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  1. Sao Paulo born Vivian Saliba has grown up with poker around her, first playing the game at 12-years-old and then accompanying her father to card rooms for the first time at the age of 17. Primarily a Pot Limit Omaha cash game player, but no stranger to poker tournaments, the Brazilian has put in strong performances during various years of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Most notably in 2017, she made the money in three No Limit Hold’em events and two in her specialized game of Pot Limit Omaha. But it would be a PLO hand, a game that has allowed her to amass a small fortune, that still gives Saliba nightmares to this day. “By the end of 2015, I decided to quit college and follow my dream as a professional poker player. The beginning of my career was a real rollercoaster and even though in 2016 I played WSOP events for the first time, I didn't actually play that many tournaments,” Saliba said. So, 2017 was the first time playing in her dream tournaments and marked a special year for her as a poker player. The tournament in question was WSOP Event #54 and was the most important tournament for her at the time due to the buy-in and what was at stake. “Back in 2017 during the WSOP in Las Vegas I was playing my first ever $10,000 buy-in event. That was a PLO event, my main game at the time, and still is nowadays. The tournament had 428 entries and I managed to finish it in 11th place.” Despite making it to the final two tables and winning $47,923 for her efforts but busting that event negatively affected her feelings as there was a strong desire to make It as a professional poker player “That tournament seemed to be the perfect opportunity, giving the high level of the competitors, price of the buy-in, prize pool and it being WSOP bracelet event.” Playing five-handed, holding an average stack of 30 big blinds, and playing her strongest poker variant, it was almost a certainty that Saliba would make the final table and be in with a chance of claiming the $938,732 prize. But of course, nothing is guaranteed in poker. Defending her big blind with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6d"] following a raise from the button, Saliba smashed the board making top set on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"]2x flop. “I check-raised the flop with my top set and my opponent re-raised so that all the money is in the middle, he had [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="7c"]8x for an overpair and open-ended straight draw.” The turn card brought a jack, leaving Saliba pretty much dead as only the case nine on the river would have saved her from elimination. “If I had won this hand, I would be up to top-3 stacks of the tournament and also would bust my opponent. I was left with 3bb and on the next hand I end up busting. Looking back that is nothing I would do differently at that specifically play but I would definitely take it easier with myself," she said. “I literally had nightmares with this hand for months. I believed that I would never get so close to a WSOP final table ever again.” Despite the setback, in November of that same year she became part of the 888poker team, which was one of her poker career ambitions. Shortly after, the Brazilian recalled another hand that would make anyone shudder, but this time the 888poker ambassador was on the more fortunate side of lady luck. Playing Event #64 - $888 No Limit Hold’em – Crazy Eights in the 2019 WSOP with six players and eight big blinds remaining. Saliba ended up getting it all in for her tournament life with ace-four versus Ireland’s Patrick Clarke's ace-ten. Despite being dominated and in horrific shape, she out-drew her opponent to secure the full double up and keep her WSOP bracelet ambitions alive. “I won and he was left with a couple of big blinds and busted a few hands after. That bad beat gave me the chance of cashing for $131K more. “I imagine that my opponent must have felt very bad in this situation giving that he had me dominated, it was a huge event with a huge prize pool and we were all so close to the bracelet so the stakes were that much higher!” Vivian narrowly missed out on securing her first-ever WSOP gold bracelet, instead finishing in 4th place out of a field of over 10,000 entries for the biggest payday of her career for $308,888.
