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  1. Tuesday was a record-setting day as Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov claimed an unprecedented fifth World Championship of Online Poker title of the 2018 series after claiming victory in Event #34 (High): $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo for $29,145. It marks a sensational two weeks for Strebkov whose previous wins included victory in Event #21 High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $70,000 as well as the top spot in Event #20 Low ($11 No Limit 5 Card Draw). This time around Strebkov came through a 134-player field and defeated '0409479' heads-ups for the title, with the runner-up taking $20,770. The Russian has extended his lead at the top of the Overall and High leaderboards and currently sits second in the Medium leaderboard and sixth in the low. With seven days of the series left to run it remains to be seen how far Strebkov's hot streak can take him. In other events completed on Tuesday, September, 11, 'iacog4' won $11,449 after victory in Event #34 (Medium):$ 109 Stud Hi/Lo. 'I play 27Q5' took the bronze medal for $6,100 before 'lennart' lost out in the heads-up battle and claimed the $8,235 runner-up prize. 'iacog4', who has over $3m in online cashes, is a previous Sunday Million winner and achieved a silver medal in the Million in the same year also. Denmark's Simon 'Igorkarkarof' Pedersen just missed out on a WCOOP title after 'compris' got the better of the Dane in Event #35 (High):$2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]. 'BIack88' earnt $60,133.93 + $5,625 (in bounties) for their third-place finish before heads-up got underway. Pedersen, who has over $3.3m in online earnings, fell at the final hurdle and banked $82,279.29 + $20,476.56 (in bounties) as 'compris' took the title alongside a staggering $112,580.54 + $103,140.61 (in bounties). Romania's Nedelcu 'Narcisus90' Narcis claimed the win in Event #35 (Medium): $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] for a $72,068.37 + $46,982.51 (in bounties) score. 'Fear1sWisdom' took the bronze medal for $35,490.35 + $2,067.97 (in bounties) before the two-time Super Tuesday winner Narcis defeated 'Flyawayfraca' heads-up, with the latter taking away $50,572.70 + $9,492.12 (in bounties) in second. American professional player Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth picked up his second bronze medal of the 2018 series in Event #36 (High): $530 NLHE/PLO [6-Max] before 'BockRamsch89' went on to take the title. Kornuth came third in Event #37 (High): $1,050 NLHE [Turbo] for $54,864 yesterday and added another $27,614 to his bankroll for finishing in the same spot once more. 'FreeLancerZZ' bagged $38,893 in second place before 'BockRamsch89' claimed victory for $54,779. Event #34 (High): $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo Entries: 134 Prize pool: $134,000 aDrENalin710 - $29,145.00 0409479 - $20,770.00 serkku21 - $16,080.00 Maicoshaa - $11,390.00 Ravenswood13 - $7,370.00 thehushpuppy - $6,030.00 Us_Alex - $4,690.00 Freddy[DM[3] -$3,685.00 Event #34 (Medium):$ 109 Stud Hi/Lo Entries: 610 Prize pool: $ 61,000 iacog4 - $11,449.70 lennart - $8,235.00 I play 27Q5 - $6,100.00 Dart Serg - $4,575.00 dolmren - $3,050.00 PearlJammer - $2,135.00 childers - $1,372.50 zilbeee - $915.00 Event #34 (Low):$11 Stud Hi/Lo Entries: 2,752 Prize pool: $26,969 shoeseller - $4,041.83* laddyshark - $3,781.23* zaza38 - $2,427.26 Bonzo6656 - $1,887.87 mari4ka9510 - $1,348.48 Izja kacman - $809.08 rosana108 - $512.42 mielimaczka - $255.67 Event #35 (High):$2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 645 Prize pool: $645,000 compris - $112,580.54 + $103,140.61 (in bounties) IgorKarkarof - $82,279.29 + $20,476.56 (in bounties) BIack88 - $60,133.93 + $5,625 (in bounties) pampa27 - $43,948.94 + $30,945.32 (in bounties) pablotenisis - $32,120.09 + $28,796.87 (in bounties) probirs - $23,475.03 + $14,843.75 (in bounties) Ti0373 - $17,156.74 + $15,328.13 (in bounties) disquesi! - $12,539.05 + $10,531.25 (in bounties) Adrijan_S - $10,140.49 + $16,218.76 (in bounties) Event #35 (Medium): $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 5,065 Prize pool: $506,500 Narcisus90 - $72,068.37 + $46,982.51 (in bounties) Flyawayfraca - $50,572.70 + $9,492.12 (in bounties) Fear1sWisdom - $35,490.35 + $2,067.97 (in bounties) Lackoo87gcb - $24,906.07 + $3,609.36 (in bounties) iSlapUAround - $17,478.30 + $6,896.85 (in bounties) MoeSizlac93 - $12,265.70 + $3,862.11 (in bounties) gokveld - $8,607.71 + $481.25 (in bounties) AppelKruimel - $6,040.62 + $4,931.73 (in bounties) Illini213 - $4,239.15 + $1,817.96 (in bounties) Event #35 (Low): $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 20,822 Prize pool: $208,220 murvl - $21,516.39 + $8,169.10 (in bounties) mysto20 - $15,322.32 + $1,367.05 (in bounties) LeoMattosAK - $10,922.28 + $3,095.20 (in bounties) JeCanoff - $7,785.80 $1,374.24 (in bounties) Macksim21 - $5,549.99 + $478.30 (in bounties) the_snail03 - $3,956.24 + $2,795.27 (in bounties) Netto3K - $2,820.15 + $660.41 (in bounties) romprv - $2,010.32 + $1,466.26 (in bounties) answer2k - $1,433.03 + $184.60 (in bounties) Event #36 (High): $530 NLHE/PLO [6-Max] Entries: 637 Prize pool: $ 318,500 BockRamsch89 - $54,779.21 FreeLancerZZ - $38,893.02 ChanceCU - $27,614.17 Keisuke-ace - $19,606.15 Erä_Koira - $13,920.42 p0cket00 - $9,883.56 Event #36 (Medium): $55 NLHE/PLO [6-Max] Entries: 2,314 Prize pool: $115,700 Gronî - $17,144.52 Kan1s - $11,944.45 antifulltilt - $8,322.55 Siergio17 - $5,798.91 IDOLLS - $4,040.52 FatboyShrek - $2,815.31 Event #36 (Low): $5.50 NLHE/PLO [6-Max] Entries: 6.942 Prize pool: $34,015 Mathias_ø - $4,838.84 Gamblore27 - $3,366.79 TellYourDad - $2,345.89 WTFOMFGOAO - $1,634.55 Slawas1 - $1,138.91 beccarr94 - $793.56 Event #41 (High): $530 PLO [4-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 817 Prize pool: $204,250 lissi stinkt - $27,526.72* + $22,191.34 luckyEVever - $28,190.33* + $11,031.24 blkcrow - $13,587.07 + $9,335.92 Maathematixx - $8,567.77 + $7,410.16 Event #41 (Medium): $55 PLO [4-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 3,325 Prize pool: $83,125 RussiaSurgut - $11,947.47 + $8,287.59 Little Kraut - $7,532.36 + $1,365.47 nsinger - $4,749.77 + $623.82 MakingM0 - $2,995.12 + $954.04 Event #41 (Low): $5.50 PLO [4-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 8.232 Prize pool: $19,756 Manwlis45 - $2,780.91 + $1,623.43 Neo812 - $1,748.77 + $33.28 JETpoker18 - $1,102.74 + $242.40 jmitchell57 - $695.37 + $146.61    
  2. Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov has done it again. The PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker reached the halfway mark on Sunday and biggest story to this point is the amazing run of Russia’s Strebkov. On a day that featured the conclusion of 15 events, Strebkov earned himself his fourth overall WCOOP title. Strebkov topped the 136 runners in Event #21 High ($2,100 Eight Game), the two-day event that featured some of online poker’s top mixed game players. Strebkov took home $70,720 for the win and in doing so, secured his spot at the head of many of the WCOOP leaderboards. Currently, the Russian is sitting atop the High leaderboard, sits second on Medium and holds a sizable lead in the overall rankings. His victory last week in Event #20 Low ($11 No Limit 5 Card Draw) also has him inside the top 10 of the Low leaderboard, where he's currently tied for seventh. The #1-ranked online player in the world picked up his first WCOOP win of 2018. ‘lena900’ engaged in a lengthy heads-up battle with Russia’s ‘Ti0’ for the title in Event #27 Medium ($530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha). In