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  1. Denis Strebkov and Shaun Deeb sit firmly atop the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker all-time leaderboard with nine and eight titles respectively. The group right behind is growing and coming hard though. On Thursday night, Russia's Andrey Zaichenko moved into a tie for third place all-time after capturing his fifth career WCOOP title. He's now tied with former #1-ranked PocketFiver Dan Kelly and Dzmitry Urbanovich. Zaichenko's win came in Event #62 High ($1,050 Stud Hi Lo) where he outlasted 100 other players to earn the victory and $24,745. Zaichenko, Kelly, and Urbanovich may have company soon. Finland's Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna won Event #60 Medium ($55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) for the fourth WCOOP title of his career. Fabiano Kovalski outlasted 96 other players in Event #59 High ($5,200 NLHE Midweek Freeze) to win $119,483.15 and his third WCOOP title, one in each of the last three years. Currently ranked #43 in the world, the Brazilian won his first WCOOP in 2018 when he took down a $1,050 NLHE event. He followed that up in 2019 by shipping a $530 Four Max NLHE event. The last player that Zaichenko vanquished on the way to his Thursday night win, 'XD89lol<3' didn't have to settle for a runner-up performance. The Finn grabbed the top spot on the podium in Event #64 High ($1,050 Omaha 8-or-better) to earn $30,855.69. 'Pappe_Ruk' bagged their second WCOOP title ever, beating out 417 entries in Event #61 High ($1,050 Six Max NLHE PKO). The win came with $32,452.10 from the prize pool plus an additional $35,644.50 in bounties. There were a handful of first-time winners as well. Germany's 'Sintoras' topped the 184-entry field in Event #60 High ($530 Six Max PLO) to grab the first WCOOP title of their career and a $56,608.50 score. Estonia's Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa, who is ranked #21 in the world, won his first COOP title by beating 407 other runners in Event #65 High ($1,050 Six Max NLHE). Thursday's WCOOP slate was a busy one with another 11 players entering the winner's circle including 'Her087' (#59 Medium), 'frost3ggg' (#59 Low), 'oyarzun2010' (#60 Low), 'theomatador' (#61 Medium), 'BaNaN4oo' (#61 Low), 'Schmitzen' (#62 Medium), 'MoreVon' (#62 Low), 'Speck ftw' (#64 Medium), 'Sqwadr' (#64 Low), 'Caldini00' (#65 Medium), and 'stilchuka' (#65 Low). WCOOP #59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze] 97 entries $500,000 prize pool ($15,000 overlay) Kovalski - $119,483.15 Steve ‘Mr. Tim Caum’ O’Dwyer - $92,337.85 Zagazaur - $71,359.65 WCOOP #59-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze] 811 entries $405,500 prize pool Her087 - $60,676.70* NationalPPP - $57,176.70* Pablo 'pabritz' Brito - $34,962.41 WCOOP #59-L: $5,5 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze] 4,825 entries $241,250 prize pool frost3ggg - $34,356.57 gimmick83 - $24,486.97 tommasi_BR - $17,455.16 WCOOP #60-H: $530+R PLO [6-Max] 184 entries $331,280 prize pool Sintoras - $56,608.50* mikki696 - $46,047.66* Tulkaz - $52,214.36* WCOOP #60-M: $55+R PLO [6-Max] 788 entries $131,660.10 prize pool calvin7v - $22,363.15 Dundermasen - $15,767.95 Tomatee - $11,117.99 WCOOP #60-L: $5.50+R PLO [6-Max] 2,641 entries $40,336.80 prize pool oyarzun2010 - $5,899.13 DACAPP - $4,108.52 iwonthurtyou - $2,862.71 WCOOP #61-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, PKO, Freezeout] 418 entries $418,000 prize pool Pappe_Ruk - $32,452.10 + $35,644.50 in bounties Narcisus90 - $32,451.91 + $16,089.85 in bounties [MDG]Black) - $19,285.09 + $4,187.50 in bounties WCOOP #61-M: $109 [6-Max, PKO, Freezeout] 3,403 entries $340,300 prize pool theomatador - $15,631.84* + $11,749.89 in bounties ImBluemagic - $16,384.44* + $4,771.79 in bounties LazyPiggy91 - $15,403.42* + $3,102.25 in bounties need2klonk - $14,259.97* + $778.51 in bounties WCOOP #61-L: $11 [6-Max, PKO, Freezeout] 10,119 entries $99,166.20 prize pool BaNaN4oo - $5,535.34 + $1,707.33 in bounties VittorRod - $5,530.45 + $1,506.70 in bounties VaFadrian - $3,164.82 + $1,079.64 in bounties WCOOP #62-H: $1,050 Stud Hi Lo 101 entries $101,000 prize pool Kroko-dill - $24,745 XD89101<3 - $17,170 WTFOMFGOAO - $13,130 WCOOP #62-M: $109 Stud Hi Lo 560 entries $56,000 prize pool Schmitzen - $10,528 MarkBang - $7,700 Vasafisk - $5,656 WCOOP #62-L: $11 Stud Hi Lo 1,869 entries $18,316.20 prize pool MoreVon - $2,398.81* zagorius - $2,394.05* xBAPBAPx - $2,365* WCOOP #64-H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max] 147 entries $147,000 prize pool XD89101<3 - $30,855.69 Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $23,886.42 PIPON777 - $18,491.32 WCOOP #64-M: $109 FLO8 [8-Max] 486 entries $48,600 prize pool Speck ftw - $8,639.70 chokitin - $6,235.23 Fabahaba - $4,500.12 WCOOP #64-L: $11 FLO8 [8-Max] 1,827 entries $17,904.60 prize pool Sqwadr - $2,270.62* submissssion - $2,349.09* geligniteone - $1,370.17 WCOOP #65-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max] 408 entries $408,000 prize pool markovitsus - $73,643.15 SsicK_OnE - $53,991.29 ramastar88 - $39.583.67 WCOOP #65-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout] 2,108 entries $210,800 prize pool Caldini00 - $25,671.60* Chrosty - $21,464.93* ManOrSuu - $21,497* WCOOP #65-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout] 7,116 entries $69,736.80 prize pool stilchuka - $7,958.84* wraggattack - $6,216.29* GreenBoo - $7,446.73*
  2. When it was announced that 54 events of the 2020 World Series of Poker would be held on GGPoker, it meant that for the very first time players outside of the United States could compete for a gold bracelet online. It also opened the door for elite online poker players all over the world to bracelet chase without having to make the trek to Las Vegas. With that in mind, prior to the start of the series, PocketFives staff attempted to make some predictions of players that we thought would make a serious impact on the 2020 WSOP. We dove into the player pools from the online poker powerhouse countries of the United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia, and Canada to take our best guesses as to who would make headlines and history in 2020. Here’s how we did. Score...A Direct Hit From the thousands of potential entries in the 2020 World Series of Poker, we picked 20 players and two of them binked themselves a gold bracelet. Canada’s Kristen Bicknell already had two WSOP gold bracelets on her resume and had been running extremely hot on GGPoker prior to the series, winning thousands upon thousands in side events from the recently completed WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. During the WSOP, she outlasted the 892-entry field in Event #44 ($2,500 NLHE 6-Handed) to win her third career bracelet and the first-place prize of $356,412. She continued to play after the victory and put up a total of seven cashes for a total haul of $382,391. Another one of our picks that grabbed gold was Brazil’s former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski who just one year ago made a splash at the 2019 WSOP with his impressive play on the televised table of the Main Event. Even though Dzivielevski had won the first bracelet of his career just one year ago, we were convinced he was going to do it again, this time in the online arena. He proved us right. The Brazilian topped the 4,356-entry field of Event #42 ($400 PLOSSUS) for $221,557 and his second bracelet. In total, Dzivielevski racked up 14 cashes, including two final tables, for $347,714. While Brazil’s Brunno Botteon didn’t win a bracelet, it’s safe to say he made a major impact on the series. Botteon had already been red hot in 2020, earning six of his seven-largest cashes this year and he only took it to the next level in the WSOP. Botteon finished as the runner-up on two different occasions including Event #67 ($500 Limit Hold’em) where he earned $41,855 and Event #79 ($25,000 NLHE Heads-Up) where he fell to Fedor Holz in the Heads-Up finals but walked away with $622,300. He also made the final table of the $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship, finishing in sixth place for more than $388,000. He may not have grabbed a gold bracelet this year, but Botteon finished the series with 15 cashes and over $1,105,562 in earnings. A Solid Series Some of the players we selected had a very respectable series that didn’t include winning a bracelet or earning a million dollars. When it came to picking players from the UK, it would be downright silly to pass over high-stakes crusher Stephen Chidwick. While he didn’t repeat his 2019 $25,000 PLO High Roller bracelet performance that brought him a $1.6 million score, he did manage seven series cashes for $147,679. And sure, perhaps it wasn’t the Chidwickian of his outings as we’ve seen in year’s past, but far be it from mere mortals to call six-figures in earnings anything less than success. Mike Watson fared a little better. The Canadian found himself at three final tables this summer, however, he was unable to lock down that first career bracelet. He scored a series-high cash of $115,117 in a fourth-place finish in Event #35 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship) which contributed to the bulk of his $202,455 in total earnings over 11 cashes. Watson may be frustrated with not yet winning a bracelet. He has finished as the runner-up no fewer than four times in his WSOP career. But with a player of his caliber, we’d be sure to pick him again next year should the series take place live or online. Mike Leah was another of our Canadian picks that climbed over six-figures in earnings. Leah, who was promising to play just about every event prior to the start of the series, made good on his word. He racked up 18 total cashes for a total of $141,204 and made his deepest run in Event #82 ($1,050 NLHE Beat The Pros Bounty) finishing in sixth place for $41,892. What Were We Thinking? Some of our picks just didn’t pan out. Who knows why? We don't. A bad run of cards? Bankroll fatigue? Or simply living life outside of poker? Whatever it was, our high hopes for these players will have to wait for another series. Take for instance the UK’s Sam Grafton who we were pretty sure would thrive in this kind of international series. But it looks like Grafton didn’t put in much if any volume and therefore didn’t notch a single result during this year's WSOP. (However, it didn’t take him long to book a win during the current PokerStars WCOOP.) We also missed on picking Russia’s Alexander Mordinov and Vladimir Troyanovskiy. When it came to Mordinov, who goes by ‘NoPlanB’ online, we knew it might be a stretch for him to play in the bigger buy-in tournaments of the WSOP. However, with the ability to be staked right in the client, we felt it could have been perfect for him to sell pieces of himself after pointing investors to his over $6 million in lifetime online earnings. We also felt like Troyanovskiy, one of Russia’s premier players, and his extensive poker resume would excel in an online series but from the looks of it, the Russian poker legend simply took the summer off.
