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  1. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. Jason Mercier BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 5 72 $5,045,968 23 Jason Mercier arrived at the 2008 World Series of Poker with next to no fanfare or recognition. He cashed just
  2. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Sem
  3. [caption width="640"] The European Poker Tour has launched the careers of some of the biggest and brightest stars in the game today (PokerStars photos)[/caption] Many of the world's best poker players are packed into a hotel in Prague right now, and the excitement in the air is irrefutable. You might say this is always the case when a big live tournament is about to take place, but this buzz is unique: EPT13 Prague is the last ever European Poker Tour festival, and will crown the final EPT champion before the series is re-branded. From January, the events will now be known as PokerSt
  4. Boasting over 13 million views and nearly 200,000 follows to his Run It UP poker stream on Twitch, Jason Sommerville is by far the most popular poker broadcaster on the site. While his average shows attract several thousand fans apiece, that number can skyrocket when the Team PokerStars Pro finds himself at a final table, playing for thousands of dollars. With that in mind, Sommerville is hosting a special World Championship of Online Poker broadcast, during which 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier will stream his play live in the $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event on Sunday
  5. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier continues to lead the WSOP Player of the Year race (WSOP photo)[/caption] It’s no secret that the WSOP Player of the Year rankings are slightly weighted towards bigger buy-in events and through the holiday weekend, those bigger buy-in events are starting at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship began Saturday and the $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha begins on Wednesday. The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop begins at the end of that week and if anyone is going to catch Jason Mercier at the top of those POY rankings, tho
  6. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier has turned the ,000 Championship events at the WSOP into his own personal playground.[/caption] By finishing first, second and first in three consecutive $10,000 buy-in Championship events at the 2016 World Series of Poker events, Jason Mercier etched himself into the poker history books, but a deeper dive into the numbers shows just how special Mercier’s current run really is. These big buy-in, small field events usually feature some of the less popular poker variants like Razz, No Limit Deuce to Seven and Eight Game Mix and tend to bring out only the bes
  7. On Tuesday, Jason Mercier found himself at yet another final table of a $10,000 buy-in event, but this time he wasn't able to seal deal and had to settle for an eighth place finish in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Three players, including Benny Glaser, had to bag up at the end of another ten levels and will return on Wednesday to finish. While that event didn't quite reach a conclusion, two more did, including the Super Seniors event and another $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Event #29: Alexander Ziskin Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em [CAPTION=100%]Alexander Ziskin managed to o
  8. Don’t look but Jason Mercier is heading to his fourth consecutive Day 3 of a $10,000 Championship event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The current WSOP Player of the Year front runner is among the final 16 players in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. He’s going to have to overcome a group of talented players, including chip leader Matt Glantz, if he plans to win his third bracelet of the summer on Tuesday. While Mercier was chasing WSOP history, Monday’s action also featured two players winning the first bracelets of their careers, including one player who overcame a record field
  9. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier has one WSOP bracelet this year, but narrowly missed out on a second on Wednesday night.[/caption] For the last 72 hours the attention of the poker world has been squarely on Jason Mercier thanks to his first bracelet win of the summer and the six and seven-figure bracelet bets he made before the 2016 World Series of Poker began. On Monday night, Mercier won the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event for his fourth career bracelet and in the process won more money from his side action than he did for winning the actual tournament. Mercier has mul
  10. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier now has four WSOP bracelets and a decent score from side bets . (WSOP photo)[/caption] Monday night was a good night to be Jason Mercier. Not only did Mercier win his fourth career World Series of Poker bracelet and over $270,000, but he also cleaned up on the first of many bracelet prop bets he has this summer. Mercier beat Mike Watson to win the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Meanwhile, the Millionaire Maker inched closer to a final table as did two other events. And don’t look now, but after a rough start to the 2016 WSOP, Phil Hellm
  11. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier is two days away from winning backt-to-back SCOOP Player of the Series titles.[/caption] No player has had more success in the history of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker than Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson and Friday afternoon he added yet another title to his resume. Anderson beat out 239 other players to win the $27 Eight Game event for the seventh SCOOP win of his career - the most of any player. And while Anderson holds the record for most SCOOP wins, Jason Mercier is doing everything in his power to break records of his own. Mercie
  12. [caption width="640"] Sean Yu closed out the WSOP Global Casino Championship in dominating fashion and beat a field of 124 to win the 6,941 first place prize. (WSOP photo)[/caption] Sean Yu started his journey to the World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship last September by winning the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Planet Hollywood along with $170,000. The ring Yu won was his second and Thursday, he took down his first career WSOP bracelet along with $296,941 for winning the $1,000,000 guaranteed GCC in Cherokee, North Carolina. The most-accomplished players at the official six-h
  13. Almost one year to the day since his last recorded live tournament cash, Jason Mercier topped a field of 41 entries in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 Super High Roller to win $715,860. Mercier defeated Franklin Fok in heads-up play, with Fok taking home a second-place prize o $457,355. On the final hand, Mercier held the [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] against Fok’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"]. The money went in preflop with Mercier shoving all in after Fok limped the button. Fok called but couldn’t hit on the [poker card="Td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"][poker ca
  14. The third week of the 2017 World Series of Poker begins Monday and with the Electric Daisy Carnival set to take over Las Vegas, the schedule turns its attention to the Seniors set. There are 14 events kicking off this week, starting with another one of the WSOP "gimmick" events. It's A Marathon, Not a Sprint, Literally. In each of the last two years the WSOP has included one $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event that varied greatly from the rest of the schedule. In 2015 the event, then dubbed the Extended Play No Limit Hold'em, featured 90-minute levels instead of the standard 60. Last
  15. Some of the biggest names in poker are headed to Aria Hotel & Resort in a few weeks for the third annual Super High Roller Bowl. Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel and Dan Smith are just some of the 56 players in the field this year, and now 888poker wants to put you front and center for all of the action. Between now and May 15, poker fans from anywhere in the world can enter to win the Super High Roller Bowl VIP Backstage Pass, which includes travel for two, accommodation and the chance to meet some of the players at a VIP dinner. The package is valued at $5,000.
