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  1. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. The month of March was headlined by the attempted home invasion robbery of WPT champion Darren Elias and the emotional career-defining victory of David 'ODB' Baker. Darren Elias Targeted In Home Robbery In one of the scariest stories of 2018, four-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias was the target of a home invasion robbery by Shannon Soroka, a 24-year old part-time poker player. Elias and his wife were not at home at the time. A babysitter was watching over Elias' two-year-old daughter when Soroka, armed with a handgun, burst into the house and demanded to know where Elias kept his cash. Elias had recently returned home from a third-place finish at the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic where he earned more than $473,000. Soroka locked the babysitter in one of the home’s bathrooms and fled, eventually being caught by the Medford Township Police Department. Soroka was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, mischief and making terrorist threats. No one, including Elias’ daughter or the babysitter, was harmed during the incident. “It’s incredibly scary for me and my family,” Elias said. “It was an awful feeling.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] David Baker Wins LAPC In March, long-time professional poker player David ‘ODB’ Baker secured a career-defining win at the 2019 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic, taking home a career-high score of over $1 million. In the aftermath of his victory, an emotional Baker spoke about what the win meant to him. More than simply how much the money would help his family, Baker reflected on how it felt as validation of a hard-fought career on the grind. “It kinda sounds corny, but it means so much to me,” Baker said. “I’ve battled my whole life in this business. I care about this business. I care about the prestige of these things and I know sometimes some of the guys are a little too cool for school to say that, but I do.” Baker continued to run good in 2019 as he racked up 17 World Series of Poker cashes, including winning his second career gold bracelet in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em. West Virginia Legalizes Online Poker West Virginia officially became the fifth U.S. state to legalize online gambling, including online poker. After the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act soared through both the House and Senate, all eyes were on the office of Governor Jim Justice. After all, it was just months ago that Michigan was in a similar situation. In Michigan, a bill had cleared and was simply awaiting a signature but outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder shockingly vetoed the bill on his way out the door. For West Virginia, once the Interactive Wagering Act passed, the Governor had 15-days to act on the bill. That time came and went without any movement from Justice which made it official - online poker would be legal by late June. At the time of this writing, no online poker operators have gone live in West Virginia. partypoker Launches Team Online Less than a month after stepping away from his position as an ambassador for PokerStars, Jeff Gross announced he was joining the rapidly growing team of online ambassadors for partypoker. At the time, the Poker Flow Show host was the highest-profile poker player to be picked up by partypoker. Eventually, the team was filled out with over 13 players including Jaime and Matt Staples, Hristivoje ‘AlLLinPav’ Pavlovic, and Kevin Martin, who has since left the squad. Geraldo ‘grealdocesar’ Cesar Wins Monthly PLB Brazilian online pro Geraldo‘ grealdocesar’ Cesar picked up his first PocketFives Leaderboard victory in March holding off top-tier pros like ‘C Darwin2’ and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Cesar picked up seven five-figure scores in the month including a spotlight victory in the March 11 edition of the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for over $47,000.
  2. The first World Poker Tour event of 2020 reached its final table on Monday. Now, just six players remain in the Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship, with Chance Kornuth leading the way. The final six will be on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31, when they will resume play at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final six come from a 257-entry field and are guaranteed $111,795 in prize money. First place takes home $554,495, including a $15,000 buy-in into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, and a Hublot watch. Joining Kornuth at the final table are Markus Gonsalves, Tuan Phan, Jonathan Cohen, Qing Liu, and Straton Wilhelm. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table Seat 1: Straton Wilhelm - 435,000 Seat 2: Markus Gonsalves - 2,370,000 Seat 3: Qing Liu - 795,000 Seat 4: Tuan Phan - 2,070,000 Seat 5: Jonathan Cohen - 1,615,000 Seat 6: Chance Kornuth - 2,995,000 How the Final Table Was Reached The Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship had a field of 257 entries. It wasn't the largest turnout for a WPT Main Tour event, but the $10,000 buy-in attracted some of poker’s biggest names and generated a prize pool of $2.467 million. Among those to compete were Darren Elias, Anthony Zinno, Maria Ho, and Phil Laak, but none of them made the money. Entering Day 3 of the tournament, 48 players remained. The top 33 places paid, which meant whoever finished in 34th place would win the unwanted title of 'bubble boy.' The player to fall in 34th was former WPT Player of the Year Joe Serock, who couldn't win a flip with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kd"] against the pocket queens of Gonsalves. After the money bubble burst, WPT Champions Club member Larry Greenberg was the first player to bust. Others followed him to the payout desk, including David Peters (30th - $18,825) and David 'ODB' Baker (18th - $25,130), before Day 3 ended with 14 competitors left. Among the final 14 returning for Day 4 was Jared Griener, who ultimately finished in 13th place for $35,720. Griener is no stranger to WPT success in the Southern California region. He’s cashed seven times in WPT Main Tour events in Southern California, and that’s the region where all of his WPT final tables have taken place. Additionally, Griener has a deep run in a WPTDeepStacks event in San Diego and two deep runs in WPT500 LA. On Day 4, Ali Imsirovic busted in ninth place to take home $53,950, and then Sebastiaan de Jonge finished in eighth for $67,790. One more player needed to be eliminated to set the official TV final table, and it happened when Phan knocked out Qi Hu in seventh place. Kornuth the One To Beat With a stack of 2.995 million, Kornuth is the player to catch at the final table. He's been one of the big stacks throughout the event, including finishing atop the field after Day 3. Kornuth came into this event with more than $7.4 million in live tournament earnings and one previous WPT final table under his belt. That previous final table was a sixth-place finish in the Season XII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $247,954. Kornuth has several other deep runs in World Poker Tour events, including a handful that have come at the $10,000 buy-in level, but his first WPT title has eluded him. Closest to Kornuth on the leaderboard is Gonsalves, who bagged 2.37 million in chips for the final table. Like Kornuth, Gonsalves has been close to a WPT title before, but he's also yet to win one. Gonsalves' deepest run in a WPT event came in the Season XIV WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event, where he took fourth and picked up a payday of $91,616. Gonsalves also has a 10th-place finish in the Season XIV WPT Five Diamond for $68,181. The final six will now wait until the end of March to play for the title in Las Vegas, as the event moves from the Gardens Casino to the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. There is no former WPT champion in the final six, which means there will be a brand new member of the WPT Champions Club when this one is all said and done.
  3. The final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open began Wednesday with six players all chasing their first WPT title and the $545,070 first-place prize but over the course of five hours of play, Milen Stefanov mowed down the other five players in successive fashion to emerge victorious. Just four hands in, Roman Korenev raised to 400,000 from UTG and Stefanov, who started the final table as chip leader, called from the button. Francis Anderson moved all in from the big blind for 2,275,000 forcing a fold from Korenev before Stefanov called. Stefanov turned over [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] and Anderson showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"]. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] to Stefanov in front. The [poker card="qh"] turn gave Anderson top pair but his hopes of staying alive were dashed on the [poker card="7s"] river and he was eliminated in sixth. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It took nearly 2.5 hours before another player was eliminated. Down to just 15 big blinds, Cesar Fuentes moved all in for 4,925,000 when action folded to him in the small blind. Stefanov called from the big blind and then turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] while Fuentes showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"] to eliminate Fuentes in fifth place. Thirty minutes later, Stefanov found another victim. With blinds of 200,000/400,000, Stefanov raised to 850,000 from the button and Korenev moved all in for 5,200,000 from the big blind and Stefanov called. Korenev showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] but got bad news when Stefanov showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] flop offered Korenev little relief and the [poker card="td"] turn left him just two outs. The [poker card="9c"] river was no help and Korenev was out in fourth. Just five hands after that, Stefanov sent the tournament to heads-up play with yet another elimination. David Novosel raised to 850,000 from the button and Stefanov defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="th"][poker card="2c"] and Stefanov check-called Novosel's bet of 700,000. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and Stefanov bet 1,250,000 and Novosel called. The [poker card="6d"] completed the board and Stefanov bet 7,000,000. Novosel used two time banks before calling and tabling [poker card="ks"][poker card="6s"]. Stefanov turned over [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] for a full house to send Novosel to the rail in third place. That pot gave Stefanov a 5-1 chip lead over Fabian Gumz and it took him just two hours and 51 hands to wrap up his first WPT title. Stefanov moved all in from the button and Gumz called all in for 7,500,000 and turned over [poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"] which left him drawing live against Stefanov's [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="qc"][poker card="td"] to eliminate Gumz in second place. The $3,500 buy-in event drew 988 entries to create a $3,161,600 prize pool. Jonathan Jaffe, Jerry Wong, Donald Maloney, James Mackey, Jessica Dawley, Julien Martini, Farid Jattin, Matt Glantz, and Jared Jaffee were some of the notables who also managed an in-the-money finish. Pennsylvania poker pro Aaron Mermelstein finished 16th for $27,825. The next event on the WPT schedule is the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas beginning on December 16. Final Table Payouts Milen Stefanov - $545,070 Fabian Gumz - $353,380 David Novosel - $260,845 Roman Korenev - $194,605 Cesar Fuentes - $146,760 Francis Anderson - $111,895
  4. In the 18 seasons of the World Poker Tour, multiple players have managed to win more than one main tour title. But until Wednesday night, no player had ever won the same event twice. Brian Altman changed that and made WPT history in the process. Altman beat out the 843-player field to win the Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open to match his victory in the event five years earlier. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”] The final table began with Altman holding onto a small chip lead over John Dollinger. It took just over 30 minutes to go from six players to five. From UTG, Dollinger raised to 275,000 and Peter Walsworth, who started the final table as the short stack, called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"] and Walsworth checked and then moved all in for 725,000 after Dollinger bet 175,000. Dollinger called and turned over [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] which put him ahead of Walsworth's [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"]. Neither the [poker card="5d"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river were unable to save Walsworth from a sixth place finish. Altman picked up his first victim of the night just an hour later. Action folded to Altman in the small blind and he moved all in for 11,500,000. Nadeem Hirani called from the big blind and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] which made him a favorite against Altman's [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] flop changed that and left Hirani needing help. Unfortunately for him, the turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"] and he was sent to the rail in fifth. Big Slick played a role in the next bustout as well, but this time it was Altman holding it. Dollinger made it 300,000 from UTG and Altman called from the big blind. Nadya Magnus moved all in for 2,450,000 from the big blind and Dollinger ducked out of the way before Altman called. Magnus turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and got the bad news as Altman tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] runout brought Magnus no relief and she was eliminated in fourth place for a career-best score of $171,642. It took just over an hour to go from three-handed to heads up. Altman folded his button and Dollinger moved all in from the small blind. Chanracy Khun called all in for 2,500,000. Dollinger showed [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"] and Khun tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Dollinger middle pair. The [poker card="ts"] turn gave him trips and officially ended Khun's run in third place. The river was the [poker card="7s"]. Altman began heads-up play trailing Dollinger 20,850,000 - 12,875,000 in chips but he took the lead on the first hand of heads-up play. Over the next hour, Altman only briefly relinquished the lead before finally finishing Dollinger off for good in a dream spot. Dollinger called from the button and Altman raised to 800,000. Dollinger moved all in for 9,175,000 and Altman snap-called. Dollinger turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] but got bad news when Altman tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="th"] to eliminate Dollinger and capture the LHPO for the second time in his career. In 2015, Altman outlasted 1,026 other players to win his first Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $723,008. He's made three other final tables since then. Wednesday's win also moved Altman into the lead for WPT Player of the Year with 2,100 points, 700 points more than previous leader Alex Foxen. WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Payouts Brian Altman - $482,636 John Dollinger - $311,751 Chanracy Khun - $230,086 Nadya Magnus - $171,642 Nadeem Hirani - $129,438 Peter Walsworth - $98,686
