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  1. A cool and calm Friday for the GGPoker Spring Festival saw three high roller events play out to a finish with each winner claiming their maiden GGSF title. Across the three tournaments, $380,000 in prizes was up for grabs with Tomas Jozonis taking home the biggest pay out of the day. Jozonis, a former aspiring beach volleyball star, picked up his first title of the GGPoker Spring Festival. The Lithuanian grinder is no stranger to the high stakes scene with over $3 million in online cashes and just shy of a million in live earnings. The former #1-ranked Lithuanian player bested 114 other entries to win Event #61-H ($2,100 Bounty) for $45,102.09, the biggest prize of the day. Romain 'Flingue' Dours was the last bounty Jozonis' claimed which saw the Frenchman take home $29,735.37 for his second place finish. Rounding out the podium was Shankar Pillai who took home $24,782.29 for his performance. The second player to pick up their first GGSF title of the day was Argentinian poker player Emiliano 'eltutuca197' Ricchini. With $75,000 (including a $4,500 overlay) in the prize pool, Ricchini won Event #63-H ($525 Turbo) for $17,060.10, overcoming Francisco ‘VaPaCooler’ Benitez in a heads up battle. It is the second time this series that Benitez fell at the final hurdle, losing to Christian Rudolph at heads up in Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) just a week ago. Nevertheless, his silver medal earned him $12,793.22 with Wei Zhao getting his third GGSF top three finish for a four figure pay out of $9,593.56. The final Friday tournament, Event #63-H ($525 Turbo), had another $75,000 in the prize pool and was also the fixture which saw the most entries. Of the 151 entries, it was 'nvrstd' who topped the pack and secured the final five-figure cash prize of the day. The first place finish secured the player's inaugural GGSF win and added another $15,543.64 to their bankroll. 'VekRex' who came third in the GGMasters $150, $500K GTD last month, saw their silver medal translate to $8,973.51. The last third place finish of the day belonged to 'imslowrollin' who's efforts saw $6,462.13 head their way. Event #61-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 115 Prize pool: $230,000 Tomas Jozonis – $45,102.09 Flingue – $29,735.37 Shankar Pillai – $24,782.29 Event #63-H ($525 Turbo) Entries: 141 Prize pool: $75,000 ($4,500 overlay) Emiliano 'eltutuca1987' Ricchini - $17,060.10 VaPaCooler – $12,793.22 Wei Zhao – $9,593.56 Event #64-H ($525 Bounty Hyper 6-Max) Entries: 151 Prize pool: $75,000 nvrstd – $15,543.64 VekRex – $8,973.51 imslowrollin – $6,462.13
  2. A super Saturday in the GGPoker Spring Festival saw over $2 million awarded in prizes across six High lebel events. There were three players and two PocketFivers who picked up their maiden GGSF titles whilst Lev Gottlieb captured his third first place finish of the series. It was only two days ago that Pocket Five Senior Writer Jeff Walsh pointed out the rarity of a player winning three titles in the same series like SCOOP 2021 star Dejan Kaladurdevic. Well proverbial lightening has stricken twice as this feat has quickly been emulated over at GG Poker in its spring flagship tournament series. Lev Gottlieb dominated Day 3 of the GGPoker Spring Festival, notching victories in both Event #5-H ($10,300 Super MILLION$) and Event #15-H ($10,300 Super Tuesday) for a days taking of over $900,000. Gottlieb, who last summer took down the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship in the 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events for $276,393.39 and a gold bracelet, continued to show he was force to be reckoned with across several poker variants. He completed his hat-trick of series titles, this time being the last man standing in Event #35-H ($10,300 PLO-NL High Roller) for $199,770.92. This takes his earnings for the Series over the $1.1 million mark. The 69 player field generated a prize pool of $690,000 with Event #27-H ($2,100 Bounty) champion, Chris Rudolph taking second place for $144,438.31. The third place payout of $104,431.80 went to Eelis Parssinen, in addition to the $180,439.06 the player had already won following their win in Event #33-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty). Parssinen's PLO plunder came at the expense of runner-up 'jochee' who earned $61,471.52 for their efforts. With Wei Zhao adding a slightly less $57,597.45 to their bankroll. A total of $2,216,000 in prizes was awarded across the six High level events,. The first player who took a chunk of change from that money was Michael 'SirWatts' Watson. The Canadian poker player, bested 242 other entries over two days to be crowned the winner of Event #28-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event). The $52,176.54 prize now takes Watson's career live and online earnings to just $10,000 shy of $20 million. The next two events, both of which had an overlay, catered to the Asian time zone. Event #31-H ($210 Bounty Hunters Asia) winner 'dajingjing' took home their first title of the Series and the $23,715.30 first place prize. The event saw a total of 670 entries with 'gokchinees!' and 'BIG NASTY' finishing in second and third place for $15,220.27 and $10,808.11 respectively. Event #32-H ($525 Asia Major), had a prize pool of $300,000 with 592 entries. Dalton 'dalthonhb' Hobold playing under the alias 'Morgota' joined Watson as the second PocketFiver to achieve poker glory by topping the field for $50,852 taking his online career earnings to $2,557,517. A second place for Timothy Ulmer saw $38,143.49 head his way with 'Apowers1968' taking home $28,603.58 for third. In the last event of the day 'FivebetGAMER' won $26,650.16 for outlasting 321 other entries in Event #36 ($525 Bounty Hunter [6-Max]_. RaiseYourEdge course maker and PocketFiver Joshua 'slayerv1fan' Hoesel was on the losing side of the heads up battle for $21,462 and the player to round off the podium finishes for the day was Aleksei Barkov. The Russian poker pro secured a five figure payday with a pay out of $11,678.55. Other winners on Saturday included ‘Fireball’ (Event #31-L), ‘pokepwr’ (Event #31-M), ‘mikuseni’ (Event #32-L), ‘Insktinkt’ (Event #32-M), ‘LunaLove11’ (Event #33-L), ‘Biezpienelis’ (Event #33-M), ‘SAPCpokeranimmal' (Event #34-L), ‘PieOMy’ (Event #34-M), ‘Gergo Nagy’ (Event #35-L), Amichai Barer (Event #35-M), ‘justdontcry’ (Event #36-L), Jack Salter (Event #36-M). Event 28-H: $1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event] Entries: 243 Prize pool: $250,000 ($7,000 overlay) 1. Michael Watson – $52176.54 2. 'DiaMing141319' – $39,126.70 3. 'Andras Nemeth' – $29,340.90 Event H-31: $210 Bounty Hunters Asia Entries: 670 Prize pool: $200,000 ($66,000 overlay) 'dajingjing' – $23,715.30 'gokchinees! – $15,220.27 'BIG NASTY' – $10,808.11 Event H-32: $525 Asia Major Entries: 592 Prize pool: $300,000 ($4,000 overlay) 'morgota' – $50,852.62 'Timothy Ulmer' – $38,143.49 'Apowers1968' – $28,603.58 Event H-33: $5,250 PLO-NL Bounty Entries: 123 Prize pool: $615,000 Eelis Parssinen– $180439.06 'jochee' – $61,471.52 'Wei Zhao' - $57,597.45 Event H-35: $10,300 PLO-NL High Roller Entries: 69 Prize pool: $690,000 Lev Guttlieb – $144,438.31 Chris Rudolph – $56,146.93 Eelis Parssinen – $104,431.80 Event H-36: $525 Bounty Hyper [6-Max] Entries: 322 Prize pool: $161,000 'FivebetGAMER' – $26,650.16 'Slayerv1fan' – $21,462 Aleksei Barkov – $11,678.55  
  3. With the brand new tournament lineup now in full flow, a plethora of PocketFivers have continued to produce excellent results on the virtual felts of 888poker. The Top three earners for March 2021 have recorded combined earnings of over $65,000, which includes eight tournament wins and over 180 tournament cashes. And of course, it was Portugal’s Bruno ‘KeyzerSozePT’ Ferreira that took the top spot yet again. Ferreira has found massive success on 888poker in 2021; topping the most earnings, most cashes, and most wins tables for both January and February. Now, the poker player has completed the 'Top Earner' three-peat with $22,790 won for the month of March. Ferreira stepped into the spring-time strongly, notching two second place finishes and 18th place finish on the first opening of the month for just shy of $2,000. Over the next 30 days, the impressive form continued with the player taking top spot in three tournaments as well as having a further 87 tournament cashes for March. The Portuguese grinder posted five results which were good four-figure paydays, finding success in the new PKO and 'Big Shot' tournaments on 888poker. Despite these fine results, the March top earner title was not a lock for the player. In a last gasp rally on the final day of the month, Ferreira recorded two of his three wins and a 7th place finish to seal the deal. With $2,525 won at the death, Ferreira got ahead of the pack to take the title by a mere $770 and secured his seat at the head of the table. The player that came closest to ending Ferreira's dominant display was Michael 'Skeldon87' Skeldon. Playing under the alias 'HyperX', the Englishman has also been in fine form since the turn of the year. For both January and February, Skeldon finished fourth in the top earners table, but was able to secure a podium finish this time of asking. Skeldon posted three of his all-time top ten cashes on 888poker in March 2021, finding success in the 'Big Shot' tournaments like his already mentioned counterpart. Two wins in the $55 'Big Shot' and a runner-up in the $109 saw the player win $9,665, making up a significant portion of his monthly taking of $22,021. Like Ferreira, Skeldon also recorded three tournament victories but what is most impressive is that his monthly earnings were made up of 56 cashes, 34 less than that of the reigning champ. The third top earner for the month was 'r21evolutiON', a new face on the 888poker streets. The Andorran poker player has just broken the $1 million mark in lifetime total earnings thanks to his $21,633 March haul. The first result posted came on March 7th with a 3rd place finish in the $22 'Big Shot' for $1,843. On his debut month on the platform, 'r21evolutiON' then went on to record a further six four-figure scores to announce his arrival. With their most notable score coming from the $109 'Big Shot' which netted him a cool $4,650. Do we finally have a kingslayer that can dethrone the almighty Ferreira? 888poker Top 10 Earners March 2021 [table id=199 /] There were some more familiar faces in the upper echelons of the most cashes table, and to some surprise it wasn't topped by Ferreira. Stephen 'sizzlinbetta' Reynolds, who was close to cracking the top three in February with 59 cashes, went all the way to the top in March with 111 cashes. This, with three tournament wins saw a monthly score of $3,693 for Reynolds and was the first instance of a PocketFiver being in the money on more than 100 occasions in a single month for 2021. There was another PocketFiver that broke the 100 cashes mark for March. 102 paid finishes and three tournament wins, saw Nilton 'mipalo23' Vargas as this month's runner up. Vargas, also another new face playing on 888poker, won over $9,000 on his first full month on the site. There now seems to be three certainties in life; death, taxes and 'Heaten' rounding off the podium finishes for the most cashes. The Dutch player recorded 98 cashes and one tournament triumph. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes March 2021 [table id=200 /] 'rahitos911' topped this months most wins table with a grand total of six, the lowest number needed to take the title so far this year. There were then three other players with five wins with the rest of the top ten with four. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins March 2021 [table id=201 /]
  4. After three days of play, Canadian poker pro Vanessa Kade was crowned the winner of the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary for $1.5 million. One of Pokerstars' most coveted and prestigious online poker tournaments, the event saw a total of 69,876 entries from 45,765 unique players making a total prize pool of $13,975,200. Despite this edition of the PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary falling short of last year's $18,603,200 prize pool, two seven-figure payouts and all the bragging rights were still there for the taking. One of the big stories of heading into the final day centered around Vanessa 'Niffler' Kade, arguably the most well-known poker player to make the final day. The longtime poker pro, sailed through to the final table, to the delight of her fans. The 65 players that had survived the first two days of play had already locked up a payday of at least $10,757. Romania's 'Transylvanian' was in pole position to start Day 3, amassing a dominating chip stack of 66,800,871 (84 Big Blinds). It turned out that was enough to get the microstakes grinder to the final table, albeit as the short stack. The first final table casualty was 'Vvlankov'. With the blinds at 2.5/5m, they three-bet shoved their 41.6m stack with [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] which was called by pre-flop raiser 'malinga' who was holding [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"]. The board ran out [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="Jc"] to send 'Vvlankov' to rail in ninth place for a prize of $72,132. Next to hit the rail was 'kefirchik106' who jammed from the cut-off with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Td"] for 47,433,379. Pawel 'Talibenes' Ladniak on the button, snapped called with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jd"]. The all-in player did not improve on [poker card="9s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop. The [poker card="Jh"] turn gave Ladniak a pair but the [poker card="7h"] river was the last card 'kefirchik106' would see. Thus ending their Sunday Million journey for a payday of $105,538. Ladniak, now with over 700 million in chips, continued to tear up the final table by taking the scalp of former chip leader 'ikkedus'. In a blind versus blind battle, 'ikkedus' ripped it in for 90,075,612 with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] which again was snapped called by the chip leaders [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qh"]. The seven's were outflopped on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Js"][poker card="2h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] run out. 'ikkedus' finished in 7th place for $154,416. Kade was the player who sent the next person packing. 