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  1. The 2019 World Series of Poker is almost here. It's the 50th annual WSOP and there's a lot of anticipation of what's to come this summer. One player who always looks forward to the summer is Phil Hellmuth. He's the poker player with the most WSOP gold bracelets (15) and most WSOP cashes (134), plus it's 30 years since he won the 1989 WSOP Main Event. "I love it!" Hellmuth told PocketFives when asked how it feels to have the WSOP right around the corner once again. "It's 30 years since my win in the WSOP Main Event." In 1989, a 24-year-old Hellmuth shocked the gambling world when he defeated two-time defending champion Johnny Chan to win the WSOP Main Event for $755,000. Hellmuth topped a field of 178 entries and launched himself into poker stardom. It was the first of his 15 gold bracelets, one of which was the WSOP Europe Main Event title in 2012, and 30 years later he's still hungry for more. "It would be nice to win a no-limit 2-7 tournament - I have two second-place finishes - as I've always seen myself winning one," Hellmuth said when asked what he's most looking forward to this summer, other than the Main Event. "It would be nice to win another razz tourney. That would solidify me as the best razz tourney player in the world, based on WSOP results. I would love to win a seven-card stud eight-or-better tourney or an eight-game mix or 10-game mix. Finally, winning a huge buy-in or field size no-limit hold’em tournament or heads-up tourney would be spectacular." In addition to those events, Hellmuth recently took to social media to proclaim, "I want to win a WSOP PLO bracelet in the next few years!" Of all the bracelets he's won, he has yet to earn one in the great game of pot-limit Omaha. His best WSOP performance in this exciting, four-card variant was a fourth-place finish at the 2000 WSOP. "I'm behind the curve in two tourney games: pot-limit Omaha and 2-7 triple draw," Hellmuth said. "I keep improving, which is wonderful, and who knows where that will lead. No one thought I would become the best razz tourney player in the world, and yet, I have shredded the WSOP razz tourneys since 2012 like no other. It's been a historic run, with two firsts, a second, a fifth, and a 13th. So, I need to improve at PLO tourneys. I need to learn something from Jason Mercier and Shaun Deeb." Speaking of Mercier and Deeb, Hellmuth included these two players, who hold five and four bracelets, respectively, when mentioning who might be able to catch him in the great bracelet race. "Daniel Negreanu says he will catch me in cashes," Hellmuth said. "A little known fact is that Negreanu has actually played more WSOP tourneys than I have. Others have said they will catch me in bracelets. Phil Ivey says his goal is to win 30. I was shooting for 24, until Ivey went public going for 30, then I changed my goal to 30. But 24 would still be amazing. Let me get there first. So, Ivey. Maybe Negreanu, Deeb, Mercier, John Monnette, or John Hennigan. In hold'em, of which I have 13 so far, maybe Joe Cada, Dominik Nitsche, or Adrian Mateos." Hellmuth is currently top of the charts in most WSOP gold bracelets and most WSOP cashes, two records that he holds by quite wide margins. In the bracelets category, the next closest are Ivey, Chan, and Doyle Brunson, who each have 10. For cashes, Hellmuth is first with 137 and then Chris Ferguson is second with 120. Negreanu currently sits third entering the 2019 WSOP with 108. "Let's not forget that I hold the record for most WSOP final tables," Hellmuth added. "It would be nice to own the money list title, but to me, it's all about the bracelets." Hellmuth's last gold bracelet win came last year when he won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 30-Minute Levels tournament for $485,082. For final tables, the last time he didn't make one at the WSOP was in 2013. Having played the WSOP for so long and racked up so many accolades, it wouldn't be out of the question for Hellmuth to slow down and take it easy a bit, just as most athletes can get their titles and then take it a little easier. But every WSOP, whether in Las Vegas during the summer or elsewhere in the world some other time of the year, Hellmuth is grinding away and looking to add another few lines to the record books that are already littered with his name. "It's in my nature, it's in my DNA," Hellmuth said when asked what continues to drive him. "I'm super competitive, and I'm competing against the best players in the world, in this era, and last and future eras, for greatest poker player of all time. Right now, I have all of the records, but 15 WSOP bracelets is not enough to keep the record. So I stay focused, I stay determined, I pay attention, and keep abreast of new strategies. I stay away from drugs, away from drinking too much, and I take care of myself; watching my weight and sleeping in almost every single day. Long-term health is a factor in this race." With decades of experience at the WSOP, Hellmuth has undoubtedly seen a lot over the years. For that reason, there are few better to ask what the biggest differences are between then and now. "The numbers," Hellmuth said. "The WSOP was special back then, and a lot more like a convention for all of the best poker players in the world. But now, it's out of control with huge numbers, and I love it. Also, back in 1988 and 1989, we had a lot of one-day tournaments." While excited for what's to come poker-wise, Hellmuth has been quite busy as of late, but not necessarily in the poker realm. If you follow him on social media, then you're likely aware of some of the off-the-felt moves he's been making. "I'm doing a lot of business deals right now, both as an investor and as someone that's honored to be joining advisory boards (just joined LassoGear.com advisory board). In the last six months, I have invested in b spot (online slot machines), TravelSmarter.com (direct-to-consumer hotel room rates, airfare, and a lot more), End Game Talent Agency (esports talent agency), and STEAM Role (mentoring site). "I love business, but all of the founders understand that I will disappear into poker on May 25," Hellmuth said. "I really need to cut off all communication for a few months and focus on playing great poker. For the 2019 WSOP, I'm adding back mediation." Lastly, with the WSOP Main Event seeing a rise in attendance over the previous year in each of the last three years, Hellmuth needed to be asked to give a prediction for the 2019 WSOP Main Event. "I think we will crack 10,000 players!" Hellmuth said. "The ESPN coverage, thanks to PokerGO and Cary Katz, has been spectacular, with 14 days of coverage, and the economy is crushing!"
  2. You can call it cliche if you want, but the World Series of Poker is where the best players in the game go to shine brightest. Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Phil Ivey, and Alex Foxen all enter the 2019 WSOP with the spotlight firmly placed on them. PocketFives editorial staff give their thoughts on how each of these talented players will do this summer. Shaun Deeb "Shaun Deeb is making no secret he wants to go back-to-back as the WSOP Player of the Year. He’s going to be in the mix, but I think it’s going to be incredibly difficult to replicate his 2018 summer in 2019. Deeb is a crusher of all games and while I fully expect him to be in the POY conversation as well as make a mixed game final table to two, I think he’ll simply have to settle for a good, not great, 2019 WSOP." - Jeff Walsh, Senior Writer "For Deeb, 2019 is going to be a test to see if he can walk the walk after he's talked the talk. Well, we already know Deeb has the ability to walk the walk, as he's a highly talented, experienced player who puts in a ton of volume, but being on the bad side of tournament variance can come around at any time in a player's career. I expect Deeb to be a WSOP player of the Year contender once again and a big threat to win any bracelet event he enters. Look for Deeb to tally at least a dozen cashes and reach two or three final tables. Will he win a bracelet in 2019? Deeb has as good of a shot as any and I'll say yes, he will." - Donnie Peters, Managing Editor "It's almost impossible to look at Deeb's body of work and not just automatically assume that he'll be able to do it again. At some point though, he's going to have a stretch where things don't go well. Last summer he cashed 16 times, made 2 final tables and won a bracelet to jump out to a massive POY lead before heading to WSOP Europe. He's going to play every event he can this year in hopes of another bracelet and another POY title, but maybe 16 cashes and a win is too much to expect. I think Deeb will manage no fewer than 10 cashes, but I'd be surprised to see him pull off another win." - Lance Bradley, Editor in Chief Daniel Negreanu "The 2019 WSOP will be unlike any other for Daniel - new wife, no PokerStars, daily vlogs and tens of thousands of his fans money going along for the ride. I think he’ll rise to the occasion with a pair of deep runs and possibly even pick up bracelet number seven in one of the mid-stakes mixed game events." - Walsh "Negreanu has been all over headlines in the final days leading up to the WSOP. He got married to Amanda Leatherman, news dropped that he and PokerStars had parted ways, he’s been feuding on social media, and he sold a bunch of action for his 2019 WSOP slate to poker fans all over the world. The latter of that bunch could very well be what motivates Negreanu to crush this summer. With thousands of people invested in Negreanu, he should want to perform well for them. That last time he sold action in a headlining way was for the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop, and he placed second in that event for $8.288 million. Negreanu has adjusted his schedule for the 2019 WSOP and will be playing more low buy-in events because he has said he really wants to make a push for WSOP Player of the Year. With a big schedule planned, thousands of supporters he doesn’t want to let down, and motivation to really show out in his first WSOP in forever as an unsponsored player, it could be a huge summer for Negreanu, and that’s what I think we’ll be getting from him. The last time Negreanu won a gold bracelet in Las Vegas was way back in 2008. He’s due. I predict Negreanu will charge to a handful of final tables this summer and win at least his seventh WSOP gold bracelet, if not his eighth as well." - Peters "As my colleagues have already pointed out, Negreanu has been all over the place lately. While all of that stuff has prevented him from focusing on poker, all of that stuff happened so that Negreanu could turn all of his attention to the WSOP. Once the tournaments begin, he's got every reason in the world to be zoned in and focused. A third time Player of the Year title could very easily be in the works already and I think he's going to get himself at least one bracelet before the Main Event begins." - Bradley Phil Hellmuth "Everything is all lined up for Phil Hellmuth. It's been 30 years since his Main Event victory and the 50th Annual WSOP, it would be destiny for the all-time leader in gold bracelets to find the winner’s circle this summer. Now, I’m not a 'PHater', but it all feels a little too perfect and so...I am fading Hellmuth in 2019. While I think his rant game will be on point, he’ll have a mediocre series and need to get back after it in 2020." - Walsh "Hellmuth is 'Mr. WSOP.' He leads in the categories of most gold bracelets, most cashes, and most final tables at the WSOP, and he continues to put himself in position to win more and more at the Series each and every summer. Just look at 2018, when he cashed seven times and won his 15th bracelet at the WSOP. The year before that, he cashed nine times, when you include WSOP Europe and finished in the top 10 three times. Hellmuth is one of the hungriest players to win every summer and it shows because he wears his heart on his sleeve and hides nothing. The 2019 WSOP marks 30 years since he won the 1989 WSOP Main Event, so we should expect him to be going all out once again. With more events than ever, I predict Hellmuth will reach the top 10 in at least two events and win one gold bracelet." - Peters "Imagine betting against Hellmuth at the WSOP? The spotlight on this year's WSOP will be heightened and that basically almost feeds into the "PH machine". He's also talked about wanting to win a Pot Limit Omaha bracelet and claims to have "shredded" the Razz events over the past few years. Sounds like he's going to be playing even more events this year. I don't think he's got any shot at POY, but he's leaving this summer with #16 stitched on the side of his hat and a new piece of jewellery on his wrist." - Bradley Phil Ivey "Now, for the other Phil, Phil Ivey. Ivey hasn’t been a massive success at the WSOP in recent years because he’s been very much out of competition. He just hasn’t played. His last bracelet came in 2014 and there was a gap in his résumé until the 2018 WSOP when he played a handful of events and cashed four times. With the release of Ivey’s MasterClass course, one would think he’ll be making the jump back into the WSOP waters in 2019. As for predictions, he’s become a very tough one to get a read one, much like he’s virtually unreadable at the poker table. I think he’ll play a bunch because he wouldn’t have released a MasterClass if he was still hiding in the shadows, so I’ll guess that we see him at a couple final tables and challenging for the winner’s circle once or twice. Whether or not he wins a bracelet is really up to Ivey. If he puts in the volume and gets down to business, he’ll win one. If he just shows up to put himself out there because of the MasterClass course, it’s going to be a real tease for poker fans everywhere." - Peters "As much as I’d like to see Ivey. I don’t think we will. Hope I’m proven wrong on Day 1." - Walsh "He ain't coming, kids. Let's just move on." - Bradley Alex Foxen "Alex Foxen is lining up those bracelet bets and I, for one, wouldn’t be betting against him. I’m not sure if he’s going to actually take down a gold bracelet this year but I have a feeling it’s going to a profitable summer for Foxen at the WSOP." - Walsh "As long as Foxen doesn't get sucked away by the big buy-in events at ARIA this summer, look out WSOP. With the added motivation of bracelets bets now on the table, I predict we'll see Foxen land himself in the WSOP winner's circle this summer. He's a no-limit hold'em tournament specialist and there are plenty of events right in his wheelhouse. For starters, Foxen will have two really good chances to win a bracelet in the first few days of the 2019 WSOP with the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and the $50,000 High Roller. The $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em and $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, both of which take place in the first week of June, are also solid opportunities for Foxen." - Peters "When somebody puts it out there that they want to make bracelet bets against any and all comers, it tells you that they're ready for the grind that is the WSOP. History doesn't support his confidence though. Foxen has had just 25 cashes at the Rio over his career and three of them were final tables. Still, he's the GPI #1-ranked player for a reason and if he's got extra financial incentive to get his first bracelet, you know he's going to be less inclined to wander over to the Venetian or Aria to play their events. Deep runs almost feel like a given, but a bracelet? I'm not so sure." - Bradley
