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  1. Timing is everything. One can say this about most things in life, but for Phil Beck, a perfectly-timed series of events lifted him to victory in the World Series of Poker Online Event #9 ($400 Six-Max NLHE) for a career-high cash of more than $81,000 and, perhaps more importantly to him, his first WSOP gold bracelet. “It’s kind of crazy man, I’m in a little bit of disbelief,” Beck said just days after his win. “I’ve got a lot of buddies that are very, very good to incredible at the game, and not a lot of them have bracelets.” Beck, a construction controller for a local Las Vegas construc
  2. ’szagos’ may not have been the most well-known name in this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$, but after outlasting a final table that included three former Super MILLION$ champions and taking home the $258,592 first-place prize, the Hungarian will now certainly be on the high-roller radar. Even though ‘szagos’ had a healthy third-place stack to start with, former champs Anatoly Filatov, Artur Martirosian, and Isaac Haxton were all still in contention to try and capture their second title. Add to that, Thomas Muehloecker playing in his fourth Super MILLION$ final table and Russia’s Sergei Denis
  3. For the second year in a row, poker players from all over the world will have the ability to chase World Series of Poker online bracelets with GGPoker announcing this summer's complete schedule for the international WSOP Online 2021. Taking place from Sunday, August 1 through Sunday, September 12 the series offers players 33 gold bracelet events including a $5,000 buy-in Main Event with a $20 million guarantee. “World Series of Poker is proud to partner once again with GGPoker to allow players throughout the globe to compete for WSOP glory,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the Wor
  4. Brian Altman found a nice rhythm, hitting the gym, eating the same things at the same time, and getting focused on the task at hand during the short walk from his hotel to the poker room where the World Poker Tour was holding their first-ever Main Tour stop at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. For the better part of two days, Altman was sitting with a below-average stack. But by the end of Day 2, Altman surged in the chip counts and finished the day with a top 10 stack and a notion that, maybe, he was in a position to take down his third WPT title. “I mean, as
  5. “It means the world to me. It’s the holy grail to me. It’s something that I’ve been chasing for so long.” On July 4, 35-year-old Brooklyn, New York native Donnell Dais’ poker journey came full circle when he bested the 950-entry field of World Series of Poker Online Event #3 ($500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) to win a career-high $90,801 score and his first WSOP gold bracelet. For Diaz, it was the culmination of more than 13 years on a grind that started from the moment he first discovered the game as a member of the airborne infantry stationed in Iraq to earning one of poker’s most prestigious pr
  6. High-stakes online tournament crusher ‘FiestaPagana’ took down this week’s $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ event for his first Super MILLION$ title and the $302,053 first-place prize. Every week, the Super MILLION$ final table features a final table full of elite-level talent but this week was an exceptional one with five former Super MILLION$ winners in the final nine. Adrian Mateos, Wiktor Malinowski, Daniel Dvoress, Isaac Haxton, and eventual runner-up Benjamin Rolle all know what it’s like to take down the Super MILLION$ and they were all gunning for another trip to the winner’s circle. How
  7. The World Series of Poker has announced that it will be the third online poker operator to enter the Pennsylvania market as WSOP.com will officially launch in the Keystone State on July 12. Through their partnership with Harrah’s Philadelphia, WSOP.com is planning to bring Pennsylvania and its population of 12.8 million, similar cash games and tournament schedules they currently offer their players on their multi-state network. However, without an agreement to share liquidity with other states that offer online poker, players in Pennsylvania remain in a ring-fenced state. Players in Pennsyl
  8. Russia has been a long-standing breeding ground for some of online poker’s most decorated grinders. World-class pros including Timofey 'trueteller' Kuznetsov, Artur marathur1' Martirosyan, and Arsenii 'hellohellohello' Malinov may not have high-profile name recognition in the Western world, but they do have an immense amount of respect from online grinders around the globe. That said, Moscow’s Anatoly Filatov enjoys it all. As one of the most popular players to ever emerge from Russia, Filatov has spent his career as a poker ambassador, currently representing GGPoker, and has amassed millio
