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  1. The biggest names in poker will most likely find themselves in Europe in October chasing not only the ten WSOP bracelets available at WSOP Europe but also the riches that come with another European Poker Tour stop. For those staying State-side, October features great mid-tier buy-in events across the country. Europe The World Series of Poker is back in Europe, but at a new location as the Series goes to Germany for the first time. Ten bracelets will be awarded at Berlin's Spielbank Casino from October 8-24. The €10,450 WSOPE Main Event is a six-day affair as the biggest names in poker go after one of the year's most prized titles. The next stop on the European Poker Tour brings players back to Malta with their series running October 21-31. The €5,300 Main Event starts right after the WSOPE Main Event ends and the events on Mediterranean island are expected to draw large fields once again. If you're not looking to live it up in Europe, there's plenty of more moderately-priced series going on all around the United in States in October. Northeast The 20th edition of the Foxwoods World Poker Finals runs from October 3-19 with over $1,600,000 in guaranteed prize pools during the 21-event series. The Parx Big Stax XIII series is now underway through October 19 with multi-flight events at buy-ins of $330, $550 and $1,100. South The Heartland Poker Tour makes their way to the South in October for two tournament series. First, to the Daytona Beach Kennel Club for their $1,650 Main Event October 9-12, and then to Mississippi the following week as they visit the Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg. The Isle Casino in Pompano Park, Florida holds the $1,300,000 guaranteed Isle Open October 5-27. The World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble starts their series October 23rd with several preliminary events. Midwest The World Series of Poker Circuit runs two tournaments in Indiana this month. Horseshoe Southern Indiana features 12 WSOPC ring events October 1-12 while Horseshoe Hammond, one of the most popular stops on the WSOPC, runs from October 15-27. Both WSOPC stops have the usual $1,675 Main Event, but Hammond added a $5,300 High Roller to their schedule. The Mid-States Poker Tour heads to the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan for the Michigan State Poker Championship, a $1,110 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed tournament October 15-18. In Minnesota, Canterbury Park holds their annual Fall Poker Classic October 3-18. Nevada The Aria in Las Vegas has scheduled two one-day $25,000 High Roller tournaments for October 1-2. The Wynn Fall Classic features $700,000 in guaranteed events with buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,600. The Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza starts on October 26. There's tournament action elsewhere in the Silver State this month. The Peppermill in Reno hosts the Poker NV Fall Challenge October 2-12, followed by Run It Up Reno, hosted by Jason Somerville October 20-25. The WSOP Circuit heads to Harvey's Lake Tahoe as their series starts on October 29. California There are three tournaments worth a mention: The Bicycle Casino holds their $1,100 Big Poker Oktober Main Event October 10-13. Hollywood Park holds their $500 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed National Poker Championship October 22-25. The annual Liz Flynt Poker Classic at the Hustler Casino in Gardena features six-figure guaranteed prize pools with tournaments under $500 starting October 13. WPTDeepStacks heads to Oceans 11 Casino near San Diego October 17-26 with their Main Event an $1,100 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed tournament. Elsewhere The only World Poker Tour Main Tour event this month is at the Emperor's Palace Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa for their $3,600 Main Event October 30. In Australia, Melbourne's Crown Casino features the PokerStars ANZPT series October 8-20. The DeepStacks Poker Tour heads to the Yellowhead Casino in Edmonton October 1-12.
  2. [caption width="640"] David Ormsby came from behind heads-up to win the WPT Fallsview Main Event (photo credit: Rob Gracie/WPT)[/caption] The World Poker Tour returned to Canada with a CAD 5,000 ($3,650) Main Event at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A field of 423 entries was reduced to an all-Ontario final table, including Soren Turkewitsch, a winner of this very event in 2005. After over 160 hands of play, David Ormsby came from behind to win the title and a seat at the WPT Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The final table started Wednesday afternoon with these chip counts with the blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000: Seat 1: Robert Forbes - 4,015,000 Seat 2: Soren Turkewitsch - 1,830,000 Seat 3: Mike Bui - 2,860,000 Seat 4: David Ormsby - 1,550,000 Seat 5: Thomas Archer - 880,000 Seat 6: Derek Verrian - 1,565,000 The WPT Fallsview final table needed only three hands to lose the first player. A short-stacked Thomas Archer moved in from the hijack as Rob Forbes and Mike Bui called. On a flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"], Forbes shoved out of turn, which led Bui to check and then fold once the action was in the correct order. Archer held [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"], but was well behind Forbes' [poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="7c"] turn and river changed nothing as Archer left the table in sixth. The hopes of Turkewitsch becoming a two-time WPT champion disappeared when he became the fifth place finisher. Once again it was Forbes knocking out a player when he opened and Turkewitsch shoved. Forbes called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"] and Turkewitsch held [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"]. