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  1. Geovanne 'Grande_Prego' Pereira took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $145,753 after defeating 'AndyKidPoker' in the final showdown. A total of 5,835 entrants took part and meant that the prize pool once again exceeded its guarantee and was set at $1,167,000. A familiar name in the world of online poker 'anteen' took the bronze medal worth $77,595, before the final two players agreed to a money-deal. The action then recommenced and saw 'Grande_Prego' take the title nearly 14 hours after the tournament had begun. 'AndyKidPoker' added a massive $122,386 to their bankroll, just over three years since a 13th place finish in the Million for $4,661 saw them bank their now third biggest online score. 'bartek901' got the better off Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland to claim victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $43,132. This week's edition saw 91 entrants come together to create a $182,000 prize pool. '0409479' took the bronze medal for $24,738, before Westmorland, who has over $5.1m in recorded online cashes, was the final player to depart the action and 'bartek901' picked up the win. Two-time PokerStars Sunday Million champion 'VinceVegaMFR' added the Sunday Warm-Up title to his list of accomplishments after he came through the 1,139 player field. Brazil's 'pabritz' took the bronze medal for $18,613 before heads-up play got underway between 'VinceVegaMFR' and 'jayjayme,' with the latter the final player to fall and departed with 25,888 as 'VinceVegaMFR' claimed the $36,006 top prize. 'TheRepoMan86' banked $52,337 after victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event-SHR following a heads-up battle with 'rdcrsnn.' There was a $263,000 prize pool up for grabs, with 'CropDustr' just missing out on a shot at the first-place prize after they departed in third place for $26,563. That left 'rdcrsnn' to do battle with 'TheRepoMan86', but it was the former who was to fall and had to settle for the runners-up prize worth $37,872. 'Ignent' took down the partypoker $530 Sunday Bounty Hunter for a score worth just over $54,000. partypoker ambassador Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell just missed out on a podium finish after she departed in fourth place for $8,697 + $3,542.50 (in bounties). 'BrunoBellagio44' was the next to fall and banked $11,763.25 + $3,201.25 in third place before the final battle commenced. 'spinner2255' ultimately succumb to the pressure from 'Ignent' and took second place for $16,502 + $7,141.87 and 'Ignent' secured the $22,734.85 first-place prize alongside a massive $32,069.38 in bounties. 'Specter_Litt' defeated partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao heads-up to collect the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller gold medal. The tournament saw 96 entries create a $245,000 prize pool and once the field was reduced to the final three in was 'aLiNeNok1617', on their second major final table of the day, who collected the bronze medal for $30,625. Brazilian Simao was then looking to take another title on his partner site but couldn't get the better of 'Specter_Litt' in the final showdown and departed in second place for $42,875, with the latter banking $60,025 as champion. Over on 888poker, recent XL Eclipse champion 'Kannwas' overcame current PocketFives #3 ranked 'Isildur1337x' to win the $1,050 Whale for $25,550. The prize pool was set at $73,000 after 73 entrants took part with the top seven places paid. Rodrigo 'sonmonedass' Perez banked $10,950 for a third-place finish before 'Kannwas' continued their impressive run on the 888poker client to take another title by defeating Sweden's 'Isildur1337x', who had to settle for the $16,425 runners-up prize. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,835 entrants, $1,167,000 prize pool Grande_Prego - $145,753.12* AndyKidPoker - $122,386.03* anteen - $77,595.69 Carsandi - $54,454.32 BuyMyLunch - $38,214.46 diw.2303 - $26,817.77 ludachips28 - $18,819.97 Matthew101 - $13,207.40 Squashchamp - $9,268.66 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 91 entrants, $182,000 prize pool bartek901 - $43,132.24 JWPRODIGY - $32,665.15 0409479 - $24,738.18 jackziyang - $18,734.87 sk2ll_m0dR - $14,188.41 T-Macha - $10,745.26 Str8$$$Homey - $8,137.65 huang33 - $6,162.86 ale6ka - $5,295.38 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder, $200k Gtd 2,848 entrants, $284,800 prize pool L1VeYRdrEamS - $20,483.84 alexMFNb - $14,482.48 K_banks1 - $10,240.67 snowrez - $7,241.25 ViDss - $5,120.34 Faaaarst - $3,620.64 glava38 - $2,560.18 ALWAYSBRAVES - $1,810.31 Cmon_Gasquet - $1,280.09 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,139 entrants, $227,800 prize pool VinceVegaMFR - $36,006.70 jayjayme - $25,888.10 pabritz - $18,613.76 edudrake1987 - $13,383.45 Moses4you - $9,622.79 crife1 - $6,918.87 Tomatee - $4,974.71 JopperHarryN - $3,576.87 south2 - $2,571.79 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event-SHR $200k Gtd 263 entrants, $263,000 prize pool TheRepoMan86 - $52,337 rdcrsnn - $37,872 CropDustr - $26,563 aLiNeNok1617 - $19,330.50 orud74 - $13,676 Echomaus - $10,257 SacredAccount - $7,232.50 SchelampigaUhu - $5,260 partypoker $530 Sunday Bounty Hunter – HR $200k 223 entrants, $227,460 prize pool Ignent - $22,734.85 + $32,069.38 spinner2255 - $16,502 + $7,141.87 BrunoBellagio44 - $11,763.25 + $3,201.25 Krissyb24 - $8,697 + $3,542.50 HungarysHero - $6,132.50 + $4,046.25 Smokeycoke12 - $4,683 + $390 jizonhisniz - $3,456.50 + $1,690 ROTTsFEARestFC - $2,564.50 + $2,080 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 98 entrants, $245,000 prize pool Specter_Litt - $60,025 joaosimaobh - $42,875 aLiNeNok1617 - $30,625 fren96 - $21,437.50 MoNddLeR - $15,925 Paul_Folders - $12,250 donzledurbru - $9,800 MOTHERSMATTERS - $7,962.50 partypoker $530 Main Event-HR 100k Gtd 263 entrants, $131,500 prize pool VolZok_ - $26,168.50 rudiqa1 - $18,936 MelonsAreYum - $13,281.50 ojanOmaha - $9,655.25 mwhldwn - $6,838 Quatroe3ehFLIP - $5,128.50 LoSientoGrace - $3,616.25 Patrick_Leonard - $2,630 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 73 entrants – $73,000 prize pool Kannwas - $25,550 Isildur1337x - $16,425 sonmonedass - $10,950 DosPoochies - $7,300 wellyxx - $5,475 - APOARSLAN - $4,015 Svengate - $3,285 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 560 entrants – $112,000 prize pool GritinhO-Dzi - $21,560 BrAvEHrT1 - $15,960 PoulPanasony - $12,040 GangstaGo - $8,680 radfish14 - $5,880 VitaliyPanko - $4,200 BeeTheBeagle - $3,080 Sinatra48 - $2,520  
  2. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10K Main Event came to a conclusion on Wednesday night and it was veteran poker professional David 'Chino' Rheem who finished in first place taking home the $$1,567,100 first place prize. For Rheem, it seemed as if he was simply finishing what he started. On Day 4, Rheem ran hot and surged to take a chip lead that he would never surrender while at the final table. Throughout the day, Rheem continually put pressure on all of his opponents, opening liberally, flatting to take flops in position and staying active both with his play and his table talk. It was a dominating performance that saw Rheem eliminate every single one of the other final table participants. The entire final table took just under eight hours, including breaks, and at no point in time did it seem that Rheem was in trouble despite facing some very talented opposition. The final table was tense for a number of hours until, finally, the bustouts began. One-time WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open champion, Brian Altman, found himself trending downward and sitting on one of the smaller stacks. He was the first to clash with Rheem. Altman opened UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"] and it folded back around the Rheem in the big blind who looked down at pocket queens and piled in a big raise. Altman took a moment and put his remaining chips in the middle. Chino, still with his dominating table chip lead, snap-called. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"] flop provided no help to Altman. The [poker card="3h"] turn kept the door open but the [poker card="ts"] river ended the run for Altman. Altman finishes the day in sixth place, picking up $297,020 to send his recorded career cashes to over $3 million lifetime. It took nearly two more levels for the next elimination to occur. Vincent Bosca, with roughly 14 big blinds, opened from the hijack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] prompting a big blind defend from Rheem with [poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="3d"][poker card="td"][poker card="qc"] and Rheem checked. Bosca put in a roughly half pot bet and Rheem check-shoved on him with bottom pair. Bosca made the call with overcards, the flush draw and gutshot straight outs. The [poker card="ts"] turn only gave Bosca more outs and he needed one of 19 cards to hit the river. But the [poker card="5h"] was not one of them and the Spaniard fell in fifth place for $396,880. After a short break, the action picked up considerably. Roughly half an hour into the next level Ukranian by-way-of Israel Pavel Veksler also found himself facing the wrath of Rheem. Rheem, still having the table covered, open shoved [poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] from the small blind into Veksler, who looked down at [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. Veksler made the call and the pair saw a [poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"] flop giving Veksler some additional outs. But as happened to Bosca before him, the [poker card="8h"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river provided no help and Veksler bowed out in fourth place for $503,440. With Rheem in firm control of the table, both he and the tournament went into overdrive. From the bu,tton Rheem opened with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"] and Scott Wellenbach, the Buddist translator who has promised all of his winnings to charity, made his final stand by shoving [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. Rheem called and the flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="kh"], putting Wellenback in the lead. The turn brought the [poker card="jd"] giving Rheem open-ended straight out to go along with his over card. The river was the [poker card="9s"], once again giving Rheem the cards he needed to win a big hand. Wellenback’s journey ended in 3rd place and he takes home $671,240, all of which is seemingly destined to be put to good use. Heads-up play between Rheem and Daniel Strelitz didn’t take very long with Rheem having a nearly 8:1 chip advantage. Rheem then wrapped up what he started from way back in Day 1 when he ended his opening flight with heaps of chips. From the button, Strelitz open shoved the [poker card="as"][poker card="2s"] and Rheem snap called with…pocket fives, [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] keeping Rheem in the lead. The [poker card="3h"] turn was of no help to Strelitz and the [poker card="ts"] on the river sealed the deal for Rheem to win the 100th cash of his accomplished career. For his runner-up finish, Daniel Strelitz takes home $951,480. Chino Rheem is the 2019 PCA Main Event Champion and awarded the $1,567,100 first-place prize. PCA 2019 Main Event Final Table Payouts 1. Chino Rheem - $1,567,100 2. Daniel Strelitz - $951,480 3. Scott Wellenback - $671,240 4. Pavel Veksler - $503,440 5. Vicent Bosca - $396,880 6. Brian Altman - $297,920
