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  1. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event is still some nine months away, but WSOP.com is already working to get players qualified for the event. Over the past several weeks, players in New Jersey and Nevada have been able to play in $215 satellites which have guaranteed at least one seat for the 2020 WSOP Main Event. The early start to qualifying players via their own online platform is in response to player demand and could be a sign of bigger things to come through the rest of the winter and spring. "We started with Main Event satellites in October because we had enough player feedback to suggest they would appreciate and participate in this offering. We plan to continue to ramp up closer to the WSOP as well," said Danielle Barille, WSOP.com’s Senior Manager of Product and Operations. "Satellites are a great way for players to have a chance to play in events they may otherwise not have. If the players respond favorably, we will certainly look to continue to add them more throughout the year." [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 2020 Main Event Field Could Be Record Breaker The 2019 WSOP Main Event was the second largest of all-time, falling just 204 players short of the record-setting 2006 Main Event which drew 8,773 runners. Increasing the number of players qualifying online from WSOP.com could help close the gap and make 2020 the biggest Main Event ever and may even push the total field size within striking distance of 10,000 players. Getting American players into the WSOP Main Event hasn't been easy for WSOP.com. In November 2018, WSOP began offering the rake-free $80 ALL-IN satellites but had trouble getting the 129 players needed for them to run. In the weeks before the 2019 WSOP Main Event, those tournaments did run and were popular with players already in Las Vegas. Those satellites will be back in the client soon and Barille is hopeful they will be successful this year. Once the calendar turns to 2020, WSOP.com players will find even more opportunities to win their way into the Main Event. Barille admits that could include more mega-satellites patterned after the one they run every summer that sends 25 players to the Main Event. "One of our big goals is to always increase satellites to the Main Event, and focus heavily on giving players access to satellites at low buy-ins, especially focused on the 25 Seat Scramble," Barille said. "With the success year after year of the Scramble, we may also start focusing on more mega satellites throughout the year and summer." Players who manage to win a satellite get a $10,000 seat to the 2020 Main Event but unlike how some online operators have run qualifiers for their live events, there is no money included for airfare or hotel. "We have tried these in the past, and there was not as much appetite for these, so we have continued to stick with straight $10K ME satellites," Barille said. "We have done some smaller packages in the past where players can win seats to multiple events in one satellite, called Kick-off packages. They include entry into the events for opening weekend. We plan to continue to offer these types of satellites in the future." Could Pennsylvania Players Get In on the Action? Online poker players in Pennsylvania are still sitting on the sidelines waiting for their chance to play on regulated online poker sites. Barille remained tight-lipped about WSOP.com's plans for the Keystone State but did admit that adding Pennsylvania to their inter-state network would lead to increased traffic and send even more players to poker's most prestigious event. "Adding the PA market to the NV-NJ compact would allow for bigger prize pools as well as more opportunity to add more satellites to the growing liquidity. It would be great for poker players," Barille said.
  2. Dates for the 2020 World Series of Poker were announced on Wednesday, and the 51st WSOP is scheduled for May 26 through July 15, 2020. The 2020 WSOP will once again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with 51 action-packed days of poker planned, despite the recent sale of the property. Although the full schedule of events is yet to be released, the WSOP did give the dates for the WSOP Main Event, the BIG 50, and the Seniors Championship. Main Event Scheduled for July 1-14 The 2020 WSOP Main Event runs July 1-14. It kicks off on Wednesday, July 1, for the first of three starting flights. The second and third flights are scheduled for Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3, respectively. Competitors to advance from either of the first two flights will resume action on Saturday, July 4, and those to advance from the third flight will play their Day 2 on Sunday, July 5. All remaining entrants will combine into one field on Monday, July 6. Play is scheduled to continue each day through Friday, July 10, when it is anticipated that the final table will be reached. The final players will have an off day on Saturday, July 11, before resuming the competition on Sunday, July 12. A winner is expected to be crowned on Tuesday, July 14. The 2020 WSOP Main Event will look to draw off the success that was delivered in 2019, when it attracted the second largest field size in the event’s history at 8,569 entries. It was only the second time ever that the field size for the WSOP Main Event topped 8,000 entries, and it was the fourth consecutive year that the Main Event field size increased. The 2019 WSOP Main Event winner was Hossein Ensan, who took home the mammoth $10 million first-place prize. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] BIG 50 Scheduled for May 28-June 4 The beginning of the 2020 World Series of Poker will feature the incredibly popular $500 buy-in BIG 50 tournament. It’s the second year for this event and big things are expected after the 2019 edition absolutely shattered the record books with 28,371 entries. The 2020 WSOP BIG 50 is scheduled to start on Thursday, May 28, and wrap up on Thursday, June 4. In 2019, it was Femi Fashakin finishing in first place from the enormous field. Fashakin took home the lion’s share of the $13.509 million prize pool, winning $1.147 million. Seniors Champions Scheduled for June 18-21 The third event that WSOP officials did confirm in the announcement is the $1,000 buy-in, single reentry Seniors Championship. Scheduled to take place June 18-21, the WSOP Seniors Championship is open to all participants age 50 or older. In 2019, the WSOP Seniors Championship drew 5,916 entries. Howard Mash, a 50-year-old financial advisor from Florida was triumphant, scoring $662,594. Online Satellites Already Running At the time of the announcement, the start of the 2020 WSOP was five and a half months away, so there’s plenty of time to get ready for what should be another record-setting series. The 2019 WSOP was the biggest ever, with 187,298 total entries and more than $293 million in prize pool money generated. The 2020 edition is likely going to set new records, and part of the reason why is because online satellites are already running on WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey. Will Pennsylvania Be Involved? Pennsylvania could certainly be involved with the 2020 WSOP, at least to some capacity. With regulated online poker now up and running in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State could become a player when WSOP.com is up and running, although there is no WSOP.com online client available in Pennsylvania at the time of this announcement. When WSOP.com becomes available in Pennsylvania, we should expect there to be online satellites running that will function to qualify players for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. What we shouldn’t expect is for PA online poker players to be able to play in online gold bracelet events with players from Nevada and New Jersey from within Pennsylvania state lines. Although Nevada and New Jersey share player pools, Pennsylvania is not yet involved in any interstate compacts, so they’ll likely have to wait to compete for an online gold bracelet from within the State of Pennsylvania.
  3. Less than a week after it announced the schedule for its 'Championship' events, including a new $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com online event, the World Series of Poker announced dates and details for events priced at $1,000 and under - the 'Value Menu' events, as they're being called. Kicking off the 2020 WSOP will be the $1,000 buy-in Freezeout No Limit Hold’em tournament on Wednesday, May 27. Offering more freezeouts on the schedule is what the WSOP is calling a "concerted effort" for 2020. Every week during the 2020 WSOP, running May 26 through July 15 there will be at least one No Limit Hold’em event played in a freezeout format. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Additional low buy-in freezeout events include the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty NL starting on June 2, the $500 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em starting on June 15, the $1,000 Tag Team event starting on June 22, and the $1,000 Mini Main Event starting on June 29. 2020 WSOP 'Value Menu' Events DATE EVENT START TIME (PT) BUY-IN 5/27 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11 a.m. $1,000 5/27 Casino Employees Event 2 p.m. $500 5/28 'Big 50' 10 a.m. $500 6/1 NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $600 6/2 Super Turbo Bounty NL 11 a.m. $1,000 6/7 Forty Stack No Limit Hold’em 11 a.m. $1,000 6/8 PLO Deepstack 11 a.m. $600 6/10 PLO 8-Handed 11 a.m. $1,000 6/14 NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $800 6/15 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11 a.m. $500 6/16 8-Handed Mixed NL/PLO Deepstack 11 a.m. $600 6/17 Ladies Championship 11 a.m. $10,000/$1,000 6/18 Seniors (50+) Championship 10 a.m. $1,000 6/19 Double Stack NL 10 a.m. $1,000 6/21 8-Handed NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $800 6/22 Super Seniors (60+) 10 a.m. $1,000 6/22 Tag Team 2 p.m. $1,000 6/23 Deepstack Championship 11 a.m. $600 6/24 Colossus 10 a.m. $400 6/26 Crazy Eights NL 10 a.m. $888 6/29 Mini Main Event 11 a.m. $1,000 6/30 'Final 500' Salute To Warriors 11 a.m. $500 7/4 Little One for One Drop 12 p.m. $1,111 7/12 NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $800 7/13 Super Turbo NL 11 a.m. $1,000 As it stands right now, the 2020 WSOP schedule has 25 events priced at $1,000 or less, but that number will increase when officials release the full schedule of WSOP.com online gold bracelet events. To give you an idea how much things have change over the years, the 2015 WSOP had nine events priced at $1,000 or less. The 2019 WSOP event had 22 live events priced at $1,000 or less (including the $1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop). The total number of 2019 WSOP events with a buy-in of $1,000 or less was 30 when you include the eight WSOP.com online events that met the criteria. The move to include more events at price points with greater accessibility has helped the WSOP continue to set record numbers year after year. The 2019 WSOP was the latest to do so, generating a total of 187,298 entries and more than $293 million in prize money. Last year, the WSOP also produced the largest live poker tournament in history with 28,371 entries in the first-ever Big 50. MORE: 2019 a Record-Breaking Year for WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
  4. On Thursday, the World Series of Poker announced more additions to the 2020 WSOP schedule, including a brand new $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com online event, the return of the $10,000 Short Deck tournament, and a dedicated leaderboard for 'Championship' events. The brand new $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em becomes the first online gold bracelet event at the five-figure price point. It is scheduled for Thursday, July 2, with a start time of 12 pm PT. The event will be played as a freezeout, with 20-minute levels and players starting with 30,000 in chips. The July 2 start date for the $10,000 WSOP.com Online NL event is the same day as Day 1B of the 2020 WSOP Main Event, so players planning to play the online event will likely want to play either Day 1A on July 1 or Day 1C on July 3 of the WSOP Main Event. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Last year, the 2019 WSOP was a record-setter, with 187,298 entries generating more than $293 million in total prize money - both record numbers for the WSOP. The 2019 WSOP featured nine online gold bracelet events, which was the most it has ever held in a single year. The biggest buy-in of those nine was the $3,200 WSOP.com NL High Roller, so the $10,000 WSOP.com Online NL has an entry cost of more than three times as much. If this is a sign of things to come for the online portion of the 2020 WSOP schedule, big things should be expected. MORE: 2019 a Record-Breaking Year for WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events An addition to last year's schedule, the $10,000 Short Deck returns to the 2020 WSOP schedule and is slated to start on Monday, June 8, at 3 pm. The ever-popular WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicks off on Monday, June 22. It’s a five-day, six-handed mixed game tournament known to attract the best of the best, but there is one big change on the docket. The 2020 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship will have No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw added to the mix of games, so there will be nine games played in this event. A noticeable event left off for 2020 appears to be the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em. Given the history of this event, it would seem more likely that it returns at a different price point rather than go away completely. 2020 WSOP Championship Events DATE EVENT START TIME (PT) BUY-IN 6/3 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better 3 p.m. $10,000 6/6 Seven Card Stud 3 p.m. $10,000 6/8 Short Deck 3 p.m. $10,000 6/9 H.O.R.S.E. 3 p.m. $10,000 6/12 Super Turbo Bounty NL 2 p.m. $10,000 6/13 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed 3 p.m. $10,000 6/15 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3 p.m. $10,000 6/18 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 3 p.m. $10,000 6/20 Pot Limit Omaha 3 p.m. $10,000 6/22 Poker Players Championship 3 p.m. $50,000 6/24 Razz 3 p.m. $10,000 6/26 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better 3 p.m. $10,000 6/28 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better 3 p.m. $10,000 6/29 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em 3 p.m. $10,000 6/30 Limit Hold'em 3 p.m. $10,000 7/1 WSOP Main Event 11 a.m. $10,000 7/2 WSOP.com Online NL 12 p.m. $10,000 Dedicated Leaderboard In addition to announcing the events, the WSOP announced a dedicated leaderboard for the Championship events. It is said to be similar to the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard and all 17 Championship events in the table above will be included. Full details are still to be announced, but the WSOP did mention that prizes will be up for grabs. It's not a surprise to see the addition of a dedicated leaderboard with prizes for these events. In the wake of a data error incorrectly awarding Daniel Negreanu with the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year award, many players voiced their opinions for this process and its offering to improve, so a bit of revamping was likely.
