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  1. One of the most prestigious bracelets of the 2018 World Series of Poker was awarded today, and it went to a man who has now won the event an unprecedented three times. Tuesday also saw one other bracelet handed out. It was almost a three-bracelet day, but two players ended the Super Seniors event heads-up, so we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find who will take down their first WSOP gold. Here’s all the news from June 19. Michael Mizrachi Wins $50K PPC for a Third Time Maybe it was on the cards all the way back on Day 2. Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi bagged the chip lead that night in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and then finished Day 3 as the chip leader too. He then had by far the biggest stack after Day 4, entering Tuesday’s final table in pole position. Now, The Grinder is a four-time bracelet winner, a three-time PPC champion, and $1,239,126 richer. "It's quite an accomplishment," Mizrachi said after the victory. "To win the first one was amazing. The second one was great. The third one is unheard of.” Mizrachi’s journey through this final table was almost entirely smooth sailing, despite such a tricky line-up. "I never had big swings this whole tournament," he admitted. "All the cards went my way. I hit a bunch of hands. Everything went my way. I just won every pot.” Aaron Katz was the first to fall today, when his top pair was outdrawn by Benny Glaser’s bottom pair and backdoor flush draw. Glaser and Mike Leah remained the short stacks during five-handed play, and ultimately Glaser would exit in fifth. He lost a large chunk of his stack in a stud hand, when he made a value bet with two pair on seventh street only for John Hennigan to call with a better two pair. Leah then felted Glaser a little later in a 2-7 hand. Leah managed a double up shortly after, but that couldn’t prevent him from finishing in fourth, busting to Mizrachi in a PLO pot. Dan Smith would then depart in a limit hold’em hand. Smith had an open-ended straight draw to Hennigan’s ace-high with two overs, but the board bricked for Smith. Hennigan, a former PPC winner, lost two big 2-7 hands to Mizrachi right off the bat in heads-up play. It all ended in NLHE, with Hennigan shoving a flop with an open-ender and Grinder calling with a pair and flush draw which hit on the turn. A huge crowd then burst onto the stage to congratulate your 2018 $50K PPC champion, Michael Mizrachi. Final Table Results: Michael Mizrachi - $1,239,126 John Hennigan - $765,837 Dan Smith - $521,782 Mike Leah - $364,197 Benny Glaser - $260,578 Aaron Katz - $191,234 China’s Yueqi Zhu Finishes the Job in $1,500 Mixed Omaha Only three players returned Tuesday in Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha, and Yueqi Zhu of China had a dominating lead with almost 80% of the chips in play. [caption id="attachment_619627" align="aligncenter" width="628"] Yueqi Zhu Takes It Down[/caption] It didn’t take long for Zhu to seal the deal today and win his first WSOP bracelet. The only player who already had a bracelet, Carol Fuchs, went out in third, followed by a brief heads-up match versus Gabriel Ramos. Zhu had a 10:1 advantage, but Ramos almost doubled up when his top set was all-in versus Zhu’s wrap in a PLO-8 hand. Zhu’s draw then completed to give him the win. After more than 12 years of grinding at the WSOP and some 70 cashes, including a second-place finish back in 2006, Zhu is now a bracelet winner and $211,781 richer. Final Table Results: Yueqi Zhu - $211,781 Gabriel Ramos - $130,850 Carol Fuchs - $89,488 Matthew Gregoire - $62,226 Jon Turner - $44,007 Peter Neff - $31,662 Ryan Hughes - $23,182 20 Remain in Double Stack Day 3 of Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em played out today, taking the field from 162 (of 5,700 total) down to just 20. Keith Ferrera holds the overnight lead with a stack of 7,550,000, more than 2 million in chips more than the closest competitor, Tomas Teran Paredes (5,050,000). Robert Peacock completes the top three stacks with 4,500,000. Other notables returning tomorrow include Matt Stout (3,920,000), Joshua Turner (3,905,000), Pfizer Jordan (2,450,000), Pablo Fernandez (1,760,000), Ramin Hajiyev (1,420,000) and WSOP bracelet winner Andrey Zaichenko (1,205,000). Throughout the course of action we lost the likes of Jake Bazeley (141st place), WSOP bracelet winners Phil Hui (107th place), Anthony Spinella (101st place), Nipun Java (87th place) and Tony Dunst (69th place), as well as Maria Lampropulos (79th place), Isaac Baron (66th place), Mike Del Vecchio (51st place) and Matt Berkey (24th place). All 20 are guaranteed a $22,122 payday, but it’s the $644,224 first-place prize they’re really after. Action resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Keith Ferrera - 7,550,000 Tomas Teran Paredes - 5,050,000 Robert Peacock - 4,500,000 James Ostrowski - 3,985,000 Matt Stout - 3,920,000 Joshua Turner - 3,905,000 Steven Tymms - 3,575,000 Daniel Eichhorn - 3,300,000 Don Johnson - 2,690,000 Pfizer Jordan - 2,450,000 Two Set to Return to Battle for Super Seniors Action ended heads-up after Day 3 of the Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em, with Robert Beach holding a massive chip lead over Farhintaj Bonyadi. Beach will return tomorrow with 9,010,000 to Bonyadj’s 1,975,000. The runner-up will receive $192,397, while the winner will bank $311,451. Action kicks back off at 11am tomorrow, with blinds at 50K/100K. Check back tomorrow to find out if Beach can get the job done. Stud Championship Reaches Final Table A final table has been set in Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. With eight players of the 83-strong field left, it’s Yaniv Birman who enters the finale as chip leader. Birman bagged up 958,000 - 40 big bets, and he’s followed by multiple bracelet winner Jesse Martin (916,000). Mixed game beasts Ben Yu (559,000), James Obst (216,000), and Matt Grapenthien (507,000) will also return tomorrow. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jordan Siegel, Michael McKenna, Perry Friedman and Todd Brunson. All eight have locked up $23,443, while there’s $236,238 up top. Play kicks back off at 2pm Wednesday. Final Table Stacks: Yaniv Birman - 958,000 Jesse Martin - 916,000 Ben Yu - 559,000 Matt Grapenthien - 507,000 Lee Salem - 473,000 Joseph Cappello - 360,000 James Obst - 216,000 Lars Gronning - 168,000 First Round in $1,500 SHOOTOUT Done Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT kicked off today, with 908 runners hoping to win their first table in order to proceed. 100 players did just that, and there are some big names amongst them. Phil Hellmuth took down his table to become one of the first Day 2 players, defeating the likes of Heidi May and Maurice Hawkins. Other notables to advance include reigning WSOP Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein, last year's runner-up in this event Thomas Boivin, as well as Steven Wolansky, Rep Porter, 2014 Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson, Matthew Waxman, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Arkadiy Tsinis, Justin Liberto, and William Kakon. Where there are survivors there must be casualties. Some of those who couldn’t make it through today include Ryan Riess, Qui Nguyen, Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Joe McKeehen, Brian Yoon, Mark Radoja, Michael Gagliano, Barny Boatman, Humberto Brenes, Annette Obrestad, Niall Farrell, Taylor Paur, Chris Moorman, John Racener, Brian Hastings, David Peters, Calvin Anderson, Frank Kassela, Jennifer Tilly and Jeff Madsen. Round 2 begins at 12pm Wednesday. There’s $236,498 for the eventual champ, while all 100 players have now won $5,227. Big Bets All Round The second new event to begin on Tuesday was Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. 205 players took their shot, but after ten levels just 51 remain. Naoya Kihara holds the overnight chip lead with 119,700, followed by Dario Sammartino with 117,000. Plenty of other big names have advanced, including the red-hot John Hennigan (111,850), fresh from his $50K runner-up finish. Six-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro also had a good day, chip leading for much of it before ending with 90,000. Andrew Kelsall (66,200), Mike Matusow (72,300), Eli Elezra (70,000), David "ODB" Baker (41,075), Barry Greenstein (27,375), and Brian Rast (23,150) also advanced. Play resumes at 2pm Wednesday with 31 players making the money. A min-cash is worth $3,777, while there’s $122,138 for the champ. Top 10 Stacks: Naoya Kihara - 119,700 Dario Sammartino - 117,650 Scott Bohlman - 114,000 John Hennigan - 111,850 Daniel Harmetz - 100,000 Jeff Lisandro - 90,000 John Racener - 88,400 Brandon Shack-Harris - 84,100 Stuart Rutter - 77,250 Aaron Rogers - 73,325 Tomorrow’s Action (June 20) There are two new events ready to get going on Wednesday. First up is Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, kicking off at 11am. However, arguably the more exciting of the two is Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller, which begins at 3pm. James Calderaro took that one down last year, defeating a final table that included the likes of Dario Sammartino, Dan Smith, and Ben Tollerene to claim the $1,289,074 winner’s prize.
  2. Later this week, the 2018 World Series of Poker will reach the halfway point on the schedule. While a lot of the schedule each year is focused on No Limit Hold'em, the fans of four-card poker will rejoice this week as Pot Limit Omaha events highlight the 17 events on the schedule. Big Buy-in Pot Limit Omaha The two biggest buy-in PLO events on the WSOP schedule both take place this week, but not in their normal order. Traditionally, the $10,000 PLO Championship has always preceded the $25,000 PLO High Roller. This year, thanks to ESPN needing to set up the main stage for the Main Event broadcasts, the $25,000 buy-in event comes first. Running June 20-23, that event brings out the best PLO players in the world plus a mix of a few businessmen who love the four-card game. James Calderaro beat out 204 other players last year to win his first WSOP bracelet and $1,289,074. On the same day that final table begins, the $10,000 PLO Championship event kicks off. Attendance in this event has been on the rise each of the last two years, going from 387 in 2015 to 428 in 2017. The three-day event runs June 23-25. Don't Forget the Button Clickers The live felt isn't the only place where PLO bracelets will be up for grabs this week. For the first time in WSOP history, players will be able to play PLO on WSOP.com with a bracelet on the line. The $565 buy-in event is a one-day event on Friday, June 22. 2018 WSOP Week 3 Schedule Day Event # Event Name Defending Champion Monday 37 $1,500 NL Hold'em Christopher Frank Monday 38 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Mike Wattel Tuesday 39 $1,500 NL Shootout Ben Maya Tuesday 40 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Jens Lakemeier Wednesday 41 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shane Buchwald Wednesday 42 $25,000 PLO 8-Handed High Roller James Calderaro Thursday 43 $2,500 NL Hold'em Gaurav Raina Thursday 44 $10,000 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Championship Ben Yu Friday 45 $1,000 Big Blind Antes NONE Friday 46 $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo Smith Sirisakorn Friday 47 $565 WSOP.com Online PLO None Friday 6D $365 Giant Saturday 48A $1,500 Monster Stack Brian Yoon Saturday 49 $10,000 PLO Championship Tommy Le Sunday 48B $1,500 Monster Stack Sunday 50 $1,500 Razz Jason Gola Sunday 11D $365 PLO Giant Get Your Popcorn Ready for Streaming Madness The $50,000 Poker Players Championship event always attracts an amazing field and this year is no different. The final 12 players will be battling on Twitch with Phil Ivey, Michael Mizrachi and Brian Rast highlighting a storyline-filled penultimate day of action. Tuesday's final table moves to PokerGO in what promises to be an amazing showcase of some of poker's best playing a tough rotation of eight games. There are two other $10,000 Championship events (Seven Card Stud & Triple Draw) and the $25,000 PLO High Roller set for live streaming action this week. Date Time (ET) Event Outlet June 18 6:00 PM $50,000 Player Championship Day 4 Twitch June 19 6:00 PM $50,000 Players Championship FT PokerGO June 19 6:00 PM $10,000 Stud Day 2 Twitch June 20 4:00 PM $1,500 NL FT Twitch June 20 6:00 PM $10,000 Stud FT PokerGO June 21 4:00 PM $1,500 NL Shootout FT Twitch June 22 6:00 PM $25,000 PLO 8-Max FT PokerGO June 23 4:00 PM $2,500 NL FT Twitch June 23 6:00 PM $10,000 NL 2-7 FT PokerGO June 24 6:00 PM $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo FT Twitch  
  3. You’ll now have to go way back to Jamie Gold’s 2006 victory to find a larger Main Event field than the one created at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Over the past three days a staggering 7,874 players have taken their shot in the $10,000 pinnacle of the poker calendar, making this the second largest Main Event in history. Here’s all the news from Day 1C on July 4. Biggest Main Event Flight in History Monday’s Day 1A got 925 runners. Tuesday’s Day 1B attracted 2,378 more. And now that play is over on Wednesday’s Day 1C, it’s been revealed that a massive 4,571 players came to play. That amount not only creates the largest single flight of poker in WSOP history, but makes 2018 the second largest Main Event of all time, too. The total entries show a 10% increase compared with last year, and have created a $74,015,600 prize pool. There’s $8,800,000 up top for the eventual champ, and the Rio was absolutely rammed today full of hopefuls. After five two-hour levels though, roughly 3,500 made it through. Samuel Touil is believed to be the Day 1C chip leader with 352,800, although with so many players there’s a chance a bigger stack may have slipped through the cracks. If Touil is indeed the chip leader, he’ll be the overall boss moving into the Day 2 flights. Yep, Day 2 is still so big that it’s needing to be split up. So, survivors from 1A and 1B will play tomorrow (Thursday 5th), while 1C survivors will return on Friday (July 6). Who Made It Through Today? Some of the biggest names in all of poker sat down to play today, and a bunch of them made it through when all was said and done. Two notables in particular returned to the WSOP this year after taking a break from the spotlight. High Stakes legends Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius were in action, with Ivey turning his 50,000 starting stack into 92,300, and Antonius quadrupling his up to 208,700. Antonius, who hasn’t played at the WSOP for six years, told reporters: "It felt very special to be back. I got in after dinner break, brought a lot of action to the table and managed to get some big hands. It was great to see so many poker players I have not seen in so long. I am very tired and going to rest for a while after this.” Former Main Event champions Phil Hellmuth (63,700), Martin Jacobson (38,400), Jonathan Duhamel (17,500), and Joe Cada (16,500) all advanced too. A deep run by any of them would certainly be exciting to follow. Then you’ve got the likes of bracelet winners Loni Harwood (194,200), Jessica Dawley (140,600), Davidi Kitai (104,200), Jake Cody (98,700), David Benyamine (90,400), Liv Boeree (63,400), and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (59,200) to name just a handful of today’s survivors. Of course, not everyone could find a bag at the end of play. Daniel Negreanu was the victim of some bad luck when his pocket jacks were all-in versus pocket tens, only for a ten to hit the board. Chris Moneymaker was another notable to depart. His run was short today after getting all his money in with a flopped set of fives. He was up against the pocket tens overpair, but just like Negreanu, fell victim to a ten on the river. Andrew Moreno, Marcel Luske, Chris Vitch, Jonas Mackoff, John Racener, and Vanessa Selbst are just a few of the other casualties throughout the day. Tomorrow’s Action (July 5) Thursday will see the Main Event continue, with survivors from Day 1A and 1B playing through their Day 2. We’ll also see a bracelet winner though, as the $888 Crazy Eights event returns three-handed. Galen Hall holds the chip lead in that one, making him the favourite for the massive $888,888 first-place prize. A new event also kicks off at 3pm: Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em.