  3. There’s a reason that summer in Las Vegas is often called ‘poker player summer camp’ and it’s not just because the World Series of Poker is going on. During the summer bracelet chasing takes center stage in Sin City but over the past decade, many other Las Vegas poker rooms have battled with the WSOP for the hearts and minds of the poker playing public by consistently scheduling competing summer series that offer players excellent value through great structures and big guarantees. Here's a quick look around the city at some of those non-WSOP tournaments keeping poker players in action. ARIA Poker Classic and High Roller Series There are basically two tournament series happening at the same time inside the ARIA. The first is for the everyday player. It's filled with buy-ins right around the $400 and $240 buy-in level, The ARIA Poker Classic. The second is home to the high rollers - small fields, high buy-in, and elite competition - The ARIA Summer High Roller Series. Even though the Rio has offered some big buy-in tournaments early in the WSOP schedule, many of the biggest names in the game have been spending more time in the ARIA this summer simply because it’s where the biggest games are. Before he was embroiled in controversy for folding out of order at the WSOP, Sam Soverel bested the 23 player field in Aria High Roller 11 on May 30 for a $235,880 payday. He was joined in the money by David Peters (runner-up, $189.620), Jake Schindler (3rd, $92,000) and Poker Central founder Cary Katz (4th, $57,500). Australia’s Michael Addamo won the $10,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller 12 on June 4 for $136,000, defeating Germany’s Manig Loeser heads up. Loeser finished in second place taking home $88,400 for his efforts while fellow countryman Rainer Kempe finished in third for $54,400. Spain’s Juan Dominguez is having a nice start to his summer as he went back-to-back at the ARIA. First, he topped the 45 player field of the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 13 for $153,000 and the very next day he won the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 14 for another $126,682. Ben Yu was the official runner-up, taking home $125,318 while the familiar faces of Jake Schindler (3rd, $67,500), Manig Loeser (4th, $45,000) and Ali Imsirovic (5th, $36,000) also made final table appearances. The 2019 Wynn Poker Classic One of the nicer properties on the Las Vegas strip, the Wynn/Encore hosts the Wynn Poker Classic and through the first week and a half, players have been turning up en masse to play in their daily offerings. The Wynn has been offering multiple $1K+ buy-in tournaments and some well-known names have been showing up for them. On June 3, 484 runners showed up for the $1,100 in which the UK’s Louis Salter took home the $98.452 first-place prize and defeated a final table that included Connor Drinan (runner-up, $64,295) and Lily Kiletto (7th, $13,907). The next day 432 players jumped into the $1,600 buy-in which saw Florida’s Evan Teitelbaum hold off one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen to take down the $138,209 first place prize. McKeehen settled for $89,018 as the runner-up. Other notable final table players included Mark Radoja (5th, $31,068) as well as Entourage and Ballers music supervisor Scott Vener (9th, $12,468). Keven Stammen bested the 618 runners of the $550 daily on June 6 for a $50,940 payday while Justin Liberto defeated Germany’s Bart Lybaert on June 8 to win a $1,100 tournament for $94,659. Lybaert’s $61,412 runner-up prize helped push him to over $3M in career earnings. The DeepStack Championship Poker Series at The Venetian The Venetian continues to provide large field tournaments for players looking for action outside the Rio. They have a partnership with the Mid-States Poker Tour for some of their larger events but also provide daily tournaments for players looking for buy-ins under $1,600. Although the Deepstack Series starts in the middle of May, the $1,100 ‘Summer Kickoff ‘ Event from May 27-29 brought out 518 runners where World Poker Tour Champion Brian Altman took home the $90,905 first-place prize. He defeated Robert Kuhn who ended up with $84,390 as the runner-up. The final table included popular Twitch Poker streamer Ricky ‘RatedGTO’ Guan who finished in fourth for $36,364, a top-3 score for his young career. Pot Limit Omaha cash game grinder Sasha Liu outlasted the 144 runners in the $800 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Bounty to take down the $20,161 first-place prize. Canadian Kevin Barton fell in second place for a $11,995 payday.
