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  1. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. Normally right about now long-time 888poker ambassador Kara Scott would be preparing to spend the summer at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in preparation for her high-profile assignment as the lead sideline reporter for ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Instead, Scott is currently quarantined with her immediate family in Italy but she is still in the habit of creating poker content. Her new podcast, The Heart of Poker, launched in late January and in recent weeks has featured high-profile poker personalities that include fellow 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche, Danielle Andersen, David Williams, Brad Owen, and Maria Ho. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? I've really missed wandering around our city every day, going to the market to buy fresh food, or having a drink outside with friends. We've been living on the family farm since February which means we've been really lucky to have access to fresh food now that it's spring, but not being able to just buy the things I want has been aggravating. I have some serious food allergies so I don't do well when I can't buy my own food! What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? I didn't discover it during lockdown but I'm re-watching Killjoys which is just fantastic. I'm a big sci-fi buff and this show has really great action but also a lot of heart and humor and I love that. What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? No Wi-Fi! Can you imagine months with no Wi-Fi? The phone signal in most of the house is so poor that I have to turn airplane mode on and off again just to kickstart it into downloading every photo on Instagram. I think it's been the number one reason for my blood pressure raising over these months. Plus, it's just ridiculously hard to work and every file I send takes an hour. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? The late nights. I've always been really bad at playing poker after midnight so tournaments that start late just crush me. But now... I'd LOVE a chance to be up at 1 am playing live poker and then going for a drink afterward. What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? I really hope that people generally remember and keep some of the good habits we've gained through this. Food preservation and reducing food waste are huge issues for the world and when you don't have easy access to the shops, we all have to be better and using everything in the fridge before it goes bad. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? Oh boy. My poker game has NOT improved in this time. See my above lack of Wi-Fi. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? I've been working on learning more about online marketing and using social media (specifically Instagram) better. I really love photography and I've recently been trying to schedule time to go outside and take more pictures. The farm is one of the most beautiful spots in the world so I have a lot of choice for photos! What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? Canada! I'm not sure when I'll be able to but I really want to go home and see my family. My father had a heart attack last month during the quarantine and it was terrifying to be so far away and not able to help or be there to support my Mom. Thankfully, he's doing a lot better now and is recovering well. It definitely focuses the mind though and has given me a real drive to go home to spend time with them all. Scott’s The Heart of Poker podcast is available to download through Apple iTunes and to keep up with her live chats, she can be found on Instagram under her own name, karascott.
  2. Nine more players picked up PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles on Saturday including a former #1-ranked PocketFiver earning his second title of the year and a first SCOOP win for one of poker's best. Dominik Nitsche bested a 956-entry field to win Event #87 High ($530 NLHE) for his first career SCOOP victory. The outright win came with an $82,365.40 payday. Runner-up 'Geokarak' had to settle for a $58,712.90 consolation prize while third-place finisher Tudor 'tdr01' Christian walked away with $41,852.60. Patrick Leonard, who has been ranked #1 on PocketFives four times in his career and currently sits at #3, won Event #93 High ($215 NLHE Turbo w Rebuys) to earn his second SCOOP title of the year. Second-place finisher 'julioassp' took home $30,124.96 for their efforts while '88IG8OSS' rounded out the podium finishers for $21,706.55. Leonard's first 2020 SCOOP win came 10 days ago when he outdueled another former #1-ranked player, Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski, to win Event #53 High ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Event #88-High ($530 Six Max Fusion) had a $3,500 overlay on a $100,000 guarantee with just 193 entries. Two-time World Championship of Online Poker title winner 'bob43155' took it down to win $19,945.48. Falling one position short of the victory gave 'M1TR4ND1R' a $15,076.73 bankroll boost. Third-place finisher 'Nutselas' won $11,396.47. The six other players who won Event #titles on Saturday were 'Hieucbvn96' (Event #87-L), 'eagletore69' (Event #87-M), 'shuriken555' (Event #88-L), 'dpsd05' (Event #88-M), 'NeptuneProject' (Event #93-L), and 'judgedredd13' (Event #93-M). Event #87-H: $530 NLHE Entries: 956 Prize pool: $500,000 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $82,365.40 Geokarak - $58,712.90 tdr01 - $41,852.60 Easterdamn - $29,834.00 Sektor17 - $21,266.70 RUMUKULUS - $15,159.65 boerni21 - $10,806.35 PSMozak - $7,703.15 MarioKJ - $5,491.05 Event #88-H: $530 Six Max Fusion Entries: 193 Prize pool: $100,000 ($3,500 overlay) bob43155 - $19,945.48 M1TR4ND1R - $15,076.73 Nutselas - $11,396.47 ¿¿toneecho?? - $8,614.56 pokerboss24000 - $6,511.73 Kelvin_FP:AR - $4,922.20 Event #93-H: $215 NLHE Turbo w Rebuys Entries: 460 Prize pool: $232,841 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $41,808.65 julioassp - $30,124.96 88IG8OSS - $21,706.55 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $15,640.67 Nelisschuif7 - $11,269.87 mararthur1 - $8,120.51 MiracleQ - $5,851.24 TheLipoFund - $4,216.12
  3. 888poker LIVE is getting ready to go on the road and to kick off their 2020 live tour with their first-ever stop in Madrid, Spain. The 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival will take place from January 23 - February 3 at Casino Gran Via and includes 12 tournaments, a host of live satellites, and €1,000,000 in total guaranteed prize pools. First-Ever Madrid Main Event While there are many events to get excited about during 888poker’s festival in Madrid, undoubtedly players will be gearing up to make a deep run in the €888 buy-in Main Event. Not only does the Main Event provide players a chance to become an 888poker champion, but with its €800,000 guarantee, the first-place payday will be one of the largest 888poker LIVE prizes of the entire year. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] In order to make sure they hit that guarantee, 888poker is doing everything they can to help players participate. The Main Event itself has four starting flights, all of which have unlimited re-entry and plenty of time for late entry. Additionally, for players who are looking to get in for the minimum, 888poker will be running at least three live satellites that will guarantee no fewer than five seats to the Main Event. Ambassadors On Hand The 50-minute levels and 88K in starting chips are sure to entice recreational players but just in case that's not enough, 888poker is offering the opportunity to play with some of their popular ambassadors. For their first visit to Madrid, 888poker LIVE is bringing in the bulk of the 888poker ambassador roster including 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman, WSOP on ESPN sideline reporter Kara Scott, Vivian Saliba, Sofia Lovgren, Dominik Nitsche, and their newest ambassador, Russia’s Daria Feschenko. The squad of ambassadors will, of course, be battling for the first-place prize while at the same time looking to meet and greet those who come out to take a shot in the Main Event. Win A Seat Online Participating in the live satellites is not the only way to win a seat into the Madrid Festival Main Event. Online satellites are currently running on 888poker. Players can take a shot at a $1,600 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival Package which includes the buy-in to the Main Event, three nights accommodation in Madrid from January 31 - February 3, and an additional $250 in travel expenses. The direct satellites have a $109 buy-in but super satellites that help players work their way up to the $109 buy-in level start for as little as $0.01 online. More Than The Main The Madrid Festival promises poker players even more action than just the Main Event. There are twelve total events over the course of 12 days. Everything kicks off with the €220 buy-in Opening Event with a €100,000 guarantee. The schedule also includes live versions of some popular 888poker online events including a €330 Whale, €55 Swordfish, and the €110 Hurricane. The €2,200 High Roller has a €50,000 guarantee and on the opposite end of the spectrum, the High Noon Turbo may appeal to beginners with its €50 buy-in. Also included are a Ladies Event and a Pot Limit Omaha tournament. 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN 01-23 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival - €100,000 GTD Opening Event Day 1A €220 01-24 Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1B - 5 Seats GTD €50 01-24 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival - €100,000 GTD Opening Event Day 1B €220 01-24 The Thunder - €10,000 GTD €88 01-25 Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1C - 5 Seats GTD €50 01-25 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival - €100,000 GTD Opening Event Day 1C €220 01-25 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival - €100,000 GTD Opening Event Day 1D - turbo €220 01-26 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival - €100,000 GTD Opening Event Day 2 & Final Table 01-26 The Breeze - €5,000 GTD €110 01-27 High Noon Turbo €50 01-27 The Hurricane - €5,000 GTD €110 01-28 The Swordfish - €5,000 GTD €55 01-29 Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1A - 5 Seats GTD €110 01-29 High Roller Day 1 - €50,000 GTD €2,200 01-30 Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1B - 5 Seats GTD €110 01-30 High Roller Final Day - 01-30 888poker LIVE Madrid - Main Event - Day 1A - €800,000 GTD €888 01-31 888poker LIVE Madrid - Main Event - Day 1B - €800,000 GTD €888 01-31 The Mega Knockout [€50 Bounty] - €10,000 GTD €115 02-01 Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1C - 3 Seats GTD €110 02-01 888poker LIVE Madrid - Main Event - Day 1C - €800,000 GTD €888 02-01 Pot Limit Omaha €150 02-02 888poker LIVE Madrid - Main Event - Day 1D - TURBO - €800,000 GTD €888 02-02 888poker LIVE Madrid - Main Event - Day 2 - 02-02 The Whale - €10,000 GTD €330 02-02 Ladies Event €55 02-03 888poker LIVE Madrid - Main Event - Final Day -