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"] to bring the field down to four as Forbes was cruising, holding more than twice the chips of the other three players combined. The fortunes of Forbes took a turn for the worst after doubling up all three of his opponents to narrow the gap considerably. Forbes wasn't deterred, though, as he claimed his third scalp at the final table when he snap-called Mike Bui's [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"] shove with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"]. Five cards later - [poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"] - it was now three-handed. Derek Verrian and David Ormsby battled for second place, each hoping to get heads-up with Forbes. It was Verrian earning the bronze medal, as Forbes once again sent a player packing. On a flop of [poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"], Forbes bet out, Verrian shoved, and Forbes eventually called with [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"] for an open-ended straight draw, while Verrian turned over [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"] for top pair. The [poker card="2d"] on the turn gave Forbes the straight and the [poker card="tc"] on the river wasn't the right card for Verrian, falling in third. As heads-up play began, it seemed inevitable for Rob Forbes to win by eliminating all five of his opponents. However, David Ormsby had already doubled up several times to stay in contention at the final table. At one point in their heads-up match, Forbes was ahead by a 4-1 margin, but he was unable to finish the job. After another Ormsby double-up, he took the lead for the first time on the 155th hand of the final table. Less than a dozen hands later, the tournament was over. Now it was Ormsby holding a 3-1 chip lead as the final hand played out. Ormsby limped from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"] and called when Forbes shoved with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"]. Ormsby moved ahead on the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4s"] flop and Forbes could not catch up, as the turn and river came down [poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"]. World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event Final Table Results (payouts in USD): David Ormsby - $279,818 Robert Forbes - $196,156 Derek Verrian - $126,126 Mike Bui - $93,275 Soren Turkewitsch - $70,026 Thomas Archer - $56,103
  3. [caption width="645"] The World Poker Tour returns to television with 27 weeks of episodes starting on February 28[/caption] The World Poker Tour announced that coverage of Season XIV will debut on the Fox Sports networks starting February 28th, with the first episode airing from the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten return as lead commentators, with Lynn Gilmartin serving as the anchor for her third season. Tony Dunst also returns for his sixth season as analyst of “The Raw Deal”, breaking down a key hand during each broadcast. Episodes of Season XIV include the two WPT events in Los Angeles (Legends of Poker and the LA Poker Classic), along with stops in Montreal, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Jacksonville, San Jose and the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Each televised stop consists of three one-hour episodes, starting with highlights of the previous days of the tournament and the storylines showing how the last six players reached the final table. New episodes debut Sunday nights at 8pm local time, with further repeats available during the week on FSN and FS2. Viewers can check their local listings for additional times in their area. The WPT Season XIV television schedule and broadcast dates: February 28–March 13: WPT Choctaw March 20-April 3: WPT Legends of Poker April 10-24: WPT Borgata Poker Open May 1-15: WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble May 22-June 5: WPT Montreal June 12-26: WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic July 3-17: WPT L.A. Poker Classic July 24-August 7: WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star August 14-28: WPT Tournament of Champions
  4. [CAPTION=100%]Pat Lyons wins the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event, earning over $615,000. (Photo credit Joe Giron/WPT)[/CAPTION] Hours after making the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker final table at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, Pat Lyonstweeted: A professional poker player from Hillsborough, California, Lyons' prediction came true, winning $615,346 and a seat into the 2017 WPT Tournament of Champions. The $4,000 Main Event drew a field of 687 entries for a prize pool of almost $2,500,000 paid out to the top 72 players. WPT Champions Club members finishing in the money were Andy Frankenberger, Olivier Busquet, Seth Davies, defending champion Mike Shariati, Chino Rheem, James Mackey and Taylor Paur. The final table was led by 77-year-old William Vo, hoping to pass Doyle Brunson as the oldest player to win a WPT title. Second in chips was Lyons, winner of the Arizona State Poker Championship for over $240,000 in August. A pair of 2015 WSOP bracelet winners – Upeshka De Silva and Benjamin Zamani – held down third and fourth place respectively. Todd Peterson and Rafael ‘Mahalael’ Oliveira rounded out the lineup, as they started with the following chips: Seat 1: William Vo – 5,260,000 Seat 2: Pat Lyons – 4,980,000 Seat 3: Benjamin Zamani – 3,215,000 Seat 4: Todd Peterson – 1,930,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva – 4,475,000 Seat 6: Rafael Oliveira – 780,000 It was a short stay at the final table for Rafael Oliveira, eliminated on the seventh hand. Facing a limp from Benjamin Zamani and a raise from Upeshka De Silva, Oliveira looked down at [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"] and moved his short stack all in. Zamani folded and De Silva called with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] as De Silva made runner-runner trips to end Oliveira’s tournament. Early action at the final table featured a couple of events one would find in a cash game. The players agreed to show one card every time they won a