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  1. [caption width="640"] Maurice Hawkins is one of 20 players returning for the final day of the Monster Stack (WPT photo)[/caption] Just a few weeks ago, Maurice Hawkins was telling the world his plan to win $7 million this summer at the World Series of Poker. Now he’s not only planning on that, but he’s going to take down Player of the Year and the Main Event in the next couple of weeks. But first he’s one of just 20 players left in the $1,500 Monster Stack on Wednesday. “I’m just chilling ready for Round 2. Back to the same position with the same amount of chips, ready to make it happen,” said Hawkins, referring to his previous deep run in the $2,620 Marathon. Hawkins is unbagging 3,500,000 on Wednesday. He’s more than happy to play with that stack and not yet worry about how much money he can make by laddering up a spot or two - yet. “I don’t look at pay jumps unless I get real short, which is kind of strange. I’m still comfortable with 10 - 15 - 20 bigs, I’m not looking at the pay jumps, but if I get down to like six, seven bigs or something like that, I start wondering like, ‘okay, if things don’t go right at least I can gain another $50,000’,” said Hawkins. “As long as I’m in the tournament, it’s not a problem, but with six bigs I try to start to finesse my way into more money. Because it’s the only time that you can make $20,000 just by being smart about it.” Being one of the first two to bust out on Wednesday means Hawkins walks away with $37,831, but maneuvering his way to the final five guarantees him at least $281,800. And winning it means he’s got his first seven-figure score, $1,094,349. That 3,500,000 stack gives him 29 big blinds, just a touch under the 5,000,000 chip average . “That’s comfortable. I mean, every tournament comes down to 20 bigs, if you have 20 bigs, you’re more like average, if you have 30 bigs, in most tournaments, you’re above average, when you get up to the 40 or 50 bigs, you know you’re the chip leader,” said Hawkins. “I’m right where I’m comfortable. It’s pretty much right there for the taking. Yesterday I came in and got the full double on the third hand and was chip leader for the next four or five hours, at this point anything is anything.” Hawkins is coming back to a stack that big after doubling up towards the end of play Tuesday. The double up wasn’t all he got though. “I doubled the last hand of the night off that Scott Baumstein guy. He went through all the hands I could have and then told me how bad I was and then he called. So I got his chips and a lesson from him, which was kind of impressive,” said Hawkins. After his now infamous confrontation with Tim Reilly during the Marathon, Hawkins has found a very different vibe over the last three days of the Monster Stack. “Actually, everybody loves me at the table, this whole tournament. Probably the most pleasant tournament I’ve ever played. Most people are either admirable of my achievements, they tell me how great the things I’ve done are, or a couple of people this is their first deep run, they were happy to be there with me, taking pictures and things. It’s really a totally different experience,” said Hawkins. No matter where he finishes, Hawkins is guaranteed his fourth cash of the 2017 WSOP. He had the one deep run that ended in ninth place, but likens the last few weeks to a baseball player just settling in for a long season. “Have you ever seen a great baseball hitter? They go 0-for-9 or 0-for-10 and then they get that first base hit. And that first base hit turns into a double, and then another double and then a home run and next thing you know they’re just swinging it out of the park like they know they can do it. They know what is in them. And with me, I know a champion is within me and I’m just waiting on that moment for me to shine, for it to come out,” said Hawkins. Almost 2/3 of the way through the WSOP schedule, Hawkins says he’s not tired or in need of a rest. He does have to leave Las Vegas for a couple of days in early July for his sister’s wedding, but other than that plans on playing as much as he can. He’s realized there’s another incentive waiting for him. “I was looking at this (Player of the Year) thing, and if I win this, I can actually win the POY. I guess I have to win this and just win the main, and I’ll be POY, and I’ll have a lot of money,” said Hawkins.
  2. [caption width="640"] Chris Moorman and Christopher Brammer both won their first WSOP bracelets this summer. (WSOP photo)[/caption] It took a while for the former #1-ranked players to get going at the 2017 World Series of Poker, but now that the Main Event is a little over two weeks away, the group of elite players is clearly hitting its stride. With 52 cashes and $2,561,302 in earnings through 46 events, the group still has a ways to go before matching the 2016 numbers of 110 cashes and $11,729,142 in earnings. Christopher Brammer's first bracelet win this past weekend was the second bracelet won by former #1-ranked PocketFivers this summer. It also made him the highest earning member of the group so far this year. Christopher Brammer2017 WSOP cashes: 2 2017 WSOP earnings: $528,799 Brammer beat out 504 other players to win the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) and his first career bracelet. The win was worth $527,555. It was Brammer's first WSOP final table appearance since two fifth place finishes in 2012. Brammer's only other 2017 WSOP cash was a 145th-place finish in the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $1,244. Shaun Deeb2017 WSOP cashes: 7 2017 WSOP earnings: $195,198 While Shaun Deeb has yet to win a bracelet this summer, he's managed to find the cashier's cage seven times, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Of the seven cashes, just one was a final table. Deeb finished second to Ben Yu in the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven event for $143,842. His next biggest score came in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship where he finished 12th for $12,318. Chris Hunichen2017 WSOP cashes: 2 2017 WSOP earnings: $363,646 Chris Hunichen made it through 572 other players in the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event only to lose heads-up with Russia's Nadar Kazhmazov. The $358,677 score is Hunichen's biggest at the WSOP. His previous was $229,575 for a sixth place finish in the 2013 Millionaire Maker. Yevgeniy Timoshenko2017 WSOP cashes: 3 2017 WSOP earnings: $228,746 In the same event that Brammer won, Yevgeniy Timoshenko finished third for $223,574, his third largest WSOP cash behind a 22nd place finish in the 2013 Main Event and a runner-up in the $25,000 Heads-up Championship in 2011. His other two cashes this summer were a 821st place finish in the Millionaire Maker and a 86th place finish in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event.
  3. [caption width="640"] Chris Brammer joined Chris Moorman as former #1-ranked PocketFivers to capture 2017 WSOP bracelets (WSOP photo)[/caption] Saturday nights in Las Vegas are usually pretty wild, and Saturday night at the 2017 World Series of Poker was no different. Three bracelets were awarded (including one with a rowdy British rail) while two popular tournaments kicked off their Day 1s. Chris Brammer wins first bracelet, second for UK The rowdy British rail that came out for Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman’s bracelet win not long ago returned last night to see another former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, win his first WSOP bracelet. Chris ‘NigDawg’ Brammer overcame a tough final table and 505 players in total to win the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels), for a massive $527,555 payday. There to celebrate with him were the likes of Moorman, Sam 'The Squid' Grafton, James Akenhead and Tom Middleton. "I've been on both sides," he said after the win. "I remember being in the Pavilion Room up on the stage for that Six Max final table, and my rail was spilling over onto the floor. I was here last week for Chris Moorman's, and it's just amazing to be a part of it. You can't feel sad at any point, because there's just so much support behind you." Brammer had come close to WSOP success in the past, finishing fifth in the 2012 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max event. "That one hurt for a long time. I made a final table at World Series of Europe that same year, but there hasn't been any since, and I've been coming here every year. It's been a while.” Well, he’s now got that monkey off his back, besting the likes of Yevgeniy ‘Jovial Gent’ Timoshenko and Oliver Weis to capture his first major live title. "It was a turbo tournament, so the blind levels went up fairly quickly. That creates a lot of action, and it's important to win those all-ins. And I think I won pretty much all of them. I was dealt a lot of good cards. There were situations where I could shove into them and put pressure on them.” In the very first hand of heads-up play, Jett Schencker opened [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"] only for Brammer to put him all in with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"]. A ten on the flop was all she wrote. Final table payouts: Chris Brammer - $527,555 Jett Schencker - $326,051 Yevgeniy Timoshenko - $223,574 Rui Ye - $156,022 Tobias Ziegler - $110,845 Oliver Weis - $80,196 Michael Brinkenhoff - $59,107 Alex Foxen - $44,395 Diego Sanchez - $33,993 Ben Maya goes all the way in $1,500 Shootout [caption width="640"] Ben Maya surprised everybody - including himself - to win the ,500 NLHE Shootout (WSOP photo)[/caption] You’ve probably never heard of this new bracelet winner, but don’t worry. Even his friends don’t know he final tabled this event. “I’m shocked. All the people I play with will be shocked,” Ben Mayasaid after his win in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout. “I have my own business. I’m a realtor. There is no one following me at home. No one knows.” For his victory over the 1,025-strong field, Maya wins $257,764 and his first gold bracelet. It wasn’t an easy road to victory for the Israeli realtor, as he had to beat the likes of Moorman and Vojtech Ruzicka along the way, before overcoming a final table which included Jonathan Little. "I had a feeling from the first day... I had a picture of me taking the bracelet, but I didn't believe in myself. I don't know why; I'm not such a good player, that I can tell you. After I won the second day, I knew it, that's it," Final table payouts: Ben Maya - $257,764 Thomas Boivin - $159,273 Tim West - $115,297 Phachara Wongwichit - $84,453 Alex Rocha - $62,602 Steve Foutty - $46,969 Joe Cook - $35,673 Paul Michaelis - $27,431 Jonathan Little - $21,360 Matas Dilpsas - $16,844 Matthew Schreiber claims first bracelet in $3K HORSE [caption width="640"] Matthew Schreiber beat Phillip Hui heads-up to win his first career WSOP bracelet. (WSOP photo)[/caption] Another first-time bracelet winner was crowned on Saturday. Matthew Schreiber took down the final table of Event #44, the $3,000 HORSE in just three hours of play. "I have been playing a lot of mixed cash games," said Schreiber. "But in this particular event, I'm very inexperienced in Stud and very inexperienced in hi-lo. So, it's coming as a shock to me as well.” For his victory, the former collegiate golf player won $256,226. He came into the final table as chip leader, and despite a rocky road managed to get to the finish line in first. "This is the pinnacle for any poker player," he said about his bracelet win. "I made some deep runs and could never really finish the job, but I felt really good about this one at the end.” Final table payouts: Matthew Schreiber - $256,226 Phil Hui - $158,361 David Steicke - $107,458 Tom Koral - $74,382 Ryan Himes - $52,542 Hanks Honig - $37,892 Ryan Hughes - $27,910 Brendan Taylor - $21,007 Valentin Vornicu - $16,165 Barry Greenstein headlines $1,500 PLO final 21 On Day 1 of Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, 830 players sat down to give it a shot. By the start of Day 2, there were just 151 remaining. And now, going into Sunday’s Day 3, they’re down to 21. Millard Hale leads the bunch, but it’s three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein who a lot of eyes will be on. He sits fifth in chips, while nearing the bottom of the pack is two-time bracelet winner Barny Boatman. They’ll all return today to play for the $223,339 first-place prize. Top 10 chip counts: Millard Hale - 640,000 Kevin Saul - 613,000 Miguel Use - 598,000 John O’Shea - 459,000 Barry Greenstein - 359,000 Fernando Macia - 335,000 Samuel Lee - 313,000 Robert Price - 289,000 Christopher O’Rourke - 279,000 Andrew Watson - 277,000 Monster Stack and $10K Seven-Card Stud kick off There was a huge turn-out for Day 1A of the $1,500 Monster Stack yesterday, with 2,676 hopefuls taking their seats. After play was over, 768 remained. Allan Rabinovich bagged the chip lead, with Loni Harwood, T.J. Cloutier, Jonathan Duhamel, Paul Volpe, and Ari Engel all making it through. The day wasn’t so good for the likes of Jessica Dawley, Eddy Sabat, Matt Salsberg, Joe Cada, JC Tran, Mike Sowers, Marsha Wolak, Annette Obrestad, Jamie Kerstetter, and Mohsin Charania, who all busted. However, they can have another shot at Sunday’s Day 1B if they like. Meanwhile, the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (Event #48) also got going yesterday with 125 runners. Just 48 will return Sunday, with three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser holding the chip lead with 325,00. He’ll be joined by a stacked line-up including Todd Brunson (271,000), John Monnette(221,500), Phil Hellmuth (70,000), James Obst (137,500),Jennifer Harman (166,000), and Daniel Negreanu(97,500). There’s $320,193 up top in this one. Top 10 chip counts Benny Glaser - 325,500 Mack Lee - 292,500 Todd Brunson - 271,000 Randy Ohel - 248,500 Richard Chiovari - 246,500 Jameson Painter - 238,500 John Monnette - 221,500 Viacheslav Zhukov - 215,000 Abe Mosseri - 179,500 Chris Wallace - 176,000
  4. [caption width="640"] Jeff 'YellowSub86' Williams is all smiles at the final table of the ,500 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2017 World Series of Poker.[/caption] Last Sunday, Jeff Williams flew into Las Vegas from his hometown of Atlanta with the intention of hanging out with some friends from his poker playing days and maybe playing one or two World Series of Poker events for old times sake. It was supposed to be a short trip - just a few days. “I played the $5K Six Max for a couple of minutes, fresh off the plane,” joked Williams. That turned out to be the only brick so far though. After busting that one he played the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event and finished 273rd for a little better than min-cash. The next day he jumped in the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty event and wound up 37th for $3,862. He had one more day on his planned trip but registered for the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha - a three-day event - anyway. He bagged just under an average stack on Day 1 with 138 players remaining, just seven bustouts from his third cash of the week. Then he outlasted another 120 players on Day 2 and bagged up the fourth biggest stack heading into Day 3. Not long after play resumed on Friday afternoon, he was one of just nine players left in the field with $231,482 and the WSOP bracelet up top. While his eventual payout has increased along the way, Williams jokes that the big winner has been Delta who have collected a decent chunk of change fees from him over the last three days. Williams, who won the European Poker Tour Grand Final at 19 years old, and has just over $1.2 million in online poker tournament winnings, doesn’t play much poker these days. He and his wife Lauren had their first baby last year and earlier this year Williams started living that entrepreneur life. “Family man now. It’s been a lot of change, but it’s awesome. Life’s really different, but it’s really cool,” said Williams. “So, family takes up a lot of time, but I’ve also got a small venture fund in Atlanta with some friends of mine, we’ve been going out and finding cool companies and investing in some stuff. We’ve got some exciting prospects but nothing that’s hit yet.” Williams, who earned €900,000 for his EPT win, looks back on that time of his life as one full of special moments, including having his mom and dad jump on a plane on the second to last day of the Grand Final to come to Monte Carlo and cheer him on. “Not knowing if I was going to still be in or not, which in hindsight, was pretty reckless. They could have just come and i was like ‘Got 11th - sorry guys, no show’. So seeing them surprise at the final table was pretty wild,” said Williams. He also didn’t get to take home the huge glass trophy he was presented with for winning. He was given a much smaller replica which now sits on a shelf inside the home he and his wife built in an Atlanta suburb. The poker-playing Williams is now really a thing of the past. He’s more focused on his family and business, but his little girl is clearly the jewel of his eye. “I look back and, fond memories of course, but it’s a different time of my life and having fun with what I’m doing now and had fun with what I did back then,” said Williams. “Family, definitely. There’s that first year, getting to spend time with the little baby girl. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s been amazing.”