  4. After a successful 2019 season, 888poker has announced the dates and locations for their 2020 888poker LIVE tour. This year, 888poker will be making at least seven stops around the world including a return to popular poker spots in London, Bucharest, Sochi, and Barcelona. The tour will also return to Tallinn, Estonia for the first time since 2016 and kick off the entire tour by holding their first-ever Main Event in Madrid, Spain. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] In addition to providing players unique poker experiences on their own tour, 888poker announced their continued sponsorships of some of the most popular poker series in the world. 888poker will be on hand as a partner with CNP Spain, The Battle of Malta in October and, of course, the 51st Annual World Series of Poker taking place this summer in Las Vegas. First Leg Of The Tour The action kicks off when 888poker travels to Madrid for the first time from January 23- February 3. 888poker is holding nothing back for their first stay at Spain's Casino Gran Via by bringing a €1M GTD series with an €800,000 GTD Main Event and the promise of getting the opportunity to play alongside a host of their ambassadors. Expected to be on hand are 2014 WSOP Champion Martin Jacobson, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman, Vivian Saliba, Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, Daria Feschenko, and Dominik Nitsche. Literally two days after the Madrid stop is in the books, the team returns to the UK from February 5-9 for the first of their stops at the Aspers Casino in Stratford for the 888poker LIVE London Weekend. From there, the tour returns to Bucharest from March 23-29 for their popular stop in Romania’s capital. Last year, local grinder Darius Neagoe picked up the first recorded cash of his career by taking down the Main Event for over $69,000 and a trip to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Barcelona then provides the backdrop for the tour’s fourth stop of the year as players enjoy the action on and off the felt from May 14-25 at 888poker LIVE Barcelona. The Main Event Then, in the middle of summer, 888poker plans to be on hand as a premier sponsor of the biggest event of the year, the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event. As a key sponsor, 888poker is one of the only place players can win a seat to the Main Event online. Not only is 888poker providing direct satellites and all-encompassing packages to the Main Event, but they are helping players win a seat to their own branded $888 Crazy Eights event at the WSOP. A Strong Second Half After players recover from the summer grind in Las Vegas, the 888poker LIVE tour continues with a return to Casino Sochi in Sochi, Russia from August 6-14. Then, it’s a return to Tallinn from September 1-7. It will mark the first time 888poker has brought a Main Event to Estonia since 2016. Right after Tallinn, in October, 888poker will once again gather their ambassadors and fight in one of the biggest live tournaments of the year, The Battle of Malta. Finally, 888poker ends their year with the 888poker LIVE London Festival from November 16-29 on their home turf in London at the Aspers Casino in Stratford. All of that action coincides with 888poker’s partnership with CNP Spain and their five live tour stops taking place all across Spain from February to November. 888poker LIVE 2020 Schedule of Events DATES EVENT Jan. 23 - Feb. 3 888poker LIVE Madrid Feb. 5-9 888poker LIVE London Weekend March 23-29 888poker LIVE Bucharest May 14-25 888poker LIVE Barcelona July 1-14 World Series of Poker, Las Vegas August 6-14 888poker LIVE Sochi Sep. 1-7 888poker LIVE Tallinn October TBA Battle Of Malta Nov. 16-29 888poker LIVE London Festival Partnership With CNP Spain 2020 DATES EVENT Feb. 17-23 CNP Valencia April 20-26 CNP Malaga June 15-21 CNP Sevilla Sept. 7-13 CNP Alicante Nov. 13-23 CNP Madrid
  5. [caption width="640"] Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit had a big Sunday again, winning the PokerStars Sunday Million just one week after winning the Sunday Supersonic.[/caption]. The online tournament winning streak for Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit continued over the weekend, as the Italian poker pro and #1 overall Global Poker League draft pick took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for a score of $177,230 -- just one week after winning the Sunday Supersonic. Longtime PocketFives member Mayu 'marroca5' Roca of Colombia captured an outright victory in the Stars Sunday Warm-Up for $70,912. There was a heads-up chop in the Stars Sunday 500, which saw
  6. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche was one of the big non-WCOOP winners on Sunday.[/caption] As the 2016 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker wraps up, there were plenty of marquee scores across several major online poker sites over the weekend including 888 poker pro Dominik Nitsche being one of three players to walk away from a three-way final table deal of the $1.5 Million Guaranteed Super XL Main Event. 'GetLuckyAK' was the official champion and cashed for $261,215 as 'd144n1' was eliminated in 2nd for $210,811 and '888Dominik' took home $206,400 in 3rd. 888 player 'hummar' added $118,320 to his online poker bankrolls while 'konrad115' binked $86,130 in 5th place. Meanwhile, on partypoker, 'WinYourFear99' won $242,775 for a championship effort in the $5,200 buy-in Super High Roller. Second place in that tournament went to 'swaymyway3113' who cashed for $185,994 in 2nd place. PocketFives member Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov of Australia (ranked #66 worldwide) walked away with $130,725 in 3rd place as 'JohnyK91' made $95,683 upon finishing that event in 4th place. The $1,050 buy-in Main Event on partypoker was taken down by 'kastupay' for $203,210. 'DeathByOnions' scored $145,320 in 2nd place while 'idgafrly' and 'kukillo46' made $113,229 and $84,770 for their respective 3rd and 4th place finishes. Top 500 ranked Vladislav 'vladulaNko' Donchev of Bulgaria took down the 888 Poker Mega Deep event and received $46,104. There was a heads-up chop in the $300k Guaranteed NLHE version of the Sunday Grand, as 230th-ranked 'psyhoagromor' of the Ukraine earned $80,541 for the official win while 'molda79' walked away with $77,721. The 6-max Pot Limit Omaha Sunday Grand ended with 'kaju85' taking home $69,754 for 1st place and 60th-ranked Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe of Colombia cashing for $49,753 in the runner-up slot. 'WhatIfGod' captured an outright victory in the Super-Sized Sunday event for $56,679 with 15th-ranked PocketFives member 'prebzzz' of Norway coming in 2nd for $41,545. Both picked up more than $20,000 extra for bounty rewards. The three-way final table deal in the Sunday Supersonic was led by 'laguna364' who collected $33,684 for the win. Team PokerStars Pro Jason 'treysfull21' Mercier and 'Face333X' each received $29,684 for 2nd and 3rd place respectively. PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday ($700 NLHE Progressive KO) *$500K Guaranteed 1,039 entrants - $690,935 paid out to 107 spots WhatIfGod - $56,679.21 prebzzz - $41,545.47 Zluka2010 - $30,452.71 whereisdonny - $22,321.76 Joe 'floes' Serock - $16,361.75 (leemur) peceli - $11,993.11 Kukurruky$ - $8,790.90 AAImpulse - $6,443.69 1bigacehole - $4,723.19 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$300K Guaranteed 514 entrants - $514,000 paid out to 63 spots psyhoagromor - $80,540.68 molda79 - $77,720.84 *3-way deal hhecklen - $49,835.58 jbrown8777 - $36,891.83 joaomathias - $27,310.00 Colisea $20,216.80 (Dzmitry U) ImaLucSac - $14,965.93 bartek901 - $11,078.85 68ioweyou1 - $8,201.33 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+50 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max) *$200K Guaranteed 380 entrants - $380,000 paid out to 47 spots kaju85 - $69,753.86 Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe - $49,753.17 AlexKP - $35,487.44 adiprene1 - $25,312.14 blkcrow - $18,054.37 BriDge2PaiN - $12,877.66 (Excellence) PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$150k Guaranteed 1,423 entrants - $291,373 paid out to 203 spots laguna364 - $33,683.90 JasonMercier - $29,683.90 (Jason 'treysfull21' Mercier) Face333X - $29,683.90 *3-way deal mene1985 - $12,489.25 PingoPingwin - $8,163.87 (Pingwin) Optimuus12 - $5,336.50 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed 25,629 entrants - $256,290 paid out to 4,211 spots zirga111 - $19,732.32 Rsaxo66 - $21,308.03 Vasilijus220 - $17,147.20 *3-way deal FaPulini - $9,669.43 pokerstarway - $6,952.43 Edgaaa - $4,998.85 vitinhorrn15 - $3,594.26 sviridvika - $2,584.32 terminatroll - $1,858.17 partypoker Super High Roller ($5,200 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed 249 entrants - $1,245,000 paid out to 36 spots WinYourFear99 - $242,775 swaymyway3113 - $185,994 VolZoK_ - $130,725 (Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov) JohnyK91 - $95,683 Ilove2fish - $72,210 justenjoylife - $56,025 JeanClaude1970 - $43,575 tjoekalala - $31,125 dartazzzz - $23,655 partypoker High Roller ($1,050 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed 1,211 entrants - $1,211,000 paid out to 153 spots kastupay - $203,310 DeathByOnions - $145,320 idgafrly - $113,229 kukillo46 - $84,770 barrm111 - $59,945 pawlinho - $47,835 RheumaKaiser - $35,725 dafuqisdis - $23,615 king2173 - $13,563 888 Poker Super XL Main Event ($1,050 NLHE) *$1.5M Guaranteed 1,291 entrants - $1,740,000 paid out to 162 spots GetLuckyAK - $261,215 d144n1 - $210,811 888Dominik - $206,400 *3-way deal hummar - $118,320 konrad115 - $86,130 flopzilla_XD - $68,730 nonoty - $51,330 sammygrinder - $33,930 (TheSquid) |1Ja_Cks1| - $19,792 888 Poker Mega Deep Super XL ($215 NLHE) *$200k Guaranteed 1,356 entrants - $271,200 paid out to 162 spots heysweety - $46,104 (Vladislav 'vladulaNko' Donchev) malakiasCF - $33,900 LeoFerran - $25,737 Sw33t_72 - $18,442 bluffme20 - $13,424 ($lim$hady19) chillisauce2 - $10,712 aggr0vated - $8,000 (norfair18) ValterBG - $5,288 trojanmouse - $2,929
  7. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche has a few tips to help you get better at No Limit Hold'em.[/caption] Every poker player starts their poker education somewhere, even someone with over $10 million in combined live and online tournament earnings like Dominik Nitsche. He may be one of the best No Limit tournament players in the world now, but Nitche’s poker beginnings probably look more like yours than you would expect. While many probably think these high rolling Germans just roll off the assembly line at the Willy Wonka Poker Factory, it took years of work for Nitsche to get his game where it is. He started where many people did, watching poker on TV. So much so that he takes a lot of pride in filling his own commentary with the most useful strategy information he can while still keeping things watchable and fun. “It's important to have someone else with you doing commentary asking the right questions. I think one situation that came up in the broadcast was Daniel Negreanu raising 7-4 suited from early position and the big blind folding a hand as strong as K-9. Situations like these are easy to explain when someone like (my co-commentator) Michael Koener is there to ask the right questions,” says Nitsche. From there, he turned to the internet, where he leaned “how to play 10-10+ and A-K+ with a 20-big-blind stack. Back then it was more than good enough to win at the smallest games and run up a bankroll,” Nitsche says. The next step in his poker career is a familiar one—Harrington on Hold’em. “studied these pretty much every day for two or three months,” Nitsche recalls. “Whenever I'd play, I would refer to hands I saw in the book. Back then, it was by far the best resource. Then, of course, came Kill Everyone, which was a fantastic book .” With his studying, Nitsche built his online bankroll in Sit n Gos, then transitioned from $100 and $200 SNGs to multi-table tournaments. The next step, of course, was live tournament action. He thought he was all set to crush live, but his first experiences on the real-life felt were a bit of a wake-up call. Nitsche very candidly recalls his first experiences: “I played my first big tournament at the Aussie Millions in 2009. Of course it was a big change of pace from mainly online to playing live, but the players back then were all very inexperienced and ready to give their chips away at any point. I thought I was probably the best player at any table. Now in hindsight, I was probably the best from a technical poker strategy point of view, but I was giving away a lot of live tells and missing probably even more.” “One thing I very clearly remember doing is looking at my cards as soon as I got them instead of waiting for my turn. It doesn't seem like a big deal and I only learned about it a couple months later when I met Boris Fragin at the Irish Open. He told me about this and a few other live things after we were done playing for the day. I figured he probably has a good point and maybe we young, online players really do screw up live and miss a lot of things. So, from that point on, I started paying a lot more attention to live tells and I have mostly Boris to thank for it.” The very next tournament Nitsche played was a Latin American Poker Tour event in Argentina he won for over $380,000. Goes to show what happens when you are willing to acknowledge your weak areas and make efforts to improve them. This is something Nitsche continues to do today, after $6 million more in live earnings and another $3 million in online winnings, he is still constantly fine-tuning his game. Nowadays, he spends time talking about the game with his peers, grinds day in and day out, and continues to review his play and look at what is working and what is not. His latest training tool is the work of his friend Roman. It is called Simple Postflop and it is a tool designed to help make game-theory optimal GTO postflop decisions. “His program has been my favorite study tool of choice for the past year and they are doing great things,” Nitsche says. We may all dream of being a high rolling German poker stud, but even Nitsche had to start the same place as the rest of us. However, his journey is a reminder that hard work pays off, that the learning curve in poker is steep and never-ending, but that there is hope that all of us can go from watching poker on TV to playing on the ESPN main stage someday.
