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  1. Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno (pictured) is at it again. He's leading a $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker with a dozen players remaining with a stack of 2.46 million and will add to an impressive 2015 WSOP run. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Zinno has four in the money finishes thus far at the WSOP; all four are for final tables. He took sixth in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship for $74,000, placed seventh in a $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold'em event for $64,000, finished fifth in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $72,000, and final tabled the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for over a half-million dollars. $775,000 in winnings later and guaranteed at least $71,000 from the High Roller PLO event, Zinno is having one hell of a WSOP. He told this author on Twitter that he was "just runnin' hot" and is searching for his first WSOP bracelet. Zinno had seven cashes during the 2014-2015 WPT season and won the LA Poker Classic and Fallsview Poker Classic for $1.3 million total. He took down the 2013-2014 Borgata Poker Open as well. Zinno is #11 in the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year standings, but will undoubtedly move up with this cash. The man who is fifth on the same list, longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured), is fifth in the High Roller PLO event with 12 players to go. Deeb has three top-10 finishes already this year and won the $10,000 PLO Championship for $318,000. Deeb clashed several times during Tuesday's play with fellow PocketFiver Alexander joiso Kostritsyn. The final encounter of the night went to the Russian, who called a check-raise from Deeb on a board of 4-10-K-3. The final card was a 2, which put three hearts on the board. WSOP coverage explained, "Kostritsyn bets what looks to be 280,000 and suddenly it is Deeb's turn to think. He ultimately relents and kicks his cards into the muck. Kostritsyn wins the pot and now has about 1.9 million to his name." Here are the chip counts of the final 12 players: 1. Anthony Zinno - 2,460,000 2. Juha Helppi - 2,214,000 3. Alexander joisoKostritsyn - 1,812,000 4. Michael chipchucker5 Ferrell - 1,488,000 5. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - 942,000 6. Stian Usterud - 833,000 7. Pakinai Lisawad - 700,000 8. Christian charder Harder - 676,000 9. Christopher Santora - 576,000 10. Ismael Bojang - 562,000 11. Talal Shakerchi - 457,000 12. Troy Burkholder - 411,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. Until Wednesday night, Anthony Zinno (pictured) had been having an impressive World Series of Poker, but had yet to capture his first bracelet. He had four top-seven finishes already and was coming off being crowned the World Poker Tour Player of the Year. Now, he's on his way to becoming the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year after taking down a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Zinno told WSOP officials after the High-Roller PLO event had ended, "I have to say – winning the LAPC back-to-back was such a shock. That gave me three WPT titles, but this is my first gold bracelet, which is something you never forget. So, they are equal in different ways." The 33-year-old has 12 in the money finishes at the WSOP. Zinno explained what winning a bracelet over an incredibly tough final table meant: "I've been coming to the WSOP for eight years, so this is something I really wanted longer. This is certainly my best day as a poker pro and it was made even better by winning it in a game I love, which is PLO, and also against a very skilled final table, which is something where I can take extra pride in that." Zinno is second in the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year race to Mike Gorodinsky using a new formula developed in conjunction with Global Poker Index. When asked for the reasoning behind his hot streak, Zinno said, "Mathematically speaking, you can't explain this run I've had. Making five final tables is just incredible. Obviously, there is some luck involved, but I beat the odds. It's a statistical anomaly." The Boston native and resident added that he wanted to use his win as a metaphor for life: "I hope people see that you can do something different. I want to encourage people to get good at something and pursue it, not just in poker, but music or art or whatever. You have to give it a shot if that's what you really want and you have to work at it too." Among those congratulating Zinno on Twitter was Mike Sexton, who said, "He's the WPT POY & has a good shot to be WSOP POY as well. Great player/great ambassador. Congrats!" PocketFiver Christian charderHarder finished in third place. It was his 31st career WSOP cash. Eighth place went to 2015 bracelet winner Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured above), who is third in the Player of the Year standings. Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Anthony Zinno - $1,122,196 2. Pakinai Lisawad - $693,553 3. Stian Usterud - $456,522 4. Christian charderHarder - $332,998 5. Juha Helppi - $247,754 6. Ismael Bojang - $187,571 7. Alexander Kostritsyn - $144,305 8. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - $112,675 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [caption width="640"] Davidi Kitai of the Paris Aviators won the first Global Poker League tournament.[/caption] After months of build up and hype, the Global Poker League finally got cards in the air this week with three days of action and it was two players, Randy Lew of the Hong Kong Stars and Davidi Kitai of the Paris Aviators, who stole the show. Kitai gets the honor of going down in history books as the first winner of a GPL tournament. Kitai came out on top of a Six Max match that included Daniel Cates, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Igor Kurganov. Lew, one of the wildcard picks for the Stars, left his heads-up match with Sergey Lebedev of the Moscow Wolverines with a perfect record – the only player to do so in Week 1. The schedule has teams playing Six Max matches, one player from each squad, on Tuesdays and Heads Up matches on Wednesday and Thursday. Teams play against their own conference until the Summer Series when inter-conference play is introduced for the first time. Day 1 The Paris Aviators had the best opening day in the Eurasian Conference. David Kitai won the first Six Max match and finished third in the second to earn 10 points for the Aviators. The Hong Kong Stars picked up the win in the second match-up thanks to Raiden Kan. The most talked about hand from Week 1 was a hero fold by the Belgian that seemed to dominate post-match conversation. With a 5-1 chip lead over Kurganov, Kitai checked his option with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"] after Kurganov limped his button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"]. Kitai then checked the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop to Kurganov who bet 1,600. Kitai check-raised to 4,444 only to have Kurganov reply with a re-raise to 7,288. Kitai folded, leaving announcers Griffin Benger and Sam Grafton in shock. The other end of the spectrum was the Berlin Bears. Daniel Cates managed to post sixth place finishes in both matches, leaving the Bears without any points after Day 1. Cates admitted on Twtter later to being distracted while playing his GPL match. In Americas Conference play, Jason Wheeler, of the New York Rounders, also had a win and third place finish to give his team 10 points. The Las Vegas Moneymakers also had a strong showing thanks to Anthony Zinno finishing runner-up in both matches. And Anthony Gregg repeated Cates’ performance, posting identical sixth place finishes for the San Francisco Rush in both matches. Day 2 With the Six Max matches out of the way, the schedule turned to Heads Up matches in the Eurasian Conference. The Hong Kong Stars vaulted themselves into first place in their division thanks to Randy Lew’s 3-0 sweep of Sergey Lebedev of the Moscow Wolverines. Lew was the only player over the course of two days of heads-up matches to win all three. Grospellier earned six points by beating Cates 2-1 in their match while Justin Bonomo did the same for the London Royals beating Timothy Adams of the Rome Emperors 2-1. Day 3 The third day was all about the Americas Conference. Possibly the most highly anticipated match saw the L.A. Sunset’s Olivier Busquet, considered by some to be the best heads-up sit & go player in the world, going up against Darren Elias of the Sao Paulo Metropolitans. Busquet earned six points for the Sunset, beating Elias 2-1. All three Americans Conference heads-up matches ended with identical 2-1 scores. Tom Marchese of the New York Rounders beat Anthony Zinno of the Las Vegas Moneymakers and the San Francisco Rush got six points from Anton Wigg beating the Montreal Nationals’ Martin Jacobson 2-1. Zinno and Cates were the only two players to play every match for their team in Week 1. Week 1 MVP Sure, Lew went 3-0 in his match against Lebedev and deserves some consideration, but Kitai gets the Week 1 honors. The Belgian pro earned 10 points for his team with a win and a third place finish in the Six Max matches and gave those who tuned in on Twitch something to talk about with his amazing fold against Kurganov. Standings Week 2 Schedule Tuesday, April 12 12:00 pm ET Six Max: Eurasia Conference 1:40 pm ET Six Max: Eurasia Conference 3:30 pm ET Six Max: Americas Conference 5:10 pm ET Six Max: Americas Conference Wednesday, April 13 12:00 pm ET Heads Up: London Royals vs. Hong Kong Stars 2:30 pm ET Heads Up: Paris Aviators vs. Rome Emperors 5:00 pm ET Heads Up: Moscow Wolverines vs. Berlin Bears Thursday, April 14 1:00 pm ET Heads Up: Sao Paulo Metropolitans vs. Montreal Nationals 3:30 pm ET Heads Up: San Francisco Rush vs. New York Rounders 6:00 pm ET Heads Up: Las Vegas Moneymakers vs. L.A. Sunset All matches are streamed live on Twitch.tv/GPL.
  4. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu was the biggest name in the field, but suffered an upset thanks to Jonathan Little.[/caption] When the field was announced for the WPT Champions Challenge, the bracket-style contest pitting former WPT champions against one another in a fan vote, it seemed like Daniel Negreanu was a lock to win it all. Negreanu has $6.4 million in WPT earnings, nine final tables and two titles. Couple that with his massive fanbase and Negreanu seemed to be in position to dominate the popularity contest. Locks are apparently just for doors. In what can only be described as a major upset, Negreanu, the number one seed in the Clubs region, was defeated by four seed Jonathan Little. Little did some social media campaigning to get his fans to vote for him. It paid off. Little now moves on to the Elite 8 and finds himself up against Doyle Brunson for a Final Four berth. Brunson, the 11 seed in the region, beat out two seed Hoyt Corkins to advance. Negreanu was actually the second top seed to fall. The Hearts region saw Carlos Mortensen eliminated in the second round by Erik Seidel. Only one of the four regions, the Spades region, had the top two seeds advance to the Elight 8. Top seed Gus Hansen beat out Alan Goehring to advance while second seed Antonio Esfandiari beat out good friend Phil Laak to move on. The other remaining top seed, Anthony Zinno, came out on top of Mohsin Charania to get through. He’ll now face Barry Greenstein. The three seed upset two seed JC Tran to move on. Despite being a number seven seed, Phil Ivey continues to survive and advance. Ivey made it past Michael Mizrachi. Seidel posted yet another upset, beating out Marvin Retteinmaier to earn a spot against Ivey. Clubs Region Matchup Key Stats #4. Jonathan Little: $3,695,510 - 2 titles - 4 final tables - 21 cashes #11. Doyle Brunson: $2,081,824 - 1 title - 3 final tables - 8 cashes Diamonds Region Matchup Key Stats #1. Anthony Zinno: $2,336,548 - 3 titles - 3 final tables - 15 cashes #3. Barry Greenstein: $2,427,428 - 2 titles - 5 final tables - 20 cashes Hearts Region Matchup Key Stats #7. Phil Ivey: $4,027,221 - 1 title - 10 final tables - 14 cashes #8. Erik Seidel: $2,332,000 - 1 title - 7 final tables - 22 cashes Spades Region Matchup Key Stats #1. Gus Hansen: $4,051,782 - 3 titles - 7 final tables - 9 cashes #2. Antonio Esfandiari: $2,956,243 - 2 titles - 8 final tables - 13 cashes The Elite 8 of the WPT Champions Challenge is open for voting until Tuesday at 5 pm ET. Vote here.