  2. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. In the aftermath of PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Eclipse, there were some seismic shifts with regards to the PocketFives top 100. These are just a few of the members that have posted incredible results and have made recent major strides in the rankings. Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang (#2) Although he didn’t end up grabbing the headlines, UK grinder Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang absolutely crushed over recent weeks. The end result was a career-high ranking of #2 in the world and a massive bump to his career total earnings, jumping to over $3.3 million. His September was almost inconceivable, seemingly setting a new career-high cash every other day. In total, Zhang hit four six-figure scores in a matter of 10 days. His first was during WCOOP-43-H ($2,100 NLHE High Roller) where he finished in fourth place for $265,996 - which set a new high for him. He followed that up four days later in WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) finishing in fifth for another $382,253, again he set a new bar. Two days later ‘mczhang’ again made the final table of a major event, taking fourth in WCOOP-62-H ($25,000 NLHE Eight Max) for $336,741. Not a new high, but it propelled him to over $1 million in earnings for that week. Finally, less than a week later, he took third place in partypoker’s POWERFEST #122-SHR Championship Event for yet another new high of $468,000. With just those four results along, Zhang accumulated over 3,763 PLB points and helped him catapult over some of the games most prominent names, including Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’, to land as the #2 player in the world. His total earnings in September exceeded $1.7 million, more than doubling his career earnings. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro (#16) Nosebleed cash game regular Sami ‘LarsLusak’ Kelopuro is now the #1-ranked player in Finland thanks to a superior performance this September. He rose to a new career-high ranking of #15 in the world and settled back a single spot this week, still benefitting from results like his first place finishing in partypoker’s POWERFEST #142-SHR for over $317,000. That score alone brought Kelopuro 1278.67 PLB points, but in the past month he racked up 21 PLB qualifying scores. His total PLB points for September was an astonishing 4,995.10 which is plenty to pull a player from the depths of the rankings into a top-25 grinder. His results helped push him north of $4 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Kelopuro may begin a descent down the rankings, as he’s a pro that history has shown normally shows up for the big events, but for now, he’s regarded as one of the world’s best. Bruno ’brunovolks’ Volkmann (#33) Brazil’s #2-ranked grinder Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann surged back up the top 100 rankings to land at #33 this week. He did this one the backs of capturing both a WCOOP and a POWERFEST title this fall. His first victory came in the middle of September in WCOOP-49-H ($2,100 NLHE Deep Stacks) where he defeated the 301 player field for over $113,000 and 775.89 PLB points. He did it again by taking down POWERFEST #102-HR Progressive KO for a total of $36,809 and another 453.90 PLB points. His 11 PLB qualifying cashes helped him jump into the top 50 and almost past his previous high ranking of #27. As a regular grinder, ‘brunovolks’ has the opportunity to continue his climb into the top-25. Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto (#47) Another Brazilian making waves is Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto who rocketed into the top 100 and is currently sitting at a career-high ranking of #47. Neto is a longtime PocketFiver with over $3.2 million in cash. Playing the part of a bounty hunter seems to be one of Neto’s strengths as in the past two weeks he’s accumulated six qualifying triple-digit PLB cashes all of which have come at the final tables of bounty tournaments. One of his recent highlights included taking down the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller for $33,631 and 327.26 PLB points. Those six tournaments alone pushed his PLB point total an extra 1000 points, good enough to land inside the top 50, making him Brazil’s #6-ranked player. ‘x_zola25’ (#74) A former top-10 ranked player, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’ made one of the biggest moves of this week by leaping 17 spots to land at #74. It didn’t require him to land a big victory in a special tournament - he did it through grinding the regular PokerStars schedule and coming out on top. He picked up 201.87 PLB points in the September 30 edition of the Bigger $109 with a third-place finish for $12,018. Then on the same day, he took down the Bigger $55 for another $16,763 and 346.41 PLB points. To cap off the day, he made the final table of the Bigger $215 for over $3,000/113.70. A PocketFives Triple Crown winner, ‘x_zola25’ is currently grinding his way to $4.5 million in lifetime earnings.
  3. Four weeks after releasing the dates and a few select events for the 2019 World Series of Poker, WSOP organizers announced another 13 events that will make up the schedule including most of the signature branded events including the Colossus, Marathon, Little One for One Drop, and The Closer. The Colossus, which was immensely popular when it debuted in 2015 as a $565 buy-in, is now a $400 event after three straight years of declining attendance. In previous years, the Colossus has had upwards of eight starting flights. The 2019 version will feature just two, one of June 26, the second on June 27. Players will get 40,000 chips and levels will be 40 minutes long. Colossus Field Sizes Year Field Size 2015 22,374 2016 21,613 2017 18,054 2018 13,070 The newest addition to the schedule is the $1,000 Mini Main Event. Featuring the same starting stack as the $10,000 Main Event, the tournament will use the same blinds structure but with 30-minute levels. The Mini Main Event is slated to be a two-day long event leading directly into the Main Event. "Things are starting to come together on the rest of the 2019 WSOP playing schedule," said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. "Being this is our 50th running, we are doing everything we can to make this year’s iteration bigger, better and more valuable for players." Other staple events that are now officially on the 2019 schedule are the Casino Employees event, the Ladies Event, the Seniors Event and the $1,000 version of the Tag Team event. DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY TIME 5/29 Casino Employees $500 25,000 40 minutes 1 11 a.m. 6/4 Super Turbo Bounty $1,000 20,000 20 minutes None 10 a.m. 6/9 Double Stack $1,000 40,000 30/40 minutes 1 11 a.m. 6/10 Marathon $2,620 26,200 100 minutes None 12 p.m. 6/17 Super Seniors 60+ $1,000 20,000 60 minutes 1 10 a.m. 6/20 Ladies $10,000/$1,000 20,000 60 minutes 1 11 a.m. 6/24 Super Turbo Bounty $1,500 25,000 20 minutes None 10 a.m. 6/24 Tag Team (2-4 person teams) $1,000/Team 20,000 60 minutes None 12 p.m. 6/26 Colossus - Flight A $400 40,000 40 minutes 1/flight 10 a.m. 6/27 Colossus - Flight B " " " " 10 a.m. 7/1 Mini Main Event $1,000 60,000 30 minutes None 11 a.m. 7/6 Little One for One Drop - Flight A $1,000+$111 40,000 60 minutes Unlimited 11 a.m. 7/7 Little One for One Drop - Flight B " " " " 11 a.m. 7 8 Little One for One Drop - Flight C " " " " 11 a.m. 7/11 Double Stack $1,500 50,000 30/40 minutes Unlimited 11 a.m. 7/12 The Closer - Flight A $1,500 25,000 30 minutes Unlimited 11 a.m. 7/13 The Closer - Flight B " " " " 11 a.m. 714 The Closer - Flight C " " " " 11 a.m.
