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  1. [caption width="640"] The Main Event final table starts on Thursday with Scott Blumstein in the lead.[/caption] The third largest Main Event in World Series of Poker history reached a final table in the wee hours of Tuesday morning in Las Vegas and for the first time in ten years, will restart in July as a result of the termination of the “November Nine.” Following seven exciting and simultaneously grueling days of poker, New Jersey’s Scott Blumstein comes in Thursday’s first day of final table play as the chip leader. Blumstein is mostly an online player and made the trip out to Las Vegas last week to play in his first career Main Event. Day 7 was a boon for Blumstein as he started 8th out of 27 players with 18,125,000 and by the time the final table was reached, built himself all the way up to over 97,000,000. "I feel amazing, I can't believe it's real. I have a great group of guys and we're going to get to work and prepare for Thursday. This is one of the biggest moments of my life. And I'm super excited,” said Blumstein. Right behind Blumstein is 64-year-old Englishman John Hesp (85,700,000), who crossed an item off of his bucket list by playing in the Main Event and has been having the time of his life making a run to the final table. This year’s final table is a bit different than most as not one, but two, former November Niners are among the remaining contenders for poker’s biggest prize. Fellow third place finishers Ben Lamb (18,050,000) and Antoine Saout (21,750,000) are two of the shortest stacks left in play but have plenty of experience on their side as they attempt to capture the title that was nearly within reach once before. “You play a 7,000-player field; to make the final table, obviously, the odds are staggering. I don't care if you're ten times better than the second best player in the world, the odds are staggering to make the final table once, let alone twice, with six years in between,” said Lamb about his remarkable achievement. The rank of established professionals is well represented outside of Lamb and Saout with Benjamin Pollak (35,175,000) and Bryan Piccioli (33,800,000) sitting in the middle of the final table pack. This year was Pollak’s second time making it to Day 7, after doing so in 2013, and he along with Saout are attempting to become the first player from France to win the Main Event title. Piccioli won perhaps the most memorable pot of the tournament when he rivered a full house to beat the trip aces of Saout to stay alive on the brink of the final table. After coming into Day 5 in 2016 as the chip leader and falling short of making Day 6, Piccioli made it to the finish line this time around. One of the online poker world’s most respected tournament players, Piccioli has a chance to cement his legacy among the game’s greats this weekend. Speaking of online players, Dan Ott (26,475,000) and Jack Sinclair (20,200,000) fit the bill there. Ott is from Pennsylvania, and Sinclair from England, but both make their primary living playing online and are closing on the best piece of live tournament glory there is. Hailing from Argentina is Damian Salas (22,175,000), who started Day 4 as the chip leader and continued to build from there on the way to the final table. Salas has one previous WSOP final table to his name from 2016 ($1,500 No Limit Shootout) and brings an unconventional game with him into Thursday. As with recent years, the final table will be played down to a winner over the course of three consecutive days. All final table coverage will be on ESPN starting at 6:00 pm PT each day. On Thursday, July 20, the field will play from nine to six followed by six to three on Friday, July 21. On Saturday, July 22, the final three players will battle until only the newest Main Event Champion remains. Final Table Payouts 1st - $8,150,000 2nd - $4,700,000 3rd - $3,500,000 4th - $2,600,000 5th - $2,000,000 6th - $1,675,000 7th - $1,425,000 8th - $1,200,000 9th - $1,000,000 Seating Assignments Seat 1 - John Hesp (85,700,000) Seat 2 - Scott Blumstein (97,250,000) Seat 3 - Antoine Saout (21,750,000) Seat 4 - Benjamin Pollak (35,175,000) Seat 5 - Jack Sinclair (20,200,000) Seat 6 - Damian Salas (22,175,000) Seat 7 - Ben Lamb (18,050,000) Seat 8 - Bryan Piccioli (33,800,000) Seat 9 - Dan Ott (26,475,000)
