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  1. 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
  2. Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa had himself a very busy - and very fruitful - July as took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the month. Koplimaa picked up 2,601 PLB points through his 20 qualifying cashes to win the Monthly PLB for the first time in his career. Koplimaa's biggest score came from a runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up event on July 14. Not only did he win $22,826.70, but he also picked up 246.86 PLB points. His second biggest score came three days prior when he beat out 104 other players in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $12,785 and 231.3 PLB points. Those were the only two times that Koplimaa picked up more than 200 PLB points. He did have 16 other cashes that earned him between 108.31 and 180.68 points. The biggest of those scores came when he finished second to former #1 'veeea' in the High Roller Club $530 Sunday 500 on July 7. He added $12,179 to his winnings and 180.68 to his PLB total. He also won a $109 NLHE (Six Max Hyper-Turbo), a pair of Big $44s, a $215 Bounty Builder Saturday Special, and a Hotter $82 all in the month of July. Only two of his 20 qualifying cashes earned him less than 100 points. All told, Koplimaa cashed 397 times in July amassing $163,496 in winnings. Geraldo Cesar 'GeraldoCesar' Neto finished one spot and 133 PLB points behind Koplimaa. Neto's biggest score came on July 28 after he beat out 3,290 other players in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder to win $23,679.72 and 405.65 PLB points. That same day he took down the PokerStars Hotter $215 for $16,347 and 301.33 PLB points. He also final-tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million on July 21, finishing eighth for $11,891 and 300.25 PLB points. Former #1-ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski rounded out the podium finishers, scoring 2,274 PLB points to finish third. Sikorski's biggest PLB score came thanks to his win in a 421-player field in the $215 Monday Six Max on PokerStars on July 22. Sikorski earned $15,185.10 and 290.17 PLB points. He also won the PokerStars Hotter $215 on July 14, and a pair of $109 Six Max events on July 18 and 31. The top-finishing American in July was New Jersey online poker grinder Vladimir 'Donate_here' Alexandrov who rode a third-place finish in the $3,200 High Roller bracelet event on WSOP.com on July 4. He won $173,241.39 and 694.53 PLB points. Playing only on regulated sites in New Jersey, Alexandrov managed a total of 23 cashes with 20 of them earning him enough points to crack the top five of the July PLB. Rounding out the top five, just nine points behind Alexandrov, was Britain's Patrick 'thebigdog09' Brooks. His biggest score came on July 14 when he took down the PokerStars Hotter $55 for $9,320 and 257.97 PLB points. Two days prior to that, he beat out the 252-player field in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $12,114 and 251 PLB points. The bottom half of the top 10 reads like a list of some of the best online players on the planet including Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii, and two former #1s 'girafganger7' and Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 markovitsus 2,601 2 geraldocesar 2,468 3 p0cket00 2,274 4 Donate_here 2,244 5 thebigdog09 2,235 6 girafganger7 2,158 7 josef_shvejk 2,060 8 Gettin Daize 1,979 9 Wonderboy222 1,967 10 whatisL0v3 1,966
  3. As we move into 2020, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of 2019. November involved two big pieces of news involving Daniel Negreanu, and then, of course, we got the launch of legal online poker in Pennsylvania. Data Error Finds Negreanu Not WSOP POY After it was originally announced that Daniel Negreanu was the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, a data-entry error was discovered by Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy that resulted in Negreanu being credited for more points than he should have. WSOP officials were made aware of the issue, verified the error, and then corrected the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings, with Australian Robert Campbell being awarded the title. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46," a WSOP statement read. "As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." Also involved was Shaun Deeb, who ultimately finished second in the race. Deeb was vocal and very upset with what had happened, and the entire debacle caused plenty of a stir within the poker community. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Negreanu Signs with GGPoker After he parted ways with PokerStars back in May, Daniel Negreanu signed a new sponsorship deal with GGPoker. The new deal came six months following the part between Negreanu and PokerStars and saw Negreanu become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a social media video. PokerStars PA Goes Live November brought exciting times in the world of regulated US online poker, as PokerStars PA went live in the first week of the month. Following a couple of days for a soft launch period, PokerStars PA went fully live on November 6, 2019. The wait may have been extended, but Pennsylvania online poker players were out in full force when PokerStars PA went live. Cash games traffic was very good upon the site opening its virtual doors, and the first Sunday tournament schedule featured plenty of variety and guaranteed prize pools. PocketFives followed the launch of PokerStars PA through its live blog and captured some of the best moments from the start. Mateos Wins partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Adrian Mateos just keeps on crushing, and November saw him take down the partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event. Mateos topped the 948-entry field to win $1.162 million. At the final table, a three-handed deal was made between Mateos, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Chris Hunichen, and it was Mateos coming out as the champion. Caribbean Poker Party Final Table Payouts 1st: Adrian Mateos - $1,162,805* 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - $970,000* 3rd: Chris Hunichen - $1,097,195* 4th: Scott Wellenbach - $650,000 5th: William Blais - $500,000 6th: Oleg Mandzjuk - $350,000 7th: Peter Jetten - $250,000 8th: Gregory Baird - $180,000 With the victory, Mateos has now won the WSOP Europe Main Event, European Poker Tour Grand Final, and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event in just more than six years. 'Josef_shvejk' Wins Monthly PLB in November Russian online grinder Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii won the Monthly PLB title for November. He earned 1,958 points in the month to narrowly beat out 'DeathbyQuads' and 'C Darwin2.' Included in his November success was a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298.
