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  1. There’s just one week left in the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and as the start of the Main Events draws closer, the action is heating up. Wednesday’s highlights included the reigning WSOP Main Event champion tacking on another title while one of SCOOP’s most prolific players proved himself yet again. It was another galaxy of poker superstars battling for six-figure sums in Event #72-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) with a lobby littered with all-world talent. But when the chips were all in a single stack it was 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas who was the last man standing, collecting the $263,022.96 first-place prize. To say it didn’t come easy would be an understatement as there were zero soft spots at the final table. Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger (8th, $44,084.52), five-time SCOOP champion Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi (7th, $56,898.60), and Christoph ’26071985’ Vogelsang (6th, $73,437.36) all made the final eight. While online poker superstars Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet (5th, $94,783.44) and Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski (4th, $122,334.12) both nearly made the podium. Austrian grinder Thomas ’WushuTM’ Muhlocker used two entries and climbed his way to third place for a $157,893 score. Finally, Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph made his third bullet count as he finished as the runner-up and collected $203,787.84. In February, Salas spoke about his continued drive to be considered one of the poker world’s best players and on Wednesday he not earned his first career SCOOP title to add to his resume but the over $263K score pushed him just above $10 million in lifetime online earnings. Former pool shark turned pro pro ‘FouEnculePL’ picked up his first career SCOOP title after topping the 154-player field of Event #73-H ($2,100 NLHE, Freezeout) for $64,649.98. Brazil’s ‘Kelvin_FR:AR’ grabbed his second High Event runner-up finished of the series which was good for another $50,013.07 while ‘Kraskata85’ took home third place honors and $38,690.03. Also of note, Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet finished in fourth place for $29,930.57, his second major final table of the day. It was a profitable, if not slightly frustrating day for four-time SCOOP champion Rinat ‘Zapahzamazki’ Lyapin. The Russian pro found himself heads-up for a fifth title in two spots on Wednesday, however, in both, he was regulated to the role of runner-up and denied what would be his third High event victory of the 2021 series. First in Event #76-H ($1,050 HORSE), Lyapin battled Germany’s ‘NicoBoko’ but was unable to wrap up the victory. ‘NicoBoko’ topped the 113-entry field and clinched their first SCOOP title for $27,685. Lyapin collected $19,210 for second place and ‘Gjeddekongen’ from Norway ended up in third place and received $14,690. Then, in another small field specialty event, Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi, 6-Max), Lyapin went toe-to-toe against current worldwide #8-ranked pro Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson. The Canadian online poker veteran emerged on top of the 57-entry field to capture an incredible seventh career SCOOP title and the $20,037.71 first-place prize. Watson’s latest triumph is added to a SCOOP resume that proves that he’s one of the most well-rounded players in the game today. He’s earned SCOOP titles in Pot Limit Omaha, PLO Hi/Lo, two in 6+ Hold’em (Short Deck), 2-7 NL Single Draw, No Limit Hold’em, and now FL Badugi. All told, Watson’s earned more than $370,000 in SCOOP victories alone. That left Lyapin to settle for second place once again and this time he picked up $13,271.72. His two runner-up finishes earned him a total of $32,481 on the day. But when added to his victories in Event #20-H and Event 56-H, the Russian pro has taken in more than $186,000 in High event podium finishes this year. Not to be lost, Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk finished the FL Badugi event in third place for $8,790.36 while Benny ‘RunGodlike’ Glaser and two-time 2021 SCOOP winner ‘calvin7v’ also made the final table. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘Diplomatic_Boy’ (Event #72-L), ‘J0hnny_Dr@m@‘ (Event #72-M), ‘Dexxt3r’ (Event #74-L), ‘konsti1710’ (Event #74-M), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event #76-L), ‘luckykuck653’ (Event #76-M), ‘HP Paque1’ (Event #78-L), and ‘FAL1st’ (Event #78-M). Event #72-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 120 Prize pool: $1,200,000 1. pampa27 - $263,022.96 2. WATnlos - $203,787.84 3. WushuTM - $157,893 Event #74-H ($2,100 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $308,000 1. FouEnculePL - $64,649.98 2. Kelvin_FR:AR - $50,013.07 3. Kraskata85 - $38,690.03 Event #76-H ($1,050 HORSE) Entries: 113 Prize pool: $113,000 1. NicoBoko - $27,685 2. Zapahzamazki - $19,210 3. Gjeddekongen - $14,690 Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi, 6-Max) Entries: 57 Prize pool: $57,000 1. SirWatts - $20,037.71 2. Zapahzamazki - $13,271.72 3. Apotheosis92 - $8,790.36
  2. The bounty hunters were out in full force during Tuesday’s 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as four of the five events that played down to a winner were a variety of PKO tournaments. However, the one event that wasn’t a PKO was the largest of the day and featured a pro who knows a thing or two about winning a major event. Marty ‘TheLipoFund’ Mathis is no stranger to picking up six-figure scores. It just wasnt that long ago that the nomadic poker vet took down the partypoker MILLIONS South America for a $774,500 payday. On Tuesday, he scored big again when he outlasted the 1,497 entry field of Event #68-H ($530 NLHE). Mathis not only added the $114,574.35 first-place prize to his bankroll but he also added his first career SCOOP title to his resume. Just like he did in the MILLIONS when he defeated Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann for the title, Mathis bested a seasoned Brazilian to claim his SCOOP victory as Brazil’s ‘TheGrinderØ’ grabbed second place which was good for $81,672.22. Mats ‘Matsull’ Ullereng from Norway finished up in third place and added $58,218.82 to his bankroll. The first of four PKO’s to wrap up on Tuesday had Ukrainian high roller ‘Remi_Lebo_10’ top the 730-entry field of Event #70-H ($530 NLHE, 4-Max, PKO) to win $25,314.75 for first plus an additional $26,059.97 in bounties for a total score of $51,374.72. His final opponent was ‘Psuedo Fruto’ from Brazil who, after taking down Event #60-H for over $41,000, added another $31,356.69 to his 2021 SCOOP earnings. In third place came Hungarian grinder ‘wemax’ who took in a total of $18,438.12, bounties included. It’s not every day that players are offered a unique online event like a big buy-in 2-7 Single Draw PKO. But Tuesday was one of those days as 70 players (and 56 re-entries) piled into the lobby of Event #71-H ($530 2-7 Single Draw, PKO). Former Sunday Million winner ‘XD89lol<3’ earned $6,181.88 plus another $7,265.60 in bounties for taking it down. Brazil’s Pedro ‘LgwZ’ Grochocki used two bullets to work his way to a second-place finish, which was good for a total score of $8,513.90. And popular former #1-ranked Ari ‘BodogAri’ Engel finished in third place, earning $5,586.10 for his efforts. The largest of the PKO events to draw