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  1. The momentum from Sunday’s start of PokerStars 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker carried over into Monday as four new players added a SCOOP High title to their poker resumes and the action was highlighted by a high roller final table packed with some of online poker’s most prolific players. There were no soft spots at the final table of Event 06-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max High Roller) as Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas outlasted the 116-entry field to take home the $254,255.57 first-place prize and the third SCOOP title of his career. Among the final table participants were Samuel ‘€urop€an’ Vousden, Dominik Nitsche, Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosyan, and Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet. For the second night in a row, former #1-ranked Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz was forced to settle for second place but walked away with a $196,994.91 payday. Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo finished in third, earning $152,629.90, and another former #1, Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson, fell in fourth place earning $118,256.31 which sends him over $17 million in career online earnings. The official SCOOP Kickoff tournament, Event 02-H ($530 NLHE, PKO) drew 1,321 runners to create a prize pool of $660,500. The winner was Montenegro’s Dejan 'dejanic357' Kaladurdevic who not only earned the $43,752.65 first-place prize and an additional $34,653.56 in bounties but also became the very first player from his country to win a SCOOP title. Kaladurdevic defeated Brazil’s ‘Alex Bez’ in heads-up play, who finished with $43,751.12 and an additional $21,872.42 in bounties for second place. The UK’s ‘dougiedan678’ captured the bronze for $25,958.60 plus $12,182/35 in bounties. Event 03-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE) bested the $500K guarantee as 669 runners pushed the prize pool to $669,000. In the end, it was Romania’s ‘kreiNt’ who took down the tournament and grabbed $113,891.16 for first. ‘KayhanMok’ finished as the runner-up for $83,403.49 while ‘L_Cesk’ from Greece rounded out the top three and took home $61,077.42 for third. Right behind them were a pair of high roller MTT specialists in Mikita ‘fish2013’ Badziakouski who finished in fourth place for $44,727.73, and Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams who fell in fifth for $32,754.64. Event 05-H ($2,100 Pot Limit Omaha, 6-Max) was the only tournament of SCOOP 2021’s opening events to miss its guarantee. And it just barely missed, drawing 192 runners, just eight players shy of hitting the $400,000 guarantee. All the better for the players including the UK’s ‘Zero 1100101’ and ‘d.apollo777’. When it got to heads-up, the countrymen agreed on a deal that had ‘Zero 1100101’ walk away with $76,488.47 and the SCOOP title while ‘d.apollo777’ locked up $63,600.37. Just missing out on the deal was Sweden’s ‘sat1337en’ who finished in third place and took home $45,585.88. Also of note, on Sunday night, Event 07-H ($2,100 NLHE, 7-Max, Turbo PKO, Sunday Cooldown) wrapped up with current #18-ranked Maskim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov taking down the title and a total of $88,727.52 for first. Fedor Holz wrapped up as the runner-up and took home a total of $42,539.98 while Finland’s ‘Uivelo88’ finished in third for $24,179. Other winners on Monday included 'kilrogg94' (Event #2-M), 'emsbigbob25' (Event #2-L), 'Karl-King77' (Event #3-M), 'Westik1' (Event #3-L), 'Nethos' (Event #4-M), 'PIPQQUEER' (Event #4-L), 'Marcelinhobf' (Event #5-M), 'neto_gol' (Event #5-L), 'ludako123' (Event #6-M), 'neto_gol' (Event #5-L), 'Fabahaba' (Event #7-M), and 'Diegops_AKs' (Event #7-L). Event # 2 (High) - $530 NLHE [Progressive KO, Event # Kickoff] Entries: 1,321 Prize pool: $660,500 dejanlc357 $78,406.21 Alex Bez $65,623.54 dougiedan678 $38,140.95 Event #3 (High) - $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE] Entries: 669 Prize pool: $669,000 kreiNt $113,891.16 LayhanMok $83,403.49 L_Cesk $61,077.42 Event #5 (High) $2,100 PLO [6-Max] Entries: 192 Prize pool: $400,000 Zero 1100101 $76,488.47 dapollo777 $63,600.37 sat1337en $45,585.88 Event #6 (High) $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] Entries: 116 Prize pool: $1,160,000 omaha4rollz $254,255.57 CrownUpGuy $196,994.91 imluckbox $152,629.90 Event # 07 (High) - $2,100 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE] Entries: 183 Prize pool: $366,000 MAMOHT_T $88,727.52 CrownUpGuy $42,539.98 Uivelo88 $24,179.00
  2. In a few short weeks, players on the European and global networks of 888poker will be battling it out for a slice of mouth-watering guarantees, prestigious titles and online poker glory with three WPTDeepStacks online series coming to the virtual felts of 888poker in April. The online poker platform has had a massive makeover in the last few months. Their new Made to Play platform and online tournament revamp has been at the heart of these changes. And now 888poker players around the world will have the opportunity to play for massive cash prizes and a WPTDeepStacks title on the site. WPTDS London Online (Worldwide), WPTDS Iberia Online (Portugal and Spain), and WPTDS Italy Online (Italian network) will offer players the opportunity to compete versus their respective network. This is a special occasion as it is first time ever that 888poker’s three networks will be synced for a major online poker series. The WPTDS series begins April 18 and concludes on April 26. Across the events, more than $3 million in prizes is guaranteed. There will be 16 flagship online poker tournaments across all three networks. In addition to an online payday to remember, all tournament winners being recipients of the lauded after WPTDeepStacks trophy. Those that reside and ply their trade in Italy will be vying for a piece of the €350,000 available to them. With €400,000 in prizes available to Portuguese and Spanish based poker players. The main event for both the WPTDS Italy and WPTDS Iberia networks feature a single starting flight on April 25. Both Main Events have a €125 entry fee as well as having a prize pool of at least €150,000. Poker players on the worldwide network will be the happiest of the bunch. These players will have the chance to compete for a lion’s share of the $3 million up for grabs in the WPTDS London Online. With over $2 million in guaranteed prizes and a $1 million guaranteed Main Event, there will be plenty of happy smiles from those who are eligible to play. The WPTDS London Main Event is a multi-flight event with satellite tournaments already underway. Flights will run daily from April 18 through April 25. Day 2 will be played on April 26 until a winner is crowned. Players can buy-in to the WPTDS London Online main event for $1,050. Players will have the chance to lock horns with some of their poker heroes as 888poker ambassadors and WPT® Champions Chris Moorman and Dominik Nitsche will be taking part in the festival along with the rest of the 888poker pros. Four streaming days are scheduled for the series across major streaming platforms and will feature commentary from David Tuchman, Nick Wealthall and Matt Savage. Entering the WPTDS London Main Event on a Budget Getting into high stakes tournaments via satellite tournaments is a great way for recreational players, with modest bankrolls, to win life-changing scores. Those eligible to play the WPTDS London Main event can save a small fortune by securing their seat from as little as 1¢. Those that want to achieve this feat will have to navigate through three separate tournaments. If that sounds like too much work, playerscan skip the ‘pennybuy’ and register to sub-satellites for $11. There is also the option to bypass the first two steps by participating in direct satellites for $109.