  4. The second starting flight of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event played out on Tuesday, producing some big numbers. We also saw two new bracelet winners crowned, and a final table end the day three-handed. Here’s all the news from July 3. Big Turnout on Day 1B There were 2,378 entries on Day 1B of the $10,000 Main Event, and after five two-hour levels that number was whittled down to 1,794. Topping them all is Smain Mamouni with 311,000, followed by Samuel Bernabeu (309,500), Barbara Rogers (307,000), Daniel Colpoys (246,800), and Alex Foxen (242,300). Plenty of notables made it through the day, and they don’t come much more notable than Johnny Chan. The 10-time bracelet winner bagged up 151,100 when all was said and done, and will join the likes of Rifat Palevic (185,800), Scott Davies (171,200), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (166,200), Pablo Fernandez (160,100), Pierre Neuville (147,500), Shaun Deeb (143,300), and Chris Ferguson (134,900) on Day 2. Former PocketFives #1 player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had a good session at the felt, just a few days after winning his second WSOP bracelet. He almost doubled his starting stack to 99,100, while John Hesp - whose life will be turned into a Hollywood movie - also survived with 63,900. The same can’t said for former WSOP Main Event champions Jamie Gold and Greg Raymer, Justin Liberto, Doug Polk, Jason Somerville, Mickey Craft, Anton Morgenstern, Brandon Wong, and Kenny Hallaert, all of whom hit the rail. Day 1C begins at 11am tomorrow, but as it’s July 4th it’ll be interesting to see what the turnout looks like. So far, entry numbers are very promising compared with previous years. Top 10 Day 1B Stacks: Smain Mamouni - 311,000 Samuel Bernabeu - 309,500 Barbara Rogers - 307,000 Daniel Colpoys - 246,800 Alex Foxen - 242,300 Alpheus Chan - 208,600 Paul Varano - 204,400 Brian Brubaker - 203,600 Luis Vazquez - 201,800 Liam O'Donoghue - 196,200 Matsuzuki Wins First Bracelet in $10K Stud8 Championship One of the two bracelet winners on Tuesday was Dan Matsuzuki, who overcame a tough final table to take down Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. After denying Scott Bohlman his second bracelet of the summer, Matsuzuki won his first piece of WSOP jewellery as well as $364,387. Fourteen players returned today led by Chris Vitch, who would ultimately bust out in fourth. "It still hasn't hit me really," Matsuzuki said after his win. "I wasn't even going to play this event, but my buddy convinced me. 'Come on; Let's gamble' - those were his exact words. He took a piece of me and we registered on Day 2 and I just got a good run of cards." Final Table Results: Dan Matsuzuki - $364,387 Scott Bohlman - $225,210 Ken Aldridge - $154,648 Chris Vitch - $108,739 Daham Wang - $78,337 Jerry Wong - $57,855 Bryce Yockey - $43,833 Joseph Michael - $34,089 Galen Hall Leads Final Three in Crazy Eights Play ended on Day 3 of the $888 Crazy Eights event with just three players remaining, led by Galen Hall with 30,100,000. His opponents are Niels Herregodts with 24,750,000, and Eduards Kudrjavcevs with 16,400,000. They’ll have to wait a day before playing it out, in order to give them all a chance to play in the Main Event tomorrow. That means we’ll find a winner in this one on Thursday, and whoever it is will take home their first WSOP bracelet. Throughout the day we lost Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman was Paul ‘pvas2’ Vas Nunes, who fell in 23rd and 17th places, respectively. Arthur Conan (15th - $34,577), Dara Taherpour (14th - $43,539), Fabrice Casano (13th - $43,539), Smith Collins (12th - $55,222), Shai Zurr (11th - $55,222), and Hunter Frey (10th - $70,546) all exited too before a final table was set. From there we saw the eliminations of Philip Tom (8th - $90,888), Martin Stausholm (7th - $117,888), Jeremiah Miesen (6th - $153,888), Alexander Kuzmin (5th - $201,888), and Andrey Zaichenko in 4th place for $266,888. Find out who will the $888,888 first-place prize on Thursday. Final Three Stacks: Galen Hall - 30,100,000 Niels Herregodts - 24,750,000 Eduards Kudrjavcevs - 16,400,000 Tim Andrew Takes Down PLO Giant The second bracelet of the day went to Tim Andrew for his win in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015. Andrew turned up late today after sleeping in, but it turned out the extra rest served him well. All eyes were on Michael Mizrachi at the start of the day, as The Grinder was going for his fifth bracelet. Alas, he’d fall in fifth for $30,461, leaving the stage for Andrew to take down his first. Final Table Results: Tim Andrew - $116,015 Pete Arroyos - $71,703 Robert Cicchelli - $53,709 Sandeep Pulusani - $40,379 Michael Mizrachi - $30,461 James Sievers - $23,076 Kevin Nomberto - $17,541 Raymond Walton - $13,384 Srinivas Balasubramanian - $10,250
  5. Yet another millionaire was made on Wednesday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Nine players have now banked seven-figure scores this summer, with Tommy Nguyen the latest recipient of a bracelet and potentially life-changing score. Meanwhile, Scott Seiver was busy doing Scott Seiver-like things, winning his second bracelet in the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship. Wednesday also saw the $10K Razz and the ever-popular Tag Team event kick off. Here’s everything you need to know from Wednesday June 27. Scott Seiver Victorious, Wins Bracelet #2 in $10K Limit ($296,222) There are a few players who can truly be considered a ‘pro’s pro’. That means being great in high-stakes cash games. Great in tournaments. And great online to boot. Scott Seiver is no doubt one of those dudes, and added more accolades to his CV by winning Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship late on Wednesday night. “I'll be honest," he said. "It matters a lot to me. It really does. I feel that I've really accomplished most things that I've set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that.” The win takes Seiver up to $2.3M in live earnings, but with the likes of bracelet winner Anthony Zinno, Matt Glantz, and start-of-day chip leader Dan Zack on the final table, Seiver really had to earn it. By the time they got to three-handed play, Seiver hit a three-outer to felt Zinno, before making a 2:1 comeback to defeat Matt Szymaszek heads-up. Seiver added: "I feel I like to be judged by what my peers think of me more than my actual results. But, the World Series still has a certain panache that you don't find in other situations. So, this is very special to get this bracelet and I hope to get many more in the future." Final Table Results: Scott Seiver - $296,222 Matt Szymaszek - $183,081 Anthony Zinno - $129,186 Christopher Chung - $93,009 Matt Glantz - $68,352 Philip Cordano - $51,296 Dan Zack - $39,329 Michael Moore - $30,821 Ken Deng - $24,700 A $1,037,451 Win for Nguyen in MONSTER STACK Tommy Nguyen had never been to the WSOP before this year. His debut trip to the Rio this summer was bankrolled from a $100K score he enjoyed a couple of months ago. But one thing’s now for sure: He’ll definitely be back next year. [caption id="attachment_619726" align="aligncenter" width="676"] Bracelet Win for Tommy Nguyen[/caption] Nguyen’s WSOP debut has made him a millionaire, as on Wednesday night he took down Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK for $1,037,451. "I dreamed of this and I always believed I could make it,” he said afterwards. “I never doubted that I was going to win. I was just focusing on winning a bracelet. That was my goal when I came here.” Poker is rarely easy though, and this final table had lots of swings and plenty of action. But prior to that there were 29 hopefuls returning at the start of the day, before eventual runner-up James Carroll broke off with an early lead. Once they got to the finale, Rittie Chuaprasert was the first to fall, followed by Harald Sammer. The latter jammed with ace-king only for Shyam ’s_dot111’ Srinivasan to wake up in the big blind with queens, which held. Srinivasan would be the next to bust though, running his pocket nines into Nguyen’s ace-king, which flopped top two. Michael Benko, Daniel Corbett, Chris Chong, and Francis Rusnak would then depart leaving Nguyen heads-up with Carroll. Nguyen held the chip lead, but despite doubling Carroll up was able to keep him at arm’s length and eventually see it through. Carroll would three-bet shove with king-deuce off which Nguyen snapped with ace-king off, and the board bricked for both. Nguyen credits his recent success of recognising weaknesses in his game, and studying to fix them. He said: "I knew I wasn't a winning player but I was stubborn. Just in the last two years, I started winning more. I tried to fix my game and started learning more.” Final Table Results: Tommy Nguyen - $1,037,451 James Carroll - $640,916 Francis Rusnak - $475,212 Chris Chong - $354,903 Daniel Corbett - $266,987 Michael Benko - $202,327 Shyam Srinivasan - $154,463 Harald Sammer - $118,802 Rittie Chuaprasert - $92,061 Tag Teams Out In Force Aside from staking and swaps, poker is often considered a solitary pursuit. However, the popularity of teaming up with friends/peers has proved very popular at the WSOP in recent years. Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em kicked off Wednesday, with 1,032 teams taking part to create a $928,800 prize pool. After ten levels of play, it was the team consisting of Juan Ramirez, Isai Coello, and Dustin Pattinson who topped the survivors with 193,000, followed by bracelet winner Michael Wang, Dan Zack and Ajay Chabra who ended with 113,800. A few other teams who managed who finish well include Victor Chong, Pete Chen, Michael Soyza, and Phachara Wongwichit s team (86,900), Mohsin Charania and Sunny Patel’s team (78,700), Jason Wheeler and Ludovic Geilich’s team (64,500), and Rob Perelman and Joseph Cheong’s team (49,100). More than three quarters of the total teams who entered went busto throughout the day. Some of those teams to depart included Allen Kessler/Lena Evans/Roland Israelashvili/Jeremiah Degreef, Alex Papazian/Sorin Drajneanu, Duff Charette/Alex Foxen/Kristen Bicknell/Chance Kornuth, Jonathan Tamayo/Joe McKeehen, Theo Tran/Tim and Tom West, Felipe Ramos/Natasha Mercier/Albert Daher/Aylar Lie, and Jared Jaffee/Phil Kessel/Blake Kessel/Jeff Palarino. Day 2 kicks off at 12pm Thursday, with all teams looking to divide up the $175,805 first-place prize. The bubble bursts at 155 teams. Top 10 Team Stacks: Juan Ramirez - Isai Coello - Dustin Pattinson - 193,000 Michael Wang - Dan Zack - Ajay Chabra - 113,800 Alex Rocha - Megan Milburn - Joanne Milburn - 102,400 Steven Wolansky - Zach Efland - 99,100 Team Du - 89,600 Bret McCown - Mike Beattie - Jeff Ferrera - 87,000 Victor Chong - Pete Chen - Michael Soyza - Phachara Wongwichit - 86,900 Erwann Pecheux - Sarah Herzali - Jonathan Therme - 86,400 Mohsin Charania - Sunny Patel - 78,700 Jason Wheeler - Ludovic Geilich - 64,500 Four Remain In $1,500 Bounty Another ten levels were played Wednesday in Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY, taking the 29 Day 3 players (out of 1,982) down to just four. They’ll all return on Thursday to play down to a winner. The guy leading the way overnight is Ryan Leng, bagging up 5,440,000. Second in chips is the guy who has led most of the way in this one: Ranno Sootla, who finished with 3,835,000. Christian Nolte heads to bed third in chips (3,405,000), followed by 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (2,195,000). Those who have already departed from the final table include Quyen Hoang busted in 10th place ($16,928), Mikhail Semin in 9th ($21,741), Mark Mazza in 8th ($28,225), John Gulino in 7th ($37,034), Russell Rosenblum in 6th ($49,107), and Javier Gomez in 5th ($65,799). Action kicks back off at 12pm Thursday, with all four guaranteed $89,079. The winner will get $272,504. Final Four Stacks: Ryan Leng - 5,440,000 Ranno Sootla - 3,835,000 Christian Nolte - 3,405,000 Jay Farber - 2,195,000 Down to 20 in $1,500 PLO 8, Negreanu, Matusow, Elezra Still In With 20 players remaining, the chip leader heading into the third and final day in Event #53 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better is a familiar face: defending champion, Nathan Gamble. Gamble ran over the final table last year, and sits in pole position to defend his title with 834,000. He’s followed by Joseph Couden (776,000), Robert Campbell (565,000), Brad Albrinck (564,000), and four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow (436,000). There are plenty of big names still fighting too, with Eli Elezra bagging up 419,000, and Daniel Negreanu ending with 96,000 - the third shortest stack. Day 3 begins at 12pm Thursday, with $244,370 up top. All 20 have locked up $6,927. Top 10 Stacks: Nathan Gamble - 834,000 Joseph Couden - 776,000 Robert Campbell - 565,000 Brad Albrinck - 564,000 Mike Matusow - 436,000 Dustin Pattinson - 432,000 Eli Elezra - 419,000 Bryce Yockey - 400,000 Lee Armstrong - 364,000 Christopher Conrad - 364,000 31 Left In $3K Big Blind Antes Event Event #54 Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em is really one player’s to lose right now. Poker is never easy, especially when there are still 30 players left in a tournament, but when you hold almost three times as many chips as your nearest competitor, you simply must have your heart set on a bracelet. That guy is Jonathan Abdellatif, who bagged up an enormous lead with 2,725,000. his closest competitors are Barry Hutter (953,000), Marciano Cruz (807,000), Todd Ivens (780,000), and David Yan (714,000). Nikita Luther (392,000), Kristen Bicknell (298,000), and Anna Antimony (200,000) are all still in the tournament, hoping to become the second female WSOP champ of the summer. Some of those who had their hopes crushed today include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (153rd - $4,513), Kathy Liebert (139th - $4,513), Matt Salsberg (118th - $4,720), Calvin Anderson (111th - $4,720), Michael Ruane (85th - $5,441), Bertrand Grospellier (65th - $6,712), and Scotty Nguyen (45th - $10,387). Things get going again at 2pm Thursday, with all players guaranteed $10,387. There’s a massive $522,715 up top though. Top 10 Stacks: Jonathan Abdellatif - 2,725,000 Barry Hutter - 953,000 Marciano Cruz - 807,000 Todd Ivens - 780,000 David Yan - 714,000 Kevin Song - 675,000 Kris Homerding - 628,000 Ryan Hall - 603,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 583,000 Tom McCormick - 533,000 John Hennigan Leads $10K After Day 1 No surprises over the Day 1 chip leader in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. John Hennigan is having one heck of a summer, and hopes to add to his Player of the Year race in this one, bagging up 302,000 to lead the 52 survivors. Ted Forrest sits in second with 221,500, just ahead of Per Hildebrand with 221,000. Robert Mizrachi, Allen Kessler, and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich also bagged up top ten stacks. Others to advance include James Obst (166,500), Julien Martini (193,000), Bart Hanson (187,000), Larry Wright (167,000), Mike Leah (126,500), Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (116,500), Shaun Deeb (82,500), and Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson (79,500). Registration is still open until the end of Day 2, so the field and prize pool are yet to be confirmed.What we know for sure is that Max Pescatori, Nick Schulman, Matt Glantz, Jason Mercier, Andrey Zhigalov, and Rep Porter busted along the way. Play resumes at 2pm Thursday. Top 10 Stacks: John Hennigan - 302,000 Ted Forrest - 221,500 Per Hildebrand - 221,000 Julien Martini - 193,000 Bart Hanson - 187,000 Robert Mizrachi - 183,500 Allen Kessler - 183,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 179,000 Robert Campbell - 175,500 Larry Wright - 169,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 28) Thursday will see the Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship get going at 11am. Any fellas thinking it will be ‘funny’ for them to hop in will have to fork out $10,000 to enter, rather than the $1,000 buy-in reserved for females. Then at 3pm there’s Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, a tournament sure to bring out the best NLHE players in the world.
