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  1. After four starting flights and 2,130 entries, the first-ever World Poker Tour Online Championship Event saw just 398 players return for Day 2 on Monday. And at the end of the day, it was Super High Roller savant Sam Greenwood who assumed the overnight chip lead heading into Day 3. Throughout the course of the week, thousands of players packed the lobbies of the WPT Online starting flights helping the WPT crush the event’s $5 million guarantee to the tune of a $6,390,000 prize pool. On Monday, the 398 players that survived those opening flights reunited online to battle for the over $1 million first-place prize. Only 35 of the 398 runners found a virtual bag with tournament specialist Sam Greenwood grabbing the top spot (4,635,621) followed closely by Pascal Hartmann (4,431,202), and Max Silver (4,340,422). Rounding out the top five chip counts are Rayan Chamas and Aram Zobian who also finished the day with over four million in chips. Other notable names to advance include Vincent Bosca Ramon, Amichal Barer, Benny Glaser, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Matthias Eibinger, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Viktor Ustimov, and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. Although 398 players returned for Day 2, only 312 of them were going to get paid. Justin Bonomo, Rui Ferreira, Daniel Dvoress, Christoph Vogelsang, and Ludovic Geilich were among the players who picked up a $5,942.70 min-cash, exiting not long after the money bubble burst. Koray Aldemir (273rd, $6,134.40), #1-ranked Conor Beresford (243rd, $6,326.10), Darren Elias (203rd, $6,645) were able to ladder up a little. Chance Kornuth (184th, $7,604.10), Wiktor Malinowski (149th, $8,882.10), Jorryt Van Hoof (123rd, $9,521.10), Dominik Nitsche (109th, $10,160.10), and Igor Kurganov (108th, $10,160.10) were among those who looked to make a run but fell outside of the top 100. Mohsin Charania (97th, $10,799.10), Simon Deadman (88th, $11,438.10), Mikita Badziakouski (68th, $13,035.60), Chris Kruk (57th, $14,185.80), and Kristen Bicknell (43rd, $16,741.80) were among those who nearly advanced to day three but ultimately fell just short. With 35 players left, everyone is guaranteed a payday of at least $18,594.90 while the top seven are promised a six-figure score. There were plenty of six-figure scores to be had in the two-day Event #37 ($25,500 Super High Roller) as 91 players battled for the over half-a-million first-place prize. After a deal was made, Dan Smith emerged victorious taking home $555,503.38 for first while Daniel Dvoress agreed to accept $456,871.63 as the runner-up. It turned out to be a nice day for Lucas Reeves as well, in addition to finishing in 51st place in the Championship Event for $15,463 he also claimed the bronze in the High Roller for a more substantial $295,750 payday. There were more huge scores to be had as those who had busted out of the Main Event were given another $3,200 event to play at the same time. Event #41 ($3,200 Second Chance Turbo) had 110 entries as Phillip Mighall booked the win and banked $80,850 for first. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth finished as the runner-up, adding $57,750 to his bankroll. And while his brother was leading the Main Event, Luc Greenwood was bringing honor to the family name by claiming the bronze in the Second Chance, earning $41,250 for his efforts. Event #20 - $3,200 WPT Online Championship 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Top 10 Chip Counts Sam Greenwood - 4,635,621 Pascal Hartmann - 4,431,202 Max Silver - 4,340,422 Rayan Chamas - 4,246,913 Aram Zobian - 4,246,619 Christian Jeppsson - 3,901,810 Mihail Zavoloka - 3,498,341 Maximilian Lehmanski - 3,155,635 Nikita Kupchin - 3,039,865 Daniel Reijmer - 3,005,600 Event #37: $25,500 Super High Roller 91 entries $2,275,000 prize pool Dan Smith - $555,503.38 Daniel Dvoress - $456,871.63 Lucas Reeves - $295,750 Rob Lipkin - $204,750 John O’ Shea - $159,250 Elias Talvitie - $113,750 Event #41: $3,200 Second Chance Turbo 110 entries $330,000 prize pool Phillip Mighall - $80,850 Andras Nemeth - $57,750 Luc Greenwood - $41,250 David Gradic - $28,875 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $21,450 Stewart Kirby - $16,500
  2. A handful of WPT Online events wrapped up over the weekend on partypoker, although it was a quieter weekend for the series. The biggest winner was Benjamin Voreland, and we also saw notables Niklas Astedt and Pablo Brito Silva grab titles. For Astedt, it was his second title of the WPT Online series. In Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max], Astedt topped the 320-entry field to win $5,282.98 plus $6,219.54 in bounties. That's a total score of $11,502.52. Astedt beat Javier Zarco in heads-up play, with Zarco taking home $5,276.32 plus $3,032.03 in bounties. Astedt, one of the most successful online tournament players in history, previously won Event #15: $1,050 Weekender as part of this World Poker Tour Online festival. In that event, he took home a winning score of $174,751.50. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In the bigger buy-in version of Event #49, the $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] tournament, Voreland won $71,441.30 for finishing in first place. That score came from $23,691.30 in prize money plus $47,750 in bounties. There was 104 players in the field. Also reaching the final table were a couple of players to have enjoyed some success recently, Connor Drinan and Jason Mercier. Drinan just recently won his fifth title of this year's PokerStars SCOOP series and Mercier was the winner of the WPT Online $10,300 PLO High Roller a couple of days ago for almost $280,000. Event #50's two tournaments actually wrapped up on Saturday, with Alastair Smith winning Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo for $6,817.09 and Silva winning Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo for $21,170.64. Smith topped a field of 802 entries, whereas Silva bat out a field of 170 entries. In Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty, it was Sam Mather becoming victorious for $6,291.69 plus $5,002.02 in bounties. He topped a big field of 1,906 entries to take this title. Maximillian Diender picked up $14,478.07 plus $18,921.91 in bounties for winning Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty. Diender finished in first place from a field of 378 entries. At the final table, Diender beat Sarah Targul in heads-up play, while Benjamin Rolle and Simon Mattsson placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 320 Prize pool: $64,000 Niklas Astedt - $5,282.98 + $6,219.54 in bounties Javier Zarco - $5,276.32 + $3,032.03 in bounties Tomas Geleziunas - $3,808.18 + $1,545.31 in bounties Danil Karavaev - $2,769.58 + $1,656.25 in bounties Andres Ojeda - $1,904.09 + $1,034.37 in bounties Li Zhang - $1,384.79 + $1,131.25 in bounties Event #49: $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 104 Prize pool: $208,000 Benjamin Voreland - $23,691.30 + $47,750 in bounties Niki Juhani Numisto - $23,670.46 + $4,750 in bounties Sam Higgs - $14,572.83 + $4,500 in bounties Joni Jouhkimainen - $10,626.02 + $500 in bounties Connor Drinan - $7,590.01 + $5,125 in bounties Jason Mercier - $5,161.21 + $2,625 in bounties Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo Entries: 802 Prize pool: $40,100 Alastair Smith - $6,817.09 Joel Holmberg - $5,022.20 David Greene - $3,809.50 Breno Andrade - $2,606.50 Garry Stevens Smith - $1,804.50 Ilya Yakunin - $1,203 Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo Entries: 170 Prize pool: $85,000 Pablo Brito Silva - $21,170.64 Martin Gaudreault Remillard - $13,600 Fabio Sperling - $9,562.50 Ankush Mandavia - $6,927.50 Arnaud Enselme - $5,100 Linus Thor - $3,400 Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 1,906 Prize pool: $95,300 Sam Mather - $6,291.69 + $5,002.02 in bounties Jacobus Visser - $6,281.15 + $1,732.65 in bounties Vyacheslav Nikulin - $4,086.89 + $1,038.59 in bounties Govand Amin - $2,721.08 + $227.74 in bounties Vaidas Smigelskas - $1,924.79 + $955.68 in bounties Steve Trepanier - $1,339.44 + $1,485.67 in bounties Jordan Greenlees - $922.84 + $509.90 in bounties Afonso Palma Ferro - $601.16 + $517.56 in bounties Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Maximillian Diender - $14,478.07 + $18,921.91 in bounties Sarah Targul - $14,459.14 + $8,941.41 in bounties Joris Ruys - $10,24.66 + $3,511.72 in bounties Jelle Moene - $7,182.62 + $1,062.50 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $5,115.68 + $1,335.94 Christopher Johnson - $3,792.83 + $1,273.44 in bounties Benjamin Rolle - $2,635.35 + $1,187.50 in bounties Simon Mattsson - $1,922.25 + $1,062.50 in bounties