  3. A battle of two former #1-ranked PocketFivers highlighted Sunday's PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker action and resulted in one of the best online poker players in the world winning a WCOOP title for the second time in two days. Sweden's 'Lena900' defeated Russia's 'veeea' heads up in Event #44 High ($2,100 NLHE) to earn $80,642.40. On Saturday, 'Lena900' topped the 173-entry field in Event #38 ($5,200 NLHE PKO High Roller) for his first WCOOP win of the year. The Swedish superstar sits atop the PocketFives all-time earnings list and is the only player to have won more than $20 million online. David 'deivid29' Tovar beat out 361 other entries to earn the victory in Event #42 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO Afternoon Deep Stack) for a $29,004.66 score and collected another $37,179.66 from bounties. Event #51 High ($530 NLHE PKO Sunday Cooldown) drew 1,046 total entries and a pair of Brazil's battled heads up for the title. In the end it was 'RRagazzo' shipping the title and $36,763.43 plus $27,264.54 in bounties. Fellow countrymen 'KaikeSilva' won $36,762.76 and $21,163.07 in bounties for coming in second place. Among the other players to take home WCOOP hardware on Sunday were 'Chester20o' (Event #42 Medium), 'rosko58' (Event #42 Low), 'pycadasgalax' (Event #44 Medium), 'Care_Teddy' (Event #44 Low), 'Tcheleee' (Event #51 Medium), and 'RafadeMello' (Event #51 Low). WCOOP #42-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] 362 entries $362,000 prize pool deivid29 - $29,004.66 + $37,179.66 in bounties rojorulez - $29,004.39 + $12,687.51 in bounties edercampana - $18,771.47 + $5,156.25 in bounties WCOOP #42-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] 3,539 entries $353,900 prize pool Chester20o - $21,752.47 + $15,075.29 in bounties chtrumfeinz - $21,750.41 + $5,342.21 in bounties covid-bil - $12,905.03 + $1,747.05 in bounties WCOOP #42-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] 13,809 entries $135,328.20 prize pool rosko58 - $5,820.66* + $3,452.33 in bounties bubenvv - $5,698.98* +$619.32 in bounties Johnny Pablo - $6,745.41* + $961.76 in bounties WCOOP #44-H: $2,100 NLHE 192 entries $400,000 prize pool ($16,000 overlay) Lena900 - $80,642.40 veeea - $62,088.88 I’MalliN.3lli - $47,804.00 WCOOP #44-M: $215 NLHE 1,930 entries $386,000 prize pool pycadasgalax - $58,026.44 Gerson’GR’ - $41,392.40 Killer_ooooo - $29,484.53 WCOOP #44-L: $22 NLHE 11,412 entries $228,240 prize pool Care_Teddy - $29,811.98 heotholau - $20,913.40 Ale7anderr77 - $14,676.37 WCOOP #51-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown] 1,046 entries $523,000 prize pool RRagazzo - $36,763.43 + $27,264.54 in bounties KaikeSilva - $36,762.76 + $21,163.07 in bounties sadface11 - $22,246.79 + $8,209.00 in bounties WCOOP #51-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown] 6,287 entries $314,350 prize pool Tcheleee - $19,007.78 + $12,913.49 in bounties b_wolovick - $19,003.80 + $1,908.73 in bounties vidi.pkr - $10,999.10 + $701.16 in bounties WCOOP #51-L: $5.5 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown] 11,789 entries $$57,766.10 prize pool RafadeMello - $3,267.98 + $1,765.37 in bounties AlexG1986 - $3,158.38 + $308.14 in bounties I win Pr - $1,873.95 + $188.99 in bounties
  4. Adrian Mateos captured the third PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title on Sunday. Just 24 hours later, he won his second title in as many days after chopping the Event #25 High ($25,000 8 Max NLHE, Super High Roller Sunday Slam) with Fedor Holz. Mateos earned $543,685.63 after the deal with Holz and now has four career WCOOP titles. Holz, who won his second career World Series of Poker bracelet on Saturday, had to settle for runner-up status and a $515,293.82 payday. English grinder Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves took home $353,117.47 for coming in third place.   The other players who worked their way into a WCOOP title on Sunday were 'gustavo956' (Event #23 Medium), 'Almi87' (Event #23 Low), 'serrazina11' (Event #24 Medium), '1_Stamford (Event #24 Low), 'Kressty' (Event #26 Medium), 'h3pp4p01k4' (Event #26 Low), 'jonespkr' (Event #27 Medium), and 'tuliodutra96' (Event #27 Low). WCOOP #23-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout] 859 entries $429,500 prize pool ludako123 - $72,594.23 BBRS999 - $53,331.87 Stefan 'mindgamer' Jedlicka - $39,180.87 WCOOP #23-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout] 4,886 entries $244,300 prize pool gustavo956 - $27,883.69* karbovski - $26,186.36* by_Vadimka - $22,228.13* WCOOP #23-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout] 10,155 entries $49,759.50 prize pool Almi87 - $6,655.28 B0Om-shakalaka - $4,630.04 Leo Borgheti - $3,226.08 WCOOP #24-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 789 entries $789,000 prize pool Joel 'jvieiradias8' Dias - $57,464.43 + $70,373.01 in bounties Guillaume 'Nolet20' Nolet - $57,464.17 + $11,822.27 in bounties INormaJean - $35,669.90 + $5,238.28 in bounties WCOOP #24-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 6,441 entries $644,100 prize pool serrazina11 - $38,943.07 + $22,158.94 in bounties Rossii95 - $38,938.61 + $5,617.51 in bounties gabriel7af - $22,537.05 + $2,935.37 in bounties WCOOP #24-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 18,502 entries $181,319.60 prize pool 1_Stamford - $7,932.04 + $4,087.29 in bounties im.king.ofPS - $7,917.23 + $837.53 in bounties redhotpoker0 - $4,697.50 + $1,111.45 in bounties WCOOP #25-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller Sunday Slam] 106 entries $2,599.650 prize pool Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos - $543,685.63* Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz - $515,293.82* Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - $353,117.47 WCOOP #26-H: $2,100 5-Card PLO [6-Max] 156 entries $312,000 prize pool Gavin 'gavz101' Cochrane - $63,236.85 guinor - $48,131.64 Joni 'bustoville' Jouhkimainen - $36,634.66 WCOOP #26-M: $215 5-Card PLO [6-Max] 767 entries $153,400 prize pool Kressty - $19,793.69* SIR_Breaker - $18,793.69* master4us - $18,793.69* WCOOP #26-L: $22 5-Card PLO [6-Max] 3,130 entries $62,600 prize pool h3pp4p01k4 - $9,031.03 JUSTINNO - $6,291.04 Pippo632 - $4,383.42 WCOOP #27-H: $1,050 NLHE [Freezeout] 438 entries $438,000 prize pool Sylvain 'calculer_' Loosli - $78,182.44 Tydarax - $58,596.42 Jandro Mura - $43,917.20 WCOOP #27-M: $109 NLHE [Freezeout] 3,752 entries $375,200 prize pool jonespkr - $48,616.07* PIUlimeira - $43,381.98* gettingpwned - $27,291.56 WCOOP #27-L: $11 NLHE [Freezeout] 10.306 entries $100,998.80 prize pool tuliodutra96 - $13,493.11 maagrella - $9,397.77 pokerpatt353 - $6,548.10
  5. The other players who worked their way into a WCOOP title on Sunday were'gustavo956' (Event #23 Medium), 'Almi87' (Event #23 Low), 'serrazina11' (Event #24 Medium), '1_Stamford (Event #24 Low), 'Kressty' (Event #26 Medium), 'h3pp4p01k4' (Event #26 Low), 'jonespkr' (Event #27 Medium), and 'tuliodutra96' (Event #27 Low). WCOOP #23-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout] 859 entries $429,500 prize pool ludako123 - $72,594.23 BBRS999 - $53,331.87 Stefan 'mindgamer' Jedlicka - $39,180.87 WCOOP #23-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout] 4,886 entries $244,300 prize pool gustavo956 - $27,883.69* karbovski - $26,186.36* by_Vadimka - $22,228.13* WCOOP #23-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout] 10,155 entries $49,759.50 prize pool Almi87 - $6,655.28 B0Om-shakalaka - $4,630.04 Leo Borgheti - $3,226.08 WCOOP #24-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 789 entries $789,000 prize pool Joel 'jvieiradias8' Dias - $57,464.43 + $70,373.01 in bounties Guillaume 'Nolet20' Nolet - $57,464.17 + $11,822.27 in bounties INormaJean - $35,669.90 + $5,238.28 in bounties WCOOP #24-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 6,441 entries $644,100 prize pool serrazina11 - $38,943.07 + $22,158.94 in bounties Rossii95 - $38,938.61 + $5,617.51 in bounties gabriel7af - $22,537.05 + $2,935.37 in bounties WCOOP #24-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 18,502 entries $181,319.60 prize pool 1_Stamford - $7,932.04 + $4,087.29 in bounties im.king.ofPS - $7,917.23 + $837.53 in bounties redhotpoker0 - $4,697.50 + $1,111.45 in bounties WCOOP #25-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller Sunday Slam] 106 entries $2,599.650 prize pool Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos - $543,685.63* Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz - $515,293.82* Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - $353,117.47 WCOOP #26-H: $2,100 5-Card PLO [6-Max] 156 entries $312,000 prize pool Gavin 'gavz101' Cochrane - $63,236.85 guinor - $48,131.64 Joni 'bustoville' Jouhkimainen - $36,634.66 WCOOP #26-M: $215 5-Card PLO [6-Max] 767 entries $153,400 prize pool Kressty - $19,793.69* SIR_Breaker - $18,793.69* master4us - $18,793.69* WCOOP #26-L: $22 5-Card PLO [6-Max] 3,130 entries $62,600 prize pool h3pp4p01k4 - $9,031.03 JUSTINNO - $6,291.04 Pippo632 - $4,383.42 WCOOP #27-H: $1,050 NLHE [Freezeout] 438 entries $438,000 prize pool Sylvain 'calculer_' Loosli - $78,182.44 Tydarax - $58,596.42 Jandro Mura - $43,917.20 WCOOP #27-M: $109 NLHE [Freezeout] 3,752 entries $375,200 prize pool jonespkr - $48,616.07* PIUlimeira - $43,381.98* gettingpwned - $27,291.56 WCOOP #27-L: $11 NLHE [Freezeout] 10.306 entries $100,998.80 prize pool tuliodutra96 - $13,493.11 maagrella - $9,397.77 pokerpatt353 - $6,548.10
