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  1. [caption width="640"] Former PocketFives #1 player Chris Hunichen was once backed himself but is now opening a stable of his own. (WPT photo)[/caption] In both the online and live arena, “stables” of players being backed by one individual or a group of benefactors are as common as three-betting with aces. There is a general understanding of this within the poker community, but what is missing in the equation, is how stables are built. Over the past few weeks, Chris ‘BigHuni’ Hunichen and a team of other top online professionals have sought out to find the best in up-and-coming online grinders as part of their new coaching and staking website, Pura Vida Staking. Hunichen along with Michael ‘MikeyG3’ Gentili and Michael ‘telks’ Telker are taking on the task of paring down hundreds of applications into a single digit number of “horses” that they will provide full backing and coaching services to. Along with the three professionals, Brad 'RamsGold' Yates is in charge of working the business and accounting end of the stable. The process is a thorough one, to say the least, as Hunichen and his team have received 200 applications so far and expect to see that number rise in the next week before the process closes. Hunichen says that Gentili is in charge of the overall selection process but all three of them are responsible for taking a player’s SharkScope graph, place it over a player’s application and deciding from there whether or not to inquire about hand histories from that specific applicant. The main detail that Hunichen says separates their stable from others is the limitation of how high of a buy-in tournaments players can enter. The primary buy-in levels that Hunichen is focused on is the $16.50 and $22 tournaments on PokerStars. “Our stable is exclusively online because of the $16.50s and $22s. Once you’re beating something, there’s no point in leaving it. We will build players up as we see fit,” said Hunichen. This far from Hunichen’s first foray into the world of backing players. Hunichen says he had a stable prior to Black Friday and was also backed himself for a few years earlier in his career, most notably by former WCOOP Main Event Champion Carter ‘CKingUSC’ King. “I’ve had a couple of different backers through the years. It’s been a good experience for me. I enjoy it both ways, it’s good for security, but not being backed is more exciting. I learned how to better manage my bankroll [playing on my own].” Hunichen’s pre-Black Friday stable featured players with whom he had personal relationships which long-term, affected the business aspect of the relationship. Although that experience didn’t work out as well as Hunichen hoped, he is confident the lessons learned will be beneficial this time around. “It was tough to intervene business with friendships. We want someone who is willing to improve on mistakes. You get stubborn and stop listening and I used to be that way as well. The game is changing all the time. The perfect student is someone who is willing to work hard and lose the ego and accept when they make mistakes.” Along with his new business venture, the 32-year-old Hunichen is plenty busy with family life and his own poker career. With over $9,300,000 in online tournament earnings, Hunichen’s goal for 2017 is to become the third player on PocketFives to hit the $10,000,000 mark in earnings. Additionally, Hunichen recently had his first child last December with his wife, Heilyn, whom he met in Costa Rica. Hunichen and his wife live with their son, Bryson Liam and Heilyn’s son from a previous relationship, Derek. Hunichen first moved to Costa Rica shortly after Black Friday and has had his life changed immensely in the five years of his residence. “I love it here, it’s been a blast. I’ve lived with friends in grind houses and had a lot of fun. But you get older and get out of the partying mood. My wife has a four-year-old from another relationship and we just had our first baby together. My wife’s family is here and we signed a year lease in a new home. The U.S. sites aren’t good enough to justify moving back.” For all of the challenges that Hunichen and the Pura Vida Staking team might face, as they build their stable, Hunichen is confident that he, his team, and his horses will all find long-term success based on the method of teaching implemented. “We’re going to teach people the right way to play poker and basic core fundamentals. There is going to be group sessions and one-on-one coaching for all those who want it.”
