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  1. [caption width="640"] World Poker Tour and 888poker annouunced a new global partnership that will ultimately send players to WPTDeepStacks events[/caption] A new global partnership between 888poker and the World Poker Tour will allow players from all over the world to qualify for select live WPTDeepStacks events while playing on 888poker. The WPTDeepstacks brand aims to offer players a global tour that features mid-stakes buy-ins for their Main Events with deeper, "bang-for-your-buck" structures. Now, with WPTDeepstacks partnership with 888poker, certain international stops will be augmented with even more online qualifiers. The first event players will have an opportunity to satellite into will be the Main Event of WPTDeepstacks Berlin held at the Casino Spielbank Berlin in Germany. It's a three-day, €1,500 tournament that marks the start of the Season XVI European Championship Festival. WPTDeepstacks Berlin kicks off the New Year, running from January 5-8 2018, and features a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool as well as a live-streamed final table. Qualifiers are available now on 888poker. Players can win their way into the Main Event starting as little as $.01 by clicking on the Live Events tab in the player client. 888poker is providing two options for players to help them with their shot at the big one in Berlin. First, players can opt to satellite into the $1,750 "seat-only" qualifier where 888poker will provide winners a seat in the tournament with no hotel or travel provided. Additionally, there is a larger $2,400 WPTDeepStacks Berlin package that provides not just a €1,500 ticket into the tournament, but an additional €300 to assist with accommodations as well as €250 in travel expenses. Take note: While entry to the satellite is made in USD, the tournaments entries and additional funds are in Euros. The $109 seat-only satellite runs every Monday night at 7:35pm GMT now through December 24 and awards one seat for every $1,750 included in the prize pool. The $160 package to Berlin is scheduled to run every Thursday, also at 7:35pm GMT and also through December 24. One package is awarded for every $2,750 collected in the prize pool. The €1,500 WPTDeepStacks Berlin Main Event is part of a larger festival that hopes to keep players in action all week long with 11 additional side events. The schedule includes a pair of €10,000 High Roller tournaments, a €500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, a number of one-day NLHE Turbos, as well as the €3,300 World Poker Tour European Championship, a five-day event with a €1,000,000 guarantee that begins on January 10. The WPT European Championship event will be filmed for inclusion in WPT's televised Season XVI. WPTDeepStacks Berlin is the penultimate event in the current WPTDeepStacks Season IV one that, when completed, will have seen 28 events taking place while making a mark on five Continents. Although Berlin is thus far the only announced stop in the new partnership between WPT and 888poker, with both companies touching worldwide audiences, it is expected that more online-to-live event qualifying between the two will take place in WPTDeepStack Season V in 2018.
  2. [caption width="640"] The Bellagio plays host to the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic[/caption] Through the recently announced partnership between the World Poker Tour and playMGMPoker, New Jersey players have the unique opportunity to satellite online into one of the most esteemed live tournaments in any given year - the World Poker Tour Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event. For the first time, New Jersey residents can qualify for the major Las Vegas tournament by winning a $12,000 package that includes an entry into the $10,400 Main Event, $1,600 in cash to help cover travel and accommodations, and the first-night-free stay at one of the flagship MGM properties, the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Whether you are a deep-pocketed shot taker or a value-seeking grinder there are a number of ways for playMGMpoker players to earn their shot at what will likely be the seven-figure first place prize at the WPT Five Diamond. It all starts for as little as $10. Looking to work your way to the top? playMGMPoker is running $10 Daily Qualifiers into the $55 Bellagio Qualifier. The first step starts every day at 5:40pm and 8:40pm ET where the $10 tournament guarantees at least two entries into the $55 step. Roughly one out of roughly every six entries into the $10 starter tournament will win entry into the $55 Bellagio Qualifier. The $55 Bellagio Qualifier is also running every day. At 7:20pm ET, players compete to win their way into main $535 Bellagio Super Satellite to WPT Bellagio Five Diamond. With at least one seat to the main satellite guaranteed, approximately one out of every 11 participants will gain entry and get their shot at the $12,000 package. In addition to the daily $55, there is a once-a-week Turbo Qualifier taking place on Sundays at 5:20pm. The turbo takes place right before the $535 Super Satellite is set to begin. Players can win or buy their way into the to the final step, the $535 Super Satellite to WPT Bellagio. There are four more opportunities left to vie for the grand prize at 6:20pm ET on the following Sundays: November 12 November 19 November 26 December 3 Roughy one out of every 24 will pick up a $12,000 package, escape the New Jersey winter and be on their way to sunny Las Vegas for the Main Event. Whether it's daily qualifiers or buying directly into the Super Satellite, playMGMPoker has a path for those looking to make their dreams of playing the WPT Five Diamond a reality.
  3. [caption width="640"] Ferguson elicits a polarizing range of emotions as he steps back into the spotlight[/caption] Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson won his sixth World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday when he took down WSOPE Event #7 (€1,650 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better) for €39,289. With the victory, Ferguson, the current WSOP Player of Year points leader, extended his first place margin over both Ryan Hughes and John Racener, the players nearest to him in the race. Shedding his traditional urban cowboy garb, Ferguson took to the table with a navy T-shirt with a single word silkscreened in the center chest reading “love.” While Ferguson clearly loved the result, not everyone who received word of his victory was feeling what his shirt was preaching. Ferguson, a central figure in the Full Tilt Poker financial collapse, has yet to publicly comment on the fiscal disaster that left thousands of poker players funds trapped in limbo for years. His silence has led to resentment by some members of the poker community, while others have opted not to hold a grudge against Ferguson since he’s returned from his self-imposed exile. Both sides took to social media to comment on the bracelet win for the controversial champion. Comments directed at Ferguson himself were at a minimum early on. It was actually 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth’s congratulatory tweet that seemed to generate the most buzz. Ferguson continues to march to the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year as the final points will be tallied at the conclusion of the WSOPE Main Event which begins on November 4.
  4. [caption width="640"] Catalin Pop took home the first 888Live title in 2017[/caption] 2017 was a year of big fields and bigger prize pools for the popular series of 888Live Events. As the current 888Live Season comes to an end we look back on the major events and the players who found themselves fortunate enough to lift the 888Live trophies and call themselves champions. In February, the King’s Casino in Rozvadov played host to the first 888Live Festival of the year. In the Main Event, 531 entries put up the brand appropriate €808 +80 buy-in to create a prize pool of over €407,000. The broad coalition of international players included some big names and top-tier professionals including William Kassouf (23rd), Ludovic Geilich (4th) and Niall Farrell (3rd). But it was Germany’s affable Catalin Pop that outlasted them all to take home €80,000 ($86,246) and be crowned 888poker’s first festival champion of 2017. Just two months later, in April, 303 runners hopped into the 888Live Easter Edition at Aspers Casino Stratford in London generating a prize pool of £121,200 ($151,438). 888poker brought out their ambassadors to play host as Sofia Lovgren (30th) and Chris Moorman (13th) found their way into the money for the first time in the season. At the final table with five players left, local grinder Krzysztof Pregowski found himself at the bottom of the pack. He laddered up to make the final three where a deal was made guaranteeing him £15,000. Finally, he battled all the way to the winner's circle, defeating runner-up Terry Jordan for a grand total of £21,118 ($26,386). While Jordan didn’t get to take home the trophy, he was the chipleader when the deal was made and ended up celebrating with, basically, a first place of £21,000 ($26,239). 888Live Events continue to emerge as one of the premiere poker circuits of any given year. Now that 2017 is in the books, all that’s left is to wonder is...where will 888Live land in 2018?
  5. [caption width="640"] PokerStars includes New Jersey in their efforts to bring more qualifiers to the PCA.[/caption] New Jersey residents looking to escape the dead-of-winter winds may have just gotten their wish. For the first time since their re-entry into the United States online poker market, PokerStars is offering New Jersey online poker players a way to win a premiere package to fly to the Bahamas and take a seat in their flagship live event, the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). As a part of PokerStars' greater effort to qualify “at least 400 players” to the revitalized $10,300 PCA Main Event in January, they are running a $1,000 1-package guaranteed satellite for all their players in the Garden State on November 5. With plenty of ways to qualify, every poker player in New Jersey has a path to taking their shot at winning the grand prize $15,855 PCA package to one of the premiere poker getaways of the year. For players that don't want to mess around, they can, of course, buy directly into the $1,000 PCA Qualifier through their PokerStars account and be assured a shot at the PCA Main Event seat and everything that comes with it. For those players looking to maximize their bankrolls and play their way into the $1K, PokerStars is running a series of $100 satellites to the PCA Qualifier. Additionally, and perhaps most alluring of all, from October 27-November 4 PokerStars is offering the PCA Freerolls, a daily super-satellite opportunity for players to win their $100 ticket. To grab a pair of PCA freeroll tickets, use the bonus code 'PCA' when reloading $10 or more between 10:00 ET on October 27 and 1:59 ET November 5. If you want to play the PCA Freeroll every day, just break up those reloads as you can claim additional tickets with every reload during that time. Earlier this year, officials at PokerStars announced a series of changes to the event at the request of the players. The changes made include streamlining the number of events, bringing back the PCA name (as opposed to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas) and a lower rake structure that will save players an estimated $300,000. An additional upgrade is all the benefits included in the $15,855 package. Naturally, players receive the $10,300 buy-in for the PCA Main Event. The PCA Qualifier Grand Prize also affords you nine nights stay for two at the home of the PCA, the Atlantis Resort, as well as $1,000 applied to that room to cover food and drink costs. Additionally, the winning player will have $1,000 deposited to their PokerStars account to assist with all travel expenses. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the player in this case but a cursory look at flights from New Jersey to the Bahamas from January 6-14, the dates of the festival, find that one can fly round-trip for around $400. The travel budget is plenty to ensure enough coverage for a pair of attendees. Or perhaps just one baller who prefers travel in style. So take aim New Jersey, the PCA Qualifier tournament takes place on November 5 at 19:00 ET with $100 satellites and freeroll tournaments taking place daily. The 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas runs from January 6-14.
