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  1. The second season of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ got underway this week as Estonian chess grandmaster Ottomar Ladva outlasted another star-studded final table to pick up his first Super MILLION$ title and the $325,957 first-place prize. It may be a new year and new season for the weekly $10K tournament but there were plenty of old familiar faces at this week’s final table. Joining Ladva in the final nine were Super MILLION$ reg ‘RRomashka’, Thomas Muehloecker, and a pair of previous champions in Adrian Mateos and Connor Drinan. Ladva had previously shown that he could handle himself in th
  2. Sean Winter helped bring the U.S. Poker Open 2021 series to a close after besting the field of 42 entries in Event #12 ($50,000 NLHE) and earned his second career USPO victory and the $756,000 first-place prize. However, who would win the largest payday of the series wasn’t the only storyline taking place inside the PokerGO Studio on Tuesday. Final table short stack, Sam Soverel, started the day as the only player with the chance to catch three-time 2021 USPO winner David Peters for the overall series lead. Although Soverel hung around, giving Peters a sweat, in the end, Soverel busted and
  3. In his first two appearances at a GGPoker Super MILLION$, final table China’s ‘judd trump’ never quite found his footing, bowing out in ninth place in both events. The exact opposite of that took place in the $5 million guaranteed Super MILLION$ Anniversary edition when the three-time GGPoker Spring Festival champ entered the day second in chips and ended it with his first Super MILLION$ title and a GGPoker career-high score of $976,379. It’s hard to believe, but the $10K Super MILLION$ has been running weekly for a full year now. A full year of some of the biggest names in online poker bat
  4. One of the main reasons that summer in Sin City is such a special time for poker players is the abundance of tournament and cash game action that can be found all over the city. In a typical year, it's the poker beacon that is the World Series of Poker that attracts grinders and recreational players from all over the planet to Las Vegas where they battle for bracelets and, oftentimes, find themselves playing in a multitude of side events in various tournament series. However, this year, the WSOP has been pushed back to the fall and won’t be this summer’s main attraction. That fact is not st
  5. It seems like every high roller series at the PokerGO studios has been very good to Ali Imsirovic. Once again, the 24-year old Imsirovic was back posing for a winner’s photo on Saturday after he bested the 99-entry field of the U.S. Poker Open Event #9 ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em) for a $217,800 payday. Imsirovic, the 2018 Breakout Player of the Year, now has two USPO career victories under his belt to go along with his 2018 Poker Masters overall title. He’s cashed in four of the first nine USPO 2021 events with this being his third final table of the series and has now taken the lead on the
  6. Although he started the day with the chip lead, Jared Bleznick was forced to battle back from a short stack late during the final table of Event #8 ($10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha) of the U.S. Poker Open 2021 in which he took home the $189,000 first-place prize and locked down his first USPO title. It seemed like PLO specialist Maxx Coleman was going to roll to victory for much of the day. Coleman took over the chip lead early, amassed a massive stack, and eliminated three of the final six players at the table. But the experienced Bleznick hung around and when he got short-stacked, found critical
  7. There’s no question that Brazil has produced some of the very best online poker players in recent years. Names like Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski, Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann, and Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon have been dominating the upper echelons of the Online Poker Rankings for the better part of a year. Now, there’s another name you can add to the rising ranks of the dominant Brazilians - Dalton ‘daltonhb’ Hobold. Sitting at a career-high ranking of #15 in the world, Hobold is May’s Online Player of the Month. Hobold (3,171 points) put in an impressive amount of volume in May, racking u
  8. May was another massive month for PocketFivers looking to score in the value-packed tournaments on 888poker. In addition to their newly revamped tournament schedule, promotions like the Early Bird Rakeback and Sunday Sale continued to reap benefits for MTT grinders, of every level, looking to give their bankroll a springtime boost. This included the UK’s John ‘eilselnhoj’ Leslie who took home the title of Top Earner for May after picking up a total of $15,034 over the course of 43 results. Leslie picked up five victories in the month including a win in the May 4 edition of the $3,000 Big Sh