  5. Just nine days ago, Brian Altman won the World Poker Tour Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open for the second time in his career. On Thursday, Altman made the final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and now has a shot at a third WPT win. The final six players now head to Las Vegas to play down to a winner on April 1 at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor. [ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Altman might be the headliner, but he doesn't have the chip lead. Veerab Zakarian bagged up 11,990,000 and will be the player on top when play resumes in April. Joining Zakarian and Altman at the final table is James Anderson, Bin Weng, Andrew Hanna, and Nathan Russler. The BWPO field of 1,290 created a $4,129,290 prize pool with the eventual champion taking home $674,840 which included a seat in the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions. WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table Seat #1: Nathan Russler - 3,990,000 Seat #2: James Anderson - 10,040,000 Seat #3: Andrew Hanna - 6,730,000 Seat #4: Bin Weng - 8,890,000 Seat #5: Veerab Zakarian - 11,990,000 Seat #6: Brian Altman - 9,865,000 Day 4 began with 28 players still in contention including former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, reigning WPT Borgata Poker Open champion Donald Maloney, Season XVII WPT Montreal winner Patrick Serda and Season XVI Tournament of Champions winner Matthew Waxman. It took just over 13 hours to go from 28 down to a final table of six. Engel was eliminated by Altman after the pair battled in a five-bet pot with Engel holding [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and Altman with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] flop gave Altman a set and Engel never saw another diamond or a ten and was eliminated in 24th place. Maloney's tournament ended after getting it all in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] against Derek Marmen's [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Zakarian took out Waxman in 13th place. Serda was eliminated in 10th place by Altman. On a [poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="qd"] board and with 1,200,000 in the pot, Altman moved all-in forcing Serda to a decision for his tournament life. Serda eventually called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] which was second best after Altman tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Altman then closed down the action on the Borgata leg of the event when he eliminated Peter Vitantonio on the TV table bubble. The final six players will now wait until April before reconvening in Las Vegas to play for their share of the remaining $2,037,833 prize pool.
  6. The World Poker Tour just completed its Season XVIII trip to Casino Sochi in Russia, with Aleksey Badulin winning the WPT Russia title for $261,571. Badulin topped a field of 489 entries to become the newest member of the WPT Champions Club and he’s earned a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. WPT Russia Final Table Results Aleksey Badulin - $261,571 Vlada Stojanovic - $185,831 Ernest Shakaryan - $135,833 Vahe Martirosyan - $102,488 Sergey Kharlamov - $78,837 Roman Timergazin - $60,254 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final day of the event began with 12 players remaining, including one of Russia’s top tournament players, Anatoly Filatov. After the elimination of Mikhail Sokolovskiy in 12th place, Filatov was next out the door in 11th. He was done in by Roman Timergazin. Badulin started the final day in fifth chip position and quickly got to work building his stack. Early on the final day, he added about a million in chips to the 1.79 million he started with, and it was a nice cushion to have when Vahe Martirosyan double through him. When the tournament was down to nine players, Badulin was sixth in chips, and then when they got down to six players, he sunk to the bottom of the leaderboard. Vlada Stojanovic was the player to extend a big lead during six-handed play, but it was Ernest Shakaryan and Badulin scoring the first two knockouts at the official WPT final table. After Shakaryan busted Timergazin in sixth place, Badulin took out Sergey Kharlamov in fifth. Against Kharlamov, Badulin held the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8s"] against the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"] and the money went in preflop. Badulin spiked an ace on the flop and held from there to score the elimination. With four players left, Badulin scored a pivotal double up against Martirosyan. Badulin had limped in from the small blind with the blinds at 100,000-150,000 with a 150,000 big blind ante, and Martirosyan shoved all in from the big blind. He had Badulin covered and Badulin quickly called with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kc"]. Martirosyan had the [poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"]. The kings held for Badulin and he improved his stack to 4.3 million. Martirosyan would then bust in fourth before it was Badulin picking up pocket kings to knock out Shakaryan in third place. Once again, Badulin was in a very good spot, as his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"] was up against the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qd"] for Shakaryan. The kings held and Badulin soared to more than 10 million in chips. Badulin took the heads-up chip lead against Stojanovic very early in the match and then worked to extend the lead from there. As was the theme of this WPT Russia final table, Badulin picked up kings again and won a big pot off Stojanovic to further extend his lead. Shortly after that, it was all over. On the final hand, Badulin’s [poker card="As"][poker card="2c"] held against Stojanovic’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="2d"]. WPT Player of the Year Update Winning WPT Russia earned Badulin 1,000 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race for Season XVIII, but he’s still a ways away from the top of the leaderboard, sitting in 22nd place. The player leading is Brian Altman, who recently won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Altman is the leader with 2,100 points. Winning WPT Lucky Hearts gave 1,200 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. He also picked up 200 points for a third-place finish in WPT Maryland at Live! Casino and 200 points for a 10th-place finish in the WPT Legends of Poker. Altman’s lead is a rather healthy one, as he’s 700 points ahead of Alex Foxen and Toby Joyce, who sit in second and third places, respectively, with 1,400 points each. Foxen holds the tiebreaker of money won over Joyce. Brian Altman - 2,100 points Alex Foxen - 1,400 points Toby Joyce - 1,400 points Donald Maloney - 1,350 points Geoffrey Hum - 1,300 points Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,275 points Milen Stefanov - 1,200 points Kevin Albers - 1,200 points Simon Brandstrom - 1,200 points Peter Neff - 1,150 points WPT Borgata Running Now The Season XVIII WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open is next up for the World Poker Tour in Season XVIII. In fact, it’s running now, January 26-30, at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The $3,500 buy-in event has a prize pool guarantee of $3 million and the final table will be filmed for television. The official WPT final table of six will be set on January 30 and then those final six players will be on hiatus until April 1 when they’ll play for the title at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
  7. Another televised World Poker Tour final table is set. This time, it’s the Season XVIII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. The event drew 490 entries to Commerce Casino and generated a prize pool of $4.727 million. Just six players remain and they’ll be on hiatus until action resumes at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2. Leading the way in the chase for the $1.015 million top prize is Balakrishna Patur. Patur brings 6.32 million in chips to the final table. He’ll be joined by two WPT Champions Club members in Matas Cimbolas and James Carroll, Ka Kwan Lau, Scott Hempel, and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva. De Silva will be the short stack with 930,000 when action resumes in April. WPT LAPC Final Table Seat 1: Scott Hempel - 1,670,000 Seat 2: James Carroll - 4,125,000 Seat 3: Matas Cimbolas - 4,310,000 Seat 4: Ka Kwan Lau - 2,250,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva- 930,000 Seat 6: Balakrishna Patur - 6,320,000 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Each of the six is guaranteed a minimum payday of $185,330. Included in the event’s first-place prize is a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal. How the Final Table Was Reached Day 1 saw Demo Kiriopoulos emerge as the event’s chip leader when the first day of play was in the books. Then it was Isaac Baron atop the field at the end of Day 2. Entering Day 3, 104 players remained and the top 62 were set to reach the money. With 63 players left, WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos was all in against fellow WPT champion Daniel Strelitz. According to the WPT Live Updates team, Cristos was all in with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop. Strelitz had made the call with the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="Jh"] on the turn and 8h on the river allowed Cristos to double up, but that would be the last time he doubled up this tournament. Shortly thereafter, still on the money bubble with 63 players remaining, Cristos was all in on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] flop with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"]. His opponent, Claude Codru, had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"]. Once again, it was Cristos needing to fade a draw. This time, the [poker card="Qs"] came right out on the turn and gave Codru an unbeatable flush. The river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] and Cristos was sent home as the "bubble boy." Once in the money, the eliminations began to stack up, including Barry Greenstein (61st - $16,905), Jesse Sylvia (55th - $18,845), and Lee Markholt (41st - $21,290). To close out Day 3, 39 players remained with Patur on top of the pack. Day 4 saw the field whittled down to 11 players. Baron remained in contention and finished Day 4 as the chip leader, with Hempel sitting second and Patur sitting third. Donald Maloney (37th - $24,375), John Hennigan (34th - $24,375), JC Tran (29th - $28,275), and Dylan Linde (14th - $58,215) were among the casualties on Day 4. Baron couldn’t get anything going on Day 5, though, and he fell in 11th place for $71,950. Charles Kassin and Lau both scored early double ups through Baron, and then De Silva picked off a bluff from Baron. On his final hand, Baron held pocket eights against Hempel’s pocket tens but could not come from behind. Hempel also knocked out WPT Champions Club member Kevin Eyster in 10th place. Strelitz went bust in eighth, and his elimination came in a three-way clash of WPT champions involving Carroll and Cimbolas. Strelitz was all in preflop with side action between Carroll and Cimbolas. On the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"] flop, Cimbolas bet 300,000 and Carroll shoved for more than 5 million. Cimbolas called all in for 1.56 million total with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"]. Carroll had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2c"] and then Strelitz had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"], keeping Cimbolas’ aces in front and eliminating Strelitz. After Strelitz busted, Shi Chen was sent packing in seventh place to set the official TV final table. Play Resumes in April Guaranteed $185,330 each with the chance to win $1.015 million, the final six players in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic will resume action on Thursday, April 2, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table is the third delayed final table during Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. Taking place in the days before it are the finales to the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Chance Kornuth leads the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table, with action set to resume on Tuesday, March 31. Veerab Zakarian leads the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table, with action set to resume on Wednesday, April 1. All three of these final tables - the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and WPT L.A. Poker Classic - will play out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
