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  1. With the decision to postpone or cancel all current live WSOP Circuit events, the WSOP quickly put together an 18-event online series on WSOP.com for players in New Jersey or Nevada. The series featured 18 gold ring events, with a total of $1.24 million in combined prize pool guarantees up for grabs. The series started March 14, 2020, and ran through March 31. When it was all said and done, the guarantees were smashed thanks to 11,816 total entries generating more than $3.945 million in total prize pools. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“NJ Online Poker Promos”] WSOP Super Circuit Series Results Event #1: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 409 entries + 161 reentries Prize pool: $171,000 The opening event, a $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack event, drew 409 entries who also fired 161 rebuys to build a $171,000 prize pool to easily surpass the $50,000 guarantee. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para outlasted everybody else to win $41,895 and the Circuit ring that comes with the title. Runner-up Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder earned $23,512.50 and Jesse 'ugk4life' Vilchez. added $14,364 to their bankroll after rounding out the podium finishers with a third place result. The current #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo, finished in 12th place for $1,881. Daniel Negreanu, playing under the screenname 'DNegs', finished in 118th place while Ryan 'protential' Laplante, David 'dwpoker' Williams, and Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia also worked their way into an in-the-money result. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para - $41,895 Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder - $23,512.50 Jesse 'ugk4life.' Vilchez - $14,364 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $10,944 Jeffrey 'IQ84.' Gotts - $9,234 Jonathan 'jondukes' Lampkin - $7,524 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $5,643 Kathy 'Luckygal' Liebert - $3,762 Christopher 'DonyBluffMe1' Ryan - $2,479.50 Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em 720 entries + 221 reentries Prize pool: $188,200 The first Sunday event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em event, also made a mockery of the guarantee. The 720 players, along with 221 rebuys, pushed the prize pool to $188,200, nearly four times the $50,000 guarantee. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topped the 941 entries to win $43,286 and the accompanying Circuit ring. This is the fourth WSOP Circuit ring win for Stout, with three of them coming in online events. His most recent win came last September when he won a $1,000 Circuit event. Runner-up Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk earned $22,866.30 for falling one spot short of the victory while James 'Meatsweats' Carroll won $15,056 as the third-place finisher. The current #3-ranked player in Nevada, Jed 'jchak' Hoffman finished in 22nd place for $752. Both Jamie "DanBilzerian' Kerstetter and Laplante cashed in a second-straight event. Laplante finished in 95th place for $357.58, while Kerstetter finished 116th for $319.94. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $43,286 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $22,866.30 James 'Meatsweats' Carroll - $15,056 Adam 'leroycash' Vogl - $11,292 David 'zuleh' Bagheri - $9,410 Matthew 'gailums' Gailums - $7,528 Bryant 'gotchasuckka' Bustamante - $5,457.80 Patrick 'PatFromEH' Dimartino - $3,387.60 Daniel 'pepperprince' Zack - $2,446.60 Event #3: $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo 484 entries + 185 reentries Prize pool: $133,800 The third event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo event, drew 484 unique players who rebought 185 times to produce a $133,800 prize pool, well past the $50,000 guarantee. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman worked his way through all 669 entries to win $32,781 and a WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt picked up $18,397.50 and third-place finisher Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro added $11,239.20 to their bankroll. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $32,781 Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt - $18,397.50 Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro - $11,239.20 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $8,563.20 Ted 'olmuggins' Ely - $7,225.20 Qi 'linsanitY' Ha - $5,887.20 John 'beastro' Hinds - $4,415.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $2,943.60 Michael 'uniman' Laufer - $1,940.10 Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max 182 entries + 108 reentries Prize pool: $276,950 The series' fourth event was the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max. It came with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000, but that guarantee was smashed with a turnout of 182 players and 108 reentries to generate a $276,950 purse. First place was worth nearly as much as the event's prize pool guarantee, with the winner taking home $74,776.50. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai won the fourth event and took home the gold ring in addition to the $74,776.50 prize pool. He beat Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler in heads-up play. Just a couple weeks ago, Pillai won the WSOP.com Winter OC Main Event for $69,250. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout made the final table and was looking for his second win of the series, but he had to settle for sixth place and $13,847.50. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished fifth, Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall took fourth, and Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan busted fourth. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai - $74,776.50 Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $43,619.62 Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan - $24,925.50 Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $19,386.50 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $16,617 Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $13,847.50 Event #5: $215 No Limit Hold’em 562 entries + 297 reentries Prize pool: $171,800 The fifth event on the schedule continued the trend of making easy work of the posted guarantees, with 562 entries, along with 297 rebuys, to create a $171,800 prize pool on an event which had a $50,000 guarantee. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes took the event down for $41,232 - a career-high score - and his first WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Brandon 'horus' Eisen had to settle for $21,818.60 while third place went to Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross for $14,259.40. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes - $41,232 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $21,818.60 Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross - $14,259.40 unclecuh - $10,823.