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  1. The poker resume of Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson is overflowing with incredible achievements. From seven-figure scores to capturing major online titles, Canada’s current #1-ranked online crusher has added a new accolade by entering the elite air of the top five of the online poker rankings for the first time in his over 14 year career. Thanks to a late-summer surge filled with a string of impressive scores, Watson jettisoned into his current spot at #4 in the world and, for the time being, has eclipsed some of online poker’s biggest names, including ‘Lena900’, Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski and Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver, to enjoy a career-high worldwide ranking. One just needs to look at Watson’s dominance in the month of August to see how he leveraged an online heater to hit new heights. He found early month success playing in big buy-in events including the August 9 edition of the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller where he finished as the runner-up for a $92,337 score. Two days later, Watson found another second-place finish in the Natural8 $5K High Roller Blade Prime for $80,176. Watson really hit a mid-month stride when he won back-to-back $10K Short Deck High Rollers on Natural8. On August 12, he topped the small-but-elite field of 20 entries and eventually defeated Mikita Badziakouski heads up to walk away with a $66,569 win. He took those winnings and played the same event the very next day. This time he bested Rozvadov's King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik to pick up another $110,400 victory. While all of those big money scores were an important part of Watson’s month, none of them helped him when it came to his PLB point total. He was smashing huge scores but the field sizes hadn’t done anything for him in terms of rankings. But Watson isn’t just a small-field specialist and he showed that late in the month. ‘SirWatts’ was in the midst of grinding the World Series of Poker on GGPoker and at the same time playing large field events on PokerStars when he racked up an impressive string of results that sent his PLB score soaring. It got started on August 25 when Watson picked up a cash in the High Roller Super MILLION$ on Natural8 for $21,665 and 190.63 PLB points. The next day he took 5th place in WSOP Event #72 ($1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship) on GGPoker for another $26,069 plus 260.52 PLB points. On August 30, Watson was battling for titles during PokerStars 2020 World Championship of Online Poker finishing in second place in Event #2-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max, PKO) for a total of over $198,000 and 597.43 PLB points, the eighth-highest score of his career. He again nearly grabbed the title in Event #3-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max High Roller) where he fell in third place for $20,184 and 205.44 PLB points. The very next day Watson switched his focus and ran deep in a pair of WSOP side events, earning a total of more than $12,000 and, more importantly for his ranking, another 271 PLB points. And while, no longer technically August, he finished off his stretch of PLB pickups with a final table finish in the September 1 edition of the High Roller Super MILLION$ which earned him $45,324 and 420.83 PLB points. In total, over the course of three days and five events, Watson earned nearly 1,500 PLB points. In the month of August alone, Watson earned roughly $677,000 (and 2,031 PLB points) which helped push past the $7 million mark in lifetime online earnings. Of course even though August was over, the winnings didn’t stop there for Watson. Since then, he’s picked up 10 five-figure scores and a considerable amount of PLB points which has helped him hold on to his #4 ranking for the past three weeks. However, in order to keep the momentum going, and take a shot at the #1 spot, Watson will need to get back to the online grind. After a summer of heavy grinding, he only racked up four total results in the entire month of October. That said, with over $20 million in total career earnings, when Watson decides to set his sights on climbing even higher than his current #4 spot, he’s a good bet to get there.
  2. Skill, determination, and a little bit of luck are what it’s going to take for either Doug Polk or Daniel Negreanu to come out ahead in the most hyped, bad-blood poker grudge match in recent memory. The two social media heavyweights are planning on playing up to 25,000 hands of high-stakes, heads-up online poker starting this week and both are looking to put a hurt on the opposition's bank account and poker industry clout. But unlike some of poker’s more recent heads-up contests, a victory for these each of these guys will be measured by more than a strict tally of dollars and cents. After years of trash talk and trolling plus pre-match positioning, how each of these players measures their success, and really books a “W”, is drastically different. Time To Back It Up For Polk, it won’t be good enough to simply beat Negreanu by a couple of bucks in order for his return to poker to feel like a win. After all of his online put-downs, including how he will be “backing up the truck” to collect Negreanu's paychecks, those on his side are looking for him to absolutely bury Negreanu on the felt by an astonishing amount. Polk built his entire poker career on the back of being a legendary Heads Up No Limit crusher. Playing under his screen name ‘WGCRider’, Polk was known to take on all challengers, including high-profile players like Viktor Blom and Daniel Cates, and in the end, he emerged the richer for it. His HUNL success was the bedrock helped him launch his popular YouTube channel and brought people to his successful poker training site, Upswing Poker. That’s the history that has made Polk the overwhelming favorite in this challenge and it’s a role he’s embraced. He’s produced Photoshops of him backing up an armored truck while making comments about wanting to clean out “a complete dolt” in Negreanu who wants to “ship me a million dollars.” While it seems like it’s all a show in an effort to push the action, for Polk to truly win this challenge he’s going to have to make Negreanu look like he’s a member of the Washington Generals. A guy playing a game he has zero chance of winning. He’s going to need to do enough damage to Negreanu’s seemingly infinite bankroll that the six-time WSOP bracelet winner considers quitting before they hit any milestone hands simply because he can’t handle the pain. In short, for Doug to really get the win, he has to make the kind of money that will allow him to leave poker, again, and this time leave for good. The Rocky Scenario Negreanu doesn’t bear nearly the same burden as Polk. And it’s not by mistake. From the get-go, Negreanu spent the better part of the pre-match back-and-forth telling anyone who would listen that despite all his accolades which includes six WSOP bracelets, climbing to the top of All-Time Money list, finishing runner-up in a Super High Roller Bowl, and becoming the biggest name in the game over more than two decades on the felt…he’s a massive underdog. But he's the type of guy who just won’t back down from a challenge. And it worked. The public narrative is that Polk received nearly everything he wanted. Polk dictated what they would play (HUNL) and where they would play it (online) and when PokerShares originally put a line on who would win, Polk was roughly a 6:1 favorite. This made it so Negreanu doesn’t even really need to win a dime in order to celebrate in the end. Read: Five Of The Wildest Prop Bets for the Polk vs. Negreanu Challenge In his own mind, Negreanu is Rocky. Not the squirrel but the boxer. He’s the scrappy underdog stepping into the HUNL ring and he’s taking on the celebrated champ Apollo Creed, represented by Polk. But the end of the original Rocky is sometimes misremembered (spoilers ahead) in that Rocky doesn’t actually win the fight. Sure, he goes the distance with the champ, taking his lumps and dishing out some damage, but when all is said and done he ends up losing by decision. But even though Rocky isn’t the champ, no one in the theater considered Rocky a loser in the end, right? That’s a similar scenario that could be what constitutes a “win” for Negreanu. If “Kid Poker” goes the distance with Polk and somehow manages to escape having lost a nominal amount, say a few buy-ins that can be easily accounted for by normal variance, then Negreanu can (and likely will) raise his own hand in victory. Of course, if Negreanu happens to win outright, even by a dollar, or pulls off an unexpected haymaker and puts Polk to sleep in the early going then his celebration will be bigger than a billboard right outside of the Rio. “Let’s Put On A Show” It’s not just Polk and Negreanu who can win in this challenge. The fans also have a path to victory. For the railbirds, it will be a win if the players find consistent times to play on a stream that provides quality production value. Accurate hand counts and an up-to-the-minute accounting of who is up and down on the session is crucial to keep fans engaged. Guesstimation of the scoreboard keeps fans distanced from the action. Having high-stakes pro Kane Kalas anchor the commentary is already a good start. Bringing in (and properly publicizing) other high-profile players who can keep things fresh and offer the rail different views of the match would be a big plus as well. Any additional behind-the-scenes cooperation including post-session interviews from Polk and Negreanu would take the challenge to the next level and really turn it into something fans can invest their time into. How can the fans lose? Easy. Durr Challenge. Enough said. However, getting to that finish line is likely to take some time. Both Negreanu and Polk are busy guys and if they start out by playing two-hour sessions, as has been reported, weeks may turn into months before this comes to a conclusion. So, for all who plan on setting aside time to follow the challenge, perhaps the biggest win will be remembering that sometimes the journey is the destination, and getting the opportunity to watch these two battle it out, in any form, may itself be a win unto itself.
  3. It’s official. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker has been certified as the largest prize pool for an online poker tournament by the Guinness World Records. The $5,000 Main Event took place from August 16 - September 6 and drew a total of 5,802 entries which boosted the prize pool to $27,559,500, crushing the originally posted $25 million guarantee. When all was said and done, Stoyan Madanzhiev from Bulgaria etched his name in the online poker history books by taking home the largest-ever first-place prize of $3,904,685. “This Guinness World Records title was on our radar from the very beginning,” said Steve Preiss, Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker. “Players and fans of poker expect nothing less than record-breaking prizes when it comes to the World Series of Poker, and GGPoker delivered.” After “reviewing the evidence and going through all the details”, Michael Empric, an Official Adjudicator for Guinness World Records, placed a video call to GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu to deliver the news.  “Breaking a Guinness World Records title show what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Director. “This will be a tough record to beat,” Stewart is likely right. The Main Event had 23 starting flights and allowed players to enter three different times which helped them set the new record. The previous record for an online poker prize pool was established by partypoker in 2018 with their $5,300 buy-in $20 million guaranteed MILLIONS Online tournament in which the company spent the better part of the entire year qualifying players to ultimately reach a prize pool of $21,780,000. In 2019, partypoker took a shot at their own record by offering the same tournament with a $10,300 buy-in. However, they missed the mark falling just short with a prize pool of $21,090,000. Online Poker All-Time Largest Prize Pools [table id=115 /] Even though the new prize pool record was widely recognized by the poker industry, GGPoker and the WSOP took the extra step of getting their achievement stamped by Guinness. And they are far from the first in poker to officially set a recognized world record. While many have claimed to have played longer, Phil Laak is the official record holder of the longest live cash game session when he played for 115 hours straight at the Bellagio back in 2010. Perhaps that is what inspired the Netherlands’ Tom Maaswinkel to get into the record book with his 24-hour session of online poker in May of 2019. There are other niche poker records in Guinness as well. Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew put his multi-tabling talent on display for his world record for most online poker hands played in eight hours (14,548) back in 2012. Former PokerStars ambassador, and current GGPoker pro, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier still holds the record for the most online poker tables played in one hour when he played 62 tables back in 2009 (a record unlikely to be challenged with modern-day table limits.) The Guinness World Records also acknowledges Joe Cada as the youngest WSOP Main Event champion and Antonio Esfandiari as having won the single-largest first-place prize for his $18.3 million score at the 2012 Big One For One Drop. While many of poker’s Guinness World Records are centered around some of the game’s biggest events, for individuals looking to set their own records, Guinness World Records is ready to review the achievement. According to their website, all it takes is an attempt at creating a new record or breaking an existing record (with evidence) plus an application fee of $800-$1000.