the end, ‘lena900’ closed it out and added another $58,228.20 to his bankroll, elevating him to over $11.5 million in lifetime earnings. ‘Ti0’s runner-up haul was $40,828.98, good for his largest cash since May 2017. Another notable first was the first WCOOP win for three-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Benny ‘RunGodLike’ Glaser. Glaser took down Event #27 Low ($55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) for just over $18,000. While Glaser was technically the winner, there was a four-way deal struck which gave Finland’s ‘AllMeMaybe’ the most money. He finished in fourth but walked with $18,562.43. The biggest winner of the day was Tom ’tjbentham’ Bentham who outlasted the 192 players that registered for Event #27 High ($5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha). There were three players who walked with six-figure scores in this tournament, however, it was Bentham that home $191,476.72, the bulk of the $960,000 prize pool. German crusher Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion added another trophy to his already packed case with a victory in Event #33 High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em). Schemion, one of the most successful tournament players in the world, added another $112,235.51 to his impressive list of cahses. PocketFiver Matthew ‘mjw006’ Wakeman also made an appearance at this final table, bowing out in third place for $61,665.73. With the third-place finish, the Australian finds himself on the cusp of $7 million in lifetime earnings. Additional PocketFivers that were WCOOP winners on Sunday include worldwide #11-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone, Nick ‘FU_15’ Maimone, ‘wesko78’, 'Alonsas' and Andrei ‘Premove’ Skvortsov. Event #25 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 136 Prize pool: $272,000 1. aDrENalin710 - $70,720 2. krakukra - $47,600 3. Harleyy30040 - $35, 360 4. DSmunichlife - $23,120 5. ImluckNuts - $17,680 6. treysfull21 - $12,240 Event #25 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 2,964 Prize pool: $59,280 1. serkku21 - $19,722 2. holyguacmole - $14,532 3. AlexBaretta - $10,639 4. teruliro - $$7,266 5. orbit7878 - $5,190 6. cartoon2387 - $3,228.18 Event #25 (Low): $22 Eight Game Entries: 2,964 Prize pool: $59,280 1. labirint93 - $9,190.26 2. Sheldon_OWNS - $6,728.28 3. hilo30 - $4,949.88 4. Attilla ass - $3,171.48 5. appodobbyllo - $1,926.60 6. anateodora - $1,037.40 Event #26 (High): $530+R No Limit Hold'em Entries: 404 Prize pool: $563,580 1. ramastar88 - $101,489.35 2. merla888 - $76,055.79 3. ga207 - $56,996.02 4. girafganger7 - $42,712.65 5. FreeLancerZZ - $32,008.80 6. disquesi! - $23,987.31 7. kofi89 - $17,976.06 8. LoneHixx - $13,471.19 9. Killer_ooooo - $10,095.29 Event #26 (Medium): $55+R No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,881 Prize pool: $395,542.95 1. wesko78 - $57,810.59 2. bedias - $41,208.25 3. ??toneecho?? - $29,374.64 4. luckyluck653 - $20,939.25 5. lissi stinkt - $14,926.20 6. -ANALNATSHA - $10,639.90 7. moldovanali1 - $7,584.49 8. xerxes522 - $5,406.47 9. nutzzz78 - $3,853.93 Event #26 (Low): $5.50+R No Limit Hold'em Entries: 10,945 Prize pool: $162,944.60 1. Laborant - $21,449.38 2. SebLeon1 - $14,938.92 3. jokkee_apart - $10,409.03 4. felipebeltra - $7,252.72 5. hoooto - $5,053.51 6. Ubbegubbe - $3,521.15 7. WonderfullyP - $2,453.45 8. rhalala - $1,709.51 9. Artemchika - $1,191.15 Event #27 (High): $5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 192 Prize pool: $960,000 1. tjbentham - $191,476.72 2. terror777727 - $144,736.60 3. Cobus83 - $109,406.11 4. lissi stinkt - $82,699.77 5. dantegoyaF - $62,512.60 6. Maathematixx - $47,253.12 Event #27 (Medium): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 679 Prize pool: $339,500 1. Lena900 - $58,228.20 2. Ti0373 - $40,828.98 3. brianm15 - $28,629.01 4. 