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  1. Don’t look but Jason Mercier is heading to his fourth consecutive Day 3 of a $10,000 Championship event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The current WSOP Player of the Year front runner is among the final 16 players in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. He’s going to have to overcome a group of talented players, including chip leader Matt Glantz, if he plans to win his third bracelet of the summer on Tuesday. While Mercier was chasing WSOP history, Monday’s action also featured two players winning the first bracelets of their careers, including one player who overcame a record field to win over half a million dollars. Event #27: Johnnie Craig Wins Record-Breaking Seniors Event [caption width="640"] Johnnie Craig is 8,204 richer after winning the Seniors Event (WSOP photo).[/caption] It took an extra day of play, but Johnnie Craig won the largest WSOP Seniors event ever, beating out Jamshid Lofti heads up to win the bracelet, the Golden Eagle trophy and $538,204. “I can’t even describe this feeling. It’s amazing,” Craig said.*“I had the feeling I was going to win, and it worked out.” Craig, who served in both Irag and Afghanistan, finished 140th in this event in 2014. "I felt really good coming into the final table.*I was fourth in chips,” Craig said.*"I lost a pretty big hand off the bat, but I was still in the middle of the pack.*From that point on, I decided I wasn’t going to make any big moves unless I had a really big hand.*I started to chip away and got the chip lead, then once I did that I began to apply pressure.” The 4,499-player field was the largest ever Seniors Event, beating out the 2014 event by 74 players. Final Table Payouts Johnnie Craig - $538,204 Jamshid Lotfi - $332,413 Roger Sippl - $245,389 Joseph Somerville - $182,536 Wesley Chong - $136,829 Paul Runge - $103,366 Eugene Solomon - $78,699 Mike Lisanti $60,392 Alan Cutler - $46,713 Event #29: Two Players Remain in $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monday was supposed to be the final day of play in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, but Jens Grieme and Alexander Ziskin played 215 hands of heads-up poker before having to bag up for the night. Grieme, who had Ziskin down to one big blind at one point, finished with 7,790,000 chips and a slight lead. Ziskin finished with 5,690,000. Among the 29 players who busted on Monday were Justin Young (18th - $15,490), Matt Stout (14th - $19,457) and WSOP bracelet winner and MasterChef contestant David Williams (12th - $24,718). Grieme and Ziskin resume their heads-up battle at Noon PT. Heads Up Chip Counts Jens Grieme - 7,790,000 Alexander Ziskin - 5,690,000 Event #30: Viatcheslav Ortynskiy Wins $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Bracelet [caption width="640"] Viatcheslav Ortynskiy won his first career WSOP bracelet on Monday (WSOP photo).[/caption] Prior to Monday Viatcheslav Ortynskiy had made three WSOP final tables in his career, never finishing better than third. On Monday however, he chased those demons away, beating out Rafael Lebron heads-up to win the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event and the first bracelet of his career. Lebron had to settle for $212,779. Finishing third was Randy Ohel for $141,187. The mixed game specialist now has four cashes at the 2016 WSOP and all are top ten finishes. Final Table Payouts Viatcheslav Ortynskiy - $344,327 Rafael Lebron - $212,779 Randy Ohel - $141,187 Matthew Humphrey - $95,623 George Wolff - $66,134 Joshua Gibson - $46,727 Event #31: Fred Berger Leads Final 14 of Super Seniors Just over 14 years ago Fred Berger beat Chris Ferguson to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career. He’s had a few close calls since, including four final tables, but on Monday he put himself in position to finally grab the second bracelet of his career after bagging up the Day 2 chip lead in the Super Seniors event with just 14 players remaining. Just two days ago Berger finished 45th in the Seniors Event. Right behind Berger is Eugene Spinner. He finished 114th in this event in 2015. The shortest remaining stack belongs to Maureen Feduniak, who has just 112,000 (7 BBs) to work with. Defending Champion Jon Andlovec started Day 2 with the chip lead but eventually busted out in 20th place, earning $6,955. The remaining players return at 11 AM PT. Top Ten Chip Counts Fred Berger1,751,000 Eugene Spinner - 1,175,000 Charles Barker - 806,000 Arthur Loring - 518,000 Charles Rinn - 496,000 James Moore - 477,000 James Parrott - 449,000 James Ciotti - 408,000 Steven Krupnick - 351,000 David Forsberg - 287,000 Event #32: Matt Glantz Leads $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo, Jason Mercier Still in the Hunt Matt Glantz was the only player to finish Day 2 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event with a seven-figure but, as has been the case for last 10 days, the story really is more about Jason Mercier. Mercier finished Day 2 with 444,000 - slightly below the 509,000 average - with just 16 players remaining. This marks the fourth consecutive $10,000 buy-in event that Mercier has cashed in. For his part, Glantz finished with 1,066,000 which puts him ahead of Grzegorz Trelski (945,000), Daniel Alaei (828,800), Todd Brunson (745,000) and Eli Elezra (715,000). Mercier might have finished with a less-than-average stack, but his confidence remains high. Alaei won this event last summer for his fifth career bracelet. The final 16 players return at 2 PM PT to play down to a winner. Top Ten Chip Counts Matt Glantz - 1,066,000 Grzegorz Trelski - 945,000 Daniel Alaei - 828,800 Todd Brunson - 745,000 Eli Elezra - 715,000 Douglas Lorgeree - 650,000 Benny Glaser - 461,000 Jason Mercier - 444,000 Andrew Brown - 390,000 Robert Campbell - 372,000 Event #33: Bruno Vendramini On Top of Summer Solstice Being indoors playing poker on the longest day of the year was just fine for Bruno Vendramini. The Brazilian finished Day 1 of the $1,500 Summer Solstice event with 105,900 chips, edging out Ronald Lee for the end of day chip lead. Lee bagged up 104,825. The event, which has 90 minutes levels instead of the standard 60, drew 1,840 players, down slightly from the 1,914 that played the event in 2015. Just 445 players advanced to Day 2 including some familiar names and faces. Former November Niner Antoine Saout finished with 84,150 - the fourth biggest stack. Olivier Busquet ended up just behind him with 83,575. 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event winner Scott Davies, Ray Henson, Matt Haugen, Adrian Mateos and Jamie Kerstetter also advanced to Day 2. Top Ten Chip Counts Bruno Vendramini - 105,900 Ronald Lee - 104,825 Jason Helder - 96,025 Antoine Saout - 84,150 Olivier Busquet - 83,575 Idan Raviv - 82,150 Austin Hughes - 81,000 Dmitrii Shchepkin - 80,300 Andrew Moreno - 79,700 Shashank Jain - 79,650 Event #34: Bart Lybaert Leads $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Prior to this summer, Belgian poker pro Bart Lybaert had just four WSOP cashes. He’s already recorded seven cashes this year and may be on his way to another one after finishing with the Day 1 chip lead in the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. Lybaert finished with 113,100, putting him just ahead of Lawrence Berg’s 110,200. Just 65 of the 358 entrants advanced to Day 2 including Matt Waxman, Terrence Chan, Vanessa Selbst, Greg Raymer, Chris Klodnicki and arguably the greatest lowball player of all time, Billy Baxter. The top 54 players will get paid with the eventual champion earning $117,947. Top Ten Chip Counts Bart Lybaert - 113,100 Lawrence Berg - 110,200 Christopher Kaltenbach - 105,300 Jameson Painter - 97,500 David Snobl - 96,500 Iakov Onuchin - 82,400 Clemens Manzano - 79,700 Matt Waxman - 78,800 Gleb Kovtunov - 76,200 Patrice Biton - 74,000
  2. Jason Mercier made a lot of noise before the 2016 World Series of Poker, making multiple prop bets against any and all comers. He’s made even more noise in the last eight days. After opening this year’s Series by failing to cash in his first nine events, Mercier has posted four straight cashes, including his second bracelet win of the summer early Saturday morning in Las Vegas. Mercier won the $10,000 HORSE event against one of the most stacked final tables of the year. Mercier outlasted a group that included Nick Schulman, Adam Friedman and eventual runner-up James Obst to claim the fifth bracelet of his career. Event #21: Calvin Lee Wins $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em [caption width="640"] Korean-born Calvin Lee won his first WSOP bracelet Friday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Calvin Lee took full advantage of the fourth day of the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Lee, a high stakes cash game player who normally plies his trade in Macau, earned $531,577 for the win. “The way it went, going so long like it did, the blinds were so high that it became like a crap shoot,” Lee said. “We only had about 15 big bets at the end; you would raise, then they’d move all in, and it was a race. It was very stressful. I got very lucky, and feel very fortunate.” The extra day of play was necessary after five players were still alive after Level 30 on Thursday. Runner-up Steven Thompson earned $328,487 for his runner-up performance. Mark ‘dipthrong’ Herm finished in third place for $224,805 - the largest WSOP score of his career. Final Table Payouts Calvin Lee - $531,577 Steven Thompson - $328,487 Mark Herm - $224,805 Will Givens - $156,281 Martin Kozlov - $110,389 Alex Queen - $79,246 Event #23: Viliyan Petleshkov Leads $2,000 No Limit Hold'em with Just One Opponent Left At the start of Day 3 in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event there were 27 players still playing for the bracelet. After 11 levels of play on Friday, just two players were left standing. Bulgaria’s Viliyan Petleshkov ended the day with the chip lead, holding 8,715,000 to the 5,480,000 of his final opponent, Cesar Garcia. Anthony Spinella, who started the day with the most chips, busted out in ninth place. He was followed out by Thiago Nishijima in eighth place and former WPT500 champion Craig Varnell in seventh. Other notables who saw their run end on Friday include Matt Stout, former November Niner John Dolan and Sam Chartier. Petleshkov and Garcia will resume the heads-up dual at 1 PM PT. Heads-Up Chip Counts Viliyan Petleshkov - 8,715,000 Cesar Garcia - 5,480,000 Event #24: Jason Mercier Grabs Second Bracelet of 2016 in $10K HORSE Over the last eight days Jason Mercier has entered three $10,000 buy-in Championship events, held the chip lead at the start of Day 3 in each of them, won two bracelets and finished runner-up in a third. He grabbed the second of those two bracelets late Friday after coming back to beat James Obst heads-up in the $10,000 HORSE event. “This is so sweet. I don’t even know what’s happening. This is the craziest week of my life, which is hard to imagine because when I was 21 I won $1.4 million and got stabbed that same night,” said Mercier. “So to have a crazier week than that is unbelievable.” Mercier entered this tournament almost immediately after losing to Ray Dehkharghani heads-up in the $10,000 Razz event. “I hopped in this tournament at the absolute latest point. I was pretty, not upset, just kinda felt like I missed an opportunity when I was heads-up in the Razz,” admitted Mercier. “I hopped in the HORSE, put my headphones on and was kinda like ‘man I don’t even really wanna be here’ and I dunno, just tried to stay in the zone, focus and play well and ended up bagging some chips.” Mercier, who has multiple prop bets on winning one, two and three bracelets this summer won $422,874 while Obst had to settle for $261,354. Mercier now has five career bracelets. Final Table Payouts Jason Mercier - $422,874 James Obst - $261,354 Nick Schulman - $183,779 Adam Friedman - $131,519 Mikhail Semin - $95,817 Jesse Martin - $71,089 Yuval Bronshtein - $53,729 Bryn Kenney $41,383 Event #25: Michael Scarborough Leads Final 24 in $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Day 2 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event started with 229 players all vying for the bracelet and $448,463 first place prize money. After 10 levels of play on Friday just 24 players remain with Michael Scarborough on top after bagging up the only stack over 1 million. Scarborough finished with 1,004,000. Remi Castaignon (950,000) and Daniel Cooke (848,000) are the two players closest to Scarborough. Other notables still in contention include former EPT Grand Finale and WSOP Europe winner Adrian Mateos (674,000, Niall Farrell (639,000), Jordan Young (595,000) and former PocketFives #1-ranked Taylor Paur (561,000). Some of the Day 2 casualties include Jonathan Duhamel, Bart Lybaert, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Aaron Massey, and Daniel Negreanu. The final 24 players resume at Noon PT with the intention of playing down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Michael Scarborough - 1,004,000 Remi Castaignon - 950,000 Daniel Cooke - 848,000 Darryll Fish - 835,000 Adrian Mateos - 674,000 Gavin O'Rourke - 659,000 Niall Farrell - 639,000 Shankar Pillai - 602,000 Jordan Young - 595,000 Zu Zhou - 592,000 Event #26: Brandon Shack-Harris Leads $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Day 2 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event began with 256 players and ended with just 27. Leading that group is former WSOP Player of the Year runner-up Brandon Shack-Harris, who bagged up 830,000 at the end of the night. Shack-Harris’ lead over the rest of the field is impressive. Benjamin Gold is the only other player to finish over the 500,000 mark. The rest of the top 10 survivors ended with between 300,000 and 463,000. Other notables among the final 27 include Phillip Hui, Max Pescatori, Benny Glaser and Ari Engel. Top Ten Chip Counts Brandon Shack-Harris - 830,000 Benjamin Gold - 566,000 Ilya Krupin - 463,000 Joe Ford - 459,000 Frankie O'Dell - 454,000 Francesco Barbaro - 420,000 Steve Chanthabouasy - 415,000 Phillip Hui - 319,000 William Kakon - 316,000 Jussi Nevanlinna - 302,000 Event #27: Records Broken as Nearly 4,500 Players Pack Seniors Championship While Las Vegas hosts the Electronic Daisy Carnival and youngsters turn their attention there, the WSOP instead focuses on a weekend for the older set. Friday was Day 1 of the $1,000 buy-in Seniors Championship open only to player 50 and older. A record-sized field of 4,499 showed up on Friday for the largest Seniors event in WSOP history. While the event usually attracts amateur players from across the United States, there are a number of familiar faces in the field. Included in the group is John Gale, Mark Kroon, Toto Leonidas, Billy Baxter and brother of eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, Jeb Seidel. The overnight chip leader is Robert Campbell. He finished with 148,700. Top Ten Chip Counts Robert Campbell - 148,700 Fred Berger - 137,400 Jeanluc Adam - 125,700 Mark Eastham - 123,100 Peter Smaha - 119,900 Michael Santos - 119,700 Deborah Fineberg - 115,300 Viktor Pabst - 110,900 Ronald Sewell - 110,300 Terry Williams - 110,000 Event #28: Nick Abou Risk Leads After Day 1 of $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship For the first time in over a week a $10,000 Championship event made it through Day 1 without Jason Mercier in the field. It’s not that he was eliminated, but with the $10,000 HORSE event running longer than expected he wasn’t able to enter. There were a total of 110 players that did manage to get into the event including Irish pro Nick Abou Risk, who finished Day 1 with 348,500 good enough for a lead over other top five stacks including Alex Luneau (327,000) David Chiu (239,500) and Brian Rast(203,500). Just 41 players survived the opening day of play. Other notables still in the hunt include Howard Lederer, Dzimitry Urbanovich, Marco Johnson and the player with the smallest advancing stack, Matt Glantz. Day 2 gets underway on Saturday at 2 PM PT and will play another ten levels in pursuit of the bracelet and the $290,635 first place prize money. Top Ten Chip Counts Nick Abou Risk - 348,500 Alex Luneau - 327,000 Samuel Golbuff - 252,000 David Chiu - 239,500 Brian Rast - 203,500 Matthew Davidow - 202,000 Sean Berrios - 195,000 Mark Radoja - 188,000 Alexey Makarov - 186,500 Brock Parker - 177,000
