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  1. "The last month of my life has been the craziest month of my life. The last week of my life has been the craziest week of my life. Today has been the craziest day. Everything is just so surreal. I'm happy my dad got to be here. I couldn't have ever imagined this." Those were the words of Asher Conniff (pictured), who is known in the New Jersey poker world as misclick, after taking down the World Poker Tour Championship on Monday for almost $1 million. There were 239 entrants in this year's WPT Championship and the six-handed final table featured a gauntlet of talent that included WPT host Tony Bond18Dunst and former WPT Championship and World Series of Poker Main Event winner Carlos Mortensen. Dunst hit the deck in sixth place after Mortensen sucked out on kings with tens. That hand crippled Dunst, who was eliminated shortly thereafter. If you missed it, Dunst recently sat down with PocketFives and talked a little daily fantasy sports. Mortensen exited in fourth place after his pocket tens weren't so fortunate against A-6. Mortensen is up to $6.7 million in career WPT winnings and leads the all-time money list for the longstanding tour, which is now in its 13th season. Conniff beat out Alexander Lakhov heads-up. Lakhov re-raised all-in before the flop with 10-6 and Conniff snap-called with A-Q, which held for the win. Lakhov won the Season XIII WPT Merit North Cyprus Classic. Conniff has been on a tear as of late. He took down the opening event of the Borgata Spring Poker Open for over $200,000 and won a $1,600 satellite for the WPT Championship online. Speaking of online, Conniff has $76,000 in winnings on Borgata Poker in New Jersey in his PocketFives profile and owns three GSSS titles. The attendance at this year's WPT Championship (239) was down sharply from 2014, when 328 players turned out. 2014 was the first year the tournament featured a $15,000 buy-in, down from $25,000. This year was the second that the season-ending WPT Championship has been held in Atlantic City. Here's how the WPT Championship final table cashed out: 1. Asher Conniff - $973,683 2. Alexander Lakhov - $573,779 3. Brian Yoon - $330,358 4. Carlos Mortensen - $267,764 5. Ray Qartomy - $208,647 6. Tony Dunst - $173,873 Congrats to Conniff on his WPT title! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. [caption width="640"] Asher Conniff and Jessica Dawley were at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during Friday's shooting. (WPT photo)[/caption] Just moments after a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, killing five people and injuring at least another eight, a handful of poker players were waiting to board their flight to Nassau, Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas event. Included in that group were Asher Conniff and Jessica Dawley. The pair was sitting at their gate in Terminal 3, just a few hundred yards from Terminal 2 where the shooting took place. Word of anything happening at the airport first came from a fellow passenger who had seen something on social media. Five minutes later, Conniff saw the news on his own timeline and quietly mentioned it to Dawley. Instead of chaos and panic, Conniff was surprised by how calm everything was around him. “Life was going on as if nothing had changed and the number one news story was happening one terminal over in the same airport,” said Conniff. “Everything seemed so normal in the airport. It was the weirdest occurrence. And then you watch the news and it’s complete chaos.” Other passengers seemed oblivious to what was happening just one terminal over and there was no mention of anything from airline staff or airport officials. Conniff even noticed that the TVs in the terminal that normally show news channels like CNN or MSNBC were showing a sports channel. “It felt more like weird and I can’t believe they haven’t locked down the airport yet,” said Dawley. “Only a few people in our surrounding little sitting area knew about it.” It took a little longer than usual, but eventually Conniff and Dawley and the rest of the passengers boarded the flight. Flying on JetBlue, every passenger had access to a personal seatback satellite TV. Some began tuning in to the coverage. “We got on the plane and it was a whole other set of weirdness because everyone’s watching it happen and we’re there on a plane,” said Conniff. “When were on the plane, (Allen) Kessler still didn’t know,” said Dawley. “The stewardesses did say a few things on the plane along the lines of ‘we know this is a hectic time so you can use your phones’, but never said that something was wrong or okay there was a shooting.” Both Dawley and Conniff did take the opportunity to send texts to friends to let them know they were safe and on their way to the Bahamas. “We were watching the news and we’re waiting to take off and we’re taxiing for a while, and we’re watching CNN and the guys says something along the lines of ‘So all air traffic has been grounded. No more air traffic allowed out ’ and we’re like, damn this sucks,” said Conniff. “Then he goes ‘Wait, it looks like there is one plane that’s still on the runway. So I guess that one plane may still take off’ and we don’t move at all and Jessica and I look at each and we’re like ‘this can’t be real’, but we remind each other, ‘You know what we’re safe, we’re alive’, five seconds later the wheels started turning.” The flight took off an hour later than scheduled, but both players are grateful to have arrived safe and sound. “It was pretty crazy. But the whole time the over-arching theme for us was anything that happens after this point, how can we complain?,” said Conniff. “We were just in an airport where five people got killed and it’s not us and we’re safe and we’re happy and who cares how long we sit in this plane or if we don’t get to take off?”