  6. Superstars in the highest stakes tournaments around the world, online grinders working their way up from $20 tournaments, or home game regulars who have had to explain the rules of No Limit Texas Hold’em to a new player more than once, all owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Sexton. The voice of the game and the face of the industry, Sexton meant more to poker than can possibly be measured. On Sunday, Sexton died after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 72 years old. An invaluable asset to the poker community, Sexton was a World Poker Tour co-commentator, World Series of Poker bracelet winner, WPT champion, online poker pioneer, Army veteran, college athlete, Poker Hall of Famer, and maybe most importantly, a husband and father. In 2003, Sexton set foot in the living rooms of poker fans around the world for the very first time as he called the action on the inaugural World Poker Tour final table, the Five Diamond Poker Classic. As the poker boom rolled on, it was Sexton’s retelling of the rules of Hold’em at the start of WPT broadcasts that made it seem like anybody could play and anybody could win. For the better part of 15 years, Sexton worked alongside Vince Van Patten to call the action of nearly every WPT final table during that time. Poker stars were born with Sexton announcing their arrival to the world at the end of every broadcast. There were a few occasions however where Sexton was forced to vacate his position in the broadcast booth. After not being able to play WPT events for the first seven years of the tour’s existence, that all changed for Season VIII. In 2011, Sexton was one of the six players at the final table of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event where he eventually finished sixth. Two years later, he finished third at the WPT Venice Grand Prix. Those two results pale in comparison to what happened in November 2016. Sexton made the final table of the WPT Montreal event and overcame a heads-up chip deficit to win the title and a little more than $300,000. Winning in Montreal also came with a pair of other prizes. Sexton was awarded a championship belt by the Playground Poker Club. Earlier in the tournament Sexton had taken a photo of the championship belt that the host Playground Poker Club had commissioned to award to the eventual champion and texted it to his son, Ty. At eight years old, Ty was enamored with it and when his father returned home with the belt, he gave it to his son. The win also gained him entry to the annual WPT Tournament of Champions event, a tournament that held a special place in Sexton’s heart. “When you win the title, you’re eligible for the [WPT] Tournament of Champions, which I created back in the 90s, so to be eligible for it the rest of my life I thought was so cool,” Sexton said at the time. In the late 90s, Sexton had conceptualized the Tournament of Champions as an invitation-only poker tournament that would be open only to players who had won a tournament in the previous year. It ran for three years from 1999 - 2001 at The Orleans in Las Vegas. In 2017, Sexton retired from the World Poker Tour to take on the role of Chairman of partypoker. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the World Poker Tour since its inception in 2002. When the World Poker Tour launched, it was a dream come true, and to be there from the beginning and see how the WPT changed the poker world forever by essentially turning poker into a televised sport has been amazing. It’s been quite a ride over these 15 seasons, and one that I’ve been extremely blessed to take,” His time at the WPT was the most publicly visible part of Sexton’s career, but his career in poker actually began decades earlier. After graduating from Ohio State University where he was a competitive gymnast, Sexton joined the Army where he served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. Stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Sexton spent some time working in sales after leaving the Army when he discovered he was making more from the home games he was playing in than he was from his day job. After playing professionally in games in North Carolina in the late 70s and early 80s, Sexton took a trip to Las Vegas in 1984 to play in his first World Series of Poker. Not long after, he moved to Las Vegas to play bigger games against tougher competition. Five years later, Sexton won his only WSOP bracelet, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Split event. Over the years that followed, Sexton cashed 72 times at the WSOP - including a runner-up finish in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud 8-or-better event in 2011 - earning a total $2,653,285 with $1.1 million of that coming from his ninth-place finish in the inaugural $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event. Though it wasn’t an official WSOP event, Sexton did earn a seven-figure score at the Rio against some of the toughest players in the world. One of 27 players invited to play in the 2006 Tournament of Champions, Sexton defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up to win $1,000,000 and lay claim to the TOC title he helped create. "To win the million-dollar prize and this title means everything to me. But to be perfectly honest, there is nothing quite like that feeling when you win your first [gold bracelet] at the World Series of Poker,” Sexton said. “To come back again all these years later and win this tournament, especially against such tremendous competition, in addition to defeating a great champion like Daniel Negreanu after five hours, really makes me proud." All told, Sexton cashed 284 times in his career and finished with $6,708,146 in lifetime earnings. His impact wasn’t only felt in the live arena. At the turn of the 21st century, Sexton helped Ruth Parasol launch the third online poker site, partypoker.com. Heavily involved in all aspects of the business at the time of the launch, including helping create the brand name, Sexton helped create a framework that many online poker operators still follow today. He also wrote a column for CardPlayer Magazine for 19 years and penned two books, including his autobiography Life's A Gamble (2016), and the New York Times bestseller, Shuffle Up and Deal (2005). In 2009, the culmination of all Sexton’s success on the felt and work off of it to grow the game worldwide resulted in his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. "I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and it is particularly special because for the first time it was a process that involved the fans, the media, and the living members of the hall of fame," Sexton said. "To me, the most meaningful aspect of this process was the acceptance by the living hall of famers who welcomed me into their exclusive club." Sexton is survived by his wife, Karen, and son, Ty.
  7. Fedor Holz is known to many as simply, "The Prince". But on Sunday, Holz captured the top crown all for himself after beating Sergi Reixach and Brunno Botteon to win the 2020 World Series of Poker $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em title. The win is the second bracelet for the former #1-ranked PocketFiver and marks the second time that he won the highest buy-in event on the schedule. In 2016, Holz won the $111,111 buy-in High Roller for One Drop for his first career bracelet. Sunday's action saw Holz, Reixach, Botteon, and Oktay Kahyaoglu return to the felt following a five-day break. Holz drew Reixach in the first round while Botteon drew Kahyauglu. Despite the fact that he got down 3-2 in chips very early on, Holz needed just 35 minutes to build his stack back up and get through Reixach. On the final hand, Holz raised to 2,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"] and then called after Reixach raised to 8,800 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"] and Reixach bet 6,000 and Holz called. The [poker card="kc"] turn completed Holz's flush draw. Reixach check-called Holz's bet of 11,200. The river was the [poker card="kh"] and Reixach checked again. Holz bet 49,040 and after taking some time to consider his options, Reixach called and was given the bad news. The other semi-final took quit a bit more time. Just over 90 minutes of back and forther battling between Oktay Kahyaoglu and current #3-ranked PocketFivers Bruno Botteon had Botteon holding more than 70% of the chips. Kahyaoglu raised to 5,000 from the button with [poker card="td"][poker card="4d"] and Botteon called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"]. After the [poker card="th"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] flop, Botteon check-raised to 11,250 and Botteon called. The turn was the [poker card="ah"] and Botteon lead out for 10,075 and Kahyaoglu called. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and Botteon bet 114,856 and Kahyaoglu called off his last 32,494 only to learn his two pair was second best. There was no time to rest for Botteon as the final started just one minute later. The Brazilian took the first lead, but it was short-lived. Holz took over the lead just five minutes in and never surrendered it back. Just 18 minutes after the final began, it was over. Botteon raised to 1,500 from the button with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] and Holz called with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"]. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"] and Holz checked to set off a series of re-raises. Botteon bet 2,011, Holz raised to 8,100, Botteon clicked back to 19,680 before Holz made it 72,630. Botteon called all in. Neither the [poker card="9s"] turn or [poker card="4s"] river were good enough to save Botteon from a runner-up finish as Holz collected his second career WSOP victory. <h2>Final Four Payouts</h2> Fedor Holz - $1,077,025 Brunno Botteon - $622,300 Oktay Kahyaoglu - $311,150 Sergi Reixach - $311,150
  8. There's very little that Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has not accomplished in his online poker career. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver has amassed more than $17.5 million in online earnings and won nearly every title out there. Except one. Heading into the 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, the Hungarian poker pro had never won a WCOOP title. That ended on Thursday night as Nemeth beat William 'hellzito' Arruda heads-up to win Event #15 High ($530 NLHE w/rebuys) for $79,655.48 and that first WCOOP title. Russian crusher Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii beat out 451 other entries in Event #13 High ($1,050 NLHE Midweek Freeze) to win his second career WCOOP title. Just 24 hours after winning his second WCOOP title, Ludovic Geilich finished two spots short of another one. Another Russian also earned a WCOOP title on Thursday. 