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UK's Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick Makes It $5 Million One of the most popular players in the UK, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, returned from an online poker hiatus to launch himself past the $5 million lifetime earning mark. Chidwick, currently #2 on England's All-Time Money list, according to Hendon Mob, took sixth in a $5,000 PokerStars High Roller for over $48,000. Prior to that, Chidwick had not recorded an online cash since September. Nowadays, Chidwick only jumps online to play when the largest series and tournaments are taking place. Otherwise, the high-stakes regular spends his time crushing live events as he is currently ranked #3 on the Global Poker Index. This past December he surpassed $10,000,000 in total live earnings and Chidwick's 2017 included 10 six-figure live cashes. 'NukeTheFish' & 'bagoch' Top $3 Million Lifetime Two more online poker mainstays surpassed the $3 million lifetime marker this week. Ireland's 'NukeTheFish' and Lithuania #4-ranked grinder 'bagoch' both earned enough to reach the new milestone. 'NukeTheFish' got the job done when he finished in 65th place in a $1,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,033 on January 2. Just one day prior, he put himself in position to hit the $3 million mark when he scored a victory in a $100 PokerStars tournament for $7,283. 'bagoch', one of Lithuania's top professionals, absolutely destroyed the milemarker when he earned $95,253 for a runner-up finish in a $1,000 PokerStars tournament on January 2. Other notable million dollar milestones include Sweden's 'Discoovery' who passed the $2 million mark and Germany's 'DaCus3' who has now earned a million dollars in his over 10-year career. Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett Earns First Triple Crown of 2018 The UK's Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett completed the first Triple Crown of 2018 on January 2 after besting 771 runners in a $25 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,344. He combined that victory with his wins in the partypoker Counterpunch for $2,750 and the 888poker $20,000 Christmas Special for $6,192, to not only complete the trifecta but climb to over $800,000 in total lifetime career earnings. It's the first Triple Crown for the longtime grinder who, in the month leading up to his three victories, recorded roughly ninety-five cashes for a total of over $35,000. Kett currently sits ranked #872 Worldwide, and in the top 100 of players in the UK. Should he continue to rack up PLB points like he did when earning his Triple Crown, he could make a run at a career-high ranking in the new year. Damian 'pampa27' Salas jumps 50 spots and into the Top 100 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event seventh place finisher, Damian 'pampa27' Salas has himself a monster week at the online tables earning enough PLB points to not only breach the Worldwide top 100, but to debut at #52. The massive leap is all thanks to his first-place finish in the $5,000 PokerStars High Roller, the same one Steven Chidwick cashed in to surpass $5 million, for an online career-high $139,183 score. Pulling in nearly 800 PLB points also cemented Salas' position as the #1-ranked player in Columbia by roughly 2,500 points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 oddsbaek - #98 to #94 fNx_R - #92 to #84 untaktik - #85 to #83 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #86 to #82 Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak - #90 to #58 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - #102 to #52 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #45 to #31 drupalucker - #33 to #30 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #34 to #28 sitpro2011 - #21 to #19
The improbable story of John Hesp, the eccentric Englishman that took the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event by storm, is being given the Hollywood treatment. According to The Daily Mail, Hesp’s inspiring fourth place finish in the Main Event for $2.6 million dollars has been optioned by “two renowned movie producers.” This means that in the not-so-distant future Hesp’s trademark colorful coat will be able to be seen in actual technicolor. Fans who followed the Main Event in 2017 will be familiar with his story: a grandfather from East Yorkshire who had played poker about once a month for $10 went on the heater of a lifetime. Hesp battling some of the best young players the game has to offer and, in the process, he reminded a legion of poker players what it means to bring the fun back to the game of poker. “I feel blessed to have achieved this great success and truly hope my story will inspire