  5. Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to the 2020 World Series of Poker. The days are counting down to the start of the 51st edition of the WSOP, and everyone’s favorite poker festival will be here before we know it. For dates, schedule details, frequently asked questions, how to qualify, and more, you’ve come to the right place. Bookmark this page because we’ll be updating it regularly as more announcements are made. Last update: Monday, April 20, 2020 2020 WSOP Postponed On Monday, April 20, 2020, WSOP officials announced that the 2020 WSOP is postponed until a later date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The news targeted a fall edition of the WSOP but that determination and exact dates will be announced at a later time, so stay tuned to PocketFives for ongoing developments. As it pertains to series' online tournaments, Ty Stewart, executive director of the WSOP, said in the press release that, "In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." For now, PocketFives' Ultimate Guide to the 2020 World Series of Poker will remain intact until we receive further details on events, dates, and more regarding the 2020 WSOP. What's New for the 2020 WSOP? $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em $1,000 buy-in Freezeout NL to start the WSOP "Concerted effort" to hold more freezeout tournaments 'Mystery Bounty' tournament Nine 'High Roller' events, including the $250,000 Super High Roller 25 events in 18 different game types at the $1,500 buy-in level When Does the 2020 WSOP Start? Originally scheduled to start Tuesday, May 26, the 2020 World Series of Poker has been postponed until a later date. Stay tuned for details as they become available. The first gold bracelet event of the originally scheduled 2020 WSOP was the brand new $1,000 buy-in Freezeout No Limit Hold'em tournament. Offering more freezeout (no reentry) tournaments for the 2020 WSOP is what officials are calling a "concerted effort." Where Is the World Series of Poker Played? The World Series of Poker returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2020. It will be the 16th year that the WSOP is held at the off-strip Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Although Caesars Entertainment Corp sold the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2019 to New York real estate company Imperial Companies for $516.3 million, Caesars retains a lease on the property and will maintain and operate the Rio for 2020 and 2021, paying a rent of $45 million each year. The WSOP is still owned by Caesars and will once again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2020. "The World Series of Poker will be hosted at the Rio in 2020 and Caesars will retain the rights to this event," an internal company-wide Caesars memo stated when news of the sale was announced. "The site of future WSOP events will be announced at a later date." The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is located just off the Las Vegas Strip, with an address of 3700 West Flamingo Road. The large conference area, ballroom space, and available parking benefit the substantial amount of attendance the WSOP attracts. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] What Is the Buy-In for the World Series of Poker? Buy-ins for the World Series of Poker have ranged from as low as $365 all the way up to $1 million in the past. In 2019, buy-ins ranged from $400 to $100,000. In 2020, the buy-ins ranged from $500 up to $250,000. The buy-in for the WSOP Main Event is $10,000. One of the best things about the WSOP is that there truly is a poker tournament available for players at all price points, so the accessibility is incredibly high. How Old Do You Have To Be To Play the WSOP? The legal age to enter events at the World Series of Poker is 21. Even if you come from a state, country, or region with a lower legal age for gambling, you must be at least 21 years old to play in WSOP events. How Much Can I Win at the World Series of Poker? Prizes can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to tens of millions of dollars, depending on the tournament and how high a player’s placing is. The WSOP Main Event is known for its life-changing prizes. In 2019, Hossein Ensan won the WSOP Main Event for $10 million. Can I Win a WSOP Bracelet Online? Yes, as a matter of fact you can. Players in New Jersey and Nevada can play in WSOP.com online gold bracelet events as part of the 2020 World Series of Poker. For the 2020 WSOP, there are 14 online gold bracelet events scheduled, ranging from $400 up to $10,000. The online gold bracelet schedule is likely to be adjusted given the news of the festival's postponement. Stay tuned for details as they become available. Players don't have to be residents of New Jersey or Nevada to play. Players simply must be located within NJ and NV state boundaries and of age to be eligible to play in the WSOP.com online gold bracelet events. When Is the 2020 WSOP Main Event? The 2020 WSOP Main Event was scheduled to take place starting Wednesday, July 1, with three starting flights - Wednesday, July 1, Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3. The originally scheduled end date was Tuesday, July 14. With news of the postponement shifting things to a targeted date in the fall, new dates for the 2020 WSOP Main Event will need to be announced. How Many Entries in the WSOP Main Event? The field size for the WSOP Main Event varies from year to year. The 2006 WSOP Main Event currently holds the record for largest field size in the event's storied history. In 2006, the WSOP Main Event had 8,773 entries. The 2019 WSOP Main Event came just 204 entries short of that record with 8,569 entries. The 2019 WSOP Main Event field size was the second largest ever for the tournament. The 2019 WSOP Main Event was also the fourth consecutive year-over-year increase in field size for the event. Although we can't know for sure how big the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be, we can confidently estimate that it will draw a field of 8,000-9,000 entries. 2020 WSOP Main Event Schedule DATE EVENT DAY TBD (originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 1) Day 1a TBD (originally scheduled for Thursday, July 2) Day 1b TBD (originally scheduled for Friday, July 3) Day 1c TBD (originally scheduled for Saturday, July 4) Day 2a and 2b TBD (originally scheduled for Sunday, July 5) Day 2c TBD (originally scheduled for Monday, July 6) Day 3 TBD (originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 7) Day 4 TBD (originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 8) Day 5 TBD (originally scheduled for Thursday, July 9) Day 6 TBD (originally scheduled for Friday, July 10) Day 7 TBD (originally scheduled for Saturday, July 11) Off Day TBD (originally scheduled for Sunday, July 12) Day 8 TBD (originally scheduled for Monday, July 13) Day 9 TBD (originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 14) Day 10 Key Events The 2020 WSOP schedule will be full of a wide variety of tournaments and there are great events to choose from everyday, but some stand out a little more than others. Other than the WSOP Main Event, here are the key events for the 2020 World Series of Poker. Big 50 - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for May 28) $500 50,000 50 minutes The first open event of the 2020 WSOP is the WSOP Big 50, and it's going to be just that… big. After a record field of 28,371 entries turned up to play the event in 2019, another massive turnout is expected and it’s a great opportunity to turn a $500 buy-in into a life-changing payday. A $500 buy-in gets you 50,000 in starting chips and levels are 50-minutes in length. There are multiple starting flights for the event, running over the course of May 28-31, and players can reenter once per flight during the registration period if they bust out. The 2019 WSOP Big 50 attracted a field of 28,371 entries to create the largest live poker tournament in history. It had a prize pool of $13.509 million. Femi Fashakin won the event for $1.147 million. Millionaire Maker - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 5) $1,500 25,000 60 minutes The WSOP Millionaire Maker is always a popular tournament. Ever since it was added to the WSOP schedule in 2013, players from all over the world have flocked to this $1,500 buy-in event with the hopes at being crowned a million-dollar winner. As the name suggest, the WSOP Millionaire Maker tournament guarantees $1 million to first place. The $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker starts on Friday, June 5, and players begin with 25,000 in chips and play 60-minute levels. There is a second starting flight scheduled for Saturday, June 6, and players can reenter once per flight during the registration period if they bust out. The 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker attracted 8,809 entries and created a prize pool of $11.892 million. John Gorsuch took home the gold bracelet and $1.344 million prize. Ladies Championship - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 17) $1,000* 20,000 60 minutes The WSOP Ladies Championship is another special event on the schedule year after year. The event has a $1,000 buy-in for women and starts Wednesday, June 17. Players begin with 20,000 in starting chips and play 60-minute levels. There is one reentry allowed during the registration period. The 2019 WSOP Ladies Championship drew a field of 968 entries and generated a prize pool of $871,200. Jiyoung Kim won first place and $167,308 in prize money. *Due to state regulations, this event features a buy-in of $10,000 that is discounted to $1,000 for women. Seniors Championship - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 18) $1,000 20,000 60 minutes Every year, the WSOP Seniors Championship is a wall-bursting competition, with players ages 50 years old and above packing the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for a shot at poker’s ultimate glory. The 2020 edition of this event has a start date of Thursday, June 18, and features a $1,000 buy-in for 20,000 in chips. Levels are 60 minutes long and there is one reentry allowed during the registration period. In 2019, Howard Mash, topped the 5,916-entry field to win his first career bracelet and the $662,594. The prize pool was $5.324 million. Mystery Bounty - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 28) $1,500 50,000 30 minutes New for the 2020 WSOP is the 'Mystery Bounty' tournament. This tournament will play like a typical bounty tournament in that every time you bust a player, you'll receive a prize. But, there's a twist. Throughout the field, there will be 100 players with mystery bounties on their heads that range from anywhere between $2,500 and $250,000. That's right. Knocking out a player would earn you up to a quarter of a million dollars. The mystery bounties are guaranteed at $1 million. Included in the mystery bounties in addition to the $250,000 one are three worth $100,000 each and six worth $25,000 each. $10,000 WSOP.com Online NL - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for July 2) $10,000 30,000 20 minutes Having WSOP gold bracelets event that play out online at WSOP.com is nothing new, but the addition of a $10,000 buy-in online gold bracelet event definitely is. The $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em is the first online bracelet event with a buy-in of at least $10,000. The previous high was the $3,200 WSOP.com NL High Roller. The $10,000 WSOP.com Online NL starts Thursday, July 2, at 12 p.m. PT and is a freezeout tournament. This should be one heck of an event and we're very much looking forward to it. The Closer - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for July 10) $1,500 25,000 30 minutes If you’re looking to close out your summer of poker with a bang, the WSOP Closer is your ticket to try and do so. The $1,500 buy-in event has starting flights on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11. Players start with 25,000 in chips, play 30-minute levels, and are allowed one reentry per starting flight during the registration period. The 2019 WSOP Closer had a field of 2,800 entries. That generated a prize pool of $3.78 million. Abhinav Iyer earned the lion’s share of the prize pool by winning the event and taking home $565,346. Schedule for All 2020 WSOP Bracelet Events Below is the original list of events planned for 2020 WSOP. Due to the postponement, new dates will need to be announced and there may be further changes to the schedule. As information becomes available, PocketFives will update the schedule. DATE TBD START TIME (PT) BUY-IN TBD Freezeout No Limit Hold'em TBD $1,000 TBD Casino Employees Event TBD $500 TBD 'Big 50' TBD $500 TBD Omaha Hi-Lo TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $25,000 TBD Dealer's Choice 6-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $400 TBD Heads-Up NL TBD $25,000 TBD NL Deepstack TBD $600 TBD Mixed Triple Draw TBD $2,500 TBD Super Turbo Bounty NL TBD $1,000 TBD Seven Card Stud TBD $1,500 TBD 6-Handed NL TBD $1,500 TBD Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better TBD $10,000 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $1,500 TBD H.O.R.S.E. TBD $1,500 TBD Millionaire Maker TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $50,000 TBD Mixed Omaha TBD $1,500 TBD Seven Card Stud TBD $10,000 TBD Forty Stack No Limit Hold’em TBD $1,000 TBD H.O.R.S.E. TBD $3,000 TBD WSOP.com Online PLO TBD $777 TBD PLO Deepstack TBD $600 TBD Short Deck TBD $10,000 TBD Super Turbo Bounty NL TBD $1,500 TBD H.O.R.S.E. TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online Freezeout NL TBD $800 TBD PLO 8-Handed TBD $1,000 TBD NL 2-7 Lowball TBD $1,500 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $2,500 TBD Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo TBD $1,500 TBD Monster Stack TBD $1,500 TBD Super Turbo Bounty NL TBD $10,000 TBD Limit 2-7 Triple Draw TBD $1,500 TBD Dealer's Choice 6-Handed TBD $10,000 TBD NL Deepstack TBD $800 TBD PLO 8-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP.com Online NL Turbo Deepstack TBD $500 TBD Freezeout No Limit Hold'em TBD $500 TBD No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw TBD $10,000 TBD 8-Handed Mixed NL/PLO Deepstack TBD $600 TBD Razz TBD $1,500 TBD Ladies Championship TBD $10,000/$1,000 TBD NL Shootout TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller PLO 8-Max TBD $25,000 TBD Seniors (50+) Championship TBD $1,000 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $3,000 TBD Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw TBD $10,000 TBD Double Stack NL TBD $1,000 TBD 9-Game Mix 6-Max TBD $2,500 TBD Pot Limit Omaha TBD $10,000 TBD 8-Handed NL Deepstack TBD $800 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $5,000 TBD WSOP.com Online Freezeout NL TBD $500 TBD Super Seniors (60+) TBD $1,000 TBD Tag Team TBD $1,000 TBD Poker Players Championship TBD $50,000 TBD Deepstack Championship TBD $600 TBD PLO Hi-Lo 8-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD Colossus TBD $400 TBD Razz TBD $10,000 TBD NL 6-Handed TBD $5,000 TBD Crazy Eights NL TBD $888 TBD Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better TBD $10,000 TBD Super High Roller NL TBD $250,000 TBD Limit Hold'em TBD $1,500 TBD Mystery Bounty NL TBD $1,500 TBD Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online Championship TBD $1,000 TBD Mini Main Event TBD $1,000 TBD 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $500 TBD 'Final 500' Salute To Warriors TBD $500 TBD Limit Hold'em TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP Main Event TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online High Roller NL TBD $3,200 TBD WSOP.com Online Super High Roller NL TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $400 TBD Little One for One Drop TBD $1,111 TBD WSOP.com Online NL Turbo Deepstack TBD $500 TBD Limit Hold'em 6-Handed TBD $3,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL 6-Handed TBD $600 TBD Mixed NL/PLO 8-Max TBD $5,000 TBD Bounty NL TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller PLO TBD $50,000 TBD Bounty PLO TBD $1,500 TBD NL 6-Handed TBD $3,000 TBD Fifty Stack NL TBD $1,500 TBD Mixed NL/PLO TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $50,000 TBD The Closer TBD $1,500 TBD PLO 6-Handed TBD $3,000 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $100,000 TBD NL Deepstack TBD $800 TBD 8-Game Mix 6-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP.com Online Summer Saver NL TBD $500 TBD Super Turbo NL TBD $1,000 TBD Mixed Big Bet TBD $2,500 TBD NL 8-Handed TBD $5,000 New events that jump off the page for the 2020 WSOP include the $1,500 buy-in 'Mystery Bounty' tournament, the $250,000 Super High Roller, and the $50,000 High Roller PLO. The Mystery Bounty is a tournament with a unique bounty format in that there are 100 "mystery bounties" worth anywhere from $2,500 to $250,000, with a total value of the mystery bounties coming to $1 million. There is a heads-up bracelet tournament that comes with a big buy-in of $25,000. This event will be capped at 64 players. Tthe $250,000 Super High Roller is going to be one exciting tournament with some truly elite talent and big names on display. Same with the $50,000 High Roller PLO. These three events are some of the nine 'High Roller' events on the 2020 WSOP schedule. How To Qualify for the 2020 WSOP Qualify in the US on WSOP.com - Players in US regulated online poker markets can already start qualifying for the 2020 World Series of Poker on WSOP.com. Qualify Outside the US with 888poker - Players outside of the US have the chance to qualify for the 2020 WSOP Main Event and more with 888poker, where available. Deemed the '888poker WSOP 2020 Mega Package,' players who win a package will receive entry into the 2020 WSOP Main Event and a buy-in to the $888 Crazy Eights NL gold bracelet event. Below is what's included in the $15,000 package: $10,000 buy-in to the 2020 WSOP Main Event $888 buy-in to the Crazy Eights gold bracelet event $1,000 in cash for travel, food, and additional expenses 12-night stay at the Vdara Hotel (June 26-July 8) Transportation to and from the Rio 888poker welcome session at the Vdara 888poker LIVE kit, including branded merchandise The 888poker Mega Package is one of the best ways to win a trip to play in the WSOP, and you can do so for as little as $0.01. Check out the 'Tournaments' tab in the 888poker client, then go to the 'Live Events' section. In that lobby, you'll see that 888poker is offering 'Step Satellites' that allow players the chance to work their way up the ladder and eventually play for the chance to win one of the $15,000 packages. Players can start at the lowest level and buy-in for just $0.01, hop right into the $1,050 WSOP 2020 Mega Package qualifier, or find something in between. All of the satellites are geared towards helping players win packages to the 2020 WSOP. MORE: Win Your Way to the 2020 WSOP Main Event with 888poker How To Watch the 2020 WSOP Can you watch the WSOP on TV? You bet you can. Once again, the World Series of Poker will be broadcast on ESPN. For 2020, it was announced by the WSOP, Poker Central, and ESPN that live footage of the WSOP Main Event will be available, although dates of the broadcast will be determined at a later date. ESPN and Poker Central will air 40 hours of live WSOP coverage, plus an additional 90 hours of originally produced episodes. Below is the current schedule for 2020 WSOP broadcasts: DATE EVENT NETWORK AIR TIME (ET) TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1a ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1b ESPN TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1b ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1c ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 2ab ESPN TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 2c ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 3 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 4 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 5 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 6 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 7 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 8 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 9 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 10 ESPN TBD WSOP All-Time Bracelet Winners Thousands of players have won WSOP gold bracelets. Here's a look at the top players with the most gold bracelets entering the 2020 World Series of Poker, led by Phil Hellmuth with an astounding 15 gold bracelets. RANK PLAYER BRACELETS 1. Phil Hellmuth 15 T2. Phil Ivey 10 T2. Johnny Chan 10 T2. Doyle Brunson 10 5. Johnny Moss 9 6. Erik Seidel 8 T7. Men Nguyen 7 T7. Billy Baxter 7 T9. Daniel Negreanu 6 T9. Chris Ferguson 6 T9. John Hennigan 6 T9. TJ Cloutier 6 T9. Jeff Lisandro 6 T9. Layne Flack 6 T9. Ted Forrest 6 T9. Jay Heimowitz 6 Behind the group with six bracelets each, there are 10 players with five bracelets each and then 23 players with four bracelets each. There are also a lot of highly regarded players who have yet to win WSOP gold. You can read about some of those players on PocketFives, including Patrik Antonius, Dan Smith, Shannon Shorr, and Jason Koon. WSOP All-Time Money Earners There are hundreds of millions of dollars to be won every year at the World Series of Poker. Here is a look at the top 10 players based on money earned at the WSOP entering the 2020, with Antonio Esfandiari leading the way. RANK PLAYER WSOP EARNINGS 1. Antonio Esfandiari $22,365,691 2. Daniel Negreanu $19,355,619 3. Dan Colman $17,413,782 4. Phil Hellmuth $15,032,052 5. Jonathan Duhamel $14,666,297 6. Justin Bonomo $14,292,554 7. Joe Cada $13,610,088 8. Jamie Gold $12,343,698 9. Martin Jacobson $12,143,293 10. Fedor Holz $11,915,808 Sitting just outside the top 10, Joe McKeehen, Hossein Ensan, and Greg Merson have all won more than $10 million at the World Series of Poker. WSOP Main Event Winners YEAR WINNER ENTRIES FIRST PRIZE 1970 Johnny Moss 7 n/a 1971 Johnny Moss 6 $30,000 1972 Thomas 'Amarillo Slim' Preston 8 $80,000 1973 Walter 'Puggy' Pearson 13 $130,000 1974 Johnny Moss 16 $160,000 1975 Brian 'Sailor' Roberts 21 $210,000 1976 Doyle Brunson 22 $220,000 1977 Doyle Brunson 34 $340,000 1978 Bobby Baldwin 42 $210,000 1979 Hal Fowler 54 $270,000 1980 Stu Ungar 73 $385,000 1981 Stu Ungar 75 $375,000 1982 Jack Strauss 104 $520,000 1983 Tom McEvoy 108 $540,000 1984 Jack Keller 132 $660,000 1985 Bill Smith 140 $700,000 1986 Berry Johnston 141 $570,000 1987 Johnny Chan 152 $625,000 1988 Johnny Chan 167 $700,000 1989 Phil Hellmuth 178 $755,000 1990 Mansour Matloubi 194 $895,000 1991 Brad Daugherty 215 $1,000,000 1992 Hamid Dastmalchi 201 $1,000,000 1993 Jim Bechtel 220 $1,000,000 1994 Russ Hamilton 268 $1,000,000 1995 Dan Harrington 273 $1,000,000 1996 Huck Seed 295 $1,000,000 1997 Stu Ungar 312 $1,000,000 1998 Scotty Nguyen 350 $1,000,000 1999 Noel Furlong 393 $1,000,000 2000 Chris Ferguson 512 $1,500,000 2001 Carlos Mortensen 613 $1,500,000 2002 Robert Varkonyi 631 $2,000,000 2003 Chris Moneymaker 839 $2,500,000 2004 Greg Raymer 2,576 $5,000,000 2005 Joe Hachem 5,619 $7,500,000 2006 Jamie Gold 8,773 $12,000,000 2007 Jerry Yang 6,358 $8,250,000 2008 Peter Eastgate 6,844 $9,152,416 2009 Joe Cada 6,494 $8,574,649 2010 Jonathan Duhamel 7,319 $8,944,138 2011 Pius Heinz 6,865 $8,715,638 2012 Greg Merson 6,598 $8,531,853 2013 Ryan Riess 6,352 $8,359,531 2014 Martin Jacobson 6,683 $10,000,000 2015 Joe McKeehen 6,420 $7,683,346 2016 Qui Nguyen 6,737 $8,005,310 2017 Scott Blumstein 7,221 $8,150,000 2018 John Cynn 7,874 $8,800,000 2019 Hossein Ensan 8,569 $10,000,000
  6. The schedule for the 2020 World Series of Poker continued to take shape on Thursday as officials revealed the dates for another 12 events, including a brand new ‘mystery’ bounty tournament and the largest buy-in tournament ever to take place at the WSOP. With the announcement of these 12 new events, a total of 17 brand new tournaments have been added thus far to the 2020 WSOP. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Freezeout Series Following up their previous announcement that this year’s World Series of Poker will have a “concerted effort” to provide players more freezeout tournaments, the latest batch of dates includes another six No Limit Hold’em events priced between $500 and $5,000 that gives players just a single shot to make the money. When all is said and done, including staple events like the Main Event and the Monster Stack, the WSOP promises players more than 40 events on the schedule will utilize the freezeout format. The six tournaments announced today have been dubbed the Freezeout Series six-pack and hit a variety of price points. Freezeout Series Six-Pack Dates DATE EVENT START TIME (PT) BUY-IN 05-27 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,000 06-04 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,500 06-11 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $2,500 06-15 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $500 06-18 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 01:00 PM $3,000 06-21 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 03:00 PM $5,000 "Mystery Bounty" One of those new single-shot tournaments that is sure to draw some buzz is the first-ever $1,500 Mystery Bounty No Limit Hold’em. The tournament plays like a typical bounty tournament where players will capture a cash reward for every player they eliminate. However, there’s a twist. The will be 100 “mystery bounties” of varying values that total at least $1,000,000. A standard bounty is $100, but the 100 players who unknowingly hold a “mystery bounty” will be valued between $2,500 and $250,000. The mystery part is that players will have no idea if they are battling against a player worth $100 or $250,000 until they actually bust that player and cash out. Bounty Amount # of Prizes $250,000 1 $100,000 3 $25,000 6 $10,000 10 $2,500 80 This event is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, one day after the $888 Crazy Eight event and just one day before the $1,000 Mini Main Event. Historic Super High Roller Another new event added to the schedule is the $250,000 Super High Roller NLHE bracelet event. The tournament is not only new to the World Series of Poker but, according to the announcement, it’s new to the city of Las Vegas. It will mark the first time that a tournament with a price point this high has ever been run in Sin City. While the player pool for such a nosebleed event is limited, the interest that the $250,000 Super High Roller bracelet event will draw from the poker playing public will be quite high. In addition to the $250K, three more big buy-in tournaments were part of the announcement. On May 29, there will be a $25,000 NLHE High Roller Eight Max scheduled and on July 7 the $50,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller will take place. The 64-player Heads-Up tournament returns in 2020 as well, however, this year the buy-in has gone up from $10,000 to a $25,000 buy-in. Read: WSOP Adds $10,000 Online Event and 15 More Events To 2020 Schedule “New events are always a result of player input and we’re thankful to have received many great suggestions this year,” said Jack Eiffel, WSOP Vice President. “The 2020 WSOP is chock-full of new events, new price points and a little mystery sure to resonate with poker players everywhere. We can’t wait to open our doors in four short months to get things started.” For everything you need to know about the 2020 World Series of Poker, check out our Ultimate Guide to the 2020 WSOP. 2020 WSOP New Event Schedule DATE EVENT START TIME (PT) BUY-IN 05-27 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,000 05-29 High Roller NLHE Eight Max 03:00 PM $25,000 05-31 Heads-Up NLHE 06:00 PM $25,000 06-04 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,500 06-07 Forty Stack NLHE 11:00 AM $1,000 06-11 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $2,500 06-15 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $500 06-18 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 01:00 PM $3,000 06-19 Nine-Game Mix Six Max 03:00 PM $2,500 06-21 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 03:00 PM $5,000 06-27 Super High Roller NLHE 12:00 PM $250,000 06-28 Mystery Bounty' NLHE 11:00 AM $1,500 07-06 Mixed NLHE/PLO Eight Max 06:00 PM $5,000 07-07 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 03:00 PM $50,000 07-09 Fifty Stack NLHE 12:00 PM $1,500 07-12 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack 11:00 AM $800 07-13 Super Turbo NLHE 11:00 AM $1,000 * 5 of the 17 events above have been previously announced.
