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  1. A handful of WPT Online events wrapped up over the weekend on partypoker, although it was a quieter weekend for the series. The biggest winner was Benjamin Voreland, and we also saw notables Niklas Astedt and Pablo Brito Silva grab titles. For Astedt, it was his second title of the WPT Online series. In Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max], Astedt topped the 320-entry field to win $5,282.98 plus $6,219.54 in bounties. That's a total score of $11,502.52. Astedt beat Javier Zarco in heads-up play, with Zarco taking home $5,276.32 plus $3,032.03 in bounties. Astedt, one of the most successful online tournament players in history, previously won Event #15: $1,050 Weekender as part of this World Poker Tour Online festival. In that event, he took home a winning score of $174,751.50. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In the bigger buy-in version of Event #49, the $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] tournament, Voreland won $71,441.30 for finishing in first place. That score came from $23,691.30 in prize money plus $47,750 in bounties. There was 104 players in the field. Also reaching the final table were a couple of players to have enjoyed some success recently, Connor Drinan and Jason Mercier. Drinan just recently won his fifth title of this year's PokerStars SCOOP series and Mercier was the winner of the WPT Online $10,300 PLO High Roller a couple of days ago for almost $280,000. Event #50's two tournaments actually wrapped up on Saturday, with Alastair Smith winning Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo for $6,817.09 and Silva winning Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo for $21,170.64. Smith topped a field of 802 entries, whereas Silva bat out a field of 170 entries. In Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty, it was Sam Mather becoming victorious for $6,291.69 plus $5,002.02 in bounties. He topped a big field of 1,906 entries to take this title. Maximillian Diender picked up $14,478.07 plus $18,921.91 in bounties for winning Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty. Diender finished in first place from a field of 378 entries. At the final table, Diender beat Sarah Targul in heads-up play, while Benjamin Rolle and Simon Mattsson placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Event #49 Mini: $215 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 320 Prize pool: $64,000 Niklas Astedt - $5,282.98 + $6,219.54 in bounties Javier Zarco - $5,276.32 + $3,032.03 in bounties Tomas Geleziunas - $3,808.18 + $1,545.31 in bounties Danil Karavaev - $2,769.58 + $1,656.25 in bounties Andres Ojeda - $1,904.09 + $1,034.37 in bounties Li Zhang - $1,384.79 + $1,131.25 in bounties Event #49: $2,100 PLO Knockout [6-Max] Entries: 104 Prize pool: $208,000 Benjamin Voreland - $23,691.30 + $47,750 in bounties Niki Juhani Numisto - $23,670.46 + $4,750 in bounties Sam Higgs - $14,572.83 + $4,500 in bounties Joni Jouhkimainen - $10,626.02 + $500 in bounties Connor Drinan - $7,590.01 + $5,125 in bounties Jason Mercier - $5,161.21 + $2,625 in bounties Event #50 Mini: $55 6-Max Turbo Entries: 802 Prize pool: $40,100 Alastair Smith - $6,817.09 Joel Holmberg - $5,022.20 David Greene - $3,809.50 Breno Andrade - $2,606.50 Garry Stevens Smith - $1,804.50 Ilya Yakunin - $1,203 Event #50: $530 6-Max Turbo Entries: 170 Prize pool: $85,000 Pablo Brito Silva - $21,170.64 Martin Gaudreault Remillard - $13,600 Fabio Sperling - $9,562.50 Ankush Mandavia - $6,927.50 Arnaud Enselme - $5,100 Linus Thor - $3,400 Event #51 Mini: $55 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 1,906 Prize pool: $95,300 Sam Mather - $6,291.69 + $5,002.02 in bounties Jacobus Visser - $6,281.15 + $1,732.65 in bounties Vyacheslav Nikulin - $4,086.89 + $1,038.59 in bounties Govand Amin - $2,721.08 + $227.74 in bounties Vaidas Smigelskas - $1,924.79 + $955.68 in bounties Steve Trepanier - $1,339.44 + $1,485.67 in bounties Jordan Greenlees - $922.84 + $509.90 in bounties Afonso Palma Ferro - $601.16 + $517.56 in bounties Event #51: $530 8-Max Turbo Bounty Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Maximillian Diender - $14,478.07 + $18,921.91 in bounties Sarah Targul - $14,459.14 + $8,941.41 in bounties Joris Ruys - $10,24.66 + $3,511.72 in bounties Jelle Moene - $7,182.62 + $1,062.50 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $5,115.68 + $1,335.94 Christopher Johnson - $3,792.83 + $1,273.44 in bounties Benjamin Rolle - $2,635.35 + $1,187.50 in bounties Simon Mattsson - $1,922.25 + $1,062.50 in bounties
  2. There was a time in the not-too-distant past where Jason Mercier would put on a Springtime show on the online poker felt. Mercier is one of just 10 players to have won five PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and was the 2015 SCOOP Player of the Year. On Friday night, the 33-year-old won his first World Poker Tour Online title after shipping Event #46 ($10,300 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller) for more than a quarter-million dollars. Mercier defeated Linus Loeliger heads-up to put a bow on topping the 101-player field to win $279,265. Loeliger ended up earning $176,750 while third-place finisher Viktor Blom walked away with $121,200. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski just missed out on a podium finish earning $86,860 for fourth place. Mercier's win was one of five WPT Online titles awarded on Friday. Frank Lillis took down Event #47 ($1,575 Six Max Bounty Hunter) for $35,456.23 and another $39,931.67 worth of bounties. Patrik Sundvik came in second place for $35,415.72 and $13,798.82. Pavel Plesuv, who won a SCOOP title earlier in the week, narrowly missed out on a second title, finishing in third place for $25,193.32 and another $13,863.28 from collected bounties Team partypoker Pro Kristen Bicknell finished fourth for $18,403.80 and an additional $1,968.75 in bounties. Alex Everitt topped the 1,367-entry field in Event #47 Mini ($162 Six Max Bounty Hunter) to win $12,071 and another $9,311.61 in bounties. United Kingdom-based Andres Gonzalez De Agustin earned $8,478.16 from the prize pool and another $12,164.09 in bounties after outlasting 184 other runners in Event #48 ($530 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE). Players player from the U.K. took up the top four spots. Runner-up Josh Anthony Mitchell Hall earned $8,468.80 and $2,234.36 from bounties, third-place finisher Jareth East won $5,957.88 and $2,664.06 in bounties, while Ian Hamilton banked $4,316.15 from the prize pool and $1,640.62 in bounties for finishing fourth. Fausto Tantillo won Event #48 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE) to win $3,099.06 and another $2,127.84 in bounties. The fifth WPT DeepStacks flight also ran on Friday with 196 players paying the $1,050 buy-in. Erick Delgado Fernandez finished with the biggest stack (519,490) to lead the 27 players who advanced to Day 2. Event #40 Mini: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks Flight 1E Entries: 719 Prize pool: $71,900 George Mavrikkou - 749,664 Jens Lakemeier - 648,379 Oleg Netaliev - 648,331 Gregory Mc Auley - 544,796 Francis Talbot - 482,348 Shankar Pillai - 472,493 Brad Simpson - 439,316 Andy Goosen - 434,954 Fabrizio Gonzalez - 417,738 Amichai Barer - 396,719 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks Flight 1E Entries: 196 Prize pool: $196,000 Erick Delgado Fernandez - 519,490 Carmine Claps - 474,602 Daniel Christofer Erlandsson - 440,188 Jarkko Nystrom - 437,222 James Rann - 396,862 Ilya Anatski - 355,113 Dimitar Danchev - 332,046 Andres Gonzalez De Agustin - 280,765 Shankar Pillai - 230,337 Jans Arends - 208,880 Event #46: $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Entries: 101 Prize pool: $1,010,000 Jason Mercier - $279,265 Linus Alarik Loeliger - $176,750 Viktor Blom - $121,200 Yuri Dzivielevski - $86,860 Andras Torberg - $63,125 John O'Shea - $41,915 Event #47 Mini: $162 Six Max Bounty Hunter Entries: 1,367 Prize pool: $205,050 Alex Everitt - $12,071 + $9,311.61 Elvis Arzic - $12,049.62 + $3,785.51 Pedro Perez Gomez - $9,385.02 + $3,193.11 Maximilian Lehmanski - $6,784.35 + $918.75 Mathias Siljander - $4,522.90 + $2,315.09 Steven Gray - $2,826.81 + $1,066.42 Event #47: $1,575 Six Max Bounty Hunter Entries: 269 Prize pool: $403,500 Frank Lillis - $35,456.23 + $39,931.67 Patrik Sundvik - $35,415.72 + $13,798.82 Pavel Plesuv - $25,193.32 + $13,863.28 Kristen Bicknell - $18,403.80 + $1,968.75 Alexandre Reard - $13,717.12 + $7,195.31 David Tovar Lasierra - $9,144.75 + $8,414.06 Event #48 Mini: $55 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE Entries: 906 Prize pool: $45,300 Fausto Tantillo - $3,099.06 + $2,127.84 Niklas Ehrenholz - $3,094.12 + $1,344.99 Daniel Bowden - $2,304.11 + $767.42 Ryan Yearsley - $1,610.12 + $535.57 Pascal Gregoire - $1,066.81 + $323.44 David Patz - $729.33 + $192.58 Event #48: $530 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE Entries: 185 Prize pool: $92,500 Andres Gonzalez De Agustin - $8,478.16 + $12,164.09 Josh Anthony Mitchell Hall - $8,468.80 + $2,234.36 Jareth East - $5,957.88 + $2,664.06 Ian Hamilton - $4,316.15 + $1,640.62 Fabiano Kovalski - $3,177.53 + $843.75 Luke Martinelli - $2,118.35 + $2,093.75