  9. Less than a week after his victory, WPT500 Online winner David Afework has been disqualified by partypoker and his $160,210 first-place prize money redistributed to the rest of the field, according to a recent post by Afework on the Two Plus Two Forums. Afework, a UK-based poker player, posting on a new account in the forums under the name ‘Devplaza’ detailed in the post that soon after his "biggest win ever and the most amazing moment of my life" he received an email from partypoker explaining that he had been disqualified under the suspicion that Afework had allowed a third party on his a
  10. PokerStars is rolling out a brand new summer tournament series for each of their U.S.-based sites. The first-ever Summer Stacks Festival will take place in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey from June 12-28 with each state getting a series of 100 tournaments with buy-ins of $100 or less. In the wake of the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker, PokerStars is looking to keep the momentum going in each of the three markets. The online site is putting up more than $2.5 million in total guaranteed prize money spanning all three series to give their U.S. customers another round of big-mon
  11. Sam Soverel went wire-to-wire at the final table of U.S. Poker Open 2021 Event #2 ($10,000 PLO) by starting the day as the overwhelming chip leader and closing it out as the winner, collecting the $175,500 first-place prize for his first USPO victory. The Pot Limit Omaha event saw 65 entries generate a $650,000 prize pool with plenty of notable names taking part. Plenty of well-known high rollers ran deep including Ben Yu who finished in ninth for $26,000 and Alex Foxen who bubbled the final table in seventh place for $32,500. Only six returned for Day 2 and joining Soverel was 2019 USPO PL
  12. The World Series of Poker Circuit Online Series Main Event on GGPoker concluded as Sweden’s former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt turned his final table chip lead into his first WSOP Circuit gold ring after besting the field of 14,496 runners and taking home the $758,443 first-place prize. It’s well-known that Astedt’s online poker resume is one of the most celebrated in the game’s history. From multiple WCOOP, SCOOP, POWERFEST, and GGSF wins to holding down the top spot on the GGPoker Super MILLION$ earnings list as a two-time champion, it’s rare when the winner of the #1 Number One contest can a
  13. After more than two years away, the U.S. Poker Open 2021 returned this week with Jake Daniels winning Event #1 ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em) for $218,500. There were plenty of high-rollers eager to dive back into the live poker scene as 95 total entries turned Event #1 into the largest field in USPO history. The tournament turned out plenty of star power with players like Daniel Negreanu, Nick Petrangelo, and Alex Foxen among those battling for a piece of the $950,000 prize pool. However, at the end of Day 1, just seven remained including Daniels, Barry Hutter, Sergi Reixach, Dan Shak, and 201
  14. In a week where there were subtle shifts of position in the top 25, the return of one of South America’s most successful online tournament grinders highlights this week in the Online Poker Rankings. In March of 2018, Uruguay’s Ramiro ‘ramiro’ Petrone finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Turbo Series Main Event for a career-high score of $282,436. While that was a special result, as it remains his #1 biggest score, it was par for the course as to what was happening in his online poker career at the time. Petrone had broken through to the ranks of the high-rollers and earned three s
  15. Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’Dwyer - Ireland It’s hard to fathom that Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer, one of the most feared high-rolling tournament beasts in the world, could find something new to achieve in poker. In 2018 he not only conquered the nosebleed live MTT scene he also, for the first time, he also cracked the worldwide top-10 online rankings. Currently sitting at a career-high r
  16. Christian Rudolph emerged from the talent-packed final table of the World Poker Tour Online Series Main Event on partypoker to earn his first WPT title and $487,442.75 for the win. The path to the WPT Champions Club was no easy task for Rudolph as he first had to navigate the Main Event field of 1,065 runners over the course of three days and then take on a number of elite pros at the final table. The final nine included final table chip leader Daniel Dvoress, Rainer Kempe, and the current #1-ranked online player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski. Additionally, the final table took roughly ni
  17. GGPoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov entered the final table of the 51st edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ with the chip lead and left it with his first Super MILLION$ title and the $325,957 first-place prize. It was Filatov’s third trip to a Super MILLION$ final table in his 32 times playing the event and, in order to take it down, he was forced to face off against another line-up of high-caliber pros. The final nine included high-roller circuit regulars David Peters and Isaac Haxton as well as three players who were all returning to the final table for the second week in a row - Joakim