  3. The day after the conclusion of their Championship Event, the World Poker Tour Online series rolled on and awarded two more trophies while looking forward to the next major event on the series - the WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event. The first of the two winners on the day was Phillipp Hofbauer who rose above the 290-entry field in Event #44 ($1,050 8-Max) to claim the $59,700 first-place prize. The two-day event was one of the few on the WPT schedule to offer an overlay as players enjoyed an extra $10,000 added to cover the $300K guarantee. Finishing right behind Hofbauer was Enrico Camosci who took home $43,200 as the runner-up. Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Hossein Ensan grabbed the bronze and added $30,300 to his substantial bankroll. In the smaller Event #44 ($109 Mini 8-Max) it was the UK’s Lee Jack who outlasted the event’s 1,067 runners to take home the title and $18,352.40 for first. Brazil’s Gustavo Mastelotto wrapped up as the runner-up and earned $13,145.44 for his efforts. Mats Bruland fell in third place, winning $8,696.05. As those two events were wrapping up, the star-studded Event #46 ($10,300 PLO High Roller) got underway. The two-day event was packed with some of the biggest names in the game and the final table, which concludes on Friday, reflects that. Linus Loeliger ended the night with the chip lead, followed by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. Jason Mercier emerged in third place, followed by another online legend, Viktor Blom, in fourth place. The winner will walk away with over $279,000 for first-place. With the Championship Event in the books, players are now taking aim at the WPT DeepStacks Main Event and its $3,000,000 guarantee. There are daily starting flights running right up until the start of Day 2 which takes place on Tuesday, May 26. On Thursday, 299 players took a shot at building a stack with some notable names cruising into Day 2. At the end of the day it was Aram Zobian that finished with the biggest stack followed closely by Russia’s Sergei Denisov and Sean Roberts. Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot and Ryan Chamus also punched their tickets to Day 2 with more than 500,000 in chips. Also of note, partypoker ambassadors Partick Leonard and Kristen Bicknell were joined by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Christopher Oliver in surviving the day. Event #44: $1,050 8-Max 290 entries $300,000 prize pool ($10,000 overlay) Phillipp Hofbauer - $59,700 Enrico Camosci - $43,200 Hossein Ensan - $30,300 Sebastian Lewin - $22,050 Roger Tondeur - $15,600 Brock Wilson - $11,700 Βασιλειος Ζιακουλης - $8,250 Laszlo Molnar - $6,000 Event #44: $109 Mini 8-Max 1067 entries $106,700 prize pool Lee Jack - $18,352.40 Gustavo Mastelotto - $13,145.44 Mats Bruland - $8,696.05 Murilo Branco Ruiz - $5,825.82 Athanasios Xenodochidis - $4,129.29 Henrique Zanetti Souza - $2,923.58 Nino Vermeulen - $2,048.64 Eljano Hysaj - $1,387.10 Event #46: $10,300 PLO High Roller 101 entries 1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Linus Loeliger - 734,464 Yuri Dzivielevski - 656,952 Jason Mercier - 519,931 Viktor Blom - 515,642 Andreas Torbergsen - 321,520 Andres Djeda - 163,414 John O’Shea - 93,249 Mark Davis - 24,828 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 600,174 Sergei Denisov - 585,830 Sean Reuven Roberts - 568,452 Thomas Osterreicher - 538,832 Parker Talbot - 531,374 Rayan Chamas - 515,486 Jeremy Menard - 431,579 Rui Miguel Nougueira - 364,244 Gustavo Mastelotto - 358,563 Patrick Leonard - 349,208 Event #40: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks $1M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Benton - 821,075 Mihail Trubkin - 610,840 Luigi Knoppers - 547,979 Guillaume Diaz - 543,303 Steven van Zadelhoff - 541,864 Bela Toth - 509,096 Michael Tureniec - 473,484 Pedro Dib - 463,860 Carson Barton - 450,330 Luis Faria - 433,521
  4. For the final three months of 2015 and the first month of 2016, Christian Jeppsson was the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. On Tuesday, the Swedish poker pro turned his final table big stack into a World Poker Tour championship and nearly $924,000. Jeppsson outlasted 2,122 other entries in the $3,200 buy-in WPT Online Championship on partypoker and took the chip lead to the final table before getting heads-up with Viktor Ustimov. The pair agreed to a deal that saw Jeppsson earn $913,783.99 while Ustimov $865,542 with $10,000 and the title left to play for. Jeppsson eventually eliminated Ustimov to claim the title and the additional $10,000. Third place finisher Jukka Koskela pocketed $477,333. The Championship Event was one of six events that played down to a champion on Wednesday. Malta-based pro Alessandro Valli topped the 185-entry field in Event #41 ($2,100 Six Max Bounty Hunter) to earn $39,411.57 from the prize pool plus another $37,054.69 from collected bounties. Jacob Verloop was the final bounty Valli collected and he earned $39,368.51 and just $4,156.25 in bounties. Third place finisher Gustavo Mastelotto picked up $27,696.10 and $12,242.19 in bounties. Dragos Trofimov earned $15,405.66 and $13,434.44 in bounties for winning Event #42 Mini ($215 Six Max Bounty Hunter). Former GPI Player of the Year David Peters defeated David Gent heads-up to win Event #43 ($10,300 High Roller) for $247,450. Gent had to settle for a $176,750 payday while another former #1 PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth, took the final podium spot and the accompanying $126,250 score. Jeppsson wasn't the online former #1-ranked online poker player who grabbed a WPT Online title on Wednesday. Costa Rica-based Christopher Oliver won Event #45 ($530 Six Max Turbo Bounty) and added $12,505.38 from the prize pool and another $15,369.20 from bounties to his bankroll. Vincenzo Lupoli finished in second place for $12,490.04 and $4,326.17 in bounties while Mateusz Miskiewicz had to settle for $9,014.67 and $4,638.58 in bounties for finishing in third place. Fabien Aguerre topped the 1,446-entry field in Event #45 Mini ($55 Six Max Turbo Bounty) to win $4,574.60 and also picked up an additional $4,161.02 in bounties. Event #20 $3,200 Championship Event 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Christian Jeppsson – $923,785.80 Viktor Ustimov – $865.542 Jukka Koskela – $477,333 Nikolay Ponomarev – $317,583 Alexander Stuart Clark – $221,733 Pascal Hartmann – $151,443 Sam Greenwood – $103,837.50 Pascal Teekens – $66,775.50 Event #41 $2,100 Six Max Bounty Hunter 185 entries $370,000 prize pool Alessandro Valli - $39,411.57 + $37,054.69 in bounties Jacob Verloop - $39,368.51 + $4,156.25 in bounties Gustavo Mastelotto - $27,696.10 + $12,242.19 in bounties Pedro Garagnani - $20,064.29 + $7,781.25 in bounties Tamas Adamszki - $14,771.25 + $5,312.50 in bounties Patrik Antonius - $9,847.50 + $15,109.37 in bounties Event #42 Mini $215 Six Max Bounty Hunter 1,207 entries $241,400 prize pool Dragos Trofimov - $15,405.66 + $13,434.44 in bounties Audrius Stakelis - $15,380.96 + $6,087.52 in bounties Vlad Stefan Lache - $11,707.05 + $4,495.32 in bounties Rusalin Dimitrov - $8,173.44 + $2,206.24 in bounties Leonardo Mattos - $5,348.42 + $1,006.25 in bounties Pablos Martin Romo Ruiz - $3,345.24 + $1,774.99 in bounties Event #43 $10,300 High Roller 101 entries $1,010,000 prize pool David Peters - $247,450 David Gent - $176,750 Andras Nemeth - $126,250 Daniil Kiselev - $88,375 Mark Davis - $65,650 Jorma Nuttinen - $50,500 Fabrizio Gonzalez - $40,400 Daniel Steven Smith - $33,825 Event #45 Mini $55 Six Max Turbo Bounty 1,446 entries $72,300 prize pool Fabien Aguerre - $4,574.60 + $4,161.02 in bounties Granit Berisha - $4,565.98 + $1,305.35 in bounties Oleg Nemchenko - $3,56.28 + $248.04 in bounties Luiz Flosi Prospero - $2,570.81 + $1,007.06 in bounties Fabio Maritan Pereira - $1,713.87 + $815.07 in bounties Maxine Williams - $1,071.17 + $405.48 in bounties Event #45 $530 Six Max Turbo Bounty 297 entries $148,500 prize pool Christopher Oliver - $12,505.38 + $15,369.20 in bounties Vincenzo Lupoli - $12,490.04 + $4,326.17 in bounties Mateusz Miskiewicz - $9,014.67 + $4,638.58 in bounties Bertil Andreas Samuelsson - $6,556.12 + $2,671.86 Klaus Zeier - $4,507.33 + $2,285.16 in bounties Umberto Ruggeri - $3,278.06 + $312.50 in bounties
  5. Eight more World Poker Tour Online series titles were handed out over the weekend including one for the UK’s Elliott Peterman who survived the multi-flight 6-Max Weekender to take home nearly a quarter-million-dollar payday. Sixty-nine players made it to the final stage of $1 million guaranteed Event #33 ($2,100 6-Max Weekender) but it was Peterman who outlasted the star-studded field to take home the $235,508 first-place prize. Also notching six-figure scores were Italy's Eugenio Peralta who won $174,816 as the runner-up and Alexandros Kolonias who picked up $125,649 for finishing in third. Russia’s Alexandr Trofimov topped the lower buy-in Event #33 ($215 6-Max Weekender) to take home a WPT title and the $74,938.20 first-place prize. Nicolas Yunis also turned his $215 buy-in into a healthy five-figure score cashing in for $56,589.60 as the runner up. Australia’s Luke Martinelli added $42,997 to his bankroll with a third-place finish. A pair of non-NLHE tournaments actually incurred some slight overlays for the series. First, Muriel Figueredo took full advantage of a $12,500 overlay in Event #35 ($1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) by besting the 125-entry field for the $50,381.20 first-place prize. Erik Tamm wrapped up as the runner-up which was good for $34,000. Mikko Alho grabbed third place and $24,000 for his efforts. Event #35 ($162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) just barely missed the target as the 265-entry field came up just $250 short of the $40,000 guarantee. Emrah Yildiz rose to the top to claim the $9,400 first-place prize while Quentin Krueger settled for second and $6,200. Antti Suominen ended up in third place and picked up $4,407.92. A pair of former #1-ranked PocketFivers were in position to take home a WPT title in Event #36 ($1,050 Mix-Max Tubro) as Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff battled it out in the top three. However, both ended up falling to Stewart Kirby who closed out the tournament and picked up $38,037.86 as the winner. van Zadelhoff earned $25,670 as the runner-up while Leonard added $18,120 to his over $9.7 million in career online cashes. Markus Pohl was the last man standing in Event #38 ($530 6-Max Turbo Bounty) having survived the 638-entry field and banking the $22,387.82 first-place prize. Add to that another $27,239.31 in bounties and Pohl wrapped up the weekend with a total score of $49,627.13. Finishing right behind him was Alessandro Valli who earned $22,355.83 and an additional $5,985.36 in bounties as the runner-up. Viliyan Petleshkov fell in third place which was good for $16,817.38 and an additional $5,257.81 in bounties. Event #33: $2,100 6-Max Weekender Final 69 entries $1,214,000 prize pool Elliott Peterman - $235,508.74 Eugenio Peralta - $174,816 Alexandros Kolonias - $125,649 Luc Greenwood - $88,622 Dimitar Danchev - $63,128 Aliaksei Boika - $40,062 Event #33: $215 6-Max Weekender Final 279 entires $554,800 prize pool Alexandr Trofimov - $74,938.20 Nicolas Yunis - $56,589.60 Luke Martinelli - $42,997 Emil Olsson - $31,068.80 Stavros Kalfas - $20,583.08 Marc-Andre Ladouceur - $11,928.20 Event #35: $162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 265 entries $40,000 prize pool ($250 overlay) Emrah Yildiz - $9,400 Quentin Krueger - $6,200 Antti Suominen - $4,407.92 Pablo Menezes - $3,220 James Collopy - $2,400 Matura Bratkovic - $1,600 Event #35: $1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 125 entires $200,000 prize pool ($12,500 overlay) Murilo Figueredo - $50,381.20 Erik Tamm - $34,000 Mikko Alho - $24,000 Tyler Jardine - $17,000 Alexander Harty - $12,500 Aleksandr Sazhinov - $8,300 Event #36: $109 Mini Mix-Max Turbo 946 entries $100,000 prize pool ($5,400 overlay) Gabriel Schroeder - $16,750 Ivan Zhechev - $12,500 Dario Marinelli - $9,250 Nicholas Romanello - $6,350 Wayne Parsons - $4,150 Stefan Ivanov - $2,564.40 Event #36: $1,050 Mix-Max Turbo 151 entries $151,000 prize pool Stewart Kirby - $38,037.86 Steven Van Zadelhoff - $25,670 Patrick Leonard - $18,120 Laszlo Molnar - $12,835 Thomas Middleton - $9,437.50 Christopher Brammer - $6,266.50 Event #38: $530 6-Max Turbo Bounty 638 entries $319,000 prize pool Markus Pohl - $22,387.82 + $27,239.31 in bounties Alessandro Valli - $22,355.83 + $5,985.36 in bounties Viliyan Petleshkov - $16,817.38 + $5,257.81 in bounties Nikita Kupchin - $12,046.34 + $7,126.96 in bounties Jonathan Theme - $8,432.44 + $3,648.43 in bounties Simon Deadman - $5,162.71 + $1,882.81 in bounties Event #38: $55 6-Max Turbo Bounty 2224 entries $111,200 prize pool Mario Carrascon - $5,993.51 + $5,763.29 in bounties Michal Wilczyriski - $5,981.97 + $882.36 in bounties Viktor Saraev - $4,590.51 + $1,194.91 in bounties Brian Nolan - $3,353.01 + $1,191.74 in bounties David Hoffer - $2,221.37 + $568.97 in bounties Carlos Porto - $1,220.25 + $824.54 in bounties
