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  1. FIVE THINGS is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. This is the final edition. It appeared periodically at PocketFives.com. As you might have heard on this week's episode of The Fives or read on Twitter, I am leaving PocketFives after a six-year run as President and Editor in Chief. One of the things I was challenged with when I was first hired was to improve the quality of the content on the site and I'd like to believe that I accomplished that with the help of some of the amazing writers that worked for me during that span. In my final edition of Five Things, I wanted to share some of the stories that I wrote over the last six years that I'm most proud of. #5 - The World Series of Poker Christmas Gift On Christmas Day 2017, Jeremy Hilsercop was given a World Series of Poker entry as a Christmas gift by his wife, Randi. The video she posted of the unboxing went all kinds of viral. Talking to the Hilsercop's after the video was shared around the world and everything that happened after that was definitely a fun way to spend the day after Christmas. Read: Lifelong Poker Fan Goes Viral on Christmas Day, Now Headed to PSPC #4 - A Profile of Strength in Action A number of poker players have been kind enough to open up and share very personal stories with me. Probably none moreso than Sheddy Siddiqui. A Florida grinder, Siddiqui suffered an unimaginable loss when his wife, Cathy died suddenly at 39 years old thrusting Sheddy into the intersection of life as a single father to two young boys and a professional poker while still dealing with his own grief. Read: Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising His Two Boys #ForCathy #3 - The WSOP Goldmine Covering the WSOP every year provides plenty of opportunities to find good stories. I've been fortunate over the years to tell the stories of people that might not have tracked otherwise. They range from a kindergarten teacher playing for life-changing money, a blind man and his friend, a father-son story from the Main Event, and a Main Event final tablist surrounding himself with good people on his way to the final table. Read: WSOP: The Kindergarten Teacher Who Might Become a Millionaire (2016) Read: WSOP: Legally Blind, Steven Iglesias Tests Himself in $10K Six Max (2017) Read: WSOP: Bryan Piccioli Thriving Through Tragedy with Main Event Run (2017) Read: WSOP: Tony Miles Had a Feeling, So He Called in Reinforcements (2018) #2 - An Amazing Display of Friendship on Poker's Biggest Stage The 2016 World Series of Poker had 6,737 entrants, but the one story that stood out the most for me was about just two of them. Bob Brundige and Charlie Weis were friends and co-workers, and when Bob was diagnosed with a cancer that could end his life, Charlie went to work making sure his friend got to cross one big item off of his bucket list - playing the WSOP Main Event. This piece is one of the most read articles in PocketFives history and won the 2016 American Poker Awards for Media Content of the Year. Read: Bob, Charlie and Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey #1 - The Exclusive Interview with Isai Scheinberg Starting in 2009, I began asking PokerStars for the opportunity to interview co-founder, Isai Scheinberg. Every time I asked I was politely told the man didn't do interviews. Then Black Friday happened and the opportunity to speak with one of the most influential people in the history of the game was most likely gone. Still, I kept asking and in late 2020, Scheinberg agreed to grant me an exclusive interview - his first and only interview to date. The article took me nearly four months to write and was published on April 15, 2021, the 10-year anniversary of Black Friday. Read: Isai Scheinberg: His Company, His Legacy, and How Black Friday Impacted Both If you have enjoyed any of the content on PocketFives over the last six years, I can't thank you enough for being a reader or a listener. My time at PocketFives has been so enjoyable because of you.
  2. The storyline throughout the first two weeks of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online has been the dominance of the Brazilian contingent. The arena might be different, but early returns show that the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker just might follow that narrative. Three Brazilian players grabbed WCOOP titles on Monday, with Pedro 'pvigar' Garagnani the biggest winner of the bunch. Garagnani topped the 200-entry field in Event #4-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller) to win $195,690 and the second WCOOP title of his career. His first came in 2017. Finishing one spot behind Garagnani was Diego Ventura. The Peruvian superstar had to settle for the silver medal slot and $152,344.30. Third place went to Christian 'WATnlos' Rudolph. The two other Brazilian winners on Monday came from Low buy-in events. 'GuaranaDolly' won Event #3-L ($22 NLHE PKO Freezeout) and 'OFaroFino' secured the bag in Event #6-L ($11 NLHE Six Max). Jonathan 'Proudflop' Proudfoot, the #2-ranked player in the United Kingdom, won his first WCOOP title by beating a Brazilian heads up. Proudfoot, who has a Spring Championship of Online Poker title on his resume, beat 'BLEFE GOD' to win Event #2-H ($530 WCOOP Kickoff). Proudfoot walked away with a $90,131.09 score while 'BLEFE GOD' took home $65,440.33. Robert 'kravm65' Burlacu finished in third and earned $47,513.73. Hungarian star Peter 'twirlpro' Turmezy made his way through 459 other entries in WCOOP Event #3-H ($2,100 NLHE PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE) to win his first WCOOP title. Along with the trophy, Turmezy added $134,505 to his lifetime earnings. Andrey 'ThePateychuk' Pateychuk finished runner-up. The four-card game also got some run on Monday. '#Naktro91' won Event #5-H ($2,100 PLO Six Max) for $72,202.73. The event, which attracted 181 entries, had another Brazilian just miss out on the win. Dante 'dantegoyaF' Goya finished in second place for $54,577.76. Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov worked his way through 553 other entries in Event #6-H ($1,050 NLHE Six Max) to win the second WCOOP title of his career. British pro Tyler 'wonderboy222' Goatcher finished runner-up while Austrian 'Grozzorg' took the final spot on the podium. Dinesh 'NastyMinder' Alt won his second WCOOP title in as many years after shipping Event #11-H ($530 NLO8 8-Max PKO) for $27,168.77. It was the second final table of the day for Alt. He busted in seventh place in Event #4. Other WCOOP winners on Monday included 'LillaLejonet' (Event #2-L), 'crossthervr' (Event #2-M), 'thx4urm0n3y' (Event #3-M), 'drak1973' (Event #5-L), 'HTRYG' (Event #5-M), 'ekkntm' (Event #6-M), 'HetlsJeBoy' (Event #11-L), and 'avttaS' (Event #11-M). Event #2 (High): $530 WCOOP Kickoff Entries: 1,130 Prize pool: $565,000 Proudflop - $90,131.09 BLEFE GOD - $65,440.33 kravm65 - $47,513.73 Event #3 (High): $2,100 NLHE PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE Entries: 460 Prize pool: $920,000 twirlpro - $134,505 ThePateychuk - $116,004.86 Aalexxs - $59,964.87 Event #4 (High): $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller Entries: 200 Prize pool: $1,000,000 pvigar - $195,690 Die Ventura - $152,344.30 WATnlos - $118,599.90 Event #5 (High): $2,100 PLO 6-Max Entries: 181 Prize pool: $362,000 #Naktro91 - $72,202.73 dantegoyaF - $54,577.76 Fructu?1?1 - $41,255.22 Event #6 (High): $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Entries: 554 Prize pool: $554,000 NL_Profit - $97,851 wonderboy222 - $69,876.02 Grozzorg - $49,899.33 Event #11 (High): $530 NLO8 8-Max PKO Entries: 258 Prize pool: $129,000 NastyMinder - $27,168.77 robc1978 - $12,258.43 aless_84 - $9,361.16
  3. Samuel Vousden is one of the most decorated players in online poker history. On Monday night, the Finnish poker pro added a streak of gold to his legacy as he posted an epic comeback to win Event #16 ($1,050 GGMasters HR Freezeout) to win $274,519 and his first WSOP bracelet. Vousden started the final table with 15 big blinds and wasn't involved in the first elimination. From under-the gun, Bernardo Granato raised to 300,000 with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] before Rushik Gandhi moved all in for his last 593,484 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Granato called and then watched as the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4d"] flop missed Gandhi entirely. Neither the [poker card="5d"] turn or the [poker card="9s"] river changed anything and Granato sent Gandhi to the rail in ninth. Vousden, who came to the final table with the second shortest stack behind only Gandhi, doubled through Granato and then found a spot to put his relatively healthy stack to work. Vousden raised to 140,000 from UTG with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] before Alexander Zubov moved all in for 1,263,658 from the cutoff with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. Vousden stayed in front through the [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5c"] flop, [poker card="ah"] turn, and [poker card="2s"] river to eliminated Zubov in eighth place. Action continued with seven players for nearly 45 minutes before Granata re-assumed his role as executioner. Down to just eight big blinds, Fong Alexander Joseph de Guzman shoved for 840,506 with [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"] and action folded to Granato in the big blind and the Brazilian called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"] flop was an unfavorable one for Joseph as Granato picked up a flush draw to go with his two overcards. The [poker card="jd"] turn took all drama away from the rest of the runout as it left Joseph drawing dead. The river was the meaningless [poker card="6d"] and Joseph was out in seventh place. Just two minutes later, a battle of the blinds was responsible for the next elimination. From the small blind, Vousden raised to 300,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"] and then called when Sergei Denisov shoved for 2,104,900 from the big blind with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. Denisov could only watch as the [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8c"] runout secured his sixth place finish and gave Vousden's stack yet another boost. It took Vousden just 10 minutes to find his next victim and once again, it was a blind versus blind situation. Nicolo Bartolone jammed for 1,009,668 in the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"] and Vousden called the additional 889,668 from the big blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Vousden trip jacks. The turn was the [poker card="ac"] and Bartolone was drawing dead to the [poker card="5h"] river and was out in fifth. Vousden kept the pressure on and three minutes later ended another opponent's night. Vousden raised to 250,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] and Granato shoved for 2,252,143 from the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and Vousden called. Granato found no saving grace on the [poker card="th"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="kd"] runout and was eliminated in fourth place. While Vousden had been the busiest at the final table, Qibing Wang actually took more than 60% of the chips in play with three players remaining. He used that stack to send the tournament to heads up. Wang raised to 400,000 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"] and Zac Duce moved all in from the small blind for 3,787,067 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] and Wang called. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="js"] to give Wang trip jacks and send Duce to the rial as the third place finisher. Wang started heads up with 63% of the chips in play but over the 20 minutes of heads up play, Vousden once again climbed back into the lead before putting the final nail in the coffin. Wang moved all in for his last 2,984,502 [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"] and Vousden called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4s"] made Vousden an even bigger favorite and the [poker card="5h"] turn completed his flush to leave Wang drawing dead. As the [poker card="4h"] completed the board, Wang was eliminated in second place to give Vousden his first WSOP bracelet and a $274,519 score. Final Table Payouts Samuel Vousden - $274,519 Qibing Wang - $205,859 Zac Duce - $154,372 Bernardo Granato - $115,762 Nicolo Bartolone - $86,810 Sergei Denisov - $65,098 Fong Alexander Joseph de Guzman - $48,817 Alexander Zubov - $36,607 Rushik Gandhi - $27,452
  4. The opening day of the 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker was a busy one with seven events and 21 total tournaments in action, but just three players finished Sunday's action with a WCOOP title. All three buy-in levels of Event #7 played down to a champion with a player from the Netherlands walking away as the big winner. 'nmi128' beat out 970 other players to win Event #7-H ($530 Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) for $34,375.17 and another $44,666.91 worth of bounties. It was their first WCOOP title. Brazilian players have been dominating the World Series of Poker Online and came oh-so-close to kicking off the WCOOP schedule with a title but 'Jâmes' fell one spot short and had to settle for the silver medal and $34,374.61 and another $6,620.11 from bounties. Third place went to Anthony Spinella for $20,844.26 with another $4,568.36 coming from bounties. The $485,500 prize pool easily beat the $400,000 guarantee. The Ukraine's 'gunnersfun' took home Event #7-M ($55 Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) and took home $18,840.69 from the prize pool and secured another $8,876.65 in bounties. The most high-profile player at the final table was undoubtedly Team PokerStars Team Pro Online member Arlie Shaban. Despite missing out on a podium finish, Shaban was excited to kick off WCOOP with a strong performance. In Event #7-L ($5.50 Mini Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout), 'goodday2211' had a great day, beating 10,814 other players to win $2,981.69 and another $1,107.76 in bounties. Monday promises to be a much busier day with six events and 18 tournaments playing down to a winner. WCOOP Event #7 (High): $530 Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 971 Prize pool: $485,500 nmi128 - $34,375.17 + $44,666.91 in bounties Jâmes - $34,374.61 + $6,620.11 in bounties Anthony 'holdplz' Spinella - $20,844.26 + $4,568.36 in bounties WCOOP Event #7 (Medium): $55 Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 6,212 Prize pool: $$310,600 gunnersfun - $18,840.69 + $8,876.65 in bounties lucasfranque - $18,837.50 + $5,554.58 in bounties mark188193 - $11,034.76 + $969.20 in bounties WCOOP Event #7 (Low): $5.50 Mini Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 10,815 Prize pool: $52.993.50 goodday2211 - $2,981.69 + $1,107.76 in bounties disneyyman - $2,972.58 + $507.57 in bounties dario.boss27 - $1,763.70 + $391.07 in bounties
  5. Gabi Livshitz eliminated five of the final six players - including one of the most dominant players in PocketFives history - on his way to victory in Event #17($400 PLOSSUS) of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker Sunday night to earn his first WSOP bracelet and a six-figure score. Having arrived at the final table with just a touch more than 10 big blinds, Shihhui Wang never managed to escape the danger zone. With blinds at 300,000/600,000, Livshitz raised to 1,200,000 holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] from middle position before Wang jammed for 3,933,594 from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Livshitz two pair and wrap. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and the [poker card="9s"] river gave Livshitz a straight to bust Wang in seventh. Livshitz had to wait nearly 25 minutes to find his second victim. From the button, Livshitz opened to 1,400,000 and then called when Lasse Enojarvi raised to 5,250,000 from the button. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] and Livshitz checked. Enojarvi moved all in for 4,135,424 and Livshitz called. Enojarvi tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"] but got bad news when Livshitz showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="6s"] for a flopped straight. Neither the [poker card="7h"] turn nor the [poker card="tc"] river were any help and Enojarvi was out in sixth place. Five-handed play carried on for 37 minutes before Livshitz ended yet another player's tournament. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Niklas Astedt raised to 3,500,000 and Livshitz called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] and Livshitz bet 7,718,750 and Astedt called all in for his last 6,539,398. Livshitz showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] which gave him a slight lead over Astedt who tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="qd"] turn gave Livshitz two pair and when the [poker card="7h"] river completed the board, Astedt was shown the exit in fifth place. With Livshitz holding nearly half of the chips in play, the final four players played for 40 minutes without sending anybody home. That all ended after a pre-flop raising war between the two shortest remaining stacks. First to act, Idris Ambraisse raised to 2,400,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. Yuri Suvorov bumped it up to 8,400,000 from Ambraisse's immediate left with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"]. Livshitz and Shengchao Zhu both folded and Ambraisse moved all in for 24,512,632 and after a full minute of tanking, Suvorov called. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="js"] to give Suvorov the nut flush and eliminate Amrbaisse in fourth. Over the next 30 minutes of three-handed action, Suvorov took the chip lead from Livshitz but eventually conceded it back, setting up Livshitz to resume his duties as table captain. Suvorov conceded hi button and Livshitz limped from the small blind before Zhu raised to 4,800,00 from the big blind. Livshitz popped it up back up to 14,400,000 and Zhu called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Livshitz potted it to 29,400,000 with Zhu holding 33,145,442. Zhu moved all in and Livshitz called. Zhu showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] but Livshitz turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. Neither the [poker card="6s"] turn or the [poker card="3h"] river changed anything and Zhu was gone in third place. Livshitz started heads up play against Suvorov with 65% of the chips in play. The two played for just four minutes before Livshitz put the finishing touches on a dominating performance. Suvorov raised to 4,800,000 and Livshitz re-raised to 14,400,000 and Suvorov called. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] flop, Livshitz bet 17,520,000 and Suvorov called all in. Livshitz was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] while Suvorov was hoping for his [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] holding to improve. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="7s"] to eliminate Suvorov in runner-up position and give Livshitz his first WSOP bracelet and $152,165.44. The event attracted a total of 4,576 entries from 3,486 unique players to build a total prize pool of $1,738,880 to easily surpass the $1,000,000 guarantee. Final Table Payouts Gabi Livshitz - $152,165.44 Yuri Suvorov - $89,236.81 Shengchao Zhu - $52,317.61 Idris Ambraisse - $43,949.86 Niklas Astedt - $35,065.02 Lasse Enojarvi - $19,673.48 Shihhui Wang - $22,107.05