  5. [caption width="640"] Only three of the four top seeds are moving on to the WPT Champions Challenge Sweet 16.[/caption] Even though they've had little trouble this year, number one seeds don’t always breeze through the NCAA tournament. Upsets happen. It seems that the World Poker Tour Champions Challenge is no different. Carlos Mortensen, top seed in the Hearts Region, was beaten by poker hall of famer and eight seed Erik Seidel in the Round of 32. The other three top seeds, Gus Hansen, Anthony Zinno and Daniel Negreanu, all advanced to the Sweet 16. The Champions Challenge is a bracket-style tournament pitting 64 former WPT champions against each other with each match-up decided by a fan vote on WPT.com. The field of 64, and the seeding, were determined by taking into account the WPT success of each player. In the Sweet 16, Hansen is matched up against Alan Goehring, while Zinno takes on Mohsin Charania and Negreanu has Jonathan Little as his opponent. There was only two other upsets in the second round, but poker fans might not call one of them that. Doyle Brunson, seeded 11th in the Clubs region, beat Darren Elias, a three seed, to advance to the third round. While Brunson’s popularity is unquestionable, his WPT resume isn’t quite as polished as Elias’. Brunson has one WPT title, three WPT final tables, eight WPT cashes and $2,081,824 in earnings, but Elias has two WPT wins, five final tables and 19 cashes and he only trails Brunson’s lifetime WPT earnings by $189,000. Still, Brunson earned enough fan votes to move on. The other upset came in the Spades region as 11 seed Phil Laak beat out 3 seed Freddy Deeb. Laak’s victory sets up a third round match-up that will probably end up as the most talked about of the round. Laak now faces his best friend, Antonio Esfandiari, in the Sweet 16. The pair have been good friends since long before their WPT success. Those two aren’t the only good friends facing off in the next round though. After upsetting Elias, Brunson now faces Hoyt Corkins for a chance at moving on to the Elite Eight. Like Elias, Corkins brings a better-than-Doyle WPT resume to the table, but his two WPT titles, six final tables, 19 cashes and $3.5 million in earnings might not be enough to overcome Brunson’s popularity. This round of voting is open until Friday at 5 pm ET. The WPT Champions Challenge Sweet 16 Clubs Region Daniel Negreanu vs. Jonathan Little Hoyt Corkins vs. Doyle Brunson Diamonds Region Anthony Zinno vs. Mohsin Charania JC Tran vs. Barry Greenstein Hearts Region Erik Seidel vs. Marvin Rettenmaier Phil Ivey vs. Michael Mizrachi Spades Region Gus Hansen vs. Alan Goehring Antonio Esfandiari vs. Phil Laak
  6. [CAPTION=100%]All four #1 seeds advanced to Round 2 in the WPT Champions Challenge.[/CAPTION] Just like March Madness, the first round of the World Poker Tour Champions Challenge was all about the upset. Eight of the first 32 first round match-ups ended with the lower seed advancing to the second round. The Champions Challenge is a bracket-style tournament pitting some of the greatest performers in WPT history against each other in a contest driven by fan voting. It's structured identically to the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament with the winner announced on April 11. Four of the upsets came from the Spades region, with the biggest highlight being #10 seed Tony Dunst beating out #7 seed Howard Lederer. Season 9 WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger, the #12 seed, beat out #5 Tommy Vedes, #11 Phil Laak eliminated #6 Matt Giannetti and #9 David Williams beat out #8 Nenad Medic. The biggest upset came in the Hearts region as #15 seed Dan Harrington beat out #2 seed Erick Lindgren. The only other upset in that region had #11 Nick Schulman come out ahead of #6 Aaron Mermelstein. The other two regions only had one upset each. In the Diamonds region, #11 Vivek Rajkumar bested #6 Randal Flowers and in the Clubs region #11 seed Doyle Brunson ousted #6 Kevin Eyster. And just like March Madness, number one seeds had no trouble in the first round. Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen, Anthony Zinno and Daniel Negreanu all moved on to the second round. Looking through the 16 second round match-ups, there are a few that stand out as worth watching. Clubs Region #1 Daniel Negreanu vs. #8 Gavin Smith It's an all-Canadian battle as Season 3 WPT Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu goes up against Season 4 WPT POY Gavin Smith. Negreanu has two WPT titles, both coming in Season 3 when he won the Borgata Poker Open and Five Diamond Poker Classic. Smith won the Mirage Poker Showdown in Season 4 and followed that up with a third place finish at the North American Poker Championship and a fourth place finish at the World Poker Open. Negreanu has a huge edge in lifetime WPT earnings, having banked $6.4 million to Smith's $2.6 million. Diamonds Region #2 JC Tran vs. #7 Scotty Nguyen There may not be a closer match-up in the second round than JC Tran against Scotty Nguyen. Tran has two WPT titles to Nguyen's one and has $1.3 million more in earnings, but Nguyen has eight WPT final tables to Tran's seven and 18 cashes to 16. The bulk of Nguyen's success came early in his career. Six of his first eight WPT cashes were final tables including his win at the World Poker Open in Season 4. Tran's first win came in Season 5 at the World Poker Challenge in Reno. He returned to the winner's circle in Season 12 when he won his hometown Rolling Thunder event at Thunder Valley. Hearts Region #1 Carlos Mortensen vs. #8 Erik Seidel Carlos Mortensen is a #1 seed thanks to his three WPT titles, but he may be in for a rough ride in the second round as he goes up against Erik Seidel. Mortensen's three wins are spread out over three different seasons. He won the North American Poker Championship in Season 3, the WPT World Championship in Season 5 and the Hollywood Poker Open in Season 8. He's cashed 21 times for $6.7 million in earnings. Seidel won the Foxwoods Poker Classic in Season 6 and has cashed 22 times with seven final tables and $2.3 million in earnings. Spades Region #2 Antonio Esfandiari vs. #10 Tony Dunst Tony Dunst took out Howard Lederer in the first round, but beating one the poker world's biggest villains is an easier task than taking on one of its most popular players. That's the challenge in front of Dunst, though, as he takes on #2 seed Antonio Esfandiari. Dunst has one WPT title to his credit, the Season 12 WPT Caribbean event, but has four final tables. Esfandiari has two WPT titles, the LA Poker Classic in Season 2 and the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Season 9. He has nearly $3 million in WPT earnings and eight final table appearances. Second round voting is open until Monday, March 21 at 3 pm PT. Vote here.
  7. [caption width="640"] The WPT Champions Challenge pits some of poker's biggest stars up against each other[/caption] Sure, everybody at your workplace is focused on just how awesome their NCAA March Madness bracket is. Paul from accounting is convinced that the six-seed he’s got going to the Elite Eight is his key to victory. You’ve got a bracket too – everybody does – but thanks to the World Poker Tour you’re also looking at another bracket. That’s what the WPT is hoping for anyway with their launch of the WPT Champions Challenge, a bracket-style tournament pitting 64 former WPT champions against each other. The contest is interactive, with each match-up decided by a fan vote. The 64-player field was determined using WPT titles, final table and earnings as criteria. Given that, it should be no surprise to see four players who have taken turns dominating the WPT over the years as the top seeds in each “region“: Clubs bracket: Daniel Negreanu Diamonds bracket: Anthony Zinno Heart bracket: Carlos Mortensen Spades bracket: Gus Hansen Just like the NCAA bracket, the WPT Champions Challenge goes from 64 down to 32, down to 16, down to eight, down to four and then down to two before a winner is determined. Voting opened on WPT.com on Friday and continues until a winner is announced on Monday, April 11. The WPT Champions Challenge Schedule Round of 64: March 11 - 16 Round of 32: March 16 -21 Sweet 16: March 21 - 25 Elite 8: March 25 - March 29 Final Four: March 29 - April 1 The Championship: April 1 - 8 The winner will be announced on April 11. Check out the complete WPT Champions Challenge bracket. FIRST ROUND MATCH UPS TO WATCH Spades Region #7 Howard Lederer vs #10 Tony Dunst It’s hard to argue that Howard Lederer wasn’t one of the most successful players on the World Poker Tour in the early days. He won two events in the inaugural season and has cashed a total of seven times. Meanwhile Tony Dunst represents the online player generation that was most victimized by Lederer’s mismanagement of Full Tilt Poker and could easily pull the upset here with the support of his fellow former online grinders. Hearts Region #8 Erik Seidel vs. #9 Shawn Buchanan Each year one of the more intriguing first round matchups of March Madness pits the #8 seed vs. the #9 seed. That’s certainly carrying over to the WPT Champions Challenge as Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel is up against Shawn Buchanan. Seidel has 22 WPT cashes, seven WPT final tables and won the Foxwoods Poker Classic in Season 6. Buchanan is no slouch either. The Canadian poker pro goes 16-4-1 in WPT events with his win coming at a stacked Mandalay Bay Poker Championship in Season 6. Diamonds Region #2 JC Tran vs. #15 Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier Each player in the field was chosen based on their success at World Poker Tour events. JC Tran has multiple WPT titles to his credit while Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier has just one, but both players have also enjoyed a tremendous amount of success outside of the WPT and that may sway some voters based on their loyalties. Tran has over $12 million in lifetime earnings with just under $4 million coming at WPT stops. Grospellier has nearly $11 million in lifetime earnings with $2.2 million coming via the World Poker Tour. Clubs Region #5 Chino Rheem vs #12 Keven Stammen If the Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan matches of the 1990s left you disappointed, maybe seeing one WPT World Champion up against another WPT World Champion can satisfy your appetite. That’s what we have in the Clubs region as Season 11 champ Chino Rheem takes on Season 12 champ Keven Stammen. Rheem, who also won the Five Diamond Classic in Season 7, is the higher seed but Stammen has 15 cashes to Rheem’s four, three final tables to Rheem’s two. If you’re looking for a more traditional NCAA bracket to fill out, check out PocketFives' free-to-enter March Madness contest with $500 in prizes from FanDuel.
  8. [caption width="640"] Anthony Zinno is one of the high profile players using YouStake.com. (WPT photo)[/caption] Poker players around the world dream of playing the World Series of Poker and cashing in on some of the riches available. Whether it’s not having a big enough bankroll or not being able to get time off from their day job to travel to Las Vegas, for many players it will always remain just that - a dream. But now one company is doing their best to make it easier for everybody to get in on the action. YouStake.com, founded two years ago after Frank DeGeorge had the idea while deployed, gives poker players the opportunities to sell pieces of themselves in poker tournaments to poker fans who can invest for as little $20. When the player scores big, the investors reap the rewards too. “We just wanted to offer a safe platform for staking, relieving the hassle for players and provide access to a great sweat for fans and backers,” said Nick DeGeorge, who co-founded the company with his brother Frank. The site allows players who need to sell off some action to connect with investors and offers some of the game’s best players a unique way of giving their fans a unique experience. “For players, some of the big pros, they don’t really need to sell stakes, but they want to connect with their fans, so there’s an opportunity there,” said DeGeorge. “There’s also the other side, of someone might want to reduce their risk and help with bankroll management by selling stakes.” When the site first launched the poker community turned a curious eye towards the startup and whether or not it was legit. DeGeorge wasn’t surprised by the reaction but knew if they delivered on the concept and provided customer service, they’d eventually realize the value it provides. “When you see a site like this the first thing people wonder is,‘Is this a scam?”, ‘Is my money safe?”, ‘Is it real?’ I wouldn’t say it was a 100% embraced at first, we never did any paid advertising or any real acquisition efforts. We just put it out there and people stumbled onto it,” said DeGeorge. “We started servicing players and we’ve never ripped anybody off and we’ve always, everyone’s always gotten the service they’ve expected to get out of us.” Players looking to get staked via YouStake post which tournament or tournaments they’re selling action for, what markup there is and what percentage they’re looking to sell. Before the listing is posted on the site, players need to provide YouStake with some personal information including a government issued ID and the necessary tax forms. Players getting backed or staked is as old as tournament poker itself, but YouStake is aiming to take the entire process mainstream while adding a level of trust that the staking world, which previously operated on hand shakes and text message, has never had before. “We definitely aim to be transparent and in doing so, with listings on the site, if somebody has outside investors we’ll put that on there, we’ll show who actually is making the investments, what are the terms, they’re shown to the public,” said DeGeorge. “We try to make sure everybody knows what they’re getting into, what are the fees that are involved, what the player mark up is.” For those looking to buy stakes, it’s as easy as signing up for an account making a deposit, much like an online poker or daily fantasy sports site. The minimum deposit is just $20 with pieces in players available for as little as a few dollars. “Our focus has been player marketing. If you get the known players and top players they usually come with pretty big followings,” said DeGeorge. “They can have thousands or even hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers, so if you get a good player and you can reach their fans through them.” They’ve had good success so far attracting well-known and respected players to the site. Greg Raymer, Anthony Zinno, Todd Brunson and Joe Cada are some of the more high-profile players currently selling stakes on the site. In 2015, Zinno sold pieces to the $111,111 One Drop High Roller. He finished 7th for $565,864, earning savvy investors a healthy return on their investment. Stakers who back a winning player have their share of the winnings deposited to their YouStake account where they can withdraw the money right away or keep it in action on other players. For more information visit YouStake.com.