  6. No one can know for sure when the World Poker Tour will be back in New Jersey to offer poker players another shot at a live WPT title. However, later this month online players in the Garden State can battle for an actual WPT trophy in the WPT Online Poker Open powered by partypoker US Network. On Sunday, June 28 the World Poker Tour, BorgataPoker.com, and partypoker are teaming up for an exclusive online event just for players in New Jersey. The $400 buy-in, $300K Gtd WPT Online Poker Open not only promises the winner a hefty payday but also an official WPT Champions’ Trophy, an invitation to a World Poker Tour VIP experience in Las Vegas, and an $11,000 package that includes entry into the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas plus $600 in cash to pay for expenses. “WPT and partypoker US Network are coming together to provide the New Jersey network of online players the opportunity to compete in a world-class event and take part in a familiar WPT experience,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the WPT in a press release. “We look forward to our first event with partypoker US Network and a great start to a long term partnership.” The $400 WPT Online Poker Open Main Event takes place at the end of a week filled with twelve prelim events. Buy-ins for the prelim events start at just $5 and scale up to the $320 Black Chip Bounty tournament. In addition to the prelim events, the series is holding a number of direct satellites to the Main Event as well as the ability to phase into the Main Event with buy-ins of $45. Of course, in order to participate a player needs to physically be located inside of New Jersey. From there, they can choose their platform of choice between any of the partypoker US Network clients including BorgataPoker.com, BetMGMPoker.com, or partypoker’s own NJ client. “We continually strive to offer opportunities for players to enjoy the game they love on a safe, secure, and hassle-free network,” said Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker for partypoker US Network. “We are excited to combine the prestige of WPT with the offering of our poker network to provide a championship-caliber event to players in New Jersey.” WPT Online Poker Open Schedule [table id=52 /]
  7. It was yet another weekend of major prize pools and marquee events in the regulated online poker markets in the United States including the arrival of the World Poker Tour Online Poker Open on the partypoker US Network. Even with PokerStars playing out their Main Events of their Summer Series in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the WPT Online Poker Open stood above the rest as the largest U.S. online tournament of the weekend. The exclusive tournament for Garden State grinders saw 868 entries push the prize pool past the $300K guarantee to create a $317,540 prize pool. David ‘TheKing411’ Coleman, the current #4-ranked player in the United States, claimed the crown, took down the tournament, and the $56,585.70 first-place prize. In addition to the win, Coleman also earned a WPT Championship Trophy and an $11,000 package that includes entry into the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas plus $600 in spending cash. The victory was nearly a career-high cash for Coleman as it awarded less than $1,000 off his score of $57,515 which he earned in July of 2019 after taking down a WSOP.com High Roller. The one-day event took over 10 hours to complete and the final table came to a relatively speedy conclusion. The early going final table action saw ‘A.Jackson1767’ (9th, $5,239), ‘anthonely’ (8th, $7,145) and ‘BV511’ (7th, $9,844) hit the rail, which guaranteed that each of the final six players would be walking away with a five-figure score. Josh ‘layitdown08’ Rothberg fell in sixth place when his ace-queen got it in against the surging ‘jbg82’s small pocket pair. Rothberg lost the flip but won $13,019.14, a new career-high online cash. Soon after, ’jbg82’ scored again, this time on ‘KevinDurant’. The pair got all their chips in the middle and ‘KevinDurant’s ace-jack was dominated by ’jbg82’s ace-queen. ‘KevinDurant’ finished in fifth, taking home $17,305.93. ‘jbg82’ was nowhere near finished busting people as he ended up taking out ’ShutUPnDANCE’ in fourth place for $22,545.34. They also eliminated ‘lucky’ in third place, who walked away with a healthy $29,689.99 score. But while ‘jbg82’ was eliminating people, Coleman was picking his spots and picking up chips. He scored a big hand with three left to take over the chip lead and once ‘lucky’ hit the rail, Coleman asserted his new lead over ‘jbg82’. The final hand was a bit of a cooler for ‘jbg82’ as both players flopped a flush with Coleman having the higher of the two. ‘jbg82’ runner-up performance was rewarded with a $42,232.82 score and Coleman booked the win. WPT Online Poker Open on partypoker Buy-in: $400 Entries: 868 Prize pool: $317,540 David ‘TheKing411’ Coleman - $56,585.70 jbg82 - $42,232.82 lucky - $29,689.99 ShutUPnDANCE - $22,545.34 KevinDurant - $17,305.93 layitdown08 - $13,019.14 BV511 - $9,843.74 anthonely - $7,144.65 A.Jackson1767 - $5,239.41 WSOP.com $100,000 Player Appreciation Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,211 (717 rebuys) Prize pool: $177,376 DontBluffMe1 - $28,220.52 vagab0nd - $17,453.79 dsquared - $12,682.38 WSOP.com $25,000 Monthly PLO High Roller Buy-in $525 Entries: 39 (38 rebuys) Prize pool: $38,500 huckcheevers - $13,475 seacolt11 - $8,470 BOCARATONE - $5,775 WSOP.com $15,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack Buy-in: $50 Entries: 225 (195 rebuys) Prize pool: $26,981.50 ismaray16 - $7,150.09 SLHalper - $4,182.13 J_Tanouye - $2,387.86 WSOP.com $15,000 Sunday Kick-off Buy-in: $50 Entries: 180 (173 rebuys) Prize pool: $20,930 ryanmco18 - $5,651.10 Got_The_Glow - $3,296.47 Thuro201 - $1,883.70 WSOP.com $10,000 Weekly Sunday KO Buy-in: $100 Entries: 220 Prize pool: $20,680 solarcoaster - $4,022.70 + $325 in bounties gifafi - $2,352.90 + $175 in bounties the.headies - $1,343.43 + $25 in bounties WSOP.com $50,000 Monthly Sunday 6-Max Buy-in: $1,000 Entries: 74 (43 rebuys) Prize pool: $111,150 ParxBigStax - $32,233.50 veilleux - $18,895.50 2fly2die - $12,338 WSOP.com Weekly Sunday 6-Max Buy-in: $500 Entries: 90 (65 rebuys) Prize pool: $72,385 itwasthator0 - $20,629.72 TheDinosaur - $11,943.52 redsoxnets5 - $7,238.50 PokerStars PA Summer Series 35: $200 Main Event Buy-in: $200 Entries: 1,303 Prize pool: $242,358 ComecomecomeTD - $30,146.23* rancidpupil - $27,148.24* Lachoy14 - $27,146.23* PokerStars PA Summer Series 36: $50 Main Event Buy-in: $50 Entries: 1,044 Prize pool: $47,502 KnightsofNight - $7,758.10 uwillmiss - $5,536.77 simonlevy98 - $3,951.96 PokerStars PA Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $250 Entries: 149 Prize pool: $34,717 $1Mplease2535 - $7,041.33 ChrundleTheGr8 - $5,287.24 aldrich801 - $3,970.20 PokerStars PA Summer Series 37: $100 PLO 6-Max Buy-in: $100 Entries: 244 Prize pool: $22,399.20 SleaxyAmishGirl - $4,317.80 Amgeez826800 - $3,187.54 MarcZumoff - $2,353.25 PokerStars PA Summer Series 38: $75 NLHE Series Wrap-Up Buy-in: $75 Entries: 329 Prize pool: $22,454.25 TheStrider124 - $4,203.04 TYCA45 - $3,072.90 SDotRog - $2,246.73 PokerStarsNJ Summer Series 37: $300 Main Event Buy-in: $300 Entries: 348 Prize pool: $97,440 Mummy’s Bitch - $17,895.92 ISlowRollYou - $13.024.96 coles93 - $9,479.97 PokerStarsNJ Summer Series 38: $50 Mini Main Event Buy-in: $50 Entries: 553 Prize pool: $25,161.50 TPR11 - $4,449 McZZyNJ - $3,171.10 oopth - $2,260.46