  6. The World Series of Poker Online events on GGPoker continue to be a showcase for Brazilian poker players. On Friday, Renan Carlos Bruschi, currently ranked #6 in the PocketFives Rankings, took down Event #14 ($500 The Big 500) to become the fifth player from Brazil to win a WSOP bracelet this year. When the final table began on Friday afternoon, Bruschi held the chip lead over the other eight players and the next closest stack to his belonged to a fellow countryman, Rafael Furlanetto. Just 15 minutes after play began, Furlanetto added to his stack by winning a classic flip. Furlanetto raised to 320,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] before Andrejs Zukovs moved all in from his direct left for 3,964,752 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Furlanetto bottom set and left Zukovs hoping for runner-runner help. The [poker card="4h"] turn left him drawing dead to the [poker card="7h"] river and Zukovs was out in ninth place. Bruschi took his turn in the executioner role just a few minutes later. David Wang raised to 320,000 from UTG+1 and Arthur Conan bumped it up 832,000 on the button. Bruschi responded by raised to 2,208,000, Wang moved all in for 4,260,251 and Conan folded. Bruschi called and tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] while Wang showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] to eliminate Wang in eighth place. Furlanetto was involved in the next elimination but ultimately wasn't the benefactor. From UTG Eugenio Pernia moved all in for his last 1,866,806 with [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"] and Nikola Minkov attempted to isolate by moving all in for 3,811,082 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Furlanetto then re-shoved from the button for 19,314,503 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="7c"] turn. The [poker card="th"] river missed both Pernia and Furlanetto and gave Minkov a full house to bust Pernia in seventh. Minkov found another victim just over 10 minutes later. Nick Maimone raised to 770,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] before Minkov jammed from the big blind for 7,993,970 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] and Maimone put the rest of his 7,136,510 stack at risk. The [poker card="th"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Maimone some extra outs. However, he bricked the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="tc"] river and was out in sixth place. While everything had gone swimmingly for Minkov to that point, it all came to a disastrous end in a cooler against Bruschi just 10 minutes later. Bruschi raised to 700,000 from UTG with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] and Minkov moved all in for 10,054,100 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Minkov some hope but as the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river completed the board, the Bulgarian grinder was eliminated in fifth. Watching that hand unfold with curiosity was Conan. Down to less than seven big blinds when Minkov went out, a one hand later Conan raised to 800,000 on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"] and Furlanetto jammed for 35,286,534 from big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="4d"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"] to keep Conan safe, but the [poker card="4s"] turn gave Furlanetto a pair. The [poker card="ad"] river improved his hand to two pair and eliminated Conan in fourth place with just a pair of aces. While Brazilian poker fans were no doubt hoping for a heads-up duel between Bruschi and Furlanetto, Leonid Bilkour had other ideas. Having started the final table with the shortest stack, Bilkour navigated his way to holding the chip lead with three players remaining. After more than 20 minutes of battle, the two Brazilians clashed in a pot that propelled Bruschi to the chip lead and Furlanetto to the exit. From the small blind, Bruschi raised to 1,500,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] and Furlanetto moved all in for 12,514,699 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] and Bruschi called. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"] to eliminate Furlanetto in third place and send Bruschi to heads up with 62% of the chips in play. Over the eight minutes that followed, Bilokur battled back to take the lead over Bruschi, the PocketFives Player of the Month for July. That lead was short-lived as Bilokur watched the best hand in poker spell his demise. Bilokur raised to 1,800,000 and Bruschi called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] flop got Bruschi to check and Bilokur bet 1,837,500. Bruschi called and then bet 4,000,5000 on the [poker card="7h"] turn. Bilokur called and watched the [poker card="9d"] river complete the board. Bruschi fired 11,869,500 into the middle. Bilokur called all in for his last 11,704,565 and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] but Bruschi tabled [poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"] for a rivered straight. Bilokur was eliminated in second place. The win allowed Bruschi to join Joao Simao, Thiago Crema, Eduardo Pires, and Lucio Lima as Brazilians winning WSOP gold in 2021 and gave him the opportunity to improve upon his runner-up finish in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship). Final Table Payouts Renan Carlos Bruschi - $150,327 Leonid Bilokur - $112,728 Rafael Furlanetto - $83,534 Arthur Conan - $63,391 Nikola Minkov - $47,537 Nicholas Maimone - $35,648 Eugenio Pernia - $26,732 David Wang - $20,046 Andrejs Zukovs - $15,032
  7. In the 51 year history of the World Series of Poker, just two Lithuania players had managed to win bracelets before Vincas Tamasauskas joined them after his win over the 267 entries in WSOP Online Event #13 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship) on GGPoker. During the 2020 WSOP Online, Vladas Burneikis became the first Lithuanian to win a WSOP bracelet and Gediminas Uselis became the second just a few weeks later. The seven players who started Wednesday's final table battled for 45 minutes before the first player was eliminated. Hernando Guzman called from early position and Ben Lakatos called from the cutoff. From the button, Ben Wilinofsky raised to 300,000 and only Guzman came along. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"] and Guzman checked. Wilinofsky bet 802,500 and then called when Guzman moved all in for 2,174,587. Wilinofsky turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"] for two pair while Guzman showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"] for top pair with a straight draw. Neither the [poker card="2s"] turn or the [poker card="ks"] river were any help however, and Guzman was out in seventh. Nearly a half hour passed before an all in pre-flop battle of the blinds sent another player to the rail. Florian Fuchs raised to 210,000 from the small blind before Lakatos re-raised to 630,000 in the big blind. Fuchs responded by calling off the rest of his 410,534 chip stack. Fuchs showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] while Lakatos was slightly ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop put Lakatos comfortably in front and as the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river completed the baord, Fuchs was eliminated in sixth place. Just a minute later, Wilinofsky found himself another victim. On the button, Wilinofsky raised to 155,000 and David Wang jammed from the big blind for 311,956. Wilinofsky called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] while Wang tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"]. Wilinofsky took the lead on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"] flop. Wang actually lost some outs on the [poker card="7d"] turn and was officially eliminated when the [poker card="8h"] fell on the river. Despite being responsible for two of the first three bustouts, Wilinofsky was the next player out just a few hands after losing a massive pot to Lakatos. Tamasauskas opened to 200,000, Lakatos called from the button, and Wilinofsky bet his last 259,542 from the small blind. Fernando Habegger called from the big blind, and Tamasauskas and Lakatos also came along for the ride. Everybody checked the [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop and the [poker card="ad"] turn. After the [poker card="ks"] completed the board, Lakatos bet enough to force Habegger and Tamasauskas to fold. Wilinofsky flipped over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7c"] for top two pair but was shown bad news when Lakatos sowed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"] for a full house to cement Wilinofsky's fourth place finish. Three-handed play carried on for another 16 minutes until Tamasauskas took out his first opponent of the night. Lakatos called from the button, Habegger bet 480,000 in the small blind and Tamasauskas defended the big blind. Lakatos opted to fold. After the [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"] flop, Habegger moved all in for 331,781 and Tamasauskas called. Habegger was a 2-1 favorite after showing [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"] against the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"] that Tamasauskas held. The [poker card="8c"] turn completely flipped the script and gave Tamasauskas the best hand. The [poker card="8d"] river was a formality as Habegger was sent packing in third place. Tamasauskas held a 3-1 chip lead when heads up play began and needed just five minutes to close out the victory. The final hand of the night started with Tamasauskas raising to 350,000. Lakatos called and then checked after the [poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] flop. Tamasauskas bet 210,000 and Lakatos raised to 1,365,000 and Tamasauskas called. The turn was the [poker card="as"] and both players checked. After the [poker card="2c"] river, Lakatos bet his last 2,431,831 and Tamasauskas called. Lakatos showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] for a wheel, which was no good after Tamasauskas tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2h"] for a full house to eliminate Lakatos and ship Tamasauskas his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Vincas Tamasauskas - $268,926 Ben Lakatos - $194,439 Fernando Habegger - $140,583 Ben Wilinofsky - $101,645 David Wang - $73,491 Florian Fuchs - $53,135 Hernando Guzman - $38,418
  8. Vamo Baralho! Loosely translated from Portuguese, it means “let’s play some cards”. Over the past few years it’s become a battle cry for Brazilian poker players as they’ve dominated the world of online poker tournaments. That’s been no more apparent than during the first seven events of the World Series of Poker Online on GGpoker. Four times during those first nine events, the last player standing has been flying the familiar green and yellow Brazilian flag. It all started in Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares) where former #1-ranked PocketFiver Joao Simao took home $206,075 and his first WSOP bracelet. Simao is a known commodity in the poker world as one of the most successful Brazilian poker players of all time, but the other two winners aren’t. They are amongst the scores of talented players - pro and amateur - that call Brazil home. Just three days later, Thiago Crema, considered by some to be the best-kept secret of the Brazilian online poker scene, then made sure everybody knew his name when he won his first bracelet by shipping Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for $161,637). “He started to play poker seriously in 2010 when he was still a chess player,” said Victor Marques, one of Brazil’s leading poker commentators. “Then he made it to Sit and Go Team Pro which was the team that gave birth to 4-bet, where Crema is both instructor and shareholder. He is very respected for his knowledge about the game in Brazil and outside.Yuri A phenomenon.” The vociferous Brazilian poker community only had to wait another three days before they had another reason to cheer - and this time it wasn’t even a pro. Eduard Pires, a businessman from Parana State - the same as Crema - beat out 5,436 other entries in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) to pocket $1,384,013. “He owns a beer company and plays poker for fun since many years ago. He already made it to three-handed on a huge online tournament against 'European' and ‘C Darwin2’, getting the silver medal,” Marques said. “He was on holiday and playing the WSOP from his mobile at Foz do Iguaçu, home of Iguassu Falls. A great guy.” Another four days passed and then another Brazilian came through. Lucio Lima shipped Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. His victory is just another piece of an already incredible year. "Lima - 'the wizard' - is a player from Minas Gerais state, on Brazilian Southeast. He owns a poker team (Insight Poker Team) in Brazil, where he's also an instructor there. Lima is enjoying success in online poker this year," Marques said. The wins aren't the only signs of success. Through those same 11 events, a pair of Brazilian players have finished in the runner-up spot and four others have made final tables. Renan Carlos Bruschi - who won PocketFives Player of the Month for July - came in second place in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship) while the most high-profile may have come on Sunday night when GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos finished runner-up in Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack NLHE). The deep runs are also mean long nights of celebration for Marques and some of his friends at SuperPoker, one of Brazil's leading poker media outlets. Hosting final table coverage on SuperPoker's Twitch channel gives him the chance to straddle the line between commentator and fan. "Hosting Brazilian final tables is such a thrill. Our audience is sending comments and rooting all the time on chat, big numbers, and lots of times there are friends of mine playing," Marques said. "I'm doing It for years, but I keep getting emotional at all-ins and when we get first place." The dominance of Brazil in the early part of the WSOP Online shouldn’t come as any real surprise to anybody who has followed the PocketFives Rankings over the past several years. Not only has Yuri Dzivielevski held down the #1 spot for the last 21 weeks, but three of the top 10 are from Brazil. Beyond that, nine of the top 25 and 35 of the top 100 ranked online poker players in the world fly the green and yellow. Marques believes that’s just the tip of the iceberg and there’s a few names who might just be flying under the radar, ready to grab gold. “In Brazil, there are a lot of talents appearing every single day. I would keep an eye on Dante Goya (from Ceará state, PLO Expert), Guilherme Decourt (from São Paulo, also PLO Expert), Bernardo 'betsoares' Soares (from Santa Catarina), and Eduardo Silva (from Minas Gerais),” Marques said. “Along with Pedro Padilha, Kelvin Kerber, Belarmino Prado, Bruno Botteon, Bruno Volkmann, Pablo Brito, Rafael Moraes, Peter Patrício, João Simão, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, they can bring some bracelets home.” A strong contingent of Brazilians usually descends upon Las Vegas every summer for the WSOP. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, international travel could prove to be difficult this fall and Marques believes his fellow countrymen and women might not be able or willing to fly to the United States. “In Brazil, instead of supporting a vaccine, our president was promoting a medicine that was proven ineffective. That took a toll,” Marques said. “Vaccination started later than other countries and now players who usually are 'starters' at WSOP tables are struggling to get the vaccine and the VISA. I think more than a half of standard Brazilian players are staying home because of that problem.”