  4. The time has come for Croatia's top-ranked online poker pro Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic to take his shot at the top spot. After a hot start to the year, Zufic’s results surged this summer and brought him career-defining scores and resume-topping titles. This week, he finally ascended all the way up to take over the worldwide #2 spot from Brazilian powerhouse Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon with only Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford left in his path. Early Returns At the start of the year, Zufic was spending most of his time playing mid-to-high stakes, looking to eclipse a $16,000 career-high score that he had set back in 2019. In April, he was ranked 83rd in the world when he picked up a title in the PokerStars EU Spring Championship of Online Poker for a little over $28,000. The win was not only a mile marker for Zufic but the start of a heater that lasted all summer long. He backed up his new SCOOP title by taking home another trophy in late March in the PokerStars.com SCOOP series. He bested the 630-entry field in Event #81-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max) for a massive $61,202 score. Then four days later he grabbed a win in the World Series of Poker Circuit Series $250 Daily Special on GGPoker for another $10,965 bringing his weekly PLB point total to more than 631 and putting him as the #1-ranked player in Croatia. Red Hot Summer The hits kept coming for Zufic, who again put himself in a position to hit new career highs. Just one week after taking down the $250 WSOPC side event he did it again, this time in the June 1 edition of the $500 Sunday Main on GGPoker. He outlasted the tough 1,249-entry field to take home $93,755 first-place prize and a new spot inside the worldwide top-50. Zufic continued to rise in the rankings in the following weeks by taking down tough tournaments like the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff and nabbing a podium finish in a WSOP Side Event. However, as good as it was going for him, the best for him was right around the corner. Gold Bracelet Glory Zufic’s poker career would never be the same after August 17 when he took down the 2,055-player field in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $500 Mini Main Event for a life-changing score of $843,460, far-and-away a new career-high cash. Additionally, Zufic earned himself a place in WSOP history by becoming the first-ever player from Croatia to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Prior to the win, Zufic was ranked 29th in the world, but a win of such magnitude added 2,685.21 PLB points to his total, jettisoning him into the top 10 for the very first time. Even after all that success, Zufic kept on his grind and found success once again on GGPoker. In the September 14 edition of the High Roller MILLION$, Zufic struck gold again and added another $355,375 to his incredible year plus another 1,457.30 PLB. These two scores combined pushed him into the top 10, putting his name among the elite grinders. Throughout his success in some of the biggest tournaments of the summer, Zufic was still grinding a daily schedule. His work ethic can scene in the results which brought him three PocketFives Triple Crown awards this year. He booked his first three victories (on three different networks in the same week) on April 1. He did it again on June 1 as well as September 22, accomplishing a feat three times in the same year that many players will labor to do even once. Despite all his success this year, Zufic is going to need to keep his head down and put in the hours if he hopes to catch Beresford. The current #1-ranked UK grinder is known for putting in plenty of volume and, like Zufic, he is also in the midst of a career year. Currently, just under 2000 PLB points shy of Beresford, it will take some big-time results from Zufic in order to close the gap and for Zufic to make history. But with nine of Zufic’s top-10 career cashes coming this year, he currently has the momentum to possibly make it happen.
  5. In the post-summer online poker doldrums, the upcoming high-stakes, heads-up challenge between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk is giving poker fans something to look forward to at the end of the year. Slated to kick off on November 1, one of poker’s most high-profile feuds will finally battle it out on the felt, giving fans of both personalities something to get invested in as the action unfolds. Online poker betting site PokerShares knows that the interest in the match is extremely high and so they are giving fans a chance to get in on the action themselves. Of course, the Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald led book allows players to bet on who will win the challenge outright (Polk is the current favorite at roughly 4.5-1) but they have also decided to have some extra fun by offering more than 15 prop bets for fans who want to have a little extra rooting interest. So, here are some of the more interesting wagers onlookers can make while watching Polk and Negreanu play HU4Rollz. How Big Will The Biggest Pot In Session 1 Be? For many fans, this is the biggest reason to tune in. Just like “Rail Heaven” days on Full Tilt Poker when the best nosebleed players in the world routinely won and lost six-figure sums, the chat will be packed with those hoping to see poker players put it all on the line in sick spots. This challenge has the potential to have some of those swings. At $200/$400, 100 big blinds deep with stacks being topped off, it only takes a cooler or two before there could be a whole lotta of money on the table. PokerShares is setting the over/under on the biggest pot at $100,000 and with the first session assumed to be at least two hours long with two tables running the potential for fireworks is there from hand number one. Will One Player Rage-Quit Early Session 1? Rage-Quitting is real. It’s defined as "angrily abandoning an activity that has become frustrating", and in recent months and weeks, tempers from both Polk and Negreanu have flared up. It wasn’t that long ago that Negreanu was temporarily banned from Twitch after having a few choice words for a viewer who insulted his family. This took place only a few sessions after disconnect problems on WSOP.com, the same platform this challenge is being held on, saw him nearly toss his laptop across the room on stream. Polk on the other hand keeps it more controlled in his streams and videos. That’s not to say he can’t be riled up. When the entire challenge was threatened, he lashed out a few times on Twitter not only at Negreanu but also taking the time to reply to random Dan-fans about how he’s planning on “backing up the truck”. Although unlikely, those who think emotions will get the better of one of these two can get 4.8-1 on their money. Will Doug Polk Return To Being A Pro Poker Player? The odds are not in favor of Polk, win or lose, returning to the grind but there are some interesting things to consider here. Polk has stated that he only retired from poker once and the only reason he’s back is to take on Negreanu. He posted a “goodbye poker” video on his channel and for those who followed his YouTube journey, it was clear his love of the game had dried up some time ago. But...he is back. Remember, he challenged Negreanu, not the other way around. He was out of poker and on to bigger things like trying to recall the Mayor of Las Vegas. But Polk chose to return to the spotlight, no one called him out. Now he’s back in the lab, not only working on his game in theory but getting cash game sessions in against some tough opponents in preparation. Finally, while he claims that he’ll be off once he's done taking out "the ******* trash", he’s also indicated on Twitter that he might be open to playing other opponents. It might be a tough judgment call on whether Polk is ever a pro again (for instance what if he’s playing challenges but also returns to creating content where he makes a good deal of money), but if you want to take a shot on him the line is 7.6-1. The flip side of this is Will Daniel Cease To Be A Pro Player Because of This Challenge? Good luck with that one. Will There Be A Slowroll in Session 1? Both players have a firm understanding of the etiquette behind slow rolls and the deep disrespect that sometimes comes with them. That said, these guys clearly do not like each other, and in the layers-deep mind games that play out in heads up, would either of these guys pull a slow one? This bet comes with an important caveat that needs to be seen before putting down a few dollars. The person behind the website, Mike McDonald, is “the decider” in this case. While being a longtime trusted member of the community, and apparently a 90% free throw shooter, it might be a little problematic if the guy who knows where the bulk of the money sits is also responsible for determining the outcome. This is not a questioning of McDonald’s honor or intent, just a nod to how someone might feel if they place and bet and it’s ruled against what they think is an obvious slowroll. Same odds on both sides here. Where Will Doug Polk's Teeth Be At The End Of This Match? You read that right. PokerShares is confident that Polk will be keeping all his teeth right where they are. But if you think Negreanu might make Polk the same offer that got him banned on Twitch, you can take a flyer on this wild prop that jokes about what might be done to Polk's teeth and where they might be given back to him. These prop bets are made for fun with a majority of them having a per-player max limit less than the buy-in of a Sunday Major. This ensures that neither the player nor the book, can be hurt too bad. At least not nearly as bad as the pain Negreanu or Polk may feel when the challenge gets underway next month.
  6. For many, 2020 has been a year fraught with anxiety in the face of a global pandemic. If that’s the case for UK online poker superstar Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford it certainly hasn’t shown in his remarkable results this year. After nearly nine years of posting results to PocketFives, Beresford climbed to the top of the worldwide rankings on May 16 and has yet to relinquish the top spot. He got there by putting up some of the biggest cashes of his career and he’s held on to by posting consistent results over an impressive amount of volume. Hitting Career Highs The story of Beresford's rise in the rankings can be traced back to the beginning of 2020 when Beresford binked four of his top-five career online cashes before the end of April. It all started with his career-high cash in the GGPoker 2020 Series Championship where he earned a massive $611,134 score in a runner-up finish. Beresford had a just few six-figure scores prior to this result, but this one seemed to break open the dam. He followed that up with a victory in the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller Kickoff for $180,438 in late March but the real push to the #1 ranking came in the first weeks of April. During the PokerStars High Rollers Series, Beresford picked up two victories in four days. First, he locked up the $378,205 first-place prize in Event #32 ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event) on April 5 for his second-largest career cash. Then on April 9 he added $239,652 with a victory in Event #39 ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max) for a total of more than $617,000 in less than a week. Those four early year results gave Beresford a more than 3000 PLB point surge, sending into the top 5. But the tipping point that put him over the top was his May 7 PokerStars SCOOP title run in Event #32-H ($530 NLHE) which added another $85,959 to his bankroll and enough PLB points to take over the top spot. Applying The Pressure For Beresford, there was no slowing down. In the midst of some of the biggest tournament series of the year, Beresford continued to put up phenomenal results. This included a victory in one of PokerStars longest-running marquee tournaments. In early July, Beresford topped the 10,931-entry field of the $109 Sunday Million for $112,185. The results kept coming. He picked up victories in both the PokerStars Stadium Series and the World Series of Poker Side Events and pushed his PLB point total north of 14,000, create significant distance between himself and those who were looking to catch him. Then, in early September, Beresford added a new title to his poker resume when he took home his very first career WCOOP title in Event #33 ($5,200 High Roller) for $162,674. Including that score, fourteen of Beresford’s top-twenty career cashes have taken place in 2020, six of which were good for six-figures. It’s elevated him to more than $14.5 million in career earnings, which is currently #8 on the All-Time Online Money List. Headed For History Beresford currently sits at 19 weeks as the top-ranked player in the world and, should he hold his position for another week, he will join an elite list of players who have reigned for more than 20 weeks. Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ spent 20 weeks at the top in the longest stint of his 66 total weeks at #1. Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson held on to the #1 spot for 22 weeks when he first took over in 2012. Back in 2009, Steve ‘gboro780’ Gross was atop the list for 24 weeks. ‘Lena900’s extensive time at the top comes with two runs of more than 20 weeks at a time. The first was in 2018 when he lead the world for 33 weeks straight. Then he returned to the top in late 2019 and held on for 20 weeks until Beresford claimed the #1 spot. Online poker legend Chad ‘m8kingmoves’ Batista still holds the record for consecutive weeks at #1 at 45 weeks back in 2007. With the current lead that Beresford has in the online rankings it could be a while before any of the other top contenders like Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon, Mike ‘SitWatts’ Watson or even ‘Lena900’ are able to catch him and thus locking in Beresford’s 2020 performance in 2020 as one of the very best in online poker history.
  7. The ongoing, years-long feud between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk entered yet another chapter over the weekend. As the pair hashed out the subject of whether or not pre-flop charts (or any form of Real-Time Assistance) would be allowed in their upcoming high-stakes, heads-up challenge on WSOP.com, the tension between the two entered a new phase with Negreanu playing up his role as the underdog and Polk setting his intention to do real damage to Negreanu’s bankroll. After negotiating out the details of the November match, including the stakes, game format, platform, and starting date, the subject of what reference materials would be allowed during the course of play came up. It was clear from the onset of the discussion that the mind games between the two had started well before the first card has even been dealt. After first declaring that he was “open to either allowing or disallowing the use of any RTA including charts”, Negreanu shifted gears. He took to Twitter and dug into the notion that “real poker” is played without any in-the-moment assistance.
