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  1. [caption width="640"] Just two players stand between Qui Nguyen and the 2016 WSOP Main Event championship (WSOP photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The first day of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table was all about Qui Nguyen. The Vietnamese-born Nguyen got into it with chip leader Cliff Josephy on hand #1 and finished with the chip lead. The storyline from the second day wasn't much different. Nguyen started play Monday, with five players remaining, with more than double that of his nearest competitor. When play wrapped up late Monday night, Nguyen again had more than doubl
  2. [caption width="320" align="alignleft"] With just 12 big blinds to come back to, Fernando Pons was unsure how to prepare for the November Nine (WSOP photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Two years ago, in 2014, for the first time since the November Nine format was created, a Spanish player reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event. His name was Andoni Larrabe, a 22-year-old guy that eventually finished in sixth position in a tournament won by Martin Jacobson. This year, in 2016, Spanish poker is again represented again at the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio. Andoni Larrabe's successor is Fer
  3. [caption width="640"] Kenny Hallaert has a career in poker - just not as a player (WSOP photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] Tournament director Kenny Hallaert wants to make something clear. Poker is not a job to him. Instead, it is a passion. The fact that the November Niner honoured commitments to work as a tournament director at two tournaments following the conclusion of this year's World Series of Poker shows that it is his passion for poker which is the driving force behind a lot of what he does. But with the additional label of being a November Niner, did that add anything extra to his w
  4. Even with a city packed full of tourists for the July 4th weekend, the 2016 World Series of Poker continued on Monday with one bracelet winner and another day of action in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship event, which got past the bubble and saw the same name at the top of the chip counts throughout the day. Event #54: Hung Le Wins $888 Crazy Eights Event [CAPTION=100%]Hung Le turn $888 into "life-changing money" on Monday (WSOP photo)]/CAPTION] Many amateur poker players dream of going to the WSOP and hitting the jackpot. Whether it's a bracelet, a big score or both, the
  5. The first day of July crowned one new bracelet winner, left six players to return in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship and two more events return a handful players for Day 3. The $888 Crazy Eights event brought out the crowds with two flights in the re-entry event. Safiya Umerova Upsets Niall Farrell for First Bracelet in $1,500 Shootout [caption width="600"] Safiya Umerova came back from down 3-1 in chips heads-up to win her first bracelet.[/caption]Day 3 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout kicked off with two six-handed tables, they made the final table at nine players a
  6. [caption width="640"] George Danzer won the ,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event on Monday (WSOP photo)[/caption] George Danzer beat a stacked final table on Monday night at the 2016 World Series of Poker to win the fourth WSOP bracelet of his career and first since 2014. Danzer now has more bracelets than any other German players after breaking the tie with Dominik Nitsche. “Everybody always tries to race for bracelets. But (Germans) do not have a rivalry among our players. We all try to help each other out and are cheering for each other, but we also try to be the best we can," said Danz
  7. [caption width="640"] Kyle Julius now has a WSOP bracelet thanks to his win in the ,000 Turbo Top-Up[/caption] Monday’s action at the 2016 World Series of Poker featured Robert Mizrachi winning the fourth bracelet of his career and Kyle Julius getting rid of the goose egg next to his name while Colossus II, the second biggest live event in history, reached a final table. Robert Mizrachi Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud for Third Bracelet in Three Years [caption width="640"] Robert Mizrachi now as four career WSOP bracelets after winning the ,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.[/caption]
  8. [caption width="640"] 2015 Colossus champ Cord Garcia was among the 5,000 entries on Thursday.[/caption] While the 2016 World Series of Poker officially got underway Wednesday with the start of the Casino Employees event, things really started on Thursday with the opening of the first open event, the $565 buy-in Colossus II. After drawing a record field last year, the 2016 version of the event was expected to be even bigger and while neither the Day 1A or Day 1B flight sold out, over 5,000 players, including defending champion Cord Garcia, made their way into the event, with just over 200 su
