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  1. Online poker players in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware can now circle May 1 on their calendar as the day that everything will change. WSOP.com announced Monday morning that on that day, the player pools for all three states will combine into one. The move comes six months after the three states reached an agreement to allow for a combined liquidity. Players in Nevada and Delaware have been part of the same player pool since 2015. "This has been a huge collaborative effort from all involved and it is important to thank the elected leadership and regulatory authorities in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey for their dedication and diligence to help move online poker forward," Bill Rini, Head of Online Poker for WSOP.com told the Associated Press. "Everyone has had the end user in mind throughout this process, and as a result, we believe the United States, for the first time in a regulated environment, will have a large-scale multi-state offering that will propel the industry forward as soon as next month." The combination of the three markets into one should pave the way for bigger tournament prize pools and a more robust cash game offering. Players in New Jersey will be able to play in the four bracelet events on WSOP.com this summer as part of the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule. Delaware players are not eligible to play in those events. "Pooling poker players from three states will be a significant regulatory step in the U.S., and is very exciting for our players and partners," Yaniv Sherman, 888poker senior vice president told the AP. "If approved, we anticipate that this will open up further opportunities in other states." 888poker is the software partner of WSOP.com and the companies have promised a "number of upgrades" to the software designed to enhance the player experience according to a press release issued by WSOP.com Monday. Players in New Jersey and Delaware will need to download the new poker software on May 1. Further details will be announced later this week.
  2. On more than one occasion, it has been said that winning the World Series of Poker Main Event is every poker player's dream. For most though, plunking down $10,000 just for a ticket to the big show is a tough pill to swallow. That’s where satellite tournaments come into play. Year after year, players of every skill level take their shot in satellite tournaments, hoping that they can earn a seat into the WSOP Main for a fraction of the cost. After all, there’s no better feeling than being able to play for the big money while still maintaining your bankroll. No doubt in 2018 there will be plenty of players looking to become the story of the series by grabbing a huge score. Players hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of the most notable players who ever made major career moves by winning their way into the ME and grabbing some WSOP glory. Tom McEvoy Even twenty years before the poker boom, the World Series of Poker was a big deal to fans of the game. Some of the biggest names to ever play poker had claimed WSOP Main Event titles - Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson, Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin and Stu Unger, just to name a few. In 1983, in only the second year that the Main Event drew over 100 players, Tom McEvoy made his mark on the series by becoming the first person to ever win the Main Event after winning his seat through a satellite. McEvoy won $540,000 for first that year and while he’d been a professional player for a number of years prior, it helped him continue his poker journey. McEvoy continues to enjoy a career of over $3 million in lifetime earnings. The Nevada resident can still be spotted in a variety of events in the Las Vegas tournament poker scene, always remembered as a champion. Fernando Pons If he could have cashed out he would have. But after Spain’s Fernando Pons played a €30 satellite tournament on 888poker he was forced into the next step, a 250 satellite. According to the 888poker blog, Pons claims that had he been able to take the cash - that would have been the end of it. But he did play, he did win and the Spaniard did turn that original €30 into a seat into the Main Event. What Pons ended up with was something beyond his wildest dreams. He battled through seven days of poker and claimed a seat in the 2016 November Nine. He found himself seated alongside players like Griffin Benger, Kenny Hallaert, Cliff Josephy and eventual winner Qui Nguyen. Pons' run ended in ninth-place for which he earned $1,000,000 - far and away a career-high score. Since that time, Pons has continued to play, mostly in Spain. He did, however, take down a summer side event at the Wynn in 2017 for over $40,000. Tommy Yates Another great story of maximizing one’s ROI is that of Tommy Yates. In 2015, the Grecian bar owner began grinding $0.01 satellites online in an effort to win his way into the Main. An eight-year poker vet, the game was a part-time passion for him. After a number of attempts, he found himself in the final stages of the steps satellites, on the cusp of winning a seat. With four players left, three who would win seats and the fourth a $6,000 return - Yates thought about just trying for the cash. After all, he was in for just $2.18. He was convinced otherwise and played it out. Yates won his seat, went to the show and played his heart out - finishing well within the money bubble. Yates turned his $2.18 investment into a $19,500 payday. Shaun Deeb In 2012 when high-stakes mixed game cash pro Shaun Deeb entered the $25,000 satellite for a seat to the inaugural $1 million Big One For One Drop, he scored a major victory - without actually winning the event. At the final table, after the departure of fan favorite Jason Sommerville in third-place, Deeb found himself up against three-time World Poker Tour winner Gus Hansen. There was one final seat in the tournament up for grabs. Second place would receive a million dollar payday, but be unable to participate in the tournament. Deeb decided that cash was king and it quickly became obvious that a deal was struck between the two. He raise-folded the majority of his stack to Gus who ended up closing it out and winning the seat. Deeb was then gifted his first million dollar cash score. Legend has it that the Rio, rather than cut out cool million in stacks, decided to pay Deeb in tournament lammers. The lammers, which have zero cash value and can only be used to enter tournaments at the Rio, would have been nearly impossible to use up if the idea had stuck. In the end, Deeb was allowed to cash out those lammers and take home the million in cash. Hansen ended up busting out of the One Drop without cashing. Chris Moneymaker No list of epic satellite winners would be complete without the accountant from Tennessee, Chris Moneymaker. Moneymaker sparked the powder keg that was the “poker boom” in 2003 with his WSOP Main Event win and fortuitous name. He was also the first player to win the Main Event after having won his way into the Main through an online site. Moneymaker is the dream. You know the story: He wasn’t the best player in the tournament and he wasn’t the most experienced at the final table but he got in for the minimum, made the maximum and from there his career took off. He has kept his sponsorship of 15 years with PokerStars, he’s still one of the game’s most recognizable faces and has gone on to amass over $3.7 million in lifetime live earnings. Satellites run around the clock at the World Series of Poker and online sites like 888poker offer players way to win their way into the Main Event. Will this be the year another satellite winner takes it all down?
  3. The World Series of Poker is the largest festival in the poker world for both their No Limit and Mixed Game offerings. Buy-ins reaching up to $50,000 for non-Hold'em games can only be found at the Rio for seven weeks every summer. These events often have a great impact on the WSOP Player of the Year race and should have a dense population of familiar faces for the full schedule. Only a single new addition to the schedule game-wise comes from Pot Limit Omaha. Three events are listed, two live and the third online. The PLO Giant follows the template of its No Limit cousin with flights every Sunday for the schedule leading up to the Day 2 restart on July 2. Flights are available June 3-July 1 with unlimited re-entry and payouts for each flight. The $565 Six Max PLO event adds a new element to the WSOP.com bracelet offerings. For the first time ever on June 22, players can compete for a four-card online bracelet. As usual, Pot Limit Omaha is available this summer for standard events at the $1,000, $1,500, $3,000, $10,000, and $25,000 buy-in levels. The inaugural $1,500 PLO Bounty event premieres on July 6. The standard offering of $1,500 and $10,000 mixed games returns. All games from the 8-game mix (HORSE, PLO, 2-7 Triple Draw) are on the schedule in the low and high variety. Also available are the $1,500 and $10,000 2-7 Single Draw events. Other events that claim the $1,500 and $10,000 offering include PLO8 and Dealer's Choice. 8-Game Mix can be found in only the $1,500 bin. HORSE is of the $1,500, $3,000, and $10,000 variety this summer. The $1,500 Omaha-mix returns on June 16. The popular format includes Big O, Omaha Hi-Lo, and PLO8. For the third consecutive year, the $2,500 Triple Draw Mix is back. A-5, 2-7, and Badugi are on the menu in a tough event that claims Chris Vitch and Jesse Martin as it's two winners. The event starts on June 2. The $2,500 price point carries over to the $2,500 Big Bet Mix which premiered last year. Jens Lakemeier overcame a final table of Jerry Wong, Jason Stockfish, and AJ Kelsall to win the $112,232 first-place prize. The field reached 197 entrants. The single re-entry event carries the non-bracelet event games of Big O, No-Limit Five-Card Draw High, and Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. The final event on the $2,500 list is the Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo mix. Smith Sirisakorn won the 2017 edition for $215,902 in his first and only live tournament cash. A total of 405 players entered last year. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicks off on June 15. The five-day event brought out 100 entrants in 2017. Elior Sion notched his first bracelet win against a ferocious final table of Paul Volpe, Ike Haxton, and Daniel Negreanu. The Six Max event plays with an eight-game mix. The $10,000 Championship events always include top-tier talent walking away with jewelry and James Obst, John Racener, John Monnette, and Abe Mosseri were among those who posed for winner's photos in 2017. David Bach won his two bracelets last summer in the $1,500 Dealers Choice and the $10,000 HORSE. When the doors to the Rio open on May 30, players from around the globe congregate with varying game specialties looking to bring a piece of hardware home.
  4. For many that enjoy the very good, some may say “great”, game of Omaha, finding some of that four-card, high variance action can be a challenge. Sure, there may be a semi-regular cash game in a local card room and, on occasion, a smaller tournament to take a shot in but for those that truly love the perennial up-and-coming poker variant of Omaha there’s no better time to be a fan of the game than the summer. And no better place to get that fix than Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker. In recent years, the WSOP itself has increased the amount of Omaha offerings. Player pools have shown that its popularity is still on the rise. But the Rio isn’t the only place in Las Vegas a player can find a great Omaha tournament. All of the biggest summer series have Omaha tournaments of all different variants. Fans of Omaha Hi/Lo, 8 or Better and of course, Pot Limit Omaha all have plenty of opportunities to play for big money in Sin City this summer. A determined player could (practically) play some form of Omaha every day - sometimes twice a day - during the summer. Here are some highlights that the Omaha fanatic just has to check out. Pot Limit Omaha Giant - World Series of Poker Following in the footsteps of the multi-day, lower buy-in NLHE GIANT, officials at the WSOP have decided to roll out a similar tournament for Omaha. The $365 Omaha Giant has five starting flights with unlimited entry, one on each Sunday over the course of the series (June 3,10,1725 and July 1). Each starting day will see play down to the money. For those that bag, Day 2 resumes on July 2 with the conclusion the very next day. If a player goes bust, they can re-enter another flight. However, if one has chips to go to Day 2, they are prevented from playing a subsequent starting day. Last year, the No Limit Hold’em version of the GIANT brought in over 10,000 entries and awarded nearly $300,000 for first place. While this year’s PLO GIANT is unlikely to hit that high mark, for the winner it will be one of the biggest bang-for-your-buck Omaha tournaments of the summer. Five is Better Than Four If you think four cards produce more action, try getting five. That variant is called Big O and, yes, there’s a couple times during the summer you can give this a shot. Players looking to give it try for the first time may decide to head over to the Golden Nugget for their Grand Poker Series on June 5 for a modest $250 Big O tournament. If that goes well, one can reinvest their winnings two days later as the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza on June 7 offers a $600 tournament. The climb to the Big O mountaintop summits with a $1,100 tournament on June 15 during Planet Hollywood’s Phamous Poker Series Goliath. Big Buy-In Events There’s plenty of high-stakes Omaha action to be had this summer as well. Of course, there’s the World Series of Poker $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-handed High Roller on June 20. As well as a pair of $10,000 Championship events on June 3 ($10K Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better) and June 23 ($10K PLO 8-handed). The WSOP also has seven other Omaha tournaments with a $1,500 buy-in or greater. This includes a post-Main Event $3,000 PLO 6-Max on July 8. The Venetian has a pair of $1,600 Omaha events on June 1 (PLO MonsterStack 8-Max - a 3 Day event) and June 10 (PLO 6-Max). Planet Hollywood also gets in on the action by providing a $3,000 PLO High Roller 8 or Better on June 21. When To Make It To The Wynn If you follow the Omaha fanatic schedule you’ll see plenty of the Rio, Venetian, Planet Hollywood and the Aria, which has five $470 Omaha events spread throughout their schedule. But the Wynn’s Summer Classic Schedule only has one event in which you can play four-card poker in their beautiful property. So, if you’d like to make it to the Wynn, circle June 13 and hop in their lone $550 PLO tournament. That is, if you aren’t tempted by the $600 PLO 8 tournament happening at the Venetian on the same day at roughly the same time. So Omaha fiends here’s a schedule that will keep a player in action throughout the entire summer. The Omaholic's Summer Schedule Date Location Game Buy-In 5/29 Golden Nuggett Omaha Hi/Lo $250 5/29 Venetian Omaha 8 or Better (Day 1A) $600 5/30 Planet Hollywood Omaha Hi/Lo $250 5/31 WSOP (Rio) Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better $1,500 6/1 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha MonsterStack 8-Max $1,600 6/2 Aria Limit Omaha 8 or Better $470 6/2 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max $600 6/3 Golden Nugget O8/Stud 8 Mix $250 6/3 WSOP (Rio) Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $10,000 6/3 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha GIANT $365 6/4 Golden Nugget PLO8/O8/Big O Mix $250 6/5 Golden Nugget Big O $250 6/5 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha Bounty 8-Max $800 6/7 Aria Pot Limit Omaha $470 6/7 Venetian Big O $600 6/8 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha (2 Flights) $565 6/9 Aria Pot Limit Omaha $470 6/9 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better 8-Max $800 6/10 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max $1600 6/12 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha $1,000 6/13 Wynn Pot Limit Omaha $550 6/13 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $600 6/14 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha $1,500 6/15 Planet Hollywood Big O $1,100 6/17 Golden Nugget Omaha Hi/Lo $360 6/18 Venetian Omaha 8 or Better $600 6/19 Aria Limit Omaha Eight or Better $470 6/19 Golden Nugget Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo $250 6/20 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha High Roller $25,000 6/20 Golden Nugget Pot Limit Omaha Championship $570 6/21 Venetian Omaha 8/Stud 8 $600 6/21 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 8 or Better $3,000 6/21 Golden Nugget Omaha 8/Stud 8 Championship $570 6/22 WSOP.com Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed (ONLINE) $565 6/22 WSOP (Rio) Mixed Omaha 8/Stud 8 $2,500 6/23 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship $10,000 6/23 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better 8-Max $1,100 6/24 Aria Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $470 6/24 Golden Nugget Big O $360 6/25 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $600 6/25 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha Bounty 6-Max $1,100 6/26 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $1,500 6/27 Golden Nugget PLO8/O8/Big O Championship $570 6/29 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 8 Championship $10,000 6/30 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $1,100 7/2 Venetian Omaha 8/Stud 8 $600 7/3 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha Progressive Bounty $400 7/5 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha w/ $100 Bounties $250 7/5 Venetian PLO/PLO8 $600 7/6 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha Bounty $1,500 7/8 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max $3,000 7/9 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha $350 7/9 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $400 7/10 WSOP (Rio) Mixed PLO 8/NLHE 8-Handed $1,500  
  5. The World Series of Poker plans the bulk of its events around the schedules of the thousands of recreational players who fly in every summer. Low buy-in events with millions in the prize pool along with some gimmicky names bring in the "Weekend Warriors." Names like Millionaire Maker and Monster Stack are on the schedule once again with a few other brands mixed in. No matter when John Smith (No, not THAT John Smith) gets a weekend away for some tournaments, there are major ones to be played. The Colossus III (June 2-June 7) The largest field of the summer can be expected again for this $565 behemoth. There is no set guarantee on the event in 2018, but the $1 million guaranteed first-place prize remains. Two flights play out on June 2, 3, and 4 each day at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, respectively. The 15% payouts for each flight along with the three percent advancement rate equals a lot of re-entries and a large prize pool. PocketFiver Thomas 'pompyouup' Pomponio conquered 18,054 runners on his way to becoming the first seven-figure prize winner of the 2018 WSOP. Who follows in his footsteps this summer? The answer is just over a month from discovery. Millionaire Maker (June 9-14) The godfather of WSOP novelty events is back for a sixth summer. Another field of over 7,000 hopefuls expects to fill all of the Rio's playing space in pursuit of the elusive million dollar first-place prize. The 7,761 entries in 2017 set one of the highest marks yet for Millionaire Maker and was won by Canadian Pablo Mariz. Players have four chances to gain Day 1 traction with two re-entries permitted for each starting flight. The two Day 1 sessions take place on June 9 and June 10 before the field combines on June 11. Min-cash or bust early? The Marathon starts on Monday, June 11 with registration open until midway through Day 2. Seniors Weekend (June 15-19) A full five days of poker devoted to the older crowd fits right in the middle of the summer hub. The $1,000 Seniors event starts on June 15 for players 50 and older and is followed by the $1,000 Super Seniors on June 17. Players are required to be at least 60 years of age to play the Super Seniors. Other properties have caught on to the popularity of the Seniors events at the WSOP. The Venetian, ARIA, and Golden Nugget all have the weekend of June 15 crossed off. Players interested in low buy-ins and four cards can play the Pot Limit Omaha Giant if they are eliminated from their Seniors events. The PLO Giant opens on Friday, June 3 and there is a flight on the books for June 17. Monster Stack (June 23-27) Another small buy-in, large reward event comes with you the fourth year of Monster Stack. $1,500 to buy-in and at least $1 million to first-place is enough to draw thousands upon thousands. A starting day on June 23 and 24 carries the balance of the event. Unlike Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack does not permit re-entries. Nonetheless, top pros and amateurs alike collide in the sprint to collect $1 million. Crazy Eights (June 30-July 3) The $888,888 guaranteed first-place prize in Crazy Eights was enough to draw 8,120 players last year. That number is the second-largest of the year and offers plenty of bang for the $888 buy-in. Two starting flights on June 30 and July 1 combined with unlimited re-entries place last year's number under surveillance. The final 'Weekend Warrior' prelim to the WSOP is a lock to be in contention to top 8,120 for 2018.