  8. The World Poker Tour Online Series on partypoker had a pair of 6-Max titles up for grabs on Thursday night and two players seized the opportunity to claim their second victory of the series. Russian online pro Alexandr Trofimov topped the 210-entry field in Event #53 ($1,050 NLHE 6-Max) to claim the $42,819 first-place prize and his second WPT Online title. Last week, Trofimov secured his first series win in Event #33 ($215 6-Max Weekender) where he earned $74,938.20 for first place. As a double WPT Online title winner, Trofimov continues to pad his incredible online resume which includes six PocketFives Triple Crowns, two PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker victories, and even an FTOPS win from back in 2011. In order to lock down the victory, Trofimov had to best Sweden’s Bertil Andreas Samuelsson in heads-up play. The battle didn't go Samuelsson's way and the Swede was forced to settle for $31,080 as the runner-up. Had Samuelsson prevailed, it would have been he who was crowed the two-time champion. Just a week ago, he took down Event #26 ($265 Mini NL Bounty Hunter) where he earned $33,314.98 for first plus an additional $25,718.91. Canadian pro Mike Watson climbed into third place which was good for $22,155. It was a busy Thursday for Watson who also picked up $265,000 in a runner-up finish to Viktor Blom in the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series which is also taking place on partypoker at the same time. David Ivers also grabbed his second victory of the WPT Online series with a win in the smaller Event #53 ($109 NLHE Mini 6-Max) for $17,286. Ivers won his first title in Event #30 ($55 Mini NL Turbo Bounty) where he picked up a total score of over $9,200. Just as in the larger 6-Max tournament, had runner-up Alessandro Valli ended up the winner, he also would have been crowed a two-time champ. Instead, Valli walked away with $12,382 for second place while Poland’s Patryk Poterek finished up in third place and booked an $8,191 score. Event #52: $1,050 Second Chance Turbo 158 entries $158,000 prize pool George Mcdonald - $36,324.20 Andrei Chernokoz - $26,070 Tomas Paiva - $18,960 Simon Deadman - $13,430 Fahad Al Thani - $9,480 Luigi Andrea Shehadeh - $7,505 Francois Billard - $5,972.40 Gianluca Speranza - $4,740 Event #53: $1,050 6-Max 210 entries $210,000 prize pool Alexandr Trofimov - $42,819 Bertil Andreas Samuelsson - $31,080 Michael Watson - $22,155 Marc Macdonnell - $16,380 Ferenc Deak - $11,550 Alexandros Theologis - $8,820 Event #53: $109 Mini 6-Max 1005 entries $100,500 David Ivers - $17,286 Alessandro Valli - $12,381.60 Patryk Poterek - $8,190.75 Hristivoke Pavlovic - $5,487.30 Daniel Yerin - $3,889.35 Johannes Van Til - $2,753.70
  9. On Wednesday, Britain's Jareth East topped a record field in the WPTDeepStacks Online event at partypoker to win $557,658.14. East's triumph came from besting a 3,554-entry field. The $1,050 buy-in event proved the largest field size in WPTDeepStacks history. The win also proved to be the largest score of East's poker career. Prior to this WPTDeepStacks Online win, East's largest online score was for $132,200. His largest live tournament score was for $35,940. East, a PocketFives member since 2013 who has been ranked as high as 12th in the world, defeated Jon Van Fleet in heads-up play. Van Fleet earned $392,717 for his runner-up performance. East entered the final day of the event in ninth chip position with 15 players remaining. When it was all said and done, East was the last man standing to win the $557,658.14 first-place prize. Notable deep runs were had by Ludovic Gelich (12th - $27,259.18), Govert Metaal (19th - $15,282.20), Connor Drinan (29th - $11,052.94), and Julien Martini (41st - $8,636.22). Event #40 $1,050 WPTDeepStacks Entries: 3,554 Prize pool: $3,554,000 Jareth East - $557,658.14 Jon Van Fleet - $392,717 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $253,755.60 Maksim Bukreev - $167,748.80 Phillip Mighall - $116,215.80 Rimantas Petras Boguzas - $79,431.90 Mihail Zavoloka - $55,087 Sergei Denisov - $35,113.52 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Maksim Bukreev, who entered the final day as the chip leader, placed fourth for $167,748.80. On his final hand, Bukreev opened from under the gun to 3.52 million with the blinds at 400,000/800,000 with a 100,000 ante. Bukreev left himself with 420,628 behind after the raise. On the button, Van Fleet called and the two took a flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. Bukreev moved all in and Van Fleet called, to reveal that it was Bukreev's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] up against the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] for Van Fleet. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] and the river was the [poker card="2c"] to bust Bukreev. Farmakoulis fell in third place. East raised to 1.68 million from under the gun and Farmakoulis called out of the big blind to leave himself with 3.85 million behind. On the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2c"] flop, Farmakoulis moved all in and East made the call with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"]. Farmakoulis had the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"] and bricked out with the [poker card="6d"] and [poker card="4h"] hitting the board. Van Fleet had the lead to start heads-up play, with 65.54 million to East's 40.75 million. The two battled for about 40 minutes before the final hand was played. On the final hand, East limped the button for 1.2 million and Van Fleet checked his option in the big blind. The flop was [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] and Van Fleet checked. East bet 1.2 million and Van Fleet raised to 3 million. East then made it 5.4 million and Van Fleet shoved for 18.73 million. East called with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"] and Van Fleet had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="3s"]. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the river was the [poker card="2h"] to give Van Fleet the win. Anton Yakuba Wins Mini WPTDeepStacks Online As with the entire WPT Online Series at partypoker, there was a mini version of the WPTDeepStacks event. The Mini WPTDeepStacks Online had a $109 buy-in and drew a field of 10,400 entries for a $1.04 million prize pool. The winner was Anton Yakuba for $137,396.29 after a deal was made with Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho. Filho took home $129,311.72 Michael Tureniec finished third in the Mini WPTDeepStacks Online for $70,262.40, and Griffin Benger took fifth for $31,116.80. Event #40 $109 Mini WPTDeepStacks Entries: 10,400 Prize pool: $1,040,000 Anton Yakuba - 137,396.29* Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho - 129,311.72* Michael Tureniec - 70,262.40 Rodrigo Semeghini - $45,552 Griffin Benger - $31,116.80 Peter Haden - $21,008 Ivan Tononi - $14,622.40 Bernardo Soares - $9,287.20 *Denotes a deal. Also running deep were Shawn Buchanan (12th - $7,134.40), Jan-Eric Schwippert (21st - $3,723.20), Paul Vas Nunes (26th - $2,506.40), and Kenneth Hicks (36th - $2,121.60).
  10. The World Poker Tour and partypoker have tabled their hand with their summer plans. On Friday, the two premier poker brands announced the first-ever WPT World Online Championships, a nearly two-month-long online series that offers players a shot at becoming a WPT champion while guaranteeing $100,000,000 million in total prize money. Just weeks removed from the successful conclusion of the record-setting WPT Online Championship series, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have teamed up once again. The WPT World Online Championships will take place from July 17-September 8 and hold 12 WPT Online Championship events. Five of the 12 events will be considered full-featured WPT Main Tour Events. The winners of those tournaments will earn all the same perks as a player who has gone the distance in a live event. This includes membership in the WPT Champions Club, a $15,000 seat to the Season XVIII WPT Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, and the player's name engraved on the WPT Trophy. The $10M Gtd Main Event, which kicks off on August 29, has a $10,300 buy-in and two starting flights, each with a single re-entry available. The tournament will take five days to play out and, as the tournament progresses, has a structure close to that of a live event with levels at the final table extended to 60 minutes each. The other four WPT Champions Club tournaments each have a $3,200 buy-in and a $3 million guarantee over a variety of NLHE formats. “The WPT World Online Championships brings together the World Poker Tour and partypoker together once more for what will be the largest series in both of our histories,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour in a press release. “The spectacle on display during the WPT Online Series will be heightened once more come July with another major milestone for the World Poker Tour. Five WPT Champions crowned in a single series is a first for the WPT in 18 seasons and we look forward to welcoming them all into the WPT Champions Club.” The full schedule is packed with No-Limit Hold’em events including 8-Max, 6-Max, and Knockout tournaments. For variety, there is also a Pot Limit Omaha, PLO Hi-Lo, as well as Heads Up tournament. Most of the events also have three tiers of buy-ins. For each of the Main Events, there is a Mini and a Micro version of the events. In addition to the Main Event, there are a pair of tournaments aimed at pleasing the biggest names in the game. The $25,500 High Roller on September 5 guarantees $10 million while the $102,000 Super High Roller has a $5 million guarantee. Also of note, on July 29, the WPT is holding a one-off WPT Shooting Stars for Charity PKO tournament with a $1,100. “This is a true series for players across the board,” said Hermance Blum, WPT VP Europe. “Limited re-entries, buy-ins at all levels, and five ways to become a WPT Champion are all highlights of the first-ever WPT World Online Championships.” With no live World Series of Poker taking place in Las Vegas this summer, the race to fill the void with online offerings is on. The WPT World Online Championships will go head-to-head with the recently announced World Series of Poker online schedule which kicks off on July 1. Like the WPT, the World Series of Poker was forced to adjust to the times. They pivoted to offer 31 gold bracelet events for players in the United States on the WSOP.com platform and another 54 bracelet events on through their partnership with GGPoker which concludes on September 6. Between the two series, there will be no shortage of online titles to battle for this summer and the industry is still awaiting a potential announcement from PokerStars as to what they may have planned. “I’m delighted that we have been able to partner with the WPT to revive the WPT World Championships and bring the series online for the first time,” said partypoker Managing Director, Tom Waters. “We want to give the festival more of a live event feel, so the tournaments will be structured as such, including single re-entry for all No Limit Hold’em event, freezeouts, limited late registration, and limited Day 1’s. Due to popular demand, players will be able to see each other’s real names at the tables.” WPT World Online Championships Schedule [table id=55 /] * bold events indicate Main Tour events. For a Full Festival schedule of events, click here.
