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  1. Justin Bonomo is having himself quite a year and that theme continued on Wednesday night as he defeated a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon and Christoph Vogelsang to win the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5,000,000. The win comes just over two months after he won the Super High Roller Bowl China event for $4.8 million. He’s now won $13.9 million in 2018 from 16 cashes, including six victories. Nick Petrangelo started Day 4 with the second smallest stack and any hope of turning that into a long day was taken away on the first hand of play. Petrangelo raised from the cutoff to 50,000 before Jason Koon re-raised to 130,000 from the button. Petrangelo moved all in for 400,000 and Koon called. Petrangelo showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but found nothing but bad news when Koon tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Peterangelo in sixth place. It took another two hours before the next player was sent to the rail. Down to just seven big blinds, Christoph Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind and Mikita Badziakouski happily called from the big blind and flipped over [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] while Vogelsang, the defending champion, wasn’t quite drawing dead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Vogelsang all kinds of hope, but the neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="8d"] river fulfilled that hope and Vogelsang was out in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly 5.5 hours before Bonomo and Badziakouski clashed in a blind vs. blind battle. Bonomo raised to 140,000 from the small blind and Badziakouski defended his big. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] Badziakouski called Bonomo’s bet of 225,000. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Bonomo bet 475,000 before Badziakouski moved all in for 1,500,000. Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Badziakouski, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in fourth place. The final three players had roughly the same stacks before Koon lost 80% of his chips to Bonomo after both players flopped two pair. Koon was unable to spin his stack up and was eliminated by Bonomo just a few hands later. When heads-up play began, Bonomo had 80% of the chips in play and over the next 90 minutes, he never relinquished the lead before finally finishing off Negreanu. Bonomo raised to 200,000 from the button and Negreanu called. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and Negreanu checked. Bonomo bet 160,000 and Negreanu responded with a raise to 500,000. Bonomo kept the throttle on and made it 1,250,000 to go, forcing Negreanu into the tank. After a minute to consider his options, Negreanu moved all in for 4,400,000 and Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] for top set while Negreanu showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] and the river was the [poker card="6c"], giving Bonomo an unneeded full house and his second Super High Roller Bowl title of 2018. Payouts Justin Bonomo - $5,000,000 Daniel Negreanu - $3,000,000 Jason Koon - $2,100,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $1,200,000 Nick Petrangelo - $900,000 Stephen Chidwick - $600,000 Seth Davies - $90,000
  2. When he's not busy running King's Casino in Rozvadov, Leon Tsoukernik likes to dabble in high roller poker tournaments both live and online and on Tuesday night, Tsoukernik picked up a partypoker POWERFEST title and a cool $207,978. Tsoukernik beat out a final table in Event #16 Super High Roller ($5,200 No Limit Hold'em) which included eventual runner-up Mikita 'helicopterben82' Badziakouski, Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang, and #2-ranked 'C Darwin2'. Badziakouski, who has been on a heater in the live high roller scene lately, won $150,960 for his second-place finish. The second highest score of the day belonged to 'ch1ck3nrobb3rr' who took down Event #18 High ($215 No Limit Hold'em). He and 'PokerHerPlayerHer' outlasted the other 1,266 players in the field before chopping up first and second place money. 'ch1ck3nrobb3rr end up with $40,520.11 after the win while 'PokerHerPlayerHer' had to settle for $33,201.42. Third place finisher 'gutter.' ended up with $20,034.40. Other winners in the High buy-in level and above on Tuesday included 'MostaMi', 'PokerBrothersTM', 'CharredHoliday', 'ForMatherRussia', 'Ignent', 'iikori', and 'Jarildur1'. Event #15 High: $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 749 Prize pool: $149,800 MostaMi - $25,466.04 anti_pomba - $19,474.00 DanielNgannou - $14,231.00 Fenryr03 - $10,196.58 CooperKupp - $7,115.50 Mamaderatacheia - $4,494.00 Event #16 Super High Roller: $5,200 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 204 Prize pool: $1,020,000 Leon_Tsoukernik - $207,978 helicopterben82 - $150,960 Chelsea72 - $107,610 SplashThePot - $79,560 HellmuthTheGr8 - $56,100 mczhang - $42,840 Hahaha_Owned - $31,620 k2Schogori - $23,460 Event #17 High Roller: $530 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 600 Prize pool: $307,500 PokerBrothersTM - $25,500.00 rudiqa1 - $19,500.00 niv2222 - $14,658.60 Chelsea72 - $10,500.00 PhileasFogg - $7,350.00 PieterPost - $4,500.00 Event #17 High: $109 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 1,936 Prize pool: $201,344 CharredHoliday - $13,075.20 Giuglia-Docet - $9,873.60 coroderAAto - $7,502.00 very_addictive - $5,420.80 mohamedS15 - $3,591.28 Meaty23 - $2,081.20 Event #18 High: $215 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,268 Prize pool: $253,600 ch1ck3nrobb3rr - $40,520.11* PokerHerPlayerHer - $33,201.42* gutter. - $20,034.40 ChicoRaise - $13,415.44 Hal1Gal1 - $9,510.00 selouan1991 - $6,695.04 DiulioFantin - $4,666.24 MartinPro666 - $3,119.28 *Denotes deal Event #19 High: $109 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 252 Prize pool: $25,200 ForMatherRussia - $5,200.00* jomaykel - $4,628.06* MINAMAX1 - $2,776.98 esteban9830 - $2,028.60 pearch123 - $1,512.00 unbeZieglar - $1,008.00 Event #20 High Roller: $530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 284 Prize pool: $145,550 Ignent - $16,200.36 dartazz - $10,827.50 DeanMalenko - $7,810.00 Hahaha_Owned - $5,680.00 BuyThaPot - $3,905.00 senyorpou - $2,840.00 Event #20 High: $109 Fast Six Max No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO Entries: 1,020 Prize pool: $106,080 iikori - $8,032.54 Random_shot $6,138.36 tintirimintiRy - $4,717.50 Mocho_City - $3,238.50 JoaoMenthias - $2,116.50 ImSeriously - $1,307.84 Event #21 High: $109 Turbo No Limit Hold'em Entries: 382 Prize pool: $38,200 Jarildur1 - $7,410.80 YOUgoValhalla - $5,348.00 nsmirnov - $3,705.40 bossamtisch1 - $2,654.90 AsianrubNtug - $1,890.90 bjorn1965 - $1,401.94 Tartaruga13 - $974.10 WhoDatt. - $710.52
  3. Mikita Badziakouski’s amazing 2018 continued Monday as he earned the victory in the PokerStars European Poker Tour €100,000 Super High Roller to win €1,650,300 ($1,912,903 USD). For Badziakouski, the nosebleed poker pro from Belarus, the seven-figure score marks his fourth of 2018. In total, the high-stakes superstar has amassed over $12.4 million this calendar year and has skyrocketed to 28th on the Hendon Mob’s All Time Money List. It wasn’t an easy road to the winner’s circle for Badziakouski. When the field of 54 had been cut to the final seven players, he held only 12 big blinds. Though all seven were in the money, after the eighth-place bubble elimination of American poker pro Byron Kaverman, everyone was looking up at table chip leader Matthias Elbinger from Austria. Once the final seven took their seats, the first bustouts happened quickly. Canada’s Jean Ferreira, who was sitting on an extremely small stack, stuck it in holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. He was called by Ahadpur Khangah from Iran, who was sitting third in chips, with [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"]. Despite hitting the [poker card="js"] on the flop, the rest of the board did nothing to improve Ferreira’s hand and he exited the tournament in seventh place for €275,050. Badziakouski was the next player to see significant action when he doubled through the chip leader, Eibinger. Badziakousi was all in and his [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"] held against Elbinger’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"]. The hand was pivotal to Badziakouski's march to the top though there were still a number of players that needed to be eliminated. The next player to exit was Portugal’s Rui Ferreira. Khangah limped his [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] and Ferriera three-bet from his super short stack to [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. Khangah called and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="9h"] and with Ferriera having less than two big blinds behind, the rest of the money got in. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="3d"] and Khangah eliminated his second Ferriera of the tournament. Rui Ferreira finished in sixth place for €340,550. Despite having lost that previous hand to Badziakouski, Eibinger had no intentions of slowing down. He got wrapped up in a hand with former World Series of Poker final table participant Benjamin Pollak. After Timothy Adams opened, Eibinger three-bet holding the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"]. Pollak, who had under ten big blinds remaining, four-bet shipped his remaining chips with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. Adams got out of the way and Eibinger, feeling committed, called. The board ran out [poker card="5h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6h"] giving Eibinger two-pair and sending Pollak to the cage in fifth place for €445,300. Roughly an hour into the money, Canada’s Timothy Adams’ tournament came to an end. Eibinger open-shoved his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"] from under the gun and Adams, just under 20 big blinds, made the call with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The flop had Adams drawing incredibly thin as it came [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="tc"] so when the [poker card="kh"] and [poker card="ks"] completed the board, it simply looked like overkill. Adams left in fourth place for €576,300. With Eibinger with a commanding chip lead the battle back for the remaining players was not going to be easy. Once again, it was Badziakouski who found himself tangling with the chip leader. The Belarusian was, once again, all in and at risk against Eibinger. This time, he held [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] against the Austrian’s [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. The flop looked good for Eibinger coming [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"]. But when the [poker card="as"] spiked on the turn followed by a harmless [poker card="6d"] on the river it propelled Badziakouski back into the hunt. The chip counts of the final three evened out and the rate of play slowed. During the next hour, Badziakouski picked up some key hands and took over the chip lead from Eibinger. One that Eibinger would not get back. During a three-way limped pot and a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"] Eibinger found himself all in with two pair, holding [poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] against Khangah’s [poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"]. Khangah’s second pair turned into two pair when the [poker card="jc"] was dealt on the turn. There was no river help for Eibinger and the former chip leader hit the rail in third place for €759,680, ensuring both heads up participants a payday of over €1 million. Heads up play lasted just under an hour with the chip lead changing hands on more than one occasion. Finally though, Badziakouski secured the victory when his [poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"] out turned Khangah’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"] on a [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2c"] board. All of the chips got in the middle on the turn and when the [poker card="7h"] completed the board, it also completed the win for Badziakouski. Khangah takes home €1,191,900 for second place. For Badziakouski, the victory marks his fourth high roller outright win in 2018, the sixth of his career. His 2018 highlights include a fourth-place finish in the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $1.6 million as well as a pair of Triton Poker Super High Roller Main Event victories. He won $2.499 million for his first Triton win in May. He backed that up in late July for another $5.257 million victory. In total, he’s amassed over $12 million this year, second only to Justin Bonomo, and over $18 million in his career, with recorded results dating back to 2010.
  4. As the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe festival winds down in Rozvadov, there are two storylines emerging. The first is the three bracelet wins for Isreali players through the first five events. The second is the players who won a bracelet this summer and have added another one to their collection this week - and that's the one that played out Thursday night. Michael Addamo, who won the $2,620 Marathan No Limit event this summer, beat Germany's Christian Rudolph heads-up to win the €25,500 Super High Roller event for €848,702 ($962,276 US). Addamo started the final table, which included Manig Loeser, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski and Benjamin Pollak, with just 19 big blinds but managed to work his way up and eliminated the final three players standing between himself and his second career bracelet. The first elimination at the final table came after 45 minutes of play in a blind vs blind confrontation. Action folded to Loeser in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 9,300,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] and Yu called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Yu a pair and kept him in the lead. The [poker card="8h"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="jd"] river ended Loeser's run with an eighth place finish. Just a few minutes later, James Romero followed Loeser out the door. From the cutoff, Christian Rudolph raised to 1,300,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Action folded to Romero in the big blind and he moved all in for 7,800,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. Rudolph called and watched as the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and eliminate Romero in seventh. Rudolph found another final table victim just about 30 minutes later. From the hijack, Pollak raised to 1,600,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and Rudolph called from the cutoff with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and Yu also came along from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Pollak, but gave Rudolph top set and Yu the nut flush draw. After Pollak checked, Rudolph put out a bet for 2,600,000. Yu raised to 8,500,000, Pollack folded and Rudolph moved all in and Yu called all in. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river were both safe cards for Rudolph and Yu was eliminated in sixth place. Rudolph's path of destruction didn't slow down and ten minutes after Yu was sent packing, Dominik Nitsche joined him. Nitsche raised all in from UTG for 13,00,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Rudolph called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] leaving Rudolph in front. Nitsche was unable to improve after the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted two hours and the next elimination didn't involve Rudolph. After Pollak and Rudolph both folded, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 16,500,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. Addamo responded by moving all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]and Badziakouski called off the rest of his stack. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"] flop all but officially ended Badziakouski's run. The [poker card="8h"] turn eliminated any runner-runner hop the Belarussian had. The river was the [poker card="jc"]. The next player sent to the rail was also a victim of Addamo. The Australian called from the button holding [7d[poker card="7s"], Pollak moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] and Addamo called. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] to miss Pollak and eliminate him in third spot. Heads up play began with Addamo holding two more big blinds than Rudolph. Rudolph briefly held the chip lead, only to surrender it to Addamo for the final time. One hour later, Addamo put the finishing touches on his second bracelet win of 2018. Rudolph moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and Addamo called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"] runout eliminated Rudolph in second place. Final Table Payouts Michael Addamo - €848,702 Christian Rudolph - €524,532 Benjamin Pollak - €370,219 Mikita Badziakouski - €266,767 Dominik Nitsche - €196,328 Winfred Yu - €147,642 James Romero - €113,505 Manig Loeser - €89,253
  5. Inaugural Poker Masters Champion Steffen Sontheimer entered the final day of the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships with both the chip lead and an eye on taking home a new career-high score. Sontheimer leveraged that chip lead for the entirety of the final table, never relinquishing the chip lead and, in the end, he earned the mammoth $3,685,000 first place prize, besting a table of poker’s elite in the process. At the beginning of play only six players of the original 35 entries remained. Sontheimer was joined by partypoker ambassador Isaac Haxton, Nick Petrangelo, David Peters, Sean Winter, and Mikita Badziakouski. Of the remaining six, only four made the money. After the elimination of Haxton in sixth place, it was time to sweat the massive $710,000 money bubble. After mixing it up with chip leader Sontheimer, Petrangelo was left with a short stack and not many moves left. Sontheimer opened the action with [ah][5s] which prompted a three-bet shove from Petrangelo with [as][ks]. It folded to Peters in the small blind who four-bet shoved holding [js][jd]. Sontheimer folded and Petrangelo was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [th][9d][2d][4c][8s] giving Peters the pot and eliminating Petrangelo as the last player to walk without a payday. The final four including Sontheimer, Peters, Winter and Badziakouski battled four-handed for hours as Sontheimer continued put distance between himself and the other three. Winter managed to make a little headway as Peters and Badziakotuski’s stacks drifted downwards. The next elimination occurred when, in a blind on blind confrontation, Winter open shipped from the small blind with [ah][qd]. Badziakouski, with just over ten big blinds left, called with his tournament life on the line with [kd][jc]. The [ac][9h][2h] flop gave Winter a virtual lock on the hand. While the [kh] turn gave Badziakouski some life, the river came the [3d], sending Badziakouski to the rail in fourth place. Badziakouski collected the $710,000 payday and added it to his current $20 million total live earnings. In 2018 alone, Badziakouski has earned over $13.8 million in live tournaments, second only to Justin Bonomo. Peters, who was now left on the bottom of the chip counts, exited next. Facing a raise by Sontheimer, Peters looked down at [kh][qc]. He moved all in over the top from the small blind only to be snap called by Sontheimer and his [ah][kc]. The flop came [9d][5c][5d] keeping Sontheimer in the lead. The [kd] turn paired both players, however, the [6s] sealed Peters fate and he fell in third place for $1,420,000. The sum lifted Peters to over $9 million in earnings for 2018. It also allowed Peters to pass Dan Colman on the All-Time Money List and enter the top-5. At the start of heads-up play Sontheimer held a 2-1 chip lead over Winter. A pre-flop cooler made sure that what could have been a long battle, ended the tournament only 30 minutes into heads-up play. The final hand saw Winter limp the button with [ac][qh]. Sontheimer then raised from the big blind with [ah][kh]. Winter three-bet, Sontheimer shoved and Winter snap called for the rest of his stack. Dominated, Winter was going to need some help. It did not come as the board ran out [ts][5d][3h][4s][9h]. Winter finished the tournament as the runner-up, earning a career-high cash of $2,430,000. It was his second runner-up finish in as many days as he also finished in second place in the partypoker $50,000 Super High Roller for $550,000. With the win, Sontheimer earned himself his third seven-figure live cash and a career-high score of $3,685,000. The victory pushes his total live earnings up over $12.5 million in lifetime earnings. Final Table Results 1. Steffen Sontheimer - $3,685,000 2. Sean Winter - $2,430,000 3. David Peters - $1,420,000 4. Mikita Badziakouski - $710,000