  9. In his tenth appearance in the $10,000 GGPoker Super MILLION$, and his first final table, Hungary’s David Szep outlasted this week's field of 105 entries to capture his first Super MLLION$ title and the $228,170 first-place prize. Szep started the day second in chips and used them to make all the right moves in order to get to the end. He eliminated four of his final eight opponents, another final table replete with top-flight pros which included online poker’s former #1-ranked Bert Stevens, Pascal Hartmann, and Thomas Muehloecker who was at back-to-back final tables. Among the players join
  10. Jaman Burton couldn't get back into his car and his frustrations were boiling over. It’s a Tesla Model 3, which Burton calls “sort of a unicorn out in the Midwest” and after a quick trip to the store, groceries in hand, the well-known poker vlogger simply couldn’t get the door to unlock. Not terribly uncommon. That’s when he was approached by a couple. And due to his popularity on YouTube, being approached in bizarre places by fans is also not terribly uncommon. However, this wasn’t someone looking for a photo op or shout-out. “So I walk up to my car, I’m going to get in and drive away a
  11. New Jersey online grinder David ‘dave419’ Nodes scored a signature win on Sunday night after taking down the World Series of Poker Summer Online Circuit Series Main Event for $54,116.30. The 18 event online series concluded over the weekend as Nodes bested the 679-entry field of the $525 Main Event to capture his first gold ring and the $54,116.30 first-place prize. Although Nodes had been close before, finishing as the runner-up in Event #9 ($300 NLH Knockout) of the WSOP.com Winter Online Super Circuit for $10,960, his WSOP resume had lacked that headline result until now. Nodes did cash
  12. The second season of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ got underway this week as Estonian chess grandmaster Ottomar Ladva outlasted another star-studded final table to pick up his first Super MILLION$ title and the $325,957 first-place prize. It may be a new year and new season for the weekly $10K tournament but there were plenty of old familiar faces at this week’s final table. Joining Ladva in the final nine were Super MILLION$ reg ‘RRomashka’, Thomas Muehloecker, and a pair of previous champions in Adrian Mateos and Connor Drinan. Ladva had previously shown that he could handle himself in th
  13. Sean Winter helped bring the U.S. Poker Open 2021 series to a close after besting the field of 42 entries in Event #12 ($50,000 NLHE) and earned his second career USPO victory and the $756,000 first-place prize. However, who would win the largest payday of the series wasn’t the only storyline taking place inside the PokerGO Studio on Tuesday. Final table short stack, Sam Soverel, started the day as the only player with the chance to catch three-time 2021 USPO winner David Peters for the overall series lead. Although Soverel hung around, giving Peters a sweat, in the end, Soverel busted and
  14. In his first two appearances at a GGPoker Super MILLION$, final table China’s ‘judd trump’ never quite found his footing, bowing out in ninth place in both events. The exact opposite of that took place in the $5 million guaranteed Super MILLION$ Anniversary edition when the three-time GGPoker Spring Festival champ entered the day second in chips and ended it with his first Super MILLION$ title and a GGPoker career-high score of $976,379. It’s hard to believe, but the $10K Super MILLION$ has been running weekly for a full year now. A full year of some of the biggest names in online poker bat
  15. One of the main reasons that summer in Sin City is such a special time for poker players is the abundance of tournament and cash game action that can be found all over the city. In a typical year, it's the poker beacon that is the World Series of Poker that attracts grinders and recreational players from all over the planet to Las Vegas where they battle for bracelets and, oftentimes, find themselves playing in a multitude of side events in various tournament series. However, this year, the WSOP has been pushed back to the fall and won’t be this summer’s main attraction. That fact is not st
  16. It seems like every high roller series at the PokerGO studios has been very good to Ali Imsirovic. Once again, the 24-year old Imsirovic was back posing for a winner’s photo on Saturday after he bested the 99-entry field of the U.S. Poker Open Event #9 ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em) for a $217,800 payday. Imsirovic, the 2018 Breakout Player of the Year, now has two USPO career victories under his belt to go along with his 2018 Poker Masters overall title. He’s cashed in four of the first nine USPO 2021 events with this being his third final table of the series and has now taken the lead on the
  17. Although he started the day with the chip lead, Jared Bleznick was forced to battle back from a short stack late during the final table of Event #8 ($10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha) of the U.S. Poker Open 2021 in which he took home the $189,000 first-place prize and locked down his first USPO title. It seemed like PLO specialist Maxx Coleman was going to roll to victory for much of the day. Coleman took over the chip lead early, amassed a massive stack, and eliminated three of the final six players at the table. But the experienced Bleznick hung around and when he got short-stacked, found critical
