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  1. 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 event on Monday with the chip lead and while he didn't hold onto it the entire night, he had it when it mattered most; at the end. Heath beat a final table that included Chance Kornuth, Nick Petrangelo, Sam Soverel and finally Andrew Lichtenberger heads-up to claim the $1,484,085 first place prize and the first bracelet of his career. “It feels a lot better than I thought it would,” Heath said. “When I was younger, I was shy and didn't really want to win the bracelet. I would have rather just taken second place. But now that it has happened, it feels great!” The final table provided the first controversial moment of the WSOP though. Down to four players, Soverel folded out of turn while waiting for Heath to respond to an all-in shove for Yurasov. The moment soon caught the eye of high roller regular Isaac Haxton who took to Twitter. Haxton's tweet set off a firestorm of responses on both sides of the issues from players who have played against Soverel in tournaments around the world. Final Table Payouts Ben Heath $1,484,085 Andrew Lichtenberger - $917,232 Sam Soverel - $640,924 Dmitry Yurasov - $458,138 Nick Petrangelo - $335,181 Chance Kornuth - $251,128 Dan Zack Takes Down $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Experience pays off at the WSOP and as the final table of the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event played down to a winner, Dan Zack relied heavily on his experience playing a lot of short-handed Triple Draw games over the past few years. It paid off handsomely for the 26-year-old New Jersey poker player as he beat Sumir Mathur heads-up to win $160,447 and the first bracelet of his career. “Draw games are my favorite games and probably my best games. I’ve probably played more hands of three-handed and heads-up draw than I’ve played of anything else in the last couple of years. I’ve played a ton of short-handed triple draw and Badugi online, so this is a cool event to take down,” Zack said after his win. There were 13 players at the start of the day that felt like they had a shot at the bracelet. Bryce Yockey, Andrew Brown, Mark Gregorich and Mike Gorodinsky were just some of the talented players that busted before the final table. Jake Schwartz, who started Day 2 with the chip lead, busted in sixth. Final Table Payouts Dan Zack - $160,447 Sumir Mathur - $99,153 Brayden Gazlay - $65,217 Jon Turner - $43,984 Jesse Hampton - $30,437 Jake Schwartz - $21,625 Saya Ono Gets Through Big 50 Day 1C on Top Saya Ono, a Southern California cash game regular, went from all in on the bubble to end-of-day chip leader on Tuesday. Ono bagged up 3,810,000 and is one of just two players who finished with more than 3,000,000 in chips. The other is Britain's Benjamin Dobson (3,560,000). The day started with 1,504 players and ended with 404 players putting chips in a bag. Notables who are still alive include Isaac Baron, Asher Conniff, Men Nguyen, Rex Clinkscales, Ari Engel, Eric Baldwin, Matt Stout, and Jared Griener. Those players moving on to Day 3, will now wait until Wednesday to resume play as the Day 1D survivors get their shot to move on to Tuesday. Prize pool information for the Big 50 should be announced early Tuesday morning. Top 10 Chip Counts Saya Ono - 3,810,000 Benjamin Dobson - 3,560,000 Nelson Rose - 2,915,000 Ubaid Habib - 2,600,000 Danny Ehrenberger - 2,440,000 Catherine Valdes - 2,430,000 Renato Manalo - 2,360,000 Samuel Welbourne - 2,275,000 Janae Pham - 2,250,000 Jiehao Zhu - 2,230,000 $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Gets Boost A lot of the talk on Day 1 of the $10,000 Short Deck event was centered around the lack of turnout. Just 61 players showed up on Sunday for the opening day but with two hours of late registration on Monday, another 53 entries boosted the field to 114 total players. Some of the players who took advantage of the late registration included Shaun Deeb, Ryan Riess, Ben Yu, Daniel Negreanu, Alex Foxen, Rainer Kempe, Andrew Robl, and Phil Hellmuth. Busting out of the $50,000 High Roller didn't seem to impact Chance Kornuth too much. He walked right over to this event and ran up his stack to 2,163,000 and heads into Wednesday's final table as the chip leader. Alex Epstein and Yong Wang sit second and third respectively and were the only other players to finish with a seven-figure stack. Pennsylvania poker pro Thai Ha has the shortest remaining stack and will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to spin it up on Tuesday. Players who cashed on Monday but failed to advance to Tuesday include Bill Perkins, Kane Kalas, Alex Foxen, Justin Bonomo, and Galen Hall. The event was originally scheduled to run four days but given the light Day 1 turnout and the rapid pace of eliminations on Day 2, tournament organizers decided to shorten the event by one day. The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Chance Kornuth - 2,163,000 Alex Epstein - 1,275,000 Yong Wang - 1,176,000 Anson Tsang - 975,000 Rene van Krevelen - 563,000 Andrew Robl - 406,000 Thai Ha - 283,000 Big Field Shows for $600 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack If you thought the days of long line-ups were going to be restricted to the Big 50, you'd be wrong. The first Deepstack event of the 2019 WSOP attracted 6,151 players, many of them coming from the Big 50 after busting out. The event, which features 20-minute levels, is scheduled to be a two-day event but with 581 players advancing to Day 2, it seems more likely that a third day will be added. Paul Dhaliwal finished as the chip leader with 1,612,000 chips going in the bag at the end of the night. Some of the notables who advanced to Day 2 include Jake Schwartz, Bart Lybaert, Daniel Negreanu, Maurice Hawkins, Matt Stout, Ylon Schwartz, and Erik Seidel. Action gets underway at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Paul Dhaliwal - 1,612,000 Michael Morhaime - 1,275,000 David Elet - 1,255,000 Mohammad Saadeghvazri - 1,215,000 Christopher Battenfield - 1,190,000 Zachary Vankeuren - 1,032,000 Kyle Dover - 951,000 Richard Smith - 922,000 Edvinas Gruzdas - 896,000 Roman Kroupa - 893,000 Jim Collopy Leads $1,500 Dealers Choice After Day 1 A lot of the focus at the WSOP over the past few days has been on No Limit Hold'em, but mixed game aficionados were out in full force Monday afternoon for the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Jim Collopy bagged up 84,300 and leads the 178 players who managed to survive Day 1. The event drew 470 players. Other familiar faces who are moving on to Day 2 include Robert Mizrachi, Dan Shak, WSOP Circuit crusher Valentin Vornicu, Greg Mueller, Ryan Hughes, David 'ODB' Baker, Marco Johnson and Dzmitry Urbanovich. Top 10 Chip Counts Jim Collopy - 84,300 Danny Noam - 81,100 Jason Stockfish - 79,500 Al Barbieri - 65,800 Nikolai Yakovenko - 63,600 Ryan Leng - 62,800 Tamon Nakamura - 61,100 Cole Jackson - 56,800 Robert Campbell - 56,400 Todd Barlow - 54,900 Dan Smith Leads $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Straight forward No Limit Hold'em was on the menu as the final event to get underway on Monday. 