  8. When Christopher Puetz made his way back to King's Casino in Rozvadov on Sunday for the final day of play in the World Poker Tour Germany stop, he was in the middle of the pack with nine players left including two reigning World Champions. Eight hours later he was a WPT champ. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] Puetz topped the 510-player field to win his first major title and €270,000 including entry to the WPT Tournament of Champions in June in Las Vegas. Rifat Gegic and Renato Nowak were eliminated in ninth and eighth place respectively before reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champ was eliminated by Puetz in Hossein Ensan in seventh place to send the final six players to the official WPT final table. It took 24 hands before the first elimination. Farukh Tach moved all in from UTG for 1,200,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] before Laszlo Papai moved all-in over the top for 4,000,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3c"] gave Tach an open-ended straight draw but neither the [poker card="6h"] turn or [poker card="4h"] river were able to improve Tach's hand and he was eliminated in sixth. Gianluca Speranza, the reigning PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion, was the next to go. From the cutoff, Speranza moved all in for 1,900,000 with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] before Laszlo Papai called from the small blind with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"] flop gave both players a set but Speranza was eliminated after the [poker card="kc"] turn and [poker card="ks"] river completed the board. Just 19 hands later, Josef Gulas raised to 325,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"], Papai called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6h"] before Joep van den Bijgaart moved all in for 5,600,000 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. Gulas called all in before Papai folded. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="tc"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Gulas in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted 39 hands before van den Bijgaart saw his tournament run cut short. From the button, Papai raised to 400,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] before van den Bijgaart moved all in for 3,200,000 from the small blind with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Papai called and then moved ahead on the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] flop and then stayed there through the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river to eliminate Bijgaart and head to heads-up play with a slight lead over Puetz. It took just seven hands for Puetz to turn things around and eliminate Papai. The penultimate hand was saw Papai lose a significant amount of chips after going to battle with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] against Papai's [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. Even though Papai was left with less than one big blind, the final hand still had plenty of drama. Papai was all in with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"] and Puetz called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Papai bottom set while Puetz had top two pair. The turn was [poker card="qh"] to give Puetz the nut full house and the [poker card="7h"] was no saving grace for Papai to eliminate him in second place and give Puetz his first major title. The €3,300 buy-in event drew 510 players to create a €1,530,000 prize pool, just surpassing the €1,500,000 guarantee. WPT Germany Final Table Payouts Christopher Puetz - €270,000 Laszlo Papai - €174,500 Joep van den Bijgaart - €125,000 Josef Gulas - €91,000 Gianluca Speranza - €68,000 Farukh Tach - €52,000
  9. Eric Afriat has joined the prestigious list of players to have won three World Poker Tour titles. On Sunday, Afriat took first place in the Season XVIII WPT Fallsview Main Event. He topped the field of 594 entries to win C$508,021 ($379,120) and his third WPT title. At WPT Fallsview, Afriat found himself heads up with Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault. Entering heads-up play, Afriat had the lead with 13.15 million in chips to Carpentier-Perrault’s 10.625 million, according to the WPT Live Updates team. Afriat added a small bit to his lead to start and then the final hand of the tournament came on the fifth hand of heads-up play. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] On the final hand, Afriat had the [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"] against Carpentier-Perrault’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="5c"]. Carpentier-Perrault had raised to 500,000 with the blinds at 125,000-250,000 with a 250,000 big blind ante. Afriat made it 2 million to go and Carpentier-Perrault shoved for 9.52 million total. Afriat called and his pocket sevens held on the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"] board. Final Table Results 1st: Eric Afriat - C$508,021 (approx. $379,120)* 2nd: Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault - C$356,180 (approx. $265,805) 3rd: Adam Hui - C$229,013 (approx. $170,905) 4th: Trung Hien Nguyen - C$163,965 (approx. $122,361) 5th: Demo Kiriopoulos - C$125,850 (approx. $93,917) 6th: Zuhair Al-Pachachi - C$103,217 (approx. $77,027) Entering the official WPT final table of six players, Adam Hui was the leader and Afriat was the smallest stack remaining. Zuhair Al-Pachachi busted in sixth place, falling to Trung Hien Nguyen. That left five players remaining and Afriat’s stack was going the wrong way. With fewer than 10 big blinds, Afriat got all in with the [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] against the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"] of Carpentier-Perrault. The situation looked grim for Afriat, but he spiked a deuce to score the double up. Not too long after he cracked Carpentier-Perrault’s aces, Afriat was back at it, cracking another player’s pocket rockets. This time it was Nguyen who had the aces to Afriat’s kings. After the money went in preflop, Afriat hit a king on the turn and secured the double up. Falling in fifth place was Demo Kiriopoulos, the defending champion of WPT Fallsiew, and he was busted by Afriat. No, Afriat didn’t crack aces this time - he actually had the best hand going in and held up. Afriat’s [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"] was up against Kiriopoulos’ [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"] and held up on the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="7h"] run out. Kiriopoulos won the Season XVII WPT Fallsview Main Event for C$517,424 (approx. $392,059) and scored C$125,850 (approx. $93,917) this time in what was nearly a back-to-back title run. Hui then took out Nguyen in fourth place before it was Afriat who started to pull away with three players left. After Carpentier-Perrault took out Hui in third place, the heads-up duel was set. Afriat made quick work of Carpentier-Perrault and secured his third WPT title. Carpentier-Perrault finished in second place and took home C$356,180 (approx. $265,805). With the victory, Afriat joins Darren Elias, Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Chino Rheem, and Anthony Zinno as players to have won three WPT titles. Elias has actually won four and is the leader in the WPT Champions Club clubhouse. Afriat’s first WPT title came in Season XII when he won the largest WPT Main Tour event of all time, in terms of field size. That season, Afriat won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown, topping a field of 1,795 entries to win $1.081 million. In Season XVI, Afriat took first place in another large-field World Poker Tour event. This time it was the 1,244-entry WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and Afriat won it for $651,928.
  10. The final table of the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder stop was not hurting for storylines before play began on Tuesday afternoon. Defending champion Erkut Yilmaz had a shot at going back-to-back. Jake Schwartz had another shot at his first WPT title at his sixth final table. Robert Heidorn, who bubbled the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table, was hoping for a small piece of redemption. Tony Tran was hoping to win his second WPT title in just over 18 months. One of those came true, but it came with a twist that M. Night Shyamalan would have been proud of. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] When Tran won his first WPT title at the bestbet Bounty Scramble in October 2018, he finished it off by beating Schwartz heads-up. Tuesday night he got heads-up with Schwartz again and once again he beat him. It was the first time in WPT history that the final two players in an event had already battled heads-up in another tournament. Tran started the final table with the shortest stack, but Shankar Pillai was right there with him. Neither player was able to gain much traction until the two players clashed in an all-in preflop pot. Tran opened from the hijack to 65,000 and Yilmaz called from the cutoff. Down to just 19 big blinds, Pillai moved all-in for 565,000 before Tran moved all-in for 655,000 forcing Yilmaz to fold. Pillai turned over [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] which put him well behind Tran's [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"] to send Pillai out in sixth place and nearly double Tran's stack. Tran continued to build and doubled through Yilmaz. Another 19 hands after that, Tran sent the defending champion to the rail. Action folded to Tran in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"] before Yilmaz called off his last nine big blinds with [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="kd"] to give Tran a pair of sevens to eliminate Yilmaz in fifth. Four-handed play continued for 51 hands without an elimination before Tran found yet another victim. Kevin Rabichow moved all-in from the button for 1,175,000 and Tran called from the big blind. Rabichow showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="4c"] before Tran turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] flop cut Rabichow's chances down even further. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave him an extra out but the [poker card="jd"] river finished him off for good in fourth. Just a few moments later, Tran once again ended another player's run. Heirdon moved all-in for 1,625,000 and Tran called from the big blind. Heirdon showed [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] but was behind Tran's [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. Heirdon found no help through the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"] runout and was eliminated in third. Thanks to his work eliminating the other four opponentns, Tran began heads-up play with a nearly 4-1 chip lead over Schwartz. It took 30 hands for Tran to finish Schwartz off to win his second WPT title. On the final hand, Tran raised to 250,000 before Schwartz moved all-in for 1,350,000 and Tran called. Schwartz showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] but found himself dominated by Tran's [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"]. Tran made gin on the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"] flop and Schwartz was unable to catch any of the three remaining queens to stay alive and was eliminated, giving Tran another WPT title and $279,270 including a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions in late May. WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table Payouts Tony Tran - $279,270 Jake Schwartz - $177,680 Robert Heidorn - $122,105 Kevin Rabichow - $85,800 Erkut Yilmaz - $61,685 Shankar Pillai - $45,390
  11. As poker operators continue to cancel live events in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have teamed up to offer an online WPT series for the first time in the 18-year history of the tour. The WPT Online Series consists of 10 events, including a WPT Main Event with a $5,000,000 guarantee and a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] "It is an honour for us to host the first ever WPT Online Series. We are always looking for ways to bring exciting, high profile MTTs to our players and the World Poker Tour is up there amongst the most prestigious brands in poker," said Tom Waters, partypoker Managing Director. "The online festival promises to be huge and with a WPT Tournament of Champions seat on offer, it’s a really exciting opportunity for partypoker players." The schedule also includes a WPT500 and WPTDeepstacks event as well as a High Roller and Super High Roller event. The total guarantee across all 10 events is $15,000,000. "WPT and partypoker are proud to break new ground for both of our brands with the first WPT Online Series festival," said Adam Pliska, WPT CEO. "Players from around the globe can look forward to the opportunity to play in World Poker Tour events from the comfort of their homes at all buy-in levels." The Main Event The Main Event, which has a $3,200 buy-in and a $5,000,000 guarantee, has five starting flights with the first three running on three consecutive Sundays, May 10, 17, 24. The final two starting flights run on Monday, May 25 include a standard structure and a turbo structure. Players who make it through a Day 1 flight will play Day 2 on Monday, May 25 with the final day scheduled for Tuesday, May 26. Players start with 100,000 chips and levels last 20 minutes and can re-enter once per starting flight. WPT500 One of five events with a $1,000,000 guarantee, the WPT500 just might offer the best value of the 10 events. There is a single $530 starting flight each day from May 10 until May 17. On Monday, May 18, there are two starting flights, one with a standard structure and a last chance Day 1 starting flight with a turbo structure. All survivors return to play down to a winner on Monday, May 18. Players start with a 100,000 stack and levels are 15 minutes long each. Players can re-enter each starting flight one time. High Roller Scene It would be almost impossible to host a tournament series today with having some events catering to the high rollers. This series does exactly that with a $10,300 High Roller and a $25,500 Super High Roller event on the schedule. The Super High Roller event runs on Thursday, May 21, and players start with 100,000 stack and can re-enter a single time. Levels are 15 minutes long. The High Roller starts on Sunday, May 24, and ends on Monday, May 25. Again, players are afforded a single re-entry. Starting stack is 100,000 and levels are 20 minutes long. WPT Online Series Schedule Event # Dates Event Name Buy-In Guarantee 1 May 10-26 WPT Main Event $3,200 $5,000,000 2 May 10-18 WPT500 $530 $1,000,000 3 May 12 WPT Bounty Hunter $5,200 $1,000,000 4 May 14 WPT Pot Limit Omaha $5,200 $500,000 5 May 18-19 WPT Six Max $1,100 $1,000,000 6 May 19-20 WPT Mix-Max $5,200 $1,000,000 7 May 21 WPT Super High Roller $25,500 $2,000,000 8 May 21 WPT Turbo (PKO) $2,100 $500,000 9 May 24-25 WPT High Roller $10,300 $2,000,000 10 May 25-26 WPTDeepstacks $1,600 $1,000,000
