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  1. Hold your thumb and your index finger just far enough apart so that you could be squeezing a grape. That's how close the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event came to breaking the record for the largest WSOP Main Event ever. With registration closing as Day 2C began, the official numbers are in and 8,569 players put this year's Main Event just 204 runners behind the all-time record set in 2006. That year, 8,773 runners created an $82,512,162 prize pool and Jamie Gold took home $12,000,000. This year, the prize pool hit $80,548,600 and the eventual winner will end up banking $10,000,000. "Truly an incredible cherry on top of a wonderful 50th World Series of Poker," Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communication for Caesars Entertainment, said. "The numbers this summer speak for themselves. Poker is alive and well and we can’t thank the players enough for continuing to support the World Series of Poker brand. Seeing an eight as the first number of the Main Event really did seem unfathomable with the majority of the U.S. shutout from playing the game online. But the WSOP Main Event has always been special and we’re incredibly grateful for those that came from six different continents to participate in this year’s Main Event." As Palansky pointed out, the field eclipsed the 8,000 runner mark for just the second time ever. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Main Event field size has increased and the third straight year of at least 7% year-over-year growth. Year Entries Increase 2015 6,420 -- 2016 6,737 4.94% 2017 7,221 7.18% 2018 7,874 9.04% 2019 8,569 8.83%   The near-record setting field comes just over eight years after Black Friday left poker's most prestigious event in a tough spot. In 2011, less than three months after PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and UB/Absolute Poker were shut down within the United States, leaving many players' bankrolls stranded on those sites. That year, 6,865 players entered the Main Event - a 454-player drop from 2010. Attendance dropped again in 2012 and 2013 before showing growth in 2014 with 6,683 entrants and a 5.21% increase. The number dropped again in 2015 before hitting 6,737 runners in 2016. It's grown every year since. This was the first year that registration remained open after Day 1 was complete. Players were able to register for the event up until the start of each Day 2AB and 2C. Just 100 players took advantage on Day 2AB, but 344 players registered on Sunday to give a final push. Flight Entries % of Field 1A 1,334 15.57% 1B 1914 22.34% 1C 4877 56.91% 2AB 100 1.17% 2C 344 4.01%   The 2019 WSOP Main Event champion will earn exactly $10 million. This is only the third time in WSOP history that the winner gets an eight-figure payday. Gold was the first to do it when he won $12 million for his 2006 and Martin Jacobson earned $10 million in 2014 after tournament organizers guaranteed that much for first place. Every player who makes the final table will earn at least $1 million. The runner-up will have to console themselves with $6,000,000. The min-cash, for players finishing between 1063rd and 1286th place, is worth $15,000. The 10 Largest WSOP Main Event Fields Of All Time Year Entries Prize pool 2006 8,773 $82,512,162 2019 8,569 $80,548,600 2018 7,874 $74,015,600 2010 7,319 $68,798,600 2017 7,221 $67,877,400 2011 6,865 $64,531,000 2008 6,844 $64,333,600 2016 6,737 $63,327,800 2014 6,683 $62,820,200 2012 6,598 $62,021,200  
  2. The 2019 World Series of Poker is only growing closer. Continuing with our pre-WSOP coverage, PocketFives is comparing event structures for 2019 to ones from 2018, in an attempt to see if the WSOP's marketing push of "more value" is true or not. Spoiler: there is more value! As you saw with the 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker structure, it's not simply more chips that have been added to the 2019 events. Our deep dive does show that indeed more value has been added to the events in the form of more play for those competing. Now, let's take a look at the 2019 WSOP Monster Stack structure. 2019 WSOP Monster Stack Structure Buy-In: $1,500 Starting Chips: 50,000 Level Duration: 60 minutes Late Registration Period: 10 levels Re-Entry: None Click here for structure sheet DATE EVENT DAY START TIME (PT) DAY LENGTH 6/21 Day 1A 10 a.m. 11 levels 6/22 Day 1B 10 a.m. 11 levels 6/23 Day 2 11 a.m. 10 levels 6/24 Day 3 11 a.m. 10 levels 6/25 Day 4 12 p.m. To six players 6/26 Day 5 12 p.m. To winner *Per WSOP structure sheet: In the event that the final table of this event gets selected for live streaming, management reserves rights to adjust the schedule as needed to accommodate. First, let's look at the blind structure for the 2019 WSOP Monster Stack. On this table, "BB depth" represents how many big blinds are in the starting stack if a player was to buy in during that level."M" represents a player's M ratio in regards to the starting stack. M can be calculated by dividing the starting stack by the sum of the small blind, big blind, and antes for a given round. Although M is a term that can get laughed at when it's brought up, using it provides a simple and informative comparative metric when looking at structure sheets. The 2019 WSOP Monster Stack is using a big blind ante format, so keep that in mind when thinking about the ante displayed here. For this table, levels during the registration period are shown, plus one additional level that you'd start playing if you registered right before registration closed. LEVEL ANTE BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 - 100-100 500 250 2 - 100-200 250 166.67 3 200 100-200 250 100 4 300 100-300 166.67 71.43 5 400 200-400 125 50 6 500 300-500 100 38.46 7 600 300-600 83.33 33.33 8 800 400-800 62.5 25 9 1,000 500-1,000 50 20 10 1,200 600-1,200 41.67 16.67 11 1,600 800-1,600 31.25 12.5 As you can see, if you wait until the last minute to enter the 2019 WSOP Monster Stack, you'll begin the tournament with a stack of 31.25 big blinds entering Level 11. Just as in the Millionaire Maker, this appears pretty good on the surface when you consider the fact that tournament has already played 10 levels and you're coming in quite late. To best gauge the "more value" aspect and see if more value has been achieved, we'll compare the 2019 structure to the 2018 structure in this very same event. The next table shows this comparison. The starting stack for the 2018 WSOP Monster Stack was 15,000. In 2019, the Monster Stack has a starting stack of 50,000, giving players 3.33 times more chips to begin with. But, it's not just about the number of chips you start the tournament with. It's about the structure you play with those chips. For "ante," we took the standard ante from the 2018 structure and multiplied it by nine to show the cost of a full round of antes at a standard nine-handed table. This was done to align the comparisons better. 2018 Structure Compared To 2019 Structure LEVEL YEAR ANTE BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 2018 0 25-50 300 200 2019 0 100-100 500 250 - - 2 2018 0 50-100 150 100 2019 0 100-200 250 166.67 - - 3 2018 0 75-150 100 66.67 2019 200 100-200 250 100 - - 4 2018 225 75-150 100 33.33 2019 300 100-300 166.67 71.43 - - 5 2018 225 100-200 75 28.57 2019 400 200-400 125 50 - - 6 2018 450 150-300 50 16.67 2019 500 300-500 100 38.46 - - 7 2018 450 200-400 37.5 14.29 2019 600 300-600 83.33 33.33 - - 8 2018 675 250-500 30 10.53 2019 800 400-800 62.5 25 - - 9 2018 900 300-600 25 8.33 2019 1,000 500-1,000 50 20 - - 10 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 1,200 600-1,200 41.67 16.67 - - 11 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 1,600 800-1,600 31.25 12.5 In 2018, registration lasted through eight levels, just as it did in the Millionaire Maker, whereas in 2019 it has been increased to 10 levels. For comparison purposes, we'll refer to the first nine levels as the "overlapping registration periods." Furthermore, although you could not enter the WSOP Monster Stack in Level 9 in 2018, you could still do so in the break right before it, giving you a fresh stack of 15,000 in chips to begin Level 9. The same then applies for 2019 and Level 11, when you'd start with 50,000 in chips. Looking at the comparison table between 2018 and 2019, we can see that at any point during the overlapping registration periods, the 2019 structure gives you more big blinds in the starting stack, and it's not really close. Players beginning the 2019 WSOP Monster Stack from the start are greeted with a starting stack that is a whopping 200 big blinds deeper than what was received in 2018. The added depth is carried throughout the overlapping registration periods to provide much more play. A player's M ratio is also much better throughout, giving players more flexibility within his or her stack size. In fact, even though players can register two levels later in the structure in 2019 when compared to 2018, entering at the very last moment in the registration period still yields a deeper starting stack. In 2018, if you entered right at the close of registration, you'd start Level 9 with 15,000 in chips and the blinds at 300-600 with a 100 ante. That's a starting stack depth of 25 big blinds and an M of 8.33. In 2019, if you entered right at the close of registration, you'd start Level 11 with 50,000 in chips and the blinds at 800-1,600 with a 1,600 big blind ante. That's a starting stack depth of 31.25 big blinds, which is 6.25 big blinds more than when registration closed the year before. You'll also have an M of 12.5, which is 1.5 times greater than the M would have been at the close of registration in 2018. That's quite the improvement for a tournament that was already considered to have one of the best structures of the summer. What Happens After Registration Closes? There's no need to worry about what happens in the later stages of the tournament, too. After registration closes, no level increments are skipped throughout the duration of the 2019 WSOP Monster Stack. You do get to larger blinds earlier in the 2019 structure, but the greater starting stack size makes up for it, as evidenced by the fact that a player has more big blinds in a starting stack when registration closes. To accommodate the deeper play of the 2019 structure, the WSOP Monster Stack is listed as a six-day event as compared to 2018's listing as a five-day event. An Added Day of Play In similar fashion to what was done with the 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker structure, tournament organizers tacked on an extra day of play to the 2019 WSOP Monster Stack structure. With the added chips and increased depth of play throughout, having the Monster Stack end in four days of action would have been a tall task. The added day is welcomed foresight. Just like the Millionaire Maker, the verdict is that, yes, more value has been added to the WSOP Monster Stack in 2019. Want to know more? Check out 'Everything You Need To Know About the 2019 WSOP.'
  3. The structure for the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event has been released. From previous announcements, we know that the amount of starting chips went from 50,000 in 2018 to 60,000 in 2019, a big blind ante format will be used and registration has been extended until the start of Day 2. Now, let's dive a little deeper into the details and break down how the WSOP Main Event structure in 2019 compares to 2018's version. 2019 WSOP Main Event Structure Buy-In: $10,000 Starting Chips: 60,000 Level Duration: 120 minutes Late Registration Period: Start of Day 2 Re-Entry: None Click here for structure sheet DATE EVENT DAY START TIME (PT) DAY LENGTH 7/3 Day 1A 12 p.m. 5 levels 7/4 Day 1B 12 p.m. 5 levels 7/5 Day 1C 12 p.m. 5 levels 7/6 Day 2A/B 11 a.m. 5 levels 7/7 Day 2C 11 a.m. 5 levels 7/8 Day 3 12 p.m. 5 levels 7/9 Day 4 12 p.m. 5 levels 7/10 Day 5 12 p.m. 5-6 levels 7/11 Day 6 12 p.m. 5-6 levels 7/12 Day 7 12 p.m. To nine players 7/14 Day 8 6:30 p.m. To six players 7/15 Day 9 6:30 p.m. To three players 7/16 Day 10 5:30 p.m. To winner *Per WSOP structure sheet: Adjustments may be made to the numbers of levels played each day. Once again, the WSOP Main Event is a 10-day competition with three starting flights. Registration is open until the start of Day 2 and players will play five 120-minute levels on Day 1. You can see the levels during the registration period in the 2019 WSOP Main Event structure table below, plus one additional level that you'd start playing if you registered right before registration closed. LEVEL ANTE BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 - 100-200 300 200 2 200 100-200 300 120 3 300 200-300 200 75 4 400 200-400 150 60 5 500 300-500 120 46.15 6 600 300-600 100 40 With 60,000 chips to start, players in the 2019 WSOP Main Event begin with 300 big blinds. That is fewer big blinds than players started with for 2018, but the decrease only lasts one level. You can also see that if you enter right at the close of registration (start of Day 2) and head into Level 6 with a fresh 60,000-chip starting stack, you'll have 100 big blinds and an M of 40 to work with. In a further comparison of the two structures, the table below is a year-by-year look at the two structures through the registration periods. The starting stack for the 2018 WSOP Main Event was 50,000, so 10,000 less than what it will be in 2019. It's not the massive increase to the starting stack we've seen in some of the other WSOP events for this year, but it's an increase that benefits the players early on in the structure, past the first level. For "ante," we took the standard ante from the 2018 structure and multiplied it by nine to show the cost of a full round of antes at a standard nine-handed table. This was done to align the comparisons better. 2018 Structure Compared To 2019 Structure LEVEL YEAR ANTE BLINDS BB DEPTH M 1 2018 0 75-150 333.33 222.22 2019 0 100-200 300 200 - - 2 2018 0 150-300 166.67 111.11 2019 200 100-200 300 120 - - 3 2018 225 150-300 166.67 74.07 2019 300 200-300 200 75 - - 4 2018 450 200-400 125 47.62 2019 400 200-400 150 60 - - 5 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 500 300-500 120 46.15 - - 6 2018 Reg. Closed 2019 600 300-600 100 40 The 2019 WSOP Main Event registration period has been extended and will allow players to register until the start of Day 2. Looking at the above table, you can see that there are three levels that overlap with 2018's registration period. In two of those three overlapping registration periods, the structure benefits players with deeper stacks. The first level was actually deeper in 2018, but the difference isn't anything astronomical that players should be up in arms about. In fact, some players have suggested the WSOP Main Event is a little too slow at the beginning. When comparing the end of registration in both years, players would be deeper in 2018 had they entered at the last chance to start Level 4 with a fresh stack of 50,000. That would make for 125 big blinds and an M of 47.62. If players registered to start Day 2 with a fresh 60,000-chip stack in 2019, they'd start with 100 big blinds and an M of 40. That's two full, 120-minute levels later, and in some cases a full day later for the latecomers. What Happens After Day 1? First, let's take a look at how the two years compare for Day 2. In both years, Day 2 begins with Level 6 and the schedule calls for playing five, 120-minute levels. Remember that for the 2018 ante, we took the standard ante from the structure and multiplied it by nine to show the cost of a full round of antes at a standard nine-handed table. LEVEL YEAR ANTE BLINDS 6 2018 900 300-600 2019 600 300-600 - - 7 2018 900 400-800 2019 800 400-800 - - 8 2018 900 500-1,000 2019 1,000 500-1,000 - - 9 2018 1,800 600-1,200 2019 1,200 600-1,200 - - 10 2018 1,800 800-1,600 2019 1,600 800-1,600 The blinds are exactly the same for 2019 as they were in 2018, the only difference per level is the number of antes paid per round. In 2018, a player at a full, nine-handed table would pay more per round in antes in four of the five levels on Day 2. The only level that fewer antes were paid in 2018 versus 2019 is Level 8. On the surface, this tells us that players will have more play overall on Day 2. When you factor in that players begin the tournament with 20% more chips in 2019, the average stack on Day 2 should be larger, and that adds even more play than 2018. Now, let's take a look at Day 3-6. DAY 3 LEVEL YEAR ANTE BLINDS 11 2018 2,700 1,000-2,000 2019 2,000 1,000-2,000 - - 12 2018 3,600 1,200-2,400 2019 2,400 1,200-2,400 - - 13 2018 4,500 1,500-3,000 2019 3,000 1,500-3,000 - - 14 2018 4,500 2,000-4,000 2019 4,000 2,000-4,000 - - 15 2018 4,500 2,500-5,000 2019 5,000 2,500-5,000 DAY 4 16 2018 9,000 3,000-6,000 2019 6,000 3,000-6,000 - - 17 2018 9,000 4,000-8,000 2019 8,000 4,000-8,000 - - 18 2018 9,000 5,000-10,000 2019 10,000 5,000-10,000 - - 19 2018 18,000 6,000-12,000 2019 12,000 6,000-12,000 - - 20 2018 18,000 8,000-16,000 2019 16,000 8,000-16,000 DAY 5 21 2018 27,000 10,000-20,000 2019 20,000 10,000-20,000 - - 22 2018 36,000 12,000-24,000 2019 24,000 12,000-24,000 - - 23 2018 45,000 15,000-30,000 2019 30,000 15,000-30,000 - - 24 2018 45,000 20,000-40,000 2019 40,000 20,000-40,000 - - 25 2018 45,000 25,000-50,000 2019 50,000 25,000-50,000 DAY 6 26 2018 90,000 30,000-60,000 2019 60,000 30,000-60,000 - - 27 2018 90,000 40,000-80,000 2019 80,000 40,000-80,000 - - 28 2018 135,000 50,000-100,000 2019 100,000 50,000-100,000 - - 29 2018 180,000 60,000-120,000 2019 120,000 60,000-120,000 - - 30 2018 180,000 80,000-160,000 2019 160,000 80,000-160,000 For Day 5-6, we assumed five levels to be played, but note that the structure sheet does say "5-6 levels." If you look at the blind levels for Day 3-6, you'll notice the small blind and big blind amounts are all the same as they were in 2018. The change comes with the ante, and you'll notice the cost of one round of antes is less in the majority of blind levels in 2019 when compared to 2018. Of the 20 levels from Level 11 to Level 30, only three times does the 2019 structure call for a higher price for a round of antes. In several spots, each pot is going to be one small blind or greater less than was played in 2018. For example, Level 13 on Day 3 in 2019. In 2018, this level was 1,500-3,000 with a 500 ante. That put 9,000 in the pot at each nine-handed table to start the hand. In 2019, Level 13 is the same 1,500-3,000 but with a 3,000 big blind ante. That's 7,500 in the pot to start the hand for a difference of 1,500 fewer chips. Another example is in Level 29. In 2018, this level was 60,000-120,000 with a 20,000 ante for 360,000 in the pot to start the hand. In 2019, the level is 60,000-120,000 with a 120,000 big blind ante for 300,000 in the pot to start each hand. More Chips Plus Big Blind Ante Means More Play In conclusion, the larger size of the starting stack and the way the big blind ante format works with the structure will allow for a deeper, slower structure in 2019 compared to 2018 in the WSOP Main Event. Want to know more about the 2019 World Series of Poker? Check out 'Everything You Need To Know About the 2019 WSOP.'
