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POWERFEST: ‘llijix133’ wins $1K 6-Max High Roller for $64K


Day 4 of the partypoker POWERFEST wrapped up last night, with several notable names and PocketFivers taking down tournaments in the High and High Roller buy-in levels.

The biggest winner on the day was ‘llijix133’, who emerged victorious in Event #24 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max. ‘llijix133’ outlasted 360 runners to do a heads-up chop with eventual runner-up ‘skippyskip5’. That deal banked ‘llijix133’ $64.452.85, while ’skippyskip5’ won $60,827.16.

Members of the PocketFives community to bag a POWERFEST title include Portugal’s Eduardo ‘OnTheEdgeT8s’ Cardigo. He came out on top of Event #22 High: $215 Mix-Max No Limit Hold’em, winning $20,060.50. That event attracted 590 runners, creating a $118,000 prize pool. This cash is Cardigo’s largest to date.

Russia’s Aleksandr ‘BenRichards1’ Mordvinov also found himself in the winner’s circle yesterday. Mordvinov won Event #26 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Progressive KO, defeating a 256-strong field to bank $13,049.60.

With more than $6 million in online cashes, Mordinov — who plays under the name ‘EvnomiYa’ on PokerStars — is the most accomplished of yesterday’s champions. His prior cashes include a runner-up finish in the 888 XL Eclipse for $114,700, a SCOOP final table for $104,000, and a third-place finish in the partypoker Autumn Million for $100,050.

Other winners in the High and High Roller buy-in level and above on Wednesday included ‘mateee’, ‘JimyTransaction’, ‘Jeff7010’, ‘Doyle883’, ‘ZbestZ’, ‘Germanbluffer91’, and ‘WhoDatt.’.

Check out all the big results from Day 4 of POWERFEST below:

Event #22 High: $215 Mix-Max No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 590
Prize pool: $118,000

  1. OnTheEdgeT8s – $20,060.50
  2. loftboyz – $15,340
  3. Creutz93 – $11,531.43
  4. lomachenko88 – $8,260
  5. zidanilo20 – $5,782
  6. Aldeberan90 – $3,540
  7. lafocafabla – $2,360
  8. aWasZuTrinkeN – $2,360

Event #23 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Progressive KO
Entries: 468
Prize pool: $239,850

  1. mateee – $22,054.50
  2. StillTrying – $15,701.40
  3. AmorEnLaBoca – $10,764
  4. lqq1974 – $7,488
  5. JeansssRun – $5,311.80
  6. WASH_MY_WILLY – $3,861
  7. zupsherlock – $2,749.50
  8. fullhouseesp – $1,989

Event #23 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Progressive KO
Entries: 1,594
Prize pool: $165,776

  1. JimyTransaction – $13,469.30
  2. Aristarh888 – $9,564
  3. RainerMitAl – $6,216.60
  4. EDWARDIAN22 – $4,152.37
  5. Funkenschlaaag – $2,947.90
  6. LoSientoGrace – $2,072.20
  7. ApeDosMill – $1,434.60
  8. Melbourne900 – $948.43

Event #24 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
Entries: 1,064
Prize pool: $212,800

  1. Jeff7010 – $33,516.04
  2. JoGa_Bonito – $25,612.60
  3. RMotoki – $19,684
  4. benderbei1 – $13,512.80
  5. A23456789 – $8,831.20
  6. Garikbk – $5,457.04

Event #24 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
Entries: 360
Prize pool: $360,000

  1. llijix133 – $64.452.85*
  2. skippyskip5 – $60,827.16*
  3. Partyyycular – $38,700
  4. jizonhisniz – $27,280.80
  5. ifearpanic – $19,800
  6. untaktik – $13,680

Event #25 High Roller: $530 PL Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max
Entries: 117
Prize pool: $58,500

  1. Doyle883 – $14,736.54
  2. tonttu123 – $9,945
  3. roenoss – $7,020
  4. WTFNsinger – $4,972.50
  5. ikenunikone – $3,656.25
  6. Omicron_ – $2,427.75

Event #25 High: $109 PL Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max
Entries: 212
Prize pool: $21,200

  1. ZbestZ – $4,454.24*
  2. Crocodylus – $4,218*
  3. bloodflood – $2,385
  4. Forallkindha – $1,727.80
  5. FAAJTss – $1,272
  6. Mikleler – $848

Event #26 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Progressive KO
Entries: 256
Prize pool: $131,200

  1. BenRichards1 – $13,049.60
  2. HyperX. – $9,472
  3. Quatroe3ehFLIP – $6,752
  4. KERRMODE – $4,992
  5. bfzhang – $3,520
  6. smilethenclick – $2,688
  7. GettinDaize – $1,984
  8. geileaap – $1,472

Event #26 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Progressive KO
Entries: 876
Prize pool: $91,104

  1. Germanbluffer91 – $7,656.24
  2. TinyPolarBear – $5,466.24
  3. ImTheNuts1 – $3,639.78
  4. lwolfwhite – $2,452.80
  5. Exzande – $1,730.10
  6. BuyThaPot – $1,239.54
  7. dnvz23 – $876
  8. sperasentado.KK – $608.82

Event #27 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em 6-mAX Turbo
Entries: 335
Prize pool: $33,500

  1. WhoDatt. – $7,643.85
  2. daykotoviezy – $5,108.75
  3. Garrin4e1 – $3,685
  4. aWasZuTrinkeN – $2,680
  5. callmebulldog47 – $1,842.50
  6. MythicalMadMan – $1,340

WSOP: 2018 Main Event Second Largest in History After Huge Day 1C


You’ll now have to go way back to Jamie Gold’s 2006 victory to find a larger Main Event field than the one created at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Over the past three days a staggering 7,874 players have taken their shot in the $10,000 pinnacle of the poker calendar, making this the second largest Main Event in history.

Here’s all the news from Day 1C on July 4.

Biggest Main Event Flight in History

Monday’s Day 1A got 925 runners. Tuesday’s Day 1B attracted 2,378 more. And now that play is over on Wednesday’s Day 1C, it’s been revealed that a massive 4,571 players came to play.

That amount not only creates the largest single flight of poker in WSOP history, but makes 2018 the second largest Main Event of all time, too. The total entries show a 10% increase compared with last year, and have created a $74,015,600 prize pool.

There’s $8,800,000 up top for the eventual champ, and the Rio was absolutely rammed today full of hopefuls. After five two-hour levels though, roughly 3,500 made it through.

Samuel Touil is believed to be the Day 1C chip leader with 352,800, although with so many players there’s a chance a bigger stack may have slipped through the cracks. If Touil is indeed the chip leader, he’ll be the overall boss moving into the Day 2 flights.

Yep, Day 2 is still so big that it’s needing to be split up. So, survivors from 1A and 1B will play tomorrow (Thursday 5th), while 1C survivors will return on Friday (July 6).

Who Made It Through Today?

Some of the biggest names in all of poker sat down to play today, and a bunch of them made it through when all was said and done.

Two notables in particular returned to the WSOP this year after taking a break from the spotlight. High Stakes legends Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius were in action, with Ivey turning his 50,000 starting stack into 92,300, and Antonius quadrupling his up to 208,700. 

Antonius, who hasn’t played at the WSOP for six years, told reporters: “It felt very special to be back. I got in after dinner break, brought a lot of action to the table and managed to get some big hands. It was great to see so many poker players I have not seen in so long. I am very tired and going to rest for a while after this.”

Former Main Event champions Phil Hellmuth (63,700), Martin Jacobson (38,400), Jonathan Duhamel (17,500), and Joe Cada (16,500) all advanced too. A deep run by any of them would certainly be exciting to follow.

Then you’ve got the likes of bracelet winners Loni Harwood (194,200), Jessica Dawley (140,600), Davidi Kitai (104,200), Jake Cody (98,700), David Benyamine (90,400), Liv Boeree (63,400), and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (59,200) to name just a handful of today’s survivors.

Of course, not everyone could find a bag at the end of play. Daniel Negreanu was the victim of some bad luck when his pocket jacks were all-in versus pocket tens, only for a ten to hit the board.

Chris Moneymaker was another notable to depart. His run was short today after getting all his money in with a flopped set of fives. He was up against the pocket tens overpair, but just like Negreanu, fell victim to a ten on the river. 

Andrew Moreno, Marcel Luske, Chris Vitch, Jonas Mackoff, John Racener, and Vanessa Selbst are just a few of the other casualties throughout the day. 

Tomorrow’s Action (July 5)

Thursday will see the Main Event continue, with survivors from Day 1A and 1B playing through their Day 2.

We’ll also see a bracelet winner though, as the $888 Crazy Eights event returns three-handed. Galen Hall holds the chip lead in that one, making him the favourite for the massive $888,888 first-place prize.

A new event also kicks off at 3pm: Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. 

WSOP: Big Day 1B in the Main Event, Wins for Matsuzuki and Andrew


The second starting flight of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event played out on Tuesday, producing some big numbers. We also saw two new bracelet winners crowned, and a final table end the day three-handed.

Here’s all the news from July 3.

WSOP: Main Event Begins While Mizrachi and Moorman Seek Bracelets


It’s finally here! After more than a month of awesome action and anticipation, the $10,000 Main Event is upon us at the 2018 World Series of Poker.

Monday saw Day 1A kick off, but it also saw some other events begin to wind down. It’ll by no means be a quiet end to the PLO Giant, Crazy Eights, or $10K Stud 8 though, as they all have big names still remaining.

Here’s all the news from July 2.

$10,000 Main Event Kicks Off, Defending Champ Blumstein Out

Well, one thing’s for sure right off the bat: we’re going to see a new champion this year. It was always going to be a super long shot that Scott Blumstein could go back-to-back (like, super long), but his elimination today means a new Main Event champ will be crowned in 13 days.