  9. [caption width="640"] Anthony Zinno believes practicing Mixed Games ahead of the World Series of Poker is the key to success(Neil Stoddart/EPT Photo)[/caption] This year, 69 events appear on the World Series of Poker schedule. Of those, 31 are non-Hold'em tournaments, or almost half the schedule. You'll find Anthony Zinno in many of them, and if he finds success, he can point to hard work and practice ahead of the WSOP. "I can't wait for the WSOP," Zinno said of the annual Las Vegas series, which begins June 1. "I'm going to try my best to work on some Mixed Games prior to the WSOP because I really enjoy those tournaments a lot. The No Limit events, with such large field sizes, it's really, really hard to make that exciting top 18 or so. Each one is a mini-lottery. But, when you play those Mixed events like the $5Ks and $10Ks with smaller field sizes, you recognize a lot of players, so you're chatting at the tables and it's fun. It's also a better opportunity to make a final table." Last year, Zinno had a WSOP to remember. He won his first bracelet in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event and earned $1.1 million. He had four other cashes in WSOP events in 2015; all were final tables and two were in non-Hold'em events. Overall, Zinno has racked up over $2 million in WSOP winnings. "I think my Mixed Games have gotten a lot better since I started about two years ago," he said. "You have to keep refreshing, though. Poker is like anything else where you have to play a lot. If you just play No Limit tournaments for two months and then hop into a Stud tournament, you're going to be rusty for sure. My goal before the WSOP is to play hands of every HORSE game at least, and maybe some 2-7, and then play a very heavy schedule. I'm confident and I'm playing very well, but I'm well aware I have to keep practicing." For Zinno, refreshing his mind in Mixed Games does not mean playing nosebleed stakes for hours on end. "Even if it's small-stakes, it's good enough practice. You can find some live games here and there. Foxwoods, for example, which is near my family, always has a Stud game going, so I can practice that there. As soon as the WSOP starts, there are good cash games all over the place. Let's say I skip the Colossus. If I did, I could play Stud for two days straight and then go play a $10K." [caption width="640"] Zinno celebrates his first WSOP bracelet win[/caption] In the middle of the cash game area at the Rio, you'll typically find a $75/$150 Omaha Hi-Lo game that attracts some of the top Omaha players in town. Last year, Zinno spent a day playing that very cash game just before the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship began. Practice made perfect, as he drove to a sixth place finish for $74,000 in an event won by Daniel Alaei. "I don't think you need to play thousands of hands or anything," Zinno said about getting into the swing of things. "You just need to get back in that groove. My tournament game is always very solid as far as stack maneuvering and things like that. Just the basics of remembering the ebb and flow of, say, Stud High and Stud Hi-Lo, can come back to you even with just a couple of days of practice in a live game with good players. I haven't played them in a few months, though, so I'm rusty." Of the 30-plus non-Hold'em events on the 2016 WSOP schedule, Zinno is most looking forward to the $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha Eight Max that begins two days after America's Independence Day. "The $25,000 PLO is my best chance to win one," he said. "The structure when I won it before was amazing. You had so many big blinds. The average stack was always a lot of big blinds. You didn't see much all-in pre. It was a lot of deep-stacked PLO. And that's the game I have worked on a lot over the past eight years. That's the one I look forward to the most, but I'm also looking forward to the big buy-in HORSE tournaments because I love my HORSE games." Zinno has three WPT titles, including wins at the Fallsview Poker Classic and LA Poker Classic during Season 13. He was just the third three-time WPT winner. He had four cashes last season and promptly found himself in Monaco for the PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final. As such, he's a little burnt out and has even more tour stops on his plate. "I'm long overdue for a break," Zinno said with a sigh. "I miss having a gym routine and having a routine where you can cook your own meals – a normal life routine. More time with my family on the East Coast would be nice. I'm yearning for that. For now, it's going to be Amsterdam and taking some time off before the Series."
  10. [caption width="640"] In its eighth year, the Punta Cana Poker Classic continues their rich tradition[/caption] The Punta Cana Poker Classic has established itself as one of the most inviting poker vacation tour stops of the calendar year. Since their inaugural tournament back in 2010, they have created a must-play event that has blended plentiful poker and beautiful beaches into a one-of-a-kind experience. Now in their, eighth year, PocketFives decided to take a look back at some of the highlights of the PCPC in years past. 2010 The Punta Cana Poker Classic more than doubling the initial $100,000 guarantee in its first year. Highlighted by the attendance of “The Godfather of Poker” Doyle Brunson the event was won by Canadian player, and PocketFiver, Peter 'peterhammer' Cross. Cross' victory was worth a career-best $65,000. 2011 In the shadow of Black Friday, the 2011 PCPC was a ray of light. On the heels of the success of 2010, organizers increased the guarantee to the modern-day mark of $500,000. Taking place at the Punta Cana Hard Rock Hotel, 415 runners took their shot at becoming the second ever champion. The event was won by professional poker player, 20-year-old Toronto native Demo Kiriopoulos. Kiriopoulos took home the $136,949 first place prize, only the second recorded tournament of his career. 2012 Matthew Weber became the first American to take down the PCPC Main Event as he defeated Canadian Kelly Kellner in a lightning fast heads-up match. Weber added over $135,000 to his bankroll for his efforts and it marked the second time in as many years that the Main Event crushed it's $500,000 guarantee and offered a six-figure score for first. 2013 In 2013, the player pool swelled to nearly 500 runners, pushing the prize pool higher than it had ever been to over $700,000. Mexico's Guillermo Olvera Acuna bested the packed field, which included World Poker Tour Champion Jonathan Roy, former November Niner Marc McLaughlin, prior PCPC Champion Kiriopoulos and Anthony Zinno, who would go on to become a three-time World Poker Tour Champion. Zinno made the final table but bowed out in fourth place. Acuna's score of $171,000 would be a career high for him. 2014 Once again the Main Event reached new heights attracting more runners and a larger prize pool than any previous years. One of those players would be former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, the then, self-described “homeless” poker player was simply traveling the world from tournament to tournament when he arrived in Punta Cana to win the Main Event for over $177,000. 2015 By now, word of the value and experience in Punta Cana was well-known and players flocked to the poker destination to, yet again, make the Main Event the largest in its history. Returning PCPC Champion, Ari Engel, looked to defend his title, making an extremely deep run. Though Engel would make his way to the final table, he would fall in fourth place as Venezuela's Luis Yepez would score the victory this year, netting over $185,000 for the largest cash of his life. 2016 Organizers of the PCPC switched the location of the series from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to its new home at the Melia Caribe all-inclusive resort. In an effort to give poker players a more exclusive experience the resort carved out a special section, called The Level, where players would have access to more amenities than in previous years. In another first, the PCPC crowned its first European champion when Latvia's Eduards Kudrjavcevs took home the trophy and over $143,000 for first. Here in 2017, the Punta Cana Poker Classic continues to write history. Returning to the Melia Caribe all-inclusive resort for a week's worth of poker and palm trees from October 24-29, the PCPC is sure to bring with it both large prize pools and poolside memories. For more information visit PuntaCanaPokerClassic.com.
  11. The World Poker Tour rolls on. Just days after Eric Afriat’s epic victory in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open the Championship tour turns its attention north of the border to Niagra Falls, Ontario in Canada and the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. The second Canadian stop of WPT’s Season XVI, the Fallsview Poker Classic brings with it a $5,000 CAD (~ $4,025 USD) Main Event. Unlike the recent WPT stops of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open or the Borgata Winter Poker Open, the Fallsview Poker Classic has a more compact schedule with a single starting day, February 10. Should players bust out on that starting day, it offers a single same-day re-entry to get back into the action. While the event doesn’t carry a guarantee, event organizers advertise the Main Event prize pool to be an estimated $2,055,000 CAD based on projected number of players. The first nine levels of the four-day tournament come with slightly expedited 40-minute levels and increase to the more-standard Main Event 60-minute levels thereafter. Once the final two participants are ready to determine a winner, the levels dip back down to 30-minutes. Despite the rate of play moving a little faster, players can expect to get more hands in per hour as the Main Event is once again utilizing a shot clock. The shot clock gives players 30 seconds with which to make any given decision and time extensions for those extra tricky spots. The Fallsview Poker Classic has been a staple of the World Poker Tour since Season XII when Canadian Matthew Lapossie bested 383 runners to take the inaugural Fallsview Poker Classic trophy and $342,266. After a successful start in 2014, the stop has become more popular every year since with ever-growing prize pools. In Season XIII Anthony Zinno took down the tournament helping propel him to earn Player Of The Year honors that year. Season XIV’s brought it’s own distinction of having an “all hometown” final table as six Canadian players dueled for the top prize of $383,407, eventually won by David Ormsby. Finally, last year, in Season XV, Darren Elias used the Fallsview Poker Classic to make history when he won his third World Poker Tour title, becoming only the fifth player in history to do so. Of course, if chasing history in the Main Event isn’t enough action for you, the festival comes with a pair of big-time prelims. On February 5 the $1,100 CAD event gets underway. This tournament has two starting days and wraps up on February 8. Organizers expect the prize pool to be over $1.3 million CAD. Just as the $1,100 tournament is ending the $2,500 CAD tournament kicks off. The four-day tournament is expected to have a prize pool of just under $1.5 million CAD. Finally, should you bust out of the Main Event and are looking for a "trip-saver", there’s a Shootout starting on February 11 for $1,500 CAD and an expected prize pool of roughly $132,000 CAD. Headed into the final stretch of Main Tour contests, two-time Main Event winner Art Papazyan still holds the lead in the WPT Player of the Year race. But after Eric Afrait’s victory at Borgata, combined with his prior final table in Montreal, there’s finally someone who can possibly overtake the one-time seemingly insurmountable lead held by Papazyan. With only five events left on the WPT Season XVI schedule before the season-ending Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, everyone will be keeping an eye on if one of these two men post another big result or if someone else makes a move for the POY crown. The WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event fires up on February 10 with live updates available by the World Poker Tour.
