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  1. Justin Lapka made the final table of Event #2 ($600 NLHE Deepstack) of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online only to bust out in sixth place. On Saturday night, Lapka made another WSOP final table and came from behind to win his first career WSOP bracelet. Lapka outlasted all 1,124 other entries in Event #17 ($400 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max) including a final table that included bracelet winners Chance Kornuth and Jason Gooch to win $75,371. The final tabled a little over an hour to play but the first bustout came 10 minutes in. Action folded to Brandon Ienn on the button and he moved al
  2. When the final six players in the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship bagged up their chips on January 13, 2020 they knew there was going to be a delay before they got the chance to crown a champion. They just didn't know it was going to last 422 days. Originally scheduled to be played on March 31, 2020 at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the final table was ultimately postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With live poker slowly opening back up in Sin City, the six players, including chip leader Chance Kornuth, were brought into the
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. A busy week in the poker world gives Lance and Donnie plenty to discuss on this episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast. For the first time in nearly a year, the World Poker Tour crowned a new champion in a live venue with a nearly record-sized field turning up for the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock. That wasn't the only headline that the World Poker Tour found itself in this week. The company wa
  4. The latest Galfond Challenge came to an abrupt end over the weekend when challenger Chance Kornuth conceded the heads-up match roughly 10,000 hands shy of the finish, awarding Phil Galfond another challenge victory and a payday worth over $976,000. Kornuth booked the $100/$200 heads-up Pot Limit Omaha heads-up challenge with Galfond at the start of 2020 in what was expected to be a 35,000 hand event. In addition to the money on the table, the pair agreed to a side bet in which the favorite, Galfond laid four-to-one to Kornuth, risking $1 million to Kornuth’s $250,000. Over the past four
  5. 'Luigy666' came through a 10,306 field to win the PokerStars Sunday Million for $108,192. Brazil's 'Leo Borgheti' secured his biggest online cash to date with a third place finish for $55,929, before 'Luigy666' got the better of 'QTsN€v€rF0ld' heads-up, with the latter banking $77,787 as runner-up. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth won the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $50,695. On a final table that featured the likes of 'anteen', Conor Beresford, Samuel '€urop€an' Vousden, and world ranked #1 'Lena900', 'WATnlos' took the bronze medal for $29,903.45. Nemeth then defeated 'yurasov1990' hea
  6. As Phil Galfond prepares to embark on an ambitious series of heads-up Pot Limit Omaha challenges against six competitors, PocketFives Managing Editor Donnie Peters talked to the three-time WSOP bracelet winner. In the second of two features, Galfond discusses the motivation behind the challenge and what it's like for him to step back into the world of high stakes online cash. Read Part 1: One Year In, Phil Galfond’s Run It Once Poker Just Getting Started Phil Galfond loves a good challenge. He built a professional poker career on challenging himself against the best players in the world
  7. The 2019 Poker Masters kicked off this week and the first event is in the books. Winning Event #1: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em was Isaac Baron. Baron topped the field of 97 entries to take home $223,100. To win the title, Baron topped a final table that included Jeremy Ausmus, Sam Soverel, and Scott Blumstein, and he defeated Chance Kornuth in heads-up play. Kornuth earned $164,900 for his runner-up finish. Event 1 Final Table Results 1st: Isaac Baron - $223,100 2nd: Chance Kornuth - $164,900 3rd: Ralph Wong - $116,400 4th: Jeremy Ausmus - $97,000 5th: Sam Soverel - $77,600 6th: Scott B
  8. The 2019 World Series of Poker continued on Saturday with another massive field in the Big 50 as that event quickly hurtles toward a record for the largest WSOP event ever. Ben Heath Leads Talented Final 12 in $50K High Roller Players were able to register for the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em (Event #5) until the mid-way point of Day 2. This lead to a total of 110 entries and a final prize pool of $5,280,000. Just 12 players remain in contention for the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,484,085. Leading the way is Britain's Ben Heath. Finishing with 5,255,000, Heath managed to go from
