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  1. This is starting to get ridiculous. For the third consecutive day, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt navigated his way to a win in a GGPoker Spring Festival event. Those three wins have earned the Swedish superstar a combined $279,247.37. This time around Astedt outlasted 104 other entries in Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) to win $140,464.75. His win came at the expense of runner-up Dario Sammartino, who would have completed a two-win day of his own had he not run into the buzzsaw that is Astedt. Sammartino banked $48,929.06 for his performance and coming in third place gave 'yfii-bestcrypto' a $45,347.16 bankroll boost. Sammartino couldn't have been too disappointed, however. The Italian and 2019 World Series of Poker runner-up beat 87 other players on his way to victory in Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for a $508,447.84 payday. After losing to a former #1 earlier, Sammartino beat out the current #1-ranked player, Yuri Dzivielevski, for the title. Dzivielevski earned $391,973.06. Russia's Anatoly Filatov took third for $302,180.28. 'MickeyMouse' turned Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) into their own personal magic kingdom on Thursday, beating 548 other entries before chopping with Igor D'Ursel. 'MickeyMouse' ended up with the title and $84,261.53 while D'Ursel actually out-earned them by grabbing $84,886.93. Rui Bouquet took home $54,357.02 as the third place finisher. Tom Delaine beat Viktor Ustimov heads-up to grab the win in Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) for $55,801.16 while Ustimov had to settle for $43,018.55. 'DontTiltGG' finished one position below Ustimov and won $33,164.46. Andrii Novak put on a bounty hunting showcase on Thursday, outlasting the 153 other players in Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) to collect an impressive $352,068.09. Runner-up Sami Kelopuro earned nearly 1/3 of Novak's score, taking home $122,696.01 while Ami Barer came in third place but earned more than Kelopuro thanks to the bounties collected. Barer banked $138,023.78 which is more than $15,000 more than Kelopuro. 'LottoLarry' cashed in a winning ticket by topping the 295-entry field in Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) for $60,524.63. '888WTB02' came in second place for $45,386.97 while Class Segebrecht took third for #34,035.42. Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) Entries: 550 Prize pool: $550,000 MickeyMouse - $84,261.53 Igor d Ursel - $84,886.93 Rui Bouquet - $54,357.02 Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) Entries: 775 Prize pool: $387,500 Tom Delaine - $55,801.16 Viktor Ustimov - $43,018.55 DontTiltGG - $33,164.46 Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 88 Prize pool: $2,200,000 Dario Sammartino - $508,447.84 Yuri Dzivielevski - $391,973.06 Anatoly Filatov - $302,180.28 Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $1,540,000 Andrii Novak - $352,068.09 Sami Kelopuro - $122,696.01 Amichai Barer - $138,023.78 Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 105 Prize pool: $525,000 Niklas Astedt - $140,464.75 Dario Sammartino - $48,929.06 yfii-bestcrypto - $45,347.16 Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) Entries: 295 Prize pool: $295,000 LottoLarry - $60,524.63 888WTB02 - $45,386.97 C Segebrecht - $34,035.42
  2. After an opening week featuring some of the world's best players battling it out, the GGPoker Spring Festival had a very quiet day on Friday with just three High buy-in events wrapping up and a fourth bagging and tagging and headed to a second day of play. Christian Rudolph beat out 139 other runners to win Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) for $58,033.04. Runner-up Francisco ‘VaPaCooler’ Benitez, who came in third place in $610,079.27 at the start of the Festival, walked away from this one with $24,512.91 and yet another close call. Third place went to 'TheWrigler' for $2.5,448.22. 'BIG HAI', a regular in the GGPoker high roller tournament streets, went bounty hunting in Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo), and came back with $33,440.21 and a victory. The final bounty 'BIG HAI' collected belonged to 'JustbcOfU' who walked away with $12,801.82 for their efforts. Marco Streda took the final spot on the podium for $8,748.87. The last High event to play down to a champion on Friday was Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) which drew 173 runners. Markus Prinz beat all of them to add $24,317.38 to his bankroll while runner-up Wei Zhao banked $17,581.85. Former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth finished in third for $12,712.04. Nemeth also finished Day 1 of Event #28 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) with the chip lead. The event drew 243 runners for a $7,000 overlay. Just 14 of those players moved on to Day 2 with Viktor Ustimov, Mike Watson, Brock Wilson, and Shyngis Satubayev all part of the group chasing Nemeth for the $52,176.54 first place prize. Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $280,000 Christian Rudolph - $58,033.04 VaPaCooler - $24,512.91 TheWrigler - $25,448.22 Event #29-H ($1,050 Bounty Turbo) Entries: 134 Prize pool: $134,000 BIG HAI - $33,440.21 JustbcOfU - $12,801.82 Marco Streda - $8,748.87 Event #30-H ($525 Hyper [6-Max]) Entries: 173 Prize pool: $100,000 Markus Prinz - $24,317.38 Wei Zhao - $17,581.85 Andras Nemeth - $12,712.04
  3. Anybody who has closely followed the PocketFives Rankings over the past few years knows all about Niklas Astedt and just how dominant he can be. He's spent 97 total weeks as the #1-ranked player in the world and many consider him the favorite to win the #1 Number One contest. On Wednesday, Astedt took down a GGPoker Spring Festival event for the second time in two days. On Tuesday, he won Event #14-H ($1,050 PLO-NL Bounty) for a $39,974.81. One day later, he kept the bounty hunter them going by winning Event #19-H ($2,100 Bounty Six Max) for $98,807.91. His final victim, 'pawwowbam' earned $56,279.54 for finishing as the runner-up while George Kitsios collected $41,115.10 as the third place finisher. Marcelo Asensio managed to deny Konstantin Maslak from picking up his second win of the Series. Asensio topped the 140-entry field in Event #18-H ($1,050 PLO-NL) for a $35,099.81 score. Maslak, who won Event #3-High ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) for $229,531.42, earlier in the week, took second here for $25,377.81. The last spot on the podium went to 'BreakMySoul' for $18,348.66. The last High level buy-in event of the day was Event #21-H ($525 bounty) and it was also the biggest of the group in terms of field size. 'EzzzGame' proved their screenname to be accurate by winning it all for $46,041.86. Coming in one spot short of the victory, 'Ameliorer' had to settle for a $30,332.90 score while Sebastian Toro came in third place for $19,018.22. Other players who earned GGSF titles on Wednesday included 'Goku SSJ' (Event #19-M), 'zaguinha' (Event #20-M), Djprunz14' (Event #21-M), 'KepsNuts' (Event #17-L), 'Doah1414' (Event #18-L), 'kramperEd' (Event #19-L), 'ale1' (Event #20-L), and 'Uksy89' (Event #21-L). Event #18-H ($1,050 PLO-NL) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $140,000 Marcelo Asensio - $35,099.81 K Maslak - $25,377.81 BreakMySoul - $18,348.66 Event #19-H ($2,100 Bounty [6-Max]) Entries: 298 Prize pool: $596,000 Niklas Astedt - $98,807.81 pawwowbam - $56,279.54 George Kitsios - $41,115.10 Event #21-H ($525 Bounty) Entries: 810 Prize pool: $405,000 EzzzGame - $46,041.86 Ameliorer - $30,332.90 Sebastian Toro - $19,018.22
  4. The GGPoker Spring Festival is only into Day 3, but there's already a Series Most Valuable Player frontrunner. Lev Gottlieb, who won a World Series of Poker bracelet last summer on GGPoker, took down a pair of $10,000 buy-in events on Tuesday, including the $10,300 Super MILLION$, for more than $900,000 in earnings. Over the past 18 months, the Super MILLION$ on GGPoker has become a marquee online poker event with some of poker's best players duking it out each week for their share of $2 million in prize money. On Tuesday, Gottlieb topped the super-sized 312-entry field in Event #5-H ($10,300 Super MILLION$) to win $586,075.23. Runner-up Pedro Garagnani was left to console himself with $451,925.51 while third place went to 'LUCKuHARD' for $348,482.24. At the same time, Gottlieb was working his way through 140 other players in Event #15-H ($10,300 Super Tuesday), including runner-up Joao Vieira and third place finisher Timothy Adams, to add another $320,728.78 to his haul for the day. Vieira, who made a couple of podium appearances on Tuesday, won $240,512.62, while Adams earned $180,359.04 for his performance. The third and final five-figure buy-in event on the day, Event #15-H ($25,500 Super High Roller), drew 85 runners for a $2,125,000 prize pool. Ottomar Ladva, an Estonian chess grandmaster, beat all of them to win $446,446.20. This is Ladva's second high-profile poker win this year. In February, he defeated Justin Bonomo heads up to take down the partypoker MILLIONS Online $25,000 Super High Roller. This time around, Marius Gierse was cast as the runner-up, earning $435,789.71 in the process and Juan Dominguez finished in third for $301,474.56. All of that managed to overshadow another win for one of the best online poker players in the world. Niklas Astedt beat Shyngis Satubayev heads up to win Event #14-H ($1,050 PLO-NL Bounty) to win $39,974.81. Satubayev, who won a GGPoker Spring Festival event on Monday, earned $20,121.60 for falling one spot short of a second title. Vieira picked up an additional $16,832.17 for his third-place result. Other players who found themselves standing tall at the end of a GGSF High event on Tuesday were 'sisu' (Event #11-H), 'kazanova2020' (Event #13-H), and Pulkit Goyal (Event #17-H). Event #5: $10,300 Super MILLION$ Entries: 312 Prize pool: $3,120,000 Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb - $586,075.23 Pedro Garagnani - $451,925.51 LUCKuHARD - $348,482.24 Event #11: $1,050 High Rollers Main Event Entries: 630 Prize pool: $630,000 sisu - $106,817.22 jochee - $80,101.33 HORN3T - $60,067.52 Event #13: $525 Bounty Entries: 990 Prize pool: $495,000 kazanova2020 - $49,273.71 A Pateychuk - $24,763.22 Aram Oganyan - $16,993.66 Event #14: $1,050 PLO-NL Bounty Entries: 250 Prize pool: $250,000 Niklas Astedt - $39,974.81 S Satubayev - $20,121.60 Joao Vieira - $16,832.17 Event #15: $10,300 Super Tuesday Entries: 141 Prize pool: $1,410,000 Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb- $320,728.78 Joao Vieira - $240,512.62 Timothy Adams - $180,359.04 Event #16: $25,500 Super High Roller Entries: 85 Prize pool: $2,125,000 Ottomar Ladva - $446,446.20 Marius Gierse - $435,789.71 Juan Dominguez - $301,474.56 Event #17: $525 Turbo [6-Max] Entries: 471 Prize pool: $235,500 Pulkit Goyal - $45,880.79 Vulvasore - $33,172.59 marlin5555 - $23,984.43
  5. The headliner for the opening of the GGPoker Spring Festival on Saturday was deadmau5 but once action got underway the poker players took over and one Canadian stole the show and walked away with a seven-figure score. Canadian Guillaume Nolet outlasted 197 other entries to win Event #6-High ($25,500 Sunday Five Million) for $1,084,891.90. Andras Nemeth finished in second place for $813,553.79 while Francisco 'VaPaCooler' Benitez came in third place for a $610,079.27 payday. The event fell just two players short of meeting the $5,000,000 guarantee making it the only High level buy-in event to have an overlay. The honor of winning the first event on the schedule went to Jon AV Santos. Beating out a 744-runner field in event #1-High ($1,050 Bounty Kickoff) earned the Brazilian $99,285.56. Pablo Navarro fell one spot short of the title and had to settle for adding $47,825.75 to his bankroll. Darren 'avocadotoast' Rabinowitz earned enough to afford a down payment on a house after banking $36,804.20 for his third place finish. 'Elkymara' defeated Ivan Zufic heads-up in Event #2-High ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) to bank $136,102.56. Zufic also managed to squeak into a six-figure cash by earning $102,062.24. The final spot on the podium went to 'S Margereson' who walked away with $76,535.88 for coming in third place. Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Damian Salas almost continued his amazing 2021 but ultimately came up short of adding another title. 'K Maslak' worked their way through 323 other runners in Event #3-High ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) to find himself heads-up with the Argentinian. 'K Maslak' defeated Salas to win $229,531.42 while Salas took home $150,385.03. 'Urmo Velvelt' wound up in third place for $83,393.94. The final table of Event #4-High ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) was a star-studded affair. 