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  1. Not every staking deal is going to pan out, but in the case of this year’s 2021 World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, if you backed a player on PocketFives, you got straight up paid. Three of the best when it comes to mixed games posted packages - Daniel Negreanu, Josh Arieh, and Matt Glantz all battled their way into money in one of the WSOP's most prestigious events. Of the 63 runners, only 10 got paid and late (very late) on Day 3 of the five-day event, all three navigated the ups and downs of the money bubble. https://twitter.com/PocketFives/status/1455799199836999683?s=20 Negreanu, who found himself near the bottom of the chip counts multiple times as the field narrowed, put together a string of hands that sent his chip count soaring. And as the money bubble approached, Arieh was seen building a mountain of chips as he climbed into the top 3 on the leaderboard. Glantz, who sat to Arieh’s direct left for most of the night, also managed to find a bag at the end of the night. https://twitter.com/PocketFives/status/1456012324372815874?s=20 On Day 4, Negreanu could never really get anything going and made an untimely exit in ninth place for $91,595. Negreanu will take $68,696 of that to the bank but $22,898 is getting split up by his backers. That’s an 83.19% ROI for the more than 80 people who managed to get a piece of him. So, for each share of ~ $154 a return of roughly $282. After Negreanu busted, backers still had two players left to root for. Nick Schulman was the next to go, busting in eighth place and after he made his quick departure, the marathon began. https://twitter.com/PocketFives/status/1456026758638145540?s=20 He held on most of the day but six hours after the start of the 10-handed day, Glantz, who sold 22% of his action, fell in eighth place for $128,256 - an ROI of 156.51% and a handsome sum for his backers. Glantz himself will book just over $100,000 while his 69 backers will pull their percentages from the $28,216. If all 69 backers had an equal share, a $180 investment turned into a roughly $460 return. https://twitter.com/PocketFives/status/1456011019151495168?s=20 One can’t help but be impressed by Josh Arieh’s back-to-back final table runs in the Poker Players Championship. When the money bubble approached, Arieh was sitting with piles of chips which he carried into Day 4. However, his stack took a few notable hits and his tournament came to an end in sixth place for $161,422. “I’m very happy with the way I played, totally accept the result,” Arieh said after the tournament. For his backers, it was also another nice result. Earlier in the series, when Arieh won the $1,500 PLO event, his 10 backers turned $15 into more than $2,000. In this event, Arieh walked away with a healthy 222.84% ROI. He sold 30% of his action to 64 different backers bringing roughly $33,426 in profit for his investors. For each 1% (or $500) returned $1,614.20 or a $50 stake bringing back $161. Be on the lookout for more staking action, at both the 2021 WSOP and beyond… https://twitter.com/TexDolly/status/1456682550546481154?s=20
  2. It was another hectic week at the 2021 WSOP with one of the biggest tournaments of the year stepping into the spotlight and top-tier players adding to their WSOP legacies. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship brought out the stars and has played down to a final table with Eli Elezra holding the overnight chip lead. Plus, a pair of potential future Hall of Famers in Shaun Deeb and Brian Rast have won their way into rarified air by both winning their career fifth bracelet, and four was the magic number this week with four different players earning their fourth career bracelet. And, of course, Phil Hellmuth took to Twitter to a gripe about the WSOP Player of the Year formula. So let’s get into it, here are the five biggest storylines that made headlines during Week 5 of the WSOP! Hellmuth Goes Off On Player of the Year We’re getting peak Hellmuth here in 2021. He’s winning bracelets, dropping eff-bombs, and burning down the house. After a relatively quiet week from the 16-time champ, it looks like he finally took a look at the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year standings and didn’t like what he saw. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1455092561769472002?s=20 Hellmuth’s fast start to the WSOP has cooled off (so far) in the back half of the schedule with the lead he enjoyed for a few days having slipped away. From the looks of it, this might be the first time Hellmuth has really understood what it takes to win this award, part of which is an unwavering dedication to the grind by playing and trying to cash in everything in sight. READ: Five Former WSOP Players of the Year On How To Win It In 2021 However, Hellmuth has some support out there for his call to revise the POY formula. Daniel Negreanu, a constant contender over the past few years, has been lobbying for WSOP officials to streamline the number of results that are counted, making it so that a min-cash in a lower buy-in holds far less weight. https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1455114358757871616?s=20 As of the time of publication, Hellmuth has slipped into fourth place behind two of his series nemesis - Jake Schwartz, who took over the lead, Kevin Gerhart is in second after his second series bracelet win, and Anthony Zinno, who set the Brat off in the $10K Stud. It’s tight at the top, with Shaun Deeb and Ari Engel rounding out the top 6. $50K Poker Players Championship Takes Center Stage For many popular poker players, the $50K Poker Players Championship is the actual Main Event of the World Series of Poker. It’s a mix of nine different games, played by the elite-of-the-elite in those games for an enormous sum of money. This year was no different as 63 runners, including some of the biggest names in the game, gathered in the Amazon room to battle for a spot in the final five players. Late on Tuesday night (Day 3) the players battled to burst the money bubble. Eventually, 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell saw his tournament come to an end when he was ousted in 11th place. The next day the final 10 returned and it didn’t take long for Milke Wattel to be eliminated in 10th for $82,623. Daniel Negreanu surged and then fell, leaving it all on the felt as he exited in ninth place for $91,595. Then, Nick Schulman busted in eighth, swiftly leaving to pick up his $106,120, the first of the six-figure payouts. https://twitter.com/PocketFives/status/1456012324372815874?s=20 When the table combined to seven, everything slowed down. Way down. The table battled nearly all day with chips and the chip lead being passed back and forth. In the end, Matt Glantz fell in seventh place collecting $128,236, and was followed by Josh Arieh, appearing at his second final table in as many years, busting in sixth place for $161,422. https://twitter.com/PocketFives/status/1456026758638145540?s=20 Eli Elezra held the overnight chip lead, followed by Paul Volpe, Chris Brewer, Dan Cates, and Ryan Leng. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456295274075148291?s=20 The final five will play to a winner on Friday, November 5 where one player will have their name added to the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and collect the $954,020 first-place prize. Five Bracelets For Deeb, Rast There has been an uncanny number of three-time career WSOP bracelet winners at the series this year. However this week, it was the five-timer club that added a couple new, very notable members. First, Brian Rast took down the $3K Six-Max for his fifth career bracelet for $474,102 and in the process made a case for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. “Really, the number one thing at this point is kind of just making the Poker Hall of Fame,” Rast said to PokerGO after his win. “I mean, I feel like, I think I’ve done enough in my career and I turn 40 on November 8, so less than two weeks.” https://twitter.com/tsarrast/status/1453640943832166404?s=20 Another likely future Hall of Fame nominee is Shaun Deeb who put on an impressive performance to take down the $25,000 PLO High Roller for $1,251,860, just the third million-dollar score of the series and vaulting him into the 2021 earnings lead. Like, Rast, when all was said and done, Deeb had an eye on the future. But it’s not the Hall of Fame he was looking forward to, it was tracking down Hellmuth in the bracelet chase. “Oh, I’m going to pass Phil [Hellmuth] eventually. It’s going to take me a while, but I’m going to pass Phil. He’s a great player when he’s sharp, but he can’t play every day like me,” he said. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1454743417095790600?s=20 As noted above, Deeb’s win thrust him into the top 5 of the 2021 POY race. Four Is The New Three Earlier in the series, Anthony Zinno picked up his third and then fourth career bracelet. This week he welcomed Brian Yoon, Ben Yu, Farzad Bonyadi, and Kevin Gerhart into the club of players who picked up their fourth in 2021. Most recently, Yoon took down the $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship for a handsome $240,341 score. His list of bracelets is certainly impressive with prior wins the 2013 Little One For One Drop for $663,727, the 2014 $5K 8-Max for $633,341, and then he won the 2017 $1,500 Monster Stack for $1,094,349. His latest victory puts him up over $3.4 million in earnings. Ben Yu’s WSOP resume is equally impressive having won the $10,000 Six-Handed NLHE Championship for $721,453, his 11th cash of the 2021 series. Looking back on Yu’s success shows him winning four bracelets since 2015 including the $10K Limit in 2015 for $291,456, the $10K Limit 2-7 Championship in 2017 for $232,738, and the $50,000 NLHE High Roller in 2018 for more than $1.6 million. Yu moved into fourth place on the NLHE POY leaderboard behind Daniel Lazrus, Pete Chen, and Jason Koon and 6th on the overall leaderboard. Joining them is Farzad Bonyadi, who took down the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship for $297,051 (on the same day as Rast won his 5th bracelet) for the fourth of his career. His first bracelet win dates back to 1998 when he won a $2,000 Limit Hold’em event for $429,940. Six years later, in 2004, he took down a $1K Limit 2-7 for another $86,980. His third came in 2005 when he won a $2,500 NLHE tournament for $594,960. Finally, on Wednesday, Kevin Gerhart won his second bracelet of the series, fourth overall, in the $1,500 PLO 8 for a $186,789 score. Gerhart won the $10K H.O.R.S.E. earlier this year for a $361,124 payday and has an online bracelet from 2020 and a $1,500 Razz win in 2019. A big week for multiple bracelet winners. Distenfeld Donates to A Good Cause Last week, the poker community showed up for a fellow player who is faced with an unthinkable future but wanted to make one of his poker dreams come true. This week, another act of incredible generosity took place when Gershon Distenfeld pledged his entire winnings from his victory in the $1,500 NLHE Shootout to charity. Distenfeld earned $204,063 with the victory and every single dime is going to be put to the benefit of others. Distenfeld has made no secret that he’s been graced with more than enough wealth to take care of his family and so he plays poker for the competition and, in the result he wins, to help others. “My wife Aviva and I have been blessed with financial means and it’s a core value of ours to give both our money and our time to help make the world a better place,” he told PokerNews after his win. He followed up with a call to action for all bracelet winners to donate 1% of their winnings to the charity of their choice.
  3. Daniel Negreanu doesn’t need to sell action. Neither does Josh Arieh. Or Felipe Ramos or Jonathan Little for that matter. However, this fall, all of them (and more) have offered to sell pieces of their 2021 World Series of Poker right here on PocketFives - most with no markup. The reason they’ve done this is to give fans of the game, those who aren’t able to play themselves, a chance to sweat the action and better enjoy the WSOP’s live streams and live updates with a little extra “something” on the line. READ: Daniel Negreanu Selling 2021 WSOP Action For Fans That Want To “Take The Ride” It’s true, in tournament poker the majority of the time even a great player is going to hit the rail before the money. However, there are times when a small investment in a favorite “horse” can go a long way. Take for instance those who grabbed a piece of Josh Arieh in Event #39 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha). Arieh, who finished 2nd in the 2019 $50,000 Poker Players Championship, knows a thing or two about mixed games. So, when he put a tiny piece of the PLO event up for grabs they were snapped up. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1451292645750292486?s=20 Over the next three days, Arieh posted pics of his chips as they turned from a starting stack into a mountain. He went from just another player in the field to the overall chip leader. And when it was all done, Arieh claimed his third career gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $204,766. Arieh was ecstatic but so were his backers. Ten people each purchased 1% for just $15. When it was all over, they were paid out roughly $2,000 and Arieh couldn't be happier about it. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1451934444831457283?s=20 While making money is the goal, entertainment value is also vital. It’s been said that watching poker can be like watching paint dry. Well, only if there’s no action at stake. Like watching a football game where you have no rooting interest, if you have a fantasy player in the game or even a small side bet with a buddy, that event becomes way more interesting. Negreanu has been paying plenty of dividends as well. He’s currently leading all players in terms of number of cashes (currently at 13). And with two final tables under his belt, Negreanu has moved into sixth place on the 2021 Player of the Year leaderboard. For eagle-eyed viewers of his vlog with good twitch reflexes, there’s been plenty of opportunities to grab a small percentage and play along with ‘Kid Poker.’ Fans who jumped in with Negreanu early on turned a $75 investment into $137 when Negreanu finished in 10th place in the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. for a hair over $46,000. He picked up another four cashes before he hit another five-figure score. A deep run in the $5,000 Six Max helped fans more than 4x their $20 investment and bank roughly $90. Four days later, investors ate up the earnings once again. Negreanu made a deep run in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. In this event, spaces were limited and backers turned a 1% stake into a $175 score (over a 500% ROI) thanks to his 8th place finish for over $17,000. Negreanu previously stated that his goal is to give fans something sweat, something to enjoy while tuning in to the vlogs. Over 2,500 stakers have taken him up on it and gotten in on the action so far - and the series is only halfway done. With some of the biggest events (with the biggest paydays of the series) left to come, there’s plenty of time left to jump in. Simply sign up for an account with PocketFives, click on the Staking Menu at the top, and pick up a little action. Then follow your favorite player offering action to see when their tournament gets listed. And if it’s Negreanu you want to sweat, follow @RealKidPoker on Twitter, watch his daily YouTube WSOP Vlog, and be ready when he gives the word. https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker/status/1442897946152898560?s=20
  4. It’s finally here. The first starting flights of the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event highlight what is sure to be an exciting Week 5 of the WSOP. The Main Event is easily one of the most anticipated tournaments of any given (regular) year. Given the amount of action that fans can watch, the fantastic stories that emerge, and the grandiosity of it all. Also, the money - someone is going to not only become the next WSOP World Champion, but they are going to make a lot of money while doing it. While the focus is the Main, there are plenty of other options for those who might find that a $10K is out of their reach or they prefer to play a tournament with a purpose. So here's the complete schedule for Week 5 of the WSOP and a couple of tournaments to keep an eye on in addition to the Main. Spotlight Tournament Event #67 - $10,000 Main Event No doubt about it, this week all eyes will be focused on the undisputed greatest tournament in any given year - the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event. If for no other reason than year after year it gives us the stories of players of every caliber all chasing the same dream - becoming a World Champion. The idea of joining the ranks of Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan, the notion of changing the game like Chris Moneymaker - the Main Event has it all. But for so many reasons, this year will be considered special. For starters, while it hasn’t been officially announced yet, this is widely expected to be the last WSOP Main Event in the Rio era. This will be the final time the Amazon room will see a champion crowned. Sixteen years of history will come to a close with many of the most memorable moments taking place during the Main Event. But more practically, it will be interesting to see exactly what the Main Event will look like and who will come out to play it. There were plenty of doubters if the 2021 Main Event would even take place at all. The coronavirus and the Delta variant, vaccination mandates, and mask policies were all hurdles for WSOP officials. It took a lot of navigating for officials to get the series to this point, but after missing the traditional Main Event last year, it seemed like every effort was made to get this series to go, and now the Main Event is here. Additionally, the focus will be on just how big this event will be. When the world opened back up for a brief few weeks in early 2021, some thought the Main Event was going to go big…perhaps bigger than ever before. Now, no one is really sure what will take place. Overall fields have been down from 2019, which was completely expected. However, with the United States relaxing international travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers, the WSOP quickly pivoted once again and added two extra starting days for a total of six. The live streaming will be plentiful, hand histories plenty, and, likely, a little Twitter drama to keep it interesting. So whether you are a fan or a future champion - it’s Main Event week and it’s time to get excited. Complete WSOP Week 5 Schedule [table id=269 /] Additional Highlights Event #65 - $1,000 Mini Main Event Ten grand is an investment, no matter what it is. If that’s outside your bankroll, then the Mini Main Event is perfect for you. It’s a $1,000 buy-in (not insignificant, but a player can sell pieces for this a little more easily) and it follows the same structure and stack size as the Main Event, it just moves along a 4x the speed. Instead of two hour-long levels, the levels are 30 minutes. But with 60,000 chips in a starting stack, that means there’s plenty of time to get something going. And who knows, a player that makes a run in the Mini Main will still have time to jump in one of the later starting flights of the Main Event…and that would make for a good story. Event #63: $500 SALUTE to Warriors The SALUTE to Warriors tournament returns this year with $40 of every entry being donated to the USO and other veteran organizations. With Veteran’s Day just a little over a week away from the Tuesday, November 2 start date this is a great event to remember the contributions and sacrifices for those who have served. But also, a note that unlike a Seniors Event or the Ladies Event, this special event is open to everyone and the buy-in is just $500 making it one of the most affordable tournaments on the entire schedule. In 2019, 1723 entries took part and Susan Faber grabbed the gold bracelet and a $121,161 first-place prize. This year may not have a six-figure score up top, but one can expect that taking it down will bring them around $70,000-$80,000 return for the small buy-in.