  4. The World Poker Tour has a new champion and his name is Aaron Van Blarcum. Van Blarcum was victorious in the Season XVIII WPT Legends of Poker Main Event at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino, topping the field of 520 entries to score the tournament’s $474,390 first-place prize. The win proved the largest live tournament score for the Dallas, Texas, native, crushing his previous best of nearly $51,000. Included in the prize for Van Blarcum was a $15,000 entry to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. "It feels great," Van Blarcum told the WPT afterwards. "I planned on playing in six of these [WPTs] this year and this was the first one, so it's pretty awesome." Van Blarcum defeated Gueorgui Gantchev in heads-up play, with Gantchev taking home $306,265. WPT regular Jared Griener finished third for $226,040. WPT Legends of Poker Final Table Results 1st: Aaron Van Blarcum - $474,390* 2nd: Gueorgui Gantchev - $306,265 3rd: Jared Griener - $226,040 4th: Vahan Sudzhyan - $168,630 5th: Jisup Hwang - $127,165 6th: Antonios Roungeris - $96,955 *First place includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Van Blarcum entered Wednesday’s finale in last place on the leaderboard with six players remaining. He started climbing up from the bottom almost immediately and then eliminated Antonios Roungeris in sixth place on Hand #23 with the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jd"] against Roungeris' [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"]. One hand later, Van Blarcum made a royal flush to pick up even more chips. Van Blarcum continued to stay active and chip up, but he was a bystander when Gantchev knocked out Jisup Hwang in fifth. For the second elimination, it was a pair-versus-pair confrontation, with Gantchev's [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"] holding up against Hwang’s [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"]. Hwang went out on Hand #76, then Hand #81 saw Van Blarcum bust Vahan Sudzhyan in fourth place. Van Blarcum had checked the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Ts"] board to his opponent. Sudzhyan moved all in and Van Blarcum called with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ks"]. Sudzhyan was drawing dead with the [poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"]. In another pair-versus-pair clash, Van Blarcum knocked out Griener in third place, this time when his [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"] held up against Griener's [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"]. That gave Van Blarcum a stack of nearly 16.5 million in chips heading into heads-up play against Gantchev, who had a stack of just more than 4.3 million. On the 29th hand of the duel, it was all over. On the final hand, Van Blarcum's [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"] were up against the [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"] for Gantchev. The pocket fives didn’t come from behind on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"] board and Van Blarcum was crowned the winner. The final day of play lasted 128 hands. The top 65 finishers reached the money, with deep runs had by Kitty Kuo (8th - $58,265), WPT Champions Club members Brian Altman (10th - $45,940) and Aaron Mermelstein (16th - $24,130), and Cord Garcia (30th - $14,100). Van Blarcum Takes WPT Player of the Year Lead Through two events in Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour, Van Blarcum sits atop the Hublot WPT Player of the Year standings for the new season. His 1,200 points for winning the WPT Legends of Poker title were enough to surpass the 1,000 points won by Roger Teska when he took the opening title of Season XVIII in the WPT Gardens Poker Festival. Gantchev, the WPT Legends of Poker runner-up, earned 1,000 points for his finish and sits third in the race. 1st: Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,200 points 2nd: Roger Teska - 1,000 points 3rd: Gueorgui Gantchev - 1,000 points 4th: Jared Griener - 900 points 5th: Laszlo Molnar - 800 points 6th: Vahan Sudzhyan - 800 points 7th: Lior Ohel - 700 points 8th: Jisup Hwang - 700 points 9th: Lars Kamphues - 600 points 10th: Antonios Roungeris - 600 points Just outside of the top 10 is Garcia with 450 points. Garcia finished sixth at WPT Gardens and 30th at WPT Legends. His finishes are noteworthy because Garcia made it known that he was willing to bet on himself in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. Garcia stated that he did book one $5,000 wager with two-time WPT champ and one of winningest players out of Pennsylvania, Mermelstein, who is currently 28th in this season’s race with 100 points. Borgata Poker Open Next for WPT Main Tour The next stop on the WPT Main Tour for Season XVIII is the WPT Borgata Poker Open. The event takes place at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, running September 15-20, 2019. The tournament has a $3,500 buy-in and $3 million prize pool guarantee.