  4. Nearly three years ago, Charlie Carrel took down the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1.2 million. On Friday night, Carrel thrust himself into the online poker spotlight again by winning a World Poker Tour Online Super High Roller event for $600,250. Carrel beat 97 other entries in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) including a final table that featured Arsenii Karmatckii, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, and eventual runner-up Ali Imsirovic. Third-place finisher Elias Talvitie finished third for $306,250 while Imsirovic earned $428,750 for coming in second. This event was the first of three $25,500 buy-in events on the WPT Online schedule. The others run on May 14 and May 17. Event #13 ($2,650 Six Max NLHE) drew 293 runners with Daniel Reijmer earning the trophy and $167,137.47. The final opponent he eliminated, Ole Schemion, took home $111,706.25 while third place finisher Julien Perouse added $80,575 to his bankroll. Aleksejs Ponakovs earned $54,225.52 for winning Event #13 Mini ($265 Six Max NLHE). Chad Eveslage took down Event #17 ($530 Six Max Hyper Knockout) for $11,027.98 plus $13,101.59 in bounties. Runner-up Ihar Soika won $11,015.30 and another $6,820.29 in bounties while Victoriya Gracheva came in third for $7,835.84 plus $1,343.75 in bounties. The single day event had 251 entries. Agustin Amestoy navigated his way throgh 840 other entries in Event #17 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper Knockout) to win $2,876.83 and $2,538.06 in bounties. Friday was the sixth starting flight of the WPT500 with 364 players adding $182,000 to the overall prize pool. Just 46 players advanced to Day 2 with Philipp Dietrich (393,082), Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque (390,506), and Carlos Chadha-Villamarin (386,541) finishing with the biggest stacks. WPT Online Event #13 Mini $265 Six Max NLHE 1,446 Entries $361,500 Prize Pool Aleksejs Ponakovs - $54,225.52 Denis Timofeev - $38,556.14 Dean Gilbert - $30,004.50 Stefan Jedlicka - $21,690 Goran Mandic - $14,460 Stoyan Obreshkov - $9,037.50 WPT Online Event #13: $2,650 Six Max NLHE 293 Entries $732,500 Prize Pool Daniel Reijmer - $167,137.47 Ole Schemion - $111,706.25 Julien Perouse - $80,575 Enrico Camosci - $58,600 Mark Radoja - $40,287.50 RUi Ferreira - $29,300 WPT Online Event #14 $25,500 Super High Roller 98 Entries $2,450,000 Prize Pool Charles Carrel - $600,250 Almedin Imsirovic - $428,750 Elias Talvitie - $306,250 Ivan Galinec - $214,375 Arsenii Karmatckii - $159,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $122,500 Christopher Hunichen - $98,000 Pauli Ayras - $79,625 WPT Online Event #17 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper Knockout 841 Entries $42,050 Prize Pool Agustin Amestoy - $2,876.83 + $2,538.06 in bounties Vyacheslav Bondartsev - $2,872.13 + $648.46 in bounties Aleksey Konoplev - $2,138.81 + $306.25 in bounties Matthew Eardley - $1,494.60 + $553.78 in bounties Ross Elliott - $990.27 + $913.85 in bounties Dmitry Grigorev - $677 + $165.61 in bounties WPT Online Event #17 $530 Six Max Hyper Knockout 251 Entries $125,500 Prize Pool Chad Eveslage - $11,027.98 + $13,101.59 in bounties Ihar Soika - $11,015.30 + $6,820.29 in bounties Victoriya Gracheva - $7,835.84 + $1,343.75 in bounties Ramon Miquel Munoz - $5,724.10 + $828.12 in bounties Connor Drinan - $4,266.41 + $2,312.50 in bounties Martin Mathis - $2,844.27 + $1,375.00 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1F 364 Entries $182,000 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Philipp Dietrich - 393,082 Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - 390,506 Carlos Chadha-Villamarin - 386,541 Bartlomiej Ryszard Machon - 362,085 Simon Ravnskbaek - 314,144 Julien Martini - 252,469 Florian-Dimitrie Duta - 237,110 Giovani Torre - 237,071 Javier Gomez Zapatero - 205,584 Alexander Piskopos - 196,676
  5. Seth Fischer navigated his way up from one of the shortest stacks at the final table of the 2020 World Series of Poker Event #56 ($1,500 GGMasters High Roller) to top the 2,153 player field and bring home the $444,868.59 first-place prize, a World Series of Poker Europe package and the coveted gold bracelet. For the first half of the final table, bustouts took place at breakneck speed. This allowed Fischer to bide his time, win some key hands, and eventually assume a commanding chip lead which he leveraged to win his first WSOP gold bracelet. It didn’t take long for the final table to lose their first player. Right after the player break Israel’s Yonatan Basin shipped his short stack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"] and was called by Russian online poker superstar Arsenii Karmatckii and his [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] leaving Basin looking for an ace or running straight