ. Overall, his career earnings are up $1.6 million effective, leaving him only $70,000 behind Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger for New Jersey’s all-time tournament winner.

Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner held onto sixth place for another month. Hohner cashed a few times upon his return to New Jersey but is awaiting his first major post-WSOP score. While in Las Vegas for the full summer, Hohner cashed in the WSOP Main Event for $33,305 in 413th place to close out his campaign.

Seventh place in the NJ rankings belongs to Haberman. Two wins in the $30 $7,000 GTD R&A on WSOP.com for $6,472 total are the primary highlights of Haberman’s online month.  He also took third in the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD Sunday Special on July 23 for $10,322. On the live side, Haberman also cashed in the Main Event in the same pay slot as Hohner for his 359th place result.

Ted ‘ol muggins’ Ely jumped back into the rankings with his eighth-place standing. Ely’s July included 12 podium results and two wins. The best of the bunch was the July 12 PokerStarsNJ $7,000 GTD Nightly where Ely claimed the $2,364 first-place prize.

‘Thatgood45’ also joined the top-10 after a strong five wins in July. ‘senor stinks’ completes the top-10 for the second month in a row.

New Jersey Online Poker Rankings Top 10

1 centrfieldr 4,275.97
2 dehhhhh 3,882.43
3 Gags30 3,535.77
4 JLaw 3,516.90
5 ykwon17 3,220.49
6 shipthesherb 3,090.56
7 JohnnnyDrama 3,034.43
8 ol muggins 3,028.15
9 Thatgood45 2,896.14
10 senor stinks 2,818.28

Bruno Fitoussi Announced as new partypoker Ambassador


A long-awaited award for one of the most beloved players in Europe belongs to Bruno Fitoussi. The 59-year-old Frenchman is the latest member of the partypoker roster of ambassadors. Per partypoker, Fitoussi’s official role is to be an ambassador for partypoker LIVE’s global tour of events.

Partypoker Powerfest Schedule Brings $60M Guaranteed, 147 Events


partypoker has once again raised the bar with their signature Powerfest series. The Fall iteration features an astonishing $60 million in guarantees spread across High, Medium, Low, Micro as well as High Roller and Super High Roller events. 147 events are on the schedule which equals 670 total tournaments, a new high-water mark for partypoker.

partypoker MILLIONS LIVE Travels to Casino Sochi


The first partypoker MILLIONS LIVE event in the post-World Series of Poker calendar portion of the year goes to Sochi, Russia. 690m in Rubles ($10.95m USD) is guaranteed to the series prize pools that includes a 300m RUB ($4.75m USD) guaranteed Main Event. A total of 13 events are on the schedule with buy-ins ranging from 66,000 RUB up to 6 million RUB.

WSOP: Shaun Deeb Locks Up Player of the Year…For a Few Months


The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race featured a new leader almost every week for the duration of the series. Elio Fox jumped to an early lead thanks to his bracelet win and runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller all within in the first week. By the middle of June, Fox’s epic first week was an afterthought. Post-lim events played a large role in how the final leaderboard shook out.

Bryan Piccioli Among Non-WSOP Winners to Ship Six-Figure Across the Strip


Venetian and Wynn continue to pump out big winners in the shadow of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Planet Hollywood joins the six-figure first-place winner party with the conclusion of their championship event. All three venues combine to create the latest edition of the PocketFives recap of non-WSOP events.

John Hennigan Leads WSOP Player of the Race Into The Main Event


The race for WSOP Player of the Year is at a peak with the Main Event starting today. Last week, Shaun Deeb claimed top honors thanks to his win in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Deeb is in second-place and in his former throne is John Hennigan.

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