  8. Take a quick look at Isaac Haxton's live tournament results over the past few years and you might be surprised by the lack of first place finishes. Considered by many on the high roller scene to be one of the best poker players on the planet, Haxton hasn't won a tournament since January 2017. Haxton's streak of 32 High Roller event cashes without a win came to an end on Tuesday though as Haxton took down Event #4 ($10,000 Short Deck Hold'em) of the 2018 Poker Masters. The win, coupled with a sixth and a fourth place finish in two previous Poker Masters events, have put Haxton just 30 points behind Brandon Adams for the Purple Jacket. “It would be very satisfying to win this whole thing, I have a track record of doing pretty well, but with a lot of second through fifth-place finishes," said Haxton. "Actually winning something is very satisfying.” Dominik Nitsche started the final table with a narrow chip lead over Andrew Robl, but just 45 minutes after the final table began, Nitsche was on his way to the payouts window with the sixth place ticket. Nitsche open-shoved for 1,440,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] from first position, Isaac Haxton re-shoved for 3,180,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] from the cutoff and after some time, Andrew Robl folded [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"] from the button. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"] to give Haston a rivered ten-high straight and eliminate Nitsche in sixth with a $33,000 payout. Some 40 minutes later, Haxton found yet another victim. Cary Katz limped from early position with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] and Haxton moved all in for 3,880,000 behind him with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. When action folded back to him, Catz called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] flop was a friendly one for Katz, but the [poker card="ah"] turn put Haxton back in the lead. The [poker card="ts"] river gave Haxton an unnecessary two pair and eliminated Katz in fifth for $44,000. Robl spent the next 30 minutes working a short stack and despite two straight double ups, found no further success. Robl open-shoved for 900,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="9c"] and Ryan Tosoc moved all in over the for 3,970,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"], forcing the rest of the table to fold. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] flop put Tosoc in the driver's seat and the [poker card="jd"] gave him a full house to eliminate Robl. The fourth place finish came with a $55,000 score. Tosoc, Haxton and Maurice Hawkins battled for almost a full hour before finding the next elimination. Tosoc was down to just 490,000 and decided to open shove with [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] but Haxton called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"] and stayed ahead through the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7s"] runout to bust Tosoc in third for $77,000. Despite never having played short deck before and having zero Poker Masters cashes to his credit, Hawkins got heads up with Haxton with the chip lead. Unfortunately for the 11-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, that's as far as he could go. Hawkins open-shoved 4,775,000 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] and Haxton called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] flop kept Haxton in the lead but also gave Hawkins a straight draw. The [poker card="kc"] changed nothing and when the [poker card="qh"] completed the board, Haxton eliminated Hawkins to win his first Poker Masters title and $176,000. Final Table Payouts Isaac Haxton - $176,000 Maurice Hawkins - $115,500 Ryan Tosoc - $77,000 Andrew Robl - $55,000 Cary Katz - $44,000 Dominik Nitsche - $33,000
  9. I F*cked Up is a PocketFives series where the game’s best tell stories of where they got it wrong. Mistakes happen every day in poker and let these players be the first to tell you it happens to everyone. If you are curious why German players are so proficient at No Limit Hold’em, consider this quote from 2017 WSOP Europe One Drop winner Dominik Nitsche. When asked to recall a hand that he misplayed and learned from, Nitsche noted it was hard for him to come up with a hand. “The way I play poker, I don’t learn from mistakes that way. I just study all the time. I don’t really make mistakes, I study to avoid mistakes.” Nitsche said. After consulting with some friends, Nitsche recalled a hand he played against partypoker pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao earlier this year. It was in the partypoker MILLIONS Nottingham £10,300 High Roller where Nitsche had to turn his hand into a bluff. Due to an error in preflop hand range assessment, Nitsche made a play that didn't quite add up. The Hand The action starts at an eight-handed table and 10 players from the money. Nitsche opened off of what he estimates to be 40-50 big blinds in early position with pocket queens for a standard raise. Simao called in the hijack and Jason Wheeler tagged along from the big blind. Nitsche estimates he’s opening approximately 20 percent of hands in this spot with Simao calling with six to eight percent. The flop came out K-J-3 with no flush draws and Wheeler checked over to Nische. “I want to be doing a lot of checking,” Nische said. “[Simao] has a lot of king-ten suited, king-jack suited. I can’t do a lot of three-street betting. The best course of action is to check and proceed.” Simao bet a small amount and only Nitsche called. “I have a pretty easy call. If I have pocket threes or pocket jacks, I would consider check-raising. With aces, I would check-raise. Queen-ten suited, I would check-call. Not sure if I have queen-ten offsuit 100 percent of the time.” The queen-ten comment from Nitsche plays a key role as the hand develops on later streets. A six came on the turn, and the board was officially a badugi. Both players checked with the river card impending. “I check because I would check all of my hands. [Simao] could be betting the flop and check the turn. I’m not super comfortable but have a good amount of showdown value. I win this hand quite a bit.” Action Heats Up on the River The river produced an ace to put the broadway straight in play with the full board reading K-J-3-6-A. When examining his thought process on this card and how it impacts his next move Nitsche said, “The hands I check-call on the flop are not strong enough to check-raise. Ace-king is not strong enough to check-raise. In my hand, I thought pocket queens would make a strong bluff candidate.” Nitsche checked over to Simao, who bet half the pot. When faced with the bet, Nitsche conceded his hand was not good enough to call with and moving all-in would give him the best chance of winning the pot. “If I raise, it has to be a big raise. The only thing I could have is pocket jacks or better. The reason I decide to raise is because I have blockers to his queen-ten. My thinking in-game is that people tend to overvalue bet with the ace not thinking about what [their] opponent has.” Simao did have an ace and called with ace-queen for his tournament life after a long tank to take most of Nitsche's stack. The Aftermath Nitsche observes that not having queen-ten in his range “defeats” his strategy of bluffing the river. Due to his opening from early position with his established range, he has the straight only four times versus if he opened from late position where he would have it 16 times. “With his queen blocker, I have three combos of the nut straight. It’s a good spot to bluff with his range appearing to be so weak. He made a good call. If he doesn’t fold ace-queen, it’s hard for him to have any other bluffs. I don’t think I made a mistake,” Nitsche affirmed. According to Nitsche, he and Simao have years of history playing together online and that played a part in him deciphering Nitsche’s bluff. The takeaway that Nitsche suggests other players examine in their own game is to think about the hands they are opening before they put chips in. Nitsche observed that queen-ten offsuit not being in his preflop range changes the dynamic of the hand and his postflop decision making. “If only open 15 percent of hands that’s fine. You have to be careful of what you can represent. How often do you have the hand you’re representing? The real problem comes when you open queen-jack offsuit but not queen-ten offsuit.” Nitsche is not uncomfortable with putting together an all-in bluff. He acknowledges that when he does put chips in, his range should be credible enough for him to be able to properly represent having the best hand. “Bluffing is a part of poker. Sometimes in these spots, you have to bluff. If your range is ahead of their range, you should be bluffing. To play successful poker, you need to play well in these spots.”