  2. The improbable story of John Hesp, the eccentric Englishman that took the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event by storm, is being given the Hollywood treatment. According to The Daily Mail, Hesp’s inspiring fourth place finish in the Main Event for $2.6 million dollars has been optioned by “two renowned movie producers.” This means that in the not-so-distant future Hesp’s trademark colorful coat will be able to be seen in actual technicolor. Fans who followed the Main Event in 2017 will be familiar with his story: a grandfather from East Yorkshire who had played poker about once a month for $10 went on the heater of a lifetime. Hesp battling some of the best young players the game has to offer and, in the process, he reminded a legion of poker players what it means to bring the fun back to the game of poker. “I feel blessed to have achieved this great success and truly hope my story will inspire others to have fun playing poker as that was my mood throughout my amazing run last year,” Hesp said. “Thought my run in Vegas last year I was playing in Party Mood and I often commented ‘let’s make poker fun!’” With his fastidious flare and colorful wardrobe which matched his personality, it didn’t take long for word of his incredible run made it into the mainstream. Film producer Marc Ambrose knew that this was just the kind of feel good story that could transcend poker itself. “Most poker movies are about the dark and seedy side to the game,” Ambrose told The Daily Mail. “This story flips that right on its head.” “Saying this movie is about poker is like saying The Full Monty is about stripping. This is really a story about living life to its fullest but realizing that the grass isn’t always greener.” For Hesp, he’s surprised at the interest. “I have been completely overwhelmed and humbled with the large number of people who have reached out to me from all parts of the world and told me how much they had enjoyed watching me on TV and how inspiring it was," Hesp said. As for who will play Hesp in the movie, nothing is concrete but Hesp has an idea or two. “George Clooney or Tom Hanks is acceptable.” While it’s unlikely that either of these actors have the chops to play the energetic Hesp, we would like to offer a few suggestions of fantasy casting for the upcoming movie. Here are some options for Ambrose as to who we think would make for a fantastic cast for the climatic WSOP Main Event Final Table scene. John Hesp as played by Michael Caine. Two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine can likely capture Hesp's English essence. WSOP Champ Scott Blumstein as played by young Seth Rogan. Sure, we may have to go back in time a few years, but Rogan's jovial nature and charisma would suit the likable personality of the 2017 champ. Dan Ott as played by Keanu Reeves. The scruffy silent type, Keanu Reeves would jump at the chance to play the runner-up. Benjamin Pollak as played by Bobby Cannavale. Bobby Cannavale, the star of Martin Scorcese's HBO show Vinyl would be a perfect fit for third-place finisher Pollak. Antoine Saout as played by Bradley Cooper. Is there another actor in Hollywood that wears a backward hat as well as Bradley Cooper? Bryan Piccoli as played by Emile Hirsch. Emile Hirsch would use what he learned playing the lead in Into The Wild to navigate Piccoli's Main Event journey. Damian Salas as played by Jon Stewart. C'mon, check this out! It's perfect! Jack Sinclair as played by Daniel Radcliff. British wizard as played by a British wizard. Ben Lamb as played by Matt Damon. The return of Mike McDermott. Have a better casting option for the John Hesp film? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter: @pocketfives
  3. The Venetian leads the charge for another week outside of the Rio for large fields and mega prize pools. The latest recipient of a six-figure score in the DeepStack Championship Poker Series is Michael Soyza. The Malaysian defeated 2,877 entrants in the Mid-States Poker Tour $1,600 buy-in $3 million guarantee to collect $588,249. Another Multi-Million Guarantee Crushed Soyza won a live-streamed final table in a Day 3 that lasted for 15 hours. 2018 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic runner-up Ryan Yu held the lead coming into Day 3 and bowed out in ninth place for $62,143. Another Season XVI runner-up reached the final table in Paul Fisher, who took fifth at WPT Choctaw. Fisher was the first player eliminated from the final table. A few others who had their hole cards shown on camera where WSOP Circuit ring winner Peter Vitantonio, past MSPT Main Event champ Rich Aslup, and eventual runner-up Jeremy Saderne. The $800 8-Max $800,000 guarantee hit an overlay snag and drew a crowd of 881. Arunas Sapitavicius emerged to win $133,609 in a heads up deal with Manuel Ruivo, who took home $130,391. MSPT hosts one more Main Event at The Venetian this summer. The $3,500 tournament