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  1. Dominykas Mikolaitis entered the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ with a hefty chip lead, one that he leveraged to take home his first career Super MILLION$ title and the $428,624 first-place prize. Just because the grinder from Poland held a considerable chip advantage, it was by no means a sure thing that he’d make it to the end. In his way this week were a pair of former #1-ranked online pros in Yuri Dzivielevski and Andras Nemeth, the current #5 ranked player in the world in Dalton Hobold, and Stephen Chidwick, one of the most feared high rollers in the game today. Thirty minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Andras Nemeth opened the button to 132,000 holding the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. In the small blind, China’s Weiran Pu three-bet shipped their final nine big blinds with the [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"]. Nemeth made the quick call and the flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6c"], giving both a pair but putting Nemeth in the lead. The [poker card="kc"] turn gave Nemeth top two, and added a gutshot straight draw for Pu. However, the river was the [poker card="5c"] and Pu was the first player of the day to hit the rail, finishing in ninth place for $53,578. It was one trip around the table before ‘Pandora-box’ opened from the hijack to 126,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. Mikolaitis, on the button, put in a three-bet to 354,000 with his [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"]. When the action folded back to ‘Pandora-box’ they decided to flat call leaving themselves 1.5 million behind. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3h"] giving ‘Pandora-box’ top pair. They checked it to Mikolaitis who put out a 150,000 bet. ‘Pandora-box’ called and the [poker card="2d"] arrived on the turn, offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw. ‘Pandora-box’ checked again to the chip leader who fired 288,000 into the pot of 1.2 million. ‘Pandora-box’ just called yet again and the [poker card="5h"] appeared on the river, giving Mikolaitis his runner-runner straight. ‘Pandora-box’ checked a third time but this time, with the nuts, Mikolaitis went big and moved all-in. After a few moments, ‘Pandora-box’ called off their final million and was eliminated in eighth place, good for $69,482. Just five hands later, former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski raised the button to 120,000 with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Nemeth folded the small blind and Mikolaitis defended his big blind holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"]. Mikolaitis outflopped Dzivielevski on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] flop, and the action checked thru. The turn was the [poker card="as"], hitting Dzivielevski but giving Mikolaitis two pair. Mikolaitis checked it over to the Brazilian who bet just over 240,000 with top pair. Mikolaitis put in a check-raise to 600,000 and Dzivielevski called, with just under 1.4 million behind. The river was the [poker card="js"] and once again Mikolaitis went for it all and moved all-in. Dzivielevski took nearly three minutes and eventually clicked the call button. Dzivielevski fell in seventh place and added $90,107 to his Super MILLION$ earnings. Brazil’s Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold had been hanging on to his short stack for most of the final table, but eventually, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000, picked up a hand he could fight with. After ‘OPPikachu’ opened from the cutoff to 189,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] it folded to Hobold in the big blind with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. Hobold moved all-in for 538,000 and ‘OPPikachu’ made the quick call putting the Brazilian at risk. The [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"] flop put Hobold way behind and looking for one of the final two jacks in the deck. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] and the river came the [poker card="7s"] sending Hobold to collect his $116,854 sixth-place prize. As Mikolaitis extended his chip lead, building his stack to over 12 million, Stephen Chidwick slipped to just under 10 big blinds. After Mikolaitis opened from under the gun to 140,000 with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"], Chidwick moved all-in for just over 640,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. Both blinds folded and Mikolaitis made the call, looking to take out the always dangerous Chidwick. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"] giving both players a pair. The turn was the [poker card="jc"], adding nut flush outs for Chidwick. But the [poker card="7d"] was a brick for Chidwick and the all-world pro ended up in fifth place for $151,541. With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000, ‘Memukul’ raised from the small blind to 200,000 with his [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Nemeth, in the big blind with just 10 bigs, moved all-in holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"] and was snapped off by ‘Memukul’ putting the two-time Super MILLION$ champ at risk. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="8c"] shipping the pot to ‘Memukul’ and, for the second week in a row, Nemeth finished just short of a third title. Nemeth earned $196,525 for his fourth-place run. The three-handed battle took some time with both short stacks hanging around as Mikolaitis looked for a way to continue to add to his chip lead. Eventually, it was a clash between those two short stacks that got the tournament to heads up. With the blinds up to 70,000/140,000, ‘OPPikachu’ open-ripped his final 1.5 million from the small blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. ‘Memukul’, in the big blind, took a moment but made the call holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"] giving ‘Memukul’ in the lead in the hand. It was a lead they didn’t surrender as the turn came the [poker card="4d"] and the river came the [poker card="2d"]. ‘OPPikachu’ bowed out in third place, good for $254,861. Mikolaitis started heads up with a better than 2:1 chip lead but it wasn’t long before ‘Memukul’ climbed into the chip lead. From there the pair traded the chip lead back and forth. Eventually, Mikolaitis grabbed the chip lead and didn’t let go. The blinds were at 100,000/200,000 when ‘Memukul’ limped the button holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Mikolaitis ripped from the big blinds with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. ‘Memukul’ made the call for it all. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"] keeping ‘Memukul’ in the lead but offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw and some backdoor options. When the [poker card="3h"] hit the turn, ‘Memukul’ was left with only chop outs. The [poker card="kc"] completed the board, and the tournament, as ‘Memukul’ - who started the day ninth in chips - finished in second place for $330,514 and Dominykas Mikolaitis took home his first Super MILLION$ title for $428,624 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results Dominykas Mikolaitis - $428,624 ‘Memukul’ - $330,514 ‘OPPikachu’ - $254,861 Andras Nemeth - $196,525 Stephen Chidwick - $151,541 Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold - $116,854 Yuri Dzivielevski - $90,107 ‘Pandora-box’ - $69,482 Weiran Pu - $53,578
  2. The schedule for the 2022 World Series of Poker has finally been unveiled and with it, the dream of winning a WSOP gold bracelet has awoken for players around the world. With 88 live events held at the WSOP’s new home on the Las Vegas Strip, plus an additional 14 online bracelet events for players in regulated states, the schedule has been hailed by most as a towering home run (potentially the only home run we’re going to see for quite some time). More baseball analogies: the schedule covers all the bases. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a super high roller, a first-timer or a POY-seeker, the 2022 WSOP schedule “has something for everyone” from the Opening Day $100,000 Bounty High Roller straight through to the $1,000 Super Turbo NLHE. No matter when you make your way to Las Vegas this summer, there’s going to be something to get geeked up about. That being said, there are some standout events worth taking a closer look at and, potentially, planning your own personal bracelet chase around. So, here’s a breakdown of some of the high points of this year’s schedule to help you refine when you are going to take a couple of extra vacation days in hopes of making that WSOP deep run. READ: World Series of Poker Announces Complete 2022 Schedule Big Field, Small Buy-in ($1K and Under) These events, commonly referred to as “bracelets on a budget”, offer recreational players some of the best opportunities to get involved with the World Series of Poker. Especially for those players making their first trip to the summer series. Ten years ago, it would have been insulting to insinuate that a bracelet could be won for under $1,000. This year, there are 22 events that have a buy-in of $1K or less and another, the One More for One Drop, that is $1,111 with the $111 going to charity. A few of these are restricted registration events, like the Casino Employees and Seniors Event, but the majority of them bring the energy and excitement of a WSOP event for a lower price tag to everybody. But with that, these events also bring larger fields and, traditionally, a little more chaos. Expect lines to buy-in, lines for the restroom, and longer lines for everything they have lines for. Still, there are a number of events in this schedule of $1Ks and under that should get special consideration. Must Play - $500 The Housewarming In the tradition of the 2019’s Big 50 and last year’s The Reunion, The Housewarming is that low buy-in ($500), mega-field event that everyone is going to fire in if for no other reason than the prize pool is going to be massive (a $5 million guarantee) and everyone is going to want to see the WSOP’s new spot. Yep, there will likely be some frustrations with so many people vying for a seat and stress testing the new WSOP setup. But with COVID restrictions taking a back seat, everything should move a lot smoother than it did in 2021. It says a $500 buy-in but players can fire in every starting day so bring (or sell action for) multiple bullets just in case. Don’t Miss - $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty Originally supposed to take place in 2020, the Mystery Bounty will finally take place on the WSOP schedule. The concept is once you’ve made the money (on Day 2) for every player you knock out you get a bounty but you won’t know what that is until you claim that bounty and reveal it. This year, the top prize is $1 million. That’s right someone could min-cash, take out one short stack, and pull an extra $1 million. It’s been a successful tournament at the Wynn, it will be exciting to see how the WSOP promotes it and how many players this draws. [table id=292 /] The High Rollers The WSOP continues to compete in the high-roller arena, with 10 of the 88 events coming in with a buy-in of $25,000 or more. Add in the Championship Events, plus a Short Deck and Super Turbo Bounty which all have price tags of $10,000 then the schedule is more than 25% aimed at high rollers. Of course, the majority of these events will be out of the general public’s price point but from a fan’s perspective, these events are where you are going to get to watch some of the best players in the world compete. These are the tournaments that bring the superstars to town and keep them battling all summer long. Must Play - $100,000 High Roller Bounty How do you kick off a revitalized World Series of Poker in a brand new home? Entice the biggest names in the game to be there on Day 1 with a $100K bounty event where they collect $25K for every player they knock out of the tournament. It should be a fun way to kick off the series and, potentially, bring in a few recreational whales. However, the $100K price tag is steep. Looking to the PokerGO high rollers as a guide, you see $100K fields hover in the high teens to low 20s in terms of entries. However, this is the WSOP and that alone should beckon elite players from around the world to make their way to Las Vegas and into this opening-day event. Either way, this event will make for a nice one for fans to follow from the very start. Don’t Miss - $250,000 Super High Roller Speaking of elite fields, the return of the $250K Super High Roller will undoubtedly be one of the most contested of the schedule. Last year, Adrian Mateos won his fourth WSOP gold bracelet taking down the 33-entry field for a massive, career-high $3.2 million score. This event should bring out the tippity-top of poker talent, and maybe a random multi-millionaire or two, and be one of the most-watched events of the year. [table id=293 /] Championship Events The road to the 2022 WSOP Player of the Year will likely go through the Championship Events. Current reigning 2021 WSOP Player of the Year (and PocketFives own) Josh Arieh picked up critical POY points by taking down the $10,000 PLO8 Championship for $484,791 as well as a final table finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The best of the best will test their mixed game skills in some of the toughest tournaments on the schedule. Plus, don’t forget - the Main Event is a Championship Event. Speaking of which…. Must Play - $10,000 Main Event (No Limit Hold’em Championship) There was talk, prior to 2020, that the WSOP was on the verge of breaking its 2006 record of 8,773 entries into the Main Event. In fact, in 2019, when Hossein Ensan won the championship, the WSOP came up just 204 entries short with 8,569 runners. Some poker pundits event predicted that 2020 could see 10,000 runners but then, you know, there was the pandemic. 2020 was a wash. But prior to the 2021 series, there was optimism, at one point COVID seemed to be waning and once again, there was talk that the Main Event was going to be massive. But COVID came surging back and despite that, the 2021 Main Event posted an impressive 6,650 entries. So the question is - is this the year? Are players ready to return and push the Main Event to new heights? Some Main Event satellites are already running (GGPoker’s ClubGG) and COVID restrictions are easing with no proof of vaccination requirement at the time of this writing and an optional mask policy. Plus a new home on the Strip…the new era of the World Series of Poker may kick off with a record-breaking Main Event and, if so, you won’t want to miss it. Don’t Miss - $50,000 Poker Players Championship It’s always fun to watch the old-school mixed game grinders hold off the emerging stars of the game in what is often referenced as one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year. Must See - $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Adam Friedman won the Global Poker Award for his final table performance in this event in 2021 where he bested Phil Hellmuth heads-up and completed an astounding third title defense. All eyes will be on Friedman to see if he can make it four in a row. [table id=294 /] Best of the Rest The best part about the series is the non-stop action. If you want to avoid the big-field, low buy-in crowds but can’t afford a high roller there is still plenty to look forward to. There are 39 different events with a price tag between $1,500 and $5,000 and span just about every poker variant you may want to play. A whole host of mixed games, a few freezeouts, and returning favorites (Monster Stack, Millionaire Maker, Closer) make up the bulk of the schedule. So, if you are looking for that sweet spot of hunting for a bracelet in a modest-sized field with a moderate buy-in, check out these events. Must Play - $1,500 Millionaire Maker A staple of the series, the Millionaire Maker continues to be a draw for one core reason - the tournament delivers on its promise to make the winner a millionaire. There’s no other tournament at this prize point the promises that, save for the Million Dollar Bounty which will make someone a millionaire. The downside, is there are two starting flights and players get an option for a single re-entry per flight meaning that someone may spend up to $6K in this one. But with 60-minute levels and starting with 250 big blinds, if you are going to fire one shot at a seven-figure score this may be it. Don’t Miss - $2,500 Nine-Game Mixed This isn’t for everybody but for those that want the experience of playing in the PPC without risking $50K, this might be the next best thing. There is a $1,500 Eight-Game Mix on the schedule as well which will scratch that itch as well. Of Note - $1,500 Monster Stack After years of people complaining that they couldn’t enter the second flight of the Monster Stack if they busted Day 1A, the WSOP (for better or worse) capitulated and will allow players who bust out from Day 1A to fire in Day 1B. [table id=295 /]
  3. The third episode of PokerGO’s latest season of High Stakes Poker continued to bring fans the nosebleed action they crave with Doyle Brunson showing off his skills over a multi-hand heater while Tom Dwan struggled to break out of his multi-episode downswing. The majority of the same cast that finished the last episode remained in play the start of the next hour. Phil Ivey, Jonathan Gibbs, Brunson, Jean-Robert Bellande, Dwan, and Patrik Antonius all sat in their same seats. Daniel Negreanu slid to the opposite side of the table with the notable absence of 2021 WSOP Main Event champ Koray Aldemir who racked up and exited in-between shows. Hot Start For Dwan After being on the losing end of a pair of six-figure flips in the first two episodes, Dwan was looking to build some momentum in order to claw back some of the chips currently sitting in other players’ stacks. Dwan started off by winning the first three hands of the night including a hand that played out like a session from when Dwan first burst onto the scene. Brunson put in a raise to $1,400 from middle position with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] and Dwan, in the cutoff, made the call with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="2c"]. Antonius came along on the button holding [poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"] and Negreanu called from the small blind with his [poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"]. It was four ways to the [poker card="th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"] flop and after Negreanu checked, Brunson fired $3,200 with top pair. Bottom pair was good enough for Dwan to call and both Antonius and Negreanu released their hands. The turn was [poker card="7s"] and Brunson checked it over to Dwan who took the lead and bet $8,000. Brunson made the call and the dealer put the [poker card="jd"] out on the river, improving Dwan to two pair. Brunson checked and Dwan value bet for $16,000. Brunson quickly called and was shown the winner by Dwan who dragged the $60,800 pot. DNegs Downs Dwan, Again Dwan’s resurgence was short-lived, however. On the very next hand, Dwan and Negreanu clashed again resulting in Dwan shipping another six-figure pot in Kid Poker’s directions. Dwan open-limped the $400 from early position holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"], bringing a raise from Antonius to $2,000 with the [poker card="ts"][poker card="8s"]. Negreanu was next to act and he flatted with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. Bellande tried to get in on the action from the big blind by calling with his [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"] but Dwan limp-reraised to $14,000. After Antonius let his hand go, Negreanu sat stoically for a few moments before announcing a four-bet to $32,000. Dwan shot Negreanu a couple of quick glances while shuffling some of the $120,000 in chips he still had in his stack. Eventually, Dwan made the call and the flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4h"] giving Dwan top pair and setting him up for trouble. Dwan checked to Negreanu who when for a $20,000 bet. The pot was $88,000 at this point and Dwan had just over $100,000 behind when he announced he was all-in. Negreanu didn’t take but a second before grabbing a stack of yellow $1K chips and shoving them in the middle to call. Once again, the pair ran it twice. The first board was completed with the [qh turn and][poker card="4c"] river. The second board ran out the [poker card="qs"] turn and [poker card="7s"] river and Negreanu, who is known for having a tough time on HSP, took down another monster pot, this time it was good for $272,600. As Dwan reloaded for another $100,000, Negreanu and Ivey started chatting. “You having some fun, you enjoying yourself?” Ivey asked Negreanu who couldn’t hold back his glee from winning. “Didn’t you say one time I’m the worst winner ever,” Negreanu replied. “Pretty bad winner, yea,” Ivey joked back. “I can’t help but giggle when I win a pot,” Negreanu said, clearly enjoying sitting on a stack of nearly $350,000. Jean-Robert Gets There The very next hand was the only other six-figure pot of the episode and once again Negreanu was involved. Negreanu put in a raise to $1,000 with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] as the conversation continued. After taking a verbal shot at Brunson, calling him “lousy winner” and “grumpy, grumpy, grumpy”, Bellande casually three-bet to $4,000 with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"]. Back on Negreanu, he said “I’m running hot” as he splashed his chips in to complete the call. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Negreanu top pair, but it was Bellande who was betting. When checked to, JRB fired $4,000 which Negreanu quickly called. The [poker card="4d"] on the turn changed nothing, and after Negreanu checked again, Bellande went for a large bet of $14,000 into the $16,800 pot. Again, Negreanu just called. Everything changed however on the [poker card="tc"] river, bringing in the gutshot straight for Bellande. Bellande overbet, throwing out $60,000. “That card might have saved me a lot of money,” Negreanu mused, audibly breaking down the hand. In the end, Negreanu made the correct laydown and the $104,800 pot (inflated by JRB’s final uncalled bet) was pushed to Bellande. Brunson Can’t Lose After that last hand, there were only 11 more hands shown in the episode. Doyle Bruson won six of them and chopped another one. Even if, by the show’s standard, the pots weren’t for major amounts of money, it was a long stretch where Brunson was in every pot, making all the right moves, and stacking up the chips. After five small wins, Brunson wanted to bump up the action and so he put on the straddle to $800. He turned to Bellande and gave him the old “um…Hello??” and Bellande noticed the $800 straddle was on and instantly made it $1,600 to go saying “Doyle, you don’t have to ask me twice.” Dwan was first to act and made it $5,000 to go with his [poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"], Negreanu joined in calling the $5K with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="9d"]. With $13,200 in the middle, Brunson, from the first straddle, looked down at [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"] and made it $30,800 to continue. Bellande folded, Dwan quickly let his small suited gappers go, and Negreanu laughed as he surrendered as well. A big smile came across Texas Dolly’s face as he exposed his pocket sevens. “That’s how you feel it,” Antonius said. “That was pretty sweet there, Doyle,” Bellande said. “Still works at 88.” Brunson, Bellande, Negreanu, and Dwan all return for more High Stakes Poker action next Monday night at 8 p.m. ET, exclusively on PokerGO.