  5. Incredible heaters and heartwarming stories took focus during a wild week of the 2021 World Series of Poker. This year's historic WSOP is now officially past the halfway point and this week has forged some of the memories that won't soon be forgotten. Hellmuth surged (then lost) the 2021 Player of the Year lead, Michael Addamo booked another incredible high roller win, and the three-time bracelet winner club added a brand new wing to the clubhouse. Plus, a deep run by broadcaster Jeff Platt and the poker community rallying, once again, to show how generous it can be when someone is in need were other bright spots this week. Let’s kick off the second half of the series by taking a look at the five biggest storylines to emerge from Week 4 of the World Series of Poker. Hellmuth, Zinno Top Player of the Year Race Much has been made of Phil Hellmuth’s red hot start to the 2021 World Series of Poker and how he broke through to win his record-extending 16th career bracelet. Well, after five final tables, his bracelet victory, a runner-up finish, and six total cashes, he grabbed the POY lead from his series nemesis, Anthony Zinno, earlier this week. Then, days later, Zinno took it right back. Now the series is halfway done and if Hellmuth wants to add that Player of the Year title to his poker resume, he’s going to have to take fewer days off and put his nose to the grindstone for the duration. Otherwise, one of the many challengers that are vying for the title are going to freeze him out once again. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1452052614737055747?s=20 This includes Anthony Zinno who looks to build on his slim lead by continuing to run deep in nearly every event he registers in. Also, Jake Schwartz, who is currently sitting in third place, is having the best series of his career as well. Other potential suitors for the POY include Daniel Negreanu, who after finishing 8th in the recent $10K NL 2-7 surged over 2,000 POY points and into 6th. Ari Engel just wrapped up a final table appearance at the $1,500 Shootout and moved into 4th place as well. Another player with his eye on the prize is Dan Zack, tied with Negreanu in leading all cashes with 13, sitting in 8th place on the leaderboard. This makes the upcoming $50K Poker Players Championship an important POY event. The winner is likely to receive over 1,000 POY points and will become an immediate contender for the title. If Hellmuth can make a deep run, he may just be able to solidify himself as the frontrunner the rest of the way. Speaking of which, this is how Hellmuth plans on making his entrance into the $50K. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453515820106092548?s=20 Addamo Keeps On Adding On When it comes to high-stakes No Limit Hold’em, Michael Addamo is the current king and there’s no telling when his incredible (now over a month-long) sun run will come to an end. For those that need a quick recap: Addamo came to town early to play PokerGO’s $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. While waiting, he took down the second-to-last Poker Masters event ($50,000 buy-in NLHE) for $680,000. Then two days later he won the Poker Master Main Event ($100,000 NLHE) for another $1.16 million. Those back-to-back victories allowed him to swoop in and pick up the Poker Masters Purple Jacket to boot. As if that wasn’t enough winning, he went on to actually win the event he came to town for. He dominated the $300K buy-in Super High Roller Bowl for $3.4 million and, while he was waiting around for the WSOP to start, went deep in an Aria high roller - an incredibly underreported $200K in which he took third place for $544K. Then guess what happened? He actually busted out of a tournament. That’s right. He fired two shells into the WSOP’s opening $25K high roller and didn’t make a dime. Heater over? Not quite. Addamo must have decided that winning was better than not winning and came back to take down the next WSOP High Roller, this time it was a $50K. For the second time in a month, he was heads-up against Justin Bonomo and just got there in the final hand to win another $1.13 million. There’s so much winning from Addamo, it’s impossible to provide a “quick recap.” So, what’s next for Addamo? Likely he’ll stick around and play the $10K Main Event, and the four High Rollers on the back half of the schedule (two $50Ks, a $100K, and the $250K Super High Roller) and we’ll all get to see just how hot this amazing heater will get. Jeff Platt Dims The Lights It took double-checking the chip counts at the end of Day 2 of the $1K Double Stack to make sure the headline was right - PokerGO presenter, podcaster, and all-around poker media superstar Jeff Platt held the overnight chip lead with some outrageous number of chips in front of him headed into Day 3. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453071712371691522?s=20 Well, Platt’s a popular guy and so for the next two days, Poker Twitter was ablaze as he continued his march to the final table. His friend Ben Ludlow, jumped on the rail and started reporting all of Platt’s key hands as he built a tower of chips. And as his stack grew, so did his rail, creating a spectacle rivaled only by Hellmuth winning bracelet #16. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453135469768679426?s=20 What made this even more amazing was that Platt was named as a sideline reporter for the WSOP and so, as he was preparing to take a seat at the Double Stack final table, a camera crew showed up and they put him to work…commentating on himself. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453129220096348163?s=20 It was a fun 48 hours as one of poker’s good guys enjoy some run good. In the end, Platt fell in fourth place but he walked away into the arms of a legion of fans and friends, collecting a career-high score of $160,662. https://twitter.com/Bloodlow/status/1453243894200680458?s=20 Poker Backs One of Their Own Poker player Michael Graydon received some terrible news earlier this year: he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. https://twitter.com/michael_graydon/status/1453238351671304199?s=20 So when he let the poker world know via Twitter that he’d like to play the Main Event and needed help selling pieces the generous poker world swiftly responded and within two hours, Graydon had sold out 70% (at no markup) and could start making plans for to play the Main. The generosity took another step, when MJ Gonzales, one of Daniel Negreanu’s noted poker coaches, made an additional offer - he would give Graydon the entire buy-in and have him keep 100% of himself. Maria Ho offered to pay for his flight out and, upon suggestion, Phil Galfond gifted him training from Run It Once. https://twitter.com/therealmjpoker/status/1453370845649276930?s=20 https://twitter.com/MariaHo/status/1453379867710410761?s=20 https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1453464980758544387?s=20 There was an outpouring of support from some of poker’s brightest stars and, while maybe this wasn’t the biggest story of this week, it’s certainly one worth following. Three Is The Magic Number If you think you’ve been seeing an inordinate number of players winning their third career WSOP bracelet, you are not mistaken. In addition to the aforementioned Addamo winning his third in the $50K High Roller, PocketFives’ own Josh Arieh broke a 16-year drought and won his third in the $1,500 PLO this week. Then just days later, Kevin Gerhard won his third in the $10K H.O.R.S.E while at the same time Bradley Ruben scored #3 in the $1,500 Razz. But that’s not it, when Anthony Zinno defeated Phil Hellmuth in the $10K Stud tournament, that was his third (he’s since won his fourth). Chance Kornuth took home the third of his career in the $10K Short Deck and David ‘Bakes’ Baker made it three with his victory in the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball event. Finally, while it wasn’t his third bracelet (it was his fourth) Adam Friedman made it three in a row when he took home his third consecutive $10K Dealers Choice bracelet this year.
  6. It’s hard to believe but the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event is right around the corner. In less than two weeks, the hallways of the Rio will be packed with players hoping to be crowned the new World Champion. But for many recreational players, Week 4 of the WSOP features their own personal Main Event as a pair of the most popular, rec-friendly tournaments of the schedule highlight the coming week. In contrast, it should be expected that a number of big names will also be collecting some new hardware in the next seven days or so with two more Championship events and a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha all ready to go. So, let’s break down everything you need to keep an eye on in Week 4 of the 2021 WSOP. Spotlight Tournament Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship For many of poker’s elite, if you asked them they would say that the $50K Poker Players Championship is the tournament they really want to win each and every year. It’s the biggest buy-in mixed game event on the schedule, testing skill in all the games against the toughest competition. In 2019, Phillip Hui outlasted the 74 entry field to win $1.1 million. The final table included a murder’s row of talent including Josh Arieh, John Esposito, Bryce Yockey, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Phil Ivey, and Shaun Deeb. READ: First-Round Picks: The 2021 WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship One should expect just as many superstars to enter the event this year. While the fields have been down due to COVID, don’t be surprised to see this event come close to its 2019 size as the $50K PPC is just one of those events that people force into their schedule. Storylines will include how Hellmuth, Zinno, and Negreanu do, what effect, if any, the PPC will have on the incredibly tight Player of the Year race, and if any big names that haven’t been in the Rio (Ivey) will make a showing. The action kicks off on October 31 and everyone can tune into the finale next week on November 5 on PokerGO. Complete WSOP Week 4 Schedule [table id=268 /] The Rio Is A Rec Center Event #55 - $400 COLOSSUS When the Colossus first debuted in 2015, it was a massive hit. It broke records for the largest live tournament ever held and it made a name for Cord Garcia when he outlasted the 22,374 other runners to turn his $565 ticket into a $638,880 score. In subsequent years, the WSOP dropped the price to $400, making it the most inexpensive buy-in for a live bracelet event on the schedule. While over the years, attendance for the event continued to decline, the field was still massive. In 2019, 13,109 players pushed the prize pool to more than $4.3 million and Sejin Park earned $451,272. What we’re getting at is that even under the current conditions, the recreational player will likely be ready to come out in force to turn a couple of hundred bucks into a (potentially) life-changing payday. Again, field size for this one is likely to take a hit, but it does have the potential - with two starting flights and one re-entry per flight - to crack the 10K runner mark. Event #52 - $1,000 Seniors Event The 50+ crowd will be coming to town this week with the start of the very popular Seniors Event. Not only is the Seniors Event often packed with players but those longtime grinders often spill over into the Daily Deepstacks making the prize pools of side events surge even more than normal. The combination of the Seniors Event and the Colossus (even though they are two days apart) could make for an extremely busy week in terms of getting and waiting in lines, so here’s a reminder to choose off-peak times to register if you aren’t using a credit card and a kiosk. Plus, make sure to have all your vaccination status sorted and the CLEAR app installed if you plan on using that as well. Big Stars, Huge Paydays Event #53 - $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha There are so many events that could be the “one to watch” this week, but Event #53 ($25,000 High Roller PLO) has all the makings of one that’s guaranteed to have an action-packed ending. In 2019, Stephen Chidwick bested the 278-entry field for a massive $1,618,417 score and topped a final table packed with star power including Erik Seidel, Robert Mizrachi, and Matthew Gonzales among others. It will be interesting to see if the field attracts enough runners to promise a million-dollar payday for the winner, but one thing is for sure and that’s the best and brightest “great game” players will be bringing their A-game for a shot at the one of the biggest PLO event so of the year. The action kicks off on Wednesday, October 27 with the final table being available to watch on PokerGO on Saturday, October 30. Event #56 - 6-Handed NLHE Championship Next week, the official “Mini Main Event” will kick off, but if you want to see players splashing around in a $10K tournament then you are in luck when the NLHE wizards come out to play in the 6-Handed NLHE Championship. It’s hard to imagine anything other than a who’s who of poker’s best battling in what is almost sure to have a final table full of crushers.
