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  1. The opening day butterflies are officially behind us as the 2018 World Series of Poker picks up steam headed into week #2. There is plenty to look forward to, including a long list of upcoming bracelet events as well as plenty of opportunities for fans to tune in to Twitch or PokerGo to rail the action. Welcome Weekend Warriors, Value Hunters This week is rife with tournaments for those looking to play some of the lower buy-in events with hopes to bink a bracelet. The week starts off with the final two flights of the mammoth Colossus event. Monday is the final day for players to find a bag and win a spot in the Day 2 field. The end of the week is just as plentiful for those looking to spend under $1K. Friday brings both flights of the $565 Pot Limit Omaha Event. The $565 PLO Giant will field its second flight on Sunday. Add to those, another flight of the $365 NL Giant and there will be no shortage of players spinning up the prize pools all weekend long. For the recreational player, perhaps one of the most anticipated events on the calendar is Event #21 - The $1,500 Millionaire Maker. The cornerstone event gets underway on Saturday, June 9 and offers two flights, with a single re-entry per flight. The winner is guaranteed a minimum payday of $1,000,000. Last year, Canada’s Pable Mariz, outlasted the 7,761 entries for a $1,221,407 payday. 2018 WSOP Week 2 Schedule Day Event # Event Defending Champion Monday 7E $565 Colossus Thomas Pomponio Monday 12 $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed David Bach Monday 7F $565 Colossus - Tuesday 13 $1,500 NL Big Blind Ante NONE Tuesday 14 $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Frank Kassela Wednesday 15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. David Singer Wednesday 16 $10,000 Heads Up NL Championship Adrian Mateos Thursday 17 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Anthony Marquez Thursday 18 $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed John Racener Friday 19 $565 PLO Tyler Smith Friday 20 $5,000 NL Big Blind Ante NONE Friday 19B $565 PLO -- Friday 6B $365 NL Giant Dieter Dechant Saturday 21 $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker Pablo Mariz Saturday 22 $1,500 8-Game Mix Ronald Ware Sunday 21B $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker -- Sunday 23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship John Monnette Sunday 11B $565 PLO Giant --   Big Money Broadcasts There are no days off this week when it comes to the streaming schedule. Big money is on the line right off the bat as PokerGo streams the final table of the $100,000 NL High Roller on June 4. Some of the game’s biggest names, including Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, and final table chip leader Nick Petrangelo will be vying for the first million-dollar payouts of the summer. There’s so much streaming action this week that on June 4, 7, and 8 there are multiple streams, giving players the non-stop action they crave. Date Time Event Outlet June 4 6:00 PM $100,000 High Roller FT PokerGO June 4 6:00 PM $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Day 2 Twitch June 5 6:00 PM $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo FT PokerGO June 6 3:00 PM $1,500 NL Day 2 Twitch June 7 4:00 PM $1,500 NL Final Table PokerGO June 7 6:00 PM $10,000 NL Heads-Up Day 2 Twitch June 8 4:00 PM $10,000 NL Heads-Up FT PokerGO June 8 6:00 PM $565 Colossus FT Twitch June 9 4:00 PM $1,500 NL 6-Max FT PokerGO June 10 6:00 PM $565 PLO FT Twitch News & Notes Elio Fox, another one of the big names sitting at the final table of the $100,000 NL High Roller, will have the opportunity to become the first double bracelet winner of the young summer. Headed into the final table, he's currently third in chips. The first of the four online bracelet events to be held on WSOP.com, which includes players from New Jersey for the first time, closed registration with 2,972 runners. The $365 tournament saw a 16% increase in players from the $333 online bracelet event held in 2017 which attracted 2,509 players. Will the Colossus live up to its name in 2018? Keep an eye on Monday's numbers for players registering for the final two flights of the $565 Colossus. In 2017, the field exceeded 18,000, generating a prize pool of over $9 million. Through four flights, the total number of runners ended up right around 7K, leaving only two flights (on a Monday) to make up a massive difference to even get close to those 2017 numbers.
  2. Elio Fox remains on top of the World Series of Poker Player of the Year leaderboard but he has new player challenging him for the top spot. Two final tables and one bracelet later, John Hennigan is second overall heading into another big week at the WSOP. Hennigan started his rush with a solid seventh-place finish in the $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw event. Immediately after busting the tournament, Hennigan hopped in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Four days later, Hennigan beat that field to win his fifth bracelet and now stands with 1,727 POY points. Fox leads Hennigan by 283 points but that lead could shrink once again. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship returns 12 players for Day 4 action Monday at the Rio. Hennigan is still a viable contender having final tabled the event twice, winning it in 2014. If Hennigan finishes at least ninth, he will pass Fox for the POY lead and be the first person aside from Fox to wear the yellow jersey. Fox added 266.5 points to his total in Millionaire Maker for his 92nd place result. His numbers for 2018 now equal three cashes, two final tables, and a single win. Fox stated Player of the Year is not a goal of his but one-third of the way through the WSOP schedule, he is the favorite to finish on top. Arne Kern jumped from zero points all the way up to seventh (1,332.47) for winning Millionaire Maker for $1.173 million. Although he finished third in Millionaire Maker and picked up his second bronze medal of the series, Joe McKeehen is only in 25th place overall. McKeehen earned 599.6 points for Millionaire Maker, less than half of what Kern took for first. Only 666.2 points were available to Sam Razavi for taking second. The new WSOP Player of the Year formula favors first-place finishers and McKeehen and others, like Mike Wattel, are feeling the sting. Wattel place second in the $10,000 2-7 Single Draw for 493 points, exactly half of the 986 Brian Rast collected for first. The fourth-place finish for Wattel in the $1,500 2-7 Single Draw netted him 350.9 and he is in 20th heading into a new week at the WSOP. Another first-time bracelet winner to climb into the top-10 is $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha winner Ryan Bambrick. The win marked Bambrick's fourth cash of the summer. Bambrick earned the same 266.5 points as Fox did in Millionaire Maker for his 73rd place payout. Along with the 1,009.5 points allotted for his PLO bracelet and relative min-cashes in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and $3,000 Six-Max, Bambrick is in fifth place with 1,431.46 points. Upcoming events on the WSOP calendar this week that could shift the tide include the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, $25,000 PLO High Roller, and $1,500 Monster Stack. The winner of the Poker Players Championship has 1,315 points waiting for them. Contenders who could jump to first place with a win are Rast, Shaun Deeb, Eli Elezra, Chris Vitch, Jesse Martin, Justin Bonomo, and Anthony Zinno. David 'Bakes' Baker can climb within a single point of Fox if he wins. Joe Cada and Paul Volpe retain their respective top-fives positions but will need to make another deep run soon to hold ground against the charge behind them. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/16 Name Points 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 John Hennigan 1,727.27 3 Joe Cada 1,692.71 4 Paul Volpe 1,671.30 5 Ryan Bambrick 1,431.46 6 Julien Martini 1,338.82 7 Arne Kern 1,332.47 8 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 9 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 10 Craig Varnell 1,194.63  