  7. The slow rollout of the 2020 World Series of Poker schedule continued on Wednesday as WSOP announced its complete high roller schedule for the upcoming summer series at Las Vegas’ Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. A total of nine tournaments with a buy-in of at least $25,000 will stretch across the 51-day schedule of the 51st Annual WSOP which will take place from May 26 through July 15. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] “We have something for everyone on the 2020 World Series of Poker schedule and the high rollers are no exception,” said World Series of Poker Vice President Jack Effel. “The High Roller Series are great spectacles for the fans and a challenging series of events is sure to bring out the game’s best and those looking to take them on.” The ‘9-pack’ high roller series kicks off in the first week of the WSOP with a $25K NLHE starting on May 29. Three of the high rollers have a buy-in of $25K. Another four include a $50,000 price tag, including the previously announced $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Near the end of the series, the second-largest tournament of the schedule is set to take place with a $100,000 NLHE tournament slated to run on July 11 for those no longer in the Main Event. The event with the biggest buy-in on the schedule is the $250,000 NLHE Super High Roller which will take place on June 27. The event was previously announced as one of the 17 brand-new events taking place this summer and has been noted as the biggest buy-in tournament ever to be held in Sin City. Other items of note for the High Roller Series include that, with the exception of the $25,000 Heads-Up tournament and the $50,000 PPC, all high rollers will be played eight-handed. Additionally, there are two Pot Limit Omaha high rollers on the schedule, one at the $25K price point and another at $50K. Without accounting for re-entries, to play all nine high roller events a player will need to put up $625,000. Including the announcement of the High Roller Series, there are over 60 scheduled events for the 2020 summer series. The rest of the schedule, which is anticipated to be upwards of 90 events, is expected to be revealed before the end of February. For everything you need to know about the 2020 World Series of Poker, check out our Ultimate Guide to the 2020 WSOP. 2020 WSOP High Roller Series DATE EVENT BUY-IN TIME (PT) 05-29 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $25,000 3:00 PM 05-31 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em $25,000 6:00 PM 06-05 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $50,000 1:00 PM 06-17 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $25,000 3:00 PM 06-22 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed $50,000 3:00 PM 06-27 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $250,000 12:00 PM 07-07 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $50,000 3:00 PM 07-09 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $50,000 6:00 PM 07-11 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $100,000 3:00 PM
  8. On Wednesday, the World Series of Poker added another 19 events to the official 2020 WSOP summer schedule, all of which will be offered at a price point of $1,500. “We have found the $1,500 price point to be the sweet spot in poker, perfectly balancing affordability, field size, and prize pool to offer great value for participating players,” said Jack Eiffel, WSOP Vice President. “As we continue to cater our offerings to find something for everyone, the $1,500 buy-ins remain a core staple of the WSOP.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In total, the World Series of Poker will be offering 25 gold bracelet tournaments at the $1,500 price point. The $1,500 buy-in will encompass 18 different disciplines, 12 of which will have just a single entry, embracing the WSOP’s “concerted effort” to offer players more freezeout tournaments. For the remaining 13 events, players are afforded no more than a single re-entry per flight. All events will start with a minimum of 25,000 in chips, which aims to provide value for the player but means something different to each tournament depending on its structure. In addition to offering a wide variety of $1,500 events this year, the WSOP is giving the price point its own dedicated leaderboard. Players dedicated to grinding out the slate of $1,500 events will earn points for every cash and, unlike some of the previous years’ WSOP POY awards, there will be “prizes up for grabs for the winner.” More information on the $1,500 leaderboard, as well as the overall 2020 WSOP Player of the Year award, will be announced prior to the start of the 2020 summer series. Many of the WSOP’s marquee events can be found as a part of the $1,500 series of events, including the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, and Closer, all of which had been previously announced. Also part of the series is the buzz-worthy Mystery Bounty tournament, in which a single bounty may be worth as much as $250,000. Also, the Fifty Stack, a No Limit Hold’em tournament with 50,000 in starting chips and 30-minute levels. New to the 2020 schedule are three different bounty tournaments including the return of the popular No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty ($500 bounties with 20-minute levels), as well as both a No Limit Hold’em and a Pot-Limit Omaha bounty tournament. Mixed games are well represented at the $1,500 buy-in as well with Omaha, Seven Card Stud, and 2-7 variants being represented, as well as H.O.R.S.E, the Dealer's Choice, and Eight Game Mix all returning to the schedule. The 2020 WSOP is set to take place from May 26 through July 15 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For everything you need to know about the 2020 WSOP, check out our Ultimate Guide to the 2020 WSOP. 202 WSOP $1,500 Buy-In Events DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY TIME 5/28 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 5/30 Dealers Choice 6-Handed $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/2 Seven Card Stud $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/3 6-Handed NLHE $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 11 a.m. 6/4 Freezeout NLHE $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 11 a.m. 6/4 H.O.R.S.E. $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/5 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 60 min 1 / Flight 11 a.m. 6/5 Mixed: PLO Hi-Lo 8; Omaha Hi-Lo 8; Big 0 $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/9 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE ($500 Bounties) $1,500.00 25,000 20 min Freezeout 11 a.m. 6/10 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500.00 25,000 60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/11 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/12 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 50,000 60 min Freezeout 10 a.m. 6/12 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/14 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/16 Razz $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/17 Shootout No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 40 min Freezeout 12 p.m. 6/23 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/27 Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/28 Mystery Bounty No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 50,000 30 min Freezeout 11 a.m. 7/7 Bounty No Limit Hold'em ($500 bounties) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 12 p.m. 7/8 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha ($500 bounties) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 12 p.m. 7/9 Fifty Stack No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 50,000 30 min 1 12 p.m. 7/9 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/PLO (8-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 7/10 & 11 The Closer No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 30 min 1/flight 12 p.m. 7/12 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m.  
  9. 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. Join Lance and Donnie for another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as they break down all of the most important news from this week in the world of poker. This week, with the addition of eight new tournaments, officials at the World Series of Poker have announced that the 2020 WSOP summer schedule is finalized. It's going to be the biggest WSOP in history with 101 gold bracelet events set to take place. However, there are grumblings in the poker community on what the impact of the coronavirus could be for the series with some even taking wagers on if the 51st Annual WSOP will even happen at all. Subscribe to The FIVES wherever you download your favorite podcasts and never miss an episode! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  10. It was announced on Thursday that the 2020 World Series of Poker tournament schedule has been finalized. In less than three months, players from all over the world will head to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in the largest WSOP in history. After the low-key addition of eight more bracelet events this week, the 2020 WSOP will offer a grand total of 101 gold bracelets. Of those 101 events, 87 will take place in the Rio convention center and, as previously announced, 14 will be won online. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Added without an official press release, the final eight tournaments fill in the gaps between the WSOP's lower buy-in bracelet events and their $10,000 Championship tournaments. With buy-ins ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, these events cover a variety of disciplines from NLHE to mixed games. Recent Additions To The 2020 WSOP Schedule DATE EVENT TIME BUY-IN 06-01 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 3 p.m. $2,500.00 06-07 H.O.R.S.E. 3 p.m. $3,000.00 06-25 NL 6-Handed 3 p.m. $5,000.00 07-05 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 3 p.m. $3,000.00 07-08 NL 6-Handed 3 p.m. $3,000.00 07-10 PLO 6-Handed 3 p.m. $3,000.00 07-13 Mixed Big Bet 3 p.m. $2,500.00 07-14 NL 8-Handed 3 p.m. $5,000.00   Registration/Payout Improvements In theory, more events will lead to more people crowding the halls of the Rio and World Series of Poker officials have announced that they have worked out a plan to better handle the congestion that can take place during some of their larger marquee events. For the first time, the WSOP will be separating their in-person registration and players looking to be paid out into separate rooms. “There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and we are dedicating new resources - technology, equipment, and people - to aid those efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to a noticeable improvement.” The necessary documents include a physical Caesars Rewards card, which can be reprinted or obtained for the first time in the Rotunda of the Rio convention center. In order to get a Caesars Rewards card player will need to bring valid picture identification like a state-issued driver's license or passport. Online Saves Time In addition to being able to register for tournaments in person with the ability to pay using cash, credit cards, Rio casino chips, wire transfers, and satellite lamers, the WSOP is hoping more players will take advantage of their online/mobile registration system. The WSOP online/mobile registration system gives players a couple of ways to bypass the lines and get to their seats faster. The first is setting up and account and paying with a credit card through BravoPokerLive.com. There are additional fees with this method, but for those players who want to make sure they will not have to wait in lines and potentially be an alternate at the start of some of the biggest events, like the Big 50, it may be an option. The second method is a funded WSOP Tournament Account. Introduced last year, the WSOP Tournament Account is an account with a one-time set-up at the cage that will allow players to register online and head straight to one of the 20 kiosks set up in the convention center to print their seat card. “The WSOP Tournament Account is a no-brainer for anyone who plays more than a couple of WSOP events annually,” said Daniel Negreanu who set one up in 2019. “Literally I went to the registration cage once to set it up, then utilized the self-serve kiosks the rest of the summer to register for any event I wanted to play. I was in and out of the kiosk in less than a minute and on my way to my seat.” WSOP officials estimate that 20% of entries in 2019 used online registration. They hope that up to 80% of players will be using kiosks in the near future. The 2020 World Series of Poker is set to take place from May 26 to July 15. Online registration for events is expected to be available as early as April.
  11. The 2020 World Series of Poker is officially the largest one in the 51-year history of the event following the release of the online bracelet event component of the schedule on Thursday. A total of 14 events were added to the schedule, bringing the grand total of events on the schedule to 93 - three more than the 90 events in 2019. The events are open to any players physically in Nevada or New Jersey on the day of each event. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Buy-ins for the online events range from $400 on the low end all the way up to the $10,000 Super High Roller Championship. Keeping in line with the decision by WSOP makers to focus a significant portion of the schedule on tournament without re-entry, three of the 14 events will be freezeouts. "We believe the 2020 offering of online gold bracelet events features our best schedule yet," said WSOP.com Director of Online Poker Danielle Barille. "This year we offer a consistent schedule of Sunday events every week of the WSOP, plus a special selection of eight events from June 28 to July 5 to coincide with the biggest week of the live WSOP when most players are in town to play." The only online event that is not some variation of No Limit Hold'em is the $777 Pot Limit Omaha event scheduled for June 7. Due to software limitations, players wishing to play this event will need to be on a laptop or desktop computer. All other events can be played on mobile devices. Much like the Championship events and High Roller events already announced, the 14 online events will have a dedicated leaderboard with prizes awarded to top finishers. WSOP officials expect to release details of all leaderboard closer to the start of the WSOP. WSOP officials expect to have the complete 2020 WSOP schedule released by the end of the month. 2020 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Event Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS Re-Entry TIME (PT) May 31 No Limit Hold'em $400 15,000 1 3:30pm June 7 Pot Limit Omaha (Seven-Handed) $777 20,000 3 3:30pm June 9 Freezeout Knockout Deepstack NLH $800 40,000 Freezeout 3:30pm June 14 8-Handed NLH Turbo Deepstack $500 40,000 1 3:30pm June 21 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em $500 20,000 Freezeout 3:30pm June 28 No-Limit Hold'em Championship $1,000 20,000 1 3:30pm June 29 No-Limit Hold'em $500 15,000 1 3:30pm June 30 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed $1,500 20,000 1 3:30pm July 1 High Roller NLH 8-Handed $3,200 25,000 1 3:30pm July 2 Super High Roller Championship $10,000 30,000 Freezeout 12pm July 3 No-Limit Hold'em $400 15,000 1 3:30pm July 4 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack $500 40,000 1 3:30pm July 5 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $600 15,000 1 3:30pm July 12 Summer Saver No-Limit Hold'em $500 20,000 1 3:30pm
  12. 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. Download and listen in to the latest episode of the Global Poker Award-nominated The FIVES Poker Podcast with Lance and Donnie as they break down all of the most important news from this week in the world of poker. This week, the guys discuss the recently revealed schedule of online events taking place during the 2020 World Series of Poker. Plus, ESPN and Poker Central have revealed comprehensive televised coverage of this year's Main Event. Also, with High Stakes Poker returning to the PokerGO platform, the guys discuss what they'd like to see from the show when it returns. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  13. The 2020 World Series of Poker has been officially postponed. Officials from Caesars Entertainment made the announcement Monday afternoon that the 2020 WSOP would be postponed - not canceled - due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the temporary closure of businesses and the cancellation of sporting events around the world. WSOP executives indicated that a number of events would be played online in the United States through WSOP.com and outside of the United States with unnamed partners. "We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." Last week, the WSOP announced a partnership with GGPoker for 18 WSOP Circuit ring events to be held online in May. The WSOP also has a longstanding partnership with 888poker as the official host of online satellite events. The announcement comes as Las Vegas casinos enter a second month of being closed by order of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. The initial order, issued March 17, was to last for 30 days but Sisolak has not indicated when he will lift the order. The WSOP also indicated that WSOP Europe will remain on the schedule for this Fall.