'malinga' with [poker card="As"][poker card="7s"] jammed 76,304,487 in the hijack and was called by Kade from the big blind with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"]. Despite being dominated, 'malinga' had hope on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"] flop but that was quickly shattered with the [poker card="Qh"] turn. The brick [poker card="Kh"] was all she wrote for 'malinga' who picked up a sixth place finish and a cash prize of $225,930. The final six, soon became a final five when 'Transylvanian' jammed for 76,449,444 from the button and 'peu3ep' called off for their stack of 72,124,804. 'Transylvanian': [poker card="Ad"][poker card="5d"] 'peu3ep': [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qc"] The queens were still the favorite on the [poker card="td"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="Kc"] turn avoided bringing in any backdoor flush draws but the [poker card="4c"] gave 'Transylvanian' the wheel straight. The heartbreaking river sent 'peu3ep' out fifth but the $330,564 prize should be enough to pay for a decent cardiologist. Kade then got her second final table elimination of the night. Calling off with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"] after the 83,224,248 open jam from the short-stacked 'Transylvanian'. The at-risk player, holding [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jd"], was dominated. Despite pairing their [poker card="Jd"] on the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] flop, the [poker card="Ac"] gave Kade the nut-flush and subsequently, 'Transylvanian' was drawing dead. The inconsequential [poker card="6d"] river meant it was down to three with 'Transylvanian', whose previous biggest online cash on Pokerstars was $8,500, busting in fourth place for a cool $483,652. The final three payouts combined meant there was still over $3.2 million up for grabs, which would likely make all three players instant millionaires if they decided to come to some sort of arrangement. Shockingly no deals were made and the three remaining players continued to trade chips back and forth for a while. The tournament soon sparked into life again with Kade and 'PanchoVetin' getting into an old fashioned coin flip. Kade, the chip leader, three-bet jammed with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] after 'PanchoVetin' opened with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"] in the small blind for 24 million. The snap call was made and it was off to the races with 'PanchoVetin' at risk. The pocket fives held on the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"] run out to give Kade a massive 7:1 chip lead going into heads up play. Just two hands later, Kade made her fourth and final elimination to become the winner of the Sunday Million 15th Anniversary. Ladniak limped on the button with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9d"], Kade with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] put the short stack to the test by going all-in. Ladniak made the call but could not improve on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="3d"] flop. Still, with two over cards to hit and a gutshot straight draw, Ladniak still had plenty of cards to improve on. The [poker card="Ad"] wasn't one of them and the [poker card="5h"] river sealed the tournament win for Kade who took home the title and career-high score of $1,514,920. Ladniak also secured a seven-figure payday for his second place. This win may feel like vindication for Kade as it comes at a time when she has been at the forefront of the poker spotlight, leading a charge against mysogyny in poker in an effort to make the game more accessible to women. Final Table Payouts Vanessa 'Niffler' Kade $1,514,920 Pawel 'Talibenes' Ladniak - $1,035,358 'PanchoVetin' - $707,640 'Transylvanian' - $483,652 'peu3ep' - $330,564 'malinga' - $225,930 'ikkedus' - $154,416 'kefirchik106' - $105,538 'Vvlankov' - $72,132
  5. In a few short weeks, players on the European and global networks of 888poker will be battling it out for a slice of mouth-watering guarantees, prestigious titles and online poker glory with three WPTDeepStacks online series coming to the virtual felts of 888poker in April. The online poker platform has had a massive makeover in the last few months. Their new Made to Play platform and online tournament revamp has been at the heart of these changes. And now 888poker players around the world will have the opportunity to play for massive cash prizes and a WPTDeepStacks title on the site. WPTDS London Online (Worldwide), WPTDS Iberia Online (Portugal and Spain), and WPTDS Italy Online (Italian network) will offer players the opportunity to compete versus their respective network. This is a special occasion as it is first time ever that 888poker’s three networks will be synced for a major online poker series. The WPTDS series begins April 18 and concludes on April 26. Across the events, more than $3 million in prizes is guaranteed. There will be 16 flagship online poker tournaments across all three networks. In addition to an online payday to remember, all tournament winners being recipients of the lauded after WPTDeepStacks trophy. Those that reside and ply their trade in Italy will be vying for a piece of the €350,000 available to them. With €400,000 in prizes available to Portuguese and Spanish based poker players. The main event for both the WPTDS Italy and WPTDS Iberia networks feature a single starting flight on April 25. Both Main Events have a €125 entry fee as well as having a prize pool of at least €150,000. Poker players on the worldwide network will be the happiest of the bunch. These players will have the chance to compete for a lion’s share of the $3 million up for grabs in the WPTDS London Online. With over $2 million in guaranteed prizes and a $1 million guaranteed Main Event, there will be plenty of happy smiles from those who are eligible to play. The WPTDS London Main Event is a multi-flight event with satellite tournaments already underway. Flights will run daily from April 18 through April 25. Day 2 will be played on April 26 until a winner is crowned. Players can buy-in to the WPTDS London Online main event for $1,050. Players will have the chance to lock horns with some of their poker heroes as 888poker ambassadors and WPT® Champions Chris Moorman and Dominik Nitsche will be taking part in the festival along with the rest of the 888poker pros. Four streaming days are scheduled for the series across major streaming platforms and will feature commentary from David Tuchman, Nick Wealthall and Matt Savage. Entering the WPTDS London Main Event on a Budget Getting into high stakes tournaments via satellite tournaments is a great way for recreational players, with modest bankrolls, to win life-changing scores. Those eligible to play the WPTDS London Main event can save a small fortune by securing their seat from as little as 1¢. Those that want to achieve this feat will have to navigate through three separate tournaments. If that sounds like too much work, playerscan skip the ‘pennybuy’ and register to sub-satellites for $11. There is also the option to bypass the first two steps by participating in direct satellites for $109.
  6. With the tournament changes at 888poker in full swing over, the company has pulled back the curtain to show how and why all of this change came about within one of the world's longest running online poker rooms. Building on the introduction of the Made to Play platform in October 2020, the latest iteration of the 888poker multi-table tournament offering provides another important step towards giving more fun poker experiences to the player base. The company asked their ambassadors to reach out to their followers on social media to find out what gets their blood pumping and the type of experience they’re after when playing online tournaments. "We listen to our players and following their feedback we understand that players want a variety of shorter tournaments, with less re-entries and more players in the money. We want to make it simple and easier for poker players to find a tournament that suits them and make our MTTs affordable and more enjoyable," said an 888poker spokesperson. Trying to accommodate the wants and wishes of all player types is no easy feat to pull off, it’s often difficult to make concessions for one party without upsetting another. "Different players wanted different changes. Players who have kids or a day job the next day wanted shorter tournaments. Regulars and grinders wanted higher guarantees, good structures and higher buy-ins. Some players were asking for more PKO’s. We did our best to offer something for all our players," the spokesperson said. And the way poker sites treat recreational players has increasingly been placed under the microscope of scrutiny as of late. Agreeing with Chris Moorman's breakdown of his favorite changes, more casual players will now less likely have to harbour the usual anxieties they face when logging into their account. "Recreational players will have more tournaments that don’t take so long. Less re-entries (or none in the case of ‘The Classic’) will mean grinders with seemingly unlimited bankrolls will have less of an advantage. A higher percentage of players reaching the money and bigger min cashes means more players will get a more gratifying experience, more often. PKO’s are also popular among recreational players, and now they can enjoy more of them. "Other sites are offering tournaments with very deep structures, long late registration and unlimited re-entries, whereas we now offer many tournaments that are more recreational-player friendly. In addition, we have more satellites and freerolls per tournament than our competitors which is advantageous for both recs and grinders alike. On top of this, our new platform and promotions make our MTT’s even more attractive and fun to play.” To mark the occasion and to celebrate the launch of the new tournament schedule, over $200,000 in tickets and seats to the new tournaments as part of a massive giveaway. "This fun and generous promotion is running until April 2, and players can win tickets via the Winner Spinner, Gift Drops and also through the daily 'no-ticket needed' freerolls." Poker players that are unlucky enough to miss out prize giveaways shouldn't fret too much as there are plenty of ways to enter higher buy-in MTT's without breaking the bank. It's obvious that there's an anticipation to see how players react to the latest tournaments modifications, but there is a real buzz in the air to see how much more enjoyable it is for players to navigate the platform. "It’s fun to hear players’ feedback and adjust our schedules and tournaments accordingly. If we had to choose just one change, we are most excited about, it would probably be having a very clear and organized lobby. It’s so easy now for players to become familiar with 888poker tournament offering and identify which tournament is most suitable," the spokesperson said. "They’ll know that The Voyage has a deep structure, The Dash will be much quicker, The Big Shot will have the highest prizepools and so on."
  7. A host of tournament changes hit the online felt over at 888poker last week, with more recreational-friendly options and bigger prize pools up for grabs. The 888poker revamp and rebrand has started to make its way through the pokerverse and one person who’s excited to get in amongst the action is online crusher, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman. The Englishman capped off 2020 by taking down the High Roller MILLION$ at GGPoker for a cool $251,828 and now has his eyes on the prize(s) that are now up for grabs at 888poker. “888poker is going to become a much better place for MTT players to play in the future due to the vast variety of different tournaments on offer,” said Moorman. The new MTT package has added an extra $500,000 in prizes and with more tournaments that have a guarantee of at least $10,000, it is easy to understand why Moorman, as well as poker players, are beginning to fall head over heels with the overhaul. “My favorite changes to the new tournaments are the bigger prize pools and a greater emphasis on PKO tourneys. I find the knockout events to be really fun from the first hand compared to regular tournaments where I only get excited when I’m deep in the money and at the final table.” And whilst it might be easy for a poker pro, and a world-leading one at that, to get accustomed to the new tournament catalog, it’s often easy to forget that recreational players can sometimes feel isolated when a platform brings wholesale change. Moorman however thinks that the modifications will help players see more prizes and that reiterates that all player types have been kept in mind throughout the thought processes in the build-up to this makeover. “The bigger prize pools are great for players as it feels more worthwhile to play. PKO’s are generally better for recreational players because the edges aren’t as big for pro’s and you often get a percentage of your buy-in back even when the tournament goes poorly,” he said. “The freezeout format is returning in certain events for players that don’t like re-entry events. Essentially there is a different type of event for every player type.” Recreational players, even those with the most modest of bankrolls, can get into the high stakes tournaments on the cheap. With the site’s revamping, a new wave of satellite tournaments are now available to enter, and Moorman recalls how these events often led to some of his biggest thrills in the online poker world. “The Big Shot $109 (a $150,000 GTD tournament) on a Sunday has satellites available all week. There is nothing like the adrenaline rush of playing a tournament bigger than you usually do whilst not having the pressure of paying the actual buy-in.” Explaining the benefits of using satellites to help poker players boost their bankroll, it is easy to see why Moorman has a fondness for them. A small buy-in can turn into a great payday and be the final piece of the puzzle for casual players to begin their poker dreams, allowing them to start checking off items on their poker bucket lists. “Some of my most memorable tournament wins are in tourneys I would never usually play but happened to get in for cheap. Cashing the event after winning a satellite can often result in ten times the profit when normally you see you less than 2x of your initial entry fee.” “From there on out anything else is a massive bonus and allows you to play like you are on a freeroll with no fear.”