0409479 - $20,074.46 5. justnl2 - $14,076.07 6. aaronmermel - $9,870.04 Event #27 (Low): $55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 3,312 Prize pool: $165,600 1. RunGodlike - $18,057.56* 2. andreasspan - $12,872.85* 3. 26P0KKet04 - $10,509.69* 4. AllMeMaybe - $18,562.43* 5. krokotopus - $5,610.79 6. HTRYG - $3,909.43 Event #32 (High): $530 Eight Max No Limit Omaha 8 Entries: 336 Prize pool: $168,000 1. FU_15 - $31,222.05 2. OLD TIME GIN - $23,554.65 3. Vovan778 - $17,770.31 4. Skyscraper93 - $13,406.45 5. pikassoAA23 - $10,114.20 6. sprocketsAA - $7,630.45 7. Dsmunichlife - $5,756.63 8. jdaz111293 - $4,342.98 Event #32 (Medium): $55 Eight Max No Limit Omaha 8 Entries: 1,563 Prize pool: $78,150 1. D0N H0MER - $11,908.49 2. sawchenko - $8,487.92 3. ESTRATEGA 18 - $6.050.49 4. PokinStaR - $4,312.99 5. Belgariad - $3,074.44 6. de_fabbe - $2,191.56 7. Danisartor - $1,562.22 8. Machadada RS - $1,113.60 Event #32 (Low): $5.5 Eight Max No Limit Omaha 8 Entries: 5,246 Prize pool: $25,705.40 1. Premove - $3,662.54 2. ImAPole92 - $2,606.46 3. Netinho_RJ - $1,857.98 4. stevekw - $1,324.43 5. arm-070 - $944.10 6. Pao de qjo - $672.99 7. P.L. 1717 - $479.73 8. gronghorn - $341.97 Event #33 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 294 Prize pool: $588,00 1. Ole 'wizowizo' Schmeion - $112,235.51 2. pkrbt - $83,193.00 3. Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman - $61,665.73 4. srxakgirona - $45,708.94 5. Aggro Santos - $33,881.08 6. IsnapIcry - $25,113.95 Event #33 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,741 Prize pool: $348,200 1. keti140679 - $52,578.08 2. Joao Valli - $36.634/19 3. klijusieppo - $25,525.67 4. a Bull 67 - $17,785.56 5. pantri - $12,392.47 6. otaviobraga - $8,634.69 Event #33 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 6,692 Prize pool: $133,840 1. ICYapaz - $17,446.95* 2. dudu10grande - $14,822.10* 3. Homiiiicide - $9,232.18 4. Johansen1998 - $6,432.72 5. c_aguiar - $4,482.14 6. KevinLukis1 - $3,123.03
  3. The month of September was a big one for online poker as both PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker and partypoker’s POWERFEST brought out the biggest names in the game to compete for the largest prize pools of the year. Here are a few of the biggest PocketFives headlines in the month of September. WCOOP and POWERFEST Take Center Stage There’s no doubt about it, when the biggest online poker sites in the world offer massive guarantees, poker players from all over the world stop what they are doing to log on and grind. That is exactly what happened in September as both PokerStars and partypoker presented their hefty fall super series schedules. Marquee players like Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Shaun Deeb, Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’ Dwyer and ‘girafgander7’ all picked up titles over the course of the series. Here’s a look back at some September’s biggest results. READ: WCOOP - ‘wann2play’ Wins High Main Event, $1.35M READ: POWERFEST - Steve O’ Dwyer Wins $25K Super High Roller for $896K READ: WCOOP - Shaun Deeb Picks Up Another Victory On Son’s Birthday READ: POWERFEST - Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman Victorious In Six Max PKO Take a look back on all of PocketFives' WCOOP and POWERFEST content. Huge WCOOP Paydays Propel Players To New Rankings Heights After a pair of huge online series, there is bound to be titanic shifts in the online rankings. Major amounts of PLB points are there for the taking and players who may only log on to play in the biggest events are sent soaring up the charts due to big-time wins. PokerStars tournaments alone generated a prize pool of close to $100 million and so when players won, they often won big. So we took a closer look at which players were the biggest beneficiaries of their grind. The