  14. After five straight days of No Limit Hold'em action in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, the four-card wizards got their first chance to shine with on Monday night with a Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better event and Nathan Gamble emerged to win his second career WSOP bracelet in this variant. Event #6 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) drew 833 runners for a $449,820 prize pool and when the final table began, Gamble sat right in the middle of the chip counts with a less-than-average stack. Ten minutes into the final table, action folded to Simon 'bagelbites' Lam in the cutoff and he raised to 350,000 and 'danish01' called from the button. After the [poker card="qd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop, Lam shoved for 576,136 and 'danish01' called. Lam showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] for a pair of kings while 'danish01' turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] for a wrap and the only low draw. The [poker card="ad"] turn actually gave 'danish01' top pair and that held up through the [poker card="4h"] river which gave both players two pair to bust Lam in sixth. From the button, 'rainman3817' raised to 350,000 and 'hansdigalo' and 'SSJTimmy' defended the small and big blinds respectively. After the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] flop, 'hansdigalo' bet 120,000, 'SSJTimmy' called all in for 43,644, and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and 'hansdigalo' bet 771,822 and 'rainman3817' called. The [poker card="9c"] river completed the board and 'hansdigalo' and 'rainman3817' both checked. 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] for missed flush and low draws, 'SSJTimmy' turned over [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] for jacks and eights, while 'hansdigalo' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] for trip eights to eliminate 'SSJTimmy' in fifth place. Twenty minutes later Gamble picked up his first elimination of the night on his way to the title. Gamble opened to 320,000 as first to act and 'hansdigalo' replied with a three-bet to 1,120,000 from the small blind. Gamble called to see a [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] flop. 'hansdigalo' moved all in for 1,799,668 and Gamble called. Gamble showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"] for two pair with multiple straight draws while 'hansdigalo' was behind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the river was the [poker card="7d"] to give Gamble the pot and eliminate 'hansdigalo' in fourth. Just five minutes passed before Gamble went back to work. 'rainman3817' opened to 320,000 and Gamble called. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"] and Gamble bet 720,000 and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Gamble fired 1,520,000 into the pot and 'rainman3817' called for his last 1,257,760. Gamble showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] while 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="3d"] river changed nothing and Gamble's flush was good enough to take down the pot and eliminate 'rainman3817' in third. Gamble held a commanding 87% of the chips in play but still needed another 20 minutes to eliminate his final opponent. 'danish01' battled back during heads-up play to face only a 2-1 deficit but wasn't able to build upon that. On the final hand, 'danish01' raised to 600,000, Gamble re-raised to 1,800,000, and 'danish01' moved all in for 3,368,864 and Gamble called. 'danish01' turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Gamble showed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"] flop kept 'danish01' ahead but left Gamble with a straight draw and multiple low draws. The [poker card="5d"] turn assured Gamble of at least half of the pot but the [poker card="4d"] river gave him a straight to take the high and low pots to eliminate 'danish01' in second place and give Gamble another PLO8 bracelet. Gamble's first bracelet came in 2017 when he beat 829 other entries to win the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Final Table Payouts Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble - $89,424 danish01 - $55,283 rainman3817 - $38,865 hansdigalo - $27,484 SSJTimmy - $19,792 Simon 'bagelbites' Lam - $14,484 Faces in the Crowd One day after making threats against another player on his YouTube live stream, Mike Matusow played his way into the money before going out in 37th for $1,754.29. Other notables who cashed include Jeremy 'Chipchecka' Ausmus (8th - $9,096.76), Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori (10th - $4,813.07), Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel (12th - $4,813.07), Shaun 'ddtgg' Deeb (21st - $2,518.99) Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (53rd - $1,529.38), and Daniel Negreanu picked up his third cash of the Series, finishing in 59th place for $1,304.47. WSOP commentator Norman Chad drove from Los Angeles to Nevada specifically to play this event and finished 112th for $899.64.
  15. The World Series of Poker Online bracelet events captured the attention of the poker world this weekend but they were by no means the only opportunity for U.S.-based players to take down a big-time tournament. For starters, WSOP.com is running the WSOP.com Online Championships right alongside of the 2020 WSOP. The Online Championships is a month-long series with $6 million in total prize money guaranteed and this weekend the series featured three six-figure prize pools. One of the biggest tournaments of the weekend was the WSOP.com OC #21 ($200,000 Sunday Special Edition) which saw 613 players (384 rebuys) post the $320 buy-in and shatter the guarantee to the tune of a $299,100 prize pool. 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event final tablist Aram ‘X69Podheiser’ Zobian took home the win, adding $43,907.88 to his bankroll. ‘bbqnub1’ finished as the runner-up, earning $32,512.17 while Jason ‘Gunner_Q10’ Gunn shot up to third and walked away with $23,928. Uke ’ooopsmybad’ Dauti took down the $100 buy-in WSOP.com OC#20 ($100,000 Player Appreciation) for a $30,411.99 score. Mike ‘SammyTwizz’ Azzaro captured second place for an $18,750.99 score while ‘betfoldwin’ wrapped up in third place for $13,496.40. The third six-figure prize pool of the day was in the WSOP.com OC #22 ($75,000 Sunday 55). The $75,000 guarantee turned into a $120,500 prize pool as 687 players (1,365 rebuys + 358 add-ons) fired in the $55 buy-in event. Stuart ‘studog’ Gold outlasted the field and banked $28,317.50 with the victory. ‘edypzed’ grabbed $15,062.50 for finishing in second and Francis ‘Specialfx’ Romano grabbed the bronze and $9,881 for their efforts. While WSOP.com was cranking up the prize pools, PokerStars was slashing the buy-ins on their Pennsylvania and New Jersey Sunday Majors to lure in large fields. The PokerStars PA Half Price Sunday Special saw 2,172 entries sieze the opportunity to pay just $50 to take a shot at a five-figure payday. ‘Savant76’ scored the win and took home the $14,730 first-place prize. ‘cowboydollars’ has a few extra bucks thanks to his $10,499.09 score as the runner-up. ‘DaveyJoneLocker’ wrapped up in third place and earned $7,484.12. The PokerStars PA Half Price Sunday High Roller saw a huge boost in attendance this week with 509 players firing the $125 tournament. That’s up from 149 players who played last week with the regular High Roller buy-in of $250. ‘JonCaron215’ took home the bulk of the $58,026 prize pool by claiming the $10,267.58 first-place prize. ‘flipper12x’ finished in second place and took home $7,153.83. And ‘johnnyboat46’ stood on the final step of the podium, earning $4,984.60 for third. In New Jersey, there was a three-way chop in the $100 PokerStars NJ Half Price Sunday Special. Even though ‘zhatka’ was the official winner, earning $6,556.65 it was runner-up ‘HustlersTavern’ who locked up the biggest payday of the tournament, logging off with $7,499.44. Finally, ‘Vote Kanye’ was the third party in the deal, securing $6,841.14 for third place. ‘MyCousinVinny5’ grabbed the gold in the $215 buy-in partypoker NJ Sunday $35K Gtd for $10,280. He was followed by ‘chomeking’, who earned $6,769.38 as the runner-up and ‘Whosyourdoddy’ who fell in third place which was good for $4,883. WSOP.com OC #20 - $100,000 Player Appreciation Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,184 (772 rebuys) Prize pool: $179,952 ooopsmybad - $30,411.88 SammyTwizz - $18,750.99 betfoldwin - $13,496.40 WSOP.com OC#21 - $200,000 Sunday Special Edition Buy-in: $320 Entries: 613 (384 rebuys) Prize pool: $299,100 Aram ‘X69Podheiser’ Zobian - $43,907.88 bbqnub1 - $32,512.17 Gunner_Q10 - $23,928 WSOP.com OC #22 - $75,000 Sunday 55 Buy-in: $55 Entries: 687 (1365 rebuys, 358 add-ons) Prize pool: $120,500 studog - $28,317.50 edypzed - $15,062.50 specialfx - $9,881 WSOP.com OC #23 - $20,000 NLH Knockout Buy-in: $75 Entries: 594 Prize pool: $43,174 Robotbob47 - $6,557.76 + $350 halama - $3,470.14 + $225 jmzit2u - $2,267.89 + $125 WSOP.com OC #24 - $20,000 NLH Deepstack Buy-in: $10 Entries: 791 (1676 rebuys, 452 add-ons) Prize pool: $26,562.90 DeionSanders - $6,109.46 c0nky - $3,227.39 yourmotsure - $2,125.03 WSOP.com $15,000 Sunday Kick-Off Buy-in: $50 Entries: 197 (209 rebuys, 109 add-ons) Prize pool: $23,432.50 sports247 - $6,326.77 Proteus99 - $3,690.61 UrNextPrez - $2,108.92 WSOP.com $15,000 Bracelet Warm-up Deepstack Buy-in: $100 Entries: 218 (83 rebuys) Prize pool: $27,391 bendtheknee - $5,259.07 luckyleo1980 - $3,925.13 omarcomin - $2,936.31 WSOP.com $15,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack Buy-in: $50 Entries: 176 (157 rebuys, 138 add-ons) Prize pool: $21,430.50 liter_a_cola - $5,786.23 SammyTwizz - $3,375.30 ithefuture - $1,928.74 WSOP.com $50,000 Weekly Sunday Buy-in: $500 Entries: 151 (115 rebuys) Prize pool: $124,222 WATCHGUY42 - $33,539.94 JefferinoH1 - $19,564.96 hellofriend - $11,179.98 WSOP.com $25,000 WSOP Bracelet Second Chance Deepstack Buy-in: $100 Entries: 401 (235 rebuys) Prize pool: $57,876 dogfacedboy - $9,225.43 Realm - $6,829.36 TIPnTimeBOMB - $5,035.21 PokerStars PA Half Price Sunday Special Buy-in: $50 Entries: 2,172 Prize pool: $98,826 Savant76 - $14,730.96 cowboydollars - $10,499.09 DaveyJoneLocker - $7,484.12 PokerStars PA Half Price Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $125 Entries: 509 Prize pool: $58,026 JonCaron215 - $10,267.58 flipper12x - $7,153.83 johnnyboat46 - $4,984.60 PokerStars PA Nightly Stars Buy-in: $100 Entries: 246 Prize pool: $22,582.80 AFA5671 - $4,357.18 HBGgolfSIM - $3,220.34 5BETCHET - $2,380.22 PokerStars NJ Half Price Sunday Special Buy-in: $100 Entries: 530 Prize pool: $48,654 zhatka - $6,556.65* HustlersTavern - $7,499.44* Vote Kanye - $6,841.14* PokerStars NJ Half Price Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $250 Entries: 70 Prize pool: $16,310 insatiable - $4,893 iFoldN0T - $3,262 monkeyman067 - $2,446.50 partypoker NJ Sunday $35K GTD Buy-in: $215 Entries: 257 Prize pool: $51,400 MyCousinVinny5 - $10,280 chromeking - $6,769.38 Whosyourdoddy - $4,883
  16. Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives will be checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. Normally at this time of year, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman and his wife Katie Lindsay are busy making daily runs to and from the Rio Hotel as they grind the World Series of Poker and various other tournaments around town. With the 2020 WSOP postponed and 31 bracelet events available on WSOP.com, the couple is bunkered down inside their Las Vegas home ready to win a bracelet - or two - from the comfort of their kitchen, or bedroom, or sure, even the pool. The No Limit Hold’em-heavy schedule plays into the strong suits of Katie and Chris and they’ll be playing almost daily, save for maybe the Omaha 8-or-better event. While the city was shut down for a while, the pair continued to find ways to keep busy. Along with putting more volume on the virtual felt, Katie has developed an at-home workout routine and Chris has been spending as much time as possible in their backyard with their dog. They’ve also recently started spending time with their newest neighbor, another crusher who moved into the neighborhood. “We are lucky to have a house on a lake so we can go kayaking or hang out by the pool,” Katie says. “We actually started playing the first event from the pool with our neighbor Connor Drinan before eventually moving inside.” The opening day of the WSOP events on WSOP.com couldn’t have gone much better for both players. Chris made two final tables before WSOP Event #1 ($500 NLHE) even started. Katie shined brightest though. She navigated her way through a 371-runner field in the $215 WSOP Summer Special $75,000 Guaranteed event to take home $20,485.80. Then she worked her way into the money of Event #1, finishing 149th for $1,003.27. Chris wasn’t so fortunate in the bracelet event, busting before the money. Not that anybody’s actually keeping score, but that’s Katie 1, Chris 0. The Day 2 narrative felt a lot like the Day 1 narrative. Chris made one final table in a mid-afternoon event while Katie binked a satellite into that night’s bracelet event, Event #2 ($1,000 No Limit Hold’em) and, like she did on Wednesday, worked her way into the money, finishing 122nd for $1,571. Chris bricked again. Katie 2, Chris 0. And yeah, they’re keeping score. They’re both hyper-competitive and have had plenty of run-ins at the tables over the years. They’re not going to take it easy with each other, the pride at stake is too much. “People that think couples might soft-play against each other have never been at a table with Chris and I,” Katie says. “Anybody who has ever played with us knows we’re super competitive.” “She loves to try and bubble me,” Chris jokes. The competition won’t end when the 31 bracelet events do. They’ll be joining a handful of other pros heading down to Mexico the second that last event wraps up and will be immediately jumping into action on GGPoker to play the remainder of that schedule. “I think the first event we’ll play is the Millionaire Maker,” Chris says. “We have to miss a few events that I’d like to play, like the Colossus, because of the overlap.” The Mexico plans include a house with a number of other pros and on on-site chef and concierge so they can focus all of their attention on the poker. That won’t quite me the modus operandi on Saturday, however. The couple will be celebrating July 4th at their house. A few cocktails, some button clicking in the Super Turbo bracelet event on the schedule, and there are lobster rolls on the menu. And maybe, Chris will get rid of the goose egg.
