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  1. Just weeks after GGPoker surprised the poker world with the signing of Daniel Negreanu as an ambassador, the six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner flexed his influence by helping create a recreational player-friendly Sunday tournament. The GG Masters features a $150 buy-in, a freezeout format, and a six-figure guarantee. Through eight weeks of play, the tournament has grown to become a key part of many players' Sunday schedules. [ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Since the inaugural event on January 5, the GG Masters has had an overlay each week while continuing to show moderate growth. That first offering of the GG Masters had a $250,000 guarantee and even though over 1,500 players showed up to play, when registration closed it had a $27,820 overlay. Seemingly undeterred, the following week GGPoker responded by increasing the guarantee to $300,000 where it has remained since. That event drew 1,901 players and just 1,800 the following week. That attendance drop wasn't a trend that continued, however. Over the following four weeks, the number of entries increased each week. For the February 16 event, Negreanu flew to Toronto, Canada to play the GG Masters and stream it live on his Twitch channel. That level of help helped push the event to a high of 2,135 players. [caption id="attachment_629227" align="aligncenter" width="704"] Until a small dip last week, the GG Masters had shown steady week-over-week growth.[/caption] GG Masters Overlays Each of the eight events has had an overly. The $150 buy-in ($138 + $12), means that the GG Masters needs 2,174 players to meet the $300,000 guarantee. The largest overlay came on January 19 when GG Poker had to cover a $51,600 shortfall in prize money while the smallest overlay, just $5,370, came on February 16. Date Overlay W/W Growth Jan 5 $27,820 N/A Jan 12 $37,662 35.38% Jan 19 $51,600 37.01% Jan 26 $36,282 -29.69% Feb 2 $32,280 -11.03% Feb 9 $15,168 -53.01% Feb 16 $5,370 -64.60% Feb 23 $19,584 264.69% Champions The eight events have produced eight unique champions. The winner of the first event, 'howardern', won $32,654.63 - the smallest any winner has taken home to date. The biggest prize went to 'mrbradleyy' who earned $45,167.37 for winning the January 19 event. Date Player Winnings Jan 5 howardern $32,654.63 Jan 12 MwonderchilD $36,794.72 Jan 19 mrbradleyy $45,167.37 Jan 26 M@cacoCidadao $44,945.82 Feb 2 REPTAR $44,945.82 Feb 9 G0spRaf0 $39,962.89 Feb 16 mayKKz_ $44,710.89 Feb 23 br0keliving $41,277.05 The Leaderboard Along with the freezeout format, the GG Masters also launched a GG Masters leaderboard that runs through the end of 2020. Only players who cash in an event and a pre-determined number of players who bubble the event, earn leaderboard points. The player at the end of the year sitting atop the leaderboard will become a GGPoker ambassador, a prize worth "up to $500,000". Players finishing second through ninth each win tickets to 2021 GG Masters. Thanks largely to a victory in the third week, British grinder 'mrbradleyy' sits atop the leaderboard with 1,199.71 points - 996.79 of which came from that win. Sitting in second is Maltese player 'MwonderchilD', winner of the Week 2 event, with 1,129.19 points. Third place belongs to week 4 winner Brazilian 'M@cacoCidadao' with 1,101.4 points. Another Brazilian, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos sits at ninth with 626.5 points thanks to a Top 25 Rank Screenname Points 1 mrbradleyy 1,199.71 2 MwonderchilD 1,129.19 3 M@cacoCidadao 1,101.40 4 G0spRaf0 1,098.81 5 br0keliving 1,095.48 6 mayKKz_ 1,085.59 7 REPTAR 1,034.83 8 howardern 942.71 9 Felipe Ramos 626.5 10 Bullet-proof 600.68 11 LUCKYFISH567 595.02 12 tripl3barr3l 587.92 13 scrimitzu 579.68 14 katoooo 575.72 15 call~call~allin 561.66 16 ppak 544.68 17 Specknacken 544.18 18 ruael 543.25 19 MaoZeDonk 538.98 20 fjhgs 499.95 21 FastActor 498.01 22 Joris Gruis 482.63 23 KittyAtTheCocobongo 470.07 24 IG0C0C0L0C0 462.43 25 vivaegipto 458.59
  2. It's not Dan Cates, but 'Junglemandan' found a way to dominate the marquee events on partypoker on Sunday, taking down the $5,200 Big Game and final-tabling the partypoker MILLION for a $165K score. One week after a record-setting field gave the partypoker MILLION its first prize pool of more than $1,000,000, the field size dipped to create a $148,016 overlay. 'alexis.onassis' won the event outright to win $153,820 while runner-up 'RentoiUutua' banked $107,500. Third place finisher 'AAtualizarbr' picked up a nice $69,000. 'Junglemandan' finished in fifth place for $30,980. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] The $5,200 Big Game attracted 120 entries with 'Junglemandan' beating all of them to win $135,552.42. Second place finisher 'CalmDownMan' just missed out on a six-figure score after earning $96,823.12. Rounding out the podium finishers with a third place result, 'Incognitono' won $69,159.37. The PokerStars Sunday Million had a half-price buy-in this week along with a two-day schedule and will finish on Monday. The Sunday Warm-Up had a whopping 3,501 entries and the final three players decided to chop things up. Eventual winner 'cataccc7' took home $39,298.20 while runner-up 'Grindenbolhas' won $37,816.62 and third place finisher 'laniesto' added $33,126.05 to their bankroll. The GGPoker GG Masters saw a slight dip this week with 2,032 runners. That made for a $19,584 overlay which 'br0keliving' was more than happy to take full advantage of after outlasting the entire field to pick up $41,277. Runner-up 'call-call-allin' took home $35,494 and bronze medalist 'vivaegipto' had to settle for $22,775. The 888poker Sunday Mega Deep just missed out on the $100,000 guarantee with 712 entries, plus 246 rebuys, falling just $4,200 short. Beating out the field earned 'cuadrado12' $18,750 while second place came with a $13,500 payday. 'IloveMyCards' won $10,000 for coming in third place. partypoker $215 MILLION 651 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($148,016 overlay) alexis.onassis - $153,820 RentoiUutua - $107,500 AAtualizarbr - $69,000 xfabragelepo89 - $45,030 Junglemandan - $30,980 MoStack - $21,080 Hex Velduis - $14,830 Zorro-Supremo - $9,600 partypoker $5,200 Big Game 120 entries $553,275 prize pool Junglemandan - $135,552.42 CalmDownMan - $96,823.12 Incognitono - $69,159.37 WatchMeDance - $48,411.56 Hex Velduis - $35,962.87 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $27,663.75 Sundaynightking - $22,131.00 patience - $17,981.43 partypoker KO Super Sunday Event #3-High $320 NLHE PKO 1,061 entries $326,788 prize pool xxBanioNxx - $21,613.87 + $24,000.69 in bounties poker3019 - $21,581.45 + $6,953.87 in bounties GebGeb - $14,287.22 + $2,246.56 in bounties KautoStar - $9,571.56 + $1,145.49 in bounties Novakdjk - $6,784.23 + $5,973.15 in bounties Jeff Gross - $4,803.31 + $483.87 in bounties Fayran25 - $3,365.82 + $1,876.24 in bounties topgunrs388 - $2,278.94 + $691.25 in bounties partypoker KO Super Sunday Event #3-Super High Roller $2,100 NLHE PKO 141 entries $289,050 prize pool LittleRussia - $24,893.26 + $47,151.58 in bounties kristian150 - $24,865.59 + $8,859.27 in bounties onehundredeyez - $18,094.32 + $13,092.18 in bounties MrDreamMachine - $12,816.81 + $3,675.00 in bounties ShortSqueeze - $9,047.16 + $8,334.37 in bounties kgroqigmqtbmqom - $7,162.33 + $1,050.00 in bounties Lost Motel - $5,699.71 + $3,543.75 in bounties Psilocybin - $4,523.58 + $2,756.25 in bounties PokerStars $107.50 Sunday Warm-up 3,501 entries $350,100 prize pool cataccc7 - $39,298.20* Grindebolhas - $37,816.62* laniesto - $33,126.05* PTFisherman23 - $17,363.27 Timibank - $12,185.05 Alex_Vol - $8,551.12 lhwy0810 - $6,000.92 vasick02 - $4,211.24 MSUmaniac - $2,955.33 PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 1,253 entries $250,600 prize pool SerVlaMin - $16,853.79 + $13,054.60 in bounties Reimund77 - $16,852.51 + $7,006.25 in bounties gtavares10 - $10,285.92 + $4,183.58 in bounties CrAzY-sTeFaN - $7,464.49 + $2,266.41 in bounties MCvisitor - $5,416.98 + $2,068.75 in bounties Nelisschuif7 - $3,931.09 + $1,651.57 in bounties BRzRoll - $2,852.79 + $1,718.76 in bounties MusonToch + $2,070.26 + $681.25 in bounties Stakelis24 + $1,502.39 + $2,548.45 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 1,135 entries $567,500 prize pool KennedyPK97 - $40,007.02 + $34,482.33 in bounties 192.168.7734 - $40,006.22 + $5,705.08 in bounties JustTrappedU - $24,806.44 + $6,755.36 in bounties ferrostyle - $18,183.04 + $12,225.04 in bounties mypoker25 - $13,328.10 + $6,981.44 in bounties 3betwizkid - $9,679.45 + $4,457.03 in bounties WudiCall - $7,160.97 + $2,742.19 in bounties KingChocho - $5,248.97 + $5,712.89 in bounties tanghui531 - $3,847.50 + $5,834.96 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,032 entries $300,000 prize pool ($19,584 overlay) br0keliving - $41,277 call-call-allin - $35,494 vivaegipto - $22,775 throumbs - $16,234 BeezInTheTrap - $11,572 Shipovitski - $8,249 Korneev - $5,880 xiaoxiansheng - $4,191 Rasalhague - $2,988 888poker $109 Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 712 entries + 246 rebuys $100,000 prize pool ($4,200 overlay) cuadrado12 - $18,750 Satosss - $13,500 IloveMyCards - $10,000 laurinm - $7,500 matokr - $5,250 EmmaLynx - $4,250 sCUMCHER - $3,250 Limitfisher - $2,250 mpZancan - $1,410 *deal made
  3. When Christopher Puetz made his way back to King's Casino in Rozvadov on Sunday for the final day of play in the World Poker Tour Germany stop, he was in the middle of the pack with nine players left including two reigning World Champions. Eight hours later he was a WPT champ. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] Puetz topped the 510-player field to win his first major title and €270,000 including entry to the WPT Tournament of Champions in June in Las Vegas. Rifat Gegic and Renato Nowak were eliminated in ninth and eighth place respectively before reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champ was eliminated by Puetz in Hossein Ensan in seventh place to send the final six players to the official WPT final table. It took 24 hands before the first elimination. Farukh Tach moved all in from UTG for 1,200,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] before Laszlo Papai moved all-in over the top for 4,000,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3c"] gave Tach an open-ended straight draw but neither the [poker card="6h"] turn or [poker card="4h"] river were able to improve Tach's hand and he was eliminated in sixth. Gianluca Speranza, the reigning PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion, was the next to go. From the cutoff, Speranza moved all in for 1,900,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] before Laszlo Papai called from the small blind with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"] flop gave both players a set but Speranza was eliminated after the [poker card="kc"] turn and [poker card="ks"] river completed the board. Just 19 hands later, Josef Gulas raised to 325,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"], Papai called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6h"] before Joep van den Bijgaart moved all in for 5,600,000 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. Gulas called all in before Papai folded. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="tc"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Gulas in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted 39 hands before van den Bijgaart saw his tournament run cut short. From the button, Papai raised to 400,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] before van den Bijgaart moved all in for 3,200,000 from the small blind with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Papai called and then moved ahead on the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] flop and then stayed there through the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river to eliminate Bijgaart and head to heads-up play with a slight lead over Puetz. It took just seven hands for Puetz to turn things around and eliminate Papai. The penultimate hand was saw Papai lose a significant amount of chips after going to battle with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] against Papai's [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. Even though Papai was left with less than one big blind, the final hand still had plenty of drama. Papai was all in with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"] and Puetz called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Papai bottom set while Puetz had top two pair. The turn was [poker card="qh"] to give Puetz the nut full house and the [poker card="7h"] was no saving grace for Papai to eliminate him in second place and give Puetz his first major title. The €3,300 buy-in event drew 510 players to create a €1,530,000 prize pool, just surpassing the €1,500,000 guarantee. WPT Germany Final Table Payouts Christopher Puetz - €270,000 Laszlo Papai - €174,500 Joep van den Bijgaart - €125,000 Josef Gulas - €91,000 Gianluca Speranza - €68,000 Farukh Tach - €52,000