The day saw 925 runners take their seats, and when all was said and done after five two-hour levels just 661 remained. Timothy Lau bagged up the chip lead, spinning his 50,000 starting up to 338,700 by the time the bags were brought out. He’s joined at the top by fellow American Truyen Nguyen with 324,800, and the UK’s Chris Fraser with 316,100.

Matt Berkey had a good opening day, ending with 185,600, just behind Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau with 186,300. Alexandru Papazian (147,100), Gordon Vayo (87,100), former Main Event champions Joe Hachem (84,700), Scotty Nguyen (84,400) and Joe McKeehen (36,200), as well as Erik Seidel (72,100) will all be back for Day 2.

Alas, Blumstein won’t. He check-called all the way on a low board with pocket tens, only for Brian Yoon to hit running spades giving him the nut flush. He wasn’t the only former Main Event winner to bust though, with Qui Nguyen and Jerry Yang also hitting the rail, alongside the likes of Brian RastChristopher AndlerFelipe RamosStephen ChidwickChance Kornuth, former football star Richard Seymour and Jonathan Little.

Seymour repped the celebrity world away from the felt, and was joined by actor Kevin Pollak (71,300) and comedian Ray Romano (61,100). WSOP commentator David Tuchman (111,000) also advanced.

Attention now turns to setting up for Day 1B tomorrow, which kicks off at 11am. Check back with PocketFives tomorrow for all the latest on that one.

Top 10 Day 1A Stacks:

  1. Timothy Lau – 338,700 
  2. Truyen Nguyen – 324,800 
  3. Chris Fraser – 316,100 
  4. David McCaw – 220,400 
  5. John Vossoughi – 220,300 
  6. Matthew Davidow – 216,600 
  7. Frank Crivello – 215,000 
  8. Casey McCarrel – 206,200 
  9. Eric Hicks – 204,000 
  10. Tristan Bain – 193,200

Mizrachi Headlines PLO Giant Finale, Seeks 2nd Bracelet of Summer

Whether the buy-in is $50K or $365, it doesn’t seem to stop Michael Mizrachi from playing his best. The Grinder ended Day 2 in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha fifth in chips out of the remaining nine, and will therefore headline Tuesday’s final table.

Mizrachi came into the day as chip leader, and added to his big stack early in the day. He’d end with 10,150,000, putting him in the middle of the pack. It’s Srinivas Balasubramanian who holds a big chip lead though. His 18,325,000 is comfortably out in front of his closest competitor, Robert Cicchelli with 11,055,000. 

All players are now guaranteed $10,25, but there’s $116,015 up top for the winner. Can Mizrachi win his fifth bracelet and second of the summer? We’ll find out tomorrow when play resumes on the final table at 2pm.

Final Table Stacks:
  1. Srinivas Balasubramanian – 18,325,000 
  2. Robert Cicchelli – 11,055,000 
  3. Pete Arroyos – 10,550,000 
  4. Tim Andrew – 10,425,000 
  5. Michael Mizrachi – 10,150,000 
  6. Kevin Nomberto – 7,700,000 
  7. James Sievers – 5,450,000 
  8. Sandeep Pulusani – 4,375,000 
  9. Raymond Walton – 3,075,000

Moorman Among Final 29 in Crazy Eights

There was another big name headlining the 29 survivors over in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ended Day 2 bagging chips, and will return tomorrow with 2,620,000.

It’s Galen ‘Turk Malloy’ Hall who chip leads overnight though, ending the day with 6,595,000. He’s followed by Paul ‘pvas2’ Vas Nunes with 6,410,000, Hunter Frey with 5,730,000, and Men Nguyen with 3,350,000.

There were a bunch of notable bust-outs today, including Martin Jacobson, Jeff Madsen, Eric Baldwin, Jeremy Ausmus, Mike Leah, and Ryan Riess.

Day 3 begins at 2pm with blinds at 30K/60K. There’s $888,888 up top, and they’re all guaranteed $22,292 right now.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Galen Hall – 6,595,000 
  2. Paul Vas Nunes – 6,410,000 
  3. Hunter Frey – 5,730,000 
  4. Men Nguyen – 3,350,000 
  5. Arthur Conan – 3,140,000 
  6. Alexandre Novaes – 2,835,000 
  7. Franz-Xaver Ditz – 2,745,000 
  8. Eduards Kudrjavcevs – 2,730,000 
  9. Chris Moorman – 2,620,000 
  10. Michael Barlow – 2,600,000

Vitch Leads Again With 14 Left in $10K Stud8

Defending champion Chris Vitch is once again the overnight chip leader in Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. He’s putting up an incredible title defence, and leads the 14 Day 2 survivors with a 1,014,000 stack.

Other notables through to tomorrow include Scott Bohlman (883,000), Bryce Yockey (539,000), and Ken Aldridge (538,000), Andrew Kelsall (506,000), Jesse Martin (506,000), Tom Koral (392,000), and Mike Watson (348,000).

Vitch won $320,193 for his win in this one last year, and if he can take it down again he’ll bank more than that, with $364,387 up top. A few notables who cashed in this one today include Andrew Yeh (22nd – $14,739), Tim Finne (21st – $14,739), Daniel Negreanu (20th – $14,739), Yuval Bronshtein (19th – $14,739), Jose Paz-Gutierrez (18th – $14,739), Tim Marsters (17th – $14,739), and Richard Sklar (16th – $16,439). 

The same can’t be said for Benny Glaser, Adam Friedman, Shirley Rosario, Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, and bubble boy Chris Klodnicki, who all busted prior to the money.

Final 14 Stacks:

  1. Chris Vitch – 1,014,000 
  2. Scott Bohlman – 883,000 
  3. Bryce Yockey – 539,000 
  4. Ken Aldridge – 538,000 
  5. Andrew Kelsall – 506,000 
  6. Jesse Martin – 506,000 
  7. Dan Matsuzuki – 418,000 
  8. Tom Koral – 392,000 
  9. Mike Watson – 348,000 
  10. Jack Duong – 343,000 
  11. Jerry Wong – 340,000 
  12. Andrew Rennhack – 338,000 
  13. Daham Wang – 284,000 
  14. Joseph Michael – 250,000 
  15. Roland Israelashvili – 231,000

WSOP: Galfond and Bellande Bag Bracelets


Two big names in the poker world picked up their first and third bracelets on Sunday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Both are regulars in Bobby’s Room, playing the highest stakes mixed games going. They’re both pretty good at tournaments too, as they proved today.

Meanwhile, the Crazy Eights event played through another two starting flights, while the $365 PLO Giant starting flights end with a four-time bracelet winner as overall chip leader. Another $10K Championship kicked off too.

Here’s everything you need to know from July 1.

Phil Galfond Claims Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO 8 ($567,788)

Legendary online cash game player and Run It Once founder Phil Galfond picked up his third WSOP bracelet on Sunday, taking down Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship for a massive $567,788 score.

Galfond has had quite a few weeks, what with the upcoming launch of his online site, the announcement that he’s expecting his first child with his wife Farah, and now another WSOP win for his incredible CV.

“There’s nothing like the first [bracelet], so that stands ahead,” Galfond said afterwards. “It still feels really good, on par with the second. I just ran really hot at the right time. I ran bad all summer, so I was saving it up for now. Now, it’s even.”

Galfond defeated Michael McKenna heads-up for the title, after hitting a pair in all-in-pre pot. McKenna racks up another close call, having finished fourth in a $1,500 Razz event earlier this summer.

Other notables to final table this one include Chad Power (4th – $168,725), Chris Lee (5th – $120,263), Marco Johnson (6th – $87,830), and David ‘ODB’ Baker (7th – $65,579). Galfond was facing a 2:1 chip deficit versus McKenna, but found a way to get it done.

Galfond said he’ll now turn his attention back to the launch of Run It Once Poker. “It feels like we’re almost there and finally I’ll be free,” he said. “But, I can only imagine there’s going to be more work once we launch the poker site. I’d like to find a way to play more poker because I really miss it. But, Run it Once poker is going to be the first priority.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Phil Galfond – $567,788 
  2. Michael McKenna – $350,922 
  3. Ali Abduljabbar – $240,497 
  4. Chad Power – $168,275 
  5. Chris Lee – $120,263 
  6. Marco Johnson – $87,830 
  7. David “ODB” Baker – $65,579 
  8. Chase Steely – $50,086

Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet in $5K 6-Max ($616,302)

Jean-Robert Bellande
JRB Wines and Dines with First Bracelet

Sunday started with a six-handed final table set in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. Jean-Robert Bellande led the survivors (see what we did there?), and he had a strategy coming in:

It wasn’t an outrageous call that ended it though. More like an easy one, when Dean Lyall shoved with ace-three off heads-up, and Bellande woke up with pocket queens which held. A similar story saw him bust Kacper Pyzara in sixth (ace-seven into Bellande’s pocket jacks).

Eric Blair fell in fifth, followed by Tan Nguyen in fourth and Andrew Graham in third. Bellande began heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead, and kept the pressure on before taking it down.

“I had a blast,” Bellande said after his win. “I had so much fun during this tournament, not just winning but mixing it up. Six-handed is cool because you’re always in action. The guys were all fun. We just had a good time. Every day we just had a blast.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Jean-Robert Bellande – $616,302 
  2. Dean Lyall – $380,595 
  3. Andrew Graham – $254,684 
  4. Tan Nguyen – $173,598 
  5. Eric Blair – $120,669 
  6. Kacper Pyzara – $85,570

Michael Mizrachi Leads PLO GIANT

Well whaddaya know? After five starting flights in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha, it’s none other than Michael Mizrachi who tops the overall chip counts.

Day 1E played out today with 1,247 players taking a shot. Play ended with just 79 survivors, with Mizrachi topping tonight’s counts with 1,845,000 – more than any other end-of-day leader.