  3. Headed into the second weekend of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker, Elio Fox continues to hold the lead in points in the early race for the 2018 Player of the Year. Elio Fox, the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event winner, captured his second career in Event #2: $10,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty. After collecting his $393,693 for the win, the New York native then jumped right into Event #5: $100,000 NLHE High Roller. He navigated a tough final table that included the Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon, Adrian Mateos, Bryn Kenney, and eventual winner Nick Petrangelo. Fox nabbed another official payday of 1,798,658 for his runner-up finish (although rumors of a chop with Petrangelo were circulating). In total Fox has amassed 1743.65 POY Points to lead the pack. Right behind him is Philadelphia, PA’s Paul Volpe. Volpe has been ever-present early at the WSOP, registering three cashes within the first week. Most notably, Volpe captured his third career bracelet and $417,921 by winning Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Volpe also appeared at the final table of the aforementioned Event #2 finishing in third place for over $169,000. The run good continued as Volpe had a profitable showing in the $100,000 NLHE High Roller, making the final two tables and over $155,00. Currently, Volpe only sits 121.65 points behind Fox with a total of 1,622 POY Points. 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Cada presently sits third in the Player of the Year race with 1,527.57 points. Like Volpe, Cada also has put together a string of results early, bolstered by the winning of his third career bracelet. Cada outgunned all three of his tables in Event #3: $3,000 NLHE Shootout for $226,218. "The Kid" was also seen at the final table of Event #2, pulling down $16,024 for his ninth-place finish. His most recent WSOP cash came in Event #7, the 13,070 player $565 Colossus. He made the top 100 of the massive field and added $4,446 to his bankroll. His cash in the Colossus marks his 31st lifetime cash at the series. The winner of the $100,000 NLHE High Roller, Nick Petrangelo lands in fourth place based solely on his performance in Event #5. A regular on the high roller scene, Petrangelo earned his second career bracelet in this event as well as an official sum of $2,910,227. While it is unlikely that the Massachusetts resident will be jumping in any of the “smaller” buy-in events. he will very likely have an opportunity to accumulate more POY points playing the $10,000 events, as well as the Main Event and the $1 Million One Drop. Petrangelo currently has 1,269.75 points. Julien Martini rounds out the top five, having earned 1,026.20 POY points. Martini bested the 911 player field in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better to earn his first career bracelet and $239, 771. No stranger to big spots in poker, Martini has a live earning career total of $530,764 including a victory in a $5,000 WPT event in late April. After playing in the WSOP for years, the French grinder found this to be a dream come true. "It was a dream when I was 14 years old. What kind of guy can win a $1,500 tournament or a $10,000? I was dreaming about this for seven years, and it is one of the best things in my life. I am very proud and super happy," Martini said. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/8 Name Points 1 Elio Fox 1,743.65 2 Paul Volpe 1,622.00 3 Joe Cada 1,527.57 4 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 5 Julien Martini 1,026.20 6 William Reymond 996.82 7 Johannes Becker 960.14 8 Jeremy Harkin 927.59 9 Daniel Ospina 877.33 10 Shaun Deeb 823.34  
  4. There are 22 events in the books at the 2018 World Series of Poker but the player who took down the first bracelet of the year continues to hold down the lead for Player of the Year. The Leader: Elio Fox Elio Fox, who won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event on the opening day of the Series, sits atop the POY leaderboard with 2,010.14 points. He earned 1,108.8 of those points from that Bounty event and another 634.9 from his runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller event. A baby cash in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker earned him an additional 266.5 points. The Chase Group: Joe Cada and Paul Volpe The closest challengers to Fox include a former World Champion and a newly minted three-time bracelet winner. Joe Cada started his WSOP off with a ninth-place finish in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event and then navigated his way through three tables to win the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. He's now cashed five times this WSOP for 1,692.71 POY points and sits 317.43 points behind Fox. Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked PocketFiver, grabbed his third career bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship event. He has three other cashes, all in events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more for 1,671.30 points - just 62.41 points behind Cada. The Peloton: Bracelet Winners Galore The rest of the top 10 is populated mostly players who have already grabbed a bracelet this summer. Arne Kern won the Millionaire Maker for his only cash so far, but it was good enough to earn him 1,332.5 points, which puts him in fourth place. Nick Petrangelo, Robrely Felicio, Craig Varnell, Julien Martini sit fifth through eighth thanks largely to their bracelet wins. The only player in the top 10 without a victory yet this summer is John Racener. The former Main Event runner-up sits ninth thanks to six cashes this summer. Racener has 1,149.33 points thanks to a 16th place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty, an 86th place result in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, an eighth-place finish in the Colossus, a 51st place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event, a fourth-place finish $1,500 Eight Game and an 81st place finish in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em. Despite not having a bracelet yet, Racener sits 860.81 behind Fox. Justin Bonomo wraps up the top 10 with 1,120.3 points thanks to his win in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship. WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 Joe Cada 1,692.71 3 Paul Volpe 1,671.3 4 Arne Kern 1,332.47 5 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 6 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 7 Craig Varnell 1,194.63 8 Julien Martini 1,159.45 9 John Racener 1,149.33 10 Justin Bonomo 1,120.3