  18. There’s no question that Brazil has produced some of the very best online poker players in recent years. Names like Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski, Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann, and Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon have been dominating the upper echelons of the Online Poker Rankings for the better part of a year. Now, there’s another name you can add to the rising ranks of the dominant Brazilians - Dalton ‘daltonhb’ Hobold. Sitting at a career-high ranking of #15 in the world, Hobold is May’s Online Player of the Month. Hobold (3,171 points) put in an impressive amount of volume in May, racking u
  19. May was another massive month for PocketFivers looking to score in the value-packed tournaments on 888poker. In addition to their newly revamped tournament schedule, promotions like the Early Bird Rakeback and Sunday Sale continued to reap benefits for MTT grinders, of every level, looking to give their bankroll a springtime boost. This included the UK’s John ‘eilselnhoj’ Leslie who took home the title of Top Earner for May after picking up a total of $15,034 over the course of 43 results. Leslie picked up five victories in the month including a win in the May 4 edition of the $3,000 Big Sh
  20. Less than a week after his victory, WPT500 Online winner David Afework has been disqualified by partypoker and his $160,210 first-place prize money redistributed to the rest of the field, according to a recent post by Afework on the Two Plus Two Forums. Afework, a UK-based poker player, posting on a new account in the forums under the name ‘Devplaza’ detailed in the post that soon after his "biggest win ever and the most amazing moment of my life" he received an email from partypoker explaining that he had been disqualified under the suspicion that Afework had allowed a third party on his a
  21. PokerStars is rolling out a brand new summer tournament series for each of their U.S.-based sites. The first-ever Summer Stacks Festival will take place in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey from June 12-28 with each state getting a series of 100 tournaments with buy-ins of $100 or less. In the wake of the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker, PokerStars is looking to keep the momentum going in each of the three markets. The online site is putting up more than $2.5 million in total guaranteed prize money spanning all three series to give their U.S. customers another round of big-mon
  22. Sam Soverel went wire-to-wire at the final table of U.S. Poker Open 2021 Event #2 ($10,000 PLO) by starting the day as the overwhelming chip leader and closing it out as the winner, collecting the $175,500 first-place prize for his first USPO victory. The Pot Limit Omaha event saw 65 entries generate a $650,000 prize pool with plenty of notable names taking part. Plenty of well-known high rollers ran deep including Ben Yu who finished in ninth for $26,000 and Alex Foxen who bubbled the final table in seventh place for $32,500. Only six returned for Day 2 and joining Soverel was 2019 USPO PL
  23. The World Series of Poker Circuit Online Series Main Event on GGPoker concluded as Sweden’s former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt turned his final table chip lead into his first WSOP Circuit gold ring after besting the field of 14,496 runners and taking home the $758,443 first-place prize. It’s well-known that Astedt’s online poker resume is one of the most celebrated in the game’s history. From multiple WCOOP, SCOOP, POWERFEST, and GGSF wins to holding down the top spot on the GGPoker Super MILLION$ earnings list as a two-time champion, it’s rare when the winner of the #1 Number One contest can a
  24. After more than two years away, the U.S. Poker Open 2021 returned this week with Jake Daniels winning Event #1 ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em) for $218,500. There were plenty of high-rollers eager to dive back into the live poker scene as 95 total entries turned Event #1 into the largest field in USPO history. The tournament turned out plenty of star power with players like Daniel Negreanu, Nick Petrangelo, and Alex Foxen among those battling for a piece of the $950,000 prize pool. However, at the end of Day 1, just seven remained including Daniels, Barry Hutter, Sergi Reixach, Dan Shak, and 201
  25. In a week where there were subtle shifts of position in the top 25, the return of one of South America’s most successful online tournament grinders highlights this week in the Online Poker Rankings. In March of 2018, Uruguay’s Ramiro ‘ramiro’ Petrone finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Turbo Series Main Event for a career-high score of $282,436. While that was a special result, as it remains his #1 biggest score, it was par for the course as to what was happening in his online poker career at the time. Petrone had broken through to the ranks of the high-rollers and earned three s
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