  8. The 888poker Millions Superstorm online series came to a conclusion on Sunday night when 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche bested a total field of 3,196 runners in the $1M guaranteed 888Millions Superstorm Main Event to take home the $121,146 first-place prize. Nitsche, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, spent the day battling through the 567 players who managed to survive the opening flights of the event and make it to Day Two. By the time the final table got underway, the high-stakes pro had faded the majority of the field but found himself with fewer than seven big blinds. Despite that, he stayed out of trouble in the early parts of the final table and eventually eliminated his final four opponents to walk away with a six-figure score. After a few orbits at the final table, Lithuanian grinder ‘joolius’ was the first player eliminated. After ‘Artemka168’ opened holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"], ‘joolius’ moved all-in for his remaining 15 big blinds with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. ‘Artemka168’ made the quick call and the pocket kings held when the board ran [poker card="9h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ac"]. ‘joolius’ exited in ninth place for $15,000. After ‘GarbinaD’ opened from late position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"], Brazil’s ‘franguet’ made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"] and Rocha put in his remaining short stack with top pair and was called by ‘GarbinaD’s dominating ace. The turn was the [poker card="9h"] and the river came the [poker card="kh"] sending the Brazilian out the door in eighth place for $20,000. It didn’t take long before ‘dulek_jason’ hit the rail as well when he pushed his final seven big blinds in the middle holding [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] and was called by ‘Artemka168’ in the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] flop kept ‘dulek_jason’ ahead in the hand but offered ‘Artemka168’ some additional straight and backdoor flush outs. The [poker card="6h"] gave ‘Artemka168’ even more opportunities but it was the [poker card="9c"] river than brought ‘Artemka168’ the straight and eliminated ‘dulek_jason’ in seventh place for $25,000. Minutes later ‘GarbinaD’ was involved in another elimination when they raised their [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"] from early position and ‘DreamLikeMe’ called with their tournament life on the line with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="5c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"] giving ‘GarbinaD’ a pair on the river and sending ‘DreamLikeMe’ out in sixth place for $30,000. Nitsche got to work five-handed when he put in a raise from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"] and the short-stacked ‘kiskutya23’ made the call for it all with [poker card="ks"][poker card="5d"]. Nitsche hit his ace right away on the [poker card="5s"][poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] flop but ‘kiskutya23’ also had a pair and some additional two pair and trips outs. But the [poker card="9c"] turn and the [poker card="th"] river did nothing to help ‘kiskutya23’ and they fell in fifth place for $45,000. The final four players began to talk about a deal as the original payouts had a steep increase with a $100,000 difference between second and first. It didn’t take long for all the players to agree to an ICM deal with $20,000 left for the eventual winner. Nitsche began four-handed play as the short stack but found a critical double that kept him alive and it started him climbing the chip counts. He picked up another major pot when ‘MrMarley83’ made his last stand by shipping [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"] under the gun and Nitsche made the called with [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] to give Nitsche top pair with a better kicker. Canada’s ‘MrMarley83’ finished in fourth place for $80,551.47, more than $20,000 than the original posted $60,000 prize for fourth place. Nitsche took over the chip lead and quickly took out another player when he limped on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and was shipped on by ‘Artemka168’ who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Nitsche made the call and saw the bad news that he was dominated. But the [poker card="td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] flop flipped the script and with his pair of tens, Nitsche held on through the [poker card="3h"] turn and the [poker card="jc"] river. ‘Artemka168’ walked away in third place with a $106,193.93 score. The final hand of the tournament saw ‘GarbinaD’ move all in with the shorter stack holding the [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"]. Nitsche made the call with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] looked bad for ‘GarbinaD’ as it gave Nitsche trip nines. But the [poker card="jd"] turn brought in the straight for ‘GarbinaD’ and Nitsche left to look for an ace or the board to pair to win it all. It did just that when the [poker card="qd"] hit the river awarding Nitsche the pot and eliminating ‘GarbinaD’ as the runner-up and a payout of $112,609. With a little luck on his birthday, Nitsche pulled out the win and walked away with the $121,146.01 first-place prize to add to his more than $6.3 million in career online earnings and his $18.6 million in career live earnings. Final Table Payouts Dominik ‘888Dominik’ Nitsche - $121,146.01* ‘GarbinaD’ - $112,608.59* ‘Artemka168’ - $106,193.93* ‘MrMarley83’ - $80,551/47* ‘kistkutya23’ - $45,000 ‘DreamLikeMe’ - $30,000 ‘dulek_jason’ - $25,000 ‘franguet’ - $20,000 ‘joolius’ - $15,000
  9. With some of the biggest online poker series of the summer concluding last month, it should be no surprise that the PocketFives Monthy PLB race for September was packed with some of the best players the online poker world has to offer. When the dust settled on the World Series of Poker Online series and PokerStars’ 2020 World Championship of Online Poker, it was former #1-ranked grinder Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver who topped the leaderboard for his fourth career Monthly PLB title. Oliver kicked off September with a massive score on September 1 as he clinched a WCOOP title in Event #10-M ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Freezeout, Super Tuesday) for $164,398 and an even 1,000 PLB points. However, as impressive as that six-figure score was, it paled in comparison to his next result which not only made his month but topped his online poker career of more than 13 years. On September 8, he finished in fourth place the WSOP Event #83 ($10K WSOP Super MILLION$) on GGPoker for an online career-high cash of $548,450 plus 1284.49 PLB points. The cash breaks his previous record of $285,311 which he set all the way back in 2012 by finishing as the runner-up in that year's PokerStars TCOOP Main Event. With nearly 125 results in the month, Oliver amassed an amazing 5,161 PLB points which were more than enough to lock up the Monthly PLB award and put an exclamation point on one of his most profitable runs since joining PocketFives back in 2007. Oliver wasn’t the only former #1-ranked player to crack the top 5 in September. Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski (3,909 PLB points) finished in the #2 spot and used his September results to continue his climb back into the elite worldwide rankings in an effort to reach the #1 spot he last held in 2015. Like Oliver, Dzivielevski’s month got off to a quick start. On September 1, he picked up one of his many WCOOP titles in Event #09-H ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) for $21,938 and he followed that up with a fifth-place finish in Event #10-M, the same event Oliver ended up winning, for $44,850. He continued his WCOOP dominance with another title run in Event #20-H ($1,050 HORSE) for $31,115. The biggest of his WCOOP wins came just one week later when Dzivielevski went the distance in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam) for $127,410 (plus $118,124.97 in bounties) and a monthly high 817.01 PLB points. That wasn’t the end of the Brazilian’s big month as he added a final table finish in the Super MILLION$ High Roller on Natural8 for another $185,350 which lifted his career online total earnings to over $7.75 million and a spot in the worldwide top-10 rankings, where he currently sits at #6. Fellow Brazilian crusher Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon (3,871 PLB points) wrapped up the month in the #3 spot, thanks to his deep run in one of the biggest heads-up competitions of the year. Coming off a final table finish in the WSOP $25,000 NLH Poker Players Championship where he walked away with over $388,000, Botteon’s confidence carried over to WSOP Event #79 ($25,000 Heads Up NLHE). He weaved his way through the 127 player field to make it to the finals where he ended up falling to Fedor Holz, but walked away with a career-high score of $622,300 and 1,161.52 PLB points. Just three days later, he added a WCOOP title to his resume by winning Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for $80,642 and narrowly missed out on another WCOOP victory by finishing in second in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO) for another $95,458. The sum of his efforts has made him the #1-ranked player in the poker hotbed of Brazil and he currently sits as the #2-ranked player in the world. Canada’s Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson (3,818 PLB points) put up consistent results in September, good enough to land him in the #4 spot. Watson went on a run in the second week of the month by first, finishing in third place in the September 7 edition of the Natural8 High Rollers Blade Mulligan for $71,691 and 388.91 PLB points. The next two days must have felt like a reoccurring dream as he finished in third place in WCOOP Event #34-H ($2,100 8-Game) for $25,073 on September 8. Then, the very next day, he notched another third-place finish in WCOOP Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for $47,804. While Watson may not have grabbed a gold medal, he does currently sits as the #4 player in the world, a career-high ranking for him. The September top 5 wraps up with the current #1-ranked player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, finding himself on yet another leaderboard. Beresford, who is having a career year in 2020, saw his September highlighted by his first career WCOOP title when he won Event #33-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller) for $162,674 and 880.34 PLB points. [table id=110 /]
  10. It wasn’t that long ago that a quick scan of the top ten online players in the world would be packed with some of Sweden’s most well-known online grinders. Names like ‘Lena900’, ‘C Darwin2’, Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, and Robin ‘robinho’ Ylitalo routinely held down a number of the top spots in a constant battle to rule the online poker rankings. But after a summer of intense action at every major online poker site, the top tier of the worldwide rankings have a new country in control. Brazil boasts 25 of the top 100 players, and four of the country’s elite talent have cracked the top 10. Brazil's most recent rankings surge is led by Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon, who currently ranked as the #2 player in the world, right behind list leader Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Botteon started off the year with an improbable day in early January where he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $530 NLHE Main Event for $196,908 and at the same time came in third place in the Winter Series $5,200 NLHE Main Event for another $265,463. His one day total, which provided him his top two career cashes at the time, totaled more than $462,000. It turns out that it was just the beginning for Botteon. This summer, he continually made headlines with impressive results in some of the most high profile tournaments on the schedule. During the World Series of Poker $25,000 NLH Poker Players Championship, Botteon fought through the 407-entry field to make the final table where he finished in sixth place for what was new career-high cash of $388,837. Days later, he found himself in the finals of the WSOP $25,000 Heads Up NLHE event where he eventually fell to former #1-ranked pro Fedor Holz, but again reached new career highs with a $622,300 score. Although he just missed out on a WSOP gold bracelet, he quickly picked himself back up again and within the week, scored a PokerStars WCOOP title in Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for another $80,642. Of Botteon’s six six-figure scores, five have come in 2020 and the accumulation of PLB points has put him as close to Beresford as anyone has been in months. Someone who knows what it’s like to hit that number #1 spot is Botteon’s countryman, Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski who currently sits ranked #6 in the world. It’s been five years since Dzivielevski held the top spot but his impressive summer sun run has rocketed him back into ranks of the top 10. Dzivielevski has a history of success during the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, having won its Main Event back in 2014 for $1.253 million. This year, he struck gold three times including a six-figure score on September 13 in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam) for which he took home $127,410 plus an additional $118,124 in bounties to create his second-largest online score of all time. Two days later, Dzivielevski found another major score to add to his resume when he took fifth place in the Super MILLION$ High Roller on Natural8 for another $185,350. Dzivielevski’s heater has seen him earn four of his top ten career score this year and has helped him push him past $7.75 million in career earnings. Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann has been a force in the top 100 for years, hitting his career-high rank of #5 in the world earlier this year. Currently situated at #7, Volkmann has produced consistent results this spring and summer to keep himself in the upper echelon of the rankings. In one incredible week this spring, Volkmann went on a run that produced three of the top 10 scores of his career. It started out with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #64-H ($2,100 NLHE) for $79,295. Three days later he repeated the result, finishing in second place in SCOOP Event #73-M ($215 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up) for $82,739. Then, the very next day Volkmann took to Natural8 and had a final table finish in WSOPC Ring Event #8 High Roller Championship for $249,920, which currently remains his career-high cash. In total, for Volkmann, who has been recording his scores since 2012, nine of his top 25 cashes have come in 2020 and which has helped him add more than $4 million in career earnings in the past three years. The final Brazilian to claim a spot in the top 10 is Belarmino ‘Pagaovelhinho’ De Souza from Santa Catarina. De Souza’s 2020 campaign is easy to envy, replete with five and six-figure scores. His risk in the rankings can be traced back to the end of July when a pair of deep runs in the World Series of Poker Online provided him the PLB push he needed. In WSOP Event #35 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship), De Souza finished in third place and grabbed a $156,687 score for what was his first career six-figure score. One week later, he nearly grabbed a gold bracelet once again but ended up as the runner-up in Event #44 ($2,500 NLHE 6-Handed) for a new career-high score of $261,249. De Souza’s summer earnings didn’t stop there as he took down the August 10 edition of the High Rollers Blade Mulligan on Natural8 for another $129,101. In just two short years, De Souza has gone from grinding stakes as small as $2.20 to winning SCOOP and Turbo Series titles and nearly taking home a gold bracelet. While these four players are currently vying for their turn in the top spot, there are plenty of talented Brazilian eager to take their place. Some of which have spent time in the top 10 before, like Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha, and some of which are looking for their big breakthrough, like WSOP bracelet winner Leonardo ‘LeoMattosAK’ Mattos. Although Beresford continues his grip on the top spot, with the top talent continuing to pour out of Brazil, it may just be a matter of time before a Brazilian seizes the #1 ranking for the first time since Joao Mathias held it back in 2016.