  3. Whether watching some of the biggest names in poker at the World Series of Poker, Poker After Dark or any other poker-related show, recreational poker players from all over the world have had the same thought on at least one occasion – "I’d love to test myself and battle against the pros." If this resonates and hits home, then take note that 888poker is giving all home game heroes and casual poker room players the chance to do just that – battle against the pros. It has never been easier to do so either, there’s no need to navigate a collection of satellite tournaments to get this opportunity. All you need to do is convince the 888poker team why you should be the one to play against the 888poker Ambassadors. Three players will be selected to sit in an exclusive Six Max Sit & Go and battle it out against Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lövgren, and Vivian Saliba. The winner will walk away with a $1,400 first-place prize while second place will add $600 to their bankroll. Those that want to test their poker skills against their poker idols, go to the 888poker Facebook page and leave a comment. Entries need to be submitted no later than February 16 at 11 pm GMT to be considered. All selected players will be notified within three days and those winners will have a further 72 hours to confirm their seat at the table. This competition also gives poker players another item that can be ticked off their poker bucket list – playing a live-streamed event. The tournament is being aired live on February 22 with World Series of Poker sideline reporter and current 888poker ambassador Kara Scott calling the action alongside veteran poker commentator David Tuchman. Meet The 888poker Pros The selected players will be up against tough opposition, competing against the trio of 888poker pros Vivian Saliba, Sofia Lövgren, and Dominik Nitsche. With almost $20 million in winnings between the three pros, the selected players will need to pull out all the stops to prove they’ve got what it takes to swim with the sharks. Dominik Nitsche With 4 WSOP bracelets, a World Poker Tour title, and over $18 million in tournament earnings, taking the scalp of the German national is definitely a story that would go down a storm at the local card room or home game. This of course will be no mean feat to pull off but running the right bluff or making the most hero of calls could be all it takes to take this poker titan down. Vivian Saliba Brazilian-born Saliba mainly cuts her cloth on the PLO streets but is no stranger or slouch to No Limit Hold’em either and can be often found streaming on Twitch under the username ViviSaliba. With 14 WSOP cashes and over $500k in prize money won, navigating past this pro will be harder than avoiding an Ace on the flop when holding pocket kings. Sofia Lövgren The third and final 888poker ambassador taking a seat at the table is Sofia Lövgren. One of the notable highlights in her poker career is a 12th place finish in the 2016 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker for $75,000. With over 7,000 entries into that tournament, Lövgren shows she’s got the patience and composure to wait for her spot and punish anyone who slips up. What's At Stake The prizes up for grabs in this golden opportunity are nothing to roll your eyes at either, the winner of the Ambassadors Home Game will take home a tidy four-figure score of $1,400 with the runner-up winning a bankroll boosting $600. Also, of note, while players may have plenty of reasons they think they should be considered - there's a limit of only one submission per player.
  4. Some players rocket up the PocketFives Rankings after a single score in a big event. Sometimes it's a player taking a shot in a tournament out of their normal buy-in range or maybe it's somebody riding a heater after winning their way in via satellite. More often than not, those players quickly fade into the distance of the PocketFives Rankings as similar results don't follow. Then there are players who continually put up strong results week in and week out and maintain their position in the upper echelon of the rankings. They use consistency as a means of maintaining their spot. 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche could easily be the poster child for that group. As expected, Nitsche turned in strong results in 2020 with a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker win, an European Poker Tour Online win, and managed to bank a six-figure score on his birthday on 888poker. All told, the four-time WSOP bracelet winner earned more than $1.34 million online in 2020. Despite all of his career success, which includes more than $6.5 million in online earnings, Nitsche had never won a SCOOP title. That changed in May when he took down Event #87 High ($530 NLHE) to grab the title and $82,365 and 353.56. And it was no easy task, in the end, Nitsche had to beat Georgios 'Geokarak' Karakousis heads up to claim victory. The 888poker Millions Superstorm Main Event in October had a $1 million guarantee and drew 3,196 entrants. After outlasting 3,192 of those players, Nitsche, who just happened to be celebrating his birthday that day, wound up chopping the tournament with the three other remaining players and banked $121,146 for coming out on top after the deal was made. That wound up being the third largest win of his online career. In November, Nitsche topped the 2,833-entry held in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Online Event #14 ($215 NLHE - EPT Online Cup) to take home $82,093 and add 752.73 PLB points to his total. That same day he also won a PokerStars High Roller Club event, beating 44 other players in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $3,331.31. The calendar turning to 2021 didn't change much for Nitsche. To date he's cashed 24 times with five of those adding to his PLB total. The highlight of that group was a win in a PokerStars Blowout Series Event #51 High ($530 Turbo NLHE) where he beat out 325 other runners to win $30,664.69 and 403.73 PLB points. Through just two weeks of the new year, Nitsche has already won $96,841.11 and added 1,092.47 PLB points to his total. All of that has placed Nitsche in the #1 spot in the German rankings where he has a narrow lead over 'nilsef' who held the top spot for most of 2018 and 2019. German Online Poker Rankings [table id=155 /]
  5. In a career that has spanned more than 12 years, 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche has evolved from a small stakes online grinder to one of the most prolific high rollers in the poker world today. The results of his hard work speak for themselves as Nitsche has amassed more than $6.5 million in online earnings and an amazing $18.65 million in live earnings, a total which places him 32nd on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List. Even after so much success, Nitsche continues to grind. A successful week at the online tables helped Nitsche surge 27 spots in the online poker worldwide rankings to #68, one of the biggest moves inside the top-100 for the week. The rise in rankings helped him take over the #1-ranking in Germany and close in on a career-high spot of #60, which he last hit back in 2009. As Nitsche continues to climb the rankings, it makes for a good time to look back at some of the biggest scores in the DTO private poker coach’s history, including his most recent victory which added a major title to his long list of accomplishments. 2019 PokerStars WCOOP Just over a year ago, Nitsche booked the biggest win of his online poker career during the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker when he made a deep run in Event #25-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller). The tournament drew 90 entries and generated a prize pool of over $2.2 million fueled by some of the toughest competition the poker world has to offer. Nitsche battled his way to the final table, outlasting the likes of Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen, Tim ‘Tim0thee’ Adams, and Mustapha ‘lasagnaaammm’ Kanit, all of who made the money. In the end, Nitsche ended up falling in fifth place walking away with $188,139. Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov ended up winning the event for more than $527,000. 