  5. [caption width="640"] Calvin Anderson hasn't played a single WSOP event yet this summer - and he's just fine with that (PokerStars photo)[/caption] A few days before the 2017 World Series of Poker began, WSOP bracelet winner and former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, Calvin Anderson fired out a tweet that caught a lot of people off guard. As he has in years past Anderson had been in Mexico playing the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He cashed 39 times, including a win in Event #13 (High) for $69,920 and a third place finish in Event #15 (Medium) for $154,400. With that kind of recent success, and his WSOP success in years past, Anderson was sure to be one of the most drafted players in the numerous WSOP fantasy drafts and that factored into his decision to not play his normal summer schedule. “I don’t like the pressure of getting on all of these fantasy teams and then I feel like I have to play every event,” said Anderson. “Not everybody feels this way, but I feel a bit responsible to play because I know I’m really talented and I play all the games a lot and I’m able to beat the fields, but it’s just a bit exhausting.” Anderson’s SCOOP schedule meant playing multiple events every day for three weeks straight and getting an average of four hours sleep each night. After years of jumping in to the WSOP right after SCOOP, Anderson wanted a more balanced approach and a chance to recharge while still being involved He arrived in Las Vegas earlier this week and was on the rail earlier this week as his longtime girlfriend, Kami Hudson, made a run in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, eventually finishing 10th. “I’ve been stepping back and buying some action, advising some people and that’s a role I would like to take more I would say,” said Anderson. “I’ve been working on a lot of mindset stuff and energy and vibrational stuff and it’s just more rewarding or fulfilling.“ Anderson cashed in six WSOP events in 2016, including a runner-up finish in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop for almost $325,000. He’s cashed 21 times over the previous four years and won his only career bracelet in 2014. It’s that level of success that has allowed Anderson to take a more measured approach this summer. “Once you get to a point where you have a certain amount of money, you’re able to sit back and chill and think about what your skill set is. For me, a lot of people consider me to be a pretty good poker player, but I consider myself to be a pretty good teacher, too, and I back and advise quite a few people and I want to fine tune how a lot of things work,” said Anderson, who has recently joined the chorus of poker players trading cryptocurrencies. Even though he’s not playing a full schedule, Anderson does still plan to play some events in the second half of the WSOP schedule. He’s just able to pick his spots based on how he’s feeling each day, rather than a need to chase Player of the Year of WSOP fantasy points. “From a big picture standpoint, it’s time to take some time off and not feel pressure about the world. The World Series is crazy. You come here, every single tournament is such good value so you feel like a crackhead around here because you’re running around here playing all these tournaments,” said Anderson. “I feel like I’m finally a bit out of the rat race and I can just relax and play some tournaments, late-reg if I want to, if I don’t feel like playing, don’t play.”
  6. [caption width="640"] Maurice Hawkins has just 55 players standing between him and the first WSOP bracelet of his career (WPT photo)[/caption] In the previous installment of 50 Days and 50 Nights with Maurice Hawkins, the 10-time WSOP Circuit ring winner was cruising his way through the Marathon and appeared to be on track to win his first WSOP bracelet and pick up his biggest career score. That’s not what happened though. Maurice Hawkins finished Day 4 of the $2,620 buy-in Marathon event at the 2017 World Series of Poker with the fourth biggest stack, 3,630,000, with Joseph Di Rosa Rojas, Tim Reilly and Andrew Jernigan ahead of him. There were just 13 players and one more scheduled day of play ahead of him. Any top three finish would be a career-best for him. “The train fell off the tracks. Was a big ol’ wall at the end of the track and I didn’t see it coming. It wasn’t meant for me to win. It just seemed every time I had a pretty big hand somebody had a bigger hand,” said Hawkins, who made the final table but had to settle for a ninth place finish. One of those hands were Hawkins was second-best came against Tim Reilly, late on Day 4 when Hawkins flopped top set on an [poker card="as"] Jx [poker card="ts"] board before turning a full house. Reilly held [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] and rivered a royal flush with the [poker card="js"]. It marked the beginning of some verbal sparring between the two according to Hawkins. “He made a smart ass comment. He said ‘This is not the Circuit’ after he hit a two-percenter on me. Where he had a straight flush draw,” said Hawkins. The next day the two were seated next to each other and it didn’t take long for fireworks to go off. “He was just digging in to me over and over again. Finally I just got tired of it. Then he started getting disrespectful. Which, I don’t like. I don’t like when people lie about things they know nothing about, just blatantly shouting things out. It’s just ridiculous,” said Hawkins. Reilly accused Hawkins of not paying back some backers, a story that has made its way around some of poker’s gossip circles but Hawkins denies it. He even challenged Reilly to name people that are waiting to get paid. “When they don’t have anything to say about you, they just come up with a dumbass comment. That’s the reason when he was there I was like ‘Why don’t you tell me who I owe?’. I wanna know so I can pay that person back who I owe,” said Hawkins. The confrontation got loud enough that the floor came over and spoke to both players. The floor was concerned enough to ask a security guard to monitor the two players until they cooled down. “What bothered me was when he started being disrespectful,” said Hawkins. A few hours later, Hawkins was out in ninth place while Reilly went on to finish fourth. Hawkins earned $54,356 for his efforts and then took some time off to spend time with his wife and a few friends. They hit up Jewel at Aria, then spent an afternoon at Tao. It was hardly refreshing though. “I feel tired. I wish I could say I was refreshed. I feel tired,” said Hawkins, who still believes he’s going to do big things this summer. “I’m gonna final table within the next week. Seven days I’ll be back to a final table. And within 15 I’ll be top three again, about to win,” said Hawkins. “Because I’m doing the same thing that I always do. Every four or five tournaments I normally make a final table. Three or four tournaments later I make another final table. And then around two to three weeks in, I just win something big.” Hawkins plans is playing a few No Limit events this week, including the Monster Stack this upcoming weekend. “I’m going to make a final table, man. Proof is in the pudding. This is what I do,” said Hawkins.
  7. [caption width="640"] One bracelet win in the books already for Former #1s thanks to Chris Moorman (WPT photos)[/caption] In the storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, no player is more decorated than Chris Moorman. He’s hit the #1 spot 13 times in his career, he’s won over $14,000,000 in online poker tournaments, he’s collected a total of 25 Triple Crown wins. He’s never been able to take that success and transfer it to the World Series of Poker though. Until now. Moorman’s win in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event was the only bracelet won by former #1-ranked players on PocketFives as the group inches closer and closer to more than $1 million in cashes this summer through 31 events. Chris Moorman2017 WSOP cashes: 3 2017 WSOP earnings: $505,759 Moorman beat out 958 other players, including a final table with Max Silver, Steve Sung and Bernardo Da Silveira Dias, to win the first bracelet of his career and $498,682. It’s the fourth largest score of his career and biggest he won the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic in 2014. It was his fifth career WSOP final table and third in a Six Max tournament. He also picked up two smaller cashes earlier in the Series. He picked up $4,418 for a 285th place finish in Colossus and another $2,659 in the Millionaire Maker where he finished 834th. Jordan Young2017 WSOP cashes: 1 2017 WSOP earnings: $242,160 The earliest sign of a big score from the former #1s came from Jordan Young in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in the first week. Young took home $242,160 but ultimately fell one spot short of winning his first WSOP bracelet with a second place finish. It was his first WSOP final table since 2011 and just the second of his career. Shaun Deeb2017 WSOP cashes: 4 2017 WSOP earnings: $23,852 Shaun Deeb leads the way with the most cashes so far this summer (4) but with earnings of $23,852 over those four events, and a number of $10,000 Championship events already come and gone, Deeb might be on the net-negative side of the ledger so far. Deeb had a small cash in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event for a 248th place finish but has had three close calls with 26th, 13th and 20th place showings so far. One or two hands go a different direction in any of those three and we could be talking about a much bigger score. The group of 40 players has cashed just 33 times so far for a total of $959,686 in earnings. That’s far cry from last year when the same group combined for $11,729,142 from 110 cashes, including three bracelet wins (Fedor Holz, Paul Volpe and Deeb).
  8. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Chris Moorman has finally crossed his name off of the 'Best Players Without a Bracelet' list after capturing the K Six Max on Friday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Wow, what a day. Friday at the 2017 World Series of Poker saw the all-time leading money winner in online tournaments win his very first bracelet, having endured multiple runner-up finishes over the years. Two more bracelet winners were also crowned, two new events got going, and three more tournaments chalked up another day. Oh, and Daniel Negreanu is close to his seventh bracelet yet again. Here’s a look at all of Friday’s action. Chris Moorman adds a WSOP bracelet to his epic resume If there’s one name synonymous with online poker tournaments, it’s Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman. The 31-year-old Brit has won more than anyone in the format - more than $14 million to be precise - as well as more than $5 million in live earnings and a WPT title. You can now add a WSOP bracelet to his accomplishments, after he took down the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for $498,682. It almost wasn’t to be, though. When play reached the official final table, Moorman was all-in with ace-king against the pocket jacks of Steve Sung. A miracle ace on the river saved his tournament life. From there they saw the start-of-day chip leaderMax Silver bow out, followed by John Gorsuch, Sung, and Michael Gagliano in third. Moorman had slightly more than a 2:1 chip lead when he got heads up against Brazil’s Bernardo Dias, and that meant two rowdy rails as the Brazilians and Brits are known for their side-stage support. The Brit never lost the chip lead throughout the battle, but every time Dias got short he found a double. In the end though, he open jammed for around 20 big blinds with king-ten, and Moorman snap-called with ace-king, which held up. Moorman then celebrated in style with a ‘shoe bomb’ (a jaegerbomb shot drunk out of his own shoe) alongside his rail, which included his wife Katie, and some of the UK’s leading players such as Craig McCorkell, Toby Lewis, Niall Farrell, Chris Brammer, and Tom Middleton. “I feel like anytime you win live, it's just a lot more real,” Moorman said. “All your friends are there celebrating with you and particularly a lot of my online success was when I was living in the U.K. I would be playing all through the night and maybe win a tournament about five or six in the morning and I would just be there on my own.” Having the bracelet under his belt, Moorman’s optimistic for the rest of the series. “The series is still young, there are plenty of more events out there,” he added. “I’ve already had three cashes, including this one, and I feel great and confident. Hopefully, I can make a final table and if not, hopefully, some more Brits do and I can be on the rail and support them and I would be just as happy, to be honest." Final table payouts: Chris Moorman - $498,682 Bernardo Dias - $308,166 Michael Gagliano - $210,139 Steve Sung - $145,634 John Gorsuch - $102,605 Max Silver - $73,510 Venezuela’s first bracelet comes as Joseph Di Rosa Rojas wins The Marathon Joseph Di Rosa Rojas is the first player from Venezuela to win WSOP gold (WSOP photo)[/CAPTION] The unknown player from Venezuela came into the home straight of the $2,620 Marathon with the lead, and he never lost it, running that chip lead all the way to victory. Joseph Di Rosa Rojas not only captured his first gold bracelet and $690,469 - more than ten times his career earnings before tonight; he also took down the first ever bracelet for his home country of Venezuela. It was by no means an easy final table, what with the likes of Tim Reilly, Julien Stuer, Faraz Jaka and Maurice Hawkins all taking seats. But by the time Rojas found himself heads-up against Alexander Lynskey, he had built up an impressive 8:1 chip advantage. In the final hand, Rojas limped on the button only for Lynskey to shove with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"]. Rojas snap-called with the [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"], leaving Lynskey in dire straits. That is, until the [poker card="qc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"] flop hit the felt, giving him two pair. Now it was Rojas who needed to improve, and he did so quickly on the [poker card="qh"] turn, giving him a bigger two pair. The [poker card="5h"] completed the board, and that meant victory for Rojas. When asked how he felt about capturing the first bracelet for Venezuela, Rojas laughed, "I don't know, maybe tomorrow I will know!" Final table payouts: Joseph Di Rosa Rojas- $690,469 Alexander Lynskey - $426,663 Jeffrey Tomlinson - $307,728 Tim Reilly - $224,316 Julian Stuer - $165,277 Faraz Jaka - $123,105 Andrew Jernigan - $92,705 Pratik Ghatge- $70,590 Maurice Hawkins - $54,356 Brian Brubaker takes down $1,500 Triple Draw Deuce for $109,967 [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Brian Brubaker topped the 326-player field in the ,500 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven (WSOP photo)[/caption] While he’s not a household poker name like Moorman, Los Angeles-based mixed game pro Brian Brubaker showed his worth on Friday by winning the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. First prize in this event was $109,967, and it would take two hours of heads-up play against start-of-final table chipleader Brendan Taylor before Brubaker could capture his first gold bracelet. The entire final table only took five hours, showing how much of a battle the final duel was. Rewinding back to the start of the final table, the first players to fall wereRick Fuller and