Other notables to advance today include Robert Dukes (1,530,000), Srinivas Balasubramanian (1,245,000), Mark Darner (1,165,000), Nick Guagenti (1,125,000), four-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche (360,000), and bracelet winners Robert Cheung (345,000) and Arne Kern (370,000).

Day 2 begins at 2pm Monday, with everyone guaranteed $843.

  1. Michael Mizrachi – 1,845,000 
  2. Robert Dukes – 1,530,000 
  3. Srinivas Balasubramanian – 1,245,000 
  4. Mark Darner – 1,165,000 
  5. Nick Guagenti – 1,125,000 
  6. Cherie Baber – 530,000 
  7. James Hoppner – 435,000 
  8. Arne Kern – 370,000 
  9. Dominik Nitsche – 360,000 
  10. Robert Cheung – 345,000

Moorman, Salsberg Top Final Starting Flights in CRAZY EIGHTS

All four starting flights have now ended in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed, with two notables bagging up the biggest stacks.

Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman topped the 2,492 runners in Day 1C, bagging up 511,000. The former PocketFives #1 and all-time money leader was the only player to eclipse 400Km, with 140 players advancing.

Other notables to get through that flight included Eric Baldwin (250,000), Mohsin Charania (307,000), and Kevin Eyster (287,000).

Day 1C Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman – 511,000 
  2. Franz Ditz – 381,000 
  3. Christophe De Meulder – 321,000 
  4. Mohsin Charania – 307,000 
  5. Kevin Eyster – 287,000 
  6. Mark McGovern – 276,000 
  7. Fabrice Casano – 275,000 
  8. Marvin Rettenmaier – 242,000 
  9. Champie Douglas – 229,000 
  10. David Jackson – 151,000

Later in the day saw an additional 2,495 entries add to the overall prize pool. Matt Salsbarg would lead the 138 survivors on 1D, bagging 483,000. Joining him at the top of the counts include Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer (254,000) and Ashton Griffin (170,000).

All survivors will now join together at 2pm Monday for Day 2. Everyone is guaranteed $1,331.

Day 1D Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Matt Salsberg – 483,000 
  2. Han WoolJang – 356,000 
  3. Au Ngo – 318,000 
  4. Ami Barer – 254,000 
  5. Dylan Wilkerson – 249,000 
  6. James Alexander – 183,000 
  7. Maurice Hawkins – 175,000 
  8. Ashton Griffin – 170,000 
  9. Andy Spears – 164,000 
  10. Alexander Kuzmin – 155,000

Chris Vitch Looks to Defend Title, Chip Leads $10K Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo

Yet another Championship event kicked off on Sunday, with Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship attracting 133 runners. After ten levels of play on Day 1, the chip leader is none other than defending champion Chris Vitch.

Vitch bagged up 279,500, topping the 63 who made it through. He’s followed by Daham Wang (276,500), Stuart Rutter (236,000), Terrence Hastoo (220,000), and Ryan Miller (207,500). It might be early days, but if Vitch can continue the way he’s started and take this one down, he’ll join Matt Matros and Loren Klein as the only players to win a bracelet in three consecutive years.

Daniel Negreanu will also be back tomorrow, bagging up 76,500. David Benyamine (166,500), Jesse Martin (158,500), Eric Rodawig (79,500), Mike Sexton (72,000), Tom Koral (189,000), Scott Bohlman (156,000), Max Pescatori (85,500), Adam Friedman (79,000), James Obst (68,000), and Robert Mizrachi (35,500) will also return.

The same can’t be said for Eli Elezra, Esther Taylor, Frank Kassela, Scott Seiver, Brandon Shack-Harris, Erik Seidel, Allen Kessler, Mike Matusow, John Hennigan, Jeff Lisandro, and Brian Hastings, all of whom hit the rail today.

Registration is still open until the beginning of Day 2 at 2pm tomrorow, so there’s a chance those who busted could re-enter. 

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Chris Vitch – 279,500 
  2. Daham Wang – 276,500 
  3. Stuart Rutter – 236,000 
  4. Terrence Hastoo – 220,000 
  5. Ryan Miller – 207,500 
  6. Soner Osman – 202,000 
  7. Jose Paz – 195,000 
  8. Tom Koral – 189,000 
  9. David Prociak – 177,500 
  10. Tim Finne – 168,500

Tomorrow’s Action (July 2)

We’ve reached that point, guys. It’s here.

Monday sees only one event kick off, but it’s a big one. The biggest one of all.

Day 1A of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship begins at 11am, with Day 1s following for the following two days after.

WSOP: Former Online #1 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson Wins Second Bracelet


We left you with a bit of a cliffhanger yesterday, as a former PocketFives no.1 player was heads-up for his second bracelet. The two players returned on Saturday to finish things off, and in just five hands Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had secured the jewellery.

Saturday was an action-packed day at the 2018 World Series of Poker, both in and outside of the Rio. Two online bracelet winners were crowned, as well as the champion of the Ladies Event.

Here’s all the info from June 30.

Anderson Finishes The Job, Wins $10K Razz Championship

When we last spoke, we told you that Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had a huge chip lead against three-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. The two had paused play at the end of Friday night, and when they resumed action on Saturday the whole thing was over in just five hands.

In the last hand, Kassela had a ten-low draw while Anderson, who was already ahead in the hand, had a seven-low draw. He peeled over a five to complete a seven-five, and Kassela could only muck.

Anderson reflected on his success in his winner’s interview, telling WSOP reporters: “I spend a lot of time studying the Law of Attraction and a lot of other universal and spiritual truths from various people, and basically, I think it’s important to keep a positive attitude because then you attract a lot of positive things in your life. 

“Whenever you do complain and get frustrated, you’re losing a lot of power and giving it to someone else. Not only in the game, but anywhere else. Things like this happen all the time, and a big reason why I like poker is because it’s so relatable to life in so many areas.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Calvin Anderson – $309,220 
  2. Frank Kassela – $191,111 
  3. Julien Martini – $134,587 
  4. Mike Leah – $96,744
  5. Jerry Wong – $71,014 
  6. Alex Balandin – $53,253 
  7. John Hennigan – $40,817 
  8. Dzmitry Urbanovich – $31,992

Jessica Dawley Takes Down Ladies Event for $130,230

One woman has outlasted 695 others to become a WSOP bracelet winner: Jessica Dawley. She’s banked $130,230 for her efforts over the past three days of play in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

Jessica Dawley
Jessica Dawley Becomes a Bracelet Winner

Jill Pike led the final table coming into play on Saturday, and she would ultimately meet Dawley heads-up. Pike had doubled up Dawley early on in the finale, and Dawley took those chips and used them to eliminate Tara Cain in sixth. Pike still held the chip lead though, but when things got three-handed Dawley went on a run that saw her collect 50% of the chips in play.

Lisa Fong then crashed out in third, running her ace-six into Dawley’s pocket kings, before a short, four-hand heads-up battle ended when Pike shoved five big blinds with king-four and was called by eight-five suited. A five on the flop was all it took to end it.

”I can’t even put into words,” Dawley said after securing victory. “It has not hit me yet. I kept picturing myself as I was sitting here, I kept looking at these boxes of everyone in their bracelet photos, and I honestly kept trying to get my head straight with that. Looking at those pictures, I was like: ‘I just really hope that that’s me at the end of the day’. I’m just really happy. It’s been a grind for the past ten years so I’m happy to have something to kind of commemorate that.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Jessica Dawley – $130,230 
  2. Jill Pike – $80,444 
  3. Lisa Fong – $55,812 
  4. Mesha James – $39,334 
  5. Jacqueline Burkhart – $28,167 
  6. Tara Cain – $20,499 
  7. Weiyi Mo – $15,167 
  8. Molly Mossey – $11,411 
  9. Tara Snow – $8,732

Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth and Ryan Tosoc Win Online Bracelets

The first online bracelet event to end on Saturday actually began on Friday, continuing into the early hours of the morning. Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship finally ended with Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc holding all the virtual chips, winning $238,778 in the process. 

Tosoc outlasted 1,635 entries to win his first bracelet, defeating Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio heads-up. 

Final Table Results:

  1. Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc – $238,778 
  2. Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio – $175,206 
  3. Joel ‘AjaWilson22’ Feldman – $124,570 
  4. James ‘5.56cal.’ Robinson – $89,777 
  5. Justin ‘lappypoker’ Lapka – $65,391 
  6. Markus ‘thegreatrise’ Gonsalves – $48,306 
  7. Russell ‘AntonChigurh’ Powers – $36,190 
  8. Aurelian ‘Winamax’ Guiglini – $27,337 
  9. Aditya ‘pokerpop76’ Sushant – $20,968

Later on Saturday, Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller kicked off, attracting 480 entries. When all was said and done, it was Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth who took it down for his second bracelet and $341,598.

The entire tournament was wrapped up in just 12 hours, with ‘bewater’ finishing runner-up.

Final Table Results:

  1. Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth – $341,598 
  2. ‘bewater’ – $212,021 
  3. ‘poker.’ – $144,168 
  4. ‘ThePunter’ – $99,809 
  5. ‘flcrivello’ – $70,625 
  6. ‘ReadyGambo’ – $50,926 
  7. ‘kingfortune’ – $37,355 
  8. ‘LobyPewis’ – $28,016 
  9. ‘petechen’ – $21,596

THE GIANT Reaches Final Table

They’re down to just nine in Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, as the massive 8,920 field has been whittled down over six days of play (five starting flights, and Saturday’s Day 2).

Only 527 players returned today, with Alexander Lakhov holding the chip lead. He’d manage to ride that stack to the finale, coming in third in chips (38.3 million). However, it’s Renato Kaneoya (56.1 million) and Luis Vasquez (42.7 million) who top the counts.

All nine are guaranteed $24,353 when play kicks off at 2pm Sunday, but there’s $250,000 up top, plus the bracelet and the glory. 