2017 PokerStars SCOOP Two-and-a-half years prior to his big risk, big reward run in the 2019 WCOOP, Nitsche entered another high roller looking to take home a massive score. The field size in the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #15-M ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was a good deal larger as 772 entries drove the prize pool to just over $1.5 million. Again, Nitsche made a deep run to the final table where he battled the impressive online poker talent of Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer and former #1-ranked Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson. Nitsche finished in fourth place that day but locked up a massive $115,800 score for his efforts. $5K High Roller One of the very first high roller tournaments in 2018 took place on January 3 that year and featured a who’s who of top online poker talent. The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller was littered with notable screen names that finished in the money that day. Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich, Mike ‘telks’ Telker, Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk, and Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick all picked up huge scores that day. Nitsche surpassed all of them though and notched himself a podium finish with a third-place score of $82,445 which helped him get the year off to a good start. In the end, Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas bested ‘DEX888’ for the win and the $139K first-place prize. 2020 PokerStars SCOOP It seems that Nitsche only gets better with age as two of his top 5 all-time scores were won in 2020. The first of which took place on May 22 in the 2020 PokerStars SCOOP when Nitsche fired in the $500,000 guaranteed Event #87-H ($530 NLHE). The field swelled to 956 entries but Nitsche outlasted every single one of them, booking the win and adding the $82,365 first-place prize to what was, at that time, $5.8 million in online earnings. 2020 EPT Online Cup Nitsche’s latest major online score proves that while he may be known for crushing the small field, nosebleed buy-in tournaments he still has what it takes to work his way through a massive field MTT and get the win. On November 14, just over a week ago, Nitsche nabbed himself a title in PokerStars’ first-ever EPT Online series when he outlasted the massive field of 2,833 runners and took down EPT Online Event #14 ($215 NLHE, EPT Online Cup) for $82,093. Along with the major online title, Nitsche picked up 752.73 PLB points which sent him sailing past Germany’s ‘nilsef’ in the rankings and has positioned himself to reach ranking heights he hasn’t seen in over a decade. Since taking home the gold in the EPT Online event, Nitsche continues to add to his PLB point total, grabbing another 169.49 points with his runner-up finish in the $215 Fast Friday just last week. If Nitsche continues to grind the kind of volume he’s been putting in as of late, he’s a favorite to hit a new career-high ranking by the end of the year. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screennames to their PocketFives profile.
  6. The 888poker Millions Superstorm online series came to a conclusion on Sunday night when 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche bested a total field of 3,196 runners in the $1M guaranteed 888Millions Superstorm Main Event to take home the $121,146 first-place prize. Nitsche, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, spent the day battling through the 567 players who managed to survive the opening flights of the event and make it to Day Two. By the time the final table got underway, the high-stakes pro had faded the majority of the field but found himself with fewer than seven big blinds. Despite that, he stayed out of trouble in the early parts of the final table and eventually eliminated his final four opponents to walk away with a six-figure score. After a few orbits at the final table, Lithuanian grinder ‘joolius’ was the first player eliminated. After ‘Artemka168’ opened holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"], ‘joolius’ moved all-in for his remaining 15 big blinds with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. ‘Artemka168’ made the quick call and the pocket kings held when the board ran [poker card="9h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ac"]. ‘joolius’ exited in ninth place for $15,000. After ‘GarbinaD’ opened from late position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"], Brazil’s ‘franguet’ made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"] and Rocha put in his remaining short stack with top pair and was called by ‘GarbinaD’s dominating ace. The turn was the [poker card="9h"] and the river came the [poker card="kh"] sending the Brazilian out the door in eighth place for $20,000. It didn’t take long before ‘dulek_jason’ hit the rail as well when he pushed his final seven big blinds in the middle holding [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] and was called by ‘Artemka168’ in the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] flop kept ‘dulek_jason’ ahead in the hand but offered ‘Artemka168’ some additional straight and backdoor flush outs. The [poker card="6h"] gave ‘Artemka168’ even more opportunities but it was the [poker card="9c"] river than brought ‘Artemka168’ the straight and eliminated ‘dulek_jason’ in seventh place for $25,000. Minutes later ‘GarbinaD’ was involved in another elimination when they raised their [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"] from early position and ‘DreamLikeMe’ called with their tournament life on the line with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="5c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"] giving ‘GarbinaD’ a pair on the river and sending ‘DreamLikeMe’ out in sixth place for $30,000. Nitsche got to work five-handed when he put in a raise from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"] and the short-stacked ‘kiskutya23’ made the call for it all with [poker card="ks"][poker card="5d"]. Nitsche hit his ace right away on the [poker card="5s"][poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] flop but ‘kiskutya23’ also had a pair and some additional two pair and trips outs. But the [poker card="9c"] turn and the [poker card="th"] river did nothing to help ‘kiskutya23’ and they fell in fifth place for $45,000. The final four players began to talk about a deal as the original payouts had a steep increase with a $100,000 difference between second and first. It didn’t take long for all the players to agree to an ICM deal with $20,000 left for the eventual winner. Nitsche began four-handed play as the short stack but found a critical double that kept him alive and it started him climbing the chip counts. He picked up another major pot when ‘MrMarley83’ made his last stand by shipping [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"] under the gun and Nitsche made the called with [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] to give Nitsche top pair with a better kicker. Canada’s ‘MrMarley83’ finished in fourth place for $80,551.47, more than $20,000 than the original posted $60,000 prize for fourth place. Nitsche took over the chip lead and quickly took out another player when he limped on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and was shipped on by ‘Artemka168’ who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Nitsche made the call and saw the bad news that he was dominated. But the [poker card="td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] flop flipped the script and with his pair of tens, Nitsche held on through the [poker card="3h"] turn and the [poker card="jc"] river. ‘Artemka168’ walked away in third place with a $106,193.93 score. The final hand of the tournament saw ‘GarbinaD’ move all in with the shorter stack holding the [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"]. Nitsche made the call with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] looked bad for ‘GarbinaD’ as it gave Nitsche trip nines. But the [poker card="jd"] turn brought in the straight for ‘GarbinaD’ and Nitsche left to look for an ace or the board to pair to win it all. It did just that when the [poker card="qd"] hit the river awarding Nitsche the pot and eliminating ‘GarbinaD’ as the runner-up and a payout of $112,609. With a little luck on his birthday, Nitsche pulled out the win and walked away with the $121,146.01 first-place prize to add to his more than $6.3 million in career online earnings and his $18.6 million in career live earnings. Final Table Payouts Dominik ‘888Dominik’ Nitsche - $121,146.01* ‘GarbinaD’ - $112,608.59* ‘Artemka168’ - $106,193.93* ‘MrMarley83’ - $80,551/47* ‘kistkutya23’ - $45,000 ‘DreamLikeMe’ - $30,000 ‘dulek_jason’ - $25,000 ‘franguet’ - $20,000 ‘joolius’ - $15,000
  7. 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.