cards to stay alive. The turn came the [poker card="ts"] and the river the [poker card="kd"] awarding Karmatckii the hand and sending Basin to the rail in ninth for $32,633. On the very next hand, Karmatckii was involved in an all-in confrontation again. France’s Clement Tripodi put in a raise from the cutoff holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="qd"] only to be three-bet shoved on by Karmatckii who had the [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"]. Tripodi called off his remaining 20 big blinds for his tournament life. The flop fell [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] giving Karmatckii some additional outs. Turn [poker card="8c"] was not one of them. Just as Karmatckii flashed the ‘praying’ emoji, the [poker card="as"] ripped off on the river, giving him the pot. Tripodi exited in eighth for $45,386. After Sebastien Grax put in a raise from under the gun, Lukas Parednis shipped his remaining 20 big blinds with the [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"]. When folded back to Grax, he quickly made the call holding [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and the pair were flipped with Parednis at risk. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4d"] pairing Grax’s ace and sending Parednis home in seventh for $63,124. Dominykas Mikolaitis quickly followed his fellow Lithuanian out the door when he shoved his final eight big blinds in with [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"] only to be called by Canadian Michael Nugent’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] giving Mikolaitis some additional chop outs. But the [poker card="5h"] turn and the [poker card="td"] river did not help him get there. Mikolaitis finished in sixth place for $87,793. Latvia’s Evaldas Aniulis put in a small raise off his short stack holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and was three-bet by Karmatckii who woke up with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. Aniulis called for the rest of his stack and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="td"][poker card="7h"][poker card="8d"]. Aniulis’ top pair offered him some more outs and the [poker card="jh"] even brought in some chop opportunities. But the unnecessary [poker card="kd"] river gave Karmatckii top set for the pot. Aniulis finished in fifth place for a six-figure score of $122,102. Nugent raised his [poker card="as"][poker card="7s"] from the button only to be flatted by Grax in the small blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The flop came [poker card="2d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="7c"] and when checked to Nugent put in a bet, only to be promptly check-raised Grax. With top pair Nugent shipped his remaining 20 big blinds and Grax made the call with the over pair. The [poker card="3s"] hit the turn and the [poker card="tc"] river was of no help to Nugent who fell in fourth place and walked away with $169,821 in his second WSOP final table in the past two weeks. After Fischer doubled through Grax during three-handed play, the chip stacks evened out and play finally slowed down. The chips began to flow in the direction of Fischer as Grax lost momentum and eventually clashed with Karmatckii in a hand that sealed his fate in the tournament. Karmatckii raised to 400,000 on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] and Grax three-bet shipped his twenty big blind stack holding [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"]. Karmatckii called putting himself at risk. The pair were flipping for over a $100,000 pay jump. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"] flop hit Karmatckii and left Grax looking for help. The [poker card="3h"] turn and the [poker card="ah"] river was of no use to him and Grax was left with 1/10 of a big blind which he lost on the very next hand to Fischer. Grax walked away in third place for $236,188. Despite Karmatckii’s double up, Fischer headed into heads-up play holding a sizable chip lead which he never relinquished. On the final hand, Fischer open-shoved holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"] and Karmatckii committed his final ten big blinds with [poker card="js"][poker card="th"]. The duo watched as the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="7h"] giving FIsher the hand and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Karmatckii wrapped up as the runner-up and ended up earning a career-high online score of $328,491. Final Table Payouts Seth Fischer - $444,868.59 + WSOPE Ticket Package Arsenii Karmatckii - $326,491 Sebastien Grax - $236,188 Michael Nugent - $169,821 Evaldas Aniulis - $122,102 Dominykas Mikolatis - $87,793 Lukas Parednis - $63,124 Clement Tripodi - $45,386 Yonatan Basin - $32,633
