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  1. The action continues to heat up at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino as the 49th Annual World Series of Poker saw a plethora of events spread throughout the convention area. Two bracelets were awarded, the final table of the Colossus was established and the start of the prestigious $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship got underway. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know from Wednesday (June 6). Paul Volpe Wins Third Bracelet Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship came to a finish as Paul Volpe finished off popular poker TV mainstay Eli Elezra in route to his third career bracelet. “I just ran really good,” Volpe said after taking home the win. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament. I was playing solid in the beginning, and with Omaha, as there gets to be less people, you get more aggressive.” After having lost the first three players of the final table on Tuesday, the final six returned to play out the remainder of the tournament in an added day four. Elezra, who is a three-time bracelet winner himself, would settle for the $258,297 payday as the runner-up, Volpe takes home $417,921 as the winner. Event #9 Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $417,921 2. Eli Elezra - $258,297 3. Adam Coats - $181,374 4. Kyle Miaso - $129,648 5. Viacheslav Zhukov - $94,730 6. Dustin Dirksen - $69,971 7. Robert Mizrachi - $52,866 8. Daniel Zack - $40,715 9. Per Hildebrand - $31,977 Jeremy Harkin Takes Down $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Event #12: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice wrapped up with Jeremy Harkin taking the first place prize of $129,882 and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. “I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year,” Harkin said. “Everything seemed to click for the last few days.” Harkin, who entered the final day as the chip leader, bested the field of 406 entires and navigated a tough final day that included a number of high-profile players. Despite he effort needed to close it out, Harkin stood resolved. “This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out.” It did work out for Harkin and now his dream of being a gold bracelet winner has finally come true. Players who made the final day but busted before the final table include John Hennigan ($11,930), Chris Klodnicki ($8,815), Mike Leah ($8,815), Jeff Lisandro ($6,698), Chris Bolek ($6,698) and Chris Vitch ($5,238) all of whom have earned at least one WSOP victory in the past. Event #12 Final Table Payouts 1. Jeremy Harkin - $129,882 2. Frankie O’Dell - $80,256 3. George Trigeorgis - $52,130 4. Anthony Arvidson - $34,700 5. James Woods - $23,686 6. Scott Abrams - $16,589 Nine Left In Colossus From a field of over 13,000, only nine players remain in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Headlining the Colossus final table is former November Niner and bracelet winner John Racener. Sang Liu will hold a sizable chip lead to start the day, as he and Scott Margereson are the only two players with over 10,000,000 in chips. The pay jumps are huge in this contest as the winner of this event will be taking home a cool $1 million while the runner-up taking home half of that. The next player to bust will walk with just over $57,000. That said, there’s a lot at stake when this table reconvenes on Thursday. All of the action being broadcast on PokerCentral’s Twitch channel beginning at 3:00 PM PT. Colossus Final Table Stacks 1. Sang Liu - 18,205,000 2. Scott Margereson - 13,855,000 3. Joel Wurtzel - 8,375,000 4. Gunter Dumsky - 6,535,000 5. Song Choe - 5,835,000 6. Roberly Felicio - 4,750,000 7. John Racener - 3,540,000 8. Timothy Miles - 2,810,000 9. Steven Jones - 1,300,000 Dutch Boyd Leads The Way Into Day 3 of Event #13 Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE started the day with just 224 of the original 1,306 players left in the field. At the end of the day, there were but 29 left with three-time gold bracelet winner Dutch Boyd holding the overnight chip lead. Other notable names to advance to day 3 include Day 2 chip leader Stephen Song, Justin Young, Ankush Mandavia, Daniel Strelitz, and Shaun Deeb. With 196 players making the money there were plenty of players who earned a payday but did not survive the day. Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Madsen, Chance Kornuth, Nick Schulman, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Gross, Dominik Nitsche as well as former WSOP Main Event Champions Qui Nguyen and Jonathan Duhamel all earned at least the minimum payday of $2,456 in this one. Day 3 resumes at 12:00 noon PT as players will chase the over $315,000 first place prize and the coveted gold bracelet. Top 10 Day 3 Chip Stacks 1. Dutch Boyd - 748,000 2. Stefan Vidojkovic - 744,000 3. Steven Snyder - 497,000 4. Tony Ruberto - 488,000 5. Mark Barrett - 485,000 6. Stephen Song - 455,000 7. Yiannis Liperis - 431,000 8. Romain Lewis - 420,000 9. Jan Christoph Von Halle - 409,000 Three Left In $1,500 NL Lowball Draw There are only three players remaining to compete for the Event #14: $1,500 No Limit Lowball Draw title. One of them is chip leader Daniel Ospina, who holds a commanding chip lead. But the story here is that another one of them is Shaun Deeb. The same Shaun Deeb who survived into Day 3 of Event #13. Deeb was live multi-tabling, rushing back and forth between tournaments and maintain a stack in both and now he’ll be entering Thursday for a chance to win two bracelets in the same day. Of the 206 runners who started the tournament, only 55 returned for Day 2 with 39 promised a payday. Mike Wattel ($24,920), Michael Gathy ($9,263), Ray Henson ($5,420), Maria Ho ($3,522), David Prociak ($3,522), Ian Steinman ($3,522), Owais Ahmed ($2,959), Jesse Martin ($2,557) and last year’s champion Frank Kassela ($1,138) all found their way into the money, but ultimately fell on Day 2. The final table plays to a conclusion starting at 2 pm PT. Final three chip counts 1. Daniel Ospina - 1,144,000 2. Shaun Deeb - 477,500 3. Timothy Mcdermott - 429,500 Damjan Radanov Holds Chip Lead In H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw 731 runners take their seats and at the end of a long day, 256 survived to return for Day 2. The prize pool swelled to just under $1 million with a first place prize of over $200,000 to the eventual winner. The man in the best position right now is Damjan Radanov who bagged the overnight chip lead. However, there are plenty of notable names who survived the day and will be gunning to run deep. Matt Grapenthien, Chris Bell, Matt Woodward, Ryan Laplante, Brian Hastings, Mark Gregorich, Scott Clements, Brock Parker, James Obst, Fabrice Soulier, Chris Tryba, Barry Greenstein, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Leah and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth are amongst those still in the hunt. Top 10 Day 2 Chip Stack For Event $15 1. Damjan Radarnov - 98,600 2. Walter Treccarichi - 77,800 3. Manelic Minaya - 72,300 4. Thomas Chung - 64,700 5. Connor Berkowitz - 63,800 6. Aron Dermer - 63,000 7. Matthew Schultz - 59,000 8. Derek Raymond - 56,800 9. Alexander Kuzmin - 55,800 10. Sandeep Vasudevan - 52,300 It's The Sweet 16 In The $10K Heads-Up Championship A total of 114 of some of the world’s best players posted their $10,000 to take part in the 2018 WSOP Heads-Up Championship. Of those 114, 14 received a bye to the Round of 64 while the other 100 effectively had a play-in round (and they each received half their buy-in back). By the end of the day, three rounds had been played and only 16 players remained. Players who made it through to the sweet 16 include 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Champion Justin Bonomo, Galen Hall, Niall Farrell, Kan Kalas, Kahle Burns, Jason Mo and Scott Seiver. Players return at 12:00 noon PT on Thursday to play down to 8 where they will reach the money. Streaming coverage of the event begins at 1:00 pm PT on PokerGo. Upcoming Action (June 7): Another pair of events will begin on Thursday. The first will be Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed which begins at 11:00 AM PT. Then, an event that is likely to bring out the biggest names in poker, Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. Professionals of every discipline, with 19 total games to choose from, will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday. Defending champion John Racener will be focused on the final table of Colossus while analysts will be looking to see if the field will best last year’s turnout of 102 runners. Professionals in every discipline will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday.
  2. Doyle Brunson was firmly in the spotlight today at the 2018 World Series of Poker, but in the end the ‘Godfather of Poker’ couldn’t take down his 11th bracelet in what we now know will be the legend’s last ever tournament. A very recognisable name would take down that bracelet though, while Tuesday also saw two new events kick off. Here’s all the info from June 12. Brian Rast Takes Down 4th Bracelet in $10K 2-7 Championship Another event is in the books, even if it didn’t quite produce the fairytale ending that many were hoping for. Brian Rast is now a four-time bracelet winner, after he defeated start-of-day chip leader Mike Wattel heads-up for the $259,670 winner’s prize and the WSOP gold. Italy’s Dario Sammartino came close to his first bracelet, ending in third, while the short stack coming into the final table, James Alexander, will surely be happy to ladder up to fourth. However, it was the sixth-place finisher who may capture most of the headlines. Doyle Brunson announced to the world on Monday that he was retiring from the game, meaning this event would be his last shot at an 11th WSOP bracelet. Texas Dolly put on a great showing, but couldn’t capture the gold to bookend his incredible, legendary career at the felt. Rast spoke highly of Brunson after his victory, saying: “In the last couple of years, I’ve started playing with Doyle a lot. So, in that respect, it was, you know, just another day playing with Doyle, but I could still take a step back and appreciate, like from the poker world’s poker world’s perspective … he has a history of back-to-back and the 10-deuce named after him because he won the back-to-back championships and he’s won a lot of bracelets … He’s a legend. “I could really appreciate from that perspective how special it was that Doyle came, he actually played a tournament this year and final tabled it,” Rast continued. “And you know everyone was pulling for Doyle and I can understand that. And you know, outside of me, I was pulling for Doyle too.” Rast held a 4:1 chip lead over Wattel when their duel began, and in the last hand Wattel shoved with a ten-low which Rast called with a nine-low. Both stood pat, and that meant Rast was the champ. As for his fourth bracelet, Rast said: “This element gives everyone who you normally play with something to talk about, something to share, something that bonds you a little bit, which as the years go by is nice.” Final Table Results: Brian Rast - $259,670 Mike Wattel - $160,489 Dario Sammartino - $114,023 James Alexander - $81,986 Shawn Sheikhan - $59,669 Doyle Brunson - $43,963 John Hennigan - $32,796 McKeehen, Loeser, Boatman Headline Final 17 in MILLIONAIRE MAKER There is a stacked line-up of seasoned pros heading into the fourth day of play in Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER. Day 3 saw the 155 players (out of 7,361 who entered) cut down to just 17, with all eyes now firmly on the $1,173,223 first-place prize. It’s Chad Hahn who leads the survivors, having bagged up 6,525,000 chips. He’s closely followed by Sean Marshall (6,160,000), and Manuel Ruivo (5,900,000). However, those guys will have a tough time tomorrow as they’ll be battling with the likes of 2015 Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (4,210,000), German high roller regular Manig Loeser (3,040,000), and British poker legend Barny Boatman (1,150,000). Tomorrow’s field could have been even more loaded, as they lost lots of big names deep into the money. Some of those who cashed include Joseph Cheong (23th, $40,898), Kyle Hatree (25th, $40,898), Robert Brown (36th, $32,927), JC Tran (42th, $26,713), Eddy Sabat (49th, $21,839), Steve Sung (59th, $17,995), James Calderaro (74th, 12,508), Elio Fox (92th, $8,976) and Greg Merson (94th, $8,976). The final 17 will return at 11am on Wednesday, with blinds starting at 50K/100K and all of them guaranteed a $51,188 payday. Here’s a look at the chip counts: Chad Hahn - 6,525,000 Sean Marshall - 6,160,000 Manuel Ruivo - 5,900,000 Ralph Massey - 4,435,000 Michael Souza - 4,400,000 Joe McKeehen - 4,210,000 Justin Liberto - 3,337,000 Manig Loeser - 3,040,000 Samad Razavi - 2,935,000 Michael Finstein - 2,450,000 Arne Kern - 2,440,000 Enio Bozzano - 2,255,000 Richard Dixon - 1,615,000 Kelly Wolfe - 1,515,000 Jared Narzem - 1,340,000 Aaron Messmer - 1,295,000 Barny Boatman - 1,150,000 THE MARATHON Jogs Along, Down to 246 Another slow stretch of Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em was chalked up today, bringing the 1,479 total field down to 246. Another six 100-minute levels were played on Tuesday’s Day 2, and when the chip bags were brought out it was Walter Fisher who held the chip lead with 641,500. He’s closely followed by Scott Einiger (636,000), while Faraz Jaka (491,500) is near the top of the counts too. Jaka is looking for back-to-back final tables in this one, having finished sixth last year. Just a few of the notables set to return tomorrow include Kristen Bicknell, Chris Moorman, Jesse Sylvia, Cate Hall, David Peters, and former main event champion Ryan Riess. This event has created a $3,485,124 prize pool so far. Play resumes at 1pm Wednesday, and you’ll find the top 10 stacks below: Walter Fisher - 641,500 Scott Einiger - 636,000 Daniel Colpoys - 598,500 Bart Lybaert - 569,500 Joseph Pietrafesa - 524,500 Yaniv Peretz - 496,500 Faraz Jaka - 491,500 Spencer Champlin - 486,000 Marcos Antunes - 480,000 Martin Kozlov - 465,000 Dobson, Greenstein, Elezra Advance in Event #20: $1,500 Stud-Hi Lo Day 2 of Event #20: $1,500 Stud-Hi Lo ended with just 23 players still in contention. The chip leader overnight is Ben ‘f3nix35’ Dobson, who tops the pack with 595,000. Dobson took the lead courtesy of a huge pot versus Mike Matusow which saw both make full houses. Barry Greenstein finished the night second in chips with 349,000, while Eli Elezra bagged the fourth biggest with 334,000. Bracelet winners Jesse Martin (335,000) and Georgios Sotiropoulos (231,000) will return, as will actor James Woods (210,000), who is seeking his second final table of the summer. Spare a thought for former PocketFives no.1 player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, who finished this one as the bubble boy. All 23 players have now locked up $4,899, but there’s $173,528 for the eventual champ. Play continues at 2pm Wednesday. You’ll find the top 10 stacks below: Benjamin Dobson - 595,000 Barry Greenstein - 349,000 Jesse Martin - 335,000 Eli Elezra - 334,000 Nicholas Kiley - 276,000 James Nelson - 249,000 Tim Finne - 246,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 231,000 Joel Tushnet - 212,000 James Woods - 210,000 $1K PLO Kicks Off One of the two Day 1s to get going on Tuesday was Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. It attracted 986 runners, but after ten levels just 100 remain, all in the hunt for the $169,842 first-place prize. The bubble burst at 148 players, and some of those who cashed but failed to advance to Day 2 include Bryce Yockey (134th - $1,503), Martijn Gerrits (116th - $1,564), Sandeep Pulusani (111th - $1,564) and Justin Young (104th - $1,564). However, one player who will definitely be back tomorrow is overnight chip leader Ryan Goindoo. He’ll be joined tomorrow by the likes of Felipe Ramos, Christian Harder, Joe Cada, Martin Finger, Mikhail Semin and Shannon Shorr. They’re all guaranteed $1,564 when play resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Ryan Goindoo - 196,000 Ivaylo Sivinov - 192,900 Clinton Monfort - 173,900 Thayer Rasmussen - 142,000 Richard Tuhrim - 141,700 Filippos Stavrakis - 141,500 Arthur Morris - 133,000 Uri Reichenstein - 100,000 Roman Valerstein - 98,100 Sean Troha - 90,800 Former no.1 Shaun Deeb leads $10K H.O.R.S.E. It’s none other than former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb who topped the Day 1 field in Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. The 157 entries were chopped down to 72 after ten levels, and as you’d expect, it’s a stellar line-up of mixed game beasts. Following two-time WSOP bracelet winner Deeb with 234,500 is Michael McKenna (215,500) and Robert Mizrachi (212,500), while other big stacks and notables include Brock Parker (199,500), Aditya Prasetyo (191,000), Randy Ohel (185,500), John Hennigan (175,000), David Benyamine (166,500), James Obst (164,500), Anthony Zinno (162,000), David "Bakes" Baker (159,000), Ian Johns (158,000), Cliff Josephy (142,500), John Monnette (142,000) and Jeff Lisandro (132,500). Daniel Negreanu had a good start to the day, but couldn’t maintain the momentum, ultimately finishing with one of the shortest stacks (25,500). Meanwhile, Jason Mercier bagged up 79,000. Registration is still open, and play resumes at 2pm Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Shaun Deeb - 234,500 Michael McKenna - 215,500 Robert Mizrachi - 212,500 Brock Parker - 199,500 Ryan Miller - 198,000 Iraj Parvizi - 192,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 191,000 Andrew Kelsall - 187,500 Randy Ohel - 185,500 John Hennigan - 175,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 13) There are two shiny new tournaments set to kick off on Wednesday June 13, and both are sure to be popular. First, one for the NLHE heads. Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed kicks off at 11am, which was won last year by the winnigest player in online history, former no.1 Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Then at 3pm there’s one for the mixed gamers. Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw will get going, and Brian Brubaker was last year’s champ.
