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  1. The 2021 U.S. Poker Open wrapped up Tuesday with David Peters earning his second consecutive USPO leaderboard title. The 12-event series at the PokerGO studios at the Aria in Las Vegas drew 837 total entries and awarded $11,084,000 in prize money. Throughout the two weeks of action, a number of familiar faces made their way to final tables while some less-than-well-known players seized a piece of the spotlight against some of the best players in the world. Peters' Personal Poker Playground Peters put on a performance for the ages on his way to winning the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard for a se
  2. When the inaugural World Poker Tour Heads Up Poker Championship was announced last month, the tournament clearly had the chance to become one of the most exciting events of the year. Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Nick Schulman, and Nick Petrangelo were among the names initially confirmed for the $25,000 buy-in event. On Monday, poker fans got their first look at the rest of the 32-player field. Along with the four aforementioned superstars, the field includes multiple former WPT Player of the Year winners, high stakes cash game regulars, and some of the best players in the game today. But as the
  3. After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, poker players can finally begin making plans to be in Las Vegas this fall. The World Series of Poker announced the complete 2021 schedule on Tuesday with 88 events running September 30 - November 23. “Make no mistake, the 2021 WSOP will be the real deal and we’re preparing for a full house. Throughout the storied history of the WSOP, this year will be particularly memorable and we’re preparing for a poker reunion all players can celebrate,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director. “We’re beyond thrilled to offer a complete schedule o
  4. David Peters won his third 2021 U.S. Poker Open title on Monday night, but this time the former GPI Player of the Year rode a roller coaster to get there. The win came with a $465,750 payday and moved the defending U.S. Poker Open winner into the lead atop the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard. Peters worked his way from the bottom of the chip counts to the top and lasted through a marathon three-handed battle to win Event #11 ($25,000 NLHE) for his third win of the series and second in as many days. Frank Funaro started the final table as the shortest stack and didn't get much of a chance to
  5. A few of the world's top poker players have made a habit of shining bright in the short history of the U.S. Poker Open. Sunday night in Las Vegas, another of those players added yet another title to his growing collection and moved to within striking distance of the current leaderboard leader. David Peters topped the 27-entry field in Event #10 ($10,000 Short Deck) to collect his second U.S. Poker Open title of the year and $124,200. Peters won Event #7 ($10,000 No Limit Hold'em) earlier in the week. The win moved him 116 points behind the current U.S. Poker Open leaderboard leader Ali Imis
  6. David Peters won his first U.S. Poker Open title in 2018. He followed that up in 2019 by winning his second career U.S. Poker Open title on his way to topping the series leaderboard. Like the rest of the poker world, Peters wasn't able to add a third title in 2020 with the series postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday night, the former GPI Player of the Year defeated Jared Jaffee heads up to win the largest event in the three-year history of the U.S. Poker Open. The 99 entries in Event #7 ($10,000 NLHE) beat the previous record by nine runners and produced a prize pool of $9
  7. The average age of the players at most of the high roller final tables played inside the PokerGO studio at the Aria in Las Vegas is probably somewhere around 30 years old. On Wednesday night, the final table of U.S. Poker Open Event #6 ($10,000 8 Game) didn't have a single player under the age of 36. And in the end, it was the second-oldest player at the final table, 60-year-old Eli Elezra, defeating the oldest player at the final table, 76-year-old Steve Zolotow, to take home the title and the $183,600 first place prize. The final seven also included Daniel Negreanu, David Baker, and fo
  8. Through the first four events of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open, some of the best players in the world have claimed victory by dominating the final table. On Tuesday night, Joey Weissman arrived at the final table of Event #5 ($10,000 NLHE) with a middle-of-the-pack stack and watched as Adam Hendrix built up a monster stack and appeared to be on his way to claiming victory. That's when Weissman completely turned the tables and came back from holding just 14% of the chips in play when heads up play began to eliminate Hendrix and put an exclamation point on his comeback. Down to just 11 big blin
  9. John Riordan overcame a two-time GPI Player of the Year and a self-described 'King of No Limit Duece' to win U.S. Poker Open Event #4 ($10,000 Big Bet Mix) on Monday night in Las Vegas. The tournament featured a rotation of three games; No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, and No Limit Deuce to Seven. Riordan outlasted a final table that included Alex Foxen, who won GPI POY in 2018 and 2019, Jim Collopy, and Sean Perry, who began the final table with the lead, to take home the title and the accompanying $163,200 first-place prize money. The final table broadcast started five-handed followi
  10. The weeklong 888poker XL Spring Series wrapped up on Sunday with the $250 buy-in Main Event showcasing both the highs and lows of the 25-event schedule. Russia's Denis ‘_DENGER_’ Kuznetsov earned a career-best $69,050 payday by beating out 1,653 other entries to take down the Main Event. The tournament needed 2,127 total entries for 888poker to avoid an overlay but fell 474 runners total short to create a $111,310 overlay and was one of 10 events to miss the posted guarantee. Runner-up ‘KiddPT’ had to settle for a $50,400 score while third-place finisher ‘FLRAP’ walked away with $37,050.