  5. “Please one time…this is destiny!” - Nitis Udornpim The World Poker Tour welcomed a new member to their Champions Club on Wednesday as Baltimore’s Nitis Udornpim topped a field of 495 entries to win the WPT Maryland at Live! Casino title and with it the $319,415 first-place prize. After four days of play, Udornpim’s first WPT cash turned into his first WPT title as he battled from the bottom end of the chip counts to run white-hot at the end of the final table. Eventually, he battled and defeated Stephen Deutsch in heads up play to lock in the win, put his name on the cup and punch his ticket to the WPT Tournament of Champions. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] “It feels great to be a WPT champion, Udornpim said to the World Poker Tour after it was all over. “I couldn’t have run any better today, so I’m pretty excited with the result. It feels good to win a tournament in my home state. I moved here about a year ago and this had been my home casino ever since.” Along with dealing with Deutsch, Udornpim had no small task in front of him in order to take home the tile. To start the final table he had roughly 25 big blinds, plus he had to find a way to outlast two accomplished WPT champions in Brian Altman and Anthony Zinno. WPT Maryland Final Table Results 1st: Nitis Udornpim - $319,415 2nd: Stephen Deutsch - $202,905 3rd: Brian Altman - $149,515 4th: Anthony Zinno - $111,415 5th: Robert McLaughlin - $83,970 6th: Jeffrey Colpitts - $64,020 The final table got underway and it took nearly an hour and a half before the first elimination took place as Jeffrey Colpitts, who started the day as the short stack, was running on fumes. Deutsch raised from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] and with the majority of his stack already in the middle, Colpitts made the call from the big blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"] flop paired Colpitts but he needed to fade plenty of outs to hold on. The [poker card="jc"] hit the turn but it was the [poker card="7s"] that sealed Colpitts fate. Deutsch hit his flush and Colpitts hit the rail collecting $64,020 for his sixth-place finish. It was only fifteen minutes later that Robert McLaughlin found himself all in for his tournament life. McLaughlin limped in the small blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"] only to be raised by Deutsch in the big blind holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"]. McLaughlin made the call and the pair saw a [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9c"] flop. McLaughlin checked it over and Deutsch put in a bet. McLaughlin put in a check-raise with his flopped two pair. Then Deutsch shoved his top pair, gutshot straight draw and McLaughlin made the call. The [poker card="6h"] turn changed nothing but Deutsch once again got there when the [poker card="th"] gave him a straight on the river. McLaughlin collected his things and headed to the cage to pick up his $83,970 fifth-place prize. The final four players took turn shipping chips around the table when finally, three-time WPT champion Anthony Zinno could no longer cling to his short stack. Brian Altman put in a raise under the gun and Zinno, holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"], jammed over the top. When the action reached Deutsch, he re-shoved holding [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] forcing Altman out of the pot. The race was on and the pair watched as the dealer put out a board of [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="th"][poker card="td"]. With the spiked ace, Deutsch claimed his third knockout of the day and Zinno falls in fourth place for $111,415, sending his north of $3 million in total World Poker Tour cashes. At three-handed Deutsch was still in control with Brian Altman on his heels. However, Udornpim had other ideas. His heater began as he picked up some key pots and eventually won a flip against Altman to double up. Sitting second in chips, Udornpim raised the button after looking down at [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"]. Altman put in a three-bet with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and within seconds the pair had all the money in the middle. The board ran out clean for Udornpim’s aces eliminating Altman from the tournament. Altman falls just short of his second WPT win, collecting $149,515 for this third-place effort. Both Deutsch and Udornpim were deep at the start of heads up play with both sitting on over 100 big blinds. However, it didn’t take long for Udornpim to take a commanding chip lead. Deutsch would battle back but eventually, the affable Udornpim surged ahead once again, this time for good. On the final hand of play Udornpim, with a 5:1 chip advantage shoved his button with [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"] and Deutsch called all-in with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="5s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] gave Udornpim the wheel. The turn fell the [poker card="4s"] opening the door for Deutsch to pick up the runner-runner flush but the [poker card="qd"] river ended Deutsch’s comeback bid sending him home in second place for $202,905. Nitis Udornpim was crowned the winner of WPT Maryland at Live! Casino for $319.415 and a $15,000 entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions. Udornpim Enters The POY Race Two of the final six from WPT Maryland at Live! Casino enters the top 10 of the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. Nitis Udornpim picked up 1,000 POY points for his victory which has him tied with Uke Dauti, Roger Teska and Gueorgui Gantchev who all also have 1,000 points. However, Udornpim’s $319,415 score slots him in fifth place using money earned as a tie-breaker. Brian Altman picked up his second cash of Season XVIII and had accumulated 900 POY points, which puts him in a three-way tie with both Kevin Albers and Jared Griener, but with cashes as a tiebreaker, he is currently in ninth place. WPT Season XVIII Player of The Year Leaderboard 1st: Donald Maloney - 1,200 points 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,200 points 3rd: Uke Dauti - 1,000 points 4th: Roger Teska - 1,000 points 5th: Nitis Udornpim - 1,000 points 6th: Gueorgui Gantchev - 1,000 points 7th: Kevin Albers - 900 points 8th: Jared Griener - 900 points 9th: Brian Altman - 900 points 10th: Laszlo Molnar - 800 points