  6. Whether you’re packing your bags and heading to Las Vegas to play, or booking time off work so you can stay up late and stream final tables, the World Series of Poker - the most exciting time of the poker year - is fast approaching. But which PocketFivers should you be keeping your own eyes on this summer? Here we’ll be cherrypicking some players from the United Kingdom and Ireland that we think are going to have big results at the 2018 WSOP. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman We haven’t just picked Moorman due to his PocketFives fame (#1 on the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard). We’re singling out the Brit because we think his first WSOP win last year will have lit a fire inside him. Since claiming his long-overdue maiden bracelet in a $3K six-max event for $500K, Moorman has been putting in work. His forte seems to be big-field NLHE events with buy-ins of $1K-$3K, as you can see from his recent results: He’s also been busy on the online felt, winning both the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep and a partypoker Powerfest event for a combined $50K over the past few months, taking his total online winnings up to an unrivaled $14,878,400. Expect to see Moorman reach multiple final tables this year, accompanied by a rowdy rail. EVENT TOURNAMENT DATE POSITION PRIZE partypoker MILLIONS North America C$1,100 MILLIONS Open April 2018 3rd $69,262 partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €2,700 Warm Up April 2018 8th $39,289 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $1,650 PCA National Jan 2018 10th $10,640 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $1,100 TURBO Dec 2017 1st $37,132 DeepStack Extravaganza IV $1,600 NLHE Nov 2017 2nd $70,742 Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford From the most successful British/worldwide player of all time, to the United Kingdom’s current #1 player. Beresford has proved himself as one of the best online players going, racking up $6.36 million in cashes at the time of writing. That quest for cash has also seen Beresford frequent the live felt, most recently at EPT Monte Carlo where he was seen battling in the €25K High Roller. And while he’s yet to win a breakout title live despite $510K in winnings, we think this will be Beresford’s year. Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich Not only is Scotland’s Geilich a great NLHE tournament player, but he excels in PLO too. Geilich was victorious in the WCOOP $21K PLO High Roller in 2016 ($462K), and later that year he came close to WSOP gold when he finished 7th in the $25K PLO High Roller ($110,035). Geilich’s been pretty busy since then. In April 2018, he took down the €1K Open at the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona for €250K, while at the PokerStars Championship Prague in December 2017 Geilich booked back-to-back runner-up finishes in side events for a combined $320K. With his good friend Niall Farrell winning his first WSOP bracelet last year, 2018 could be Geilich’s turn. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot He may only have $90K in live winnings to date, but the UK’s Proudfoot has been putting in a serious grind online in recent years. He's amassed $1.62 million in winnings, and almost took down a SCOOP event earlier this month, ultimately finishing second in the $530 6-max PKO for $39K plus $12K bounties (interestingly, Beresford finished third). We think this is the year that Proudfoot announces himself in the live world with some healthy WSOP results. Kevin ‘SuitedAcesBaby’ Killeen For our Ireland pick, we’ve gone with Killeen. He’s got several big live results under his belt (most notably a UKIPT win, Irish Open second-place, and EPT Main Event third-place finish), and overall boasts $877K in winnings. But it’s the work he’s been putting in online (under the PokerStars screen name ‘torino2000’) that suggests a good summer. As Killeen’s good friend Fintan Hand said while railing Killeen on a SCOOP final table this month: “He’s going over for the WSOP and I think he’s going to win a silly amount of stuff. Not many people have been working on their game as hard as him.” Killeen ultimately finished seventh in the SCOOP-28-H $530 NLHE for $6,490. If five UK and Ireland players aren’t enough for you, we also predict big years for Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick, Marc ‘sluglife’ MacDonnell, Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton, Toby ‘810ofclubs’ Lewis, and Benny ‘RunGodLike’ Glaser.
  7. Wednesday’s action at the 2018 World Series of Poker saw a new millionaire made, as well as a PocketFiver chipleading the final three in an event on his quest for a first bracelet. That, and a whole lot more, in our recap of June 13th’s action. Arne Kern Takes Down Millionaire Maker, wins $1,173,223 Germany’s Arne Kern secured only his third WSOP cash on Wednesday. And boy, is it a big one. Kern took down Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER for a massive score of $1,173,223, instantly making the 26-year-old from Klivery a millionaire. Kern defeated seasoned UK pro Sam Razavi heads-up for the title and his first bracelet, in what was a long battle. Ultimately a bit of luck for Kern got the job done. He shoved with four-deuce suited and Razavi snap-called with ace-jack. Kern flopped a flush draw though, and it completed on the turn to secure him the win. "I'm not very proud of that" Kern joked after his win. "I may have read the stack sizes a bit wrong but it all worked out. It's a dream come true.” 2015 WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen continued to showcase his amazing ability to navigate large field NLHE events with a third-place finish, getting unlucky when his pocket kings were outflopped by Razavi’s ace-eight. Michael Souza finished in fourth place, while fifth-place finisher Justin Liberto final tabled this event for the second time, having finished fourth in 2013. Just 17 players returned for this fourth and final day of play, with German high roller Manig Loeser the first to depart. UK legend Barny Boatman made a good run, but ultimately exited in seventh. Final Table Results: Arne Kern - $1,173,223 Sam Razavi - $724,756 Joe McKeehen - $538,276 Michael Souza - $402,614 Justin Liberto - $303,294 Manuel Ruivo - $230,120 Barny Boatman - $175,865 Ralph Massey - $135,383 Sean Marshall - $104,987 Former #1 Taylor Paur tops THE MARATHON runners Just 60 runners now remain in Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em, and it’s former PocketFives #1 player Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur who leads the way into Thursday’s Day 4. Paur pulled away during the last levels of the day, nd is now in the driver’s seat looking for his second WSOP bracelet. His stack of 2,958,000 is almost 100 big blinds larger than the next biggest stack, 1,775,000, belonging to Anton Morgenstern. [caption id="attachment_619539" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Big chip lead for Taylor Paur[/caption] Other big names and stacks to advance include Mark Sleet (1,550,000), Hiep Doan (1,442,000), Jonas Mackoff (1,356,000), Michael Addamo (1,096,000), Matt Affleck (884,000), Julien Sitbon (868,000), WSOP Main Event Champions Martin Jacobson (811,000) and Scotty Nguyen (483,000), 888poker ambassador Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (445,000), Stoyan Obreshkov (769,000), Cate Hall (574,000) and Martin Staszko (516,000). All players are now in the money, guaranteed $9,616. However, those who made the money but failed to advance through the day include Sam Cohen, JP Kelly, Marvin Rettenmaier, Govert Metaal, Kristen Bicknell, Pierre Merlin, David Peters, Andre Akkari, Jesse Sylvia, Ryan Riess and Chance Kornuth. Another seven 100-minute levels are on the cards tomorrow, with action picking back up at 12pm Thursday. With $653,581 up top for the winner, the sprint towards a final table truly begins. Top 10 Stacks: Taylor Paur - 2,958,000 Anton Morgenstern - 1,775,000 Mark Sleet - 1,550,000 Hiep Doan - 1,442,000 Jonas Mackoff - 1,356,000 Javier Fernandez - 1,320,000 Michael Hada - 1,236,000 Bryden Baxter - 1,137,000 Dylan Honeyman - 1,103,000 Michael Addamo - 1,096,000 Ben Dobson Leads Final Three in $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo 8 Ben ‘f3nix35’ Dobson is in prime position to win his first bracelet on Thursday, as he’s chip leader with just two opponents left in Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Dobson (2,615,000) will be battling against Tim Finne (1,185,000) and Jesse Martin (675,000) when that final table resumes at 2pm Thursday. Dobson came into the day as chip leader, and managed to keep hold of that lead after Day 3 throughout the 20 eliminations. Notable bust-outs today include Barry Greenstein (18th for $4,899) and Eli Elezra (12th for $9,165), as well as Hollywood star James Woods (17th for $4,899). There’s $173,528 and the bracelet for the winner of this one, while the runner-up will receive $107,243 and third-place gets $74,324, meaning they’re all guaranteed that amount overnight. Stay tuned tomorrow to see who takes this one down. Final Three Stacks: Benjamin Dobson - 2,615,000 Tim Finne - 1,185,000 Jesse Martin - 675,000 Stavrakis Leads, But Felipe Ramos Still In Hunt for $1K PLO Bracelet Day 2 of Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha saw Filippos Stavrakis end play with the chip lead. His 903,000 is well ahead of Pascal Damois’s 632,000, while popular Brazilian pro Felipe ‘mojave’ Ramos ended with 450,000. [caption id="attachment_619540" align="alignright" width="200"] Felipe Ramos[/caption] Throughout the day we lost the likes of Joe Cada (75th - $1,962), Ken Aldridge (78th - $1,962), Adrian Buckley (72nd - $2,190) and Calen McNeil (71st - $2,190), Marcel Vonk (98th - $1,658), Christian Harder (92nd - $1,658), Martin Finger (59th - $2,485), Ioannis Angelou Konstas (40th - $3,363) and Shannon Shorr (29th - $4,008). All 14 players to return tomorrow are guaranteed $7,446, but that’s not what they’re looking for. The $169,842 first-place prize is far more appealing! Action resumes at 12pm Thursday. Final 14 Stacks: Filippos Stavrakis - 903,000 Pascal Damois - 632,000 Felipe Ramos - 450,000 Jordan Siegel - 438,000 Arthur Morris - 329,000 Thayer Rasmussen - 300,000 Clinton Monfort - 292,000 Ruslan Dykshteyn - 262,000 David Caruthers - 242,000 Peter Klein - 206,000 Georgios Karavokyris - 115,000 Floyd Bangerter - 108,000 Robert Cowen - 95,000 Joshua Larson - 55,000 Just 16 Remain in $10K H.O.R.S.E. Championship One of the more prestigious events among the mixed-game players is down to just 16 players after the completion of Day 2. Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship drew 166 total entries, and after the second day of action and just a tenth of those runners remaining, it’s Laith Salem (1,456,000) who tops the field. He’s followed by Albert Daher (1,300,000), and John Hennigan (687,000). Randy Ohel, David “Bakes” Baker, Jake Schwartz, Anthony Zinno, and Robert Mizrachi will all be back tomorrow. There are 14 bracelets in total between the final 16. Throughout the day there were plenty of notable bust-outs including Brian Rast, Phil Ivey, Stephen Chidwick, Luke Schwartz, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Gorodinsky, Daniel Negreanu, David "ODB" Baker, Marco Johnson, Cliff Josephy, Jeff Lisandro, Chris Ferguson, Shaun Deeb, Benny Glaser, John Monnette, Jason Mercier, and Ian Johns. Some of those that went deep into Day 2 include Jean-Robert Bellande (26th place, $15,229), Andrew Barber (25th place, $15,229), Stuart Rutter (21st place, $15,229) and Joey Couden (18th place, $15,229). The tournament restarts at 2pm Thursday, and you can find the overnight stacks below. They’re all guaranteed $17,677, and there’s $414,692 awaiting the champ. Final 14 Stacks: Laith Salem - 1,456,000 Albert Daher - 1,300,000 John Hennigan - 687,000 Iraj Parvizi - 620,000 Randy Ohel - 571,000 Carol Fuchs - 562,000 David "Bakes" Baker - 559,000 Daniel Zack - 546,000 Jean Gaspard - 405,000 Jake Schwartz - 357,000 Michael Noori - 343,000 Anthony Zinno - 237,000 Robert Campbell - 210,000 Katherine Fleck - 186,000 Illya Trincher - 159,000 Robert Mizrachi - 111,000 Day 1 of $3K NLHE Wraps Up, 186 Advance Ten 60-minute levels have seen the 842 entries in Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed whittled down to just 186. It’s Christian Rudolph who bagged the chip lead with 210,000, just pipping Federico Petruzzelli’s 209,000 to the post. Meanwhile, the stacked field saw Gal Yifrach (131,100), Sergio Aido (122,800), Mike Watson (110,500), Tony Dunst (95,800), Kyle Hartree (91,500), Olivier Busquet (88,000), Manig Loeser (68,200), Greg Merson (59,200), Jason Mercier (47,100), and Ryan Riess (38,300) advance to tomorrow’s Day 2. Some of those who tried and failed today include the player of 2018 so far Justin Bonomo, former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein, Phil Hellmuth and Chris Ferguson, as well as Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Matt Berkey, Kenny Hallaert, Chance Kornuth, and Joseph Cheong. One particular casualty today was Michael Phelps. The 23-time Olympic gold medalist and most successful Olympian of all time had a short run today, busting after the second break. This tournament will pay 131 spots, with a min-cash worth $4,489. There’s $461,798 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet for the winner, though, and that’s what they’re all looking for. Things kick back off at 12pm on Thursday, with blinds at 600/1,200. Top 10 Stacks: Christian Rudolph - 210,000 Federico Petruzzelli - 209,000 Richard Kaplan - 178,500 Robert McLaughlin - 171,100 Philip Ward - 163,800 Joshua Gordon - 162,000 David Mock - 156,500 Jeremy Joseph - 143,700 Jonathan Currle - 142,500 Anthony Ajlouny - 140,000 Jared Bleznick Bags Most in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw The other event to get going on Wednesday was Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, and after ten levels the 356-strong field has been cut down to 88. It’s Jared Bleznick who leads the pack with 72,900, followed by Rick Fuller (66,200) and David Prociak (65,100). David Pham (64,600) and Adam Friedman (63,200) also ended with top five stacks. Jon Turner (26,100), David ‘ODB’ Baker (65,100) will both return tomorrow, as will Chris Vitch, Frank Kassela, Calvin Anderson, Shaun Deeb, David Bach, Scott Clements, Brian Hastings, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Allen Kessler. Registration in this one is closed, with a $480,600 prize pool being split between the top 54 finishers. A min-cash will get you $2,243, while a win will secure $117,282. Play resumes at 2pm Thursday. Top 10 Stacks: Jared Bleznick - 72,900 Rick Fuller - 66,200 David Prociak - 65,100 David Pham - 64,600 Adam Friedman - 63,200 Walter Chambers - 57,400 Oscar Johansson - 57,300 Steven Tabb - 53,700 Philip Long - 52,000 James Scott - 50,700 Tomorrow’s Action (June 14) The 2018 FIFA World Cup isn’t the only thing to kick off on Thursday June 14. Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha is the first to get going, with an early 11am start. A little later in the day at 3pm, Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud will get underway.