  16. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb grabbed his second WSOP bracelet on Thursday in the ,500 Seven Card Stud event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Just two bracelets were awarded on Thursday at the 2016 World Series of Poker and for both winners it was there second time winning one. Shaun Deeb beat a stacked final table to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event just one year after winning his first bracelet. Kristen Bicknell, the 2013 Ladies Champion, won her second career bracelet by coming out on top of the $1,500 Bounty event. While Deeb and Bicknell were winning their second career bracelets, Jas
  17. [CAPTION=100%]The fourth week of the 2016 WSOP schedule keeps recreational players in mind.[/CAPTION] Week 3 of the 2016 World Series of Poker turned into the World Series of Jason Mercier, and the Week 4 schedule offers a few opportunities for that to continue while there's also a bit of a focus on smaller buy-in, bigger field events with two of the WSOP's famous "gimmick" events running between now and Saturday. Summer Solstice In 2015 the WSOP debuted a new event with 90-minute levels called "Extended Play". The $1,500 buy-in event attracted 1,914 with Adrian Apmann. For
  18. [caption width="640"] Paul Volpe was all business after winning second bracelet.[/caption]Paul Volpe won his second WSOP bracelet on Sunday at the Rio at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The Millionaire Maker field finally combined for the first time while two vastly different events kicked off. Paul ‘paulgees’ Volpe Wins Second Bracelet in Eight Game Mix Paul Volpe won his second WSOP gold bracelet and is the first former PocketFives Number 1 ranked player to win in 2016. Volpe won $149,943 after defeating Jason Stockfish heads-up. Volpe’s win is his second final table of Series afte
  19. [caption width="630"] Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk won six figures and a SCOOP title on Saturday. (WPT photo)[/caption] Saturday afternoon Doug ‘WCG|Rider’ Polk captured his first career Spring Championship of Online Poker title by beating one of the tougher No Limit Hold’em fields the festival has to offer. Polk beat out 150 other players to win Event 43, a $2,100 NLHE event for $115,000. And he did it all live on Twitch. Polk streamed the final table live on Twitch right through until the final hand. Polk also made the final eight of the $21,000 buy-in Heads Up High Roller event which plays
  20. [caption width="640"] Chris Ferguson earned WSOP Player of the Year honors, benefiting from the controversial scoring system. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The system was doomed before the 2017 World Series of Pokeropened up in May and six months later, with the conclusion of WSOP Europe, the WSOP Player of the Year race wrapped up. Say what you will about him, but there is no denying the year Chris Ferguson put together to earn top honors. Ferguson racked up 23 total cashes, three final tables (two in $10,000 events) and capped off his run by earning his sixth bracelet. When the WSOP depa
  21. [caption width="540"] Fabian Quoss won the Aussie Millions 0K Challenge[/caption] After a four day break in action, the stacked final table of the 2016 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge final table resumed play on Friday night with Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene leading over Jason Mercier, Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz, Fabian Quoss, Connor Drinan and Sam Greenwood. It took just five hours to play down to a winner with Quoss outlasting Tollerene heads-up to win A$1,446,480 ($1,024,000 US). Holz, who won Super High Roller events in December and January, wasn’t able to overcome the short stack he started th
  22. The 2019 World Series of Poker is almost here. It's the 50th annual WSOP and there's a lot of anticipation of what's to come this summer. One player who always looks forward to the summer is Phil Hellmuth. He's the poker player with the most WSOP gold bracelets (15) and most WSOP cashes (134), plus it's 30 years since he won the 1989 WSOP Main Event. "I love it!" Hellmuth told PocketFives when asked how it feels to have the WSOP right around the corner once again. "It's 30 years since my win in the WSOP Main Event." In 1989, a 24-year-old Hellmuth shocked the gambling world when he defea
  23. [caption width="640"] It's hard to look back at the 2016 WSOP as anything but the Summer of Jason Mercier[/caption] The 2016 World Series of Poker is a wrap. Okay, yes there’s still the matter of playing down the final table of the Main Event beginning in October, but 68 of the 69 bracelets have been awarded, the Amazon Room is devoid of any poker tables and poker players have scattered around the world to rebuild their bankrolls just in time to do it all over again next summer. But this past WSOP was packed with storylines and themes including heroes, villains and of course, money – lo
  24. The final day of the 2016 World Series of Poker before the Main Event kicks off buzzed with the arrival of the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop and the final table of the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. The Ladies Championship also got underway and three bracelets were awarded for two events while a power couple got a little stronger. Jens Kyllonen, Tommy Le, Dan Smith Return for $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Day 4 The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event returned 20 of the world’s top players for Day 3 on Friday, but fell short of crowning a champion with three players remainin
  25. [caption width="640"] Mitchell Towner had only planned to play one WSOP event this summer - and he won it (WSOP photo)[/caption] Many recreational players anxiously await the WSOP schedule every year so that they can pick the one event they're going to play. Mitchell Towner was one of those players and when he saw the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule he realized the $1,500 Monster Stack would be happening pretty close to a Las Vegas conference he already had plans to attend. So he played it. And on Tuesday night he did what ever recreational player dreams of and one his first WSOP bracel
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