  7. It was a packed house in the Amazon Room on Saturday at the 2021 World Series of Poker as three more gold bracelets were awarded, two of which were handed out to players who were celebrating their third career WSOP victory and another who reached a career-high score in their first series victory. Gerhart Wins Third Career Bracelet The final table of Event #40 ($10,000 H.O.R.S.E.) played out on Saturday and in the end it was Kevin Gerhart who galloped his way to the third gold bracelet of his career and the $361,124 first-place prize. “If you look at just the final nine or even the last 16, there are so many names, so many bracelets, so many top-level players,” Gerhart told PokerNews after the win. “I am so happy that I get to prove myself year and year after year with three bracelets and hopefully be considered among the top in the world right now.” Gerhart outlasted Marco Johnson in heads-up play to win the title. For his part, Johnson was forced to settle for a $223,194 payday for second place. Eddie Blumenthal claimed the bronze for $155,971 while Bryce Yockey latest final table brought him $111,701 for fourth. Brandon Shack-Harris arrived at the final table of five as the short stack and was unable to ladder, finishing in fifth for $82,033. Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Payouts Kevin Gerhart - $361,124 Marco Johnson - $223,194 Eddie Blumenthal - $155,971 Bryce Yockey - $111,701 Brandon Shack-Harris - $82,033 Chris Vitch - $61,819 Jake Schwartz - $47,835 David Benyamine - $38,035 Carlos Chang Scores First Gold in $2,500 Freezeout A lengthy heads-up battle between Taiwan’s Carlos Chang and Brady Osterman ended with Chang emerging as the victor and claiming his first gold bracelet and hefty career-high cash of $364,589. The final eight players returned on Saturday to crown a winner. Quang Ngo, who started the day fourth in chips was the first to fall and he was followed to the rail by Gerald Cunniff in seventh place. Sung Joo Hyun’s pocket sixes fell to Arthur Conan’s ace-eight, to send him home in sixth place, and just minutes later Conan was out in fifth when his pocket seven were dominated by Adrian Delmas’ pocket nines. The final four battled for the better part of an hour before Spain’s Sergi Reixach was eliminated in fourth for a six-figure score. Finally, Adrien Delmas was forced to settle for the bronze, falling in third place for more than $161,000. After that Chang and Osterman battled back-and-forth for the better part of three-and-a-half hours with Chang eventually smashing a flush to Osterman’s two pair in a pivotal pot which sealed the deal. Event #41 $2,500 Freezeout Final Table Payouts Carlos Chang - $364,589 Brady Osterman - $225,333 Adrien Delmas - $161,731 Sergi Reixach - $117,650 Arthur Conan - $86,757 Sung Joo Hyun - $64,864 Gerald Cunniff - $49,179 Quang Ngo - $37,820 Ruben Tops Tough Razz Final Table For 3rd Career Bracelet Just seven players remained when the Event $42 ($1,500 Razz) returned on Saturday to play down to a winner. Bradley Ruben, who started the day seventh in chips, climbed his way up the chip counts and secured the win for his third career gold bracelet and a $99,188 payday. Some mixed games masters had made the final table including David ‘ODB’ Baker (5th, $20,732), worldwide online #1-ranked crusher Yuri Dzivielevski (4th, $29,089), and Matt Grapenthien who wrapped up in third place for $41,758. Charles Sinn, who started the day as the chip leader, wound up as the runner-up and took home $61,303 for his efforts. Event #42 $1,500 Razz Final Table Payouts Bradley Ruben - $99,188 Charles Sinn - $61,303 Matt Grapenthien - $41,758 Yuri Dzivielevski - $29,089 David ‘ODB’ Baker - $20,732 Brett Fledman - $15,127 Alex Livingston - $11,305 Double Double The field size of Event #43 ($1,000 Double Stack) more than doubled in size on Day 1B as 2,054 players jumped in for a total of 3,991 runners which created a prize pool of more than $3.5 million and a first-place score of $446,983. Terry Presley took full advantage of all the chips in play and ended the night with 828,000, more than enough to allow him to top the leaderboard of both opening flights. A number of notables worked their way into the top 10 of Day 1B including popular poker vlogger Matt Vaughan (4th), Asi Moshe (5th), Millionaire Maker champ Daniel Lazrus (6th), and Eric Baldwin (10th). The two fields will merge on Sunday with another long day of play, with the money bubble expected to burst in the middle of the day Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Day 1B Top 5 Chip Counts Terry Presley - $828,000 Sylvain Naets - 710,000 Ting Ho - 580,500 Matthew Vaughan - 545,500 Asi Moshe - 462,00 Ten Left In $3K Limit There are just 10 players left in Event #44 ($3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em) with Kenny Hsiung min-betting his way to the chip lead. He’s followed closely by Kevin Erickson and Ryan Hansen in second and third place respectively. The money bubble popped with just 25 players remaining and it looked like a number of big names would be battling for the bracelet. It wasn’t meant to be though as JJ Liu (24th, $4,830), WSOP Main Event Joe McKeehen (23rd, $4,830), former worldwide online #2-ranked Ivan Zufic (22nd, $4,830), and Nick Schulman (21st, $5,597) all fell outside the top 20. There was a time that Dan Zack held the chip lead, but he also busted before the end of the night falling in 19th for $5,597 and was followed by Mike Matusow who bowed out in 16th for $6,668. The final 10 players will return on Sunday to play down to a champion. Event #44 $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em Final 10 Chip Counts Kenny Hsiung - 1,171,000 Kevin Erickson - 1,139,000 Ryan Hansen - 1,115,000 John Hoang - 783,000 Steve Chanthabouasy - 744,000 Kosei Ichinose - 499,000 Justin Moeller - 378,000 Ken Deng - 321,000 John Cavanagh - 207,000
  8. The Rio was buzzing on Friday for the World Series of Poker as six different events were taking place in various parts of the Amazon Room, Brasilia, and Pavilion. However, all eyes were on the final table of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha where longtime WSOP mixed game grinder Josh Arieh, went the distance in commanding fashion, besting the final table of five and picking up $204,766 and the gold bracelet. At the same time, the $10K. H.O.R.S.E. brought back a stable full of bracelet winners to see who would make the prestigious final table and another two events kicked off to keep the action going throughout the weekend. Josh Arieh Wins Third Career Gold Bracelet The final day of Event #39 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) brought back the final six players to determine who would walk away with the $204,766 first-place prize and gold bracelet. In the end, it was PocketFives own Josh Arieh who dominated the entire final table and earned the third gold bracelet of his career - his first since 2005 - and the sixth-largest WSOP cash of his career. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1451684995471319042?s=20 “I mean, I don’t know, I think I’m really good, just like everybody else,” he told PokerNews. “But I haven’t won a bracelet in 15 years. I’ve come close. I think I have three or four seconds in the last six years and I ****ing dog it, like I choke, and I started feeling that pressure again right at the beginning. But I was lucky enough to hold some cards and fought through the mental weakness I guess.” Bracelet winner Tommy Le, finished in second place for $126,549 and Robert Blair took home the bronze for $89,968. “I’m a gambler at heart and I gamble at anything that I feel like I have an edge or I gamble at anything that’s close to 50-50 because I feel like I’m lucky,” Arieh continued. What's more, is that Arieh sold pieces to this bracelet victory on right here on PocketFives and 10 backers turned $15 (1%) into a $2K score. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1451934444831457283?s=20 He also noted that he’s planning on trying to win bracelet #4 in the $10K Pot Limit Omaha. The new WSOP bracelet winner has routinely been selling action (and will continue to) in the new PocketFives Staking marketplace - so sign up right here. Event #39 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Payouts Josh Arieh - $204,766 Tommy Le - $126,549 Robert Blair - $89,968 Ivan Deyra - $64,890 Gabriel Andrade - $47,492 Kevin Gerhart Leads Final Five in $10K H.O.R.S.E The final 16 players returned to play to a final table in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. and it was packed with former bracelet winners. Eleven of the 16 returning had earned at least one bracelet in the past, making it an especially tough day to make the final table. Kevin Gerhart tops the final five returning for a shot at the $361,124 payday up top, followed closely by Eddie Blumenthal. Previous WSOP bracelet winners Marco Johnson, Bryce Yockey, and Brandon Shack-Harris round out the table which should make for exciting viewing when it's broadcast on PokerGO on Saturday. Eric Rodawig (16th, $20,272) and Max Pescatori (14th, $20,272) hit the rail early. They were eventually joined by Kevin Song (13th, $22,685), Jerry Wong (12th, $22,685), and GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, who busted in 10th place for a $26,171. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser fell in ninth place for $31,110, while David Benyamine (8th, $38,035) and Jake Schwartz (7th, $47,835) managed to ladder. Two-time bracelet winner Chris Vitch fell on the televised final table bubble in sixth place, taking home $61,819. Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Chip Counts Kevin Gerhart - 2,720,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 2,400,000 Marco Johnson - 1,840,000 Bryce Yockey - 1,445,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 540,000 Eight Left In $2,500 Freezeout Just eight players remain in the tough field of Event #41 ($2,500 Freezeout) with Carlos Chang holding the overnight chip lead. When the final eight return they'll be battling for a $364,589 first-place prize, with the final four all hauling in no less than six figures. Brady Osterman is not far behind in second position and he'll be joined by Arthur Conan, bracelet winner Sung Joo Hyun, and Sergi Reixach. On Day 2, 135 players made it into the money and there were plenty of notable names who fell short of the final table but still managed to make the money. Sam Grafton (127th, $4,009), Kevin Martin (115th, $4,385), and Frank Marasco (105th, $4,385) were a few of the players who made an early exit. Andre Akkari (73rd, $5,306), Ali Imsirovic (45th, $7912), Daniel Lazrus (29th, $9,112), and Jeremy Ausmus (29th, $9,112) all managed to ladder as well. Event $41 $2,599 Freezeout Final Eight Chip Counts Carlos Chang - 8,140,000 Brady Osterman - 7,690,000 Arthur Conan - 4,800,000 Quang Ngo - 4,300,000 Gerald Cunniff - 2,000,000 Sung Joo Hyun - 1,815,000 Adrien Delmas - 1,400,000 Sergi Reixach - 1,190,000 Dzivielevski, David 'ODB' Baker Make $1,500 Razz FT A number of big names remain in the final seven players of Event #42 ($1,500 Razz). Charles Sinn holds the chip lead headed into the final table but he'll have to contend with the likes of Matt Grapenthien, #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski, Alex Livingston, a short-stacked David 'ODB' Baker among others. Just 98 players from a field of 311 returned to have a shot at the $99,188 first-place prize, but a little over half the Day 2 field would leave empty-handed. That was not the case for David 'Bakes' Baker (46th, $2,4310, four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (41st, $2,431), and 2019 Player of the Year Robert Campbell (39th, $2,659) all of whom managed to sneak into the money. Ryan Reiss (27th, $3,039), Julien Martini (24th, $3,376), and Frank Kassela (23rd, $3,376) managed a pay jump or two while Perry Friedman (18th, $4,376) and Bryan Micon (13th, $4,537) managed to make their way into the top 20. Event #42 $1,500 Razz Final Table Chip Counts Charles Sinn - 2,345,000 Brett Feldman - 1,230,000 Matt Grapenthien - 1,215,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 1,015,000 Alex Livingston - 860,000 Bradley Ruben - 855,000 David 'ODB' Baker - 180,000 $1K Double Stack Kicks Off With 1937 Runners Event #43 ($1,000 Double Stack) brought out a large field of NLHE experts and by the end of the day, it was Alexander Farahi who grabbed the chip lead, followed closely by Bay Area grinder Alex Greenblatt in second position. The field drew 1,937 runners and just 506 found a bag with plenty of notables coming back for a shot at running it up including Barry Greenstein, Ian Steinmann, Jonathan Dokler, Jeff Platt, Daniel Smiljkovic, Ryan Leng, Maria Konnikova, and Ryan Hagerty among many. Day 1B will get started on Saturday. Event #43 $1,000 Double Stack Day 1A Top 5 Chip Counts Alexander Farahi - 742,500 Alex Greenblatt - 617,500 Alexander Tafesh - 601,000 Eduardo Amaral - 596,000 Alex Kulev - 591,500
  9. Day 22 of the 2021 World Series of Poker was highlighted by the high-stakes rematch between two of poker’s elite talents. Michael Addamo and Justin Bonomo met at the final table of the $50K High Roller with Addamo to battle another major title, which ended with Addamo earning more than $1.1 million and claiming his third career gold bracelet. Additionally, the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha played down to a final table, with Josh Arieh taking the chip lead into the final five, the $10K H.O.R.S.E. wrapped packed with big names headed to Day 3, and another spat between The Poker Brat and Anthony Zinno took place in the $1,500 Razz. Addamo Wins $50K High Roller, 3rd Career Bracelet Michael Addamo faced off against Justin Bonomo at the end of Event #38 ($50,000 High Roller) marking the second time in less than a month that these two high-stakes heavyweights battled heads up for a major title. In the end, Addamo took out all four of his final table opponents including Chris Hunichen (5th for $266,031), Erik Seidel, who was playing for his 10th career gold bracelet (4th for $358,665), Gal Yifrach ($495,305), and Bonomo who finished as the runner up for a $700,228 payday. For a full recap of the final table: Michael Addamo Bests Bonomo To Win WSOP $50K High Roller for $1.1 Million, Third Career Gold Bracelet Event #38 $50,000 High Roller Final Table Results 1.Michael Addamo - $1,132,968 2. Justin Bonomo - $700,228 3. Gal Yifrach - $495,305 4. Erik Seidel - $358,665 5.Chris Hunichen - $266,031 Josh Arieh Leads $1,500 PLO Final Five Day 2 of Event #39 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) started with just 58 returning players from the original field of 821 runners and a goal to play down to the final five. PocketFives own Josh Arieh started the day as the chip leader and battled atop the chip counts for the better part of the day. It was up and down for Arieh, but in the end, he ended the day with the chip lead and will be playing for his third WSOP bracelet and more than $204,000 up top. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1451445632888020992?s=20 Joining him at the final table is bracelet winner Tommy Le, Ivan Deyra, Robert Blair, and Gabriel Andrade. The final table also included Ashor Ochana who ended in 9th place for $15,842 and was followed to the rail by Charles Wilt (8th, $20,371) and Lior Abudi (7th, $26,603). When Nitesh Rawtani was felted in 6th place for $35,278, play ended for the day. Other notables to fall short of the final table included Christian Harder (27th, $5,740), 2021 WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Leng (25th, $5,740), Dan Zack (17th, $6,803), and Ari Engel who wrapped up in 15th place for $8,200. Maxx Coleman was the final table bubble, falling in 10th place for $12,715. Ben Yu was the first elimination of the day, finishing in 58th for $3,463, and was joined by Amnon Filippi (55th) and Tyler Cornell (53rd) on the rail in early action. Craig Varnell (39th) and Adam Hendrix (37th) were able to ladder a pay grade to $4,927. Event #35 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Josh Arieh - 6,330,000 2. Tommy Le - 5,300,000 3. Ivan Deyra - 5,110,000 4. Robert Blair - 2,450,000 5. Gabriel Andrade - 1,400,000 Kevin Gerhart, Benny Glaser Top $10K H.O.R.S.E. Day 2 Day 2 of the popular $10K H.O.R.S.E. brought back a total of 71 runners and nearly two-thirds of the field would have to be eliminated before the money started rolling in. By the end of the day just 16 remained with WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart holding a slim chip lead over three-time WSOP champ Benny Glaser headed into Day 3. Joining the pair in the top five are Chris Vitch, David Benyamine, and Marco Johnson. In fact, it’s a who’s who of mixed game mastery moving on to Day 3 including GGPoker ambassador and Poker Hall of Fame nominee Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Brandon Shack-Harris, Bryce Yockey, Jake Schwartz, and four-time bracelet holder Max Pescatori among them. The money bubble burst with just 23 players remaining which meant that Scott Seiver (22nd, $16,218), Nate Silver (21st, $16,218), former WSOP Player of the Year Mike Gorodinsky (20th, $16,218)m and newly minted bracelet winner Dylan Linde (19th, $17,738) were able to cash before hitting the rail before the end of the day. But not all of the big names in this event were able to find a bag including defending $10K H.O.R.S.E. champion Greg Mueller who was felted just outside of the money in 46th place and was joined by 2019 Player of the Year Robert Campbell, current #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski, Nick Schulman, and Shaun Deeb. Early eliminations included Brock Parker, Allen Kessler, and recent bracelet winners John Monnette and Adam Friedman, who just one day before completed one of the most difficult accomplishments in WSOP history by three-peating the $10K Dealers Choice. Event #40 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Top 5 Chip Counts Kevin Gerhart - 1,075,000 Benny Glaser - 1,045,000 Christopher Vitch - 945,000 David Benyamine - 710,000 Marco Johnson - 665,000 Nearly 900 Show Up For $2,500 Freezout A field of 896 runners on Day 1 of Event #41 ($2,500 Freezeout) played down to just 135 who will return on Day 2 with Lithuania Dominykas Mikolatitis holding the overnight chip lead having just touched 1 million in chips. Arthur Conan wrapped the day second in chips and was closely followed by Christoper Basile, Julian Milliard-Feral, and Spaniard Vicent Bosca Ramon. There are plenty of other notable names to have made Day 2 including Alan Sternberg, Sergi Reixach, Andre Akkari, Daniel Lazrus, Ali Imsirovic, Jeremy Ausmus, Sam Grafton, and Kevin Martin among them. All 135 of the remaining players have made the money with payouts starting as soon as the first player hits the rail on Day 2. Event #41 $2,500 NLHE Freezeout Top 5 Chip Counts 1. Dominykas Mikolatitis - 1,000,000 2. Arthur Conan - 787,000 3. Christopher Basile - 766,000 4. Julian Milliard-Feral - 742,000 5. Vicent Bosca Ramon - 711,000 David ‘ODB’ Baker, Frank Kassela In $1,500 Razz Top 5 How low can you go? That’s the name of the game in Event #42 ($1,500 Razz) as just 98 players from an original field of 311 remain after Day 1. Ariel Shefer will return with the chip lead on Friday but keeping it close is Todd Dakake who is second in chips, followed by David ‘ODB’ Baker, Steven Cage, and former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela in fifth. Razz drew in plenty of big names including 16-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth who wanted to take the day off but couldn’t help but register “his best game.” In a scene we’ve seen before Hellmuth and four-time WSOP champ Anthony Zinno got wrapped up in a big hand with Zinno coming out on top, eliminating Hellmuth and Hellmuth giving his friend an earful. According to PokerNews, “That’s the worst ***ing play I’ve ever seen. I can tell you play Razz a lot,” Hellmuth said to Zinno who, once again, got the better of the Brat. While Hellmuth didn’t make Day 2, plenty of other notables return to battle for the bracelet. Among them include Bryan Micon, Perry Freidman, Julien Martini, the aforementioned Anthony Zinno, Yuri Dzivielevski, Robert Campbell, Ryan Reiss, Poker Hall of Fame nominee Ted Forrest, and Daniel Negreanu. Event #42 $1,500 Razz Top 5 Chip Counts Ariel Shefer - 254,000 Todd Drake - 231,500 David ‘ODB’ Baker - 205,000 Steven Cage - 197,000 Frank Kassela - 181,000
  10. The theme for Week 3 of the 2021 World Series of Poker was making history. This year’s series was already going to be a historic one with it being held in the fall and the “current conditions” under which it is being held. But this week, all of the drama and history were made on the felt. This week was all about superstars of the game showing off their elite skills. Phil Hellmuth added a major chapter to his legacy, Anthony Zinno built himself a clubhouse for one, and Adam Friedman pulled off what was previously thought impossible. So, check out what went down this week with the five biggest storylines from Week 3 of the World Series of Poker. Everything’s Coming Up Hellmuth It’s been nearly impossible not to see Phil Hellmuth in WSOP headlines over the past two weeks. Between his deep runs, final tables, and his troubling tirades this has no doubt been a Hot Hellmuth Autumn. Well, if last week we saw the breakdown, this week we saw the break out as Hellmuth ended up taking down Event #31 ($1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw) for $84,851 and his record-extending 16th gold bracelet. “I’ve been fighting so ****ing hard for this bracelet for so long,” Hellmuth said right after his emotional win. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1450005818854699012?s=20 But he also said he’d get back to the bracelet chase “immediately” and that’s exactly what he did, jumping in the $10K Dealer Choice tournament. Two days later, Hellmuth found himself at his fifth final table, with the chip lead, and ready to go back-to-back to win bracelet #17. Unfortunately for The Poker Brat, he got heads-up against the current king of the $10K Dealers Choice, Adam Friedman, who eliminated Hellmuth as the runner-up. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1451134173314367490?s=20 Although Hellmuth didn’t instantly win #17, it’s undeniable that Hellmuth is having one - if not the - best World Series of Poker of his career. With five final tables and a bracelet to show for it, he’s currently in prime position to compete for the 2021 WSOP Player of the Year and he’s put to bed the narrative that he’s just a “one trick pony” (as Norman Chad might say) as a NLHE large field specialist. With Second Series Bracelet Anthony Zinno Starts His Own Club Just days after being berated by Phil Hellmuth and clinching his third career gold bracelet in the $10K Stud event, Anthony Zinno went on another run in Event #27 ($1,500 H.O.R.S.E.). In the end, Zinno bested the 594-player field and became the first double bracelet winner of the 2021 WSOP, adding another $160,636 to his bankroll. “I’m very proud that hard work has put me in a position to allow this to happen,” Zinno said after the win. “It’s completely unexpected.” https://twitter.com/AntZinno/status/1449591570420752388?s=20 Zinno has indeed put in hard work, in 2016, just ahead of that year’s World Series of Poker, Zinno told PocketFives that he was putting in hard work learning mixed games. And all of those years of hard work are indeed paying off. Now Zinno is the lone member of an exclusive club. He’s the only player to have won four World Series of Poker bracelets and three World Poker Tour titles helping him arrive as one of the most decorated players in the game today. Adam Friedman Does The Impossible It’s tough enough to win one World Series of Poker tournament. Imagine winning that same tournament in back-to-back years. That's incredible. Now, do that…take a year off for COVID…come back and do it again. Simply impossible. But that’s exactly what Adam Friedman did in the $10,000 Dealer Choice and he’s the only player in history to do it. https://twitter.com/AdamFriedman119/status/1451245908847325191?s=20 “I waited 28 months to play this tournament,” Friedman said to PokerGO moments after making history. “All I kept saying was just get me to Day 2 and I just want a chance. I don’t need to win this tournament. I’ve got nothing to prove. I’ve got literally nothing to prove.” Making it an even bigger accomplishment, the $10K Dealers Choice is considered one of the toughest tournaments in both quality of competition and skill level needed to win. Players need to know roughly 20 games that can be picked at any given time. Friedman, now a four-time bracelet winner, has written a chapter of WSOP history that is unlikely to ever be matched and in a couple of hundred days, he’ll have a chance to expand on his legacy by defending his title for a record third time. The Main Event Pivots For International Travelers A late-night tweet said it all. With the hopes of attracting (vaccinated) international players when the U.S. eases up on travel restrictions on November 8, WSOP officials have added two additional starting flights for the 2021 Main Event. The Main Event, which officially kicks off on Thursday, November 4 with its first opening flight, now has a total of six starting days, two Days 2’s, and, as usual, the entire field will meet for the first time on Day 3 which is on Thursday, November 11. There are some things to note depending on what flight a player decides to enter. For example Day 1A, 1B, 1D all play Day 2 together while Day 1C, which plays on Saturday, November 6 will wait a full four days before joining Day 1E and 1F on Day 2 on Wednesday, November 10. What’s a little more confusing is that as of this writing, nearly a full week after it was announced, the website has yet to be updated with the new schedule. But not to worry, all the details can be found right here on this tweet: https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1449228022226112514?s=20 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced Finally, the ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame were announced this week with three first-time nominees and a host of legends of the game vying for this year’s single induction. Michael Mizrachi, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, and the late Layne Flack have all made the shortlist for the first time. For Mizrachi and ‘ElkY’, their first nomination comes with their first year of eligibility. It’ll be a tough choice for living members of the Hall with other notable players including Ted Forrest, Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, and Chris Ferguson also on the ballot. Joining them from the “builder” category is Matt Savage (his sixth nomination) and PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg. The Poker Hall of Fame adds a new member on November 17. https://twitter.com/GregFBT/status/1450918819497709573?s=20
  11. The 2021 World Series of Poker kicks into high gear in its third week with three Championship bracelet events, another tough $5K No Limit tournament, and a high roller that’s certain to be packed with some of the biggest names in the game. Here’s everything you can look forward to in Week Three of the WSOP. Spotlight Tournament Event #38 - $50,000 High Roller There are so many big events taking place in Week 3, but the $50,000 NLHE High Roller is the biggest. The promise of a massive payday for those who make it deep will attract an array of the poker world's top-tier pros plus a few wealthy shot takers. The $50K is the biggest buy-in of the series to date and is one of just six tournaments on the schedule that has a price tag of this amount (or higher). If the field of week one's Event #6 ($25,000 High Roller) is any indication, this $50K will see all the nosebleed names you enjoy watching battle lining up to register. This should include the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Michael Addamo, Jason Koon, David Peters, and many, many more. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the field size dip below 100 (the first $50K of the 2019 series hit 110 runners), but one should expect around 70 runners to create a prize pool that will award first-place prize that ranks among the top three of the series thus far. Plus, you can watch all the action go down as the final table is broadcast on PokerGO on Thursday, October 21. Complete WSOP Week 3 Schedule [table id=267 /] Championship Events Event #36 - $10K Dealers Choice There’s no doubt about it, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship is one of the most prestigious events on the schedule. However, the $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship could be considered, by some, a baby version of the event. It’s the highest price point for an event where all the games are on the table. The big difference is, there are more games up for grabs. It's up to the players to decide what will be played and what will be left on the sidelines. With that being the case, you have to know how to play all the games in order to have the best shot at winning. In 2019, the event drew just over 120 runners and had a final table that included Nick Schulman, Matt Glantz, and Shaun Deeb. In the end, it was Adam Friedman who took home the gold and the $312,417 first-place prize. Which mixed-game master will it be this year? Event #40 - $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. What to know who will be playing the $10K H.O.R.S.E.? Just take a look at who busted early from the tournament above and everyone who battled in Event #2 ($25,000 H.O.R.S.E.). This means it’s going to be a who’s who of the mixed game community. The five-game rotation is a staple of the series and this year will likely see 100 of the game’s best battling for the six-figure score. Greg Mueller is likely to be on hand to defend his 2019 title which brought him $425,347. Plus, expect some of the players who ran deep in the $25K, including Chad Eveslage and Benny Glaser, to try and make it back to another H.O.R.S.E. final table. Spend your Saturday (October 23) tuning in to the $10 H.O.R.S.E. final table on PokerGO. Event #45 - $10K Pot Limit Omaha The third and final Championship Event of the week is the $10K Pot Limit Omaha. A favorite among action seekers, the $10K PLO promises to be one of the more unpredictable events of the week as well as having the largest field size of the three. The Championship for the "Great Game" will, like those $10K’s before it, also be attracting the big names and well as some specialists who might only make it out in these non NLHE events. Tune in next week, on Tuesday, October 26, to watch the action unfold at the final table. One More To Watch Event #47 - $5K NLHE Freezeout Last week, the $5K Six-Max, one of the toughest tournaments of the series, took place. This week there’s another $5K, but this time it’s an eight-handed freezeout. These $5Ks have some of the most shark-infested fields of any series. The NLHE wizards who aren’t yet rolled for $10K plus usually find a way to get themselves involved in a $5K making for a registration list filled with some of the game’s best-known talent mixed with a healthy dose of up-and-coming talent. Keep an eye on this one.