  8. "Really happy for my friend Chris FoxWallace (pictured), who has had the discipline to grind for years and years and finally got a big hit last night with the $507K and World Series of Poker bracelet. One of the real good guys in poker, a deserving champion." Those were comments from PocketFives co-founder Adam Smallon Facebook following Wallace's big win in a $10,000 HORSE event at the WSOP in Las Vegas for his first bracelet. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Wallace, who is fresh off hosting a live poker event on behalf of PocketFives at Running Aces Harness Park in his native Minnesota, defeated fellow PocketFiver Randy mavsrule3 Ohel. Both have been members of PocketFives since the year we opened our doors. The newest WSOP bracelet winner told WSOP officials, "If I were going to pick an event to win, this would be it. It feels great." WSOP coverage added, "The $10K HORSE event is known to be one of the more prestigious events at the WSOP. It always brings out the best players in the world, and that was very true of this field." Past winners have included David BakesBaker (2012) and Fabrice Soulier (2011). The tournament marked Wallace's fifth WSOP cash and he started play on Tuesday fourth in chips, with the entire field trailing cash game specialist Tommy Hang. Wallace and Ohel were nearly even heads-up until the former hit sixes-full during Stud; Ohel mucked to drop a pot worth 1.3 million. An hour later, the tournament was over, with Wallace busting Ohel during Stud 8 play. Wallace was boisterous on Twitter throughout the night, at one point Tweeting, "4 left, $160k locked up. Happy investors tonight!" Then, it took all of two words to announce to the community that he had scored his first WSOP bracelet and a half-million dollars: "Ship it!" In a thread on PocketFives, members of our community lent their congratulations to Wallace, with Lenailposting, "Congrats Chris, so much happy for you, enjoy the end of the night!" Longtime PocketFiver that_pope added, "Wow, very impressive. I didn't know he was playing at that level to not only enter, but also win a tough $10K HORSE WSOP event." The final table was stacked with poker talent, including a former #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings(Calvin cal42688 Anderson, pictured) and bracelet winners Richard Ashby, Max Pescatori, and Bill Chen: 1st Place: Chris FoxWallace - $507,614 2nd Place: Randy mavsrule3Ohel - $313,715 3rd Place: Richard Sklar - $206,499 4th Place: Richard Ashby - $150,625 5th Place: Max Pescatori - $112,066 6th Place: Lee Goldman - $84,844 7th Place: Bill Chen - $65,273 8th Place: Calvin cal42688Anderson - $50,966 Also on Tuesday, PocketFiver Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche (pictured) picked up his second gold bracelet of the year, this time in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Nitsche also won this year's WSOP National Championshipin Atlantic City, which awards a bracelet to its winner, and became the youngest three-time bracelet winner in history at the age of 23, surpassing Phil Ivey, who was 24 when he won his third WSOP event. We don't see Nitsche being content with three bracelets, either. He told WSOP staff, "I have been playing poker for seven years. At this rate, I really think I can catch [Phil] Hellmuth [who has 13 bracelets]. Of course, he and Phil Ivey are great players, so to be talked in the same breath as them is really something for me. I will just say I am really proud to come to Las Vegas where I have enjoyed a lot of success over the years." Here's how the final table of the $1K event shook out: 1st Place: Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche - $335,659 2nd Place: Dave doubledave22 D'Alesandro - $208,931 3rd Place: Bob Bounahra - $145,229 4th Place: Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg - $104,594 5th Place: Thayer THAY3R Rasmussen - $76,443 6th Place: Jeff Gross - $56,549 7th Place: Eric earck Milas - $42,382 8th Place: Billy Horan - $32,168 9th Place: David Burt - $24,702 PocketFivers are up to 10 WSOP bracelets through 23 events and are on pace for 28, which would blow away our best mark ever (23 bracelets in 2011). Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. [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
  10. In January, the fourth edition of the 888poker Super XL Series exceeded all expectations, covering all of its guarantees by an average of 210%. Due to its popularity, the site is bringing the series back in May, this time guaranteeing $3 million over 40 events, including a $1,050 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed Main Event. The series, which runs from May 14-22, will continue its tradition of offering a Mini, Turbo and Main version of each event. Entries start as low as $5 and max out at the $2,100 buy-in, $400,000 High Roller Event scheduled for Monday, May 16. With its $3 million guarantee, 888poker is upping the ante from its previous series, which boasted just $2 million in guaranteed cash. The first event on the docket, the $88,888 Crazy 8 Super XL Kick Off, is an $88 buy-in tournament featuring the same structure that will be used in the $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event of the 2016 WSOP. The winner of 888poker’s version will not only receive the largest chunk of the prize pool, but will also be rewarded with an entry into the WSOP live event. "I will be playing on 888 a lot practicing and trying out a few new, different things I have been working on," said 888 pro Dominik Nitsche. "I just heard there will be another XL series right before Vegas, so that's amazing news as it will give me a chance to get in some big tournaments before playing the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl." Super XL satellites are already running on 888poker and are offered as low as $0.01. Players will additionally have the chance to qualify in two mega satellites. The first costs $160 to enter and takes place on Sunday, May 5 at 18:35. A minimum of 15 seats will be up for grabs in that tournament. The second is a $215 buy-in satellite which takes place on Sunday, May 22 at 15:05 and will award 50 seats. The January edition of the series proved a major success for 888poker and Finland's ‘jnevanli’ bested the UK's ‘carmen.1957’ in the Main Event, taking home a $182,663 payday. Here’s a look at all of the series’ main events: Super XL 1 - $88 buy-in, $88,888 Crazy 8 Super XL Kickoff (18:00, Saturday) Super XL 4 - $215 buy-in, $150,000 Mega Deep (16:30, Sunday) Super XL 7 - $600 buy-in, $200,000 Whale (18:00, Sunday) Super XL 10 - $160 buy-in, $15,000 Omaha Event (18:00, Monday) Super XL 15 - $2100 buy-in, $400,000 High Roller Event (18:00, Tuesday) Super XL 18 - $109 buy-in, $30,000 8-Max Event (18:00, Wednesday) Super XL 21 - $160 buy-in, $10,000 Americas Event (23:00, Wednesday) Super XL 24 - $55 buy-in, $40,000 R&A EVENT (17:00, Thursday) Super XL 26 - $215 buy-in, $75,000 Quarterback Event (18:00, Thursday) Super XL 29 - $150 buy-in, $25,000 Knockout Event (18:00, Friday) Super XL 32 - $160 buy-in, $50,000 6 Max Event (18:00, Saturday) Super XL 35 - $215 buy-in, $150,000 Mega Deep (16:30, Sunday) Super XL 36 - $1050 buy-in $1,000,000 Main Event (17:00, Sunday) Full schedule here Sign up here for 888poker and get a 100% deposit bonus up to $600.