  6. On the heels of the 2018 World Series of Poker, the month of August is usually a reset for many in the poker world after they take some time to recharge from the strenuous Vegas grind. That doesn't mean the news slows down, though. Here are PocketFives’ top stories from August. Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company August closed with a bang as far as news headlines were concerned, after it was made known that Shelby "Anna" McCann, a former employee of poker media outlet CardPlayer, was charged with the theft of $1.1 million from the company. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, McCann had been stealing from the company for quite some time, writing checks to herself, increasing her own salary without approval, and paying off personal debt with company money. READ: Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M Mikita Badziakouski has had himself quite the 2018. Entering the December Super High Roller Bowl, Badziakouski had already earned more than $14.5 million on the live felt, including four seven-figure scores. One of those huge scores came in August when Badziakouski won the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller. Badziakouski topped a field of 54 entries in the six-figure buy-in tournament to continue his incredible pace in 2018. He won the event for the third-largest score of his live tournament career, €1.65 million, and did so in one of the toughest high-stakes tournaments in the world. READ: Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M SHRPO Big 4: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back Seminole Hard Rock's 'Big 4' group of poker events has quickly risen the ranks as one of the best tournament festivals in the world. This year's event saw Brandon Eisen, Alex Foxen, Marc MacDonnell, and Jake Schindler earn the four major victories. Foxen's win stuck out in particular, and it’s because the event he won, the $2,650 No-Limit Hold'em event, was the same one he won the year before. In 2018, he took home $208,452 for topping a field of 422 entries. In 2017, he bested a field of 395 entries to win $204,600. READ: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back The Year of the Fox: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream Sticking with Foxen, PocketFives' Jeff Walsh sat down with the poker pro in August to discuss the year he was having, bookended by the two SHRPO wins in South Florida. At the time, Foxen stated that he was "aiming to reach #1 in the GPI rankings." He reached that goal in October and remained #1 on the GPI for the rest of the year. READ: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream SUNDAY MAJORS: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere Although the names of Chris Moorman and Patrick Leonard are included in the headline on this story, the big story from Sunday, August 12, was that PokerStars had to cancel many of its tournaments due to a DDoS attack across its network that caused outages in events such as the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, High Roller, and Bounty Builder High Roller, with refunds and prize money distributed. In more positive news from this Sunday, Moorman and Leonard both scored sizable victories on the platforms of their sponsors. READ: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere ‘hellohellohello’ Wins August Monthly PLB Title PocketFiver 'hellohellohello' claimed the Monthly PLB title for August with 3,062.21 points. His biggest score came on August 19 when he won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 and 1,091.60 points. He also won the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill [Progressive KO], $175K Gtd for $27,270 and 378.15 points during August.
  7. Just like every other year going back to 2004, a fresh start to poker's yearly tournament calendar kicks off with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. This year brings a heightened level of excitement with the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship headlining the event in what is lining up to be a record-setting PCA. Speaking of records, in anticipation of the 2019 PCA festival, PocketFives went looking through the poker history books at HendonMob to find the biggest winners in history from PCA. Here’s what was found. Thanks to a gigantic $3 million payday in 2009, Poorya Nazari holds the record for the largest first-place prize at PCA. He won the 2009 PCA Main Event from a field of 1,347 entries to claim that prize. Three other times in history has the PCA Main Event winner taken home at least $2 million. In 2008, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier took home $2 million, Harrison Gimbel won $2.2 million in 2010, and in 2011 it was Galen Hall scoring $2.3 million. But, none of those players is the top all-time money earner from PCA. That title currently belongs to Bryn Kenney, and it doesn’t appear that Kenney is going to be caught anytime soon. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List PLAYER EARNINGS 1 Bryn Kenney $6,245,111 2 Steve O'Dwyer $3,800,542 3 Tony Gregg $3,096,596 4 Poorya Nazari $3,000,000 5 Scott Seiver $2,970,620 6 Galen Hall $2,877,080 7 Vanessa Selbst $2,824,640 8 Isaac Haxton $2,583,616 9 Jason Koon $2,555,555 10 Daniel Negreanu $2,521,490 11 Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier $2,484,120 12 Harrison Gimbel $2,329,220 13 Dan Shak $2,278,140 14 Cary Katz $2,257,420 15 Byron Kaverman $2,213,355 16 Mustapha Kanit $2,020,200 17 Justin Bonomo $1,991,372 18 Dimitar Danchev $1,985,000 19 John Dibella $1,955,300 20 Ty Reiman $1,937,770 21 Chris Oliver $1,834,160 22 Eugene Katchalov $1,763,220 23 Will Molson $1,750,735 24 Daniel Dvoress $1,607,302 25 Nick Petrangelo $1,581,665 As you can see, Kenney is worlds ahead of the competition, winning more than $2.4 million more than anyone else on the list. That $2.4 million gap alone is good enough for 12th place on this leaderboard. Kenney's largest score from PCA came in the 2016 Super High Roller, an event with a buy-in of $100,000 that saw him win $1.687 million. The following year, Kenney won a $50,000 and $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em events for $969,075 and $392,876, respectively. He also has a trio of third-place finishes over the years worth $873,880, $686,960, and $643,000. Steve O'Dwyer is the second highest money earner from PCA entering 2019, taking home more than $3.8 million in prize money throughout the years. O'Dwyer's a pretty good chunk of change away from Kenney, and he's also more than $700,000 ahead of Tony Gregg in third place. Knowing some of the performances O'Dwyer has put together over the years combined with what's on the schedule for 2019 doesn't make it out of the realm of possibilities that he can catch Kenney in 2019. O'Dwyer has one win in a $100,000 buy-in event and two wins from $50,000 buy-in events at PCA for $1.872 million, $945,495, and $760,500, respectively. The 2019 schedule features the $25,000 buy-in PSPC, three additional $25,000 buy-in tournaments, one $50,000 buy-in event, and two $100,000 tournaments, there certainly won’t be a lack of opportunities for O'Dwyer to win a ton of money in the Bahamas this January. That's not to mention the PCA $10,300 Main Event as well. Looking at the rest of the list for players we could see make big moves on the leaderboard after 2019, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, and Daniel Negreanu are a few of the ones to watch, given their appetite for and success in high buy-in tournaments coupled with the robust schedule to suit their palate. Negreanu's largest score out of PCA came in 2011 when he finished second to Eugene Katchalov in the event’s inaugural $100,000 Super High Roller. Negreanu earned a cool $1 million for that result. He followed that finish up by returning to the final table of the event in 2012, when he took fifth for $250,900. In 2018, he took fourth in the same event for $521,140. Another big score Negreanu had from PCA came in the 2017 PCA $25,000 High Roller. In that one, he took fifth for $268,780. Byron Kaverman and Justin Bonomo are also ones from this top 25 list to keep an eye on. For players not currently in the top 25, don't be surprised if you see Mikita Badziakouski, Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, or David Peters take home a ship full of money from the Bahamas and find themselves listed on the updated list of top 25 winners from PCA when the 2019 version is all said and done. Action from the Bahamas kicks off Sunday, January 6, 2019, with the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship from Atlantis Resort & Casino. PovketFives will be on site all the way through until the event's final day on January 16, so stay tuned for more coverage from the 2019 PCA poker series.