'Yataro' worked their way through 1,126 other entries and earned the title and $155,843.48 in the process. Canadian Timothy Adams finished in second for $116,865.52 while Elio Fox came in third place and earned $87,636.69. Every Spring, the PocketFives Rankings see a number of major shifts thanks to the sheer number of big buy-in, large field events. This year will be no different and it didn't take long to see the first contender make a move. Current #2-ranked Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira defeated Ami Barer heads up to win event #7-High ($2,100 PLO-NL Bounty) for a $108,522.63. Barer added $56,036.36 to his bankroll and Nemeth, a former #1 himself, came in third for $30,941.91. Russian Aleksei Barkov made quick work of Event #8-High ($2,100 Sunday Heater - Bounty Turbo) for a $67,918.59 score. The event drew 162 runners with Darren Elias finishing in second place for $37,417.46 and Velvelt picked up his second bronze medal of the day along with $24,413.97. Renan Bruschi banked $178,494.20 for taking down Event #9-High ($5,250 Bounty Hunter SHR). His last victim, 'JESUSYAAZY', earned $92,938.27 as the runner-up while Ankush Mandavia walked away with $67,613.44 for coming in third place. One of the smallest events to wrap up on Monday was Event #10-High ($1,050 PLO-NL). The 164 entries built up a $164,000 prize pool. Kazakhstan's Shyngis Satubayev and Kamel Mokhammed chopped up nearly $70,000 with Satubayev grabbing the title and $35,540.73. Mokhammed didn't get the title but did bag $33,173.94. Third place finisher 'F Gonzalez' earned $20,847.74 in what would just be a precursor for something bigger. 'F Gonzalez' quickly got over the disappointment of being eliminated to win Event #12-High ($2,100 Bounty) for $122,358.25. Runner-up Juan Dominguez scored $54,367.51 and 'KennyKaarten' earned $42,274.23 for finishing in third place. Event #1 (High) - $1,050 Bounty Kickoff Entries: 744 Prize pool: $744,000 Jon AV Santos - $99,285.56 Pablo Navarro - $47,825.75 Darren 'avocadotoast' Rabinowitz - $36,804.20 Event #2 (High) - $1,500 Sunday Marathon Entries: 525 Prize pool: $748,125 Elkymara - $136,102.56 Ivan Zufic - $102,062.24 S Margereson - $76,535.88 Event #3 (High) - $5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event Entries: 325 Prize pool: $1,625,000 K Maslak - $229,531.42 Damian Salas - $150,385.03 Urmo Velvelt - $83,393.94 Event #4 (High) - $1,050 GGMasters High Rollers Entries: 1,127 Prize pool: $1,127,000 Yataro - $155,843.48 Timothy Adams - $116,865.52 Elio Fox - $87,636.69 Event #6 (High) - $25,500 Sunday Five Million Entries: 198 Prize pool: $5,000,000 Guillaume Nolet - $1,084,891.90 Andras Nemeth - $813,553.79 VaPaCooler - $610,079.27 Event #7 (High) - $2,100 PLO-NL Bounty Entries: 244 Prize pool: $488,000 Rui Ferreira - $108,522.63 Amichai Barer - $56,036.36 Andras Nemeth - $30,941.91 Event #8 (High) - $2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo] Entries: 162 Prize pool: $324,000 Aleksei Barkov - $67,918.59 Darren Elias - $37,417.46 Urmo Velvelt - $24,413.97 Event #9 (High) - $5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR Entries: 175 Prize pool: $875,000 Renan Bruschi - $178,494.20 JESUSYAAZY - $92,938.27 Ankush Mandavia - $67,613.44 Event #10 (High) - $1,050 PLO-NL Entries: 164 Prize pool: $164,000 S Satubayev - $35,540.73 Kamel Mokhammad - $33,173.94 F Gonzalez - $20,847.74 Event #12 (High) - $2,100 Bounty Entries: 384 Prize pool: $768,000 F Gonzalez - $122,358.25 Juan Dominguez - $54,367.51 KennyKaarten - $42,274.23
  6. Only one player has held the #1 spot for more weeks than Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy, but while 'lena900' has had 10 turns as the #1-ranked player for 97 weeks, Josephy had one run that lasted an astonishing 74 weeks. That level of success has made Josephy a longstanding favorite of the PocketFives community and his PocketFives Legacy Award, which he won at the 2016 American Poker Awards, earned him the #7 seed in the Clubs bracket and an automatic bye into the second round. If Josephy wants to continue to add to his growing list of accolades, he'll need to survive a Clubs bracket that includes the likes of #1 seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, Fedor Holz, and his former protege Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! p0cket00 (#1) vs StrungOut1 (#16) Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski earned the #1 seed in this bracket thanks to being one of just six players to have worked their way into the #1 ranking on six different occasions. Those six reigns, turned into 28 weeks at #1 for Sikorski which, in addition to his seven Triple Crowns (good for 10th all-time), makes him one of the most accomplished players in PocketFives history. Michael 'StrungOut1' Wasserman held the #1 spot for one week in September 2015. He won two Triple Crowns before having his results no longer tracked by PocketFives. SixthSenSe19 (#2) vs Doc Sands (#15) Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez was ranked #1 on PocketFives on three separate occasions for a combined 21 weeks between October 2016 and March 2017. The Uruguayan has accumulated more than $10 million in lifetime online earnings thanks to PokerStars WCOOP and SCOOP titles as well as partypoker Powerfest wins. His path to Round 2 isn't an easy one though. David 'Doc Sands' Sands might have held the #1 ranking only one time, but his six-week reign and $3 million in online earnings, combined with his status as a popular member of PocketFives, make him a threat to advance. gboro780 (#3) vs SvZff (#14) It somehow feels like Steve 'gboro780' Gross might be a tad underrated as the #3 seed. Gross reached #1 on four separate occasions and has the fourth-longest combined time at #1 at 55 weeks. A majority of Gross' $6.2 million in lifetime earnings came before Black Friday as did his two Triple Crowns. Steven van Zadelhoff is the player standing in Gross' way of a first-round win. The Dutchman earned the #1 ranking in December 2017, just two months after he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.6 million. He held the top spot for a single week and has $11.4 million in earnings plus a Triple Crown to his credit. r4ndomr4gs (#4) vs aguskb (#13) Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren is part of the army of Swedish superstars who have held the #1 spot. Berggren first took the top spot in May 2014 and held onto it for one week before losing it to fellow Swede Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund. He grabbed it back two weeks later for a final two weeks on top. He's also one of just 13 players with at least $14 Million in earnings. Aaron 'aguskb' Gustavson could be in line for an upset here. Gustavson spent one more week on top than Berggren over his two reigns. djk123 (#5) vs Greenstone25 (#12) With three times on top of the PocketFives Rankings and a pair of WSOP bracelets, Dan 'djk123' Kelly is one of the most decorated players in the field. He no longer plays professionally, but during his time at the top of the Rankings, Kelly was one of the most respected MTT grinders on the planet. His first-round opponent, Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar is another member of the Swedish contingent in the field. Korsar was #1 for three weeks in December 2019 and was only displaced by fellow Swede 'lena900'. 1_conor_b_1 (#6) vs BeL0WaB0Ve (#11) This matchup is going to be one to keep an eye on and could come down to a battle of American and British voters. Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul is a legendary figure to most long-time PocketFivers and his seven-week run at #1 in 2006-2007 helped solidify that position. His longtime popularity makes him a threat to upset the #6 seed, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford who brings a 29 straight week reign at #1 as his leading credential. He also has $15 Million in earnings and a trophy case full of some of online poker's most prestigious hardware. Tmay420 (#8) vs CrownUpGuy (#9) Some voters may consider live poker success and that makes Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz a threat to upset Tim 'Tmay420' West. Holz became #1 on three occasions, each time holding onto it for a single week. He won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event and then went onto win more than $32 Million in live tournaments. West was #1 for seven weeks straight beginning in late 2006. He's won more than $4 Million online and nearly the same event in live events. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  7. While each of the four "regional" brackets in the #1 Number One contest is comprised of online poker's all-time greats, the Diamonds bracket could easily be dubbed the "group of death". Not only does it feature some of the most successful players to have ever reached #1 on PocketFives, but it also features some of the most popular players in online poker history. Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro holds the #1 seed in the Diamonds bracket, but his path to victory isn't an easy one. The 16 players have a combined $111 million in lifetime online earnings, the most of any of the four brackets, and six of the 16 players have cracked the $10 Million earnings mark. Fierro will need to navigate through the likes of Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger, Calvin 'cal4268'Anderson, and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - each of whom could run into one another as the contest advances through the subsequent round. The bracket also features three of the best players that Brazil has ever produced: Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, the current #1 player, Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias Baumgarten, and Caio Pessagno. Shaun Deeb, thanks to his PocketFives Legacy Award at the 2020 Global Poker Awards, earned a first-round bye. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! PokerKaiser (#1) vs P0KERPR033 (#16) Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro has been ranked #1 six different times, one of just six players to have done that, and his 24 combined weeks in the top spot is the tenth best. He has earned $12.6 Million online and with 21 Triple Crowns, is the only player within striking distance of the all-time leader in that category, Chris Moorman (30). His first-round opponent, Jim 'P0KERPR033' Campbell could be a bit of a sleeper pick. He was #1 for just one week in July 2007, but with $5.7 Million in lifetime earnings, most of it earned before Black Friday, he has the OG status that could earn him an upset victory. Flush_Entity (#2) vs mindgamer (#15) Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger could be one of the most popular players to ever hold down the top spot on PocketFives. He did it five different times and has spent 32 weeks at #1 and has earned six Triple Crowns. He last held the #1 spot in May 2014. Since then he's gone on to have great success on the live felt, including his seventh-place finish at the 2016 WSOP Main Event. Stefan 'mindgamer' Jedlicka comes in as a #15 seed, but only because he stopped tracking his results on PocketFives. Jedlicka was #1 for two weeks in December 2013. Since then he's won the PokerStars Sunday Million, WCOOP, and SCOOP titles. Yuri Martins (#3) vs 1bigacehole (#14) Yuri Martins Dzivielevski enters the #1 Number One as a #3 seed and with a ton of momentum after taking hold of the #1 spot for a third time on March 23. Dzivielevski has more than $11 Million in lifetime earnings and has enjoyed some time in the poker spotlight the past few years thanks to his bracelet wins in 2019 and 2020 and his deep run in the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Meanwhile, TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer is another player to have held the #1 spot for a single week. Ulmer grabbed the brass ring in August 2012. He's since cracked the $10 Million in lifetime earnings mark and continues to pile up cashes even though he's no longer tracking on PocketFives. cal42688 (#4) vs telks (#13) Any fan of March Madness will tell you that #4 seeds make it to the Final Four all time. In fact, it's happened 13 times with one of those turning into a National Championship. If you had to pick a #4 seed to follow that path, it's probably Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson. His eight different turns at #1 have him third all-time and he's spent a combine 40 weeks on top. He's dominated poker's biggest stages with 10 PokerStars SCOOP titles and another pair of WCOOP titles. His first-round opponent, Michael 'telks' Telker, was #1 for just two weeks in December 2011 but has more than $11 Million in earnings and a Triple Crown to his credit. Big Huni (#5) vs joaomathias (#12) Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen took hold of the #1 ranking in January 2015 and held on to it for five weeks in his only reign. He's earned seven Triple Crowns in his career and has nearly $13 Million in lifetime earnings. He's also successfully transitioned to playing live High Rollers against some of the other best players in the world while continuing to grind online. Joao Mathias Baumgarten isn't a cupcake opponent though. Two different times he was ranked #1 and he's won five Triple Crowns and has amassed more than $10 Million in lifetime earnings. Romeopro (#6) vs Annette_15 (#11) Seven Triple Crowns, three Monthly Leaderboard wins, $12.5 Million in earnings, and five weeks at #1 make Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky a legitimate threat to advance against any of his potential opponents. To do that though he's going to have to get through the only female player in the field, Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad. As far as online poker legends go, Obrestad is firmly entrenched as one of the most admired. Her ascent to #1 in January 2007, followed by her 13 weeks on top, her 180-person SNG win where she didn't look at her hole cards, were all amplified by her 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event win. pessagno (#8) vs veeea (#9) For many years over the last decade, the PocketFives Rankings have been a battlefield for Russian and Brazilian grinders and this first-round match-up puts two of those players head-to-head. Brazilian Caio Pessagno took over the #1 spot for the first time in July 2013 and held onto it for three weeks. He grabbed it back from Calvin Anderson two weeks later and spent eight weeks at #1. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is the most highly decorated Russian in PocketFives history. Vezhenkov has more than $10 Million in earnings, four Triple Crowns, and is the only Russian to be ranked #1. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  8. For more than six hours on Wednesday night, poker fans around the world were tuned in watching Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth go head-to-head in High Stakes Duel II. During the first three hours, Negreanu racked up pot after pot while Hellmuth seemed more focused on eating. Hellmuth put the take-out away however and over the final two hours of play came back from 19-1 chip deficit to take out Negreanu to capture his fourth High Stakes Duel match. "That was super intense. I played against Jungleman [Dan Cates], and I was down to 4,000 of 200,000 in chips, and here Daniel had 95,000 to my 5,000. I came back to win against Jungleman, and I came back and won this," Hellmuth said. "I didn’t see Daniel do anything particularly wrong, but most people other than Daniel will allow you to get back into the match because they’re not really finishing the way they should finish." Negreanu's control began as soon as cards were in the air on Wednesday night and he held the lead over Hellmuth for almost four full hours. Three hours into play, with Negreanu holding nearly a 4-1 lead over Hellmuth, the pair played a pot that brought The Poker Brat front and center. With blinds of 250/500, Hellmuth limped with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and then re-raised to 3,700 after Negreanu made it 1,500 with [poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"]. Negreanu called and the flop came [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"]. Negreanu checked, Hellmuth bet 4,000 and Negreanu decided to call. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and both players checked. The [poker card="5s"] completed the board and Negreanu bet 5,000 with Hellmuth having just 12,000 behind. Hellmuth called and Negreanu tabled the winner to leave Hellmuth with just 14 big blinds. "You might win this fuckin' match, but I tell you what, I fuckin' hate the way you played," Hellmuth said after standing up and pacing around the set. "You played so fuckin' bad, it's crazy. What the fuck you putting 3,700 in with 4-6?" In the wake of that rant, Hellmuth folded [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"] on a [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"][poker card="js"][poker card="jd"] board after Negreanu bet 1,500 into a 3,000 chip pot to leave himself with 5,000. The lowest point of the match for the 15-time bracelet winner came just a few hands later when he dipped to 4,000. A little more than a half hour later, Hellmuth found himself all in for the first time on the night and it ended up being a key hand on his way to the win. Negreanu min-raised to 1,200 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="5c"] and Hellmuth called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The flop came [poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] to give both players flush and straight draws. Hellmuth checked and then moved all in for 10,200 after Negreanu bet 600. Negreanu called and then discovered he was in rough shape. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] to give Hellmuth a six-high straight. The [poker card="kh"] river changed nothing and Hellmuth doubled back to 22,800. "Just turns out I had him in bad shape because he had a huge hand. He had an open-ender, two overcards, but it just so happened that I had a better flush draw. I did still think he may outdraw me, but that red five on the turn was amazing,” Hellmuth said. Just 30 minutes later, Hellmuth nearly evened the stacks out and found himself down just 4,000 chips. He took his first lead after raising to 17,500 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] on a [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] board. Negreanu had bet 6,000 on the river with [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"] and folded to send the 42,500 pot to Hellmuth. Down to just seven big blinds, Negreanu moved all in with [poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"] after Hellmuth limped with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. Hellmuth called and saw the [poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"] flop give Negreanu an open-ended straight flush draw. The [poker card="kc"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="8s"] river failed to save Negreanu and Hellmuth won his fourth consecutive High Stakes Duel match. The match-up between Hellmuth and Negreanu was the second in PokerGo's High Stakes Duel series and comes on the heels of Negreanu's online cash game battle against Doug Polk. In the first installment of High Stakes Duel, Hellmuth won three straight matches against Antonio Esfandiari. The weeks leading up to the match featured each of the combatants firing barbs at each other on social media. The match was originally scheduled for March 16 but had to be delayed due to "non-player COVID concerns". With Hellmuth's win, the option for a rematch falls to Negreanu. In the wake of the final hand, Negreanu told Hellmuth, "There will be a re-match, you can guarantee that."
  9. Chris Moorman is easily one of the most - if not the most - decorated players in PocketFives history. He's been the #1-ranked player 13 different times and has held that spot for a combined 23 weeks. He was the first player to break $10 million and $15 million in lifetime earnings. Those accolades, along with his Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award, afforded the Englishman a first-round bye in the #1 Number One bracket, but the rest of the Hearts bracket presents a formidable challenge if Moorman has any designs on advancing and adding the #1 Number One Championship Belt to his collection. The rest of the bracket includes the likes of 'C Darwin2', Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, and the late Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! C Darwin2 (#2) vs Jovial Gent (#15) Between February 2016 and May 2019, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' enjoyed eight different reigns at the #1 spot for a total of 66 weeks (third all-time). That, coupled with $16,779,066 in lifetime earnings, propelled 'C Darwin2' to the #2 seed in the Hearts bracket and made for a formidable first round opponent for Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko, who comes in at #15. Timoshenko held the #1 spot for a single week in May 2007 and has $4,826,132 in lifetime online earnings. Gettin Daize (#3) vs vinkyy (#14) Chris 'Getting Daize' Oliver took the #1 spot for the first time in August 2010 and then again in December of the same year. In both instances Oliver's grasp on the top spot lasted just one week. Still, the American, who now calls Costa Rica home, has $15,200,033 in lifetime online earnings, which is good enough for fifth best. Oliver's first round opponent, 'vinkyy' was #1 in the world for a single week back in October 2013 and has four PocketFives Triple Crowns to his credit. eisenhower1 (#4) vs brsavage (#13) Chris 'brsavage' Savage was the very first player to hold down the #1 spot on PocketFives. From January 17, 2005 thru April 18, 2005, Savage was considered the top online MTT player in the world. His status as 'PocketFives OG' could lead him to an upset over one of the best players Sweden has ever produced. Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson took his turn at #1 for one week from September 30, 2015 thru October 7, 2015. He's also captured six Triple Crowns. Legenden (#5) vs norfair18 (#12) From March thru May 2013, 'Legenden' was in the online poker streets battling with some of the best in the world and put up results that allowed him to rise to the #1 ranking three different times. The competition was so fierce that two of his reigns lasted just one week and the third was two weeks. His first round opponent, 'norfair18' had a single week as the top-ranked online poker player in the world, taking the spot from Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro in April 2015. pleno1 (#6) vs lukethafluke (#11) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has been #1 on PocketFives on four separate occasions, most recently in November 2019. That reign, which lasted one week, came more than five years after he first topped the rankings. Leonard has $12.5 million in earnings and has won one Triple Crown and two monthly leaderboards. His first round opponent, Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund earned the #11 seed thanks to four turns at #1 between January and June in 2014 which helped push his lifetime earnings past $5 million. girafganger7 (#7) vs taypaur (#10) With more than $14 million in lifetime earnings and three reigns at #1, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens still finds himself as an underdog to advance beyond the first round. Even then, he still has to make it past Taylor 'taypaur' Paur. On two separate occasions, Paur was #1 in the world with reigns lasting two weeks and seven weeks respectively. He also has more than $5 million in lifetime earnings. M8kingmoves (#8) vs ch0ppy (#9) Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista had just one reign at #1, but he made the absolute most of it. Batista took over the #1 spot on August 22, 2007 and didn't let go of it for an astonishing 45 weeks, the second-longest reign of all-time trailing only Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy's 74-week reign. Batista still has to get through Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay who had two week-long turns atop the Rankings in in July 2012 and February 2013. The Canadian also has five Triple Crown awards and $7.2 million in lifetime online earnings. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  10. It has only been a week since Season 8 of High Stakes Poker wrapped up and poker fans can only wait for an announcement about Season 9 to quench their thirst for more six-figure pots and a healthy dose of some of the biggest ballers in the game. A look at some of the statistics from Season 8 makes a few things abundantly clear. First, Tom Dwan was undoubtedly the Season 8 Most Valuable Player and second, Rick Salomon didn't think the stakes on High Stakes Poker were big enough. In the 14 episodes that made up Season 8, there were 193 total hands and the pots totaled $24,875,700. Tom Dwan Came To Play Anybody who tuned into HSP this past season got a heavy dose of Dwan as the former online poker prodigy won 31 pots outright and then chopped two more. All told, Dwan raked in pots totaling $6,139,900. The second most frequent winner was Salomon with 19 pots won for $3,511,100. Phil Ivey Shows Up - Barely Fans hoping to see Phil Ivey make a triumphant return to High Stakes Poker probably wound up feeling a little bit disappointed. There were only eight pots that Ivey entered that made it to air and he won only three of those with the largest being a $117,600 pot on Episode 9. Phil Hellmuth Gives Fans One Super Memorable Moment Nobody in poker loves being on TV more than Phil Hellmuth and there was no way the Poker Brat was going to miss the chance to be a feature on one of poker's most iconic shows. Hellmuth found himself in 15 pots and managed to win six of them. The biggest being a a $144,100 pot in Episode 13 where he turned a flush against James Bord and Jake Daniels. The second biggest pot that Hellmuth won was easily the most talked about hand of the season. After flopping the nut straight against the second nut straight of Polk, Hellmuth shoved his $97,200 stack into the middle to push the pot to $203,000. Polk famously laid down his hand, earning the "best laydown ever" title from commentator Gabe Kaplan. You Like Big Pots and You Can Not Lie One of the things that makes High Stakes Poker must-see TV is the huge pots that highlight each season. This season there were six pots worth at least a half-million dollars. Kenney won two outright and chopped another one with Nick Petrangelo. There wasn't a single pot that hit seven figures, but Dwan destroyed Jean-Robert Bellande and Lynne Ji by scooping a $985,000 pot in Episode 5 after the players agreed to run it three times. READ: Tom Dwan, Bryn Kenney Star in Biggest Pots of High Stakes Poker S8 Smallest Pots of the season There was, of course, the other end of the spectrum. There were 14 hands shown where the pot size was under $10,000 and five of those actually fell under $5,000. The honor of smallest pot won this season went to Kenney. Kenney won a battle of the blinds with Rick Salomon to score a $3,400 pot - $1,800 of which was his own money. Rick Salomon Raises the Stakes A Lot For mere mortals, the stakes on High Stakes Poker are almost impossible to imagine. There were 49 hands of $200/$400 (with a $400 big blind ante) and 144 hands of $400/$800 ($800 BBA). That just wasn't big enough for Salomon though. He put a straddle on 21 times and then had the guts to double stradded an additional six times. He wasn't done there though. Late in Episode 1, Salomon decided to skip the $3,200 double straddle after Bryn Kenney put out a $1,600 straddle and went straight to a $5,000 straddle. In all, there were 72 straddles plus another 11 double straddles (including Salomon's $5,000 gambit). Dwan had the second most straddles at 13. Of the 20 players who made up the Season 8 cast, 15 straddled at least once.