  4. The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event was a watershed moment for the game. A record number of players - 8,773 to be exact - entered the event that year. Thanks to legal efforts in the United States though, the Main Event has never gotten close to that number again. With the 2019 World Series of Poker just hours away, PocketFives editorial staff have put together their picks for who will make the most out what should be an incredible summer. Here they discuss what the field sizes might look like in some of the more talked-about events on the schedule, including the Main Event. The Big 50 Possibly the most talked about event in WSOP history, the Big 50 offers players incredible value and a chance to help celebrate the 50th year of WSOP action. “I think the Big 50 is going to be massive. Players in my local card room, who have never been to the World Series of Poker, are making the trek this year because it feels like the best value tournament of the summer. While my gut says that this would be a complete sellout Friday - Sunday with 5,800 players in each (if that information is accurate) with the opening flight on Thursday reaching 2,500 runners. I feel like the only thing keeping this from eclipsing Colossus I is the rate at which people will or will not be busting. With 50K in chips and 50-minute levels, it’s a recreational players dream scenario (just in terms of a slow rate of play) and I can see people camping in their seats for the day making it hard for late-registrations to get involved. I'm going with 19,200 runners.” - Jeff Walsh, Senior Writer "For the Big 50, I don’t see it breaking the record for largest live tournament ever set by the 2015 WSOP Colossus that generated 22,374 entries, but it will be big. I think we’ll see something more in the 18,000-entry range." - Donnie Peters, Managing Editor "Everybody and their (service) dog is going to be playing the Big 50 and I'm surprised to see my colleagues thinking there isn't going to be a 20,000+ player field. I get that a Thursday starting day isn't ideal for those coming in to cross something off of their bucket list, but a good number of those are going to want to get in early to avoid any potential sellouts for Friday, Saturday, Sunday. If the capacity truly is somewhere around 23,200, I feel like 21,500 is a reasonable estimate." - Lance Bradley, Editor in Chief The Mini Main Event Another new "gimmick" event, the Mini Main Event comes in at $1,000 buy-in and the same structure as the Main Event. Players coming into town looking to throw some chips around could use this one to get themselves ready for the Main Event. “I could be totally off, but despite a great gimmick name - one that I had attributed to the Monster Stack for the past few years - I’m not sure if players are going to be eager to fire $1K into a tournament with 30-minute levels. The structure is great, of course, mirroring that of the actual Main Event, and 60K is plenty of chips with which to blast off but for those value-hunters, there are better options. Plus some of those who might play this may also opt to register for a mega to the actual Main Event. That said, I could be totally wrong, 4,000 runners will pile into the registration line and next thing you know this 2-day event will have to stretch in Day 1A of the Main Event." - Walsh "The $1,000 Mini Main Event is an interesting one. Albeit 30-minute levels, it has a decent structure and provides a nice lead-in for the WSOP Main Event. If you’re playing the WSOP Main Event and coming into Las Vegas for that, what’s a couple of extra days and an added $1,000 buy-in event? It’s the perfect warm-up and the WSOP may very well have its hands full with the event being scheduled for just two days. I think it will draw around 3,000 entries and be a little too much for the two-day window to handle." - Peters "Before partypoker swooped in with their MILLIONS Las Vegas event, I had a much bigger number in mind for this. It's not that I think the rec players are going to go across town and play a $10,000, but I think a good chunk of the WSOP grinders who would have taken a shot here, will have to go play for a $5M guarantee at Aria. Still, this thing looks like a lot of fun and I don't see why it can't pull at least 3,300 players." - Bradley The Main Event “For me, the only real number to consider is 8,000. Will the WSOP eclipse the 8K plateau for the first time since Jaime Gold’s historic Main Event victory in 2006, where he defeated 8,773. 2018’s registrants were the 2nd largest in the event’s history and my feeling is we only go up from here. Although I’m not as confident as some of my colleagues, I do think that we’ll see an increase and that registration will land between 8,000-8,100.” - Walsh "Interestingly, the field size trend for the WSOP Main Event closely mirrors that of the Aussie Millions Main Event that takes place each year in January. It’s not exact, but it’s pretty darn close. When the Aussie Millions Main Event sees an increase in turnout, so does the WSOP Main Event. When the Aussie Millions Main Event sees a decrease, so does the WSOP Main Event. Back in January, the Aussie Millions Main Event drew 822 entries, which was up from the 800 the years before - a 2.8% increase. A 2.8% increase on the 2018 WSOP Main Event field size of 7,874 entries would make for a field of 8,090 in 2019. I’ll couple that with the fact that the WSOP Main Event field size has increased three consecutive years now and predict it will hit 8,400 entries. Truth be told, I’m pretty bullish on it and wouldn’t be totally shocked if the 2019 WSOP Main Event set a new record and surpassed the 8,773 entries from the 2006 WSOP Main Event." - Peters "Three straight years of increased attendance is a pretty good trend and I see no reason why it won't do it again. It's the 50th year, so there's increased hype and that has to be considered, but I think more importantly Bitcoin is trending up and is up 35% over the price on July 1, 2018. It's only a good sign for the Main Event if that number can hold or - gasp - even increase between now and the start of the Main. I'm really not seeing much in the way of obstacles to growth. A down year this year would be a massive shock to me. Given what I'm told will be a robust live satellite offering this year, I'm going to go with 8,600 players in the Main Event." - Bradley
  5. The first three flights of the $500 Big 50 were busy and chaotic, but it turns out they were but a dress rehearsal for what happened Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker as 9,171 entries made the final flight the busiest day of the summer and officially turned the Big 50 into a record-shattering event. All of that somewhat overshadowed the two bracelets won on Sunday and a deep run by Phil Hellmuth that could have shaken the online poker world to its core. Big 50 Officially Becomes Largest Live Poker Tournament When the WSOP announced the Big 50 as the kickoff to their way of celebrating the kickoff to the 50th annual WSOP, expectations were high - but not high enough. After 19,326 players crammed the Rio hallways over the first three days, 9,171 showed up on Sunday to break the record for largest field ever. Players who didn't have a seat at the start of the day were lining up in the hallways as early as 8 AM with hopes of being one of the first players seated in the second wave of seating. The lines stretched in and out of nearly every one of the rooms in play with some players reporting waiting upwards of eight hours to get a seat. Andrei Khosh finished Day 1D with 970,000 for the biggest stack of the day. Arne Kern (963,000) and Kevin Mooney (944,000) were the only other players to break through the 900,000 chip mark. They're just three of the 2,103 players moving on to Day 2D. Some of the notables who also managed to bag chips on Sunday include Randy Lew, Grant Hinkle, David 'Bakes' Baker, Alex Lynskey, Craig Varnell and Anatoly Filatov. Players who advanced from Day 1C will return for Day 2C on Monday while Day 2D survivors will have an off day before returning to the felt on Tuesday. The players who survive the four Day 2s will combine into one field on Wednesday. Top 10 Day 1D Chip Counts Andrei Khosh - 970,000 Arne Kern - 963,000 Kevin Mooney - 944,000 Shahin Shojaeyan - 860,000 Muhammad Abdel Rahim - 860,000 Kevin Young - 823,000 Jeremy Martinez - 811,000 Fabrizio D'Agostino - 805,000 Richard Kirsch - 800,000 Wallace Dawkins - 779,000 Derek McMaster Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Derek McMaster knows the key to playing well, no matter what the stage is he's playing on. "I try to just have fun when I’m playing. If I’m not having fun I’m usually not doing very well," McMaster said. "The more fun I have, it seems like stuff goes my way." He was clearly having a blast on Sunday afternoon as things definitely went his way at the final table of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. The 46-year-old Minnesota native defeated Jason Berilgen heads-up to win the first bracelet of his career and $228,228. "It was very surreal to me. I’ve just been on cloud nine since (Saturday) night, all week," McMaster said. "I was happy to be here and I enjoyed playing with these guys." McMaster said John Esposito, who started the final table with the chip lead, was the player who he had the most difficulty with. Esposito finished third for $98,807. Final Table Payouts Derek McMaster - $228,228 Jason Berilgen - $141,007 John Esposito - $98,807 David Halpern - $70,231 Joe Aronesty - $50,646 Tom McCormick - $37,063 Ben Yu - $27,530 Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon Wins $400 Online Event; Hellmuth Fifth The #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon, showed why he's ranked so high on Sunday, beating 1,964 other players to win the $400 Online No Limit Hold'em event for just over $165,000. Kwon's accomplishment was almost overshadowed though by the presence of Phil Hellmuth at the final table. Playing under the screen name 'lumestackin', Hellmuth finished fifth for $39,459.60. The event attracted 1,965 players to create a total prize pool of $1,017,000. Final Table Payouts Yong 'LUCKSYSPewy1' Kwon - $165.262.50 MeatIsMurder - $99,360.90 merrick - $73,020.60 LeakStain - $53,494.20 Phil 'lumestackin' Hellmuth - $39,459.60 DjPhilWiLL - $29,493 MeatJustice - $22,374 FlatcallSPC - $17,085.60 ROopert - $13,119.30 Ben Heath Leads $50K High Roller Final Table Just 12 players returned to the felt on Sunday in the $50,000 High Roller event and it took less than four hours to get to a final table of six. Britain's Ben Heath started and ended the day with the chip lead. Heath bagged up 7,630,000 which puts him just ahead of American Sam Soverel with 7,540,000. Heath eliminated three players on Sunday (Matthew Gonzales, David Einhorn, Elio Fox) on his way to the chip lead. Andrew Lichtenberger (5,615,000) and Chance Kornuth (5,000,000) make up the middle of the pack while Nick Petrangelo (4,100,000) Gonzales, Grafton, Manig Loeser, Einhorn, Cary Katz and Elio Fox were the six players eliminated on Sunday, all finishing in the money with a six-figure score. Action resumes at Noon PT with the event streaming on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Ben Heath - 7,630,000 Sam Soverel - 7,540,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - 5,615,000 Chance Kornuth - 5,000,000 Nick Petrangelo - 4,100,000 Dmitry Yurasov - 3,660,000 Jake Schwartz Continues to Lead $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw It's somewhat unusual to see a player finish Day 1 of a mix game event and hold onto that lead at the end of Day 2. Jake Schwartz accomplished exactly that on Sunday, bagging up 789,000 at the end of Day 2 of the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event after finishing Day 1 with the biggest stack. Schwartz has yet to win a WSOP bracelet. His closest call came in 2013 when he finished runner-up to Simeon Naydenov in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. Just 13 players remain in contention for the bracelet and $160,447 first place prize. Sumir Mathur sits second with 574,000. Two-time bracelet winner Mike Gorodinsky sits fourth with 483,000. Other notables still alive include Mark Gregorich (280,000), Jon Turner (228,000), Dan Zack (208,000), and Bryce Yockey (99,000). Action resumes at 2 PM and will continue until a winner is crowned. Top 10 Chip Counts Jake Schwartz - 789,000 Sumir Mathur - 574,000 Brayden Gazlay - 490,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 483,000 David Gee - 441,000 Jesse Hampton - 305,000 Andrew Yeh - 282,000 Mark Gregorich - 280,000 Jon Turner - 228,000 Dan Zack - 208,000 $10K Short Deck Gets Short Field on Day 1 One of the most highly-anticipated events on the 2019 WSOP schedule was the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em event. Played by some of the game's highest stakes regulars, Short Deck has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the past two years. So much so that the WSOP included it in their schedule. That being said, the first day of play drew just 61 entries - a far cry from the 200 players that some were expecting. Registration is open until the end of the second level of play on Monday and each player is allowed to re-enter once which should lead to a higher final number of players. Gabe Patgorski, one of just 25 players to have won more than $1 million in Short Deck tournaments, finished Day 1 with the lead after putting 388,000 in his bag. Alex Epstein, who has never cashed in a Short Deck tournament, ended in second with 323,000. Only 18 players finished Day 1 including Ben Lamb, Thai Ha, Jason Somerville, Justin Bonomo, Peter Jetten, and Dario Sammartino. Some of the players who were eliminated at least once on Sunday include Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, David Peters, Dan Smith, Mike WEatson and Brian Green. Players will return at 3 PM to play another eight levels of play. Top 10 Chip Counts Gabe Patgorski - 388,800 Alex Epstein - 323,000 Anson Tsang - 307,400 Liu Jiaxiu - 267,700 Galen Hall - 266,000 Yang Wang - 256,300 Thai Ha - 221,000 Ben Lamb - 209,300 Sean Winter - 207,800 James Chen - 140,400
  6. “It was impressive.” Ana Marquez’ reaction the first time she ever walked the halls of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and into the Pavillion for her first World Series of Poker is the same as thousands of first-timers every single year. “Walking up the stairs in the first door where it says ‘WSOP’ gave me goosebumps…it still does!” Marquez said. “Once inside, I had never seen such a big place full of poker tables and tournaments running. It was truly amazing.” The World Series of Poker has that effect on people. Marquez, an 888poker ambassador and a 10-year veteran of the live poker scene picked up her first cash in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Tournament back in 2011, finishing in 32nd place for $14,852. However, at her first WSOP, tournaments were not her main focus. She was busy taking advantage of the myriad of cash games that are always running 24/7. “I was playing more cash games during my first WSOP. I took some small shots and sold some action.” Marquez recounts. “Unfortunately, back in the day, I didn’t have the opportunity we have today with the super-value satellites to the WSOP that 888poker is offering right now.” Like many fans who make their way to the Rio for the first time, Marquez was simply happy to take all of the sights and sounds of the Amazon room in. “The whole experience was really cool,” she said. “But seeing legends like Phil Ivey was the most exciting moment.” Ivey sightings seem to get tougher every year, but still, to this day, players and fans who roam the halls of the WSOP will see some of the biggest stars of the poker world jumping in tournaments, taking their shots. Now, with over $1.3M in lifetime earnings, $168K of that coming in summer WSOP events, Marquez herself is one of those players that fans are looking to snap a selfie with. When those fans ask her for some advice as they take their seat in their first tournament she uses her own early WSOP experience to give them some words of wisdom. “Look at it like it’s just another tourney! We all know that the experience is too exciting to actually do that, so let's just say have loads of fun and enjoy it to the max!” But Marquez is quick to add that she learned that lesson herself in her first Main Event. “[I remember] to play them like any other tournament. I do not like how I played the Main Event my first time because my game was too passive. The tournament was so special to me that I was too cautious and didn’t get to do much with my stack.” It was clearly a lesson she takes to heart. In 2018 Marquez made the final table one of the toughest tournaments of the summer when he picked up over $67,000 in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event. This year, in 2019, Marquez bubbled the final table of the record-breaking $1,500 Millionaire Maker, finishing in 10th place for over $95,000. Ana Marquez and thousands more will make their way to play the 2019 Main Event when it kicks off on July 3.