  11. When the final table of Event #3 ($10,000 NLHE) of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open began, Joe McKeehen was sitting pretty atop the chip counts. A little over two hours later, McKeehen was posing for winner photos after adding another title to his already impressive career resume after dominating the final table from start to finish. It took more than 38 minutes for McKeehen to find his first victim. With blinds of 40,000/80,000 (80,000 BBA), Barry Hutter raised to raised to 400,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"] leaving himself 160,000 behind. McKeehen woke up with [poker card="kc"][poker
  12. Another strong sign that live poker is returning came Wednesday afternoon when the World Poker Tour announced their North American schedule for the remainder of 2021. The schedule includes a total of seven main tour events and is anchored by one of the longest running events in WPT history. Season 18, which began in July 2019 and was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, wrapped up in April with the record-setting Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. That event drew 2,482 entrants, the largest event in the history of the tour. "As we emerge from restrictions throughout North America we
  13. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Matt Berkey joins Lance and Donnie on this week's episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast to talk about Solve4Why's latest product, To Be Determined, a feature length documentary telling the story of the one low stakes grinder looking to work his way up from the bottom. They also talk about the origins of Solve4Why and the Poker Out Loud casting process. Lance and Donnie also discuss the lack of updates from the Wo
  14. Jonathan Dokler keeps on adding to his resume. A year after the 28-year-old burst onto the scene with a number of high profile wins, both live and online, he has added yet another notch in his belt: World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event winner. In January 2020, Dokler won a $5,000 high roller at the Borgata for $100,829. He followed that up in March by winning his first WSOP Circuit ring, a $525 Monster Stack online event on WSOP.com. Then came the exclamation point. Dokkler took down won Event #1 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online on WSOP.com for $130,426. On Sunday, Dokler bea
  15. When the final table of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ began on Tuesday, Bruno Volkmann sat seventh in chips, and Elio Fox had the shortest stack with just 8.5 big blinds. Over the three hours that followed, Fox eliminated six of his opponents and Volkmann eliminated another. And that's when then things got interesting. Fox's comeback started in earnest just 30 minutes after play began. With blinds of 25,000/50,000 (6,000 ante), Fox raised from UTG+1 to 120,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"]. Zhuang Ruan made it 265,000 from middle position with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] an
  16. For almost two decades, poker fans have been pestering Brian Koppelman and David Levien to write a sequel to Rounders. In the final scene Mike McDermott jumps in a taxi in New York City and tells the driver to take him to the airport. "So where you headed?" "I'm going to Vegas." "Vegas, huh?" "Yup." "Good luck man." The cab drives off into the distance and the credits roll as Counting Crows' Baby, I'm a Big Star Now plays, but what happens after Mike gets to Las Vegas? Well, Kopelman and Levien are busy with their hit show Billions, and a sequel seems highly unlikely, but
  17. For the past few weeks, Sami Kelopuro has been taking it easy; spending time with his girlfriend, house training his new Italian Greyhound puppy, and generally just getting some much needed - and much deserved - rest. To the victor go the spoils, as they say. In April, Kelopuro won a pair of PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and took down four GGPoker Spring Festival events. He cashed 120 times and his total earnings for the month were $4,446,237. That type of success helped the Finnish poker pro capture PocketFives Player of the Month for April. His mouse has been do