  4. FIVE THINGS is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It appears periodically at PocketFives.com. When Poker Central announced two weeks ago that they had acquired the rights to the High Stakes Poker brand and archive from GSN, the poker world reacted with one unanimous emotion. Pure joy. High Stakes Poker, which ran for seven seasons from 2006 until it was cancelled in the wake of Black Friday in 2011, is probably the most beloved TV poker show in history, rivalled only by Late Night Poker. HSP, was different than anything that had come before because it was focused on cash game action, rather than tournaments and as the name suggests, the stakes got big. Real big. Adding HSP to the growing collection of poker content on PokerGO seems like a slam dunk and Sam Simmons, President of PokerGO/PokerCentral, is already teasing poker fans about what's to come. Knowing that the brain trust that now holds the keys to HSP is already thinking of what to do with the HSP brand, this edition of FIVE THINGS is dedicated to some ideas to help make the second coming of High Stakes Poker live up to the lofty expectations. Don’t Livestream It It might seem counterintuitive in 2020 to not livestream an hours-long cash game session. Most poker content, whether it's the Super High Roller Bowl, the World Series of Poker Main Event, or LIVE At The Bike is streamed live. High Stakes Poker holds a special place in the hearts of poker fans and the attachment that many have for HSP meant that it became appointment viewing. There’s no reason that can’t be repeated. The original HSP filmed 24 hours of action to get 13-17 40-minute episodes for GSN. Have players sign the appropriate non-disclosure agreements, film an entire session, and put together hour-long episodes. Release one or two episodes each week and build up the FOMO via social media. The poker world will be waiting with bated breath. Make New School Players a Priority It’s been just over eight years since the last new episode High Stakes Poker aired featuring the likes of Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, and Daniel Negreanu. Bringing some of those players back will give viewers the nostalgic tie-in to the original run but an impressive number of talented players have emerged as stars since then and getting them involved will be an important part of the evolution of the show. Producers will have a bevy of players to choose from. Nick Schulman, Dan Cates, and Prahlad Friedman somehow never appeared on the original run and would make great additions. There are also stars from the high roller tournament scene such as Kahle Burns, Jason Koon, Sam Soverel, Kristen Bicknell, and Danny Tang that viewers at home will recognize. Others who should be in the discussion include 2017 GPI Breakout Player of the Year winner Art Papazyan, Nick Petrangelo, Kym Lim, Chance Kornuth, Garrett Adelstein, Danielle Andersen, and Christian Soto. The magic, of course, comes from producers finding the right mix of the original cast and some of the newer stars who will help carry poker into the next decade or so. Allow yourself to dream of an eight-handed lineup that consists of Schulman, Koon, Cates, Brunson, Papazyan, Jason Mercier, Bill Perkins, and Haralabos Voulgaris. They've Got a Story to Tell Getting the new players into the game is only half of the battle. Giving viewers at home a reason to love - or hate - them is the other half. Mori Eskandani is a Poker Hall of Famer because he’s been able to take the magic of the game and the players playing it and make it feel accessible to those watching. The table talk in the original HSP was an important part of getting to know the players, but dedicating a few minutes of each episode to telling the backstory of the players in the game will also be an important piece of the broadcast. Every player has a story to tell and as more and more of them are told, viewers can become fans who become invested in the success and failure of players. They’re more likely to tune in if they feel like they are emotionally invested in one or two of the players. PokerGO’s other outlet, Poker Central, can also play a central role in giving all of the players - new and old - significant build-up in the lead up to each episode. Give the Great Game Some Run Every episode of High Stakes Poker has been No Limit Hold'em. It made sense. Most people who were watching poker at the time knew the game and it was easy to follow. Viewers who found it while channel surfing could quickly pick-up the basics and enjoy what they were watching. The PokerGO viewer is a much more advanced viewer than that. Sure, they still watch a lot of No Limit Hold'em, but they've also seen the growth in other games over the years and may have even dabbled in playing some of them. Changing things up a bit will be well received and PokerGO has done something like this before with PLOMG week on Poker After Dark in 2017. Having 3-4 episodes of Pot Limit Omaha with a lineup of PLO killers and you're going to get a different group of players to build buzz around. Phil Galfond, Jens Kyllönen, Ben Tollerene, Tom Dwan, and Ben Lamb would be an incredible lineup Who knows, maybe 'VeniVidi1993' comes out of anonymity to play? Maybe more importantly, as anybody who remembers the Rail Heaven days on Full Tilt Poker will tell you, PLO is a game that naturally leads to some big pots that will generate buzz on their own. New Blood in the Booth Over the seven seasons of the original run, the show had the likes of AJ Benza, Gabe Kaplan, and Norm MacDonald in the commentary booth. MacDonald’s hiring wasn’t exactly met with cheers from the loyal fan base but both Benza and Kaplan connected with the audience and did their best work by letting the table talk carry the show. There would certainly be some nostalgic reasons to get Kaplan or Benza - or both - back in the fold and have them steering the ship, but there's a better approach here. Give Jeff Platt the keys. Platt is a broadcast professional with a passion for poker and his work with some of PokerGO’s live-streamed events has shown he’s ready for and deserving of a bigger stage. HSP is that stage and poker fans would be richer for having him in the booth on this.
  5. The 2020 World Series of Poker is officially the largest one in the 51-year history of the event following the release of the online bracelet event component of the schedule on Thursday. A total of 14 events were added to the schedule, bringing the grand total of events on the schedule to 93 - three more than the 90 events in 2019. The events are open to any players physically in Nevada or New Jersey on the day of each event. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Buy-ins for the online events range from $400 on the low end all the way up to the $10,000 Super High Roller Championship. Keeping in line with the decision by WSOP makers to focus a significant portion of the schedule on tournament without re-entry, three of the 14 events will be freezeouts. "We believe the 2020 offering of online gold bracelet events features our best schedule yet," said WSOP.com Director of Online Poker Danielle Barille. "This year we offer a consistent schedule of Sunday events every week of the WSOP, plus a special selection of eight events from June 28 to July 5 to coincide with the biggest week of the live WSOP when most players are in town to play." The only online event that is not some variation of No Limit Hold'em is the $777 Pot Limit Omaha event scheduled for June 7. Due to software limitations, players wishing to play this event will need to be on a laptop or desktop computer. All other events can be played on mobile devices. Much like the Championship events and High Roller events already announced, the 14 online events will have a dedicated leaderboard with prizes awarded to top finishers. WSOP officials expect to release details of all leaderboard closer to the start of the WSOP. WSOP officials expect to have the complete 2020 WSOP schedule released by the end of the month. 2020 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Event Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS Re-Entry TIME (PT) May 31 No Limit Hold'em $400 15,000 1 3:30pm June 7 Pot Limit Omaha (Seven-Handed) $777 20,000 3 3:30pm June 9 Freezeout Knockout Deepstack NLH $800 40,000 Freezeout 3:30pm June 14 8-Handed NLH Turbo Deepstack $500 40,000 1 3:30pm June 21 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em $500 20,000 Freezeout 3:30pm June 28 No-Limit Hold'em Championship $1,000 20,000 1 3:30pm June 29 No-Limit Hold'em $500 15,000 1 3:30pm June 30 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $1,500 20,000 1 3:30pm July 1 High Roller NLH 8-Handed $3,200 25,000 1 3:30pm July 2 Super High Roller Championship $10,000 30,000 Freezeout 12pm July 3 No-Limit Hold'em $400 15,000 1 3:30pm July 4 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack $500 40,000 1 3:30pm July 5 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $600 15,000 1 3:30pm July 12 Summer Saver No-Limit Hold'em $500 20,000 1 3:30pm
  6. One week after the partypoker MILLION was cancelled due to a server crash, the event returned in force with the largest field in the history of the event and beat the $1 million guarantee for the first time. The MILLION joined the PokerStars Sunday Million as the events that both surpassed their seven-figure guarantees and the 888poker XL Blizzard Main Event wrapped up with a small overlay. All three podium finishers in the partypoker MILLION secured the bag on a six-figure score after coming to an agreement on a deal. 'AbejlogluBele' picked up $130,157.63 as the official winner while 'bite_me' came in second place for $112,000 and 'BuddyRW' earned $105,000 for coming in third place. The event drew 5,321 runners to push the total prize pool to $1,057,432. The PokerStars Sunday Million drew 10,603 runners with Brazil's 'lo-fi dream' earning $108,822.40 for an outright victory. Bulgaria's 'n1ksis' picked up $78,965.94 for coming in one spot short of the title while another Brazilian, 'Eduado850', finished in third place for $57,305.06. After 11 days of play and 33 events, the 888poker XL Blizzard wrapped up with 2,077 entries in the $250 buy-in Main Event making for an $11,905 overlay on the $500,000 guarantee. 'ribamech15' won $84,450 for beating the 2,076 other entries while 'grataveres10' added $60,100 to their bankroll for a runner-up performance. Third place went to 'fastfingers' for $46,000. Daniel Negreanu traveled from Las Vegas to Toronto to make his debut in the GGPoker $150 Masters on Twitch. Things didn't go too well for Negreanu though, as he was eliminated before reaching the money. The event, which features a freezeout format, drew 2,135 runners and fell just $5,370 short of the $300,000 guarantee for the smallest overlay in the short history of the event. 'mayKKz_' won the event and a $44,710 score while 'katoooo' scored $31,871 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'KittyAtTheCocobongo' turned a $15 satellite win into $22,719. partypoker MILLION 6,811 entries $1,057,432 prize pool AbejlogluBele - $130,157.63 bite_me - $112,000.00 BuddyRW - $105,000.00 m0rd1sc0 - $47,161.46 gnomesayin - $32,389.14 iveyungarbunso - $21,973.43 DeathByFOMO - $15,449.08 MCvisitor - $9,939.86 partypoker KO Series Event #66-High $109 Eight Max 2,110 Entries $219,440 prize pool Iazi56 - $13,790.96 + $10,391.84 in bounties Caipsa - $13,769.43 + $2,876.58 in bounties ManTooPrinty - $8,897.86 + $5,469.92 in bounties scout326..maybe - $5,912.39 + $3,366.70 in bounties Takzasezitraa - $4,150.38 + $607.50 in bounties StayWoke - $2,856.68 + $668.24 in bounties CagandonBreak - $1,962.21 + $374.62 in bounties showers - $1,258.57 + $570.37 in bounties partypoker KO Series Event #66 High Roller $1,050 Eight Max 374 entries $383,350 prize pool trustnobody_99 - $28,649.70 + $31,084.81 in bounties PerritoMalvado - $28,612.27 + $16,975.38 in bounties daborreguer - $19,837.17 + $4,708.58 in bounties ClaudeJaque - $14,213.23 + $2,067.19 in bounties MrDatt - $10,123.09 + $11,566.39 in bounties RaiderNation888 - $7,505.40 + $4,993.66 in bounties CalmDownMan - $5,214.92 + $3,625.78 in bounties Stolewon - $3,803.82 + $4,675.78 in bounties partypoker Big Game $5,200 No Limit Hold'Em 142 entries $669,205 prize pool GimmeHummus - $153,850.30 BlueMagic1 - $110,418.82 Sasha307 - $80,304.60 WatchMeDance - $56,882.42 tdlvechicnbn - $40,152.30 CalmDownMan - $31,787.23 Tree91 - $25,295.94 Junglemandan - $20,076.15 PokerStars $109 Sunday Million 10,603 entries $1,060,300 prize pool lo-fi dream - $108,822.40 n1ksis - $78,965.94 Eduado850 - $57,305.06 Batozmaj - $41,586.76 mmg.mamed - $30,179.63 gbettes - $21,901.45 godofrabbit - $15,894.00 RoBnbly Par9 - $11,534.36 Spowi07 - $8,370.43 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up 792 entries $158,400 prize pool ApocheliuS - $26,912.53 tangananatro - $19,529.95 wisopekeno! - $14,172.88 ksieciunio97 - $10,285.27 B--rabbit444 - $7,464.01 eisenhower1 - $5,416.63 nomalice - $3,930.83 Spaceye - $2,852.60 Remi Lebo_10 - $2,070.12 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #171 $109 NLHE 5,667 entries $566,700 prize pool MITS 304 - $33,906.81 + $19,910.63 Andjoh1 - $33,902.45 + $8,317.87 pvigar - $18,814.83 + $2,778.68 badbad67 - $12,859.49 + $2,993.15 Bashov - $8,789.14 + $2,962.56 c-rl30n3_89 - $6,007.19 + $4,201.51 guiilhermex' - $4,105.76 + $3,734.53 michaelbubble - $2,806.21 + $1,888.26 Ortilazza - $1,917.99 + $1,481.63 PokerStars Bounty Builder $215 1,380 entries $276,000 prize pool Ahinogood - $18,271.85 + $19,535.30 PSany2cando - $18,270.24 + $1,632.82 PaDiLhA SP - $10,989.14 + $1,626.05 ga207 - $7,901.28 + $5,724.47 Vakio¤Ässä - $5,681.08 + $1,418.75 thaleskoppe - $4,084.74 + $2,203.90 cezinhaaaaaa - $2,936.95 + $1,736.47 Pendall - $2,111.68 + $1,651.56 PalomoBuchon - $1,518.31 + $1,006.25 GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,135 entries $300,000 prize pool ($5,370 overlay) mayKKz_ - $44,710 katoooo - $31,871 KittyAtTheCocobongo - $22,719 FastActor - $16,194 Killuckkk - $11,544 critigas14 - $8,229 demagnet - $5,866 unnamedname - $4,181 kkkill - $2,980 888poker XL Blizzard $250 Main Event 1,557 entries + 520 rebuys $500,000 prize pool ($11,905 overlay) ribamech15 - $84,450 gratavares10 - $60,100 fastfingers - $46,000 daltonhb - $32,500 mikinads - $23,750 J0hnnyJ0hn - $19,000 Agustin12389 - $14,250 vezunchiksss - $9,500 noahdabitty - $5,400
