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[caption width="680"] Sebastian Sorensson entered PSC Barcelona on a 0 satellite and turned that into over ,000,000.[/caption] The PokerStars Championship season continued at the familiar stomping grounds of Barcelona, home to many former European Poker Tour titles. The always massive and talented field played down to a final table over the course of nearly a week of play and was headlined by PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari along with PSC Monte Carlo Main Event champion Raffaele Sorrentino. As is the case many times in poker though, any player can win and that is what occurred as PokerStars online qualifier Sebastian Sorensson topped the field of 1,682 to win the title. It would be 21 hands before the first player hit the rail and that dubious honor went to Usman Siddique. Akkari opened to 550,000 with [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] and Siddique shoved for 5,125,000 in the cutoff with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6d"]. Brian Kaufman reshoved for slightly more holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] and Akkari dumped his hand. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] board paired Kaufman’s king and Siddique was eliminated. Almost 80 hands later, it was Akkari’s turn to depart. Lachezar Petkov shoved the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"] and Akkari called for his last 15 blinds with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"] flop put counterfeit outs in play and the [poker card="qs"] turn added to Petkov’s possibilities. The [poker card="5c"] river made Petkov’s ace-high the best hand and Akkari left the final table stage in fifth place. Shortly after Akkari busted, Kaufman followed him out the door. Kaufman moved all-in for 4,700,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] and Sorensson called for most of his stack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"]. Sorensson survived the [poker card="js"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="ts"] runout and locked up the elimination. The final three players started negotiations following Kaufman’s elimination and did a save for the remaining €100,000 in prize money. In Hand 118, Sorensson raised to 3,900,000 with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"] in the small blind with the blinds at 400,000/800,000, and Sorrentino moved all in with two over cards [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Sorensson called and held through the [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="jh"] board to secure the hand and bring a large advantage into heads up play. With the blinds at 800,000/1,600,000, Petkov shoved with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and Sorensson called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"] flop locked up the hand for Sorensson and he claimed the title along with €987,043 for first place. Final Table Payouts Sebastian Sorensson - €987,043* Lachezar Plamenov Petkov - €917,347* Raffaele Sorrentino - €850,110* Brian Kaufman Esposito - €402,000 Andre Akkari - €317,960 Usman Siddique - €252,000 *Denotes three-way deal
[caption width="640"] Igor Kurganov was a superstar at work at the PSC Barcelona High Roller final table Monday (PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart)[/caption] At a star-studded final table in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona High Roller on Monday, nobody shone brighter than Igor Kurganov. The Team PokerStars Pro eliminated six of the final eight players in his way to pick up seven-figure score and his first live high roller win since last October. Daniel Negreanu started the final table with a middle of the pack stack but couldn’t win the races he needed to stay alive. Negreanu lost an all-in preflop battle with Dietrich Fast when his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] couldn’t beat Fast’s [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] and was left with just 45,000. He was eliminated on the next hand by Kurganov. Down to just eight players, Kurganov went back to work. Kurganov raised to 175,000, Koray Aldemir called but Stanley Choi moved all in from the big blind for 1,305,000. Kurganov called and Aldemir folded. Choi showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] while Kurganov tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] to give Kurganov a pair of aces and eliminate Choi in eighth. Just five minutes later action folded to Bryn Kenney in the small blind and he moved all in for 860,000. Christopher Kruk called from the small blind and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"] while Kenney was behind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="7d"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"] flop kept Kruk ahead and neither the [poker card="8s"] turn, or [poker card="5c"] river offered Kenney any help and he was eliminated in seventh place. Kruk’s run lasted only one hour longer. Kruk moved all in from the button for 1,600,000 and Kurganov called from the big blind. Kruk showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] but found himself trailing Kurganov’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"]. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="ac"] to eliminate Kruk in sixth place. The next elimination came just a few hands later. Ivan Luca moved all in for 1,300,000 and Aldemir called. Luca got bad news after he tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"] and found himself dominated by Aldemir’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"]. The flop was [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2h"], leaving Aldemir ahead, as did the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="ad"] river to send Luca out in fifth. It took almost 90 minutes before the next elimination happened, and once again it was Kurganov conducting things. Kurganov raised to 260,000 before Fast moved all in from the small blind for 1,500,000. Kurganov called instantly and showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] which put him well ahead of Fast’s [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"]. The board ran out with no relief for Fast and he was eliminated in fourth. An hour after that, Kurganov did it again. Bartlomiej Machon folded his button, Kurganov raised to 360,000 from the small blind before Aldemir moved all in for 4,500,000 from the big blind. Kurganov snap-called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] while Aldemir was behind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop kept Kurganov. So did the [poker card="9c"] turn. The [poker card="as"] turn was simply icing on the cake for Kurganov, while Aldemir was out in third. Heads-up play began with talk of a deal between Kurganov and Machon. It didn’t take long for the two to come to an agreement. After that, it took just 30 minutes for Kurganov to pick up his sixth and final elimination of the final table. The final hand of the night saw Machon move all in with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] only to have Kurganov find [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] for an easy call. Machon was unable to improve and was eliminated in second, giving Kurganov the title and over €1,000,000. Final Table Payouts Igor Kurganov - €1,078,106* Bartlomiej Machon - €864,694* Koray Aldemir - €528,500 Dietrich Fast - €406,790 Ivan Luca - €322,100 Christopher Kruk - €251,900 Bryn Kenney - €198,200 Stanley Choi - €154,900 Daniel Negreanu - €117,700
Another great series heads to Barcelona with 888poker LIVE in the cockpit. The two week 888poker LIVE Barcelona opens on Thursday, May 24 and runs to Monday, June 4 at Casino Barcelona. All of the familiar elements of an 888poker LIVE festival are on the schedule with the usual tournament names and huge guarantees. In total, there are 14 events listed. Buy-ins range from €50 all the way up to €2,200. A grand total of €1 million in guarantees are up for grabs over the course of the festival. Among the name-brand events on the 888poker LIVE Barcelona schedule include the €20,000 guaranteed Breeze, €10,000 guaranteed Swordfish, and €15,000 guaranteed Thunder. The Main Event is a €1,100 buy-in with a sizable €500,000 guarantee. Day 1A is on May 31 with a flight on June 1 and June 2 follow. All levels are 45-minutes each and players start with a start bank of 30,000. The event allows for unlimited re-entry. The largest buy-in on the schedule belongs to the €2,200 High Roller. The two-day event carries a guarantee of €100,000. Expect to see 888poker pros in the field including Spain's Marti Roca de Torres, the winner of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. Online qualifiers are running now on 888poker.com with seats awarded every day for the 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event. COMPLETE 888LIVE BARCELONA SCHEDULE Date Time Event Buy-in Guarantee May 24 18:00 Opening Event Day1A €220 €100,000 May 25 18:00 Opening Event Day1B €220 €100,000 May 25 20:00 The Thunder €88 €15,000 May 26 14:00 Opening Event Day1C €220 €100,000 May 26 18:00 Opening Event Day1D €220 €100,000 May 26 20:00 The Breeze €110 €20,000 May 27 14:00 High Noon Turbo €50 €5,000 May 27 18:00 The Hurricane €110 €10,000 May 28 20:00 The Swordfish €55 €10,000 May 29 20:00 The Turbo Deepstack €77 €10,000 May 30 18:00 The Lightning 8-max €66 €8,800 May 30 20:00 High Roller Day 1 €2,200 €100,000 May 31 18:00 Main Event Day 1A €1,100 €500,000 June 1 18:00 Main Event Day 1B €1,100 €500,000 June 1 21:00 The Mega Knockout €165 €20,000 June 2 12:00 Main Event Day 1C €1,100 €500,000 June 3 15:00 The Whale €333 €40,000 June 3 19:00 Ladies Event €220 €2,000