  6. In the 18 seasons of the World Poker Tour, multiple players have managed to win more than one main tour title. But until Wednesday night, no player had ever won the same event twice. Brian Altman changed that and made WPT history in the process. Altman beat out the 843-player field to win the Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open to match his victory in the event five years earlier. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”] The final table began with Altman holding onto a small chip lead over John Dollinger. It took just over 30 minutes to go from six players to five. From UTG, Dollinger raised to 275,000 and Peter Walsworth, who started the final table as the short stack, called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"] and Walsworth checked and then moved all in for 725,000 after Dollinger bet 175,000. Dollinger called and turned over [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] which put him ahead of Walsworth's [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"]. Neither the [poker card="5d"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river were unable to save Walsworth from a sixth place finish. Altman picked up his first victim of the night just an hour later. Action folded to Altman in the small blind and he moved all in for 11,500,000. Nadeem Hirani called from the big blind and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] which made him a favorite against Altman's [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2s"] flop changed that and left Hirani needing help. Unfortunately for him, the turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"] and he was sent to the rail in fifth. Big Slick played a role in the next bustout as well, but this time it was Altman holding it. Dollinger made it 300,000 from UTG and Altman called from the big blind. Nadya Magnus moved all in for 2,450,000 from the big blind and Dollinger ducked out of the way before Altman called. Magnus turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and got the bad news as Altman tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] runout brought Magnus no relief and she was eliminated in fourth place for a career-best score of $171,642. It took just over an hour to go from three-handed to heads up. Altman folded his button and Dollinger moved all in from the small blind. Chanracy Khun called all in for 2,500,000. Dollinger showed [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"] and Khun tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Dollinger middle pair. The [poker card="ts"] turn gave him trips and officially ended Khun's run in third place. The river was the [poker card="7s"]. Altman began heads-up play trailing Dollinger 20,850,000 - 12,875,000 in chips but he took the lead on the first hand of heads-up play. Over the next hour, Altman only briefly relinquished the lead before finally finishing Dollinger off for good in a dream spot. Dollinger called from the button and Altman raised to 800,000. Dollinger moved all in for 9,175,000 and Altman snap-called. Dollinger turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] but got bad news when Altman tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="th"] to eliminate Dollinger and capture the LHPO for the second time in his career. In 2015, Altman outlasted 1,026 other players to win his first Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $723,008. He's made three other final tables since then. Wednesday's win also moved Altman into the lead for WPT Player of the Year with 2,100 points, 700 points more than previous leader Alex Foxen. WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Payouts Brian Altman - $482,636 John Dollinger - $311,751 Chanracy Khun - $230,086 Nadya Magnus - $171,642 Nadeem Hirani - $129,438 Peter Walsworth - $98,686
  7. Just nine days ago, Brian Altman won the World Poker Tour Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open for the second time in his career. On Thursday, Altman made the final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and now has a shot at a third WPT win. The final six players now head to Las Vegas to play down to a winner on April 1 at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor. [ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Altman might be the headliner, but he doesn't have the chip lead. Veerab Zakarian bagged up 11,990,000 and will be the player on top when play resumes in April. Joining Zakarian and Altman at the final table is James Anderson, Bin Weng, Andrew Hanna, and Nathan Russler. The BWPO field of 1,290 created a $4,129,290 prize pool with the eventual champion taking home $674,840 which included a seat in the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions. WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table Seat #1: Nathan Russler - 3,990,000 Seat #2: James Anderson - 10,040,000 Seat #3: Andrew Hanna - 6,730,000 Seat #4: Bin Weng - 8,890,000 Seat #5: Veerab Zakarian - 11,990,000 Seat #6: Brian Altman - 9,865,000 Day 4 began with 28 players still in contention including former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, reigning WPT Borgata Poker Open champion Donald Maloney, Season XVII WPT Montreal winner Patrick Serda and Season XVI Tournament of Champions winner Matthew Waxman. It took just over 13 hours to go from 28 down to a final table of six. Engel was eliminated by Altman after the pair battled in a five-bet pot with Engel holding [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and Altman with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] flop gave Altman a set and Engel never saw another diamond or a ten and was eliminated in 24th place. Maloney's tournament ended after getting it all in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] against Derek Marmen's [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Zakarian took out Waxman in 13th place. Serda was eliminated in 10th place by Altman. On a [poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="qd"] board and with 1,200,000 in the pot, Altman moved all-in forcing Serda to a decision for his tournament life. Serda eventually called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] which was second best after Altman tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Altman then closed down the action on the Borgata leg of the event when he eliminated Peter Vitantonio on the TV table bubble. The final six players will now wait until April before reconvening in Las Vegas to play for their share of the remaining $2,037,833 prize pool.