others to have fun playing poker as that was my mood throughout my amazing run last year,” Hesp said. “Thought my run in Vegas last year I was playing in Party Mood and I often commented ‘let’s make poker fun!’” With his fastidious flare and colorful wardrobe which matched his personality, it didn’t take long for word of his incredible run made it into the mainstream. Film producer Marc Ambrose knew that this was just the kind of feel good story that could transcend poker itself. “Most poker movies are about the dark and seedy side to the game,” Ambrose told The Daily Mail. “This story flips that right on its head.” “Saying this movie is about poker is like saying The Full Monty is about stripping. This is really a story about living life to its fullest but realizing that the grass isn’t always greener.” For Hesp, he’s surprised at the interest. “I have been completely overwhelmed and humbled with the large number of people who have reached out to me from all parts of the world and told me how much they had enjoyed watching me on TV and how inspiring it was," Hesp said. As for who will play Hesp in the movie, nothing is concrete but Hesp has an idea or two. “George Clooney or Tom Hanks is acceptable.” While it’s unlikely that either of these actors have the chops to play the energetic Hesp, we would like to offer a few suggestions of fantasy casting for the upcoming movie. Here are some options for Ambrose as to who we think would make for a fantastic cast for the climatic WSOP Main Event Final Table scene. John Hesp as played by Michael Caine. Two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine can likely capture Hesp's English essence. WSOP Champ Scott Blumstein as played by young Seth Rogan. Sure, we may have to go back in time a few years, but Rogan's jovial nature and charisma would suit the likable personality of the 2017 champ. Dan Ott as played by Keanu Reeves. The scruffy silent type, Keanu Reeves would jump at the chance to play the runner-up. Benjamin Pollak as played by Bobby Cannavale. Bobby Cannavale, the star of Martin Scorcese's HBO show Vinyl would be a perfect fit for third-place finisher Pollak. Antoine Saout as played by Bradley Cooper. Is there another actor in Hollywood that wears a backward hat as well as Bradley Cooper? Bryan Piccoli as played by Emile Hirsch. Emile Hirsch would use what he learned playing the lead in Into The Wild to navigate Piccoli's Main Event journey. Damian Salas as played by Jon Stewart. C'mon, check this out! It's perfect! Jack Sinclair as played by Daniel Radcliff. British wizard as played by a British wizard. Ben Lamb as played by Matt Damon. The return of Mike McDermott. Have a better casting option for the John Hesp film? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter: @pocketfives
The four-day World Poker Tour $10,000 Main Event Championship on partypoker came to a conclusion on Wednesday as the UK’s Phillip Mighall outlasted the 1,011 player field to claim his first WPT title and a career-high cash of $1,550,298.47. Even though Mighall started the final table with a comfortable stack, sitting second in chips, his path to victory was certainly not an easy one. He faced serious competition in the final nine players including World Series of Poker final tablist and Day 3 chip leader Damian Salas, Team partypoker pro Dzimitry Urbanovich, and renowned high-stakes online poker grinder Bert ‘Girafganger7’ Stevens. But Mighall leaned on his years of online poker experience, which has brought him more than $3.1 million in lifetime online earnings, and grinded out the over six-hour long final table to capture that signature victory years in the making. Roughly twenty minutes into the final table the first major confrontation took place. After an early position raise from Salas, Laszlo Molnar three-bet half his short stack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. From the button, Brazil’s Victor Simonato put in the four-bet holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"] which allowed Salas to fold when it came back around to him. Molnar then stuck the rest of his stack in the middle to put his tournament on the line and Simonato made the quick call. The board ran out [poker card="qd"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="th"] sending Molnar home in ninth for $127,386. The next elimination took place just a few hands later as Tuen Mulder opened from under the gun with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] and then from the small blind, Simonato put in a three-bet with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Finland’s Akseli Paalanen then four-bet shoved over 40 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] which brought a fold from Mulder. After some thought, Simionato made the call. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] keeping the pocket queens in the lead. The [poker card="9s"] turn and the [poker card="9d"] river didn’t help Paalanen’s ace-king and he was eliminated in eighth place for $153,672. After having climbed two spots on the payout ladder, Bert Stevens open-shoved his final fifteen big blinds from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="th"]. Russia’s Blaz Zerjav made the call in the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9s"] flop opened the door for Stevens to pick up some additional outs on the turn. The [poker card="9s"] was not one of them and when the [poker card="8d"] fell on the river, the online legend Stevens exited in seventh place and added $194,112 to his nearly $10 million in career online earnings. Play slowed down at six-handed over the next hour and it took a bit of a cooler to send the next player to the rail. Salas opened under the gun with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and it folded around to Mulder on the button who called with [aq][poker card="qd"]. From the big blind, Urbanovich three-bet off his fifteen big blind stack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Salas folded the pocket pair, but Mulder four-bet enough to put Urbanovich at risk. Urbanovich made the call with the dominating hand but was quickly an underdog on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9h"] flop. The [poker card="5h"] brought flush outs for the partypoker pro but he missed with the [poker card="jc"] river. Urbanovich was out in sixth place for $277,014. Roughly fourth-five minutes later, Zerjav completed the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"] and the called Simonato who raised the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"]. The pair saw a flop of [poker card="9c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="5h"]. Zerjav check-called a bet from Simonato. The [poker card="kh"] turn elicited another check from Zerjav and Simonato continued his story with another larger bet, which Zerjav called. The [poker card="4h"] river brought Zerjav a straight, which he checked over to Simonato who continued his bluff by firing a third bullet. Zerjav made the easy call and crippled Simonato, leaving him with less than a big blind. Simonato, who won his way into the tournament on a $22 satellite, exited the very next hand in fifth place for $391,257. The final four players grinded for nearly three hours before Zerjav was forced to make his move. He open-shoved his final fourteen big blinds from the button holding [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] right into Mighall’s [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"] in the big blind. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Mighall top set and left Zerjav looking for serious help. The [poker card="9s"] turn left Zerjav drawing dead to the [poker card="qh"] river and the Russian fell in fourth place earning $552,006. Salas raised his three-handed button with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] only to be shoved on by chip leader Mighall with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"]. Salas made the call and found he was flipping for his tournament life. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"] flop looked good for Salas and the [poker card="qc"] turn looked even better. However, Salas couldn’t fade Mighall’s two-outer as the [poker card="3c"] hit the river, giving Mighall a set and eliminating Salas in third place for $814,663.80. Mighall and Mulder negotiated a deal during heads-up play that locked up career-high cashes of $1,396,968 for Mulder and $1,450,298 for Mighall but still left $100,000 on the table to play for. The thirty minute heads up match saw Mulder strip the chip lead from Mighall for a short period of time but back to back hands swung the match back in favor to Mighall, including the final hand which was a wild one. On the button, Mulder raised with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] only to be three-bet by Mighall holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"]. Mulder opted to flat the three-bet and the pair saw a [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] flop. Mighall led the flop for half-pot and Mulder put in another call with his top set, leaving himself less than a pot bet behind. The action [poker card="8h"] hit the turn bringing in Mighall’s gutshot straight draw. Mighall shoved his straight, Mulder called and needed the board to pair. It didn’t as the [poker card="2s"] hit the river ending Mulder’s tournament in second place. Phillip Mighall ended the night with a score of more than $1.55 million, his first WPT title, a seat to the WPT Tournament of Champions, and his name to be enshrined on the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup. Final Table Payouts Phillip Mighall - $1,550,298.47* Tuen Mulder - $1,396,968.73* Damian Salas - $814,663.80 Blaz Zerjav - $552,006 Victor Simionato - $391,257 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $277,014 Bert Stevens - $194,112 Akseli Paalanen - $153,672 Laszlo Molnar - $127,386
