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  1. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
  2. Nine more players picked up PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles on Saturday including a former #1-ranked PocketFiver earning his second title of the year and a first SCOOP win for one of poker's best. Dominik Nitsche bested a 956-entry field to win Event #87 High ($530 NLHE) for his first career SCOOP victory. The outright win came with an $82,365.40 payday. Runner-up 'Geokarak' had to settle for a $58,712.90 consolation prize while third-place finisher Tudor 'tdr01' Christian walked away with $41,852.60. Patrick Leonard, who has been ranked #1 on PocketFives four times in his career and currently sits at #3, won Event #93 High ($215 NLHE Turbo w Rebuys) to earn his second SCOOP title of the year. Second-place finisher 'julioassp' took home $30,124.96 for their efforts while '88IG8OSS' rounded out the podium finishers for $21,706.55. Leonard's first 2020 SCOOP win came 10 days ago when he outdueled another former #1-ranked player, Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski, to win Event #53 High ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Event #88-High ($530 Six Max Fusion) had a $3,500 overlay on a $100,000 guarantee with just 193 entries. Two-time World Championship of Online Poker title winner 'bob43155' took it down to win $19,945.48. Falling one position short of the victory gave 'M1TR4ND1R' a $15,076.73 bankroll boost. Third-place finisher 'Nutselas' won $11,396.47. The six other players who won Event #titles on Saturday were 'Hieucbvn96' (Event #87-L), 'eagletore69' (Event #87-M), 'shuriken555' (Event #88-L), 'dpsd05' (Event #88-M), 'NeptuneProject' (Event #93-L), and 'judgedredd13' (Event #93-M). Event #87-H: $530 NLHE Entries: 956 Prize pool: $500,000 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $82,365.40 Geokarak - $58,712.90 tdr01 - $41,852.60 Easterdamn - $29,834.00 Sektor17 - $21,266.70 RUMUKULUS - $15,159.65 boerni21 - $10,806.35 PSMozak - $7,703.15 MarioKJ - $5,491.05 Event #88-H: $530 Six Max Fusion Entries: 193 Prize pool: $100,000 ($3,500 overlay) bob43155 - $19,945.48 M1TR4ND1R - $15,076.73 Nutselas - $11,396.47 ¿¿toneecho?? - $8,614.56 pokerboss24000 - $6,511.73 Kelvin_FP:AR - $4,922.20 Event #93-H: $215 NLHE Turbo w Rebuys Entries: 460 Prize pool: $232,841 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $41,808.65 julioassp - $30,124.96 88IG8OSS - $21,706.55 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $15,640.67 Nelisschuif7 - $11,269.87 mararthur1 - $8,120.51 MiracleQ - $5,851.24 TheLipoFund - $4,216.12
  3. The day after the conclusion of their Championship Event, the World Poker Tour Online series rolled on and awarded two more trophies while looking forward to the next major event on the series - the WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event. The first of the two winners on the day was Phillipp Hofbauer who rose above the 290-entry field in Event #44 ($1,050 8-Max) to claim the $59,700 first-place prize. The two-day event was one of the few on the WPT schedule to offer an overlay as players enjoyed an extra $10,000 added to cover the $300K guarantee. Finishing right behind Hofbauer was Enrico Camosci who took home $43,200 as the runner-up. Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Hossein Ensan grabbed the bronze and added $30,300 to his substantial bankroll. In the smaller Event #44 ($109 Mini 8-Max) it was the UK’s Lee Jack who outlasted the event’s 1,067 runners to take home the title and $18,352.40 for first. Brazil’s Gustavo Mastelotto wrapped up as the runner-up and earned $13,145.44 for his efforts. Mats Bruland fell in third place, winning $8,696.05. As those two events were wrapping up, the star-studded Event #46 ($10,300 PLO High Roller) got underway. The two-day event was packed with some of the biggest names in the game and the final table, which concludes on Friday, reflects that. Linus Loeliger ended the night with the chip lead, followed by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. Jason Mercier emerged in third place, followed by another online legend, Viktor Blom, in fourth place. The winner will walk away with over $279,000 for first-place. With the Championship Event in the books, players are now taking aim at the WPT DeepStacks Main Event and its $3,000,000 guarantee. There are daily starting flights running right up until the start of Day 2 which takes place on Tuesday, May 26. On Thursday, 299 players took a shot at building a stack with some notable names cruising into Day 2. At the end of the day it was Aram Zobian that finished with the biggest stack followed closely by Russia’s Sergei Denisov and Sean Roberts. Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot and Ryan Chamus also punched their tickets to Day 2 with more than 500,000 in chips. Also of note, partypoker ambassadors Partick Leonard and Kristen Bicknell were joined by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Christopher Oliver in surviving the day. Event #44: $1,050 8-Max 290 entries $300,000 prize pool ($10,000 overlay) Phillipp Hofbauer - $59,700 Enrico Camosci - $43,200 Hossein Ensan - $30,300 Sebastian Lewin - $22,050 Roger Tondeur - $15,600 Brock Wilson - $11,700 Βασιλειος Ζιακουλης - $8,250 Laszlo Molnar - $6,000 Event #44: $109 Mini 8-Max 1067 entries $106,700 prize pool Lee Jack - $18,352.40 Gustavo Mastelotto - $13,145.44 Mats Bruland - $8,696.05 Murilo Branco Ruiz - $5,825.82 Athanasios Xenodochidis - $4,129.29 Henrique Zanetti Souza - $2,923.58 Nino Vermeulen - $2,048.64 Eljano Hysaj - $1,387.10 Event #46: $10,300 PLO High Roller 101 entries 1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Linus Loeliger - 734,464 Yuri Dzivielevski - 656,952 Jason Mercier - 519,931 Viktor Blom - 515,642 Andreas Torbergsen - 321,520 Andres Djeda - 163,414 John O’Shea - 93,249 Mark Davis - 24,828 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 600,174 Sergei Denisov - 585,830 Sean Reuven Roberts - 568,452 Thomas Osterreicher - 538,832 Parker Talbot - 531,374 Rayan Chamas - 515,486 Jeremy Menard - 431,579 Rui Miguel Nougueira - 364,244 Gustavo Mastelotto - 358,563 Patrick Leonard - 349,208 Event #40: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks $1M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Benton - 821,075 Mihail Trubkin - 610,840 Luigi Knoppers - 547,979 Guillaume Diaz - 543,303 Steven van Zadelhoff - 541,864 Bela Toth - 509,096 Michael Tureniec - 473,484 Pedro Dib - 463,860 Carson Barton - 450,330 Luis Faria - 433,521
  4. Four players earned rings in Sunday's WSOP Super Circut Online Series on GGPoker but only one of them walked away a millionaire. Costa Rica-based '800-522-4700' took down Event #8 ($25,000 High Roller Championship) for $2,198,292. Former #1-ranked Patrick 'Babu$hka' Leonard fell one spot short of the ring but took home $1,611,342 as a consolation prize. Third place finisher 'HotPot44' also picked up a seven-figure score, earning $1,181,110. The $25,000 buy-in event is the largest buy-in in WSOP Circuit history. The 505 entries built the prize pool to $12,372,500 making it the fifth largest online poker tournament prize pool ever. The only events with more money up for grabs were the 2019 and 2018 partypoker MILLIONS ($21,780,000 and $21,090,000), the PokerStars 14th Anniversary Sunday Million ($18,603,200), and the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million ($12,423,200). 'ShopChop96' topped the 5,161-player field in Event #7 ($200 Monster Stack) to win the ring and add $135,965 to their bankroll. Runner-up 'Jayb0y_11' earned $92,875 while 'LuckyBuda' took home $63,866 for coming in third place. Event #9 ($100 Mini Main Event) drew 29,357 entries over the course of 12 starting flights. On Sunday, 'miya111' earned the winner's share of $278,361 from the $2,700,844 prize pool for outlasting everybody. Runner-up 'lecimy_tutaj' scored a $198,411 payday and 'Freddyf86' rounded out the podium finishers and secured a $141,434 bankroll boost. The great game of Pot Limit Omaha rounded out the Sunday schedule in a big way. Event #10 ($10,000 PLO High Roller Championship) had 234 entries to create a $2,269,800 prize pool. Canada's 'ChilaxChuck' picked up the win and $442,041 for their efforts. Just missing out on the ring gave Austrian 'BailaMorena' a $330,250 payday while 'SillyRabbit' - another Canadian - earned $246,731 for finishing in third place. The WSOP Super Circuit Online continues on Tuesday with the final day of Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD. There are another eight ring events and $10.5 million in guarantees on the schedule. Event #7: $200 Monster Stack Entries: 5,161 Prize Pool: $949,624 ShopChop96 - $135,965 Jayb0y_11 - $92,875 LuckyBuda - $63,866 mezcal - $43,918 LMFAO - $30,200 Yummers19 - $20,767 GanhadorDeFazenda - $14,280 benbenbigalo - $9,820 NWO1985 - $6,753 Event #8: $25,000 High Roller Championship Entries: 505 Prize Pool: $12,372,500 800-522-4700 - $2,198,292 Patrick 'Babu$hka' Leonard - $1,611,342 HotPot44 - $1,181,110 BlackPhillip - $865,750 M0therLover - $634,592 mm1993 - $465,154 AlwaysWithNuts - $340,956 gaufreancienne - $249,920 Sub_Zero - $183,190 Event #9: $100 Mini Main Event Entries: 29,357 Prize Pool: $2,700,844 miya111 - $278,361 lecimy_tutaj - $198,411 Freddyf86 - $141,434 LUCKYBabies - $100,818 Mikhail Semin - $71,867 Gameovered - $51,229 raul-gonzalez - $36,518 black0ut61 - $26,031 JessieCheung88 - $18,555 Event #10: $10,000 PLO High Roller Championship Entries: 234 Prize Pool: $2,269,800 ChilaxChuck - $442,041 BailaMorena - $330,250 SillyRabbit - $246,731 Mikhail Tal - $184,333 4sigma - $137,716 SUPERUNKNOWN - $102,888 DaddyDayCare - $76,868 Pablo21311 - $57,428 Orange5 - $42,905
  5. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns with an all-new episode and Lance and Donnie bringing you the very latest news from around the world of poker. This week, after a much talked about tweet from partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, the guys debate the merit of some kind of poker player's union and the impact of unlimited rebuys in the current online poker surge. Plus, the latest results from all of the major online series including PokerStars SCOOP, the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, and the WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker. Subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast! Available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  6. For all that Steve O'Dwyer has accomplished in his poker career, both live and online, he has never managed to win a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title. That all changed on Wednesday when he took down a Super High Roller event for the second-largest score of his online career. O'Dwyer beat former #1-ranked Andras 'probirs' Nemeth heads-up to win Event #52 High ($25,000 NLHE Super High Roller) outright to earn $521,597.77 and his first SCOOP title. O'Dwyer's only bigger online score came in 2018 when he won the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller Championship event for $896,610. Nemeth earned $403,096.26 for his runner-up performance and narrowly missed out on a two-title day. Nemeth won Event #52 Medium ($2,100 NLHE) for $157,734.78 to push his winnings for the day to more than $560,000. Chun Lei 'SamRostan' Zhou finished in third place for $311,516.98. A pair of former #1-ranked players battled for the title in Event #53 High ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard outlasted Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski heads-up to win the second SCOOP title of his career and $52,605.66. Dzivielevski took home $40,345.85 for his runner-up performance and fellow Brazilian Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo came in third place for $30,943.24. England's Tyler 'wonderboy222' Goatcher shipped Event #54-High ($1,050 NLHE) to add $107,503.65 to his bankroll. Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs ended up with $80,159.99 as the runner-up and 'IDontBlufM8' earned $59,771.46 as the bronze medalist. Other players who picked up SCOOP titles on Wednesday included 'O''Pazzzo"' (Event #52-L), 'Kashmir_uzi' (Event #53-L), Tobias 'Senkel92' Leknes (Event #53-M), 'dmgs81' (Event #54-L), and 'vivaodesemprego' (Event #54-M). Event #52-H: $25,000 NLHE Super High Roller Entries: 89 Prize pool: $2,182,725 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $521,597.77 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $403,096.26 Chun Lei 'SamRostan' Zhou - $311,516.98 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $240,743.65 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $186,049.14 VbV1990 - $143,780.89 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $111,115.32 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $85,871.02 Event #53-H: $2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 117 Prize pool: $234,000 - Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $52,605.66 Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski - $40,345.85 Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo - $30,943.24 Little Kraut - $23,731.90 guilherme12 - $18,201.17 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $13,959.38 Event #54-H: $1,050 NLHE Entries: 609 Prize pool: $609,000 wonderboy222 - $107,503.65 BillLewinsky - $80,159.99 IDontBlufM8 - $59,771.46 dulek_jason - $44,568.69 mjw006 - $33,232.70 MASUR0N1KE - $24,780.02 Tr!pleeeee - $18,477.23 RUNITSRANN - $13,777.58 anteen - $10,273.28
