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With a prize pool of $2.34m, the $5,300 buy-in Texas Poker Championship saw former WPT Winner James Carroll win the top prize of $455,860. Carroll, a hugely popular pro, beat Nicholas Howard heads-up to claim the title after an entertaining final table. One element that added to the atmosphere of the occasion was the live staking that was possible throughout the Main Event. Raising the Stakes Taking place in Houston, Texas, the Prime Social Texas Poker Championship Main Event saw ClubGG offer direct satellites to the events through the subscription poker platform. Pocket Fives then provided live staking for players. It was as simple as visiting the cash desk and putting down the money. “The event was great,” says James Bridgeman, Public Relations and Sponsorship Manager for GGAlliance. It ran smoothly, made all the guarantees and there was a really good vibe from players in the room along with all the staff, dealers and servers. I chatted with a lot of local regulars and out of towners. They were all in positive spirits whether they busted with no cash or ran deep.” Bridgeman met several players who were staked live and while they busted before the money, they were appreciative of the experience. “I met someone from a side event who min-cashed and was definitely happy about it,” he said. “From the Main Event, three or four qualifiers made Day 2. On the staking, it was the same attitude. We had five stakers in the Main Event; none cashed, but all enjoyed it and gave a fun sweat to their friends and followers.” There certainly seemed to be a great atmosphere in the room when PokerNews arrived at the venue during the tournament as part of their tour of the Lone Star State. https://twitter.com/PokerNews/status/1508933386311712768 “ClubGG Qualifiers are all excited that we have announced more Prime Social events,” says Bridgeman. “Everyone working at Prime Social made it very easy for qualifiers, they also had chip tracking throughout events and highlighted ClubGG Qualifiers, as well as those who used staking to make an even more memorable experience for them. In regards to PocketFives Staking, players really like the transparency and how easy it is, also no fees compared to competitors is obviously great. Staking worked really smoothly.” Prime Social ‘Very Happy’ With Event From the club’s own perspective, Justin Hammer, Tournament Director at the club, has had a chance to rest and reflect in the three days since the event. He’s delighted to report how pleased the club was with the live staking and how players enjoyed it. “It feels really good to accomplish what we did as an up-and-coming club. I’m very happy about it,” he told us. “Live staking was huge! We only had it for the Main Event, but the ability to sell some action for those who won seats or just wanted less exposure was very beneficial. There’s nothing to lose if they put up a package that doesn’t sell, so everyone had the opportunity to try to play at a discount.” With great communication between the cash desk and staking players, which there was, the whole process proved ‘seamless’ across the event. There was a friendly, fun atmosphere during most of the series, things only getting serious when the Main reached the final table. “Things really tightened up and most players seemed pretty focused. James Carroll won the event of course - a great player. Having a popular player helps draw attention, which is nice. Whoever wins creates a good story somehow though. I’m never really rooting for a particular player, just that things run smoothly. From the feedback I’ve received, it really seems like we accomplished that goal.” The Players Perspective When it came to the event from a player’s perspective, Jason Daly had a great time, finishing in fifth place for $125,350, the first six-figure score to be awarded at the final table. “I thought the event was great,” he said today. “[Justin] Hammer and his staff do a really amazing job. I can’t say enough about how well the staff treat the players from the dealers to the floor staff. I do wish the live stream would have been delayed longer as I felt I was little bit disadvantaged by the short delay and some of the peoples hole cards not reading in some key spots. But overall, it was a nice experience.” Daly rated the players he came up against very highly, declaring it ‘the toughest field ever in Texas’ without question. “The level of competition was outstanding,” he says. “The structure was the best I’ve ever played outside of the [WSOP] Main Event and you could really tell the best players rose to the final 30 or so. I was really happy that James won if I couldn’t; he’s such a nice guy and class act. He really represents poker well.” “James has been around for a long time and I have a lot of respect for his game,” added eighth-placed Justin Saliba. “He’s a strong player and never afraid to go for it in big spots, so it’s always a fun challenge battling with him.” After Daly’s exit in fifth, Jorge Gomez finished fourth before an epic three-handed battle that raged until midnight, when Benjamin Keiley left in third place. That bust-out saw Nicholas Howard go into the final duel with a big chip lead, holding 19.9 million to James Carroll’s 4.5 million. Carroll came back like the professional he is, winning the top prize of $455,860, along with the coveted winners trophy and Exquisite Timepieces watch. With an entertaining event further improved by the live staking element on offer, could Prime Social’s event be a template for many more live staking experiences to come? The days of registering without taking a look at the players you can invest in as well as yourself may soon be a thing of the past if the slick operation in Houston is replicated across America. Prime Social Texas Poker Championship Final Table Results: James Carroll - $455,860 Nicholas Howard - $303,930 Benjamin Keiley - $223,580 Jorge Gomez - $166,420 Jason Daly - $125,350 Andrew Ostapchenko - $95,570 Jeremy Harvey - $73,750 Justin Saliba - $57,620 Viet Vo - $45,590