  8. Satellite tournaments give poker players with modest bank rolls an opportunity to play outside of their usual comfort zone. And with the latest tournament changes at 888poker, MTT grinders will want to find out how they can get in amongst the action on the cheap. Turning a small buy-in into a huge score is the poker dream with the most famous example being of course, Chris Moneymaker. The man who sparked the poker boom of the noughties qualified into the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event for a mere $87 and the rest, they say, is history. With 888poker adding $500,000 in guarantees to their weekly schedule as well as holding more events with at least $10,000 prize pools, poker players can look to have their own Moneymaker moment on the platform. How to Satellite into 888poker's Featured Tournaments The Big Shot The Big Shot is the new daily main event, with direct buy-ins for this event falling under both the mid and high-stakes range. The most notable Big Shot tournament takes place 7 pm each night and has a buy-in of $109 with $20,000 guaranteed ($150,000 on a Sunday). From now until April 2, players can acquire tickets for freeroll tournaments from the Winner Spinner which will satellite them directly into the Big Shot $109. If a player is unlucky and misses out on these tickets then there's the following routes to get a seat at the table: $16.50 buy-in with 5-10 tickets up for grabs. $5.50 buy-in with three seats guaranteed. $2.20 - $3.30 sub-satellites: If a player is successful in navigating through this event, then they win a $16.50 ticket. Players must then survive this second satellite to make it to the Big Shot. For the Big Shot $33-$55 tournaments, plays can qualify from as little as $0.50 and $1 respectively. The Classic This tournament is a throwback, it's a classic freezeout and has a short late registration period. There are two events, the Classic $5.50 and $55. For the low buy-in tournament, there are no sub-satellites and you can qualify for this event from $0.01 - $0.50. Those who want to get into the Classic $55, sub-satellites start at $1 with direct satellites varying from $2.20 - $8.80. The Dash This turbo tournament is for those who can't spend all day grinding, and is yet another event that has varied buy-ins. The Dash $109 is the big boy for this structure with $5,000 guaranteed. Players can advance to this high-stakes event for $5.50. Mid stakes ($22-$44) Dash tournaments can be accessed for as low $1 and the $5.50 & $8.80 Dash's have $0.10 - $0.50 satellites. These all have guarantees between $1,000 and $3,000. The Mayhem Mayhem tournaments are six max turbos with rebuys. There are three Mayhem's ($11, $22 & $55) which players can get into for a fraction of the price. Sub-satellites for the $11 and $22 events begin at just $0.50 and direct satellites to these fluctuate from $1 to $3.30. The Mayhem $55 satellites can cost a player $2.20 or $8.80, it's important to note that the $8.80 tournament will have more seats up for grabs than that of the $2.20. The Rumble PKO's are all the rage at the moment and they now feature far more on 888poker than in previous years. Using satellites to enter either the Rumble $109 or $215 can allow low-stakes recreational players to earn a couple hundred bucks, boosting their bankroll, without even needing to make the final table of a tournament if they're able to knock out a few players. Like the Big Shot $109, players can either choose to play the $5.50 or $16.50 satellite for direct entry or they can opt to try their luck at the $3.30 sub-satellite The Voyage Voyage $5.50 - $0.10 and $0.50 satellites Voyage $8.80 - $0.10 sub-satellite with $0.50 and $1 direct satellites Voyage $16.50 - $0.10 sub-satellite with $0.50 and $2.20 direct satellites Voyage $22 - $0.1 to $0.50 sub-satellites with $1 and $3.30 direct satellites Voyage $55 - $1 sub-satellite with $2.20 and $8.80 direct satellites
  9. Recreational poker players will be wanting to take advantage of the new changes to the tournament schedule on 888poker. The poker platform has wiped the slate clean and rebranded their entire tournament collection to create better options for the more casual poker player. 888poker players have seen a plethora of changes made as of late, most notably with the introduction of the Made to Play platform which took place late last year. Well, the makeover has continued into 2021 with the website making plenty of modifications to their tournament calendar. Responding to the wants and wishes of their clientele, the platform is looking to level the playing field with these improvements. Changes poker players can expect to see in tournaments include: Fewer re-entries More payouts More recreational-friendly options Increased number of events that take place during the busiest hours On top of this, PKO enthusiasts will be pleased to know that their tournament of choice will feature more predominantly. Plus, those dreaming of a big payday will be excited to see more events with guarantees that exceed $10,000. The headline stealer, however, is that through these changes, 888poker are adding over $500,000 in guarantees each week. New Tournaments Landing on 888poker There are fewer things more annoying than having to miss out on a juicy poker tournament due to having to get up for work in the morning, a common dilemma that many casual poker players face weekly. With this rebrand, many of the new tournaments will now be shorter in duration, a delightful change for those who have alarm clocks set for the early hours. In addition to this, there will be more opportunities for players to boost their bankrolls with many events paying out more players. These measures are aimed at helping improve the evening player pools and creating big opportunities for recreational poker players. And whilst some may shed a tear about never being able to the play the BIG Fish, Dragon, Monsoon or the Mega Deep again, poker players will be able to rebound and start new relationships with this new selection of 6-max, PKO, Turbo, Deepstack, Freezeout and Main Event tournaments. A quick glance at the new events sees the debuts of the following: The Big Shot: The pièce de resistance of the day with the biggest guarantees. The Classic: A throwback in time with no re-entries and short late-registration periods. The Dash: The new turbo tournament for quick thrills. The Mayhem: Players strapped for time can play fast-paced 6-max tournaments. The Rumble: Boost the bankroll with bounties in these daily PKO events. The Voyage: Navigate your way to first place in these deepstack tournaments $200,000 Ticket & Seat Giveaway Recreational players can secure their seats at the online table, without denting their bankroll, by simply playing on the poker site. From February 25 to April 2 tickets can be acquired through: The Winner Spinner Wheel Gift Drops – random prizes awarded to any player. 888poker loyalty club And another avenue that players can take advantage of to get in on the action is by winning tickets in the daily ‘no-ticket needed’ freerolls. New Tournament Schedule Top Picks Players on 888poker can expect the daily highlight tournament schedule to look something like this, but of course these are subject to change. Monday - Saturday [table id=176 /] Sundays [table id=177 /] *Big Shot $100K Day 2 at 21:35 GMT
  10. Whether watching some of the biggest names in poker at the World Series of Poker, Poker After Dark or any other poker-related show, recreational poker players from all over the world have had the same thought on at least one occasion – "I’d love to test myself and battle against the pros." If this resonates and hits home, then take note that 888poker is giving all home game heroes and casual poker room players the chance to do just that – battle against the pros. It has never been easier to do so either, there’s no need to navigate a collection of satellite tournaments to get this opportunity. All you need to do is convince the 888poker team why you should be the one to play against the 888poker Ambassadors. Three players will be selected to sit in an exclusive Six Max Sit & Go and battle it out against Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lövgren, and Vivian Saliba. The winner will walk away with a $1,400 first-place prize while second place will add $600 to their bankroll. Those that want to test their poker skills against their poker idols, go to the 888poker Facebook page and leave a comment. Entries need to be submitted no later than February 16 at 11 pm GMT to be considered. All selected players will be notified within three days and those winners will have a further 72 hours to confirm their seat at the table. This competition also gives poker players another item that can be ticked off their poker bucket list – playing a live-streamed event. The tournament is being aired live on February 22 with World Series of Poker sideline reporter and current 888poker ambassador Kara Scott calling the action alongside veteran poker commentator David Tuchman. Meet The 888poker Pros The selected players will be up against tough opposition, competing against the trio of 888poker pros Vivian Saliba, Sofia Lövgren, and Dominik Nitsche. With almost $20 million in winnings between the three pros, the selected players will need to pull out all the stops to prove they’ve got what it takes to swim with the sharks. Dominik Nitsche With 4 WSOP bracelets, a World Poker Tour title, and over $18 million in tournament earnings, taking the scalp of the German national is definitely a story that would go down a storm at the local card room or home game. This of course will be no mean feat to pull off but running the right bluff or making the most hero of calls could be all it takes to take this poker titan down. Vivian Saliba Brazilian-born Saliba mainly cuts her cloth on the PLO streets but is no stranger or slouch to No Limit Hold’em either and can be often found streaming on Twitch under the username ViviSaliba. With 14 WSOP cashes and over $500k in prize money won, navigating past this pro will be harder than avoiding an Ace on the flop when holding pocket kings. Sofia Lövgren The third and final 888poker ambassador taking a seat at the table is Sofia Lövgren. One of the notable highlights in her poker career is a 12th place finish in the 2016 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker for $75,000. With over 7,000 entries into that tournament, Lövgren shows she’s got the patience and composure to wait for her spot and punish anyone who slips up. What's At Stake The prizes up for grabs in this golden opportunity are nothing to roll your eyes at either, the winner of the Ambassadors Home Game will take home a tidy four-figure score of $1,400 with the runner-up winning a bankroll boosting $600. Also, of note, while players may have plenty of reasons they think they should be considered - there's a limit of only one submission per player.