  7. In what has to go down as one of the crazier days of the 2019 World Series of Poker, four players won bracelets including a Poker Hall of Famer, a New Jersey online poker beast, and two players for whom the bracelet was a long time coming. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu got as close to winning his seventh career bracelet as he could possibly get without actually winning it. Joseph Cheong Wins First Bracelet in $1K Double Stack Coming into the final table of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event, Joseph Cheong's WSOP resume included three runner-up finishes and one rather infamous third place finish, but no wins. That all changed on Wednesday night though. Cheong rode a massive chip stack throughout the final table into the final heads-up confrontation with David Ivers and wasted little time in erasing that '0' next to his bracelet count. The win came with a $687,782 payday, Cheong's second largest WSOP score behind only his third place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Ivers walked away with $424,791 s the runner-up. "I've played poker so long, it was just another day at work," Cheong said afterwards. This lines with what Cheong said in May 2018, when he said "I’ve never been interested in trophy collecting other than for the fact that first place pays the most money. Also…why a bracelet? Who wants a bracelet? Something cooler might make me want one. I have no interest in any trophy or trinket." Final Table Payouts Joseph Cheong - $687,782 David Ivers - $424,791 Zinan Xu - $314,876 Andrea Buonocore - $235,099 Arianna Son - $176,820 Ido Ashkenazi - $133,970 David Guay - $102,258 Ivan Deyra - $78,638 Brock Wilson - $60,930 David Dibernardi - $47,568 Michael Blake Leads Super Seniors Final 10 Seniors Week in Las Vegas is about to come to an end. On Wednesday, 120 players who managed to make Day 2 of the Super Seniors event were widdled down to just 10. Michael Blake, from Gallup, New Mexico, ended with the chip lead. Kanajett Hathaitham is the player closest to Blake after finishing with 9,235,000. Rick Austin sits third with 6,475,000. CardPlayer Magazine co-owner Barry Shulman sits sixth with 3,665,000. Action resumes at 11 AM PT on Thursday and will play down to a winner. Final 10 Chip Counts Michael Blake - 12,300,000 Kanajett Hathaitham - 9,235,000 Rick Austin - 6,475,000 Jeffrey Miller - 5,525,000 Cary Marshall - 5,500,000 Barry Shulman - 3,665,000 Miles Harris - 3,265,000 Bruce Treitman - 3,254,000 William Davis - 2,755,000 Timothy Joseph - 2,535,000 Ismael Bojang Wins $1,500 PLO for Bracelet #1 Ismael Bojang was starting to enter some dangerous territory. After the money bubble burst on Day 2 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, Bojang became the first player to pick up 10 cashes at the 2019 WSOP. It almost moved him into sixth place on the all-time cashes list for players without a bracelet. He's not on that list at all anymore though. Bojang outlasted 1,215 other players to win the $1,500 PLO event, $298,507 and his first gold bracelet on Wednesday night, putting an end to a streak of 71 cashes without a win. “Everybody keeps asking me when I am going to win my first bracelet, I guess I can dodge those questions now,'' Bojang said. Bojang beat James Little heads-up for the title. Little has emerged from relative obscurity in the poker world to pick up eight cashes this summer. The $184,424 runner-up prize is the second largest of his career behind only his win in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Classic in February. Former WPT Player of the Year, Ben Zamani finished third for $131,335. Final Table Payouts Ismael Bojang - $298,507 James Little - $184,424 Benjamin Zamani - $131,335 Johannes Tobbe - $94,669 Denis Bagdasarov - $69,082 Mihai Niste - $51,041 Richard Tuhrim - $38,189 Glen Cressman - $28,940 Matthew Mueller - $22,215 Hennigan Denies Negreanu in $10K Seven Card Stud The final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event was one for the history books. For the first time in WSOP history, two Poker Hall of Fame members battled heads-up for a bracelet. John Hennigan, who was enshrined last summer, defeated Daniel Negreanu heads up to win the sixth bracelet of his career, four of which are Championship events. "It was a very tough duel, especially for me," Hennigan. "(Negreanu) played so well, and I played so poorly, he really did not get what he deserved. He made every right decision and I made every wrong decision, and it was just bad luck for him at the end." Along with the bracelet, Hennigan took home $245,451 for the win. Negreanu walked away with $151,700 and the ninth runner-up finish of his WSOP career. David 'ODB' Baker finished third for $104,416. Russia's Mikhael Semin, the only player the at the final table without a bracelet earned $73,810 for finishing fourth. It's his second $10,000 Championship event final table of the summer. He previously finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE. Final Table Payouts John Hennigan - $245,451 Daniel Negreanu - $151,700 David 'ODB' Baker - $104,416 Mikhail Semin - $73,810 David Singer - $53,621 Chris Tryba - $40,066 Frank Kassela - $30,817 Frankie O'Dell - $24,419 Adam Lamphere Leads $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack Final Table Just seven players stand between Adam Lamphere and a WSOP victory in the $600 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event after the Lansing, MI native worked his way into the final table chip lead after outlasting 187 other players on Wednesday. Lamphere bagged up 17,200,000 which puts him ahead of second place Dan Matsuzuki's 14,000,000. Raghav Bansal ended the day with the third biggest stack at 9,300,000. Rainer Kempe made his first WSOP final table since 2017, ending the day with 8,000,000 and the fourth biggest stack. Among the 187 casualties on Day 2 were former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel. Jesse Silvia, Tony Miles, Matthew Wantman, Jamie Gold, and Jake Schwartz also busted on Wednesday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 17,200,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 14,000,000 Raghav Bansal - 9,300,000 Rainer Kempe - 8,000,000 Aristeidis Moschonas - 7,325,000 Ashish Ahuja - 6,975,000 Stephen Ma - 6,325,000 Amazon Daniel Moravec - 2,950,000 Ryan Hughes Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table In the three-year history of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, nobody has outperformed Ryan Hughes, but he doesn't have a bracelet to show for it. Yet. Hughes, who finished second in this event in 2018 and seventh in 2017, finished Day 2 with the chip lead with just seven players remaining. Hughes is the only player to cash in this event all three years. Right behind Hughes is Arthur Morris. Phillip Hui, with seven cashes coming into this event, sits third. Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton and three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein are also at the final table. Jared Bleznick, David Benyamine, Jeff Lisandro, Max Kruse, Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Alex Foxen, Dan Smith, John Monnette and Joao Vieira were amongst the players who busted on Wednesday with an in-the-money finish. The final table begins at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Ryan Hughes - 1,212,000 Arthur Morris - 728,000 Phillip Hui - 425,000 Joseph Couden - 405,000 Jonathan Depa - 223,000 Mike Sexton - 182,000 Loren Klein - 95,000 Ignacio Molina Leads $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty After Day 1 Day 1 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event drew 1,807 players, but 10 levels of play left just 272 standing. Leading the field is Ignacio Molina of Andorra with 624,500. Kevin Naegelen sits second with 576,500 and Baitai Li is third with 506,000. Phil Ivey headlines the list of notables to make it to Day 2. The 10-time bracelet winner bagged up 59,500. He's joined by Nacho Barbero, Martijn Gerrits, Loni Harwood, Steven van Zadelhoff, Justin Young, and Barry Greenstein. Day resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Ignacio Molina - 624,500 Kevin Naegelen - 576,500 Baitai Li - 506,000 Benjamin Chalot - 505,000 Walter Fisher - 499,500 David Thomas - 475,500 Tom Hall - 470,000 Shahar Levi - 460,000 Matthew Volosevich - 455,500 Harrison Gimbel - 454,500 Keith Lehr Leads $25K PLO High Roller After Day 1 The biggest buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event on the calendar got underway Wednesday, with 222 players entering the $25,000 PLO High Roller. Keith Lehr edged out Pennsylvania poker pro Paul Volpe for the Day 1 chip lead as 128 advanced to Day 2. Lehr finished with 692,000, while Volpe ended up with 682,000. Firas Sadou sits third with 625,000. Shaun Deeb continues his quest for the WSOP Player of the Year title and finished with the ninth biggest stack. Alex Epstein, Ben Tollerene, Justin Bonomo, John Racener, Ben Lamb, and Anthony Zinno were among the notables moving on to Day 2. Phil Galfond, Mike Gorodinsky, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Zack, Chance Kornuth, and Chris Hunichen were among the players who busted at least one bullet on Day 1. Players are allowed one re-entry. With registration open until the end of the second level of play on Day 2, the field should surpass the 230 from 2018. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Keith Lehr - 692,000 Paul Volpe - 682,000 Firas Sadou - 625,000 Dario Sammartino - 595,500 Ludovic Geilich - 590,000 Alexey Makarov - 584,500 Niko Soininen - 574,500 John Riordan - 537,000 Shaun Deeb - 518,500 Ka Lau - 492,500 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo Wins $500 Online NLHE Turbo Deepstack Stand up New Jersey. For the second time this summer, a New Jersey online poker pro has picked up some shiny gold hardware. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, the #3-ranked player in the Garden State, beat out 1,180 other players to win the $500 Online No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack for the first bracelet of his career. His win comes just 2.5 weeks after Yong Kwon won the $400 Online bracelet event. Final Table Payouts Dan 'centrefieldr' Lupo - $145,273.90 David 'DTC13' Clarke - $89,692.92 'johnsonck' - $63,771.03 'JSTRIZZA' - $45,959.67 'staeks' - $33,475.82 'MisterKK' - $24,729.16 'jnutz' - $18,526.99 'TonyStarsGFK' - $13.994.64 'HITRII999' - $10,734.52
  8. Just a few short minutes after accomplishing what most poker players dream of - winning a World Series of Poker bracelet - Ari Engel stood in front of the assembled poker media for the customary post-tournament scrum and spoke candidly about how his confidence was low. “So many people are doing work and improving their games and you get owned a time or two from people that you thought were worse than you. I'm the kind of person to lose my confidence real easily,” Engel said. “It's kind of a relative thing. It's not like I thought that I sucked, but maybe not the same level of confidence that I've had at other stages.” The former #1-ranked online poker player in the world, Engel then referred back to his last big win, his biggest in fact, the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event victory that earned him $1.12 million. Full of confidence after taking down one of the game’s biggest $10,000 buy-in events, Engel was ready to take on the world. “After Aussie Millions, I went to Ireland and played EPT Ireland and I didn't cash one time in Ireland. I think I went like 25 tournaments in a row without cashing after that one. So hopefully I'm not going to do that,” Engel said. In the 15 years that Engel has been coming to Vegas for the WSOP, he’s managed 43 cashes but has never been able to even make the top nine of any event. His only final table was in the $1,500 NLHE Shootout event in 2011 when he finished 10th after making the 10-handed final table. Finally getting to pose for a winner’s photo with a bracelet in hand brought about a few different emotions for the 35-year-old poker vagabond. “I think relief is the appropriate word. I've been playing a lot and I never did really well in the summer and never had a top-nine finish before,” Engel said. “So yeah, I can't say that I always was Mr. Positive about coming here and playing these, even though I keep showing up. I did have a pretty bad negative mindset about playing in Vegas.” A meticulous record-keeper, Engel knows that his record in Sin City, in particular during the summer when there’s plenty of opportunity for a big score, has been abysmal. So bad in fact, that he’s often wondered if there’s more to it than just an extended run of bad cards. “It was so insane. Like, what happened in Vegas? Is it the desert? Is it the hot weather? Is it the dry air? Everyone says variance because that's the easy answer, but realistically it's like something is probably up. I have a +140% ROI outside of June and July and then June and July I got a negative 15%. It's like the numbers were just so extreme between them that I still don't know, I'll never know,” Engel said. Those numbers are where Engel’s lack of confidence is rooted. With more than $6.6 million in lifetime earnings, a WSOP bracelet, the Aussie Millions title, and nine WSOP Circuit rings, Engel still doesn’t quite know where he rates in the game today. “Especially with my style, I'm very comfortable taking risks and kind of experimenting, I guess, compared to other people,” Engel said. “So it's a very fine line between doing something stupid and doing something that's just a well-thought-out, risky play, but that I think is positive in the long run. I often question myself and I have no idea, like how good am I? I just don't know at all.” Engel calls himself a ‘poker fanboy’ and knows that those in the poker community are going to give some weight to him being a bracelet winner now, but he’s not sure that it’s more important or prestigious than his Aussie Millions win. “Aussie Millions was double the amount of money and a main event kind of thing, but then there's some attachment, I guess, to the bracelet but I don't know about that prestige stuff,” Engel said. “That's more for the media to figure out what's more and what's less. From the scoreboard it's not as big, obviously.” The win comes with a small boost in confidence, but there are no delusions of grandeur with Engel. He’s not going to change his approach and attempt to become a regular on the super high roller scene anytime soon - if ever. “I could win a $2,500 World Series bracelet every day for the next 10 days and that doesn't mean that I'm ready to play $25K-plus high rollers. That's a different skill set. That's a different players set,” Engel said. “I like to test myself and do that occasionally, but it's not like I think I can play them every day and beat them. Definitely not.” There’s going to be little to no change in where Engel plies his trade. He’s always looking for the best value in each series that he treks to. He’s also planning on making the most of a changing United States online poker landscape. “There's so many live tournaments, online poker is returning to Pennsylvania, there's this compact with the legal New Jersey and Nevada sites which is pretty awesome and even international is not too bad. I enjoy playing that when I get the chance to.”