pot. When Pat Lyons wasn't active with his table talk, he wandered away from the table for several hands at a time, even as the chip leader. William Vo had the support of many spectators railing him at the Bike, but he couldn’t maintain his success from earlier in the tournament, finishing in fifth place. Vo lost a huge pot to Todd Peterson, attempting a huge bluff on the river with nine-high as Peterson eventually called, showing two pair. A few hands later, Vo attempted another bluff on the river, shoving with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] on a [poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2h"] board. Zamani called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] and his pair of jacks left Vo taking home a six-figure payday. Finishing in fourth place was Peterson, knocked out in dramatic fashion by Lyons. The hand started with a raise from De Silva, a three-bet from Lyons and a four-bet shove from Peterson. De Silva folded and Lyons called with [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"], promising the crowd free drinks if he won the hand, as Peterson revealed [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"] flop put Peterson in front with nothing changing on the [poker card="5c"] turn. The [poker card="th"] on the river gave Lyons the winning hand and a round of drinks for the spectators as three remained. Three-handed play featured plenty of action as Zamani doubled through Lyons, then De Silva doubled through Lyons to take the chip lead. Zamani then doubled through De Silva by flopping quads to tighten up the chip counts. Lyons would retake the chip lead on the 139th hand of the tournament and never relinquish it again. Upeshka De Silva was now the short stack and was in a good spot to double up, calling with [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"] against Lyons' shove with [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] as the river once again doomed a player as De Silva finished in third place. Benjamin Zamani already had a runner-up finish earlier in the season at Choctaw, hoping to finish one spot higher but facing an over two-to-one chip deficit against Pat Lyons. Heads-up play lasted less than 20 hands when Zamani shoved with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"] as Lyons called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. The dealer dealt the final five cards: [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"], giving Lyons the winning straight and the title. Lyons also receives the WPT Champions Trophy, a Hublot King Power watch and a pair of gold Monster 24k headphones. Zamani settles once again for second place this season to take over the WPT Player of the Year lead with 2,000 points, 750 ahead of James Mackey. The next stop for the WPT takes players to Atlantic City for the Borgata Poker Open. The $3,500 Main Event with a $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool runs from September 18-23. On September 19th, the WPT Players Forum takes place at 8:30pm as players can provide feedback and suggestions. WPT Legends of Poker Final Table Results: 1st: Pat Lyons - $615,346 2nd: Benjamin Zamani - $341,412 3rd: Upeshka De Silva - $198,720 4th: Todd Peterson - $149,715 5th: William Vo - $113,105 6th: Rafael Oliveira - $85,760
  5. Pennsylvania grinder Thai Ha woke up this morning at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure expecting to sit down to his 130,300 stack and do everything he could to make Day 3. He arrived at his table a little bit late and almost missed out on what will probably end up being the most exciting - and profitable - part of his day. Ha’s table, one of 45 in play at the start of play Wednesday, was randomly chosen to be part of the PokerStars Players Championship promotion. As the cameras moved in, Joe Stapleton explained the rules to everybody. Each of the seven players was going to be dealt a hand of Hold’em. The dealer would then run out the flop, turn, and river. Whichever player had the best hand after the river was going to be given a PSPC Platinum Pass worth $30,000. As the dealer began dealing, Ha wasn’t at the table yet. He was running about a minute behind. He did make it to the table just in time to see the river dealt, but with the crowd that had formed around the table, Ha wasn’t quite able to get to his seat. The player on his left turned his hand face up and Ha discovered he had rivered trip eights to beat out Mike Leah’s flopped top pair. “It was amazing. I would never expect that to happen to me, obviously. That was unreal - it’s a free $25,000, plus the trip,” said Ha. The promotion, which awards 300 Platinum Passes over the course of 2018, is geared towards making the PSPC the biggest - and potentially softest - $25,000 buy-in event in history. Players can win them through various means throughout the year. The 2018 PCA Main Event champion will also earn one. “I was going to play that event regardless. Now I’m saving my $25,000,” laughed Ha. The 26-year-old has only been playing poker since 2014, but he’s managed to move up in stakes relatively quickly. “I was born in Vietnam, so I didn’t even know about poker until I moved to the United States. That was 2007, but I went to school so I just focused on school. After I graduated, I started playing poker,” said Ha, who has $659,518 career earnings. This past summer he finished 226th in the World Series of Poker Main Event for an official cash of $40,181, but just like this trip to the Bahamas gave him a little bit more equity, Ha found a way to make a little more than that $40K. “For the Main Event, bought 20% of myself on PokerShares. I punished them a little bit,” said Ha, who paid 1.5 through the site. Now that he’s saved the $25,000 entry fee on the PSPC, he might spend some of that on himself on PokerShares for the event. “I’m probably going to do that,” said Ha, who regularly plays Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em cash games and tournaments at Parx, Sugar House and the Borgata and only travels for some of the bigger events.