  11. 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. It's time to check out a brand new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie break down all the news from this week in the world of poker. The World Series of Poker has unveiled the first half of the 85 scheduled online gold bracelet events that will be taking place this summer. With 31 being played every day in July on WSOP.com and another 54 to be contested on GGPoker for the rest of the world, the online poker world is going to see an unprecedented amount of new online bracelet winners. Not to be left out, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have also planned some counter-programming in the form of the $100M Gtd WPT World Online Championships where five players will win Champions Club honors while playing online. Make sure you subscribe to The FIVES - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  12. 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. It was another busy week in the poker world and Lance and Donnie are back to bring you all the latest news on an all-new The FIVES Poker Podcast. This week, #PokerTwitter exploded after Bill Perkins made accusations of cheating in the high-stakes private online games. A public outing by none other than Dan Bilzerian named Dan 'Jungleman' Cates as the pro who was 'ghosting' on a recreational player's account. That plus all of the latest results from the biggest online poker series taking place including the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series, the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker and the World Poker Tour Online series. Subscribe to The FIVES - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  13. Ian Steinman is only 30 years old, but for those that have followed the career of the young poker pro his recent gold bracelet victory in World Series of Poker Event #27 ($400 No Limit Hold’em Freezout) for $110,557 was a long time coming. “I’m still kind of shocked by it,” Steinman said. “I kind of expected it to happen, but when it did I was like…I don’t know…it’s definitely really cool. A lot of people have been telling me they’re happy for me. It’s good to see other people are happy for me.” When Steinman says he “expected it” it’s spoken without an ounce of self-congratulation or ego. In fact, it’s the opposite. It comes from a place of a player who has grown up in the game and evolved into a consummate pro. A pro who understands that through hard work and volume and by putting himself in a position to win, with time, it would come. “At the same time, it’s just one poker tournament that I won,” he quickly added. “I usually don’t get excited about winning any one tournament, but this one was a little more important to me.” “But if there’s anything to be a little bit too excited about, it’s probably winning a bracelet. I like to kind of keep my emotions in check with poker, but I think it's one of those times where you can kind of celebrate and be a little different than usual and treat it like something special.” That celebration was put on display in a video shot by his brother, Justin, that made the rounds after Steinman’s victory. In it, a stone-faced Steinman, zeroed in on his screen sees the final card hit and finally explodes with emotion. The video captures not just a moment of a big score but perhaps a moment of some relief. Steinman has spent half his life pursuing poker. At first playing home games with his friends, dreaming about winning a bracelet like Chris Moneymaker who they watched on ESPN. After he found his way to online poker as a teenager, Steinman took to grinding the daily tournaments at the old Bay 101 in San Jose, CA, just outside his hometown of Mountain View, battling against players like recent bracelet winner Pat Lyons. A move to Carson City, NV allowed Steinman to play on WSOP.com where he became a top-10 ranked player in the U.S. and took down the 2016 WSOP.com leaderboard. And since 2017, he’s also won four WSOP Circuit rings. But even after all of that, the bracelet feels special. “I guess I'd be lying if I didn't say there's a little bit of the validation,” he said. “I wish I could just say, ‘No, it's just another day,' but it's a World Series event. I'm 30, so when Moneymaker won and it started being on TV, I was like 14, 15 years old. Me and all my friends were always talking about trying to win a bracelet, so not just for myself, but for some of the people around me that have been telling me that I’m going to be able to win and they wanted me to win.” “It’s more just the sense that I can tell my friends or even my mom. She’s probably more excited than I was because she knows how badly I wanted to win one, especially when I was 15 years old.” But that moment might not have been possible if it weren’t for the lessons Steinman learned along the way. He’d had been close before to a major title before. This includes his deep run in the 2018 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event where he made an amazing, in-the-moment, correct fold of a set of kings to WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehan. “I mean, you've probably seen the video of that fold. I sit there for like, I don't know, probably an extra minute, saying ‘I’m the worst, I'm the worst’ before I folded. It was definitely a little bit of, I knew I was going to fold, but I also knew I was on a live stream and the hole cards were up. I knew that I would be wrong sometimes making that fold. But I didn't care. That was the main thing I really didn’t care at all what I looked like. I'm just trying to do what I think is best.” “So that kind of gave me that confidence. Because even if I wrong, I don't think it would bother me. That'd be pretty funny, because I'd be the guy who folded a set to somebody's eight high or whatever,” he said. “I don't care if Doug Polk makes a video saying how bad you are or whatever. Just make the decision you think is right.” He finished as the runner-up that day, but he walked away with a career-high live score of over $200,000. Just one month later, Steinman was in position yet again. This time in a $1,500 WSOP No Limit Hold’em tournament. With a healthy chip lead in heads-up play against Eric Baldwin, all the chips were in the middle and Steinman was ahead in the hand. He lost that hand and ended finishing as the runner-up, earning his second six-figure score in a month’s time and ultimately missing out on the bracelet. “I lost that heads up, and at first I treated it like it wasn't a big deal, but it kind of did affect me a little bit. Like I was definitely a little bit on an emotional low. Not in a huge way, but, yeah, it's funny, something about the bracelet events that kind of get me on those highs and those lows in particular.” Steinman is on a high and his persistence has paid off with his recent victory. He adds a new landmark experience to draw from when he will undoubtedly be in a big spot again. That includes taking it all in. “Just be in the moment, do what you can, and then accept the outcome either way. If that's a win, just enjoy it,” he said. “I don't have any problem with enjoying it. Some people, yeah, they want to be robots. They want to act like they've been there before. But I hadn't been there before, so I don't mind looking like I hadn't been there before.” Only now, after a decade of evolving as a pro, Steinman can act like he's been there before because he has.
  14. Gavin Cochrane woke up on Tuesday knowing that his fate in the World Poker Tour World Online Championship 8-Max event was largely in his own hands. Cochrane started the final table with nearly 1/3 of the chips in play and a stack double the size of his nearest threat. Over the five hours of final table action, Cochrane eliminated five of his eight competitors to become the first player to earn inclusion in the WPT Champions Club by winning an online poker tournament. Along with getting his name engraved on the Sexton Cup, Cochrane earned entry into the next WPT Tournament of Champions and can buy-in to the event in any subsequent year. Not long after cards were in the air Cochrane opened to 700,000 from middle position before Sam Grafton got his last 281,000 in the middle. Dmitry Yurasov re-raised to 3,200,000 and Cochrane folded. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jd"][poker card="kh"] to eliminate Grafton in ninth. Grafton's elimination didn't do anything to increase the pace of other bustouts and it took 45 minutes to lose another player. Ognyan Dimov moved all in from UTG for 4,100,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] and Boivin called. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Dimov top two pair but left Boivin drawing to 15 outs twice. The [poker card="2s"] turn was one of those to give Boivin control. Dimov was unable to fill up on the [poker card="ad"] river and was out in eighth. Just ten minutes Jiachen Gong later moved all in from UTG for 4,700,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] before Daniel Colpoys called from the big blind after waking up with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"] flop didn't look goo for Gong but he did pick up the nut flush draw with the [poker card="qs"] turn. The river was the [poker card="kd"] to miss Gong's draws and he finished in seventh place. Cochrane unofficially took the reigns 25 minutes later after winning a coinflip for the biggest pot of the tournament to this point. Cochrane raised to 1,000,000 from middle position with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] before Colpoys moved all in for 10,300,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. Cochrane called and the [poker card="qs"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] flop kept him in front. Colpoys found no relief on the [poker card="7h"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river and was sent to the rail in sixth. It took just seven minutes for Cochrane to find another victim. Cochrane raised to 1,000,000 wit4h [poker card="ks"][poker card="7s"] before Shyngis Satubayev moved all in for 4,700,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and Cochrane called. The [poker card="Qd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8s"] flop hit both players with Satubayev leading with second pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Cochrane top pair to go with his flush draw and the [poker card="3d"] river was a blank to make Satubayev's fifth place finish official. Yurasov became the third consecutive player eliminated by Cochrane but it took nearly two hours of four-handed play to get there. Action folded to Cochrane in the big blind and he moved all in for 27,100,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. Yurasov called off his last 7,300,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Yurasov in fourth. Two hands later, Cochrane folded his button before Lars Kamphues moved all in for 7,400,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"] and Boivin called with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"]. The board ran out [poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] to give Boivin the pot and eliminate Kamphues in third place. Boivin started heads-up play holding 65% of the chips in play but lost the lead after 15 minutes of play. Another half hour passed before Cochrane finished off his final opponent. Boivin called from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"] before Cochrane opted to raise to 4,000,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. Boivin responded by moving all in for 22,600,000 and Cochrane called. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="td"][poker card="jh"] runout changed nothing and Boivin was done in second giving Cochrane the victory. Final Table Payouts Gavin Cochrane - $540,664.20 Thomas Boivin - $388,118.52 Lars Kamphues - $256,727.88 Dmitry Yurasov - $173,995.60 Shyngis Satubayev - $123,298.20 Daniel Colpoys - $87,296.40 Jiachen Gong - $61,171.20 Ognyan Dimov - $48,427.20 Sam Grafton - $40,143.60