  9. Day 1C of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event was definitely one for the record books, but it was also one of the strangest days in the 50-year history of the event. As more and more players piled into the Rio, two were escorted out by police and then Mother Nature had her say as well, as an earthquake shook Las Vegas and disrupted the tournament in an unprecedented way. Starting Flight Record Broken, Overall Record Close Last summer, 4,571 players made Day 1C of the 2018 Main Event the largest starting flight in the history of the WSOP. That record fell on Friday, as 4,879 players joined the Main Event. That group, combined with the 3,250 players from Day 1A and 1B, makes this year's event the second largest Main Event of all-time, with registration open until the start of Day 2C on Sunday. Earthquake Shakes Up Day 1C At 8:19 PM PT, Las Vegas was shaken by an earthquake that caused tournament officials to pause the tournament clock and send players on an early dinner break to assess any possible damage to the building. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake was centered in Ridgecrest, California and is the second one in 48 hours. In the moments after the quake hit, some players left their tables to find safety either in the hallways our outside of the Rio. Andy Frankenberger chose to leave the room he was in while in the middle of a hand only. "Never felt anything like it being my first earthquake experience," Ronnie Bardah, a WSOP gold bracelet winner, told PocketFives. "Felt like I was out at sea but instead in the middle of the Main Event at the Rio. Felt like my life was out of my control for a few seconds. Not to sound dramatic, but whoa. Made sure to get away from under the moving stuff hanging up above. Day 1c of the 2019 WSOP Main Event will never be forgotten." Play resumed after an 80-minute break and carried on for another two hours and 40 minutes before ending for the day. James Henson Bags Lead, Mike McDonald Second Just three players managed to get through the five levels of play with more than 300,000 chips. James Henson finished with 316,100 to end up on top of the 3,664 Day 1C survivors. The player right behind caused a lot of pain for his opponents on Friday, but if he goes on to win the Main Event, he could cause a lot more pain for other top pros. Mike McDonald finished Day 1C with the second biggest stack at 306,300. The Canadian poker pro booked himself against a lot of other top players and stands to win an additional seven figures in side action. Right behind McDonald is Joshua Ray with 304,200. Easy Come, Easy Go for Phil Ivey Phil Ivey's 2019 WSOP Main Event run didn't last long. The 10-time bracelet winner was eliminated in the first level of play on Friday. Ivey got the last of his chips in on a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"] holding [poker card="as"][poker card="4s"] against his opponent's top two pair. The turn and river were bricks, eliminating Ivey. Two Players Disqualified in Different Manners Ivey was eliminated in the traditional way, but two other players found very different ways to have their Main Event end. Georgii Belianin was the first of the two to be removed from the tournament. The Russian poker pro was disqualified moving another player's stack into his own. The second involved a player exposing himself to the table and throwing a shoe at his opponent and the dealer. READ: World Series Of Poker Disqualifies Two Players Kevin Martin Bags Up 220,600 The list of players who bagged and tagged on Day 1C includes the usual list of big names. Partypoker Team Pro Kevin Martin finished with 220,600 for a top 50 stack. Coming off of winning his third bracelet, Nick Schulman ended with 141,200. Peter Traply, who recently overtook Chris Moorman for the all-time online tournament earnings lead, also made it to Day 2C with 128,500. Other notables moving on include Dzmitry Urbanovich (196,900), Maurice Hawkins (183,600) Chino Rheem (170,900), Andrew Lichtenberger (141,200), Ali Imsirovic (102,500), Danielle Andersen (102,300), and Maria Konnikova (100,900). End of the Road for More than a Few Familiar Faces Joe Cada won't be making a return to the Main Event final table this year. After finishing fifth last year, Cada couldn't make it through the opening day and was one of the more notable eliminations. He was joined by Dietrich Fast, William Kassouf, Martin Jacobson, Doug Polk, and Shaun Deeb, Jason Koon on the outside looking in. PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas wasn't able to recreate the magic on Friday and was eliminated. Mike Leah, who skipped most of the WSOP after the birth of his first child, had a short-lived return on Friday and was one of the 1,225 players eliminated. Former #1s Represent Well Chris Hunichen, Calvin Anderson and Christopher Brammer all finished with stacks well above average. Hunichen leads the way with 181,000 but Anderson isn't far behind with 178,100. Brammer ended with 169,200. They weren't the only former #1-ranked PocketFivers who ended Friday on the good side. Cliff Josephy (111,500), Tim West (49,600), and Fedor Holz (35,900) also moved onto Day 2C. Top 10 Chip Counts James Henson - 316,100 Mike McDonald - 306,300 Joshua Ray - 304,200 Robert Kokoska - 285,000 Mohamed Mamouni - 284,000 Barry Donovan - 280,100 Robert Layne - 280,000 Dylan Meier - 277,700 Yervand Boyadjian - 277,400 Tom Cannuli - 275,000
  10. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event saw 344 last-minute registrations put an exclamation point on the second-largest WSOP Main Event of all-time. The 8,569-player field means that sometime next week, one player will walk away with $10,000,000 and the title of World Champion. Day 2C saw the highly-anticipated arrival of Phil Hellmuth and the emergence of a fresh batch of names atop the end-of-day chip counts. Julien Milliard Inches Toward 1 Million Chips, Leads Day 2C Survivors Florida's Julien Milliard almost cracked the seven-figure stack code on Sunday. Milliard finished Day 2C with 947,900 to edge out Czech player Vlastimil Pustina, who ended up with 930,700. Andrew Brokos, co-host of the Thinking Poker podcast, rounded out the top three Day 2C stacks after ending the day with 895,400. The day started with 344 players taking advantage of the last chance to register to push the total Day 2C field to 4,008 players. Just 1,793 of those players made it through the five two-hour levels of play on Saturday. That group will combine on Monday with the 1,087 players who got through Day 2AB as the entire remaining field of 2,880 players will play on the same day for the first time. Eventual Champion Will Earn $10,000,000 Registration closed as the first card was dealt on Sunday and the final numbers show another year of growth for the Main Event and made this year's Main Event the second largest of all-time. A total of 8,569 players generated a total prize pool of $80,548,600. The eventual champion will win $10,000,000 and every player at the final table will earn at least $1,000,000. READ: 2019 WSOP Main Event Second Largest of All-Time, $10M to Champ Phil Hellmuth Arrives, Departs One of the 344 players who registered on Sunday morning was 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Just back from his vacation to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, Hellmuth didn't take his seat until well into the first level of play. He didn't sit long. Hellmuth was part of one of the secondary feature tables on the ESPN broadcast and gave fans at home and his tablemates a little taste of The Poker Brat before busting at the hands of Timothy Stanczak's pocket fives. Familiar Faces Stay Alive on Day 2C Three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman bagged up 549,600 on Sunday to advance to Day 3 with a top 50 stack. Sam Greenwood snuck into that top 50 with 535,800. Mike McDonald continues to apply pressure to those who bet against him, finishing Day 2C with 516,700. Other notables still in include Dario Sammartino (522,700), Jeff Madsen (488,600), Bertrand Grospellier (428,200), David 'ODB' Baker (418,700), Joseph Cheong (354,500), Chino Rheem (286,500) and Nick Schulman (278,000). Defending champ John Cynn battled back from just 24,800 chips to finish with 248,900 at day's end. All-time online poker tournament earnings leader Peter Traply finished with 234,800. Holz, Antonius, Imsirovic Headline Big Names Busting Hellmuth wasn't the only big name who didn't make it through Day 2C. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius, James Obst, Ali Imsirovic, and Adrian Mateos were all sent to the rail on Sunday. They were joined by John Racener, Ismael Bojang, Matt Berkey, John Monette, John Juanda, Denis Strebkov, Ben Heath, Jonathan Little, Shawn Buchanan, Sam Soverel, Joe McKeehen, Niall Farrell, Maurice Hawkins, and Sam Trickett. Nate Silver was also one of the Day 2C casualties. A Half Dozen Former #1s March On Kevin Saul leads a group of talented poker players who once held onto the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com. The Illinois native finished Day 2C with 623,900. Saul has cashed three times in the WSOP Main Event, most recently in 2016 when he wound up 466th. Saul is joined by fraternity brothers Calvin Anderson (459,400), Cliff Josephy (402,000), Fabrizio Gonzalez (328,800), Chris Hunichen (307,500) and Tim West (130,400). 34 Keystone State Players Survive Day 2C Chad Power leads 34 Pennsylvania poker players who managed to find a bag at the end of Day 2C. Power finished with 401,300 for the 97th-best stack on Sunday. Ralph Wong finished with 344,300 for the second-best PA stack. Kenneth Smaron, Jason Loehrs, and David Vasil round out the top five. Top 10 Chip Counts Julian Milliard - 947,900 Vlastimil Pustina - 930,700 Andrew Brokos - 895,400 Aleksa Pavicevic - 867,700 Nai Hu - 798,300 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 765,600 Dapeng Mu - 762,700 Hugo Torres - 720,400 Cody Brinn - 708,800 Tom Cannuli - 667,000
  11. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  12. Saturday might have been an off day for the final nine players in the 2019 World Series of Poker, but there was plenty of other action including Daniel Negreanu getting heads-up for a bracelet for the second time this summer and a longtime PocketFiver winning his first piece of WSOP hardware. Jerry Odeen Wins $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO He might only be 24 years old, but Sweden's Jerry Odeen has been dreaming about winning a WSOP bracelet for nearly a decade. Odeen, who has been as high as #12 in the PocketFives Rankings, made his dream come true on Saturday by winning the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha event. “This is something I always wanted since I started playing poker. I started watching poker when I was like 15 years old now I’m here like nine, ten years later. I got the bracelet, it feels pretty surreal actually,” Odeen said. “I always said I’m not going to quit before I get a bracelet. I had one close call before, I got fourth. It’s achievable but obviously, need a lot of luck. I don’t think I lost a single all in. It’s tough to lose then if you don’t lose all ins.” Odeen beat England's Peter Linton heads up for the bracelet and added $304,793 to his lifetime earnings. Linton had to settle for $188,368 as the runner-up. Adam Demersseman finished third for $135,093. Final Table Payouts Jerry Odeen - $304,793 Peter Linton - $188,368 Adam Demersseman - $135,093 Lucas Greenwood - $98,027 Ayaz Mahmood ($71,979) Eddie Blumenthal - $53,490 Jeremy Kottler - $40,236 Gary Bolden - $30,640 Rania Nasreddine - $23,625 Keith Tilston Denies Daniel Negreanu $100K High Roller Victory Keith Tilston might have been the least known player at the final table of the $100,000 High Roller, but that didn't stop him from emerging victorious and in the process prevented Daniel Negreanu from winning his seventh bracelet and taking over the WSOP Player of the Year lead. Tilston beat Negreanu heads-up to secure the bracelet and a $2,792,406 payday. His career earnings are now just over $6.4 million, but for Tilston, the win was as much about proving that he has the mettle to play the big buy-in events as much as it was about the money. “I do play a lot of high roller events and I feel good to know I can at least hang with these guys. Obviously, there’s a lot of luck in each individual tournament and you gotta run well," Tilston said. "I certainly don’t claim to be as good as a lot of these guys, but it feels good I can at least hang with them.” Negreanu now has two runner-up finishes this summer. The first came in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. This second-place finish added 630.2 POY points to Negreanu's total and moved him to fifth place, 333.04 points behind current leader Robert Campbell. Had Negreanu won, he would have been ahead of the rest of the field by 297.46 points. Nick Schulman finished third for $1,187,802, the biggest WSOP cash of his career. Final Table Payouts Keith Tilston - $2,792,406 Daniel Negreanu - $1,725,838 Nick Schulman - $1,187,802 Igor Kurganov - $840,183 Brandon Adams - $611,258 Dominik Nitsche - $457,772 Sergi Reixach - $353,202 Christoph Vogelsang - $281,025 Shaun Deeb Cruises To Day 1B Lead of The Closer The hunt for a second straight WSOP POY title continued on Saturday for Shaun Deeb. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver finished Day 1B of the $1,500 The Closer event with 1,172,000 and the chip lead. The only other player to finish with more than 1,000,000 was Denis Gnidash with 1,058,000. Jeff Gross ended up with the third biggest stack at 813,000. Just 45 of the 724 Day 1B entrants survived the day including Rex Clinkscales, Mukul Pahuja, Mike Leah, Kane Kalas, and defending champion Joe Cada. Day 1C begins Sunday at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 1,172,000 Denis Gnidash - 1,058,000 Jeff Gross - 813,000 Andrew Ostapchenko - 783,000 Abhinav Iyer - 782,000 Daniel Johnson - 730,000 Devin Looney - 628,000 Robert Lipkin - 627,000 Rex Clinkscales - 599,000 Toshiyuki Onda - 597,000 John Richards Leads $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event saw the field dwindle from 173 down to 24 and John Richards stands atop the chip counts with nearly 2 million. Richards finished with 1,949,000 and now holds a healthy lead over the rest of the field. The second biggest stack belongs to Abraham Faroni with 1,226,000. Right behind him is Michael Kuney with 1,123,000. Two players who picked up the first bracelet of their career also bagged big stacks. Juha Helppi, with 1,085,000, is fourth while Joseph Cheong, with 1,039,000 is sixth. Other notables who made it to Day 3 include Nacho Barbero, Brandon Shack-Harris, Joao Vieira, and Noah Schwartz. Action resumes at 2 PM and will play down to a final six players before stopping for the night. Top 10 Chip Counts John Richards - 1,949,000 Abraham Faroni - 1,226,000 Michael Kuney - 1,123,000 Juha Helppi - 1,085,000 Alan Sternberg - 1,082,000 Joseph Cheong - 1,039,000 Florian Strasser - 1,021,000 Nacho Barbero - 971,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 902,000 Veerachai Vongxaiburana - 769,000 Felix Bleiker Leads $10K Six Max NLHE After Day 1 Swiss poker pro Felix Bleiker didn't seem to mind that the Day 1 field for the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event had just 248 entries. Bleiker finished play Saturday with 425,400 and leads the remaining 113 survivors. Almost 100,000 behind Bleiker is Pennsylvania poker pro John Andress and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski with 329,000 each. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 which should help push the total field size closer to the 355 that entered last year when Shaun Deeb beat Paul Volpe heads-up for the title. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include David Peters, Joao Simao, John Hennigan, David 'ODB' Baker, Dominik Nitsche, Mike Watson, Alex Foxen, and Andras Nemeth. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Felix Bleiker - 425,400 John Andress - 329,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 329,000 Andrey Pateychuk - 320,300 Mustapha Kanit - 285,600 Sergi Reixach - 278,000 Ramin Hajiyev - 263,300 Stefan Schillhabel - 258,600 Eric Kurtzman - 246,000 George Wolff - 235,400
  13. When the second night of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event final table began, Hossein Ensan and Garry Gates had most of the chips and almost all of the attention of the poker world. Just one of them survived the four hours of play and now just three players remain in contention for the $10,000,000 first place prize, bracelet, and place in poker history. Gates Struggled to Find Any Footing At the start of the night, Gates had 171,700,000 chips - 33.3% of the chips in play. That turned out to be his high point. After dropping to 152,100,000, Gates lost 44,600,000 to Ensan before the first hour was up. A little over 10 minutes later, he lost another 12,700,000 to Livingston without showdown. He then put together a string of three consecutive small pots to move back above 100,000,000. Gates and Maahs got into a preflop raising war that worked out to be a 13,800,000 win for Maahs. After 90 minutes of play, Livingston caught up and Gates was no longer second in chips. Gates dropped another 15,000,000 to Ensan and had 63,200,000 left. He dropped another 25,200,000 to Livingston after bluffing with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] against the Canadian's rivered pair of aces with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] to be left with just 38,200,000. Kevin Maahs Goes out in Fifth While Gates was struggling to regain the momentum he enjoyed from night one, Kevin Maahs ran into a flip he couldn't win. Ensan opened to 4,000,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] from early position before Maahs moved all in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"] from the small blind and Ensan called. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3s"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="js"] turn or [poker card="4h"] river to eliminate Maahs in fifth place. "It's not really sad, I guess. It's kind of a weird feeling because I just made a lot of money but I didn't win the tournament. Obviously, your goal is to win the tournament or keep making it to the next day and I didn't make it to the next day," Maahs said. "There's 8,500 other people that didn't come close to this, and this is awesome." The End Finally Comes for Garry Gates There was a pivotal on the first night of the final table where Gates, holding pocket tens, got Alex Livingston to fold pocket queens pre-flop. On the second night of play, it was another pair of queens for Livingston that ended Gates' run. Action folded to Gates in the small blind and he moved all in for 29,200,000 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] and Livingston snap-called from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] to give Livingston the pot, eliminate Gates in fourth place and halt play for the night. "It was a whirlwind. You come into a final table with as many chips as I had, you expect a higher result but at the same time, those are some world-class poker players," Gates said. "I don't do this for a living. Just to get this far and have as much love and support as I had along the way, I knew that I had already won." Final Three Chip Counts Hossein Ensan - 326,800,000 Alex Livingston - 120,400,000 Dario Sammartino - 67,600,000 Payouts 4. Garry Gates - $3,000,000 5. Kevin Maahs - $2,200,000 6. Zhen Cai – $1,850,000 7. Nick Marchington – $1,525,000 8. Timothy Su – $1,250,000 9. Milos Skrbic – $1,000,000 ESPN Broadcast Schedule The final table begins live in Las Vegas at 530 PM PT and will be on ESPN beginning at 600 PM on a 30-minute delay until a champion is crowned.
  14. With six players remaining in the €2,200 Pot Limit Omaha event on Thursday, Tomas Ribeiro was staring at a stack of just 11 big blinds while Marc Palatzky was in the midst of steamrolling everybody in his path. The last two hours of play changed the entire narrative however and Ribeiro stormed back to win his first WSOP bracelet and €128,314. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] An hour after the final table began, a German vs. German confrontation ended up being the cause of the first bustout of the day. Christopher Frank raised to 120,000 from UTG before Palatzky re-raised to 360,000 from the button. Frank responded by moving all in for 810,000. Palatzky called and turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="td"][poker card="5h"] while Frank showed [poker card="8d"] [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] flop was a great one for Palatzky and all Frank could do was watch as the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river failed to save him from an eighth place finish. A half hour later, Palatzky was responsible for yet another elimination. This time it was Leonid Yanovski who found himself all in preflop against Palatzky. Yanovski had [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] against the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"] of Palatzky. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Palatzky a full house and Yanovski had no choice but to collect his belongings and head to the cashier after the [poker card="2c"] turn and [poker card="js"] river completed the board. Palatzky continued to be the enforcer. Another thirty minutes passed and Anson Tsang, who was looking to defend the title he won last year, became the next victim. Down to just three big blinds, Tsang called Palatzky's raise with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] and his tournament life was on the line against Palatzky's [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"] runout gave Palatzky trip queens and ended Tsang's hope at a repeat victory with a sixth place finish. Five-handed play lasted 90 minutes before Palatzky continued sending players to the rail. Palatzky raised to 120,000 from the hijack and Ilyaz Dosikov called from the big blind. After the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2d"] flop, Dosikov checked and Palatzky bet 90,000. Dosikov then mad it 545,000 to go before Palatzky tank-shoved all in. Dosikov called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"] for two pair while Palatzky tabled [poker card="ad"] [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"] for a pair of aces. The [poker card="kc"] turn kept Dosikov safe but the [poker card="ks"] river gave Palatzky a better two pair and eliminated Dosikov in fifth place. After busting the first four players from the final table, Palatzky took a back seat on the next elimination. Tobias Peters raised to 160,000 from UTG and Ribeiro made it 480,000. Peters moved all in and Ribeiro called. Peters showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="9d"] but was behind Ribeiro's [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"] [poker card="9c"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] to eliminate Peters in fourth. Another 50 minutes passed and Palatzky once again got involved in an elmination hand, but unfortuantely it was his own. After seeing his stack drop from 4.2 million to 890,000, Palatzky moved all in after Ribeiro raised from the button. Ribeiro called and tabled [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] which put him behind Palatzky's [poker card="kc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] flop changed nothing, but the [poker card="4d"] turn gave Ribeiro a pair and then [poker card="js"] river failed to bail out Palatzky and he was sent packing in third place. Ribeiro had a dominating 5-1 chip lead over Omar Eljach when heads up play began and over the next 40 minutes he went to work accumulating the rest. On the final hand of the night, Ribeiro raised to 300,000, Eljach re-raised to 900,000 and Ribeiro moved all in and Eljach called with his tournament on the line. Eljach showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="6s"] while Ribeiro tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"] flop kept Ribeiro in the lead. The [poker card="jd"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river gave Ribeiro a straight to eliminate Eljach and give the Portuguese poker pro his first career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Tomas Ribeiro - €128,314 Omar Eljach - €79,291 Marc Palatzky - €54,787 Tobias Peters - €38,581 Ilyaz Dosikov - €27,701 Anson Tsang - €20,285 Leonid Yanovski - €15,157 Christopher Frank - €11,561    
  15. The World Series of Poker continued with its piece-by-piece announcements of the 2019 WSOP schedule on Tuesday, dropping the full schedule for all events with a $10,000-or-higher buy-in. Highlights include a $10,000 Short Deck event, a $50,000 High Roller in celebration of the 50th WSOP, and the WSOP Main Event being played with big blind ante format. "We are proud to be the only tournament series offering such a wide variety of poker variants," WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said in the press release. "Players at this buy-in level should continue to expect terrific structures, with registration open until Day 2 in most cases and plenty of play to determine the champion in each discipline." The announcement comes one week after the WSOP released a batch of 13 events for the 2019 WSOP. There are 20 events with a buy-in of $10,000 or higher, starting with the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty on May 29, 2019, that features 20-minute levels. The $50,000 buy-in 50th Annual High Roller kicks off May 31 at 3 p.m. PT. Players in this new four-day event start with 300,000 in chips and are allowed one re-entry. The $10,000 Short Deck tournament is a four-day event starting on June 2. Players are allowed one re-entry in this event. For those unfamiliar with short deck poker, it is a variant of no-limit hold’em that has quickly risen in popularity in the last couple of years. The game is largely played in high-stakes cash games, but it has been making its way to the tournament scene more recently. With this variant of no-limit hold’em, deuces through fives are removed from the standard 52-card deck, leaving a new 36-card deck that includes only sixes through aces. The 2019 WSOP Main Event kicks off July 3 and plays through July 16, featuring three opening flights and an increased starting stack of 60,000 in chips. As part of this new announcement, the WSOP Main Event will be played using the big blind ante format and registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, which is either July 6 or July 7 at 12 p.m. PT. The WSOP's $100,000 High Roller and $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em events will be played as post-lim tournaments, starting after the WSOP Main Event is well underway on July 11 and July 13, respectively. DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY TIME May 29 Super Turbo Bounty $10,000 60,000 20 minutes None 12 p.m. May 31 50th Annual High Roller $50,000 300,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. June 2 Short Deck NL $10,000 60,000 60 minutes 1 6 p.m. June 5 Heads-Up NL $10,000 60,000 20 minutes None 3 p.m. June 6 Omaha Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 8 NL 2-7 Draw $10,000 60,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. June 11 H.O.R.S.E. $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 14 Dealers Choice 6-Handed $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 17 Seven-Card Stud $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 19 High Roller PLO $25,000 150,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. June 20 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 22 PLO 8-Handed $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 24 Poker Players Championship $50,000 300,000 100 minutes None 3 p.m. June 26 Razz $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 28 PLO Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. June 30 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. July 2 Limit Hold'em $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. July 3 WSOP Main Event 1a $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m. July 4 WSOP Main Event 1b $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m. July 5 WSOP Main Event 1c $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m. July 11 High Roller $100,000 600,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. July 13 6-Handed NL $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
  16. 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.