  7. The partypoker POWERFEST continued on Tuesday and several more big prizes were won. The biggest prize of the day went to 'kristian150,' who won $22,603.47 plus $46,872.67 in bounties for topping the $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, PKO] tournament. That $69,476.14 score for 'kristian150' was the biggest single win of the day, and he defeated 'PpPlayer1357' in heads-up play. 'PpPlayer1357' took home $31,324.37 from $22,579.84 and $8,744.53 in bounties, but that wasn't the only big result of the day for 'PpPlayer1357.' In the $530 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack] tournament, 'PpPlayer1357' placed fifth for $6,297.50. Elsewhere, 'KETOandYOGA' won the $1,050 NLHE [6-Max] event for $39,045.46, defeating Patrick 'Patrick_Leonard' Leonard in heads-up play. Leonard earned $26,350. In the $320 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] event, 'onehundredeyez' finished in first place for $11,519.57 plus $15,486.55 in bounties. The day before, 'onehundredeyez' won the $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Fast] tournament for $10,355.03 and $13,276.25 in bounties. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"] Event: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack] 229 entries $114,500 prize pool Fabrice Soulier - $23,346.55 Dhr. Dogsome - $16,946 El_Cucuy - $12,079.75 Madgenius111 - $8,931 PpPlayer1357 - $6,297.50 Johnnie_blue99 - $4,809 MahmoudMokhtar - $3,549.50 Parul777 - $2,633.50 Event: $320 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] 526 entries $162,008 prize pool onehundredeyez - $11,519.57 + $15,486.55 in bounties Blackk88 - $11,503.75 + $4,354.88 in bounties Anthopico - $7,845.29 + $1,402.25 in bounties wikidipidi - $5,430.01 + $1,562.71 in bounties Quixotic - $3,822.73 + $2,686 in bounties Konstantine_doc - $2,762.79 + $819.62 in bounties hotdog22777 - $1,989.55 + $1,881.19 in bounties buck21 - $1,424.83 + $923.31 in bounties Event: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max] 155 entries $155,000 prize pool KETOandYOGA - $39,045.46 Patrick_Leonard - $26,350 Dandelion32892 - $18,600 Greenstone25 - $13,175 R_D3ck4rd - $9,687.50 theSDMsickness - $6,432.50 Event: $2,100 PLO [6-Max] 64 entries $128,000 prize pool Pepapig88 - $44,276.23 Pablo311 - $28,800 UniqueDNA - $15,360 PayAndPlay - $11,520 Thor9 - $8,320 San holo1 - $5,760 Event: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, PKO] 118 entries $241,900 prize pool kristian150 - $22,603.47 + $46,872.67 in bounties PpPlayer1357 - $22,579.84 + $8,744.53 in bounties BaBaDeBaBa - $15,947.04 + $7,481.25 in bounties wikidipidi - $11,295.82 + $2,296.87 in bounties Jizoint - $8,305.74 + $1,312.50 in bounties Sundaynightking - $5,515.01 + $1,443.75 in bounties Event: $530 NLHE [6-Max, PKO] 466 entries $238,825 prize pool FamilyMan72 - $20,070.89 + $19,230.34 in bounties SDQEL - $20,045.13 + $8,065.78 in bounties High Level - $14,416.61 + $7,616.65 in bounties Promethaz1ne - $10,168.24 + $3,584.77 in bounties PhatToad - $7,243.13 + $2,313.29 in bounties Bunny_Lebowski - $4,596.60 + $1,624.22 in bounties Event: $1,050 PLO8 [6-Max, PKO, Fast] 41 entries $41,820 prize pool B.Berlin - $6,132 + $9,230 in bounties astenia - $6,127.86 + $3,835 in bounties Pepapig88 - $3,113.51 + $845 in bounties UnifromHokkaido - $2,155.51 + $390 in bounties FONBET_RULIT - $1,676.50 + $2,080 in bounties mario4ndre - $1,294.62 + $1,040 in bounties Event: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Fast] 105 entries $107,100 prize pool Executioner_ - $9,884.32 + $14,527.50 in bounties B88alis888 - $9,873.78 + $7,767.50 in bounties qpakup - $7,056.45 + $520 in bounties Jizoint - $4,939.51 + $1,690 in bounties whatitbedoe - $3,669.35 + $4,550 in bounties patrick - $2,822.58 + $1,495 in bounties Greenstone25 - $2,258.06 + $260 in bounties Namastayinbed - $1,834.67 + $1,625 in bounties
  8. For the second time in just two days, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson broke his own record for most Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by taking down Event #26 - High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for just over $26,000. Anderson now has 10 SCOOP titles all-time, making him the most decorated player in the history of the series. Anderson beat out a final table that included Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy. Anderson, Sikorski and Drinan agreed to a three-way chop with each player pocketing a minimum of $20,000. The Medium and Low versions of that event were won by 'elabuga' and 'Michael Keys' for - $11,038.35 and $4,390.24 respectively. The biggest SCOOP winner on Sunday was former #1-ranked 'Lena900' who won Event #25-High ($530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys) outright for $102,15.24. The win gives "Team Sweden" a bit of a stranglehold on the six-figure prop bet against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard and 'bencb789'. Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson finished as runner-up for $76,598.70. 'SmilleThHero' took down the Medium version of the event for $56,763.81 while 'PomGinJ' took home $20,146.50 after chopping the Low version heads-up with 'HATZA12345'. Event #23-High, the $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha tournament, drew 318 players with 'BigTreeStump' emerging victorious for $29,791.28. 'Foxy1029' took home the winner's share after chopping the Medium version of the event with two other players while 'SFARRRR' chopped the Low event with two others. German phenom 'nilsef' showed some mixed game prowess, winning Event #24-High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $63,026.43. Runner-up 'jdaz111293' earned $58,623.57 thanks to a two-way deal between the top two finishers. The Medium version was also subject to a deal, with 'dejanaceking' grabbing a SCOOP title and $19,630.40 for finishing first while Summ3L had to soothe himself with $17,527.60 as the runner-up. 'parmupill' wanted no part of a deal, taking down the Low event outright for $9,096.19. Event #23 (High) $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Era_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39 Event #23 (Medium): $55 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 Event #24 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 nilsef - $63,026.43* jdaz111293 - $58,623.57* RealAndyBeal - $37,500 BiggestFish - $35,500 zilbeee - $19,5000 TheTakeover - $13,500 Event #24 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 563 Prize pool: $112,600 dejanaceking - $19,630.40* Summ3L - $17,527.60* Piquette - $11,541.50 calvin7v - $7,882.00 dezember - $5,630.00 fabsould - $3,603.20 Event #24 (Low): $22 Eight Game Entries: 2,887 Prize pool: $57,740 parmupill - $9,096.19 Begemott - $6,640.10 m8675309a - $4,850.16 Jenezio - $3,156.83 nilsef - $2,010.50 Mr.Pink2116 - $1,024.88 Event #25 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 391 Prize pool: $560,550 Lena900 - $102,115.24 Aggro Santos - $76,598.70 Kaggis - $57,458.3 vicenfish - $43,100.80 Era_Koira - $ 32,330.84 NigDawG - $24,252.08 WushuTM - $18,192.03 Killer_ooooo - $13,646.19 pabritz - $10,236.31 Event #25 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 2,726 Prize pool: $388,381.95 SmilleThHero - $56,763.81 tinajohn9 - $40,462.21 AchoBogdanov - $28,842.83 AFG_Unit20 - $20,560.15 SOUFODAMS - $14,665.98 ndjoh - $10,447.28 MendaLerenda - $7,447.18 Hendurr - $5,308.59 SrylGotOdds - $3,784.16 Event #25 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 10,450 Prize pool: $157,324.30 PomGinJ - $20,146.50* HATZA12345 - $15,510.19* July Corn - $10,199.98 john_snow666 - $7,106.98 CAZZETTEE - $4,951.93 Grimeyyyy - $3,450.35 varnak2 - $2,404.10 degan2891 - $1,675.09 gustavo956 - $1,167.15 Event #26 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 137 Prize pool: $137,000 cal42688 - $26,305.31* p0cket00 - $21,847.35* blanconegro - $20,098.91* vovtroy - $13,340.99 chokitin - $10,327.73 cmase86 - $7,995.05 NoraFlum - $6,189.26 The Cooker - $4,791.32 Event #26 (Medium): $109 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 640 Prize pool: $64,000 elabuga - $11,038.35 dimetriospb - $7,868.23 RSchoonbaert - $5,608.74 crazy169 - $3,998.10 vachette17 - $2,849.99 gangst3rn1 - $2,031.57 Spowi07 - $1,448.17 CobelinO - $1,032.30 shullerman - $773.24 Event #26 (Low): $11 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 3,100 Prize pool: $30,380 Michael Keys - $4,390.24 Omeljanenko - $3,127.74 theispoker - $2,229.56 ptsekov - $ 1,589.31 ThoraAndrea - $1,132.91 dmdmdm79 - $807.58 shelddmud - $575.67 klanleje - $410.36 sharkDlc - $292.51
  9. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Matt return this week to talk about the success of the partypoker MILLIONS North America event and the underwhelming turnout for the World Poker Tour Elite Poker Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Recorded before the European Poker Tour Main Event played down to a winner, Matt talks about what a win for Ole Schemion might mean for him and it puts him in position to be the first player to grab all three legs of poker's Triple Crown in the same year. Earlier this week, former #1-ranked online poker player Patrick Leonard released his own version of the live power rankings. Lance and Matt debate the merits of Leonard's list, get into some of the snubs and put out a list of their own top five. They wrap things up by talking about the direction Phil Galfond is taking his Run It Once online poker site. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  10. [caption width="640"] partypoker's new top tier of their VIP program aims to reward high volume players with increased rakeback.