  8. The World Poker Tour just completed its Season XVIII trip to Casino Sochi in Russia, with Aleksey Badulin winning the WPT Russia title for $261,571. Badulin topped a field of 489 entries to become the newest member of the WPT Champions Club and he’s earned a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. WPT Russia Final Table Results Aleksey Badulin - $261,571 Vlada Stojanovic - $185,831 Ernest Shakaryan - $135,833 Vahe Martirosyan - $102,488 Sergey Kharlamov - $78,837 Roman Timergazin - $60,254 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final day of the event began with 12 players remaining, including one of Russia’s top tournament players, Anatoly Filatov. After the elimination of Mikhail Sokolovskiy in 12th place, Filatov was next out the door in 11th. He was done in by Roman Timergazin. Badulin started the final day in fifth chip position and quickly got to work building his stack. Early on the final day, he added about a million in chips to the 1.79 million he started with, and it was a nice cushion to have when Vahe Martirosyan double through him. When the tournament was down to nine players, Badulin was sixth in chips, and then when they got down to six players, he sunk to the bottom of the leaderboard. Vlada Stojanovic was the player to extend a big lead during six-handed play, but it was Ernest Shakaryan and Badulin scoring the first two knockouts at the official WPT final table. After Shakaryan busted Timergazin in sixth place, Badulin took out Sergey Kharlamov in fifth. Against Kharlamov, Badulin held the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8s"] against the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"] and the money went in preflop. Badulin spiked an ace on the flop and held from there to score the elimination. With four players left, Badulin scored a pivotal double up against Martirosyan. Badulin had limped in from the small blind with the blinds at 100,000-150,000 with a 150,000 big blind ante, and Martirosyan shoved all in from the big blind. He had Badulin covered and Badulin quickly called with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kc"]. Martirosyan had the [poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"]. The kings held for Badulin and he improved his stack to 4.3 million. Martirosyan would then bust in fourth before it was Badulin picking up pocket kings to knock out Shakaryan in third place. Once again, Badulin was in a very good spot, as his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"] was up against the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qd"] for Shakaryan. The kings held and Badulin soared to more than 10 million in chips. Badulin took the heads-up chip lead against Stojanovic very early in the match and then worked to extend the lead from there. As was the theme of this WPT Russia final table, Badulin picked up kings again and won a big pot off Stojanovic to further extend his lead. Shortly after that, it was all over. On the final hand, Badulin’s [poker card="As"][poker card="2c"] held against Stojanovic’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="2d"]. WPT Player of the Year Update Winning WPT Russia earned Badulin 1,000 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race for Season XVIII, but he’s still a ways away from the top of the leaderboard, sitting in 22nd place. The player leading is Brian Altman, who recently won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Altman is the leader with 2,100 points. Winning WPT Lucky Hearts gave 1,200 points in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. He also picked up 200 points for a third-place finish in WPT Maryland at Live! Casino and 200 points for a 10th-place finish in the WPT Legends of Poker. Altman’s lead is a rather healthy one, as he’s 700 points ahead of Alex Foxen and Toby Joyce, who sit in second and third places, respectively, with 1,400 points each. Foxen holds the tiebreaker of money won over Joyce. Brian Altman - 2,100 points Alex Foxen - 1,400 points Toby Joyce - 1,400 points Donald Maloney - 1,350 points Geoffrey Hum - 1,300 points Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,275 points Milen Stefanov - 1,200 points Kevin Albers - 1,200 points Simon Brandstrom - 1,200 points Peter Neff - 1,150 points WPT Borgata Running Now The Season XVIII WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open is next up for the World Poker Tour in Season XVIII. In fact, it’s running now, January 26-30, at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The $3,500 buy-in event has a prize pool guarantee of $3 million and the final table will be filmed for television. The official WPT final table of six will be set on January 30 and then those final six players will be on hiatus until April 1 when they’ll play for the title at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
  9. Little Neck, New York's Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung became the latest player to strike gold at the 2020 World Series of Poker after defeating the 1579-entry field in Event #22 ($500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) to win the $120,082.95 first-place prize and his first career gold bracelet. Cheung needed to fade a talented final table that included two-time World Poker Tour Champion Brian Altman, top-10 ranked U.S. online pro Daniel Buzgon, WSOP bracelet winner Terrell Cheatham and Myles Kotler, who just last week finished as the runner up in Event #18. Kotler began the final table with the biggest stack and it took him just five minutes to use it to end another player's tournament. Kotler raised to 800,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] and Robert 'Nvrstsfied' Natividad moved all-in for 2,717,020 from middle position with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"]. Kotler improved to top pair on the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"] flop and stayed in control through the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="3c"] river to eliminate Natividad in ninth place for $9,308.20. Two of the shortest stacks clashed five minutes later resulting in one of their tournaments ending. Down to 5.5 big blinds, 'this1smyvice' moved all-in for 2,246,920 holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"]. 