  17. You can call it cliche if you want, but the World Series of Poker is where the best players in the game go to shine brightest. Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Phil Ivey, and Alex Foxen all enter the 2019 WSOP with the spotlight firmly placed on them. PocketFives editorial staff give their thoughts on how each of these talented players will do this summer. Shaun Deeb "Shaun Deeb is making no secret he wants to go back-to-back as the WSOP Player of the Year. He’s going to be in the mix, but I think it’s going to be incredibly difficult to replicate his 2018 summer in 2019. Deeb is a crusher of all games and while I fully expect him to be in the POY conversation as well as make a mixed game final table to two, I think he’ll simply have to settle for a good, not great, 2019 WSOP." - Jeff Walsh, Senior Writer "For Deeb, 2019 is going to be a test to see if he can walk the walk after he's talked the talk. Well, we already know Deeb has the ability to walk the walk, as he's a highly talented, experienced player who puts in a ton of volume, but being on the bad side of tournament variance can come around at any time in a player's career. I expect Deeb to be a WSOP player of the Year contender once again and a big threat to win any bracelet event he enters. Look for Deeb to tally at least a dozen cashes and reach two or three final tables. Will he win a bracelet in 2019? Deeb has as good of a shot as any and I'll say yes, he will." - Donnie Peters, Managing Editor "It's almost impossible to look at Deeb's body of work and not just automatically assume that he'll be able to do it again. At some point though, he's going to have a stretch where things don't go well. Last summer he cashed 16 times, made 2 final tables and won a bracelet to jump out to a massive POY lead before heading to WSOP Europe. He's going to play every event he can this year in hopes of another bracelet and another POY title, but maybe 16 cashes and a win is too much to expect. I think Deeb will manage no fewer than 10 cashes, but I'd be surprised to see him pull off another win." - Lance Bradley, Editor in Chief Daniel Negreanu "The 2019 WSOP will be unlike any other for Daniel - new wife, no PokerStars, daily vlogs and tens of thousands of his fans money going along for the ride. I think he’ll rise to the occasion with a pair of deep runs and possibly even pick up bracelet number seven in one of the mid-stakes mixed game events." - Walsh "Negreanu has been all over headlines in the final days leading up to the WSOP. He got married to Amanda Leatherman, news dropped that he and PokerStars had parted ways, he’s been feuding on social media, and he sold a bunch of action for his 2019 WSOP slate to poker fans all over the world. The latter of that bunch could very well be what motivates Negreanu to crush this summer. With thousands of people invested in Negreanu, he should want to perform well for them. That last time he sold action in a headlining way was for the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop, and he placed second in that event for $8.288 million. Negreanu has adjusted his schedule for the 2019 WSOP and will be playing more low buy-in events because he has said he really wants to make a push for WSOP Player of the Year. With a big schedule planned, thousands of supporters he doesn’t want to let down, and motivation to really show out in his first WSOP in forever as an unsponsored player, it could be a huge summer for Negreanu, and that’s what I think we’ll be getting from him. The last time Negreanu won a gold bracelet in Las Vegas was way back in 2008. He’s due. I predict Negreanu will charge to a handful of final tables this summer and win at least his seventh WSOP gold bracelet, if not his eighth as well." - Peters "As my colleagues have already pointed out, Negreanu has been all over the place lately. While all of that stuff has prevented him from focusing on poker, all of that stuff happened so that Negreanu could turn all of his attention to the WSOP. Once the tournaments begin, he's got every reason in the world to be zoned in and focused. A third time Player of the Year title could very easily be in the works already and I think he's going to get himself at least one bracelet before the Main Event begins." - Bradley Phil Hellmuth "Everything is all lined up for Phil Hellmuth. It's been 30 years since his Main Event victory and the 50th Annual WSOP, it would be destiny for the all-time leader in gold bracelets to find the winner’s circle this summer. Now, I’m not a 'PHater', but it all feels a little too perfect and so...I am fading Hellmuth in 2019. While I think his rant game will be on point, he’ll have a mediocre series and need to get back after it in 2020." - Walsh "Hellmuth is 'Mr. WSOP.' He leads in the categories of most gold bracelets, most cashes, and most final tables at the WSOP, and he continues to put himself in position to win more and more at the Series each and every summer. Just look at 2018, when he cashed seven times and won his 15th bracelet at the WSOP. The year before that, he cashed nine times, when you include WSOP Europe and finished in the top 10 three times. Hellmuth is one of the hungriest players to win every summer and it shows because he wears his heart on his sleeve and hides nothing. The 2019 WSOP marks 30 years since he won the 1989 WSOP Main Event, so we should expect him to be going all out once again. With more events than ever, I predict Hellmuth will reach the top 10 in at least two events and win one gold bracelet." - Peters "Imagine betting against Hellmuth at the WSOP? The spotlight on this year's WSOP will be heightened and that basically almost feeds into the "PH machine". He's also talked about wanting to win a Pot Limit Omaha bracelet and claims to have "shredded" the Razz events over the past few years. Sounds like he's going to be playing even more events this year. I don't think he's got any shot at POY, but he's leaving this summer with #16 stitched on the side of his hat and a new piece of jewellery on his wrist." - Bradley Phil Ivey "Now, for the other Phil, Phil Ivey. Ivey hasn’t been a massive success at the WSOP in recent years because he’s been very much out of competition. He just hasn’t played. His last bracelet came in 2014 and there was a gap in his résumé until the 2018 WSOP when he played a handful of events and cashed four times. With the release of Ivey’s MasterClass course, one would think he’ll be making the jump back into the WSOP waters in 2019. As for predictions, he’s become a very tough one to get a read one, much like he’s virtually unreadable at the poker table. I think he’ll play a bunch because he wouldn’t have released a MasterClass if he was still hiding in the shadows, so I’ll guess that we see him at a couple final tables and challenging for the winner’s circle once or twice. Whether or not he wins a bracelet is really up to Ivey. If he puts in the volume and gets down to business, he’ll win one. If he just shows up to put himself out there because of the MasterClass course, it’s going to be a real tease for poker fans everywhere." - Peters "As much as I’d like to see Ivey. I don’t think we will. Hope I’m proven wrong on Day 1." - Walsh "He ain't coming, kids. Let's just move on." - Bradley Alex Foxen "Alex Foxen is lining up those bracelet bets and I, for one, wouldn’t be betting against him. I’m not sure if he’s going to actually take down a gold bracelet this year but I have a feeling it’s going to a profitable summer for Foxen at the WSOP." - Walsh "As long as Foxen doesn't get sucked away by the big buy-in events at ARIA this summer, look out WSOP. With the added motivation of bracelets bets now on the table, I predict we'll see Foxen land himself in the WSOP winner's circle this summer. He's a no-limit hold'em tournament specialist and there are plenty of events right in his wheelhouse. For starters, Foxen will have two really good chances to win a bracelet in the first few days of the 2019 WSOP with the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and the $50,000 High Roller. The $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em and $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, both of which take place in the first week of June, are also solid opportunities for Foxen." - Peters "When somebody puts it out there that they want to make bracelet bets against any and all comers, it tells you that they're ready for the grind that is the WSOP. History doesn't support his confidence though. Foxen has had just 25 cashes at the Rio over his career and three of them were final tables. Still, he's the GPI #1-ranked player for a reason and if he's got extra financial incentive to get his first bracelet, you know he's going to be less inclined to wander over to the Venetian or Aria to play their events. Deep runs almost feel like a given, but a bracelet? I'm not so sure." - Bradley
  18. A crazy Saturday at the 2019 World Series of Poker saw four players all win their first career WSOP bracelet, including online poker legend Isaac Baron, as well as another record-setting field in the Millionaire Maker. Murilo Figueredo Gives Brazil First Win of 2019 in $1,500 HORSE To say that Brazilian players are passionate about poker would be an understatement. When one of their players make a WSOP final table, the rail is usually packed with fellow countrymen. Saturday was no exception as Murilo Figueredo beat Jason Stockfish heads-up to win the $1,500 HORSE event for the first Brazilian win this summer. “It's amazing to have all the best players from Brazil here. I've known them for a long time. Some of them I've been playing with for more than 13 years," Figueredo said after his win. "They are my big friends, and to win here with them watching, I just don't have words to describe it.” Figueredo and Stockfish returned on Saturday to finish the event as the only two players left standing. The pair played for four hours before Figueredo emerged with the win and the $207,003 first place prize. Final Table Payouts Murilo Figueredo - $207,003 Jason Stockfish - $127,932 Gary Kosakowski - $89,730 Phillip Hui - $63,860 Chris Klodnicki - $46,127 Alex Dovzhenko - $33,822 Joe Aronesty - $25,181 Danny Woolard - $19,040 Sean Swingruber Denies Ben Yu Bracelet #4 The final four in the $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em were given Friday off so that the last three matches could be streamed on Saturday. Bracelet winners Ben Yu, Cord Garcia, and Keith Lehr were all poised to add to their collection while relative unknown Sean Swingruber was considered a bit of an afterthought. When Friday wrapped up though, it was Swingruber standing tall with the bracelet in hand. “To win this event, first try, first bracelet, it’s incredible,” Swingruber said. Swingruber beat Garcia in the semi-final and then took 3.5 hours to battle Yu before finishing him off. Swingruber, a cash game player for Los Angeles, has a very limited tournament resume. In February he finished runner-up in the LAPC One Million event for $132,220. Prior to that, he had just six cashes to his credit and none since 2014. Being an unknown commodity didn't bother the 30-year-old professional poker player though. “I honestly thought my biggest edge coming into this tournament was that people really didn’t know me. I’m not really known in the poker world. I think a lot of opponents looked me up and thought, this is gonna be an easier match.” Final Four Payouts Sean Swingruber - $186,356 Ben Yu - $115,174 Cord Garcia - $73,333 Keith Lehr -$73,333 Isaac Baron Wins $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed In the pre-Black Friday version of online poker, Isaac Baron was a legitimate boss. He's had some big live scores since then, including a third place finish at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, but a signature win has long eluded him. Until Saturday. Baron won the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed event for $407,730 and his first gold bracelet. “It's been a long time coming to get this first bracelet," Baron said. "I've wanted it for a while. I'm just glad it was pretty easy today." Baron and Singapore's Ong Dingxiang were the only two players to return for Day 4 action and it took just 15 minutes to wrap things up. Final Table Payouts Isaac Baron - $407,739 Ong Dingxiang - $251,937 Stephen Graner - $177,085 James Hughes - $126,011 Richard Hasnip - $90,791 Cameron Marshall - $66,243 Brett Apter Tops $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Brett Apter outlasted nine other players to win the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout on Saturday for his first career bracelet topping a 24-hour period that Apter doesn't want to ever forget. "I feel like I’m in a dream," Apter said after the tournament was over. "I’ve wanted this ever since I first started playing poker. And ever since I won yesterday and knew I was going to the final table, it hasn’t felt real. I’ve just been trying to live up every moment." There was a period at the final table that might have felt like a nightmare for the 31-year-old Nashville resident. Anatolii Zyrin eliminated Tommy Nguyen in third place and entered heads-up holding a 4.5-1 chip lead over Apter. Over the next two hours, Apter took over the chip lead and eventually found pocket aces to eliminate Zyrin in second place. Final Table Payouts Brett Apter - $238,824 Anatolii Zyrin - $147,594 Tommy Nguyen - $106,351 Adrian Scarpa - $77,591 Manuel Afonso Soares Ruivo - $57,326 Cary Katz - $42,897 Shintaro Baba - $32,517 Michael O'Grady - $24,973 Kenna James - $19,436 Marko Maher - $15,331 Robert Mizrachi Leads $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Final 6 Robert Mizrachi has four WSOP bracelets to his credit, and after Saturday he's in good shape to make it five. Mizrachi finished Day 3 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship with 3,905,000 in the bag, nearly double that of his next closest competitor. Nick Guagenti sits second with 2,000,000 while Owais Ahmed is right behind him with 1,850,000. Frankie O'Dell, who has two bracelets in Omaha Hi-Lo (2003 & 2007), sits fifth with 1,000,000. Jake Schwartz, making his second final table appearance of the 2019 WSOP, is the shortest stack with 940,000. Some of the 17 players eliminated on Saturday included David 'Bakes' Baker, Mike Wattel, Mike Matusow, Richard Ashby, Shaun Deeb, and David Benyamine. Action resumes at Noon PT and will be streamed on CBS All Access (USA, Canada, Australia) and PokerGO (all other countries). Final Table Chip Counts Robert Mizrachi - 3,905,000 Nick Guagenti - 2,000,000 Owais Ahmed - 1,850,000 Robert Campbell - 1,235,000 Frankie O'Dell - 1,000,000 Jake Schwartz - 940,000 Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em For the first time in the seven-year history of the WSOP Millionaire Maker, the field passed the 8,000-player barrier and for a while on Saturday, it looked as if it might almost break 9,000, too. In the end, 4,887 players entered Day 1B to push the two-day total to 8,809. The previous biggest Millionaire Maker field came in 2013 when 7,977 entries built up a $10,768,950 prize pool. Noah Schwartz became the only player across both starting flights to finish with more than 1,000,000 in chips. Schwartz finished Day 1B with 1,100,300 to take a substantial chip lead into Day 2. The second biggest stack on Day 1B belonged to Erasmus Morfe with 666,000. There's another significant drop between stacks as Timothy Burden finished with 420,000 for the third best. Just 1,295 players made it through Day 1 B including JC Tran, Jeremy Ausmus, Alex Foxen, Yuval Bronshtein, Johnnie Moreno, Olivier Busquet, and Anton Wigg. Those players will combine with the 968 players who survived Day 1A on Sunday for the Day 2 restart. Top 10 Chip Counts Noah Schwartz - 1,100,300 Erasmus Morfe - 666,000 Timothy Burden - 420,000 Kfir Nahum - 384,400 Caleb King - 371,000 Kevin MacPhee - 366,500 David Farah - 359,200 Binh Ly - 345,600 Brian Kim - 344,500 Anthony Zinno Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Anthony Zinno sits atop the final 10 players in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event but has an impressive group of players chasing him. Zinno finished Day 2 with 733,000. Joshua Mountain is his closest competition with 445,000. Zinno also has WSOP Circuit crusher Valentin Vornicu (409,000), three-time bracelet winners Rep Porter (281,000) and Eli Elezra (274,000) and two-time bracelet winners Scott Seiver (215,000) and David Singer (136,000) all looking to prevent him from adding a second bracelet to his collection. Play resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Anthony Zinno - 733,000 Joshua Mountain - 445,000 Valentin Vornicu - 409,000 Rep Porter - 281,000 Eli Elezra - 274,000 Scott Seiver - 215,000 Tab Thiptinnakon - 200,000 David Singer - 136,000 Timothy Frazin - 115,000 Rodney Pardey Jr. - 45,000 Pedro Bromfman Leads $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Just 83 players showed up for Day 1 of the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship but that suits Pedro Bromfman just fine. He bagged up 470,000 for the Day 1 chip lead. He is joined by 28 more Day 1 survivors including Majid Yahyaei, who sits second with 410,000. Dan Zack, who recently won his first bracelet and wants to chase down WSOP Player of the Year honors, finished in third with 312,000. Other notables who finished Day 1 with chips include Jean-Robert Bellande, Brian Rast, Frank Kassela, John Monnette, Darren Elias, Daniel Negreanu, and Paul Volpe. Registration is open until the start of Day 2 with another 20-30 players expected to enter or take advantage of the single re-entry after busting out on Day 1. There has been no sign of Phil Ivey in this event, but some suspect he will be one of the players to register at the start of Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Pedro Bromfman - 470,000 Majid Yahyaei - 410,000 Daniel Zack - 312,000 Julien Martini - 285,000 Ajay Chabra - 283,500 Dan Shak - 283,500 Jean-Robert Bellande - 263,000 Jim Bechtel - 258,000 Shawn Sheikhan - 232,500 Alex Balandin - 232,000
