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  1. Every year for the past 51 years, the world's best poker players have gathered to battle for money and ego in the World Series of Poker. No matter the format, online or live, or the location, Europe, Australia, or in the birthplace of it all, Las Vegas, poker's heroes are born in the WSOP. The 2021 WSOP Online runs on WSOP.com from July 1 to August 1 and PocketFives is keeping tabs on all kinds of statistics from the action and will highlight one interesting stat or fun nugget from each day. July 28: The British are Coming! Chris Moorman won his second career WSOP bracelet on Wednesday, beating out 622 other entries to win Event #29 ($800 NLH 8-Max Turbo Deepstack). The last player he eliminated was fellow Englishmen Matthew Hunt. This is just the fifth time in WSOP that history that a pair of British players have finished 1-2 in a WSOP and the first time it's happened in a US-based event since 2007. That year, Ram Vaswani beat Andy Ward to win a $1,500 NLHE Shootout. In 2010, Scott Shelley beat J.P. Kelly to win a £1,075 NLHE event. The other two times it happened both involved one of English poker's most iconic characters. David 'Devilfish' Ulliott won a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event by beating Chris Truby heads up. The very next year, Ulliott finished second to Steve Rydel in a $3,000 PLHE event. [caption id="attachment_635726" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Todd Sladek has had some real success in the $1,000 buy-in PLO WSOP online events. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The names of the $1,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha events in 2020 and 2021 might have different names, but that didn't seem to change much for Todd Sladek. In 2020, Sladek made the final table of the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller, eventually busting in third place for $56,749. This year, in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, the Chicago native made it one spot deeper, finishing runner-up to David Goldberg. No other player made both final tables. July 26: Paggeot Produces Pair of Podium Placings Corey Paggeot has had one of those weekends that poker players simultaneously have dreams and nightmares about. Paggoet finished runner-up in Event #24 ($400 No Limit Hold'em Monsterstack) on Saturday and then on Sunday finished third in Event #26 ($500 No Limit Hold'em The Big 500 Encore). No other player has managed to find the podium twice so far this year. Getting that close to a WSOP bracelet has to be a frustrating experience, but he does get to console himself with $88,792 in winnings. July 25: First Two Comma Prize Pool of the Year Unsurprisingly, the biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #25 ($7,777 NLHE Lucky 7's High Roller), built a massive prize pool. The 113 players, combined with the 38 rebuys the field was responsible for, produced a $1,113,927 prize pool marking the first time this year that a WSOP Online event had more than $1 million up for grabs. The 33 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com had five events that hit the seven-figure mark with the biggest coming in Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) when $1,507,840 was up for grabs. July 24: The Wait for a Double Bracelet Winner Continues There has not been a double bracelet winner through the opening 24 events, but Saturday's event had two players get really close. Carlos Welch, who won Event #8 ($888 NLHE Crazy Eights), finished 13th for $3,514. A few moments later, Michael Leib, winner of Event #10 ($333 No Limit Hold’em), busted out in 12th for $4,445. No player has even won a 2021 event and then made the final table of another event. Ryan Leng, Event #13 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) winner, matched Leib's performance with a 12th place finish in Event #15 ($5,300 NLHE High Roller Freezeout). July 23: Jennifer Fitzgibbon Bubbles Final Table for First WSOP Cash Bubbling the final table of any event is painful, but bubbling the final table of a WSOP bracelet event is particularly painful. Taking some out of the sting of that for Event #23 ($500 NLHE Turbo) final table bubbler Jennifer Fitzgibbon is the fact that this was her first WSOP cash. Fitzgibbon, who has been a PocketFives member since June 2019, earned a career-best $3,435 for finishing 10th. July 22: The Knockout King is Here While Anthony Kennedy was busy winning Event #22 ($600 NLHE Knockout), Daxton Lyon was busy knocking people out like some online poker version Mike Tyson in the Nintendo hit Punch-Out! With the knockout format, each time a player eliminated an opponent, they earned a $100 bounty. Nobody was busier than Daxton Lyon who was responsible for eliminating 30 opponents on his way to finishing 26th. He earned $3,000 from bounties and an additional $1,278 for his finish. The second best KO tally belonged to Kennedy with 22. July 21: Brock Lesnar Released From Cage Hits 10th Cash Michael 'BrockLesnar' Holtz joined Anthony Zinno and Ryan Depaulo as the only players with double-digit cashes this year after his runner-up finish in Event #21. He's now made a pair of final tables and has $79,823 in earnings. His summer success almost wasn't allowed to happen. In May, Holtz