  12. It took just one week for the 2021 World Series of Poker to settle into a routine. After the initial chaos of the early events with their long lines and sometimes slow-paced verification processes, the vibe at the Rio found its stride with big names winning bracelets, shot takers living their dream, and a historic blow-up we all saw coming. Week two brought back a very familiar feel to the WSOP, even under the “current conditions.” From packed fields of poker's brightest stars to an old-fashioned dose (or two) of drama, things remained lively throughout the week. With that, let’s check out the five biggest storylines from Week 2 of the World Series of Poker. #1. Hellmuth Melts Down, Wants To Burn It Down The question of whether Phil Hellmuth would win WSOP gold bracelet #16 before he lost control has been answered. This week, Hellmuth was at the third final table of his first five events and took the chip lead into the final day of the $10K Stud. The entire poker world tuned in to see if he would make history - and he most certainly did. Just not by winning a bracelet. Hellmuth saw his chip lead slip away and, as his stack tumbled, his #POSITIVITY absolutely crumbled. Then it happened - he finally freaked out. (Note: there’s an eff-ton of eff-bombs in this video so fair warning) https://twitter.com/SrslySirius/status/1447982387619528709?s=20 After losing a key pot to eventual winner Anthony Zinno, Hellmuth had a full-on meltdown. Hurling insults, swear words, and a few self-congratulatory comments. He jokingly threatened to “burn this motherf***ing place down” if he didn’t end up winning. He even re-introduced himself to the table, asking if this table even knew who he was?! For poker purists, like commentator Norman Chad, Hellmuth clearly crossed the line. https://twitter.com/NormanChad/status/1447979843811823619?s=20 For pure entertainment value, it was a historic, epic Hellmuth “Poker Brat” moment. It was an all-timer for sure and “burn it down” is going to rival “idiot from Northern Europe” in future memes. https://twitter.com/HunterGrouse/status/1448075867004022787?s=20 Once he calmed down, Hellmuth took to Twitter, issued as much of an apology as he could muster, and took his medicine. He even retweeted some of the harshest comments directed at him (see above). But for poker as a whole, this is another love-it-or-hate-it moment from the WSOP. And wherever you fall, this is for certain, this moment is one we won’t forget anytime soon. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1448431418762088448?s=20 https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1448544952162553856?s=20 #2. Misguided Man Enters the Ladies Event In case you hadn’t seen our op-ed published earlier - here’s a link. The facts are that a poker player from Minneapolis decided to be the sole man to pay the $10,000 entry fee and play the Ladies Event. He claimed it was all to raise money for unspecified women’s charities, even though in order to make any money, he would have needed to have a final table finish of eighth place or better. As should be expected the decision was met with plenty of backlash, including from some of the women who played in the event. The player ended up not making the money and according to reports, the announcement of elimination was met with plenty of cheers. As of this writing, the player has not spoken more about his experience or if he plans on making donations to women’s charities despite finishing out of the money. More importantly, the event drew a field of 643 women, including top-tier pros Jennifer Shahade, Sofia Lovgren, Jamie Kerstetter, Melanie Weisner, Elena Stover, and J.J. Liu who made the final table. https://twitter.com/JenShahade/status/1447642272221184001?s=20 https://twitter.com/thegroupie/status/1447682599426531328?s=20   The final table of the Ladies Event can be watched for free on YouTube. #3. Big Names Add Bracelets To Resume The deeper into the series, the most notable names have been emerging with new gold bracelets to add to their trophy case. Over the course of the past seven days, John Monette picked up his fourth career WSOP victory after besting Nate Silver in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $245,680. Days later it was Anthony Zinno grabbing his third bracelet in the aforementioned $10K Stud where he overtook a talented final table including Hellmuth, Poker Hall of Fame member Jack McClelland, and Stephen Chidwick. Zinno took home more than $182K with the win. Mixed game specialist Dylan Linde can be taken off the “best without a bracelet” list as he grabbed gold in the $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo for $170,269. Finally, longtime grinder DJ Alexander found a way to to the end of the $1,000 Flip & Go to earn some hardware of his own plus the $180,655 first-place prize. That’s leads us to… #4. Flip and Go Madness For the better part of two days, you couldn’t look at social media from the World Series of Poker without seeing the crowds that gathered in the single table satellite area of the Pavilion, hoping to flip their way into the money of the $1,000 Flip and Go event sponsored by GGPoker. READ: Fast and Furious Flip and Go Event Incites Action At The WSOP Daniel Negreanu lit the fuse and soon thereafter people were lining up to pay $1,000 to try and win a single hand in order to advance to the money round. For some, it was one and done. But for a couple of big-name pros, the quest to win the flip became costly. The event was polarizing with plenty of detractors feeling like it was a rake trap and added to the narrative that the WSOP was cheapening the brand by allowing people to “flip for a bracelet.” However, there were also plenty of accounts of people embracing the madness and adrenaline that came with leaning into the luck factor in order to advance. #5. Drama Returns to the Rio The World Series of Poker is in full swing so is the drama that comes with it. Of course, there’s the aforementioned Hellmuth explosion and “Man Entering Ladies Event”, which are their own stories. However, other mini-drama bombs have gone off this week, some of which have serious implications, some of which are just reminders of the kind of spats that take place when highly competitive players are fighting for massive prize pools. The first took place when poker pro Adam Hendrix tweeted out an issue that he heard about where an unnamed poker pro was entered in an event, sat down, and was waiting for the event to start but decided to unregister. Then later, that player re-registered (which is standardly against the rules). When that player turned out to be Kelly Minkin who unreg’d for a variety of reasons and only re-registered hours later, the air was cleared and the social media spat was squashed. Here’s a taste of the back-and-forth: https://twitter.com/AdamHendrix10/status/1446585726372499456?s=20 https://twitter.com/The_Illest/status/1446595732065042436?s=20 https://twitter.com/AdamHendrix10/status/1446656678041055235?s=20 While that gave Poker Twitter some good reads for a few hours, Shaun Deeb encountered a much more serious scenario when he woke up, with what he said, was someone in his hotel room. https://twitter.com/shaundeeb/status/1447215029758033922?s=20 Deeb’s been mum about the incident since, not saying what if anything was taken. Thankfully, he’s fine and was spotted at the tables soon thereafter.
  13. On Friday night, the World Series of Poker announced two new starting flights for the 2021 Main Event have been added to the schedule as a response to the news that the United States will be easing international travel restrictions on November 8. Earlier in the day, it was reported that fully vaccinated international travelers, who have previously been unable to enter the country without a two-week quarantine in another country, will be able to directly enter the U.S. starting on November 8. The re-opening of U.S. travel includes international flights as well as being able to cross the border via Mexico or Canada by land. With the proposed reopening planning at, essentially, the same time as the Main Event, WSOP officials reacted swiftly. https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1449222309277933575?s=20 The first of the flights will take place on Monday, November 8 (Day 1E) with a start time of 11 AM. The final starting flight kicks off on Tuesday, November 9 (Day 1F) at noon local time. However, late registration is available all the way through 3:40 PM on Wednesday, November 10 (Day 2CEF). Of course, players are required to be fully vaccinated. They need to provide proof for both international travel as well as to participate in the series. Additionally, international visitors will also need to provide a negative coronavirus test three days prior to travel. Full vaccination is achieved two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the single Johnson & Johnson shot. For a look at the complete new Main Event schedule, click here. https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1449228022226112514?s=20
  14. The second full week of the 2021 World Series of Poker promises plenty of action with events that guarantee some of poker’s brightest stars will make an appearance at the Rio. It’s a healthy schedule of mixed games, marquee recreational events, and, perhaps, one of the toughest tournaments of the series. Here’s what you can look forward to in Week Two of the WSOP. Spotlight Tournament Event #25 - $5,000 Six-Handed NLHE The $5K Six-Max could be the toughest tournament of the entire series. Traditionally, it brings out the best and brightest young wizards in search of a fast-paced, massive payday. The $5,000 buy-in tends to keep most recreational players at bay but is also cheap enough to attract top-tier talent that has padded their bankroll with wins but aren't rolled for $10K+ high rollers. In the 2019 WSOP, the $5K Six-Max drew 400 runners and had an elite final six that included Russian online destroyer Arsenii Karmatckii, Maria Ho, Ali Imsirovic, Serbian pro Ognjen Sekularac, Shannon Shorr, and, eventual winner Daniel Strelitz who took home $442,385 for with the win. The field may be down a little this year, as many fields are, but a talent-packed final table is guaranteed. Tune in to PokerGO on Friday, October 15 to see how it plays out. Complete Weekly Schedule [table id=266 /] Other Events To Keep An Eye On Event #22 - $10K ($1,000) Ladies NLHE Championship The Ladies NLHE Championship will kick off the week. Often touted as one of the most fun events of the series, all women receive a $9,000 discount on the $10,000 posted entry making it a $1K for most. It’s a celebration for the women who help make the game great. With some luck, this year there won’t be the random player (who doesn’t identify as a woman) looking to pony up the full $10K in order to get in a tournament where they clearly don’t belong. Event #29 - $10K Short Deck Another tournament that is likely to be packed with pros is the $10,000 Short Deck. The variant at one time looked like it was going to be the new hot ticket, however over the past year or so the hype on the game has trended towards the game being an action variant that attracts high rollers. And those high rollers are likely to turn out for this one - names you might see in the field include new GGPoker Global Ambassador Jason Koon, Andrew Robl, Galen Hall, and Kane Kalas. In 2019, 114 runners took a shot in this same event with Alex Epstein winning it all for $296,227. This year, don’t be surprised to see a drastic decrease in field size with travel restrictions keeping many players where Short Deck is extremely popular from attending. Event #30 - $1,500 MONSTER STACK A top-tier tournament for the Weekend Warrior, the $1,500 Monster Stack gives players heaps of starting chips, hour-long levels, and two starting days to choose from. It’s a pure freezeout and, as we’ve said in the past, is probably the tournament most comparable to the Main Event with a lower buy-in. This one attracts recreational players and pros alike. The recs love the slow play as it makes them feel they get better “bang-for-the-buck” in terms of playtime. Mid-tier pros enjoy it because the longer they play, the more they get to extract their edge. The downside to the Monster is…it’s a long tournament. If you play Day 1A and win the event it’s a full six days. The upside, in the past it’s made someone a millionaire. In 2019, Kainalu McCue-Unciano bested a field of 6,035 runners to take home just over $1 million. This year's first-place is unlikely to be $1 million but will still be close to $600,000 if the current trend in attendance stays the course.