  11. Any person starting off in poker dreams of having their own Moneymaker-esque moment, turning a small buy-in into a life-changing score. However, with the change in the poker landscape over the last 15 years, it now takes a lot more to get to the next level. Long gone are the days where reviewing a couple poker hands would give you the tools needed to ascend from the low stakes to the big games in a timely fashion. Nowadays, to reach that level, poker players who predominantly play at the low stakes need to develop a deep understanding of the game and put in the work off the felt, if they want to see any real progression. Thanks to the team at BBZPoker, they're opening doors for aspirational poker players who grind the low stake tournament scene via their staking and team of elite coaches. The platform has recently embarked on a new adventure with the newly created BBZ Academy - a new staking team that's focusing on full-time players, playing around the $5-$20 mark. Managed by Jake Brickman, the academy’s goals are simple, they want poker players to realize their potential and equip them with all the necessary knowledge needed to progress in this game. ”The reason we started this was to get more people from an entry level position into poker. The benefits that players will receive is not only the skills to become a pro but how to act as one. We want to make sure that by the time a player finishes their deal with us that they're financially stable and able to continue on their own as a professional poker player or transition to one of our other programs such as the CFP (Coaching for Profit) program.” From Micros to the Mountain Top One player who has seen his fortunes turn around since joining BBZ Academy is 19-year-old Brazilian born Eike Onodera. A former prodigy in both tennis and table tennis, it was at a local competition where Onodera first began to swap the rackets and bats he was used to for playing cards. “It was at a BBQ in a very casual tennis tournament that took place in my building, some friends got a deck of cards, poker chips and then we just started playing. It’s funny looking back as I'd never played poker before and didn't even know the rules” Poker gripped the up and comer instantly. He quickly ran home after his first soiree into No Limit Hold’em and found himself googling how to play the game later that evening. Little did he know what that court-side game would result in. Onodera’s competitive spirit soon transferred to the online poker felt, with aspirations from the get-go of becoming a professional poker player. “For the first year I already had the goal of becoming a professional, but it was still a bit casual in a certain way, I started with a $100 bankroll on partypoker then managed to increase my bankroll kind of quickly playing the micro stakes. At the time I was studying but it was still very surface level and basic stuff. As well as that, I didn't know too much about how to study correctly or effectively” The Brazilian’s journey into the BBZ fold began after coming across Jordan Drummond’s, founder of BBZPoker, Twitch channel. It was not long after that Onodera found himself joining the aforementioned CFP program. Acknowledging that becoming a staked player was one of the best shots of becoming a fully-fledged poker player, he decided to apply to the newly created BBZ Academy as soon as it was set-up. It was this move that would precede the biggest payday. Winning a free $109 ticket from the Pokerstars Blowout Series Ticket Machine promotion, Onodera found himself with the opportunity to play an event that was well above his usual buy-in. However, after realizing the ticket was for a satellite tournament for the Blowout Series: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, The Big Blowout!], $5M Gtd that instant euphoria subsided quickly. Onodera’s initial dismay didn’t last too long though and soon turned into delight after navigating the satellite event to win the $1,050 ticket prize. After two days of play, he found himself at the final table fourth in chips and over $82,000 already locked up. The final result saw Onodera bow out in sixth with a six-figure prize of $167,360. An absolutely fantastic achievement being that his first recorded result on PocketFives was a 253rd place finish in a $1.10 online MTT in March 2019. “It was an amazing feeling, I had only been in the BBZ Academy for a month when I had the score, but more importantly I had been studying with BBZ content for almost a year. That definitely was a huge factor in my game and helped me move in the right direction. Despite playing way higher than I ever had before, the lessons I had learned from the coaching I had received made me confident that I would not be so behind when playing against tough opposition.” And when talking about how new poker players can best elevate their skills or looking for potential backing, it’s no surprise what Onodera had to say. “I think any BBZ content would be great for a beginner as they are very experienced in teaching and explain the game in a very direct and efficient way. Getting a better understanding of how the game fundamentally works and its math is what people should expect.” “If anyone wants to be staked, bias aside, I definitely recommend BBZ. They’ve been in the market for such a long time and in the past few months they have been doing a lot of video content. Poker is a competition so the more effort you put into studying, while still being efficient, will keep you ahead of most players. I believe being curious about how the game works, concepts, ideas, etc should be some of the traits of someone who's seriously looking to improve their game” BBZ Academy Continues To Recruit The BBZ Academy is still looking for aspiring poker player who wants to elevate their game to the next level. Players looking to apply will need to hit some requirements before having the chance to be one of BBZ’s newest recruits. They’ll need to have put in the hours and played at least 3000 tournaments over the past year to 18 months to be considered. Also, BBZ makes it clear that the Academy is no side hustle, players are expected to commit most of their time and effort in order to succeed. More information on applications to the Academy can be found on the BBZ Poker website.
  12. It was another superb month on 888poker's virtual tables for PocketFivers with the top ten earners collectively winning $122,201.36. The month saw 888poker's XL Winter Series which was capped off by the $500k GTD Main Event PKO which saw one PocketFiver take home the biggest score of their online career on the platform. It was a December to remember for 'MflushN' with over $30,000 in prize winnings to scoop the title of top earner on 888poker for the last month of the year. Ending the year with a bang, the Brazilian bagged a $29,938 payday and posted his biggest win on 888poker with a fourth-place finish in the XL Winter Series $500k GTD Main Event PKO. With another final table and tournament cash of $315, 'MflushN' saw a total earnings of $30,252.69, which secured his top spot on the monthly top earners table. 'Scouse_AA' produced an impressive set of results to finish in second. The Liverpudlian strung together 24 cashes, four tournament victories, and two second places for a combined $14,988.47. The five-figure haul included two wins in the $33 BIG Fish and victories in the $5,000 Late Mega Deep and the $10,000 Monsoon. 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of Mario 'AKupaA' Sanchez joining PocketFives and they will hope the new year will be as kind to him as in December. A festive taking of $10,885 secured the Portuguese poker player the 11th spot in his country's rankings. Also, a winner of the $33 BIG Fish which netted a cash prize of $2,110, Sanchez's second-place finish for $3,486 in the $25,000 Sunday Challenge PKO was then bested, in terms of money won, by his 13th place finish in the XL Winter Series $500k GTD Main Event PKO $3,583. 'MflushN' may have eclipsed Sanchez in 888poker's flagship winter spectacle, but the Brazilian still has a long way to go to catch up with his European counterpart in total earnings. Sanchez sees out 2020 with over $2.5 million in lifetime earnings, almost $2 million more than the title holder. [table id=160 /] 'Momentum288' recorded the most cashes in December, claiming the top spot for himself after sharing the title last month with 'Cheloidpro9'. The Austrian's 66 cashes, four less than in November, was enough to eclipse 'KeyzerSozePT' who rocked up 64 cashes of his own. Another Portuguese poker player featured on this list, 'KeyzerSozePT' consistent performances earned him $10,373.89, a figure that dwarfs the $1,722.15 won by 'Momentum288'. It's not the first time 'HeateN' has cropped up in these reports but the PocketFiver keeps delivering the goods. 47 cashes including four wins was enough to take the #3 spot on this list. Predominately playing low to mid-stakes tournaments, 'HeateN' has managed to cash for $39,715 in tournaments since posting his first result on 888poker in December 2019 with a career-high cash of $2,020 after finishing third in the 888Millions Mini Deepstack back in September 2020. [table id=161 /] Both 'HeateN' and 'Scouse_AA' make appearances again with their four tournament wins each. And another month where plenty of PocketFivers won on three occasions with 'Tahiti75' notching the most earnings of $4,255.25 from those names on the list. [table id=162 /]
  13. Even though Christmas has come and gone, the team at 888poker is still delivering presents to poker players around the world with their latest promotion, Turbo Gift Drops. To make these winter months more bearable, from January 11 through February 9 players on 888poker will have a chance of winning a variety of prizes every ten seconds. Players with a New Year’s resolution to take poker more seriously, have got the perfect footing to stick to their goals with the Made To Go Turbo Gift Drop giveaway on the new Made to Play software. Get Your Turbo Gift Drop with a Win on Every Spin Open the gifts that you really wanted for Christmas as getting your hands on these prizes has never been easier. All you need to do is play your favorite 888poker game of choice whether that’s cash games, MTTs, SNAP, or BLAST Sit-n-Gos. Without having to do anything, every ten seconds select tables will be chosen to receive a Turbo Gift Drop of up to $1,000. Players who somehow miss out on one of the prize drops will not be forgotten as they still get two daily free spins on 888poker’s Winner Spinner. With a guaranteed prize every time, the Winner Spinner helps players start the New Year off with a much-needed turbo-charge. What prizes can 888poker players look out for? There will be no January blues for 888poker players with a plethora of prizes up for grabs. There is no reason to still be disappointed with socks from Granny as 888poker is giving out the chance to win some amazing gifts. As an 888poker player, you can boost your 2021 bankroll with fantastic prizes such as: $1,000 in BLAST Tickets Cold hard cash MTT freeroll tickets Freerollin’ rollin’ rollin’ We know January can be a time where the zips around our wallets and purses stay shut, so do not miss out on the chance to get a slice of the prizepools on offer from these freerolls. Win tickets to these tournaments from either the Winner Spinner or Gift Drops, and to give everyone a chance to get in on the action some of these freerolls are no ticket needed! [table id=154 /] NT = No Ticket Needed GD = Gift Drop Spin = Winner Spinner
  14. Sao Paulo born Vivian Saliba has grown up with poker around her, first playing the game at 12-years-old and then accompanying her father to card rooms for the first time at the age of 17. Primarily a Pot Limit Omaha cash game player, but no stranger to poker tournaments, the Brazilian has put in strong performances during various years of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Most notably in 2017, she made the money in three No Limit Hold’em events and two in her specialized game of Pot Limit Omaha. But it would be a PLO hand, a game that has allowed her to amass a small fortune, that still gives Saliba nightmares to this day. “By the end of 2015, I decided to quit college and follow my dream as a professional poker player. The beginning of my career was a real rollercoaster and even though in 2016 I played WSOP events for the first time, I didn't actually play that many tournaments,” Saliba said. So, 2017 was the first time playing in her dream tournaments and marked a special year for her as a poker player. The tournament in question was WSOP Event #54 and was the most important tournament for her at the time due to the buy-in and what was at stake. “Back in 2017 during the WSOP in Las Vegas I was playing my first ever $10,000 buy-in event. That was a PLO event, my main game at the time, and still is nowadays. The tournament had 428 entries and I managed to finish it in 11th place.” Despite making it to the final two tables and winning $47,923 for her efforts but busting that event negatively affected her feelings as there was a strong desire to make It as a professional poker player “That tournament seemed to be the perfect opportunity, giving the high level of the competitors, price of the buy-in, prize pool and it being WSOP bracelet event.” Playing five-handed, holding an average stack of 30 big blinds, and playing her strongest poker variant, it was almost a certainty that Saliba would make the final table and be in with a chance of claiming the $938,732 prize. But of course, nothing is guaranteed in poker. Defending her big blind with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6d"] following a raise from the button, Saliba smashed the board making top set on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"]2x flop. “I check-raised the flop with my top set and my opponent re-raised so that all the money is in the middle, he had [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="7c"]8x for an overpair and open-ended straight draw.” The turn card brought a jack, leaving Saliba pretty much dead as only the case nine on the river would have saved her from elimination. “If I had won this hand, I would be up to top-3 stacks of the tournament and also would bust my opponent. I was left with 3bb and on the next hand I end up busting. Looking back that is nothing I would do differently at that specifically play but I would definitely take it easier with myself," she said. “I literally had nightmares with this hand for months. I believed that I would never get so close to a WSOP final table ever again.” Despite the setback, in November of that same year she became part of the 888poker team, which was one of her poker career ambitions. Shortly after, the Brazilian recalled another hand that would make anyone shudder, but this time the 888poker ambassador was on the more fortunate side of lady luck. Playing Event #64 - $888 No Limit Hold’em – Crazy Eights in the 2019 WSOP with six players and eight big blinds remaining. Saliba ended up getting it all in for her tournament life with ace-four versus Ireland’s Patrick Clarke's ace-ten. Despite being dominated and in horrific shape, she out-drew her opponent to secure the full double up and keep her WSOP bracelet ambitions alive. “I won and he was left with a couple of big blinds and busted a few hands after. That bad beat gave me the chance of cashing for $131K more. “I imagine that my opponent must have felt very bad in this situation giving that he had me dominated, it was a huge event with a huge prize pool and we were all so close to the bracelet so the stakes were that much higher!” Vivian narrowly missed out on securing her first-ever WSOP gold bracelet, instead finishing in 4th place out of a field of over 10,000 entries for the biggest payday of her career for $308,888.