  4. On Wednesday, the World Series of Poker put the finishing touches on the schedule of live events for 2019. Included in the most recent announcement are the additions of six open bracelet events, all with price points under $1,000 and a charity event to benefit the former and active members of the military. Bracelets On A Budget After the success in recent years of lower-priced buy-in bracelet events such as the Colossus and The GIANT, the World Series of Poker is expanding their budget bracelet offerings in 2019. An additional six events with buy-ins of either $600 or $800 have been added to the 2019 schedule, pushing the total number of announced bracelet events to an all-time high of 80 bracelet events. READ: Everything You Need To Know About The 2019 WSOP According to the WSOP, the evolution of the summer series hopes to cater to all poker fans regardless of bankroll or experience and these new “Deepstack” bracelet events are aimed at giving every poker enthusiast a shot at winning gold. “We hope everyone who loves the game of poker comes out to experience our big 50th,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. “We are confident you will find an event or two to your liking, and hopefully one that allows you to raise the gold bracelet over your head at the end of it.” The six new additions include No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha and a NLH/PLO mixed event. Each event allows for a single re-entry with the exception of the June 10 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack, which will allow for unlimited re-entry. The final Deepstack event is the $600 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship with a $500,000 guarantee. It’s a three-day event that begins on June 25 that will also award a seat to the Main Event to the winner. 2019 WSOP Schedule of “Deepstack” Bracelet Events Date Event Buy-In Time 6/3 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $600 11 a.m. 6/10 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack $600 11 a.m. 6/16 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $800 11 a.m. 6/18 NLHE/PLO Mix 8-Handed Deepstack $600 12 p.m. 6/23 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Deepstack $800 11 a.m. 6/25 No-Limit Hold'em Championship Deepstack $600 11 a.m. "SALUTE to Warriors" Charity Tournament Another new addition to the schedule is the new charity event that will serve to honor military service members. The “SALUTE to Warriors” tournament is a $500 buy-in bracelet event beginning on July 2 and crowning a winner on July 4. All of the proceeds of the “SALUTE to Warriors” tournament will be donated to the USO and, according to the WSOP, “other veteran organizations.” While this charity tournament is set to benefit current and veteran military members, it is open for all to participate. The inclusion of the "SALUTE to Warriors" and the previously mentioned six Deepstack events, with the previously announced Big 50, Colossus and Crazy Eights, brings the total number of open bracelet events with a buy-in of under $1,000 to ten. Daily Deepstacks Expand One of the most successful additions to the WSOP atmosphere in recent years has been the running of the non-bracelet Daily Deepstacks tournaments. These lower buy-in events have gotten so popular that prize pools have allowed players to turn a $250 buy-in into a healthy five-figure score. In 2019, there are two new additions to the Deepstacks schedule. On Sundays at 5 pm, there will be a $250 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event. This will be the first time that a Deepstack event at the Rio will be of a different variant than No Limit Hold'em. Also added to the schedule is an event specifically for the 50+ player. On Wednesday mornings there will be a $250 Seniors Deepstack, offered at 9 am. Both of the new Deepstack tournaments will feature 30-minute levels and a 20,000 starting stack. 2019 Schedule of One-Day Deepstack Events Date Event Buy-In Time Daily No Limit Hold'em Deepstack $250 1:00 PM Daily No Limit Hold'em Deepstack $200 4:00 PM Daily No Limit Hold'em Deepstack $400 7:00 PM Daily No Limit Hold'em Deepstack $150 10:00 PM Sundays Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack $250 5:00 PM Wednesdays Seniors Deepstack (50+) $250 9:00 AM This is the completion of the entire live schedule of the 2019 WSOP. A future announcement of online bracelet events is expected in at a later date.