  11. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Listen in to an all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie return with all of the latest news from this week in the world of poker. It was a busy week when it came to legal procedures in poker including an end to three prominent cases. First, Phil Ivey's long battle with the Borgata in the multi-million dollar edge sorting case has finally been resolved out of court. At the same time, nearly a decade after Black Friday, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg is in the clear from his charges and free to travel in the U.S. once again. Also, there was a settlement in the Mike Postle cheating allegations case which looks to put one of the biggest stories of 2019 to rest. Plus, WIRED Magazine took a deep dive into the Postle scandal which brings up some additional questions surrounding the case. So download and listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  12. The party in Portugal is probably going to last for a few days after Andre 'PTFisherman23' Marques came out on top of the 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event (High) on Wednesday. Marques, who was playing from the Netherlands, was one of three players to earn at least $1 million at the final table after Marques, Tonio 'prrak4783' Roder, and Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder chopped up just north of $3.32 million after four days of play in $10,300 buy-in WCOOP Main Event. Marques emerged as the champion and picked up $1,147,270.86 while Roder came in second place for $1,082,522.50 and Mulder took home $1,101,527.64 for taking the final spot on the podium. Sweden's Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo, who has been ranked as high as #2 in the world, came in fourth place for a career-best cash of $543,301. That cash also made Ylitalo just the 13th player to surpass $13 million in online tournament earnings. Winning the WCOOP Main Event (Medium) is a pretty solid way to grab the first WCOOP title of your career. That's exactly what Thailand-based grinder '1mSoWeeeaK' pulled off on Wednesday night after beating 'Y.Zakaharov' heads up to claim the crown and secure the bag. With no deal made, the champion walked away with $504,583.85 while 'Y.Zakaharov' had to settle for $359,679.96. Lastly, 'klimono' turned their $55 buy-in into $186,841.09 by outlasting 38,659 other entries in the Main Event (Low). It was the first WCOOP title for the Polish poker player. WCOOP #72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event] 1,977 entries $10,000,000 prize pool ($115,000 overlay) Andre ‘PTFisherman23’ Marques - $1,147,270.86* Tonio ‘prrak4783’ Roder - $1,082,522.50* Teun ‘tinnoemulder’ Mulder - $1,101,527.64* Robin ‘robinho’ Yitalo - $543,301 Andriy ‘Andre_Hansen’ Lyubovetskiy - $387,284 Denys ‘SantaZzz’ Chufarin - $276,069 Michael ‘munchenHB’ Telker - $196,792 77atlant77 - $140,280 Cecilia ‘princes chu’ Cafaro - $99,997 WCOOP #72-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event] 7,105 entries $3,552,500 prize pool 1mSoWeeeaK - $504,583.85 Y.Zakaharov - $359,679.96 $harkFlo - $256,392.09 ZAR84 - $182,764.75 GM_VALTER - $130,280.83 tzini9 - $92,868.38 kirbyi17 - $66,199.41 owilson25 - $47,189.27 cladarth - $33,637.91 WCOOP #72-L: $55NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event] 38,660 entries $1,933,000 prize pool klimono - $186,841.09 Tangawi26 - $132,092.52 ID IMPOSS - $93,403.33 pvss - $66,045.97 Mr.Skinny.00 - $46,701.47 vrodrguez1 - $33,022.98 Clutch Hero - $23,350.83 Jemisis - $16,511.49 benton24 - $11,675.32
  13. Not everyone is ready for a return to live poker in Las Vegas but for those that are, there are plenty of games to choose from. More than six months after the Sin City Strip was forced to close its doors in response to the coronavirus crisis, many of the most popular card rooms in the city, including Bellagio, Aria, and The Venetian, have adapted to new health standards and found a way to get back to business. It’s not just the poker rooms that have been forced to readjust. The players who have made the decision to venture back into the casinos are returning to a game drastically different from the one they left. New regimented cleaning protocols, short-handed tables, limited room capacity, and plexiglass barriers have all been put in place and have quickly become the new norm. And, of course, wearing a mask is non-negotiable. With so much uncertainty still surrounding COVID-19, it’s understandable why many would opt to stay away. However, some professional and recreational players have reconciled with the current reality in order to get back to the live grind. “I think the concern with COVID is actually pretty low,” said professional poker player Christian Soto, talking about the vibe around the table. “At least at the Bellagio, where it seems like it’s doing a relatively good job. Every dealer change they wipe down a table. Every time a person quits, they wipe down that area. There’s the plexiglass, all that stuff, that kind of eases the concerns of COVID just because of how much effort is going into that.” “And I think that partially they amped that up because early on there were two or three cases of COVID right away at Bellagio.” Soto’s a self-described ‘live pro’, an instructor at the Solve For Why Academy, and frequent tweeter of threads that capture his high-stakes cash game journey. He’s been putting in a lot of hours as of late, getting up early to ensure himself a seat in his game of choice. But before he was able to get back in action he had to feel right about returning. “So, initially I was, ‘Okay, well how does it get transmitted? How easy is it to go from one person to another?’ And once we got a little bit more information, it’s not airborne and you really have to contract it by somebody coughing or sneezing or leaving it on the table…once we got that information, then I was, ‘Okay, well I think certain casinos are doing a pretty decent job at the table. As long as I’m doing my part, using hand sanitizers, stuff like that, then I think we’re good,” Soto said. For a pro like Soto, a return to the tables is part of his livelihood. For "Anthony" (who preferred to not have his real name used), a recreational player from New York City, it was an invite from his Zoom online poker group to go to Las Vegas in early September that marked the first time he’d done any real venturing out into the world in six months. “I don’t know. I think at a certain point, I think that we’ve got far enough in it where I felt like if I keep my mask on in public, and I have hand sanitizer and I’m not in really close quarters with anyone, like close quarters in terms of socializing in a large group, I felt like it was probably safe,” Anthony said. “I was not expecting there to be very big crowds. They were bigger than I expected, but I also was ready to leave if I needed to, if I felt unsafe.” Depending on who you talk to, perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the Las Vegas live scene are those crowds. With limited capacity, to ensure social distancing, rooms are experiencing long waitlists and are granting reduced lobby times for in-game players to keep their short-handed games running. “There’s more demand that there is availability in my opinion,” Soto said. “I’ve had to show up at Bellagio at six in the morning because if you don’t get there early you’re not going to get a seat for many, many, many hours. It’s insane. I’m not even joking, if you show up at 1:00 p.m. you’re going to have to wait three or four hours.” A floor supervisor who is currently working in a Las Vegas poker room and wished not to be named agreed that, while there are plenty of players who have decided to avoid the poker rooms, the demand for poker is there. “There is certainly a level of demand for poker in Las Vegas currently, even in its current state,” they said. “There are some pros willing to play under these conditions, but a good number have stayed away for the time being for various concerns. The pros I’ve spoken to recently remark that the games they have to choose from are ‘softer’ due to the reduction of pros populating them presently.” The supervisor speculates that pros are spending more time online or in the much talked about Las Vegas private games which is leading to a group of players at the table who “have never stepped foot in the room” before. They are also of the opinion that some of the early games in returning from the shutdown may have played higher with an influx of “pandemic money”, funds that may have been received from unemployment or severance, combined with people headed into Las Vegas to take advantage of cheap room rates aimed at rebooting the gaming economy. “There is a very limited level of concern expressed by players in the room. For the most part, the folks who are uncomfortable with being here, simply aren’t here. We still get phone calls from time-to-time asking what safety measures and precautions are in place, but the folks actually stepping foot in the room, they’re sated by the measures in place or don’t voice their concerns.” The players aren’t the only ones affected by the threat of COVID as the dealers and staff are also asked to deal with the current conditions. Unlike the players, these individuals are required by their employment to be on the premises. “When we all shut down in March I was apprehensive about what measures would be in place upon re-open, and was unsure how comfortable I was going to be spending time in a setting that - let’s face it - has never been highly regarded for its hygiene,” they said. “When the glass was put up, the masks became mandatory for everyone, the cleaning of the tables and cards, etcetera…it all came to fruition, I felt as though everything that could be done realistically was being done,” they said. ”I commend the time and thought put forth by the majority of operators in town. My apprehension has given way to being comfortable in a day-to-day routine. I know what to expect, which leads to peace of mind I suppose. “The majority of the staff at this point is on the same page, the only real difficulty is playing whack-a-mole with the players being lax on wearing masks properly. It tends to be exhausting. There are always people who pretend to be drinking their tea for 45 minutes at a time, with their mask hanging off an ear, things like that. It is an additional burden placed upon the floor staff, mainly because while we ask dealers to enforce the masks, they fear being militant with players about masks will impact their tips.” [caption id="attachment_632777" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] A busy Caesars poker room on Labor Day, 2020. (photo credit: @LuckysLasVegas Twitter)[/caption] While there may be some who are in opposition to masks, unconcerned with the comfort or safety of those around them, the enforcement of sanitary standards is part of what is keeping the live scene in action. That and the large plastic barriers which keep a group playing together also isolated from each other. For many, poker is considered a social game, where one would think barriers would dampen the enjoyment of playing. “I think some people that I play against are actually more comfortable with the plexiglass and the mask and things like that,” Soto said. “Generally, poker players are rather introverted. So this just gives them another barrier and they’re actually a little bit more comfortable than they normally are, which is a weird thing. It’s backward thinking, but it’s somehow, giving them more barriers, ends up being a good thing for them. They’re more comfortable and actually more relaxed than they usually are. “It could be something like that where it almost feels they're just very similar to being at home in front of a computer where they're just kind of in their own box. They're not necessarily around anybody. So, they feel a lot more comfortable than usual.” For Anthony, the barriers not only help soothe some health concerns but they also removed some of the other negative elements of live poker. “I pretty quickly liked them a lot,” Anthony said. “Some people complained about the dividers and not being able to hear, but I didn’t feel like it was that big a problem. There were very few instances where a hand was turned over before it should have been because the person couldn’t hear. “I personally loved having all the space. There were some of those stereotypical issues of the person sitting next to you smelling or taking up too much space or being too loud. A lot of that was mitigated by them. Did I like that it hurt some of the table talk? That was definitely reduced, except for a couple of very social, loud people.” Anthony took it a step further saying he was “hoping the dividers are here to stay” and that he enjoyed his week-long experience of playing short-handed poker in Vegas, even in a pandemic. “I did have a good time. I would have had a better time if I won a little more,” he said. “It was nice to be back. “I don’t know if I ever felt 100% comfortable. It’s going to be a long time before we ever feel comfortable. I think until the fire is under control and you feel comfortable in the people running the country. So at a certain point, you have to be like ‘We got to get on with our lives.’ Part of that is the entertainment of stress relief. “Are there better choices than going to Vegas? Almost certainly.” Since returning home to New York, Anthony has tested negative for both COVID and its antibodies. photo credit: @LuckysLasVegas