  12. It was an absolutely packed day in the halls of the Rio for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Two more bracelets were given away, a stacked field of poker's best jumped in a $5K and the $10K Dealer's Choice speeds to a conclusion. Here's everything you need to know from Friday (June 8) at the WSOP. Justin Bonomo’s Heater Continues When Erik Seidel went on his high stakes heater in 2011, no one thought there would ever be another like it. Along came Fedor Holz and his epic multi-million run through 2016-2017 and that seemed to be the pinnacle of a heater. Now, Justin Bonomo’s 2018 campaign had stepped into the spotlight and his latest achievement is (perhaps) the icing on the cake. Bonomo defeated the UK’s Jason McConnon in the finals to claim the crown in Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up NLHE Championship for $185,965 and his second career bracelet. “I think I am dreaming,” said Bonomo. “I think that this is not real life and I think that’s the secret. Just win in your dreams because there you can actually win every tournament.” Bonomo has just come off a $5,000,000 victory in the Super High Roller Bowl. Two months earlier he was crowned Champion of the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 million. In total, Bonomo has surpassed $14.75 million in 2018 alone and currently sits in third place on the All-Time Money List. It’s not Bonomo’s first time in the WSOP winner’s circle and when speaking about the significance of his latest victory, he’s still happy to simply to keep on winning. "The first bracelet definitely felt a lot more special. I had four second-place finishes at that time without a first-place finish.” Bonomo said. “Now, I don't really have to feel like I have to get any monkey off my back anymore or kill any kind of curse. The significance of this one just means that my insane winning streak isn't over. I just hope it continues." Event #16 Final Four Payouts 1. Justin Bonomo - $185,965 2. Jason McConnon - $114,933 3. Juan Pardo Dominguez - $73,179 4. Martijn Gerrits - $73,179 Benjamin Moon Claims Event #13 California’s Benjamin Moon is over the moon, having taken down Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE tournament for $315,346 and his first gold bracelet. “I’m trembling, I’m just so excited,” Moon said upon closing out the tournament. “I only just started playing at the beginning of the year after taking a hiatus. Decided to try and go pro in October, playing the cash game in San Diego and then the tournaments in Los Angeles. Got a good start at the beginning of the year, since then the cash has been going well and I decided to give it a shot here at the WSOP. And we’re here now.” Moon was the chip leader entering the final extended day as six players returned for an unscheduled Day 4. 1,306 players decided to enter the first-ever Big Blind Antes tournament at the WSOP and Moon will forever be its inaugural champion. "I love the big blind ante. They do it in Los Angeles, all the tournaments I played there have mostly been big blind ante. So, it makes it way faster. There is only one negative if there was any. It's for short stack play, you seem to get punished more. Otherwise, it's great,“ said Moon. Moon’s victory is far and away a career-high cash for him. Event #13 Final Table Payout 1. Benjamin Moon - $315, 346 2. Romain Lewis - $194,837 3. Colin Robinson - $138,938 4. Steven Snyder - $100,268 5. Nhathanh Nguyen - $73,242 6. Bohand Slyvinskyi - $54,160 7. Eric Polirer - $40,549 8. Raymond Ho - $30,742 9. Dutch Boyd - $23,605 Zhigalov And Frazin Heads-Up For H.O.R.S.E. They need just a little more time to determine the winner of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Play was suspended late into the night pausing the conclusion of the heads-up battle between Andrey Zhigalov and Timothy Frazin until the next day. The pair battled for over three hours and with the air conditioner on the fritz in the Amazon room, it was determined that putting in 14 hours at the table was enough for one day. 24 players had returned for Day 3, all well into the money. A few notable names that fell during the day included Brian Hastings (15th for $7,120), Scott Clements (seventh for $24,541) and Matt Woodward (fourth for $62,379). Play resumes at 12:00 noon PT when a winner will be crowned. Event #15 Final Two Chip Stacks 1. Andrey Zhigalov - 3,080,000 2. Timothy Frazin - 2,510,000 Event #17 Enters Day 3 Of the 264 players who entered Day 2 of Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Max only 27 players remain in the field. The overnight chip lead was held by Gabriel Baumgartner. He’ll have plenty of competition for the over $378,000 first-place prize and the gold bracelet from players like Day 1 chip leader Bart Lybaert, bracelet winner Ryan D’Angelo and two-time bracelet winner and voice of the Super High Roller Bowl, Nick Schulman. Plenty of notable names who made Day 2 were able to add a little to their bankroll before busting. Vinny Pahuja ($6,457), Jared Hamby ($5,413), Adrian Mateos ($4,608), Martin Jacobson ($4,608), Jeff Madsen ($3,984), Christian Harder ($3,124), and last year’s champion in this very event Anthony Marquez ($2,835) all made the money but could not survive the day. Play for the final 24 resumes at 12:00 noon PT with the intent to play down to a winner. Event #17 Top Five Chip Counts 1. Gabriel Baumgartner - 987,000 2. Alexandro Tricarico - 983,000 3. Luke Brereton - 767,000 4. Yue Du - 749,000 5. Bart Lybaert - 716,000 Anthony Zinno Surges To 10K Dealer’s Choice Lead There are 13 players remaining in Event #18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed and three-time World Poker Tour Champion Anthony Zinno holds the overnight chip lead. Zinno, in pursuit of his second career WSOP bracelet, leads a stacked field into Day 3. Adam Friedman, Chris Klodnicki, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Marco Johnson, Jesse Martin and Dylan Linde all return to vie for the $293,275 first-place prize and, of course, the bracelet. Event #18 Top Five Chip Counts 1. Anthony Zinno - 922,000 2. Adam Friedman - 735,500 3. Alexey Makarov - 709,500 4. Chris Klodnicki - 560,000 5. Joey Couden - 536,000 $565 Omaha Launches Two Flights The $565 two-starting flight Omaha event was a big hit with roughly 2,419 players combining in both sessions to push the total combined prize pool to over $1.2 million. In Day 1A, Christopher Trang claimed the chip lead as only 52 of the starting 1,193 players made it through the day. Other names to watch out for from this flight who advanced include John Racener, Ludovic Geilich, Ryan Laplante and former WSOP Main Event Champion, Jonathan Duhamel. Day 1B saw even more players enter as the entries rose to 1,226. In the end, it was Jeff Gibson who bagged the chip lead for the flights. Loni Harwood, James Obst, and JC Tran all played this flight and made it through to day two. The two flights will now be combined on Day 2 and the 101 survivors will return at 2:00 pm PT to resume play. Dan Clopoys Leads Stacked Field In $5K Big Blind Antes Of the nearly 500 players who ponied up the $5,000 buy-in, only 170 remain in Event #20: $5,000 Big Blind Antes NLHE. Dan Clopoys holds the overnight chip lead. However, plenty of serious threats in the field loom large. Justin Bonomo, Seth Davies, Kristen Bicknell, Kitty Kuo, Isaac Baron and Brian Yoon all survived the day with a top 20 stack. The list of players who bagged at the end of day 1 reads like a who’s who of poker: Cliff Josephy, Anthony Spinella, Antoine Saout, Stephen Chidwick, Valentin Vornicu, David ‘The Dragon’ Pham, Kenny Hallaert and Erik Seidel are just a few of the players that are still in the mix. Play resumes at 2 pm PT when players will continue their quest for the WSOP gold bracelet. Event #20 Top Ten Chip Stacks 1. Daniel Colpoys - 403,000 2. Richard Tuhrim - 229,600 3. Jeremy Cate - 180,800 4. Justin Bonomo - 175,800 5. Seth Davies - 175,300 6. Kristen Bicknell - 170,800 7. Long Nguyen - 155,800 8. Peter Neff - 155,500 9. Ryan Olisar - 149,600 10. Kitty Kuo - 144,100 Upcoming Action (June 9) Saturday will see the start of Event #21: 1,500 Millionaire Maker at 10 am PT. The popular event guarantees a $1 million payout for first. Last year 7,761 players registered over the two starting flights with Canadian Pablo Mariz winning it all over for $1.2 million. Also, starting at 3:00 pm PT Event #22: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix will get underway.
  13. The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race featured a new leader almost every week for the duration of the series. Elio Fox jumped to an early lead thanks to his bracelet win and runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller all within in the first week. By the middle of June, Fox's epic first week was an afterthought. Post-lim events played a large role in how the final leaderboard shook out. The most competitive race in WSOP history ended (for now) with one of the three-multi bracelet winners from 2018 in front. Shaun Deeb played an incredible amount of volume and is 90 percent of the way toward accomplishing one of his major career goals. Deeb shipped the $10,000 Six-Max a few days after making Day 6 of the Main Event and placing 105th. The bracelet is the second for Deeb this summer and the fourth of his career. Deeb's final haul from the 2018 WSOP includes two bracelets, three final tables, and 16 cashes. 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson is the only player who cashed more times than Deeb and he racked up 17 to lead the category for the second straight year. Second in cashes and second in POY is $50,000 High Roller winner Ben Yu. Deeb defeated Yu heads up in the $25,000 PLO and leads him in POY by a little under 600 points. Yu earned a career-best $1.65 million for his third bracelet win. A few days earlier, Yu took fourth in the DoubleStack Turbo and overall, he concluded his WSOP campaign with four top-four finishes. Yu and Deeb finished in 11th and 12th place, respectively, on the overall WSOP earnings list. The only players ahead of them were Main Event final tablists or a player who cashed in the Big One for One Drop with the exception of one Nick Petrangelo, who won the $100,000 High Roller and took third in the $50,000 edition won by Yu. The player of the moment and third on the POY list is Joe Cada. Cada opened the 2018 summer with a win in the $3,000 Shootout and steadily accumulated from there toward a stellar final two weeks. The 2009 Main Event champion took fifth in his bid at a second title. Following the disappointing finish, Cada jumped in the $1,500 Closer and won the title along with his fourth bracelet in only two days of play. Cada earned a combined $2.7 for the two scores and certified himself a place in the annals of WSOP runs. John Hennigan led the POY race midway through the summer. Hennigan's second-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and win in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E was never replicated but he did wind up with 12 cashes in total. Those 12 cashes are 12 more than Hennigan collected in 2017. Hennigan was awarded with a Poker Hall of Fame induction during the Main Event to cap off his best year at the series. Scott Bohlman and Paul Volpe sit in the middle of the 2018 class. Bohlman came close twice to being the first multi-bracelet winner of the summer but settled for second in the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo and third in the $3,000 PLO Six-Max. Volpe faced off heads up against Deeb in the $10,000 Six-Max and earned silver for his Main Event post-lim. 'The Main Event' made Day 5 of his nicknamed tournament and set a record with eight cashes in events with a $10,000 buy-in or higher. The No Limit players carved out space in the top-10 as done by Eric Baldwin and Justin Liberto. Between the two players, they went to the payout cage 25 times and all but two of their ventures were for events that didn't have NLH in the title. Heavy-hitters Mike Leah and Anthony Zinno round out the important part of the leaderboard. Neither player added a second bracelet despite having five final tables between them to close another victory out. Zinno made up the trophy difference at The Venetian where he won the CardPlayer $5,000 event for $466,670 to wrap up his summer schedule. The race concludes on November 2 at WSOP Europe at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Deeb confirmed on the Poker Life Podcast he would be in attendance at it remains to be seen who from the top-10 will join him. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Position Name Points 1 Shaun Deeb 4,334.06 2 Ben Yu 3,746.04 3 Joe Cada 3,531.86 4 John Hennigan 3,499.91 5 Scott Bohlman 3,155.88 6 Paul Volpe 2,859.76 7 Eric Baldwin 2,516.30 8 Justin Liberto 2,459.84 9 Mike Leah 2,354.13 10 Anthony Zinno 2,330.37