  9. The first Pot Limit Omaha event of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online GGPoker schedule played down to a champion on Sunday with Roland Czika coming out on top of the 975-entry field in Event #10 ($400 Double Chance PLO) to pick up his first piece of WSOP hardware and more than $55,000. The seven players who made the final table battled for just over 15 minutes before one of them was eliminated. From UTG, Lei Yang raised to 200,000 and then called when Stanislav Halatenko three-bet to 750,000 on the button. Both players checked the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] flop to see the [poker card="5d"] turn. Yang checked and Halatenko bet 673,375. Yang called and the [poker card="2d"] river completed the board. Yang checked again and Halatenko moved all in for 3,037,266. Yang called and showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"] for flopped quads while Halatenko tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"] for aces and queens and was eliminated in seventh. It took nearly three-quarters of an hour to go from six players to five. With blinds of 80,000/160,000, Arkadiusz Liszewski raised to 560,000 from the cutoff and Noam Garama chose to defend his big blind. The flop was [poker card="qc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] and Liszewski moved all in for his last 1,241,589 and Garama called. Liszewski tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] for top pair with an ace kicker while Garama also paired the queen but had kicker problems with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="8c"] turn solved those kicker problems and left Liszewski hoping for some help on the river. The [poker card="7s"] river was a complete brick and Liszewski was out in sixth place. It only took 20 minutes to find the next elimination and once again, Garama was the one conducting things. On the button, Garama raised to 500,000 before Mariam Nozadze bumped it up to 1,600,000 from the big blind. Garama called. After the [poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] flop, Nozadze shoved for 2,598,733 and Garama called. Nozadze turned up [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4h"] for a pair oces but Garama was way ahead with a flopped straight thanks to his [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"] hole cards. Nozadze turned a set thanks to the [poker card="as"] on fourth street, but the [poker card="3h"] river didn't give her a full house and she was out in fifth. A full hour and 20 minutes passed without any eliminations before Garama got involved again - this time with a different outcome. Blinds were 250,000/500,000 and Garama raised to 1,750,000 and Czika came along from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] and Czika bet 2,872,800 and Garama called all in for 1,044,536. Czika showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] for a pair of sixes while Garama was drawing with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"]. Czika made two pair on the [poker card="5h"] turn then made a straight on the [poker card="7h"] river to send Garama to the rail in fourth place. That hand propelled Czika into the chip lead. Czika added to his lead 15 minutes later when he took out the most high-profile player at the final table. Czika raised to 1,320,000 from the button and Mike Watson moved all in for his last 2,756,392 in the big blind. Czika called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3d"] while Watson tabled [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ah"] to give Czika two pair and send Watson to the rail in third place. When heads up play began, Czika was ahead 3-2 in chips over Yang. Over the next 10 minutes, Czika continued to chip away and eventually found a spot to vanquish his last foe. From the small blind, Czika raised to 1,800,000 and Yang called from the big. Yang checked the [poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"] flop and then called when Czika bet 1,200,000. After the [poker card="qs"] turn, Yang moved all in for 3,559,464 and Czika called. Yang showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] for a flush and straight draw while Czika made a pair with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] holdings. The river was the [poker card="ac"] to miss all of Yang's outs and eliminate him in second place while Czika laid claim to his first-ever WSOP bracelet and $55,369. Final Table Payouts Roland 'Quina Quen' Czika - $55,369 Lei 'A LEI' Yang - $40,033 Mike Watson - $28,944 Noam 'lamalo21' Garama - $20,927 Mariam 'WisdomTree' Nozadze - $15,131 Arkadiusz 'Noksukow' Liszewski - $10,940 Stanislav 'shrekpoker91' Halatenko - $7,910
  10. Saturday night saw longtime PocketFiver Michael Lavin became the sixth player to win a World Series of Poker Online event in the state of Pennsylvania. Lavin topped the 288-entry field in Event #7 ($600 NLHE MonsterStack) to earn his first WSOP bracelet and $39,642. From middle position, 'Diceluxovi' raised to 68,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] before Anthony Huntsman moved all in for 446,820 from the hijack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"]. 'Diceluxovi' called and then collected the entire pot after the [poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] flop, [poker card="8s"] turn, and [poker card="6h"] river to eliminate Huntsman in ninth place. A few moments later, a battle of the blinds turned into another elimination hand. From the cutoff, 'pokervanman' raised to 78,200. Brian Cassel moved all in for 989,204 from the small blind before Robert Sembler re-shoved from the big blind for 1,154,600 with 'pokervanman' folding behind. Cassel turned over [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] but Sembler tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2s"] flop changed nothing for Cassel and after the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="th"] river completed the board, he was eliminated in eighth. It took 15 minutes for the next elimination to occur and it was all set up thanks to a player living up to their screenname. Joshua Berardi raised to 92,000 from the hijack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"] before Matt 'RunGoodRick' Boulden jammed for their last 738,692 from the button with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] and Berardi called. The clop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"] to give Boulden a queen-high straight. The [poker card="2d"] turn and [poker card="qs"] river changed nothing and Boulden collected the 1.56 million chip pot. Berardi was left decimated and a few moments later was shown the door in seventh place. With blinds of 25,000/50,000, Lavin raised to 110,000 from late position with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. Next to act, Charles Alex-Barton moved all in for 1,192,452 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] and Lavin opted to call. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5h"] flop gave Alex-Barton an open-ended straight draw to go with his over cards. The [poker card="3d"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="7s"] river only sealed Alex-Barton's fate as the sixth place finisher. Boulden continued to run good and eight minutes later took out another opponent. From the button, Boulden opened to 120,000 and Greg Wish chose to defend his big blind. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"] flop, Boulden check-called Wish's 198,000 bet. The turn was the [poker card="qs"] and both players checked. The [poker card="4c"] river completed the board and Boulden moved all in. Wish called off his last 974,278 and tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="8c"] but found out he was out-pipped when Boulden showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"]. Wish was out in fifth. The next bustout came 10 minutes later. Sembler opened for 184,000 from the cutoff before 'Diceluxovi' moved all in on the button for 874,127. Lavin called from the big blind while Sembler clicked the fold button. 'Diceluxovi' turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] and discovered he needed help after Lavin showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"][poker card="2h"] flop brought that help but the [poker card="ks"] turn gave Lavin a set and left 'Diceluxovi' needing a queen to stay alive. The [poker card="7s"] river was no help and 'Diceluxovi' was eliminated in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted more than 35 minutes before Boulden ended the night for another one of his opponents and sent the tournament to heads up. Boulden raised from the button to 240,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. Lavin folded the small blind but Sembler jammed from the big blind for 2,023,450 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. Boulden called and then moved into a dominating position after the [poker card="qd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5s"] flop. While the [poker card="ah"] turn gave Sembler a pair, it actually left him drawing dead and he was out in third after the [poker card="4s"] river filled the board. Boulden held 63% of the chips in play when the one-on-one battle with Lavin began but through 20 minutes of action, the script was flipped until Lavin was in a dominating position heading into the final hand. Lavin raised to 320,000 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"] and Boulden moved all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"]. Lavin called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3c"] gave Lavin top pair. Boulden could only watch as the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river completed the board to end his run with a runner-up finish while Lavin won the bracelet and nearly $40,000. Final Table Payouts Michael 'TonyBandanas' Lavin - $39,642 Matthew 'RunGoodRick' Boulden - $24,494 Robert 'Badbeat1512' Sembler - $16,843 'Diceluxovi' - $11,804 Greg 'Donostia' Wish - $8,445 Charles 'pokervanman' Alex-Barton - $6,252 Joshua 'ClearEyes' Berardi - $4,681 Brian 'BigTIme2021' Cassel - $3,499 Anthony 'Ler0yBr0wn' Huntsman - $2,722
  11. Another day in Pennsylvania meant another online grinder was earning a World Series of Poker Online bracelet. This time it was 'Conngong12' topping a 319-entry field in event #6 ($400 NLHE PKO) to win WSOP gold and more than $22,000. The first elimination of the night came after 'SimSolvers' opened to 32,000 from late position holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. 'DAG_CLG' moved all in from the small blind for 298,476 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"] and 'SimSolvers' called. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] leaving 'DAG_CLG' some backdoor hope. The [poker card="9s"] turn however sealed things for 'SimSolvers' and as the [poker card="5h"] river completed the board, 'DAG_CLG' was eliminated in ninth place. Ten minutes later, 'CampPinebox' shoved from UTG for 234,909 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"] and 'MoXSTeeM' moved all in from the cutoff for 640,869 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] and the rest of the table folded. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="ts"][poker card="th"] to eliminated 'CampPinebox' in eighth place. The seven remaining players battled for 15 minutes before sending the next player home without a bracelet. 'MoXSTeeM' called the big blind from early position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. Action folded to 'mskrrr' on the button and they moved all in for 542,184 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"] and 'MoXSTeeM' called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] flop left only runner-runner hope for 'mskrrr'. The [poker card="2h"] turn was no good and after the [poker card="ks"] river, 'mskrrr' was eliminated in seventh. 'MoXSTeeM' ended another opponent's run just over five minutes later. 'MoXSTeeM' bet 72,222 from UTG with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] before 'Jokulhaups' moved all in for 610,480 from the hijack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. 'MoXSTeeM' called. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] flop gave 'Jokulhaups' top pair and moved him in front. The [poker card="th"] river changed nothing but the [poker card="8d"] river gave 'MoXSTeeM' a set to bust 'Jokulhaups' in sixth place. After picking up three consecutive eliminations, 'MoXSTeeM' sat the next one out. 'SimSolvers' raised to 56,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"]jc] and Zach Gruneberg pushed his entire 540,057 stack into the middle from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. 'SimSolvers' called and then watched as the [poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qc"] runout missed both players to send the pot to 'SimSolvers' thanks to his jack kicker and Gruneberg was out in fifth. With four players remaining, 'Conngong12' turned things into overdrive. Drew Gonzalez shoved for 372,705 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"] only to have 'Conngong12' move all in for 946,342 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] forcing 'SimSolvers' to fold his big blind. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6c"] to leave Gonzalez wanting and eliminated him in fourth place. Just six minutes later, 'Conngong12' sent the tournament to heads up. 'Conngong12' opened with a min-raise to 120,000 on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. 'SimSolvers' moved all in for 1,420,716 from the small blind with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. 'MoXSTeeM' folded the big blind before 'Conngong12' called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] flop put 'Conngong12' in the driver's seat heading to the turn. The [poker card="3d"] turn changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="6s"] river and 'SimSolvers' was out in third. 'Conngong12' started heads up play holding 66% of the chips in play. It took them just seven minutes to turn that number up to 100%. 'MoXSTeeM' opened to 95,555 on the button with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] before 'Conngong12' shoved for 4,443,201 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. 'MoXSTeeM' called off their last 1,831,234. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] flop was a safe one for 'MoXSTeeM' but the [poker card="ad"] was disastrous. Down to just two outs, 'MoXSTeeM' found no safety net on the [poker card="jc"] river and was eliminated in second place, leaving 'Conngong12' to collect the chips and the WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts 'Conngong12' - $22,214 'MoXSTeeM' - $13,747 'SimSolvers' - $9,593 Drew 'MoveBlanket' Gonzalez - $6,626 Zach 'CaptainLevi' Gruneberg = $3,953 'Jokulhaups' - $3,488 'mskrrr' - $3,227 'CampPinebox' - $2,540 'DAG_CLG' - $2,333