  3. [caption width="640"] Asher Conniff is hoping to turn winning moments like this into tens of thousands of dollars for Hurricane Harvey relief. (WPT photo)[/caption] The tragedy left behind by Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston area has brought people from all walks of life together to give back to those in need. The rebuilding process will take years and led by Asher Conniff, over two dozen poker players are doing what they can to help by donating to the devastated region. On August 28, Conniff announced over Twitter that he was auctioning 10 percent of his action to next week’s Borgata Poker Open Event 1 with all proceeds coupled with the $600 entry fee going toward Harvey relief. The winning bid was $225, made by Victor Ramdin, but Conniff’s charitable contributions didn’t stop there. The BPO ends with the World Poker Tour Main Event and a $3,000,000 guarantee that is likely to bring in over 1,000 entrants. With any luck, a player part of Conniff’s pledge team will walk away with a final table appearance that will bring them and more importantly, the people of Houston, a huge windfall. For anyone in the poker community looking to get involved, Conniff suggests they reach out to him directly so he can ensure their money goes to those in need. “I just suggest that anyone do anything they can within reason to help those suffering from the hurricane. Whether it’s $1, $10,000, one percent of your cashes, five percent or 50 percent, do something. These humanitarian crises should bring out the best in all of us. If anyone wants to commit to #BPOHarveyPledge, even while playing other, non-Borgata tournaments, online or otherwise, please contact me.”
  4. After months of the build-up for the 50th annual World Series of Poker, poker players and fans alike finally got to hear those four magic words on Wednesday that marked the beginning of seven weeks of poker at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas: "Shuffle Up and Deal!" Two events kicked off Day 1 on Wednesday: the $565 Casino Employees event, and the first open event of the year, the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, which featured many of the world's best No Limit Hold'em players. Asher Conniff Bags Lead in $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty; Daniel Negreanu Makes Final Table Daniel Negreanu has been telling anybody and everybody that he was going to have a great WSOP. Wednesday he took the first step towards making that a reality by making the final table of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty (Event #2) with a chance at bracelet #6 on Thursday. He's got his work cut out for him though. Negreanu bagged just over 1,000,000 chips which puts him behind Ali Imsirovic (2,180,000), Loren Klein (3,130,000), and overnight chip leader Asher Conniff (4,215,000). "First WSOP event, first final table, so far so good," joked Conniff. "It's 20-minute levels, so I basically just ran really well. Guess I didn't play terribly, but in these things you have to run incredibly well, win your all ins." Conniff, who won the World Poker Tour World Championship in 2015, has never made a WSOP final table in Las Vegas. He gives some of the credit to things going well for him away from the felt. "I've been working on my game, but not crazy-crazy - I've also been enjoying life and doing some other stuff," said Conniff. "Life is really good otherwise and that's always a good bellwether for success in poker when you have your affairs sorted." The two-day event attracted a 204-player field for a total prize pool of $1,917,600. This represents a 17% drop over the 243 players who played in 2018. Kenny Hallaert suffered the indignity of being the first player to bust on the bubble of a 2019 WSOP event. The Belgian was eliminated by Klein in a classic race situation as Klein's [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] outran Hallaert's [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Some of the notables who were eliminated post-bubble included Pennsylvania poker player Thai Ha, Erik Seidel, Byron Kaverman, Nick Schulman, Darren Elias, Ben Yu and Ben Lamb. Play resumes at Noon PT with action streaming on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Asher Conniff - 4,215,000 Loren Klein - 3,130,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,180,000 Daniel Negreanu - 1,015,000 Ping Liu - 990,000 Brian Green - 720,000 Bracelet Winner Jon Friedberg in Contention in Casino Employees Event The first official event of the 2019 WSOP was the $565 Casino Employees which saw 686 players enter. That's up 21% over the 566 players that entered last year and represents the biggest field since 2016 when 731 players entered. Cosmo Andoloro, out of Woodinville, Washington, ended Day 1 with the biggest stack at 650,000. Right behind him Christopher Bowen with 633,00. Jon Friedberg, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2006, finished with the eight best stack, putting 360,000 in the bag. The event, which is open to anybody who works for a casino, included PokerNews reporters Mo Nuwwarah and Chad Holloway, Dutch Boyd and poker media icon Kevin Mathers. Day 2 starts at Noon Thursday. Top 10 Chip Counts Cosmo Andoloro - 650,000 Christopher Bowen - 633,000 Miguel Cardenas - 512,000 Stephanie Otteson - 479,000 Bradley Helm - 465,000 Jorge Ruiz West - 426,000 Jesse Kertland - 398,000 Jon Friedberg - 360,000 Jeffrey Fast - 324,000 Austin Roberts - 324,000 Day 2 Schedule Along with the Noon restarts for Events #1 and #2, Thursday's action also brings the first flight of the Big 50. The $500 buy-in event is expected to attract a massive field over the fours starting day. Action begins at 11 AM PT. The $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Event #4) starts at 3 PM PT.