  3. The day after the conclusion of their Championship Event, the World Poker Tour Online series rolled on and awarded two more trophies while looking forward to the next major event on the series - the WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event. The first of the two winners on the day was Phillipp Hofbauer who rose above the 290-entry field in Event #44 ($1,050 8-Max) to claim the $59,700 first-place prize. The two-day event was one of the few on the WPT schedule to offer an overlay as players enjoyed an extra $10,000 added to cover the $300K guarantee. Finishing right behind Hofbauer was Enrico Camosci who took home $43,200 as the runner-up. Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Hossein Ensan grabbed the bronze and added $30,300 to his substantial bankroll. In the smaller Event #44 ($109 Mini 8-Max) it was the UK’s Lee Jack who outlasted the event’s 1,067 runners to take home the title and $18,352.40 for first. Brazil’s Gustavo Mastelotto wrapped up as the runner-up and earned $13,145.44 for his efforts. Mats Bruland fell in third place, winning $8,696.05. As those two events were wrapping up, the star-studded Event #46 ($10,300 PLO High Roller) got underway. The two-day event was packed with some of the biggest names in the game and the final table, which concludes on Friday, reflects that. Linus Loeliger ended the night with the chip lead, followed by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. Jason Mercier emerged in third place, followed by another online legend, Viktor Blom, in fourth place. The winner will walk away with over $279,000 for first-place. With the Championship Event in the books, players are now taking aim at the WPT DeepStacks Main Event and its $3,000,000 guarantee. There are daily starting flights running right up until the start of Day 2 which takes place on Tuesday, May 26. On Thursday, 299 players took a shot at building a stack with some notable names cruising into Day 2. At the end of the day it was Aram Zobian that finished with the biggest stack followed closely by Russia’s Sergei Denisov and Sean Roberts. Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot and Ryan Chamus also punched their tickets to Day 2 with more than 500,000 in chips. Also of note, partypoker ambassadors Partick Leonard and Kristen Bicknell were joined by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Christopher Oliver in surviving the day. Event #44: $1,050 8-Max 290 entries $300,000 prize pool ($10,000 overlay) Phillipp Hofbauer - $59,700 Enrico Camosci - $43,200 Hossein Ensan - $30,300 Sebastian Lewin - $22,050 Roger Tondeur - $15,600 Brock Wilson - $11,700 Βασιλειος Ζιακουλης - $8,250 Laszlo Molnar - $6,000 Event #44: $109 Mini 8-Max 1067 entries $106,700 prize pool Lee Jack - $18,352.40 Gustavo Mastelotto - $13,145.44 Mats Bruland - $8,696.05 Murilo Branco Ruiz - $5,825.82 Athanasios Xenodochidis - $4,129.29 Henrique Zanetti Souza - $2,923.58 Nino Vermeulen - $2,048.64 Eljano Hysaj - $1,387.10 Event #46: $10,300 PLO High Roller 101 entries 1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Linus Loeliger - 734,464 Yuri Dzivielevski - 656,952 Jason Mercier - 519,931 Viktor Blom - 515,642 Andreas Torbergsen - 321,520 Andres Djeda - 163,414 John O’Shea - 93,249 Mark Davis - 24,828 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 600,174 Sergei Denisov - 585,830 Sean Reuven Roberts - 568,452 Thomas Osterreicher - 538,832 Parker Talbot - 531,374 Rayan Chamas - 515,486 Jeremy Menard - 431,579 Rui Miguel Nougueira - 364,244 Gustavo Mastelotto - 358,563 Patrick Leonard - 349,208 Event #40: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks $1M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Benton - 821,075 Mihail Trubkin - 610,840 Luigi Knoppers - 547,979 Guillaume Diaz - 543,303 Steven van Zadelhoff - 541,864 Bela Toth - 509,096 Michael Tureniec - 473,484 Pedro Dib - 463,860 Carson Barton - 450,330 Luis Faria - 433,521
  4. Chino Rheem is about as polarizing of a figure as you’ll find in today’s world of poker, but for all of the issues he’s had over the years, there’s no denying his ability to perform on the game’s largest stages. Rheem has won three World Poker Tour titles, final tabled the WSOP Main Event, and amassed more than $10.5 million in live tournament earnings. Coming off a first-place score for more than $1.5 million in the 2019 PCA Main Event, Rheem recently became the 41st poker player in history to win more than $10 million from live poker tournaments. Here’s a look at the five biggest scores of Rheem’s poker career. 7th in 2008 WSOP Main Event ($1,772,650) Rheem had been around the poker world for a handful of years before the 2008 World Series of Poker, and he even had a second-place finish in a gold bracelet event in 2006 that earned him $327,981. He truly made waves in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, though, when he aggressively splashed his way through the 6,844-player field to reach the final table in what was the first-ever WSOP November Nine. Rheem entered the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table in sixth position on the leaderboard. His run ultimately ended in seventh place after he got the last of his money in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"] against Peter Eastgate’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"]. A queen hit the flop, and that was all she wrote for Rheem, who was sent to the rail with a $1.772 million prize. 1st in 2019 PCA Main Event ($1,567,100) The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event attracted 865 entries. With six players left, Rheem entered the final day with the chip lead. He busted all five of his opponents to win the 2019 PCA Main Event and capture its $1.567 million first-place prize. This result proved to be, at the time, the second largest of Rheem's career, just behind his WSOP Main Event seventh-place finish. It also moved him to more than $10.5 million in live tournament earnings and he became the 74th player to eclipse the $10 million earnings mark, per HendonMob. 1st in WPT Five Diamond ($1,538,730) Rheem was one of 497 entries in the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic event at Bellagio in 2008. The event was part of Season VII of the WPT and featured a buy-in of $15,400. The prize pool was $7.231 million, of which Rheem got the most of when he scored the $1.538 million top prize. It was the first of Rheem’s three World Poker Tour titles and came just a month after he finished seventh in the World Series of Poker Main Event. At this final table, Rheem had stiff competition in the form of Justin Young, Evan McNiff, Steve Sung, Amnon Filippi, and Hoyt Corkins. 1st in WPT World Championship ($1,150,297) To conclude Season XI of the World Poker Tour, Rheem won the $25,500 buy-in WPT World Championship. The event was held at Bellagio in Las Vegas in 2013 and attracted 146 entries to create a $3.54 million prize pool. In the end, it was Rheem against Erick Lindgren for the title, with Rheem coming out on top to win a $1.15 million payday and his second WPT title. 1st in Epic Poker League Event #1 ($1,000,000) Currently standing as the fifth largest score of Rheem’s poker career is a victory in the now defunct Epic Poker League. Rheem won the EPL’s first title, defeating a field of 137 entries in the $20,000 buy-in tournament to score the $1 million top prize. At the final table, Rheem out-battled runner-up Erik Seidel and third-place finisher Jason Mercier en route to the title and million dollar payday.
  5. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In May, the poker world was surprised when it was announced that Daniel Negreanu, the face of PokerStars, was no longer going to be an ambassador for the online site. Daniel Negreanu And PokerStars Part Ways One of the most stable relationships in the poker world ended in May as Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars announced that they would be going their separate ways. Right before the World Series of Poker and only days after his high-profile wedding to Amanda Leatherman, Negreanu took to Twitter and posted a short video that announced that he would no longer be patched up for the online poker giant. Negreanu began representing the PokerStars brand in 2007 and quickly became the face of the company, including taking on plenty of criticism during PokerStars' controversial termination of the SuperNova Elite program in late 2015. “Daniel has been one of the most influential faces of poker and indeed PokerStars for 12 years,” said Stars Group Public Relations associate director Rebecca McAdam. “It has been wonderful to have his passion, support, and insights throughout our relationship. We wish Daniel the very best for the future, as well as wedded bliss and tons of run good this summer.” Six months after the end of his deal with PokerStars, Negreanu announced he would now be representing upcoming online poker site GGPoker in a deal that is believed to be worth even more than his contract with PokerStars. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] PocketFives Counts Down Top 50 Ahead of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker, the PocketFives editorial staff released their list of the 50 Greatest Players in World Series of Poker History. From old-school legends to internet grinders, the list is a snapshot of not just the history of the WSOP, but also of poker itself. Take a look back at our top 10 list of the players who made their name on the World Series of Poker stage. 10. Jason Mercier 9. Michael Mizrachi 8. Chris Ferguson 7. Erik Seidel 6. Daniel Negreanu 5. Johnny Chan 4. Phil Ivey 3. Stu Ungar 2. Doyle Brunson 1. Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth Is Not Satisfied, Never Will Be With the 2019 World Series of Poker right around the corner, 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth spoke with PocketFives about what it means for him to hold all the records and what the 1989 Main Event winner was hoping would happen at the series, 30 years after his career-defining victory. “It’s in my nature, it’s in my DNA,” Hellmuth said of his drive to be the best. “I'm super competitive, and I’m competing against the best players in the world, in this era, and past and future eras, for greatest poker player of all time.” partypoker Invades Sin City Summer in Las Vegas belongs to the World Series of Poker. But in 2019, partypoker decided to get in on the action and announced that their partypoker MILLIONS series would be headed to the ARIA Hotel & Casino, marking the first time they’ve held a tournament in America. “We’re looking forward to MILLIONS making its debut this summer at the record,” said ARIA Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack. “Our team is excited to add an event of this magnitude to our extensive summer schedule.” The partypoker MILLIONS had a $10,300 buy-in and a $5 million guarantee. The tournament ended up crushing the guarantee with Thomas Marchese taking home the $1,000,000 first-place prize of the over $5.36 million prize pool. Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen Wins May PLB Live or online, when it comes to poker Alex ‘SploogeLuge’ Foxen has proved he can do it all. In May, he took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the first time. The former GPI #1-ranked player spent plenty of time in Canada this year, grinding some of the biggest online poker tournaments which helped him reach a career-high ranking of #4 in the world and soar past $5 million in lifetime online earnings.