  3. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier has one WSOP bracelet this year, but narrowly missed out on a second on Wednesday night.[/caption] For the last 72 hours the attention of the poker world has been squarely on Jason Mercier thanks to his first bracelet win of the summer and the six and seven-figure bracelet bets he made before the 2016 World Series of Poker began. On Monday night, Mercier won the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event for his fourth career bracelet and in the process won more money from his side action than he did for winning the actual tournament. Mercier has multiple bets on his own success this summer including bets for one bracelet, which are head-to-head bets against other players, bets for two bracelets that pay somewhere around 18-1 and a bet with Vanessa Selbst that pays a staggering 180-1 on a $10,000 wager should Mercier win three bracelets this summer. Shortly after Mercier captured the first bracelet, Selbst took to Twitter looking to hedge her own action. This opened up the conversation where eventually Selbst expressed disappointment that Mercier didn’t allow her to buy out of the bet in the days after making it. Selbst claimed she had been drinking with Mercier the night she made the bet and the alcohol may have influenced her decision. This lead to a number of poker players and others on social media taking sides. All of this was happening while Mercier was on his way to another $10,000 buy-in event final table. “I don’t really wanna comment necessarily publicly about what happened between me and Vanessa,” Mercier said. “We have different views on prop betting I guess, and what exactly happens between friends or whatever. But I don’t really want to get into it too much more.” On Wednesday night, Mercier entered the final table of the $10,000 Razz event with the chip lead and eventually found himself heads-up for his second bracelet. After two and a half hours of heads up play however, Ray Dehkharghani emerged victorious, leaving Mercier to settle for second place. “Pretty disappointed. I mean, I don’t feel like there was too much I could have done heads up. He played very well and it just wasn’t meant to be,” said Mercier. While there may have been very little he could have done, Mercier can’t help but think of the final table as a squandered opportunity to cash in more bets and put himself in position to scoop the biggest one of them all. “That’s what I’m most disappointed about. I have a bunch of bets on winning two bracelets and the huge one for winning three. It’s almost impossible to win three when you get a second (place) because that means you’re going to have to go heads up four times,” said Mercier. “It’s just a little disappointing for the equity in the bet. I mean, obviously I won more money and I can’t be too disappointed to get heads up for a bracelet, ever.’ With 46 events remaining on the WSOP schedule, Mercier has no intentions of slowing down in his pursuit of more bracelets including late-regging the next Championship event that began as Mercier was sitting at the Razz final table. “I’m definitely going to hop in the $10K HORSE now,” said Mercier. “I feel like I’m playing very well right now, I feel like I’m running well and there’s still plenty of big tournaments to play. I looked at the schedule this morning; $10K HORSE, $10K O8, Stud, $25K PLO, $10K PLO, $5K PLO, $50K, $100K. There’s ton of huge buy-in small field events that are very good chances to win. So if I can get myself to a couple more final tables who knows what will happen.” With the controversy over his bet with Selbst taking center stage on social media, Mercier said he was still able to focus on the task at hand. “It’s hard to keep up with all the mentions on Twitter, but besides that it’s not too big of a deal. It doesn’t even really cross my mind when I’m playing. It’s more about at the end of the night or before the day starts catching up on what the hell is going on,” said Mercier. The thought of playing for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of more dollars than other players he’s playing against is something Mercier admits to having thought about but believes the opportunity to win an additional six or seven figures makes it much easier for him to focus at the table. “It is a little daunting when you’re like the difference between first and second is $100,000, but for me it’s like $500,000 or $600,000 or whatever it is,” said Mercier. “I think it helps me just be even more focused and try to take down the title.” As for the bet with Selbst and the furor it caused on Twitter, Mercier claims it’s all in the past now after Selbst sold most of her action on the bet to Mike McDonald. “It’s pretty much squashed I think,” said Mercier. “I know that she pretty much bought out or sold the bet, if I end up winning three I guess I’ll end up getting paid from somebody else."
  4. For the first time at the 2016 World Series of Poker, three bracelets were awarded on a single day with Jason DeWitt and Marco Johnson grabbing the second WSOP bracelets of their careers. And just one day after winning the fourth bracelet of his career, Jason Mercier continued the hot streak into the $10,000 Razz Championship. Event #14: Jason DeWitt and Garrett Greer Each Win a Million Bucks [caption width="640"] Jason DeWitt now has two WSOP bracelets to his credit - and he's also a millionaire. (WSOP photo)[/caption] Six years ago Jason DeWitt won his first WSOP bracelet in a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Tuesday night in Las Vegas he topped a massive field to win the $1,500 Millionaire Maker and in the process bank a seven figure score and win his second bracelet. “It’s hard to get through these big fields,” DeWitt said. “I usually play just No Limit and Pot Limit and they draw the biggest fields. So, it’s not surprising that it would take so long to get back here again. I mean, these fields are so big. To win a tournament with a 7,000-player field is just insane.” DeWitt beat out Garrett Greer heads-up for the win but with both first and second place being guaranteed at least $1 million, there was just a $65,000 difference between winner and runner-up. With that in mind, DeWitt was able to relax and have some fun with the heads-up dual. “I had already won a gold bracelet, so I was relaxed as I could be,” DeWitt said. “The difference between first and second was only $65,000 so I could play aggressively. I’m just glad I didn’t finish third. I just didn’t want to be short at three-handed. It would have been painful to get third when first and second were at least $1 million.” Former kindergarten teacher Lisa Meredith finished third for $500,000. This was her first WSOP cash in the first WSOP event she ever played. Final Table Payouts Jason DeWitt - $1,065,403 Garrett Greer - $1,000,000 Lisa Meredith - $500,000 Francis Rusnak - $366,787 Luke Anthony - $276,632 Arkadiy Tsinis - $210,112 Mikhail Semin - $160,725 Alessio Dicesare - $123,828 Stanley Lee - $96,091 Event #17: Chase Bianchi Wins $1,000 No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Chase Bianchi won the first WSOP bracelet of his career Tuesday.[/caption] Chase Bianchi made the most of his first career WSOP cash by taking down the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $316,920. It took Bianchi 45 hands of heads-up poker to eliminate Erik Silberman in second place to win his first WSOP bracelet. Bianchi eliminated the final three players; Silberman, Roberto Romanello and Charles Carragher. The elimination of Romanello in third place meant the loud and raucous British rail was gone, leaving Bianchi and Silberman to play in a relatively peaceful environment. Final Table Payouts Chase Bianchi - $316,920 Erik Silberman - $195,738 Roberto Romanello - $142,926 Charles Carragher - $105,308 Paul Nunez - $78,301 James Alexander - $58,758 Felix Morin-Dutil - $44,503 Cameron Rezaie - $34,024 Christopher Leong - $26,259 Event #18: Marco Johnson Adds Second Bracelet with $3,000 HORSE Title [caption width="640"] With his first baby on the way, Marco Johnson feels like his second WSOP bracelet is a little bit more special.[/caption] Marco 'CrazyMarco' Johnson beat Jared Talarico heads-up to win the second WSOP bracelet of his career in the $3,000 HORSE event Tuesday night. The win comes with $259,730 and that bracelet. For Johnson, who turned his attention from No Limit Hold’em to HORSE a while ago, the fact the bracelet came in the multi-game format makes it extra special. “I started playing HORSE seven years ago because I grew up next to Chip Reese’s sister, and HORSE was always his game,”said Johnson. “I decided I wanted to be really good at this, so that’s where I focused my energy. This feels good to win a bracelet in a mixed event, for sure.” For most players, the first WSOP bracelet is always the most important one but Johnson feels that with so much more going on in his life away from poker, this one is a little bit more special to him. “This one feels a lot better, for sure,” Johnson said afterward. “I just got married and my wife is six-months pregnant, so with a kid on the way, this is more special. Johnson also won a SCOOP title and had tow runner-up finishes in 2016. Final Table Payouts Marco Johnson $259,730 Jared Talarico - $160,522 Gerald Ringe - $108,924 Todd Ickow - $75,397 Glenn Engelbert - $53,259 John Crisp - $38,409 Toma Kalaj - $28,291 Chino Rheem - $21,294 Event #19: Garrett Garvin Leads Final 12 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Just a dozen players remain in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event with Garrett Garvin the only player to bag up over 1 million chips Tuesday night. Garvin finished with 1,002,000 and his closest competitor, Bruno Borges finished with 722,000. Maybe the most well-known player still in the hunt for the bracelet and $185,317 first place prize money is Dan Shak who finished Day 2 with 377,000. Action resumes Wednesday at noon and plays down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Garrett Garvin - 1,002,000 Bruno Borges - 722,000 Henri Ojala - 631,000 Zachary Hench - 620,000 Kirby Lowery - 588,000 - Dan Shak - 377,000 Jared Koppel - 370,000 Juuso Leppanen - 328,000 Jeffrey Landherr- 258,000 David Guay - 256,000 Event #20: Jason Mercier Leads $10,000 Razz Championship Final Table On Monday night Jason Mercier beat Mike Watson to win the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and immediately took his seat in the $10,000 Razz championship. On Tuesday night he bagged up the Day 2 chip lead, finishing with 1,595,000. Mercier won a rumored six figures for winning the first bracelet and has multiple other bets on winning two and three bracelets this summer and now just has seven other players remaining between himself and his second bracelet this year. John Racener sits in second place with 1,174,000 and is the only other player with a seven-figure stack. Brian Hastings, who won two bracelets of his own last summer, made his first final table of 2016 with 367,000. Final Table Chip Counts Jason Mercier - 1,595,000 John Racener - 1,174,000 Ray Dehkharghani - 838,000 Brian Hastings - 367,000 Robert Campbell - 360,000 Yueqi Zhu - 312,000 Bart Hanson - 246,000 Jyri Merivirta - 109,000 Event #21: $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Only 233 of the 1,029 players who played Day 1 of the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event are going to be playing on Day 2. Yang Wang finished with 269,300 and the chip lead. Russia’s Andrey Zaichenko finished with 244,00 and is right behind Wang. The top ten chip counts includes a number of notable names including Upeshka De Silva (218,900), Mark Herm (185,100), Anatoly Filatov (172,200) and Andy Frankenberger (158,000). Top 10 Chip Counts Yang Wang - 269,300 Andrey Zaichenko - 244,000 Nick Schwarmann - 240,400 Upeshka De Silva - 218,900 Mark Herm - 185,100 Steven Thompson Vila - 182,700 Vladimir Geshkenbein - 180,000 Anatoly Filatov - 172,200 Andy Frankenberger - 158,000 James Calderaro - 157,000
  5. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier now has four WSOP bracelets and a decent score from side bets . (WSOP photo)[/caption] Monday night was a good night to be Jason Mercier. Not only did Mercier win his fourth career World Series of Poker bracelet and over $270,000, but he also cleaned up on the first of many bracelet prop bets he has this summer. Mercier beat Mike Watson to win the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Meanwhile, the Millionaire Maker inched closer to a final table as did two other events. And don’t look now, but after a rough start to the 2016 WSOP, Phil Hellmuth is suddenly in a pretty good position to go on a deep run. Event #14: Alessio Dicesare Leads Final 16 of Millionaire Maker Day 3 of the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker began with 90 players all chasing one of the two seven-figure payouts but ten levels of play whittled the field down to just 15 players. Sitting on top with 7,200,000 is Alessio Dicesare. Jason Dewitt (5,770,000) and Garrett Greer (4,875,000) are right behind Dicesare. Sofia Lovgren, who spent some time as the chip leader late in the day, finished with 3,375,000 – just below the average stack. Benny Chen, who won this event in 2013, finished 39th for $26,470. Other notables who cashed on Monday include Max Silver, Alex Jacob and Adam Levy. The final 15 players return at 11 AM to play down to a winner. Top Ten Chip Counts Alessio Dicesare - 7,200,000 Jason DeWitt - 5,770,000 Garrett Greer - 4,875,000 Stanley Lee - 4,825,000 Mikhail Semin - 4,380,000 Luke Brereton - 4,270,000 David Mowery - 3,750,000 Frank Rusnak - 3,570,000 Sofia Lovgren - 3,375,000 Arkadiy Tsinis - 3,095,000 Event #16: Jason Mercier Beats Mike Watson To Win $10K NL Deuce Jason Mercier spent the weeks leading up to the start of the WSOP booking as much action as he could on himself winning a bracelet. Monday night he came through and beat a final table that included Stephen Chidwick, Alex Luneau and eventually Mike Watson to win his fourth career bracelet and $273,335. On the final hand of the night Watson raised to 100,000 and Mercier called and each player drew a single card. Mercier checked, Watson bet 200,000 before Mercier moved all in. Watson eventually called and turned over 9-7-4-3-2 but Mercier showed 8-6-4-3-2 to win the event. Even though he walked away with a six-figure score, it wasn’t the biggest payday of the night for Mercier. “I won’t get into specifics, I guess, but I won well, well over what first was, on the side,” said Mercier. “I’ve really wanted to win this $10K No Limit Deuce, every single time I’ve played it. It’s one of my favorite tournaments of the year. And also having so much side action it ended up being one of my biggest scores of all time.” Mercier also has other prop bets on winning two and three bracelets this summer. The two bracelet bet pays somewhere around 18-1 and Mercier seems focused on making it an interesting summer. Final Table Payouts Jason Mercier - $273,335 Mike Watson - $168,936 Lamar Wilkinson - $120,025 David Grey - $86,302 Benny Glaser - $62,810 Stephen Chidwick - $46,277 Alex Luneau - $34,522 Event #17: Danny Wong Leads Final 24 in $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Just 24 players are left in the first $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the summer and Danny Wong is the only player over 1,000,000 in chips. Wong finished Day 2 with 1,058,000 and has a comfortable lead of the rest of the field. Roberto Romanello sits second with 885,000 while Charles Carragher rounds out the top three with 848,000. Just a week removed from his runner-up finish in Colossus II, Jiri Horak finished Day 2 with the fourth biggest stack, 718,000. Day 3 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled to play to a winner. Top Ten Chip Counts Danny Wong - 1,058,000 Roberto Romanello - 885,000 Charles Carragher - 848,000 Jiri Horak - 718,000 Christopher Leong - 686,000 Nikolai Sears - 657,000 Rik Vandijk - 611,000 Cameron Rezaie - 580,000 Matthew Schreiber - 563,000 Koray Aldemir - 562,000 Event #18: Relative Unknown Jared Talarico Leading $3,000 HORSE Just 23 players stand between Jared Talarico and his first career bracelet. Talarico has just a few small WSOP cashes to his credit but on Monday night he finished with the chip lead in the $3,000 HORSE event. Talarico’s 825,00 puts him well ahead of the rest of the field. Gerald Ringe and Chino Rheem finished with 626,000 and 620,000 each. Marco Johnson (399,000) and two-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (360,000) also finished in the top ten. The bubble burst when 2015 $1,500 HORSE champion Arash Ghaneian was eliminated in 61st place. Following his exit a number of well known players were eliminated with a WSOP cash to show for it. This event gets back underway at 2 PM PT and will play down to a champion – the third scheduled final table of the day. Shannon Sorr, Mike Leah, Robert Mizrachi, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Brock Parker, Bruno Fitoussi and Chris Bjorin were all players who cashed on Day 2 but did not advance to Day 3. Top Ten Chip Counts Jared Talarico - 825,000 Gerald Ringe - 626,000 Chino Rheem - 620,000 Glenn Engelbert - 548,000 Todd Ickow - 459,000 Marco Johnson - 399,000 Pascal Leyo - 362,000 Michael Gathy 360,000 Jake Schwartz - 356,000 Chris George - 328,000 Event #19: Michael Luong Leads After Day 1 of $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Only 136 players remain from the 1,106 that began the day in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event with Michael Luong leading with 197,200. While Luong flirted with the 200,000 mark, only six other players broke the 100,000 barrier. Troy Burkholder leads that group with 147,800. Some of the notables to finish with chips included Ismael Bojang (78,100), Darryl Fish (73,200), (64,800), JC Tran (61,300), Ben Yu (59,200), Mohsin Charania (43,000), Jesse Sylvia (43,400) and George Danzer (12,800). The top 166 players will earn at least $1,503 with the eventual champion walking away with the bracelet and $185,317. Top Ten Chip Counts Michael Luong - 197,200 Troy Burkholder - 147,800 Bart Dowling - 132,000 David Mzareulov - 115,000 Zaed Shamoon - 108,100 Pierre Milan - 107,200 Mark Guthridge - 106,000 Jared Bleznick - 98,800 Jeffrey Landherr - 97,400 Aleksey Filatov - 94,600 Event #20: Phil Hellmuth Doing His Best to Defend $10,000 Razz Title Last year Phil Hellmuth grabbed his 14th WSOP bracelet by winning the $10,000 Razz event. He showed up late to this year’s event but that didn’t stop him from putting on a show. Hellmuth finished Day 1 with 319,000 – 34,000 behind the chip leader, David Benyamine. The event attracted exactly 100 players with just 45 making it through the first day of action. Not surprisingly the top ten chip counts reads like a murder’s row of poker pros. Robert Mizrachi, Jesse Martin, Mike Gorodinsky, Phil Hui and Stephen Chidwick are all in the top ten, but none are prominent right now than Jason Mercier. Just hours after winning his fourth bracelet, Mercier bagged up 144,000 chips in the Razz event – good enough for seventh. Another bracelet by Mercier would obviously move his career total to five, but would also win the Team PokerStars pro a good chunk of change from prop bets. It wasn’t all good news for some of the biggest names in the game though. Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow and Billy Baxter were among the Day 1 casualties. Top Ten Chip Counts David Benyamine - 353,000 Phil Hellmuth - 319,000 Aleksandr Denisov - 223,500 Robert Mizrachi - 180,000 Jesse Martin - 155,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 145,000 Jason Mercier - 144,000 Phillip Hui - 140,000 Mark Gregorich - 140,000 Stephen Chidwick - 125,000
  6. [caption width="640"] Kyle Julius now has a WSOP bracelet thanks to his win in the ,000 Turbo Top-Up[/caption] Monday’s action at the 2016 World Series of Poker featured Robert Mizrachi winning the fourth bracelet of his career and Kyle Julius getting rid of the goose egg next to his name while Colossus II, the second biggest live event in history, reached a final table. Robert Mizrachi Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud for Third Bracelet in Three Years [caption width="640"] Robert Mizrachi now as four career WSOP bracelets after winning the ,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.[/caption] Robert Mizrachi beat out a final table that included bracelet winners Calvin Anderson, Bill Chen, David Benyamine, Ted Forrest, George Danzer and eventually Matt Graphenthien heads-up to win the fourth bracelet of his career and $242,662. Mizrachi was a wrecking ball on Monday, eliminating the last four players including Grapenthien after the pair played heads-up for over three hours. This marks the third straight year that Mizrachi won a bracelet. In 2014 he won the $1,500 Dealer's Choice Six-Handed tournament and last year he took down the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. His first bracelet came in 2007 when he won the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship. Final Table Payouts Robert Mizrachi - $242,662 Matt Grapenthien - $149,976 George Danzer - $103,230 Ted Forrest - $72,971 Steve Weiss - $53,012 David Benyamine - $39,611 Bill Chen - $30,466 Calvin Anderson - $24,142 Kyle Julius Wins First Bracelet in $1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold'em Prior to Monday, Kyle Julius had never been the last player standing in any live tournament he’d ever played in. He’d come close to victory though. In 2012 he finished second to Peter Vilandos in a WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event and last summer he was third in a $25,000 High Roller event at the Aria in Las Vegas. But on Monday he found himself as the last player standing in the $1,000 Top Up Turbo NLHE event. “Actually, this is the first live tournament I’ve ever won, so for it to be a bracelet event is pretty cool,” Julius said. “To start the Series off with a win in just the second tournament is obviously what I would want.” The 29-year-old, who won $142,972 for the win, had extra equity in the event – just nothing monetary. Julius and his fiancée are expecting their first child. “We’ve been arguing about (baby) names, and my fiancée said that if I won a gold bracelet I could pick the name of the baby,” Julius said. “It’s still going to be mutual. We’re going to name the kid together but now I have a little more say.” Julius eliminated three of the last four players and heads-up play between Julius and Bart Lybaert lasted just one hand, but didn’t come without drama. Julius moved all in from the button with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] and Lybaert called his last 860,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Lybaert a pair of kings and while the [poker card="ad"] was a blank, the [poker card="4c"] river gave Julius a set of fours and his first WSOP bracelet. Other notables to cash in this event included Ben Yu (3rd - $61,137), Vinny Pahuja (9th - $9,506), Liv Boeree (29th - $3,277), Kevin Eyster (32nd - $3,277) and Eric Baldwin (52nd - $2,447). Final Table Payouts Kyle Julius - $142,972 Bart Lybaert - $88,328 Ben Yu - $61,137 Karl Held - $43,001 Hugo Perez - $30,742 Christian Blech - $22,345 Nitis Udornpim - $16,518 George Dolofan - $12,422 Vinny Pahuja - $9,506 Jiri Horak Leads Colossus II Final Table, Jonathan ‘Itsmejon’ Borenstein in Sixth The second largest live poker tournament ever has just nine players remaining and Jiri Horak sits atop the chip counts. The Czech player has 25,425,000 chips, nearly 6,000,000 more than that of his nearest competitor, Ben Keeline . PocketFiver Jonathan ‘Itsmejon’ Borenstein sits in sixth place with 7,400,000. The day started with 78 players still in contention for the $1,000,000 first place prize and bracelet but over the course of nearly 10 hours of play, 69 players were sent the cashier window. Included in that group were David 'ODB' Baker (66th - $12,452), Austin Buchanan (57th - $15,166), Marco Johnson (47th - $18,592), Ylon Schwartz (46th - $18,592), Amir Lehavot (36th - $28,479) and the player who began the day as chip leader, Ben Lindemulder (27th - $25,584). The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT with streaming on WSOP.com. Final Table Chip Counts Jiri Horak - 25,425,000 Benjamin Keeline - 19,900,000 Richard Carr - 14,400,000 Alex Benjamen - 14,275,000 Marek Ohnisko - 10,550,000 Jonathan Borenstein - 7,400,000 Xiu Deng - 6,000,000 Farhad Davoudzadeh - 5,925,000 Christopher Renaudette - 4,250,000 Former #1-ranked Paul Volpe Bags Big Stack in Dealers Choice Just nine players remain in the $1,500 Dealers Choice Six-Max event with Lawrence Berg finishing Day 2 with the biggest stack. Berg bagged up 836,500 but right behind him is none other than Paul ‘paulgees81‘ Volpe. The former top-ranked player on PocketFives finished with 674,500. Other notables still in contention include Andrew Brown and Randy Ohel. Day 2 began with 85 players left in the field and with just 59 spots paid, some players were going home without cashing. Included in that group were David Sklansky, Mike Matusow, Stephen Chidwick, Barry Greenstein and eventual bubble burster Jameson Painter. Some of the players who did manage to cash but not advance to Day 3 were Richard Ashby, Shawn Buchanan, Mike Wattel, Justin Gardenhire, Jeff Madsen, Vladimir Shchmelev, Sorel Mizzi and the first WSOP cash in five years for Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and plays down to a winner. Chip Counts Lawrence Berg - 836,500 Paul Volpe - 674,500 Yueqi Zhu - 418,500 Andrew Brown - 250,000 John Templeton - 215,500 Joseph Couden - 192,000 Ryan Himes - 125,500 Daniel Habl - 106,000 Randy Ohel - 99,500 First $1,500 NLHE Event Draws 2,016, Roman Rogovskyi Leads The first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event of the 2016 WSOP drew 2,016 players and after Day 1, Roman Rogovskyileads the 321 survivors. The Ukranian, who recently made five final tables at the GipsyTeam Live Poker Festival in Famagusta, got his big stack after eliminating Phil Hellmuth and another player in one hand towards the end of the day. Right behind Rogovskyi is Mark ‘Eppy12588’ Epstein with 188,300. Another former #1-ranked player also bagged a top 10 stack. Steve 'gboro780' Gross finished with 142,800, good enough for the seventh biggest Day 1 stack. Other notables still in contention for the $438,417 first place prize money include Bob Bounahra, Matt Berkey, Justin Young, Jonathan Tamayo, Randal Flowers, Alex Masek and former WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno. Top 10 Chip Counts Roman Rogovskyi - 188,700 Mark Epstein - 188,300 Karen Sarkisyan - 160,800 Michael Page - 157,700 Ferenc Riech - 155,700 James Ohlweiler - 145,500 Steve Gross - 142,800 Jeremiah Fitzpatrick - 141,400 Quang Ngo - 136,500 Kindah Sakkal - 134,300 Konstantin Maslak Leads $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven The first No Limit Deuce to Seven event of the summer, which allowed players to re-enter once after being eliminated prior to Level 6, had 279 entrants pay the $1,500 buy-in and the 52 players to survive Day 1 include a number of notable players. Konstantin Maslak leads the way with 119,800 but he’ll have to fight off the likes of Yuval Bronshtein, Benny Glaser, John Monnette, Niall Farrell, Barry Greenstein, Joao Vieira, Jen Harman, Eric Wasserson, James Obst, Erik Seiel, and, making his first Day 2 of the 2016 WSOP, 21-year-old Dzmitry Urbanovich. Day 2 gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play 10 more levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Konstantin Maslak - 119,800 Yuval Bronshtein - 108,125 Daniel Weinman - 93,950 Bob Morgan - 84,800 Benny Glaser - 79,725 Alex Dovzhenko - 73,750 John Marlowe - 65,075 John Monnette - 64,725 Michael Laake - 60,000 Michel Leibgorin - 58,650
  7. [caption width="640"] 2015 Colossus champ Cord Garcia was among the 5,000 entries on Thursday.[/caption] While the 2016 World Series of Poker officially got underway Wednesday with the start of the Casino Employees event, things really started on Thursday with the opening of the first open event, the $565 buy-in Colossus II. After drawing a record field last year, the 2016 version of the event was expected to be even bigger and while neither the Day 1A or Day 1B flight sold out, over 5,000 players, including defending champion Cord Garcia, made their way into the event, with just over 200 surviving. Employees Event Winner CJ Sand Dedicates Win to His Mom [caption width="640"] CJ Sand made his second-ever WSOP cash with a win in the Employees Event. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The first WSOP bracelet of 2016 went to CJ Sand, a sportsbook employee from Caesars Palace. Sand beat out Hippodrome Head of Poker, Kerryjane Craigie heads up for the title to win the bracelet and $75,157. Day 2 began with 23 players still in contention for the bracelet and it tookjust six hours to reach the final table. Once there Sand had the second biggest stack behind Kerryjane Craigie, setting up the eventual heads up battle between the two. Spencer Bennett, who began the day as chip leader, was active early, busting Robert Ostler in ninth and Tom Ratanakul in sixth after Craigie busted Tiankang Xing in eighth and Michael Coombs sent Nicholas Sliwinski out in seventh. But with five players remaining, Sand became the story, eliminating the remaining four players for the victory. The hand that propelled him to the top of the chip counts for good came with just five players remaining. From under the gun, Brian Mikesh opened to 80,000 and Sand defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="8d"] and Sand check-called Mikesh’s bet of 60,000. The turn was the [poker card="9h"] and Sand checked again. Mikesh bet 135,000 and Sand raised to 310,000. Mikesh responds by moving all in and Sand called immediately. Mikesh tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] for a flopped king-high flush but Sand tabled [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] for a flopped straight flush. The river was the [poker card="6c"] and Mikesh was eliminated in fifth while Sand’s stack grew to 2,150,000 - well over half of the chips in play. Sand then eliminated Bennett and Michael Coombs to reach heads-up with Craigie. Sand held a nearly 3.5-1 chip lead when heads-up play began and needed just 40 minutes to eliminate Craigie. After the win Sand reflected on the person that introduced him to the game of poker – his mom. "My mom first taught me how to play poker when I was 13 years old, so this is 30 years in the making,” said Sand, 45. "Poker is one of the best memories I have of her. Poker is in my veins and now I have this -- all because of her." Both Sand and Craigie each had only one previous WSOP cash to their credit and both came from the 2015 WSOP when they both finished in the money in Colossus. Final Table Payouts CJ Sand $75,157 Kerryjane Craigie $46,420 Michael Coombs $32,249 Spencer Bennett $22,753 Brian Mikesh $16,308 Tom Ratanakul $11,877 Nicholas Sliwinski $8,792 Tiankang Xing $6,616 Robert Ostler $5,063 Colossus II Opens Up With Two Flights, Over 5,000 Players The first open event of the summer began Thursday with two opening flights of Colossus II. Last summer the $565 buy-in event drew a record 22,374 players. Thanks to the popularity of the 2015 event, the WSOP added another starting day and two more starting flights to this year’s schedule. The first flight got under way at 10 AM PT and once registration closed there were 3,249 players in the field. Finishing the flight on top of the chip counts was David Polop with 513,000. Only 108 players survived the 18 levels. Justin Zakin, Max Silver and Alex ‘lynskey99’ Lynskey all finished with top ten stacks. Dan O’Brien, Maria Ho, Rep Porter and former WPT500 winner Craig Varnell also advanced to Day 2 from Day 1A. O’Brien was happy with the changes to the Colossus structure, which included shortening levels on Day 1 and having some players cash on Day 1. More Colossus Starting Flights on Friday Call it poker’s version of Groundhog Day as Friday will feel an awful lot like Thursday at the WSOP. Two more Colossus II starting flights are the only events on the schedule and as the weekend draws closer the field sizes are only expected to increase.