was banned by WSOP.com after he made a withdrawal at the cashier cage at Caesars in Las Vegas. After filling out the necessary paperwork with Caesars, Holtz had his ban lifted and he was again allowed to play. July 20: #1-Ranked Chris Basile Narrowly Misses out on #1 Bracelet Over the past year, Chris Basile has skyrocketed up the PocketFives Rankings to become the #1-ranked player in the United States. Two online WSOP Circuit wins, one in April and another in June, helped propel him to the top spot but he's also managed a couple of oh-so-close calls in bracelet events. He started the 2021 WSOP Online with a second place finish in Event #1 ($500 NLHE Big 500 Kick Off) where he earned $64,935. On Tuesday, Basile finished fourth in Event #20 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $71,990. He now has seven cashes this summer for more than $144,000 in earnings. July 19: Ryan DePaulo Makes First Final Table of 2021 One after being one of the breakout stars of the 2020 WSOP Online, Ryan DePaulo made his back to a final table for the first. DePaulo, who famously won Event #12 ($500 NLHE The Big 500) while sitting in his car in a Whole Foods parking lot in New Jersey, earned $27,094 for finishing in fourth place in Event #19 ($888 Crazy Eights PLO). It was his tenth cash of the 2021 WSOP Online, but his first appearance at a final table since his win last June. July 18: 2020 WSOP.com Leaderboard Champ Shows Signs of Life Last summer, Ian Steinman won the WSOP.com Leaderboard during the WSOP Online by cashing 15 times. The highlight of those 15 cashes was his victory in Event #27 ($400 NLHE Freezeout) where he earned $110,557 and his first career bracelet. He made two other final tables, finishing fifth in Event #7 ($800 NLHE KO Deepstack) and sixth in Event #9 ($1,000 NLHE Six Max). The 2021 Series hasn't been quite as kind to Steinman but his game has started to show signs of life. After cashing in Events #7, #11, and #12, for his first three cashes, Steinman has made it into the money in the last two events, coming in 69th in Event #17 ($400 NLHE Eight Max) and then 43rd in Event #18 ($1,000 NLHE North American Open). July 17: Anthony Zinno First to Double Digits [caption id="attachment_635595" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Anthony Zinno became the first player to hit the double digits mark in 2021 WSOP Online cashes with a 40th place finish in Event #17. (WPT photo)[/caption] Just past the halfway mark of the WSOP.com online bracelet event schedule, Anthony Zinno became the first player to hit the double-digit mark in cashes. Zinno finished 40th in Event #17 ($400 NLHE Eight Max) to earn his tenth cash of the of the Series. Michael Holtz is one cash behind Zinno, with nine, and 2020 WSOP Online bracelet winner Ryan Depaulo and Martin Zamani are tied for third with eight cashes each. July 16: Allen Chang Rights a Wrong One Year Later Allen Chang topped the 498-entry field to win Event #16 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better) for a $61,394 payday. That win allowed Chang, who won Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) in 2020, some level of revenge. In 2020, he made his way through 853 other entries in that event before busting in 30th place. July 15: Ali Imsirovic Still Chasing Bracelet #1 [caption id="attachment_635592" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ali Imsirovic found his first cash of the 2021 WSOP on Thursday (WPT photo)[/caption] Over the last 3.5 years, Ali Imsirovic has risen from an unknown American online grinder to a verified poker superstar. He's won nearly $12 million by crushing the super high roller poker scene, but he has to find much success at the WSOP. In 2019, he finished runner-up in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event for his best Series result. He cashed 7 times in the 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, but failed to make a single final table. On Thursday, Imsirovic, who played ever PokerGO Cup event, picked up his first 2021 WSOP Online cash, finishing 17th for $9,870. July 14: Jeff Gross - the Other One - Breaks 2021 Goose Egg There's at least a couple of Jeff Gross' in the poker world. While the partypoker ambassador is the most high profile, there's one out of New Jersey who has been fairly successful in WSOP.com bracelet and ring events during the pandemic. In 2020, Gross cashed if five WSOP Online events. He picked up 31 cashes in WSOP Circuit Online event between October 2020 and June 2021. His first 2021 WSOP Online cash came in Event #14 ($500 NLHE), where he finished 49th for $1,538. July 13: Ryan Leng is All About Equal Opportunity [caption id="attachment_635577" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ryan Leng won his second career WSOP bracelet on Tuesday.[/caption] Ryan Leng doesn't differentiate between live and online WSOP events. He finds success in both. At the 2018 WSOP, he defeated 1,982 other players to win Event #51 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty) for his first career bracelet. On Tuesday, he beat out 560 other entries to win Event #13 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) for his second bracelet. He's also been a winner in WSOP Circuit events - and yes, he split those evenly as well. He has four Circuit rings, two live (2017 & 2020) and another two online (2018 & 2020). He has five runner-up finishes as well, with three of them coming online and the other two coming live. July 12: Darren Elias Gets Closer to Gold [caption id="attachment_635518" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Darren Elias has dominated the World Poker Tour but can't seem to translate that success to the WSOP. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some would argue that Darren Elias is the greatest player in World Poker Tour history. He has four titles, beating fields of 162, 489, 118, and 1,226. Yet he's never won a WSOP bracelet and the closest he's ever come - a pair of third place finishes - didn't come in NLHE events. On Monday, Elias posted the best NLHE finish of his WSOP career, coming in fifth in Event #12 ($500 NLHE Deepstack) for $18,729. Prior to that, his best NLHE finish came in 2017 when he finished sixth in a $1,500 buy-in event. July 11: Roland Israelashvili Keeps on Rollin' [caption id="attachment_635504" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Roland Israelashvili continues to collect cashes in WSOP Online events. (WPT photo)[/caption] Last summer, Roland Israelashvili cashed 14 times in the WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, including an impressive six consecutive in-the-money finishes from Event #14 through #19. Through the first 11 events last year, he had cashed four times. This year, Israelashvili is ahead of that pace. On Sunday, he finished 26th in Event #11 for his sixth cash of the year. While he made two final tables last year, Israelashvili has yet to make one this year with a 15th place finish in Event #7 his best result to date. July 10: About the "World" Part of the WSOP So COVID-related travel restrictions - both in and out of the United States - are making it very difficult for tourists of any kind to enter the country. The fields in the first 10 events of the WSOP Online show this. There have been 1,377 in-the-money finishes so far and only 52 of them have belonged to non-American players. To the surprise of nobody, Canada leads the way with 17 cashes. No other country has cracked double digits. The second-best performing country is Russia with six cashes. Germany has five - including the only win by a non-American, thanks to Manig Loeser's Event #2 triumph. July 9: Poker Vlogging Kingpins Battle It Out [caption id="attachment_635479" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Poker vloggers Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen both cashed in Event #9 on Friday night.[/caption] There is an amazing level of talent in the poker vlogging world these days, and most of them will tell you that Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen are the Godfathers of the medium. In Event #9, Neeme and Owen each picked up their second cash of the Series. Owen busted in 106th and turned his $400 buy-in into $701 while Neeme went a little bit deeper, finishing 82nd for $832. Owen scored his first cash in Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) where he finished 17th for $3,699. Neeme didn't wait long to one-up his good friend. The next night, Neeme made the final table of Event #3 ($500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) before busting in sixth for a $14,022 score. July 8: Joon Kim Misses Out on Bracelet #2 One year and one day after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Joon Kim almost won his second. Kim, who shipped Event #7 ($800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack Freezeout) for $106,127 on July 7, 2020, found himself heads-up against Carlos Welch early Friday morning with a chance at a second bracelet and $124,369. Ultimately, it was Welch who took home the hardware and the six-figure score. Kim had to settle for runner-up status and $76,886 in Event #8 ($888 NLHE Crazy Eights). July 7: Jack McClelland Finds His Way into the Money [caption id="attachment_635458" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Jack McClelland finished 27th in Event #7 for his first cash of the 2021 WSOP Online.[/caption] Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth aren't the only Poker Hall of Famers clicking their way to WSOP success this summer. Former WSOP tournament director Jack McClelland picked up his first cash of the summer in Event #7 ($777 Lucky 7's). McClelland, who went into the PHOF in 2014 - the same year as Negreanu - finished 27th for $3,481. Last year, he cashed in Events #23 and #30. He's also managed to pick up some WSOP Circuit Online cashes over the past year. July 6: Ben Yu Picks Up Pace in Pursuit of Online Cashes Record [caption id="attachment_635390" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ben Yu cashed in Event #5 and Event #6 to get his 2021 WSOP Online campaign started. Last year, Yu cashed 16 times. (WPT photo)[/caption] Last summer, Ben Yu cashed in 16 of the 31 bracelet events available on WSOP.com for the second-highest total behind only Ryan Laplante, who had 17. On Tuesday, Yu made the final table of Event #6 ($2,000 NLHE Deepstack) before falling two spots short of a bracelet, finishing in third place for $73,958.46. It is his second cash of the summer, following up on his 16th place finish in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE 8-Max). He's now cashed in 106 WSOP events with 20 of those coming online. July 5: The House of Moorman Continues to Battle - Each Other [caption id="attachment_635364" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Husband and wife Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay both managed to finish in the money in Event #5 (888poker photo)[/caption] This time last year, PocketFives took readers along for the ride in The House of Moorman series as husband and wife Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay worked their way through the WSOP Online events in Las Vegas and then in Mexico. Earlier this year they finished first and second in an online WSOP Circuit event with Moorman getting the ring. On Monday night, they got close to duplicating that feat in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE 8-Max). Lindsay finished 37th for $2,789.41 and a few minutes later, Moorman busted in 34th place for a $3,178.63 score. July 4: Jonathan Dokler Continues to Impress [caption id="attachment_635356" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Jonathan Dokler has cashed in three of the first four WSOP Online events. (PokerNews/Borgata photo)[/caption] Making his way through 1,715 total entries in the opening event of the 2020 WSOP Online, Jonathan Dokler wasn't exactly a household name in the poker world. Fast forward a year later and he has continued to make a name for himself by putting up solid results. In May, right before the WSOP Online started, Dokler won the WSOP.com Caesars Atlantic City Circuit Main Event for $52,761. He's since cashed in three of the first four WSOP Online events. He finished 75th in Event #1, 74th in Event #3, and then made the final table of Event #4 before busting in ninth place. His total earnings so far are $7,543.55. July 3: Field Sizes Down Year-Over-Year, But Still Massive The opening of the 2020 WSOP Online came right in the heart of the early days of the pandemic lockdown - and the field sizes reflected that. Now that live poker is back to something resembling normal, players have more options to choose and the 2021 field sizes and prize pools reflect that. The first three events in 2020 attracted a total of 4,725 entries and prize pools of $2,397,760. Both the schedule and calendar are different (outside of the opening evnet) but the 2021 numbers are 3,265 - a 30.9% decline - and $1,562,670 - a 34.9% drop. Still, as live events in Las Vegas and Florida continue to draw record turnouts, the 2021 WSOP Online events are putting together some of the biggest prize pools in American online poker. July 2: Strong Start for Kathy Liebert [caption id="attachment_635335" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Kathy Liebert cashed in Event #1 ($500 NLHE Kickoff) and Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack). (WPT photo)[/caption] Kathy Liebert, who sits second on the Hendon Mob's Women's All-Time Money List, cashed in Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) on Friday to secure back-to-back cashes to start her 2021 WSOP Online run. Liebert finished 39th in Event #1 and then narrowly missed out on making the final table in Event #2, busting in 12th place. Her total earnings through the first two events are $8,011.66. Read: Manig Loeser Ships Monster Stack for First Career WSOP Bracelet July 1: Phil Hellmuth Keeps Cashing [caption id="attachment_635327" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Phil Hellmuth is on the verge of passing Daniel Negreanu for the all-time lead in WSOP cashes. (PokerGO photo)[/caption] There is no player more closely tied to the World Series of Poker than 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. During the 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, Hellmuth picked up 10 cashes, including an 11th-place finish in the first event on the schedule, the $500 NLHE Kickoff. He didn't quite get that deep this year, but did pick up another cash with a 141st place finish for $862. That's his 165th career WSOP cash and puts him just one behind Daniel Negreanu for the all-time lead. Read: Jose Noboa Opens 2021 WSOP Online With Win, $105K Score
  2. For six hours on Wednesday night, Phil Hellmuth sat across from Fox Sports 1's First Things co-host Nick Wright and found an opponent willing to match him blow-for-blow - both in cards and the verbal jabs. In the end, it didn't matter and Hellmuth went on to win the opening round of PokerGO's High Stakes Duel III. Hellmuth now has a perfect 7-0 record in this format. He defeated Antonio Esfandiari 3-0 in 2020 and then rattled off three straight wins against Daniel Negreanu earlier this year. Hellmuth and Wright spent the opening minutes of the match promoting each other's platforms before spending the next 30 minutes playing small pots, feeling each other out, before Wright struck the first blow. Hellmuth raised to 450 with [poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] and Wright called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"] and Wright bet 500 and then called after Hellmuth raised to 1,500. Both players checked the [poker card="9h"] turn. After the [poker card="4s"] river, Wright bet 3,500 and while Hellmuth was considering his options, Wright began to to talk to the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner. "You're