  5. One day down, two events started, one bracelet awarded. The 2018 World Series of Poker is off to a speedy start, with the one-day $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE event playing down to a winner on Wednesday, while Event #1: the $565 Casino Employees event, is down to just 13 players. Here’s all you need to know about Day 1 (May 30) of the 2018 WSOP. Jodie Sanders leads final 13 in $565 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em event As always, the WSOP schedule kicked off on May 30 with the $565 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em event (Event #1). A total of 566 runners turned out for it, with a field made up of dealers, media members, and all other walks of casino-working life. That large field was whittled down to just 13 when the chips were bagged at the end of Day 1, and here’s a look at how the remaining players stack up: Jodie Sanders - 509,000 Jordan Hufty - 399,000 Won Kim - 319,000 Skyler Yeaton - 317,000 Tom Booker - 283,000 Zachary Seymour - 242,000 Katie Kopp - 172,000 Jason Pepper - 168,000 Brad Helm - 140,000 Thomas Yenowine - 130,000 Anthony Dewald - 81,000 Tom Ratanakul - 58,000 Terry Bania - 35,000 Day 2 will be an all American affair, with all of the final 13 hailing from the USA. It’s Jodie Sanders, a table games dealer at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Southern California, who leads the way after 20 30-minute levels. When action resumes at 12pm on May 31, levels will double in length to 60 minutes. Everyone is guaranteed a $2,484 payday, but their sights will be set on the $61,909 first-place prize. Take a look at what the final table will play for: $61,909 $38,246 $26,250 $18,332 $13,031 $9,432 $6,953 $5,222 $3,998 Some recognisable names were lost throughout the course of Day 1 action, including none other than PocketFives’ own Kevin ‘KevMath’ Mathers. Sadly Mathers failed to reach the cash (85 players were paid), and joining him on the rail prior to the bubble were the likes of 2013 champ Chad Holloway, and last year’s winner Bryan Hollis. As for those who did make the money, there was some familiar faces. WSOP Media Coordinator Issac Hanson (38th for $1,227), WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart (52nd for $1,085), Johnny Gagelonia (33rd for $1,418), and bracelet winner Dieter Dechant (17th for $2,018) all made a profit. Elio Fox wins second bracelet in first ever $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE We have our first bracelet winner of 2018, and the winner is now part of the esteemed two-bracelet club. Elio Fox came out on top in the first ever edition of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em, Event #2 on the summer’s schedule. Fox, who won his first WSOP gold by winning the 2011 WSOPE Main Event for $1.87 million, picked up his second bracelet in the process plus a first-place prize of $393,693. [caption id="attachment_619296" align="alignright" width="300"] Third place for Paul Volpe[/caption] He had stiff competition though, not only in the end stages but throughout. This one-day tournament with 20-minute blind levels attracted 243 of poker’s best and brightest, resulting in a stacked final table which included the likes of Paul Volpe, Alex Foxen, and 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada. The latter would be the first to fall from the finale in ninth, while Foxen busted in sixth. Volpe exited in third place when he ran his ace-eight into Fox’s ace-jack pre-flop and couldn’t hit. That left Fox heads-up with Adam Adler, but the duel last only two levels. In the end Fox three-bet shoved holding pocket deuces and Adler called all-in with ace-ten. A low board saw Fox turn a set and river a full house to claim the title. After the victory, Fox said: “There was such a big field and I think there was a good mixture of pros and recreational players. I think doing turbos is great because it's good for non-professional players who can finish an event quickly. "Bounty turbo formats appear a lot online, so I've definitely played it a lot, but I think it's a great addition to the WSOP schedule.” Prior to the final table, plenty of big names were lost. Bryn Kenney had a deep run in this one, ultimately bubbling the final table when he ran his pocket nines into Volpe’s pocket kings and couldn’t hit, busting in 10th place for $21,734. John Racener, Talal Shakerchi, Kenny Hallaert, Marc Macdonnell, and Antoine Saout all made the money and enjoyed deep runs. Other players who tried and failed to cash include 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, reigning WSOP Player of the Year Chris Ferguson, other former Main Event winners Jonathan Duhamel, Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, and Qui Nguyen, Multiple bracelet winners Adrian Mateos, Kristen Bicknell, Brian Yoon, Erik Seidel, and Dominik Nitsche, plus Stephen Chidwick, Dietrich Fast, Jason Somerville, Andreas Eiler, Steve Zolotow and Igor Kurganov. Event #2: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE final table payouts: Elio Fox $393,693 (United States) Adam Adler $253,343 ((United States) Paul Volpe $169,195 (United States) Danny Wong $119,659 (United States) Charles Johanin $86,096 (United States) Alex Foxen $63,042 (United States) David Eldridge $46,993 (United States) Taylor Black $35,671 (United States) Joe Cada $27,582 (United States) Tomorrow’s action (May 31) There are two events kicking off on Thursday: Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT, and Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Upeshka De Silva took down the Shootout event last year for $229,923, beating a field of 369 players to win his second gold bracelet. De Silva came out on top over a tough final table which included Jan Schwippert and Olivier Busquet. That win marked his second WSOP bracelet, having taken down a $1,500 NLHE tournament in 2015 for $424,577. Meanwhile, last year’s champ in the Omaha Hi-Lo was Benjamin Zamani, who also claimed his second WSOP bracelet with the win. Zamani, who has $4.74 million in cashes going into the 2018 Series, bested a 905-strong field in 2017 to bank the $238,620 first-place prize. Like De Silva, Zamani’s first bracelet came back in 2015 in a $1,500 NLHE event, good for $460,640. News & Notes 1. Jerwin Pasco, a player from the Philippines with $90K in career earnings, went on an amazing run today that could see him playing the $100,000 High Roller on Friday. Pasco won the 10am $125 Mega-Satellite into the $850 Mega-Satellite, then won that for entry into the $7,500 Mega-Satellite on Thursday. Stay tuned to see if he completes the incredible feat. 2. There are new WSOP chips in play this year, as highlighted by Kevin Mathers on Twitter. Here’s a look at them in all their glory: https://twitter.com/Kevmath/status/1001953918937653248 3. The ‘crown prince of poker’, Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz, was in action in the $10K Turbo today, leading us to believe that Holz will be playing a healthy schedule this summer. He’d bust during Level 12, when down to just two and a half big blinds he moved all-in with queen-seven off and couldn’t suck out on James Obst’s pocket kings.
  6. The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race featured a new leader almost every week for the duration of the series. Elio Fox jumped to an early lead thanks to his bracelet win and runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller all within in the first week. By the middle of June, Fox's epic first week was an afterthought. Post-lim events played a large role in how the final leaderboard shook out. The most competitive race in WSOP history ended (for now) with one of the three-multi bracelet winners from 2018 in front. Shaun Deeb played an incredible amount of volume and is 90 percent of the way toward accomplishing one of his major career goals. Deeb shipped the $10,000 Six-Max a few days after making Day 6 of the Main Event and placing 105th. The bracelet is the second for Deeb this summer and the fourth of his career. Deeb's final haul from the 2018 WSOP includes two bracelets, three final tables, and 16 cashes. 