  6. [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. Mercier, who was SCOOP Player of the Series in 2015, won the $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for his fifth career title. The win moved Mercier to the top of the SCOOP leaderboard with just two more days of play to go. Joshua ‘slayerv1fan’ Hoesel notched the first six-figure score of his career with a win in the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em event. Hoesel and ‘hurrrrican3’ made a deal heads-up that left $10,000 and the SCOOP title to play for. Hoesel faced a 2-1 chip deficit when heads up play began but chipped away at his opponents stack and ended up with $245,782.62 and the SCOOP watch while ‘hurrrrican3’ scored $262,477.38. Event 38 (H): $2,100 No Limit Holdem Entrants: 788 *(528 entries, 260 re-entries) Prize Pool: $1,576,000 Joshua 'slayerv1fan' Hoesel - $245,782.62* hurrrrican3 - $262,477.38* TanTanSWE - $157,600.00 Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan - $118,200.00 Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey - $82,740.00 Elio 'smokrokflock' Fox - $66,890.00 Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg - $51,220.00 nadalon - $35,460.00 Caipsa - $22,221.60 Event 40 (H): $2,100 Eight Game Entrants: 125 Prize Pool: $250,000 kuhns89 - $65,000 Sergey 'Gipsy74' Rybachenko - $43,750 Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk - $32,500 RunGodLike - $21,250 Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice - $16,250 7Be/eC7 - $11,250 Event 40 (M): $215 Eight Game Entrants: 487 Total prize pool: $97,400 calvin7v - $18,506.00 cold_smile - $13,636.00 sprocketsAA - $9,983.50 sleepy_seven - $6,818.00 merla888 - $4,870.00 marwan24 - $3,116.80 Event 40 (L): $27 Eight Game Entrants: 1,912 Prize pool: $46,939.60 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson - $7,511.62 gunnersfun - $5,632.75 sharikov_90 (Russia) $4,224.56 Gozillaah (Finland) $2,816.37 Dr Ganesha (Latvia) $1,877.58 James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (Australia) $1,051.44 Event 41 (H): $1,050 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super KO 
Entrants:*1,559 Total prize pool:*$1,559,000 SP3WMONKEY - $130,215.58 + $31,228.96 in bounties mican_ludi - $95,099 + $48,602.46 in bounties Divved - $71,714 + $6,554.68 in bounties OMGACEACEACE - $53,006 + $6,234.37 in bounties MkMyWishFish - $38,195.50 + $17,810.52 in bounties gusmaa - $30,400.50 + $16,738.25 in bounties Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy - $22,605.50 + $8,097,65 in bounties Olorionek - $14,810.50 + $6,921.86 in bounties benatias - $8,106.80 + $6,035.15 in bounties Event 41 (M): $109 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 5,824 Total prize pool: $582,400 Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $45,554.81 + $7,724.22 bounties cmu92 - $33,924.80 + $7,243.97 bounties xXOLIVATOXx - $24,024.00 + $7,148,74 bounties OrFrAiRe - $16,452.80+ $1,836,88 bounties 1337wannabe - $12,376.00 + $2,636.33 bounties manuverd0n - $9,464.00 + $4,004.95 bounties PokerProffs9 - $6,552.00 + $1,678.10 bounties bica999 - $3,640.00 + $1,914.90 bounties IsoHoo123 - $2,329.60 + $1,308.47 bounties Event 41 (L): $11 Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 18,195 Total prize pool: $181,950 chris13pao - $9,826.58 + $2,022.47 in bounties Bazuka1958 - $7,732.87 + $1,144.81 in bounties porsky12 - $5,913.37 + $897.12 in bounties 0__LATEX__0 - $4,093.87 + $163.33 in bounties muydias - $3,184.12 + $376.86 in bounties VMAX - $2,274.37 + $459.56 in bounties handbik666 - $1,364.62 + $487.29 in bounties Dmitrych77 - $818.77 + $198.07 in bounties kelsa67 - $545.85 + $321.33 in bounties Event 42 (H): $2,100 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 136 Prize Pool: $272,000 bernard-bb - $70,720.00 Antonio7 - $47,600.00 raiden_kan - $35,360.00 bratpack1979 - $23,120.00 onmybicycle - $17,680.00 WATnlos - $12,240.00 Event 42 (M): $215 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 594 Prize Pool: $118,800 Jason Mercier - $22,572 Brandon-Tino - $16,632 _Azur3_7 - $12,177 f1nsf4n7 - $8,316 Valya98 - $5,940 ZeelandBoy - $3,694.68 Event 42 (L): $27 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 2,081 Prize pool: $51,088.55 Places paid: 264 d5t6y7 - $5,019.28* gangst3rn1 - $4,537.93* Nangino89 - $6,350.99* BeAcTlve - $5,550.41* GRZECHO77 - $1,915.82 Sur_OK1111 - $1,077.96 *Four-way deal Event 45 (H): $2,100 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 409 Prize Pool: $818,000 gortsos - $123,522.15 (+$10,302.34 in bounties) dynoalot - $71,315.39 (+$8,667.18 in bounties) €urop€an - $41,173.99 (+$14,334.37 in bounties) Event 45 (M): $215 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 2,032 Total prize pool: $406,400 Places paid: 251 HU4FU - $46,015.56 + $3,894.63 in bounties* sava-lenivec - $23,350.66 + $2,509.46 in bounties* elAsdespadas - $26,495.14 + $1,731.16 in bounties* *Three-way chop Event 45 (L): $27 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 8,577 Prize Pool: $210,565.35 PlatoonXe - $21,592.52 prize w/ $1,166.26 in bounties bebina9 - $12,463.05 prize w/ $579.65 in bounties pLAYERsvk - $7,195.54 prize w/ $249.47 in bounties
  7. 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 to win over half a million dollars. Event #27: Johnnie Craig Wins Record-Breaking Seniors Event [caption width="640"] Johnnie Craig is 8,204 richer after winning the Seniors Event (WSOP photo).[/caption] It took an extra day of play, but Johnnie Craig won the largest WSOP Seniors event ever, beating out Jamshid Lofti heads up to win the bracelet, the Golden Eagle trophy and $538,204. “I can’t even describe this feeling. It’s amazing,” Craig said.*“I had the feeling I was going to win, and it worked out.” Craig, who served in both Irag and Afghanistan, finished 140th in this event in 2014. "I felt really good coming into the final table.*I was fourth in chips,” Craig said.*"I lost a pretty big hand off the bat, but I was still in the middle of the pack.*From that point on, I decided I wasn’t going to make any big moves unless I had a really big hand.*I started to chip away and got the chip lead, then once I did that I began to apply pressure.” The 4,499-player field was the largest ever Seniors Event, beating out the 2014 event by 74 players. Final Table Payouts Johnnie Craig - $538,204 Jamshid Lotfi - $332,413 Roger Sippl - $245,389 Joseph Somerville - $182,536 Wesley Chong - $136,829 Paul Runge - $103,366 Eugene Solomon - $78,699 Mike Lisanti $60,392 Alan Cutler - $46,713 Event #29: Two Players Remain in $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monday was supposed to be the final day of play in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, but Jens Grieme and Alexander Ziskin played 215 hands of heads-up poker before having to bag up for the night. Grieme, who had Ziskin down to one big blind at one point, finished with 7,790,000 chips and a slight lead. Ziskin finished with 5,690,000. Among the 29 players who busted on Monday were Justin Young (18th - $15,490), Matt Stout (14th - $19,457) and WSOP bracelet winner and MasterChef contestant David Williams (12th - $24,718). Grieme and Ziskin resume their heads-up battle at Noon PT. Heads Up Chip Counts Jens Grieme - 7,790,000 Alexander Ziskin - 5,690,000 Event #30: Viatcheslav Ortynskiy Wins $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Bracelet [caption width="640"] Viatcheslav Ortynskiy won his first career WSOP bracelet on Monday (WSOP photo).[/caption] Prior to Monday Viatcheslav Ortynskiy had made three WSOP final tables in his career, never finishing better than third. On Monday however, he chased those demons away, beating out Rafael Lebron heads-up to win the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event and the first bracelet of his career. Lebron had to settle for $212,779. Finishing third was Randy Ohel for $141,187. The mixed game specialist now has four cashes at the 2016 WSOP and all are top ten finishes. Final Table Payouts Viatcheslav Ortynskiy - $344,327 Rafael Lebron - $212,779 Randy Ohel - $141,187 Matthew Humphrey - $95,623 George Wolff - $66,134 Joshua Gibson - $46,727 Event #31: Fred Berger Leads Final 14 of Super Seniors Just over 14 years ago Fred Berger beat Chris Ferguson to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career. He’s had a few close calls since, including four final tables, but on Monday he put himself in position to finally grab the second bracelet of his career after bagging up the Day 2 chip lead in the Super Seniors event with just 14 players remaining. Just two days ago Berger finished 45th in the Seniors Event. Right behind Berger is Eugene Spinner. He finished 114th in this event in 2015. The shortest remaining stack belongs to Maureen Feduniak, who has just 112,000 (7 BBs) to work with. Defending Champion Jon Andlovec started Day 2 with the chip lead but eventually busted out in 20th place, earning $6,955. The remaining players return at 11 AM PT. Top Ten Chip Counts Fred Berger1,751,000 Eugene Spinner - 1,175,000 Charles Barker - 806,000 Arthur Loring - 518,000 Charles Rinn - 496,000 James Moore - 477,000 James Parrott - 449,000 James Ciotti - 408,000 Steven Krupnick - 351,000 David Forsberg - 287,000 Event #32: Matt Glantz Leads $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo, Jason Mercier Still in the Hunt Matt Glantz was the only player to finish Day 2 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event with a seven-figure but, as has been the case for last 10 days, the story really is more about Jason Mercier. Mercier finished Day 2 with 444,000 - slightly below the 509,000 average - with just 16 players remaining. This marks the fourth consecutive $10,000 buy-in event that Mercier has cashed in. For his part, Glantz finished with 1,066,000 which puts him ahead of Grzegorz Trelski (945,000), Daniel Alaei (828,800), Todd Brunson (745,000) and Eli Elezra (715,000). Mercier might have finished with a less-than-average stack, but his confidence remains high. Alaei won this event last summer for his fifth career bracelet. The final 16 players return at 2 PM PT to play down to a winner. Top Ten Chip Counts Matt Glantz - 1,066,000 Grzegorz Trelski - 945,000 Daniel Alaei - 828,800 Todd Brunson - 745,000 Eli Elezra - 715,000 Douglas Lorgeree - 650,000 Benny Glaser - 461,000 Jason Mercier - 444,000 Andrew Brown - 390,000 Robert Campbell - 372,000 Event #33: Bruno Vendramini On Top of Summer Solstice Being indoors playing poker on the longest day of the year was just fine for Bruno Vendramini. The Brazilian finished Day 1 of the $1,500 Summer Solstice event with 105,900 chips, edging out Ronald Lee for the end of day chip lead. Lee bagged up 104,825. The event, which has 90 minutes levels instead of the standard 60, drew 1,840 players, down slightly from the 1,914 that played the event in 2015. Just 445 players advanced to Day 2 including some familiar names and faces. Former November Niner Antoine Saout finished with 84,150 - the fourth biggest stack. Olivier Busquet ended up just behind him with 83,575. 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event winner Scott Davies, Ray Henson, Matt Haugen, Adrian Mateos and Jamie Kerstetter also advanced to Day 2. Top Ten Chip Counts Bruno Vendramini - 105,900 Ronald Lee - 104,825 Jason Helder - 96,025 Antoine Saout - 84,150 Olivier Busquet - 83,575 Idan Raviv - 82,150 Austin Hughes - 81,000 Dmitrii Shchepkin - 80,300 Andrew Moreno - 79,700 Shashank Jain - 79,650 Event #34: Bart Lybaert Leads $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Prior to this summer, Belgian poker pro Bart Lybaert had just four WSOP cashes. He’s already recorded seven cashes this year and may be on his way to another one after finishing with the Day 1 chip lead in the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. Lybaert finished with 113,100, putting him just ahead of Lawrence Berg’s 110,200. Just 65 of the 358 entrants advanced to Day 2 including Matt Waxman, Terrence Chan, Vanessa Selbst, Greg Raymer, Chris Klodnicki and arguably the greatest lowball player of all time, Billy Baxter. The top 54 players will get paid with the eventual champion earning $117,947. Top Ten Chip Counts Bart Lybaert - 113,100 Lawrence Berg - 110,200 Christopher Kaltenbach - 105,300 Jameson Painter - 97,500 David Snobl - 96,500 Iakov Onuchin - 82,400 Clemens Manzano - 79,700 Matt Waxman - 78,800 Gleb Kovtunov - 76,200 Patrice Biton - 74,000