  8. The completion of the full second week of the 2018 World Series of Poker was a non-stop poker extravaganza. The summer series has reached full throttle as some of the biggest events on the schedule awarded huge sums of life-changing money. Social media surrounding the series had a few moments of sincerity as poker legend, Doyle Brunson, announced his retirement from tournament play. That said, poker Twitter’s trademark snark was in full form as grinders jumped into event after event, trying to capture gold. So if you are watching from afar, enjoy the view as here’s a little taste of life at the Rio in week 2. Brazilian Million Some of Brazil’s best and brightest talent celebrated Roberly Felicio’s victory in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Felicio defeated the over 13,000 players to take home the first place guaranteed prize of $1,000,000. On to Week 3!
  9. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Paul Volpe First #1 to Grab Hardware in 2018 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe started off his 2018 WSOP in strong fashion. He finished third in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, then 15th in the $100,000 High Roller and then everything came together for him in the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship, where he outlasted 168 other players to win his third career bracelet. He is the only former #1-ranked player to have won that many. He then picked up his fourth cash of the year on Monday, finishing 15th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. All told, Volpe has earned $757,185 this summer, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Shaun Deeb Continues Cashing While Volpe is the only one to win a bracelet so far, Shaun Deeb continues to earn visits to the payout desk. Deeb has picked up six cashes so far, two more than Volpe, for $59,808. While most of his results have been on the smaller side, he did come close to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Deeb made the final table, only to finish third for $36,330. Here's a closer look at all of Deeb's cashes for 2018 to date: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 44th $4,723 COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 16th $11,553 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 Deeb still has some work to do to match or beat his 2017 performance which saw him pick up 10 cashes. Fedor Holz Makes the Most of His One Event After winning his first WSOP in 2016, Fedor Holz told the poker world he was retiring from poker but would still play, just at a reduced schedule. Despite this, he's continued to play the biggest events on the calendar while skipping anything that's not a high roller. Holz played the $100,000 High Roller in the opening days of the 2018 WSOP and finished ninth for $240,265. He then took to Instagram to let people know he was headed back to Austria and won't be back in Vegas until after the Main Event. The ninth place finish marks his first WSOP cash since beating Dan Smith heads-up to win the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2016. Chris Moorman Only Other Former #1 to Cash Three Times Chris Moorman, who won his first bracelet last summer, is the only other former #1-ranked player to pick up at least three cashes so far this year. He won his first round match-up in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em but couldn't win the second and ended up finishing 17th for $6,302. He followed that up by cashing in the Colossus for $1,118 and then came 191st in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $6,654. By The Numbers As a group, the former #1s have picked up 28 total cashes for $1,119,033 in earnings so far.
  10. Monday was a bitter-sweet day at the 2018 World Series of Poker. A true legend of the game announced his retirement, before making a very exciting deep run in one of the coveted Championship events, proving he’s still up there among the best. Meanwhile, two new bracelets were awarded, and the Millionaire Maker and THE MARATHON saw massive days completed. Here’s all you need to know from Monday (June 11). Doyle Brunson Announces His Retirement With Deep $10K 2-7 Run Some breaking news was making waves around the halls of the Rio on Monday morning: the Godfather of poker, ten-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson, announced his retirement. Brunson told PokerCentral: “I’m planning on retiring after the summer. My wife is not in very good health, and I will stay with her for the duration of either her life or mine. I’m going to stop playing completely, but while I might change my mind, I don’t think that I will. This will be the last time that my wife and I have to spend together, and right now, every day that I leave the house I feel guilty.” [caption id="attachment_619500" align="alignright" width="233"] Doyle Brunson[/caption] After 62 years as a professional player, Brunson has managed to stay at the top of the high stakes poker world. Throughout that time, he always had his wife Louise by his side, having met in 1959 and tying the knot in 1962. But if the time has come for one of the all-time greats - the man who literally wrote the book on poker with Super System - to hang up his gloves, then he’s going down swinging. Only 11 players remain in Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship, and Brunson is still in the hunt from the 95-strong field, coming into Day 3 fifth in chips. This event got 95 entries, and Brunson didn’t even enter until the beginning of Day 2. He was joined by his son Todd, and across the course of action the father and son duo found themselves at the same table, even sat side-by-side. Todd Brunson will also return tomorrow seeking his second bracelet. It’s two-time bracelet winner Mike Wattel who holds a massive chip lead though. As the only player with more than a million in chips, Wattel has twice as big a stack as his next opponent, Shawn Sheikhan. Three-time bracelet winners Brian Rast and Farzad Bonyadi are still in the hunt, as is four-time bracelet winner John Hennigan and single bracelet winner Ray Dehkharghani. Sheikan, Dario Sammartino, and short-stacked James Alexander are all hoping to catch their first WSOP gold. Action resumes at 2pm on Tuesday, with all players guaranteed $18,955. There’s $259,670 up top for the winner though. Can Doyle Brunson bookmark his extraordinary career with an eleventh bracelet? Final 11 Chip Counts: Mike Wattel 1,293,000 Shawn Sheikhan 645,500 Galen Hall 517,000 Brian Rast 477,000 Doyle Brunson 470,500 Farzad Bonyadi 440,500 Dario Sammartino 394,000 Ray Dehkharghani 195,500 Todd Brunson 185,000 John Hennigan 87,000 James Alexander 21,000 Philip Long Wins First Bracelet in Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix The UK’s Philip Long took down his first WSOP bracelet on Monday, defeating a tough final table after three days of play across eight different games. Long would ultimately defeat Kevin Malis heads-up to bank $147,348 and the bracelet, but it was three-handed play that really grabbed the attention of the Las Vegas crowds. Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu went out in third place after he got it in during a NLHE round with two pair only to run into Malis’ flopped set. John Racener, Per Hildebrand, and Nicholas Derke rounded out the final six, finishing in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. There were 16 players who returned for the third and final day, with the likes of David Bach (16th), Robert Williamson III (14th), Anthony Zinno (13th), and Mike Matusow (12th) going deep but failing to reach the final table. “It's a strange thing, an unusual thing when you have the eight-game mix,” Long said after his win. “You always have to be aware of what people think about the different games and what they think about you in the different games. So sometimes, people are really competent in some games and weak in the others, and sometimes they think you're bad at some games. I think that was my biggest advantage – I kind of knew what was going on in all of them.” Final Table Results: Philip Long - $147,348 Kevin Malis - $91,042 Daniel Negreanu - $59,788 John Racener - $40,151 Per Hildebrand - $27,585 Nicholas Derke - $19,404 Jeremy Wien Takes Down Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em The second bracelet of the day came in Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em, which saw first-time bracelet winner Jeremy Wien overcome a 4:1 chip disadvantage to defeat Spanish pro David Laka heads-up for the massive $537,710 first-place prize. [caption id="attachment_619501" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Jeremy Wien captures his first bracelet[/caption] The 138-hand duel took up almost half of the entire final day action, a day which saw some of poker’s elite talent gathered around one table. Jake Schindler, Shawn Buchanan, and David Peters all made this final table, outlasting the vast majority of the 518 player field. Laka dominated this finale, eliminating Peters, Buchanan, and Schindler, the latter of which went out in brutal fashion. Schindler was all-in with pocket kings against Laka’s ace-king, and an ace on the river sealed his fate. But when Laka met Wien heads-up, the American managed to grind a comeback. The final hand saw both reach a jack-high flop before an all-in and a call. Wien held pocket aces versus Laka’s pocket queens, and that was all she wrote. What’s even more impressive is that Wien isn’t a pro. The derivatives trader from New York didn’t even pack enough clothes to make it through the tournament, but when he started to go deep he made a change of plans. “It’s pretty surreal,” said Wien. “It’s not what I do for a living, but I come out here for a few tournaments every summer, sometimes as many as 15 or so. You know, I got close to a final table once a few years ago, I’ve had a few cashes, but other than that, nothing crazy. I never actually expected it to happen, even though I’ve dreamed about it. I’ve given my bracelet ceremony speech a few times in my head.” Final Table Results: Jeremy Wien - $537,710 David Laka - $332,328 Eric Blair - $228,307 Jake Schindler - $159,575 John Amato - $113,510 Shawn Buchanan - $82,199 David Peters - $60,618 Richard Tuhrim - $45,538 Aaron Messmer Bags Millionaire Maker Day 2 Chip Lead One of the most popular events of the entire WSOP is Event #21: $1,500 Millionaire Maker; you only have to look at the size of the field to know that. After two starting flights, only 1,104 of the 7,361 total field returned for Monday’s Day 2. Now, ten 60-minute levels later, just 155 remain, and they’re all chasing the chip lead of Aaron Messmer. He bagged up 1.089 million, and is most closely followed by Clyde Shimp (978,000) and Manig Loeser (914,000). There are plenty of other notable names still in contention. Former Main Event champs Joe McKeehen (487,000) and Greg Merson (295,000) will both return for Day 3, as will JC Tran (387,000), Joseph Cheong (459,000), and the red hot Elio Fox (348,000), seeking his second bracelet of the summer. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Jack Sinclair, Martin Jacobson, Chris Moorman, Taylor Paur, Jared Jaffee, Tuan Le and Daniel Strelitz, all of whom made the cash. Everyone is now guaranteed $7,697, but there’s a whopping $1,173,223 up top for the victor. Day 3 kicks off at 11am Tuesday for another ten levels of action. Here’s a look at the top 10 counts: Aaron Messmer - 1,089,000 Clyde Shimp - 978,000 Manig Loeser - 914,000 Sean Marshall - 878,000 Stanley Lee - 866,000 Jason Daly - 865,000 Ryan Goindoo - 791,000 Daniel Vampan - 763,000 Christopher Childers - 702,000 Thayer Rasmussen - 693,000 Joshua Smith Tops THE MARATHON After Day 1 A total of 1,479 runners took their shot today in the slow-paced Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em, and after six 100-minute levels 706 players remain. However, registration will remain open until the end of Level 8 on Tuesday (around 3:30pm). It’s Joshua Smith who had the best day of all, bagging up a day-topping stack worth 234,800. He’s followed by Pablo Fernandez (230,900), Sanjay Dulabh (230,200), and Walter Rodriguez (224,300). The likes of Olivier Busquets (148,000), Ben Heath (142,500),Scotty Nguyen (133,000), Gaelle Baumann (131,600), Faraz Jaka (119,000), Andre Akkari (68,500), Martin Jacobson (63,200), Jesse Sylvia (53,700), Kristen Bicknell (51,400), Cate Hall (47,900), Dzmitry Urbanovich (47,100), and Cliff Josephy (42,600) will all be back in action tomorrow. THE MARATHON continues at 12pm Tuesday. Check out the top 10 counts below: Joshua Smith - 234,800 Pablo Fernandez Campo - 230,900 Sanjay Dulabh - 230,200 Walter Rodriguez - 224,300 Justin Hoffman - 211,000 Chris Vickrey - 192,500 Slaven Popov - 190,000 John Corr - 180,300 Zackary Estes - 178,800 Benjamin Chalot - 177,500 Eli Elezra Bags Big After Event #25: $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo Day 1 The other event which kicked off with a Day 1 on Monday was Event #25: $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo. This one attracted 596 runners, and after ten levels that field was chopped down to 174 players who will advance to tomorrow’s Day 2. While it’s Trent Gundrum who earned the right to be overnight chip leader with his 72,000 stack, the headline belongs to Eli Elezra who finished the night in third (71,500). Elezra came close to grabbing his fourth bracelet earlier in the series when he finished runner-up to Paul Volpe in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Some of the big names who fell today included Chris Vitch, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Benny Glaser, Chris Ferguson and Justin Bonomo, while others who found a bag include Max Hoffman(78,700), Nick Kost (49,600), Matt Savage (46,700), John Holley (38,900), Brian Hastings (37,400) and Frankie O'Dell (37,000). Just 90 players will make the money, and there’s $173,528 awaiting the winner. Day 2 begins at 2pm Tuesday, and you’ll find the top 10 stacks below: Trent Gundrum - 72,000 Ryan Himes - 71,600 Eli Elezra - 71,500 Max Hoffman - 70,700 Tom McCormick - 67,400 Nicholas Derke - 66,400 Walt Twardus - 63,200 Walter Twardus - 63,200 PJ Cha - 62,000 Alan Myerson - 59,000
  11. The action continues to heat up at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino as the 49th Annual World Series of Poker saw a plethora of events spread throughout the convention area. Two bracelets were awarded, the final table of the Colossus was established and the start of the prestigious $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship got underway. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know from Wednesday (June 6). Paul Volpe Wins Third Bracelet Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship came to a finish as Paul Volpe finished off popular poker TV mainstay Eli Elezra in route to his third career bracelet. “I just ran really good,” Volpe said after taking home the win. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament. I was playing solid in the beginning, and with Omaha, as there gets to be less people, you get more aggressive.” After having lost the first three players of the final table on Tuesday, the final six returned to play out the remainder of the tournament in an added day four. Elezra, who is a three-time bracelet winner himself, would settle for the $258,297 payday as the runner-up, Volpe takes home $417,921 as the winner. Event #9 Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $417,921 2. Eli Elezra - $258,297 3. Adam Coats - $181,374 4. Kyle Miaso - $129,648 5. Viacheslav Zhukov - $94,730 6. Dustin Dirksen - $69,971 7. Robert Mizrachi - $52,866 8. Daniel Zack - $40,715 9. Per Hildebrand - $31,977 Jeremy Harkin Takes Down $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Event #12: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice wrapped up with Jeremy Harkin taking the first place prize of $129,882 and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. “I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year,” Harkin said. “Everything seemed to click for the last few days.” Harkin, who entered the final day as the chip leader, bested the field of 406 entires and navigated a tough final day that included a number of high-profile players. Despite he effort needed to close it out, Harkin stood resolved. “This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out.” It did work out for Harkin and now his dream of being a gold bracelet winner has finally come true. Players who made the final day but busted before the final table include John Hennigan ($11,930), Chris Klodnicki ($8,815), Mike Leah ($8,815), Jeff Lisandro ($6,698), Chris Bolek ($6,698) and Chris Vitch ($5,238) all of whom have earned at least one WSOP victory in the past. Event #12 Final Table Payouts 1. Jeremy Harkin - $129,882 2. Frankie O’Dell - $80,256 3. George Trigeorgis - $52,130 4. Anthony Arvidson - $34,700 5. James Woods - $23,686 6. Scott Abrams - $16,589 Nine Left In Colossus From a field of over 13,000, only nine players remain in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Headlining the Colossus final table is former November Niner and bracelet winner John Racener. Sang Liu will hold a sizable chip lead to start the day, as he and Scott Margereson are the only two players with over 10,000,000 in chips. The pay jumps are huge in this contest as the winner of this event will be taking home a cool $1 million while the runner-up taking home half of that. The next player to bust will walk with just over $57,000. That said, there’s a lot at stake when this table reconvenes on Thursday. All of the action being broadcast on PokerCentral’s Twitch channel beginning at 3:00 PM PT. Colossus Final Table Stacks 1. Sang Liu - 18,205,000 2. Scott Margereson - 13,855,000 3. Joel Wurtzel - 8,375,000 4. Gunter Dumsky - 6,535,000 5. Song Choe - 5,835,000 6. Roberly Felicio - 4,750,000 7. John Racener - 3,540,000 8. Timothy Miles - 2,810,000 9. Steven Jones - 1,300,000 Dutch Boyd Leads The Way Into Day 3 of Event #13 Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE started the day with just 224 of the original 1,306 players left in the field. At the end of the day, there were but 29 left with three-time gold bracelet winner Dutch Boyd holding the overnight chip lead. Other notable names to advance to day 3 include Day 2 chip leader Stephen Song, Justin Young, Ankush Mandavia, Daniel Strelitz, and Shaun Deeb. With 196 players making the money there were plenty of players who earned a payday but did not survive the day. Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Madsen, Chance Kornuth, Nick Schulman, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Gross, Dominik Nitsche as well as former WSOP Main Event Champions Qui Nguyen and Jonathan Duhamel all earned at least the minimum payday of $2,456 in this one. Day 3 resumes at 12:00 noon PT as players will chase the over $315,000 first place prize and the coveted gold bracelet. Top 10 Day 3 Chip Stacks 1. Dutch Boyd - 748,000 2. Stefan Vidojkovic - 744,000 3. Steven Snyder - 497,000 4. Tony Ruberto - 488,000 5. Mark Barrett - 485,000 6. Stephen Song - 455,000 7. Yiannis Liperis - 431,000 8. Romain Lewis - 420,000 9. Jan Christoph Von Halle - 409,000 Three Left In $1,500 NL Lowball Draw There are only three players remaining to compete for the Event #14: $1,500 No Limit Lowball Draw title. One of them is chip leader Daniel Ospina, who holds a commanding chip lead. But the story here is that another one of them is Shaun Deeb. The same Shaun Deeb who survived into Day 3 of Event #13. Deeb was live multi-tabling, rushing back and forth between tournaments and maintain a stack in both and now he’ll be entering Thursday for a chance to win two bracelets in the same day. Of the 206 runners who started the tournament, only 55 returned for Day 2 with 39 promised a payday. Mike Wattel ($24,920), Michael Gathy ($9,263), Ray Henson ($5,420), Maria Ho ($3,522), David Prociak ($3,522), Ian Steinman ($3,522), Owais Ahmed ($2,959), Jesse Martin ($2,557) and last year’s champion Frank Kassela ($1,138) all found their way into the money, but ultimately fell on Day 2. The final table plays to a conclusion starting at 2 pm PT. Final three chip counts 1. Daniel Ospina - 1,144,000 2. Shaun Deeb - 477,500 3. Timothy Mcdermott - 429,500 Damjan Radanov Holds Chip Lead In H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw 731 runners take their seats and at the end of a long day, 256 survived to return for Day 2. The prize pool swelled to just under $1 million with a first place prize of over $200,000 to the eventual winner. The man in the best position right now is Damjan Radanov who bagged the overnight chip lead. However, there are plenty of notable names who survived the day and will be gunning to run deep. Matt Grapenthien, Chris Bell, Matt Woodward, Ryan Laplante, Brian Hastings, Mark Gregorich, Scott Clements, Brock Parker, James Obst, Fabrice Soulier, Chris Tryba, Barry Greenstein, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Leah and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth are amongst those still in the hunt. Top 10 Day 2 Chip Stack For Event $15 1. Damjan Radarnov - 98,600 2. Walter Treccarichi - 77,800 3. Manelic Minaya - 72,300 4. Thomas Chung - 64,700 5. Connor Berkowitz - 63,800 6. Aron Dermer - 63,000 7. Matthew Schultz - 59,000 8. Derek Raymond - 56,800 9. Alexander Kuzmin - 55,800 10. Sandeep Vasudevan - 52,300 It's The Sweet 16 In The $10K Heads-Up Championship A total of 114 of some of the world’s best players posted their $10,000 to take part in the 2018 WSOP Heads-Up Championship. Of those 114, 14 received a bye to the Round of 64 while the other 100 effectively had a play-in round (and they each received half their buy-in back). By the end of the day, three rounds had been played and only 16 players remained. Players who made it through to the sweet 16 include 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Champion Justin Bonomo, Galen Hall, Niall Farrell, Kan Kalas, Kahle Burns, Jason Mo and Scott Seiver. Players return at 12:00 noon PT on Thursday to play down to 8 where they will reach the money. Streaming coverage of the event begins at 1:00 pm PT on PokerGo. Upcoming Action (June 7): Another pair of events will begin on Thursday. The first will be Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed which begins at 11:00 AM PT. Then, an event that is likely to bring out the biggest names in poker, Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. Professionals of every discipline, with 19 total games to choose from, will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday. Defending champion John Racener will be focused on the final table of Colossus while analysts will be looking to see if the field will best last year’s turnout of 102 runners. Professionals in every discipline will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday.
  12. Day 3 at the 2018 World Series of Poker was the busiest yet, with four events playing in unison within the walls of the Rio in Las Vegas. While two tournaments played through their Day 2s, we saw two new events kick off, including one of the largest buy-ins of the summer. Here’s all you need to know about Friday’s action (June 1). Joe Cada, Joe McKeehen Make SHOOTOUT Final Table After the first round of Event #3: the $3,000 NLHE SHOOTOUT on Thursday, 50 of the 363 entrants returned for round two today. When play came to an end on all ten tables, we had ten winners who’ll return on Saturday and play down to a winner. Two-time bracelet winner and 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada, and 2015 Main Event champ Joe McKeehen headline the final table of ten, which also includes young British pro Harry Lodge, Ihar Soika, Anthony Reategui, Taylor Wilson, Sam Phillips, Jack Maskill, Jeffrey Trudeau, and Joshua Turner. Cada is seeking his third bracelet, and put in a good showing today to overcome a table draw which included Arne Ruge, Bryce Yockey, Alexander Lynskey, and Chad Wassmuth. It was Soika who arguably had the most watchable table though, as he had to battle through the likes of Phil Hellmuth and Eli Elezra to proceed. Other notables who were lost throughout the course of Day 2 action include Jan-Eric Schwippert, Matt Stout, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Ismael Bojang, Tim Reilly, Taylor Paur, and Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen. All of them cashed for $6,302. Here’s a look at the seat draw for tomorrow’s finale, with chip counts: Jeffrey Trudeau - 534,000 Sam Phillips - 547,000 Ihar Soika - 534,000 Harry Lodge - 521,000 Anthony Reategui - 548,000 Joe McKeehen - 522,000 Joshua Turner - 534,000 Taylor Wilson - 547,000 Jack Maskill - 546,000 Joe Cada - 549,000 And a reminder of what they’re playing for: $226,218 $139,804 $101,766 $74,782 $55,480 $41,559 $31,435 $24,013 $18,526 $14,437 Day 3 kicks off at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and the blind levels will be 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante. Multiple Bracelet Winners Reach Day 3 of $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better As Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better moves into Day 3, its 296 Day 2 hopefuls (of 911 total entries) have been whittled down to just 36. There are some big names and bracelet winners still in contention, but its Brandon Ageloff who bagged the chip lead with 555,000. Ageloff’s made a WSOP final table last year in a $1,500 NLHE event, good for a $161,844 score - the best of his career to date. [caption id="attachment_619326" align="alignright" width="300"] Mike Leah[/caption] There are two players still in contention who are seeking their third bracelets: Chris Bjorin (488,000) and Mike Wattel (262,000). Moreover, there are two players in the hunt for their second WSOP wins: Mike Leah (99,000) and Jason Lester (95,000). Former November Niner Jeff Schulman is also still in the mix with 291,000, joined by the likes of Chad Eveslage (364,000), Daniel Buzgon (173,000), Kate Hoang (167,000), Julien Martini (140,000), James Chen (110,000), Danny Wong (76,000) and 2016 WSOP Main Event 8th place finisher Jerry "HumLun" Wong (48,000). The top 10 counts at the end of Day 2 look like this: Brandon Ageloff 555,000 Matt Woodward 505,000 Chris Bjorin 488,000 Rafael Concepcion 435,000 Chad Eveslage 364,000 Brian Haack 308,000 John Jenkins 299,000 James Pursley 295,000 Jeff Shulman 291,000 Mike Wattel 262,000 There were many notable eliminations throughout the day, and some of those who failed to cash include Layne Flack, Matt Waxman, Jeff Madsen, Sebastian Langrock, Frank Kassela, Ashton Griffin, Jeremy Ausmus, Justin Liberto, Mike Matusow, Christopher Vitch, Chris Klodnicki and Scott Clements. Meanwhile, big names who reached the money include three-time bracelet winners Benny Glaser and John Monette, four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi, two-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, and other bracelet winners Ryan Laplante, John Racener, Perry Friedman, Peter Eichhardt, Chris Tryba, as well as Day 1 chip leader Dao Bac. All of the returning 36 are guaranteed a $5,605 payday, but its the $239,771 first-place prize they’ll have their eyes on. Action resumes at 2pm Saturday with blinds at 5K/10K. Elio Fox Heater Continues with $100K High Roller Day 1 Lead They say that momentum in poker is a thing, and that you should ride the rush when it arrives. Elio Fox certainly did that today, bagging up the Day 1 chip lead in Event #5: $100,000 NLHE High Roller two days after winning the first bracelet of the 2018 WSOP (his second overall). Fox took down Event #2: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty in the early hours of Thursday morning for $393,693. He’s followed that win up with a great Day 1 performance in this shot-clock event, one that saw him end with 2,881,000 after nine 60-minute levels of play. Fox’s ascent to the lead came with a bit of help from lady luck though; he was all-in with top pair top kicker against an overpair belonging to Dario Sammartino, but the river gave Fox a winning two pair. There were 97 total entries today, but only 49 will return tomorrow. The field was stacked as you’d expect from such a big buy-in, but some notables who ended the day near the top of the counts include Jan-Eric Schwippert (2,582,000), recent four-time WPT champ Darren Elias (2,038,000), Bryn Kenney (1,971,000), Sergio Aido (1,493,000), Byron Kaverman (1,282,000) and Stephen Chidwick (1,276,000) . [caption id="attachment_619325" align="alignright" width="300"] The red-hot Justin Bonomo[/caption] Arguably the best NLHE tournament player in the world right now is Justin Bonomo, fresh off a $5 million win in the Super High Roller Bowl. Bonomo has cashed for around $15 million in 2018 alone, and he’ll be returning tomorrow with 1,046,000 hoping to add to that incredible amount. But where there are survivors, there must be casualties. Some of those who were eliminated today include Daniel Negreanu, Alex Foxen, Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, Dan Shak, Anthony Zinno, Erik Seidel, Chris Hunichen, and Nick Schulman. When the players return on Saturday at 2pm, they’ll play ten 60-minute levels beginning at 8K/16K. Here’s a look at the top 10 stacks: Elio Fox - 2,881,000 Jan-Eric Schwippert - 2,582,000 Darren Elias - 2,038,000 Michael Kamran - 2,018,000 Bryn Kenney - 1,971,000 Andreas Eiler - 1,857,000 Michael Rosenfeld - 1,716,000 Matthias Eibinger - 1,560,000 Sergio Aido - 1,493,000 Johannes Becker - 1,471,000 The GIANT Kicks Off Day 1A of Event #6: The GIANT saw an enormous 1,289 field take a $365 shot, and after 21 levels just 90 survived. They’ll have to wait a while before they return though, as this is just the first of five starting flights in the lowest buy-in WSOP event available. The end-of-day chip leader was Danny Nguyen - the only player who ended with 1.1 million and was the only player to bag up seven figures. He’s most closely followed by Elvis Toomas (995,000), Josh Reichard (935,000), Adam Richardson (895,000) and Vincent Lee (810,000). WSOP veteran Matt Affleck also made it through with a 210,000 stack. Each starting flight in this one will make the money during Day 1, and today 194 players reached the cash. Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen fired multiple bullets (this event has unlimited re-entries) but busted before the money, as did Dzmitry Urbanovich, Tom Hall, Fernando Brito, Calvin Anderson, Ryan Laplante, Craig Varnell and Kathy Liebert. You can expect to see all of them taking another shot in the GIANT though, with starting flights every Friday for the next four weeks. Day 2 takes place on Saturday June 30th. Take a look at the top 10 Day 1A counts below: Danny Nguyen 1,100,000 Elvis Toomas 1,000,000 Josh Reichard 935,000 Adam Richardson 895,000 Vincent Lee 810,000 Mario Saur 715,000 Martin Zamani 650,000 James Howden 630,000 Brian Johnson 410,000 Kristin Hutton 350,00 Tomorrow’s Action (June 2) As well as the SHOOTOUT final table, Day 3 of the Omaha, and Day 2 of the $100K High Roller, there will be two events kicking off on Saturday June 2. There are two starting flights for Event#7: $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em - 1A beginning at 10am, and 1B kicking off at 5pm. The ever popular Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball also begins at 3pm. News & Notes Alas, Jerwin Pasco failed to bink a seat in the $100K High Roller, having won his way into a $7,500 satellite following two satellite wins beginning at just $125. 2. If you’re planning on playing the COLOSSUS tomorrrow, take KevMath’s advice: https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1002743388423143425
  13. The 2018 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday afternoon. Whether you're making the trip to Las Vegas to chase a bracelet of your own or if you're just a fan excited to tune in from home, our weekly guide will get you hyped and prepared for the week ahead. Let's Get This Party Started The pomp and circumstance that will come with Wednesday's opening two events is all fine and dandy, but the biggest event of the first week has a six-figure buy-in and in all likelihood, a field full of the best players in the world. Event #5, the $100,000 No Limit High Roller, starts Friday - just long enough for the wounded souls from the Super High Roller Bowl to regroup and get ready for more high stakes battles. You can count former #1-ranked PocketFiver and Germany's all-time leading money winner Fedor Holz as ready to go. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Schedule Day Event # Event Defending Champion Wednesday 1 $565 Casino Employees Bryan Hollis Wednesday 2 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NONE Thursday 3 $3,000 NL Shootout Upeshka de Silva Thursday 4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Benjamin Zamani Friday 5 $100,000 NL High Roller NONE Friday 6A $365 NL Giant Dieter Dechant Saturday 7A $565 Colossus Thomas Pomponio Saturday 7B $565 Colossus -- Saturday 8 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Jesse Martin Sunday 7C $565 Colossus -- Sunday 9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Abe Mosseri Get Your Popcorn Ready Between the 16 final tables streaming on PokerGO and the 30 that are being shown for free on Twitch this year, poker fans probably won't need to leave their couch. The first week is a bit rough though as just three events will make it to air, but that includes Day 3 of the $100,000 High Roller. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Live Streaming Schedule Day Time (ET) Event Outlet Saturday 4:00 PM $3,000 NL Shootout FT PokerGo Saturday 6:00 PM $1,500 Omaha 8 FT Twitch Sunday 6:00 PM $100,000 High Roller Day 3 Twitch News & Notes There were three players who managed to pick 20 or more cashes during the 2017 WSOP: Chris Ferguson (23), John Racener (21) and Mike Leah (20). Prior to last year, the record for most cashes in a single year was 13 by Roland Israelashvili in 2016. The Player of the Year system was overhauled yet again this year after players complained that the system in place for 2017 gave too much credit for min-cashes and lower buy-in events. Ferguson rode those 23 cashes, which included a bracelet win at WSOP Europe, to POY honors and will have his POY banner unveiled Wednesday. The annual $25,000 buy-in WSOP Fantasy Draft was held Tuesday night at the Aria, with 15 teams participating. The players who went for the most in the auction were Daniel Negreanu ($131 - an all-time record), James Obst ($129), Stephen Chidwick ($97), Jason Mercier ($91) and Racener ($88). Teams each had $200 to bid on players to fill their eight-spot roster.