  6. Sunday’s action at the 2018 World Series of Poker ended with two new bracelet winners, a monster day in the MONSTER STACK, and a stacked line-up advancing in the freshly-started Razz event. Read all about those winners, plus all the other news, in our recap from June 24. Israel’s Timur Margolin Wins First Bracelet in $2,500 NLHE The first of Sunday’s two new bracelet winners had to overcome a tough final table, one which included a six-time bracelet winner and last year’s Player of the Year, and another bracelet winner seeking their second piece of jewellery. Timur Margolin emerged victorious for $507,274 in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em, outlasting not only the aforementioned players - Chris Ferguson and Ryan Laplante - but also the 1,248 total field. Margolin defeated Germany’s Ismael Bojang heads-up to clinch the win. Although Margolin began with the chip lead, Bojang forged a comeback and at one point had a 2:1 chip lead himself. This was bad news for Margolin as he knew what it was like to finish runner-up, having finishing second in this very event back in 2015. Margolin would manage to regain control though, and in the final hand Bojang jammed with ace-deuce suited and was called by king-queen off. A king hit the flop, while Bojang flopped a gutshot to a wheel, but the queen turn and brick river ended it all. “I have just been playing like I have all tournament,” Margolin said after his win. “I am feeling in a better place mentally nowadays, I am just happy to be here, happy for the experience anyways. I felt good, and I would do the same decisions, tried not to let it affect me, and then some cards came my way and that's it." Final Table Results: Timur Margolin - $507,274 Ismael Bojang - $313,444 Michael Marder - $223,564 Chris Ferguson - $161,371 Dylan Linde - $117,894 Ryan Laplante - $87,189 Jeff Hakim - $65,284 Andre Haneberg - $49,498 Josh Bergman - $38,009 David Brookshire Takes Down Mixed Hi-Lo 8 or Better For $214,291 Out of the 402 entries in Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, just one player remains with all the chips, a shiny new bracelet, and $214,291 in front of him. David Brookshire is the champ in this one, having come into the final day ninth of 15. Things went well from the off, but when they got down to six it was Brendan Taylor who held the chip lead with more than half the chips in play. He’d bust Tyler Groth in fifth and Ian Shaw in fourth to extend that lead, before Brookshire felted Daniel Ospina in third to set the heads-up match. Brookshire was at an 8:1 chip disadvantage, but managed to chip up before securing a huge double up. From there, it was all Brookshire until the last hand was dealt. Taylor had flopped two pair and got the money in, but Brookshire flopped the nut straight which held. "It's really emotional. It feels so good to win after Brendan had an 8:1 chip lead on me, and then coming back,” Brookshire said afterwards. “Kind of felt like he had it in the bag and was praying real hard inside while I was playing. I felt really blessed to be able to make a comeback and pull out the win. "This is a great event. I love all the mixed-game events here, and now I'm going to have a bankroll to play them for the next few years. Hopefully, I'll be able to run it up. There's a lot of events I've missed because I can't afford to play them, and that's going to change right now." Final Table Results: David Brookshire - $214,291 Brendan Taylor - $132,443 Daniel Ospina - $89,968 Ian Shaw - $62,331 Tyler Groth - $44,059 Hani Awad - $31,789 William Shelton - $23,421 Eric Rodawig - $17,628 More Than 4,000 Try Their Luck in the MONSTER STACK After yesterday’s Day 1A, Sunday was time for Day 1B in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK. A massive field of 4,014 gathered to try their luck in this one, and when the bags were brought out ten levels later just 1,362 remained. They’ll now join the 723 survivors of 1A tomorrow, with 2,085 total coming back for Day 2. Registration is now closed, meaning the $8,451,000 prize pool is now set in stone. It will be split between the top 939 players, with a min-cash worth $2,251. However, there’s $1,037,451 up top for the eventual winner. After today’s action, the big stack belongs to Jeffery Trudeau with 193,800. Other notables to advance Sunday include 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen (129,800), Boris Kolev (108,300), Ronnie Bardah (68,000), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (63,400), Manig Loeser (58,100), DJ MacKinnon (56,500), Ana Marquez (52,100), David Bach (49,200), and Gaurav Raina (47,900). Day 2 begins at 11am tomorrow. Top 10 Day 1B Stacks: Jeffery Trudeau - 193,800 Shalev Halfa - 186,000 Sami Rustom - 169,000 Andrew Liu - 161,500 Gagan Dang - 159,500 Andriy Lyubovetskiy - 155,000 John Kelliher - 144,700 Ryan Lee - 144,100 Yordan Petrov - 141,900 Matt O'Donnell - 141,900 Hughes Chip Leads Again After Day 2 of $10K PLO Two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes ended Day 1 of Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship with the chip lead, and now after another full day of play he remains at the top of the counts. Day 2 began with 175 players returning, and now just 37 advanced to tomorrow’s Day 3. Hughes increased his stack from 475,400 to 2,366,000, and he’s followed by three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter (1,700,000). Bracelet winners Brandon Shack-Harris (1,200,000), Ryan Laplante (672,000), Loren Klein (514,000), Scott Bohlman (457,000), Martin Kozlov (389,000), Richard Gryko (347,000), and Mike Leah (269,000) also advanced. Two more notable ended the day with top 10 stacks. Five-time bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen ended with 897,000, having finished third in the $25K PLO High Roller on Saturday. Podcast host, YouTuber, and PLO fanatic Joey Ingram has also been testing his skills in the live tournament arena, ending the day with 749,000 - good for tenth right now. The final 37 will be back at 2pm tomorrow. All eyes are on the $1,018,336 first-place prize, but right now they’ve all locked up $21,028. Top 10 Stacks: Ryan Hughes - 2,366,000 Rep Porter - 1,700,000 William Kopp - 1,618,000 Yan Shing Tsang - 1,463,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 1,200,000 Richard Lyndaker - 967,000 Nicholas Aranda - 914,000 Scotty Nguyen - 897,000 Robert Paddock - 751,000 Joey Ingram - 749,000 Day 1 of $1,500 Razz In The Books Sunday saw the beginning of Event #50: $1,500 Razz play out, with 389 hopefuls cut down to 118 survivors across ten levels. Victor Shalom can call himself overnight chip leader, bagging up 76,600. He’s most closely followed by Richard Sklar (61,000), John Beringer (59,800), Kyle Montgomery (56,000), and Bijan Mirzasafi (54,000). Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen just missed out on a top five stack, ending with 52,300. Meanwhile, multiple bracelet winners Julien Martini (45,000), Benny Glaser (44,800), and Ylon Schwartz (41,000) ended in the top 20. Phil Hellmuth is also still in the running for his 15th bracelet, bagging up 17,500. If anyone can make a comeback it might be Hellmuth, as his record in WSOP Razz events is pretty astonishing: four final tables, two bracelets, and a runner-up finish. Action resumes at 2pm Monday, with $125,431 up top and a min-cash worth $2,244. The bubble will burst at 59 players. Top 10 Stacks: Victor Shalom - 76,600 Richard Sklar - 61,000 John Beringer - 59,800 Kyle Montgomery - 56,000 Bijan Mirzasafi - 54,000 Adam Owen - 52,300 Sergey Selin - 50,800 Jeanne David - 50,500 Scott Evelyn - 45,100 Julien Martini - 45,000 Day 1D of PLO Giant Plays Out The fantastically named Hero Aguiluz has ended Day 1D of Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha as the chip leader. Aguiluz bagged up 1,275,000 after 21 levels of play. There were 565 entries today, with just 33 advancing to Day 2. Others who made it through include Daniel Laidlaw (1,050,000) Gonzalo Mercade (1,045,000), Vincent Moscati (590,000), Matt Stout (500,000), Men Nguyen (470,000), and Pete Chen (175,000). There’s one more staring flight next Sunday, before Day 2 begins on Monday July 2nd. Top 10 Day 1D Stacks: Hero Aguiluz - 1,500,000 Mark Liedtke - 710,000 Julio Belluscio - 620,000 Matt Stout - 495,000 Pete Chen - 410,000 Adam Daniel - 367,000 Men Nguyen - 350,000 Tim McDermott - 302,000 Daniel Weinman - 263,000 Stephanie Chung - 250,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 25) Looking for some poker to play in Vegas on Monday June 25? Well, here’s what’s happening within the Rio at the WSOP. At 11am, you’ve got Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty kicking off. Players receive a $500 bounty for every player they eliminate. Then at 3pm, you’ve got Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Expect a lot of the big names battling in that one.
  7. Another busy day! Three more bracelets were won on Saturday at the 2018 World Series of Poker, one of which went to a former PocketFives no.1 player. Meanwhile, a final table was set, with a controversial figure in the poker world holding the chip lead over the final six. Here’s all the news from June 23. Shaun Deeb Wins Third Bracelet In $25K PLO High Roller ($1.4M) Last year, Shaun Deeb got heads-up versus Ben Yu in the $10K Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. Yu got the best of it that day, forcing Deeb to settle for second place. Former no.1-ranked player Deeb got his revenge on Saturday though, denying Yu his third bracelet. He won the heads-up to win Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for his third WSOP bracelet, and a massive score of $1,402,683. With six players returning on the day, the two had battled through a tough line-up which included Ryan Tosoc (6th), Jason Koon (5th), defending champion James Calderaro (4th), and Poker Hall of Famer Scotty Nguyen (3rd). Nguyen held the chip lead coming into the day, but Deeb grabbed the chip lead early. Tosoc stuck around for just four hands before making an exit, getting it in with middle pair and a flush draw versus Yu’s top pair, which held. Koon fell next, jamming with top pair but getting called by Deeb with two pair and failing to catch up. Calderaro put up a great title defence, but ultimately fell in fourth. He got unlucky to do so, with him and Deeb both getting it all in with the same top two, but Deeb hit a runner-runner backdoor straight for the KO. Three-handed, Yu doubled Nguyen to leave the 1998 Main Event champ short. Nguyen them jammed with two kings and a ten-nine, which Yu called with two queens and an ace-three. An ace hit the flop, and that proved enough. Heads-up, Deeb and Yu swapped the chip lead a couple of times, but in the end the match was short. Yu got it all-in on a low board with an overpair, straight draw and flush draw, while Deeb had a bigger overpair and a gutshot. The board bricked for Yu, giving Deeb the win. “No one really ever put me in a bad spot,” Deeb said after his victory. “I was able to control the pot sizes the way I wanted to almost every hand. That really helps, to not get in an inflated pot with a marginal hand. Everyone played their best game, I just ran the best. “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle, hop in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” Final Table Results: Shaun Deeb - $1,402,683 Ben Yu - $866,924 Scotty Nguyen - $592,875 James Calderaro - $414,134 Jason Koon - $295,606 Ryan Tosoc - $215,718 Spain’s Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet ($1K NLHE Turbo) Another super fast day played out in Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels), with 41 players getting down to a winner in less than seven hours. Mario Prats Garcia ended up victorious, taking down his first bracelet and the $258,255 first-place prize. Garcia has had close calls in the past, including a runner-up finish last year, but now has a piece of WSOP jewellery. [caption id="attachment_619661" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet[/caption] He defeated PocketFiver Matthew ‘theginger45’ Hunt heads-up for the title, securing the win after just three hands. Hunt took the first pot, then managed to double-up in the second. But the third would end it all, when Hunt made a straight only for Prats Garcia to have a flush. You can find the rest of the final table results below, while some of 1,712 entries who went deep in this one include Justin Oliver (37th - $5,376), Manig Loeser (33rd - $6,505), Conor Beresford (32nd - $6,505), Esther Taylor (21st - $7,967), Joseph Cheong (19th - $7,967), Kathy Liebert (18th - $9,877), and Athanasios Polychronopoulos (11th - $15,730). After his win, Prats Garcia said: "Super excited, I'm super happy. I thought I could never get back here and the FT was hard. I sucked out a couple of guys and I got all the chips! I'm super excited and nervous." Final Table Results: Mario Prats Garcia - $258,255 Matthew Hunt - $159,532 Sebastian Dornbracht - $114,909 Michael Wang - $83,663 Mark Schluter - $61,580 Gregory Worner - $45,828 DJ MacKinnon - $34,486 Martin Staszko - $26,245 Lander Lijo - $20,202 Nicholas Seiken Wins Bracelet in First Ever 2-7 Tournament Here’s one for the books: Nicholas Seiken, normally a NLHE player, had never played a stand-alone 2-7 Triple Draw tournament before entering Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. Three days later, he’s a bracelet winner and $287,987 better off. [caption id="attachment_619663" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Nicholas Seiken Wins First Bracelet[/caption] Seiken first played the game in an 8-game mixed event, and clearly took to it like a deuce to water as he defeated a tough final table today which included bracelet winner Randy Ohel, three-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi, one-time bracelet winner Hanh Tran, Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk, Matt Glantz, and start-of-day chip leader Michael Noori. "I played the 2-7 Triple Draw in the 8-Game and I was like, 'I like triple draw, I want to play some triple draw,” Seiken said after his win. "The only thing that gave me a shot was having so many chips because I was playing against such good players. I had a big stack and I wanted to sit on it for a while. I didn't want to take marginal spots. I folded hands that I should be playing because I didn't want to get out of line, getting in massive pots with guys like Randy." Ohel would be his heads-up opponent, and in the final hand Ohel made a jack-nine but that was crushed by Seiken’s seventy-six. Final Table Results: Nicholas Seiken - $287,987 Randy Ohel - $177,992 Kristijonas Andrulis - $125,190 Farzad Bonyadi - $89,078 Matt Glantz - $64,131 Jason Gray - $46,722 Hanh Tran - $34,450 Christopher Kruk - $34,450 Michael Noori - $25,712 MattEMenz Wins First Ever Online PLO Bracelet Yesterday we told you how a bracelet in Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed was awarded, making it the first online PLO bracelet handed out. However, the tournament went deep into the early morning hours Friday night, so we didn’t have a winner when we went to publish. We can now tell you that it was Matthew ‘MattEMenz’ Mendez who took it down for a $135,077 score, defeating a tough final table which included Anthony Zinno and Ankush ‘pistons87’ Mandavia. Mendez is also the first bracelet winner to play outside of Nevada. Mendez took this one down from the comfort of his New Jersey home. Final Table Results: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez - $135,077 Marton 'GS.GURU' Czuczor - $82,865 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $57,299 Alex '3shotwonder' Smith - $40,256 Ankush 'rickrosstheb' Mandavia - $28,745 Ao 'Maimai1990' Chen - $20,859 Chris Ferguson Leads Final 6 in $2,500 NLHE After 1,071 players took a shot, a final table of six has now been set in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. The player holding the chip lead is none other than 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Ferguson is seeking his sixth bracelet, and is in good shape with a massive 5,680,000 stack. He’ll be joined by Timur Margolin (3,520,000), Ismael Bojang (2,610,000), Michael Marder (1,765,000), Dylan Linde (1,330,000), and bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (700,000). A huge pot gave Ferguson the big lead. Seth Davies was all-in with pocket fives and Bojang called with ace-king. Ferguson then woke up with pocket kings, busting Davies and getting a big double through Bojang. There’s $507,274 up top in this one, while all six are currently guaranteed $87,189. The finale kicks off at 12pm Sunday. Final Table Stacks: Chris Ferguson - 5,680,000 Timur Margolin - 3,520,000 Ismael Bojang - 2,610,000 Michael Marder - 1,765,000 Dylan Linde - 1,330,000 Ryan Laplante - 700,000 MONSTER STACK Kicks Off Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK got going with Day 1A on Saturday, with 2,246 players taking part. Ten levels later and just 723 advanced. There are multiple notable PocketFivers who bagged top 10 stacks, including Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner, Marc ‘sluglife’ MacDonnell, Shyam ’s_dot111’ Srinivasan, and Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. It’s James Karamanis who leads the field though, bagging up 163,600 when the bags were brought out. Others who made it through include Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson (116,600), Daniel Strelitz (90,600), Bart Lybaert (77,400), and Annette Obrestad (68,500). Some of those who failed to find a bag today include Phil ivey, Phil Laak, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Scott Blumstein, Arkadiy Tsinis, Dara O'Kearney, Kenna James, Mike Leah, Parker Talbot, and Antoine Saout. Day 1B begins at 10am tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: James Karamanis - 163,600 Jonathan Turner - 156,500 Jerome Tan - 153,300 Colin McHugh - 149,400 Marc MacDonnell - 148,200 Shyam Srinivasan - 146,000 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 135,300 Francesco Zollo - 132,000 Kenny Hallaert - 124,600 Almedin Imsirovic - 119,200 Final 15 in Mixed Hi-Lo 8 Out of the 402 players who took a shot in Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, only 15 remain after another ten levels on Day 2. There are three players in contention for their second bracelets: Eric Rodawig, Cyndy Violette, and Hani Awad. However, it’s Ian Shaw who holds the overnight chip lead. The bubble burst today at 61 players, and a few who failed to reach the cash include Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Shanon Petluck, Nicholas Derke, Tommy Hang, Robert Campbell, John Hennigan, Barry Greenstein, Jeff Lisandro, Phil Hui, Marco Johnson, Kate Hoang, and Jesse Martin. Some of those who did make a profit include Scott Abrams (60th for $3,736), Joe Hachem (49th for $3,891), Konstantin Puchkov (47th for $4,165), Robert Mizrachi (45th for $4,165), Ian Johns (38th for $4,577), Scott Clements (33rd for $4,577), Jameson Painter (23rd for $5,969), and Ron Ware (21st for $5,969). Action gets going again at 2pm tomorrow, and they’ll play down to a winner. Whoever that ends up being will bank $214,291, while they’re all currently guaranteed $7,074. Final 15 Stacks: Ian Shaw - 575,000 Tyler Groth - 540,000 Daniel Ospina - 530,000 Brendan Taylor - 488,000 William Shelton - 458,000 Paul Tedeschi - 361,000 Levon Torosyan - 320,000 Eric Rodawig - 301,000 David Brookshire - 297,000 Carl Restifo - 294,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 272,000 Cyndy Violette - 223,000 Delmiro Toledo - 139,000 Hani Awad - 117,000 Jeffrey Mitseff - 115,000 Hughes, Lamb, Ingram Advance in 10K PLO As the $25K High Roller came to an end, Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship got going, attracting 439 runners. Ten levels later and 175 players will be returning for tomorrow’s Day 2, all led by chip leader Ryan Hughes who ended with 475,400. He’s joined at the top of the counts by Veselin Karakitukov (350,800) and Ben Lamb (314,100). A few notables who made it through include poker Youtuber Joey Ingram (258,500), Michael Kamran (290,000), four-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi (275,100), Stephen Chidwick (245,300) and six-time bracelet winner Layne Flack (206,400). They’ll all be back at 2pm Sunday for Day 2. Top 10 Stacks: Ryan Hughes - 475,400 Veselin Karakitukov - 350,800 Ben Lamb - 314,100 Lautaro Guerra - 296,600 Hok Yiu Lee - 292,600 Michael Kamran - 290,000 Matthew Schreiber - 280,000 Michael Mizrachi - 275,100 Orlando Romero - 273,500 Jonathan Kamhazi - 270,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 24) Sunday June 24 is mostly a day of additional Day 1s. At 10am you’ve got Day 1B of the Monster Stack, while at 7pm it’s Day 1D of the PLO Giant. The only new event to begin kicks off at 3pm: Event #50: $1,500 Razz. However, we should have at least two new bracelet winners to tell you about, so make sure you come back tomorrow for all the news.