  3. In what felt like a flash, the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event suddenly just has 310 players left with Barry Hutter standing on top of the entire field. Sunday's play started with 1,182 players all still hoping to become World Champ, but over 5.5 two-hour levels of play, 872 players were shown the door. Hutter managed to do some damage on Day 4 and ended up bagging nearly six million and the chip lead. Four former #1-ranked PocketFivers managed to advance to Day 5 with Shaun Deeb ending with the highest chip count at 2,175,000. Cliff Josephy (1,985,000), Paul Volpe (1,070,000) and Chris Moorman (907,000) are also still alive. Kelly Minkin Makes a Big Call For Top 10 Stack A key moment for Kelly Minkin came late in Level 19. Faced with a decision for roughly 60% of her stack, Minkin eventually managed to call her opponent's all in river bet and tabled a paired king for second pair - good enough to beat Ivan Galinec's flopped third pair. Minkin finished Day 4 with 3,459,000, good enough for the sixth-largest stack. The Demise of Phil Ivey All eyes, including those of the viewers watching at home on ESPN, were on Phil Ivey on Sunday. The 10-time bracelet winner started the day with a decent size stack and was at one of the ESPN secondary feature tables. Ultimately, Ivey was unable to navigate his way through Sunday's landmines. Ivey raised to 22,000 from middle position before Brian Altman made it 75,000 to go from late position. After the blinds folded, Ivey called. The flop came [qc][js][2s] and Ivey checked. Altman bet 60,000 and Ivey called. The [8s] turn got both players to check. The river was the [3d] and Ivey checked to Altman who bet 195,000. Ivey moved all in for 629,000 total and Altman tank-called and showed [qs][jc] for top two pair while Ivey flashed pocket nines before exiting the Amazon Room. More Than Just Ivey Though Scattered throughout the bustouts on Sunday were a number of prominent players including former World Champions, the start-of-day chip leader, European Poker Tour champion and a number of other familiar faces. 357. Mustapha Kanit - $33,305 367. Darren Elias - $33,305 379. Liv Boeree - $33,305 400. In Sun Geoum - $33,305 409. Jonathan Duhamel - $33,305 424. Frank Flowers - $29,625 428. Dominik Panka - $29,625 492. Kristen Bicknell - $26,535 541. Todd Brunson - $23,940 543. Jessica Dawley - $23,940 547. Phil Ivey - $23,940 612. Johnny Chan - $21,750 685. Eugene Katchalov - $19,900 814. Patrik Antonius - $18,340 910. Maria Konnikova - $17,025 982. Jamie Kerstetter - $15,920 Top 10 Chip Counts Barry Hutter - 5,597,000 Alexander Haro - 5,031,000 Brian Altman - 4,861,000 Andres Jeckeln - 4,506,000 Hari Bercovici - 3,510,000 Kelly Minkin - 3,459,000 Franklin Azevedo - 3,410,000 Ubaid Habib - 3,300,000 Nicholas Newport - 3,269,000 Krasimir Yankov - 3,264,000 Action resumes at 11 am PT with players expected to play another 5.5 levels.
  4. The race for WSOP Player of the Year is at a peak with the Main Event starting today. Last week, Shaun Deeb claimed top honors thanks to his win in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Deeb is in second-place and in his former throne is John Hennigan. Hennigan led the race a few weeks ago when he peaked with a $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. bracelet and runner-up honors in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Mixed games are Hennigan's primary strength and he flexed a new muscle to go over 3,000 total POY points. The five-time bracelet winner finished seventh in the $10,000 Razz and final two-tabled the $10,000 Limit Hold'em. Over the weekend, Hennigan added a 16th place finish in the $3,200 WSOP.com Online High Roller to his list of cashes. Hennigan traveled to the payout desk nine times so far this summer and is yet to cash in the same game twice. Since June 2, Hennigan finishes in events are no worse than 16th place. Deeb trails Hennigan by nearly 330 points and needs to reach another final table to pass 'Johnny World.' Tied for second on the 2018 cashes list with 12, Deeb joined two small No Limit scores to his total. A min-cash in the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty and $1,000 Online bracelet event added some points but not enough to be within immediate striking distance of Hennigan. $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo gold medalist Julien Martini surges up to third place. Seven cashes and two final tables equals 2,096.31 for the highest ranking European. Martini's second final table of the summer came in the $10,000 Razz where he laddered to third place and $134,587. There is a gap of close to 700 points between Martini and Deeb, making the race a two-player affair at this stage. Eric Baldwin's online background displayed itself with a cash in both the $1,000 and $3,200 bracelet events. Baldwin cashed in both and is up to eight scores on the summer. Mike Leah made the biggest move from players not previously in the top-10. Leah's seventh and eight cashes of the WSOP came in consecutive $10,000 events. A seventh-place spot in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha and fourth-place bid in the $10,000 Razz bring him over 2,000 points. Elio Fox's place on the podium is at an end. The $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty bracelet winner has not cashed at the WSOP since June 9 in the Millionaire Maker. Paul Volpe hangs in the top-10 thanks to his cash $10,000 Razz. Scott Bohlman, Justin Liberto, and Anthony Zinno all welcome themselves to the top-10 for the first time all summer. Bohlman won his first bracelet on June 21 in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix and supplemented the hardware with sixth place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha. Fifth place in the Millionaire Maker is Liberto's crowning achievement of his WSOP campaign and he now has two final tables to his name in 2018. Liberto fell in seventh in the $3,200 Online High Roller for $37,356. Zinno also cashed in the two online events and has three online cashes this summer including third-place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha. His mixed game magic includes a bronze medal from the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Zinno is up to nine cashes this summer. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 7/2 Position Name Points 1 John Hennigan 3,130.76 2 Shaun Deeb 2,769.11 3 Julien Martini 2,096.31 4 Eric Baldwin 2,054.58 5 Mike Leah 2,039.80 6 Elio Fox 2,010.14 7 Paul Volpe 1,935.94 8 Scott Bohlman 1,832.07 9 Justin Liberto 1,786.20 10 Anthony Zinno 1,764.42
  5. 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 did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Just past the three-quarters mark of the WSOP and Paul Volpe is no longer the only former #1 to pick up a new piece of jewelry. Shaun Deeb Earnings: $1,583,588 Cashes: 11 Shaun Deeb beat out 229 players including a final table featureing Jason Koon, defending champ James Calderaro, Scotty Nguyen and Ben Yu to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event for $1,402,683. Deeb now has three WSOP bracelets and is tied with Volpe for most by a former #1. It's the largest live tournament score of his career by a factor of over four. His previous biggest cash came in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship event. With 11 cashes at the 2018 WSOP, Deeb is now just one cash behind Chris Ferguson for the overall lead. Calvin Anderson Earnings: $35,772 Cashes: 8 Just one year after playing a very limited WSOP schedule, Calvin Anderson is back playing his normal pace and has so far managed to pick up eight cashes. His best result came in the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce-tot-Seven event where he finished 12th for $19,428. Anderson also returned to his online roots to earn a baby cash in the $565 WSOP Online Pot Limit Omaha event. Eight is the most cashes Anderson has recorded in a single WSOP, breaking his previous best of six (2016 & 2013). Chris Moorman Earnings: $27,815 Cashes: 7 Chris Moorman sits just behind Anderson with seven cashes this summer. He picked up two cashes in the last week, the first coming in the $1,000 Big Blind Antes (30 minute levels) event where he finished 181st for $1,621. He followed that up with a 106th place finish in the $1,000 Tag Team event where he teamed with Jeremy Menard. Paul Volpe Earnings: $798,234 Cashes: 6 Since winning the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event on June 5, Volpe has picked up just two WSOP cashes. He finished 14th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and followed that up with a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 PLO event that Deeb won. Those two cashes earned him almost $56,000. Bryan Piccioli Earnings: $15,062 Cashes: 4 The four cashes that Bryan Piccioli has picked up so far this summer aren't exactly anything to write home about. He finished 1,406th in the Colossus ($920), 730th in the Millionaire Maker ($2,808) and 231st in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event. His best result came in the $1,000 Double Stack where he finished 58th for $9,758.