  6. [caption width="640"] Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson feeling the Player Of The Year the pressure[/caption] This year's World Series of Poker Europe begins Thursday at King's Casino in Rosvadov, Czech Republic and along with it the race for the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year is enters its final lap. Players have 11 bracelet events left in which they can rack up cashes and add-on to their current point totals from this past summer. The player who finishes in first will be crowned the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year, get free entry into the 2018 WSOP Main Event, and have a banner of themselves draped in rooms of the Rio for 2018 and years to come. Former Full Tilt Poker officer Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson has returned to the spotlight and this time he's looking to get away with the WSOP Player of the Year award. After an impressive summer of results, having cashed in 17 events and posting 898.46 points, Ferguson sits atop the current leaderboard putting him in the driver's seat to take the title. Giving Ferguson an extra leg up on those that would overtake him is a free entry into the €10,350 WSOPE Main Event, one of the benefits of being the points leader after the summer in Las Vegas. Right behind Ferguson sits two-time WSOP bracelet Winner, Ryan Hughes (876.35). Hughes is only 22.11 points out of first and after a stellar summer of his own, making three final tables in the midst of 16 cashes, the Arizona grinder find himself in the best position to make a move on first place. Capturing his third WSOP gold bracelet in 2017 in Event #22 ($10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship) helped put well-rounded poker pro John Monnette (865.21) in third place in the POY race. Only 33.25 points out of first, should Monnette decide at the last minute to make the trip to Rozvadov rather than stay in the States to root on his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, he would be one to watch down the stretch. Former November Niner John Racener (853.16) also won a bracelet, his first, in 2017. His victory in Event #17 ($10,000 Dealers Choice Championship), along with a monster summer, complete with 17 scores at the Rio, catapulted Racener into fourth place – 45.3 points behind Ferguson. The recently-married Racener is currently on honeymoon in Europe, perhaps planning to wrap up the celebration of love with a stop at King's Casino. Over the course of two weeks, Raymond Henson (768.49) sat at 4 final tables and posted a string of five-figure scores allowing him to round out the POY Top 5. His nearly 130 point gap is by no means insurmountable. Using the 2015 WSOP as a barometer, it would require something akin a deep run in the Main Event or an outright victory in a side event, while those above him stay static, in order to make the leap. It seems unlikely though that the Houston resident will make the trip abroad to take a crack at getting the banner. The second half of the top 10 is littered with top-tier pros, all who could make a real run at the crown if the right amount of heat is applied. Two-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (766.49) sits right behind Henson in sixth and poker pro Alex Foxen (754.36) has already confirmed that he'll be in Rozvadov trying to finish strong. Two-time WSOP Player of the Year winner Daniel Negreanu (717.26) has never made any pretenses that he would like to win it yet again. To get there the six-time bracelet winner would need to post some serious results, perhaps even adding a seventh bracelet to his collection could do it. Despite his previous intentions, Negreanu has confirmed that he plans on skipping the WSOPE this year. Italy's Dario Sammartino (710.96) and tournament director turned poker crusherKenny Hallert (686.81) complete the top 10. The fact is, as the formula to determine points this year is based on ROI, taking into account buy-in and amount won, if any of these players, or even some further down on the list, make amazing strides and win all the money they may find themselves earning the prestigious title of World Series of Poker Player of the Year. The sprint to the finish begins when those who make the trek to Leon Tsoukernik's King's Casino take their seats on October 19.
  7. [caption width="640"] Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King's Casino, battles high-stakes mainstay Matt Kirk in Nevada courts[/caption] Clark County's Eighth Judicial Court ruled for a partial dismissal in the ongoing court battle between high-stakes grinder Matthew Kirk and the owner of King's Casino, Leon Tsoukernik. The lawsuit, filed by Kirk, seeks to recover $2,000,000 of an alleged $3,000,000 loan Kirk gave to Tsoukernik during a heads-up battle at the Aria Hotel & Casino this spring just prior to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. According to court documents obtained by PocketFives.com, on the morning of May 27 2017, Kirk and Tsoukernik were engaged in a high-stakes heads-up poker game that seemingly was going Kirk's way. So much so that on four occasions during that session, Kirk “loaned casino chips to Mr. Tsoukernik so that Mr. Tsoukernik could continue playing the heads-up poker game against Mr. Kirk.” In total, Kirk handed over $3,000,000 in chips to Tsoukernik. At the conclusion of the match, Tsourkernik seemingly refused to pay the amount back and only after “repeated demands” handed over $1,000,000 on June 3 to Kirk. Looking to obtain the remaining $2,000,000 debt, Kirk filed a lawsuit in the state of Nevada will allegations of “breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraudulent inducement, and unjust enrichment.” Partial Dismissal & Nevada Revised Statue 463.361(1) Tsourkernik's legal team looked to have the entire lawsuit dismissed, mainly, on the back of Nevada Revised Statue 463.361(1). The basic breakdown of NRS 463.361(1) is that the state does not enforce gaming debts between non-licensed parties. For licensed parties (e.g. major casinos) there are legal remedies should someone opt not to pay back a gaming debt. But for two unlicensed participants like Kirk and Tsoukernik, their early morning heads-up battle and subsequent loaning of chips is classified by the state as a gaming debt as there was money won and lost. That gaming debt, and therefore the “contract” between them, is not legally enforceable. In response to the motion, Kirk claimed that the loaning of the physical chips was not, in and of itself, the gaming debt and therefore needed to be repaid. The court determined that, no matter the currency, it didn't change the nature of the debt. The court therefore dismissed Kirk's claims of “breach of contract” and “breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.” Tsoukernik Not Off The Hook Even though Tsourkernik had counts 1-8 dismissed and had the debt declared a nonenforceable gaming debt, the court found the Kirk had enough to proceed with the lawsuit on the final two allegations of “fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment.” Fraudulent inducement is, essentially, the entering of an agreement by one party with no actual intent on holding up their end of the bargain. While the Court has deemed that it would not enforce an illegal or unenforceable contract, such as the gaming debt here, that it is not without exception. In this case, there was no illegality, no “serious moral turpitude” and Kirk's allegation that Tsourkernik had no intention of paying him back from the very start is at the very least viable, citing text messages from Tsourkernik to Kirk allegedly sent less than 20 minutes after the match, where Tsourkernik acknowledges that he took the money but stating that the debt is invalid. Here's a look at what constitutes “Fraudulent Inducement”, according to the court document: “First, a false representation; second, knowledge that the representation is false; third, an intent to induce consent to contract; fourth, justifiable reliance on the misrepresentation; and fifth, damages resulting from such a reliance.” Basically, Kirk is claiming that Tsourkernik represented that he would pay him back and took the money with no intention to do so because he thought that recovering the debt would be completely unenforceable. Finally, Kirk's claim of “unjust enrichment” was also survived. If “fraudulent inducement” is proven, then it stands that it could be found that Tsourkernik also had “greatest moral fault” in the incident and therefore, by not paying back $2,000,000 of the debt, has been unjustly enriched. In Summary The first eight counts relating to the breach of contract claims have been dismissed. The Court views the agreement as an unenforceable gaming debt between the two parties. That said, if Tsourkernik was banking on that when he entered the gaming debt, Kirk still has remedies available to him and therefore the final two counts of fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment can proceed. Matthew 'Aussie Matt' Kirk, is still playing in the Las Vegas high-roller scene having appeared on the reboot of Poker After Dark in August while Tsourkernik, as the owner of King's Casino, is preparing to host the World Series of Poker Europe in Rozadov, Czech Republic starting on October 19. The two have even played against each other on partypoker's high stakes cash games.