  8. The final table of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event started with Michael Dyer sitting with the second biggest stack and through just over four hours of play on Thursday night, the 32-year-old from Houston moved into control of the final table and finished with more than double the stack of any of his five remaining opponents. Dyer finished Day 8 with 156,500,000 without being responsible for any of the night’s three eliminations. Being able to wield a big stack against some shorter-stacked opponents has allowed Dyer to push the table around. “I’ve had dynamic separation from everybody so it makes it kind of simpler for me to play. I’m able to play differently than they are,” said Dyer. “It was a pretty solid final table. I didn’t see any horrible mistakes or anything egregious.” Dyer added 47,325,000 to his chips on Thursday and how has 39.74% of the chips in play. Nicolas Manion, who began play Thursday with the chip lead, went in the opposite direction, finishing with 72,250,000. Tony Miles finished with 57,500,000 with Joe Cada and Aram Zobian holding onto short stacks of 29,275,000 and 16,700,000 respectively. Cada, who won the 2009 Main Event, felt relieved to be moving onto Day 9 after a rough day Thursday. “I’m just happy to be here. It’s been a grueling tournament. I’ve been lucky to even be in the spot where I’m at. I’ve had low chips the entire tournament. I feel like I’ve just been hanging in there,” said Cada. Antoine Labat Eliminated in Ninth Place Thanks to the crazy hand that ended play on Wednesday night, France’s Antoine Labat knew he’d have to make a move early on Thursday if he had any hopes of winning the tournament. That opportunity seemed to present itself on the 16th hand of play. Action folded to Labat on the button and he raised to 1,200,000 holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. Artem Metalidi moved all in from the small blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and after John Cynn folded the big blind, Labat called with his tournament on the line. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5s"] to give Metalidi middle set. Neither the [poker card="9s"] turn or [poker card="ad"] river were any help for the Frenchman and he was eliminated in ninth. While “With 60 left I got kings against aces and nines for my tournament life, I put in all my chips there and the king came door cards,” said Labat. “So I’m not complaining about kings. They won me $950,000 and it has to end like that. All my tournaments have been around kings, I had them many times and sometimes they were good and sometimes they were not good. It’s alright, I don’t blame them.” Despite losing twice with pocket kings in two big spots inside of a 17-hand span on Wednesday and Thursday, Sabat is leaving Las Vegas with a new appreciation for poker. “I had an amazing experience. I haven’t played tournaments for a long time. I played a lot before. It’s been three years and I didn’t do any,” said Labat. “I decided to come to Vegas and change my daily routine and do new stuff and I think the Main Event brought me a real new experience. I feel like I have a lot of energy to play tournaments” Artem Metalidi Eliminated in Eighth Place Metalidi came into the final table with the second smallest stack and found himself flipping for his Main Event life in a hand that turned out to be one of the more dramatic of the last few days. Metalidi open-shoved for 6,225,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"], Zobian move all in over the top 24,000,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] and Dyer folded the big blind. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Metalidi middle set but opened a flush draw for Zobian.The [poker card="kc"] turn was good for Metalidi, but the [poker card="4d"] river gave Zobian the flush and sent the Ukrainian poker pro home in eighth place. “I couldn’t even dream of it. I started this tournament winning bottom set against top set and I was felt like I was freerolling the tournament. Then I made the money with a really short stack and it wasn’t even considering I could make it here, but here I am and I’m really, really happy,” Metalidi said about his deep run. “It’s been surreal. I don’t think I fully grasp it yet. It’s probably going to hit me later.” Alex Lynskey Eliminated in Seventh Place Dyer raised to 1,600,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] and John Cynn called from the small blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"]. Alex Lynskey moved all in for 11,525,000 from the big blind with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Dyer folded but Cynn called. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] kept Lynskey in front but gave Cynn four extra outs with a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="td"] turn gave Cynn more outs to make a two overpair. The river was the [poker card="jc"] completing the straight draw and sending Lynskey out in seventh place. The English-born, Australian poker pro managed to win exactly zero of the 47 hands that he was dealt into at the final table. “It was a fantastic run. I can’t really complain. I came in middle of the pack and laddered a couple of spots and lost a flip. I was pretty card dead on the final table, there’s not much I could have done,” said Lynskey. “I was dealt 10-2 off every hand for like two hours and then had to raise-fold ace-queen and he said had ace-king and then got dealt sixes the next hand.” The final six players will return to action on Friday at 5:30 pm PT with ESPN broadcasting from 6:00 pm PT. The current Friday schedule calls for play to run until just three players remain. Final Table Chip Counts Michael Dyer - 156,500,000 Nicolas Manion - 72,250,000 John Cynn - 61,550,000 Tony Miles - 57,500,000 Joe Cada - 29,275,000 Aram Zobian - 16,700,000
  9. The long days of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event don't bother Roger Lussier in the least. The father of two from Long Island, New York works long days in his day job. Err, day jobs. Lussier, who started Day 6 of the Main Event sitting almost right in the middle of the chip counts, hosts a morning rock show on Long Island, an afternoon talk show in Tampa, Florida and on weekends he's the public address announcer at New York Islanders games. "I'm a bit busy but I squeeze in poker a lot," said Lussier. He used to play more poker, but those three gigs, plus some commercial work he does on the side, makes traveling for big tournaments nearly impossible. "They all start during the week. I don't know why, so I just play the Saturday tournaments. But I play locally at home all the time," said Lussier. He's playing in the Main Event after winning his way in through a local league that sent three players to Vegas this year. "We had 24 guys play. So I've got 75% of myself. It's just been great," said Lussier. "I had vacation points to use anyways, so I've been off the whole time." He played the Main Event back in 2014 and made it to Day 2 before busting on the final hand of the night. That experience helped him set some goals for this year. He didn't want to embarrass himself on Day 1. He wanted to survive Day 2. And lastly, he wanted to cash. All of that has been accomplished and now he's hoping to continue the grind to wherever it takes him. "Every day I wake up and I can't believe I'm doing this again. So Day 6 is crazy," said Lussier. "It's an unbelievably different feeling. I've never had this feeling, I've done a lot of cool stuff in my life, but this is really cool." Every night, Lussier has managed to bag up more chips than he started the day with. It gives the illusion of a smooth, easy ride into the top 1% of the 7,874-player field, but Lussier insists that's not even close to the truth. "I've had some bumps. I had a big one (Sunday), that was my biggest one. I put in 700,000 chip with ace-queen. I don't know what I was doing, but I made a mental error and gave up 700,000 chips. It kills me to this minute," said Lussier, of the hand where he and another player flopped top pair against Alex Lynskey's flopped middle set. "Everything goes in waves and there have been explosions, just wait for the cards - they come. The situations, just find the holes in peoples play. It's all there." The other players from the league in Long Island are all following along from home. The players each have a 1.8% piece of whatever Lussier wins. Rather than allow himself to be distracted by incoming texts and social media updates to his listeners back home, Lussier has delegated those duties elsewhere. "I have a buddy of mine actually handling all of that, all of the communications with everybody. So I just send him my updates and he sends it to everybody. On breaks, I handle two twitter accounts and Facebook," said Lussier. "My wife handles everything, I've got another guy handling stuff. It's unbelievable. I've got a five-person team that's making sure that all I have to think about is this." Running into the Amazon Room for this morning's 11 am start time, Lussier fired a quick message to his radio show partners. "I said, 'I hope you guys see the irony in that I'm running into a room at 10:56' - which is the time that our Tampa show starts, we're on at 11 am every day - 'for a whole different reason'. They all laughed because they all get it, we're all rushing in to get on the air on time."  
  10. Backward cap. Hoodie. Backpack. Trey Harrell ticks off a lot of the boxes on the 21-year-old poker player list. Harrell qualified for the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event by playing in the Tampa Bay Elite Poker League all Spring. "It was a 20-week league and the top four out of 30 got seats. I got in like that, which is good. Provides an opportunity for people like me to play," said Trey. "I was excited the whole way once I won the seat. I don't feel nervous at all, I still don't feel very nervous but maybe as it gets deeper." The University of South Florida business major was one of the record 4,571 players who played on Day 1C and one of the 3,470 who survived to play Day 2C. While most players might be nervous playing their first Main Event, Trey found the level of play to be similar to what he was used to. "I didn't think my first two tables were maybe a little bit tougher but comparable to the league. I didn't think the league was particularly tough," said Trey, who noticed a difference through one level on Friday. "My table now is pretty tough. I looked up their Hendon Mob and they have some serious scores" Trey, who turned 21 in April, wasn't the only one from his family to play the Main Event this year. His mom, Marie Harrell, played Day 1B and busted halfway through Day 2AB. She also played last year, making it to the dinner break on Day 3 but ultimately falling short of cashing. She's not at all surprised that her son picked up the game. "I play just recreationally, but in second grade he was a state chess champion and so he's a gamer by nature. Family game night was boring because he would win every game," joked Marie. "He's just a natural strategy kid. I always knew one day he would take to poker." For the younger Harrell, poker was a landing spot after recognizing that the opportunities to play chess at a high level while making some money along the way weren't great. "I was always conscious of (poker) because my mom liked to play. I liked to play a lot of chess and I think most people who play chess realize there's not too much as they get older with it to do and graduate to poker. It's pretty natural," said Trey. He's currently studying business the University of South Florida in Tampa, but like a lot of kids in their third year of college, isn't quite sure what direction he wants to go once he graduates. Or if he graduates. "If this is a successful week, he might say 'I'm gonna do this'. He can always go back to college, too," said Marie. Trey believes the likelihood he goes that direction is highly unlikely, unless of course, he finds himself staring a seven-figure score in the face next weekend. "I'm pretty calculated as a person. If I final tabled, for example, then I'd certainly consider it, but if I didn't I'd be realistic and probably continue to finish my degree," said Trey. As for any sort of simmering family rivarly between the two, Trey says it doesn't exist. "I think she would tell you herself pretty quick that she thinks I'm better. I study a lot. No last longer though - she owns enough of me," joked Trey.
  11. Before the 2018 World Series of Poker began, Matthew Hunt, who has $1.6 million in online tournament earnings, had a live tournament resume which read more like that of an eighth-grade math teacher than of somebody who would be a threat to win a WSOP bracelet. One previous WSOP cash, in the $565 buy-in Colossus in 2016, was the standout alongside some €20 - €100 buy-in events. Nothing that would have given any indication that he was about to have a breakout summer. "(This summer) has been fantastic. I've played events here and there the last couple of summers. I've been here, but haven't been able to play a full schedule," said Hunt. "This year I've been going pretty hard at it, playing a lot of events and it's been going pretty well so far. So I'm loving it." This summer he's picked up seven cashes, three of them in WSOP events including a runner-up finish in a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event. Being able to play more events this summer over year's past is the result of some of the work he's done with one of the top coaching groups around - as a coach. "I've been doing a lot of work with the Solve For Why Academy guys lately. Through that, one of the things that came out of it was Matt Berkey and I talked about a staking arrangement for some WSOP events this summer," said Hunt. "So Berkey and Nick Howard, who I've also been working with a lot, are taking a big piece of my action in a lot of these events and that's enabled me to play a lot of stuff I wouldn't otherwise have been able to play." Most players talk about their first WSOP final table with a bit of romanticism. Thanks to the 30-minute levels though, Hunt's deep run was more like a one-night stand. "It was going so fast that I didn't even really have time to digest what was going on a lot of the time," said Hunt. "At the final table itself, we went from six-handed to a winner in 13 hands. It was really fast and furious. Certainly looking back on it I can appreciate what a great experience it was, but when I was in the moment I just had to focus because there was always something going on." Once he had a minute to get over the fact that he was as close to a WSOP bracelet as you can possibly get without actually winning it, Hunt recognized that all the effort he's put in over the last few years has started to show. "It's a lot of validation for all the hard work I've put in, definitely. I've felt for a long time that I have been really sort of banging on the door of asserting myself and making some big scores," said Hunt. "But this summer I'm feeling more confident than I ever have in my game and I'm playing really well and thankfully the scores are coming in. So it's definitely a big step forward for me in my career and I'm looking forward to riding this momentum as long as I can." Ever the grinder, Hunt woke up the day after that event and headed right back to the Rio to get back to work. Turns out that maybe a day off was in order. "I was scheduled to play the Monster Stack that day so I just got up and went to play again and I'm not sure I played that great in the Monster Stack. I'm not sure if it was just tiredness or I wasn't too focused or what, but it was strange," said Hunt. "I kind of told myself I could get back on it and keep going and ride the momentum. Looking back on it I probably should have taken a day off." Hunt's hope of turning some momentum into a deep Main Event run didn't quite pan out. He busted Day 1A for the second consecutive year, but that doesn't mean he's done chasing a bracelet.