  15. We’re just one week into the 2021 World Series of Poker and already so much has happened. Bracelets have been won, the hallways have been packed, and, yes, Phil Hellmuth threw a fit in the Amazon room. The WSOP is back, it’s different, and so far it’s been fantastic. Not without its difficulties but the final series to take place in the Rio is, in fact, taking place. And with that, plenty of storylines have emerged - here are five of the biggest from the first seven days. #1. Reports of the WSOP’s Death Were Greatly Exaggerated No one was quite sure what they were going to find when they first stepped into the Rio this autumn. With the complicated information surrounding COVID’s Delta variant, the vaccination mandate, and the mask-optional exception it’s safe to say that there were plenty of questions as to who and how many players would show up. It became clear from Day 1 that players were more than willing to show up and show out. The Reunion, with its $5 million guarantee, blew the doors off the Rio as players flooded the hallways, packed the tables, and ended up crushing the guarantee. Masked and (presumably) vaxxed, all three rooms - the Pavilion, Brasilia, and Amazon, were lively and, at times, even rowdy. What could have been a muted sense of excitement, instead still had that electric feel of the summer series of years past. The FOMO was real for those who wanted to be on hand and those who predicted that the brand would take a big hit are going to have to wait a little longer to see, as the opening weekend concluded with a $600 Deepstack event that exceeded player projections. Sure, numbers will be down, how could they not. But spirits were not. A case in point is… #2. This What The WSOP Is All About Kenna James captured George McBride’s first WSOP cash on camera and everyone who watched it immediately had all the feels. https://twitter.com/Kenna_James/status/1444163921712017414?s=20 “It was just everything opening up,” McBride told PokerNews in an interview, getting misty just thinking about his run in The Reunion. “That was totally uncontrollable,” he said talking about his emotion and how he was playing in memory of friends who couldn’t be there with him and his family history of playing cards. And for many, that’s what the WSOP is all about. A pilgrimage to play with some of the best in the world and taking a shot to live your dream. #3. Jesse Klein Takes A Shot, Scores Direct Hit There’s been a handful of bracelets handed out this week from top pros like Jeremy Ausmus and Connor Drinan adding to their resumes to Long Ma outlasting the nearly 13,000 runner Reunion and turning his $500 into $513,604. But Jesse Klein’s first career gold bracelet win caught everyone off guard because it came in the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. where he survived a field of 78 runners of mostly elite players to take home the $552,182 first-place prize. It seems Klein, a businessman who plays high-stakes mixed game cash, just flew out with the sole intention of playing this one event - his flight home booked at the end of the weekend. Along the way, he battled against pros like Ben Yu, David Benyamine, Daniel Negreanu, and Benny Glaser. But he really made headlines after besting 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth in a hand and sending Hellmuth into one of his famous rants. “He just went off and I loved it,” he said. “It made me laugh, all that kind of stuff cracks me up.” Klein demonstrated the other side of the WSOP - anyone with the will and the buy-in can come and compete. And sometimes, leave a champion. #4. Phil Hellmuth On A Heater Phil Hellmuth is off to one of his hottest starts at the World Series of Poker in years. The Poker Brat is on the prowl for gold bracelet #16 and had been making deep runs in every event he’s entered so far. His first score was in the $25K H.O.R.S.E. where he made the final table, but ultimately fell just a few spots short by busting in sixth place for $95,329. Days later he found himself deep in the $1,500 Dealers Choice where he fell in 18th place for another $4,429. Finally, at the time of this writing, Hellmuth is at yet another final table, this time in the $10K Omaha 8, where he will start the day with the short stack and a guaranteed payday of no less than $80,894. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1446037960311250951?s=20 But for Hellmuth, it’s all about the bracelet and fans will be tuning in to see if he can somehow climb the chip counts and make history once again. Hellmuth on a heater is decidedly “good for poker.” #5. Staff In Good Spirits But Lines, Technology Problems Persist To go along with the fact that the WSOP has been bustling with activity is the downside of that which has been lines. Everywhere you looked over the weekend, there were long - very long - lines. Lines to buy-in, lines to get your vaccination verified, lines to get your credit card registered, and, of course, lines to use the restroom. Some reports had the most egregious lines lasting three hours as a combination of tech and the players not having everything ready to go meant sometimes just to get a player all set up could take 4-5 (or more) minutes per person. With current conditions leaving some of the cages shorthanded, those waits could take time. Players, for the most part, remained patient with the understanding that once everything was verified, the process would be smoother. To their credit, the WSOP acknowledged the difficulties. They faced them head-on in morning announcements and worked to get better. The staff seemed to stay in good spirits which helped as well. By Saturday afternoon, if you picked the right time, you could get registered or have a credit card verified with minimal waits. However, technology problems continue to be an issue. From printers not working on the first day to, as recently as Wednesday, a complete outage when delayed the start time of some events and resulted in the cancelation of some side events, the tech issues have added some unnecessary stressors on WSOP staff. https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1445843005710082056?s=20
  16. At the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, in the middle of the largest flight of the 2021 World Series of Poker Reunion, GGPoker rolled out the red carpet to announce that high-stakes crusher Jason Koon is officially the newest addition to GGTeam as a Global Ambassador. Koon’s high-roller resume is among poker’s best. He currently sits 10th on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List with more than $32.5 million in live earnings. He had eight seven-figure scores including a victory in the $1,000,000 HKD Triton Super High Roller Short Deck event in Montenegro for $3.5 million in 2018, another Triton Short Deck victory in Jeju for $2.8 million, and his notable third-place finish at the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $2.1 million. On top of his stellar reputation as one of the game’s best, he also holds a reputation as one of the game’s nicest high-stakes pros. According to the press release, Koon’s role with GGPoker is set to be more than simply a patch-wearing pro. He’s set to be an advocate for the online poker room’s high-roller/high-volume players as well as focus on “strengthening the poker room’s security and game integrity efforts.” This isn’t Koon’s first foray into ambassadorship, he’s had ties with both Triton Poker and partypoker in the past. In late July, Koon bid farewell to partypoker after four years as an ambassador. At the announcement, Koon took a few moments to entertain a few questions, including the difference between his new deal with GGPoker and his previous work as an ambassador. “The biggest difference immediately is just the scale of everything,” Koon said. ”My past deal with [partypoker], my relationship with them was fantastic and I had a really good four years there. “For GGPoker, the biggest difference is they want to improve their software. I was always a little frustrated that we couldn’t create a new offering in software at [partypoker]. GGPoker is doing everything they can do to make the player experience as quick and efficient as it can be. Just the growth, not only with the online product but expanding with lots of things that you’ll see in the live poker realm in tournaments and cash game - a lot of things to improve the customer experience.” At the same time, surely Koon will also be looking to raise the profile of GGPoker by representing them in live events. “At GGPoker, we view ambassadors as part of our overall team,” said GGPoker Director of Sponsorships and Live Event. “We want them as bought into keeping GGPoker the #1 site in the world as we are. Jason’s reputation and how he handles himself personally and professionally makes him an ideal Global Ambassador. Having a player of his caliber providing advice and direction, and representing the most committed segment of our player community is invaluable for us.” Koon was introduced as the newest member by now fellow Global Ambassador Daniel Negreanu and joins a team the includes Fedor Holz, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, and Dan Bilzerian.
  17. It wasn’t that long ago when poker fans were starved for content. Waiting for the next EPT live stream or setting their TiVo's to grab the latest rerun of an old WSOP episode. But that time has passed and today, we live in an era of the non-stop poker content frenzy. This week, the buffet for the eyes will only get bigger as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and Triton Poker all have brand new programming headed to a screen near you. WSOP on PokerGO In case you hadn’t heard, the 2021 World Series of Poker is underway and as thousands flock to the Rio to take a shot at a gold bracelet, there tens of thousands at home wanting a glimpse of the action. The live streaming for the WSOP kicks off on October 4 with the final table of Event #6 ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) an event primed to be packed with some of the biggest names in the game. The action doesn’t stop there with 25 days of streaming to take place throughout the series - and that doesn’t include the Main Event. Final tables from all the biggest events in an effort to bring you the sights and sounds from the Amazon Room. Here’s the kicker, all that poker action comes with a price. If you want all of that, you’ll need a PokerGO subscription. Annual subscriptions are around $100, with discount codes readily available all over the internet. Sundays Are For The World Poker Tour This Sunday, October 2, Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour premiers on the Bally Sports Network with the Gardens Poker Championship final table. Chance Kornuth headlines the final six as they vie for their piece of the more than $2.4 million prize pool. “Our fans have been very patient waiting for the Season XVIII episodes and we are excited for Sunday Night,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska “The action from Season XVIII promises to live up to the expectations of our audience.” Brand new episodes can be seen each of the next three Sundays - on actual television - with hefty three-hour episodes. The Gardens Poker Championship is the first of four final tables that can be watched through December 19. It should be interesting as it’s the first of the COVID-delayed content to come out and the whole gang - Vince, Tony, and Lynn are all back in action. While the Bally Sports Network isn’t one of the most well-known networks, a quick Google search will get you sorted out. Triton Million Charity is Waiting For Your Views Do you want action? Triton gives you action. Big time. They are also shipping out a 10-part series of their £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity. This event was held in London in 2019. You might remember the event, the one that set the record for the biggest live tournament buy-in in history. £50,000 of every buy-in was donated to a number of worthy organizations while some of the biggest names in the game - including Tom Dwan, Bryn Kenney, Fedor Holz, and Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates - made the trip to be a part of history. You don’t remember who won? Well, no spoilers here. Go take an inside look at how some of the elite battle against each other as well as some more recreational businessmen. This 10-part series, available on the Triton YouTube channel, was previously aired on a number of large television outlets but the real plus is that it’s now available on the small screen in your pocket. Can’t wait? Here’s episode one right here:
  18. The World Series of Poker is right around the corner and Daniel Negreanu is absolutely locked in. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner is determined to make a run at number seven and, once again, he’s bringing his fan base along for the ride. Not only is Negreanu committed to recording his popular daily WSOP vlogs, giving people an inside look at his gold bracelet grind, but he’s also letting those fans in on the action by selling off pieces of nearly every tournament on his schedule. Making it extra special this year is Negreanu is doing it right here, with zero markup, on PocketFives. “First and foremost, I don’t need to sell pieces,” Negreanu said, just to set the record straight. “I’m not doing this as a business because, if it was, I could actually charge and make a profit from it. But I don’t. I give people a chance to take the ride.” Negreanu says that the idea of selling pieces of his tournaments was first born out of wanting to give the watchers of his daily vlog a way to be even more engaged, and also a way for him to better connect with his followers and fans. “I think, like anything when people have a vested interest it’s just more exciting,” he said. He goes on to make the analogy that even events, like an NFL game, with little or no interest or implications, can be a little more exciting when there’s a little something at stake. “I think that’s where the impetus for it was. Since we’ve started [offering shares] it’s been fun. It’s well-received. So I continue to do it.” Not only has it been fun for fans, but for many that were able to purchase a piece of him when he first had the idea back in 2019 - it was also profitable. Negreanu’s pre-pandemic WSOP selling had him sell pieces in three different packages: a Low ($1,500 or less), Medium ($1,500 to $5,000) and High ($10,000 +). During that series, Negreanu cashed in 16 of the 58 events he played in. He emerged with an ROI of more than 168% and a profit of more than $2 million. It’s true that the Low package didn’t turn a profit that year, but investors of the Medium and High packages reaped considerable returns. “The last time we did it with three different packages, I was really trying to grind and make sure that all three were winners. The lower one is actually the hardest to win in, the way we had it set up,” he said. “Ultimately, I want all of us to win together, or…if I lose, we all lose together.” The three-tiered system will be going away this year and buyers will be able to pick and choose which events they are interested in. On the PocketFives system, buying (and selling) will be more fluid allowing for people to have an opportunity to jump in throughout the entire series. Winning and losing is something that Negreanu has always taken very seriously, especially when it comes to playing with other people’s money. He’s quick to mention that while allowing fans to invest is supposed to be fun, it adds responsibility and accountability on his part. “It makes me play better,” he said. “With my own money, if I was feeling tired and I’m at the World Series, I could just dump off my chips and go home. I’d be like ‘All right, whatever, I’ll gamble it up.’ But knowing that I’m playing with other people’s money, knowing that I have to explain it to the Vlog makes it important that I give it my best shot each and every event.” That said, responsibility goes both ways. Negreanu admits that it’s nice to think of the value he is able to bring to his followers, recalling how one fan even sent him a message saying that he planned on buying an engagement ring for his fiancé with potential winnings. That’s fun to think about, but Negreanu puts a fine point on investment versus entertainment and that fans should consider staking the latter. “It’s one of the big reasons why we put a cap on things. Obviously, this is a +EV situation and I don’t want one really sharp guy, who may be wealthy to be like, ‘All right, I’ll buy it all!.’ That’s the last thing I want to see happen. I want people to buy with the intention of it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be entertainment, and not try and nickel and dime and be like ‘Oh, I’m going to take advantage of this investment to try and get free money here.’” “Essentially that’s what it is, but obviously I’ll lose sometimes. Overall I’m a winning player, so I’m giving away free money and I want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to do that.” But as soon as Negreanu finished that thought of +EV situations, he was quick to also offer a word of caution to those less experienced in staking and investing in poker players. “Having said that…,” he continued. “I really want people to understand when they are investing there is no guarantee. They’re going to lose their full investment most of the time. If a tournament pays 15% of the field, and if you’re really good maybe you cash 25% of the time, that means that three or four out of five times you’re going to lose everything that you put in. So do that responsibly. Understand that there’s a lot of luck in poker and enjoy the ride. “Again, think of it as a fun sweat.” There’s little doubt that interest in purchasing a piece of Negreanu’s WSOP schedule will be more popular than ever. After playing in PokerGO’s ongoing Poker Masters series, Negreanu’s full attention will turn to the WSOP. And for those who are able to grab a piece, know that Kid Poker is more than ready to take on the competition. “I’m super excited,” he said. “My mentality is to make sure that I’m as rested as can be to go ahead and do my best to bring home bracelets and embrace and enjoy, the grind. It’s my favorite time of year typically to play the World Series of Poker every day.”