  2. PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker Powerfest offered ROW players numerous opportunities to pick up PLB points for the May PocketFives Leaderboard. The best players in the world took advantage of the chances given to them and earned points along with hundreds of thousands of dollars for their time. 'lena900' did the most lifting in May with 7,135.57 points to their name by the time Memorial Day weekend wrapped up. The #1 ranked player in the world won a SCOOP event (39-H: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max], $175K Gtd) and Powerfest MTT (#53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO]) in the same week to cap off a fantastic few weeks of grinding. The $430,047 Powerfest Main Event win is the largest score for 'lena900' in their esteemed career. 'lena900' now ranks #7 on the all-time money list with $10.979 million in cashes. Current ROW #3 Roman 'romeopro' Romanovsky pulled off the incredible by winning two SCOOP titles in a single-week to open the series. The Ukranian masher won Event #16 6-Max $5,200 NLHE Turbo for $138,536 and Event #2 $1,050 8-Max for $123,395 to boost his surge up the rankings. In between the victories, Romanovsky earned a silver medal in the SCOOP $25,000 High Roller to earn a personal-record for best cash by taking home $442,299. At a new all-time high is Michael Chi 'mczhang' Zhang, who notched three monumental scores. Zhang shipped the SCOOP Event #21 ($2,100 Six-Max Shootout) and took second in the SCOOP #37 ($215 8-Max Mini Super Tuesday) a few days later. The month capped off with a fifth-place run in the $25,500 Powerfest Championship Event. Zhang placed sixth and added $212,100 to his growing bankroll. The Brazilian contingent made their presence known via Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. The former PocketFives #1 struck gold in the SCOOP #48 $2,100 PLO Win the Button worth 726.64 points along with the Powerfest #54 PLO High Roller for 312.25 more. Another former #1 to hit it huge was Chris 'BigHuni' Hunichen. The #4 ranked all-time earner on PocketFives added $618,944 to his winnings in the SCOOP $10,000 Main Event. Hunichen placed third out of 654 runners to claim the prize. Thomas 'Dattebayo' Muhlocker did himself plenty of favors by climbing the ladder to sixth place in the SCOOP Main Event. The result provided Muhlocker with 872.77 PLB points. Muhlocker also won two Powerfest events on the same day to earn over $93,000 combined. Russia is on the PLB rankings board thanks to 'hellohellohello.' They claimed a bronze medal in Powerfest and a few final table finishes in SCOOP. The volume equaled 4,017.70 points on the month. 'hellohellohello' placed sixth and 10th in the SCOOP 14 (8-Max High Roller) Medium and High variations, respectively. Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot shipped the 888poker $1 million guaranteed XL Inferno Main Event. The win was $209,779 and 1,076.57 points to boost his name up the list. Proudfoot also bagged a second-place finish in SCOOP #40 ($5,200 8-Max High Roller) and added 752.24 more points. The top-10 is concluded by Andres 'probirs' Nemeth. The Hungarian climbed the mountain in the prestigious SCOOP $25,000 High Roller and was awarded $576,087 for his troubles. Nemeth earned his third career SCOOP title with the win. May 2018 Top 10 PLB Points Winners RANK Player POINTS 1 lena900 7,135.57 2 Romeopro 5,588.51 3 mczhang 4,535.26 4 joaosimaobh 4,186.83 5 Big Huni 4,147.56 6 Dattebayo 4,037.37 7 Illini213 4,034.53 8 hellohellohello 4,017.70 9 proudflop 3,977.69 10 probirs 3,962.67
  3. David Peters, one of the game's top tournament poker players, emerged victorious atop the 33-entry field in the 2019 US Poker Open $100,000 Main Event. Peters was the last man standing from an elite field of players and claimed the $1.32 million first-place prize. With the victory, Peters grabbed 350 points at surged to the top of the US Poker Open Championship leaderboard, beating out Sean Winter by just 10 points to win the overall title and an additional $100,000 in prize money. Final Table Results David Peters - $1,320,000 Chris Hunichen - $858,000 Keith Tilston - $528,000 Martin Zamani - $330,000 Ryan Riess - $264,000 To claim the overall USPO Championship, Peters cashed three times in the high-stakes series. He placed second in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $100,800 and fifth in Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $164,000 ahead of his Main Event victory. All told, Peters earned $1.584 million from his three USPO cashes this year and $1.684 million total when you include the $100,000 championship prize. Peters entered the final day fourth in chips with nine players remaining in the $100,000 Main Event. Leading the way was Chris Hunichen, and Keith Tilston, last year's USPO Main Event winner, was in second. Only the top five places were set to reach the money, but that wasn't the