[/caption] In an online poker landscape where many sites are cutting rewards and scaling back cash bonuses to high volume players, partypoker is reversing the trend with the implementation of their new Diamond Club VIP Program. Players that earn 100,000 points over the course of a calendar year will qualify for Diamond Club status, which is at the top of the Cashback Loyalty Program that was implemented by the site. Players who meet the requirements will earn at least 50% rakeback along with other bonuses. The change comes after Mike Sexton, the new partypoker Chairman, laid out 10 commitments he’d like to deliver to the poker community. One of his goals was to “reward players who start games and keep the action going.” Sexton wants to reward the regular players and the Diamond Club does that by rewarding regulars over all of the different poker variants. Players can qualify for this level of rewards by grinding cash games, Multi-table tournaments, Sit & Gos, Fast Forward and Sit & Go Hero games. Since this is a program to reward high volume players, partypoker decided to have a respected poker pro oversee the program. Former #1 overall player on PocketFives and current partypoker Ambassador Patrick ‘Pleno1’ Leonard will oversee the operations of the club. Leonard, who is currently 12th on the PocketFives worldwide leaderboard, will be a point of contact for players, consulting with them on improvements to the system, the software and the overall product that partypoker is putting out. “I joined partypoker initially because management promised me they would have the player’s best interests in mind and invest in the poker community,” said Leonard. “The Diamond Club will be an important part of this strategy.” Leonard hopes that with the implementation of this level of rewards, partypoker will change the poker ecosystem for the better, rewarding those who keep the action going on the site. “Over recent year, I have unfortunately seen certain online sites punish regular players who start games and encourage predatory regulars to prey on amateur players and weaker players,” said Leonard. “The Diamond Club will reward regulars who start games and continue games and not reward these predatory regs who jump into a game for a small amount of time when they believe their win rate is sky high and sit out when the weaker players has gone broke.” While other programs have shifted away from rakeback based reward programs, Leonard doesn’t feel that any of the new innovations in reward programs have worked. He thinks the best way to run a rewards program is to reward your most loyal customer base. “I’ve seen a lot of people who don’t have a background in poker try and come up with ‘revolutionary’ ways to improve loyalty systems and not surprisingly, most of them have failed,” said Leonard. “Quite simply, those who want to support partypoker and make this their home for playing poker will be rewarded generously.” In addition to the extra cash rewards, Diamond Club members will receive a dedicated Customer Support line on Skype, which is available 24/7. Once achieving Diamond Club status with partypoker, players will have their additional Diamond Club rakeback and VIP bonuses deposited into their account every Monday on top of their normal rewards. If a player earns the required amount of points in less than 12 months, they will begin receiving benefits immediately. Sign-up now for partypoker.com to take full advantage of the Diamond Club VIP Program.
  11. 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.
  12. The online poker world had a lot going on on Sunday. The PokerStars Sunday Million 13th Anniversary and the final day of both partypoker POWERFEST and 888poker XL Blizzard, but those didn't distract some of online poker's top-ranked players from putting up big results in some of the other Sunday Majors. 2018 PocketFives POY 'Lena900' came through a 150 player-field to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller Cooldown for over $56,000. 'vic_xcite' took third place for $18,997.89 + $3,000 in bounties, before 'Kraskata85' was the final player to lose their bounty and departed with $24,457 + $16,031 as runner-up. 'Belabacsi' won the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $42,025. PockerFiver Rhys 'floppinhel' Jones took fourth place for $16,060, before 'PAAdentr00!!' exited in third place $22,131 and paved the way for heads-up to begin. 'TheZQ' then fell at the final hurdle and banked $30,496, as 'Belabacsi' took the title. The PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller had a bumper $811,500 prize pool this week after 1,623 entrants took part. 'pitaoufmg' was the last player standing for $61,606 + $44,220 in bounties after they sent 'Remi Lebo_10' to the rail in second place for $44,707 + $14,039, with 'marcelomig' banking $32,444 + $6,604 in third. 'A23456789' defeated partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard to win the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator for just over $45,000. Alex 'FkTheseGuysBro' Foxen departed in fifth place for $6,167 + $3,055 in bounties, and was shortly followed out the door by girlfriend and partypoker ambassador Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell in fourth place for $8,746 + $7,247. 'FranBenitez91' took away $11,829 + $4,761 in third place, before Leonard lost the final bounty battle and exited as runner-up for $16,585 + $6,378. This week's PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller title went to the UK's Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones after he got the better of Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer heads-up. The tournament saw 159 entrants create a $318,000 prize pool and the final table featured well-known names such as 'LLinusLove', Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell and Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan. The bronze medal went to former PocketFives #1-ranked Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard for $38,004, and when the heads-up battle was over, O'Dwyer had to settle for $49,360 as runner-up with Jones taking the win alongside $64,110. Roman 'SanityWaterline' Romanovsky took the lion's share of the GGPoker Blade Series #007 $10k $329,800 prize pool but it was 'pihler13' who took the title. Five places were paid with 'FNC_Broxah' taking fifth for $20,730, and 'RuiNF*' banking $32,934 in fourth before world #1-ranked Andras 'PokerBluff1' Nemeth took the bronze medal worth $52,322. Ukraine's Romanovsky, who was knocked off the online poker rankings top-spot by Nemeth this week, then secured a heads-up deal worth a staggering $131,692, before departing in second place, as 'pihler13' took the win for $92,120. PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $225k Gtd 159 entrants, $318,000 prize pool jenbizzle - $64,110.81 MrTimCaum - $49,360.65 pads1161 - $38,004.18 ale6ka - $29,260.48 BIack88 - $22,528.48 blanconegro - $17,345.31 krissyb24 - $13,354.66 LLinusLove - $10,282.11 SinKarma - $7,916.51 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, PKO], $225k Gtd 150 entrants, $300,000 prize pool Lena900 - $31,485.36 + $25,531.24 Kraskata85 - $24,457.18 + $16,031.25 vic_xcite - $18,997.89 + $3,000 huang33 - $14,757.19 + $4,687.50 FreeLancerZZZ - $11,463.10 + $16,875.01 1_conor_b_1 - $8,904.31 + $5,125 unclewolfy - $6,916.71 + $2,625 kofi89 - $5,372.76 + $6,406.25 IAMSoSo - $4,427.32 + $1,000 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO, $500k Gtd 1,623 entrants, $811,500 prize pool pitaoufmg - $61,606.47 + $44,220.54 (in bounties) Remi Lebo_10 - $44,707.40 + $14,039.27 marcelomig - $32,444.13 + $6,604.01 heyalisson - $23,544.69 + $10,864.96 bukharkov777 - $17,086.37 + $5,203.13 ale6ka - $12,399.55 + $1,640.63 Kroko-dill - $8,998.35 + $4,101.56 unclewolfy - $6,530.09 + $1,109.38 Siton11 - $4,738.87 + $13,815.91 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,348 entrants, $269,000 prize pool Belabacsi - $42,025.09 TheZQ - $30,496.88 PAAdentr00!! - $22,131.57 floppinhel - $16,060.88 Agame_DD - $11,655.37 BetForNympho - $8,458.29 kot_spartac - $6,138.17 0$kar15 - $4,454.46 Arwis - $3,232.61 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator $200k Gtd 206 entrants, $210,120 prize pool A23456789 - $16,605.86 + $29,079.38 (in bounties) Patrick_Leonard - $16,585.22 + $6,378.12 FranBenitez91 - $11,829.92 + $4,761.25 Krissyb24 - $8,746.29 + $7,247.50 FkTheseGuysBro - $6,167.25 + $3,055 Hahaha_Owned - $4,709.54 + $3,217.50 WWWpartyCOM - $3,476.09 + $780 Melania_Trump - $2,579.03 + $2,437.50 partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 388 entrants, $198,850 prize pool Chelsea72 - $14,758.76 + $20,907.92 Jarildur1 - $14,738.94 + $3,789.86 spera9k1 - $10,119.58 + $4,706.56 Alien_Army - $7,105.24 + $2,395.32 probirs - $5,081.32 + $2,112.31 TullaMoreFan12 - $3,703.33 + $1,952.34 Doyle_B - $2,616.02 + $1,566.79 trackomat - $1,905.49 + $3,018.76 andstar555 - $1,393.73 + $3,018.76 partypoker $530 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter $150k Gtd 320 entrants, $164,000 prize pool Kraaaaaut - $12,582.27 + $14,531.96 floppymcsets - $12,566.24 + $6,021.12 rafaelmoraesgm - $8,819.43 + $3,309.98 drew.derzh - $6,418.10 + $4,651.20 phbbc - $4,540.69 + $574.22 jaimelavinde - $3,405.52 + $2,830.10 chenlingseng - $2,401.33 + $1,935.93 Melania_Trump - $1,746.42 + $2,469.16 partypoker $109 Sunday Clasico- $75k Gtd 617 entrants, $75,000 prize pool Beloved1 - $12,492.39* nelisschuif - $11,115.12* zoobanana - $6,667.50 BOOMDUZE - $4,590 PeremPruneR - $3,210 rd2mtl - $2,332.50 dennysramos2 - $1,680 Yoshiaki97 - $1,192.50 GGPoker Blade Series #007 $10k $200,000 Gtd 34 entrants - $329,800 prize pool pihler13 - $92,120.47* SanityWaterline - $131,692.24* PokerBluff1 - $52,322.77 RuiNF* - $32,934.25 FNC_Broxah - $20,730.27 GGPoker Blade Series #004 $5k $200,000 Gtd 59 entrants - $280,250 prize pool nbvcxz - $69,136.93* RuiNF* - $87,287.36 mbtremendo - $42,834.05 KenBrynney - $30,921.80 FuTimReilly - $22,322.38 Omilly - $16,114.48 FNC_Broxah - $11,663 GGPoker Blade Series #009 $5k $250,000 Gtd 65 entrants - $308,750 prize pool NOMAMES - $95,936.06 KenBrynney - $60,374.30 DownswingPeters - $45,676.19 nbvcxz - $34,556.31 Nator - 26,143.59 FkTheseGuysBro - $19,778.92 PyramidOfSkulls - $14,963.75 AceKing41 - $11,320.84
  13. PocketFives.com world-ranked #1 Andras Nemeth had a Sunday to remember after the Hungarian cashed for over $450,000, following four final table appearances, and two gold medals. The current top two online players in the world faced off heads-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, and the match went as the rankings would have suggested. A $196,000 prize pool was created after 98 high rollers took their virtual seat and among the final nine were PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov, 'C.Darwin2', 'hello_totti', 'omaha4rollz' and current world-ranked #3 Patrick Leonard. 'bigbluffzinc' departed in third place for $27,688, which allowed 'Lena900' and Andras 'probirs' Nemeth to agree on a money-deal. Current world #1 Nemeth then got the better of 2018 PocketFives.com POY 'Lena900' and took away a top prize worth $45,240. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] 'vladulaNko' was this week's PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO champion, and banked $52,575 + $21,098 in bounties. Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo took fifth place from the 1,357 player-field for $15,176 + $10,967, as fellow high-roller Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion banked $28,247 + $20,537 in third place. Patrick 'prepstyle71' Serda was the unlucky final player to lose their bounty and settled for $38,536 + $11,331 as runner-up. 'FoldYourEdge' and 'letsgoagain' became partypoker Sunday Phased Final champions after the introduction of the new weekly tournaments. The 'Phased' events gave players the chance to play the online Day 1 throughout the week, and compete in the Sunday Final for a chance at big money returns. 'FoldYourEdge' took down the $530 Sunday Phased Final for the biggest share of the $273,350 prize pool worth $50,952. 'Gravity' took third for $24,863, before 'kBetExpl0F0ftyK' lost at the last to bank $36,218 as runner-up. And in the $109 Sunday Phased Final, 'letsgoagain' topped the 1,013 player-field to win $18,189 after a heads-up victory over 'SuperMaza', who took away $13,028 for their efforts. The GGPoker GGS3 continued allowing their player pool to play some of the largest weekly online tournaments with buy-ins reaching $25,000 once again. 'Omar Bingo' was the biggest Sunday winner after they banked $344,893 for victory in the GGPoker GGS #157: $25,000 $500k Gtd. The prize pool hit $808,500 after 33 super high rollers went to battle, with 'StacknNvrSlackn' and Andras 'PokerBluff1' Nemeth cashing before 'Picasso16' sealed third place for $128,268. 