  12. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, a number of poker events have been postponed or cancelled. This article will be updated regularly as tournament organizers make announcements. UPDATE 3/17/20: PokerStars announced today that EPT Sochi, originally scheduled to take place March 20-29, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/17/20: World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska issued a statement to announce the postponing of the WPT's three televised final tables set to play out March 31-April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The tentative plan is to finish these events in May with the WPT's second set of televised final tables. The three event final tables postponed are the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. UPDATE 3/17/20: Playground Poker Club announced that the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Montreal tournament has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled for April 16-27. New dates will be made public once decided. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Irish Poker Open was previously postponed. On Monday, March 16, partypoker announced that have partnered with the Irish Poker Open to play the series online April 6-12. UPDATE 3/16/20: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said that it will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16. The 2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open, originally scheduled for April 7-24, is cancelled. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Venetian poker room released a statement on Monday that the poker room will operate with a maximum of three players per table. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Orleans poker room stated that all cash and tournament tables will have a maximum of five players, starting Monday, March 15. Included in the announcement was messaging that stated cash games will have reduced rake during this time. UPDATE 3/16/20: Following the closing of the Wynn poker room, the entire Wynn Las Vegas resort will close temporarily started Tuesday, March 17. MGM Resorts also announced it would be temporarily closing its Las Vegas casinos. UPDATE 3/16/20: Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles and home to one of the largest card rooms in the world, closed on Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until at least Sunday, March 29. UPDATE 3/15/20: The WSOP announced that the WSOP Circuit St. Maarten stop, scheduled for March 25-April 6, is postponed indefinitely. UPDATE 3/15/20: Wynn poker room in Las Vegas closed on Sunday, March 15, at 6 a.m. PT and will remain closed until further notice. Access to deposit boxes will be available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Players have been asked to visit the casino cage at Encore for chip redemption. UPDATE 3/14/20: Starting Saturday, March 14, Bay 101 Casino in Northern California is temporarily suspending all casino operations, the company said in a statement. The plan is to close for at least three weeks until April 4. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Series of Poker issued a bevy of announcements regarding its events. Live WSOP Circuit stops at Harrah's Atlantic City in New Jersey, King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles have been suspended, with expectations that the festivals and events will resume when appropriate. WSOP Circuit stops at Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, and Casino Barriere Le Croisette in Cannes, France, have all been postponed, with new dates to be announced should they be established. In response to the changes, the WSOP announced a WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series for March 14-31. The festival features 18 gold ring events and more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees. The 18 events are said to count for the Global Casino Championship leaderboard points standings. UPDATE 3/13/20: Jason Somerville's very popular Run It Up Reno scheduled to take place in April has been cancelled. In the company statement, Run It Up said that it looks forward to seeing players at the Run It Up Reno event scheduled for October 30-November 9 later this year. UPDATE 3/13/20: PokerStars announced updates for the Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour events. Both of these events have been postponed. An update for EPT Sochi is said to come in the coming days following the company's review. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Poker Tour has updated its groups of events that have been affected by COVID-19. The list of postponed events now includes WPT Venetian, WPT Barcelona, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPTDeepStacks Maryland, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville, the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley, and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship. WPTDeepStacks Vietnam and WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam have been cancelled. UPDATE 3/13/20: The MSPT tournament scheduled to take place at Meskwaki Casino in Iowa from March 20-22 has been postponed. UPDATE 3/13/20: The WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has cancelled the rest of its events. "In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of players and staff, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the events for the series." The series was scheduled to run through March 16. UPDATE 3/13/20: King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, announced today that the venue will be closed until further notice "in compliance with the Czech government-issued restrictions." At the time of the announcing, King's Casino was hosting a WSOP International Circuit series, originally scheduled to run through March 23. UPDATE 3/12/20: The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles has announced it is postponing the remainder of the WSOP Circuit series currently running at the venue and originally scheduled to take place through March 18. UPDATE 3/12/20: Thunder Valley announced that the WPTDeepStacks Championship, scheduled for March 19-April 7, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: WPT Venetian, a $5,000 buy-in event scheduled for March 13-17 with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: Wynn Poker announced they will postpone the Wynn Spring Classic events scheduled for March 13-18. The suspension includes the series' $5,300 Championship. At the time of the announcement, the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em event was currently playing and is planned to complete its Day 2 on Friday, March 13. UPDATE 3/12/20: PokerCentral announced that the US Poker Open, which was set to run March 19-31 at the PokerGO studios at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, has been indefinitely postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: The RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Bossier City, originally scheduled for March 31 - April 5, was postponed with no date announced. UPDATE 3/12/20: The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam event began as scheduled on March 12, only to have the host property, Holland Casino, cancel the event midway through the first day of play after Dutch officials barred large gatherings of people. On March 8, PokerStars announced that all European events on the calendar before April 10, 2020, have been postponed. This included three Road to PSPC events in Hamburg, Germany, La Grande Motte, France, and Madrid, Spain. The European Poker Tour event in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for March 20-29 will go ahead as planned, as will the Okada Manila Millions, and the Brazilian Series of Poker event in Sao Paulo. According to sources within the company, The Stars Group has also restricted all of its employees from traveling until further notice. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] On March 2, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech has responded to the widespread outbreak in Italy by banning all players from that country until further notice. A WSOP Circuit event, with 15 Circuit rings up for grabs, is currently underway. "We have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above," a King's staff member wrote on the King's official Facebook page. On March 10, the WPT and partypoker LIVE have postponed the WPT event scheduled for March 22 - April 5 in Barcelona, Spain . The decision to postpone came just days after the two organizers announced the event would go on as planned without the €5,000,000 guarantee. Players who qualified online will be offered opportunities to use that seat for another event. That wasn't the first WPT event to feel the effect of concerns over the coronavirus. On February 17, the WPT Deepstacks event in Vietnam, originally scheduled for March 13 -22, was cancelled and WPT Taiwan, March 27-April 6, was postponed. Triton Poker has also been impacted. Back in early February, Triton announced the Jeju Super High Roller Series, which was scheduled for March 2-9, was postponed. On March 4, organizers made the decision to cancel the event altogether. On March 9, partypoker announced that players who have won seats into partypoker LIVE events will be afforded some flexibility and will be able to use their seat at a later date should they decide to not play. "I think we've got a responsibility to players and staff to not expect them to travel," said Rob Yong, partypoker partner and Dusk Till Dawn owner. "I know a lot of people's wives and families have said I prefer you not to go and we need to respect that." The Irish Poker Open, the second-longest running poker tournament in the world, was postponed on March 10 with no future date announced. Players who won their seat into the event via online or live satellites will have the seat honored for the future date. The World Series of Poker has yet to make an official statement in regards to the 2020 WSOP, but their verified Twitter account has replied to some people who have asked, "We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and have no plans to cancel WSOP at this time." Meanwhile, betting site PokerShares.com has posted odds on if the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be played out as scheduled. Originally opening with the No side as a +495 underdog, the line current line is the opposite, with Yes being a +235 underdog. 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  13. Kitty Kuo had her March calendar all planned out. Sacramento, for the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder event, San Jose, for the Bay 101 Shooting Stars where she was scheduled to be one of the bounties, Las Vegas, for tournaments at the Venetian and Wynn, then off to Los Angeles to play Live at the Bike before jetting off to Barcelona. That's not how it played out though. Kuo played the Rolling Thunder event, but then canceled her trip to San Jose after the area became a hot spot for Covid-19. She stayed in Las Vegas and attended the Global Poker Awards where she was a nominee. Kuo knew she had a decision to make. She could either stay in Las Vegas with her friends or head back to her native Taiwan and stay with her family there. Kuo chose the former and bounced between her best friend Jason Mo's house and her condominium. Deciding to stay in Las Vegas wasn't an easy decision. "All my friends are here and I wanted to keep them company," Kuo said. "I didn’t know the USA would be as bad as it is now. Also, if I go back to Taiwan, I worry I will have issues coming back to the USA." Over the last six weeks, Kuo has kept in touch with her family back home. Restrictions for Taiwanese residents are much stricter than what Americans have been experiencing to date. "In Taiwan, you need to follow the rules and stay (in isolation) for 14 days, but we can still communicate with families and friends. Everyone I know is safe in Taiwan," Kuo said. Time in self-isolation has given Kuo a chance to put in extra time working on her poker game. She's spent more hours working with her poker coach and challenged herself to play 100,000 hands of online cash games. For somebody who has been focused mostly on tournaments over the past few years, it's "Since live events will not be back anytime soon, I've decided to focus on online cash games," Kuo said. "I've been mastering Rush and cash. Five years ago, I couldn't beat online $1/$2 Rush and cash games." Like most people who are self-quarantining, Kuo has had some time to plan what she wants to do once the pandemic has passed and life returns to some level of normalcy. "I finally realized that I can't stay home for long periods of time. After this pandemic is over, I'm planning to travel the world for a year," Kuo said. "(I miss) having nice dinners with friends, playing poker on live streams, and traveling to all the WPT and APT stops." On Wednesday, after nearly seven weeks of staying in Las Vegas, Kuo changed her mind and headed home to Taiwan. One thing she'll be able to do is take advantage of the recently-announced Asian Poker Tour online event on Natural8. That series runs April 29 - April 5 with over $1.5 million in guarantees.