to a conclusion on Tuesday was Event #73-H ($2,100 PLO, 6-Max, PKO) in which Sweden’s ‘jedimaster82’ weaved their way through the 198-entry field to capture $34,341.40 for first place plus an additional $48,359.36 in bounties for a total of $82,700.76. In addition to it being one of the largest wins of the day, it was also the first career SCOOP title for ‘jedimaster82’. Fellow Swede ‘anonymstruts’ was forced to settle for second place which brought in $34,341.29 plus $8,421.88 in bounties. A fourth SCOOP title keeps eluding Dario ‘Secret_M0d3’ Sammartino, who nabbed his third High Event podium finish of 2021 with a third-place finish here. Sammartino took home a total of $23,401.65, bounties included. Also of note, in the Medium tier of Event #73 ($215 PLO, 6-Max, PKO) Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser grabbed his sixth career SCOOP title after topping the 1,085-entry field for a $29,548.78 score. The UK’s ‘ReWARds84’ won the evening Turbo Event #75-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, PKO) for which they earned $33,052.87 plus another $32,237.20 in bounties for a total score of $65,290.07. ‘ReVenge011’ ended up as the runner-up and collected a total of $50,039.42, bounties included. Finally, Romania’s ‘alexxt7’ finished in third place and picked up a total score of $27,420.05. Other winners on Tuesday included ‘BILLYBHOY2K8’ (Event #68-L), ‘gabrielbdo23’ (Event #68-M), ‘stood_duck’ (Event #70-L), ‘enzo dimitri’ (Event #70-M), ‘just.R3m1X’ (Event #71-L), ‘ibotown’ (Event #71-M), ’139726845’ (Event #73-L), ‘challi9’ (Event #75-L), and ‘iDom1n8’ (Event #75-M). Event #68-H ($530 NLHE) Entries: 1,497 Prize pool: $750,000 ($1,500 overlay) 1. TheLipoFund - $114,574.35 2. TheGrinderØ - $81,672.22 3. Matsull - $58,218.82 Event #70-H ($530 NLHE, 4-Max, PKO) Entries: 730 Prize pool: $365,000 1. Remi_Lebo_10 - $51,374.72 2. Psuedo Fruto - $31,356.69 3. wemax - $18,438.12 Event #71-H ($530 2-7 Single Draw, PKO) Entries: 126 Prize pool: $63,000 1. XD89lol<3 - $13,447.48 2. LgwZ - $8,513.90 3. BodogAri - $5,586.10 Event #73-H ($2,100 PLO, 6-Max, PKO) Entries: 198 Prize pool: $396,000 1. jedimaster82 - $82,700.76 2. anonymstruts - $42,763.17 3. Secret_M0d3 - $23,401.65 Event #75-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 946 Prize pool: $473,000 1. ReWARds84 - $65,290.07 2. ReVenge011 - $50,039.42 3. alexxt7 - $27,420.05
  3. Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov has done it again. The PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker reached the halfway mark on Sunday and biggest story to this point is the amazing run of Russia’s Strebkov. On a day that featured the conclusion of 15 events, Strebkov earned himself his fourth overall WCOOP title. Strebkov topped the 136 runners in Event #21 High ($2,100 Eight Game), the two-day event that featured some of online poker’s top mixed game players. Strebkov took home $70,720 for the win and in doing so, secured his spot at the head of many of the WCOOP leaderboards. Currently, the Russian is sitting atop the High leaderboard, sits second on Medium and holds a sizable lead in the overall rankings. His victory last week in Event #20 Low ($11 No Limit 5 Card Draw) also has him inside the top 10 of the Low leaderboard, where he's currently tied for seventh. The #1-ranked online player in the world picked up his first WCOOP win of 2018. ‘lena900’ engaged in a lengthy heads-up battle with Russia’s ‘Ti0’ for the title in Event #27 Medium ($530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha). In the end, ‘lena900’ closed it out and added another $58,228.20 to his bankroll, elevating him to over $11.5 million in lifetime earnings. ‘Ti0’s runner-up haul was $40,828.98, good for his largest cash since May 