'NOMAMES' was then unable to add yet another GGpoker title to their name, and departed as runner-up for $203,780. The second $25,000 buy-in of the day saw Nemeth cash for a second time, and they forged on to seal the gold medal for $226,237, following a money-deal with 'StacknNvrSlackn', who exited with $205,206. However, Nemeth narrowly missed out on a third Sunday title after taking second place in the GGPoker GGS #170: $10,000 $400k Gtd for $104,848, with 'chan593' picking up the win for $170,515. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 98 entrants, $196,000 prize pool probirs - $45,240* Lena900 - $37,608* bigbluffzinc - $27,688 pads1161 - $21,288 omaha4rollz - $16,368 hello_totti - $12,584 C. Darwin2 - $9,676 IgorKurganov - $7,439 Bit2Easy - $6,554 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO, $500k Gtd 1,357 entrants, $678,500 prize pool vladulaNko - $52,575 + $21,098 prepstyle71 - $38,536 + $11,331 wizowizo - $28,247 + $20,537 FellipeD - $20,705 + $1,613 imluckbox - $15,176 + $10,967 needdollarz - $11,124 + $968 Jc9c - $8,154 + $9,572 oriente1 - $5,977 + $4,535 AZNInFiLtRaT - $4,381 + $3,566 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, PKO] $125k Gtd 118 entrants, $236,000 prize pool mararthur1 - $25,863 + $28,296 lasagnaaammm - $19,930 + $15,546 mczhang - $15,358 + $13,718 Graftekkel - $11,834 + $2,250 hello_totti - $9,119 + $3,500 hotmark777 - $7,027 + $3,875 anteen - $5,415 + $3,812 C. Darwin2 - $4,173 + $1,000 Grisha813 - $3,562 + $2,500 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack $200k Gtd 195entrants, $200,000 prize pool TheOptimist - $40,780 sixtybananas - $29,600 YouGotTheDud - $21,100 jknack10 - $15,600 BtchrByTrade - $11,000 MasterOfPigeons - $8,400 ThanksBro - $6,200 Sundaynightking - $4,600 partypoker $530 Sunday Phased Final $250k Gtd 516 entrants, $273,350 prize pool FoldYourEdge - $50,952 kBetExpl0F0ftyK - $36,218 Gravity - $24,863 Tigerbluff - $17,084 Martin Fingered - $12,027 OKgoogle - $8,692 Art3m1s - $6,259 Kroat.. - $4,482 partypoker $109 Sunday Phased Final $100k Gtd 1,013 entrants, $105,750 prize pool letsgoagain - $18,189 SuperMaza - $13,028 porsche_911 - $8,618 FreshP - $5,773 IRa1se - $4,092 iBluffR1vers - $2,897 klawizna - $2,030 LoungeBoy - $1,374 GGPoker GGS #155: $500 $200k Gtd 588 entrants, $276,360 prize pool porty27 - $44,134* Fredman - $40,433* oldzet - $26,218 sys1207 - $19,128 Resolve - $14,086 Mailloul_ - $10,325 millionaire27k - $7,568 vlad64 - $5,547 Geffen - $4,066 GGPoker GGS #157: $25,000 $500k Gtd 33 entrants, $808,500 prize pool Omar Bingo - $344,893 NOMAMES - $203,780 Picasso16 - $128,268 PokerBluff1 - $80,737 StacknNvrSlackn - $50,819 GGPoker GGS #172: $25,000 $500k Gtd 21 entrants, $514,500 prize pool PokerBluff1 - $226,237* StacknNvrSlackn - $205,206* brotisserie chicken - $83,055 GGPoker GGS #170: $10,000 $400k Gtd 46 entrants, $446,200 prize pool chan593 - $170,515 PokerBluff1 - $104,848 PerfectDisguise - $70,423 HE22 - $47,301 OG_OWL - $31,771 ravenoustrashdog - $21,340 *denotes money-deal  
  14. Bulgaria's Rosen 'dtminator' Apostolov banked their first six-figure online cash after navigating through a 10,344 player-field in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $108,027. Apostolov crushed their previous best score of $12k after a heads-up victory over Canada's 'Samuel Peace'. Morocco's 'bibichov1989' claimed the bronze medal for $55,843, with the well-known name of Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah making a final table appearance in ninth-place for $7,715. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] World #4 Andras 'probirs' Nemth collected another gold medal with victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $41,015. The Hungarian got the better of Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo heads-up on a final table that included Conor Beresford, 'prebz' and 'Remi Lebo_10' 'Stakelis24' topped 913 entrants in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a score worth over $67,000. Former #1 ranked 'C.Darwin2' took ninth place for $3,134 + $687 and after 'abarone68' exited in third for $20,027 + $8,493, 'ZaraJung' was unable to save thier bounty and departed in second for $27,568 + $11,393. 'fellatiado' was this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up champion for $24,907. Former SCOOP champion 'clapjkspit' took the bronze for $13,117, before three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner and former Sunday Million champion 'OMGACEACEACE' was the final player to fall in second place for $18,075. 'PayAndPlay' won the biggest Sunday prize on partypoker for $129,850, after winning the $5,200 Sunday High Roller Big Game. 106 entrants created a $530,000 prize pool with 'AGORAVAI' taking third place for $66,250. 'patience' in name and nature made their way into the final two, but ultimately had to settle for the runners-up spot worth $92,750. World #2 Patrick Leonard won the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for an impressive $78,760 score. The partypoker pro topped the 149 player-field after a heads-up victory over 'junglemandan', who banked a consolation prize worth $28,511 + $11,632. Leonard, who has already been at the top of the online rankings in 2019, could be set to reclaim his seat at the top after yet another impressive result. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,344 entrants, $1,034,400 prize pool dtminator - $108,027 Samuel Peace - $77,667 bibichov1989 - $55,843 wendellau - $40,151 Miry1313 - $28,869 Conglomo222 - $20,757 D!egoRezende - $14,924 Seaman58 - $10,730 goleafsgoeh - $7,715 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 66 entrants, $132,000 prize pool probirs - $41,015 imluckbox - $29,557 Iimitless - $21,300 mararthur1 - $15,349 1_conor_b_1 - $11,061 prebz - $7,971 Remi Lebo_10 - $5,744 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $350k Gtd 913 entrants, $456,500 prize pool Stakelis24 - $37,611 + $30,055 (in bounties) ZaraJung - $27,568 + $11,393 abarone68 - $20,027 + $8,493 ShippityShip - $14,812 + $3,888 nilsef - $10,857 + $6,615 slarki1 - $7,958 + $2,515 jvieiradias8 - $5,833 + $2,039 rojorulez - $4,275 + $1,921 C. Darwin2 - $3,134 + $687 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $115k Gtd 733 entrants, $146,600 prize pool fellatiado - $24,907 OMGACEACEACE - $18,075 clapjkspit - $13,117 smir9david - $9,519 jeff710 - $6,907 BOKPOWER - $5,013 joaoMathias - $3,638 Leitnant - $2,640 EduardoGarl@ - $1,915 partypoker $5,200 Sunday High Roller Big Game $500k Gtd 106 entrants, $530,000 prize pool PayAndPlay - $129,850 patience - $92,750 AGORAVAI - $66,250 Greenstone25 - $46,375 Junglemandan - $34,450 Forrest_guuump - $26,500 Slim_Shady - $21,200 fromHolland1945 - $17,225 partypoker $530 High Roller Phased Final - $250k Gtd 563 entrants, $275,050 prize pool WhaledShark - $44,253* SpankyMcfarland - $43,460* zavor - $24,837 StrA1dEr - $17,190 Sphynx7 - $12,102 five90fspades - $8,746 Joe Panini - $6,298 SapereAude - $4,510 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $300k Gtd 149 entrants, $305,450 prize pool Patrick_Leonard - $28,541 + $50,219 (in bounties) junglemandan - $28,511 + $11,632 MahmoudMokhtar - $20,136 + $13,026 TopGirl - $14,263 + $4,921 kqroqigmqtbmqom - $10,487 + $8,793 Jacques - $6,693 + $4,528 patience - $4,693 + $2,887 Sundaynightking - $4,693 + $3,806 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $300k Gtd 993 entrants, $305,844 prize pool El_Cucuy - $20,306 + $14,565 (in bounties) caraanchoa81 - $20,276 + $8,082 FlipTheShiip - $15,015 + $6,388 Rick OShea - $10,307 + $6,154 RustInPeace - $6,736 + $3,309 AegonTargaryen - $4,162 + $4,967 Benetnasch - $2,651 + $849 Jacquees - $2,651 + $3,554 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep $215 470 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Perrymejsen - $19,350 LeetRunGoot - $14,500 magnit7 - $11,000 RagnAArok - $8,250 Kelvin_kerbe - $5,700 sweet_dr34ms - $4,400 Rumukuluss - $3,400 xvckneru - $2,400
  15. Playing through a money bubble can be tough. This is especially true when there are millions upon millions of dollars up for grabs. That is exactly the situation during the partypoker $20M guaranteed MILLIONS Online. The field will be packed with professional players, shot takers and plenty of qualifiers. Many of those players will be playing in their very first big buy-in tournament and hoping to take home a score that could change the face of their bankroll. After successfully navigating the early levels (and fading a bad beat or two) the players remaining in the tournament watch the lobby as their fellow competitors hit the rail. Soon enough the money bubble approaches. Depending on your situation, there may be a few different ways to approach a massive money bubble like the MILLIONS. It’s going to be the largest online tournament of all time by a long shot. This means that there is a lot at stake. Playing your "A" game during the money bubble can go a long way to carving out a new career-high cash. Knowing its importance, we reached out for advice on how to handle the crucial money bubble phase. “There’s a lot of ways to look at it,” said World Poker Tour Champion Mike Leah. “You can look at it in a true ICM way where depending on your stack sometimes it’s more valuable to make sure you get into the money. So…maybe passing on marginal or close spots close to the money.” Sure, there may be an “optimal” way to perform during the money bubble but with partypoker runnings so many qualifiers and adding seats to their satellites, the MILLIONS Online field could potentially be filled with players that clawed their way into the tournament from the centrolls. A min-cash could represent a significant portion of a young grinder's bankroll. “But, you know, then there’s also emotional equity, if you want to call it that. Some people on the bubble of the World Series of Poker Main Event will fold whatever, kings, queens even aces, just because they want to make sure they cash because it’s important to them and it means a lot and they’ll never forgive themselves if they bubble. So it really depends on the person.” partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard is no stranger to making decisions on the money bubble. As one of the UK’s top grinders, he routinely smashes the high roller scene online and has seen just about every situation unfold. “Whilst there will be lots of people clinging on, there will also be lots of regular players pushing edges, getting into ego wars and making some ICM suicide too,” said Leonard. “Think about the aggressive Skandi and the aggressive German playing with six qualifiers. They will want to raise every pot, the other guy will take a stand and then ego gets in the way and ‘over collide’ this is very common in all tournaments.” The aggression from some players may be ramping up around the money bubble. That doesn't mean that an aggro style is best suited for everyone. “If the bubble is big for you, you should absolutely play a little bit tighter. The min cash can be huge if you got in from a satellite. Once you're close to the bubble that can be your first target and then you can go from there. I am old and tight though, maybe Ludo [Geilich] or Joao [Simao] will suggest a looser approach for you!” Leah understands that suggestion too. There’s no single way to grind out a money bubble because that min-cash may mean different things to different people. Tournament poker can be tough and, for some, just making the money is a very big deal. “ICM wise maybe you shouldn’t fold certain hands. But if you are going to be that upset or mentally distraught if you end up bubbling then you gotta do what’s right for you,” Leah continued. “There are a lot of chips to be made on the bubble as well. You can approach it a lot of different ways depending on what your goals are.” The partypoker $20M guaranteed MILLIONS Online takes place from November 25 through December 5. There are five starting flights and a $2.5 million guaranteed first place prize.