  14. The World Poker Tour’s second stop of season 17 wrapped up on Tuesday as the final table of WPT Choctaw crowned a winner. Brady Holiman, a car salesman from Texas, brought the chip lead to the final table and stormed his way to his first WPT Championship and the $469,185 first place prize. The final table came together boasting a variety of experience. Three players, including chip leader Holiman, Timothy Domboski and Christopher Smith were all assured the largest cash of their career simply by making the final table. Viet Vo, had already earned over $1 million in career earnings and Tony Ruberto is not only a WSOP Circuit ring winner but a previous WPT Champion. However, it was Anthony Zinno that claimed the most experience as the former WPT Player of the Year sat down at the final table looking to win a record-tying fourth WPT title. The first elimination came roughly 30 minutes into play. Timothy Domboski, who entered the final table second in chips, ran into the aggression of the chip leader Holiman. Domboski put in a raise only to be three-bet by Holiman. After spending a time-extension chip, Domboski put his entire stack in the middle holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"]. Holiman calls with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] and the [poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6s"] flop puts Domboski looking for the one-outer. The turn and river are unable to provide Domboski his one time and the bad beat sent him to the rail in sixth place for $95,780 for what is far and away the largest cash of his career. Holiman’s chip lead surged to over 50% of the chips in play. A little less than an hour later, the three-time WPT Champ, Anthony Zinno would play his last hand of the tournament. With just over 10 big blinds he pushed all-in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"]. Holiman, still with an abundance of chips, made the call out of the big blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The flop [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4s"] brought bottom pair for Zinno, but put Holiman in the lead with top pair. When the [poker card="ah"] appeared on the turn, Zinno looked to be in great shape to double up. The [poker card="qd"] on the river shut the door on Zinno’s aspirations to win his fourth title, as Holiman improved to trips to take the hand. Zinno exited in fifth place for $125,630. His impressive World Poker Tour resume increases to 24 total cashes for over $2.7 million. WPT Choctaw was Zinno’s fourth WPT final table and the only one where he didn’t walk away with the title. The very next hand saw the elimination of another WPT Champion. Tony Ruberto, also sitting on a short stack, made his final stand with [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"]. Once again it was Holiman who had to do the dirty work, making the call with two red queens. The board was rather uneventful, only providing Ruberto the hope of a gutshot on the turn. The Season 10 bestbet Jacksonville winner bowed out in fourth place and earned over $166,000 for his efforts in Oklahoma. The bustouts continued to come quickly as Christopher Smith found himself all-in from the small blind holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="td"]. He was called by the surging Viet Vo with [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. Although Vo hadn’t been involved in any knockouts until this time, he had been climbing up the chip counts and was comfortably in second place. With the cards on their backs, the flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3h"], leaving much to be desired for Smith. The turn came the [poker card="8c"] which was no help and finally when the river was dealt the [poker card="6h"], Smith was eliminated. The Texas resident took home $223,370 for third place, the amount eclipsed his entire career total to date. Holiman held a 3:2 chips lead at the start of heads-up play. Vo briefly closed the gap, to bring the pair to even, Holiman continues to do what he had done for the entirety of the final table and keep his foot on the gas. On the 17th hand of heads-up play, the pair got their stacks in the center in the hand which determined the winner of WPT Choctaw. Vo opened the button and Holiman three-bet out of the big blind. Vo took a dip in the tank and came out four-betting. Holiman took some time of his own and shipped. Vo was covered and snap called, turning over [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. Holiman needed help, showing down the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. Help arrived for Holiman in the form of a [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6d"] flop. Vo was drawing to one of the two kings left in the deck. The turn and river didn’t change anything and Vo had to settle for second place and a massive $320,725 payday. Holiman finished the final table going wire-to-wire with the chip lead and joining the WPT Champions Club. He earned a career-making $469,185 for the win as well as entry into the season-ending Tournament of Champions. The World Poker Tour will now make their way to the East Coast for the WPT Borgata Poker Open which kicks off on September 16. WPT Choctaw Final Table Results 1. Brady Holiman - $469,185 2. Viet Vo - $320,725 3. Christopher Smith - $223,370 4. Tony Ruberto - $166,605 5. Anthony Zinno - $125,630 6. Timothy Domboski - $95,780
  15. It's getting to the point where Stephen Chidwick winning a U.S. Poker Open event isn't news. Tuesday night in Las Vegas the British poker pro picked up his fourth career USPO title, beating Cary Katz heads up to win Event #6, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. It's his second USPO win in 2019 giving him two wins in each year the tournament series has existed. Chidwick, who won the USPO title last season, now leads the overall standings this year with just four events remaining. Chidwick started Tuesday's final table with the chip lead and, along with Anthony Zinno, was one of just two players with a seven-figure stack. While Chidwick continued to build early, Zinno was less fortunate. After a little more than an hour of play, Zinno was down to just 365,000 and found himself tangling with Katz. Chidwick raised to 90,000 and Katz called before Zinno moved all in from the button. Chidwick folded and Katz called, tabling [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"][poker card="5c"]. Zinno was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop was a relatively safe one for Zinno. The [poker card="2c"] turn gave Katz a flush draw which came in on the [poker card="7c"] river to eliminate Zinno in sixth place. Chidwick then put his big stack to work 20 minutes to send Sean Rafael to the rail. Chidwick opened to 90,000 before Rafael made it 290,000. Chidwick called and the two players saw a [poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] flop. Rafael bet 155,000 all in and Chidwick called. Rafael tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"] but Chidwick showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"] for trips. Neither the [poker card="3h"] turn or [poker card="qh"] river were any help and Rafael was out in fifth. Katz then picked up another elimination just 30 minutes later. Katz limped his button, Ben Lamb completed from the small blind and Tom Marchese checked his option. The [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"] flop got Lamb bet pot. Marchese folded but Katz repotted and Lamb called all in. Katz turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] while Lamb was drawing with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="5h"] turn was no help for Lamb and after the [poker card="8h"] river failed to complete his draw, Lamb was eliminated in fourth place. Marchese actually started the day as the shortest stack but managed to outlast three other players before meeting his fate. Katz completed from the button and Marchese raised to 240,000 from the small blind. Chidwick folded and Katz called. After the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] flop, Marchese bet 600,000 and Katz responded by repotting and Marchese called his last 240,000. Marchese tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] while Katz was drawing wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"]. The [sc] ended all the drama, completing Katz's flush draw. The meaningless river was the [poker card="6c"] and Marchese was out in third. Thanks to those last two eliminations, Katz began heads up play with 65% of the chips in play. Chidwick and Katz played heads-up for nearly two hours with the lead being traded back and forth before Chidwick finally put a cap on another USPO win. Down to just 3.5 big blinds, Katz moved all in for 410,000 after Chidwick had opened with a pot-size bet of 360,000. Chidwick called and turned up [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] which put him behind Katz' [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="js"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6c"] gave Chidwick a wheel and eliminate Katz. Final Table Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $351,000 Cary Katz - $234,000 Tom Marchese - $156,000 Ben Lamb - $97,500 Sean Rafael - $78,000 Anthony Zinno - $58,500 Chidwick now has four USPO wins and nine final tables over 14 events stretching the last two years. He now sits atop the USPO leaderboard and is 100 points clear of his nearest competitor, Sean Winter. USPO Top 10 After Event #6 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 4. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 5. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 8. Ben Lamb 2 $146,200 160 9. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140 10. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140   The final table for Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em takes place on Wednesday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  16. The World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder stop in Lincoln, California wrapped up on Tuesday with former Sacramento resident Erkut Yilmaz pulling off the incredible feat of winning his second WPT Main Tour stop in the same season. Now a Philadelphia resident, Yilmaz took down the WPT Borgata Poker Open in September, taking home a career-high cash of $575,112 in the process. Now, after navigating through the field of 280 runners at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, and eventually defeating Jim Collopy in a grueling heads-up battle, he's become a two-time WPT champion and takes home $303,920 for the victory. Before he could celebrate his Sacramento homecoming, Yilmaz would have to face an incredibly stacked final table that included Season 13 WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno and WPT Champions Club member Dylan Linde. North Carolina business owner Jerry Robinson was at his first World Poker Tour final table when he looked down at [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"] and put in a raise from the hijack. Ajay Chabra defended his big blind with the dominated [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Chabra checked it over to Robinson who bet. Chabra put in a healthy check-raise and Robinson moved all in with his tournament on the line. With the nut flush draw, Chabra made the call. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] giving Chabra an open-ended straight draw to go along with his flush draw. The river fell the [poker card="7h"], bringing in the runner-runner straight for Chabra and sending Robinson to the rail having his aces cracked. Robinson picked up $50,720 for a new career-high cash. Anthony Zinno started the day as the short stack and was able to find a double up which helped him ladder the payouts. However, he wasn’t long for the final table after a clash with Collopy. Zinno raised from the cutoff with [poker card="kh"][poker card="kc"] and both Collopy and Chabra made the call from the button and big blind respectively. The flop fell [poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"] and when checked to him, Zinno put out a bet. Collopy made the call and Chabra folded. The turn was the [poker card="jd"] and Zinno open-shoved the rest of his stack. Collopy made the call and flipped over the [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] for the flush and Zinno was drawing dead to the [poker card="2h"] river. Zinno fell in fifth place and the three-time WPT champ earned $68,860 in the process. Dylan Linde was the next to move when he shipped his roughly 15 big blind stack from the small blind holding the [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"]. He was quickly called by Collopy in the big blind holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"] flop was good for Linde who improved to a pair, leaving Collopy with the three aces as outs as well as running straight or flush cards. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] bringing in some backdoor possibilities for Collopy. The [poker card="as"] spiked on the river for Collopy which sent Linde out the door in fourth place for $95,530. The remaining players battled three-handed for the better part of three hours until an all in preflop clash sent the next player to the rail. Chabra limped the button holding [poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"]. From the small blind, Collopy put in a raise with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] and Yilmaz folded the big blind. Chabra then three-bet jammed his remaining stack only to get snap called by Collopy. With the cards on their backs, the players saw a flop of [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"], giving Collopy top pair and leaving Chabra looking for some serious help. The turn was the [poker card="3d"], leaving Chabra looking for a five to survive. The river was the [poker card="9s"], marking the end of the tournament for Chabra, who, settled for third place and a six-figure payday of $130,345. Collopy held a commanding lead for most of the first part of the heads up match and had multiple shots at closing it out, only to lose back-to-back crucial flips to Yilmaz. The duo trades blows for well over two hours, with both players having their opponent on the verge of elimination only for the other to spike the card they needed to stay alive. Finally, with the chip lead, Collopy raised from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] and Yilmaz shipped his [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"] on the button. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] flop put Yilmaz in the lead but left Collopy with outs. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] adding an open ender for Collopy, but the river was the [poker card="qd"] giving the hand to Yilmaz. After the chips were placed in Yilmaz' stack, he held 95% of the chips in play. On the very next hand, the pair put the chips in the middle again with Yilmaz spiking an ace on the river to complete the feat of winning two titles in a single season. Collopy was eliminated in second place, receiving $200,780 as a consolation. The score sends his lifetime recorded earnings north of $2 million. Yilmaz earned the $303,920 first-place prize, a new Hublot watch, and an extra $15,000 in lieu of a ticket to the Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions, as he has already won a seat to that tournament earlier in the season. With the victory, Yilmaz takes the lead in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table Payouts 1. Erkut Yilmaz - $303,920 2. Jim Collopy - $200,780 3. Ajay Chabra - $130,345 4. Dylan Linde - $95,350 5. Anthony Zinno - $68,860 6. Jerry Robinson - $50,720