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $9,105.40 Jacob 'Timmy2Cox' Rich - $7,387.40 Tyler 'dumbram' Patterson - $5,497.60 Stephen 'DitchPlains' Brennan - $3,607.80 James 'richrdparker' Taylor - $2,405.20 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold’em 461 entries + 295 reentries Prize pool: $217,800 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew 461 players and 265 reentries, creating a $217,800 prize pool to smash the $50,000 guarantee. Winning the event was James "Meatsweats" Carroll, taking home $53,361. Carroll had previously finished third in the second event of the series of $15,056. Carroll defeated Brian 'bexel' Sherrier in heads-up play. Sherrier now has two final tables in the series. James 'meatsweats' Carroll - $53,361 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $29,947.50 Stanton 'Stonniepokes' Tentnowski - $18,295.20 Steve 'Anonymous' Mlenak - $13,939.20 Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $11,761.20 David 'limpfold247' Mowery - $9,583.20 Jonathan 'jonathannn' Su - $7,187.40 Scott 'moose4life' Lazewski - $4,791.60 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $3,158.10 Event #7: $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 261 entries + 193 reentries Prize pool: $90,800 The great game of Pot Limit Omaha was finally represented on the WSOP Circuit schedule on Friday night with a $215 Six Max PLO event. Like the No Limit Hold'em events before it, the PLO event had little trouble making the guarantee. Thanks to 261 entries and 193 reentries, the prize pool ballooned to $90,800, more than three times the $30,000 guarantee. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire topped the field to win $23,608 and the second Circuit ring of his career. His first ring also came in an online event in September 2019. Runner-up Sang 'outofrole80' Kim earned $13,620 while Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio won $7,990.40 for coming in third. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire - $23,608 Sang 'outofrole80' Kim - $13,620 Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio - $7,990.40 Dylan 'thedogsofwar' Wilkerson - $6,174.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,175.60 Orson 'borgatcha' Young - $4,267.60 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 569 entries + 257 reentries Prize pool: $247,800 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack was a big one, drawing 569 players and adding 257 reentries for a guarantee-smashing prize pool of $247,800. The original prize pool guarantee of $75,000 was more than tripled in this one, with a $59,472 first-place prize up for grabs. Taking top honors was Kenneth 'ace710' Neri, and he pocketed the nearly $60,000 first prize and gold ring for the victory. Just a week ago, Neri topped the field in the $50,000 GTD March Mayhem on WSOP.com, winning $20,880 for that triumph. Finishing in eighth place was Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong, earning $10,655.40 for his run. Kenneth 'ace710' Neri - $59,472 Daniel 'dtmpoker' Rogers - $31,470.60 Lucas 'coolhandluke' Gatti - $20,567.40 Mark 'Nostradonkus' Liedtke - $15,611.40 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $13,133.40 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $10,655.40 Brandon 'z00m7' Setzer - $7,929.80 Kevin 'skywalker12' Rasor - 5,203.80 Stephen 'OregonTilt' Johnson - $3,469.20 Event #9: $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack 477 entries + 159 reentries Prize pool: $318,000 Just a few days after he took second in the series' Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max for $43,619.62, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler scored first place in Sunday's $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack for $77,910. Dokler topped the field that attracted 477 players and 159 entries, including topping Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra in heads-up play. Also finishing at the final table was Calvin 'projector52' Anderson, who took fifth place for $17,172. Anderson also had an excellent run in WSOP.com's $100,000 GTD Sunday Special, finishing 11th for $2,208.80. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $77,910 Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra - $43,725 James 'BagelBud' Lillis - $26,712 Eric 'bill_luga' Blair - $20,352 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $17,172 Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty - $13,992 Keith 'kgriffi45' Griffin - $10,494 Matthew 'manjit7' Leu - $6,996 Brady 'NoRecourse' Osterman - $4,611 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout 473 entries Prize pool: $110,209 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout attracted 473 players and generated a prize pool of $110,209, which toppled the event's $30,000 guarantee. Once again, first place was nearly the amount that the original prize pool guarantee was, with $27,001.20 up top in this one. Finishing in first place was Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker. Lacey 'ReySol' Jones placed third for $9,257.55. Jones was just a few spots away from winning her second WSOP Circuit gold ring after she won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em of the WSOP.com Online Circuit Series at the end of February. Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter finished eighth for $2,424.59. Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker - $27,001.50 Robert 'Agamerob' Gray - $15,153.73 Lacey 'ReySol' Jones - $9,257.55 Michael 'mygame' Lavenburg - $7,053.37 'KingJames302' - $5,951.28 Jack 'oneeightyt' Duong - $4,849.19 Ari 'philivey' Engel - $3,636.89 Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter - $2,424.59 Justin 'Str8_Acid' Davis - $1,598.03 Event #11: No Limit Hold'em BIG $500 314 entries + 217 reentries Prize pool: $247,977 Event #11 of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series saw a familiar face grab first place. The event attracted 314 players and 217 reentries to generate a $247,977 prize pool. First place was more than $63,000 and it was Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topping the field when it was all said and done. For Stout, it was his second win of the series after he won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em for $43,286. Stout had a tough final table to go through, which included Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon, Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey, and Michael 'RUA11' Michnick, among others. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $63,234.13 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $35,956.66 Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon - $21,326.02 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $16,366.48 Jake 'tooletime13' Toole - $13,886.71 Joshua 'kenjiboi7' Faris - $11,406.94 Brett 'furofakind' Shaffer - $8,679.19 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $5,703.47 Michael 'RUA11' Michnick - $3,697.63 Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em 541 entries + 303 reentries Prize pool: $168,800 On Wednesday, March 25, Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em played out. The event's $50,000 guarantee was crushed thanks to a $168,800 prize pool generated from 541 entries and 303 reentries. Winning first place was William 'swaggyb' Corvino, who scored the tournament's $40,512 first-place prize. William 'swaggyb' Corvino - $40,512 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $21,437.60 Phillip 'pbrokemoney' Lazar - $14,010.40 Bradley 'Mouth1979' Hose - $10,634.40 Saurav 'blackoutmook' Desai - $8,946.40 Michael 'njnj17' Leib - $7,258.