  4. It didn’t take long for the new season of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO to find its footing as the superstar lineup that includes Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Patrick Antonius, and Tom Dwan took turns getting involved in massive pots early and often. It was a tough night to be a Dwan fan as the HSP legend found himself with the second-best hand time and time again during Episode 2 of Season 9. On the flip side, those looking for a glimpse of Ivey, who hardly made a sound in the first episode, enjoyed him making his presence felt by getting more involved in the show. Speaking of getting involved, this week featured the arrival of Jean-Robert Bellande, as the HSP favorite made his way onto the set and quickly broke the silence with his patented table talk. Ivey Picks Off Dwan After an early position raise to $1,200 from Dwan holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"], Ivey called from the button with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"]. Professional online slots player from Sweden, Kim Hultman came along from the small blind with the [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"], but Koray Aldemir let go of his big blind. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"] flop offered Dwan a straight flush draw, Hultman a gutshot straight draw as well, and Ivey middle pair. Hultman checked to Dwan who bet $2,000, and both Ivey and Hultman made the call. The turn was the [poker card="ad"], giving two pair, but it was Dwan who kept betting. Dwan fired another $8,000 and this time, just Ivey called. The [poker card="ac"] river gave Ivey a full house and Dwan, left with a busted flush draw checked it over to Ivey who put out a bet of $25,000. Dwan shot a look skyward and folded sending the pot of more than $51,000 over to Ivey. Bellande Makes It Look Easy Just a few more hands into the episode, James Bord, who doubled up through Tom Dwan on the premiere, collected his chips and made way for Jean-Robert Bellande. Bellande, a regular in the Las Vegas high-stakes home games, gave Brunson a fist bump, took a seat, and found himself immediately in action. Dwan opened to $1,200 from under the gun with his [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] and it folded all the way back to Bellande in the big blind with the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8s"] and the newcomer made the call. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"] putting Dwan in the lead with top pair, but Bellande had a gutshot straight draw and a backdoor flush draw. Bellande checked it over to Dwan who bet $2,000, which Bellande called. The turn came the [poker card="9c"], turning the tables and giving Bellande the straight. He checked it over to Dwan, who was drawing dead, who made it $5,000 to go. Bellande didn’t take long before making it $16,000. Dwan made the call and the river came the [poker card="qs"], giving Dwan trips. Bellande targeted exactly that, overbetting the pot for $51,000. Dwan seemingly sussed it out, and laid it down giving Bellande an early boost to his stack with the pot of $90,000. Gibbs Gets There Right after that hand, Hultman announced he was done for the day and racked up to make room for Jonathan Gibbs. Like Bellande before him, Gibbs got involved right away, playing a big hand against Dwan. The straddle to $800 was on, and Dwan raised to $2,500 with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"]. Gibbs three-bet to $4,300 with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] and when the action got back to Dwan he was the only one to make the call. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"], missing both players but offering Dwan a flush draw. Dwan checked it over to Gibbs who slid out a continuation bet of $9,000. Dwan made the call and the dealer put out the [poker card="7s"] on the turn, giving Dwan even more outs. Dwan checked it again, this time Gibbs checked back. The river was the [poker card="kh"], giving Gibbs top pair, but it was Dwan who was looking to bet. Dwan fired $16,000 and was snapped off by Gibbs and his ace-king. Once again, Dwan was shipping chips as Gibbs collected just over $60,000. More Rungood For JRB The first of three six-figure pots took place when Patrick Antonius put the straddle on to $800 and Ivey opened to $2,500 in early position with the [poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"]. It folded to Bellande holding [poker card="th"][poker card="td"] and he just called. Antonius woke up with the [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] in the straddle and three-bet to $10,800. Ivey took a moment but ultimately let his small suited one-gapper go. Bellande, with over $200,000 in his stack, four-bet to $81,500 which was more than Antonius had behind. Antonius unceremoniously made the call and the pair decided to run it twice for the $166,300 pot. They watched as the dealer put out the [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"] as the flop for the first board, putting Antonius way ahead for at least half the pot. The [poker card="3s"] hit the turn but the river came the [poker card="ts"] improving Bellande to a set and locking up the first half of the pot for him. The second board of [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="qc"] was just as good for Bellande who scooped the entire pot leaving a frustrated Antonius looking for a rebuy. Daniel Downs Durr The High Stakes Poker troubles continued for Dwan when he and Negreanu got involved in the biggest pot of the episode. The straddle to $800 was on. From early position, Aldemir made it $2,100 to go with his [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"]. When the action reached Dwan, he flatted with his [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. Antonius folded and Negreanu looked down at the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"] and put in a chunky three-bet to $12,700. Aldemir quickly counted his own stack and looked like he was thinking about calling, but ultimately he laid his pocket sevens down. When the action returned to Dwan, he took a few moments before grabbing the $50K stack of cash and announcing that he was all-in for roughly $168K. Negreanu shrugged, took just a second, and slapped a stack of yellow $1K chips in the middle to indicate a call. Like the hand before, the players agreed to run it twice. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Dwan top pair and, like Antonius on the last hand, put him in solid position to take down at least half the pot. Negreanu began to move all his money in the middle when the dealer put out the [poker card="8h"] on the turn, giving Kid Poker a set. Negreanu pulled his cash back as the [poker card="kc"] completed the board. With two of Dwan’s six outs burnt on the last board, there was little drama when the second board came [poker card="7c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="6h"]. Dwan took another massive hit, doubling up Daniel who dragged the $228,100 pot. Ivey Closes The Show The final hand of the session was another six-figure clash. This time it was between Ivey and Negreanu. Ivey opened to $1,200 with his [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"] and Brunson made the call in middle position with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. Negreanu made the call in the big blind with the [poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] and it was three ways to a flop of [poker card="kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. Negreanu checked and Ivey continued for $2,500 which Brunson called. Negreanu then check-raised to $7,500. Ivey didn’t take long before sliding out a $5K call, but Brunson, with the superior flush draw, made the laydown. The turn was the [poker card="js"], keeping Negreanu’s pocket sixes slightly ahead and giving Ivey an open-ended straight draw to go with his flush draw. Negreanu fired $12,500 and Ivey, going nowhere, put in the call. The river was the [poker card="8d"] giving Ivey the flush but Negreanu, first to act, fanned out a bet of $36,000. Ivey double-checked his cards and counted out a call and stuck it in the middle, good for a $118.700 pickup to end the episode. High Stakes Poker continues every Monday Night for the next 12 weeks, exclusively on PokerGO.
  5. Just one week after Dylan Gang’s slowroll of Garrett Adelstein had the poker world abuzz, the pair of high-stakes cash game players found themselves back on the Hustler Casino Live felt - ready for round two. With thousands of fans watching the livestream, it didn't take long before Adelstein and Gang were back and battling heads-up in a hotly contested pot. The game was playing big with three binds posting $100/$200/$400 when Adelstein, sitting with just over $300,000, opened the button to $1,200 holding the [poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"]. Gang, with $194K in his stack, three-bet from the big blind to $6,500 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"]. In position, Adelstein made the quick call and the flop came out [poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] giving Adelstein top pair and Gang one over and backdoor outs. Gang took a few seconds and led with a $4,500 bet. Adelstein shot few quick glances Gang's way before he made it $20,000 to go. Gang shifted slightly, looking a little uncomfortable, took a moment and made the call, floating with his ace-high. “This is an action turn.” With the pot at just over $53,000, the dealer put out the [poker card="th"] on the turn and Gang checked it over to “G-Man”. Now with top-two, Adelstein asked Gang to show him how much he had left in his stack. Then, Adelstein fired a $35,000 bet. Then, just like that, Gang moved his remaining $167K all-in. Adelstein jumped up and asked for a count. “Well, boys and girls,” said Hustler Casino Live co-founder Nick Vertucci. “This is what we’ve been waiting for.” “There’s nothing to even think about, I have a big hand,” Adelstein said looking somewhat incredulous. “I can’t even consider doing anything else, I have a monster.” Then, he finally committed the chips for a call and without hesitation flashed a single finger - run it once. With $389,500 in the pot, the dealer put out a complete brick, the [poker card="2s"].   “I have nothing,” Gang said. But Adelstein wasn’t about to be fooled a second time. One week ago, Gang gave Adelstein the “nice call” essentially baiting Adelstein to show his worst hand first. This time, Adelstein stayed still refusing to show, waiting for Gang to expose the losing hand. Gang held his missed flush draw face-up, Adelstein stood, looked, and only when he saw he couldn’t be beaten, turned over his winning two pair over to drag the pot. “Second round TKO - goes to Adelstein,” the commentator said as Gang slowly got up and left the room. In the aftermath, Adelstein, who finished the night up roughly $200,000 tweeted out a little quote about karma. https://twitter.com/GmanPoker/status/1497451546904186882?s=20&t=6ME9Z0WMu5jddnXHIFeXlQ Undoubtedly, this won’t be the last time these two high-stakes pro tangle.