  14. While the three 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Events all played down to a final table on Tuesday, the fans of the great game of Pot Limit Omaha were tuned into to watch the PLO Main Events crown a new champion and all three of the buy-in levels came through with a top player standing in the winner's circle. Sweden's 'jedimaster82' beat Ola ‘Odd_Oddsen’ Amundsgaard heads up to win Event #73 High ($10,300 PLO Main Event) for $283,368.15 and their first WCOOP victory. Amundsgaard collected $217,808.59 for his runner-up performance. Kahle 'ROFLshove' Burns outlasted 787 other entries in event #73 Medium ($1,050 PLO Main Event) to pocket $133,757 along with the first WCOOP title of his storied career. The final PLO Main Event went to the current #1-ranked online poker player in Germany. 'nilsef' and 'GHOSTFACE9.8' chopped Event #73 Low ($109 PLO Main Event) with 'nilsef' taking home $40,224.38 and the title. This is the fifth time 'nilsef' has captured WCOOP glory, making him the fifth player to do so. 'Roche9797', who captured Event #68 Medium just two days earlier, came out on top of Event #75 High ($1,050 NLHE Series Saver) to become the 18th player to win two WCOOP titles this year. The win came with $97.526.11 from the prize pool and another $74,277.26 in bounties. The first event on the 2020 WCOOP schedule finally wrapped up on Tuesday. 'estebangocu' topped Phase 2 of Event #1 ($215 NLHE) to win $215,006.07 and their first WCOOP title. The other four players who were crowned WCOOP champs on Tuesday were 'JannikB541' (Event #1 Medium), 'timaozanho' (Event #1 Low), 'r-w patriot' (Event #75 Medium), and 'Jungurcew' (Event #75 Low). WCOOP #73-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event] 135 entries $1,350,000 prize pool jedimaster82 - $283,368.15 Ola ‘Odd_Oddsen’ Amundsgaard - $217,808.59 d.apollo777 - $167,416.87 WCOOP #73-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event] 788 entries $788,000 prize pool Kahle ‘ROFLshove’ Burns - $133,757 Guilherme ‘guilherme12’ Decourt - $94,178.13 Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich - $66,310.98 WCOOP #73-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event] 3,066 entries $306,600 prize pool nilsef - $40,224.38* GHOSTFACE9.8 - $34,964.21* the_eel_89 - $21,512.80 WCOOP #75-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Series Saver] 1,490 entries $1,490,000 prize pool Roche9797 - $97.526.11 + $74,277.26 in bounties Leonardo 'LeoMattosAK' Mattos - $97,525.34 + $1,531.25 in bounties Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hassan - $58,313.31 + $30,761.69 in bounties WCOOP #75-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Series Saver] 9,838 entries $983,000 prize pool r-w patriot - $56,873.81 + $26,787.98 in bounties DemonKrasnod - $56,866.19 + $12,036.88 in bounties fpfeifer97 - $33,740.06 + $7,080.05 in bounties WCOOP #75-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Series Saver] 28,031 entries $274,703.80 prize pool Jungurcew - $11,618.24 + $5,841.66 in bounties ryanpcallme - $11,593 + $1,205.20 in bounties aek aek aek - $6,878.43 + $269.03 in bounties WCOOP #1-H: $215 NLHE [Phase 2] 1,143 entries $2,153,200 prize pool estebangocu - $215,006.07 Torben ‘Tralllle’ Sorensen - $159,299.10 chtrumfeinz - $118,029.01 WCOOP #1-M: $22 NLHE [Phase 2] 5,379 entries $1,013,180 prize pool JannikB541 - $92,664.56* NOK123 - $79,648.86* fcb-serv - $52,245.31 WCOOP #1-L: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2] 11,439 entries $250,000 prize pool timaozanho - $25,051.42 Pavelx3 - $17,727.86 tiag1 - $12,571.02
  15. The 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is nearly finished and multiple times over the past three weeks of play former champions have added to their legacy by picking up another title and the all-time leaderboard is starting to get a little crowded. On Monday night, Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna won Event #69 Medium ($1,050 8 Game) to earn his second title of 2020 and fifth overall. He now sits tied for third all-time with Dan Kelly, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Andrey Zaichenko, who won his fifth title last Thursday - the same day that Nevanlinna picked up his fourth title. 'RaulGonzalez' beat Stephen Chidwick heads-up to win Event #69 High ($10,300 8 Game High Roller) for a $235,530.76 payday and their first WCOOP title. Joao 'Naza114' Vieira finished third. Michiel 'utreg' Brummelhuis shipped Event #71 High ($1,050 NLH PKO Sunday Warm Up) to earn $81,357.28 from the prize pool and an additional $84,076.10 worth of bounties. Brummelhuis had never won a WCOOP title before, but does have a Spring Championship of Online Poker title to his name. Brazil's 'RRagazzo' joined the double champion club on Monday night, beating 971 other entries in Event #71 ($530 NLHE) for $80,082.59. Their first 2020 title come on September 13, when they shipped Event #51 High ($530 NLHE) for a little more than $67,000. Other players who took home WCOOP titles on Monday included 'giuliano156' (Event #69 Low), 'bcostin993' (Event #70 Medium), 'Aand river..' (Event #70 Low), 'powerpokerBR' (Event #71 Medium), and 'stipinas666' (Event #71 Low). WCOOP #69-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller] 67 entries $670,000 prize pool RaulGonzalez - $235,530.76 Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick - $156,000.92 Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira - $103,325.32 WCOOP #69-M: $1,050 8-Game 135 entries $150,000 prize pool ($15,000 overlay) Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna - $31,642.70 RolldUpTrips - $23,671.18 merla888 - $17,707.92 WCOOP #69-L: $109 8-Game 841 entries $84,100 prize pool giuliano156 - $13,993.03 woodbine ave - $9,749.67 m00nflow - $6,793.30 WCOOP #70-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout] 972 entries $486,000 prize pool RRagazzo - $80,082.59 twirlpro - $58,600.95 Stiffler8818 - $42,881.77 WCOOP #70-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Sunday Kickoff] 4,417 entries $220,850 prize pool bcostin993 - $29,943.35* CinemaniaK - $23,823.83* Dark Azazel - $15,746.98 WCOOP #70-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff] 8,659 entries $42,429.10 prize pool Aand river.. - $5,959.35 mr.celeste - $4,119.51 aleks52815 - $2,851.03 WCOOP #71-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 1,185 entries $1,185,000 prize pool utreg - $81,357.28 + $84,076.10 in bounties arielssouls - $81,356.41 + $22,029.30 in bounties MrHyde97 - $49,462.25 + $12,957.03 in bounties WCOOP #71-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up] 6,828 entries $682,800 prize pool powerpokerBR - $41,269.27 + $22,462.09 in bounties aJarov - $41,265.08 + $5,481.93 in bounties hateraises - $23,883.66 + $2,431.24 in bounties WCOOP #71-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout] 16,542 entries $162,111.60 prize pool stipinas666 - $7,515.63 + $3,702.04 in bounties nego1001 - $7,502.91 + $1,394.58 in bounties Jucaltajai - $4,451.67 + 88.53 in bounties
  16. The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event took full control of the spotlight on Sunday but while that event was playing Day 1, there were nine other champions crowned. Dinesh 'NastyMinder' Alt, the 2016 Turbo Championship of Poker Main Event winner, worked his way through 607 other entries in Event #66 High ($530 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack) and then chopped the remaining $94,000 with 'DeM1st3r' before eliminating them to earn their first WCOOP title. Alt's share after the deal and victory ended up being $48,197.37. Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides became the latest player to become a two-time WCOOP winner. Michaelides won Event #74 High ($1,050 NLHE Sunday Cooldown) for $58,484.46 and another $50,331.98 in collected bounties. Michaelides' first WCOOP title came in 2016 when he won the $1,050 Razz Championship. The third and final High level event to play to.a winner on Sunday was Event #68 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO) which drew 860 entries. Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando stood tall at the end of the tournament and earned $62,635.90 and another $59,428.66 in bounties to go along with his first WCOOP victory. The other six players who collected WCOOP wins on Sunday were 'diego_1901' (Event #66 Medium), 'Super7Sunday' (Event #66 Low), 'Roche9797' (Event #68 Medium), 'MarioDutraJR' (Event #68 Low), 'TonyGPT' (Event #74 Medium), and 'BrunoBezerr4' (Event #74 Low). WCOOP #66-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] 609 entries $304,500 prize pool Dinesh 'NastyMinder' Alt - $48,197.37* DeM!st3r - $45,634.61* IHackedRNG - $29,885.73 WCOOP #66-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] 4,295 entries $214,750 prize pool diego_1901 - $26,947.19* Quarantine86 - $25,405.95* sarakinosg3 - $15,333.12 WCOOP #66-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] 11,375 entries $55,737.50 prize pool Super7Sunday - $5,884.79* FARTOVIY36 - $5,048.31* GBZJB - $5,047.01* WCOOP #68-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] 860 entries $860,000 prize pool Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando - $62,635.90 + $59,428.66 in bounties mmetsla - $62,635.21 + $18,495.10 in bounties MarToMchat - $38,879.74 + $11,773.43 in bounties WCOOP #68-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] 7,285 entries $728,500 prize pool Roche9797 - $39,653.17* + $22,854.49 in bounties Zisiman98 - $34,153.30* + $4,782.17 in bounties pelicameli - $40,350.55* + $5,805.37 in bounties WCOOP #68-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] 24,450 entries $239,610 prize pool MarioDutraJR - $7,729.26* + $3,826.15 in bounties Deividas - $7,729.25 + $544.89 in bounties matheusgd5 - $7,729.25 + $1,276.46 in bounties A.Pats88 - $7,729.25 + $1,410.88 in bounties WCOOP #74-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown] 803 entries $803,000 prize pool Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides - $58,484.46 + $50,331.98 in bounties DaanOss - $58,483.81 + $25,417.97 in bounties CUERVO1126 - $36,302.82 + $21,226.57 in bounties WCOOP #74-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown] 4,828 entries $482,800 prize pool TonyGPT - $29,244.31 + $22,714.52 in bounties nilkk1 - $29,241.21 + $7,661.12 in bounties grinja321 - $16,924.40 + $3,604.28 in bounties WCOOP #74-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown] 11,761 entries $115,257.80 prize pool BrunoBezerr4 - $6,310.01 + $2,660.85 in bounties tikidiii - $6,301.77 + $302.57 in bounties LucasRenanMa - $3,738.99 + $72.27 in bounties
  17. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Blizzard offers plenty of value opportunities for grinders on a budget.[/caption] There’s a lot that goes into creating a poker series, online or live. In general, companies want to cast the widest net possible, making the event exciting for players of every bankroll level. 888poker does a very good job of this and the 34 events of the upcoming XL Blizzard on January 18-28 is no exception. Sure, there’s a solid group of big-time tournaments for the high rolling set, but what about those players who are on a tighter budget but would still like to play for bankroll boosting score? 888poker didn’t forget about their core base of players and so we’re here to spotlight five “can’t miss” tournaments for the true grinder. When: January 18 What: $15,000 Mini Opening Buy-in: $12 If you can’t find your way into the larger Event #1 the $109 buy-in Opening Event, the Mini Opening, Event #2, is the next best thing. The buy-in to guarantee ratio is definitely in favor of the player in comparison and just because one is not playing in the latest event of the day doesn’t stop them from taking advantage of all of the extra promotions, including bonus cash for both multiple wins and cashing in eight or more tournaments. With a very likely four-figure first place prize, a victory here could put you in contention for some serious XL Blizzard money. When: January 20 What: $15,000 Mini Crazy 8 Buy-in: $8.80 Boasting the cheapest buy-in for the entire series, Event #7, the Mini Crazy 8, is sure to draw a large field. Like their World Series of Poker counterpart, the Crazy 8 tournaments seem to really draw a crowd. Again, the buy-in is 1/10th of the larger Crazy 8 tournament and but the guarantee is roughly 1/3rd making it a complete value tournament no matter what stakes you usually play. When: January 21 What: $40,000 Mini Tune Up Buy-in: $12 With only a $12 buy-in, Event #11, the Mini Tune Up, carries the largest guarantee of any tournament on the schedule at this relative buy-in. The tournament is in the middle of a day that includes the $200,000 Whale and so it’s very likely that the field could be a robust one and should the guarantee get smashed the final few will be looking at high four-figure and maybe even a five-figure payday for less than a ticket to 'Molly’s Game'. When: January 22 What: $10,000 Mini R&A Buy-in: $5 The $5 price tag is a little misleading as there are rebuys and an add-on in this tournament. But should you run hot early, while others are busting and rebuying, this could be a high-value tournament. Catch fire and practice a little bankroll management, without falling into the contagious mindset of shipping super light and crossing your fingers and in the end perhaps you 100x your buy-in. But should you get doomswitched and, in turn, stubborn, this could turn from a $5 dalliance into a minor money pit. When: January 28 What: $50,000 Micro Main Buy-in: $30 Event #34, the final event on the XL Blizzard schedule, has the lowest buy-in during the last four days of tournaments but it should be a good one. With more of a mid-stakes price point the Micro Main comes with a healthy $50,000 guarantee, which very well could be shattered as players make a last ditch effort to find their way into the Champion of Champions tournament with hopes of winning a World Series of Poker Main Event package. When all is said and done, of all the smaller buy-in tournaments, this is the most likely to pay out five-figures to the winner. If these look good but you are looking for tournaments that come with a little big of a higher risk/reward ratio, don’t fear - you can check out these Five Big-Time Tournaments on the XL Blizzard Schedule and plan your winter week accordingly.