  6. The 2018 World Series of Poker had its own fair share of memorable moments and unforgettable storylines, but a deeper look at some of the numbers reveals a few things that might have been missed. Another Up Year for the Main Event. What about 2019? For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the last five, the number of entrants in the WSOP Main Event was up year over year. That's hardly news, but the amount that field size jumped this year might be. The 7,874 players who paid the $10,000 entry fee this year represented a 9.04% jump in attendance. That's the biggest jump in the last five years Year Field Size Y/Y Growth 2014 6,683 5.21% 2015 6,420 -3.94% 2016 6,737 4.94% 2017 7,221 7.18% 2018 7,874 9.04% So what exactly does this mean for 2019? Well, all indications are that 8,000 players is almost a certainty. If the 2019 Main Event sees the same amount of growth, 8,586 players will play the Main Event, making it the second largest Main Event of all-time behind the 2006 Main Event. To surpass that magical year - 8,773 players - the 2019 Main Event will need to see an 11.5% increase of 2018. That's an increase not seen since the early days of the Poker Boom. Paul Volpe Does His Best Against the Best Everybody is well aware that Shaun Deeb won two bracelets this summer and is the frontrunner for WSOP Player of the Year, but what Paul Volpe did this summer is worthy of extra attention. Volpe, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, won his third career bracelet this summer but also picked up seven other cashes, and those are the ones that people should be talking more about. All eight of Volpe's cashes this WSOP came in events with a buy-in of $10,000 or greater. He picked up five cashes, including his win, in $10,000 Championship events. He also picked up a 15th place finish in the $100,000 High Roller and a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. By and large, those events are populated by the best players and Volpe might have been the player to shine brightest. Paul Volpe's 2018 WSOP results Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 3rd $169,195 Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 15th $155,378 Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 1st $417,921 Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 14th $14,691 Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller 32nd $41,049 Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship 11th $21,059 Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship 142nd $57,010 Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship 2nd $503,196 Not Enough People Are Talking About Romain Lewis For the last six years at least one player has suffered the heartbreaking agony of finishing runner-up in two WSOP events. This year that distinction went to France's Romain Lewis. The 23-year-old Team Winamax Pro finished second to Benjamin Moon in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event and Ronald Keijzer in a $ 3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event. He almost picked up a third runner-up finish in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event, but ultimately fell in third place behind Volpe and eventual champ Shaun Deeb. Oh, Canada Given a simple understanding of geography and online poker laws, it seems logical that Canadian poker players would do well at the WSOP every year. That's not the case though and 2018 showed that things are trending in the wrong direction though. Thanks to tax laws that take a good chunk of winnings from Canadian players before they even leave the cashier window, Canadians seem to be passing on spending the entire summer in Las Vegas grinding the WSOP events. This year, 833 players cashed in WSOP events earning $7,995,246. Both of those numbers are down over 2017 even though there were four more events on the schedule this year. In 2016, the first year that the WSOP went with 15% payouts across the entire schedule, Canadians cashed 712 times but earned just $8,529,088 - down $3.2 million from the previous year. Year Bracelets Cashes Winnings 2014 0 515 $14,804,565 2015 4 570 $11,717,753 2016 1 712 $8,529,088 2017 1 857 $10,937,983
  7. The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race featured a new leader almost every week for the duration of the series. Elio Fox jumped to an early lead thanks to his bracelet win and runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller all within in the first week. By the middle of June, Fox's epic first week was an afterthought. Post-lim events played a large role in how the final leaderboard shook out. The most competitive race in WSOP history ended (for now) with one of the three-multi bracelet winners from 2018 in front. Shaun Deeb played an incredible amount of volume and is 90 percent of the way toward accomplishing one of his major career goals. Deeb shipped the $10,000 Six-Max a few days after making Day 6 of the Main Event and placing 105th. The bracelet is the second for Deeb this summer and the fourth of his career. Deeb's final haul from the 2018 WSOP includes two bracelets, three final tables, and 16 cashes. 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson is the only player who cashed more times than Deeb and he racked up 17 to lead the category for the second straight year. Second in cashes and second in POY is $50,000 High Roller winner Ben Yu. Deeb defeated Yu heads up in the $25,000 PLO and leads him in POY by a little under 600 points. Yu earned a career-best $1.65 million for his third bracelet win. A few days earlier, Yu took fourth in the DoubleStack Turbo and overall, he concluded his WSOP campaign with four top-four finishes. Yu and Deeb finished in 11th and 12th place, respectively, on the overall WSOP earnings list. The only players ahead of them were Main Event final tablists or a player who cashed in the Big One for One Drop with the exception of one Nick Petrangelo, who won the $100,000 High Roller and took third in the $50,000 edition won by Yu. The player of the moment and third on the POY list is Joe Cada. Cada opened the 2018 summer with a win in the $3,000 Shootout and steadily accumulated from there toward a stellar final two weeks. The 2009 Main Event champion took fifth in his bid at a second title. Following the disappointing finish, Cada jumped in the $1,500 Closer and won the title along with his fourth bracelet in only two days of play. Cada earned a combined $2.7 for the two scores and certified himself a place in the annals of WSOP runs. John Hennigan led the POY race midway through the summer. Hennigan's second-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and win in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E was never replicated but he did wind up with 12 cashes in total. Those 12 cashes are 12 more than Hennigan collected in 2017. Hennigan was awarded with a Poker Hall of Fame induction during the Main Event to cap off his best year at the series. Scott Bohlman and Paul Volpe sit in the middle of the 2018 class. Bohlman came close twice to being the first multi-bracelet winner of the summer but settled for second in the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo and third in the $3,000 PLO Six-Max. Volpe faced off heads up against Deeb in the $10,000 Six-Max and earned silver for his Main Event post-lim. 'The Main Event' made Day 5 of his nicknamed tournament and set a record with eight cashes in events with a $10,000 buy-in or higher. The No Limit players carved out space in the top-10 as done by Eric Baldwin and Justin Liberto. Between the two players, they went to the payout cage 25 times and all but two of their ventures were for events that didn't have NLH in the title. Heavy-hitters Mike Leah and Anthony Zinno round out the important part of the leaderboard. Neither player added a second bracelet despite having five final tables between them to close another victory out. Zinno made up the trophy difference at The Venetian where he won the CardPlayer $5,000 event for $466,670 to wrap up his summer schedule. The race concludes on November 2 at WSOP Europe at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Deeb confirmed on the Poker Life Podcast he would be in attendance at it remains to be seen who from the top-10 will join him. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Position Name Points 1 Shaun Deeb 4,334.06 2 Ben Yu 3,746.04 3 Joe Cada 3,531.86 4 John Hennigan 3,499.91 5 Scott Bohlman 3,155.88 6 Paul Volpe 2,859.76 7 Eric Baldwin 2,516.30 8 Justin Liberto 2,459.84 9 Mike Leah 2,354.13 10 Anthony Zinno 2,330.37
  8. Another busy day! Three more bracelets were won on Saturday at the 2018 World Series of Poker, one of which went to a former PocketFives no.1 player. Meanwhile, a final table was set, with a controversial figure in the poker world holding the chip lead over the final six. Here’s all the news from June 23. Shaun Deeb Wins Third Bracelet In $25K PLO High Roller ($1.4M) Last year, Shaun Deeb got heads-up versus Ben Yu in the $10K Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. Yu got the best of it that day, forcing Deeb to settle for second place. Former no.1-ranked player Deeb got his revenge on Saturday though, denying Yu his third bracelet. He won the heads-up to win Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for his third WSOP bracelet, and a massive score of $1,402,683. With six players returning on the day, the two had battled through a tough line-up which included Ryan Tosoc (6th), Jason Koon (5th), defending champion James Calderaro (4th), and Poker Hall of Famer Scotty Nguyen (3rd). Nguyen held the chip lead coming into the day, but Deeb grabbed the chip lead early. Tosoc stuck around for just four hands before making an exit, getting it in with middle pair and a flush draw versus Yu’s top pair, which held. Koon fell next, jamming with top pair but getting called by Deeb with two pair and failing to catch up. Calderaro put up a great title defence, but ultimately fell in fourth. He got unlucky to do so, with him and Deeb both getting it all in with the same top two, but Deeb hit a runner-runner backdoor straight for the KO. Three-handed, Yu doubled Nguyen to leave the 1998 Main Event champ short. Nguyen them jammed with two kings and a ten-nine, which Yu called with two queens and an ace-three. An ace hit the flop, and that proved enough. Heads-up, Deeb and Yu swapped the chip lead a couple of times, but in the end the match was short. Yu got it all-in on a low board with an overpair, straight draw and flush draw, while Deeb had a bigger overpair and a gutshot. The board bricked for Yu, giving Deeb the win. “No one really ever put me in a bad spot,” Deeb said after his victory. “I was able to control the pot sizes the way I wanted to almost every hand. That really helps, to not get in an inflated pot with a marginal hand. Everyone played their best game, I just ran the best. “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle, hop in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” Final Table Results: Shaun Deeb - $1,402,683 Ben Yu - $866,924 Scotty Nguyen - $592,875 James Calderaro - $414,134 Jason Koon - $295,606 Ryan Tosoc - $215,718 Spain’s Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet ($1K NLHE Turbo) Another super fast day played out in Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels), with 41 players getting down to a winner in less than seven hours. Mario Prats Garcia ended up victorious, taking down his first bracelet and the $258,255 first-place prize. Garcia has had close calls in the past, including a runner-up finish last year, but now has a piece of WSOP jewellery. [caption id="attachment_619661" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Mario Prats Garcia Wins First Bracelet[/caption] He defeated PocketFiver Matthew ‘theginger45’ Hunt heads-up for the title, securing the win after just three hands. Hunt took the first pot, then managed to double-up in the second. But the third would end it all, when Hunt made a straight only for Prats Garcia to have a flush. You can find the rest of the final table results below, while some of 1,712 entries who went deep in this one include Justin Oliver (37th - $5,376), Manig Loeser (33rd - $6,505), Conor Beresford (32nd - $6,505), Esther Taylor (21st - $7,967), Joseph Cheong (19th - $7,967), Kathy Liebert (18th - $9,877), and Athanasios Polychronopoulos (11th - $15,730). After his win, Prats Garcia said: "Super excited, I'm super happy. I thought I could never get back here and the FT was hard. I sucked out a couple of guys and I got all the chips! I'm super excited and nervous." Final Table Results: Mario Prats Garcia - $258,255 Matthew Hunt - $159,532 Sebastian Dornbracht - $114,909 Michael Wang - $83,663 Mark Schluter - $61,580 Gregory Worner - $45,828 DJ MacKinnon - $34,486 Martin Staszko - $26,245 Lander Lijo - $20,202 Nicholas Seiken Wins Bracelet in First Ever 2-7 Tournament Here’s one for the books: Nicholas Seiken, normally a NLHE player, had never played a stand-alone 2-7 Triple Draw tournament before entering Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. Three days later, he’s a bracelet winner and $287,987 better off. [caption id="attachment_619663" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Nicholas Seiken Wins First Bracelet[/caption] Seiken first played the game in an 8-game mixed event, and clearly took to it like a deuce to water as he defeated a tough final table today which included bracelet winner Randy Ohel, three-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi, one-time bracelet winner Hanh Tran, Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk, Matt Glantz, and start-of-day chip leader Michael Noori. "I played the 2-7 Triple Draw in the 8-Game and I was like, 'I like triple draw, I want to play some triple draw,” Seiken said after his win. "The only thing that gave me a shot was having so many chips because I was playing against such good players. I had a big stack and I wanted to sit on it for a while. I didn't want to take marginal spots. I folded hands that I should be playing because I didn't want to get out of line, getting in massive pots with guys like Randy." Ohel would be his heads-up opponent, and in the final hand Ohel made a jack-nine but that was crushed by Seiken’s seventy-six. Final Table Results: Nicholas Seiken - $287,987 Randy Ohel - $177,992 Kristijonas Andrulis - $125,190 Farzad Bonyadi - $89,078 Matt Glantz - $64,131 Jason Gray - $46,722 Hanh Tran - $34,450 Christopher Kruk - $34,450 Michael Noori - $25,712 MattEMenz Wins First Ever Online PLO Bracelet Yesterday we told you how a bracelet in Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed was awarded, making it the first online PLO bracelet handed out. However, the tournament went deep into the early morning hours Friday night, so we didn’t have a winner when we went to publish. We can now tell you that it was Matthew ‘MattEMenz’ Mendez who took it down for a $135,077 score, defeating a tough final table which included Anthony Zinno and Ankush ‘pistons87’ Mandavia. Mendez is also the first bracelet winner to play outside of Nevada. Mendez took this one down from the comfort of his New Jersey home. Final Table Results: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez - $135,077 Marton 'GS.GURU' Czuczor - $82,865 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $57,299 Alex '3shotwonder' Smith - $40,256 Ankush 'rickrosstheb' Mandavia - $28,745 Ao 'Maimai1990' Chen - $20,859 Chris Ferguson Leads Final 6 in $2,500 NLHE After 1,071 players took a shot, a final table of six has now been set in Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. The player holding the chip lead is none other than 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Ferguson is seeking his sixth bracelet, and is in good shape with a massive 5,680,000 stack. He’ll be joined by Timur Margolin (3,520,000), Ismael Bojang (2,610,000), Michael Marder (1,765,000), Dylan Linde (1,330,000), and bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (700,000). A huge pot gave Ferguson the big lead. Seth Davies was all-in with pocket fives and Bojang called with ace-king. Ferguson then woke up with pocket kings, busting Davies and getting a big double through Bojang. There’s $507,274 up top in this one, while all six are currently guaranteed $87,189. The finale kicks off at 12pm Sunday. Final Table Stacks: Chris Ferguson - 5,680,000 Timur Margolin - 3,520,000 Ismael Bojang - 2,610,000 Michael Marder - 1,765,000 Dylan Linde - 1,330,000 Ryan Laplante - 700,000 MONSTER STACK Kicks Off Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK got going with Day 1A on Saturday, with 2,246 players taking part. Ten levels later and just 723 advanced. There are multiple notable PocketFivers who bagged top 10 stacks, including Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner, Marc ‘sluglife’ MacDonnell, Shyam ’s_dot111’ Srinivasan, and Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. It’s James Karamanis who leads the field though, bagging up 163,600 when the bags were brought out. Others who made it through include Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson (116,600), Daniel Strelitz (90,600), Bart Lybaert (77,400), and Annette Obrestad (68,500). Some of those who failed to find a bag today include Phil ivey, Phil Laak, Joe Cada, Greg Raymer, Scott Blumstein, Arkadiy Tsinis, Dara O'Kearney, Kenna James, Mike Leah, Parker Talbot, and Antoine Saout. Day 1B begins at 10am tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: James Karamanis - 163,600 Jonathan Turner - 156,500 Jerome Tan - 153,300 Colin McHugh - 149,400 Marc MacDonnell - 148,200 Shyam Srinivasan - 146,000 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 135,300 Francesco Zollo - 132,000 Kenny Hallaert - 124,600 Almedin Imsirovic - 119,200 Final 15 in Mixed Hi-Lo 8 Out of the 402 players who took a shot in Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, only 15 remain after another ten levels on Day 2. There are three players in contention for their second bracelets: Eric Rodawig, Cyndy Violette, and Hani Awad. However, it’s Ian Shaw who holds the overnight chip lead. The bubble burst today at 61 players, and a few who failed to reach the cash include Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Shanon Petluck, Nicholas Derke, Tommy Hang, Robert Campbell, John Hennigan, Barry Greenstein, Jeff Lisandro, Phil Hui, Marco Johnson, Kate Hoang, and Jesse Martin. Some of those who did make a profit include Scott Abrams (60th for $3,736), Joe Hachem (49th for $3,891), Konstantin Puchkov (47th for $4,165), Robert Mizrachi (45th for $4,165), Ian Johns (38th for $4,577), Scott Clements (33rd for $4,577), Jameson Painter (23rd for $5,969), and Ron Ware (21st for $5,969). Action gets going again at 2pm tomorrow, and they’ll play down to a winner. Whoever that ends up being will bank $214,291, while they’re all currently guaranteed $7,074. Final 15 Stacks: Ian Shaw - 575,000 Tyler Groth - 540,000 Daniel Ospina - 530,000 Brendan Taylor - 488,000 William Shelton - 458,000 Paul Tedeschi - 361,000 Levon Torosyan - 320,000 Eric Rodawig - 301,000 David Brookshire - 297,000 Carl Restifo - 294,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 272,000 Cyndy Violette - 223,000 Delmiro Toledo - 139,000 Hani Awad - 117,000 Jeffrey Mitseff - 115,000 Hughes, Lamb, Ingram Advance in 10K PLO As the $25K High Roller came to an end, Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship got going, attracting 439 runners. Ten levels later and 175 players will be returning for tomorrow’s Day 2, all led by chip leader Ryan Hughes who ended with 475,400. He’s joined at the top of the counts by Veselin Karakitukov (350,800) and Ben Lamb (314,100). A few notables who made it through include poker Youtuber Joey Ingram (258,500), Michael Kamran (290,000), four-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi (275,100), Stephen Chidwick (245,300) and six-time bracelet winner Layne Flack (206,400). They’ll all be back at 2pm Sunday for Day 2. Top 10 Stacks: Ryan Hughes - 475,400 Veselin Karakitukov - 350,800 Ben Lamb - 314,100 Lautaro Guerra - 296,600 Hok Yiu Lee - 292,600 Michael Kamran - 290,000 Matthew Schreiber - 280,000 Michael Mizrachi - 275,100 Orlando Romero - 273,500 Jonathan Kamhazi - 270,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 24) Sunday June 24 is mostly a day of additional Day 1s. At 10am you’ve got Day 1B of the Monster Stack, while at 7pm it’s Day 1D of the PLO Giant. The only new event to begin kicks off at 3pm: Event #50: $1,500 Razz. However, we should have at least two new bracelet winners to tell you about, so make sure you come back tomorrow for all the news.