2017. Another notable first was the first WCOOP win for three-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Benny ‘RunGodLike’ Glaser. Glaser took down Event #27 Low ($55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) for just over $18,000. While Glaser was technically the winner, there was a four-way deal struck which gave Finland’s ‘AllMeMaybe’ the most money. He finished in fourth but walked with $18,562.43. The biggest winner of the day was Tom ’tjbentham’ Bentham who outlasted the 192 players that registered for Event #27 High ($5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha). There were three players who walked with six-figure scores in this tournament, however, it was Bentham that home $191,476.72, the bulk of the $960,000 prize pool. German crusher Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion added another trophy to his already packed case with a victory in Event #33 High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em). Schemion, one of the most successful tournament players in the world, added another $112,235.51 to his impressive list of cahses. PocketFiver Matthew ‘mjw006’ Wakeman also made an appearance at this final table, bowing out in third place for $61,665.73. With the third-place finish, the Australian finds himself on the cusp of $7 million in lifetime earnings. Additional PocketFivers that were WCOOP winners on Sunday include worldwide #11-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone, Nick ‘FU_15’ Maimone, ‘wesko78’, 'Alonsas' and Andrei ‘Premove’ Skvortsov. Event #25 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 136 Prize pool: $272,000 1. aDrENalin710 - $70,720 2. krakukra - $47,600 3. Harleyy30040 - $35, 360 4. DSmunichlife - $23,120 5. ImluckNuts - $17,680 6. treysfull21 - $12,240 Event #25 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 2,964 Prize pool: $59,280 1. serkku21 - $19,722 2. holyguacmole - $14,532 3. AlexBaretta - $10,639 4. teruliro - $$7,266 5. orbit7878 - $5,190 6. cartoon2387 - $3,228.18 Event #25 (Low): $22 Eight Game Entries: 2,964 Prize pool: $59,280 1. labirint93 - $9,190.26 2. Sheldon_OWNS - $6,728.28 3. hilo30 - $4,949.88 4. Attilla ass - $3,171.48 5. appodobbyllo - $1,926.60 6. anateodora - $1,037.40 Event #26 (High): $530+R No Limit Hold'em Entries: 404 Prize pool: $563,580 1. ramastar88 - $101,489.35 2. merla888 - $76,055.79 3. ga207 - $56,996.02 4. girafganger7 - $42,712.65 5. FreeLancerZZ - $32,008.80 6. disquesi! - $23,987.31 7. kofi89 - $17,976.06 8. LoneHixx - $13,471.19 9. Killer_ooooo - $10,095.29 Event #26 (Medium): $55+R No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,881 Prize pool: $395,542.95 1. wesko78 - $57,810.59 2. bedias - $41,208.25 3. ??toneecho?? - $29,374.64 4. luckyluck653 - $20,939.25 5. lissi stinkt - $14,926.20 6. -ANALNATSHA - $10,639.90 7. moldovanali1 - $7,584.49 8. xerxes522 - $5,406.47 9. nutzzz78 - $3,853.93 Event #26 (Low): $5.50+R No Limit Hold'em Entries: 10,945 Prize pool: $162,944.60 1. Laborant - $21,449.38 2. SebLeon1 - $14,938.92 3. jokkee_apart - $10,409.03 4. felipebeltra - $7,252.72 5. hoooto - $5,053.51 6. Ubbegubbe - $3,521.15 7. WonderfullyP - $2,453.45 8. rhalala - $1,709.51 9. Artemchika - $1,191.15 Event #27 (High): $5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 192 Prize pool: $960,000 1. tjbentham - $191,476.72 2. terror777727 - $144,736.60 3. Cobus83 - $109,406.11 4. lissi stinkt - $82,699.77 5. dantegoyaF - $62,512.60 6. Maathematixx - $47,253.12 Event #27 (Medium): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 679 Prize pool: $339,500 1. Lena900 - $58,228.20 2. Ti0373 - $40,828.98 3. brianm15 - $28,629.01 4. 