list includes Steve O’ Dwyer, Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido, Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth and Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong. READ: Huge WCOOP Paydays Propel Players To New Rankings Heights Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Does It Again When PokerStars expanded their WCOOP schedule to include three different levels of tournaments (High/Medium/Low), as they had traditionally done during SCOOP, it gave players a chance at racking up multiple WCOOP titles. No one took more advantage of that then Russia’s Denis ‘aDreNAalin710’ Strebkov. Strebkov went on a WCOOP heater, racking up wins and becoming one of the biggest stories of the entire series. At one point he sat atop multiple WCOOP leaderboards and was in contention for the Low, Medium, High and Overall all at the same time. On this day, Strebkov took down his fourth title en route his record-breaking run. READ: WCOOP - Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Leads The Way With Fourth Win Phil Galfond’s Online Poker Site Gets Closer To Launch “We’re getting to the point now where, while there are still a lot of known bugs and we’re working on them, they’re fewer and further between.” - Phil Galfond discussing Run It Once Poker in September. There was a point when Phil Galfond’s Run It Once online poker site had a September target date for launch. While they were unable to make that mark, Galfond did come out with a major update and include some of the first video of actual gameplay of the future site. At the same time, he expanded the beta program (which is currently still in full swing) after positive feedback from those who have been playing on the closed site. READ: Phil Galfond Shows Off Run It Once Software In Latest Update Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot Rises To #1 In The UK In September PocketFives had the opportunity to touch base with 2018 UK breakout star Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot to take about his amazing results and rise in the rankings. The 28-year old professional talks about coming up in the online scene, building up a bankroll, going broke and turning into a ‘bad reg.’ After finding inspiration from Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot online, Proudfoot gathered himself and rededicated his focus to his online game. This led him to an incredible victory in the 888poker XL Inferno Main Event for a career-high cash of over $209,000. Since that time Proudfoot continues to compete at the highest level, staying in the top 10 worldwide conversation. READ: From ‘Bad Reg’ to #1 in the UK - Johnny ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang Claims September Monthly PLB Award Absent from the headlines above is the tremendous run that the UK’s Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang went on during September. Zhang picked up 17 PLB qualifying scores and as impressive as that is, it doesn’t even begin to tell the story of his month. Zhang put together six five-figure scores before he set a new personal best cash of $265,995 in WCOOP-43-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller). He was just getting started. Four days later, he broke that record in WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) where he took fifth for a new career-high cash of $382.252. He then went on to nearly break that record with a fourth-place finish in WCOOP-62-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $336,740. Then he, for the third time in the month, set a new career high cash with his third-place finish in the partypoker POWERFEST #122-SHR ($3M Championship Event) for $468,000 on September 21. It was an amazing month for Zhang allowing him to take time away from the online tables as he hasn’t logged an online result since September 24.