  17. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
  18. The story of the World Series of Poker just wouldn’t be the same without the United Kingdom. Some of the most memorable players in its 51-year history have come from ‘across the pond’ to pit themselves against the toughest poker competition the world has to offer. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman, Roland de Wolfe, Luke Schwartz, Max Silver, and Liv Boeree are just some of the high-profile players that count themselves among the players who have helped the UK accumulate 51 WSOP gold bracelets, third-most of any country in the world. In 2020, the UK is poised perfectly to add to their WSOP trophy case with players from the UK dominating the online poker scene. York resident Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford has had a stranglehold on the worldwide #1 rank for the better part of two months. His countryman Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard sits right behind him, ranked #2 in the world. In total 12, of the current top 100 hail from the UK and that doesn’t even include the UK native considered one of the most feared tournament players, online or live, in the game today. In addition to Beresford and Leonard, here’s a look at some of the top-ranked talent of the United Kingdom who very well could be in the mix to win a World Series of Poker bracelet during the 2020 WSOP. Stephen Chidwick Stephen Chidwick is the aforementioned most-feared tournament player on the circuit. How good is Chidwick? His high-roller tournament peers gave him the award for “Toughest Opponent” at the 2020 Global Poker Awards and by any measure, he's generally considered the favorite in any given event he decides to play in. He’s sixth on the Hendon Mob All-Time Money List with over $34 million in career live cashes and has (at least) another $5 million in online earnings. There’s seemingly no award Chidwick hasn’t won - he was the inaugural U.S. Poker Open champion, the first-ever Australian Poker Open champion, he has WCOOP and SCOOP titles, and, yes, a World Series of Poker bracelet. In 2019, after missing most of the series, Chidwick won the very first event of the summer he entered in which happened to be the $25K PLO High Roller for $1,618,417. Should Chidwick decided to grind the entire WSOP schedule on GGPoker, he might just be the first person to win multiple online gold bracelets. Sam Grafton London grinder Sam Grafton may be known as a hilarious guy to hang out with off the felt, but when he’s playing poker he’s serious competition. It was just last year that Grafton hit a career-high score when he finished as the runner-up in the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller for $1,453,517. That score helped him leap to more than $4.1 million in career live earnings on a resume that dates back to 2009 and includes results in over 10 countries around the world. In 2020, 'TheSquid' has been putting up big numbers online as well. A runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event brought him a $343,095 score, a career-high online cash. He also notched two more six-figure scores this year including a victory in the PokerStars Summer Series High PKO Main Event for $128,497. Tom Hall Long-time poker pro Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall is rapidly approaching $4 million in total online earnings thanks to consistent results that date back joining PocketFives back in 2010. Add to that his $2.75 million in life earning and you have a picture of a player who consistently puts himself in position to win tournaments. Hall has attended WSOP events dating back to 2013 and has over $180,000 in cashes over 24 results including a deep run in the 2017 Colossus where he finished in 27th place out of 18,054 runners proving he knows how to navigate through massive fields. That same year, Hall booked a win at the 888poker LIVE London Main Event for $104,170 less than a year after taking down the EPT Prague High Roller for $205,204. If Hall continues his bracelet chase on GGPoker, look for him to be making runs in the mid-stakes large field events. Tyler Goatcher The truth is, if you look at Tyler Goatcher’s live results, you might not be terribly impressed. He has just five total cashes on his Hendon Mob profile and zero experience at the World Series of Poker. But if you look up his screen name of ‘Wonderboy222’ you’ll see why he’s one of the UK’s most exciting players. Currently the #10-ranked player in the world, Goatcher has earned $3 million in career online earnings and is on a heater that any poker pro would die for. In March, he earned back-to-back partypoker POWERFEST titles right before he captured a May PokerStars SCOOP title in Event #54-H ($1,050 NLHE) for a career-high score of $107,504. Lately, Goatcher has been spending time racking up results in bounty event on GGPoker under his screen name ‘HELLODARKNESS’. Jack Sinclair London’s Jack Sinclair already has one bracelet, and it’s a big one. He took down the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for a career-high score of $1,277,012 but most poker fans might remember him from his eighth-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas where he won $1,200,000 on the televised final table. Despite all of that success, there’s no doubt that Sinclair would love to add some more WSOP to his collection. He’s been making the trek to Las Vegas and WSOP Europe since 2017 and has 18 cashes for a total of $2.8 million. Sinclair also grinds online, under the PokerStars screen name ‘Swaggersorus’ and has locked up a Spring Championship of Online Poker title.
  19. When World Series of Poker officials announced in mid-April that the 2020 WSOP was being postponed due to the uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, they promised that players would be playing for "WSOP glory from their homes" this summer. That promise was met last week when the WSOP announced a total of 85 online bracelet events with 31 set for WSOP.com for players in Nevada and New Jersey, and another 54 for players outside of the United States to be battled for on GGPoker.com. The response from some of the poker community wasn't all that positive with a large number of complaints focused on the fact that these events will award each winner a WSOP bracelet. "My reasoning is likely separate from many others as I was indifferent to holding (a bracelet) until I learned of the significance it has with friends I love who love the game," said Brandon Shack-Harris, who won a bracelet in 2014 and another in 2016. "I realized that some people go their whole lives dreaming of realizing what I was lucky to stumble onto, and had been taking for granted." Shack-Harris took to Twitter to tell the story of how Chad Brown being awarded an honorary WSOP bracelet before his passing in 2014 and subsequently learning how much the bracelet meant to Brown forced to him to better recognize and appreciate the personal significance of the award. The history behind and prestige of the bracelet is front of mind for Shack-Harris and others who fear that WSOP executives aren't keeping that in mind as they make decisions. "The WSOP does a fantastic job with some things like holding tournaments for an inordinate number of participants and incorporating all types of game formats," said Shack-Harris. "I don't think the entity itself cares much about poker overall, and there are frequently sloppy executions of various aspects of the series that have demonstrated this assumption." Shack-Harris lists the increasing number of reentry events, smaller buy-in events, and WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific as evidence that the WSOP has sacrificed the value of a bracelet. He believes the WSOP should follow examples from major sporting championships like tennis' Wimbledon or golf's The Masters in regards to the exclusivity of the titles. "Not every player is going to agree with every business decision you make. But we are guided by the simple principle that we want the WSOP to mean as much as it can to as many people around the world as possible not the same as it once did to a few," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "Our mission and our opportunity is to present the poker world to the rest of the world and paint the game in a positive light." Not all players believe the decision to turn to online poker in light of the unprecedented circumstances created by the pandemic is a bad direction. Mike Leah, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2014 at WSOP APAC, thinks the pandemic provided a catalyst for Series officials to expand their offering. "The thing that it really did for them is it gave them an urgency to find a partner outside of the US which I think is amazing because instead of being forced to play on WSOP.com, there's another avenue for WSOP prize pools and bracelets and that's probably the biggest positive that came out of this," said Leah. The postponement of the 2020 WSOP live series came with a caveat that organizers were targeting the fall to host some form a live event in 2020. Shack-Harris believes that adding 85 bracelet events without solidifying plans for the live series sets a dangerous precedent. "I think there will likely still be a live series later in the year, and offering up 85 online events for a bracelet with no transparency regarding the potential of a live format going or not going bothers me more than anything else," said Shack-Harris. "If people make arrangements to play online because they feel this is their only shot at a bracelet this year, and then a postponed series shows up out of the blue, I think it's somewhat deceitful, but probably great business." Despite their intentions to hold a live event in Las Vegas this year, Stewart isn't sure how that can happen as the coronavirus situation changes frequently. Current Nevada gaming regulations limit the number of players at a table to no more than six and not all poker rooms are even open. Travel restrictions in place would also significantly limit the number of players who could attend from outside of the United States. "We have no concrete pathway to the offline event. We have a partner who is absolutely all-in. We have the opportunity to organize massive prize pools, deliver buzz and energy for the industry, and perhaps most of all, engage an entirely new segment of players," Stewart argued. "I’m looking at WSOP Online as the biggest ever marketing vehicle for international players and the only failure will be if we can’t convert many of them to playing WSOP Las Vegas when we’re back in session." The online series puts the lack of online poker regulation in the United States into the spotlight once again. Only players physically located in Nevada or New Jersey will be able to play the bracelet events on WSOP.com and GGPoker does not accept players from the United States. Pennsylvania has had regulated gaming, including poker, available since last summer, but Stewart indicated the company is still in the development process of getting up and running in that state and was unable to give a timeline for their launch there. This leaves a large percentage of the United States on the outside, unable to play without traveling and Leah believes a high number of the complaints are coming from players who simply can't play. "I think if you went through the people that have negative feedback or complaints about this, probably at least 80% of them are from people who are not in New Jersey or Nevada or the rest of the world or somewhere where they can play," said Leah. "I'd be disappointed as well, but people have been disappointed about unregulated poker in the US for a long time so this is just something that brings it to the forefront again." The complete GGPoker event schedule has not been posted, but it is expected to include only Hold'em and Omaha event. The 31-event schedule from WSOP.com also includes only those two games. The lack of mixed games - traditionally a staple of the WSOP schedule - has also upset many players that feel the online product isn't a proper reflection of the history of the Series. "I'm disappointed too and you best believe you may see even more mixed games at the next live WSOP," said Stewart. "But while much of the summer schedule will feel familiar to the spirit of WSOP at the Rio, this is WSOP Online, and online is dominated by flop games. If we gave GGPoker a little more time to develop, who knows. But we are not going to ask them to rush a new unproven derivative to the market in time for the summer." Some in the industry have made the suggestion that the bracelets awarded this summer shouldn't be held in the same regard as events won in a live tournament. The argument is similar to the one that people made when Caesars expanded the tournament offering to Europe with bracelet events in 2007 and Asia-Pacific in 2013. Rob Yong, owner of the Dusk Till Dawn cardroom in England and partypoker partner, floated the idea of awarding silver bracelets for events not held in Las Vegas. "I understand the argument, the sentiment of it, but I also know that a lot fewer people would play," said Leah. "With bracelets, they'll be even bigger but if you take them away you're going to lose some of the interest and obviously the prize pools will be smaller and make people not want to play as much. I think a lot fewer people will play. If it's a bracelet event I know I'm going to do my best to play every single event." Leah, who lives in Canada, has already begun the search for full-time childcare for his one-year-old son to ensure he can play as many of the 54 events as possible. Stewart thinks any attempt to diminish any bracelet win is going to be difficult given the expected turnout for the online events and feels comparison of various events and eras isn't worth the headache. "The relative value of bracelets is not up to me to determine; large fields vs high rollers, Europe fields vs 1990’s Binion’s," Stewart said while indicating the bracelet design for these 85 events is a differentiating factor. "But I have my strong point of view on this series. Based upon the numbers we project for most of the events, these will statistically be some of the hardest bracelets to win, ever. And the prize pools will be such that it will be very difficult to try and diminish the accomplishment." The original 2020 WSOP schedule had a total of 101 events, with 14 of them being played exclusively on WSOP.com. A sevenfold increase in the number of online events is a gigantic leap with huge revenue opportunities for the WSOP. Leah doesn't think the online events will ever be able to replace or replicate the summer camp, bucket list feel that the live tournament series is famous for. "I don't think anything's ever going to change the annual WSOP in Vegas every summer because that's everyone's favorite thing of the year. But adding to it, maybe an online bracelet series at some point in the year on WSOP.com and GG ends up being an annual thing and I could see that as being a pretty positive thing." Going from 85 online events this year to a smaller number next year goes against the WSOP's previous expansion online. Since launching online events in 2015, the total number of them on the schedule has gone from one (2015, 2016) to three (2017) to four (2018), to nine (2019) with 14 originally scheduled for 2020. Stewart believes the unique set of circumstances presented to them this year doesn't mean they'll end up with a similar schedule once a full schedule can be played live in Las Vegas. "I don’t foresee we’ll have this number of online events again. But there certainly is a place for online bracelets on an every year basis," Stewart said. "I am optimistic this year will be huge, and then we can evaluate. Everything we do is on a year to year basis to test the reception. The same players against the idea of a vast online series now may be demanding it in the future."