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson is the only player who cashed more times than Deeb and he racked up 17 to lead the category for the second straight year. Second in cashes and second in POY is $50,000 High Roller winner Ben Yu. Deeb defeated Yu heads up in the $25,000 PLO and leads him in POY by a little under 600 points. Yu earned a career-best $1.65 million for his third bracelet win. A few days earlier, Yu took fourth in the DoubleStack Turbo and overall, he concluded his WSOP campaign with four top-four finishes. Yu and Deeb finished in 11th and 12th place, respectively, on the overall WSOP earnings list. The only players ahead of them were Main Event final tablists or a player who cashed in the Big One for One Drop with the exception of one Nick Petrangelo, who won the $100,000 High Roller and took third in the $50,000 edition won by Yu. The player of the moment and third on the POY list is Joe Cada. Cada opened the 2018 summer with a win in the $3,000 Shootout and steadily accumulated from there toward a stellar final two weeks. The 2009 Main Event champion took fifth in his bid at a second title. Following the disappointing finish, Cada jumped in the $1,500 Closer and won the title along with his fourth bracelet in only two days of play. Cada earned a combined $2.7 for the two scores and certified himself a place in the annals of WSOP runs. John Hennigan led the POY race midway through the summer. Hennigan's second-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and win in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E was never replicated but he did wind up with 12 cashes in total. Those 12 cashes are 12 more than Hennigan collected in 2017. Hennigan was awarded with a Poker Hall of Fame induction during the Main Event to cap off his best year at the series. Scott Bohlman and Paul Volpe sit in the middle of the 2018 class. Bohlman came close twice to being the first multi-bracelet winner of the summer but settled for second in the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo and third in the $3,000 PLO Six-Max. Volpe faced off heads up against Deeb in the $10,000 Six-Max and earned silver for his Main Event post-lim. 'The Main Event' made Day 5 of his nicknamed tournament and set a record with eight cashes in events with a $10,000 buy-in or higher. The No Limit players carved out space in the top-10 as done by Eric Baldwin and Justin Liberto. Between the two players, they went to the payout cage 25 times and all but two of their ventures were for events that didn't have NLH in the title. Heavy-hitters Mike Leah and Anthony Zinno round out the important part of the leaderboard. Neither player added a second bracelet despite having five final tables between them to close another victory out. Zinno made up the trophy difference at The Venetian where he won the CardPlayer $5,000 event for $466,670 to wrap up his summer schedule. The race concludes on November 2 at WSOP Europe at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Deeb confirmed on the Poker Life Podcast he would be in attendance at it remains to be seen who from the top-10 will join him. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Position Name Points 1 Shaun Deeb 4,334.06 2 Ben Yu 3,746.04 3 Joe Cada 3,531.86 4 John Hennigan 3,499.91 5 Scott Bohlman 3,155.88 6 Paul Volpe 2,859.76 7 Eric Baldwin 2,516.30 8 Justin Liberto 2,459.84 9 Mike Leah 2,354.13 10 Anthony Zinno 2,330.37
  7. The record-setting WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic wrapped up at Bellagio in Las Vegas, with the $10,400 Main Event attracting a huge field of 1,001 entries and featuring some of poker's biggest names. In addition to the Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule featured several events with five-figure buy-ins and one with a six-figure price of entry. Here are the winners from a tremendous week of poker in Sin City. The biggest winners overall from these high buy-in events, excluding the $10,400 Main Event, were Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Seth Davies, Chris Hunichen, and Dominik Nitsche. Although he didn't earn the most money, it's certainly worth noting that Sam Soverel cashed in four of these events for a total of $314,500. No one else cashed in more than two. Ladines Wins First $10,000 PLO Event The first two high roller events on the schedule were both $10,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournaments. The first one attracted 35 entries for a $350,000 prize pool and saw the top five places make the money. Joshua Ladines took the event’s title and $128,090 top prize, with both Brian Rast and Sam Soverel finishing in the money. Joshua Ladines - $128,090 John Riordan - $102,910 Jonathan Abdellatif - $56,000 Brian Rast - $35,000 Sam Soverel - $28,000 Soverel Takes Second $10,000 PLO Event In the second $10,000 PLO event, a group of familiar faces was back in the money. Soverel topped the field of 29 entries to win the title and $116,000, Ladines finished third for $46,400, and WPT Five Diamond wonder boy Ryan Tosoc scored fifth for $23,200. Tosoc notably finished second in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.134 million before going on to win the event in Season XVI for $1.958 million. Sam Soverel - $116,000 Jonathan Depa - $75,400 Joshua Ladines- $46,400 Michael Song - $29,000 Ryan Tosoc - $23,200 Hennigan Captures $10,000 8-Game Mixed Title If you know Bellagio, you know it’s home to the most iconic high-stakes poker room in the world, Bobby’s Room. It’s where the game’s elite compete for astronomical cash-game stakes, but during WPT Five Diamond some of those players shifted their focus to tournament play, specifically in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mixed High Roller. The tournament generated 24 entries, and it was none other than five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and WPT Champions Club member John Hennigan taking home the top prize of $110,400. John Hennigan - $110,400 Ben Yu - $67,200 Randy Ohel - $38,400 John Racener - $24,000 Loeser and Fox Chop First $25,000 High Roller In the first of three $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic slate, 42 entries were generated to create a prize pool of $1.05 million. The top six places paid, and the top two spots went to Manig Loeser and Elio Fox in a chop that earned each player more than $300,000. Loeser scored first place for $321,300, and Fox took second for $308,700. Manig Loeser- $321,300 Elio Fox - $308,700 Jake Schindler - $168,000 Dan Smith - $105,000 Cary Katz - $84,000 Nick Petrangelo - $63,000 Petrangelo Wins Second $25,000 High Roller The second $25,000 buy-in tournament attracted 47 entries and generated a $1.175 million prize pool. The top seven places reached the money, with several notables cashing. None earned more than Nick Petrangelo, though, who chopped the event heads up with Sergio Aido to take home the winning prize of $289,944. Aido scored $287,634 for second. Petrangelo was coming off a sixth-place result for $63,000 in the first $25,000 event of this series. Soverel, who finished in the money of the first two high rollers on the schedule, including winning one for $116,000, finished sixth in this event for $70,500. Nick Petrangelo - $289,944 Sergio Aido - $287,634 Seth Davies - $256,672 Ben Yu - $117,500 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - $94,000 Sam Soverel - $70,500 Rainer Kempe - $58,750 Davies Victorious in Third $25,000 High Roller The third and final $25,000 high roller tournament on the WPT Five Diamond schedule drew 50 entries for a $1.25 million prize pool. The top eight places reached the money, and it was Seth Davies taking the title and $341,920 in first-place prize money. The win came just days after Davies took third in the previous $25,000 high roller event during the series of $256,672, as you can see above. Davies did a deal with Isaac Haxton in second place, who earned $320,580. The money was filled with notable high rollers, including Alex Foxen taking third for $175,000. Foxen has had himself quite a 2018 and is closing it strong both on the live felt and the virtual felt. In the online world, Foxen recently achieved a new all-time high in the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. You'll also notice Soverel's name appearing in the in-the-money places once again, this time for fifth place, worth $100,000. Seth Davies - $341,920 Isaac Haxton - $320,580 Alex Foxen - $175,000 David Peters - $125,000 Sam Soverel - $100,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $75,000 Rainer Kempe - $62,500 Elio Fox: $50,000 Schindler Defeats Koon for $100,000 Super High Roller Victory The final big buy-in event from the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule this year was the $100,000 Super High Roller. The event drew 37 entries to Bellagio for a $3.7 million prize pool and the top six spots reached the money. Earning the $1.332 million first-place prize was Jake Schindler. Adding that score to the $168,000 he won earlier in the series for taking third place in one of the $25,000 high rollers, Schindler scored $1.5 million in prize money at Bellagio this December. Schindler beat out Jason Koon for the win, and Koon took home $888,000 for his second-place finish. Jake Schindler - $1,332,000 Jason Koon - $888,000 Chris Hunichen - $592,000 Dominik Nitsche - $370,000 Ben Tollerene - $296,000 Talal Shakerchi - $222,000
