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  1. This year we’re doing something a little different and breaking down our annual Poker Year In Review into three different parts - the Flop (January-April), Turn (May-August), and River (September-December). We’re wrapping up 2021 by taking a look back at some of our biggest stories, winners, and surprises that unfolded in one of the most unique years in the history of the game. January Although we were officially in 2021, some of the most important business of 2020 had yet to be decided at the beginning of January as Damian Salas and Joseph Herbert met at a mostly empty Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to play heads-up for a million dollars and determine who will earn the official title of 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. The finale was not without its detractors as an online version of the WSOP Main Event had been played out on GGPoker earlier in 2020, but Salas - who had made a previous live WSOP Main Event final table in 2017 - proved to be a worthy winner, taking home an extra $1 million and the WSOP Main Event bracelet. “I don’t play for the money, that’s not my goal,” Salas said after his win. “My basic motivation is to become better and better every day and remain a member of the world-class poker elite.” READ: Desire To Remain Elite Drives New World Champ Damian Salas While January continued to be full of interesting player news, including Chance Kornuth surrendering to Phil Galfond in the Galfond Challenge, Ilyas Muradi taking down the wildly successful WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, and Jack Hardcastle winning the WPT Montreal Online Main Event for $447K, it was poker industry news that dominated the first month of the year. READ: Chris Moneymaker Reflects on 17 Years as Poker’s Everyman Ambassador For the fourth time in 12 years, the World Poker Tour had been sold in a deal with Element Partners, LLC for more than $78 million. “This deal will allow the World Poker Tour to do a number of things that its always wanted to do,” World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska said at the time the deal was announced, unable to completely expand on the nature of the takeover. “What I can say, however, is that for myself and my management team, we’re still here and it’s business as usual and we look forward to this exciting next chapter of the World Poker Tour.” That same week, perhaps one of the biggest stories of the year broke when The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission in their case against the U.S. Department of Justice, reversing a revised opinion of the Wire Act. In short, it was a big win for online poker players in the U.S., setting the stage for a potential boom of online poker in the United States in years to come taking away legal barriers for would-be states to get in on the action and even join multi-state compacts to expand the total liquidity for Americans. Almost as if on cue, PokerStars officially launched PokerStarsMI.com, becoming the first operator to offer Michiganders (and visitors to the state) the option to play online poker, legally and regulated, from inside the state. To close out the month, Brazil’s Brunno Botteon kept his 2020 hot streak in tact and ended up as the Online Player of the Month for January. February February started off with a bang. The months-long heads-up grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk came to an end after 91 days and 25,000 hands. Polk wrote his name in the history books, soundly defeating Negreanu and walking away a winner of roughly $1.2 million. “I’m very happy that I spent so much time preparing and I felt it really ended up helping me tremendously and that I got to execute at such a high level over such a long period of time,” Polk said just moments after the last hand of the challenge. Over the course of the match, the feud between the two seemed to morph into a respectful rivalry and Negreanu gave credit where it was due when it was over. “He deserved it. He played well. I thought he made really good adjustments. I thought he improved as the match went on. I thought he got better and better and sharper, in a lot of different lines,” Negreanu said. But that wasn’t the only high-profile high-stakes poker taking place in February as Tom Dwan emerged to take a seat in the newest iteration of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO and picked up a $300,000 win. Dwan’s appearance was a thrill for fans who were equally excited to have the popular programming back “on the air”. [caption id="attachment_637576" align="alignright" width="250"] Phil Hellmuth[/caption] READ: Hellmuth Rants, Palihapitiya Wins Big On Latest High Stakes Poker High Stakes Poker wasn’t the only poker mainstay to make a return in February as, after more than a year away from Las Vegas, the World Poker Tour was back in Sin City for the first time with WPT Venetian. The final table featured the aforementioned Jack Hardcastle, as well as the 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen, but it was Qing Liu who took home the trophy and the $752,880 first-place prize. Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski was climbing into contention for the worldwide #1 spot in the Online Poker Rankings (something he ended up holding for the better part of 2021) and he also walked away with Online Player of the Month honors for February. March Polk and Dwan weren’t done keeping the poker world entertained as the season of High Stakes Poker stretched into March and both high-profile players continued to impress. Polk made what some have called “one of the best laydowns ever” in a massive hand against Phil Hellmuth that had the poker world buzzing for days while Dwan’s domination earned him another half-million win, showing that despite not being in the public eye he wasn’t showing any sign of rust. READ: Tom Dwan, Bryn Kenney Star in Biggest Pots of High Stakes Poker S8 Another massive winner in March was Vanessa Kade. Coming off her high-profile social media clash with Dan Bilzerian, Kade took that energy into the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary online event and walked away with the win for a life-changing $1.5 million payday. Looking to replicate the same fervor of Polk and Negreanu’s heads-up battle, former #1-ranked online pro Fedor Holz sparked a beef with high-stakes cash game crusher Wiktor Malinowski and the pair agreed to take their feud to the felt. The feud was likely manufactured, and the heat wasn’t very hot, but fans were treated to a pair of high-stakes pros dedicating some time to entertaining viewers with the four-session challenge. Brunno Botteon lost his grip at the top of the Online Poker Rankings as Bert ‘Girafganger7’ Stevens took his third turn at the top but by the end of the month he made way for the surging Yuri Dzivielevski who took control and held on it in for the next six months. In case you missed these popular profiles of some of poker’s best we talked with Alex Butcher about becoming the #1-ranked player in the United States and the work he needed to do on himself in order to get out of his own way and be open to success. Speaking of success, Kevin Rabichow opened up about what led him to switch gears from being one of the world’s top online cash game grinders to taking up tournaments and dedicating himself to success. By the end of the month, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira took home the title of March Online Player of the Month. April One of our most popular articles of the year was published in April when PokerStars found Isai Scheinberg agreed to be interviewed for the first time after settling all of his legal troubles stemming from Black Friday. Scheinberg stepped into the spotlight and talked about the early days of PokerStars, the beginning of the poker boom, the fallout from Black Friday, and what he’s doing with his life after selling the company for nearly $5 billion. “I valued privacy, but I was not secretive. That’s not the same thing,” Scheinberg said talking to the media for one of the very first times. “I was working hard. I was very busy and I’m not the type of guy to go out and do PR.” READ: Isai Scheinberg: His Company, His Legacy, and How Black Friday Impacted Both The heads-up craze continued in April as Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu played in the first of three High Stakes Duel matches on PokerGO. The first was, for many, the most memorable as Negreanu had Hellmuth down to a 19-1 chip disadvantage. But Hellmuth used his #WhiteMagic to spin it back up and defeat Negreanu in what was about to become a reoccurring theme for High Stakes Duel. Both PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and GGPoker’s Spring Festival took over the online poker scene, both offering massive guarantees and non-stop action in the middle of the pandemic. One person who couldn’t get enough was former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt who couldn’t keep himself out of the headlines, taking down multiple GGSF titles and adding to his SCOOP Legacy. Speaking of former #1’s performing in the spring, Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson picked up two SCOOP titles on the same day. Plus, Chris Moorman finally added a SCOOP title to his resume, after taking home the first SCOOP in his career. READ: Joakim Andersson Ships GGSF MILLION$ Main Event for $1.5M READ: SCOOP: Series Concludes As ‘kZhh’ Wins $10L Main Event TItle, $878K With an accumulation of a massive amount of leaderboard points, high-stakes legend Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro took down the Online Player of the Month title in April. The 2021 Poker Year In Review continues in Part 2.