  8. 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 overcome Jens Grieme's comeback to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career[/CAPTION] Alexander Ziskin managed to avoid being the answer to a WSOP trivia question Tuesday night and in the process won the first gold bracelet of his career. Ziskin beat out Jens Grieme heads-up after action resumed for an unscheduled fourth day. Ziskin and Grieme were originally scheduled to finish up on Monday night, but over 200 hands of heads-up play resolved nothing and the two players bagged up and returned Tuesday. During Monday night's heads-up play, Ziskin had Grieme down to just one big blind and his victory seemed inevitable but Grieme actually battled back from that and entered Tuesday with a chip lead of 7,790,000 - 5,690,000. It took 91 hands On Tuesday for Ziskin to turn the tide and win the bracelet, earning $401,494 in the process. Had Grieme come back from just one big blind, it would have been the first time that a player had done that heads-up. Final Table Payouts Alexander Ziskin - $401,494 Jens Grieme - $248,067 Kam Low - $179,187 Patrick Powers - $130,780 Severin Schleser - $96,452 Craig Mason - $71,891 Marino Mura - $54,160 David Juenemann - $41,244 Aaron Kweskin - $31,754 Event #31: James Moore Wins Super Seniors [CAPTION=100%]James Moore was barely old enough to enter the Super Seniors event, but he did manage to outlast the field to capture his first WSOP bracelet.[/CAPTION] James Moore topped a field of 1,476 players to win the $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors event for $230,626. The 65-year-old radiologist from New Hope, PA barely meets the 65 years or older age requirement for the event but was thrilled to have accomplished something every poker player desires. "This is an unbelievable thrill for me," Moore said. "I had absolutely no expectations. It's every poker player’s dream, and mine just came true." Moore beat our Charles Barker heads-up for the win. Barker earned $142,461. Final Table Payouts James Moore - $230,626 Charles Barker - $142,461 Steven Krupnick - $102,052 Charles Rinn - $73,943 Eugene Spinner - $54,197 Fred Berger - $40,191 Arthur Loring - $30,159 James Parrott - $22,902 Vern Soeldner - $17,604 Event #32: Glaser Leads Final Three of $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Once again all eyes were on Jason Mercier on Monday as he was at yet another final table of a $10,000 buy-in Championship event - his fourth straight. Mercier was eventually eliminated in eighth place and as the night wrapped up there were still three players remaining including another player going for his second bracelet of the summer. Benny Glaser, who won the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event just three days ago, finished up Day 3 with the chip lead over the other two remaining players, Douglas Lorgeree and Matt Glantz. Glaser ended the day with 3,225,000. The day started with 16 players still in contention for the win. Former bracelet winners Andrew Brown, Eli Elezra, Shaun Deeb and Daniel Alaei - the defending champion in this event - were all eliminated before the final table. Mercier was eliminated by Greg Trelski. The event drew 384 players leading to a $896,250 prize pool and $213,186 first place prize. Top Ten Chip Counts Yen Wu = 114,200 Denny Axel - 105,600 Gleb Kovtunov - 97,700 Josh Arieh - 96,500 Hani Awad - 93,600 Bruce Walters - 93,100 Chip Jett - 85,700 Eric Rodawig - 76,600 Jack Duong - 76,500 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 76,000
  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 multiple bets on his own success this summer including bets for one bracelet, which are head-to-head bets against other players, bets for two bracelets that pay somewhere around 18-1 and a bet with Vanessa Selbst that pays a staggering 180-1 on a $10,000 wager should Mercier win three bracelets this summer. Shortly after Mercier captured the first bracelet, Selbst took to Twitter looking to hedge her own action. This opened up the conversation where eventually Selbst expressed disappointment that Mercier didn’t allow her to buy out of the bet in the days after making it. Selbst claimed she had been drinking with Mercier the night she made the bet and the alcohol may have influenced her decision. This lead to a number of poker players and others on social media taking sides. All of this was happening while Mercier was on his way to another $10,000 buy-in event final table. “I don’t really wanna comment necessarily publicly about what happened between me and Vanessa,” Mercier said. “We have different views on prop betting I guess, and what exactly happens between friends or whatever. But I don’t really want to get into it too much more.” On Wednesday night, Mercier entered the final table of the $10,000 Razz event with the chip lead and eventually found himself heads-up for his second bracelet. After two and a half hours of heads up play however, Ray Dehkharghani emerged victorious, leaving Mercier to settle for second place. “Pretty disappointed. I mean, I don’t feel like there was too much I could have done heads up. He played very well and it just wasn’t meant to be,” said Mercier. While there may have been very little he could have done, Mercier can’t help but think of the final table as a squandered opportunity to cash in more bets and put himself in position to scoop the biggest one of them all. “That’s what I’m most disappointed about. I have a bunch of bets on winning two bracelets and the huge one for winning three. It’s almost impossible to win three when you get a second (place) because that means you’re going to have to go heads up four times,” said Mercier. “It’s just a little disappointing for the equity in the bet. I mean, obviously I won more money and I can’t be too disappointed to get heads up for a bracelet, ever.’ With 46 events remaining on the WSOP schedule, Mercier has no intentions of slowing down in his pursuit of more bracelets including late-regging the next Championship event that began as Mercier was sitting at the Razz final table. “I’m definitely going to hop in the $10K HORSE now,” said Mercier. “I feel like I’m playing very well right now, I feel like I’m running well and there’s still plenty of big tournaments to play. I looked at the schedule this morning; $10K HORSE, $10K O8, Stud, $25K PLO, $10K PLO, $5K PLO, $50K, $100K. There’s ton of huge buy-in small field events that are very good chances to win. So if I can get myself to a couple more final tables who knows what will happen.” With the controversy over his bet with Selbst taking center stage on social media, Mercier said he was still able to focus on the task at hand. “It’s hard to keep up with all the mentions on Twitter, but besides that it’s not too big of a deal. It doesn’t even really cross my mind when I’m playing. It’s more about at the end of the night or before the day starts catching up on what the hell is going on,” said Mercier. The thought of playing for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of more dollars than other players he’s playing against is something Mercier admits to having thought about but believes the opportunity to win an additional six or seven figures makes it much easier for him to focus at the table. “It is a little daunting when you’re like the difference between first and second is $100,000, but for me it’s like $500,000 or $600,000 or whatever it is,” said Mercier. “I think it helps me just be even more focused and try to take down the title.” As for the bet with Selbst and the furor it caused on Twitter, Mercier claims it’s all in the past now after Selbst sold most of her action on the bet to Mike McDonald. “It’s pretty much squashed I think,” said Mercier. “I know that she pretty much bought out or sold the bet, if I end up winning three I guess I’ll end up getting paid from somebody else."
  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 Hellmuth is suddenly in a pretty good position to go on a deep run. Event #14: Alessio Dicesare Leads Final 16 of Millionaire Maker Day 3 of the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker began with 90 players all chasing one of the two seven-figure payouts but ten levels of play whittled the field down to just 15 players. Sitting on top with 7,200,000 is Alessio Dicesare. Jason Dewitt (5,770,000) and Garrett Greer (4,875,000) are right behind Dicesare. Sofia Lovgren, who spent some time as the chip leader late in the day, finished with 3,375,000 – just below the average stack. Benny Chen, who won this event in 2013, finished 39th for $26,470. Other notables who cashed on Monday include Max Silver, Alex Jacob and Adam Levy. The final 15 players return at 11 AM to play down to a winner. Top Ten Chip Counts Alessio Dicesare - 7,200,000 Jason DeWitt - 5,770,000 Garrett Greer - 4,875,000 Stanley Lee - 4,825,000 Mikhail Semin - 4,380,000 Luke Brereton - 4,270,000 David Mowery - 3,750,000 Frank Rusnak - 3,570,000 Sofia Lovgren - 3,375,000 Arkadiy Tsinis - 3,095,000 Event #16: Jason Mercier Beats Mike Watson To Win $10K NL Deuce Jason Mercier spent the weeks leading up to the start of the WSOP booking as much action as he could on himself winning a bracelet. Monday night he came through and beat a final table that included Stephen Chidwick, Alex Luneau and eventually Mike Watson to win his fourth career bracelet and $273,335. On the final hand of the night Watson raised to 100,000 and Mercier called and each player drew a single card. Mercier checked, Watson bet 200,000 before Mercier moved all in. Watson eventually called and turned over 9-7-4-3-2 but Mercier showed 8-6-4-3-2 to win the event. Even though he walked away with a six-figure score, it wasn’t the biggest payday of the night for Mercier. “I won’t get into specifics, I guess, but I won well, well over what first was, on the side,” said Mercier. “I’ve really wanted to win this $10K No Limit Deuce, every single time I’ve played it. It’s one of my favorite tournaments of the year. And also having so much side action it ended up being one of my biggest scores of all time.” Mercier also has other prop bets on winning two and three bracelets this summer. The two bracelet bet pays somewhere around 18-1 and Mercier seems focused on making it an interesting summer. Final Table Payouts Jason Mercier - $273,335 Mike Watson - $168,936 Lamar Wilkinson - $120,025 David Grey - $86,302 Benny Glaser - $62,810 Stephen Chidwick - $46,277 Alex Luneau - $34,522 Event #17: Danny Wong Leads Final 24 in $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Just 24 players are left in the first $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the summer and Danny Wong is the only player over 1,000,000 in chips. Wong finished Day 2 with 1,058,000 and has a comfortable lead of the rest of the field. Roberto Romanello sits second with 885,000 while Charles Carragher rounds out the top three with 848,000. Just a week removed from his runner-up finish in Colossus II, Jiri Horak finished Day 2 with the fourth biggest stack, 718,000. Day 3 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled to play to a winner. Top Ten Chip Counts Danny Wong - 1,058,000 Roberto Romanello - 885,000 Charles Carragher - 848,000 Jiri Horak - 718,000 Christopher Leong - 686,000 Nikolai Sears - 657,000 Rik Vandijk - 611,000 Cameron Rezaie - 580,000 Matthew Schreiber - 563,000 Koray Aldemir - 562,000 Event #18: Relative Unknown Jared Talarico Leading $3,000 HORSE Just 23 players stand between Jared Talarico and his first career bracelet. Talarico has just a few small WSOP cashes to his credit but on Monday night he finished with the chip lead in the $3,000 HORSE event. Talarico’s 825,00 puts him well ahead of the rest of the field. Gerald Ringe and Chino Rheem finished with 626,000 and 620,000 each. Marco Johnson (399,000) and two-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (360,000) also finished in the top ten. The bubble burst when 2015 $1,500 HORSE champion Arash Ghaneian was eliminated in 61st