  9. In the lead-up to one of the busiest Sunday's of the year, Friday was a relatively standard day for the PokerStars Spring Poker Championship of Online Poker. A total of 12 events completed action with the world's top-ranked player earning a SCOOP title of his own. The largest prize pool of the day was in SCOOP Event #44 ($2,100 Progressive KO Thursday Thrill SE No Limit Hold'em). Between the prize pool and bounty pool, $861,000 was dispersed into each. 861 players entered and 'B1GL1P$$$'emerged victorious with over $191,000 earned between the prize pool and collected bounties. A heads up
  10. The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker continues to draw in large fields for new events and that trend continued on Thursday. Fields in the hundreds and thousands turned out for tournaments such as the Total Knockout Bounty event and the No Limit Omaha Win The Button. A few familiar faces took down titles including Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth. Kornuth finished on top in Event #39 High ($1,050 Total Knockout Bounty) and earned $81,336, all from collecting bounties. Other players from the 832 who entered, included Andre 'aakkari' Akkari and top #3-ranked 'C. Darwin2'. Justin
  11. Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka eliminated four of the final five players in his way in Event #11 ($500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online on Saturday night to capture the first gold bracelet of his career and $128,601. The tournament almost had a storybook ending. At one point, Chance Kornuth was down to 1/9 of an ante before spinning it up to get to the final table sitting second in chips and in position to capture his third career bracelet. Afanasenka had other ideas and went to work soon after the final table started. From the hijack, Afanasenka raised to 1,
  12. "I'm gonna keep playing." Those were the words that Phil Galfond posted on Run It Once's website regarding the 'Galfond Challenge' against 'VeniVidi1993,' with the post coming just more than two weeks after Galfond suspended the match. That was it. Short and sweet. Although he is an extremely busy man these days, Galfond took some time to sit down with PocketFives ahead of the restart against 'VeniVidi1993,' which comes on Wednesday, March 4. "First, I spent some time with family and took a short poker break," Galfond said of what he's been doing to regroup. "For the last week or two,
  13. The top of the Spanish all-time money list on The Hendon Mob includes some easily recognizable names. Adrian Mateos, Carlos Mortensen, Sergio Aido, and 2019 PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas occupy the top four positions, but the name now sitting in fifth is rising quickly. Sergi Reixach now has $5,027,636 in lifetime earnings after taking down the Poker Masters $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event on Tuesday for $369,000. He now sits just $184,000 behind Colillas. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] A battle of the
  14. Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, Kristen Bicknell made history by becoming the first woman to win a Poker Masters title after defeating a final table that included current Purple Jacket points leader Chance Kornuth and defending Purple Jacket champion Ali Imsirovic. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] “It feels incredible to win this event. I final tabled the World Poker Tour event last week and I did not feel happy with my final table play, so that run was kind of bittersweet. I wasn’t planning on playing this tournament but I felt th
  15. "I need to win one of these now." Those were the words from Ben Heath in an interview at the beginning of May following his fourth-place finish in the EPT Monte Carlo €50,000 High Roller. At the time, the €298,240 ($333,013) he won for that result was the second largest in his live poker career and his comment was referencing that he's been close in big events and it's time to finally break through. Well, he got that breakthrough when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker $50,000 High Roller for a career-best $1.484 million. "The first three days I think I played really well, a few mistake
  16. Throughout the course of the summer, the moves to the online poker’s rankings were subtle. Players took longer breaks, went on vacation or spent time grinding the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. All of that changed when the PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker began. The players flocked to the online tournament scene, generating a total prize pool of nearly $100 million, and got busy earning life-changing amounts of money. When the tournament swings can be big, so can the shifts in the PocketFives rankings. Some of the performances of top PocketFivers during WCOOP resulte
  17. After turning a Platinum Pass he won for $86 into a $35,000 score in the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship, Anthony 'tonydatiger' Maio now finds himself atop the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings. Maio currently has 5,134.21 points and is ahead of David 'bewater' Goodman in second and Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano in third. United States Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Anthony 'tonydatiger' Maio 5,134.21 2 David 'bewater' Goodman 4,716.53 3 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 4,596.22 4 Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein 4,497.39 5