  8. [caption width="640"] The Casino Employees saw a rise in entries this year.[/caption] The waiting is finally over. The 2016 World Series of Poker officially got underway Wednesday with the $565 Casino Employees Event. The event marks the start of 52 straight days of WSOP events at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Before cards were in the air, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel addressed the players and staff and invoked the Muppets with his opening statement. "It's time to play a little poker. It's time to win some bracelets. It's time to build some bankrolls. It's time to destroy some bankrolls. It's time to have some fun," said Effel. Event #1: $565 Casino Employees Event For the first time in event history, the Casino Employees Event featured re-entry. Players who busted out during the first six levels of play were allowed to re-enter one time. That helped push the final field to 731 players – a 6.25% increase over last year. The event brings out a number of familiar faces, including WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, former winner Chad Holloway and the live stream play-by-play man himself, David Tuchman. PocketFives New Jersey beat writer Will O’Connor also made his way into the field. None of those four players were able to survive into the money though. After 20 levels of play just 23 players remain with Spencer Bennett sitting on top with 627,000 – nearly double that of the next biggest stack. Kerryjane Craigie, who runs poker operations at the Hippodrome Casino in London, has 323,000. Sitting in third is a name that longtime fans of the WSOP on ESPN may recognize. Nicholas Sliwinski, who finished 13th in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, finished with 301,000. There were a few familiar faces among the 87 players to bust in the money on Wednesday. One of those is usually the one dealing final tables. Shaun Harris, who has dealt multiple WSOP Main Event final tables in his career, is taking a break from dealing this summer to take a shot at breaking through as a player. Harris busted his first bullet but made the second one work. Harris eventually busted out in 56th place for $1,131, meaning he profited $1 on the opening day of the WSOP. Tana Karnchanakphan, who runs the Run Good Poker Series and Run Good Gear, also managed to find the cashier’s cage. Karnchanakphan finished 52nd for $1,278. Top 10 Chip Counts Spencer Bennett - 627,000 Kerryjane Craigie - 323,000 Nicholas Sliwinski - 301,000 Tanja Vujanic - 195,000 Amanda Wheeler - 182,000 Eric Stack - 178,000 Allison Arvey - 164,000 Ashkun Lajevardi - 160,000 Tom Ratanakul - 141,000 Emmauel Ravelo - 135,000 Looking Ahead to Thursday The Casino Employees event restart is at Noon with the final 23 players playing down to the first WSOP bracelet winner of 2016. While that event is playing down to a winner, the WSOP could well be on its way to breaking their own record. Colossus II, the $565 buy-in event that allows players to enter each of the six starting flights one time, gets underway at 10 AM PT. The second starting flight gets underway at 4 PM PT. Both flights will play 18 30-minute levels on Thursday. Given the overwhelming success of Colossus last summer, the second version of the event is expected to break even more records.
  9. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier is two days away from winning backt-to-back SCOOP Player of the Series titles.[/caption] No player has had more success in the history of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker than Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson and Friday afternoon he added yet another title to his resume. Anderson beat out 239 other players to win the $27 Eight Game event for the seventh SCOOP win of his career - the most of any player. And while Anderson holds the record for most SCOOP wins, Jason Mercier is doing everything in his power to break records of his own. Mercier, who was SCOOP Player of the Series in 2015, won the $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for his fifth career title. The win moved Mercier to the top of the SCOOP leaderboard with just two more days of play to go. Joshua ‘slayerv1fan’ Hoesel notched the first six-figure score of his career with a win in the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em event. Hoesel and ‘hurrrrican3’ made a deal heads-up that left $10,000 and the SCOOP title to play for. Hoesel faced a 2-1 chip deficit when heads up play began but chipped away at his opponents stack and ended up with $245,782.62 and the SCOOP watch while ‘hurrrrican3’ scored $262,477.38. Event 38 (H): $2,100 No Limit Holdem Entrants: 788 *(528 entries, 260 re-entries) Prize Pool: $1,576,000 Joshua 'slayerv1fan' Hoesel - $245,782.62* hurrrrican3 - $262,477.38* TanTanSWE - $157,600.00 Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan - $118,200.00 Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey - $82,740.00 Elio 'smokrokflock' Fox - $66,890.00 Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg - $51,220.00 nadalon - $35,460.00 Caipsa - $22,221.60 Event 40 (H): $2,100 Eight Game Entrants: 125 Prize Pool: $250,000 kuhns89 - $65,000 Sergey 'Gipsy74' Rybachenko - $43,750 Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk - $32,500 RunGodLike - $21,250 Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice - $16,250 7Be/eC7 - $11,250 Event 40 (M): $215 Eight Game Entrants: 487 Total prize pool: $97,400 calvin7v - $18,506.00 cold_smile - $13,636.00 sprocketsAA - $9,983.50 sleepy_seven - $6,818.00 merla888 - $4,870.00 marwan24 - $3,116.80 Event 40 (L): $27 Eight Game Entrants: 1,912 Prize pool: $46,939.60 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson - $7,511.62 gunnersfun - $5,632.75 sharikov_90 (Russia) $4,224.56 Gozillaah (Finland) $2,816.37 Dr Ganesha (Latvia) $1,877.58 James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (Australia) $1,051.44 Event 41 (H): $1,050 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super KO 
Entrants:*1,559 Total prize pool:*$1,559,000 SP3WMONKEY - $130,215.58 + $31,228.96 in bounties mican_ludi - $95,099 + $48,602.46 in bounties Divved - $71,714 + $6,554.68 in bounties OMGACEACEACE - $53,006 + $6,234.37 in bounties MkMyWishFish - $38,195.50 + $17,810.52 in bounties gusmaa - $30,400.50 + $16,738.25 in bounties Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy - $22,605.50 + $8,097,65 in bounties Olorionek - $14,810.50 + $6,921.86 in bounties benatias - $8,106.80 + $6,035.15 in bounties Event 41 (M): $109 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 5,824 Total prize pool: $582,400 Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $45,554.81 + $7,724.22 bounties cmu92 - $33,924.80 + $7,243.97 bounties xXOLIVATOXx - $24,024.00 + $7,148,74 bounties OrFrAiRe - $16,452.80+ $1,836,88 bounties 1337wannabe - $12,376.00 + $2,636.33 bounties manuverd0n - $9,464.00 + $4,004.95 bounties PokerProffs9 - $6,552.00 + $1,678.10 bounties bica999 - $3,640.00 + $1,914.90 bounties IsoHoo123 - $2,329.60 + $1,308.47 bounties Event 41 (L): $11 Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 18,195 Total prize pool: $181,950 chris13pao - $9,826.58 + $2,022.47 in bounties Bazuka1958 - $7,732.87 + $1,144.81 in bounties porsky12 - $5,913.37 + $897.12 in bounties 0__LATEX__0 - $4,093.87 + $163.33 in bounties muydias - $3,184.12 + $376.86 in bounties VMAX - $2,274.37 + $459.56 in bounties handbik666 - $1,364.62 + $487.29 in bounties Dmitrych77 - $818.77 + $198.07 in bounties kelsa67 - $545.85 + $321.33 in bounties Event 42 (H): $2,100 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 136 Prize Pool: $272,000 bernard-bb - $70,720.00 Antonio7 - $47,600.00 raiden_kan - $35,360.00 bratpack1979 - $23,120.00 onmybicycle - $17,680.00 WATnlos - $12,240.00 Event 42 (M): $215 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 594 Prize Pool: $118,800 Jason Mercier - $22,572 Brandon-Tino - $16,632 _Azur3_7 - $12,177 f1nsf4n7 - $8,316 Valya98 - $5,940 ZeelandBoy - $3,694.68 Event 42 (L): $27 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 2,081 Prize pool: $51,088.55 Places paid: 264 d5t6y7 - $5,019.28* gangst3rn1 - $4,537.93* Nangino89 - $6,350.99* BeAcTlve - $5,550.41* GRZECHO77 - $1,915.82 Sur_OK1111 - $1,077.96 *Four-way deal Event 45 (H): $2,100 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 409 Prize Pool: $818,000 gortsos - $123,522.15 (+$10,302.34 in bounties) dynoalot - $71,315.39 (+$8,667.18 in bounties) €urop€an - $41,173.99 (+$14,334.37 in bounties) Event 45 (M): $215 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 2,032 Total prize pool: $406,400 Places paid: 251 HU4FU - $46,015.56 + $3,894.63 in bounties* sava-lenivec - $23,350.66 + $2,509.46 in bounties* elAsdespadas - $26,495.14 + $1,731.16 in bounties* *Three-way chop Event 45 (L): $27 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 8,577 Prize Pool: $210,565.35 PlatoonXe - $21,592.52 prize w/ $1,166.26 in bounties bebina9 - $12,463.05 prize w/ $579.65 in bounties pLAYERsvk - $7,195.54 prize w/ $249.47 in bounties
  10. [caption width="640"] Howard Lederer issued a statement about his responsibility in the collapse of Full Tilt Poker.[/caption] Five years ago Howard Lederer became persona non grata in the poker community. After the Department of Justice seized the Full Tilt Poker assets, the truth about the company’s financial situation became a matter of public record and Lederer, along with Ray Bitar, was labeled as the executives in charge of what US District Attorney Preet Bharara labeled a ponzi scheme. Since that time Lederer has made very few appearances at poker rooms or events. He attended the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony as a guest of inductee Jack McClelland. He reportedly played in Bobby’s Room at Bellagio in 2012. On Thursday Lederer issued a statement apologizing for his role in the Full Tilt Poker collapse and may be readying himself for an appearance - even as early as the 2016 World Series of Poker. Lederer’s statement as released via Daniel Negreanu’s blog at FullContactPoker.com: I am writing to apologize to everyone in the poker community, especially to all the players who had money on Full Tilt Poker on April 15, 2011. When Full Tilt Poker closed in 2011, there was a shortfall in funds, a distressed sale to recover those funds, and a long delay in repaying players. Throughout this period, there was little explanation for the delay, and no apology. Players felt lied to. They trusted the site, and they trusted me, and I didn’t live up to that trust. I take full responsibility for Full Tilt’s failure to protect player deposits leading up to Black Friday. The shortfall in player deposits should never have happened. I should have provided better oversight or made sure that responsible others provided that oversight. I was a founder in the company that launched Full Tilt, and I became the face of the company’s management in the poker community. Many of our players played on the site because they trusted me. Even though I was no longer overseeing day to day operations, my inattention in the two years leading up to Black Friday imperiled players’ deposits. My involvement in Full Tilt from 2003-2008 put me in a unique position of trust—a trust that I disappointed by failing to ensure that Full Tilt was properly governed when I stepped away in 2008. My failure to make sure proper oversight was in place when I left resulted in the situation that began to unfold on Black Friday. Players were not able to get their money back for a minimum of a year and a half, and, for many, it has been much longer. I’ve been a poker player my entire adult life. I know the importance of having access to one’s bankroll. The lost opportunity, frustration, and anxiety many of FTP’s customers experienced in the intervening years is unacceptable. I cannot be sorry enough for what happened. During Full Tilt’s rise, I received a lot of praise. I couldn’t see it at the time, but I let the headlines change me. In the first couple of years after Black Friday I made lots of excuses, to my friends, my family and myself, for why I wasn’t the bad guy or big-headed or wrong. In the months immediately following the crisis, I focused a lot of energy on trying to refute allegations that were factually untrue. I convinced myself that I was a victim of circumstance and that criticism was being unfairly directed toward me instead of others. I was missing the bigger picture. At a wedding in the fall of 2014, I was sitting with a friend, talking about Full Tilt. I was grumbling about how unfair my lot in life had become. My friend didn’t let me off the hook. I’m paraphrasing here, but he said, “Howard, it doesn’t matter whether you knew about the shortfall or what you did to help players get paid. These players feel like you lied to them. You were the face of the company in the poker community. Thousands of players played on the site because they trusted you. Many pros represented the site because they thought you were in control. And you happily accepted the accolades while falling short of their trust.” At the time, my friend’s response felt like a slap in the face, but it is clear to me now that it was fair. An apology is not enough, but it is what I am able to offer to the poker community in the wake of a travesty that I should not have allowed to happen. I am sorry. The last time the poker world heard from Lederer was in a lengthy interview with PokerNews dubbed "The Lederer Files". His answers to the questions in that interview were widely criticized as many felt Lederer was passing off responsibility and failed to answer any direct questions about his involvement in the eventual collapse of the company. During the WSOPTwitch Town Hall on Thursday afternoon, the topic of Lederer possibly making an appearance at the 2016 WSOP came up and the answer from WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart may have shed some light on Lederer's summer plans. "We'll take everything one day at a time, but I think Howard has been playing in casinos in Las Vegas for some time," said Stewart. "He has not been barred from the World Series of Poker, but I think there is a good chance that we could see Howard in a tournament seat in the future."