343 players entered the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event and the high end of the Day 1 chip counts include a who's who of NLHE bosses. Dan Smith sits on top of that impressive list with 321,000. Simon Deadman, Darryll Fish, and Faraz Jaka take up the second - fourth place spots behind Smith. Online poker crusher Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii bagged up the fifth biggest stack. There's a plethora of well-known players outside of the top 10 chip counts. Dietrich Fast, Niall Farrell, Antoine Saout, Ali Imsirovic, Adrian Mateos, Chris Hunichen, Daniel Strelitz, Ian O'Hara, and Joao Vieira all still have chips and a shot at winning the bracelet. Registration remains open until the end of Level 12 on Tuesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Dan Smith - 321,100 Simon Deadman - 267,000 Darryll Fish - 254,400 Faraz Jaka - 224,600 Arsenii Karmatckii - 221,900 Andreas Eiler - 171,200 Emile Schiff - 170,200 Brett Bader - 158,400 Georgios Kitsios - 154,000 Pedro Oliveira - 137,900
  2. Those who know Dan Zack and know of him won’t ever question his ability, but even all the talent in the world is sometimes not enough to overcome the breaks in poker. Zack entered the third and final day of Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw at the 2019 World Series of Poker in 10th place on the leaderboard with 13 players remaining. He lost the first two hands that of the day, which knocked him even further down the leaderboard, but he never gave up, eventually walking away with his first gold bracelet and $160,447 top prize. As players around him hit the payout desk one by one, Zack inched closer to the finish line. There was one problem, though. He wasn’t really picking up any chips. Rather, Zack was treading water with everything from the neck down submerged. Every time he began to pick up some traction he was knocked right back down. “This whole tournament, I was not above average until I came to [the final table] with seven left,” Zack said. “I think the hand before we moved from eight players to seven players was the first time I was above average the entire tournament.” Along the way, Zack joked that he kept telling his friends and family that he was going to go bust soon, but it just never happened. For whatever reason, the poker gods kept him alive on the felt but not in a way that made Zack feel overly excited about his chances. In fact, as he claimed his text log would prove, he thought he’d be out at any moment. “I have a million texts,” Zack said. “My brother asks for text updates on every break, and every break for the last two days has been, ‘Yeah, I’m in dead last,’ ‘I’m in last place,’ ‘I’m about to be out,’ ‘Holy cow, I made the money but don’t worry I’ll min-cash and bust soon.’ Just over and over and over again. Every break, I was bottom five in chips for the entire tournament.” Eventually, Zack hit a rush that stuck. He climbed up the ladder to the middle of the pack and then the next thing he knew, he was at the final table of seven following the elimination of two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Mike Gorodinsky in eighth place. The trip to the WSOP main stage marked the eighth WSOP final table of Zack’s career, but that didn’t exactly shed a beaming light of confidence on the well-rounded pro. You see, Zack had never made it to the top three of a WSOP event before. According to someone on social media, the only player with more WSOP final tables without a top-three finish was Tony Cousineau. Zack got that monkey off his back, though. “Yes, it’s been a running joke that someone tweeted at me that I had the second most final tables without a top three somehow,” Zack said. “This was a relief because I was starting to question if I was just doing something terrible at every final table that I made.” At the final table, Zack started to really rocket up the counts. A few players hit the rail as he moved up and then Zack knocked out Jon Turner in fourth place. From there, he only kept shredding and took a commanding chip lead into the dinner break with three players left. When they went to eat, Zack had 80% of the chips in play. Zack admitted to getting a little nervous on the dinner break. Nervous in the sense that he didn’t want to blow it because a lot of his supporters were already congratulating him. “It was just a little bit nerve wracking,” Zack said. After dinner, Zack continued to steamroll his opponents. He quickly knocked out Brayden Gazlay in third place and then ended the tournament by busting Sumir Mathur in second. Now, with one gold bracelet wrapped around his wrist and a six-figure boost to his bankroll, Zack will step on the gas to chase WSOP Player of the Year. He only plans to take five days off when his girlfriend gets into town. Other than that, it's going to be poker, poker, and more poker. “My plan was always to chase Player of the Year,” Zack said. When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward.” Prior to this victory, Zack had a 12th-place finish in Event #2: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $18,667. He also had already accumulated a hefty stack in Event #3: $500 ‘Big 50’ No-Limit Hold’em that became a record-setting tournament. In that event, Zack has 1.985 million chips in the bag advancing to Day 3, which he’ll resume playing on Wednesday. After his result in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and win in the $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw, a deep run in the ‘Big 50’ could really boost his efforts in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
  3. When PocketFives announced the 50 Greatest Players in WSOP History project, Eli Elezra narrowly made the cut, coming in at #50. On Monday, the 58-year-old made a case for an improved ranking the next time around by becoming the 47th player to win at least four bracelets. Elezra's win was the only bracelet victory on Monday as three other events on the schedule dwindled down and two more kicked off. Eli Elezra Wins $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eli Elezra started the final day of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event with the chip lead and though it wasn't a wire-to-wire win, he did eventually beat out Anthony Zinno heads-up to win the fourth bracelet of his career and $93,766. "I'm from the old school. I've still got it here, I've still got a feeling about hands. That's when I know when to fold," Elezra said after his win. "I think in the end though I was lucky because Anthony is a really good player." Elezra and Zinno came into the final table with over 85% of the chips in play and it was simply academic for David Singer, Rep Porter, Tab Thiptinnakon, and Valentin Vornicu