  7. Online poker players in Pennsylvania are still enjoying a bit of a honeymoon phase on PokerStars PA. On Sunday, one player nearly pulled off a historic feat after chopping two PokerStars PA events and narrowly missed out on becoming the first player to win two Majors on the same day. After outlasting 474 other players in the $100 Sunday Special, 'Torrefy' and 'bosanac19807' decided to talk chop. The official first place finish and $6,739.25 went to 'Torrefy' while while 'bosanac19807' scored a single penny more $6,739.26 as the official runner-up. The 476 player field made for a $43,696.80 prize pool. As the night drew to a close, 'bosanac19807' was back in discussions on yet another deal. The final three players in the $50 Sunday Supersonic eventually split up just over $3,000 with 'bosanac19807' earning $1,055.02 and the title. 'Mr.Robter' actually picked up the biggest payday of the three, coming in second place for $1,157.64 while the final player in the deal, 'MsPersona', earned $940.59 for coming in third. A familiar face to anybody who has been closely following the PA online poker scene won the biggest buy-in event on the Sunday slate. 'deadtosolve' picked up $5,231.33 after an outright victory in the $250 Sunday High Roller. Another player who has been a regular at the Sunday Majors final tables, 'aldrich801' finished in second place for a $3,597.31 bankroll boost and 'garaw428' was the final player on the podium and earned $2,473.71. The first event on the Sunday schedule, the $30 Sunday Warm-Up, drew 364 runners to push the total prize pool to $9,937.20, easily beating the $7,500 guarantee. '5BETCHET' outlasted the entire field to win $1,815.78. Runner-up 'Parana989' took home $1,330.82 while third-place finisher '2EZzz19' had to settle for $975.48. '412JIM' worked their way through a 585-player field in the $10 Sunday Storm Six Max to earn the title and $936.87. Falling one spot short of the win, 'pingy300' took home $652.45 while 'FloptimusPrime1' came in third and won $454.61. The 585-player field created a $5,323.50 to push past the $5,000 guarantee. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 364 entries $9,937.20 prize pool 5BETCHET - $1,815.78 Parana989 - $1,330.82 2EZzz19 - $975.48 danmc714 - $715.03 BDGEJLM - $524.11 AlphaNose11 - $384.17 TheCards3 - $281.59 Clementine101 - $206.41 tpace891171 - $151.29 PokerStars PA $10 Sunday Storm Six Max 585 entries $5,323.50 prize pool 412JIM - $936.87 pingy300 - $652.45 FloptimusPrime1 - $454.61 THE BORT 20 - $316.76 berrythekid11 - $220.71 TheMayor929 - $153.78 PokerStars PA $100 Sunday Special 476 entries $43,696.80 prize pool Torrefy - $6,739.25* bosanac19807 - $6,739.26* naveyesu - $4,178.71 CleggsOnGG- $3,062.98 MRWIGGLES3318 - $2,245.16 HotEuroWife - $1,645.70 RevoltingBlob12 - $1,206.29 DirtCheapDanny - $884.21 Captain Napalm - $648.12 PokerStars PA $250 Sunday High Roller 76 entries $17,708 prize pool deadtosolve - $5,231.33 aldrich801 - $3,597.31 garaw428 - $2,473.71 TheDumpsterFire - $1,701.06 ncohen39 - $1,169.74 CaptainCrusher - $804.38 PokerStars PA $50 Sunday Supersonic 134 entries $6,298 prize pool bosanac19807 - $1,055.02* Mr.Robter - $1,157.64* MsPersona - $940.59* JML9232 - $561.18 MLH2770 - $416.16 65freak777 - $308.62 hashtagmtglife - $228.87 wnunley - $169.72 KnightsofNight - $150.02 *Denotes a deal was made
  8. It was just over four years ago that Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson relinquished his grasp on the #1 ranking on PocketFives, but on Sunday the Swede put himself back into the spotlight by winning the PokerStars Sunday Million. Jeppsson beat out the 10,890-player field in the Sunday Million to win $111,769.63. Brazilain 'EricBolis' finished one place behind Jeppsson for an $81,103.38 score while 'seegul65' rounded out the podium finishers, coming in third for $58,856.74. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Borgata Poker"] For the second time in just over three months, partypoker server issues lead to the cancellation of their recently re-launched flagship tournament, the partypoker MILLION as well as the rest of the Sunday slate. Dusk Till Dawn owner and partypoker partner Rob Yong took to Twitter to offer an explanation of sorts for the crash that left many players unable to register for any tournament or, in some cases, unable to see any tournament lobbies. The Bounty Builder Series continued on PokerStars with Francisco 'Tomatee' Benitez beating current #1-ranked 'Lena900' to take down Event #89 ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $65,634.72 plus an amazing $101,972.65 in bounties. 'Lena900', who wrestled the #1 ranking back from fellow Swede Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar on December 28, picked up $65,634.58 and another $5,937.50 in bounties. Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk earned $44,341.43 from the prize pool and secured $23,066.41 in bounties before being eliminated in third place. For the first time in the short history of the GGPoker GG Masters, the field broke through the 2,000-player barrier. There was still an overlay, but the 2,064 players meant that the $15,168 out of pocket expense was the smallest ever. once 2,062 players were eliminated, the final two players came to an agreement on a deal. Croatia's 'G0spRaf0' took home $39,962 as the champion while 'Bullet-proof' earned $36,809 in the runner-up position. Third place finisher 'LUCKYFISH567' won $22,775. GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos made a final table appearance, busting in sixth place for an $8,249 cash. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million 10,890 entries $1,089,000 prize pool eisenhower1 - $111,769.63 EricBolis - $81,103.38 seegul65 - $58,856.74 F1oba - $42,712.43 Scouse_AA - $30,996.53 Melo Jr - $22,494.27 pyszalek - $16,324.21 suarez_BG - $11,846.57 yehpoyi888 - $8,597.00 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up 722 entries $144,400 prize pool naitsirhc90 - $24,941.72 Patosplayer - $18,099.73 MiracleQ - $13,134.97 Poeira4 - $9,532.06 justcrucial - $6,917.40 JSUIS PAS SHOVE - $5,019.95 BOKPOWER - $3,642.97 mrAndreeew - $2,643.70 pvigar - $1,918.52 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #89 $5,200 NLHE High Roller 141 entries $705,000 prize pool Tomatee - $65,634.72 + $101,972.65 in bounties Lena900 - $65,634.58 + $5,937.50 in bounties elmerixx - $44,341.43 + $23,066.41 in bounties a.urli - $34,326.27 + $24,843.75 in bounties twirlpro - $26,573.17 + $12,812.50 in bounties OYHEMAMUT - $20,571.23 + $10,156.25 in bounties €urop€an - $15,924.92 + $13,125.00 in bounties Tankanza - $12,328.05 + $3,125.00 in bounties PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #92 $215 NLHE Turbo 2,127 entries $425,400 prize pool tcblade - $27,176.03 + $18,538.78 in bounties Heinz114436 - $27,174.57 + $10,149.78 in bounties john_korda91 - $16,123.31 + $5,686.31 in bounties jdtjpoker - $11,493.26 + $6,046.86 in bounties BuckFitchez - $8,192.77 + $1,140.63 in bounties Black88 - $5,840.08 + $837.50 in bounties juarnes - $4,163.00 + $1,546.88 in bounties Wolverine.x4 - $2,967.52 + $4,120.32 in bounties rasmus639 - $2,115.34 + $550.00 in bounties PokerStars Bounty Builder $109 3,018 entries $301,800 prize pool JamsLaNoche - $18,587.14 + $10,239.66 in bounties ivanvilchez8 - $18,584.78 + $5,694.81 in bounties pantoflas1313 - $10,886.74 + $2,818.54 in bounties tonn22 - $7,698.08 + $1,017.18 in bounties DeLaBijen - $5,443.28 + $1,537.00 in bounties kapca75 - $3,849.06 + $957.03 in bounties Stiffler8818 - $2,721.69 + $1,063.28 in bounties max15183 - $1,924.53 + $892.97 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,064 entries $300,000 prize pool ($15,168 overlay) G0spRaf0 - $39,962* Bullet-proof - $36,809* LUCKYFISH567 - $22,775 Specknacken - $16,234 JusstRelaxx - $11,572 Felipe Ramos - $8,249 whoyesdoor? - $5,880 tl9841 - $4,191 kahe1 - $2,988 888poker XL Blizzard #1- $100,000 Tune Up $109 2,350 entries + 307 rebuys $117,600 prize pool CabecaTilt - $19,091.66* kukadjamba - $14,179.72* cosmiNik - $14,591.82* MurningB4n - $8,526.00 yaewn - $5,927.04 proker29 - $4,751.04 carmen.1957 - $3,575.04 bsdias - $2,410.80 deeman1823 - $1,470.00
  9. If the fields in the Pennsylvania online poker Sunday Majors on PokerStars PA this week are any indication, there are big things on the horizon in the Keystone State. All five events surpassed their respective guarantees and each showed strong growth one week after the Super Bowl may have served a reason for some players to take a week off. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Borgata Poker"] Just over one week after starring in the first-ever PokerStars PA Winter Series, 'CL911129' topped the 95-entry field in the $250 Sunday High Roller to win $5,322.41. Runner-up 'schulgixxerman' earned $3,934.12 while third-place finisher 'AllinWithAJoff' picked up $2,908.00. The 95 entries, which created a $5,422.41 represents a 72% increase over last Sunday's 55 entry field. Another Winter Series star just missed out on picking up a Sunday Major this week. 'A Frequent ?', who had the most Winter Series cashes, ended up chopping the $30 Sunday Warm-Up with 'killerbird019'. Both players took home $1,763.13 with 'killerbird019' ending up in the top spot. 'MartyK7450' finished in third place for $1,093.21. This event went from 274 players last Sunday to 414 this week for a 60% increase. 'ThMalteseSailor' turned a $10 entry in the Sunday Storm Six Max into a $1,041.29 payday after outlasting 660 other players in the event. 'Bummluck47' had to settle for $725.18 as the runner-up while 'Gmen010' earned $505.28 for coming in third place. Last week, this event had 463 runners and grew by 43% this week. The slate's marquee event, the Sunday Special, went from an overlay last week (with a $200 buy-in) to a $100 buy-in well past the guarantee. The 499 entries pushed the total prize pool to $45,808.20 to beat the $40,000 guarantee. The final two players made a deal with 'izaill1' earning $7,197.19 and the title with 'CeeLip' banking $6,932.83 as the official runner-up. Third place finisher 'Sonic FXS' added $4,380.92 to their bankroll. The final event of the night, the $50 Sunday Supersonic, went to 'donkyking_cs' for a $1,205.92 score. 'Wally62789' earned $892.50 for finishing one spot behind and 'Mighty Mittens' ended up in third place for $660.58. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 414 entries (309 entries, 105 re-entries) $11,302.20 prize pool killerbird019 - $1,763.13* A Frequent ? - $1,763.13* MartyK7450 - $1,093.21 Jexbananer - $801.32 starrynight42 - $587.36 Blue_PA - $430.54 Gyea08 - $315.58 1RUNG00D - $231.32 RiverMeDaddy - $169.55 PokerStars PA $10 Sunday Storm Six Max 661 entries (447 entries, 214 re-entries) $6,01.10 prize pool ThMalteseSailor - $1,041.29 Bummluck47 - $725.18 Gmen010 - $505.28 yonickb23 - $352.06 CDaddy4210 - $245.31 DirtCheapDanny - $170.92 PokerStars PA $100 Sunday Special 499 entries $45,808.20 prize pool izaill1 - $7,197.19* CeeLip - $6,932.83* Sonic FXS - $4,380.92 Longcoats11 - $3,210.98 bunnybear816 - $2,353.64 MDeals - $1,725.21 bigbill2137 - $1,264.58 LilMiniCoop45 - $926.93 DustyRhodez - $679.44 PokerStars PA $250 Sunday High Roller 95 entries (67 entries, 28 re-entries) $22,135 prize pool CL911129 - $5,322.41 schulgixxerman - $3,934.12 AllinWithAJoff - $2,908.00 D0A1V1O6 - $2,149.52 TryptophanMan - $1,588.87 Honeyjawn U - $1,174.45 PokerStars PA $50 Sunday Supersonic 111 entries $5,217 prize pool donkyking_cs - $1,205.92 Wally62789 - $892.50 Mighty Mittens - $660.58 CleggsOnGG - $488.93 octobersky2345- $361.88 DidIBreakIt419 - $267.84 DirtCheapDanny - $198.24 TheV0id - $146.73 dnb128880 - $129.74