  15. Chris Moorman is without a doubt one of the best ever to take up online tournament poker. His resumé is the envy of many and is littered with success after success. With a World Series of Poker bracelet, countless online Triple Crowns, and over $16 million in online total earnings, the Englishman has done it all on the virtual felt. But even in his illustrious poker career, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver has encountered a couple of hands that have kept him lying awake late at night. Despite trying to stress the importance of not dwelling on hands in poker, a moment Moorman immediately looks back to is in the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe. Along with Johnny Lodden, the pair had been taking turns to bust the bubble with their big chip stacks, in this particular hand the big blind who was a short stack, decided to head to the bar to avoid being the unfortunate bubble. “Johnny and I had big stacks, with myself around the 100 big blind mark and I looked down at pocket kings," Moorman said. “I was more than happy to get all of the money in until I saw he had pocket aces. Even then I was still in shock as the situation was such a setup given the dynamics.” Fortunately for Moorman, he still had a stack of around 20 big blinds after the big clash to try and lock up a min-cash in excess of $46k which would have been his biggest live cash ever by far at the time. However, it would only be moments after that when Moorman would experience the hand that still haunts him to this day. It's one, he admits, he should have approached far differently. “An aggressive Scandinavian player opened for 3x, like everyone did back then, and I had pocket nines.” With still four players away from the money, Moorman thought best to re-raise to half his stack to give off the vibe that he was holding a premium hand to get hands like ace-queen to fold. “I was pretty sure this guy was raising wide enough to make it a profitable play, unfortunately, I misclick min re-raised which easily priced him in to see a flop.” And as one can imagine in a spot like this, how does the flop come? Of course, all the overcards came down, an ace, a king and a queen to be precise. Still, with the villain in the hand having a wide range, Moorman decided to try and end the hand with a small continuation bet. This was then met with an almost instantaneous all-in shove, after a quick eye-roll, Moorman mucked his hand whose chip stack was now on life support. “What a disaster," he said. "After the hand I was left very short and ultimately lost a flip to not even cash the tournament after three and a half days play and having been chip leader on the bubble. “It wasn’t until almost three years later that I was to beat that min-cash amount in a live tournament and I did use to wonder if I’d blown the best chance I’d ever have to win a big live tournament.”
  16. It’s no secret that, for many, Halloween will be celebrated differently this year, with some of the world still in some form of lockdown as countries look to overcome coronavirus. Whether the thought of no trick-or-treaters brings you a smile or a tear, we can all say that we have at least one fond memory of the ‘spookiest’ day of the year. And after speaking with 888poker ambassadors Kara Scott and Sofia Lövgren, it is abundantly clear that they too look forward to the 31st of October. For Scott, growing up in Northern Canada meant that by October 31st, it was already way below zero and usually there was a lot of snow to deal with. That didn't stop any trick or treating, but it did mean having to wear a big parka and snow boots over the costume her mother had crafted for her. Whether Scott wanted to turn into a pumpkin, dragon, or witch, it seemed that her mother could turn a simple garbage bag with other everyday household items into whatever monster or ghoul her daughter desired. One thing that always fascinated Scott was the Halloween myth of finding razor blades in apples. For example, despite knowing everyone in their 600 person hometown, she, along with her brother and sister, recognized it was a longshot but that still wouldn’t deter Kara and her siblings looking for hours on end. “I loved Halloween as a kid. Dressing up and being silly has always been something that I enjoy," Scott said. “I love dress-up parties and festivals where everyone wears wild costumes and there were a few years while I lived in Brighton, UK that I got to do these things with awesome like-minded people. I threw a Star Trek party once, for someone named Kirk who had just become an airline Captain." “I made everyone dress up according to the theme and revelled in the whole thing as a huge Trekkie, I even have my own tricorder!” But having lived in Europe for the last 20 years, the face of 888poker has missed out on indulging in Halloween festivities with her most recent favourite ghoulish memory coming nearly a decade ago. “When I was in Santa Barbara about nine years ago was the last time I dressed up properly," she said. “I was Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim and it was the perfect costume. Combat boots instead of high heels, a jacket to stay warm and a cool wig. Top marks for that one.” And Kara’s fondness of Halloween is now being passed onto her young child now, with collecting costumes already it seems that Scott junior will be carrying on her mom’s fondness of the holiday. Sofia Lövgren’s early Halloween memories, like her colleague, include getting up to mischief with her family. “My brothers, sister, parents and I would buy pumpkins which we then made art with. We bought as big and heavy pumpkin as we could to carry home," Lovgren said. “We emptied the pumpkin filling and then I loved the tradition of carving evil faces onto them and then put them in our garden with candles inside.” But the Halloween highlight of Swedish born Lövgren’s childhood was always the trick-or-treating, (mainly the treating side of things) and experimenting with Halloween looks, which usually resulted in her favourite ghoulish get-up of a half skeleton face with the other half all glammed up. And Lövgren’s enthusiasm for Halloween continued into her adult life thanks to her parent's love of traditions, no matter the holiday. “I grew up with lots of decorations around me on big holidays as my mom and dad love traditions. I also try to carry on the traditions as a grown-up, especially during Christmas and Easter but also Halloween. Even today we all still love to cut Halloween pumpkins with candles.” But now more likely to been seen watching her favourite scary movie The Ring, rather than knocking on neighbours’ doors in the hopes of a waterfall of candy being dumped into her jack-o-lantern. In recent years, Lövgren usually finds herself around the poker table this time of year which has made for some more recent fond memories. “I was in Malta for the Battle of Malta 2015 which took place during Halloween. This event is always a blast and we decided to get Halloween face paintings and I made my favourite; one half evil face and half beauty face. “I actually hit the table with my face painting which was fun and then in the evening we also went out to party which turned out to be really great.”
  17. For the penultimate 2020 World Series of Poker Online bracelet event on WSOP.com, Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin rolled back the years to win Event #30 ($500 Seniors Event). Lessin secured the victory for $64,411.20 and his first career bracelet. Allen 'Nucman' Pock started the final table as chip leader and did not waste anytime putting his 3 million strong chip stack to use. Following an early position all in of 234,618 by Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono, Pock called after looking down at [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] which dominated his opponents [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"]. The board ran out a safe [poker card="Jc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] for Pock sending Riccobono to the rail in ninth. In unusual fashion for this year's final tables, it took another half hour for the next final table bust-out. Brian 'ggtdm' McGill opened to 150,00 in early position with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"] and then made the quick call when Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria moved all in for 371,944 from the hijack with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"]. Dimaria was looking at a certain double up but McGill moved ahead making a set on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] flop. Only a jack would keep Dimaria in the tournament but he didn't find the help needed on the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river. Now in the usual fashion, the next elimination came 2 minutes later. The then chip leader 'muskrrr' raised to 150,000 from middle position and called the 343,198 button jam from 'bigfatpirate'. 'bigfatpirate': [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"] 'muskrrr': [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9d"] 'bigfatpirate' enjoyed seeing the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5s"] flop, the [poker card="Ts"] meant the at-risk player was still ahead but 'muskrrr' picked up additional outs with an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the straight draw for 'muskrrr' and sunk the ship of 'bigfatpirate.' McGill picked up another victim shortly after the game turned six-handed. McGill had the easy decision to call 'dusty16's' all in for 161,644 after opening for 150,000 from under the gun. This time McGill, with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"], was the dominator pre-flop crushing the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5h"] held by 'dusty16'. However a lifeline appeared for the short stack on the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"] flop, a safe [poker card="3c"] came on the turn but the [poker card="Qs"] river sealed the hand for McGill causing 'dusty16' to be eliminated in sixth. Shortly after losing a significant percentage of their stack to Pock, 'gwitsch' moved all in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3c"] for 132,402 from under the gun. Lessin, holding [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"], isolated the all-in player with a three-bet to 324,804. King high was enough on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2h"] run-out to scoop the pot and cut the tournament short for 'gwitsch'. Four-handed play just lasted three minutes, Pock raised to 120,000 on the button and called the 879,054 three-bet jam from McGill in the small blind. McGill needed help after seeing his [poker card="Kc"][poker card="4c"] was behind Pock's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5s"]. Both players didn't connect on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop and Pock's ace-high held on the [poker card="6h"] turn and the [poker card="Td"] river. Neither player wanted to miss out on a chance to play heads up for a bracelet and the $64K top prize but unfortunately for Pock it wasn't meant to be. Pock defended his big blind after 'muskrrr' opened to 320,000 on the button to see the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] flop. Pock called 'muskrrr's' continuation bet of 355,000 to then see the [poker card="5s"] peel off on the turn. All the chips went in on the turn as Pock check-jammed for 2,366,954 over 'muskrrr's' bet of 1,065,000 and they snap called. Despite holding top pair with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"], Pock needed help to over come the [poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] held by 'muskrrr'. The [poker card="Ac"] river meant 'muskrrr' would have a commanding chip lead going into heads up play. By the next break Lessin had clawed back some chips to cut the lead held by 'muskrrr' to just 900,000. Going into the final hand Lessin, who now held a narrow chip lead himself, opened to 320,000 and called 'muskrrr's' 800,000 three-bet. The flop came [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"] and the 2,473,504 flop jam from 'muskrrr' was snap called by Lessin. 'Muskrrr': [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] Lessin: [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] Lessin sealed the victory after turning a full house with the [poker card="4h"] and the inconsequential [poker card="Jd"] gave the New Jersey native his first WSOP title. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin - $64,411.20 'muskrrr' - $39,819.60 Allen 'Nucman' Pock - $27,864 Brian 'ggtdm' McGill - $19,796.40 'gwitsch' - $14,256 'dusty16' - $10,432.80 'bigfatpirate' - $7,743.60 Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria - $5,832 Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono - $4,471.20 Faces in the Crowd The Seniors Event attracted a few of notable names from the poker-sphere. Among those who fell short of the final table but managed to finish in the money were Roland Israelashvili (107th - $648) and Lena Evans (95th - $680.40). Phil Hellmuth couldn't secure bracelet #16 as he finished in 67th for $842.40 and both Greg Raymer (43rd - $1,263.60) and Terry Fleischer (17th - $2,203.20) picked up four-figure paydays.