  8. [caption width="640"] The Punta Cana Poker Classic offers players a little bit of poker paradise[/caption] “Sun, fun, amazing poker and good people...” As the Punta Cana Poker Classic (PCPC) enters its eighth year, Phil Nagy, President of the PCPC, says players can expect more of the same good times they've experienced in the past when the five-day festival kicks off on October 24. “...and a bar at the cash games,” Nagy adds. “It makes for better games.” The desirable tropical destination of the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana combined with a full slate of cash and tournament poker action has made the PCPC one of the most anticipated poker vacations of the year. Besides the guaranteed great weather and incredible amenities, the PCPC boasts prize pools worth playing for including their $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event, the $1K Second Chance, the $3200 High Roller and new for 2017, something extra for players that like to test their heads-up skills. “Every year we like to switch things up,” Nagy said “This year we have a multi-day high-stakes heads-up tournament that runs basically all day. As soon as two people sign up, they'll play to move on to Day 2.” The new event, along with the constant refinement in the PCPC marquee events, is a direct result of Nagy being open to the wants of his player base, one that consists of a wide international gathering that the festival has historically enjoyed. “We definitely have built a following over the years for an overall great tournament that lets you take a break from the regular casino grind,” Nagy explained about the festival's evolution. “But listening to what the customer wants and letting it evolve into what people wanted it to be. It's amazing what happens when you just listen to your customers and do what they ask you to do to.” This includes the experience away from the table. The PCPC is headed into its second year at the Melia Caribe Tropical Resort, providing an all-inclusive experience (except for the poker buy-ins). With a year under the PCPC's belt, players can expect an even smoother experience between the poker and the outdoor pools with Nagy and his team constantly working to enhance the player experience. “We made some changes to the restaurants, more nightlife, and some super-secret fun stuff,” Nagy said. “Most importantly year after year our customer knows what quality experience they can expect. I joke about being the 'King of the PCPC' but we really work to make the players the Kings and Queens.” When it comes to those 'super-secret' activities planned, Nagy wouldn't budge “You'll have to ask your VIP Host, Irene.” Looking to the future of the festival Nagy seems hopefully for another historically successful event. In addition to all of the action, “I'm hoping to see some new faces...and beer pong,” Nagy added, “Two years ago it was amazing and I'm looking to bring that one back.” The 2017 Punta Cana Poker Classic takes place from October 24-29 with the $500,000 Guaranteed Main Event kicking off on October 25.
  9. [caption width="640"] 888poker returns to London for the 888Live London Poker Festival[/caption] Mark your calendars and book your flights as 888Live returns to the city of London from October 5-16. Hosted once again by one of the best casinos in London, Aspers Casino in Westfield, Stratford City, 888Live in London promises perpetual poker action and over $800,000 in guaranteed prize pools spread out over 10 events. With a wide variety of buy-ins and events, there are plenty of opportunities for players to get into the action. The 12-day festival is highlighted by a number of huge-value events. The kickoff event, the '888Live London Festival Opening Event', comes with a modest £220 buy-in that carries with it a massive £120,000 guarantee. The 888Live London Festival Main Event does one better offering £400,000 in guaranteed cash for its £1,100 entry fee. The festival also contains a High Roller, Pot Limit Omaha and Ladies Tournament. Also, live versions of 888poker's popular online tournaments The Swordfish, The Whale and Lightning Six Max will run. 888poker ambassadors will be out in full force to play host and compete on the felt. Poker personality Kara Scott, Swedish superstar Sofia Lovgren, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche and the most successful online poker player in history, Chris '888Moorman' Moorman will all be on hand, and, often times, in hands. To keep the action moving at a quick pace, 888poker is debuting their new shot clock. No more staring into oblivion while an opponent tanks incessantly for minutes at a time. The shot clock keeps the game humming right along, allowing players 30 seconds at a time to make decisions, ensuring a faster-paced game and more hands per hour. When the clock expires, so does your hand. But it's not as if there's no mercy when it comes to the shot clock as sometimes there are decisions need a little extra consideration. Players are allotted a number of time extensions, which can be used when faced with a tougher spot, like when you are unexpectedly check-raised on a river you thought you just bet for value. As is usual with 888poker, there are plenty of ways for you to qualify for the biggest events of the series. Of course, players are welcome to simply buy their tickets directly but if you are one who wants to take a shot at, as UK's William Kassouf would say, getting “in for the min to get the max” there are plenty of satellite options. Online satellites start for as little as 1¢ and you can work your way up and step into qualifiers for both the 888Live Opening Event as well as the £1,100 Main Event. Players can also head to the Aspers Caniso to participate in the live satellites. For the Opening Event players have nine shots costing only £30 and the Main Event has another seven opportunities to claim a seat for as little as £50. The 888Live London Festival is set to be one of their biggest yet with fast-paced poker action, plenty of opportunities to qualify and $800,000 up for grabs. For more information on 888Live London Festival, visit 888poker live events. 888Live London Festival Schedule of Events Start DateStart TimeTournamentBuy-InGuaranteed Prize Pool 10/215:00Satellite to Opening Event 1£303 seats 10/219:00Satellite to Opening Event 2£306 seats 10/315:00Satellite to Opening Event 3£303 seats 10/319:00Satellite to Opening Event 4£306 seats 10/415:00Satellite to Opening Event 5£303 seats 10/419:00Satellite to Opening Event 6£306 seats 10/515:00Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1£306 seats 10/518:00888Live London Opening Event 1A£220£120,000 10/615:00Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1£306 seats 10/618:00888Live London Opening Event 1B£220£120,000 10/712:00Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1£306 seats 10/714:00888Live London Opening Event 1C£220£120,000 10/718:00888Live London Opening Event 1D£220£120,000 10/813:00888 Live London Opening Event Final£220£120,000 10/818:00The Hurricane£50£5,000 10/914:00Satellite to Main Event£502 seats 10/918:00The Swordfish£60£3,000 10/920:00Satellite to Main Event£503 seats 10/1014:00Satellite to Main Event£503 seats 10/1018:00The Turbo Deepstack£80£8,888 10/1020:00Satellite to Main Event£503 seats 10/1114:00Satellite to Main Event£502 seats 10/1118:00The Lightning 8-Max£60- 10/1120:00Satellite to Main Event Day 1£503 seats 10/1119:00High Roller Day 1£2,200£50,000 10/1215:00Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1£1005 seats 10/1217:00High Roller Final Day£2,200£50,000 10/1218:00888Live London Main Event 1A£1,100£400,000 10/1315:00Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1£1005 seats 10/1318:00888Live London Main Event 1B£1,100£400,000 10/1413:00Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1£1005 seats 10/1415:00888Live London Main Event 1C£1,100£400,000 10/1420:00Omaha Pot Limit£150- 10/1514:00888Live London Main Event Day 2£1,100£400,000 10/1517:00The Whale£110£10,000 10/1519:00Ladies Event£55£10,000 10/1614:00888Live London Main Event Final-£400,000
  10. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Eclipse offers over 0,000 in guarantees on Saturday.[/caption] The penultimate day of 888poker's XL Eclipse was one of their biggest yet. With over $300,000 in guarantees spread over 13 tournaments, including a trio of 6-Max tournaments, there was plenty of money up for grabs before Sunday's super-sized schedule and the $1,500,000 XL Eclipse Main Event. While not the biggest tournament score of the day, Russia's 'Kaktus26rus' took down the first event on Saturday, Event #168 ($109 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE), for $4,576. If that screen name sounds familiar it may be because just two days ago he made headlines by taking his first XL Eclipse title along with $26,000. Saturday's victory puts the red-hot Russian in the exclusive two-time champions club and primed to make a run at Sunday's Main Event. In what has become routine over the course of the series, Sweden superstar 'tutten7' found himself at another final table, finishing in seventh place. The day's largest haul belonged to Brazil's Rui 'Grobbshinit' Rodrigues who outlasted the 310 runners in the afternoon's headlining tournament, Event #176 ($160 $60,000 6-Max). His $18,183 first place finish not only marks the largest cash of his career, it more than doubles his recorded lifetime totals which, prior to this event, was $14,000. His last recorded cash prior to Saturday: $8. 'ARARAT800' had an enviable day at the online felts as well. While the Swedish grinder, and XL Eclipse winner, didn't take home any titles today, 'ARARAT800' did make two final tables, agreeing to final table deals in both. First, in Event #173 ($55 $25,000 Saturday R&A NLHE) a three-way deal was struck. 