  18. Tuesday was a record-setting day as Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov claimed an unprecedented fifth World Championship of Online Poker title of the 2018 series after claiming victory in Event #34 (High): $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo for $29,145. It marks a sensational two weeks for Strebkov whose previous wins included victory in Event #21 High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $70,000 as well as the top spot in Event #20 Low ($11 No Limit 5 Card Draw). This time around Strebkov came through a 134-player field and defeated '0409479' heads-ups for the title, with the runner-up taking $20,770. The Russian has extend
  19. On Tuesday, Chance Kornuth final tabled the opening event of the Poker Masters before finishing second to Isaac Baron. On Wednesday, Kornuth once again took on the role of bridesmaid as Ryan Laplante eliminated the final four players to win the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for $186,000. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] With blinds of 25,000/50,000, Tim McDermott was down to just 140,000 when he moved all in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] from early position. John Riordan made 545,000 fro
  20. For the first time at the 2019 World Series of Poker, there were two bracelets awarded in a single day as Ben Heath and Dan Zack each picked up the first WSOP title of their careers on Monday. Those were just two of the seven events on the schedule that included another Day 2 in the Big 50, an influx of players in the $10,000 Short Deck, and another massive No Limit Hold'em tournament. And it just wouldn't be the WSOP if there wasn't a drama bomb in the first week. Ben Heath Avoids Controversial Ending, Wins $50K High Roller Ben Heath started the final table of the $50,000 High Roller eve
  21. [caption width="640"] Chance Kornuth was an integral part of "Team Bax" (Photo Credit: Allen Rash)[/caption] Cliff Josephy came into the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table with arguably more experience than anybody else at that table with him. That didn’t stop the man more commonly known by his online name, ‘JohnnyBax,’ from enlisting the help of a coach. With the implementation of the November Nine and the extended layoff between making the final table and playing the final table, players who have a chance at winning poker’s biggest prize generally hire another play
  22. [caption width="640"] Mustapha Kanit won the EPT Dublin €25,000 High Roller (Photo courtesy PokerStars/Neil Stoddart)[/caption] In the nine years since the European Poker Tour was last in Dublin, Ireland the Tour has changed quite a bit. One of the biggest changes is the addition of High Roller events to the stop in each EPT city. Sunday night in Dublin, Mustapha Kanit put on a show for the ages in winning the €25K High Roller for €501,640 ($563,172 US). Kanit, who is Italy's all-time leading money earner, now has over $6 million US in lifetime earnings. The €25,000 buy-in event,
  23. The first World Poker Tour event of 2020 reached its final table on Monday. Now, just six players remain in the Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship, with Chance Kornuth leading the way. The final six will be on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31, when they will resume play at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final six come from a 257-entry field and are guaranteed $111,795 in prize money. First place takes home $554,495, including a $15,000 buy-in into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, and a Hublot watch. Joining Kornuth at the f
  24. Down more than €900,000 in his 'Galfond Challenge' match against 'VeniVidi1993,' Phil Galfond is opting to suspend his play against 'VeniVidi1993' for the time being. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have battled across 15 sessions at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, Galfond's online poker site. Through those 15 sessions, 9,927 hands were played and Galfond was down €900,240.17. The three most recent sessions have set Galfond back €419,016.77 alone. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' had a day off on Monday and were planned to play another session on Tuesday, but it was called off. "I was playin
  25. There are now seven 2019 Poker Masters events in the books and seven different players have won titles. Sam Soverel became the seventh different player to win a Poker Masters title on Monday when he beat Sean Winter heads-up to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Soverel is now a realistic contender for the Purple Jacket with just three events remaining on the schedule. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Down to just 16 big blinds, Anthony Zinno raised to 90,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker car
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