  6. The wait is officially over for all-new episodes of High Stakes Poker as the opening hour of Season 9 premiered on PokerGO on Monday night. It brought nearly everything that fans love about the show - the biggest stars, the highest stakes, and even $50,000 bricks of cash right there on the table. However, the first episode, while entertaining, was more of a reintroduction as to what HSP could be. The cast, a high-powered lineup that featured Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Doyle Brunson, Patrik Antonius, 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion Koray Aldemir, James Bord, Kim Hultman, and Daniel Negreanu spent most of the episode feeling out the table out as opposed to lighting it up. There were some clashes, a couple of healthy pots, and a big bluff by Negreanu but for the most part, commentators Gabe Kaplan and A.J. Benza seemed to be waiting in anticipation for something jaw-dropping to take place. But while they were, some pretty fun hands were played. Dwan Gets It In Early The biggest pot of the night took place on the show’s third hand. After Brunson opened the pot to $1,200 with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"], Bord flatted holding the [poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"]. Dwan, on the button, picked up [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and bumped it up to $5,500. It folded back to Brunson who let his hand go and Bord quickly put in a chunky four-bet to $25,000. Dwan, with $93K behind, took some time but eventually moved all in. Bord quickly called and the duo were flipping for a pot of $192,600. They agreed to run it twice and Bord’s queens held through both runouts. The first [poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="qd"], Bord spiked a set on the river. On the next board, he flopped a full house on a [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] flop, which stood up through the turn and river, making Bord one the night’s biggest winners. Negreanu Makes Moves On The River Negreanu, who had won a small pot earlier in the night, played a big hand against Kim Hultman - a Swedish YouTube streamer whose “Let’sGiveItASpin” channel focuses on casino games. Negreanu opened to $1,600 in early position with the [poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] and Hultman flatted on the button with his [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"]. Brunson completed in the big blind holding the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8s"] and the three took a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"]. After Brunson checked his middle pair, Negreanu, with bottom pair, made a bet of $1,500. Hultman, open-ended with the jack-high flush draw flatted as did Brunson. The turn was the [poker card="as"], bringing in Hultman’s flush. Brunson checked again and Negreanu didn’t slow down, firing $5,500 into the pot. Hultman again called but Brunson released his hand. The river was the “inconsequential” [poker card="6h"], giving Negreanu trips but Kid Poker's hand was still second best. Kaplan then said “When world-class players smell weakness, they act on it.” and that’s exactly what Negreanu did, overbetting the $21,900 pot with a bet of $36,000. Hultman, with $72,000 behind, smiled but was viably uncomfortable. Eventually, the Swede let it go and Negreanu dragged the pot, his second of the night. Rough River For The Champ The very next hand saw Antonius battle against Aldemir, who was making his HSP debut after his WSOP Main Event victory. Aldemir opened to $1,000 holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. Antonius, who had been the most aggressive player during the first episode, put in a three-bet to $4,000 with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Negreanu let go of pocket fives, sending the action back to Aldemir, who made the call. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"], giving Aldemir top pair and Antonius a straight draw to go with his two overs. Aldemir checked it over and Antonius slid out $6,000, which Aldemir called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"], giving Antonius the nuts. Aldemir checked it over again and this time, Antonius checked it back. The river [poker card="ah"] was a bit of a disaster for the Main Event champ, and after he checked it over to Antonius, Aldemir was faced with a $30,000 overbet. But having rivered two pair, Aldemir couldn’t get away and made a quick call sending the $80,800 pot over to Antonius. Ivey Gets Involved A stoic Ivey spent the better part of the episode folding marginal hands and staying out of the action. As the episode was winding down Ivey finally found his spot. He open-raised to $1,200 with the [poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"] only to be three-bet by Hultman who made it $5,500 to go with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="th"]. Ivey shot Hultman a glance and tossed out a call. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"] and Ivey checked it over to Hultman, who opted to check back his top pair. The turn, however, was the [poker card="2c"], improving Ivey to a set and he didn’t waste any time trying to build a pot, betting $8,000. Hultman made the call and the pair watched as the [poker card="9s"] completed the board. As seen many times in this episode, a river overbet came as Ivey bet $30,000 into the $28,000 pot. Once again, Hultman was in the blender, but unlike his hand against Negreanu, Hultman made the call and was shown the set. A pained look stretched across Hultman’s face before he said “Nice hand, Phil” and watched Ivey drag the $88,000 pot. Of the 13 hands shown on the episode, Brunson led the pack, dragging four pots. Bord scored the biggest single-hand win in his $192,600 flip against Dwan and Aldemir was the only player not to win a hand. 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  7. In his tenth trip to a GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table, Aleks Ponakovs picked up his first victory in the event this week, besting the 235-entry field and taking home the $475,125 first-place prize. It was a bit of a positive reversal of fortune for Ponakovs who, over the past two weeks, made back-to-back final tables. Last week, he started the final table as the chip leader, sights set on the win, only to fall in fifth place for $172,271. This week, he started the day fifth in chips and made it all the way to the end, defeating two-time Super MILLION$ champ - and former #1-ranked online player in the world - Andras Nemeth to earn the win. It’s always an easy statement to say that the Super MILLION$ final table is one of the toughest in any given week, but this week there were simply no soft spots with top-tier players in every single seat. Ponakovs had to navigate a table that included the likes of Seth Davies, Chris Klodnicki, Ole Schemion, Rodrigo Selouan, and Elio Fox. In fact, last week’s Super MILLION$ champ, Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun started the day on the short stack. About 15 minutes into the final table, made a move to try and out of the bottom of the chip. counts. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Hyun moved all-in for roughly 10 big blinds holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7h"]. After Elio Fox folded his big blind, Andras Nemeth made the quick call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"], putting Hyun at risk. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] keeping Nemeth’s kicker in play and ending Hyun’s back-to-back bid in ninth place for $59,390. Nearly 45 minutes later, with the blinds now at 40,000/80,000, Seth Davies shipped his roughly 400,000 chip short stack in the middle with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2d"]. Nemeth in the small blind decided to flat with his [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"] and Rodrigo Selouan made the call in the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] and the action checked through. The turn was the [poker card="jc"] and once again the action went check-check. The [poker card="6c"] completed the board and Nemeth put out a small bet which prompted Selouan to immediately fold. Nemeth showed down his pocket kings leaving Davies to be eliminated in eighth place for $77,020. The very next hand, Ole Schemion opened from middle position to 160,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] and, once again, it was Nemeth looking to stack another opponent. On the button, Nemeth raised to 360,000 holding [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. When the action folded back to Schemion, he shipped for just over 1.7 million and Nemeth made the call, leaving Schemion to flip for his tournament life. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3d"] keeping Nemeth ahead but giving Schemion additional straight outs and backdoor flush outs as well. The [poker card="jh"] turn changed nothing and when the river came the [poker card="2h"], Schemion’s day was done in seventh place for $99,882. With the blind up to 50,000/100,000 a major clash took place between Selouan and Elio Fox. Fox raised from the button to 250,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] and after Nemeth folded his small blind, Selouan moved all-in for nearly 5 million. Fox snap-called for his tournament, creating a more than 7.5 million chip pot. Fox was way ahead until the flop came down [poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] giving Selouan bottom pair but also providing Fox with flush outs to go with his king. The turn was the [poker card="9d"], which added additional outs for Fox. It was practically a coin flip headed to the river but when the [poker card="9s"] hit, Selouan’s full house sent Fox to the rail to collect his $129,532 sixth-place prize. Although Selouan took over the chip lead with that hand, during an extended period of five-handed play Nemeth soared up the chip counts. When, at 100,000/200,000 Brazil’s Tauan Naves open-ripped his final 1.7 million from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"], Nemeth followed by moving the chip lead all-in with the almighty [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. Selouan folded the big blind and Naves needed to hit in order to survive. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="8d"] board ran clean for Nemeth’s pocket fives and Naves was out in fifth, which was good for $167,982. Nemeth continued his assault on the table when, at 125,000/250,000, Chris Klodnicki moved all-in from the small blind for just over 2.8 million with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"] and Nemeth woke up with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] in the big blind. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"] flop kept Nemeth in the lead but provided Klodnicki with some additional outs. The [poker card="7s"] turn increased Klodnicki’s straight opportunities but also gave Nemeth flush outs. However, neither came to pass as the [poker card="qc"] hit the river and Nemeth’s ace-king remained best. Klodnicki picked up $217,846 for his fourth-place run. With three left, Selouan was on the short stack. He picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] on the button and put in a raise to 500,000. Ponakovs, who was looking for his first elimination of the final table, looked down at [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] in the small blind and moved all-in for more than 8 million. Nemeth folded his big blind and Selouan made the call, only to find himself dominated. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] flop gave both players a pair, but [poker card="8s"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river meant that Ponakovs’ kicked would play. Selouan, who started the day as the chip leader, settled for third place and a $282,511 payday. That hand was a big swing in terms of chips and when heads-up play began, Ponakovs held a very slight chip lead over Nemeth. It only took a few hands for Nemeth to wrestle back the lead, but Ponakovs was not about to fold so easily. For the better part of thirty minutes the players traded blows, each taking turns grabbing and relinquishing the chip lead. Eventually, the momentum turned in favor of Ponakovs and in a big hand where Nemeth moved all-in on the river with a made straight where Ponakovs turned a flush, Ponakovs opened up a 10:1 chip lead. On the final hand, with the blinds at 200,000/400,000 Nemeth moved all-in on the button for 3.5 million holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="6d"] and Ponakovs made the call with his [poker card="3s"][poker card="3d"]. There was no extra drama in the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="th"][poker card="jd"] board. Andras Nemeth was denied his third career Super MILLION$ title, finishing as the runner-up for $366,372, and Aleks Ponakovs, in his tenth Super MILLION$ final table, walked away with his first victory and this week’s $475,125 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/22) Aleks Ponakovs - $475,125 Andras Nemeth - $366,372 Rodrigo Selouan - $282,511 Chris Klodnicki - $217,846 Tauan Naves - $167,982 Elio Fox - $129,532 Ole Schemion - $99,882 Seth Davies - $77,020 Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun - $59,390
  8. When it comes to etiquette in poker, performing a slowroll might just be one of the worst offenses. An intentional one is specifically designed to tilt an opponent and no matter the stakes, when one takes place it’s going to get the table talking. Unless, of course, you’re Garrett Adelstein, one of today’s most respected televised high-stakes grinders. In a recent episode of Hustler Casino Live, program regular Dylan Gang, decided to test the temperament of Adelstein. On a board of [poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="kd"], Adelstein, holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] bet $20,000 on the river into a pot of $36,000. However, Dylan was sitting with [poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"] for the turned full house. When the action was on him he raised to $75,000, making it $55,000 for Garrett to call. Adelstein, clearly put in a spot, shot Dylan a glance and went deep in the tank. Eventually, Adelstein painfully tossed in call with both hands, making it a $186,000 pot. A that’s when it happened: “Good call,” Dylan said, a clear implication that he was beaten. Adelstein flipped over his hand, assuming he'd won. A full two seconds later, Dylan dryly said “Just kidding” and showed down the boat. Check out the entire hand right here: What happened next was nearly as surprising as the slowroll. Adelstein didn’t say a word. He simply paid the bet and got back to business. Bart Hansen in the booth sounded stunned as he contextualized what just happened. “That…was definitely in poor etiquette I will say,” Hansen said. “That is a slowroll. And I think I’m an expert on analyzing slowrolls. Dylan just became the supervillain and we have a new livestream legend born.” It didn’t take long for the hand to get clipped and shipped to social media where some members of the poker world were quick to point out that Adelstein took the slowroll with an extraordinary amount of professionalism. https://twitter.com/JohnnieVibes/status/1494920018177449984?s=20&t=6D1gI9xO91qkj0UzgtUYhQ Dylan may have earned the new nickname “Dylan The Villian”, but for those that have paid attention to the Hustler Live Stream, they’d know this isn’t the first time Dylan has shown that he likes to mix it up to try and get under someone’s skin. Back in October, Dylan was one of the featured players when Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan took a seat in the Hustler Casino Live cash game. Dylan, left his stack on the table in the middle of the game and headed out early to sit courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game - one in which he was eventually escorted out of the arena after a confrontation with Rajon Rondo. (Check that out below) Where Rondo had Dylan removed for slapping his hand away, Adelstein took to Twitter to comment that it’s going to take a lot more than simply a slowrolling a hand to get inside his head. https://twitter.com/GmanPoker/status/1494937987406131200?s=20&t=jWvCj-69FWJfXViUrZFEWA Check out the complete Hustler Casino Live stream that featured that hand right here:
  9. Sean Perry went wire-to-wire with the chip lead at the final table of Event #8 ($50,000 NLHE) to take down the 2022 PokerGO Cup finale, his second win in the series, for $640,000. At the same time, Jeremy Ausmus, who started the day as the short stack, advanced to finish in third-place for $256,000 and earned enough points to lock down this year’s PokerGO Cup overall championship and the $50,000 leaderboard prize. “It’s tough, I mean it’s very grueling too,” Ausmus said after winning the PokerGO Cup championship. “A lot of the best players in the world are here. It’s only eight events but, I went deep in a lot of them obviously, but I was playing ten to fourteen hours a day for the last six, seven days. I was worn out, tired…I didn’t know it could be so grueling.” “When I played this before I bricked everything and I was getting good sleep…home by dinner,” he said right before hoisting the trophy. There were plenty of storylines to keep an eye on during the last day of the series as every player at the final table had a chance to elevate up the series leaderboard for a shot at the Cup. Four of the five players, including Perry, Ausmus, Daniel Negreanu, and Brock Wilson had already won a prior event while Nick Schulman was at his third final table of the series. The dynamics of the overall series leader could be seen throughout the final table as the day wore on, giving an added touch of strategy to the table dynamics. Negreanu was going to need everything to go right for him to repeat at the PokerGO Cup overall champion. He needed Ausmus to bow out in fifth and he needed to win it all. However, in some respects, everything went wrong for ‘Kid Poker’ at this final table. He stared the day third in chips, but after an early confrontation with Wilson in which he lost a healthy pot holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] against Wilson’s [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"] on a [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="8s"] board, Negreanu slipped to the short stack. With the blinds at 15,000/30,000 (30,000 ante) Negreanu picked up [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] and with just 550,000 chips remaining, he opened from under the gun to 250,000. Wilson, on the button, once again had [poker card="th"][poker card="td"] and three-bet to 450,000. When it folded to Negreanu, he decided to just call the three-bet and leave himself with a little less than three big blinds behind. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"] and Negreanu took a moment, talked it out, and put in the rest of his stack. Wilson quickly called and Negreanu was looking for help to survive. A path opened when the [poker card="ks"] hit the turn, giving Negreanu backdoor spades outs. But the [poker card="8d"] river spelled the end for Negreanu’s run, eliminating him in fifth place for $112,000. With four players left, Ausmus was on the short stack. However, he found a double through the chip leading Sean Perry to climb back over 35 big blinds. Schulman slipped to the short stack and help a little over fifteen big blinds at 20,000/40,000 (40,000 bb ante). When it folded to Ausmus in the big blind, he looked at the [poker card="kc"][poker card="6c"] and open-ripped on Schulman’s big blind. Schulman snapped Ausmus off with the [poker card="ts"][poker card="tc"] and put himself at risk with the dominating hand. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"], keeping Schulman out front and leaving Ausmus looking for a favorable turn card. The [poker card="5c"] was exactly that, adding both flush and straight outs for Ausmus. And when the [poker card="9c"] completed the board, Schulman was out in fourth place for $176,000. Additionally, with Ausmus advancing to the top three, Perry’s shot at the overall series title evaporated leaving just Ausmus and Wilson to battle for the Cup. Perry applied maximum pressure with three left, building his chip stack to more than 4.5 million. Both Ausmus and Wilson slipped below 1 million as the blinds climbed to 25,000/50,000 (50,000 bb ante). After Wilson folded his button, Perry open-shipped his [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] on Ausmus in the big blind. Ausmus looked down at [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"] and went deep in the tank. After roughly a minute, Ausmus made the call looking for a double. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"], putting Perry in a position to eliminate Ausmus who needed some help on the turn. The [poker card="8s"] made it so Ausmus needed an ace and an ace only to remain in play. However, the [poker card="5h"] hit the river and Ausmus was eliminated in third place for $256,000 and now had to sweat to see if he would win the Cup. After the elimination, Perry held a 7:1 chip lead over Wilson, who needed to come back and win in order to win the series leaderboard. However, Perry was not going to be denied his second 2022 PokerGO Cup victory. It took just a few hands for the pair to get it all in the middle. Perry made it 125,000 to go with his [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"] and Wilson shipped all-in for 810,000 holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Perry made the call, flipping for the win. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="8c"], giving Perry his second win of the series. Wilson, who was staked by more than 100 backers in the PocketFives Staking marketplace, ended up with a $416K score. Perry walked away with a $640,000 payday. With the elimination of Wilson in second place, Ausmus, who was sweating the action, was named the 2022 PokerGO Cup champion with a victory, a runner-up finish, and two third-place finishes over the eight events. PokerGO Cup Event #8 Final Table Results Sean Perry - $640,000 Brock Wilson - $416,000 Jeremy Ausmus - $256,000 Nick Schulman - $176,000 Daniel Negreanu - $112,000 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard Top 5 Jeremy Ausmus - 658 points Sean Perry - 616 points Brock Wilson - 570 points Cary Katz - 346 points Ali Imsirovic - 300 points