  9. There may have only been one 2018 World Series of Poker bracelet winner within the Rio on Friday, but two bracelets were actually awarded. That’s because an online event played out into the early morning hours, as 657 PLO players took their shot on the virtual felt. There was still no winner at the time of publishing, so we’ll have to bring you that info tomorrow. Speaking of PLO, the $25K High Roller has reached a stacked six-handed final table which includes a former PocketFives no.1 player. Here’s everything you need to know about June 22 at the WSOP. Robert Nehorayan Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit Hold’em ($173,568) After three days of play, Robert Nehorayan has come out on top of the 596 players who took part in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. For his efforts, he’s banked the lion’s share of the $804,600 prize pool, $173,568, as well as his first gold bracelet. Nehorayan came into the day third in chips, and managed to maintain a big stack as the 19 players returning were whittled down to a final table. Things were a bit swingier from there on, and four-handed saw Terricita Gutierrez hold almost half of the chips in play. However, after losing a few big pots in a row, she found herself short and ended up busting in fourth. Kevin Song and David Gee joined Nehorayan in three-handed play, and a big pot between all of them would take it down to two. Gee was all-in with jack-seven against Song’s pocket aces and Nehorayan’s king-seven. It must have been Nehorayan’s day, as his hand ended up winning to bust Gee in third and take a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up. The two players battled though, and at one point Song managed to take the lead. In the end though, Song was all-in with eight-six suited against Nehorayan’s ten-seven off, and a ten on the flop got the job done. "It feels pretty good,” said Nehorayan after the win. “I got a little frustrated throughout the match but fortunately I was able to overcome my emotions. The cards helped too obviously." Final Table Results: Robert Nehorayan - $173,568 Kevin Song - $107,242 David Gee - $73,860 Terricita Gutierrez - $51,733 Michael Jex - $36,860 Brad Albrinck - $26,725 Oleg Chebotarev - $19,723 Matt Russell - $14,820 Matt Woodward - $11,343 Scotty Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Ben Yu, Jason Koon Reach $25K PLO Finale There’s going to be one heck of a final table on Saturday, with six players returning in Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller. It’s 1998 Main Event champion and five-time bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen who holds the chip lead, followed by defending champion in this event James Calderaro. If he can win this one back-to-back, it’ll certainly be an amazing achievement. Especially when you consider his other competition. Former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb comes in third in chips, followed by Ben Yu, Jason Koon, and finally Ryan Tosoc. Just 35 of the 230 runners returned for Friday’s Day 3, and along the way we lost the likes of Jarred Graham, Paul ‘paulgees1’ Volpe, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Tom Marchese, Erik Seidel and Mike Leah. David Benyamine went out in 7th, bringing the day to an end. He found himself all-in on a flop with middle pair and a straight draw versus Nguyen’s top pair and the higher end of the straight draw. The turn and river bricked, and Benyamine hit the rail to collect $161,020. All six players are guaranteed $215,718 when they take their seats tomorrow at 2pm. There’s a massive $1,402,683 up top for the champ. Final Table Stacks: Scotty Nguyen - 7,010,000 James Calderaro - 6,445,000 Shaun Deeb - 6,305,000 Ben Yu - 4,775,000 Jason Koon - 2,905,000 Ryan Tosoc - 1,300,000 Down to 34 in $2,500 NLHE Day 2 of Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em saw the 1,071-strong field chopped down further to just 34 players, and leading them all overnight is Seth Davies. He bagged up 1,305,000, but he’ll be joined by some tough competitors tomorrow including Jeff Hakim (1,164,000), Javier Fernandez (1,093,000), Andrew Brokos (625,000), Daniel Buzgon (570,000), Ismael Bojang (497,000), David Peters (480,000), Chris Ferguson (402,000), Ryan Laplante (292,000), and Andreas Klatt (230,000). Where there are survivors there must be casualties, and few of those who failed to make it through the day include Asi Moshe, Justin Bonomo, Humberto Brenes, Kristen Bicknell, Chance Kornuth, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Peter Eichhardt, Dutch Boyd, Maria Konnikova, David “Bakes” Baker, Nick Shulman and John Racener. The final 34 are all in the money, with $12,345 locked up. All eyes will be on the $507,274 winner’s prize though, when play kicks off again at 12pm Saturday. Top 10 Stacks: Seth Davies - 1,305,000 Jeff Hakim - 1,164,000 Javier Fernandez - 1,093,000 Chris Edwards - 720,000 Edan Sucov - 682,000 Jonathan Cohen - 677,000 Andrew Brokos - 625,000 Daniel Buzgon - 570,000 Andre Haneberg - 551,000 Samuel Gagnon - 524,000 $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship Down to 13 Michael Noori is once again your overnight chip leader in Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, having bagged the lead after Day 1 too. His 870,000 stack sits atop the pile, and he’s followed by Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (658,000), Quek Sheng (645,000), Randy Ohel (602,000), and Jason Gray (569,000). Other notables to advance to Day 3 include PocketFives former no.1 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, although he’s short with 168,000. Matt Glantz and Farzad Bonyadi will both be back tomorrow, with Bonyadi seeking his fourth bracelet after his mom, Farhintaj, won her first a couple of days ago. Out of the 100 players who entered, 41 would make today’s Day 2 including Jordan Siegel (17th), Todd Brunson (16th), Andrew Kelsall (15th), and Mike Matusow (14th) who all went deep. The min-cash is currently $14,864, while there’s $287,987 up top. Action resumes at 2pm. Final 13 Stacks: Michael Noori - 870,000 Christopher Kruk - 658,000 Quek Sheng - 645,000 Randy Ohel - 602,000 Jason Gray - 569,000 Hanh Tran - 423,000 Farzad Bonyadi - 392,000 Nicholas Seiken - 384,000 Kristijonas Andrulis - 304,000 Matt Glantz - 198,000 Steven Tabb - 170,000 Calvin Anderson - 168,000 Tyler Meservy - 65,000 Turbo Time in the 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) A fast-paced Day 1 of Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) was played out today, with just 41 of the 1,712 field making it through. Two-time bracelet winner Steven Wolansky bagged the chip lead with 620,000, winning a huge pot to eliminate Pierre Neuville towards the end of the night. All-in with ace-queen against Wolanksy’s ace-eight suited, Wolansky flopped a backdoor flush draw and hit runner runner to win. Joining him at the top of the remaining counts are DJ MacKinnon (532,000), Michael Wang (355,000), King Lun Alan Lau (350,000), Mike Hauptman (338,000), Lander Lijo (290,000), Joseph Cheong (280,000) and Robin Hegele (245,000). Meanwhile, other notables to advance include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (156,000), Kathy Liebert (245,000), Esther Taylor (126,000), and Kelly Minkin (136,000). Plenty of well-knowns tried and failed today, including Joe McKeehen, Martin Jacobson, Greg Raymer, Ryan Riess, Scott Davies, Heidi May, Nipun Java, Michael Gathy, Niall Farrell, Ben Keeline, and David "ODB" Baker. However, they all exited before the bubble burst at 257 players. Some of those who made it into the cash include Kenny Hallaert (251st - $1,501), Aditya Agarwal (246th - $1,501), Steven van Zadelhoff (230th - $1,549), Maria Konnikova (227th - $1,549), Tristan Wade (221st - $1,549), Barry Greenstein (209th - $1,549), Chris Moorman (181st - $1,621), Jesse Capps (177th - $1,720), Kristen Bicknell (175th - $1,720), Benjamin Dobson (156th - $1,720), Nipun Java (150th - $1,851), Bart Lybaert (110th - $2,019), Brian Yoon (85th - $2,503), and Loni Harwood (74th - $2,843). Play resumes tomorrow at 12pm Saturday, with $258,255 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Steven Wolansky - 620,000 DJ MacKinnon - 532,000 Michael Wang - 355,000 King Lun Alan Lau - 350,000 Michael Hauptman - 338,000 Rick Offley - 320,000 Lander Lijo - 290,000 Joseph Cheong - 280,000 Mario Prats Garcia - 280,000 Elliott Peterman - 272,000 Negreanu, Ivey Advance in Mixed Omaha/Stud Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better also got going Friday, with 402 players taking part. After ten levels, just 152 remain. At the top of the counts is Sergio Ramirez with 139,700, followed by the likes of Eric Rodawig (123,400), Kate Hoang (76,900), Scott Abrams (74,400), Robert Mizrachi (62,500), Felipe Ramos (52,600), Daniel Negreanu (42,200), Jesse Martin (31,900), Marco Johnson (28,000) and Phil Ivey (8,100). While that line-up is pretty stacked, it could have been even more so had any of this lot made it through the day: Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Linda Johnson, Joe McKeehen, Frank Kassela, David Bach, Frankie O'Dell, Eric Buchman, Benny Glaser, Allen Kessler, Michael Gathy, Max Pescatori, Brandon Cantu and Mike Leah. The bubble is set to burst at 61 players, and there’s $214,291 reserved for the champ. Play gets going again at 2pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Sergio Ramirez - 137,900 Eric Rodawig - 123,400 David Prociak - 91,000 Magnus Edengren - 87,400 Eddie Blumenthal - 83,100 Gary Bolden - 78,300 Paul Edwards - 76,300 Scott Abrams - 74,400 Bruce Hoyt - 74,100 Kate Hoang - 71,700
  10. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This final edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Shaun Deeb Bracelets: 2 Cashes: 16 Earnings: $2,461,395 Of the 55 players who have sat atop of the PocketFives Rankings over the past 13 years, nobody had a better summer than Shaun Deeb. He cashed 16 times including victories in two of the more high profile events on the calendar. His first win came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller where he beat a final table that included David Benyamine, Jason Koon, Scotty Nguyen, and Ben Yu. He followed that up by winning the $10,000 Six Max Championship by beating fellow former #1 Paul Volpe heads-up. Deeb's summer also puts him in pole position to win WSOP Player of the Year. Deeb sits atop the POY leaderboard with a 588.02 point lead over his closest challenger, Ben Yu. The WSOP POY race won't be finalized until after WSOP Europe this fall. Shaun Deeb's 2018 WSOP Results TOURNAMENT PLACE WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 44th $4,723 $565 COLOSSUS 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em (Big Blind Antes) 16th $11,553 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw 19th $3,799 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 10th $111,447 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet 14th $5,460 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 1st $1,402,683 $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em 108th $394 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 172nd $1,214 $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No Limit Hold'em Championship 96th $2,641 $10,000 MAIN EVENT 105th $57,010 $10,000 Six Max Championship (Big Blind Antes) 1st $814,179 $1,500 The Closer 320th $2,763 Paul Volpe Bracelets: 1 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $1,379,499 Paul Volpe became the first former #1 to win three career bracelets, taking down the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship. He picked up seven more cashes including a runner-up finish to Deeb in the $10,000 Six Max Championship. He also made the final table of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event at the start of the series. He was one of just three former #1 players to break the $1 million earnings mark this summer. Fedor Holz Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 2 Earnings: $6,240,265 Fedor Holz played three WSOP events this summer; the $100,000 High Roller, the $50,000 High Roller and the $1 million Big One for One Drop. In true Holz fashion, he cashed in two of them and nearly won his second bracelet. Holz started the WSOP off by finishing ninth in the $100,000 High Roller for $240,265. He then left Las Vegas, returning for the last week to play the $50,000 High Roller, where he failed to cash, and the Big One for One Drop, where he finished runner-up to Justin Bonomo. For his career, Holz has cashed in 12 WSOP events taking home $11,915,808. Calvin Anderson Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $351,725 Calvin Anderson picked up his second career bracelet this summer by winning the $10,000 Razz Championship for $309,220. That was one of 10 cashes Anderson had this summer. His next best result was a 12th place finish in the $10,000 Triple Draw Championship for $19,428. Taylor Paur Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $270,417 Taylor Paur managed eight cashes this summer with the bulk of his winnings coming from the $2,620 Marathon event where his fourth-place finish earned him $210,995. He was also one of the eight former #1-ranked players to pick up a cash in the Main Event, finishing 736th for $19,900. Chris Moorman Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $111,310 One year after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Chris Moorman had a decent summer thanks to 10 cashes. He came close to another bracelet, finishing 23rd in the $888 Crazy Eights event for $27,661. He then capped off his summer by finishing 273rd in the Main Event for $42,980.