  16. Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1Leonard (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuyfor $21,000. He's the #3 player in the PocketFives Rankings despite only transitioning to MTTs earlier this year and stands at $1.3 million in lifetime winnings. You can find him on Stars under the user name pads1161 and he was kind enough to give us his thoughts on what he considered a monumental breakthrough. PocketFives: Nice job on the Sunday $100 Rebuy final table. How are you feeling about it? Patrick Leonard: Sundays have been fantastic to me all year. I really try to prepare for them. I've final tabled almost all of Majors this year, but the one tournament I never cashed in and seemed to bust early from was the $109 Rebuy. I joked with friends the week previously that I'd never play the tournament again when I lost A-A to A-2 all-in pre-flop. My friend said he'd bet me $1,000 that I would play it again, but I didn't take the bet. To come in fourth is good. I get back a lot of the money I lost playing it previously and a little more to spend in future weeks. Coming in fourth was quite disappointing, honestly. I went into the final table 2/9 and had a big gap over third. I blew up in one hand where I 5bet-folded on an 8-8-2 flop against the chip leader where I never expected him to 4bet a value hand (8-8 or 2-2). Despite me not playing a value hand like that either, I put in 700,000 out of my 1.2 million-chip stack, but he instantly eyeballed me and I felt really stupid. All of the medium stacks busted consecutively, though, meaning I locked up a $20,000+ cash, but going into the final table, I definitely wouldn't have wanted fourth. PocketFives: What about the $109 Rebuy made it difficult for you to get over the hump? Patrick Leonard: I'm not sure. I was definitely running badly. By the end of the rebuy period, lots of tables are starting to pop up that take my attention, so perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention to it. In the last two Sundays, I've taken out PartyPokerand 888 Poker, which make my eyes bleed. That has helped me focus more on PokerStars and Full Tilt, which definitely has helped. I think previously I tried some ambitious bluffs when sometimes you've got to realize that it's Sunday and nobody ever folds a bluff-catcher. PocketFives: You've been at or near the top of the PocketFives Rankings for a while now. How big of an accomplishment is that for you? Do you pay any attention to your position? Patrick Leonard: I definitely pay attention to it. People often say that the PocketFives Rankings don't mean anything, but look at all of the guys in the top 10. I think all of them are up at least $200,000 and most of them are up even more. Of course, there are some guys who don't play high volume who will never be there, but the guys who rise to the top aren't guys who got lucky in one or two tournaments; they are guys who are consistently putting up solid results. TheClaimeer (pictured), for example, grinds really hard most days. If there were no Rankings, then guys like him would go un-noticed. Lots of guys who are "very good at poker" are not very good at making money in poker, either. I really get spurred on by the Rankings and they were one of my main reasons for transitioning from cash games to MTTs. I stopped playing for two or three weeks and it was just after I got to #1 on PocketFives. Previously, I would check every week and see myself going from fifth to fourth to third to second and then first. When I stopped playing, I was almost scared to look that I would be out of the top 10. I saw I was 15th or so and grinded hard to get back to the top. The Rankings, if anything, make me put in volume; hopefully if I put in volume I will make money. PocketFives: What has been the biggest change in your game over the last 12 months? Patrick Leonard: Understanding what MTT guys do. It's well documented that I didn't play tournaments until March of this year. Lots of things I would do in cash games just don't work in MTTs. The "blow up" from the $109 Rebuy on Sunday was similar to that. I think knowing when to hold it in and when to fire out is the biggest thing. Everybody knows how to bluff, how to play tight, how to 3bet, etc., but the thing that separates the okay from the best is knowing when to do what, and a lot of that comes with experience. I'm definitely still learning and am far away from a finished product despite having a good year. PocketFives: You mentioned the Rankings caused you to want to play tournaments. What else prompted that change? Patrick Leonard: I played a live tournament where I met some cash game friends, lost some stupid flip deep into the money, and went to bed telling them I'd never play a tournament again. We woke up, it was Sunday, we hadn't eaten yet, and we just started registering for tournaments that day. I chopped the Warm-Up, won the $250 Six-Max on PokerStars.fr and the $30 Rebuy on PokerStars.com, and my roommate won the 888 Poker Major and something else. I wasn't planning on playing tournaments, but the week after was the anniversary Sunday Million; I came in ninth for $110,000 and decided to stick with it. The Sunday $100 Rebuy runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. After a one-week reign at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings by Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro, there's a new sheriff in town: England's Patrick pleno1 Leonard. He jumped from #3 to #1 this week and has 8,024 PLB Points, the only member of PocketFives with a PLB score north of 8,000. This is Leonard's second stint at #1; he was formerly at the top of the Rankings in mid-August. By the way, Fierro dropped to #3 worldwide with a PLB score of 7,916. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Leonard has had a hot start to November. Despite the month only being five days old, he has won the PokerStarsBigger $55 for $41,000 and taken third in the Big $109 for $12,000. He logged five tracked MTT wins in October to boot, raising his career total to 33. Read our recent interview with pleno1. Moving up four spots from #10 to #6 is Andreas r4ndomr4gs Berggren, who was last ranked #1 in July. He won an iPOPS High Roller Event over the weekend for $23,000, his first tracked win since October 14. Berggren is the top-ranked Swedish player on PocketFives. Jumping 10 spots from #23 to #13 is Austria's huiiiiiiiiii(pictured), who climbed as high as #2 on our site earlier this year. huiiiiiiiiii won a $320 Six-Max tournament on PokerStars on Tuesday for $13,000, one day after final tabling a PartyPoker Pokerfest event for $11,000. Prior to those two scores, he hadn't recorded a five-figure cash since the end of September. Ukraine's accussity rose nine spots in the Rankings to land at #17 in the world, his highest mark ever. accussity final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend and won four tournaments during the second half of October. He is the top-ranked poker player in Ukraine. Austria's 23NoraB moved up 15 spots to #32 on the strength of three wins in the last week, the largest of which was worth $8,700 and came in the PokerStars $109 Rebuy. 23NoraB was ranked as high as #7 on PocketFives last year and just passed $3 million in winnings on PokerStars. Another Austrian making waves in the top 100 is mindgamer, who rose from #74 to #48 after a productive Sunday that saw him final table the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $53,000 and win the site's $40,000 Guaranteed for another $9,000. He is on the cusp of passing $3.8 million in lifetime winnings and was ranked #1 on our site in December of last year. Finally, Aleksandr NoPlanB Mordvinov (pictured) entered the top 100 worldwide at #57, 19 spots off his all-time high. He finished second in an FCOOP High Roller Event on Sunday for $76,000 and won a Six-Max tournament on PokerStars.fr the next day, taking home another $7,600. He is the fifth-ranked player in Russia. Here are the top 10 players worldwide on PocketFives along with the PLB score for each: 1. pleno1- 8,024 points 2. Yuri Martins - 7,970 points 3. PokerKaiser- 7,916 points 4. p0cket00 - 7,515 points 5. CrownUpGuy - 7,168 points 6. r4ndomr4gs- 7,116 points 7. jbrown8777 - 7,102 points 8. European - 7,009 points 9. TheClaimeer - 7,003 points 10. joaomathias - 6,990 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  18. [caption width="640"] Conor Beresford is the current king of the UK rankings. Photo: PokerStars.[/caption] As an online poker powerhouse country, the UK continues to be in the conversation of producing some of the best poker players in the world. Just as the country itself has been a major world influence in popular culture, players hailing from UK have helped shape the modern-day poker landscape including old school veterans like David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott,Neil Channing and Roland de Wolfe, high-rolling regulars like Sam Trickettand Charlie Carrell and even some of the most recognizable faces of the game in PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree and online poker legend, Chris Moorman. The current crop of Top 10 online players from the United Kingdom uphold the tradition of influential talented grinders and current at the top of the list is Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (6,76.34 PLB Points). Beresford is not only the #1-ranked player in the UK, but also currently sits as the #15-ranked player in the world, according to the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings. His last month is highlighted third-placed place finish in Event #8 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($2,100 8-Max No Limit Hold’em) where he took home $57,781. Beresford, constantly grinding a schedule of the largest online MTTs, cashed 30 times for four-figures or more in November and looks to out do that pace here in December already notching nine four-figure or more paydays including a sixth place finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $10,929. Despite Beresford’s amazing stats and consistency, he’s being hotly pursued by Team partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (6,612.64). The former Worldwide #1-ranked superstar, currently sits as the UK’s #2-ranked player having just recently reached a new personal benchmark of eclipsing over $4 million in lifetime earnings. Leonard also did a good deal of damage in the PokerStars High Rollers Series cashing in five of the events for over $130,000. He final tabled three of the events and his largest score of the month came with his seventh place finish in Event #6 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em - $1M Gtd) for $55,635. David ‘davaman’ Lopez (5,894.23) has ascended to the UK’s #3 spot. While there’s a pretty big gap between him and the duo of Beresford and Leonard, that could be in part due to a lighter play schedule in November. Originally from Spain, but currently playing out of London, Lopez reportedly at one point earned the title of Supernova Elite on PokerStars in only three months but with only a handful of scores for the month of November it looks like the pro is simply taking some time off after a month of everyday scores in October. Still sitting in the Worldwide Rankings at #40, his best recent score was a tenth place finish in the partypoker High Roller back on November 13 for $3,000. Literally right behind Lopez is the UK’s #4-ranked player Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot (5,874.55). Proudfoot has been making waves in the Worldwide rankings, climbing just about every week in the month of November, where he currently resides at #41. Proudfoot has been putting in the time and his results have shown it. On the precipice of conquering $1 million in lifetime earnings, Proudfoot racked up 25 four-figure scores in November, not including his victory in the partypoker High Roller on November 28 for $19,734. Sitting less than 20 PLB points behind Lopez, he could, once again, climb the rankings in no time. Charlie ‘chaz_man_chaz’ Combes (5,843.76), caps off the UK’s Top 5, having recently taken down the partypoker High Roller on November 23 for $12,170. Combes is the third of the UK trio that occupies virtually the same space in the Worldwide rankings as he currently stands only 2 spots back from Proudfoot at #43 and as of now is trailing him only 30.79 PLB points, meaning things can change in a hurry on both the UK and Worldwide rankings list. Combes’ December is off to a hot start as well as the daily mid-high stakes tournament grinder has won nearly $40,000 in the first week of play. There’s a little breathing room between the #5 and #6 spots, where Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey (5,581.54) ranks. Carey was recently featured in the PocketFives.com Milestones column for surpassing the $3 million lifetime earnings mark and he also is enjoying his highest placement in the Worldwide Top 100, currently sitting just outside the Top 50 at #51. Playing out of Glasgow as its #1 player, Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich-Jonsen (5,554.91) checks in at #7. After a light November schedule, Geilich-Jonsen emerged to cash in the PokerStars High Rollers Event #19 for over $7,800. PokerStars WCOOP Event #1 Champion‘carpediem200’ (5,426.14) checks in at #8. While still benefitting from the massive points boost a major victory like a WCOOP will give you, he’s not sitting idly by having put in a full schedule over the past two months raking in over 20 four-figure scores in that time period. Bristol’s Oscar ‘MendaLerenda’ Serradell (5,408.48), a former #2-ranked Worldwide professional, occupies the #9 spot. His victory in PokerStars Bounty Builder on November 14 for $7,297 was his highest PLB points score of November and is basically the difference between him and the #10 spot which belongs to…Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (5,278.54). As we previously mentioned, Moorman is one of the UK’s most popular and accomplished tournament grinders. The 888poker ambassador recently published his second book as well as took down one of the side events at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond (Event #9 $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo) for $37,132. Even with all of his media duties and live play, he still finds the time to grind and add to his over $14 million in lifetime earnings. His most recent only victory came just days after his live win as he took down the PokerStars Bigger $162 for over $5,200. UK Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 11_conor_b_16,6776.34 2pleno16,612.64 3davaman5,894.23 4proudflop5,874.55 5chaz_man_chaz5,843.76 6sngwonder5,581.54 7ludovi333r5,554.91 8carpediem2005,426.14 9MendaLerenda5,408.46 10moorman15,278.54
  19. On an evening that saw PokerStars have to cancel many of their tournaments halfway through, there was better luck for poker ambassadors Chris Moorman and Patrick Leonard as the Brits took down events on their respective partner sites, 888poker and partypoker. Due to a Distributed Denial of Service across the PokerStars network, a high number of tournaments including the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, High Roller and Bounty Builder High Roller events were canceled during play with refunds and prizemoney distributed based on the client's tournament cancellation procedure. All-time PocketFives.com money-leader and 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman, who recently became the first player to cross the $15 million online earnings mark, won the flagship $1,050 $80,000 gtd The Whale for $26,000 after a heads-up battle with Rodrigo 'sonmonedass' Perez. Moorman got the better of his opponent Perez who took away $16,800, with 'Madeon1994' banking $12,000 in third. partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard also had a good result on the client he represents after taking down the $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller following a heads-up chop with his fellow BITB owner Samuel 'JHelppi' Vousden. On a final table that featured 'probirs' and current PocketFives no. #2 world ranked 'HellmuthTheGr8'. 'z-boooo' was able to take third-place for $36,071 before the BITB battle occurred. After agreeing to a deal, Leonard got the better of Vousden, who took away $36,071.15, with the remaining share of $48,078.86 going to the victor. 'Chelsea72' won nearly $39,000 across partypoker after achieving gold and silver medals. The win came in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $18,850 after they defeated 'zatochka1980' heads-up, who banked $13,420 as runner-up, with 'Geleeee' taking $9,200 and the bronze medal. 'Chelsea72' added another $20,000 to their bankroll not long after having took second-place in the 163 player field $1,050 Bounty High Roller before 'JimyTransaction' secured victory for $16,46396 + $23,676.25 (in bounties earned). Matveichuk 'EyeofSkadi' Roman chopped the 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep for $18,084, before bowing out in second-place. 'xxXAQAxx' took the bronze medal for $11,696, before the heads-up money deal was agreed. 'HomoDeus' was the eventual winner from the 544 entrants, and walked away with their share of the prizepool worth $18,363. partypoker $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 477 entrants, $100,000 prize pool Chelsea72 - $18,850 zatochka1980 - $13,420 Geleeee - $9,200 RedPant - $6,400 BuyThaPot - $4,540 ohthedevil1 - $3,300 Machacante66 - $2,350 do or die - $1,700 partypoker $530 Sunday Bounty Hunter – HR $100k 205 entrants, $105,062.50 prize pool prebzzz - $10,449.92 + $14,429.41 (in bounties earned) Algorhytm - $7,585 + $3,543.78 (in bounties earned) BuyThaPot - $5,406.87 + $1,033.59 (in bounties earned) frokennatur - $3,997.50 + $3,117.18 (in bounties earned) rfreshalmata - $2,818.75 + $984.36 (in bounties earned) Rogue_Str8 - $2,152.50 + $2,321.49 (in bounties earned) P0L4R1C3 - $1,588.75 + $1,230.00 (in bounties earned) Dork Pork - $1,178.75 + $1,952.33 (in bounties earned) partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller $150k Gtd 66 entrants, $165,000 prize pool patrick_leonard - $48,078.86 JHelppi - $36,071.15 Z-booo - $23,100 HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,850 Turkishhhh - $11,550 pericas1991 - $9,075 probirs - $7,837.50 Specter_Litt - $7,425 PartyRainer - $7,012.50 partypoker $1,050 High Roller $100k Gtd 99 entrants, $100,000 prize pool smilethenclick - $24,500 juergenresch - $17,500 geileaap - $12,500 M1ndBl0w - $8,750 JonasLuck_ - $6,500 TriggerWord - $5,000 sk2ll_m0dr - $4,000 nelisschuif - $3,250 partypoker $1,050 Bounty High Roller $150k Gtd 163 entrants, $166,260 prize pool JimyTransaction - $16,46396 + $23,676.25 (in bounties earned) Chelsea72 - $12,114.97 + $7,832.50 (in bounties earned) guydeet39 - $8,914.87 + $910 (in bounties earned) whresmymind - $6,560.01 + $260 (in bounties earned) GewoonBoef - $4,827.24 +$1,365 (in bounties earned) SchelampigaUhu - $3,552.09 + $5,573.75 (in bounties earned) Graftekkel - $2,613.70 + $2,210 (in bounties earned) SantaClaiMEr - $1,923.40 + $260 (in bounties earned) porche911sp - $1,923.40 $650 (in bounties earned) 888poker $1,050 The $80,000 Whale 79 entrants – $80,000 prize pool 888Moorman - $26,000 sonmonedass - $16,800 Madeon1994 - $12,000 tutten7 - $8,000 toolatetorun - $6,000 WhosToClaim - $4,400 MisterN411 - $3,600 Pipedream17 - $3,200 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 544 entrants – $108,800 prize pool HomoDeus - $18,363.21* EyeofSkadi - $18,084.79* xxXAQAxx - $11,696 dkfdyulr - $8,432 leqenden - $5,712 Madeon1994 - $4,080 Hurrrrican3 - $2,992 xAmbiorix - $2,448 *denotes heads-up deal
  20. Day 7 of partypoker POWERFEST had one partypoker pro pick up a title and another one got as close to one as you can get without winning while also making a second final table appearance. Patrick Leonard was the most high profile winner on Day 7 and he pocketed over $40,000 in the process. The former #1-ranked online player in the world and current partypoker team pro beat out 378 other players to win Event #42 High ($530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em PKO) for $20,102.66 from the prize pool plus an additional $21,650.30 in bounties. The #2-ranked player in Russia, 'sweet_dreammm', finished runner-up for $14,875.85 while 'Specter_Litt' earned $10,805.09 as the third place finisher. The next biggest winner of the day was 'benderbei1' who took down Event #43 High Roller ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO) for $25,487.50. His victory denied Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell the second victory of the day for partypoker team pros. Bicknell ended up in second place for $18,500. The #1-ranked player in Russia, 'PhileasFogg', wound up third for $13,187.50 Bicknell had another close call in Event #45 High Roller ($530 Fast Six Max No Limit Hold'em) where she finished fifth for $6,000. The eventual winner, 'daskalos20', earned $24,906 for the win. Event #41 (High): $215 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 475 Prize pool: $100,000 Tom.Sawyer - $19,399.40 Tru3Justic3 - $14,400 NoisiaRadio - $10,350 chnuschti18 - $7,300 summuNNN - $5,200 VblackholeV - $3,300 Event #42 (High Roller): $530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 379 Prize pool: $200,000 Patrick_Leonard - $20,102.66 sweet_dreammm - $14,875.85 Specter_Litt - $10,805.09 adolfnitler.ftw - $7,616.83 mmmmRektUWil - $5,528.18 megustaestrecha - $3,819.47 Event #42 (High): $109 Six Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,064 Prize pool: $110,656 ihadafeeling - $8,379.07 Gamblereiti - $6,403.15 justkot - $4,921 BanicIvan - $3,378.20 BL2858348 - $2,207.80 Kuuhaku. - $1,364.26 Event #43 (High Roller): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 250 Prize pool: $255,000 benderbei1 - $25,487.50 Krissyb24 - $18,500 PhileasFogg - $13,187.50 IN INFINITY - $9,750 IamPEAKing - $6,875 Pepe_Le_Spew - $5,250 CatsFreakMeowt - $3,875 JHelppi - $2,875 Event #43 (High): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 799 Prize pool: $164,594 Dabledore - $14,262.15 NinjasHyper - $10,147.30 SanityWaterline - $6,815.47 JeansssRun - $4,618.22 Putadroga - $3,259.92 Sponix92 - $2,349.06 FL_RAP - $1,677.90 Dogaaanoff - $1,166.54 Event #44 (High Roller): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 100 Prize pool: $50,000 recusant_89 - $15,640.30 gibidon - $9,750 Hell0M8 - $6,000 I_Bet_Your_Mom - $4,375 RevenirROI - $3,125 SanchoPansa95 - $2,125 Event #44 (High): $109 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 182 Prize pool: $18,200 kid1591 - $4,533.06 Tightguy66 - $2,912 bloodflood - $2,047.50 senoresfefo - $1,483.30 Doyle883 - $1,092 stmacka - $728 Event #45 (High Roller): $530 Fast Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 195 Prize pool: $100,000 daskalos20 - $24,906.60 PotPotBANG - $16,000 LoSientoGrace - $11,250 theshadowalker - $8,150 Krissyb24 - $6,000 BobBogdanovich - $4,000 Event #45 (High): $109 Fast Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 527 Prize pool: $52,700 savageplenty - $9,881.41 silentm0de - $7,129.67 fiolhoso - $5,349.05 Putadroga- $3,768.05 aWasZuTrinken - $2,635 goldencosty - $1,581 Event #46 (High): $109 Turbo No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 371 Prize pool: $38,584 vvv_777tv - $3,598.86 AstraesPL - $2,597 AKQ_POCKETS - $1,799.25 Gancas09 - $1,289.22 Hahaha_Owned - $918.22 Birkenstock78 - $680.78 BadBeatPeete - $473.02 JudgeDredd66 - $245.03