to bust in front of them to lead to the seemingly inevitable heads up battle. The pair played for nearly four hours before Elezra prevailed. This is the second time Elezra has won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. He won the previous one in 2015. Elezra's other two bracelets are in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo (2007) and Limit Deuce to Seven (2013). Final Table Payouts Eli Elezra - $93,766 Anthony Zinno - $57,951 Valentin Vornicu - $39,830 Tab Thiptinnakon - $27,933 Rep Porter - $19,996 David Singer - $14,619 Joshua Mountain - $10,920 Scott Seiver - $8,337 Josh Reichard Leads Final 34 in Millionaire Maker There are just 34 players left in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker and one of them is going to win $1,000,000 this week - well, $1,344,930 to be exact. Josh Reichard, winner of 11 WSOP Circuit rings, leads the final 34 players with 20,645,000. He's the only player with at least 20,000,000 and one of only six with 10,000,000. Included in that second group is Andrew Hinrichsen with 18,700,000 and Cory Albertson with 15,150,000. There are two former #1-ranked PocketFivers in the top 10. Steven van Zadelhoff sits fifth with 10,600,000 and Joao Simao ended up ninth with 9,050,000. Another former #1, Calvin Anderson, finished with the shortest stack at 1,875,000. Samuel Cosby, who started the day with the chip lead, is still alive with 4,085,000. There were 275 players who saw their shot at the seven-figure windfall end on Monday. Some of the notables to bust included Anthony Spinella (41st - $31,224), Jonathan Karamalikis (45th - $31,224), Bruno Politano (48th - $25,511), Joe McKeehen (65th - $17,416) Olivier Busquet (93rd - $10,399), Justin Young (102nd - $8,893), JC Tran (128th -$8,893), Daniel Buzgon (136th - $8,893), Ramon Colillas (145th - $8,893), and 2019 bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz (146th - $8,893). The remaining players return to action Tuesday at Noon and will play down to six players. The final table is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Top 10 Chip Counts Josh Reichard - 20,645,000 Andrew Hinrichsen - 18,700,000 Cory Albertson - 15,150,000 Fabian Gumz - 11,675,000 Steven van Zadelhoff - 10,600,000 Jacob Naumann - 10,565,000 Stephen Nussrallah - 9,960,000 Joao Simao - 9,050,000 Nathan Russler - 7,060,000 Damon Musgrave - 7,045,000 $1,000 Double Stack Needs Third Day; 11 Remain The $1,000 Double Stack event was supposed to be a two-day event, but a larger-than-expected field made that nearly impossible but that's just fine with Jorden Fox and 10 other players still chasing the $420,693 first place prize money. The top three stacks heading into Day 3 all belong to players who call California home. Fox leads with 26,150,000 ahead of Jeffrey Smith with 21,775,000. Scott Vener, a Hollywood music supervisor, sits third with 17,600,000. Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz was the final player to bust on Monday, finishing 12th for $28,443. Other notables that were sent to the rail on Monday included Adam Levy, Maria Ho, Dylan Linde, former #1-ranked Tim West, Pennsylvani poker pro Zach Gruneberg, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ryan Laplante, and Kelly Minkin. The final 11 players will play down to a winner beginning at Noon. Final 11 Chip Counts Jorden Fox - 26,150,000 Jeffrey Smith - 21,775,000 Scott Vener - 17,600,000 Christopher Andler - 12,675,000 Jayachandra Gangaiah - 12,625,000 Sridhar Natarajan - 10,675,000 Ryan Teves - 8,725,000 Simon Legat - 7,950,000 Andrew Glauberg - 6,025,000 Atrayon Trevino - 4,550,000 Marco Garcia - 4,000,000 Alexander Livingston in Command in $1,500 Eight Game Alexander Livingston almost bagged up 600,000 chips at the end of Day 2 of the $1,500 Eight Game event. He finished with 587,000 and is the only player over 500,000 and the only one over 400,000. Chris Vitch finished with 395,000 for the second best stack on the day. Murilo Souza, who won the $1,500 HORSE event last week, sits third with 383,000. Only 28 of the 225 players who started the day managed to move on to Day 2. Pennsylvania poker is well represented with Chris Klodnicki and Matt Glantz both finding bags at the end of the night. Chris Bjorin, Allen Kessler, and Toby Lewis also stayed alive through the 10 levels of play. There were more than a few notable names that busted on Day 2. Ismael Bojang, Jeff Madsen, Mike Watson, Brian Yoon, Phil Hellmuth, Yuval Bronshtein, David 'ODB' Baker, Phillip Hui, Marco Johnson, Dan Smith, Shaun Deeb, Patrick Leonard, Alex Foxen, and Ian O'Hara didn't move on to Day 2 but did pick up a cash. Day 3 starts at 2 PM PT is scheduled to play down to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Alexander Livingston - 587,000 Chris Vitch - 395,500 Murilo Souza - 383,000 Philip Long - 353,000 John Trumbul - 348,500 Chris Klodnicki - 348,000 Matt Glantz - 342,000 Frederik Brink - 285,500 John Evans - 262,000 Rami Boukai - 257,500 Cliff Josephy Among $600 PLO Deepstack Top 10 Day 1 of the $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event, a new event for 2019, drew 2,577 players with 215 making it through the day. Corey Wright finished as the chip leader with 1,726,000. Former #1-ranked Cliff Josephy made his 2019 WSOP debut on Monday and seems to have made the absolute most of it, finishing in the top 10 Day 1 chip stacks. There were 171 players who busted on Day 1, but still managed to make it into the money. Daniel Negreanu picked up his fifth cash of the 2019 WSOP, finishing 381st for $875. Other notables to pick up a score on Monday included Joseph Cheong, Chris Ferguson, Greg Raymer, Kenny Hallaert, Joao Vieira, and Jesse Sylvia. The event is scheduled to wrap up on Tuesday, with cards in the air beginning at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Corey Wright - 1,726,000 Robert Valden - 1,275,000 Ryan Bambrick - 1,159,000 Peter Linton - 1,130,000 Peter Eichhardt - 1,100,000 Rafael Lebron - 1,059,000 Cliff Josephy - 1,009,000 Alex Feiner - 1,003,000 Darko Stojanovic - 987,000 Ioannis Angelou - 970,000 Fewer Runners in $2,620 Marathon Event While most of the No Limit Hold'em events in the early part of the 2019 WSOP schedule have seen an uptick in attendance, the $2,620 buy-in Marathon appears to be the exception. Just 947 players bought in on Day 1, down from the 1,479 who did the same last summer. Registration is open for two more levels on Tuesday (just like 2018). Peter Hong bagged up the chip lead, finishing the six 100-minute levels with 179,000 from a starting stack of 26,200. There's a close group right behind with Christopher Godfrey, Scott Menard, and Thong Ho all finishing with 170,000 or more. There were 466 players who finished Day 1 with chips as 481 were sent to the rail. Matt Berkey, Dietrich Fast, Tristan Wade, Andre Akkari, Jonathan Proudfoot, and Live at the Bike's Ryan Feldman, were just a handful of the notables moving on to Day 2. The event is scheduled to run until Saturday. Top 10 Chip Counts Peter Hong - 179,000 Christopher Godfrey - 177,100 Scott Menard - 171,700 Thong Ho - 170,700 Uri Reichenstein - 163,400 Vladimir Alexandrov - 163,000 Vladimir Revniaga - 156,000 Xi Yang - 155,100 Zu Zhou - 149,000 Roman Korenev - 147,400 Dave Alfa Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Day 1 Dave Alfa might be leading $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event, but poker fans around the world could be rejoicing as ESPN commentator Norman Chad finished Day 1 with a top 10 stack. Alfa bagged up 87,900 while Chad finished with 48,600. Longtime PocketFiver Andrew Kelsall finished with 69,700 for the second best stack. Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright finished right behind Kelsall with 68,800. The opening day drew 460 runners, down from the 596 last year. Some of the notables among the 195 players to advance to Day 2 include Eric Rodawig, Yuval Bronshtein, Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Michael Mizrachi, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Zack. Top 10 Chip Counts Dave Alfa - 87,900 Andrew Kelsall - 69,700 Barbara Enright - 68,800 Gregory Yohn - 65,900 Allen Green - 53,600 Bryan Pimlott - 52,100 Eugene Parenti - 51,400 Stephen Clough - 51,200 Anna Wroblewski - 50,200 Norman Chad - 48,600 WSOP PLAYER OF THE YEAR UPDATE Dan Zack won his first bracelet in the opening days of the 2019 WSOP and has made it quite clear he intends to chase down the WSOP Player of the Year title. He now has five cashes this summer, including two since his win, and leads the POY race by Rank Player Points 1 Dan Zack 1,754.40 2 Isaac Baron 1,396.76 3 Femi Fashakin 1,384.62 4 Brett Apter 1,356.43 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,353.20 6 Ben Heath 1,339.27 7 Jeremy Pekarek 1,278.95 8 Frankie O'Dell 1,259.10 9 Ben Yu 1,219.61 10 Scott Clements 1,217.26 STREAMING SCHEDULE The $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven final table featuring Jean-Robert Belland, Prahlad Friedman, Paul Volpe, Darren Elias, and Jim Bechtel gets underway at NOON PT and will be streamed on both PokerGO and CBS All Access. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code “POCKET5S” for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. TUESDAY at the WSOP
  4. On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would have a new leader on Saturday morning and it would have been Hui. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 *Leaderboard as of Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m. PT. 1. Dan Zack - 2,920.76 2. Phil Hui - 2,830.68 3. Shaun Deeb - 2,393.50 4. Scott Clements - 2,368.02 5. Jason Gooch - 2,268.02 6. Anthony Zinno - 2,186.20 7. Upeshka De Silva - 2,162.02 8. Robert Campbell - 2,034.56 9. Daniel Strelitz - 2,032.04 10. Ari Engel - 1,997.03 Comparing the two players, Zack and Hui, both have a gold bracelet win and both have three final tables. To date, Zack has earned $338,490 from his 11 cashes and Hui has earned $1,277,104 from his nine cashes. The two players have also set their sights on winning the WSOP Player of the Year award. "My plan was always to chase Player of the Year," Zack said following his gold bracelet win a few weeks ago. "When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward." After he won gold this week, Hui echoed the same goal. "I want to win Player of the Year," Hui said. "That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list." Deeb, Clements, and Gooch Round Out Top Five Behind Zack and Hui is Shaun Deeb, the defending champion of the WSOP Player of the Year title. Deeb has 11 cashes at the 2019 WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship and a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Scott Clements, who is currently fourth in the race, nearly earned his fourth final table of the summer with a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event recently. For Clements, he has six cashes at the 2019 WSOP to date and won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event at the beginning of June. Jason Gooch rounds out the top five at 2,268.02 points, and his place on this leaderboard is an interesting one in that the bulk of his points have come from two of the online gold bracelet events held on WSOP.com. Gooch took second in the $600 Online Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event for $85,560 and 474.4 points, then he won the $1,000 Online Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em event for $241,493 and 1,030 points. Gooch’s WSOP.com screen name is 'TheBigGift.' Zinno, Engel, Turner, and Negreanu Climb Anthony Zinno took down the aforementioned $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo that Clements ran deep in. The win pushed him to sixth on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Also in that event, Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner finished fourth and Ari Engel placed 10th. Those results allowed Engel to jump to 10th and Turner to 11th on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu finished fifth in the $10,000 Razz Championship to earn another 379.1 points and improve to 1,817.21 points overall. It was Negreanu’s 11th cash and third final table of the 2019 WSOP, and he’s now 12th in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
  5. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  6. Friday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included a dramatic conclusion to one of the most prestigious events on the calendar that ended up with a former WSOP Circuit grinder picking up his second career bracelet and his first seven-figure score. That was one of three bracelets won on Friday. Joe Foresman Takes Down $600 Deepstack Championship Joe Foresman took one look across the table at his heads-up opponent in the $600 Deepstack Championship and decided that second place was an acceptable outcome. “Honest to God after playing three hands with Will (Givens), I was terrified to play him heads up. I couldn’t even fathom this. I would have been happy with second, I would have been happy with third, this is unreal,” Foresman said. The 49-year-old Las Vegas musician shook that off though and eventually disposed of Givens to win the bracelet, the $397,903 first place prize money and $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat that came with it. It made this everyman's poker dream come true. “We all sit there and dream about it. We all sit there and say, yeah if I can just get some hands and make a deep run in an event. You never think it’s going to be a reality,” Foresman said. Givens, who won a bracelet in 2014, finished second for $245,606. Steffen Logen rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result for $181,953. Final Table Payouts Joe Foresman - $397,903 Will Givens - $245,606 Steffen Logen - $181,953 Jeff Hakim - $135,783 Hlib Kovtunov - $102,077 Mrityunjay Jha - $77,308 David Goodman - $58,988 Jean Alexandre - $45,348 