'tTtexa' was crowned the winner taking home $4,128.33 and their first XL Eclipse title. PocketFiver 'omgjefmonier' added to his $3.2 million in lifetime earnings when he took second for just over $4,000 while 'ARARAT800' took $3,973.30, $1000 more than the original 3rd place prize. Later in the day, 'ARARAT800' chopped up Event #180 ($55 $10,000 Turbo 6-Max NLHE). In this contest, although he officially was the runner-up, he took home more money, $2,210.04, than the eventual winner, 'Ttliquorshop' who surrendered a mere $13.04, banking $2,196.96. The last of XL Eclipse's 197 events wrap up on Sunday with over $2,300,000 of guaranteed prize pools over the last 17 events. XL Eclipse Day 14 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 168$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]Kaktus26rus$4,576 169$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]moments3$3,067.50 170$50,000 Octopus NLHE$215][poker card="TD"]varonislv$14,620.50 171$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]g3r4rrrr$2,835 172$25,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]ribamech15$5,063.25 173$25,000 Saturday R&A NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]tTtexa$4,128.33* 174$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]22theman22$2,850 175$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]SirHennie$3,838 176$60,000 6-Max NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]Grobbshinit$18,183 177$15,000 Mini 6-Max NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]fjreis$2,495.69* 178$25,000 Saturday Challenge NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]n0sferatv$5,565.10 179$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]simonblondi$3,355.84* 180$10,000 Turbo 6-Max NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]TTliquorshop$2,196.96* * denotes final table deal
  11. [caption width="640"] Two More WCOOP Events Wrapped Up On Friday/[/caption] Former PocketFives.com worldwide #1-ranked player Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen has finally captured his first WCOOP title in Event #40-High ($530 5-Card PLO 6-Max) on Friday. According to the Pokerstars blog, it was Hunichen's fifth trip to a WCOOP final table, twice before he made it to heads-up play, but he previously hadn't been able to take home the trophy. This time though, while sitting at yet another stacked final table, 'Big Huni' finally got the big win he'd been grinding for. Hunichen celebrates with over $53,000 for first and the ability to finally call himself a WCOOP champion. Sitting with Hunichen at the final table were a number of PocketFives.com ranked players including Brazil's 'LgwZ' whose 3rd place finish and healthy $27,515.62 payday pushes him ever-closer to achieving $500k in lifetime earnings. In 4th place finished another former #1-ranked player, the prolific Mike 'munchenHB' Telker. Telker took home nearly $20,000 as he continues to climb to the massive milestone of $8 million in earnings. WCOOP Event #43-High ($215+R No Limit Hold'em 3-Max, Turbo, Zoom) also featured a bit of a redemption story. 'MLS20', who just one week ago fell just short of claiming a WCOOP title, found himself back at a final table, playing for heaps. This time though, someone else would have to take second as 'MLS' won out, taking home the $74,098.39 for first by defeating Pocketfiver Thomas 'kksuckaa' Hoang heads-up. Hoang though, while perhaps a little disappointed, did manage a career-best score with his $42, 780.35 payday. Also of note, the third wheel of the 3-max final table was 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table participant Damian 'pampa27' Salas, winning over $24,000 Event #40 (High): $530 5-Card PLO 6-Max Entries: 609 Prize pool: $304,500 Places paid: 77 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $53,537.37 WhatIfGod - $38,381.06 LgwZ - $$27,515,62 munchenHB - $$19,726.08 legenden - $14,141,74 RuiNF - $10,138.29 Trabelsi - $7,956.15 Event #43 (High): $215+R No Limit Hold’em (3-Max, Turbo, Zoom) Entries: 820 Prize pool: $428,330 Places Paid: 98 MLS20 - $74,098.39 KKsuckAA - $42,780.35 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - $24,699.22
  12. [caption width="640"] A pair of PocketFivers claimed their second titles during 888poker's XL Eclipse[/caption] On Saturday, during their online mega-series XL Eclipse, 888poker offered three different versions of their popular signature “Crazy 8” event while providing over $330,000 in guarantees. The combination of both helped make Saturday one of the most popular days so far as a completed full week of XL Eclipse action is in the books. The marquee event of the day was Event #86 ($88 $88,000 Crazy 8 NLHE). Boasting the largest guarantee of the day at $88,000, the themed tournament drew 610 runners (and their 415 rebuys). In the end, it would be '_Lord_Xenu_' who defeated PocketFiver'OverTheTop43'for the largest take home cash of the evening at $16,456. 'OverTheTop43', while denied his 2nd title in as many days, earned $12,100 – almost three times as much as his victory score on Friday. The mini version of the “Crazy Eight” contest, Event #87 ($8.80 $20,000 Mini Crazy 8) became one of the more popular tournaments of the series so far attracting 1666 players. Brazil's 'caci53' ended up on top, turning less than $10 into $3781.40 in an afternoon. Chris '888Moorman' Moorman, 888poker ambassador and one of the most successful online player in history, was in the running to capture his first XL Eclipse title of this series, making the final table in Event #80 ($215 $50,000 Octopus NLHE). Moorman though would fall short, falling in third place for just over $9,000 while '1LevelAbove' would go on to defeat 'FlatTopTony' heads-up for $15,916.50, the bulk of the (aptly named) Octopus' $78,600 prize pool. PocketFivers, once again, excelled on Saturday with a pair of online pros taking their second titles of the series in the first week. Ukraine's #5-ranked player, 'Gswarrior30', was the champion of Event #79 ($55 $15,000 Breeze NLHE) for just over $3,000. His victory led to his second 4-figure score in just three days. Also a newly crowned two-time winner is Argentinian grinder Christian 'progree69' Sampaoli. Sampaoli, who was a top-10 ranked player as recent as this year, scored just over $4,000 for his win in Event #89 ($109 $15,000 Tornado NLHE). Other PocketFives.com ranked members to close out their respective tournaments included Bogdan 'Ph4N888' Nicolae who closed out a final table that included the aforementioned Sampaoli and took home $5,504. Sweden's 'Namlleh' bested the first event of the day, Event #78 ($109 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max) for over $6,600 – one of the largest cashes of the day. XL Eclipse Day 7 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 78$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]Namlleh$6,656 79$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]GSwarrior30$3,067.50 80$50,000 Octopus NLHE$215][poker card="TD"]1LevelAbove$15,916.50 81$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]PascalLadale$2,835 82$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]Fukuruku$4,143.12* 83$25,000 R&A NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Ph4N888$5,504 84$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]moven050$2,850 85$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]CoinShipper$3,870 86$88,000 Crazy 8$88][poker card="TD"]_Lord_Xenu_$16,456 87$20,000 Mini Crazy 8$8.80][poker card="TD"]caci532,168.32 88$25,000 Saturday Challenge NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Habilidade0$5,766.50 89$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]progree69$4,025 90$15,000 Turbo Crazy 8 NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Matheussulz$3,219.75 * denotes final table deal
  13. [caption width="640"] Knockdown, drag-out action over at 888poker during XL Eclipse on Friday.[/caption] There were bounty hunters abound during the 888poker XL Eclipse schedule on Friday. For the first time since the start of the series, players had an extra incentive to go for the kill in the form of bounty tournaments. In fact, as not to overwork players before a massive online poker weekend, there were only eleven tournaments on tap, three of which were of the popular bounty format. Current Worldwide #3-ranked player, 'tutten7', was back in action poised for his second title of the XL Eclipse series in Event #73 ($30,000 Knockout NLHE) the largest tournament on Friday's schedule. The Swedish phenom had a roughly 2:1 chip lead in the middle of heads-up play but was upended late by Lithuanian's 'Apsauginis' who, in a matter of hands, took the lead and closed out the tournament for the top prize of the day, $6135 (+$328 in bounties). As the runner-up, 'tutten7' banked $4,500 (+$328 in bounties) which should push his lifetime online total to over $7.5 million. Event #75 ($35 $25,000 Challenge NLHE) was the best bang-for-your-buck tournament of the day with its modest buy-in and aggressive guarantee. It attracted the most runners of any tournament on the schedule with 824 entries, all of which were faded by Brazil's 'Naollmin' who turned his $35 into $4,772,60 with his victory. PocketFives members were well represented in the winner's circle on this day capturing no fewer than four titles. Former top-ten ranked online player 'overthetop43' chopped up the first event of the day, Event #67 ($109 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE), capturing the title but taking a little less, $4051.13, than 'ihavenoboss', who came in 2nd. Gytis 'peledazmogis' Lazauninkas scored victory in Event #68 ($55 $15,000 Breeze NLHE) as did Ukraine's 'Bestolo4' in Event #69 ($30 $15,000 Deepstack NLHE). In the theme of the day, it was Finland's 'gifuhorna' who racked up the bounties and the win in Event #75 ($10,000 Turbo Knockout NLHE) adding $2,311.25 (+ $250 in bounties) to his already over $3 million in lifetime cashes. XL Eclipse Day 6 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 67$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]OverTheTop43$4,051.13* 68$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]peledazmogis$3,067.50 69$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]Bestolo4$3,007.76 70$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]germaxii$4,708.50 71$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]GOLDandVODKA$2,910.60 72$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Ezreaal$3,838 73$30,000 Knockout NLHE$150][poker card="TD"]Apsauginis2,168.32 (+ $328) 74$15,000 Mini Knockout NLHE$35][poker card="TD"]PhilreadsU$3,271.87 (+ $82.50) 75$25,000 Friday Challenge NLHE$35][poker card="TD"]Naollmin$4,772.60 76$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]Baistimo$3,613.37* 77$10,000 Turbo Knockout NLHE$75][poker card="TD"]gifuhorna$2,311.25 (+ $240) * denotes final table deal