  18. [caption width="640"] PalaPoker.com announced it is out of "Beta" and adds new Mega tournaments to their schedule[/caption] New Jersey poker players have yet another choice on where to play online with Monday's announcement that Pala Interactive, the online, real money gaming arm of the Pala Casino Spa & Resort, are officially removing the “beta” tag from their new online poker product, PalaPoker.com, making it an official entry into the Garden State marketplace. The initial slate of tournaments, Sit & Go’s and cash games includes Texas Hold’em, Omaha as well as Seven Card Stud. Mike O’ Malley, Pala Interactive’s Chief Operating Officer, seems to understand that while they are off to a good start it will be through the feedback of their customers that their product will continue to expand. “While we still have a robust roadmap of features and functionality to add to our online poker product, we are encouraged enough by the stability and performance of our platform to move past the beta stage,” said O’ Malley. "We look forward to continue to work with New Jersey poker players to refine our offering.” One of the first things PalaPoker.com did when taking off the “beta” tag was also announce three new weekly Mega tournaments with bankroll building guaranteed prize pools. Each of the three Mega tournaments will have a $2,000 guaranteed prize pool and an initial buy-in of $30, with rebuys available. Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night these guaranteed tournaments will run at 7:30pm ET and for those who would like to try and win their way into the Megas, PalaPoker.com will be offering daily Hyper Turbo satellite tournaments for only $3.30. In addition to the three Mega tournaments, the initial schedule of tournaments features over 60 weekly guaranteed tournaments in an effort to be a part of the New Jersey players daily grind. “The Pala Mega events will provide a constant opportunity for players to have a destination tournament on PalaPoker.com where they can substantially add to their bankroll,” O Malley continued. “The new feeder structure we have created will allow players of all bankroll levels an opportunity to participate.” The initial tournament schedule on PalaPoker.com starts everyday at 4:00pm ET and consists of roughly 14 daily tournaments. But for those looking to put in some volume just for fun, there's at least one freeroll per day. As an incentive to give their new platform a try PalaPoker.com is offering new players a 100% match deposit bonus up to $500 as well as $50 in registration bonuses. The free $50 sign-up bonus includes poker tournament dollars to register for MTTs or Sin & Go’s as well as $5 to splash around in their cash games. PalaPoker.com is available as a downloadable client for Mac/Win, to play on a mobile device or as an in-browser experience. Sign-up now for Sign-up now for PalaPoker to get a $50 registration bonus and 100% match bonus on your first deposit up to $500.
  19. [caption width="640"] The biggest online cash game winner in November was 'BERRI SWEET'[/caption] After a rocky start to the month, high stakes Pot Limit Omaha specialist ‘BERRI SWEET’ went on an end-of-the-month heater to storm back and take the top spot in the overall winners in online cash for the month of November, according to the data tracked by Highstakesdb.com. After putting in far and away the most volume of anyone in this month’s Top 10, 161 sessions, ‘BERRI SWEET’ managed to end the month with a monster profit of $418,361 over the course of 10,389 hands. The largest portion of the winnings came in the final days of the month as ‘BERRI SWEET’ collected nearly $200K playing PLO against the likes of Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom. The uptick was enough to put ‘BERRI SWEET’ out front as the year’s most profitable online grinder to date, up over $1,850,000 with only December left. Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky took the #2 spot in November with a monster month of his own. Profitable to the tune of $339,755, Sulsky essentially took the majority of the month off from the online tables showing next to no activity until the final days of November. When he did log on his profit shot straight up, due to large wins at the PokerStars Eight Game Mix tables, mostly at the expense of, once again, Blom. Sulsky also managed to put in a couple of sessions at the PLO tables helping pad his Eight Game wins and pulling him out of negative territory for 2017 and place him as the ninth largest winner of 2017 to date with over $313,000 in earnings. November was also crucial for high stakes PLO grinder Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas, who comes in at #3. After languishing the majority of the year in the red, Bujtas strung together a few winning sessions, including a serious spike of roughly $100,000 on November 27, to dig himself out of the hole and book a profit of $150,598 in November making his earn roughly $28,770 for the year to date. Bujtas put in about half the volume of ‘BERRI SWEET’, with roughly 4250 hands played over 82 tracked sessions, good for the second most active of the month’s Top 10. ‘€uroTr@sh1’ booked the fourth biggest win of the month posting a $122,041 profit over 2856 hands, averaging out to a win of over $42 a hand. ‘€uroTr@sh1’ did all of his damage early in the month when he crushed the $25/$50 and $50/$100 high stakes PLO tables for a few days straight bringing in the bulk of his winnings. The heater has him at a peak for this year putting him on pace, based on his pattern of volume, to end the year with a profit. It’s been a rough go for ‘€uroTr@sh1’, in general, in the biggest games as he’s looking to rebound from a nearly $600,000 lifetime deficit. His big November bounce has him up off the floor he touched earlier this year and back on the path to possible profitability, currently down approximately $400,000 since 2012. Get in, get out was ‘OhHeyCindy’s approach this month as after the number five winner accumulated roughly $110,000 in the first two days of the month, ‘OhHeyCindy’ essentially called it a day for the month, putting in minimal volume past those sessions. In total, the No Limit Hold’em specialist banked $2 shy of $118,000. After being up for the majority of 2017, a sharp freefall in August and September found ’OhHeyCindy’ suddenly looking up at the break-even line. The 3159 tracked hands helped out immensely and ‘OhHeyCindy’ currently sits on over $81,000 of profit for the year. Blom was mentioned as a victim of a pair of the largest winners in November, and this month was a swingy one for him to say the least. Down as low as -$180,000 he ran it up to a peak of $155,000 profit only to see it crash back down to end the month as one of the biggest losers, having dropped roughly $225,000. But lest the giver-of-action’s fans be worried, Blom is still in the midst of a fantastic year, still up $1.1 million for 2017, even with the downturn. HighstakesDB Cash Game Results for November RANKPLAYERSESSIONSHANDSPROFIT 1BERRI SWEET16110,389$418,381 2Sauce123263,553$339,755 3omaha4rollz824,249$150,598 4€uroTr@sh1632,856$122,041 5OhHeyCindy363,159$117,998 6LuckyGump101238$105,555 7jobetzu25993$91,061 8candela2005N951,904$89,790 9fish2013461,067$81,662 10Trueteller383,138$72,313
  20. [caption width="640"] Joao Simao continues to be the #1-ranked player in his home country of Brazil (SHRPO photo)[/caption] A land of beautiful beaches and football fanatics, Brazil is known as a country filled with passionate people. When it comes to the game of poker, that statement especially holds true. Providing ambassadors such as football/soccer legend Ronaldo and current global superstar Neymar Jr. as well as the ever-growing number of festivals that make stops in Brazil, the game of poker is growing by leaps and bounds in the Land of the Palms and the talent that emerges from the country is growing as well. While there are a number of top pros that have made their marks on the live tournament circuit, such as Felipe Ramos, Andre Akkari and former November Niner Bruno Politano, the current crop of online talent is also as competitive as any country in the world. In fact, every player in Brazil’s current Top-10 also resides in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top-100, following suit of powerhouse online breeding grounds Sweden, Russia and the UK. Leading the pack, currently sitting atop the rankings Brazil’s #1 player is Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Paulo Simao (7,800.10 PLB points). The former #1-ranked Worldwide player now sits in the #4 spot Worldwide and is closing in on $6.5 million in lifetime earnings while he grinds the largest MTTs that the online world has to offer. He received a major points boost back in September when he claimed a victory in the partypoker Powerfest $5200 High Roller for over $123,000. But his domination since that win has been what’s kept him atop the Brazilian rankings, registering nine five-figure scores since the middle of September. His prolific rate of making the money and racking up PLB points has him looking like he’ll be Brazil’s top performer for quite some time as he holds a 1411 point lead over the next closest player. While it may be a steep mountain to climb to catch Simao, perhaps Brazil’s #2-ranked Renato ‘bauruzito’ Valentim (6,388.83) is the man for the job. Sao Paulo’s top player, Valentim is an everyday grinder who recently packed on the PLB points by taking down a pair of major tournaments on partypoker within a week of each other. Valentim won the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight Warm Up for over $38,000 in late October and then, just seven days later, he made a victory lap in the $109 Heavyweight: Uppercut Warm Up for another $33,400. The push also has him inching back towards the Top 20 Worldwide, currently sitting just outside at #21. If Valentim is going to hold on to the #2 spot though, he’d better be looking over his shoulder as the #3-ranked Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (6,369.76) is literally right behind him. A razor-thin 19.07 points differential makes it so Padilha could assume the #2 spot on any given day. It may be sooner than later if he continues to post results like his recent win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder in late November for over $14,000. Like Valentim, Padilha is making his own push for the Worldwide Top 20, currently sitting ranked #23, by grinding the mid-stakes schedule and posting a slew of daily results. After winning Event #4 during the 2017 PokerStars SCOOP back in May for $275,984, Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar (6,022.83) saw both his profile and his ranking rise. Currently occupying the #4 spot on the Brazilian chart, Bittar has supported his PLB points with a heater in early November where he amassed $20,600 over the course of 24-hours, by claiming victory in the PokerStars $215 Thursday Thrill as well as two runner-up finishes and a third place to wrap it up. The #5 spot belongs to Santa Catarina’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann (5,865.10). On the cusp of earning $3 million in lifetime earnings, Volkmann took a major step closer to that milestone after his victory in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up in late October for $48,595. The #40-ranked player in the world is still reaping the PLB rewards from his victory in Event #15 (High) of the 2017 WCOOP where he not only scored 928.44 PLB points, but a career-high score of $170,676. You may have seen the screen name of the player currently sitting at #6, ’Bernardo Rocha’ (5,495.47), when he took third place in the 2017 WCOOP Main Event for $848,015, a massive score by every metric and possibly the reason for his overall light volume since the haul. Pedro ‘gusma’ Madeira (5,156.33) has the #7 spot locked down for now. His most recent major score came when he finished runner-up to Lex Veldhuis in the $1,050 Thursday Thrill on Thanksgiving for over $21,000. There’s a tight race as for the final three spots in the Top-10 as only 23.4 points separate #8-#10. The #1-ranked player in Rio De Janeiro, Victor ‘vitinhorrn15’ Pedote dos Santos (4,981.01) holds down the #8 spot while ‘jonzstars’ (4,960.16) and Pablo ‘pabritz’ Silva (4,957.61) trail close behind in the #9 and #10 spots respectively. The pair of ‘jonzstars’ and ‘pabritz’ also sit ranked right next to each other in the Worldwide rankings at #82 and #83. Brazil’s Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Paulo Simao7,800.10 2Renato ‘bauruzito’ Valentim6,388.83 3Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha6,369.76 4Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar 6,022.83 5Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann5,865.10 6’Bernardo Rocha’5,495.47 7Pedro ‘gusma’ Madeira 5,156.33 8Victor ‘vitinhorrn15’ Pedote dos Santos 4,981.01 9‘jonzstars’4,960.16 10Pablo ‘pabritz’ Silva 4,957.61