Dean Kerl in sixth and fifth respectively, before professional German soccer player Max Kruse exited in fourth, taking his rowdy rail with him. Jason Riesenberg then busted in third, leaving Taylor - seeking his second gold bracelet - up against Brubaker. The lead swung back and forth several times, but ultimately Brubaker began to pull away, grinding down his opponent. In the final hand Brubaker patted a nine-low, and Taylor held a four-card eight-low before drawing one. He had outs, but it came an eight on the river to pair his hand, giving Brubaker the victory. "It was a lot of fun. Pretty intense, there were a lot of swings throughout the final table," Brubaker said. "Luckily, I pretty much just won the majority of the [heads-up] pots and went straight up. "I guess I'm pretty good at draw altogether, especially in a tournament," he added. "I make some adjustments in tournaments I think are successful. I don't know if they're necessarily what other people would say are good. But, I've been successful with it and now I have something to prove it.” Final table payouts Brian Brubaker - $109,967 Brendan Taylor - $67,952 Jason Riesenberg - $43,597 Max Kruse - $28,740 Dean Kerl - $19,482 Rick Fuller - $13,591 Eddy Sabat bags chip lead in $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Day 2 of Event #29 has seen the 1,086 starting field decrease to just 30 players, all of whom with return on Saturday. Eddy Sabat holds the most chips with 1.86 million, followed by Asi Moshe (921K) and Tom Thomas(861K). Scott ‘Aggro Santos’ Margereson is also still in contention (712K), as is Chi Zhang (674K), Giuseppe Pantaleo (568K), Curt Kohlberg(376K), John Dolan(305K), Jonathan Abdellatif(252K), 2015 November Niner Federico Butteroni (236K), and start-of-the-day chip leader Pablo Fernandez(132K). The prize pool of $2,443,500 has created a healthy first-place prize of $456,822. Play resumes on Saturday with all players guaranteed $10,868. Top 10 chip counts: Eddy Sabat - 1,866,000 Asi Moshe - 921,000 Tom Thomas - 861,000 Jamie Armstrong - 756,000 Scott Margereson - 712,000 NAME REDACTED - 676,000 Chi Zhang - 674,000 James Calvo - 572,000 Giuseppe Pantaleo - 568,000 Charalampos Lappas - 526,000 Daniel Negreanu leads $10K H.O.R.S.E finale As Day 2 neared its end, Daniel Negreanu managed to increase his chip lead and will come into Saturday’s Day 3 of the $10,000 HORSE Championship way out in front. Just 15 of the 150 players who started remain, including recent two-time bracelet winner David Bach, three-time bracelet winner Brian Rast, and five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier, who also happens to be the defending champion. There’s $383,208 for the winner, but all that will be on Negreanu’s mind after several close calls will be the gold bracelet. If he can capture it, it’ll be his seventh. Play resumes at 2pm Saturday. Final 15 chip counts Daniel Negreanu - 1,213,000 Scott Bohlman - 756,000 Don Zewin - 704,000 Richard Chase - 647,000 David Bach - 572,000 Brian Rast - 553,000 Jason Mercier - 541,000 Yuebin Guo - 513,000 Jerry Wong - 457,000 Eric Rodawig - 334,000 Mack Lee - 319,000 Anthony Zinno - 283,000 Andrew Brown - 282,000 Phillip Wallace - 226,000 Mark Gregorich - 137,000 Senior’s Event and $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo kick off Two more tournaments got started on Friday: the $1,000 Senior’s No Limit Hold’em Championship, and the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix. A massive starting field of 5,389 entered the Senior’s, with 809 making the money. Well, we ended Day 1 with just 694, meaning the bubble burst on Day 1 and everyone is already guaranteed $1,587, but all have their eyes set on the $617,303 first-place prize. The mean leading the way when the chips were bagged was Kevin Dowling, who managed to spin his 5,000 starting stack up to 160,800. Also returning for Day 2 will be Georgios Karakousis (158,300), Martinus Kaspers (157,300), Jim Earnest (142,600), David James (135,000),Greg Raymer (101,400), defending champion Johnnie Craig (95,000), Dan Heimiller (22,500), Bill Klein (23,300), Cliff Josephy(19,900) and Joe Somerville (7,000). Chris Ferguson, Scotty Nguyen, Billy Baxter, Mike Sexton, Men Nguyen, and Barry Greenstein all entered, but failed to bag chips. Top 10 chip counts Kevin Dowling - 160,800 Georgios Karakousis - 158,300 Martinus Kaspers - 157,300 David James - 142,600 Jim Earnest - 135,000 Bill Maness - 121,300 Jim Ernest - 114,000 Gina Bacon - 108,500 Greg Raymer - 101,400 Dan Schmiech - 101,400 Meanwhile over in the Omaha event, it was Daniel Zack who ended the day on top with 92,375. The 688 field was whittled down to 224, and there are plenty of well-knowns returning tomorrow. A few of those who made it through include Igor Sharaskin (85,500), Allen Kessler (73,450), Leif Force (70,050), Sam Farha (43,775), Lee Markholt (32,900), Nikolai Yakovenko (32,800), Yuval Bronshtein (28,125), Mike Matusow (23,175), Phil Hellmuth(21,650), Rob Mizrachi (18,850), Mike Sexton (18,450) and Benny Glaser(15,300). Top 10 chip counts Daniel Zack - 92,375 Igor Sharaskin - 85,500 Allen Kessler - 73,450 Leif Force - 70,050 David Brookshire - 58,300 Alan Sternberg - 44,000 Sam Farha - 43,775 Orlando Romero - 41,575 Regina Hampton - 37,300 Stephen Johnson - 36,100
  9. [caption width="640"] 888poker is the only place to qualify online for the 2017 WSOP Main Event[/caption] More than 50 online poker players have already won their entry into the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, and there is still time for you to do so as well. 888poker, the official WSOP satellite provider, has a number of sub-satellite "Steps" for players to move up the ladder throughout June and compete for a $3,000 WSOP "Crazy 8s" package or a $12,500 grand prize which includes entry into the 2017 WSOP Main Event, lodging, and money for travel expenses. Last year 888poker sent almost 150 players to the WSOP Main Event, including final tablists Griffin Benger and Fernando Pons. To make playing worth even more, players who qualify for the WSOP Main Event through 888poker that go on to win the Main Event will have their winnings increased to $10,000,000. "This makes an already exciting tournament even bigger and more incredible. Imagine getting to the final table of the WSOP Main Event with the possibility of winning a full 10 million dollars," said Kara Scott, 888poker Ambassador. "The prize money for the champion is already huge but this takes it one step further and gives all the 888poker qualifiers an even bigger prize to shoot for." Here is a look at this week's online poker Satellite Tournament schedule. Qualify for as little as $0.01. WSOP 2017 MAIN EVENT QUALIFIER *Qualify via Steps or buy-in direct $1,050 buy-in June 11 -- 15:30 - Tournament #104424627 1 WSOP Main Event Package awarded $1,050 buy-in June 15 -- 15:30 - Tournament #104546530 1 WSOP Main Event Package awarded Single-Table "Steps" to WSOP 2017 *Sit & Go events run at various times throughout the day Step 1: $0.01 buy-in Winners receive $0.10 Ticket Step 2: $0.10 buy-in Winners receive $1 Ticket Step 3: $1 buy-in Winners receive $5 Ticket Step 4: $5 buy-in Winners receive $30 Ticket Step 5: $30 buy-in Winners receive $160 Ticket RELATED: How to Qualify for the WSOP Main Event for $0.01 REGIONAL SATELLITES June 11 -- 18:00 (Brazil Only) Tournament #103485770 -- $0.01 Winner gets $3,000 WSOP Ultimate package 120 currently registered *Freeroll entries available June 15 -- 15:30 (UK Only) Tournament #103485546 -- $0.01 Winner gets $3,000 WSOP Ultimate package 125 currently registered *Freeroll entries available You can check out all the upcoming satellite tournament action directly through the 888 Poker client by selecting the menu options ALL GAMES > TOURNAMENTS > LIVE EVENTS Best of luck at the tables. Here's hoping we'll see YOU at this year's World Series of Poker Main Event! 2017 Main Event Package Winners To Date: 57 2017 Crazy 8's Package Winners To Date: 16
  10. [caption width="640"] Over the next 50 days, Maurice Hawkins plans to win at least a couple of bracelets and a staggering amount of money.[/caption] In the first installment of 50 Days and 50 Nights, we introduced you to 10-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins and went over his blueprint for finding success at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Now it’s time to talk about the first week, how he’s feeling and what he’s looking forward to. It’s technically Day 9 of the 2017 WSOP and if you look at Maurice Hawkins’ profile on WSOP.com you notice that he has yet to record a single cash this summer. For a guy that has openly talked about winning $7 million at the WSOP this year, it’s not exactly a fantastic start but Hawkins isn’t exactly down on himself for the lack of early results. “I feel great. See the thing is, I trust the process. Most people get hell bent out of shape after they lose a couple of tournaments, but last time I checked we only cash around one out of ten, so I’ve lost like five, but three or four unique tournaments, winning is just right around the corner,” said Hawkins. “I don’t get too down about it, except for the first ten minutes out of a tournament, I don’t like to be touched or talked to, but after that I’m straight.” Like most of the Circuit grinders playing the WSOP this year, Hawkins took a shot at the $1 million first place prize money in Colossus III but found the structure to be not to his liking. “The (starting stacks) are so small, the blinds go up so fast, it’s a hyper turbo. You’re forced to play every pot and every hand basically to showdown and pray to god that you have the best one because if you don’t get any chips, a couple of doubles in the first three, four levels, you’re just toast,” said Hawkins. Despite this, Hawkins fired six times. “I like to call it the $3K punt off because that’s what it felt like. It felt like I had no clue how or when or where or what I was doing,” said Hawkins. He also played the tag team, joining forces with Brandon Fish and Charles Moore. The team quickly built up a decent stack and even found themselves near the chip lead at one point. A couple of “unfortunate spots” later and Hawkins and his team were out, well before they hit the money, but that gave Hawkins a chance to reset before the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event of the year. “The $1,500 I felt like myself in, because it was just a nice No Limit tournament, not tagging nobody in and not worrying about the blinds eating me up. Can’t wait for more of those, that’s going to be beautiful - like breakfast in the morning,” said Hawkins. Again, he built up a decent stack early on and saw his name at the top of the chip counts before getting bored and busting out, again well short of the money. “I wasn’t having fun, I wasn’t playing my style of poker. i think I was just sitting back too much, hanging out, playing that ABC grind game and I don’t know, I think there’s a lot of energy, sway, positivity when you’re having fun,” said Hawkins. “I feel like you hit more sets - you don’t, I know I live in a logical world - but I just believe when you’re having fun, things seem to be going better for you.” That reminded Hawkins that for him to be successful, he’s got to be himself and make sure that he’s doing things to keep the game fun for him, and his tablemates. “So I’m going to try to fun it up a bit more; have more conversations, have more talks, stack more people, upset a few more people when things don’t go their way and they don’t know what the hell I just did,” said Hawkins. Thursday afternoon he’ll be putting that to test in the $1,500 Six Max event. He also has the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event and the Millionaire Maker on his schedule, but he’s most looking forward to Sunday. That’s when his family arrives. “You start going delirious because you start losing human contact. You could talk to people everyday, they could be your man, your friend, all these different people, but for some reason it doesn’t feel like real human contact until you can talk to the person you love or your kids or your family,” said Hawkins. “It’s always good when your family gets here.” Stay tuned throughout the 2017 WSOP as we check in regularly with Hawkins and talk about how things are going – good or bad – and chronicle what could be an amazing summer.
  11. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES PocketFives.com Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark are all ready for poker's version of summer camp: The World Series of Poker. This episode is dedicated entirely to previewing the 2017 WSOP and talking about what's new, who they think is going to stand out this summer and what the recently announced PokerGo streaming plans mean for poker.
  12. For poker fans, the World Series of Poker is one of the most exciting times of the year. With the game’s best competing for 74 bracelets and millions of dollars over the course of seven weeks, there is plenty of action for fans to sweat. If you aren’t in Las Vegas on the rail, there are several options for fans to follow the action from the comfort of their own home. Live Updates After two years of doing the live updates in-house, the WSOP brought PokerNews back to do the live updates for the summer. PokerNews’ live reporting team are producing the updates that can be found on both PokerNews.com and WSOP.com. Fans can expect detailed hand histories from start to finish of every tournament, as well as up-to-date chip counts. PokerGo by Poker Central Along with making changes to who would be providing the live updates, the WSOP also announced a partnership with Poker Central that gives Poker Central the global television and digital media rights for the WSOP. This agreement gave Poker Central the responsibility of running the live streams for the entire summer. Shortly after the agreement between the two parties, Poker Central announced the release of their subscription based service PokerGo, where all the live streams for the WSOP final tables can be found. For a small monthly fee, fans can have access to all the summer’s streams as well as plenty of other content from Poker Central. Twitter Sometimes during the early stages of a tournament, it is tough to get updates on every player in the field and sometimes chip updates are few and far between. If you are looking for updates for a specific player, don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and their other social media outlets. Most players will post updates as the tournament progresses. They will document chip counts at various stages of the tournament, as well as mention noteworthy hands after they happen. Some players have gotten into the habit of posting their tournament updates from a different twitter account altogether. Make sure you are following the right account if you want to get tournament updates from the player. PocketFives If you live somewhere other than the Pacific time zone or just simply aren’t as nocturnal as many poker players are, you might be asleep when some of the meaningful action of a tournament takes place. If you can’t stay awake long enough to watch the duration of a live stream or follow the updates until completion, PocketFives is covering the entire series every ay, in a way that allows fans to catch up on the action the next day. PocketFives.com will have coverage of the action throughout the summer. Daily recaps, bracelet winner interviews, and features on interesting stories that have developed throughout the tournament series.