  12. After each 2021 World Series of Poker Online bracelet event wraps up, the WSOP ships the event winner their gold bracelet via FedEx. The way the first nine events have gone, somebody needs to inquire about bulk shipping rates to Brazil. For the fourth time in nine events, a Brazilian grinder has managed to take down a WSOP Online event on GGPoker. Lucio Lima defeated 2,228 other players to win Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. The final table included a pair of previous bracelet winners as well as a Polish player looking to capture the third bracelet this week for his homeland. In the end, it was Lima joining Joao Simao, Eduardo Pires, and Thiago Crema as Brazilian players who have capture gold already this summer. Action folded to Krzysztof Dulowski in late position and he raised to 700,000 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] before William Romaine made it 1,995,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] from his direct left. Dulowski called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"] and Dulowski check-called after Romaine bet 2,170,000. The turn was the [poker card="js"] to give Dulowski trip jacks and Dulowski checked to Romaine who checked behind. The river was the [poker card="7d"] and Dulowski moved all in to put Romaine to a decision for his tournament life. The American, who is residing in Mexico during this series, called off the rest of his chips only to be shown a better hand and was eliminated in ninth place. A few moments later, Lima used a dominating hand to pick up his first elimination of the night. From UTG, Japan's Daisuke Ogita moved all in for 9,124,815 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and action folded to Lima in the cutoff. He re-shoved with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"], forcing the rest of the table to fold. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="ts"][poker card="as"][poker card="4s"] to give both players top pair with Lima's king kicker coming into play to eliminate Ogita in eighth. With blinds of 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante), Yngve Steen moved all in for 7,593,157 holding [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. Everybody folded until Stanislav Kuvaev re-shoved for 8,965,336 on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop changed nothing and the [poker card="qh"] meant Steen was drawing very thin. The river was the [poker card="6c"] to give Kuvaev the pot and send Steen out in seventh place. When the final table began, Joaquin Melogno was the second shortest stack. After seeing three others bust around him, Melogno's rise up the ladder came to a halt. Melogno raised to 1,470,000 from UTG and Lima called from the big blind. Both players checked after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] and Lima bet 4,060,000 and Melogno called. The river was the [poker card="6c"] and Lima moved all in. Melogno called off his 11,892,512 stack and tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] but Lima showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] for a bigger pair to give him his second elimination of the night as Melogno departed in sixth. Kuvaev was the only player who had a shorter stack than Melogno at the start of the final table. His run lasted just five minutes longer than Melogno. Kuvaev moved all in from UTG for 11,475,993 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] before Dulowski re-shoved with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. Dulowski stayed in control after the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] flop before Kuvaev got a little tease on the [poker card="qs"] turn. The [poker card="ts"] river completed the board and eliminated Kuvaev in fifth position. A battle of the blinds took the tournament from hour-handed to three-handed just 11 minutes later. Lima raised from the button to 1,600,000 before Dulowski three-bet to 6,560,000 in the small blind. Johnathon French then moved all in from the big blind for 9,820,175. Lima folded but Dulowski called and turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] which put French in great shape holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] flop was a great one for French but the [poker card="jh"] spelled disaster and sent the Canadian to the river with only seven outs. The river was the [poker card="3c"] and French failed to improve and was sent to the rail in fourth. Thanks to that pot, Dulowski started three-handed play with the chip lead and almost 50% of the total chips in play. Just 12 minutes later, he was out. Anson Tsang, who won a bracelet at 2018 WSOP Europe, raised the button to 2,400,000 and Lima came along in the small blind. Dulowski moved all in for 11,794,214 and Tsang re-shoved for 50,286,066 forcing Lima to fold. Dulowski showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"] which put him behind Tsang's [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"]. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"] to miss both players and allowed Tsang to take the pot thanks to his ace as Dulowski went home in third place, denying himself the chance to become the third Polish player to win a 2021 WSOP Online event. Tsang started heads up play with 58% of the chips in play and through the early hands of play, he increased that to holding nearly 75%. That was as close as Tsang got to winning the bracelet though. Over the next 17 minutes of play, Lima grinded back to even stacks and eventually took the lead. At this point both players were sitting on stacks of roughly 20 big blinds each. On the final hand of the night, Lima open-shoved for 55,468,880 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"] and Tsang called for 55,281,120 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] flop paired Tsang's ace but gave Lima bottom set. The turn was the [poker card="7s"] to leave Tsang drawing dead as the [poker card="td"] river completed the board and eliminated Tsang in second place and handed Lima his first career WSOP bracelet. Event #9 Final Table Payouts Lucio 'WizardOfAz' Lima - $95,205 Anson Tsang - $66,918 Krzysztof 'ZryjGruz' Dulowski - $60,634 Johnathon 'Resolve' French - $29,320 Stanislav Kuvaev - $23,741 Joaquin Melogno - $18,314 Yngve 'IAMWILLIAM' Steen - $18,390 Daisuke 'REDJOE' Ogita - $17,123 William 'BigCharles' Romaine - $16,438
  13. The 2021 World Series of Poker Online bracelet events on GGPoker are through seven events and Brazilian players have now captured three of them with Eduardo Pires becoming the first player to win seven figures along with the gold after his win in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) on Sunday night. Joao Simao was the first Brazilian to win a bracelet this year after taking down Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares NLHE) for $206,075. Four days later, Thiago Crema de Macedo won Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for a $161,637 payday. Pires came out on top of the 5,437-entry field to win $1,384,013. He wasn't the only player at the final table representing Brazil. Tauan Naves and Victor Begara also made the final nine and those three players held three of the top four stacks when the final table began. With blinds of 400,000/800,0000, Oskar Prehm moved all in for 2,925,322 from early position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"] and Naves called from the button with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"] to give Naves the pot and make Prehm the first final table casualty. Five minutes later, another one of the Brazilian players took their turn as executioner. Tomas Jozonis open-shoved for 111,173,168 from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"]. Begara moved all in for 30,11,034 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and Xiongbin Zhang folded the big blind. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"] flop wasn't a good one for Jozonis and as the [poker card="8d"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river changed nothing, Jozonis was sent to the rail in eighth. Naves took the reigns for the next bustout. Naves min-raised to 2,400,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] before Lachezar Petkov moved all in for just a shade under 10,000,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. Naves called but got bad news on the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"] flop as Petkov moved ahead. The [poker card="js"] turn changed things however and left Petkov with just a single out. The [poker card="td"] completed the board to eliminate Petkov in seventh. A battle between two of the Brazilians led to the next elimination. Everybody folded to Pires on the button and he moved all in for 112,812,238 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"]. Begara called all in for 22,932,702 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] forcing Zhang folded his big blind. Everything looked good for Begara on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] flop. He stayed in control on the [poker card="4s"] turn but the [poker card="9h"] river spelled doom for him as Pires made a pair of nines to eliminate his fellow countrymen in sixth place. After having his kings cracked in a hand against Lukas Hafner, Paul Fisher was left with just 2.5 big blinds. Fisher moved all in for 6,147,246 from UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7h"]. Hafner raised to 14,086,736 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and the remaining players folded. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2d"] to give Hafner the pot and eliminate Fisher in fifth. With blinds at 1,250,000/2,500,000 (300,000 ante), Zhang moved all in for 21,066,137 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] and Hafner called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Zhang's domination of Hafner didn't last long as the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Hafner a pair to move in front. Neither the [poker card="2c"] turn or [poker card="4c"] river were able to save Zhang from a fourth place result. When three-handed play began, the two remaining Brazilian players held nearly 66% of the chips in play with Pires holding more than half on his own. After 12 minutes of play, Pires added to his stack at the expense of Naves. Hafner folded the button and Pires shoved his entire 115,505,440 stack into the middle from the small blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. Down to just 6.5 big blinds, Naves called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] flop gave Pires bottom set and left Naves hoping for a jack to make a straight and stay alive. Neither the [poker card="4h"] turn or the [poker card="6c"] river filled that straight draw and Naves was out in third place. Hafner started heads up play with the slightest of chip leads but over the 10 minutes that followed, Pires took the lead and eventually collected all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Pires called from the small blind and Hafner checked his option to see a flop of [poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"]. Hafner check-raised to 11,619,000 after Pires bet 3,500,000. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and Hafner took some time before betting 19,691,760. Pires contemplated his options and clicked the call button. The river was the [poker card="8d"] and Hafner checked to Pires who moved all in for 161,161,584. After thinking for nearly 30 seconds, Hafner called all in and showed [poker card="7s"][poker card="3d"] for a pair of sevens but Pires tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] for a straight to eliminate Hafner and win his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Eduardo Pires - $1,384,013 Lukas Hafner - $984,469 Tauan Naves - $700,270 Xiongbin Zhang - $498,115 Paul Risman - $354,317 Victor Begara - $252,031 Lachezar Petkov - $179,275 Tomas Jozonis - $127,521 Oskar Prehm - $90,708
  14. For the past three weeks, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida has been home for a number of poker's best players as the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open made its return after having to take 2020 off due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, four players added SHRPO titles to their resumes and thousands of dollars to their bankroll, including a player that wasn't on anybody's radar when the series began. Dimitri Vorbe Wins $5,250 SHRPO Championship Back in May, a completely unknown player named Dimitri Vorbe picked up a small cash in the opening event of the Seminole Hard Rock Deep Stack Poker Series. It was his first career cash and until Tuesday night, it was his only cash. On Tuesday, Vorbe topped the 1,180-entry field in the $5,250 buy-in SHRPO Championship Event for $929,365. The Haitian-born Vorbe came to the final table with the chip lead and eliminated three of the other eight players at the final table including Ian O'Hara in third and AP Louis Garza in second place. The 1,180 entries make this largest SHRPO Championship event since 2014 when the event featured a $10 million guarantee. The 1,499 runners in that field created a $2,505,000 overlay. The largest SHRPO Championship field came a year earlier when 2,384 players showed up. SHRPO Championship Final Table Payouts Dimitri Vorbe - $929,365 AP Louis Garza - $674,285 Ian O’Hara - $437,350 Mark Dube - $324,035 Matt Affleck - $244,775 Darren Rabinowitz - $197,850 Jeff Trudeau - $163,390 Harrison Brown - $130,455 Michael Wang - $100,215 Shannon Shorr Chops, Tops $2,650 NLHE A little less than a week ago, Shannon Shorr was talking about how the hassle of going through the airport was starting to wear on him. On Tuesday, the father-to-be picked up 186,261 ways to soothe his travel woes as heads back to Las Vegas. Shorr made the final three of the $2,650 NLHE event and then chopped up nearly $500,000 with Aditya Prasetyo and Mukul Pahuja before defeating both of them to win the trophy and an additional $30,655. Prasetyo earned $170,243 while Pahuja walked away with $141,966. This is Shorr's second six-figure win at Seminole Hard Rock in 2021. In April, Shorr defeated 286 other entries to win $296,535 in a $5,000 buy-in side event at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. SHRPO $2,650 NLHE Final Table Payouts Shannon Shorr – $186,261* Aditya Prasetyo – $170,243* Mukul Pahuja - $141,966* James Miller - $72,650 David Shmuel - $55,765 Victor Figueroa - $46,485 Dan Colpoys - $38,740 Steve Karp - $31,015 Ray Qartomy - $23,335 Joe McKeehen Wins $25,500 High Roller Joe McKeehen and Darren Elias worked their way through 89 other entries in the $25,500 High Roller event and then came to terms on a deal that allowed each of them to pocket a half million dollars with McKeehen also getting the title thanks to having Elias slightly outchipped. It is McKeehen's 23rd career live victory and the fifth largest score of his career behind his runner-up finish in the 2014 WSOP Monster Stack ($820,863), sixth place finish in the 2016 $111,111 WSOP One Drop High Roller, his runner-up finish in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller ($1,220,840), and of course his 2015 WSOP Main Event win ($7,683,346). SHRPO $25,500 High Roller Final Table Payouts Joe McKeehen – $550,990* Darren Elias – $539,135* Thomas Boivin – $285,460 Jake Daniels – $197,800 David Peters – $128,120 Joseph Cheong – $96,650 Dylan Smith – $78,670 Nadya Magnus – $67,430 Chad Eveslage – $65,185 Scott Baumstein Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold'em The final four players in the $1,100 NLHE event agreed to an ICM chop and thanks to an extra ante chip or two, Scott Baumstein wound up with a trophy to go along with his share of the prize pool. Baumstein chopped up more than $265,000 with Aaron Pinson, Christopher Meyers, and Donald Maloney. Baumstein also cashed in seven other SHRPO events, including three more final tables. SHRPO $1,100 NLHE Final Table Payouts Scott Baumstein – $81,220 Aaron Pinson – $81,220 Christopher Meyers – $54,915 Donald Maloney – $48,500 Kyle Merron – $26,570 Logan Hewett – $21,995 Matt Giametta – $18,145 Miguel Caputo – $14,425 Katie Wier – $10,800
  15. Georgios Sotiropoulos made his way through 6,359 other entries to end up at a final table with another previous World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a high stakes cash game crusher, and six other players in WSOP Online Event #6 ($200 Flip & Go) on GGPoker. He then eliminated six of his final eight opponents to win his second career WSOP bracelet and $117,022. The Flip & Go format sees eight players seated at a table with all players all in on the first hand. Each table plays until only one player has chips. Those players advance into the next round where all players are in the money and the tournament plays down to a winner in a traditional format. The turbo structure all but guaranteed a fast-paced final table and it took just five minutes to go from nine players to eight. With blinds of 50,000/100,000, Sotiropoulos moved all in for 1,407,262 from middle position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. Wing Tat Yeung called all in for his last 773,564 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Yeung stayed ahead after the [poker card="qh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop but the [poker card="ac"] turn gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces. The river was the [poker card="2s"] and was no help to Yeung as he exited in ninth. Five minutes later, Sotiropoulos, who won his first WSOP bracelet in 2015 at WSOP Europe in am €1,100 NNLHE Turbo event, did it again. Markus Prinz shoved from the small blind for 259,080 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"] and Sotiropoulos called from the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] gave Sotiropoulos top pair and left Prinz needing one of three tens or some runner-runner combination to stay alive. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and the [poker card="8h"] river completed the board to eliminate Prinz in eighth place. The steamroller that was Sotiropoulos only had to wait four minutes for the next elimination. From UTG+1, Quentin Roussey moved all in for 477,614 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] and action folded back to Sotiropoulos in the big blind and he called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces while Roussey was needing a jack for Broadway or some runner-runner runout to stay alive. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] leaving only the Broadway outs for Roussey. The [poker card="ad"] river gave Sotiropoulos a full house and ended Roussey's run in seventh. The next bustout hand took the table from six-handed to four-handed and it was none other than PocketFives legend Chris Moorman who was on the winning side. Wiktor Malinowski raised to 490,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"], Erwann Pecheux called off his last 166,269 from the small blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"], before Moorman jammed for 816,256 from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. Malinowski called and everybody caught a piece of the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="qs"] and the [poker card="jd"] river gave Moorman the pot and eliminated Pecheux in sixth and Malinowski in fifth. Despite picking up that pot, Moorman's run didn't last much longer and once again it was Sotiropoulos in the driver's seat. Action folded around to Sotiropoulos in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"] and Moorman briefly tanked before calling all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Sotiropoulos an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="8h"] gave him a pair of eights leaving Moorman drawing to either one of three kings for a bigger pair or one of three remaining jacks for a king-high straight. The [poker card="qd"] river actually improved Sotiropoulos to a queen-high straight and ended Moorman's quest for a second 2021 WSOP Online bracelet with a fourth place finish. It took Sotiropoulos just 15 minutes to send his last two opponents to the rail to take home another bracelet. First up was Michael Van Elsacker. Yen-Liang Yao folded his button and Sotiropoulos raised to 1,600,000 from the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"] and Van Elsacker called off his last 646,620 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="6s"] flop hit both players but Sotiropoulos moved ahead with a bigger pair. Neither the [poker card="9s"] turn or the [poker card="qc"] river were able to save Van Elsacker and he was out in third. Sotiropoulos started heads up play with 81% of the chips in play. Down to less than 15 big blinds, Yao moved all in with [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] and Sotiropoulos snap-called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"] flop moved Yao in front with a pair of kings. However, the [poker card="as"] turn put Sotiropoulos back on top with a pair of aces and the [poker card="7c"] river was no help for Yao and he was eliminated in second place while Sotiropoulos took down the tournament and earned $117,022 in the process. Final Table Payouts Georgios Sotiropoulos - $117,022 Yen-Liang Yao - $90,371 Michiel Van Elsacker - $69,791 Chris Moorman - $53,898 Wiktor Malinowski - $41,624 Erwann Pecheux - $31,145 Quentin Roussey - $24,824 Markus Prinz - $19,171 Wing Tat Yeung - $14,805