  10. It’s a New Year and with it comes a new season for the popular 888poker LIVE series. The online site has announced all the locations (and most of the dates) that it will be bringing its very own live tournament experience in 2018. All of the action begins on February 8 when 888poker Live returns to London’s Aspers Casino. The Kick-off Event features a €440 buy-in Main Event with four starting flights and heaps of satellites to help you get into the tournament for less. The London events are some of the most popular on the schedule with many of the 888poker Ambassadors attending. "I look forward to going back to London. I definitely look forward to playing in some of the juicy live cash games there," said 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche. The line-up of Team 888, including the newly signed former World Champ Martin Jacobson, will likely be in attendance to many of the scheduled events not only to provide a warm welcome for players but to put would-be champions to the test. You don’t have to wait long after London before jumping right back in as you can follow the 888poker team to the Marriot Hotel in Bucharest, Romania on February 28. They are offering up a two-day €220 tournament that features a €50,000 guaranteed prize pool as well as a package to the future 888poker LIVE Local London event for the eventual winner. Then, just before the start of summer, 888poker LIVE visits the beautiful Barcelona for a festival at Casino Barcelona from May 23 through June 4. Last year, the tournament drew 609 runners and generated a prize pool of over €584,000. In September the crew makes its way once again to South America for 888poker LIVE in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The location and date have yet to be announced but you can be certain that poker fans in Brazil will be eagerly anticipating the stop with Haroldo Ferriera de Silva, the 2017 888poker LIVE Sao Paulo champion, looking to defend his title. As the year begins to wind down the tour hits their home base of the Aspers Casino for the final time on November 23 through December 2. Last year, this was the event that was the debut of the tour’s use of a shot clock. The integration was so well received, it will now be used in all of the tour’s Main Events as well as the High Rollers. Finally, players get to open a holiday gift early by booking their trip to Lisbon, Portugal for the final event of the calendar year on December 11-16 with the locations yet to be announced. In addition to the six 888poker LIVE events, the online site is a sponsor of both the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. The brand will have a presence at the WPT500 event taking place at London’s Aspers Casino on April 1 as well as their own signature event during World Series of Poker, Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights - the four-flight, unlimited re-entry, 8-max tournament that guarantees a first place prize of $888,888. Additionally, 888poker is a main sponsor of the WSOP Main Event once again. The fun begins in London on February 8, but players can qualify for both the London and the Bucharest Main Events right now, online in the Live Events tab on the 888poker client.
  11. 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche was the big-name winner from this week's online poker Sunday Majors after taking down his sponsor's flagship tournament, the $1,050 $100,000 guaranteed Whale, for $30,600, after defeating Joao 'Jaolito85 'Navarro heads-up. The four-time WSOP bracelet winner outlasted the 102 entrants before he shared his joy and relief on Twitter. https://twitter.com/DominikNitsche/status/980633609639026693 Fabio 'flbonatto' Bonatto was the biggest winner across all the Sunday Majors after defeating 'BalticMoose' heads-up to take down the prestigious Pokerstars Sunday Million title as he turned $215 into $172,955. Brazilian Bonatto, whose previous highest online cash came during the 2016 SCOOP series after he won Event 16-M for $46,772, beat the huge 6,406-player field to take the winner's share of the $1,281,200 prize pool. It was another very good day at the office for partypoker ambassador Joao 'INeedMassari' Simao. The Brazilian followed up his victories last week in the Pokerstars $1,050 Super Tuesday and $2,100 Sunday High Roller by claiming third place in this Sunday's High Roller showpiece event for $32,468 as well as taking fourth place in the partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for $18,480. PocketFives' current #3 in the PocketFives Rankings, Andres 'Probirs' Nemeth, was the eventual winner of the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller and banked $56,111. Elsewhere, Brazil's Alexandre 'Cavalito' Mantovani lost out to 'Sykoen' heads-up in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd with the players winning $29,652 and $40,453 respectively. The U.K.'s Toby '810ofclubs' Lewis, who has won more than $1.8 million in live tournaments so far this year, finished in second place for $30,089 in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Guaranteed as 'FDBtazz' claimed the $41,464 first place prize. Whilst over on partypoker 'electrofarha' won $70,760 after beating out the 2,295 player field in the $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H. 'thebattler33' was crowned the $2,600 Sunday Major champion and scooped $61,250 with 'strangejelly' coming out on top in the 440 player field $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for $53,480. Below are this week's Sunday Major's final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,406 entrants, $1,281,200 prize pool FLBonatto - $172,955.07 BalticMoose - $121,370.12 sub230212 - $85, 173.66 7DonCool7 - $59, 772.20 grecu2006 - $41,946.23 NisT_777- $29,436.59 69sBigLick - $20,657.68 Kobasteris - $14,496.90 MrLuckDragon - $10,173.49 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 128 entrants, $256,000 prize pool probirs - $56,111.68 voja555cz - $42,683.31 IneedMassari - $32,468.63 gray31 - $24,698.44 lasagnaaammm - $18,787.78 iambest2 - $14,291.60 Str8$$$Homey - $10,871.42 papan9_p$ - $8,269.74 Bigfish112392 - $6,290.68 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd 982 entrants, $491,000 prize pool Sykoen - $40,453.62 Cavalito - $29,652.03 42ayay - $21,734.85 jutrack - $15.931.57 JOAKIMPRO - $11,677.79 ramastar88 - $8,559.79 Kashmir_uzi - $6,274.31 Weriks1 - $4,599.04 Cndale1 - $3,371.08 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,330 entrants, $266,000 prize pool FDBtazz - $41,464.14 810ofclubs - $30,089.65 [Esmone_PT] - $21,836.04 BetForNympho - $15,846.41 Atte.laine - $11,499.73 tapa5dirham? - $8,345.35 nnhheeoo - $6,056.20 Nes1989 - $4,394.98 SirWatts - $3,189.44 partypoker $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H $500k Gtd 2,295 entrants, $500,000 prize pool electrofarha - $70,760.15 HanzooKid - $69,249.86 Iveybluffallin - $37,350 A03A993 - $24,850 President_Trump - $17,350 p1ngp00ng - $11,850 ZeKick - $8,125 PhileasFogg - $5,225 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $250k Super High Roller 99 entrants, $250,000 prize pool thebattler33 - $61,250 SchelampigaUhu - $43,750 Alien_Army - $31,250 JeanClaude1970 - $21,875 Drulitoo - $16,250 Chelsea72 - $12,500 onehundredeyes - $10,000 skitzo793 - $8,125 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $500k Gtd 440 entrants, $500,000 prize pool strangejelly - $53,480 WhoDatt. - $38,360 CooperKupp - $26,320 joaosimaobh - $18,480 aLiNeNok1617 - $13,216 liangmannu - $9,632 Antifragile1 -$6,804 KONY2012 - $4,956 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 102 entrants – $102,000 prize pool 888Dominik - $30,600 Jaolito85 - $20,400 DosPoochies - $15,300 lasochobi - $10,200 jt7b12f - $7,650 MisterN411 - $5,610 strakkebille - $4,590 sweet_dr34ms - $4,080 tutten7 - $3,570 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 376 entrants - $100,000 prize pool guydeet39 - $19,250 PBD03 - $14,250 6oTaHik - $10,750 streetdekor - $7,750 Pimmelspeck - $5,250 D0onkeyKong - $3,750 TAPIS_TAPIR - $2,750 nelisschuif - $2,250  
  12. One of the leaders in online poker is combining with the number one charity in poker. 888poker and the One Drop foundation are collaborating for the first-ever World Water Day Online Tournament. The event takes place on the 888poker platform on March 22 and coincides with the United Nations-sanctioned World Water Day. The prize pool is a guaranteed number fo $5,000 and features a buy-in of $11.11. All fees generated are being donated by 888poker to the One Drop foundation. One Drop first came into the poker community in 2012 with the inaugural Big One for One Drop $1 million buy-in event at the World Series of Poker. Since then, One Drop has raised over $20 million in funding for global water projects. 888poker is a primary sponsor of the World Series of Poker and the host of the WSOP.com online poker skin. “This will be One Drop’s first online poker tournament ever and we are confident that we have found another great ally in 888poker. We are excited with the idea of being able to reach out to their extensive community of online players to raise awareness and funds for critical water issues. We sincerely hope that this collaboration will be the first of many more to come.” said Alexandre Meunier, Senior Director of Special Initiatives at One Drop. The team of 888poker and One Drop continues into the summer. 888poker team pro Dominik Nitsche is participating in the 2018 edition of the Big One for One Drop. Nitsche also won the One Drop High Roller at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe. In addition to Nitsche, the 888poker corporate team is excited to join forces with One Drop. “Our new collaboration with One Drop is a great milestone for us here at 888poker. Supporting causes that improve the world we live in is an important part of our activities,” said Guy Cohen, Senior Vice President and Head of B2C, 888 Holdings. “We are excited to be able to offer our players the chance to contribute to those in need, along with exclusive access to the most sought-after events in the poker calendar.” Find out more about the World Water Day Online Tournament by visiting 888poker.com.
