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  1. One of the things that make the World Series of Poker great is the coming together of players from all over the world to both compete in and celebrate the game of poker. For many players, not only is it the opportunity to win heaps of cash but also to represent their country at a final table and possibly have their national anthem played at a WSOP gold bracelet ceremony. Players from Brazil have a special zest for the game of poker. They have, time and again, lovingly draped their national flag over the shoulders of a home country champion. In 2018, there will be plenty of opportunities for Brazilians to celebrate their fellow countrymen, Here are five PocketFivers to watch this summer at the Rio. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao A former three-time PocketFives Worldwide #1-ranked player, Simao is one of Brazil’s brightest stars. He has accumulated over $7 million in lifetime online earnings and parlayed his success into an ambassadorship role for partypoker. Lately, Simao has been splitting his time between the online tables and participating partypoker’s live events where he’s been a mainstay in the High Roller and Super High Roller tournaments. In 2018, Simeo has made six live final tables and earned over $1.1 million on the live circuit. Traditionally, the World Series of Poker hasn’t treated Simao as well as the partypoker events have. He’s made an appearance at the WSOP just about every year since 2012 and, while he’s cashed, he’s never gone deep in the Main Event. That said, Simao has never been on a heater like is right now either. Simao is in the midst of a career year and this may be his time to breakthrough at the WSOP. Andre ‘aakkari’ Akkari When it comes to the Brazilian’s at the World Series of Poker, you simply can’t take your eye off of Akkari. Akkari, a Team PokerStars Pro, may not grind the online sites like he used to but he still can make an impact when playing online. With over $3.5 million in online earnings, ‘aakkari’ recently added to that total with a third-place finish in the May 6 edition of the Sunday 500 for over $20,000. It was 2001 recorded online cash. When it comes to his live resume, Akkari is a true WSOP grinder. He’s made the money 29 times in WSOP events and took home a bracelet in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in 2011. Akkari is also a student of all the poker varients - in 2017 he made the money in both a HORSE. and a Seven Card Stud event as well as cashing for over $30,000 in the Main Event. Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar Bittar does not have a lot of live results on his resume but his online prowess cannot be denied. Bittar is currently Brazil’s #3-ranked pro having just recently eclipsed over $4 million in lifetime online earnings. So far in the month of May, Bittar has accumulated over 60 cashes with 18 of them being worth four-figures or more. If he brings that grinder's mentality to Las Vegas this summer, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him replicate his online success and go deep in a number of events. In 2017, he only managed a pair of results. One was a small cash in the $888 Crazy Eights event and the other was a deep run in Event #66, a $1,500 NLHE event where he finished in 31st for just over $10,000. Perhaps 2018 is could be a breakout year for Mr. Bittar. Renato ‘renaton’ Nomura Hailing from Florianopolis, Nomura may be a player who comes out of nowhere to make a big splash at the 2018 World Series of Poker. A member of partypoker’s Team Online, Nomura is a student of the aforementioned Joao Simao and has been making an impact on poker both live and online. The one-time top 100 ranked player, Nomura is coming off a deep run at the partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event where he bowed out in 24th for over $27,000. He’s shown he has what it takes to navigate large field tournaments as well, having won the 2013 Brazilian Series of Poker Main Event for over $108,000. Though he standardly plays mistakes online, should he make the trip to Las Vegas, as he did in 2017, he may be able to take his career to the next level. Renato ‘bauruzito’ Valentim Sao Paulo’s Valentim only has a single World Series of Poker recorded result to his name but it was a good one. Last year, he made the trek to play in the Main Event and left with a top 100 finish (83rd) for over $72,000, which was a career-high live result. As an online grinder, Valentim has earned over $3 million in career and currently stands as a top-5 ranked player in Brazil and the #46-ranked player in the world. If the success of his 2017 Main Event run entices Valentim to book the 14-hour flight from his hometown to Nevada, he may be a candidate to fly back with a bracelet.