  2. This year we’re doing something a little different and breaking down our annual Poker Year In Review into three different parts - the Flop (January-April), Turn (May-August), and River (September-December). We’ll be wrapping up 2021 by taking a look back at some of our biggest stories, winners, and surprises that unfolded in one of the most unique years in the history of the game. May One of the craziest stories of the year broke in May when it was revealed that high-stakes poker pro Chad Power had been victim to a home invasion robbery of nearly $1,000,000 in cash and casino chips. However, the Henderson Police Department arrested a suspect who was charged with multiple felonies including Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Conspiracy Home Invasion, and Theft after the suspect went out and purchased a Dodge Hellcat Charger with a $30,000 cash down payment and also purchased a 2018 Maserati Levante SUV under his mother’s name with another $60K in cash. On the felt, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu returned for Round 2 of High Stakes Duel II with Negreanu looking to get even, however, once again, Hellmuth pulled off the win. Negreanu promised that there would be a third match sooner than later leaving Hellmuth still feeling slighted despite his back-to-back wins. “I’ve given Daniel credit the whole way from start to finish and I haven’t said one negative word about him. He was pretty condescending in the first match. I felt it was super condescending, and this match he handled himself much better,” Hellmuth said. “But even still, he’s preaching down to me about ranges, and I’m thinking to myself, I’ve just won 24 out of 26 heads-up matches against pros and they have me rated as a fucking underdog every match. It just blows my mind, but I just never quite get that respect, and that’s ok with me. I just want to keep winning.” There were plenty of other winnings taking place in May with a trio of World Poker Tour events coming to a conclusion. The pandemic had forced the WPT to delay a number of its high-profile final tables for more than a year and in the middle of the month, they gathered in Las Vegas to crown three consecutive champions. First up was Veerab Zakarian who took down the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open for $674,840. “Waiting this long, you didn’t know what to expect. You don’t know, you keep waiting for it,” Zakarian said after the tournament ended. “Most people, after the pandemic, they didn’t have anything to look forward to so I was glad to have something to look forward to.” [caption id="attachment_637581" align="alignright" width="250"] Brekstyn Schutten[/caption] The next day it was Balakrishna Patur’s turn in the spotlight as he won the delayed 2020 WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $1,015,000, defeating Matas Cimbolas in heads-up play. It was the second year in a row that Cimbolas finished as the LAPC runner-up. Finally, Brekstyn Schutten took down the largest event in the 19-year history of the WPT when he won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1,261,095. While all of that is nice, the most prestigious contest of the year came to a conclusion in May when Niklas Astedt was named, by the poker community and his peers, as the All-Time #1 Number One. For the better part of a month, PocketFives ran a social contest asking the poker community to vote, March Madness-style, to see which of the (then) 60 former worldwide #1-ranked online pros stood above the rest. The finals came down to Astedt and online great Chris Moorman with Astedt edging out Moorman with 54% of the vote. “The PocketFives rankings really motivated me over the years,” Astedt said after being crowned the winner. “I’m super happy and proud that so many people voted for me.” Speaking of Chris Moorman, he was one of three popular player profiles to be featured this month. Moorman reflected on his career and his recent winning of his first SCOOP title. READ: “Old Guy” Chris Moorman Happily Proves He’s Still Got It Sami Kelopuro had been on an amazing heater and talked with PocketFives in a rare interview on the secret to his recent success and how he planed on taking it easy after his intense grind. READ: After Winning $4.4M, Sami Kelopuro is Taking It Easy - For Now Finally, after winning the first-ever GGPoker Spring Festival Main Event, Mathias ‘KingKongJoel’ Joelsson talked about what it was like to win a seven-figure score. READ: Mathias Joelsson Has ‘King Kong’ Plans After $1.25M GGSF Score By the end of the month, another Brazilian earned themselves an Online Player of the Month title, as Dalton Hobold took the title in May. June It had already been announced that the World Series of Poker was going to be moved to the fall, but in the middle of June, the complete schedule (before the addition of online events) of the last WSOP at the Rio was announced. It was an 88 gold bracelet schedule that hoped to bring back a sense of normalcy after a year away. READ: 5 Things: The WSOP Schedule Gives Players a Comfortable Return Home While players had the WSOP to look forward to, the 2021 U.S. Poker Open was taking place in the PokerGO Studio with familiar faces winning large sums of money. Stephen Chidwick, Jake Schindler, Ali Imsirovic were all at the top of the earners list for the series but David Peters dominated them all, winning more than $2.6 million and taking home the Golden Eagle trophy. READ: David Peters, Old Guard, New Faces Shine Bright as U.S. Poker Open Hellmuth’s three-peat over Negreanu was completed earning him the $400,000 prize and bringing his series record to 6-0 and bringing High Stakes Duel II to an end with Hellmuth opting to cash out and start over in the coming months. Brian Altman also notched his third win, but for him, it was taking home his third World Poker Tour Main Tour title at WPT Tampa at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. The reigning WPT Player of the Year put himself in the race for WPT all-time title, just one behind Darren Elias’ four, and picked up $613,225 in the process. READ: WPT POY Brian Altman Writes His Own Script For Success In other WPT news, the 2021 WPT Online Series Main Event reached a conclusion as well with Christian Rudolph earning his first WPT title and $487,442. Plus, the WPT held its WPT Heads Up Poker Championship in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. An online tournament, it featured some of the biggest names in the game including Doug Polk, Tow Dwan, Sam Greenwood, Anthony Zinno, Brad Own, and eventual winner Phil Ivey who took down the invite-only event for $400,000. Another popular profile published in 2021 was on poker vlogger Jaman Burton and his recent move to Las Vegas. In it, he discusses how the social climate in St. Louis pushed him to make a move, the future of his vlog, and finding new inspiration in Sin City. READ: Jaman Burton and The Drawing Dead Find New Life In Las Vegas The string of Brazilian crushers taking down the Online Player of the Month continued in June as Geraldo Cesar Neto earned the honor for the first time in his career. July The poker world was shocked and saddened in July when six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Layne ‘Back-to-Back’ Flack unexpectedly passed away at age 52. An outpouring of condolences for Flack’s family poured out from the poker community as a mainstay personality from the early days of the poker boom will be certainly be missed. Before that, Daniel Negreanu was back making headlines. After his loss to Doug Polk earlier in the year and then falling three times to Hellmuth on High Stakes Duel, Kid Poker’s ability to close in a big spot was being questioned by some in the poker world. He quickly responded with a victory during the PokerGO Cup series, not only winning the $50,000 NLHE event for $700,000 but, with a little thanks to Cary Katz in the final event of the series, taking the PokerGO leaderboard title and trophy for an additional $50,000 score. READ: The Anatomy- and End - of Daniel Negreanu’s Tournament Futility All month long, the World Series of Poker was running online bracelet events with some notable names adding to their poker resume including David Peters, Manig Loeser, and Chris Moorman who grabbed the victory in one of the final events of the series for his second career bracelet. But the big WSOP news was the rumor (which turned out to be true) that the World Series of Poker would be on the move in 2022, leaving its long-standing home of the Rio to set up shop on the Strip at Bally's and Paris. [caption id="attachment_637583" align="alignright" width="250"] Andrew Moreno[/caption] July also saw a pair of celebrated live wins as Andrew Moreno battled through the 1,325-entry field of the first-ever $10K Wynn Millions to walk away with a life-changing $1.460 million score. The final three agreed to chop the majority of