place. Following his exit a number of well known players were eliminated with a WSOP cash to show for it. This event gets back underway at 2 PM PT and will play down to a champion – the third scheduled final table of the day. Shannon Sorr, Mike Leah, Robert Mizrachi, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Brock Parker, Bruno Fitoussi and Chris Bjorin were all players who cashed on Day 2 but did not advance to Day 3. Top Ten Chip Counts Jared Talarico - 825,000 Gerald Ringe - 626,000 Chino Rheem - 620,000 Glenn Engelbert - 548,000 Todd Ickow - 459,000 Marco Johnson - 399,000 Pascal Leyo - 362,000 Michael Gathy 360,000 Jake Schwartz - 356,000 Chris George - 328,000 Event #19: Michael Luong Leads After Day 1 of $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Only 136 players remain from the 1,106 that began the day in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event with Michael Luong leading with 197,200. While Luong flirted with the 200,000 mark, only six other players broke the 100,000 barrier. Troy Burkholder leads that group with 147,800. Some of the notables to finish with chips included Ismael Bojang (78,100), Darryl Fish (73,200), (64,800), JC Tran (61,300), Ben Yu (59,200), Mohsin Charania (43,000), Jesse Sylvia (43,400) and George Danzer (12,800). The top 166 players will earn at least $1,503 with the eventual champion walking away with the bracelet and $185,317. Top Ten Chip Counts Michael Luong - 197,200 Troy Burkholder - 147,800 Bart Dowling - 132,000 David Mzareulov - 115,000 Zaed Shamoon - 108,100 Pierre Milan - 107,200 Mark Guthridge - 106,000 Jared Bleznick - 98,800 Jeffrey Landherr - 97,400 Aleksey Filatov - 94,600 Event #20: Phil Hellmuth Doing His Best to Defend $10,000 Razz Title Last year Phil Hellmuth grabbed his 14th WSOP bracelet by winning the $10,000 Razz event. He showed up late to this year’s event but that didn’t stop him from putting on a show. Hellmuth finished Day 1 with 319,000 – 34,000 behind the chip leader, David Benyamine. The event attracted exactly 100 players with just 45 making it through the first day of action. Not surprisingly the top ten chip counts reads like a murder’s row of poker pros. Robert Mizrachi, Jesse Martin, Mike Gorodinsky, Phil Hui and Stephen Chidwick are all in the top ten, but none are prominent right now than Jason Mercier. Just hours after winning his fourth bracelet, Mercier bagged up 144,000 chips in the Razz event – good enough for seventh. Another bracelet by Mercier would obviously move his career total to five, but would also win the Team PokerStars pro a good chunk of change from prop bets. It wasn’t all good news for some of the biggest names in the game though. Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow and Billy Baxter were among the Day 1 casualties. Top Ten Chip Counts David Benyamine - 353,000 Phil Hellmuth - 319,000 Aleksandr Denisov - 223,500 Robert Mizrachi - 180,000 Jesse Martin - 155,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 145,000 Jason Mercier - 144,000 Phillip Hui - 140,000 Mark Gregorich - 140,000 Stephen Chidwick - 125,000
  11. [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 best players in the world and Mercier is certainly at or near the top of that list. The numbers prove it. Since 2008, when a 21-year-old Mercier was first able to play at the WSOP, there have been a total of 84 $10,000 “Championship” events (including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, but not counting the Main Event, which has a field size roughly 60X the size, or any High Roller event) and over that time frame Mercier has performed at a level only two or three others have been able to match. 15Number of times Mercier has cashed in the $10,000 Championship events. That puts him alone at the top for number of cashes, one ahead of Nick Schulman and three ahead of Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Matt Glantz. 2Mercier’s two wins in $10,000 Championship events this year are the first two of his career, but it ties him for the second most of all-time with Schulman, George Danzer, Brian Hastings, Michael Mizrachi and David 'Bakes' Baker. The only player with more is Daniel Alaei with four different Championship wins. 4Mercier is tied with Alaei for the most Top 2 finishes in the Championship events with four. While Alaei has never lost a heads-up battle for one of the $10,000 Championship bracelets, Mercier is actually 2-2. His two wins this summer (in No Limit Deuce to Seven and HORSE) are offset against being unable to get the better of Alexander Peterson in the 2015 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship or Ray Dehkharghani in the $10,000 Razz event earlier this summer. Four players –Schulman, Baker, Paul Volpe and Phil Hellmuth – are tied with three top two finishes. 5Mercier is also tied for third for most top-five finishes with five. He’s part of a group of five players that are just one behind Schulman and Danzer. While two of these are wins, and two more are runner-up finishes, his fifth result came in 2014 when he finished third behind Volpe and Negreanu respectively in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. $2,011,952Mercier is one of just four players to have grossed more than $2,000,000 Championship events. The only players to have won more in these events are Michael Mizrachi ($3,527,357), Alaei ($3,028,263) and Scotty Nguyen ($2,011,952) and both Mizrachi and Nguyen have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championsip at least once to boost their earnings. Mercier’s total earnings of $2,011,952 represent 44.6% of his WSOP earnings. 4Mercier’s four cashes in 2016 $10,000 Championship events puts him just one behind Ville Wahlbeck for the most in one summer. In 2009, Wahlbeck cashed five times including a win, a second, a third and a sixth place finish. Mercier is tied with six other players with four $10,000 cashes in a single summer. There are still four more Championship events on the 2016 schedule. Most WSOP Championship Cashes in a Single Year 2009 - Ville Wahlbeck (5) 2008 - Alexander Kostritsyn (4) 2014 - Nick Schulman (4) 2014 - Daniel Negreanu (4) 2014 - George Danzer (4) 2014 - Todd Brunson (4) 2015 - Paul Volpe (4) 2016 - Jason Mercier (4) 2Mercier’s two bracelets in $10,000 Championship events this year marked only the second time that a player has done that in a single year. In 2014, Danzer won the $10,000 Razz and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo events. (Note: Greg Merson won the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em and Main Event in 2012, but given the relative field sizes, the Main Event was not considered for this data).
  12. [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, those events are going to play an important role. Unfortunately for the chase pack, last year, Mercier cashed in two of those events, including a runner-up finish in the Pot Limit Omaha Championship. That means that not only will Benny Glazer, Max Silver and the rest of the top-five have to make deep runs, they’ll also have to stop Mercier, which has seemed like a nearly impossible task so far this summer. After winning two bracelets in the course of a week, Mercier has continued to crush. He now has 10 cashes in 2016, including a cash at the end of last month in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship. Glaser has gone for more quality than quantity, while also doing all his damage in mixed game events. After winning back to back Omaha Hi-Lo events, he’s added a $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO and $1,500 Seven Card Stud cashes. He sits second on the current POY standings with 1,352, well off the 2,121 pace set by Mercier. While there is a gap at the top, Silver is making a push up the leaderboard, jumping into the top-three after being outside the top-ten a week ago. That’s because Silver has seemingly saved his best for the second half of the summer, pushing his cash total to nine and adding two deep runs in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event and the $10,000 PLO Championship. Throw in a 24th place finish in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship and Silver is proving himself across a wide variety of disciplines and buy-in levels. The Brits are separated by just seven POY points but their podium spots aren’t guaranteed, as Michael Gathy is entering July on a rush. He won the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event, good for his third career bracelet and then nearly won a forth, finishing runner-up to John Hennigan in the $10,000 Triple Draw Championship. The Belgian has never cashed in the above ‘big three’ events, so it will be interesting to see what his schedule is moving forward. Prior to the start of the summer, Stephen Chidwick was pegged as one of the must watch players that could breakthrough to win his first bracelet. Unfortunately that win hasn’t come yet but he has recorded eight cashes, including two final table appearances. Primarily a mixed game player as well, he’ll certainly not only look to claim his first piece of WSOP hardware but also continue to move up the POY rankings. WSOP POY Top 10 Jason Mercier - 2,121.69 Benny Glaser - 1,352.30 Max Silver - 1,345.39 Michael Gathy - 1,280.91 Stephen Chidwick - 1,278.09 Michael Watson - 1,273.05 Randy Ohel - 1,256.91 Martin Kozlov - 1,252.58 Michael Semenov - 1,214.69 Justin Bonomo - 1,197.99
  13. 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. And yes, hole cards will be shown. Lee Jones, PokerStars Cardroom Manager, revealed that the idea came about after Mercier and Sommerville realized that they would both be in Toronto for the WCOOP. The two Jasons have been friends and business partners for years, and when Mercier mentioned he would be playing the High Roller event, Somerville asked if he’d like to stream it all on Twitch. “One thing led to another, and here we are,” said Jones. The $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event will be the highest buy-in poker tournament ever played online. That fact makes it all the more astounding that Mercier would agree to stream his play with his hole cards exposed (on a fifteen-minute delay). At that elite level of competition, it’s rare to find a pro who would risk revealing his thought process behind hands during what will be an ultra-competitive tournament. Somerville will be in the booth alongside Mercier during the tournament, and will even discuss hands with the pro after the fact. He won’t be giving advice or discussing strategy when Mercier is actively in a hand, however. “Jason Mercier streaming the event and showing his hole cards gives poker fans an amazing opportunity to jump on board the action and excitement,” said Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ director of corporate communications. “On top of that, Jason Somerville has made Twitch the premiere channel for poker fans and knows how to put on a truly great show. All this combined is going to make for some intense Sunday poker watching.” Mercier is coming off the heels of a fantastic summer performance at the WSOP. His outstanding run started when he won a bracelet in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $273,335. He went on to take second place in his next tournament, the Razz Championship, then win another bracelet and $422,874 in the HORSE Championship. Those three events, plus an eighth place finish in the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship were enough to earn him the accolade of series Player of the Year. The Super High Roller action is streaming on the PokerStars Twitch channel, twitch.tv/pokerstars. The event kicks off on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 PM US (ET). The tournament is a two-day affair, and if Mercier advances, Sommerville will be broadcasting the entire time. "As a serious poker player myself, I look forward to seeing Jason’s strategy unfold hand by hand and learning from him," said Scott Ball, Twitch Community Development and Poker Manager. “And of course, Jason Sommerville was the founder of poker streaming and a Twitch legend. With him in the booth, there won’t be a dull moment; it should be a great day for Twitch and poker fans everywhere.”