  19. Stephen Chidwick started the final table of Event #7 ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em) with a healthy chip lead and carried it all the way through to the end, taking down his first tournament of the 2021 Poker Masters for a $183,600 payday. It was Chidwick’s second final table in as many nights and it finished it off in a fast-paced performance of just over two hours. “It’s always nice to win a tournament,” Chidwick said after the victory. “It was a bit of a slow start to the series for me with no cashes in the first handful of events so to make two in a row, and win one, puts myself in contention in points. That should make it a fun rest of the week.” Twenty minutes into the final table, Chidwick clashed with the dangerous Dan Smith for the first elimination of the day. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 bb ante), Chidwick picked up [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] from under the gun and raised it up to 100,000. Smith, next to act, looked down at the [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"] and after a few moments moved all-in for just over 1 million in chips. The rest of the table got out of the way and Chidwick quickly called. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6d"] flop kept Chidwick with a commanding lead. The [poker card="3s"] turn eliminated any backdoor options Smith had. The [poker card="kd"] improved Chidwick to an unnecessary set and sent Smith out in fifth place for $54,400. Three minutes later, Lou Garza opened to 125,000 from the button holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"]. After Chidwick released his small blind, Brek Schutten three-bet shipped his final ten big blinds with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"]. Garza didn’t take long before making the call and moments later the pair watched on as Garza out flopped Schutten with a [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4h"] flop. The [poker card="td"] hit the turn, giving Schutten some counterfeit outs in addition to hitting his king kicker. However, the [poker card="8d"] completed the board, and Schutten headed for the exit in fourth place, good for a $68,000 payday. Over the next sixty minutes, Chidwick continued to build his castle of chips as the blinds climbed to 30,000/60,000 (60,000 bb ante). When from the button, Dylan DeStefano, raised to 120,000 with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and Garza, in the small blind, once again looked down at [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"]. Garza, the short stack, moved all-in for his final 20 big blinds and, once Chidwick got out of the way, DeStefano snap-called. Both players paired their ace on the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2h"], but DeStefano was still a considerable favorite. The [poker card="5h"] hit the turn and the river was [poker card="ks"] sending Garza home holding the same hand he sent Schutten out the door with. Garza tapped the table and made his way to the cage to collect his $88,400 for third place. Chidwick and DeStefano returned from a break with Chidwick holding a two-to-one chip lead. It took the former U.S. Open champion roughly twenty minutes of heads-up play to wrap up the event. The final hand took place with the blinds at 40,000/80,000 (80,000 bb ante) and DeStefano opened the button to 180,000 holding the [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"]. In the big blind, Chidwick three-bet to 550,000 with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"] and DeStefano made the call. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"] flop brought DeStefano top pair but kept Chidwick in the lead with his pocket kings. Chidwick led for 350,000 and DeStefano made the call. The [poker card="3c"] turn changed nothing and Chidwick pushed out a bet of 525,000. With 1.4 million behind, DeStefano burned some time bank extensions before he made the call. The river was the [poker card="8s"] and Chidwick went for the win, betting enough to put DeStefano all-in. DeStefano counted his stack and decided on a call and was shown the winner by Chidwick. DeStefano, out in second, collected $136,000 and Stephen Chidwick earned $183,600 for his latest victory in the PokerGO studio. 2021 Poker Masters Event #7 Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $183,600 Dylan DeStefano - $136,000 Lou Garza - $88,400 Brek Schutten - $68,000 Dan Smith - $54,400
  20. New Jersey’s Orson ‘Borgotcha’ Young will have his name etched on the Mike Sexton World Poker Tour Champions Cup after taking down the final table of the WPT Online Borgata Poker Open powered by partypoker US Network for $195,748. Young started the evening second in chips, looking up only to Borgata-sponsored pro Daniel Buzgon. But after a briskly paced final table was left with only three players, Young jumped out into a chip lead that he carried to the end. With the blinds at 500K/1M (125K ante), the action folded to ‘justliberto’ in the small blind and he raised it up to 3.1 million holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. ‘DoURespectWood’ defended his big blind with the [poker card="ts"][poker card="8s"] leaving themselves just 13 big blinds behind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"][poker card="3c"] and ‘justliberto’ led for 1.8 million and with his middle pair ‘DoURespectWood’ made the call. The [poker card="5h"] came off on the turn and the action checked through. The river brought the [poker card="ac"] and ‘justliberto’ went for it all, and moved all-in for more than enough to cover ‘DoURespectWood’. ‘DoURespectWood’ opted for a call and was shown ‘justliberto’ winning hand. ‘DoURespectWood’ exited in eighth place, good for $24,625. Fifteen minutes later, a big flip decided the fate of Ryan ‘TheSims’ Hohner. After Buzgon opened from the cutoff with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] to 2.5 million, Hohner put in a three-bet on the button to 16.8 million with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. When it got to Young in the big blind, he four-bet shipped his big stack with the [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"]. Buzgon got out of the way, but with so much in the middle Hohner made the call for the rest of his stack. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="kh"], keeping Young’s pocket jacks in the lead the whole way and ending Hohner’s night in seventh place for $34,475. With the blinds up to 600K/1.2M (150K ante), ‘CNC_LY’ open-shipped their stack of 18 million from hijack holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. On the button, ‘justliberto’ flatted with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] and both blinds folded. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"] and it looked like ‘CNC_LY’ might find a double with the dominated hand. But the [poker card="ks"] came off on the turn, putting ‘justliberto’ back in the lead. The [poker card="7h"] river, shipped the pot to ‘justliberto’ and ‘CNC_LY’ logged off with a score of $47,280 for sixth. After a break, the blinds climbed to 800K/1.6M (200K ante) and ‘justliberto’ was back to busting people. This time it was ‘betbetbet’. After ‘justliberto’ raised from under the gun to 3.4 million holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="ac"], ‘betbetbet’ raised on the button to 44.1 million, leaving themselves just a few big blinds behind. ‘justliberto’ obliged and raised enough to force ‘betbetbet’ all-in and when they called the pair watched as the board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="7s"] and ‘justliberto’s pocket aces brought him another big pot. ‘betbetbet’ was felted in fifth place which was good for $61,070. During the next level, blinds at 1M/2M (250K ante), ‘FitzroidPoo’ open shoved from the button with their final 18 big blinds holding [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"]. ‘justliberto’ reshoved from the small blind holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] and the race was on. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4d"], keeping ‘FitzroidPoo’s pocket fives in the lead. When the [poker card="7s"] hit the turn, they were one card away from a critical double. However, the [poker card="qd"] fell on the river and ‘FitzroidPoo’ was done in fourth place for $76,830. After the next break, Young gathered some steam and sent Buzgon and ‘justliberto’ under 30 big blinds. The blinds climbed again, now at 1.4M/2.8M (350K ante), when Buzgon, who final tabled this event last year, made his final stand. After ‘justliberto’ let go of the button, Buzgon open-shipped his final 20 big blinds holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"]. In the big blind, Young wasted no time in calling holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. Buzgon was dominated, but things got worse for him when the flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"], flopping Buzgon dead to the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river. Buzgon wrapped up in third place and took home$102,933. The final hand of the tournament came quickly thereafter. The stacks close to even but Young held and advantage when, on the button, ‘justliberto’ put in a raise to 5.9 million holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"]. Young put in a big three-bet to 23 million with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"], which ‘justliberto’ called. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] and Young bet 12.3 million and ‘justliberto’ made the call. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and again Young led, this time for 30.8 million. ‘justliberto’, with 106 million behind, just called. The river was the [poker card="jh"] and Young shipped his larger stack and ‘justliberto’ snap-called and saw the better hand. ‘justliberto’ ended up as the runner-up for $135,930 and Orson Young is crowned a WPT champion and took home $195,748. WPT Online Borgata Poker Open Final Table Results Orson Young - $195,748 ‘justliberto’ - $135,930 Daniel Buzgon - $102,933 ‘FitzroidPoo’ - $76,830 ‘betbetbet’ - $61,070 ‘CNC_LY’ - $47,280 Ryan Hohner - $34,475 ‘DoURespectWood’ - $24,625
  21. As it turns out, online gold bracelet events are indeed returning for the 2021 World Series of Poker. On Friday, WSOP officials announced some late additions to the 2021 WSOP schedule by including a total of 11 online gold bracelet events, which will take place every Sunday throughout the series. “Online poker is an important form of tournament poker in 2021,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Our philosophy has always been to provide players the most options of any poker festival in the world. WSOP.com online bracelets have a strong track record of significant prize pools, making them a great option for players who want to multi-table while in a live tournament, or play from the convenience of their home or hotel.” The online events kick off on Sunday, October 3 with “Double Bracelet Day”. First, a $5,300 NLHE Freezeout will get underway at 3:30 pm PT and will be followed up by the start of the $500 BIG 500 just two hours later. Other highlights include the $888 PLO Crazy 8’s (the lone PLO tournament on the schedule), the $7,777 Lucky 7’s High Roller, and the online series closer, the $1,000 Mini Main Event. Although it was never explicitly stated that there weren’t going to be online events during the live series, it was generally thought that might be the case as announcements for online events had traditionally accompanied the live schedule. However, now, with the series under two weeks away, the newly added online events will give those who are unable or unwilling to make it to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (and also live in a WSOP.com regulated market) a shot at WSOP gold. In addition to the 10 bracelet events that will be held on the WSOP.com network in Nevada and New Jersey, a single bracelet event (the $1,000 Mini Main Event) will take place on the WSOP PA network as well. When added to the live schedule, this brings the total number of bracelets awarded this fall to 99. Also announced, in conjunction with the online bracelet events, are the dates and times for the online $215 Main Event 25 Seat Scramble. This year, there will be two mega satellite shots at winning a Main Event seat online. The first will take place on Sunday, October 31 at 4:30 pm PT, and the second is held two days later on Tuesday, November 2, at 5:30 pm PT. 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Schedule [table id=264 /]
  22. The final online gold bracelet of the summer has been awarded as the 2021 World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker has officially come to an end. The final week of events brought out some of the largest fields of the series as well lifted four players to millionaire status in the $20 million guaranteed Main Event. The final events included some of poker’s top talent in the mix for a bracelet, including Dominik Panka, Faraz Jaka, Stoyan Madanzhiev, Arnaud Enselme, and former #1-ranked Chris Mooman. Event #28 ($2,100 Bounty Championship NLHE) Entries: 1,064 Prize pool: $2,128,000 2014 European Poker Tour PCA Champion Dominik Panka made his way back to the winner’s circle as he topped the 1,064 runners of Event #28 ($2,100 Bounty Championship NLHE) to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet as well as $86,702. Add to that the $98,526 in bounties and Panka walked away with $185,228. Right behind him was China’s Fengdian Wang who finished as the runner-up and collected a total prize of $107,117, bounties included. Isreal’s Nir Amar settled for the bronze which came with a $67,793 payday plus an additional $35,256 in bounties for a total score of $103,049. Also of note, former #1 Chris Moorman fell just a few spots shy of his third WSOP bracelet, finishing in seventh place for a total of $33,496. Event #28 Final Table Results Dominik Panka - $86,702 + $98,526 in bounties Fengdian Wang - $86,489 + $20,628 in bounties Nir Amar - $67,793 + $35,256 in bounties David Mzareulov - $53,073 + $29,074 in bounties Natalya Niktina - $41,550 + $20,430 in bounties Oleg Eltsov - $32,528 + $18,938 in bounties Chris Moorman - $25,465 + $8,031 in bounties Noam Makavy - $19,936 + $26,258 in bounties Vincent Huang - $15,607 + $26,828 Event #29 ($1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE) Entries: 1,308 Prize pool: $1,863,900 With just three players left, it looked like perhaps poker stalwart Faraz Jaka was on the precipice of taking home his first career gold bracelet. But it was not to be as Ukrainian Vlad Martynenko took over the tournament and went on to victory, earning $250,198 while Jaka, fell just one spot short as the runner-up, collecting $187,622 for his efforts. Russia’s Stanislav Kuvaev wrapped up in third place, also taking home a six-figure score for $140,969. Event #29 Final Table Results Vlad Martynenko - $250,198 Faraz Jaka - $187,622 Stanislav Kuvaev - $140,969 Stefan Lehner - $105,507 Ermo Kosk - $79,119 Nir Amar - $59,331.18 Tzlil Ozer - $44,492 Peter Traply - $33,364 Klas Lofberg - $25,019 Event #30 ($525 Beat The Pros) Entries: 1594 Prize pool: $797,000 Canada’s Jase Regina not only beat the pros, but they beat everyone in the tournament by topping the 1594-entry field of Event #30 for a $75,342 (bounties included) payday and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Malta’s Stefan Atanasov came close but fell one spot short, finishing as the runner-up which was good for $42,443 while Arunas Sapitavicius from Greece claimed the bronze and $28,158 in total. Just missing out on the podium was 2020 WSOP Online Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev who finished in fourth place, adding $28,165 to the bankroll. Event #30 Final Table Results Jase Regina - $32,856 + $42,486 in bounties Stefan Atanasov - $32,776 + $9,667 in bounties Arunas Sapitavicius - $24,707 + $3,451 in bounties Stoyan Madanzhiev - $18,602 + $9,563 in bounties Sebastian Mueller - $14,006 + $10,711 in bounties Julien Achard-stropoli - $10,545 + $8,360 in bounties William Wolf - $7,940 + $9,075 in bounties Alon Huberman - $5,789 + $2,918 in bounties Scott Hill - $4,501 + $5090 in bounties Event #31(¥815 WSOP Zodiac Autumn Festival) Entries: 7,036 Prize pool: $818,645 The final day of the ¥815 WSOP Zodiac Autumn Festival had Hong Kong’s Henry Luo celebrating a win over a field of 7,036 and take home the $87,404 first-place prize as well as his first WSOP gold bracelet. Right behind him in the standings was Argentian Martin Pochat who earned $65,543 as the runner-up. Germany’s Yannick Schumacher rounded out the top three and walked away with $49,151 for third. Event #31 Final Table Results Henry Luo - $87,404 Martin Pochat - $65,543 Yannick Schumacher - $49,151 Ryosuke Kubodera - $36,858 Tiago Lessa - $27,639 Yuhan Liu - $20,727 Robert Kaggerud - $15,543 Sota Yamashita - $11,655 Carlos Silva - $6,740 Event #32 ($210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$) Entries: 14,162 Prize pool: $2,832,400 What do you get when you pair a low buy-in with a massive $2 million guarantee? You get the massive field of 14,162 entries for Event #32 ($210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$). You also get a winner in Canada’s Ruslan Rishko that more than 1000x’d their buy-in. Rishko took home the $194,096 first-place prize plus another $88,490 in bounties for a total haul of $282,586 and, of course, the gold bracelet. Slovakia’s Ales Lekse also pulled in a nice return on investment, earning a total of $133,250 (bounties included) as the runner-up. Brazil’s Bruno Medalha was the third member of the six-figures club, walking away with $114,602 for third place. Event #32 Final Table Results Ruslan Rishko - $194,096 + $88,490 in bounties Ales Lekse - $119,283 + $13,967 in bounties Bruno Medalha - $106,477 + $18,125 in bounties Vitor Adiron - $68,068 + $9,851 in bounties Stefan Nemetz - $49,880 + $6,625 in bounties Ignas Navickas - $44,481 + $12,279 in bounties Danilo Gomas - $31,471 + $7,592 in bounties Oleg Vasylchenko - $26,149 + $8,407 in bounties Thien Thanh Nguyen - $16,048 + $2,866 in bounties Event #33 ($500 The Closer) Entries: 7,103 Prize pool: $3,373,925 There was no shortage of players willing to register for one last shot at an online gold bracelet in the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker. The final event of the series, Event #33 (The Closer) drew 7,103 entries and in the end, it was France’s Arnaud Enselme who booked the final bracelet of the summer and $360,223 for the win. Japan’s Kazuki Ikeuchi likely saved his series as well by earning $270,127 as the runner-up. Greecian grinder Ioannis Angelou-Konstas ended up in third place, good for $202,566. And with the end of Event #33, the 2021 WSOP Online on GGPoker came to a close. Event #33 Final Table Results Arnaud Enselme - $360,223 Kazuki Ikeuchi - $270,127 Ioannis Angelou-Konstas - $202,566 Hernando Guzman - $151,903 Yakov Nesterov - $113,911 Ryosuke Matsumoto - $85,421 Koki Kudo - $64,057 Ethan Reid - $48,036 Qiu Kefei - $36,022