the prize pool, creating two more millionaires as Clayton Maguire finished as the runner-up for $1.443 million and Toby Lewis grabbed the bronze for $1.235 million. Dapo Ajayi also earned a career-defining win after taking down WPT Choctaw for $558,610, making it the second time that Viet Vo would come up just one spot short in the same tournament, finishing in second place for $372,415. Brazil’s Dalton Hobold earned Online Player of the Month honors in May, in July he opened up about how he was almost scammed out his entire career by someone he trusted. READ: Rising Star Dalton Hobold Almost Had Poker Career Derailed by Scam Another month, another Brazilian at the top of the Online Player of the Month leaderboard, as Renan Carlos Bruschi took home the honors in July. August August was another massive month when it came to online poker as PokerStars announced the start of their biggest World Championship of Online Poker with $100 million guaranteed and the World Series of Poker Online kicked off on GGPoker. Both series featured poker superstars taking home titles including Christian Rudolph and Ivan Zufic taking down early WCOOP titles and Joao Simao and Samuel Vousden earning gold bracelets. It was also the month where Erik Seidel made history, taking down 2021 WSOP Online Event #11 ($10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller) for $977,842 and his ninth career gold bracelet, tying Johnny Moss. Soon after, he talked with us about winning his ninth bracelet online made it special for him. “Winning any WSOP event is special,” Seidel said when asked where his online bracelet ranks. “This one was extra great for me because it was so unexpected. Getting through 600+ players and then the prize was close to one million, which I think is my biggest WSOP cash, felt really amazing. Might be my favorite.” READ: Erik Seidel’s Online WSOP Bracelet Victory Might Just Be His Favorite In addition to Seidel winning the WSOP edition of the Super MILLION$, a pair of perennial champions added to their MILLION$ resume. Niklas Astedt scored his third title and Michael Addamo kept the all-time wins record with his fourth. For Addamo, it was just a sign of things yet to come. READ: 50 Things To Look Forward To At The 2021 WSOP After Phil Hellmuth vanquished Fox Sports commentator Nick Smith in a bottle episode of High Stakes Duel, the re-match everyone was waiting for was booked. The Hellmuth vs. Tom Dwan hype train was rolling and the show did not disappoint. However, after seven wins in a row, Hellmuth was defeated as Dwan dethroned Hellmuth to become the new High Stakes Duel champion. READ: Three Takeaways From Tom Dwan's Victory Over Phil Hellmuth on High Stakes Duel III [caption id="attachment_637584" align="alignleft" width="250"] Brock Wilson[/caption] A pair of profiles proved to be popular this month as 26-year-old high-stakes tournament pro Brock Wilson talked about his major move from New York to Las Vegas to pursue the poker dream. Plus, Ryan Hagerty scored an online bracelet in July and sat down to talk with us about his roller coaster of a year grinding the tournament scene. A victory for Alex Theologis in the WSOP $25,000 Super High Roller Championship locked up the August Online Player of Month. Finally, after six years as the President and Editor-in-Chief of PocketFives Lance Bradley stepped away to pursue new opportunities and left by spotlighting some of his favorite stories he published over the years.
  3. PokerStars isn’t waiting for the 2021 EPT Online to end before offering online poker grinders another major series to mark in their calendars. The PokerStars Winter Series returns from December 25 through January 12 with a total series guarantee of at least $50 million. Like other PokerStars premium online series, the upcoming Winter Series features a three-tiered buy-in schedule with “High”, “Medium”, and “Low” events, plus another 39 events that are thrown in without a tied category for good measure making a total of more than 290 events. Bankroll budgets of any size can get in on the action with buy-ins for the Winter Series events ranging from as little as $2.20 up to the $10,300 buy-in High Roller with $750,000 guaranteed. No doubt, some of the biggest events of the series will be the three Main Events which take place on Sunday, January 9. The “Low” Main Event has a $55 buy-in with a $1 million guarantee, the “Medium” arrives with a $530 price tag and a $1.5 million guarantee, and the main Main Event, the $5,200 “High” offers a $2 million guarantee. To hit a $50 million series guarantee means that there are plenty of other events on the schedule backed by some big numbers. For instance, the $109 buy-in Phase Event, in which players can pick one or multiple Day 1s in order to amass a stack to make it to Day 2, has a $1.25 million guarantee. Perhaps one of the biggest values on the schedule takes place early in the series with Event #9-L, a $55 buy-in PKO that promises a prize pool of at least $1 million. Perhaps the most notable "can't miss" event will be the Sunday Two Million, Event #55-M, which kicks off the New Year on January 2 and comes with an old-school $215 buy-in and a $2 million guarantee. As with all of their major online events, PokerStars is currently running satellites (and will be adding more) for most major events. Even before the series kicks off, players can jump into $2.20 or $5.50 mega satellites which are giving away seats to Event #18, the $55 buy-in Phase event. Plus, players can get into the Winter Series Main Events by winning their seat in both $4 and $22 Spin & Go’s, in addition to traditional satellites. For a look at the complete .com schedule of the Winter Series, simply click here. Please note, the PokerStars Winter Series is available for their worldwide marker, and players in Southern Europe (France, Spain, and Portugal) will have their own €10 million guaranteed series from December 25 - January 16. Additionally, players in Italy will also enjoy a 138 event series with a total of €6 million guaranteed.
  4. PokerStars has announced that the recently postponed European Poker Tour Prague live stop has been rescheduled to March 5-16 at the Hilton Hotel Prague. EPT Prague, which was originally scheduled to be held from December 8-19, was postponed in late November citing the new restrictions by the government of the Czech Republic imposed in an effort to address a surge in the coronavirus. The restrictions limited the number of people for any given cultural or sporting event to 1,000 and placed a 10 p.m. curfew on all restaurants and bars. PokerStars quickly pivoted and within two weeks of announcing that EPT Prague was postponed, has now given players a new date to look forward for the return of the EPT. “I am pleased that we have been able to adapt so quickly to the ever-changing situation and provide our players with new dates for EPT Prague already,” said Severin Rasset, Managing Director and Commercial Officer of Poker at PokerStars. ”A big thanks to our partners at Kings Casino and Hilton Prague for working with us to ensure that we found an alternative solution for the event.” In the meantime, PokerStars will shift the focus of their players to their upcoming EPT Online series which will run from December 8 -19 with $17 million in total guaranteed prize money. EPT Online will feature 68 different events with buy-ins starting at just $5.50 and will give players the shot of winning an actual EPT trophy, with 20 of them up for grabs. Highlights of the schedule include the $5,200 buy-in EPT Online Main Event with $1.5 million guaranteed, $55 buy-in Mini Main Event with $1 million guaranteed, and a $10,300 buy-in Sunday Super High Roller with another $1 million guaranteed. Satellites for most major events will be readily available in the PokerStars client as is the entire 68 event schedule of EPT Online. The EPT branding isn’t the only tie-in between EPT Prague and the upcoming EPT Online series. It’s not only the players who will be missing out on EPT Prague this December, but also the support staff who planned on the work, and, quite possibly, was counting on the money from working to help get them through the holidays and the rest of the year. To that end, PokerStars is allocating $100,000 from the rake collected from EPT Online to be paid out to the Live Event Staff that has been affected by the live event’s postponement. “We know that there’s a huge demand from the PokerStars community to see our live events return in full and we are excitedly working towards that, but we must be flexible along the way to ensure our players stay safe and healthy, and the experience is an unforgettable one for all the right reasons,” Rasset said. “We understand the impact of not running these events has on our players and staff, and we hope that the upcoming EPT Online series will provide players with an enjoyable alternative this December.”