  14. [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 PokerStars Championships, and they won’t be limited to European soil, starting with thePokerStars Championship Bahamas (formerly PCA) on January 6, 2017. The EPT will always hold a special place in the hearts of many players, and winning one has catapulted dozens of careers. To mark the official end of the EPT, we’ve hand-picked ten of the biggest breakout stars of the EPT over the past 13 seasons. We start with five players who made a name for themselves in the early years of the Tour. Patrik AntoniusIt feels strange to kick off a list of breakout tournament stars with a man known primarily as a live and online cash game player, but there’s no denying that Patrik Antonius’ win back at the EPT2 Baden Classic in 2005 for €288,180 was the first introduction to the Fin for many. Antonius’ career post-EPT win is well documented; he’s played in the largest cash games around the world, including on sorely-missed TV shows High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, not to mention playing in many of the biggest online pots in history. Mike McDonaldThe Mike McDonald of EPT4 Dortmund is barely recognizable compared to the McDonald of today. When the man known as Timex won the event back in 2008 for €933,600, he was a rake-thin 18-year-old with a clear talent for the game, both live and online. Fast forward eight and a half years and McDonald is now considered one of tournament poker’s best, with more than $13 million in live earnings and an additional $3.1 million won online. As well as his many high roller results, Timex almost became a two-time EPT champ in January 2014 when he finished runner-up at the PCA, and he recently took down the first ever GPL Finals as part of the Montreal Nationals. Bertrand ‘ElkY' GrospellierAlready a celebrity in the gaming world (particularly in South Korea where he lived, worked, and played prior to his breakout poker success), ElkY burst onto the poker scene with his bright hair and big personality back in 2008. Having previously finished second at EPT3 Copenhagen, the Frenchman took down a massive $2 million when he won the 2008 PCA, and that led to a string of impressive results. In October 2008 he won a WPT for $1.41 million, followed by a $25K High Roller victory at the PCA a year after his win for $433,500. By this point ElkY was a dominant force in tournament poker, securing him a spot on Team PokerStars Pro which he holds to this day. He’d cement his legacy with two wins at EPT7 Madrid; one in the $25K High Roller for $779,221, and another in a $10K Turbo High Roller for $227,087. Liv BoereeIt would be impossible to create a list of EPT “stars” and not include Liv Boeree. She’s become one of the most popular and heavily marketed faces in all of poker, primarily due to her sponsorship deal with PokerStars. But Boeree can certainly play; she’d already racked up 23 live cashes before her breakout win at EPT6 San Remo in 2010 for $1.698 million. Since then Boeree has notched up a string of EPT main event cashes, as well as almost clinching a UKIPT title (2nd for $97,057) and finishing third in a $25K High Roller at EPT12 Barcelona for $449,383. She’s no slouch on the online felt either, with almost $600,000 in earnings. Jason MercierIt’s pretty impressive when you scroll down to the bottom a player’s Hendon Mob page and see that their first ever live cash was an EPT win. That’s the case for Jason Mercier, who took down EPT4 San Remo in 2008 for $1.37 million. Of course, Mercier was already known as an online grinder prior to that, and he’s since gone on to become one of the most esteemed and established players in all areas of poker. Five WSOP bracelets and a WSOP Player of the Year title; seven COOP titles (including three SCOOP wins in one year); win after win; final table after final table; deep run after deep run; to list all of Mercier’s accomplishments would take too long. Look for Part 2 of this piece on Thursday, which will focus on players who found fame and fortune from 2011-2016.
  15. [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-handed final table for Yu to duel with were Dylan Linde and Jason Mercier, who found themselves eliminated within 10 hands of each other. Linde came into the final table as the short stack and on Hand 28, was busted out by Alexander Lakhov. Lakhov opened the button and Linde shoved for 186,000. Josh Reichard moved all-in from the big blind, and Lakhov got out of the way. Linde’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] trailed the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] of Reichard and the [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5h"] board confirmed Linde’s exit. Mercier got in his last 325,000 in against Yu and was on the rail shortly after. Yu raised in the cutoff to 27,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and was ahead of Mercier’s button shove [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. A queen flopped but Mercier did not improve further and was out in fifth. With the blinds up to 8,000/16,000, Reichard felted his second opponent in Jesse Cohen. Cohen moved all in on the button for 312,000 with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] and Reichard called from the small blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. Reichard had a straight by the turn and Cohen was eliminated in fourth place. Despite picking up that pot, Reichard did not last much longer and had to settle for the bronze medal on Hand 54. Yu opened on the button to 35,000 and Lakhov called from the small blind. Reichard three-bet to 110,000 in the big blind and both of his opponents called. Lakhov checked the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] flop and Reichard bet 180,000. Yu was the only caller and the [poker card="3d"] came on the turn. Reichard bet 245,000 more and Yu stuck with him to the [poker card="4c"] river. Reichard jammed for 391,000 and Yu called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"] to pick off Reichard’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"], sending him to the rail. Yu started heads up play with a sizable chip lead over Lakhov and wrapped up the tournament on the 61st hand of play. Lakhov raised to 35,000 on the button and Yu defended his big blind to see a [poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"] flop. Yu check-called for 35,000 and the [poker card="9c"] turned. Yu checked again and Lakhov bet 90,000. Yu called and the [poker card="5c"] hit the river. Yu checked with Lakhov betting 160,000. Yu put Lakhov all in and Lakhov called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"]. His top pair was no good against the flush of Yu [poker card="tc"][poker card="3c"] and Yu officially claimed the GCC title along with the bracelet. Final Table Payouts Sean Yu - $296,941 Alexander Lakhov - $183,527 Josh Reichard - $130,498 Jesse Cohen - $94,459 Jason Mercier - $69,624 Dylan Linde - $52,724
  16. 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 three times for just under $57,000 and left Las Vegas frustrated. He came back in 2009 still basking in the glow from his European Poker Tour San Remo title and almost immediately picked up the first bracelet of his career. Mercier topped the 809-player field in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event to break the seal on what is a five bracelet and counting career. "Winning always feels good," Mercier said after his win. "Especially after last year. I played in 22 [WSOP] events. I went deep in just one of them. I finished 13th and that made me sick. I cashed three times, and all three times I busted out with the worst [starting] hand, in marginal spots. I was really upset with how I played last year. Now, it feels great to win a gold bracelet, especially so early in the Series." Mercier is now one of just 25 players who have won five or more bracelets in his career. He picked up wins in 2011 and 2015 before he put on one of the most memorable performances in WSOP history in 2016. Having placed a massive wager on himself to win three bracelets in a year, Mercier went to work in 2016 and came oh-so-close to pulling it off. He picked up his first bracelet by beating 99 other players in the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Championship. The final table there included Stephen Chidwick, Benny Glaser, David Grey and Mike Watson. In the minutes following his win, he predicted what was to come. “If I can win another (bracelet) really quick, it would be a sick sweat the rest of the Series,” Mercier said “Now I’m free rolling the next year.” Mercier then entered the $10,000 Razz Championship and navigated through all but one player before losing heads-up to Ray Dehkharghani. He followed that up by winning the $10,000 HORSE Championship for his second bracelet of the summer and fifth of his career. “That seven-day period was really something to behold. The prop bet had a bit of a drama behind it, and once Mercier won the first bracelet, the amount of attention and pressure on him only intensified,“ said PocketFives Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. “That being said, it shouldn’t overshadow everything else he’s done in his WSOP career so far. He plays every game the WSOP spreads and consistently performs against the toughest fields.” Look past Mercier’s five bracelets and the rest of his numbers remain impressive. He’s cashed in 72 WSOP events in just 11 years and nearly one-third of the time he’s managed to make it into the top 10. In Championship-level events with a buy-in of $10,000 or higher, Mercier has cashed 27 times and 13 of those have resulted in a top 10 finish. Speaking to his ability to play every game, Mercier has cashed in 16 different poker variants at the WSOP. Outside of No Limit Hold’em, Mercier has cashed 14 times in Pot Limit Omaha events including four times in the $10,000 Championship. Twice in his career he’s made the final table of the WSOP Europe Main Event. In 2009, he outlasted 330 other players before falling in fourth. Three years later, he made his way to the final table having worked past 412 players before ending up with an eighth place finish. He has two small cashes in the Main Event in Las Vegas and has made the $50,000 Poker Players Championship final once (2015 - 7th). “I consider Mercier to be one of the two or three best players of his generation. To think he still has years and years of WSOP success ahead of him makes it hard to project how many more bracelets it could be,” Bradley said. “It’s not hard to think of him as one of the players who could one day surpass Phil Hellmuth’s record number though”
  17. 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 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  18. [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 departed for King's Casino in October, Ferguson held a precarious lead over John Racener and Ryan Hughes. Those two opponents were the top contenders to travel over to the Czech Republic to battle for the title. Among those who built up a solid resume and had a chance to catch Ferguson were Daniel Negreanu, Ray Henson, and Ben Yu. All three decided to not travel to chase one of the most elite titles in poker. Early in the summer, players took to social media to voice their opinions on what they viewed to be a system full of flaws. Points were awarded on a scale that rewarded players who constantly min-cashed in smaller buy-in, large field events. One player who was notably held back by the system was David Bach. Bach won two bracelets, one in a $1,500 event and the other in a $10K, and cashed three more times before the end of the summer. Bach wound up finishing in 87th place in the POY standings The only other player to win two bracelets, Nipun Java, didn’t even crack the top 100. So what does this mean for Ferguson’s year and overall accomplishment? Well, it’s hard to fully put it into context. Ferguson performed the best out of any player within the given system and no matter how bad the rules, you still must play by them in order to win. Although Ferguson’s win is out of the ordinary for a variety of circumstances, his stats are more or less in line with previous Player of the Year winners. Of the 13 previous years the POY was awarded, five of the honorees had one bracelet to their name. And among that baker’s dozen, another five had three or less final tables. The number that obviously stands out for Ferguson is his 23 cashes. The most ever prior to him was Jason Mercier in 2016, who made 11 trips to the payout cage. Twice before then, a player cashed 10 times with George Danzer and Negreanu doing so there. Based on the overwhelmingly negative player feedback, the POY system is likely going revamped for 2018 and a year like Ferguson’s is unlikely to be rewarded the same way. In a year of many highs and lows for the WSOP, it seems appropriate that Ferguson is the POY winner and is indirectly recognized for his accomplishment in what was an incredible year. Even with the 15 percent payout structure in place, it is unlikely that any player will match Ferguson’s magic 23 in the immediate future. For now, all that’s left is to wonder what Ferguson’s acceptance speech might entail. Regardless of what the public opinion, there is no taking away his second banner inside the Rio.