Linda Huard - $35,128 Benjamin Teng - $27,419 Anthony Zinno Wins Second Bracelet in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Anthony Zinno had no problem with the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event needing an extra day to finish. The 37-year-old returned for the unscheduled fourth day of play sitting fourth in chips and outlasted the other eight players to win his second career bracelet. "This one, I'm super-proud because I've been practising a lot of Omaha Hi-Lo for the past two years, specifically. I was actually really excited to play this specific event and the $10K. It's pretty cool when you work on one game particularly hard, and then it works," Zinno said. Zinno beat Rodney Burt heads-up for the win. Burt, who started the day second in chips, banked $172,932. Thomas Schropfer finished third for $122,555. Burt eliminated Seidel in ninth, Connor Drinan in seventh, Jordan Spurlin in sixth and Scott Abrams in fifth before Zinno took over and eliminated Jon Turner, Schropfer, and Burt in successive order. Zinno's first bracelet came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event in 2015. Final Table Payouts Anthony Zinno - $279,920 Rodney Burt - $172,932 Thomas Schropfer - $122,555 Jon Turner - $87,967 Scott Abrams - $63,961 Jordan Spurlin - $47,118 Connor Drinan - $35,173 Kyle Miaso - $26,611 Erik Seidel - $20,410 Phil Hui Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship An epic heads-up battle between Phil Hui and Josh Arieh ended with Hui taking home the $1,099,311 first place prize money, bracelet, and Chip Reese Memorial trophy. READ: Dream Come True: Phil Hui Wins WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship Final Table Payouts Phil Hui – $1,099,311 Josh Arieh – $679,246 John Esposito – $466,407 Bryce Yockey – $325,989 Shaun Deeb – $232,058 Dan Cates – $168,305 William Davila Leads Colossus With Just 107 Left From a starting field of 13,109, just 107 players are still standing in the $400 Colossus with Chicago-native William Davila standing tallest with 17,900,000. His closest challenger, Neil Ho, sits nearly 4,000,000 chips behind. The Day 2 restart began with 1,948 players still chasing the bracelet and $451,272 first place prize. Ian Steinman, Joe Kuether, Tom McEvoy, Jeremy Ausmus, and Nancy Birnbaum all managed to work their way into Day 2. Amir Lehavot, Jon Friedberg, Tim West, Maurice Hawkins, Richard Seymour, David 'Bakes' Baker, and Joseph Galazzo were just a handful of the notables who busted on Friday. PocketFives Senior Writer Jeff Walsh finished 401st for $1,719. Action resumes Saturday at 11 AM PT and will 15 40-minute levels. Top 10 Chip Counts William Davila - 17,900,000 Neil Ho - 14,030,000 Alex Miles - 13,750,000 Zachary Ackley - 12,625,000 Robert Sherwood - 11,875,000 Gregory Sanchez - 11,000,000 Robert Hover - 10,875,000 Cindy Kerslake - 10,675,000 Antonios Onoufriou - 10,275,000 Raymond Ross - 10,150,000 $10,000 Razz Needs Day 4 for Heads-Up Duel Scott Seiver and Andrey Zhigalov bagged up their respective chip stacks early Saturday morning and will return on Saturday afternoon to finish off the $10,000 Razz Championship. Seiver holds the lead with 3,950,000 to Zhigalov's 2,490,000. Day 3 started with 12 players and moved to a final table after Cary Katz, Mike Gorodinsky, defending champion Calvin Anderson, and Marco Johnson were eliminated. Daniel Negreanu made the final table and held the chip lead with five players were left only to bust out in fifth place. WSOP Player of the Year leader Dan Zack added to his POY total with a fourth-place finish and Chris Ferguson was eliminated in third place. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Heads-Up Chip Counts Scott Seiver - 3,950,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 2,490,000 Blake Schwartzbach Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Blake Schwartzbach leads the final 38 players still alive in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event after a Day 2 that saw 190 eliminations, including the bursting of the money bubble. Schwartzbach ended the Day 2 with 475,000 to edge out Joe Tehan, Sean Yu, and John Evans for the lead. Phil Laak, Ryan Riess, Patrick Leonard, Rich Zhu, and Barry Greenstein are all still alive. Jeff Lisandro, Tom Schneider, Jake Schwartz, Yuval Bronshtein, Zachary Gruneberg, Loren Klein, and Ian O'Hara were some of the notables who picked up a cash on Friday, but did not advance to Day 3. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Blake Schwartzbach - 475,000 Joe Tehan - 458,000 Sean Yu - 445,000 John Evans - 440,000 Iori Yogo - 379,000 James Van Alstyne - 364,000 Aron Dermer - 353,000 Ivo Donev - 343,000 Keith Ferrera - 340,000 Aaron Henderson - 333,000 $888 Crazy Eights Starts With 2,861 Runners Two starting flights in the $888 Crazy Eights events helped lead to another busy day at the Rio. Day 1A brought in 1,674 entries while Day 1B, which started at 5 PM, added 1,187 more to the mix. Russia's Arsenii Karmatckii, the #3-ranked online poker player in Russia, bagged up the biggest stack at the end of Day 1A with 1,323,000. Right behind him is Aleksa Pavicevic with 1,036,000. Day 1B starter Michael Kane finished with the biggest overall stack after bagging up 1,360,000. The 329 combined survivors will now wait until Monday to return to action. Day 1C starts Saturday at 10 AM PT and 1D goes Sunday at the same time. Top 5 Day 1A Chip Counts Arsenii Karmatckii - 1,323,000 Aleksa Pavicevic - 1,036,000 Dennis Brand - 999,000 Jacob Steede - 980,000 Alexander Clark - 960,000 Top 5 Day 1B Chip Counts Michael Kane - 1,360,000 Dara Taherpour - 1,030,000 Emile Schiff - 994,000 William Pengelly - 921,000 Jerry Odeen - 913,000 Michael McKenna Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Michael McKenna, who finished runner-up to Phil Galfond in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2018, seems hell-bent on redemption after finishing Day 1 of this year's event with the chip lead. McKenna bagged up 355,600 to put himself 51,500 ahead of Randy Ohel. Kate Hoang rounded out the top three stacks with 291,800. Denis Strebkov ended with 201,100 for the eighth-best stack while Alex Foxen cracked the top 10 with 170,600. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Scott Clements, Michael Mizrachi, Joao Vieira, Jake Schwartz, Jason Mercier, Cliff Josephy, James Obst, and Shaun Deeb. Just 115 of the 175 Day 1 runners managed to move on to Day 2. They will be joined by players taking advantage of the Day 2 registration at 2 PM PT to play another six levels. Top Chip Counts Michael McKenna - 355,600 Randy Ohel - 304,100 Kate Hoang - 291,800 Stephen Johnson - 228,200 Robert Cowen - 215,700 Connor Drinan - 214,600 Nathan Gamble - 203,800 Denis Strebkov - 201,100 Ryan Miller - 183,000 Alex Foxen - 170,600