  10. Korea’s Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun earned his first GGPoker Super MILLION$ this week after topping the 241-entry field for a $487,256 payday. Prior to this week, Hyun, a WSOP online bracelet winner, had very little experience in this event. His only other time firing the tournament he cashed for just over $22,000. But that didn’t seem to be a problem for Hyun, who started the day in the bottom half of the chip counts but fought his way up the leaderboard against tough opposition including Rui Ferreira, Daniel Dvoress, Aleks Ponakovs, and eventual runner-up Dario Sammartino. It took nearly an hour for the eliminations to begin as Daniel Dvoress, who started the final table third in chips, saw his stack dwindle and with the blinds at 35,000/70,000 found himself on the bottom of the chip counts. After Aleka Ponakovs opened from the hijack to 175,000 holding the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"], it folded to Dvoress in the big blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="2c"] and he opted to defend. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"], giving Ponakovs middle pair but Dvoress picked up the nut flush draw and backdoor straight opportunities. Dvoress checked it over to Ponakovs who put out a small bet of 98,000. Dvoress then jammed all-in and Ponakovs made the call. The turn was the [poker card="jd"] and the river came the [poker card="8d"] and Dvoress was out in ninth place for $60,907. The blinds were at 40,000/80,000 when ‘joyeux’ open shipped their final six big blinds with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. It folded around to Rui Ferreira in the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and the Brazilian pro made the quick call. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"] giving ‘joyeux’ some additional outs by flopping middle pair. But the turn came the [poker card="qh"], improving Ferreira to a set and leaving ‘joyeux’ looking to drill a gutshot straight. But the river was the [poker card="ac"], sending ‘joyeux’ out the door in eighth place for $78,986. Two hands later, ‘pitrasyan’, who had been clinging to short stack themselves, put their final 337,000 in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"]. It nearly got through, but when ‘ProbierEs’ woke up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] in the big blind they made the call putting ‘pitrasyan’ at risk. The board came [poker card="js"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8d"] keeping the ace-ten of ‘ProbierEs’ ahead the entire time and ending ‘pitrasyan’s run in seventh place for $102,433, their first-ever cash in a Super MILLION$ event. Six-handed play lasted the better part of three levels and with the blinds at 80,000/160,000. After ‘ProbierES’ was eliminated in sixth place by Ferreira for $132,839. Ponakovs, found himself with a little over 12 big blinds and looking for a spot to climb back up the chip counts. When it folded to Korea’s Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun in the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"], he raised to 464,000. Ponakovs picked up [poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"] in the big blind and moved all-in for just over 2 million. Hyun, who had recently doubled through Ferreira, made the call putting Ponakovs at risk. It was basically a coin flip until the flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"], putting Hyun way ahead. The turn was the [poker card="6s"], leaving Ponakovs looking for one of the final two fours in the deck. The river was the [poker card="2c"] and Ponakovs’ day ended in fifth place which was good for $172,271. Four-handed play lasted into the 100,000/200,000 level and as the stacks began to get shallow Russia’s ‘spaise411’ found themselves sitting on just eight big blinds. From under the gun, ‘spaise411’ moved all-in holding the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"]. Next to act, Hyun flatted the 1.6 million on the button, and both Ferreira and Dario Sammartino let go of the blinds. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"], giving Hyun top pair but that didn’t change ‘spaise411’s situation. The [poker card="6c"] turn was no help and when the [poker card="8c"] completed the board, ‘spaise411’ hit the rail in fourth place for $223,408. With the final three, essentially, even in chips the battle began. They passed the chip lead around but eventually, Hyun took control of the tournament. With the blinds up to 150,000/300,000, Hyun called in the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="8d"] and Ferreira, in the big blind, checked his option holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="2s"]. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"], the action checked through to the [poker card="8h"] turn. Hyun then led for nearly 900,000 and Ferreira called with his pair of deuces. The [poker card="2d"] river gave both players a full house and Hyun led once again, this time for more than enough to put Ferreira all-in. Ferreira went into the tank letting nearly a minute of his time bank go by before making the call and seeing Hyun’s bigger full house. Ferreira finished in third place and collected $289,724 as a consolation. Hyun started heads-up play with a better than 3.5-1 chip lead but Sammartino heated up and took over the chip lead. But that lead didn’t last long. Sammartino raised the button to 600,000 with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"] and Hyun quickly three-bet to 1.85 million with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] which Sammartino called. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"] giving Sammartino top pair. Hyun led for just under 1 million. Sammartino raised to 2.1 million and with no time left in his time bank, Hyun called. The turn was the [poker card="js"], giving Hyun some additional outs. Hyun checked it over to Sammartino who checked it back. The river was the [poker card="9s"] bringing in the backdoor straight for Hyun, who then moved all-in. Sammartino was also out of extra time and with just five extra seconds to act, made the call. Giving Hyun the pure double up and sending him back in control of the chip lead. The final hand took place moments later when Sammartino shipped his final eight big blinds in the middle with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] and Hyun called for it all with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="ac"], giving Hyun the tournament when the ace came on the river. Sammartino settled for second place and a $375,726 payday while Hyun collected $487,256 as the winner. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/15) Sung Joo ‘ArtePokerTV’ Hyun - $487,256 Dario Sammartino - $375,726 Rui Ferreira - $289,724 ‘spaise411’ - $223,408 Aleks Ponakovs - $172,271 ‘ProbierEs’ - $132,839 ‘pitrasyan’ - $102,433 ‘joyeux’ - $78,986 Daniel Dvoress - $60,907
  11. The Global Poker Index’s 3rd Global Poker Awards is gearing up to welcome members of the poker industry to the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas in a celebration of the achievements of the poker community in 2021. Some of the biggest names in the game will sit with industry insiders as 26 awards are handed out in a variety of categories spanning the breadth of poker achievements on and off the felt. Some of the awards are already determined, specifically the GPI’s three Player of the Year awards. Ali Imsirovic earned the title of overall 2021 Player of the Year while Nadya Magnus won the distinction of 2021 Female Player of the Year. A new addition to the GPI’s leaderboard competition is the 2021 Mid-Major Player of the Year and David Mzareulov will be the first-ever player to take that down. After that, it’s anyone’s guess as to who’s name will be called for any given category. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do - take a guess and predict who will take home some of the night’s more notable awards. Best Final Table Performance: Koray Aldemir - WSOP Main Event Jeremy Ausmus - WSOP PLO High Roller Daniel Cates - WSOP $50K Poker Player’s Championship Adam Friedman - WSOP $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Max The real winner of this category is the World Series of Poker itself which held all of the action up for an award. Daniel Cates put on an amazing performance with an incredible comeback in one of the most prestigious events of the year. But Cates’ notorious non-elimination when he was on the verge of hitting the rail was in the face of a much-debated fold by Ryan Leng, which separates it from the rest of the pack. Koray Aldemir’s control of the WSOP Main Event final table was a marvel to behold and his call on the final hand against George Holmes was one of the most memorable finishes to a WSOP Main Event in some years. However, Friedman’s three-peat in the $10K Dealer’s Choice is historic on a different level. He bested a red-hot Phil Hellmuth at the final table one of the series toughest events with nearly every game on the table and completed a back-to-back-to-back defense of a bracelet to take down his fourth career WSOP event. Cates may end up winning, based on pure star power but it’s unlikely that anyone is going to win a WSOP event three times in a row anytime soon (if ever again), and therefore Friedman should be recognized here. GPI Breakout Player of the Year Chris Brewer Kyna England Johan Guilbert Vanessa Kade This is as tough a category as there is with all four players deserving recognition for making headlines in 2021. Vanessa Kade certainly made an impact, a high-profile feud with Dan Bilzerian seemingly powered her to win the biggest PokerStars Sunday Million in history for $1.5 million and she immediately made her presence known on the high roller scene after securing an ambassador deal with America’s Card Room (which she left this week.) France’s Yohan Guilbert also had an incredible 2021, with a barrage of six-figure scores, including a runner-up finish in the WSOP Europe Main Event for $892K. In addition, Guilbert is a noted streamer with a solid social media presence helping him acquire a legion of fans. Chris Brewer seemed to come out of nowhere to smash the high-roller scene, proving to be an aggressive and fearless player in both high-stakes tournaments and livestreamed cash games. Any of the three would be excellent choices, but we’re guessing the story of Kyna England is going to win out. England, who had sparse live results prior to 2021, truly broke out last year. She was on a consistent grind with scores that included a third-place finish at WPT Venetian for a career-high score of $448,755 and a victory in the $1,110 MSPT Minnesota Winter Poker Classic for more than $186,000 which helped her secure the title of MSPT Player of the Year. She didn’t play as high as the other three players in this category, but we’re thinking the fact that England didn’t play high rollers will help her here. Players Choice For Toughest Opponent Michael Addamo Stephen Chidwick Ali Imsirovic David Peters Honestly, all of these guys are among the best in the world. Stephen Chidwick won at the last awards, Ali Imsirovic is the 2021 GPI Player of the Year, and known crusher David Peters is ranked #4 on the All-Time Money List. But, really it’s a no-brainer that 2021 belonged to Michael Addamo. He was practically unbeatable whenever he was on the felt. His historic high-roller heater is the stuff of legend and should Addamo not win this award, something in the voting went really, really wrong. Twitter Personality Will Jaffe Jamie Kerstetter Kitty Kuo Kevin Mathers This is such a strange - almost random - category, but #pokertwitter is indeed a thing and this category tries to capture who in the poker world had...the best Twitter account in 2021? Well, all four of these people have different styles of trying to entertain on social media, and far be it from us to try and determine who delivers what it is you are looking for on the most consistent basis. But when it comes to pure poker knowledge and information, Kevin Mathers has been doing it for more than a decade without fail, so while we’re happy to be entertained by Will Jaffe, Jamie Kerstetter, and Kitty Kuo…when you need to know a table draw as soon as it’s available or when the WSOP schedule will drop, Mathers is the guy, making him one of the most valuable accounts to follow in poker. That said, the joy of Kuo's account will probably win out. Best Streamer Kevin Martin Benjamin Spragg Jonathan Van Fleet Lex Veldhuis Another field of nominees where no matter who wins, it’s a good pick. Lex Veldhuis is still the current king of Twitch Poker and Benjamin Spragg, a fellow PokerStars ambassador, is no longer the new kid on the block but a seasoned streamer with an avid audience. Well-known PocketFiver Jonathan Van Fleet really took off in 2021, but we feel like it will be GGPoker Squad member Kevin Martin who takes home the trophy after dedicating more time to his stream over the past year and stepping into his new role as the host of GGPoker’s Super MILLION$ broadcast. Best Vlogger Jaman Burton Ryan Depaulo Brad Owen Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau This category mirrors Best Streamer in that whoever walks with the trophy, it will feel like the right choice. Brad Owen appears to be the clear favorite with his vlog becoming the most popular in the space, enjoyed by hand-breakdown maximalists who enjoy a dry wit. Ethan Yau’s popular vlog is modeled on the Andrew Neeme/Brad Owen blueprint, delivering hand histories, higher stakes, and an engaging host. But we think this year it’s going to come down to Ryan Depaulo’s "Degenerate Gambler" vlog and Jaman Burton’s "The Drawing Dead." Both have a unique style: Depaulo’s is filled with humor, honesty, and, sometimes, pure guts while Burton’s merges hand histories with creative animated storytelling. It’s a tough call, but if voters have been paying attention it feels like will be Burton’s year to get his due.   Best Event Seminole Hard Rock Rock ’N’ Roll Open Event WSOP Main Event Wynn Mystery Bounty Wynn Millions It’s difficult not to say that the WSOP Main Event is the best poker tournament on the calendar each and every year. However this year the Wynn challenged that notion by putting up their own all-new, incredibly successful $10K tournament with a massive $10 million guarantee. The result of the Wynn Millions was not only Andrew Moreno taking it down after a three-way chop for $1.46 million but also enough buzz that may be enough to dethrone the WSOP Main Event for this year's award. But the outright winner of this category should be a different tournament at the Wynn - the Wynn Mystery Bounty. The Wynn Mystery Bounty captured the awe of the poker world as players who earned a bounty would slow sweat the reveal of the amount they won. And there were big-time paydays inside some of those bounties, with six-figure windfalls up for grabs. The Wynn Mystery Bounty is likely to be a roadmap for other series that want to increase the excitement on their schedule and so the Wynn should walk with the trophy this year. Best Broadcaster Jamie Kerstetter Ali Nejad Jeff Platt Joe Stapleton It seems a shame that there has to be a single winner here. With Nick Schulman out of the running for 2021, these four voices elevated some of the best poker content of the year. Ali Nejad and Joe Stapleton are the veteran pair, with both having roots all the way back to the PokerRoad days, and both have only gotten better with time. Jamie Kerstetter really became an essential part of a legendary broadcast team this year, bringing her insights and wit to the WSOP Main Event. However, we feel like, overall, it was the year of Jeff Platt when it came to broadcasting. From sideline reporting at the WSOP to being in the booth at PokerGO to firing up a stream to follow the WSOP.com bracelet events, Platt was in the middle of the action wherever it was and was a consummate pro whenever he was called into action. The award may go to one of the vets as recognition for their career contributions, but if we’re looking at last year alone, Platt - who serves as one of the hosts for the ceremony - should be calling his own name to the podium. Best Media Content - Written Lance Bradley Alex O' Brien D'Arcy Maine Charles Rabin We can’t really be objective here: Lance Bradley’s exclusive profile on PokerStars founder Isai Schienberg was published here on PocketFives and therefore, we’re picking this piece. However, all of the nominated stories are solid reads including Alex O’Brien’s “How A 10K Poker Win Changed How I Think” and D’arcy Maine’s “While Battling Brain Cancer, Michael Graydon Lives World Serries of Poker Dream”. Best Media Content - Photo Antonio Abrego Hayley Hochstetler Enrique Malfavon Danny Maxwell There were plenty of great poker photos, but the one that seemed to capture the excitement that people coming back to the game of poker. Enrique Malfavon’s photo for PokerGO as the bubble burst in the WSOP Main Event is a standout of the year and the one, we think, will earn him the award. Watch and see who wins on Friday, February 18 live on PokerGO at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