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,401.60 Dan 'NoLimitNomad' Kuntzman - $3,544.80 Sammy 'poker_mamba' Paik - $2,363.20 Event #13: $320 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max 402 entries + 271 reentries Prize pool: $201,900 The 13th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was a $320 buy-in six-max event that drew 402 players. With 271 reentries, the prize pool came in at $201,900, easily surpassing the event's $75,000 guarantee. Topping the field and taking the $49,465.50 first-place prize was 'OtB_RedBaron.' Thomas 'OtB_RedBaron' Lim - $49,465.50 Simeon 'evolved_one' Knafo - $27,761.25 Zachary 'lovepuddle' Schwartz - $16,959.60 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $12,921.60 Jonathan 'jonmon101' Miller - $10,902.60 Ray 'Raytrg' Villaman - $8,883.60 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $6,662.70 Harrison 'harrisond33' Dobin - $4,441.80 Ryan 'LoveMy11Cats' Belz - $2,927.55 Event #14: $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 422 entries + 214 reentries Prize pool: $149,460 The 14th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was another guarantee-smashing success. The $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament had a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000, but thanks to 422 players and 214 reentries, a prize pool of $149,460 was generated. Finishing in first place was Sang 'youngkoi' Lee, who scooped up the $36,617.70 first-place prize. Lee defeated Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken in heads-up play, with Vanauken taking $20,550.75 for his efforts. For Vanauken, it was his second event of the series finishing as the runner up. Vanauken finished second in Event 11 for $35,956.66, too. Also reaching the final table was Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano, placing ninth for $2,167.17. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee - $36,617.70 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $20,550.75 Vincent 'PeoplesChamp' Ciccotelli - $12,55.64 Jordan 'HFNeon' Spurlin - $9,565.44 Timothy 'tbone111' McGowan - $8,070.84 Jason 'jayriv' Rivkin - $6,576.24 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $4,932.18 Junho 'joros' Song - $3,288.12 Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano - $2,167.17 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em 473 entries + 258 reentries Prize pool: $219,300 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew a field of 473 players to the mix. Add in 258 reentries and the prize pool came in at $219,300, topping the $75,000 guarantee easily. Winning the event's $53,728.50 first-place prize was Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean. 'DrDisRespect' defeated Justin 'tamaratibles' Young in heads-up play, with second place being worth $30,153.75. Daniel 'chard' Martin, who finished fourth in the first event of the series, took sixth in this one for $9,649.20. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished eighth for $4,824.60. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean - $53,728.50 Justin 'tamaratibles' Young - $30,153.75 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $18,421.20 Pierce 'victoria53' McKellar - $14,035.20 Joseph 'melonhead' Bartholdi - $11,842.20 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $9,649.20 Bryan 'mug15' Elliott - $7,236.90 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $4,824.60 Anthony 'shipit1991' Marchese - $3,179.85 Event #16: $525 No Limit Hold'em Main Event 763 entries + 371 reentries Prize pool: $567,000 The series' $525 Main Event attracted a huge field of 763 players. Those players added 371 reentries to the mix to create a prize pool of $567,000. The event's original guarantee was $200,000. Up top to the winner was $130,410 in prize money. Walking away with that first-place prize was Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas. Douglas defeated Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein in heads-up play. The event was packed full of notables and so was the final table. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman finished fourth for $34,020, Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo took fifth for $28,350, and David 'dwpoker' Williams placed sixth for $22,680. Finishing just outside the final able in 10th place was Eric 'CircleBall' Baldwin and Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross took 12th. Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas - $130,41 Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein - $68,890.50 Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne- $45,360 Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $34,020 Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo - $28,350 David 'dwpoker' Williams - $22,680 Marcus 'MJL56' Laffen - $16,443 Robert 'Bob_Loblaw' Brown - $10,206 Jose 'deposit' Noboa - $7,371 Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout 435 entries Prize pool: $122,670 In the second-to-last event of the series, Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk topped a field of 435 players to win Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout. In addition to winning the $19,396.65 first-place prize, Shabelnyk scored seven and a half knockouts for an additional $750. That put the total haul at $20,146.65. In heads-up play, Shabelnyk defeated Anthony 'heheh' Zinno. David 'dehhhhh' Coleman finished fifth and Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler took seventh. Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk - $19,396.65 + $750 in bounties Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $10,885.87 + $700 in bounties Edward 'Eddiegood598' Espino - $6,650.28 + $400 in bounties Sebastian 'Messi10' Choi - $5,066.88 + $800 in bounties David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $4,275.18 + $400 in bounties Timothy 'Tgl702' Glass - $3,483.48 + $400 in bounties Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $2,612.61 + $1,400 in bounties Irfan 'DieselEngine' Azhar - $1,741.74 + $500 in bounties Longsheng 'Allentan' Tan - $1,147.96 + $1,000 in bounties Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max 232 entries + 126 reentries Prize pool: $341,890 The final event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series closed out the festival with a bang, as Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max destroyed its $75,000 guarantee with a prize pool of $341,890. In fact, the first-place prize of $90,600.85 was more than the original prize pool guarantee. Finishing in first place was Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne, who was coming off a third-place finish in the $525 Main Event. Doyne defeated Chad 'clayne' Layne in heads-up play. Layne previously finished second and third in other events earlier in the series. Also reaching the final table was Katie 'katelin' Lindsay and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman. Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne - $90,600.85 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $52,922.95 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $30,257.26 Katie 'katelin' Lindsay - $23,248.52 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $19,829.62 Thomas 'carter12' Carter - $16,410.72 Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard The WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series qualifies for the Global Casino Championship. The series' main event winner will receive an automatically qualification to the Global Casino Championship, as will the winner of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard. You can find the latest leaderboard below, per WSOP.com. Player Points Gold Rings Cashes Earnings 1. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout 140 2 6 $122,389 2. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler 107.5 1 7 $124,200 3. James 'meatsweats' Carroll 95 1 5 $71,025 4. Brian 'bexel' Sherrier 87.5 0 5 $44,385 5. Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken 80 0 4 $57,180 6. Chad 'clayne' Layne 77.5 0 4 $41,375 7. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean 75 1 5 $56,803 8. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire 72.5 1 5 $28,503 9. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson 70 0 4 $38,933 10. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee 67.5 1 4 $39,298 Super Circuit Series By the Numbers Event Players Reentries Total Entries Guarantee Prize Pool 1 409 161 570 $50,000 $171,000 2 720 221 941 $50,000 $188,200 3 484 185 669 $50,000 $133,800 4 182 108 290 $75,000 $276,950 5 562 297 859 $50,000 $171,800 6 461 295 756 $50,000 $217,800 7 261 193 454 $30,000 $90,800 8 569 257 826 $75,000 $247,800 9 477 159 636 $150,000 $318,000 10 473 0 473 $30,000 $110,209 11 314 217 531 $75,000 $247,977 12 541 303 844 $50,000 $168,800 13 402 271 673 $75,000 $201,900 14 422 214 636 $50,000 $149,460 15 473 258 731 $75,000 $219,300 16 763 371 1,134 $200,000 $567,000 17 435 0 435 $30,000 $122,670 18 232 126 358 $75,000 $341,890 Totals 11,816 $3,945,356  
  2. The PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship kicked off Sunday at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas. Anticipation for the event was through the roof in the days leading up to its start, and the energy only heightened as the hundreds of poker players shuffled into the tournament room before the start of play. All day long, there has been an electric buzz in the Bahamian air and PocketFives spoke to a few players about the atmosphere surrounding the PSPC. "It’s crazy,” Christian Harder said of the event’s atmosphere. “I was actually talking to someone earlier and I was like, ‘Is this the biggest tournament outside of the WSOP Main Event in the history of poker?’ It's up there." Harder is no stranger to playing events of this level, but this event seems to have a different feel to it than others with a similar $25,000 price tag. “It definitely has much more of a main event feel than a high roller,” Harder, winner of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event, said. “Usually, the 25K price point is more pros or [recreational players] that are used to playing bigger buy-ins. It definitely has much more of a feel as a 5K or a 5K main event, which is great.” Another player with plenty of experience in big buy-in poker tournaments is Jason Somerville, and he’s also in the Bahamas to compete in the PSPC. Like Harder, Somerville compared the PSPC to having an atmosphere like the WSOP Main Event. “This has been amazing,” Somerville told PocketFives. “It’s very interesting. It’s kind of like the World Series of Poker Main Event. You’ve got a lot of qualifiers, people you haven’t seen before. So many people I would never see play a tournament like this have ‘reemerged.’ Most people stopped coming to the Bahamas when Black Friday happened, so it’s great to see. Awesome energy, huge prize pool - it’s awesome.” Somerville was posted up at the main feature table for the first two levels of the opening day and commented on how his table was playing after he wasn’t sure what type of playing environment the PSPC would bring. “I was just at the feature table for two hours and I think only Sam Greenwood and I talked, and Sam doesn’t talk that much,” Somerville said. “Everybody feels a little nervous. Even me when I first sat down, I’m like, ‘Wow, this is a serious poker tournament.’ I wasn’t sure if we were going to get that giddy chattiness or if you were going to get the scared silence, but my table at least was the scared silent type. It’s OK with me. I’ll just hang out, watch the Chargers win, and we’ll go from there.” Matt Stout also made the trip down to the Bahamas, as he has many times before, and in similar fashion to Harder and Somerville, he likened the PSPC to having the feel of the WSOP. “It’s obviously a lot softer,” Stout said. “It’s going to have a lot of people that have never played a 25K before and are never going to play a 25K again, but it’s also kind of cool because it has that Colossus or World Series of Poker Main Event vibe, where there’s a lot of people that this is their one and only shot. It’s a lot of fun. “I saw one guy, who was a qualifier, walking in and as he was walking past the trophy setup in the lobby I heard him say to his mother, ‘Hey, mom! Take a picture of me in front of this real quick.’ That just warmed my heart. This is just great for poker. It’s a really, really fun event. It has a special vibe to it. It’s really exciting.” Stout wasn’t always planning on coming to the PSPC, though. His first child was recently born in December, but ultimately he decided to make the trip because of the can’t-miss nature he felt regarding the PSPC. “I wasn’t planning on traveling much after the birth of my son, Asher, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play a tournament like this that’s one-of-a-kind and may literally never happen again,” Stout said.