  8. Sunday was the busiest day on the partypoker POWERFEST schedule by far with 25 different titles on the line. The biggest winner on the day was UK grinder 'SpiritDNA' who banked $154,000 in a Super High Roller event. He wasn't the only big winner though. A former PocketFives #1-ranked player won a title as did a WSOP Europe Main Event champ. 'SpiritDNA' outlasted 133 other players to win Event #36-SHR ($5,200 8 Max) for $154,033. Runner-up 'limitless' also got a six-figure score after earning $110,550 while third place finisher 'ucantrybut' had to settle for $80,400. Elio 'donzledurbru' Fox won Event #37-HR ($2,100 PKO 8 Max) for $101,098, with $59,423 of that coming by way of bounties, by outlasting 229 other players. 'MinusEve' finished second for $41,624 plus an additional $5,643 in bounties. 'BITMEXREKT' finished third for $29,689 and $10,565 in bounties. Belgium's 'La.Brouletterie' topped the 626-player field in Event #34-HR ($530 Slow 8 Max) to score $57,654.60. The final player in his way, 'spinner2255', took home $41,034.30 while 'BlueEyedArab' won $27,825.70 for finishing third. Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver, who was ranked #1 on PocketFives twice in 2010, won Event #40-HR ($530 PKO Turbo Mix Max) for $10,983,96 and another $14,195.63 in bounties. 'Mr.Master98' picked up $10,971.41 for finishing second and added another $6,304.12 to his bankroll thanks to the bounties he collected. Sami 'LarsLuzak1' Kelopuro wound up third for $7,804.62 and $3,765.26 in bounties. Event #34-HR: $530 Slow 8 Max 626 entries, $313,000 prize pool La.Brouletterie - $57,654.60 spinner2255 - $41,034.30 BlueEyedArab - $27,825.70 bfzhang - $19,155.60 rafaelmoraesgm - $13,396.40 runningtheworld - $9,734.30 andstar555 - $7,011.20 PassTiltNoir_72 - $4,976.70 Event #35-HR: $1,050 Deep 8 Max 367 entries, $367,000 prize pool tropicALi - $71,198 ilushan - $51,380 ch1ck3nrobb3rr - $35,599 COL_Moutarde - $25,506.50 onepunch - $18,166.50 DamianLillard - $13,648.90 RedPant - $9,358.50 Partyycular - $6,826.50 Event #36-SHR: $5,200 8 Max 134 entries, $670,000 prize pool SpiritDNA - $154,033 limitless - $110,550 ucantrybut - $80,400 rdcrsnn - $56,950 PokerG1rl69 - $40,200 nipa3p3 - $31,825 CanadianSanta - $25,326 FrioPequeno - $20,100 Event #37-HR: $2,100 PKO 8 Max 230 entries, $500,000 prize pool Elio 'donzledurbru' Fox - $41,675 + $59,423 in bounties MinusEve - $41,624 + $5,643 in bounties BITMEXREKT - $29,689 + $10,565 in bounties GewoonBoef - $21,950 + $8,268 in bounties PokerBrothersTM - $15,478 + $16,964 in bounties x_zola25 - $11,819 + $8,071 in bounties onehundredeyes - $8,723 + $7,218 in bounties Sheparentao - $6,472 + $7,087 in bounties Event #38-HR: $530 Turbo 8 Max 236 entries, $120,950 prize pool COL_Moutarde - $24,661.75 ReQui3m4 - $17,900.60 Isildur1 - $12,760.22 NoisiaRadio - $9,434.10 BuyThaPot - $6,652.25 Iqq1974 - $5,079.90 ojanOmaha - $3,749.45 JimyTransaction - $2,781.85 Event #39-HR: $1,050 PKO Fast 8 Max 308 entries, $314,160 prize pool VamosAlaPlayaR - $24,220.85 + $39,487.50 in bounties Iqq1974 - $24,190.01 + $13,308.75 in bounties GangbaaangBob - $16,977.41 + $5,135 in bounties SchelampigaUhu - $12,345.84 + $8,775 in bounties Baila Conmigo - $8,740.84 + $5,265 in bounties Mrakobes20 - $6,555.63 + $1,681.25 in bounties Algorhytm - $4,622.56 + $2,860 in bounties rafaelmoraesgm - $3,361.86 + $1,170 in bounties Event #40-HR: $530 PKO Turbo Mix-Max 250 entries, $128,125 prize pool Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver - $10,983,96 + $14,195.63 in bounties Mr.Master98 - $10,971.41 + $6,304.12 in bounties LarsLuzak1 - $7,804.62 + $3,765.26 in bounties MAM0HT_T - $5,701.30 + $1,870.32 in bounties oi-oi-oi - $4,249.41 + $1,115.61 in bounties Tartaruga13 - $2,832.94 + $1,640.62 in bounties
  9. The 2019 World Series of Poker continued on Saturday with another massive field in the Big 50 as that event quickly hurtles toward a record for the largest WSOP event ever. Ben Heath Leads Talented Final 12 in $50K High Roller Players were able to register for the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em (Event #5) until the mid-way point of Day 2. This lead to a total of 110 entries and a final prize pool of $5,280,000. Just 12 players remain in contention for the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,484,085. Leading the way is Britain's Ben Heath. Finishing with 5,255,000, Heath managed to go from starting the day second in chips to sitting atop the chip counts. Russian Dmirty Yurasov spent a good amount of time as the chip leader and was only eclipsed in the last level of the night. Yurasov bagged up 4,800,000. Elio Fox sits third with 4,695,000. Chip Leader Coaching's Chance Kornuth ended up in fourth place with 4,510,000. Top 10 Chip Counts Jake Schwartz - 117,600 Julien Martini - 117,400 Jordan Siegel - 95,000 Brayden Gazlay - 91,000 John Racener - 83,100 Jason Daly - 81,300 Andrey Zhigalov - 77,500 Wes Self - 74,500 Layne Flack - 66,200
  10. The first gold bracelet won every summer at the World Series of Poker is always a special one. For the winner, it’s an unbelievable thrill, a tone setter, a bankroll booster, and a stress reliever all at once. For the media and fans, it’s the first of many headline-grabbing triumphs. For other competitors, it represents that there is gold at the end of the long rainbow. All of those things are great, but does success beget further success? Here’s a look at how the first gold bracelet winner of the summer has performed throughout the rest of the WSOP. For this article, PocketFives examined the results of the first winner of an individual open gold bracelet event going back to 2004. This time period can be commonly referred to as the "modern poker era." 2004: James Vogl At the 2004 WSOP, James Vogl topped a field of 834 entries to win the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $400,000. Vogl would go on to cash twice more that summer, but the scores were much smaller than his victory. Vogl finished 27th in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $7,160 and 12th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $12,660. 2005: Allen Cunningham Five-time gold bracelet winner Allen Cunningham was the winner of the first bracelet in 2005. Not only was his victory a big one, as Cunningham won the 2,305-entry $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $725,405, but it ignited quite the summer for the seasoned professional. After the opening win, Cunningham cashed four more times, and each of the additional cashes came in $5,000 buy-in events. First, he took fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em and fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha events for $89,865 and $141,245, respectively. Cunningham then placed 29th in the $5,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em for $8,490 and seventh in the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo for $42,110. All told, Cunningham earned $281,710 after his opening win that summer. Cunningham’s performances were enough to win him the 2005 WSOP Player of the Year award. 