  2. In the aftermath of the major spring tournament series, the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings had a new look and, for the first time in 2018, a new #1. This week though, it’s quite the opposite. There were very few major moves in the Worldwide top 10, with the majority of online poker’s elite holding steady in the same rankings they held last week. This includes another week at the top for the current ruler of the rankings, Sweden’s ‘lena900’. After taking a brief break at the beginning of the week, the consummate grinder ‘lena900’ (12,657 PLB points) got back on the grind. While he was not able to pick up any qualifying PLB cashes this week, he did score a third-place finish in the May 31 edition of the $109 Mini Thursday Thrill on PokerStars for over $6,700. After his enviable SCOOP and POWERFEST showings though, 'lena900's PLB score still sat well above those looking to catch him, resting at 12,657 this week. Trailing ‘lena900’ is his countryman and one time (and future?) king ‘C Darwin2’ (11,362). Like ‘lena900’ he was back at it this week, but unable to secure a qualifying cash. ‘C Darwin2’ was able to score a pair of podium finishes including a third-place showing in the May 27 edition of PokerStars’ Bigger $109 for $12,451. Putting in very light volume this week was Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeropro’ Romanovsky (10,592). Romanovsky registered a total of five cashes for roughly $8,500. He continues his march toward $10 million in lifetime earnings, needing just under $70,000 to join the elite club. ‘hellohellohello’ (10,394) maintains his #4 ranking despite not even firing up the online poker client this week. While #5-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth (10,298) has a similar idea, only notching three total results for just over $7,000, none of which helped his PLB score. Montreal, Canada’s ‘GINS FINEST’ (9,838) picked up a victory in the May 31 PokerStars Bounty Builder for $7,870 in route to maintaining his career-high #6 spot. Right behind him, again claiming the #7 ranking this week, is Argentinas #1-ranked player Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (9,463) who, like many on this list, put in light volume. The first major change to the top 10 comes with the resurgence of Brazilian pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (9,302). Simao continued to move forward this week, picking up two big-time qualifying cashes. The first, a final table finish at the partypoker Super Sunday 1K Deepstack High Roller brought Simao $16,770 and 201.83 PLB points. Then, the very next day, he took down the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for another $42,712 and 487.65 PLB points. The results not only propel him five spots on the rankings and back into the top 10, but they put Simao in a great state of mind should he makes his way to the World Series of Poker. The third Swedish player in the top 10, ‘Ariados’ (9,041), slipped to the #9 spot this week. He helped himself remain in the top 10 thanks to his bronze medal finish in the May 27 $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars for just under $30,000 and 248.08 PLB points. Finally, Pedro ’PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (8,983) kept his #10 spot this week despite not accumulating any cashes in the period. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang leaping seven spots to a career-high ranking in the #20 spot. Additionally, 'Sheater' rises one spot to round out the list at #25. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,657.30 1 2 C Darwin2 11,361.54 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,591.98 3 4 hellohellohello 10,393.83 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,297.73 5 6 GINS FINEST 9,838.44 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,463.22 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,302.03 13 9 Ariados 9,040.99 8 10 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,982.74 10 11 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,901.39 11 12 girafganger7 8,782.85 9 13 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,765.42 14 14 Illini213 8,679.71 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,666.39 12 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,507.42 20 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,482.27 16 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,461.30 15 19 Dattebayo 8,433.13 19 20 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,432.93 27 21 DamageAP 8,370.81 18 22 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,032.65 22 23 NoPlanB 8,029.69 21 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,970.11 24 25 Sheater 7,794.36 26