  5. And just like that, the 2019 World Series of Poker schedule is complete after WSOP officials released the final piece of the schedule, the online bracelet events, on Thursday afternoon. The 2019 schedule includes nine online bracelet events that will be competed for on WSOP.com. This is a vast increase over 2018 when four events were played out online. "Just like the land-based WSOP, the annual summer series is also the best time for online poker players in the U.S. to chase big prize pools and WSOP gold bracelets," said WSOP.com head of online poker Bill Rini. "WSOP.com is offering a consistent gold bracelet schedule this year, plus non-stop satellites to both the online and live events, giving players the best opportunity to participate in the 50th Annual WSOP." The addition of these nine events means the 2019 WSOP will consist of 89 different events, another all-time high. The online events, which were available to players in Nevada and New Jersey in 2018, are currently only open to players in Nevada. WSOP officials have stated that the eligibility of New Jersey players is to be determined and is likely a result of the uncertainty regarding the new Wire Act Opinion from the Department of Justice. The nine events include eight No Limit Hold'em events and a single Pot Limit Omaha offering. Other variants aren't available in the WSOP.com client. 2019 World Series Of Poker Online Events Schedule Date Time Event Buy-in Chips Levels Re-Entry June 2 3:30 PM PT No Limit Hold'em $400 15,000 15 minutes 3X June 9 3:30 PM PT Six Max Pot Limit Omaha $600 15,000 20 minutes Unlimited June 16 3:30 PM PT KO No Limit Hold'em $600 20,000 15 minutes None June 19 3:30 PM PT Turbo No Limit Hold'em Deepstack $500 40,000 8 minutes 3X June 23 3:30 PM PT Double Stack No Limit Hold'em $1,000 30,000 15 minutes 3X June 30 3:30 PM PT No Limit Hold'em Championship $1,000 15,000 20 minutes 3X July 3 3:30 PM PT High Roller No Limit Hold'em $3,200 25,000 20 minutes 3X July 7 3:30 PM PT Six Max No-Limit Hold'em $800 15,000 15 minutes 3X July 14 3:30 PM PT Summer Saver No-Limit Hold'em $500 20,000 15 minutes 3X Along with the nine bracelet events, players can also qualify for other WSOP events online. Satellites began running two weeks ago and will culminate with the 25 Seat Scramble on June 30. For more information on the 2019 WSOP, read Everything You Need To Know About the 2019 WSOP.
  6. As the 2019 World Series of Poker draws closer, the dream of taking down the biggest tournament of the year grows stronger. For many, the ultimate poker ‘bucket list’ item is to take a seat in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. Testing their skills against 8,000 other players in an effort to take home life-changing money and write their name in the poker history books. However, in order to even have a shot, you have to get in the game. 888poker is an official partner of the 2019 World Series of Poker and they have plenty of ways for low-rollers, value hunters and tournament grinders to book their ticket to Las Vegas and enter the Main, for far less than ten grand. We've already talked about working your way up from the $5 levels, but if you have a little larger of a bankroll to work with here’s how you can check the biggest item off your bucket list for under $20 ($16.50 to be exact.) The Buy-In By no means are the $16.50 sub-satellites to the WSOP 2019 Main Event Package the very bottom of the satellite chain. Players can start at the very bottom of the Step Satellite system for as little as $0.01. That’s right, one penny. However, we’re taking a closer look at the $16.50 super satellites. For under $20, you can start a three-step journey to winning a $12,600 package to the WSOP that includes six nights stay at the Vdara Hotel, your $10K seat into the tournament and a bonus $1,000 to help you pay for a flight, food, and other expenses. If you do want to take a single step back and win your way into the $16.50 super satellite, that can be arranged. Any tournament that offers a $16.50 ticket can be used as a qualifier into the $16.50, including the $1.50 buy-in tournament that guarantees 50 tickets to the BIG Fish tournament. Instead of playing the BIG Fish, simply take that $16.50 ticket and apply it to your WSOP adventure. Get In The Game The $16.50 satellites are currently running every day on 888poker. Simply go to the Live Events > Tournaments tab to register. There are multiple events running daily. Like the $5 Step Four satellites, the $16.50 is not an ‘on-demand’ super satellite. It runs less often than some of the earlier steps, however, at most times of the day, there is one open for registration and another in the near future. RELATED: Win Your Way Into The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event For $5 What You Win Those who make it to the end of the $16.50 satellite will pick up a $109 tournament ticket. The ticket can be used for any equally priced 888poker tournament or satellite. Of course, players grinding their way to Las Vegas for the summer are going to want to parlay that into taking a shot in the $109 super satellite to the WSOP Main Event, which can be registered for in the same tournament lobby. Tournament Info Players who are used to playing some of the lower buy-in satellites will see a marked improvement in the structure mostly due to the starting stack being increased to 5,000 chips with the same 8-minute levels. This tournament is a pure freezeout with no re-entries or add-ons. If you bust this satellite, you’ll need to take another shot in the next one. The tournament needs at least five players in order for the 1-seat guaranteed event to take place. If there are at least that many players to start, there is 75 minutes of late registration to help players battle for more than a ‘winner-take-all’ seat. Sometimes, this level satellite can have a hard time getting enough players to actually take place, but more often than not (especially as the WSOP gets closer) there will be enough for the tournament to run. Next Step Once you have taken down the $16.50, it’s time to battle in the $109. At that point, you’re just two victories from having to change the dream from playing the Main Event to winning a bracelet.
