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On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would have a new leader on Saturday morning and it would have been Hui. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 *Leaderboard as of Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m. PT. 1. Dan Zack - 2,920.76 2. Phil Hui - 2,830.68 3. Shaun Deeb - 2,393.50 4. Scott Clements - 2,368.02 5. Jason Gooch - 2,268.02 6. Anthony Zinno - 2,186.20 7. Upeshka De Silva - 2,162.02 8. Robert Campbell - 2,034.56 9. Daniel Strelitz - 2,032.04 10. Ari Engel - 1,997.03 Comparing the two players, Zack and Hui, both have a gold bracelet win and both have three final tables. To date, Zack has earned $338,490 from his 11 cashes and Hui has earned $1,277,104 from his nine cashes. The two players have also set their sights on winning the WSOP Player of the Year award. "My plan was always to chase Player of the Year," Zack said following his gold bracelet win a few weeks ago. "When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward." After he won gold this week, Hui echoed the same goal. "I want to win Player of the Year," Hui said. "That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list." Deeb, Clements, and Gooch Round Out Top Five Behind Zack and Hui is Shaun Deeb, the defending champion of the WSOP Player of the Year title. Deeb has 11 cashes at the 2019 WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship and a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Scott Clements, who is currently fourth in the race, nearly earned his fourth final table of the summer with a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event recently. For Clements, he has six cashes at the 2019 WSOP to date and won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event at the beginning of June. Jason Gooch rounds out the top five at 2,268.02 points, and his place on this leaderboard is an interesting one in that the bulk of his points have come from two of the online gold bracelet events held on WSOP.com. Gooch took second in the $600 Online Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event for $85,560 and 474.4 points, then he won the $1,000 Online Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em event for $241,493 and 1,030 points. Gooch’s WSOP.com screen name is 'TheBigGift.' Zinno, Engel, Turner, and Negreanu Climb Anthony Zinno took down the aforementioned $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo that Clements ran deep in. The win pushed him to sixth on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Also in that event, Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner finished fourth and Ari Engel placed 10th. Those results allowed Engel to jump to 10th and Turner to 11th on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu finished fifth in the $10,000 Razz Championship to earn another 379.1 points and improve to 1,817.21 points overall. It was Negreanu’s 11th cash and third final table of the 2019 WSOP, and he’s now 12th in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
Friday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included a dramatic conclusion to one of the most prestigious events on the calendar that ended up with a former WSOP Circuit grinder picking up his second career bracelet and his first seven-figure score. That was one of three bracelets won on Friday. Joe Foresman Takes Down $600 Deepstack Championship Joe Foresman took one look across the table at his heads-up opponent in the $600 Deepstack Championship and decided that second place was an acceptable outcome. “Honest to God after playing three hands with Will (Givens), I was terrified to play him heads up. I couldn’t even fathom this. I would have been happy with second, I would have been happy with third, this is unreal,” Foresman said. The 49-year-old Las Vegas musician shook that off though and eventually disposed of Givens to win the bracelet, the $397,903 first place prize money and $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat that came with it. It made this everyman's poker dream come true. “We all sit there and dream about it. We all sit there and say, yeah if I can just get some hands and make a deep run in an event. You never think it’s going to be a reality,” Foresman said. Givens, who won a bracelet in 2014, finished second for $245,606. Steffen Logen rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result for $181,953. Final Table Payouts Joe Foresman - $397,903 Will Givens - $245,606 Steffen Logen - $181,953 Jeff Hakim - $135,783 Hlib Kovtunov - $102,077 Mrityunjay Jha - $77,308 David Goodman - $58,988 Jean