  11. One day after a power outage wreaked havoc on the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, the remaining 109 players returned to action and continued with a breakneck pace of eliminations with 83 more players being shown their way to the cashier while just 26 remain in contention for the $8.8 million first-place prize. Aram Zobian finished Day 6 with 41,585,000 and the overall chip lead. That lead could have been much larger had he not lost a massive pot to Ukrainian Artem Metalidi with ace-king versus kings. Metalidi finished with the second largest stack thanks largely to that hand. Metalidi wound up with 30,845,000. France's Antoine Labat spent a good chunk of the day with the chip lead and finished with 28,445,000, good enough for the third biggest stack. Joe Cada remains in contention for a second Main Event title after surviving Day 6 with 8,850,000. Sylvain Loosli is also looking for the second Main Event final table appearance of his career, bagging up 11,635,000 at the end of the night. Included in the 83 players who were eliminated on Tuesday were Shannon Shorr, James Obst, Brian Yoon, Kelly Minkin, Stefan Huber and New Jersey's own Michael Lavenburg. Shaun Deeb, the last remaining former #1-ranked PocketFiver in the field, was also eliminated, finishing in 105th place for a $57,010 score and the 13th of his summer. Deeb has now managed to cash in the Main Event three times during his career. Clayton Fletcher's elimination in 28th place was supposed to draw play to a close on Day 6, but Jorden Fox was eliminated on another table just seconds later, leaving the field with just 26 players to go. The 26 players will return to play Wednesday and work their way down to a final table of nine, starting at Noon PT. Final 26 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 41,585,000 Artem Metalidi - 30,845,000 Antoine Labat - 28,445,000 Michael Dyer - 26,515,000 Alex Lynskey - 22,045,000 Yueqi Zhu - 19,245,000 Kao Saechao - 18,985,000 Martijn Gerrits - 17,790,000 Nicolas Manion - 17,630,000 Eric Froehlich - 15,285,000 Paulo Goncalves - 15,230,000 Tony Miles - 14,945,000 John Cynn - 14,750,000 Alexander Haro - 12,940,000 Hari Bercovici - 12,775,000 Frederik Jensen - 12,100,000 Sylvain Loosli - 11,635,000 Ryan Phan - 9,545,000 Joe Cada - 8,850,000 Ivan Luca - 8,820,000 Konstantin Beylin - 8,305,000 Ming Xi - 7,550,000 Jeff Trudeau - 5,090,000 Nirath Rean - 4,950,000 Bart Lybaert - 3,825,000 Barry Hutter - 2,250,000
  12. Shaun Deeb's third career World Series of Poker bracelet win came with an added bonus. The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller champion now leads the WSOP Player of the Year race as of June 25. Deeb owns 2,662.25 points with 1,236.4 of them coming from his $1.4 million payday. Elio Fox drops to third as his hot run fades for the first time since the start of the WSOP when he won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and finished second in the $100,000 High Roller. Fox is in third place behind another bracelet winner in 2018. John Hennigan went on a two-week run that finished up with a second-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Hennigan earned that silver medal immediately after winning his fifth bracelet in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. The Poker Players Championship finished with Hennigan leading POY only to be overtaken by Deeb a few days later. Deeb also cashed in the PPC, taking 10th. Hennigan and Deeb cashed together in the PPC and the $2,500 Big Bet Mix and are separated by less than 100 points on the leaderboard. Deeb leads the WSOP with 10 cashes this summer, tied with 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Two bracelet winners in No Limit Hold'em events are up to the fourth and fifth place positions, respectively. Mario Prats Garcia surges to the fourth spot thanks to his first trip to the WSOP winner's circle in the $1,000 Big Blind Ante Turbo. Prats Garcia finished second in a $1,500 NLHE event in 2017 and bettered the result this year. Other cashes for Prats Garcia this summer include a Day 2 appearance in The Colossus, 62nd place in Millionaire Maker, and a min-cash in the DoubleStack. Eric 'basebaldy' Baldwin now has a bracelet for both wrists. The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em champion claimed $319,580 for the heads up win over Ian Steinman along with 1,075.90 points. The win was the sixth cash for Baldwin, whose previous best result the last five weeks was a 22nd place run in the $3,000 Six-Max. Joe Cada and Paul Volpe are treading water in the top-10 but have added few points since their respective bracelet wins in the early days of the WSOP. All of Volpe's five cashes this summer are in events of at least a $10,000 buy-in. Ben Yu put on a show and made the podium twice in two different games. Yu placed third in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and fell to Deeb in second place at the $25,000 PLO final table. The PLO result is Yu's largest career tournament cash of $866,924. Yu is tied for third in 2018 WSOP cashes with nine. Bracelet winner Daniel Ospina almost became the first player of the summer to win two but fell two spost shy in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event. In only three cashes, Ospina is up to ninth place. Dylan Linde made two consecutive final tables and launched himself into the top-10 as a result. Linde took fourth in the $1,500 NLHE Shootout and then fifth in the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/26 Position Name Points 1 Shaun Deeb 2,662.25 2 John Hennigan 2,556.43 3 Elio Fox 2,010.14 4 Mario Prats Garcia 1,751.25 5 Eric Baldwin 1,738.42 6 Paul Volpe 1,733.12 7 Joe Cada 1,692.71 8 Ben Yu 1,587.71 9 Daniel Ospina 1,504.22 10 Dylan Linde 1,453.43
  13. South Florida has been the hot spot for poker over the past few weeks with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open attracting some of the best players in the world and an impressive amount of local players. All of that action wrapped up on Tuesday with the Big 4 final tables all streamed live on Twitch thanks to Poker Night in America. Brandon Eisen Takes Down Championship Event Brandon Eisen topped the 914 entries in the $5,250 Championship event to win $771,444 and his first live win since taking down a $200 Deep Stack Extravaganza event in February 2013. He beat out a final table that included Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener, Ryan D'Angelo and eventual runner-up Jeremy Ausmus. $5,250 Championship Event Final Table Payouts Brandon Eisen - $771,444 Jeremy Ausmus - $540,459 Stoyan Obreshkov - $349,889 Ryan D’Angelo - $258,615 Adam Adler - $195,491 Ido Ashkenazi - $156,215 Jared Griener - $129,308 Joseph Cheong - $102,843 Marcos Exterkotter - $77,132 Alex Foxen Defends $2,650 NLHE Title One of the hottest tournament players on the planet, Alex Foxen, successfully defended his title in the $2,650 No Limit Hold'em event by beating Blair Hinkle heads-up. Along with Hinkle, the final table included Jake Schwartz, Brandon Hall and Michael Esposito. The win earned Foxen $208,452 - just $3,852 more than he earned for winning the same event last August. In 2018 alone, Foxen has now picked up four wins and just over $2.3 million in earnings. $2,650 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Payouts Alex Foxen – $208,452 Blair Hinkle – $146,042 Jake Schwartz – $93,892 Tom Nguyen – $62,936 Brandon Hall – $48,404 Matthew Kuba – $40,115 Rick Alvarado – $33,668 Matt O’Donnell – $27,242 Michael Esposito – $20,846 Marc MacDonnell Picks Up Second Career Title Marc MacDonnell beat Joey Coudon heads-up to win the smallest buy-in event of the Big 4, the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event, earning $119,465 in the process. The event drew 640 players including Maria Ho, Chance Kornuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, former #1-ranked Kevin Saul, Phillip Hui and Mike Leah. $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Payouts Marc MacDonnell – $119,465 Joey Couden – $83,750 Michael Graffeo – $53,939 James Salmon – $39.008 Paul Balzano– $29,933 Dennis Rodriguez – $24,045 Maria Ho – $19,981 Adam Zeltser – $15,923 Jake Schindler Denies Shaun Deeb in High Roller The biggest winner of the day was Jake Schindler. The Pennsylvania poker pro picked up $800,758 for beating Shaun Deeb heads-up in the $25,500 High Roller event. There were 123 entries in the event and among the 16 players who made it into the money were Ryan Riess, Darren Elias, Chris Hunichen, David Peters and Tom Marchese. Schindler’s win is his seventh of 2018 and moved him within past Sam Trickett for 17th on poker’s all-time earnings list. Deeb meanwhile crossed the $3,000,000 earnings mark for the year after bringing home $534,989 for his second-place result. $25,500 High Roller Final Table Payouts Jake Schindler – $800,758 Shaun Deeb – $534,989 Tom Marchese – $371,183 Omar Zazay – $265,311 Mark Fisher – $195,570 Barry Hutter – $148,769 Ory Hen – $116,942 Paul Hofer – $95,110
  14. Another opportunity to capture a gold bracelet arrives when the World Series of Poker Europe returns to the King’s Casino in Rozvadov from October 9 - November 2. The three-week festival includes 10 bracelet events, including the €5 million guaranteed Main Event, and €13 million guaranteed over the span of the series. Streamlined Schedule The schedule of events in 2018 is slightly trimmer, down to 10 events from 12 a year ago. But the loss of the One Drop charitable events doesn’t stop the schedule from offering a slate of tournaments that will appeal to everyone from the recreational bracelet hunter to the Super High Roller. In addition to the €10,350 Main Event with a €5,000,000 guarantee, there are two high rollers, including a €100,000 Super High Roller. Pot-Limit Omaha specialists have plenty to play as the game makes three appearances over the three weeks at three different buy-in levels. Also, two of the summer’s most popular branded tournaments, the Colossus and Monster Stack, have European counterparts again this year. A Look Back 2018 marks the 11th year of the WSOPE. In previous years, the event was held all over Europe from London to France to Germany. For the second time in as many years, this year, it takes place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Last year, 888poker online qualifier Marti Roca de Torres turned his satellite investment into a 1.1 million Main Event victory. One that he parlayed into a sponsorship from the site. The only thing that overshadowed the Spaniard’s Main Event win was the attention paid to the WSOP Player of the Year race. That was eventually secured during the WSOPE by the controversial Chris Ferguson. Roca de Torres is just one of an extensive list of notable names that have taken down the WSOP Europe Championship bracelet in years past. At the first WSOPE in London in 2007, a young Annette Obrestad became the youngest WSOP bracelet winner and the first WSOPE champion winning £1,000,000 at just 18 years old. The years after saw a string of high profile players capture the title including John Juanda, Barry Shulman, James Bord and Elio Fox. In 2012, the leader in all-time WSOP bracelets won, Phil Hellmuth earned his 13th by taking down the Main Event in Cannes, France. Joining him in the years after, both Adrian Mateos and Kevin McPhee joined the WSOPE Main Event winner’s club. What To Watch For Of course, there will be a spotlight on who will become the next European Main Event Champion. At the same time, all eyes will be on the current WSOP Player of the Year race. At the top of the leaderboard is former top-ranked PocketFiver Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb. Deeb had a phenomenal summer campaign in Las Vegas. He accumulated 16 total cashes, earning more than $2.4 million. He also picked up two new WSOP bracelets bringing his career total to four. Deeb has a healthy points lead and will likely make the trip to Rozvadov to earn more. However, there are a couple players within striking distance that could change the face of the POY race if they attend the series and book a win or two. Deeb’s closest competition is Ben Yu. Like Deeb, Yu also had a magnificent 2018 WSOP. He cashed in 15 events and took home the bracelet in Event #77: $50,000 NLHE High Roller for $1.65 million. Both Yu and Deeb have had plenty of recent success in Pot Limit Omaha events. So, if we see the pair in Rozvadov, look for fireworks in the PLO tournaments if they both go deep. Joe ‘jcada99’ Cada and recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Hennigan are third and fourth on the WSOP leaderboard respectively. Neither player is well-known for traveling the circuit to play. So, it would be a surprise to see either of them on the other side of the world racking up points in this race. The World Series of Poker Europe beings on October 9 with the start of the €550 Colossus and will come to an end when the 12th WSOPE Main Event Champion is crowned on November 2. WSOP Europe Schedule of Events Date Event # Event 10/9 1a €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/10 1b 10/11 1c 10/12 1d 10/13 1e 10/14 2 €1,650 6-Handed Deepstack NLHE -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/15 3A €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €100,000 Guarantee 10/16 3B 10/17 4 €1,100 Turbo Special Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/18 5A €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em -- €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/19 5B 10/20 5C 10/21 6 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/NLHE Mix -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/22 7 €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/24 8 €25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/26 9 €100,000 Super High Roller - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/27 10A €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/28 10B
  15. Throughout the course of the summer, the moves to the online poker’s rankings were subtle. Players took longer breaks, went on vacation or spent time grinding the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. All of that changed when the PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker began. The players flocked to the online tournament scene, generating a total prize pool of nearly $100 million, and got busy earning life-changing amounts of money. When the tournament swings can be big, so can the shifts in the PocketFives rankings. Some of the performances of top PocketFivers during WCOOP resulted in a lot of movement in the rankings. Back Into The Top 100 There were 16 players who, over the course of WCOOP’s two weeks, worked their way from outside the top 100 to sitting inside of it. Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’ Dwyer (+262, #33) Steve 'MrTimCaum' O’Dwyer, the regular high-roller with live earnings approaching $24 million, absolutely crushed the online scene during September. Playing out of his adopted home of Ireland, O’ Dwyer picked up his first WCOOP title in Event-57-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for a massive $227,101 score and 1,154.99 PLB points. He also broke a career-high cash with his $896,610 victory during partypoker’s POWERFEST. O’Dwyer’s rankings shot up 262 places to #33 in the world, which is, surprisingly, a career-best for one of the most consistent crushers in the world. Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido (#30) Another easily recognizable name making major moves in the rankings was Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido. Originally from Spain, but playing out of the UK, Aido flew past $4 million in lifetime earnings with his September online play. Coming off a four-month online poker hiatus, Aido continually racked up the PLB points with 16 qualifying tournaments. He picked up two six-figure scores in September with his standout being his final table finish in WCOOP Event-62-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $156,224. Aldo returned to his online account ranked number #209 and by rising 179 spots, made it the furthest into the top 100, landing at #30, a career-best. ‘simon1471’ (+697, #76) Hailing from the UK, ‘simon1471’ made the largest leap from outside the top 100 to earning a spot inside of it. Since the start of September, ‘simon1471’ has accumulated 20 PLB qualifying cashes highlighted by a WCOOP victory in Event-37-H ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em Turbo) for $98,678 and 747.66 PLB points. In total, he rocketed 697 spots from #776 to a career-high ranking of #76. His stellar series makes him the #10-ranked grinder in the UK and he has now accumulated over $1.785 million in career earnings. Major Movers There were a number of players who made massive jumps in the rankings during WCOOP either due to a major score or simply due to increased online activity. Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth (+9,285) U.S. based Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth, is a well-known live tournament beast with over $5.9 million in live earnings. This WCOOP, he once again proved he can make moves both live and online. His string of WCOOP cashes is nothing less than impressive. He registered 31 PLB qualifying cashes in a row on PokerStars in September raising his ranking from #9752 to #476. How was Kornuth ranked close to 10,000? He essentially took an entire year off from the worldwide player pool between WCOOP’s. That's not to say he wasn't playing online as he did win the WSOP.com $3,200 High Roller Online Bracelet event. The question is will Kornuth disappear from the world online scene for another year now that WCOOP is over? Shaun ’shaundeeb’ Deeb (+1766) Another American superstar, Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb found success grinding WCOOP outside of his home country. Deeb booked two wins during the series. The first was in WCOOP Event-22-H ($1,050 PLO8 Eight Max) for over $38,000. Then he backed that up with his second victory in Event-59-H ($2,100 PLO8 Six Max) for another $69,011. In total, the former #1-ranked player earned over $176,000 for the series and shot up 1,766 places to his current rank of #284. Deeb now has over $6.7 million in career online earnings to go with his $6 million in live earnings. Big Names On The Rise Some of the biggest names in poker found themselves on the list of top rankings risers. Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong (+903) Former WSOP final table participant and guy with zero interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong put together 25 PLB qualifying cashes to rise 903 spots, back into the top 500 at #436. A former top-20 ranked player, Cheong, like many Americans, hadn’t played in the worldwide player pool since last May’s SCOOP. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro One of Finland’s most well-known online nosebleed grinders, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, may not be mixing it up with Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey in 'Rail Heaven' anymore but he did have himself a profitable WCOOP. He finished runner-up in Event-54-H ($10,300 8-Game High Roller) for $150,000. He also made a final table appearance in Event-16-H ($25,000 PLO Six Max) for $135,274. Kelopuro cashed for five-figures of better 8-times during the series and shot up 149 spots to his current ranking of #36 in the world, another career-high.