  18. For the penultimate 2020 World Series of Poker Online bracelet event on WSOP.com, Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin rolled back the years to win Event #30 ($500 Seniors Event). Lessin secured the victory for $64,411.20 and his first career bracelet. Allen 'Nucman' Pock started the final table as chip leader and did not waste anytime putting his 3 million strong chip stack to use. Following an early position all in of 234,618 by Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono, Pock called after looking down at [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] which dominated his opponents [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"]. The board ran out a safe [poker card="Jc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] for Pock sending Riccobono to the rail in ninth. In unusual fashion for this year's final tables, it took another half hour for the next final table bust-out. Brian 'ggtdm' McGill opened to 150,00 in early position with [poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"] and then made the quick call when Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria moved all in for 371,944 from the hijack with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"]. Dimaria was looking at a certain double up but McGill moved ahead making a set on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] flop. Only a jack would keep Dimaria in the tournament but he didn't find the help needed on the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river. Now in the usual fashion, the next elimination came 2 minutes later. The then chip leader 'muskrrr' raised to 150,000 from middle position and called the 343,198 button jam from 'bigfatpirate'. 'bigfatpirate': [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"] 'muskrrr': [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9d"] 'bigfatpirate' enjoyed seeing the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5s"] flop, the [poker card="Ts"] meant the at-risk player was still ahead but 'muskrrr' picked up additional outs with an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the straight draw for 'muskrrr' and sunk the ship of 'bigfatpirate.' McGill picked up another victim shortly after the game turned six-handed. McGill had the easy decision to call 'dusty16's' all in for 161,644 after opening for 150,000 from under the gun. This time McGill, with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"], was the dominator pre-flop crushing the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5h"] held by 'dusty16'. However a lifeline appeared for the short stack on the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"] flop, a safe [poker card="3c"] came on the turn but the [poker card="Qs"] river sealed the hand for McGill causing 'dusty16' to be eliminated in sixth. Shortly after losing a significant percentage of their stack to Pock, 'gwitsch' moved all in with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3c"] for 132,402 from under the gun. Lessin, holding [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"], isolated the all-in player with a three-bet to 324,804. King high was enough on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2h"] run-out to scoop the pot and cut the tournament short for 'gwitsch'. Four-handed play just lasted three minutes, Pock raised to 120,000 on the button and called the 879,054 three-bet jam from McGill in the small blind. McGill needed help after seeing his [poker card="Kc"][poker card="4c"] was behind Pock's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="5s"]. Both players didn't connect on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop and Pock's ace-high held on the [poker card="6h"] turn and the [poker card="Td"] river. Neither player wanted to miss out on a chance to play heads up for a bracelet and the $64K top prize but unfortunately for Pock it wasn't meant to be. Pock defended his big blind after 'muskrrr' opened to 320,000 on the button to see the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] flop. Pock called 'muskrrr's' continuation bet of 355,000 to then see the [poker card="5s"] peel off on the turn. All the chips went in on the turn as Pock check-jammed for 2,366,954 over 'muskrrr's' bet of 1,065,000 and they snap called. Despite holding top pair with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"], Pock needed help to over come the [poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] held by 'muskrrr'. The [poker card="Ac"] river meant 'muskrrr' would have a commanding chip lead going into heads up play. By the next break Lessin had clawed back some chips to cut the lead held by 'muskrrr' to just 900,000. Going into the final hand Lessin, who now held a narrow chip lead himself, opened to 320,000 and called 'muskrrr's' 800,000 three-bet. The flop came [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"] and the 2,473,504 flop jam from 'muskrrr' was snap called by Lessin. 'Muskrrr': [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] Lessin: [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] Lessin sealed the victory after turning a full house with the [poker card="4h"] and the inconsequential [poker card="Jd"] gave the New Jersey native his first WSOP title. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'SugarJ' Lessin - $64,411.20 'muskrrr' - $39,819.60 Allen 'Nucman' Pock - $27,864 Brian 'ggtdm' McGill - $19,796.40 'gwitsch' - $14,256 'dusty16' - $10,432.80 'bigfatpirate' - $7,743.60 Carmen 'cjdstable' Dimaria - $5,832 Al 'BigAl16' Riccobono - $4,471.20 Faces in the Crowd The Seniors Event attracted a few of notable names from the poker-sphere. Among those who fell short of the final table but managed to finish in the money were Roland Israelashvili (107th - $648) and Lena Evans (95th - $680.40). Phil Hellmuth couldn't secure bracelet #16 as he finished in 67th for $842.40 and both Greg Raymer (43rd - $1,263.60) and Terry Fleischer (17th - $2,203.20) picked up four-figure paydays.
  19. Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley navigated through 1,483 other players on Saturday night to the early hours of Sunday morning to win the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #25 ($500 NLHE Summer Saver) for $149K and his first career bracelet. Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey made his second WSOP final table appearance in as many nights and started as chip leader. Looking to improve on his seventh place finish from Event #24, Berkey was also on the hunt for his first career bracelet. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion also got the first final table elimination of the day. Raising all-in on the button to 9,149,831 with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="3c"], Ofir 'panda15' Mor called off his 2,941,919 stack with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. Despite Mor flopping middle set on the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] flop, he still had to evade the flush draw. The [poker card="8c"] turn completed the flush for Berkey and the [poker card="3s"] river ended the tournament for Mor. Four minutes later Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley opened to 345,678 from late position and Michael 'ha8me' Policastro called from the small blind. Policastro took the initiative on the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Qc"] flop, betting 758,517 which was called by Kiley. Policastro jammed for 3,526,398 on the [poker card="8s"] turn and was snap-called by his opponent. Policastro flopped two pair with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] but was behind as Kiley rolled over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3d"] for the stronger holding. The [poker card="Tc"] river wasn't one the two outs Policastro needed and finished the day in eighth. The next bust-out came seven minutes later when 'Daddyp69' open-jammed from the cutoff looking to get the walk. Unfortunately, Berkey woke up with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"] and called from the small blind looking for another elimination. 'Daddyp69' was drawing to two immediate outs with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and was sent to the rail failing to connect with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Tc"] runout. Six-handed play lasted for less than ten minutes when Berkey was again leading the action as he opened from UTG for 480,000. Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo moved all-in for 3,330,936 from the cutoff, Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo then four-bet jammed her 5,780,224 from the small looking to isolate Calenzo. The pre-flop action caused Berkey to fold and Calenzo with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] was dominated by Mo's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Both players paired their ace on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5d"] and both made two-pair with the [poker card="5h"] turn. The at -isk Calenzo was looking for another ace, queen or five to preserve his tournament status but the [poker card="6h"] river meant Mo took all the chips. Berkey's bracelet hunt was dented after being on the wrong side of a cooler against Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen. In blind versus blind action, Chen limped-called from the small when Berkey raised to 689,999 to see the [poker card="As"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"] flop. Berkey bet 1,166,248 after Chen checked his option, Chen made the call to see the [poker card="Jd"] turn. Chen again checked and Berkey put his opponent all in and was snap-called. Berkey, holding [poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] connected hard, making two pair on the flop but was drawing dead as Chen flopped top set with his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. The [poker card="5d"] river meant nothing and left Berkey hanging in there by a thread. Two hands later Berkey was out in fifth, moving all in from the button for 3,237,065. Kiley called in the small blind. Kiley: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"] Berkey: [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"] Kiley made trips on the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="6s"] flop, the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="Js"] river denied the storybook ending Berkey was looking for. Kiley quickly scored another final table knockout four minutes later. Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo raised to 1,040,000 from UTG with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] and called off his remaining 4,723,216 stack after Kiley three-bet jammed for 16,993,456 from the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"]. Both players missed the [poker card="5s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7s"] board but Kiley's ace-high was good enough to send Russo out in fourth. Mo, who is one of many female poker players who had deep runs in this year's WSOP, called Chen's 800,000 button raise from the big blind. Mo with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3d"] decided to ship her short stack on the [poker card="7h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"] flop, Chen holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] quickly called with third pair. The [poker card="5d"] turn meant Mo picked up a gutshot straight draw but the [poker card="As"] river ended Mo's chances of becoming the first female winner of 2020 WSOP Online event. That left Chen and Kiley both looking to win their first WSOP bracelet event and claim the $149K first place cash prize. Chen three-bet to 2,475,000 after Kiley opened 800,000 and the latter called to see the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"] flop. Chen fired a continuation bet, downsizing to 2,125,000, Kiley called again to see the [poker card="8c"] turn. Chen then decided to check-call after Kiley fired for 5,050,000, the [poker card="Jh"] completed the board and Chen checked again. Kiley, who had the chip lead, put Chen to the test for all his chips and he made the crying call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] but Kiley's [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Th"] was best and enough for him to scoop a six-figure payday and secure his maiden WSOP gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley - $149,244.52 Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen - $92,223.22 Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo - $67,300.65 Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo - $49,554.22 Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey - $36,850.50 Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo - $27,637.87 'Daddyp69' - $20,849.62 Michael 'Ha8me' Policastro - $15,903.90 Ofir 'panda15' Mor - $12,315.82 Faces in the Crowd Event #25 brought saw a plethora of familiar faces getting into the money while chasing for WSOP glory. Daniel 'RedSoxNets5' Sewnig finished 49th for $2,618.32 while Anthony 'heheh' Zinno (71st - $1,842.52), Brian Rast (87th - $1,454.62), and Chris Moorman (92nd - $1,357.65) also worked their way into the money. After spending part of the night at the same table, Daniel Negreanu (183rd - $969) and Phil Hellmuth (216th - $873) both added another WSOP cash to their long list of achievements.
  20. Friday night's World Series of Poker Online action on WSOP.com saw 'samadhi' overcome a final table that included Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng to win Event #24 ($400 NLHE 8-Max) and earn $133,412.83 and a WSOP bracelet. It didn't take long for the first final table bust out of the day when Christian 'CalcFather' Calcano open-jammed with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] from middle position for 1,226,311. Action folded to chip leader 'samadhi' in the big blind who made the call with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. It was a coin flip that Calcano needed to win but he didn't connect on the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7h"] runout and ended his final table cameo appearance. Eight minutes later high-roller regular Berkey moved all-in for 2,936,652 after 'eric_shun' limped in on the button. The button limper called and they were off to the flop. 'eric_shun': [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] Berkey: [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"] The [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5s"] flop meant Berkey was still ahead but gave 'eric_shun' a gutshot for Broadway. The [poker card="6c"] on the turn missed both players but Berkey made a pair on the [poker card="Td"] river which also gave 'eric_shun' the straight sending the 'Solve For Why' co-founder to the rail. With six players remaining, 'alululululu' raised to 480,000 from the cutoff, Norman 'abnormality' Michalek called off his remaining stack of 241,624 and Leng completed from the big blind. 'alululululu' fired a 240,000 continuation bet which Leng called after checking on the [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2d"] flop. The [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="3d"] were checked down. The at-risk Michalek tabled [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] for ace-high but Leng rivered a pair as he was holding [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3h"] to eliminate Michalek in sixth place. Mark 'batsman' Bansemar was the next player with his tournament life on the line. Leng who was in the small blind put Bansemar all in, who committed his 2,161,265 stack from the big blind. Leng held [poker card="Jh"][poker card="3h"] while Bansemar showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. The flop came a favorable [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] for Bansemar. The [poker card="Ad"] river meant that Leng just had three outs to hit, and hit he did as the [poker card="Js"] fell on the river and sent Bansemar packing for a $33K payout. There was more blind versus blind action 13 minutes later as short stack 'alululululu' shoved their 1,654,922 stack from the small blind with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9h"] and 'samadhi' called with [poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"] in the big blind. Despite 'alululululu' remaining ahead on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] flop he still had to avoid what seemed like half the deck. An inconsequential [poker card="3d"] came on the turn but 'samadhi' completed his flush on the [poker card="Qh"] river ending the hopes of 'alululululu' in fourth place. Three-handed play ended just over ten minutes later after another blind versus blind battle. Leng limped in the small blind and 'eric_shun' checked his option. Leng bet 333,333 after seeing the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"] flop and 'eric_shun' called. Leng put the pressure on betting 666,666 the [poker card="Ah"] turn and again 'eric_shun' called. Leng then put in a hefty bet of 3,669,669 on the [poker card="Kh"] river and then snap-called after 'eric_shun' river raised all-in with [poker card="Th"][poker card="9s"] for a pair of nines. Leng, holding [poker card="Qh"][poker card="8h"], rivered the nuts, rendering 'eric_shun's' holding useless to take it to heads up. Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng at one point had a 8:1 chip lead and had 'samadhi' all in on three separate occasions with the latter winning all three to take the chip lead. With the blinds at 300,000/600,000 Leng moved all in on the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and was quickly called by 'samadhi' with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8s"]. The chip leader continued his run good versus Leng as the flop came [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="2d"], looking to fade any diamond or nine, the turn came the [poker card="4s"] and the [poker card="7s"] on the river sealed the win for 'samadhi' who overcame the odds to pick up a WSOP title and the lion's share of $866,880 prize pool. Final Table Payouts Nick 'samadhi' Binger - $133,412.83 Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng - $82,440.28 'eric_shun' - $60,161.47 'alululululu'- $44,297.56 Mark 'bansman' Bansemar - $32,941.44 Norman 'abnormality' Michalek - $24,706.08 Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey - $18,637.92 Christian 'CalcFather' Calcano - $14,216.83 Faces in the Crowd 2020 WSOP bracelet winner Pat 'ichiikawawa' Lyons bubbled the tournament in 331st place and notable names like Ali 'sasukeuchiha' Imsirovic (82nd - $1,300.32) and Scott 'BudLightLime' Hempel (53rd - $2,340.57) finished in the money. WSOP veteran Mike 'mouth123' Matusow made it to the final four tables but finished 30th for $3,380.83 and the unfortunate final table bubble boy Jordan 'HFNeon' Spurlin picked up $11,009.37 for his efforts.