  17.   Frankie O'Dell Wins Third Omaha Hi-Lo Bracelet Frankie O'Dell just might be the best Omaha Hi-Lo tournament player ever. On Sunday he beat out a final table that included Robert Mizrachi and Owais Ahmed to win his third bracelet in that variation and if you're still unsure about his place in the game, just ask him. "Well if you don't know, there's only one person who has three limit Omaha eight bracelets and you're talking to him," O'Dell said after his win. "So until someone passes me or catches me, I'm not going to say nothing. I'm just going to leave it right there." O'Dell's first bracelet came in 2003 when he outlasted 258 other players to win a $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Four years later he beat Thang Luu heads-up to win a $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event. He's also adept at other games. Last summer he finished second in the $1,500 Dealers Choice event and that performance has stuck with him since. "I thought about it the whole year. I came back this year and my mentality was to do better," O'Dell said. "I had an opportunity here today, I had chips, we had the best Omaha players in the world in this tournament and I ended up on top. So that was my motivation." Ahmed earned $443,641 for his win while Ahmed, who won his sole bracelet in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2011, earned $274,192 as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Frankie O'Dell - $443,641 Owais Ahmed - $274,192 Robert Mizrachi- $194,850 Nick Guagenti - $140,522 Robert Campbell - $102,868 Jake Schwartz - $76,456 David Benyamine - $57,709 Edmond Vartughian - $44,245 Shaun Deeb - $34,467 Joe McKeehen Amongst Millionaire Maker Day 2 Leaders Joe McKeehen is mostly known for winning the 2015 WSOP Main Event, but it's impossible to ignore the success he's had at the WSOP in massive No Limit Hold'em fields. In 2014, he finished runner-up out of 7,862 entries in the $1,500 Monster Stack. In 2017, he managed to outlast all but 25 other players in the 6,716-player $1,500 Monster Stack. Last summer, he finished third out of 7,361 players in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. Now he's in position to do it again. McKeehen finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker with the fourth largest stack. The day started with 2,263 players all hoping for a seven-figure score but just 309 players made it through Day 2. Samuel Cosby leads the way with 3,023,000 while McKeehen bagged up 2,416,000. Former #1-ranked Joao Simao finished in the top 10 with 1,891,000. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Calvin Anderson, Steven van Zadelhoff, Scott Clements, Shawn Buchanan, Ramon Colillas, Olivier Busquet, JC Tran, Chris Hunichen, and Daniel Strelitz. There were 941 players who started the day with the chips, but failed to make it past the money bubble. Vitaly Lunkin, Jim McManus, Phil Hellmuth, Faraz Jaka, Elio Fox, Eric Baldwin, Bryan Piccioli, Adrian Mateos, and Dzmitry Urbanovich were among the players who did manage to sneak into the money but not survive the day. Action resumes Monday at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Samuel Cosby - 3,023,000 Unknown Player - 2,521,000 Nathan Russler - 2,443,000 Joe McKeehen - 2,416,000 Renato Kaneoya - 2,351,000 Ryan Leng - 2,277,000 Vincas Tamasauskas - 2,265,000 Ricky Welch - 1,920,000 Joao Simao - 1,891,000 Joshua Reichard - 1,854,000 Eli Elezra Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Sunday's action in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event started with just 10 players left and finished after three hours of play with six players. Action was stopped with six players left to accommodate streaming of the final table on CBS All Access/PokerGO. Eli Elezra started the day in the middle of the pack, but made the most of those three hours and finished with the chip lead. Elezra ended with 1,221,000 which puts him just 2,000 ahead of Anthony Zinno. He bagged up 1,219,000. Those two are comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Valentin Vornicu is third with 262,000 and the three remaining players all have 61,000 or less. Rodney Pardey Jr., Tim Frazin, Scott Seiver, and Joshua Mountain were the players eliminated on Sunday. The final six players resume play at Noon PT and will be streamed on CBS All Access/PokerGO at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Eli Elezra - 1,221,000 Anthony Zinno - 1,219,000 Valentin Vornicu - 262,000 Rep Porter - 61,000 Tab Thiptinnakon - 60,000 David Singer - 30,000 Jean-Robert Bellande On Top of $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Final Table To the surprise of nobody, the final table of the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship is a star-studded group. Jean-Robert Bellande ended Day 2 action with 1,231,000 and the chip lead. For Bellande to pick up the second bracelet of his career, he'll need to outwit, outsmart, and outplay Prahlad Friedman, Paul Volpe, Darren Elias, Jim Bechtel, Day 1 chip leader Pedro Bromfman, and Vincent Musso. Friedman was the only other player to end Day 2 with a seven-figure stack. The former online prodigy finished with 1,019,000. Right behind him is former #1-ranked Paul Volpe with 938,000. Elias, who has a third and ninth place finish in this event on his resume, sits fourth with 887,000. There were 29 Day 1 survivors who were joined before registration closed at the start of Day 2 by Mike Watson, Per Hildebrand, Jake Schwartz, Kane Kalas, Chris Klodnicki, Matt Glantz, and Dan Smith. The remaining seven players are now being forced to take a day off before returning to play on Tuesday. The day off is to allow for the event to be streamed on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Jean-Robert Bellande - 1,231,000 Prahlad Friedman - 1,019,000 Paul Volpe - 938,000 Darren Elias - 887,000 Jim Bechtel - 665,000 Pedro Bromfman - 395,000 Vincent Musso - 360,000 Massive Fields Continue: $1,000 Double Stack Event Draws 3,253 First, there was the Big 50, then the $600 Deepstack, and the Millionaire Maker. Huge fields in some of the more recreational player-focused events are becoming the norm at the 2019 WSOP. The $1,000 Double Stack event started Sunday and 3,253 players packed the tables to the max with just 430 of them making their way through 20 levels of play and onto Day 2. Bulgaria's Ivan Uzunov bagged up the Day 1 chip lead after amassing 1,912,000 in chips. Only five other players ended the day with a million chips in the bag. Israel's Timur Margolin is the closest challenger to Uzunov, finishing with 1,333,000. Some of the notable names moving on to Day 2 include WPT Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz, Adam Levy, British boxer Audley Harrison, Blair Hinkle, Jennifer Tilly, Maria Ho, Maria Konnikova, and Dan Ott. Day 2 begins at Noon and is scheduled to play down to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Ivan Uzunov - 1,912,000 Timur Margolin - 1,333,000 Jose Carlos Brito - 1,147,000 Sridhar Natarajan - 1,096,000 Jorden Fox - 1,075,000 Christopher Andler - 1,062,000 Eugenio Pernia - 901,000 Sven Reichardt - 852,000 Philip Wang - 830,000 Zachary Donovan - 824,000 Michael Mizrachi Bags Top 5 Stack in $1,500 Eight Game Mix A year after drawing 481 players, the $1,500 Eight Game event saw a huge uptick in attendance with 612 players sitting down to play the mix game event. Aleksandr Gofman finished with 95,800 to top the 225 players who managed to move on to Day 2. Mihails Morozovs sits second with 77,100 and Michael Mizrachi is right behind him in third with 74,500. John Cernuto, Matt Glantz, and WPT Aria Summer Poker Championship winner Matthew Wantman all finished with top 10 stacks. Other notables who are moving on to Day 2 include Andrey Zaichenko, Ian O'Hara, Jen Harman, Matt Grapenthien, Patrick Leonard, Dan Smith, Mike Sexton, and David 'ODB' Baker. Top 10 Chip Counts Aleksandr Gofman - 95,800 Mihails Morozovs - 77,100 Michael Mizrachi - 74,500 John Cernuto - 74,000 Keeth Beharrell - 73,500 Ashish Gupta - 72,600 Matt Glantz - 66,300 Isaac Crow - 63,900 Ben Ponzio - 62,600 Matthew Wantman - 60,400 'loofa ' Wins $600 Online Pot Limit Omaha Championship It took 13 hours, but 'loofa' wasn't complaining as he beat out 1,215 other players to win the $600 Online PLO Championship early Monday morning. The win came with a WSOP bracelet and $139,470.33. Runner-up 'TheBigGift' earned $85,560.10. Phil Galfond, who had the chip lead with five left, finished fifth for $29,680.12. This is the second online event of the 2019 WSOP. Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon won the $400 No Limit Hold'em event in the opening week. Final Table Payouts loofa - $139,470.33 TheBigGift - $85,560.19 jebronlames1 - $59,163.26 bathroomline - $41,565.31 Phil 'heyguys' Galfond - $29,680.12 babycow - $21,537.79 FlushStr8ted - $15,956.35 Tane. - $12,016.51 Daval_17 - $9,192.96
  18. On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would have a new leader on Saturday morning and it would have been Hui. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 *Leaderboard as of Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m. PT. 1. Dan Zack - 2,920.76 2. Phil Hui - 2,830.68 3. Shaun Deeb - 2,393.50 4. Scott Clements - 2,368.02 5. Jason Gooch - 2,268.02 6. Anthony Zinno - 2,186.20 7. Upeshka De Silva - 2,162.02 8. Robert Campbell - 2,034.56 9. Daniel Strelitz - 2,032.04 10. Ari Engel - 1,997.03 Comparing the two players, Zack and Hui, both have a gold bracelet win and both have three final tables. To date, Zack has earned $338,490 from his 11 cashes and Hui has earned $1,277,104 from his nine cashes. The two players have also set their sights on winning the WSOP Player of the Year award. "My plan was always to chase Player of the Year," Zack said following his gold bracelet win a few weeks ago. "When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward." After he won gold this week, Hui echoed the same goal. "I want to win Player of the Year," Hui said. "That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list." Deeb, Clements, and Gooch Round Out Top Five Behind Zack and Hui is Shaun Deeb, the defending champion of the WSOP Player of the Year title. Deeb has 11 cashes at the 2019 WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship and a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Scott Clements, who is currently fourth in the race, nearly earned his fourth final table of the summer with a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event recently. For Clements, he has six cashes at the 2019 WSOP to date and won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event at the beginning of June. Jason Gooch rounds out the top five at 2,268.02 points, and his place on this leaderboard is an interesting one in that the bulk of his points have come from two of the online gold bracelet events held on WSOP.com. Gooch took second in the $600 Online Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event for $85,560 and 474.4 points, then he won the $1,000 Online Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em event for $241,493 and 1,030 points. Gooch’s WSOP.com screen name is 'TheBigGift.' Zinno, Engel, Turner, and Negreanu Climb Anthony Zinno took down the aforementioned $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo that Clements ran deep in. The win pushed him to sixth on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Also in that event, Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner finished fourth and Ari Engel placed 10th. Those results allowed Engel to jump to 10th and Turner to 11th on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu finished fifth in the $10,000 Razz Championship to earn another 379.1 points and improve to 1,817.21 points overall. It was Negreanu’s 11th cash and third final table of the 2019 WSOP, and he’s now 12th in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
  19. Friday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included a dramatic conclusion to one of the most prestigious events on the calendar that ended up with a former WSOP Circuit grinder picking up his second career bracelet and his first seven-figure score. That was one of three bracelets won on Friday. Joe Foresman Takes Down $600 Deepstack Championship Joe Foresman took one look across the table at his heads-up opponent in the $600 Deepstack Championship and decided that second place was an acceptable outcome. “Honest to God after playing three hands with Will (Givens), I was terrified to play him heads up. I couldn’t even fathom this. I would have been happy with second, I would have been happy with third, this is unreal,” Foresman said. The 49-year-old Las Vegas musician shook that off though and eventually disposed of Givens to win the bracelet, the $397,903 first place prize money and $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat that came with it. It made this everyman's poker dream come true. “We all sit there and dream about it. We all sit there and say, yeah if I can just get some hands and make a deep run in an event. You never think it’s going to be a reality,” Foresman said. Givens, who won a bracelet in 2014, finished second for $245,606. Steffen Logen rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result for $181,953. Final Table Payouts Joe Foresman - $397,903 Will Givens - $245,606 Steffen Logen - $181,953 Jeff Hakim - $135,783 Hlib Kovtunov - $102,077 Mrityunjay Jha - $77,308 David Goodman - $58,988 Jean Alexandre - $45,348 Linda Huard - $35,128 Benjamin Teng - $27,419 Anthony Zinno Wins Second Bracelet in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Anthony Zinno had no problem with the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event needing an extra day to finish. The 37-year-old returned for the unscheduled fourth day of play sitting fourth in chips and outlasted the other eight players to win his second career bracelet. "This one, I'm super-proud because I've been practising a lot of Omaha Hi-Lo for the past two years, specifically. I was actually really excited to play this specific event and the $10K. It's pretty cool when you work on one game particularly hard, and then it works," Zinno said. Zinno beat Rodney Burt heads-up for the win. Burt, who started the day second in chips, banked $172,932. Thomas Schropfer finished third for $122,555. Burt eliminated Seidel in ninth, Connor Drinan in seventh, Jordan Spurlin in sixth and Scott Abrams in fifth before Zinno took over and eliminated Jon Turner, Schropfer, and Burt in successive order. Zinno's first bracelet came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event in 2015. Final Table Payouts Anthony Zinno - $279,920 Rodney Burt - $172,932 Thomas Schropfer - $122,555 Jon Turner - $87,967 Scott Abrams - $63,961 Jordan Spurlin - $47,118 Connor Drinan - $35,173 Kyle Miaso - $26,611 Erik Seidel - $20,410 Phil Hui Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship An epic heads-up battle between Phil Hui and Josh Arieh ended with Hui taking home the $1,099,311 first place prize money, bracelet, and Chip Reese Memorial trophy. READ: Dream Come True: Phil Hui Wins WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship Final Table Payouts Phil Hui – $1,099,311 Josh Arieh – $679,246 John Esposito – $466,407 Bryce Yockey – $325,989 Shaun Deeb – $232,058 Dan Cates – $168,305 William Davila Leads Colossus With Just 107 Left From a starting field of 13,109, just 107 players are still standing in the $400 Colossus with Chicago-native William Davila standing tallest with 17,900,000. His closest challenger, Neil Ho, sits nearly 4,000,000 chips behind. The Day 2 restart began with 1,948 players still chasing the bracelet and $451,272 first place prize. Ian Steinman, Joe Kuether, Tom McEvoy, Jeremy Ausmus, and Nancy Birnbaum all managed to work their way into Day 2. Amir Lehavot, Jon Friedberg, Tim West, Maurice Hawkins, Richard Seymour, David 'Bakes' Baker, and Joseph Galazzo were just a handful of the notables who busted on Friday. PocketFives Senior Writer Jeff Walsh finished 401st for $1,719. Action resumes Saturday at 11 AM PT and will 15 40-minute levels. Top 10 Chip Counts William Davila - 17,900,000 Neil Ho - 14,030,000 Alex Miles - 13,750,000 Zachary Ackley - 12,625,000 Robert Sherwood - 11,875,000 Gregory Sanchez - 11,000,000 Robert Hover - 10,875,000 Cindy Kerslake - 10,675,000 Antonios Onoufriou - 10,275,000 Raymond Ross - 10,150,000 $10,000 Razz Needs Day 4 for Heads-Up Duel Scott Seiver and Andrey Zhigalov bagged up their respective chip stacks early Saturday morning and will return on Saturday afternoon to finish off the $10,000 Razz Championship. Seiver holds the lead with 3,950,000 to Zhigalov's 2,490,000. Day 3 started with 12 players and moved to a final table after Cary Katz, Mike Gorodinsky, defending champion Calvin Anderson, and Marco Johnson were eliminated. Daniel Negreanu made the final table and held the chip lead with five players were left only to bust out in fifth place. WSOP Player of the Year leader Dan Zack added to his POY total with a fourth-place finish and Chris Ferguson was eliminated in third place. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Heads-Up Chip Counts Scott Seiver - 3,950,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 2,490,000 Blake Schwartzbach Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Blake Schwartzbach leads the final 38 players still alive in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event after a Day 2 that saw 190 eliminations, including the bursting of the money bubble. Schwartzbach ended the Day 2 with 475,000 to edge out Joe Tehan, Sean Yu, and John Evans for the lead. Phil Laak, Ryan Riess, Patrick Leonard, Rich Zhu, and Barry Greenstein are all still alive. Jeff Lisandro, Tom Schneider, Jake Schwartz, Yuval Bronshtein, Zachary Gruneberg, Loren Klein, and Ian O'Hara were some of the notables who picked up a cash on Friday, but did not advance to Day 3. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Blake Schwartzbach - 475,000 Joe Tehan - 458,000 Sean Yu - 445,000 John Evans - 440,000 Iori Yogo - 379,000 James Van Alstyne - 364,000 Aron Dermer - 353,000 Ivo Donev - 343,000 Keith Ferrera - 340,000 Aaron Henderson - 333,000 $888 Crazy Eights Starts With 2,861 Runners Two starting flights in the $888 Crazy Eights events helped lead to another busy day at the Rio. Day 1A brought in 1,674 entries while Day 1B, which started at 5 PM, added 1,187 more to the mix. Russia's Arsenii Karmatckii, the #3-ranked online poker player in Russia, bagged up the biggest stack at the end of Day 1A with 1,323,000. Right behind him is Aleksa Pavicevic with 1,036,000. Day 1B starter Michael Kane finished with the biggest overall stack after bagging up 1,360,000. The 329 combined survivors will now wait until Monday to return to action. Day 1C starts Saturday at 10 AM PT and 1D goes Sunday at the same time. Top 5 Day 1A Chip Counts Arsenii Karmatckii - 1,323,000 Aleksa Pavicevic - 1,036,000 Dennis Brand - 999,000 Jacob Steede - 980,000 Alexander Clark - 960,000 Top 5 Day 1B Chip Counts Michael Kane - 1,360,000 Dara Taherpour - 1,030,000 Emile Schiff - 994,000 William Pengelly - 921,000 Jerry Odeen - 913,000 Michael McKenna Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Michael McKenna, who finished runner-up to Phil Galfond in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2018, seems hell-bent on redemption after finishing Day 1 of this year's event with the chip lead. McKenna bagged up 355,600 to put himself 51,500 ahead of Randy Ohel. Kate Hoang rounded out the top three stacks with 291,800. Denis Strebkov ended with 201,100 for the eighth-best stack while Alex Foxen cracked the top 10 with 170,600. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Scott Clements, Michael Mizrachi, Joao Vieira, Jake Schwartz, Jason Mercier, Cliff Josephy, James Obst, and Shaun Deeb. Just 115 of the 175 Day 1 runners managed to move on to Day 2. They will be joined by players taking advantage of the Day 2 registration at 2 PM PT to play another six levels. Top Chip Counts Michael McKenna - 355,600 Randy Ohel - 304,100 Kate Hoang - 291,800 Stephen Johnson - 228,200 Robert Cowen - 215,700 Connor Drinan - 214,600 Nathan Gamble - 203,800 Denis Strebkov - 201,100 Ryan Miller - 183,000 Alex Foxen - 170,600
  20. “Please one time…this is destiny!” - Nitis Udornpim The World Poker Tour welcomed a new member to their Champions Club on Wednesday as Baltimore’s Nitis Udornpim topped a field of 495 entries to win the WPT Maryland at Live! Casino title and with it the $319,415 first-place prize. After four days of play, Udornpim’s first WPT cash turned into his first WPT title as he battled from the bottom end of the chip counts to run white-hot at the end of the final table. Eventually, he battled and defeated Stephen Deutsch in heads up play to lock in the win, put his name on the cup and punch his ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] “It feels great to be a WPT champion, Udornpim said to the World Poker Tour after it was all over. “I couldn’t have run any better today, so I’m pretty excited with the result. It feels good to win a tournament in my home state. I moved here about a year ago and this had been my home casino ever since.” Along with dealing with Deutsch, Udornpim had no small task in front of him in order to take home the tile. To start the final table he had roughly 25 big blinds, plus he had to find a way to outlast two accomplished WPT champions in Brian Altman and Anthony Zinno. WPT Maryland Final Table Results 1st: Nitis Udornpim - $319,415 2nd: Stephen Deutsch - $202,905 3rd: Brian Altman - $149,515 4th: Anthony Zinno - $111,415 5th: Robert McLaughlin - $83,970 6th: Jeffrey Colpitts - $64,020 The final table got underway and it took nearly an hour and a half before the first elimination took place as Jeffrey Colpitts, who started the day as the short stack, was running on fumes. Deutsch raised from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] and with the majority of his stack already in the middle, Colpitts made the call from the big blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"] flop paired Colpitts but he needed to fade plenty of outs to hold on. The [poker card="jc"] hit the turn but it was the [poker card="7s"] that sealed Colpitts fate. Deutsch hit his flush and Colpitts hit the rail collecting $64,020 for his sixth-place finish. It was only fifteen minutes later that Robert McLaughlin found himself all in for his tournament life. McLaughlin limped in the small blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"] only to be raised by Deutsch in the big blind holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"]. McLaughlin made the call and the pair saw a [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9c"] flop. McLaughlin checked it over and Deutsch put in a bet. McLaughlin put in a check-raise with his flopped two pair. Then Deutsch shoved his top pair, gutshot straight draw and McLaughlin made the call. The [poker card="6h"] turn changed nothing but Deutsch once again got there when the [poker card="th"] gave him a straight on the river. McLaughlin collected his things and headed to the cage to pick up his $83,970 fifth-place prize. The final four players took turn shipping chips around the table when finally, three-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno could no longer cling to his short stack. Brian Altman put in a raise under the gun and Zinno, holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"], jammed over the top. When the action reached Deutsch, he re-shoved holding [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] forcing Altman out of the pot. The race was on and the pair watched as the dealer put out a board of [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="th"][poker card="td"]. With the spiked ace, Deutsch claimed his third knockout of the day and Zinno falls in fourth place for $111,415, sending his north of $3 million in total World Poker Tour cashes. At three-handed Deutsch was still in control with Brian Altman on his heels. However, Udornpim had other ideas. His heater began as he picked up some key pots and eventually won a flip against Altman to double up. Sitting second in chips, Udornpim raised the button after looking down at [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"]. Altman put in a three-bet with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and within seconds the pair had all the money in the middle. The board ran out clean for Udornpim’s aces eliminating Altman from the tournament. Altman falls just short of his second WPT win, collecting $149,515 for this third-place effort. Both Deutsch and Udornpim were deep at the start of heads up play with both sitting on over 100 big blinds. However, it didn’t take long for Udornpim to take a commanding chip lead. Deutsch would battle back but eventually, the affable Udornpim surged ahead once again, this time for good. On the final hand of play Udornpim, with a 5:1 chip advantage shoved his button with [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"] and Deutsch called all-in with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="5s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] gave Udornpim the wheel. The turn fell the [poker card="4s"] opening the door for Deutsch to pick up the runner-runner flush but the [poker card="qd"] river ended Deutsch’s comeback bid sending him home in second place for $202,905. Nitis Udornpim was crowned the winner of WPT Maryland at Live! Casino for $319.415 and a $15,000 entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions. Udornpim Enters The POY Race Two of the final six from WPT Maryland at Live! Casino enters the top 10 of the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. Nitis Udornpim picked up 1,000 POY points for his victory which has him tied with Uke Dauti, Roger Teska and Gueorgui Gantchev who all also have 1,000 points. However, Udornpim’s $319,415 score slots him in fifth place using money earned as a tie-breaker. Brian Altman picked up his second cash of Season XVIII and had accumulated 900 POY points, which puts him in a three-way tie with both Kevin Albers and Jared Griener, but with cashes as a tiebreaker, he is currently in ninth place. WPT Season XVIII Player of The Year Leaderboard 1st: Donald Maloney - 1,200 points 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,200 points 3rd: Uke Dauti - 1,000 points 4th: Roger Teska - 1,000 points 5th: Nitis Udornpim - 1,000 points 6th: Gueorgui Gantchev - 1,000 points 7th: Kevin Albers - 900 points 8th: Jared Griener - 900 points 9th: Brian Altman - 900 points 10th: Laszlo Molnar - 800 points
  21. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event wrapped up on Thursday with Alexandros Kolonias picking up the first live win of his career and €1,133,678. Two players eliminated on Wednesday, leaving just six coming back to the felt on Thursday to play down to a winner. Those six played for just over two hours before one was finally sent packing. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rifat Palevic moved all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"] when action folded to him in the small blind and Anh Do called when he looked down at [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] run out offered Palevic no assistance and he was out in sixth place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It took another 2.5 hours before the next player busted. From the cutoff, Anh Do raised to 1,800,000 and Claas Segebrecht called from the button. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] flop, Do moved all in for 450,000 and Segebrecht called instantly. Do showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] but he was behind Segebrecht's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and the river was the [poker card="3h"] and Do was done in fifth place. Dario Sammartino became the fourth player to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event in the same year but he wasn't able to improve his runner-up finish from Las Vegas. Sammartino moved all in from the small blind for 3,000,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] after Segebrecht raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Segebrecht called and turned over [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop moved Segebrecht ahead and Sammartino was eliminated in fourth after the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river failed to improve his hand. Three-handed play went on for 3.5 hours before Anthony Zinno clashed with Kolonias and wound up on the rail. Kolonias made it 1,300,000 from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"] before Zinno moved all in from the small blind for 7,650,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Kolonias called and then moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop. Neither the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were able to save Zinno and he was eliminated in third place. Despite being eliminated in third, Zinno can still win WSOP Player of the Year. A Main Event win would have meant Zinno needed a min-cash in the Colossus but he'll now need to finish top two and hope Shaun Deeb or Daniel Negreanu fail to pick up any more points if he hopes to win POY. Heads-up play began with Segebrecht holding a 2-1 chip lead but over less than 30 minutes of play, Kolosias took over the chip lead. On the final hand of the tournament, Kolosias, who held 55% of the chips in play at the time, raised to 1,200,000 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Segebrecht moved all-in for 23,200,000 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"]. Kolosias called and then watched the board run out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] to give him the first major live title of his career. Final Table Payouts Alexandros Kolonios - €1,133,678 Claas Segebrecht - €700,639 Anthony Zinno - €485,291 Dario Sammartino - €341,702 Anh Do - €244,653 Rifat Palevic - €178,171 Julien Martini - €132,017 Jakob Madsen - €99,555