  11. Online poker players in Michigan now have another online poker site to play on. BetMGM Poker, which uses the partypoker software, launched Monday afternoon to join PokerStars MI as the only sites currently serving the Great Lake State. "The demand for online poker in Michigan was made clear by players across the state. BetMGM Poker is proud to offer them a seat at our tables and we’re confident that BetMGM Michigan customers will enjoy an engaging, reliable, and fun poker experience," Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker, BetMGM said. Players in Michigan are currently playing in a ring-fenced environment against other players in Michigan. Any plan to have BetMGM join the interstate compact with New Jersey have not been announced but the recent ruling that determined that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting clears a potential hurdle to expand the compact to include other states and operators. Players signing up for BetMGM Poker get $10 free to use at the cash game and fastforward tables plus $15 in tournament dollars that can be used for MTTs and sit-n-gos and are eligible for a 100% bonus on their first deposit up to a maximum of $600. There is also a $50,000 freeroll tournament on Sunday, April 4 which pays out prizes to the top 1,000 finishers ranging from $10 in tournament dollars up to the first place prize of $500 in tournament dollars plus entry to the $109 buy-in BetMGM Grand Online Series Main Event. In late January, PokerStars MI became the first poker site to take advantage of the online gaming regulations signed into law in December 2019. The addition of BetMGM Poker means Michigan now has twice as many online poker operators as Pennsylvania, where only PokerStars PA is live. BetMGM Poker's launch gives the gaming company a full slate of iGaming products that includes sports betting and casino. "The launch of BetMGM Poker in Michigan fully rounds out our premier gaming portfolio in the state,” said Adam Greenblatt, BetMGM CEO. "BetMGM’s sports betting and casino offerings have been met with incredible early success in Michigan and we’re thrilled to provide players with another exciting gaming option."
  12. The return of High Stakes Poker after a nine-and-a-half year hiatus was met with high expectations. The first seven seasons of the show created some of the most memorable moments in televised poker history and showcased cash game action in a way that had never been done before. Season 8 delivered on the nostalgia by bringing in some of the stars of the first seven seasons, including Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, and Phil Hellmuth, and mixed them in with some new blood, such as Michael Schwimmer, Rick Salomon, and Brandon Steven, who were all unafraid to mix things up. The result was 14 episodes that felt like a continuation rather than a reboot of the original show. Here are the five biggest pots from Season 8. #5 - Bryn Kenney Kicks Tom Dwan Out of his Full House (Episode #5) From UTG, Bryn Kenney raised to $2,500 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"]. Steven called from the cutoff with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] before Dwan raised to $12,000 from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. Both Kenney and Steven called to build a pot to $38,000. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Dwan top two pair with Kenney picking up top and bottom pair. After action checked to him, Dwan bet $22,000 and just Kenney called. The [poker card="3c"] turn gave Kenney a full house and he check-called Dwan's bet of $55,000. Kenney checked again when the [poker card="th"] completed the board. Dwan reached into his stack and bet $55,000 only to have Kenney click back with a raise to $285,000. The raise made Dwan visibly uncomfortable and after considering his action for 30 seconds, Dwan folded to let Kenney win the $572,000 pot and take a $198,000 profit. #4 - Michael Schwimmer Also Falls Victim to Bryn Kenney (Episode #8) John Andress bumped things up by straddling for $1,600. Dwan called with [poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"] and and Jean-Robert Bellande called from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="5h"] before Schwimmer raised to $4,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="5c"]. Kenney defended the big blind with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"], Andress called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"] and both Dwan and Bellande decided to see the flop. Schimmer led out for $15,000 after the [poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2s"] flop gave him top pair. Kenney took the opportunity to raise to $52,000 with middle set getting Andress, Dwan and Bellande to all fold. Schwimmer called and then checked the [poker card="ah"] turn. Kenney bet $71,000 and Schwimmer called. The [poker card="5d"] river gave Schwimmer two pair and after taking some to consider his action he checked to Kenney who bet $165,000. Schwimmer called all in and was shown the bad news. Schwimmer left his seat following that hand. #3 - Sean Perry Brings Jean-Robert Bellande Along for the Ride (Episode #8) Dwan opened to $2,500 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] only to have Sean Perry raise to $8,000 from Dwan's direct left with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. From the small blind, Bellande re-raised to $30,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"]. That forced a fold from Dwan, but Perry made it $70,000 to go and Bellande decided to call. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Bellande top pair but he checked to Perry who bet $40,000 and Bellande called. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave Bellande outs to a straight and he check-called Perry's $70,000 bet. The [poker card="7d"] river changed nothing for either player and Bellande checked a third time. Perry moved all in for $136,000. Bellande took a long sip from his Las Vegas chalice while contemplating his decision. He asked for a count and then decided to call only to have Perry turn over the winning hand to take down the $637,700 pot. #2 - Rick Salomon Double Straddles His Way to an $868,200 Pot (Episode #2) Straddles were a pretty common occurrence when Salomon was in the game. Just moments after his tablemates bet on how long the table could keep a no straddle agreement in place, Kenney straddled for $1,600 and Salomon double-straddled for $3,200. Action folded to Steven and he called in middle position with [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"]. Everybody else got out of the way until Kenney called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] and then Salmon raised to $22,000 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"]. Steven decided to bow out, but Kenney opted to call and see the flop. The dealer spread out [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"] giving Kenney middle set with Salomon picking up an open-ended straight draw. Kenney checked, Salomon bet $30,000 and Kenney called. The [poker card="8c"] turn gave Salomon a straight and an opportunity to improve to a straight flush or flush. Kenney checked again, Salomon bet $55,000 and Kenney called. The [poker card="as"] river changed nothing for either player and once again, Kenney checked to Salomon. With $219,200 in the pot already, Salomon moved all in and Kenney called off his remaining $324,000 which was immediately sent to Salomon after he tabled the winning hand. #1 - Three Times was Definitely a Charm for Dwan (Episode #5) While no pot broke the million dollar mark, the biggest hand of the season got awfully close. Bellande straddled to $1,600 before Salomon raised to $4,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"]. Steven, Dwan and Lynne Ji all called to put action back on Bellande. The former Survivor castaway looked down at [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] and raised to $11,000. Salomon and Steven followed up with calls before Dwan raised to $54,000. Ji then moved all in for $163,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"] and Bellande move all in over the top of Ji for $399,000. Salomon folded and Steven threw his [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] into the muck. Dwan took a moment before calling. The three players first decided to run it twice before Dwan suggested running three boards and Ji and Bellande both agreed. Board #1: [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="ts"] Board #2: [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="3s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="ah"] Board #3: [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"] Despite flopping an open-ended straight draw and turning a flush draw on Board #1, Ji was unable to improve, allowing Dwan to win. Dwan then flopped a set on Board #2 and Bellande couldn't find a ten to make Broadway giving Dwan the first two runouts. He then flopped a full house on Board #3 leaving Bellande hoping for an ace or a king on the turn or river. When neither came, Dwan won the third board to scoop all three run outs win the $985,000 pot. With their chips being moved to Dwan, both Li and Bellande left the game at this point.