As 2019 draws to a close, 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 the year. Even though it was August, the WSOP Main Event was back in the headlines, as a player that was disqualified from the tournament had a terrorism charge brought against him and another player was being sued over a staking deal. Ken Strauss Arrested and Charged for Terroristic Threat Ken Strauss, who was disqualified from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, was taking into custody and charged with making terroristic threats against a Las Vegas casino. The charge stemmed from Strauss’ social media activity at the end of July. In a tweet, Strauss threatened the Venetian Resort. WSOP Main Event Seventh-Place Finisher Sued Another big story from August that had WSOP Main Event ties was a lawsuit involving seventh-place finisher Nick Marchington. The 21-year-old Marchington won $1.525 million for his result, but he was soon hit with a lawsuit from two men who claimed to have bought a 10% piece of his WSOP Main Event action. David Yee and Colin Hartley, partners in C Biscuit Poker Staking, alleged that Marchington attempted to back out of a staking deal after he had agreed to sell 10% of his action to them for the WSOP's $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em and Main Event tournaments. There were many questions surrounding the situation, most of which focused on the conversations had between the two parties and if the deal was on or off. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Aaron Zang Wins Poker’s Richest Tournament With a buy-in of £1.05 million, the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity became poker’s richest tournament. It was also set to award some absolutely mammoth paydays. Topping the field of 54 entries was Aaron Zang, who won £13.779 million. But, Zang wasn’t the event’s biggest winner. A heads-up deal between Zang and Bryn Kenney saw Kenney take home £16.89 million. The conversion rate put the score north of $20.4 million for Kenney, making him the holder of poker’s largest single score from a live tournament. Triton Million Results 1st: Aaron Zang - £13,779,791* 2nd: Bryn Kenney - £16,890,509* 3rd: Dan Smith - £7,200,000 4th: Stephen Chidwick - £4,410,000 5th: Vivek Rajkumar - £3,000,000 6th: Bill Perkins - £2,200,000 7th: Alfred DeCarolis - £1,720,000 8th: Timothy Adams - £1,400,000 9th: Wai Leong Chan - £1,200,000 10th: Chin Wei Lim - £1,100,000 11th: Winfred Yu - £1,100,000 *First and second prizes as a result of a heads-up deal. For more on this incredible tournament, go back and read the PocketFives recap. Bryn Kenney Doing His Own Thing and Crushing Speaking of Bryn Kenney, PocketFives’ Lance Bradley had the opportunity to sit down with Kenney for an interview. Even though he’s younger, Kenney isn’t often thought of as the same wizard-like player that his peers are. Kenney would be the first to admit it, too, but with a style all to his own he put together a tremendous year of poker in 2019. Checking in on Kenney’s stats on Hendon Mob, we can see that Kenney has more than $56 million in live tournament earnings and is atop poker’s all-time money list. As we mentioned before, he’s also the holder of poker’s largest single score from a live tournament. In 2019, Kenney won more than $30 million. Take some time and read the special feature story on this special player. PSPC Going To Barcelona in 2020 The first-ever PokerStars Players Championship was a smashing success, becoming the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. PokerStars wanted to run it back, only in a different location, and announced that the PSPC would be heading to Barcelona, Spain. Taking place August 20-24, the 2020 PSPC will be part of the European Poker Tour stop in Barcelona that is ever so popular with players. Platinum Passes are back and currently being given out through a variety of promotions from PokerStars, and this event is anticipated to be even larger than the first. ‘Girafganger7’ Wins Monthly PLB in August 'Girafganger7,' a former top-ranked online poker player in the world, earned his second PocketFives Monthly PLB title by topping the leaderboard in August. He put in a ton of volume and accumulated 2,399 points from more than 120 results. He won just over $125,000 from those results. His August was highlighted by a win in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $13,519.