2006: Brandon Cantu After Brandon Cantu won the opening $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $757,839, he didn’t cash for the rest of the 2006 WSOP. 2007: Steve Billirakis Like Cunningham, Steve Billirakis opened with a win and then earned four cashes afterwards. His opening win was worth $536,287 after Billirakis topped a field of 451 entries in the $5,000 Limit/No Limit Hold’em tournament. He then scored 45th-, 29th-, 16th-, and 33rd-place finishes in future events. Whereas Cunningham won nearly $300,000 in additional prize money, Billirakis’ four other cashes only totaled $57,458. That’s not bad, but it’s not nearly the year Cunningham had. 2008: Nenad Medic Nenad Medic opened the 2008 WSOP with a bang, scoring first place in the stacked $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament for $794,112. Medic only cashed once more that summer, taking 24th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $16,496. 2009: Thang Luu Not only did Thang Luu kick off the 2009 WSOP by winning the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low tournament for his second gold bracelet, but he did so after winning the same event the previous year. In 2009, Luu’s win was worth $263,190. After this, Luu cashed just once for $8,983. 2010: Michael Mizrachi The year 2010 was a banner year for Michael Mizrachi at the WSOP. He opened things up in enormous fashion by winning the famed $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1.559 million. Mizrachi then put together quite an impressive string of four more cashes and was challenging for the WSOP Player of the Year award that ultimately fell to Frank Kassela. Additional scores were had that year by Mizrachi when he took sixth in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship for $68,949, eighth in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $49,732, and 26th in the $2,500 Mixed for $6,324. Mizrachi wasn’t done there, either. He reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event and scored fifth place for a whopping $2.332 million. 2011: Jake Cody After Jake Cody opened the 2011 WSOP by winning the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship for $851,192, he only cashed twice that summer and both were for less than $20,000. Cody did, however, place seventh in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for €150,000 ($200,379). 2012: Brent Hanks Brent Hanks won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event to kick off the 2012 WSOP. That event drew 2,101 entries and Hanks scored $517,725. Hanks’ only other cash that summer at the WSOP was a 282nd-place finish in the WSOP Main Event for $38,453. 2013: Trevor Pope The opening to the 2013 summer was a big one for Trevor Pope, as he scored first place in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $553,906. Pope came to the final table with an incredibly large chip lead and rode it all the way to the winner’s circle. After that, Pope cooled off and only cashed two more times. He finished 48th in the $2,500 Four-Max No Limit Hold’em for $5,253 and 13th in the $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Hold’em for $19,646. 2014: Vanessa Selbst Vanessa Selbst scored a big victory to open the 2014 WSOP when she won the $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold’em to the tune of $871,148. Following her opening win that summer, Selbst only cashed once more. Her second cash was a 38th-place finish in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo worth $5,517. 2015: Nick Petrangelo Nick Petrangelo had a great 2015. It was his first breakout year that saw him win more than $3.4 million on the live felt. Included in that was a $201,812 gold bracelet victory at the World Series of Poker. Petrangelo won the first piece of jewelry that summer by taking down the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout atop 308 entries. Despite his big year and first gold bracelet win, not much materialized for Petrangelo over the remaining WSOP events that year. In Las Vegas, he cashed in the $10,000 Main Event for $17,282, and then he took 26th in the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event at WSOP Europe for €6,035 ($6,863). 2016: Kyle Julius Like Cunningham, Billirakis, and Mizrachi, Kyle Julius, winner of the first gold bracelet in the summer of 2016, cashed four additional times following his trip to victory lane. Julius opened the summer with a win in the $1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold’em for $142,972. He then record small cashes in the Colossus and $1,500 No Limit Hold’em before returning to a top-10 result in the $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em. In that event, Julius took ninth from a field of 524 entries and won $35,636. That summer, Julius would also take 21st in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop to add $187,576 to his bankroll. 2017: Upeshka De Silva Upeshka De Silva stormed out of the gate in 2017 with a victory in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout for $229,923. He then put together four more cashes - just like Cunningham, Billirakis, Mizrachi, and Julius did in prior years - but De Silva couldn’t quite make it back to a WSOP final table that summer. He did place 30th in the 1,759-entry $2,620 Marathon tournament for $17,491, but that was De Silva’s deepest run outside of his opening gold bracelet win. 2018: Elio Fox In 2018, it was Elio Fox, winner of the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event, who took the first gold bracelet of the summer. Fox won the $10,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event for $393,693. From there, Fox would put together a decent list of three more cashes. He took second in the $100,000 High Roller for $1.798 million, finished 92nd in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $8,976, and took ninth in the $50,000 High Roller for $139,699. $357,937 Won and 2.4 Cashes On Average Looking at the whole of it all, the first gold bracelet winners each summer, going back to 2004, averaged $357,937 won and 2.4 cashes that same summer following the gold bracelet win. None of these players were about to earn a second gold bracelet in that same summer, but some did come close by returning to a WSOP final table. Those to perform the latter were Cunningham in 2005, Mizrachi in 2010, Cody in 2011 if you count WSOP Europe, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. Both Cunningham and Mizrachi made it back to three final tables following their opening win. In total, players to win the opening gold bracelet of the summer cashed 36 additional times at the WSOP that year, again that’s if you include WSOP Europe. Of those 36 cashes, six were worth more than six figures and two were in the seven figures. Three times a player landed a score for more than the gold bracelet win, too. Those three times came with Mizrachi in 2010, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. What Does This Mean for Brian Green? The question now is, what does this all mean for Brian Green? He won the first gold bracelet at the 50th annual 2019 World Series of Poker when he topped a field of 204 entries in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty event. Green won $345,669. Green now has 25 WSOP cashes. A few times, he put together a nice handful of in-the-money finishes during the summer, so we’ll likely see a fair amount of volume from him given his successful start to the 2019 WSOP. In 2014 and 2015, Green cashed five times each summer at the WSOP. In 2016, he cashed four times. Although he failed to record a WSOP cash in 2017, Green added four more trips to the money in 2018. He frequents the higher buy-in No Limit Hold’em events a lot, so if he makes any additional noise in 2019 it will likely come from one of those tournaments. If we were to take a guess as to how Green will do for the remainder of the 2019 WSOP, we’d say he’ll land three or four more cashes and that there’s a high probability one of those is a score in the six figures.