  13. Just days after winning the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller for £450,000, Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer won first place in the series’ £10,000 High Roller. In this one, O'Dwyer bested a field of 105 entries and took home a first-place payday of £314,000. The combined haul from the two events saw O’Dwyer win £764,000. Final Table Payouts 1. Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer - £314,000 2. Gianluca Speranza - £193,000 3. Preben Stokkan - £129,000 4. Dominik Nitsche - £95,000 5. Michael Zhang - £75,000 6. Chris Brammer - £60,000 7. Joao Vieira - £45,000 8. Anthony Elliott - £35,000 9. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez - £27,500 The three-day partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK High Roller began Friday and entering Sunday’s final day of action, 13 remained with O’Dwyer atop them all. Anton Wigg was the first player to bust on the final day, falling in 13th placard putting the tournament on the money bubble. Shortly thereafter, Mustapha Kanit was eliminated at the hands of Dominik Nitsche to send the remaining 11 players into the money. Juan Pardo Dominguez busted first in the money in 11th place, then Adrian Mateos went out 10th. The final nine then joined to one table before Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, the players O'Dwyer defeated in heads-up play in the £25,000 Super High Roller, busted in ninth. Anthony Elliott went out to Nitsche in eighth place, Joao Vieira and Chris Brammer busted to Michael Zhang in seventh and sixth places, respectively, and then Zhang went out in fifth. On Zhang's bust, he ran the [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] into the pocket kings of O'Dwyer and couldn't pull out the win. O'Dwyer kept his foot on the gas in four-handed play before he knocked out Nitshce in fourth. This time it was pocket aces doing the trick for O’Dwyer, as he sent Nitshce packing with the [poker card="As"][poker card="2d"]. In the clash that saw third-place finisher Preben Stokkan hit the rail, O'Dwyer held another big hand -- the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. He was up against Stokkan's [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"] but turned a king to score the elimination. That left O'Dwyer and Speranza to battle for the £314,000 top prize and the title. Both had already locked up £193,000 in prize money, and O’Dwyer took the lead into the final duel with 69.575 million in chips to Speranza's 35.45 million. O'Dwyer chipped away early and had Speranza on the ropes with less than 10 big blinds. Eventually, O'Dwyer moved all in and Speranza felt he had no choice but to take a stand. Speranza didn’t have much with the [poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"], but things only looked grimmer when O'Dwyer tabled pocket aces once again. Speranza flopped a pair of threes, but it wasn’t enough as the board ran out [poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Qs"]. The victory was another impressive score for O'Dwyer in 2018, who now has more than $4.5 million in live tournament earnings won on the year. The result was also his ninth six-figure live score of the year. As if his 2018 live tournament results aren’t enough jaw-dropping figures for your next great bar debate, O'Dwyer recently won his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title for $227,101 and took down Event #123 Super High Roller Championship Event: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em in the partypoker POWERFEST series for $896,610. Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
  14. April often opens with a day dedicated to Fools, but this year some of online poker's biggest stars shined brightest all month long - including the most-decorated player in PocketFives history. Moorman, 'bencb789', Nitsche, Leonard Grab Sunday Majors Wins Chris Moorman has won more PocketFives Triple Crowns than anybody else and he tops the all-time online poker tournament earnings list by a very healthy margin. In April, he added to his resume by winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. That win earned him $39,343 and pushed him closer to the $15 million lifetime earnings mark. The final table included Dennys Ramos, Bruno Volkmann and 'girafganger7'. READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: Chris Moorman Conquers Sunday Warm-Up Moorman wasn't the only big name to pick up a big Sunday score. One week after Moorman won the Sunday Warm-Up, high stakes crusher 'bench789' beat Andrew 'eastwest_27' Theriault heads-up to win the event for $51,562.79. READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: ‘Bencb789’ Conquers Sunday Warm-Up The month actually started off with 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche winning the $1,050 $100,000 guaranteed Whale on 888 for $30,600. He beat Joao 'Jaolito85' Navarro heads-up for the win. READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: Dominik Nitsche Takes Down 888poker Whale One week after that, Patrick Leonard beat a final table that included Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky, Parker Talbot and 'C Darwin2' to win the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: Patrick Leonard Outduels ‘C Darwin2’ for HR Victory US Online Poker Shared Liquidity Inches Closer to Reality Since New Jersey and Nevada - okay, and Delaware too - launched regulated online poker, players in those states have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to play against each other in a shared player pool. WSOP.com, the only online operator working in the two big states, announced in April that they would be making interstate liquidity a reality on May 1. READ: WSOP.com Announces Interstate Liquidity Sharing Begins May 1 The news also had an impact on the 2018 World Series of Poker. With interstate liquidity, players in New Jersey would be able to play the WSOP online bracelet events for the first time in history. READ: Interstate Liquidity Brings High Hopes To 2018 WSOP Online Events Scott Margereson Grabs WPT Title in Florida April proved to be a slower month on the live tournament calendar than any other month, but don't tell Scott Margereson that. The British pro, who has two major online titles to his credit, picked up his first World Poker Tour title in April, winning the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Margereson beat out a final table that included Jeff Fielder, Matt Stout, Brian Hastings and Faraz Jaka to pick up nearly $700,000 and a seat in the WPT Tournament of Championship. READ: Scott Margereson wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WSOP Changes Player of the Year System The 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race was marred by player issues with the scoring system. One year later, WSOP executives admitted the system was flawed and announced a totally revamped system for 2018. The new system better-rewarded players for wins and deep runs and placed far less emphasis on a min-cash. READ: WSOP Makes Changes to Much-Maligned Player of the Year System After Surviving Route 91 Shooting, Garry Gates Considers Himself Lucky In October 2017, the city of Las Vegas was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in American history when 58 people died. Garry Gates, an executive with PokerStars, was one of the 22,000 in attendance that night but thankfully avoided injury. Six months after the shooting, Gates looked back at how he managed to stay alive that night, how the events changed him and how he realized how much Las Vegas meant to him in the aftermath of that horrible event. READ: Garry Gates, One of the Lucky Ones Sunday Million Anniversary Win Propels 'danearys-t' to April PLB Win Dutch grinder 'danearys-t' finished 2018 with $1,199,383 in lifetime earnings. A whopping $1,000,043.77 of that came from winning the PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary: Take 2 on April 22. That win also gave him 3,355.89 PLB points which, combined with the 584.54 he picked up over the course of the rest of the month, was enough for him to win the April PLB race. He beat out names like 'C Darwin2' (sixth place), 'hellohellohello' (fifth place), and runner-up 'lena900' to claim the crown.
  15. In the first week of February 2019, 888poker LIVE makes their return to Aspers Casino in London for their first live event of the year. From February 7-10, 888poker will host another one of their famously fun live events in the heart of London. The Aspers Casino, which played host to nine 888poker events in 2018, will once again be ground zero for the thriving London live scene. The 888poker LIVE Kickoff Event is a £440 buy-in event with a £120,000 guarantee. The tournament has a nice structure for the buy-in. It starts with a 30k starting stack and 40-minute levels. Players can re-enter a maximum of three times in case things don't go according to plan. Also featured is the big blind ante and a 30-second shot clock to make sure the tournament moves along smoothly. A Look Back This event has proven to be an 888poker LIVE favorite. In 2018, players flocked to the Aspers for the event as 547 entries pushed the prize pool to over £216,000. Once the tournament played down to four-handed, and after a few hours of grinding it out, the final four opted for an ICM deal that guaranteed each of them no less than £23,000. With the most chips at the time, UK grinder Jonathan Bowers was crowned the winner and took home £30,630 for his efforts. Bros vs Pros Returns In 2019, the Kickoff Event hopes to be bigger than ever. 888poker is adding to the fun with the return of their Bros vs Pros promotion. One lucky 888poker player will win themselves a trip to London for themselves and two of their best friends. The trio will participate in the festival, battle it out against 888poker ambassadors Vivian Saliba, Ana Marquez, Dominik Nitsche and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. To add to the experience, 888poker will throwing in some Premier League tickets for good measure. Win Your Seat On 888 Of course, players are more than welcome to show up and directly buy in to the events. However, for players looking to get in for the minimum, 888poker is running a series of satellites that start for as little as one cent. 888poker has a series of Steps to Live Events satellites that works their way from $0.01 into shots at winning seats into their live events. A player can start at the very bottom or jump in anywhere in the Steps system and work their way up. In addition to the 888poker Steps to Live Event satellites, 888poker is offering a number of direct satellites to win a seat to the Kickoff Event. Every Tuesday players can win their seat in the $55 Seat Qualifier satellite. One out of every ten players will grab an entry with two seats guaranteed. The $55 satellite can be stepped into through a $5.50 sub-satellite. For players looking for the VIP treatment, every Sunday, through January 31, 2019, there is a $109 satellite that offers the full Kickoff Event Package. Winners of the 888Live London Kickoff Package will receive the £440 entry into the tournament, an extra $300 in travel expenses, some 888poker LIVE gear and $350 for three nights accommodation. These satellites come with a three package guarantee. The $109 satellite for the full package can also be satellites into through a $16.50 sub-satellite. For local value hunters and players looking to take a trip to the wonderful city of London, mark your calendars for February 7-10. Join 888poker, and their team of ambassadors, at the Aspers Casino for the 888poker LIVE London Kickoff Event.