  14. The inaugural World Poker Tour Online series could not have started any better for Leo Fernandez. The Argentinian took down Event #1 (Opener $5,200 NLHE) on Monday for a mid-six-figure score. Fernandez outlasted 496 other entries in Event #1 to win $409,638.98. Zachary Clark finished as the runner-up for $291,636.73 while Joey Weissman had to settle for a third-place finish and $199,929.80. Evgeny Galakhov took down the Event #1 (Mini Opener $530 NLHE) for $115,293.30. The first Progressive Knockout events on the calendar featured a $215 and a $2,100 buy-in event. Paul Höfer beat former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt heads-up to win the $2,100 buy-in event for $74,004.05 and an additional $81,970.71 in bounties. Astedt earned $73,903.80 from the prize pool while picking up another $14,705.08 in bounties. Ilya Anatski came in third place for $50,698.65 and $18,785.16 in bounties. Brazil's Vitor Dzivielevski won the $215 buy-in event (Event #2 - $215 Mini Knockout) to earn $32,332.82 and an additional $25,354.11 in bounties. Day 1A of WPT500 event kicked off on Sunday with 727 entrants playing down to a field of 108. The biggest stacks belonged to Joao Matos (587,716), Anton Wigg (385,258), and Danton Gomes (366,841). Monday saw 439 entrants play down to 55 players with Ferenc Deak (444,257), Artan Dedusha (409,127), and Franco Spitale (372,231) moving onto Day 2 with the biggest stacks. Day 1 flights continue through May 11 when all players will return to play down to a final table. WPT Online Event #1 - Mini Opener - $530 NLHE 1,362 Entries $681,000 Prize Pool Evgeny Galakhov - $115,293.30 Pavel Veksler - $81,992.40 Firoz Mangroe - $53,322.30 Ilya Anatski - $35,616.30 Adam Hari - $25,333.20 Fernando Ferreira - $17,842.30 Gonzalo Palaez - $12,394.20 Simon Ronno Pedersen - $8,240.10 WPT Online Event #1 - Opener - $5,200 NLHE 497 Entries $2,173,150 Prize Pool Leonardo Fernandez - $409,638.98 Zachary Clark - $291,636.73 Joey Weissman - $199,929.80 Istvan Birizdo - $139,081.60 Stewart Kirby - $98,661.01 Umut Kara - $71,713.95 Sylvain Loosli - $51,069.02 Michel Dattani - $36,943.44 WPT Online Event #2 - Mini Knockout - $215 NLHE PKO 2,548 Entries $509,600 Prize Pool Vitor Dzivielevski - $32,332.82 + $25,354.11 in bounties Jakub Michalak - $32,280.18 + $5,434.24 in bounties Jakob Miegel - $20,784.67 + $4,092.59 in bounties Maksym Klopotok - $13,815.01 + $789.06 in bounties Christopher Oliver - $9,605.53 + $3,286.32 in bounties Georgios Kapalas - $6,554.36 + $1,118.75 in bounties Patrick Lauber - $4,520.24 + $3,330.46 in bounties Ricard Silva - $2,881.66 + $1,770.31 in bounties WPT Online Event #2M - Knockout - $215 NLHE PKO 501 Entries $1,002,000 Prize Pool Paul Höfer - $74,004.05 + $81,970.71 in bounties Niklas Astedt - $73,903.80 + $14,705.08 in bounties Ilya Anatski - $50,698.65 + $18,785.16 in bounties Andrii Novak - $35,368.63 + $5,187.50 in bounties Jack Sinclair - $25,018.68 + $18,984.37 in bounties Niko Koop - $18,18.38 + $14,382.81 in bounties João Oliveira - $12,950.19 + $17,406.25 in bounties Parker Talbot - $9,368.22 + $26,406.25 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1A 727 Entries $363,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Joao Matos - 587,716 Anton Wigg - 385,258 Danton GOmes - 366,841 Anton Yakuba - 310,488 Jose Luis Davila Perez - 304,008 Andrea Panarese - 297,502 Ily Anataski - 294,071 Seth Maretz - 272,677 Ian Modder - 27,446 Daniel Wilson - 260,536 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1B 439 Entries $219,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Ferenc Deak - 444,257 Artan Dedusha - 409,127 Franco Spitale - 372,231 Aleksejs Ponakovs - 362,777 Breixo González Peña - 330,214 Alexander Staffan Anders Ivarsson - 298,598 Luis Faria - 292,249 Anatoly Filatov - 275,408 Sergei Denisov - 253,528 Jonathan Clark - 248,363
  15. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns with an all-new episode and Lance and Donnie bringing you the very latest news from around the world of poker. This week, after a much talked about tweet from partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, the guys debate the merit of some kind of poker player's union and the impact of unlimited rebuys in the current online poker surge. Plus, the latest results from all of the major online series including PokerStars SCOOP, the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, and the WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker. Subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast! Available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  16. Nearly three years ago, Charlie Carrel took down the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1.2 million. On Friday night, Carrel thrust himself into the online poker spotlight again by winning a World Poker Tour Online Super High Roller event for $600,250. Carrel beat 97 other entries in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) including a final table that featured Arsenii Karmatckii, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, and eventual runner-up Ali Imsirovic. Third-place finisher Elias Talvitie finished third for $306,250 while Imsirovic earned $428,750 for coming in second. This event was the first of three $25,500 buy-in events on the WPT Online schedule. The others run on May 14 and May 17. Event #13 ($2,650 Six Max NLHE) drew 293 runners with Daniel Reijmer earning the trophy and $167,137.47. The final opponent he eliminated, Ole Schemion, took home $111,706.25 while third place finisher Julien Perouse added $80,575 to his bankroll. Aleksejs Ponakovs earned $54,225.52 for winning Event #13 Mini ($265 Six Max NLHE). Chad Eveslage took down Event #17 ($530 Six Max Hyper Knockout) for $11,027.98 plus $13,101.59 in bounties. Runner-up Ihar Soika won $11,015.30 and another $6,820.29 in bounties while Victoriya Gracheva came in third for $7,835.84 plus $1,343.75 in bounties. The single day event had 251 entries. Agustin Amestoy navigated his way throgh 840 other entries in Event #17 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper Knockout) to win $2,876.83 and $2,538.06 in bounties. Friday was the sixth starting flight of the WPT500 with 364 players adding $182,000 to the overall prize pool. Just 46 players advanced to Day 2 with Philipp Dietrich (393,082), Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque (390,506), and Carlos Chadha-Villamarin (386,541) finishing with the biggest stacks. WPT Online Event #13 Mini $265 Six Max NLHE 1,446 Entries $361,500 Prize Pool Aleksejs Ponakovs - $54,225.52 Denis Timofeev - $38,556.14 Dean Gilbert - $30,004.50 Stefan Jedlicka - $21,690 Goran Mandic - $14,460 Stoyan Obreshkov - $9,037.50 WPT Online Event #13: $2,650 Six Max NLHE 293 Entries $732,500 Prize Pool Daniel Reijmer - $167,137.47 Ole Schemion - $111,706.25 Julien Perouse - $80,575 Enrico Camosci - $58,600 Mark Radoja - $40,287.50 RUi Ferreira - $29,300 WPT Online Event #14 $25,500 Super High Roller 98 Entries $2,450,000 Prize Pool Charles Carrel - $600,250 Almedin Imsirovic - $428,750 Elias Talvitie - $306,250 Ivan Galinec - $214,375 Arsenii Karmatckii - $159,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $122,500 Christopher Hunichen - $98,000 Pauli Ayras - $79,625 WPT Online Event #17 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper Knockout 841 Entries $42,050 Prize Pool Agustin Amestoy - $2,876.83 + $2,538.06 in bounties Vyacheslav Bondartsev - $2,872.13 + $648.46 in bounties Aleksey Konoplev - $2,138.81 + $306.25 in bounties Matthew Eardley - $1,494.60 + $553.78 in bounties Ross Elliott - $990.27 + $913.85 in bounties Dmitry Grigorev - $677 + $165.61 in bounties WPT Online Event #17 $530 Six Max Hyper Knockout 251 Entries $125,500 Prize Pool Chad Eveslage - $11,027.98 + $13,101.59 in bounties Ihar Soika - $11,015.30 + $6,820.29 in bounties Victoriya Gracheva - $7,835.84 + $1,343.75 in bounties Ramon Miquel Munoz - $5,724.10 + $828.12 in bounties Connor Drinan - $4,266.41 + $2,312.50 in bounties Martin Mathis - $2,844.27 + $1,375.00 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1F 364 Entries $182,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Philipp Dietrich - 393,082 Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - 390,506 Carlos Chadha-Villamarin - 386,541 Bartlomiej Ryszard Machon - 362,085 Simon Ravnskbaek - 314,144 Julien Martini - 252,469 Florian-Dimitrie Duta - 237,110 Giovani Torre - 237,071 Javier Gomez Zapatero - 205,584 Alexander Piskopos - 196,676