story. Sean Winter entered the 2019 USPO Main Event as the leaderboard frontrunner. He'd need to cash and fade Nick Schulman. If he failed to cash, Winter would be sweating both Schulman and Peters if they were still in. First to bust was Schulman, though, knocking him out of contention for the USPO Championship. He entered the day as the shortest stack and couldn't make anything happen on the final day. Schulman was eliminated in ninth place by Hunichen. With Schulman's bust, all Winter needed to do was cash and he'd lock up the overall USPO title. If he didn't cash, Peters could overtake him by the narrow margin of 10 points if Peters were to win the event. As it turned out, Winter went bust in eighth place when his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="tc"] couldn't win a flip against Tilston's [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. That left Winter without a payday in the $100,000 buy-in Main Event and sitting and waiting to see how Peters would perform. Peters got a boost when he knocked out Jason Koon in seventh place, and then Ryan Riess took out Justin Bonomo in sixth place to send the final five players into the money. After Bonomo's bust, Peters found a double through Hunichen and found himself sitting second in chips heading into a break. Falling in fifth was Riess. He went out at the hands of Tilston and took home $264,000 for his efforts. It was then Martin Zamani hitting the rail in fourth for $330,000. Zamani was also knocked out by Tilston, as the 2018 USPO Main Event winner stretched his lead. After Zamani busted, Peters played an incredibly important pot with his tournament life on the line. He was all in preflop with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"] against Tilston, who had the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Not only was Peters sweating his tournament life in the 2019 USPO Main Event, but Winter had a lot on the line, too. Peters flopped a queen and held from there to score a big double and move into the chip lead. From that point on, Peters never relinquished the lead. He busted Tilston in third place with his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] held up against Tilston's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] and took a chip lead of 4.855 million to 1.745 million into heads-up play against Hunichen. Heads-up play didn't last long. Just a few hands in, Hunichen limped the button with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8c"] at blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante. Peters raised out of the big bling to 320,000 with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9c"]. Hunichen responded by three-bet jamming for 2.65 million and Peters quickly made the call. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and that was the end of the line for Hunichen, who earned $858,000 for his runner-up performance. USPO Final Standings PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. David Peters 3 $747,400 550 2. Sean Winter 5 $705,950 540 3. Stephen Chidwick 4 $390,000 540 4. Nick Schulman 2 $314,750 410 5. Brandon Adams 3 $897,200 365 6. Koray Aldemir 2 $580,200 340 7. Cary Katz 3 $477,000 340 8. Chris Hunichen 2 $263,400 285 9. Martin Zamani 3 $206,200 280 10. Keith Tilston 2 $442,500 255 2019 US Poker Open Event Recaps Stephen Chidwick Wins US Poker Open Event #1 for $216K Jordan Cristos Takes Down US Poker Open Event #2 for $179K Lauren Roberts Comes From Behind to Win US Poker Open Event #3 Sean Winter Wins U.S. Poker Open Short Deck Event for $151K Ali Imsirovic Cruises To Victory in US Poker Open Event #5 Stephen Chidwick Wins Second 2019 USPO Event; Now Leads USPO Race Bryn Kenney Crushes US Poker Open Event #7 For $450,000 Nick Schulman Wins 2019 US Poker Open 8-Game Mix Title Koray Aldemir Tops Ryan Riess to Win US Poker Open Event #9, $738K
  4. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to 35 players, all guaranteed $261,430 and vying for the event’s $10 million first-place prize. After what was an incredibly entertaining day of poker, Nick Marchington is in the lead with 39.7 million. 21-Year-Old Marchington Leads the Way Marchington hails from England and is 21 years old. Despite his youth, he’s a professional poker player, but Marchington’s success in the game comes from the online poker world and not so much the live tournament world. Entering this event, Marchington had just $12,415 in live tournament earnings, stemming from one cash at this WSOP. Marchington was one of the biggest stacks remaining as the night neared its close, and then he knocked out Ian Pelz in 37th place with pocket sevens against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] to solidify his position as chip leader. Behind Marchington on the leaderboard are Hossein Ensan with 34.5 million, Timothy Su with 34.35 million, and Milos Skrbic with 31.45 million. Those are the only players above 30 million in