  22. There are now seven 2019 Poker Masters events in the books and seven different players have won titles. Sam Soverel became the seventh different player to win a Poker Masters title on Monday when he beat Sean Winter heads-up to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Soverel is now a realistic contender for the Purple Jacket with just three events remaining on the schedule. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Down to just 16 big blinds, Anthony Zinno raised to 90,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] and Soverel called from the big blind with [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] flop gave both players a ten-high straight and Soverel called after Zinno moved all-in for 320,000. The [poker card="7d"] gave Soverel a jack-high straight and left Zinno drawing to a spade for a flush to stay alive. The [poker card="qh"] improved Soverel's unnecessarily to a queen-high straight and Zinno was eliminated in fifth place. Soverel raised to 65,000 from the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] and Kahle Burns defended his big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"]. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="5c"] flop, Burns bet 175,000 and Soverel called. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Soverel called again after Burns bet his last 40,000. The [poker card="ah"] river gave Soverel top two pair and eliminated Burns in fourth. Sean Winter then took his turn in widdling down the field. Winter called from the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"], Soverel completed from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] before Wolff raised from the big blind to 120,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"]. Winter called and Soverel stepped out of the way. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Wolff trip tens while Winter ended up with a wrap. Wolff bet his last 195,000 and Winter called. The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Winter a straight and when the [poker card="2s"] river failed to give Wolff a full house or better, he was eliminated in second place. Heads-up play began with Soverel holding 3,605,000 to Soverel's 1,495,000. It took Soverel nearly two hours to put a bow on his first Poker Masters title and fourth cash of the series. On the final hand, Winter raised to 240,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8h"] and Soverel defended with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4c"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] and both players checked. The [poker card="2s"] fell on the turn and Winter bet 260,000. Soverel raised to 1,070,000 and Winter took some time before calling all-in. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the board to eliminate Winter as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Sam Soverel - $340,000 Sean Winter - $221,000 George Wolff - $136,000 Kahle Burns - $85,000 Anthony Zinno - $68,000 Along with the $340,000 score, Soverel also picked up 300 points towards the Purple Jacket and now sits within striking distance of the current leader, Chance Kornuth. Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 630 Sam Soverel - 570 Kahle Burns - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini -300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sean Winter - 270
  23. The first World Poker Tour event of 2020 reached its final table on Monday. Now, just six players remain in the Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship, with Chance Kornuth leading the way. The final six will be on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31, when they will resume play at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final six come from a 257-entry field and are guaranteed $111,795 in prize money. First place takes home $554,495, including a $15,000 buy-in into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, and a Hublot watch. Joining Kornuth at the final table are Markus Gonsalves, Tuan Phan, Jonathan Cohen, Qing Liu, and Straton Wilhelm. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table Seat 1: Straton Wilhelm - 435,000 Seat 2: Markus Gonsalves - 2,370,000 Seat 3: Qing Liu - 795,000 Seat 4: Tuan Phan - 2,070,000 Seat 5: Jonathan Cohen - 1,615,000 Seat 6: Chance Kornuth - 2,995,000 How the Final Table Was Reached The Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship had a field of 257 entries. It wasn't the largest turnout for a WPT Main Tour event, but the $10,000 buy-in attracted some of poker’s biggest names and generated a prize pool of $2.467 million. Among those to compete were Darren Elias, Anthony Zinno, Maria Ho, and Phil Laak, but none of them made the money. Entering Day 3 of the tournament, 48 players remained. The top 33 places paid, which meant whoever finished in 34th place would win the unwanted title of 'bubble boy.' The player to fall in 34th was former WPT Player of the Year Joe Serock, who couldn't win a flip with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kd"] against the pocket queens of Gonsalves. After the money bubble burst, WPT Champions Club member Larry Greenberg was the first player to bust. Others followed him to the payout desk, including David Peters (30th - $18,825) and David 'ODB' Baker (18th - $25,130), before Day 3 ended with 14 competitors left. Among the final 14 returning for Day 4 was Jared Griener, who ultimately finished in 13th place for $35,720. Griener is no stranger to WPT success in the Southern California region. He’s cashed seven times in WPT Main Tour events in Southern California, and that’s the region where all of his WPT final tables have taken place. Additionally, Griener has a deep run in a WPTDeepStacks event in San Diego and two deep runs in WPT500 LA. On Day 4, Ali Imsirovic busted in ninth place to take home $53,950, and then Sebastiaan de Jonge finished in eighth for $67,790. One more player needed to be eliminated to set the official TV final table, and it happened when Phan knocked out Qi Hu in seventh place. Kornuth the One To Beat With a stack of 2.995 million, Kornuth is the player to catch at the final table. He's been one of the big stacks throughout the event, including finishing atop the field after Day 3. Kornuth came into this event with more than $7.4 million in live tournament earnings and one previous WPT final table under his belt. That previous final table was a sixth-place finish in the Season XII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $247,954. Kornuth has several other deep runs in World Poker Tour events, including a handful that have come at the $10,000 buy-in level, but his first WPT title has eluded him. Closest to Kornuth on the leaderboard is Gonsalves, who bagged 2.37 million in chips for the final table. Like Kornuth, Gonsalves has been close to a WPT title before, but he's also yet to win one. Gonsalves' deepest run in a WPT event came in the Season XIV WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event, where he took fourth and picked up a payday of $91,616. Gonsalves also has a 10th-place finish in the Season XIV WPT Five Diamond for $68,181. The final six will now wait until the end of March to play for the title in Las Vegas, as the event moves from the Gardens Casino to the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. There is no former WPT champion in the final six, which means there will be a brand new member of the WPT Champions Club when this one is all said and done.
  24. Wednesday brought more WPT Online Series action at partypoker and some big winners. Among those taking home titles was Pascal Hartmann, who won the $5,200 High Roller for $205,826.53. Anthony Zinno and Robert Heidorn were also among the day's winners. The $5,200 High Roller that Hartmann won attracted 225 entries and generated a $1.125 million prize pool. Christoph Vogelsang, Mikita Badziakouski, Kristen Bicknell, and Farid Jattin were among those to reach the final table, and in the end it was Hartmann up against Dimitar Danchev. Hartmann won the heads-up battle and took home $205,826.53 for the win. Danchev earned $190,060.98. Robert Heidorn won Event #8 Mini $215 6-Max Bounty Hunter for $19,709.68 plus $21,288.58 in bounties. In Event #8 $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter, Guillaume Nolet topped all competitors to win $47,874.85 plus $66,000.01 in bounties, which made for a $113,874.86 score. Finishing second to Nolet was Ambrose Carr, who won $47,816.67 plus $15,046.87 in bounties for the result. Carr also took sixth in Event #12 $530 Turbo Bounty for $3,876.90 plus $2,875 in bounties. Event #10 $1,050 Heads Up saw Zinno take first place, chopping the prize pool with Ameer Jamil Wakil. Both players took home $29,040. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] WPT Online Event #8 Mini $215 6-Max Bounty Hunter 1,708 Entries $341,600 Prize Pool Robert Heidorn - $19,709.68 + $21,288.58 in bounties Davi Cola De Melo - $19,675.41 + 3,333.02 in bounties Paul Höfer - $15,003.80 + $1,171.87 in bounties Stefan Huber - $10,783.98 + $5,841.42 in bounties Micky Blasi - $7,314.35 + 2,389.06 in bounties Antonio Roberto Cao Klein Ligtenberg - $4,219.82 + $3,703.52 in bounties WPT Online Event #8 $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter 290 Entries $580,000 Prize Pool Guillaume Nolet - $47,874.85 + $66,000.01 in bounties Ambrose Carr - $47,816.67 + $15,046.87 in bounties Ramon Miguel Munoz - $34,511.63 + $15,593.75 Benjamin Chalot - $25,099.36 + 3,953.12 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $17,255.81 + $4,250 in bounties Michael Addamo - $12,549.68 + $12,312.50 in bounties WPT Online Event #9 $5,200 High Roller 225 Entries $1,125,000 Prize Pool Pascal Hartmann - $205,826.53 Dimitar Danchev - $190,060.98 Alberto Meran - $118,687.50 Christoph Vogelsang - $87,750 Mikita Badziakouski - $61,875 Kristen Bicknell - $47,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $34,875 Farid Jattin - $25,875 WPT Online Event #10 $1,050 Heads Up 121 Entries $121,000 Prize Pool Anthony Zinno - $29,040 Ameer Jamil Wakil - $29,040 Ivan Sakharov - $12,100 Niklas Åstedt - $12,100 WPT Online Event #12 $530 Turbo Bounty 411 Entries $205,500 Prize Pool Gianluca Escobar - $15,450.44 + $22,757.85 in bounties Robert Kacinski - $15,429.71 + $3,562.50 in bounties Peter Turmezey - $10,593.86 + $4,468.76 in bounties Fabrizio Dagostino - $7,438.24 + $2,421.87 in bounties Calvin Anderson - $5,319.47 + $4,749.99 in bounties Ambrose Carr - $3,876.90 + $2,875 in bounties Guntis Aleskins - $2,738.62 + $2,468.74 in bounties Rafael Camargo Freitas - $1,994.80 + $1,125 in bounties WPT Online Event #12 Mini $55 Turbo Bounty 1,786 Entries $89,300 Prize Pool Alexandros Vlachakis - $5,895.62 + $5,016.63 in bounties Adrian Strobel - $5,885.69 + $1,531.52 in bounties Jamie O'neill - $3,829.59 + $772.30 in bounties Flavio Nascimento - $2,549.76 + $751.30 in bounties Anthony Clancy - $1,803.61 + $555.48 in bounties Eric William Neves - $1,255.11 + $242.77 in bounties Craig Martin - $864.74 + $189.84 in bounties Jessica Teusl - $563.32 + $401.56 in bounties
  25. The 2020 World Series of Poker is just past the halfway point of the tournaments being held on WSOP.com. Through Saturday there are 17 events in the books and a number of the best players in the world continue to pile up the stats - and dollars - on their quest for WSOP glory. Here's a look at some of the numbers from the first 17 events. Laplante, Zinno Close in Double-Digit Cashes Ryan Laplante and Anthony Zinno have each cashed nine times through the first 17 events on the schedule. Zinno has earned $27,364 from those events while Laplante has won $23,791. There are 11 players who have cashed eight times led by Michael Lech. The Event #13 champ won $164,249 that night and has won $180,163 overall. Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn has won a grand total of $172,443 thanks largely to the $115,850 he picked up after winning Event #3. Roland Israelashvili doesn't have a win yet but has earned $169,451 through his eight cashes. Six-Figure Club Continues to Grow Not surprisingly, the winner of the biggest buy-in tournament, Joe McKeehen also leads the list of highest earners. Along with his High Roller win, which paid him $352,985, McKeehen also earned $1,731 for a 60th place finish in Event #3 to bring his total winnings to $354,716. Ryan 'im.sorry' Torgersen, who had a second place finish in Event #X for $116,379 before winning Event #X just 24 hours later for $172,362, sits second to McKeehen on the earnings list. There are 21 players who have earned six-figures to date. [table id=80 /] Prize Pools Surpass $14 Million The 17 events have drawn a total of 21,995 entries (including rebuys) and have pushed the total prize money awarded to $14,251,915. The average prize pool is $838,348. Only three events have broken into $1 million prize pool territory: Event #10 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack), Event #12 ($500 The Big 500), and Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller). The total rake is $1,225,899. NJ vs. NV Battle Rages On Not surprisingly, residents of Nevada and New Jersey are dominating the Series. The Garden State crew holds a slight lead in the total cashes category, having found the money 798 times compared to the 673 times that Nevada residents have cashed. [table id=82 /] California and New York grinders are fighting their own battle with Californians accounting for 392 cashes and New Yorkers not far behind at 332. Florida rounds out the top five with 100 total cashes. America the Bountiful American players have been responsible for 96.6% of the total cashes with 3,274 total cashes. The next five most successful countries account for 75 total cashes. [table id=83 /]
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