  17. One of the brightest stars of the Norwegian poker scene shined bright on Tuesday night as the World Poker Tour Online on partypoker crowned six more champions and handed out nearly $1.7 million in prize money. Ola Amundsgaard topped the 101-player field in #6 ($5,200 PLO High Roller) to win $117,115.59. Runner-up Veselin Karakitukov also secured a six-figure score, earning $110,891.92 while Rui Ferreira came in third place for $60,600. Amundsgaard wasn't the biggest winner on the day, however. Hungarian Tamas Adamszki won Event #5 ($1,575 NLHE Superstack) to win $122,908.50. Kfir Ivgi had to settle for $88,159.50 as the runner-up and Samuel Vousden rounded out the top three for $60,489. Gereon Sowa picked up $41,652.03 for winning (Event #5 $162 Mini Superstack). Danish poker pro Jesper Hougaard outlasted the rest of the 242-player field in Event #7 ($1,050 PLO Knockout) to earn $21,264.93 from the prize pool plus another $21,917.97 in bounties. Rafael Camargo Freitas finished in second for $21,240.65 and just $1,250 in bounties with Javier Zarco finishing third for $15,109.75 and $13,105.47 in bounties. Aki Foudilainen won Event #7 ($109 Mini PLO Knockout) for$4,140.75 and an impressive $6,761.01 worth of bounties. Tuesday also had another starting flight for the WPT500. This one brought out 514 entries with 75 of them moving onto Day 2. The biggest stacks from 1C were Michael Dattani (408,845), Waheed Ashraf (360,460), and Lawrence Bayley (341,313). This brings the total number of players to 1,680 with seven more starting flights to come. WPT Online Event #5 Mini $162 Superstack 1,646 Entries $246,900 Prize Pool Gereon Sowa - $41,652.03 Henok Tekle Mariam - $29,553.93 Elias Vääräniemi - $19,208.82 Gustavo Silva - $12,814.11 Luiz Orrico - $9,085.92 Andrew Hulme - $6,370.02 Andrew Wilson - $4,419.51 Lukasz Pietrzyk - $2,913.42 WPT Online Event #5 $1,575 NLHE Superstack 429 Entries $643,500 Prize Pool Tamas Adamszki - $122,908.50 Kfir Ivgi - $88,159.50 Samuel Vousden - $60,489 Joao Ferreira - $42,471 Sylvain Loosli - $30,373.20 Shawn Buchanan - $22,136.40 Pedro Madeira - $15,637.05 Bernard Larabi - $11,389.95 WPT Online Event #6 $5,200 PLO High Roller 101 Entries $505,000 Prize Pool Ola Amundsgaard - $117,115.59 Veselin Karakitukov - $110,891.92 Rui Ferreira - $60,600 Matthew Wantmann - $43,430 Lauri Varonen - $31,562.50 Mark Demirjian - $20,957.50 WPT Online Event #7 $109 Mini PLO Knockout 590 Entries $59,000 Prize Pool Aki Foudilainen - $4,140.75 + $6,761.01 Jasper Wagemakers - $4,134.77 + $504.68 Luigi Andrea Shehadeh - $3,110.42 + $318.75 Francis Dervan - $2,228 + $703.71 Aneta Stichova - $1,559.60 + $781.24 David Penly - $954.86 + $1,179.89 WPT Online Event #7 $1,050 PLO Knockout 242 Entries $242,000 Prize Pool Jesper Hougaard - $21,264.93 + $21,917.97 in bounties Rafael Camargo Freitas - $21,240.65 + $1,250 in bounties Javier Zarco - $15,109.75 + $13,105.47 in bounties Artsiom Prostak - $11,037.72 + $10,460.94 in bounties Espen Myrmo - $8,226.87 + $3,927.50 in bounties Jutta Steinlechner - $5,484.58 + $3,375.00 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1C 514 Entries $257,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Michael Dattani - 408,845 Waheed Ashraf - 360,460 Lawrence Bayley - 341,313 Matthias LIpp - 326,888 Guillaume Diaz - 296,931 Arseniy Malinov - 264,606 Thomas Middleton - 263,394 Lars Kamphues - 254,463 John Bradley - 241,36- Kimberley Backler - 240,266
  18. There were just two final tables on Monday's World Poker Tour Online slate but the action was clearly focused on the WPT500. The final two starting flights drew 298 and 408 players respectively and Day 2 began with 681 players who survived one of the 10 starting flights. Italian Walter Treccarich ended Day 2 with 18,966,747 chips and heads into Tuesday's final table with the chip lead. Right behind him is Fabio Sperling with 18,702,704 in second place and Philipp Dietrich in third with 18,212,576. While the top three are fairly close in terms of chip count, there is a significant drop between third and fourth. Christopher Putz bagged up 13,082,130 - 31% less than Treccarich - and Markus Prinz sits fifth with 12,825.148. The bottom four stacks belong to Harutyun Sahakyan (5,046,239), Fabrizio Gonzalez (3,611,032), Giuseppe Vassallo (2,784,224), with Daan Mulders (2,760,152) holding the shortest stack. The final table begins at 3 PM EDT on Tuesday. Andrey Kotelnikov was the biggest winner on Monday. The Russian took home $37,001 after winning Event #25 ($530 Six Max Turbo). A total of 370 players created a $185,000 prize pool. Runner-up Ashley Cleaver pocketed $27,380 while Hong Hao David Doan took home $19,889 for coming in third. Joao Manana won $9,333 for shipping Event #25 Mini ($55 Six Max Turbo). WPT500 4,828 Entries $2,414,000 Prize Pool Final Table Chip Counts Walter Treccarich - 18,966,747 Fabio Sperling - 18,702,704 Philipp Dietrich - 18,212,576 Christopher Putz - 13,082,130 Markus Prinz - 12,825.148 Harutyun Sahakyan - 5,046,239 Fabrizio Gonazalez - 3,611,032 Giuseppe Vassallo - 2,784,224 Daan Mulders - 2,760,152 Event #25 Mini $55 Six Max Turbo 1,206 Entries $60,300 Prize Pool Joao Manana - $9,333 Joaquim Tarach - $7,116 Christoph Moritz - $5,412 Santtu Kalevi Leinonen - $3,779 Gytis Lazauninkas - $2,473 Antoine Goutard - $1,547 Event #25 $530 Six Max Turbo 370 Entries $185,000 Prize Pool Andrey Kotelnikov - $37,001 Ashley Cleaver - $27,380 Hong Hao David Doan - $19,889 Andrea Panarese - $14,020 Mantas Bulotas - $10,175 Ambrose Carr - $7,030
  19. Wednesday brought more WPT Online Series action at partypoker and some big winners. Among those taking home titles was Pascal Hartmann, who won the $5,200 High Roller for $205,826.53. Anthony Zinno and Robert Heidorn were also among the day's winners. The $5,200 High Roller that Hartmann won attracted 225 entries and generated a $1.125 million prize pool. Christoph Vogelsang, Mikita Badziakouski, Kristen Bicknell, and Farid Jattin were among those to reach the final table, and in the end it was Hartmann up against Dimitar Danchev. Hartmann won the heads-up battle and took home $205,826.53 for the win. Danchev earned $190,060.98. Robert Heidorn won Event #8 Mini $215 6-Max Bounty Hunter for $19,709.68 plus $21,288.58 in bounties. In Event #8 $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter, Guillaume Nolet topped all competitors to win $47,874.85 plus $66,000.01 in bounties, which made for a $113,874.86 score. Finishing second to Nolet was Ambrose Carr, who won $47,816.67 plus $15,046.87 in bounties for the result. Carr also took sixth in Event #12 $530 Turbo Bounty for $3,876.90 plus $2,875 in bounties. Event #10 $1,050 Heads Up saw Zinno take first place, chopping the prize pool with Ameer Jamil Wakil. Both players took home $29,040. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] WPT Online Event #8 Mini $215 6-Max Bounty Hunter 1,708 Entries $341,600 Prize Pool Robert Heidorn - $19,709.68 + $21,288.58 in bounties Davi Cola De Melo - $19,675.41 + 3,333.02 in bounties Paul Höfer - $15,003.80 + $1,171.87 in bounties Stefan Huber - $10,783.98 + $5,841.42 in bounties Micky Blasi - $7,314.35 + 2,389.06 in bounties Antonio Roberto Cao Klein Ligtenberg - $4,219.82 + $3,703.52 in bounties WPT Online Event #8 $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter 290 Entries $580,000 Prize Pool Guillaume Nolet - $47,874.85 + $66,000.01 in bounties Ambrose Carr - $47,816.67 + $15,046.87 in bounties Ramon Miguel Munoz - $34,511.63 + $15,593.75 Benjamin Chalot - $25,099.36 + 3,953.12 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $17,255.81 + $4,250 in bounties Michael Addamo - $12,549.68 + $12,312.50 in bounties WPT Online Event #9 $5,200 High Roller 225 Entries $1,125,000 Prize Pool Pascal Hartmann - $205,826.53 Dimitar Danchev - $190,060.98 Alberto Meran - $118,687.50 Christoph Vogelsang - $87,750 Mikita Badziakouski - $61,875 Kristen Bicknell - $47,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $34,875 Farid Jattin - $25,875 WPT Online Event #10 $1,050 Heads Up 121 Entries $121,000 Prize Pool Anthony Zinno - $29,040 Ameer Jamil Wakil - $29,040 Ivan Sakharov - $12,100 Niklas Åstedt - $12,100 WPT Online Event #12 $530 Turbo Bounty 411 Entries $205,500 Prize Pool Gianluca Escobar - $15,450.44 + $22,757.85 in bounties Robert Kacinski - $15,429.71 + $3,562.50 in bounties Peter Turmezey - $10,593.86 + $4,468.76 in bounties Fabrizio Dagostino - $7,438.24 + $2,421.87 in bounties Calvin Anderson - $5,319.47 + $4,749.99 in bounties Ambrose Carr - $3,876.90 + $2,875 in bounties Guntis Aleskins - $2,738.62 + $2,468.74 in bounties Rafael Camargo Freitas - $1,994.80 + $1,125 in bounties WPT Online Event #12 Mini $55 Turbo Bounty 1,786 Entries $89,300 Prize Pool Alexandros Vlachakis - $5,895.62 + $5,016.63 in bounties Adrian Strobel - $5,885.69 + $1,531.52 in bounties Jamie O'neill - $3,829.59 + $772.30 in bounties Flavio Nascimento - $2,549.76 + $751.30 in bounties Anthony Clancy - $1,803.61 + $555.48 in bounties Eric William Neves - $1,255.11 + $242.77 in bounties Craig Martin - $864.74 + $189.84 in bounties Jessica Teusl - $563.32 + $401.56 in bounties