'Bagrovui' took down Event #14 High ($1,050 PLO Six Max) for a $66,449.74 score and the first WCOOP title of their career. Jordi 'prot0' Urlings broke through and won his first career WCOOP title by beating 118 other entries in Event #17 High ($1,050 6+ Hold'em) to earn $26,752.48. Former #1 and current #9-ranked Patrick Leonard took home the bronze medal and $15,736.09. British grinder 'brandon0903' came out on top of the 194-entry field in Event #18 High ($2,100 NLHE) to win $80,642.40. Georgios 'Geokarak' Karakousis finished as the runner-up while the #14-ranked online poker player in the world Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen came in third place. Other Thursday winners included 'Tayguera' (Event #13 Medium), 'ZNOXYU' (Event #13 Low), 'The_Truht' (Event #14 Medium), 'RrrrStyle' (Event #14 Low), 'MathCamillo1' (Event #15 Medium), 'Janiz_x97' (Event #15 Low), 'nokeee' (Event #17 Medium), 'nikolakiev123' (Event #17 Low), 'MarcGregor89' (Event #18 Medium), and 'humpster76' (Event #18 Low). Event #13-H: $1,050 [Midweek Freeze] 452 entries $452,000 prize pool Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii - $72,758.88* StupidFr3nch - $68,391.76* Ludovic 'Ludovi333' Geilich - $45,320.95 Event #13-M: $109 [Midweek Freeze] 3,507 entries $350,700 prize pool Tayguera - $50,392.37 heilkuh - $35,920.16 Andre_Hansen - $25,605.09 Event #13-L: $11 [Midweek Freeze] 12,953 entries $126,939.40 prize pool ZNOXYU - $14,215.90* zsombesz82 - $10,558.68* BandaLover - $10,308.78* Event #14-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max] 362 entries $362,000 prize pool Bagrovui - $66,449.74 PalomoBuchon - $48,331.05 beastishngry - $35,152.84 Event #14-M: $109 PLO [6-Max] 1,786 entries $178,600 prize pool The_Truht - $26,969.46 mounk666 - $18,790.54 silage89 - $13,092.71 Event #14-L: $11 PLO [6-Max] 5,587 entries $54,752.60 prize pool RrrrStyle - $6,755.75* Janneman1985 - $6,455.75* wale44_ - $3,778.95 Event #15-H: $530+R [8-Max] 294 entries $420,160 prize pool Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - $79,655.48 William 'hellzito' Arruda - $58,568.49 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - $43,063.92 Event #15-M: $55+R [8-Max] 2,499 entries $336,004.35 prize pool MathCamillo1 - $36,834.16* Karabin9 - $35,664.33* polonais123 - $35,167.15* Event #15-L: $5.50+R [8-Max] 8,873 entries $115,488.10 prize pool Janis_x97 - $10,336.26* TS17Aveiro - $7,884.40* DiowTrader - $8,120.76* Wildstulez08. - $11,253.23* Jcastro18 - $8,271.50* Event #17-H: $1,050 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 119 entries $119,000 prize pool prot0 - $26,752.48 b0caNer0 - $20,517.76 pads1161 - $15,736.09 Event #17-M: $109 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 557 entries $55,700 prize pool nokeee - $9,825.96 jesbergKings - $6,903.86 Jacob Schindler - $4,851.04 Event #17-L: $11 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 4,474 entries $43,845.20 prize pool nikolakiev123 - $4,635.14* Rostik2306 - $4,241.89* aelred - $4,765.76* Event #18-H: $2,100 NLHE 194 entries $400,000 prize pool ($12,000 overlay) brandon0903 - $80,642.40 Geokarak - $62,088.88 Perrymejsen - $47,804 Event #18-M: $215 NLHE [Freezeout] 1,605 entries $321,200 prize pool MarcGregor89 - $48,814.66 Partyliel - $34,795.75 mike21_4life - $24,803.61 Event #18-L: $22 NLHE [Freezeout] 77,39 entries $154,780 prize pool humpster76 - $18,822.07* Starskie1986 - $18,072.06* AS Leshiy - $10,441.93
  9. Italy's Nicolo Molinelli must have liked what the wheel had to say in Event #81 (People's Choice Spin the Wheel). The format of Thursday's World Series of Poker Online event was left to the fate of the spin of the wheel. Once that wheel stopped spinning, the Six Max No Limit Hold'em Bounty format was chosen and Molinelli worked his way through a 1,925-entry field in the $600 buy-in event to win his first career WSOP bracelet and earn $243,415 with $99,216 coming from bounties alone. Michelle Shah only got to spend 24 minutes at the final table. Molinelli raised to 220,000 from the hijack before Shah moved all in from the cutoff for 1,810,581. Molinelli called and flipped over [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Shah discovered she was racing with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"] flop moved Molinelli in front and Shah found no help on the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="5c"] river and was eliminated in ninth place. Thirty-five minutes later another race ended a second player's run. Lucas Hafner raised to 240,000 from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Pavel Plusev re-raised to 1,800,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. Hafner re-raised to 3,360,000 and Plesuv called all in. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] flop put Hafner in front. The [poker card="kc"] turn left Plesuv needing a five on the river and when the [poker card="8s"] river completed the board, he was sent out in eighth. Molinelli had to wait another 30 minutes before finding his second victim of the night. Itai Drory raised to 280,000 from the cutoff and Molinelli decided to defend his big blind. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] and Molinelli checked. Drory bet 217,425 and Molinelli called. The turn was the [poker card="qc"] and Molinelli checked again. Drory bet 518,000 and then called all in after Molinelli moved all in for 16,437,829. Drory showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"] but Molinelli had turned top pair with [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and Drory was out in seventh place. Kyle Menard raised to 280,000 from UTG before Sami Kelopuro moved all in from the cutoff for 3,424,452. Aleksandr Grishchuk called from the button for 1,600,388 and Menard got out of the way. Kelopuro tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] while Grishchuk showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6h"] flop moved Kelopuro well in frton. Neither the [poker card="9c"] or [poker card="th"] river changed anything and Grishchuk, a world-class chess champion, was eliminated in sixth. The final five players played for over an hour before losing a player. Kelopuro opened with a raise to 1,160,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and action folded around to Menard in the big blind. Holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"], Menard moved all in fro 11,250,432 and Kelopuro called off for 6,085,048. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="qc"][poker card="as"] to give Menard the nut flush and send Kelopuro to the rail in fifth place. Menard picked up another bounty a half-hour later in a blind versus blind scenario. Longyun Li moved all in from the small blind for 4,565,740 and Menard called from the big blind. Li turned over [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"] which put him behind Menard's [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] flop gave Menard a virtual lock on the hand. The [poker card="9d"] turn meant Li was drawing dead through the [poker card="5d"] river and was eliminated in fourth. Li's elimination was the last that Molinelli wasn't responsible for. Another 30 minutes passed before the Italian sent another opponent packing. Lukas Hafner was down to 5,091,376, Hafner shoved from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="4h"] only to have Molinelli wake up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] in the big blind. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="tc"] to give Molinelli a decent sweat before eliminating Hafner in third place. Heads-up play began with Molinelli holding a nine big blind lead and the pair battled for nearly an hour before Molinelli was able to put a bow on his final table performance. Menard opened with a raise to 900,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] and Molinelli called wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop got Molinelli to check. Menard bet 600,000 and Molinelli raised to 1,885,000 and Menard called. The [poker card="7s"] turn was good enough for Molinelli to bet 2,175,000 and Menard called again. The river was the [poker card="9d"] and Molinelli checked. Menard moved all in for 6,708,172 and Molinenlli called to eliminate Menard in second and win his first career WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Nicolo Molinelli - $144,199 + $99,216 in bounties Kyle Menard - $104,644 + $24,000 in bounties Lukas Hafner - $75,940 + $22,000 in bounties Longyun Li - $55,110 + $11,766 in bounties Sami Kelopuro - $39,993 + $7,828 in bounties Aleksandr Grishchuk - $29,023 + $1,875 in bounties Itai Drory - $21,062 + $10,000 in bounties Pavel Plesuv - $15,285 + $15,000 in bounties Michelle Shah - $11,092 + $13,828 in bounties
  10. Italy's Nicolo Molinelli must have liked what the wheel had to say. The format of Thursday's World Series of Poker Online event was left to the fate of the spin of the wheel. Once the wheel stopped spinning, the Six Max No Limit Hold'em Bounty format was chosen and Molinelli worked his way through a 1,925-entry field to win his first career WSOP bracelet and earn $243,415 with $99,216 coming from bounties alone. Michelle Shah only got to spend 24 minutes at the final table. Molinelli raised to 220,000 from the hijack before Shah moved all in from the cutoff for 1,810,581. Molinelli called and flipped over [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Shah discovered she was racing with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"] flop moved Molinelli in front and Shah found no help on the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="5c"] river and was eliminated in ninth place. Thirty-five minutes later another race ended a second player's run. Lucas Hafner raised to 240,000 from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Pavel Plusev re-raised to 1,800,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. Hafner re-raised to 3,360,000 and Plesuv called all in. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] flop put Hafner in front. The [poker card="kc"] turn left Plesuv needing a five on the river and when the [poker card="8s"] river completed the board, he was sent out in eighth. Molinelli had to wait another 30 minutes before finding his second victim of the night. Itai Drory raised to 280,000 from the cutoff and Molinelli decided to defend his big blind. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] and Molinelli checked. Drory bet 217,425 and Molinelli called. The turn was the [poker card="qc"] and Molinelli checked again. Drory bet 518,000 and then called all in after Molinelli moved all in for 16,437,829. Drory showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"] but Molinelli had turned top pair with [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and Drory was out in seventh place. Kyle Menard raised to 280,000 from UTG before Sami Kelopuro moved all in from the cutoff for 3,424,452. Aleksandr Grishchuk called from the button for 1,600,388 and Menard got out of the way. Kelopuro tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] while Grishchuk showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6h"] flop moved Kelopuro well in frton. Neither the [poker card="9c"] or [poker card="th"] river changed anything and Grishchuk, a world-class chess champion, was eliminated in sixth. The final five players played for over an hour before losing a player. Kelopuro opened with a raise to 1,160,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and action folded around to Menard in the big blind. Holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"], Menard moved all in fro 11,250,432 and Kelopuro called off for 6,085,048. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="qc"][poker card="as"] to give Menard the nut flush and send Kelopuro to the rail in fifth place. Menard picked up another bounty a half-hour later in a blind versus blind scenario. Longyun Li moved all in from the small blind for 4,565,740 and Menard called from the big blind. Li turned over [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"] which put him behind Menard's [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] flop gave Menard a virtual lock on the hand. The [poker card="9d"] turn meant Li was drawing dead through the [poker card="5d"] river and was eliminated in fourth. Li's elimination was the last that Molinelli wasn't responsible for. Another 30 minutes passed before the Italian sent another opponent packing. Lukas Hafner was down to 5,091,376, Hafner shoved from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="4h"] only to have Molinelli wake up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] in the big blind. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="tc"] to give Molinelli a decent sweat before eliminating Hafner in third place. Heads-up play began with Molinelli holding a nine big blind lead and the pair battled for nearly an hour before Molinelli was able to put a bow on his final table performance. Menard opened with a raise to 900,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] and Molinelli called wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop got Molinelli to check. Menard bet 600,000 and Molinelli raised to 1,885,000 and Menard called. The [poker card="7s"] turn was good enough for Molinelli to bet 2,175,000 and Menard called again. The river was the [poker card="9d"] and Molinelli checked. Menard moved all in for 6,708,172 and Molinenlli called to eliminate Menard in second and win his first career WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Nicolo Molinelli - $144,199 + $99,216 in bounties Kyle Menard - $104,644 + $24,000 in bounties Lukas Hafner - $75,940 + $22,000 in bounties Longyun Li - $55,110 + $11,766 in bounties Sami Kelopuro - $39,993 + $7,828 in bounties Aleksandr Grishchuk - $29,023 + $1,875 in bounties Itai Drory - $21,062 + $10,000 in bounties Pavel Plesuv - $15,285 + $15,000 in bounties Michelle Shah - $11,092 + $13,828 in bounties