  13. [caption width="640"] Winning your way into the 2017 WSOP Main Event is a lot more lucrative now thanks to 888poker.[/caption] Over the last ten years, winning theWorld Series of Poker Main Event has been worth between $7.6 million and $10 million to the eventual champion. It's life-changing money for sure, but now the folks over at 888poker want to make you even richer. As part of their Supersize ME promotion, any player that qualifies for the 2017 WSOP Main Event through 888poker will be eligible to win $10,000,000 if they go on to win the Main Event. That's because 888poker will make up the difference between the standard WSOP payout for first and $10,000,000. "This makes an already exciting tournament even bigger and more incredible. Imagine getting to the final table of the WSOP Main Event with the possibility of winning a full 10 million dollars," said Kara Scott, 888poker Ambassador. "The prize money for the champion is already huge but this takes it one step further and gives all the 888poker qualifiers an even bigger prize to shoot for." Martin Jacobson is the only WSOP Main Event winner to walk away with $10,000,000 in the last 10 years. YEARCHAMPWINNINGSENTRANTS 2007Jerry Yang$8,250,0006,358 2008Peter Eastgate$9,152,4166,844 2009Joe Cada$8,547,0426,494 2010Jonathan Duhamel$8,944,3107,319 2011Pius Heinz$8,715,6386,865 2012Greg Merson$8,531,8536,598 2013Ryan Riess$8,361,5706,352 2014Martin Jacobson$10,000,0006,683 2015Joe McKeehen$7,683,3466,420 2016Qui Nguyen$8,005,3106,737 The promotion is open to anybody who wins their way to the WSOP Main Event through 888poker. The online poker operator ran a similar promotion in 2016, but it was only for a limited number of satellites and guaranteed an additional $5 million to the winner. Only 30 players were eligible, but Romanian Joldis Cosmin gave the company a real sweat by making it to Day 5 before busting out in 85th place. There were two 888poker qualifiers who made it to the November Nine though. Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin Benger and amateur Fernando Pons both won their seats online and turned that into a seven-figure score. Players who qualify for the WSOP Main Event through 888poker get a package worth $12,500 that includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in, $1,200 travel and expenses allowance, five nights at the Vdara Hotel Las Vegas and an 888live poker kit. Winning your way to the 2017 WSOP Main Event starts with satellites for just one cent. Work your way through six steps to get into the $1,050 WSOP satellite. To help, PocketFives has put together a comprehensive guide on how to play each step. How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.01 How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.10 How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $1 How To Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event For Just $5 How To Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event For Just $30 How To Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event For Just $160 If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  14. [caption width="640"] The 2017 World Series of Poker could be one of the busiest ever with 74 events over just 48 days (WSOP/Joe Giron photo)[/caption] In a little over 100 days poker players from around the world will be making their way to Las Vegas for the 2017 World Series of Poker. The schedule includes a total of 74 bracelet events spread over 48 days, meaning the Rio Hotel convention center is going to be packed to capacity most days. “As long as we're at this time period, I think there's not much more room for growth particularly on the, the live side,” said Seth Palansky, WSOP Vice President of Corporate Communications. While the official WSOP schedule still says “Final Table TBD”, WSOP organizers do have dates circled on their calendar in November – but there’s other factors in play. “The final table should be as it always has been, nothing changes. We have tentative dates in November to play that out, but we are sort of embroiled in discussions with ESPN on the future, so we just want to get through all that before we definitively announce those dates,” said Palansky. The WSOP contract with ESPN runs through 2017 and an extension of that contract could impact the way the final table plays out. “(ESPN) have some interest in some other things, some additional live opportunities and things like that, so if, if we did extend and if some of these other things come to fruition, you know, it could impact how the Main Event is run.” “I anticipate it going just like it always has, that's the most likely solution here.” While Palansky doesn’t believe the final table plans will change much this year, he’s far less committal on the Main Event field size. “Some of these political issues that are going on, the dollar valuations; those are really the main drivers of the WSOP,” said Palansky. “Attendance, we think we'll have a very successful Main Event this year, the 15% payouts, the 50,000 starting chips, everything that went into effect last year is back, and just a way the calendar breaks this year with where July 4 is and where the main event falls.” If current exchange rates hold through July, it would represent a slight increase in costs for players coming from Europe to play. YearDollarEuroGBPME Field 2017$1.00€ 0.93GBP 0.79? 2016$1.00€ 0.90GBP 0.756,737 2015$1.00€ 0.90GBP 0.646,420 2014$1.00€ 0.73GBP 0.586,683 While the Main Event continues to be the anchor point of the WSOP schedule, the weekends are still being scheduled around recreational players. With that in mind the WSOP introduced the lowest buy-in live open event in WSOP history this year, the Giant. “There was definitely some debate internally here, whether to go to this price point. Everything about it was tricky, so that's why it's set up the way it is set up over the five weeks. At the end of the day, Ty Stewart’s real belief is we have to open the tent to everyone, right? Everyone should feel welcome to come in and participate.” With five starting flights spread over five consecutive Fridays, the $365 buy-in event is aimed squarely at the players coming in to play $1,000 or $1,500 buy-in Saturday events. “So we're going to give it a shot. We think it will be a successful event, we know that price point works really well both as a Circuit and kind of a midpoint between the most popular Deep Stack that can draw 1,500 to 2,000 people and a $1K or a $565 level,” said Palansky. There is one event on the schedule this year with a buy-in lower than the Giant though. After experimenting with online bracelet events on WSOP.com over the last two years, the 2017 schedule includes three different events, with buy-ins ranging from $333 to $3,333, that will be played out entirely on WSOP.com. “We do feel an obligation to try to give poker a jolt in all places, so live and online where we're operating. Obviously in the U.S. online has been tougher of late and we want to make sure that everyone at every buy-in level has an opportunity to play the variant of their choice,” said Palansky. “We just wanted to bring in the different customers. Some may not have played our other (online) events last year because it was either too high or too low price for the online event for them. So this year we're kind of solving that buy doing all levels.” Another change for 2017 is sure to make some of those who follow the WSOP from home happy. After two years of doing live updates for all bracelet events with their own staff, the WSOP will be working with an outside vendor for 2017. “We’ve got a couple of hungry parties that will, we’ll figure out. I think I have more meetings next week there and we'll determine where that goes, but I would anticipate an outside entity handling live updates this year,” said Palansky.. While Palansky wouldn’t divulge which companies have shown interest in live updates, it’s safe to assume one of the two is PokerNews. They provided live updates for the WSOP on PokerNews.com and WSOP.com up until the end of the 2014 WSOP. The other could be PokerListings, which worked with the WSOP for WSOP-APAC live updates previously, or the recently revamped PokerCentral, which is now doing live updates for Aria High Roller events and the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl. The 2017 WSOP begins May 31.
  15. [caption width="640"] Tom Koral won his first WSOP bracelet on Friday, despite facing a 17:1 heads-up chip deficit (WSOP photo)[/caption] Yet another busy day is in the books at the2017 World Series of Poker. There's just the one new bracelet to tell you about from Friday, but it set up some exciting play for tomorrow. Saturday will see a final table take place in the$10,000 PLO 8-handed Championship, plus a lot more. Here’s a full run through Friday’s action. Tom Koral Takes own $1,500 Seven Card Stud for First Bracelet The only man to enter the winner’s circle Friday was Tom Koral, a 33-year old pro from Chicago. He’s been playing at the WSOP for more than a decade now, and has been at five final tables in that time. But he finally claimed his first bracelet last night, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $96,907. "Honestly, I still think it's going to take a little bit to soak in," said Koral after the tournament. "I've been coming here since 2005, so 13 years I've been at the World Series and cashing events. I don't know. Finally, it happened.... I love poker, I love the game, so it's really a blessing to finally have a World Series bracelet. I know after a 13-year journey how hard it is to get one.” A total of 298 players began this tournament three days ago, but Koral seemed destined for a final table all the way through. He finished with a top 10 stack on Day 1, and was chip leader after Day 2. When he got to heads-up play against Tsong Lin, Lin held a 17:1 chip lead. However, Koral managed to double up in the very first hand, and from there battled back to even and eventually to the win. Koral added: ”You're going to have to get pretty lucky at some point, and you really have to just trust your reads all the way through, because the second you stop trusting your reads is when you're gonna get run over by an aggressive player." Final table payouts: Tom Koral - $96,907 Tsong Lin - $59,894 Yueqi Zhu - $41,349 Alexander Freund - $29,102 Todd Bui - $20,888 Cheryl Denzik - $15,297 Daniel Mogavero - $11,433 Chris Tryba - $8,726 Scott Clements Leads Final 8 in $10K Pot Limit Omaha Just eight players remain in the coveted $10,000 PLO Eight Handed Championship event, and it’s Scott ‘BigRiskky’ Clements who has the final table chip lead. The other notable name joining the two-time Omaha bracelet winner is Ireland’s 2011 November Niner Eoghan O’Dea, who sits third in the chip counts. This prestigious event attracted 428 players, with 39 remaining at the beginning of Friday’s play. Clements led the way then, and still does. Some of those we lost throughout the day include Christopher Frank (39th, for $19,500), Dermot Blain (36th for $19,500), Bobby Oboodi(35th for $19,500), Mike Gorodinsky (23rd for $26,167), Johnny Lodden(19th for $26,167), John Racener (17th for $26,167), Ben Lamb (15th for $31,337), and John Monnette (14th for $38,347). There’s $938,732 for the eventual champ - can Clements win bracelet #3? Final table chip counts: Scott Clements - 5,480,000 Tommy Le - 4,065,000 Eoghan O’Dea - 2,895,000 Hani Mio - 2,720,000 Jason DeWitt - 2,560,000 Chris Lee - 2,135,000 Miltiadis Kyriakides - 1,275,000 Murat Tulek - 425,000 Big Names Remain in $5K No Limit Hold’em The 623 starting field of Event #56, the$5,000 No Limit Hold’em, has been whittled down to just 32 after Friday’s Day 2. Ari Engel, Dietrich Fast, Juha Helppi and Mike Sowers all remain with top-10 chip counts, which you can find below. Also still in contention are Damian Salas(481,000), Ravi Raghavan (467,000), Mike Watson(445,000), Matt Stout (389,000), Barny Boatman (361,000), Pierre Neuville (320,000), Matt Affleck (304,000), Aditya Agarwal(201,000), Andy Spears (197,000), and Darren Rabinowitz (174,000). Play resumes on Saturday, with $618,285 going to the winner. Top 10 chip counts: Marton Czuczor - 1,352,000 Norberto Korn - 1,098,000 Donis Agnelli - 980,000 Ari Engel - 977,000 Simon Lam - 785,000 Mike Vanier - 709,000 Yaron Zeev Malki - 681,000 Dietrich Fast - 672,000 Juha Helppi - 658,000 Mike Sowers - 652,000 Luneau, Bleznick, Greenstein Seek Mixed-Game Bracelet Saturday will be an exciting day for mixed-game fans as the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix will play down to a winner. Just 14 of the 405 entrants still remain and again, there are some big names still looking for the win. Alex Luneau and Jared Bleznick, two online cash game legends, sit first and second in the counts and both are seeking their first bracelet. Meanwhile, in fifth sits WSOP Hall of Famer and three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein is hunting bracelet #4. Play resumes at 2pm Saturday with $215,902 up top. Final 14 chip counts: Alex Luneau - 783,000 Jared Bleznick - 679,000 Smith Sirisakorn - 548,000 Larry Tull - 418,000 Barry Greenstein - 417,000 Chad Eveslage - 414,000 Bonnie Rossi - 365,000 John Sorgen - 295,000 Jameson Painter - 257,000 Mikhail Semin - 249,000 Esther Taylor - 189,000 Naoya Kihara - 185,000 Samoeun Mon - 165,000 Abdel Hamid - 121,000 Kabrhel and Negreanu Have Great Day 1s Two new events got started on Friday: Event #58: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, and Event # 59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix. In the former, the Czech Republic’s Martin Kabrhel bagged up the chip lead, topping the 265 who made it through to Day 2. In total, 1,763 players entered, but some of those who couldn’t survive include James Woods, Kristen Bicknell, Allen Cunningham, Dominik Nitsche, Phil Hellmuth, and Paul Wasicka. However, it was a better day for the likes of Kenny Hallaert, Chance Kornuth, Asi Moshe, Phil Laak and Andre Akkari, all of whom with return on Saturday. The winner of this one will bank $395,918. Top 10 chip counts: Martin Kabrhel - 235,000 Artur Rudziankov - 173,400 Andreas Christoforou - 152,000 Denis Timofeev - 151,800 Felipe Leme - 145,200 Ricardo Hernandez - 136,900 Arash Ghaneian - 135,000 Mario Prats - 131,300 Kenny Hallaert - 130,600 Giovanniluigi Zarcone - 127,800 Meanwhile in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix, it was a great day for Daniel Negreanu. He finished second in the chip counts, behind only Iraj Parvizi. 179 players began this event on Friday, but when the chip bags were brought out just 55 remained. Among the survivors are Jerry Wong (98,275), David “ODB” Baker(130,200), Jason Mercier (43,250), Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson(94,250), Mike Matusow (40,875), Ryan Hughes(126,025), and Brandon Cantu(75,300). First place will win $112,232, and coming back Saturday they’re just seven off the money. Top 10 chip counts: Iraj Parvizi - 210,000 Daniel Negreanu - 165,025 David "ODB" Baker - 130,200 Brian Rast - 126,750 Ryan Hughes - 126,025 Andrew Kelsall - 108,525 Jerry Wong - 98,275 Michael Laake - 97,000 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson - 94,250 Tuan Le - 89,000