  14. Martin Jacobson's 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event win confirmed him as one of the best live tournament players of his generation. In the time since his $10 million victory, Jacobson's results suggest his game has remained sharp. Jacobson made three final tables last summer including a sixth-place result in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. The process for preparing for the summer grind does not wane for Jacobson. He is ready for the chance to win a second bracelet. Jacobson, who recently became an 888poker ambassador, jumps at the bit to map out his summer plans upon the release of the WSOP calendar. "As soon as the schedule gets released I start getting excited as I plan on which event I'm looking to play," Jacobson said. "My favorite part is obviously the Main event but I also love the feeling of playing in the first event each year. It gives me a short flashback of the very first time I played a WSOP event before every day rapidly becomes very repetitive." The plan for Jacobson is to play as many No Limit Hold'em events as possible. Those events are usually at the Rio but Jacobson took his show to the strip and the Venetian a few times in 2017. Jacobson wrapped up last year's campaign with a second-place finish in a chop deal in the Card Player Poker Tour $5,000 Main Event for $398,303. Overall, Jacobson racked up six cashes. This summer fills with more anticipation than usual for Jacobson. The four-year time-span since his Main Event triumph coincides with another major global tournament. "I will say that for some reason I feel extra motivated this year. Perhaps it's because it was now four years ago I won and it was also the year of the World Cup, which brings back memories and sparks some additional excitement." Jacobson notes that the monotony of the daily grind becomes cumbersome early on. Once the redundancy kicks in, the "excitement" reduces. When the endgame arrives, Jacobson is able to leverage his experience and work ethic. "It's all part of the game though and it's also what makes the reward so much sweeter, knowing that all that hard work and grind paid off in the end." How does Jacobson keep himself fresh for the summer? The Swede says he tries to set up as many mini-vacations as possible to remove himself from the casino environment. The destinations Jacobson prefers are Lake Mead, Los Angeles, and Red Rock. Finally, Jacobson tries to simulate a culture similar to where he lives in London. Cashes in four countries so far in 2018 equal weeks on the road. The one-city nature of the summer in Las Vegas means different routines. "I try to create some sort of home environment," Jacobson said. "A huge part of it is staying in a hotel or apartment complex without a casino and having the ability to cook my own meals." Jacobson's play sets him apart from his peers along with the banner that hangs in the Rio. Four years is a long time for poker players and the 30-year-old Jacobson is looking forward to the opportunity to cash big once again with another major title in his sight.
  15. There were another three new bracelet winners created on Saturday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Meanwhile, the $50K Poker Players Championship completed its Day 2, with a former two-time winner and arguably the world’s most famous poker player sitting with the top two stacks. Here’s all you need to know from June 16. Steve Albini Wins First Bracelet, Takes Down $1,500 Stud It’s not too often we have a new bracelet winner who transcends the poker world. Steve Albini is a world-renowned alternative rock musician (Big Black, Shellac), as well as a noted music producer, perhaps best known for his work with Nirvana (In Utero), as well as the likes of Pixies, Fugazi, and PJ Harvey. He’s also now a WSOP bracelet winner, having denied Jeff Lisandro his seventh bracelet heads-up to win Event #31: $1,500 Stud for $105,629. Lisandro won $65,282 for his runner-up finish, while 2017 WSOP Player of the Year Chris Ferguson placed fourth. “I've been playing stud my whole life. I love it, so I'm very comfortable playing stud. And I ran pretty f***ing good as well," Albini said after his maiden WSOP victory. Albini, who attends the WSOP every year, had been working with Matt Ashton on his game, and it certainly paid off. Albini and Lisandro came into heads-up play with even stacks, and the battle went on for two hours before he was able to clinch the win. "I don't have that much heads-up stud experience," Albini admitted. “Ashton and I had some conversation about what raising ranges would look like. I was using the sort of thumbnail version of his heads-up stud game strategy." Final Table Results: Steven Albini - $105,629 Jeff Lisandro - $65,282 Katherine Fleck - $43,765 Chris Ferguson - $29,999 Frankie O'Dell - $21,035 Paul Sexton - $15,096 Michael Moore - $11,095 Esther Rossi - $8,355 Gal Yifrach Gets Gold in $3K Six-Max Only three players returned today for the conclusion of Event 28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, led by 31-year-old LA resident Gal Yifrach. It didn’t take too long for Yifrach to emerge victorious for his first bracelet and $461,798, outlasting the 868 total entries. [caption id="attachment_619574" align="aligncenter" width="675"] Gal Yifrach Takes it Down[/caption] Gary Hasson was the first to exit in third, while the heads-up duel lasted only seven hands. Despite Yifrachs starting with a 2:1 chip lead, James Mackey was able to even the stacks before one big hand ended it all. Mackey moved all-in on the turn of an eight-high board with pocket tens, and Yifrach called with ace-eight only to spike another eight on the river. "You don't make a final table every tournament," said Yifrach. "I was fortunate enough and am happy my family and girlfriend came to support me. I'm very happy. Everybody has hopes, and everybody is hoping to get very far. I was fortunate enough to get there.” "When you run good you play good, as well. It comes hand in hand. It's a great feeling.” Final Table Results: Gal Yifrach - $461,798 James Mackey - $285,377 Gary Hasson - $193,716 Aaron Mermelstein - $133,731 Darren Rabinowitz - $93,917 Ana Marquez - $67,116 Ryan Bambrick Bags the Bracelet in $1,500 PLO With 13 players returning for the third and final day of Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, Ryan Bambrick held the overnight chip lead. Despite an early slip up, Bambrick hardly relinquished that lead throughout the day, eventually taking down the title, $217,123 and the gold bracelet. [caption id="attachment_619575" align="aligncenter" width="681"] Bracelet no.1 for Ryan Bambrick[/caption] After the likes of Tim McDermott, Phil Riley, Jared Ingles, and Jody Fayant had all departed, Bambrick found himself heads-up against Sampo Ryynanen. In the final hand, Ryynanen committed all his chips with middle pair only to run into Bambrick’s overpair. The board bricked out, and we had a champ. Bambrick has been playing online poker for the best part of 15 years, but for the past seven he’s focused his attention to day trading. "I told my work I just wanted to play poker for now, and wanted to see how the World Series would go. I might pick it back up after the World Series," Bambrick said about his day-trading day job. "I'm not sure what I'm gonna do. "It was a lot of fun, that's the best way I can describe it. I enjoyed every bit of it. It wasn't too daunting. It was exciting more than anything. I had a lot of people watching the stream. My phone was blowing up the whole time." Final Table Results: Ryan Bambrick - $217,123 Sampo Ryynanen - $134,138 Tim McDermott - $93,639 Phil Riley - $66,342 Jared Ingles - $47,713 Jody Fayant - $34,843 Danny Woolard - $25,841 Randy White - $19,469 Pushpinder Singh - $14,904 Down to 42 in $50K Championship, Mizrachi and Ivey Lead After Day 2 of Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. it’s none other than two-time winner Michael Mizrachi who bagged up the chip lead. Just 42 of the 87 runners remain, with Mizrachi holding a slight chip lead (1,274,000) over Phil Ivey (1,131,000). Shaun Deeb, Eli Elezra, and Dan Smith round out the top five stacks. Aside fro. Mizrachi, other previous champions Mike Gorodinsky (519,000), defending champ Elior Sion (344,000), Brian Rast (304,500), and John Hennigan (289,000) will all return tomorrow. Mike Matusow, Paul Volpe, Adam Owen, and John Racener are just a few of the players who exited late into the day. Only 14 players will share the $4,176,000 prize pool, with a min-cash worth $72,500 and $1,239,126 for the eventual champ. Play resumes at 2pm Sunday. Top 10 Stacks: Michael Mizrachi - 1,274,000 Phil Ivey - 1,131,000 Shaun Deeb - 933,000 Eli Elezra - 917,000 Dan Smith - 901,500 Chris Vitch - 843,500 Aaron Katz - 787,500 Jesse Martin - 763,500 Sergii Baranov - 717,000 Jean-Robert Bellande - 716,000 Day 2 of Record-Breaking Seniors Event in the Books It’s taken just two days of play to reduce the 5,919 field in Event #32 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Seniors Championship down to 101. Only two players are over the one milly mark: Ronald Bishop (1,086,000) and Frank Berry (1,017,000). All remaining players are now in the money, with 1998 WSOP Main Event champion Scotty Nguyen falling in 171st place for $3,760. There’s a massive $662,983 first-place prize up for grabs, with action resuming at 11am Sunday. Top Stacks: Ronald Bishop - 1,086,000 Frank Berry - 1,017,000 Bill Stabler - 808,000 Marc Lome - 756,000 Richard Munro - 739,000 Dennis Otto - 637,000 William Wilkinson - 604,000 Jean-Paul Pasqualini - 582,000 William Sindelar - 576,000 Double Stack Kicks Off One of two new events to get going on Saturday was Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em, which has now wrapped up its Day 1A. There were 2,387 runners who took their shot throughout the ten levels, and when the chip bags were brought out just 533 remained. Leading all of those is Brian Yoon with 233,600. Some notable big stacks to advance include Anthony Spinella (145,000), Kathy Liebert (135,000), Terry Schumacher (125,300), and Sergio Castelluccio (106,100). Meanwhile, Ryan Riess, Andrey Zaichenko, Calvin Anderson, Asi Moshe, and Michael Gagliano will all be back on Day 2. Where there are survivors there must be casualties. Some of those who tried and failed today include Joe McKeehen, Heidi May, Joseph Cheong, Maria Konnikova, Sorel Mizzi, Dan O'Brien, Bart Lybaert, Maria Lampropulos, Jamie Kerstetter, Nacho Barbero, Valentin Vornicu, Jackie Glazier, Matt Affleck, Georgios Sotiropoulos, and Maurice Hawkins. This event has un-limited re-entries though, so they can all take another shot during tomorrow’s Day 1B, which starts at 11am Sunday. Top 10 stacks: Brian Yoon - 233,600 Anthony Spinella - 145,000 Kathy Liebert - 135,000 Terry Schumacher -125,300 Sergio Castelluccio - 106,100 Boris Kolev - 99,900 Kevin Ayow - 94,300 Patrick Kenney - 87,100 Jeremy Ausmus - 85,100 Michael Shanahan - 81,900 Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Kicks Off There was another Day 1 in progress Saturday, in the form of Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha. This one attracted 751 runners, with 225 advancing to Day 2 after ten levels. Peter Nett claimed the chip lead with 91,450, followed by Matt Woodward with 82,425, and Ammon Warner (80,350). Brazil’s no.1 online player (and former PocketFives world no.1) Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao also ended with a top 10 stack. Other players to advance include Mike Ross (77,875), Dylan Wilkerson (46,525), David Bach (34,800), Barry Greenstein (34,050), and Phil Hellmuth (27,000). Only 116 players will make any money in this one - a min-cash being worth $2,258. The lion’s share of the $1,043,550 prize pool is reserved for the winner: $211,781. Play resumes at 2pm Sunday. Top 10 stacks: Peter Nett - 91,450 Matt Woodward - 82,425 Ammon Warner - 80,350 Mike Ross - 77,875 Andrew Barber - 58,000 James Alexander - 50,175 Dylan Wilkerson - 46,525 Joao Simao - 42,500 Frank Visser - 42,250 Marc Perlman - 41,825
  16. Elio Fox remains on top of the World Series of Poker Player of the Year leaderboard but he has new player challenging him for the top spot. Two final tables and one bracelet later, John Hennigan is second overall heading into another big week at the WSOP. Hennigan started his rush with a solid seventh-place finish in the $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw event. Immediately after busting the tournament, Hennigan hopped in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Four days later, Hennigan beat that field to win his fifth bracelet and now stands with 1,727 POY points. Fox leads Hennigan by 283 points but that lead could shrink once again. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship returns 12 players for Day 4 action Monday at the Rio. Hennigan is still a viable contender having final tabled the event twice, winning it in 2014. If Hennigan finishes at least ninth, he will pass Fox for the POY lead and be the first person aside from Fox to wear the yellow jersey. Fox added 266.5 points to his total in Millionaire Maker for his 92nd place result. His numbers for 2018 now equal three cashes, two final tables, and a single win. Fox stated Player of the Year is not a goal of his but one-third of the way through the WSOP schedule, he is the favorite to finish on top. Arne Kern jumped from zero points all the way up to seventh (1,332.47) for winning Millionaire Maker for $1.173 million. Although he finished third in Millionaire Maker and picked up his second bronze medal of the series, Joe McKeehen is only in 25th place overall. McKeehen earned 599.6 points for Millionaire Maker, less than half of what Kern took for first. Only 666.2 points were available to Sam Razavi for taking second. The new WSOP Player of the Year formula favors first-place finishers and McKeehen and others, like Mike Wattel, are feeling the sting. Wattel place second in the $10,000 2-7 Single Draw for 493 points, exactly half of the 986 Brian Rast collected for first. The fourth-place finish for Wattel in the $1,500 2-7 Single Draw netted him 350.9 and he is in 20th heading into a new week at the WSOP. Another first-time bracelet winner to climb into the top-10 is $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha winner Ryan Bambrick. The win marked Bambrick's fourth cash of the summer. Bambrick earned the same 266.5 points as Fox did in Millionaire Maker for his 73rd place payout. Along with the 1,009.5 points allotted for his PLO bracelet and relative min-cashes in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and $3,000 Six-Max, Bambrick is in fifth place with 1,431.46 points. Upcoming events on the WSOP calendar this week that could shift the tide include the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, $25,000 PLO High Roller, and $1,500 Monster Stack. The winner of the Poker Players Championship has 1,315 points waiting for them. Contenders who could jump to first place with a win are Rast, Shaun Deeb, Eli Elezra, Chris Vitch, Jesse Martin, Justin Bonomo, and Anthony Zinno. David 'Bakes' Baker can climb within a single point of Fox if he wins. Joe Cada and Paul Volpe retain their respective top-fives positions but will need to make another deep run soon to hold ground against the charge behind them. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/16 Name Points 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 John Hennigan 1,727.27 3 Joe Cada 1,692.71 4 Paul Volpe 1,671.30 5 Ryan Bambrick 1,431.46 6 Julien Martini 1,338.82 7 Arne Kern 1,332.47 8 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 9 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 10 Craig Varnell 1,194.63  
  17. It wasn’t supposed to end like this. Nobody even expected him to play. Doyle Brunson’s appearance in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event at the 2018 World Series of Poker came as a surprise to anybody who has followed poker over the last few years. Once the face of the franchise, Brunson first stopped playing the WSOP back in 2013, citing the long hours of play as the main reason. He much preferred the high stakes cash game action at the Bellagio where could come and go as he pleased. He teased coming back in 2017, but nobody, absolutely nobody, thought they’d see him at all this year. Then came the tweet heard ‘round the poker world. Word soon came that not only was this likely going to be the last WSOP tournament he was ever going to play, but he’d also be walking away from poker at the end of the summer. His wife, Louise, wasn’t doing all that great healthwise and he wanted to spend more time with her. He said he owed it to her. He owed the poker world nothing though. He’d been front and center long before the poker boom was a thing and wrote an in-depth strategy book at a time when every pro kept their secrets as close to their chest as possible. The Super System became the most important book in poker history. So there was a Christmas Morning-like excitement when Brunson late-regged for the event and took his seat alongside some of the best players in the world. Over the 30 hours that followed, Brunson took the poker world on a journey that will now serve as an almost unbelievable prologue on a Hall of Fame poker career that includes 10 WSOP bracelets, a World Poker Tour title, that best-selling strategy book and millions of dollars won in some of the biggest cash games the world has ever known. As the field dwindled down and eventually stopped with 11 players remaining on Monday night, many poker fans and players alike started to fantasize about an 11th bracelet for the Godfather of Poker, maybe even a heads-up battle with his son, Todd, who was also still in the tournament. If this was really going to be Brunson’s last WSOP event, it would be somewhat fitting if he went out on top. On Tuesday, the 11 players quickly became eight and action moved to the PokerGO livestream. Eight became seven. At no point did it look like Brunson was going to cruise to victory, but thanks to the swingy nature of No Limit Deuce, he was never out of it until he was out of it. And then seven became six. Brunson was finished. He tipped his trademark cowboy hat to the crowd that had gathered on this trip back in time and then exited the Rio to a standing ovation. The current generation of players that are dominating poker have little difficulty looking up to Brunson the poker player but that same group has, at times, struggled to relate to or even accept some of his political or social views. Over the last few years, Brunson has often found himself defending those views. He’s gotten in hot water for tweets that touch on political or social issues. In 2015, TMZ picked up a story about Brunson’s comments on Caitlyn Jenner after she transitioned from Bruce. He’s been an ardent supporter of Donald Trump and the NRA - two topics that often polarize the poker community. In the case of Jenner, and more recently John McCain, Brunson has talked about how people who were once his heroes have since let him down. A fair number of people who once looked up to Brunson will probably say they can relate as they struggle to reconcile the difference between Brunson the poker player and Brunson the person. Nobody was going to change their view of Brunson whether he won the bracelet or not on Monday. His place in poker history is as locked in as they come and, for better or worse, this is a time where one's political views just don’t change too quickly. For those 30 hours though, the politics didn’t matter. Only the cards did.