definitely folding," Wright said, multiple times. Hellmuth called and Wright showed him the winner to take a 57,000-43,000 lead. The next big hand didn't come for another 45 minutes but lead to an epic Hellmuth rant. Hellmut opened to 500 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"] and Wright called with [poker card="td"][poker card="6s"]. After the [poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop, Wright check-called Hellmuth's bet of 500. Wright then checked the [poker card="jh"] turn and Hellmuth bet 1,500 with top pair and Wright called. The river was the [poker card="tc"] to give Wright two pair and he checked once again. Hellmuth bet 4,600 and Wright called and tabled his hand saying, "I rivered you, buddy." Hellmuth immediately stood up and began pacing around the studio, and dropped F-bombs in the ensuing rant including the following soliloquy. "What a fucking mockery, man. This is my fucking living here. Just a fucking off-suit fucking ten. From a fucking calling station," Hellmuth said as both players were playing the next hand. Wright had built his stack up to 72,000. Hellmuth took a chunk back 15 minutes later with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] against Wright's [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] on the [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="qs"] board. Most of that went back to Wright after Hellmuth led out for 7,200 into a pot of 12,500 on a board of [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="qc"][poker card="3s"]. Hellmuth was bluffing with [poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] while Wright had turned quads with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Wright raised to 27,000 and Hellmuth tossed his cards into the muck. Wright was in front with 64,000 to Hellmuth's 36,000. Hellmuth slowly chipped away at Wright's lead over the next hour to once again find himself even. Rather than relinquish the opportunity, Hellmuth continued to apply pressure to Wright and three hours into play, held a 2-1 chip lead of his own. An an hour later, that lead had grown to 5-1 before Wright played a familiar tune to gain some chips back. Hellmuth called from the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"] before Wright moved all in for 12,200 with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. Hellmuth called only to see the [poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] flop give Wright a full house. Hellmuth was drawing dead after the [poker card="as"] turn as the meaningless [poker card="8d"] river completed the board. Hellmuth still held a 3-1 lead. The duel went on for another two hours with little fluctuation before a cooler of a hand ended things. Holding 70,000 of the 100,000 in play, Hellmuth limped the button for 800 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"] and Wright checked with [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="5s"] flop gave both players a flush draw and Wright check-called Hellmuth's bet of 2,000. The [poker card="tc"] turn completed both flush draws and Wright checked again. Hellmuth bet 3,000 and Wright called, leaving himself 22,000 behind. The river was the [poker card="8d"] and Wright checked for a third time. Hellmuth bet 7,400 into the 13,200 pot and Wright moved all in for 22,000. Hellmuth called and tabled the winner to capture his seventh straight High Stakes Duel victory. While Esfandiari and Negreanu were both quick to invoke the rematch option provided to the loser of the match, Wright indicated after the match that he wanted to think about it and consider his options before deciding if he will be back to play Hellmuth in a $100,000 buy-in.
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  5. With PokerStars SCOOP just around the corner, we wanted to give all PocketFivers another way of getting into the action. We've created a Fantasy SCOOP contest that pays out over $1,000 in prizes thanks to our sponsor, StakeKings.com. It's free to enter and relatively simple. Simply draft a team of eight players using their PokerStars screenname before action kicks off on Event #2. Your team earns points based on how many PocketFives Leaderboard points they earn in each event based on the PLB formula found here. The Rules Participants must select eight players for their team, using that player’s PokerStars username. Teams with less than eight or more than eight will not be counted. Participants must submit entries before the start of SCOOP Event 2 (May 7, 8:00 am ET). Players earn points for in the money finishes, based on the PocketFives PLB calculator (https://www.pocketfives.com/plb-calculator/) Points are based on SCOOP Events 1 through 57 (Low, Medium, High). Participants must be a member of PocketFives as of 5/7/2017. Prizes 1st - $200* 2nd - $150* 3rd - $100* 4th - $80* 5th - $70* 6th - $60* 7th - $50* 8th - $40* 9th - $30* 10th - 15th Place $25* 16th - 20th Place $10* + PocketFives T-Shirt 55th Place $20* *Prizes are paid out in StakeKings Cash Enter your team in this thread by posting the screennames of your eight team members. Changes will not be allowed AFTER SCOOP begins. We'll be updating the standings each morning right here: https://www.pocketfives.com/contest/2017-fantasy-scoop/signup Good luck everybody!