  11. By the time the final day of the 2019 Poker Masters Main Event started, Sam Soverel had already done enough to have locked up the Purple Jacket as the Poker Masters Champion. Having accumulated 830 points through the first nine events, there was nobody at the Main Event final table that could catch him. Then he added an emphatic exclamation point to an incredible 10-day run by winning the $50,000 buy-in Main Event. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Thursday's action began on the money bubble with six players remaining. The reigning and defending Purple Jacket champion, Ali Imsirovic was eliminated by Stephen Chidwick in sixth just 30 minutes into play to put all players in the money. Just 20 mins later, Soverel found his first victim of the night. Seth Davies raised to 55,000 from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] only to have Soverel re-raise to 175,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Davies responded by moving all-in for 545,000 and Soverel called. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6h"] to eliminate Davies in fifth place. Just over an hour later, a nearly identical hand sent another player home. Chris Hunichen raised to 80,000 from the button wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"], Soverel folded his small blind and Chidwick made it 220,000 from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Hunichen moved all-in and Chidwick called with his tournament on the line. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] flop changed nothing for Chidwick and after the [poker card="6d"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river he was out in fourth place. A battle of the blinds all but eliminated Elio Fox. Hunichen folded his button and Soverel raised to 205,000 from the small blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and Fox defended the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Fox middle pair but left him trailing Soverel. Soverel checked and Fox checked behind. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Soverel lead out for 425,000 and Fox called. The river was the [poker card="9s"] and Soverel bet 1,500,000 forcing Fox to a decision for his tournament life. After using two time banks, Fox called and was given the bad news. Left with just 40,000, Fox was eliminated by Soverel two hands later. Soverel controlled 83% of the chips in play when heads-up play began. It took him just six hands and 12 minutes to pick up the rest. Soverel moved all-in from the button with [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"] and Hunichen called with [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9d"] flop gave Soverel top pair and a gutshot straight draw. Hunichen found no relief through the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="4s"] river to give Soverel the Main Event title to go along with his Purple Jacket. All told, Soverel cashed in seven of the 10 events, picking up two wins, three fourth-place finishes, as well as a fifth and sixth-place finish. He earned $1,396,800 for his efforts and now has lifetime cashes of $12,888,684. Poker Masters $50K Payouts Sam Soverel - $680,000 Chris Hunichen - $442,000 Elio Fox - $272,000 Stephen Chidwick - $170,000 Seth Davies - $136,000 Purple Jacket Final Standings Sam Soverel - 1160 Kahle Burns - 630 Chance Kornuth - 630 Sean Winter - 480 Ali Imsirovic - 450
  12. Last month Kahle Burns was in Rozvadov, Czech Republic winning the first two World Series of Poker bracelets of his career at WSOP Europe. On Wednesday he was in Las Vegas taking down his first Poker Masters title by beating Ali Imsirovic heads-up in Event #9 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em). The win was Burns' third cash of the 2019 Poker Masters and moved him into second place in the Poker Masters Championship standings behind only Sam Soverel with just the $50,000 NLHE event left to play. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final six players played for over 90 minutes before the first elimination. From middle position, Sean Winter moved all-in for 360,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] and action folded to David Peters in the big blind who called all-in with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] runout gave Winter two pair and Peters was out in sixth. It took another 45 minutes before five players became four. From the button, Burns moved all-in for 1,350,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] and Elio Fox called all-in from the big big blind [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Fox in control, but the [poker card="ah"] turn put Burns on top and the [poker card="jh"] was unable to save Fox from his fifth-place finish. Soverel entered the final table with the chance to lock up the Purple Jacket. All he needed to do was win Event #9 and none of the other contenders would have been able to catch him. Unfortunately for Soverel, but fortunately for poker fans hoping for a race to the finish, that didn't come to fruition. Imsirovic and Winter folded before Burns raised all-in from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Soverel called all-in from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Soverel no help but the [poker card="td"] turn gave him an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="3h"] river failed to complete that draw and Soverel was eliminated in fourth place. Soverel added 120 points to his Poker Masters Championship points total to extend his overall lead for the Purple Jacket. It took just five minutes to get to heads-up play. Winter raised to 675,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"], Burns re-raised to 1,250,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] and Winter called all-in. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ac"] to give Burns a full house and eliminate Winter in third place. Burns started heads-up play with a better than 5-1 chip lead over Imsirovic but over the course of 45 minutes, Imsirovic battled back to take a 2-1 lead. Burns was undeterred however and doubled back into the lead before putting the finishes touches on his first Poker Masters win. Imsirovic called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] before Burns raised to 395,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"]. Imsirovic responded by moving all-in for 2,005,000 and Burns called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] gave Ismirovic top pair but gave Burns a flush draw. The [poker card="2s"] turn was safe for Imsirovic but Burns completed his flush on the [poker card="2d"] river. Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - $416,500 Ali Imsirovic - $269,500 Sean Winter - $183,750 Sam Soverel - $122,500 Elio Fox - $98,000 David Peters - $73,500 Alex Foxen - $61,250 Purple Jacket Standings Sam Soverel - 810 Kahle Burns - 630 Chance Kornuth - 630 Sean Winter - 480 Ali Imsirovic - 450 George Wolff - 420 Alex Foxen - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Sergi Reixach - 300 Isaac Baron - 300
  13. Another three titles were handed out on Thursday in the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, including the crowning of the first two-time WPT Online champion. Brazil’s Vitor Dzivielevski topped the field of 1532 entries in Event #28 ($109 Mini 6-Max) to win the $22,230 first-place prize and become the first person to claim his second WPT Online title. Dzivielevski’s first victory in the WPT Online series came on May 3 when he fought his way through another large field event, knocking out the competition in the 2548 player field in Event #2 ($215 Mini Knockout) to take home a combined score of over $57,000. Tristan Taylor wrapped up Event #28 as the runner-up which was good for $16,086. David Ivers picked up the bronze and added $12,256 to his bankroll. The largest score of the day belonged to Germany’s Wiktor Malinowski who navigated the tough field of 115 high rollers and picked up a victory in the two-day Event #29 ($10,300 High Roller) for $281,750. High-stakes tournament specialist Nick Petrangelo fell just one spot short of the title, finishing as the runner-up and collecting $201,250 for his efforts. Pascal Lefrancois finished in third place and took home $143,750. In Event #28 ($1,050 6-Max) Gustavo Mastelotto became the second Brazilian on the day to earn a WPT title. Mastelotto survived the 401-entry field to earn the $80,200 first-place prize. Fausto Tantito ended his run as the runner-up, collecting $59,348. Finally, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff wrapped up in third place and added $43,107 to his impressive career total of $10.6 million in lifetime earnings. Three more two-day events kicked off on Thursday including Event #32 ($25,500 Super High Roller) which saw 87 players enter for a shot of a piece of the over $2 million prize pool. Of those 87, only eight made it to day two with Juan Pardo Dominguez holding the overnight chip lead. Elio Fox, Pauli Ayras, Christopher Hunichen, and Timothy Adams are among those who will return to fight for the $565K first-place prize. Event #28 - $1,050 6-Max 401 entries 401,000 prize pool Gustavo Mastelotto - $80,200.06 Fausto Tantito - $59,348 Steven Van Zadelhoff - $43,107.50 Alexandru Papazian - $30,387.78 Laszlo Molnar - $22,055 Ivan Deyra - $15,238 Event #28 - $109 Mini 6-Max 1532 entries 153,200 prize pool Vitor Dzivielevski - $22,230 Tristan Taylor - $16,086 David Ivers - $12,256 Tautvydas Tukaciauskas - $8,809 Arran Fletcher - $5,974.80 Thomas Boivin Event #29 $10,300 High Roller 115 entries 1,150,000 prize pool Wiktor Malinowski - $281,750 Nick Petrangelo - $201,250 Pascal Lefrancois - $143,750 Samuel Vousden - $100,625 Elias Talvitie - $74,750 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $57,500 Artur Martirosian - $46,000 Benjamin Rolle - $37,375 Event #31 $1,575 8-Max Top 10 Chip Counts Phillip Mighall - 1,377,145 Istvan Birizdo - 1,223,201 Stefan Schillhabel - 1,163,383 Teun Mulder - 958,013 Viktor Ustimov - 895,655 Alexander Puchalski - 894,098 Jonathan Proudfoot - 880,886 Daniel Clopoys - 818,143 Peter Chien - 689,831 Gary Hasson - 615,272 Event #32 $25,500 Super High Roller Final Table Chip Counts Juan Pardo Dominguez - 799,968 Elio Fox - 669,530 Pauli Ayras - 427,724 Christopher Hunichen - 224,728 Mark Davis - 178,608 Samuel Vousden - 169,968 Timothy Adams - 80,723 Andrei Novak - 58,751