  14. [caption width="640"] XL Eclipse continues to offer more action everyday at 888poker[/caption] XL Eclipse was in full swing on Wednesday, offering up another hefty slate of online tournaments with enticing guarantees to match. 888poker fired up another 13 events of their September poker series and with them nearly a quarter million dollars was up for grabs. While not the biggest buy-in of the day at $109, the largest prize offering was in Event #47. The Eight Max No Limit Hold’em format offered a $50,000 guarantee which was quickly annihilated as the 607 entrants (and their 325 rebuys) helped almost double the promised prize pool. The tournament went late into the night until finally ’RendOss’ defeated ‘ALLin_Ranger’ heads-up to claim the $17,428.40 payday, easily the largest of the day. Event #44 ($160 $20,000 Crocodile) saw Zimbabwe’s own ‘Triple_20’ take on a stacked final table for his first place prize of $6,159. ‘Magicooo22’, who chopped up this same tournament just two days ago, found his way to 4th place while former #1-ranked online player Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren bowed out in 7th. Rounding out the final table was avid Twitch streamer Courtney ‘courtiebee’ Gee, who took 9th. A number of other PocketFivers claimed victory in Wednesday’s action including Stephen ‘sizzlinbetta’ Reynolds, who toppled the largest XL Eclipse field of the day when he outlasted the 1,143 runners in Event #48 ($12 $10,000 Mini 8-Max). Additionally, Argentina’sIvan ‘ivanascasubi’ Vilchez, Sweden’s ‘Ipool’ (who also finished 3rd in Event #47) and ‘vampa500’ from Belarus all went on to win on Day 4 . XL Eclipse Day 4 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 41$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]myhometown$5,252 42$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Ipoo1$3,217.86* 43$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]Ladzsos$3,240.58* 44$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]Triple_20$6,159.75 45$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]urinal42$3,693.85 46$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Fullhousebob$4,776.80* 47$50,000 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]RendOss5$17,428.40 48$10,000 Mini 8-Max NLHE$12][poker card="TD"]Sizzlinbetta$3,503.20 49$30,000 Wednesday Challenge NLHE$35][poker card="TD"]pAAdentr0$6,860.16 50$15,000 Tornado NLHE$35][poker card="TD"]Dontundersta$4,393 51$10,000 Turbo 8-Max NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]vampa500$3,244.72 52$20,000 Americas NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]Mekaljevic$5,857.50 53$5,000 Turbo Americas NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]ivanascasubi$1,677.50 * denotes final table deal
  15. [caption width="640"] XL Eclipse provided an action packed Monday at 888poker[/caption] Monday brought with it a new slate of XL Eclipse tournaments over at 888poker. The online site sought to kick off the work week with $175,000 worth of guarantees spread out over 13 events, including the first Pot Limit Omaha offerings on the XL Eclipse schedule. Online players flocked to the 888poker tables, helping the series, once again, exceed their posted guarantees for the day by well over $50,000. All done, there was roughly $239,000 awarded from the XL Eclipse prize pools. 888poker ambassador Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot almost became the first two-time XL Eclipse winner. Talbot made a run at the top spot while of Event #27 ($109 $15,000 Tornado No Limit Hold'em). In the end though, Talbot was denied in a heads-up battle with the current #1 ranked player in the Ukraine, Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovsky. Talbot had to settle for a second place finish and $3,844 to go along with his victory Sunday. Online legend Chris 'moorman1' Moorman also made a deep run in the event, eventually finishing in 12th. The largest tournament of the day, Event #20 ($160 $20,000 Crocodile No Limit Hold'em), was on pace to offer the largest payout of the day, having exceeded its guarantee by over $10,000. A three-way deal at the final table between 'harrrmonica', 'germaxii' and the eventual winner 'Magicooo22' flattened out the payouts at the top. Even with the deal, longtime online grinder 'Magicooo22' still walked with over $5,000, good for one of the four largest payouts of the day. Also, of note, Nicolas 'PKaiser' Fierro – the current #10-ranked online poker player in the PocketFives.com worldwide rankings – walked away with a victory in Event #17 ($109 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max) as did fellow PocketFivers Kevin 'kevlar1991' Frame and 'pokerdave128'. XL Eclipse Day 2 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 17$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]PKaiser$5,564 18$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]pokerdave128$3,780.43 20$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160Magicooo22$5,154.61* 21$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]vavilonu4$3,855.33 22$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]LarsTheGreat$5,657.55 23$15,000 Omaha PLO$109][poker card="TD"]lilcownz$3,900 24$5,000 Mini Omaha PLO$12][poker card="TD"]lebeniss$953.59* 25$10,000 Monday Royal NLHE$22][poker card="TD"]kkrotov$2,300.29* 26$10,000 Monday Flush NLHE$22][poker card="TD"]kevlar1991$2,531.25 27$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]Romeopro33$5,332 28$15,000 Snap NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]F_Uuu$3,225 29$5,000 Mini Snap NLHE$5][poker card="TD"]kuro555$1,073.71 * denotes final table deal
  16. [caption width="640"] The 2017 Punta Cana Poker Classic is right around the corner[/caption] Paradise seekers get ready: the Punta Cana Poker Classic is right around the corner. Bountiful beaches and jam-packed poker action, the five-day affair is a dream poker vacation for both players and adventure seekers alike. Check out a few reasons why perhaps you should consider hopping a flight to the “Coconut Coast” and play some poker in the Dominican Republic's lap of luxury, Punta Cana. 1. Non-Stop Poker It's five days of non-stop big-time action at the poker tables and whether you are a high roller or a heads-up aficionado the Punta Cana Poker Classic provides a little something for everyone. You can jump right into the PCPC main event ($1,500 + $150 No Limit Hold'em) or take your shots at a satellite for just about every event, including the two-day High Roller ($3,200 No Limit Hold'em). If that's not enough card squeezing for you, the 13-event PCPC offers a number of one-day Turbo events, a $1K Second Chance and, of course, the debut of live versions of Sit & Go 2.0. But if you want more than poker, you can always check out... 2. The beautiful beaches of Punta Cana Palm trees and white sand beaches, Punta Cana's renown coastline is revered as one of the most visually stunning and inviting the Dominican Republic has to offer. From walks on the soft white sand to exploring more of the secluded portions of the 32 km coastline, if you are a beach freak the various hot spots in Punta Cana are something you are going to want to experience for yourself. But if sun and sand aren't your idea of a good time you can always find something to do at... 3. The Melia Caribe Tropical Resort When you are going on a “poker vacation” it’s imperative that you take good care of the “vacation” aspect of your trip and, by all accounts, the Melia Caribe Tropical package has everything one would want in a getaway. Boasting nine outdoor pools to relax in, all inclusive dining and drinks (even the good stuff), spas to help you get over those stressful all-in calls and a clean, comfortable room full of tropical opulence, the “vacation” aspect of your trip is in good hands. Of course, if you're the adventurous type there's plenty of... 4. Activities Outside The Resort Like any great vacation destination, in addition to plentiful poker, Punta Cana offers experiences you won't soon forget. Hit the links at Cap Cana, visit the Altos de Chavón Amphitheatre, swim with the dolphins at the Dolphin Explorer seaside park, visit the Manati Park zoo as well as adrenaline pumping activities like scuba-diving, snorkling, zip-lining, deep-sea sport fishing and more. But if all of these aren't quite enough, here's 500,000 more reasons to check out the PCPC... 5. $500,000 Main Event Guarantee The Punta Cana Poker Classic seemingly has everything you would want in a tropical poker destination and that includes a healthy $500,000 guarantee on their 4-day Main Event. With 50 minute levels and a 20k starting stack, there's plenty of room to maneuver en route to what should be a 6-figure first place prize. If, by chance, you happen to get too “cooled off”, there's both 7 levels of re-entry and event a Second Chance event so you can stay in action all week long. Make your plans early to visit poker paradise as the Punta Cana Poker Classic gets underway from October 24-29.