  19. 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 year, with the event's name changed to the Summer Solistice, the structure again called for 90-minute levels. For 2016, the event has a bigger buy-in a new name and slightly longer levels. The $2,620 buy-in Marathon No Limit Hold'em event has 100-minute long levels and players get 26,200 chips.(Get it? The buy-in is $2,620, players get a 26,200 starting stack and a marathon is 26.2 miles.) It seems some think the gimmick thing might have run its course here. Double Dose of the Senior Set Each year there's one weekend that is always set aside for the 50+ crowd. It's no coincidence that it's the same weekend that a good chunk of the younger crowd would rather be out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for EDC. The Seniors Championship has a $1,000 buy-in and you've gotta be 50 or older to play. Last year, Johnnie Craig topped a 4,499-player field to win $538,204. This year's event begins Friday at 10 am PT and runs through Sunday night. The final table will be streamed on PokerGo.com. On Sunday morning, again at 10 am, the $1,000 Super Seniors - limited to players at least 65 years old - takes over the Rio with another three-days of play scheduled. HORSE Highlights the $10K Championship Schedule There are three $10,000 buy-in Championship events this week, with the mixed game afficionados expected to be out in force for the Razz, HORSE and Triple Draw Deuce to Seven events. This is the same week where Jason Mercier went on this three-$10K-event run last year that ended up with him winning WSOP Player of the Year. The $10,000 HORSE Championship final table will be streamed on PokerGo on Saturday, June 17. Week 3 Schedule EVENT #DATESBUY-INEVENT 23June 12 - 16$2,620The Marathon (NLHE) 24June 12 - 14$1,500Limit Hold'em 25June 13 - 15$1,000Pot Limit Omaha 26June 13 - 15$10,000Razz Championship 27June 14 - 16$3,000Six Max No Limit Hold'em 28June 14 - 16$1,500Triple Draw Deuce 29June 15 - 17$2,500No Limit Hold'em 30June 15 - 17$10,000HORSE Championship 31June 16 - 18$1,000Seniors Championship 32June 16 - 18$1,500Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix 33June 17 - 19$1,500No Limit Hold'em 34June 17 - 19$10,000Triple Draw Deuce Championship 35June 18 - 20$1,000Super Seniors 36June 18 - 21$5,000Six Max No Limit Hold'em
  20. 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. The contest is free to enter and all it requires is some social media savvy and a little bit of creativity. Visit 888poker on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and post a picture, video or even just a comment explaining why you should get to the free to Las Vegas to rub elbows with some of the game’s greatest players. Make sure to tag 888poker in each post. The 888poker social media team will pick one winner on May 16. There are a couple of rules for entry. All participants must be at least 21 years old and must have a valid 888poker account. If you don’t have an 888poker account, you can sign-up here to get a free $10 on top of your first $10 deposit, PLUS a 100% bonus up to $700 on that same deposit.
  21. [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, Jason Mercier was a man on mission trying to win his third bracelet of the summer. Mercier played three events simultaneously in an attempt to advance a stack in all three events. Deeb's first bracelet came last year when he won the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championhip. Final Table Payouts Shaun Deeb - $111,101 Adam Friedman - $68,666 Max Pescatori- $46,312 Katherine Fleck - $31,899 Eugene Katchalov - $22,448 Yaniv Birman - $16,147 John Monnette - $11,878 Cory Zeidman - $8,941 Event #50: Vanessa Selbst Highlights 12 Players Left in $1,500 Shootout Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event saw 120 players return to play 12 10-handed tables with the winner of each moving on to the final day. The group of 12 who won their tables to advance includes Sam Greenwood and Niall Farrell but the real headliner is Vanessa Selbst. The remaining 12 players will start play with two six-handed tables on Friday and play down to a winner beginning at Noon. Final 12 Chip Counts Safiya Umerova - 654,000 Damian Salas - 654,000 Sam Greenwood - 653,000 Niall Farrell - 651,000 Erkut Yilmaz - 651,000 Alexander Lakhov - 646,000 Daniel McAulay - 641,000 Daniel Tang - 640,000 Vanessa Selbst - 639,000 Michael Mixer - 635,000 Yuliyan Kolev - 631,000 Raymond Ho - 630,500 Event #51: Tommy Lee Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 2 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship saw just 28 players of the 159 who started the day move on to Day 3. Leading the pack is Tommy Lee with 2,100,000. He's the ony player to finish with more than 2,000,000. The group behind Le includes Brandon Shack-Harris (1,630,000), James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (1,552,000), recent bracelet winner Loren Klein (760,000) and Max Silver (726,000). With the top 60 players all making the money in this event, there were 32 players eliminated on Thursday that managed to make a profit in the event including Erik Seidel ($15,113), Mike Matusow ($17,113), Taylor Paur ($17,113), Mike Watson ($18,925) and Jason Mercier ($18,925). The final 28 players return to play at 2 PM on Friday to play down to a winner or another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Tommy Le - 2,100,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 1,630,000 James Obst - 1,552,000 Melad Marji - 1,300,000 Junayed Khan - 1,122,000 Travis Pearson - 1,108,000 Harley Stoffmaker - 1,050,000 Dominique Mosley - 817,000 Loren Klein - 760,000 Benjamin Reinhart - 739,000 Event #52: Erhan Iscan Leads $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Erhan Iscan has just one previous tournament cash to his credit - a 32nd place finish in a $120 buy-in tournament in 2009. On Thursday he took a gigantic step towards his second cash, this time with a much bigger payout available. Iscan leads after Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 281,000. He is one of 286 survivors from Day 1 action. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young finished with 177,000, good enough for a top five stack. Just two days after finishing runner-up to Ankush Mandavia in the $5,000 Turbo, Daniel Strelitz finished with a top 10 stack, after amassing 163,600 on Day 1. The event drew 1,125 players to create a $3,071,250 prizepool with the eventual champion walking away with $569,158. Some of the other notables to move on to Day 2 include Kevin Saul, Jay Farber, Stephen Chidwick, Joe Cada, Bryn Kenney and 888poker pro Sofia Lovgren. This is the only event of the day that Mercier managed to advance in. He'll have his work cut out for him on Friday however as he bagged up just 21,800 chips - the 251st biggest stack. Top 10 Chip Counts Erhan Iscan - 281,800 Oliver Bosch - 201,600 Keith Lehr - 188,200 Jordan Young - 177,000 Michael Kane - 174,000 Dorian Rios - 167,700 Christopher Kruk - 164,500 Daniel Strelitz - 163,600 Ivan Freitez - 156,900 Roman Valerstein - 142,800 Event #53: John Monnette Leads $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo After Day 1 One of the new events on the 2016 WSOP schedule this year, the $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo event rotates between Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Big O (five card Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo). To the surprise of few, a player that has vast experience playing all three variations of the game in Las Vegas cash games made his way to the top of the chip counts after Day 1. John Monnette, who has already cashed six times this summer, finished with 87,650 and the Day 1 chip lead. Right behind him is Yuval Bronshtein with 81,725. Former $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner David Bach sits third with 75,050. Other former braclet winners to advance to Day 2 include Michael Mizrachi, Eli Elezra, Mike Leah, Jason Somerville, Barry Greenstein, Allen Cunningham and Andrey Zaichenko. The event brought out 668 players with 207 moving on to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts John Monnette - 87,650 Yuval Bronshtein - 81,725 David Bach - 75,050 Cody Crouch - 74,400 Randy Schatz - 70,200 Michael Mizrachi - 67,325 Mark Johns - 65,050 Viliyan Petleshkov - 64,000 James Alexander - 63,100 Woody Deck - 61,325
  22. [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 2016 the WSOP has re-branded the event to take advantage of the first day of summer and are calling the event the Summer Solstice. The $1,500 buy-in event runs Monday - Friday and is the first of four events this week targeted towards the always popular "recreational players". The Monster Returns In 2014, fresh off the success of the Millionaire Maker in 2013, introduced another special version of a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament, dubbed the "Monster Stack". While most $1,500 buy-in events have 7,500 starting stacks, the Monster Stack doubles that to 15,000 to give players extra value and wiggle room to play. In the first two years of the event's history it has attracted 7,862 (2014) and 8,192 (2015) players with each champion walking away with over $1.2 million each. The Six Max World Championship While amateurs might be packing the Rio's hallways for the Summer Solstice or Monster Stack, the best No Limit Hold'em players in the world will be playing in the $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship event. Running Thursday - Saturday, the event usually attracts over 250 players including a number of players who cut their teeth online. Last year Byron Kaverman beat a final table that included Doug Polk, Sam Greenwood and former #1-ranked PocketFives player Paul Volpe to win his first bracelet and $657,351. Mixed Triple Draw Debuts The $2,500 buy-in Mixed Triple Draw event might be one of the strongest fields of the year relative to buy-in. Making its WSOP debut this year, the event rotates between three variations of Triple Draw: Ace to Five, Deuce to Seven and Badugi. All three games, which are popular in the some of the biggest cash games in Las Vegas, will be played with a Limit format. The three-day event goes Thursday until Saturday. Other Notable Events This Week The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event finishes up on Tuesday. As of Monday morning Jason Mercier was still in the field, chasing what would be a fourth consecutive $10,000 buy-in event cash. Both the Seniors and Super Seniors events will crown their championship this week while on the opposite end of that spectrum, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship runs next Saturday through Monday.