Alexandre - $45,348 Linda Huard - $35,128 Benjamin Teng - $27,419 Anthony Zinno Wins Second Bracelet in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Anthony Zinno had no problem with the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event needing an extra day to finish. The 37-year-old returned for the unscheduled fourth day of play sitting fourth in chips and outlasted the other eight players to win his second career bracelet. "This one, I'm super-proud because I've been practising a lot of Omaha Hi-Lo for the past two years, specifically. I was actually really excited to play this specific event and the $10K. It's pretty cool when you work on one game particularly hard, and then it works," Zinno said. Zinno beat Rodney Burt heads-up for the win. Burt, who started the day second in chips, banked $172,932. Thomas Schropfer finished third for $122,555. Burt eliminated Seidel in ninth, Connor Drinan in seventh, Jordan Spurlin in sixth and Scott Abrams in fifth before Zinno took over and eliminated Jon Turner, Schropfer, and Burt in successive order. Zinno's first bracelet came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event in 2015. Final Table Payouts Anthony Zinno - $279,920 Rodney Burt - $172,932 Thomas Schropfer - $122,555 Jon Turner - $87,967 Scott Abrams - $63,961 Jordan Spurlin - $47,118 Connor Drinan - $35,173 Kyle Miaso - $26,611 Erik Seidel - $20,410 Phil Hui Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship An epic heads-up battle between Phil Hui and Josh Arieh ended with Hui taking home the $1,099,311 first place prize money, bracelet, and Chip Reese Memorial trophy. READ: Dream Come True: Phil Hui Wins WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship Final Table Payouts Phil Hui – $1,099,311 Josh Arieh – $679,246 John Esposito – $466,407 Bryce Yockey – $325,989 Shaun Deeb – $232,058 Dan Cates – $168,305 William Davila Leads Colossus With Just 107 Left From a starting field of 13,109, just 107 players are still standing in the $400 Colossus with Chicago-native William Davila standing tallest with 17,900,000. His closest challenger, Neil Ho, sits nearly 4,000,000 chips behind. The Day 2 restart began with 1,948 players still chasing the bracelet and $451,272 first place prize. Ian Steinman, Joe Kuether, Tom McEvoy, Jeremy Ausmus, and Nancy Birnbaum all managed to work their way into Day 2. Amir Lehavot, Jon Friedberg, Tim West, Maurice Hawkins, Richard Seymour, David 'Bakes' Baker, and Joseph Galazzo were just a handful of the notables who busted on Friday. PocketFives Senior Writer Jeff Walsh finished 401st for $1,719. Action resumes Saturday at 11 AM PT and will 15 40-minute levels. Top 10 Chip Counts William Davila - 17,900,000 Neil Ho - 14,030,000 Alex Miles - 13,750,000 Zachary Ackley - 12,625,000 Robert Sherwood - 11,875,000 Gregory Sanchez - 11,000,000 Robert Hover - 10,875,000 Cindy Kerslake - 10,675,000 Antonios Onoufriou - 10,275,000 Raymond Ross - 10,150,000 $10,000 Razz Needs Day 4 for Heads-Up Duel Scott Seiver and Andrey Zhigalov bagged up their respective chip stacks early Saturday morning and will return on Saturday afternoon to finish off the $10,000 Razz Championship. Seiver holds the lead with 3,950,000 to Zhigalov's 2,490,000. Day 3 started with 12 players and moved to a final table after Cary Katz, Mike Gorodinsky, defending champion Calvin Anderson, and Marco Johnson were eliminated. Daniel Negreanu made the final table and held the chip lead with five players were left only to bust out in fifth place. WSOP Player of the Year leader Dan Zack added to his POY total with a fourth-place finish and Chris Ferguson was eliminated in third place. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Heads-Up Chip Counts Scott Seiver - 3,950,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 2,490,000 Blake Schwartzbach Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Blake Schwartzbach leads the final 38 players still alive in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event after a Day 2 that saw 190 eliminations, including the bursting of the money bubble. Schwartzbach ended the Day 2 with 475,000 to edge out Joe Tehan, Sean Yu, and John Evans for the lead. Phil Laak, Ryan Riess, Patrick Leonard, Rich Zhu, and Barry Greenstein are all still alive. Jeff Lisandro, Tom Schneider, Jake Schwartz, Yuval Bronshtein, Zachary Gruneberg, Loren Klein, and Ian O'Hara were some of the notables who picked up a cash on Friday, but did not advance to Day 3. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Blake Schwartzbach - 475,000 Joe Tehan - 458,000 Sean Yu - 445,000 John Evans - 440,000 Iori Yogo - 379,000 James Van Alstyne - 364,000 Aron Dermer - 353,000 Ivo Donev - 343,000 Keith Ferrera - 340,000 Aaron Henderson - 333,000 $888 Crazy Eights Starts With 2,861 Runners Two starting flights in the $888 Crazy Eights events helped lead to another busy day at the Rio. Day 1A brought in 1,674 entries while Day 1B, which started at 5 PM, added 1,187 more to the mix. Russia's Arsenii Karmatckii, the #3-ranked online poker player in Russia, bagged up the biggest stack at the end of Day 1A with 1,323,000. Right behind him is Aleksa Pavicevic with 1,036,000. Day 1B starter Michael Kane finished with the biggest overall stack after bagging up 1,360,000. The 329 combined survivors will now wait until Monday to return to action. Day 1C starts Saturday at 10 AM PT and 1D goes Sunday at the same time. Top 5 Day 1A Chip Counts Arsenii Karmatckii - 1,323,000 Aleksa Pavicevic - 1,036,000 Dennis Brand - 999,000 Jacob Steede - 980,000 Alexander Clark - 960,000 Top 5 Day 1B Chip Counts Michael Kane - 1,360,000 Dara Taherpour - 1,030,000 Emile Schiff - 994,000 William Pengelly - 921,000 Jerry Odeen - 913,000 Michael McKenna Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Michael McKenna, who finished runner-up to Phil Galfond in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2018, seems hell-bent on redemption after finishing Day 1 of this year's event with the chip lead. McKenna bagged up 355,600 to put himself 51,500 ahead of Randy Ohel. Kate Hoang rounded out the top three stacks with 291,800. Denis Strebkov ended with 201,100 for the eighth-best stack while Alex Foxen cracked the top 10 with 170,600. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Scott Clements, Michael Mizrachi, Joao Vieira, Jake Schwartz, Jason Mercier, Cliff Josephy, James Obst, and Shaun Deeb. Just 115 of the 175 Day 1 runners managed to move on to Day 2. They will be joined by players taking advantage of the Day 2 registration at 2 PM PT to play another six levels. Top Chip Counts Michael McKenna - 355,600 Randy Ohel - 304,100 Kate Hoang - 291,800 Stephen Johnson - 228,200 Robert Cowen - 215,700 Connor Drinan - 214,600 Nathan Gamble - 203,800 Denis Strebkov - 201,100 Ryan Miller - 183,000 Alex Foxen - 170,600
Tomas Fara struck gold on Saturday when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter event. Fara topped the field of 377 entries at WSOP Europe to score a first-place prize of €59,904 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Fara entered the final table in pretty solid position on the leaderboard, where he ranked third in chips entering the final nine. Things quickly got better for him when he took out Giorgiy Skhulukhiya in ninth place, but then a series of lost pots had Fara sitting on just a single big blind with five players left. In what was a comeback for the ages, Fara stormed back into contention before he knocked out David Elyashar in fourth, Manig Loeser in third place, and then, finally, Nisad Muratovic in second place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] €1,100 Turbo Bounty Final Table Results 1st: Tomas Fara - €59,904 2nd: Nisad Muratovic - €37,004 3rd: Manig Loeser - €24,949 4th: David Elyashar - €17,172 5th: Anson Tsang - €12,071 6th: Arturs Scerbaks - €8,670 7th: Phil Hui - €6,366 8th: Julian Selinger - €4,781 9th: Giorgiy Skhulukhiya - €3,674 The one-day event was a fast-paced affair and it involved some key players in the WSOP Player of the Year race going deep. Shaun Deeb fell in 13th place, earning €2,329, and Phil Hui reached the final table before busting in seventh for €6,366. After Fara was knocked down to a single big blind, he won a series of double ups to get back to nearly 2 million in chips. Fara watched Muratovic take out Anson Tsang in fifth place before he took out Elyashar in fourth place, doing so with pocket fives and flopping a set. Three-handed action saw Fara, Muratovic, and Loeser trade plenty of blows, but then Fara knocked out Loeser in third place to enter heads-up play with more than double the chips of Muratovic. When he busted Loeser, Fara did so with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2h"] against Loeser’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"]. With the blinds at 125,000-250,000 with a 250,000 big blind ante, there were less than 40 big blinds on the table between the final two players. That led to a quick heads-up match with Fara coming out on top. In the end, it was Fara’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] against Muratovic’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="8c"]. The final board ran out [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"] to give Fara the victory.