  20. Another three titles were handed out on Thursday in the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, including the crowning of the first two-time WPT Online champion. Brazil’s Vitor Dzivielevski topped the field of 1532 entries in Event #28 ($109 Mini 6-Max) to win the $22,230 first-place prize and become the first person to claim his second WPT Online title. Dzivielevski’s first victory in the WPT Online series came on May 3 when he fought his way through another large field event, knocking out the competition in the 2548 player field in Event #2 ($215 Mini Knockout) to take home a combined score of over $57,000. Tristan Taylor wrapped up Event #28 as the runner-up which was good for $16,086. David Ivers picked up the bronze and added $12,256 to his bankroll. The largest score of the day belonged to Germany’s Wiktor Malinowski who navigated the tough field of 115 high rollers and picked up a victory in the two-day Event #29 ($10,300 High Roller) for $281,750. High-stakes tournament specialist Nick Petrangelo fell just one spot short of the title, finishing as the runner-up and collecting $201,250 for his efforts. Pascal Lefrancois finished in third place and took home $143,750. In Event #28 ($1,050 6-Max) Gustavo Mastelotto became the second Brazilian on the day to earn a WPT title. Mastelotto survived the 401-entry field to earn the $80,200 first-place prize. Fausto Tantito ended his run as the runner-up, collecting $59,348. Finally, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff wrapped up in third place and added $43,107 to his impressive career total of $10.6 million in lifetime earnings. Three more two-day events kicked off on Thursday including Event #32 ($25,500 Super High Roller) which saw 87 players enter for a shot of a piece of the over $2 million prize pool. Of those 87, only eight made it to day two with Juan Pardo Dominguez holding the overnight chip lead. Elio Fox, Pauli Ayras, Christopher Hunichen, and Timothy Adams are among those who will return to fight for the $565K first-place prize. Event #28 - $1,050 6-Max 401 entries 401,000 prize pool Gustavo Mastelotto - $80,200.06 Fausto Tantito - $59,348 Steven Van Zadelhoff - $43,107.50 Alexandru Papazian - $30,387.78 Laszlo Molnar - $22,055 Ivan Deyra - $15,238 Event #28 - $109 Mini 6-Max 1532 entries 153,200 prize pool Vitor Dzivielevski - $22,230 Tristan Taylor - $16,086 David Ivers - $12,256 Tautvydas Tukaciauskas - $8,809 Arran Fletcher - $5,974.80 Thomas Boivin Event #29 $10,300 High Roller 115 entries 1,150,000 prize pool Wiktor Malinowski - $281,750 Nick Petrangelo - $201,250 Pascal Lefrancois - $143,750 Samuel Vousden - $100,625 Elias Talvitie - $74,750 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $57,500 Artur Martirosian - $46,000 Benjamin Rolle - $37,375 Event #31 $1,575 8-Max Top 10 Chip Counts Phillip Mighall - 1,377,145 Istvan Birizdo - 1,223,201 Stefan Schillhabel - 1,163,383 Teun Mulder - 958,013 Viktor Ustimov - 895,655 Alexander Puchalski - 894,098 Jonathan Proudfoot - 880,886 Daniel Clopoys - 818,143 Peter Chien - 689,831 Gary Hasson - 615,272 Event #32 $25,500 Super High Roller Final Table Chip Counts Juan Pardo Dominguez - 799,968 Elio Fox - 669,530 Pauli Ayras - 427,724 Christopher Hunichen - 224,728 Mark Davis - 178,608 Samuel Vousden - 169,968 Timothy Adams - 80,723 Andrei Novak - 58,751
  21. Thursday's World Poker Tour Online schedule featured just one final table but what was lacking in quantity was made up quality as the single final table was packed with some of the best poker players in the world. Sam Greenwood topped the 105-entry field in Event #11 ($10,300 High Roller) to win $257,250. The final player Greenwood eliminated, Matthias Eibinger had to settle for runner-up status and $183,750. Rui Ferreira came in third for $131,250. Greenwood also finished ninth in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $61,250. That event plays down to a winner on Friday with Elias Talvitie leading and $600,250 for the eventual winner. Thursday also had 479 runners enter Day 1E of the WPT500 event. Dzmitry Urbanovich had the biggest stack of the 64 players who survived to move onto Day 2. Urbanovich finished with 406,443 chips. Patrik Antonius also finished with a top ten stack, bagging up 285,440. Five starting flights remain with 2,589 total entries to date. WPT Online Event #11 $10,300 High Roller 105 Entries $1,050,000 Prize Pool Sam Greenwood - $257,250 Matthias Eibinger - $183,750 Rui Ferreira - $131,250 Jorma Nuutien - $91,875 Alexandru Papazian - $68,250 Timothy Adams - $52,500 Joni Jouhkimainen - $42,000 Pauli Ayras - $34,125 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1E 479 Entries $239,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Dzmitry Urbanovich - 406,443 Dean Arsenie - 350,552 Jonathan Therme - 331,257 Brian Wouters - 301,295 Harutyun Sahakyan - 293,326 Diogo Cardoso - 290,623 Ali Zihni - 290,533 Patrik Antonius - 285,440 Les Packer - 276,999 Manuel Bardon - 271,670
  22. Five more World Poker Tour Online titles were awarded on Friday night with Elio Fox securing the biggest score of the day and second biggest of the series. Fox started the final table of Event #32 ($25,500 Super High Roller) sitting second in chips behind Juan Pardo Dominguez but managed to flip that script and defeated Dominguez heads-up to win the title and $565,500. Dominguez walked away with $402,375 while Pauli Ayras earned $282,750 for his third place finish. The only player with a bigger WPT Online score is Charlie Carrel who won $600,250 for shipping Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) last week. Viktor Ustimov topped the 451-entry field in Event #31 ($1,575 Eight Max NLHE) to win $127,520.25. Sweden's Jerry Odeen finished in second place earning $90,786.30 while British grinder Jonathan Proudfoot wound up in third place for a $62,238 payday. Jonathan Rosa won Event #31 Mini ($162 Mini Eight Max NLHE) to win $41,171.73. Stuart Menzies defeated Anton Wigg heads-up in Event #34 ($530 Six Max Hyper NLHE) to win $26,672.50. Wigg earned a $17,592.50 consolation prize while Bernard Larabi added $12,507.47 to his bankroll for finishing third. Marllon Pinto topped Event #34 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper NLHE) for $7,038.01. Event #31 Mini $162 Mini Eight Max NLHE 1,627 Entries $244,050 prize pool Jonathan Rosa - $41,171.73 Jonathan Clark - $29,212.78 Marcello Miniucchi - $18,987.09 Eduardo Moreno Cardigo - $12,666.19 Eduardo Silva - $8,981.04 Srdan Tomovic - $6,296.49 Philipp Teipel - $4,36849 Peter Rese - $2,879.7 Event #31 $1,575 Eight Max NLHE 451 entries $676,500 prize pool Viktor Ustimov - $127,520.25 Jerry Odeen - $90,786.30 Jonathan Proudfoot - $62,238 Istvan Birizdo - $43,296 Stefan Schillhabel - $30,713.10 Teun Mulder - $22,324.50 Samuel Vousden - $15,897.75 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $11,500.500 Event #32 $25,500 Super High Roller 87 entries $2,175,000 prize pool Elio Fox - $565,500 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $402,375 Pauli Ayras - $282,750 Samuel Vousden - $195,750 Mark Davis - $152,250 Timothy Adams - $108,750 Christopher Hunichen - $87,000 Andrii Novak - $76,125 Event #34 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper NLHE 828 entries $41,400 prize pool Marllon Pinto - $7,038.01 Petar Leshtov - $5,185.01 Jan Stazisar - $3,933 Mikhail Zamyatin - $2,691 Carl Duggan - $1,863 Nicolas Vande Wiele - $1,242 Event #34 $530 Six Max Hyper NLHE 227 entries $113,500 prize pool Stuart Menzies - $26,672.50 Anton Wigg - $17,592.50 Bernard Larabi - $12,507.47 Guillaume Nolet - $9,136.75 Kamel Mokhammad - $6,810 Francois Billard - $4,540