  21. Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart came out on top in the Event #20 ($500 PLO 6-Max) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online scoring a $97,511.65 payday and his second career bracelet. Besting 1,136 other entries, Gerhart started the final table as the chipleader and was dominant from the get-go. The first final table casualty was Shanmukha 'Shanmukha' Meruga. Meruga opened on the button to 560,000 and Gerhart completed from the big blind. Gerhart bet 1,200,000 on the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop to put Meruga all in. Meruga called for his tournament life. The at-risk Meruga turned over [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] for second pair whilst chipleader Gerhart had bottom pair with his hand of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"]. Gerhart improved to two-pair on the turn with the [poker card="4h"] and the [poker card="5h"] on the river ended the tournament for Meruga. Fifteen minutes later Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones was sent to the virtual rail in fifth place. His 1,514,816 three-bet jam in the small blind was called by pre-flop raiser 'Duckmoney420.' Duckmoney420 showed [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"] which was behind Jones' [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4c"]. Jones was unable to hold as the board ran out [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="6s"] giving 'Duckmoney420' queens full of sixes. The very next hand, Gerhart claimed another final table scalp eliminating Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman for fourth. Moorman raised from the button to 600,000 and again Gerhart defended his big blind. The Englishman moved all-in for 933,119 on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] and Gerhart snapped called with [poker card="Th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9c"] for bottom two-pair. Moorman's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] improved to a pair on the [poker card="4d"] turn and despite making two-pair on the river with the [poker card="6d"], it wasn't enough to keep him in the running for WSOP glory. The action didn't let up as it went from three-handed to heads up in 14 minutes. Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara was denied the chance of becoming the first female 2020 World Series of Poker winner after Gerhart sent his third player from the final table to an early exit. In blind versus blind action, Gerhart raised to 600,000 from the small and Svancara called from the big. The flop came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"], Gerhart bet 1,200,000, Svancara jammed her 2,665,016 stack and Gerhart called. Svancara was ahead on the flop with [poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="8c"] for two-pair but a [poker card="Jh"] on the turn meant Gerhart's [poker card="5s"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Js"] improved to a bigger two-pair. The [poker card="5h"] on the river eliminated Svancara for a $41,290.15 score. After a back and forth heads up battle between Gerhart and 'Duckmoney420', both players took over the chip lead on several occasions. Even with a 7:1 chip lead for 'Duckmoney420' at one stage, it wasn't enough to put away Gerhart. Gerhart took the chip lead once again after fading the diamond draw held by 'Duckmoney420'. All the chips went in on the [poker card="7c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] flop, Gerhart flopped the straight with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"]. The turn and river came the [poker card="Js"] and [poker card="4h"] respectively meaning 'Duckmoney420' missed his nut diamond flush draw with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"]. The final hand started with a 1,800,000 button raise from Gerhart which was defended by 'Duckmoney420'. The flop came [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6s"], Duckmoney420 moved all in for 2,555,954 and Gerhart didn't hesitate calling the flop jam. 'Duckmoney': [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] Gerhart: [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Gerhart the straight but 'Duckmoney420' was still alive with a flush draw. The spade didn't come on the river and the [poker card="2c"] put the proverbial final nail in the coffin for 'Duckmoney420' and eliminated him in second place for $60,323.53 while giving Gerhart his second career WSOP bracelet and a $97,571.65 payday. Final Table Payouts Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart - $97,571.65 Duckmoney420 - $60,323.53 Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara - $41,290.15 Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman - $28,601.23 Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones - $20,210.17 Shanmukha 'Shanmukha' Megura - $14,479.69 Faces in the Crowd Notable names such as Daniel Negreanu (25th - $2,814.07), Shaun Deeb (36th - $2,302.42), Ryan 'JoeyIsAMush' DePaulo (51st - $1,381.45) and 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (95th - $920.97) all added another WSOP cash to their resume's but failed to reach the final table. Negreanu rolled back the years and eliminated Hellmuth. Negreanu, holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] called Hellmuth's all-in pre-flop shove. The 'Poker Brat' was a favourite with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"] on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7c"] flop but the [poker card="4c"] on the turn and the [poker card="3s"] on the river gave Negreanu the straight to eliminate Hellmuth.
  22. Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart came out on top in the Event #20 ($500 PLO 6-Max) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online scoring a $97,51.65 payday and his second career bracelet. Besting 1,136 other entries, Gerhart started the final table as the chipleader and was dominant from the get-go.0 The first final table casualty was Shanmukha 'Shanmuka' Meruga. Meruga opened on the button to 560,000 and Gerhart completed from the big blind. Gerhart bet 1,200,000 on the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop to put Meruga all in. Meruga called for his tournament life. The at-risk Meruga turned over [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] for second pair whilst chipleader Gerhart had bottom pair with his hand of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"]. Gerhart improved to two-pair on the turn with the [poker card="4h"] and the [poker card="5h"] on the river ended the tournament for Meruga. Fifteen minutes later Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones was sent to the virtual rail in fifth place. His 1,514,816 three-bet jam in the small blind was called by pre-flop raiser 'Duckmoney420.' Duckmoney420 showed [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"] which was behind Jones' [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4c"]. Jones was unable to hold as the board ran out [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="6s"] giving 'Duckmoney420' queens full of sixes. The very next hand, Gerhart claimed another final table scalp eliminating Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman for fourth. Moorman raised from the button to 600,000 and again Gerhart defended his big blind. The Englishman moved all-in for 933,119 on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] and Gerhart snapped called with [poker card="Th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9c"] for bottom two-pair. Moorman's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] improved to a pair on the [poker card="4d"] turn and despite making two-pair on the river with the [poker card="6d"], it wasn't enough to keep him in the running for WSOP glory. The action didn't let up as it went from three-handed to heads up in 14 minutes. Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara was denied the chance of becoming the first female 2020 World Series of Poker winner after Gerhart eliminated her sent his third player from the final table for an early shower. In blind versus blind action, Gerhart raised to 600,000 from the small and Svancara called from the big. The flop came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"], Gerhart bet 1,200,000, Svancara jammed her 2,665,016 stack and Gerhart called. Svancara was ahead on the flop with [poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="8c"] for two-pair but a [poker card="Jh"] on the turn meant Gerhart's [poker card="5s"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Js"] improved to a bigger two-pair. The [poker card="5h"] on the river eliminated Svancara for a $41,290.15 score. After a back and forth heads up battle between Gerhart and 'Duckmoney420', both players took over the chip lead on several occasions. Even with a 7:1 chip lead for 'Duckmoney420' at one stage, it wasn't enough to put away Gerhart. Gerhart took the chip lead once again after fading the diamond draw held by 'Duckmoney420'. All the chips went in on the [poker card="7c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] flop, Gerhart flopped the straight with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"]. The turn and river came the [poker card="Js"] and [poker card="4h"] respectively meaning 'Duckmoney420' missed his nut diamond flush draw with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"]. The final hand started with a 1,800,000 button raise from Gerhart which was defended by 'Duckmoney420'. The flop came [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6s"], Duckmoney420 moved all in for 2,555,954 and Gerhart didn't hesitate calling the flop jam. 'Duckmoney': [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] Gerhart: [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Gerhart the straight but 'Duckmoney420' was still alive with a flush draw. The spade didn't come on the river and the [poker card="2c"] put the proverbial final nail in the coffin for 'Duckmoney420' and eliminated him in second place for $60,323.53 while giving Gerhart his second career WSOP bracelet and a $97,571.65 payday. Final Table Payouts Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart - $97,571.65 Duckmoney420 - $60,323.53 Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara - $41,290.15 Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman - $28,601.23 Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones - $20,210.17 Shanmukha 'Shanmukha' Megura - $14,479.69 Faces in the Crowd Notable names such as Daniel Negreanu (25th - $2,814.07), Shaun Deeb (36th - $2,302.42), Ryan 'JoeyIsAMush' DePaulo (51st - $1,381.45) and 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (95th - $920.97) all added another WSOP cash to their resume's but failed to reach the final table. Negreanu rolled back the years and eliminated Hellmuth. Negreanu, holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] called Hellmuth's all-in pre-flop shove. The 'Poker Brat' was a favourite with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"][pokercard="Ts"] on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7c"] flop but the [poker card="4c"] on the turn and the [poker card="3s"] on the river gave Negreanu the straight to eliminate Hellmuth. https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1285431857182470145?s=20
  23. Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley navigated through 1,483 other players on Saturday night to the early hours of Sunday morning to win the 2020 World Series of Poker online Event #25 - $500 Summer Saver for $149k and his first career bracelet. Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey made back to back WSOP final table appearances and started as chip leader. Looking to improve on his 7th place finish in #Event24, Berkey was on the hunt for his first career bracelet. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion also got the first final table elimination of the day. Raising all-in on the button to 9,149,831 with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="3c"], Ofir 'panda15' Mor called off his 2,941,919 stack with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. Despite Mor flopping middle set on the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] flop, he still had to evade the flush draw. The [poker card="8c"] turn completed the flush for Berkey and the [poker card="3s"] river ended the tournament for Mor. Four minutes later Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley opened to 345,678 from the hijack and Michael 'ha8me' Policastro called from the small blind. Policastro took the initiative on the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Qc"] flop leading out for 758,517 which was called by Kiley. Policastro jammed for 3,526,398 on the [poker card="8s"] turn and was snapped by his opponent. Policastro flopped two pair with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] but was behind as Kiley flopped rolled over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3d"] for the stronger holding. The [poker card="Tc"] river wasn't one the two outs Policastro needed and finished the day in eighth. The next bust-out came seven minutes later when 'Daddyp69' open-jammed from the cutoff looking to get the walk. Unfortunately, Berkey woke up with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"] and called from the small blind looking for another elimination. 'Daddyp69' was drawing to two immediate outs with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and was sent to the rail failing to connect with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Tc"] run out. Six handed play lasted for less than ten minutes when Berkey was again amongst the action as he opened from under the gun for 480,000. Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo moved all-in for 3,330,936 from the cutoff, Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo then four-bet jammed her 5,780,224 from the small looking to isolate Calenzo. The pre-flop action caused Berkey to fold and Calenzo with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] was dominated by Mo's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Both players paired their Ace on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5d"] and both made two-pair with the [poker card="5h"] turn. The at risk Calenzo was looking for another Ace, Queen or 5 to preserve his tournament status but the [poker card="6h"] river meant Mo took all the chips. Berkey's bracelet hunt was dented after being on the wrong side of a cooler against Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen. In blind vs blind action, Chen raised to 688,994 and Berkey defended to see the [poker card="As"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"] flop. Berkey bet 1,166,248 after Chen checked his option, Chen made the call to see the [poker card="Jd"] turn. Chen again checked and Berkey put his opponent all in and was snap called. Berkey, holding [poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] connected hard, making two pair on the flop but was drawing dead as Chen flopped top set with his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. The [poker card="5d"] river meant nothing and left Berkey hanging in there by a thread. Two hands later Berkey was out in fifth, moving all in from the button for 3,237,065. Kiley called in the small blind and we were off to the races. Kiley: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"] Berkey: [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"] Kiley hit hard making trips on the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="6s"] flop, the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="Js"] river denied the story book ending Berkey was looking for. Kiley quickly scored another final table knockout four minutes later. Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo raised to 1,040,000 from under the gun with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] and called off his remaining 4,723,216 stack after Kiley 3-bet jammed for 16,993,456 from the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"]. Both players missed the [poker card="5s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7s"] board but Kiley's ace-high was good enough to send Russo out in fourth. Mo, who's one of many female poker players to run deep in this years WSOP, called Chen's 800,000 button raise from the big blind. Mo with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3d"] decided to ship her short stack on the [poker card="7h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"] flop, Chen holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] quickly called with third pair. The [poker card="5d"] turn meant Mo picked up a gutshot straight draw but the [poker card="As"] river ended Mo's chances of becoming the first female 2020 WSOP champion. Chen and Kiley were both looking to win their first WSOP bracelet event and claim the $149k first place cash prize. Chen three-bet to 2,475,000 after Kiley opened 800,000 and the latter called to see the [poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ks"] flop. Chen fired a continuation bet, downsizing to 2,125,000, Kiley called again to see the [poker card="8c"] turn. Chen then decided to check-call after Kiley fired for 5,050,000, the [poker card="Jh"] completed the board and Chen checked again. Kiley, who had the chip lead, put Chen to the test for all his chips and he made the crying call with his bluff catcher [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] but Kiley's [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Th"] was best and enough for him to scoop a six-figure payday and secure his maiden WSOP gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley - $149,244.52 Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen - $92,223.22 Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo - $67,300.65 Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo - $49,554.22 Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey - $36,850.50 Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo - $27,637.87 'Daddyp69' - $20,849.62 Michael 'Ha8me' Policastro - $15,903.90 Ofir 'panda15' Mor - $12,315.82 Faces in the Crowd Event #25 brought out a plethora of names young and old looking for WSOP glory. Poker stalwarts such as Sam Grizzle and Allen Kessler finished outside the money whilst Phil Hellmuth (216th - $873) and Daniel Negreanu (183rd - $969) both added another WSOP cash to their long list of achievements. Poker player and commentator Jeff 'mavsucs' Platt finished 623rd) and everyone's favourite Ryan 'joeyisamush' DePaulo (354th) both failed to cash.