  6. American high-stakes tournament pro Nick Petrangelo turned in a stellar performance at the final table of the World Poker Tour Online 6-Max Championship to capture his first WPT title and the $494,550 first-place prize. Even though the tournament was 6-Max, there were seven players left when the final day got underway. Final table chip leader Artisom Prostak wasted little time in thinning the field when roughly fifteen minutes into the start of the day he cracked the pocket kings of Jake Schindler, sending him home in seventh place for $70,200. The UK’s Elior Sion started the final table second in chips. However, after a series of pre-flop clashes where he found himself holding a dominated pocket pair, Sion quickly found himself on the short stack. It wasn’t long before he made a move and shipped his final six big blinds under the gun and was quickly called by Jiachen Gong on the button holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"]. The flop [poker card="js"][poker card="2c"][poker card="ks"] flop had Sion looking for running cards to overtake Gong’s set. The [poker card="qh"] could have been one of those cards, but the [poker card="5c"] closed the door and Sion fell in sixth place $93,630. Things were looking up for Gong who started the day extremely short and found a number of double-ups and, after eliminating, Sion, has amassed nearly 20 big blinds. But that all came to a sudden halt on the very next hand. From the cutoff, Gong put in a raise holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"] only to be three-bet by Petrangelo on the button with his [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"]. Folded back to Gong he moved all-in and Petrangelo made the call. Gong was at risk, but well ahead until the [poker card="7h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] flop arrived. It was all over when the [poker card="js"] hit the turn and Petrangelo made quads. The [poker card="7c"] river was inconsequential and Gong’s promising start ended in fifth place $128,100. The UK’s Patrice Brandt was the next to exit. After losing a big hand which would have eliminated Russia’s Arsenii Karmatckii, Brandt was the new short stack. Prostak put in a raise from the button holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] and Brandt defended his big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Brandt check over the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"][poker card="jh"] flop and Prostak put out a small bet, which Brandt called with top pair. Everything changed when the [poker card="8h"] fell on the turn. Brandt checked again, Prostak, now with a set, put in a bet. Brandt tanked and eventually check-shipped his remaining stack drawing dead, which Prostak snapped off. The river was the [poker card="tc"] and Brandt fell in fourth place for $192,900. Prostak, who had lost the chip lead to Petrangelo, surged back into the lead. That lead grew larger when he collided with Karmatckii. In a three-handed blind versus blind confrontation, Karmatckii raised his [poker card="kc"][poker card="ah"] from the small blind and Prostak shipped his larger stack holding [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"]. Karmatcki quickly made the call was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] giving Prostak the hand and sending the Russian out in third place for $278,448, just days after he finished as the runner-up in a World Series of Poker event. At the start of heads-up play, Prostak had a 3-1 chip lead and all the momentum on his side. However, Petrangelo who was sitting on just 20 big blinds for the better part of the first 30 minutes, held steady until the first break. After that, he picked up some key pots including a big-time bluff while never being all-in and at risk. Momentum had shifted to Petrangelo as he evened out the chip stacks after nearly an hour and a half into the heads-up battle. Prostak's stack dwindled down to ten big blinds but he battled back from the short stack for and retook the chip lead one final time. But in the end, it was Petrangelo’s day. He regained the lead just before the pair played the biggest hand of the entire tournament. Prostak raised the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] and Petrangelo made the call holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="2s"][poker card="ts"] and Petrangelo checked his flopped trips over to Prostak who put out a small. Petrangelo put in a check-raise and Prostak opted to make the call. The turn came [poker card="5s"] giving Prostak some flush outs. Again Petrangelo put out a hefty bet, which Prostak again called. When the [poker card="ah"] hit the river, Petrangelo shipped and having made top pair, Prostak made the call which ended his tournament as the runner-up. Prostak turned a $320 satellite win into a $368,250 payday. Nick Petrangelo takes home $494,550 plus a $15,000 ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions. Additionally, as the newest member of the WPT Champions Club, he will have his name engraved on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Final Table Results Nick Petrangelo - $494,550 Artisom Prostak - $368,250 Arsenii Karmatckii - $278,448 Patrice Brandt - $192.900 Jiachen Gong - $128,100 Elior Sion - $93,630 Jake Schindler - $70,200