  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 did during the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker. PokerStars' 2018 World Championship of Online Poker came to a conclusion this week and the two-week online festival paid out nearly $100 million to tournament grinders from all over the world. Amongst those competing for the six-figure scores and title of WCOOP champion were some of the one-time PocketFives #1-ranked players. Here we take a look back on how some of the best poker players in the world fared during the series. Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb WCOOP Titles: 2 Total Earnings: $176,533 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb found the time to put his beef with William Kassouf aside and grind the WCOOP. And grind he did. Deeb seemingly played everything on the schedule and found his way into the money an astonishing 48 times for over $176,000. His 48 in-the-money results were, far and away, the most cashed by any former or current #1 ranked player. In the process, Deeb picked up two victories, both while playing Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better. His first triumph was in Event-22-H ($1,050 PLO8 Eight Max) for over $38,000. Then the four-time WSOP bracelet winner won again in Event-59-H ($2,100 PLO8 Six Max) for another $69,000. Deeb pulled off four final tables and five cashes of five-figures. While Deeb is no longer a top-100 ranked player, due to his inability to play with regularity from inside the United States, he continues to prove that he is still a top online tournament player. Deeb has accumulated over $6.7 million in lifetime online earnings. ‘Lena900’ WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $189,871 The current #1-ranked ‘lena900’ picked himself up a WCOOP title early in the series. He booked the win during Event #27-H ($530 PLO Six Max) for $58,228. However, that was not the Swedish superstar’s largest result of the series as he had a final table finish in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $62,942. 'lena900's 29 cashes during the series helped put him up over $12 million in lifetime earnings, making him only one of three players to ever reach this plateau. He’s second only to Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, who recently passed $15 million, in terms of total lifetime earnings. Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $300,007.65 Florida native, but playing out of Costa Rica, Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver also picked up a WCOOP title when he defeated online giant ‘bencb789’ for the victory in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for over $250,000. The win represents one of the single largest scores by a former PocketFiver #1 during the 2018 series. In total, Oliver registered 21 WCOOP cashes, 10 of which were for four-figures of better. This helped propel him back inside the top 25, jumping 38 spots from 59th to his current rank of 21st. girafganger7 WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $214,368.42 UK crusher ‘girfganger’ fought his way to three final tables during WCOOP and booked a title win in Event-55-M ($530 PKO No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for $55,846. But like ‘lena900’, his title win wasn’t the largest of the series for him as he was a final table participant in one of the biggest tournaments of the series. He took eighth place in Event-12-H ($10,300 Eight Max High Roller) for over $62,000. The #14-ranked ‘girafganger7’ earned 20 total WCOOP cashes helping him rocket past $6.5 million in lifetime earnings In addition to the four former #1-ranked players who added WCOOP Champion to their resume, a number of other players turned in big-time performance. Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen Total Earnings: $305,772.26 With his fifth-place finish in Event-43-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max High Roller), Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen took home of the largest cashes of the series, $204,221.95. The #16-ranked Hunichen also nearly captured a title of his own finished as the runner-up in Event-10-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Win The Button) for $61,567.36. His series helped elevated him to over $11.6 million in lifetime earnings, good for fourth-place in total career online earnings. ‘C Darwin2’ Total Earnings: $247,247.09 The man who held the #1 spot for the better part of a year, ‘C Darwin2’ did as he was expected to do - he crushed tournaments. In total, the Swede cashed in 27, made four final tables and finished 10th in Event-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) for $72,681.57. He had a runner-up finish in Event-38-H ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em PKO) for $48,164.70 and six five-figure cashes overall.
  17. Very few players have enjoyed as much success in the history of the World Championship of Online Poker has Shaun Deeb has. On Monday, Deeb added to his legend by picking up his second WCOOP title of 2018 and sixth overall while another highly-respected player from his generation picked up the first WCOOP title of his career. Deeb outlasted 172 other players to win Event #59 High ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) for $69,011.45. 'Leviathan101' finished just one spot behind Deeb for $52,165.48 while 'jutrack' finished third for $39,431.78. Patrick 'Egption' Tardif picked up the first WCOOP title of his young career in the Medium event, earning $29,948.84 in the process. The Low version of the event went to 'Aces Amin' and came with a $11,973.30 payday. Despite all of the success that Steve O'Dwyer has enjoyed over the course of his career, a WCOOP title had somehow eluded him. That changed on Monday however as O'Dwyer won Event #57 High ($2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em) for $227,100.97 - the largest online cash of his career. Russia's 'CrazyLissy' walked away with $166,308.31 for his second place finish and Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler took home $121,789.66 as the third place finisher. Tomas 'dartazzzz' Jozonis, the #1-ranked player in Lithunia, won Event #61 High ($1,050 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO)) for $120,281.27 and an additional $81,258.20 in bounties. Runner-up Giorgos 'Geokarak' Karakousis scored $86,159.55 and $23,548.82 in bounties while 'MyPokerNuts' won $61,718.18 and $7,484.38 in bounties for his third place result. Event #56 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,360 Prize pool: $680,000 Joao 'Xungazz' Oliveira - $106.185.22 Maestro_Bolt - $77,086 Sintoras - $55,962.30 sousinha23 - $40,626.87 razvyqq - $29,493.77 kurzatwarz - $21,411.50 Cavalito - $15,544.05 Andiz10 - $11,284.05 Paffchen - $8,192.16 Event #56 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Half Price Sunday Kickoff Entries: 6,619 Prize pool: $334,259.50 lozzz - $47,493.84 Eerie123 - $32,656.78 bartkowskiFR - $22,456.65 TheTender31 - $15,442.45 MLS20 - $10,619.12 hai5betUfold - $7,302.33 grzegorzczer - $5,021.51 Mr. Dupino - $3,453.10 facesofpok3r - $2,374.57 Event #56 (Low): $$5.50 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 13,063 Prize pool: $64,008.70 Igor Girard! - $5,743.78* Tiganuxxx - $5,085.33* alexwe84 - $4,501.72* rafakabrito - $5,155.23 PatAllen101 - $1,954.86 Alvorino - $1,371.86 juliya22.132 - $962.72 roger9333 - $675.59 spareti - $474.11 Event #57 (High): $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 667 Prize pool: $1,334,000 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $227,100.97 CrazyLissy - $166,308.31 toweliestar - $121,789.66 gbgoose - $89,188.03 KKremate - $65,313.44 compris - $47,829.90 Anton720 - $35,026.43 Kot_Spartac - $25,650.28 Event #57 (Medium): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em (Sunday Warm-Up- Special Edition) Entries: 4,233 Prize pool: $846,600 Legadzo - $120,900.63 Any2vsYou - $85,488.22 a.urli - $60,449.27 Succeeed - $42,744.15 Buffoneze - $30,224.72 bustoville - $21,372.07 demondoink - $15,112.40 Luizftorres - $10,686.12 Event #57 (Low): $22 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 13,270 Prize pool: $265,400 boblert89 - $30,041.02* Intc adored - $23,618.12* Williaml666 - $20,105.16 XuTpblu_Tun - $12,028.37 manuleg - $8,574.25 PabloBeatLex - $6,112.02 TUYAH11 - $4,356.85 MyOnlyMemory - $3,105.73 Event #59 (High): $2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 173 Prize pool: $346,000 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $69,011.45 Leviathan101 - $52,165.48 jutrack - $39,431.78 ImluckNuts - $29,806.37 Fabahaba - $22,530.58 Lena900 - $17,030.81 Event #59 (Medium): $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 909 Prize pool: $181,000 Patrick 'Egption' Tardif - $29,948.84 oblueyellowo - $20,866.98 bokkie87 - $14,539.54 TheZQ - $10,130.76 seethrou - $7,058.83 begood9999 - $4,918.41 Event #59 (Low): $22 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 4,193 Prize pool: $83,860 Aces Amin - $11,973.30 edu22.sp - $8,340.42 PiMPPL - $5,811.37 DallasCorben - $4,048.19 juninprp - $2,821.36 wYhY81 - $1,965.84 Event #61 (High): $1,050 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO) Entries: 1,577 Prize pool: $1,577,000 Tomas 'dartazzzz' Jozonis - $120,281.27 + $81,258.20 in bounties Geokarak - $86,159.55 + $23,548.82 in bounties MyPokerNuts - $61,718.18 + $7,484.38 in bounties xnrobix - $44,210.24 + $3,218.75 in bounties chararrr - $31,668.84 + $28,943.83 in bounties level1pro - $22,685.22 + $19,000.01 in bounties BanicIvan - $16,249.95 + $3,203.13 in bounties Splatt23 - $11,640.23 + $7,695.32 in bounties Event #61 (Medium): $109 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO) Entries: 9,996 Prize pool: $999,600 psxfrcndhe - $67,471.88 + $30,739.94 in bounties Ofbravetight - $48,092.50 + $8,663.48 in bounties motreanu90 - $34,281.93 + $2,648.10 in bounties RomeOpro - $24,437.37 + $1,722.63 in bounties Machiavelli3 - $17,419.82 + $3,771.13 in bounties alemocelin96 - $12,417.43 + $4,113.64 in bounties Regadeitor - $8,851.60 + $6,526.92 in bounties xaffer - $6,309.72 + $3,997.51 in bounties Event #61 (Low): $11 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO) Entries: 30,573 Prize pool: $299,615.40 MinimalLove - $13,808.04 + $5,800.52 in bounties soumi7 - $11,282.64 + $1,160.82 in bounties VillainV - $7,435.21 + $1,361.66 in bounties bat84man - $5,300.08 + $1,311.83 in bounties RikyRoll - $3,778.07 + $1,086.09 in bounties zugmoraes - $2,693.16 + $358.26 in bounties Vanilla Nuts - $1,919.78 + $810.48 in bounties matlok32 - $1,368.50 + $130.26 in bounties
  18. Over ten months after announcing what is expected to be the largest $25,000 tournament in history, PokerStars has finally revealed what players can expect when they take their seat at the upcoming PokerStars Players Championship. Everything from the tournament structure to the payout percentage was designed for the players by the players as well as members of the PokerStars team. The field is expected to be a mix of elite high-rolling players and the 300 participants that freerolled into the contest by way of winning a Platinum Pass. In total, the prize pool should soar past $10,000,000 with the winner of the inaugural PSPC becoming a millionaire many times over. How Players Helped The Process The only two aspects of the PSPC that was determined before consulting the players was that the event will take five days and it will be a freezeout. There will be no re-entries. After that, PokerStars sent surveys to players who will actually be participating in the event - both Platinum Pass winners as well as players that are expected to buy-in directly. In addition, a five-player panel was consulted that includes, former PocketFives #1-ranked player Shaun Deeb, 2018 PCA High Roller winner David Dvoress, high roller circuit grinder David Peters, author-turned-PokerStars sponsored player Maria Konnikova and Dragos Trofimov - those three all have already won a Platinum Pass this year. The surveyed players, the player representatives, as well as members of the PokerStars team, evaluated just about every aspect of the tournament. With all opinions accounted for the details of the event began to take shape. Player Comfort The question of whether play would begin eight or nine-handed was seemingly split down the middle. It was decided that Day 1 of the PSPC will play nine-handed. Then, as players bust the tournament, tables will be scaled down to eight-handed “at the start of Day 2 by the latest.” With the event taking place in the Bahamas, players overwhelmingly also opted for a shorter playing day. Roughly 70% of the players wanted to play for eight hours a day versus a ten hour day. The first two days of play will not have dinner breaks but will be introduced later in the tournament depending on field size. Places Paid PokerStars popularized the current trend of paying 15% and the polled players agreed that's what the PSPC should pay. However, since there is no rake for this event, the money that would have gone to rake will be redistributed to the prize pool. Before reaching what would be a traditional min-cash, there will be some players receiving their $25,000 buy-in back. For Platinum Pass winners, this will be a $25,000 profit as they will not have paid out-of-pocket to be in the tournament. Other prize pool numbers that have been revealed include first place paying out somewhere between 16.8%-17.5%. Though the survey favored a slightly higher percentage for first place, the player panel and the PokerStars team determined that with the additional $1,000,000 added to first place, a flatter payout structure would benefit more players. Tournament Details All of today’s modern high roller conventions will be enlisted during the PSPC. The big blind ante, which is currently used in all of PokerStars LIVE events, will be used. The tournament will also shift to a shot clock as soon as the money is reached, which is expected to be late in Day 2. The structure features 60-minute levels throughout the tournament. The starting stack of 60,000 at 100/200 starting blinds provides 300 big blinds when the first hand is dealt. The min-cash will be based on the total number of players who end up registering. The calculation will likely be between 1.27 and 1.45 the buy-in. This calculates into a min-cash of roughly $32,000 on the low end and $34,000 on the high end.