  3. There's not much movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 this week, as eight of the ten spots held steadfast from last week. The difference this week is it seems that the top tier players are slowly coming back to the tables after their post-spring series breaks. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ continues to top the rankings for the fourth week in a row. The powerhouse put in a good deal of volume and scored a pair of PLB qualifying cashes to solidify his position for at least one more week. His week was highlighted by a runner-up finish in the bwin.com KO Series Event #8. He earned just over $10,000 for the finish and tacked on another 208.63 in PLB points. ‘lena900’ also earned a second five-figure score this week in his final table appearance in Event #13 of the same series for $12,671 and 194.66 PLB points. It is very likely that the Swede will surpass $11 million in lifetime earnings in the next 24 hours as he sits just under $1,500 from that major milestone. The #2-ranked ’C Darwin2’ made a hard charge at the top spot this week, having himself a solid week at the tables. He registered four qualifying PLB scores including an outright win in the Winamax Mini Las Vegas Highroller for $46,404 and 414.57. In total, ‘C Darwin2’ accumulated over 1047 PLB points, putting him in position to potentially catch his countryman. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky didn’t slip in the rankings, remaining in the #3 spot once again. He also didn’t get in on any action. Romanovsky did not register a score this week, having it only slightly affect his PLB score. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ had a similar idea and kept his distance from the online tables. The #4-ranked player in the world only recorded two results this week. They totaled roughly $2,500 in total cashes and no PLB points. While he didn’t give up too much ground, he didn’t gain any this week either. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth dabbled a little more than last week but not much more. The fifth-ranked player did hop into a couple tournaments of partypoker’s KO Series. In Event #2 he made a run to the final three tables, collecting a cash of $3,203 for his 23rd place finish. He picked up 107.76 PLB points to go along with it, however, his total output for the week was but four total cashes. ‘GINS FINEST’ from Canada continued to cash in on his current heater. He claimed victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $49,470 and a PLB boosting 464.76 points. His recent results have deemed him as Canada’s #1-ranked player, #6 in the world and on a crash course with $5 million in lifetime earnings. The #7- ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone put together a nice week this week and scored a pair of five-figure cashes. Both came on June 3. The first was in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, winning him $37,250 and 306.63 PLB points. Then, later that same day, he played on partypoker and, again taking second, he banked another $30,636 in the Super Sunday 1K. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has yet to make an appearance at the World Series of Poker, instead continuing to grind online. He picked up 121.50 PLB points in a final table appearance of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller. He earned $7,244 for that score and it helped him maintain his #8-ranking. The only change in the top 10 rankings this week comes at the bottom where Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha used a pair of bronze medal finishes on partypoker to overtake the #9-ranked spot once held by Sweden’s ‘Ariados’. ‘Ariados’ slips back to the #10 spot despite picking up a pair of qualifying cashes himself. Other moves in the top 25 include ‘European’ rejoining the top 25, climbing from #28 to #21 this week. Additionally, Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar surged back to #24, while his fellow Swede ‘Sheater’ departs the top 25, slipping to #26. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,679.22 1 2 C Darwin2 11,474.50 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,503.69 3 4 hellohellohello 10,363.65 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,243.82 5 6 GINS FINEST 10,363.65 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,472.69 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,256.67 13 9 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 9,033.90 8 10 Ariados 9,029.37 10 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,907.37 18 12 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,628.54 20 13 girafganger7 8,626.25 12 14 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,613.11 11 15 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,574.20 13 16 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,510.08 15 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,395.20 17 18 Dattebayo 8,319.78 19 19 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,308.12 16 20 DamageAP 8,216.22 21 21 European 7,984.13 28 22 NoPlanB 7,892.16 23 23 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 7,868.57 22 24 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,758.56 27 25 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,727.47 24  