  4. While the Main Event was in the midst of crowning the 2019 champion, the last of the post-lim events of the summer were winding down. The final three bracelets of the summer were awarded to three first-time winners, including an online crusher that traveled half-way around the world to prove that his online success could translate to the live arena. Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Wins $3K H.O.R.S.E. Russia’s Denis 'aDrENalin710’ Strebkov broke records during PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker by crushing the series and taking home five online titles. In a 2018 interview with PocketFives Strebkov said was planning on coming to the World Series of Poker this year to try and turn some of his online success into a run at a live title. On the last day of the 2019 WSOP, he did just that. Strebkov outlasted the final 14 participants that started Day 3 of Event #87 ($3,000 H.O.R.S.E.) for his first WSOP gold bracelet and a career-high live cash of $206,173. The Russian had an exceptional summer series cashing in seven events, making three final tables and earning over $474,000 in his first trip to Las Vegas. The final table was packed with talent as a number of notable players climbed their way into the top 8 including the event’s defending champion Brian Hastings, Andrey Zaichenko, and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe. Final Table Results 1. Denis Strebkov - $206,173 2. Paul Tedeschi - $127,419 3. Nick Guagenti - $85,265 4. Brian Hastings - $58,359 5. Andrey Zaichenko - $40,876 6. Konstantin Puchkov - $29,316 7. Jim Collopy - $21,540 8. Paul Volpe - $16,224 Anuj Agarwal Takes Down $10K 6-Handed Championship For $630K Anuj Agarwal headed into the final table of Event #86 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship) second in chips but in the end, he collected all of them. The California pro soared to the victory in one of the toughest tournaments of the summer and ended up taking home $630,747 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. The win will now top Agarwal's poker resume as it marks a career-high cash. It comes immediately on the heels of a deep run in the Main Event where he finished in 123rd place for over $59,000. “It feels great to do well back-to-back in $10K events,” Agarwal said. “I had a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth from the Main. I made a small mistake, but overall I felt like I played really well for the six days, and I wanted to continues I could feel objectively I was making good decisions.” Agarwal bested Australia’s Kahle Burns in heads up play, leaving Burns to settle for $389,832 as the runner-up for his fourth cash of the 2019 WSOP. Final Table Results 1. Anuj Agarwal - $630,747 2. Kahle Burns - $389,832 3. Gal Yifrach - $257.533 4. Leonard Maue - $174,252 5. Dong Chen - $120,828 6. Ben Heath - $85,915 Carl Shaw Takes Down Final Bracelet of 2019 The UK’s Carl Shaw wrapped his summer up with a victory in Event #89 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo) for his first WSOP gold bracelet and a career-high cash of $606,562. Shaw, surrounded by family and friends, navigated a tough final table that included runner-up Tony Dunst, Jordan Cristos, and 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth fell just short of extending his record number of WSOP gold bracelets by falling in sixth place for $97,899. Despite having such star power at the final table, Shaw’s support system helped him to the victory. “I think that made me want it more. Having everybody here; it’s my mum’s first time in America. I wanted to make her proud and I know I’ve done that now.” Final Table Results 1. Carl Shaw - $606,562 2. Tony Dunst - $374,886 3. Luke Graham - $259,533 4. Jordan Cristos - $182,575 5. Lars Kamphues - $130,544 6. Phil Hellmuth - $97,899 7. Rami Mornel - $70,156 8. Kaufman Talley - $52,760 9. Kevin Eyster - $40,374 Now that all the hardware has been handed out, 90 events in total, the 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has officially come to an end.
  5. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.

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