  10. Online poker players in Pennsylvania apparently didn't hate Winter. The PokerStars PA Winter Series has come and gone with 24 of the 30 events on the calendar surpassing the guarantee and a number of new players emerging as some of the best the Keystone State has to offer. [ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'CL911129' Dominates Winter Series Leaderboard Thanks largely to a pair of wins, first in Event #12 ($50 NLHE Battle Royale SE) and then six days later in Event #27 ($100 NLHE Progressive KO), 'CL911129' topped the PocketFives Leaderboard. They also had seven other cashes to push their PLB points total to 641.54. They were the only player to break the 600-point barrier. After failing to pick up a win in the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker despite cashing 15 times, 'mcmullend17' found the winner's circle in Event #20 ($200 NLHE Thursday Thrill) and cashed nine more times - including a streak of five in a row - to finish second on the leaderboard with 588.5 points. Thanks to a series-leading 13 cashes and a win in Event #30 ($100 NLHE PKO TURBO), 'A Frequent ?' came in third on the leaderboard, amassing 558.03 points. PokerStars PA PocketFives Leaderboard RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 CL911129 641.54 2 mcmullend17 588.50 3 A Frequent ? 558.03 4 neverf0ld111 546.29 5 TheDumpsterFire 462.40 6 ChrundleTheGr8 440.06 7 AllinWithAJoff 412.36 8 fubadbeatbob 378.74 9 killerbird019 374.76 10 22EPL 372.81 Main Event Victory Propels 'youbestnotmiss' To Top of Earnings List Taking down the Winter Series Main Event gave 'youbestnotmiss' a $22,565.73 payday and more than enough to lead the entire series in winnings by a wide margin. No other player even came within $5,000 of the Omar Little fan. Main Event runner-up 'ohhhhJAYbird' also finished one spot behind 'youbestnotmiss' on the earnings list. Along with the $16,636.29 they earned in the Main Event, they also picked up $314.62 in Event #30 to finish with $16,950.91. Not surprisingly, 'CL911129' also factored in the earnings leaderboard after leading the PLB leaderboard. They earned $2,464.25 for the Event #12 win, $2,180.19 for the victory in Event #27 and also picked up $1,687.31 in Event #17 ($500 NLHE High Roller Six Max) to finish with $16,179.41. 'CleggsOnGG', who finished seventh on the PACOOP earnings list late last year, finished one spot higher on the Winter Series leaderboard and was the only player to make the top 10 of both. PokerStars PA Winter Series Earnings List RANK PLAYER EARNINGS 1 youbestnotmiss $22,565.73 2 ohhhhJAYbird $16,950.91 3 CL911129 $16,179.41 4 TheDumpsterFire $14,751.63 5 neverf0ld111 $13,826.79 6 CleggsOnGG $13,582.85 7 ohNOOOOOOOah $11,751.15 8 killerbird019 $10,628.89 9 A Frequent ? $10,570.27 10 LemonCake122 $9,675.49 'A Frequent ?' Most Frequent Casher With 13 cashes through the 30 events, 'A Frequent ?' was far and away the most frequent casher. Those cashes turned into $10,570.27 in earnings, with the Event #30 victory, worth $1,769.38, acting as an exclamation point on a successful series. Three players, 'mcmullend17', 'ChrundleTheGr8', and 'Parana989', tied for the second most cashes with 10. Nobody started the Winter Series with a bigger bang than 'mcmullend17'. They cashed in Event #1, #3, and then rattled off those five consecutive cashed in Events #5-#9. 'ChrundleTheGr8' had the reverse happen, picking up four of their 10 cashes in the final seven events to finish with $5,280.97 in winnings. 'Parana989' was the only one of the group who failed to pick up a single victory. Their biggest cash came in Event #23 ($100 NLHE) where they finished fourth for $1,558.13. PokerStars PA Winter Series Cashes Leaders RANK PLAYER CASHES 1 A Frequent ? 13 2 mcmullend17 10 3 ChrundleTheGr8 10 4 Parana989 10 5 CL911129 9 6 TheDumpsterFire 9 7 fubadbeatbob 9 8 BDGEJLM 9 9 AllinWithAJoff 9 10 neverf0ld111 8
  11. Another Spaniard is beginning to make some bigger waves in the online poker scene. Juanki ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ Vecino, who now calls London home, emerged victorious in the 9,851-player field in the PokerStars Sunday Million for the first six-figure score of his career. Vecino, who won a PokerStars Winter Series event and a High Roller Club event on PokerStars in early January, beat '9cream4' heads-up to win $105,729. It was one of three events Vecino won on Sunday. He also took down the $109 Sunday Wrap-Up and a $55 NLHE event. Runner-up '9cream4' earned $76,727.40 while third-place finisher 'trollringen' ended up with $55,681.20. [ptable zone="Borgata Poker"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Over on partypoker, the MILLION featured a three-way chop and an overlay. The final three players, 'puhpuhpuh', 'moneymonk2', and 'Petter' came to terms on a deal with all three players picking up a six-figure score. The winner's share and title went to 'puhpuhpuh' who outlasted the 4,581 other entries to bank $114,216.88. The event fell 418 players short of making the guarantee and ended up with an $83,714 overlay. The Daniel Negreanu-inspired GG Masters on GGPoker continues to grow. This 1,940 players entered the freezeout event to fall $32,280 short of the guarantee. Germany's 'REPTAR' topped the field to turn their $150 buy-in into $44,945.82. GGpoker streamer Tudor 'Scrimitzu' Stefan finished runner-up for $32,038.92 while 'Joris Gruis' came in third position for $22,838.43. Sunday Major Results - February 2 partypoker $215 MILLION 4,582 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($83,714 overlay) puhpuhpuh - $114,216.88 moneymonk2 - $114,187.70 Petter - $100,695.44 gaules - $44,740 titofarjus99 - $30,750 BigBadBluff - $20,890 luckymelon - $14,710 apex predator - $9,490 partypoker $2,100 KO Series Event #3 Super High Roller 147 entries $301,350 prize pool Tree91 - $25,953.20 + $35,650.80 in bounties BuddyRW - $25,923.70 + $10,483.59 in bounties PayAndPlay - $18,864.29 + $6,792.19 in bounties MrDreamMachine - $13,362.20 in bounties Patrick Leonard - $9,432.14 in bounties WiNeGUy - $7,447.11 + $7,153.12 in bounties SeniorBOB - $5,942.25 + $7,940.62 in bounties Madgenius111 - $4,716.07 + $2,000 in bounties partypoker $320 KO Series Event #3 High 1,216 entries $374,528 prize pool funkyfive - $24,548.47 + $33,453.55 in bounties Who I am - $24,511.96 + $3,161.24 in bounties eGGplant - $16,105.48 + $4,325.25 in bounties Snowflake - $10,777.20 + $6,074.75 in bounties vezunchiksss - $7,640.55 + $1,942.90 in bounties Z-ENERGIES_ - $5,388.60 + $711 in bounties All_In_PAV - $3,780.06 + $2,226.81 in bounties ESCOBAR GAVIRIA - $2,533.44 + $2,147.82 in bounties partypoker $320 KO Series Event #2 High Roller 287 entries $374,528 prize pool Adamm - $22,269.44 + $31,598.52 in bounties BaBaDeBaBa - $22,540.69 + $9,326.96 in bounties spirituniverse - $15,819.86 + $10,065.23 in bounties Krimmiii - $11,512.47 + $5,758.59 in bounties Thanksalot - $8,144.87 + $4,167.18 in bounties Player123560423 - $6,108.65 + $1,575 in bounties Talespin - $4,307.38 + $3,117.18 in bounties Tigerbluff - $3,132.64 + $2,165.62 in bounties PokerStars $109 Sunday Million SE PKO 9,851 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($14,900 overlay) B4NKR0LL3R - $105,728.70 9cream4 - $76,727.40 trollringen - $55,681.20 2Sick2Loose - $40,407.90 Pthelegned - $29,324.10 Pendos90 - $21,280.60 Gaelito23 - $15,443.40 A-Angel_10 - $11,207.20 rafaprihl - $8,133.20 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up 722 entries $144,400 prize pool GaborMarton - $24,533.92 tgc88070202 - $17,803.82 Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis - $12,920.23 ¿¿toneecho?? - $9,376.22 PIPON777 - $6,804.31 supersamboy - $4,937.88 Sektor17 - $3,583.41 deivid29 - $2,600.48 samooth - $1,887.16 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #6 $215 NLHE 3,654 entries $730,800 prize pool T021TP - $44,771.70 + $23,467.85 in bounties mpoc1234 - $44,769.31 + $13,136.66 in bounties BBRS999 - $26,562.71 + $9,771.47 in bounties Jc9c - $18,934.80 + $4,354.29 in bounties Sintoras - $13,497.36 + $3,996.87 in bounties deivid29 - $9,621.38 + $7,638.26 in bounties llewxa - $6,858.44 + $3,821.09 in bounties G30M1T0 - $4,888.90 + $4,796.87 in bounties BrigaDatada - $3,484.96 + $1,896.88 in bounties PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #9 $530 NLHE 996 entries $498,000 prize pool Guizaoo_ - $35,129.13 + $25,710.60 in bounties Fresh_oO_D - $35,128.47 + $19,554.41 in bounties PKaiser - $20,842.59 + $6,99.03 in bounties abumussad - $14,857.33 + $6,902.83 in bounties WarleyBruno - $10,590.81 + $4,283.20 in bounties luckymo32 - $7,549.40 + $3,761.72 in bounties RacingForever - $5,381.56 + $671.88 in bounties MAMOHT_T - $3,836.16 + $3,602.54 in bounties PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #5 $2,100 NLHE 230 entries $460,000 prize pool pisky16 - $39,550.70 + $52,117.18 in bounties 1_conor_b_1 - $39,550.59 + $24,773.44 in bounties Lena900 - $26,083.38 + $8,234.38 in bounties wisopekeno! - $19,883.61 + $10,187.50 in bounties pokerkluka - $15,157.46 + $4,062.50 in bounties t4t0PAGAU - $11,554.69 + $4,000.00 in bounties EsepasApart - $8,808.24 + $4,625.00 in bounties Amada_017 - $6,714.62 + $6,281.25 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 1,940 entries $300,000 prize pool ($32,280 overlay) REPTAR - $44,945.82 scrimitzu - $32,038.92 Joris Gruis - $22,838.43 Soyboy9000 - $16,280.01 c4rv4lh0 - $11,604.96 hoho33 - $8,272.41 Quamfy - $5,896.86 new7legend7 - $4,203.48 Karlencho - $2,996.40 888poker $100,000 $109 Sunday Mega Deep 743 entries + 266 rebuys $100,900 prize pool KToFTW - $18,515.15 KKingJames23 - $13,217.90 BigWizzard - $9,989.10 yaewn - $7,517.05 usainzeus25 - $5,246.80 XXXAA13 - $4,237.80 kanabal18 - $3,228.80 0nlyBet - $2,219.80 Abhramovici - $1,311.70
  12. Online poker players in Pennsylvania saw a bit of a prize pool bump this weekend as the PokerStars PA Winter Series kicked off with bigger guarantees. Instead of the usual $100 buy-in Sunday Special, players got to take a stab at a $200 buy-in event with a $50,000 guarantee. The Sunday Special SE drew 246 total entries from 175 unique players but still fell $4,244 of meeting the $50,000 guarantee. 'FrosyTheProsty' earned $9,617.42 for the outright victory while 'and_porter' took home $7,168.35 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'chrisc15201' had to settle for $5,343.01. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] The Sunday Warm-Up also had an overlay - but it was just a single player's worth of buy-ins. 274 total entries from 210 unique players pushed the collected prize pool to $7,480.20 - just $19.80 short of the $7,500 guarantee. Topping that field earned 'wnunley' a $1,426.04 score while 'hefnerrrr' fell one spot short and took home $1,045.13. 'TABLECAPTAINNN' banked $766.08 as the third place finisher. The overlay theme continued in the $10 Sunday Storm. Drawing 463 total entries from 327 unique entries meant the collected prize pool fell $786.70 short of the $5,000 guarantee. 'seanm972' beat 'Tucker16206' heads-up to win $892.96 while the runner-up banked $627.60. Bronze medalist 'PetCheetah101' earned $441.28. The biggest buy-in event on Sunday's slate managed to avoid the overlay curse. The 38 unique entries accounted for 55 total entries and build the prize pool all the way up to $12,815, beating the $10,000 guarantee. 'deadtosolve', who started 2020 with back-to-back wins in the Sunday Special, added a Sunday High Roller title to his growing collection and $4,570.37 to his bankroll by topping the field. 'CL91129' earned $2,818.43 as the runner-up while 'WallsTalkin' rounded out the podium finishers and earned $1,738.06. The Winter Series $30 Mini Sunday Special cruised past the $15,000 guarantee thanks to 740 total entries from 532 runners. The lion's share of the $20,202 prize pool went to 'BigBetBully' who got $3,440.29 for the outright victory. 'Myrmidon45' ended up with $2,521.40 as the second place finisher and 'Slevidge' earned $1,848.18 for falling two spots short of a victory. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 274 entries (210 entries, 64 re-entries) $7,500 prize pool ($19.80 overlay) wnunley - $1,426.04 hefnerrrr - $1,045.13 TABLECAPTAINNN - $766.08 tdlucky1973 - $561.53 BadBeatMyWife - $411.60 WPFK - $301.70 HodorHodorHodor - $221.14 Cer$ei 99 - $162.10 Blu_PA - $118.82 PokerStars PA $10 Sunday Storm Six Max 463 entries (327 entries, 136 re-entries) $5,000 prize pool ($786.70 overlay) seanm972 - $892.96 Tucker16206 - $627.60 PetCheetah101 - $441.28 6KeepEmLow4 - $310.27 jakey27 - $218.16 AlphaScalper - $153.39 PokerStars PA Winter Series Sunday $200 Sunday Special SE 246 entries (175 entries, 71 re-entries) $50,000 prize pool ($4,244 overlay) FrosyTheProsty - $9,617.42 and_porter - $7,168.35 chrisc15201 - $5,343.01 tlamb43 - $3,982.47 homietheclown - $2,968.37 Paul 0akley - $2,212.51 ElegantGinger - $1,649.12 dontdoubt1out - $1,229.19 inoibluffindou - $916.19 PokerStars PA Sunday $250 Sunday High Roller Six Max 55 entries (38 entries, 17 re-entries) $12,815 prize pool deadtosolve - $4,570.37 CL91129 - $2,818.43 WallsTalkin - $1,738.06 mcmullend17 - $1,071.82 65freak777 - $660.97 wolfofbrdst - $576.35 PokerStars PA Winter Series $30 Mini Sunday Special 740 entries (532 entries, 208 re-entries) $20,202 prize pool BigBetBully - $3,440.29 Myrmidon45 - $2,521.40 Slevidge - $1,848.18 Travayame - $1,345.71 plo_head - $993.00 wolfofbrdst - $727.86 chipjack0202 - $533.52 Chuck Chill Out - $391.07 trey14321 - $286.65