  18. Every day is action-packed in the halls of the Rio as the 2018 World Series of Poker continues to pay out life-changing sums and players from all over the world realize their poker dreams of winning a prestigious gold bracelet. The upcoming week focuses on one of the most prestigious events of the year for the ultimate poker professional. Additionally, the median age of those in the Amazon is about to go way up this week as the seniors come to town. The Complete Player There’s plenty of illustrious poker tournaments in any given calendar year. The WSOP Main Event, the Super High Roller Bowl or even the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic to name a few. None of those tournaments embodies a true test to the overall pure poker skill needed to win Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The $50K is a true test of the elite rounders pure poker knowledge. It’s an 8-game mix with a high-roller buy-in that attracts the top tier of poker purists. Last year Elior Sion outlasted the 100 runner field to take home a career-high cash of $1,395,767 from a prize pool of $4.8 million. This year, the final table of this event will be streamed on PokerGo, providing fans even more insight into how the best players in the world play a variety of games . The tournament gets underway Friday, June 15 at 10:00 am PT. Respect Your Elders One of the biggest weekends at the WSOP is Seniors weekend. The longtime grinders and recreational players over 50 years old flock to their beloved $1,000 Seniors event. In 2017, the tournament began to offer a 2nd chance bullet, helping the prize pool create paydays that are better than most pensions. Last year, Frank Maggio defeated a field of 5,389 for $617,303. Prior to that win, he’d never cashed in any recorded event for more than $5,800. Day 1 of the Seniors tournament starts onFriday June 15 at 10 am PT. Two days later, the Super Seniors (65+) also draws a big field. Last year 1,720 players registered and James Moore took home over $259,000 for the win. 2018 WSOP Week 3 Schedule Here's a look at all of the events taking place at the WSOP the week of June 11. Day Event # Event Name Defending Champion Monday 24 $2,620 Marathon Joseph di Rosa Rojas Monday 25 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Ernest Bohn Tuesday 26 $1,000 PLO Tyler Groth Tuesday 27 $10,000 HORSE David Bach Wednesday 28 $3,000 NL Six-Handed Chris Moorman Wednesday 29 $1,500 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Brian Brubaker Thursday 30 $1,500 PLO Loren Klein Thursday 31 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Tom Koral Friday 32 $1,000 Seniors' Frank Maggio Friday 33 $50,000 Poker Player's Championship Elior Sion Friday 6C $365 Giant - Saturday 34A $1,000 Double Stack NONE Saturday 35 $1,500 Mixed PLO-8, Limit Omaha-8, Big-O Vladimir Shchmelev Sunday 36 $1,000 Super Seniors James Moore Sunday 34B $1,000 Double Stack - Sunday 11C $365 PLO Giant - Mixed Game Streaming This week non-No Limit Hold’em tournaments pack both the WSOP schedule as well as the “airwaves.” Of the nine viewing options that Poker Central is showing this week, seven of the broadcasts feature part of the mixed game rotation. Stud Hi-Lo, 8-Game Mix, No Limit 2-7, PLO and H.O.R.S.E. all get the opportunity to gain new fans through the robust broadcast schedule. Look for multiple streams to be offered on June 13, 14 and 16. June 11 6:00 PM $1,500 8-Game FT PokerGO June 12 6:00 PM $10,000 NL 2-7 FT PokerGO June 13 6:00 PM $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo FT PokerGO June 13 6:00 PM $10,000 HORSE Day 2 Twitch June 14 2:00 PM $1,500 Millionaire Maker FT Twitch June 14 6:00 PM $10,000 HORSE FT PokerGO June 15 4:00 PM $2,620 Marathon FT Twitch June 16 6:00 PM $1,500 PLO FT PokerGO June 16 6:00 PM $1,500 Stud FT Twitch News & Notes Tune in to the June 14 final table broadcast of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker to see one of the over 7200 runners that entered Event #21 become the recipient of the fifth million dollar payout of the 2018 WSOP. There will be some eyes on the registration numbers for the $50K Poker Players Championship with over 100 being the magic number. With all of the high roller action taking place both in and outside of the Rio, the hope is that that the number of players could very well exceed last year in a year where some key attendance numbers have been lower than in 2017.    
  19. Monday’s 2018 World Series of Poker action saw two bracelets and a nice chunk of change awarded. Several other events also put Day 1s and Day 2s in the books, with some well-known chip leaders leading their fields. Here’s all the info you need to know from Monday June 4th. Nick Petrangelo Joins Two-Bracelet Club, Wins $100K High Roller for $2.91 Million Fresh from his sixth-place finish in the Super High Roller Bowl (for $900K), Nick ‘caecilius’ Petrangelo hopped straight into Event #5: the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller. Four days later, Petrangelo has won his second WSOP bracelet and a massive score of $2,910,227. “After a super intense week, it feels like a relief to be done more than anything,” Petrangelo said afterwards. “There's a lot of pressure playing against really tough players for huge buy-ins, especially with the stream. This kind of event is super tough, but they're really fun, and it's what I love to do." This win marks the biggest cash of Petrangelo’s illustrious career, one that has now seen him amass $14.6 million in career earnings including two bracelets. His first came back in 2015, when the Massachusetts-native took down the $3,000 NLHE SHOOTOUT for $201K. As you’d expect from such a big buy-in (which after 105 entrants created a $10,185,000 prize pool), this event had a stack field. But Petrangelo seemed to be cruising throughout, bagging the Day 2 and Day 3 chip lead before returning on Monday to face a six-handed final table containing Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, Elio Fox, Andreas Eiler, and Aymon Hata. The shorter stacks of Chidwick and Kenney were the first to fall, followed by Eiler who flopped trips only for Petrangelo to hit a full house. Hata then exited after his flopped top pair was ousted by a rivered straight for Petrangelo. Heads-up against Fox, who was looking for his second bracelet of the summer, the chip lead went back and forth. It would ultimately take a cooler to end it, after Fox flopped top two pair in a four-bet preflop pot, only for Petrangelo to turn a bigger two pair. All the money went in on the river, and Petrangelo was crowned the champ. $100,000 High Roller Results: Nick Petrangelo - $2,910,227 Elio Fox - $1,798658 Aymon Hata - $1,247,230 Andreas Eiler - $886,793 Bryn Kenney - $646,927 Stephen Chidwick - $484,551 Jason Koon - $372,894 Adrian Mateos - $295,066 Germany’s Johannes Becker Wins First Bracelet With Lowball Victory The second bracelet to be handed out on Monday went to Johannes Becker, who entered Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball after busting the $100K High Roller. It seemed like a good idea, as Becker specialises in high stakes online lowball games and has plenty of experience on the WSOP stage having finished second in last year’s $50K Poker Players Championship. [caption id="attachment_619374" align="aligncenter" width="670"] Johannes Becker[/caption] Three days later and that decision was well worth it, as Becker had taken the thing down for $180,455 and his first WSOP bracelet. He had to outlast a 321-strong field, and despite coming into the final with the second shortest stack, he’d eventually overcome a tough final table that included Scott Seiver, Jesse Hampton, Chris Vitch, George Trigeorgis, and Luis Velador. Three-handed, Becker once again found himself with the short stack. Seiver held a huge chip lead, but Becker forged a comeback that would see him eliminate Hampton in third before finally taking down Seiver heads-up in a Badugi hand. The 27-year-old from Cologne was already an established mixed game player, battling with the likes of ‘Crazy’ Elior Sion on a regular basis. Becker would lose heads-up to Sion in the $50K last year, but this tournament was Becker’s breakout tournament victory. Final table results: Johannes Becker - $180,455 Scott Seiver - $111,516 Jesse Hampton - $71,547 Chris Vitch - $47,166 George Trigeorgis - $31,873 Luis Velador - $22,304 Eli Elezra Leads Final 22 in $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Monday ended with a stacked line-up bagging up chips in Event #9, the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. This event got 169 total entries, 83 of which began Monday’s Day 2. When all was said and done just 22 players made it through, and its high stakes veteran and three-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra who tops the field with an 858,000 stack. He’ll be joined by the likes of Jesse Martin (479,000), Felipe Ramos (401,000), Mike Gorodinsky (385,000), Paul Volpe (372,000), Per Hildebrand (316,000), Robert Mizrachi (250,000), Dylan Linde (240,000), Mike Matusow (234,000), and Scott Bohlman (108,000). The $1,588,600 prize pool is split between the top 26 players, meaning Dan Shak, Stuart Rutter, and bracelet winners Anthony Zinno and Steven Wolansky have already cashed for $14,912. All 22 hopefuls are guaranteed that payout too. Throughout the day we lost some big names; heck, perhaps the biggest name. Phil Ivey late regged today but couldn’t survive, nor could Iraj Parvizi, Matthew Ashton, Chris Ferguson, Cary Katz, Jeffrey Lisandro, Marco Johnson, Carol Fuchs, Ian Johns, Jean-Robert Bellande, Esther Taylor, James Obst, Ralph Perry, Nick Schulman, Mark Gregorich, or Phil Hellmuth. Action resumes at 2pm on Tuesday with blinds at 12K/24K. Here’s a look at the top 10 counts: Eli Elezra - 858,000 Adam Coats - 617,000 Steve Chanthabouasy - 609,000 Daniel Zack - 571,000 Jesse Martin - 479,000 Kyle Miaso - 433,000 Chris Bjorin - 415,000 Felipe Ramos - 401,000 Nikolai Yakovenko - 390,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 385,000 John Hennigan tops Day 1 of Dealer’s Choice Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed proved to be a very popular event today, with 406 players entering for the chance to choose between 20 different poker variants. After ten levels of play, 120 players survived and it was John Hennigan who bagged up the chip lead, boasting a stack of 89,800. Hennigan’s rush came late into the day when he flopped a set in a PLO hand got two streets of value. Hennigan is most clostly followed by Andrey Zhigalov (85,275), Xunen Zheng (69,950), Luke Saltus (61,875), Joey Couden (59,325), and Jeff Lisandro (58,025). Meanwhile, Craig Chait (50,825), David Funkhouser (50,825), Shirley Rosario (46,550), Chris Vitch (42,025), and Layne Flack (23,175) also made it through. The $548,100 prize pool will be split between the top 61 finishers, with a min-cash worth $2,263. That’s chump change compared with the $129,882 first-place prize though, which comes with a shiny new WSOP bracelet. Some of the names who tried and failed today include defending champion David Bach, and former winners Carol Fuchs and Larry Berg. Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Frank Kassela, Shaun Deeb, Shaun Buchanan, James Obst, and Jeff Madsen also perished. This one will restart at 2pm Tueday with blinds at 1K/2K. Here are the top 10 overnight counts: John Hennigan - 89,800 Andrey Zhigalov - 85,275 Xunen Zheng - 69,950 Luke Saltus - 61,875 Joey Couden - 59,325 Jeff Lisandro - 58,025 Stephen Nussrallah - 51,025 Craig Chait - 50,825 David Funkhouser - 50,825 Chris Klodnicki - 50,000 Two Final COLOSSUS Flights Wrap Up It was a long day for anyone following Event #7 $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em. The final two starting flights, Day 1E and 1F, played through 18 30-minute levels with play in the former beginning at 10am and the latter going into the early morning hours. The event has received a total of 13,071 entries over the six starting flights, but only 539 will return for Tuesday’s Day 2. Kurt Jewell bagged the chip lead from 1E with 474,000, while Broutee Benshamin was top dog after 1F with 450,000. Notable players to advance from today’s action include 12-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Valentin Vornicu (308,000) three-time bracelet winner David Bach (267,000), TK Miles (235,000), Daniel Weinman (114,000), Matt Stout (91,000), Matt Affleck (79,000), Kathy Liebert (73,000), Mike Commiso (390,000) and Tyler Patterson (238,000). Day 2 begins at 2pm Tuesday. Tomorrow’s Action (June 5) There are two more events kicking off on Tuesday, making this the busiest day of the series so far in terms of events running simultaneously. Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em begins at 11am. The low buy-in event is sure to attract big numbers, and interestingly it comes with a big blind ante structure, popular with the high rollers. Later in the day Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw will kick off at 3pm.