John Monette won his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet as he took down the $10,000-entry Limit Hold’em Championship at the Rio last night. At an entertaining final table that began 10-handed and finished with a thrilling heads-up, Monette won the $245,680 top prize and took home World Series gold. It marked his fourth victory in different poker variants with a Limit Hold’em crown to add to victories in previous events playing 2-7 Lowball Draw, Seven Card Stud, and 8-Game Mix. John Monette Wins $10K Limit It took no time at all for the first player of the final ten to bust as Ray Dehkharghani cashed for $18,506 in 10th place. Dehkharghani moved all-in for just two big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8s"] and was called by Eric Kurtzman with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"]. The flop of [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"] immediately put Kurtzman into the lead and that was the way it stayed through the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river. Kevin Song became the second player to hit the rail when his [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"] was no good on a flop of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="8s"], with Christopher Chung having flopped bottom set holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The money went in on the [poker card="4h"] turn, but after the [poker card="9h"] river, Song has sung his last, busting in ninth place for $21,149. Despite winning that hand, a prolonged period of play would eventually see Chun himself eliminated next, when his shove holding [poker card="As"][poker card="2s"] was called by John Racener with [poker card="5h"][poker card="5d"]. The board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="6d"] saw Chung raise-call his stack off on the turn, which led to his exit in eighth place for $26,561. After Scott Tuttle got short to bust in seventh for $33,979, John Racener went for chip leader earlier in the event to on the rail in sixth place for $44,263. Racener had the best of it with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jd"], but Kurtzman called his shove on the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="8d"] flop with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8h"] and after the [poker card="5d"] turn, was fortunate to hit a [poker card="Ks"] on the river. It took a long time to bust a player in the second half of the final table, but Jason Somerville was eventually the unfortunate player to depart in fifth place for $58,697. Somerville was all-in and at risk for just four big blinds with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"] and was called by Nate Silver, whose [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"] prevailed across the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="7c"]Tc] board. Just a few minutes later, Terrence Chan was on the rail too in fourth place for $79,210 after his [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"] couldn’t overtake Monnette’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"] with an ace on the turn after a jack on the flop doing the fatal damage to Chan’s stack. Three-handed player saw each man take the lead at a different stage, but when Eric Kurtzman re-raised all in on a flop of [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"], Nate Silver made the call with a gutshot and two overs, holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="8h"] turn saw Silver move ahead, while Kurtzman cashed for $108,747. Heads up, Silver went into play with a slight lead, holding 3.1 million to Monnette’s 2.5 million. That would grow to a point where Silver had almost double Monette’s chips, but the four-time winner did not earn his reputation from fading away when down to the final duel and ground his way to a point where he himself had a large lead of 5:1. It was then that Monnette pressed home his advantage, and on a board showing [poker card="Tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="Ks"], a raising war on the turn saw all the chips go into the middle with Silver holding [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Ts"] and Monnette with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="6d"] river changed nothing and Monnette was the champion. With Silver earning a silver-place prize of $151,842, it was Monnette who took the bracelet and a victory worth $245,680 Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Results: John Monnette - $245,680 Nate Silver - $151,842 Eric Kurtzman - $108,747 Terrence Chan - $79,210 Jason Somerville - $58,697 John Racener - $44,263 Scott Tuttle - $33,979 Christopher Chung - $26,561 Kevin Song - $21,149 Ray Dehkharghani - $18,506 https://twitter.com/tchanpoker/status/1447073883262128128 After winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship, Jason Koon thanked a poker legend for praising his - and others - achievements. https://twitter.com/JasonKoon/status/1446975609314287617 First Bracelet For Bradley Jansen In Event #15, there was another bracelet winner as Bradley Jansen won his debut bracelet after taking down the final table of the $1,500-entry six-handed event. It was Jeremy Malod who went into play as the chip leader, but Jansen started like a train to push for a strong finish and it paid off handsomely for a top prize of $313,403. The final table got underway with seven players, but Mark Liedtke lost his seat fairly quickly to Jansen. Liedtke was all-in with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"] but couldn’t catch Jansen’s [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"]. French overnight chip leader Jeremy Malod was just as happy to win with queens, as he won a flip against Jesse Yaginuma to reduce the field to five when his [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"] held against the American player’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"]. Jeremy Malod would eliminate two of the next three players to go into heads-up with a 3:1 chip lead over the eventual winner, but Jansen managed to turn a straight to win a decent pot to move to within a double-up of the chip lead. As it happened, that took place after a flop of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"] provoked action, with Malod check-raising before a turn card of [poker card="2s"] got another big bet and call. On the [poker card="Jh"] river, Malod moved all-in, with Jansen snap-calling with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] for a rivered straight, way better than Malod’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9d"] for top two pair from the flop. It was all over a short time later, with Malod’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="3h"] initially taking the lead against Jansen’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Td"] on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"] flop with the players committed pre-flop. The turn of [poker card="8h"] changed little, but the [poker card="6s"] on the river gave Jansen a straight and the bracelet along with the $313,403 top prize. The overnight chip leader going into the final day, Malod had to settle for being runner-up and winning $193,711. WSOP 2021 Event #15 $1,500 6-Handed NLHE Final Table Results: Bradley Jansen - $313,403 Jeremy Malod - $193,711 Ryan Pedigo - $136,070 Sean Hegarty - $96,919 Ryan Andrada - $70,013 Jesse Yaginuma - $51,305 Mark Liedtke - $38,146 Stephen Song Soars To Milly Maker Chip Lead Event #17 saw a bumper day of action at the felt on Day 1b of the Millionaire Maker. Stephen Song was singing at the end of Day 1b, with the chip lead in the room of 431,000 ahead of Michael Nia (405,000) and Clement Van Driessche (397,000). Others to book a seat on Day 2 included Faraz Jaka (311,000), Maria Konnikova (243,000), Sam Abernathy (229,500) and WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles (201,000). Big names busted, with some of the famous face on the rail being Ronnie Bardah, Ian O’Hara, Sam Razavi, Shaun Deeb and Sofia Lovgren among others. WSOP 2021 Event #17 Millionaire Maker Day 1b Top 10 Chipcounts: Stephen Song - 431,000 Michael Nia - 405,500 Clement Van Driessche - 397,000 Russell Clayton - 394,500 Boris Akopov - 347,000 Sebastien Comel - 338,000 Nabil Cardoso - 337,000 Pierre Calamusa - 337,000 Kou Vang - 334,000 Hayato Nagasawa - 330,000 12 Remain in $2,500 Triple Draw There were 104 survivors to Day 2 of the Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event, but at the end of the penultimate day, only a dozen players made the cut for the final day. With players such as Johannes Becker (13th for $6,579), James Woods (14th for $6,579), and David Benyamine (20th for $5,121) all going close to making the final two tables, stars of the game such as Joao Vieira (435,000) and Mike Gorodinsky (130,000) both snuck into the final day’s play. Chip leader heading into the last day of action is Jason Daly, who stack of 1,595,000 dwarfs even his closest rivals, with Brian Yoon (1,080,000) and Aaron Rogers (1,025,000) closest to hanging onto his coattails. WSOP 2021 Event #18 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Final 12 Chipcounts: Jason Daly - 1,595,000 Brian Yoon - 1,080,000 Aaron Rogers - 1,025,000 Gary Benson - 935,000 Vladimir Peck - 870,000 Michael Trivett - 750,000 Carlos Rodriguez - 675,000 Brian Tate - 475,000 Hal Rotholz - 455,000 Joao Vieira - 435,000 Venkata Tayi - 390,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 130,000 Zinno, McCelland, Martini Move On In $10K Stud Finally, Event #19 saw 46 players reduced to just 18 as those playing the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship battled for a Day 2 berth. Jose Paz leads the field with 341,000 chips, from top 10 players such as Anthony Zinno (282,500) and Jack McClelland (178,500), with players such as Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver, Andre Akkari, and David Singer all busting before the end of the days play. WSOP 2021 Event #19 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Top 10 Chipcounts: Jose Paz - 341,000 Jason Gola - 292,500 Adam Friedman - 291,000 Anthony Zinno - 282,500 Thomas Butler - 195,500 Jack McClelland - 178,500 Matt Grapenthien - 168,500 James Chen - 152,000 Paul Mangine - 150,000 Julien Martini - 132,000 Don’t ever tell the poker world that WSOP bracelets don’t matter. As Ryan Laplante exemplified, players who haven’t won one before can feel the importance of such an achievement when it happens, just like multiple winners can. https://twitter.com/Protentialmn/status/1446501850119692288