  16. Every poker player dreams of arriving at a World Series of Poker final table with the chip lead and using that chip lead to perfect effect to take out opponent after opponent on their way to winning a WSOP bracelet. The nightmare of that scenario ends with the final opponent coming from behind to win the bracelet. On Sunday, Russia's Evgeny Kochubey lived that nightmare while Poland's Kacper Pyzara won his first WSOP bracelet and $36,285 in WSOP Online Event #5 ($315 Bounty NLHE Deepstack) on GGPoker. Pyzara is the second player from Poland to win a WSOP bracelet this summer on GGPoker. Prior to Bartlomiej Swieboda's victory in Event #1, no Polish player had won a WSOP bracelet. Kochubey eliminated five of his final eight opponents at the final table but couldn't make it past Pyzara who eliminated him and one other player on his way to victory. Pyzara wound up earning an impressive $43,504 in bounties to along with the winner's share of the prize pool. While Kochubey came to the final table with the lead, Pyzara was the second shortest stack when the final nine players sat down. Kocubey went to work almost immediately. From UTG, Kochubey raised to 630,000 before Vicente Delgado raised to 1,860,000 on the button. Kochubey called and then checked the [poker card="jc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop. Delgado bet 1,480,050 and Kochubey called. The turn was the [poker card="ad"] and Kochubey checked to Delgado who bet 2,456,883. Kochubey called to see the [poker card="qc"] river. Kochubey continued his passive line and checked again. Delgado responded by moving all in for 3,872,934. Kochubey called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] while Delgado tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"] and was eliminated in ninth. Just a few moments later the next player was sent packing. From the hijack, Moti Ohayon raised to 600,000 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Action folded to Arkadiy Tsinis in the big blind and he moved all in for 4,003,708 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] and Ohayon called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3h"] flop changed nothing and after the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="7s"] river completed the board, Tsinis was eliminated in eighth place. Kochubey waited just eight minutes before finding an opportunity to add to his stack at the expense of one of his opponents. Kochubey opened to 635,000 from UTG with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Martina Ciklaminiova moved all in for 3,463,308 in the small blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Kochubey called. Ciklaminiova could only watch as the board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="kc"] to send her out in seventh. Just ten minutes later Takahiko Nishiyama open-shoved for 1,177,441 from the hijack with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] and Pyzara called from the small blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Pyzara top two pair and Nishiyama was unable to catch up through the [poker card="kh"] turn or [poker card="2c"] river and was eliminated in sixth. Kochubey continued to pile up chips and eliminations. Takao Shimizu raised to 1,200,000 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"]. Kochubey re-raised to 3,800,000 from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] and Shimizu moved all in for 19,193,802. Kochubey snap-called. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Kochubey in front but gave Shimizu some extra outs with the nut flush draw. The [poker card="3d"] turn was no help and neither was the [poker card="4s"] river and Shimizu was out in fifth place with Kochubey now holding 57% of the chips in play. Another 15 minutes past and Kochubey was once again ending the night for another player. With blinds of 250,000/500,000, Kochubey raised from the cutoff to 1,000,000 with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. Baoyang Xu jammed for their last 5,889,958 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"] from the small blind and Kochubey called. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"] flop kept Kochubey in front. Xu found no further assistance on the [poker card="ks"] turn or [poker card="8s"] river as Kochubey made a flush to cement Xu's fourth place result. Three-handed play started with Kochubey holding more than 65% of the chips in play. Even with such a dominating chip stack amongst them, ICM implications meant that the remaining three players battled for another 47 minutes before one of them busted. Down to less than five big blinds, Ohayon moved all in from the button for 3,782,896. Kochubey defended his small blind before Pyzara three-bet to 11,207,240 from the big blind. Kochubey called and all three players saw the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] flop. Ohayon and Kochubey both checked. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and Kochubey checked to Ohayan who bet 6,744,135. Kochubey called and then checked the [poker card="3d"] river. Pyzara bet 13,547,411 forcing Kochubey to fold. Ohayon showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"] for ace-high while Pyzara tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] for Broadway to eliminate Ohayon in third place and set the stages for heads up. The two players' stacks were separated by just 14 big blinds with Kochubey in front. In the 40 minutes of toe-to-toe action between the two, Pyaza doubled up early and eventually busted Kochubey to win his first career WSOP bracelet. The double up came on a board showing [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2d"] and 23,055,200 already in the middle. Pyzara checked and called all in when Kochubey shoved. Pyzara tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"] for two pair after Kochubey showed [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"] for nothing but a busted straight. A half hour later, Pyzara opened to 2,400,000 from the button with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] and Kochubey moved all in for 24,720,488 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. Pyzara called. Kochubey picked up no help on the [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4c"] flop. The [poker card="8c"] turn gave him a few extra outs but the [poker card="th"] river gave Pyzara a full house and eliminated Kochubey in second place. The tournament had 2,989 total entries to generate an $896,700 prize pool. Final Table Payouts Kacper Pyzara - $36,285 + $43,504 in bounties Evgeny Kochubey - $36,194 + $16,952 in bounties Moti Ohayon - $26,386 + $5,801 in bounties Baoyang Xu - $19,213 + $9,886 in bounties Takao Shimizu - $13,990 + $2,794 in bounties Takahiko Nishiyama - $10,186 + $3,816 in bounties Martina Ciklaminiova - $7,417 + $3,312 in bounties Arkadiy Tsinis - $5,401 + $2,652 in bounties Vicente Delgado - $3,932 + $5,152 in bounties
  17. Brock Wilson needs to be where the action is. A few years ago, Wilson could pull back the blinds on his apartment and look down upon the hustle and bustle of Times Square in New York City as he prepared himself for his day working on Wall Street as a financial analyst. More recently it’s meant being able to pull back his blinds and see the tourists and gamblers that give Las Vegas that Sin City vibe as he readies himself for day battling on the felt of the city’s poker tables. The 26-year-old moved to Las Vegas in mid-2020 to continue his recently-launched poker career. He could have picked some cozy three-bedroom house out in the suburbs with a pool in the backyard. Instead, he plopped himself right in the middle of the Strip, a stone’s throw from the poker rooms at Aria, Bellagio, and Wynn. “I wanted to be right on the Strip just because I always like the more city-type feels,” Wilson said. “I liked Manhattan a lot. I lived right in Times Square. I kind of like being in the heart of everything.“ It was in late 2019 when Wilson first started contemplating the move to Las Vegas. There’s no state income tax and he could use the city as his hub as he set out to travel the world and play poker. “We were going to go before the (2020) World Series of Poker. Then the pandemic happened. I was like, ‘you know what? I still want to move there. I’m just inside all day anyways’,” Wilson said. “I like it up here, the weather’s good. As time went on, I’ve known more people in Vegas. So it just made more sense socially, too, in terms of poker, to live (in Vegas).” Like a lot of poker players, Wilson spent the early part of the lockdown glued to his computer screen. While he was certainly actively playing online poker, he also jumped headlong into getting better at the game through study. He pinpointed specific elements of his game that he recognized as needing work and focused on those. “In quarantine, I think I improved a lot. I played every day and there wasn't much else to do, so I kind of played and then did some exercise and then went and reviewed all the hands I played. I think that I improved a lot in terms of ICM,” Wilson said. Moving to Las Vegas only became a possibility after Wilson stepped away from his career on Wall Street. That process actually started when Wilson was playing poker as a well-paying side hustle and Jonathan Dokler, a player that he respected who also worked in the banking industry, took him to the woodshed one night. “(Dokler) just completely crushed me and forced me to be like, ‘all right, I need to do a little bit more study and figure out how to actually learn some more sound strategy,” Wilson said. “I was just playing pretty aggressive and people would just tell you where they’re at. If they had a marginal hand, they would call. If they had a good hand, they would raise.” Wilson studied more and engrossed himself in the technical aspects of the game. He also expanded his circle of poker friends as he ran hands or theories by them as a means of learning. His game improved and he suddenly had a very nice nest egg from his poker winnings. Dokler got involved again - but instead of beating him out of it on the felt, he pushed him to invest his winnings into Bitcoin. “Since I had a full-time job, and all this money was money I made in poker, I kind of felt like, ‘I don't really need this money. I have a job that supports me going out on weekends’. I didn't really have much stuff to spend it on, and I was like, ‘Okay. It's worth taking the risk’," Wilson said. After putting a considerable percentage of his net worth into the cryptocurrency in 2017, Wilson watched his investment grow by 600%. Though he was still bullish on Bitcoin, he realized that his suddenly impressive portfolio presented him with a unique opportunity to put his money behind one of the players he’d met while trying to improve his game: Ali Imsirovic. “He was a lot better than me at the time, but every time I talked a hand with him, I felt like I was learning something new. I'd rail him on Sundays while he was playing stuff, and he would just be like, ‘Yeah. I'm just shoving here. I think that this guy would have always done X on an earlier street’ or ‘I'm calling here’,” Wilson said. “If someone's better than you at something, it's hard to really know how good they are. I just kind of had the confidence. He was winning at everything he always played at. If he played high stakes cash, he would win. He'd play heads-up, he would win. He'd play tournaments, he would win.” Wilson cashed out his Bitcoin and in 2018, started buying pieces of Imsirovic in high rollers. Imsirovic cashed for what was then a career-best $3.2 million in live earnings. “He ran hot at the beginning and made it real easy. He just won a lot of different stuff pretty quick,” Wilson said. “It made me not question it whatsoever. I would just continuously say, ‘I'll take the max’.” As Imsirovic kept having success, Wilson couldn’t help but look on with a tinge of envy. His bankroll continued to swell thanks to Imsirovic’s success and in mid-2018, Wilson decided he was ready to join him full time. “I gave two weeks notice in late May, and in early June is when I went to the World Series and started playing completely full-time and I've been completely focused on that without consideration for much else since then,” Wilson said. Wilson didn’t want to just gingerly enter the live tournament scene and test his mettle in some smaller buy-in tournaments. He was ready to be shoulder to shoulder with Imsirovic and the rest of the high roller regs. “I always had my sights on playing the High Rollers just because I felt that playing at the top level was the most interesting to me. Studying to know the real, correct way to do everything was always the most interesting. If you can do that well, it makes sense to play the biggest stakes,” Wilson said. Things didn’t go as well for Wilson right out of the gate as they had for Imsirovic. He was struggling to find consistency and a big cash was eluding him. There were some signs that he was doing good things, but the results weren’t there. “I played some $25Ks. I'd played two or three, and I bricked them. I had stacks in them and it kind of went south as we neared the money,” Wilson said. “I played a lot of the mid-stakes stuff, and my biggest score was $65K live. I was not getting it done live at all.” As it would for a lot of people, a trip the Bahamas allowed Wilson to clear his head and turn things around. Wilson traveled to the Bahamas to play in some partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas events, including a star-studded $25,000 buy-in Super High Roller. Wilson made his way through 123 of the 125 entries and got heads up with Adrian Mateos. The pair struck a deal with Wilson walking away with $619,536 and Mateos getting $520,464. After convincing Wilson that they had to play for the trophy, Mateos beat Wilson and is listed as the official winner - something Wilson is reminded of every now and then. “My friends like to troll me about this, (but) I fucking won the tournament, but he gets the first place and everything just because he said the Bahamas didn't have a policy as to who gets the trophy, and he was like, "Well, in the ARIA stuff, we always just flipped for it." So I was like, ‘All right, sure’. I don't think that's actually true, but whatever. He ended up getting the trophy,” Wilson said. Wilson returned to the United States with a big score on his resume and some confidence in his game. In December, he finished runner-up in a $25,000 High Roller at the Seminole Rock n Roll Poker Open for $301,215. He then took his talents to Los Angeles and won a $10,000 buy-in high roller event at the Bicycle Casino. He finished 2019 with $1.45 million in tournament earnings. He picked up eight cashes to start 2020 before the pandemic hit. Like nearly the rest of the poker world, Wilson then went back to playing online and picked up 12 World Series of Poker Online cashes. As live poker returned in late 2020, Wilson went back to playing the high rollers and came out on top of a $10,000 buy-in event at the Wynn where Alex Foxen and Imsirovic finished second and third respectively. Through the first half of 2021, Wilson has earned more than $900,000 from live tournaments. In June he played in the U.S. Poker Open and made two final tables, giving him his first opportunity to play on a PokerGO broadcast. Now he’s turned his attention to the WSOP Online events and in September will sit down to play the WSOP, something he’s had to use vacation time to do before. The poker scene in Vegas during the WSOP traditionally includes other tournament series at other casinos. For Wilson, he’s going to be zoned in on the bracelet events, but if he busts one of those, he’s going to look around for the other best value. “If I bust something, if there's anything else to play, I'll play it the same day. I'll bounce around everywhere and play everything,” Wilson said. “I'm not entirely sure how I'll prioritize the high rollers versus a Venetian $1,600. It kind of depends, but in terms of playing, my first priority will always be, I think, the WSOP events, because I think that they just are the highest value of anything.”