  8. The final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set. On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time. New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater. “It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives. Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds. France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips. The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S's Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table. Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700). Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400. There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million. The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET. 2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts 1. Scott Baumstein - 10,725,000 2. Marc Rivera - 10,350,000 3. Julien Martini - 8,600,000 4. Farid Jattin - 8,525,000 5. Ramon Colillas - 8,3000,000 6. Jason Koonce - 7,125,000 7. Talal Shakerchi - 5,500,000 8. Marc Perrault - 2,275,000
  9. There are only 38 players left to pursue the $5.1 million first-place prize of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Championship. Day 3 of the record-setting tournament started with 207 players of which only 181 would make the money. By the end of the day, New York tournament pro Scott Baumstein flew into the chip lead with 4.24 million in chips, followed closely by Yiannis Liperis (4.21 million). However, before the stacks could reach such heights, there was a money bubble that needed popping. As one might expect in a tournament where there were over 300 players who gifted their $25K entry, plenty of players were hanging tough to pick up the $25,450 min-cash. With four players left to the actual bubble, the remaining 185 players went hand for hand. It took roughly an hour, plus a 20-minute break in the middle, but eventually, Team Ireland’s Paul Leckey ran pocket kings into Tianle Wang’s pocket aces. Leckey didn’t go home empty-handed though, as the official bubble boy received an EPT package worth over $11,000. After that, the bustouts were fast and furious, with the next pay ladder happening faster than tournament officials could break and rebalance tables. At the conclusion of Day 3, only Baumstein and Liperis have eclipsed the 4 million chip mark, but there’s plenty of top-flight competition left in the field. France’s Julien Martini (3,250,000), Canada’s Louis Boutin (3,040,000) and Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas (2,895,000) from Spain complete the top 5 chip leaders. Other notables still left in the field include Mikita Badziakouski (1,910,000), Dan O’Brien (1,765,000), Griffin Benger (1,560,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi (1,330,000), Brazil’s Pedro Padilha (1,315,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,115,000), Tony Gregg (905,000), Platinum Pass winner Jackie Burkhart (660,000) and Day 2 chipleader Farid Jattin (640,000). By the end of the day, 143 players found their way to the cashier to pick up their earnings. Including Felix Schneiders ($69,100), Max and Sam Greenwood ($69,100), Mustapha Kanit ($56,800), Christoph Vogelsang ($56,800), Ryan Reiss ($56,800), former PocketFives #1-ranked Bryan Piccioli ($56,800), Blair Hinkle ($56,800), Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($45,700), Victor Ramdin ($45,700), Benjamin Pollak ($45,700), Dan Shak ($45,700), Brandon Adams ($39,500), Darren Elias ($39,500), Christian Harder ($39,500), Dylan Linde ($39,500) and Matt Affleck ($35,000). Three of the winners of the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tour made the money, however, all three failed to bag at the end of the day. Clifford Ellefson ($39,500), Anthony Maio ($35,000) and Ori Kossonogi ($35,000) all found a way to turn their Platinum Passes into five-figure scores. Additionally, there were plenty of big name pros who made the money but were unable to ladder up. Parker Talbot, Sam Grafton, JC Alvarado, Frank Kassel, and Sean Winter were just a few of the roughly 30 players to settle for the min-cash of $25,450. Play in the PSPC resumes when 38 players will play down to the final table at noon ET.
  10. Even after the fanfare of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller died down with Canadian Sam Greenwood earning his sixth career seven-figure score of $1.775M, the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino was still buzzing. Day 1B of the 2019 PCA Main Event was in full swing and, in the afterglow of the PokerStars NL Hold'em Poker Championship, players were eager for one more chance at a huge score to start the year. Along with the Main Event, the superstars of the high roller scene continued to battle it out on the felt - this time in a $50K Single-Day tournament. Enjoy some photos from around the room on this action-packed day. $50K Single-Day [caption id="attachment_622269" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mikita Badziakouski is a high fashioned high roller.[/caption]   Mikita Badziakouski is a stone-cold killer in high roller tournaments and he’s got the results to prove it. He has over $20.8m in live earnings and also finished 34th in the 2019 PSPC as a Platinum Pass winner for over $86,000. [caption id="attachment_622270" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Christoph Vogelsang's decision to cover up in this manner has sparked some debate.[/caption] Christoph Vogelsang is at the center of an ongoing debate/discussion on how to handle it when players use extreme measures to cover up any facial tells. At first, it was just a scarf, but Vogelsang has now moved to this current look. Say what you want about the Super High Roller Bowl winner - he has results and is currently Germany’s #2 leader in all-time cashes, right behind Fedor Holz. [caption id="attachment_622271" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kurganov is consistently finding himself at high roller final tables. His last victory came in Dec. 2017.[/caption] Daniel Dvoress (left) pocket nines outrace Igor Kurganov’s AJ. When a nine hits the turn, the Jack on the river is nothing but a needle for the PokerStars ambassador Kurganov. Kurganov is coming off a sixth-place finish in the PCA $100K for over $378,000. [caption id="attachment_622272" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dominik Nitsche has amassed over $17M in lifetime earnings.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche reflects on his time in front of a solver while contemplating a decision as Timothy Adams (left) looks on. Nitsche’s most recent high roller success was a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K for $370,000 in December. PCA Main Event Day 2 Shots from around the room shortly after the dinner break. [caption id="attachment_622273" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Poker legend Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the PCA Main Event.[/caption] Beresford and The Bear. Along with Scott Stewart (right), we look over the shoulder of top-ranked UK online grinder Conor Beresford as he sits with the legend Barry Greenstein. [caption id="attachment_622274" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ole Schemion (left) won the 2019 PCA National for over $148K.[/caption] Two of the final four in the 2019 PCA National are side-by-side once again in the Main Event. National champ Ole Schemion (right) chats with Alexandre Mantovani. READ: Alexandre Mantovani WCOOP Score Into Live Success [caption id="attachment_622276" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Julien Martini finished as the runner up in the historic $25K PSPC for $2.9M.[/caption] PSPC Runner-Up Julien Martini (right) is still feeling good after his multi-million score. Here he sits with Netherlands pro Martijn Gerrits in the PCA Main. [caption id="attachment_622277" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Chino Rheem bubbled the final table of the 2019 PCA National.[/caption] Chino Rheem doing what he does best. Building big stacks in large field tournaments. [caption id="attachment_622278" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Leo Margets has over $1.1 million in live tournament earnings.[/caption] Winamax pro Leo Margets already made a deep run during the 2019 PCA National. Here's she's putting together some chips to make a run in the Main Event. [caption id="attachment_622279" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Has the covering of faces gone too far or is it just no big deal?[/caption] What do you think of this look? Hate it? Love it? Does it bother you or is it fair game? We want to know what you think - tweet at us @PocketFives