  13. It seems even the Super Bowl couldn't deter some of the best Pennsylvania online poker players from firing up a full slate of Sunday Majors on PokerStars PA. All but one of the five big tournaments managed to hit their mark on Sunday, with the Sunday Special the only event to have an overlay. 'phishfood1426' topped the 283-player field in the $100 Sunday Special to earn $5,703.63. Runner-up 'CamCo1214' earned $4,180.54 while 'aldrich801' finished third and took home $3,064.32. [ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] The day began with 'Danieldanielson' winning the Sunday Warm-Up for $1,414.63. 'BDGEJLM', a regular in the Sunday Majors final tables, finished second for $1,043.14 while 'air spuds' took home $769.37 for coming in third place. The Sunday Storm drew 414 entries with 'rrranglerrr' topping all of them for a $679.78 boost to their bankroll. 'Unbelievable66' finished second for $474.85 and 'Twopairdraws' rounded out the podium finishers for $231.96. Longtime PocketFiver Gilbert 'YourPokerPastor' Thurston just missed out, coming in fourth place for $231.96. The $250 Sunday High Roller final table featured a few familiar faces with 'neverf0ld111' besting the 54-entry field for $4,487.29. Runner-up 'fubadbeatbob' earned $2,767.18 while 'NeolithicFarmer' earned $1,706.46 for coming in third place. The final event on the slate, the $50 Sunday Supersonic, drew 91 entries. 'laundryday1' beat 'xSleek' heads-up to claim the title and the accompanying $1,015.78 payday. 'xSleek' had to settle for the $746.90 runner-up prize. Third place went to 'DEGENGOLF' for $549.23. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 271 entries $7,398.30 prize pool Danieldanielson - $1,414.63 BDGEJLM - $1,043.14 air spuds - $769.37 killerbird019 - $567.45 alexfens10 - $418.52 Ducktown Tavern - $308.68 Note2361 - $227.67 hashtagmtglife - $167.92 HodorHodorHodor - $123.85 PokerStars PA $10 Sunday Storm 414 entries $3,767.40 prize pool rrranglerrr - $679.78 Unbelievable66 - $474.85 Twopairdraws - $331.89 YourPokerPastor - $231.96 BostonChasee - $162.12 crusher11177 - $113.31 PokerStars PA $100 Sunday Special 283 entries $30,000 prize pool ($4,020.60 overlay) phishfood1426 - $5,703.63 CamCo1214 - $4,180.54 aldrich801 - $3,064.32 Blivot - $2,246.14 Aerarcher9162 - $1,646.42 HodorHodorHodor - $1,206.42 TheDumpsterFire - $884.59 alexfens10 - $648.40 $urf&Turf - $475.28 PokerStars PA $250 Sunday High Roller 54 entries $12,582 prize pool neverf0ld111 -$4,487.29 fubadbeatbob -$2,767.18 NeolithicFarmer - $1,706.46 Ducktown Tavern - $1,052.33 ButtonM@sher - $648.95 Badbeat2315 - $565.87 PokerStars PA $50 Sunday Supersonic 91 entries $4,277 prize pool laundryday1 - $1,015.78 xSleek - $746.90 DEGENGOLF - $549.23 aldrich801 - $403.87 Bigtiffin39 - $296.98 LemonCake122 - $218.38 D0minican000 - $160.59 trifecta3131 - $140.70 imatpeacedude - $123.27
  14. Any conversation about who the best high roller poker player in the world that doesn't include Stephen Chidwick is wasted energy. Chidwick proved it again this week by winning the inaugural Australian Poker Open Championship against some of the toughest fields in recent memory. On his way to the title, Chidwick cashed in three of the seven APO events, including a win, a runner-up finish and very important Main Event min-cash. All told, Chidwick earned won $949,000 (AUD). Mike Watson Opens Things With a Win The opening event of the APO, a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em event, drew 59 entries with Canadian pro Mike Watson beating all of them to win $177,000 and take the early lead in the Australian Poker Open Championship. "I'm thrilled to have won it," Watson said. "Especially in these series, it's great to get off to a good start and set the tone, get your confidence high, and try to make a run for that player of the series title. It's also the first live event I've won a little while, so that monkey's off my back." A pair of Australian's filled the other two spots on the podium. Michael O'Grady finished second for $118,000 and Benjamin Shannon came in third for $82,600. Other players who picked up a cash were Orpen Kisacikoglu, Ben Lamb, Luc Greenwood, Andras Nemeth, and Elio Fox. Event #1 Payouts Mike Watson - $177,000 Michael O'Grady - $118,000 Benjamin Shannon - $82,600 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $59,000 Jamie Lee - $47,200 Andras Nemeth - $35,400 Elio Fox - $29,500 Ben Lamb - $23,600 Luc Greenwood - $17,700 Former #1 PocketFiver Andras Nemeth Wins Event #2 After finishing sixth in the opening event, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth beat out the 42 other entries in Event $2, $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha, but still couldn't ascend to the very top of the Australian Poker Open Championship standings. "It's nice to not only play one thing, so that keeps me motivated, but I also love to play poker and that keeps me motivated and my fiancée is my biggest motivation," Nemeth said. "She, and our families, are very supportive and she travels with me to big events and that makes a big difference for me." Nemeth beat Najeem Ajez heads-up to claim the $146,200 first place prize and 300 APO points while Ajez took home $93,600 and 210 points. Nemeth had 340 points. Unfortunately for Nemeth, Watson actually extended his Championship lead, finishing third for $64,500 and 150 points to bump his two-event total to 450. Others who managed to pick up a cash in this event were Sean Winter, Chino Rheem, and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Event #2 Payouts Andras Nemeth - $146,200 Najeem Ajez - $93,600 Mike Watson - $64,500 Joni Jouhkimainen - $43,000 Sean Winter - $34,400 Erik Seidel - $25,800 Chino Rheem - $21,500 Timothy Adams Beats Stephen Chidwick for Event #3 Title Chidwick's march towards the APO Championship began in earnest in Event #3, a $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 49 entries. Chidwick managed to outlast all of them except one. Canadian Timothy Adams beat Chidwick heads-up to earn $416,500 and 300 points. "This final table was really tough with all guys I'm used to playing against," Adams said." At the high stakes you play mainly against all the same players and those guys are all really great and I'm very happy that I won. To win a tournament a lot of things have to go your way and today that happened to me." Chidwick picked up a $269,500 score and his first 210 APO Championship points. Australian Andy Lee ended up with a $183,850 payday. Also cashing in this event was Steve O'Dwyer, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and for the second time in two events, Chino Rheem posted a seventh place finish. Event #3 Payouts Timothy Adams - $416,500 Stephen Chidwick - $269,500 Andy Lee - $183,750 Steve O'Dwyer - $122,500 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $98,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $73,500 Chino Rheem - $61,250 Farid Jattin Stays Hot with $25K PLO Victory Farid Jattin has had himself an amazing start to 2020. Just one week after winning the Aussie Millions $25K Challenge and finishing runner-up in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, Jattin topped the 29-player field in Event #4, a #25,000 PLO event. "I came from Melbourne with a nice win and today I came in with a big chip lead and I'm lucky that things worked out again," Jattin said. "Today was a special situation because all their stacks were very even, and I could apply a lot of pressure on them. This favored me a lot, but there's a lot of luck in PLO, but it felt like I played flawlessly and I'm happy with my performance." Runner-up Jouhkimainen ended up pocketing $188,500 while third place finisher George Wolff earned $116,000. The APO Championship lead changed hands after this event. Nemeth ended up in fourth place and added 120 points to his total to move past Watson by 30 points. Event #4 Payouts Farid Jattin - $290,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - $188,500 George Wolff - $116,000 Andras Nemeth - $72,500 Alex Foxen - $58,000 Stephen Chidwick Beats Erik Seidel for $25K NLHE Win Chidwick took the APO Championship lead in dramatic fashion after beating Seidel heads-up in Event #5, $25,000 NLHE. The $399,500 winner's share also added 300 APO Championship points to his total to move him past Nemeth. Following the win, Chidwick talked about the Open Championship format and how he always seems to do well in them. "I really like this format of playing a week of tournaments, one every day, and battling against some of the best players to see who can run the best," Chidwick said. "It also feels nice to be in contention for the Australian Poker Open title, it seems like I'm in contention in most of these series that I play." Seidel earned $258,500 while Seth Davies banked $176,250 for his bronze medal performance. Also cashing in this event were Michael Addamo, Jorryt van Hoof, Matthias Eibinger, and Jattin. Event #5 Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $399,500 Erik Seidel - $258,500 Seth Davies - $176,250 Michael Addamo - $117,500 Jorryt van Hoof - $94,000 Farid Jattin - $70,500 Matthias Eibinger - $58,750 Canadian Luc Greenwood Ships Event #6 It wouldn't be a high roller series if at least one of the Greenwood brothers didn't ship something. Luc Greenwood did the family proud by besting the 35-player field in Event #6, a $50,000 NLHE event. Greenwood earned $700,000 for the win. "I was having a really rough trip to Australia so far with only one min-cash so far," Green admitted after his win. "This was a tough field and a big battle, and even though it looked like I was gonna run away with it three-handed, I really had to fight for it and I'm glad that I won. I think I played quite well overall." Mikita Badziakouski finished in second for $455,000 while Nemeth added $280,000 in earnings and another 150 Championship points to his total to move past Chidwick for the lead. Nemeth had 630 points while Chidwick had 510. Rheem picked up a third APO cash by coming in fourth place while Addamo earned a min-cash of $140,00 for coming in fifth. Event #6 Payouts Luc Greenwood - $700,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $455,000 Andras Nemeth - $280,000 Chino Rheem - $175,000 Michael Addamo - $140,000 Michael Addamo Wins Main Event, Stephen Chidwick Earns Championship Michael Addamo did his native Australia proud in the $100,000 Main Event, topping the 28-player field to win $1,288,000. That win was overshadowed however by Chidwick's fourth place finish which propelled him to the Championship victory. Aaron Van Blarcum finished in second for $784,000 while two-time reigning GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen finished in third for $448,000. Chidwick rounded out the in-the-money finishers, coming in fourth place for $280,000 and 140 Championship points - enough to push him past Nemeth at the last possible moment. “Hopefully these style of events continue because I think it’s a bit more of an achievable accolade to win a multiple of or, over time, determine who the best player is rather than looking at a single tournament," Chidwick said. "Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too, but over the course of seven, eight, or ten events you’re going to see the better players win more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.” Chidwick adds the Australian Poker Open title to the US Poker Open Championships that he earned in 2018. “I would love to complete the collection, get the whole set,” Chidwick said. In 2019, Chidwick finished second to Sam Soverel in the British Poker Open. Australian Poker Open Main Event Payouts Michael Addamo - $1,288,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $784,000 Alex Foxen - $448,000 Stephen Chidwick - $280,000 Australian Poker Open Championship Standings Stephen Chidwick - 650 Andras Nemeth - 630 Michael Addamo- 560 Mike Watson - 450 Luc Greenwood - 360 Farid Jattin - 360 Joni Jouhkimainen - 330 Aaron Van Blarcum - 305 Timothy Adams - 300 Erik Seidel - 270
  15. Just nine days ago, Brian Altman won the World Poker Tour Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open for the second time in his career. On Thursday, Altman made the final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and now has a shot at a third WPT win. The final six players now head to Las Vegas to play down to a winner on April 1 at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor. [ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Altman might be the headliner, but he doesn't have the chip lead. Veerab Zakarian bagged up 11,990,000 and will be the player on top when play resumes in April. Joining Zakarian and Altman at the final table is James Anderson, Bin Weng, Andrew Hanna, and Nathan Russler. The BWPO field of 1,290 created a $4,129,290 prize pool with the eventual champion taking home $674,840 which included a seat in the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions. WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table Seat #1: Nathan Russler - 3,990,000 Seat #2: James Anderson - 10,040,000 Seat #3: Andrew Hanna - 6,730,000 Seat #4: Bin Weng - 8,890,000 Seat #5: Veerab Zakarian - 11,990,000 Seat #6: Brian Altman - 9,865,000 Day 4 began with 28 players still in contention including former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, reigning WPT Borgata Poker Open champion Donald Maloney, Season XVII WPT Montreal winner Patrick Serda and Season XVI Tournament of Champions winner Matthew Waxman. It took just over 13 hours to go from 28 down to a final table of six. Engel was eliminated by Altman after the pair battled in a five-bet pot with Engel holding [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and Altman with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] flop gave Altman a set and Engel never saw another diamond or a ten and was eliminated in 24th place. Maloney's tournament ended after getting it all in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] against Derek Marmen's [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Zakarian took out Waxman in 13th place. Serda was eliminated in 10th place by Altman. On a [poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="qd"] board and with 1,200,000 in the pot, Altman moved all-in forcing Serda to a decision for his tournament life. Serda eventually called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] which was second best after Altman tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Altman then closed down the action on the Borgata leg of the event when he eliminated Peter Vitantonio on the TV table bubble. The final six players will now wait until April before reconvening in Las Vegas to play for their share of the remaining $2,037,833 prize pool.