  11. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche dominated Week 2 action of the Global Poker League. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Don’t call it a comeback just yet, but Week 2 of the Global Poker League’s inaugural season saw the Berlin Bears recover from a disastrous Week 1 with 15 points, good enough to move them out of the Eurasian Conference basement. The Bears were lead by their first round pick, Dominik Nitsche, who put together a much better performance in the two Six Max matches than teammate Dan Cates did in Week 1 when he finished sixth in both matches. In the Americas Conference, the Montreal Nationals passed the New York Rounders on the combination of Xuan Liu's Six Max performance and the zero points earned by the Rounders in those same matches. Those waiting for former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul to make his GPL debut will have to keep waiting. Paul's team, the L.A. Sunset, kept Paul on the sidelines for Week 2. Day 1 Nitsche got things started in the first Six Max match of the week. The Bears star beat Mike Leah of the Paris Aviators heads-up for the win and the seven points that came with it. The match also included the debut of #1 overall pick of the Rome Emperors, Mustapha Kanit, who finished third. Bryan Huang, Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Justin Bonomo rounded out the field in the opening match. Only the Hong Kong Stars made a change in the second match, having Dong Guo play. Nitsche managed a runner-up finish to Troyanovskiy to earn five points. Leah finished third to give the Montreal Nationals eight points on the day. While the Bears were the story in the Eurasian Conference Six Max matches, the Americas Conference was all about the ladies. San Francisco Rush wildcard Kitty Kuo took down the opening Six Max match, beating Sao Paulo Metropolitans’ Joao Simao heads-up. The second match went to Xuan Liu of the Nationals. She outlasted eventual runner-up Chance Kornuth to score seven points. Kuo finished fourth. Meanwhile, Kevin MacPhee earned zero points for the New York Rounders with two sixth place finishes. Day 2 With the Six Max matches out of the way, the schedule turned to Heads Up. Day 2 was all about the Eurasian Conference and each of the three matches finished 2-1. London Royals’ Sam Trickett beat Randy Lew of the Stars, Paris Aviators’ Alex Luneau beat Dario Sammartino of the Rome Emperors and in a match-up of the only two players to play every Week 2 match for their respective team, the Moscow Wolverines’ Troyanovskiy beat the Bears’ Nitsche. Day 3 The Heads Up matches give poker fans a chance to see some of the best players in the world go head-to-head with their peers. The most highly anticipated Week 2 match had New York Rounders’ Jason Mercier playing against Phil Galfond of the San Francisco Rush. Mercier swept all three matches to earn the maximum nine points for the Rounders. In the other two matches, Pascal Lefrancois of the Aviators beat Thiago Nishijima of the Metropolitans 3-0 and L.A. Sunset heads-up specialist Olivier Busquet beat Las Vegas Moneymakers’ Jonathan Duhamel 2-1. Week 2 MVP Dominik Nitsche may have single-handedly rescued the Berlin Bears’ season. The team had just three points coming into Week 2, but Nitsche finished first and second in the two Six Max matches and won one of three Heads Up matches to earn a total of 15 points for the Bears. Standings Week 3 Schedule Tuesday, April 19 12:00 pm ET Six Max: Eurasia Conference 1:40 pm ET Six Max: Eurasia Conference 3:30 pm ET Six Max: Americas Conference 5:10 pm ET Six Max: Americas Conference Wednesday, April 20 12:00 pm ET Heads Up: Berlin Bears vs. Hong Kong Stars 2:30 pm ET Heads Up: London Royals vs. Paris Aviators 5:00 pm ET Heads Up: Rome Emperors vs. Moscow Wolverines Thursday, April 21 1:00 pm ET Heads Up: Sao Paulo Metropolitans vs. Las Vegas Moneymakers 3:30 pm ET Heads Up: L.A. Sunset vs. San Francisco Rush vs. New York Rounders 6:00 pm ET Heads Up: New York Rounders vs. Montreal Nationals All matches are streamed live on Twitch.tv/GPL.
  12. [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.
  13. [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
  14. [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.
  15. [caption width="642"] 888 poker has upped the guarantee to https://cdn.pocketfives.com/p5wp/2017/11/594950-888-xl-2017.jpg,000,000 for the fifth edition of the online series[/caption] 888poker is kicking off 2017 in grand fashion with the seventh edition of its popular Super XL Series, this time bumping up its guaranteed prize pool to $5 million, $1 million more than the previous edition of the event. The action takes place from January 19-31 and features 63 events, including Main, Mini and Turbo versions of each tournament. The Series culminates with the $1,050 buy-in, $1.5 million guaranteed Main Event on Sunday, January 29. The festivities begin with the $109 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Opening Event, which in the past has proven to be one of the most popular. The Series VI iteration of the tournament garnered 1,603 players who made a total of 733 rebuys. The resulting prize pool beat all expectations, surpassing its $300,000 guarantee by $51,000. Costa Rica’s Michael ‘AcesJoker88’ Acevedo claimed victory in that tournament, taking home $59,283. On Saturday, January 21 players will have another chance to battle for a $100,000 prize pool in the $88 buy-in Crazy 8 event. The tournament, which mirrors the starting stack and structure of the World Series of Poker’s $888 Crazy 8s, will also be offered in a Turbo and Mini format with buy-ins of $55 and $8.80 respectively. Sunday’s schedule is packed with big tournaments, including the $215 buy-in, $200,000 Mega Deep, the $160 buy-in, $300,000 Tune Up and the $600 buy-in, $250,000 Whale tournament. The Series’ $2,100 buy-in High Roller event plays out on Tuesday, January 24 and boasts $350,000 in guaranteed cash. The tournament is expected to be even bigger than its Series VI predecessor, which attracted 332 entrants and created a $664,000 prize pool. Germany’s ‘ICrushu556’ took the top spot in that event, banking $107,606 after agreeing to a three-way chop. “I'm excited that 888poker is pumping up the guarantees and putting more money into online poker,” said 888 Ambassador Chris Moorman in a release. “It's awesome to have multiple series throughout the year that gets everyone on the virtual felts for a couple of weeks. The Super XL Series is at the top of my list of must-play poker events. Now I just need to win one!” 888, which has padded the January Super XL prize pool with $1 million more than it offered in Series VI in September, has good reason to believe that January’s festival will be its biggest yet. Just four years ago, the site ran its inaugural Super XL Series, guaranteeing just $500,000 in the $600 buy-in Main Event. Compare that with Series VI, which surpassed its $1.5 million Main Event guarantee with a record $1.74 million prize pool, generated by 1,291 players. In that tournament, Canada’s ‘GetLuckyAK’ pocketed the $261,214 first-place prize after chopping with Sami ‘d144n1’ Kelopuro and 888poker Ambassador Dominik ‘888Dominik’ Nitsche. What’s more, all guarantees in the January 2016 Super XL Series IV were covered by an average of 210%. Finland's ‘jnevanli’ claimed victory in the Main Event that go round, defeating UK's ‘carmen.195’. At the time, the Main Event boasted a $1 million guarantee, with $182,635 set aside for the winner. “I think it's great to see how small we started compared to what we have become now,” said Nitsche. “It truly has gotten better each and every single time, and I know because I played pretty much all of them. For me, as an Ambassador, I like that I am able to offer input directly to our Poker Manager who always listens to feedback. I'm very confident the next XL Series will even be better than the last one.” Biggest 888poker Stories in 2016Series VII participants will also have the chance to place on the newly-introduced Super XL leaderboard, which awards the top 18 finishers a seat in the Super XL Champion of Champions event on Tuesday, January 31. The winner of that contest will receive a full package to the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, while all others will go home with a consolation prize. For those looking to get in on the action for less, 888poker is currently running daily satellites. Additionally, players who make a deposit of $10 or more using the code SUPER10 will receive three tickets to the daily Super XL Qualifiers.