  17. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Eclipse hopes to have a set of tournaments in everybody's range.[/caption] Just because you may not be firing multiple bullets into 888poker's XL Eclipse biggest events, doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of amazing value to be found in the super-sized online poker series. With 197 events to choose from, spread out over 15 days, starting on September 10, there is bound to be a few tournaments that are perfect for your buy-in level and sleep schedule. After scouring the schedule, we've procured a near perfect list of the tournaments that will go for huge payouts with a modest buy-in. So, value-seekers and low-stakes shot-takers take note, here's our list of the 5 best tournaments you can enter for less than the price of a movie ticket. When: September 10 What: $50,000 Mini Opening Event Buy-in: $12 Essentials: 15k starting stack, 15-minute levels, unlimited rebuys allowed through 200 minutes. The XL Eclipse gets off to a fast start with this lower buy-in, high-guarantee large field tournament. Sure, there's going to be plenty of runners to fade, but it's hard to find a tournament where you can get such a massive multiple on your money with a victory. When: September 11 What: $5,000 Mini Snap Buy-in: $5 Essentials: 10k starting stack, 6-minute levels, unlimited rebuys allowed through 80 minutes. The $5,000 Mini Snap is going to be one of the best guarantees at it's modest “cup of coffee” price point. Sure, it's turbo with blinds going up every 6 minutes but there may be no faster way to score four-figures for a fiver. When: September 16 What: $20,000 Mini Crazy 8 Buy-in: $8.88 Essentials: 8,888k starting stack, 15-minute levels, unlimited rebuys allowed through 180 minutes. The popular World Series of Poker Crazy Eights tournament presents itself in its smallest iteration. When: September 17 What: $25,000 Mini Tune Up Buy-in: $12 Essentials: 15k starting stack, 15-minute levels, unlimited rebuys allowed through 200 minutes. As the series begins to ramp up into the bigger buy-in events, the Mini Tune Up offers you one of the last chances to score big on a lower buy-in. When: September 18 What: $3,000 Mini ShowMe! Buy-in: $5 Essentials: 10k starting stack, 10-minute levels, no re-buys. “What did you have?” is not a question that will be asked during this tournament. The value in this tournament is with the “ShowMe!” format where all players are able to see the winning cards, every single hand. It's a small price for a lot of information in a tournament that is bound to be incredibly fun. If these tournaments are still outside of your price range, don't worry. 888poker is providing opportunities to satellite into some of the events for as little as $0.50. If, on the other hand, you couldn't be bothered to play a schedule of such a minuscule magnitude, make sure you check out the 5 biggest buy-in tournaments happening during the XL Eclipse series. If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  18. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Eclipse offers some of the biggest online buy-ins of the season.[/caption] 888poker's massive online tournament series XL Eclipse is right around the corner. With over 197 events in a scant 15 days, starting on Sunday, September 10, and over $9 million in guaranteed money up for grabs, the schedule of events has more than earned it's XL moniker. While there is something for everybody in the varied schedule, for the high-rolling online tournament community it's going to be a September to remember. So whether you are a high-stakes reg or an enthusiastic railbird, mark your calendars for these, the five biggest tournaments on the XL Eclipse schedule. When: September 10 & 17 What: The Whale Buy-in: $1,050 Essential info: 15k starting stack, 20-minute levels, 5 rebuys max allowed through 240 minutes. The Whale is a staple on the 888poker schedule as it is, being run every other week with a $150,000 guarantee. To make things a little more special, for the duration of the XL Eclipse series, the Whale will run in back to back weeks and there is an additional $100,000 in guaranteed money added to both tournaments. When: September 12 What: $500,000 High Roller Buy-in: $2,100 Essential info: 20k starting stack, 20-minute levels, 5 rebuys maximum allowed through 270 minutes. It doesn't take long for the series to bring out the elite players offering a massive guarantee on the 2nd highest buy-in of the entire series on the 2nd day. In terms of buy-ins the $500,000 High Roller is only eclipsed by... When: September 19 What: $500,000 Super High Roller Buy-in: $5,200 Essential info: 20k starting stack, 20-minute levels, 5 rebuys maximum allowed through 270 minutes. With one of the largest buy-ins of any tournament series all year, you can be sure that this tournament will bring out the best in class of tournament poker. Look no further than the first name to sign up: 'tutten7' - you might know him as 'lena900', three-time #1-ranked online poker player (current #2). Then, of course, there is the Main Event. When: September 24 What: $1,500,000 XL Eclipse Main Event Buy-in: $1,050 Essential info: 20k starting stack, 20-minute levels, unlimited rebuys allowed through 300 minutes. With a hefty guarantee like $1,500,000 and the healthy schedule of the satellites feeding into the XL Main Event, somebody is going to win life-changing money as the series wraps up. If these big time events are out of your pay grade, don't worry as there are still 192 other events that may suit your needs.
  19. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' holds down the #1 spot yet again this week[/caption] It’s another week in the top spot for ‘C Darwin2’ but due to a week where the Swedish powerhouse put in very light volume his one-time seemingly insurmountable stranglehold on the PocketFives.com Rankings has been reduced to just 218.46 PLB points. And when the man chasing you down is the #2-ranked WCOOP Main Event Champion, Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, a lead of that size can evaporate at any time. Unlike ‘C Dawrin2’, van Zadelhoff has been on the grind, surging upwards in points, closing in on the 10,000 plateau with the help of scores like his victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $15,000. The #3 and #4 spots remain the same from last week as well, with six-time Triple Crown winner ‘lena900’ and the #1-ranked Russian ‘josef_shvejk’ holding down their respective spots. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez pushed back into the top five thanks in part to a deep-ish run in the partypoker MILLIONS where he finished in 36th place for just over $25,000. Swapping places with Gonzalez is the #3-ranked Swedish player, ‘Sheater’ who just last week celebrated the massive milestone of crossing the $9 million lifetime earnings mark. Russian‘hellohellohello’ leaped back into the top 10 this week. The former #2-ranked grinder jumped 5 spots from last week thanks to a pair of top 3 qualifying finishes including an overall victory in the Sunday 500 on December 10 for over $30,000 and 406.82 PLB points. The #8-ranked Andreas ’r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren put in work this week, making the money no fewer than 28 times with five final tables. While fellow Swedish countryman, and the 5th member of the Swedish contingency to sit in the top 10, Johannes ‘Greenstone 25’ Korsar, climbed back into the #9 position, just three spots from his all-time high. Russian online destroyer‘veeea’ pushes his way back into the top 10. The former Worldwide #1 took down the PokerStars Daily 500 on December 12 for over $14,000 and a healthy 265.52 PLB score helping him surpass Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth, who falls outside of the Top 10 by a mere 18.11 points. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao’s decline continues as he also falls outside the Top 10 to the #12 spot. This obviously has little to do with his talent, which is unquestioned, and everything to do with a lack of online play for the better part of a month. Other notable moves in the Top 25 include major jumps from ‘DeathbyQuads’, who surged from the #25 spot up to #14, as well as Jonatan ‘Pot4teUS’ Hellman, who went from #24 to #15. Also, re-entering the Top 25 is ‘Ariados’ who last week sat just outside at #26 and this week finds himself ranked #20. All three of these players hail from Sweden. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,118.961 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,900.502 3lena9008,727.483 4josef_shvejk7,632.144 5Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,416.055 6Sheater7,354.825 7hellohellohello7,339.4912 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,324.628 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,186.3310 10veeea7,133.9511 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,115.849 12Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,923.767 13Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,805.5513 14DeathbyQuads6,802.2925 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,785.5324 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,754.8416 17DamageAP6,706.6122 18Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk6,604.1015 19Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,513.3721 20'Ariados'6,504.0026 21Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,474.0314 22rolandbauer6,473.5323 23nilsef6,444.4820 24Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,419.6217 25Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,402.4018
  20. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz kicked off the High Rollers Series with a win in Event #1 (WPT photo)[/caption] The PokerStars High Rollers series wrapped up on December 4 completing a comprehensive 22-event schedule with over $10,000,000 in guarantees. If participation is an indicator of success, the High Rollers Series certainly proved there was ample space in the marketplace for such an event as 20 of the 22 events had no problem generating prize pools greater than their guarantees. As expected, the action was more than enough to bring out some of the best and brightest stars in the game to compete creating a number of highlights throughout the week. Main Event Deal Making In the Main Event, Event #19 ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em, $2M Gtd) after navigating a field of 1,135 entrants, a four-way deal was struck giving Finland’s ‘Sanderssi’ first place and the lion share of the $2,270,00 prize pool with a $294,685 payday. For Germany’s ‘jutrack’, the third bullet was a charm as his runner-up finish brought in $226,162 while both‘Maz&Yauskas’ from the UK and Canada’s ’MATT HOLVIK’ were also guaranteed no less than a quarter million in the deal. Holz gunna Holz Fortune smiled on the series early when one of the biggest names in the game, and the current undisputed “King Of The High Rollers”, Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz not only found his way into the event, despite his hectic travel schedule, but managed to do what he always seems to do - score another six-figure victory. Event #1 ($2100 No Limit Hold’em) was one of the two events to miss its guarantee, coming up roughly $116,000 short, but it could be argued that the media attention of having Holz score a victory right off the bat brought a much-needed reminder to the community and energized the series. Holz walked with $178,498 for first while Argentinian runner-up ‘88maca88’ was compensated with $134,058. World’s #1 ‘C Darwin2’ Destroys Event #3 As we’ve mentioned, it’s going to be hard for the rest of the world to catch the current reigningPocketFives.com Worldwide #1-ranked player, Sweden’s‘C Darwin2’ when he continues to post results like he did in the Event #3 ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive KO) of the High Rollers. The Progressive Knockouts have been a popular tournament for PokerStars and this event proved it by more than doubling the $250,000 guarantee. ‘C Darwin2’ not only won the tournament outright for the $45,290 first place prize but racked up a significant number of bounties, including his own by winning, and dragged another $42,929 in bounties on top. The next closest bounty hunter was Finland’s ‘€urop€an’ who collected $23,218 while finishing in fourth place and after him, there wasn’t another five-figure bounty hunter in the field. ’T-Macha’, 'MITS 304' Claim Two Titles UK player ’T-Macha’ may go on to be considered high roller royalty after his double-victory performance this week. He first found the winner’s circle in one of the largest Progressive Knockout tournaments of the year in Event #11 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em Progressive KO). The aggressive $1 million guarantee was shattered by $300,000 as 130 runners went for the kill in this two-day event. ’T-Macha’ not only won $142,470 for first but exceeded that total by collecting an additional $170,781 in bounties, including his own. Finishing this tournament was the aforementioned ‘€urop€an’ who, again, collected the second most bounties adding $69,062 to his second place prize of $110,281. Three days later ’T-Macha’ would again be victorious. This time in Event #15 ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em) where he would defeat Canada’s #2-ranked superstar Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk heads-up for another $156,377. Kruk, on his third entry, would take home $121,341 for second place. 'MITS 304', from Cyprus, accomplished two titles in two different disciplines. First, he chopped up Event #8 ($2,100 8-Max No Limit Hold'em) for $82,615 with the Netherlands' 'Elmagico19A1'and the Worldwide #15-ranked Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford. Then 'MITS 304' played some four card poker and won Event #20 ($2,100 6-Max Pot Limit Hold'em) outright, adding another $85,020 to his bankroll. PokerStars High Rollers Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 01$1,000,000 NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]CrownUpGuy$178,498 02$200K 5-Card PLO [6-Max]$2,100][poker card="TD"]BlackFortuna$54,404.19 03$250K 8-Max, Turbo, Progessive KO NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]C. Darwin2$45,290.72 + $42,929.67 04$400K 8-Max, Progressive KO NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]raidalot$45,470.53 + $60,187.50 05$200K 6-Max Shootout NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]23noraB$44,000 06$1,000,000 NLHE$10,300][poker card="TD"]PlayaPlz$258,639.41 07$400K Turbo, Progressive KO NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]SilliSuhonen$62,269.79 + $70,507.81 08$500K 8-Max NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]MITS 304$82,615.05* 09$500K 6-Max NLHE$5,200][poker card="TD"]Zagalo87$130,390.08 10$250K 6-Max, Turbo NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]GotURead$88,498.31 11$1,000,000 Progressive KO NLHE$10,300][poker card="TD"]T-Macha$142,470.84 + $170,781.25 12$400K Turbo NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]hello_totti$101,912.30 13$400K 6-Max NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]Graftekkel$80,061.07 14$250K NLHE$1,050+R][poker card="TD"]VbV1990$64,291.42 15$500K 8-Max NLHE$5,200][poker card="TD"]T-macha$156,377.32 16$200K 6-Max NLO8$2,100][poker card="TD"]BERRI SWEET$51,256.82 17$400K 3-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom NLHE$1,050OLD TIME GIN$37,309.92* + $28,375.45 18$500K Progressive KO NLHE$5,200][poker card="TD"]KuuL$118,256.62 + $125,537.10 19$2,000,000 Main Event NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]Sanderssi$294,685.23* 20$300K 6-Max PLO$2,100][poker card="TD"]MITS 304$85,020.23 21$500K 8-Max, Turbo NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]ruthless848$122,913.93 22$250K Wrap-Up NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]Storimos$76,354.04 * denotes final table deal
  21. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan, who plays out of Vancouver, takes over as the new Canadian #1. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some of the best online poker players in the world play from the confines of Canada. A breeding ground of some the game’s most influential players including Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Michel ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald. However, in the post-Black Friday scramble to keep the grind alive, many players from the U.S. moved north to set up shop so keep that in mind as we examine the current group that is the Canadian Top 10. Case in point, the new King In The North is actually from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (6,596.41 PLB points), who had been lying in wait in the #2 spot, ascended to take the top spot this month with a series of eye-popping scores including his victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 in late October for $49,153 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for another $54,307. The scoring surge not only pushed Drinan into the #1 spot in Canada but catapulted him back into the Top 20 in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #18. The roles have reversed for Canada’s former #1-ranked player, Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (6,182.05) who now trails Drinan by just over 400 PLB points. A closer look into the number though, reveals Kruk’s amazing staying power. Since we last took a hard look at the Canadian rankings, Kruk has put in very light volume, recording merely four scores - two of which were for over $30,000. In total, Kruk amassed over $73,000 in four tournaments including a third place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller on November 12 for $31,889 and then, the very next day, a victory in the partypoker High Roller for an additional $34,005. Should he continue to post results like these, Kruk may be in line for another stay atop the Canadian rankings. Currently, Kruk sits as the #26-ranked player in the world and is very likely to eclipse $2 million in lifetime earnings in the very near future. The #3 spot belongs to the most recent winner of the partypokerLive Millions Punta Cana, Toronto’s Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood (5515.83). Greenwood has been on a tear, both live and online, not only taking down the Main Event in Punta Cana, but finishing as the runner-up in the partypoker Punta Cana Super High Roller for $242,000 and, just days before that, banking another $124,100 for a third-place finish in the High Roller of the same series. While amazing, none of that factors into his current standing as the Canadian #3. Greenwood seemingly took most of October off from the online grind as he registered only a pair of scores, but he fired up the online client to get some reps in for Punta Cana in early November bringing in four four-figure scores and enough PLB points to hold his position - for now. Fewer than 84 points behind Greenwood sits Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville. Unlike some of his high-rolling colleagues, the #4-ranked Quenneville is a true grinder - posting results on a near daily basis from the mid-stakes schedule up through the PokerStars Sunday Million. To date in November, Quenneville has posted roughly 80 cashes, including a third-place finish in the $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic good for $5,252. His relentless schedule has him approximately $60,000 shy of achieving $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. The current #69-ranked Worldwide player, Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown (5,153.78) rounds out the Top Five. Brown has been crushing the month of November with 36 four-figure scores thus far. That doesn’t include his fifth-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for an additional $12,224. His productivity is sure to land him in the pages of the PocketFives.com Milestones column soon as he is set to hit $6 million in lifetime earnings any day now. Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang (5,067.09) has slid back a few spots in the past month or so and currently sits as the #6-ranked “Canadian”. Understandable though as the New York native has been putting in light volume since September, still benefiting (points wise) from his big PokerStars Sunday Million win back in late July. Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse (4,833.13) assumes the #7 spot as his ranking has been steadily on the rise. The new #1-ranked player in Ottawa has been putting in a ton of volume and posting a myriad of results on a daily basis. Not only is he appearing in the Canadian Top 10 this month, he recently just breached the Worldwide Top 100 rankings as well. Former #2-ranked player in the world, Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich (4,442.89) checks in at #8 still riding high off his PokerStars Sunday Million victory in mid-October where he won over $160,000 and accumulated a massive 1,090.69 point score. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski (4,321.57) continues to hold the #9 spot, trailing Dietrich by only 121.32 points and in November Samuel ‘Samuelbt’ Tsehai (4,192.15) scored victories in a pair PokerStars tournaments including the Bounty Builder for $4,757 and the Big $33 for $2,841 to climb into the final spot in the Top 10. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,596.41 2Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,182.05 3Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood5,515,83 4Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville5,432.14 5Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,153.78 6Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang5,067.09 7Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse4,833.13 8Mike 'Trans4m' Dietrich4,442.89 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,321.57 10Samuel 'Samuelbt' Tsehai4,192.12
  22. [caption width="640"] Lex Veldhuis takes down the Thursday Thrill for over ,000 while streaming the entire adventure on Twitch.[/caption] It was 1932, Major League Baseball teams the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs were battling in a hotly contested World Series when future Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth legendarily stood at the plate, pointed his bat to the outfield and predicted that he would crush a home run off Cubs pitcher Charlie Root. The very next pitch he did just that - sending a ball soaring over the ivy in center field at Wrigley Field. Ever since that moment, despite the controversy over whether it actually happened that way or not, the competitive fire in people have seen them “calling their shot.” Online poker legend in his own right, Team PokerStars Online pro Lex Veldhuis did just that on Thursday when he took to Twitter and declared that not only would he play the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill while streaming live on Twitch - he predicted he was going to win it outright. It's a moment in his already storied career that clearly he, and those watching, won't soon forget. "The fact it was Thanksgiving, it's my biggest win on stream, and people were there to remind me makes it a pretty memorable moment." Veldhuis, rarely content and always intense, will no doubt not be resting on his laurels. He may take a day off to celebrate and enjoy the win, but viewers can expect him to be back on the grind on his Twitch.tv channel on his regular five-day a week schedule.