  20. 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 debate the hottest topics in poker. This week, Lance and Matt are all over the amazing run Doyle Brunson put on in his final World Series of Poker event. They also start to build a case for Brian Rast as the best player at the WSOP over the last case - helped largerly by his fourth bracelet win. Download this episode in ITUNES Listen to this episode on your Stitcher app GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  21. Friday was a three-bracelet day at the 2018 World Series of Poker. One player took home his fifth piece of WSOP jewellery, while two players claimed their first gold. There’s plenty of other things to tell you about too, including Day 1 of the $50K Players Championship. For that, and a lot more, here’s a recap of June 15’s action. John Hennigan Wins Fifth Bracelet, Takes Down $10K HORSE There is now officially a new member of the five-bracelet club. It almost happened on Thursday night, when then four-time bracelet winner John Hennigan and two-time bracelet winner David ‘Bakes’ Baker ended Day 3 of Event #27: $10,000 HORSE Championship heads-up, with Hennigan holding a dominating chip lead. After one level of play on Friday, Hennigan finished the job. It all ended in a Limit Hold’em hand, when Baker was all-in with ace-six off versus Hennigan’s jack-three off. A three hit the flop, and Baker couldn’t catch up. Hennigan wins $414,692 for his efforts, as well as the fifth bracelet, while Baker banked $256,297. Will Johnny World focus all his attention on capturing bracelet no.6 now? "We'll see what happens,” he said afterwards. “I’m not too preoccupied with it, but five does feel better than four.” Final Table Results: John Hennigan - $414,692 David "Bakes" Baker - $256,297 Lee Salem - $179,216 Iraj Parvizi - $127,724 Randy Ohel - $92,808 Albert Daher - $68,783 Daniel Zack - $52,016 Michael Noori - $40,155 Michael Addamo Wins First Bracelet in The Marathon ($653,581) Australia’s Michael Addamo has long been a beast on the poker tables, but after Friday he can now call himself a WSOP bracelet winner too. [caption id="attachment_619563" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Bracelet #1 for Michael Addamo[/caption] Addamo, who moved to Thailand for online poker after law changes in his home country prevented him from playing, overcame a tough final table in Event #24: $2,620 The Marathon No-Limit Hold’em, one which included 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson (5th), bracelet winner and WPT champ Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur (4th), and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert (3rd). It was American recreational player Mark Sleet who Addamo met heads-up, and he was complimentary of Sleet’s game. “He was mixing it up, trying to put me to the test, like opening big sizes, doing all sorts of different things, trying to get me off my normal game. I think I adjusted ok but yeah, who knows,” Addamo said. Holding a big chip lead, the final hand saw all the money go in on a ten-high flop. Addamo had top pair, and Sleet had two overs and a flush draw which couldn’t hit on the turn or river. The 1,637 total runners were down to nine at the beginning of the day, and the first to depart from the final table were Ihar Soika, Cate Hall, Anton Morgenstern, and Ying Chan. Final Table Results: Michael Addamo - $653,581 Mark Sleet - $403,870 Bart Lybaert - $290,315 Taylor Paur - $210,995 Martin Jacobson - $155,062 Ying Chan - $115,244 Anton Morgenstern - $86,631 Cate Hall - $65,875 Ihar Soika - $50,678 Hahn Tran’s the Man, Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw The second new bracelet winner of the day was Austria’s Hahn Tran, who claimed victory in Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw for $117,282. [caption id="attachment_619564" align="aligncenter" width="636"] Hahn Tran Captures his First Bracelet[/caption] Tran came into Friday’s final table with the chip lead, but it was by no means a smooth ride to the title. The chip lead swung around the table multiple times, but five eliminations later Tran was heads-up against Oscar Johansson. Having whittled Johansson down to just three bets, Johansson tabled a nine-eight but Tran had that beat with a nine-six. Three-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings fell in fifth, while David Prociak couldn’t capture his second bracelet, finishing in third. “I’ve come here for eight years but I don’t play many tournaments, I’m more of a cash game player,” Tran said once the win was locked up. “I play cash games in 2-7 and I’m very excited. This is one of my favourite games. I’m just here for vacation, have fun with my friends, and party!” Final Table Results: Hanh Tran - $117,282 Oscar Johansson - $72,471 David Prociak - $46,729 Cody Wagner - $30,926 Brian Hastings - $21,021 Yong Wang - $14,687 Jared Bleznick - $10,555 Gal Yifrach Leads Final Three in $3K Six-Max It seems like a lot of tournaments this year are going longer than expected. The final table of Event 28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed was scheduled to finish Friday night, but with three players still in play was paused and will resume on Saturday. Gal Yifrach holds the chip lead, with 6,965,000 to James Mackey’s 3,100,000 and Gary Hasson’s 1,960,000. They’ll return at 12pm Saturday with blinds at 60,000/120,000. Five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier was among the early exits today, while Tony Dunst bowed out in 13th. another bracelet winner looking for more jewelry, lost with eights versus ace-king to go out in 13th place. Anatoly Filatov, Luiz Duarte, Yorane Kerignard, Ben Palmer (7th), and Ana Marquez (6th) also exited. Check back tomorrow to find out who wins the bracelet and the $461,798 first-place prize. They’re all guaranteed $193,716. Day 2 Takes $1,500 PLO Down to 13 Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha has just 13 of the 799 players remaining, and will play down to a champ on Saturday. Ryan Bambrick holds the overnight chip lead, with double the amount of his closest competitor, Phil Riley. On the other end of the chip counts, Lexy Gavin and Victor Ramdin are the most at risk. Throughout the day this one lost the likes of Ryan Riess, Dutch Boyd, Darryll Fish, Thomas Taylor, Scott Davies, Rob Salaburu, and Scott Clements. There’s $217,123 and the coveted WSOP bracelet awaiting the winner, while all 13 players are guaranteed $9,173 overnight. Play resumes at 12pm Saturday. Final 13 Chip Counts: Ryan Bambrick - 1,727,000 Phil Riley - 864,000 Sampo Ryynanen - 633,000 Jared Ingles - 575,000 Tim McDermott - 527,000 Randy White - 437,000 Jody Fayant - 326,000 Pushpinder Singh - 266,000 George Xu - 180,000 Jeanmarc Thomas - 165,000 Danny Woolard - 165,000 Victor Ramdin - 84,000 Lexy Gavin - 80,000 Ferguson and Lisandro Headline $11,500 Seven Card Stud Finale There are a whole lotta bracelets between the nine final table players in Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud. One time bracelet winner Michael Moore (not the documentary filmmaker) holds the chip lead, but he’s followed by six-time bracelet winners Chris Ferguson and Jeff Lisandro, both on the hunt for the elusive seventh bracelet. The final table is even more star-studded with legendary music producer Steve Albini returning tomorrow fifth in chips. Albini is arguably most famous for his work with Nirvana and Pixies. And rounding out the unofficial final table is two-time bracelet winner Frankie O’Dell. The bubble burst at 47 players today, and some of those who failed to make the cash include Barbara Enright, Scott Bohlman, Carol Fuchs, Brandon Shack-Harris, Tom McEvoy and Cory Zeidman. Once they were in the money, we lost the likes of Ben Yu (45th - $2,250), Shirley Rosario (40th - $2,398), Dzmitry Urbanovich (37th - $2,398), Kevin Ioacofano (35th - $2,398), Perry Friedman (21st - $2,982), Jameson Painter (14th - $4,155), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (11th - $5,110). The guaranteed payout right now is $6,451, but there’s $105,629 up top. Play resumes at 2pm Saturday. Final Table Chip Counts: Michael Moore - 485,000 Chris Ferguson - 325,000 Jeff Lisandro - 291,000 Paul Sexton - 276,000 Steven Albini - 270,000 Katherine Fleck - 226,000 Esther Rossi - 186,000 Stephen Rivers - 143,000 Frankie O'Dell - 74,000 The $50K Poker Players Championship Begins, Benny Glaser Leads After Day 1 When people predict success for players prior to the WSOP, Benny Glaser is always a name that comes up. The three-time bracelet winner has proved today why he’s thought so highly of in the mixed-game world, bagging up the Day 1 chip lead in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. There were 77 entries today, and Glaser ended up with 574,900. He’s most closely followed by Anthony Zinno (493,200), Brian Rast (473,900), James Obst (450,100), and John Hennigan (449,000), the latter of which jumped straight into this event having won the $10K H.O.R.S.E. earlier in the day. There are 14 bracelets between that top five. Only three players failed to make it through the day (Scott Seiver, Frank Kassela, and Kristijonas Andrulis) as we ended with 74 players. It’s very early days in this one, with a long road ahead. Registration is still open for another four levels tomorrow, when action resumes at 2pm. Top 10 Chip Counts: Benny Glaser - 574,900 Anthony Zinno - 493,200 Brian Rast - 473,900 James Obst - 450,100 John Hennigan - 449,000 Naseem Salem - 433,400 Alexander Kostritsyn - 415,600 Shaun Deeb - 394,200 Paul Volpe - 390,800 David "ODB" Baker - 387,400 Seniors Event Breaks Records on Day 1 Event #33: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship attracted a massive 5,919 field, breaking records for this event and making this the largest single Day 1 in WSOP history. When the bags were brought out for the end of Day 1, 934 players remained. Kevin O’Donnell holds the overnight chip lead, while Neil Blumenfield (134,000), Dave Peterson (123,000), Andrei Konopilko (120,000), Mitchell Garshofsky (73,300), Carol Fuchs (36,800), and Jan-Peter Jachtmann (57,200) will all return. Greg Raymer, Gregg Markow, Victor Ramdin, Mike Sexton, Kathy Liebert, Ivo Donev and Marcel Luske were among the 5,000 eliminated players today. This one kicks off again at 11am on Saturday. You’ll find the top 10 stacks below. Kevin O'Donnell - 172,100 Christopher Ocksrider - 157,000 Frank Cupello - 128,300 David Peterson - 123,100 Michael Lang - 121,000 Andrei Konopelko - 120,000 James Passas - 118,300 Frank Berry - 106,000 Neil Blumenfield - 104,400 Tommy Townsend - 104,000 Day 1C of THE GIANT Wraps Up A quick note on Day 1C of Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em. Mathieu Philbert of France bagged the chip lead, amassing an impressive 1,940,000. Phil Laak, Benjamin Yu, Kathy Liebert and Canada's Calen McNeil. Sandeep Vasudevan, Bradley Butcher and Allen Kessler all tried but failed to make it through. There are two more Day 1 flights scheduled for the next two Fridays before all survivors merge for Day 2 on June 30. Day 1C Top 10 Stacks: Mathieu Philbert - 1,940,000 Kevin Ninkovich - 1,505,000 Arkadiy Tsinis - 1,495,000 Terry Kelley - 1,035,000 Artan Dedusha - 1,025,000 Jett Blackwell - 975,000 Alexander Allegranza - 875,000 Nipun Java - 872,000 Jeremy Brown - 820,000 Peter Eichhardt - 780,000
  22. There are 22 events in the books at the 2018 World Series of Poker but the player who took down the first bracelet of the year continues to hold down the lead for Player of the Year. The Leader: Elio Fox Elio Fox, who won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event on the opening day of the Series, sits atop the POY leaderboard with 2,010.14 points. He earned 1,108.8 of those points from that Bounty event and another 634.9 from his runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller event. A baby cash in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker earned him an additional 266.5 points. The Chase Group: Joe Cada and Paul Volpe The closest challengers to Fox include a former World Champion and a newly minted three-time bracelet winner. Joe Cada started his WSOP off with a ninth-place finish in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event and then navigated his way through three tables to win the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. He's now cashed five times this WSOP for 1,692.71 POY points and sits 317.43 points behind Fox. Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked PocketFiver, grabbed his third career bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship event. He has three other cashes, all in events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more for 1,671.30 points - just 62.41 points behind Cada. The Peloton: Bracelet Winners Galore The rest of the top 10 is populated mostly players who have already grabbed a bracelet this summer. Arne Kern won the Millionaire Maker for his only cash so far, but it was good enough to earn him 1,332.5 points, which puts him in fourth place. Nick Petrangelo, Robrely Felicio, Craig Varnell, Julien Martini sit fifth through eighth thanks largely to their bracelet wins. The only player in the top 10 without a victory yet this summer is John Racener. The former Main Event runner-up sits ninth thanks to six cashes this summer. Racener has 1,149.33 points thanks to a 16th place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty, an 86th place result in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, an eighth-place finish in the Colossus, a 51st place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event, a fourth-place finish $1,500 Eight Game and an 81st place finish in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em. Despite not having a bracelet yet, Racener sits 860.81 behind Fox. Justin Bonomo wraps up the top 10 with 1,120.3 points thanks to his win in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship. WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 Joe Cada 1,692.71 3 Paul Volpe 1,671.3 4 Arne Kern 1,332.47 5 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 6 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 7 Craig Varnell 1,194.63 8 Julien Martini 1,159.45 9 John Racener 1,149.33 10 Justin Bonomo 1,120.3
  23. Six months ago, Niall Farrell finally slew the dragon and won his first World Series of Poker, beating out a tough field in the €25,000 High Roller at WSOP Europe. Now, the Scottish poker pro is in Las Vegas for the 2018 World Series of Poker hoping to add another bracelet to his collection. Over the course of the 2018 WSOP, 50 Days & 50 Nights chronicles Farrell’s summer; the highs and the lows and all the stuff that happens in between. Here's how the opening two weeks of the 2018 World Series of Poker has gone for Niall Farrell. He's cashed once - for $1,096, been knocked out of $110,000 worth of poker tournaments by Justin Bonomo (before the money bubble), woke up with a horse screensaver on what he thought was his phone, and is now banned from drinking any booze. Despite all of this, spirits (his, not the ones that come in a glass) are still quite high. His WSOP started with the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty where he picked up a couple of bounties but busted before the bubble. Next up was the $100,000 High Roller, an event he initially had no intention of playing. "Then I saw the field, it was pretty good, so I got in. I got up to 100 bigs but then ran into Bonomo - that's becoming kind of a theme," said Farrell. "The $100K was going really well, I sat down and was just winning every hand and then I got it in with kings to Bonomo's king-five suited on a jack-eight-four flop for like 2.5 starting stacks and promptly lost." "When someone's on that kind of a heater, it feels kind of inevitable, you see their hand and you're like 'oh, for god's sake'. It just feels like that because they're doing so well at the moment," said Farrell. A few days later, Farrell played the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship event. "The very first round I got to play with Bill Klein and he had me in stitches the whole time. He's a really funny guy, really nice guy," said Farrell, who beat Klein and then Adam Greenberg to advance to a matchup with one of his summer roommates, Michael Gagliano. Before the match, Farrell and Gagliano swapped a bit of action. During the match, they traded a bit of friendly banter. "We were just shit-talking each other a lot and he was folding a lot, and he was like 75% correct to be making these folds. We were just needling each other. It was just fun because although it's a serious tournament, one of us was going to win anyways and we're both playing. I had some good fun with it," said Farrell. As the match continued, another one of their roommates, Daniel Strelitz, walked over to check in on the match. He had just bagged chips in another tournament and was headed back to the house. Farrell asked him to wait so he could drove everybody home. His timing couldn't have been better and set up a perfect spot for Farrell to inflict max pain on Gagliano. "He was down to about 15 bigs and shoved. I looked down at one ace and I almost went 'Oh wow, this is a good one. I think this is going to be it.' Then I looked down at the other ace and I actually stopped before I said anything, and I was like 'Oh, can I have a count, please? This is going to be pretty close'," said Farrell. "I said to Daniel 'This might be it, it's pretty close,' and I thought that would give it away because I would never have called him over if I wasn't slowrolling to be honest. I got the count again and I said 'Okay, call' and Gags turned his hand over and he had jack-ten and I said 'Oh, how is it such a dirty flip? It's so absurd', and then he looked kind of happy. I turned over aces and he just burst out laughing. It was too perfect of a spot not to do it." All kidding aside, Farrell eliminated Gagliano and then found himself heads-up against, you guessed it, Bonomo, in the next round. That was the end of the road for Farrell as Bonomo continued his hot streak and went on to win the bracelet. "He's on a Fedor heater now. I seem to always run into that. I ran into Fedor on his heater as well in 2016 and just winning any hands against him was pretty tough at that point," said Farrell, who finished just outside the money. We Need to Talk About Hal [caption id="attachment_619522" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Everybody ... meet Hal. He already knows you. (Kevin Mathers photo)[/caption] While it might seem like he's seen a lot of Bonomo through the first two weeks of the 2018 WSOP, Farrell has also seen a lot of Hal. Who the hell is Hal? Hal is the friendly and popular bartender who works the temporary bar set up in the hallway that connects all of the tournament rooms. Over his eight years coming to the WSOP, Farrell has gotten to be quite friendly with Hal. "The absolute highlight of your summer every year is seeing Hal," said Farrell. After Farrell busted the One Drop High Roller in a "ridiculous spot" last summer, Farrell was walking to get a cab home when he ran into Hal. "Hal sees me, and I'm pretty tilted, and he's like 'Niall, how are you my man?' and I said 'Not great Hal, just busted the $100K in a weird spot,' and he says 'Oh, well I haven't got the bar set up yet, but come with me'," said Farrell. "He takes me through the back doors of the Rio, where the Brasilia room is, to this secret bar and just gives me a free beer. That's an absolute legend of a guy." "I'm currently on a self-imposed Hal ban and alcohol ban," said Farrell. How'd We Get Here? (No, Seriously .. How Did We Get Here?) Farrell woke up one morning, feeling the effects of a night of drinking. The events of the next 24 hours convinced him that maybe he needed to put himself in the penalty box for a bit. "I woke up and my phone was lying in my bed and I pressed it to see if it still had any charge and it had a horse screensaver. I was like 'oh, this just isn't my phone, is it?'," said Farrell. "Okay, we've got a 1% chance I've just changed my screensaver to a horse for some reason. I tried to put my code in and it obviously just bricks off and I'm like 'ugh'. At this point I'm thinking someone's got my phone, I've got their phone." Farrell actually found his phone a few minutes later in the jeans he had worn the night before. But wait - whose phone had the horse on it? "I did some detective work with messages on my phone and stuff and managed to find out it was some Australian girl's that we'd met the night before," said Farrell, who then tracked her down on Facebook and made plans to get her the phone back. "It's the least I can do since I now apparently steal phones. So I gave her the phone and I sat down and said 'Okay, I'm taking a couple of weeks off drinking'." "To be fair to me, the girls were like 'We don't remember much,' so it wasn't all my fault," joked Farrell. It's Still Early - Patience is a Virtue Despite the rough start, Farrell's understands that variance can sometimes be a cruel temptress. "I've had stacks in everything. I bubbled the $10K Heads Up, I lost the $3K shootout heads up, I had a lot of chips in the $10K Turbo, I got it in good for 2.5 stacks in the $100K, I lost a 250 big blind pot to Qui Nguyen in the $1,500," Farrell said. "Every bullet in the $1,500 I had 30K from 7K. I've been building stacks and just been dealt out a lot of the time. Confidence is fine, it's still early. It's not like I'm just sitting down to a starting stack and playing badly and blinding out. I've been pretty unfortunate so far - confidence is still high." "I'm a pretty confident person, so it's going to take a lot more than that."