  21. 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 C Darwin2 Top $7 Million Lifetime Earnings October’s PLB winner and current #1-ranked online player on the planet, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ added a new accolade to his ever-growing list of accomplishments this week when he surpassed $7 million in lifetime earnings. Not only did he fly right by the benchmark, he did it in style by outright winning the PokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for over $16,000. His victory was one of three top 3 finishes over the course of the week, resulting in over $50,000 in cashes. At this rate, it will only be a few weeks before the Swede returns to the Milestones headlines as he closes in on his $7.5 million badge. Making new high marks of his own was The Netherlands #1-ranked player, Tommie ‘TommieJ’ Janssen who grinded his way past the $4 million lifetime earnings mark this week as well. Two More Join $2 Million Romania’s top-ranked pro Nedelcu ‘Narcisus90’ Narcis as well as ‘macqueen56’from France both topped the $2 million mark this week. Narcis’ sixth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder for nearly $4,500 on November 5 was the tournament that helped him get over the hump. In similar fashion, for the full-time grinder ‘macqueen56’ it was his runner-up finish in the partypoker $10,000 GTD on Monday, November 6. A career-high score, in terms of PLB points, for ‘PSCPRODIGY’ helped him become one of four players to earn $1 million in lifetime earnings this week. ‘PSCPRODIGY’, Thailand’s #2-ranked player, soared past the $1 million mark with his win in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $58,039 and 529.15 PLB points. Joining him in earning the million milestone was Lithuania’s ‘shakalas’, Zimbabwe’s ‘Rakietman’ and ‘Pustota’ who plays out of Cheboksary, Russia. ’Jughead11’ enters Top 100, ‘josef_shvejk’ & ‘rolandbauer’ ascend in Top 20 Nine players made moves in the Top 100 Worldwide rankings, with Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse appearing for the first time. As the Canadian Lacasse approached $500,000 in lifetime earnings, his new entry into the Top 100 can be attributed to a string of cashes boosted by his second-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warmup in the last week of October, providing him over 373 PLB points and $34,940. Russia's‘josef_shvejk’ took another step towards the Top 10 as he moved from 16 to 15 in the rankings this week. Ranked #2 in all of Russia, his move up could likely be traced back to his first-place finish in the Hot $109 on PokerStars early in the week earning him over 205.18 PLB points in addition to the approximately $7,500. The most notable move of the week belongs to Austria’s ‘rolandbauer’ who leapt 18 spots from #30 right into the thick of the Top 20, landing at #12. Two big-time finishes in a 48 hours period not only gave him the boost he needed to get to the edge of the Top 10, but it also puts him on the precipice of $2 million in lifetime earnings. He took first place in partypoker’s Sunday Super High Roller for $55,809 and then, just days later, a second place finish in PokerStars Super Tuesday for another $41,988. Career High Rankings In Top 100 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #105 to #97 Victor 'vitinhorrn15' Pedote dos Santos - #94 to #86 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #74 to 360 'tiarc' - #61 to #54 'kofi89' - #48 to #45 'papan9_p$' - #30 to #29 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha - #22 to #21 'josef_shvejk' - #16 to #15 'rolandbauer' - #30 to #12
  22. [caption width="640"] Marti Roca De Torres takes down the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €1,115,207. Photo: Alin Ivanov[/caption] Former economics teacher turned poker professional, Marti Roca De Torres, outlasted the 529 runners and marathon final table to become the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Champion, taking home his first WSOP bracelet and a massive €1,115,207 ($1,297,552) first place prize. Roca De Torres’ “dream come true” was made in part by winning his way into the €10,350 Main Event through a €220 satellite on 888poker. From there the Spaniard seized the opportunity, showed incredible resolve, and grinded his way through a grueling final table to end up with a career score that will be tough to top. The Final Table After the elimination of Stepan Osinovski in ninth place on Day 5 the official final table of eight players was set to begin. The remaining field included popular UK pro Jack Salter, live poker Triple Crown winner Niall Farrelland one of the most recognizable names in poker, Maria Ho, holding the chip lead and looking for her first World Series of Poker bracelet. Just after the dinner break, on the 10th hand of the official final table, Spaniard Luis Rodriguez, having had his stack crippled on a previous hand, was forced to push his remaining four big blinds in holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="6d"]. Farrell, holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"], reshoved, isolating the short stack. The board came clean for the aces, [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="th"][poker card="3s"], and Rodriguez walked with €97,344. Roughly 30 minutes later, a classic flip helped decide the fate of Jack Salter. With similar sized stacks, Salter and Gianluca Speranza would find themselves all in. Salter, covering Speranza, had the slightest of leads holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"] against the Italian’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2d"] flop put Speranza in great position to double through. Salter would get no help from the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="6s"] river, leaving him with just a few blinds to try and grind back. The very next hand would be the end of Salter as his shipped [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"] would fall to Roca De Torres’ [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"]. Salter books a €129,121 cash in seventh place, his second six-figure score of the week after min-cashing the €111,111 High Roller For One Drop earlier in the series. With Salter’s exit, play was suspended for the night. The remaining six returned on Saturday for Day 6 to play down to a winner with Maria Ho still in the chip lead. Unfortunately for Ho, after running hot and playing well over the course of five days, her fortunes changed dramatically on the final day. A couple of key hands made major dents in her chip lead, including a hand in which she shipped [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] from the big blind against a Niall Farrell open raise. He snapped with [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"], which held, and allowed him to double up and Ho to sink down to the bottom of the chip counts. While this seemed to send Farrell and Ho's future at the table in opposite directions, the fate of both would be decided just ten hands later. The short-stacked Ho, open shipped roughly 10 big blinds, holding [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"]. The largest stack at the table, now belonging Roca De Torres, made the call in the small blind. Farrell, second in chips and in the big blind, peered down at [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"]. Farrell reshipped. Roca De Torres snapped. Both Farrell and Ho saw the bad news as the online qualifier tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] for a three-way set-up hand. No one improved as the innocuous board of [poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"] gave Roca De Torres the double knockout and a massive chipl ead with four remaining. Ho and Farrell, the two most prominent players of the final table were eliminated on the same hand. Ho took home €174,365 in sixth and Farrell finished in fifth for €239,639, just shy of his second WSOP bracelet. Play evened out four-handed and Roca De Torres lost multiple bids to knock out his fellow competitors as his stack fall back to the pack. Hours passed with all four men jockeying for position. Then, finally, over 80 hands later, the next elimination would take place. Finding himself short once again, after being at the bottom of the chip counts for much of the final table, the UK’s Robert Bickley made his last stand by shipping his [poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] from the small blind. Mathijs Jonkers quickly called showing down the [poker card="as"][poker card="7s"]. Bickley, behind but with two live cards, found no help on the flop of [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"]. When the [poker card="2s"] fell on the turn, it looked like Bickley would survive his seventh all in of the final table. But with spades and two overs as river outs, Jonkers ended Bickley’s gritty run when the [poker card="9s"] completed the board. Bickley finished in fourth for €335,089. After a short break, Jonkers own time would come. Speranza, holding a commanding chip lead at this point, put in a raise with [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"], Jonkers, who had folded a suited ace to him in the big blind just a few hands prior, decided that he could not fold a second time. Jonkers put in a re-raise with a dominated [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"], effectively committing his short stack to the hand. Speranza put Jonkers all in and the Dutchman placed his few remaining chips in the middle. After seeing the situation, Jonkers began to beg for a seven to keep his dream alive. The flop of [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"] not only didn’t provide any help to Jonkers, but it pulled an out away. When the [poker card="7s"] dropped on the turn, Jonkers, drawing dead, tapped the table, congratulated his fellow competitors and moved to his rail for comfort, collecting €476,585 for his efforts. Nine and a half hours after the six-handed final table started, heads-up play began between Speranza and Roca De Torres. Speranza began the heads-up battle holding the chip lead, but the tides turned in favor of the Roca De Torres as what looked like could be a quick finish turned into a four-hour heads-up battle. The final hand came down to, essentially, a coin flip, as the pair were nearly equal in chips when Roca De Torres shoved with the almighty [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and Speranza called hoping to close it out called with two overs, [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. The [ah[p9d][poker card="3c"] put the Italian way in front but the [poker card="5h"] turn sealed the deal for Roca De Torres and the [poker card="9s"] completed the board. Speranza, with less than two blinds left, stuck it in with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] the very next hand. Roca De Torres’ [poker card="qh"][poker card="5d"] held as the final board of the tournament read [poker card="ks"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]. Speranza’s consolation prize is a hefty €689,246 while Roca De Torres, who won his way into the tournament for €220, wins €1,115,207 and the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Marti Roca De Torres - €1,115,207 Gianluca Speranza - €689,248 Mathijs Jonkers - €476,585 Robert Bickley - €335,089 Niall Farrell - €239,639 Maria Ho - €174,365 Jack Salter - €129,121 Luis Rodriguez - €97,344
  23. [caption width="640"] PokerStars PowerUp hopes to add a new dimention of strategy to the classic poker game.[/caption] PokerStars' new variant on the game of poker, Power Up, is back up and running in the PokerStars lobby giving players a whole new set of strategies to employ in order to take the game of Hold’em to the next level. The new game format takes the basics of No Limit Hold’em and tosses in game-changing power cards that allow players to impact the hand in ways never before possible. In a recent Q&A with a number of Team PokerStars Online Pros, Felix ‘xflixx’ Schneiders, Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew and Kevin Martin talked about their hopes for the game as well as their favorite powers and strategies to become a beast at the three-handed Power Up Sit & Gos. “I love the way X-Ray messes with everyone’s head,” Team Pro Schneiders said in reference to the card that allows a player to expose one hole card from each opponent. “Once the cards are exposed you can start to really step up and level the game to new dimensions.” X-ray is one of nine powers that in play. At the start of each Sit & Go players are gifted randomly with three power cards to try and help them navigate the hands. At the beginning of each hand as the tournament progresses, cards are replenished as they are used. Schneider continues regarding the X-ray card, “It will be fun to run elaborate bluffs or going for value with that extra piece of information while knowing that your opponent things that you think that…” Another one of the powers is Disintegrate, the ability to literally erase a card on the board changing the entire board texture and, if used properly, diminish the strength of your opponent's hand. “Disintegrate is going to be the most creative and interesting card in PowerUp,” online mainstay Randy ’nanonoko’ Lew said. “I can’t wait to destroy people’s flush draws and top pairs and ruin their strategy.” Fellow Online Pro and Twitch streamer, Kevin Martin agrees with Lew. “My favorite power is Disintegrate. You can take cards that are great for your opponent’s range and get them off the table.” The power can be used on any street to eliminate either a card on the flop, turn or river and can actually be used twice per hand. “It’s a savage card and can be used in a lot of fun spots! ‘Oh hey, that King helped you, didn’t it? Well, it’s NOT there anymore!” An added level of strategy comes with the execution of the cards. In order to utilize them, you need enough Energy to do so. Each Power consumes a certain amount of Energy, which means that players will need to keep tabs on how much Energy they have as the Sit & Go advances. The various moving parts of the game is an attempt to merge the worlds of poker and strategy gaming. From the futuristic look and feel of the graphics to the new expansion of ways to play any given hand, PokerStars hopes players will get excited about traditional Hold'em poker with as yet undiscovered new depths. “I'm really excited to see more people get into it. It's a new way to think about and enjoy poker. It's also great for streaming, adding a little bit extra onto the game. It will be interesting to see what kind of strategies get developed.” said Martin, who knows a little bit about shifting strategies after winning Big Brother Canada Season 5. Schneider sums up his hopes for the future of the game. “I'm convinced that Power Up will open up huge unexplored strategic dimensions which the game of poker has not seen before.” After a brief hiccup, Power Up on PokerStars is now available for players to try for themselves for real money play in select markets.