  11.     Michelle Shah only got to spend XX minutes at the final table. Molinelli raised to 220,000 from the hijack before Shah moved all in from the cutoff for 1,810,581. Molinelli called and flipped over [ah][qs] and Shah discovered she was racing with [8d][8h]. The [as][5h][2s] flop moved Molinelli in front and Shah found no help on the [6s] turn or [5c] river and was eliminated in ninth place. Thirty-five minutes later another race ended a second player's run. Lucas Hafner raised to 240,000 from the button with [as][ks] before Pavel Plusev re-raised to 1,800,000 with [5c][5d]. Hafner re-raised to 3,360,000 and Plesuv called all in. The [kh][td][9d] flop put Hafner in front. The [kc] turn left Plesuv needing a five on the river and when the [8s] river completed the board, he was sent out in eighth. Molinelli had to wait another 30 minutes before finding his second victim of the night. Itai Drory raised to 280,000 from the cutoff and Molinelli decided to defend his big blind. The flop came [4d][3c][2s] and Molinelli checked. Drory bet 217,425 and Molinelli called. The turn was the [qc] and Molinelli checked again. Drory bet 518,000 and then called all in after Molinelli moved all in for 16,437,829. Drory showed [8c][8s] but Molinelli had turned top pair with [qs][ts]. The river was the [4h] and Drory was out in seventh place. Kyle Menard raised to 280,000 from UTG before Sami Kelopuro moved all in from the cutoff for 3,424,452. Aleksandr Grishchuk called from the button for 1,600,388 and Menard got out of the way. Kelopuro tabled [ah][qd] while Grishchuk showed [jc][jd]. The [as][qh][6h] flop moved Kelopuro well in frton. Neither the [9c] or [th] river changed anything and Grishchuk, a world class chess champion, was eliminated in sixth. The final five players played for over an hour before losing a player. Kelopuro opened with a raise to 1,160,000 with [kc][kh] and action folded around to Menard in the big blind. Holding [ac][qh], Menard moved all in fro 11,250,432 and Kelopuro called off for 6,085,048. The board ran out [tc][8c][6c][qc][as] to give Menard the nut flush and send Kelopuro to the rail in fifth place. Menard picked up another bounty a half-hour later in a blind versus blind scenario. Longyun Li moved all in from the small blind for 4,565,740 and Menard called from the big blind. Li turned over [ks][6c] which put him behind Menard's [as][th]. The [ac][ad][jh] flop gave Menard a virtual lock on the hand. The [9d] turn meant Li was drawing dead through the [5d] river and was eliminated in fourth. Li's elimination was the last that Molinelli wasn't responsible for. Another 30 minutes passed before the Italian sent another opponent packing. Lukas Hafner was down to 5,091,376, Hafner shoved from the small blind with [kh][4h] only to have Molinelli wake up with [ac][ah] in the big blind. The board ran out [7d][6h][3d][3h][tc] to give Molinelli a decent sweat before eliminating Hafner in third place.     Final Table Payouts $144,199 $104,644 $75,940 $55,110 $39,993 $29,023 $21,062 Pavel Plesuv$15,285 Michelle Shah$11,092
  12.     Michelle Shah only got to spend XX minutes at the final table. Molinelli raised to 220,000 from the hijack before Shah moved all in from the cutoff for 1,810,581. Molinelli called and flipped over [ah][qs] and Shah discovered she was racing with [8d][8h]. The [as][5h][2s] flop moved Molinelli in front and Shah found no help on the [6s] turn or [5c] river and was eliminated in ninth place. Thirty-five minutes later another race ended a second player's run. Lucas Hafner raised to 240,000 from the button with [as][ks] before Pavel Plusev re-raised to 1,800,000 with [5c][5d]. Hafner re-raised to 3,360,000 and Plesuv called all in. The [kh][td][9d] flop put Hafner in front. The [kc] turn left Plesuv needing a five on the river and when the [8s] river completed the board, he was sent out in eighth. Molinelli had to wait another 30 minutes before finding his second victim of the night. Itai Drory raised to 280,000 from the cutoff and Molinelli decided to defend his big blind. The flop came [4d][3c][2s] and Molinelli checked. Drory bet 217,425 and Molinelli called. The turn was the [qc] and Molinelli checked again. Drory bet 518,000 and then called all in after Molinelli moved all in for 16,437,829. Drory showed [8c][8s] but Molinelli had turned top pair with [qs][ts]. The river was the [4h] and Drory was out in seventh place. Kyle Menard raised to 280,000 from UTG before Sami Kelopuro moved all in from the cutoff for 3,424,452. Aleksandr Grishchuk called from the button for 1,600,388 and Menard got out of the way. Kelopuro tabled [ah][qd] while Grishchuk showed [jc][jd]. The [as][qh][6h] flop moved Kelopuro well in frton. Neither the [9c] or [th] river changed anything and Grishchuk, a world class chess champion, was eliminated in sixth. The final five players played for over an hour before losing a player. Kelopuro opened with a raise to 1,160,000 with [kc][kh] and action folded around to Menard in the big blind. Holding [ac][qh], Menard moved all in fro 11,250,432 and Kelopuro called off for 6,085,048. The board ran out [tc][8c][6c][qc][as] to give Menard the nut flush and send Kelopuro to the rail in fifth place. Menard picked up another bounty a half-hour later in a blind versus blind scenario. Longyun Li moved all in from the small blind for 4,565,740 and Menard called from the big blind. Li turned over [ks][6c] which put him behind Menard's [as][th]. The [ac][ad][jh] flop gave Menard a virtual lock on the hand. The [9d] turn meant Li was drawing dead through the [5d] river and was eliminated in fourth. Final Table Payouts $144,199 $104,644 $75,940 $55,110 $39,993 $29,023 $21,062 Pavel Plesuv$15,285 Michelle Shah$11,092
  13. Michelle Shah only got to spend XX minutes at the final table. Down to just Final Table Payouts $144,199 $104,644 $75,940 $55,110 $39,993 $29,023 $21,062 Pavel Plesuv$15,285 Michelle Shah$11,092
  14. Italy's Nicolo Molinelli must have liked what the wheel had to say in Event #81 (People's Choice Spin the Wheel). The format of Thursday's World Series of Poker Online event was left to the fate of the spin of the wheel. Once that wheel stopped spinning, the Six Max No Limit Hold'em Bounty format was chosen and Molinelli worked his way through a 1,925-entry field in the $600 buy-in event to win his first career WSOP bracelet and earn $243,415 with $99,216 coming from bounties alone. Michelle Shah only got to spend 24 minutes at the final table. Molinelli raised to 220,000 from the hijack before Shah moved all in from the cutoff for 1,810,581. Molinelli called and flipped over [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Shah discovered she was racing with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"] flop moved Molinelli in front and Shah found no help on the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="5c"] river and was eliminated in ninth place. Thirty-five minutes later another race ended a second player's run. Lucas Hafner raised to 240,000 from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Pavel Plusev re-raised to 1,800,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. Hafner re-raised to 3,360,000 and Plesuv called all in. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] flop put Hafner in front. The [poker card="kc"] turn left Plesuv needing a five on the river and when the [poker card="8s"] river completed the board, he was sent out in eighth. Molinelli had to wait another 30 minutes before finding his second victim of the night. Itai Drory raised to 280,000 from the cutoff and Molinelli decided to defend his big blind. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] and Molinelli checked. Drory bet 217,425 and Molinelli called. The turn was the [poker card="qc"] and Molinelli checked again. Drory bet 518,000 and then called all in after Molinelli moved all in for 16,437,829. Drory showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"] but Molinelli had turned top pair with [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and Drory was out in seventh place. Kyle Menard raised to 280,000 from UTG before Sami Kelopuro moved all in from the cutoff for 3,424,452. Aleksandr Grishchuk called from the button for 1,600,388 and Menard got out of the way. Kelopuro tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] while Grishchuk showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6h"] flop moved Kelopuro well in frton. Neither the [poker card="9c"] or [poker card="th"] river changed anything and Grishchuk, a world-class chess champion, was eliminated in sixth. The final five players played for over an hour before losing a player. Kelopuro opened with a raise to 1,160,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and action folded around to Menard in the big blind. Holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"], Menard moved all in fro 11,250,432 and Kelopuro called off for 6,085,048. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="qc"][poker card="as"] to give Menard the nut flush and send Kelopuro to the rail in fifth place. Menard picked up another bounty a half-hour later in a blind versus blind scenario. Longyun Li moved all in from the small blind for 4,565,740 and Menard called from the big blind. Li turned over [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"] which put him behind Menard's [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] flop gave Menard a virtual lock on the hand. The [poker card="9d"] turn meant Li was drawing dead through the [poker card="5d"] river and was eliminated in fourth. Li's elimination was the last that Molinelli wasn't responsible for. Another 30 minutes passed before the Italian sent another opponent packing. Lukas Hafner was down to 5,091,376, Hafner shoved from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="4h"] only to have Molinelli wake up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] in the big blind. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="tc"] to give Molinelli a decent sweat before eliminating Hafner in third place. Heads-up play began with Molinelli holding a nine big blind lead and the pair battled for nearly an hour before Molinelli was able to put a bow on his final table performance. Menard opened with a raise to 900,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] and Molinelli called wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop got Molinelli to check. Menard bet 600,000 and Molinelli raised to 1,885,000 and Menard called. The [poker card="7s"] turn was good enough for Molinelli to bet 2,175,000 and Menard called again. The river was the [poker card="9d"] and Molinelli checked. Menard moved all in for 6,708,172 and Molinenlli called to eliminate Menard in second and win his first career WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Nicolo Molinelli - $144,199 + $99,216 in bounties Kyle Menard - $104,644 + $24,000 in bounties Lukas Hafner - $75,940 + $22,000 in bounties Longyun Li - $55,110 + $11,766 in bounties Sami Kelopuro - $39,993 + $7,828 in bounties Aleksandr Grishchuk - $29,023 + $1,875 in bounties Itai Drory - $21,062 + $10,000 in bounties Pavel Plesuv - $15,285 + $15,000 in bounties Michelle Shah - $11,092 + $13,828 in bounties
  15. Five years Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski held down the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com on two separate occasions. On Tuesday, the Brazilian, who is ranked #13 in the world, earned the second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title after beating a final table full of some of the best poker players in the world. Dzivielevski won Event #9 High ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) for $21,937.50. The final table included third place finisher Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz, and runner-up Benny 'RunGodLike' Glaser. Dzivielevski's previous win came in 2015 when he won the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. There were 15 other players who took home WCOOP titles on Tuesday highlighted by Ankush 'pistons87' Mandavia grabbing his third title. Mandavia won Event #12 High ($530 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) by beating Andy 'wiisssppppaa' Taylor in the final round. Mandavia added $40,792.90 to his career earnings that are now past $3.2 million and he now has three WCOOP titles to go with three Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. The biggest winner on the day was Mihaita Constantin 'SoulRead93' Croitoru who outlasted 1,498 other players in Event #6 High ($530 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive Knockout) to pocket $87,417.11 with $38,913.40 coming from bounties. 'Juicy_J_93' won Event #7 High ($2,100 PLO8 6-Max) for $50,910.06 and 'ilir3' topped the 314-entry field in Event #8 High ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Freezeout) to earn $59,071.69. Other winners included 'iBreakU_U' (Event #6 Medium), 'jsberta' (Event #6 Low), 'Kaggis' (Event #7 Medium), 'bryn12' (Event #7 Low), 'mixtver' (Event #8 Low), 'Codfish60' (Event #9 Medium), 'Senkel92' (Event #9 Low), 'Flying Smile' (Event #12 Medium), and 'VIWNIA' (Event #12 Low). Event #6-H: $530 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 1,499 Entries $749,500 prize pool SoulRead93 - $48,503.71 + $38,913.40 in bounties PatrickRass - $48,502.28 + $20,285.58 in bounties Gukiz - $27,755.63 + $5,910.15 in bounties Event #6-M: $55 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 11,280 entries $564,000 prize pool iBreakU_U - $31,257.12 + $13,425.54 tuff dish - $31,250.50 + $4,312.02 mgodun777 - $17,883.22 + $871.82 Event #6-L: $5.50 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 25,922 entries $127,017.80 prize pool jsberta - $5,377.35 + $2,236.12 in bounties Breno2728 - $5,355.38 + $1,149.07 in bounties Michael Keys - $3,064.63 + $711.96 in bounties Event #7-H: $2,100 PLO8 (6-Max) 109 entries $218,000 prize pool Juicy_J_93 - $50,910.06 UIDuffer - $38,415.17 Zapahzamazki - $28,986.93 Event #7-M: $215 PLO8 (6-Max) 641 entries $128,200 prize pool Kaggis - $21,988.22 MyL_tik31 - $15,417.60 mario4ndre - $10,810.72 Event #7-L: $22 PLO8 (6-Max) 2,848 entries $56,960 prize pool bryn12 - $8,247.68 manodepiedra51 - $5,744.65 sammyfoot - $4,002.72 Event #8-H: $1,050 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 314 entries $314,000 prize pool ilir3 - $59,071.69 manuverd0n - $44,314.34 CrazyLissy - $33,243.80 Event #8-L: $11 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 12,068 entries $118,266.40 prize pool mixtver - $12,700.46* motion121 - $13,381.24* Thiagotsc - $7,734.40 Event #9-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw 74 entries $75,000 prize pool ($1,000 overlay) theNERDguy - $21,937.50 RunGodlike - $14,625 lb6121 - $10,500 Event #9-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw 331 entries $33,100 prize pool Codfish60 - $6,951 Mikleler - $4,965 FrigorNoir - $3,475 Event #9-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw 1,819 entries $17,826.20 prize pool Senkel92 - $2,447.75 FAL1st - $1,729.67 MAGicheskiy - $1,184.01 Event #12-H: $530 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 526 entries $263,000 prize pool pistons87 - $40,792.90 total bounties wiisssppppaa - $14,046.86 total bounties Event #12-M: $55 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 5,014 entries $250,700 prize pool Flying Smile - $13,627.70 total bounties molodnyak - $5,686.75 total bounties Event #12-L: $5.50 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 15,861 entries $77,718.90 prize pool VIWNIA - $2,731.41 total bounties PurplePanda3 - $557.78 total bounties
  16. The opening days of the 19th annual PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker put some familiar faces at final tables but also produced smaller than expected fields as overlays ruled the day at the High level. Dimitar Danchev was the biggest winner from the opening events after taking down Event #2-High ($10,300 8-Max PKO Sunday Slam) for a tad more than $400,000. Danchev earned $152,682.09 from the prize pool and then an additional $247,812.50 in bounties, including the final bounty of fellow PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion Mike Watson, who finished runner-up. Watson walked away with $152,681.86 and $45,781.25 in bounties. The final table also included Joao Vieira, Javier Fernandez, and Pieter Aerts. Brazil’s Dante ‘dantegoyaF’ Goya also picked up a six-figure score after outlasting the 127 runners in Event #3-H ($5,200 PLO Six Max High Roller) for $168,607.68. Not only did Goya pick up one of the largest paydays of the opening events, but he also was the biggest beneficiary of added value as this event offered players a $115,000 overlay, falling 23 runners short of hitting the $750,000 guarantee. Alexey ‘LuckyGump’ Makarov from Russia finished as the runner-up collecting $129,313.65 while former #1-ranked PocketFiver Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao took home $99,177.07 for third place. ‘DingeBrinker’ took home the title in Event #4-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout) locking up the $96,143.50 first-place prize in the first major freezeout of the series. Canada’s ‘4rebmun’ finished in second place, walking away with $73,318.70. Pascal 'Päffchen' Hartmann joined them on the podium, adding $55,912.60 to his bankroll. There was another small overlay for players to enjoy in this event as well as PokerStars needed to take $18,000 from the rake to meet the $500,000 guarantee. There was no problem meeting the guarantee of Event #5-H ($530 8 Max Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown SE) as 1,091 entries piled into the lobby and pushed the prize pool to $545,000. ‘Erictsai7153’ walked away as the winner, earning $38,345.22 for first plus an additional $38,027.19 in bounties for a total score of just over $76,000. ‘.COM??LOL’ settled for second place which brought them $38,344.34 and another $13,296.84 in bounties. Finally, ‘lw3151wwy’ finished in third place for a total score just shy of $30,000. Among the early winners of WCOOP is PokerStars ambassador Benjamin ’Spraggy’ Spragg who made a brief appearance at the final table of Event #5-H where he finished in ninth place for a $5,222.98 score. But at the same time, he was grinding his way through the Low version of the event which had a massive turnout of 12,192 runners. Eventually, Spragg made the final table of that tournament as well only instead of being the first of the final table to fall, he didn’t fall at all. Spragg walked away with the WCOOP title and $3,236.02 for first. plus another $1,113.39 in bounties. WCOOP #2-H: $10,300 8-Max PKO Sunday Slam Entries: 136 Prize pool: $1,500,000 ($14,000 overlay) Dimitar 'KuuL' Danchev - $152,682.09 + $247,812.50 in bounties Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $152,681.86 + $45,781.25 in bounties Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $103,148.86 + $32,031.25 in bounties WCOOP #3-H: $5,200 PLO Six Max High Roller Entries: $127 Prize pool: $750,000 ($115,000 overlay) Dante 'dantegoya' Goya - $168,607.68 Alexey 'LuckyGump' Makarov - $129,313.65 Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao - $99,177.07 WCOOP #4-H: $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout Entries: 241 Prize pool: $500,000 ($18,000 overlay) DingeBrinker - $96,143.50 4rebmun - $73,318.70 Pascal 'Päffchen' Hartmann - $55,912.60 WCOOP #5-H: $530 8 Max Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown SE Entries: 1,091 Prize pool: $545,500 Erictsai7153 - $38,345.22 + $38,027.19 in bounties .COM??LOL - $38,344.34 + $13,296.84 in bounties lw3151wwy - $23,203.87 + $6,437.50 in bounties WCOOP #3-L: $55 PLO Six Max Entries: 3,013 Prize pool: $150,650 icandodge22 - $19,358.63* Zapahzamazki - $17,512.24* leolokN - $10,548.92 WCOOP: #3-M: $530 PLO Six Max Entries: 544 Prize pool: $272,000 URMYLeNoR - $48,124.48 takechip - $34,414.55 chininhaltg - $24,610.53 WCOOP #4-L: $22 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 10,153 Prize pool: $203,060 LosJ&B - $15,803.33* rsehnem77 - $21,627.17* detovisk - $17,181.69* WCOOP #4-M: $215 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,269 Prize pool: $453,800 juanbonber - $40,220.30* DRUNK&UGLY - $53,609.17* MarkusG91 - $43,190.63* WCOOP #5-L: $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout - Mini Sunday Cooldown SE) Entries: 12,192 Prize pool: $59,741 Benjamin 'Spraggy' Spragg - $3,236.02 + $1,113.39 in bounties weh_chris -$3,225.22 + $750.44 in bounties ViKKingBR - $1,913.60 + $117.44 in bounties WCOOP #5-M: $55 No Limit Hold'em (8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout - Sunday Cooldown SE) Entries: 6,906 Prize pool: $345,300 Marksman M - $20,872.25 + $8,507.71 in bounties felipe52 - $20,868.24 + $3,747.71 in bounties NikAlexandr56 - $12,078.24 + $3,408.87 in bounties *Denotes a deal was made