  11. [caption width="640"] The 2016 Americas Cup of Poker live final is heading to New Jersey[/caption] Some of the best online poker players from North and South America are converging on New Jersey later this summer for the PokerStars Americas Cup of Poker (ACP) live final - and for the first time since Black Friday, Team USA will be represented. The live final is the culmination of a series of ACP tournaments running on PokerStars.com from May 9 to June 6 that first puts players up against only players from their own country before moving on to battles between the 12 qualified countries. "The Americas Cup of Poker has been growing for the last seven years and this year will not be an exception," said Andre Akkari, Team PokerStars Pro. "This year not only sees an improved structure and more tournaments, but also a great live final in New Jersey to wrap up all the action. The question is will Brazil beat Argentina this time around or will it be the USA’s time to shine?" The Live Final is being held at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City for the first team after being part of the part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure schedule for the past seven years. The 12 teams are divided into three qualifying groups. GROUP 1 Argentina Chile Peru Uruguay GROUP 2 Brazil Colombia Rest of LATAM Ecuador GROUP 3 Canada Costa Rica Mexico Venezuela This marks the first time that Canada has competed in the ACP since 2010. Team USA will not compete in this stage of qualifying and will instead be comprised of players who do well during the upcoming NJSCOOP and a select few from a PokerStarsNJ.com freeroll on Sunday, May 29. The First Round The first round, which runs May 9 to 29, pits players against other players from only their own country in ACP tournaments with buy-ins from free up to $5.50 and awards players points based on their finishing position in each event. The top 50 point-earners from each country move on to the next stage. The Second Round Running May 30 to June 3, the second round is where national pride first enters the mix. Players compete in country vs. country matches, with the 50 players from each country earning points based solely on the number of players they eliminate. At the conclusion of each match, the country with the most bounties is awarded 10 points. Should the match end in a tie, each country is awarded five points. Each country plays a total of three matches and the top two teams in each group then advance to the Live Final. The five players from each country who collect the most bounties during this round will be selected to represent their country at the Live Final. The Live Final The live final, which runs June 23 to 27, is being held at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and is set to coincide with the COPA America finals in East Rutherford. There the players will be competing for their country’s share of $100,000 in prizes. Live Final Prizes $30,000 $25,000 $17,500 $12,500 $7,500 $5,000 $2,500 In 2015, Argentina came out on top with longtime football rival Brazil finishing as the runner-up.
  12. [caption width="640"] Seth Davies beat out 470 other players to win the WPT Canadian Spring Championship. (Joe Giron photo)[/caption] Just over 10 days ago, the World Poker Tour put a bow on Season 14. Thursday afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, the first champion of Season 15 was crowned with the conclusion of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship at the Playground Poker Club. It also likely going to become known as the Seth Davies show. Davies came into the six-handed final table with the second biggest stack behind only Ruben Perceval. That didn’t stop him from being active and he found himself playing the role of executioner early and often on his way to the first major win of his career and the $226,893 first place cash. Tony Dunst, making his fifth WPT final table appearance, wasn’t able to add to his chip stack on Thursday and was the first player eliminated. Thomas Taylor threw in a UTG raise to 100,000 and Davies called before Dunst moved all in. Taylor folded, but Davies called and tabled [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"], while Dunst showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4h"] flop didn’t help Dunst, but the [poker card="3d"] turn gave the partypoker ambassador extra outs. The [poker card="ks"] river wasn’t one of them and he was left with the second sixth place finish of his WPT career. While that hand propelled Davies into the chip lead, the next elimination put Davies in a position to control the table the rest of the afternoon. All he had to do was call two all ins in front of him while holding the best hand. Action folded to Guillaume Nolet on the button and he moved all in for 695,000 (14 big blinds). Taylor came over the top from the small blind for 2,500,000. Davies called from the big blind and watched as Taylor showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] and Nolet showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"] before flipping over [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] and Davies eliminated Taylor in fourth and Nolet in fifth and suddenly found himself with 7,835,000 of the 12,465,000 chips in play with only three players remaining. It took only another eight hands to reach heads-up play. Davies opened from the button to 130,000 before Joel Miller made it 350,000 from the small blind. Perceval cold four bet all in for 3,300,000, forcing Davies to fold but soliciting an all in call from Miller. Perceval showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] and Perceval turned over [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="8d"] board brought no relief for Perceval and he was out in third place, while Miller had climbed to within striking distance of Davies’ lead. When heads-up play started, Davies held 6,780,000 and Perceval had 5,680,000. Perceval eventually took a 3-2 lead over Davies, but that was as close as Perceval would get to the title. After 90 minutes of one-on-one action, Davies re-took the lead and never gave it up again. Just 45 minutes after getting the big stack back, Davies finished Perceval off for good. Davies raised to 275,000 and Perceval called to see a flop of [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"]. Perceval checked, Davies bet 375,000 and Perceval threw in a check-raise to 1,075,000. Davies called. The turn was the [poker card="7h"] and Perceval lead out for 800,000 and Davies called again. The river was the [poker card="5d"] and Perceval moved all in for 2,880,000. Davies called and after Perceval showed [poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"] tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"] to take the pot with a pair of tens. The $3,500 CAD ($2,720 US) buy-in event attracted 417 players. Final Table Payouts Seth Davies - $226,893 Ruben Perceval - $148,833 Joel Miller - $95,512 Thomas Taylor - $70,628 Guillaume Nolet - $53,025 Tony Dunst - $42,479
  13. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb joined Paul Volpe as the only former #1-ranked players to win a bracelet this summer[/caption] Shaun Deeb beat out a stacked final table towin the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event and earn the second bracelet of his career and second for former PocketFives #1-ranked players. Deeb's victory was one of just 21 cashes by this group in the last week. They've now recorded 75 WSOP cashes this summer earning a total of $870,602. Here are the highlights from the last week. Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb2016 WSOP cashes: 5 2016 WSOP earnings: $162,112 Shaun Deeb became just the second former PocketFives #1-ranked players to win a bracelet in 2016 when he took down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event last week. He beat out a final table that included former bracelet winners Cory Zeidman, John Monnette, Eugene Katchalov, Max Pescatori and Adam Friedman to win 111,101. With $162,112 in winnings, Deeb now has the second most of any former #1-ranked player behind Paul Volpe. That appears to be as close as he's going to get though as an urgent family matter made for an early end to his WSOP. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 10 2016 WSOP earnings: $62,625 Dan Kelly is one of just three players to have cashed 10 times so far at the 2016 WSOP along with Jason Mercier and Ryan LaPlante. Four of Kelly's cashes came in the last week. He finished 714th in the Monster Stack, 236th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em, 78th in the $5,000 Turbo and 114th in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event. He's averaging a cash every three days so far this summer. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $253,682 With one bracelet already in the bag, Paul Volpe continues to lead the group of former PocketFives #1-ranked players in terms of money earned. He's now made $253,682 this summer - 29% of all the money earned by this group. In the last week he recorded two more cashes including a close call in the $10,000 Six Max Championship where Volpe finished 10th. That put another $49,677 into his total earnings. He followed that up with a 52nd place finish in the $5,000 Turbo for $9,566. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard2016 WSOP cashes: 4 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,755 With just one cash in the first four weeks, Patrick Leonard wasn't having the best WSOP. That may have turned around in the last week as Leonard scored two five-figure scores. He finished 26th in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $20,767 and then 14th in the $5,000 Turbo event for another $22,119. Steve 'gboro780' Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,830 After four cashes over the first four weeks, Steve Gross found two in the last week including his biggest of the summer. Gross finished 11th - one spot behind Volpe - in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $38,268. He then made it through his first table in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout before busting for a 96th place finish and a $4,955 cash. Other NotablesWhile Fedor 'crownupguy' Holz has only cashed twice in WSOP events for a little over $26,000, he's done just fine away from the WSOP tables. Since May 27th he's cashed four times in high roller events, including the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl, for a total of $4,928,000. Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul finally hit the scoreboard this past week, finishing 63rd in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event.
  14. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb grabbed his second WSOP bracelet on Thursday in the ,500 Seven Card Stud event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Just two bracelets were awarded on Thursday at the 2016 World Series of Poker and for both winners it was there second time winning one. Shaun Deeb beat a stacked final table to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event just one year after winning his first bracelet. Kristen Bicknell, the 2013 Ladies Champion, won her second career bracelet by coming out on top of the $1,500 Bounty event. While Deeb and Bicknell were winning their second career bracelets, Jason Mercier was a man on mission trying to win his third bracelet of the summer. Mercier played three events simultaneously in an attempt to advance a stack in all three events. Deeb's first bracelet came last year when he won the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championhip. Final Table Payouts Shaun Deeb - $111,101 Adam Friedman - $68,666 Max Pescatori- $46,312 Katherine Fleck - $31,899 Eugene Katchalov - $22,448 Yaniv Birman - $16,147 John Monnette - $11,878 Cory Zeidman - $8,941 Event #50: Vanessa Selbst Highlights 12 Players Left in $1,500 Shootout Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event saw 120 players return to play 12 10-handed tables with the winner of each moving on to the final day. The group of 12 who won their tables to advance includes Sam Greenwood and Niall Farrell but the real headliner is Vanessa Selbst. The remaining 12 players will start play with two six-handed tables on Friday and play down to a winner beginning at Noon. Final 12 Chip Counts Safiya Umerova - 654,000 Damian Salas - 654,000 Sam Greenwood - 653,000 Niall Farrell - 651,000 Erkut Yilmaz - 651,000 Alexander Lakhov - 646,000 Daniel McAulay - 641,000 Daniel Tang - 640,000 Vanessa Selbst - 639,000 Michael Mixer - 635,000 Yuliyan Kolev - 631,000 Raymond Ho - 630,500 Event #51: Tommy Lee Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 2 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship saw just 28 players of the 159 who started the day move on to Day 3. Leading the pack is Tommy Lee with 2,100,000. He's the ony player to finish with more than 2,000,000. The group behind Le includes Brandon Shack-Harris (1,630,000), James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (1,552,000), recent bracelet winner Loren Klein (760,000) and Max Silver (726,000). With the top 60 players all making the money in this event, there were 32 players eliminated on Thursday that managed to make a profit in the event including Erik Seidel ($15,113), Mike Matusow ($17,113), Taylor Paur ($17,113), Mike Watson ($18,925) and Jason Mercier ($18,925). The final 28 players return to play at 2 PM on Friday to play down to a winner or another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Tommy Le - 2,100,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 1,630,000 James Obst - 1,552,000 Melad Marji - 1,300,000 Junayed Khan - 1,122,000 Travis Pearson - 1,108,000 Harley Stoffmaker - 1,050,000 Dominique Mosley - 817,000 Loren Klein - 760,000 Benjamin Reinhart - 739,000 Event #52: Erhan Iscan Leads $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Erhan Iscan has just one previous tournament cash to his credit - a 32nd place finish in a $120 buy-in tournament in 2009. On Thursday he took a gigantic step towards his second cash, this time with a much bigger payout available. Iscan leads after Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 281,000. He is one of 286 survivors from Day 1 action. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young finished with 177,000, good enough for a top five stack. Just two days after finishing runner-up to Ankush Mandavia in the $5,000 Turbo, Daniel Strelitz finished with a top 10 stack, after amassing 163,600 on Day 1. The event drew 1,125 players to create a $3,071,250 prizepool with the eventual champion walking away with $569,158. Some of the other notables to move on to Day 2 include Kevin Saul, Jay Farber, Stephen Chidwick, Joe Cada, Bryn Kenney and 888poker pro Sofia Lovgren. This is the only event of the day that Mercier managed to advance in. He'll have his work cut out for him on Friday however as he bagged up just 21,800 chips - the 251st biggest stack. Top 10 Chip Counts Erhan Iscan - 281,800 Oliver Bosch - 201,600 Keith Lehr - 188,200 Jordan Young - 177,000 Michael Kane - 174,000 Dorian Rios - 167,700 Christopher Kruk - 164,500 Daniel Strelitz - 163,600 Ivan Freitez - 156,900 Roman Valerstein - 142,800 Event #53: John Monnette Leads $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo After Day 1 One of the new events on the 2016 WSOP schedule this year, the $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo event rotates between Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Big O (five card Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo). To the surprise of few, a player that has vast experience playing all three variations of the game in Las Vegas cash games made his way to the top of the chip counts after Day 1. John Monnette, who has already cashed six times this summer, finished with 87,650 and the Day 1 chip lead. Right behind him is Yuval Bronshtein with 81,725. Former $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner David Bach sits third with 75,050. Other former braclet winners to advance to Day 2 include Michael Mizrachi, Eli Elezra, Mike Leah, Jason Somerville, Barry Greenstein, Allen Cunningham and Andrey Zaichenko. The event brought out 668 players with 207 moving on to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts John Monnette - 87,650 Yuval Bronshtein - 81,725 David Bach - 75,050 Cody Crouch - 74,400 Randy Schatz - 70,200 Michael Mizrachi - 67,325 Mark Johns - 65,050 Viliyan Petleshkov - 64,000 James Alexander - 63,100 Woody Deck - 61,325
  15. [CAPTION=100%]The fourth week of the 2016 WSOP schedule keeps recreational players in mind.[/CAPTION] Week 3 of the 2016 World Series of Poker turned into the World Series of Jason Mercier, and the Week 4 schedule offers a few opportunities for that to continue while there's also a bit of a focus on smaller buy-in, bigger field events with two of the WSOP's famous "gimmick" events running between now and Saturday. Summer Solstice In 2015 the WSOP debuted a new event with 90-minute levels called "Extended Play". The $1,500 buy-in event attracted 1,914 with Adrian Apmann. For 2016 the WSOP has re-branded the event to take advantage of the first day of summer and are calling the event the Summer Solstice. The $1,500 buy-in event runs Monday - Friday and is the first of four events this week targeted towards the always popular "recreational players". The Monster Returns In 2014, fresh off the success of the Millionaire Maker in 2013, introduced another special version of a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament, dubbed the "Monster Stack". While most $1,500 buy-in events have 7,500 starting stacks, the Monster Stack doubles that to 15,000 to give players extra value and wiggle room to play. In the first two years of the event's history it has attracted 7,862 (2014) and 8,192 (2015) players with each champion walking away with over $1.2 million each. The Six Max World Championship While amateurs might be packing the Rio's hallways for the Summer Solstice or Monster Stack, the best No Limit Hold'em players in the world will be playing in the $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship event. Running Thursday - Saturday, the event usually attracts over 250 players including a number of players who cut their teeth online. Last year Byron Kaverman beat a final table that included Doug Polk, Sam Greenwood and former #1-ranked PocketFives player Paul Volpe to win his first bracelet and $657,351. Mixed Triple Draw Debuts The $2,500 buy-in Mixed Triple Draw event might be one of the strongest fields of the year relative to buy-in. Making its WSOP debut this year, the event rotates between three variations of Triple Draw: Ace to Five, Deuce to Seven and Badugi. All three games, which are popular in the some of the biggest cash games in Las Vegas, will be played with a Limit format. The three-day event goes Thursday until Saturday. Other Notable Events This Week The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event finishes up on Tuesday. As of Monday morning Jason Mercier was still in the field, chasing what would be a fourth consecutive $10,000 buy-in event cash. Both the Seniors and Super Seniors events will crown their championship this week while on the opposite end of that spectrum, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship runs next Saturday through Monday.