  20. Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives will be checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. This is Episode 2 of The House of Moorman. Katie Lindsay wants to get it on the record early. With her three cashes through the first nine events of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, she’s still holding the lead over her husband Chris Moorman, who has just two. Not that anybody is keeping score. That second cash came on July 4, when Chris finished 124th in Event #4 ($500 NLHE Super Turbo) for $795.82. It wasn’t pretty. “I had to fold to min-cash with three big blinds,” Chris joked. That min-cash was just part of their low-key July 4th festivities. They picked up some lobster rolls from a local cafe that just opened down the street from their Las Vegas home and hung out by the pool while grinding the fastest structured tournament on the 2020 schedule. “It was weird though because it didn’t feel like a turbo at all and then all of a sudden it turned into a huge crapshoot and no on had more than ten bigs on the bubble,” Chris said. Once that was over, they hung out on their dock and watched some of the fireworks that other area residents were launching into the sky. Sunday was a good day for both of them on the tables. Katie finished fourth in the $320 WSOP.com Online Championship Sunday Special - not to be confused with the WSOP Online events - for $17,497.35 and Chris took down a $75 buy-in Knockout event. He almost didn’t register for it, knowing it’s usually a smaller event on Sundays but decided to add it to the other events he was grinding on Sunday. The win was worth nearly $6,800 but it lasted well into the night. “I’d rather win a smaller tournament then come second or third in a slightly bigger one just because it’s a nice feeling at the end to at least win it,” Chris said. If I had known how long it was going to go, I’m not sure I would have registered it in the first place.” Both Katie and Chris have been surprised to see unfamiliar names walking away with bracelets through the opening week and half of the schedule. “Everyone I know in Vegas is playing it and I’ve not really had one friend at a final table yet,” Chris said. All of that was supposed to change in Thursday’s $1,000 Six Max NLHE event. “Less recreational players like playing Six Max, it’s a slightly higher buy-in.” That’s not at all what happened. 70-year-old Ron ‘MacDaddy15’ MacMillen, playing online poker for the first time in his life, beat out 1,026 other entries to win the bracelet and $188,214. The winning moment was captured on video and shared on social media. “That video is amazing. I feel like that’s what it’s all about,” Chris said. “It brings out the magic of the World Series. It’s good to see.” The success that Chris and Katie have had at the tables the past weeks is made all the more impressive by the fact that they’ve been dealing with some early-rising, noisy house guests. For the past month, renovators have been re-doing the three bathrooms inside their house, arriving each day at 8 am - but they wanted to start earlier. “They tried to start at 7. They come one day and I said ‘You can’t start at 7’. If we’re playing poker until one in the morning, it’s too early,” Katie said. The pair have developed a routine though to help keep them sane through the renovations. Katie gets to get out of the house in the morning to get a workout in and Chris stays behind to answer any questions that the contractors have. Once Katie gets home, Chris heads out to play pickleball or golf before coming back home to start the day. Fortunately for the pair, the contractors are usually out of the house before each day’s bracelet event begins. Moorman, a former #1 on PocketFives, is quite happy returning to his roots as an online grinder while live poker is on hiatus. “I enjoy (online) more. You can’t replicate the feeling of making a live final table, but it’s just so hard,” Chris said, one year after winning a Wynn $1,600 No Limit Hold’em event for $107,590. “Live poker is quite draining for me and mentally sort of challenging, whereas online if you have a bad day, you can just come back the next day and reset.” It’s the opposite for Katie. Playing events in Las Vegas throughout the year means running into the same group of people over and over again. The tourists and recreational players that populate WSOP bracelet events each summer offer a totally different dynamic and it has nothing to do with how soft the fields become. “I love talking to people. I love meeting people. That’s why the World Series is just one of my favorites,” Katie said. “Sitting next to a 75-year-old Navy vet - my dad was in the Navy - and talking about where they were stationed and I just love stuff like that. It’s so cool hearing people’s stories. They’re excitement of just being there and you just feed off that energy.” “I miss it so much.”
  21. For almost two decades, poker fans have been pestering Brian Koppelman and David Levien to write a sequel to Rounders. In the final scene Mike McDermott jumps in a taxi in New York City and tells the driver to take him to the airport. "So where you headed?" "I'm going to Vegas." "Vegas, huh?" "Yup." "Good luck man." The cab drives off into the distance and the credits roll as Counting Crows' Baby, I'm a Big Star Now plays, but what happens after Mike gets to Las Vegas? Well, Kopelman and Levien are busy with their hit show Billions, and a sequel seems highly unlikely, but 2020 World Series of Poker Online Event #1 winner Jonathan Dokler might just be writing it on his own. Six months ago, the 27-year-old had a good-paying job at a trading firm in New York City. "I decided it wasn't the life for me. I quit my job, moved out to Vegas," Dokler said. He didn't take a cab to Kennedy though - he took a train to Newark and then flew to Las Vegas. Everything started coming together about a month earlier though. Still working his 9-5, Dokler went to Atlantic City to play in some Borgata Winter Poker Open events. "I took a Greyhound from New York to Atlantic City for a quick trip, a couple of days before I had to get back to work. I hadn't even quit my job yet but I was planning to very soon," Dokler said. Dokler, with all of four live cashes to his credit totalling a little more than $21,000 in earnigns, beat out 76 other entries to win a $5,000 High Roller event for $100,829. Some of the players that he outlasted included former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe, Faraz Jaka, Ian O’Hara, Jerry Wong, Christian Harder, and Jake Schwartz. "It was a small field, only 77 people, so it's nothing crazy, but it was cool to play that event, against that class of field and have a good result," Dokler said. Having picked up the game in college in 2013, Dokler's competitive side fueled his desire to get better at the game. He began playing more, watching Run It Once videos, and talking over hands with friends. As time went by, Dokler grew more and more passionate about the game and he kept flirting with the idea of playing professionally. The bus ride back to New York City gave Dokler time to think and the Borgata win made it crystal clear to him that he needed to follow his gut. In early March, Dokler packed up his stuff and left for Las Vegas. His original plan was to use Las Vegas as a home base of sorts as he travelled the world playing poker. "I was actually planning on travelling for a lot of tournaments. I was going to be in South America for some of the big PokerStars stuff, and I wanted to play the Irish Poker Open, WPT Amsterdam," Dokler said. That’s when Dokler's 2020 story - and everybody else's - really lost the narrative. "I got out here, I had an Airbnb for a couple of days and one of the places I went to go eat after finishing a session, they'd shut down. That's how I found out about the shut down in Vegas," Dokler said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered casinos and many Las Vegas businesses. He did not bring many personal belongings with him to Las Vegas, so he quickly ditched the Airbnb and found an apartment to rent and began getting set up to play as much online poker as possible. He had the necessities though, even if he didn't have the essentials. "I didn't have toilet paper for the first month or so, but I had a computer and an internet connection, enough to keep me happy," Dokler said. Happy indeed. In late March, Dokler earned $77,910 and a Circuit ring for winning WSOP Circuit Super Series Event #9 ($500 NLHE Monster Stack) on WSOP.com. That was really just a pre-cursor to last Wednesday when Dokler kicked off the WSOP Online by beating 1,714 other entries to win Event #1 ($500 NLHE Kickoff) for $130,425.75 and a WSOP bracelet. But even as Dokler was grinding his way towards the win, he was multi-tabling events across multiple sites and didn't think anything would come of it. "I was playing a lot of tables so I wasn't even paying super close attention to the bracelet event until it was actually getting kind of close," Dokler said. "I had some more interesting spots that didn't really pan out and I was able to run up a bunch of chips in the bracelet event and make that happen." So inside of six months, Dokler won six figures in a live event, quit his job, moved across the country, quarantined himself in a new apartment, won a WSOP Circuit ring and then became the first WSOP bracelet winner of 2020. He might be relatively new to the scene, but he understands his recent run is thanks to a combination of his skill and some luck. "I have friends who are much better at poker than me that don't have any bracelets and there are also players that are worse than me that have multiple bracelets," Dokler said. "I'm glad I won but the bracelet itself I don't attach any particular significance to it." With three weeks of events left, Dokler plans to continue to grind as much of the WSOP.com schedule as possible and hasn't yet made up his mind about leaving the country to play the GGPoker bracelet events. "I actually haven't decided yet. It's tough because you've gotta get set up in a different country and all that," Dokler said. "And I'm not sure if the borders are going to be open yet. We'll see."
  22. It was just before midnight when chaos erupted in the basement of Mr. Bode’s Hampton, New Jersey house. You see, his son, 29-year old Matthew Bode, who had just driven all the way from his home in North Carolina to play a little online poker, had just won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. “I started screaming and yelling. I was going crazy after the win,” Matt 'Bodeyster' Bode said. “I was freaking out. It was surreal…I ran like hot fire.” Once his father and step-mom ambled down the steps, once the dogs stopped barking, he did his best to explain what had happened. After nearly predicting it just days before, Bode won Event #4 of the 2020 WSOP Online series for just over $97,000. The event which took place on July 4 was designed with fireworks in mind. It took less than six hours from start to finish for Bode to claim the gold bracelet making it one of the fastest gold bracelets won in WSOP history. He was faced with stiff competition at a short-stacked final table including Kevin ‘ImaLuckSac’ MacPhee, Frank ‘spaghettiii’ Marasco, and eventual runner-up Brian ‘XcrazylegsX’ Frasca. Even so, he felt like he was the one with the edge. “I think I had an advantage over a lot of the crushers at the final table because they didn’t know who I was but I knew who they were,” Bode said. “There was no room for mistakes if you messed up in any spot you were out in that tournament. And I knew it too, at that moment. My hands were sweatin’, my balls were sweatin’…you name it and it was sweatin’ on me,” Bode said. “I knew how big of a moment it was.” “I just stuck to my guns and stuck to my charts and kept with it,” he said talking about his final table performance. “I just didn’t make any calls. Just stayed with the all-in button and didn’t hit the call button. Just made all the folds and hit all-in. That was my goal just not to hit call.” While he didn't make any 'calls' at the final table, Bode, who considers himself a part-time pro MTT player who mostly competes on America’s Cardroom, did take to Twitter, to call his own shot. “My goal back in January was to win a bracelet. So I slowly built up enough of a bankroll up. Going into the weekend I had $5,000 to my name to play for the weekend,” he said. “I had $1,500 to my name headed into the Super Turbo.” While those who take bankroll management seriously might shudder at that thought, Bode has never really lacked confidence when it comes to poker. He started playing young, around 12, and came up with a crew of friends, many of which turned into professional poker players. As an eighteen-year-old Bode was playing on Full Tilt and partypoker online and winning the first live tournament he ever played. He was even taken under the win of pro poker player Leif Force who helped him elevate his game. But even though Bode felt like he was just as good as anyone, especially when he was younger, he didn’t take the poker pro path. He found another competitive outlet in Ultimate Frisbee. In 2009, as a high school student, Bode won a National Championship in Ultimate Frisbee, and then in 2013, as a professional, he won a World Championship. At the same time, Bode has another job working with kids with autism, helping non-verbal kids become more verbal and assisting their families through Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. “The work I do with children, it fills the bucket if that makes sense,” Bode said. “If I didn’t wake up and do something else, work with someone I feel like I’d be a miserable online grinder.” While he was playing poker recreationally from time to time over the last ten years, Bode was more focused on his work. It wasn’t until November 2019 that he decided to give the grind another chance. When he did decide to go for it, he buckled down and put in the work. “I’m super competitive so I just started studying and studying and studying and grinding super hard,” he said. He quickly got back into the scene, playing eight tables at a time, making deep runs online. “Everyone started seeing me on the ACR scene as I was making final table after final table. I was going deep in everything but no big binks.” That’s when he decided to make a run at a bracelet. He started to build a bankroll early in the year. He sold a little to his brother, who plays professionally, and his girlfriend but kept most of himself. Then for the Fourth of July weekend, he packed his car and made the trip to New Jersey to take his shot. “I knew it was going to happen. If you’re a poker player you know, you get that feeling and I had that feeling. I hadn’t won a tournament since January,” he said. “For me to sun run it at that time, I kinda knew I was due. I earned this moment. And a soon as we hit that min-cash, as soon as I saw it, I was like ‘ok, I’m going for the win’.” “This is that moment I’ve been waiting for. When you get to that spot and you have that absolute feeling like ‘This is my tournament, my time to win.’ and I put in all this effort. There’s a reason why I’m up to 4 a.m. every night. And after I’m losing I’m studying why the hell I lost and understanding all my mistakes.” In the end, he says he “ran well and made all the right jams and that’s all that matters.” As for what’s next, Bode can’t be sure. “I haven’t even seen the bracelet yet,” he laughed. After a nearly ten-year detour from poker, Bode is back - now with a bracelet. But he doesn’t regret taking any of that time off. “If I were to have tried to grind my way through at twenty when I knew I was really good at this game, I wouldn’t have been able to have this bracelet now,” he said. “The poker gods wouldn’t have had my back until I had gone and gotten life lessons. They wouldn’t have given me this bracelet, I had to be mature enough to embrace this.” As for what’s next Bode is still basking in the glow of a bracelet. “Leif wants me to fly out to Vegas and go to Mexico with him to finish out the whole series and try to earn a bunch of points. But I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m in this ‘what the hell just happened??’ kind of moment.”