  9. [caption width="640"] The Casino Employees saw a rise in entries this year.[/caption] The waiting is finally over. The 2016 World Series of Poker officially got underway Wednesday with the $565 Casino Employees Event. The event marks the start of 52 straight days of WSOP events at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Before cards were in the air, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel addressed the players and staff and invoked the Muppets with his opening statement. "It's time to play a little poker. It's time to win some bracelets. It's time to build some bankrolls. It's time to destroy some ba
  10. [caption width="640"] Craig Varnell turned 5 into 0,000 at the 2015 WPT500 at Aria.[/caption] The 2016 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday, July 1. Over the next five days PocketFives presents the 2016 WSOP Preview highlighting everything you need as the poker world heads to their own version of Summer Camp. The 2016 World Series of Poker’s footprint covers the entire Rio convention space and after several days of grinding tournaments, the experience morphs into a "Groundhog Day" of sorts. The monotony of it all can affect even the most disciplined players and the b
  11. [caption width="640"] Qui Nguyen walked away with a little bit more than ,000,000 but that wasn't the only interesting number coming out of the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table (WSOP photo/Jayne Furman)[/caption] You know the headlines, you know the bustouts, you saw what happened on TV. But there were many untold and unexplored stories of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, so we decided to break some down and crunch some numbers. -45: Average temperature in the regions of Antarctica inhabited by polar bears. The bears are built for the cold, which is perhaps why Ken
  12. [caption width="320" align="alignleft"] Fernando Pons returns to the 2016 WSOP Main Event as the shortest stack (WSOP photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Fernando Pons. Fernando Pons, a native of Palma, Spain, has spent the past 3.5 months knowing he's returning the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event as the shortest stack. He's working with a stack of just over 1
  13. [caption width="640"] Jamie Gold is hoping to return piles of cash for his YouStake investors.[/caption] Ten years ago, before the reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion was even out of high school, Jamie Gold entertained, confused and shocked the poker world by winning the largest WSOP Main Event in history. A record 8,773 entrants, along with Gold’s $12,000,000 purse for the victory, still stand as the biggest ever in Main Event history but over the last decade, the excitement of the win has never subsided. “It’s never the same but there are is always going to be new exci
  14. Sunday at the 2016 World Series of Poker included a couple of players winning their first WSOP bracelets and a couple of brothers continuing to crush one of poker’s most prestigious events. Andrew ‘luckychewy’ Lichtenberger and Allan Le each won an event on Sunday while Michael and Robert Mizrachi are both in hot pursuit of $50,000 Poker Player Championship chip leader Justin Bonomo. Event #52: Andrew Lichtenberger Wins $3,000 No Limit Hold'em [caption width="640"] Andrew Lichtenberger now has a WSOP bracelet after winning the ,000 NLHE event (WSPO photo)[/caption] Andrew Lichtenbe
  15. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb joined Paul Volpe as the only former #1-ranked players to win a bracelet this summer[/caption] Shaun Deeb beat out a stacked final table towin the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event and earn the second bracelet of his career and second for former PocketFives #1-ranked players. Deeb's victory was one of just 21 cashes by this group in the last week. They've now recorded 75 WSOP cashes this summer earning a total of $870,602. Here are the highlights from the last week. Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb2016 WSOP cashes: 5 2016 WSOP earnings: $162,112 Shaun Deeb became j
  16. [caption width="640"] Paul Volpe was all business after winning second bracelet.[/caption]Paul Volpe won his second WSOP bracelet on Sunday at the Rio at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The Millionaire Maker field finally combined for the first time while two vastly different events kicked off. Paul ‘paulgees’ Volpe Wins Second Bracelet in Eight Game Mix Paul Volpe won his second WSOP gold bracelet and is the first former PocketFives Number 1 ranked player to win in 2016. Volpe won $149,943 after defeating Jason Stockfish heads-up. Volpe’s win is his second final table of Series afte