  7. There's very little that Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has not accomplished in his online poker career. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver has amassed more than $17.5 million in online earnings and won nearly every title out there. Except one. Heading into the 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, the Hungarian poker pro had never won a WCOOP title. That ended on Thursday night as Nemeth beat William 'hellzito' Arruda heads-up to win Event #15 High ($530 NLHE w/rebuys) for $79,655.48 and that first WCOOP title. Russian crusher Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii beat out 451 other entries in Event #13 High ($1,050 NLHE Midweek Freeze) to win his second career WCOOP title. Just 24 hours after winning his second WCOOP title, Ludovic Geilich finished two spots short of another one. Another Russian also earned a WCOOP title on Thursday. 'Bagrovui' took down Event #14 High ($1,050 PLO Six Max) for a $66,449.74 score and the first WCOOP title of their career. Jordi 'prot0' Urlings broke through and won his first career WCOOP title by beating 118 other entries in Event #17 High ($1,050 6+ Hold'em) to earn $26,752.48. Former #1 and current #9-ranked Patrick Leonard took home the bronze medal and $15,736.09. British grinder 'brandon0903' came out on top of the 194-entry field in Event #18 High ($2,100 NLHE) to win $80,642.40. Georgios 'Geokarak' Karakousis finished as the runner-up while the #14-ranked online poker player in the world Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen came in third place. Other Thursday winners included 'Tayguera' (Event #13 Medium), 'ZNOXYU' (Event #13 Low), 'The_Truht' (Event #14 Medium), 'RrrrStyle' (Event #14 Low), 'MathCamillo1' (Event #15 Medium), 'Janiz_x97' (Event #15 Low), 'nokeee' (Event #17 Medium), 'nikolakiev123' (Event #17 Low), 'MarcGregor89' (Event #18 Medium), and 'humpster76' (Event #18 Low). Event #13-H: $1,050 [Midweek Freeze] 452 entries $452,000 prize pool Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii - $72,758.88* StupidFr3nch - $68,391.76* Ludovic 'Ludovi333' Geilich - $45,320.95 Event #13-M: $109 [Midweek Freeze] 3,507 entries $350,700 prize pool Tayguera - $50,392.37 heilkuh - $35,920.16 Andre_Hansen - $25,605.09 Event #13-L: $11 [Midweek Freeze] 12,953 entries $126,939.40 prize pool ZNOXYU - $14,215.90* zsombesz82 - $10,558.68* BandaLover - $10,308.78* Event #14-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max] 362 entries $362,000 prize pool Bagrovui - $66,449.74 PalomoBuchon - $48,331.05 beastishngry - $35,152.84 Event #14-M: $109 PLO [6-Max] 1,786 entries $178,600 prize pool The_Truht - $26,969.46 mounk666 - $18,790.54 silage89 - $13,092.71 Event #14-L: $11 PLO [6-Max] 5,587 entries $54,752.60 prize pool RrrrStyle - $6,755.75* Janneman1985 - $6,455.75* wale44_ - $3,778.95 Event #15-H: $530+R [8-Max] 294 entries $420,160 prize pool Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - $79,655.48 William 'hellzito' Arruda - $58,568.49 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - $43,063.92 Event #15-M: $55+R [8-Max] 2,499 entries $336,004.35 prize pool MathCamillo1 - $36,834.16* Karabin9 - $35,664.33* polonais123 - $35,167.15* Event #15-L: $5.50+R [8-Max] 8,873 entries $115,488.10 prize pool Janis_x97 - $10,336.26* TS17Aveiro - $7,884.40* DiowTrader - $8,120.76* Wildstulez08. - $11,253.23* Jcastro18 - $8,271.50* Event #17-H: $1,050 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 119 entries $119,000 prize pool prot0 - $26,752.48 b0caNer0 - $20,517.76 pads1161 - $15,736.09 Event #17-M: $109 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 557 entries $55,700 prize pool nokeee - $9,825.96 jesbergKings - $6,903.86 Jacob Schindler - $4,851.04 Event #17-L: $11 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 4,474 entries $43,845.20 prize pool nikolakiev123 - $4,635.14* Rostik2306 - $4,241.89* aelred - $4,765.76* Event #18-H: $2,100 NLHE 194 entries $400,000 prize pool ($12,000 overlay) brandon0903 - $80,642.40 Geokarak - $62,088.88 Perrymejsen - $47,804 Event #18-M: $215 NLHE [Freezeout] 1,605 entries $321,200 prize pool MarcGregor89 - $48,814.66 Partyliel - $34,795.75 mike21_4life - $24,803.61 Event #18-L: $22 NLHE [Freezeout] 77,39 entries $154,780 prize pool humpster76 - $18,822.07* Starskie1986 - $18,072.06* AS Leshiy - $10,441.93
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