  6. Another week into the Las Vegas summer and more prize pools outside the Rio are building into seven-figure territory. Last week's individual performances of Antoine Saout and Chris Moorman were replaced by big fields and huge numbers. The Venetian Sets a New Record The Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 $3.5 million guaranteed event set a record for entries in a tournament at The Venetian. A total of 4,411 entries took part in the tournament to compete for a prize pool of $4.3 million. 451 players made the money and a few notable names found themselves deep to play for the $548,341 first-place prize. Two-time WPT Season XVI final tablist Derek Wolters placed eight to collect $64,511. Former WSOP final tablist Owen Crowe was the last Canadian standing and earned $150,525 for sixth. David Levine emerged victoriously and earned the over half-million prize for first. Levine's largest tournament cash before the MSTP was $16,910 for an event at the 2018 L.A. Poker Classic. Other relevant players to reach the top-50 include Iaron Lightbourne (12th), Nick Pupillo (29th), Joe Elpayaa (30th), and Mike Del Vecchio (32nd). The second MSPT seven-figure event is currently on Day 2 at The Venetian. 2,779 runners crushed the $1 million guarantee for the $600 entry to put a $1.425 million pot up for grabs. Three more events are left on the MSPT/Venetian schedule with the $5,000 $1 million guarantee up next on Friday, June 15. Familiar Names Come Close at Wynn In the final days before the first multi-day event at the Wynn Summer Classic, a few well-regarded players almost made it to the finish line in a single day of work. Christian Harder formally got on the board by placing third in the $1,100 $200,000 guarantee. Harder collected $29,876 with Andrew Hills winning the event and $72,799. A few days later, Greg Raymer took second in the $550 Seniors Event. Raymer withdrew $34,416 from the prize pool and Nicole Honour earned first place along with $52,718. The first multi-day event kicks off on June 14 when the first of two $1,100 $1 million guarantee opens up. Three starting flights are available for the tournament which is expected to draw close to 2,000 runners. Michael Wang Almost Repeats The choice between events can be a conflict at times and that was the case for bracelet winner Michael Wang. Stuck between Planet Hollywood and the Rio, Wang decided to defend his title in the $600 $1 million guaranteed clash he won in 2017. https://twitter.com/miw210/status/1005360505198768128 In a field of 2,238, Wang placed seventh for $29,909 and is sure to be back in the final table mix again this summer. Other final tablists included Marshall White and Marvin Rettenmaier. The 2017 version featured a field of 2,721 and Wang's share for first place was $205,165.
  7. It’s yet another week atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings for the Swedish sensation ‘lena900’. Not only has ‘lena900’ spent the entire month of July in the #1 position on the rankings, he’s held that spot since the start of the summer. What makes his run at the top even more impressive is the fact that he’s only had three total PLB qualifying scores for the entire month. The Swede had built up such an impressive lead, thanks in part to his strong showing in the previous spring series like partypoker's POWERFEST and PokerStars’ SCOOP, that he was able to coast on some pretty light volume this month and still maintain the #1 rank. ‘lena900’s countryman ‘C Darwin2’ continues to play catch up and trails the #1 rank by over 1750 PLB points. Helping him close the gap though was a third-place finish in the July 22 edition of the PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $17,131 and 223.84 PLB points. Like much of the top 10 this week, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ kept his same rank as last week, coming in at #3. However, he did manage to put together a pair of impressive scores this week. The first was a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $18,323 and 183.64 PLB points. Later that day he made another final table, finishing in fifth place in the bwin.com Super Sunday 1K for another $9,744/156.05. There continues to be no sign of #4 ranked ’Romeopro’ on the virtual felts. This leaves an opening for the #5 ranked ‘GINS FINEST’ to make a run at overtaking him. The Canadian currently trails ‘Romeopro’ by just over 213 PLB points. He helped himself this week by logging on for the first time since July 1 and finishing as the runner-up in the July 24 edition of PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $11,430 and 190.64 PLB points. A similar situation is evolving between #6 ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth and #7 ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone. Nemeth has seen his PLB points slipping while on a multi-week hiatus from online poker. The #1-ranked Argentinan Petrone one the other hand has continued to grind resulting in a pair of qualifying PLB scores this week. On July 25 Petrone scores a pair of victories. The first was in the PokerStars Big $215 for $5,362/152.32 PLB points and then he took down the $109 NLHE 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo for another $3,603/134.32. Petrone is within striking distance of overtaking Nemeth, trailing him by roughly 200 PLB points. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot has made a new career-high ranking for the second week in a row. Jumping up two spots to #8, the UK grinder had a big week with a pair of five-figure scores. He won the partypoker Tuesday Major for $13,000 and also took down the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for another $10,760. In total, Proudfoot added 478.98 PLB points to his total this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez held fast at the #9 position. His week was highlighted by a victory in the partypoker Super Sunday Smooth Deepstack for nearly $15,000 and 279.28 PLB points. Finally, wrapping up the top 10 this week is Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. The #10 ranked Leonard posted a pair of monster results on July 22 including a victory in the partypoker Sunday Big Bounty Hunter for $22,999 and 387.30 PLB points. He then backed that up with a final table finish in the 1K Sunday Big Bounty Hunter for another $13,890/194.66. In other top 25 notable moves: Austria’s #1-ranked player ’Dattebayo’ rejoins the top 25, checking in at #21. When someone enters, someone must leave and this week it was Russia’s ‘NoPlanB’, slipping from #25 to #27. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,123.86 1 2 C Darwin2 10,373.40 2 3 hellohellohello 9,744.33 3 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,605.54 4 5 GINS FINEST 9,392.22 5 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,162.59 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,861.29 7 8 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,645.94 10 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,477.91 9 10 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,428.99 13 11 Ariados 8,428.61 8 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,159.57 11 13 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,003.12 12 14 DamageAP 7,957.50 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,848.22 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,832.14 16 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,676.01 17 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,544.79 18 19 Palyaaa 7,520.87 19 20 girafganger7 7,447.29 20 21 Dattebayo 7,397.16 27 22 European 7,363.20 21 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,281.65 22 24 kofi89 7,200.23 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,157.72 23
  8. When you've played as many hands of No Limit Hold'em as poker pros Phil Ivey (pictured) and Tom durrrr Dwan have, it's only natural to want to mix it up a bit. For most pros, that usually means games like PLO, Razz, and Triple Draw, but even those variants can get boring after a while. Ivey and Dwan are now promoting a lesser-known game called Six Plus Hold'em, which has apparently become popular in the nosebleed games in Macau. --- Tournament Poker Edge is the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The two poker legends spoke about the game with an Asian presenter in a YouTube video, likely filmed in Macau or in the new high-stakes hotspot of Manila, Philippines. "I love the game. It's fun and there's a lot of action," said Ivey. "It creates big pots and there's a lot of skill involved, but there's also a lot of luck involved." For those not familiar with the game, it's usually played similarly to standard NLHE, but with the twos, threes, fours, and fives removed from the deck. Aces can count as high or low and can make an A-6-7-8-9 straight, the lowest one possible. Since there are only 36 cards in the deck, hand ranks shift a bit. In this variant, three-of-a-kind trumps a straight and flushes beat a full house. According to Dwan and Ivey, Six Plus' popularity can be attributed to the action the game encourages. "In Six Plus, everybody needs to be gambling more and thinking more. [You] can't just be lazy and wait for a good hand," said Dwan. "It's just fun. Everyone is in a lot of pots and there's a lot of money in them." The two poker pros regularly travel to Macau to battle wealthy Asian gamblers in the biggest games on the globe. In May, the pair appeared at the reopening of the Poker King Club inside the Venetian Macau, host to the area's high-stakes action. But with the Chinese government cracking down on nefarious junket operators and corrupt officials, the industry has seen a huge decline. For high-stakes poker players, that means migrating to wherever the action resumes, even if it means traveling the globe. According to reports, the big game has picked up again at the Poker King Club inside Manila's Solaire Resort and Casino, where Daniel Jungleman Cates, Ivey, and Dwan (pictured) have recently been spotted playing $2,500/$5,000/$10,000 stakes. Poker King Club CEO Winfred Yu, a successful poker player with $1.3 million in tournament scores on his resume, called the action the "biggest in the world right now." It's unclear whether the pros have introduced Six Plus into their repertoire there, but if so, the game could give them a huge advantage over unsophisticated players still learning the ropes. All one needs to do is look back into the history of online poker, when fish were abundant and few players possessed the knowledge needed to beat the games consistently. But with so many strategy resources available, amateur players soon caught up, making the games much tougher. Now, enterprising pros have begun to focus on mixed games, variants which few amateurs can play solidly. With Six Plus, even Dwan is having a hard time perfecting his strategy and dealing with the high variance of the game. "I'm still trying to figure out the game myself, as I'm sure lots of other people are," he said. "You make stronger hands than normal because there are fewer cards in the deck and also less equity." Where you may have enjoyed being a 5:1 favorite in standard Hold'em, in Six Plus your lead would be closer to 2:1, according to Dwan. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. The 2018 World Series of Poker had its own fair share of memorable moments and unforgettable storylines, but a deeper look at some of the numbers reveals a few things that might have been missed. Another Up Year for the Main Event. What about 2019? For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the last five, the number of entrants in the WSOP Main Event was up year over year. That's hardly news, but the amount that field size jumped this year might be. The 7,874 players who paid the $10,000 entry fee this year represented a 9.04% jump in attendance. That's the biggest jump in the last five years Year Field Size Y/Y Growth 2014 6,683 5.21% 2015 6,420 -3.94% 2016 6,737 4.94% 2017 7,221 7.18% 2018 7,874 9.04% So what exactly does this mean for 2019? Well, all indications are that 8,000 players is almost a certainty. If the 2019 Main Event sees the same amount of growth, 8,586 players will play the Main Event, making it the second largest Main Event of all-time behind the 2006 Main Event. To surpass that magical year - 8,773 players - the 2019 Main Event will need to see an 11.5% increase of 2018. That's an increase not seen since the early days of the Poker Boom. Paul Volpe Does His Best Against the Best Everybody is well aware that Shaun Deeb won two bracelets this summer and is the frontrunner for WSOP Player of the Year, but what Paul Volpe did this summer is worthy of extra attention. Volpe, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, won his third career bracelet this summer but also picked up seven other cashes, and those are the ones that people should be talking more about. All eight of Volpe's cashes this WSOP came in events with a buy-in of $10,000 or greater. He picked up five cashes, including his win, in $10,000 Championship events. He also picked up a 15th place finish in the $100,000 High Roller and a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. By and large, those events are populated by the best players and Volpe might have been the player to shine brightest. Paul Volpe's 2018 WSOP results Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 3rd $169,195 Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 15th $155,378 Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 1st $417,921 Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 14th $14,691 Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller 32nd $41,049 Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship 11th $21,059 Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship 142nd $57,010 Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship 2nd $503,196 Not Enough People Are Talking About Romain Lewis For the last six years at least one player has suffered the heartbreaking agony of finishing runner-up in two WSOP events. This year that distinction went to France's Romain Lewis. The 23-year-old Team Winamax Pro finished second to Benjamin Moon in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event and Ronald Keijzer in a $ 3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event. He almost picked up a third runner-up finish in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event, but ultimately fell in third place behind Volpe and eventual champ Shaun Deeb. Oh, Canada Given a simple understanding of geography and online poker laws, it seems logical that Canadian poker players would do well at the WSOP every year. That's not the case though and 2018 showed that things are trending in the wrong direction though. Thanks to tax laws that take a good chunk of winnings from Canadian players before they even leave the cashier window, Canadians seem to be passing on spending the entire summer in Las Vegas grinding the WSOP events. This year, 833 players cashed in WSOP events earning $7,995,246. Both of those numbers are down over 2017 even though there were four more events on the schedule this year. In 2016, the first year that the WSOP went with 15% payouts across the entire schedule, Canadians cashed 712 times but earned just $8,529,088 - down $3.2 million from the previous year. Year Bracelets Cashes Winnings 2014 0 515 $14,804,565 2015 4 570 $11,717,753 2016 1 712 $8,529,088 2017 1 857 $10,937,983
  10. When you've played as many hands of No Limit Hold'em as poker pros Phil Ivey (pictured) and Tom Durrrr Dwan have, it's only natural to want to mix it up a bit. For most pros, that usually means games like PLO, Razz, and Triple Draw, but even those variants can get boring after a while. Ivey and Dwan are now promoting a lesser-known game called Six Plus Hold'em, which has apparently become popular in the nosebleed games in Macau. --- Tournament Poker Edge is the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The two poker legends spoke about the game with an Asian presenter in a YouTube video, likely filmed in Macau or in the new high-stakes hotspot of Manila, Philippines. "I love the game. It's fun and there's a lot of action," said Ivey. "It creates big pots and there's a lot of skill involved, but there's also a lot of luck involved." For those not familiar with the game, it's usually played similarly to standard NLHE, but with the twos, threes, fours, and fives removed from the deck. Aces can count as high or low and can make an A-6-7-8-9 straight, the lowest one possible. Since there are only 36 cards in the deck, hand ranks shift a bit. In this variant, three-of-a-kind trumps a straight and flushes beat a full house. According to Dwan and Ivey, Six Plus' popularity can be attributed to the action the game encourages. "In Six Plus, everybody needs to be gambling more and thinking more. [You] can't just be lazy and wait for a good hand," said Dwan. "It's just fun. Everyone is in a lot of pots and there's a lot of money in them." The two poker pros regularly travel to Macau to battle wealthy Asian gamblers in the biggest games on the globe. In