  24. Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley navigated through 1,483 other players on Saturday night to the early hours of Sunday morning to win the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #25 ($500 NLHE Summer Saver) for $149K and his first career bracelet. Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey made his second WSOP final table appearance in as many nights and started as chip leader. Looking to improve on his seventh place finish from Event #24, Berkey was also on the hunt for his first career bracelet. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion also got the first final table elimination of the day. Raising all-in on the button to 9,149,831 with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="3c"], Ofir 'panda15' Mor called off his 2,941,919 stack with [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"]. Despite Mor flopping middle set on the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] flop, he still had to evade the flush draw. The [poker card="8c"] turn completed the flush for Berkey and the [poker card="3s"] river ended the tournament for Mor. Four minutes later Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley opened to 345,678 from late position and Michael 'ha8me' Policastro called from the small blind. Policastro took the initiative on the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Qc"] flop, betting 758,517 which was called by Kiley. Policastro jammed for 3,526,398 on the [poker card="8s"] turn and was snap-called by his opponent. Policastro flopped two pair with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] but was behind as Kiley rolled over [poker card="Ac"][poker card="3d"] for the stronger holding. The [poker card="Tc"] river wasn't one the two outs Policastro needed and finished the day in eighth. The next bust-out came seven minutes later when 'Daddyp69' open-jammed from the cutoff looking to get the walk. Unfortunately, Berkey woke up with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"] and called from the small blind looking for another elimination. 'Daddyp69' was drawing to two immediate outs with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and was sent to the rail failing to connect with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Tc"] runout. Six-handed play lasted for less than ten minutes when Berkey was again leading the action as he opened from UTG for 480,000. Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo moved all-in for 3,330,936 from the cutoff, Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo then four-bet jammed her 5,780,224 from the small looking to isolate Calenzo. The pre-flop action caused Berkey to fold and Calenzo with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] was dominated by Mo's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Both players paired their ace on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5d"] and both made two-pair with the [poker card="5h"] turn. The at -isk Calenzo was looking for another ace, queen or five to preserve his tournament status but the [poker card="6h"] river meant Mo took all the chips. Berkey's bracelet hunt was dented after being on the wrong side of a cooler against Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen. In blind versus blind action, Chen limped-called from the small when Berkey raised to 689,999 to see the [poker card="As"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"] flop. Berkey bet 1,166,248 after Chen checked his option, Chen made the call to see the [poker card="Jd"] turn. Chen again checked and Berkey put his opponent all in and was snap-called. Berkey, holding [poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] connected hard, making two pair on the flop but was drawing dead as Chen flopped top set with his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"]. The [poker card="5d"] river meant nothing and left Berkey hanging in there by a thread. Two hands later Berkey was out in fifth, moving all in from the button for 3,237,065. Kiley called in the small blind. Kiley: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"] Berkey: [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"] Kiley made trips on the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="6s"] flop, the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="Js"] river denied the storybook ending Berkey was looking for. Kiley quickly scored another final table knockout four minutes later. Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo raised to 1,040,000 from UTG with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] and called off his remaining 4,723,216 stack after Kiley three-bet jammed for 16,993,456 from the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"]. Both players missed the [poker card="5s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7s"] board but Kiley's ace-high was good enough to send Russo out in fourth. Mo, who is one of many female poker players who had deep runs in this year's WSOP, called Chen's 800,000 button raise from the big blind. Mo with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3d"] decided to ship her short stack on the [poker card="7h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"] flop, Chen holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] quickly called with third pair. The [poker card="5d"] turn meant Mo picked up a gutshot straight draw but the [poker card="As"] river ended Mo's chances of becoming the first female winner of 2020 WSOP Online event. That left Chen and Kiley both looking to win their first WSOP bracelet event and claim the $149K first place cash prize. Chen three-bet to 2,475,000 after Kiley opened 800,000 and the latter called to see the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"] flop. Chen fired a continuation bet, downsizing to 2,125,000, Kiley called again to see the [poker card="8c"] turn. Chen then decided to check-call after Kiley fired for 5,050,000, the [poker card="Jh"] completed the board and Chen checked again. Kiley, who had the chip lead, put Chen to the test for all his chips and he made the crying call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] but Kiley's [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Th"] was best and enough for him to scoop a six-figure payday and secure his maiden WSOP gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Nicholas 'mrfinalt' Kiley - $149,244.52 Guo Liang 'Ct188' Chen - $92,223.22 Weiyi 'wymoney' Mo - $67,300.65 Stephen 'S.Dott22' Russo - $49,554.22 Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey - $36,850.50 Kevin 'Specialk333' Calenzo - $27,637.87 'Daddyp69' - $20,849.62 Michael 'Ha8me' Policastro - $15,903.90 Ofir 'panda15' Mor - $12,315.82 Faces in the Crowd Event #25 brought saw a plethora of familiar faces getting into the money while chasing for WSOP glory. Daniel 'RedSoxNets5' Sewnig finished 49th for $2,618.32 while Anthony 'heheh' Zinno (71st - $1,842.52), Brian Rast (87th - $1,454.62), and Chris Moorman (92nd - $1,357.65) also worked their way into the money. After spending part of the night at the same table, Daniel Negreanu (183rd - $969) and Phil Hellmuth (216th - $873) both added another WSOP cash to their long list of achievements.
  25. 'samadhi' overcame a final table which included Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng for a $133,412.83 score. Outlasting 1589 other players, 'samadhi' took down Event £24 - $400 NLH 8-Handed for his first career bracelet. It didn't take long for the first final table bust out of the day when Christian 'CalcFather' Calcano open-jammed with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] from middle position for 1,226,311. Action folded to chip leader 'samadhi' in the big blind who made the call with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. It was a coin flip that 'CalcFather' needed to win but he didn't connect on [poker card="Tc"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7h"] run out ended his final table cameo appearance. 8 minutes high-roller regular Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey moved all-in for 2,936,652 after 'eric_shun' limped in on the button. The button limper made the call and we were off to the races. 'eric_shun': [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] Berkey: [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"] The [poker card="Jd"][poker card="5s"][poker card="9c"] flop meant Berkey was still ahead but gave 'eric_shun' a gutshot for broadway. The [poker card="6c"] on the turn missed both players but Berkey made a pair on the [poker card="Td"] river but gave 'eric_shun' the straight sending the 'Solve For Why' founder to the rail. With 6 players remaining 'alululululu' raised to 480,00 from the cutoff, Norman 'abnormality' Michalek called off his remaining stack of 241,624 and Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng completed from the big blind. 'alululululu' fired a 240,000 c-bet which Leng called after checking out of position on the [poker card="2d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="6c"] flop. The [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="3d"] was checked down. The at risk Michalek tabled [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] for ace-high but Leng rivered a pair as he was holding [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3h"] which eliminated Michalek in sixth place. Mark 'batsman' Bansemar was the next player with his tournament life on the line. Leng who was in the small blind put Bansemar all in, who committed his 2,161,265 stack from the big blind. Leng: [poker card="Jh"][poker card="3h"] Bansemar: [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] The flop came a favorable [poker card="6c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6d"] for Bansemar. The [poker card="Ad"] river meant that Leng just had 3 outs to hit, and hit he did as the [poker card="Js"] fell on the river sent Bansemar packing for a $33k pay out. There was more blind v blind action 13 minutes later as short stack 'alululululu' shoved his 1,654,922 stack in the small blind with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9h"] and 'samadhi' called with [poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"] in the big blind. Despite 'alululululu' remaining ahead on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5h"] he still had to avoid what seemed like half the deck. A inconsequential [poker card="3d"] came on the turn but 'samadhi' completed his flush on the [poker card="Qh"] river ending the hopes of 'alululululu'. Three-handed play lasted for just over ten minutes after another blind v blind battle. Leng limped in the small blind and 'eric_shun' checked his option. Leng bet 333,333 after seeing the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="9c"] flop and 'eric_shun' called, Leng put the pressure on betting 666,666 the [poker card="Ah"] turn which again 'eric_shun' called. Leng then put in a hefty bet of 3,669,669 on the [poker card="Kh"] river and then snap-called as 'eric_shun' river raised all-in with [poker card="Th"][poker card="9s"] for a pair of nines. Leng, holding [poker card="Qh"][poker card="8h"], rivered the nuts on the river rendering 'eric_shun's' holding useless to take it to heads up. Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng at one point had a 8:1 chip lead and had 'samadhi' all in on three separate occasions with the latter winning all three to take the chip lead. With the blinds at 300,000/600,000 Leng moved all in on the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and was quickly called by 'samadhi' with [Kh[poker card="8s"]. The chip leader continued his run good versus Leng as the flop came [poker card="2d"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"], looking to fade any diamond or nine, the turn came the [poker card="4s"] and the [poker card="7s"] on the river sealed the win for 'samadhi' who overcame the odds to pick up his first WSOP title and took home the lion share of $866,880 prize pool. Final Table Payouts 'samadhi' - $133,412.83 Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng - $82,440.28 'eric_shun' - $60,161.47 'alululululu'- $44,297.56 Mark 'bansman' Bansemar - $32,941.44 Norman 'abnormality' Michalek - $24,706.08 Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey - $18,637.92 Christian 'CalcFather' Calcano - $14,216.83 Faces in the Crowd 2020 WSOP bracelet winner Pat 'ichiikawawa' Lyons bubbled the tournament in 331st place and notable names like Ali 'sasukeuchiha' Imsirovic (82nd - $1,300.32) and Scott 'BudLightLime' Hempel (53rd - $2,340.57) finished in the money. WSOP veteran Mike 'mouth123' Matusow made it to the final four tables but finished 30th for $3,380.83 and the unfortunate final table bubble boy Jordan 'HFNeon' Spurlin picked up $11,009.37 for his efforts.
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