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There may have only been one 2018 World Series of Poker bracelet winner within the Rio on Friday, but two bracelets were actually awarded. That’s because an online event played out into the early morning hours, as 657 PLO players took their shot on the virtual felt. There was still no winner at the time of publishing, so we’ll have to bring you that info tomorrow. Speaking of PLO, the $25K High Roller has reached a stacked six-handed final table which includes a former PocketFives no.1 player. Here’s everything you need to know about June 22 at the WSOP. Robert Nehorayan Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit Hold’em ($173,568) After three days of play, Robert Nehorayan has come out on top of the 596 players who took part in Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em. For his efforts, he’s banked the lion’s share of the $804,600 prize pool, $173,568, as well as his first gold bracelet. Nehorayan came into the day third in chips, and managed to maintain a big stack as the 19 players returning were whittled down to a final table. Things were a bit swingier from there on, and four-handed saw Terricita Gutierrez hold almost half of the chips in play. However, after losing a few big pots in a row, she found herself short and ended up busting in fourth. Kevin Song and David Gee joined Nehorayan in three-handed play, and a big pot between all of them would take it down to two. Gee was all-in with jack-seven against Song’s pocket aces and Nehorayan’s king-seven. It must have been Nehorayan’s day, as his hand ended up winning to bust Gee in third and take a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up. The two players battled though, and at one point Song managed to take the lead. In the end though, Song was all-in with eight-six suited against Nehorayan’s ten-seven off, and a ten on the flop got the job done. "It feels pretty good,” said Nehorayan after the win. “I got a little frustrated throughout the match but fortunately I was able to overcome my emotions. The cards helped too obviously." Final Table Results: Robert Nehorayan - $173,568 Kevin Song - $107,242 David Gee - $73,860 Terricita Gutierrez - $51,733 Michael Jex - $36,860 Brad Albrinck - $26,725 Oleg Chebotarev - $19,723 Matt Russell - $14,820 Matt Woodward - $11,343 Scotty Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Ben Yu, Jason Koon Reach $25K PLO Finale There’s going to be one heck of a final table on Saturday, with six players returning in Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller. It’s 1998 Main Event champion and five-time bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen who holds the chip lead, followed by defending champion in this event James Calderaro. If he can win this one back-to-back, it’ll certainly be an amazing achievement. Especially when you consider his other competition. Former PocketFives no.1 Shaun Deeb comes in third in chips, followed by Ben Yu, Jason Koon, and finally Ryan Tosoc. Just 35 of the 230 runners returned for Friday’s Day 3, and along the way we lost the likes of Jarred Graham, Paul ‘paulgees1’ Volpe, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Tom Marchese, Erik Seidel and Mike Leah. David Benyamine went out in 7th, bringing the day to an end. He found himself all-in on a flop with middle pair and a straight draw versus Nguyen’s top pair and the higher end of the straight draw. The turn and river bricked, and Benyamine hit the rail to collect $161,020. All six players are guaranteed $215,718 when they take their seats tomorrow at 2pm. There’s a massive $1,402,683 up top for the champ. Final Table Stacks: Scotty Nguyen - 7,010,000 James Calderaro - 6,445,000 Shaun Deeb - 6,305,000 Ben Yu - 4,775,000 Jason Koon - 2,905,000 Ryan Tosoc - 1,300,000 Down to 34 in $2,500 NLHE Day 2 of Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em saw the 1,071-strong field chopped down further to just 34 players, and leading them all overnight is Seth Davies. He bagged up 1,305,000, but he’ll be joined by some tough competitors tomorrow including Jeff Hakim (1,164,000), Javier Fernandez (1,093,000), Andrew Brokos (625,000), Daniel Buzgon (570,000), Ismael Bojang (497,000), David Peters (480,000), Chris Ferguson (402,000), Ryan Laplante (292,000), and Andreas Klatt (230,000). Where there are survivors there must be casualties, and few of those who failed to make it through the day include Asi Moshe, Justin Bonomo, Humberto Brenes, Kristen Bicknell, Chance Kornuth, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Peter Eichhardt, Dutch Boyd, Maria Konnikova, David “Bakes” Baker, Nick Shulman and John Racener. The final 34 are all in the money, with $12,345 locked up. All eyes will be on the $507,274 winner’s prize though, when play kicks off again at 12pm Saturday. Top 10 Stacks: Seth Davies - 1,305,000 Jeff Hakim - 1,164,000 Javier Fernandez - 1,093,000 Chris Edwards - 720,000 Edan Sucov - 682,000 Jonathan Cohen - 677,000 Andrew Brokos - 625,000 Daniel Buzgon - 570,000 Andre Haneberg - 551,000 Samuel Gagnon - 524,000 $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship Down to 13 Michael Noori is once again your overnight chip leader in Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, having bagged the lead after Day 1 too. His 870,000 stack sits atop the pile, and he’s followed by Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (658,000), Quek Sheng (645,000), Randy Ohel (602,000), and Jason Gray (569,000). Other notables to advance to Day 3 include PocketFives former no.1 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson, although he’s short with 168,000. Matt Glantz and Farzad Bonyadi will both be back tomorrow, with Bonyadi seeking his fourth bracelet after his mom, Farhintaj, won her first a couple of days ago. Out of the 100 players who entered, 41 would make today’s Day 2 including Jordan Siegel (17th), Todd Brunson (16th), Andrew Kelsall (15th), and Mike Matusow (14th) who all went deep. The min-cash is currently $14,864, while there’s $287,987 up top. Action resumes at 2pm. Final 13 Stacks: Michael Noori - 870,000 Christopher Kruk - 658,000 Quek Sheng - 645,000 Randy Ohel - 602,000 Jason Gray - 569,000 Hanh Tran - 423,000 Farzad Bonyadi - 392,000 Nicholas Seiken - 384,000 Kristijonas Andrulis - 304,000 Matt Glantz - 198,000 Steven Tabb - 170,000 Calvin Anderson - 168,000 Tyler Meservy - 65,000 Turbo Time in the 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) A fast-paced Day 1 of Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) was played out today, with just 41 of the 1,712 field making it through. Two-time bracelet winner Steven Wolansky bagged the chip lead with 620,000, winning a huge pot to eliminate Pierre Neuville towards the end of the night. All-in with ace-queen against Wolanksy’s ace-eight suited, Wolansky flopped a backdoor flush draw and hit runner runner to win. Joining him at the top of the remaining counts are DJ MacKinnon (532,000), Michael Wang (355,000), King Lun Alan Lau (350,000), Mike Hauptman (338,000), Lander Lijo (290,000), Joseph Cheong (280,000) and Robin Hegele (245,000). Meanwhile, other notables to advance include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (156,000), Kathy Liebert (245,000), Esther Taylor (126,000), and Kelly Minkin (136,000). Plenty of well-knowns tried and failed today, including Joe McKeehen, Martin Jacobson, Greg Raymer, Ryan Riess, Scott Davies, Heidi May, Nipun Java, Michael Gathy, Niall Farrell, Ben Keeline, and David "ODB" Baker. However, they all exited before the bubble burst at 257 players. Some of those who made it into the cash include Kenny Hallaert (251st - $1,501), Aditya Agarwal (246th - $1,501), Steven van Zadelhoff (230th - $1,549), Maria Konnikova (227th - $1,549), Tristan Wade (221st - $1,549), Barry Greenstein (209th - $1,549), Chris Moorman (181st - $1,621), Jesse Capps (177th - $1,720), Kristen Bicknell (175th - $1,720), Benjamin Dobson (156th - $1,720), Nipun Java (150th - $1,851), Bart Lybaert (110th - $2,019), Brian Yoon (85th - $2,503), and Loni Harwood (74th - $2,843). Play resumes tomorrow at 12pm Saturday, with $258,255 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaiting the winner. Top 10 Stacks: Steven Wolansky - 620,000 DJ MacKinnon - 532,000 Michael Wang - 355,000 King Lun Alan Lau - 350,000 Michael Hauptman - 338,000 Rick Offley - 320,000 Lander Lijo - 290,000 Joseph Cheong - 280,000 Mario Prats Garcia - 280,000 Elliott Peterman - 272,000 Negreanu, Ivey Advance in Mixed Omaha/Stud Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better also got going Friday, with 402 players taking part. After ten levels, just 152 remain. At the top of the counts is Sergio Ramirez with 139,700, followed by the likes of Eric Rodawig (123,400), Kate Hoang (76,900), Scott Abrams (74,400), Robert Mizrachi (62,500), Felipe Ramos (52,600), Daniel Negreanu (42,200), Jesse Martin (31,900), Marco Johnson (28,000) and Phil Ivey (8,100). While that line-up is pretty stacked, it could have been even more so had any of this lot made it through the day: Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Linda Johnson, Joe McKeehen, Frank Kassela, David Bach, Frankie O'Dell, Eric Buchman, Benny Glaser, Allen Kessler, Michael Gathy, Max Pescatori, Brandon Cantu and Mike Leah. The bubble is set to burst at 61 players, and there’s $214,291 reserved for the champ. Play gets going again at 2pm tomorrow. Top 10 Stacks: Sergio Ramirez - 137,900 Eric Rodawig - 123,400 David Prociak - 91,000 Magnus Edengren - 87,400 Eddie Blumenthal - 83,100 Gary Bolden - 78,300 Paul Edwards - 76,300 Scott Abrams - 74,400 Bruce Hoyt - 74,100 Kate Hoang - 71,700
The Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas is full of some of the best poker players on the planet for the start of Day 2 of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Of the original 56 entries, 33 players survived Day 1. With registration open through the beginning of Day 2, a number of pros who went broke in the first eight levels decided to fire another $100K bullet including Daniel Negreanu and Super High Roller defending champion Cary Katz. We decided to take a quick look around the room at some of the players who are taking part in the nosebleed tournament action. [caption id="attachment_622243" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jason Koon (left) and Daniel Negreanu have combined lifetime earnings of over $63 million.[/caption] Jason Koon and PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu are settled in and keeping the conversation casual. [caption id="attachment_622244" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Hungary's #1-ranked online pro Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has been seen playing the highest stakes live as of late.[/caption] PocketFives #4-ranked Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has over $2.7 million in live earnings along with his $9.6 million in online cashes. Nemeth had a breakout year in 2018 playing high rollers, winning the EPT Barcelona €25,000 Event for a career-high cash of $692,882. [caption id="attachment_622245" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nick Petrangelo (left) took down the $100K Super High Roller at the WSOP in 2018 for $2.9 million.[/caption] Nick Petrangelo and U.S. Poker Open Champion Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick survey their tough table. [caption id="attachment_622246" align="alignnone" width="1024"] GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen is off to a fast start in 2019.[/caption] Stare master Alex Foxen is looking to build on his impressive 2019 PCA campaign. So far he's cashed in the $25K Single Day event and finished as the runner-up in the $50K for $651,980. Foxen is now less than a half million away from $10 million in career scores. [caption id="attachment_622247" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Patrik Antonius (left), Talal Shakerchi (center) & Sam Greenwood.[/caption] Murderers row: Rail Heaven’s Patrik Antonius, PSPC eighth place finisher and regular high roller Talal Shakerchi and PocketFives #46-ranked Sam Greenwood battle it out on one side of a tough table. [caption id="attachment_622248" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Justin Bonomo (left) is looking to continue the massive success he found in 2018.[/caption] Chris Hunichen tries to get a read on the GTO sitting style of Justin Bonomo. Hunichen is coming off a third place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100,000 Super High Roller for a live career-high $592,000 score. [caption id="attachment_622249" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Canadian Christopher Kruk finds the fun in high rollers.[/caption] Despite the massive stakes, Chris Kruk is still able to have a little fun. The prize pool for the $100,000 Super High Roller is over $5.9 million. For updates on the $100K as well as everything from the 2019 PCA, subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast.
Sunday brought the final day of the Poker Masters Online tournament series, and the virtual tables at partypoker were full of exciting high-stakes action as the festival came to a close. The $51,000 Main Event awarded a $1.097 million first-place prize and Alexandros Kolonias won the final event to win the Championship Leaderboard and Purple Jacket. Entering the final day of play, 28 events from the 30 scheduled had been completed and Artur Martirosian was sitting atop the Championship Leaderboard by nearly 100 points. Although Martirosian managed a fifth-place finish in the final event of the series, it was Kolonias who won the final tournament to take first place overall. Martirosian finished second on the Championship Leaderboard, while Linus Loeliger, who won the $51,000 Main Event for $1.097 million, was third on the overall standings. Loeliger Wins Main Event for $1,097,250 Loeliger's win in the $51,000 Main Event gave him his second tournament title of the series. The first event he won was Event #18 and he took that one down for $325,318. This time, Loeliger won $1.097 million. The Poker Masters Online Main Event drew a field of 77 entries to create a prize pool of $3.85 million. The top 10 spots finished in the