chips. Top 10 Chip Counts Nick Marchington - 39,800,000 Hossein Ensan - 34,500,000 Timothy Su - 34,350,000 Milos Skrbic - 31,450,000 Henry Lu - 25,525,000 Garry Gates - 25,025,000 Duey Duong - 21,650,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 20,700,000 Dario Sammartino - 19,850,000 Cai Zhen - 19,800,000 Dzivielevski and Sammartino Remain Yuri Dzivielevski, a Brazilian who already has one gold bracelet this summer, bagged 13.75 million for Day 7. Dzivielevski is a former PocketFives #1 and the only former #1 remaining in the field. Dario Sammartino, who is one of the best players in the world still in search of a WSOP gold bracelet, finished with 19.85 million for Day 7. Wild and Crazy Hands Steal the Day 6 Show Day 6 was filled with plenty of action, that’s for sure. There was an enormous clash between Su and Sam Greenwood on the main feature table that could go down as one of the greatest hands in poker history. It will also go down as one of the ultimate bad beats. On one of the outer tables, Garry Gates nailed an ace on the river to crack Robert Heidorn’s pocket kings. On another outer table, at pretty much the same time as the hand between Gates and Heidorn, Kevin Maahs beats aces with his pocket kings to knock out Chang Luo. The incredible hand between Greenwood and Su started with Su opening to 500,000 from the cutoff position. Greenwood three-bet to 2.5 million out of the big blind, and Su called. The flop was [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4c"] and Green bet 1.8 million Su called to see the [poker card="Js"] land on the turn. Greenwood bet 3.5 million and Su raised all in. Greenwood made the call for about 11.5 million total and turned up his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"]. Su had the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9c"] for a brave semi-bluff. Needing a king or an eight on the river, Su got it when the [poker card="Kc"] hit to complete his straight. Greenwood was eliminated in 45th place for $211,945. On the hand involving Gates and Heidorn, Heidorn opened to 550,000 from middle position before action folded to Gates in the big blind. He three-bet to 2.1 million. Heidorn reraised all in to put Gates to the test. Gates tanked, then called to put himself at risk for 11.35 million total, and turned up the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Heidorn had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. The [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] flop and [poker card="5h"] turn weren’t what Gates needed, but the [poker card="Ad"] on the river allowed him to survive with the double up. For the one with Luo and Maahs, it started with Luo opening with a raise to 550,000 from early position. After Milos Skrbic reraised to 1.675 million on the button, Maahs reraised to 3.75 million out of the big blind. Luo shoved all in for 8.1 million, Skrbic folded, and Maahs made the call. Luo had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"], and Maahs had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="Qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Tc"] to give Maahs a club flush and crack the aces of Luo. Luo was eliminated in 43rd place for $211,945. Esfandiari, Hunichen, Hachem Among Day 6 Eliminations Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event began with 106 players remaining. Greg Himmelbrand was the first player knocked out and then the eliminations began to flow. Four-time gold bracelet winner Jeff Madsen was knocked out in 102nd place, Mukul Pahuja went out in 95th, and Antonio Esfandiari busted in 82nd. Esfandiari’s bust out came after he was hurt in a big hand against Sammartino that left him with just a handful of big blinds. Esfandiari got the last of his chips in against Chris Hunichen with the [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] but Hunichen’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] did the trick. Daniel Hachem, son of 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem, fell in 79th place, and Pennsylvania's Jake Schindler headed out the door in 67th place. Romain Lewis busted in 60th, and Lars Bonding fell in 55th. Hunichen, a former PocketFives #1 player and the one who knocked out Esfandiari, busted in 54th place for $173,015. Another one of the top tournament players in the world was knocked out in 40th place when Alex Foxen was eliminated. The highest finish for a Pennsylvania poker player in the 2019 WSOP Main Event belonged to Thomas Parkes. He took 59th for $142,215. Day 7 On Friday On Friday, the 2019 WSOP Main Event will play from 35 down to its final table of nine, however long that may take. Action is set to kick off at 12 p.m. PT from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, and if Friday is anything like Thursday, buckle up for a thrilling ride.
  5. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
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