  17. [caption width="640"] Alan Percal waited ten years to win his second WSOP bracelet. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The 2016 World Series of Poker awarded two gold bracelets Thursday but was overshadowed by the record-setting $565 Pot Limit Omaha event. In other action the Dealers Choice championship and the Six Max closed out their respective Day 2s. Alan Percal Ships Heads Up Braclet in First WSOP Cash The Heads Up Championship is favorite event of poker’s elite and unknown Alan Percal walked away with the bracelet, $320,574 and his first ever WSOP cash. Percal defeated John Smith in the
  18. [caption width="640"] Get to know Kenny Hallaert a little bit better (WSOP photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Kenny Hallaert. PocketFives: You were paid $1,000,000 for finishing ninth back in July. If you were forced to bet that money on one player other than yourself to win the Main Event, who would you bet on and why? It would probably be Cliff Jose
  19. [caption width="320" align="alignleft"] Vojtech Ruzicka has concerns about the after party should he win the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Vojtech Ruzicka. Vojtech Ruzicka finds himself sixth in chips going into the November Nine, but one of the biggest things on his mind is how he is going to control his gang of rowdy Czech r
  20. [caption width="640"] The WSOP Main Event returns to ESPN beginning September 11[/caption] The wait is almost over for poker fans waiting to get their annual fix of World Series of Poker Main Event coverage on ESPN. The 2016 WSOP Main Event begins airing on Sunday, September 11 and will run for seven straight weeks as a lead up to the annual November Nine coverage. The first six one-hour episodes will air on ESPN2 with coverage then switching to the ESPN main network. A total of 14 one-hour episodes will provide the lead-up to the 2016 November Nine allowing viewers at home the chance t
  21. Players who make televised final tables often times will go out of their way to dress up for the occasion. Some buy a new suit or get their favorite shirt pressed. Down to the final 27 players in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, Michael Ruane took some time out of his day to go shopping for new clothes for Day 7. He bought new socks, new underwear and a plain black t-shirt at Walmart. It wasn’t about looking good though necessarily, he just ran out of clean clothes. “I didn’t come out with enough clothes because I didn’t expect to get this deep in the Main Event,” said Ruan
  22. [caption width="640"] Bryan “theczar19” Piccioli leads the 2016 WSOP Main Event after Day 4[/caption] Just 251 players remain in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event and the chip leader is a very familiar name to anybody familiar with the PocketFives Rankings over the years. Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli ended Day 4 with 4,026,000 and is the only player above 4 million. “So much fun. I had a short stack to my left to start the day but he ended up busting and his seat was taken by Brendon Rubie and Jon Turner was on his left,” said Piccioli. “So I had those two on my immediate le
  23. The 2016 World Series of Poker featured a single Shootout final table, the Monster Stack field assembled as one for the first time and two big bet action games kicked off on Sunday. Phillip McAllister Claims Gold in $3,000 Shootout Final Table [caption width="640"] Phillip McAllister outlasted a final table of accomplished pros looking for first bracelet.[/caption]Sit & Go final tables are like NASCAR events where all contestants have an even playing field and it’s up to the driver to win. Ten players on their third round of Shootout tables started with even stacks and Phillip McAlli
  24. The 2016 World Series of Poker crowned two new champions on Saturday, the Monster Stack Part Deux fielded a huge crowd and the $10,000 Seven Card Stud HiLo Championship was the late event. Martin Kozlov Wins $10,000 Six Max Championship in 6th Final Table [caption width="640"] Martin Kozlov won his first gold bracelet in second Six Max final table.[/caption] Martin Kozlov played his way to the final table of one of the most prestigious events on the WSOP schedule, just came off a fifth place finish in last week’s Six Max event and won his first bracelet for a whopping $665,709.
  25. The dog days of June in the 2016 World Series of Poker saw Event 40 of 69 kickoff and the five-day march of the Summer Solstice came to a near end. There was also a Six Max event running for a Day 3, Day 2 and Day 1 on Thursday. Koray Aldemir Leads Adrian Mateos to Day 5 of Summer Solstice The massive field of 1,840 entrants returned 17 survivors to Day 4 of the $1,500 Summer Solstice and the event looked to finish a day early after reaching the final table. After 150 hands only Koray Aldemir and 2013 WSOPE Main Event champ Adrian Mateos remain at 7.515 million and 6.28 million chips
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