Final Table Stacks:

  1. Renato Kaneoya – 56,100,000 
  2. Luis Vazquez – 42,700,000 
  3. Alexander Lakhov – 38,300,000 
  4. Kevin Rines – 21,500,000 
  5. Jeremy Perrin – 19,000,000 
  6. Daniel Fuhs – 18,300,000 
  7. Svetlozar Nestorov – 13,100,000 
  8. Lawrence Chan – 7,900,000 
  9. Matthew Smith – 7,100,000

John-Robert Bellande Tops Final Six in $5K 6-Max

Could this be the one in which ‘JRB’ wins his first WSOP bracelet? Things are certainly set up perfectly for John-Robert Bellande, as he holds the lead in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed with a final table set.

Bellande has almost double his closest competitor, with 5.05 million to Dean Lyall’s 2.7 million. JRB has never managed to secure a bracelet despite racking up $2.2 million in WSOP career cashes.

Throughout the day we lost 21 players, including the likes of Greg Merson (19th – $21,018), Jimmy Guerrero (12th Place – $34,545), Dave Stefanski (11th Place – $34,545), Arsenii Karmatakii (10th Place – $45,764), Sergio Aido (9th Place – $45,764), James Mackey (8th Place – $61,931), and Arthur Morris (7th Place – $61,931).

A sixth-place finish is worth $85,570, but there’s $616,302 up top when action resumes at 2pm Sunday.

Final Table Stacks:

  1. Jean-Robert Bellande – 5,050,000 
  2. Dean Lyall – 2,700,000 
  3. Kacper Pyzara – 2,605,000 
  4. Andrew Graham – 2,430,000 
  5. Tay Nguyen – 1,485,000 
  6. Eric Blair – 1,310,000

Day 2 Done in $10K PLO 8 Championship 

Michael McKenna has ended Day 2 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship as chip leader, with just 24 players remaining.

McKenna, eyeing up his second final table of the summer, bagged up 1,048,000 and is the only player above a million. He’s followed by Ali Abduljabbar with 804,000, and Michael Abecassis with 699,000.

There were plenty of casualties throughout the day, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Allen Kessler, Brian Rast, Ben Yu, Robert Mizrachi, Jesse Martin, Rep Porter, and defending champion Bryce Yockey.

A few notables who went deep and cashed include Nick Schulman (35th for $15,000), Andrew Kelsall (34th for $15,000), Ryan Laplante (32nd for $16,494) and Ian O’Hara (29th for $16,494).

There are still plenty of big names in the hand for this one, with Nathan Gamble (640,000), Jim Collopy (582,000), Cliff Josephy (480,000), Randy Ohel, (476,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (417,000), Chris Ferguson (344,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (319,000), Phil Galfond (308,000) and Eli Elezra (146,000) all returning tomorrow.

Play gets going again at 2pm, with $567,788 awaiting the winner.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Michael McKenna – 1,048,000 
  2. Ali Abduljabbar – 804,000 
  3. Michel Abecassis – 699,000 
  4. Benjamin Eilers – 686,000 
  5. Chris Lee – 673,000 
  6. Nathan Gamble – 640,000 
  7. Chase Steely – 633,000 
  8. Chad Power – 628,000 
  9. Andreas Klatt – 628,000 
  10. Jim Collopy – 582,000

Crazy Eights $888 Event Down to 90 After Day 1

Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed got a big turnout Saturday, with 1,908 players taking part over two starting flights, all hoping to win the guaranteed $888,888 first-place prize.

After 24 levels of play, that field is down to just 90, and it’s Christian Liel who tops them all with 793,000. A few notables to advance include Nissar Quraishi (377,000), Jiri Horak (199,000), Mike Leah (155,000), Shai Zurr (87,000), and Galen Hall (64,000).

It wasn’t such a good day for Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Joseph Cheong, Shaun Deeb, Faraz Jaka, Alex Foxen, and DJ MacKinnon, as they all hit the rail.

There will be two other starting flights tomorrow, starting at 10am and 5pm.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Christian Liel – 793,000 
  2. DID NOT REPORT – 685,000 
  3. Matthew Schreiber – 662,000 
  4. Troy Southerland – 519,000 
  5. Vismantas Marijosius – 433,000 
  6. Jed Hoffman – 378,000 
  7. Nissar Quraishi – 377,000 
  8. Chad Mizner – 356,000 
  9. Brett Apter – 356,000 
  10. Orestis Kanakopoulos – 348,000

WSOP: Former #1 Heads-Up For 2nd Bracelet, Plus Four New Winners


Four people won bracelets on Friday at the 2018 World Series of Poker, despite the fact that only three events ended. That’s because one winner was a tag team who’ll now split the first place prize.

We also saw a former PocketFives #1 player end the day with a big heads-up chip lead, the Ladies Event reach a final table, and a whole lot more.

Here’s all the news from June 29.

Calvin Anderson Heads-Up Versus Frank Kassela in $10K Razz

Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship resumed Friday with 13 players, and it was meant to play down to a winner that night. However, upon hitting the early morning hours, Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson and Frank Kassela paused play and will now return on Saturday to play it out.

Former PocketFives no.1 player Anderson holds more than a 3:1 chip lead overnight, with 4,585,000 to Kassela’s 1,370,000. They’re both guaranteed $191,111, while the winner will pick up $309,220. If Anderson can finish the job Saturday, he’ll win his second bracelet, denying Kassela his fourth.

Before the final table today, we lost Allen Kessler (9th – $25,664), Ismael Bojang (10th – $25,664), Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (11th – $21,059), Eric Rodawig (12th – $21,059) and Ted Forrest (13th – $17,706). From there, Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich went out in eighth ($31,992), followed by POY candidate John Hennigan ($40,817). Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah finished fourth for $96,744.

Heads-up resumes at 2pm Saturday.

Bracelet #3 for Portugal as Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes

Diogo Veiga has become only the third Portuguese player to win a bracelet, having taken down Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a massive $522,715 score.

He had a huge rail cheering him on throughout the final table, which resumed today with just four players remaining. Barry Hutter returned with the chip lead, while Veiga came in second in chips. Those two would end up heads-up against each other, with Hutter holding a significant chip lead. Veiga then flopped the nut straight and got it in versus a flush draw, managing to hold.

From there Veiga took control, and in the end Hutter shoved with ace-ten off for 18 big blinds. Veiga woke up with king-ten suited and called, going on to spike a king on the flop which held.

“[The rail] called for that king on the flop way more than me!” said Veiga afterwards. “The last hand is definitely on them… The other ones are on me!”

“It feels amazing. I can’t believe it yet,” he added. “The adrenalin is still too high. I can’t say much more than that, I’m just super happy.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Diogo Veiga – $522,715
  2. Barry Hutter – $323,019
  3. Radoslav Stoyanov – $228,241
  4. Jonathan Abdellatif – $163,404
  5. Tom McCormick – $118,552
  6. David Yan – $87,179
  7. Anna Antimony – $64,991
  8. Cathal Shine – $49,126
  9. Todd Ivens – $37,660

Pantaleo and Luther Win Tag Team for $175,805

More than a thousand teams tried, but only one succeeded after three days of play in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em.

The two-player team of Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther emerged victorious, and they’ll each take home a bracelet whilst splitting the $175,805 first-place prize. On how they came together, Luther said: ”I just randomly hit him up on Twitter, I said we should be the teams, we met once last year, and we didn’t know each other well but, now we know each other well.”

Their partnership saw Luther tagging in and out whilst also playing in the $3K NLHE event (which she’d finish 17th in). They eventually found themselves heads-up against the team made up of Kazuki Ikeuchi, Hiroki Iwata, and Sho Mori, and were able to clinch victory when Pantaleo shoved with deuces and Iwata called with ace-nine suited. An ace hit the flop, but a deuce arrived on the river to end it all.

Final Table Results:

  1. Giuseppe Pantaleo – Nikita Luther – $175,805
  2. Kazuki Ikeuchi – Hiroki Iwata – Sho Mori – $108,608
  3. Manig Loeser – Joelle Parenteau – Daniel Weinand – $76,797
  4. Alex Rocha – Megan Milburn – Joanne Milburn – $55,016
  5. Gabriel Neto – Carlos Caputo – $39,936
  6. Adam Lamphere – Ao Chen – Yijie Zhang – $29,380
  7. Salah Levy – Frank Mariani – Cord Garcia – $21,910
  8. Bon Koo – Bienvenido Caballero – $16,565
  9. Loni Harwood – Haixa Zhang – Kelly Minkin – $12,700

Mike Takayama Takes Down Super Turbo Bounty

The third bracelet of the day went to Mike Takayama from the Philippines, who took down the speedy one-day Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty for his first bracelet and $198,568.

Mike Takayama
Bracelet #1 for Mike Takayama

The fact this only took one day of play is pretty crazy when you think that 1,400 people took a shot at the beginning. That number had increased to 2,065 runners by the time registration closed, and a few notables who went deep and cashed included Shaun Deeb (172nd – $1,214), Michael Moore (24th – $6,275), Pablo Mariz (32nd – $5,103), Jake Bazeley (33rd – $5,103), Jaspal Brar (48th – $3,490), Jordan Polk (71st – $2,497), Greg Raymer (120th – $1,471), and Taylor Wilson(122nd – $1,471).

By the time they reached a final table, Takayama was applying some heavy pressure, continuously putting his opponents to the test. He’d bust the first four players from the finale, eventually reaching heads-up play against Lorenc Puka. The duel didn’t take long, with Takayama’s king-jack off beating Puka’s ace-four suited in an all-in-pre hand to win.

“I’m very happy with how I played and it is everyone’s dream to win a bracelet,” Takayama said after his win.