  14. Five more World Poker Tour Online titles were awarded on Friday night with Elio Fox securing the biggest score of the day and second biggest of the series. Fox started the final table of Event #32 ($25,500 Super High Roller) sitting second in chips behind Juan Pardo Dominguez but managed to flip that script and defeated Dominguez heads-up to win the title and $565,500. Dominguez walked away with $402,375 while Pauli Ayras earned $282,750 for his third place finish. The only player with a bigger WPT Online score is Charlie Carrel who won $600,250 for shipping Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) last week. Viktor Ustimov topped the 451-entry field in Event #31 ($1,575 Eight Max NLHE) to win $127,520.25. Sweden's Jerry Odeen finished in second place earning $90,786.30 while British grinder Jonathan Proudfoot wound up in third place for a $62,238 payday. Jonathan Rosa won Event #31 Mini ($162 Mini Eight Max NLHE) to win $41,171.73. Stuart Menzies defeated Anton Wigg heads-up in Event #34 ($530 Six Max Hyper NLHE) to win $26,672.50. Wigg earned a $17,592.50 consolation prize while Bernard Larabi added $12,507.47 to his bankroll for finishing third. Marllon Pinto topped Event #34 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper NLHE) for $7,038.01. Event #31 Mini $162 Mini Eight Max NLHE 1,627 Entries $244,050 prize pool Jonathan Rosa - $41,171.73 Jonathan Clark - $29,212.78 Marcello Miniucchi - $18,987.09 Eduardo Moreno Cardigo - $12,666.19 Eduardo Silva - $8,981.04 Srdan Tomovic - $6,296.49 Philipp Teipel - $4,36849 Peter Rese - $2,879.7 Event #31 $1,575 Eight Max NLHE 451 entries $676,500 prize pool Viktor Ustimov - $127,520.25 Jerry Odeen - $90,786.30 Jonathan Proudfoot - $62,238 Istvan Birizdo - $43,296 Stefan Schillhabel - $30,713.10 Teun Mulder - $22,324.50 Samuel Vousden - $15,897.75 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $11,500.500 Event #32 $25,500 Super High Roller 87 entries $2,175,000 prize pool Elio Fox - $565,500 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $402,375 Pauli Ayras - $282,750 Samuel Vousden - $195,750 Mark Davis - $152,250 Timothy Adams - $108,750 Christopher Hunichen - $87,000 Andrii Novak - $76,125 Event #34 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper NLHE 828 entries $41,400 prize pool Marllon Pinto - $7,038.01 Petar Leshtov - $5,185.01 Jan Stazisar - $3,933 Mikhail Zamyatin - $2,691 Carl Duggan - $1,863 Nicolas Vande Wiele - $1,242 Event #34 $530 Six Max Hyper NLHE 227 entries $113,500 prize pool Stuart Menzies - $26,672.50 Anton Wigg - $17,592.50 Bernard Larabi - $12,507.47 Guillaume Nolet - $9,136.75 Kamel Mokhammad - $6,810 Francois Billard - $4,540
  15. The 2020 World Series of Poker $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty Tournament took over 13 hours to complete including a final table that lasted for over three hours. Malikeh Jamali was the last woman standing when it was all said and done, grabbing the first-place prize of $151,127 and $88,053 in bounties for a total of $239,180 to go along with her first World Series of Poker Bracelet. The field was comprised of 2,024 players in total for a total prize pool of $2,024,000. The progressive bounty tournament started with bounties of $250 on everyone’s head that grew with each elimination a player picked up. Players who eliminated designated GGPoker pros also received a ticket into a “Beat the Pros” freeroll tournament. Nine-handed play lasted for nearly 20 minutes before the final table saw its first elimination. Jamali raised to 440,000 from early position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and Vadim Stoyanov moved all in from the hijack spot for his last 1,294,041 with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"]. The action folded back around to Jamali who called and moved ahead in the hand with top pair when the flop came down [poker card="kh"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="6d"] on the turn and the [poker card="6s"] on the river brought no help to Stoyanov who was out in ninth place. Just over five minutes later, Elio Fox moved all-in for 1,683,806 from under the gun with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. Dylan Linde moved all-in for more with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] in the cutoff which prompted folds from the button and the blinds. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Linde a flush draw to go with his pair of kings, and the [poker card="5s"] on the turn and [poker card="8h"] on the river eliminated Fox from the tournament in eighth place. The final table went on break after Fox’s elimination and returned to play for about 10 minutes before Peter Chien was eliminated in seventh place. Andre Difelice min-raised from the hijack with [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"] and faced an all-in shove to 1,357,135 from Chien with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] in the cutoff. The action folded back around to Difelice who was priced in needing only 877,135 more to call into a pot of over 2,400,000. The flop came down [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] to give Difelice a double-gutter straight draw. Chien faded on the straight on the turn, but the [poker card="jh"] on the river completed Difelice’s straight and sealed Chien’s fate. Six-handed play lasted for over a half-hour before Mike Leah’s stack dwindled down to under two big blinds. Difelice min-raised his button to 560,000 and was called in the small blind by Jamali. Leah had only 128,982 left behind and moved his chips in preflop. Jamali and Difelice went check-check on an [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"] flop and a [poker card="5c"] turn. Jamali bet 560,000 after the [poker card="7h"] fell on the flop and Difelice folded. Leah had made a 10-high flush with the [poker card="th"][poker card="3s"], but Jamali was best with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"] to knock Leah out in sixth place. Another half hour passed before the final table’s next elimination. Jamali raised to 704,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] and was called by Martin Zamani in the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"]. Both players were happy with the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] flop that gave top set to Jamali and an open-ended straight draw to Zamani. Zamani check-raised to 3,744,600 after Jamali bet 583,440 and was met with a 4-bet shove for Zamani’s last 1,389,432. Zamani called and was drawing dead when the [poker card="9s"] fell on the river to give Jamali quad nines. The meaningless [poker card="qs"] on the river ended Zamani’s night in fifth place. Ten minutes later, Leonid Yanovski was first to act and moved all-in for his last 2,612,014 with the [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"]. Difelice called on the button with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] and the two blinds fold. Yanovski was way behind on an [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="3s"] flop that brought a pair and flush draw for Difelice, but he did turn some straight outs with the [poker card="td"] on the turn. The [poker card="7d"] on the river didn’t give Yanvoski the help that he needed and the final table was down to three. Three-handed play went on for about 15 minutes until Difelice moved all-in on the button with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"] and a 4,947,332 stack remaining. Jamali folded in the small blind and Linde snap-called from the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="th"][poker card="5c"][poker card="td"][poker card="6s"] board ran out clean for Linde’s kings and knocked Difelice out in third place to set up heads-up play. It took over 40 minutes of heads-up play before a winner was finally decided. Jamali had a roughly 2-to-1 chip advantage when heads up began, but the play went back and forth with both players drawing about even in chips at one point. But Jamali had a convincing 7-to-1 chip advantage when the final hand was dealt. Linde limped in on the button and Jamali checked behind. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="3c"] and Jamali check-called a 600,000 bet. Jamali check-called again when Linde bet 1,320,000 on the [poker card="5h"] turn. The river [poker card="4h"] completed the board and prompted another check from Jamali which was followed by an all-in shove for Linde’s last 4,441,416. Jamali quickly called and revealed the slow-played [poker card="kd"][poker card="4c"], which was more than enough to defeat Linde’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="3s"] to win the tournament. Final Table Payouts 1. Malikeh Jamali - $239,180 2. Dylan Linde - $147,447 3. Andre Difelice - $114,413 4. Leonid Yanovich - $66,056 5. Martin Zamani - $51,081 6. Mike Leah - $41,892 7. Peter Chien - $40,251 8. Elio Fox - $28,450 9. Vadim Stoyanov - $20,704
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