carries a hefty guarantee of $3.5 million and finishes on June 30 at a live stream final table. Single-Day Prizes at the Wynn The Wynn resumed their familiar schedule of one-day events and produced a few more quality winners. Antoine Saout added a second trophy to his summer collection for winning The $1,100 $200,000 guarantee on June 23 outright for $87,089. On June 2, Saout won the $600 $500,000 SuperStack at The Venetian to ship $137,504. Joining Saout in the Wynners Circle are Gerald Ringe, who earned $45,808 in the June 25 $500 $100,000 guarantee and Justin Brach. Ringe's title compliments his 2015 bracelet for conquering the $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo tournament. Brach finished on top of Joe Kuether in the June 24 $1,100 $200,000 guarantee and cashed out for $92,079. The next multi-day event at the Wynn starts on June 26 with another $1,100 $1 million guarantee with three starting flights. When the Wynn put a seven-figure guarantee on the board two weeks ago, 2,427 entrants participated to set a record for the largest field at the property. WPT ARIA 500 Underway The 'Main Event' of the ARIA Poker Classic kicked off this week with the multi-flight WPT500. The $1 million guarantee is expected to draw over 2,500 runners during the nine starting flights before Day 2 opens on July 2.
  4. Sunday was a massive day for online poker with turnouts in tournaments across all sites seeing extraordinary growth. When PokerStars chose March 15 as the date for its 14th Anniversary Sunday Million event, they had no idea that real world events would bring so many players back to the online tables. The $12.5 million guarantee already meant that this event would be the single largest prize pool in PokerStars 19-year history, but it took just under three hours to draw the 62,500 required players that ensured PokerStars wouldn't be out of pocket. Over the next four hours of play, a grand total of 85,432 entries pushed the total prize pool to $17,086,400. The only two events in the history of online poker with bigger prize pools were the 2018 and 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online, both of which eclipsed $21,000,000. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Late registration in the Sunday Million remains open until the start of Day 2 at 1 PM ET but they have no chance at breaking the record. The 107,000 player cap means the maximum possible prize pool for this event is $21,400,000, which would put it one spot behind the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online event and just ahead of last December's MILLIONS Online. Largest Online Poker Tournament Prize Pools DATE EVENT BUY-IN PRIZE POOL December 6, 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online $5,300 $21,780,000 December 11, 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online $10,300 $21,090,000 March 22, 2020 Sunday Million 14th Anniversary $215 TBD December 18, 2011 Sunday Million 10th Anniversary $215 $12,423,200 April 14, 2019 Sunday Million 13th Anniversary $215 $12,268,400 September 26, 2010 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $12,215,000 March 6, 2011 Sunday Million 5th Anniversary $215 $11,825,600 April 22, 2018 Sunday Million Anniversary: Take 2 $215 $11,262,000 September 26, 2019 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $11,180,000 April 2, 2017 Sunday Million 11th Anniversary $215 $11,167,000 Just 16,836 players advanced through the 18 levels of play on Day 1. China's 'nowwor880' ended up with the chip lead after accumulating 680,117 chips. Not far behind them is Belgium's 'X_QQ_AA_KK_fish' with 643,093. Rounding out the top three was 'DLSXL' with 576,980. Top 10 Chip Counts nowwor880 - 680,117 X_QQ_AA_KK_fish - 643,093 DLSXL - 576,980 GLiTCHy M-F - 565,242 flyflo - 545,887 guiantonio2 - 530,381 nakolene888 - 529,102 IownYoUlolz - 513,879 ChrizCrozz - 501,481 CharlyBigPot - 499,343 Some of the notables to advance to Day 2 of the three-day event include former #1-ranked 'eisenhower1' (413,982), Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov (384,476), Antoine 'A.Saout' Saout (357,942), Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard (110,532), Pedro 'pvigar' Garagnani (105,908), Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford (97,661), Alex 'bigfox86' Foxen (85,166), Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell (43,897), current #2-ranked Johannes 'Greenstone' Korsar (34,050), and 'cocojamb0' (20,000). Current #1 'Lena900' also advanced to Day 2 with 87,603. The average stack is 101,719. Play resumes at 1 PM ET on Monday and will play 32 15-minute levels.