May, the pair appeared at the reopening of the Poker King Club inside Venetian Macau, host to the area's high-stakes action. But with the Chinese government cracking down on nefarious junket operators and corrupt officials, the industry has seen a huge decline. For high-stakes poker players, that means migrating to wherever the action resumes, even if it means traveling the globe. According to reports, the big game has picked up again at the Poker King Club inside Manila's Solaire Resort and Casino, where Daniel Jungleman Cates, Ivey, and Dwan (pictured) have recently been spotted playing $2,500/$5,000/$10,000 stakes. Poker King Club CEO Winfred Yu, a successful poker player with $1.3 million in tournament scores on his resume, called the action the "biggest in the world right now." It's unclear whether the pros have introduced Six Plus into their repertoire there, but if so, the game could give them a huge advantage over unsophisticated players still learning the ropes. All one needs to do is look back into the history of online poker, when fish were abundant and few players possessed the knowledge needed to beat the games consistently. But with so many strategy resources available, amateur players soon caught up, making the games much tougher. Now, enterprising pros have begun to focus on mixed games, variants which few amateurs can play solidly. With Six Plus, even Dwan is having a hard time perfecting his strategy and dealing with the high variance of the game. "I'm still trying to figure out the game myself, as I'm sure lots of other people are," he said. "You make stronger hands than normal because there are fewer cards in the deck and also less equity." Where you may have enjoyed being a 5:1 favorite in standard Hold'em, in Six Plus your lead would be closer to 2:1, according to Dwan. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitter and Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. Over the next two weeks there will be 670 tournaments as part of partypoker's POWERFEST series but on the first day of play 'WWWpartyCOM' decided to make quite the statement. The high stakes regular took down the first Championship event on the schedule, Event #3 Super High Roller ($5,200 No Limit Hold'em) for just a smidge over $221,000. This isn't his first big buy-in POWERFEST win either. In May, he won the $25,500 Super High Roller event for $872,000. Partypoker Ambassadors Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov and Bertrand 'ElkY_' Grospellier finished second and fourth respectively, earning $159,000 and $83,000 each. It was a strong Sunday for Filatov. He also took down the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for almost $38,000. That wasn't the only Championship event to wrap up on Sunday. 'SirStanleyRoyce' actually earned $95,175.65, the second biggest winner's payday on Sunday, after beating out 875 other players in Event #5 High Roller ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO (Championship Event)). 'Tremaz77' finished runner-up for $67,951.10 while 'Sheparentao' rounded out the podium finishers with a $45,246.28 score. 'GlobalHappiness' conquered the 924-player field in Event #4 High Roller ($530 No Limit Hold'em) to win $78,000 after chopping heads-up with Lithuanian 'bagoch', who earned $71,800 in the deal. Event #1 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 792 Prize pool: $158,400 bitBeast - $28,274.40 Egorka_V - $20,116.80 mardigalaxy - $13,511.52 Melbourne900 - $9,155.52 pkrstarsux - $6,462.72 LizzyGrant - $4,656.96 Trustmeplss - $3,326.40 Thanks-Dude - $2,312.64 Event #2 (High Roller): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 462 Prize pool: $500,000 rudiqa1 - $48,964.95 dotcotton1939 - $34,859.79 royal10jqra - $23,897.92 ACHSO8000 - $16,624.64 SchelampigaUhu - $11,793.10 Karl-Heinz55 - $8,572.08 MrMaximize - $6,104.36 chhurro - $4,415.92 Event #2 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,384 Prize pool: $300,000 MnDBreaker - $25,953.70 Gancas09 - $18,456.83 BanicIvan - $12,003.07 Yoshiaki97 - $8,017.38 floppymcsets - $5,702.61 Vlada2108 - $4,016.35 lqq1974 - $2,789.98 C3H5-NO3-3 - $1,854.88 Event #3 (Super High Roller) : $5,200 No Limit Hold'em (Championship Event) Entries: 181 Prize pool: $1,000,000 WWWpartyCOM - $221,300 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $159,000 algorhytm - $116,000 Bertrand 'ElkY_' Grospellier - $83,000 Welsh187 - $58,000 Swagg3r123 - $45,000 SchelampigaUhu - $35,000 rdcrsnn - $27,500 Event #4 (High Roller): $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 924 Prize pool: $500,000 GlobalHappiness - $78,000* bagoch - $71,800* chenlingseng - $41,550 Hevostelija - $28,000 FoldDigger - $19,750 pelicangirl - $14,150 saboniiplz - $10,000 franthemonster - $6,950 *Denotes a deal was made. Event #4 (High): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,435 Prize pool: $250,000 PSHateR777 - $41,005 Graftekkel - $29,000 karamazovbros - $18,675 KingIsCome - $12,425 AXKAXA - $8,675 OMG_MIGAAA - $5,925 LaMinera - $4,062.50 jkist04 - $2,612.50 Event #5 (High Roller): $,1050 No Limit Hold'em PKO (Championship Event) Entries: 876 Prize pool: $1,000,000 SirStanleyRoyce - $95,175.65 Tremaz77 - $67,951.10 Sheparentao - $45,246.28 rudiqa1 - $30,490.88 reallygamble - $21,506.96 Birkenstock78 - $15,408.78 dnvz23 - $10,889.60 LvckyLvke - $7,568.27 Event #5 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 2,156 Prize pool: $500,000 metallist535 - $45,335.87 martinsss88 - $31,951.31 zanzibazaar - $20,631.26 You_Know_Who - $13,708.93 OnTheEdgeT8s - $9,623.39 meninoSauce - $6,623.72 Dork Pork - $4,549.73 AquiTemCoragi - $2,918.23 Event #6 (High Roller): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 224 Prize pool: $112,000 HellmuthTheGr8 - $21,920.54* dewast_out - $21,759.50* JNandezPoker - $12,342.17* Jarludir1 - $9,016 FelonMusk - $6,720 Drulitooo - $4,480 *Denotes a deal was made. Event #7 (High): $109 Fast Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 938 Prize pool: $100,000 ebony9999 - $16,750 daesai - $12,500 Tronixphere - $9,250 ViiolAvo - $6,350 sgentopimienta - $4,150 FeelMyD - $2,564.40 Event #8 (High): $109 Turbo No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 454 Prize pool: $47,216 And3bet4bet5bet - $4,278.95 JudgeDredd66 - $3,046.34 IEatBears - $2,088.40 CaBeH0k - $1,452.80 CANiwinsmhHERE - $1,030.58 Zelja22 - $749.10 HappyMonkey99 - $533.45 titofarjus - $385.90