There's very little that Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has not accomplished in his online poker career. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver has amassed more than $17.5 million in online earnings and won nearly every title out there. Except one. Heading into the 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, the Hungarian poker pro had never won a WCOOP title. That ended on Thursday night as Nemeth beat William 'hellzito' Arruda heads-up to win Event #15 High ($530 NLHE w/rebuys) for $79,655.48 and that first WCOOP title. Russian crusher Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii beat out 451 other entries in Event #13 High ($1,050 NLHE Midweek Freeze) to win his second career WCOOP title. Just 24 hours after winning his second WCOOP title, Ludovic Geilich finished two spots short of another one. Another Russian also earned a WCOOP title on Thursday. 'Bagrovui' took down Event #14 High ($1,050 PLO Six Max) for a $66,449.74 score and the first WCOOP title of their career. Jordi 'prot0' Urlings broke through and won his first career WCOOP title by beating 118 other entries in Event #17 High ($1,050 6+ Hold'em) to earn $26,752.48. Former #1 and current #9-ranked Patrick Leonard took home the bronze medal and $15,736.09. British grinder 'brandon0903' came out on top of the 194-entry field in Event #18 High ($2,100 NLHE) to win $80,642.40. Georgios 'Geokarak' Karakousis finished as the runner-up while the #14-ranked online poker player in the world Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen came in third place. Other Thursday winners included 'Tayguera' (Event #13 Medium), 'ZNOXYU' (Event #13 Low), 'The_Truht' (Event #14 Medium), 'RrrrStyle' (Event #14 Low), 'MathCamillo1' (Event #15 Medium), 'Janiz_x97' (Event #15 Low), 'nokeee' (Event #17 Medium), 'nikolakiev123' (Event #17 Low), 'MarcGregor89' (Event #18 Medium), and 'humpster76' (Event #18 Low). Event #13-H: $1,050 [Midweek Freeze] 452 entries $452,000 prize pool Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii - $72,758.88* StupidFr3nch - $68,391.76* Ludovic 'Ludovi333' Geilich - $45,320.95 Event #13-M: $109 [Midweek Freeze] 3,507 entries $350,700 prize pool Tayguera - $50,392.37 heilkuh - $35,920.16 Andre_Hansen - $25,605.09 Event #13-L: $11 [Midweek Freeze] 12,953 entries $126,939.40 prize pool ZNOXYU - $14,215.90* zsombesz82 - $10,558.68* BandaLover - $10,308.78* Event #14-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max] 362 entries $362,000 prize pool Bagrovui - $66,449.74 PalomoBuchon - $48,331.05 beastishngry - $35,152.84 Event #14-M: $109 PLO [6-Max] 1,786 entries $178,600 prize pool The_Truht - $26,969.46 mounk666 - $18,790.54 silage89 - $13,092.71 Event #14-L: $11 PLO [6-Max] 5,587 entries $54,752.60 prize pool RrrrStyle - $6,755.75* Janneman1985 - $6,455.75* wale44_ - $3,778.95 Event #15-H: $530+R [8-Max] 294 entries $420,160 prize pool Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - $79,655.48 William 'hellzito' Arruda - $58,568.49 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - $43,063.92 Event #15-M: $55+R [8-Max] 2,499 entries $336,004.35 prize pool MathCamillo1 - $36,834.16* Karabin9 - $35,664.33* polonais123 - $35,167.15* Event #15-L: $5.50+R [8-Max] 8,873 entries $115,488.10 prize pool Janis_x97 - $10,336.26* TS17Aveiro - $7,884.40* DiowTrader - $8,120.76* Wildstulez08. - $11,253.23* Jcastro18 - $8,271.50* Event #17-H: $1,050 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 119 entries $119,000 prize pool prot0 - $26,752.48 b0caNer0 - $20,517.76 pads1161 - $15,736.09 Event #17-M: $109 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 557 entries $55,700 prize pool nokeee - $9,825.96 jesbergKings - $6,903.86 Jacob Schindler - $4,851.04 Event #17-L: $11 6+ Holdem [6-Max] 4,474 entries $43,845.20 prize pool nikolakiev123 - $4,635.14* Rostik2306 - $4,241.89* aelred - $4,765.76* Event #18-H: $2,100 NLHE 194 entries $400,000 prize pool ($12,000 overlay) brandon0903 - $80,642.40 Geokarak - $62,088.88 Perrymejsen - $47,804 Event #18-M: $215 NLHE [Freezeout] 1,605 entries $321,200 prize pool MarcGregor89 - $48,814.66 Partyliel - $34,795.75 mike21_4life - $24,803.61 Event #18-L: $22 NLHE [Freezeout] 77,39 entries $154,780 prize pool humpster76 - $18,822.07* Starskie1986 - $18,072.06* AS Leshiy - $10,441.93