  19. Three players won bracelets on Day 15 of the 2019 World Series of Poker and a couple of four-time champions put themselves in position to win their fifth. John Gorsuch, Rami Boukai, and Andrew Donabedian all ended their day by posing for winner photos. John Gorsuch Rallies to Win Millionaire Maker John Gorsuch was in a position that a lot of poker players have been in. Down to just two big blinds in a tournament and expecting the inevitable bust out. It never came for Gorsuch though. He went from two big blinds to WSOP bracelet winner and millionaire a few hours later after rallying to win the $1,500 Millionaire Maker Wednesday night. The 42-year-old from Florida has been at a WSOP final table before, finishing fifth a $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event in 2017. On Wednesday night, Gorsuch left nobody in his wake, including runner-up Kazuki Ikeuchi who started heads-up play with a 3-2 chip lead. Along with the $1.34 million score and WSOP gold bracelet, Korsuch was coveting something even simpler - the victory. “I haven’t won a tournament outright since maybe 2013 and it was a little bar tournament,” Korsuch said. Having recently sold his company, Korsuch seems to be set on simply playing cards for now and seeing where that takes him. “I’m a poker player for right now. I’ve talked to other people who’ve bought companies, sold companies. You always have that itch to figure out what’s next," Korsuch said. "Poker is awesome. I can play poker all day and all night long. This kind of helps figure out whether I want to keep doing it. Which I think I do.” Final Table Payouts John Gorsuch - $1,344,930 Kazuki Ikeuchi - $830,783 Lokesh Garg - $619,017 Vincas Tamasauskas - $464,375 Joshua Thibodaux - $350,758 Cory Albertson - $266,771 Bob Shao - $204,306 Fabian Gumz - $157,565 Joshua Reichard - $122,375 Rami Boukai Wins $1,500 Eight Game Mix After bagging up chips on Tuesday night, Rami Boukai and John Evans returned Wednesday to finish off the $1,500 Eight Game Mix event. Boukai wasted little time, taking Evans' final chips after just 45 minutes of play to capture his second bracelet and $177,294. “I don’t sleep too well in this city, I just didn’t want to fuck things up, I had a big chip lead," Boukai said of the need to play a fourth day. "It was as good of a spot as I could see myself in.” Boukai's first win came in 2009. Evan earned $109,553 as the runner-up for his largest career score and just second WSOP cash. His first came last week when he min-cashed the $1,500 HORSE event. Chris Klodnicki finished third for $72,933. Final Table Payouts Rami Boukai - $177,294 John Evans - $109,553 Chris Klodnicki - $72,933 Philip Long - $49,531 Allen Kessler - $34,329 Donny Rubinstein - $24,292 Andrew Donabedian Ships $600 PLO Deepstack Andrew Donabedian outlasted 2,576 other players to win the $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack bracelet and $205,605. He finished the job on Wednesday night, beating Todd Dreyer heads up for the third live tournament win of his career. A WSOP Circuit regular, Donabedian has yet to win a WSOP Circuit event. His two previous wins also came in PLO events on the Las Vegas Strip. His previous biggest score came last summer when he won $22,723. "Winning a bracelet is awesome honestly. I got a bracelet before I got a ring, I play a lot of circuit events and got a lot of second and thirds, but no win yet," Donabedian said. "I guess I was saving the win for the bracelet. I don’t feel like I need to win a ring now, because I have one better." Final Table Payouts Andrew Donabedian - $205,605 Todd Dreyer - $126,948 Robert Valden - $92,672 Corey Wright - $68,258 Mihai Niste - $50,732 Alexandru Ivan - $38,051 Tom Franklin - $28,803 Florian Fuchs - $22,006 Alexander Condon - $16,971 52 Players Left in the Running in Marathon Event Day 3 of the $2,620 Marathon No Limit Hold'em event was a busy one. The day began with 188 players still in contention and after 25 players were eliminated, the bubble burst leaving 163 players in the money in one of the longest tournaments on the WSOP schedule. At the end of the day just 52 players were left with Matt Russell bagging up the chip lead. His lead is a narrow one, however, as Peter Hong ended with 1,205,000 and Johan Guilbert finished with 1,204,000. Five other players finished with a stack of at least 1,000,000. Joseph Cheong, TK Miles, Mohsin Charania, Anatoly Filatov, Day 2 chip leader David Coleman, and reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz all moved on to Day 4. Some of the notables who cashed on Wednesday but weren't able to stay in the tournament included Andre Akkari, Joao Vieira, Maria Lampropulos, Kane Kalas, Matt Berkey, Ian O'Hara, Bertrand Grospellier, Cliff Josephy, Olivier Busquet, and Ole Schemion. Players return to action at 1 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Matt Russell - 1,260,000 Peter Hong - 1,205,000 Johan Guilbert - 1,204,000 Vladimir Alexandrov - 1,107,000 Tuan Phan - 1,041,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,030,000 Jason Wandling - 1,007,000 Sergio Fernandez - 1,000,005 Francis Anderson - 900,000 Preston Lee - 796,000 Michael Mizrachi Grinds His Way to $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Final Table Lead Michael Mizrachi, recently named the ninth greatest player in WSOP history, has just five more players to outlast in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo to claim his fifth career bracelet. Mizrachi, who started the day with the chip lead with 22 left, ended in the same position with just six players left. Mizrachi bagged up 1,355,000. Michael Sopko and Robert Gray are in the chase group, with 1,184,000 and 1,028,000 respectively. Mizrachi is the only player at the final table with a WSOP bracelet already to his credit. Yuval Bronshtein, fresh off of winning his first bracelet, busted in 13th place. The final table gets underway at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Michael Mizrachi - 1,355,000 Michael Sopko - 1,184,000 Robert Gray - 1,028,000 Elias Hourani - 425,000 Jose Paz-Gutierrez - 300,000 Jan Stein - 264,000 Stephen Song Leads $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Table From 346 players that started Day 2 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, just six remain and Stephen Song sits with an overwhelming chip lead. Song finished with 24,655,000 and only one other player, Sevak Mikaeil, finished with more than 6,000,000. Ryan Laplante finished with the fourth biggest stack at 4,885,000. Phil Hellmuth picked up his fourth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a 16th place finish for $13,830. Daniel Alaei, Rich Zhu, and Phillip Hui all managed to find a cash before busting late on Day 2. Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Paul Volpe and defending champion John Hennigan were among the players who busted before the money bubble burst. Day 3 begins at 3 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Brian Hastings - 1,125,000 Dario Sammartino - 1,120,000 Daniel Ospina - 1,112,000 Greg Mueller - 734,000 Phil Galfond - 734,000 Marco Johnson - 631,000 David Brookshire - 611,000 Matthew Gonzales - 551,000 Nick Guagenti - 537,000 Tom Koral - 425,000 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Draws 1,526 Players One of just two events to get underway on Wednesday, the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event attracted 1,526 and through 10 levels of play, Bulgaria's Stefan Ivanov finished with the chip lead. Ivanov was one of 309 players who survived Day 1. Right behind Ivanov is Luis Zedan with 374,000. The third biggest stack belongs to Joseph Sabe with 330,000. JC Tran, Pim de Goede, Dan Shak, Ismael Bojang, Chris Moorman, Joao Simao, Eoghan O'Dea, Erik Seidel, Joao Vieira, and John Racener all managed to move on to Day 2. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT and will see the money bubble burst after 80 more players are eliminated. Top 10 Chip Counts Stefan Ivanov - 386,000 Luis Zedan - 374,000 Joseph Sabe - 330,000 Szymon Wysocki - 306,500 Neil Yekell - 277,000 Andrew Whitaker - 274,000 Joshua Gibson - 261,500 Jon Turner - 258,000 Christopher Aiello - 251,500 Anatolii Zyrin - 248,000 Former #1 Griffin Benger Tops $3K Six Max NLHE Day 1 Griffin Benger is no stranger to the spotlight at the World Series of Poker. Benger, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, finished seventh in the 2016 WSOP Main Event. On Wednesday, Benger finished on top of the 140 players who survived Day 1 of the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event. Benger ended the day with 427,000. The next biggest stack belongs to Upeshka De Silva with 306,000 chips in the bag. 2018 WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles, Joe Cada, Jonathan Proudfoot, Ben Heath, Adrian Mateos, Dan Ott, Daniel Negreanu, and Chris Ferguson all moved on to Day 2. The tournament attracted a field of 754 players, down from the 868 that played in 2018. Top 10 Chip Counts Griffin Benger - 427,500 Upeshka De Silva - 306,000 Michael Tureniec - 263,000 Onur Unsal - 258,000 Manig Loeser - 245,000 James Obst - 242,000 Aleksandr Shevliakov - 222,000 Robert Bickley - 221,500 Kunuk Shin - 221,000 Francisco Torrecillas - 219,500 Thursday Schedule
  20. One of the top 50 players in World Series of Poker history added to his bracelet collection on Thursday while one of the top American players under the age of 25 picked up the first bracelet of his career. All of this happened while another field size record was almost broken in the Seniors event. 'The Grinder' Wins Bracelet #5 in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Michael Mizrachi is the only player to have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship event three times. On Thursday he became the charter member of another exclusive club: the first player to win five bracelets in the 2010s. Mizrachi beat Robert Gray heads-up to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event and take home his fifth career WSOP bracelet and second in two years. Along with the three PPC titles, Mizrachi's other bracelet was in a €10,400 Split-Format No Limit Hold'em event in 2011. “It’s great. Obviously, I want the $50K again, but this is something different," Mizrachi said. "We needed a change. Everything was $10K or more, and now it’s a $1,500. I was due for a $1,500 one. It feels great.” Mizrachi is the 26th player to have won at least five bracelets. Gray earned $88,254 for his runner-up finish. His previous best finish was a 15th place result in a $1,500 HORSE event in 2016 for $7,555. Final Table Payouts Michael Mizrachi - $142,801 Robert Gray - $88,254 Michael Sopko - $60,330 Elias Hourani - $42,014 Jan Stein - $29,818 Jose Paz-Gutierrez - $21,575 Martin Sawtell - $15,921 Matthew Schultz - $11,986 Roman Korenev Leads Marathon Event into Home Stretch Just 16 players remain in the $2,620 Marathon event with Russian Roman Korenev sitting on top of the chip counts. Korenev finished Day 4 with 3,125,000 as 36 players were eliminated on Thursday. Korenev is on top, but the next five biggest stacks are all relatively close. Yicheng Xu sits just 80,000 chips behind and the next four players have between 2,710,000 and 2,850,000. Among the players who were eliminated on Thursday were Joseph Cheong (49th), Anatoly Filatov (46th), reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz (43rd), Mohsin Charania (38th), and David Coleman. Action resumes at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Roman Korenev - 3,125,000 Yicheng Xu - 3,045,000 Dong Sheng - 2,930,000 Matt Russell - 2,850,000 Vladimir Revniaga - 2,795,000 Joe Curcio - 2,710,000 Jared Koppel - 1,870,000 Peter Hong - 1,660,000 Sergio Fernandez - 1,615,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,340,000 Stephen Song Captures First Bracelet, $341,854 in $1K NLHE Stephen Song entered the final table of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event with nearly 50% of the chips in play and just five players standing between him and his first bracelet. The 23-year-old from Connecticut didn't exactly coast to victory, but in the end, he was able to pull off the win. “At first I thought it was going to be pretty smooth sailing,” Song said “But then Renata flush-over-flushed me right away, and he's pretty good, so that was not ideal. Laplante kept on getting jams through so he kept on chipping up swiftly. It wasn't going as planned for sure; it was definitely a bumpy ride.” Renato Kaneoya picked up the first two eliminations before going home in fourth place at the hands of Ryan Laplante. Song then picked off Laplante in third and Scot Masters in second to win $341,854 and the bracelet. Song's previous best WSOP finish came last summer when he finished 7th in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Masters earned $211,177 as the runner-up while Laplante pocked $154,268, his fourth six-figure WSOP score. All came in events with a buy-in of $1,500 or less. Final Table Payouts Stephen Song - $341,854 Scot Masters - $211,177 Ryan Laplante - $154,268 Renato Kaneoya - $113,712 Sevak Mikaiel - $84,581 Dominic Coombe - $63,491 Pedro Ingles - $48,101 Vegard Ropstad - $36,783 Dario Sammartino Leads $10,000 HORSE Final Table Dario Sammartino picked up some heat on Day 2 of the $10,000 HORSE event and carried that momentum through Day 3 to end up with the chip lead with just seven players left. Sammartino bagged up 5,030,000 and sits comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Craig Chait sits second with 1,630,000 with Scott Clements the only other player with more than 1,000,000 at 1,355,000. Greg Mueller, Daniel Ospina, Mikhail Semin, and Matthew Gonzalez round out the rest of the field. Some of the players eliminated on Thursday included Justin Bonomo, Brian Hastings, Anthony Zinno, Marco Johnson, and Jen Harman. This is Harman's first cash in this event. Phil Hellmuth also played but was unable to make it to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts Adilson Moraes - 379,200 Albert Halfon - 361,700 Ravinder Bedi - 321,800 Ronald Larsen - 289,900 Mark Kroon - 274,400 Anthony Martin - 273,700 Cristobal Romano - 267,500 Yue Du - 266,800 Danut Chisu - 264,000 Three-time Bracelet Winner Benny Glaser Leads $1,500 Triple Draw After Day 1 While the seniors were filling most of the tables on Thursday, a number of the better mixed game players entered the $1,500 Triple Draw event. Benny Glaser, who won this event in 2015 for the first of his three WSOP bracelets, finished Day 1 with 79,500 and the chip lead. He's followed closely by Jared Bleznick, Jeffrey Shea, Penh Lo, Robert Campbell, and Frederic Moss. The event drew 467 players, 111 more than it did last summer. Only 139 survived to see Day 2 and just 71 will finish in the money. Some of the notables that managed to advance were Nick Schulman, Daniel Negreanu, Ismael Bojang, Yuval Bronshtein, Frankie O'Dell, Phil Hellmuth, James Obst, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Strelitz. Day 2 starts at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Benny Glaser - 79,500 Jared Bleznick - 75,700 Jeffrey Shea - 72,900 Penh Lo - 72,600 Robert Campbell - 72,000 Frederic Moss - 70,600 Brett Bader - 69,000 Duncan Kirk - 68,400 Owais Ahmed - 64,100 Scott Bohlman - 63,000 Dan Zack Continues to Lead WSOP POY Race; Stephen Song Enters Conversation Dan Zack picked up his seventh cash of the summer on Thursday to extend his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race but he's got some new competition occupying the #2 spot. After winning the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, Stephen Song added 1,105.4 points to his total to move to #2. POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Dan Zack 1864.94 2 Stephen Song 1503.76 3 John Gorsuch 1431.95 4 Daniel Strelitz 1408.47 5 Isaac Baron 1396.76   Friday Schedule