  4. partypoker’s $30 Million guaranteed POWERFEST super series kicked off on Sunday with 25 of the 255 scheduled tournaments generating prize pools in excess of $4.28 million. The largest buy-in tournament of the day was the $5,200 POWERFEST #03-SHR which smashed it’s $500K guarantee as 141 entries created a prize pool of $705,000. Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood, playing under his partypoker screen name ‘DeanMalenko’ took down the contest for $162,079, the largest POWERFEST score of the day. Greenwood defeated Hungary’s #2- ranked ‘wildace10’ heads up, who took home his own six-figure payday of $116,325. The final table of this event was packed with online poker’s elite as ‘mwhldwn’ (aka ‘Bencb789’), ‘girafganger7’, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot and partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao all made the top six and took home five-figure cashes. There will be plenty of the popular Progressive Knockout tournaments throughout the POWERFEST schedule and the biggest buy-in of them all on Sunday was the $2,100 POWERFEST #04-HR. 250 entries helped the tournament exceed the $500,000 guarantee by $12,500. The bulk of that prize pool was claimed by ‘JgsNV’ who took home the $40,305 first place prize and added on over $56,000 in bounties. ‘pockjack0’ officially finished as the runner-up for $40,255 and an extra $17,156 in bounties. There were two $1K tournaments on the schedule on Sunday. ’Hac3Cosas’ bested the 371 entry field in the $1,050 POWERFEST #02-HR [Deep, Eight Max] to earn the $71,974 first place payday. He outlasted ‘bscmt’ who settled for just over $51,000 as the runner up. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot also made an appearance on this final table, bowing out in eighth place for $6,900. The second of the $1K’s saw the #10-ranked player in the world, Sweden’s ‘inhoo’, take down the $1,050 POWERFEST #06-HR [PKO, Fast, Eight Max] for a total score of over $50K. Playing under his partypoker screen name ‘petdet3ctive’, the Swede grabbed the first place prize of $23,827 and tacked on an additional $28,384 over 10 collected bounties. ‘MysterioBrown’ finished in second place, taking home $23,827 plus over $8,600 in bounties. partypoker ambassador Kristen ‘Krissyb24’ Bicknell finished in sixth place for over $6,400 + $1,885 in bounties. POWERFEST $530 #01-HR [Slow, 8-Max], $250,000 Gtd 555 entrants, $277,500 prize pool 1. Ignent - $51,726 2. DamianLillard - $36,768.75 3. beguidobao - $25,058.25 4. z-booooo - $17,343.75 5. La.Brouletterie - $12,210 6. spinner2255 - $8,824.50 7. Krissyb24 - $6,354.75 8. Alien_Army - $4,551 POWERFEST $1,050 #02-HR [Deep, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 371 entrants, $371,000 prize pool 1. Hac3Cosas - $71,974 2. bscmt - $51,940 3. Sheparentao - $35,987 4. TullaMoreFan12 - $25,784.50 5. BateBicoPLZ - $18,364.50 6. NoisiaRadio - $13,615.70 7. shorezydrew - $9,460.50 8. proudflop - $6,900.60 POWERFEST $5,200 #03-SHR [8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 141 entrants, $705,000 prize pool 1. DeanMalenko - $162,079.50 2. wildace10 - $116,325 3. mwhldwn - $84,600 4. omgitsgiraf - $59,925 5. proudflop - $42,300 6. joaosimaobh - $33,487.50 7. Equilibrium_x - $26,649 8. TIMEXCNT - $21,150 POWERFEST $2,100 #04-HR [PKO, 8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 250 entrants, $512,000 prize pool 1. JgsNV - $40,305.44 + $56,023.28 in bounties 2. pockjack0 - $40,255.41 + $17,156.83 in bounties 3. mnbvcxziki - $28,713.40 + $9,089,06 in bounties 4. lgnent - $21,228.86 + $17,316.80 in bounties 5. smir9david - $14,969.07 + $10,352.34 in bounties 6. hi_all - $11,430.92 + $1,570 in bounties 7. Beeeetelgeuse - $8,437.11 + $4,331.25 in bounties 8. Maddonaa - $6,259.79 + $525 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #05-HR [Deep, Turbo, 8-Max], $100,000 Gtd 218 entrants, $111,725 prize pool 1. lincownz - $22,780.79 2. spera9k1 - $16,535.30 3. Spacey1891 - $11,786.98 4. petdet3ctive - $8,714.55 5. Flompe - $6,144.87 6. Jeff7010 - $4,692.45 7. kimokh - $3,463.47 8. ilushan - $2,569.67 POWERFEST $1,050 #06-HR [PKO, Fast, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 303 entrants, $309,060 prize pool 1. petdet3ctive - $23,827 + $28,384.70 in bounties 2. MysterioBrown - $23,797.32 + $8,616.57 in bounties 3. A23456789 - $16,701.80 + $7,645.62 in bounties 4. alwayswin2222 - $12,154.28 + $9,441.24 in bounties 5. Otxark0agabr0 - $8,598.94 + $3,956.87 in bounties 6. Krissyb24 - $6,449.21 + $1,885 in bounties 7. KERBMODE - $4,547.52 + $6,191.25 in bounties 8. SleepWalker13 - $3,307.28 + $4,452.50 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #07-HR [PKO, Turbo, Mix-Max], $100,000 Gtd 230 entrants, $117,875 prize pool 1. Barsukeen - $10,105.27 + $14,917.51 in bounties 2. megustaestrecha - $10,093.70 + $3,248.45 in bounties 3. alex2pairs - $7,180.25 + $2,190.25 in bounties 4. Krissyb24 - $5,235.19 + $2,272.26 in bounties 5. RhymeAndReason - $3,909.46 + $1,529.89 in bounties 6. Maddonaa - $2,606.31 + $1,443.75 in bounties 7. BernhardPavar - $1,581.25 + $1,000.79 in bounties 8. zxsd1976 - $1,581.25 + $1,804.67 in bounties 9. Isildur1 - $1,581.25 + $2,411.71 in bounties
  5. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Three Former #1’s Make Top 20 In The Milly Maker After the massive, record-setting Millionaire Maker field of 8,809 played down to the top 20 there were still three former #1-ranked players in the field. Calvin Anderson, Joao Simao, and Steven van Zadelhoff all had hopes of taking home the over $1.3 million first-place prize however, this time it wasn’t meant to be. All three players did end up walking away with healthy five-figure scores. Anderson finished his run in 20th place for $47,820 while Simao laddered up from there, eventually falling in 16th place and banking $59,833. van Zadelhoff just barely missed out on making the final table, when he four-bet shoved his crippled stack with pocket sixes and lost a race against two overs. The one-time PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion picked up $95,720 for 11th place bringing his lifetime live career earnings just shy of $1.9 million. Paul Volpe Goes Deep In No Limit 2-7…Again Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe’s nickname may be ‘The Main Event’ but the poker world may want to give him another moniker, something to do with the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 event. For the fifth time in seven years, Volpe found himself once again making money in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship. Volpe has made a habit out of going deep in the pro-heavy WSOP event. Not only did he take down the whole thing in 2014 for over $253,000, but he also finished in the top 15 in 2018 and have now made the final table in 2013, 2017, and again here in 2019 - finishing in seventh place for $31,556. Volpe has made $346,668 in the $10K No Limit 2-7 since 2013, giving him a remarkable 495% ROI in this event alone. Shaun Deeb Is Keeping His Promise Shaun Deeb is doing exactly what he said he’d do at the 2019 World Series of Poker - playing absolutely everything. Deeb has been firing in every event he can in his pursuit of back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year awards and he’s the first former #1-ranked PocketFiver to five cashes for the 2019 series. His largest cash of the series thus far has come in Event #18 ($10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship) where he just missed out on the final table, falling in ninth place for $34,467. Deeb also found success in Event #13 ($1,500 No Limit 2-7) finishing in 16th place for $3,862. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to know that Deeb also made a deep run in the second online bracelet event of the year, Event #24 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed) where he ended his run in 13th place for $5,647. Despite picking up a number of results, he has yet to lock down the larger scores it is going to take to propel him up the POY leaderboard. He currently sits ranked #35 on that list. EVENT POSITION WINNINGS The Big 50 - $500 No Limit Hold'em 3597th $797.00 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball 16th $3,862.00 $10,000 Omaha H/L 8 Championship 9th $34,467.00 $600 Pot Limit Omaha - Online 13th $5,647.00 $1,500 8 Game Mix Six Handed 82nd $2,257.00 ‘Lena900’ Wont Million The current king of the worldwide online poker rankings, ’lena900’ took a break from his online grind to make his way to Las Vegas and hop into the 2019 Millionaire Maker. His 529th place finish was only the fourth WSOP cash of his career, good for $4,106.
  6. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
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