  16. [caption width="640"] Lisa Meredith needs to outlast 13 more players to win a million dollars.[/caption] When the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule was announced, Dustin and Lisa Meredith circled a few events they wanted to play. Their first choice was the $1,500 Monster Stack, but Lisa's parents, who had volunteered to look after the kids one weekend, weren't available that weekend, so they chose the Millionaire Maker instead. On Tuesday, Lisa Meredith might become a millionaire. Meredith is one of only 15 players left in the Millionaire Maker and the former kindergarten teacher is enjoying the ride, even if it’s been a little stressful. “It’s incredible. I’ve tried to be as conservative as I can be, yet seize opportunities and that’s how I've made it. It’s fluctuated more in these last few tables, I feel like it’s been more of a roller coaster than my whole tournament so I don’t know if it represents my play very well,” said Meredith. “I’ve had to make more moves than usual. Just to get here I’ve tried to seize as many opportunities as I could, if I see people being hesitant, I try to be aggressive.” While the players she’s surrounded by - like Garrett Greer, Jason DeWitt and Sofia Lovgren - seemingly have lots of experience playing in bigger buy-in tournaments, Meredith fine-tuned her game playing in $20 tournaments at a local pub in Portland, Oregon. “We play all the time, about once a week, at a little place called Claudia’s in Portland and they have daily tournaments, and once a month they have bigger tournaments and I’ve won the last three of those two. It’s just a small little bar with seven tables,” said Meredith. As she’s progressed through the tournament, her husband has been trying to prep her for the next day by giving her intel on some of the other players at her table that she may not be familiar with. “My husband was trying to show me some of the pros the night before and I purposely wasn’t paying attention because I don’t want to feel like I’m going to play differently with one person versus another,” said Meredith. “There’s of course, some I would definitely recognize, but others, if they’re off my radar I’d rather keep it that way.” She’s only got one cash showing on her HendonMob profile; a $100 buy-in event in Pendleton, Oregon that she won for just over $10,000. While some might view her as one of the least experienced players still in the hunt for that million dollars, Meredith doesn’t see it that way at all. “I feel like I deserve to be here with the rest of them," said Meredith. "I know I don’t have quite as much experience but I have great intuition and it’s worked well for me and with more experience I’ll be better and better.” Meredith, who taught kindergarten for six years before enjoying maternity leave after her last baby was born, was set to return to her classroom in the fall, but if the next 24 hours pans out the way she wants, that might not be the case. “(Returning) was dependent on how well I did here. I would much rather be a professional poker player, being home with my babies. I’d love to do that,” said Meredith. “That would be the dream.” And as she bagged up chips at the end of Day 3 of the four-day tournament, Meredith allowed herself to dream about what could happen to her on Tuesday if she wins - or even finishes second - in the tournament and ends up with a seven-figure windfall. “It would be the most exciting thing that’s every happened besides the birth of my two children,” said Meredith, who already has a plan to make sure she doesn’t squander life-changing money. “Pay off the house number one,” said Meredith. “I want to be conservative, I’ll be very smart. I’m not going to be like one of these athletes who blows their money right away. I am smart I’m going to use it wisely.” No matter how it turns out though, Meredith knows her deep run in a WSOP event with all that money on the line is something every poker player dreams about. “It is the most fun thing I’ve ever done. It’s my passion,” said Meredith, who used to be a competitive gymnast. “I missed that competitive element and this provides that for me. It’s a blast.” Action resumes at 11 AM PT with the final table streaming on WSOP.com later in the day.
  17. [caption width="640"] Ryan LaPlante won his first WSOP bracelet Saturday night in the 5 Pot Limit Omaha event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Ryan LaPlante overcame the biggest Pot Limit Omaha field in live poker history to win his first World Series of Poker bracelet and Rep Porter won his third career bracelet Saturday night at the 2016 WSOP, but it was the return of one of poker’s most loathed individuals that caused the biggest roar. Howard Lederer ended his self-imposed exile from the live tournament scene when he showed up in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship event. Lederer had been away from live tournament poker since Black Friday shut down Full Tilt Poker and exposed the company’s financial distress. In many cases, players went years without getting their funds back and Lederer, the de facto CEO of Full Tilt, settled with the U.S. government in December 2012. Lederer’s return was expected by most after he released a statement prior to the WSOP apologizing for what happened at Full Tilt. Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson, another Full Tilt Poker founder, has cashed twice already this year after making his own return from a five-year hiatus. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu, who had made the final table of the $1,500 Razz event came up just short in the quest for his seventh career bracelet. Event #12: Ryan LaPlante Gets First Bracelet in $565 Pot Limit Omaha Ryan LaPlante eliminated seven of the final right players to stand alone atop the largest Pot Limit Omaha tournament of all time Saturday night to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career and $190,328. “The World Series of Poker is the biggest thing in poker. If you don’t have a gold bracelet, to some degree some people don’t consider you as good. They’ll say, ‘Oh he’s so good, but he doesn’t have the bracelet’,” said LaPlante. “To get something like this that I have been working so hard for, for such a long time, and going through sweats, is just incredible.” The only player(s) at the final table sent to the rail at the hands of somebody other than LaPlante was Adil Khan busted in seventh after losing a hand to the player who began the day as chip leader Sean Shah. After a 90-minute heads up battle, Shah, who began the final table with the chip lead, was LaPlante’s final victim. LaPlante praised Sean’s final table game play. “Sean’s a very skilled PLO player. I knew I had to be careful with him,” said LaPlante. “Honestly, a lot of what I was doing when it got down to 3 or 4 players I had picked up from him. I started to do what he was doing.” The closest LaPlant had come to a bracelet before Saturday was a fifth place finish in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event in 2014 and the $190,328 first place cash is by far the biggest of his live career. Final Table Payouts Ryan LaPlante - $190,328 Sean Shah - $117,531 Tesfaldet Tekle - $85,870 Richard St. Peter - $63,304 Charles Coultas - $47,092 Adil Khan - $35,353 Matt Livingston - $26,786 Darryll Fish - $20,484 Grant Ellis - $15,813 Event #13: Rep Porter Wins Third Bracelet in $1500 Razz [caption width="640"] Rep Porter now has three WSOP bracelets after his win in the ,500 Razz event (WSOP photo)[/caption] When the final table of the $1,500 Razz event began all eyes were on poker’s biggest star, Daniel Negreanu, who was gunning for his sixth career bracelet. While the spotlight was firmly on Negreanu though, Rep Porter went to work and eventually found himself posing for winner photos after taking down the event for his third career bracelet, and second in Razz. Porter beat another two-time bracelet winner, Michael Gathy, heads up to win the bracelet and the $142,624 first place prize money. Despite now having three bracelets, Porter sees poker as a way to live a life that a normal job wouldn’t and yet he has no interest in becoming a poker celebrity. “I feel perfectly content going home and disappearing when it’s all over. I don’t aspire to have fame. I play poker because it gives me lots of personal freedom. It gives me time to spend with my family. It gives me time to do the things I like to do outside of poker,” said Porter. “I can work hard now at the Series for the next seven weeks, and then I can take the next five weeks off after it’s done. Poker affords me a lot of opportunity to do the things I like to do in life and it’s a pretty decent living. The game’s been good to me.” Porter now has $2,419,781*in lifetime WSOP earnings with $353,239 coming from Razz tournaments. The only two Razz cashes he has are victories. Porter beat out 362 other players in 2011 to win a $2,500 Razz event. While some people dislike the game, Porter sees the game differently. “A lot of people think Razz is a stone luck game, but I think it takes lots of skill,” Porter said. “It feels good to win the same tournament again. It kind of validates that you’re good at that game.” Shaun Deeb, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, finished eighth for $12,006 Final Table Payouts Rep Porter - $142,624 Michael Gathy - $88,146 Alexey Makarov - $60,309 Daniel Negreanu - $42,030 Brendan Taylor - $29,846 Valentin Vornicu - $21,604 Daniel Weinman - $15,945 Shaun Deeb - $12,006 Event #14: Payout Controversy Talk of the Day in $1500 Millionaire Maker Day 1B A day after the second-smallest starting flight in Millionaire Maker history, 4,102 players filed into Day 1B of the $1,500 buy-in event for the second largest starting flight in the four-year history of the event. There were 667 players who made it through their opening flight, lead by Shalev Halfa, who bagged up 250,700 but the chip leader wasn’t what everybody was talking about Saturday night. When registration closed, the payouts were announced and left a few people stunned and disappointed. First place pays $1,065,403 while the runner-up walks away with $1,000,000 - just a $65,000 pay jump. Third place wins $500,000 - a $500,000 pay jump between second and third. David Tuthill was one of a number of players to question the payouts on Twitter. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT and will play another ten levels. Top Ten Chip Counts Alex Luneau - 454,000 Mike Matusow - 367,600 George Danzer - 313,800 Brian Hastings - 290,600 Herezel Zalewski - 204,800 David Grey - 196,900 Usman Siddique - 193,100 Todd Barlow - 190,600 Mike Watson - 184,000 Frank Kassela - 173,900
  18. [caption width="640"] Paul 'paulgees' Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer.[/caption] In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online poker play take them to the top of the rankings. But only nine of those players have ever turned their dominance online into a World Series of Poker Bracelet. Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly are the only two players with more than one WSOP title to their credit. FORMER #1 RANKED PLAYERS WITH WSOP BRACELETS Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb Steve 'gboro780' Gross Taylor 'taypaur' Paur Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli Dan 'djk123' Kelly Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson As the 2016 World Series of Poker enters its second week PocketFives introduces The Rank & File: a weekly feature tracking the former #1-ranked players on their quest for a WSOP bracelet. Paul Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $33,393 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who was #1 just once in his online career, has already cashed once so far, making the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Volpe was eliminated in fourth place by eventual winner Lawrence Berg. Dating back to last summer, five of Volpe’s last six cashes have been top 10 finishes. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,632 Dan 'djk123' Kelly, who spent a total of eight weeks in the PocketFives Rankings top spot in his career, also has just a single score so far at the 2016 WSOP. Kelly finished fourth in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event after being eliminated by eventual runner-up John Monnette. Calvin Anderson2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $25,329 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson has climbed to the top of the PocketFives Rankings eight times in his career including a 22-week stint from September 2012 – February 2013. Anderson, who is two years removed from his bracelet win, has two cashes to date this summer. Like 21,612 other players, Anderson took a shot at the $1,000,000 first place prize in Colossus II but had to settle for a 1,691st place finish and a $1,187 cash. He had more success in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship, finishing eighth for $24,142. Steve Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $6,977 Steve 'gboro780' Gross also has two cashes this summer, both in lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. He finished 682nd in Colossus II for $2,837 and then followed that up with an 84th place finish in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Gross had four stints as the #1 ranked player between February 2009 and August 2010. Small Blinds Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli leads the seven former #1-ranked players who cashed in Colossus II. Piccioli finished 316th for a $5,406 score. Through Event #7, former #1-ranked players have cashed a total of 14 times for $115,583.