  13. The long-awaited return season of High Stakes Poker wrapped up on Wednesday with a cast full of some of the most active players of the season. Tom Dwan, Rick Salomon, Jake Daniels, and Brandon Steven were splashing away as the clock wound down on Season 9. The opening hand began with Daniels raising to $2,100 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"]. Dwan called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] before Salomon bumped the action up with a raise to $14,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. Daniels folded but Dwan called. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"][poker card="4h"] and Dwan checked to Salomon and then called a bet of $20,000. The [poker card="7s"] turn produced similar action with Dwan check-calling a $25,000 bet from Salomon. The river was the [poker card="7d"] and Dwan checked once again. Salomon threw out a bet of $65,000 and after a brief contemplation, Dwan folded to let Salomon scoop the six-figure pot and add $63,100 to his stack. As Salomon was raking in the chips, Dwan offered him a $500 chip to let him see his cards. Salomon accepted and Dwan learned he made the correct fold. Dwan made all of that and then some back on the next hand before James Bord got the best of John Andress in six-figure pot. Dwan straddled to $1,600, Salomon called, Andress raise to $3,200 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] before Bord moved all in for $113,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. Dwan and Salomon folded and Andress called. With $230,800 in the middle, the players decided to run two full boards. The first board came [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] to give Bord a full house. The second board was just as good with Bord making another set of jacks on the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2s"] flop. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Andress straight outs but the [poker card="kc"] river was no help and Bord added $117,000 to his stack. Andress' rough night continued two hands later. Steven straddled to $1,600, Dwan raised to $5,000 with [poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"], Salomon called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"], Andress called with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"], and Steven came along for the ride. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8h"] flop resulted in a check from Steven, a $5,000 bet from Dwan, a fold from Salomon, and calls from both Andress and Steven. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and Steven checked again. Dwan fired out $25,000, Andress called and Steven folded. The [poker card="4h"] completed the board and Dwan's backdoor flush draw. Dwan bet enough to put Andress all in. After only a minute of contemplation, Andress called and was shown the bad news. Dwan netted $101,000 on the hand. After adding another $200,000 to stay in the game, Andress found himself on the wrong side of another six-figure pot. Daniels opened to $2,500 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"], Dwan called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="5d"], before Andress raised to $10,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Daniels re-raised to $40,000, forcing Dwan to muck his hand, and Andress called. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Andress little to hold onto. Daniels bet $17,500 and Andress called. After the [poker card="9d"] turn Daniels bet $51,000 and Andress had little choice but to fold. Six hands later, Andress dropped $80,000 without even seeing a flop. Andress straddled to $1,600 and was dealt [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"], Bryn Kenney double-straddled to $3,200 and was dealt [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"]. Steven raised to $11,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"], Salomon re-raised to $35,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"]. With action back on him, Andress made it $80,000 to go. Steven needed just 40 seconds to five-bet to $214,000 forcing to Salomon and leaving Andress frustrated. "I'm running into a fucking buzzsaw," Andress said, as he threw his jacks into the muck. The final hand of the night and the season started with Kenney straddling to $1,600. Steven called with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"], Daniels called with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Dwan raised to $9,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. Salomon called with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] and Kenney, Steven, and Daniels all called to push the pot to $46,600 before the flop. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2c"] flop put Salomon in front with top set. Salomon, Kenney, Steven, Daniels all checked to Dwan who bet $15,000. Everybody but Steven called to see the [poker card="4s"] turn pair the board and all four players checked. The [poker card="jc"] completed the board and Salomon led out for $45,000. Kenney folded, but Daniels called and after Dwan folded, Salomon told Daniels, "I got it," and turned over the winning hand to take down the $196,600 pot. PokerGo has not announced plans for a ninth season of High Stakes Poker, but during the opening segment of the season 8 finale, announcer AJ Benza hinted at the possibility. All episodes of the show are available on demand via PokerGo.
  14. This week's episode of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO started off with the players still talking about Doug Polk folding the second nut straight to Phil Hellmuth shove with the nut straight last week, but quickly turned into an episode of the Tom Dwan Show - and he wasn't even in the game when the episode began. It didn't take long to get a six-figure pot. On the second hand of play, James Bord raised to $1,100 with [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"], Jake Daniels called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"], and Hellmuth defended his big blind with [poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"]. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"] and Hellmuth checked to Bord, who bet $2,000. Daniels called only to have Hellmuth raise to $5,000. Bord folded but Daniels called to see the [poker card="qs"] turn. Hellmuth check-called Daniels' bet of $7,100 to bump the pot to $30,100. The [poker card="2h"] river completed the board and Hellmuth led out for $14,000. Daniels raised to $57,000 and Hellmuth went into the tank. "I keep thinking, 'I'm going to fold this and he's going to show me the bluff and I am going to quit," Hellmuth said while contemplating his decision. After 2:35 of waiting, Daniels asked for a clock and Hellmuth was given two minutes to make his decision. Hellmuth ultimately called to take down the $144,000 pot and added $73,500 to his stack. On the next hand, Polk left and was replaced by Rick Salomon with Dwan taking his spot in the four seat. Before seeing a single hand, Dwan asked the double the stakes from $200/$400 to $400/$800 and nobody resisted, setting up a night of six-figure pots. Dwan started his reign of dominance by taking down a $57,800 pot, winning another $1,400 after running the turn and river twice against Bord in a $171,000 pot, but all of that was just whetting his appetite for winning a huge pot without a showdown. Brandon Steven opened to $2,400 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="4s"], Dwan called with [poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"], and Bryn Kenney called from the big blind with [poker card="th"][poker card="7s"]. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"] and Kenney checked to Steven who continued for $5,000. Holding a flush draw and middle pair, Dwan raised to $18,000. Kenney folded and Steven called. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave Dwan two pair and after Steven checked, Dwan fired out $33,000 into the $44,400 pot. Steven responded with a raise to $87,000. Dwan took a little more than two minutes before moving all in for $227,000. A visibly frustrated Steven folded his hand instantly and said, "you guys are impossible to bluff. It's amazing." It wouldn't be a Season 8 episode of High Stakes Poker without a bit of a Hellmuth rant. Hellmuth called from UTG with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. Bord raised to $2,600 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"], Salomon called from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"], Kenney came long from the big blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] and Hellmuth called. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"] flop got all four players to check. The turn was the [poker card="jd"] and Hellmuth bet $7,000 and only Bord called. The river was the [poker card="3s"] and Hellmuth continued to be aggressive, betting $9,000. Bord raised to $33,000 forcing Hellmuth into a decision. "I just can't fold this, I guess," Hellmuth said after 90 seconds and the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner threw in a call. After being shown the nuts, Hellmuth stood up and treated his tablemates and viewers at home to a monologue on Bord. "I love playing against you, I want you every fucking day," Hellmuth said. "You deserve to lose after all of those weird beats you put on me." With Hellmuth done holding the spotlight, Dwan resumed his domination as the episode drew to a close. After Dwan straddled to $1,600 and Salomon double-straddled to $3,200, Steven raised to $10,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"], Daniels called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"], Dwan called with [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"], and Salomon made it a four-way pot with [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="7h"][[poker card="2h"] and everybody checked to Steven who fired $17,000 into the $41,200 pot. Daniels and Dwan called while Salomon got out of the way. All three remaining players checked through the [poker card="9c"] turn that gave Dwan two pair. The [poker card="js"] river completed the board and Daniels checked, Dwan bet $43,000 which forced Steven to fold. Daniels called and was shown the bad news as Dwan's two pair allowed him to rake in the $178,200 pot. Dwan then took down a $106,600 pot before the final hand of the night, which turned out to be the biggest of the week. Salomon straddled, Bord raised to $3,200 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"], Daniels three-bet to $10,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"], and Dwan also called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"]. Action was back to Salomon and he called with [poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] as Bord folded. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"] flop got Daniels to bet $12,500 and both Dwan and Salomon called. Daniels then fired $33,000 after the [poker card="js"] turn and once again, Dwan and Salomon called. The river was the [poker card="8c"] which finally got Daniels to slow down. He checked, allowing Dwan to bet $75,000 with his queen-high flush. Salomon called with his baby flush and realizing he was behind, Daniels folded. Dwan tabled the winning hand and scooped the $320,500 pot, winning an additional $189,000 as play wrapped up for the week. The next episode of High Stakes Poker is the final one of Season 8 and airs on PokerGo on Wednesday, March 17 at 8 PM ET.
  15. When the final six players in the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship bagged up their chips on January 13, 2020 they knew there was going to be a delay before they got the chance to crown a champion. They just didn't know it was going to last 422 days. Originally scheduled to be played on March 31, 2020 at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the final table was ultimately postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With live poker slowly opening back up in Sin City, the six players, including chip leader Chance Kornuth, were brought into the PokerGo studio at the Aria Hotel & Casino to resume play on Wednesday night. It took just an hour of play to go from six players to five and it ended what could have been an historic night. From UTG, Tuan Phan raised to 60,000, Chance Kornuth called from the cutoff, and Qing Liu, who won the WPT Venetian on Tuesday night, defended his big blind. Liu then led for 100,000 after the [poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop. Phan and Kornuth both called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and this time Liu checked. Phan bet 350,000 forcing Kornuth toss his hand into the muck before Liu moved all in for 755,000. Phan called and tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] for an overpair while Liu showed [poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] for bottom two pair. The river was the [poker card="qh"] to give Phan a better two pair and end Liu's run at winning WPT titles in back-to-back days with a sixth place finish. On the very next hand, Phan sent another player to the cashier. Straton Wilhelm moved all in from the cutoff for 430,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="th"] and Phan snap-called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3h"] runout offered Wilhelm no relief and he was eliminated in fifth. Kornuth started the final table with the chip lead but wasn't able to turn it into his first WPT title. After a little more than 2.5 hours of four-handed action and playing with the shortest stack, Kornuth came out on the wrong end of a battle of the blinds. Action folded to Kornuth in the small blind and he called with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Markus Gonsalves moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] and Kornuth called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"] flop moved Gonsalves ahead and left Kornuth drawing thin. The [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="kc"] river were both bricks for Kornuth and he was done in fourth place. Just 12 hands later, Gonsalves found another victim. Phan opened to 125,000 from the button before Jonathan Cohen moved all in for 1,465,000 from the small blind. Gonsalves re-shoved from the big blind and Phan quickly got out of the way. Cohen showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] but got bad news when Gonsalves showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] flop changed nothing and Cohen could only watch as the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="8c"] completed the board to seal his fate with a third place finish. Gonzalves was ahead by a 5-1 margin when heads up play began. Phan seemingly refused to play any big pots with Gonsalves and three hours into heads up play, Phan wrestled the chip lead away. It turned out to be all for naught however as Gonsalves quickly took the lead back and then finished Phan off for good. Gonsalves completed his small blind and Phan checked to send both players to a [poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"] flop. Phan check-called Gonsalves' bet of 200,000. Phan checked again after the [poker card="qs"] fell on the turn. Gonsalves bet 600,000 and this time Phan moved all in for 3,075,000. Gonsalves called and showed [poker card="th"][poker card="4h"] for a flush while Phan had flopped bottom two pair with [poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="js"] river failed to fill up Phan and he was eliminated in second place, leaving Gonsalves to collect the $554,495 first place prize and etch his name onto the WPT Champions Cup. "I feel like he ran really well against me heads up. I was getting frustrated, when he took the chip lead from me I started to get frustrated. I was more tired than anything," Gonsalves said. He also couldn't help but point out that the win gives him one more WPT title than a certain 15-time WSOP bracelet winner. “I think I’ve come close once or twice before so it feels nice to finally win one. All my friends have them. That’s going to be great to troll Phil [Hellmuth], that’s for sure,” Gonsalves said. WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table Payouts Matthew Gonsalves - $554,495 Tuan Phan - $359,650 Jonathan Cohen - $263,090 Chance Kornuth - $195,085 Straton Wilhelm - $146,655 Qing Liu - $111,795