  16. Nearly nine years after the United States federal government charged him with bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg has surrendered to U.S. authorities. According to a Forbes.com article, Scheinberg travelled from Switzerland to New York City on Friday, January 17 and was met by federal agents who took him into custody. According to the article, this was the culmination of negotiations between Scheinberg, 73, and the U.S. government which began when an extradition order was sought after Scheinberg travelled to Switzerland months earlier. Scheinberg founded PokerStars in 2001. Following the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006, PokerStars continued to accept American customers and soared to become the largest online poker site in the world. On April 15, 2011 the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York seized the PokerStars.com domain name and charged Scheinberg and other executives from Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. PokerStars eventually re-acquired the domain name and continued to operate outside of the United States. In 2012, the company paid the U.S. government $731 million to settle a civil lawsuit the government had brought against the company. As part of that settlement, PokerStars acquired the assets of Full Tilt Poker and provided the government with $184 million to go towards making American Full Tilt players whole following the company's collapse in the wake of Black Friday. Scheinberg sold the company to a group lead by David Baazov in 2014 for $4.9 billion. According to Forbes, federal prosecutor Olga Zverovich told a hearing on Wednesday that Scheinberg had been negotiating with the government for some time. “We have an agreement in principle on the basic terms,” Zverovich said. Scheinberg is the last of those charged on Black Friday to face a judge in the United States. Scheinberg plead not guilty and was released on a $1 million bail. He also surrendered his passports.
  17. Vincent Wan has been a regular at the Crown Casino in Melbourne for nearly two decades. In that time he has come to become a frequent face in the high stakes cash games and has even managed to win the Royal Flush jackpot on two occasions. On Friday, he capped all of that by winning the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event title after an epic 15-hour long final table that included a heads-up battle that lasted longer than The Irishman and had nothing other than the trophy at stake. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“BetMGM NJ”] The seven players who returned to action on Friday played for over two hours before the first elimination. Nino Ullmann raised from the UTG+1 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"], Gareth Pepper called from the hijack with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"], and Nicolas Malo defended the big blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Ullmann the nut straight. Malo and Ullmann both checked and Pepper bet 400,000. Malo moved all in for 790,000 and Ullmann came over the top for 1,325,000 all in. Pepper folded. The turn was the [poker card="3s"] and the [poker card="ks"] completed the board to eliminate Malo in seventh. A little over an hour later, another player was sent to the rail. Pepper raised to 220,000 from the hijack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] before Oliver Weis moved all in for 2,190,000. Pepper called. The board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="ac"] to give Pepper the pot and end Weis' run in sixth place. The five remaining players played for four hours and took a one-hour dinner break before the next player was sent to the rail. Wan raised to 325,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] and Erik Seidel pushed all in for 2,875,000 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. Wan called. The [poker card="js"][poker card="th"][poker card="2c"] flop gave both players a pair. Seidel wasn't able to make trips throug the [poker card="2d"] turn or [poker card="4d"] river and the Poker Hall of Famer was eliminated in fifth. Another hour passed without an elimination before Ullmann got involved in another confrontation with a much different result. Ngoc Tai Hoang called from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Ullmann checked the big blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"] flop gave Ullmann control. Hoang bet 300,000 and Ullmann called. Hoang then checked the [poker card="jd"] and Ullmann bet 800,000. Hoang moved all in and Ullmann called all in. The [poker card="5d"] river gave Hoang a better two pair and sent Ullmann to the rail with a fourth place finish. The final three players then entered into chop discussions which got a little contentious. After running the ICM numbers, Pepper wanted his payout bumped up to an even $1 million. Wan agreed but was insistent that he would get the trophy, despite trailing Hoang at the time. Crown Tournament Director Joel Williams informed them that they had to play for the trophy. Negotiations continued and Wan pitched new numbers that Hoang felt was unfair. "It is fair, because I'm definitely better than you. I've been a professional poker player for like 20 years and he's been playing for like 10 years as well," Wan said. "This is like your first cash. You have like a $5K cash a $2K cash, I saw. It's okay. I know." Hoang explained he's had other cashes not listed online while campaigning for a more favorable payout. "I can see the way you play. You don't," Wan said. The three finally came to terms on a deal that saw each of them secure a seven-figure payday. Wan and Hoang each earned $1,318,000 with Pepper taking home $1,000,000. With the deal in place, Pepper lasted just 20 more minutes before busting. Pepper moved all in for 5,010,000 from the small blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="2c"] and Wan called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"] to send Pepper packing and put the tournament into heads up play. That pot gave Wan the heads-up lead over Hoang. Wan had 13,665,000 to Hoang's 11,045,000 and despite Wan's insistence he was a superior player, the pair played heads-up for nearly 4.5 hours before Wan claimed victory. Hoang was left desperately short after losing with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] to [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"] and [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] to [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"]. There was yet one more chance for him to get it in good with an unfortunate result. Hoang shoved his last 2,200,000 in the middle with [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"] and Wan called with [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] flop gave Wan middle pair and Hoang couldn't catch up after the [poker card="jd"] turn or [poker card="td"] river and was eliminated in second place giving Wan the title as 2020 AUssie Millions Main Event champion. 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event Payouts Vincent Wan - A$1,318,000 ($907,196 US) Ngoc Tai Hoang - A$1,318,000 ($907,196 US) Gareth Pepper - A$1,000,000 ($688,31 US) Nino Ullmann - A$480,160 ($330,501 US) Erik Seidel - A$378,660 ($260,637 US) Oliver Weis - A$307,820 ($211,877 US) Nicolas Malo - A$240,080 ($165,250 US)
  18. Kahle Burns is having a helluva week. The 31-year-old Australian was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame along with Lynn Gilmartin on Monday. on Thursday night, Burns beat reigning Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen to win the 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge. The two-day event drew 54 entries for a $3,629,281 US prize pool and the field included the likes of Steve O'Dwyer, Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick and 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Bryn Kenney. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] After Michael Zhang busted on the bubble, Foxen went to work. From UTG, Foxen raised to 160,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Timothy Adams called from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"] and Adams checked. Foxen bet 80,000 and then called after Adams moved all in for 350,000. Adams was unable to make running spades through the [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river and was eliminated in seventh place. Down to just 7.5 big blinds, Sam Grafton moved all in for 610,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"]. Kenney called from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing and Grafton missed on the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river and was sent packing in sixth. A blind on blind battle lead to the next elimination and gave Burns his first victim of the final table. Michael Soyza moved all in from the small blind for 350,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] and Burns called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"]. Burns stayed ahead through the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="th"][poker card="8s"] run out and Soyza was out in fifth place. It didn't take too long for Burns to end another player's run at the title. Foxen raised from the button to 220,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] before Kenney raised to 975,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. From the big blind, Burns moved all-in with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"]. Foxen folded and Kenney called with his tournament life on the line. The 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champ was unable to improve his hand on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qd"][poker card="4d"] runout and he was eliminated in fourth. Burns kept the pressure on and just 20 minutes later, found himself heads up for the title after eliminating yet another player. Burns raised to 210,000 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7c"], Aaron van Blarcum moved all in for 950,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and Burns called. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop left van Blarcum in front as did the [poker card="3h"] turn. The [poker card="5c"] river however gave Burns a straight and eliminated van Blarcum in third place. Those three consecutive eliminations left Burns holding a nearly 4-1 lead over Foxen and it took just a little more than 15 minutes for Burns to collect them all. On the final hand Burns opened from the button to 200,000 holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. Foxen moved all in for 2,290,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"] and Burns called. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Burns second pair. Foxen made third pair on the [poker card="9c"] turn but the [poker card="qd"] river gave Burns the pot and eliminated Foxen. The $1,197,663 score is the second largest of Burns' career, behind only his third place finish in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series event in Macau in October 2017. According to Hendon Mob, he now has $9,541,399 in lifetime earnings and sits second on the Australian all-time money list behind Joe Hachem. 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge Payouts Kahle Burns - $1,197,663 Alex Foxen - $762,334 Aaron van Blarcum - $508,099 Bryn Kenney - $399,221 Michael Soyza - $290,342 Sam Grafton - $254,050 Timothy Adams- $217,572