Final Table Results:

  1. Mike Takayama – $198,568
  2. Lorenc Puka – $122,627
  3. Matthew Smith – $88,938 
  4. Steve Jelinek – $65,145
  5. Spencer Baker – $48,196
  6. Kavish Shabbir – $36,019
  7. Elizabeth Montizanti – $27,193
  8. Jack Duong – $20,743
  9. Oliver Rusing – $15,988

Final Table Set in $1,000 Ladies Event

The 696-strong field in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship is down to just ten after two days and 20 levels of play. That means it’s final table time tomorrow.

Leading the finale will be Jill Pike, who went on a rush in the last level to bag up 651,000. She’s followed by Jessica Dawley (612,000), Weiyi Mo (469,000), and Tara Cain (446,000).

Rounding out the final table are Tara Snow (431,000), Danielle Andersen (226,000), Lisa Fong (209,000),  Jacqueline Burkhart (191,000), Mesha James (127,000), Molly Mossey (126,000).

They’ve all locked up $6,799 for tenth, but there’s a far more attractive prize awaiting the winner: $130,230 and the bracelet. Whoever wins it will be taking home their first piece of WSOP jewellery.

Throughout the day we lost a bunch of notables, all of whom made the money. Melanie Weisner (70th – $1,782), bracelet winner Cyndy Violette (47th – $2,219), Mina Greco (35th – $2,991), Natasha Mercier (34th – $2,991), Gaelle Baumann (31st – $2,991), and Kristy Arnett (28th – $2,991) all hit the rail deep.

Action resumes at 12pm Saturday, with blinds at 4K/8K.

Final Table Stacks:

  1. Jill Pike – 651,000
  2. Jessica Dawley – 612,000
  3. Weiyi Mo – 469,000
  4. Tara Cain – 446,000
  5. Tara Snow – 431,000
  6. Danielle Andersen – 226,000
  7. Lisa Fong – 209,000
  8. Jacqueline Burkhart – 191,000
  9. Mesha James – 127,000
  10. Molly Mossey – 126,000

$5K 6-Max Down to 27

Another ten levels of action played out today in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, whittling down the 621 field further, leaving just 26 of the 203 Day 2 players still in contention.

Andrew Graham tops them all with 1,403,000, surging up the counts when he won a huge pot from Anthony Spinella late in the day (kings over jacks). Following Graham is Eric Blair (1,280,000), Dave Stefanski (1,150,000) and Justin Adams (1,113,000).

Other notables still in with a shot include James Mackey (787,000), Sergio Aido (744,000) Main Event Champion Greg Merson (584,000), John-Robert Bellande (440,000), Martin Finger (304,000), and Sylvain Loosli (288,000).

We lost plenty of familiar faces throughout Friday’s play, including Martin Jacobson, Ryan RiessJake SchindlerMichael GathyBryn KenneyScott SeiverLiv BoereeIgor KurganovRobert MizrachiAsi MosheRyan LengBart Lybaert and Felix Bleiker.

Day 3 gets going at 2pm Saturday. They’re all in the money now with $16,958 locked up, but let’s face it: that’s nothing compared with the $616,302 first prize.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Andrew Graham – 1,403,000
  2. Eric Blair – 1,280,000
  3. Dave Stefanski – 1,150,000
  4. Justin Adams – 1,113,000
  5. Tay Nguyen – 871,000
  6. James Mackey – 787,000
  7. Sergio Aido – 744,000
  8. Arthur Morris – 683,000
  9. Arsenii Karmatakii – 671,000
  10. Seth Akash – 611,000

Gamble Leads Yet Another Event

It feels like everyday we’re telling you that Nathan Gamble is chip leading a tournament. He’s only  gone and done it again, bagging up the lead after Day 1 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.

Gamble’s 312,800 tops the 125 survivors out of the 218 total field. Joining him at the top of the counts are Jason Berilgen with 265,000, Chad Power with 247,000, and former PocketFives #1 player Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao with 226,800.

Cliff Josephy, Scott Bohlman, Ryan Laplante, Eli Elezra, and Ari Engel also bagged up top ten stacks, while Eric Kurtzman (123,000), Carol Fuchs(112,100), Randy Ohel (97,3000, Daniel Negreanu (92,900), Jesse Martin (50,100), and Phil Hellmuth (25,400) are just a few of the other players advancing.

The same can’t be said for the likes of Kyle Miaso, Adam Owen, Phil Hui, Darryll Fish, Matt Glantz, Daniel Ospina, Dylan Linde, John Hennigan, David Benyamine, and Kate Hoang who all hit the rail.

Things get going again at 2pm Saturday, with registration still open until the start of play.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Nathan Gamble – 312,800
  2. Jason Berilgen – 265,000
  3. Chad Power – 247,000
  4. Joao Simao – 226,800
  5. Cliff Josephy – 226,000
  6. Scott Bohlman – 184,200
  7. Eoghan O’Dea – 166,500
  8. Ryan Laplante – 165,700
  9. Eli Elezra – 155,000
  10. Ari Engel – 153,400

Day 1E of GIANT NLHE In The Books

A whopping 4,347 players took a seat today in Day 1e of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, and after 21 levels 378 of them will advance to Day 2.

Alexander Lakhov bagged the chip lead, while the likes of Barry Greenstein, Chris Moneymaker, Jeff Gross and Greg Raymer failed to advance.

Day 2 begins tomorrow at 2pm, combining all survivors from all five day starting flights.

Top 10 Day 1E Stacks:

  1. Alexander Lakhov – 1,720,000
  2. Thai Ha – 1,180,000
  3. Tuan Nguyen – 975,000
  4. Sandy Friedman – 830,000
  5. Kai Munster – 675,000
  6. Jonathan Dwek – 650,000
  7. Jonathan Delmundo – 613,000
  8. Rees Scruggs – 550,000
  9. Daniel Herschman – 504,000
  10. Steven Wolansky – 455,000

Tomorrow’s Action (June 30)

We’ll be able to bring you the winner of Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship tomorrow, as that one was still playing at the time of publishing. But what else is happening on Saturday?

Well, at 11am you’ve got Day 1A of Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed, which comes with $888,888 guaranteed for first place. Day 1B begins at 5pm.

Then at 3:30pm, action moves back online for Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Expect to see many players grinding both live and online tomorrow.

WSOP: Couden Tops Elezra, Matusow, Negreanu To Win $1,500 PLO 8


The 2018 World Series of Poker continues its trek towards the Main Event, with two new bracelet winners created after another busy session on Thursday. One player outlasted a final table which included some legends of the game, while another picked up his first piece of jewellery, and a bunch of bounties to go with it.

Meanwhile, there are just four players remaining in the $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE, and a former PocketFives no.1 player leads the final 13 in the $10K Razz.

All of that and more in our recap of June 28’s action.

Joey Couden Overcomes Tough Final Table to Win First Bracelet in PLO 8

The final table of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, and Daniel Negreanu taking a seat.

But it was Joey Couden’s seat that proved to be the best in the house, as after 11 hours of play and with only a couple of minutes left on the clock for the day, he took this one down for his first bracelet and a $244,370 score.

The day began with 20 players returning, led by defending champion Nathan Gamble. He’d end up bubbling the final table in tenth place, falling to Elezra who started to take control. Negreanu would then bust to Elezra too, as would Gregory Jamison in eighth.

Couden also chipped up, securing a KO himself, taking things down to four-handed play. The chip lead switched between Couden, eventual runner-up Bruno Fitoussi, Elezra and Matusow, the latter of which then busted to Couden in fourth. Elezra went out in third, and Couden took a huge lead into heads-up play before finishing Fitoussi off.

All the money went in pre-flop, with Fitoussi holding pocket kings. Couden managed to catch an ace on the flop though, and when the board ran out that proved to be good.

Final Table Results:

  1. Joey Couden – $244,370
  2. Bruno Fitoussi – $150,990
  3. Eli Elezra – $106,183
  4. Mike Matusow – $75,708
  5. Christopher Conrad – $54,738
  6. Kim Kallman – $40,141
  7. Dustin Pattinson – $29,862
  8. Gregory Jamison – $22,541
  9. Daniel Negreanu – $17,268

Ryan Leng Takes Down $1,500 NLHE Bounty

The other bracelet winner of the day was Ryan Leng, who took down Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty for a career-best cash of $272,765 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Ryan Leng
Ryan Leng Takes It Down

Only four players returned on Thursday to play this one out, and Leng held the chip lead. However, Estonia’s Ranno Sootla was not going down without a fight, having led this event much of the way. After Jay Farber and Christian Nolte hit the rail in fourth and third, Leng and Sootla began what turned out to be a long, arduous heads-up battle.

It would take a cooler to end it, with all the money going in when Leng had flopped the nut straight and Sootla flopped top set. The board didn’t pair, and Leng proved victorious, denying the Estonian his shot at becoming his country’s first bracelet winner.

“Sootla is one of the toughest players I’ve ever played against; he’s so good,” Leng said afterwards. “So, it was just a lot of fun to have to go through someone that good to get my first bracelet.

“I hope this isn’t my first and only bracelet,” he added. “I’m just going to keep working hard, keep studying; as long as I’m in poker, I’m going to have to just keep working so hard because everyone is getting so good. There’s more poker to be played… The summer’s not over yet.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Ryan Leng – $272,765
  2. Ranno Sootla – $168,464
  3. Jay Farber – $121,932
  4. Christian Nolte – $89,151
  5. Javier Gomez – $65,851
  6. Russell Rosenblum – $49,146
  7. John Gulino – $37,063
  8. Mark Mazza – $28,247
  9. Mikhail Semin – $21,759

Final Four Set in $3K Big Blind Ante

Just like in the Bounty event above, there will be four players returning Friday to finish out Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. They’re led by Barry Hutter, who with $4M in cashes and a bracelet to his name already (a $1,500 SHOOTOUT win back in 2015) certainly has the experience to close the deal.