  5. After weeks of hovering in the top 5 of the worldwide Online Poker Rankings, Brazilian crusher Pedro ‘pvigar’ Garagnani finally made his move and supplanted fellow countryman Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann as the #1-ranked online player in the world. It’s Garagnani’s first trip to the top spot and he’s reached it with a combination producing impressive results while putting in a massive amount of volume. He has spent the better part of the past six months rising through the online rankings. Garagnani cracked the top 5 in the second half of 2021 and never let up on his schedule. He took full advantage of the fact that the 2021 World Series of Poker took a number of top competitors out of the online pool for weeks at a time and posted big-time results this fall. It was clear when Bruno Volkmann took over the #1 spot in early November that he would eventually have to deal with Garagnani’s persistence. Finally, Garagnani’s put together a string of results that put him over the top. In November, he added on to his late October run where he scored a victory in the WPTDeepStacks High Roller on partypoker for $112,079 and 753.70 leaderboard points. His first significant score took place in the November 15 edition of the GGPoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Main Event where a final table finish earned him $23,869 and an important 241.32 leaderboard points. From there, a trio of results helped Garagnani get the job done. In the November 21 edition of the same GGPoker High Rollers Main Event, he finished in 4th place for $10,804 and 141.72 points. On the same day came the big score, a victory in the Winamax $1,050 Mini WSOP Super High Roller added $47,197 to his bankroll as well as the 435.52 points that locked up the top spot. He added on the next day with a fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $525 Bounty Hunters High Roller for another $16,956 and 270.89 points. All told, in his second week as #1 Garagnani currently sits with 10,834 leaderboard points - 566 points above Volkmann in second place. That differential is not impossible to overcome in a single week, however, it’s a significant gap for any player to cover especially when one grinds as much as Garagnani. For Volkmann to reclaim the rankings' top spot, he’ll simply need to find more qualifying results than what he’s been bringing in over the last month. Don’t get it wrong, Volkmann still has had some very notable scores over the past 30 days including a bronze finish in the PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club back on November 7 for $18,998 and 200.34 points. However, in recent weeks, Volkmann’s pulled back on volume a tad and he’s only picked up one other leaderboard qualifying score. He had a final table finish in the PokerStars $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder for $6,579 and 146.19 points. So while he hadn’t found those big scores that we’re accustomed to seeing from Volkmann, he remains in striking distance and, as one of the best in the world, you just never know when he’s going to win a major high roller or a large field event for heaps. One player that would like to avoid seeing Volkmann bink a big one is Hungary’s #1 online grinder ‘kZhh’ who is currently sitting at a career-high worldwide rank of #3. If that screen name looks familiar it’s because ‘kZhh’ has a habit of showing up big in some of the biggest tournaments of the year. This year alone, he took down the PokerStars SCOOP $10,300 Main Event for $1,130,396 and a massive 1,288.41 point score. He followed that up with a GGPoker Super MILLION$ victory in July for another $258,593 and 818.15 points. Finally, you might have seen him taking down the PokerStars WCOOP $25,000 High Roller in late August for $657,557 and 1,299.04 points. ‘kZhh’ is known for his major victories, but now he’s looking to add the title of online poker's worldwide #1 to his resume. Of course, a massive score like the ones outlined above can help make that happen or he can continue his mid/high-stakes grinder and pick up more results as he did on November 22 when he finished in eighth place in the GGPoker $525 Bounty Hunters Main Event for $6,898 and 204.33 points. Online Poker Rankings (Week of 12/2) [table id=277 /]
  6. While much of the poker spotlight may have been on the World Series of Poker in October, the online grind continues. With a combination of big-time results and plenty of volume, Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira topped the Online Player of the Month leaderboard for October while also soaring past $22 million in career online earnings. It was another mammoth month for Ferreira who racked up 166 in-time-money finished in October for a total of $354,889 in total earnings. His entire month was anchored by a big win in the October 18 edition of the GGPoker $1,050 Sunday High Rollers Main Event where he took home $103,801 and 729.38 leaderboard points. The very next day Ferreira, grabbed his second-biggest score in October by making a deep run in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ High Rollers where he picked up another $22,981 and 238.01 leaderboard points. He had two other five-figure results last month including a win in Event #9 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series where he banked $18,173. Then, he closed out the month with a final table finish in the partypoker WPTDeepStacks Event #7 for another $15,371. The story of the month for Ferreira was pure volume. One look at his results and one can’t help but be awed by how many results per day he achieved. He racked up as many as 14 cashes on October 24th with many other days pulling in 8-10. It has allowed him to stay the top 10 of the Online Poker Rankings and he currently sits ranked #2 in Portugal, only behind countryman Joao Vieira. He finished with nine qualifying scores for a total of 3,534 leaderboard points, a full 665 points above second place. Falling in just one spot behind Ferreira in October is the current worldwide #8-ranked Enrico ‘whatisL0v3’ Camosci. Camosci has been soaring up the worldwide rankings and October was a snapshot as to why. He collected five-figure scores highlighted by his monthly high score of $22,720 for his podium finish in the GGPoker $2,625 High Rollers Blade Mulligan on October 4. But it was in the back half of the month that he really heated up. It started with a runner-up finish in the GGPoker $1,050 High Rollers Main Event for $18,229. Four days later he took down the Sunday High Roller on GGPoker for another $14,393 and then wrapped up a 10-day sprint with another big cash, hauling in $13,070 in the partypoker WPTDeepstacks Event #7 High Roller for $13,070. During that time, Camosci earned his third career PocketFives Triple Crown on October 18 with victories on GGPoker, PokerStars, and Winamax. Like Camosci, Brazil’s Rafael ‘pycadasgalax’ Furlanetto is also sitting at a career-high spot on the Online Poker Rankings thanks to a big October. Mainly a mid-stakes grinder, Furlanetto - like Ferreira - put in a huge amount of volume in the month. His first five-figure score of the month took place in the October 5 edition of the Natural8 $250 Daily Main Event where he walked away with the victory and $14,204 plus 273,82 leaderboard points. Less than a week later he was in the winner’s circle once again taking down the Natural8 $525 Sunday High Rollers for another $24,646. He picked up his third big cash on October 24 where his runner-up finish in the $300 Sunday Marathon brought him $18,591. In total, he had 184 in-the-money finishes for what turned out to be an incredibly busy month for Brazil’s #13-ranked grinder. October 2021 Online Player of the Month Results [table id=271 /]
  7. Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic enjoyed some of the biggest scores of his career in the month of September. His success in the month not only helped him break into the Online Poker Rankings top 5 for the first time in his career, but it also clinched his second career Online Player of the Month honors in less than a year. Smiljkovic racked up 4,241 leaderboard points in September thanks to a handful of key victories in some of online poker’s biggest series. At the end of the first week, on September 7, he took down the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter High Roller for $16,960 and 435.23 points. The very next day, he was in the winner’s circle again, this time during the 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, earning another $61,090 (his largest cash of the month) and 591.61 by winning Event #75 ($530 NLHE). September 9 was a key date for him as he made several deep runs at the same time, earning five-figure scores and heaps of leaderboard points. It started off with a runner-up finish in the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter where he picked up $14,607. The heat continued with a fourth-place result in WCOOP Event #80-L ($019 NLHE PKO Mini Thursday Thrill) for $15,418. At the same time, Smiljkovic was battling at the final table of WCOOP Event #82-H ($2,100 NLHE) where he ended up falling in fifth place for $28,771. In total, Smiljkovic finished in the money 55 times for a total of $308,708. Not the most volume by any means, but his deep runs in large fields events was enough to help propel him to a career-high ranking of #3 in the world, as well as lift him to the top of the leaderboard. Lucio ‘Llima92’ Lima (3,866 points) also thrived in the month of September, finishing in second place while climbing to new heights on the Online Poker Rankings. Lima, currently grinding the mid-to-high stakes, put in a ton of volume last month. He amassed more than 170 in-the-money finishes, seven of which were for five figures, for a total earn of just over $394,000. His largest score came on September 16 when he took down the GGPoker $1,050 Wednesday Double Stack for $58,148 and 531.04 leaderboard points. That barely eclipsed his fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $777 Lucky Sevens on September 5 in which he earned $53,331 and 464.22 points. He also did damage during the 2021 PokerStars WCOOP. First, on September 10, he final tabled Event #85-H ($2,100 NLHE PKO) for more than $18,000 and 212.32 points. He was back at a WCOOP final table in Event #101-H ($1,050 PLO 6-Max) where he finished in fourth place for $20,090 and another 218.94 points. By the end of the month, Lima hit as high as #16 in the world, just one spot higher than his current rank of #17. Russian superstar Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov rounds out the top 3 for September with 3,565 leaderboard points. In an online career that spans nearly a decade, September was a career month for Filatov which included the largest win of his life. READ: Career Year of Online Success Takes Anatoly Filatov To $10 Million On September 21, Filatov won the GGPoker WSOP Circuit Super MILLION$ for $1.2 million, far-and-away the most money he ever won online. However, the tournament didn’t qualify for leaderboard points, missing the cut-off by a single entry. However, that wasn’t the only score that made Filatov’s fall amazing. Out of his 27 in-the-money finishes, seven were for five figures or more. Although his Super MILLION$ win was likely the highlight of his career, it’s unlikely Filatov ever had another day like September 7. On that day he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker WSOP High Rollers for $63,252 while at the same time wrapping up a third-place result in WCOOP Event #71 High ($2,100 NHLE) for another $76,538. During both of those tournaments, he was playing on the GGPoker live stream in that week’s Super MILLION$ where he finished in third place for $250,053. All told, Filatov earned more than $1.7 million of his $12.6 million lifetime online earnings in September. September 2021 Online Player of the Month Results [table id=265 /]