  16. [caption width="640"] Mohsin Charania won his first career WSOP bracelet on Thursday to add his name to the list of Triple Crown winners (WSOP photo)[/caption] Two more players earned their first World Series of Poker bracelet on Thursday with one player finally completing live poker’s version of the Triple Crown and another player winning an event in a game he just doesn’t play that often. The second-to-last $10,000 Championship event before the Main Event moved on to Day 3 as did the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Mohsin Charania Defeats Cary Katz to win $1,500 NLHE and Lock Up Triple Crown Coming into the 2017 WSOP, Mohsin Charania was one of just a few players who had a shot at completing live poker’s version of the Triple Crown: a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour title and WSOP bracelet. Charania had two WPT wins (2013 & 2014) and won the Season 8 EPT Grand Final in 2012. Thursday night he rode a roller coaster of a final table to take home his first WSOP bracelet. At the start of the day Charania had the fifth biggest chip stack, but found himself swinging up and down the chip counts as the day progressed. "I kind of felt, maybe a little bit of pressure coming into the day because I had a lot of chips," said Charania. "And then the day just didn't work out for me in the beginning, so I was like seven of 10. It was really kind of a straightforward final table. I didn't get into any crazy spots, so I didn't have to make any massive decisions, so I never felt like any intense pressure." Charania eventually found himself heads-up with Cary Katz with a nearly 3-1 chip lead and it took him only 30 minutes to finish off Katz to win his first career bracelet. "This is pretty damn awesome," said Charania. Charania had a large and loud rail at the Rio cheering him on, but the 32-year-old from Chicago still managed to maintain his focus. "This happens when I'm just playing online on Tuesday, so I'm used to it. Wait until you see me get deep in like a $109 [online]. It's just chaos," said Charania. "No, you get used to it and you learn to block it out and you know like you're kind of excited because you know that when you win a pot, everyone is going to cheer for you, so it's kind of nice." Katz, who made his fortune in the student loan business and now owns PokerCentral and PokerGO, earned $225,181 for his runner-up performance. It’s the second time he’s finished runner-up in a WSOP event. In 2013 he finished second to Davidi Kitai in a $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event. Ian Steinman, the #4-ranked online poker player in Nevada, finished seventh for $48,276. He actually had the chip lead with seven players remaining but lost a series of pots including the last one which saw him racing with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] against Brandon Ageloff’s [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] was a disaster for Steinman and when the turn did not produce an ace, he was out in seventh place. The five-figure score was by far the largest live score for the online pro. His previous best WSOP cash was for $5,199. Final Table Payouts Mohsin Charania - $364,438 Cary Katz - $225,181 Brandon Ageloff - $161,844 Andy Frankenberger - $117,611 Mikhail Rudoy - $86,424 Samuel Phillips - $64,226 Ian Steinman - $48,276 Yanki Koppel - $36,708 Milan Simko - $28,239 No Limit Specialist Max Silver Wins $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em [caption width="640"] Max Silver doesn't play much Limit Hold'em, but on Thursday he won his first career WSOP bracelet and it was in a Limit event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Max Silver has 25 career WSOP cashes and 21 of them are in No Limit Hold’em - seven of which came last summer. On Thursday, the British pro won his first WSOP bracelet, but it wasn’t in the game he specializes in, it was a Limit Hold’em bracelet. Silver beat San Francisco’s Guowei Zhang to win the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em event and $172,645. It’s the British pros third cash of the 2017 WSOP, with the previous two coming in NLHE. "I've had several nice scores, but this, this is just amazing,” said Silver after his win. Zhang’s runner-up payday of $106,694 was the largest score of his career. Silver had the chip lead throughout the final table and eliminated only two of his final five opponents. Afterwards Silver, who developed the SnapShove app to help No Limit players, joked about the future of his product. Final Table Payouts Max Silver - $172,645 Guowei Zhang - $106,694 Mickey Craft - $69,789 Ayman Qutami - $46,871 Lena Wang - $32,345 Georgios Kapalas - $22,952 Scott Clements Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship There was a time where Scott Clements was considered one of the best Omaha tournament players on the planet. That may still be the case after the two-time WSOP bracelet winner stormed to the chip lead on Day 2 of the $10,000 Eight-handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship with just 39 players remaining. Clements bagged up 1,700,000 and now holds a commanding lead over the rest of the field heading into what is scheduled to be the final day of play. Michail Karapanos sits second with 1,133,000 while Ben Lamb and Ryan Miller each ave 1,090,000 and 1,011,000 respectively as the only players with seven-figure stacks. Recent bracelet winner John Racener rounds out the top five with 987,000. Other notables still in the field include Johnny Lodden (672,000), Jason DeWitt (657,000), eoghan O’Dea (376,000), John Monnette (246,000) and Mike Gorodinsky (228,000). There were 26 players who managed to finish in the money before busting on Thursday night including Toby Lewis (64th - $14,930), Ian O’Hara (59th - $14,930), Stephen Chidwick (52nd - $15,934) and defending champion Brandon Shack-Harris (45th - $17,420). Action resumes at Noon PT on Friday. Top 10 Chip Counts Scott Clements - 1,700,000 Michail Karapanos - 1,133,000 Ben Lamb - 1,090,000 Ryan Miller - 1,011,000 John Racener - 987,000 Cyrus Partow - 931,000 Chris Lee - 803,000 Aleksei Altshuller - 794,000 Sean Rafael - 792,000 Howard Millian - 708,000 Tsong Lin Heads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Tsong Lin has just two career cashes to his name, but on Friday afternoon he’ll have a shot at winning his first career WSOP bracelet after bagging up the Day 2 chip lead in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Lin finished play Thursday with 791,000. Yueqi Zhu, who has already cashed five other times this summer, ended with the second largest stack, 512,000. This is Zhu’s 10th career WSOP final table and second this summer. Last year he finished runner-up to Lawrence Berg in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event. The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Tsong Lin - 791,000 Yueqi Zhu - 512,000 Cheryl Denzik - 304,000 Alexander Freund - 206,000 Daniel Mogavero - 163,000 Tom Koral - 147,000 Todd Bui - 113,000 Nacho Barbero On Top After Day 1 of $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em The final $5,000 No Limit Hold’em got underway on Thursday with the 623 players who entered also making it the largest. Just 247 players survived Day 1 with Nacho Barbero of Argentina ending Day 1 with the lead. Barbero finished with 230,300 to put him just ahead of David Coleman’s 205,200. Juha Helppi also managed to finish with a top five stack after putting 193,200 into his bag at the end of the night. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Matt Berkey, Michael Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, Jason Mercier, Mike Watson, Kevin Stammen, Nick Schulman, Jonathan Little, Ari Engel, Calvin Anderson and Pratyush Buddiga. Day 2 begins at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Nacho Barbero - 230,300 David Coleman - 205,200 Carlos Chang - 197,600 Juha Helppi - 193,200 Donis Agnelli - 184,600 Pete Chen - 170,000 Matt Berkey - 165,500 Raymond Langbraaten - 158,700 Julian Stuer - 157,600 Michael Mizrachi - 148,900 $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Draws 405 Entries Larry Tull navigated his way to the top of the Day 1 chip counts in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event with just 126 of the original 405 players moving on to Day 2. Tull finished with 152,200 while his closest competitor, David Matsumoto, had 124,900 after completing 10 levels of play. Igor Sharaskin, who has already cashed in four Omaha events this summer, finished with 112,600, good enough for third. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Larry Tull - 152,500 David Matsumoto - 124,900 Igor Sharaskin - 112,600 Jeremiah Callahan - 95,400 Alex Luneau - 94,000 Daniel Ratigan - 90,100 Josh Arieh - 84,200 Manuel Labandeira - 83,500 Yuebin Guo - 74,100 Matthew Mortensen - 73,500
  17. [caption width="640"] Christopher Vitch now has two WSOP bracelets after winning the K Stud Hi-Lo Championship on Monday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Phil Hellmuth woke up Monday morning with a chance at adding his 15th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship event but as the cards played out, Hellmuth didn’t even make the final table. Instead it was yet another repeat bracelet winner topping the field. While that $10K event played to a winner, another was just starting up on an action-packed day at the 2017 WSOP. Scott Baumstein On Top of Monster Stack Heading to Day 3 New York’s Scott Baumstein went from just 94,400 chips at the start of play Monday to 1,592,000 at the end of it to finish with the overnight chip lead. Just 233 players remain in pursuit of the bracelet and the $1,094,349 first place prize money. Right behind Baumstein is Adrien Allain of France with 1,500,000. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe bagged up the sixth biggest stack at 1,043,000. Other notables moving onto Day 3 include Scott Montgomery, Simon Deadman, Maurice Hawkins, Joe McKeehen, TJ Cloutier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Ole Schemion. Monday’s action saw 1,711 players eliminated - just under three each minute - but a fortunate few managed to bust in the money. Ari Engel, Scotty Nguyen, Gordon Vayo, Loni Harwood, Noah Vaillancourt, Matt Berkey and David Peters were amongst the more notable names that managed to finish in the money on Monday. Action resumes at 11 am PT on Tuesday with another 10 levels on the schedule. Top 10 Chip Counts Scott Baumstein - 1,592,000 Adrien Allain - 1,500,000 Claas Segebrecht - 1,337,000 Alessandro Esposito - 1,065,000 Brandon Meyers - 1,052,000 Paul Volpe - 1,043,000 Oldrich Miklik - 1,042,000 Andrii Novak - 1,004,000 Jacob Naumann - 958,000 Jason James - 937,000 Christopher Vitch Wins Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship For the second year in a row, Christopher Vitch is taking a bracelet home from the WSOP. Last year he took home the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event for his first bracelet. This year he beat out a tough final table, including Benny Glaser heads-up, to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship. Things went really smoothly all day. Mostly I had plenty of chips throughout the whole thing. Only in the heads-up it did it get where Benny had the advantage for a while. Overall it was just one of those days where everything went my way,” said Vitch. When the day started there were 11 players still hoping to take home the bracelet and $320,103 first place prize including 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat came into the day with the seventh biggest stack but fell just short of making the final table, eventually busting in ninth. Glaser finished second for $197,838, his third biggest WSOP score to date. Abe Mosseri, who earlier this WSOP won the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship event, finished third for $138,608. Jonathan Duhamel also made the final table, eventually busting in fifth place. Andrew Kelsall started the day with the chip lead, eventually settling for a sixth place finish. Final Table Payouts Christopher Vitch - $320,103 Benny Glaser - $197,838 Abe Mosseri - $138,608 Jameson Painter - $99,342 Jonathan Duhamel - $72,876 Andrew Kelsall - $54,748 Brock Parker - $42,146 Alex Luneau $33,265 Chino Rheem Leads Final 19 in $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Chino Rheem improved his overnight position in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event by just one position on Day 2, but it’s the best he could considering he came into the day second in chips. Rheem, who has four World Poker Tour titles to his credit but no bracelets, finished with 952,000 to put him just ahead of Luis Calvo with 914,000. No other players managed to cross the 800,000 chip mark. The bubble did burst on Monday with Mike Sexton, Robin Ylitalo, John Racener, Anthony Zinno, Felipe Ramos, Sam Soverel and Christian Harder all among the notable players to finish in the money. The remaining 19 players represent nine different countries including the United States, Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Canada, England, Costa Rica, Russia and Germany. Action resumes at 2 pm PT with the final table set to stream on PokerGO later in the evening. Top 10 Chip Counts Chino Rheem - 952,000 Luis Calvo - 914,000 Daniel Reijmer - 776,000 Mark Reilly - 675,000 Alberto Fonseca - 611,000 Aleksei Altshuller - 593,000 Rudolph Sawa - 584,000 Gerhard Schleicher - 574,000 James St Hilaire - 559,000 Roussos Koliakoudakis - 553,000 Will Berry Leads $1,500 NLHE Bounty Event The Bounty events at the WSOP are proving to be pretty popular. On Monday, 1,927 players showed up to play the $1,500 NLHE Bounty event with each elimination worth $500. At the end of 10 levels of play Will Berry was just ahead of Brandon Cantu at the top of the chip counts. Berry finished with 219,700 while Cantu bagged up 216,500. Harrison Gimbel and Jacob Bazeley also managed to build up a top 10 stack. Just 264 survived the opening day with the money bubble bursting late in the day. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Joseph Cheong, Vinny Pahuja, Sam Grafton, Chris Bjorin, Maria Ho, Mike Leah and Diego Ventura. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Will Berry - 219,700 Brandon Cantu - 216,500 Fred Berger - 197,800 Chen Yu Hung - 189,600 Harrison Gimbel - 188,800 Damon Sandor - 172,200 Jacob Bazeley - 159,500 Jorge Corral - 156,800 Ronald Sewell - 147,800 Michael Comisso - 146,200 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better Draws Huge Field So far this summer the $10,000 Championship-level events have drawn either small increases or, for the most part, a downturn in attendance. Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better has been played at the WSOP before but 2017 marked its debut in the $10K Championship rotation and if Monday’s turnout is any indication, it won’t be going away any time soon. 207 players showed up to play on Monday, making it just the second $10K event to draw more than 200 players so far this summer, joining the Six Max NLHE event in that category. At the end of Day 1 just 116 players managed to move on to Day 2 with Italy’s Dario Sammartino sitting on top of the field with 294,300. The current WSOP Player of the Year leader, Ray Henson, managed to finish with a top 10 stack. As did Josh Arieh, David ‘ODB’ Baker and Scott Clements. Other notables moving on included John Monnette, Phil Hui, Calvin Anderson, Mike Leah, Marco Johnson, Shaun Deeb, Brian Rast and Ben Yu. The 116 survivors unbag at 2 pm PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Dario Sammartino - 294,300 Ryan Miller - 228,700 Sean Remz - 224,700 Josh Arieh - 212,500 Tommy Chen - 209,200 Joe Tehan - 200,300 Scott Clements - 193,600 Ray Henson - 169,200 Tyler Groth - 169,000 David ‘ODB’ Baker - 167,500
  18. [caption width="640"] Joe McKeehen added a second bracelet to his list of poker accomplishments on Wednesday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Three more bracelet winners to tell you about from Wednesday at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Two of them have broken through and taken down their first WSOP gold, while the other broke through in the biggest way back in 2015 by winning the Main Event. That, and more, in today’s round-up. 2015 World Champ Adds Second WSOP Gold Remember Joe McKeehen from the TV two years ago? You should, because since he took down the Main Event for $7.68 million, McKeehen hasn’t stopped crushing. He finished runner-up in a $100K PCA High Roller for $1.2 million, final tabled a WPT (3rd for $249K), final tabled the $111K Little One for One Drop (6th for $829K), and has won a bunch in Aria $25Ks. The crushing continued last night as McKeehen took down the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship (Event #38) for $311,817. Unlike the Main Event where he had the chip lead and rode it to the title, McKeehen came into the final table as the shortstack. It was a tough final table too, with the likes of Sorel Mizzi, recent bracelet winner Ben Yu, JC Tran, and Terrence Chan in the mix. Eventually though, McKeehen got three-handed with Jared Talarico and Mizzi. He won a huge pot off the latter when he rivered a better full house after Mizzi had flopped a set, and that gave him a huge chip lead heads up against Talarico. "It's limit hold’em. You can get really short but if you win some hands you'll have all the chips," said McKeehen. "I had a great run.” Players who went deep in this event but busted before the final table include the defending champIan Johns (11th - $21,318), Shaun Deeb (12th - $21,318), Daniel Negreanu (13th -$17,894), and Phil Hellmuth (16th - $15,385). Final table payouts Joe McKeehen - $311,817 Jared Talarico - $192,717 Sorel Mizzi - $135,985 Ben Yu - $97,904 JC Tran - $71,949 Robert Campbell - $53,995 Ray Henson - $41,399 Terrence Chan - $32,443 Aaron Sacks - $26,000 Nadar Kakhmazov defeats Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen heads-up for $5K Six Max title [caption width="640"] It's been a busy - and profitable - month for Nadar Kazhmazov (WSOP photo)[/caption] It’s always great when we see a perennial PocketFives all star get a big score out on the live felt. But while former PocketFives #1 player Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen ended up runner up in the $5K Six-Max (Event #35), he also collected $358,677 for his efforts. The man he couldn’t get past was Nadar Kakhmazov, who wins his first gold bracelet and Russia’s second of the series. Oh, and let’s forget about the $580,338 first-place prize. Kakhmazov was up against a tough final table, featuring start-of-day chip leader Faraz Jaka, high roller regular Sam Soverel, 2016 November Niner and2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Kenny Hallert, and Hunichen himself. When the two got heads up, Kakhmazov had a huge chip lead and would never be caught. This is Kakhmazov’s second big score of the summer, after he also won a Venetian event for $440,029. "I am very happy," Kakhmazov said after the win. "I have wanted to do this for