  16. Over a year ago, Qing Liu made the final table of the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship. That final table was meant to be played in Las Vegas last March but the coronavirus pandemic put an extended delay on that event. This week, Liu traveled to Las Vegas to play the WPT Venetian event before finally getting to play the Gardens Championship final table on Wednesday. Now he's suddenly in position to win two WPT titles - and more than $1.3 million - in a 24 hour span. On Tuesday night Liu beat 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe McKeehen heads up to win the WPT Venetian event for more than $750,000. Before the final table began there was some drama surrounding the player second in chips, Roland Rokita. Fedor Holz, who has worked with Rokita, tweeted that the young Austrian was in medical distress and might not be able to play the final table. Despite Holz subsequently tweeting that he believed Rokita would require surgery, Rokita made it to the Venetian in time to play the final table. It took 36 hands for the first elimination to happen. With blinds at 75,000/150,000, Liu raised to 300,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"] on the button. Trace Henderson moved all in from the small blind for 1,525,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] and Liu called. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] flop changed nothing but Liu connected on the [poker card="th"] turn to make top pair. Henderson was unable to catch either one of the two remaining nines as the [poker card="6d"] river and was eliminated in sixth place. That hand moved Liu up the chip counts, but McKeehen did most of the heavy lifting the rest of the way. From the cutoff, McKeehen min-raised to 400,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"]. Kou Vang shoved from the big blind for 4,250,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2s"] gave McKeehen middle set and left Vang needing runner-runner help. The [poker card="3s"] turn made Vang's fifth place elimination all but official as the [poker card="ad"] river completed the board. McKeehen found another victim just 15 minutes later in a blind against blind spot. Action folded to McKeehen in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="ks"][poker card="td"] and Jack Hardcastle called all in from the big blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="8s"]. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"] to completed miss Hardcastle and the 2021 WPT Montreal Online champion was eliminated in fourth. That pot gave McKeehen 63% of the chips in play. It took nearly two hours to go from three-handed to heads-up and once again it was McKeehen taking charge and adding to his chip lead. McKeehen moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="8d"] and Rokita called from the big blind putting his tournament at risk with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. McKeehen picked up a gunshot straight draw on the [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] flop and then made that draw on the [poker card="9c"] turn. The river was the meanings [poker card="8c"] and Rokita was done in third place. Heads-up play began with McKeehen holding a nearly 2-1 lead over Liu. It took Liu just five hands to wrestle that lead away from McKeehen. With the board showing [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and 12,500,000 in the pot, Liu moved all in for 10,100,000 forcing McKeehen to fold. Liu took a 3-2 chip lead thanks to that pot. Just 30 minutes later, Liu collected every last chip. Down to just 11 big blinds, McKeehen moved all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7d"] and Liu called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="4s"]. Liu made second pair on the [poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"] flop and McKeehen was unable to improve as the [poker card="9d"] and [poker card="6c"] completed the board to give Liu his first WPT title and a $752,880 payday. Liu, who has had his last 20 cashes come at the Venetian dating back to last September, will spend Tuesday night resting up before making his way to the PokerGO Studio at Aria to play the final table of the Gardens Poker Championship where is fifth in chips. WPT Venetian Final Table Payouts Qing Liu - $752,880 Joe McKeehen - $491,960 Roland Rokita - $363,235 Jack Hardcastle - $271,050 Kou Vang - $204,430 Trace Henderson - $155,865
  17. For the last 17 days, the top online poker players in Michigan battled in the first major online poker series since the launch of PokerStars Michigan, the only regulated site currently operating in the state, just over seven weeks ago. The original schedule for the Michigan Championship of Online Poker called for $1 million in guarantees but strong turnouts throughout the series convinced PokerStars to up the guarantees and the total prizepools for the 60 events surpassed $2.2 million. Not surprisingly, the biggest winner came from the marquee event on the schedule. 'smftt' beat out 1,283 other entries in Event #55 ($300 Main Event) to take home a $56,398.35 payday. Runner-up 'zscoro' had to settle for $40,202.13 while third place finisher 'cbauer6789' walked away with $28,657.44. The Main Event originally featured a $125,000 guarantee, but after the opening weekend turnout took each tournament prize pool past the guarantees, PokerStars upped the guarantee to $200,000. The final prizepool ended up at $359,520. The Mini Main Event, with a $50 buy-in and a $50,000 guarantee, had 1,201 runners to build a $54,645.50 prize pool. 'BiggyBlains22' outlasted all of them to win $8,573.25 while 'smoker364' came in second place for $6,110.55 and 'PHV0311' earned $4,355.80 for coming in third place. The only event other than the Main Event to eclipse the six-figure prizepool mark was Event #31 ($250 NL Sunday Special SE) which had 461 entrants for a $107,413 prizepool. 'GmdChalengChmp' secured a $19,161.33 score for outlasting the entire field. Two players each managed to score a pair of MICOOP titles and one of them won both events in a 24-hour span. On Sunday, February 21, 'sexycaitlyn' wound up on top of Event #6 ($200 NL Sunday Special SE) after the final four players agreed to a deal. The next night 'sexycaitlyn' scored an outright victory in Event #11 ($100 NL 4-Max). The two wins earned the player $14,923.40. The second player to secure two victories was 'Coolriver84'. On Sunday, February 28, they outlasted 318 entries in Event #34 ($100 NL 6-Max) to win $5,495.38. Then, on the final night of the series, Monday, March 8, they chopped Event #59 ($100 Nightly Stars SE) with two other players to earn $6,629.72 and the title. While the overall prizepools went well passed the total guarantee, there were three events that failed to meet the guarantee. The first two came on Sunday, February 28. Event #33 ($50 PLO 8-Max Turbo) drew just 191 runners and missed the $10,000 guarantee by $1,309.50 and Event #35 ($75 NL Hyper-Turbo Sunday Supersonic SE) had a $5,265.50 overlay on the $20,000 guarantee after just 209 players entered. The final event with an overlay was Event #57 ($200 NL 6-Max Turbo) which had 109 entries to fall $9,726.00 short of the $30,000 guarantee. Complete MICOOP Results [table id=184/]
  18. A new episode of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO came with a new cast filled with some of the biggest names to take a seat this season and wrapped up with two superstars clashing in what will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about hands in the history of the show. Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Bryn Kenney were joined by James Bord, Brandon Steven, Jake Daniels, and making his Season 8 debut, Doug Polk. Dwan wasn't seated when play began, leaving action to start seven-handed. After the second hand of the night, where Bord scooped a $36,900 pot with [poker card="6c"][poker card="4h"], Hellmuth seemed to take issue with how Bord was assigned his seat and took aim at his fellow WSOP Europe Main Event champion. "I want you in the game, but I don't want you to get away with a lot of bullshit," Hellmuth said to Bord. Two hands later, the pair would clash. From UTG+1, Hellmuth called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and action folded to Bord in the cutoff. He raised to $2,000 with [poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"]. Everybody else got out of the way and Hellmuth called. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"] and Hellmuth check-called Bord's $3,000 bet. The [poker card="6d"] turn got Hellmuth to check again. This time Bord decided to bet $15,000 into the $11,000 pot while saying, "I'm just going to bluff it off now." Hellmuth complained about how unfair the hand felt before folding face up. Sensing an opportunity to send Hellmuth into tilt, Bord told the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner "good fold" and showed the table his hand. Dwan joined the table for the sixth hand and then had a front row seat for the next big pot. Hellmuth called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"], Steven raised to $2,100 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] and Bord decided to defend his big blind with [poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"] forcing Hellmuth to fold. After the [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] flop, Steven bet $3,000 and Bord called. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] giving Steven a straight flush. He fired a bet of $5,000 and Bord responded by raising to $17,000. Steven thought over his options and decided to call. The river was the [poker card="7h"] and Steven checked, hoping Bord would fire one more time but the Brit checked behind letting Steven scoop the $45,000 pot. A couple of hands laters, Steven was involved in the first six-figure pot of the episode. Steven raised to $1,100 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] and Dwan three-bet to $4,000 with [poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"]. Steven called to see the [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] flop and then checked to Dwan. Dwan bet $5,000 and Steven called. The [poker card="3d"] turn improved neither player and Steven check-called Dwan's $14,000 bet. The [poker card="3c"] river completed the board and once again Steven opted to check. Dwan bet $30,000 and Steven called and showed down the winner. Half of the players at the table were involved in the next hand - at least until the flop. Kenney opened to $1,500 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"], Steven called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="6c"], Daniels called with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and Bord came along with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] flop gave Bord top pair, top kicker but he checked, as did Daniels. Kenney continued for $2,500, Steven folded, and Bord raised to $8,000. Daniels folded but Kenney called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and Bord bet $14,000 and Kenney called. The [poker card="2s"] river slowed Bord down and he checked to Kenney who bet $25,000. Bord called and showed Kenney he had him out-kicked to take down the $122,900 pot for a $64,400 boost to his stack. Ivey then left the table after apparently not feeling well. He was replaced by John Andress who sat down with $100,000 but wouldn't have to wait long to get those chips in play. Looking down at [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"], Bord raised from UTG+1 to $1,100 before Andress raised to $3,500 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. Bord called and then got great news on the [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] flop. Bord checked to let Andress bet $2,500. Bord raised to $10,000 and Andress called. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Bord led for $30,000 and Andress called. The [poker card="ah"] river gave Andress top set. Bord announced he was all in and Andress called all in and then showed Bord the bad news. That $203,000 pot was the largest of the show but certainly won't be the most talked about. The final hand of the night started with Hellmuth raising to $1,100 from middle position with [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"]. Bord called his button with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"] and Polk defended the big blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Polk and Hellmuth straights. Both players checked to Bord who bet $2,000. Polk raised to $7,000 before Hellmuth moved all in for $97,200. Bord folded and Polk asked for a count and that's when the drama began. "Just such a massive raise," Polk said to Hellmuth. "Phil, what do you have over there?" Holding the second best straight possible, Polk indicated he was contemplating making a massive laydown and Hellmuth couldn't keep quiet. "Well, I could easily have ... " Hellmuth said. "What could you easily have?" Polk asked. "You just bet a lot into very little." "I could have a set," Hellmuth said. Polk immediately doubted Hellmuth would shove with a set. "I could have blockers, two tens," Hellmuth said. "Oh, now you're busting out 'blockers'? God, if I fold this and I'm wrong, oh my fucking lord," Polk said. "I think I'm dead a lot given this," Polk said while pointing to Hellmuth. "Or like, you just have ton of equity against me." Throughout all of the post-flop action, Steven, Bord, and Daniels were engaged in a side bet about each player's holdings and were openly discussing it as Polk considered his action. At this point Polk realized he could show his hand without penalty and turned over this hand. Hellmuth put his head down and went quiet and Polk came to a conclusion. "This is completely absurd. He has to get through him (Bord) and then he has to get through me. No, this is just a fold," Polk said while throwing his hand into the muck. Hellmuth refused to show his hand. Commentator Gabe Kaplan called Polk's fold the "best letdown ever on High Stakes Poker." The next episode of High Stakes Poker airs Wednesday, March 10 at 8 pm ET and will features much of the same cast along with the return of Rick Salomon.