  24. Doyle Brunson was firmly in the spotlight today at the 2018 World Series of Poker, but in the end the ‘Godfather of Poker’ couldn’t take down his 11th bracelet in what we now know will be the legend’s last ever tournament. A very recognisable name would take down that bracelet though, while Tuesday also saw two new events kick off. Here’s all the info from June 12. Brian Rast Takes Down 4th Bracelet in $10K 2-7 Championship Another event is in the books, even if it didn’t quite produce the fairytale ending that many were hoping for. Brian Rast is now a four-time bracelet winner, after he defeated start-of-day chip leader Mike Wattel heads-up for the $259,670 winner’s prize and the WSOP gold. Italy’s Dario Sammartino came close to his first bracelet, ending in third, while the short stack coming into the final table, James Alexander, will surely be happy to ladder up to fourth. However, it was the sixth-place finisher who may capture most of the headlines. Doyle Brunson announced to the world on Monday that he was retiring from the game, meaning this event would be his last shot at an 11th WSOP bracelet. Texas Dolly put on a great showing, but couldn’t capture the gold to bookend his incredible, legendary career at the felt. Rast spoke highly of Brunson after his victory, saying: “In the last couple of years, I’ve started playing with Doyle a lot. So, in that respect, it was, you know, just another day playing with Doyle, but I could still take a step back and appreciate, like from the poker world’s poker world’s perspective … he has a history of back-to-back and the 10-deuce named after him because he won the back-to-back championships and he’s won a lot of bracelets … He’s a legend. “I could really appreciate from that perspective how special it was that Doyle came, he actually played a tournament this year and final tabled it,” Rast continued. “And you know everyone was pulling for Doyle and I can understand that. And you know, outside of me, I was pulling for Doyle too.” Rast held a 4:1 chip lead over Wattel when their duel began, and in the last hand Wattel shoved with a ten-low which Rast called with a nine-low. Both stood pat, and that meant Rast was the champ. As for his fourth bracelet, Rast said: “This element gives everyone who you normally play with something to talk about, something to share, something that bonds you a little bit, which as the years go by is nice.” Final Table Results: Brian Rast - $259,670 Mike Wattel - $160,489 Dario Sammartino - $114,023 James Alexander - $81,986 Shawn Sheikhan - $59,669 Doyle Brunson - $43,963 John Hennigan - $32,796 McKeehen, Loeser, Boatman Headline Final 17 in MILLIONAIRE MAKER There is a stacked line-up of seasoned pros heading into the fourth day of play in Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER. Day 3 saw the 155 players (out of 7,361 who entered) cut down to just 17, with all eyes now firmly on the $1,173,223 first-place prize. It’s Chad Hahn who leads the survivors, having bagged up 6,525,000 chips. He’s closely followed by Sean Marshall (6,160,000), and Manuel Ruivo (5,900,000). However, those guys will have a tough time tomorrow as they’ll be battling with the likes of 2015 Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (4,210,000), German high roller regular Manig Loeser (3,040,000), and British poker legend Barny Boatman (1,150,000). Tomorrow’s field could have been even more loaded, as they lost lots of big names deep into the money. Some of those who cashed include Joseph Cheong (23th, $40,898), Kyle Hatree (25th, $40,898), Robert Brown (36th, $32,927), JC Tran (42th, $26,713), Eddy Sabat (49th, $21,839), Steve Sung (59th, $17,995), James Calderaro (74th, 12,508), Elio Fox (92th, $8,976) and Greg Merson (94th, $8,976). The final 17 will return at 11am on Wednesday, with blinds starting at 50K/100K and all of them guaranteed a $51,188 payday. Here’s a look at the chip counts: Chad Hahn - 6,525,000 Sean Marshall - 6,160,000 Manuel Ruivo - 5,900,000 Ralph Massey - 4,435,000 Michael Souza - 4,400,000 Joe McKeehen - 4,210,000 Justin Liberto - 3,337,000 Manig Loeser - 3,040,000 Samad Razavi - 2,935,000 Michael Finstein - 2,450,000 Arne Kern - 2,440,000 Enio Bozzano - 2,255,000 Richard Dixon - 1,615,000 Kelly Wolfe - 1,515,000 Jared Narzem - 1,340,000 Aaron Messmer - 1,295,000 Barny Boatman - 1,150,000 THE MARATHON Jogs Along, Down to 246 Another slow stretch of Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em was chalked up today, bringing the 1,479 total field down to 246. Another six 100-minute levels were played on Tuesday’s Day 2, and when the chip bags were brought out it was Walter Fisher who held the chip lead with 641,500. He’s closely followed by Scott Einiger (636,000), while Faraz Jaka (491,500) is near the top of the counts too. Jaka is looking for back-to-back final tables in this one, having finished sixth last year. Just a few of the notables set to return tomorrow include Kristen Bicknell, Chris Moorman, Jesse Sylvia, Cate Hall, David Peters, and former main event champion Ryan Riess. This event has created a $3,485,124 prize pool so far. Play resumes at 1pm Wednesday, and you’ll find the top 10 stacks below: Walter Fisher - 641,500 Scott Einiger - 636,000 Daniel Colpoys - 598,500 Bart Lybaert - 569,500 Joseph Pietrafesa - 524,500 Yaniv Peretz - 496,500 Faraz Jaka - 491,500 Spencer Champlin - 486,000 Marcos Antunes - 480,000 Martin Kozlov - 465,000 Dobson, Greenstein, Elezra Advance in Event #20: $1,500 Stud-Hi Lo Day 2 of Event #20: $1,500 Stud-Hi Lo ended with just 23 players still in contention. The chip leader overnight is Ben ‘f3nix35’ Dobson, who tops the pack with 595,000. Dobson took the lead courtesy of a huge pot versus Mike Matusow which saw both make full houses. Barry Greenstein finished the night second in chips with 349,000, while Eli Elezra bagged the fourth biggest with 334,000. Bracelet winners Jesse Martin (335,000) and Georgios Sotiropoulos (231,000) will return, as will actor James Woods (210,000), who is seeking his second final table of the summer. Spare a thought for former PocketFives no.1 player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, who finished this one as the bubble boy. All 23 players have now locked up $4,899, but there’s $173,528 for the eventual champ. Play continues at 2pm Wednesday. You’ll find the top 10 stacks below: Benjamin Dobson - 595,000 Barry Greenstein - 349,000 Jesse Martin - 335,000 Eli Elezra - 334,000 Nicholas Kiley - 276,000 James Nelson - 249,000 Tim Finne - 246,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 231,000 Joel Tushnet - 212,000 James Woods - 210,000 $1K PLO Kicks Off One of the two Day 1s to get going on Tuesday was Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. It attracted 986 runners, but after ten levels just 100 remain, all in the hunt for the $169,842 first-place prize. The bubble burst at 148 players, and some of those who cashed but failed to advance to Day 2 include Bryce Yockey (134th - $1,503), Martijn Gerrits (116th - $1,564), Sandeep Pulusani (111th - $1,564) and Justin Young (104th - $1,564). However, one player who will definitely be back tomorrow is overnight chip leader Ryan Goindoo. He’ll be joined tomorrow by the likes of Felipe Ramos, Christian Harder, Joe Cada, Martin Finger, Mikhail Semin and Shannon Shorr. They’re all guaranteed $1,564 when play resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Ryan Goindoo - 196,000 Ivaylo Sivinov - 192,900 Clinton Monfort - 173,900 Thayer Rasmussen - 142,000 Richard Tuhrim - 141,700 Filippos Stavrakis - 141,500 Arthur Morris - 133,000 Uri Reichenstein - 100,000 Roman Valerstein - 98,100 Sean Troha - 90,800 Former no.1 Shaun Deeb leads $10K H.O.R.S.E. It’s none other than former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb who topped the Day 1 field in Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. The 157 entries were chopped down to 72 after ten levels, and as you’d expect, it’s a stellar line-up of mixed game beasts. Following two-time WSOP bracelet winner Deeb with 234,500 is Michael McKenna (215,500) and Robert Mizrachi (212,500), while other big stacks and notables include Brock Parker (199,500), Aditya Prasetyo (191,000), Randy Ohel (185,500), John Hennigan (175,000), David Benyamine (166,500), James Obst (164,500), Anthony Zinno (162,000), David "Bakes" Baker (159,000), Ian Johns (158,000), Cliff Josephy (142,500), John Monnette (142,000) and Jeff Lisandro (132,500). Daniel Negreanu had a good start to the day, but couldn’t maintain the momentum, ultimately finishing with one of the shortest stacks (25,500). Meanwhile, Jason Mercier bagged up 79,000. Registration is still open, and play resumes at 2pm Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts: Shaun Deeb - 234,500 Michael McKenna - 215,500 Robert Mizrachi - 212,500 Brock Parker - 199,500 Ryan Miller - 198,000 Iraj Parvizi - 192,000 Aditya Prasetyo - 191,000 Andrew Kelsall - 187,500 Randy Ohel - 185,500 John Hennigan - 175,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 13) There are two shiny new tournaments set to kick off on Wednesday June 13, and both are sure to be popular. First, one for the NLHE heads. Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed kicks off at 11am, which was won last year by the winnigest player in online history, former no.1 Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Then at 3pm there’s one for the mixed gamers. Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw will get going, and Brian Brubaker was last year’s champ.
  25. Starting Wednesday, some of the world’s best heads-up No Limit Hold’em players will be battling it out at the 2018 World Series of Poker in one of the most prestigious events on the schedule. The $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship attracts nothing but the best of the best. The eventual winner will have gone through seven heads-up matches and come out with a W. The Championship event is a minefield of tough spots. The toughest in the entire field isn’t ranked in the top 13,000 on the Global Poker Index. He’s never won a WSOP bracelet or a World Poker Tour title. The closest he’s ever gotten to Bobby’s Room would be playing in a smaller cash game at the Bellagio. And he’s probably never played online poker for super high stakes. He’s 71-year-old war vet John Smith. And nobody wants to draw him in the first round of play. Over the last two years, Smith has beaten 12 of the 14 players he’s played, losing in the final in 2016 and 2017. So just how should somebody prepare for a match with John Smith? Who could help his opponent’ this year understand what it takes to outlast the retiree? Ryan Riess? Nope. Smith beat him in the semi-final last year. Chance Kornuth? Nah. He was dispatched by Smith in the round of 32 last year. Dietrich Fast? Second round victim last year. Alex Luneau? Couldn’t beat Smith in the 2016 semi-final. Antonio Esfandiari? Also had to shake Smith’s hand at the end of a match in 2016 after losing to him. His success in this event goes back even further. In 2014, Smith finished 11th and put Leo Fernandez, Eric Froehlich and 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey on his list of victims. Smith’s history in this event is so dominant, that PokerShares opened Smith at 4.0 markup for those looking to buy pieces. No other player was above 1.6. The only players who have managed to beat Smith over the last two years were 2017 winner Adrian Mateos and 2016 champion Alan Percal. In 2016, Percal finished his semi-final match against Olivier Busquet first and was asked afterward who he would rather play, Luneau or Smith. “At the time, I said ‘I’ll play either one of them, it doesn’t matter’, but at the end of the day, obviously, there’s probably a slight bias in who I prefer to play,” admitted Percal. “At the time, I was just so excited to be there. I wasn’t thinking too much about who I wanted to play.” Smith beat Riess and then on the very first hand of the finals, gave Percal a glimpse into what exactly had gotten him this deep. With blinds of 40,000/80,000, Smith raised to 220,000 from the button and Percal called. The flop came [8d][8s][4d] and Percal check-called Smith’s bet of 305,000. The turn was the [9c] and this time Percal check-raised Smith’s 305,000 bet to 900,000. Smith called and the river was the [9s]. Percal check-called Smith’s bet of 1,050,000. Smith mucked and Percal took the pot without showdown. The livestream showed that Smith had his bottom pair counterfeited by the turn and river. “So that was the first hand in my introduction to John Smith, in addition to a little bit of the livestream that I watched after Olivier,” said Percal, who won’t be able to play the Heads Up event this year due to a scheduling conflict with his work. “I think that his ability or his willingness to make big plays and not be afraid is also something that I’d say is a real positive of his.” “I would, I guess, classify him as loose-aggressive - not so much in a negative way. Typically when you classify someone as laggy, then it’s bad. I wouldn’t go as far as to say he’s loose-aggressive and bad. I think his style is very hard to figure out what he’s got and when he’s got it,” said Percal. Percal believes that Smith’s age played a factor in how some of his other opponents viewed him before they played him. “I think it’s a mix of the fact that he plays very unorthodox and the fact that you look at him, and he looks like an older gentleman. You wouldn’t be as surprised if you saw a 21-year-old online kid play that way he did if you take away a few of the other outlier plays that he made. I think it’s a mix of the fact that he’s older and plays very contradictory to the way you expect older people to play the game.” Percal played the 2017 event as well but was bounced in the opening round. He found his way over to Aria to play some cash games a few days later and looked up at one of the TVs to find the livestream of the finals airing. Even though he hadn’t followed the event, he suddenly had a rooting interest. “I was 100% rooting for him. Based on my short interaction with him, he seemed like an outstanding individual, just outside of the poker scene. He seemed like a very nice guy,” said Percal. “I don’t think it’s embarrassing to lose to John Smith. Twelve people out of 14 lost to him over the last two years. I’m sure most of those, if not all of those players are professional poker players,” said Percal. “I’d love to see him play some of those other people, where he didn’t happen to lose a big pot in the first hand and see what he did to put those people in tough spots.” “It can’t be all luck beating 12 out of 14 people. I don’t know how else to put it. That just seems like a few deviations too many above the means.”

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