  16. Germany's 'strongwill81' came through a 12,371 player-field to turn $109 into $124,602 in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Once again the revamped buy-in meant for five-figure total entrants and resulted in the six-figure first-place prize. 'Biffinio' took the bronze medal for $65,614.91 before 'AlexS1' battled it out with the eventual champion. 'strongwill81' in name and nature ultimately came through the final test and banked $124,602 as champion, with 'AlexS1' having to settle for $90,415 as runner-up. Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche added $53,481 to his bankroll after he won the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $53,481.The prize pool was worth $244,000 after 122 entrants took part and when the field was reduced to the final three 'Secret_M0d3' collected the bronze medal worth $31,679. 'huang33' was unable to get the better of Nitsche heads-up and banked $41,161 as runner-up, with the German Pro collecting $53,481 for his win. Sweden's 'vic_xcite' won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $79,000 following a heads-up victory over the UK's Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill. 1,060 entrants created a total $530,000 prize pool with 'abarone68' collecting $23,167 + $8,456 in bounties for third place. Gill, who finished in 10th place in the Sunday Million last week, banked over $47,000 for his silver medal run. This week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up title went to 'D.Nowitzki' following a heads-up match against Dan 'NukeTheFish!' Wilson. There was $34,269 up top after 1,056 entrants created a $211,200 prize pool. High-stakes player Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky was able to achieve an 8th place finish for $3,404 and after the battles continued it was 'papan9_p$' who picked up a spot on the podium in third place for $17,715. Wilson, who has over $3.6m in online earnings, was then the final player to hit the rail and banked $24,639 in second place, with 'D.Nowitzki' taking home $34,269 and the title. 'madgenius87' beat out a total field of 191 entrants to claim victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller. There was a top prize of $44,260 up for grabs and after 'honestman36' departed in third place for $23,200, 'onehundredeyes' was unable to get the better of 'madgenius87' and was eliminated in second place for $31,800, with the latter claiming the win. It was just another Sunday for partypoker ambassador Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov who was once again able to find himself on a high stakes final table. This time around the Russian secured second place in the partypoker $3,150 Super Sunday High Roller for $46,800 after Conor 'ADRIEN_BRODY' Beresford had fallen in third place for $32,400, and 'SchelampigaUhu' had come through the 80 player field to bink the $68,400 top prize. Below are this week's Sunday Majors results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 12,371 entrants, $1,237,100 prize pool strongwill81 - $124,602.88 AlexS1 - $90,415.92 Biffinio - $65,614.91 Guillaume479 - $47,616.84 Thasos_18 - $34,555.54 eblumin - $25,077.13 readas_reada - $18,198.48 GuiTiradente - $13,206.78 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 122 entrants, $244,000 prize pool Bounatirou - $53,481.38 huang33 - $41,161.58 Secret_M0d3 - $31,679.76 kimokh - $24,382.13 caescilius - $18,765,55 C.Darwin2 - $14,442.79 IneedMassari -$11,115.81 iamivar - $8,555.20 Lrslzk - $6,584.46 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd 1,060 entrants, $530,000 prize pool vic_xcite - $37,051.86 Gil3000 - $37,674.03 abarone68 - $23,167.25 cwirek1982 - $16,981.51 emptyspot - $12,447.39 Greenstone25 - 9,123,89 progery81 - $6,687.77 malinga - $4,902.12 Powergolf - $3,593.26 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,056 entrants, $211,200 prize pool D.Nowitzki - $34,269.08 NukeTheFish! - $24,639.24 papan9_p$ - $17,715.81 valdemaar74 - $12,737.83 zyax - $9,158.60 emptyspot - $6,585.13 elmo1991 - $4,734.76 RomeOpro - $3,404.35 BamsyBear - $2,447.76 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 191 entrants, $200,000 prize pool madgenius87 - $44,260 onehundredeyes - $31,800 honestman36 - $23,200 benderbei1 - $16,600 j2805667 - $11,600 nipa3p3 - $9,000 proudflop - $7,000 blackaces93 - $5,500 partypoker $530 KO Series #38-HR - $300k Gtd 739 entrants, $378,737 prize pool JimyTransaction - $25,884.97 + $32,825 Juste1Canard - $25,847.55 + $10,609 The1n0nlyJonG - $17,373.01 + $5,791 digvalley - $11,772.09 + $7,264 Uhtredsan - $8,309.71 + $3,031 onehundredeyes - $5,987.88 + $5,243 dartazz - $4,277.06 + $1,663 ucantrybut - $2,973.57 + $2,444 partypoker $3,150 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 80 entrants, $240,000 prize pool SchelampigaUhu - $68,400 NL_Profit - $46,800 ADRIEN_BRODY - $32,400 ucantrybut - $21,600 joaosimaobh - $16,800 orud74 - $13,200 DeanMalenko - $11,400 PartyRainer - $10,200 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Grind - $200k Gtd 197 entrants, $200,000 prize pool iveybluffallin - $40,780 rrinKS - $29,600 malapisk - $21,100 arsep - $15,600 Specter_Litt - $11,000 iTILTuu - $8,400 barrm111 - $8,400 HungarysHero - 4,600
  17. On Saturday, Alex Foxen tweeted that he was looking to make some bracelet bets for the 2019 World Series of Poker. Sifting through the responses, it appears he found a few takers. One of the first players to pop into Foxen’s mentions was recent WPT L.A. Poker Classic winner David 'ODB' Baker, who offered $20,000 per bracelet against Foxen. After a little bit of back and forth between the two, they settled on the original offer from Baker at $20,000 per bracelet. Baker then tweeted that his "shop is open for business" and took in a few "friendly" offers of his own. He booked $2,000 per bracelet with both Brandon Shack-Harris and Brian Hastings. Back to Foxen, Adrian Mateos was one of the players to join in the fun. He asked Foxen if he’d bet on mutual no-limit hold’em events played and it appears Foxen accepted. If they were accepted, the two likely worked out the details out of public view. Rainer Kempe was next in line and offered a similar bet to what Mateos did, for mutual no-limit hold’em events played. If we’re understanding the details correctly, Kempe and Foxen are on for the first bullet of every no-limit hold’em event they both play this summer. A min-cash wins $1,000 from the other person, an official final table appearance wins $5,000, and a bracelet wins $25,000. Dominik Nitsche chimed in at the end and said he’d like the same bet, but there was no visible confirmation from Foxen. Foxen did like the tweet, though. Foxen has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet, but he's still relatively new to the poker scene. He had some notable live tournament results in 2015 and 2016, but his 2017 is really what put him on the map. That year, Foxen won more than $1.7 million on the felt after having won just over $500,000 in the five years prior combined. In 2018, Foxen had an even bigger year with more than $6.6 million won. In 2019, he’s already won more than $3 million entering the 2019 WSOP. Foxen had just four cashes at the 2018 WSOP, but one of those was a final table to kick off the summer. At the 2017 WSOP, Foxen cashed 14 times and then added two more cashes at WSOP Europe. Among those cashes in 2017 were two final tables and three other top-15 finishes.
  18. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  19. On Tuesday night, the 2014 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN, broadcasted outdoors from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The $10,000 buy-in tournament had played down to its final six, who convened in a tent in front of Bally's. It was the first outdoor WSOP final table since Stu Ungar won the Main Event in 1997 and the first WSOP bracelet awarded in New Jersey. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- Matthew Ashton was the start-of-day chip leader and, amid a 62-degree day with random tourists looking on, Andrew Robinson moved all-in for 105,000 in chips with 8-6 and Athanasios Athanasios 9 Polychronopoulos, whose last name was too long to display on television, called with A-4 of hearts. The better hand held and Robinson was the day's first elimination. Viewers at home saw Natty Light beer logos all over the table and were treated to a host of random emblems and sayings in the background given the outdoor setting, including sweatshirts that read "Year of the Fatboy," "Angry Pirates," and "Run Forrest Run." If you played the America's Cardroom drinking game, you took four shots, as ESPN showed four commercials for the unregulated US-facing site. Our e-mails sent to ESPN PR staff about why the network, which is owned by the publicly traded Walt Disney Company, were responded to a few hours after this article was published. ESPN's response can be found in the third-to-last paragraph of this article. Germany's Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche (pictured above) doubled up after connecting with his straight flush draw against Ashton. Despite drawing, Nitsche was a 69% favorite to win the hand on the flop and hit his straight on the river. Then, Polychronopoulos hit kings-up after a seemingly harmless deuce came on the final card, leading ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to say sarcastically, "When does a deuce on the river change anything?" Tracy Doss, who won his seat to the National Championship through the regulated poker site WSOP.com, busted in fifth place after losing a race. The second one-hour episode aired at 9:00pm ET and began with Christopher Bibb 4betting all-in before the flop with A-7 and receiving a taker in Nitsche, who had A-K of spades. The German turned a flush to send Bibb packing in fourth place. One of the defining hands of the tournament saw Ashton double-barrel bluff with J-9 on a board of 2-2-4-6. Nitsche, who had A-9 of spades for the nut flush draw, called and the river was an offsuit six. The action went check-check and Nitsche's ace-high was good enough to scoop a pot worth 1.3 million in chips. Ashton was eliminated in third place after losing a race with 3-3 against Nitsche's A-J. Ashton was sitting pretty after flopping a set, but Nitsche rivered a flush. Nitsche ultimately pulled out the victory after his A-8 drew out on Polychronopoulos' (pictured) A-10 to win the 2014 WSOP National Championship. The outdoor setting was definitely quite different, especially considering the hodge-podge of humanity that showed up and the fact that the final table was held in a mundane white tent. There wasn't the excitement surrounding a final table that you typically see given the lack of a live crowd that actually cared what was going on, which took away from the broadcast. Also, ESPN showing ads for the unregulated America's Cardroom alongside ads for the regulated WSOP.com is a bit confusing and definitely sends mixed messages to viewers and to the poker community. It's the same America's Cardroom ad we've seen for a while now and, when we last asked about it, we were told it was a commercial that appeared in select local markets. On the decision to air America's Cardroom dot-net ads, ESPN officials told PocketFives, "The site is not a gambling siteand includes all the proper disclaimers and website requirements for this category." The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop, featuring the controversial Dan Colman, begins on Tuesday, July 29 on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  20. 