  15. When the World Series of Poker Event #24 ($400 NLHE 8-Max) final table began in the early morning hours of July 25, all eyes were focused on a pair of notable names battling to take home the bracelet. Ryan Leng was seeking his second gold bracelet while Solve For Why Academy's lead coach and high-stakes pro Matt Berkey was hoping to break through and nab his first. But unbeknownst to just about everyone following the event that night, there was another high-profile poker coach in their midst. Hidden-in-plain sight, 38-year-old Nick Binger, playing under his WSOP screen name ‘samadhi’, was ready to take the tournament down and claim the $133,412 first-place prize and his second career gold bracelet. “It's nice to win another bracelet. It's been nice to actually spend some time playing MTTs. I've, for years now, mostly been focused on cash games,” Binger said. “So I haven't really been focused on MTTs for a long time. Taking some time to play them made me remember how much I enjoy them, even before the bracelet win. And then, obviously, winning a bracelet puts the cherry on top.” It’s been nine years since Binger won his first WSOP bracelet. After years of taking shots in WSOP tournaments, in 2011, Binger won the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament for his career-high cash of $397,073. Just like this year, back in 2011, Binger had some tough competition to overcome as well. His final table was loaded with talent that included Nick Schulman, Bryce Yockey, Phil Laak, and runner-up David Bach. But nine years is a long time between bracelet wins. “I would say the emotion back then was probably higher given that it is the first bracelet that I won. There's nothing like the first time in anything that you do,” he said. “But that being said, this was still an absolute joy and it was completely amazing to win the bracelet. "I still haven't gotten it in the mail. So maybe when I opened the box, it'll become a little bit more real and hit me when I actually pull the bracelet out of the box.” Perhaps another reason it’s been a long time between bracelet wins for Binger has been how tournaments have taken a back seat to cash games for him. Rather than spend time grinding higher-profile tournaments, Binger has spent most of his poker playing time in “private cash games here and there.” But also, Binger has been heavily invested as a lead instructor for LearnWPT, the training site for the World Poker Tour. Binger has been with the WPT since 2008, just about the same amount of time that he’s been living in Las Vegas. “LearnWPT is where I spend most of my time,” he said. “And for the past year or so, I was spending most of my time developing the WPT GTO trainer, which is a GTO training tool that allows you to play hands in real-time and get feedback. These are all completely solved. We actually have the largest library of solved hands in the world, over 2 billion spots have been solved already.” Binger’s been working on finding a way to make game theory optimal poker more palatable for players of all skill levels. It’s something he speaks about with excitement, not only as a consumer tool that he has invested a ton of time into but also because in working on the trainer, he was able to keep himself competitive in the few WSOP events he could find the time to play in. “We have a lot of tournament situations on there and I've played several thousand solved hands, probably a much higher number than that actually,” he said. “And so, I felt very comfortable with my play this summer online. I felt like I had a very significant edge on the field, even though I hadn't been that focused on tournaments. It's not because of innate talent, it's because...I felt very sharp because of the tool.” For Binger, it’s also exciting for him as a teacher. For more than a decade Binger has taught online and live courses to players looking to improve. He estimates he’s taught over 120 workshops over that span, including in-person seminars. Despite poker becoming “more rigorous over the years” he still enjoys the challenge of, not just the game, but teaching it to others. “I've always enjoyed it. It was actually around right after college, I went to Europe and taught English for a couple of years and enjoyed teaching there. And then I got into poker and had that a little bit of a teaching background as I became a professional poker player. And so when the opportunity arose with the World Poker Tour to teach, it was a natural fit.” A passion for education must run in the Binger family. Bingers’s brother, Michael, was also a professional poker player in the early 2000s and as siblings, the “Binger Brothers” were often featured players whenever the ESPN cameras were present at a WSOP Main Event. Michael, who took third place in the 2006 WSOP Main Event for over $4 million, unlike his brother, no longer plays poker professionally. But like Nick, finds himself dedicated to teaching others. “He'll play once or twice a year,” Binger said about his brother. “He would usually come out for the WSOP main events and maybe one or two tournaments before or after. So, that would be the limit of his poker playing. He's dedicated full time to developing AI algorithms and machine learning… Essentially, what the area that he's working on is with teaching and educational publishing.” For Binger, his recent tournament success probably isn’t going to see him loading up multiple online tournaments every day, but he is excited to increase his MTT grind. At the same time, he feels like he has plenty more work to do in order to help others see the kind of success he’s had. “I love teaching. It is my passion. It's something that... There's nothing like the feeling of knowing that you really helped somebody and you can see that 'a-ha' moment that they have. And then from that point forward, they're playing better poker. That's pretty cool."
  16. American high-stakes tournament pro Nick Petrangelo turned in a stellar performance at the final table of the World Poker Tour Online 6-Max Championship to capture his first WPT title and the $494,550 first-place prize. Even though the tournament was 6-Max, there were seven players left when the final day got underway. Final table chip leader Artisom Prostak wasted little time in thinning the field when roughly fifteen minutes into the start of the day he cracked the pocket kings of Jake Schindler, sending him home in seventh place for $70,200. The UK’s Elior Sion started the final table second in chips. However, after a series of pre-flop clashes where he found himself holding a dominated pocket pair, Sion quickly found himself on the short stack. It wasn’t long before he made a move and shipped his final six big blinds under the gun and was quickly called by Jiachen Gong on the button holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"]. The flop [poker card="js"][poker card="2c"][poker card="ks"] flop had Sion looking for running cards to overtake Gong’s set. The [poker card="qh"] could have been one of those cards, but the [poker card="5c"] closed the door and Sion fell in sixth place $93,630. Things were looking up for Gong who started the day extremely short and found a number of double-ups and, after eliminating, Sion, has amassed nearly 20 big blinds. But that all came to a sudden halt on the very next hand. From the cutoff, Gong put in a raise holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"] only to be three-bet by Petrangelo on the button with his [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"]. Folded back to Gong he moved all-in and Petrangelo made the call. Gong was at risk, but well ahead until the [poker card="7h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] flop arrived. It was all over when the [poker card="js"] hit the turn and Petrangelo made quads. The [poker card="7c"] river was inconsequential and Gong’s promising start ended in fifth place $128,100. The UK’s Patrice Brandt was the next to exit. After losing a big hand which would have eliminated Russia’s Arsenii Karmatckii, Brandt was the new short stack. Prostak put in a raise from the button holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] and Brandt defended his big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Brandt check over the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"][poker card="jh"] flop and Prostak put out a small bet, which Brandt called with top pair. Everything changed when the [poker card="8h"] fell on the turn. Brandt checked again, Prostak, now with a set, put in a bet. Brandt tanked and eventually check-shipped his remaining stack drawing dead, which Prostak snapped off. The river was the [poker card="tc"] and Brandt fell in fourth place for $192,900. Prostak, who had lost the chip lead to Petrangelo, surged back into the lead. That lead grew larger when he collided with Karmatckii. In a three-handed blind versus blind confrontation, Karmatckii raised his [poker card="kc"][poker card="ah"] from the small blind and Prostak shipped his larger stack holding [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"]. Karmatcki quickly made the call was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] giving Prostak the hand and sending the Russian out in third place for $278,448, just days after he finished as the runner-up in a World Series of Poker event. At the start of heads-up play, Prostak had a 3-1 chip lead and all the momentum on his side. However, Petrangelo who was sitting on just 20 big blinds for the better part of the first 30 minutes, held steady until the first break. After that, he picked up some key pots including a big-time bluff while never being all-in and at risk. Momentum had shifted to Petrangelo as he evened out the chip stacks after nearly an hour and a half into the heads-up battle. Prostak's stack dwindled down to ten big blinds but he battled back from the short stack for and retook the chip lead one final time. But in the end, it was Petrangelo’s day. He regained the lead just before the pair played the biggest hand of the entire tournament. Prostak raised the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] and Petrangelo made the call holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="2s"][poker card="ts"] and Petrangelo checked his flopped trips over to Prostak who put out a small. Petrangelo put in a check-raise and Prostak opted to make the call. The turn came [poker card="5s"] giving Prostak some flush outs. Again Petrangelo put out a hefty bet, which Prostak again called. When the [poker card="ah"] hit the river, Petrangelo shipped and having made top pair, Prostak made the call which ended his tournament as the runner-up. Prostak turned a $320 satellite win into a $368,250 payday. Nick Petrangelo takes home $494,550 plus a $15,000 ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions. Additionally, as the newest member of the WPT Champions Club, he will have his name engraved on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Final Table Results Nick Petrangelo - $494,550 Artisom Prostak - $368,250 Arsenii Karmatckii - $278,448 Patrice Brandt - $192.900 Jiachen Gong - $128,100 Elior Sion - $93,630 Jake Schindler - $70,200
  17. It was a career day for Russia’s Andrey Kotelnikov on Tuesday as he navigated his way through the final table of the $3,200 World Poker Tour Online Mix-Max Championship to capture the $488,508 first-place prize and his first WPT title. At the start of the day only seven players from the 146 that made Day 2 of the event remained with the experienced Kotelnikov finding himself bunched up in the middle of the chip counts with some work to do. The final table started with plenty of play left and as a result it took over an hour before the first player hit the rail. After an open by Maciej Gasior in late position, Jerry Wong three-bet from his ten big blind stack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. The UK’s Stuart Guite, who earlier doubled through Wong and now had him covered, then shipped his stack with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qd"]. It folded back to Wong who made the call with his tournament on the line. The [poker card="2h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2c"] board ran out clean for the pocket queens and Wong was eliminated in seventh place. Half an hour later, the bustouts picked up. From the small blind, Dimitar Danchev shipped his twenty big blind stack holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="6s"] right into Sweden’s Sven Joakim Andersson’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. Danchev, at risk, was looking for serious help. He picked up a few extra out on the [poker card="4d"][poker card="qd"][poker card="6c"] flop. But the [poker card="7d"] turn and [poker card="td"] turn gave the hand to Andersson’s pocket aces and sent Danchev to the rail in sixth place. Just a few hands later, Kotelnikov put in a raise from the button with his [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"]. It folded through to Gasior in the big blind who shoved his final seventeen big blinds in with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"]. Kotelnikov quickly called. The table watched as the board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="ks"] never really giving Kotelnikov a sweat and ending Gasior’s tournament in fifth place. With four players left, Ukraine’s Oleg Vasylchenko open-shoved his nearly 20 big blind stack from the small blind holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"]. Kotelnikov, who had him out-chipped also had him out-pipped with his [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. Kotelnikov made the call and put the Ukrainian at risk. Again, the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] run out never really gave Kotelnikov much to worry about. Vasylchenko, a satellite winner into the event, finished in fourth place. On the very next hand, Kotelnikov involved yet again. Guite folded his button and Kotelnikov shipped his big stack from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jc"]. Andersson, in the big blind with 16 big blinds behind, made the call holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9d"]. Kotelnikov took the lead in the hand on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7s"] flop but Andersson still had some backdoor outs and his over card. All of those outs evaporated when the [poker card="qc"] hit the turn, leaving Andersson drawing dead to the [poker card="2s"] river. Andersson, also a satellite winner, exited in third place. The heads-up match between Kotelnikov and Guite lasted over an hour and saw both players hold the chip lead at one point. In a battle that looked like it could last a lot longer than it did, a bit of a cooler decided the tournament. On the final hand, Guite put in a raise from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="4s"] and was called by Kotelnikov in the big blind with [poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"] giving Guite two pair and Kotelnikov an open-ended straight draw. Kotelnikov checked it over to Guite who put in a bet. Kotelnikov called. The turn came the [poker card="2c"] and with his made straight, Kotelnikov checked. Guite bet again, this time Kotelnikov check-raised big and Guite made the call. The [poker card="kd"] hit the river and Kotelnikov moved all-in on Guite. With his two pair, Guite made the call and as a result, ended up as the runner-up. Andrey Kotelnikov is the winner of the WPT Online Mix-Max Championship for $488,508, a $15,000 entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions, and a spot on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Final Table Payout Andrey Kotelnikov - $488,508 Stuart Guite - $366,604.80 Sven Joakim Andersson - $271,903.20 Oleg Vasyichenko - $190,500 Maciej Gasior - $124,500 Dimitar Danchev - $89,016 Jerry Wong - $69,300