  8. The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, one of online poker’s premier tournament series, returns for its 20th year, kicking off on August 22 and featuring more than $100 million in overall guaranteed prize money. Running from August 22 through September 15, PokerStars aims to make the 2021 version of WCOOP its biggest and best yet. The schedule features 102 events, each with PokerStars’ signature three-tiered buy-ins of High, Medium, and Low. That’s 306 total tournaments with entry fees ranging from as little as $5.50 and running up through the $25,000 buy-in Super High Roller. The series will conclude with six Main Events, three No Limit Hold’em and three Pot Limit Omaha, at each of the different buy-in tiers. However, traditionally, all eyes will be on the NLHE Main Event High - a $5,200 buy-in event with a $10 million guarantee. The tournament, which begins on September 12, will instantly become one of the largest online tournaments of all time with the winner almost assuredly earning more than a million dollars for first. In 2020, the WCOOP High Main Event drew 1,977 runners (providing a $115,000 overlay) and ended with Andre Marques, Tonio Roder, and Tuen Mulder agreeing to a three-handed deal that secured each of them at least $1 million. After playing it out for the win, Marques emerged as the champion and not only took home the WCOOP trophy but a career-high score of $1,147,270. Players can, once again, expect a No Limit Hold’em heavy schedule but one of PokerStars’ strengths is the ability to offer a wide variety of poker tournaments and the WCOOP schedule obliges. Titles will be awarded in nearly every variant including Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit 2-7 Single Draw, Fixed Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Razz, PLO8, Badugi, Seven Card Stud, Short Deck (6+), and H.O.R.S.E. among others. The schedule brings players in with Event #02 (WCOOP Kickoff), a pair of major $700K GTD Progressive KnockOut tournaments in Event #03 Medium and High (PKO, Sunday Warm-Up), and Event #4, a trio of 8-Max events that all boast no less than $1 million guarantees. The action in the early events will help PokerStars reach the incredible milestone of more than $1 billion in lifetime WCOOP prize pools. There is likely to be a tournament of interest for every poker enthusiast over the course of WCOOP’s 25 days. For those looking to play for a trophy on a budget, the series has 62 tournaments that can be entered for less than $11. On the other end of the scale, online poker’s elite will have plenty to fight for with five tournaments with a buy-in of $10,300 as well as the aforementioned $25,000 Super High Roller. The schedule also caters to players who are short on time. Most WCOOP events are (at least) two-day affairs but in 2021 there are 13 Turbo events (39 tournaments) all of which will complete on the same day. Everything gets started with Event #-01, the series long Phased tournament which has starting flights throughout the duration of the series and ultimately wraps up on September 13. The Phased tournament buy-in are $5.50, $22, and $109 for Low, Medium, and High respectively and each comes with a $1 million guarantee. Players are permitted to enter as many Phase 1 flights as it takes in order to survive with chips to Phase 2, which plays as a freezeout. Satellites for the Main Event, as well as other WCOOP events, will be available in the lobby to help players on a budget find their way into an event on the cheap. PokerStars 2021 WCOOP Complete Schedule [table id=259 /]
  9. The PokerStars 2021 World Championship of Online Poker schedule is massive, diverse, and packed with value. It has to be. With over $100 million in guaranteed prize money, PokerStars is looking to make this year’s WCOOP the biggest in the series 20-year history. It features 102 events, each with three buy-in levels (Low, Medium, High), for a total of 306 tournaments giving players plenty of opportunities to boost their bankrolls and battle for a trophy. But sometimes, with a schedule that features something for everyone, knowing where to focus your time and attention can be a little intimidating. So, here’s a little help. Pick and choose a schedule that features your favorite games, but make sure you include these five “must-play” events from the 2021 WCOOP. Event #01 - [Phase Tournament] Buy-ins: $5.50 (Low), $22 (Medium), $109 (High) Date: various The first event of the series is really one of the last events as it’s a Phase tournament. That means that starting flights for the tournament are running throughout the duration of the series and what makes it an event you simply can’t miss is that whenever you are ready to play, there’s likely a Phase 1 kicking off. So not only is this tournament easy to fire in but for players who happen to bust out before making Phase 2, there’s always another Phase 1 around the corner to give it another shot. Another reason is the guarantee, each of the three buy-ins comes with its own $1 million guarantee making this one of the best “bang for you buck” events across the entire schedule. Event #02 - [WCOOP Kickoff] Buy-ins: $5.50 (Low), $55 (Medium), $530 (High) Date: August 22 With the Phase tournaments already in full swing, Event #02 serves, in reality, as the first event of the 2021 WCOOP. The guarantees for the events are $75K, $300K, and $400K respectively, which are solid of the series but the real value comes in knowing that the first event of most major series is a massive draw for players. It’s very likely that the excitement of a new WCOOP series will see these guarantees shattered as players pile into the lobbies looking to be among the first to take home a trophy. It goes without saying that the structure for all three tournaments is solid with plenty of starting chips for each buy-in and, for those playing in the High Event, 20-minute levels - which is more than enough playing time for online poker. Event #37 - [8-Max, Turbo Progressive Knock Out] Buy-ins: $55 (Low), $530 (Medium), $5,200 (High) Date: August 29 There’s no doubt that Progressive Knock Out events are among the most popular that PokerStars offers. Players love to have the opportunity to make big money on bounties before they even make the money. This is why this event is one of the best on the schedule. Not only is it a PKO, but it’s a Turbo - of the 306 events, just 39 tournament crown a winner in a single day. Plus this event has massive guarantees across all three tournaments of $300K, $400K, and $500K respectively - one of the highest guarantees of all the Turbo events. So, this one has everything: PKO, done in a day, and huge money up top. This should be a featured event for players who don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a tournament. For a similar event, see Event #93. Event #63 - [Sunday Million PKO] Buy-ins: $109 (Low), $1,050 (Medium), $10,300 (High) Date: September 5 PokerStars biggest Sunday tournament goes even bigger during WCOOP. The marquee Sunday Million (Low) keeps its $109 buy-in and gets a guarantee bump to $1.5 million, almost ensuring that the winner turns their hundred dollar investment into a six-figure score. Plus, it’s a PKO which means that the bounties (and the stakes) will all be higher promising one of the most fun, recreational-player-filled, tournaments of the series. In addition to the Low event, the Medium also has a $1.5 million guarantee and the High event gets $1 million of its own. The Sunday Million is a three-day event, with 15-minute levels and for players who make the final table, a featured appearance on PokerStars Twitch channel is likely to take place. Event #91 - [The Main Event] Buy-in: $55 (Low), $530 (Medium), $5,200 (High) Date: September 12 This is it. The WCOOP Main Event. It’s where legends of online poker are made and shine and it’s absolutely an event that cannot be missed. This year, the $5,200 Main Event comes with an incredible $10 million guarantee with promises seven-figure scores will be at stake. With satellites for the Main Event practically running around the clock on PokerStars, even for those grinders where $5,200 is outside of proper bankroll management, there’s plenty of ways to get in on the cheap. Just last year the final three players, Andre Marques, Tonio Roder, and Teun Mulder, agreed to a deal in which all three became millionaires. In the end, Marques stood alone and booked a $1.147 million score. Although many eyes will be on the huge High prize pool, both the Medium and the Low have the ability to pay out life-changing sums. The Low comes with a $1.5 million guarantee and in 2020 it was won by ‘klimono’ who added more than $186K to their bankroll. The Medium has a guarantee of $2.5 million. In 2020, that tournament surpasses that guarantee by more than a million and ‘1mSoWeeeaK’ took home the title and $504,583. PLO fans can substitute Event #91 for Event #92, the PLO Main Event. With buy-ins coming in at $109 (Low), $1,050 (Medium), and $10,300 (High) and healthy guarantees of $275K, $750K, and $1M respectively it’s a PLO players dream tournament. So scour the schedule and pick your favorites, but circle the calendar for these five “must play” events.