  12. It’s finally here! After more than a month of awesome action and anticipation, the $10,000 Main Event is upon us at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Monday saw Day 1A kick off, but it also saw some other events begin to wind down. It’ll by no means be a quiet end to the PLO Giant, Crazy Eights, or $10K Stud 8 though, as they all have big names still remaining. Here’s all the news from July 2. $10,000 Main Event Kicks Off, Defending Champ Blumstein Out Well, one thing’s for sure right off the bat: we’re going to see a new champion this year. It was always going to be a super long shot that Scott Blumstein could go back-to-back (like, super long), but his elimination today means a new Main Event champ will be crowned in 13 days. The day saw 925 runners take their seats, and when all was said and done after five two-hour levels just 661 remained. Timothy Lau bagged up the chip lead, spinning his 50,000 starting up to 338,700 by the time the bags were brought out. He’s joined at the top by fellow American Truyen Nguyen with 324,800, and the UK’s Chris Fraser with 316,100. Matt Berkey had a good opening day, ending with 185,600, just behind Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau with 186,300. Alexandru Papazian (147,100), Gordon Vayo (87,100), former Main Event champions Joe Hachem (84,700), Scotty Nguyen (84,400) and Joe McKeehen (36,200), as well as Erik Seidel (72,100) will all be back for Day 2. Alas, Blumstein won’t. He check-called all the way on a low board with pocket tens, only for Brian Yoon to hit running spades giving him the nut flush. He wasn’t the only former Main Event winner to bust though, with Qui Nguyen and Jerry Yang also hitting the rail, alongside the likes of Brian Rast, Christopher Andler, Felipe Ramos, Stephen Chidwick, Chance Kornuth, former football star Richard Seymour and Jonathan Little. Seymour repped the celebrity world away from the felt, and was joined by actor Kevin Pollak (71,300) and comedian Ray Romano (61,100). WSOP commentator David Tuchman (111,000) also advanced. Attention now turns to setting up for Day 1B tomorrow, which kicks off at 11am. Check back with PocketFives tomorrow for all the latest on that one. Top 10 Day 1A Stacks: Timothy Lau - 338,700 Truyen Nguyen - 324,800 Chris Fraser - 316,100 David McCaw - 220,400 John Vossoughi - 220,300 Matthew Davidow - 216,600 Frank Crivello - 215,000 Casey McCarrel - 206,200 Eric Hicks - 204,000 Tristan Bain - 193,200 Mizrachi Headlines PLO Giant Finale, Seeks 2nd Bracelet of Summer Whether the buy-in is $50K or $365, it doesn’t seem to stop Michael Mizrachi from playing his best. The Grinder ended Day 2 in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha fifth in chips out of the remaining nine, and will therefore headline Tuesday’s final table. Mizrachi came into the day as chip leader, and added to his big stack early in the day. He’d end with 10,150,000, putting him in the middle of the pack. It’s Srinivas Balasubramanian who holds a big chip lead though. His 18,325,000 is comfortably out in front of his closest competitor, Robert Cicchelli with 11,055,000. All players are now guaranteed $10,25, but there’s $116,015 up top for the winner. Can Mizrachi win his fifth bracelet and second of the summer? We’ll find out tomorrow when play resumes on the final table at 2pm. Final Table Stacks: Srinivas Balasubramanian - 18,325,000 Robert Cicchelli - 11,055,000 Pete Arroyos - 10,550,000 Tim Andrew - 10,425,000 Michael Mizrachi - 10,150,000 Kevin Nomberto - 7,700,000 James Sievers - 5,450,000 Sandeep Pulusani - 4,375,000 Raymond Walton - 3,075,000 Moorman Among Final 29 in Crazy Eights There was another big name headlining the 29 survivors over in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ended Day 2 bagging chips, and will return tomorrow with 2,620,000. It’s Galen ‘Turk Malloy’ Hall who chip leads overnight though, ending the day with 6,595,000. He’s followed by Paul ‘pvas2’ Vas Nunes with 6,410,000, Hunter Frey with 5,730,000, and Men Nguyen with 3,350,000. There were a bunch of notable bust-outs today, including Martin Jacobson, Jeff Madsen, Eric Baldwin, Jeremy Ausmus, Mike Leah, and Ryan Riess. Day 3 begins at 2pm with blinds at 30K/60K. There’s $888,888 up top, and they’re all guaranteed $22,292 right now. Top 10 Stacks: Galen Hall - 6,595,000 Paul Vas Nunes - 6,410,000 Hunter Frey - 5,730,000 Men Nguyen - 3,350,000 Arthur Conan - 3,140,000 Alexandre Novaes - 2,835,000 Franz-Xaver Ditz - 2,745,000 Eduards Kudrjavcevs - 2,730,000 Chris Moorman - 2,620,000 Michael Barlow - 2,600,000 Vitch Leads Again With 14 Left in $10K Stud8 Defending champion Chris Vitch is once again the overnight chip leader in Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. He’s putting up an incredible title defence, and leads the 14 Day 2 survivors with a 1,014,000 stack. Other notables through to tomorrow include Scott Bohlman (883,000), Bryce Yockey (539,000), and Ken Aldridge (538,000), Andrew Kelsall (506,000), Jesse Martin (506,000), Tom Koral (392,000), and Mike Watson (348,000). Vitch won $320,193 for his win in this one last year, and if he can take it down again he’ll bank more than that, with $364,387 up top. A few notables who cashed in this one today include Andrew Yeh (22nd - $14,739), Tim Finne (21st - $14,739), Daniel Negreanu (20th - $14,739), Yuval Bronshtein (19th - $14,739), Jose Paz-Gutierrez (18th - $14,739), Tim Marsters (17th - $14,739), and Richard Sklar (16th - $16,439). The same can’t be said for Benny Glaser, Adam Friedman, Shirley Rosario, Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, and bubble boy Chris Klodnicki, who all busted prior to the money. Final 14 Stacks: Chris Vitch - 1,014,000 Scott Bohlman - 883,000 Bryce Yockey - 539,000 Ken Aldridge - 538,000 Andrew Kelsall - 506,000 Jesse Martin - 506,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 418,000 Tom Koral - 392,000 Mike Watson - 348,000 Jack Duong - 343,000 Jerry Wong - 340,000 Andrew Rennhack - 338,000 Daham Wang - 284,000 Joseph Michael - 250,000 Roland Israelashvili - 231,000
  13. We left you with a bit of a cliffhanger yesterday, as a former PocketFives no.1 player was heads-up for his second bracelet. The two players returned on Saturday to finish things off, and in just five hands Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had secured the jewellery. Saturday was an action-packed day at the 2018 World Series of Poker, both in and outside of the Rio. Two online bracelet winners were crowned, as well as the champion of the Ladies Event. Here’s all the info from June 30. Anderson Finishes The Job, Wins $10K Razz Championship When we last spoke, we told you that Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had a huge chip lead against three-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. The two had paused play at the end of Friday night, and when they resumed action on Saturday the whole thing was over in just five hands. In the last hand, Kassela had a ten-low draw while Anderson, who was already ahead in the hand, had a seven-low draw. He peeled over a five to complete a seven-five, and Kassela could only muck. Anderson reflected on his success in his winner’s interview, telling WSOP reporters: "I spend a lot of time studying the Law of Attraction and a lot of other universal and spiritual truths from various people, and basically, I think it's important to keep a positive attitude because then you attract a lot of positive things in your life. “Whenever you do complain and get frustrated, you're losing a lot of power and giving it to someone else. Not only in the game, but anywhere else. Things like this happen all the time, and a big reason why I like poker is because it's so relatable to life in so many areas." Final Table Results: Calvin Anderson - $309,220 Frank Kassela - $191,111 Julien Martini - $134,587 Mike Leah - $96,744 Jerry Wong - $71,014 Alex Balandin - $53,253 John Hennigan - $40,817 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $31,992 Jessica Dawley Takes Down Ladies Event for $130,230 One woman has outlasted 695 others to become a WSOP bracelet winner: Jessica Dawley. She’s banked $130,230 for her efforts over the past three days of play in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship. [caption id="attachment_619773" align="aligncenter" width="579"] Jessica Dawley Becomes a Bracelet Winner[/caption] Jill Pike led the final table coming into play on Saturday, and she would ultimately meet Dawley heads-up. Pike had doubled up Dawley early on in the finale, and Dawley took those chips and used them to eliminate Tara Cain in sixth. Pike still held the chip lead though, but when things got three-handed Dawley went on a run that saw her collect 50% of the chips in play. Lisa Fong then crashed out in third, running her ace-six into Dawley’s pocket kings, before a short, four-hand heads-up battle ended when Pike shoved five big blinds with king-four and was called by eight-five suited. A five on the flop was all it took to end it. ''I can't even put into words," Dawley said after securing victory. "It has not hit me yet. I kept picturing myself as I was sitting here, I kept looking at these boxes of everyone in their bracelet photos, and I honestly kept trying to get my head straight with that. Looking at those pictures, I was like: 'I just really hope that that's me at the end of the day'. I'm just really happy. It's been a grind for the past ten years so I'm happy to have something to kind of commemorate that.” Final Table Results: Jessica Dawley - $130,230 Jill Pike - $80,444 Lisa Fong - $55,812 Mesha James - $39,334 Jacqueline Burkhart - $28,167 Tara Cain - $20,499 Weiyi Mo - $15,167 Molly Mossey - $11,411 Tara Snow - $8,732 Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth and Ryan Tosoc Win Online Bracelets The first online bracelet event to end on Saturday actually began on Friday, continuing into the early hours of the morning. Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship finally ended with Ryan ‘Toosick' Tosoc holding all the virtual chips, winning $238,778 in the process. Tosoc outlasted 1,635 entries to win his first bracelet, defeating Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio heads-up. Final Table Results: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc - $238,778 Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $175,206 Joel 'AjaWilson22' Feldman - $124,570 James '5.56cal.' Robinson - $89,777 Justin 'lappypoker' Lapka - $65,391 Markus 'thegreatrise' Gonsalves - $48,306 Russell 'AntonChigurh' Powers - $36,190 Aurelian 'Winamax' Guiglini - $27,337 Aditya 'pokerpop76' Sushant - $20,968 Later on Saturday, Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller kicked off, attracting 480 entries. When all was said and done, it was Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth who took it down for his second bracelet and $341,598. https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1013364416853655553 The entire tournament was wrapped up in just 12 hours, with ‘bewater' finishing runner-up. Final Table Results: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth - $341,598 'bewater' - $212,021 'poker.' - $144,168 'ThePunter' - $99,809 'flcrivello' - $70,625 'ReadyGambo' - $50,926 'kingfortune' - $37,355 'LobyPewis' - $28,016 'petechen' - $21,596 THE GIANT Reaches Final Table They’re down to just nine in Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, as the massive 8,920 field has been whittled down over six days of play (five starting flights, and Saturday’s Day 2). Only 527 players returned today, with Alexander Lakhov holding the chip lead. He’d manage to ride that stack to the finale, coming in third in chips (38.3 million). However, it’s Renato Kaneoya (56.1 million) and Luis Vasquez (42.7 million) who top the counts. All nine are guaranteed $24,353 when play kicks off at 2pm Sunday, but there’s $250,000 up top, plus the bracelet and the glory. Final Table Stacks: Renato Kaneoya - 56,100,000 Luis Vazquez - 42,700,000 Alexander Lakhov - 38,300,000 Kevin Rines - 21,500,000 Jeremy Perrin - 19,000,000 Daniel Fuhs - 18,300,000 Svetlozar Nestorov - 13,100,000 Lawrence Chan - 7,900,000 Matthew Smith - 7,100,000 John-Robert Bellande Tops Final Six in $5K 6-Max Could this be the one in which ‘JRB’ wins his first WSOP bracelet? Things are certainly set up perfectly for John-Robert Bellande, as he holds the lead in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed with a final table set. Bellande has almost double his closest competitor, with 5.05 million to Dean Lyall’s 2.7 million. JRB has never managed to secure a bracelet despite racking up $2.2 million in WSOP career cashes. Throughout the day we lost 21 players, including the likes of Greg Merson (19th - $21,018), Jimmy Guerrero (12th Place - $34,545), Dave Stefanski (11th Place - $34,545), Arsenii Karmatakii (10th Place - $45,764), Sergio Aido (9th Place - $45,764), James Mackey (8th Place - $61,931), and Arthur Morris (7th Place - $61,931). A sixth-place finish is worth $85,570, but there’s $616,302 up top when action resumes at 2pm Sunday. Final Table Stacks: Jean-Robert Bellande - 5,050,000 Dean Lyall - 2,700,000 Kacper Pyzara - 2,605,000 Andrew Graham - 2,430,000 Tay Nguyen - 1,485,000 Eric Blair - 1,310,000 Day 2 Done in $10K PLO 8 Championship Michael McKenna has ended Day 2 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship as chip leader, with just 24 players remaining. McKenna, eyeing up his second final table of the summer, bagged up 1,048,000 and is the only player above a million. He’s followed by Ali Abduljabbar with 804,000, and Michael Abecassis with 699,000. There were plenty of casualties throughout the day, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Allen Kessler, Brian Rast, Ben Yu, Robert Mizrachi, Jesse Martin, Rep Porter, and defending champion Bryce Yockey. A few notables who went deep and cashed include Nick Schulman (35th for $15,000), Andrew Kelsall (34th for $15,000), Ryan Laplante (32nd for $16,494) and Ian O'Hara (29th for $16,494). There are still plenty of big names in the hand for this one, with Nathan Gamble (640,000), Jim Collopy (582,000), Cliff Josephy (480,000), Randy Ohel, (476,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (417,000), Chris Ferguson (344,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (319,000), Phil Galfond (308,000) and Eli Elezra (146,000) all returning tomorrow. Play gets going again at 2pm, with $567,788 awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Michael McKenna - 1,048,000 Ali Abduljabbar - 804,000 Michel Abecassis - 699,000 Benjamin Eilers - 686,000 Chris Lee - 673,000 Nathan Gamble - 640,000 Chase Steely - 633,000 Chad Power - 628,000 Andreas Klatt - 628,000 Jim Collopy - 582,000 Crazy Eights $888 Event Down to 90 After Day 1 Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed got a big turnout Saturday, with 1,908 players taking part over two starting flights, all hoping to win the guaranteed $888,888 first-place prize. After 24 levels of play, that field is down to just 90, and it’s Christian Liel who tops them all with 793,000. A few notables to advance include Nissar Quraishi (377,000), Jiri Horak (199,000), Mike Leah (155,000), Shai Zurr (87,000), and Galen Hall (64,000). It wasn’t such a good day for Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Joseph Cheong, Shaun Deeb, Faraz Jaka, Alex Foxen, and DJ MacKinnon, as they all hit the rail. There will be two other starting flights tomorrow, starting at 10am and 5pm. Top 10 Stacks: Christian Liel - 793,000 DID NOT REPORT - 685,000 Matthew Schreiber - 662,000 Troy Southerland - 519,000 Vismantas Marijosius - 433,000 Jed Hoffman - 378,000 Nissar Quraishi - 377,000 Chad Mizner - 356,000 Brett Apter - 356,000 Orestis Kanakopoulos - 348,000