  3. Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson has two World Championship of Online Poker titles and won the PokerStars Sunday Million in 2015. On Wednesday night he added World Poker Tour champion to his resume. The final table of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown featured a couple of high profile players, including a former WPT Player of the Year, but Margereson outlasted all of them to win $696,740, including a seat in the upcoming WPT Tournament of Champions. When the final table began, Jeff Fielder was sitting fourth in chips but over the first 45 hands of play, the two-time WPTDeepStacks champion saw his stack dwindle before a four-way pot ended his night. Faraz Jaka raised to 210,000 from UTG, Scott Margereson called from the cutoff, Fielder called from the button, and Brian Hastings defended the big blind. After Hastings checked the [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"][poker card="4s"] flop, Jaka bet 325,000 and Margereson and Fielder called while Hastings folded. The [poker card="7c"] turn got Jaka to check before Margereson bet 1,350,000. Fielder called and Jaka folded. The [poker card="6c"] got Margereson to move all in and Fielder called. Fielder tabled [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] for a rivered flush, but Margereson showed [poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"] for a flopped full house and Fielder was eliminated in sixth. Three hands later, Matt Stout tangled with Jaka, the Season VIII WPT POY, in what was ultimately his final hand of the tournament. From UTG Stout raised to 225,000 before Jaka raised to 675,000 from the button. Stout came over the top, moving all in for 2,925,000 and Jaka called. Stout showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but got bad news when Jaka showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"] flop was a brutal one for Stout and as the dealer placed the [poker card="qh"] on the turn, Stout was out in fifth place. The meaningless river was the [poker card="3h"]. Four-handed play last 66 hands before Jaka found himself on the good end of another cooler. Joey Couden raised to 475,000 from UTG and Jaka made it 1,500,000 to go from the big blind. Couden responded by moving all in for 9,600,000 and Jaka called, tabling [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] in the process. Couden tabled [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] and then stood to watch the board run out [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="ah"][poker card="3d"] to end his tournament with a fourth-place finish. Brian Hastings started the day with almost 33% of the chips in play but he was unable to turn that into his first WPT title. After 36 hands of three-handed play, Margereson button-raised to 500,000 and Hastings raised to 1,800,000 from the small blind. Jaka folded his big blind and Margereson called. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"] flop saw Hastings check-raise Margereson's 1,200,000 bet to 3,800,000. Margereson clicked back, moving all in and Hastings called all in for 9,825,000. Margereson showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="8c"] for a flush draw and an overcard to Hastings' [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="3d"] turn changed nothing but the [poker card="7c"] river filled Margereson's flush and ended Hastings' run in third place. Heads-up play began with Margereson holding a nearly 3-1 chip lead. Jaka eventually evened out the stacks, but after 2.5 hours and 81 hands, Margereson was too much for Jaka to overcome. On the final hand of the night Margereson open-shoved and Jaka called all in for 12,375,000, tabling [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"]. Margereson showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"] and then watched the dealer fan out the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9c"] flop to give him two pair. Neither the [poker card="7h"] turn or [poker card="ah"] river were enough to save Jaka, giving Margereson his first major title and almost $700,000. Final Table Payouts Scott Margereson - $696,740 (incl. $15,000 WPT TOC entry) Faraz Jaka - $454,496 Brian Hastings - $336,466 Joey Couden - $251,523 Matt Stout - $189,880 Jeff Fielder - $144,775
  4. "I wouldn't say it was easy; I just ran really good." Those were comments from Calvin cal42688Anderson to World Series of Poker staff after his victory on Sunday at the Rio in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better tournament. "Seven Stud Hi-Lo isn't a game where you can just start bluffing people in. You have to draw some cards and some cards have to go your way. But, I felt I played really well. I took my time on all the decisions. There were a lot of good opponents for sure, but I ran really good." Anderson is pictured, left, with fellow former #1 player Griffin Flush_EntityBenger. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Anderson, a former #1 player on PocketFives who is currently ranked #30, started the final table with a middle of the road stack. However, he quickly turned on the jets, as when five players remained, the Oklahoma native had more chips than the rest of the table combined. He added what a gold bracelet means to him: "It's a good feeling to win the gold bracelet. I wouldn't say it completely validates me and what I do for a career. I've had a lot of success, although I will certainly get a lot more recognition from this. It's definitely a good thing, especially after coming close a few times." Anderson final tabled a $10,000 HORSE event earlier this month and has won nearly a quarter of a million dollars from his WSOP cashes thus far in 2014. Online, Anderson has a sterling $5.5 million in MTT winnings, including a $303,000 hit for taking down the Full Tilt Poker$1.5 Million Guarantee in 2011. He has SCOOP and WCOOP wins on PokerStars and has won that site's Sunday Second Chance three times. Anderson's bracelet was the 12th claimed by members of the PocketFives community this year through 30 completed events. Here's how the final table of the $1,500 Stud event cashed out: 1st: Place Calvin cal42688 Anderson - $190,538 2nd Place: Joe Tehan - $118,014 3rd Place: Eric Kurtzman - $79,800 4th Place: Levon Torosyan - $55,319 5th Place: Melissa Burr - $39,181 6th Place: Sanjay Pandya - $28,346 7th Place: Jimmy gobboboy Fricke - $20,932 8th Place: John Myung - $15,772 Also at the Rio, Matt All in At 420Stout (pictured) leads the 15 remaining players in Event #31, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament. A top prize of $418,000 is hanging in the balance and Stout has a stack of 1.13 million in chips, the only player to bag seven-figures. His biggest hand of the day came with, you guessed it, pocket fives. He flopped a set with our eponymous hand and eliminated Alessandro Bardaro in 16th place to add 475,000 to his stack. Here's how the final 15 look: 1. Matt All In At 420 Stout - 1,130,000 2. Aleksandr Gofman - 951,000 3. Brett Shaffer - 812,000 4. Eric Spitzer - 674,000 5. Peter Gould - 639,000 6. Ronald Sullivan - 537,000 7. Steven McNallyville McNally - 463,000 8. Robert Schmidt - 442,000 9. Jason Vanstrom - 422,000 10. Rajaee Wazwaz - 359,000 11. Jim Jakobsen - 350,000 12. Kyle FirstEagle Weir - 181,000 13. Michael Souza - 167,000 14. Bryan Reisner - 133,000 15. Jonathan Kedj - 83,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. [caption width="640"] Ross Gottlieb may be a veterinarian by trade but he is no stranger when walking in the poker jungle. (Will OC photo)[/caption] Those among the New Jersey online poker fraternity who have a full-time profession other than poker often face difficulties in having time available to play. In that spirit, when the players in this group have time on their hands to play tournaments, they do everything in their power to make the time away from the 9-5 