  16. 888poker’s popular Super XL Series returns in September for its six edition and features $4 million in guaranteed cash with a $1.5 million Main Event prize pool. This iteration of the online poker festival is the site’s richest yet, boasting a one million-dollar increase in payouts from its May series, and double the prizes handed out in its fourth edition in January. The action kicks off on Saturday, September 17 with the $100,000 Crazy 8 Super XL Kickoff and culminates with the $1,050 buy-in Main Event on Sunday, September 25. This year, players will once again have their choice of playing a Main, Mini and Turbo version of each event. With entry fees starting at five dollars and rising into the thousands, 888 hopes to attract lower limit players and high-stakes grinders alike. The site’s $500,000 guaranteed, $2,100 buy-in High Roller event – the highest priced tournament on the schedule – is set to play out on September 20 Other standout tournaments include the $215 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Quarterback event, the $160 buy-in, $75,000 guaranteed Six Max event and the $150 buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed Knockout Event. In addition to the series’ regular priced Main Event, 888 will offer Mini, Micro, Turbo and Super Turbo Main Events, giving away a combined $210,000 in guaranteed cash. 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman is looking forward to playing in the September series and hopes to add to his more than $4.1 million in tournament winnings. "I can't wait to play the upcoming 888poker Super XL Series," Moorman said. "There is a great selection of tournaments every day with great structures and a wide variety of tournament types to keep it fresh. I'm hoping I can take one down as the newest 888poker ambassador." 888 sponsored pro Dominik Nitsche is anxious to get started and says fits right into his schedule. "I just think it's a great series scheduled at the perfect time,” Nitschesaid. “In my opinion scheduling is the most important factor for any online tournament series. For a lot of other players and myself, there is just not very much to play in September so the XL Series fits in very nicely. A lot of people will be at home and will have a chance to compete for big prizes." The poker pro plans to play in nearly every event, but called the $2,100 High Roller tournament his favorite of the series. Sign-up for 888 Poker through PocketFives and get $88 free - No deposit required. Click here to get started. The Super XL Series has been a rousing success for 888. In January, the series covered all of its guarantees by an average of 210% and saw its Main Event prize pool climb to $1.2 million, the biggest ever offered on 888poker. In that battle, Finland's 'jnevanli' struck a final table deal with UK's 'carmen.1957' to take the largest slice of the pool. This year’s May series was also a big hit, attracting 1,268 players and creating a Main Event prize pool of $1.268 million. Sweden's 'Gr33nApples' took the top spot in the tournament and banked the $183,869 first-place prize. Moorman sees the series’ success as a great sign for the industry. "I think the growth of the Super XL Series shows the demand there is for poker," added Moorman. "People want to play big events for big money online. I'm so glad 888poker is helping to fulfill this." The site is running daily qualifiers for the series every day of the week along with satellites that start as low as 1¢. For the full schedule and more details head over to 888poker.
  17. [caption width="650"] Dominik Nitsche was one of many 888poker ambassadors who put together a great year on the live tournament circuit.[/caption] The last 12 months have been prosperous ones for 888poker ambassadors. With a healthy roster of World Series of Poker bracelet winners and World Poker Tour champions, it is no surprise to see the team of professionals put together a combined total of over $2,100,000 in tournament earnings. With 2016 drawing to a close here is a look back at just how well the likes of Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche and Sofia Lövgren did. Dominik Nitsche 2016 cashes: 19 2016 total earnings: $1,491,914 It was another stellar year for Dominik ‘bounatirouIMO’ Nitsche, who put together his second consecutive year of over $1,000,000 in earnings. Nitsche picked up a win in the UKIPT High Roller at EPT Dublin in February and then followed that up with a runner-up finish in a $50,000 Super High Roller at the Aria. All told, those cashes earned Nitsche nearly over $800,000 alone. Chris Moorman 2016 cashes: 10 2016 total earnings: $423,247 Former PocketFives #1 ranked player, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, put together another stellar campaign in 2016. Moorman made five final tables with his biggest score coming in the final EPT Barcelona where he took home $271,187 for his third place finish in the Estrellas Main Event. Bruno Kawauti 2016 cashes: 18 2016 total earnings: $151,639 Headlining the Brazilian contingent of the 888poker team was Bruno Kawauti. Most of Kawauti’s damage was done in his native country as he racked up cash after cash. His biggest cash came as a result of his second place finish in July’s BSOP Main Event, which earned him a little over $92,000 Bruno Politano 2016 cashes: 15 2016 total earnings: $101,581 Two years after his November Nine appearance, Bruno Politano continued to put up solid results. The highlight of Politano’s year came in April when his final tabled the 888 Poker Festival Main Event, finishing fifth for a $38,618 score. 888poker and FlowEsports Form PartnershipSofia Lövgren 2016 cashes: 9 2016 total earnings: $100,503 Sofia Lovgren put together her finest year yet with over $100,000 in live earnings. Lovgren navigated her way through one of the largest fields of this year, when she finished 12th out of 7,190 in the World Series of Poker ‘Millionaire Maker’ event for a $75,109 score. Nicolau Villa-Lobos 2016 cashes: 7 2016 total earnings: $37,123 Nicolau Villa-Lobos continued his string of consistent results with a solid 2016 as he added to his over $1,000,000 in live tournament earnings. Villa-Lobos notched two final tables and made his second career cash in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Kara Scott 2016 cashes: 2 2016 total earnings: $18,040 One of the more familiar faces in all of poker put in another stellar year on ESPN’s World Series of Poker coverage along with her other hosting responsibilities. In her limited time spent on the felt, Scott put together a final table run at the 888 Live Local Series London Festival.
  18. [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!