  14. Four people won bracelets on Friday at the 2018 World Series of Poker, despite the fact that only three events ended. That’s because one winner was a tag team who’ll now split the first place prize. We also saw a former PocketFives #1 player end the day with a big heads-up chip lead, the Ladies Event reach a final table, and a whole lot more. Here’s all the news from June 29. Calvin Anderson Heads-Up Versus Frank Kassela in $10K Razz Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship resumed Friday with 13 players, and it was meant to play down to a winner that night. However, upon hitting the early morning hours, Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson and Frank Kassela paused play and will now return on Saturday to play it out. Former PocketFives no.1 player Anderson holds more than a 3:1 chip lead overnight, with 4,585,000 to Kassela’s 1,370,000. They’re both guaranteed $191,111, while the winner will pick up $309,220. If Anderson can finish the job Saturday, he’ll win his second bracelet, denying Kassela his fourth. Before the final table today, we lost Allen Kessler (9th - $25,664), Ismael Bojang (10th - $25,664), Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe (11th - $21,059), Eric Rodawig (12th - $21,059) and Ted Forrest (13th - $17,706). From there, Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich went out in eighth ($31,992), followed by POY candidate John Hennigan ($40,817). Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah finished fourth for $96,744. Heads-up resumes at 2pm Saturday. Bracelet #3 for Portugal as Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes Diogo Veiga has become only the third Portuguese player to win a bracelet, having taken down Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a massive $522,715 score. He had a huge rail cheering him on throughout the final table, which resumed today with just four players remaining. Barry Hutter returned with the chip lead, while Veiga came in second in chips. Those two would end up heads-up against each other, with Hutter holding a significant chip lead. Veiga then flopped the nut straight and got it in versus a flush draw, managing to hold. From there Veiga took control, and in the end Hutter shoved with ace-ten off for 18 big blinds. Veiga woke up with king-ten suited and called, going on to spike a king on the flop which held. “[The rail] called for that king on the flop way more than me!” said Veiga afterwards. “The last hand is definitely on them... The other ones are on me!” “It feels amazing. I can’t believe it yet,” he added. “The adrenalin is still too high. I can’t say much more than that, I’m just super happy.” Final Table Results: Diogo Veiga - $522,715 Barry Hutter - $323,019 Radoslav Stoyanov - $228,241 Jonathan Abdellatif - $163,404 Tom McCormick - $118,552 David Yan - $87,179 Anna Antimony - $64,991 Cathal Shine - $49,126 Todd Ivens - $37,660 Pantaleo and Luther Win Tag Team for $175,805 More than a thousand teams tried, but only one succeeded after three days of play in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em. The two-player team of Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther emerged victorious, and they’ll each take home a bracelet whilst splitting the $175,805 first-place prize. On how they came together, Luther said: ”I just randomly hit him up on Twitter, I said we should be the teams, we met once last year, and we didn't know each other well but, now we know each other well." Their partnership saw Luther tagging in and out whilst also playing in the $3K NLHE event (which she’d finish 17th in). They eventually found themselves heads-up against the team made up of Kazuki Ikeuchi, Hiroki Iwata, and Sho Mori, and were able to clinch victory when Pantaleo shoved with deuces and Iwata called with ace-nine suited. An ace hit the flop, but a deuce arrived on the river to end it all. Final Table Results: Giuseppe Pantaleo - Nikita Luther - $175,805 Kazuki Ikeuchi - Hiroki Iwata - Sho Mori - $108,608 Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand - $76,797 Alex Rocha - Megan Milburn - Joanne Milburn - $55,016 Gabriel Neto - Carlos Caputo - $39,936 Adam Lamphere - Ao Chen - Yijie Zhang - $29,380 Salah Levy - Frank Mariani - Cord Garcia - $21,910 Bon Koo - Bienvenido Caballero - $16,565 Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin - $12,700 Mike Takayama Takes Down Super Turbo Bounty The third bracelet of the day went to Mike Takayama from the Philippines, who took down the speedy one-day Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty for his first bracelet and $198,568. [caption id="attachment_619761" align="aligncenter" width="713"] Bracelet #1 for Mike Takayama[/caption] The fact this only took one day of play is pretty crazy when you think that 1,400 people took a shot at the beginning. That number had increased to 2,065 runners by the time registration closed, and a few notables who went deep and cashed included Shaun Deeb (172nd - $1,214), Michael Moore (24th - $6,275), Pablo Mariz (32nd - $5,103), Jake Bazeley (33rd - $5,103), Jaspal Brar (48th - $3,490), Jordan Polk (71st - $2,497), Greg Raymer (120th - $1,471), and Taylor Wilson(122nd - $1,471). By the time they reached a final table, Takayama was applying some heavy pressure, continuously putting his opponents to the test. He’d bust the first four players from the finale, eventually reaching heads-up play against Lorenc Puka. The duel didn’t take long, with Takayama’s king-jack off beating Puka’s ace-four suited in an all-in-pre hand to win. "I'm very happy with how I played and it is everyone's dream to win a bracelet,” Takayama said after his win. Final Table Results: Mike Takayama - $198,568 Lorenc Puka - $122,627 Matthew Smith - $88,938 Steve Jelinek - $65,145 Spencer Baker - $48,196 Kavish Shabbir - $36,019 Elizabeth Montizanti - $27,193 Jack Duong - $20,743 Oliver Rusing - $15,988 Final Table Set in $1,000 Ladies Event The 696-strong field in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship is down to just ten after two days and 20 levels of play. That means it’s final table time tomorrow. Leading the finale will be Jill Pike, who went on a rush in the last level to bag up 651,000. She’s followed by Jessica Dawley (612,000), Weiyi Mo (469,000), and Tara Cain (446,000). Rounding out the final table are Tara Snow (431,000), Danielle Andersen (226,000), Lisa Fong (209,000), Jacqueline Burkhart (191,000), Mesha James (127,000), Molly Mossey (126,000). They’ve all locked up $6,799 for tenth, but there’s a far more attractive prize awaiting the winner: $130,230 and the bracelet. Whoever wins it will be taking home their first piece of WSOP jewellery. Throughout the day we lost a bunch of notables, all of whom made the money. Melanie Weisner (70th - $1,782), bracelet winner Cyndy Violette (47th - $2,219), Mina Greco (35th - $2,991), Natasha Mercier (34th - $2,991), Gaelle Baumann (31st - $2,991), and Kristy Arnett (28th - $2,991) all hit the rail deep. Action resumes at 12pm Saturday, with blinds at 4K/8K. Final Table Stacks: Jill Pike - 651,000 Jessica Dawley - 612,000 Weiyi Mo - 469,000 Tara Cain - 446,000 Tara Snow - 431,000 Danielle Andersen - 226,000 Lisa Fong - 209,000 Jacqueline Burkhart - 191,000 Mesha James - 127,000 Molly Mossey - 126,000 $5K 6-Max Down to 27 Another ten levels of action played out today in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, whittling down the 621 field further, leaving just 26 of the 203 Day 2 players still in contention. Andrew Graham tops them all with 1,403,000, surging up the counts when he won a huge pot from Anthony Spinella late in the day (kings over jacks). Following Graham is Eric Blair (1,280,000), Dave Stefanski (1,150,000) and Justin Adams (1,113,000). Other notables still in with a shot include James Mackey (787,000), Sergio Aido (744,000) Main Event Champion Greg Merson (584,000), John-Robert Bellande (440,000), Martin Finger (304,000), and Sylvain Loosli (288,000). We lost plenty of familiar faces throughout Friday’s play, including Martin Jacobson, Ryan Riess, Jake Schindler, Michael Gathy, Bryn Kenney, Scott Seiver, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Robert Mizrachi, Asi Moshe, Ryan Leng, Bart Lybaert and Felix Bleiker. Day 3 gets going at 2pm Saturday. They’re all in the money now with $16,958 locked up, but let’s face it: that’s nothing compared with the $616,302 first prize. Top 10 Stacks: Andrew Graham - 1,403,000 Eric Blair - 1,280,000 Dave Stefanski - 1,150,000 Justin Adams - 1,113,000 Tay Nguyen - 871,000 James Mackey - 787,000 Sergio Aido - 744,000 Arthur Morris - 683,000 Arsenii Karmatakii - 671,000 Seth Akash - 611,000 Gamble Leads Yet Another Event It feels like everyday we’re telling you that Nathan Gamble is chip leading a tournament. He’s only gone and done it again, bagging up the lead after Day 1 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Gamble’s 312,800 tops the 125 survivors out of the 218 total field. Joining him at the top of the counts are Jason Berilgen with 265,000, Chad Power with 247,000, and former PocketFives #1 player Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao with 226,800. Cliff Josephy, Scott Bohlman, Ryan Laplante, Eli Elezra, and Ari Engel also bagged up top ten stacks, while Eric Kurtzman (123,000), Carol Fuchs(112,100), Randy Ohel (97,3000, Daniel Negreanu (92,900), Jesse Martin (50,100), and Phil Hellmuth (25,400) are just a few of the other players advancing. The same can’t be said for the likes of Kyle Miaso, Adam Owen, Phil Hui, Darryll Fish, Matt Glantz, Daniel Ospina, Dylan Linde, John Hennigan, David Benyamine, and Kate Hoang who all hit the rail. Things get going again at 2pm Saturday, with registration still open until the start of play. Top 10 Stacks: Nathan Gamble - 312,800 Jason Berilgen - 265,000 Chad Power - 247,000 Joao Simao - 226,800 Cliff Josephy - 226,000 Scott Bohlman - 184,200 Eoghan O'Dea - 166,500 Ryan Laplante - 165,700 Eli Elezra - 155,000 Ari Engel - 153,400 Day 1E of GIANT NLHE In The Books A whopping 4,347 players took a seat today in Day 1e of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, and after 21 levels 378 of them will advance to Day 2. Alexander Lakhov bagged the chip lead, while the likes of Barry Greenstein, Chris Moneymaker, Jeff Gross and Greg Raymer failed to advance. Day 2 begins tomorrow at 2pm, combining all survivors from all five day starting flights. Top 10 Day 1E Stacks: Alexander Lakhov - 1,720,000 Thai Ha - 1,180,000 Tuan Nguyen - 975,000 Sandy Friedman - 830,000 Kai Munster - 675,000 Jonathan Dwek - 650,000 Jonathan Delmundo - 613,000 Rees Scruggs - 550,000 Daniel Herschman - 504,000 Steven Wolansky - 455,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 30) We’ll be able to bring you the winner of Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship tomorrow, as that one was still playing at the time of publishing. But what else is happening on Saturday? Well, at 11am you’ve got Day 1A of Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed, which comes with $888,888 guaranteed for first place. Day 1B begins at 5pm. Then at 3:30pm, action moves back online for Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. Expect to see many players grinding both live and online tomorrow.
  15. The Venetian leads the charge for another week outside of the Rio for large fields and mega prize pools. The latest recipient of a six-figure score in the DeepStack Championship Poker Series is Michael Soyza. The Malaysian defeated 2,877 entrants in the Mid-States Poker Tour $1,600 buy-in $3 million guarantee to collect $588,249. Another Multi-Million Guarantee Crushed Soyza won a live-streamed final table in a Day 3 that lasted for 15 hours. 2018 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic runner-up Ryan Yu held the lead coming into Day 3 and bowed out in ninth place for $62,143. Another Season XVI runner-up reached the final table in Paul Fisher, who took fifth at WPT Choctaw. Fisher was the first player eliminated from the final table. A few others who had their hole cards shown on camera where WSOP Circuit ring winner Peter Vitantonio, past MSPT Main Event champ Rich Aslup, and eventual runner-up Jeremy Saderne. The $800 8-Max $800,000 guarantee hit an overlay snag and drew a crowd of 881. Arunas Sapitavicius emerged to win $133,609 in a heads up deal with Manuel Ruivo, who took home $130,391. MSPT hosts one more Main Event at The Venetian this summer. The $3,500 tournament carries a hefty guarantee of $3.5 million and finishes on June 30 at a live stream final table. Single-Day Prizes at the Wynn The Wynn resumed their familiar schedule of one-day events and produced a few more quality winners. Antoine Saout added a second trophy to his summer collection for winning The $1,100 $200,000 guarantee on June 23 outright for $87,089. On June 2, Saout won the $600 $500,000 SuperStack at The Venetian to ship $137,504. Joining Saout in the Wynners Circle are Gerald Ringe, who earned $45,808 in the June 25 $500 $100,000 guarantee and Justin Brach. Ringe's title compliments his 2015 bracelet for conquering the $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo tournament. Brach finished on top of Joe Kuether in the June 24 $1,100 $200,000 guarantee and cashed out for $92,079. The next multi-day event at the Wynn starts on June 26 with another $1,100 $1 million guarantee with three starting flights. When the Wynn put a seven-figure guarantee on the board two weeks ago, 2,427 entrants participated to set a record for the largest field at the property. WPT ARIA 500 Underway The 'Main Event' of the ARIA Poker Classic kicked off this week with the multi-flight WPT500. The $1 million guarantee is expected to draw over 2,500 runners during the nine starting flights before Day 2 opens on July 2.
  16. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This final edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Shaun Deeb Bracelets: 2 Cashes: 16 Earnings: $2,461,395 Of the 55 players who have sat atop of the PocketFives Rankings over the past 13 years, nobody had a better summer than Shaun Deeb. He cashed 16 times including victories in two of the more high profile events on the calendar. His first win came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller where he beat a final table that included David Benyamine, Jason Koon, Scotty Nguyen, and Ben Yu. He followed that up by winning the $10,000 Six Max Championship by beating fellow former #1 Paul Volpe heads-up. Deeb's summer also puts him in pole position to win WSOP Player of the Year. Deeb sits atop the POY leaderboard with a 588.02 point lead over his closest challenger, Ben Yu. The WSOP POY race won't be finalized until after WSOP Europe this fall. Shaun Deeb's 2018 WSOP Results TOURNAMENT PLACE WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 44th $4,723 $565 COLOSSUS 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em (Big Blind Antes) 16th $11,553 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw 19th $3,799 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 10th $111,447 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet 14th $5,460 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 1st $1,402,683 $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em 108th $394 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 172nd $1,214 $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No Limit Hold'em Championship 96th $2,641 $10,000 MAIN EVENT 105th $57,010 $10,000 Six Max Championship (Big Blind Antes) 1st $814,179 $1,500 The Closer 320th $2,763 Paul Volpe Bracelets: 1 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $1,379,499 Paul Volpe became the first former #1 to win three career bracelets, taking down the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship. He picked up seven more cashes including a runner-up finish to Deeb in the $10,000 Six Max Championship. He also made the final table of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event at the start of the series. He was one of just three former #1 players to break the $1 million earnings mark this summer. Fedor Holz Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 2 Earnings: $6,240,265 Fedor Holz played three WSOP events this summer; the $100,000 High Roller, the $50,000 High Roller and the $1 million Big One for One Drop. In true Holz fashion, he cashed in two of them and nearly won his second bracelet. Holz started the WSOP off by finishing ninth in the $100,000 High Roller for $240,265. He then left Las Vegas, returning for the last week to play the $50,000 High Roller, where he failed to cash, and the Big One for One Drop, where he finished runner-up to Justin Bonomo. For his career, Holz has cashed in 12 WSOP events taking home $11,915,808. Calvin Anderson Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $351,725 Calvin Anderson picked up his second career bracelet this summer by winning the $10,000 Razz Championship for $309,220. That was one of 10 cashes Anderson had this summer. His next best result was a 12th place finish in the $10,000 Triple Draw Championship for $19,428. Taylor Paur Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $270,417 Taylor Paur managed eight cashes this summer with the bulk of his winnings coming from the $2,620 Marathon event where his fourth-place finish earned him $210,995. He was also one of the eight former #1-ranked players to pick up a cash in the Main Event, finishing 736th for $19,900. Chris Moorman Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $111,310 One year after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Chris Moorman had a decent summer thanks to 10 cashes. He came close to another bracelet, finishing 23rd in the $888 Crazy Eights event for $27,661. He then capped off his summer by finishing 273rd in the Main Event for $42,980.