  21. Saturday delivered more action from the 2019 World Series of Poker, including three more gold bracelet winners and a stacked final 11 in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice. Here’s everything that went down on June 15 inside the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, an update to the WSOP Player of the Year race, and a look at the schedule for Sunday. Korenev Finishes First in Marathon, Wins $477,401 Russian Roman Korenev earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and largest career live tournament score when he took down the $2,620 Marathon on Saturday in Las Vegas. Korenev finished atop the field of 1,083 entries to win the $477,401 first-place prize. Korenev entered the final day in fourth chip position with six players remaining. American Jared Koppel was the big chip leader and the player Korenev ultimately got heads up with. Sticking true to the name of the event, the heads-up match between Korenev and Koppel was a grind. The two exchanged 12 double ups during the 219-hand duel, and the end of the match was an exciting one. On the 415th hand of the final table, which was the 215th hand of heads-up play, Korenev doubled through Koppel with pocket tens versus [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Td"]. Left with just 12 big blinds, Koppel doubled right back the next hand. After two raise-and-takes, Hand #419 of the final table saw the two get the money in on a [poker card="Js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="Ks"] board. Korenev had turned top pair, top kicker, with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"]. Koppel was the one at risk holding an inferior [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Ts"]. The river delivered the [poker card="Ac"] to give Korenev two pair and the victory. For his runner-up performance, Koppel earned $295,008. Final Table Results 1st: Roman Korenev - $477,401 2nd: Jared Koppel - $295,008 3rd: Dong Sheng Peng - $208,726 4th: Francis Anderson - $149,605 5th: Joe Curcio - $108,646 6th: Joseph Liberta - $79,957 7th: Matt Russell - $59,642 8th: Gustavo Darosamuniz - $45,100 9th: Peter Hong - $34,580 The event saw 163 players cash, including Timothy 'T.K.' Miles (14th - $21,208), PocketFiver and one of the USA’s top ranked online poker players David 'dehhhhh' Coleman (27th - $13,780), Mohsin Charania (38th - $9,504), reigning Hublot WPT Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz (43rd - $9,504), and Ole Schemion (66th - $6,110). [caption id="attachment_624879" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Luis Zedan wins gold in the $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event[/caption] Zedan Speeds To PLO Victory for $236,673 Five players returned on Saturday in Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2019 WSOP. Luis Zedan was the chip leader by a wide margin and he made quick work of his opponents. On the final day, Zedan busted three of his four competitors en route to winning his first career gold bracelet. Thida Lin was the player Zedan faced off against in heads-up play, and she had the chance to become the first female winner of an open bracelet event in 2019. Zedan entered heads-up play with quite the chip lead and it proved insurmountable. He stretched the lead early and quickly sealed the deal to win the $236,673 first-place prize. For Lin, the second-place score of $146,196 was the largest of her live poker career. It was her second WSOP cash and first WSOP final table. Final Table Results 1st: Luis Zedan - $236,673 2nd: Thida Lin - $146,196 3rd: Samad Razavi - $104,888 4th: Ryan Robinson - $76,101 5th: Ryan Goindoo - $55,845 6th: Gregory Donatelli - $41,453 7th: Christopher Conrad - $31,130 8th: Stanislav Parkhomenko - $23,654 9th: Erik Wilcke - $18,188 The $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was another record-setting competition at the 2019 WSOP. The 1,526 entries the event drew proved the largest since the tournament became part of the schedule in 2014. The previous best was the turnout of 1,293 entries in 2015. The top 229 entries paid, including Anton Morgenstern (14th - $11,151), Joe Beevers (46th - $4,083), Jon Turner (63rd - $3,472), and Matt Stout (65th - $2,992). Allan Le, gold bracelet winner from 2016, finished in 66th place for $2,992. [caption id="attachment_624880" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Robert Campbell's first taste of WSOP gold comes in the 2019 $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event[/caption] Campbell Captures Triple Draw Gold for $144,027 Australia's Robert Campbell earned his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Saturday night, taking down Event #33: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw to the tune of $144,027. Campbell topped a field of 467 entries and defeated three-time bracelet winner David Bach in heads-up play to win the gold. Campbell entered the third and final day in the bottom half of the counts with 17 players remaining. He was the chip leader when the final table of seven was reached and rode that chip lead to victory. Campbell has previously been close to a WSOP bracelet, included twice this summer with finishes in fifth place and eighth place already recorded. On the way to winning, Campbell had to contend with last year's champion of this event, Hanh Tran, who ultimately finished seventh for $13,593. Final Table Results 1st: Robert Campbell - $144,027 2nd: David Back - $88,995 3rd: Jared Bleznick - $208,726 4th: Kyle Miaso - $149,605 5th: Jesse Hampton - $108,646 6th: Aron Dermer - $79,957 7th: Hanh Tran - $13,593 The top 71 places cashed from the field of 467, including Benny Glaser (10th - $10,037), Daniel Strelitz (14th - $5,912), and Brock Parker (28th - $3,879). Mash Leads Final 19 in Seniors Championship Howard Mash is in the money for the second time at the 2019 WSOP, only this time he’s reached the final 19 players of Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship and is the chip leader entering Day 4. Mash finished Day 3 with 13.99 million in chips. For Coral Springs, Florida, Mash has a handful of WSOP cashes, including two from the WSOP Main Event. This year, Mash finished in 2,428th place in the record-setting WSOP Big 50. To date, his career-best live tournament score if $49,335 and his largest WSOP cash is for $42,980. Mash was also the chip leader after Day 2 of this event. Now, just 18 players stand between Mash, his first WSOP gold bracelet, and $662,594 in first-place prize money. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Howard Mash - 13,990,000 2. Jean-René Fontaine - 12,250,000 3. Farhad Jamasi - 10,425,000 4. Alan Ho - 10,065,000 5. Dennis Brand - 9,045,000 6. James McNurlan - 8,800,000 7. Adam Richardson - 7,975,000 8. Mansour Alipourfard - 7,625,000 9. Ali Zihni - 7,300,000 10. Roger Stewart - 7,105,000 Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship drew a field of 5,917 entries, with the top 888 making the money. Included in those to put together a deep run were Layne Flack (20th - $22,988), Charles ‘Woody’ Moore (41st - $15,018), and Victor Ramdin (63rd - $10,122). Flack was the last player eliminated on Saturday, falling at the hands of Farhad Jamasi. On a flop of Qd9s2d, Flack got the money in with the JdTd for a combo draw. Jamasi had top set with the QsQc. The turn was the 2h to give Jamasi a full house, then the river completed the board with the 5s. The final 19 players are scheduled to be back in action on Sunday, June 16, at 12 p.m. PT. The plan is to play down to a winner. 11 Remain in $10,000 Dealer’s Choice, Friedman Leads Adam Friedman leads the final 11 players in Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice. It was a long Day 2 on Saturday, with the field topping out at 122 entries, the money being reached, and just 11 players left standing, but it all sets up for an exciting finish to this prestigious tournament. Friedman is out in front, and he's joined by Shaun Deeb, Matt Glantz, Nick Schulman, and Jeff Lisandro, among others. The top 18 players cashed, and it was Jordan Siegel finishing on the money bubble in 19th place. After Siegel busted, Mike Ross, Luke Schwartz, Xunen Zheng, Chris Klodnicki, Yehuda Buchalter, Adam Owen, Max Pescatori, and Matthew Schreiber all hit the rail with in-the-money finishes. Day 3 Chip Counts 1. Adam Friedman - 1,289,000 2. Michael McKenna - 1,150,000 3. Shaun Deeb - 1,002,000 4. Matt Glantz - 910,000 5. David Moskowitz - 641,000 6. Philip Sternheimer - 621,000 7. Phil Hui - 568,000 8. Bryce Yockey - 559,000 9. Nick Schulman - 396,000 10. Majid Yahyaei - 95,000 11. Jeff Lisandro - 93,000 Guaranteed at least $20,285, the final 11 players will be back in action on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. PT. Bonomo, Lichtenberger, and Bicknell Among 40 To Advance in $3,000 Shootout Day 1 of Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout took place on Saturday, with a field of 313 players spread out across 40 tables inside the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. In the shootout format, one winner from each table advanced to the second round, and included in those 40 players to advance were Justin Bonomo, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Kristin Bicknell. Those three weren’t the only notables to advance. Joining them will be Byron Kaverman, Taylor Paur, Rainer Kempe, Maurice Hawkins, Jesse Sylvia, Dario Sammartino, James Obst, and Eric Froehlich. Up for grabs is a $207,193 top prize and the WSOP gold bracelet. All 40 players to have advanced to the second round have locked up at least $6,099. For Sunday’s second day of play, 10 four-handed tables will be in action, and the 10 winners will advance to Monday’s final table. Reaching the final 10 will earn a play no less than $12,937. Among those to compete in this year’s $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout but who failed to advance were Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Paul Volpe, Erik Seidel, Anthony Zinno, and Scott Clements. Day 2 is scheduled to start Sunday at 2 p.m. PT. 2,327 Remain for Day 2 of $1,000 Double Stack Saturday brought out another big starting field for Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em. After a turnout of 3,013 entries on Friday’s Day 1a, another 3,201 were added to the mix on Saturday’s Day 1b. The total field came in at 6,214 and there are 2,327 players advancing to Day 2 on Sunday. Bracelet winner Sean Getzwiller bagged the Day 1b chip lead with 418,000, but he'll still be trailing the 530,000 of Juan Esirviez from Day 1a. In fact, five players from Day 1a bagged a larger chip stack than Getzwiller did on Day 1b. Also bagging big on Day 1b were Julien Martini with 285,200, Daniel Negreanu with 251,200, and Jeff Madsen with 189,300. Overall Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Juan Esirviez - 530,000 2. Sunny Chattha - 478,000 3. Imran Mukati - 432,300 4. Arianna Son - 424,500 5. Andrew Rubin - 422,200 6. Sean Getzwiller - 418,000 7. Gabriel Sack - 416,000 8. Yasheel Doddanavar - 415,000 9. Ari Engel - 399,800 10. Andres Jeckeln - 392,800 Elsewhere on the leaderboard for Day 2 were Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell (244,800), Christian Harder (193,500), Ramon Colillas (153,000), Joe Cada (105,600), Calvin Anderson (92,200), and Allen Kessler (81,800). The remaining 2,327 players will be back in action on Sunday, June 16, starting at 12 p.m. PT. The plan is to play another 10 60-minute levels of action and this is the day when the money will be reached. The top 933 places will reach the money, with $687,782 up top. Zack Still Leads 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Race Daniel Zack, who pledged his push to win 2019 WSOP Player of the Year, remained atop the POY leaderboard after Saturday. Zack has 1,968.99 points and is still out in front of Scott Clements (1,642.02 points) and Daniel Strelitz (1,597.26 points), who round out the top three spots. Zack did bag a Day 2 stack in the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em and could extend his lead with a deep run in that event starting with Sunday. Clements also bagged for Day 2, but with a much larger stack than Zack's 52,200 in chips. Clements advanced to Day 2 of that event with 305,000 and is 35th overall. Strelitz took a leap up from fifth place after finishing 14th in the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event. Stephen Song, who is currently fourth in the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,503.76 points, has 150,300 in chips going into Day 2 of the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em. WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 1. Daniel Zack - 1,968.99 2. Scott Clements - 1,642.02 3. Daniel Strelitz - 1,597.26 4. Stephen Song - 1,503.76 5. Frankie O'Dell - 1,447.89 6. John Gorsuch - 1,431.95 7. Isaac Baron - 1,396.76 8. Ben Heath - 1,393.92 9. Femi Fashakin - 1,384.62 10. Brett Apter - 1,356.43 Sunday's WSOP Schedule
  22. So far at the 2019 World Series of Poker, only two countries have picked up more than one bracelet and while American players account for 32 wins, Israel picked up their third win of the summer on Friday as Asi Moshe won the third bracelet of his career. The Friday schedule also included two big buy-in high profile events getting closer to a champion. Asi Moshe Wins $1,500 NLHE Bounty for Bracelet #3 Asi Moshe topped the 1,807-player field in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event to win a career-best $253,933 and the third bracelet of his career. Moshe picked up the final bounty by beating Damjan Radanov heads-up. Moshe was emotional after his win as he spoke about the difficulties of being a poker pro and a family man. “This summer has been very difficult for me. My daughter is now two and a half years old, and my wife... I love them both very much. Coming here for the whole summer is not easy for me and not easy for them. So [the win] really makes it worth it. It's really special to me,” Moshe said. “This is really for them. This summer I'm not here for myself. I like the fame, I like the money, I like being here, it's all true. But this time I'm here for my family, not just myself.” Moshe's first two bracelets came in 2014 and 2018. Final Table Payouts Asi Moshe - $ 253,933 Damjan Radanov - $156,875 Tonio Roder - $113,360 Patrick Truong - $82,764 Vitalijs Zavorotnijs - $61,085 Andrew Hills - $45,521 Timothy Stephens - $34,300 Harrison Gimbel - $26,125 Bastian Fischer - $20,115 Stephen Chidwick Leads $25K PLO High Roller Final Table Stephen Chidwick doesn't play a lot of WSOP events. The Englishman prefers to ply his trade elsewhere during the summer, so when he makes an appearance at the Rio to play something, it's almost newsworthy itself. Chidwick is making the most of his 2019 WSOP debut and now leads the final seven players in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Chidwick, along with 2019 bracelet winner Alex Epstein, were the only two players to finish with more than 10,000,000 chips at the end of Day 3. Chidwick bagged 12,975,000, while Epstein has 10,800,000. Robert Mizrachi and Erik Seidel are the only other bracelet winners among the final seven. Dan Smith, Justin Bonomo, Ryan Laplante, Niklas Astedt, Paul Volpe, and Ben Tollerene were among the 32 players who started Day 3 with chips but couldn't finish. The final table resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Stephen Chidwick - 12,975,000 Alex Epstein - 10,800,000 Robert Mizrachi - 5,525,000 Wasim Korkis - 4,225,000 James Chen - 3,100,000 Erik Seidel - 2,950,000 Matthew Gonzales - 1,100,000 Tu Dao Leads Ladies Event Heading into Final Day Just 43 players remain in the $1,000 Ladies Event and Canada's Tu Dao has the biggest stack with just one day left to play. Dao finished Day 2 with 968,000 and has a six-figure lead over anybody else in the field. There's still a number of notable names still chasing down the bracelet and $167,308 first place prize including Lexy Gavin, Vanessa Kade, 888poker ambassador Ana Marquez, Jackie Glazer, Kathy Liebert and Katie Lindsay. Day 1 chip leader Jennifer Lopez also managed to make to Day 3. Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Tu Dao - 968,000 Nancy Matson - 856,000 Veronica Brill - 853,000 Alexis Gavin - 830,000 Vanessa Kade - 787,000 Meikat Siu - 779,000 Stephanie Hubbard - 773,000 Jiyoung Kim - 750,000 Barbara Blechinger - 645,000 Ana Marquez - 615,000 Ari Engel Among $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Leaders Despite all of the success Ari Engel has enjoyed in his career, a WSOP bracelet eluded him so far. That could all change though as Engel finished Day 2 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event with the sixth-best stack out of 26 players. Baitai Li held down the chip lead for most of the day Friday and will enter Day 3 with that lead thanks to his 1,686,000 stack. Engel has less than half of that after bagging 815,000. Other notables still in include Josh Arieh, Barny Boatman, David 'Bakes' Baker, Kenny Hallaert, Kristen Bicknell, Ian Steinman, and Anatoly Filatov. The final 26 players return at 1 PM PT and will play until six players remain. Top 10 Chip Counts Baitai Li - 1,686,000 Michael Finstein - 1,411,000 Ryan Olisar - 1,396,000 Pablo Melogno - 978,000 Josh Arieh - 954,000 Ari Engel - 815,000 Barny Boatman - 722,000 David 'Bakes' Baker - 688,000 Pedro Marques - 546,000 Kenny Hallaert - 526,000 George Wolff Leads $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Final Nine Portland, Oregon's George Wolff has just eight players standing between himself and the first gold bracelet win of his career after finishing Day 2 of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw event with the chip lead. But h has some elite competition chasing him down. Wolff finished Day 2 with 1,380,000 and only Luke Schwartz was able to end with more than 1,000,000 in chips. Schwartz finished with 1,310,000. Mark Gregorich, Brian Hastings, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin Anderson, Daniel Ospina, Mike Gorodinsky, and Rich Zhu all moved on to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts George Wolff - 1,380,000 Lukas Schwartz - 1,310,000 Mark Gregorich - 794,000 Brian Hastings - 528,000 Calvin Anderson - 519,000 Daniel Ospina - 507,000 Johannes Becker - 399,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 364,000 Yueqi Zhu - 197,000 Monster Field for Monster Stack Day 1A Another event aimed at the recreational player put up big numbers. The $1,500 Monster Stack kicked off on Friday and 2,428 players, 182 more than Day 1A last summer, packed the tables. Just 1,124 players advanced to Day 2 with Conor Beresford finishing on top of the chip counts. Amnon Filippi, Pierre Neuville, and Dmitry Yurasov also bagged up top 10 stacks. Valentin Vornicu, Scott Vener, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, and Alex Lynskey all moved on to Day 2. The event, which has no re-entry, has another start flight on Sunday beginning at 11 AM. Top 10 Chip Counts Conor Beresford - 724,400 Amnon Filippi - 645,000 Mark Johnson - 561,000 Alisson Piekazewicz - 465,800 Daniel Lefebvre - 448,300 Dean Hutchison - 443,000 Pierre Neuville - 442,500 Jonathan Kramer - 394,500 Dmitry Yurasov - 365,000 Ghattas Kortas - 356,500 Shaun Deeb in Contention in $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Shaun Deeb really wants to win a second consecutive WSOP Player of the Year award. With a runner-up finish already under his belt, Deeb sits almost 600 POY points behind current leader Upeshka De Silva. On Friday, Deeb took a giant step towards closing that gap by finishing Day 1 of the $2,600 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event second in chips out of 128 survivors. The only player to bag more than Deeb - just 1,000 more - was Russian Andrey Zaichenko. The top three players are actually separated by just 1,500 chips. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Phillip Hui, Tom Schneider, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Michael Mizrachi, Yuval Bronshtein, Jeff Lisandro, Simon Mattsson, and Alex Foxen. Deeb would need to win to pass De Silva for the POY lead while a runner-up finish would leave him just 100 points behind. The event drew 401 runners to create a $902,250 prize pool. Top 10 Chip Counts Andrey Zaichenko - 135,700 Shaun Deeb - 134,700 Tom Schneider - 134,200 Nickolai Orlov - 122,400 Roland Israelashvili - 117,700 Phillip Hui - 115,000 Matt Vengrin - 114,300 Alex Livingston - 100,000 Jay Hong - 98,800 Eli Elezra - US 87,300