  19. [caption width="640"] Norm Michalek is the Colossus II chip leader heading into Day 2[/caption] When WSOP organizers announced that the $565 buy-in Colossus event that was such a huge success in 2015 would be back on the 2016 schedule, the expected to break their own record for largest live tournament ever held. To accommodate they added two more starting flights on a third starting day. Saturday saw the the final two Day 1 flights attracted big numbers, but not quite enough to top the size of last year’s field. Flight 1E brought in 4,855 players and Flight 1F brought in 4,487 to put the total field size at 21,613 - 761 players short of last year’s 22,374 players. The packed hallways at the Rio weren’t the only big news on Saturday though. After a five year absence from the WSOP, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson made his return to the felt, playing in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship event. Ferguson, of course, was one of the key figures in the downfall of Full Tilt Poker and had stayed away from the WSOP since Black Friday. Hai Nguyen Climbs to Top of Largest Colossus II Starting Flight Saturday morning’s 10 AM start time for Colossus II didn’t deter anybody it seems from making their way to the Rio. A grand total of 4,855 players packed the tables and Hai Nguyen bagged the biggest stack with 397,000. Even with the largest starting flight of the six, the top 10 chip counts still include some well known players including David Vamplew, Austin Buchanon and Darren Rabinowitz. Other notables among the 219 players to finish Flight 1E with chips include Tyler Patterson (207,000), Asher Conniff (168,000), Jeff Gross (147,000), Billy Pappas (130,000) and Jamie Kerstetter (90,000). Greg Raymer, who had taken a shot in every starting flight of Colossus, finally found his way to the cashier cage after cashing in this flight. Ronnie Bardah and former WSOP Main Event runner up Martin Staszko also cashed. Flight 1E Top 10 Chip Counts Hai Nguyen - 397,000 Mark Babekov - 354,000 David Vamplew - 325,000 Clausing Johannes - 323,000 Austin Buchanan - 303,000 Darren Rabinowitz - 298,000 Michael Clark - 295,000 Andrea Buonocore - 257,000 Quan Zhou - 247,000 Errol Massey - 244,000 PocketFiver Norman ‘slystyle012’ Michalek Bags Biggest Opening Flight Stack As registration closed on Flight 1F all eyes were on the final number of 4,487 players. That put the total Colossus II field size at 21,613 and pushed the total prize pool to $10,806,500. From the 4,487 players emerged Norman ‘slystyle012’ Michalek. The PocketFives member bagged up 531,000 and not only leads the player from his starting flight, but also sits on top of the remaining 846 players still in the hunt. And former PocketFives writer and PokerNews Podcast co-host Rich Ryan bagged up 289,000 to sneak into the top ten. Ryan now works for the World Poker Tour. Other notables to advance to Day 2 include Joseph Cheong, Ralph Massey, Jack Salter and Melanie Weisner. Zo Karim, David Tuthill, Cate Hal, Eric Baldwin and Shannon Shorr were among the 3,833 Flight 1F casualties. The remaining 846 players will combine into one field on Sunday at 2 PM PT. Day 1F Top 10 Chip Counts Norman Michalek - 531,000 Ryan Hoberg - 439,000 Scott Tiedeman - 387,000 David Lopez - 348,000 Robert Gill - 340,000 Penh Lo - 323,000 Sandeep Pulusani - 295,000 Richard Ryan - 289,000 Christopher Renaudette - 272,000 Christopher Spillane - 272,000 Steve Weiss Leads $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship After Day 1 For many of the game’s top players, the WSOP doesn’t start until the first $10,000 buy-in event. That means Saturday was starting day for many of the biggest names in the game as the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship kicked off with 87 players vying for the bracelet. One of those players was none other than Chris Ferguson. The former Full Tilt Poker pro and executive failed to advance to Day 2. His Full Tilt co-hort Howard Lederer was not in the field. At the end of Day 1 it was Steve Weiss who finished on top. Weiss bagged up 301,500 to edge out Jean-Robert Belannde (282,500) and George Danzer (274,000). Only 33 players survived the 10 levels of play including Calvin Anderson, Stephen Chidwick, Jason Mercier, Mike Leah and Jaso m Somerville. Phil Hellmuth managed to bag one of the smallest stacks, finishing with just 65,000. Others weren’t so lucky. Daniel Negreanu, who skipped Colossus II entirely, failed to advance to Day 2 as did Brian Hastings, who won this event in 2015, did not enter the event and isn’t even in Las Vegas yet. Top 10 Chip Counts Steve Weiss - 301,500 Jean-Robert Bellande - 282,500 George Danzer - 274,000 Chad J Brown - 238,000 Rod Pardey - 215,000 Calvin Anderson - 209,000 Frank Kassela - 199,000 Matt Grapenthien - 178,500 Stephen Chidwick - 175,000 Jason Mercier- 154,000
  20. [caption width="640"] Rainer Kempe won the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Wednesday (photo courtesy Poker Central/Joe Giron)[/caption] The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl featured 49 of the world’s best poker players and to the surprise of nobody who has been watching the world of high roller poker tournaments the past few years, it ended up being another celebration of German poker excellence. Rainer Kempe beat countryman Fedor Holz to win second annual Super High Roller Bowl and the $5,000,000 first place prize. Holz’s runner-up finish earned him $3,500,000. The two Germans were responsible for every elimination at the final table on Wednesday night. After Holz opened to 140,000, Dan Shak, down to just over 500,000 in chips, moved all in and Holz called. The German pro tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] and was ahead of Shak who tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="jd"] to give Holz a jack-high straight and send Shak out in seventh place for $600,000. Nearly one hour later two more players went out. The first to go was Bryn Kenney. With action folded to him on the button, Kenney moved all in for 1,300,000 only to have Holz call from the small blind. Kenney got bad news when he found out his [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] was up against Holz’ [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] to send Kenney out in sixth place. Despite being on the good side of the first two eliminations, Holz remained in second place behind Kempe. And on the very next hand, Kempe put even more distance between himself and the other players. Matt Berkey called from the button before Kempe raised to 205,000 from the small blind and Holz folded his big blind. Berkey responded by moving all in for 1,300,000 and Kempe called. Berkey showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] and needed to improve against Kempe’s [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"]. Kempe ended up making a set on the [poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"] flop, but the [poker card="8s"] turn gave Berkey outs to a flush. The [poker card="4d"] river was no help for Berkey and he was out in fifth place for $1,100,000. The final four players played for over two hours before seeing another elimination. While Kempe and Holz did their best to maintain the top two spots, Poker Hall of Famers Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth traded turns as the short stack before the 14-time WSOP bracelet winner saw his tournament end. Holz and Seidel folded to Hellmuth who just called from the small blind. Kempe announced he was all in and Hellmuth quickly called. Kempe turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] before Hellmuth stood and showed a dominated [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"]. Hellmuth could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] flop, [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="7s"] river brought him no save and he was eliminated in third place. The $1,600,000 fourth place prize is the second largest of Hellmuth’s career, behind only the $ 2,645,333 he earned for his fourth place finish in the Big One for One Drop in 2012. That left the two young Germans and Seidel in contention and although he spent a good part of the final table fighting off elimination, Seidel eventually did bust. After Holz folded his button, Seidel shoved for 1,200,000 and Kempe called. Seidel held [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"] but was behind Kempe’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"]. Seidel could do nothing but watch the [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] run out before exiting the tournament area. The $2.6 million score moved Seidel past Antonio Esfandiari on poker’s all-time earnings list. Seidel has now won $29,283,817 over the course of his career and trails only Daniel Negreanu. While Kempe began the final table with the chip lead and never appeared to have that lead in danger, the heads-up finale proved to be a different story. Kempe and Holz traded the chip lead back and forth over the course of three-and-a-half hours before Kempe finally emerged victorious. The final hand was pocket pair versus pocket pair. Holz raised to 400,000 before Kempe made it 1,200,000 to go. Holz, with just 4,380,000, moved all in and Kempe called. Holz had [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] and needed to improve against Kempe’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"]. Holz got no help on the [poker card="th"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"] flop, [poker card="4c"] turn or the [poker card="3d"] river and was eliminated in second place as Kempe celebrated the first seven-figure cash of his career. Final Table Payouts Rainer Kempe - $5,000,000 Fedor Holz - $3,500,000 Erik Seidel - $2,400,000 Phil Hellmuth - $1,600,000 Matt Berkey - $1,100,000 Bryn Kenney - $800,000 Dan Shak - $600,000
  21. [caption width="640"] Timofey Kuznetsov finds himself on top after Day 1 of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl.[/caption] Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov must really like the beds at Aria Resort & Casino. The young Russian poker pro has just two live scores to his credit and they’re both at the Las Vegas hotel. After Day 1 of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl, he's on pace for his third cash – and this could be a big one. Kuznetsov leads the 35 remaining players after Day 1 with 1,129,500 and he is the only player to break through the seven-digit barrier. Kuznetsov’s success at Aria includes final tabling the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl last summer for $2,125,000 while the second came just days ago when he took down a $50,000 buy-in event at Aria Resort & Casino for almost $750,000. Kuznetsov’s closest competition after Day 1 is Matt Berkey and Fedor Holz who bagged 745,500 and 736,500 respectively. Both players won High Roller events last December just 10 days apart. Berkey won a $25,000 event at Aria while Holz took down the $100,000 buy-in Alpha8 event at Bellagio. Rounding out the top five are the two players who finished first and second in the 2014 Big One for One Drop. Daniel Colman finished with 665,000 while Daniel Negreanu ended with 635,500 after holding the chip lead for most of the day. The $300,000 buy-in event attracted a cross section of the some of the world’s best poker players and high stakes regulars, including some amateurs. There were 14 players sent to the rail on Day 1 including some players with high stakes success already to their credit. Former Big One for One Drop Winner Antonio Esfandiari didn’t even make it through the first hour. Esfandiari lost an early pot to Jason Mercier and then saw the rest of stack at risk with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] against good friend Brian Rast’s [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. Esfandiari dodged the [poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4d"] flop and [poker card="8d"] turn but the [poker card="kc"] river ended his tournament after just about 45 minutes. Just days removed from winning the SCOOP High Main Event, Talal Shakerchi couldn’t keep his momentum going and was also a Day 1 casualty. The other 13 players eliminated on first day of play included Isaac Haxton, Scott Seiver, Haralabos Voulgaris and Doug Polk, who was the last elimination of the day. Day 2 Schedule Action gets back underway Monday at 1 PM PT. The first three hours of play will be streamed on a one-hour delay at https://www.twitch.tv/pokercentral starting at 2pm PT. The CBS Sports Network broadcast gets underway at 5 PM PT and will air until Midnight PT as players player another seven levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Timofey Kuznetsov - 1,129,500 Matt Berkey - 745,500 Fedor Holz - 736,500 Daniel Colman - 665,000 Daniel Negreanu - 653,500 Bill Perkins - 613,500 Phil Galfond - 578,500 Jason Mercier - 568,500 Dan Perper - 559,000 Justin Bonomo - 544,000
  22. [caption width="640"] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah now has two 2016 SCOOP titles.[/caption] Just four days after beating Ari Engel heads-up to win his first 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker title, Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah scored his second win in Event 48 (H), $2,100 Seven Card Stud, after overcoming a star-studded final table that included Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick and eventual runner-up Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz. After his victory, Leah took to Twitter to celebrate before turning his focus to the rest of Sunday’s schedule. Leah’s final table victory was one of 15 on a busy Sunday. The biggest score on the day belonged to ‘OtB_RedBaron’, who took down the $21,000 buy-in High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em event for $229,600. The high stakes regular added the SCOOP title to the WCOOP High Roller Heads-Up title he won in 2014. The final eight of the event included Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk, Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene, Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov and eventual runner-up Jake 'JLlama' Abdalla. The win in the mid-stakes version of the event went to ‘jamjam818’ who beat ‘dougiedan678’ to win $83,800. The pair agreed to a chop midway during their heads-up finale allowing ’dougiedan’ to walk away with $89,000 thanks to the chip lead he held at the time. Ukrainian pro ’serhiy1989’ won the low-stakes version for $25,104.18. Niall 'firaldo87' Farrell also had a Sunday to remember. Farrell beat out 423 other players, including former November Niner Felix 'ZhipOHoy' Stephensen heads-up, to win $159,040.00 in Event 47 (H), $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max. While there were 15 titles handed out on Sunday, it also marked Day 1 of the Main Event at all three buy-in levels. The $10,000 buy-in high stakes event brought in 824 players with 129 moving on to Day 2. Germany’s ‘lissi stinkt’ leads heading into Day 2. In the mid-stakes version, 5,206 players put up the $1,000 buy-in with only 251 advancing to Day 2 and the overnight chip leader is ‘Airdraken’. The low-stakes version brought out 24,591 players including Japan’s ‘jp_legacy’ who turned his re-entry into the event into a chip lead with 222 players left. Action resumes Monday. Event 46 (H); Six Max Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 85 Prize pool: $162,748 KKremate - $44,348.83 WATnlos- $29,701.51 mikal12345 - $22,784.72 rapsusklei - $15,461.06 bujia4000 - $11,392.36 shhharp - $8,544.27 Event 46 (M): $82+R Six Max Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 347 (397 rebuys, 257 add-ons) Prize pool: $76,326.25 Adam 'Adamyid' Owen - $15,647.06 Filipo83 - $11,448.93 aDrENalin710 - $8,586.70 hotvesper - $5,915.28 delyoda - $4,388.75 XRoXXoX - $2,862.23 Event 46 (L): Six Max Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 1,814 (2,786 Rebuys, 1,046 Add-ons) Prize pool: $38,505.72 MuKoJla - $5,459.62* Steve 'Rabscuttle' Cowley - $4,520.12* enay_fls - $4,268.46* Eric 'AceQuad' Brix - $2,310.34 Al Magellan - $1,540.22 stardream - $908.73 * Three-way chop Event 47 (H): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max Entrants: 424 (Part One) Prize pool: $848,000.00 Niall 'firaldo87' Farrell (Canada) $159,040.00* Felix 'ZhipOHoy' Stephensen (United Kingdom) $142,000.00* SsicK_OnE (Germany) $95,400.00 WhatIfGod (Sweden) $65,720.00 Mikleler (Russia) $48,760.00 I'am_Sound (Switzerland) $31,800.00 Event 47 (M): $215 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max Entrants: 1,590 Prize pool: $318,000.00 prsalute - $49,170.61* digopapel - $42,731.39* Thomas 'WushuTM' Muehloecker - $29,415.00 Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $20,352.00 PureCash25 - $13,038.00 TiltMeBig - $8,745.00 Two-way chop Event 47 (L): $27 No Limit Hold'em Min-Max Entrants: 3,932 Prize Pool: $100,000 eugenevv - $14,106.91* wuqi3159 - $12,199.46* ratez0r - $11,843.63* Nelson28 - $6,400 zvejyss10 - $4,100 013ATM - $2,750 Three-way chop Event 48 (H): $2,100 Seven Card Stud Entrants: 65 Prize pool: $130,000.00 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $42,250.00 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $27,300.00 Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $19,500.00 Gleb 'psyhoagromor' Kovtunov - $13,000.00 Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick - $9,750.00 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $7,150.00 krakukra - $5,850.00 TheMuppet - $5,200.0048 Event 48 (M): $215 Seven Card Stud Entrants: 258 (192 entries, 66 re-entries) Prize pool: $51,600 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez (Uruguay) $10,062.00 viking47 (U.K.) $7,482.00 alwaysnice (U.K.) $5,676.00 sprocketsAA (Mexico) $4,128.00 Akkerx (Hungary) $2,838.00 psyhoagromor (Ukraine) $2,064.00 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson (Mexico) $1,548.00 EDUARD_II (Latvia) $1,290.00 Event 48 (L): $27 Seven Card Stud Entrants:1,177 Prize pool: $28,895.35 Antanas 'Nr1InEurope' Bakaitis - $4,400.00* B!G_SL!ck-AK - $3,750.00* skalexjung - $3,697.82* AtomTom87 - $2,141.14 gunnersfun - $1,444.76 nicnad888 - $866.86 woodenrouble - $577.90 Leads4free - $361.19 Three-way chop. Event 49 (H): $21,000 High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 32 Prize pool: $656,000.00 OtB_RedBaron - $229,600.00 Jake 'JLlama' Abdalla - $131,200.00 KRab42 - $65,600.00 Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov - $65,600.00 kalashn1kovv - $41,000.00 Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene - $41,000.00 hhecklen - $41,000.00 Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk - $41,000.00 Event 49 (M): $2,100 High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 180 Prize pool: $360,000 jamjam818 - $83,800* dougiedan678 - $89,000* beginner27 - $36,000 3P3NIPA - $36,000 moglimiranda - $14,400 bar-bar9999 - $14,400 teunuss - $14,400 ORLOVSKIY - $14,400 Two-way chop. Event 49 (L): $215 High Roller Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 830 Prize Pool: $166,000 serhiy1989 - $25,104.18 greerzy_2 - $15,974.18 Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero - $7,986.26 Fishyyy91 - $7,986.26 Event 55 (H): No Limit Hold'em Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 1,335 Prize pool: $1,335,000.00 (Regular pool: $667,500, Bounty pool: $667,500) dntfrgtame - $115,210.50 + $40,847.61 bounties Tom 'hitthehole' Middleton - $83,437.50 + $46,972.60 bounties 1sag - $63,412.50 + $7,421.87 bounties Justas 'selinantis' Semaska - $46,458.00 + $10,195.31 bounties Max 'altiFC' Altergott - $33,041.25 + $5,187.49 bounties scoripo04 - $26,366.25 + $3,031.25 bounties Garrin4e - $19,691.25 + $15,324.21 bounties Andreas 'daskalos20' Christoforou - $13,016.25 + $9,861.32 bounties Brabupada - $7,342.50 + $2,125.00 bounties Event 55 (M): $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 5,838 Prize pool: $583,800 tinchoarce - $45,665.40 + $12,957.03 in bounties mackkim - $34,006.35 + $2,636.67 in bounties grbalazs - $24,081.75 + $2,876.29 in bounties ZAR84 - $16,492.35 + $1,454.26 in bounties dankol2 - $12,405.75 + $1,726.72 in bounties Trem-FCK-Ftp - $9,486.75 + $2,566.93 in bounties Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero - $6,567.75 + $1,961.87 in bounties Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich - $3,648.75 + $4,121.79 in bounties Zoukki - $2,335.20 + $1,860.50 in bounties Event 55 (L ): No Limit Hold'em Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 16,362 Prize pool: $163,620 gingerjake91 - $9,549.30 + $2,319.50 in bounties Buur90 - $6,953.85 + $1,035.42 in bounties Harv$$103 - $5,317.65 + $541.77 in bounties Petrix1 - $3,681.45 + $641.57 in bounties po82m - $2,863.35 + $884.72 in bounties rusito2184 - $2,045.25 + $443.43 in bounties Gubii - $1,390.77 + $248.01 in bounties jonimella - $736.29 + $745.99 in bounties marcozevola5 - $490.86 + $402.59 in bounties
  23. [caption width="630"] Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk won six figures and a SCOOP title on Saturday. (WPT photo)[/caption] Saturday afternoon Doug ‘WCG|Rider’ Polk captured his first career Spring Championship of Online Poker title by beating one of the tougher No Limit Hold’em fields the festival has to offer. Polk beat out 150 other players to win Event 43, a $2,100 NLHE event for $115,000. And he did it all live on Twitch. Polk streamed the final table live on Twitch right through until the final hand. Polk also made the final eight of the $21,000 buy-in Heads Up High Roller event which plays out on Sunday afternoon. David ‘EzPaTuLa’ Cabrera beat out Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca to win the $215 buy-in mid-stakes version of the event. Carbrera walked away with $57,366.13 for the win. The low-stakes version went to Noah ‘dirty.brasil’ Vaillancourt. The Vancouver based grinder conquered 2,876 other players including Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins heads up to win the title. After Brazil failed to win a SCOOP title on Friday, the South American poker powerhouse made sure to get one on Saturday. Ricardo ‘preTu.ras’ Silva took down Event 50 (L), a $27 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO tournament. Silva’s win is the 19th win by a Brazilian player this SCOOP. Silva outlasted 7,438 other players to win the title and the $$13,732.61 first place prize money. He also collected an additional $2,821.27 in bounties. Silva won a Turbo Championship of Online Poker last year and now just needs a World Championship of Online Poker title to join the COOP Triple Crown club. The mid-stakes version of that event went to another player with previous SCOOP success ‘ex6tenceLV’ beat out over 2,300 players to win the second SCOOP title of his career and almost $50,000 in prize money. Hannes ‘SuchADegen’ Speiser won Event 50 (H), a $2,100 buy-in tournament, to win $107,730 plus an extra $41,645.97 in bounties. Also worth noting that Shaun Deeb earned enough points on Saturday to move past Jason Mercier for top spot on the Overall SCOOP leaderboard. With just two days of play left Deeb has 780 points while Mercier trails with 755. Event 43 (H): $2,100 NLHE 1R1A Entrants:151 (42 rebuys, 57 add-ons) Prize pool: $500,000 Doug ‘WCG|Rider’ Polk - $115,000.00 sk2ll_m0dR - $80,000.00 zcedrick - $60,750.00 James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst - $45,000 3P3NIPA - $30,000 Gandalf MR - $25,000 birddy420 - $20,000 EvnomiYa - $15,000 Lrslzk - $12,500 Event 43 (M): $215 NLHE 1R1A Entrants: 771 (323 rebuys, 446 add-ons) Prize pool: $312.620.00 David ‘EzPaTuLa’ Cabrera - $57,366.13 Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca - $40,953.22 Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan - $30,949.38 tobi123456 - $23,290.19 Fukuruku - $16,256.24 kawachi1984 - $13,130.04 i need sheet - $10,003.84 Francisco ‘Tomatee’ Benitez - $6,866.64 groww - $4,064.06 Event 43 (L): $27 NL Hold'em, 1R1A Entrants:*2,877 (1,700 re-buys, 1,793 add-ons) Prize pool:*$156,383.50 Noah ‘dirty.brasil’ Vaillancourt - $24,710.41 Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins - $18,558.02 BioNicle9 - $13,292.59 GloRyKeepah - $9,148.43 rodloiola - $6,959.06 kopakabritu - $5,395.23 pitaoufmg - $3,831.39 LameR25 - $2,267.56 swifterjet - $1,329.25 Event 44 (H): $1,050 HORSE Entrants: 264 (169 entries, 95 re-entries) Prize pool: $264,000.00 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - $53,460.00 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $40,920.00 gloria1986 - $30,360.00 Trueteller - $22,440.00 Eugene Katchalov - $14,520.00 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $11,880.00 Adam 'Adamyid' Owen - $9,240.00 HlPPOCAMP - $7,260.00 Event 44 (M): $109 HORSE
 Entrants:*990 (745 entries, 245 re-entries) Prize pool:*$99,000 GrimIsCool - $11,619.07* hipoppotamus - $11,107.93* cbolt21 - $13,458* YaaGy - $12,255.70* grampabumkin - $4,950 alxbanana - $3,465 thefish01x - $2,227.50 BOT OHO - $1,485 *Four way chop Event 44 (L): $11 HORSE Entrants: 3,217 (822 re-entries) Prize pool: $40,390.00 Bowsercastle - $4,602.63* tigrenok.mn - $4,544.56* Mikki31 - $4,150.81* JobberJay - $4,403.36* homasapiens - $2,019.50 ALD74 - $1,211.70 chaka-G - $605.85 Sharkomaha - $363.51 *Four way chop Event 50 (H): $2,100 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO 
Entrants:*567 Prize pool:*$1,134,000 ($567,000 regular prize pool, $567,000 bounty prize pool) Hannes ‘SuchADegen’ Speiser - $107,730 + $41,645.97 in bounties Trueteller - $79,380 + $15,510.73 in bounties FaceStealer - $58,117.50 + $25,271.47 in bounties Bryn ‘BrynKenney’ Kenney - $39,690 + $28,281.24 in bounties Jason ‘jakoon1985’ Koon - $28,350 + $18,371.09 in bounties xPastorcitox - $18,144 + $7,867.15 in bounties Event 50 (M): $215 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO Entrants:2,309 Prize pool: $461,800.00 ex6tenceLV - $36,368.18 + $13,122.75 = $49,490.93 ForTheSwaRMm - $26,553.50 + $4,207.00 = $30,760.50 zwacke - $19,626.50 + $7,614.41 in bounties = $27,240.91 Desmoplakin - $13,276.75 + $2,909.37 in bounties = $16,186.12 EyesNvrLie - $8,658.75 + $3,074.20 in bounties = $11,732.95 PjotrNL - $4,613.38 + $628.12 in bounties = $5,241.50 Event 50 (L): $27 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 7,439 Prize pool: $182,627.45 (Regular pool: $91,499.70, Bounty pool: $91,127.75) Ricardo ‘preTu.ras’ Silva - $13,732.61 + $2,821.27 bounties Flyinbanana - $9,607.46 + $744.05 bounties !Mp!yavv - $6,862.47 + $6,862.47 bounties S3XXYMUCK - $4,117.48 + $1,891.82 bounties bodgik77 - $2,287.49 + $1,016.73 bounties Kosei Ichinose - $1,372.49 + $561.09 bounties
  24. [caption width="640"] Andjelko Andrejevic captured his first WPT title Saturday in Amsterdam[/caption] Saturday afternoon in Amsterdam, Anthony Zinno found himself within spitting distance of making World Poker Tour /B] history. Zinno entered the final table of WPT Amsterdam with the third biggest stack and a chance at becoming the first player to win four WPT titles. Serbia’s Andjelko Andrejevic had other ideas though. Andrejevic defeated Tomas Fara after a three-hour heads-up battle to win the event and the $228,000 that came with the title while Zinno had to settle for third. Just seven hands Zinno got even closer, sending one of the short stacks home. Zinno opened to 125,000 from the button and Hans Bosman moved all in from the big blind. Zinno called to find himself racing with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] against Bosman’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5s"] to eliminate Bosman and move Zinno closer to the chip lead. Just fifteen minutes later another player hit the rail. Andrejevic raised to 125,000 from the button before Senh Man Ung moved all in from the button and Andrejevic called. Ung was ahead with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] against Andrejevic’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"] flop put Andrejevic ahead and neither the [poker card="qd"] turn or [poker card="qc"] river changed anything and Ung was out in fifth place. After nursing his short stack for over an hour, Emrah Cakmak finally had to make a stand - but it didn’t end well. Action folded around to Cakmak on the button and moved all in and Fara called from the big blind. Cakmak showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] but got bad news when Fara tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop brought no help for Cakmak and after the [poker card="8d"] turn and [poker card="3s"] river, he was eliminated in fourth. That hand left two players between Zinno and history but that’s as close as the former WPT Player of the Year would get. While Andrejevic was adding to his stack, Zinno saw his moving in the opposite direction. After 90 minutes of three-handed play Zinno was left with just over 20 big blinds. Andrejevic opened to 225,000 from the button before Zinno moved all in for 1,785,000. Fara move all in over the top. Andrejevic folded and Zinno got the bad news as he tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"] before Fara showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="th"] run out didn’t help Zinno and his run ended in third place. Heads-up play began with Andrejevic holding 5,150,000 of the 9,540,000 chips in play. Fara refused to go quietly though and the two players traded chips - and the chip lead - over the course of three hours before Andrejevic emerged victorious. Andrejevic moved all in from the small blind for 6,800,000 and Fara called, with his tournament life at stake. Andrejevic turned over [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"] while Fara showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"] flop put Andrejevic ahead and neither the [poker card="5s"] turn or [poker card="8s"] river put Fara back ahead, giving Andrejevic the first WPT title of his career to go along with his victory in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Super High Roller win from November. Final Table Payouts Andjelko Andrejevic - $228,000 Tomas Fara - $163,362 Anthony Zinno - $103,124 Emrah Cakmak - $76,722 Senh Man Ung - $57,591 Hans Bosman - $46,051
  25. For the talented players who have already won a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title at some point in their career, the first six days of the 2016 SCOOP have to give them reason to remain optimistic. Previous winners are doing well this year and Thursday’s action was no different. Germany’s ’Ssick_One’ won his second SCOOP title in two years, taking down one of the three Six Max shootouts on the schedule Thursday. ’Ssick_One’ won Event #12 (M): $215 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Shootout, beating out a 1,075-player field to win $34,400. The German poker pro was once ranked in the top ten of the PocketFives Rankings. Nick ‘chilenocl’ Yunis, who already has a TCOOP title from 2015, added a SCOOP title to his resume Thursday. Yunis won Event #12 (H), the $2,100 buy-in NLHE Six Max Shootout event. He beat Matt ‘OLD TIME GIN’ Stone heads up to walk away with the $95,040 winner’s share. While previous winners are doing well, it’s hard to ignore the amazing performance being put on by Brazilian players this year. Guilherme ’GhRibeiro’ Ribeiro became the latest Brazilian poker player to win a SCOOP title this year. Ribeiro beat out 3,353 players to win Event #12(L) and the $13,176.26 that came with it. Just a few hours later, another Brazilian found his way into the winner’s circle. Thiago ‘tgrigoletti ‘Grigoletti beat ‘maoosalazar’ heads up to win Event #13 (H): $700 No Limit Hold’em Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super KO. Grigoletti’s win was the eighth SCOOP title won by a Brazilian player this year. Jason ‘jcarverpoker’ Somerville finished ninth in that event. Argentina’s ‘pintoelbajon’ earned his first SCOOP title with a victory in Event #13 (M): $82 No Limit Hold’em Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super KO. He took home over $50,000 in winnings, including bounties, for his efforts. Event #12 (H): $2100 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Shootout Nick 'chilenocl' Yunis - $95,040 Matt ‘OLD TIME GIN’ Stone - $66,312 WATnlos - $49,680 Michael 'munchenHB' Telker - $34,560 Alex 'bigfox86' Foxen - $25,920 Jimmy 'jays94' Molloy - $17,280 Event #12 (M): $215 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Shootout Ssick_One - $34,400 persephoney - $25,800 Graftekkel - $19,350 hulinada - $12,900 Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado - $8,600 SV(nmgn)EN - $5,332 Event #12 (L): $27 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Shootout Guilherme ’GhRibeiro’ Ribeiro - $13,176.26 berman As - $9,880.88 AZUncle - $7,410.66 85blackswan - $4,940.44 IVIegahit - $3,293.62 mindgamer - $2,042.04 Event #13 (H): $700 No Limit Hold’em Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super KO Thiago ‘tgrigoletti’ Grigoletti - $95815.65* maoosalazar - $83038.07* gilcoe - $49093.31 Kot_Spartac - $34112.31 swordfish007 - $27877.9 Mr.Kingball - $32530.72 U_2GOOD4_M3 - $21836.76 vitinhorrn15 - $17655.03 jcarverpoker - $7465.33 *Final two players agreed to a chop Event #13 (M): $82 No Limit Hold’em Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super KO pintoelbajon - $50,952.50 ragAAAila19 - $36,275.67 Netonegao - $27,414.09 SFisch4 - $20,823.62 bauruzito - $15,942.72 pluis679 - $9,625.31 Genyss13 - $4,476.39 rooney69 - $3,918.70
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