  17. The moments immediately after the World Series of Poker Main Event reaches a final table are all kinds chaotic for the nine players who have just become millionaires. ESPN needs some interviews on live television and WSOP executives are giving instructions how the next day will go and photographers are trying to coordinate a group shot and the media on hand are trying to grab quick interviews and the players have to confirm their chip count with the dealer and bag up their chips. It can be, to say the least, overwhelming. On Wednesday night, after all of that madness subsided, after the railbirds had left and the camera crew had turned off the lights on the ESPN mothership, Tony Miles, the last of the nine 2018 final tablists to leave, sat in the five seat while Jenn Gene, a friend of eight years, sat next to him in the six seat. The conversation between the two lasted two, maybe three minutes and ended with a hug. “We just took a moment,” Gene says. Gene met Miles at a poker tournament at Isle Casino at Pompano Beach, Florida. Just a recreational player, Gene ended up seated at the same table as Miles, who was just starting to play professionally at the time. “We just had one of those connections where you just meet someone cool and there's a lot of great people in poker, but when you find someone super special, you just connect,” Gene says. “I came home and told my husband, ‘I met this really great guy tonight’. He said, ‘Invite him over for dinner’. Tony came and grilled with us and here we are eight years later.” Miles remembers that first meeting as well and was taken aback by a random act of kindness from this stranger sitting across the table from him. “She offered me a scarf for my legs because it was so cold in the room,” Miles says. “I’m pretty good at reading people, I knew she was a good person and then she invited me over for dinner and offered to do my laundry and she’s great.” Gene’s kids, age 3 and 5, have also taken to Miles and made him an unofficial member of the family. “My kids call him Uncle Tony,” Gene says. “He's been Facetiming with them. He Facetimed with them tonight and my five-year-old said, ‘Why are you still playing so long?’ He just kind of laughed and said, ‘We'll be home soon. I'll send Mom home.’” Since that day at Pompano, Miles and Gene have shared a lot of moments, some good, some bad. Anybody who has tuned into the ESPN broadcast over the past several days has heard a little bit about the personal struggles Miles has faced. The 32-year-old has beaten drug and alcohol addictions and throughout all of that, Miles’s family and friends stayed by his side and supported the fight, Gene included. “I mean it's a very challenging thing to go through as a friend, especially when you know someone whose heart is as good as his is and what an incredible person he is. And just to see him struggle is challenging,” Gene admits. “It's really hard to show someone your core and be okay with it, but his core is so good that he just needed to see that in himself. He needed to be reminded and I'm lucky that he was surrounded by a great family and some really awesome friends that stuck by him through that and knew that it was just a period and that he would beat it.” Gene made her way out to Las Vegas after a phone call with Miles on Monday night. Miles, who was one of 25 qualifiers that bestbet Jacksonville sent to the Main Event this year, told her that he had a feeling that he was about to go on a really deep run and he asked her if there was any way she could come and support him from the rail. Gene didn’t think she’d be able to pull it off with two young kids at home and a full-time job. “The next day my husband said, ‘You're leaving today, Tony needs you there. Get on the plane’,” Gene says. She flew out and joined Miles’ rail along with his mom, step-dad, brother, and grandparents. At that point, there was still over 100 players in the Main Event and while that might seem like it’s close to the end, it’s actually just the halfway point of the 10-day tournament. The final table was still days away but Miles realized he was playing well and wanted those closest to him to be there. “I think it was just a feeling that I was just kind of seeing things in a different light. I had a broader perspective when I was playing hands with my strategy. So that feeling was just a feeling of confidence,” Miles says. After arriving in Las Vegas, Gene understood what Miles meant about that feeling he had, but it had less to do with any strategic adjustments he was making and more to do with the attitude and the manner in which he approached every day. “His skill isn't what's got him here. I'm happy putting that in writing because it's true. I think it's his heart. I think it's his determination, his courage, his strength,” Gene says. “He's playing from a place of gratitude. He's playing from a place of, ‘I'm blessed just to be here another day. I'm thankful to be here. I am appreciative of these amazing players around me’. I mean who says that at the final table?” This isn’t the first time Gene has been in Las Vegas supporting Miles during the WSOP. She was in town last year and a quick search for Miles’ 2017 results shows no tournament success. He took the time after the summer wrapped up to take a vacation and once he got back, Gene saw that the trip gave him new energy and maybe a different perspective. “He had gone through a tough period and he went on this incredible trip to Australia and had some really cool life moments and I remember having a conversation with him like ‘This is it. Things have changed. This is it, this is the year’,” Gene says. “I don't think either of us knew what that meant poker-wise, I think it was just ‘Wow, look where we've been, look where we're going, put the past behind us, and take everything one day at a time.” Miles took the chip lead on Friday night and returns to the table with just two opponents standing between himself and the $8.8 million first-place prize money and the title of World Champion. His rail, which swelled to include other family and friends who flew out on Thursday, the day the final table started, is decked out in shirts with #TeamMiles on the back and ‘One Day at a Time’ on the front. Miles asked Gene to help him pick the slogan for the front of the shirt and rejected the first couple of suggestions before throwing out ‘One Day at a Time’. “He said, ‘That's it. That's it. This tournament has been one day at a time. Every day of my life is one day at a time and if I don't take this opportunity to start opening up the platform to people to show them that you can get knocked down seven times and get back up on the eighth, then I wouldn't be doing myself justice’,” Gene says. Miles, who is now two years clean, is conscious of and has embraced that idea that other people that have dealt with or are dealing with the throes of addiction are finding inspiration in what he’s managed to accomplish, no matter how Saturday night turns out. “Any time you’re struggling, you just have to take life one day at a time. Especially when you’re down in the depths of despair. You just have to keep that mindset that you just have to get through that day and focus on that,” Miles says. “I’ve been meditating a lot and a big focus of the meditation is to be present and not stress about the future, not worry about the past and I think that our shirts are a reflection of that.” Even as Miles has recently faced even more adversity, including the passing of his step-mother in June, he’s rejected any notion of being angry at the world. Instead, he’s turned his energy to becoming a better person, but even that is a process. “Love wins. Love conquers. If someone's being mean to you, kill them with kindness. It's just been an epiphany that I've had in the last six months that I just want to be kind to everyone,” Miles says. “It's been a combination of different factors, but I had to be humble enough to realize that I wanted to be a better person.” Even before Miles wrapped up play Friday night with almost 61% of the chips in play, Gene believed that everything her friend had gone through in life and the way the tournament had progressed for him was leading up to something special. “Honestly, I think it was written in the stars for him,” Gene says. “I just think it is. I think it's his time. I think these were some incredible players. I think he's met some great people, in the last few days and I just think it's his time.”
  18. Michael Dyer started Day 9 of the World Series of Poker Main Event with nearly 40% of the chips in play with just five opponents standing between him and $8.8 million and the title of World Champion. After six hours of play on Friday night, just three players remain but Dyer is suddenly staring up from the bottom of the chip counts after a day that saw Florida-based poker pro Tony Miles take control. Miles went 57,500,000 and the fourth biggest stack at the start of play to 238,900,000 and the chip lead after eliminating a former world champ and putting a major dent in Dyer’s stack. Aram Zobian Eliminated in Sixth Place The shortest stack at the start of Day 9, Aram Zobian was still guaranteed at least $1.8 million but cem in hoping for more. A blind versus blind battle, however, ended any hope he had of laddering up on Friday night. With blinds of 500,000/1,000,000 (150,000), action folded to Zobian in the small blind and he moved all in for 1,735,000 with [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and Dyer called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="th"] to eliminate Zobian from the tournament in sixth place. Following his bustout, Zobian talked about what the overall experience of making the final table of the Main Event and how a score that big will change things for him. “I would say it was intense, fun and amazing. I met a lot of people, I played a shit ton of hands, considering it was Level 38, 76 hours in the last few days,” said Zobian. “It will change my life significantly. I don't think I'll go too crazy, but I'll definitely do a lot of traveling, buy a nice new car, help out family, donate some to charity and just improve my overall quality of life.” Joe Cada Eliminated in Fifth Place In the modern era of the WSOP Main Event, a repeat winner seems almost impossible. Navigating through 7,000+ player fields once is difficult enough and doing it a second time didn’t seem possible until 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada made this year’s final table. All of that came to a halt though thanks to a coin flip situation. From UTG, Cada raised to 2,200,000 with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] before Miles three-bet to 6,900,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Cada responded by moving all in for 47,650,000 and after spending several minutes contemplating his decision, Miles called. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] flop put Miles ahead with a pair of kings, but the [poker card="qd"] turn gave Cada straight outs. The river [poker card="9s"] paired the board and left Cada pondering what could have been and a fifth-place finish. Tony Miles Takes the Chip Lead from Michael Dyer About 45 minutes after eliminating Cada, Miles put his newfound chips to work against Dyer. John Cynn raised to 2,100,000 from UTG with, Miles called from the button with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"] and Dyer called from the big blind with [poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"]. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"] flop, Dyer and Cynn checked and Miles bet 4,300,000. Dyer check-raised to 14,300,000, Cynn folded and Miles called. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and Dyer bet 21,400,000 and Miles called again. Dyer then checked after the [poker card="kc"] river and Miles be 27,400,000 and Dyer called instantly. That put pushed Miles into the chip lead with 182,625,000 to Dyer’s 129,950,000 and dramatically changed the dynamic of the table. Nicolas Manion Eliminated in Fourth Place At one point on Friday, Nicolas Manion started to make a valiant charge towards Michael Dyer’s chip lead but after losing 25% of his stack in a hand with Dyer and another 50% of his remaining stack to John Cynn, Manion was left scrambling. A final confrontation with Cynn would end up being the end of his tournament. Cynn opened from the button to 3,800,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] before Manion moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] and Cynn called. Manion found no double-up on the [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6h"] run out and he was eliminated in fourth place, ending play for the night. “What a long day. Had some good hands, had some bad hands here we are we ran out of luck,” Canion said. “I have no regret on how I played my hands. I picked my spots and chose the hands that I felt were the right place to get all in and this is what happens when you run ace-ten into kings. Sometimes you can't just run like god anymore.” Final Three Chip Counts Tony Miles - 238,900,000 John Cynn - 128,700,000 Michael Dyer - 26,200,000 Action resumes Saturday at 5:30 pm PT with the ESPN broadcast beginning at 6 pm PT.
  19. One day after a power outage wreaked havoc on the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, the remaining 109 players returned to action and continued with a breakneck pace of eliminations with 83 more players being shown their way to the cashier while just 26 remain in contention for the $8.8 million first-place prize. Aram Zobian finished Day 6 with 41,585,000 and the overall chip lead. That lead could have been much larger had he not lost a massive pot to Ukrainian Artem Metalidi with ace-king versus kings. Metalidi finished with the second largest stack thanks largely to that hand. Metalidi wound up with 30,845,000. France's Antoine Labat spent a good chunk of the day with the chip lead and finished with 28,445,000, good enough for the third biggest stack. Joe Cada remains in contention for a second Main Event title after surviving Day 6 with 8,850,000. Sylvain Loosli is also looking for the second Main Event final table appearance of his career, bagging up 11,635,000 at the end of the night. Included in the 83 players who were eliminated on Tuesday were Shannon Shorr, James Obst, Brian Yoon, Kelly Minkin, Stefan Huber and New Jersey's own Michael Lavenburg. Shaun Deeb, the last remaining former #1-ranked PocketFiver in the field, was also eliminated, finishing in 105th place for a $57,010 score and the 13th of his summer. Deeb has now managed to cash in the Main Event three times during his career. Clayton Fletcher's elimination in 28th place was supposed to draw play to a close on Day 6, but Jorden Fox was eliminated on another table just seconds later, leaving the field with just 26 players to go. The 26 players will return to play Wednesday and work their way down to a final table of nine, starting at Noon PT. Final 26 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 41,585,000 Artem Metalidi - 30,845,000 Antoine Labat - 28,445,000 Michael Dyer - 26,515,000 Alex Lynskey - 22,045,000 Yueqi Zhu - 19,245,000 Kao Saechao - 18,985,000 Martijn Gerrits - 17,790,000 Nicolas Manion - 17,630,000 Eric Froehlich - 15,285,000 Paulo Goncalves - 15,230,000 Tony Miles - 14,945,000 John Cynn - 14,750,000 Alexander Haro - 12,940,000 Hari Bercovici - 12,775,000 Frederik Jensen - 12,100,000 Sylvain Loosli - 11,635,000 Ryan Phan - 9,545,000 Joe Cada - 8,850,000 Ivan Luca - 8,820,000 Konstantin Beylin - 8,305,000 Ming Xi - 7,550,000 Jeff Trudeau - 5,090,000 Nirath Rean - 4,950,000 Bart Lybaert - 3,825,000 Barry Hutter - 2,250,000
  20. In what might go down as one of the strangest endings to a day in World Series of Poker Main Event history, play was halted nearly 90 minutes early on Monday night as a Las Vegas storm caused a power outage inside the Rio Hotel & Convention center. The lights in the Amazon Room went dark at 11:20 pm PT, forcing tournament staff to reach WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel by phone to discuss options. Players were sent on an unscheduled break that lasted until 11:40 pm when they were told they'd be bagging up to return to play on Tuesday. The biggest stack heading into Day 6 is Houston's Michael Dyer with 12,180,000. Dyer is the only player to end up with eight-figure stack. Dyer was responsible for the elimination of former November Niner and #1-ranked PocketFiver in 123rd when his ace-king outran Josephy's pocket kings. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Yoon bagged up the second biggest stack with 8,395,000. While he might be almost four million behind Dyer, he leads the third biggest stack, belonging to Jeff Trudeau, by just 95,000. Isreal's Hari Bercovici sits fourth and Belgium's Bart Lybaert ended up fifth. There were 201 players eliminated on Day 5 including the likes of Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Davies, Ivan Demidov, Paul Volpe, Ben Yu, Rocco Palumbo, Jonathan Hilton, Kyle Julius, Ema Zajmovic, Chino Rheem, Jake Schwartz and Daniel Alaei. Action resumes at 11 am PT Tuesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Michael Dyer - 12,180,000 Brian Yoon - 8,395,000 Jeffery Trudeau - 8,305,000 Hari Bercovici - 7,650,000 Bart Lybaert - 7,530,000 Karen Goncalves - 6,940,000 Peter Campo - 6,935,000 Konstantin Beylin - 6,930,000 Alexander Gross - 6,755,000 Artem Metalidi - 6,525,000
  21. There's a relatively decent chance that Lawrence Pileggi could be the smartest player left in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event. Before anybody gets offended, consider the facts. Pileggi holds 29 patents related to electric circuit technology. He's a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and he's considered a leading expert in his field. He's now started using the expertise in his field and started working on any possible applications for power grids. He's also not too shabby at poker. He's a former Poker Night in America winner and has picked up cashes in other events in the Pittsburgh area. Oh, and he's managed to do all of that while dealing with a neuro-muscular condition that limits how much he can move his arms and legs and has him in an electric wheelchair when he's not sleeping. Doctors have never been able to give Pileggi a diagnosis. They've told him it's not muscular dystrophy, but not much else. His arm movement is so restricted that his daughter, Hannah, has been sitting behind him throughout the Main Event to help him stack chips or count out the appropriate amount of a bet. He's only in Las Vegas to play the Main Event, and as Day 4 was winding down he was still fighting hard to get a Day 5 invite. "Today I came in and had a pretty aggressive table with two very big stacks. They're good and they're aggressive," said Pileggi. "These young kids trying to show up this old guy. I had to bluff them a few times." He's cashed in a few WSOP events over the past few years, but not the Main Event. "I don't play the Main every year because it's such a big commitment of time and usually I don't have it," said Pileggi. The long hours are taking a toll on Pileggi. While other players who traveled to Las Vegas for the Main Event are staying on The Strip, Pileggi is staying at the Rio just to try and make life easier for him and his family. "This one is a marathon, especially because the time it takes me to get ready in the morning is a little longer than most people," said Pileggi. "We finished late (Saturday) night and then had to get up early (Sunday) morning. It's been a drain. We're here (at the Rio) for that reason. If we had to drive somewhere, it would be a little bit more painful." Some of his previous poker exploits have ended up on TV or streamed online. It's helped turn him into a bit of a Big Man on Campus at Carnegie Mellon. "Students from all over the world, we try to recruit them to do research. They'll Google me and then sometimes the first thing that comes up is 'I read you played poker'," said Pileggi. "It's really funny to Skype with somebody in China and they'll ask you about the research and then they'll say 'I have one more question' and they ask about the poker."