money, with Loeliger ultimately defeating Giuseppe Iadisernia in heads-up play. Christopher Kruk rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Main Event Results Linus Loeliger - $1,097,250 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $750,750 Christopher Kruk - $519,750 Steve O'Dwyer - $346,500 Ole Schemion - $269,500 Elias Talvitie - $211,750 David Peters - $182,875 Kahle Burns - $163,625 Conor Beresford - $154,000 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $154,000 The win gave Loeliger 658 points towards the Championship Leaderboard race, but that was only enough to push him to 1,037 total and that wasn't enough to claim the top spot. Kolonias Wins Event #30 and Purple Jacket Coming into Sunday, Kolonias was fourth in the overall standings for the Poker Masters Online Purple Jacket and 134 points behind Martirosian in that race. Both reached the final table of the very last event of the series, Event #30: $500K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max], but it was Kolonias was proved best on this day. Not only did Kolonias finish ahead of Martirosian, but he went on to win the tournament, earn $367,782.76 in prize money, and conquer the Championship Leaderboard to win the Purple Jacket and $50,000 championship prize. In the final event, Kolonias topped a field of 146 entries to take home the lion's share of the $1.46 million prize pool. The top 18 spots paid, with Kolonias beating Jason McConnon in heads-up play. Event #30 Results Alexandros Kolonias - $367,782.76 Jason McConnon - $248,200 Mark Demirjian - $175,200 Mustapha Kanit - $124,100 Artur Martirosian - $91,250 Christopher Kruk - $60,590 Pascal Lefrancois - $45,990 Samuel Vousden - $45,990 Mark Radoja - $45,990 Hossein Ensan - $31,390 Mark Davis - $31,390 Dan Shak - $31,390 Alexander Ivarsson - $26,789.54 Benjamin Heath - $26,789.54 Chris Hunichen - $26,789.54 Connor Drinan - $26,789.54 Steve O'Dwyer - $26,789.54 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $26,789.54 Kolonias ended with 11 cashes across the series, including two victories (Event #7 and Event #30), one second-place result (Event #14), and two third-place finishes (Event #22 and Event #27). Kolonias's results allowed him to amass 1,191 points, which was 143 points ahead of Martirosian in second place. With 11 cashes, Kolonias tied for the most across the entire series. Timothy Adams, who ultimately ended in fourth overall on the Championship Leaderboard, also cashed 11 times across the festival. Topping the Championship Leaderboard gave Kolonias the Purple Jacket and $50,000 in prize money. Final Championship Standings Alexandros Kolonias - 1,191 points Artur Martirosian - 1,048 points Linus Loeliger - 1,037 points Timothy Adams - 861 points Ali Imsirovic - 857 points Andras Nemeth - 807 points Pascal Lefrancois - 782 points Paulis Ayras - 748 points Alex Foxen - 736 points Steve O'Dwyer - 732 points
That’s a wrap on the 2020 World Series of Poker as the final event of the series, Event #83 ($10,000 WSOP Super MILLION$) concluded with Connor Drinan eliminating his final six opponents to collect the $1,423,409 first-place prize and his first career gold bracelet. As one of the elite tournament players in the game today, Drinan’s victory came at the end of a WSOP grind that lasted over two months. After his record-setting PokerStars SCOOP performance, Drinan returned to Las Vegas and battled in the entire first half of tournaments on WSOP.com. He then flew to Mexico to compete in the second half of the series on GGPoker. In total, Drinan racked up 20 results, including three final tables, and more than $147,000 prior to his gold bracelet run. As a bonus, Drinan was one of the high-profile names that took Daniel Negreanu up on his $100,000 must-win bracelet bet. By winning, Drinan added another six-figure score to his total should Negreanu not find a way (or have the opportunity) to win a bracelet by the end of the year. The first elimination of the final table took place on the very first hand. From the button, Christopher Kruk put in a raise with [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] and was called by Kenneth Smaron in the big blind who was holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] and sitting on a short stack. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] and Smaron checked his top pair over to Kruk who put in a small bet with his flush and gutshot straight draw. Smaron check-shoved for the rest of his stack and Kruk insta-called. The [poker card="ad"] peeled off on the river, giving Kruk a flush and leaving Smaron drawing dead to the [poker card="2h"] river. Smaron exited in ninth place for $110,389. Roughly twenty minutes later, Sylvain Loosli put Russia’s Arsenii Malinov to the test for all his chips. When folded to in the small blind, Loosli raised enough to put Malinov all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"]. Malinov made the call with [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] and just needed to hold to secure a double up. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"] flop gave Loosli two pair and a stranglehold on the hand. When the [poker card="2s"] hit the turn it was all over for Malinov who watched a meaningless [poker card="js"] hit the river. Malinov finished in eighth place for $152,113. In a span of 20 minutes, Kruk went from the chip lead to the rail. As the stacks evened out, Drinan put in an early raise with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"]. When it folded around to Kruk in the small blind, he moved all in for his final 20 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] only to be snap-called by Drinan. Although dominated, Kruk found some life on the [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3d"] flop. The [poker card="6h"] turn took away Kruk’s backdoor spades out and the [poker card="8h"] ended his run in seventh place for $209,609. With six left, Suraj Mishra found himself in great shape to retake the chip lead he started the day with. After Drinan opened with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"], Mishra shipped nearly 25 blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. After taking some time, Drinan made the call. Mishra went from dominating to dominated after Drinan hit a set on the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"] flop. The [poker card="5d"] opened up some flush draw outs or Mishra but the [poker card="kc"] river sent him home in sixth place, good for $288,836. The hand gave Drinan a considerable chip lead, which he never gave up. When just over 10 big blinds left in his stack, Loosli moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] and was called by Drinan in the big blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Loosli some additional outs but the [poker card="qd"] turn and [poker card="9d"] river was of no help. The former WSOP November Niner was forced to settle for sixth place and $398,010. Drinan spent the better part of the next thirty minutes padding his chip lead before he got into an all-in confrontation with former #1 ranked Chris Oliver. Oliver put in a raise for the majority of his stack with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"] only to be three-bet by Drinan holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. Oliver made the call, putting his tournament at risk. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"] flop gave both players a pair but Oliver failed to improve through the [poker card="4s"] turn and the [poker card="td"] river. Oliver finished in fourth place for $548,450. Viktor Ustimov was next in Drinan’s sights. After Ustimov put in a raise with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"], Drinan moved all in with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Ustimov made the call and saw he was flipping for a shot to get back into the tournament. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] left Ustimov looking for a lot of help, which didn’t appear on the [poker card="5c"] turn, nor the [poker card="ts"] river. Ustimov took third place and logged off with a $755,754 payday. Drinan held an overwhelming chip lead headed into his heads-up battle with Daniyar Aubakirov, however Aubakirov kept it interesting. However, even though Aubakirov secured two double-ups at different points in the match, Drinan was not going to be denied. Drinan found his way back to a better than 4:1 chip lead when Aubakirov moved his final fifteen big blinds all in with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. When Drinan made the call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"], Aubakirov was on the verge of his third double up. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4s"] flop gave both top pair, but Aubakirov’s kicker was in play. The turn was the [poker card="8s"] but it was the [poker card="9c"] river that gave Drinan the hand, the tournament and his first career gold bracelet. Aubakirov finished as the runner-up and walked away with a $1,041,414 score. On the final tournament of the 2020 World Series of Poker, Connor Drinan locked up a $1,423,049 first-place prize, his first WSOP gold bracelet, and a $100,000 must-win bracelet side bet against Daniel Negreanu. Final Table Payouts Connor Drinan - $1,423,049 Daniyar Aubakirov - $1,041,414 Viktor Ustimov - $755,754 Chris Oliver - $548,450 Sylvain Loosli - $398,010 Suraj Mishra - $288,836 Christopher Kruk - $209,609 Arsenii Malinov - $152,113 Kenneth Smaron - $110,389