  7. The 2019 World Series of Poker is on the horizon, with action slated to begin on Wednesday, May 29, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Much has been made of the revamped tournament structures that the WSOP has implemented for the 50th annual WSOP, and players should expect more chips and more play across the board. Now, let’s take a look at the new-look Pot Limit Omaha events for 2019. PLO at the Sub-$1,000 Buy-In Level The first thing that can be noticed when comparing the 2018 schedule to 2019 specific to pot-limit Omaha events is that the 2019 schedule does not have the $365 Pot-Limit Omaha GIANT or $565 Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments. Instead, there is the $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack event that is at a similar price point. The $565 buy-in PLO event from 2018 is closer to the bone, so that’s the event we’ll use to compare to the $600 PLO Deepstack in 2019. In 2018, the $565 PLO event had a starting stack of 5,000 in chips, unlimited re-entry during the eight-level registration period, and was a three-day event. This event had 30-minute levels on Day 1 and 60-minute levels on Day 2 and Day 3. In 2019, the $600 PLO Deepstack has a starting stack of 30,000 in chips, unlimited re-entry during the 12-level registration period, and is scheduled as a two-day tournament. This event has 30-minute levels on Day 1 and 40-minute levels on Day 2. In 2018, the $565 buy-in PLO event had a 11.5% rake, as $65 of the $565 was taken out for fees and staff. In 2019, the rake is listed at 12.5%, so $75 of the $600 buy-in will be taken out. Here's a look at the 2019 $600 PLO Deepstack structure compared to the 2018 $565 PLO structure over the registration levels. Note that we included the level following the close of the registration period because players can still enter during the final break. LEVEL YEAR BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 2018 25-50 100 66.67 2019 50-100 300 200 - 2 2018 25-50 100 66.67 2019 75-150 200 133.33 - 3 2018 50-100 50 33.33 2019 100-200 150 100 - 4 2018 75-150 33.33 22.22 2019 150-300 100 66.67 - 5 2018 100-200 25 16.67 2019 200-400 75 50 - 6 2018 150-300 16.67 11.11 2019 250-500 60 40 - 7 2018 200-400 12.5 8.33 2019 300-600 50 33.33 - 8 2018 250-500 10 6.67 2019 400-800 37.5 25 - 9 2018 300-600 8.33 5.56 2019 500-1,000 30 20 - 10 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 600-1,200 25 16.67 - 11 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 800-1,600 18.75 12.5 - 12 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 1,000-2,000 15 10 - 13 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 1,000-2,500 12 8.57 As you can see, the 2019 structure is a bit deeper throughout the earlier levels. That's good news for players. Where the structure makes up for it will be on Day 2 when the levels are only 40 minutes compared to 2018's 60 minutes. $1,000 and $1,500 PLO Events At the $1,000 and $1,500 buy-in levels, we also see an increase in starting chips. The $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event in 2018 had a starting stack of 5,000. In 2019, the starting stack has been increased to 20,000. In the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event in 2018, the starting stack was 7,500. In 2019, it’s be upped to 25,000. Both events in 2019 are listed as three-day events, which is the same as in 2018, and the rake is the same at 10%. At the $1,000 level, late registration lasts two levels longer. At the $1,500 level, it lasts three levels longer. Here's a look at the structure for the $1,000 PLO event in 2019 over the registration levels compared to the 2018 version. Note that we included the level following the close of the registration period because players can still enter during the final break. LEVEL YEAR BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 2018 25-50 100 66.67 2019 50-100 200 133.33 - 2 2018 50-100 50 33.33 2019 75-150 133.33 88.89 - 3 2018 75-150 33.33 22.22 2019 100-200 100 66.67 - 4 2018 100-200 25 16.67 2019 150-300 66.67 44.44 - 5 2018 150-300 16.67 11.11 2019 200-400 50 33.33 - 6 2018 200-400 12.5 8.33 2019 250-500 40 26.67 - 7 2018 250-500 10 6.67 2019 300-600 33.33 22.22 - 8 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 400-800 25 16.67 - 9 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 500-1,000 20 13.33 Here's a look at the structure for the $1,500 PLO event in 2019 over the registration levels compared to the 2018 version. Note that we included the level following the close of the registration