  6. Final Standings: 1 William Cannada 101 165 (29 away) 26104321 North Carolina 2 Kevmath 100 154 (18 away) 25115221 North Carolina 3 smithbk 98 152 (16 away) 28104221 North Carolina 4 gutsy19 91 158 (22 away) 25105320 Gonzaga 5 oddsmaker 91 99 (37 away) 25124211 North Carolina 6 Smokin Zags 90 145 (9 away) 26125111 North Carolina 7 Lankyyanky 90 159 (23 away) 25105211 North Carolina 8 TheBigEarn 89 134 (2 away) 2994211 North Carolina 9 jalove23 89 133 (3 away) 24105211 North Carolina 10 mondomania 89 263 (127 away) 2683221 North Carolina 55 Tdot 78 126 (10 away) 2394111 North Carolina We will be reaching out to all winners on Wednesday to coordinate your prizes! Congrats to William Cannada for winning it and PocketFives' own Kevmath for taking down that highly coveted runner-up spot.
  7. Halfway through the Sweet 16 1. truesyalose - 61 (Duke) 2. John Bishop - 59 (Villanova) 2. PokerBeat - 59 (Arizona) 2. philflush90 - 59 (Villanova) 5. Hardweek - 58 (Gonzaga) 5. hockeywonk - 58 (Kentucky) 5. cashdaddy69 - 58 (UCLA) 5. 603goose - 58 (Arizona)
  8. We have three players tied for first heading into the Sweet 16 - but two of them have Duke winning it all. PTS CHAMP PICK rlw8 52 North Carolina shortbus 52 Duke truesyalose 52 Duke IfUFoldTerroristsWin 51 North Carolina PokerBeat 50 Arizona Smokin Zags 50 North Carolina AALegend 50 Gonzaga Eb893 50 North Carolina michiganct 50 Kansas John Bishop 50 Villanova Paboo 50 Florida State
  9. Standings heading into Sunday. There are seven players tied for first. PTS POSSBLE CHAMP PICK Smokin Zags 40 128 North Carolina AALegend 40 125 Gonzaga Eb893 40 125 North Carolina michiganct 40 125 Kansas truesyalose 40 125 Duke rlw8 40 112 North Carolina Paboo 40 92 Florida State
  10. I've double checked - triple checked even - and all of Friday's games are now over, so I can post the updated standings. Nobody went 32-0 and there is one person alone on top right now - 'polaris769' stands lone with 30 after the first round. His only two incorrect selections from the first round were Seton Hall and Maryland and he had both losing in the next round anyway. Six others are tied for second with 29. polaris769 - 30 (Villanova) ajw24211 - 29 (Kansas) Cthrilla - 29 (Villanova) GoHskrs - 29 (Gonzaga) allani12 - 29 (Villanova) TheBigEarn - 29 (North Carolina) uncleTK71 - 29 (UCLA)
  11. Noooooooooow I can post it ... Six people went 16-0 on Day 1 AALegend - 16 (Gonzaga) allani12 - 16 (Villanova) Cthrilla - 16 (Villanova) HolyFrigPecker - 16 (Villanova) TheBigEarn - 16 (North Carolina) utterczar - 16 (Villanova) Had a total of 342 entries. Good luck everybody
  12. Yeah - I'm asleep at the wheel right now. Will post proper results in the AM.
  13. Once again PocketFives is a running a free March Madness Bracket Contest for our members and giving away over $450 worth of prizes. Fill out your bracket before the games start on Thursday, March 16 - and no, we don't count the play-in games. Prizes: 1st place: $100 Amazon Gift Card + a PocketFives Hoodie 2nd place: $60 Amazon Gift Card + a PocketFives Hoodie 3rd place: $40 Amazon Gift Card + a PocketFives Hoodie 4th place: PocketFives Hoodie 5th place: PocketFives Hoodie 6th - 10th place: PocketFives T-shirt 55th place: PocketFives T-Shirt Entering your bracket is ridiculously easy. 1. Go to http://www.runyourpool.com/join.cfm 2. Enter the following information: a. In the "Pool ID" box, enter the number 15713 b. In the "Pool Password" box, enter 'fives55' (without the single quotes) 3. Create an account on RunYourPool, including a personal user name and password. Rest assured this information will not be sold or utilized for spam under any circumstances. If you already have an account on RunYourPool, you should log into your existing account instead of creating a new one. 4. Make your bracket picks. You must use your PocketFives user name as your bracket name. Maximum one entry per person. Entering more than one time disqualifies ALL of your brackets.