  7. One of Brazil's top poker players went from online legend to World Series of Poker bracelet winner on Monday night while Korea's Ji young Kim became the first woman from her country to win a bracelet. Yuri Dzivielevski Ships $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Yuri Dzivielevski, who once held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks, added another accomplishment to his resume on Sunday night, beating Michael Thompson heads-up to win the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $213,750 and his first WSOP bracelet. Dzivielevski leaned on his years of experience playing tournaments to close out the final table. "I have a lot of experience in No Limit Hold'em tournaments, and I have a lot of experience with [statistical models], so I knew that the chips I could lose weren't worth the same as the chips when I win," Dzivielevski said. "That was my strategy – attack very specific spots, but play tight." Prior to Sunday, Dzivielevski's previous best WSOP performance came in 2016 when he narrowly missed out on the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, finishing 11th for $44,911. Thompson took home $132,113 for finishing second. Dan Zack finished fifth for $43,950 but also picked up 370.2 WSOP Player of the Year points, which pushes him past Upeshka De Silvan and back into the lead through 51 events. Final Table Payouts Yuri Dzivielevski - $213,750 Michael Thompson - $132,113 Denis Strebkob - $89,744 Andrey Zaichenko - $62,176 Daniel Zack - $43,950 Philip Long - $31,710 Alex Livingston - $23,362 Daniel Ratigan - $17,584 Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch Wins $1,000 Online NLHE Double Stack Two weeks ago, Jason Gooch was heads-up for a bracelet on WSOP.com only to finish second to Josh 'Loofa' Pollock. On Sunday night he erased the bad taste that result left in his mouth and did one better, beating Brian 'pure__reason' Wood heads-up to win the $1,000 Online NLHE Deepstack event for $241.492.94. Wood, the #19-ranked New Jersey online poker player, earned $148,542.85 as the runner-up. Gianluca Speranza, the two-time defending PokerStars SCOOP Main Event champ, finished seventh. The final table also included Italian poker players Dario Sammartino and Max Pescatori. Final Table Payouts Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch - $241,492.94 Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $148,542.85 Anthony 'scrotile' Augustino - $104,980.41 Dario 'Sirio87' Sammartino - $75,094.55 Tim 'Stucksoomuch' Wong - $54,543.05 Ran 'margarete' Koller - $40,143.29 Gianluca 'InMyHouse' Speranza- $29,885.86 Justin 'KingFortune' Liberto - $22,541.03 Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori - $17,348.99 Ji young Kim Wins Ladies Event Normally, you'll find Ji young Kim managing her coffee shop back in her hometown of Seoul, Korea. For the last four days, however, Kim was busy working her way through the 968-player field in the WSOP Ladies Event. On Sunday night, she wrapped up the victory by beating Nancy Matson heads-up. The win gives Kim her first WSOP bracelet and $167,308. Matson, from Santa Monica, CA, went home with $103,350 for her runner-up result. It's only her second WSOP cash. She previously finished 406th in the $800 NLHE Deepstack in the lead up to the Ladies Event. Lexy Gavin finished sixth for $27,643. Final Table Payouts Ji young Kim - $167,308 Nancy Matson - $103,350 Sandrine Phan - $72,821 Stephanie Dao - $52,007 Lyly Vo - $37,654 Lexy Gavin - $27,643 Raylene Celaya - $20,582 Stephanie Hubbard - $15,544 Barbara Blechinger - $11,911 Kainalu McCue-Unciano Leads Monster Stack After Day 2 Nearly 3,000 players crammed into 10-handed tables on Sunday for Day 2 of the $1,500 Monster Stack and by the time 10 levels were in the books, just 457 players remained. Kainalu McCue-Unciano leads the way with 2,187,000 and the only other player who put more than 2,000,000 in the bag was Andrew Moreno, with 2,034,000. Konstantin Puchkov, Pierre Neuville, Alex Lynskey, Ali Imsirovic, Ryan Hohner, Matt Salsberg, and Dan Sindelar all found a bag at the end of Day 2. The bubble burst mid-way through play Sunday with 447 players busting in the money. Some of the notables who picked up a cash on Day 2 include Taylor Paur, Jake Schwartz, PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas, and Barry Greenstein. Action resumes at 11 AM PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 2,187,000 Andrew Moreno - 2,034,000 Brady Bullard - 1,971,000 Justin Kindred - 1,900,000 Benjamin Ector - 1,869,000 Jeff Siegal - 1,840,000 Gergely Kulcsar - 1,839,000 Roman Korenev - 1,804,000 Duytue Duong - 1,800,000 Sean Yu - 1,682,000 Daniel Alaei Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship Daniel Alaei, recently named the 26th best player in WSOP history, spent Sunday building his case and his chip stack, in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event. The five-time bracelet winner finished Day 2 with 1,985,000. He'll have to work his way through a formidable group of challengers on Monday if he hopes to get anywhere close to bracelet #6. The next biggest stacks belong to players who registered at the start of Day 2. Luke Schwartz sits second with 1,700,000 while Shaun Deeb bagged the third biggest stack with 1,586,000. A total of 26 players took advantage of the Day 2 registration opportunity including Phil Ivey, Matthew Gonzales, Phil Kessel, and Stephen Chidwick. The 26 late-entries pushed the total field size to a record-setting 518 players. Just 50 of them survived to see Day 3 and will be in action beginning at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Alaei - 1,985,000 Luke Schwartz - 1,700,000 Shaun Deeb - 1,586,000 Adam Hendrix - 1,219,000 Dash Dudley - 1,199,000 Joel Feldman - 1,196,000 Will Jaffe - 1,179,000 James Park - 1,173,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 1,116,000 Patrick Mahoney - US 1,024,000 $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack The opening day of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event drew 3,759 players and through 20 30-minute levels, just 440 made it through. Kenneth Johnson ended up on top of the Day 1 chip counts with 1,400,000. Every player in the top 10 turned their starting stack of 40,000 into at least 1,000,000. This includes Alex Foxen who finished with 1,104,000 and the seventh-best stack. Joseph Cheong, Dutch Boyd, Joao Simao, Greg Raymer, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Affleck, Daniel Strelitz, Chris Ferguson, and Tim West were just some of the more recognizable faces that advanced to Da y2. Comedians Brad Garrett and Norm MacDonald also finished Day 1 with chips. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Kenneth Johnson - 1,400,000 Shmuel Hada - 1,340,000 Amir Lehavot - 1,330,000 Jordan Meltzer - 1,188,000 John Rice - 1,138,000 Michael Dichiaro - 1,110,000 Alex Foxen - 1,104,000 Sharavan Chhabria - 980,000 Loc Nguyen - 976,000 Piet Pape - 956,000 Eric Rodawig Tops Day 1 of $1,500 Razz Day 1 of the $1,500 Razz event saw 363 players enter with bracelet-winner Eric Rodawig finish the day with the lead after being the only player to break through the 100,000 chip mark. Rodawig finished with 118,7000 while his closest competitor, Stephen Burns, ended with 92,700. Adam Owen, Scott Clements, Jennifer Tilly, Matt Waxman, Don Zewin, and Steve Billirakis were part of the 127 players who advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Eric Rodawig - 118,700 Stephen Burns - 92,700 Doug Lorgeree - 90,400 Charles Lorentz - 85,000 Jaime Lezama - 83,700 Shane Littlefield - 83,400 Adam Owen - 82,800 Peter Brownstein - 81,000 Christopher Kusha - 77,700 Michael Ross - 76,600