  3. Spanish poker pro Vicent 'gordon0410' Bosca enjoyed the biggest online score of his career on Tuesday after beating a final table that included a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives and the reigning GPI Female Player of the Year. Bosca topped the 131-player field in Event #12-High ($10,300 No Limit Hold'em High Roller) to win $287,133.45. Runner-up Luuk 'pokerkluka' Gieles had to settle for $222,468.39 while Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, who was ranked #1 six different times in his career, took third for $172,366.52. Kristen Bicknell finished fifth for $103,471.92 - the second largest score of her career. Russia's 'krakukra' had himself quite a day. He finished eighth in Event #12-Medium ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Super Tuesday Special Edition) for $18,120 and topped the 79-player field in Event #13-High ($2,100 Triple Draw 2-7) to win $43,055. Runner-up 'inevity', who won a Triple Draw SCOOP event in 2017, banked $28,835 and Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan took home $22,120 for finishing third. Reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year Shaun Deeb finished fourth for $15,010. Michael 'merla888' Gathy, finished sixth in that event and then beat out 285 other players to winEvent #14-High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em) for $109,181.43. Rui 'sousinha23' Sousa finished one spot behind Gathy and earned $80,929.24. 'Mikensonas' finished in third place for $59,987.75 and one day after winning a SCOOP title, 'Daenarys T' earned $44,465.16 for a fourth place result. ' Other winners on Wednesday included 'Naza114', 'Stroposoz', 'milanissimo8', 'RunGodlike', 'Tiu Patinh@s', and 'LS20'. Event #12 (Low): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,071 Prizepool: $507,100 Naza114 - $72,136.34 PowellJam - $51,418.77 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford - $36,653.08 Tiu Pathin@s - 25,127.61 rodckz - $18,624.71 kr3w\Aili - $13,276.33 5 banki - $9,463.85 Denman98 - $6,746.20 Event #12 (Medium): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Super Tuesday Special Edition Entries: 1,232 Prizepool: $1,232,000 Stroposoz - $176,280.02* bigstealer - $155,575.76* Vlada2108 - $98,448.87 Marto115 - $70,177.80 jamaica_111 - $50,025.23 DON_CHICHO21 - $35,659.74 NemesisMsop - $25,419.60 krakukra - $18,120 Event #12 (High): $10,300 No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 131 Prizepool: $1,310,000 Vicent 'gordon0410' Bosca - $287,133.45 Luuk 'pokerkluka' Gieles - $222,468.39 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski - $172,366.52 cocojamb0 - $133,548.08 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell - $103,471.92 RickLogrado - $80,169.11 Sphinx87 - $62,114.30 ale6ka - $48,125.60 Event #13 (Low): $22 Triple Draw 2-7 Entries: 1,581 Prizepool: $31,620 milanissimo8 - $5,060.03 UIDuffer - $3,794.40 mighell - $2,845.80 qwerty123 - $1,897.20 FENDI13 - $1,264.80 Muka82 - $746.23 Event #13 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw 2-7 Entries: 379 Prizepool: $75,800 RunGodlike - $14,667.30 XD89lol<3 - $10,877.30 actionbutton - $8,148.50 Premove - $5,609.20 baoliraise - $4,017.40 thefish01x - $2,577.20 Event #13 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw 2-7 Entries: 79 Prizepool: $158,000 krakukra - $43,055 inevity - $28,835 Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan - $22,120 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $15,010 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $11,060 Michael 'merla888' Gathy - $8,295 Event #14 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 7,827 Prizepool: $156,540 Tiu Patinh@s - $22,024.48 sydens - $15,341.40 Nitram_10 - $10,689.45 vck384 - $7,448.11 karet2 - $5,189.62 jorginho0111 - $3,615.62 Event #14 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,962 Prizepool: $392.400 MLS20 - $58,789.17 Lefebvre1101 - $40,961.57 cash g 89 - $28,540.90 _paul€FauL_ - $19,886.47 otaviabraga - $13,856.35 Vudox - $9,654.72 Event #14 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 286 Prizepool: $572,000 merla888 - $109,181.43 sousinha23 - $80,929.24 Mikensonas - $59,987.75 Daenarys T - $44,465.16 dursty54 - $32,959.15 Dhr.Awesome - $24,430.57
  4. A new event made its PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker debut on Friday, but it was a few familiar faces that made the biggest noise. The #1-ranked online poker player in the world, 'lena900', won his first SCOOP title of 2019 and finished runner-up in another event while Dario Sammartino, Matthew Ashton and Jonathan Proudfoot also came through with wins. 'Lena900' beat Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser heads up to win Event #18 High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for $27,707.18. Glaser ended up adding $21,449.03 to his bankroll while third place finisher 'YerickK' earned $16,604.45. Lithuanian 'NoTilit' topped the 703-player field in Event #19 High 9$2,100 No Limit Hold'em PKO Thursday Thrill SE) to walk away with $121,806.54. 'Perrymejsen' finished in second place to earn $90,022.03. 'Sarahke1418' rounded out the podium finishers, winning $66,531.70 for finishing third. Ashton beat Shaun Deeb heads-up to take home the title in Event #20 High ($1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo) for $28,710.00. This was one of two final tables for Deeb on the day. He also finished third in Event #20 Medium ($109 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo). Proudfoot, currently ranked #4 in the United Kingdom, beat Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos for the overall victory in Event #21 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys). Proudfoot walked away with $115,638.58 while Mateos ended up earning $86,742.86. 'Tr!pleeeee', the top-ranked player in Zimbabwe, denied 'lena900' a second win on the day, beating him heads up in Event #68 (Medium): $215 6+ Six Max Hold'em Sammartino, who won a SCOOP title earlier this week, picked up his second win in the SCOOP debut of 6+ Hold'em - commonly referred to as Short Deck, by beating 112 other players to win Event #68 High ($2,100 6+ Six Max Hold'em) for $56,202.58. Event #18 (Low): $11 Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 3,367 Prize pool: $32,996.60 EVILofLIFE - $4,224.96* kwangssi - $3,899.55* Philych_085 - $2,409.17 TruthBeTold7 - $1,717.33 calvin7v - $1,224.17 oes90 - $872.63 dlampard - $622.04 isti606 - $443.41 Event #18 (Medium): $109 Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 693 Prize pool: $69,300 wadzon - $11,952.40 ImluckNuts - $8,519.81 Kaggis - $6,073.21 milanissimo8 - $4,329.19 neto gol - $3,086.00 slowhand666 - $2,199.81 lNormaJean - $1,568.09 redheadmad - $1,117.79 Event #18 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 132 Prize pool: $132,000 Lena900 - $27,707.18 RunGodlike - $21,449.03 YerickK - $16,604.45 kimokh - $12,854.09 calvin7v - $9,950.80 iamivar - $7,703.26 RuiNF - $5,963.37 SkyScraper93 - $4,616.46 Event #19 (Low): $22 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 16,258 Prize pool: $325,160 mightyse7en - $17,916.27 Rens02 - $12,760.85 goughy88 - $9,096.36 VittorRod - $6,484.19 DnoEbanoe - $4,622.14 csmala77 - $3,294.83 Bender_ ax1 - $2,348.66 plattsburgh - $1,674.20 Slamushka - $1,193.41 Event #19 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Mini Thursday Thrill SE Entries: 4,689 Prize pool: $937,800 marcelutz111 - $66,797.18 Chester20o - $46,873.44 nilsef - $32,894.27 SiggySm@llz - $23,084.18 Conglomo222 - $16,199.69 pokerwille - $11,368.43 Gbisback - $7,977.95 annajlaw - $5,598.66 Teh Sith - $3,928.95 Event #19 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em PKO Thursday Thrill SE Entries: 703 Prize pool: $1,406,000 NoTilit - $121,806.54 Perrymejsen - $90,022.03 Sarahke1418 - $66,531.70 edudrake1987 - $49,170.91 ivanage - $36,340.24 dujo123 - $26,857.62 Lafleur71 - $19,849.41 FloweerBoy - $14,669.92 Kovalski1 - $10,841.94 Event #20 (Low): $11 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 2,622 Prize pool: $25,695.60 twofaces1982 - $4,369.98 xaffer - $3,083.47 Fabahaba - $2,312.60 Švaba88 - $1,798.69 reotai - $1,284.78 _FCSM_66 - $770.86 AA-Gannun - $513.91 KeysOfCyprus - $256.95 Event #20 (Medium): $109 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 633 Prize pool: $63,600 zilbeee - $11,868.87 FAL1st - $8,545.50 shaundeeb - $6,330.00 Zbad - $4,747.50 aDrENalin710 - $3,165.00 dugui18 - $2,215.50 Gigaloff - $1,424.25 Adamyid - $949.50 Event #20 (High): $1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 132 Prize pool: $132,000 MUSTAFABET - $28,710.00 shaundeeb - $20,460.00 merla888 - $15,840.00 Naza114 - $11,220.00 oiltrader - $7,260.00 CMoosepower - $5,940.00 Gakn29 - $4,620.00 wizowizo - $3,630.00 Event #21 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys Entries: 9,382 Prize pool: $139,473.60 msgiba - $19,272.50 Shansovne415 - $13,331.59 ameliaroy007 - $9,226.51 _Miazakii_ - $6,385.46 dimitriboeir - $4,419.23 razvyqq - $3,058.46 kotja-kotja - $2,116.67 tibi-nached - $1,464.90 P0k3rBluff3r - $1,013.81 Event #21 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys Entries: 2,728 Prize pool: $403,164.30 luckymo32 - $58,924.20 tsoomoo89 - $42,002.26 Vico$carpini - $29,940.63 MarToMchat - $21,342.71 exculibrus - $15,213.80 Baca4b - $10,844.91 RB Tiger - $7,730.63 NEWFlat - $5,510.65 KKing James - $3,928.19 Event #21 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys Entries: 402 Prize pool: $634,785 Proudflop - $115,638.58 Amadi_017 - $86,742.86 krakukra - $65,067.74 ramastar88 - $48,808.74 mraink - $36,612.49 Adrijan_S - $27,463.84 tinnoemulder - $20,601.24 luelue399 - $15,453.39 Ch33s3z0r - $11,591.93 Event #22 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 5,327 Prize pool: $52,204.60 mastakid - $7,430.40 DarioNo$had - $5,293.42 vpisjak - $3,773.33 Dan.Almeida - $2,689.76 Dark Azazel - $1,917.36 AKgringoAK - $1,366.76 holves - $974.27 r_dkGyn - $694.50 Event #22 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,786 Prize pool: $200,000 pata1426 - $30,199.30 bluto357 - $21,527.12 Carsandi - $15,345.26 leocir25 - $10,938.62 FERRIS243 - $7,797.42 johnymcc - $5,558.26 Yoggi_7! - $3,962.12 SetNCheck - $2,824.32 Event #22 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 284 Prize pool: $300,000 Kaggis - $57,262.86 bartek901 - $42,902.61 Vitinho Leão - $32,143.56 DEX888 - $24,082.65 w00tLOL - $18,043.29 Naza114 - $13,518.42 lb6121 - $10,128.30 Adrijan_S - $7,588.35 Event #25 (Low): $5.50 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Total PKO Zoom Entries: 17,507 Prize pool: $85,784.20 10$ pls? - $3,309.92 dionysaida - $1,458.58 TikTakMan - $501.75 empomado100% - $346.52 Event #25 (Medium): $55 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Total PKO Zoom Entries: 5,046 Prize pool: $252,300 Gofaziin26 - $11,137.81 tzeskobar - $6,121.54 107dalmatass - $1768.86 Arices3 - $6,664.93 Event #25 (High): $530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Total PKO Zoom Entries: 625 Prize pool: $312,500 tossukarla - $55,166.95 thx4urm0n3y - $11,166.99 Sintoras - $3,015.63 OManstrom - $3,035.15 Event #68 (Low): $22 6+ Six Max Hold'em Entries: 4,018 Prize pool: $80,360 glam6300 - $11,483.36 ShipityShark - $7,998.71 doungara - $5,573.28 Tovuz_AA - $3,883.31 AA COPAS - $2,705.79 SamirFloripa - $1,885.32 Event #68 (Medium): $2156+ Six Max Hold'em Entries: 553 Prize pool: $110,600 Tr!pleeeee - $19,510.06 Lena900 - $13,708.57 Jhaoklet - $9,632.40 BenjiChasinG - $6,768.25 mumming1 - $4,755.75 TILTDAVVE - $3,341.65 Event #68 (High): $2,100 6+ Six Max Hold'em Entries: 113 Prize pool: $250,000 Secret_M0d3 - $56,202.58 aramesko - $43,104.55 JayP-AA - $33,059.02 baoliraise - $25,354.60 OLD TIME GIN - $19,445.70 Empire2000 - $14,913.87 sk2ll_m0dR - $11,438.20
  5. It didn't take long at all for Daniel Negreanu to position himself on the cusp of his seventh World Series of Poker gold bracelet. On Wednesday at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Negreanu manoeuvred his way to the final six of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty (Event #2). Guaranteed $52,099, Negreanu and his five opponents called it quits for the night and bagged up their chips. On Thursday, they return to battle for WSOP glory and the $345,669 top prize. Negreanu has added emphasis to perform well at the 2019 WSOP. First and foremost, he allowed supporters from all across the globe to buy action of him by putting together three packages at different buy-in levels. The mid-tier package is for the 2019 WSOP events he plays that have buy-ins of $1,501 to $10,000. The $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty falls into that category, so those who were able to purchase shares have reason to feel good. "It's huge because I've always been a streaky player," Negreanu said after play ended for Day 1. "A lot of years at the World Series of Poker, I've gone like 0-for-11 at the start. It's been really frustrating. But to start off with a $10K final table right off the bat, it puts me in contention in a lot of things. Most importantly, the people who bought my mid-stakes package have to feel really good about it. Of course, it's unfortunate for those who got shut out, and I'm sorry for that, but I can say that there will be an opportunity in the future." The unfortunate thing that Negreanu referred to was that not everyone was able to get in, while others got in but then had to be refunded due to overselling caused from a technical issue. That said, Negreanu has hundreds, if not thousands, of people with big rooting interest in him this summer and he has the chance to hit it out of the park right out of the gate. Come Thursday's finale, Negreanu sits fourth in chips, but the turbo format means anything can happen and it can happen very quickly. As if having tons of people backing him financially isn't enough, Negreanu has the added motivation of his declaration that he wants to challenge for WSOP Player of the Year. Negreanu had a bit of a back and forth with Shaun Deeb on social media leading up to the 2019 WSOP, and Deeb's another top contender for the WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb is the award's reigning champion, with Negreanu having won it two times prior, first in 2004 and then in 2013. "Honestly, that's the big ticket item," Negreanu said of WSOP Player of the Year. "That's the thing I want. Obviously, it would be nice to hit number seven, in terms of bracelets. This whole tournament has been a lot of fun, it's been stress free. It's weird playing turbos. You just have to play super tight. I folded some hands that make me embarrassed in this tournament, but I feel good about Thursday. I feel good, calm, and collected, and that's the plan going through the whole series." For as much success as Negreanu has had on the felt, which includes six WSOP gold bracelets, it's been quite a while since he's landed himself in the WSOP winner's circle. The last time Negreanu won a gold bracelet was in 2013. That year, he won two, but they came in WSOP events outside of Las Vegas. The last time he won a gold bracelet in Las Vegas was in 2008. "There's been a lot of seconds and thirds over the years," Negreanu said of his bracelet drought. "You can taste it. The thing with this tournament is that I know I'm not going to make any massive mistakes in a turbo like this and you just have to win the all-ins. So far, I've been really fortunate in all-ins. Twice I was all in - once was nines against aces, another time with tens against kings - and I won both of those, so it's pretty cool that I get to use that luck. Hopefully that continues, because whoever wins this tournament is going to be a good player but also the luckiest player for sure." A victory would give Negreanu and his backers a massive start to the summer, plus catapult him into pole position in the WSOP Player of the Year race, and few can argue there's a better way to kick off the 50th annual World Series of Poker.