888poker LIVE makes their return to the Aspers Casino in London from November 22 to December 3 with a 12-day festival full of tournaments that every poker player can get involved with. The 10-event series provides a wide variety of buy-ins, including the Main Event that has a $500,000 guarantee and will feature appearances by former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions. It will be over a week of non-stop poker action. Whether you are looking to mix it up in some small stakes tournaments or play for the big bucks, 888poker LIVE has a tournament on the schedule worth jumping into. The Opening Event The first event on the schedule is aptly named the Opening Event. It is a ₤220 buy-in event that, if history is an indicator, will provide maximum bang for the buck. The structure is solid for his level of buy-in as it starts with 30,000 in chips and 30-minute levels. There are four flights for players to choose from beginning on November 22. Last year at this time 888poker held a similar tournament called the 888Live Local London tournament. The buy-in was identical and even without a full festival surrounding the event, the tournament drew 529 entries generating a prize pool of ₤155,825. The top five players all turned their ₤220 into five-figure scores with local grinder Christopher Vernon taking home the first place prize of ₤19,670 (over $26,000 USD). The tournament should see no fewer than 500 entries over the four flights and with the support of a full festival could even exceed the numbers posted in 2017. The Swordfish Taking place on the first Monday of the festival, November 26, The Swordfish is a tournament for anybody and everybody. It starts with the smalled buy-in of the entire schedule at only ₤60. Even for that small of an entry fee, the structure should appeal to players of every experience level with 15,000 chips and 25-minute levels. This provides players who may not have as much live experience a chance to get involved, make a move or two and fire away without having to put up the buy-in of a major Main Event. Now, the prize pool isn’t going to be anywhere near that of the Opening Event but neither is the time commitment. The Swordfish is a one-day tournament and will likely be one of the small fields. If a player is looking to have a little fun and fade fewer players, they could always splash around with The Swordfish. In addition to The Swordfish, the schedule offers The Hurricane, The Whale and a Turbo Deepstack all of which have buy-ins less than the Opener. The High Roller On the other end of the tournament spectrum is the High Roller which comes with a buy-in of ₤2,200. Along with the increased price point comes a deeper structure. The two-day tournament provides 100,000 in chips and 40-minute levels. There’s going to be some big money at stake here. In October 2017, during a previous London Festival, 69 players ponied up the buy-in and the prize pool swelled to ₤136,626, well over double its ₤50,000 guarantee. The UK’s Jamie Lunt ended up as the official winner after a heads-up deal was agreed upon. Lunt walked with ₤34,985 ($46,130 USD) for first place. If the ₤2,200 High Roller isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, there’s a ₤5,000 Super High Roller slated to run on the final two days of the schedule. Pot Limit Omaha Sick of No Limit Hold'em? The Pot Limit Omaha event is the only chance on the schedule for players to compete in a game other than NLHE. Traditionally, during the 888LIVE events, the PLO event isn’t one of the better-attended events. This year it takes place on the same day at the final two starting flights of the Main Event. So, if you have already made Day 2 in the Main Event but still have the urge to play, try playing the great game of PLO. The tournament starts with 30,000 in chips and 25-minute levels, however with some much Main Event action going on the field will likely be slightly easier to navigate than one of the other featured events. The Main Event Of course, it should be no surprise that the Main Event is the must-play event of the series. It comes with a $500,000 guarantee and promises to be a star-studded affair. Plenty of 888poker ambassadors like Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Parker ’tonkaaaa’ Talbot and more are likely to be on hand. In addition, 888poker will be importing a host of former World Series of Poker champions. Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein, and 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson are all expected to be on hand. Last year, the Main Event of the London Festival paid out the largest first place prize of the series. UK pro Tom Hall bested the 427 player field and brought home 78,888 ($104,170 USD) for first place. 888poker is hoping that this year will be even bigger and have already begun running qualifiers and handing out packages for the Main Event which include extra cash to assist with travel and lodging. Full Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In 11/22 888Live London Opening Event - 1A ₤220 11/23 888Live London Opening Event - 1B ₤220 11/24 888Live London Opening Event - 1C ₤220 888Live London Opening Event - 1D ₤220 11/25 888Live London Opening Event - Final The Hurricane ₤110 11/26 The Swordfish ₤60 11/27 The Turbo Deepstack ₤80 11/28 High Roller - Day 1 ₤2200 11/29 High Roller - Final 888Live London Main Event - 1A ₤1100 11/30 888Live London Main Event - 1B ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1C ₤1100 12/01 888Live London Main Event - 1D ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1E ₤1100 Pot Limit Omaha ₤125 12/02 888 London Festival Main Event- Day 2 The Whale ₤150 Super High Roller Day 1 ₤5000 Ladies Event ₤100 12/03 888 London Festival Main Event- Final Day Super High Roller Final Day
  21. [caption width="640"] 888poker returns to London for the 888Live London Poker Festival[/caption] Mark your calendars and book your flights as 888Live returns to the city of London from October 5-16. Hosted once again by one of the best casinos in London, Aspers Casino in Westfield, Stratford City, 888Live in London promises perpetual poker action and over $800,000 in guaranteed prize pools spread out over 10 events. With a wide variety of buy-ins and events, there are plenty of opportunities for players to get into the action. The 12-day festival is highlighted by a number of huge-value events. The kickoff event, the '888Live London Festival Opening Event', comes with a modest £220 buy-in that carries with it a massive £120,000 guarantee. The 888Live London Festival Main Event does one better offering £400,000 in guaranteed cash for its £1,100 entry fee. The festival also contains a High Roller, Pot Limit Omaha and Ladies Tournament. Also, live versions of 888poker's popular online tournaments The Swordfish, The Whale and Lightning Six Max will run. 888poker ambassadors will be out in full force to play host and compete on the felt. Poker personality Kara Scott, Swedish superstar Sofia Lovgren, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche and the most successful online poker player in history, Chris '888Moorman' Moorman will all be on hand, and, often times, in hands. To keep the action moving at a quick pace, 888poker is debuting their new shot clock. No more staring into oblivion while an opponent tanks incessantly for minutes at a time. The shot clock keeps the game humming right along, allowing players 30 seconds at a time to make decisions, ensuring a faster-paced game and more hands per hour. When the clock expires, so does your hand. But it's not as if there's no mercy when it comes to the shot clock as sometimes there are decisions need a little extra consideration. Players are allotted a number of time extensions, which can be used when faced with a tougher spot, like when you are unexpectedly check-raised on a river you thought you just bet for value. As is usual with 888poker, there are plenty of ways for you to qualify for the biggest events of the series. Of course, players are welcome to simply buy their tickets directly but if you are one who wants to take a shot at, as UK's William Kassouf would say, getting “in for the min to get the max” there are plenty of satellite options. Online satellites start for as little as 1¢ and you can work your way up and step into qualifiers for both the 888Live Opening Event as well as the £1,100 Main Event. Players can also head to the Aspers Caniso to participate in the live satellites. For the Opening Event players have nine shots costing only £30 and the Main Event has another seven opportunities to claim a seat for as little as £50. The 888Live London Festival is set to be one of their biggest yet with fast-paced poker action, plenty of opportunities to qualify and $800,000 up for grabs. For more information on 888Live London Festival, visit 888poker live events. 888Live London Festival Schedule of Events Start DateStart TimeTournamentBuy-InGuaranteed Prize Pool 10/215:00Satellite to Opening Event 1£303 seats 10/219:00Satellite to Opening Event 2£306 seats 10/315:00Satellite to Opening Event 3£303 seats 10/319:00Satellite to Opening Event 4£306 seats 10/415:00Satellite to Opening Event 5£303 seats 10/419:00Satellite to Opening Event 6£306 seats 10/515:00Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1£306 seats 10/518:00888Live London Opening Event 1A£220£120,000 10/615:00Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1£306 seats 10/618:00888Live London Opening Event 1B£220£120,000 10/712:00Turbo Satellite to Opening Event 1£306 seats 10/714:00888Live London Opening Event 1C£220£120,000 10/718:00888Live London Opening Event 1D£220£120,000 10/813:00888 Live London Opening Event Final£220£120,000 10/818:00The Hurricane£50£5,000 10/914:00Satellite to Main Event£502 seats 10/918:00The Swordfish£60£3,000 10/920:00Satellite to Main Event£503 seats 10/1014:00Satellite to Main Event£503 seats 10/1018:00The Turbo Deepstack£80£8,888 10/1020:00Satellite to Main Event£503 seats 10/1114:00Satellite to Main Event£502 seats 10/1118:00The Lightning 8-Max£60- 10/1120:00Satellite to Main Event Day 1£503 seats 10/1119:00High Roller Day 1£2,200£50,000 10/1215:00Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1£1005 seats 10/1217:00High Roller Final Day£2,200£50,000 10/1218:00888Live London Main Event 1A£1,100£400,000 10/1315:00Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1£1005 seats 10/1318:00888Live London Main Event 1B£1,100£400,000 10/1413:00Super Satellite to Main Event Day 1£1005 seats 10/1415:00888Live London Main Event 1C£1,100£400,000 10/1420:00Omaha Pot Limit£150- 10/1514:00888Live London Main Event Day 2£1,100£400,000 10/1517:00The Whale£110£10,000 10/1519:00Ladies Event£55£10,000 10/1614:00888Live London Main Event Final-£400,000
  22. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche just played the Poker Masters series, continuing his expansion into high roller events.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche has climbed the live poker ranks from winning a Latin-American Poker Tour Main Event in 2009 for his first ever tournament score to participating in this year’s Super High Roller Bowl. Nitsche reached a new pinnacle two weeks ago when he took part in the first ever Poker Masters series at Aria in Las Vegas. Nitsche’s climb to the rank of player who plays frequently in High Roller events was formed in January 2015 when he decided at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas that he “might as well start playing them all.” That year, Nitsche placed 10th in the $25,000 event in a field of 200 players, earning just under $113,000. To play these events, Nitsche insinuated that he has a group of backers to assist with buy ins noting, “It's nice when you have people who support and believe in your game. It makes it easier to remain confident even if you keep losing for a while." The leap from standard live events to playing a consistent high roller schedule has been an adjustment for Nitsche. Although he faces tougher foes, the 888poker ambassador enjoys how much more money he can win by playing these events. “Poker is poker in a way but in high roller tournaments, you are always playing against people you know very well. They are all either really professional players or some of the best amateurs. It's tough competition for really high stakes. And for me honestly, the money matters the most. The higher the buy in the more money there is to be won,” said Nitsche. Nitsche placed fifth in the openingPoker Masters event but failed to reach the money in any of the following events. Fellow German Steffen Sontheimer won the event and even outside of his performance in the series, Nitsche considers him and Fedor Holz to be his toughest competition in high roller events. “Steffen and I have been doing a lot of theory work together lately and I've been very impressed with his play lately. He just doesn't make any big mistakes and executes his strategy extremely well. Also, he's not scared to make very exploitative plays.” The financial ecosystem of high rollers is a topic that has been the subject of much debate in recent months. Nitsche is not overly concerned about the well going dry anytime soon and foresees a future where the United States is no longer the booming host of high roller action. “I am very optimistic for the future. The high roller scene is growing and the recreational players don't seem to be willing to give up. In general, I'd say the future of high roller poker is in Asia. That's where we will see more and more big events.” The Triton High Roller series in the Philippines is a favorite of Nitsche but for the time being, he prefers to play at Aria. This is due to the multiple events that take place in a short time span along with the implementation of a shot clock. A firm regular in high roller events, Nitsche will be participating in more throughout the rest of the immediate future as he travels to series across the globe. From the time he stepped foot at the World Series of Poker in 2012 and won his first bracelet, Nitsche has always been one of the best in the game. Nitsche has accepted the challenge of winning on a consistent basis in high rollers and his results show he is capable of playing at the highest level.