  18. The 2021 U.S. Poker Open returns to the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from June 3-15 with 12 events of high-roller action. Some of the biggest names in the game of poker will be on hand, battling for six-figure scores and a shot at the title of U.S. Poker Open Champion and the newly created Golden Eagle Trophy, awarded to the player of the series. The schedule features ten $10,000 buy-in events with a variety of disciplines including No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Big Bet Mix, 8-Game, and Short Deck. On June 13, the buy-in increases to $25,000 and then o
  19. It’s another week atop the Online Poker Rankings for Brazilian Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski as he enters his ninth week as the #1 ranked online poker player in the world. While Dzivielevski is in his third stint as the top-ranked player, there’s a trio of players in the top 20 this week who have yet to reach the pinnacle of online poker but are enjoying career-high rankings in an effort to get to the top for the very first time. With all that he’s accomplished in the game of poker, both online and live, one might assume that current All-Time Online Money List leader Joao ‘Naza114’ Vi
  20. A suspect has been arrested in the home invasion robbery of high-stakes poker pro Chad Power in which two men kicked in the back door of Power’s Henderson, Nevada home and stole a safe that contained approximately $1,000,000 in cash and casino chips. Las Vegas resident Brock Brewer, 32, has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies including Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy Home Invasion, and Theft of $100,000+ among other offenses. According to the Henderson Police Department arrest report, Brewer, and a second suspect, known associate Trevaghn Battle, were caught on Pow
  21. “…And to me, this is white magic. Apex predator sh*t. King Kong sh*t. What do you have to say?” When Phil Hellmuth ranted about that “King Kong sh*t” during his High Stakes Duel match against Daniel Negreanu everyone who was watching instinctively knew what he meant. It was about pumping himself up, pounding his chest, and proving to himself that he can do what needs to be done in order to win, no matter the situation. Sweden’s Mathias Joelsson understands exactly what Hellmuth is talking about and, as the winner of the first-ever GGPoker Spring Festival Main Event, he’s got $1.25 millio
  22. Niklas Astedt is in the winner’s circle yet again. The superstar Swede, winner of the #1 Number One contest, continued to add to his long list of accolades by taking down the 49th edition of the $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ for $313,907. The victory extends Astedt’s current record as the tournament’s most profitable player with more than $3.35 million in total cashes. Astedt also holds the record for the most in-the-money finishes (12) and most final table appearances (12). With the win, he becomes just the sixth player to have won two or more Super MILLION$, his first coming when he won the
  23. The GGPoker Spring Festival may be over, but the massive paydays on GGPoker continue as the 47th edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ wrapped up on Tuesday with Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski running white-hot to topple the 184-entry field and the take home $394,852 first-place prize. Perhaps the Spring Festival took the wind (and maybe the bankroll) out of some of the regular high rollers as this week's tournament fell 16 players short of reaching the guarantee leaving GGPoker on the hook for a $160,000 overlay. While an overlay is unusual in the Super MILLION$, a stacked final table is
  24. In the aftermath of the biggest online series of the spring, which this year included the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and the first-ever GGPoker Spring Festival, there are traditionally major shakeups in every section of the Online Poker Rankings. This year, a snapshot of the rankings, after the dust has cleared, paints a picture of the best online professional players thriving in a season where more than a quarter-billion dollars in prize money was up for grabs. There’s no better place to start than at the top where Brazil’s Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski is cu
  25. In his seventh trip to a $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table, Canadian high-stakes tournament crusher Daniel Dvoress ended up on top to capture the $394,852 first-place prize and his first Super MILLION$ title. For the second week in a row, the regularly scheduled high roller ended registration with an overlay as 191 entries left the prize pool $90,000 short of its $2 million guarantee. However, the field in the 48th running of the Super MILLION$ was packed with star power as per usual. Joining Dvoress in the final nine were Ami Barer and Guillaume Nolet, both of whom were enjoying back
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