  8. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  9. The World Series of Poker is the biggest stage in the game. The series draws thousands upon thousands of players make their way to the heart of Sin City to put their tournament skills on display in hopes of securing a life-changing score. Every single year a few players not only find themselves in a position to take down a tournament or add a major cash to their poker resume, but also spend some extra time in the poker spotlight due to their overall performance or even just their personality. Here are just a few of this year's participants that found themselves emerge as one of the breakout stars of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker. Garry Gates If one were to select a single player from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event to spotlight, you couldn’t blame anyone from choosing the charismatic 2019 World Champion Hossein Ensan or picking the dapper high-stakes pro Dario Sammartino. However, poker industry veteran turned dark horse favorite Garry Gates (and his enthusiastic #LFGGG rail) captured the attention of poker fans everywhere and giving those who, perhaps, put their own poker dream in the rearview mirror, somebody to root for. While Gates is known to many in the industry as PokerStars' Senior Consultant of Player Affairs (aka the go-to guy when it comes to needing a liaison between the online giant and their VIPs), to those that know him he’s the kind of person who would literally give someone the shirt off his back. That attitude of gratitude for the position the Pennsylvania-born Gates was in at the final table was felt through the airwaves. He was painted as a lifelong poker player who was revealing in finally getting his shot. His affable style was easy to connect with and when his run finally came to an end in fourth place, netting him $3 million he didn’t leave disappointed. He turned to his rail, arms outstretched and fell into the embrace of a support system that any poker player would envy. It’s unlikely that Gates will give it all up and hit the road as a full-time pro but while many fourth-place finishers go into the history books but fall from memory, Gates’ run will be remembered by many for a long time to come. Kainalu McCue-Unciano From out of nowhere, Hawaii has a new #1 All-Time Money List leader and that’s Kainalu McCue-Unciano. After four years of traveling to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, the Hawaiian took home his first gold bracelet when he took down the $1,500 Monster Stack for a career-high score of just over $1,000,000. But, winning the bracelet was just the beginning for McCue-Unciano at the summer series. The next day, just moments after he accepted the bracelet from Jack Effel, McCue-Unciano, in front of an Amazon room packed full of poker players, dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend of two years, Nicole, who was there supporting him, to marry him. She happily said yes, putting McCue-Unciano on a freeroll that allowed him to take his biggest shot yet. By all accounts, the newly minted millionaire then ripped off $100,000 and battled against some of the best players in the world by hopping into the $100K High Roller. Having never cashed in a tournament with a buy-in above $3,500 McCue-Unciano climbed into 12th place for a $195,862 score. Indeed that is pretty boss. Robert Campbell Now that summer at the Rio is over, Australian grinder Robert Cambell emerged as the leader in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. He did this on the back of an outstanding 2019 WSOP campaign that saw him cash nine times with five top 10 finishes. Most importantly, Campbell was the only player this year to take home two gold bracelets, one of which provided him a career-high cash of $385,763. Over $679,000 of his career $1.289 million in career earnings was made during the summer and his multi-bracelet performance held off such high profile names as Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb from heading into the World Series of Poker Europe with the POY lead. If Campbell decided to make the (long) trip to Rozvadov this summer and is able to put up a few results he may just forever have a banner hanging up at future WSOPs. Yuri Dzivielevski Most people will probably recognize Yuri Dzivielevski as the tough young Brazilian pro featured multiple time on the ESPN feature tables making a deep run in the Main Event. But it wasn’t just his charismatic camera presence and flowing mane that brought him a number of new fans. He was simply one of the toughest players featured throughout the entire broadcast. In what was supposed to be the Daniel Negreanu show on Day 1B of the Main Event, Dzivielevski stole the show by consistently chipping up and making great play after great play. This trend continued as the field dwindled and he found himself playing on camera for hours until he finally busted in 28th place for over $261,000. Dzivielevski may have been introduced to the world-at-large this summer but PocketFivers have known of his skill for quite some time as the Brazilian is a former worldwide #1-ranked online player. Also, well before the Main Event showcased what he could do, he proved it by taking home his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #51 ($2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better. Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better) for $213,750. Dan Zack For the longest time, Dan Zack was known in poker’s inner circles as one of Los Angeles’ best cash game players and a mixed game crusher. But despite a number of final tables in previous years at the World Series of Poker, that breakout score had yet to materialize. Everything changed for Zack in 2019 when early in the series he picked up the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career in Event #6 ($2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw) for $160,447. The win put him in the early lead for the WSOP Player of the Year and immediately after he came right out and said that he was gunning for the honor. His desire to win Player of the Year fueled a 2019 campaign that saw him cash 14 times, make three final tables, and earn more than $350,000. He currently sits in fourth place on in the WSOP POY race and after this summer he’s no longer simply considered a ‘cash game pro’, he’s a threat in any tournament he enters.