His 6,265,000 is followed by Diogo Veiga with 5,195,000, Radoslav Stoyanov with 2,495,000, and Jonathan Abdellatif with 1,350,000. All of them have their hearts set on the $522,715 top prize, while overnight they’re guaranteed $163,404.

Throughout the day we lost the likes of Kristen Bicknell in 11th place ($29,284), Anna Antimony in seventh ($64,991), and David Yan in sixth ($87,179).

Action resumes at 2pm Friday, and they won’t stop until a winner is crowned.

Final Four Stacks:

  1. Barry Hutter – 6,265,000
  2. Diogo Veiga – 5,195,000
  3. Radoslav Stoyanov – 2,495,000
  4. Jonathan Abdellatif – 1,350,000

Tag Teams Down to 28

Of the 1,032 teams who entered, and 242 which returned for Day 2, just 28 of them now remain in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em It’s the duo of Bon Koo and Bienvenido Caballero who bagged the chip lead with 828,000.

They’re followed by William Reymond and Ami Alibay with 706,000, and Adam Lamphere, Ao Chen, and Yijie Zhang with 705,000. Other teams to advance include Manig Loeser – Joelle Parenteau – Daniel Weinand (615,000), Johan Lees – Jesse Mason (602,000) Salah ‘Papa’ Levy – Francis Mariani – Cord Garcia (585,000), Loni Harwood – Haixa Zhang – Kelly Minkin (480,000), and Ryan Laplante – Jack Hardcastle – Patrick Truong – Kevin Gerhart (245,000).

The same can’t be said for the likes of Dara O’Kearney, Alan Widmann, Daiva Byrne and Benny Glaser, whose team took 121st place. Afterwards the team of Ashley Sleeth – Jesse Sylvia – Dylan Hortin busted in 118th place, Chris Moorman – Jeremy Menardfell were sent to the rail in 108th place, and Fraser MacIntyre – Barny Boatman – James Akenhead – Yiannis Liperis took 62nd place.

Team Andrew Barber – Sam Razavi – Dan Smith – Erik Seidel busted in 72nd for $2,252, donating their winnings to the REG charity.

All teams have locked up $4,175 now, but it’s the $175,805 winner’s prize they’re really hoping to split. Play resumes at 12pm Friday.

Top 10 Team Stacks:

  1. Bon Koo – Bienvenido Caballero – 828,000
  2. William Reymond – Ami Alibay – 706,000
  3. Adam Lamphere – Ao Chen – Yijie Zhang – 705,000
  4. Manig Loeser – Joelle Parenteau – Daniel Weinand – 615,000
  5. Johan Lees – Jesse Mason – 602,000
  6. Salah Levy – Francis Mariani – Cord Garcia – 585,000
  7. Gabriel Neto – Carlos Caputo – 546,000
  8. Thomas Gangloff – Bryan Boser – 504,000
  9. Shalev Halfa – Oshri Lahmani – 492,000
  10. Loni Harwood – Haixa Zhang – Kelly Minkin – 480,000

Calvin Anderson Bags Chip Lead in $10K Razz Championship

They’re down to 13 in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship, and a very familiar face to PocketFivers sits in the top spot overnight.

Former no.1 online player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson bagged up a chip leading 962,000, but tomorrow is by no means going to be easy. His closest competitor is five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan, who looks set to top the Player of the Year race with a stack of 841,000. If Hennigan can win this one, he’ll have won two $10K Championship events in 2018, as well as finishing runner-up in the $50K Poker Players Championship. Amazing.

Who else is joining them for the final day on Friday? Well, you’ll have Alex Balandin (833,000), Julien Martini (712,000), Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah (594,000), Dzmitry Urbanovich (592,000), Jerry Wong (529,000), Frank Kassela (252,000), Allen Kessler (238,000) and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (222,000).

At the bottom of the counts are Ismael Bojang (99,000), Ted Forrest (48,000) and Eric Rodawig (31,000).

They’ll play down to a champ beginning at 2pm Friday, with $17,706 locked up and $309,220 reserved for the winner.

Final 13 Stacks:

  1. Calvin Anderson – 962,000
  2. John Hennigan – 841,000
  3. Alex Balandin – 833,000
  4. Julien Martini – 712,000
  5. Mike Leah – 594,000
  6. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 592,000
  7. Jerry Wong – 529,000
  8. Frank Kassela – 252,000
  9. Allen Kessler – 238,000
  10. Paul Volpe – 222,000
  11. Ismael Bojang – 99,000
  12. Ted Forrest – 48,000
  13. Eric Rodawig – 31,000

Big Turnout for Ladies Event

The buy-in for the Ladies Event comes with two different options: $1,000 for the ladies, and $10,000 for men. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that any males took part in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship, but a nice field of 696 women did.

Only 104 of them made it through Day 1 after ten levels, with Mesha James leading the pack, bagging up 130,200. She’s followed by Vesna Kuzmanic with 102,700, and Jill Pike with 94,300.

A few other notables to advance include Alexis Sterner (85,700) and Tara Snow (81,400). Some notables names made their way into Day 2 such Danielle Andersen(56,500), Lacey Jones (50,700), Melanie Weisner (47,000), Kristy Arnett (38,500) and Gaelle Baumann (37,000).

Today just wasn’t the day of Jamie Kerstetter, Oanh Bui, Jennifer Shahade, Carol Fuchs, Ana Marquez, Samantha Abernathy, Sofia Lovgren, Muskan Sethi and Vivian Saliba though, who all hit the rail throughout the course of action.

Things pick up again Friday at 12pm, with everyone now in the money. The min-cash is currently $1,497, but there’s $130,230 up top.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Mesha James – 130,200
  2. Vesna Kuzmanic – 102,700
  3. Jill Pike – 94,300
  4. Hana Cho – 90,400
  5. Alexis Sterner – 85,700
  6. Tara Snow – 81,400
  7. Shannon Zigner – 78,800
  8. Lisa Costello – 75,900
  9. Tammy Abraham – 72,500
  10. Lisa Ronning – 71,100

$5K NLHE 6-Max Kicks Off

The other new event to get started on Thursday was Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, and after then levels of play 203 of the 590 entries have advanced to Day 2.

They’re all led by former November Niner Thomas Cannuli. He bagged up 286,000, and is followed by Andrew Graham (214,300) and Julian Milliard-Feral (201,900). They’re the only three to amass over 200K.

A few other notables still in contention include Romain Lewis (124,800), Jake Schindler (82,600), Parker Talbot (80,200), Toby Lewis (49,900), Ivan Luca (159,400), Asi Moshe (153,300), Robert Mizrachi (140,700), Jan-Eric Schwippert (129,200), Martin Finger (121,000), and Liv Boeree (114,800). 

Registration remains open until things kick off at 2pm Friday.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Thomas Cannuli – 286,000
  2. Andrew Graham – 214,300
  3. Julian Milliard-Feral – 201,900
  4. Ivan Luca 159,400
  5. Jimmy Guerrero – 157,000
  6. Asi Moshe – 153,300
  7. Julian Stuer – 150,000
  8. Robert Mizrachi – 140,700
  9. Aaron Mermelstein – 131,800
  10. Marvin Karlins – 130,000

Tomorrow’s Action (June 29)

There are a whole bunch of things to tell you about for Friday’s WSOP action.

First off, Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty kicks off at 11am, with $300 awarded for every player you knock out.

Then at 3pm, there’s another Championship event starting: Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.

Not able to make it to the Rio for those? You could still win a bracelet, as Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship starts at 3:30pm.

And finally, at 7pm there’s Day 1E of the $365 PLO Giant.

WSOP: Seiver Takes Down $10K Limit, Nguyen Wins MONSTER STACK


Yet another millionaire was made on Wednesday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Nine players have now banked seven-figure scores this summer, with Tommy Nguyen the latest recipient of a bracelet and potentially life-changing score.

Meanwhile, Scott Seiver was busy doing Scott Seiver-like things, winning his second bracelet in the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship. Wednesday also saw the $10K Razz and the ever-popular Tag Team event kick off.

Here’s everything you need to know from Wednesday June 27.

Scott Seiver Victorious, Wins Bracelet #2 in $10K Limit ($296,222)

There are a few players who can truly be considered a ‘pro’s pro’. That means being great in high-stakes cash games. Great in tournaments. And great online to boot.

Scott Seiver is no doubt one of those dudes, and added more accolades to his CV by winning Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship late on Wednesday night. “I’ll be honest,” he said. “It matters a lot to me. It really does. I feel that I’ve really accomplished most things that I’ve set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that.”

The win takes Seiver up to $2.3M in live earnings, but with the likes of bracelet winner Anthony Zinno, Matt Glantz, and start-of-day chip leader Dan Zack on the final table, Seiver really had to earn it. By the time they got to three-handed play, Seiver hit a three-outer to felt Zinno, before making a 2:1 comeback to defeat Matt Szymaszek heads-up.

Seiver added: “I feel I like to be judged by what my peers think of me more than my actual results. But, the World Series still has a certain panache that you don’t find in other situations. So, this is very special to get this bracelet and I hope to get many more in the future.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Scott Seiver – $296,222
  2. Matt Szymaszek – $183,081
  3. Anthony Zinno – $129,186
  4. Christopher Chung – $93,009
  5. Matt Glantz – $68,352
  6. Philip Cordano – $51,296
  7. Dan Zack – $39,329
  8. Michael Moore – $30,821
  9. Ken Deng – $24,700

A $1,037,451 Win for Nguyen in MONSTER STACK

Tommy Nguyen had never been to the WSOP before this year. His debut trip to the Rio this summer was bankrolled from a $100K score he enjoyed a couple of months ago. But one thing’s now for sure: He’ll definitely be back next year.