  19. In the 18 seasons of the World Poker Tour, multiple players have managed to win more than one main tour title. But until Wednesday night, no player had ever won the same event twice. Brian Altman changed that and made WPT history in the process. Altman beat out the 843-player field to win the Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open to match his victory in the event five years earlier. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”] The final table began with Altman holding onto a small chip lead over John Dollinger. It took just over 30 minutes to go from six players to five. From UTG, Dollinger raised to 275,000 and Peter Walsworth, who started the final table as the short stack, called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"] and Walsworth checked and then moved all in for 725,000 after Dollinger bet 175,000. Dollinger called and turned over [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] which put him ahead of Walsworth's [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"]. Neither the [poker card="5d"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river were unable to save Walsworth from a sixth place finish. Altman picked up his first victim of the night just an hour later. Action folded to Altman in the small blind and he moved all in for 11,500,000. Nadeem Hirani called from the big blind and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] which made him a favorite against Altman's [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] flop changed that and left Hirani needing help. Unfortunately for him, the turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"] and he was sent to the rail in fifth. Big Slick played a role in the next bustout as well, but this time it was Altman holding it. Dollinger made it 300,000 from UTG and Altman called from the big blind. Nadya Magnus moved all in for 2,450,000 from the big blind and Dollinger ducked out of the way before Altman called. Magnus turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and got the bad news as Altman tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] runout brought Magnus no relief and she was eliminated in fourth place for a career-best score of $171,642. It took just over an hour to go from three-handed to heads up. Altman folded his button and Dollinger moved all in from the small blind. Chanracy Khun called all in for 2,500,000. Dollinger showed [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"] and Khun tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Dollinger middle pair. The [poker card="ts"] turn gave him trips and officially ended Khun's run in third place. The river was the [poker card="7s"]. Altman began heads-up play trailing Dollinger 20,850,000 - 12,875,000 in chips but he took the lead on the first hand of heads-up play. Over the next hour, Altman only briefly relinquished the lead before finally finishing Dollinger off for good in a dream spot. Dollinger called from the button and Altman raised to 800,000. Dollinger moved all in for 9,175,000 and Altman snap-called. Dollinger turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] but got bad news when Altman tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="th"] to eliminate Dollinger and capture the LHPO for the second time in his career. In 2015, Altman outlasted 1,026 other players to win his first Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $723,008. He's made three other final tables since then. Wednesday's win also moved Altman into the lead for WPT Player of the Year with 2,100 points, 700 points more than previous leader Alex Foxen. WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Payouts Brian Altman - $482,636 John Dollinger - $311,751 Chanracy Khun - $230,086 Nadya Magnus - $171,642 Nadeem Hirani - $129,438 Peter Walsworth - $98,686
  20. Just six weeks after the conclusion of the first full-scale tournament series in Pennsylvania online poker history, the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker, PokerStars PA is ready to do it again. The PokerStars PA Winter Series runs January 25 - February 1 and features 30 events and $675,000 in total guarantees with buy-ins ranging from $30 up to $500. PACOOP had more events (50) and $1.225 million in guaranteed prize pools. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“BetMGM NJ”] The Winter Series gets underway on Saturday, January 25 with three events: $50 The Warm-Up ($20,000 Guarantee) $100 The Anthem ($30,000 Guarantee) $200 The Coin Toss Turbo PKO ($15,000 Guarantee) The following day, Sunday, January 26, is the busiest day of the eight-day series. Six events are on the schedule that day with $164,000 in total guarantees. The highlight is the Blitz Sunday Special Special Edition with a $50,000 guarantee and a $200 buy-in. The Main Event Players who played in the PACOOP Main Event will find the Winter Series Main Event to be a familiar setting. Just like PACOOP, the Winter Series Main Event has a $300 and the guarantee is $100,000. The Main Event begins on February 1 at 5 pm ET. The PACOOP Main Event guarantee was initially announced as $100,000 before PokerStars increased the guarantees on a number of events, including the Main, based on strong turnout in the opening week of play. The PACOOP Main Event attracted 640 players for a $179,2000 prize pool. Ryan 'Gyea0' Gerber took it down for $31,335.64. Main Event Satellites Abound Players looking to get into the Winter Series Main event on a budget will be happy to know that PokerStars is already running satellites. Buy-ins range from $20 to $50. On February 1, a $50 buy-in Mega Satellite is guaranteeing 20 seats to the Main Event. Players can re-enter up to two times during late registration. Second Chance Freerolls Players who bust out of any Winter Series event before making the money will find a consolation prize in their account: a Second Chance All-in Shootout Freeroll ticket. The ticket can be used on any of the Second Chance All-in Shootout Freerolls that run daily from January 26 - February 1. PokerStars PA 2020 Winter Series Schedule Date Time (ET) Name Game Buy-in Guarantee Jan 25 5:00 pm The Warm-Up - NLHE NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 25 7:00 pm The Anthem - Nightly Stars SE NLHE $100 $30,000 Jan 25 9:00 pm The Coin Toss - Turbo PKO NLHE $200 $15,000 Jan 26 1:00 pm Kick-Off - Deepstack NLHE $100 $25,000 Jan 26 2:00 pm The Return - 6-Max NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 26 3:30 pm Play Action - PKO NLHE $150 $30,000 Jan 26 5:00 pm The Blitz - Sunday Special SE NLHE $200 $50,000 Jan 26 6:00 pm First Down - Mini Sunday Special NLHE $30 $15,000 Jan 26 7:00 pm The Handoff - PLO PLO $100 $12,000 Jan 26 10:00 pm The Block - Supersonic SE NLHE $75 $12,000 Jan 27 7:00 pm The Juke - 4-Max NLHE $100 $15,000 Jan 27 8:00 pm The Spin - Battle Royale SE NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 27 9:00 pm The Tackle - Variable Levels NLHE $150 $15,000 Jan 28 7:00 pm The Sack - Super Tuesday SE NLHE $250 $40,000 Jan 28 7:30 pm The Punt - Mini Super Tuesday NLHE $30 $15,000 Jan 28 9:00 pm Half-Time - Turbo PKO NLHE $100 $15,000 Jan 29 7:00 pm The Turnover - High Roller NLHE $500 $35,000 Jan 29 8:00 pm The Drive - PLO, 6-Max PLO $50 $8,000 Jan 29 9:00 pm The Redzone - Turbo NLHE $150 $15,000 Jan 30 7:00 pm The Touchdown - Thursday Thrill SE NLHE $200 $35,000 Jan 30 7:30 pm Extra Point - Mini Thrill NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 30 9:00 pm Deep Hyper-Turbo NLHE $100 $15,000 Jan 31 7:00 pm The Onside Kick - Vanilla NLHE $100 $10,000 Jan 31 8:00 pm The Snap - PKO, Big Antes NLHE $150 $15,000 Jan 31 9:00 pm Hail Mary - Turbo NLHE $50 $8,000 Jan 31 10:00 pm The Catch - Deep Hyper-Turbo NLHE $100 $10,000 Feb 1 3:00 pm The Comeback - PKO, 8-Max NLHE $100 $15,000 Feb 1 5:00 pm The Big Game - Main Event NLHE $300 $100,000 Feb 1 6:30 pm Overtime - Mini-Main NLHE $50 $25,000 Feb 1 8:00 pm Victory Parade - Turbo PKO NLHE $100 $15,000
  21. Pennsylvania online poker players have been grinding away on PokerStars PA for a few months now, but in February some of the best poker players from the Tri-State area will be heading to Parx Casino. The Big Stax XXXII is an 11-event series running February 5 - 26 at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, just 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Buy-ins range from $80 up to $1,100. While there are 11 events on the schedule there are three that stand out from the rest, the Big Stax 300, the Big Stax 500, and the Big Stax 1100. Big Stax 300 This $340 buy-in event has four starting flights beginning on Wednesday, February 5. Players start with a 30,000 starting stack and can re-enter as often as required. While there is no information available on the guarantee for this event, the Big Stax XXXI Big Stax 300 in September had 1,413 entrants and a $402,706 prize pool with Victor Ramdin taking the title and $48,777 after the final four players agreed to a deal. Big Stax 500 This event has a $550 buy-in and just three starting flights beginning on Friday, February 14. With a bigger buy-in than the Big Stax 300, players are given a bigger starting stack. Players get 40,000 chips to start and are once again able to fire as many re-entry bullets as necessary. In September, 927 entered to push the prize pool to $440,325 with Tam Nguyen winning $76,500 after chopping heads-up with Jeffrey Grosso. Big Stax 1100 This $1,100 buy-in tournament is the marquee event on the schedule. There are two starting flights, beginning on Friday, February 21. Players start with a 50,000 starting stack and can, again, re-enter as often as they need to. The October event drew 370 players to create a $394,790 prize pool. Grigoriy Shvarts won the event outright for $82,549. For all three of these events, Day 1 has 45-minute levels, 60-minute levels on Day 2 and 90-minute levels for the final tables. The Parx Poker Room As far as the live poker experience in Pennsylvania goes, the leader in the clubhouse is Parx. With 48 tables and a robust year-round tournament schedule, Parx has something for every poker player and has become the top destination for a number of the best players in the Keystone State. Big Stax History For those who aren't great with roman numerals, this series marks the 32nd incarnation of the Big Stax series. The first ran in February 2013 and featured eight events including a $1,600 buy-in Main Event with a $500,000 guarantee. That event, which featured unlimited re-entry, drew 517 runners for a total prize pool of $752,235. Over the years, Parx has partnered with the WPTDeepstacks brand to have three of the Big Stax Main Events as WPTDeepstacks events. The first, in March of 2016, had a $1,600 buy-in and drew 696 runners to build a seven-figure prize pool. Brent Roberts took it down for $205,944. In 2017, James Poper topped a final table that included Phillip Hui, Justin Liberto, and eventual runner-up DJ MacKinnon to win $201,991. Following a one-year hiatus, the event returned in 2019 and 374 entries created a $532,794 prize pool and Dominick Sannino earned $116,153 as the champ. Big Stax XXXII Schedule DATE TIME EVENT BUY-IN Feb-05 11:00 AM Big Stax 300: Day 1A $340 Feb-06 11:00 AM Big Stax 300: Day 1B $340 Feb-07 11:00 AM Big Stax 300: Day 1C $340 Feb-08 10:00 AM Big Stax 300: Day 1d $340 Feb-09 12:00 PM Big Stax 300: Day 2 $340 Feb-10 12:00 PM Big Stax 300: Final Day $340 Feb-12 1:00 PM NL Hold'em: Survivor ($3000 winners) $340 Feb-13 11:00 AM Big Stax 500: Day 1a $550 Feb-14 11:00 AM Big Stax 500: Day 1b $550 Feb-15 10:00 AM Big Stax 500: Day 1c $550 Feb-16 12:00 PM Big Stax 500: Day 2 $550 Feb-16 1:00 PM NL Hold'em: Single Day Event $560 Feb-17 12:00 PM Big Stax 500: Final Day $550 Feb-17 1:00 PM NL Hold'em: Survivor ($5000 winners) $560 Feb-19 10:00 AM NL Hold'em: Seniors (50+) Event $340 Feb-21 11:00 AM Big Stax 1100: Day 1a (8-handed) $1,200 Feb-22 11:00 AM Big Stax 1100: Day 1b (8-handed) $1,200 Feb-23 12:00 PM Big Stax 1100: Day 2 (8-handed) $1,200 Feb-23 1:00 PM NL Hold'em: Purple Chip Bounty $1,060 Feb-24 12:00 PM Big Stax 1100: Final Day (8-handed) $1,200 Feb-24 1:00 PM NL Hold'em: Big Ante Deep Stack Turbo $230 Feb-25 5:00 PM Pot Limit Omaha/NL Hold'em Mix $340 Feb-26 11:15 PM NL Hold'em: Wednesday Deep Stack Turbo $80
  22. One week after two Pennsylvania players posted historic back-to-back Sunday Majors victories, a new set of victors emerged on PokerStars PA for the first time in 2020. Last week, 'deadtosolve' posted a second consecutive victory in the $100 Sunday Special. This week, 'king12929' beat out 474 other players to win $7,761.44. Runner-up 'u_bet_i_raise86' ended up with a $5,688.88 payday while 'Paul 0akley' earned $4,169.93 for coming in third place. One of Pennsylvania's top players emerged victorious in the Sunday High Roller. PACOOP High Roller champ 'fubadbeatbob' topped the 70 player field in the $250 Sunday High Roller to win $4,818.32. Coming one spot short of victory earned 'Honeyjawn U' $3,313.31. 'Paul 0akley' posted his second third-place finish on the day for $2,278.42. The day began with '150lariat' beating out the 453 player field in the $30 Sunday Warm-Up for $2,226.58. 'HodorHodorHodor' won $908.87 after the final three players in the $10 Sunday Storm agreed to a deal. The tournament had 643 entrants for a $5,851 prize pool. The day wrapped up with 'nguyeniing' winning the $50 Sunday Supersonic by outlasting 127 other players for a $1,314.49 score. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 453 entries (327 entries, 126 re-entries) $12,366.90 prize pool 150lariat - $2,226.58 Phishfan717 - $1,631.93 jace15076 - $1,196.20 RJCMONEY - $876.81 WinninForALivin - $642.70 MDeals - $471.09 W8tngonrvr140 - $345.31 Fizzle1010 - $253.11 shutdafkupdonny - $185.53 PokerStars PA Sunday $10 Storm Six Max 643 entries (446 entries, 197 re-entries) $5,851.30 prize pool HodorHodorHodor - $908.87* dusterdav155 - $548.97* laundryday1 - $752.13* DirtCheapDanny - $342.48 xXPsylockXx - $238.63 Dyska21 - $166.27 PokerStars PA Sunday $100 Sunday Special 475 entries (350 entries, 158 re-entries) $43,605 prize pool king12929 - $7,761.44 u_bet_i_raise86 - $5,688.88 Paul 0akley - $4,169.93 Schwibbs1 - $3,056.55 ChrundleTheGr8 - $2,240.44 AllinWithAJoff - $1,642.24 Tommygunz257 - $1,204.75 richardsonn21999 - $882.35dd PokerStars PA Sunday $250 Sunday High Roller Six Max 70 entries (45 entries, 25 re-entries) $16,310 prize pool fubadbeatbob - $4,818.32 Honeyjawn U - $3,313.31 Paul 0akley - $2,278.42 Eckardt31 - $1,566.77 DanGeezy2303 - $1,077.39 ZBIRD1 - $740.88 PokerStars PA Sunday $50 Sunday Supersonic 128 entries (93 entries, 35 re-entries) $6,016 prize pool nguyeniing - $1,314.49 plo_head - $974.73 pilawshark1627 - $722.85 keithdublin - $536.05 6KeepEmLow4 - $397.53 AllinWithAJoff - $294.80