  11. At the start of the final table, it didn’t look like he had a shot but Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido battled back from the short stack to take home the 2019 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller title and its €1,589,190 first-place prize. At the start of the day, only nine of the 52 entries remained and Aido sat at the bottom of the chip counts. That wasn't his only problem, he was also facing some of the best high-stakes tournament players in the world including Mikita Badziakouski, Charlie Carrel and Sam Greenwood. After the elimination quick elimination of Luc Greenwood, Germany’s Koray Aldemir saw his pocket nines fall to Daniel Dvoress’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] making him the official bubble boy and guaranteeing the final seven players a minimum payday of €264,860. Wiktor Malinowski collected that very amount when he fell in seventh place. Aido, who had been steadily making a come back after a number of doubles, raised on the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. Malinowski then shipped his short stack holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] which was called by Aido. The flop fell [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="3c"] keeping Aido in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] and the river the [poker card="7d"]. Malinowski, who had a total of just over $9,000 on his Hendon Mob page prior to this tournament, picked up his largest recorded score to date. As Aido continued to climb the chip counts, he also continued to rack up eliminations. Folded to the small blind, Charlie Carrel shipped his 10 big blind stack with [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"] into Aido's big bling. Aido made the call holding [poker card="as"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"] gave Carrel some additional outs, but the board bricked out for Carrel. The [poker card="2h"] came on the turn and the [poker card="8s"] fell on the river and Carrel exited in sixth place, taking home €327,930. After losing a pivotal hand to Jesus Cortes, Belarus’ Mikita Badziakouski was all but out the door. He was holding on to less than one big blind due to his [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] running into Cortes’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. He stuck those remaining chips in the middle with the [poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"] and Cortes raised, once again holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. Aido came along and the three saw the flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"]. Cortes bet, Aido folded and the board ran out [poker card="5d"] on the turn and the [poker card="th"] on the river, bringing Cortes the nut flush and bringing Badziakouski’s tournament to an end in fifth place for €428.830. Canadian Daniel Dvoress started the day as the chip leader, but with four player left, he found himself sitting on the short stack. From the cutoff, he moved his remaining 15 big blinds in holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9h"] and Aido made the call with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. Aido scored the third elimination of the final table when he spiked quads with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"] flop. The irrelvalent turn and river were dealt as Dvoress said his goodbyes and made his way to the cage to pick up €554,950 for fourth place. Defending EPT Monte Carlo €100K champion Sam Greenwood was making gains when he, too, fell victim to Aido. Greenwood raised his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] on the three-handed button. Aido put in a three-bet holding, yet again, [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"]. Cortes folded and Greenwood four-bet shoved only to be snap-called by Aido. The board ran clean for pocket kings coming [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8s"] and Greenwood, who is used to going deep in the nosebleed tournaments, picked up another huge score of €731,530 for third place. Aldo held a commanding lead over fellow Spaniard Cortes when heads-up action began and it didn’t take long for him to put a stamp on his epic comeback. On the final hand, Aido limped the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and Cortes shipped his remaining chips in with [poker card="9s"][poker card="2d"]. Aido made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8d"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] leaving Cortes with six outs. The [poker card="5s"] river was not one of them and Cortes wrapped up as the runner-up, banking €1,147,750 for the largest recorded cash of his career. It also marks the largest career cash for Aido. He took out five of his final six opponents en route to winning the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller trophy and for €1,589,190 for first. The score pushes him to over $10M in lifetime recorded scores. PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results Sergio Aido - €1,589,190 Jesus Cortes - €1,147,750 Sam Greenwood - €731,530 Daniel Dvoress - €554,950 Mikita Badziakouski - €428.830 Charlie Carrel - €327,930 Wiktor Malinowski - €264,860
  12. Triton Poker set out to make poker history this week and they most certainly will and in more ways than one. Not only does the Triton Million’s £1,050,000 buy-in ($1,273215) make it the largest buy-in tournament in history, but with 54 players helping generate a prize pool of £54,000,000 ($65,611,361) the first place prize of £19,000,000 ($23,085,479) makes it the largest single tournament payout of all time. Million Dollar Payouts It’s not just first place that is going to find themselves flush after the Triton Million comes to an end. With an astronomical buy-in, Triton officials decided to flatten out the payouts opting to award 11 of the 54 registered players (20%) some piece of the prize pool. Granted, the players that just squeak into the money will be earning little more than their money back ($1,335,923) but a final table finish, resulting in a payday of $1,457,371 would make for a career-high cash for 20 of the participants including pros Andrew Robl, Vivek Rajkumar, Michael Soyza, and Matthias Eibinger. Triton Million Official Payouts Place Approx USD 1 $23,074,354 2 $14,176,836 3 $8,743,966 4 $5,355,679 5 $3,643,319 6 $2,671,767 7 $2,088,898 8 $1,700,266 9 $1,457,371 10 $1,335,923 11 $1,335,923 Eight-Figure Paydays The massive payouts of the Triton Million will add two more players into the extremely elite club of poker players who have earned themselves an eight-figure payday at the poker table. The addition of the first and second place scores makes for a total of ten $10M+ paydays in history and offers the current All Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo and the UK’s Sam Trickett the honor of being the first player to accomplish that remarkable score twice in their career. Until the Triton Million only the World Series of Poker’s $1 Million buy-in Big One For One Drop and the WSOP Main Event offered players the opportunity to hit such heights. The only exception was the 2016 Big One For One Drop Monte-Carlo Extravaganze one-off where Elton Tsang took home over $12.2 million in the invite-only tournament that excluded all of the world’s top players. History of Eight-Figure Paydays Year Event Place Player Payout 2019 Triton Million 1st TBD $23,085,479 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673 2014 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Daniel Colman $15,306,668 2019 Triton Million 2nd TDB $14,176,836 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza 1st Elton Tsang $12,248,912 2006 WSOP Main Event 1st Jaime Gold $12,000,000 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop 2nd Sam Trickett $10,112,001 2014 WSOP Main Event 1st Martin Jacobson $10,000,000 2018 WSOP Big One For One Drop 1st Justin Bonomo $10,000,000 2019 WSOP Main Event 1st Hossein Ensan $10,000,000 All Time Money List Possibilities With so much money in the prize pool, there are bound to be some major ramifications to the ever-shifting All Time Money List. At the start of the Triton Million, there were seven players that could possibly surge to the top of the list and overtake current list leader Justin Bonomo. Bonomo himself could put an amazing amount of distance between himself and the rest of the field as he currently holds a roughly $3.1 million lead over the #2-ranked Daniel Negreanu and over $9 million from the #3-ranked Erik Seidel, neither of which are in the Triton Million field. Here’s a look at the players that could make major moves on the ATML should Bonomo not be able to hold them off. Bryn Kenney - With over $34.9 million in total earnings, Kenney could become the new king of the ATML with a win or even a second-place finish. A third-place finish and he will leapfrog Negreanu for second place on the list and any cash will vault him over Seidel in third place, where he only sits $716,117 behind the legend. Jason Koon - The Triton ambassador has been steadily climbing the ATML, currently sitting in 8th place with $28,925,059 in earnings. A victory would send him north of $51 million and into first. A second-place finish in the event is not good enough to take over the top spot but it would put him in second place and within striking distance of #1 at $43 million. Dan Smith - A last-second invite from Bill Perkins puts Smith into the ATML leader mix, where he currently sits at #9 with $27,921,940. His situation is identical to Koon's - a win and he soars to over $50 million. Mikita Badziakouski - The nosebleed crusher from Belarus recently climbed into the #15 spot on the ATML and a win could put him in the top spot with over $48 million. A second-place finish would put him at just over $39 million, currently good for third place. Stephen Chidwick - Generally considered one of the very best tournament players on the planet, the UK savant has the exact same situation as Badziakouski as he only sits less than $3,000 behind him on the ATML. David Peters and Fedor Holz - Peters currently sits at #5 on the ATML and the German phenom, Holz sits right behind him at #6. Both players were among the first five players eliminated from the tournament ending their bid to climb the ATML ladder. Becoming An Instant Legend To say that first place in the Triton Million is massive is an understatement. But just how big is it? To put this first-place prize in perspective, had a player never cashed before, the first place prize alone would put you ranked at #19 on the All-Time Money List. That’s ahead of one of the most famous poker players on the planet, Phil Hellmuth, who has spent over 30 years accumulating his career total of $22,999,083. Second place also puts you in the midst of legends. The over $14 million payday would slot you in at #41 all-time, just ahead of recent bracelet winner Joseph Cheong and right behind 2009 WSOP World Champ Joe Cada. Finally, if the Triton Million third-place prize of over $8.7 million was your first Hendon Mob entry, you would just make it inside the top 100. You start your career at #100 all-time and you’d be the player to knock poker legend Johnny Chan out of the top 100.