Tommy Nguyen
Bracelet Win for Tommy Nguyen

Nguyen’s WSOP debut has made him a millionaire, as on Wednesday night he took down Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK for $1,037,451. “I dreamed of this and I always believed I could make it,” he said afterwards. “I never doubted that I was going to win. I was just focusing on winning a bracelet. That was my goal when I came here.”

Poker is rarely easy though, and this final table had lots of swings and plenty of action. But prior to that there were 29 hopefuls returning at the start of the day, before eventual runner-up James Carroll broke off with an early lead.

Once they got to the finale, Rittie Chuaprasert was the first to fall, followed by Harald Sammer. The latter jammed with ace-king only for Shyam ’s_dot111’ Srinivasan to wake up in the big blind with queens, which held. Srinivasan would be the next to bust though, running his pocket nines into Nguyen’s ace-king, which flopped top two.

Michael Benko, Daniel Corbett, Chris Chong, and Francis Rusnak would then depart leaving Nguyen heads-up with Carroll. Nguyen held the chip lead, but despite doubling Carroll up was able to keep him at arm’s length and eventually see it through. Carroll would three-bet shove with king-deuce off which Nguyen snapped with ace-king off, and the board bricked for both.

Nguyen credits his recent success of recognising weaknesses in his game, and studying to fix them. He said: “I knew I wasn’t a winning player but I was stubborn. Just in the last two years, I started winning more. I tried to fix my game and started learning more.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Tommy Nguyen – $1,037,451
  2. James Carroll – $640,916
  3. Francis Rusnak – $475,212
  4. Chris Chong – $354,903
  5. Daniel Corbett – $266,987
  6. Michael Benko – $202,327
  7. Shyam Srinivasan – $154,463
  8. Harald Sammer – $118,802
  9. Rittie Chuaprasert – $92,061

Tag Teams Out In Force

Aside from staking and swaps, poker is often considered a solitary pursuit. However, the popularity of teaming up with friends/peers has proved very popular at the WSOP in recent years.

Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em kicked off Wednesday, with 1,032 teams taking part to create a $928,800 prize pool. After ten levels of play, it was the team consisting of Juan Ramirez, Isai Coello, and Dustin Pattinson who topped the survivors with 193,000, followed by bracelet winner Michael Wang, Dan Zack and Ajay Chabra who ended with 113,800.

A few other teams who managed who finish well include Victor Chong, Pete Chen, Michael Soyza, and Phachara Wongwichit s team (86,900), Mohsin Charania and Sunny Patel’s team (78,700), Jason Wheeler and Ludovic Geilich’s team (64,500), and Rob Perelman and Joseph Cheong’s team (49,100).

More than three quarters of the total teams who entered went busto throughout the day. Some of those teams to depart included Allen Kessler/Lena Evans/Roland Israelashvili/Jeremiah Degreef, Alex Papazian/Sorin Drajneanu, Duff Charette/Alex Foxen/Kristen Bicknell/Chance Kornuth, Jonathan Tamayo/Joe McKeehen, Theo Tran/Tim and Tom West, Felipe Ramos/Natasha Mercier/Albert Daher/Aylar Lie, and Jared Jaffee/Phil Kessel/Blake Kessel/Jeff Palarino.

Day 2 kicks off at 12pm Thursday, with all teams looking to divide up the $175,805 first-place prize. The bubble bursts at 155 teams.

Top 10 Team Stacks:

  1. Juan Ramirez – Isai Coello – Dustin Pattinson – 193,000
  2. Michael Wang – Dan Zack – Ajay Chabra – 113,800
  3. Alex Rocha – Megan Milburn – Joanne Milburn – 102,400
  4. Steven Wolansky – Zach Efland – 99,100
  5. Team Du – 89,600
  6. Bret McCown – Mike Beattie – Jeff Ferrera – 87,000
  7. Victor Chong – Pete Chen – Michael Soyza – Phachara Wongwichit – 86,900
  8. Erwann Pecheux – Sarah Herzali – Jonathan Therme – 86,400
  9. Mohsin Charania – Sunny Patel – 78,700
  10. Jason Wheeler – Ludovic Geilich – 64,500

Four Remain In $1,500 Bounty

Another ten levels were played Wednesday in Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BOUNTY, taking the 29 Day 3 players (out of 1,982) down to just four. They’ll all return on Thursday to play down to a winner.

The guy leading the way overnight is Ryan Leng, bagging up 5,440,000. Second in chips is the guy who has led most of the way in this one: Ranno Sootla, who finished with 3,835,000. Christian Nolte heads to bed third in chips (3,405,000), followed by 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (2,195,000).

Those who have already departed from the final table include Quyen Hoang busted in 10th place ($16,928), Mikhail Semin in 9th ($21,741), Mark Mazza in 8th ($28,225), John Gulino in 7th ($37,034), Russell Rosenblum in 6th ($49,107), and Javier Gomez in 5th ($65,799).

Action kicks back off at 12pm Thursday, with all four guaranteed $89,079. The winner will get $272,504.

Final Four Stacks:

  1. Ryan Leng – 5,440,000
  2. Ranno Sootla – 3,835,000
  3. Christian Nolte – 3,405,000
  4. Jay Farber – 2,195,000

Down to 20 in $1,500 PLO 8, Negreanu, Matusow, Elezra Still In

With 20 players remaining, the chip leader heading into the third and final day in Event #53 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better is a familiar face: defending champion, Nathan Gamble.

Gamble ran over the final table last year, and sits in pole position to defend his title with 834,000. He’s followed by Joseph Couden (776,000), Robert Campbell (565,000), Brad Albrinck (564,000), and four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow (436,000).

There are plenty of big names still fighting too, with Eli Elezra bagging up 419,000, and Daniel Negreanu ending with 96,000 – the third shortest stack.

Day 3 begins at 12pm Thursday, with $244,370 up top. All 20 have locked up $6,927.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Nathan Gamble – 834,000
  2. Joseph Couden – 776,000
  3. Robert Campbell – 565,000
  4. Brad Albrinck – 564,000
  5. Mike Matusow – 436,000
  6. Dustin Pattinson – 432,000
  7. Eli Elezra – 419,000
  8. Bryce Yockey – 400,000
  9. Lee Armstrong – 364,000
  10. Christopher Conrad – 364,000

31 Left In $3K Big Blind Antes Event

Event #54 Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em is really one player’s to lose right now. Poker is never easy, especially when there are still 30 players left in a tournament, but when you hold almost three times as many chips as your nearest competitor, you simply must have your heart set on a bracelet.

That guy is Jonathan Abdellatif, who bagged up an enormous lead with 2,725,000. his closest competitors are Barry Hutter (953,000), Marciano Cruz (807,000), Todd Ivens (780,000), and David Yan (714,000).

Nikita Luther (392,000), Kristen Bicknell (298,000), and Anna Antimony (200,000) are all still in the tournament, hoping to become the second female WSOP champ of the summer. Some of those who had their hopes crushed today include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (153rd – $4,513), Kathy Liebert (139th – $4,513), Matt Salsberg (118th – $4,720), Calvin Anderson (111th – $4,720), Michael Ruane (85th – $5,441), Bertrand Grospellier (65th – $6,712), and Scotty Nguyen (45th – $10,387).

Things get going again at 2pm Thursday, with all players guaranteed $10,387. There’s a massive $522,715 up top though.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Jonathan Abdellatif – 2,725,000
  2. Barry Hutter – 953,000
  3. Marciano Cruz – 807,000
  4. Todd Ivens – 780,000
  5. David Yan – 714,000
  6. Kevin Song – 675,000
  7. Kris Homerding – 628,000
  8. Ryan Hall – 603,000
  9. Radoslav Stoyanov – 583,000
  10. Tom McCormick – 533,000

John Hennigan Leads $10K After Day 1

No surprises over the Day 1 chip leader in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. John Hennigan is having one heck of a summer, and hopes to add to his Player of the Year race in this one, bagging up 302,000 to lead the 52 survivors.

Ted Forrest sits in second with 221,500, just ahead of Per Hildebrand with 221,000. Robert Mizrachi, Allen Kessler, and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich also bagged up top ten stacks.

Others to advance include James Obst (166,500), Julien Martini (193,000), Bart Hanson (187,000), Larry Wright (167,000), Mike Leah (126,500), Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (116,500), Shaun Deeb (82,500), and Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson (79,500).

Registration is still open until the end of Day 2, so the field and prize pool are yet to be confirmed.What we know for sure is that Max Pescatori, Nick Schulman, Matt Glantz, Jason Mercier, Andrey Zhigalov, and Rep Porter busted along the way.

Play resumes at 2pm Thursday.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. John Hennigan – 302,000
  2. Ted Forrest – 221,500
  3. Per Hildebrand – 221,000
  4. Julien Martini – 193,000
  5. Bart Hanson – 187,000
  6. Robert Mizrachi – 183,500
  7. Allen Kessler – 183,000
  8. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 179,000
  9. Robert Campbell – 175,500
  10. Larry Wright – 169,000

Tomorrow’s Action (June 28)

Thursday will see the Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship get going at 11am. Any fellas thinking it will be ‘funny’ for them to hop in will have to fork out $10,000 to enter, rather than the $1,000 buy-in reserved for females.

Then at 3pm there’s Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, a tournament sure to bring out the best NLHE players in the world.

WSOP: Kwon Defeats Urbanovich In Razz, Klein Wins #3 in $10K PLO


After a ‘no bracelet’ day on Monday, we saw two new bracelet winners on Tuesday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. One of them picked up his first piece of WSOP jewellery, while the other claimed his third, plus over a million bucks to go with it.

Meanwhile, the MONSTER STACK played down to 20, the $10K Limit Championship got down to 14, and the $3K NLHE kicked off for Day 1.

Here’s all the news from June 26.