three years but every time I lose two big pots deep in the tournament. I like it. I’m happy.” "I try all the time to play better and better. It’s great for Russian poker. I'm going to play the 10K 6-Max now, and then the 25K PLO, the Main Event. I’m feeling too good!” Final table payouts: Nadar Kakhmazov - $580,338 Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen - $358,677 Kenny Hallaert - $238,855 Sam Soverel - $162,257 Faraz Jaka - $112,585 Christian Rudolph - $79,611 Thomas Reynolds overcomes huge $1K field to win first bracelet [caption width="640"] Thomas Reynolds beat out 2,019 other players to win the first bracelet of his career (WSOP photo)[/caption] More than 2,000 players (2,020 to be exact) took their shot in the $1K No Limit Hold’em (Event #37), but after a grueling Day 3 and two long days before that, we now have a champ: Thomas Reynolds. Prior to this event, Reynolds’ biggest poker win was $2,255. You can multiply that by more than 100, as yesterday Reynolds won $292,880, his first bracelet, and his first tournament victory. He made his way through a final table line-up that included Romania’s Vlad Darie (6th - $52,932), Germany’s Michael Gathy(5th - $70,884), and his eventual heads-up opponent, James Hughes of the USA. Their duel went on for some time, which might explain the somewhat loose call Reynolds made in the final hand. On a [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"] board, Hughes jammed with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] and Reynolds called with the bigger stack and the [poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"] for straight and flush draws. The river came the [poker card="2d"] to give him the win. "I love playing poker. My wife's very understanding.” Reynolds said. "It feels kinda unreal to tell you the truth, but you know, it's something I wanted to try to do. It's an amazing feeling.” "I'm glad I didn't know there were that many pros. It probably would've put more pressure on me.” A few notables who cashed in this one include Anthony Spinella (23rd place - $9,209), defending champion Chase Bianchi (28th place - $7,492), Mark Seif (48th place - $5,131), Ryan Laplante (52nd place - $5,131), and Barry Greenstein (61st place - $4,319). Final table payouts: Thomas Reynolds - $292,880 James Hughes - $180,919 Reginald Hampton - $131,061 Eric Blair - $95,899 Michael Gathy - $70,884 Vlad Darie - $52,932 Chris Johnson - $39,937 Chad Eveslage - $30,448 Joep Raemaekers - $23,460 Multi-bracelet Winners Deep in $1,500 Seven Card Stud With just 16 remaining in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better (Event #40), there’s no shortage of decent story lines. Steve Jelinek has the overnight chip lead, but you’ve also got six-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest sitting third on the counts, plus four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatorisitting in seventh. Pescatori’s fellow Italian Walter Trecarichiis also still alive, as is Justin Bonomo, and ‘Theory of Poker’ author and two-time bracelet winner David Sklansky. He’ll be looking to take down the $173,228 winner’s prize for some additional Sklansky dollars. Play resumes on Thursday. Final 16 Chip Counts Steve Jelinek - 481,000 Hal Rotholz - 445,000 Ted Forrest - 416,000 Don Zewin - 408,000 Barbara Lewis - 407,000 William Kohler - 330,000 Max Pescatori - 324,000 Walter Treccarichi - 285,000 Eric Pratt - 269,000 Tim Finne - 234,000 Justin Bonomo - 210,000 Ernest Bohn - 169,000 Shannon Petluck - 159,000 Dimitrios Magdalinos - 136,000 David Sklansky - 117,000 Jack Rosenfeldt - 73,000 Day 1 of $1,500 PLO and $10K Six-Max in The Books Two tournaments kicked off yesterday: the $1,500 PLO (Event #41), and one of the more prestigious tournaments on the schedule, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship (Event #42). The 870-strong field in the PLO was whittled down to 138, and with the bubble bursting at 131 they’re just seven from the money. A min-cash is worth $2,249, while there’s $231,483 for the eventual winner. The man on top of the counts overnight is Chun Lawwith 179,100, joined by Kyle Knecht(148,400) and Philip Hayes(139,000). Other notables returning tomorrow include Toby Lewis (125,200), David Williams (71,700), TJ Cloutier (52,500), Joe Cada (29,900), Jeff Lisandro(25,000) and defending champion Jiaqi Xu(10,200). Not everyone could make it through of course. Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Benny Glaser, Anthony Zinno, Michael Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein, Brandon Shack-Harris, Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Serock and Jason Mercier all took a shot but busted before the day ended. Play resumes at 12pm Thursday. Top 10 chip counts: Chun Law - 179,100 Kyle Knecht - 148,400 Philip Hayes - 139,000 Judah Bolser - 137,800 Toby Lewis - 125,200 Shankar Pillai - 120,400 Willy Ding - 105,200 Jason Stockfish - 105,100 Christopher Delgrande - 101,000 Cesar Garcia - 100,300 Meanwhile, over in Event #42, the $10K Six-Max Championship, it’s Grayson ‘Gray31’ Ramagewho bagged the chip lead with 527,700. Just 129 of the 332 starters remain, and joining Ramage in the big stack club include Sam Stein (364,500) and two-time bracelet winner Cliff ‘Johnny Bax’ Josephy (330,300). There’s $775,923 up top for the winner of this event, with 50 players cashing. Some more big stacks for your list include Ryan Leng (298,400), Goran Mandic(258,800), Rainer Kempe(254,400), Matt Berkey (253,000), Kristen Bicknell(239,400), Andrew Lichtenberger (214,100), Olivier Busquet(201,400), and Charlie ‘Epiphany77’ Carrel (197,700). All the big names return at 2pm Thursday. Grayson Ramage - 527,700 Sam Stein - 364,500 William Stevenson - 355,100 Cliff Josephy - 330,300 Ryan Leng - 298,400 Goran Mandic - 258,500 Rainer Kempe - 254,400 Matt Berkey - 253,000 Mohsin Charania - 246,900 Matt O’Donnell - 245,600
  19. [caption width="640"] James Moore went back-to-back in the Super Seniors event (WSOP photo)[/caption] It’s not uncommon to have a player win World Series of Poker bracelets in back-to-back years, but what James Moore pulled off on Monday is really rare. Moore took down the Super Seniors event on Tuesday for the second consecutive year. Moore’s win was historic, but a lot of people were talking about other events happening at the Rio on Tuesday including a classic Phil Hellmuth outburst. James Moore Books Back-to-Back Super Seniors Wins James Moore is a 66-year-old retiree from New Hope, Pennsylvania and has been eligible for the Super Seniors event at the WSOP for the last two years. He’s now won it both times after he battled heads-up with Kerry Goldberg on Tuesday to eventually win his second straight bracelet. Moore walked away with $259,230 for the win - a $28,604 bump over his 2016 score. Afterwards, Moore gave his final opponent credit for making it difficult. "I'll tell you, starting out heads-up, I tried to stay positive, but it was very tough and I had so few chips. That was a lucky, lucky run,” Moore said. The last time a player won the same event in consecutive years was 2015 when Tuan Le won the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven event for the second time. Final Table Payouts James Moore - $259,230 Kerry Goldberg - $160,12 John Isler - $115,357 Veronica Daly - $84,005 Ken Aldridge - $61,842 Darrell Ticehurst - $46,029 David Smith - $34,641 Daniel Favreau - $26,365 Jerry Stuhldreher - $20,296 Faraz Jaka Leads $5,000 Six Max Final Table The $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event always draws out some of the best NLHE players and 2017 is certainly no exception. Day 3 started with 18 players remaining and finished with just a final table of six and Faraz Jaka on top. Jaka bagged up 3,150,000 to put himself just ahead of 2016 November Niner, Kenny Hallaert (2,960,000) and Nadar Kakhamazov (2,925,000). Sam Soverel finished with 2,200,000 while former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen finished with 1,860,000. Christian Rudolph made it to the final table with the shortest stack at 1,305,000. This is Jaka’s second final table of the 2017 WSOP following his sixth place finish in the $2,620 Marathon earlier this week. James Obst bubbled the final table for his six cash of the summer. Along with his win in the $10,000 Razz Championship, Obst has finished second, eighth, 26th and now seventh. He now leads the race for 2017 WSOP Player of the Year. Also eliminated on Tuesday were Garrett Greer, Jonathan Jaffe and Mike Leah. Action resumes at Noon PT with the final table streaming on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Faraz Jaka - 3,150,000 Kenny Hallaert - 2,960,000 Nadar Kakhmazov - 2,925,000 Sam Soverel - 2,200,000 Chris Hunichen - 1,860,000 Christian Rudolph - 1,305,000 Chris Johnson On Top of Final 20 in $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Two days in to the first open $1,000 No Limit Hold’em of the summer and just 20 players remain and Chris Johnson is the only player working with a seven-figure stack. Johnson, who began the day with the 13th biggest stack, ended up with 1,242,000 chips as 218 of the 238 players to start the day were eliminated on Tuesday. The next closest stack to Johnson belongs to Vlad Darie, with 902,000. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Gathy bagged up a top 10 stack as did the player who started the day with the lead, Chad Eveslage. Of the 218 Day 2 bustouts were Anthony Spinella, Kevin Saul, Mike Leah, Ryan Laplante, Dylan Linde, Barry Greenstein and Jordan Young. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Chris Johnson - 1,242,000 Vlad Darie - 902,000 Joep Raemaekers - 890,000 Eric Blair - 825,000 Chad Layne - 755,000 Thomas Reynolds - 739,000 Michael Gathy - 672,000 Chad Eveslage - 564,000 Shaun Davis - 535,000 Daniel Deveau - 458,000 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Features Classic Phil Hellmuth Just 15 players remain in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship with JC Tran on top, but the Day 2 story from this event might have been about the 16th place finisher. Phil Hellmuth was in classic Poker Brat mode after a big hand against Terrence Chan. Hellmuth eventually busted in 16th place while Chan finished with the second biggest stack. The remaining field is full of big names. Sorel Mizzi, Ben Yu, Daniel Negreanu, Jon Turner, Shaun Deeb and defending champion Ian Johns will all be unbagging chips on Wednesday . Top 10 Chip Counts JC Tran - 1,150,000 Terrence Chan - 831,000 Sorel Mizzi - 641,000 Ray Henson - 640,000 Ben Yu - 446,000 Daniel Negreanu - 425,000 Jared Talarico - 366,000 Tom McCormick - 321,000 Aaron Sacks - 300,000 Robert Campbell - 276,000 Rifat Palevic Tops $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty Event [caption width="640"] It took just one day for Rifat Palevic to add his name to the list of WSOP bracelet winners (WSOP photo)[/caption] One of the new events on the WSOP schedule this year turned out to be a massive success. The $1,000 buy-in Super Turbo Bounty featured 20-minute levels and a $300 bounty for every player eliminated and a whopping 1,867-player field. It took just one day to get down to a winner and after just over 14 hours of action, Sweden’s Rifat Palevic was the last player standing with the bracelet in hand in $183,903 in his pockets. It wasn’t even in Palevic’s plans to play the event. "I actually wasn't even planning on playing this, but I met one guy from Houston, Texas and we played heads-up for a long session in London and he told me that it was not good cash games. And he said 'Let's play this. It's a good tournament.' So, my friends also told me it was a good tournament. I went into it and everything was good. I'm very happy to get a bracelet,” said Palevic. One of the other 279 players to cash in the event was Mike Leah. This gave Leah the rare distinction of being one of the few players in WSOP history to cash in three different events in one day. Final Table Payouts Rifat Palevic - $183,903 Ryan Olisar - $113,581 Dean Blatt - $82,227 Robert Heioorn - $60,132 Rick Hollman - $44,424 Joseph Monahan - $33,160 Gavin O'Rourke - $25,010 George Dolofan - $19,063 Victor Kim - $14,685 Jeff Madsen Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better After Day 1 While a good percentage of the early events on the schedule this year saw a year-over-year decrease in attendance, the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event apparently didn’t get the memo. The event drew 595 players, 74 more than 2016, with 176 making it through Day 1. This is the largest turnout for this event in five years. Leading the way is Jeff Madsen with 79,000, barely ahead of Jeffrey Mitseff (78,100) and Cole Jackson (76,800). Other notables who made it through Day include Chris Ferguson, Randy Ohel, Phil Hui, Justin Bonomo, Brandon Shack Harris and Frank Kassela. Day 2 begins at 2 pm PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Jeff Madsen - 79,900 Jeffrey Mitseff - 78,100 Cole Jackson - 76,800 Chris Ferguson - 70,800 Ryan Hughes - 69,100 Tim Finne - 66,300 Randy Ohel - 64,600 John Cernuto - 62,400 Kevin Song - 61,800 Dimitrios Magdalinos - 60,700
  20. [caption width="640"] Chris Moorman now has a WSOP bracelet to go with the rest of his accolades.[/caption] In the early hours of Saturday morning in Las Vegas, Chris Moorman found himself in a spot he’d been in before: heads-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet. Twice in his career he’s gotten far enough in a tournament to be sitting across from just one player and in both cases, Moorman settled for second place. This time was different though, it just took a little while. Moorman and Bernardo Da Silveira Dias played heads-up for over 3.5 hours before Moorman emerged with the bracelet and $498,682 first place prize money. It almost didn’t happen though, the later the two played the more likely it was they would have to come back the next day to finish - and Moorman wanted no part of that. “It had been such a long battle heads up and they’d actually come to us in the last level and said 'Do you want to play one more level?', because it wasn’t scheduled or we’d have to come back in the morning,” said Moorman. “I had to do that in the $10K Six Max that I ended up losing heads up. I had to come back the next morning and play and I ended up losing. So I had the association with that, so I really didn’t want to come back and have to do that.” When the final river card hit, and Moorman had eliminated Dias, he finally got the opportunity to enjoy a moment he’s been chasing since he first started playing the WSOP in 2006. It exceeded all expectations. “I had that moment in my mind for so long, I'd wondered what it’d feel like, and then when it did happen it felt even better than if it had come to me a lot easier,” said Moorman. The 31-year-old Brit has crushed online poker for years and won a World Poker Tour, but the WSOP bracelet victory is still so fresh and surreal that he can’t help but rank it as the biggest moment of his career. “In the long term maybe it’s between that and the WPT, just because that was my first marquee win. But just to have all my friends there from the UK, and to not disappoint them this time,” said Moorman. “I’ve been to the final table before and just come up short, so to actually make it all the way. At the time I wanted the heads up to be over, but now looking back at it, it’s kind of good that it was a long drawn out battle and it was just more of a show for everyone and it made me feel like a real bracelet.” Throughout the duration of the final table, Moorman’s rail grew both in size and in decibels. The Brits are famous for their amazing support and some unique, often loud, chants and cheers. They also have another unique custom following a win; the winner downs a Jaeger-bomb from his shoe. Moorman tried to live up to the tradition but the late hour worked against him. “It wasn’t actually a Jaeger bomb. It was a vodka soda or something. But it had definitely been around for a few hours, because I went over there and nobody had a beer, they’d stopped serving, so I said 'What are we going to do?',” said Moorman. “Somebody handed me this vodka soda, which was flat and not even cold anymore. I tasted it and I said ‘this is not good’, but I had to go with it now, I couldn’t just stop. So I just downed the whole thing and I didn’t even care, to be honest.” Now that he’s forever wiped his name off of the Best Player Without a Bracelet list, Moorman has his sights set on even more success at the WSOP - even if it’s not for him. “Everybody comes in (to the WSOP) feeling really positive and ‘I’m gonna do this. I’m gonna get there on time,” and then it gets a few weeks in and people start to sort of get a bit down. Morale maybe slightly drops a little bit, you lose a little bit of confidence in what you’re doing, and bang, one score turns it around,” said Moorman. “There’s still so many tournaments left, and also just for my friends as well, I feel like them being there watching it, I’ve definitely felt it in the past when I’ve seen friends win a bracelet it’s kind of inspired me to go out there and do it as well.”