'theLMT90' called off with less, putting their tournament on the line but holding a dominating [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. However, the [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="js"] flop came perfect for 'this1smyvice' giving them the straight and a stranglehold on the hand. The [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="2d"] river was of no help to 'theLMT90' who hit the rail in eighth place, taking home a five-figure payout of $12,079.35. Five minutes later it was 'this1smyvice's turn to be put at risk. After Kotler opened to 800,000 with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"], 'this1smyvice' three-bet shipped with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. Kotler made the call and had 'this1smyvice' needing help. The flop brought the [poker card="3s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="as"], extending Kotler's lead and when the [poker card="qs"] hit the turn, 'this1smyvice' was drawing dead to the [poker card="7c"] river. 'this1smyvice' finished in seventh place, taking home $15,916.32. Next, it was Daniel ‘juice’ Buzgon’s turn to make a move. He shipped his final 14 big blinds under the gun holding [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"]. Once it had folded back around to Louie "pongpong" Valderrama in the big blind, Valderrama called off his final five big blinds with his [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"]. Needing some help, Valderrama saw a flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7s"] which gave him additional flush outs. However, it was not meant to be as the [poker card="4d"] turn and the [poker card="8h"] river showed Valderrama the door in sixth place which was good for $21,174.39. Terrell ‘heezahustla’ Cheatham was in pursuit of becoming the first place to win multiple bracelets in 2020, having just won a gold bracelet late last week. Cheatham found the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"] on the button and shipped his final 5,670,892 only to be looked up by Kotler holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] in the small blind. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"] effectively ending the hand as Cheatham was drawing dead as the [poker card="2h"] and [poker card="5c"] completed the board. Cheatham, who won over $116,000 in Event #16, which was also a Turbo, added another $28,493 for his fifth-place finish. Brian ‘JackBogle’ Altman opened from under the gun with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"] when Buzgon three-bet shipped his final fifteen big blinds holding [poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"]. Altman, with the larger stack, made the call and the pair were flipping with Buzgon’s tournament life on the line. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"] had Buzgon looking for help but the [poker card="kc"] on the turn and the [poker card="8h"] on the river sent Buzgon out in fourth place for $38,725. Roughly ten minutes later, the three-handed play came to an end with Kotler raised to 2 million on the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"] and Altman in the big blind defended with the [poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"]. The flop came [poker card="2h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"], pairing both player’s deuces. Altman checked it over to Kotler, who put in a roughly quarter pot bet. Altman then check-raised for his 16.7 million and Kotler made the call, holding outkicking Altman. The turn fell the [poker card="qd"] and the [poker card="jd"] river ended Altman’s run at a bracelet, earning him $53,291 for third place. After a short break, in heads-up play, Kotler at one point carved out a five-to-one chip lead. But the momentum shifted quickly as Cheung doubled thru Kotler and won a big pot in a subsequent hand to take the lead. In the final hand, Cheung opened to 2,400,000 with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="7d"] and Kotler shoved his stack of 23,370,202 with the [poker card="ts"][poker card="8s"]. Cheong made the call and just needed to hold for the win. The flop appeared as the [poker card="6h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"] and when the [poker card="ad"] hit the turn it was all over for Kotler, who for the second time in this WSOP, finished as the runner-up, this time earning $74,039. Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung walked away with the $120,083 first-place prize and his first career gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Allan 'Treeoflife' Cheung - $120,082.95 Myles 'Shipthemoney' Kotler - $74,039.31 Brian 'JackBogle' Altman- $53,291.25 Daniel 'juice' Buzgon - $38,724.97 Terrell 'heezahustla' Cheatham - $28,493.05 Louie 'pongpong' Valderrama - $21,174.39 'this1smyvice' - $15,916.32 'theLMT90' - $12,079.35 Robert 'Nvrstsfied' Natividad - $9,308.20 Faces in the Crowd Mike 'mouth123' Matusow was the final table bubble boy finishing in 10th place for $7,247.61. Other notable names to finish in the money included former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin 'projector52' Anderson (13th - $5,684.40), Pat 'ichiikawawa' Lyons (28th - $2,913.25), Ryan 'protential' Laplante (31st - $2,913.25), Daniel Negreanu (32nd - $2,913.25), Brian 'tsarrast' Rast (33rd - $2,913.25), Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (40th - $2,415.87) and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman (44th - $2,415.87).

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