  14. And yes, as Antonio pointed out on Twitter earlier tonight - there is one more condition to the bet that I had forgot to mention: I have to wear the shirt if anybody other than my wife and daughter come to our house.
  15. LOL that you think I'm washing it 300 times sir ... That's what Febreeze is for my friend. It *might* get washed 50 times.
  16. Everybody's entitled to have their take. How Antonio (or anybody for that matter) spends their own money really is only up to them. Was more than happy to take the challenge and have some fun in the process. Though, I'm curious what you mean by "a guy like you".
  17. Okay, a few folks have asked me for the details on the prop bet I made with Antonio Esfandiari during the WSOP so I figured I’d put it here and let you guys ask any questions you might have. The Bet Antonio Esfandiari offered me an $8,000 freeroll that I couldn’t wear the same dress shirt for exactly one year. I accepted. How About 30 players from the money in the 2016 WSOP Main Event, I was standing with Donnie Peters and Remko Rinkema of PokerNews covering the play leading up to the bubble. Antonio was being rather talkative and as he’s prone to do, sitting in his chair barefoot. Somehow the conversation turned to the fur-lined Gucci slippers he wore to the Rio that day. (Note: they’re pretty awful) I asked him how much he’d pay me to wear them for a year and he told me I couldn’t “pull off the look” (I don’t disagree). He then asked me how much for me to wear the dress shirt I was wearing for one year. Now, for background, Donnie Peters had a bet like this with Antonio and Jason Mercier a few years ago that he couldn’t cut his hair for 18 months. His price was $5,000. He accepted and won. At this point I knew two things: 1) Antonio wasn’t accepting my first bid 2) He would likely balk at any further negotiation off of his price and I’d be left with $0. I wanted $10,000 - that was the number that was in my head, but knowing #1 above, I asked for $15,000. Antonio said that was “too rich” and I told him to counter the offer. He came back with $8,000. It was lighter than I expected but close enough to what I wanted that I wasn’t going to lose an $8,000 freeroll over the $2,000 difference. I snap-accepted. Antonio told the table he would have gone as high as $10,000. I don’t think he would have. What The shirt is a dress shirt. I’ve had it for about a year or so. Why It’s a freeroll. If I fail to pull it off, I’m just the guy who lost out on a free $8,000. When The bet was made on July 14, 2016. I have to wear it until July 14, 2017. The Ground Rules These are important, and a big reason why I felt like I’m a massive favorite in the bet. 1. I only have to wear the shirt when I’m outside of my house. (the one exception being when I’m swimming, but I do have to wear the shirt at the pool if I’m not in the pool). I work - for the most part - from home. If I was in an office five days a week with a commute, no chance I do this bet (or at least, for “just” $8,000). 2. Yes. I can wash it. My biggest concern is that the shirt might not last the full year. I’ve done some reading on best ways to take care of the shirt and make sure I get 365 days out of it. So I’m relatively confident I’ll make it. 3. I like the shirt so it’s not going to bother me to have to wear it. 4. No, I can’t go buy a bunch of the same shirt and wear that. Antonio signed the inside of the collar to make sure that it’s THE shirt. Also worth noting, the company that made the shirt is no longer in business. 5. How will Antonio know I’m wearing it? Well, I’ve known him for 10 years (he was one of our columnists when I ran BLUFF) and I’m pretty sure he trusts me. I’m posting regular updates on Twitter. (Follow me @Lance_Bradley)
  18. So Fedor Holz has won over $18,000,000 in the last 14 months. Now he's saying he's done with poker - at least as a pro. http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/wsop-bracelet-hand-fedor-holz-retiring-poker-592443/ Do we believe him or is this just another player saying they're walking away only to find themselves drawn back to the game like Shaun Deeb and Mike McDonald?
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