  10. J.C. Tran. Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Fedor Holz. Steven van Zadelhoff. Through the 20 year history of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, some of the biggest names in poker have had a signature win in the WCOOP Main Event. Along with the seven-figure score for winning comes the opportunity to build a legacy alongside some other online poker legends. The 2021 WCOOP Main Event High features a $5,200 buy-in and a $10 million guarantee. While that price point might seem out of reach for the everyday grinder, PokerStars has an extensive satellite program designed to help players of all bankrolls work their way into the big one. Winning the WCOOP Main Event would certainly elevate any poker player to legend status, but doing so by turning $1 into the title and $1,000,000+ would be a win for the ages. PokerStars offers exactly that opportunity through their WCOOP Fast Track, which is awarding $1,000,000 of WCOOP tickets. Step 1 is a $1 buy-in 12-player sit-n-go that awards one ticket to the Step 2 tournament. Step 2 is a 21-player $12 buy-in that will send two players to the Step 3 event. This is where things change a little bit. Step 3 is a $109 buy-in multi-table tournament that guarantees at least four tickets to the fourth and final stage. Step 4 has a $1,050 buy-in and once again is an MTT format with three $5,200 Main Event seats guaranteed. Players don't have to start at the $1 buy-in level. They can enter any one of the step tournaments by buying in with cash. For players who prefer the thrill of the hunt, PokerStars also has a dedicated set of Spin-n-Gos that reward players with all kinds of WCOOP tickets available to be won, including Main Event seats. Players can enter Spin-n-Gos with buy-ins of $1.50, $4, or $22 to win WCOOP tickets. Players can win just a single Main Event entry and any subsequent Main Event seats won will be automatically converted to tournament dollars. For players who prefer a more traditional satellite route, the Phase system might just scratch that itch. There are multiple $55 buy-in Phase 1 tournaments each day. Players who bag chips after 15 levels of play move onto the Phase 2 tournament. Phase 2 runs each Sunday and awards a minimum of five $5,200 Main Event seats. While the High NLHE Main Event is the one that grabs all of the headlines, there is also the Medium and Low Main Events with buy-ins of $1,050 and $109 respectively. Mega satellites are available for the Medium Main Event for $109 while the Low Main Event megas cost $2.20. Each of those MTTs typically guarantees at least five seats to their associated Main Event. All six of the 2021 WCOOP Main Events begin Sunday, September 12.
  11. The latest round of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker titles have been won and there were some big names among those taking the top prizes. Polish poker legend Dzmitry Urbanovich, All-Time Online Money List leader Joao Vieira, and former Sunday Million winner Mantas ‘bagoch’ Bagočius all took home titles while notable pros Patrick Leonard, Parker Talbot, and former #1-ranked Chris Oliver all coming close. The biggest event on the WCOOP calendar over the last couple of days was easily the $25,000-entry Super High Roller, which was won by Hungarian player ‘kZhh’ after a thrilling final table saw players such as Justin Bonomo and Adrian Mateos both missed out. It’s worth looking back at this unique event in isolation, so here is how the final nine finished: WCOOP Event #34-H $25,000 Super High Roller: ‘kZhh’ (Hungary) - $657,557 Chris Oliver (U.S.A.) - $509,470 ‘spaise411’ (Russia) - $394,733 Adrian Mateos (Spain) - $305,835 Fabiano Kovalski (Brazil) - $236,959 Justin Bonomo (U.S.A.) $183,593 ‘CrazyLissy’ (Russia) - $142,247 Pedro Padilha (Brazil) - $110,211 ‘Sintoras’ (Germany) - $87,327 Chris Oliver came mighty close to winning that title but lost out heads-up to the first-time winner from Hungary, ‘kZhh’, who also took down the 2021 PokerStars SCOOP Main Event for over $878,000. Oliver, a former worldwide #1-ranked online player who took down the WCOOP $1k PKO Event back in 2019, will have been disappointed not to get over the line, but he was in great company in doing so. Adrian Mateos can claim to have had it harder than most, although it’s only down to his own skill that the Spaniard might have found the final table tougher than the others, as he was also playing the WSOP $25,000-entry event on the same day. Polish superstar Dzmitry Urbanovich claimed his latest major title under his online pseudonym ‘Colisea’ as he bagged Event #32-H ($1,050 NLHE) for a top prize of $77,614. Pipping last year's WSOP Main Event winner Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to the title, Urbanovich, the former partypoker pro who left his pro team back in June, also outlasted ‘Piggysnipz’, who came in third for $43,587. Urbanovich has enjoyed a hugely successful last few years, and while he is known as a top professional in the live arena, this latest online victory will have reminded players and fans of just how good he is no matter where he shuffles up. In Event 33-H ($530 8-Max PKO Freezeout), Manuel ‘fellatiado’ Ruivo took the title, winning $30,528 in bounties and the $44,791 top prize, edging out ‘Mr.LuckyMan88’ (second for over $57,00 in total) and 'gabsdrogba’, who banked over - $38,000 for reaching the podium. Plenty of other events took place over Monday and Tuesday, with Event #35-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO 6-Max) won by ‘cmontopdeck’ for $62,020, beating Richard 'raconteur' Gryko into second place for $47,206. Gryko, who won $107,761 for another WCOOP runner-up result in September last year, will be distraught to have taken silver yet again. Elsewhere, former Sunday Million winner Mantas ‘bagoch’ Bagočius won Event #38-H ($2,100 6-Max PKO) to grab over $125,000, a massive proportion of the $646,000 prize pool spread out over 323 entries. This win may not quite have reached the heights of that $168,883 Sunday Million win back in 2015, but it was another major event. Few players being able to claim they have won both a WCOOP and the ‘Milly’. The Sunday Million winner this week was also the WCOOP Event #34-H winner, of course, with ‘MrHyde97’ winning the $245,066 top prize, edging out ‘THE MOVER 92’ heads-up. In the other high events, Parker Talbot won $12,880 in Event #39-H ($1,050 Razz 8-Max), falling just short of the title in third place. Event #40-H ($1,050 7-Max Freezeout) saw Joao Vieira claim yet another massive win as he outlasted ‘WhatIfGod’ to win the $64,680 top prize, with ‘ThePateychuk’ coming in third. Finally, in Event #41-H ($2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 6-Max) it was the turn of ‘Assad91’ to get the better of all their opponents, with the top prize of $36,819 claimed by the Argentinian. It was a British duo who made the other two places on the podium as Luke Schwartz won $23,531 in second place and Patrick Leonard came third for $15,038. In low and medium events, there were wins for ‘stepibakins’ (Event #33-L), ‘Baca4b’ (Event #33-M), ‘Perrymejsen’ (Event #34-M), ‘anti-durrr’ (Event #35-L), ‘shrekpoker91’ (Event #35-M), ‘Durabo’ (Event #36-L), ‘$uperdecay’ (Event #36-M), ‘anth0nypappa’ (Event #37-L), ‘0PIGGYBANK’ (Event #37-M), ‘Gladi3’ (Event #38-L), ‘piton4479’ (Event #38-M), ‘DoePopoe’ (Event #39-L), ‘Jindujun0805’ (Event #39-M), ‘Hackysack27’ (Event #40-L), ‘PPthegod90’ (Event #40-M), ‘Mattuttes’ (Event #41-L) and ‘vpisjak’ (Event #41-M). High Events: Event #32 (High) $1,050 NLHE Prizepool: $431,000 Entries: 431 ‘Colisea’ - $77,614 ‘pampa27’ - $58,163 ‘Piggysnipz’ - $43,587 Event #33 (High) $530 8-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: 678,500 Entries: 1,357 ‘fellatiado’ - $30,528 (Bounties) $44,791 (Prize) ‘Mr.LuckyMan88’ - $13,758 (Bounties) $44,790 (Prize) ‘gabsdrogba - $11,707 (Bounties) $26,600 (Prize) Event #34 (High) $25,000 NLHE 8-Max Super High Roller Prize pool: $3,000,000 Entries: 16 ‘kZhh’ - $657,557 ‘ImDaNuts’ - $509,469 ‘spaise411’ - $394,732 Event #35 (High) $2,100 5-Card PLO 6-Max Prize pool: $306,000 Entries: 153 ‘cmontopdeck’ - $62,020 ‘raconteur’ - $47,206 ‘jokkee_apart’ - $35,930 Event #38 (High) $2,100 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $646,000 Entries: 323 ‘bagoch’ - $73,593 (Bounties) $52,291 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $12,421 (Bounties) $52,291 (Prize) ‘$()meb()dY’ - $9,718 (Bounties) $32,081 (Prize) Event #39 (High) $1,050 Razz 8-Max Prizepool: $92,000 Entries: 92 ‘_sennj_’ - $25,070 ‘Daenarys T’ - $17,020 ‘tonkaaaa’ - $12,880 Event #40 (High) $1,050 7-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $308,000 Entries: 308 ‘Naza114’ - $64,680 ‘WhatIfGod’ - $46,200 ‘ThePateychuk’ - $32,340 Event #41 (High) $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 6-Max Prizepool: $85,000 Entries: 40 ‘Assad91’ - $36,819 ‘Ib6121’ - $23,531 ‘pads1161’ - $15,038
  12. The opening day of the 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker was a busy one with seven events and 21 total tournaments in action, but just three players finished Sunday's action with a WCOOP title. All three buy-in levels of Event #7 played down to a champion with a player from the Netherlands walking away as the big winner. 'nmi128' beat out 970 other players to win Event #7-H ($530 Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) for $34,375.17 and another $44,666.91 worth of bounties. It was their first WCOOP title. Brazilian players have been dominating the World Series of Poker Online and came oh-so-close to kicking off the WCOOP schedule with a title but 'Jâmes' fell one spot short and had to settle for the silver medal and $34,374.61 and another $6,620.11 from bounties. Third place went to Anthony Spinella for $20,844.26 with another $4,568.36 coming from bounties. The $485,500 prize pool easily beat the $400,000 guarantee. The Ukraine's 'gunnersfun' took home Event #7-M ($55 Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) and took home $18,840.69 from the prize pool and secured another $8,876.65 in bounties. The most high-profile player at the final table was undoubtedly Team PokerStars Team Pro Online member Arlie Shaban. Despite missing out on a podium finish, Shaban was excited to kick off WCOOP with a strong performance. In Event #7-L ($5.50 Mini Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout), 'goodday2211' had a great day, beating 10,814 other players to win $2,981.69 and another $1,107.76 in bounties. Monday promises to be a much busier day with six events and 18 tournaments playing down to a winner. WCOOP Event #7 (High): $530 Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 971 Prize pool: $485,500 nmi128 - $34,375.17 + $44,666.91 in bounties Jâmes - $34,374.61 + $6,620.11 in bounties Anthony 'holdplz' Spinella - $20,844.26 + $4,568.36 in bounties WCOOP Event #7 (Medium): $55 Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 6,212 Prize pool: $$310,600 gunnersfun - $18,840.69 + $8,876.65 in bounties lucasfranque - $18,837.50 + $5,554.58 in bounties mark188193 - $11,034.76 + $969.20 in bounties WCOOP Event #7 (Low): $5.50 Mini Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 10,815 Prize pool: $52.993.50 goodday2211 - $2,981.69 + $1,107.76 in bounties disneyyman - $2,972.58 + $507.57 in bounties dario.boss27 - $1,763.70 + $391.07 in bounties
  13. There were literally dozens of winners who claimed big money over the past few days as the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker entered September in style. With big winners in the high-ticket events, combined with even more winners at low and medium levels, the latest round of WCOOP events threw some top-quality poker at fans around the world. In Event #42-H, the $5,200 NLHE Championship, Elliott Peterman won the top prize of $146,932 and in doing so, claimed his first-ever WCOOP title. With a modest amount of overlay, it was Peterman who took maximum advantage, getting the better of a stacked final table. There were 136 total entries in the event, including players like former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth (9th for $20,153), Anatoly Filatov (8th for $24,481), and Russian player ‘CrazyLissy’ (6th for $40,851) all of whom busted in the early levels of the final table. Heading into the business end of the event, some multiple winners of WCOOPs past were waiting to battle with Peterman in the shape of Sam ‘Str8$$$Homey’ Greenwood and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich to name just two. As it happened, both men would miss out on heads-up, but the competition was no less intense for the eventual winner, with Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic unlucky to bust in second place for $113,745. There was another big winner in a $5,200-entry event in Event #53-H, the $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller, as British pro Simon Higgins, a.k.a. ‘simon1471’, took the WCOOP title for $127,846. Higgins had to see off 106 opponents in the event, with players such as Greenwood, Conor Beresford, Ami Barer, Fabiano Kovalski, Joao Vieira, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Oliver, Lex Veldhuis, and former #1 Niklas Astedt all heading to the rail outside the 11 money places. Patrick Leonard snuck into the money in 10th place for $15,433, while Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished in 6th place for $34,104. At the top end of the payouts, Higgins may have taken the top prize, but ‘mnstrkll’ ran all the way to second place for $98,155, with ‘Tomatee’ winning $75,369. Elsewhere, the Team PokerStars players had a great day at the felt playing Badugi. No less than four of the Red Spade team scored, with Georgina ‘GJReggie’ James, Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, Tom ‘MajinBoob’ Hayward, and Mason ‘Pye_Face21’ Pye all making the money. The end of the week saw plenty of winners at low and medium levels, with ‘raiseeeeeeeeeee’ (Event #43-L), ‘FabioC.p.br’ (Event #43-M), ‘Dziubinko’ (Event #44-L), ‘Tudlenudle’ (Event #44-M), ‘olibullrider’ (Event #45-L), ‘Nelepo10’ (Event #45-M), ‘The TJS’ (Event #46-L), ‘jp_legacy’ (Event #46-M), ‘Extra-Lost’ (Event #47-L), ‘LaliTournier’ (Event #47-M), ‘Sick-Bluff’ (Event #48-L), ‘pucho2100’ (Event #48-M), ‘torsilov’ (Event #50-L), ‘RunGodlike’ (Event #50-M), ‘Ostlyngen193’ (Event #53-L), ‘Sw33ney’ (Event #53-M), ‘Twiggie1990’ (Event #54-L), ‘n1ceAK’ (Event #54-M) all winning WCOOP titles they’ll treasure for a long time. High Event Results: Event #42 (High) $5,200 NLHE Prizepool: $700,000 Entries: 136 1. 