  18. Ireland’s Daniel Smyth won his way into the World Poker Tour Online Knockout Championship for just $33 and ended up turning that into a score of $413,392.75, a ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions, and a date to have his name engraved on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Smyth, who has a little more than just $47,000 in live recorded earnings, topped the 1,035-entry field by leaning on his online experience that led him to a win in the PokerStars Sunday Million back in 2010. But even though Smyth may have been in his element playing online, getting the win was no easy feat as he was surrounded by some of today’s brightest stars at the final table. World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Reiss, Russian crusher Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosian, and German superstar Manig Loeser were just a few of the final eight players that stood in his way. It took nearly thirty minutes of final table play to lose the first player. Brazil’s Joao Mauteli opened under the gun holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] and was prompty shipped on with the short stack of fellow countryman Matheus Resende and his [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. Maureli made the quick call and took the lead when the flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="5h"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river couldn’t help Resende’s pocket queens and he exited in ninth place for $19,483.87 and $13,242.18 in bounties. With fewer than 10 big blinds, Kazakhstan’s Shyngis Satubayev shipped his stack holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"] from the hijack. Pedro Marques made the call from the button holding [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"] and both blinds let their hands go. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"] giving Marques top pair and leaving Satubayev looking for running cards. The [poker card="td"] turn left Marques drawing dead to the [poker card="6h"] river. Satubayev was eliminated in eighth place for $23,504.85 and just $750 in bounties. Forty-five minutes later Smyth found himself with just 10 big blinds and he moved all-in on the button holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and was snap called for less by Ryan Riess in the big blind who had [poker card="7d"][poker card="7d"]. Riess, all in for his tournament, needed help instantly as the [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Smyth a flopped flush. The [poker card="6h"] turn gave Riess some full house outs, but the [poker card="2d"] was not one of them and the one-time WSOP Main Event champ fell in seventh place for $29,699.32 and $18,562.50 in bounties. It only took a few hands after Riess’s departure for Martirosian to find himself all-in. The Russian raised for half his 12 big blind stack from under the gun holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. Marques three-bet shipped his 30 big blind stack on the button with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"] and when folded back to him, Martirosian called for his tournament life. The board ran out [poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5d"] missing all of Martirosian’s outs. He adds $47,281.38 and another $16,593.75 in bounties to his significant 2020 online earnings. After nearly an hour-and-a-half of five-handed play, Portugal’s Marques put in a raise with [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"] on the button and Loeser promptly three-bet him from the small blind holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. When it folded back to Marques he put in the rest of his 20 big blind stack and Loeser made the call. The flop came [poker card="2c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="td"] leaving Marques searching for a lot of help to stay alive. The turn came the [poker card="qh"], opening up a gutshot straight for Marques. The [poker card="9d"] hit the river, and Marques turned his $320 satellite win into $66,687.63 and another $22,382.80 in bounties. It didn’t take long for Loeser to claim another bounty. From the small blind Loeser put in a small raise with [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"], which opened the door for the Netherlands’ Pim Gieles to three-bet holding [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"]. Back on Loeser, he wasted no time in four-bet shipping his big stack and, dominated, Gieles committed the last of his stack. The duo watched as the board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="9h"] and Gieles falls in fourth for $95,502.03 and $23,478.51 in bounties. Like Smyth, Maureli was also in this $3,200 buy-in tournament for a fraction of the cost. The Brazilian, who entered the final table as the chip leader, won his way in by taking down the $22 buy-in Mini Masters which gave him not only a $4.2K score but also a free $3,200 ticket. He used that on the Knockout, hoping to pick up some bounties should he not cash. But he found himself three-handed with a six-figure score guaranteed. With 20 big blinds, Maureli moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="4d"]. Smyth snapped him off holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] in the big blind and the two satellite winners saw a [poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] flop which kept Smyth in the lead. The [poker card="8d"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="9d"] river send Maureli to the rail in third place, turning his original $22 buy-in into $142,061.51 and $32,449.23 in bounties. The heads-up battle between Smyth and Loeser lasted over an hour with the chip lead passing back-and-forth between the two players multiple times. After winning a critical flip for his tournament life, Smyth came roaring back and seized the chip lead. On the final hand, with just 15 big blinds left, Loeser shoved on the button with [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"] which put Smyth to a decision with his [poker card="ks"][poker card="9h"]. After taking a few extra seconds, Smyth made the call with the championship on the line. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] keeping Smyth in the lead. The [poker card="9d"] gave Smyth a pair, but opened a backdoor for Loeser to hit and open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="4d"] was no help to the German high roller and Manig Loeser finished in second place for $208,492.98 plus an additional $70,866.22. As the winner of the World Poker Tour Online Knockout Championship, Daniel Smyth earned the $208,803.83 first-place prize, an additional $204,588.92 in bounties, and the honor of having his name engraved on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions cup. Final Table Payouts Daniel Smyth - $208,803.83 + $204,588.92 in bounties Manig Loeser - $208,492.98 + $70,866.22 in bounties Joao Maureli - $142,061.51 + $32,449.23 in bounties Pim Gieles - $95,502.03 + $23,478.51 in bounties Pedro Marques - $66,687.63 +$22,382.80 in bounties Artur Martirosian - $47,281.38 + $16,593.75 in bounties Ryan Riess - $29,699.32 + $18,562.50 in bountes Shyngis Satubayev - $23,504.85 + $750 in bounties Matheus Luiz - $19,483.87 + $13,242.18 in bounties
  19. The four-day World Poker Tour $10,000 Main Event Championship on partypoker came to a conclusion on Wednesday as the UK’s Phillip Mighall outlasted the 1,011 player field to claim his first WPT title and a career-high cash of $1,550,298.47. Even though Mighall started the final table with a comfortable stack, sitting second in chips, his path to victory was certainly not an easy one. He faced serious competition in the final nine players including World Series of Poker final tablist and Day 3 chip leader Damian Salas, Team partypoker pro Dzimitry Urbanovich, and renowned high-stakes online poker grinder Bert ‘Girafganger7’ Stevens. But Mighall leaned on his years of online poker experience, which has brought him more than $3.1 million in lifetime online earnings, and grinded out the over six-hour long final table to capture that signature victory years in the making. Roughly twenty minutes into the final table the first major confrontation took place. After an early position raise from Salas, Laszlo Molnar three-bet half his short stack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. From the button, Brazil’s Victor Simonato put in the four-bet holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"] which allowed Salas to fold when it came back around to him. Molnar then stuck the rest of his stack in the middle to put his tournament on the line and Simonato made the quick call. The board ran out [poker card="qd"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="th"] sending Molnar home in ninth for $127,386. The next elimination took place just a few hands later as Tuen Mulder opened from under the gun with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] and then from the small blind, Simonato put in a three-bet with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Finland’s Akseli Paalanen then four-bet shoved over 40 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] which brought a fold from Mulder. After some thought, Simionato made the call. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] keeping the pocket queens in the lead. The [poker card="9s"] turn and the [poker card="9d"] river didn’t help Paalanen’s ace-king and he was eliminated in eighth place for $153,672. After having climbed two spots on the payout ladder, Bert Stevens open-shoved his final fifteen big blinds from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="th"]. Russia’s Blaz Zerjav made the call in the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9s"] flop opened the door for Stevens to pick up some additional outs on the turn. The [poker card="9s"] was not one of them and when the [poker card="8d"] fell on the river, the online legend Stevens exited in seventh place and added $194,112 to his nearly $10 million in career online earnings. Play slowed down at six-handed over the next hour and it took a bit of a cooler to send the next player to the rail. Salas opened under the gun with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and it folded around to Mulder on the button who called with [aq][poker card="qd"]. From the big blind, Urbanovich three-bet off his fifteen big blind stack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Salas folded the pocket pair, but Mulder four-bet enough to put Urbanovich at risk. Urbanovich made the call with the dominating hand but was quickly an underdog on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9h"] flop. The [poker card="5h"] brought flush outs for the partypoker pro but he missed with the [poker card="jc"] river. Urbanovich was out in sixth place for $277,014. Roughly fourth-five minutes later, Zerjav completed the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"] and the called Simonato who raised the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"]. The pair saw a flop of [poker card="9c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="5h"]. Zerjav check-called a bet from Simonato. The [poker card="kh"] turn elicited another check from Zerjav and Simonato continued his story with another larger bet, which Zerjav called. The [poker card="4h"] river brought Zerjav a straight, which he checked over to Simonato who continued his bluff by firing a third bullet. Zerjav made the easy call and crippled Simonato, leaving him with less than a big blind. Simonato, who won his way into the tournament on a $22 satellite, exited the very next hand in fifth place for $391,257. The final four players grinded for nearly three hours before Zerjav was forced to make his move. He open-shoved his final fourteen big blinds from the button holding [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] right into Mighall’s [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"] in the big blind. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Mighall top set and left Zerjav looking for serious help. The [poker card="9s"] turn left Zerjav drawing dead to the [poker card="qh"] river and the Russian fell in fourth place earning $552,006. Salas raised his three-handed button with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] only to be shoved on by chip leader Mighall with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"]. Salas made the call and found he was flipping for his tournament life. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"] flop looked good for Salas and the [poker card="qc"] turn looked even better. However, Salas couldn’t fade Mighall’s two-outer as the [poker card="3c"] hit the river, giving Mighall a set and eliminating Salas in third place for $814,663.80. Mighall and Mulder negotiated a deal during heads-up play that locked up career-high cashes of $1,396,968 for Mulder and $1,450,298 for Mighall but still left $100,000 on the table to play for. The thirty minute heads up match saw Mulder strip the chip lead from Mighall for a short period of time but back to back hands swung the match back in favor to Mighall, including the final hand which was a wild one. On the button, Mulder raised with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] only to be three-bet by Mighall holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"]. Mulder opted to flat the three-bet and the pair saw a [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] flop. Mighall led the flop for half-pot and Mulder put in another call with his top set, leaving himself less than a pot bet behind. The action [poker card="8h"] hit the turn bringing in Mighall’s gutshot straight draw. Mighall shoved his straight, Mulder called and needed the board to pair. It didn’t as the [poker card="2s"] hit the river ending Mulder’s tournament in second place. Phillip Mighall ended the night with a score of more than $1.55 million, his first WPT title, a seat to the WPT Tournament of Champions, and his name to be enshrined on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Final Table Payouts Phillip Mighall - $1,550,298.47* Tuen Mulder - $1,396,968.73* Damian Salas - $814,663.80 Blaz Zerjav - $552,006 Victor Simionato - $391,257 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $277,014 Bert Stevens - $194,112 Akseli Paalanen - $153,672 Laszlo Molnar - $127,386
  20. Superstars in the highest stakes tournaments around the world, online grinders working their way up from $20 tournaments, or home game regulars who have had to explain the rules of No Limit Texas Hold’em to a new player more than once, all owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Sexton. The voice of the game and the face of the industry, Sexton meant more to poker than can possibly be measured. On Sunday, Sexton died after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 72 years old. An invaluable asset to the poker community, Sexton was a World Poker Tour co-commentator, World Series of Poker bracelet winner, WPT champion, online poker pioneer, Army veteran, college athlete, Poker Hall of Famer, and maybe most importantly, a husband and father. In 2003, Sexton set foot in the living rooms of poker fans around the world for the very first time as he called the action on the inaugural World Poker Tour final table, the Five Diamond Poker Classic. As the poker boom rolled on, it was Sexton’s retelling of the rules of Hold’em at the start of WPT broadcasts that made it seem like anybody could play and anybody could win. For the better part of 15 years, Sexton worked alongside Vince Van Patten to call the action of nearly every WPT final table during that time. Poker stars were born with Sexton announcing their arrival to the world at the end of every broadcast. There were a few occasions however where Sexton was forced to vacate his position in the broadcast booth. After not being able to play WPT events for the first seven years of the tour’s existence, that all changed for Season VIII. In 2011, Sexton was one of the six players at the final table of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event where he eventually finished sixth. Two years later, he finished third at the WPT Venice Grand Prix. Those two results pale in comparison to what happened in November 2016. Sexton made the final table of the WPT Montreal event and overcame a heads-up chip deficit to win the title and a little more than $300,000. Winning in Montreal also came with a pair of other prizes. Sexton was awarded a championship belt by the Playground Poker Club. Earlier in the tournament Sexton had taken a photo of the championship belt that the host Playground Poker Club had commissioned to award to the eventual champion and texted it to his son, Ty. At eight years old, Ty was enamored with it and when his father returned home with the belt, he gave it to his son. The win also gained him entry to the annual WPT Tournament of Champions event, a tournament that held a special place in Sexton’s heart. “When you win the title, you’re eligible for the [WPT] Tournament of Champions, which I created back in the 90s, so to be eligible for it the rest of my life I thought was so cool,” Sexton said at the time. In the late 90s, Sexton had conceptualized the Tournament of Champions as an invitation-only poker tournament that would be open only to players who had won a tournament in the previous year. It ran for three years from 1999 - 2001 at The Orleans in Las Vegas. In 2017, Sexton retired from the World Poker Tour to take on the role of Chairman of partypoker. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the World Poker Tour since its inception in 2002. When the World Poker Tour launched, it was a dream come true, and to be there from the beginning and see how the WPT changed the poker world forever by essentially turning poker into a televised sport has been amazing. It’s been quite a ride over these 15 seasons, and one that I’ve been extremely blessed to take,” His time at the WPT was the most publicly visible part of Sexton’s career, but his career in poker actually began decades earlier. After graduating from Ohio State University where he was a competitive gymnast, Sexton joined the Army where he served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. Stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Sexton spent some time working in sales after leaving the Army when he discovered he was making more from the home games he was playing in than he was from his day job. After playing professionally in games in North Carolina in the late 70s and early 80s, Sexton took a trip to Las Vegas in 1984 to play in his first World Series of Poker. Not long after, he moved to Las Vegas to play bigger games against tougher competition. Five years later, Sexton won his only WSOP bracelet, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Split event. Over the years that followed, Sexton cashed 72 times at the WSOP - including a runner-up finish in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud 8-or-better event in 2011 - earning a total $2,653,285 with $1.1 million of that coming from his ninth-place finish in the inaugural $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event. Though it wasn’t an official WSOP event, Sexton did earn a seven-figure score at the Rio against some of the toughest players in the world. One of 27 players invited to play in the 2006 Tournament of Champions, Sexton defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up to win $1,000,000 and lay claim to the TOC title he helped create. "To win the million-dollar prize and this title means everything to me. But to be perfectly honest, there is nothing quite like that feeling when you win your first [gold bracelet] at the World Series of Poker,” Sexton said. “To come back again all these years later and win this tournament, especially against such tremendous competition, in addition to defeating a great champion like Daniel Negreanu after five hours, really makes me proud." All told, Sexton cashed 284 times in his career and finished with $6,708,146 in lifetime earnings. His impact wasn’t only felt in the live arena. At the turn of the 21st century, Sexton helped Ruth Parasol launch the third online poker site, partypoker.com. Heavily involved in all aspects of the business at the time of the launch, including helping create the brand name, Sexton helped create a framework that many online poker operators still follow today. He also wrote a column for CardPlayer Magazine for 19 years and penned two books, including his autobiography Life's A Gamble (2016), and the New York Times bestseller, Shuffle Up and Deal (2005). In 2009, the culmination of all Sexton’s success on the felt and work off of it to grow the game worldwide resulted in his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. "I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and it is particularly special because for the first time it was a process that involved the fans, the media, and the living members of the hall of fame," Sexton said. "To me, the most meaningful aspect of this process was the acceptance by the living hall of famers who welcomed me into their exclusive club." Sexton is survived by his wife, Karen, and son, Ty.
  21. The World Poker Tour and the partypoker US Network are teaming up, once again, to bring New Jersey online poker players the first-ever WPT Online Borgata Series. The week-long, 11-event series runs from September 13 - 21 and features $275,000 in guaranteed pre and-post-lim prize pools in addition to its $1,060 WPT Online Borgata Series Main Event, a two-day tournament which starts on September 20 and concludes with a live-streamed final table on September 21. "WPT and partypoker US Network have created a unique festival for players of all bankrolls across New Jersey to compete in a weeklong series that combines the best of the live and online realm," said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. Outside of the Main Event, the series spotlights a $215 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed kick-off event, a $535 Heads Up tournament with a 32 player cap, as well as the always-popular Progressive Knockout tournaments. Players looking to win their way into the Main Event have a wealth of satellite options to choose from. Standard satellites cater to bankrolls of all sizes with the lowest buy-in starting at just $5. Those $5 satellites can win players a ticket to a $45 satellite and ultimately a $215 direct satellite into the Main Event. For those not looking to step their way into the Main Event, the WPT and partypoker are offering a $109 phased flights into the Main Event. The difference in a phased tournament is that for those who survive the opening flight, they will carry their chip stack over into the start of the Main Event. That means, for some who do extremely well, they could start the Main Event with a bigger chip advantage. "partypoker US Network continues to identify opportunities to provide the best online poker experience for our players," said Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker for partypoker US Network. "We are proud to expand our relationship with the World Poker Tour and provide players across New Jersey with another state-of-the-art offering. The WPT Online Borgata Series combines the live prestige of the WPT and Borgata to the online poker community across the partypoker US Network." All eligible players located in the state of New Jersey can take part in the series including choosing their online site of choice between BorgataPoker.com, BetMGMPoker.com, or NJPartyPoker.com. Players do not need to be a resident of New Jersey to play, they simply need to physically be in the Garden State to take part. "Live tournament series at Borgata have been a staple of New Jersey poker for many years," said WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage. "And the WPT has worked alongside the partypoker US Network team to bring the best assets of the live product to this online series including WPT-level structures, quality side events, and satellites for the Main Event." WPT Online Borgata Schedule [table id=102 /]
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