  6. Sunday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included the conclusion of the Seniors Event and a two-time bracelet winner picking up his third. Shaun Deeb spend Sunday building up a big chip lead in the $10,000 Dealers Choice and the one-and-only Phil Ivey bagged chips in an event to move on to Day 2. Howard Mash Wins Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Howard Mash turned 50 earlier this year, making him eligible for the WSOP Seniors Event for the first time. He made the most of his debut, winning the bracelet and $662,594 on Sunday night, beating the second-largest field the event has ever attracted. Mash managed to go from the short stack with four players left to champion only after surviving a comeback attempt by his heads-up opponent Jean Fontaine that necessitated an on-the-fly change in Mash's approach. "I changed my strategy, and I was trying to play small pots with him because I felt like I had an advantage. I tried to keep the pots as small as possible and just grind and grind him down," Mash said. "Then I made a couple of mistakes, I got a little too aggressive trying to end it. But I knew that I had an advantage so as long as I had chips I was in good shape." Mash, a financial advisor from Florida, cashed in the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $42,980. Fontaine earned $409,249 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Howard Mash - $662,594 Jean Fontaine - $409,249 James Mcnurlan - $303,705 Adam Richardson - $226,996 Donald Matusow - $170,887 Farhad Jamasi - $129,582 Samir Husaynue - $98,981 Mike Lisanti - $76,165 Mansour Alipourfard - $59,044 $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em Roars Into the Money The 2,327 players who made it through Day 1A and 1B of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event combined on Sunday for Day 2 and after 10 60-minute levels, only 359 survived. Arianna Son leads with 2,363,000 but former #1 PocketFiver Ari Engel bagged up 16,83,000 for the eighth biggest stack. Among the notables moving on to Day 2 include Rex Clinkscales, Joseph Cheong, Steven van Zadelhoff, Jack Sinclair, Tim West, and Dylan Linde. After the bubble burst, there were 573 who made it into the money but not through to Day 3. This includes Chance Kornuth, Matthias Eibinger, Valentin Vornicu, Maria Lampropulos, Jeff Madsen, Dietrich Fast, TJ Cloutier, and Bryan Piccioli. Action resumes at Noon and will include 10 more levels of play. Top 10 Chip Counts Arianna Son - 2,363,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 2,000,000 Ignacio Molina - 1,997,000 Enrico Rudelitz - 1,855,000 Unknown - 1,800,070 Romain Nussmann - 1,708,000 Eric Cruz - 1,690,000 Ari Engel - 1,683,000 Silvio Costa - 1,555,000 Robert Schmidt - 1,550,000 Shaun Deeb Leads $10K Dealers Choice with Five Left Reigning WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb was hellbent on defending that title before the Series started. He's picked up six cashes so far, but on Sunday he took a giant step towards his fifth bracelet by finishing Day 3 of the $10,000 Dealers Choice event with the chip lead. Just four players stand between Deeb and the $312,417 first place prize money and 1,017 POY points. Deeb bagged 2,601,000 which puts him 703,000 ahead of the next closest competitor, Adam Friedman. Matt Glantz, Michael McKennea, and David Moskowitz round out the five remaining players. There were only six eliminations on Sunday including Jeffrey Lisandro in 10th, Bryce Yockey in eighth, Phillip Hui in seventh, and Nick Schulman in sixth. Final Table Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,601,000 Adam Friedman - 1,898,000 Matt Glantz - 1,401,000 Michael McKenna - 1,038,000 David Moskowitz - 382,000 Justin Bonomo Headlines $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table The second day of play in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event took the field from 40 players down to 10 after 10 four-handed tables each played down to a winner. The biggest name at the final table is Justin Bonomo, but he'll have to contend with Andrew Lichtenberger, Martin Zamani, and Alexandru Papazian if he wants to add a fourth bracelet to his collection. Players narrowly missing out on the final table included James Obst, Dario Sammartino, Jesse Sylvia, Rainer Kempe, Taylor Paur, and Kristen Bicknell. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Jan Lakota - 623,000 Ben Farrell - 621,000 David Lambard - 621,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - 614,000 Alexandru Papazian - 609,000 Adrien Delmas - 609,000 Martin Zamani - 601,000 Weiyi Zhang - 599,000 Johan Guilbert - 599,000 Justin Bonomo - 591,000 Phil Ivey Moves Onto Day 2 of $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Brazil's Jose Carlos Brito finished with the biggest stack at the end of Day 1 of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event, but all eyes on Day 2 will most likely be on Phil Ivey. The 10-time bracelet winner ended Day 1 with 123,000 - 653,000 behind Brito's 776,000. Ivey's not the only big name Phil who bagged and tagged on Day 1. Phil Hellmuth also managed to finish with chips. He enters Day 2 with 231,000. Elio Fox, Manig Loeser, Brock Parker, Ismael Bojang, Kelly Minkin, Chris Moorman, and Kenny Hallaert are just some of the other notables that advanced to Day 2. The event drew 2,808 entries, of which just 671 survived. Play resumes at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Jose Carlos Brito - 776,000 Danny Ghobrial - 671,500 Ben Gilbert - 577,500 Dang Toan Nguyen - 555,500 Bruce Rosenberg - 535,000 Carlos Vasconcelos - 525,500 Jimmy D'Ambrosio - 525,500 Brandon Caputo - 514,500 Marco Bognanni - 512,000 Johann Ibanez - 509,000 Upeshka De Silva Wins Third Bracelet in $600 Online NLHE Bounty Event Upeshka De Silva was up late into the night Sunday, but it paid off handsomely when he beat Dave Nodes heads-up to win $600 Online No Limit Hold'em Bounty event for $98,262.73 from the prize pool and the third bracelet of his career. Nodes scored $60,092.28 for his runner-up finish. De Silva's first two bracelets came in 2015 ($1,500 No Limit Hold'em) and 2017 ($3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout). Final Table Payouts Upeshka 'gomezhamburg' De Silva - $98,262.72 Dave 'Dave419' Nodes - $60,092.28 davidas777 - $42,962.40 Pretabotones - $31,065.12 Turko - $22,748.04 P. Bateman - $16,854.48 johnsonck - $12,688.40 B3ndTheKnee - $9,583.92 BoatyBoatz8A - $7,380.72 Player of the Year Update Dan Zack now has eight cashes this summer and thanks to the124 points he earned on Sunday after busting the $1,000 Double Stack, he became the first player to move past 2,000 points. The group of three players closely following Zack, Scott Clements, Robert Campbell, and Daniel Strelitz each have between 1,597.26 and 1,642.02 points. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Dan Zack 2,093.00 2 Scott Clements 1,642.02 3 Robert Campbell 1,605.08 4 Daniel Strelitz 1,597.26 5 Stephen Song 1,503.76 Monday's WSOP Schedule
  7. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Three Former #1’s Make Top 20 In The Milly Maker After the massive, record-setting Millionaire Maker field of 8,809 played down to the top 20 there were still three former #1-ranked players in the field. Calvin Anderson, Joao Simao, and Steven van Zadelhoff all had hopes of taking home the over $1.3 million first-place prize however, this time it wasn’t meant to be. All three players did end up walking away with healthy five-figure scores. Anderson finished his run in 20th place for $47,820 while Simao laddered up from there, eventually falling in 16th place and banking $59,833. van Zadelhoff just barely missed out on making the final table, when he four-bet shoved his crippled stack with pocket sixes and lost a race against two overs. The one-time PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion picked up $95,720 for 11th place bringing his lifetime live career earnings just shy of $1.9 million. Paul Volpe Goes Deep In No Limit 2-7…Again Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe’s nickname may be ‘The Main Event’ but the poker world may want to give him another moniker, something to do with the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 event. For the fifth time in seven years, Volpe found himself once again making money in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship. Volpe has made a habit out of going deep in the pro-heavy WSOP event. Not only did he take down the whole thing in 2014 for over $253,000, but he also finished in the top 15 in 2018 and have now made the final table in 2013, 2017, and again here in 2019 - finishing in seventh place for $31,556. Volpe has made $346,668 in the $10K No Limit 2-7 since 2013, giving him a remarkable 495% ROI in this event alone. Shaun Deeb Is Keeping His Promise Shaun Deeb is doing exactly what he said he’d do at the 2019 World Series of Poker - playing absolutely everything. Deeb has been firing in every event he can in his pursuit of back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year awards and he’s the first former #1-ranked PocketFiver to five cashes for the 2019 series. His largest cash of the series thus far has come in Event #18 ($10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship) where he just missed out on the final table, falling in ninth place for $34,467. Deeb also found success in Event #13 ($1,500 No Limit 2-7) finishing in 16th place for $3,862. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to know that Deeb also made a deep run in the second online bracelet event of the year, Event #24 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed) where he ended his run in 13th place for $5,647. Despite picking up a number of results, he has yet to lock down the larger scores it is going to take to propel him up the POY leaderboard. He currently sits ranked #35 on that list. EVENT POSITION WINNINGS The Big 50 - $500 No Limit Hold'em 3597th $797.00 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball 16th $3,862.00 $10,000 Omaha H/L 8 Championship 9th $34,467.00 $600 Pot Limit Omaha - Online 13th $5,647.00 $1,500 8 Game Mix Six Handed 82nd $2,257.00 ‘Lena900’ Wont Million The current king of the worldwide online poker rankings, ’lena900’ took a break from his online grind to make his way to Las Vegas and hop into the 2019 Millionaire Maker. His 529th place finish was only the fourth WSOP cash of his career, good for $4,106.
  8. What could possibly overshadow the conclusion of the largest poker tournament of all time where one player walked away with $1 million at the 2019 World Series of Poker? The unexpected and unannounced return of Phil Ivey. While the Big 50 was playing down to a winner on the ESPN main stage Friday afternoon, the 10-time bracelet winner casually entered the Rio through a back entrance and was one of the last players to register for the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship event. Femi Fashakin Wins Largest Tournament Ever, Turns $500 in $1.15M Femi Fashakin started the Big 50 final table with the chip lead on Friday afternoon and when all was said and done he was posing for pictures with the bracelet as poker's newest millionaire. Fashakin topped the record-setting 28,371-player field to win $1,159,620. He eliminated Nicholas Chow in fourth, Rafi Elharar in third, and then bested Canadian Paul Cullen heads-up to win the prize. The 37-year-old Florida resident and father of two came to the United States from Nigeria in 2001 to study computer science at Bethune-Cookman University. He started playing poker in 2010. "When I found poker, I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'This is a game I can analyze and use my mind on.'," Fashakin said. "So I got a little more interested in the game and started watching WSOPs and WPTs." He started playing bar poker near his home in Orlando before graduating into smaller buy-in events in local casinos. Prior to this win, Fashakin's live earnings totalled just a hair over $59,000 and his single biggest score was $11,250 in the WPT Seminole Rock n Roll Poker Open last November. Final Table Payouts Femi Fashakin - $1,147,449 Paul Cullen - $709,183 Rafi Elharar - $534,574 Nicholas Chow - $405,132 Walter Atwood - $308,701 Danny Ghobrial - $237,609 Adrian Curry - $182,192 Morten Christensen - $141,126 David Rasmussen - $109,922 Jason Stockfish and Murilo Souza Make Event #14 a Two-Horse Race In the wee hours of Saturday morning, Jason Stockfish and Murilo Souza bagged up chips in the $1,500 HORSE event as the only two players remaining. There were 28 players still in contention at the start of the day but through over 13 hours of play, just two remain. Stockfish and Souza attempted to finish things on Friday night but agreed to come back Saturday to play down to a winner. Earlier in the day, Andre Akkari busted in 26th, WSOP Circuit crusher Valentin Vornicu finished 19th, and 2018 WSOP bracelet winner Rich Zhu went home in 15th place. The final table included Chris Klodnicki going out in fifth and Phillip Hui following him to the rail in fourth. Chip Counts Jason Stockfish - 4,095,000 Murilo Souza - 3,425,000 Isaac Baron Heads Up for First WSOP Bracelet Isaac Baron reached as high as #2 in the PocketFives Rankings in his online poker career. He's hoping for anything but second best on Saturday when he and Ong Dingxiang return to finish off the $1,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event. The pair bagged up early Saturday morning after outlasting 19 other players on Day 3. With 53.8% of the chips in play, Baron has a slight lead over Dingxiang. Both players are looking for their first career WSOP bracelet. Baron's previous best finish came in 2014 when he finished fourth in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event. Dingxiang meanwhile has never cashed in a WSOP event. Romain Nussmann, who started the day in the chip lead, busted in ninth Chip Counts Isaac Baron-24,475,000 Ong Dingxiang - 21,025,000 $1,500 Shootout Down to Final Table Cary Katz is one of the regulars on the High Roller and Super High Roller circuit. He's one of 10 players who has managed to navigate their way through two tables to advance to the final table of the $1,500 Shootout event. Despite having $19.5 million in lifetime earnings, mostly from those big buy-in events he frequents, Katz has never won a WSOP bracelet. He has two runner-up finishes, first 2013 in a $5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event and then in 2017 when he finished one spot behind Mohsin Charania in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. The final table also marks the return of Kenna James. He last made a WSOP final table in 2009 when he finished 6th in a $2,500 Razz event. He has 36 WSOP cashes but has yet to secure a bracelet. Brett Apter starts the final table with a slight chip lead. Some of the players who made Day 2 but were unable to advance included Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Daniel Ott, Dillon Ott, Jonathan Proudfoot, Qui Nguyen, Felipe Ramos, Kelly Minkin, Loni Harwood, and Maurice Hawkins. Final table action begins at Noon PT and Final Table Chip Counts Brett Apter - 2,258,000 Anatolii Zyrin - 2,306,000 Marko Maher - 2,240,000 Shintaro Baba - 2,237,000 Adrian Scarpa - 2,286,000 Michael O'Grady - 2,298,000 Kenna James - 2,203,000 Cary Katz - 2,266,000 Manuel Ruivo - 2,245,000 Tommy Nguyen - 2,213,000 Phil Ivey Return Highlights $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Day 1 The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship usually brings out a cross-section of the best poker players in the world and players who specialize in this variant. Day 2 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship certainly lived up to that reputation and even brought about the return of Phil Ivey. Ivey was one of a handful of players who took advantage of the late registration extending into Day 2 and his return to the WSOP for the first time this year set the poker world abuzz. Unfortunately for poker fans, Ivey wasn't one of the 23 players who were able to bag up chips at the end of the day. Ken Aldridge leads the final 23 players with 1,178,000, but Owais Ahmed is hot on his heels with 1,078,000. Robert Mizrachi sits third with 703,000. Shaun Deeb picked up his third cash of the 2019 WSOP and will begin Day 3 with 652,000 in chips. Other notables still chasing the bracelet and $443,641 first place prize money include David Benyamine, Jake Schwartz, Mike Wattel, Mike Matusow, and David 'Bakes' Baker. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and will play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Ken Aldridge - 1,178,000 Owais Ahmed - 1,074,000 Robert Mizrachi - 703,000 Frankie O'Dell - 692,000 Andrew Yeh - 677,000 Nick Guagenti - 667,000 Shaun Deeb - 652,000 Yarron Bendor - 647,000 David Benyamine - 605,000 Richard Ashby - 587,500 Millionaire Maker Opening Flight Draws Nearly 4,000 Players Amidst all of the hype for the Big 50, other smaller buy-in gimmick tournaments could have suffered. That doesn't appear to be the case for the $1,500 Millionaire Maker though. Day 1A drew 3,930 players, a 29% increase over 2018 Day 1A. Topping the 968 who managed to bag up chips at the end of the day was Garrett Greer with 570,600. Two former #1-ranked players also bagged top 10 stacks. Calvin Anderson finished with the second-best stack of the day, right behind Greer, with 563,600. Chris Hunichen rounded out the top 10 with 366,800. Chance Kornuth, Jack Sinclair, Daniel Strelitz, Joe McKeehen, David Pham, Asher Conniff, Scott Clements, and Jared Jaffee were just some of the notable players who managed to put chips in a bag at the end of Day 1A. Day 1B begins at 10 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Garrett Greer - 570,600 Calvin Anderson - 563,600 Eder Murata - 506,000 Orson Young - 417,300 Soheb Porbandarwala - 406,000 Keith Lehr - 383,000 Susannah Altman - 381,200 Luis Pinho - 373,800 Jacob Naumann - 372,500 Chris Hunichen - 366,800 Daniel Negreanu Among Leaders $1,500 Seven Card Stud Day 1 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event drew 285 players and Daniel Negreanu, Julien Martini, Andre Akkari, Scott Seiver, and Joao Simao were a handful of the notables who moved on to Day 2. Negreanu built his 10,000 starting stack into 56,900 for the sixth best moving on to Day 2. Martini is right behind him with 56,100. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Constantine Moustakis - 76,600 David Singer - 69,000 Joshua Mountain - 60,500 Joachim Sanejstra - 57,500 Pawel Andrzejewski - 57,500 Daniel Negreanu - 56,900 Julien Martini - 56,100 Perry Friedman - 54,400 Kyle Hinnerichs - 52,500 Jose Paz-Gutierrez - 52,100
  9. On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would have a new leader on Saturday morning and it would have been Hui. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 *Leaderboard as of Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m. PT. 1. Dan Zack - 2,920.76 2. Phil Hui - 2,830.68 3. Shaun Deeb - 2,393.50 4. Scott Clements - 2,368.02 5. Jason Gooch - 2,268.02 6. Anthony Zinno - 2,186.20 7. Upeshka De Silva - 2,162.02 8. Robert Campbell - 2,034.56 9. Daniel Strelitz - 2,032.04 10. Ari Engel - 1,997.03 Comparing the two players, Zack and Hui, both have a gold bracelet win and both have three final tables. To date, Zack has earned $338,490 from his 11 cashes and Hui has earned $1,277,104 from his nine cashes. The two players have also set their sights on winning the WSOP Player of the Year award. "My plan was always to chase Player of the Year," Zack said following his gold bracelet win a few weeks ago. "When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward." After he won gold this week, Hui echoed the same goal. "I want to win Player of the Year," Hui said. "That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list." Deeb, Clements, and Gooch Round Out Top Five Behind Zack and Hui is Shaun Deeb, the defending champion of the WSOP Player of the Year title. Deeb has 11 cashes at the 2019 WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship and a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Scott Clements, who is currently fourth in the race, nearly earned his fourth final table of the summer with a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event recently. For Clements, he has six cashes at the 2019 WSOP to date and won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event at the beginning of June. Jason Gooch rounds out the top five at 2,268.02 points, and his place on this leaderboard is an interesting one in that the bulk of his points have come from two of the online gold bracelet events held on WSOP.com. Gooch took second in the $600 Online Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event for $85,560 and 474.4 points, then he won the $1,000 Online Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em event for $241,493 and 1,030 points. Gooch’s WSOP.com screen name is 'TheBigGift.' Zinno, Engel, Turner, and Negreanu Climb Anthony Zinno took down the aforementioned $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo that Clements ran deep in. The win pushed him to sixth on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Also in that event, Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner finished fourth and Ari Engel placed 10th. Those results allowed Engel to jump to 10th and Turner to 11th on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu finished fifth in the $10,000 Razz Championship to earn another 379.1 points and improve to 1,817.21 points overall. It was Negreanu’s 11th cash and third final table of the 2019 WSOP, and he’s now 12th in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
  10. Thursday at the 2019 World Series of Poker had a rare occurrence on Thursday: nobody won a bracelet. The only event that was scheduled to play down to a winner, the $600 Deepstack Championship event, stopped for the night with five players left, needing an extra day. Across the Amazon Room, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship played from 12 players down to a final table of six that will not include Day 4 chip leader Phil Ivey. Josh Arieh Leads $50K PPC; Shaun Deeb Lurking At the start of Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, all eyes were on 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey as he lead the field with 12 players remaining. Through just seven hours of play, however, Ivey was sent to the rail as one of six eliminations on Thursday. At the end of the day, Josh Arieh bagged up 6,220,000 for the chip lead. No other player broke the 5,000,000 chip mark. Bryce Yockey sits second heading into the final day with 4,465,000 with Phillip Hui right behind him with 4,135,000. Ivey was one of three players eliminated by John Esposito on Thursday. Talal Shakerchi and David Oppenheim were the other two victims that helped Esposito make it to Day 4 with the fourth best stack. Shaun Deeb ended the day with 2,485,000 and is guaranteed no fewer than 453 WSOP Player of the Year points at this point. He currently sits sixth in WSOP POY standings, just over 600 points behind current leader Dan Zack. The final table begins at Noon PT with the final table stream on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 6,220,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,465,000 Phillip Hui - 4,135,000 John Esposito - 3,630,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,485,000 Daniel Cates - 1,260,000 $600 Deepstack Championship Goes into Overtime Originally scheduled as a two-day event, the 6,140-player field in the $600 Deepstack Championship event was only able to get down to five players on Day 2 and will be returning for a third day. Raymond Foresman bagged up the chip lead with 74,600,000 and holds nearly 30,000,000 more than any other player. That second largest stack belongs to bracelet winner Will Givens. The Colorado native finished with 45,500,000. The rest of the chase group consists of Steffen Logen, Jeff Hakim, and Hlib Kovtunov. Day 2 started with 83 players still in contention. Lang Lee, who started the day with the biggest stack, was one of the 78 players sent to the rail on Thursday. Lee finished 18th for $17,096. The final five players return to action at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Raymond Foresman - 74,600,000 Will Givens - 45,500,000 Steffen Logen - 30,100,000 Jeff Hakim - 24,300,000 Hlib Kovtunov - 9,800,000 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha HiLo or Better The Deepstack Championship wasn't the only event that needs an extra day. The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event has nine players remaining with Scott Abrams standing tall atop the chip counts. Abrams finished with 6,600,000 which puts him comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Rodney Burt finished with 4,675,000 for the second-best stack while Jordan Spurlin managed to put 4,250,000 in the bag for third best. Anthony Zinno and Erik Seidel are the only two bracelet winners at the final table while Jon Turner and Connor are chasing their first. The final nine players begin play at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Scott Abrams - 6,600,000 Rodney Burt - 4,675,000 Jordan Spurlin - 4,250,000 Anthony Zinno - 3,955,000 Thomas Schropfer - 3,565,000 Erik Seidel - 1,490,000 Jon Turner - 1,460,000 Connor Drinan - 1,125,000 Kyle Miaso - 530,000 $400 Colossus Draws Massive Day 1B Field With only two starting flights and a lower buy-in than previous years, the Colossus ended up drawing a five-figure field with 7,871 players showing up on Day 1B alone. That strong of a turnout made for long lines at registration as players waited for their opportunity to play. Somehow, 1,178 players managed to make it to Day 2. Romik Vartzar finished with 2,170,000 and is the only player from both Day 1A and 1B to bag more than 2,000,000. The second biggest 1B stack belongs to John Goyette with 1,453,000. Ian Steinman finished with the fifth best stack after amassing 1,127,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Maurice Hawkins, Norm MacDonald, David "Bakes" Baker, Michael Soyza, Joseph Galazzo, Jeremy Ausmus, Jon Friedberg, and Matt Berkey. GPI President Eric Danis also managed to find a bag at the end of Day 1B. The total field of 13,109 players makes this event the fifth largest WSOP field in history, surpassing the 2018 Colossus which had a $565 buy-in and six starting flights. The 1,948 survivors from Day 1A and 1B will combine on Friday for another 15 40-minute levels beginning at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Romik Vartzar - 2,170,000 John Goyette - 1,453,000 Hien Tran - 1,152,000 Kyle Shaw - 1,130,000 Ian Steinman - 1,127,000 Julian Manolio - 1,095,000 Robert Georato - 995,000 Kulwant Singh - 991,000 Daniel Dizenzo - 985,000 Hannes Neurauter - 968,000 Chris Ferguson Leads $10,000 Razz with 12 Left Chris Ferguson will return to the Rio on Friday in position to win his seventh WSOP bracelet after bagging up the chip lead in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Ferguson finished with 1,280,000 and is joined by David Bach as the only players with more than a million to work with. Bach finished Day 2 with 1,087,000. Russian Andrey Zhigalov flirted with a seven-figure stack, ending the day with 976,000. The rest of the field is stacked. Current WSOP POY leader Dan Zack sits fourth with 815,000. Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, defending champion Calvin Anderson, Marco Johnson, Mike Gorodinsky, Andre Akkari, and Cary Katz also still have a shot at taking home the bracelet and the $301,421 first place prize. Action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play until just six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Chris Ferguson - 1,280,000 David Bach - 1,087,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 976,000 Daniel Zack - 815,000 Scott Seiver - 622,000 George Alexander - 593,000 Daniel Negreanu - 478,000 Calvin Anderson - 385,000 Marco Johnson - 297,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 227,000 Andre Akkari - 106,000 Cary Katz - 96,000 $1,500 Omaha Mix Draws 717 Players Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which consists of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, brought out 717 players and after 10 levels of play, Aaron Henderson ended up as the biggest stack. He wrapped up the day with 138,600. A total of 228 players made it through Day 1 including Bart Hanson, Patrick Leonard, Ryan Riess, Barry Greenstein, Ryan Laplante, and Eli Elezra. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Henderson - 138,600 John Evans - 130,400 Anatolii Zyrin - 117,800 Bart Hanson - 107,800 John Templeton - 106,200 James Chen - 102,100 Patrick Leonard - 97,000 Sean Yu - 95,100 Ivo Donev - 87,000 Corey Emery - 86,500
  11. There were three more brand-new World Series of Poker bracelet winners crowned on Monday, but all of that was overshadowed by the emergence of one Phil Ivey in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Ivey took full advantage of the Day 2 registration opportunity and built his stack up to the top of chip counts. He was joined in the field by Tom Dwan, making his 2019 WSOP debut. Dash Dudley Brings Home $10,000 PLO Championship "No more min-cash Dash," That's what Dash Dudley had to say after he beat James Park heads-up to win the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship for a seven-figure score and his first career WSOP bracelet. Despite starting with the chip lead, Dudley knew the volatility of PLO could cause havoc at the final table and was prepared for any scenario that presented itself. “I knew stuff might happen. People might get chips and I might get short. [But] I feel real confident in PLO, even short," Dudley said. "Everyone gets real impatient in PLO when they're short-stacked, and it causes them to make some crucial mistakes. People will justify it as coolers, but they're really getting the money in at 20% or 30%. There's a lot of spots you can avoid." Dudley's previous best WSOP result came in 2010 when he finished eighth for $67,221. Park earned $671,802 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Dash Dudley - $1,086,967 James Park - $671,802 Joel Feldman - $463,814 Jeremy Ausm- $325,693 Kyle Montgomery - $232,680 Eoghan O'Dea - $169,173 Andrei Razov - $125,215 Will Jaffe - $94,380 Santiago Soriano Wins $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Spaniard Santiago Soriano laid a bad beat on Amir Lehavot to finish off the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event on Tuesday night to win the first bracelet of his career. On the final hand of the tournament, Soriano raised to 5,000,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] and Lehavot called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. All the money went in after the [poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3s"] flop with Lehavot at risk. The [poker card="ts"] moved Soriano into the lead and the [poker card="3d"] river only improved his hand to win the tournament. “It was surprising (Lehavot) had that big of a hand,” said Soriano. “I flopped top pair, and heads-up, top pair is very, very good. Then I bet pretty big and he raises, and I bet all-in and he has the aces. It was unfortunate for him that the ten was in there on the turn, but it was really amazing." Lehavot earned $229,410, the third biggest score of his WSOP career behind his $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship win in 2011, and his third-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. Third place finisher Benjamin Underwood earned $168,960 and added another feather in his impressive summer. Underwood, from Port Elgin, Ontario, has five WSOP cashes this summer. Along with baby cashes in the Big 50 and the Millionaire Maker, Underwood finished fourth in the $600 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack, fifth in the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack. Final Table Payouts Santiago Soriano - $371,203 Amir Lehavot - $229,410 Benjamin Underwood - $168,960 Nick Blackburn - $125,432 Joao Barrosovalli - $93,866 Samuel Gagnon - $70,813 Daniele Dangelo - $53,858 Ori Hasson - $41,300 Jeffery Tahler - $31,933 Kevin Gerhart Wins $1,500 Razz Event Kevin Gerhart did almost all of the heavy lifting at the $1,500 Razz final table on his way to winning the first bracelet of his career and $119,054. Gerhart eliminated six of the last seven players. The 29-year-old Ohio native had a simple goal for his 2019 WSOP. "My goal this summer was just to make a final table, and the first final table you make, you win a bracelet? That’s unreal," Gerhart said. Sergio Braga finished runner-up for $73,577. Scott Clements finished sixth for $17,440 and earned 320.2 WSOP Player of the Year points which moved him into fourth place behind Upeshka De Silva, Jason Gooch, and current leader Dan Zack. Final Table Payouts Kevin Gerhart - $119,054 Sergio Braga - $73,577 Joseph Hoffman - $49,762 Andres Norbe Korn - $34,352 Jean Said - $24,216 Scott Clements - $17,440 Robert Campbell - $12,837 Grzegorz Wyraz - $9,663 Phil Ivey Leads $50,000 Poker Players Championship to Day 3 Don't look now poker fans, but Phil Ivey has the chip lead in one of the most prestigious events on the WSOP schedule. Ivey finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship with 1,253,500 chips to edge out John Hennigan for the lead. Hennigan, who won this event in 2014, ended with 1,209,000. Only two other players, Chris Vitch and 2019 Poker Hall of Fame nominee David Oppenheim, ended the day with more than 1,000,000 in the bag. Josh Arieh, who started Day 2 with the lead, finished with 939,000 and the fifth best stack. The 38 remaining players in the field include an almost overwhelming number of notables. Isaac Haxton, Daniel Cates, Luke Schwartz, Shaun Deeb, David 'ODB' Baker, Jason Mercier, Prahlad Friedman, and Phil Galfond on moved onto Day 3. Action resumes 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Phil Ivey - 1,253,500 John Hennigan - 1,209,000 Christopher Vitch - 1,103,000 David Oppenheim - 1,062,000 Josh Arieh - 939,000 David Benyamine - 937,000 Matthew Ashton - 911,000 Robert Mackie - 900,000 Jared Bleznick - 829,000 Isaac Haxton - 802,000 Monster Stack Down to Six; Benjamin Ector Leads Benjamin Ector could be just a few hours of poker away from winning his first WSOP bracelet. Ector finished Day 4 of the $1,500 Monster Stack event with 84,300,000 and the chip lead with just six players remaining. Kainalu McCue-Unciano, who lead this event after Day 2, sits second with 68,300,000. Gregory Katayama bagged up 55,100,000 for the third best stack. There were 49 players still chasing the bracelet when the day began. Some of the notables who didn't make it through the day were Andrew Moreno, Ryan Hughes, and Tom Koral. Kevin Roster, who is playing in the WSOP to raise awareness for Sarcoma research, finished 38th. Action resumes at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Benjamin Ector - 84,300,000 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 68,300,000 Gregory Katayama - 55,100,000 Bart Hanson - 40,600,000 Vincent Chauve - 36,700,000 Igor Yaroshevskyy - 17,000,000 35 Teams Remain in $1,000 Tag Team Event The team of Chad Gieger, Daniel Dayan, and Barak Wisbrod sit on top of the chip counts in the $1,000 Tag Team event with just 35 teams remaining, but if they look over their collective shoulders on Day 3, they're going to see a number of stone cold killers coming for them. Former #1 PocketFiver Steven van Zadelhoff and teammate Kenny Hallaert sit second, Tuan Le and Thanh Tran are third, and Jason Koon and Sosia Jiang are fourth. There were 278 teams at the start of the day. Some of the other players who managed to make it to Day 3 include Ryan Leng, Zachary Gruneberg, Florian Duta, and Jordan Cristos. The team of Jared Jaffee, Aaron Massey, and Ralph Massey started Day 2 with the chip lead and managed to make it to Day 3 but will be the shortest starting stack when play resumes at 1 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Chad Gieger / Daniel Dayan / Barak Wisbrod - 1,340,000 Kenny Hallaert / Steven van Zadelhoff - 1,129,000 Tuan Le / Thanh Tran - 1,121,000 Jason Koon / Sosia Jiang - 1,072,000 Nicolas Betbese / Leandro Bianchini / Martin Pineiro - 1,003,000 Ryan Leng / Lisa Leng / Nikki Grandt / Ilana Grandt - 1,001,000 Lukasz Jankowski / Mateusz Rypulak / Jacek Pustula - 786,000 Brett Murray / Bobby Poe - 688,000 Michael Elbilia / Juan Endara - 686,000 Jerod Smith / Matthew Moreno / Lawrence Chan - 674,000 Dan Matsuzuki Leads $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship Dan Matsuzuki won his lone WSOP bracelet last summer in a $10,000 buy-in Championship event. This summer it seems he's set on putting on a show at a lower price point. Matsuzuki finished Day 1 of the $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship with 868,000 and the chip lead. This comes a week after he finished runner-up in the $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack event. Dianlei Zhang finished with the next biggest stack at 790,000 and Bobby Oboodi is right behind him at 764,000. The event drew 6,140 entries for a $3,223,500 prize pool. The event originally had a $500,000 guarantee. Some of the 919 players moving onto Day 2 include Asi Moshe, Aleksandr Merzhvinskii, Chris Moorman, Joe Kuether, Greg Raymer, Jessica Dawley, Alex Foxen, and Kelly Minkin. Day 2 gets underway at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Dan Matsuzuki - 868,000 Dianlei Zhang - 790,000 Bobby Oboodi - 764,000 Mohammed Suhail - 729,000 Eric Rivkin - 718,000 Siagzar Payvar - 678,000 Yuwen Pan - 659,000 Olin Biddy - 638,000 Jacob Klein - 635,000 Andres Jeckeln - 625,000 Ray Medlin Tops Day 1 of $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo While the tables were mostly full of No Limit Hold'em players in the $600 Deepstack Championship, 1,117 players managed to find a place to play the $15,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. Ray Medlin finished with the biggest stack of the 417 survivors. Fresh off of winning his first career bracelet, Ari Engel bagged up 216,200 for the fourth best stack heading into Day 2. Nick Guagenti, Scott Clements, Jeremy Ausmus, James Obst, Ben Yu, Chris Bjorin, Ray Henson, Frank Kassela, and Mike Sexton were just a handful of the notables who finished Day 1 with chips. Day 2 gets underway at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Ray Medlin - 240,100 Richard Bai - 225,200 Danny Woolard - 217,500 Ari Engel - 216,200 Stephen Moreschi - 208,200 Blaz Zerjav - 207,400 Philipp Eirisch - 188,100 Warren Sheaves - 183,200 Robert Slezak - 175,100 Alex Scattareggia - 174,200
  12. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Calvin Anderson Hits Six Figures It continues to be a solid summer for Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson who continues to rack up impressive cashes in his pursuit of his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet. After a series of five-figure cashes, Anderson has quickly surpassed six-figures in total cashes so far in the series. Anderson just missed out on the final table of Event #42 ($600 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 8 Handed) falling in 11th place for $12,954. Just two days later on June 20, he did find a seat at the final table of Event #49 ($10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw) where he battled against the likes of Mike Gorodinsky, Mark Gregorich and eventual champion Luke Schwartz but ended up finishing in sixth place for $42,898. Less than a week later it looked like Anderson was yet again going to have a shot at a bracelet, however, he finished Event #62 ($10,000 Razz Championship) in 10th place picking up another $25,008 for his efforts. After tacking on a cash of just over $3,000 in Event #64 ($888 Crazy Eights), Anderson has over $135,000 in total WSOP cashes this year and from the looks of how hard he’s been grinding the schedule at the Rio, he doesn’t look to be finished yet. Ari Engel Gets It Done Ari Engel’s victory in Event #48 ($2,500 No Limit Hold’em) not only brought him his first WSOP gold bracelet and over $427,000, but it made him the first (but not the only) former #1-ranked PocketFiver to earn a bracelet in 2019. Engel took himself out of the ‘No Gold Club’ list as one of the best to go without a bracelet, but it also helped restore some of the confidence he’d been looking for at the WSOP. With that renewed confidence, additional results follow as he’s picked up cashes in three events since his bracelet win. Just days after his win, Engel basically bubbled the final table of Event #60 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better) finishing in 10th place for $15,871. He subsequently picked up cashes in Event #64 ($888 Crazy Eights) and Event #69 ($1,000 Mini Main Event). So far Engel has collected eight cashes for a summer total of just over $465,000. Shaun Deeb Final Tables the PPC Shaun Deeb continues his pursuit the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year with his campaign continuing to impress. Even though he has yet to win a bracelet this summer, Deeb currently has 12 cashes for a total of over $522,000. After taking home $8,656 in Event #51 ($2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo), Deeb added another five-figure cash to his summer with a 24th place finish in Event #52 ($10,000 PLO 8 Handed) for $30,532. The highlight of his summer though has to be his deep run in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, where he finished in fifth place for just over $232,000. This helped him rise to third place in the Player of the Year standings behind Dan Zack and Phil Hui. Deeb tacked on an in-the-money finish in Event #64 ($888 Crazy Eights) and sits in prime position to make the jump to the top of the POY leaderboard. Michael Wasserman Goes Three-For-Three Michael ‘StrungOut1’ Wasserman, who hit the #1 rank back in 2015, had a solid week at the WSOP after cashing in three consecutive events. First up, Wasserman finished in the money in Event #55 ($1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Double Stack) for $2,533. At the same time, he was likely playing live in Event #56 ($1,500 NL Super Turbo Bounty) where he finished in 257th place for $1,414. If that weren’t enough cashing for one day, he was also part of a team in Event #57 ($1,000 Tag Team Event) where he added another $778 to his bankroll. Three cashes in a 24-hour period is not a bad day at the Rio. Wasserman currently has six cashes this summer totaling just over $10,000 in earnings.
  13. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  14. Wednesday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included two more events wrapping up, the Colossus drawing over 5,000 runners, and the start of another $10,000 Championship event, but all eyes were squarely on the $50,000 Poker Players Championship as Phil Ivey finished with the chip lead for the second day in a row. Kainalu McCue-Unciano Takes Down Monster Stack The 2019 Monster Stack event might be the smallest one in the six-year history of the event, but that really doesn't bother Kainalu McCue-Unciano. The 25-year-old Hawaii native topped the 6,035-player field to win $1,008,850 and the first bracelet of his career. McCue-Unciano ended Day 2 with the chip lead and it started to feel like something special was about to happen. Wednesday night, that special feeling became reality. “Everyday I told myself that I would do it. It’s just an unreal feeling. It’s kicking in slowly, it’s crazy. It’s a crazy feeling,” he said. The final day of play saw six players return with McCue-Uncianos sitting second in chips. McCue-Unciano handled the first two eliminations and got to heads-up with a substantial chip lead. “Definitely a roller coaster of emotions. I thought the match was going to be over when I held with ace-king. He battled back to chip lead and it was tough, he was a very tough opponent. I just got there on him when I needed it,” he said. Vincent Chauve earned $623,211 for his runner-up performance. Final Table Payouts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - $1,008,850 Vincent Chauve - $623,211 Gregory Katayama - $461,369 Bart Hanson - $344,079 Benjamin Ector - $258,516 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $195,687 Bryan Kim - $149,247 Andre Haneberg - $114,694 Javier Zarco - $88,817 Israeli Trio Takes Down $1,000 Tag Team Title The number of Israeli bracelet winners at the 2019 WSOP doubled on Wednesday. Well, kind of. The team of Chad Geiger, Daniel Dayan, and Barak Wisbrod - all Israelis - took down the $1,000 Tag Team event for the fourth event won by their countrymen. The win came with $168,395 and a bracelet for each of them - and that hardware is what this team was all about once the final table started. “It was a different kind of final table. It’s really not about the money, it’s about the bracelet and I’m only 23. This is my first time in Vegas. I felt pretty good playing, but I did feel like there was more on the line when playing,” Wisbrod said. The team of Jerod Smith, Matthew Moreno, and Lawrence Chan earned $104,025 as the runner-up while Anthony Zinno and John Hinds finished third for $73,329. Pennsylvania online poker grinder Zachary Gruneberg and teammate Timothy Jurkiewicz finished fourth, taking home $52,390. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven van Zadelhoff and his teammate Kenny Hallaert picked up $15,674 for finishing eighth. Israeli's Yuval Bronshtein, Eli Elezra, and Asi Moshe all won bracelets earlier this year. Final Table Payouts Chad Geiger / Daniel Dayan / Barak Wisbrod - $168,395 Jerod Smith / Matthew Moreno / Lawrence Chan - $104,025 Anthony Zinno / John Hinds - $73,329 Timothy Jurkiewicz / Zach Gruneberg - $52,390 Fabio Coppola / Richard Washinsky - $37,944 Danny Wong / Steve Sung / Chahn Jung / Aaron Motoyama - $27,864 Daniel Marder / Michael Marder / Paul Steinberg - $20,750 Steven van Zadelhoff / Kenny Hallaert - $15,674 Jie Xu / Shaotong Chang - $12,011 Phil Ivey Leads $50K Poker Players Championship into Day 4 Just 11 players stand between Phil Ivey and a victory in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for what would be his 11th WSOP bracelet. Ivey finished Day 3 with 4,775,000 and the chip lead. Josh Arieh was the only other player to bag more than 3,000,000. The two-time bracelet winner finished the day with 4,029,000. Shaun Deeb ended with 2,450,000 for the third best stack. There are five more WSOP bracelet winners still in the field; Bryce Yockey, Phillip Hui, John Esposito, Christopher Vitch, and Andrew Brown. David Oppenheim, a 2019 Poker Hall of Fame finalist, has a third place and ninth place finish in this event to his credit. He made it through Day 3 with the fifth best stack. The bubble burst on Wednesday when Chris Klodnicki was eliminated by Arieh in 13th place. Daniel Cates, with only one previous WSOP cash to his credit, advanced to Day 4 with the second shortest stack. The final 12 players will be back in action beginning at 2 PM PT and will play until six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Phil Ivey - 4,775,000 Josh Arieh - 4,029,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,450,000 Bryce Yockey - 2,386,000 David Oppenheim - 2,108,000 Dario Sammartino - 1,721,000 Phillip Hui - 1,540,000 John Esposito - 1,200,000 Talal Shakerchi - 785,000 Christopher Vitch - 523,000 Daniel Cates - 369,000 Andrew Brown - 210,000 Lang Lee Leads $600 Deepstack Championship Just 83 players remain in the $600 Deepstack Championship and Lang Lee holds a narrow lead over Will Givens heading into the final day of play. Lee finished with 6,075,000 while Givens bagged up just 50,000 less. Steffen Logen ended with a third-best stack of 5,485,000. Day 2 started with 919 players. Included in the 836 players who were sent to the rail on Wednesday were Lexy Gavin, John Phan, Chris Moorman, Humberto Brenes, and Eric Baldwin. Action resumes at 2 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top Chip Counts Lang Lee - 6,075,000 Will Givens - 6,025,000 Steffen Logen - 5,485,000 Riccardo Trevisani - 5,475,000 Giovani Torre - 5,455,000 Carl Brewington - 5,130,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 4,630,000 Luke Martinelli - 4,380,000 Andres Jeckeln - 4,370,000 Gabor Molnar - 3,990,000 Grinder Lurking in $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Matt O'Donnell ended Day 2 of the $1,5000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event with the chip lead, but all eyes are on the third biggest stack. That stack belongs to Michael Mizrachi. The five-time bracelet winner ended with 1,196,000 with just 57 other players remaining. Sandwiched between them is James Chen, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event. The rest of the top 10 includes a number of other notables. David Prociak, Jon Turner, Ray Henson, Ari Engel, and Scott Abrams all finished with a stack near the top of the chip counts. Connor Drinan, Anthony Zinno, Erik Seidel, Joao Vieira, and Chris Bjorin also advanced to Day 3. There were 459 players eliminated on Day 2 including 110 in the money. Jeff Lisandro, Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Buchanan, Barry Greenstein, Patrick Leonard, Joseph Cheong, Shannon Shorr, Frank Kassela, Robert Campbell, and David 'Bakes' Baker all picked up a cash but were unable to advance. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Matt O'Donnell - 1,388,000 James Chen - 1,227,000 Michael Mizrachi - 1,196,000 David Prociak - 1,030,000 Jon Turner - 1,008,000 Jordan Spurlin - 1,004,000 Raymond Henson - 922,000 Ari Engel - 798,000 Thiago Macedo - 778,000 Scott Abrams - 774,000 Amador Trinidad Turns Colossus Day 1A into a Milly At just $400, the 2019 version of the Colossus has the lowest price point of any live event on the WSOP schedule. Amador Trinidad had a very successful Day 1A, using the 12 40-minute levels to turn his 40,000 starting stack into 1,012,000. No other player got to the seven-figure mark. Joseph Torres got close though. He ended with 992,000. Marc Korner bagged the third best stack with 937,000. Day 1A drew 5,238 entries with 770 of them advancing to Day 2. The bubble burst late on Day 1A giving Greg Raymer, Mark Seif, Amir Lehavot, and Ylon Schwartz a cash and a stack heading into Day 2. Top Chip Counts Amador Trinidad - 1,012,000 Joseph Torres - 992,000 Marc Korner - 937,000 William Blais - 934,000 Haoxiang Wang - 901,000 Arturs Daugis - 860,000 Carolyn Grad - 852,000 Greg Raymer - 850,000 Kunal Patni - 849,000 Matthew Beisner - 828,000 Andre Akkari Leads $10,000 Razz After Day 1 Andre Akkari spent a good amount of time on Wednesday making the worst hand. That worked out just fine for the Brazilian as he finished Day 1 of the $10,000 Razz Championship with 508,000 and the chip lead. He's nearly 200,000 ahead of the next closest player. David Bach finished with 308,500. Marco Johnson bagged up 254,000. Defending champion Calvin Anderson put himself in position to repeat after collecting 248,500 chips on Day 1. Day 1 drew 97 entries. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 and 22 players will need to register to meet the 2018 field of 119. David 'ODB' Baker, Jason Mercier, Eli Elezra, Frank Kassela, Robert Mizrachi, Brandon Shack-Harris, were among the 55 players who busted on Day 1. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Andre Akkari - 508,000 David Bach - 308,500 Marco Johnson - 254,000 Calvin Anderson - 248,500 Max Pescatori - 241,000 Daniel Zack - 240,500 Cary Katz - 228,000 John Monnette - 220,500 Julien Martini - 217,000 Michael McKenna - 210,500
  15. One of Brazil's top poker players went from online legend to World Series of Poker bracelet winner on Monday night while Korea's Ji young Kim became the first woman from her country to win a bracelet. Yuri Dzivielevski Ships $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Yuri Dzivielevski, who once held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks, added another accomplishment to his resume on Sunday night, beating Michael Thompson heads-up to win the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $213,750 and his first WSOP bracelet. Dzivielevski leaned on his years of experience playing tournaments to close out the final table. "I have a lot of experience in No Limit Hold'em tournaments, and I have a lot of experience with [statistical models], so I knew that the chips I could lose weren't worth the same as the chips when I win," Dzivielevski said. "That was my strategy – attack very specific spots, but play tight." Prior to Sunday, Dzivielevski's previous best WSOP performance came in 2016 when he narrowly missed out on the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, finishing 11th for $44,911. Thompson took home $132,113 for finishing second. Dan Zack finished fifth for $43,950 but also picked up 370.2 WSOP Player of the Year points, which pushes him past Upeshka De Silvan and back into the lead through 51 events. Final Table Payouts Yuri Dzivielevski - $213,750 Michael Thompson - $132,113 Denis Strebkob - $89,744 Andrey Zaichenko - $62,176 Daniel Zack - $43,950 Philip Long - $31,710 Alex Livingston - $23,362 Daniel Ratigan - $17,584 Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch Wins $1,000 Online NLHE Double Stack Two weeks ago, Jason Gooch was heads-up for a bracelet on WSOP.com only to finish second to Josh 'Loofa' Pollock. On Sunday night he erased the bad taste that result left in his mouth and did one better, beating Brian 'pure__reason' Wood heads-up to win the $1,000 Online NLHE Deepstack event for $241.492.94. Wood, the #19-ranked New Jersey online poker player, earned $148,542.85 as the runner-up. Gianluca Speranza, the two-time defending PokerStars SCOOP Main Event champ, finished seventh. The final table also included Italian poker players Dario Sammartino and Max Pescatori. Final Table Payouts Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch - $241,492.94 Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $148,542.85 Anthony 'scrotile' Augustino - $104,980.41 Dario 'Sirio87' Sammartino - $75,094.55 Tim 'Stucksoomuch' Wong - $54,543.05 Ran 'margarete' Koller - $40,143.29 Gianluca 'InMyHouse' Speranza- $29,885.86 Justin 'KingFortune' Liberto - $22,541.03 Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori - $17,348.99 Ji young Kim Wins Ladies Event Normally, you'll find Ji young Kim managing her coffee shop back in her hometown of Seoul, Korea. For the last four days, however, Kim was busy working her way through the 968-player field in the WSOP Ladies Event. On Sunday night, she wrapped up the victory by beating Nancy Matson heads-up. The win gives Kim her first WSOP bracelet and $167,308. Matson, from Santa Monica, CA, went home with $103,350 for her runner-up result. It's only her second WSOP cash. She previously finished 406th in the $800 NLHE Deepstack in the lead up to the Ladies Event. Lexy Gavin finished sixth for $27,643. Final Table Payouts Ji young Kim - $167,308 Nancy Matson - $103,350 Sandrine Phan - $72,821 Stephanie Dao - $52,007 Lyly Vo - $37,654 Lexy Gavin - $27,643 Raylene Celaya - $20,582 Stephanie Hubbard - $15,544 Barbara Blechinger - $11,911 Kainalu McCue-Unciano Leads Monster Stack After Day 2 Nearly 3,000 players crammed into 10-handed tables on Sunday for Day 2 of the $1,500 Monster Stack and by the time 10 levels were in the books, just 457 players remained. Kainalu McCue-Unciano leads the way with 2,187,000 and the only other player who put more than 2,000,000 in the bag was Andrew Moreno, with 2,034,000. Konstantin Puchkov, Pierre Neuville, Alex Lynskey, Ali Imsirovic, Ryan Hohner, Matt Salsberg, and Dan Sindelar all found a bag at the end of Day 2. The bubble burst mid-way through play Sunday with 447 players busting in the money. Some of the notables who picked up a cash on Day 2 include Taylor Paur, Jake Schwartz, PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas, and Barry Greenstein. Action resumes at 11 AM PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 2,187,000 Andrew Moreno - 2,034,000 Brady Bullard - 1,971,000 Justin Kindred - 1,900,000 Benjamin Ector - 1,869,000 Jeff Siegal - 1,840,000 Gergely Kulcsar - 1,839,000 Roman Korenev - 1,804,000 Duytue Duong - 1,800,000 Sean Yu - 1,682,000 Daniel Alaei Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship Daniel Alaei, recently named the 26th best player in WSOP history, spent Sunday building his case and his chip stack, in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event. The five-time bracelet winner finished Day 2 with 1,985,000. He'll have to work his way through a formidable group of challengers on Monday if he hopes to get anywhere close to bracelet #6. The next biggest stacks belong to players who registered at the start of Day 2. Luke Schwartz sits second with 1,700,000 while Shaun Deeb bagged the third biggest stack with 1,586,000. A total of 26 players took advantage of the Day 2 registration opportunity including Phil Ivey, Matthew Gonzales, Phil Kessel, and Stephen Chidwick. The 26 late-entries pushed the total field size to a record-setting 518 players. Just 50 of them survived to see Day 3 and will be in action beginning at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Alaei - 1,985,000 Luke Schwartz - 1,700,000 Shaun Deeb - 1,586,000 Adam Hendrix - 1,219,000 Dash Dudley - 1,199,000 Joel Feldman - 1,196,000 Will Jaffe - 1,179,000 James Park - 1,173,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 1,116,000 Patrick Mahoney - US 1,024,000 $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack The opening day of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event drew 3,759 players and through 20 30-minute levels, just 440 made it through. Kenneth Johnson ended up on top of the Day 1 chip counts with 1,400,000. Every player in the top 10 turned their starting stack of 40,000 into at least 1,000,000. This includes Alex Foxen who finished with 1,104,000 and the seventh-best stack. Joseph Cheong, Dutch Boyd, Joao Simao, Greg Raymer, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Affleck, Daniel Strelitz, Chris Ferguson, and Tim West were just some of the more recognizable faces that advanced to Da y2. Comedians Brad Garrett and Norm MacDonald also finished Day 1 with chips. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Kenneth Johnson - 1,400,000 Shmuel Hada - 1,340,000 Amir Lehavot - 1,330,000 Jordan Meltzer - 1,188,000 John Rice - 1,138,000 Michael Dichiaro - 1,110,000 Alex Foxen - 1,104,000 Sharavan Chhabria - 980,000 Loc Nguyen - 976,000 Piet Pape - 956,000 Eric Rodawig Tops Day 1 of $1,500 Razz Day 1 of the $1,500 Razz event saw 363 players enter with bracelet-winner Eric Rodawig finish the day with the lead after being the only player to break through the 100,000 chip mark. Rodawig finished with 118,7000 while his closest competitor, Stephen Burns, ended with 92,700. Adam Owen, Scott Clements, Jennifer Tilly, Matt Waxman, Don Zewin, and Steve Billirakis were part of the 127 players who advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Eric Rodawig - 118,700 Stephen Burns - 92,700 Doug Lorgeree - 90,400 Charles Lorentz - 85,000 Jaime Lezama - 83,700 Shane Littlefield - 83,400 Adam Owen - 82,800 Peter Brownstein - 81,000 Christopher Kusha - 77,700 Michael Ross - 76,600
  16. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Shaun Deeb Goes Deep In Dealers Choice As we mentioned in our last Rank & File column, Shaun Deeb is making good on his declaration to grind every event on the schedule. Just one week ago, Deeb was sitting in 17th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard but after a deep run in the $10,000 Dealers Choice and two additional cashes, Deeb currently sits in seventh place. Now Upeska De Silva, Dan Zack and the others grinders who sit atop the POY leaderboard are looking over their shoulders at the former #1 PocketFiver who promised to make another run at the title. Since we last checked in on Deeb, he finished in 28th in Event #28: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $8,989. His biggest score of the series thus far came in Event #35: $10,000 Dealers Choice where he finished in second place to defending champion Adam Friedman. Deeb was denied his fifth gold bracelet but picked up $193,090 as a consolation prize. He added a min-cash of $875 in Event #42: $600 Mixed No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha to bring his current WSOP total just shy of a quarter million ($249,984). That makes for eight total cashes for Deeb, three better than any other former-#1 online player ]at the halfway point of the series. Moorman Tackles Large Field Events While he has yet to have his 2019 WSOP breakout score, the All-Time Online Money List leader Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman has been picking up steam. Moorman has strung together five cashes in the last week and a half while mostly grinding the lower buy-in, large field tournaments. His first cash of the series came in Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack where he finished in 57th place for a score of just over $3,000. He then posted simultaneous results, one while playing live and another while playing online. The 888poker ambassador made the money in Event #37: $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack, adding $1,422 to his bankroll while also making a run in his area of expertise, Event #38: $600 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty. Here's a look at Moorman's recent string of results: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 57 $3,008 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 179 $1,636 $800 NLHE Deepstack 290 $1,422 $600 Online NLHE Knockout 173 $716 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO 342 $875 Former #1's Mix It Up Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha drew quite a crowd with 2,403 entries. It also proved to be popular with former #1-ranked PocketFivers as five players we are keeping track of entered this event and turned a profit in it. In addition to the aforementioned Deeb and Moorman, Tim ’Tmay420’ West finished in 163rd place for $1,357 helping him up over the $28,000 mark for the series. Right ahead of him was PocketFives Legacy Award winner Ari Engel who fell in 92nd place for $1,554. Engel has four cashes for the series totaling just over $19,000 himself. Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson had the deepest run of all the former #1’s, nearly making the final table in this event. Anderson finished in 11th place for $12,954, his fifth cash of the summer series. Through 42 Through 42 events, 23 former #1-ranked PocketFivers have registered at least a single cash at this year's World Series of Poker. There have been 60 cashes between them for a total of $675,290. Eight of the 23 players have registered a result of five-figures or higher.