  21. Sometimes the adrenaline at the beginning of a big tournament can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you happened to satellite your way into a tournament that may be outside of your usual bankroll. When it comes to big online tournaments, the upcoming partypoker MILLIONS Online will undoubtedly be the biggest for some time to come. It’s $20 million guarantee will make it the largest online tournament of all time, exceeded the current largest tournament by a massive $7.5 million. In order to just meet that guarantee, the tournament will need roughly 4000 runners. That means that before you make the money there’s going to be plenty of poker to be played. “Early levels just play a lot like a cash game,” said partypoker ambassador and regular High Roller tournament player Jason Koon. “You’re playing really deep and you’re playing for chip EV because you're not concerned about any pay ladders since you’re so far away so you are just trying to accumulate as many chips as you possibly can.” As the saying goes, you can't win the tournament in the early levels but you can set yourself up for good things to happen down the line. However, Patrick Leonard, another elite player in partypoker’s stable of pros, cautions that the only thing you should expect early is the unexpected. “The structure is as close to a live tournament as you can find,” said Leonard. “Its so good it has multiple days and often when you qualify for a tournament you get so excited, you think about it all the time. You can't sleep thinking about the exciting prospect and then things go the opposite of how you imagine and you fluster and screw it up.” Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard knows the life cycle of online tournaments better than most. The #10-ranked player in the world has nearly $6 million in online tournament earnings and has been a member of PocketFives since 2010. “Be ready for disappointment, I've never played a tournament where everything has gone super smoothly, there is always ups and downs, its how you react to the downs that can make the difference between making a comeback and winning $2m or going out in level 3.” Koon offers some additional practical advice when navigating through the early levels. “For players that haven’t played a lot of deepstack poker, don’t overplay your overpairs on boards…say if you raise and two people call you and the flop comes 9-7-5 you shouldn’t be in a hurry to get in your 200bb stack with pocket aces on a board like that. If a lot of money has gone in at any point in the hand you’re probably going to be near drawing dead. “So, don’t overplay your big hands and be more careful about getting your stack in - try to make the nuts. If you’re playing big pots try to be drawing to the nuts rather than playing a big pot with an overpair bluff catcher. It’s way more valuable to be drawing at a nut open-ender or a nut flush draw when you’re playing a huge pot than having two kings and a bunch of money getting shoveled in on a nasty board.” Of course, there are multiple Day One’s for the MILLIONS Online should something go really wrong early on. But if things don’t appear to be going your way early, don’t panic and find a way to keep your head about you. “I would highly recommend starting mediating as part of your daily routine and especially before the tournament,” said Leonard. “This will really help your chances of staying chill and zen throughout.” The partypoker $20M guaranteed MILLIONS Online runs from November 25 through December 5 with five staring flights and $2.5 million guaranteed for first place.
  22. It’s yet another summer week without much movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 as Sweden’s ‘lena900’ continues to ride the wave he had been on for the past two months, retaining the #1 spot. ‘lena900’ did not have a heavy volume week this week, especially for him, but he did manage to book a five-figure score by taking third place in the Super Sunday High Roller on partypoker for $13,050. Even though he wasn’t able to add to his overall PLB score this week, he still maintained a massive lead over his #2-ranked countryman, ‘C Darwin2’. Like ‘lena900’, ‘C Darwin2’ wasn’t able to increase his overall PLB score this week, falling almost 2000 points behind the #1 spot. He did continue to add to his over $9.7 million in lifetime earnings by cashing for over $27,000 this week. At his formidable pace, he’s very likely to join the elite $10 million lifetime club in the second half of 2018. Also grinding his way to $10 million lifetime earnings is Ukraine’s #3-ranked Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. While ‘Romeopro’ did only secure five total cashes this week, did manage to pick up 128.33 PLB points through his final table finish in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ maintained the #4 spot once again, and picked up a number of big-time cashes in the process. First up, he won the June 24 edition of the Super Sunday High Roller on bwin.com for $32,625 and 269.26 PLB points. Then later in the wee,k he booked another win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $13,424 and an additional 265.52 PLB points. His nice uptick in points has him sitting less than 100 PLB points behind ‘Romeopro’. Hungary’s Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth once again rounds out the top 5. He maintains his spot moreso because it’s the doldrums of summer than through any results as the grinder only managed to register two total cashes for just over $5,000 and zero PLB points. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone checks in at #6, Canada’s ‘GINS FINEST’ takes #7 and ‘Ariados’ from Sweden climbs one spot to #8. Rejoining the top 10 this week is partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. He didn’t spend much time online, but through a reduction of PLB scores from a pair of Brazilians, ‘PaDiLhA SP’ and ‘joaosimaobh’ (who has been spotted in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker), he fell upwards into the top 10. Michael ‘mczhang’ Zhang wrapped up the week at #10, a career-high ranking for the Brit, despite not firing up his online client all week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include a debut from Ukraine's 'Palyaaa', who climbed to the #23 ranking. He achieved the career-high ranking on the back of three PLB qualifying cashes, including an outright win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder for over $13,000 and 264.58 PLB points. For the first time in over a year, former #1-ranked player and PokerStars WCOOP Champion Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff has fallen outside of the top 25. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,627.69 1 2 C Darwin2 10,707.59 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,160.29 3 4 hellohellohello 10,060.67 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,752.20 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,295.09 6 7 GINS FINEST 9,277.86 7 8 Ariados 8,630.34 9 9 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,493.41 12 10 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,482.39 11 11 'PaDiLaH SP' 8,456.39 8 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,407.94 10 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,134.87 13 14 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,132.16 14 15 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,069.64 16 16 DamageAP 7,963.99 15 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,811.95 17 18 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,753.51 20 19 girafganger7 7,726.78 19 20 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,674.12 21 21 European 7,638.99 22 22 Sheater 7,555.43 23 23 'Palyaaa' 7,486.81 28 24 Dattebayo 7,290.43 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.86 25
  23. [caption width="640"] The World Championship of Online Poker certainly shook up the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker always has an impact on the PocketFives Rankings, but to say the final week changed the fortunes of a few of the top-ranked players would be an understatement. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to hang on to the top spot but WCOOP Leaderboard winner Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez broke into the top 10 and is hot on Baumgarten's heels. Baumgarten added 695.55 points to his total thanks to a third place finish in WCOOP Event #60, the $2,100 buy-in Super Tuesday Special Edition. He also walked away with $163,807, but he wasn't done there. On Sunday the Brazilian grinder put up a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $27,310 and 272.96 points. Those additional points proved to be useful as Gonzalez had a strong week. The Uruguayan had five of his 17 cashes last week count towards his PLB score. He started the week off with a fourth place finish in WCOOP Event #59 for $38,755 and 366.1 points. The next day he cashed in both WCOOP Event #62 and #63 for a total of $18,508 and 328.32 points. He then posted a runner-up finish in the $21,000 buy-in WCOOP Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event, earning $355,731 and 910.96 points. He wrapped up his big week with another runner-up finish, this time in the PokerStars Saturday Scuffle for $8,447/177.03 and a 16th place finish in the WCOOP Wrap-Up for $8,671/210.89. Gonzalez's move into the top 10 was certainly impressive and placed him just 326.86 points behind Baumgarten, but his big jump was actually overshadowed by a former #1-ranked player making an appearance in the top 10 after not being in the top 100 just a week ago. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, who had two short stints at #1 back in 2014, jumped from #101 all the way up to #7 and not surprisingly it was success in WCOOP that propelled him there. Leonard made the final table of the partypoker Powerfest High Roller on September 20 to earned $2,723 and 9.36 points for the first of his five qualifying cashes. The second one was the biggest, though. Leonard topped a 1,605-entry field to win WCOOP Event #65 for $162,054.98 and a massive 1,033.11 points. His next two qualifying cashes came in partypoker Powerfest event and totaled $15,248/272.5. He then final tabled WCOOP Event #77, finishing fourth for $87,804 and 605.2 points. All told, Leonard added 2,000.97 points to his total and now sits just 1,285.65 points out of taking over the top spot for the third time in his career. With Gonzalez and Leonard both entering the top 10 this week, two players were forced out. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman fell from #8 to #15 and Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov dropped from #10 to #14. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,588.821 2Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,261.9612 3C Darwin28,227.842 4Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov7,807.363 5Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,445.215 6lena9007,439.414 7Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,303.17101 8Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,222.149 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Greenstone257,084.016 10Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,043.567