  24. [caption width="640"] Matous Skorepa beat out 4,114 other players to win the Colossus event at WSOP Europe 2017. (WSOP photo)[/caption] Local Czech grinder, Matous Skorepa found the finish line in the World Series of Poker Europe Event #5 (The Colossus, €550 No-Limit Hold’em) besting 4,115 runners on his way to first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of €270,015 ($317,269). The final table got underway with the majority of the table feeling the pressure to make moves as six of the nine seated had under 20 big blinds with only chip leader Jonathan Khalifa, and the eventual head-up finalists Florian Fuchs and Skorepa, sitting with any room to breathe. It didn’t take long before the bustouts began. France’s Gaetan Cauchy picked his spot and three-bet squeeze shoved his roughly ten big blinds over Pascal Pflock’s early position raise as well as a button call from Skorepa. Pflock ended up laying down his [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] but Skorepa wasn’t going anywhere with his [poker card="9s"][poker card="9c"] and made the call. Cauchy tabled the [poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] for a single overcard. Looking for one of the final two aces in the deck the run out of [poker card="qc"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9d"] provided no help as Skorepa’s full house scored the first knockout. A full orbit later two more players would hit the rail. Pflock shoved his final six bigs under the gun holding the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"]. Nebojsa Ankucic, who entered the day with a scant four big blinds, re-shoved for less with his suited [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"]. Right behind both of them, Khalifa woke up with a suited king of his own and, covering both, made the call. Khalifa’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] had Ankucic dominated but the flop of [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"] turned the table for the moment. As Pflock was looking for a miracle three to get back in the hand, the gin card would come for Khalifa as the [poker card="th"] turned, giving him Broadway. Looking for a spade or a queen to save his tournament, Ankucic watched his WSOPE bracelet dream end with the meaningless [poker card="4d"] river card. Covering both players, Khalifa scored the double KO as Ankucic bowed in eighth and Pflock in seventh respectively. Local player Roman Motovsky found a decent spot after he three-bet shoved his final seven blinds [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] from the big blind. Skorepa had raised the action with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] and was flatted on the button by Khalifa who shared an out, with his suited [poker card="as"][poker card="4s"]. After Motovsky shoved, Skorepa called, Khalifa folded and the flop, favorable to the player at risk, ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="7c"]. Both players spiked a pair and Motovsky was in great shape to double. One of the final two aces, the [poker card="ad"], peeled off on the turn, putting Motovsky behind. It was handshakes for Motovsky as the [poker card="8h"] completed the board and his run at the bracelet. The next elimination came roughly 40 minutes later as Khalifa was set up to score his third knockout of the final table. After opening the action, Greece’s Makarios Avramidis stuck his final 10 bigs in the middle holding an unconnected ace, [poker card="ad"][poker card="6h"]. Folded back to Khalifa, he had snapped revealing the best hand in poker, the old [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. The board ran out clean for Khalifa’s aces as Avramidis, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner in 2015, was sent off in fifth place to enjoy the second best cash of his career. With only a handful of recorded career cashed, Bulgaria’s Ivaylo Sivinov was far and away in the biggest spot of his poker life. In blind-on-blind action, the Skorepa open shipped his stack on Sivinov’s big blind. Sivinov peered down at [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] and made the call. Skprepa had the goods this time, revealing [poker card="td"][poker card="th"]. The run out of [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6c"] didn’t give Sivinov a lot to work with. The [poker card="8s"] paired him up but two red tens would hold as the [poker card="5s"] landed like a brick and meant that Sivinov would finish in fourth. Three-handed play would last for roughly an hour with the blind levels rising and the chip stacks flattening out keeping Khalifa, Fuchs and Skorepa all within striking distance of each other. Finally, when the next bustout arrived it was again Khalifa who was involved, only this time the bustout was his own. Skorepa opened for roughly 2.5x and Khalifa shipped his 20 big blind stack over the top with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"]. Skorepa, covering Khalifa, tank-called and showed down up the [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"] for a coin-flip to determine control of the tournament. The flop was good for nines, [poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"]. Feeling good, embraced by his rail with only 8 outs to fade, the chipleader at the start of the final table couldn't hold as the [poker card="ts"] spiked on the river. Skorepa took a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up battle against Florian Fuchs and from there Skorepa went on a roll. Dominating heads-up play, it only took 11 hands for Skorepa to felt the Austrian. In the end, Fuchs, at a massive chip disadvantage made his final stand by calling Skorepa’s shove holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="4s"]. Hoping to have two live cards, Fuchs was crushed as Skorepa had him dominated showing down the suited [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The championship hand ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"], pairing both. But as the [poker card="2d"] hit the turn, it meant kickers were in play and Fuchs was looking for a miracle three-outer to begin a comeback. It was not in the cards as the [poker card="ac"] dropped, Fuchs was eliminated and Matous Skorepa from the Czech Republic was crowned the champion of the Colossus. Final Table Payouts Matous Skorepa - €270,015 Florian Fuchs - €166,855 Jonathan Khalifa - €123,241 Ivaylo Sivinov - €91,711 Makarios Avramidis - €86,771 Roman Motovsky - €51,968 Pascal Pflock - €39,576 Nebojsa Ankucic - €30,376 Gaetan Cauchy - €23,499
  25. [caption width="640"] Tom Hall played a key hand to win 888Live in London in October[/caption] While it is true that in tournament poker just about every hand counts, for those who make it deep - perhaps even to the end - often times there are one or two hands that can be looked back upon as being a crucial development to the story of the tournament. Those hands and decisions are even more magnified when playing in major events for heaps of money like the players were in the 888Live Events this year. With 888poker's circuit finished for the year, we decided to take a look at a few key hands from final tables that helped change the fortunes for the shot takers who found themselves in a position to go for the win. Niall Farrell Gets Popped Three-handed. After passing chips back and forth multiple times with Romania’s Catalin Pop during the final table of the 888Live event in Rozvadov in February, Scottish superstar Niall Farrell, found himself just moments away from having a choke on the tournament’s endgame. After the chip leader Pop raised from the small blind, Farrell, who was second in chips, looked down at [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] and put in a healthy three bet. Pop, having Farrell covered, came over the top - moving all in. Farrell snapped Pop off and saw the good news as Pop tabled [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"]. Unfortunately for the former EPT Main Event winner he only had a moment to enjoy his brief lead as the flop spread out [poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"]. The flopped set for Pop put Farrell way behind, with just under 8% chance to pull it out. The [poker card="qd"] on the turn increased Farrell’s outs to one for the win and an additional nine for the chop. But, as we like to see around here, pocket fives won out as the river offers no helps sending the top tier pro home in third for over €36,000 and propelling Catalin Pop to a commanding chip leadthat he would not relinquish - claiming the 888Live Rozvadov Main Event Title for a career high score of €80,000. Cate Hall Plays it Cooler. Outspoken poker personality Cate Hall stormed into the final table of the 888Live May Event in Barcelona second in chips. After some early action which saw Hall’s chip stack fluctuate quite a bit she found herself in an unavoidable head-on collision that nearly left her on life support. Under the gun, Hall picked up the [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] and put in a raise for roughly 2x. Spain’s own Jaime Rueda Sampedro quickly moved all-in for a little less and when the action returned to her, Hall called. Sampedro had her crushed, holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. Sometimes though, you just have to play it cool. Hall did just that and her pocket queens got there in a hurry with a [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"] flop. The board ran out clean for Hall sending Sampedro to the rail in seventh and helping propel Hall further in the contest. She eventually would bow out in fourth for €35,000. Haroldo Shows Heart. Facing a 2.5:1 chip deficit during heads-up play at the 888Live Event in Sao Paulo, local player Haroldo Ferriera Da Silva had his back against the wall. Needing to make a move he made a tank-call while holding [poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] vs his opponent, Guilherme Cazula’s suited [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] and the baby pair held, giving Silva some much-needed breathing room and ability to mix it up. Now holding the chip lead, Silva found himself facing a three-bet after his open raise. Looking down at [poker card="4h"][poker card="5h"] Silva made the call. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"] gave him a gutter and backdoor possibilities, but he was also facing another healthy bet from Cazula. He called to see the [poker card="ah"] drop on the turn. The checked around action was just what Silva needed as the [poker card="2h"] completed the board. Cazula put the majority of his chips in the middle and Silva snapped holding the six-high flush. It was good. Casual was nearly felted allowing Silva to turn his overwhelming lead into easily the biggest cash of his career, good for $200,000 BRL ($63,862 USD). Tom's in it for the long Hall. UK poker pro Tom Hall was in the midst of a grueling battle. After reaching a heads-up deal with local UK player Ning Lu at the 888Live Event in London this October, one that guaranteed each at least £70,000, play had begun to drag. With £8,888 and the trophy left in the prizepool, the pair were reluctant to relinquish the notion of taking first place. After play crawled on, the pair agreed to shorten the levels to 30 minutes. Play continued. Hall requested to the levels shorten to 20 minutes, but Lu contested. Play continued. For over three hours the pair grinded their stacks until finally, mercifully at nearly 3:30 in the morning Lu and Hall got it all in. Lu held [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"] but was slightly behind Hall’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="5h"]. The board of [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"] gave them both a pair but it was Hall that ended up smiling in the winner’s photo. Which crucial hands will change the fortunes of players in 2018? 888Live Events are set to return in the New Year with plenty more pivotal plays to pour over.
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