  17. Saturday might have been an off day for the final nine players in the 2019 World Series of Poker, but there was plenty of other action including Daniel Negreanu getting heads-up for a bracelet for the second time this summer and a longtime PocketFiver winning his first piece of WSOP hardware. Jerry Odeen Wins $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO He might only be 24 years old, but Sweden's Jerry Odeen has been dreaming about winning a WSOP bracelet for nearly a decade. Odeen, who has been as high as #12 in the PocketFives Rankings, made his dream come true on Saturday by winning the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha event. “This is something I always wanted since I started playing poker. I started watching poker when I was like 15 years old now I’m here like nine, ten years later. I got the bracelet, it feels pretty surreal actually,” Odeen said. “I always said I’m not going to quit before I get a bracelet. I had one close call before, I got fourth. It’s achievable but obviously, need a lot of luck. I don’t think I lost a single all in. It’s tough to lose then if you don’t lose all ins.” Odeen beat England's Peter Linton heads up for the bracelet and added $304,793 to his lifetime earnings. Linton had to settle for $188,368 as the runner-up. Adam Demersseman finished third for $135,093. Final Table Payouts Jerry Odeen - $304,793 Peter Linton - $188,368 Adam Demersseman - $135,093 Lucas Greenwood - $98,027 Ayaz Mahmood ($71,979) Eddie Blumenthal - $53,490 Jeremy Kottler - $40,236 Gary Bolden - $30,640 Rania Nasreddine - $23,625 Keith Tilston Denies Daniel Negreanu $100K High Roller Victory Keith Tilston might have been the least known player at the final table of the $100,000 High Roller, but that didn't stop him from emerging victorious and in the process prevented Daniel Negreanu from winning his seventh bracelet and taking over the WSOP Player of the Year lead. Tilston beat Negreanu heads-up to secure the bracelet and a $2,792,406 payday. His career earnings are now just over $6.4 million, but for Tilston, the win was as much about proving that he has the mettle to play the big buy-in events as much as it was about the money. “I do play a lot of high roller events and I feel good to know I can at least hang with these guys. Obviously, there’s a lot of luck in each individual tournament and you gotta run well," Tilston said. "I certainly don’t claim to be as good as a lot of these guys, but it feels good I can at least hang with them.” Negreanu now has two runner-up finishes this summer. The first came in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. This second-place finish added 630.2 POY points to Negreanu's total and moved him to fifth place, 333.04 points behind current leader Robert Campbell. Had Negreanu won, he would have been ahead of the rest of the field by 297.46 points. Nick Schulman finished third for $1,187,802, the biggest WSOP cash of his career. Final Table Payouts Keith Tilston - $2,792,406 Daniel Negreanu - $1,725,838 Nick Schulman - $1,187,802 Igor Kurganov - $840,183 Brandon Adams - $611,258 Dominik Nitsche - $457,772 Sergi Reixach - $353,202 Christoph Vogelsang - $281,025 Shaun Deeb Cruises To Day 1B Lead of The Closer The hunt for a second straight WSOP POY title continued on Saturday for Shaun Deeb. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver finished Day 1B of the $1,500 The Closer event with 1,172,000 and the chip lead. The only other player to finish with more than 1,000,000 was Denis Gnidash with 1,058,000. Jeff Gross ended up with the third biggest stack at 813,000. Just 45 of the 724 Day 1B entrants survived the day including Rex Clinkscales, Mukul Pahuja, Mike Leah, Kane Kalas, and defending champion Joe Cada. Day 1C begins Sunday at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 1,172,000 Denis Gnidash - 1,058,000 Jeff Gross - 813,000 Andrew Ostapchenko - 783,000 Abhinav Iyer - 782,000 Daniel Johnson - 730,000 Devin Looney - 628,000 Robert Lipkin - 627,000 Rex Clinkscales - 599,000 Toshiyuki Onda - 597,000 John Richards Leads $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event saw the field dwindle from 173 down to 24 and John Richards stands atop the chip counts with nearly 2 million. Richards finished with 1,949,000 and now holds a healthy lead over the rest of the field. The second biggest stack belongs to Abraham Faroni with 1,226,000. Right behind him is Michael Kuney with 1,123,000. Two players who picked up the first bracelet of their career also bagged big stacks. Juha Helppi, with 1,085,000, is fourth while Joseph Cheong, with 1,039,000 is sixth. Other notables who made it to Day 3 include Nacho Barbero, Brandon Shack-Harris, Joao Vieira, and Noah Schwartz. Action resumes at 2 PM and will play down to a final six players before stopping for the night. Top 10 Chip Counts John Richards - 1,949,000 Abraham Faroni - 1,226,000 Michael Kuney - 1,123,000 Juha Helppi - 1,085,000 Alan Sternberg - 1,082,000 Joseph Cheong - 1,039,000 Florian Strasser - 1,021,000 Nacho Barbero - 971,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 902,000 Veerachai Vongxaiburana - 769,000 Felix Bleiker Leads $10K Six Max NLHE After Day 1 Swiss poker pro Felix Bleiker didn't seem to mind that the Day 1 field for the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event had just 248 entries. Bleiker finished play Saturday with 425,400 and leads the remaining 113 survivors. Almost 100,000 behind Bleiker is Pennsylvania poker pro John Andress and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski with 329,000 each. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 which should help push the total field size closer to the 355 that entered last year when Shaun Deeb beat Paul Volpe heads-up for the title. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include David Peters, Joao Simao, John Hennigan, David 'ODB' Baker, Dominik Nitsche, Mike Watson, Alex Foxen, and Andras Nemeth. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Felix Bleiker - 425,400 John Andress - 329,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 329,000 Andrey Pateychuk - 320,300 Mustapha Kanit - 285,600 Sergi Reixach - 278,000 Ramin Hajiyev - 263,300 Stefan Schillhabel - 258,600 Eric Kurtzman - 246,000 George Wolff - 235,400
  18. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  19. After a crazy Day 1C, Day 2AB of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event was actually uneventful and rather peaceful. The 2,383 players who managed to get through Day 1A and 1B combined into one field on Saturday and they were joined by another 100 players who decided to use the late registration option before play began. A little more than half of the players who started the day with chips were able to finish the day with chips. Timothy Su Goes From Second to First Timothy Su finished Day 1A with the second biggest stack. He improved on that position on Saturday, ending the day with 791,000 and the chip lead. The next biggest stack belongs to Tony Blanchandin with 744,500. Sitting in third is German pro Anton Morgenstern. He has been here before. In 2013, Morgenstern built up a massive chip lead heading into Day 7 only to blow up and bust out in 20th. Two years later, history basically repeated itself as Morgenstern was sent home in 22nd place. He'll return on Day 3 to a stack of 735,000. Heard 'Em Say: 100 Take Advantage of Day 2AB Late Registration For the first time in WSOP history, players can register up until the start of play on each Day 2. There were exactly 100 players who took advantage of this for Day 2AB to push the total field to 8,225 players - 548 short of the record set in 2006. Yuri Dzivielevski Leads Former #1s into Day 3 Just a handful of former #1-ranked players made it through the Day 2AB. Just weeks after winning his first bracelet, Yuri Dzivielevski continues to enjoy the run good and ended the day with 290,300. Sweden's 'lena900' isn't far behind him with 247,000. Paul Volpe, who has cashed four previous times in the Main Event, including a 142nd place last year, ended the day with 190,700. Good friend Taylor Paur bagged up 105,300. Pennsylvania Poker Players Continue to Represent Sometime later this month, regulated Pennsylvania online poker will launch, but for now a number of players from the Keystone State are hoping to make a deep run in the Main Event. Donald Dombach leads the 26 players from Pennsylvania who made it through Day 2AB. Dombach ended the day with 314,000. Not too far behind him is four-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings. He built his stack up to 274,000. He's followed by Dennis Cronin (251,300), Francis Stempin (202,200), and Volpe. Other notables from Pennsylvania who finished with chips on Saturday include Matt Brady (181,900), Matt Glantz (166,200), Seth Berger (164,900), and Aaron Overton (136,800). Top 10 Chip Counts Timothy Su - 791,000 Tony Blanchandin - 744,500 Anton Morgenstern - 735,000 Florian Duta - 731,500 Galen Hall - 705,900 Gerald Claunch - 699,600 Rachid Amamou - 688,000 Bryan Buonocore - 668,800 Anthony Spinella - 643,700 Brian Yoon - 643,400
  20. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  21. The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.
  22. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 'Big 4' crowned its winners on Tuesday. Sean Winter won the SHRPO $5,250 Championship, Keith Brennan won the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em, Jessica Dawley won the $2,650 No Limit Hold’em, and Shaun Deeb won the $25,500 High Roller. Together, the four events awarded more than $8.3 million in prize money. Sean Winter Wins $5,250 Championship for $698,175 [caption id="attachment_626088" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Sean Winter captures first place in the SHRPO $5,250 Championship for $698,175 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $5,250 Entries: 809 Prize Pool: $3,923,650 Sean Winter topped the 809-entry field in the SHRPO $5,250 Championship, scoring a first-place prize of $698,175. The score was the fourth largest of Winter’s career and pushed him to more than $13.6 million in live tournament earnings. 1st: Sean Winter - $698,175 2nd: Shalom Elharrar - $487,695 3rd: Jerry Robinson - $314,230 4th: Jordan Fisch – $232,065 5th: Giuliano Lentini - $176,350 6th: Ben Farrell - $139,705 7th: Joseph Cheong - $115,300 8th: Brandon Carl - $91,365 9th: Nick Schwarmann - $69,800 Winter entered the final table in the $5,250 Championship with a chip-leading stack of 9.49 million. At the time, Joseph Cheong’s stack of 6.595 million was the next largest, but even he was 48 big blinds behind. Cheong lost a big pot early when Jordan Fisch doubled through him, and then Nick Schwarmann also doubled through Cheong shortly thereafter. Despite that double by Schwarmann, he was the first player eliminated at the final table, and it was Winter who sent him packing. Winter then knocked out Brandon Carl in eighth place before Cheong’s run came to an end in seventh. On Cheong’s elimination, Fisch had raised from the under-the-gun position to 275,000 with the blinds at 75,000-125,000 with a 125,000 big blind ante. Cheong, who had just lost the majority of his chips when Giuliano Lentini doubled through him, called all in for 150,000 from the next seat. Shalom Elharrar then called from the cutoff seat. Fisch and Elharrar checked down the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4d"] board before all three players revealed their holdings. Fisch had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="Tc"], Elharrar showed the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"], and Cheong turned up the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"]. With his pair of jacks, Elharrar scooped the pot and Cheong was eliminated. After Ben Farrell went out sixth and Lentini busted fifth, Winter took out Fisch in fourth place with pocket tens holding up against the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8c"]. Three-handed play only saw the continuation of the Sean Winter show. He continued to increase his lead and then busted Jerry Robinson in third place, again holding pocket tens. Robinson had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"] and couldn’t win the flip. Heads-up play lasted nearly 50 hands as Elharrar battled hard. Ultimately, Winter and his enormous stack of chips were too much to overcome. On the final hand, Winter’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"] dominated Elharrar’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"] and that was all she wrote. For the win, Winter took home $698,175. Elharrar scored $487,695 for his second-place result. Keith Brennan Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold’em for $104,035 [caption id="attachment_626087" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ireland's Keith Brennan won the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em for $104,035 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $1,100 Entries: 537 Prize Pool: $537,000 Keith Brennan from Ashbourne, Ireland, served up a victory in the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event to the tune of $104,035. He topped a field of 537 entries to get the win and secured the largest payday of his live tournament career. 1st: Keith Brennan - $104,035 2nd: Cangir Elcin - $72,285 3rd: John Michalak - $46,400 4th: Gary Leibovitz - $32,550 5th: Jack Duong - $24,935 6th: Mario De La Puente - $20,540 7th: Brock Wilson - $17,030 8th: Corey Hochman - $13,545 9th: David Castranovas - $10,350 This tournament looked as though it was going to end up with Cangir Elcin in the winner’s circle. He was the big chip leader with five players left after knocking out Mario De La Puente in sixth place. Brennan was able to get a boost to his stack by busting Jack Duong in fifth place, but he still had less than half the chips that Elcin did. Elcin continued to dominate by busting Gary Leibovitz in fourth place, then he won a big one off of John Michalak to gather even more chips. But then, Brennan doubled through him to take a chunk of chips back. Eventually, Brennan moved into the lead and began to pull away. Although Elcin knocked out Michalak in third place, he was still down more than 4-1 in chips to Brennan entering heads-up play. Brennan made quick work of his opponent, Elcin, but it wasn’t without a dramatic final hand. The money went in with Brennan holding the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"] to Elcin’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. The flop was [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"] to give Elcin a set of nines, but the [poker card="Ac"] on the turn gave Brennan some outs going to the river. The river was the [poker card="Ad"], just what Brennan needed, and his full house topped Elcin’s to give him the victory. Jessica Dawley Wins $2,650 No Limit Hold’em for $204,610 [caption id="attachment_626086" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Jessica Dawley took first place in the $2,650 No Limit Hold'em, defeating Faraz Jaka in heads-up play to win $204,610 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $2,650 Entries: 385 Prize Pool: $1,000,000 Jessica Dawley earned the largest score of her live tournament career when she topped the 385-entry field in the SHRPO $2,650 No Limit Hold’em event. Dawley defeated Faraz Jaka in heads-up play and took home $204,610. 1st: Jessica Dawley - $204,610 2nd: Faraz Jaka - $142,880 3rd: Nicholas Zautra - $91,690 4th: Philip Rigby - $61,090 5th: Raj Vohra - $46,890 6th: Justin Zaki - $38,790 7th: Jordan Cristos - $32,490 8th: Jake Daniels - $26,240 9th: Thai Ha - $20,460 En route to victory, Dawley knocked out Jake Daniels in eighth place and Raj Vohra in fifth place, but it was the elimination of Vohra that could’ve changed a lot had Dawley not come from behind in miraculous fashion. Vohra was all in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"] to Dawley’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jh"]. Vohra was in a dominating position to double and he looked pretty good on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"] flop and [poker card="Th"] turn. But, the [poker card="8s"] on the river gave Dawley a straight to the jack and sent Vohra to the rail. Dawley was ever so slightly behind Jaka entering heads-up play, and Jaka even extended his lead to start the duel. Dawley fought back and eventually doubled into the lead. That’s where she stayed for the remainder of the match. On the final hand, Dawley’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2h"] beat Jaka’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"] to win it all. Dawley flopped an ace after the money went in preflop and held up from there. Shaun Deeb Wins $25,500 High Roller for $778,300 [caption id="attachment_626089" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Shaun Deeb earned $778,300 for winning the $25,500 High Roller (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $25,500 Entries: 115 Prize Pool: $2,840,500 Shaun Deeb proved once again he is one of the greatest tournament players we’ve ever seen, winning the SHRPO $25,500 High Roller for $778,300. Deeb topped a field of 115 entries to take top honors and improve to more than $7.5 million in career live tournament winnings. 1st: Shaun Deeb - $778,300 2nd: Albert Daher - $545,375 3rd: Olivier Busquet - $340,860 4th: Andy Andrejevic - $235,760 5th: TK Miles - $150,545 6th: Josh Ray - $110,780 7th: Jake Schwartz - $90,895 8th: Matthew Wantman - $76,695 Deeb came into the final day second in chips behind Andy Andrejevic, but he quickly moved his way into the top spot bu busting Matthew Wantman in eighth place. Deeb would then bust Josh Ray in sixth place and TK Miles in fifth place. Andrejevic went out in fourth, falling to the hands of Olivier Busquet when his dominated [poker card="Ac"][poker card="4d"] couldn’t come from behind against the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"]. Although Busquet and Albert Daher both doubled through Deeb during three-handed play, Deeb kept pushing forward and eventually knocked out Busquet in third place to set up the heads-up match with Daher. In blind-versus-blind action, Deeb limped in from the small blind and Busquet checked from the big blind. The dealer revealed the [poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2s"] flop and Deeb check-raised Busquet’s bet of 125,000 to 400,000. Busquet called, the dealer placed the [poker card="Jd"] on the board on the turn, and Deeb moved all in. Busquet made a big call for his tournament life and he had the [poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"]. Deeb had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8d"]. The river was the [poker card="2c"] and Busquet was eliminated. Deeb entered heads-up play against Daher with 7.39 million in chips to Daher’s 4.12 million. He increased his lead to start and then finished Daher off with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qh"] to Daher’s pocket sevens.