  22. Eric Hicks came to Las Vegas early last weekend to play the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event and was a little bit bothered to discover it didn't start until Monday. A small business owner from El Segundo, CA, Hicks decided to make the most of the weekend and played the $888 Lucky Eights event. Before busting that event, he jumped in the $215 WSOP Main Event Scramble on WSOP.com that guaranteed 25 seats to the Main Event. "I was playing in the Scrambler. I was #1 in the Scrambler, early on and we started bar-hopping, drinking beers and I was bragging to everybody, 'Look, I'm #1 in chips'," said Hicks, who has held the chip lead at various points on Day 2AB of the Main Event. "It was me on my scooter, playing the scrambler. People couldn't believe it." Hicks eventually closed out that win and started prepping for his Main Event, which started on Monday. "I was going to go home, (my wife) had plane tickets for us on Monday. I came here accidentally, thinking I could play on the weekend," said Hicks. "Then I won the scrambler and had to play on Monday and I had a flight on Tuesday." Hicks and his wife run an electric bike and car company back home and he knows that as long as he's in Vegas, the business back home is going to suffer a little bit. "It's a really hard time for us. We've got to be back fighting, battling there," said Hicks, whose wife returned home on Tuesday before coming back to Vegas on Thursday. "I didn't feel like I should leave when I've got a big stack on Day 1, so I stayed here and stayed in the mindset. She came back last night." Hicks has no difficulty settling in and focusing on the cards when he's playing. "When I'm here, I forget all about it. It's my one break of the year, it's really fun for me and I don't think of business at all when I'm here. When I start to think about it, I get depressed like 'oh, I should be back there working'," said Hicks, who has had a top five Main Event stack before. In 2014, he finished 467th for $25,756. [caption id="attachment_619874" align="alignleft" width="225"] Eric Hicks won his Main Event seat while driving around on his scooter.[/caption] Last year he final tabled the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha, but don't ask him to talk about. It's got nothing to do with bad memories - he finished fourth - but more to do with a complete lack of memories. "I love playing. I drink when I play. I swore I wouldn't do what I did last year, I made a final table and I have no memory of it. I got so drunk," said Hicks. "That's the worst bad beat story of all time, I've always wanted to make a final table. This year I'm going to take it more seriously." Sitting on a top ten stack late on Day 2AB, Hicks doesn't have visions of making the final table and becoming a millionaire. He's over the moon just to see his name on top of the Main Event - even this early. "I don't even dream I'm going to make the final table. I'm just glad to be the chip leader for one moment in time. That's enough for me. I'll be happy whatever happens. I was #1 in chips for one time in this event and I'm proud of that. Now I can just relax," said Hicks. "I really don't think I'm going to final table there's a lot to go wrong between now and then."
  23. If the next 10 days go perfectly for Derrick Cavaco and he wins the 2018 WSOP Main Event, he will pocket exactly zero dollars. If he busts before the money bubble bursts, it will have cost him exactly zero dollars. Cavaco, who hosts a poker radio show in Houston, Texas, is playing the Main Event to raise awareness - and hopefully money - for Camp Hope, a peer-to-peer counseling group for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The $10,000 buy-in was paid for by Jim McIngvale, a Houston-area businessman you might actually know better as “Mattress Mack”. Anything Cavaco wins goes straight to Camp Hope. “What they do is they bring in vets from all over the country and they house them there, and it's peer to peer counseling with only other vets. They don't take government funding at all, it's purely privately run,” said Cavaco, who has been playing poker for over 15 years. “They don't take government funding at all, it's purely privately run. Mattress Mack and other people like that are guys that help fund this place.” Cavaco is well aware that just 15% of the field is going to make the money and that just one of the 7,000+ players will get to walk away with the top prize and title of World Champion, so also he’s using his time in Las Vegas to try and bring awareness to the cause. “I'm spending this whole week out here advocating and fundraising and trying to get anybody out here to either give a percentage or something that they can give to these vets to help them fight their mental scars of war. Or to at least help me raise awareness,” said Cavaco. “So my way, my small way to try and raise awareness, in front of the WSOP entrance every night at 2200 hours, I'm doing 22 pushups for 22 days to just help people understand that these represent 22 veterans lives every day that have taken their lives.” Camp Hope is an important cause for Cavaco because his good friend, Tyler Wolf, served four tours of duty and was dealing with PTSD after coming home. Wolf found his way to Camp Hope where they helped him through the transition back into civilian life. Cavaco visited Camp Hope and left with an appreciation for what it is all about after talking with some of the people who were there. “Most of them aren't there because of what they specifically dealt with themselves. They're there because they spent days walking, weeks walking with their buddies, trying to keep Al Qaeda and those bad guys away from us. And then one day they hear a mortar shell blow up, they look to the right and it's a red mist, and their guy's gone,” said Cavaco. “They're thinking what could I have done differently? Why did I do this? They trace every step and they can't stop replaying it in their head.” Cavaco first connected with McIngvale through his radio show, Poker Lab Radio. That conversation eventually lead to McIngvale putting Cavaco into the Main Event to help raise money and awareness for the cause. This isn’t the first charitable thing that McIngvale has done though. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last August, he turned his furniture stores into shelters for those who were displaced by the storm. He’s also found the Houston poker community to be more than willing to jump in and help. Cord Garcia and Ray Henson have been two of Cavaco’s biggest advocates, helping spread the word about Camp Hope and the work Cavaco is doing. “Ray's a huge charity guy. He loves helping the vets and that's how I met him. He jumped on board and everything I've done since that day, whether trying to build poker tables to auction off for these vets, trying to do charity events, Ray's helped me every step of the way,” said Cavaco. “When (Garcia) heard I had a show on poker on the sports station in Houston, he found me and we started talking, and he was my first guest. When he found out about what I'm doing with Camp Hope and Ray, he jumped on board, too.” Despite having played the game for so long, this is Cavaco’s first time playing the WSOP Main Event. Poker has always been a part-time pursuit for him, but one that has allowed his family to have a bit of financial freedom they otherwise might not have. “I had a family, so I couldn't play a lot. So I just studied, studied, studied, and then it got to a point a couple years back where I said, ‘Look, I'm gonna get back in the game.’ I took $100 lost it, $100 lost it, then took $100 and ran off that for the next three years. into about $35,000-$40,000, on my own, playing $100 cash games. Little bits at a time. Throughout that time, I'm buying my groceries for my family out of that. My wife's being able to keep 100% of my paychecks from my day job.” Playing for a cause so important to him gave Cavaco a chance to reflect on how his normal approach to tournaments might not be optimal in this situation. While he’s normally prone to playing tight early and then amping up the aggressive as the bubble approaches, Cavaco is focused on getting into the money before opening things up. “This game's a little different, I'm taking someone else's money and trying to raise money for charity, so I'm playing tight and right all the way to that bubble, trying to get that minimum cash,” said Cavaco. “I want to make $30,000 for these guys and then I'm gonna go hard and try and make $8 million for these guys. So, it's a little different strategy.” Visit ptsdusa.org for more information on Camp Hope.
  24. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance Bradley and Matt Clark get you all prepared for the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event with this special edition preview show. The guys look back on their pre-summer field size projections and wonder if the scheduling might have a bigger impact - in a bad way - on the overall turnout this year. They also get into ESPN's impact on the schedule and talk about some of the players who have put up deep runs in years past and if we'll see that repeated this year. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  25. Two big names in the poker world picked up their first and third bracelets on Sunday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Both are regulars in Bobby’s Room, playing the highest stakes mixed games going. They’re both pretty good at tournaments too, as they proved today. Meanwhile, the Crazy Eights event played through another two starting flights, while the $365 PLO Giant starting flights end with a four-time bracelet winner as overall chip leader. Another $10K Championship kicked off too. Here’s everything you need to know from July 1. Phil Galfond Claims Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO 8 ($567,788) Legendary online cash game player and Run It Once founder Phil Galfond picked up his third WSOP bracelet on Sunday, taking down Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship for a massive $567,788 score. Galfond has had quite a few weeks, what with the upcoming launch of his online site, the announcement that he’s expecting his first child with his wife Farah, and now another WSOP win for his incredible CV. "There's nothing like the first [bracelet], so that stands ahead," Galfond said afterwards. "It still feels really good, on par with the second. I just ran really hot at the right time. I ran bad all summer, so I was saving it up for now. Now, it's even.” Galfond defeated Michael McKenna heads-up for the title, after hitting a pair in all-in-pre pot. McKenna racks up another close call, having finished fourth in a $1,500 Razz event earlier this summer. Other notables to final table this one include Chad Power (4th - $168,725), Chris Lee (5th - $120,263), Marco Johnson (6th - $87,830), and David ‘ODB’ Baker (7th - $65,579). Galfond was facing a 2:1 chip deficit versus McKenna, but found a way to get it done. Galfond said he’ll now turn his attention back to the launch of Run It Once Poker. "It feels like we're almost there and finally I'll be free," he said. "But, I can only imagine there's going to be more work once we launch the poker site. I'd like to find a way to play more poker because I really miss it. But, Run it Once poker is going to be the first priority." Final Table Results: Phil Galfond - $567,788 Michael McKenna - $350,922 Ali Abduljabbar - $240,497 Chad Power - $168,275 Chris Lee - $120,263 Marco Johnson - $87,830 David “ODB” Baker - $65,579 Chase Steely - $50,086 Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet in $5K 6-Max ($616,302) [caption id="attachment_619806" align="aligncenter" width="648"] JRB Wines and Dines with First Bracelet[/caption] Sunday started with a six-handed final table set in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed. Jean-Robert Bellande led the survivors (see what we did there?), and he had a strategy coming in: https://twitter.com/BrokeLivingJRB/status/1013515157513781248 It wasn’t an outrageous call that ended it though. More like an easy one, when Dean Lyall shoved with ace-three off heads-up, and Bellande woke up with pocket queens which held. A similar story saw him bust Kacper Pyzara in sixth (ace-seven into Bellande’s pocket jacks). Eric Blair fell in fifth, followed by Tan Nguyen in fourth and Andrew Graham in third. Bellande began heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead, and kept the pressure on before taking it down. “I had a blast,” Bellande said after his win. “I had so much fun during this tournament, not just winning but mixing it up. Six-handed is cool because you’re always in action. The guys were all fun. We just had a good time. Every day we just had a blast.” Final Table Results: Jean-Robert Bellande - $616,302 Dean Lyall - $380,595 Andrew Graham - $254,684 Tan Nguyen - $173,598 Eric Blair - $120,669 Kacper Pyzara - $85,570 Michael Mizrachi Leads PLO GIANT Well whaddaya know? After five starting flights in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha, it’s none other than Michael Mizrachi who tops the overall chip counts. Day 1E played out today with 1,247 players taking a shot. Play ended with just 79 survivors, with Mizrachi topping tonight’s counts with 1,845,000 - more than any other end-of-day leader. Other notables to advance today include Robert Dukes (1,530,000), Srinivas Balasubramanian (1,245,000), Mark Darner (1,165,000), Nick Guagenti (1,125,000), four-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche (360,000), and bracelet winners Robert Cheung (345,000) and Arne Kern (370,000). Day 2 begins at 2pm Monday, with everyone guaranteed $843. Michael Mizrachi - 1,845,000 Robert Dukes - 1,530,000 Srinivas Balasubramanian - 1,245,000 Mark Darner - 1,165,000 Nick Guagenti - 1,125,000 Cherie Baber - 530,000 James Hoppner - 435,000 Arne Kern - 370,000 Dominik Nitsche - 360,000 Robert Cheung - 345,000 Moorman, Salsberg Top Final Starting Flights in CRAZY EIGHTS All four starting flights have now ended in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed, with two notables bagging up the biggest stacks. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman topped the 2,492 runners in Day 1C, bagging up 511,000. The former PocketFives #1 and all-time money leader was the only player to eclipse 400Km, with 140 players advancing. Other notables to get through that flight included Eric Baldwin (250,000), Mohsin Charania (307,000), and Kevin Eyster (287,000). Day 1C Top 10 Stacks: Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman - 511,000 Franz Ditz - 381,000 Christophe De Meulder - 321,000 Mohsin Charania - 307,000 Kevin Eyster - 287,000 Mark McGovern - 276,000 Fabrice Casano - 275,000 Marvin Rettenmaier - 242,000 Champie Douglas - 229,000 David Jackson - 151,000 Later in the day saw an additional 2,495 entries add to the overall prize pool. Matt Salsbarg would lead the 138 survivors on 1D, bagging 483,000. Joining him at the top of the counts include Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer (254,000) and Ashton Griffin (170,000). All survivors will now join together at 2pm Monday for Day 2. Everyone is guaranteed $1,331. Day 1D Top 10 Stacks: Matt Salsberg - 483,000 Han WoolJang - 356,000 Au Ngo - 318,000 Ami Barer - 254,000 Dylan Wilkerson - 249,000 James Alexander - 183,000 Maurice Hawkins - 175,000 Ashton Griffin - 170,000 Andy Spears - 164,000 Alexander Kuzmin - 155,000 Chris Vitch Looks to Defend Title, Chip Leads $10K Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Yet another Championship event kicked off on Sunday, with Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship attracting 133 runners. After ten levels of play on Day 1, the chip leader is none other than defending champion Chris Vitch. Vitch bagged up 279,500, topping the 63 who made it through. He’s followed by Daham Wang (276,500), Stuart Rutter (236,000), Terrence Hastoo (220,000), and Ryan Miller (207,500). It might be early days, but if Vitch can continue the way he’s started and take this one down, he’ll join Matt Matros and Loren Klein as the only players to win a bracelet in three consecutive years. Daniel Negreanu will also be back tomorrow, bagging up 76,500. David Benyamine (166,500), Jesse Martin (158,500), Eric Rodawig (79,500), Mike Sexton (72,000), Tom Koral (189,000), Scott Bohlman (156,000), Max Pescatori (85,500), Adam Friedman (79,000), James Obst (68,000), and Robert Mizrachi (35,500) will also return. The same can’t be said for Eli Elezra, Esther Taylor, Frank Kassela, Scott Seiver, Brandon Shack-Harris, Erik Seidel, Allen Kessler, Mike Matusow, John Hennigan, Jeff Lisandro, and Brian Hastings, all of whom hit the rail today. Registration is still open until the beginning of Day 2 at 2pm tomrorow, so there’s a chance those who busted could re-enter. Top 10 Stacks: Chris Vitch - 279,500 Daham Wang - 276,500 Stuart Rutter - 236,000 Terrence Hastoo - 220,000 Ryan Miller - 207,500 Soner Osman - 202,000 Jose Paz - 195,000 Tom Koral - 189,000 David Prociak - 177,500 Tim Finne - 168,500 Tomorrow’s Action (July 2) We’ve reached that point, guys. It’s here. Monday sees only one event kick off, but it’s a big one. The biggest one of all. Day 1A of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship begins at 11am, with Day 1s following for the following two days after.
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