  23. Starting the final table with the biggest stack, Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang eliminated five of his eight opponents to take down Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online to win his first bracelet and a $161,286 payday. The tournament was the first freezeout on the schedule and attracted 854 runners to create an $811,300 prize pool, the second largest of through the first five events, trailing only Event #2 ($1,000 NLHE). The win was the 12th career WSOP cash for Yang and his first final table. Starting the final table with the second shortest stack at just 8.5 big blinds, Quintin 'AA_QTiP_KK' Trammell moved all-in from the cutoff for 699,132 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] after 'iseefoodtuna' opened to 120,000 from middle position with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. 'iseefoodtuna' called and then sweated through a [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"] runout to eliminate Trammell in ninth. Two minutes later, Chang put his big stack to work to end the other short stack home. Action folded to 'charliefrog' in the cutoff and they moved all in for 532,132 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] and Chang called from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"] flop gave 'charliefrog' top pair and left Chang drawing to Broadway. The [poker card="5h"] turn changed nothing but the [poker card="kd"] river filled Chang's straight draw and eliminated 'charliefrog' in eighth. Alexander 'ShadowFiend' Condon raised to 200,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"] from late position before John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza moved all in for 790,158 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] from the cutoff. The board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qs"][poker card="kc"] to give Condon middle set and eliminate Forlenza in seventh place. Condon got into another all-in preflop situation 15 minutes later that had a very different outcome. Condon raised to 240,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] from late position and Chang moved all in for 6,353,967 from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] and Condon called. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7d"] runout gave Condon no help and he was eliminated in sixth. Chang found another victim just a few minutes later. Down to just 12 big blinds, 'married' moved all in from UTG with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] and action folded to Chang in the big blind who called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] flop kept Chang in front and 'married' was unable to pick up one of their two remaining outs through the [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river and busted in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted a full 30 minutes. From UTG, 'iseefoodtuna' moved all in for 2,278,039 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"]. Philip 'tomte' Yeh moved all in for 3,305,205 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2d"] flop gave 'iseefoodtuna' some hope but the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river couldn't save them from a fourth place result. Chang continued to use his big stack in optimal spots and earned yet another elimination. Action folded to Chang on the button and he raised to 360,000 and Felipe 'McBain' Leme called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"], Leme checked, Chang bet 350,000 and Leme called. The turn was the [poker card="7h"] and Leme moved all in for 2,342,150 and Chang called. Leme showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] for second pair and the nut flush draw while Chang turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] for top pair. The [poker card="2d"] river was a blank and Leme was eliminated in third. Chang started heads-up play with a 2.5-1 chip lead over Yeh. It took 25 minutes before the pair clashed in a hand the resulted in Chang's victory. Yeh moved all in for 2,900,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"] and Chang called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] to give Chang top pair and eliminate Yeh in second place. Final Table Payouts Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang - $161,286 Philip 'tomte' Yeh - $99,709 Felipe 'McBain' Leme - $69,772 iseefoodtuna - $49,570 married - $35,697 Alex 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $26,124 John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza - $19,390 charliefrog - $14,603 Quintin 'AA_QTiP_KK' Trammell - $11,196 Faces in the Crowd Ryan 'Protential' Laplante just missed out on the final table, finishing in 11th place for $8,680.91. He wasn't the only familiar face who worked their way into the money. A few well known online grinders and players who have found success early on in the Series also cashed including Michael 'itwasthator0' Gagliano (12th - $8,680.91), Event #2 winner Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch (50th - $2,758.42), Daniel 'redsoxnets5' Sewnig (94th - $1,703.73), Jed 'jchak' Hoffman (110th - $1,622.60), Katie 'katelin' Lindsay (113th - $1,622.60), and fresh off of his fourth place finish in Event #4 on Saturday, Frank 'spaghettiii' snuck into the money with 124th finish worth $1,622.60.
  24. When the 2020 World Series of Poker Online schedule came out it was clear that Event #4 was designed with fireworks in mind in more ways than one. Event #4 ($500 Super Turbo NLHE) was designed to finish quickly so players could get outside on July 4th in Las Vegas and the quick pace of the event meant things moved along quickly. Those July 4th celebrations didn't seem to stop the players from turning out. There were 828 unique entries who fired a total of 351 rebuys to create a $530,550 prize pool. The event took just five hours and 48 minutes to play down to winner. The final table started with an average stack of just 10 big blinds. Holding nine big blinds, Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg shoved for 3,554,584 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] from UTG+1. Action folded to Brian 'XcrazylegsX' Frasca who moved all-in for 5,081,808 on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4d"] to give Frasca top set and eliminate Luxenberg in ninth place. Just five minutes later, Kevin 'ImALuckSac' MacPhee lived up to his screenname and it led to the elimination of Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels. MacPhee moved all in for 2,833,565 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Daniels call all in for 1,652,932 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [k][q][t] flop gave MacPhee top two pair but left Daniels drawing live to an ace or a jack. The [poker card="5h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river were both bricks and Daniels was sent to the rail in eighth place. This was the second final table of the 2020 WSOP for Daniels after he finished fourth in Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold’em Kickoff) for $42,060. Ryan 'Whosyourdodd' Dodd got to stick around for another six minutes before he was exiting stage right. Dodd moved all in from the button for 3,591,334 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="th"] to miss Dodd entirely and give Marasco a rivered top set. Dodd was out in seventh place. Down to just over two big blinds, Bode move all in for 2,129,268 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Marasco then shoved for 13,068,178 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"], and 'DrJayTrotter' called all in for his last 1,048,964 wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Bode top pair. The [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="as"] river were both bricks for 'DrJayTrotter' and they were eliminated in sixth place. Bode then picked up another victim. Down to 1.5 big blinds, MacPhee moved all in from UTG for 1,776,726 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] Bode called from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Bode top pair and MacPhee was unable to get any relief through the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river and was denied a third WSOP bracelet with a fifth place result. The fast pace of eliminations continued and Bode was more than happy to be the one doing the work. Bode moved all in from the small blind for 12,342,242 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] and Marasco called all in for his last 5,213,910 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop left Marasco needing a hail mary to stay alive but the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river were no help. Marasco was eliminated in fourth place. A few minutes later, Frasca sent the tournament to heads-up. Frasco moved all in from the small blind for 20,135,952 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2s"] and 'KTUUUH' called all in for 1,745,872 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Frasco bottom pair and that held up through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="as"] river and 'KTUUUH' was eliminated in third. Frasca had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up play began but over the course of eight hands, Bode found himself holding all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Frasca moved all in for 13,593,648 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Bode called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] to give Bode trip sevens to eliminate Frasca and capture his first career WSOP bracelet and $97,091. Final Table Payouts Matt Bode - $97,091 Brian Frasca - $59,952 'KTUUUH' - $42,603 Frank Marasco - $30,772 Kevin MacPhee - $22,389 'DrJayTrotter' - $16,500 Ryan Dodd - $12,362 Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels - $9,338 Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg - $7,162 Hellmuth Cashes Again Phil Hellmuth finished in 37th place finish for $1,963.03 to go along with 11th place finish for $7,872 from Event #1. He wasn't the only familiar face to wind up in the money on Saturday night. Ryan 'KOVID19' Ko (14th - $4,403.56), Ari Engel (16th - $3,501.63), Tim 'unorth0dox' Reilly (17th - $3,501.63), Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli, Event #3 champion Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (33rd - $2,334.42), and Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon ($75th - $1,061.10) were just a handful of players who earned a positive result.
  25. The second event of the 2020 World Series of Poker played out similarly to the first. One of poker's brightest shining stars made a deep run, the final table included a well-respected player who originally cut their teeth in the online arena before finding live success and the eventual winner was a bit of mystery to the audience watching at home. Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch emerged victorious from a field of 919 runners in Event #2 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em) to win $168,585.85 while Daniel Negreanu busted in 18th place and Jason Somerville made the final table. It took nearly 10 minutes before the first elimination of the final table. Sean 'bahbababa' Prendiville moved all-in for 1,409,873 from the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and Matthew 'Michmeister' Mich called off his tournament life from the small blind with [aj][poker card="jd"]. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] to keep Mich in control. The [poker card="kh"] turn flipped the script and gave Prendiville top pair. The [poker card="8h"] was no help for Mich and he was eliminated in eighth. A few hands later, a standard race gave Prendiville his second victim. Jon 'jonnyg93' Gisler shoved his stack of 2,200,981 all-in from early position with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Prendiville called from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Prendiville middle set but left Gisler with nine outs for the nut flush. Neither the [poker card="7d"] turn nor the [poker card="6c"] river were of any help, however, and he was sent to the rail in seventh place. Six-handed play lasted 15 full minutes before Somerville's run at a second bracelet came to a screeching halt. From UTG, Lynch bet 1,000,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] before Somerville re-raised all-in for 2,831,970 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and Lynch called. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"] board offered Somerville no relief and he was out in sixth place and Lynch had his first victim. Almost 30 full minutes of five-handed ended when Prendiville clashed with Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen. From the button, Prendiville shoved for 2,390,863 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"] and Garosshen re-shoved from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"] flop kept Garaosshen in front but increased Prendiville's outs. The [poker card="9d"] turn gave Garosshen a set and Prendiville was unable to hit any one of the four remaining tens to make a straight after the [poker card="5s"] river completed the board and filled Garosshen's boat. Despite picking up two eliminations early, Prendiville was eliminated in fifth. Daniel 'IntoTheRiver' Fischer was the next to go. Fischer shoved all-in for 2,813,832 from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"] only to have 'KOVID19' call from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop gave 'KOVID19' a few extra outs. The [poker card="9s"] turn was one of them and 'KOVID19' turned an unbeatable straight and all Fischer could do was watch the meaningless, if not cruel, [poker card="kc"] complete the river to officially end his tournament with a fourth place result. Twenty minutes later, 'KOVID19' sent play from three-handed to heads-up. 'KOVID19' bet 816,000 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"], Lynch folded the small blind, but Garosshen moved all-in from the big blind for 837,631 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] flop ended all hope for Garosshen. The [poker card="jh"] turn was meaningless and the [poker card="7h"] river gave 'KOVID19' quads to officially end Garosshen's run in third. Thanks to a 3.5-1 chip lead, Lynch needed just a few hands to finish off his final opponent. From the button, 'KOVID19' bet their final 2,246,570 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"] and 'PokeThese' called with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8d"] to completely miss 'KOVID19' and give 'PokeThese' the bracelet and $168,585.95 payday. Final Table Payouts Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch - $168,585.95 KOVID19 - $104,242.17 Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen - $73,423.50 Daniel 'IntoTheRiver' Fischer - $52,383 Sean 'bahbababa' Prendiville - $37,890.37 Jason 'haderade' Somerville - $27,762.99 Jon 'jonnyg93' Gisler - $20,691.28 Matthew 'Michmeister' Mich - $15,627.59 Notable Finishes Negreanu and Somerville weren't the only familiar faces to make the money in Event #2. Three of New Jersey's top online grinders, Michael 'itwasthator0' Gagliano (13th - $7,333.62), Daniel 'redsoxnets5' Sewnig (24th - $4,801.77) and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman (86th - $1,833.40) each cashed on Friday morning. One of Nevada's top-ranked players, David 'bewater' Goodman (52nd - $2,881.06), also earned a positive result. Katie 'katelin' Lindsey (122nd - $1,571.49), and Jon 'havuuuuuc' Turner (135th - $1,484.18) each made managed to pick up their second cash of the Series while Ryan 'protential' Laplante (106th - $1,571.49) earned his first.  
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