  19. [caption width="640"] Last year Griffin Benger turned a 0 satellite win into a November Nine appearance.[/caption] It’s almost here. You have made it through the first five steps of the 888poker World Series of Poker Main Eventqualifying stages. All that is standing between you and the chance to play for a Main Event seat is $160 a field of competitors hungry to make to Las Vegas. Sound intimidating? Not to worry. Last year, Griffin Benger started his Main Event journey at this step and walked out of the Rio last November over $1,250,000 richer as a result. Could you be on your way to joining Benger and possibly exceeding his feat? All it takes is one click to find out. RELATED: Start your journey to the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.01For players who have made the climb up the ladder to make it this far, there is the case to made for fear of losing and having to restart the climb. Lucky for those players, former November Niner and 888poker team pro Bruno Politano has some positive advice to share. “Don’t give up! There are lots of cases of success where the players tried four or five times and got it the package. This is a very good strategy for these players to believe and trust in your potential and continue trying Focus and persistence are the keys to success.” One out of every, approximately, seven entrants into Step 6 will earn a seat in the $1,050 mega satellite, which will result in at least one player earning a seat at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event seat. 888poker team pro Dominik Nitsche has already qualified for the Main Event through 888poker and says he wishes he “could play every day” noting the high equity value of the seats. Unfortunately, 888poker does not allow for players to earn multiple seats, which Nitsche thinks is a positive as it would take away the opportunity from many recreational players. Nitsche points out that players who have qualified for the later steps should play them closer to the Main Event as by then, many of the professionals will have already won a seat, therefore making the fields not as arduous to fight through. Regardless, there is tremendous value in being able to earn a $10,000 seat for barely over one percent of the initial price. As we have learned through the opening five pieces in this series, most professionals recommend allocating four or five buy-ins for every step and to be aware of all stacks when on the bubble. It’s not about winning the tournament, but not losing the seat. Like Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot says, “shove wide and call tight.” RELATED: How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $5Now that you have all the tools required to succeed in the 888poker satellite series, we hope to see one of you win a seat to the Main Event and maybe even reach the November Nine. Need any more convincing to try 888poker’s satellite steps? Let Kara Scott explain. “Players have a chance to climb their way up the steps satellite structure and try to earn tickets to the higher buy-in satellites, running a couple times a week, where they can win a package to the Main Event or 888 Side Event and potentially win HUGE.”
  20. [caption width="640"] 888poker is the only place offering official WSOP Main Event satellites online[/caption] So you’ve made it through Step 1 of the 888poker World Series of Poker Main Eventsatellite program and now you’re wondering what’s next. Or, you’ve decided to jump in at Step 2. Either way, your Main Event qualification journey continues at the near rock-bottom price of 10 cents. Yes, just a dime can qualify you for the biggest one of them all. There are still four more steps to complete after Step 2 before a Main Event seat can be earned, but there is a magnitude of a difference between the opening step and this one. RELATED: How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.01For starters, the overall structure in Step 2 is better than its predecessor. Players have 500 more chips and five-minute levels, rather than the three minutes in Step 1. One out of every 10 players who enter will earn a seat in Step 3, which costs $1 to enter without previously qualifying. Additionally, it may not seem like it at first, but there is an increased difference in the suggested bankroll needed to fire as many bullets as possible before qualifying for the next step in the series. 888poker team pro Dominik Nitsche suggests that players realize that they will need to still cash in the Main Event before actually making any money so they should be “investing a tiny portion of your bankroll and accept that the money is gone.” Nitsche recommends that players should have four or five buy ins for every step they enter and play without worrying about whether or not their bankroll will be seriously affected. Nitsche admits that playing from the lower steps is difficult considering the amount of variance in satellites and notes that with the average of 20 percent advancement rate, he’s not even sure if he could do it himself but that he would like the competition of the challenge. With all of that said, Nitsche says that players should be starting off at the lower steps if they’re looking for easier games to beat. “People will just randomly go all-in with nonsense. There are no pros playing below the $30 buy-ins. If you want to play the lower stakes, they are quite easy to beat.” Nitsche also notes that players should be playing more aggressive in satellites and avoid calling whenever possible, pointing out that hand strengths change based on point of action. “When you’re on the bubble, hand values change a lot. You don’t want to be calling all ins. Calling all in is usually a disaster and your tournament life is very important. Players make the mistake of three-betting with ace-king rather than just moving all-in. Satellite poker is about making your opponent fold.” Now that you are prepared to take on the second step of the 888poker satellite series, stay tuned for Step 3 when we dive into the $1 buy ins. Sign up for 888poker using promo code 'pocket5s' and get an extra $10 on your first deposit of $10 or more and get an additional 100% welcome bonus on your first deposit up to $700.
  21. [caption width="640"] Both Kara Scott and 888poker will be back as part of the Super High Roller Bowl this year.[/caption] Fifty-six of the world’s best high stakes poker players will make their way to the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl at the end of May, and now the event has a presenting sponsor. And it’s a familiar face. For the second year in a row, 888poker has been named the presenting sponsor for the $300,000 buy-in event. Now in its third year, the SHRB has become one of the most highly anticipated tournaments on the poker calendar with a worldwide audience, one of the factors that got 888poker executives excited about the event. “Poker Central’s productions offer high-level poker action with world-class poker players. The Super High Roller Bowl is an extremely prestigious event which is followed by a wide and varied audience of poker fans around the world,” said Itai Pazner, Senior Vice President of B2C, 888holdings. Poker PROductions will produce the event for NBC Sports Network, with final details on the broadcast dates and times expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 888poker ambassador Kara Scott will also be back in her role as host for the broadcast. RELATED: KARA SCOTT: FROM A SMALL CANADIAN TOWN TO POKER'S BIGGEST STAGES The event runs May 28 – June 1 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. All but one seat in the SHRB has been confirmed. Reigning champion Rainer Kempe, 2016 runner-up Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Brian Rast, Erik Seidel, Doug Polk and 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche will be part of the field. “The Super High Roller Bowl is truly one of the highest quality events out there. Poker Central does a lot of great things for poker and I am thrilled to see 888poker working closely with them,“ said Nitsche. “The Super High Roller Bowl is a unique event you cannot miss, and I am definitely excited to be kicking off the summer with this tournament.” While most poker fans will have to settle for tuning in in from home, 888poker is sending one player to Las Vegas to watch the action live. The package includes travel, accommodation as well as the opportunity to meet some of the players in the Super High Roller Bowl. 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!