  24. On Monday, partypoker released a new version of their online poker client that not only puts an end to third-party heads up displays (HUDs) but will delete all previous player notes and forces every user to select a new alias. The policy shift has been made to protect users from having automated data collected on their playing habits as well as attempting to stop the buying and selling of accumulated data for import into a third-party HUD. The changing of the username, which is forced the next time users log in, will essentially reset the playing field with all players getting a fresh start. "This client update is one of a number of initiatives that we are working on in order to provide players with a safe environment where they can play online poker,” said Tom Waters, partypoker Managing Director. “With this release, we will be making changes to our software that will prevent third-party tracking tools from working. We want our players to have a fresh start and therefore we are asking all players to select a new alias so that all third-party tool tracking is lost for all our players. At the same time, we have some great promotions running and I’m sure there will be a mad rush by players eager to secure their preferred screenname!” It’s not lost on partypoker that some players may not be fond of changing their username so they have implemented a 24-hour promotion to encourage players to jump aboard the name switch and to do it on day one. The $500K ‘Race to Alias’ is a promotion that has partypoker giving away cash prizes after a player chooses their new online moniker. The promotion gives players three possible ways to win a piece of the $500,000. The first way comes in the form of $10,000 giveaways to random players just after they select their new name via a ‘Login Click Card’. The second is hourly giveaways between $10,000 and $40,000 to those real money players who earn at least 0.10 loyalty points during that hour with an ‘Hourly Click Card’. Finally, $10K freeroll tournaments are scheduled every hour for players who win tickets in either the ‘Login’ or ‘Hourly’ Click Cards. “I am excited at all the changes partypoker has scheduled as part of the company’s next software update,” said partypoker ambassador, and the #4-ranked player in the world, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. “I encourage everyone to log in and update their player name on June 17 to take advantage of the huge $500,000 giveaway.” Like all partypoker users, Leonard, who is a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, will not only have to change his screen name for the online client but also he’ll need to remember to add his new screen name to PocketFives in order to pursue his return to the rankings top spot. In fact, all of our PocketFives members will need to add their new screenname to their profile pages to make sure that their results are tracked for accolades like the Triple Crown, PLB leaderboard points and, of course, career lifetime total earnings. Updating a PocketFives profile is easy. Log in to your account and go to your own profile page. When there simply click the ‘Edit Poker Names’ button underneath the website banner. A dialog box will appear where you can select the poker site - choose ‘Party Poker’ and then type your new username in the box called ‘sitename’ - click the Create New button and you are finished. For questions regarding adding your new partypoker user name email us at support@pocketfives.com
  25. As the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event was playing down to a final table inside the Amazon Room, another eight events were in action on Friday including three that resulted in a player winning the first gold bracelet of their career and another player earning his second. James Anderson, Maximilian Klostermeier, Ivan Deyra, and Shankar Pillai all contributed to tying the record for most bracelets awarded in a single day. James Anderson Ships Little One for One Drop Just five players returned to a chip stack on Day 5 of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop and James Anderson was right in the middle with an average stack. He overcame that and the massive chip lead of Brazil's Fernando Karam to win $690,686 and his first bracelet. The 33-year-old recently returned to playing poker after taking some time away. “I just started playing again a couple of months ago so this one definitely feels good,” Anderson said. “I wanted to get away from the game for a little bit. I was grinding really hard and wanted to take a little break from it. I feel good now. My mind is a lot fresher now, I have a different perspective, and hopefully, it continues. It’s a good start.” Karam ended up taking home $426,543 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts James Anderson - $690,686 Fernando Karam - $426,543 Marco Guibert - $316,233 Liran Betito - $236,151 Shalom Elharar - $177,639 Nils Tolpingrud - $134,608 Mark Strodl - $102,757 Ying Fu - $79,029 Bob Mather - $61,238 Bounty Hunter Maximilian Klostermeier Wins $1,500 PLO Bounty Event Maximilian Klostermeier really did live out a poker players dream this week. The 23-year-old German turned his first career WSOP cash into gold. Klostermeier beat Ireland's David Callaghan heads up to win the first bracelet of his career and $177,823. “I have only played poker professionally for about a year, so to win a bracelet this soon is amazing," Klostermeier. "This is the only PLO game I have played. I have only played a couple of online tournaments, 25 at the most. PLO is not my main game, I play Hold’em.” Bryce Yockey finished third for $77,893. That's his eighth cash this summer and fourth time finishing in the top eight. Final Table Payouts Maximilian Klostermeier - $177,823 David Callaghan - $109,844 Bryce Yockey - $77,893 Ryan Lenaghan - $55,939 Jason Stockfish - $40,691 Tim Seidensticker - $29,987 Scott Sharpe - $22,391 Heng Zhang - $16,944 Joseph Liberta - $12,996 Vive la France: Ivan Deyra Wins $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Ivan Deyra has been to a WSOP final table before, but only to cheer on his friends. On Friday he was the one being serenaded after beating David Gonzalez for the bracelet in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event. “The main goal was to have a bracelet. When I was young I watched TV with stars in my eyes. To be here and to win it, it’s amazing. It’s like a real dream,” Deyra said. He's the third player from France to win gold this year joining Jeremy Saderne and Thomas Cazayous. Deyra's previous best WSOP result came earlier this summer when he finished eighth in the $1,000 Double Stack for $78,638. Gonzalez, who started the day with the chip lead, earned $234,882. Guillaume Nolet earned $162,575 for finishing third. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick Leonard came in fourth for $114,347 and his seventh cash of the summer. Final Table Payouts Ivan Deyra - $380,090 David Gonzalez - $234,882 Guillaume Nolet - $162,575 Patrick Leonard - $114,347 David Dibernardi - $81,749 David Weinstein - $59,421 Andras Nemeth - $43,925 Dennis Brand - $33,032 Diego Zeiter - $25,278 Shankar Pillai Takes Down Bracelet Winners Only Event Shankar Pillai got his second bracelet on Friday and wouldn't have done it had he not gotten the first one. Pillai beat out 184 other WSOP bracelet winners to win the $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only event for $71,580. New Jersey online poker grinder Michael Gagliano finished runner-up for $44,232. Tommy Nguyen rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place finish and $31,176 score. The event was part of the celebrations for the 50th annual WSOP and only players who had previously won a gold bracelet could enter. Final Table Payouts Shankar Pillai - $71,580 Michael Gagliano - $44,232 Tommy Nguyen - $31,176 Brett Apter - $22,349 Kevin Gerhart - $16,299 Andreas Klatt - $12,097 Thom Werthmann - $9,140 Scott Bohlman - $7,032 Haixia Zhang - $5,512 Ayaz Mahmood Leads $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Final Table Ayaz Mahmood won his first bracelet nine years ago in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship event at the 2010 WSOP. He's been waiting to win his second ever since and on Saturday he'll start the final table of the $1,500 NLHE/PLO event in pole position with seven players left. Mahmood bagged up 8,430,000 and sits almost 2 million ahead of the second biggest stack. Lucas Greenwood is the owner that 6,515,000 stack. Jeremy Kottler is third with 5,145,000. There were 47 players at the start of the day. David 'ODB' Baker, Lexy Gavin, Steve Sung, Matt Giannetti, and Anton Wigg all busted before the final table but did manage to pick up a cash. The final table resumes at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Ayaz Mahmood - 8,430,000 Lucas Greenwood - 6,515,000 Jeremy Kottler - 5,145,000 Eddie Blumenthal - 3,240,000 Peter Linton - 3,115,000 Jerry Odeen - 2,380,000 Adam Demersseman - 2,315,000 Freek Scholten Leads $1,500 Double Stack Final Table Freek Scholten is hoping to put the Netherlands on the board on Saturday. The Dutchman finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Double Stack with 26,000,000 and leads the final eight players into an extra day of play. Darren Rabinowitz snuck past the 20,000,000 mark with 20,050,000 and sits second. Barry Shulman is third with 18,450,000. Of the 349 players to be sent to the cashier window on Friday were Kristen Bicknell, Jerry Wong, Shannon Shorr, Conor Beresford, Ismael Bojang, Phil Hellmuth, Jake Schwartz, and Ryan Laplante. Mike Leah, who started the day with the lead, finished 34th for $13,808. The final table begins at 11 AM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Freek Scholten - 26,000,000 Darren Rabinowitz - 20,050,000 Barry Shulman - 18,450,000 Kunal Punjwani - 15,500,000 Adam Hendrix - 15,350,000 Philip Scaletta - 13,575,000 Tom Koral - 10,550,000 Kalyan Cheekuri - 9,925,000 Keith Tilston Leads $100K High Roller Just six players remain in the $100,000 High Roller event with Keith Tilston on top with 14,475,000. Brandon Adams, who started the day with the biggest stack, sits second now with 12,375,000. Nick Schulman is third with 11,650,000. The other three players at the final table are Dominik Nitsche, Igor Kurganov, and the shortest remaining stack belongs to Daniel Negreanu. Six players took the Day 2 late registration option to push the total to field to 99 players. Sam Grafton, Stefan Sontheimer, $50,000 High Roller Danny Tang, and Christoph Vogelsang made into the money before busting. Kainalu McCue-Unciano, who won the $1,500 Monster Stack earlier this month, finished 12th for $195,862. Prior to this event, he had never cashed in an event with a buy-in grater than $3,500. Cards are in the air beginning at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Keith Tilston - 14,475,000 Brandon Adams - 12,375,000 Nick Schulman - 11,650,000 Dominik Nitsche - 9,850,000 Igor Kurganov - 8,500,000 Daniel Negreanu - 3,150,000 Ari Engel in Contention After Day 1A of The Closer The first of three starting flights in the $1,500 The Closer brought out 463 entries, 30 of whom survived all the 20 levels of play. Roman Korenev ended Day 1A with 1,198,000 and the biggest stack. Griffen Abel was the only other player to finish with a seven-figure stack after putting exactly 1,000,000 in the bag. Former #1-ranked Ari Engel sits third with 936,000. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Ian O'Hara, Steven Wolansky, Kristen Bicknell, and Mike Sexton. Day 1B begins at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Roman Korenev - 1,198,000 Griffin Abel - 1,000,000 Ari Engel - 936,000 Ian O'Hara - 756,000 Fabian Gumz - 628,000 Steven Wolansky - 610,000 Daniel Neilson - 538,000 Brian Croak - 520,000 Christopher Fisher - 500,000 James Pavlick - 400,000 $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Paresh Doshi topped the 173 players who made it through Day 1 of the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha with the biggest stack. The Londoner finished with 359,300. That gives him a 67,800-chip lead over the next closest player. Kenneth Lucas is that player with 291,500 while Hao Chen and Christopher aren't far behind with 287,800 and 284,300 respectively. Anton Morgenstern, David Williams, Max Silver, Denis Strebkov, Joseph Cheong, Bruno Fitoussi, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Vivian Saliba, and Michael Mizrachi were among the familiar faces moving onto Day 2. The 835-player field put the total prize pool at $2,254,500 with the first place score being $448,392. Top 10 Chip Counts Paresh Doshi - 359,300 Kenneth Lucas - 291,500 Hao Chen - 287,800 Christopher Wehner - 284,300 Alan Sternberg - 270,100 Keith Lehr - 235,400 Anton Morgenstern - 233,000 Martin Zamani - 231,700 Niko Soininen - 224,700 Ka Lau - 218,900

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