  23. After starting the final table of 2021 Poker Masters Event #4 (10,000 No Limit Hold’em) dead last in chips, Brock Wilson willed himself to the top of the chip counts and found a way to take down the first Poker Masters event of his career, earning $189,800 and the top spot on the Poker Masters Purple Jacket leaderboard. For a relatively new face on the high roller scene, Wilson has been making quite the impression. Tor the better part of two years, the Las Vegas resident has been firing in some of the biggest live tournaments on the circuit. While he’d come close on numerous occasions to bringing home a win in the PokerGO studio, it had yet to materialize. On Saturday night, however, the win that felt inevitable finally came to pass. His victory in Event #4 is not only his most high-profile official victory, but the cash also ranks as a top-5 career score of over $3.5 million in earnings. READ: Empire State to Sin City: Brock Wilson Ready for Breakout Moment It took nearly an hour and a half before the final table had its first elimination. Wilson started the day as the short stack, and right behind him was Elio Fox. However, both players navigated the early levels to give themselves a little breathing room. The opposite was true for Nick Petrangelo who went from third in chips to the bottom of the chip counts. With blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 bb ante), Petrangelo, with just 10 big blinds, raised to 100,000 holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="qc"]. It folded around to Chad Eveslage in the big blind who defended with his [poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"]. The flop came [poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"], giving Eveslage bottom set and offering Petrangelo a flush draw to go with his overpair. When checked to, Petrangelo min-bet 50,000. Eveslage check-raised all-in, and Petrangelo, covered, made the call. The turn was the [poker card="js"] and the river came the [poker card="2c"], improving Eveslage to quads and sending Petrangelo out in sixth for $43,800. Five-handed play took place for over an hour more. The blinds increased to 40,000/80,000 (80,000 bb ante) when Wilson raised to 175,000 from the cutoff holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"]. In the small blind, Brekstyn Schutten, who started the day with the chip lead, flatted with his [poker card="7h"][poker card="7c"]. Then, Sam Soverel, with just under ten big blinds came along holding the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"][poker card="3h"] and it checked through to Wilson who bet 150,000. Schutten let his pocket sevens go but Soverel didn’t follow suit, he made the call. The turn was the [poker card="9d"], bringing Soverel two pair. Soverel checked it to Wilson again, and Wilson moved all-in. Soverel snapped called, his hand ahead and just one card from a double. However, the river was the [poker card="ac"], bringing a set for Wilson and sending the 2019 Poker Masters champion to the rail in fifth place for $58,400. As Wilson climbed to second in chips, Eveslage found himself slipping. At 50,000/100,000 (100,000 bb ante), Eveslage had just eight big blinds. From the small blind, he moved all in with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] and, in the big blind, Wilson made the call holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"]. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="kd"] leaving Wilson’s ace high as the best hand and finishing Eveslage in fourth place for $73,000. At three-handed, Wilson, Schutten, and Elio Fox were all roughly even in stacks. After Elio took a big pot to put a dent into Schutten’s stack, the former chip leader was looking for a spot to double up. At 50,000/125,000 (125,000 bb ante), Fox was applying pressure to Schutten’s big blind when he moved all-in from the small blind with his [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"]. Schutten woke up with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7s"] and called for his final 8 bigs. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"], putting Fox in the lead with top pair. That held through the [poker card="jd"] turn and the [poker card="3d"] river. Schutten settled for third place and collected $94,900 for his efforts. After a short break, Wilson and Fox sat down to play heads-up with Fox holding a better than two-to-one chip lead. Unlike some of the recent heads-up matches in the Poker Masters, these two didn’t take long to determine a winner. Wilson picked up a big pot, assumed the chip lead, and closed it out in roughly thirty minutes. On the final hand, Fox called on the button with the [poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] and Wilson checked his option in the big blind holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"]. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"][poker card="8d"] and Wilson checked it to Fox who checked it back. The [poker card="8h"] hit the turn, giving both players trips. Wilson checked again and Fox put out 175,000. Wilson check-raised to 600,000 and Fox made the call. The river was the [poker card="7h"], eliminating the chop by giving Wilson a full house. After letting the shot clock wind down, Wilson shoved and after thinking it over, Fox decided to call and was shown the winner. Fox laddered from fifth in chips at the start of the day to finishing in second for $138,700. Brock Wilson won Event #4 for $189,800 and surged to the lead in the Poker Masters leaderboard. Poker Masters Event #4 Final Table Results Brock Wilson - $189,800 Elio Fox - $138,700 Brekstyn Schutten - $94,900 Chad Eveslage - $73,000 Sam Soverel - $58,400 Nick Petrangelo - $43,800
  24. Clear your calendars poker fans and get ready to settle in for some serious screen time when the World Series of Poker returns on September 30. PokerGO has announced their live streaming schedule of the 2021 WSOP and it includes 25 featured final tables in addition to extensive beginning-to-end coverage of the $10,000 Main Event. “PokerGO is proud to present the 2021 World Series of Poker live streaming schedule, featuring 36 days of live broadcasts including comprehensive coverage of the WSOP Main Event,” said PokerGO President Mori Eskandani. “The WSOP represents the most exciting time on the poker calendar and we look forward to bringing the thrill of winning gold bracelets to millions of poker fans around the world.” Live from the Amazon room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the scheduled final tables include some of the biggest tournaments on the schedule. The tournaments that will, no doubt, be filled with some of poker's biggest stars. Standout events include the $25,000 NLHE High Roller, which kicks off the streaming on October 4, the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship, $1,000 Ladies Championship, $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed, two $50,000 NLHE High Rollers, a $100,000 High Roller, the $250,000 Super High Roller, and the battle for the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. PokerGO promises daily coverage of the Main Event which begins on Thursday, November 4, and plays straight through until a winner is determined on Wednesday, November 17. Final table dates and times are all subject to change. The exact times for Main Event coverage have not yet been announced. In addition to the streaming coverage provided by PokerGO, the World Series of Poker Main Event television show has found a new home on CBS Sports. In a previous announcement, the CBS Sports Network announced 15 hours of 2021 WSOP Main Event coverage, which is expected to be the edited version of the events, as well as another 36 hours of 18 other bracelet events. Here’s a look at the current PokerGO streaming schedule for the 2021 WSOP. [table id=262 /] Main Event Coverage [table id=261 /]
  25. It was an action-packed weekend in the 2021 World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker as the $20 million guaranteed Main Event wrapped up its starting flights and has played down to a final table. Plus, one of the most-watched events on the schedule, the $10,000 Heads Up Championship) crowned its winner. Event #27 ($5,000 Main Event Online Championship) Entries: 4,092 Prize pool: $20,000,000 After 27 Day 1 starting flights resulting in 4,092 total entries, Event #27 ($5,000 Main Event Online Championship) finally got to the business of playing down to a final table. By the time all of the Day 1 entries filled the lobby of Day 2 (with last-chance flights finishing after the start of Day 2) a total of 720 players were battling for a chance at the $2,543,073 first-place prize. In fact, once all the dust had settled, the payouts showed that the top four players would all walk away with seven-figure scores, and for those who made the final nine, a minimum payday of $254,308. At the end of the day, Brazilian Edson Tsutsumi Jr. emerged as the chip leader and will take 101 big blinds into the final table. Not terribly far behind is Russia’s Aleksei Vandyshev and his 54 million in chips, good for 90 big blinds. Rounding out the top three is longtime U.S. pro Joe Serock who bagged 76 big blinds. The rest of the field will have some catching up to do as the next closest player, Norway’s Espen Jorstad, will return with 33 big blinds, and Dimitrios Farmakoulis will arrive as the short stack, just 15 big blinds to try and spin up. Main Event Final Table Chip Count Edson Tsutsumi Jr. - 60,403,591 Aleksei Vandyshev - 54,232,812 Joe Serock - 45,567,634 Espen Jorstad - 19,575,928 Christine Do - 15,918,120 Nikita Kuznetsov - 13,454,800 Dawid Smolka - 13,154,945 Renan Meneguetti - 12,581,552 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - 9,067,144 Event #15 ($10,000 Heads Up Championship) Entries: 161 Prize pool: $1,561,700 With heads-up poker enjoying a bit of a renaissance over the past 18 months or so, it stands to reason that Event #15 ($10,00 Heads Up Championship) would draw high interest from both players and fans alike. The 161-player field pushed the prize pool to more than $1.5 million with France’s Arthur Conan returning to the final four, first defeating Adrian Mateos in the semi-finals and eventually besting online poker crusher Aleksejs Ponakovs in the finals. For his efforts, Conan earned his first career WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $466,167. As the runner-up, Ponakovs took home $279,700 and Mateos and fellow semi-finalist Daniel Soltys scored $155,389. Only 16 of the 161 players made the money, with some of online poker’s biggest names among them. Former #1-ranked pros Niklas Astedt and Sami Kelopuro were joined by Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Super MILLION$ champ Joakim Andersson in the round of 16, all of which earned $31,078. Aliaksei Boika and Germany’s Max Kruse were among those who made it to the quarter-finals, both taking home $62,156. Event #15 Final Four Results 1. Arthur Conan - $466,167 2. Aleksejs Ponakovs - $279,700 3. Daniel Soltys - $155,389 3. Adrian Mateos - $155,389 Event #24 ($1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha) Entries: 896 Prize pool: $896,000 Russia’s Dmitry Yurasov bested the 896 runners of Event #24 ($1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha) to lock up $36,224 for first place. He added on $55,487 in total bounties creating a total score of $92,711 and his second career gold bracelet. His first bracelet came back in 2017 when he took down the $10,000 NLHE Six Handed Championship at the WSOP in Las Vegas. Longtime online grinder Ami Barer was denied his first WSOP win by finishing as the runner-up in this one for $33,213 and an additional $36,134 in bounties for a total of $69,347. Finland’s Samuel Saariaho captured the bronze, taking home a total score of $33,630, bounties included. Event #24 Final Table Results Dmitry Yurasov - $36,224 + $56,487 in bounties Ami Barer - $36,134 + $33,213 in bounties Samuel Saariaho - $28,724 + $4,906 in bounties Daniel Perkusic - $22,805 + $13,926 in bounties David Mzareulov - $18,106 + $15,978 in bounties Fausto Tantillo - $14,375 + $4,688 in bounties Andson Tsang - $9,061 + $7,152 in bounties Event #25 ($777 LUCKY SEVENS NLH) Entries: 2,014 Prize pool: $1,486,634 Florida-based pro David Jackson has had plenty of success in his career, one that includes more than $2.7 million in lifetime live earnings, but over the weekend he may have a new headline on his poker resume. Jackson defeated the 2,014-entries of Event #25 ($777 LUCKY SEVENS) to grab his first gold bracelet and $194,178 first-place prize. The win not only gives Jackson a bracelet to go with his WSOP Circuit ring that he earned back in 2017, but now he’s eclipsed more than $1 million in WSOP earnings alone. Romania’s Dumitru Pora finished up in second place, also grabbing a six-figure score of $140,394. China’s Weilin Wang took third place and picked up $101,508 for their efforts. Event #25 Final Table Results David Jackson - $194,178 Dumitru Pora - $140,394 Weilin Wang - $101,508 Mike Watson - $73,392 Lucio Lima - $53,064 Ken Okada - $38,366 Masakazu Muyamoto - $27,740 Event #26 ($888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH) Entries: 2,350 Prize pool: 1,982,460 Romania’s Alex Papazian loves Crazy Eights. Not only did he emerge from the middle of the pack at the final table of Event #26 ($888 CRAZY EIGHTS 8-Handed NLH) to win the $241,127 first-place prize but he also took home his second career gold bracelet. His first WSOP bracelet? That came back in 2017, in Las Vegas, where he won the live $888 Crazy Eights for $888,888. Crazy indeed. Tal Noach was Papazian’s final hurdle in completing the “crazy” feat was outing Ta Noach, who settled for runner-up in this one for $180,818 while Santiago Varela took home $135,594 for third. Event #26 Final Table Results Alex Papazian - $241,127 Tal Noach - $180,818 Santiago Varela- $135,594 Christian Nagaki - $101,681 Patrick Mahoney - $76,250 Aleksey Churbanov - $57,180 Nikol Minkov - $42,879 Igor Thiesen - $32,155 Looking Ahead As the final week of the 2021 WSOP Online speeds to a conclusion, the playing down of the final table of the Main Event - which takes place on September 11 - looms large. In the meantime, players will have a shot at racking up bounties in Event #28 ($2,100 Bounty NLH Championship) and play for large six-figure sums in Event #29 ($1,500 FIFTY STACK NLHE). Those players who survived the opening flights of Event #32 ($210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$) will have a shot at turning their $210 into more than $200,000 when the final day plays out on Sept. 12, the same day Event #32 (The Closer) plays out - giving grinders one last shot at saving their series.

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