  23. [caption width="640"] Sweden's best players also happen to be amongst the world's best.[/caption] When one thinks about the current state of poker domination, you may be tempted to default to the current crop of German players who have been crushing the live high-roller tournament scene. Names like Holz, Sontheimer and Kempe come to mind when you think about who may be vying for the best of the best. But when one turns their attention to the online poker landscape, at this point in poker history, there should be no doubt - it’s all about the Swedes. In fact, the core cadre of Swedish players is so prolific that each of the top 10 players in the Kingdom all occupy prominent spots, not just in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100, but in the top 50. The top spot, both in the country of Sweden as well as the Worldwide Rankings, is none other than the screenname all online grinders should know: ‘C Darwin2’. Currently in his seventh reign as the #1-ranked player in the world, his unquestioned dedication to the game has helped him recently surpass $7 million in lifetime earnings. The only player with over 10,000 PLB points (10,245.43), ‘C Darwin2’’s recent conquests include a pair of scores for over $50,000 in the past 30 days as well two outright victories in the month of November, one in the partypoker High Roller Turbo on November 4 for over $9,000 and again, less than a week later, in thePokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for another $16,000. His vice-like grip on the Swedish, and Worldwide, leaderboard has arguably extended his reputation from the current king of the hill into bonafide legend status. Looking up at ‘C Darwin2’, in the #2 spot in the Swedish rankings, is another true online genius in‘lena900’ (8,526.72). It was roughly one month ago when ‘lena900’ disrupted the 12-week tenure of ‘C Darwin2’ at #1, by assuming that position himself, if only for one week. Currently sitting at #3 in the Worldwide rankings, ‘lena900’ is on the precipice of eclipsing $8 million in lifetime earnings himself and although he’s trailing that top spot by over 1700 PLB points, the Swedish phenom has proved that should the opportunity arise, he has what it takes to ascend once again. A perfect example of which was his late October victory in the partypoker $530 High Roller ($200K) for $41,866.31 and 475.39 PLB points. Sweden’s current #3-ranked player is another veteran of the online poker community,‘Sheater’ (7,432.79). Hailing from the Sweden’s West Coast, ‘Sheater’, situated at #6 Worldwide, is also approaching a massive milestone as he approaches $9 million in lifetime earnings. His recent string of triple-digit PLB point accumulations is highlighted by his fourth-place finish on Halloween in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for over $23,000. Gothenburg’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren (7,277.98) takes the #4 spot in the wake of eight top 3 finishes over the course of 69 cashes thus far in November. Berggren, like those mentioned before him, is also a current member of the PocketFives.com Top 10, holding on to #8 Worldwide, but is only a heater away from moving up. The latest member of the $10 million club, Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (6,919.41) rounds out the Swedish Top 5. The elite grinder is looking to move up the ranks with the assistance this week’s victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $59,180 (519.62 points) and his third place finish in the Sunday 500 for another $19,338 (229.89) points. In total, just in the month of November, Korsar has accumulated five 5-figure cashes helping push his earning to over $160,000. ‘Pot4teUS’(#6),‘inhoo’ (#7) and ‘DeathbyQuads’ (#8) all are within 100 PLB points of each other and all are members of the Worldwide Top 20. Though ’Pot4teUS’ is on the cusp of achieving $5 million in lifetime earnings, ’inhoo’ and ‘DeathbyQuads’ have both notched five-figure scores in November making it so that any of these three players are threats to overtake, not just each other, but their countrymen who sit in the Worldwide Top 10. The #9 spot belongs to ‘Ariados’. Even with solid results, his light online volume in November may effect his future standings, both in the Swedish rankings and his current status as the Worldwide #31. Capping off the Top 10 is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen, a near daily grinder who has finished top three 10 times in November with half of those being outright victories. Sweden's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1'C Darwin2'10,245.43 2'lena900'8,526.72 3'Sheater'7,432.79 4'r4ndomr4gs'7,277.98 5'Greenstone25'6,919.41 6'Pot4teUS'6,696.41 7'inhoo'6,650.19 8'DeathbyQuads'6,607.11 9'Ariados'6,109.83 10'perrymejsen'5,732.72
  24. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Chris Moorman Hits New High, Wins 26th Triple Crown Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman’s name has appeared in the Milestones column as of late as a reference point of greatness. With a handful of players following in his footsteps and eclipsing the $10 million lifetime earnings mark in 2017, we point to the fact that Moorman was the first to do it. Back in 2009, Moorman was also the first to record 10 Triple Crown wins. Since that time he continues to set the pace, having been the first to every major mark in recorded Triple Crowns - 15, 20, 25 - and this week he recorded his 26th. In the same seven-day period Moorman was victorious on three different online sites including taking down partypoker's Heavyweight: Uppercut Warm Up for $8,060, the PokerStars $109 Fast Friday for $4,163 and 888poker’s $10,000 Monsoon for $2,591. Moorman’s online excellence has the former #1-ranked player climbing towards $14.5 million in lifetime earnings and with with 26th Triple Crown extends his chart-topping lead by five over the next closest player Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro, who also had himself a major milestone this week. Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro Surpasses $11 Million It was just back in March of this year that we were celebrating Chile’s #1-ranked online pro Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro for eclipsing the hallowed $10 million mark in lifetime earnings. Now, a scant nine months later, he’s added another million to his coffers as he soars past $11 million this week. Fierro made the new mark after taking third place in the Winning Poker Network’s Extreme Tuesday $40,000 GTD for $4,676. Fierro currently sits as the #27-ranked player in the world. ‘omaha4rollz’, ‘chiconogue’: Two Pros, Two Million This week a pair of longtime grinders topped the $2 million in lifetime earnings mark. Hungary’s Laszlo ‘omaga4rollz’ Bujtas, currently ranked #16 in the world, returned to the online grind after a short break to final table the October 29 partypoker Super High Roller: $100K GTD for $6,366. The score put Bujtas just $117 over $2 million. Brazil’s Francisco ‘chiconogue’ Nogueira joined Bujtas on the very same day after securing a healthy first place victory in the PokerStars $215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic for $8,999, his largest online score of the month. Also of note this week, Estonia's Aleksei 'LeshiyAS' Smirnov had a monster week, helping him soar past the $1 million lifetime earnings mark. ‘aziz.mancha’ Cracks The Top 100 Four players made major moves in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 100 rankings. Brazil’s ‘aziz.mancha’ leap the farthest forward, jumping 14 spots and into the Top 100 for very first time. His rankings rise can be credited to three four-figure cashes, all on October 30, which included his victory in the PokerStars Hot $44. Joining ‘aziz.mancha’, the following PocketFivers have reached their career-high rank in the Worldwide Top 100. aziz.mancha - #110 to #96 imlucknuts - #84 to #75 Mikensonas - #45 to #43 Andrey ’drupalucker’ Chernokov - #46 to #41
  25. [caption width="640"] Players will pack the Bellagio tournament area in pursuit of the WPT Five Diamond title[/caption] Dating back to 2002, The World Poker Tour's Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas is arguably the most prestigious event on the WPT calendar. This year, New Jersey online poker players can qualify for the event through PlayMGMPoker.com. This marks the first time NJ players can qualify for an out-of-state WPT event. The WPT Five Diamond is set to take from December 5-10 and take place at MGM property, the Bellagio Resort and Casino. Even though it's in Nevada, New Jersey players can win a $12,000 package that includes a $10,400 seat in the Main Event as well as $1,600 in cash, deposited directly into the playMGMpoker account, to help with travel expenses to Las Vegas. As an added bonus, all online qualifiers will have their first night's stay at the Bellagio included for free. Prior to this partnership, online satellites of this nature have been primarily used to qualify players into WPT events taking place at The Borgata. “The ability to qualify New Jersey online gaming players into desirable land-based Borgata poker events has been an extremely valuable resource in helping our poker network grow and succeed within the market.”said Ray Stefanelli, Executive Director of Online Gaming for playMGMpoker. With the aforementioned success, new opportunities have become available for players in New Jersey according to Stefanelli, “We are thrilled with the opportunity to extend this to a national offering, with playMGMpoker sponsoring our online satellite program into the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic; allowing for participants in New Jersey to compete amongst the best players at an MGM Resorts Destination in Las Vegas.” There are a number of ways for players to qualify and step into the $535 Super Satellite to WPT Five Diamonds to play for the $10,400 seat and it starts for as little as $10. Every day at 5:40pm and 8:40pm ET, players can jump into a $10 qualifier where approximately one out of every six players will win a $55 ticket to the Bellagio Qualifier for the Super Satellite. Each of these contests guarantees at least two $55 entries. Also running daily, at 7:20pm ET, the $55 Bellagio Qualifier runs. One out of every 11 entries wins their $535 ticket to the Super Satellite with one seat being guaranteed. The same tournament runs in a turbo format on Sundays at 5:20pm. The $535 Super Satellite to WPT Bellagio Five Diamond takes place on the following Sunday eveningsat 6:20pm ET: November 12, 19, 26 and the final chance on December 3. At least one $12,000 prize package is guaranteed in each tournament. In total, including the previously run Super Satellite, at least five New Jersey online grinders will find their way into one of the biggest live events of the year. Not only is the WPT Five Diamond one of the largest events, routinely awarding seven-figure first-place prize money throughout its rich history, but it's also the tournament where many top-ranked professionals made a name for themselves. The inaugural WPT Five Diamond, in 2002, saw 'The Great Dane', Gus Hansen, win his very first, of three, WPT title. Two years later Daniel Negreanu would go on to win the event for what would hold as a career-best victory for the better part of a decade. In 2006, World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem cemented his legacy as more than a one-hit wonder by taking down the Five Diamond for over $2.2 million. The list goes on: Eugene Katchalov, Chino Rheem, Daniel Alaei, Dan Smith, Mohsin Charania and Antonio Esfandiari all have their names etched in the WPT Trophy as victors of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond.

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