  12. Over the next two weeks there will be 670 tournaments as part of partypoker's POWERFEST series but on the first day of play 'WWWpartyCOM' decided to make quite the statement. The high stakes regular took down the first Championship event on the schedule, Event #3 Super High Roller ($5,200 No Limit Hold'em) for just a smidge over $221,000. This isn't his first big buy-in POWERFEST win either. In May, he won the $25,500 Super High Roller event for $872,000. Partypoker Ambassadors Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov and Bertrand 'ElkY_' Grospellier finished second and fourth respectively, earning $159,000 and $83,000 each. It was a strong Sunday for Filatov. He also took down the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for almost $38,000. That wasn't the only Championship event to wrap up on Sunday. 'SirStanleyRoyce' actually earned $95,175.65, the second biggest winner's payday on Sunday, after beating out 875 other players in Event #5 High Roller ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO (Championship Event)). 'Tremaz77' finished runner-up for $67,951.10 while 'Sheparentao' rounded out the podium finishers with a $45,246.28 score. 'GlobalHappiness' conquered the 924-player field in Event #4 High Roller ($530 No Limit Hold'em) to win $78,000 after chopping heads-up with Lithuanian 'bagoch', who earned $71,800 in the deal. Event #1 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 792 Prize pool: $158,400 bitBeast - $28,274.40 Egorka_V - $20,116.80 mardigalaxy - $13,511.52 Melbourne900 - $9,155.52 pkrstarsux - $6,462.72 LizzyGrant - $4,656.96 Trustmeplss - $3,326.40 Thanks-Dude - $2,312.64 Event #2 (High Roller): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 462 Prize pool: $500,000 rudiqa1 - $48,964.95 dotcotton1939 - $34,859.79 royal10jqra - $23,897.92 ACHSO8000 - $16,624.64 SchelampigaUhu - $11,793.10 Karl-Heinz55 - $8,572.08 MrMaximize - $6,104.36 chhurro - $4,415.92 Event #2 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,384 Prize pool: $300,000 MnDBreaker - $25,953.70 Gancas09 - $18,456.83 BanicIvan - $12,003.07 Yoshiaki97 - $8,017.38 floppymcsets - $5,702.61 Vlada2108 - $4,016.35 lqq1974 - $2,789.98 C3H5-NO3-3 - $1,854.88 Event #3 (Super High Roller) : $5,200 No Limit Hold'em (Championship Event) Entries: 181 Prize pool: $1,000,000 WWWpartyCOM - $221,300 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $159,000 algorhytm - $116,000 Bertrand 'ElkY_' Grospellier - $83,000 Welsh187 - $58,000 Swagg3r123 - $45,000 SchelampigaUhu - $35,000 rdcrsnn - $27,500 Event #4 (High Roller): $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 924 Prize pool: $500,000 GlobalHappiness - $78,000* bagoch - $71,800* chenlingseng - $41,550 Hevostelija - $28,000 FoldDigger - $19,750 pelicangirl - $14,150 saboniiplz - $10,000 franthemonster - $6,950 *Denotes a deal was made. Event #4 (High): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,435 Prize pool: $250,000 PSHateR777 - $41,005 Graftekkel - $29,000 karamazovbros - $18,675 KingIsCome - $12,425 AXKAXA - $8,675 OMG_MIGAAA - $5,925 LaMinera - $4,062.50 jkist04 - $2,612.50 Event #5 (High Roller): $,1050 No Limit Hold'em PKO (Championship Event) Entries: 876 Prize pool: $1,000,000 SirStanleyRoyce - $95,175.65 Tremaz77 - $67,951.10 Sheparentao - $45,246.28 rudiqa1 - $30,490.88 reallygamble - $21,506.96 Birkenstock78 - $15,408.78 dnvz23 - $10,889.60 LvckyLvke - $7,568.27 Event #5 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 2,156 Prize pool: $500,000 metallist535 - $45,335.87 martinsss88 - $31,951.31 zanzibazaar - $20,631.26 You_Know_Who - $13,708.93 OnTheEdgeT8s - $9,623.39 meninoSauce - $6,623.72 Dork Pork - $4,549.73 AquiTemCoragi - $2,918.23 Event #6 (High Roller): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 224 Prize pool: $112,000 HellmuthTheGr8 - $21,920.54* dewast_out - $21,759.50* JNandezPoker - $12,342.17* Jarludir1 - $9,016 FelonMusk - $6,720 Drulitooo - $4,480 *Denotes a deal was made. Event #7 (High): $109 Fast Mix-Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 938 Prize pool: $100,000 ebony9999 - $16,750 daesai - $12,500 Tronixphere - $9,250 ViiolAvo - $6,350 sgentopimienta - $4,150 FeelMyD - $2,564.40 Event #8 (High): $109 Turbo No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 454 Prize pool: $47,216 And3bet4bet5bet - $4,278.95 JudgeDredd66 - $3,046.34 IEatBears - $2,088.40 CaBeH0k - $1,452.80 CANiwinsmhHERE - $1,030.58 Zelja22 - $749.10 HappyMonkey99 - $533.45 titofarjus - $385.90
  13. The first European Poker Tour Open series is taking place now in Sochi, Russia with a 100M RUB guaranteed main event. There were 292 entries in the first flight of the RUB 132,000 Main Event with two flights going on September 26 at 12pm and 6pm respectively.
  14. Sorry for missing the email, I've made that change to your PokerStars.es screenname.
  15. The issue with 888 results having incorrect prize pools was corrected last week before Saturday's rankings update.
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