  5. Charlie Carrel is having himself a pretty good spring. Nine days ago the English poker pro picked up a $600,000 score in a World Poker Tour Online Super High Roller Event. On Sunday he won a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title for the third time in his career. Carrel beat Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey heads-up to win Event #70 High ($530 NLHE PKO) to take home $67,468.09 from the prize pool and another $43,912.43 from bounties. Carey wound up with $67,466.41 from the prize pool plus $19,840.02 in bounties. Third place finisher 'HUMAN PIOSOLVER' finished in third place and pocketed $40,029.42 plus $15,742.63 in bounties. PokerStars Ambassador Fintan 'easywithaces' Hand took his Twitch stream viewers on a championship-winning journey on Sunday. Hand topped the 409-player field in Event #69 High ($1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack) while streaming on Twitch to win his first SCOOP title and $73,652.88. France's Antoine 'A.Saout' Saout fell one spot short of the title but was able to console himself with a $55,195.04 score. Third place went to Alex 'Pwndidi' Theologis for $41,363.02. Sweden's 'WhatIfGod' won their second title of the series by beating fellow Swede Andreas 'mrAndreeew' Berggren heads-up in Event #76 High ($1,050 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown SE). 'WhatIfGod' previously won Event #38 High ($530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom) for his first SCOOP title nine days earlier. That win earned them $37,691.13 while this victory came with a much bigger score of $76,688 from the prize pool and another $73,728.46 from bounties. Berggren took home $76,687.85 and another $14,087.89 while 'shermdog50' finished third for $46,623.91 and $18,519.54 in bounties. The six other players who won SCOOP titles on Sunday were 'hyggeLT' (Event #69-L), 'Portaluppi.7' (Event #69-M), 'fAArid88' Event #70-L, 'u3meha' (Event #70-M), 'Hadoque' (SCOOP), Bjorn 'bokkie87' Verbakel (Event #76-M). Event #69-H: $1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 409 Prize pool: $409,000 Fintan 'easywithaces' Hand - $73,652.88 Antoine 'A.Saout' Saout - $55,195.04 Pwndidi - $41,363.02 bpryer - $30,997.33 WalmartCNXN - $23,229.35 hitthehole - $17,408.02 Riverbanged - $13,045.54 M_Acevedo - $9,776.28 RPILON - $7,326.33 Event #70-H: $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 2,112 Prize pool: $1,056,000 Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel - $67,468.09 + $43,912.43 Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey - $67,466.41 + $19,840.02 HUMAN PIOSOLVER - $40,029.42 + $15,742.63 Slaassh - $28,534.33 + $4,539.07 ludovi333 - $20,340.19 + $16,032.19 Nextlevelftp - $14,499.14 + $1,890.63 Noobanx - $10,335.49 + $3,050.77 GlitchSystem - $7,367.44 + $3,375.01 Event #76-H: $1,050 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown SE Entries: 1,117 Prize pool: $1,117,000 WhatIfGod - $76,688 + $73,728.46 mrAndreeew - $76,687.85 + $14,087.89 shermdog50 - $46,623.91 + $18,519.54 MASUR1N1KE - $33,751.38 + $5,796.88 luis_faria - $24,432.92 + $15,683.59 quiditbear - $17,687.19 + $8,109.38 ShippityShip - $12,803.89 + $11,945.31 Crazy Elior - $9,268.81 + $2,859.38 MountainRo$e - $7,332.76 + $2,343.75
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