  19. Hungary’s Norbert Szecsi and World Series of Poker Player of the Year points leader Shaun Deeb battled heads-up for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Event #6 (€1,650 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em) title with Szecsi denying Deeb of his sixth career bracelet and emerging victorious for his own second career gold bracelet. Szecsi, who has a previous WSOP win back in 2013, defeated the field of 241 players and went on a final table run that included hitting a royal flush on the river to take home the €86,596 first place prize. Szecsi finds himself is in the midst of a career peak. In addition to his victory in Rozvadov, Szecsi recently finished as the runner-up in a €10K High Roller during August's EPT Barcelona for a career-high cash of $731K. Deeb may have been denied his third bracelet of 2018 but with his deep run the former #1-ranked PocketFiver has very likely wrapped up his first WSOP Player of the Year award. Additionally, Deeb takes home €63,731 as the runner-up. Almost two a half hours into the final table, the first player was felted. After an under the gun open in No Limit Hold'em from Julien Sitbon, Van Tiep Nguyen re-shoved his ten big blind stack holding [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. Sitbon asked for a count and ended up making the call with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came down [poker card="jc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2h"] putting Sitbon in a comfortable lead in the hand. The turn was the [poker card="td"] and with only two outs left for Nguyen, the river was the [poker card="3d"]. Nguyen finished in eighth place for €7,606. Ten minutes later, while playing PLO, Vittorio Castro found himself all-in and at risk. Szecsi opened on the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"] and Castro, holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"], raised pot. Szecsi re-raised all in and Castro quickly called. The flop fell [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"] providing top set for Szecsi and little hope for Castro. The [poker card="qd"] turn opened the door a little, but the [poker card="8h"] river closed it for good and Castro headed for the cashier to collect €9,953 for seventh place. Jaroslav Peter was sitting on fewer than ten big blinds when he made his move during PLO. Netanel Amedi opened from the hijack with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"]. Right behind him Peter re-shoved all-in with [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"]. The flop came [poker card="2h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="kc"] which provided little for Amedi. Fortunes change on the [poker card="8h"] turn which provided Amedi with a set with one card to come. The river was an inconsequential [poker card="2d"], ending Peter’s run in sixth place for €13,334 for his third cash of the series. Only a few hands later another all-in confrontation occurred. Deeb raised from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] only to be shoved on by Germany’s Samuel Albeck in the small blind and his [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. Albeck had fewer than ten big blinds and Deeb made the call. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"][poker card="th"], providing some chop outs for Albeck. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and the river [poker card="8s"] actually hit Deeb and gave him the pot. Albeck finished in fifth for €18,276 for a new career-high live cash. Despite getting his final ten big blinds in good, Sitbon was the next to fall. After an open from Amedi in PLO, Sitbon three-bet shoved with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"]. Amedi made the call holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="qh"]3s]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ah"] improved Sitbon’s hand to trips. The [poker card="5d"] hit the turn changing nothing. However, when the [poker card="jc"] came on the river, Amedi improved to a full house ending Sitbon’s tournament run. The Frenchman finished in fourth place for €25,618. Israel’s Amedi nearly brought a fourth 2018 WSOPE bracelet 2018 to the country, however, he would fall just short. Playing NLHE, the key hand for Amedi came when he raised from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and Szecsi three-bet shoved from the small blind. With the action back on Amedi, he thought about it and made the call. Szecsi turned over a dominated [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="6c"] giving both a straight draw and Szecsi the flush draw as well. The turn was the [poker card="td"] but the river came [poker card="qh"] giving Szecsi a royal flush to take the hand. Amedi was crippled to fewer than three big blinds and he was eliminated on the very next hand in third place for €36,705 leaving the two previous bracelet winners to battle it out for the win. Szecsi held a slight chip over Deeb lead as the pair squared off for heads-up play. After trading the chip lead back and forth an action hand during PLO would deliver Szecsi his second WSOP gold bracelet. Deeb raised the button with [poker card="qs"][poker card="qc"][poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and Szecsi flatted with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"]. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] giving Szecsi top set and Deeb top two pair. Szecsi simply check-called Deeb’s small bet. The turn was the [poker card="4c"], Szecsi checked again and Deeb bet again. This time Szecsi check-raised pot. Deeb thought about it for a moment and re-raised pot committing himself. Szecsi snapped called and Deeb discovered he was drawing dead. The river ended up being the [poker card="2h"] but by then both participants were already out of their seats with Deeb headed to collect his €63,371 for second place. Szecsi takes home €86,596 and his second career gold bracelet. He is now the fourth player in Rozvadov to win their second bracelet during the 2018 WSOPE. Szecsi now sits with over $2.4 million in lifetime career earnings. Final Table Results: 1st: Norbert Szecsi - €86,596 2nd: Shaun Deeb - €63,731 3rd: Netanel Amedi - €36,705 4th: Julien Sitbon - €25,618 5th: Samuel Albeck - €18,276 6th: Jaroslav Peter - €13,334 7th: Vittorio Castro - €9,953 8th: Van Tiep Nguyen - €7,606
  20. In June, the poker world is consumed with results and stories coming out of the World Series of Poker. This year was no different with players, like Michael Mizrachi, accomplishing previously inconceivable feats and legends, like Doyle Brunson, hinting that their time playing the game may have finally come to an end. Here are some of the biggest stories that made headlines in the month of June. World Series of Poker Takeover If you follow poker, then it is impossible to get away from the World Series of Poker in June and here at PocketFives, we brought you wire-to-wire coverage of the biggest tournaments taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas. Some of the biggest names in the game were crushing the highest stakes and taking home new hardware to add to their poker legacy. Additionally, amateurs were making dreams come true by winning life-changing money and fulfilling their poker dreams. Relive some of the summer glory by checking out some of the most popular headlines from the WSOP. Read: Siever Takes Down $10K Limit, Nguyen Wins MONSTER Stack Read: WSOP Social Media Fun Ramps Up In Week One Read: Just How The **** Are You Supposed To Bead John Smith? Read: Matt Mendez ‘Goes From Cards’ And Chips To WSOP History Maker Doyle Brunson Hints At Retirement In the midst of the 2018 World Series of Poker, news came down that Doyle Brunson - who had given up WSOP tournaments in recent years - registered for the $10K No Limit Deuce To Seven event. It was “probably the last one I’ll ever play.” he tweeted. However, after comments he had made to Poker Central, it looked as if this was not only his last tournament but that he was planning on walking away from the game of poker at the end of the summer. “I’m planning on retiring after the summer,” Brunson said citing that he wished to spend more time with his wife Louise, who was in declining health. Brunson then went on a deep run in Event #23, eventually finishing in seventh place. He tipped his hat and left the Rio to a standing ovation. Brunson has not yet stepped away from the game, regularly appearing both in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio as well as on camera playing the highest mixed games on PokerGO. He had recently commented that his wife has been feeling better. Read: Doyle Brunson Spent 30 Hours Taking the Poker World Back In Time Read: Doyle Brunson Announces Retirement, Goes Deep in $10K 2-7 Shaun Deeb Wins Third WSOP Bracelet “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” - Shaun Deeb, Back in June, the writing was on the wall. Former #1-ranked PocketFives member Shaun Deeb was on a heater and on a collision course with the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb picked up his third WSOP bracelet this summer when he outlasted Ben Yu heads-up in the $25K PLO event during Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for a massive score of $1.4 million. Deeb went on to pick up his fourth bracelet of the summer during Event #74: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Big Blind Ante for another $814K - essentially propelling him to his first WSOP Player of the Year title. Read: WSOP - Former #1 Shaun Deeb Wins $25K PLO For 3rd Bracelet ($1.4M) Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi Wins His Third $50K PPC Title The $50K Poker Players Championship is still one of the most coveted titles in poker. Which makes it all the more impressive that in June of 2018 Michael Mizrachi took down the event for an incredible third time, beating Poker Hall of Fame member John Hennigan heads-up for the title. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” Mizrachi said, reflecting on his win. “To win the first one was amazing. The second was great. The third one is unheard of.” His third PPC victory was the fourth bracelet win of his career and awarded him a $1.2 million payday. It was the sixth seven-figure cash of his storied career. Read: WSOP - Michael Mizrachi Wins Third $50K PPC Title ($1.23M) Read: 5 Things - The Poker Players Champions Deserves More Celebration Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell Chop Venetian $5K A tinge of controversy surrounded the $5,000 $1 Million Guaranteed Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian when well-known poker power couple Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen ended up chopping the event heads-up. Foxen, the high-roller powerhouse, officially took home the win, the trophy and $239,000 for first. His better-half Bicknell, took home $200,000 as the runner-up. However, after the tournament, there were some accusations of soft-play on social media between the couple. When the play became three-handed, Kahle Burns declined a three-way deal. When he fell in third place for $120,000, there was some over-analysis of hands that were played on the live stream and discussion over how to handle a situation where an actual couple is competing at a final table. Read: Alex Foxen Tops Venetian $5K To Headline Non-WSOP Events ‘C Darwin2’ Takes Down June PLB It was yet another month at the top of the PocketFives Monthly PLB for the Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ in June. He had held over the rankings for the better part of 2018 and his dominance continued into early summer. Despite pulling back on volume, ‘C Darwin2’ managed a few major scores in June. In the first week he took down the Winamax Mini Las Vegas High Roller for $46,404. He also managed a runner-up finish in the June 17 edition of the PokerStars $2,100 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $25,000. In total, he posted eight five-figure scores in the month. In the end, it wasn’t really a close race in June as ‘C Darwin2’ held a nearly 1000 PLB point lead over his closest competition, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’.
  21. The month of September was a big one for online poker as both PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker and partypoker’s POWERFEST brought out the biggest names in the game to compete for the largest prize pools of the year. Here are a few of the biggest PocketFives headlines in the month of September. WCOOP and POWERFEST Take Center Stage There’s no doubt about it, when the biggest online poker sites in the world offer massive guarantees, poker players from all over the world stop what they are doing to log on and grind. That is exactly what happened in September as both PokerStars and partypoker presented their hefty fall super series schedules. Marquee players like Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Shaun Deeb, Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’ Dwyer and ‘girafgander7’ all picked up titles over the course of the series. Here’s a look back at some September’s biggest results. READ: WCOOP - ‘wann2play’ Wins High Main Event, $1.35M READ: POWERFEST - Steve O’ Dwyer Wins $25K Super High Roller for $896K READ: WCOOP - Shaun Deeb Picks Up Another Victory On Son’s Birthday READ: POWERFEST - Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman Victorious In Six Max PKO Take a look back on all of PocketFives' WCOOP and POWERFEST content. Huge WCOOP Paydays Propel Players To New Rankings Heights After a pair of huge online series, there is bound to be titanic shifts in the online rankings. Major amounts of PLB points are there for the taking and players who may only log on to play in the biggest events are sent soaring up the charts due to big-time wins. PokerStars tournaments alone generated a prize pool of close to $100 million and so when players won, they often won big. So we took a closer look at which players were the biggest beneficiaries of their grind. The list includes Steve O’ Dwyer, Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido, Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth and Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong. READ: Huge WCOOP Paydays Propel Players To New Rankings Heights Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Does It Again When PokerStars expanded their WCOOP schedule to include three different levels of tournaments (High/Medium/Low), as they had traditionally done during SCOOP, it gave players a chance at racking up multiple WCOOP titles. No one took more advantage of that then Russia’s Denis ‘aDreNAalin710’ Strebkov. Strebkov went on a WCOOP heater, racking up wins and becoming one of the biggest stories of the entire series. At one point he sat atop multiple WCOOP leaderboards and was in contention for the Low, Medium, High and Overall all at the same time. On this day, Strebkov took down his fourth title en route his record-breaking run. READ: WCOOP - Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Leads The Way With Fourth Win Phil Galfond’s Online Poker Site Gets Closer To Launch “We’re getting to the point now where, while there are still a lot of known bugs and we’re working on them, they’re fewer and further between.” - Phil Galfond discussing Run It Once Poker in September. There was a point when Phil Galfond’s Run It Once online poker site had a September target date for launch. While they were unable to make that mark, Galfond did come out with a major update and include some of the first video of actual gameplay of the future site. At the same time, he expanded the beta program (which is currently still in full swing) after positive feedback from those who have been playing on the closed site. READ: Phil Galfond Shows Off Run It Once Software In Latest Update Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot Rises To #1 In The UK In September PocketFives had the opportunity to touch base with 2018 UK breakout star Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot to take about his amazing results and rise in the rankings. The 28-year old professional talks about coming up in the online scene, building up a bankroll, going broke and turning into a ‘bad reg.’ After finding inspiration from Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot online, Proudfoot gathered himself and rededicated his focus to his online game. This led him to an incredible victory in the 888poker XL Inferno Main Event for a career-high cash of over $209,000. Since that time Proudfoot continues to compete at the highest level, staying in the top 10 worldwide conversation. READ: From ‘Bad Reg’ to #1 in the UK - Johnny ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang Claims September Monthly PLB Award Absent from the headlines above is the tremendous run that the UK’s Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang went on during September. Zhang picked up 17 PLB qualifying scores and as impressive as that is, it doesn’t even begin to tell the story of his month. Zhang put together six five-figure scores before he set a new personal best cash of $265,995 in WCOOP-43-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller). He was just getting started. Four days later, he broke that record in WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) where he took fifth for a new career-high cash of $382.252. He then went on to nearly break that record with a fourth-place finish in WCOOP-62-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $336,740. Then he, for the third time in the month, set a new career high cash with his third-place finish in the partypoker POWERFEST #122-SHR ($3M Championship Event) for $468,000 on September 21. It was an amazing month for Zhang allowing him to take time away from the online tables as he hasn’t logged an online result since September 24.