Razz Specialist Jay Kwon Wins First Bracelet and $125,431

Coming into the final table fifth in chips, and with some stiff competition from the likes of start-of-day chip leader Kevin Iacofano, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich, meant Jay Kwon had his work cut out for him in Event #46: $1,500 Razz

Thing is though, Kwon considers himself a Razz specialist, and with two prior cashes in WSOP Razz events, he’s now a bracelet winner in the format.

“Razz is like my favorite game, and I feel like it’s an underappreciated game and people get frustrated at it,” Kwon said after his victory. “But I love the game and yeah, this means more to me than a lot of tournaments. I started playing it and it was really interesting, so I kind of got into it and just started playing it a lot. I’m somewhat of a Razz specialist.”

His ability in the game was on display today, defeating the aforementioned tough final table. Owen bowed out in third, meaning Kwon was up against Urbanovich heads-up. The Polish wunderkind built a 2.5:1 chip lead at one point, but Kwon was able to fight back and close it out.

Final Table Results:

  1. Jay Kwon – $125,431
  2. Dzmitry Urbanovich – $77,526
  3. Adam Owen – $52,536
  4. Michael McKenna – $36,324
  5. Kevin Iacofano – $25,637
  6. Thomas Taylor – $18,477
  7. Jeff Mitseff – $13,605
  8. Jeanne David – $10,240
  9. Kyle Montgomery – $7,881

Loren Klein Wins Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO Championship ($1,018,336)

For the third year running, Loren Klein has bagged himself a WSOP bracelet. And this one, his third, is a big one.

Klein took down Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for a massive $1,018,336 score, defeating three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter heads-up to clinch victory. Klein’s previous WSOP bracelets came in a $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha in 2016, and a $1,500 PLO event in 2016. It’s safe to say that PLO is this guy’s game.

Brandon Shack-Harris came into the six-handed finale as chip leader, but would ultimately have to settle for a third-place finish. He’ll have to wait for another tournament to grab his third bracelet, as will fifth-place finisher Ryan Hughes. Prior to those eliminations, we lost 2018 bracelet winner Scott Bohlman in sixth.

When asked what winning a bracelet three years in a row meant to him, Klein said :”Not a ton, the variance in getting a bracelet is pretty wild. I was the same player I was three years ago before I had any bracelet, so it doesn’t mean a whole lot. But it is certainly a good time. There are a lot of guys that make good runs all the time, so I am probably right there with them.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Loren Klein – $1,018,336
  2. Rep Porter – $629,378
  3. Brandon Shack-Harris – $433,259
  4. Jerry Wong – $303,491
  5. Ryan Hughes – $216,391
  6. Scott Bohlman – $157,097


They call it the ‘Mini Main Event’, and Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK has certainly lived up to that banner, what with 6,260 players taking part. After Tuesday’s Day 3 though, just 29 players remain in the hunt.

Vitor Rangel is the player closest to the $1,037,451 first-place prize right now, as he bagged the overnight chip lead with 8,910,000. He’s followed by  James Carroll (8,165,000), Harald Sammer (7,170,000) and Rittie Chuaprasert (5,785,000).

Other notables still in contention include Michael Benko (5,250,000), Colin McHugh (4,310,000), James Salmon (4,210,000), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis (4,145,000) and Jimmy Chen (4,000,000).

The final 29 will return Wednesday at 11am, with all players guaranteed a $28,841 payday.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Vitor Rangel – 8,920,000
  2. James Carroll – 8,165,000
  3. Harald Sammer – 7,170,000
  4. Rittie Chuaprasert – 5,785,000
  5. Michael Benko – 5,250,000
  6. Colin McHugh – 4,310,000
  7. James Salmon – 4,210,000
  8. Steve Billirakis – 4,145,000
  9. Jimmy Chen – 4,000,000
  10. Raul Manzanares Lozano – 3,365,000

Day 2 of BOUNTY Takes Field Down to 29

Just like in the MONSTER STACK, Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BOUNTY is also down to just 29 players. The 1,982 field has been whittled down to that after Tuesday’s Day 2 action.

The overnight chip leader is Ranno Sootla, who entered the day with the second biggest stack and ended with the largest – 1,500,000 million. Not too far behind him is Ryan Leng with 1,381,000 in chips, while the next biggest stacks belong to 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (901,000), Jamie ‘EzGame89’ O’Connor (also 901,000), Russell Rosenblum (730,000), Mikhail Semin (677,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier (316,000).

Throughout the course of play we lost several notables from the field, including Aaron Massey, (36th – $6,946), Dieter Dechant (54th – $4,765), Jan Eric Schwippert (56th – $4,014), Men Nguyen (66th – $3,419), James Mackey (89th – $2,576) and Andrey Zaichenko (144th – $1,846).

There’s a very attractive $272,504 waiting for the winner, as well as the bracelet. Everyone has locked up $6,946 by making Day 3, which kicks off at 12pm Wednesday.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Ranno Sootla – 1,500,000
  2. Ryan Leng – 1,381,000
  3. Jay Farber – 901,000
  4. Jamie O’Conner – 901,000
  5. Russell Rosenblum – 730,000
  6. Mikhail Semin – 677,000
  7. Juan Vecino – 663,000
  8. Ryne Capra – 602,000
  9. Robert Damelian – 562,000
  10. Quyen Hoang – 554,000

Stacked Final Two Tables in $10K Limit Hold’em

There are 11 bracelets split between the final 14 players in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, but the guy who holds a massive chip lead overnight is seeking his first piece of WSOP gold.

Dan Zack dominates the field right now with more than double the chips of the second largest stack. Zack bagged up 1,217,000, followed by Matt Szymaszek with 561,000 and Nick Schulman with 499,000. Schulman is going for his third bracelet.

Other bracelet winners still in include one-time winners Anthony Zinno, Scott Seiver, and Michael Moore, and three-time winners Benny Glaser and Brock Parker. Rounding out the field are Christopher Chung, Ken Deng, Matt Glantz, Philip Cordano, Maria Ho, and Bryce Landier.

A few of the notables who went deep include Joao Vieira and John Hennigan, the latter of which adds points to his Player of the Year run.

The final 14 have $17,000 locked up, but they’re all after the $296,222 first-place prize and the bracelet that goes with it. Will we have a new bracelet winner or will it go to one of the previous winners? Find out tomorrow when they return at 2pm.

Final 14 Stacks:

  1. Dan Zack – 1,217,000
  2. Matt Szymaszek – 561,000
  3. Nick Schulman – 499,000
  4. Anthony Zinno – 493,000
  5. Christopher Chung – 487,000
  6. Scott Seiver – 467,000
  7. Ken Deng – 406,000
  8. Michael Moore – 368,000
  9. Matt Glantz 267,000
  10. Philip Cordano – 251,000
  11. Maria Ho – 224,000
  12. Benny Glaser – 215,000
  13. Brock Parker – 167,000
  14. Bryce Landier – 83,000

Negreanu, Hellmuth, Elezra Advance in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8

Day 1 of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better wrapped up on Tuesday, with plenty of big names making it through. Out of the 935 entries, 191 found a bag.

Brad Albrinck ended play with the chip lead and a stack of 137,100. He’s followed by Bryce Yockey, who had an amazing 2017 WSOP, final tabling the MONSTER STACK before going on to win his first bracelet in the $10K PLO Championship. Defending champ in this event, Nathan Gamble, will also return tomorrow with a 42,000 stack.

Daniel Negreanu (81,100), Phil Hellmuth (67,400), Mike Matusow (76,800), and Eli Elezra (102,600) will all be back for more tomorrow too. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Erik SeidelMike WattelFrank KasselaMike Leah and Scott Bohlman, all of whom busted.

There’s $244,370 up top in this one, while the bubble bursts at 141 players for a $2,245 min-cash. Action resumes at 12pm Wednesday.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Brad Albrinck – 137,100
  2. Bryce Yockey – 131,900
  3. Dustin Pattinson – 129,100
  4. Eli Elezra – 102,600
  5. Kyle Miaso – 85,800
  6. Quinn Do – 83,600
  7. Thomas Cazayous – 81,400
  8. Daniel Negreanu – 81,100
  9. Hsiao Liu – 77,000
  10. Mike Matusow – 76,800

Mustafov Bags Day 1 Lead in $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE

Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em proved a pretty popular event today, with 1,020 players taking part. When all was said and done ten levels later though, just 252 remained.

Farehdin Mustafov ended play as the chip leader with 205,000, closely followed by Jordan Young (203,000), Uri Reichenstein (164,000) and Luciano Hollanda (162,100). Some of the other big names to advance include Kristen Bicknell (132,900), Connor Drinan (100,000), Frank Kassel (99,700), Scotty Nguyen (95,500), Kathy Liebert (60,700), Calvin Anderson (58,400), and Michael Gathy (45,000).

As anyone who has ever played poker knows, for one player to gain a lot of chips must mean someone else has lost a lot. Some of those who lost their entire stacks today include Mohsin Charania, Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Maria Lampropulos, Martin Jacobson, Sofia Lovgren, and Parker ‘Tonkaaaa’ Talbot.

The bubble will burst at 153 players, all of whom will secure a $4,513 cash. That pales in comparison to the $522,715 reserved for the winner though.

Action resumes at 2pm Wednesday.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Fahredin Mustafov – 205,000
  2. Jordan Young – 203,200
  3. Luciano Hollanda – 162,100
  4. Ryan Hall – 137,200
  5. Kristen Bicknell – 132,900
  6. Daniel Strelitz – 130,500
  7. Marciano Cruz – 128,000
  8. Randy Levin – 124,200
  9. Liu Yin – 110,000
  10. Andrey Zaichenko – 109,000

Tomorrow’s Action (June 27)

There are two new events kicking off on Wednesday June 27, one of which will be right up Jay Kwon’s street.

At 11am there’s the always popular Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em, so it will be interesting to find out who pairs up with who.

Then at 3pm there’s Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. Expect to see all the Razz specialists out in force for that one.

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