  23. By the time the 2019 World Series of Poker is over, the "Best Player Without a Bracelet" is going to be all new names. Three more players who have seen their names on the list in the past, pulled out a red marker on Saturday and crossed it off permanently. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, Stephen Chidwick, and Luke Schwartz all won bracelets just a few hours apart on another busy Saturday at the WSOP Stephen Chidwick Ships $25K PLO High Roller for $1.6M Stephen Chidwick, one of the most well-respected players in poker, recently became a father and that life change meant he wouldn't be able to play a full WSOP schedule this summer. He showed up this week and entered his first tournament of the summer and then promptly won it for $1.6 million and the first bracelet of his career. “It’s super ironic. Usually, I play every single tournament. Usually, I play a final table, bust and then register a $1,500 Stud immediately. Just play everything," Chidwick said. "I come in here halfway through, haven’t played any of the others and then just win the first one I play. Pretty funny.” Prior to Saturday's win, Chidwick had 52 career WSOP cashes and just north of $2.2 million in WSOP earnings. He had no bracelet though. That all changed dramatically after Chidwick eliminated James Chen heads-up “It means a lot. It feels great. It’s obviously a good one to win it in," Chidwick said. "I’m in shock a little bit." Chen walked away without the win, but still ended up earning a seven-figure payday. Matthew Gonzales finished third for $699,364 representing a career-best score for each of the top three finishers. Final Table Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $1,618,417 James Chen - $1,000,253 Matthew Gonzales - $699,364 Robert Mizrachi - $497,112 Alex Epstein - $359,320 Erik Seidel - $264,186 Wasim Korkis - $197,637 Ka Kwan Lau - $150,483 Tu Dao Maintains Lead in Ladies Event with Six Left Tu Dao started Day 3 of the $1,000 Ladies Event with the chip lead and 42 players standing in her way. On Saturday, she maintained that chip lead while 36 players were sent to the cashier cage after busting out. Dao now has to outlast just five more players to claim victory. Dao bagged up 5,420,000 which puts here ahead of Jiyoung Kim by just 320,000. Nancy Matson sits third with 4,530,000. The final three players find themselves trailing by quite a bit. Lyly Vo, Lexy Gavin, and Sandrine Phan all have between 1.185 million and 1.7 million. Kathy Liebert, Ana Marquez, Jackie Glazer, Lisa Costello, and Vanessa Kade were among the 36 bustouts on Saturday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 5,420,000 Jiyoung Kim - 5,100,000 Nancy Matson - 4,530,000 Lyly Vo - 1,700,000 Lexy Gavin - 1,430,000 Sandrine Phan - 1,185,000 Ari Engel Takes Down $2,500 NLHE for First Bracelet Ari Engel, one of the most revered players in the history of PocketFives, can now call himself a WSOP bracelet winner. Engel topped a 996-player field to win the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event for $427,399. “It’s more crazy that Stephen Chidwick hadn’t won one before. Us huge field no-limit players, there’s no real "due". You play these, you expect to win one in a lifetime, maybe. I expect to f*** it up somewhere along the line and just blow it up," Engel said after his win. "I did that, I’m sure, a few times and I got lucky instead of losing the tournament. It’s a relief to not mess it up whenever I win a tournament because most of the time I do end up messing it up.” Engel defeated Pablo Melogno heads-up to win the bracelet. The 35-year-old thinks the win might help him in the next event he plays. Maybe. “I’m very competitive and poker’s a game of losing a lot. I lose my confidence very easily so I should be good to go for tomorrow at least,” he said. David 'Bakes' Baker picked up his fifth cash of the summer with a fifth place finish. Final Table Payouts Ari Engel - $427,399 Pablo Melogno - $264,104 Wilbern Hoffman - $186,392 Ben Keeline - $133,306 David 'Bakes' Baker - $96,632 James Hughes - $71,010 Raylene Celaya - $52,909 Stephanie Hubbard - $39,980 Josh Arieh - $30,643 Luke Schwartz Wins $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Luke Schwartz is one of the best poker players on the planet. Just ask him. On Saturday, Schwartz proved his mettle by taking down the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event for $273,336 and just his fifth WSOP cash. Schwartz was complimentary of the players he bested to win. “Everyone played great. Johannes – he was frustrating me so much, because I would stand pat with decent hands and he kept drawing and making it on the river. That happened so many times," Schwartz said. "Maybe the old me would have just got frustrated and tilted, but I took deep breaths and managed to see it through.” George Wolff, who held the chip lead at the start of the day, finished runner-up for $168,936. Johannes Becker, who Schwartz credited as being one of the best Triple Draw players in the world, ended up third for $116,236. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin Anderson wound up sixth. Final Table Payouts Luke Schwartz - $273,336 George Wolff - $168,936 Johannes Becker - $116,236 Mark Gregorich - $81,635 Yueqi Zhu - $58,547 Calvin Anderson - $42,898 Monster Stack Sees Lowest Turnout in Six Year History Originally intended to give players perceived value through a larger starting stack, it appears the polish on the $1,500 Monster Stack is officially worn off. For the fifth consecutive year, the Monster Stack saw a year-over-year drop in attendance after 3,607 Day 1B players pushed the total field to just 6,035 players. The original Monster Stack, in 2014, had a 7,862-player field. YEAR ENTRIES Y/Y +/- 2019 6035 -3.59% 2018 6260 -6.79% 2017 6716 -3.05% 2016 6927 -3.68% 2015 7192 -8.52% 2014 7862 -- Pennsylvania poker player James Hundt finished Day 1B with 466,600 and the chip lead. A total of 1,778 survived 1B and will be part of the Day 2 restart beginning at 11 AM PT. Some of the notables moving on to Day 2 from 1B include John Racener, Tristan Wade, Ryan Hughes, Arash Ghaneian, Taylor Paur, and Greg Raymer. Top 10 Chip Counts James Hundt - 466,600 Kapila Garner - 464,100 Rick Alvarado - 443,600 Nishant Sharma - 429,000 John Gravagna - 415,000 Julian Manolio - 405,700 Michael Jagroo - 391,000 Venkata Chinta - 364,300 Terence Clee - 362,000 Matthew Kirby - 359,000 Michael Thompson Leads $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Final 12 Michael Thompson sits atop the final 12 players heading into the last day of play in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo but there's a WSOP Player of the Year contender still lurking around. Thompson bagged up 923,000 after Day 2, which puts him ahead of his closest competition, Daniel Ratigan, by just 24,000. Scroll down the second shortest stack and you see Dan Zack still chasing a second bracelet and those all-important WSOP POY points. Zack currently sits 15.82 points behind current leader Upeshka De Silva but will earn no fewer than 197.44 points on Sunday. A win would give him 987.22 points and a massive lead over the rest of the field. Included among the 49 players who busted after the bubble burst on Saturday were Jeffrey Lisandro, Yuval Bronshtein, Brett Richey, Eli Elezra, Simon Mattsson, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Shaun Deeb. Action resumes Sunday at 2 PM PT. Final 12 Chip Counts Michael Thompson - 923,000 Daniel Ratigan - 899,000 Philip Long - 813,000 Denis Strebkob - 709,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 594,000 Gerard Rechnitzer - 496,000 Andrey Zaichenko - 424,000 Michael Coombs - 387,000 Alex Livingston - 254,000 Nickolai Orlov - 230,000 Dan Zack - 214,000 Carlos Rodriguez - 103,000 Yi Li On Top of $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 1 Don't look now, but there's a chance that the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship could crack 500 entries for the first time in history. Day 1 saw 494 players enter and registration is open until the start of Day 2. Yi Li finished the 10 levels of play Saturday with 572,000 and was the only player to end with more than 500,000. Mohsin Virani ended with the second biggest stack at 401,000. Ben Lamb, who won this event in 2011 by beating 360 players, finished with 343,700. Longtime PocketFiver Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas finished with a top 10 stack. Other notables among the 253 players moving on to Day 2 include Kahle Burns, Ryan Laplante, Bryce Yockey, Phil Galfond, Chance Kornuth, Chris Hunichen, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Negreanu. Top 10 Chip Counts Yi Li - 572,000 Mohsin Virani - 401,000 Timothy Batow - 358,700 Ben Lamb - 343,700 Andrew Loomis - 329,300 Antonios Rouggeris - 310,300 Alexey Makarov - 300,300 Laszlo Bujtas - 297,900 Frank Koopmann - 294,900 Grzegorz Derkowski - 288,100
  24. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Phil Ivey is leading the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and Lance and Donnie are ridiculously excited. The recap how the 10-time bracelet winner got there and go over all of the winners from the last few days at the 2019 World Series of Poker including Jonas Lauck, Kevin Gerhart, Santiago Soriano, Dash Dudley, and the emergence of Israeli poker players this summer. They also talk about Breakout Player of the Year candidate Benjamin Underwood and go over his amazing performance in the WSOP Deepstacks events so far. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. Thursday at the 2019 World Series of Poker had a rare occurrence on Thursday: nobody won a bracelet. The only event that was scheduled to play down to a winner, the $600 Deepstack Championship event, stopped for the night with five players left, needing an extra day. Across the Amazon Room, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship played from 12 players down to a final table of six that will not include Day 4 chip leader Phil Ivey. Josh Arieh Leads $50K PPC; Shaun Deeb Lurking At the start of Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, all eyes were on 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey as he lead the field with 12 players remaining. Through just seven hours of play, however, Ivey was sent to the rail as one of six eliminations on Thursday. At the end of the day, Josh Arieh bagged up 6,220,000 for the chip lead. No other player broke the 5,000,000 chip mark. Bryce Yockey sits second heading into the final day with 4,465,000 with Phillip Hui right behind him with 4,135,000. Ivey was one of three players eliminated by John Esposito on Thursday. Talal Shakerchi and David Oppenheim were the other two victims that helped Esposito make it to Day 4 with the fourth best stack. Shaun Deeb ended the day with 2,485,000 and is guaranteed no fewer than 453 WSOP Player of the Year points at this point. He currently sits sixth in WSOP POY standings, just over 600 points behind current leader Dan Zack. The final table begins at Noon PT with the final table stream on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 6,220,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,465,000 Phillip Hui - 4,135,000 John Esposito - 3,630,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,485,000 Daniel Cates - 1,260,000 $600 Deepstack Championship Goes into Overtime Originally scheduled as a two-day event, the 6,140-player field in the $600 Deepstack Championship event was only able to get down to five players on Day 2 and will be returning for a third day. Raymond Foresman bagged up the chip lead with 74,600,000 and holds nearly 30,000,000 more than any other player. That second largest stack belongs to bracelet winner Will Givens. The Colorado native finished with 45,500,000. The rest of the chase group consists of Steffen Logen, Jeff Hakim, and Hlib Kovtunov. Day 2 started with 83 players still in contention. Lang Lee, who started the day with the biggest stack, was one of the 78 players sent to the rail on Thursday. Lee finished 18th for $17,096. The final five players return to action at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Raymond Foresman - 74,600,000 Will Givens - 45,500,000 Steffen Logen - 30,100,000 Jeff Hakim - 24,300,000 Hlib Kovtunov - 9,800,000 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha HiLo or Better The Deepstack Championship wasn't the only event that needs an extra day. The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event has nine players remaining with Scott Abrams standing tall atop the chip counts. Abrams finished with 6,600,000 which puts him comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Rodney Burt finished with 4,675,000 for the second-best stack while Jordan Spurlin managed to put 4,250,000 in the bag for third best. Anthony Zinno and Erik Seidel are the only two bracelet winners at the final table while Jon Turner and Connor are chasing their first. The final nine players begin play at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Scott Abrams - 6,600,000 Rodney Burt - 4,675,000 Jordan Spurlin - 4,250,000 Anthony Zinno - 3,955,000 Thomas Schropfer - 3,565,000 Erik Seidel - 1,490,000 Jon Turner - 1,460,000 Connor Drinan - 1,125,000 Kyle Miaso - 530,000 $400 Colossus Draws Massive Day 1B Field With only two starting flights and a lower buy-in than previous years, the Colossus ended up drawing a five-figure field with 7,871 players showing up on Day 1B alone. That strong of a turnout made for long lines at registration as players waited for their opportunity to play. Somehow, 1,178 players managed to make it to Day 2. Romik Vartzar finished with 2,170,000 and is the only player from both Day 1A and 1B to bag more than 2,000,000. The second biggest 1B stack belongs to John Goyette with 1,453,000. Ian Steinman finished with the fifth best stack after amassing 1,127,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Maurice Hawkins, Norm MacDonald, David "Bakes" Baker, Michael Soyza, Joseph Galazzo, Jeremy Ausmus, Jon Friedberg, and Matt Berkey. GPI President Eric Danis also managed to find a bag at the end of Day 1B. The total field of 13,109 players makes this event the fifth largest WSOP field in history, surpassing the 2018 Colossus which had a $565 buy-in and six starting flights. The 1,948 survivors from Day 1A and 1B will combine on Friday for another 15 40-minute levels beginning at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Romik Vartzar - 2,170,000 John Goyette - 1,453,000 Hien Tran - 1,152,000 Kyle Shaw - 1,130,000 Ian Steinman - 1,127,000 Julian Manolio - 1,095,000 Robert Georato - 995,000 Kulwant Singh - 991,000 Daniel Dizenzo - 985,000 Hannes Neurauter - 968,000 Chris Ferguson Leads $10,000 Razz with 12 Left Chris Ferguson will return to the Rio on Friday in position to win his seventh WSOP bracelet after bagging up the chip lead in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Ferguson finished with 1,280,000 and is joined by David Bach as the only players with more than a million to work with. Bach finished Day 2 with 1,087,000. Russian Andrey Zhigalov flirted with a seven-figure stack, ending the day with 976,000. The rest of the field is stacked. Current WSOP POY leader Dan Zack sits fourth with 815,000. Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, defending champion Calvin Anderson, Marco Johnson, Mike Gorodinsky, Andre Akkari, and Cary Katz also still have a shot at taking home the bracelet and the $301,421 first place prize. Action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play until just six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Chris Ferguson - 1,280,000 David Bach - 1,087,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 976,000 Daniel Zack - 815,000 Scott Seiver - 622,000 George Alexander - 593,000 Daniel Negreanu - 478,000 Calvin Anderson - 385,000 Marco Johnson - 297,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 227,000 Andre Akkari - 106,000 Cary Katz - 96,000 $1,500 Omaha Mix Draws 717 Players Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which consists of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, brought out 717 players and after 10 levels of play, Aaron Henderson ended up as the biggest stack. He wrapped up the day with 138,600. A total of 228 players made it through Day 1 including Bart Hanson, Patrick Leonard, Ryan Riess, Barry Greenstein, Ryan Laplante, and Eli Elezra. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Henderson - 138,600 John Evans - 130,400 Anatolii Zyrin - 117,800 Bart Hanson - 107,800 John Templeton - 106,200 James Chen - 102,100 Patrick Leonard - 97,000 Sean Yu - 95,100 Ivo Donev - 87,000 Corey Emery - 86,500
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