  22. Joao Simao had an incredible 2018 on both the live and online MTT scene. He finished the year as both the #1-ranked online and live player in his native Brazil. On Friday he started 2019 off by outlasting a stacked final table to win the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for a $184,420 score. Simao, who was once the #1-ranked online player in the world, outlasted a pair of PocketFives legends and former #1-ranked players in Cliff Josephy and Shaun Deeb to take down the event. Simao was thrilled to start his year by posing for a winner's photo. "It was incredible. I love to play PLO tournaments but I don't usually play too many live PLO tournaments because there's not too many with big buy-ins. I was really happy when I saw they were running a $10K PLO," Simao said. "I was expecting a lot of good players, but to be honest the first tables I got I had really good seats and then the final table was really tough and I ran really well." Deeb, the reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year, finished third while Josephy ended up as the runner up. Closing out a tough tournament this early in the year is a drastic change from how things went for Simao in 2018. He earned $1,329,087 off of 15 cashes but only managed to find the winner's circle once. His lone victory came in a Brazil Series of Poker event in November for $37,530. Even though he only picked up the one win, Simao has enough to perspective to understand he shouldn't be beating himself up at all. "I can't complain at all. I had great results live (in 2018). I didn't win until December. I made 12 final tables if I'm not wrong, some big ones like the $25K and Main Event of MILLIONS Rozvadov," said Simao, held the #1 spot in the world on three separate occasions in 2016. "When you play 50,000 tournaments online like I did in the last 10 years, you know how it works. So I think that the background that I have from the online tournaments makes me feel comfortable to not finish in first place. I've arrived at final tables in first place and finished ninth, and I've arrived in every single starting situation for any final table; soft final tables, tough final tables." With a win already locked up for this trip, Simao is hoping to continue his winning ways in the 816-person PCA Main Event with more than $1.5 million going to the eventual champion. Simao thinks that momentum can be a real positive force in poker as long as you're not expecting it comes from doing the same thing over and over again. "I think it exists for sure. Even more when you don't play the same things. If you just play the $109 online, then I don't believe too much in momentum," Simao said. "But if you play online, then live, then main events, then high rollers, big difference in buy-ins, then I think the momentum is really important. It's not too often you can play for more than $1 million. It was good to win the $10K PLO before this tournament. I feel like I have real momentum now." As Day 2 of the Main Event continues towards the money bubble, Simao just might be proving his theory on momentum. He's one of the top five stacks in the tournament and feeling like he could pull off something special to cap his week. He's not as focused now on the Rankings as he used to be. While it was certainly a great accomplishment to do what he did in 2018, climbing back to the #1 spot in the world - a place he hasn't been since mid-2016, isn't something he's interested in pursuing anymore. "I used to #1 in the world in 2016, then I had a really big problem in my family, then I stopped playing a little bit and I went down. From that, I never grinded to be #1. I was #1 for live and online (in Brazil) so at the end of the year I was looking for the rankings because it would be nice to finish #1 in both, live and online rankings," Simao said. "I think it's really good to have rankings like PocketFives to motivate and make people grind and study more and more. I used to look for it, but now I'd rather get the compensation to be the #1. I'd rather get the great feeling to be the #1. Now I just want to play to make money."
  23. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. This list details the players who made spots #21 - #30 on our list. If you haven't yet caught up on the other names we've announced so far you can check out #41 - #50 here and #31 - #40 here. #30 - Barry Greenstein BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 102 $3,196,072 24 Barry Greenstein has one of the most recognizable faces in poker, plus plenty of accolades to go along with it. He has three WSOP gold bracelets with the first coming in 2004 when he won the $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw event to the tune of $296,200. Greenstein went on to win his second gold bracelet in 2005 before landing his third in 2008. Interestingly, each of Greenstein's three bracelets has come in different variants. In addition to the No Limit 2-7 Single Draw bracelets he has, Greenstein won one in pot-limit Omaha and razz. When poker exploded in the early- to mid-2000s, Greenstein's face was one of those that was everywhere. He was a high-stakes cash game player who constantly found himself in the money in WSOP events. To date, Greenstein has racked up 102 cashes and 24 top 10 finishes in World Series of Poker events. At the WSOP in 2017 and 2018, Greenstein cashed 13 times each year. “Dubbed ‘The Robin Hood of Poker’, Barry Greenstein is one of the games all-time great grinders. His 101 summer series cashes is good for fifth on the all-time WSOP cashes list and his three bracelets have come in three different disciplines, proving that he’s a master of all the games. But Barry has brought more than results, being one of the most approachable of the poker boom superstars while in the halls of the Rio. Between his results, his philanthropy, and his ability to connect with his fans Greenstein is an all-time great.” - PocketFives Senior Writer Jeff Walsh #29 - Huck Seed BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 53 $3,579,604 28 Huck Seed is very much known for his 1996 WSOP Main Event victory that saw him win the $1 million top prize when he topped a field of 295 entries in the world championship tournament. What many don't know is that Seed had actually already won a WSOP gold bracelet. Seed earned his first bracelet in 2004 when he won the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $167,000. That first win seemed inevitable for Seed, who prior to it had six WSOP cashes and all of them were top 10 finishes. Seed returned to the WSOP Main Event final table in 1999 and won bracelets three and four in 2000 and 2003, both of which came in razz. #28 - Berry Johnston BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 5 67 $2,112,340 30 In similar fashion to Huck Seed, many don't know that Berry Johnston had already won a WSOP gold bracelet before he won the WSOP Main Event. He first claimed gold in 1983 before going on to win the granddaddy of them all in 1986. Interestingly, Johnston's first-ever recorded cash came when he placed third in the WSOP Main Event in 1982. In 1985, he took third again in the event and then finally won it the following year. Further adding to Johnston's WSOP standing, he finished fifth in the WSOP Main Event in 1990 and has several other deep runs in the event. #27 - Shaun Deeb BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 4 66 $4,281,461 17 Shaun Deeb came up in poker as an online player, but he's transitioned to the live realm very well and has been quite the WSOP performer over the years. Since his first WSOP cash in 2007, Deeb has won four bracelets, finished in the top 10 17 times, and cashed 66 times. Deeb's first taste of WSOP gold came in 2015, when he won the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $318,857. He added his second bracelet in 2016, and then two more in 2018 en route to winning the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year title. His two bracelets in 2018, were worth $1.402 million and $814,000. Deeb cashed 16 times at the 2018 WSOP and then four more times at the 2018 WSOP Europe. "Not many players who came up in the world of online poker have been able to move to the live felt with as much success as Shaun Deeb. His talents make him one of the top poker players in the world and we're really starting to see him carve out his place in poker history over more recent years. Deeb appears to be as all in as possible when it comes to the WSOP. Deeb first hit the WSOP winner's circle in 2015 and won four gold bracelets and one Player of the Year title in the four-year span from 2015-2018. Plus, he had 10 additional cashes in the top 10 of events over that span. If the volume is there in any sort of way, Deeb is a threat to win WSOP Player of the Year and multiple bracelets every summer, and it wouldn't be a stretch to see him challenge Phil Hellmuth for most bracelets all time if he keeps playing these events at such a high frequency over the next decade or two." - PocketFives Managing Editor Donnie Peters In today's poker world, Deeb is considered to be as tough a competitor as any. He's a threat to win a WSOP bracelet, or two or three, every single year, and a strong contender for WSOP Player of the Year. #26 - Daniel Alaei BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 5 36 $4,427,139 8 Daniel Alaei may not make a lot of noise at the table, but the game he brings to the WSOP each and every year speaks volumes. Alaei has five WSOP gold bracelets, with the first coming in 2006 when he won the $5,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw event. He later added bracelets two, three, four, and five in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2015. Each time he won his way to the WSOP winner's circle, Alaei did it facing some of the toughest competition around. His first gold bracelet in the $5,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw tournament saw Alaei battle through a final table that included David Williams, Men Nguyen, Greg Raymer, and Allen Cunningham. His other four bracelets were all in Omaha tournaments and each of those events had a buy-in of $10,000. His wins in 2010 and 2013 were in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, when he took home $780,599 and $852,692, respectively. "Daniel Alaei is an incredible poker talent, and his skills have led to WSOP success several times, especially when it comes to Omaha. Personally, I wish Alaei would play more WSOP events every summer because I don't feel his actual results are anywhere near the potential he has. If there was ever a player to be called a "silent killer" on the felt, it's Alaei. He doesn't say much, he's quiet when he does talk, and his demeanor is unassuming, but his poker prowess is as loud as they come. When it comes to Omaha, the WSOP's second most popular variant, Alaei is one of the best, if not the absolute best, in the world and his four bracelets in the game are clear evidence of that." - Donnie Peters #25 - Chris Moneymaker BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 1 4 $2,532,041 2 Chris Moneymaker is as important a player in WSOP history as anyone. His storybook win in the 2003 WSOP Main Event played a part in igniting the poker boom and the ambassadorship he's served in since rivals anyone in the game. But for as important a figure as Moneymaker is when it comes to WSOP history, his results since his moment of glory in 2003 have been minimal and it's the reason he's not higher on this list. Of his $2,532,041 in WSOP earnings, $2,500,000 of that is from his 2003 WSOP Main Event victory, and he only has three other cashes and one other top 10 finish. Moneymaker's last WSOP cash was more than a decade ago in 2007. “An argument can be made that the most famous accountant from Tennessee to ever play poker simply doesn’t have the numbers needed to be on this list. However, if Chris Moneymaker is not in the field in 2003, if he did not bluff Sammy Farha and he never took home the Main Event title - poker may not be where it is today. The man that sparked the poker boom influenced a generation of poker players who saw what he did on ESPN and thought to themselves ‘I can do that too.’ Moneymaker is the poker icon that the industry needed and his being where he was, when he was has helped the World Series of Poker become the series that it is today.” - Jeff Walsh #24 - David Chiu BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 5 71 $3,653,340 26 Another WSOP stalwart to find his way to PocketFives' Top 50 Greatest WSOP Players list is David Chiu, with 71 cashes, 26 top 10 finishes, and five gold bracelets. Chiu's first WSOP cash came in 1996, and it also turned out to be his first WSOP gold bracelet win when he took down the $2,000 Limit Hold'em tournament for $396,000. Future bracelets wins for Chiu came in 1998, 2000, 2005, and 2013. Chiu's skills have been on display at the WSOP ever since he started playing there, and he's a player well-versed in all games. His bracelets have come in hold'em, seven-card stud, and Omaha. Additionally, Chiu has four runner-up finishes in gold bracelet tournaments. "Many of his colleagues will make the argument that David Chiu could be the most underappreciated player of his generation. His WSOP record is impressive. He's one of just 25 players to have won five or more bracelets. He also has four runner-up finishes and two thirds. Had a hand or two (or six) gone differently during those events, we could be talking about him as pushing to join the double-digit bracelet club." - PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley. #23 - Barbara Enright BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 22 $463,499 4 Barbara Enright is a three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner best known for being the only woman to date to ever reach the WSOP Main Event final table. That came in 1995 when she placed fifth in the big one. In 1986 and 1994, Enright won the WSOP Women's Event, and then she took down the 1996 $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em tournament for $180,000. In a male-dominated industry, especially in the 1990s, Enright helped pave the way for female poker players around the world. #22 - Jeff Lisandro BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 6 71 $3,790,497 27 Not too many players can claim to have won three WSOP bracelets. Even fewer can claim to have won three in the same year. Jeff Lisandro has six WSOP gold bracelets in all, and three of those came in 2009 when he absolutely crushed seven-card stud at the WSOP, winning the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, $2,500 Razz, and $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low. He won his first bracelet back in 2007, also in seven-card stud, and won his other two in pot-limit Omaha. Further adding to the chapter Lisandro wrote in the WSOP history books, he won one of his bracelets at WSOP Europe and another at WSOP Asia-Pacific. "Half of Lisandro's six bracelet wins came in 2009 when he was clearly a dominant force on his way to winning WSOP Player of the Year. It would be a shame to let that performance overshadow the other things Lisandro has done in his career. He's won at least one bracelet in all three variants of Seven Card Stud and is part of an elite group of players who have won a bracelet on three different continents. You could easily make the argument that at #22, he gets the short end of the stick." - Lance Bradley #21 - Ted Forrest BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 6 38 $2,055,472 23 Ted Forrest also has six WSOP gold bracelets and he is also a player who can claim to have won three gold bracelets in a single year. Forrest achieved the feat in 1993, when he stormed onto the poker scene with three gold bracelet wins in three different games. First, he won the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud tournament. Then, he won the $1,500 Razz event. He followed that up with a victory in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low tournament. In 2004, Forrest was back winning multiple bracelets in the same summer, taking home two that year. He'd add his sixth in 2014. Forrest has always been a feared player at the table, and when he reaches the money he's playing to win, as evidenced by his 38 WSOP cashes resulting in 23 top 10s. In addition to his six gold bracelets, Forrest has reached the top three of a gold bracelet event on five other occasions.
  24. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Donnie is back from his wedding weekend just in time to talk about one of the strangest weeks in poker history. The guys cover the million dollar debt that Randall Emmett apparently owed to 50 Cent, the childish Twitter war between Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb and some sort of boxing match between Antonio Esfandiari and Hollywood heavyweight Kevin Hart. They also talk about Negreanu's big announcement that he is selling action for the 2019 World Series of Poker with no markup. And it just wouldn't be an episode of The Fives in 2019 without an update on the dwindling fields in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. 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!"
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