  23. [caption width="640"] 888Live Series is heading to CasinoBarcelona for 13 events in May. (888Live photo)[/caption] Following the immensely successful first 888Live Series of 2017 at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the roadshow of poker festivals is hitting the road to Barcelona. Running from May 11-23, the next 888Live Festival features 13 events with a variety of buy-ins for players of all bankroll levels. With the spacious CasinoBarcelona playing host, players are in for a treat with massive guarantees in place and multiple Day 1 flights available for many events, giving everyone a chance to get in on the action. Among the marquee events include the €220 buy-in €100,000 guaranteed opener. This event includes four Day 1 starting flights and two re-entries available for each session. And to continue with 888poker's theme of uniquely named online events, 888Live is offering the €110 buy-in €5,000 guaranteed Hurricane, €55 buy-in €5,555 guaranteed Swordfish, and the €110 buy-in €20,000 guaranteed Breeze. For players looking for a higher buy-in to test their skills, the €2,200 buy-in €100,000 guaranteed two-day High Roller runs right before the start of the Main Event with late registration and unlimited re-entry available all the way up until the start of Day 2. Finally, the 888Live Main Event caps off the series, starting on Thursday, May 18. The €1,100 buy in €500,000 guaranteed tournament carries three starting flights and wraps up with a live streamed final table on May 22. Satellites for the full schedule are currently running on 888poker.com for all players looking to qualify for what will be a fantastic series at a discounted rate. Along with the packed schedule filled with massive guarantees, the 888poker roster will be out in force. Some of the players scheduled to attend include Natalie Hof, Sofia Lövgren, former PocketFives #1 Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, and 888’s newest team member, Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot. While CasinoBarcelona does not have a hotel directly on its property, there are many hotels in the immediate area to book accommodations including Pullman Barcelona Skipper, Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona, and Hotel Miramar Barcelona. There are few cities in the entire world that love poker more than Barcelona and this series should be nothing short of another smashing hit for the 888Live Series. COMPLETE 888LIVE BARCELONA SCHEDULE #EVENTBUY-INGUARANTEESTART DATES 1888Live Opening Event€220€100,000May 11, 12, 13 2The Thunder€88€10,000May 12 3The Breeze€110€20,000May 13 4The Hurricane€110€5,000May 14 5The Swordfish€55€5,555May 15 6The Turbo Deepstack€77--May 16 7The Lightning 8-Max€66--May 17 8High Roller€2,200€50,000May 17 9888Live Barcelona Main Event€1,100€500,000May 18, 19, 20 10The Mega Knockout€165--May 19 11Pot Limit Omaha€150--May 20 12The Whale€333€10,000May 21 13Ladies Event€220--May 21 If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  24. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche plans to keep on grinding - both online and live - as his poker career continues to blossom[/caption] While some young Germans are keen to “retire” and step back from poker, three-time bracelet winner and 888 Poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche is intent on grinding until there is nothing good left to grind. The German pro, who has over $3.5 million in online tournament earnings and another $6.5 million in live earnings, is just 25 years old, but like many of his peers and countrymen, he is already a renowned, established pro and one of the top ten German tournament earners in history. When you realize how much Nitsche grinds, the results don’t seem as surprising. He works at the game year-round, grinding online when he isn’t traveling. Recently he chopped the 888Poker Super XL Series Main Event and soon is off to London for the upcoming 888 poker festival. He doesn’t intend to stop there though. He’ll likely head to Asia and play in Macau. Unlike Fedor Holz, retirement isn’t a word Nitsche is entertaining right now. In fact, “break” probably is not an option either. "Not in the near future," Nitsche explains. "The high roller events have been better than ever and are really kicking off everywhere. The only tournament I will miss in the near future is PCA. I'm going to Australia a bit early to spend some time in Sydney." Nitsche is all about making the most of opportunities, and knowing how much the poker landscape can change overnight, he is not going to let any chances pass him by. "A lot in tournament Poker is simply about putting in the volume. And now is a good time to do that. We don't know how the poker market will be in 2-3 years and I really don't want to miss out on the crazy good tournaments right now." He is definitely capitalizing on the crazy good tournaments. Nitsche finished second to Holz in June’s $50,000 Super High Roller at Aria for almost $630,000, then took fourth in a $5,000 WSOP event for another $250,000. While these scores are great, Nitsche is remarkably low key about his results. "I put in a lot of work away from the tables and I play a lot of online tournaments and cash games on 888 to stay sharp when I'm at home. Results will come if you keep playing well, but you can't control when you will have your big win. I'm just happy to keep playing more and more tournaments and maybe sometimes I get very lucky and win. That's fun, of course, but it is a bit silly to be proud of something you can't control." It may sound like Nitsche is singularly-focused on the felt, but his poker worldview extends far beyond himself. In his role as an 888 sponsored pro, he takes growing the game very seriously. He may play the highest stakes, but he loves using social media and Twitch to communicate with everyone, including the $.01/$.02 grinders. "A lot of the work I do for 888 is just very fun for me and it's a lot of things I have been doing even before I became sponsored. Things like communicating with casual poker players on social media and giving advice to new up-and-coming players is just something I really enjoy doing. As an 888 ambassador now, I get to do even more of that and help promote the game in my home country. I recently went to do German commentary for the WSOP in Munich and it was a great experience. I have been watching the WSOP on TV since I was 16 so, of course, it felt amazing." Learn more about Dominik Nitsche and the rest of the 888 poker Ambassadors. The commentary is something Nitsche has dabbled with in the past, but his take on TV poker talk is to try and give a different spin on it than the poker boom days. "Not at all, actually. I have had a lot of experience doing live commentary for various events before and the feedback has always been very positive. People watch these to learn a bit about how poker works and don't want to watch coin flip after coin flip. I always try to give the viewer something they can take away from what I say and use it the next time they play live." The respect Nitsche has for his audience is what helps his commentary stand out. His knack for speaking about higher-level strategy in a way anyone can understand is what earned him opportunities like the one in Germany. "In my opinion, poker is unique in that way because, unlike any other sport, people don't just watch it on TV. They play it themselves. Of course, I will have to keep things a bit more simple on TV, but really this just comes down to practice and having a deep understanding of what I am trying to say. Even complex concepts can be made fairly simple if you really do know what you are talking about." He certainly knows what he is talking about. In addition to his own impressive resume, Nitsche spends plenty of time talking poker with some of the best minds in the game. Lately he has been working with Jon Spinks and Moritz Dietrich, but he also cites Holz, Rainier Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Oliver Price, and Marty Mathis as good friends and great players. As for who the next European wunderkind will be, Nitsche has a couple of suggestions. He says Steffen Sontheimer is "probably the best player you don’t know," and also says Marty Kozlov is “a complete beast and completely underrated.” With his role at 888, who knows what undiscovered genius might cross Nitsche’s path next? Given his open mind, his refusal to miss opportunities, and his insistence on listening to every kind of poker player there is, it certainly seems possible he helps develop some new poker talent. Until then, he continues to hone his with his can’t stop, won’t stop attitude continuing to pay dividends six figures at a time.
  25. As the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe festival winds down in Rozvadov, there are two storylines emerging. The first is the three bracelet wins for Isreali players through the first five events. The second is the players who won a bracelet this summer and have added another one to their collection this week - and that's the one that played out Thursday night. Michael Addamo, who won the $2,620 Marathan No Limit event this summer, beat Germany's Christian Rudolph heads-up to win the €25,500 Super High Roller event for €848,702 ($962,276 US). Addamo started the final table, which included Manig Loeser, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski and Benjamin Pollak, with just 19 big blinds but managed to work his way up and eliminated the final three players standing between himself and his second career bracelet. The first elimination at the final table came after 45 minutes of play in a blind vs blind confrontation. Action folded to Loeser in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 9,300,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] and Yu called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Yu a pair and kept him in the lead. The [poker card="8h"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="jd"] river ended Loeser's run with an eighth place finish. Just a few minutes later, James Romero followed Loeser out the door. From the cutoff, Christian Rudolph raised to 1,300,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Action folded to Romero in the big blind and he moved all in for 7,800,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. Rudolph called and watched as the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and eliminate Romero in seventh. Rudolph found another final table victim just about 30 minutes later. From the hijack, Pollak raised to 1,600,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and Rudolph called from the cutoff with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and Yu also came along from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Pollak, but gave Rudolph top set and Yu the nut flush draw. After Pollak checked, Rudolph put out a bet for 2,600,000. Yu raised to 8,500,000, Pollack folded and Rudolph moved all in and Yu called all in. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river were both safe cards for Rudolph and Yu was eliminated in sixth place. Rudolph's path of destruction didn't slow down and ten minutes after Yu was sent packing, Dominik Nitsche joined him. Nitsche raised all in from UTG for 13,00,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Rudolph called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] leaving Rudolph in front. Nitsche was unable to improve after the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted two hours and the next elimination didn't involve Rudolph. After Pollak and Rudolph both folded, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 16,500,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. Addamo responded by moving all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]and Badziakouski called off the rest of his stack. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"] flop all but officially ended Badziakouski's run. The [poker card="8h"] turn eliminated any runner-runner hop the Belarussian had. The river was the [poker card="jc"]. The next player sent to the rail was also a victim of Addamo. The Australian called from the button holding [7d[poker card="7s"], Pollak moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] and Addamo called. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] to miss Pollak and eliminate him in third spot. Heads up play began with Addamo holding two more big blinds than Rudolph. Rudolph briefly held the chip lead, only to surrender it to Addamo for the final time. One hour later, Addamo put the finishing touches on his second bracelet win of 2018. Rudolph moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and Addamo called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"] runout eliminated Rudolph in second place. Final Table Payouts Michael Addamo - €848,702 Christian Rudolph - €524,532 Benjamin Pollak - €370,219 Mikita Badziakouski - €266,767 Dominik Nitsche - €196,328 Winfred Yu - €147,642 James Romero - €113,505 Manig Loeser - €89,253

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