  13. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London kicks off this week with the biggest buy-in in tournament poker history as the highlight. Deemed the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity, the event has a gargantuan £1,050,000 buy-in, of which £1,000,000 goes to the prize pool and £50,000 goes towards charitable causes. The Triton Million takes place at London Hilton on Park Lane and is sponsored by partypoker LIVE. It is scheduled as a three-day event from August 1-3. Charitable causes to benefit include Caring For Children Foundation, R.E.G., Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity, and One Drop. Triton Million Provides Unique Twist The Triton Million has a freezeout format with a rather unique twist to it. It’s invite-only. Invited players were issued invitations from a committee, and these players are of the recreational or businessman or woman variety. Those fortunate enough to receive invitations can then issue one invitation of their own to a guest player. The guest player can be a professional poker player. This allows for the field to be at least a 50% businessmen. For the first six hours of tournament play, the two player pools will be separated, such that the recreational/businessmen and women compete against one another and the guests/professionals play against one another. Furthermore, players will be asked to dress in formal attire for the final table. The Triton Million field has 25 businessmen signed up. Let’s take a look at them. Paul Phua [caption id="attachment_625843" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Paul Phua (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Paul Phua has been around the ultra high-stakes poker scene for nearly a decade now, amassing more than $11,400,000 in live tournament earnings and cashing in some of the richest poker events in the world. He has two victories on record, first in the Aspers £100,000 High Roller in 2012 for £1,000,000 ($1,621,297) and second in the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 High Roller for €752,700 ($825,619). As for his business exploits that have earned him a fortune, Phua has been a well-known junket operator for some of the world’s richest and he’s been in the news as the "world's biggest bookie," having his Caesars Palace villa raided in July 2014 for running an illegal gambling operation. The raid came just about a month after Phua was arrested in Macau under similar charges. Phua's guest player for the Triton Million is Tom Dwan. Cary Katz [caption id="attachment_625842" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Cary Katz (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Cary Katz is the man atop the Poker Central organizational chart, having founded the company in 2015. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of one of the largest student loan companies in the United States. On the felt, Katz has nearly $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, including a career-best score of €1,750,000 ($1,929,203) when he finished fifth in the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. In January 2018, Katz won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller to the tune of $1,492,340, and he placed eighth in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,306,667. Katz's guest player for the Triton Million is Bryn Kenney. Rob Yong [caption id="attachment_625844" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Rob Yong (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Rob Yong is the owner of Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, UK. Under Yong’s watchful eye, Dusk Till Dawn was built into what is considered to be one of the best card rooms in the world, with top-tier brands such as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, partypoker, and UK & Ireland Poker Tour holding events there. Yong is now heavily involved with partypoker and partypoker LIVE, helping to grow these two brands in the online and live realms, respectively. Although his live tournament results amount to only a little more than $330,000, Yong has been a regular at some of the highest stakes in the world, specifically when it comes to cash games. At the table, he’s an entertaining competitor who doesn’t shy away from risk and will liven up any game. Yong's guest player for the Triton Million is Sam Trickett. Talal Shakerchi [caption id="attachment_625845" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Talal Shakerchi (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Talal Shakerchi is a player from the recreational/businessmen category that could likely fit into the professional poker player category. He doesn’t have the most live tournament earnings, with more than $7,300,000 won in his career, but make no mistake about it, Shakerchi is a grinder. For quite some time, Shakerchi kept his online poker name a secret so others in the high-stakes community wouldn’t realize his ability or the amount of volume he was putting in. On the business side, Shakerchi is an investment manager, running Meditor Capital Management Limited, which he founded. Shakerchi's guest player for the Triton Million is Igor Kurganov. Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga [caption id="attachment_625841" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Antanas Guoga, who is best known as 'Tony G' in the poker world, is another player listed in the recreational/businessmen category that could very well be considered a professional poker player. At least that’s what he used to be. Now a politician and Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament, Guoga is rarely seen on the poker scene these days. He is the founder of PokerNews.com and TonyBet. Guoga boasts more than $6,000,000 in live tournament earnings and became famous for his brash table talk. His biggest cash came at the European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,500 High Roller in 2009, when he took third for €420,000 ($552,239). He won the 2005 European Poker Championships Main Event for £260,000 ($456,822) and placed second in the World Poker Tour €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris for €339,930 ($414,478) in 2004. Guoga's guest player for the Triton Million is Fedor Holz. Additional Triton Million players from the recreational/businessmen category are listed below, with their guest players in parentheses. Richard Yong (Dan Cates) Stanley Choi (David Peters) Wai Kin Yong (Rui Cao) Bobby Baldwin (Jason Koon) Liang Yu (Mikita Badziakouski) Ivan Leow (Timofey Kuznetsov) Alfred DeCarolis (Stephen Chidwick) Chin Wei Lim (Wai Leong Chan) Chow Hing Yaung (Christoph Vogelsang) Pat Madden (Nick Petrangelo) Sosia Jiang (Sam Greenwood) Qiang Wang (Elton Tsang) Zang Shu Nu (Tan Xuan) Leon Tsoukernik (Martin Kabrhel) Orpen Kisacikoglu (Matthias Eibinger) Ferdinand Putra (Justin Bonomo) Rick Salomon (Vivek Rajkumar) Bill Perkins (Dan Smith) Winfred Yu (Danny Tang) Andrew Pantling (Andrew Robl) Ben Wu (Michael Soyza) How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. 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  14. Get inside the mind of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman. As an 888poker ambassador Moorman has played poker on camera a countless number of times. But in this latest video for 888poker and PokerGO, the man with over $16 million in online earnings jumps into the role of the commentator to break down a now-famous hand from Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl between two heavyweight poker pros in Daniel Negreanu and Mikita Badziakouski. “I remember watching it at the time, live on the stream, and I was amazed by the end results,” Moorman said. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In the video, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver takes a moment to give props to the high caliber of players at the table including Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler and Brian Rast. Then he proceeds to break the hand down. Street-by-street the PocketFives Legacy Award winner offers his insight and analysis, even taking issue with some of the decisions that were made. He discusses the importance of re-evaluating your thought process and decisions when information you weren’t expecting is introduced, such as when Negreanu is faced by an overbet by Badziakouski on the river. Ultimately, Negreanu finds himself in a tight spot where he makes an amazing laydown where many people might have called off. “It looks amazing because it’s right,” Moorman says. “Definitely in-game though you have a weird sort-of spidey sense feeling. Your gut is telling you to fold and there are definitely times I’ve listened to my gut over the theory and made an exploitable fold and been right.” Check it out below.
  15. As the live poker tournament comes to a halt for the foreseeable future in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the last high profile event to wrap up featured a winner putting on a repeat performance. Timothy Adams beat Christoph Vogelsang to win the Super High Roller Bowl Russia for $3.6 million. It was just 41 days ago that Adams beat Kahle Burns to win the Super High Roller Bowl Australia for $1.4 million. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] SHRB Russia drew 40 entries and just seven players returned for the final day of play in Sochi on Sunday. Ben Heath started the day with the chip lead while Adams was right in the middle of the pack. Only six players were getting paid, and it took just 45 minutes for the bubble to burst with Stephen Chidwick being eliminated in seventh place. Once Chidwick was out, it was just 10 minutes before the first player was sent to the cashier cage. Vogelsang raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and Ivan Leow called from the button. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"] and Vogelsang bet 55,000. Leow moved all-in for 300,000 and Vogelsang called. Leow turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] but got bad news when Vogelsang showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. Neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were any help for Leow and he was out in sixth place. Five-handed play lasted just over an hour before a battle of the blinds ended with an elimination. Heath raised to XXX,000 from the small blind before Adrian Mateos moved all-in for 1,000,000 from the big. Heath called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Mateos turned over [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] flop left Mateos needing one of two deuces. The [poker card="9h"] turn ended all of that though as Heath made a full house. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the board and Mateos exited in fifth place. The four remaining players battled for another five hours without a single elimination. Another blind versus blind situation finally broke that stalemate. Vogelsang and Mikita Badziakouski folded before Heath moved all-in for 1,200,000 and Adams called. Heath turned over [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"] and Adams had a small edge with [poker card="as"][poker card="2d"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] to bust Heath in fourth. Just 20 minutes later, Badziakouski's run ended. Adams folded the button and Vogelsang raised to 1,500,000 and Badziakouski called all-in and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] which put him ahead of Vogelsang's [poker card="jh"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"] flop changed everything and left Badziakouski drawing thin. The [poker card="8s"] turn gave Badziakouski some outs to stay alive but the [poker card="4c"] river was a complete brick, eliminating the Belarusian poker pro in third place. When heads-up play started, Vogelsang held 55% of the chips in play. Over the next two hours both players took turns with the chip lead. As play wore on, the pair agreed to skip a level and just 20 minutes later, Adams put the finishes touches on his victory. Adams completed from the small blind but Vogelsang responded by moving all in for 3,700,000 and Adams snap-called. Vogelsang showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] but was dominated by Adams' [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] runout kept Adams ahead and even improved his hand to a pair of nines on the river to eliminate Vogelsang. Super High Roller Bowl Russia Payouts Timothy Adams - $3,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $2,400,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Ben Heath - $1,000,000 Adrian Mateos - $800,000 Ivan Leow - $600,000
  16. Wednesday brought more WPT Online Series action at partypoker and some big winners. Among those taking home titles was Pascal Hartmann, who won the $5,200 High Roller for $205,826.53. Anthony Zinno and Robert Heidorn were also among the day's winners. The $5,200 High Roller that Hartmann won attracted 225 entries and generated a $1.125 million prize pool. Christoph Vogelsang, Mikita Badziakouski, Kristen Bicknell, and Farid Jattin were among those to reach the final table, and in the end it was Hartmann up against Dimitar Danchev. Hartmann won the heads-up battle and took home $205,826.53 for the win. Danchev earned $190,060.98. Robert Heidorn won Event #8 Mini $215 6-Max Bounty Hunter for $19,709.68 plus $21,288.58 in bounties. In Event #8 $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter, Guillaume Nolet topped all competitors to win $47,874.85 plus $66,000.01 in bounties, which made for a $113,874.86 score. Finishing second to Nolet was Ambrose Carr, who won $47,816.67 plus $15,046.87 in bounties for the result. Carr also took sixth in Event #12 $530 Turbo Bounty for $3,876.90 plus $2,875 in bounties. Event #10 $1,050 Heads Up saw Zinno take first place, chopping the prize pool with Ameer Jamil Wakil. Both players took home $29,040. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] WPT Online Event #8 Mini $215 6-Max Bounty Hunter 1,708 Entries $341,600 Prize Pool Robert Heidorn - $19,709.68 + $21,288.58 in bounties Davi Cola De Melo - $19,675.41 + 3,333.02 in bounties Paul Höfer - $15,003.80 + $1,171.87 in bounties Stefan Huber - $10,783.98 + $5,841.42 in bounties Micky Blasi - $7,314.35 + 2,389.06 in bounties Antonio Roberto Cao Klein Ligtenberg - $4,219.82 + $3,703.52 in bounties WPT Online Event #8 $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter 290 Entries $580,000 Prize Pool Guillaume Nolet - $47,874.85 + $66,000.01 in bounties Ambrose Carr - $47,816.67 + $15,046.87 in bounties Ramon Miguel Munoz - $34,511.63 + $15,593.75 Benjamin Chalot - $25,099.36 + 3,953.12 in bounties Hendrik Hovsepyan - $17,255.81 + $4,250 in bounties Michael Addamo - $12,549.68 + $12,312.50 in bounties WPT Online Event #9 $5,200 High Roller 225 Entries $1,125,000 Prize Pool Pascal Hartmann - $205,826.53 Dimitar Danchev - $190,060.98 Alberto Meran - $118,687.50 Christoph Vogelsang - $87,750 Mikita Badziakouski - $61,875 Kristen Bicknell - $47,250 Wiktor Malinowski - $34,875 Farid Jattin - $25,875 WPT Online Event #10 $1,050 Heads Up 121 Entries $121,000 Prize Pool Anthony Zinno - $29,040 Ameer Jamil Wakil - $29,040 Ivan Sakharov - $12,100 Niklas Åstedt - $12,100 WPT Online Event #12 $530 Turbo Bounty 411 Entries $205,500 Prize Pool Gianluca Escobar - $15,450.44 + $22,757.85 in bounties Robert Kacinski - $15,429.71 + $3,562.50 in bounties Peter Turmezey - $10,593.86 + $4,468.76 in bounties Fabrizio Dagostino - $7,438.24 + $2,421.87 in bounties Calvin Anderson - $5,319.47 + $4,749.99 in bounties Ambrose Carr - $3,876.90 + $2,875 in bounties Guntis Aleskins - $2,738.62 + $2,468.74 in bounties Rafael Camargo Freitas - $1,994.80 + $1,125 in bounties WPT Online Event #12 Mini $55 Turbo Bounty 1,786 Entries $89,300 Prize Pool Alexandros Vlachakis - $5,895.62 + $5,016.63 in bounties Adrian Strobel - $5,885.69 + $1,531.52 in bounties Jamie O'neill - $3,829.59 + $772.30 in bounties Flavio Nascimento - $2,549.76 + $751.30 in bounties Anthony Clancy - $1,803.61 + $555.48 in bounties Eric William Neves - $1,255.11 + $242.77 in bounties Craig Martin - $864.74 + $189.84 in bounties Jessica Teusl - $563.32 + $401.56 in bounties
  17. The final three preliminary events of the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series took place on Sunday afternoon giving nosebleed online players one last shot at a six-figure score and SHRB title ahead of Monday’s $100,000 buy-in $3M Gtd Main Event. Linus Loeliger scored his second SHRB Online title after battling through the 64-entry field of Event #26 ($25,000 Super High Roller, 8-Max) for $520,000. Loeliger has only appeared at two final tables and with his victory in Event #18 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) where he earned $237,732, the online pro has a combined winnings total of$757,732. It was yet another final table and six-figure score for Artur Martirosian who, when all was said and done, made seven total final tables in the prelims. Here, he finished as the runner-up and added $352,000 to his soaring SHRB Online totals. Kristen Bickell claimed yet another third-place finish which was good for $236,000. In Event #25 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) Finland’s Samuel Vousden bested the 103-entry field to take home the title and $252,350 payday. Timothy Adams picked up his largest score of the series, finishing his sixth SHRB final table as the runner-up for $180,250. Thomas Muehloecker fell in third place, earning $128,750. Michael Addamo picked up his third final table cash of the series with a win in Event #27 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) for $228,800. Finishing right behind him was Belarusian high stakes crusher Mikita Badziakouski who collected $162,800 as the runner-up. Then, in third place, was Artur Martirosian once again. His seventh final table netted him another $114,400. All told, Martirosian earned $1,684,644 throughout the 27 prelim events. Now, the high-stakes community will turn their attention to a pair of SHRB Online Main Events. Both the $3M Gtd Super High Roler Bowl Main Event and the $1M Gtd Mini Super High Roller Bowl kick off on Monday, June 1 and will play down to a winner the very next day. Event #25: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 103 entries $1,030,000 prize pool Samuel Vousden - $252,350 Timothy Adams - $180,250 Thomas Muehloecker - $128,750 Lucas Reeves - $90,125 Nick Schulman - $66,950 Christian Rudolph - $51,500 Kahle Burns - $41,200 Nick Petrangelo - $33,475 Event #26: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 64 entries $1,600,000 Linus Loeliger - $520,000 Artur Martirosian - $352,000 Kristen Bicknell - $236,000 William Foxen - $148,000 Timothy Adams - $116,000 George Wolff - $92,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $76,000 Isaac Haxton - $60,000 Event #27: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 88 entries $880,000 Michael Addamo - $228,800 Mikita Badziakouski - $162,800 Artur Martirosian - $114,400 Kahle Burns - $79,200 Dan Smith - $61,600 Luuk Gieles - $44,000 Ilya Anatski - $35,200 Sam Greenwood - $30,800
  18. Some of the top Short Deck players on the planet logged on to GGPoker and registered for Event #43 of the 2020 World Series of Poker ($10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship) but it was Lev ‘LevMeAlone’ Gottlieb, on his third entry, who topped the elite 130-entry field to take home the $276,393.39 first-place prize the gold bracelet. The tournament was the first five-figure buy-in of the series which attracted some of the biggest names in the game. Isaac Haxton, Sean Winter, Mike Leah, Sam Greenwood, Jason Koon and Joao Viera could all be seen in the field. The talent extended to the final table where Amichai Barer, Michael Chi Zhang, Dan Shak, and Sergi Reixach all stood between Gottlieb and the bracelet. But it was Belarusian Short Deck savant Mikita Badziakouski that proved to be the biggest hurdle for Gottlieb. Badziakouski, who has over $2.5 million in live Short Deck earnings on his resume, seemed in control for most of the final table (despite having an issue with his timebank). But Gottlieb overcame a huge initial chip deficit in a long, swingy heads-up battle to deny Badziakouski the bracelet. Amichai Barer was the first to exit the final table when he moved all-in with from early position with 25 antes holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] and was looked up by Hong Kong’s Yin nam bjorn Li and his [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ah"][[poker card="qh"]7s] flop put Li in the lead, and narrowed Barer’s possible outs to a gutshot straight or running cards. The [poker card="9c"] hit the turn and when the [poker card="8c"] completed the board, Barer was out in ninth place for $30,986.55. A few hands later, Gottlieb put in a raise to 270,000 from under the gun with [poker card="th"][poker card="jh"] and Carl Schrader quickly three-bet shipped his remaining 1,193,436 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] from the button. Gottlieb made the call, putting Schrader’s tournament life on the line. The [poker card="Kh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Schrader top pair but was a monster board for Gottlieb who turned the straight flush when the [poker card="qh"] peeled off on the turn. The meaningless [poker card="ad"] river sent Schrader to the rail in eighth place for $40,734.96. Li was the next to exit when he moved all-in for 1,756.631 holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and was called by Badziakouski with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] keeping Badziakouski ahead in the hand with two pair. The [poker card="qh"] turn provided Li a couple of extra outs but the [poker card="6c"] river was not one of them. Li wrapped up in seventh place for $53,550.25. Roughly forty-five minutes later, former worldwide #2-ranked online grinder Michael Chi Zhang exited the tournament. In a hand that went four ways to the [10s][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"] flop, it checked over Zhang on the button who put in a bet of 200,00 with his [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"], giving him a flopped straight. Gottlieb check-raised Zhang to 1,440,000 having flopped a higher straight with his [poker card="jh"][poker card="qh"]. Zhang shipped his remaining 2,466,458 stack and Gottlieb made the call. The turn was the [poker card="ah"][ and the river was the [poker card="8h"] eliminating Zhang in sixth place for $70,397. Dan Shak, playing out of Poland, was sitting on a short stack when he shipped his final ten antes with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"]. From the button, Nobuaki Sasaki made the call holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"]. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9c"] pairing Sasaki’s nine. The [poker card="qh"] turn improved him to a higher two pair but Shak still had outs to his king. The [poker card="7h"] river showed Shak the door and he finished the tournament in fifth place, good for $92,545. Badziakouski limped in with the [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] only to be shoved on by Sasaki who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. Badziakouski ended up making the call and the pair saw the [poker card="9d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="as"] flop, giving both players two pair but putting Sasaki in the lead. The [poker card="8s"] turn didn’t change anything but the [poker card="9h"] spiked for Badziakouski on the river improving him to a full house and shipping him the pot. Sasaki walked away in fourth place with a six-figure payday of $121,649.13, earning the 18 people who invested in him on the GGPoker staking platform a nice return on their investment. During three-handed play, Sergi Reixach suffered a pair of bad beats to Gottlieb, the second of which sent him to the rail. After Gottlieb limped for 60,000 with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"], Reixach raised to 360,00 holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. Gottlieb three-bet shoved and Reixach called off for less. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] flop kept Reixach in the lead. But the [poker card="jd"] turn put Reixach looking for a king to save his tournament life. The [poker card="6c"] completed the board and the Spanish superstar wrapped up in third place earning $159,933.38. It was an intense heads-up match from the start. Badziakouski started a dominating four-to-one chip lead, which Gottlieb managed to double through to take the lead. Badziakouski battled back to regain the chip lead but it slipped away once again. The whole time Badziakouski was having technical difficulties seeing his own ‘chess clock’ timebank, playing not knowing exactly how much time he had to make decisions. When the chips were evened out and both players had fewer than six seconds on their timebank. GGPoker support paused the table for roughly fifteen minutes to work on a solution. The pair then rejoined a newly created table with the standard timebank in place and the tournament continued. When the heads-up battle resumed it was nearly another two hours before the pair played their final hand. After a raise, a three-bet and a call, the duo got all the chips in the middle with Gottlieb holding [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski needed some help with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] flop gave Badziakouski the lead. The tides then turned when the [poker card="qh"] peeled off on the turn. The pair sweat the river, with Badziakouski looking for a king or queen to stay alive, but it was the [poker card="6d"] which closed the door on Badziakouski's bracelet bid. Badziakouski was forced to settle for 210,248.67 as the runner-up. Lev Gottlieb takes home the $276,393.39 first-place prize and becomes just the second player in WSOP history to win a Short Deck gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Lev Gottlieb - $276,393.39 Mikita Badziakouski - $210,248.67 Sergi Reixach - $159,933.38 Nobauaki Sasaki - $121,659.13 Daniel Shak - $92,544.53 Chi Zhang - $70,397.34 Yin nam bjorn Li - $53,550.25 Carl Schrader - $40,734.96 Amichai Barer - $30,986.55
  19. Israel's Ravid Garbi worked his way through a tough final table that included a number of players making their second trip to a 2020 World Series of Poker Online final table before going one-on-one with an online poker legend to win his first career in Event #58 ($5,000 Six NLHE Championship). The 672-entry field was whittled down to nine players including Shyngis Satubayev, Mikita Badziakouski, Andy Hun Wei Lee, and Alan Schein, all of whom had previously made WSOP final tables already over the past few weeks of play. The final table also included Chris Moorman and Ludovic Geilich. Garbi arrived at the final table with just five big blinds. The final nine players played without an elimination for 48 minutes before the first of those final table returnees went home. Schein, who previously finished 4th in Event #55, limped from UTG+1 and action folded around to Urmo Velvelt who checked his big blind option. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="4s"] and Velvelt checked to Schein who moved all in for 1,703,894. Velvelt tank-called and showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"] which put him ahead of Schein's [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="qh"] river were of no help to Schein and he was eliminated in ninth. A few minutes later, another one of those returnees joined Schein on the rail. Event #37 winner Andy Hun Wei Lee moved all in for 1,251,130 from middle position before Ludovic Geilich moved all in over the top from the small blind forcing Mikita Badziakouski to fold his big blind. Lee showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"] and Geilich tabled a[poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"] flop changed nothing Geilich stayed ahed through the [poker card="3d"] turn before hitting top pair on the [poker card="ah"] river to bust lee in eighth place. Down to just a tad more than 1.5 big blinds, Badziakouski's night lasted just five more minutes. The Belarussian poker pro, runner-up in the $10,000 Short Deck Championship, moved all in from the cutoff and Urmo Velvelt called from the big blind. Badziakouski was ahead after showing [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] after Velvelt tabled [poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="6d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4c"] to give Velvelt a rivered pair and send Badziakouski home in seventh place. Those quick pace of eliminations continued and just two minutes later, Event #40 third place finisher Satubayev was the next to go. Satubayev moved all in from UTG for 7,200,000 and Ravid Garbi defended his big blind. Satubayev showed [poker card="js"][poker card="td"] while Garbi tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="kd"][poker card="6c"] runout ended Satubayev's run in sixth. Geilich managed to ladder up a few spots before the the structure forced his hand. Velvelt moved all in from the button and Geilich called off his last 2,500,000 and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"] while Velvelt had two live cards with [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] to keep Geilich in front. The [poker card="th"] turn however put the Scot in a rough spot and when the [poker card="6h"] river didn't improve his hand, Geilich was eliminated in fifth place. It took 10 minutes before the next bustout and despite having had a hand in earlier eliminations, Velvelt couldn't stick around. After doubling up Preben Stokkan, Velvelt was down fewer than 12 big blinds when he called from the small blind. Garbi checked his big and the players saw a flop of [poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2h"]. Velvelt bet 300,000 before Garbi raised to 900,000. Velvelt moved all in for 3,270,000 and Garbi called. Velvelt showed [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] but got bad news after seeing Garbi turn over a big blind special of [poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"] for two flopped pair. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and the [poker card="qh"] completed the board to eliminate Velvelt in fourth. Garbi found another victim just 10 minutes later. Garbi called from the small blind and then called again when Stokkan moved all in from the big blind for 4,440,000. Stokkan showed [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] but Garbi was in complete control with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][7h flop gave Stokkan some hope, but the [poker card="td"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river offered no further relief and Stokkan was out in third and Garbi entered heads up against online poker legend Chris Moorman with a 2.5-1 chip lead. The heads up battled last 30 minutes with both players taking turns with the lead. Garbi took control though and left the 888poker Ambassador sitting on a stack of just 12 big blinds. Moorman called after Ravid moved all in. Ravid showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"] and Moorman needed some help with [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"]. He didn't get any on the [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ac"] runout and was out in second giving Ravid his first career bracelet and more than a half-million dollar payday Final Table Payouts Ravid Garbi - $531,513 Chris Moorman - $398,393 Preben Stokkan - $292,021 Urmo Velvelt - $214,051 Ludovic Gelich - $156,898 Shyngis Satubayev - $115,006 Mikita Badziakouski - $84,299 Andy Hun Wei Lee - $61,791 Alan Schein - $45,293
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