  23. Niklas Astedt is one of the most successful online poker tournament players in history. Astedt has held down the #1 ranking on PocketFives 10 times in his career for a total of 85 weeks. On Sunday, the Swedish poker pro earned the sixth-largest cash of his career by winning Event #15 ($1,050 Weekender) of the World Poker Tour Online series. Astedt made his way through 117 other players before beating a final table that included Jens Lakemeier, Stefan Schillhabel, Manig Loeser, and eventual runner-up Tyler Goatcher. Astedt won $174,751.50 while Goatcher had to settle for $124,333. Sonny Franco came in third for $83,508.70. Matthew Wilkins earned the victory in Event #15 Mini ($109 Weekender) and pocketed $63,285.54. Astedt was the biggest winner on a day but there was a total of six WPT Online titles were awarded and the WPT Online Championship had a strong turnout for its opening Day 1 flight. Event #18 ($3,200 Pot Limit Omaha) had 128 Entries to created a $384,000 Prize Pool. Jacob Carl Schindler outlasted all of them to win the event and earn $96,731.94. Runner-up Mads Amot banked $65,280 for falling one spot short of a title while Espen Myrmo fell two spots short and earned $46,080. Rui Ferreira won Event #18 Mini ($320 Pot Limit Omaha) for $22,560.10 Viktor Ustimov defeated Robin Andreas Berggren heads-up to win Event #21 ($1,050 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty) for a total of just north of $60,000. Ustimov took $26,909.02 from the prize pool and then another $35,195.33 in bounties. Berggren took home $26,876.26 and $1,875 in bounties. A few days removed from winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title, Lucas Reeves narrowly missed out on a WPT Online title by finishing third for $19,397.91 and $5,007.81 in bounties. Adrian-Sorel State topped the 1,935-entry field in Event #21 Mini ($109 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty) to bank $11,422.11 and another $7,448.35 in bounties. The first of four WPT Main Event starting flights drew 808 entries to create a $2,424,000 prize pool. The event has a $5,000,000 guarantee which should be easily accomplished with Day 1B next Sunday, 1C and 1D next Monday. Abdelhakim Zoufri turned his 40,000 starting stack into 791,877 to bag the chip lead. Kevin Macdonald (668,081), and Julie Ribiero (590,228) rounded out the top three stacks. The WPT500 Day had its eight starting flight on Sunday with Ezequiel Waigel accumulating 435,201 chips to take into Day 2 on Monday. The flight had 696 runners to push the total field to date to 3,816 entries with the final two starting flights on Monday. WPT $3,200 Main Event Day 1A 808 Entries $2,424,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Abdelhakim Zoufri - 791,877 Kevin Macdonald - 668,081 Julie Ribiero - 590,228 Vincenzo Lupoli - 572,192 Sefan Lehner - 560,487 Benny Glaser - 548,623 Ihar Soika - 454,941 Benjamin Van Den Heuvel - 447,438 Pedro Madeira - 445,001 Guillaume Nolet - 443,152 WPT Online Event #15 Mini $109 Weekender 510 Entries $409,500 Prize Pool Matthew Wilkins - $63,285.54 Julio Fantin - $44,348.85 Ricardo Arraiano - $28,501.20 Ivan Zufic - $18,673.20 Pedro Jorge - $12,899.25 Paul A Allen - $8,804.25 Thomas William Bingham - $6,122.02 Philippe Dauteuil - $3,968.05 WPT Online Event #15 $1,050 Weekender 125 Entries $979,000 Prize Pool Niklas Astedt - $174,751.50 Tyler Goatcher - $124,333 Sonny Franco - $83,508.70 Fredrik Andersson - $56,586.20 Manig Loeser - $39,943.20 Stefan Schillhabel - $28,782.60 Jens Lakemeier - $20,559 Javier Zarco - $14,293.40 WPT Online Event #18 Mini $320 Pot Limit Omaha 376 Entries $112,800 Prize Pool Rui Ferreira - $22,560.10 Jamil Kanji - $16,694.40 Pedro Zagalo - $12,126 Akseli Paalanen - $8,547.98 Brett Davies - $6,204 Andreas Torbergsen - $4,286.40 WPT Online Event #18 $3,200 Pot Limit Omaha 128 Entries $384,000 Prize Pool Jacob Carl Schindler - $96,731.94 Mads Amot - $65,280 Espen Myrmo - $46,080 Joao Vieira - $32,640 Ferenc Deak - $24,000 Richard Ashby $15,936 WPT Online Event #21 Mini $109 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty 1,935 Entries $193,500 Prize Pool Adrian-Sorel State - $11,422.11 + $7,448.35 in bounties Lukas Soucek - $11,400.49 + $3,693.56 in bounties Diogo GOmes - $8,669.98 + $2,152.77 in bounties Vadim Shlez - $6,264.76 + $2,084.28 in bounties Oleg Netaliev - $4,150.40 + $1,678.53 in bounties Carlos Eduardo Zeferino Madeira - $2,405.22 + $596.86 in bounties WPT Online Event #21 $1,050 Mix-Max Turbo Bounty 326 Entries $326,000 Prize Pool Viktor Ustimov - $26,909.02 + $35,195.33 in bounties Robin Andreas Berggren - $26,876.26 + $1,875.00 in bounties Lucas Reeves - $19,397.91 + $5,007.81 in bounties Simon Deadman - $14,107.57 + $1,562.00 in bounties Marc-Olivier Grandmaitre - $9,698.95 + $10,468.75 in bounties Shyngis Satubayev - $7,053.78 + $3,156.26 in bounties WPT Online: WPT500 Day 1H 696 Entries $348,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Ezequiel Waigel - 435,201 Yuan Yuan Li - 32,147 Rui Bouquet - 363,423 Jerry Odeen - 329,637 Aleksandr Shevliakov - 308,278 Chirstopher Putz - 289,886 Angel Guillen - 284,871 Georgi Sandev - 284,321 Adrovan Rodrigues Junior - 283,265 Fausto Tantillo - 277,829
  24. Saturday was the calm before the storm at the World Poker Tour Online at partypoker with just four events playing down to a champion. Luke Martinelli outlasted 253 other entries in Event #19 ($530 Turbo) to win the title and $25,895.30. Finishing one spot behind Martinelli earned Freek Scholten $18,796 while Norbert Szecsi took home $13,398.50 for coming in third place. Mohamed Bachir Andolssi earned $8,652.15 for winning Event #19 Mini ($55 Turbo). Saturday also the seventh WPT500 starting flight. Julio Fantin finished Day 1G with the biggest stack at 440,689. A total of 68 players advanced to Day 2 including Alex Fortin-Demers (408,580), Kevin MacPhee (330,663), Alexandr Trofimov (281,301), and Jaime Staples (270,972). Note: results from Event #16 and Event #16 Mini were not made publically available. WPT Online Event #19 Mini $55 Turbo 1,175 Entries $58,750 Prize Pool Mohamed Bachir Andolssi - $8,652.15 Andrea Panarese - $8,532.84 Rafael Roglio - $4,705.87 Carson Barton - $3,149.00 Marlon Singh - $2,232.50 Dzhem Yumer Yumer - $1,574.50 Evgeny Nekrasov - $1,104.50 Henrik Zeis - $740.25 WPT Online Event #19 $530 Turbo 254 Entries $127,000 Prize Pool Luke Martinelli - $25,895.30 Freek Scholten - $18,796.00 Norbert Szecsi - $13,398.50 Jimi Koponen - $9,906.00 Ognyan Dimov - $6,985.00 Anthony Spinella - $5,334.00 Thomas Boivin - $3,937.00 Roger Tondeur - $2,921.00 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1G 473 Entries $236,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Julio Fantin - 440,869 Alex Fortin-Demers - 408,580 Kevin MacPhee - 330,663 Alexandr Trofimov - 281,301 James Staples - 270,972 Pedro Madeira - 248,984 Valerii Kutepov - 243,358 Jose Manuel Nadal - 223,099 Anton Morgenstern - 213,659 Pavel Savin - 209,238
  25. The WPT Online Championship at partypoker is down to its final eight players from the field of 2,130 entries. Sweden's Christian Jeppsson is the man to catch entering Wednesday's final day of play and there's a first-place prize of $1.048 million awaiting the winner. Jeppsson finished Tuesday with 17.573 million in chips. In second on the leaderboard is Sam Greenwood with 16.087 million. Pascal Hartmann sits third with 14.884 million and he's bunched up with Alexander Stuart Clark with 14.407 million. Bubbling the final table was Dmitry Yurasov, and notables Benny Glaser (11th - $51,120), Matthias Eibinger (20th - $28,755), Ema Zajmovic (25th - $21,150.90), and Matas Cimbolas (37th - $18,594.90) all had deep runs. WPT Online Championship had a buy-in of $3,200 and generated a prize pool of $6.39 million, topping the event's $5 million guarantee. There is more than a million dollars up top, and the final eight have each locked up $66,775.50. Play is set to resume on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) to crown a World Poker Tour champion. Event #42: 6-Max Bounty Hunter $400K Gtd is also down to its final eight players. This tournament had a buy-in of $2,100 and a field size of 185 entries. Leading the final eight is Patrik Antonius with 1.644 million in chips. The top two places are set to earn more than $39,000 each in addition to the bounties that are won. In Event #43: $10,300 High Roller $1M Gtd, the final eight players remain from a 101-entry field. Leading the way is Andras Nemeth with 911,709 in chips. It's a sizeable lead for Nemeth, as Daniil Kiselev is in second place with 637,468. Dan Smith, who is coming off a victory in Event #37: $25,500 Super High Roller for $555,503, is the shortest stack left with 88,309. The winner of this one is set to take home $247,450 and the final eight are each guaranteed $32,825. Event #20 - $3,200 WPT Online Championship 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Christian Jeppsson - 17,573,926 Sam Greenwood - 16,087,766 Pascal Hartmann - 14,884,499 Alexander Stuart Clark - 14,407,969 Viktor Ustimov - 9,138,972 Jukka Koskela - 5,700,975 Nikolay Ponomarev - 5,132,492 Pascal Teekens - 2,215,627 Event #42 - $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter $400K Gtd 185 entries $400,000 prize pool Final Eight Chip Counts Patrik Antonius - 1,644,597 ($11,140.62 in bounties) Alessandro Valli - 1,003,749 ($4,437.50 in bounties) Jacob Verloop - 903,717 ($1,000 in bounties) Gustavo Mastelotto - 620,643 ($4,187.50 in bounties) Tamas Adamszki - 453,533 ($5,312.50 in bounties) Pedro Garagnani - 330,001 ($4,125 in bounties) Istvan Habencius - 322,256 ($6,312.50 in bounties) Alexandr Trofimov - 271,504 ($6,937.50 in bounties) Event #43: $10,300 High Roller $1M Gtd 101 entries $1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Andras Nemeth - 911,709 Daniil Kiselev - 637,468 Jorma Nuutinen - 377,651 David Peters - 306,906 Fabrizio Gonzalez - 289,449 David Gent - 228,730 Mark Davis - 189,778 Dan Smith - 88,309
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