  18. Almost 11 months to the day after Nicolo Molinelli won his first World Series of Poker bracelet on GGPoker.com, the Italian poker pro won his second by winning WSOP Online Event #3 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship) on GGPoker for nearly $90,000. Molinelli eliminated three of his final eight opponents after working his way through the 180-runner field to make the final table. Mark Radoja came to the final table with the shortest stack and after just five minutes of play, made his stand. Radoja raised to 50,000 from the button and Stanislav Kuvaev called from the small blind. After the [poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] flop. Kuvaev checked-raised to 50,000 and Radoja re-raised for his last 7,500. Kuvaev showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"] for top pair while Radoja held [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"]. The turn was the [poker card="2s"] and the [poker card="8h"] river completed the board to eliminate Radoja in ninth. It took another 90 minutes of action before the next player was eliminated. Blinds had gone up to 30,000/60,000. Molinelli raised to 120,000 from the small blind and Kuvaev made it three bets from the big. Kuvaev then shoved for 281,775 after Molinelli clicked it back to him. Kuvaev tabled [6[6 and would need to hold against Molinelli's [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop was a safe one for Kuvaev but the [poker card="jc"] turn gave Molinelli extra out to a flush. The [poker card="as"] river gave Molinelli a pair of aces and ended Kuvaev's run in eighth place. Once again, the deep structure meant that there was a wait for the next bustout. Just over 45 minutes after Kuvaev was eliminated, current #4-ranked Joao Vieira was sent to the rail. Vieira struggled to stay afloat. Alex Fortin-Demers opened from UTG+1 and Vieira called from the big blind. After the [poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] flop, Vieira check-raised to 160,000 and then called all in after Fortin-Demers three-bet. Fortin-Demers showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] while Vieira tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="3c"] for a wheel draw. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="6s"] to miss all of Vieira's outs and eliminated the Portuguese pro in seventh. Fortin-Demers carried some momentum for the next 15 minutes and in the process found another victim. Romain Dours raised to 240,000 from the big blind after Fortin-Demers had limped from the small. The flop was [poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] and Fortin-Demers check-called Dours' bet. He then checked again after the [poker card="ah"] river and Dours bet 144,000 all in and Fortin-Demers called and tabled [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"]. Dours showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] and was down to two outs heading to the river. The [poker card="qc"] completed the board and sent Dours out in sixth place. Exactly one half-hour later, Molinelli put another player away. Vince Cavailles pushed his last 378,500 into the middle from early position with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6h"] and Molinelli defended his big blind with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="9c"] to give Molinelli a pair of eights which were good enough to beat Cavailles' turned pair of sixes and Cavailles was eliminated in fifth. Despite being responsible for sending a pair of players home earlier, Fortin-Demers was the next player to go. Down to just 826,050 and with blinds at 100,000/200,000, Fortin-Demers got all of his chips in against Renan Bruschi preflop. Fortin-Demers had [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] while Bruschi had [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing and all Fortin-Demers could do was watch as the [poker card="2c"] turn and [poker card="2d"] river cemented his fourth place elimination. At this point, Molinelli was the shortest remaining stack but he doubled on the first hand of three-handed play to leave Milos Petakovic as the shortest remaining stack. Down to less than two big blinds, Petakovic was all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="2h"] against the [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"] of Bruschi. Petakovic found no relief on the flop, turn, or river and was eliminated in third place. Bruschi began heads up play with the chip lead but with 20 total big blinds in play, it didn't take long for Molinelli to flip the script and take out his Brazilian opponent. On the final hand of the tournament, Bruschi had just 833,300 left to play with before paying his big blind. Molinelli had taken most of Bruschi's chip on the previous hand and collected the remainder by raising to 600,000 and then calling when Bruschi moved all in. Bruschi was ahead with [poker card="qd"][6] against Molinelli's [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop gave the Italian top pair and as the [poker card="ah"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river completed the board, Bruschi was out in second place and Molinelli laid claim to a WSOP Online bracelet on GGPoker for the second year in a row. GGPoker WSOP Event #3 Final Table Payouts Nicolo Molinelli - $88,461 Renan Bruschi - $66,336 Milos Petakovic - $49,745 Alex Fortin-Demers - $37,303 Vince Cavailles - $27,974 Romain Dours - $20,977 Joao Vieira - $15,731 Stanislav Kuvaev - $11,796 Mark Radoja - $8,846
  19. Every year for the past 51 years, the world's best poker players have gathered to battle for money and ego in the World Series of Poker. No matter the format, online or live, or the location, Europe, Australia, or in the birthplace of it all, Las Vegas, poker's heroes are born in the WSOP. The second half of the 2021 WSOP Online runs on GGPoker.com from August 1 to September 12 and PocketFives is keeping tabs on all kinds of statistics from the action and will highlight one interesting stat or fun nugget from each event. READ: WSOP Stat of the Day: WSOP.com Edition Event #2:   Event #1: Poland is on the Board (They Kinda Already Were) Through 51 years of action, players from 59 different countries have won WSOP bracelets. According to the Hendon Mob, Poland was not one of them until after the opening event of the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker. Bartlomiej Swieboda navigated his way through 30,809 other entries to win Event #1 ($50 NLHE The Return) for $161,111 and the first WSOP bracelet for his native Poland. There are at least two previous bracelet winners born in Poland, though both were U.S. residents at the time of their victory. Henry Orenstein won his bracelet in a $5,000 Seven Card Stud event in 1996 while Michael Gracz won a $1,000 NLHE w/rebuys event in 2005.    
  20. Every year for the past 51 years, the world's best poker players have gathered to battle for money and ego in the World Series of Poker. No matter the format, online or live, or the location, Europe, Australia, or in the birthplace of it all, Las Vegas, poker's heroes are born in the WSOP. The 2021 WSOP Online runs on WSOP.com from July 1 to August 1 and PocketFives is keeping tabs on all kinds of statistics from the action and will highlight one interesting stat or fun nugget from each day. July 30: Jason Gooch Loves The Fives (or the fifths) In 2019, Jason Gooch won the $1,000 buy-in WSOP Online NLHE Double Stack event for $241,493. Two weeks earlier, he finished runner-up in another online WSOP event. While 2021 hasn't seem him have that level of success, the Texas native has found a pair of final tables. The first came on July 17 when he finished fifth in Event #17 ($400 NLHE 8-Max). On Friday, Gooch came up with another fifth place finish, this time in Event #31 ($500 NLHE Summer Saver). He's also cashed eight other times in WSOP Online events this summer. July 29: Tony Dunst and Six Max Are a Match Made in Heaven In 2020, World Poker Tour commentator Tony Dunst beat 1,360 other runners to win WSOP Online Event #21 ($777 Six Max NLHE) for his second career WSOP bracelet. On Thursday, Dunst nearly pulled off the rare repeat. Dunst made his way through 773 entries in Event #30 ($1,000 Six Max NLHE Championship) before busting in ninth place. He also posted three fourth places finishes in three consecutive months in WSOP Circuit events online. July 28: The British are Coming! Chris Moorman won his second career WSOP bracelet on Wednesday, beating out 622 other entries to win Event #29 ($800 NLH 8-Max Turbo Deepstack). The last player he eliminated was fellow Englishmen Matthew Hunt. This is just the fifth time in WSOP that history that a pair of British players have finished 1-2 in a WSOP and the first time it's happened in a US-based event since 2007. That year, Ram Vaswani beat Andy Ward to win a $1,500 NLHE Shootout. In 2010, Scott Shelley beat J.P. Kelly to win a £1,075 NLHE event. The other two times it happened both involved one of English poker's most iconic characters. David 'Devilfish' Ulliott won a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event by beating Chris Truby heads up. The very next year, Ulliott finished second to Steve Rydel in a $3,000 PLHE event. [caption id="attachment_635726" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Todd Sladek has had some real success in the $1,000 buy-in PLO WSOP online events. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The names of the $1,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha events in 2020 and 2021 might have different names, but that didn't seem to change much for Todd Sladek. In 2020, Sladek made the final table of the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller, eventually busting in third place for $56,749. This year, in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, the Chicago native made it one spot deeper, finishing runner-up to David Goldberg. No other player made both final tables. July 26: Paggeot Produces Pair of Podium Placings Corey Paggeot has had one of those weekends that poker players simultaneously have dreams and nightmares about. Paggoet finished runner-up in Event #24 ($400 No Limit Hold'em Monsterstack) on Saturday and then on Sunday finished third in Event #26 ($500 No Limit Hold'em The Big 500 Encore). No other player has managed to find the podium twice so far this year. Getting that close to a WSOP bracelet has to be a frustrating experience, but he does get to console himself with $88,792 in winnings. July 25: First Two Comma Prize Pool of the Year Unsurprisingly, the biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #25 ($7,777 NLHE Lucky 7's High Roller), built a massive prize pool. The 113 players, combined with the 38 rebuys the field was responsible for, produced a $1,113,927 prize pool marking the first time this year that a WSOP Online event had more than $1 million up for grabs. The 33 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com had five events that hit the seven-figure mark with the biggest coming in Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) when $1,507,840 was up for grabs. July 24: The Wait for a Double Bracelet Winner Continues There has not been a double bracelet winner through the opening 24 events, but Saturday's event had two players get really close. Carlos Welch, who won Event #8 ($888 NLHE Crazy Eights), finished 13th for $3,514. A few moments later, Michael Leib, winner of Event #10 ($333 No Limit Hold’em), busted out in 12th for $4,445. No player has even won a 2021 event and then made the final table of another event. Ryan Leng, Event #13 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) winner, matched Leib's performance with a 12th place finish in Event #15 ($5,300 NLHE High Roller Freezeout). July 23: Jennifer Fitzgibbon Bubbles Final Table for First WSOP Cash Bubbling the final table of any event is painful, but bubbling the final table of a WSOP bracelet event is particularly painful. Taking some out of the sting of that for Event #23 ($500 NLHE Turbo) final table bubbler Jennifer Fitzgibbon is the fact that this was her first WSOP cash. Fitzgibbon, who has been a PocketFives member since June 2019, earned a career-best $3,435 for finishing 10th. July 22: The Knockout King is Here While Anthony Kennedy was busy winning Event #22 ($600 NLHE Knockout), Daxton Lyon was busy knocking people out like some online poker version Mike Tyson in the Nintendo hit Punch-Out! With the knockout format, each time a player eliminated an opponent, they earned a $100 bounty. Nobody was busier than Daxton Lyon who was responsible for eliminating 30 opponents on his way to finishing 26th. He earned $3,000 from bounties and an additional $1,278 for his finish. The second best KO tally belonged to Kennedy with 22. July 21: Brock Lesnar Released From Cage Hits 10th Cash Michael 'BrockLesnar' Holtz joined Anthony Zinno and Ryan Depaulo as the only players with double-digit cashes this year after his runner-up finish in Event #21. He's now made a pair of final tables and has $79,823 in earnings. His summer success almost wasn't allowed to happen. In May, Holtz was banned by WSOP.com after he made a withdrawal at the cashier cage at Caesars in Las Vegas. After filling out the necessary paperwork with Caesars, Holtz had his ban lifted and he was again allowed to play. July 20: #1-Ranked Chris Basile Narrowly Misses out on #1 Bracelet Over the past year, Chris Basile has skyrocketed up the PocketFives Rankings to become the #1-ranked player in the United States. Two online WSOP Circuit wins, one in April and another in June, helped propel him to the top spot but he's also managed a couple of oh-so-close calls in bracelet events. He started the 2021 WSOP Online with a second place finish in Event #1 ($500 NLHE Big 500 Kick Off) where he earned $64,935. On Tuesday, Basile finished fourth in Event #20 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $71,990. He now has seven cashes this summer for more than $144,000 in earnings. July 19: Ryan DePaulo Makes First Final Table of 2021 One after being one of the breakout stars of the 2020 WSOP Online, Ryan DePaulo made his back to a final table for the first. DePaulo, who famously won Event #12 ($500 NLHE The Big 500) while sitting in his car in a Whole Foods parking lot in New Jersey, earned $27,094 for finishing in fourth place in Event #19 ($888 Crazy Eights PLO). It was his tenth cash of the 2021 WSOP Online, but his first appearance at a final table since his win last June. July 18: 2020 WSOP.com Leaderboard Champ Shows Signs of Life Last summer, Ian Steinman won the WSOP.com Leaderboard during the WSOP Online by cashing 15 times. The highlight of those 15 cashes was his victory in Event #27 ($400 NLHE Freezeout) where he earned $110,557 and his first career bracelet. He made two other final tables, finishing fifth in Event #7 ($800 NLHE KO Deepstack) and sixth in Event #9 ($1,000 NLHE Six Max). The 2021 Series hasn't been quite as kind to Steinman but his game has started to show signs of life. After cashing in Events #7, #11, and #12, for his first three cashes, Steinman has made it into the money in the last two events, coming in 69th in Event #17 ($400 NLHE Eight Max) and then 43rd in Event #18 ($1,000 NLHE North American Open). July 17: Anthony Zinno First to Double Digits [caption id="attachment_635595" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Anthony Zinno became the first player to hit the double digits mark in 2021 WSOP Online cashes with a 40th place finish in Event #17. (WPT photo)[/caption] Just past the halfway mark of the WSOP.com online bracelet event schedule, Anthony Zinno became the first player to hit the double-digit mark in cashes. Zinno finished 40th in Event #17 ($400 NLHE Eight Max) to earn his tenth cash of the of the Series. Michael Holtz is one cash behind Zinno, with nine, and 2020 WSOP Online bracelet winner Ryan Depaulo and Martin Zamani are tied for third with eight cashes each. July 16: Allen Chang Rights a Wrong One Year Later Allen Chang topped the 498-entry field to win Event #16 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better) for a $61,394 payday. That win allowed Chang, who won Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) in 2020, some level of revenge. In 2020, he made his way through 853 other entries in that event before busting in 30th place. July 15: Ali Imsirovic Still Chasing Bracelet #1 [caption id="attachment_635592" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ali Imsirovic found his first cash of the 2021 WSOP on Thursday (WPT photo)[/caption] Over the last 3.5 years, Ali Imsirovic has risen from an unknown American online grinder to a verified poker superstar. He's won nearly $12 million by crushing the super high roller poker scene, but he has to find much success at the WSOP. In 2019, he finished runner-up in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event for his best Series result. He cashed 7 times in the 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, but failed to make a single final table. On Thursday, Imsirovic, who played ever PokerGO Cup event, picked up his first 2021 WSOP Online cash, finishing 17th for $9,870. July 14: Jeff Gross - the Other One - Breaks 2021 Goose Egg There's at least a couple of Jeff Gross' in the poker world. While the partypoker ambassador is the most high profile, there's one out of New Jersey who has been fairly successful in WSOP.com bracelet and ring events during the pandemic. In 2020, Gross cashed if five WSOP Online events. He picked up 31 cashes in WSOP Circuit Online event between October 2020 and June 2021. His first 2021 WSOP Online cash came in Event #14 ($500 NLHE), where he finished 49th for $1,538. July 13: Ryan Leng is All About Equal Opportunity [caption id="attachment_635577" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ryan Leng won his second career WSOP bracelet on Tuesday.