period because players can still enter during the final break. LEVEL YEAR BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 2018 25-50 150 100 2019 50-100 250 166.67 - 2 2018 50-100 75 50 2019 75-150 166.67 111.11 - 3 2018 75-150 50 33.33 2019 100-200 125 83.33 - 4 2018 100-200 37.5 25 2019 150-300 83.33 55.56 - 5 2018 150-300 25 16.67 2019 200-400 62.5 41.67 - 6 2018 200-400 18.75 12.5 2019 250-500 40 26.67 - 7 2018 250-500 15 10 2019 300-600 41.67 27.78 - 8 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 400-800 31.25 20.83 - 9 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 500-1,000 25 16.67 - 10 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 600-1,200 20.83 13.89 As you can see in both of these events, the added chips to the starting stack provide much deeper play. $10,000 PLO Championship Structure The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship (8-handed) is back for 2019. In 2018, this event’s starting stack was 50,000. In 2019, it’s up to 60,000. Late registration is open until the start of Day 2 and there is no re-entry, which is the same as in 2018. The rake is also the same as it was in 2018. The blind levels are nearly the exact same except for a few spots where the small blind is larger. Here's a look at the structure for the $10,000 PLO event in 2019 over the registration levels compared to the 2018 version. Note that we included the level following the close of the registration period because players can still enter during the final break. LEVEL YEAR BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 2018 100-200 250 166.67 2019 100-200 300 200 - 2 2018 100-200 250 166.67 2019 100-200 300 200 - 3 2018 150-300 166.67 111.11 2019 200-300 200 120 - 4 2018 200-400 125 83.33 2019 200-400 150 100 - 5 2018 250-500 100 66.67 2019 300-500 120 75 - 6 2018 300-600 83.33 55.56 2019 300-600 100 66.67 - 7 2018 400-800 62.5 41.67 2019 400-800 75 50 - 8 2018 500-1,000 50 33.33 2019 500-1,000 60 40 - 9 2018 600-1,200 41.67 27.78 2019 600-1,200 60 33.33 - 10 2018 800-1,600 31.25 20.83 2019 800-1,600 37.5 25 - 11 2018 1,000-2,000 25 16.67 2019 1,000-2,000 30 20 In the $10,000 PLO event, you can see that the added chips allow for a deep structure throughout, even despite the two spots early on in the structure when the small blind is higher. The small blind being higher in Level 3 and Level 5 allow the tournament to remove the T25 chips sooner, which should speed up play a little bit. Players who opt to skip Day 1 of this event entirely and buy in for Day 2 will start with five more big blinds and with a greater M when compared to last year. $25,000 PLO High Roller Structure Like the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship (8-handed), the 2019 version of the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller (8-handed) is pretty much identical to what it was in 2018. The one big change is that the starting chips have gone up from 125,000 to 150,000. Other than that, late registration is the same 12 levels, there is one re-entry allowed per player, the rake is the same 5%, and the event is scheduled for four days - all of these things are the same as in 2018. Also like the $10,000 PLO event, there are a few minor tweaks to the blind structure for the small blind in a few spots, but it’s nothing major. Here's a look at the structure for the $25,000 PLO event in 2019 over the registration levels compared to the 2018 version. Note that we included the level following the close of the registration period because players can still enter during the final break. LEVEL YEAR BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 2018 150-300 416.67 277.78 2019 200-300 500 300 - 2 2018 200-400 312.5 208.33 2019 200-400 375 250 - 3 2018 250-500 250 166.67 2019 300-500 300 187.5 - 4 2018 300-600 208.33 138.89 2019 300-600 250 166.67 - 5 2018 400-800 156.25 104.17 2019 400-800 187.5 125 - 6 2018 500-1,000 125 83.33 2019 500-1,000 150 100 - 7 2018 600-1,200 104.17 69.44 2019 600-1,200 125 83.33 - 8 2018 800-1,600 78.13 52.08 2019 800-1,600 93.75 62.5 - 9 2018 1,000-2,000 62.5 41.67 2019 1,000-2,000 75 50 - 10 2018 1,200-2,400 52.08 34.72 2019 1,200-2,400 62.5 41.67 - 11 2018 1,500-3,000 41.67 27.78 2019 1,500-3,000 50 33.33 - 12 2018 2,000-4,000 31.25 20.83 2019 2,000-4,000 37.5 25 - 13 2018 2,500-5,000 25 16.67 2019 2,500-5,000 30 20 The starting stack for 2019 is 25,000 chips more than in 2018. It's not a massive increase when compared to the other PLO events on the schedule, but it's an increase that allows more deeper play throughout the competition.