  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"] 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
  24. [caption width="640"] A closer look at the current crop of Germany's online elite players[/caption] Over the better part of the last decade, Germany has emerged as a literal breeding ground for poker players of the highest caliber. From their dominance in all things High Roller, including, most recently Steffen Sontheimer’s Poker Masters victory, to producing some of the most recognized names in the game like Fedor Holz, Rainer Kepme, and 2017 Super High Roller Bowl winner Christoph Vogelsang. This excellence is not limited to the live arena as German players can be found crushing in every area of the online landscape. With that in mind, here is a closer look at the current Top 10 of the German Online Poker Rankings. Sitting atop the German leaderboard is current Top 20-ranked Worldwide online professional 'nilsef'. 'nilsef', the child chess player turned online phenom, is a two-time World Championship of Online Poker winner with over $5.7 million in lifetime earnings. His recent results were bolstered by multiple deep runs during PokerStars' 2017 WCOOP including his largest score of over $80,000 for his fourth place finish in Event #26 High ($1,050 Sunday Warm-Up). In fact, during the September series, 'nilsef' cashed 38 times between the High and Low events and found himself at five final tables while he also bubbled a sixth. When it comes to the German Top 10, there's a wide gap between first and second place - nearly 3,000 PLB points – but the emerging talent of 'SmilleThHero' is looking to close the distance. 'SmilleThHero' had a monster few days in September during the partypoker Powerfest with a victory in Event #210 ($75,000 Freezeout) for over $16,000, a career-high score for the grinder, and two additional four-figure scores in the next 24 hours. Germany's current #3-ranked player is currently enjoying the peak of his online career. Sitting as a top-300 Worldwide ranked player, 'gopu' is rapidly approaching $1.5 million in lifetime earnings. His recent steady stream of recent cashes have been highlighted by a pair of $15,000 scores. The first was an outright victory in the PokerStars Hot $215 and the follow-up was in the 2017 WCOOP Main Event ($5,200 $10M GTD NLHE). Well-known tournament crusher Phillipp 'philbort' Gruissem is currently ranked #4 in his homeland. Gruissem, who also sits in the Top 50 on the Hendon Mob's All-Time Money List, overpowered the competition as he took the title in WCOOP Event #45 High ($215+R Six Max NLHE) for over $75,000, pushing his lifetime online earnings up over $3.5 million. That was just one of three paydays of over $25,000 over the past three weeks, one of which came on the first day of October with his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $700 Super-Sized Sunday Progressive KO for $29,137.80. Munster's 'T0X16' finds himself in Germany's top-five after capturing a monster career-high score of $71,584 when he finished in second place during partypoker's Powerfest Event #223 ($500K Guaranteed Two-Day Event). The cash, along with a pair of low five-figure scores in the month prior, has elevated 'T0X16' into the top 300 in the Worldwide rankings, where he currently sits at #288. Right behind 'T0X16' is one of the most popular German players on the planet, 888poker ambassador and regular high-roller, Dominik 'bounatirouIMO' Nitsche. At #7, 'Grozzorg' eclipsed $500,000 in lifetime earnings.'Polecatrider' (#8), former #11-ranked Worldwide grinder Jonas 'Jownz' Lauck (#9) and 'staanemer' complete the current crop of top online German players. Germany's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1nilsef6,724.40 2SmilleThHero3,768.69 3gopu3,657.34 4Philipp 'philbort' Gruissem3,604.46 5T0X163,578.11 6Dominik 'bounatirouIMO' Nitsche3,290.19 7Grozzorg2,866.80 8Polecatrider2,799.37 9Jonas 'Jownz' Lauck2,608.63 10staanemer2,56601
  25. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche won his fourth career WSOP bracelet Sunday at WSOP Europe (WSOP photo)[/caption] Over the past few years, German players have dominated the exploding Super High Roller scene. But while that’s been happening, one of the country’s best has been unable to find the winner’s circle. That changed on Sunday at WSOP Europe as Dominik Nitsche won the €111,111 One Drop High Roller for his fourth career WSOP bracelet and €3,487,463. “It’s not about the bracelets for me, mostly. It’s about playing really well. I’m more proud of how I played rather than that I won,” said Nitsche. “The bracelets are nice, but the bracelets show me that my hard work pays off. I’m not the kind of guy to go trophy chasing. I’m more the kind of guy to play in a high roller because I love competing against the best.” Martin Kabrhel has already won one bracelet over the last two weeks, on Sunday he came close to winning another one. Having held the chip lead multiple times during the first two days of this event, some expected Kabrhel to contend entering Day 3. Nitsche put a stop to all of that. With blinds of 600,000/1,200,000 (200,000 ante), Nitsche raised to 2.5 million from the hijack before Kabrhel made it 12,000,000. Nitsche responded by moving all in and Kabrhel called. Nitsche showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"] which put him slightly behind Kabrhel’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. Nitsche picked up a flush draw on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2d"] flop. The [poker card="qs"] turn kept Kabrhel ahead, but the [poker card="3d"] river gave Nitsche his flush and eliminated Kabrhel in eighth. Nitsche was responsible for the next elimination as well, this time sending the lone amateur at the final table, Ahadpur Khangah, out. Action folded to Khangah in the small blind and he defended, Nitsche raised to 3,200,000 and Khangah responded by moving all in. Nitsche called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] and found himself racing against Khangah’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="jc"][poker card="qh"] to give Khangah Broadway that turned out to be second best to Nitsche’s full house. It took about an hour for another player to run out of chips and this time, it was one of the four Germans who made the final table. Mikita Badziakouski raised to 4,500,000 from the button before Christoph Vogelsang re-raised all in for 13,600,000. Badziakouski tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"] which put him behind Vogelsang’s [ah[]qd]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="7d"] flop put Badziakouski ahead with two pair and neither the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="jc"] river were able to bring Vogelsang’s hand back from the dead and he was eliminated in sixth place. German-on-german violence lead to the next elimination. Andreas Eiler moved all in from the button for just over 60,000,000 and Steffen Sontheimer called from the big blind. Elier held [poker card="kc"][poker card="8c"] and Sontheimer was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="6s"] flop moved Eiler in front. Neither the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="3d"] river were any help for Sontheimer and he was sent to the cashier window in fifth place. A few hands later, Nitsche went back to working his role as executioner. From UTG, Nitsche raised to 4,500,000 and action folded to Thomas Muehloecker in the big blind. He moved all in for 5,025,000 and Nitsche called. Muehloecker turned over [poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"] which put him well behind Nitsche’s [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"]. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="tc"] to eliminate Muehloecker and further Nitsche’s lead. Nitsche assumed the role of bystander for the next elimination. Eiler opened to 5,500,000 from the button, Badziakouski moved all in from the big blind for 59,200,000 and Eiler called. Badziakouski showed [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] while Eiler tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4d"] flop was a safe one for Badziakouski, but the [poker card="ad"] turn moved Eiler in front. The [poker card="5h"] river changed nothing and Badziakouski was eliminated in third. The final two players played for another 2.5 hours before Nitsche finally put Eiler away. Down to just eight big blinds, Eiler moved all in and Nitsche called. Eiler got good news when he turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"] and found himself ahead of Nitsche’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"] but the [poker card="ts"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"] flop moved Nitsche in front. The [poker card="5d"] turn was no help and the [poker card="td"] river gave Nitsche trips to finish Elier off in second and give Nitsche his fourth career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Dominik Nitsche - €3,487,463 Andreas Eiler - €2,155,418 Mikita Badziakouski - €1,521,312 Thomas Muehloecker - €1,096,206 Steffen Sontheimer - €806,758 Christoph Vogelsang - €606,694 Ahadpur Khangah - €466,421 Martin Kabrhel - €366,762

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