  18. After 471 days of waiting, the six players who made the final table of the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open in January 2020 finally got the opportunity to play for the title and mid-six-figure payday on Sunday night. Veerab Zakarian clearly didn't mind the wait. Originally scheduled to be played in April 2020 in Las Vegas, the final table was one of three TV final tables postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The final six players, who last sat together on January 31, 2020 gathered at the PokerGO Studio on Sunday night and through seven hours of play, Zakarian eliminate
  19. Brekstyn Schutten is now the answer to a trivia question - and is also a newly minted millionaire - after taking down the largest event in the 19 year history of the World Poker Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Schutten defeated Steven Snyder heads up to win the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and take home the $1,261,095 first place prize at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The event, which initially ran in late April, drew 2,482 entries to smash the previous record for largest WPT live event (1,795) and largest WPT event ever, besting the 2,130 entries that the WPT Online Championshi
  20. For the second time in two days, the World Poker Tour crowned a new champion and for the second time in two attempts, Matas Cimbolas was relegated to the role of bridesmaid in one of the WPT's most prestigious events. Balakrishna Patur eliminated Cimbolas, who finished runner-up to David Baker at the 2019 LAPC Main Event, to cap off a nine-hour final table to win the 2020 version of the L.A. Poker Classic and walk away with his name on the WPT Champions Cup and $1,015,000 in his pockets. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the final table was delayed from its original April 2020 date. On Su
  21. In the end, the PocketFives #1 Number One competition became another chance for Niklas ‘lena900’ Astedt to prove his dominance. Over the last six weeks, poker fans around the world voted on social media on individual matchups of all 60 former #1-ranked PocketFivers with the player receiving the most votes advancing to the next subsequent round. Astedt defeated Chris Moorman in the finals by grabbing 54.3% of the 4,898 votes to take down the title and earn himself a championship belt. That win was the closest of Astedt's six matches as he easily breezed through the first five rounds of pl
  22. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week on The Fives, co-hosts Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters recap Phil Ivey's appearance on the DAT Poker Podcast and explain why Donnie is - at least temporarily - back on the Phil Ivey Fan Train. They also recap the second round of the Daniel Negreanu vs. Phil Hellmuth High Stakes Duel II battle which saw Hellmuth walk away with another victory to move to 5-0 in that format. Ryan Beauregard, Executive D
  23. After more than five weeks of battle, the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest is down to a final four consisting of some of the greatest players in the history of online poker. From an initial field of 60 entrants, Niklas Astedt, Shaun Deeb, Fedor Holz, and Chris Moorman have all advanced to the semi-final stage. The contest began on March 29 with all 60 of the players who have held the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings seeded and placed into a bracket. Poker fans were then asked to vote on head-to-head match-ups in a format very similar to March Madness. The semi-final match-ups fea
  24. And another one. Wednesday night on PokerGO, Phil Hellmuth defeated Daniel Negreanu in Round 2 of High Stakes Duel II to win the $200,000 winner-take-all heads up match. Hellmuth is now 5-0 in the made-for-TV format. The second meeting between the two poker heavyweights went very differently than the first. In that match, Negreanu jumped out to an early lead and eventually held a 19-1 lead over Hellmuth before eventually losing, Round 2 was more of a back-and-forth with a total of 16 lead changes over the nearly five hours of action. Hellmuth previously defeated Antonio Esfandiari thr
  25. The 330-event, $150 million guaranteed GGPoker Spring Festival wrapped up earlier this week and while there were 13 overlays, total prize pools soared past $175 million and five different players each walked away with a million-dollar score. Not surprisingly, the High buy-in category made up the bulk of the prize money. The 110 High buy-in events had $115,051,800 in prize money, for an average prize pool just north of $1 million each. Those events had a total of 44,677 entrants. The Medium buy-in events drew 157,691 total entrants and had prize pools totaling $44,558,725. Unsurprisingly, th
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