  12. Daniel Negreanu’s hope of defending last year's PokerGO Cup overall title looked a little brighter after he won Event #6 ($25,000 NLHE) of the 2022 PokerGO Cup and picked up the $350,000 first-place prize. Prior to his win, Negreanu’s 2022 PokerGO Cup journey had proven to be a frustrating one. Throughout many of the early events, Negreanu had been building large chip stacks on a single bullet during the late registration period, only to be eliminated just before making the money. With only eight events in the series and with no results through five events, it looked to him like he didn’t have much chance of a repeat performance. But with a win in Event #6, Negreanu is back in the race. He picked up 210 points, good for the eighth spot on the leaderboard and trailing Jeremy Ausmus who has 407 points in first. However, should Negreanu do well in the final two events he’s got a shot to get back to the top. “I feel great right now. Now I’m back in it and the key is that I knew the $50K is where it’s at,” Negreanu said. "So today’s event is important, obviously, but it’s really going to be about the $50K.” After the victory, Negreanu spoke with PokerGO and talked about what it was like to turn his fortunes around during the series. “It feels really good. People who play tournament poker get this, especially live…you go through periods where you just feel like the poker gods are spitting on you because they’ll beat you in hands in such ways, like on the river, where it’s the most emotional. And I’m an emotional guy, I don’t hide it very well.” Brock Wilson started the final table in the middle of the pack, third in chips. And just when it looked like the PocketFives Staking favorite was going to jump into the chip lead, a brutal break sent him out the door. With the blinds at 15,000/25,000 (25,000 bb ante), Sean Winter picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] in the cutoff. With more than 1.7 million in chips and all three of the short stacks to his left, Winter open-ripped putting max pressure on the table. Negreanu folded the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] on the button and Stephen Chidwick let go of his small blind. But when came to Wilson in the big blind, he looked down at the [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"] and quickly snap-called his 900K stack. Winter was dominated, but when the flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"], he found new life, slapping the table and said “What do you think about that, papa?!”. The turn was the [poker card="jh"], bringing Winter the flush and a huge hold on the hand. With Negreanu folded the other ace, only one of two nines would have saved Wilson. The river came the [poker card="5s"] and Wilson stood, put his backpack on, and went to the cage to collect his $61,250 for fifth place and enter Event #7. During four-handed play, Negreanu picked up key hands against Chidwick and Winter, taking the chip lead for the first time. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000 (40,000 bb ante) Chidwick was sitting on six big blinds when he moved all-in from the button with the [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"]. In the big blind, Winter quickly called holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] leaving Chidwick dominated and needing help. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"] flop left the door open for a backdoor flush, with Chidwick holding the only club. The turn came the [poker card="4c"] and all of a sudden Chidwick was 25% to win heading into the river. However, the [poker card="qs"] was the right color, wrong suit, and Chidwick was forced to settle for fourth place and a $96,250 payday. Negreanu expanded his chip lead during three-handed play, sparing with Winter and avoiding major all-ins. The blinds were at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 bb ante) when Negreanu picked up [poker card="kh"][poker card="kc"] on the button and made it 125,000 to go. Vikenty Shegal was sitting with roughly thirty big blinds, a stack in between Negreanu and Winter, and he looked down at the [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"] and announced he was all-in. Winter folded his [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"] big blind and Negreanu snap-called putting Shegal at risk. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4c"], keeping Negreanu way ahead. The turn came the [poker card="ac"] and Shegal was needing a ten to continue. The river came the [poker card="2s"], ending Shegal’s event in third place for $140,000 and giving Negreanu roughly 80% of the chips in play. With a better than four-to-one chip lead and the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (60,000 bb ante), Negreanu called on the button with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. In the small blind with 900,000 in his stack, Winter made it 180,000 to go with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"]. Back on Negreanu and he moved all-in and Winter made the call. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"], giving Negreanu top pair and leaving Winter looking for running cards or a jack to make a straight. The turn was the [poker card="kh"], leaving Winter just three outs. When the river came the [poker card="th"], it was all over. Winter ended up as the runner-up for $227,500 and Negreanu picked up his second PokerGO Cup career victory and the $350,000 first-place prize. PokerGO Cup Event #6 Final Table Results Daniel Negreanu - $350,000 Sean Winter - $227,500 Vikenty Shegal - $140,000 Stephen Chidwick - $96,250 Brock Wilson - $61,250
  13. Just days after the ‘Skillsrocks’ cheating incident took place on Hustler Casino Live, Barry Wallace, the player who was targeted by ‘Skillsrocks’ by actively looking at his hole cards in the middle of a hand, returned to the live stream game and opened the show looking to “address the elephant in the room” talk about the scandal. “I was 100% responsible for protecting my hand as a player,” Barry said, looking to take some responsibility for the situation. “100%. I own all of that. But motherf***ers is leaning over you on purpose, kicking other people that’s the cheating part.” https://twitter.com/HCLPokerShow/status/1489893119877267457?s=20&t=Vw1ho3eKDqulKRoULjioYQ Much of the focus of the 'Skillsrocks' stream has been centered on 'Skillsrocks' not just seeing Barry’s hand but going out of his way to do so. The fact that 'Skillsrocks' also tried to warn another player by kicking him under the table, took a bit of a backseat, something that Barry wanted to shine a light on. “The cheating part isn’t what he did, he didn’t cheat when he looked. I’m responsible for my own hand. The cheating part is when he kicked the other dude and was addressing him trying to tell him to fold when I had the straight.” It’s unclear whether ’Skillsrocks’ was trying to get the other player - Antonio (who wasn’t “in on it”) - to fold. Or, possibly, ‘Skillsrocks’ was trying to get the Antonio to check the turn so that 'Skillsrocks' who had flopped two pair, could see a free river to try and fill up and stack Barry who had the straight. “The idiot was looking at my hand, he was purposefully leaning back…trying to get into my hand. That’s the cheating part,” Barry continued. “So I don’t mind what he did, it’s part of the game. I should have been smarter and I should have held my hand better. I should have protected better…so I’m responsible for that. But him? He’s responsible for being a...” After Barry trailed off, high-stakes cash game pro Garrett Adelstein weighed in. Adelstein, widely consider one of the most respected high-stakes cash game players in the game today, respectfully took issue with Barry’s notion that part of what ‘Skillsrocks’ did was simply “part of the game.” “One thing you said that I just take strong issue with, on behalf of the poker community, looking at other people’s hands, if you can, is not part of the game,” Adelstein said. “That is not part of the game…that’s completely f***ing unacceptable.” Adelstein went on to talk about the decision to cheat is more than about the game, with Barry chiming in that it’s about integrity. “Now, is there a small segment of people in poker, and in life, who are going to take every edge like that if they can get away with it? Absolutely,” Adelstein continued. “But that’s not part of the game, that’s completely f***ed up and I think I stand for the vast majority of poker players that when someone is showing their hand they go out of their way to ensure they don’t look at it, they don’t see it, they say something - even if they have to say something to the guy every five minutes.” “I don’t think poker is this community where everyone’s just trying to rip each other’s head off… “That like life, some people in life are going to try to take every spot and other people are more interested in looking in the mirror at themselves and feeling ok about it,” Adelstein concluded. Barry followed that up by talking about the support he’s received. “Well, I appreciate it,” Barry said. “I’ve got a lot of support out there and I appreciate everybody reaching out.” ‘Skillsrocks’ remains banned from everything having to do with Hustler Casino Live and the establishment itself. The conversation about the incident continued during parts of the high-stakes cash game which you can watch right here (or on YouTube).
  14. Ali Imsirovic scored yet another victory inside PokerGO’s Las Vegas studio on Wednesday after taking down the penultimate event (Event #7: $25,000 NLHE) of the 2022 PokerGO Cup for his third career PokerGO Cup event victory and $365,500. With the victory, Imsirovic soared past $16 million in live career earnings, just another testament of the young phenom being one of the toughest players in the game today. At the start of the 20,000/40,000 (40,000 bb ante) level, four of the six players were sitting with less than 20 big blinds, including Darren Elias who, at his fourth final table of the series, had just over 10 bigs in his stack. Sam Soverel opened the action to 80,000 with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="5s"], next to act was Imsirovic who flatted holding the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"]. Elias was in the small blind and three-bet shipped for a total of 405,000 and Soverel let go of his hand. Imsirovic, however, did not fold. He made the call and putting Elias at risk. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="2d"], handing Imsirovic top pair and leaving Elias looking for an eight. The turn was the [poker card="4h"] and the [poker card="3h"] completed the board, sending Elias out in sixth place for $64,500. On the very next hand, Cary Katz shipped his final 325,000 all-in holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"] and, once again, it was Imsirovic happy to make the call with his [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"][poker card="td"] flop brought Karz some chop outs to go along with his bottom pair. However, the [poker card="6s"] on the turn and the [poker card="5d"] river was no help to the PokerGO founder and in back-to-back hands Imsirovic took out two. Katz hit the cage to collect his $86,000 fifth-place prize and snap-enter Event #8. After Ausmus found a double, Nick Schulman was the lone short stack with roughly 10 big blinds. When it folded to Ausmus in the small blind, he opened shoved on Schulman holding the [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"]. In the big blind, Schulman looked down at the [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"] and made the call with his tournament on the line. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"], keeping Schulman in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] giving Ausmus a double-gutter to go along with his pair outs to eliminate Schulman. The [poker card="qd"] hit the river, bringing Ausmus top pair and sending Schulman out in fourth place, good for $118,250. Three-handed play saw Imsirovic build a tower of chips, holding a better than four-to-one lead over Soverel in second place with 1.1 million. When the blinds hit 25,000/50,000 (50,000 ante), Ausmus had himself roughly 13 big blinds and found a great spot to potentially double yet again. From the button, Imsirovic moved all-in with the chip lead holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"]. In the small blind, with 640,000 total, Ausmus picked up [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] and called for the rest of his stack. In the big blind, Soverel let go of the [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"] and let Imsirovic know he had the same hand. That said, the flop came [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"], bringing one of the last two sevens in the deck and putting Imsirovic’s hand in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="4s"], offering Ausmus chop-outs to a five. But the river came the [poker card="3h"] and Ausmus’ day was done in third place for $161,250. Imsirovic held a better than five-to-one chip lead over Soverel when the pair sat down heads-up to determine a winner. But Soverel hung around, closed the gap between them, and eventually took the chip lead. Although Soverel held the momentum, a pivotal hand swung the match back in Imsirovic’s favor. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (60,000 ante) Soverel raised the button to 175,000 with his [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"] and Imsirovic called holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"]. The flop came [poker card="6d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2c"], giving Imsirovic trips. Imsirovic checked to Soverel who bet 75,000. Imsirovic raised to 350,000 and Soverel opted for a quick call. The turn came the [poker card="ad"] and Imsirovic led for 700,000, which Soverel quickly called. The river was the [poker card="tc"] and Imsirovic shipped his stack for 1.9 million. Soverel, with just 2.1 million behind, took his time, asked for a count, and eventually shrug-called hoping to win it right here. But Soverel was shown the trips and was left with just 210,000 in his stack. The very next hand, the pair got it all-in and Imsirovic’s [poker card="9d"][poker card="4d"] outflopped Soverel’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"] as the board came [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="qd"][poker card="9h"]. Soverel’s second-place finish was good for $236,500 while Imsirovic celebrated his third career PokerGO Cup event win with the $365,500 first-place prize. PokerGO Cup Event #7 Final Table Results Ali Imsirovic - $365,500 Sam Soverel - $236,500 Jeremy Ausmus - $161,250 Nick Schulman - $118,250 Cary Katz - $86,000 Darren Elias - $64,500
  15. High-stakes tournament superstar Artur Martirosian earned his third career GGPoker Super MILLION$ title after outlasting this week's 270-entry field and a very stubborn final table to take home the first-place prize of $526,439. Martirosian entered rarefied air on the GGPoker Super MILLION$ leaderboard with the win, joining Michael Addamo and Niklas Astedt as one of just three players to have won three or more career Super MILLION$ titles. The score also pushes Martirosian into the top 5 in Super MILLION$ career earnings with more than $4 million. But history-making doesn’t often come easy and this particular final table was an especially tricky one. It was packed with tough competition, none of which were eager to get their chips in light. Daniel Dvoress, Isaac Haxton, Samuel Vousden, and eventual runner-up Markkos Ladev all stood in Martirosian's way. And while a few bowed out somewhat early, the story became which player would hold on the longest as the blinds quickly escalated and stack depths depleted. It took a little over thirty minutes for the first bustout to take place and even then, it was a classic cooler than ushered the first player to the rail. With the blinds at 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), Daniel Dvoress picked up [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] under the gun and raised to 176,000. Haxton, with less than 20 big blinds, folded his [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] in middle position but Lev ‘LevMeAlone’ Gottlieb had picked up [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"] and moved all-in for just over 1.3 million. The action returned to Dvoress and he snap-called with his aces. The flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"], keeping Dvoress well ahead. The turn came the [poker card="jc"], giving Gottlieb additional flush outs to try and crack Dvoress’ aces. But the [poker card="8d"] river was a brick for Gottlieb who finished in ninth place for $65,804. Haxton’s earlier fold didn’t stop him from an early elimination though. A few hands later, Haxton raised to 160,000 from under the gun with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] and when the action folded to ‘Pandora-box’ in the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"], they three-bet to 640,000. Haxton four-bet shipped his pocket queens and ‘Pandora-box’ made the quick call. The flop brought the [poker card="as"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"], pairing ‘Pandora-box’s ace and leaving Haxton looking for a queen. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the river came the [poker card="kc"], ending Haxton’s day in eighth place for $85,338. Timothy Nuter was grinding his short stack for the better part of two levels, and after slipping just a few big blinds, he built it back up to 10 big blinds at the 60,000/120,000 level. ‘Pandora-box’ opened to 252,000 from middle position with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] and when it folded to Nuter in the big blind with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="2d"], he made the call. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"] flop gave both players top pair. Nuter checked it over to ‘Pandora-box’ who checked it back. The turn was the [poker card="2s"] and Nuter led for 220,800 with his two pair which ‘Pandora-box’ called. The [poker card="3s"] rolled off on the river, counterfeiting Nuter’s two pair. Nuter led once again, this time for 720,000, leaving himself less than a small blind behind. When ‘Pandora-box’ raised, Nuter committed the rest of his stack, a necessary move that eliminated him in seventh place for $110,670. The final six players took an even more measured approach to the action, keeping the chip stacks relatively close and avoiding higher variance spots. The chip lead got passed around and, as the blinds escalated, the players stubbornly stuck around and continued to battle back from the brink. The blinds went all the way to 125,000/250,000 (60,000 ante) without a player being eliminated. Every stack depth became incredibly shallow with the overall chip leader holding just over 30 big blinds. Eventually, the cards dictated who would be the next to fall. Sylvain Loosli opened to 500,000 from under the gun with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. Then Markkos Ladev picked up [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] in middle position and three-bet to 1.25 million. It folded back to Loosli who, with just 12 big blinds behind, shipped all-in. Ladev called and the board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6d"] to break the six-way stalemate and eliminate Loosli, who started the day as the chip leader, in sixth place for $143,521. A few hands later, Dvoress open-shipped his final 2 million from the cutoff holding [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"]. In the big blind, the chip leading Ladev called with his [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] to put Dvoress at risk. The flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"], putting Dvoress in good shape to double up and get back into contention. The [poker card="5c"] turn was a safe one, however, the river came the [poker card="ks"] shipping the pot to Ladev and shipping Dvoress out to collect his $186,124 fifth-place prize. Samuel Vousden was next to battle Ladev, when he open-shipped his final 11 big blinds from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"] and Ladev three-bet moved all-in over the top with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="5h"] keeping Ladev’s kicker in play and sending Vousden home in fourth place, good for $241,373. ‘Pandora-box’ had been playing snug all day, but with just three left and Martirosian and Ladev both over 10 million in chips, there was no spot left for the Hong Kong grinder to ladder to. On the very next hand after Vousden was eliminated, Ladev raised the button with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="9s"] and ‘Pandora-box’ three-bet shipped their final 2.1 million with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. Ladev made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"] which gave Ladev top pair and left ‘Pandora-box’ looking for help. That help arrived with the [poker card="as"] turn, putting ‘Pandora-box’ back in charge with top pair. However, Ladev still had plenty of outs with the addition of a backdoor flush draw. The [poker card="qs"] river brought in that flush for Ladev and ‘Pandora-box’, who started the day fifth in chips, ended in third for a $313,022 payday. With blinds now at 150,000/300,000, heads-up play didn’t last very long. Ladev started his match against Martirosian with a nearly two-to-one chip lead. But after Martirosian picked off a big bluff from Ladev, the Russian crusher took control of heads-up with an eight-to-one chip lead. On the final hand, Martirosian limped the button with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Ladev shipped all in for his final nine big blinds with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"]. Martirosian snapped it off and watched as the flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"], giving Martirosian top set. When the [poker card="as"] hit the turn, Ladev was drawing dead to second place, for which he earned $405,940. Artur Martirosian finished the day with his third career Super MILLION$ win and took home the $526,439 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ FInal Table Results (2/6) Artur Martirosian - $526,439 Markkos Ladev - $405,940 ‘Pandora-box’ - $313,022 Samuel Vousden - $241,373 Daniel Dvoress - $186,124 Sylvain Loosli - $143,521 Timothy Nuter - $110,670 Isaac Haxton - $85,338 Lev ‘LevMeAlone’ Gottlieb - $65,840
  16. It’s another win inside the PokerGO Studio for Nick Petrangelo who bested the 41-entry field of Event #5 ($25,000 NLHE) of the 2022 PokerGO Cup to take home the $369,000 first-place prize. Petrangelo has been on a bit of a heater in the PokerGO high-stakes events as of late, having cashed four times, including two victories, in January’s Stairway to Millions series. All of his early 2022 high-roller results have him currently sitting atop the PokerGO Tour leaderboard and, with his latest victory, topping more than $2 million in earnings this year. “Everything has been going really well since even, like, September,” Petrangelo told PokerGO after the win. “A little up and down, but yeah, since then pretty much everything has been working out. I’m running great, winning all-ins, and getting hands at the right times. Sometimes you get around the bubble when you have a lot of chips and you lose a couple of hands, but it’s been the opposite for me when I go deep and everything just goes well.” Darren Elias was at his third PokerGO Cup final table of the 2022 series, however, he started this final table on the short stack and with the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 ante) he held just under 10 big blinds. After Nick Schulman opened from under the gun to 100,000, Elias three-bet shoved his final 485,000 holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"]. When the action folded back to Schulman, he quickly called putting Elias at risk. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] giving Schulman top pair and leaving Elias with needing runner-runner to survive. When the turn came the [poker card="2c"], Elias was officially drawing dead to the river. The four-time WPT champ said his goodbye and went to collect his $51,250 sixth-place prize. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (60,000 ante), Schulman and 2021 PokerGO Tour champion Ali Imsirovic were both sitting on just over 10 big blinds, with Imsirovic holding a 40,000 chip edge. From the cutoff, Imsirovic raised to 140,000 holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and when it got to Schulman in the small blind, he three-bet shipped all-in with his [poker card="js"][poker card="ts"]. Petrangelo folded his big blind and with Imsirovic going nowhere, he snap-called, and the two short stacks put the cards on their backs. Schulman was slightly covered putting his tournament at risk, but it was Imsirovic who was in trouble when the flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"], giving Schulman top pair. The turn was the [poker card="7d"], leaving Imsirovic looking for an ace or king to take out Schulman. But the river was the [poker card="5c"], giving Schulman the full double and leaving Imsirovic with just over a small blind left. Imsirovic was eliminated in fifth place on the very next hand, losing in a four-way pot. Imsirovic collected $82,000 for his efforts. After the first break, the blinds escalated to 40,000/80,000 (80,000 bb ante), and with just over 10 bigs in his stack, Sean Winter raised to 375K from the button with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"]. After Schulman folded the small blind, Petrangelo looked down at the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"] and jammed all-in for 1 million. Winter, with half his stack in the middle quickly called for it all. Winter playfully picked up the [poker card="th"] and said to Petrangelo “Hey, have you seen these coming today?”. Petrangelo, unfazed said no and Winter continued “Have you been watchin’?” Soon the dealer put out a [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] flop, giving both top pair, but keeping Petrangelo’s kicker in play. “Ten baby!” Winter rooted. “Four of spades, I have a deck read” Petrangelo replied. Close, the turn came the [poker card="4d"] leaving Winter looking for just three outs to survive. The river was the [poker card="6d"] and the good-natured Winter stood and went to the cage to collect his $112,750 cash for fourth place. Playing three-handed at the same level, Schulman raised to 160,000 with the [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] and when it was Bill Klein’s turn in the big blind, he three-bet shipped his chip lead with the [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. After using a time bank, Schulman said “I don’t know what I’m doing here, Bill.” and eventually made the call, wincing when he saw Klein’s hand. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"][poker card="2s"], and Schulman took the lead hitting top pair. “I’m the captain, now,” Schulman joked having come from behind. The [poker card="7c"] turn brought Schulman two pair, but it didn’t change the situation. However, the [poker card="8s"] on the river did, giving Klein a set of eights and shipping him the pot. Schulman tapped the table and “hugged it out” with Bill Klein before he left in third place for $164,000. Klein took a better than 3:2 lead into heads-up play versus Petrangelo. The duo put on one of the longer heads-up battles of the series so far, playing for the better part of an hour. Eventually, Petrangelo. chipped up and took the lead, reversing the situation. At 50,000/100,000 (100,000 ante) Klein picked up [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] on the button and made the call. Petrangelo looked at the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"] and moved all-in. Klein decided to go for it, flipping in a single chip to make the call. There was little drama as the board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="8s"] leaving Petrangelo the winner with his ace. Klein scored $246,000 as the runner-up and Petrangelo, who won the PokerGO Stairway to Millions finale, scored another victory in the PokerGO Studio, winning Event #5 for $369,000. PokerGO Cup Event #5 Final Table Results Nick Petrangelo - $369,000 Bill Klein - $246,000 Nick Schulman - $164,000 Sean Winter - $112,750 Ali Imsirovic - $82,000 Darren Elias - $51,250
  17. Just one day after finishing as runner-up to Jake Daniels in Event #3 of the 2022 PokerGO Cup, Jeremy Ausmus was back at the final table in Event #4 ($15,000 NLHE), only this time he went the distance and topped the 65-entry field for the win and a $263,250 payday. Ausmus started the day near the bottom of the chip counts, but didn’t have to wait very long for his opportunity to chip up. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 ante) Justin Saliba put in a raise to 100,000 from the cutoff with the [poker card="jh"][poker card="jc"]. Ausmus picked up the [poker card="ts"][poker card="td"] on the button and three-bet shipped his final 755,000. After Bill Klein folded his small blind, table short stack Jesse Lonis looked down at [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"] and called for the rest of his 660,000 stack. Faced with two all-in, Saliba went for the double KO and called with his pocket jacks. The three saw a flop of [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] sending Ausmus from worst to first with a set of tens. The [poker card="6s"] hit the turn and when the [poker card="5h"] completed the board, Ausmus nearly tripled up and Lonis was headed for the door, aces cracked, in sixth place for $58,500. Ausmus then overtook Brock Wilson for the chip lead, leaving Saliba as the new short stack. During the next level, 30,000/60,000 (60,000 ante), Wilson opened from the button to 140,000. Saliba picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] in the small blind and committed his final four big blinds. Wilson made the call, putting Saliba at risk. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"], keeping Saliba ahead but providing some chop opportunities. Everything changed with Wilson binked the [poker card="jh"] on the turn to take the lead. Saliba was drawing to a king, but the [poker card="4c"] came on the river ending his tournament in fifth place for $78,000. During the same level, Klein was sitting with fewer than 10 big blinds and was looking to find a way back up the leaderboard. After Wilson put in a raise to 120,000 from under the gun with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"], Klein moved all-in from the small blind for 480,000 with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"]. Cary Katz woke up with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] in the big blind and just made the call. Wilson bowed out and Katz flopped trips on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="5h"] and Klein was drawing dead to river. Klein, who started the day third in chips, fell in fourth for $97,500. Once again, Ausmus found himself on the bottom of the chip counts when three-handed play started. But it wasn’t long before he picked up a big pot off Katz and left the PokerGO founded with just four big blinds. The blinds were at 50,000/100,000 when Ausmus picked up [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"] in the big blind and put in a raise big enough to put Katz all-in. With just 400,000 total and 200,000 committed with the big blind and ante, Katz stuck the rest of his chips in with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"] and saw the bad news. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3h"] sending Katz out in third place for $126,750. Wilson had a two-to-one chip lead over Ausmus headed into heads-up play and it appeared that both were trying to work out whether there was a deal to be made. But nothing was said and the pair played on. Slowly, Ausmus chipped away at Wilson’s lead. The tide really turned when Ausmus picked off a big bluff attempt by Wilson with bottom pair to assume the chip lead. Ausmus never looked back, widening the gap and opening a roughly six-to-one chip lead. On the final hand, Wilson moved all-in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4h"] and Ausmus made the call with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"], giving Wilson bottom pair and hope for a double. But the turn was the [poker card="qh"], putting Ausmus way ahead. The river was the [poker card="jc"] and it was all over. Wilson earned a second-place score of $195,000 while Ausmus booked the win and a $263,250 payday. Side note: PocketFives Staking backers had 17% of Brock Wilson’s action - a roughly $25 stake yielded more than $330. Looking to start backing? Sign up right here. PokerGO Cup Event #4 Final Table Results Jeremy Ausmus - $263,250 Brock Wilson - $195,000 Cary Katz - $126,750 Bill Klein - $97,500 Justin Saliba - $78,000 Jesse Lonis - $58,500
  18. Jake Daniels eliminated all five of his final table opponents in Event #4 ($10,000 NLHE) of the 2022 PokerGO Cup to take home the $200,000 first-place prize and his second career PokerGO Cup victory. Event #3 saw another healthy field make their way to the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas as 80 entries amassed an $800,000 prize pool. For Daniels, who has become a familiar face in these high roller series, the victory is representative of the work he’s been putting into his game in order to compete. “I’ve hired a couple of coaches and I’ve put in a ton of work in the last five or six months trying to get better because these guys are so stinking good,” Daniels told PokerGO after the win. “I had a nice deep run in Florida for a WPT a couple of weeks ago, make a final table there. I love the competition.” Brock Wilson started the final table as the short stack and with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (60,000 ante) he picked up [poker card="6s"][poker card="6d"] under the gun and moved his 10 big blind stack all-in. When it folded to Daniels in the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"], he three-bet to just over 1 million making sure that Chris Moorman folded his big blind. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"] flop didn’t provide any extra help to Wilson who was looking for one of the final sixes in the deck. The turn was the [poker card="5h"] and the river came the [poker card="th"], sending Wilson, who had sold action over on the PocketFives Staking marketplace, out the door in sixth place earning $48,000. Not long after, Daniels found a double through Daniel Weinand, who started the day as the chip leader. Daniels and Weinand got it al-in preflop with Daniels holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"] and Weinand with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"][poker card="7h"][poker card="js"][poker card="3s"] board to give Daniels a commanding chip lead. Daniels then scored a massive double-knockout to take firm control of the table. With the blinds at 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante) a short-stacked Sean Winter raised to 400,000 with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"], leaving himself just 25,000 behind. Next to act, Daniels three-bet to 920,000 holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. Immediately after, the former PocketFives #1-ranked Moorman, with just over 12 big blinds, looked down at [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and he moved all-in. Moorman, not knowing that Winter still had a chip behind, showed his hand. Winter threw all his timebanks in the middle and started to do the math on whether he should fold with an expected pay jump. “I’m so bad, it’s so gross…,” Winter said. “I mean, I have a lot of equity.” Ultimately, he put his remaining 25,000 in the middle. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] keeping Daniels in the lead and making it so both Moorman and Winter needed help to survive. The turn was the [poker card="7s"], opening the door for Winters to hit a gutshot straight. But that’s where the drama ended as the [poker card="ks"] completed the board, giving Daniels top pair, a double KO, and an even healthier chip lead. Winter, with the shorter stack, was awarded fifth place and $64,000 and Moorman claimed fourth place and walked with $80,000. The final three battled for nearly 45 minutes as the blinds climbed to 50,000/100,000 (100,000 ante) and Jeremy Ausmus slipped in the chip counts, holding just five big blinds. But while it looked like he might be the next to go, a clash between Daniels and Weinand gifted Ausmus a nice, unexpected ladder. Weinand made it 250,000 to go holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] and after Ausmus folded, Daniels defended his big blind with the [poker card="js"][poker card="th"]. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"], giving Weinand top pair. When it was checked to him, Weinand fired a bet of 175,000 which Daniels check-raised to 625,000. Weinand made the call and the [poker card="td"] hit the turn. Daniels led for 850,000 and with 2.2 million left in his stack Weinand moved all-in. Daniels asked for a count, took some time, and made the call putting Weinand at risk. The river was the [poker card="2s"], ending Weinand’s run in third place for $96,000/ During heads-up play, Ausmus battled back. He chipped up from 500,000 to roughly 2 million. But, in the end, it was Daniels’ day. Daniels raised his [poker card="jh"][poker card="2h"] on the button enough to put Ausmus all-in. Looking at [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"], Ausmus made the call and had Daniels dominated. It looked like Ausmus was about to turn the situation around but the flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"], giving Daniels bottom pair. That pair held through the [poker card="9c"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river. Ausmus collected $144,000 as the runner-up and Daniels added another PokerGO Cup victory to his resume and an even $200,000. PokerGO Cup Event #3 Final Table Results Jake Daniels - $200,000 Jeremy Ausmus - $144,000 Daniel Weinand - $96,000 Chris Moorman - $80,000 Sean Winter - $64,000 Brock Wilson - $48,000