[/caption] Ryan Leng doesn't differentiate between live and online WSOP events. He finds success in both. At the 2018 WSOP, he defeated 1,982 other players to win Event #51 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty) for his first career bracelet. On Tuesday, he beat out 560 other entries to win Event #13 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) for his second bracelet. He's also been a winner in WSOP Circuit events - and yes, he split those evenly as well. He has four Circuit rings, two live (2017 & 2020) and another two online (2018 & 2020). He has five runner-up finishes as well, with three of them coming online and the other two coming live. July 12: Darren Elias Gets Closer to Gold [caption id="attachment_635518" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Darren Elias has dominated the World Poker Tour but can't seem to translate that success to the WSOP. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some would argue that Darren Elias is the greatest player in World Poker Tour history. He has four titles, beating fields of 162, 489, 118, and 1,226. Yet he's never won a WSOP bracelet and the closest he's ever come - a pair of third place finishes - didn't come in NLHE events. On Monday, Elias posted the best NLHE finish of his WSOP career, coming in fifth in Event #12 ($500 NLHE Deepstack) for $18,729. Prior to that, his best NLHE finish came in 2017 when he finished sixth in a $1,500 buy-in event. July 11: Roland Israelashvili Keeps on Rollin' [caption id="attachment_635504" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Roland Israelashvili continues to collect cashes in WSOP Online events. (WPT photo)[/caption] Last summer, Roland Israelashvili cashed 14 times in the WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, including an impressive six consecutive in-the-money finishes from Event #14 through #19. Through the first 11 events last year, he had cashed four times. This year, Israelashvili is ahead of that pace. On Sunday, he finished 26th in Event #11 for his sixth cash of the year. While he made two final tables last year, Israelashvili has yet to make one this year with a 15th place finish in Event #7 his best result to date. July 10: About the "World" Part of the WSOP So COVID-related travel restrictions - both in and out of the United States - are making it very difficult for tourists of any kind to enter the country. The fields in the first 10 events of the WSOP Online show this. There have been 1,377 in-the-money finishes so far and only 52 of them have belonged to non-American players. To the surprise of nobody, Canada leads the way with 17 cashes. No other country has cracked double digits. The second-best performing country is Russia with six cashes. Germany has five - including the only win by a non-American, thanks to Manig Loeser's Event #2 triumph. July 9: Poker Vlogging Kingpins Battle It Out [caption id="attachment_635479" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Poker vloggers Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen both cashed in Event #9 on Friday night.[/caption] There is an amazing level of talent in the poker vlogging world these days, and most of them will tell you that Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen are the Godfathers of the medium. In Event #9, Neeme and Owen each picked up their second cash of the Series. Owen busted in 106th and turned his $400 buy-in into $701 while Neeme went a little bit deeper, finishing 82nd for $832. Owen scored his first cash in Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) where he finished 17th for $3,699. Neeme didn't wait long to one-up his good friend. The next night, Neeme made the final table of Event #3 ($500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) before busting in sixth for a $14,022 score. July 8: Joon Kim Misses Out on Bracelet #2 One year and one day after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Joon Kim almost won his second. Kim, who shipped Event #7 ($800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack Freezeout) for $106,127 on July 7, 2020, found himself heads-up against Carlos Welch early Friday morning with a chance at a second bracelet and $124,369. Ultimately, it was Welch who took home the hardware and the six-figure score. Kim had to settle for runner-up status and $76,886 in Event #8 ($888 NLHE Crazy Eights). July 7: Jack McClelland Finds His Way into the Money [caption id="attachment_635458" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Jack McClelland finished 27th in Event #7 for his first cash of the 2021 WSOP Online.[/caption] Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth aren't the only Poker Hall of Famers clicking their way to WSOP success this summer. Former WSOP tournament director Jack McClelland picked up his first cash of the summer in Event #7 ($777 Lucky 7's). McClelland, who went into the PHOF in 2014 - the same year as Negreanu - finished 27th for $3,481. Last year, he cashed in Events #23 and #30. He's also managed to pick up some WSOP Circuit Online cashes over the past year. July 6: Ben Yu Picks Up Pace in Pursuit of Online Cashes Record [caption id="attachment_635390" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ben Yu cashed in Event #5 and Event #6 to get his 2021 WSOP Online campaign started. Last year, Yu cashed 16 times. (WPT photo)[/caption] Last summer, Ben Yu cashed in 16 of the 31 bracelet events available on WSOP.com for the second-highest total behind only Ryan Laplante, who had 17. On Tuesday, Yu made the final table of Event #6 ($2,000 NLHE Deepstack) before falling two spots short of a bracelet, finishing in third place for $73,958.46. It is his second cash of the summer, following up on his 16th place finish in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE 8-Max). He's now cashed in 106 WSOP events with 20 of those coming online. July 5: The House of Moorman Continues to Battle - Each Other [caption id="attachment_635364" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Husband and wife Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay both managed to finish in the money in Event #5 (888poker photo)[/caption] This time last year, PocketFives took readers along for the ride in The House of Moorman series as husband and wife Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay worked their way through the WSOP Online events in Las Vegas and then in Mexico. Earlier this year they finished first and second in an online WSOP Circuit event with Moorman getting the ring. On Monday night, they got close to duplicating that feat in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE 8-Max). Lindsay finished 37th for $2,789.41 and a few minutes later, Moorman busted in 34th place for a $3,178.63 score. July 4: Jonathan Dokler Continues to Impress [caption id="attachment_635356" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Jonathan Dokler has cashed in three of the first four WSOP Online events. (PokerNews/Borgata photo)[/caption] Making his way through 1,715 total entries in the opening event of the 2020 WSOP Online, Jonathan Dokler wasn't exactly a household name in the poker world. Fast forward a year later and he has continued to make a name for himself by putting up solid results. In May, right before the WSOP Online started, Dokler won the WSOP.com Caesars Atlantic City Circuit Main Event for $52,761. He's since cashed in three of the first four WSOP Online events. He finished 75th in Event #1, 74th in Event #3, and then made the final table of Event #4 before busting in ninth place. His total earnings so far are $7,543.55. July 3: Field Sizes Down Year-Over-Year, But Still Massive The opening of the 2020 WSOP Online came right in the heart of the early days of the pandemic lockdown - and the field sizes reflected that. Now that live poker is back to something resembling normal, players have more options to choose and the 2021 field sizes and prize pools reflect that. The first three events in 2020 attracted a total of 4,725 entries and prize pools of $2,397,760. Both the schedule and calendar are different (outside of the opening evnet) but the 2021 numbers are 3,265 - a 30.9% decline - and $1,562,670 - a 34.9% drop. Still, as live events in Las Vegas and Florida continue to draw record turnouts, the 2021 WSOP Online events are putting together some of the biggest prize pools in American online poker. July 2: Strong Start for Kathy Liebert [caption id="attachment_635335" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Kathy Liebert cashed in Event #1 ($500 NLHE Kickoff) and Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack). (WPT photo)[/caption] Kathy Liebert, who sits second on the Hendon Mob's Women's All-Time Money List, cashed in Event #2 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) on Friday to secure back-to-back cashes to start her 2021 WSOP Online run. Liebert finished 39th in Event #1 and then narrowly missed out on making the final table in Event #2, busting in 12th place. Her total earnings through the first two events are $8,011.66. Read: Manig Loeser Ships Monster Stack for First Career WSOP Bracelet July 1: Phil Hellmuth Keeps Cashing [caption id="attachment_635327" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Phil Hellmuth is on the verge of passing Daniel Negreanu for the all-time lead in WSOP cashes. (PokerGO photo)[/caption] There is no player more closely tied to the World Series of Poker than 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. During the 2020 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, Hellmuth picked up 10 cashes, including an 11th-place finish in the first event on the schedule, the $500 NLHE Kickoff. He didn't quite get that deep this year, but did pick up another cash with a 141st place finish for $862. That's his 165th career WSOP cash and puts him just one behind Daniel Negreanu for the all-time lead. Read: Jose Noboa Opens 2021 WSOP Online With Win, $105K Score
  21. Joao Simao has been #1 on PocketFives and has long been considered one of the most successful online poker players ever. On Monday, the Brazilian added to his resume and his legacy when he navigated through the final 20 players to his first World Series of Poker bracelet in WSOP Online $1,111 Caesars Cares event. The second day of action began with 20 players remaining from a 1,584 runner field that built the prize pool to $1,759,824 with $111 of each buy-in going to the Caesars Cares charity, which provides financial assistance for Caesars employees impacted by the COVID pandemic. Peter Raimondi and Le Fang started the final table with the two shortest stacks and spent the first 45 minutes of the final table doing their best to avoid being the first one out. Raimondi ultimately became the ninth place finisher. With blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000), Tom Shaham raised to 320,000 from UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"]. Action folded to Raimondi in the small blind and he moved all in for 725,372 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] and Shaham called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Shaham an even firmer grasp on the hand but the [poker card="tc"] turn gave Raimondi a Broadway draw with just the river to come. The [poker card="as"] river was no help and the Canadian was eliminated in ninth place. Two hands later, Fang shoved from UTG for his last 739,228 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and Simao called from his immediate left with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"]. Fang could only watch as the board ran out [poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qh"] to signal the end of his tournament in eighth place. After losing most of his stack in a battle of the blinds, Jinlong Hu was left with just four big blinds. Hu moved all in for 661,394 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="td"] and Andras Nemeth called from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"]. Hu found a dream [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] flop to be in perfect position to double up. The [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="8d"] river combined to form a nightmare runout for Hu and he was eliminated in seventh after Nemeth went runner-runner to make a better two pair. Unfortunately for the former #1-ranked Nemeth, that was the end of his run good. Just 45 minutes after he busted Hu, Nemeth was on the wrong end of a bad beat. Simao raised to 500,000 from the hijack with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] before Nemeth moved all in from the button for 3,197,295 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"] to give Simao an open-ended straight draw. There was no waiting around as the [poker card="3d"] turn completed the straight and left Nemeth drawing dead to the [poker card="7h"] river and was out in sixth. Espen Sandvik had more than double the next biggest stack at the table when he picked up the next elimination. Sandvik shoved on the button for 15,575,394 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] and Ilya Yakunin called all in for 6,542,084 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. Yakunin was in line to double up into the chip lead after the [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] flop, but the [poker card="2h"] turn gave Sandvik a full house and when the [poker card="3h"] fell on the river, Yakunin was out in fifth. On the very next hand, Simao raised to 600,000 from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Roman Hrabec shoved for 4,837,065 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and Simao called. Hrabec couldn't connect with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="7h"] runout and was sent to the rail in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted 21 minutes with Israel's Shaham doing everything in his power to stay alive long enough for one of the two big stacks to make a misstep. Unfortunately, that's not how things panned out. Shama moved all in for 5,253,186 on the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] and Sandvik re-raised to 12,256,372 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] to force Simao to fold. The [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Shaham a few extra outs. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river ended up giving Sandvik a ten-high straight to eliminate Shaham in third place. Sandvik had 27,810,764 of the 39,550,050 chips in play when heads-up action got underway. Simao battled back to nearly even when the Brazilian picked up a pot worth nearly 37,000,000 chips when he made a king-high flush on a [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"] board. Sandvik had moved all in on the river and Simao tanked before calling with the second-nut flush only to find out Sandvik had been bluffing. The tournament was over on the very next hand. Sandvik moved all in for 2,634,456 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] and Simao called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"] to give Simao top pair. Neither the [poker card="7d"] turn or the [poker card="jc"] river were able to keep Sandvik alive and he was eliminated in second place to give the highly-decorated Simao his first WSOP bracelet. Event #2 Final Table Payouts Joao Simao - $206,075 Espen Sandvik - $154,533 Tom Shaham - $115,884 Roman Hrabec - $86,900 Ilya Yakunin - $65,166 Andras Nemeth - $48,868 Jinlong Hu - $36,646 Le Fang - $27,480 Peter Raimondi - $20,607