  19. No, some of the best poker players in the world were not packed into the tables at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas chasing down World Series of Poker Circuit rings over the last two weeks. Players in Nevada and New Jersey were, in fact, playing on WSOP.com in the Planet Hollywood Circuit events with 12 rings on the line and the list of winners includes more than a handful of familiar faces including a pair of former #1-ranked online poker players. The 12-event series had a total guarantee of $1.125 million and all 12 tournaments easily cleared their individual guarantee to push the total prize pools to $1,791,499. Jared Jaffee Opens With a Win Jared Jaffee, who won his first WSOP Circuit ring at The Bicycle Club in Los Angeles in 2017, added another ring to his collection by outlasting 416 other entries in Event #1 ($250 NL Freezeout). Along with the win, Jaffee, playing under the screen name 'darrensrabbi', earned $23,804.44. Runner-up 'DaSurrealist' earned $13,359.63 while Zach 'ThePepster5' Epstein took third for $8,161.52. Ari Engel Breaks into Double Digits Ari Engel, who held the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks in late 2006, became just the fourth player to win 10 WSOP Circuit rings when he bested the 151-entry field in Event #3 ($500 Big PLO $500). Engel banked $16,350.13 for the win. Daniel 'Bunzer07' Jordan, who won the WSOP Circuit Online $1,000 Six Max High Roller event back in January for his first career ring, fell one spot short of grabbing his second and had to settle for a $12,244 score. Seth 'weliketoprty' Anirudh finished in third for $9,186.87. Steve Gross Grabs First Ring Engel wasn't the only former #1 PocketFiver who grabbed some hardware. Steve Gross, who had four different reigns at the top for 55 total weeks, beat 469 other runners in Event #5 ($525 NL Monster Stack) for a $40,185 score and his first career Circuit ring. Michael 'miw201x' Wang finished one spot shy of the ring and added $29,727.50 to his bankroll. Jeff 'YanCanCook' Yanchek took third for $21,925.50. Daniel Buzgon Does Double Duty Daniel Buzgon, the #9-ranked online poker in the United States, emerged from the series with two rings. His first came in Event #8 ($300 NL Knockout Freezeout) where he worked his way through 280 other entries to win $14,896.92. Two days later, he beat 261 players in Event #10 ($500 NL BIG 500 8-Max) for a $24,840.57 score. The New Jersey resident now has six career Circuit rings with the last four all coming in the online arena. Derek Sudell Ships Main Event Title Derek 'rickyguan' Sudell made his way through 721 other entries in Event #12 ($525 Main Event) only to be left going heads-up against AJ 'jnja1719' Basselini-Truisi, the winner of the Main Event in the WSOP Circuit Super Series in January. There, Basselini-Truisi beat 892 other entries to capture his first career ring. This time however, the Howell, New Jersey resident had to settle for runner-up status. Sudell eliminated him in second place and earned the Connecticut native a career-best $57,623.10 score. Basselini-Truisi walked away with $42,657. James 'muskrrr' Moore wound up in third place and earned $31,450.50. WSOP.com Planet Hollywood Circuit Winners List [table id=179 /] The next WSOP Online Circuit series is the Silver Legacy Circuit which runs March 19 - 30 and offers 12 ring events.
  20. In the history of High Stakes Poker there are few players who have moved the needle the way that Tom Dwan has. On this week's episode of HSP, Dwan was his usual aggressive self, playing plenty of hands and when all was said and done he had in fact moved the needle this week, to an uptick of over $300,000. It didn't take long for the fireworks to start. On the first hand of the show, Jason Koon, who took Phil Ivey's seat last week, straddled to $1,600. Action folded around to Jake Daniels in the big blind and he raised to $4,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="3h"]. Koon checked his cards and then told Daniels, "I'm going to call you with a really bad hand" before putting in the additional $2,400 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Koon middle pair. Daniels bet $2,700 and Koon called. The turn was the [poker card="ah"] and Daniels fired again, betting $8,100 into the $14,600 pot. Koon called. The [poker card="ac"] completed the board and Daniels took some time before betting $40,000. Koon tanked for a full minute before folding, giving Daniels an early $16,200 boost. The hot streak continued for Daniels on the next hand. After Daniels straddled for $1,600, Koon raised to $3,500 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"], Dwan called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"], and Hernandez came along with [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"]. Daniels also called with [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Daniels trip eights. Everybody checked to Dwan who bet $5,500. Hernandez and Daniels called forcing a fold from Koon. The [poker card="jc"] turn improved both Hernandez and Dwan's outs, but left Daniels ahead. Action checked again to Dwan and fired $22,000 into the pot. Hernandez folded and Daniels called to see the [poker card="ah"] river. Daniels checked to Dwan who contemplated a bet before frustratingly tapping the table to check, giving Daniels the opportunity to show the winner and take the $75,700 pot. With Phil Hellmuth steaming after laying down pocket tens earlier in the session, the 15-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner raised to $3,800 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] after Dwan straddled. Lazaro Hernandez re-raised to $8,500 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] which got Hellmuth talking. "I love poker," Hellmuth told the table. "You guys can't beat me today I don't think." Meanwhile, Dwan called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="5d"] before Hellmuth folded. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Dwan control with top pair. Dwan check-called Hernandez's bet of $15,000. The [poker card="4s"] turn gave Dwan another opportunity to check to Hernandez who threw out a bet of $25,000. Dwan called again. The [poker card="4h"] river changed nothing and Dwan checked again. Hernandez bet $30,000 into the $102,800 pot. Dwan took some time before calling and showing the winner to take down the biggest pot of the night to that point. Daniels and Koon weren't done clashing though. Daniels opened to $2,200 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] before Koon, sitting to Daniels' direct left, three-bet to $8,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. Action folded back to Daniels who put in yet another raise, this time making it $29,000 to go. Koon called to send the two players to a flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4s"]. Daniels led out for $14,300 and Koon called. The [poker card="3s"] turn gave Koon outs to a flush. Daniels did not slow down and bet $40,000 and Koon called again. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Daniels moved all in for $128,400. Koon asked for an official count and spent nearly five minutes in the tank before calling and being shown the winning hand. Daniels won the $425,400 pot to add $213,000 to his stack. All of that money didn't stay in Daniels' stack for long. Dwan straddled, and Hellmuth raised to $3,600 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. Daniels re-raised to $11,500 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"], Dwan called with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] and Hellmuth folded. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] and Dwan checked to Daniels who bet $8,200. Dwan raised to $30,000 and Daniels called. The [poker card="qh"] turn was a brick for both players. Dwan checked to Daniels who bet $40,200 which got another call from Dwan. The [poker card="td"] turn completed Dwan's flush draw but he opted to check. Daniels took the bait and bet $90,000. Dwan tanked briefly before calling to take down the $349,000 pot. After the hand, Daniels admitted he didn't notice that the river completed a potential flush draw. That was the final hand of the episode and ensured Dwan finished as the big winner. Dwan won $331,700 on this episode. Daniels was the only other player to crack the six-figure win mark, taking home $128,800. Hernandez was the biggest loser on this episode, dropping $108,700. The next episode of High Stakes Poker airs on Wednesday, March 3 on PokerGO.
  21. James Bord had a story about a bike ride. Chamath Palihapitiya had some insight on how the Houston Rockets changed basketball. And Phil Hellmuth had a rant about just how bad others play. That and a handful of six-figure pots were the highlights from this week's episode of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO. Joining Hellmuth, Bord, Palihapitiya, at the start of the episode were Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Lazaro Hernandez, Jake Daniels, and Brandon Adams. As usual, the stakes were $400/$800 for the No Limit Hold'em cash game. As he is prone to do, Dwan decided to show some aggression early. Hernandez called from UTG with [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"], Daniels raised to $4,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="7d"] before Dwan re-raised to $17,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"]. Hernandez folded but Daniels clicked back, making it $51,000 to go. Dwan took a moment before moving all in for $174,000 forcing Daniels to muck his cards. Dwan added $52,200 to his stack without even seeing a flop. Not long after regaling the table with his story about attempting to win a prop bet by riding a bike from Miami to Los Angeles, Bord sent Hellmuth on a trip to Tiltsville. From UTG, Bord called with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. Daniels, with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"], and Ivey, holding [poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"], both called. From the big blind however, Hellmuth raised to $4,800 with [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"]. All three players called to see a flop of [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="td"]. Hellmuth opted to check and Bord bet $7,000, forcing Ivey and Daniels to fold. Hellmuth called and then checked in the dark. The [poker card="ac"] on the turn gave Bord top pair. He bet $12,000 sending Hellmuth into an early tailspin. Hellmuth: "What are you doing, Bordie?" Bord: "I believe it's called gambling." Hellmuth: "You trying to give me money?" Bord: "Yeah, definitely." Hellmuth called and then checked when the [poker card="6s"] completed the board. Bord turned over the winning hand and Hellmuth launched into a rant that had PokerGO's sensors pounding the beep button. The Poker Brat routine continued through the next hand that saw Hellmuth win a small pot off of Dwan with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. After giving Dwan the rundown on Bord's win, Hellmuth made it clear he was over it. "I've processed it," Hellmuth said, speaking to Bord. "You're going down. Ten years ago, you might have tilted me, but now I see it for what it was." In the aftermath of Hellmuth's loss, his good friend Palihapitiya became the latest player to make quads this season and the venture capitalist got paid. After Palihapitiya straddled to $1,600, Dwan raised to $5,000 with [poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"], Hellmuth folded [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] before Palihapitiya re-raised to $17,000. Dwan called. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Palihapitiya a set and left Dwan with bottom pair. Palihapitiya bet $20,000 and Dwan called. The [poker card="9d"] turn gave Palihapitiya quad nines and with the pot at $76,000, both players checked. The [poker card="7c"] river gave Dwan two pair. Palihapitiya bet $85,000 and Dwan leaned back in his chair smiling, eventually telling Palihapitiya, "kinda feels like you might be going for it". Dwan called and Palihapitiya showed him the goods and raked in a $246,000 pot. Palihapitiya featured in the next big pot, this time taking on Adams. Palihapitiya raised to $2,300 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] and Adams called with [poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"]. Adams moved ahead after the [poker card="tc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop. Palihapitiya lead for $4,000 before Adams raised to $14,000. Palihapitiya called and then checked after the [poker card="2c"] turn. Adams bet $22,000 and Palihapitiya called. The [poker card="8d"] river got Palihapitiya to check again. Adams bet $35,000 and Palihapitiya called and Adams took down the $148,600 pot. At this point, Ivey left the game having not played a significant pot on this episode. Jason Koon replaced him and sat down with $500,000 but stayed out of the picture though the end of the episode. The last significant hand featured the key figures in the big pots played by Palihapitiya. From UTG, Adams raised to $2,500 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. Action folded around to Dwan in the big blind and he re-raised to $10,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. Adams called. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"] and Adams called Dwan's bet of $15,000. The [poker card="ts"] turn gave Adams the nut flush draw. Dwan bet $40,000 and once again, Adams called. The [poker card="4h"] river was no help for Adams. With the pot at $131,200, Dwan moved ll in for $145,000 effective and Adams threw his cards away, allowing Dwan to take the pot and add $65,400 to his winnings for the episode. Dwan ended up with a $78,000 net win but was not the biggest winner. Thanks largely to making quads against Dwan's rivered two pair, Palihapitiya ended up with a $87,100 uptick. The biggest loser on the show was Lazaro Hernandez who lost $89,700. Hellmuth wound up losing $38,500. The next episode of High Stakes Poker debuts on PokerGO on Wednesday, February 24 and once again features Hellmuth, Dwan, and Koon.