  19. Sean Perry put on a show as he battled back from just two big blinds to score the victory in Event #2 ($10,000 NLHE) of the 2022 PokerGO Cup for $200,000. High roller final tables can often be a serious affair with top players battling in silence in search of a big-time payday. However, this particular final table was one of the most entertaining of the year with its loose and engaging vibe and plenty of table talk. There were side bets, all-in blind raises and shoves, and improbable comebacks. In fact, PokerGO founder Cary Katz and Bryn Kenney even agreed to swap outfits if they got heads-up. In addition to the pure entertainment of this table, there was another storyline that had emerged. Kenney was tracking down Justin Bonomo to retake the top spot on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List. Kenney needed a third-place finish or better to make it happen. The final table fireworks started on just the second hand of the day. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000 (40,000 bb ante) Kenney opened from under the gun to 80,000 with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"]. Next to act was Dan Shak who three-bet shipped his 1 million chip stack with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. It folded around to Perry in the big blind who woke up with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. Perry re-shipped all-in for 1.3 million forcing a fold from Kenney. Shak, at-risk and dominated, needed help in order to survive however the board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] keeping kickers in play. Perry received a near full double-up and Shak made his way to the cage to collect his $48,000 sixth-place prize. During the 25,000/50,000 (50,000 ante) level, Elias, who had made back-to-back PokerGO Cup final tables played a pivotal pot with Kenney. Kenney made it 100,000 to go from the cutoff holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] and Elias, who had just doubled through Kenney, defended his big blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"] giving Elias top pair and he quickly checked it over to Kenney who continued for 60,000, which Elias called. The turn was the [poker card="jh"], bringing in the gutshot straight for Kenney who, when checked to, fired again - this time for 210,000. Elias called once again. The river came the [poker card="7d"] and this time when Elias checked, Kenney put together a hefty 785,000 bet. Elias only had 900,000 left in his stack. After burning through multiple time banks, Elias made the call. Kenney surged to the chip lead and Elias was left with just over two big blinds. Elias went out on the very next hand, finishing in fifth place for $64,000. The dynamics changed quite a bit with four left. Katz went from the short stack to the chip lead after tripling through Ball and Kenney. Then Ball took back the lead, after sending Kenney to the bottom of the chip counts. With the blinds at 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante) Kenney remained active and doubled up when his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] got it in the middle against Perry holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and the board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5h"] leaving Perry with just two big blinds. But Perry battled back, doubling in multiple hands to not only get back in the game but bring all four chip counts effectively even. The wild swings continued when Perry and Kenney agreed that if it folded to Perry in the small blind, the two would go all-in blind. With that on the table, both Ball and Katz folded. Perry made good on his word, sticking in 1.6 million (20 big blinds) with the [poker card="td"][poker card="2h"] and Kenney made the call with his [poker card="ks"][poker card="5h"]. The board ran out [poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="qc"][poker card="4c"] giving Perry a pure double up with his pair of deuces and sending him to the top of the chip counts. Things got even more hectic when, at 50,000/100,000 (100,000 ante), Ball opened from under the gun to 200,000. When it folded to Perry in the small blind, he looked down at [poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"]. Normally, this might be an uneventful fold. However the final four players were playing the "nine-four" game (the equivalent of the popular seven-deuce game) where if someone won a hand with any nine-four combo, the rest of the table would pay that player a $5K bounty. So, with that in mind - Perry shoved his chip lead, and Ball snap-called. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"] giving Perry the lead with his pair of nines. The turn was the [poker card="3c"] and Ball was left with just ten outs. The river was the [poker card="4d"] shipped Perry the hand and the $15,000 side bet from the other players. Ball, who finished in fifth place in Event #1, fell in fourth place for $80,000. That wasn’t the only other significant result from that hand, with Ball eliminated, Kenney was guaranteed to retake the top spot on the Hendon Mob All-Time Money List. Soon thereafter, Kenney slipped in the chip counts and found himself chasing Katz and Perry, both of who had more than 40 big blinds. But after doubling through Perry once, Kenney and Perry got it all in again with Perry just barely covering Kenney. Perry raised the button to 200,000 with the [poker card="6d"][poker card="6c"] and Kenney shipped 2.7 million in the small blind with his [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"]. After Katz folded, Perry pretty quickly made the call and put Kenney at risk. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"] giving Perry middle set and leaving Kenney with just a 2% chance to survive. The turn was the [poker card="kd"] and the new All-Time Money List leader was drawing dead to the [poker card="5h"] river. Kenney did what he needed to do, finishing in third place for $96,000, besting Justin Bonomo on the ATML by a little more than $10,000. After a short break, Perry and Katz returned to finish the tournament with Perry holding a slight chip lead. Within just a couple of hands Perry, extended that lead and looked to close it out. On the ninth hand of head-up play, Perry moved all-in from the button with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="3h"] and Katz, with roughly 10 big blinds behind, called for it all holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"] flop kept Katz in the lead to double up but brought Perry both flush and backdoor straight outs. The [poker card="jd"] turn was safe for Katz, but the river came the [poker card="3c"], pairing Perry's kicker and eliminating Katz as the runner-up for $144,000. PokerGO Cup Event #2 Final Table Results Sean Perry - $200,000 Cary Katz - $144,000 Bryn Kenney - $96,000 Scott Ball - $80,000 Darren Elias - $64,000 Dan Shak - $48,000
  20. ‘Skillsrocks’ may not be the next Mike Postle, but his alleged unethical behavior on a recent Hustler Casino Live cash game stream has him banned from returning to the casino and being branded a cheater by many in the poker community. The incidents in question took place during the February 2 Hustler Casino Live $10/20/40 stream when a player who went by the name ‘Skillsrocks’ was caught positioning himself to look at the cards of the player to his left, a well-respected cash game regular named Barry. Over the course of the five-hour stream, it appeared that ’Skillsrocks’ proceeded to use the knowledge of Barry's hole cards to pull off a series of increasingly brazen bluffs against him and celebrate as if he had made the moves all on his own. As the show went on, observant viewers in the chat began to notice that 'Skillsrocks' likely had some inside knowledge as to what Barry was holding. In the following video clip, 'Skillsrock' flopped bottom two pair holding [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"] on an [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7d"] flop. Barry flopped an open-ended straight draw and a third player in the hand, 'SoFlo Antonio' had flopped top pair. When checked to him, Antonio threw out a $1K bet on the flop, 'Skillsrocks' and Barry made the call. When the [poker card="6s"] hit the turn, it was checked over to 'Antonio' and it appears to some viewers that 'Skillsrocks' tried to kick him under the table - an old-school, well-known sign of collusion. Perhaps it a warning that 'Skillsrocks' knew that Barry had turned a straight and wanted Antonio not to bet. Antonio addressed it, saying "you keep hitting my foot". Barry, hearing this, says, "Please don't tell me that." Antonio proceeds to bet $2,400 anyway. At this point, the commentators discuss how 'Skillsrocks' may even "rip it in". Barry inquires again "ya'll, kicking each other?" noting that something seemed off. "Wow, this is so sick, I can't believe I'm going to fold this," 'Skillsrocks' said. Right before letting it go to the astonishment of the broadcasters. However, an unusual fold wasn't the only evidence. For some of the viewers, it was just the beginning. Onlookers began to timestamp instances of 'Skillsrocks' peering over in Barry's direction when Barry would go to look at his cards. In back-to-back hands, 'Skillsrocks' pulled off big-time bluffs in a scenario when a better, but still weak hand, would end up the winner. Even that may not constitute sufficient evidence, however, in this next hand, the camera caught a good look at 'Skillsrock'...taking a good look of his own. A look that likely helped intensify the scrutiny on the player. By the end of the broadcast, the commentators in the booth - who were watching on a delay - caught wind of the accusations and indicated that Hustler Live would look into it. The next day, Hustler Casino Live and its co-founders Nick Vertucci and Ryan Feldman released a statement, one that indicated that they spoke with 'Skillsrocks', he didn't deny it, and that he wouldn't be returning to the Hustler Casino. "The player known as 'Skillsrocks' will not be welcome back to HCL or Hustler Casino," the statement read. "It is certainly each player's own responsibility to protect their cards at all times. But with that said, it is highly unethical to ever look at another player's cards and use that as an advantage." "'Skillsrocks' has acknowledged that what he did was unethical, and he accepts our decision not to welcome him back." https://twitter.com/HCLPokerShow/status/1489370612518703108?s=20&t=Crvp6H5iLW--8UX6wpuxOw To view more of the stream, watch the entire show on YouTube right here with timestamps to the activity laid out in the comments. Plus, poker vlogger Alex Duvall breaks down his thoughts on all of the hands in question on his YouTube channel.  
  21. Daniel Colpoys outlasted the 77-entry field in Event #1 ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em) of the 2022 PokerGO Cup to earn his first career high-roller victory and take home the $200,200 first-place prize. Colpoys started the day third in chips with less than half that of final table chip leader Andrew ‘LuckyChewy’ Lichtenberger and only slightly behind four-time WPT champ Darren Elias. But Colpoys played tough through the four-hour-long final table, frequently ending up on the right side of hands against Lichtenberger and ultimately eliminating three of his final five opponents. "I was kind of handcuffed at the start, and then I got some momentum and ran pretty well," Colpoys said to PokerGO after his win. "I'm happy to take it down. I respect a lot of the guys there. It was nice." It didn’t take long for the final table to shed its first player. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000 (40,000 bb ante) Matthew Wantman put in a raise to 80,000 holding the [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"]. Next to act was Michael Lang who, with roughly 15 big blinds, three-bet shipped with his [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"] for just over 600,000. The action folded around to Colpoys in the big blind and when he looked down at the [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"], he announced he was also all-in for nearly 1.6 million. Wantman let go of his hand and the cards were on their backs with Lang at risk. Even before the flop came out Lang tapped the table, said “good game, guys”, and stood up. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3c"] flop was of little help for Lang who did indeed look to be on his way out. The turn was the [poker card="5d"], leaving Lang with just six outs, one time. The [poker card="2c"] completed the board and this time Lang was serious when saying his goodbyes, exiting in sixth place for $46,200. After Lang’s departure, Scott Ball was sitting on the short stack and slipped below 10 big blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 bb ante). After Darren Elias made it 100,000 to go in the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"], Ball three-bet shipped his final 460,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"]. Both blinds folded and, after verifying the amount, Elias made the call. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6h"] giving Ball extra outs to the straight. “That’s an exciting flop, I’ll take that,” Ball said to Elias. “That’s fun.” The [poker card="7s"] turn added some chop outs for Ball, but the [poker card="2c"] river missed them all and Ball slid his chips to Elias and made he way to the rail in fifth place to collect his $61,600. Four-handed play stretched out over the next couple of levels as Lichtenberger increased his chip lead and the rest of the table battled for position. With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante), Colpoys picked up [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] on the button and raised to 800,000, leaving himself with over one big blind behind. Lichtenberger folded his small blind and Wantman, in the big blind, and less than 10 bigs behind, opted to move all-in with his [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"]. Colpoys quickly committed the rest of his chips and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"], keeping Colpoys in the lead and adding the nut flush draw to increase his lead in the hand. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] completing the flush and leaving Wantman drawing dead to the river. Wantman made a quiet exit in fourth place, good for $77,000. Three-handed, Colpoys and Elias chipped away at Lichtenberger’s lead, drawing the chip counts closer. Eventually, Colpoys wrestled the chip lead away from Lichtenberger when the pair played a pivotal pot in which Lichtenberger’s flopped trips were downed by Colpoys who rivered a flush. After a short break, the blinds escalated to 50,000/100,000 and Elias was sitting on just 13 big blinds. After Lichtenberger folded his button, Elias moved all-in holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] and was quickly called by Colpoys and his dominating [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"]. With Elias at risk, the pair saw a flop of [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2c"], keeping Colpoys in the lead but offering Elias some notions of additional chop outs. That increased when the turn came the [poker card="qc"]. However, everything bricked for Elias when the [poker card="7h"] hit the river. Elias settled for the bronze and a $100,100 score. After taking out Elias, Colpoys held a 16 big blind chip lead over Lichtenberger at the start of heads-up play. The pair battled into the next level when Colpoys, with a 3.5:1 chip lead found a fortunate river to help him seal the victory. With the blinds at 75,000/150,000 (150,000 ante), Lichtenberger called on the button with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"] and Colpoys put in a raise to 475,000 holding [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"]. Lichtenberger made the call and the pair took a flop of [poker card="qh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"]. Colpoys led for 225,000 and Lichtenberger made the call, leaving himself with just over 10 big blinds behind. The turn came the [poker card="ad"] vaulting Lichtenberger’s hand into the lead and leaving Colpoys with just 5% to win the hand. Colpoys checked it over to Lichtenberger who bet 450,000 and Colpoys opted to make the call not knowing he had just two outs headed to the river. When the [9c[ hit the river, Colpoys locked up the hand. He checked it to ‘LuckyChewy’ who moved all-in for his final 1.5 million. Colpoys snap-called and ended the tournament. Lichtenberger settled for runner-up and $146,300 while Colpoys took down the first event of the 2022 PokerGO Cup and added $200,200 to his results. PokerGO Cup Event #1 Final Table Results Daniel Colpoys - $200,200 Andrew Lichtenberger - $146,300 Darren Elias - $100,100 Matthew Wantman - $77,000 Scott Ball - $61,600 Michael Lang - $46,200
  22. Germany’s Marius Gierse tackled the tough field of this week’s special edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ to capture his first Super MILLION$ title and the massive $1,242,190 first-place prize. It was Super MILLION$ Week on GGPoker which meant that the standard $10K buy-in event offered multiple Day 1 starting flights and, with 815 total entries, a super-sized $8,150,000 prize pool. Gierse picked a great week to break through. He’d been known as a regular in the tournament and had previously made six final tables with a pair of runner-up finishes. It looked for a moment like he was in for another second-place result this week, falling behind start-of-day chip leader Diego ‘Ushuaia1’ Zeiter during heads-up play. But Gierse’s Super MILLION$ final table experience prevailed as he dug himself out of the danger zone, found a critical double-up, and secured the win. It wasn’t just Zeiter that stood in Gierse’s way this week as a number of known crushers were in the mix for the seven-figure score including Wiktor ‘Limitless’ Malinowski, Ole Schemion, and Mikita Badziakouski. Badziakouski started the day seventh in chips, and 45 minutes into the final table was still hovering at the bottom of the chip counts when he ran into a critical spot against ‘TonyLin008’. With the blinds at 125,000/250,000 (30,000 ante), ‘TonyLin008’ open-shipped his final 2.3 million with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kd"] leading Badziakouski to also shove his 3.2 million stack holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The rest of the table got out of the way and the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"]5c][poker card="7h"][poker card="9c"], giving the double to ‘TonyLin008’ and leaving Badziakouski with less than four big blinds. The very next hand, Malinowski opened from under the gun with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] and Badziakouski three-bet all-in holding the [poker card="4d"][poker card="4c"]. When it reached ‘Ushuaia1’ in the small blind, they put in the four-bet to 2.1 million with [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"]. Malinowski was forced out of the hand and the cards were turned up with Badziakouski looking for help to survive. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"], giving Badziakouski some additional straight outs. But the turn came the [poker card="ah"] and the river was the [poker card="td"], sending Badziakouski out in ninth for $155,273. Neel ‘Neel’ Joski had been holding on as the short stack, but when the blinds climbed to 150,000/300,000 (35,000 ante) he was forced to make his move. From UTG+1 he shipped his four big blind stack in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"]. It folded to Daniel ‘Vanessa23’ Montagnolli in the big blind who woke up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] and he quickly made the easy call. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"] shipping the pot to Montagnolli and ending Joski’s day in eighth place, good for $201,365. Early on it looked like ‘TonyLin008’ was going to be a force at the final table. But when his flopped set of queens got cracked by Malinowski’s rivered set of aces, he went from the middle of the pack to one of the short stacks. Another tough beat eventually sent the Hong Kong player to the rail. Gierse min-raised to 600,000 on the button with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7s"] and ‘TonyLin008’ defended their big blind holding the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"]. The flop came [poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"] giving ‘TonyLin008’ a flopped two pair, but Gierse open-ended. When ‘TonyLin008’ checked it over to the German, Gierse put out a bet big enough to put ‘TonyLin008’ all-in. ‘TonyLin008’ quickly obliged, making the call. The turn was the [poker card="5s"], bringing in the straight for Gierse. The [poker card="jc"] river was no help for ‘TonyLin008’, who wrapped up in seventh place for $261,138. The blinds climbed to 200,000/400,000 (50,000) and Gierse continued to roll. From under the gun, Gierse made it 800,000 to go with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"] and when the action returned to Montagnolli in the big blind with the [poker card="th"][poker card="td"], he shipped all-in. Gierse snap-called and the [poker card="jh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qs"] board brought little drama for Gierse who knocked out his countryman Montagnolli in sixth place for $338,654. The first hand after the second break, with the blinds at 250,000/500,000 (60,000 ante), Malinowski raised from the cutoff to 1 million with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. In the small blind, Audrius ‘Audrii’ Stakelis three-bet shipped his final 3.3 million with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"]. Back on Malinowski, he made the quick call only to see himself dominated. However, the flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"], turning the tables and giving Malinowski the upper hand with his pair. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] giving Stakelis a few extra outs but the [poker card="js"] was not one of them. Stakelis’ run ended in fifth place for $439,180. Three hands later, the action folded to a short-stacked Ole Schemion in the small blind who moved all-in for 4.7 million with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"]. Gierse looked at the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and made the easy call putting Schemion at risk. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3s"] board kept Gierse’s ace-king in the lead the whole way and Schemion, who started the day sixth in chips, laddered to fourth place and collected $569,546. Three-handed play began with Malinowski and Diego ‘Ushuaia1’ Zeiter roughly even in chips and Gierse holding about 10 extra big blinds. Over the course of the next 30 minutes, Malinowski began to slip down the chip counts, and with the blinds at 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante), ‘Limitless’ was sitting on just under 10 big blinds. Gierse opened on the button to 1.5 million with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] and when it was Malinowski’s turn to act, he stuck his final 5.2 million in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. Gierse made the call and the flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"], giving Gierse top-two and leaving Malinowski needing runner-runner to survive. The turn was the [poker card="8d"], bringing Malinowski a few extra outs but the [poker card="jh"] hit the river and Malinowski hit the rail in third place, picking up $738,610. Despite the knockout, Gierse was still looking up at Zeiter in the chip counts. However, there was only a roughly six big blind difference between the two. As play wore on Zeiter opened up a three-to-one chip lead. But Gierse hung around, chipped away, and eventually found a pure double up when he flopped top-two pair on a board where Zeiter flopped bottom-two pair. With the situation now reversed and Gierse holding the three-to-one lead, Zeiter limped the button holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"] with the blinds at 400,000/800,000 (100,000 ante). Gierse, with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"], checked his option and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"], bringing Zeiter top pair, but also giving Gierse bottom-two pair. Gierse checked it over to Zeiter who put out a min-bet of 800,000. Gierse check-raised to 3.2 million and Zeiter made the call. The turn was the [poker card="2c"] and Gierse applied max pressure by shipping all-in. With no time left in his time back, Zeiter called with his pair of nines and needed help on the river to get back into it. The river came the [poker card="jd"], officially making Zeiter the runner-up for $957,859 and sealing the win for Gierse who collected $1,242,190. GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results Marius Gierse - $1,242,190 Diego ‘Ushuaia1’ Zeiter - $957,859 Wiktor Malinowski - $738,610 Ole Schemion - $569,546 Audrius ‘Audrii’ Stakelis - $439,180 Daniel ‘Vanessa23’ Montagnolli - $439,180 ‘TonyLin008’ - $261,138 Neel ‘Neel’ Joshi - $201,365 Mikita Badziakouski - $155,273
  23. Phil Hellmuth is the reigning champion of PokerGO's High Stakes Duel once again after defeating Tom Dwan in the Round 3 high-stakes heads-up rematch for $400,000. The three-hour match featured mostly measured play with only a few wild swings and no major eye-popping moves. For the most part, Hellmuth and Dwan appeared content to let the game come to them with Hellmuth getting the better of Dwan in a number of critical big spots. The table talk was also fairly muted as well. There were no real "Poker Brat" moments and Dwan, who often appeared unphased throughout the first hours of the match, only showed signs of slight frustration toward the end. Once Hellmuth found a way to seize the momentum he didn’t let up. The 16-time WSOP champ was making hands when necessary and keeping Dwan off balance with some interesting pre-flop raises that kept the chips coming his way. As expected, in the early going the stacks stayed relatively close with Dwan holding a small edge throughout the first hour. One notable hand that took place early, with the blinds at 300/600 (600 ante), Hellmuth limped the button holding [poker card="th"][poker card="td"] and Dwan checked his option with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="4c"]. The flop came out [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3c"] and Dwan checked it over to Hellmuth who put out a bet of 600. Dwan check-raised his flush draw to 2,500 which Hellmuth called. The turn was the [poker card="qs"], adding a straight draw to Dwan’s outs. It was the [poker card="6c"] that completed the board and Dwan hit his flush. Dwan led for 8,700 and Hellmuth went into a brief tank before releasing his hand. “F*** me,” Hellmuth said as he got up to take a lap and walk it off. By the end of the hour, however, the stacks were even again. Roughly ninety minutes in, during the 500/1000 (1000 ante) level, the pair finally played a significant pot. Dwan put in a raise on the button to 2,600 with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"] and Hellmuth, who held a slight lead, made the call with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4d"] giving Hellmuth top pair and Dwan a flush draw. Hellmuth checked to Dwan who fired another 3,600 and was snap-called by Hellmuth. The turn brought the [poker card="ah"], giving Hellmuth a king-high flush draw as well and after he checked, Dwan fired for 9,600 more. Hellmuth then check-raised to 19,200 and after a moment of consideration, Dwan called. “I’m very likely to check the river here…but who knows,” Hellmuth said right before the [poker card="9s"] completed the board. Hellmuth made good one that statement and checked, with only king-high Dwan seemed to weigh all his options but ended up conceding the 50,800 chip pot with a check back. [caption id="attachment_637821" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Tom Dwan during High Stakes Duel III[/caption] As the match stretched into the third hour, Hellmuth won a string of hands and jumped out to a modest lead. Then Hellmuth found a way to widen the gap. With the blinds at 400/800 (800 ante) Hellmuth limped the button holding [poker card="7h"][poker card="4d"] and Dwan put in a raise to 5,600 with his [poker card="th"][poker card="td"]. Hellmuth responded with a chunky three-bet to 21,000 and after a moment, Dwan made the call. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop saw Hellmuth hit middle pair. But when Dwan checked to him, he opted to check back. The turn brought the [poker card="7c"], improving Hellmuth to trip. Dwan checked again and this time Hellmuth bet out 17,000. Dwan made the call and the pair saw the [poker card="9h"] complete the board. Dwan checked yet again and Hellmuth followed through with another bet, this time for 37,000. Dwan went into the tank, used some of his time bank, and eventually made the call. Hellmuth dragged the 150,000 chip pot and got out a three-to-one lead. https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1486544492018556928?s=20 Hellmuth started the fourth hour with another big hand. At 500/1000 (1000 ante) Dwan called on the button holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"] and Hellmuth, who had been putting in big raises with smaller holdings all match long, made it 10,000 to go with the [poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"]. Dwan made the call and the flop came [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] giving Hellmuth bottom pair, open-ended straight draw, straight flush draw, The action checked through, and the [poker card="ac"] hit the turn, giving Hellmuth the straight flush. Hellmuth bet 6,000 and, with the king of clubs in his hand, Dwan made the call. The river was the [poker card="3s"], putting a straight on the board. Hellmuth checked it over, clearly hoping for a bet from Dwan who ultimately checked back and was shown another huge hand by Hellmuth who climbed to holding 80% of the chips in play. The end came soon after. Hellmuth called on the button with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] and Dwan looked down at [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"] in the big blind and put in a raise to 7,000. Hellmuth took a look at Dwan’s stack and went for the final blow, shipping it all-in. Dwan looked to the side and made his final stand with a call. With nothing left to do but watch, the pair saw a board of [poker card="kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6d"] award the hand and match to Hellmuth. The friends got up and shook hands with Hellmuth quickly declaring “I know you’re rematching…this time for $800K” to which Dwan replied, “Yea, it’ll be a big one.” With Hellmuth back as the High Stakes Duel champion, he still needs to win two more matches in a row in order to cash out. To get there, he would need to win the $400K buy-in and an $800K match for a potential $1.6 million payday. Dwan now has the option to re-challenge Hellmuth in Round 4 would only need to win two in a row in order to walk away.
  24. They say “fortune favors the brave.” That phrase is really put to the test when playing the Seven-Deuce game at a high-stakes cash game table. But that’s exactly what went down in the latest episode of The Lodge Live, the livestream from the Austin, TX card room that recently added Doug Polk, Andrew Neeme, and Brad Owen as co-owners. As a part of Monster Meet Up Week at The Lodge, the three poker YouTube stars took a seat in a live-streamed $5/$10/$25 No Limit Hold’em game. The Texas action, as advertised, was wild, and only adding to the stakes was the iconic Seven-Deuce game. The rules: whoever wins a hand (whether by folding everyone out or by showdown) with seven-deuce wins $100 from every player plus an additional $100 from the last player to fold. It’s a side-action favorite among many home games and not too often do you get to see those dynamics play out on a livestream. In many instances here, it really changed the game. So, in the midst of an action-packed stream, we pulled (nearly) every instance where someone tried to get away with one and bluff out the opposition with seven-deuce. Some in which bravery brought fortune...and a couple where it didn't. Doug Does The Polka Polk had the first opportunity of the night to make something happen with seven-deuce and he wasn't going to pass it up. Owen Makes A Big Move A similar situation went down when Brad Owen tried to make a move on 'Poker Traveller' only this time, Ceddy Travino was a little more reluctant to get out of the way. Polk Gets Pushed Out Polk picked up the seven-deuce again and was more than willing to put some money in the pot however sometimes following through with a big bluff just isn't in the cards. Bluffing With The Best Hand It's a rare occasion when you are trying to pick up the seven-deuce bounty and you're actually holding the best hand. E Makes It Look Easy 'E' goes for back-to-back seven-deuce bounties and shows off that sometimes all you need to do it play it straight. Any Two Will Do 'Poker Traveler' had the most encounters with seven-deuce, twice he needed to defend against it. So when he was the one holding it, he wasn't about to let it go even when faced with an all-in. The Lodge Live has events and livestreams taking place all the time. If you want to check out the rest of the action from this five-hour stream. Watch it right here:
  25. Alexander Yen is the newest member of the World Poker Tour Champions Club after he bested the 1,928-entry field of the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for $975,240 and a spot on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Like it was in 2021, the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open proved to be another strong start to the WPT season. This year 839 entries showed up for Day 1A and they were joined by another 1,089 on Day 1B for a total field of 1,928 entries and a prize pool of $6,342,400, smashing the advertised $2 million guarantee. Yen held control for the chip counts for the majority of the final table, starting the day with a healthy chip lead and maintaining it throughout the bulk of play. He lost it for just a few hands in heads-up play against former online top 5 ranked Anton Wigg but quickly retook the lead, made a great read, and flopped a monster hand in the end to win it all. At the start of the day, Omar Lakhdari was sitting fifth in chips, but the gap between him and short-stack Nicholas Vergeramo was a scant two big blinds. With 24 big blinds, Lakhdari had some room to maneuver but also needed to find a way to chip up. He battled for the better part of an hour before he made what would be his final stand. With the blinds at 100,000/200,000 (200,000 ante), Daniel Lazrus put in a raise to 450,000 holding the [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] from under the gun. When the action reached Lakhdari in the cutoff he moved all-in for just over 3.6 million with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] giving Lazrus top set but also bringing flush outs for Lakhdari. The turn was the [poker card="td"] bringing no help but keeping Lakhdari’s flush dreams alive. However, the river was the [poker card="kd"], pairing his king but ultimately losing the hand. Lakhdari finished in sixth place which was good for $208,025. Josh Kay arrived at the final table second in chips and held that spot when the blinds increased to 125,000/250,000 (250,000 ante). But everything quickly went sideways on Kay as he doubled the short-stacked Verderamo and shortly after played a huge pot against Anton Wigg where Kay’s pocket queens lost a critical flip against Wigg’s ace-king. Not long after, Kay and Wigg battled again. Kay opened from the hijack to 500,000 with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] after which Anton Wigg three-bet shipped over the top with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"]. The action folded back to Kay and he put in the rest of his stack, looking to double back up through Wigg. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="9d"], giving Wigg trips and leaving Kay looking for help. Some arrived on the [poker card="7c"] turn, giving Kay backdoor flush possibilities headed to the river. But it was the [poker card="8s"] that completed the board, sending Kay home early in fifth place for $272,830. Four hands later, Verderamo found himself all-in and at risk. Yen opened from the button to 500,000 from the button with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. Verderamo, took a moment and moved his short stack all-in from the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"]. Yen snapped him off and the board ran out[poker card="js"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7s"], never giving Yen’s pocket queens a sweat. Verderamo laddered into fourth place and picked up a career-high $361,130 score. Three-handed play lasted nearly two hours and the blinds climbed to 200,000/400,000 (400,000 ante). Daniel Lazrus was sitting at the bottom of the chip counts and looking for the opportunity to rise back into contention with Yen and Wigg. With roughly 15 big blinds, Lazrus open-shipped his stack from the small blind holding the [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] into Yen in the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. Yen made the call, putting Lazrus at risk. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"], immediately putting Yen in control of the hand but leaving Lazrus with backdoor outs. The [poker card="5s"] turn didn’t improve Lazrus’ odds and when the [poker card="9c"] hit the river, Lazrus was eliminated in third place for $482,380. Yen started heads-up play with a better than 2:1 chip lead, but it didn’t take long for Wigg to double through Yen when Wigg’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] survived an all-in to Yen’s [kc[poker card="qh"] on a board of [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5s"]. Soon thereafter, Wigg grabbed the chip lead and that marked the first time at the final table that Yen lost the chip lead. However, Yen didn’t lose the chip lead for long. He took it back and then extended the lead after picking off a big bluff by Wigg which resulted in 70% of the chips in play sitting in front of Yen. One hand after winning that pot, all the chips got in the middle. The blinds were at 300,000/500,000 (500,000 ante) and Yen limped the blind holding [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"], Wigg made it 2 million to go with his [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] and Yen made the call. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"], giving Yen a flopped straight with a redraw to the straight flush. With his over pair Wigg continued to fire, putting out a 4.5 million bet. Yen smooth called and the [poker card="6d"] hit the turn. Wigg used one of his time banks and moved all-in for his final 18 million chips. Yen quickly called and Wigg needed a queen or a six to improve to a full house and survive. The river came [poker card="4d"] shipping the pot and WPT LHPO title to Yen. Wigg settled for runner-up and $650,180. WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Final Table Results Alexander Yen - $975,240 Anton Wigg - $650,180 Daniel Lazrus - $482,380 Nicholas Verderamo - $361,130 Josh Kay - $272,830 Omar Lakhdari - $208,025
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