  23. After a one-week hiatus, the partypoker MILLION returned on Sunday and the second week of the Daniel Negreanu-inspired GGPoker Masters saw an even bigger turnout. The partypoker MILLION drew 4,953 players this week to fall just 47 players short of the guarantee. Two players, 'maktub1' and 'eL3v3n', made the most of it by chopping up nearly $260,000 after outlasting every other player. Taking the #1 spot earned 'maktub1' a $135,498.93 score while 'eL3v3n' banked $124,301.08 for finishing in second place. 'ShortSqueeze' was eliminated in third and earned $68,500 for that finish. The GGPoker Masters event, which is a freezeout with a $150 buy-in, drew 1,901 runners in just its second week of existence. Created by GGPoker pro Daniel Negreanu, the GGPoker Masters increased their guarantee from $250,000 to $300,000 this week despite missing the guarantee in the first week of action. The 1,901 players was 291 more than last week but still created a $37,662 overlay. The final two players, 'MwonderchilD' and 'ruael' came to terms on a deal that gave 'MwonderchilD' a $36,794.72 payday and runner-up 'ruael' a $40,190.02 score. Third-place finisher 'GorillaWarfare' ended up with $22,838.43. The Winter Series continued on PokerStars with the Main Event taking the place of the Sunday Million this week. That two-day event will wrap up on Monday but there was still some big wins on the world's largest online poker site. 'Rebel FishAK' won $51,777.49 plus an additional $22,055.02 in bounties for beating out 8,990 other entries in the Sunday Warm-up SE PKO. The $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder PKO event was won by 'like1989' for $48,291.43 and $35,968.11 in bounties. partypoker $215 MILLION Online 4,953 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($9,400 overlay) maktub1 - $135,498.93* eL3v3n - $124,301.08* ShortSqueeze - $68,500 vem kikando - $44,600 DramaticDegen - $30,630 Johnny Bananas - $20,780 INDOMIE_GORENG - $14,610 ThinnusButyrum - $9,400 partypoker $5,200 High Roller Sunday Big Game 118 entries $590,000 prize pool Player_1234 - $144,550 PayAndPlay - $103,250 autopilot - $73,750 Player123560423 - $51,625 Lone1 - $38,350 j1994p - $29,500 Sundaynightking - $23,600 SpankyMcfarland - $19,175 partypoker $530 High Roller Bounty Hunter 292 entries $149,650 prize pool ($350 overlay) Zevs zevs - $11,536.50 + $11,923.32 in bounties CAPN_Crunch - $11,521.67 + $5,053.16 in bounties Meiko87 - $8,086.31 + $2,908.02 in bounties Double_UP - $5,884.59 + $3,076.18 in bounties MexicanJoker - $4,163.25 + $1,041.80 in bounties TopGirl - $3,122.43 + $5,061.35 in bounties SeniorBOB - $2,201.72 + $2,707.04 in bounties leannartpronk - $1,601.25 + $262.50 in bounties partypoker $320 Gladiator 833 entries $256,564 prize pool explogtopkr - $17,104.53 + $13,423.90 in bounties Crixus-the-Gaul - $17,079.21 + $7,860.53 in bounties qpakup - $12,964.59 + $5,436.20 in bounties SomaPowered - $8,870.51 + $3,592.04 in bounties BORA LOGO - $6,141.12 + $1,607.15 in bounties goats_Street - $4,094.08 + $1,870.08 in bounties PokerStars Winter Series $109 Sunday Warm-up SE PKO 8,991 entries $899,100 prize pool Rebel FishAK - $51,777.49* + $22,066.02 in bounties estroygordoyk - $54,746.38* + $11,191.21 in bounties DrJames89 - $30,477.55 + $7,094.56 in bounties Bit2Easy - $21,235.93 + $5,977.91 in bounties sonic257- $14,796.62 + $3,167.63 in bounties ezepoker90 - $10,309.88 + $6,257.82 in bounties JerryPot91 - $7,183.62 + $582.03 in bounties wpwhite-eck - $5,005.33 + $1,886.60 in bounties silentm0de - $3,487.60 + $2,557.99 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder PKO 1,226 entries $613,000 prize pool like1989 - $48,291.43 + $35,968.11 in bounties zavor - $35,397.01 + $16,594.22 in bounties ¿¿toneecho?? - $25,945.89 + $6,245.11 in bounties Tomatee - $10,018.26 + $8,408.20 in bounties digopapel - $13,940.35 + $3,257.80 in bounties Atropos11 - $10,218.25 + $2,679.68 in bounties niknaknuk7 - $7,489.97 + $812.50 in bounties Faaaarst - $5,490.11 + $3,500.02 in bounties goodkicker1 - $4,024.25 + $1,769.54 in bounties 888poker $109 Sunday Mega Deep 824 entries $111,500 prize pool guitiradent1 - $18,181.07* MurningB4n - $16,495.43* forvardok - $10,871.25 HiroNakamura - $8,139.50 Rebozeio - $5,742.25 geringonsa - $4,627.25 shamaani112 - $3,512.25 Agustin12389 - $2,464.15 7.045.pptY - $1,427.20 GGPoker GG Masters $300,000 Guaranteed 1,901 entries $300,000 prize pool ($37,662 overlay) MwonderchilD - $36,794.72 ruael - $40,190.02 GorillaWarfare - $22,838.43 Andre3 - $16,280.01 Formosa Dreamers - $11,604.96 uptrendgaming- - $8,272.41 7/11 - $5,896.86 Yerick - $4,203.48 ksusha44 - $2,996.40
  24. Just two weeks into the new year, two players have emerged as rising stars on the Pennsylvania online poker scene for 2020 after taking down Sunday Majors in back-to-back weeks. Last week, 'deadtosolve' kicked off the year by winning the PokerStars PA Sunday Special and 'Allin1out' took down the Sunday High Roller. Both players repeated those feats on Sunday, with each of them beating out a substantially larger field to do so. One week after falling 42 entries short of making the $100,000 guarantee, the Sunday Special put on a Kansas City Chiefs-like comeback, seeing a 115-player increase and beating the guarantee by over $6,700. It wasn't the only marquee event to see a massive turnaround. 'deadtosolve' topped the Sunday Special to earn $8,267.91 - a $1,016 bump over last week. Runner-up 'lapa2612ram' had to settle for $5,999.88 while 'BDGEJLM' picked up a $4,353.12 score for coming in third place. Meanwhile, 'Allin1out' beat 85 other entries in the $250 High Roller to take home $4,818.17. Runner-up 'and_porter' picked up $3,561.42 and 'Great Daneo' rounded out the podium finishers with a $2,632.51 score. The first player to win a Sunday Major this week was 'aldrich801' who topped the 414-entry field in the $30 Sunday Warm-Up for $2,034.83. Coming in one spot short of victory earned 'Paul 0akley' $1,491.42 while 'iwasalladream' banked $1,093.21 for coming in third. The Sunday Storm had 622 entries with '10_8dd' outlasting all of them to win $979.85. 'NaigoPA' won $682.39 as the runner-up and 'FatBastard62' ended up with $475.47 for being the third place finisher. The last Major on the schedule was the only one with an overlay. The $50 Sunday Supersonic had a total of 105 entries, falling just two spots shy of making the $5,000 prize pool. 'TexasFoldem829' beat 'tobykeith121' heads-up to win $1,155.74. After coming in third place in the Sunday Special last week, 'tobykeith121' had to settle for $855.38 as the second-place finisher while 'RUNit1nce82' pocketed $633.11 for finishing third. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 414 entries (297 entries, 117 re-entries) $11,302.20 prize pool aldrich801 - $2,034.83 Paul 0akley - $1,491.43 iwasalladream - $1,093.21 craigejr1 - $801.32 Lirek154 - $587.36 hviking31 - $430.54 Wigg4 - $315.58 $urf&Turf - $231.32 ChrundleTheGr8 - $169.55 PokerStars PA Sunday $10 Storm Six Max 622 entries (436 entries, 186 re-entries) $5,660.20 prize pool 10_8dd - $979.85 NaigoPA - $682.39 FatBastard62 - $475.47 letsgoislanders - $331.29 money87mesk - $230.83 jpfree34 - $160.84 PokerStars PA Sunday $100 Sunday Special 509 entries (350 entries, 159 re-entries) $46,726.20 prize pool deadtosolve - $8,267.91 lapa2612ram - $5,999.88 BDGEJLM - $4,353.12 hbekanich - $3,159.78 Trevayame - $2,293.05 Rudi1414 - $1,664.06 HipsterDoofus - $1,207.61 LemonCake122 - $876.36 SteveS639 - $635.97 PokerStars PA Sunday $250 Sunday High Roller Six Max 86 entries (59 entries, 27 re-entries) $20,038 prize pool Allin1out - $4,818.17 and_porter - $3,561.42 Great Daneo - $2,632.51 DMac8822 - $1,945.88 joebrennen - $1,438.34 AzzJack#28 - $1,063.19 PokerStars PA Sunday $50 Sunday Supersonic 105 entries (88 entries, 17 re-entries) $5,000 prize pool ($65 overlay) TexasFoldem829 - $1,155.74 tobykeith121 - $855.38 RUNit1nce82 - $633.11 SugarDaddyPA - $468.59 keller22687 - $346.83 burton439 - $256.70 Undefeatedz - $190.00 iamafarmer - $140.63 Great Daneo - $123.34
  25. Anton Suarez usually makes his living playing cash games live or online. For the last five days, however, the Swedish poker pro has been unable to do so as he splashed around on the tournament side. He'll be able to get back to his day job on Monday, however, and he'll have an extra $1,000,000 to work with after beating out the 529 other players to win the partypoker MILLIONS UK Main Event. While 12 players returned for the final day, the final table actually started eight-handed after Alex Lindop busted in 10th and Jamie O'Connor went out in ninth on the same hand. Maria Lampropulos, who won the inaugural partypoker MILLIONS at Dusk Till Dawn in 2017, started the final table as the short stack and managed to last just 30 minutes. From the cutoff, Jack Hardcastle raised to 3,500,000 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] before Lampropulos moved all-in for 19,100,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Hardcastle called. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="6d"] to give Lampropulos a short sweat before eliminating her in eighth place. Hardcastle's stay only lasted another 45 minutes. From UTG+1 the young Brit raised to 4,500,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"]. Action folded to Christian Rudolph in the cutoff and he re-raised to 11,000,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. Hardcastle called to send both players to a [poker card="jd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3d"] flop. Hardcastle checked, Rudolph bet 9,000,000, and Hardcastle moved all-in for 43,700,000. Rudolph called. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and the river was the [poker card="ts"] to miss all of Hardcastle's outs and eliminate him in seventh. A blind-versus-blind battle lead to the end of the road for Weijie Zheng. Action folded to Zheng in the small blind and he moved all in for 38,400,000 with [poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"]. Rudolph called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] after using two of his time extensions. The [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"] flop gave Zheng a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="ac"] turn gave Rudolph top pair and left Zheng drawing to one of three eights. However, the river was [poker card="3d"] and Zheng was sent to the rail in sixth place. An hour later, the other Swedish player at the final table was eliminated. Fredrik Andersson looked down and [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] in the hijack and moved all-in for 30,500,000. Suarez called from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"] before James Romero folded [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"] from the big blind. THe [poker card="jc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5d"] runout couldn't save Andersson and he was eliminated in fifth. The Dusk Till Dawn rail lost one of their own just a few hands later. Suarez called from the small blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"] and James Clarke checked with [5]d[poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="6h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] flop gave both players trip fours. Suarez checked, Clarke bet 2,500,000, and Suarez called. The turn was the [poker card="th"] and Suarez bet 12,500,000 before Clarke moved all-in for 71,000,000 and Suarez called. The [poker card="qh"] river gave Suarez a flush and forced Calrke to settle for a fourth place finish. Three-handed play lasted nearly an hour before Suarez found another victim. Rudolph folded the button, Suarez called from the small blind with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] and Romero checked with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Suarez bottom set and Romero top pair. Suarez bet 3,000,000 before Romero made it 10,000,000 and Suarez called. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and Suarez check-called Romero's 20,000,000 bet. After the [poker card="5s"] river, Suarez checked, Romero moved all-in for 42,000,000 and Suarez called to eliminate Romero in third and send the tournament to heads-up with stacks nearly dead even. Each player took turns as the chip leader over the next two hours before Suarez took the chip lead for good. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rudolph moved all-in from the big blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] after Suarez completed from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"]. Suarez called and then watched the [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="as"][poker card="9c"] runout eliminate Rudolph in second place and give Suarez his first major title. partypoker MILLIONS UK Final Table Payouts Anton Suarez - $1,000,000 Christian Rudolph - $620,000 James Romero - $420,000 James Clarke - $311,000 Fredrik Andersson - $230,000 Weijie Zheng - $170,000 Jack Hardcastle - $130,000 Maria Lampropulos - $100,000 Jamie O'Connor - $80,000
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