  22. After 91 days and 25,000 hands of high stakes heads-up No Limit Hold'em, the grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk finished on Wednesday night with Polk adding $255,722 to his total earnings to end up a $1.2 million winner. As soon as the challenge ended, Polk spoke on his YouTube channel with Jamie Kerstetter and Nick Schulman about the work he put into to get ready to play after having walked away from the game a year ago. "I'm very happy that I spent so much time preparing and I felt it really ended up helping me tremendously and that I got to execute at such a high level over such a long period of time," Polk said after his win. "It's just so crazy that the last six months have been like this, considering where I was at in my life six months prior, which was totally done with poker, hadn't played a hand in over a year, wasn't planning on it." When Wednesday's session began, the pair were 1,718 hands from the pre-determined finish line of 25,000 hands and there were no guarantees that they would play enough to finish the challenge. The action went on for 5.5 hours with Negreanu up more than $180,000 at one point. Polk battled back to even before piling up big pot after big pot as the 25,000 hand mark approached. In his own post-game interview on GGPoker.tv, Negreanu gave Polk full credit for the win while still lamenting being on the wrong side of luck in some spots. "He deserved it. He played well. I thought he made really good adjustments. I thought he improved as the match went on as well. Thought he got better and better and sharper, in a lot of different lines," Negreanu said. "I was definitely unfortunate in the match. Here's the thing, I needed to actually run above expectation to win the match. That's what needed to happen and I don't think that happened, obviously." The animosity between Polk and Negreanu which ultimately led to the two battling it out on the felt seemed to have evaporated by the time the pair sat down for the final session. Polk, who made the More Rake is Better meme popular at Negreanu's expense, offered his opponent praise for how his game improved over the 25,000 hands. "Negreanu did, by far and away, just an honest assessment, he did a really impressive fucking job with a lot of the stuff that he did. I did not think he would play this well, at all," Polk said. "I was expecting way more of what things were like at the start, when he was doing some stuff that was pretty bad. By the end, he was doing so many sharp things; sizes, strategies, frequencies. In most of the spots it was hard to bluff him." The match, dubbed the High Stakes Feud, began on November 4 with 200 hands played out live on PokerGO from the PokerGO studio with Negreanu winning $116,500. Of the 35 sessions that followed, all played online, Polk was a winner in 19 of them. His biggest win came on November 28 when he banked $332,178.00 from 684 hands of play. That session was the fourth consecutive that Polk booked win, a streak which saw him earn $775,347.12. He was a six-figure winner in 15 of the 35 online sessions. Negreanu actually had the single biggest winning session on January 22 when he won $390,03 in 1,046 hands. That win came after Polk had surpassed $1 million in earnings for the first time. Negreanu was also the only player to win five sessions in row when he earned $321,177 from December 28 to January 11 and it came at the tail end of a streak that saw him as the net winner in seven of eight sessions. Despite obvious interest from poker fans for a rematch between the two, Polk has stated he has no interest in returning to the felt and his win over Negreanu is most likely his swan song. For his part, Negreanu has indicated he'd consider playing Polk again but is also seeking out other challengers to play.
  23. Over the past two weeks, some of the best online poker players in Nevada and New Jersey were grinding away in pursuit of WSOP Circuit rings on WSOP.com. The original schedule for the WSOP Circuit Super Series called for $1.6M in guarantees over 18 events, but another strong turnout in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic pushed the total money won to $3,080,707. Some of the winners included one of the top-ranked players in the country, a pair of players earning their second Circuit ring, another earning their third, and a husband and wife taking the top two podium spots. Here are the highlights from the series. Trophy Hunter Toby Lewis Bags Another One Toby Lewis, who already has a European Poker Tour title and an Aussie Millions Main Event title to his credit, kicked off the WSOP Circuit Super Series by adding a ring to his trophy collection. Lewis beat out 228 other players to take down Event #1 (Big $500 Kick-off Eight Max) for a $35,686 score. The final table also included Tony Dunst (seventh) and Frank Funaro (fifth). Daniel Lupo Shines Bright for Second Ring The #10-ranked player in New Jersey, Daniel Lupo flexed his muscle in Event #8 ($320 No Limit Hold'em) and overcame the 314-runner field to win $24,419. This is the second WSOP Circuit ring that Lupo has won online. In February 2019, he took down Event #3 ($320 Six Max NLHE) for $32,595 for his first ring. Those two rings pair nicely with the WSOP bracelet he won four months later during the 2019 WSOP when he beat 1,766 other players to win Event $46 ($400 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) for $145,274. Katie Stone Breaks Seven Figures with Second Ring Win Katie Stone also added a second career WSOP Circuit ring after she topped 378-entry field and 150 rebuys in Event #12 ($525 NLHE Deep Turbo). The victory added $18,058 to her bankroll and pushed her lifetime online earnings past the $1 million mark. Her first ring also came in an online event. In September 2018 she worked her way through 387 other players before beating Ryan Hohner heads-up for the W. Biggest Buy-in Doesn't Phase John Riordan The biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #13 ($2,000 NLHE Deep Turbo) went to Florida native John Riordan for $68,284 and his third career ring. Riordan topped the 111 other runners in the field, who were responsible for 54 rebuys, to take home $68,284, the single highest first place score in the 18 events. Riordan won his first Circuit ring in 2011 as a 19-year-old at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. He added another one in June 2020 when he won Event #11 of WSOP.com Online Finale Circuit Series for $51,083. Holy Matrimony! Chris Moorman Defeats Katie Lindsay For Ring #1 Former #1-ranked Chris Moorman may have had to spend the night sleeping on the couch after winning Event #14 ($215 NLHE) for $19,511. That's because his first WSOP Circuit ring win came after he defeated his wife, Katie Lindsay, heads-up for the title. Moorman's previous best Circuit finish came in March 2020 when he finished 10th in the Super Circuit Series Grand Finale High Roller Six Max. In that same event, Lindsay came in fourth place. Alex Butcher Wins Ring #1 on His Way to USA #1 The #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Alex Butcher, shipped Event #16 ($250 NLHE Turbo) for $18,819. That victory has not yet been counted towards his ranking and may push him to the #1 spot in the country. The win is his fourth largest on WSOP.com after wins in the Sunday High Roller ($38,256) on December 14, Weekly Sunday ($24,223) on January 11, and the Tuesday Showdown ($19,637) on November 25. Main Event Makes Mince Meat of $250,000 Guarantee New Jersey grinder Aj Basselini-Truisi worked his way through the 583 entries and 310 rebuys to win the Event #18 ($525 NLHE Main Event Eight Max) for $67,377. PocketFiver Ian Kurzer finished as the runner-up for $49,918.70. The combined 893 entries pushed the total prize pool to $446,500, well past the $250,000 guarantee. Complete Results [table id=166 /]
  24. Friday, January 29 will go down as a great day for Michigan online poker players. After years of waiting, Michiganders can finally play on a regulated online poker site from the comfort of their own home. PokerStars launched PokerStarsMI.com on Friday afternoon alongside their sports book product, FOX Bet Michigan, and a casino product. This comes just one week after online sports betting launched in the state. PokerStars is the first online poker product available in the state. "We welcome the addition of Odawa Casino, Poker Stars, Fox Bet and Barstool Casino to Michigan’s growing online gaming and sports wagering market," said Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director. "Their participation will generate revenue to support education, tribal communities and the city of Detroit." A little more than one year ago, The Stars Group, the parent company of both PokerStars and FOXBet, came to terms with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority that would allow them to operate their products in Michigan under the Odawa Indians gaming license. "Behind FOX Bet Sportsbook, PokerStars and Stars Casino, customers create one account for all three apps, unlocking a wide variety of exciting and entertaining options to supercharge the experience for our Michigan audience," said Kip Levin, FOX Bet CEO. Michigan is the third state where PokerStars is available. They initially re-entered the United States market in March 2016 with the launch of PokerStarsNJ. In November of 2019, they went live in Pennsylvania. All three sites are currently ring-fenced, meaning players are only able to play against players from their own state. The Michigan gaming bill, signed into law by Governor in December 2019, does allow for Michigan to join interstate compacts like the one currently in place between Nevada and New Jersey. As has become expected practice, PokerStars is offering all new players a 100% bonus on their first deposit up to $600 using bonus code "STARS600" or a $30 free play bonus on a deposit of $20 or more using "FREE30".
  25. For the fourth time in 12 years, the World Poker Tour has new ownership. The WPT made the announcement on Tuesday that a private investment firm had purchased the company from Allied Esports Entertainment for more than $78 million. The purchasing company, Element Partners, LLC, will pay Allied $68,250,000 upfront and then a guaranteed 5% of tournament entry fees on company-owned platforms to a maximum of $10 million. The deal, which includes only the WPT brand and associated assets, is expected to close later this month or early next. "We think this deal will allow the World Poker Tour to do a number of things that it's always wanted to do. Unfortunately, I'm being told that until the deal closes I can't really say much about the transaction," said Adam Pliska, WPT CEO. "What I can say, however, is that for myself and my management team, we're still here and it's business as usual and we look forward to this exciting and this next chapter of the World Poker Tour." Very little is known about Element Partners and what they have in mind for the nearly 19 year old poker brand, but the press releasing announcing the acquisition hinted at real money gaming being a revenue driver for the new owners. The challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic allowed the WPT to shift their business focus to online revenue generating opportunities in 2020. ClubWPT, the subscription-based online poker platform available to American players, saw a 61% increase in new registrations through the third quarter of 2020 while revenue for the same period was up 59%. The shift online also fostered WPT’s largest event in its 18-year history with 2,130 entries for the WPT Online Championship on partypoker and the company’s largest series, also on partypoker, the WPT World Online Championships featuring a $100 million guaranteed prize pool. "Despite the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the WPT business has delivered substantial, impactful results, specifically through its online platforms and services, and has made meaningful contributions for the Company," said Frank Ng, CEO of Allied Esports Entertainment. Ng also indicated that Allied will look for a buyer for their existing eSports business, which includes the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas, which has played host to a number of WPT final tables over the last three years. "I want to thank Frank Ng and the entire AESE management team for its support in allowing WPT to flourish during this period," Pliska added. In 2009, Bwin paid $12.3 million to acquire the WPT. They turned around and sold it in 2015 for $35 million to OurGame. Just 3.5 years later, OurGame sold the WPT to Lyle Berman's Black Ridge Acquisition Group which also purchased Allied Esports International, Inc. as part of that deal. Black Ridge re-branded the new company as Allied Esports Entertainment Inc.  
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