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  1. [caption width="640"] Paul Volpe has accomplished plenty in his poker career but the PPC title would be the highest point for the mixed game specialist.[/caption] The $50,000 Poker Players Championship final table never fails to be a collection of the game’s premiere talent. This year is no different with Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton, and Elior Sion among the six remaining heading into Thurdsday's restart. The short stack among them and one of the top all-around players in the world is former PocketFives #1 Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe. For the last few years, Volpe has been one of the top
  2. [caption width="640"] Maria Ho is now front and center in the eSports world after signing on with Amazon as part of their coverage of the booming industry.[/caption] With more than $2 million in live earnings, multiple World Series Of Poker final tables, online poker titles, and a bustling broadcasting career, Maria Ho has been very busy throughout her time in the poker spotlight. But now, having agreed to a new partnership with Amazon that will see her present the online retail giant’s Mobile Masters eSports events, she’ll be branching out in front of a whole new audience. “When I
  3. [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
  4. [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 b
  5. [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-rank
  6. [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. Af
  7. [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
  8. [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 Ro
  9. [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 P
  10. [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.
  11. [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
  12. [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 cas
  13. 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 st
  14. 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 fo
  15. [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 mak
  16. [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
  17. [caption width="640"] Scott Blumstein won the 2017 WSOP Main Event championship and .15 million (Joe Giron/WSOP photo)[/caption] Scott Blumstein capped off a dominating wire-to-wire final table performance to win the 2017World Series of Poker Main Event late Saturday night in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old New Jersey native started the final table with the chip lead and over three days of play never once let go of it. Saturday night, Blumstein consistently chipped away at Dan Ott's stack before finally eliminating him in second place to capture the title and win $8,150,000. "I'm stil
  18. [caption width="658"] Scott Blumstein starts the Main Event final table as the betting favorite, according to PokerShares.com.[/caption] The World Series of Poker Main Event final table starts Thursday evening and PokerShares.com has all the odds leading up to poker’s richest three days. Chip leader Scott Blumstein is the current betting favorite to win the tournament at +225. John Hesp, second in chips, pays nearly twice that at +520 to ship. Most of the field is bunched together after Hesp and Blumstein with Jack Sinclair the currently long shot at +1530. Short stack Ben Lamb and
  19. [caption width="640"] Bryan Piccioli is enjoying his deepest run in the WSOP Main Event and hopes to keep going.[/caption] This time last year Bryan Piccioli, once the #1-ranked online poker player in the world, was deep in the World Series of Poker Main Event and updating his friends and family back home in Olean, New York as he made his way through the field. His parents, Dan and Diana, were following along right up until their son busted in 84th place. The day a player busts out of the Main Event is the worst day of their year and Bryan and his girlfriend Karissa made plans to get a
  20. [caption width="640"] Mickey Craft has spent a good chunk of Day 4 and 5 at the 2017 WSOP Main Event in the ESPN/PokerGO spotlight.[/caption] Ever year at the World Series of Poker Main Event, some unknown player bursts onto the scene and grabs the attention of poker fans around the world. Sometimes it’s for “speech play”. Sometimes it’s for antics at the table. And sometimes it’s for a playing style that combines fun with the a real disregard for whatever GTO is. This year that player is clearly Mickey Craft. The Wilmington, North Carolina native has caught the attention of fans watchi
  21. [caption width="640"] Antoine Saout is one of 11 former November Niners who started Day 4 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event with chips.[/caption] At the start of Day 4 of the 2017 World Series of Poker there were 11 players who had, at one point in their careers, been a part of the now retired November Nine. The top three from that group were Antoine Saout, Kenny Hallaert and Ben Lamb. It really shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see those three running deep in the Main Event. Along with their final table appearances, each one of them has also had a top 125 finish. Saout finished 25th las
  22. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Gjergj Sinistaj is playing on Day 3 of the Main Event and has pieces of action spread across the Amazon Room.[/caption] If you look in the Brasilia Room at Joe McKeehen’s Main Event title banner, you see a man holding up the championship bracelet with a $7.6 million smile on his face. Behind the pile of money and glory are another man who helped to finance McKeehen’s buy in and the entry fee for at least a dozen more players that year. Gjergj Sinishtaj has grown from the preeminent online cash game prodigy of his generation to piece buyer ext
  23. [caption width="640"] Marinus Hoogma got into the 2017 WSOP Main Event for just .[/caption] Just a few weeks ago Marinus Hoogma and his brother Joep were just hanging out together watching 888poker ambassador and Twitch streamer Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot stream some poker. Joep, 22, has been playing online poker for a while now, but Marinus just more or less watched from the sidelines. Talbot was hyping up a freeroll he was running and Marinus figured he’d give it a try. “My brother’s like, ‘You should try it out as well, play some poker with me’, and Toknkaa had something going
  24. History tells us that each starting flight of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is going to be bigger than the previous one and Day 1B was no exception. Sunday’s field was almost three times as big as Saturday’s with 2,164 players entering. DAY 1B FIELD SIZES The 2,164 players that entered the Main Event on Saturday made it the largest Day 1B since 2011 when the WSOP ran with four starting flights instead of three. Over the previous four years, Day 1B has made up an average of 28.77% of the total field . YEARENTRANTSTOTAL% OF TOTAL 20172,164---- 20161,7336,73725.72% 2
  25. [caption width="640"] Ky Maciejewski won his 2017 WSOP Main Event seat in an 888poker freeroll.[/caption] When the 4,000 or so players sit down on Monday to play Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event there’s one guy who can claim he has nothing to lose. 41-year-old Ky Maciejewski is playing the event having invested exactly zero dollars in his qualification process. Maciejewski, who works as a builder in Bicester, England, won his Main Event package on 888poker through a freeroll sponsored by The Sun newspaper. Maciejewski, who regularly plays micro and small stakes

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