0409479 - $20,074.46 5. justnl2 - $14,076.07 6. aaronmermel - $9,870.04 Event #27 (Low): $55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 3,312 Prize pool: $165,600 1. RunGodlike - $18,057.56* 2. andreasspan - $12,872.85* 3. 26P0KKet04 - $10,509.69* 4. AllMeMaybe - $18,562.43* 5. krokotopus - $5,610.79 6. HTRYG - $3,909.43 Event #32 (High): $530 Eight Max No Limit Omaha 8 Entries: 336 Prize pool: $168,000 1. FU_15 - $31,222.05 2. OLD TIME GIN - $23,554.65 3. Vovan778 - $17,770.31 4. Skyscraper93 - $13,406.45 5. pikassoAA23 - $10,114.20 6. sprocketsAA - $7,630.45 7. Dsmunichlife - $5,756.63 8. jdaz111293 - $4,342.98 Event #32 (Medium): $55 Eight Max No Limit Omaha 8 Entries: 1,563 Prize pool: $78,150 1. D0N H0MER - $11,908.49 2. sawchenko - $8,487.92 3. ESTRATEGA 18 - $6.050.49 4. PokinStaR - $4,312.99 5. Belgariad - $3,074.44 6. de_fabbe - $2,191.56 7. Danisartor - $1,562.22 8. Machadada RS - $1,113.60 Event #32 (Low): $5.5 Eight Max No Limit Omaha 8 Entries: 5,246 Prize pool: $25,705.40 1. Premove - $3,662.54 2. ImAPole92 - $2,606.46 3. Netinho_RJ - $1,857.98 4. stevekw - $1,324.43 5. arm-070 - $944.10 6. Pao de qjo - $672.99 7. P.L. 1717 - $479.73 8. gronghorn - $341.97 Event #33 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 294 Prize pool: $588,00 1. Ole 'wizowizo' Schmeion - $112,235.51 2. pkrbt - $83,193.00 3. Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman - $61,665.73 4. srxakgirona - $45,708.94 5. Aggro Santos - $33,881.08 6. IsnapIcry - $25,113.95 Event #33 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,741 Prize pool: $348,200 1. keti140679 - $52,578.08 2. Joao Valli - $36.634/19 3. klijusieppo - $25,525.67 4. a Bull 67 - $17,785.56 5. pantri - $12,392.47 6. otaviobraga - $8,634.69 Event #33 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 6,692 Prize pool: $133,840 1. ICYapaz - $17,446.95* 2. dudu10grande - $14,822.10* 3. Homiiiicide - $9,232.18 4. Johansen1998 - $6,432.72 5. c_aguiar - $4,482.14 6. KevinLukis1 - $3,123.03
  4. A number of players hold a special place in the history of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Former #1-ranked Calvin Anderson is the only player with 10 career SCOOP titles and on Saturday, Shawn Buchanan is his closest threat with six and more than a handful of players have won five each. On Saturday, Benny Glaser added his name to that list thanks to his win in Event #6 High ($2,100 8-Game). Glaser topped the 122-entry field to win $54,854 and an 8-Game SCOOP title for the second time in two years after winning Event #41 High ($1,050 8-Game) in 2019. Runner-up 'donthnrmepls' picked up $42,070 while 'at0216' earned $32,266 as the third place finisher. UK-based grinder 'com 157' had the single biggest score of the day, winning $128,391 for taking down Event #5 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em). Runner-up Dimitar 'KuuL' Danchev narrowly missed out on a six-figure runner-up consolation prize, taking home $94,888 for finishing second. Third place finisher Max 'mikki696' Lehmanski had to settle for $70,128. Two-time Sunday Million winner 'Lucky_Jew_17' pulled off a rare feat in Event #7 High ($530 NLHE PKO), winning more in bounties than first place paid. Finishing on top of the 1,893-entry field came with a $60,864 score and they collected another $63,768 in bounties. Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura wasn't as fortunate, earning $60,863 from the prize pool and another $14,376 in bounties. 'Ervedosa' won $36,111 and $11,142 in bounties for coming in third. Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn took down Event #11 High ($1,050 No Limit 5-Card Draw PKO) for $9,198 and $14,468 in bounties. Runner-up 'Parasol6Ka' scored $9,198 and just $250 in bounties while Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov won $5,882 and $4,094 in bounties for finishing on the final spot of the podium. The final High event on Saturday had 736 runners who fired a total of 612 rebuys and 470 add-ons to build a $369,054 prize pool. 