  8. The 2019 World Series of Poker is quickly coming to a close but that isn’t stopping plenty of players from heading back to the Rio for one last shot at gold plated glory. In addition to the spectacle of the Main Event final table, the WSOP has some of their biggest stars battling in the final events of the schedule including a super-sized field in the WSOP’s final online bracelet event of the summer, won by one of online poker’s best. Summer Saved: Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur Wins $500 Online Event Former PocketFives #1-ranked online player Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur earned his second career World Series of Poker gold bracelet after winning Event #88 ($500 ONLINE NLHE Summer Saver) for $149,240.52. With the win, Paur continues to prove that he’s a prolific poker player in both the online and live arenas. He first hit the #1-ranking back in 2010 and then did it again in 2011 en route to a career online earnings mark of over $5M. Back in 2013, Paur picked up the first of his two bracelets by taking down a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event for over $340,000. Even though his Sunday victory was an online event, it will be added to his career WSOP scores, pushing his live career earnings up over $4.8M. The victory marks Paur’s fifth WSOP cash of the summer, which included a 627th place finish in the Main Event for over $22,000. The final online event of the summer proved to be popular and followed suit with the live post-lims, drawing a massive field of 1,325 players looking to wrap up their summer with a win. Final Table Payouts 1. Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur - $149,240 2. Francois ‘4everrekt’ Evard - $91.267 3. Satish ‘jfksbh’ Surapaneni - $65,250 4. John ’SquatCobbler’ Parker - $47,181 5. Jason ‘JadedJason’ James - $34,549 6. David ’SobBaget’ Liebman - $25,598 7. Joseph ‘Obamacare’ Harrahan - $19,240 8. Timothy ‘TruthBeTold7’ Rutherford - $14,555 9. Brian ‘Penny6’ Mancilla - $11,209 Tam Nguyen Bags Big On Day 1C of The Closer It was the last chance for players to fire in The Closer and the third of three starting flights saw 1,613 entries attempt to join the 75 players from the first two starting flights in moving on to Day 2. In the end, just 121 of the 1,613 bagged at the end of the night with Tam Nguyen finishing the night as the only player to top 1M in chips, good for the top stack of the flight. Other notable names moving on to Day 2 include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, Eric Cajelais, Justin Young, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Mark Radoja, Ryan Tosoc, Dylan Linde, JC Tran, and Phil Hellmuth. Day 2 of The Closer will resume at noon local time with 196 players battling for one of the final bracelets of the summer. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Tam Nguyen - 1,284,000 2. Steve Yea - 924,000 3. Anton Wigg - 850,000 4. Wai Kiat Lee - 826,000 5. Kevin Killeen - 760,000 6. Fabrizio Gonzalez - 754,000 7. Lawrence Kiang - 748,000 8. Jason Reels - 740,000 9. Ian Simpson - 698,000 10. Shale Khalili - 683,000 Final Table Set For $3K Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Millard Hale finished Day 2 of the $3K PLO 6-Handed with a healthy chip lead and his eyes on his first gold bracelet and the $448,392 first-place prize. However, John Richards, who stared Day 2 with the chip lead, has kept pace and sits right behind Hale on the leader board. Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Alan Sternberg will also have a seat at the table, hoping to add a WSOP bracelet to his WPT Shooting Star trophy. Also, Joseph Cheong could become the second two-time bracelet winner of the summer should he spin up his short stack and take down the tournament. Final Table Chip Counts 1. Millard Hale - 5,400,000 2. John Richards - 4,800,000 3. Alan Sternberg - 2,625.000 4. Evangelos Kokkalis - 2,525,000 5. Ka Kwan Lau - 695.000 6. Joseph Cheong - 650.000 16 Remain In $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship Sixteen players are headed to Day 3 of the $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship with Anuj Agarwal holding the overnight chip lead. The tournament was packed with top-tier talent in what is undoubtedly one of the toughest fields of the entire summer. Despite holding a sizable chip lead the road to the $630,746 first-place prize will still be a difficult one fore Agarwai with players like Markus Gonsalves, Lauren Roberts, Kahle Burns, Ben Heath, and Simon Deadman still in the field. Plenty of big names made the money before busting including Max Silver (38th, $15,111), Yuri Dzivielevski (35th, $16,926), Paul Volpe (29th, $19,565), Jennifer Tilly (24th, $23,315), Jason Koon (23rd, $23,315) and Shaun Deeb (17th, $28,618). Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Anuj Agarwai - 2,171,000 2. Markus Gonsalves - 1,777,000 3. Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,651,000 4. Eric Kurtzman - 1,311,000 5. Vicent Bosca Ramon - 1,125,000 6. Alan Goehring - 1,102.000 7. Lauren Roberts - 1,100,000 8. Kahle Burns - 1,056.000 9. Ben Heath - 937.000 10. James Romero - 936.000 Bracelet Winners Contents In $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of the $3K H.O.R.S.E. saw 127 players from the original 301 entries survive to make Day 2 with Harold Klein holding the overnight chip lead. The remaining field is absolutely packed with talent as 40 of the players headed into Day 2 are bracelet winners, including Daniel Negreanu, Brian Hastings, Chris Ferguson, Greg Mueller, Max Pescatori, Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Lisandro, Scott Clements, Mike Matusow, and Paul Volpe just to name a few. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Harold Klein - 123,200 2. Justin Liberto - 116,900 3. Yueqi Zhu - 115,000 4. David Lavi - 108,200 5. Christopher Wallace - 102,200 6. Nicolas Milgrom - 101,500 7. Andrey Zaichenko - 97,200 8. Brian Hastings - 95,500 9. John Monnette - 93,500 10. Denis Strebkov - 92,000
  9. While the Main Event was in the midst of crowning the 2019 champion, the last of the post-lim events of the summer were winding down. The final three bracelets of the summer were awarded to three first-time winners, including an online crusher that traveled half-way around the world to prove that his online success could translate to the live arena. Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Wins $3K H.O.R.S.E. Russia’s Denis 'aDrENalin710’ Strebkov broke records during PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker by crushing the series and taking home five online titles. In a 2018 interview with PocketFives Strebkov said was planning on coming to the World Series of Poker this year to try and turn some of his online success into a run at a live title. On the last day of the 2019 WSOP, he did just that. Strebkov outlasted the final 14 participants that started Day 3 of Event #87 ($3,000 H.O.R.S.E.) for his first WSOP gold bracelet and a career-high live cash of $206,173. The Russian had an exceptional summer series cashing in seven events, making three final tables and earning over $474,000 in his first trip to Las Vegas. The final table was packed with talent as a number of notable players climbed their way into the top 8 including the event’s defending champion Brian Hastings, Andrey Zaichenko, and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe. Final Table Results 1. Denis Strebkov - $206,173 2. Paul Tedeschi - $127,419 3. Nick Guagenti - $85,265 4. Brian Hastings - $58,359 5. Andrey Zaichenko - $40,876 6. Konstantin Puchkov - $29,316 7. Jim Collopy - $21,540 8. Paul Volpe - $16,224 Anuj Agarwal Takes Down $10K 6-Handed Championship For $630K Anuj Agarwal headed into the final table of Event #86 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship) second in chips but in the end, he collected all of them. The California pro soared to the victory in one of the toughest tournaments of the summer and ended up taking home $630,747 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. The win will now top Agarwal's poker resume as it marks a career-high cash. It comes immediately on the heels of a deep run in the Main Event where he finished in 123rd place for over $59,000. “It feels great to do well back-to-back in $10K events,” Agarwal said. “I had a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth from the Main. I made a small mistake, but overall I felt like I played really well for the six days, and I wanted to continues I could feel objectively I was making good decisions.” Agarwal bested Australia’s Kahle Burns in heads up play, leaving Burns to settle for $389,832 as the runner-up for his fourth cash of the 2019 WSOP. Final Table Results 1. Anuj Agarwal - $630,747 2. Kahle Burns - $389,832 3. Gal Yifrach - $257.533 4. Leonard Maue - $174,252 5. Dong Chen - $120,828 6. Ben Heath - $85,915 Carl Shaw Takes Down Final Bracelet of 2019 The UK’s Carl Shaw wrapped his summer up with a victory in Event #89 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo) for his first WSOP gold bracelet and a career-high cash of $606,562. Shaw, surrounded by family and friends, navigated a tough final table that included runner-up Tony Dunst, Jordan Cristos, and 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth fell just short of extending his record number of WSOP gold bracelets by falling in sixth place for $97,899. Despite having such star power at the final table, Shaw’s support system helped him to the victory. “I think that made me want it more. Having everybody here; it’s my mum’s first time in America. I wanted to make her proud and I know I’ve done that now.” Final Table Results 1. Carl Shaw - $606,562 2. Tony Dunst - $374,886 3. Luke Graham - $259,533 4. Jordan Cristos - $182,575 5. Lars Kamphues - $130,544 6. Phil Hellmuth - $97,899 7. Rami Mornel - $70,156 8. Kaufman Talley - $52,760 9. Kevin Eyster - $40,374 Now that all the hardware has been handed out, 90 events in total, the 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has officially come to an end.

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