  5. Day 2 of the 2019 World Series of Poker gave poker fans the first bracelet winner of the year and a massive turnout on Day 1A of the newest $500 buy-in tournament on the schedule and set the tone for what should be an amazing first weekend of play. Opening Day of Big 50 Draws Massive Crowd; Cosimo Bisogno Leads WSOP organizers knew that the $500 buy-in, $5 million guaranteed Big 50 event was going to be popular, but Thursday's turnout probably exceeded their expectations. Over 6,100 players packed each and every available table at the Rio on Thursday with 1,620 of them surviving to play Day 2A. Leading the way after Day 1A is Italy's Cosimo Bisogno with 932,000. His closest competition, Luis Pinho, bagged up 808,000. Other players to advance to Day 2A include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven Van Zadelhoff, Ismael Bojang, Loni Harwood, Dietrich Fast, 2018 WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles, and Shaun Deeb. All surviving players will return to the Rio for Day 2A on Friday at 5 PM to play eight more levels. There are still three starting flights available for players to enter and the previous record for largest WSOP bracelet event ever appears to be in danger. In 2015, 22,374 players entered the $565 Colossus. With field sizes expected to increase each day, the likelihood of passing 25,000 players appears to be realistic at this point. Top 10 Chip Counts Cosimo Bisogno - 932,000 Luis Pinho - 808,000 Andrew Baldwin - 785,000 Brenton Rincker - 762,000 Ronald Leonard - 703,000 Sophal Yon - 700,500 Dwayne Kawar - 679,000 Marko Maher - 677,000 Tal Avivi - 671,000 Matthew Garvey - 666,000 Brian Green Wins First 2019 Bracelet, Denies Imsirovic, Conniff, Negreanu At a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein, former WPT World Championship winner Asher Conniff, and breakout star Ali Imsirovic, Brian Green stole the show to win the first bracelet of 2019 and the first of his career. "I tend to do well when I’m playing against pro-heavy fields. I know a lot of those guys," said Green, who recently moved to Las Vegas. "I’ve been coming out here for at least one hundred days a year over the last few years. I got my dog here, sleeping in my own bed, I thought that might be an advantage this summer." When action began on Wednesday, all eyes were squarely on Negreanu. Having sold pieces of himself at no markup, Negreanu had a chance to give his investors a guaranteed net positive score for the summer had he finished in second place or better. Unfortunately for those who were fortunate enough to have some of his action, the two-time WSOP Player of the Year winner lasted just 12 hands and was eliminated in sixth place. After Ping Liu was eliminated in fifth place, Klein was denied the opportunity to become the first player to win a bracelet in four consecutive years when he was eliminated in fourth place. Despite starting the final table with the chip lead, Conniff wasn't able to go wire-to-wire and instead had to settle for a third place result. This was Conniff's first WSOP final table in Las Vegas. Green ended up heads-up against Imsirovic, the Global Poker Awards Breakout Player of the Year. The pair are actually friends away from the felt thanks to a mutual friend. The final table took just 72 hands to complete thanks to the Turbo strucuture. Final Table Payouts Brian Green - $345,669 Ali Imsirovic - $213,644 Asher Conniff - $145,097 Loren Klein - $100,775 Ping Liu - $71,614 Daniel Negreanu - $52,099 Casino Employees Event Down to Final Table A familiar face sits atop the chip counts after Day 2 of the $565 Casino Employees event. Isaac Hanson, who finished 38th in this event last year, leads the final six players heading into the final day of play. Hanson, a WSOP media relations employee, bagged up 5,550,000 and will have the best chance to walk away with the bracelet and the $62,345 first place prize when action resumes Friday at Noon. Bracelet winner Jon Friedberg was one of the 97 players to be sent packing on Day 2. Final Table Chip Counts Isaac Hanson - 5,550,000 Jorge Ruiz - 4,820,000 Nicholas Haynes - 2,725,000 Jesse Kertland - 1,620,000 Adam Lamers - 1,490,000 Jeffrey Fast - 1,190,000 Andrew Brown Ends Day 1 of $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo in Front Despite the masses in the Big 50 taking up a good chunk of the available tables, 853 players got registered and seated in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Andrew Brown, who won his only bracelet in a $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2008, finished Day 1 atop the chip counts with 78,000 chips. Only two other players managed to build up a stack of at least 60,000. Derek McMaster finished with 66,700 for the second biggest stack and Eric Watkins bagged up 61,100. Just 373 players moved onto Day 2 including David Benyamine, Jeff Madsen, John Monnette, Jason Somerville, Robert Mizrachi, Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Shack-Harris and Mike Matusow. Action resumes at 2 PM and players will need to navigate through another 10 levels if they hope to have a shot at the bracelet and the $228,228 first place prize money. Top 10 Chip Counts Andrew Brown - 78,000 Derek McMaster - 66,700 Eric Watkins - 61,100 Curtis Phelps - 58,200 Ian Johns - 53,800 Sean Yu - 51,800 John Esposito - 46,500 Kevin Gerhart - 46,000 Cory Chaput - 41,000 Eli Elezra - 41,000

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