  10. The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.
  11. The World Series of Poker is gearing up for their return to King’s Resort in Rozvadov for the 2019 WSOPE from October 13-November 4. For the third year in a row, Leon Tosukernik’s casino in the Czech Republic will play host to the WSOP’s European series where it’s very likely that the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year winner will be determined. Fifteen Gold Bracelet Events After rolling out an initial slate of 11 gold bracelet events, organizers have recently increased the number of events to 15 due to player feedback. The changes include a pair of tournaments to entice the high-rollers including a €250,000 Super High Roller as well as €25,500 Mixed Game Championship. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] “Coming off the success of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, we took another look at the initial WSOPE schedule and felt we could enhance it,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. ”Leon and his team have been great partners for WSOP Europe and while the dates of the 2019 event haven’t changed, we were able to find some room to add some exciting new events that will drive bigger prize pools and see players busy.” 2019 WSOPE Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN 10-13 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €350 10-14 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight A €550 10-14 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €350 10-15 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight B €550 10-16 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €1,350 10-16 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €250,000 10-17 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €1,350 10-17 8-Game Mix €2,500 10-18 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €1,350 10-18 Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-19 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em €1,100 10-20 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-20 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix €1,650 10-21 Mixed Games Championship €25,500 10-22 Pot-Limit Omaha €2,200 10-23 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €100,000 10-24 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em €2,500 10-25 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €10,300 10-26 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €10,300 10-28 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €550 10-29 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €550 10-30 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight E €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight F €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight G €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight H €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight I €550 Player Of The Year The increased schedule adds plenty of potential Player of the Year points that could make a big difference in the tight 2019 POY race. On the back of two gold bracelet victories during the summer series, Australian Robert Campbell currently sits atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard however he’s trailed closely behind by a number of top-tier pros, all of whom have declared at some point that they had their sights on taking down the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. Right behind Campbell, sitting in second place on the leaderboard, is former #1-ranked PocketFiver and the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Deeb is expected to make the trip to King’s Casino as he is looking to make WSOP history by winning the award in back-to-back years. Also looking to make history is Daniel Negreanu, who is sitting in third place. Negreanu has already declared that he will be in Rozvadov in search of a record-extending third POY award. After winning his first WSOP gold bracelet this summer, Dan Zack, who currently sits in fourth place, said his plan at the start of the year was to chase the POY award, however, he has indicated that he does not plan on attending. The 2019 Poker Players Championship winner Phillip Hui is still well within striking distance sitting in fifth place. The recent additions of a Mixed Game Championship to the WSOPE schedule play to the strengths of these five players as all five have proven to excel in mixed games as well as No Limit Hold’em. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 3,166.24 4 Daniel Zack 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 2,595.54 8 David "ODB" Baker 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 2,443.22 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has never been the same spectacle as it’s summer series counterpart, but since 2007 (with the exception of 2014 & 2016) the WSOPE has crowned its own Main Event champion with all ten of the previous champions earning at least $1 million. When the WSOPE first took place in 2007, online poker phenom Annette Obrestad won the Main Event becoming the youngest player to ever win a bracelet. She defeated the field of 362 players to take home the £1,000,000 first-place prize, which at the time, converted to over $2 million USD, the largest prize in the event's history. The field size remained static for the first four years of the event until 2011 when entires spiked to 593. That year, Elio Fox defeated former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman for the WSOPE Main Event title and €1,400,000. However, the aftereffect of Black Friday also hit the WSOPE fields and over the next three events, from 2012-2015, fields dipped to an all-time low. In 2015, Kevin MacPhee took home the title in a field of just 313 players. After a break in 2016, the WSOPE returned and began its tenure at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Giving players the option of a single reentry for the Main Event, the entries once again soared over 500. In 2018, the UK’s Jack Sinclair won the second-largest WSOPE Main Event in its 10-year history taking home a career-high prize of €1,122,239. History of WSOPE Main Event Winners YEAR WINNER AMOUNT FIELD SIZE 2007 Annette Obrestad $2,013,733 362 2008 John Juanda $1,580,096 362 2009 Barry Shulman $1,321,534 334 2010 James Bord $1,281,048 346 2011 Elio Fox $1,870,208 593 2012 Phil Hellmuth $1,333,841 420 2013 Adrian Mateos $1,351,661 375 2015 Kevin MacPhee $1,001,576 313 2017 Marti Roca de Torres $1,297,551 529 2018 Jack Sinclair $1,277,012 534
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