  23. [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 out on Sunday afternoon. David ‘EzPaTuLa’ Cabrera beat out Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca to win the $215 buy-in mid-stakes version of the event. Carbrera walked away with $57,366.13 for the win. The low-stakes version went to Noah ‘dirty.brasil’ Vaillancourt. The Vancouver based grinder conquered 2,876 other players including Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins heads up to win the title. After Brazil failed to win a SCOOP title on Friday, the South American poker powerhouse made sure to get one on Saturday. Ricardo ‘preTu.ras’ Silva took down Event 50 (L), a $27 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO tournament. Silva’s win is the 19th win by a Brazilian player this SCOOP. Silva outlasted 7,438 other players to win the title and the $$13,732.61 first place prize money. He also collected an additional $2,821.27 in bounties. Silva won a Turbo Championship of Online Poker last year and now just needs a World Championship of Online Poker title to join the COOP Triple Crown club. The mid-stakes version of that event went to another player with previous SCOOP success ‘ex6tenceLV’ beat out over 2,300 players to win the second SCOOP title of his career and almost $50,000 in prize money. Hannes ‘SuchADegen’ Speiser won Event 50 (H), a $2,100 buy-in tournament, to win $107,730 plus an extra $41,645.97 in bounties. Also worth noting that Shaun Deeb earned enough points on Saturday to move past Jason Mercier for top spot on the Overall SCOOP leaderboard. With just two days of play left Deeb has 780 points while Mercier trails with 755. Event 43 (H): $2,100 NLHE 1R1A Entrants:151 (42 rebuys, 57 add-ons) Prize pool: $500,000 Doug ‘WCG|Rider’ Polk - $115,000.00 sk2ll_m0dR - $80,000.00 zcedrick - $60,750.00 James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst - $45,000 3P3NIPA - $30,000 Gandalf MR - $25,000 birddy420 - $20,000 EvnomiYa - $15,000 Lrslzk - $12,500 Event 43 (M): $215 NLHE 1R1A Entrants: 771 (323 rebuys, 446 add-ons) Prize pool: $312.620.00 David ‘EzPaTuLa’ Cabrera - $57,366.13 Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca - $40,953.22 Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan - $30,949.38 tobi123456 - $23,290.19 Fukuruku - $16,256.24 kawachi1984 - $13,130.04 i need sheet - $10,003.84 Francisco ‘Tomatee’ Benitez - $6,866.64 groww - $4,064.06 Event 43 (L): $27 NL Hold'em, 1R1A Entrants:*2,877 (1,700 re-buys, 1,793 add-ons) Prize pool:*$156,383.50 Noah ‘dirty.brasil’ Vaillancourt - $24,710.41 Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins - $18,558.02 BioNicle9 - $13,292.59 GloRyKeepah - $9,148.43 rodloiola - $6,959.06 kopakabritu - $5,395.23 pitaoufmg - $3,831.39 LameR25 - $2,267.56 swifterjet - $1,329.25 Event 44 (H): $1,050 HORSE Entrants: 264 (169 entries, 95 re-entries) Prize pool: $264,000.00 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - $53,460.00 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $40,920.00 gloria1986 - $30,360.00 Trueteller - $22,440.00 Eugene Katchalov - $14,520.00 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $11,880.00 Adam 'Adamyid' Owen - $9,240.00 HlPPOCAMP - $7,260.00 Event 44 (M): $109 HORSE
 Entrants:*990 (745 entries, 245 re-entries) Prize pool:*$99,000 GrimIsCool - $11,619.07* hipoppotamus - $11,107.93* cbolt21 - $13,458* YaaGy - $12,255.70* grampabumkin - $4,950 alxbanana - $3,465 thefish01x - $2,227.50 BOT OHO - $1,485 *Four way chop Event 44 (L): $11 HORSE Entrants: 3,217 (822 re-entries) Prize pool: $40,390.00 Bowsercastle - $4,602.63* tigrenok.mn - $4,544.56* Mikki31 - $4,150.81* JobberJay - $4,403.36* homasapiens - $2,019.50 ALD74 - $1,211.70 chaka-G - $605.85 Sharkomaha - $363.51 *Four way chop Event 50 (H): $2,100 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO 
Entrants:*567 Prize pool:*$1,134,000 ($567,000 regular prize pool, $567,000 bounty prize pool) Hannes ‘SuchADegen’ Speiser - $107,730 + $41,645.97 in bounties Trueteller - $79,380 + $15,510.73 in bounties FaceStealer - $58,117.50 + $25,271.47 in bounties Bryn ‘BrynKenney’ Kenney - $39,690 + $28,281.24 in bounties Jason ‘jakoon1985’ Koon - $28,350 + $18,371.09 in bounties xPastorcitox - $18,144 + $7,867.15 in bounties Event 50 (M): $215 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO Entrants:2,309 Prize pool: $461,800.00 ex6tenceLV - $36,368.18 + $13,122.75 = $49,490.93 ForTheSwaRMm - $26,553.50 + $4,207.00 = $30,760.50 zwacke - $19,626.50 + $7,614.41 in bounties = $27,240.91 Desmoplakin - $13,276.75 + $2,909.37 in bounties = $16,186.12 EyesNvrLie - $8,658.75 + $3,074.20 in bounties = $11,732.95 PjotrNL - $4,613.38 + $628.12 in bounties = $5,241.50 Event 50 (L): $27 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 7,439 Prize pool: $182,627.45 (Regular pool: $91,499.70, Bounty pool: $91,127.75) Ricardo ‘preTu.ras’ Silva - $13,732.61 + $2,821.27 bounties Flyinbanana - $9,607.46 + $744.05 bounties !Mp!yavv - $6,862.47 + $6,862.47 bounties S3XXYMUCK - $4,117.48 + $1,891.82 bounties bodgik77 - $2,287.49 + $1,016.73 bounties Kosei Ichinose - $1,372.49 + $561.09 bounties
  24. [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 the day with. On just the sixth hand of the day, action folded to Drinan on the button and he moved all-in with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] before Holz tank-called from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] to keep Drinan in the lead and eliminate Holz in sixth place for A$281,260 for his tenth six-figure score in the last year. Just six hands later Greenwood became Drinan’s second victim of the day. From the cutoff Drinan raised to 40,000 before Greenwood moved all in from the small blind for 235,000. Drinan called and tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"] while Greenwood was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"] flop was safe for Greenwood, as was the [poker card="4d"] turn, but the [poker card="9d"] river gave Drinan a pair of nines and sent Greenwood home in fifth place. Despite adding the stacks of Holz and Greenwood to his own, Drinan’s run was cut short. After dropping pots to Mercier and Quoss to get short, Drinan doubled through Mercier before finding himself in a tough spot. Action folded to Quoss on the button and he raised to 55,000 with [poker card="ac"] [poker card="2c"] and Drinan called from the big blind with [poker card="qc"] [poker card="9s"]. After the [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7c"] Drinan check-called Quoss’ bet of 75,000. The [poker card="9c"] turn completed Quoss’ flush and after Drinan checked, Quoss bet 135,000. Drinan called. The river was the [poker card="6c"] which gave Drinan a flush of his own. Drinan bet 165,000 and Quoss responded by moving all in. Drinan went into the tank, eventually using the time bank chips players are given to extend the shot clock on any given hand. Drinan called, was given the bad news and was eliminated in fourth place. While the first three eliminations came in the first 26 hands, the next one took some time. It took 31 more hands of play to get to heads-up action. Holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] Mercier button-raised to 60,000 and Quoss re-raised to 160,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Mercier moved all in and Quoss called. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Quoss top pair. He improved to two pair after the [poker card="kh"] turn but Mercier was now drawing to the nut flush. The [poker card="2d"] missed Mercier and he was eliminated in third place. When heads-up play began Quoss had 2,500,000 in chips to Ben Tollerene’s 1,100,000. The pair played over 60 hands before Quoss conquered the highs stakes cash game specialist. Short-stacked after over two hours of heads up play, Tollerene called off his last 250,000 holidng [poker card="js"][poker card="td"] after Quoss moved all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5d"], completley missing Tollerene and leaving Quoss with the third super high roller title of his career. Final Table Payouts Fabian Quoss - A$1,446,480 Ben Tollerene - A$924,140 Jason Mercier - A$602,700 Connor Drinan - A$441,980 Sam Greenwood - A$321,440 Fedor Holz - A$281,260
  25. [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 after stretch of two runner-ups and two other final tables reaching back to 2015. Volpe’s approach to the game was clear in his post-win comments, “With me, poker is mostly about the money. I know with the World Series of Poker there’s so much history and I respect that,” he said. “But I am here to earn a living, make money and support my family.” The event drew 101 more players than 2015 with 491 and built a prize pool of $662,850. The result may be an effect of the schedule this year with two Dealers Choice events, HORSE, Pot Limit Omaha and Razz events all drawing early interest from players. Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $149,943 2. Jason Stockfish - $92,638 3. Ron Ware - $60,882 4. Benjamin Ludlow - $40,911 5. Anthony Lazar - $28,123 6. Gavin Smith - $19,787 Mohsin Charania Tops Milly Maker Field Two starting flights with single re-entry drew a monster field of 7,190 entrants of the Millionaire Maker, but they all in the same room together for the first time on Sunday with 1,172 returning players. After a long day of action Mohsin Charania leads the 124 surviving players with 1.6 million. The money bubble burst at 1,079 players and all Day 3 players are guaranteed $7,589. Five-figure payouts begin at 90 players and ninth place is good for $96,091. Many players were surprised to see first place earn $1.065 million, runner-up making an even $1 million but third place falls short with $500,000 – which is sure to have a huge effect on play. Garrett Greer, Adam Levy, Max Silver, Loni Harwood, Ismael Bojang, Matt Affleck and Simon Deadman all survived the day’s action but outside the top counts. Charania hasn’t had breakout success at the WSOP but has four cashes on the Series and bubbled the final table of the Top Up Turbo event. Top Ten Chip Counts 1. Mohsin Charania – 1,664,000 2. Frank Rusnak – 1,348,000 3. Jorge Eghi – 1,289,000 4. Kyle Arora – 996,000 5. Mikhail Semin – 973,000 6. Dylan Kehoe – 937,000 7. Danny Elmore – 936,000 8. Benny Chen – 926,000 9. Louis Salter – 915,000 10. Dale Beaudoin – 900,000 Jason Mercier Looks for 4th Bracelet in No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship The $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship attracts the best poker players in the world – drawing from the tournament world and cash game world. An even 100 players entered the event, 34 survived to Day 2 and Jason Mercier leads the final nine to Day 3. Mercier is the only player over a million with one elimination away from the official final table. A stacked field of Mike Watson, Stephen Chidwick, David Grey and Jesse Martin all return. Anthony Zinno just missed the cut bowing out in 10th place – also making the money, but not Day 3 were Brian Hastings, Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu. Day 2 Chip Counts 1. Jason Mercier – 1,023,000 2. Mike Watson – 853,000 3. Stephen Chidwick – 770,000 4. Benny Glaser – 706,000 5. David Grey – 534,000 6. Alex Leneau – 442,000 7. Jesse Martin – 248,000 8. Herezel Zalewski – 238,000 9. Lamar Wilkinson – 194,000 Event 17: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em The first $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the Series kicked off on Sunday and made the money before any players put chips in the bag. The tournament drew 2,242 entrants and only 239 advance to Day 2 with Stacey Nutini leading the way with 174,300 Daniel Weinman continues his hot early run bagging up in the top ten, but moving on with more modest stacks are Martin Staszko, Keven Stammen, Carlos Mortensen and Steven Gee. The field generated a prize pool north of $2 million for 337 players to finish in the money. All returning players have $1,628 guaranteed but have a pay jump five spots away. The final four players all join the six-figure club and the winner earns $316,920. Top Ten Chip Counts 1. Stacey Nutini – 174,300 2. Franklin Yao – 151,800 3. Koray Aldemir – 140,000 4. Koray Aldemir – 140,000 5. Matthew Schreiber – 129,300 6. Stefan Clemens – 125,000 7. Daniel Weinman – 122,000 8. Fabrice Halleux – 121,800 9. Pedro Oliveira – 120,300 10. William Firebaugh – 119,000 Event 18: $3,000 HORSE The late afternoon tournament saw 400 players enter and 144 bag up chips at the end of play. George Trigeorgis has a sizable lead heading into Day 2 with twice the average stack separating him from the field. The field juiced the prize pool to $1,092,000 for the top 60 finishers. The big money starts at 14 players with five-figure payouts. Brock Parker, Taylor Paur, Justin Bonomo and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Champ Robert Mizrachi all bagged up in the top half of the counts. Top Ten Chip Counts 1. George Trigeorgis – 160,200 2. Nicholas Kiley – 103,500 3. Brett Reichert – 102,200 4. Jared Talarico – 99,400 5. Andrey Zhigalov – 98,800 6. John Crisp – 96,000 7. Thao Thiem – 94,300 8. Par Hilderbrand – 89,400 9. Chino Rheem – 89,000 10. Mike Leah – 85,000 Just Another Manic Monday Monday’s action sees only one final table – the Deuce to Seven Championship – and the Millionaire Maker plays down to the final nine players. The early event is repeat of the weekend’s PLO madness with a $1,000 event kicking off and the $10,000 Razz Championship has cards in the air at 3 pm.

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