  17. From 5,802 entries over 23 total flights in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Bryan Piccioli holds the chip lead heading into Day 3 action. Just 38 of the 1,145 players who started Day 2 managed to work their way through Sunday's play. Piccioli, who held down the #1 spot on PocketFives for two weeks in May 2011, finished Day 2 with 18,417,494 and more than 2.5 million more than any other player. The 38 players will return to the felt on Saturday to play down to a winner. Thanks to the record-setting turnout, the prize pool swelled to $27,559,500 with the eventual champion walking away with $3,904,686. The Rest of Top 10 Just two other players crested the 15 million chip mark. Scotland's Michael Kane earned the prestige of sitting second in chips after bagging up 15,907,969 chips. Right behind him is Bulgarian Stoyan Madanzhiev with 15,299,783. One of just a handful of players whose real name is still not known, 'kellyyy' has the fourth biggest stack with 13,108,575. England's Craig Timmis is in fifth place with 12,809,181. He's already cashed 13 times in WSOP events this summer on GGPoker including a third place finish in Event #37 ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty) and then a runner-up result in Event #53 ($800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha). Not surprisingly, Piccioli isn't the only big stack who has had previous online poker success. Dinesh Alt, who won the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event in 2016, sits sixth with 11,681,173. One of the most talked-about online poker players in the world also worked his way into the top 10. Benjamin Rolle, known as 'bencb789', finished with 10,789,181 and will start Day 3 on Saturday with the eighth largest stack. Rolle, the founder of the Raise Your Edge coaching site, booked a trademark win in 2016 when he defeated Fedor Holz heads-up to win the $102,000 buy-in WCOOP Super High Roller. Lauck, Schillhabel & Vousden Highlight Chase Group In 2016, Jonas Lauck had a deep run in the WSOP Main Event, eventually finishing in 37th place. He followed that up just a few months later by beating 2,090 other players to win the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker for a little more than $1.5 million. Now, the German sits with the 22nd biggest stack in the Main Event at 6,118,751. Samuel '€uropean' Vousden was the Day 1A chip leader. The WCOOP and SCOOP winner finished Day 1A of the Main Event with 717,497 and turned that into 4,241,694 through the end of Day 2. Both of those stacks pale in comparison though to the one owned by Stefan Schillhabel. The German poker pro, a regular in the biggest buy-in tournaments around the world with $9.35 million in live earnings, ended Day 2 with 8,412,841 and sits in 15th position heading into Day 3. Michael Lech Goes for History Way back in July, Michael Lech took down Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE High Roller) on WSOP.com to win his first career bracelet. The eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner now has a shot at becoming the first player to win WSOP bracelets on WSOP.com and GGPoker.com after he finished with the 30th biggest stack at 4,192,636. 2020 WSOP Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts Bryan Piccioli - 18,417,494 Michael Kane - 15,907,969 Stoyan Madanzhiev - 15,299,783 kellyyy - 13,108,575 Craig Timmis - 12,809,181 Dinesh Alt - 11,681,173 TiroGiro - 11,116,489 Benjamin Rolle - 10,789,181 HappyDX - 10,553,281 Joao Santos - 10,433,786 Tyler Cornell - 10,152,249 Dingxiang Ong - 9,320,927 Xuming Qi - 8,842,916 WhyEsEl - 8,635,342 Stefan Schillhabel - 8,412,841 Satoshi Isomae - 8,359,674 Maicon Gasperin - 8,171,017 Joshua Mccully - 7,906,110 Tyler Rueger - 7,692,938 Tzai Wei Phua - 7,338,038 Martin Arce - 6,131,772 Jonas Lauck - 6,118,751 Avidan Cohen - 5,880,731 Manuel Saavedra - 5,847,283 Lucas Tabarin - 5,695,282 Phachara Wongwichit - 5,153,525 Chris Brewer - 4,908,096 Julien Perouse - 4,866,548 Samuel Vousden - 4,241,694 Michael Lech - 4,192,636 Thomas Ward - 4,083,422 Mateusz Rypulak - 4,079,246 Ricky Tang - 3,397,845 Arkadiy Tsinis - 2,394,388 Freek Scholten - 2,248,788 Julian Stuer - 2,111,979 Aleksandr Trofimov - 1,602,207 Evgeny Galakhov - 958,516
  18. Adnan Hacialioglu needed just seven hours to go from cards in the air to bracelet winner as the Finnish pro made quick work of the final table in Sunday's World Series of Poker Online action. Hacialioglu finished on top of the field that saw almost 2,000 players come out and for his efforts, he earned his first WSOP bracelet, $259,872, and a WSOP Europe Package. The final table was supposed to be nine-handed, but after eliminations at both of the final two tables, the final table saw just eight players featured. Tuen Bui was the first of the eight to bow out. He moved all in from the button for over 2,800,000 with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qc"], but in the big blind, Jargo Alavali woke up with pocket aces. The flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"] left Bui drawing thin. No miracles came for Bui, who took home $28,800 and change for his efforts. On the next knockout hand, the action kicked off with Hacialioglu raising, and one of the big stacks at the time, Niko Koop, three-bet to 1,601,000. Soo Jo Kim moved all in for 3,232,456 next to act. Hacialioglu folded, but Koop called with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="7c"]. He was in rough shape against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"]of Kim, but Koop got new life after the [poker card="9c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"] flop. The [poker card="Td"] turn gave Koop the straight, and Kim wasn't able to catch up on the river. It was at this point that Hacialioglu took over, knocking out every player remaining from there. First, Andriy Lyubovetskiy bounced in sixth place. He moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8c"], and in the big blind, Hacialioglu called with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"]The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] left Lyubovetskiy drawing thin, and Hacialioglu hit a full house on the turn to seal the hand. Lyubovetskiy took home for $54,713.88 for his efforts. Jargo Alavali looked like he was going to double up next, getting his money in with pocket aces versus the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Th"] of Hacialioglu. However, Hacialioglu hit the flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="9c"], giving him top pair and a straight draw. The[poker card="7h"] didn't help, but the[poker card="Kc"] river did. Alavali busts in fifth, taking home over $75,000. Koop saw his stack slowly dwindle throughout the final table, and he eventually bowed out in fourth. He got his chips in ahead, with his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"] up against the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"] of Hacialioglu. Both players missed the flop, but the [poker card="Ks"] on the turn shot Hacialioglu into the lead. He held that lead on the river, getting play down to just three handed. Tim West started the final table as the short stack, but thanks to a number of double ups, he was able to get all the way up to third before busting. He lost a classic coin flip, holding [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] against the [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] of Hacialioglu. The flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3h"] gave West outs for a broadway straight, but a five and two finished the board, giving Hacialioglu a straight he didn't even need. Heads up play didn’t last long, as Hacialioglu started with a 3:1 chip lead over Robin Berggren. The last hand was another coin flip, as Berggren held [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"], versus the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] of Hacialioglu. The flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="3c"], shot Hacialioglu the lead, and he never gave that lead up. For his dominating performance, Hacialioglu earned $259,842, and his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Adnan Hacialioglu – $259,842 Robin Berggren – $197,274 Tim West – $$143,162 Niko Koop – $103,893 Jargo Alavali – $79,395 Andriy Lyubovetskiy – $54,714 Soo Jo Kim – $39,706 Tuen Bui – $28,814 Johan Haugen – $20,911
  19. No matter what happens, the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event will have the largest prize pool in online poker history. The $5,000 buy-in event, which has 22 starting flights, features a $25 million guarantee, allowing it to surpass the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS which had a $21,780,000 prize pool. Slapping a guarantee on an event is one thing, putting enough butts in seats to make it is another entirely. To avoid an overlay, the tournament needs to draw 5,264 entries or an average of 240 per flight. PocketFives will be keeping an eye on this tournament as it pushes through the 22 starting flights throughout August. Current Numbers Updated: August 26, 4 PM ET Flights Completed: 18 of 22 Total Entries: 3,341 Prize Pool: $15,869,750 Current Overlay: $9,130,500 Players Advancing to Day 2: 555 Current Overall Top 10 Chip Counts Kahle Burns - 1387292 Serenity - 1021967 stamina22 - 994190 james5388 - 849104 CheckEtoFold - 819099 M. Vaskaboinikau - 796176 Maznacik - 791634 RambaZamba - 757963 Freez112 - 749186 AntreVolt - 737254 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight A August 16, 2020 Entries: 464 Prize pool: $2,204,000 Players Advancing: 99 Top 10 Chip Counts Samuel Vousden - 717,497 CharlieD23 - 602,774 Julien Martini - 576,965 BigPavelski - 547,536 waransan - 498,741 PJGecko - 472,434 TurdFerguson - 441,567 Altbbb - 400,263 slayerv1fan - 392,596 DaanOss - 385,661 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight B August 17, 2020 Entries: 114 Prize pool: $541,500 Players Advancing: 25 Top 10 Chip Counts scplayer - 620,372 Dan Smith - 421,653 Tourmination - 384,569 shadinho94 - 362,238 Stefan Burakov - 339,041 JPC123 - 329,361 VitinhoLeao - 308,882 Simon Higgins - 304,491 72neverloose - 264,443 Laurynas Levinskas - 220,587 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight C August 18, 2020 Entries: 110 Prize pool: $522,500 Players Advancing: 19 Top 10 Chip Counts elhareefff - 656,260 TheCockroach - 455,015 Almedin Imsirovic - 444,538 Horseshack - 422,022 JOhn Mcclean - 368,769 Preben Stokkan - 357,743 SPARK1207 - 306,049 ILUCKuHARD - 301,298 Timothy Nuter - 285,994 Ez4ENCE - 269,089 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight D August 19, 2020 Entries: 68 Prize pool: $323,000 Players Advancing: 7 Top 10 Chip Counts bigdad - 625,267 TTVTT - 594,852 21_Pirlo - 582,309 Oliver Weis - 411,446 goguma - 407,814 newclearfish - 402,403 Mark Radoja - 375,909 CheckEtoFold - 819,099 Christopher Brewer - 557,457 calderOn77 - 368,981 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight E August 20, 2020 Entries: 83 Prize pool: $394,250 Players Advancing: 16 Top 10 Chip Counts CheckEtoFold - 819,099 Christopher Brewer - 557,457 calderOn77 - 368,981 pelaguacha - 308,011 Holidaywer - 289,022 pakisoze911 - 281,093 papochka - 259,788 Elli25 - 231,492 TheWildHunt - 190,752 professor06 - 171,574 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight F August 21, 2020 Entries: 129 Prize pool: $522,500 Players Advancing: 19 Top 10 Chip Counts M. Vaskaboinikau - 796,176 MikePrice82 - 621,949 Adrien Delmas - 605,052 govegan - 463,605 PAPAI_PIG - 459,958 DerekJanick - 413,156 DNSFD - 410,525 BLUPHD-U - 400,354 An0n1m112 - 296,446 Much0Gust0 - 280,846 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight G August 22, 2020 Entries: 194 Prize pool: $921,500 Players Advancing: 32 Top 10 Chip Counts bemyfriend - 649,699 chokitin - 624,071 NastyMinder - 620,747 WhoAteABat - 592,161 LinusLove - 549,529 li_xiaolong - 508,932 Esganiss - 505,361 H0dler - 493,714 Petronio - 486,672 ExoticJoe - 466,107 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight H August 22, 2020 Entries: 113 Prize pool: $536,750 Players Advancing: 18 Top 10 Chip Counts Serenity - 1,021,967 Nirvana76 - 663,411 pipostinkt - 513,521 Danelk - 379,980 MarraKechy - 373,755 zyxel777 - 342,142 Ronalauc - 324,100 digopapel - 249,755 naturalMENTE - 213,683 Manig Loeser - 211,370 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight I August 23, 2020 Entries: 233 Prize pool: $1,106,750 Players Advancing: 41 Top 10 Chip Counts Freez112 - 749,186 s3c378 - 660,721 Benjamin Rolle - 587,506 TaiwanNumba1 - 552,443 upDraft - 535,148 DuanChao - 518,838 WaldRambo - 407,611 Gaug1nho - 396,652 cyphellus - 371,739 TheFlaneur - 371,063 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight J August 23, 2020 Entries: 349 Prize pool: $1,657,750 Players Advancing: 66 Top 10 Chip Counts RambaZamba - 757,963 AntreVolt - 737,254 Noceur - 615,595 Farid Jattin - 612,978 Moosey - 606,598 Chasseneige - 544,236 Drygo 1 - 512,765 ShipitFedEX - 475,204 Fedor Holz - 464,791 PokerPro69 - 458,818 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight K August 24, 2020 Entries: 72 Prize pool: $342,000 Players Advancing: 9 Top 10 Chip Counts Gr33d13 - 735,959 MrLeeeee - 678,625 RaiseVoice - 627,325 PolarFish - 457,281 kid1591 - 440,106 Boomboompig - 205,756 Arwizzz - 177,943 iosif stalin - 149,434 BIG CHI - 127,571 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight L August 24, 2020 Entries: 88 Prize pool: $418,000 Players Advancing: Top 10 Chip Counts Kahle Burns - 1,387,292 kastaban - 678,259 EzzzGame - 623,230 Arbutus77 - 416,374 betcheckbet - 393,881 PatoAgro88 - 337,315 Mike Leah - 295,485 FiestaPagana - 268,164 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight M August 25, 2020 Entries: 98 Prize pool: $465,500 Players Advancing: 18 Top 10 Chip Counts james5388 - 849,104 somebodyelse - 623,401 Matsuzaka - 466,775 Sam Greenwood - 344,355 Calvin Lee - 294,090 Rage Monkey1 - 291,901 smbdySUCKme - 250,346 tali19677 - 231,028 unknownfear - 221,286 Arsh Grover - 188,832 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight N August 25, 2020 Entries: 159 Prize pool: $755,250 Players Advancing: 36 Top 10 Chip Counts Estudiante - 689,711 yarsk - 462,120 JejuKingCrab - 446,595 NevSlater - 388,316 tonij - 338,772 MadFox89 - 321,431 Brian Green - 318,091 R4d054v - 318,090 Poch0Loc0 - 310,883 GTOExploiter - 263,406 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight O August 25, 2020 Entries: 159 Prize pool: $755,250 Players Advancing: 36 Top 10 Chip Counts Maznacik 791634 Johtajaberg 529649 unobet 521586 KT90 410430 KEN-C 403853 Redondez@ 377856 Moist 373673 Martiroca 305140 OhhhNo 270694 bibi zay 260192 x 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight P August 25, 2020 Entries: 159 Prize pool: $755,250 Players Advancing: 36 Top 10 Chip Counts stamina22 994190 ZryjGruz 592607 Nator 570606 Pearblossom 566302 TheKid101 532977 BluffMeNot 432907 You Kaisheng 413289 jerbi9999 390180 KING0FCARDS 378355 Rainer Kempe 371292 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Flight P August 25, 2020 Entries: 159 Prize pool: $755,250 Players Advancing: 36 Top 10 Chip Counts TwoPairTom 724747 RhyzmP 665586 MadSwitch 473473 FTBG 452070 TopRegUK 412729 Kingkramer88 348523 Euro10 339873 meiiYunqi 323640 Knossi Fan 309388 Decent! 305262 2020 WSOP Online Main Event Schedule [table id=100 /]
  20. Thi Truong worked her way through 972 players on Thursday in Event #74 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, including a final table that included highly-ranked online poker players, an online poker site ambassador, and a player who has already captured a WSOP bracelet this year, to win her first career WSOP bracelet. Truong, who started the final table with the biggest stack, decided to put that stack to work. Just six minutes after the final table began, Truong raised from the small blind to 360,000 and Johannes Toebbe called from the big. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"] and Truong bet 720,000 and Toebbe called all in. Truong showed [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9c"] and Toebbe tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="kh"] turn gave both players a second pair and the [poker card="6d"] river couldn't save Toebbe from a second-best hand and ninth place finish. It took 12 minutes for the next bustout and this time it was one of the most decorated players at the final table. Dante Goya raised to 324,000 from middle position before Sean Winter put in another raise to 1,032,000 from the big blind. Goya raised to 3,156,000 into the middle and Winter called. Goya showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] which was bad news for Winter who tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="td"][poker card="6h"] to eliminate Winter in eighth. Truong was responsible for another elimination just five minutes later. Joao Simao raised to 264,000 from UTG and Laurynas Lavinskas and Truong both called. Frank Crivello raised to 1,000,000 from the big blind. Simao and Lavinskas both folded but Truong called from the small blind. The flop was [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] and Truong checked. Crivello bet 2,528,000 and Truong raised to 4,697,645 and Crivello called all in. Truong showed [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] to give Truong bottom set which put him well ahead of Crivello's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="jh"] river gave Crivello some flush outs and the [poker card="8h"] completed that draw but also made a full house for Truong to eliminate Crivello in seventh place. Team partypoker Pro Joao Simao got into the elimination game just 20 minutes later. Simao called from the cutoff before Kyle Bowker raised to 560,000 from the small blind. Goya folded the big blind and Simao raised to 1,820,000. Bowker called off the last of his stack and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="4s"]. Simao tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] flop gave Bowler a flush draw. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Bowker a pair of tens and a straight draw to go with his flush draw. The [poker card="7d"] river was a brick for Bowker and he was eliminated in sixth. Enrico Camosci already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and despite coming into the final table with the third-shortest stack the Italian had his eyes on a second one. Laurynas Levinskas raised to 490,000 and Camosci moved all from the small blind for 796,072. Levinskas called all in and turned over [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"] while Camosci showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="ah"] turn or [poker card="2d"] river and Levinskas was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed place lasted just over a half-hour before Truong ramped up her quest for the bracelet. Truong raised to 500,000 from the button before Simao re-raised to 1,700,000 from the small blind. Goya folded his big blind and Truong raised to 2,900,000 and Simao called all in. Truong showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"][poker card="th"][poker card="7s"] and Simao flipped over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Truong a pair of sevens and Simao was unable to improve through the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river and was finished in fourth. Just 15 minutes, Truong sent the tournament to heads up. Truong raised to 440,000 from the button before Goya re-raised to 1,520,000. Truong put in a final raise to 2,600,000 and Goya called with his tournament life on the line. Truong showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="js"][poker card="3s"] which put him behind Goya's [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"][poker card="th"] flop gave Truong a whole bunch of outs and the [poker card="qd"] turn was one of them to give her Broadway. Goya had full house outs and the case queen but the [poker card="5c"] river was not one of them and he was out in third. Truong was ahead 2-1 in chips heading into heads up lay and it took less than five minutes for her to end the tournament. Camosci limped before Truong raised to 600,000. Camosci called and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="td"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] and Truong fired out a bet of 800,000 and Camosci raised to 3,600,000 and Truong called. The turn was the [poker card="8c"] and Truong bet 8,400,000 and Camosci called all in. Camosci tabled [poker card="9h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3s"] for a wrap while Truong showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] for a pair of aces. The [poker card="2c"] river was a brick to eliminate Camosci in second place and give Truong the WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Thi Truong - $215,938 Enrico Camosci - $165,414 Dante Goya - $120,041 Joao Simao - $87,113 Laurynas Levinskas - $63,218 Kyle Bowker - $$45,877 Frank Crivello - $33,293 Sean Winter - $24,160 Johannes Toebbe - $17,533
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