grind as profitable as possible. Before he started his career as a veterinarian, Ross ‘Acanthopis’ Gottlieb was preparing to have success in the game that has earned him $575,000 in online and live earnings. As a teenager, Gottlieb attempted to convince his mother to no initial avail to allow him to deposit money from her credit card into an online account. Undeterred by being rebuffed, Gottlieb researched bankroll management skills and presented a PowerPoint slideshow titled “Why I Will Never Go Bust." Gottlieb’s mother was so impressed by his presentation that she let him deposit $50. According to Gottlieb, he has not needed another “infusion” to his bankroll since that point. Gottlieb achieved plenty of success when he first started cutting his teeth online but never wavered from his internal mission of becoming a veterinarian or scientist of some kind. He began his undergraduate career with an interest in Marine Biology but eventually settled on land-based animals. During his time as an undergrad, Gottlieb says he played 30-40 hours a week and upwards of 20 tournaments on a given night and occasionally played live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. After finishing veterinary school at The Ohio State University, Gottlieb moved back to his home state of New Jersey where he has found happiness both in his practice and playing poker. “I work a consistent 40 hours a week at a great practice, Ocean County Veterinary Group based in Lakewood, NJ. I see both cats and dogs, as well as exotic pets like rabbits, ferrets, reptiles, and even fish. I absolutely love it and I love talking to people all day. What's neat is because I don't get to play such high volume, I’m legitimately excited to start each session, and I don't really get burnt out. On average I play four days a week and a pretty reduced (if any) Sunday schedule lately. Sunday is the only day my girlfriend (who is also a veterinarian) and I have off together, so we're often doing some kind of activity that day.” In the time the 27-year-old Gottlieb has spent playing live tournaments, he has done well for himself. The peak of his results came in 2015 when he final tabled the Extended Play event at the World Series of Poker. Gottlieb finished ninth for $35,000 in his final summer before starting life as a veterinarian. The memory of the run fondly sticks with Gottlieb and he is looking forward to taking another shot at the WSOP this summer. “I remember that run and having just an awesome rail of Matt Stout, Rachel Kranz, and several others, and it was just the coolest thing ever. With the live stream about to start, I was telling all my family and friends to watch, which was so exciting, and I'm still sorry I didn't get to give them a better show. Regardless, it was another ‘vindication’ moment for me letting me know that, yeah, I could be pretty successful at this if I would have pursued it full time. People play their whole lives to make a WSOP final table and never do, and to do that my first summer there was pretty neat.” In both his professional and poker life, Gottlieb has established himself as someone willing to put in the hard work necessary in order to reach his set goals. Poker may not be as big of a part of his life as it once was but given how much energy Gottlieb has already put into the game, he will continue to make the most of the time he gets to spend playing while keeping the promise made to his mother many years ago.
  6. The WSOP Circuit took to the virtual felt the past two weeks for a series of 13 gold ring events that took place on WSOP.com. Buy-ins ranged from $200 to $1,000, and the festival was capped off by the $525 Main Event. The series featured $1.035 million in guaranteed prize pools, with more than $1.6 million in prize money given out when it was all said and done. Among the winners of gold rings were Matt Stout, Anthony Maio, and Jed Hoffman. Event #1: $200 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout The first event of the series was the $200 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout tournament, and it attracted 387 entries. Up top was $9,604 and it was PocketFiver Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert grabbing first place and the first gold ring of the series. Seifert defeated Matt 'OutDriveYou' Moore in heads-up play. Notable finishes were had by PocketFivers Robert 'SLHalper' Taylor (4th), William 'Kyhomp' Jacob (12th), Paul 'rungood27' Scaturro (17th), and Joel 'BaoWow' Fuji (25th). 1st: Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert - $9,604 2nd: Matt 'OutDriveYou' Moore - $5,930 3rd: Jennifer 'jinjen007' Lee - $2,993 4th: Robert 'SLHalper' Taylor - $2,289 5th: Joshua 'SoulReads' Turner - $1,937 6th: Andrew 'PintoPedro' Donabedian - $1,585 7th: Vincent 'Allinvin138' Moscati - $1,197 8th: Adam 'C0ldKid' Vazquez - $810 9th: Kami 'Loco4coco' Hudson - $528 Event #2: $215 No-Limit Hold'em The second event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series drew 585 entries and generated a prize pool of $117,000. Up top was nearly $30,000, and it was Finian 'Acesrkings' Anuforo finishing in first place to collect the $29,250 winning prize. The highest finish by a PocketFiver was Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss' fifth-place result for $6,435. Fellow PocketFivers Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds (8th) and Richard 'findaway18' Davis (10th) also ran deep. 1st: Finian 'Acesrkings' Anuforo - $29,250 2nd: David 'GTOB0t' Yoon - $16,380 3rd: Daniel 'StayActive' Chan - $9,945 4th: Brett 'herrrooooo' Reiss - $7,605 5th: Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss - $6,435 6th: Batuhan 'batuking' Zadeh - $5,265 7th: Ryan 'Mink32' McCusker - $3,978 8th: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $2,691 9th: Jonas 'Puffin_Nails' Wexler - $1,755 Event #3: $320 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed The third event of the series was the largest one yet in terms of prize pool, attracting 428 entries for a $128,400 prize pool. PocketFiver Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan scored first place and won $34,026. Another PocketFiver, Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb, also reached the final table and finished fifth for $7,447. 1st: Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan - $34,026 2nd: Krista 'Pollux' Gifford - $19,902 3rd: Mark 'gotemmmmmm' Perry - $11,363 4th: Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng - $8,731 5th: Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $7,447 6th: Iurii 'Rainmakerr' Dzetsyna - $6,163 Event #4: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo The fourth event of the series drew a field of 356 entries for a fast-paced affair in the $250 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament. Jed 'jchak' Hoffman, a PocketFives member, won the event for $22,170. Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb, who had just finished fifth in the event prior, reached the final table in this event, too. This time, Gottlieb took fourth for $5,689. 