'Eleres88' won the event outright for $62,622. Second place finisher 'conejin_20' picked up a $44,639 score and 'TheGrinderØ' added $31,820 to their bankroll for coming in third place. Other SCOOP winners on Saturday included 'corresao' (Event #5-Low) 'staanemer' (Event #5-Medium), 'Nr1InEurope' (Event #6-Low), 'fish_sah' (Event #6-Medium), 'YouGoBrokeOk' (Event #7-Low), 'Lackoo87gcb' (Event #7-Medium), 'PufuMiu' (Event #11-Low), 'MarkBang' (Event #11-Medium), 'Malicious20' (Event #12-Low), 'cassolGana' (Event #12-Medium), Event #5 (High) - $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 741 Prize pool: $741,000 com 157 - $128,391 Dimitar 'KuuL' Danchev - $94,888 Max 'mikki696' Lehmanski - $70,128 Consi11- $51,829 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert - $38,305 Easterdamn - $28,309 Rafael 'GM_Valter' Moraes - $20,922 disquesi! - $15,463 Josip 'Jozinho6' Simunic - $11,428 Event #6 (High) - $2,100 8-Game Entries: 122 Prize pool: $244,000 Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser - $54,854 donthnrmepls - $42,070 at0216 - $32,266 joiso - $24,746 Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $18,979 Fake Love888 - $14,556 Phil 'flong78' Long - $11,164 Event #7 (High) - $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 1,893 Prize pool: $946,500 Lucky_Jew_17 - $60,864 + $63,768 in bounties Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $60,863 + $14,376 in bounties Ervedosa - $36,111 + $11,142 in bounties Jesseonboss - $25,741 + $8,223 in bounties jenssegers36 - $18,349 + $4,418 in bounties Odonkor1 - $13,080 + $1,508 in bounties KkruchitAAs - $9,324 + $6,896 in bounties dadaking001 - $6,646 + $2,843 in bounties pochi - $4,738 + $1,262 in bounties Event #11 (High) - $1,050 No Limit 5-Card Draw PKO Entries: 78 Prize pool: $78,000 Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn - $9,198 + $14,468 in bounties Parasol6Ka - $9,198 + $250 in bounties Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov - $5,882 + $4,094 in bounties Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira - $4,397 + $2,375 in bounties sprocketsAA - $3,287 + $1,500 in bounties Ulett_23 - $2,457 + $2,438 in bounties Skint Paddy - $1,837 + $500 in bounties Event #12 (High) - $215 NLHE Turbo w/Rebuys Entries: 736 Prize pool: $369,054 Eleres88 - $62,622 conejin_20 - $44,639 TheGrinderØ - $31,820 Ahhh Is It? - $22,682 progre69 - $16,169 Jamil11 - $11,526 Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky - $8,216 drupa-lucker - $5,857 Witalii - $4,175
  5. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
  6. Benny Glaser added another piece to his poker resume on Tuesday winning a third PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title. Glaser, who also owns five Spring Championship of Online Poker titles, defeated Japan's Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara in Event #55 High ($2,100 HORSE) to win $43,055. This marks the third consecutive year that Glaser has conquered a WCOOP event. In 2018, he won a $55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event, and in 2019, he took down a $109 Razz title. Almost as if required, the biggest winner on the day came from Brazil. Vitor Peixoto Moreira defeated Philipp Gruissem heads up to win Event #48 Medium ($530 Sunday Slam) to walk away with $210,236.64, including $72,433.28 from bounties. Gruissem earned $122,785.74 as the second place finisher. For the second time this year, Viktor 'papan9_p$' Ustimov made his way through an entire WCOOP field to claim a title. Ustimov beat out 273 other players in Event #54 High ($1,050 NLHE Win The Button) to earn $52,284.18. It was one week ago that the Russian took down Event #31 High ($530 4 Max NLHE) for his first-ever WCOOP title. Guntis 'poker@luffyD' Aleskins outlasted 1,320 other entries in Event #52 High ($530 Six Max NLHE PKO) for a $76,946.38 payday and his first career WCOOP victory. Beating out 364 other entries in Event #53 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha) gave Russian 'IExPlayI' their first WCOOP win and $33,236.59. WCOOP 2020 has had a number of players win more than one title. Dante 'dantegoyaF' Goya joined that group on Tuesday by topping the 23,459-entry field in Event #48 Low ($55 NLHE Sunday Slam) for $59,969.23 and another $20,581.02 in bounties. Goya's first win came on the first weekend of WCOOP in Event #3-H ($5,200 PLO Six Max High Roller). There were eight other players who won WCOOP titles on Tuesday including 'GALENIA' (Event #52 Low), 'ginolatino33' (Event #52 Medium), 'Wall131TCI-I' (Event #53 Medium), '1bloodflood' (Event #53 Low), 'ghkvbb' (Event #54 Medium), 'markovitsus' (Event #54 Low), 'Dorination' (Event #55 Medium), and 'B—rabbit444' (event #55 Low). WCOOP #48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam] 3,856 entries $1,928,000 prize pool Vitorbrasil - $137,803.36 + $72,433.28 in bounties Philipp 'philbort' Gruissem - $98,229.19 + $24,556.55 in bounties MrNorberto - $70,021.10 + $6,831.04 in bounties WCOOP #48-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam] 23,459 entries $1,172,950 prize pool dantegoyaF - $59,969.23 + $20,581.02 in bounties Tarami - $42,736.08 + $10,538.87 in bounties Breno2728 - $30,463.68 + $2,361.61 in bounties WCOOP #52-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, PKO] 1,321 entries $660,500 prize pool poker@luffyD - $43,421.33 + $33,525.05 in bounties ramusericso - $43,420.18 + $16,873.74 in bounties thipoker10 - $24,847.34 + $8,713.87 in bounties WCOOP #52-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, PKO] 9,053 entries $452,650 prize pool ginolatino33 - $26,784.87 + $15,414.50 in bounties IClickIBrick - $26,778.18 + $3,135.73 in bounties Coevorden87 - $15,323.94 + $1,805.32 in bounties WCOOP #52-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, PKO] 22,967 entries $112,538.30 prize pool GALENIA - $4,805.68 + $2,860.39 in bounties papaflesas69 - $4,790.30 + $97.75 in bounties BatCave404 - $2,741.27 + $778.49 in bounties WCOOP #53-H: $530 PLO [8-Max] 365 entries $182,500 prize pool IExPlayI - $33,236.59 Zapahzamazki - $24,050.83 ISmellToast - $17,403.87 WCOOP #53-M: $55 PLO [8-Max] 1,465 entries $73,250 prize pool Wall131TCI-I - $11,239.19 calvin7v - $8,010.98 Kid Blaast - $5,710.51 WCOOP #53-L: $5.50 PLO [8-Max] 4,502 entries $22,059.80 prize pool 1bloodflood - $3,147.22 carpatia - $2,240.94 WelshViking - $1,597.42 WCOOP #54-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Win The Button] 274 entries $274,000 prize pool Viktor ‘papan9_p$’ Ustimov - $52,284.18 DingolitOoO-X - $38,315.20 WhatIfGod - $28,078.47 WCOOP #54-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Win The Button] 2,045 entries $204,000 prize pool ghkvbb - $30,596.38 DingeBrinker - $21,809.10 krakukra - $15,546.25 WCOOP #54-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Win The Button] 6,829 entries $66,924.20 prize pool markovitsus - $9,514.48 o2striker - $6,776.42 fullmagro_ps - $4,830.47 WCOOP #55-H: $2,100 HORSE 79 entries $158,000 prize pool Benny ‘RunGodlike’ Glaser - $43,055 nkeyno - $29,230 adkaf - $22,120 WCOOP #55-M: $215 HORSE 379 entries $75,800 prize pool Dorination - $12,668.09* arielssouls - $12,345.91* fish_san - $7,959 WCOOP #55-L: $22 HORSE 1,902 entries $38,040 prize pool B—rabbit444 - $6,581.94 Majatuk0815 - $4,668.26 labirint93 - $3,613.80

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