  23. It was just eight days ago that Shaun Deeb won the seventh PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title of his very storied career. On Sunday, he added to his own legend by winning his second WCOOP title of the year to give him eight total. Deeb topped the 599-player field in Event #37 Medium ($530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) to win $52,371.70. That win pairs nicely with his earlier victory in Event #9 High ($1,050 NL Five-Card Draw PKO) which earned him $25,375. Deeb wasn't the only World Series of Poker bracelet winner who found the winner's circle on Sunday. Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko beat Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones heads-up to win Event #34 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack) for the fourth WCOOP win of his career. He earned $69,953.22 for his win while Jones had to settle for $52,473.29 as the runner-up while former #1-ranked 'girafganger7' finished third for $39,361.38. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs, the #1-ranked online poker player in the Netherlands, won the second WCOOP title of his career after he outlasted a field of 1,859 in Event #36 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO) to earn $70,158.01 from the prize pool and another $58,721.47 in bounties. Brazil's Renan 'RenanToniolo' Toniolo finished second for $50,010.26 plus $8,569.31 in bounties. 'Futti18' finished third for $35,649.06 and $11,061.00 in bounties. Sticking with the theme of players adding to their WCOOP tally rather than starting it, 'xnrobix' won his second career title after outlasting the 179-player field in Event #37 High ($5,200 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max, High Roller) to win $178,512.19. Runner-up ActionFreak earned $134,936.74 while third-place finisher 'kimokh' narrowly missed out on his second title in two days and took home $101,998.40. Other players who managed to earn a WCOOP title on Sunday included 'Tomas20LT', 'Reckoner303', 'karamba1111', 'ronnieb122', and 'Gabriel1244'. Event #34 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 11,476 Prize pool: $112,465 Tomas20LT - $14,694.05 Mr_Perfec229 - $10,305.03 BlackHunger - $7,231.75 Paje1803 - $5,075.01 SPINNE840 - $3,561.49 cepuukas - $2,499.35 digitop209 - $1,753.97 $amaioBruno - $1,230.89 artur89rts - $863.80 Event #34 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 2,787 Prize pool: $278,700 Reckoner303 - $40,733.84 redhandded - $29,035.38 HayashiJoao - $20,697.40 Eduardo850 - $14,753.82 khoale - $10,517.02 dud10gradne - $7,496.89 ceceemky00 - $5,344.04 jenafranco07 - $3,809.31 aleks0601495 - $2,715.48 Event #34 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 384 Prize pool: $384,000 Kroko-dill - $69,953.22 jenbizzle - $52,473.29 girafganger7 - $39,361.38 DonKiShove - $29,525.83 langace66 - $22,147.96 fhischen120905 - $16,613.68 FreeLancerZZ - $12,462.29 YOLOBETS - $9,348.21 Scarlett_DF - $7,012.30 Event #36 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 25,829 Prize pool: $126,562 karamba1111 - $6,314.44 + $2,221.03 in bounties wfogaca - $4,485.37 + $983.14 in bounties jackpotkoks - $3,197.32 + $110.37 in bounties soljr09 - $2,279.15 + $252.51 in bounties RandyLahey88 - $1,624.66 + $644.80 in bounties top kjeldsen - $1,158.10 + $315.79 in bounties jimdog666 - $825.53 + $560.69 in bounties De menor cwb - $588.46 + $131.04 in bounties Event #36 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 11,349 Prize pool: $567,450 ronnieb122 - $32,696.05* + $13,313.79 in bounties fanelakias - $30,710.28* + $3,956.32 in bounties jokkee_apart - $18,807.50 + $3,924.25 in bounties Mihska - $13,406.63 + $3,602.33 in bounties razvanik008 - $9,556.68 + $1,417.51 in bounties GiveMeTwOutS - $6,812.32 + $1,583.89 in bounties Conckers - $4,856.03 + $2,136.53 in bounties sep_itl1914 - $3,461.53 + $1,637.50 in bounties Event #36 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 1,859 Prize pool: $929,500 BillLewinsky - $70,158.01 + $58,721.47 in bounties RenanToniolo - $50,010.26 + $8,569.31 in bounties Futti18 - $35,649.06 + $11,061.00 in bounties gynaikologos - $25,411.87 + $6,360.85 in bounties patpef - $18,114.46 + $6,892.59 in bounties rmullen - $12,912.61 + $1,500.00 in bounties tt.exe - $9,204.55 + $5,729.48 in bounties OnTheEdgeT8s - $6,561.34 + $5,941.41 in bounties Event #37 (Low): $55 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Entries: 2,352 Prize pool: $125,000 Gabriel1244 - $16,632.16* igoretH10 - $14,706.97 ilovexxx1993 - $8,966.40 desbone13 - $6,247.53 PAARTYPAN - $4,353.11 reijomo - $3,033.13 Event #37 (Medium): $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Entries: 599 Prize pool: $299,500 shaundeeb - $52,371.70 killerrog - $26,587.51 bio946 - $25,560.73 IAmSoSo - $ 17,857.20 smokeyumyum - $12,475.40 Sir GLuttony - $8,715.53 Event #37 (High): $5,200 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max, High Roller Entries: 179 Prize pool: $895,000 xnrobix - $178,512.19 ActionFreak - $134,936.74 kimokh - $101,998.40 Skjervoy - $77,100.31 jedimaster82 - $58,279.98 TruthBeTold7 - $44,053.69
  24. Anybody who has followed the career of Shaun Deeb knows he's racked up more than his fair share of World Championship of Online Poker titles, going so far as to win one on the day his son was born. On Saturday, he gave his now three-year-old son Chance an early birthday present by winning the exact same event he won three years ago for the seventh WCOOP title of his career. Deeb beat 2018 WCOOP Overall Leaderboard champ Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov to win Event #9 High ($1,050 NL Five-Card Draw PKO) for $10,500 plus and additional $14,875 in bounties. Strebkov had to settle for $7,000 as well as $2,937.50 in bounties. Saturday's biggest winner was 'I’mYourTeddy'. The German grinder banked $95,756.97 after chopping Event #4 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em) with 'TheDegenFund'. The pair outlasted 1,398 other entries before coming to an agreement on splitting up the remaining prize money. 'TheDegenFund' ended up with $89,148.87 as his share of the deal. Third-place finisher 'Kovalski' added $55,546.40 to his bankroll. Alan 'Mr Negreanu' Gold beat Ari 'BodogAri' Engel heads up in Event #5 Medium ($109 HORSE) to win $13,518.75 and capture the first WCOOP title of his career. Engel wound up with $9,733.50 as the second-place finisher. Other WCOOP winners on Saturday included 'sep_itl1914' (Event #4 Low), 'cautiioN' (Event #4 Medium), 'facper' (Event #5 Low), 'sandman201' (Event #5 High), 'MAZAAZAZI' (Event #9 Low), 'Pycckui AA' (Event #9 Medium), 'marval231' (Event #10 Low), 'Gukiz' (Event #10 Medium), and 'Ti0373' (Event #10 High). Event #4 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 23,192 Prize pool: $113,640 sep_itl1914 - $11,651.39 csmala77 - $8,359.42 Mossop7 - $6,010.49 justfour0 - $4,321.58 FlavioLN - $3,107.24 Ic€Rink - $2,234.13 Nickwin888 - $1,606.34 laloubidou - $1,154.96 Gladi3 - $830.41 Event #4 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 9,208 Prize pool: $460,400 cautiioN - $55,442.23* naldezz - $52,942.23* Dieferson09 - $31,010.10 DAAnielof2 - $21,607.03 MITS 304 - $15,055.21 Doum - $10,490.07 milennial - $7,309.21 conradofpg - $5,092.85 HoffmanGC - $3,548.57 Event #4 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,400 Prize pool: $700,000 I’mYourTeddy - $95,756.97* TheDegenFund - $89,148.87* Kovalski - $55,546.40 the*god88 - $39,910.15 mindgamer - $28,675.50 proggrezive - $20,603.38 rickv17 - $14,803.53 jnfpoker - $10,63.36 x CoLiTi x - $7,642.18 Event #5 (Low): $11 HORSE Entries: 3,031 Prize pool: $29,704 facper - $4,466.15* TimTainer - $4,150.12* asteras666 - $2,673.34 drkamikaze1 - $2,079.26 anggm - $1,485.19 imdvb6307 - $891.11 MAZAAZAZI - $564.07 anateodora - $274.76 Event #5 (Medium): $109 HORSE Entries: 721 Prize pool: $72,100 Mr Negreanu - $13,518.75 BodogAri - $9,733.50 Coriolanus92 - $7,210.00 Muka82 - $5,407.50 Afret - $3,605.00 FONBET_RULIT - $2,523.50 The Artesian - $1,622.25 Cruel_TeK - $1,081.50 Event #5 (High): $1,050 HORSE Entries: 157 Prize pool: $157,000 sandman201 - $34,147.50 lb6121 - $24,335.00 rtspurs - $18,840.00 tonkaaaa - $13,345.00 M1TR4ND1R - $8,635.00 kidpokerX7 - $7,065.00 WTFOMFGOAO - $5,495.00 pads1161 - $4,317.50 Event #9 (Low): $11 NL Five-Card Draw PKO Entries: 2,269 Prize pool: $22,236 MAZAAZAZI - $1,716.83 + $957.68 in bounties cvltvre - $1,252.48 + 376.06 in bounties kaziu1962 - $925.75 + 85.07 in bounties Vactra - $599.01 + $144.05 in bounties M-U-C-K-Y-O- - $381.19 + $126.39 in bounties molodnyak - $206.38 + $142.63 in bounties Event #9 (Medium): $109 NL Five-Card Draw PKO Entries: 379 Prize pool: $37,900 Pycckui AA - $3,193.16* + $3,399.37 in bounties ionica969 - $3,193.16* + $1,197.86 in bounties pantri - $2,037.12 + $251.95 in bounties maaitee - $1,402.30 + $506.26 in bounties Mr Negreanu - $1,004.35 + $807.81 in bounties barretta111 - $644.30 + $453.91 in bounties Event #9 (High): $1,050 NL Five-Card Draw PKO Entries: 70 Prize pool: $70,000 shaundeeb - $10,500.00 + $14,87.500 in bounties aDrENalin710 - $7,000.00 + $2,937.50 in bounties scuel1975 - $5,250.00 + $1,125.00 in bounties Kroko-dill - $3,500.00 + $2,062.50 in bounties facper - $2,625.00 + $750.00 in bounties krakukra - $1,925.000 + $0 in bounties Event #10 (Low): $2.20+R No Limit Hold'em Turbo Entries: 6,638 Prize pool: $37,701 marval231 - $5,360.16 awfulz - $3,818.47 Honey Dick - $2,721.94 Raabinator93 - $1,940.29 viralatafeio - $1,383.11 IceKot - $985.92 nikolay 2003 - $702.80 Sellezneff - $500.98 Event #10 (Medium): $22+R No Limit Hold'em Turbo Entries: 2,973 Prize pool: $153,020 Gukiz - $18,350.50* klem90 - $19,491.91* Galochina10 - $11,225.65 Absick^KaKu - $8,002.02 MASUR0N1KE - $5,704.12 22ehnutzz - $4,066.10 santylopez29 - $2,898.45 arean1982 - $2,066.12 Event #10 (High): $215+R No Limit Hold'em Turbo Entries: 557 Prize pool: $286,839 Ti0373 - $50,634.31 TruthBeTold7 - $37,546.04 LEN1234980 - $27,841.02 FeriBo - $20,644.60 Big Huni - $15,308.33 A.A_THE_W.55 - $11,351.33 10YURA10 - $8,417.26 cocojamb0 - $6,241.53
  25. Tomas Fara struck gold on Saturday when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter event. Fara topped the field of 377 entries at WSOP Europe to score a first-place prize of €59,904 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Fara entered the final table in pretty solid position on the leaderboard, where he ranked third in chips entering the final nine. Things quickly got better for him when he took out Giorgiy Skhulukhiya in ninth place, but then a series of lost pots had Fara sitting on just a single big blind with five players left. In what was a comeback for the ages, Fara stormed back into contention before he knocked out David Elyashar in fourth, Manig Loeser in third place, and then, finally, Nisad Muratovic in second place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] €1,100 Turbo Bounty Final Table Results 1st: Tomas Fara - €59,904 2nd: Nisad Muratovic - €37,004 3rd: Manig Loeser - €24,949 4th: David Elyashar - €17,172 5th: Anson Tsang - €12,071 6th: Arturs Scerbaks - €8,670 7th: Phil Hui - €6,366 8th: Julian Selinger - €4,781 9th: Giorgiy Skhulukhiya - €3,674 The one-day event was a fast-paced affair and it involved some key players in the WSOP Player of the Year race going deep. Shaun Deeb fell in 13th place, earning €2,329, and Phil Hui reached the final table before busting in seventh for €6,366. After Fara was knocked down to a single big blind, he won a series of double ups to get back to nearly 2 million in chips. Fara watched Muratovic take out Anson Tsang in fifth place before he took out Elyashar in fourth place, doing so with pocket fives and flopping a set. Three-handed action saw Fara, Muratovic, and Loeser trade plenty of blows, but then Fara knocked out Loeser in third place to enter heads-up play with more than double the chips of Muratovic. When he busted Loeser, Fara did so with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2h"] against Loeser’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"]. With the blinds at 125,000-250,000 with a 250,000 big blind ante, there were less than 40 big blinds on the table between the final two players. That led to a quick heads-up match with Fara coming out on top. In the end, it was Fara’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] against Muratovic’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="8c"]. The final board ran out [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"] to give Fara the victory.

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