  22. A little less than three weeks ago, former World Series of Poker Main Event final tablist Dan Sindelar got as close to grabbing a WSOP bracelet as you can get without actually winning it. Sindelar finished runner-up to Bryan Piccioli in Event #12 and had to settle for runner-up status. On Sunday, as the 2021 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com drew to a close, Sindelar redeemed himself by overcoming the steamroller that was Stanley Lee to win his first career bracelet and $159,000 in Event #33 ($500 Grand Finale). The event drew d 1,355 unique entries who fired off 669 rebuys to fall $89,200 short of the $1,000,000 guarantee. It didn't take long for the action to heat up at the final table. On the very first hand, Dan Gallegos raised to 200,000 from middle position, 'chuckybrown9' called on the button and Stan Lee defended from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="6s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] and both Lee and Gallegos checked before 'chuckybrown9' bet 381,250. Lee folded but Gallegos moved all in for 1,549,508. 'chuckybrown9' called and turned over [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"] while Gallegos was well in front with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="8h"] turn opened up some possibilities for 'chuckybrown9' and [poker card="9d"] river filled his gutshot straight draw to eliminate Gallegos in ninth. The remaining eight players traded chips back and forth for 20 minutes until the next bustout. Anna Antimony open-jammed from UTG for her last 1,183,347 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] before Guy Dunlap re-jammed for 2,725,497 from her direct left with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"] to keep Dunlap in front and eliminate Antimony in eighth place. A battle between the blinds six minutes later produced a bad beat to end another player's run. Lee raised to 240,000 on the button and Guy Dunlap called the additional 150,000 from the small blind. Conrad Simpson moved all in for 1,763,830 from the big blind forcing Lee to fold. Dunlap called and turned over [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] while Simpson showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7h"] flop kept Simpson in front as did the [poker card="ad"] turn. The river was the [poker card="2c"] to give Dunlap a rivered full house and eliminated Simpson in seventh. The only unknown player at the final table, 'chuckybrown9' was the next player shown the exit. Down to just 11 big blinds, 'chuckybrown9' moved all in for 2,206,488 with [poker card="as"][poker card="5s"] and Lee looked down at [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] and moved all in over the top for 3,365,770 forcing the rest of the table to fold. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"] to bring the tournament to a close for 'chuckybrown9' with a sixth place result. Lee, who started the final table with the second shortest stack, found his next victim 16 minutes later. Lee opened from early position to 4,800,000 with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] before Drew Gonzalez moved all in from the big blind for 3,403,020 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"]. Lee called and then watched the [poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"] flop, [poker card="6h"] turn, and [poker card="7c"] river fail to connect with Gonzalez's holdings. Gonzalez was eliminated in fifth place and Lee moved into the chip lead. Over the next 45 minutes, Lee continued to add to his lead before finding an opportunity to bust another player. Action folded to Lee in the small blind and he moved all in for15,994,936 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] and Dunlap called all in for 2,829,348 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Lee the nut flush draw. The [poker card="js"] turn card was a safe one for Dunlap but the river was the [poker card="9h"] to complete Lee's flush and eliminate Dunlap in fourth. Lee continued to apply preflop pressure to both Sindelar and Fred Li over the next few minutes before Li was forced to take a stand. Lee open-shoved to 22,994,284 from the small blind and Li called all in for his last 941,124. Lee showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] while Li had two live cards with [poker card="7c"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Li hope with a pair of sevens. The [poker card="6d"] turn created some straight outs for Lee and the [poker card="8h"] river filled the straight to eliminate Li in third place. After racking up four straight eliminations, Lee held 23,835,408 of the 29,660,000 chips in play when the heads up battle with Sindelar began. Sindelar doubled up a minute later with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] against Lee's [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"]. Lee battled back and held a 6=1 lead at one point before another battle of aces afforded Sindelar a double up. From there, Sindelar battled to nearly even with Lee when a pivotal hand changed the narrative for both players. Lee min-raised from the small blind to 800,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Sindelar responded by raising to 2,475,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. Lee moved all in for 16,436,632 and Sindelar called. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Lee a flush draw along with his two live cards. The [poker card="2d"] turn changed nothing and when the [poker card="th"] fell on the river, the 27,746,736 chip pot was sent to Sindelar. Five hands later, Lee called off his last 2,563,264 holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="2s"] against Sindelar's [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. Sindelar stayed in front through the [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="jd"] runout to eliminate Lee and capture his first career bracelet. Event #33 Final Table Payouts Dan 'Feeltheflow' Sindelar - $159,100 Stanley 'stanman420' Lee - $98,400 Fred 'staeks' Li - $71,500 Guy 'PhilLaak' Dunlap - $52,400 Drew 'casualcarl' Gonzalez - $38,800 'chuckybrown9' - $29,000 Conrad 'KerriP' Simpson - $21,900 Anna 'Dusty4' Antimony - $16,700 Dan 'omg_its_dan' Gallegos - $12,900
  23. When the final table of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online $1,000 Championship began late Saturday night, Drew O'Connell probably had dreams of spinning up his short stack and turning it into a WSOP bracelet. Over the 95 minutes that followed, O'Connell lived out that dream and earned nearly $147,000 for it. Kyle Phillips raised to 125,000 from UTG+1 with [ac][qd] before Millard Hale shoved his 372,438 stack into the middle in the small blind with [as][kd]. Phillips called and then moved ahead on the [qs][jd][7d] flop. The [jh] turn changed nothing and the [6h] river made Hale's ninth place finish official. Despite picking up the first elimination, Phillips wasn't able to stay around much longer. Just 17 minutes later, Phillips shoved for 1,234,307 with [9c][9s] before Jason Rivkin re-shoved for 1,933,619 with [jc][jh]. The rest of the table folded and Phillips could only watch the [4h][4s][2h][9c][ac] runout to end his run in eighth. After starting the final table with the second smallest stack, O’Connell's race to the bracelet began in earnest a few moments later when he doubled through Michael Trivett. On the next hand, Rivkin raised to 214,500 from UTG with [ad][kd] and Trivett called off his last 68,098 from the button with [qd][2d]. Dan Gallegos moved all in for 1,573,824 in the big blind with [tc][ts] and Rivkin called to put both players at risk. The [jc][9d][5d] flop kept Gallegos in front but gave Rivkin the nut flush draw. The [ks] gave Rivkin top pair and left Trivett drawing to a single out while Gallegos was down to three outs. The [5c] river missed both players and Trivett was eliminated in seventh place with Gallegos going out in sixth. Action folded to Alex Foxen on the button and he raised to 200,000. Kfir Nahum called from the big blind. After the [kd][qd][jc] flop, Nahum check-called Foxen's 125,000 bet. The turn was the [qs] and Nahum moved all in for 840,007 and Foxen called. Nahum showed [qh][9d] for trip queens but Foxen tabled [kc][qc] for a full house and Nahum was drawing dead as the [3s] river completed the board to eliminate Nahum in fifth. With Rivkin leading, the other three players all sat with a very similar stack. Just a minute after busting Nahum, Foxen saw his tournament come to an end in a clash with one of the other players chasing Rivkin. Foxen called from the small blind and O'Connell checked his option. The flop came [9d][7h][4d] and Foxen bet 189,521 only to have O'Connell raise to 643,042. Foxen tanked briefly before moving all in for 3,323,789 and O'Connell called. Foxen tabled [ah][9s] for top pair but O'Connell showed [9h][7d] for top two pair. Neither the [2c] turn or the [4s] river were of any help for Foxen and he was eliminated in fourth place. That pot moved O'Connell into the chip lead for the first time. Three-handed play went on for 42 minutes before reaching heads-up. Rivkin called from the button with [ac][td] and Felix Van De Put moved all in from the small blind for 2,767,618 with [as][2h]. Rivkin called and then watched the [qs][7h][3h][6c][kd] runout provide no relief for Van De Put to eliminate him in third. When heads up play began, O'Connell held 8,999,534 and Rivkin was behind with 7,520,466. Rivkin battled back to retake the lead briefly before losing a critical pot with [ks][6s] against O'Connell's [as][js] on a [jd][6d][4h][3s] board. The money went in on the turn and the [jh] river wasn't able to improve Rivkin's hand. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rivkin drew a line in the sand on the very next hand and was shown the exit. Rivkin moved all in for 2,480,832 with [as][3h] and O'Connell called with [ac][qh]. Rivkin found no relief on the [9d][8h][2h][6s][2d] runout and was eliminated in second place to give O'Connell the victory. The win came just 48 hours after O'Connell made the final table of Event #30 ($600 Six Max NLHE Championship) before busting in sixth place. The event drew 537 unique entries who added 284 rebuys for 821 total entries and a $738,900 prize pool. The 2020 WSOP.com Championship event had 2,126 entries and a $2,019,700 prize pool. Martin Zamani (126th - $1,477.80), Yueqi Zhu (92nd - $1,551.69), Ryan Leng (81st - $1,773.36), Ryan Depaulo (43rd - $2,881.71), Landon Tice (28th - $3,398.94), and Manig Loeser (23rd - $4,137.84) all managed to make it into the money on Saturday. Defending champion Nahrain Tamers finished 325th and did not cash. Event #30 Final Table Payouts Drew 'dudeguydrew' O’Connell - $146,893 Jason 'jayriv' Rivkin - $90,811 Felix 'madenspauwke' Van De Put - $63,545 Alex 'OrcinusOrca' Foxen - $45,147 Kfir 'Nahumus' Nahum - $32,512 Dan 'omg_its_dan' Gallegos - $23,793 Michael 'annie_r_u_ok' Trivett - $17,660 Kyle 'Kpcp22' Phillips - $13,300 Millard 'meekmill' Hale - $10,197
  24. For six hours on Wednesday night, Phil Hellmuth sat across from Fox Sports 1's First Things co-host Nick Wright and found an opponent willing to match him blow-for-blow - both in cards and the verbal jabs. In the end, it didn't matter and Hellmuth went on to win the opening round of PokerGO's High Stakes Duel III. Hellmuth now has a perfect 7-0 record in this format. He defeated Antonio Esfandiari 3-0 in 2020 and then rattled off three straight wins against Daniel Negreanu earlier this year. Hellmuth and Wright spent the opening minutes of the match promoting each other's platforms before spending the next 30 minutes playing small pots, feeling each other out, before Wright struck the first blow. Hellmuth raised to 450 with [poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] and Wright called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"] and Wright bet 500 and then called after Hellmuth raised to 1,500. Both players checked the [poker card="9h"] turn. After the [poker card="4s"] river, Wright bet 3,500 and while Hellmuth was considering his options, Wright began to to talk to the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner. "You're definitely folding," Wright said, multiple times. Hellmuth called and Wright showed him the winner to take a 57,000-43,000 lead. The next big hand didn't come for another 45 minutes but lead to an epic Hellmuth rant. Hellmut opened to 500 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"] and Wright called with [poker card="td"][poker card="6s"]. After the [poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop, Wright check-called Hellmuth's bet of 500. Wright then checked the [poker card="jh"] turn and Hellmuth bet 1,500 with top pair and Wright called. The river was the [poker card="tc"] to give Wright two pair and he checked once again. Hellmuth bet 4,600 and Wright called and tabled his hand saying, "I rivered you, buddy." Hellmuth immediately stood up and began pacing around the studio, and dropped F-bombs in the ensuing rant including the following soliloquy. "What a fucking mockery, man. This is my fucking living here. Just a fucking off-suit fucking ten. From a fucking calling station," Hellmuth said as both players were playing the next hand. Wright had built his stack up to 72,000. Hellmuth took a chunk back 15 minutes later with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] against Wright's [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] on the [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="qs"] board. Most of that went back to Wright after Hellmuth led out for 7,200 into a pot of 12,500 on a board of [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="qc"][poker card="3s"]. Hellmuth was bluffing with [poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] while Wright had turned quads with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Wright raised to 27,000 and Hellmuth tossed his cards into the muck. Wright was in front with 64,000 to Hellmuth's 36,000. Hellmuth slowly chipped away at Wright's lead over the next hour to once again find himself even. Rather than relinquish the opportunity, Hellmuth continued to apply pressure to Wright and three hours into play, held a 2-1 chip lead of his own. An an hour later, that lead had grown to 5-1 before Wright played a familiar tune to gain some chips back. Hellmuth called from the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"] before Wright moved all in for 12,200 with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. Hellmuth called only to see the [poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] flop give Wright a full house. Hellmuth was drawing dead after the [poker card="as"] turn as the meaningless [poker card="8d"] river completed the board. Hellmuth still held a 3-1 lead. The duel went on for another two hours with little fluctuation before a cooler of a hand ended things. Holding 70,000 of the 100,000 in play, Hellmuth limped the button for 800 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"] and Wright checked with [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="5s"] flop gave both players a flush draw and Wright check-called Hellmuth's bet of 2,000. The [poker card="tc"] turn completed both flush draws and Wright checked again. Hellmuth bet 3,000 and Wright called, leaving himself 22,000 behind. The river was the [poker card="8d"] and Wright checked for a third time. Hellmuth bet 7,400 into the 13,200 pot and Wright moved all in for 22,000. Hellmuth called and tabled the winner to capture his seventh straight High Stakes Duel victory. While Esfandiari and Negreanu were both quick to invoke the rematch option provided to the loser of the match, Wright indicated after the match that he wanted to think about it and consider his options before deciding if he will be back to play Hellmuth in a $100,000 buy-in.

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