  21. [caption width="640"] Vladimir Shchemelev added a second bracelet to his collection on Sunday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Sunday was a relatively busy day at the 2017 World Series of Poker, but only one bracelet was awarded and that came from an event that was supposed to have finished on Saturday. The $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven event played down to a final table and some of the best No Limit players in the world made their into the $5,000 Six Max event. Gaurav Raina Works Overtime to Win $2,500 No Limit Hold’em [caption width="640"] Guarav Raina won his first WSOP bracelet on Sunday after having to play an unscheduled fourth day (WSOP photo)[/caption] It took an extra day for Guarav Raina and James Calvo to decide the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event, but just two hours of play on Sunday, Raina eliminated Calvo and found himself $456,822 richer. Normally a cash game grinder, Raina recently made the decision to give tournaments in try, partially due to the opportunity for a big score. "I've always been a cash player and I've done well at that," said Raina. "I was never really into tournaments and the more I saw my friends succeed at it and the more I talked strategy and what not to try and learn more myself, the more I realized that there is so much more potential to win like silly amounts of money in just a few days of playing." "I decided I would try and do everything that I could, while kind of taking a break from cash," he said. "Kind of just relaxing and studying tournament poker until coming here for the WSOP events. Hopefully, it's going to continue to pay off." Calvo ended up with $282,276 for his runner-up result. The extra day was needed after Raina and Calvo were unable to finish each other off, despite having played 70 hands of heads-up play. When the pair returned on Sunday afternoon, Calvo had a slightly better-than 2-1 lead over Raina. After almost exactly two hours though, Raina flipped the script and eventually began pressuring Calvo. "I was very fortunate to get all the hands and win all the flips," said Raina. "To make it heads-up when I was severely chip disadvantaged almost the whole final table, when the bracelet plopped in between us, I was like 'Oh man. I can't even look at this thing. If I look at it, the worse it's going to be for me when I don't get it.' So, I just decided to just not even give it any attention at all and just play the game as best I can." Final Table Payouts Gaurav Raina - $456,822 James Calvo - $282,276 Asi Moshe - $199,718 Eddy Sabat - $143,148 Eric Cloutier - $103,957 Griffin Abel - $76,506 Henric Stenholm - $57,068 Giuseppe Pantaleo - $43,154 Scott Margereson - $33,087 Dan Heimiller Looking for Second Seniors Championship Title Three years ago Dan Heimiller topped a 4,425-player field to win the Seniors Championship event and the second WSOP bracelet of his career. On Sunday night he took strides towards doing that for a second time. Heimiller is in the middle of the pack as the Seniors Championship heads toward Monday’s final table. He bagged up 2,970,000 to finish with the fourth biggest stack. The overnight chipleader is Mark Lilge, who finished with 5,300,000. Frank Maggio is right behind him with 4,910,000 and William Murray rounds out the top three with 4,000,000. Action resumes at Noon PT and will be streamed live on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Mark Lillge - 5,300,000 Frank Maggio - 4,910,000 William Murray - 4,000,000 Dan Heimiller - 2,970,000 Anthony Licastro - 2,800,000 Lewis LeClair - 2,530,000 Dieter Dechant - 2,375,000 Paul Spitzberg - 1,320,000 Gina Bacon - 960,000 Vladimir Shchemelev wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix Another day passes at the WSOP with yet another previous bracelet winner adding to their career totals. Russia’s Vladimir Shchemelev beat out Howard Smith to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix for $193,484. Smith had to settle for $119,524. The tournament saw players playing a mix of three different games: Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and Big O). A total of 688 players entered the event, pushing the total prizepool to $928,800. Three of the top finishers were from Russia. Shchemelev was joined by Nikolai Yakovenko and Igor Sharaskin at the final table. Shchemelev’s first bracelet came in a $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2013. Final Table Payouts Vladimir Shchemelev - $193,484 Howard Smith - $119,524 Nikolai Yakovenko - $81,232 Igor Sharaskin - $56,187 Usman Siddique - $39,565 Yueqi Zhu - $28,375 Erle Mankin - $20,730 Jesse Simonelli $15,435 Ryan Leng Leads Final 22 in $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Just 22 of the 274 players that started Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em advanced a third, and potentially final, day of play. Leading the way is Ryan Leng with 1,370,000. Leng is one of just three players with seven-figure stacks. Ron Rosenberg finished with 1,162,000 while Christopher Frank ended the day with 1,103,000. Valetin Vornicu, who began the day as chip leader, was unable to advance to Day 3 and busted in 88th place for $3,734. Other notables to cash include Niall Farrell (224th - $2,320), Garret Greer (210th - $2,320), David Pham (178th - $2,572), Jared Hamby (169th - $2,572) and Griffin Benger (162nd - $2,572). Action resumes at Noon PT on Monday. Top 10 Chip Counts Ryan Leng - 1,370,000 Ron Rosenberg - 1,162,000 Christopher Frank - 1,103,000 Michael Gagliano - 820,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 802,000 Pratyush Buddiga - 757,000 Ronald Massetti - 755,000 Tom Hall - 658,000 Arkadiy Tsinis - 619,000 Noah Vaillancourt - 568,000 Shaun Deeb Leads $10,000 Triple Draw Championship Final Table Shaun Deeb has had more 2017 WSOP cashes (4) than any other former #1-ranked player so far and on Sunday he added another one to his total by making into the money and onto the final table of the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce Championship. Deeb ended Day 2 with 1,125,000 but if he wants to add another bracelet to his collection, he’s going to need to make his way through a talented group of players at the final table. Nick Schulman put the second biggest stack into the bag but there’s also Mike Watson, Ben Yu, Shawn Buchanan and Mike Matusow all standing in Deebs way. Adam Owen started the day as chip leader but was unable to survive the day, finishing 12th for $15,584. The final six players are back in action at 2 pm PT on Monday to chase down not only the bracelet but $232,738 first place prize money. Final Table Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 1,125,000 Nick Schulman - 865,000 Mike Watson - 750,000 Ben Yu - 566,000 Shawn Buchanan - 437,000 Mike Matusow - 363,000 $1,000 Super Seniors Draws Record Crowd While the Seniors Event, where players need to be 50 or older, was playing down to a final table on Sunday, the Super Seniors event broke a record for biggest field yet. With players needing to be at least 65 years old to play, the Super Seniors drew 1,720 - almost 250 more than 2016. Through 10 levels of play on Day 1, John Landreth has built up a monster lead on the rest of the 258 survivors. Landreth finished with 262,800 while no other player has more than144,900. Action resumes at Noon on Monday. Top 10 Chip Counts Johnny Landreth - 262,800 Earl Hirakawa - 144,900 Alan Wheeler - 144,200 Jean-Luc Adam - 135,100 Paul Foster - 117,400 Clayton Taul - 116,300 Joann Hall - 116,000 Steve Hohn - 115,200 Josef Monro - 98,500 Khin Maung - 97,300 Faraz Jaka on top of $5,000 Six Max No Limit After Day 1 As a lead up to the $10,000 Six Max Championship later this week, the $5,000 version of the event kicked off Sunday with 574 players. Through 10 levels of play, Faraz Jaka is on top with 255,400 heading into Day 2. The only other player to bag up more than 200,000 was Kitty Kuo with 202,000. Just 191 players were able to advance to Day 2 including Mike Leah, Michael Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, John Racener, Antonio Esfandiari, Martin Jacobson, Doug Polk and Nick Petrangelo. Notables who failed to advance include Sorel Mizzi, Chino Rheem, Phil Hellmuth and David Peters. Top 10 Chip Counts Faraz Jaka - 255,400 Kitty Kuo - 202,000 Kyle Bowker - 192,000 Nadar Kakhmazov - 153,000 Anton Astapau - 151,000 Taylor Black - 148,000 Mike Leah - 148,000 Dietrich Fast - 141,000 Michael Mizrachi - 139,000 Sam Grafton - 135,000
  22. [caption width="640"] David Bach grabbed his second bracelet of the 2017 WSOP by taking down the ,000 HORSE Championship (WSOP photo)[/caption] We have the first multiple bracelet winner of the 2017 World Series of Poker, ladies and gentlemen. But before we give away his name, there was plenty of action elsewhere at the Rio too. Two players will be returning Sunday to duel in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Loand Senior’s event recorded another day, and the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship finished up its opening day. Here’s a recap of everything that went down on Saturday. Guess who’s Bach in the winner’s circle… The cowboy hat, shades and beard of David Bach should be a familiar sight by now. After all, Bach won his second bracelet only a week or so ago in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event. Well, he’s now captured his second bracelet of the summer and third overall in the $10K HORSE Championship, having outlasted a tough final table that included the likes of five-time bracelet winner and defending champion Jason Mercier (5th - $83,415), six-time bracelet winner and start-of-day chip leader Daniel Negreanu (6th - $61,667), and serial final-tablistAnthony Zinno (9th - $28,808). Bach won $383,208, having defeated Eric Rodawig after a healthy heads-up bout. The final hand came in Omaha Hi-Lo, in which Bach opened and Rodawig called to see a [poker card="qc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="ac"] flop. Bach continued and Rodawig shoved, which was called. Bach had the [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8s"] for top pair, which was ahead of Rodawig’s [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3s"] for nines and a flush draw. The board bricked out for him, leaving him a runner-up finish and $236,841. Bach is no doubt a HORSE specialist, as his first bracelet and biggest career score came when he took down the $50,000 HORSE World Championship (now known as the Poker Player’s Championship) in 2009 for $1,276,802. "I'm running well and I fell like I'm playing well,” Bach said after the victory. "I pride myself on being able to play with anybody.” Final table payouts David Bach - $383,208 Eric Rodawig - $236,841 Don Zewin - $163,557 Andrew Brown - $115,485 Jason Mercier - $83,415 Daniel Negreanu - $61,667 Yuebin Guo - $46,687 Jerry Wong - $36,218 Anthony Zinno - $28,808 Calvo and Raina to battle heads-up tomorrow In the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #29), play got all the way down to just two players, before coming to an end for the night. Those left are James Calvo (9.6 million) and Gaurav Raina(4 million) who will return to duel it out at 1 PM PT Sunday. Bracelet winners Eddy Sabat and Asi Moshe bowed out in fourth and third respectively. There were 30 players who kicked off the day, and some of the more notable bust-outs during play include Jonathan Abdellatif(27th), Curt Kohlberg (26th), Federico Butteroni(24th), John Dolan (22nd) and Day 1 chip leader Pablo Fernandez (19th) for $13,186 each. Calvo and Raina will be playing for $456,822 and the bracelet, while the runner up will get $282,276. Howard Smith bags Omaha Hi-Lo lead Over in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix, Day 2 saw the 688 starting field whittled down even further to just 29 survivors. The man with the most overnight is Howard Smith, who bagged up 466,500. He’s got stiff competition though, perhaps most notably from all-round Omaha 2017 WSOP crusher Igor Sharaskin (445K). Sharaskin has already has a fifth and a third in Omaha events this summer for a combined $140K. Other players who will be returning tomorrow include Vladimir Shchemelev(256,000), Mark Herm(200,000), Nikolai Yakovenko (120,000), Allyn Shulman (109,500), Allen Kessler (74,500), and recent bracelet winner John Racener (27,000). Play resumes at 2 PM PT Sunday, where there’ll get as close a winner as possible before coming back Monday to close it out. The winner of this event will get $194,323. Top 10 chip counts Howard Smith - 466,500 Erle Mankin - 465,000 Yueqi Zhu - 448,500 Igor Sharaskin - 445,000 Rock Howard - 383,500 Danny Woolard - 350,500 Vladimir Shchemelev - 256,000 Mark Herm - 200,000 Tai Nguyen - 170,000 Matthew Sanner - 169,000 Valentin Vornicu ends another Day 1 on top Having ended Day 1B of the Giant as chipleader late on Friday night, Valentin Vornicu had another great day at the felt on Saturday. When all was said and done after Day 1 of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em (Event #33), he managed to bag up 198K, the most of any of the 274 survivors. Other notables who made it through include Jason Les(146,600),Nacho Barbero (116,200), Joseph Cheong (83,200), Christopher Frank (82,400), four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori(74,500), five-time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham (52,400), Pratyush Buddiga(49,400), and Niall Farrell (48,600). Rewind to the start of play and this tournament had 1,698 entrants, creating a $2.3 million prize pool, of which $384,833 will go to the winner. A total of 255 players will make the money, meaning they’ll be approaching the bubble early on Sunday. Top 10 chip counts Valentin Vornicu - 198,000 Paul Awodey - 169,300 Jonathan Abdellatif - 168,400 Blake Bohn - 156,700 Patrick Uzan - 155,500 Jason Les - 146,600 Heidi May - 142,500 Arkadiy Tsinis - 142,000 Johann Tiemann - 140,900 Artem Zverkhovskyy - 133,000 Dan Heimiller on track for second Senior’s bracelet Only 66 of the 5,389 Seniors who ponied up the $1,000 entry fee in Event #31 remain, and the man who bagged the most chips is very familiar with this particular tournament. Dan Heimiller took this one down in 2014 for his first gold bracelet, and he leads the pack here too, bagging up just over a million chips. His nearest competitor is Eluterio Rodriguez with 983,000, while the third-place chip count goes toPaul Spitzberg with 859,000. Other notable stacks belong to David Michaud(836,000), Gina Bacon(788,000), Anthony Licastro (645,000), and Bill Klein (480,000). The huge turnout means there’s a massive $617,303 for the eventual champ. We know for sure that it won’t be defending champion Johnnie Craig, Cliff Josephy, Grey Raymer, Per Hildebrand, or Barny Boatman, as they all busted during Saturday’s action. Play resumes at 11am Sunday, with all players guaranteed $4,030. Top 10 chip counts Dan Heimiller - 1,021,000 Eluterio Rodriguez - 983,000 Paul Spitzberg - 859,000 David Michaud - 836,000 Dieter Dechant - 814,000 Gina Bacon - 788,000 Kelley Brown - 741,000 Federico Castaing - 730,000 Calvin Roberts - 685,000 Randall Davis - 642,000 Adam Owen leads in $10K Deuce No doubt a familiar name to many PocketFivers, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen has secured the overnight chip lead after Day 1 of the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship (Event #34). The British mixed-game crusher bagged up 336,000, and after four top ten finishes in the past will be looking to go all the way and secure his first gold bracelet. If he manages to do so, he’ll also collect $232,738. There’s a long way to go yet though, as 26 players of the 80 who started still remain. As you’d expect in a $10K mixed event, the line-up returning on Sunday is pretty darn solid. You’ve got Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk (264,500) who recently finished third in the Spring Championship of Online Poker $25K for almost $400K, as well as Mike Watson (261,500), recent bracelet winner James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst (227K), David Benyamine (223,500), Anthony Zinno (204K), Shaun Deeb (117,000), Mike Matusow (90,500), Todd Brunson (31,000) and JC Tran(17,500). They’ll all be back at 2pm Sunday. Top 10 chip counts Adam Owen - 336,000 Robert Campbell - 291,000 Chris Kruk - 264,500 Mike Watson - 261,500 Mike Ross - 248,000 James Obst - 227,000 David Benyamine - 223,500 Anthony Zinno - 204,000 Georgii Belianin - 184,000 Konstantin Puchkov - 180,500
  23. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES The 2017 World Series of Poker is a little over two weeks in and there's been lots of storylines developing. This week Lance and Matt talk about the good (Adrian Mateos) and the bad (Player of the Year).
  24. The third week of the 2017 World Series of Poker begins Monday and with the Electric Daisy Carnival set to take over Las Vegas, the schedule turns its attention to the Seniors set. There are 14 events kicking off this week, starting with another one of the WSOP "gimmick" events. It's A Marathon, Not a Sprint, Literally. In each of the last two years the WSOP has included one $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event that varied greatly from the rest of the schedule. In 2015 the event, then dubbed the Extended Play No Limit Hold'em, featured 90-minute levels instead of the standard 60. Last year, with the event's name changed to the Summer Solistice, the structure again called for 90-minute levels. For 2016, the event has a bigger buy-in a new name and slightly longer levels. The $2,620 buy-in Marathon No Limit Hold'em event has 100-minute long levels and players get 26,200 chips.(Get it? The buy-in is $2,620, players get a 26,200 starting stack and a marathon is 26.2 miles.) It seems some think the gimmick thing might have run its course here. Double Dose of the Senior Set Each year there's one weekend that is always set aside for the 50+ crowd. It's no coincidence that it's the same weekend that a good chunk of the younger crowd would rather be out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for EDC. The Seniors Championship has a $1,000 buy-in and you've gotta be 50 or older to play. Last year, Johnnie Craig topped a 4,499-player field to win $538,204. This year's event begins Friday at 10 am PT and runs through Sunday night. The final table will be streamed on PokerGo.com. On Sunday morning, again at 10 am, the $1,000 Super Seniors - limited to players at least 65 years old - takes over the Rio with another three-days of play scheduled. HORSE Highlights the $10K Championship Schedule There are three $10,000 buy-in Championship events this week, with the mixed game afficionados expected to be out in force for the Razz, HORSE and Triple Draw Deuce to Seven events. This is the same week where Jason Mercier went on this three-$10K-event run last year that ended up with him winning WSOP Player of the Year. The $10,000 HORSE Championship final table will be streamed on PokerGo on Saturday, June 17. Week 3 Schedule EVENT #DATESBUY-INEVENT 23June 12 - 16$2,620The Marathon (NLHE) 24June 12 - 14$1,500Limit Hold'em 25June 13 - 15$1,000Pot Limit Omaha 26June 13 - 15$10,000Razz Championship 27June 14 - 16$3,000Six Max No Limit Hold'em 28June 14 - 16$1,500Triple Draw Deuce 29June 15 - 17$2,500No Limit Hold'em 30June 15 - 17$10,000HORSE Championship 31June 16 - 18$1,000Seniors Championship 32June 16 - 18$1,500Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix 33June 17 - 19$1,500No Limit Hold'em 34June 17 - 19$10,000Triple Draw Deuce Championship 35June 18 - 20$1,000Super Seniors 36June 18 - 21$5,000Six Max No Limit Hold'em
  25. [caption width="640"] Tyler Smith topped the biggest Pot Limit Omaha field ever to win his first WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] The second weekend of the 2017 World Series of Poker has come to an end, so while you sip your Monday morning coffee and prepare yourself for another week, why not catch up on all of Sunday’s action from the Rio? Tyler Smith wins first bracelet in largest ever live Pot Limit Omaha event Last year’s $565 PLO tournament attracted a staggering 2,479 entries. Pot Limit Omaha might be the ‘great game’ to some, but to many it’s still unexplored water. How refreshing, then, to see that this year’s $565 PLO (Event #18) shattered last year’s turnout, bringing 3,186 runners into the Rio, and creating the largest ever live PLO tournament. Late Sunday night, when all was said and done, just one man remained with the chips, the cash, and his first gold bracelet: Tyler Smith, now $244,344 richer. Smith battled his way through an international final table line-up, featuring Americans, Canadians, Russians, Czechs, and Belgians. And when Smith got heads-up with fellow American Jason Stockfish, it took him just one hand to get the job done. With a roughly 13:1 chip advantage, Smith opened to 600,000 before calling Stockfish’s all-in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"]. Stockfish held the [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5h"], but after a [poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="js"][poker card="2s"] runout, Smith’s ace-queen held up to take it down. ”It feels amazing," said Smith. "You know, when you enter these things and there are so many people, it's a minefield, but they seem unwinnable to an extent. So, kind of every level that you go and you make it a little bit further. It's like a surreal experience.” Primarily a cash game player, Smith added that his experience with the roller coaster ride of PLO helped him remain in the right frame of mind. "I guess I've just played so much PLO that I'm used to it,” he said. "I don't really play no-limit [hold'em] at all anymore. I'm pretty much exclusively a PLO guy. I guess you just expect it. You just understand that that is part of the landscape and that is the nature of the game. Whatever happens, just kind of happens." Final table payouts: Tyler Smith - $244,344 Jason Stockfish - $138,655 Igor Sharaskin - $102,045 Scott Davies - $75,699 Marek Ohnisko - $56,607 Jessie Bryant - $42,673 John Dallaire - $32,432 Ryan Wince - $24,852 Yves Kupfermunz - $19,201 Ten remain for $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed Finale (Event #21) Monday sees ten players return to the Rio to battle it out for the $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed bracelet. Among them are a couple of well-known Frenchman, and a guy whose closest WSOP run was ended by another well-known Frenchman. Gregory Jamison is the chipleader coming into the finale, having eliminated two players in a monster pot at the business end of Day 2 Sunday. Back in 2008 he finished runner-up to David Benyamine in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, so he’ll be hoping to go one better than that today. However, he’ll have to fight his way through two more formidable Frenchman, what with Fabrice Soulier and Alex ‘alexonmoon’ Luneau still in contention, sitting fifth and seventh in chips respectively. Soulier is aiming for his second WSOP bracelet, while anyone who saw Luneau in the excellent documentary ‘Nosebleed’ knows that winning one means a lot to him. He’s still seeking his first victory. The same can’t be said for Christopher Vitch, who’s also still alive in this one. Vitch took down his first bracelet at the 2016 WSOP in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) (Event #40). Final Day chip counts: Gregory Jamison - 714,500 Ron Ware - 511,000 Sachin Bhargava - 470,000 Ryan Himes - 410,000 Fabrice Soulier - 346,000 Christopher Sensoli - 345,000 Alexandre Luneau - 310,500 Georgii Belianin - 168,000 Christopher Vitch - 148,000 Michael Ross - 118,500 Millionaire Maker Day 1B concludes One of the more exciting lower-buy-in events on the WSOP schedule is the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. While Day 1A took place on Saturday, Sunday saw 4,323 hopefuls take their seats on Day 1B, making a total field of 7,761. After a full day’s play, just 678 remained. The man who bagged the most yesterday was Brian Altman (227,800), followed by Billy Graybeal(209,200), Scott Skirba (207,500), Adam White (182,000), David Peters(173,200), Dustin Fox (168,600), and Kenny Hallaert (148,500). Just a few of the notable names who will return for Day 2 today include recent bracelet winners David Pham(68,500) and John Racener (32,100), plus Antonio Esfandiari (73,900), Joe Elpayaa (91,800), Dan O’Brien (65,300), Ravi Raghavan (108,000), Tristan Wade(19,400), Darryll Fish(63,600), Jeff Gross (9,000), Dutch Boyd(68,500), Johanssy Joseph (62,000), Matt Waxman (46,600), and Jake Bazeley (108,600). The 1,187 remaining players will be back to work at 11am Monday, with only 1,165 making the money. That means it’ll be bubble time almost from the get go. a min-cash is worth $2,249, but nobody wants just that; not when there’s $1,221,407 and a gold WSOP bracelet for the winner. A who’s who come out for the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship Sometimes referred to as the ‘Nick Schulman Invitational’, due to the fact that Schulman has won this event twice, the$10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (Event #22) brought out all of the big guns, each allowed one re-entry. Ten one-hour levels saw 67 unique entries and 25 re-entries whittled down to 30 survivors, with Jon ‘Pearljammer’ Turner (367,300) and Mike Leah (361,500) leading the bunch. Other big stacks at the end of play include John Monnette (265,400), Robert Mizrachi(255,000), Shaun Deeb (230,700),Phil Galfond(223,100), Mike Watson (218,600) and Mike Gorodinsky (109,000). Schulman himself is also doing nicely, bagging up 186,000, good for ninth right now. Recent bracelet winner Jesse Martin also had a nice day (105,900), while all-round beast Paul Volpe also survived (97,700). It was not a good tournament for others though. Both Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth fired two bullets and won’t be returning, while Chris Klodnicki, Eric Wasserson Stephen Chidwick, Felipe Ramos, Richard Ashby, Jennifer Harman, Ben Tollerene, and Benny Glaser all tried their luck to no avail. Just fourteen players will make the money, and there’s $256,610 up top. The final 30 will play down to a final table today. Top 10 chip counts: Jon Turner - 367,300 Mike Leah - 361,500 John Monnette - 265,400 Robert Mizrachi - 255,000 Shaun Deeb - 230,700 Xavier Kyablue - 228,800 Phil Galfond - 223,100 Mike Watson - 218,600 Nick Schulman - 186,000 Darren Elias - 179,400

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