1st: Jed 'jchak' Hoffman - $22,170 2nd: Paul 'meandharpua' Hirschorn - $12,967 3rd: John 'PokerBull197' Dombroski - $7,404 4th: Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $5,689 5th: Corey 'TheGilroy' Klima - $4,852 6th: Ryan 'Hero11' Herold - $4,016 7th: Jason 'JayRiv' Rivkin - $3,012 8th: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $2,008 9th: Pierre 'P_aire_146' Deissler - $1,422 Event #5: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Next up was the $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack tournament, and it drew a field of 358 entries to create a $107,400 prize pool. Some name players reached the final table, with Scott 'BigRiskky' Clements (3rd) and Dutch 'Dutch' Boyd (9th) both making the final nine, but finishing at the top was PocketFives member Brian 'pure__reason' Wood to earn the $27,924 first-place prize. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, who is currently ranked No. 2 in both New Jersey and the United States, finished 11th for $1,396. 1st: Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $27,924 2nd: Matthew 'TrstThePrcss' Paston - $16,110 3rd: Scott 'BigRiskky' Clements - $9,451 4th: Blake 'obiwin' Kelso - $7,303 5th: Joshua 'SoulReads' Turner - $6,122 6th: Stephen 'NJ_Treeve' Ma - $5,048 7th: Sean 'FilthyDiaper' Ruane - $3,866 8th: Isua 'MMMbang' Mbang - $2,578 9th: Dutch 'Dutch' Boyd - $1,826 Event #6: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack A big field of 612 entries showed up for the series' $320 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack tournament, generating a prize pool of $183,600. Plenty of notable names were in the money and ran deep, but finishing better than them all was Matt 'RubberFist' Stout to win the $44,982 first-place prize. PocketFiver and 2018 WSOP.com Player of the Year Ted 'olmuggins' Ely placed 27th in the event for $734. He finished just one spot better than Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman. 1st: Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $44,982 2nd: Dylan 'TheSmith' Smith - $25,245 3rd: Anna 'PoFuk' Antimony - $15,422 4th: Jonas 'Puffin_Nails' Wexler - $11,750 5th: Marcus 'MarcoPoloo' Acuna - $9,914 6th: Robert 'bjacks' Jackson - $8,078 7th: Barry 'Flopaholic' Finn - $6,059 8th: Craig 'imgrinding' Varnell - $4,039 9th: Sridhar 'sri50k' Sangannagari - $2,662 Event #7: $200 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo Another turbo tournament took place with the seventh event of the series, and it was Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds who enjoyed the most success from the field of 407. Reynolds won the event for $21,164, beating Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio in heads-up play. Michael 'itWasThatOr0' Gagliano finished 19th for $773. 1st: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $21,164 2nd: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $12,210 3rd: Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $7,163 4th: Steven 'CHAU.GIANG' Rice - $5,535 5th: Mikhail 'AntiKiller' Sher - $4,640 6th: Thayer 'Rasta_Raf' Rasmussen - $3,826 7th: Norman 'Abnormality' Michalek - $2,930 8th: Michael 'RUA11' Michnik - $1,954 9th: Jennifer 'Jlfitzgib100' Fitzgibbon - $1,384 Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed The largest buy-in of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series took place on Tuesday, March 5. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed tournament drew a field of 191 entries and generated a prize pool of $182,405. More than $50,000 awaited the winner, and when the dust had settled, it was PocketFives member Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat scoring the $50,161 first-place prize. Bibat defeated a fellow PocketFiver in heads-up play, as Ryan 'saucebae' Hohner took second for $29,185. Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein placed seventh, Joseph 'MegolaMan1ac' Liberta took eighth, and Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds finished ninth. Michael 'itWasThatOr0' Gagliano finished 14th. 1st: Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat - $50,161 2nd: Ryan 'saucebae' Hohner - $29,185 3rd: Pierce 'Victoria53' Mckellar - $16,599 4th: James 'Dequavious' Casement - $12,951 5th: Thomas 'Carter12' Carter - $11,127 6th: Tara 'bertperton' Cain - $9,303 7th: Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein - $7,114 8th: Joseph 'MegolaMan1ac' Liberta - $4,560 9th: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $3,283 Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold'em Finishing atop the field of 419 entries in Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold'em and winning the $21,788 first-place prize was Alexandre 'Apalexpex' Moreira. Three PocketFives members made the final table, with Alex 'DimSumGuru' Jim (4th), Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein (5th), and Don 'blonde2020' Himpele (9th) all reaching the final nine. Outside of the final table, Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio finished 11th for $1,089. 1st: Alexandre 'Apalexpex' Moreira - $21,788 2nd: Thomas 'Thomasippoli' Ippolito - $12,570 3rd: Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen - $7,374 4th: Alex 'DimSumGuru' Jim - $5,698 5th: Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein - $4,777 6th: Ana 'Lagrock' Valentin - $3,939 7th: Jim 'nokilok' McCrink - $3,017 8th: Longsheng 'AllenTan' Tan - $2,011 9th: Don 'blonde2020' Himpele - $1,425 Event #10: $320 No-Limit Hold'em The 10th event of the series was another $320 buy-in event and it attracted 386 entries. The prize pool tallied in at $115,800, with a first-place prize north of $30,000 up for grabs. Charles 'TahoeSkiBum' Ambrogi emerged as the winner, defeating Steve 'Gborooo' Gross in second place. Two PocketFivers reached the final table. John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza finished in sixth place, and Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo took seventh. 1st: Charles 'TahoeSkiBum' Ambrogi - $30,687 2nd: Steve 'Gborooo' Gross - $17,949 3rd: Brandon 'z00m7' Setzer - $10,248 4th: Troy 'Troy_Altmuth' Altbaum - $7,874 5th: Dean 'Nikobellic99' Curreri - $6,716 6th: John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza - $5,558 7th: Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo - $4,169 8th: Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke - $2,779 9th: Veronica 'pokeryogi' Dunn - $1,969 Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio scored his first WSOP Circuit ring when he won Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. Maio topped a field of 295 entries and took home $15,930. Brett 'hangerman' Richey finished in third place for $5,310, and Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen took eighth for $1,416. 1st: Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $15,930 2nd: Skylar 'SkyGonzo' Gonzalez - $9,292 3rd: Brett 'hangerman' Richey - $5,310 4th: Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $4,130 5th: Ronnie 'MarlaSinger' Pease - $3,540 6th: Michael 'HankdaTank' St. John - $2,950 7th: Edward 'Eddiegood598' Espino - $2,242 8th: Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen - $1,416 9th: Steven 'FreshCakes' Grybas - $1,003 Event #12: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack With a field of 387 entries, the second-to-last event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series generated a prize pool of $116,100. The top 40 places reached the money, with Rafael 'sosana' Perry winning the $30,186 first-place prize. Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat, who won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed, took third for $10,216. 1st: Rafael 'sosana' Perry - $30,186 2nd: Christopher 'MineMineMine' Horter - $17,415 3rd: Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat - $10,216 4th: Robert 'lowrider711' Chasen - $7,894 5th: Daniel 'BanaCreamPie' Buzgon - $6,617 6th: Michael 'geNet1x_' Cannon - $5,456 7th: Matt 'OMG_Obama' Iles - $4,179 8th: Douglas 'CheeksK' Kurth - $2,786 9th: Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss - $1,973 Event #13: $525 Main Event The feature event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series was the $525 Main Event. It boasted a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and brought in 770 entries for a final prize offering of $385,000. Taking top honors and the $92,400 first-place prize was William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine from Riverside, Connecticut. Romaine beat out Jeffrey 'memorymotel' Orem in heads-up play to earn the title, with Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio finishing in fifth place. The top 100 places reached the money, with a min-cash worth $808. Notable finishes were had by Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds (11th), Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert (13th), and Steve 'Gborooo' Gross (25th). 1st: William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine - $92,400 2nd: Jeffrey 'memorymotel' Orem - $48,895 3rd: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $31,955 4th: Brad 'bd3109' Albrinck - $24,255 5th: Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $20,405 6th: Alexander 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $16,555 7th: Joseph 'PITCHTHEBTCH' Curcio - $12,320 8th: Marc 'speechdoc' Farro - $8,085 9th: Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $5,390
  7. Coming up this Friday, poker's finest players and stars from Hollywood will once again step to the felt to take part in what has become one of the top charitable poker enterprises in the industry. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The Charity Series of Poker, established in 2014 by poker professional Matt All In At 420Stout, has crisscrossed the United States since its inception, helping out many outstanding causes. Last year at this time, CSOP held its second ever event during the running of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida and will return this Friday for its second annual event. As it did in 2014, the 2015 CSOP charitable tournament will benefit the Broward County Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International, who will split the proceeds. "It's great to be back at the Hard Rock for our second annual CSOP event benefiting Habitat for Humanity," Stout, the president of the CSOP, stated to PocketFives. "Our inaugural event at the Planet Hollywood in Vegas and our annual event at the Borgata also mean a lot to me, but the way that Hard Rock gets behind us for this event can't be matched and Habitat was the first charity I ever got involved with when I was 17. Both organizations hold a special place in my heart, which makes this my favorite CSOP event of the year." With the Main Event for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open starting on Saturday, there are going to be plenty of celebrities and poker professionals in town for the CSOP event. The festivities will begin at 5PM with a pre-party to kick off the evening at the L Bar at Seminole Hard Rock (pictured). Until 7PM, players, organizers, and celebrities such as actors Ashley Greene (Twilight), Mekhi Phifer (ER, Dawn of the Dead), and Sasha Barrese (The Hangover) will partake in the open bar and $5,000 in giveaways from Hard Rock, with such prizes as a three-night trip to the Hard Rock Punta Cana, dinner at the Hard Rock Hollywood, and a guitar autographed by the legendary Elvis Costello. At 7PM, the tournament action kicks off. Open to the public, the $300 buy-in tournament ($140 of it will go to the prize pool, $140 will go to the charitable causes, and $20 in juice) will draw the above actors and players such as recently crowned World Series of Poker National Champion Loni Harwood; World Poker Tour champions Anthony Zinno, Marvin Rettenmaier, Will Failla and Jared Jaffee; Matt Glantz; Allen Kesslerl and Stout (pictured below). CSOP will put up two $1,000 prizes, one for the person who is holding the chip lead at the end of the late registration period and another for the person who makes the most rebuys in the tournament. There will be a cash pool that the players are striving for, but the additional prizes offered by Hard Rock might be better than the cash. The eventual champion of the tournament will receive a buy-in to the next day's Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, a $5300 value, while second through tenth will receive these prizes: 2nd Place: A six-night stay at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, entry into the Punta Cana Poker Classic Main Event, transportation to and from the Punta Cana International Airport, unlimited food and beverage credit, $1,500 in resort credit, $1,000 in travel money and other amenities. 3rd Place: A stay at any Hard Rock property in the United States valued at $2,000 and $1000 in travel expenses. 4th Place: Quarterbacks of the Century signed jersey. 5th Place: John Elway Signed Jersey 6th Place: Dan Marino Signed Jersey 7th Place: Hard Rock "Goodie Bag" consisting of a four-piece Samsonite luggage set, Panasonic underwater camera, and other items 8th Place: Dinner at the Hard Rock Hollywood, a one-night stay, and an autographed guitar from former Guns N' Roses axe man Slash 9th Place: Hard Rock Duffel Bag with extras 10th Place: Dinner at the Hard Rock Hollywood, a one-night stay, and an autographed guitar from magicians Penn & Teller It is easy to see the partnership between the CSOP and the Hard Rock is a strong one. "The Hard Rock has really gone above and beyond to use the CSOP to mark the beginning of the SHRPO main events," Stout commented. "We run it the night before their biggest $5K Main Event of the year in order to give traveling pros as well as local poker players and Habitat supporters an opportunity to join in the fun." With all of the cash prizes and extra booty added by the Seminole Hard Rock available, it is highly likely that the CSOP will best last year's fundraising totals for this tournament. In 2014, $29,400 was raised by the tournament, with both the Broward County Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International the beneficiaries of $14,700 each. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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