'elliottpet' - $146,931 2. 'SmilleThHero - $113,744 3. Str8$$$$Homey - $88,053.91 Event #43 (High) $2,100 PLO8 6-Max Prizepool: $266,000 Entries: 133 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $55,834 ‘shhharp’ - $42,916 ‘BodogAri’ - $32,987 Event #44 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $464,500 Entries: 929 ‘joker180785’ - $35,556 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘offQbert45’ - $4,873 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘rafitia’ - $6,015 (Bounties) $18,707 (Prize) Event #45 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: 833,000 Entries: 833 ‘Ebaaa11’ - $70,640 (Bounties) $60,669 (Prize) ‘Dannyz0r’ - $8,167 (Bounties) $60,668 (Prize) ‘MAMOHT_T’ - $2,148 (Bounties) $37,659 (Prize) Event #46 (High) $1,050 FL Badugi 6-Max Prizepool: $53,000 Entries: 53 1. ‘Camilancefieldg’ - $18,632 2. ‘donthnrmepls’ - $12,340 3. ‘Muka82’ - $8,173 Event #48 (High) $530 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $250,000 Entries: 494 ‘davideriksso’ - $44,358 ‘marthijn_own’ - $31,683 ‘FutureofMe’ - $22,630 Event #50 (High) $530 NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $142,000 Entries: 284 ‘vincelis’ - $27,104 ‘PIPON777’ - $20,090 ‘mnstrkll’ - $14,892 Event #53 (High) $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller Prizepool: $535,000 Entries: 107 ‘simon1471’ - $127,846 ‘mnstrkll’ - $98,155 ‘Tomatee’ - $75,359 Event #54 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $320,000 Entries: 320 ‘drogba060193’ - $44,386 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘karimmae’ - $7,593 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘oriente1’ - $7,964 (Bounties) $16,939 (Prize)
  14. The latest raft of PokerStars 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events featured a host of high-profile online pros take home titles as Finland's Samuel "€urop€an' Vousden joined Team PokerStars Pros Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg and Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot in claiming victories. The action was terrific across the board in Low, Medium, and High events the past few days on the PokerStars felt, not least in Event 73-H ($1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO), where 629 entries created a massive $629,000 prize pool, the biggest prize from which was won by recent WSOP gold bracelet winner ‘€urop€an’ - a.k.a. Finnish poker legend Samuel Vousden. Vousden has over $9.7 million in career online winnings and has ranked as high as #3 in the world as recently as 2018. A regular in events such as GGPoker’s weekly $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$, where Vousden finished as runner-up last week, there is sure to be more massive results to come from one of the most consistent performers in online poker. Elsewhere in the event, Russian player ‘CrazyLissy’ finished in third place, while other behemoths of the high roller circuit, Niklas Astedt (14th for a total prize of $4,688) and Diego Ventura, (21st for $3,997) also made the money. In Event #75-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max Midweek Freeze), Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot took the WCOOP title after outlasting 90 other players to grab over 20% of the $455,000 prize pool for a top prize worth $108,729. Getting the better of Ramiro ‘ramastar88’ Petrone heads-up, Talbot also made it past players such as ‘CrazyLissy’ and former #1-ranked Chris Oliver, both of whom narrowly missed the money, as well as Patrick Leonard ($23,162) and Fabiano Kovalski ($17,900), both of made profit. Talbot’s first victory as a Team PokerStars Pro comes a year after his first WCOOP win. Finally, Ben Spragg celebrated his recent marriage to fellow Twitch legend Marle...Spragg with yet another title in Event #83-H, the $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout. With a healthy prize pool of $343,000. ‘Spraggy’ broadcast the victory on his Twitch channel as he edged out Hungary's top-ranked pro ‘Wildace_hun’ heads-up, with players such as the aforementioned Patrick Leonard along with Brazilians Kovalski and Pedro Padilha all making it through the money bubble to claim bounties and a place prize. Here’s how Spraggy announced the news to his thousands of Twitter followers. https://twitter.com/spraggy/status/1436144486271365124 In low and medium events, there were plenty of big names buried among the first-time winners, as well as one player, ‘Fisherman FV’ taking home two titles. Winning WCOOPs were the following players: ‘Lystig’ (Event#67-L), ‘tubatalevski’ (Event#67-M), ‘anelka79’ (Event#68-L), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event#68-M), ‘S.GabrielR’ (Event#69-L), ‘2outerjames’ (Event#69-M), ‘omaha4lol’s’ (Event#70-L), ‘Supermassa1’ (Event#70-M), ‘Popiedejopie’ (Event#71-L), ‘sousinha23’ (Event#71-M), ‘Mulatin181’ (Event#72-L), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event#72-M), ‘SAFADA1’ (Event#73-L), ‘atredezini’ (Event#73-M), ‘PippoHDX’ (Event#74-L), ‘Scarmak3r’ (Event#74-M), ‘MAIRONFO’ (Event#75-L), ‘SmilleThHero’ (Event#75-M), ‘borygo’ (Event#76-L), ‘thomber26’ (Event#76-M), ‘DonDwan’ (Event#77-L), ‘yagrebulave’ (Event#77-M), ‘marcelr0x’ (Event#79-L), ‘DonVIPoker’ (Event#79-M), ‘phlowzen’ (Event#82-L), ‘Giant_Santos’ (Event#82-M), ‘JefersonBonfim’ (Event#83-L) and ‘boss_bobo’ (Event#83-M). High Event Results: Event #67 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $874,000 Entries: 874 ‘elliottpet’ - $64,116 (Bounties) $63,655 (Prize) ‘Fukuruku’ - $5,921 (Bounties) $63,654 (Prize) ‘iLcAmello’ - $14,375 (Bounties) $39,512 (Prize) Event #68 (High) $530 Mixed NLHE/PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $161,000 Entries: 322 ‘mrAndreeew’ - $30,166 ‘wizowizo’ - $21,963 ‘beastishngry’ - $15,991 Event #69 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max Prizepool: $389,500 Entries: 779 ‘FutureofMe’ - $68,766 ‘Luciano S.H’ - $48,636 ‘SOUFODAMS’ - $33,294 Event #70 (High) $530 PLO8 6-Max Prizepool: $162,500 Entries: 325 ‘Arttyomka’ - $30,447 ‘bedias’ - $22,167 ‘Fabahaba’ - $16,140 Event #71 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday SE Prizepool: $738,000 Entries: 369 ‘gnetaren’ - $134,907 ‘hellzito’ - $101,614 ‘NL_Profit’ - $76,537 Event #72 (High) $1,050 Stud 8-Max Prizepool: $75,000 Entries: 71 ‘YordanPetrov’ - $17,454 ‘mistere3’ - $16,858 ‘guilherme’ - $10,500 Event #73 (High) $1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $629,000 Entries: 629 ‘€urop€an’ - $35,164 (Bounties) $46,248 ‘Sajanas23’ - $24,476 (Bounties) $46,247 ‘CrazyLissy’ - $4,519 (Bounties) $27,267 Event #74 (High) $530 NL 6+ Hold‘em 6-Max Prizepool: $67,500 Entries: 135 ‘kurzatvvarz’ - $14,168 ‘FONBET_RULIT’ - $10,890 ‘RunGodlike’ - $8,370 Event #75 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Midweek Freeze Prizepool: $455,000 Entries: 91 ‘tonkaaaa’ - $108,729 ‘ramastar88’ - $84,027 ‘Camilancefieldg’ - $64,937 Event #76 (High) $2,100 5-Card NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $276,000 Entries: 138 ‘kubapol1990’ - $52,106 ‘bokkie87’ - $50,356 ‘gangstachel9’ - $34,227 Event #77 (High) $1,050 NLHE 4-Max Turbo Prizepool: $295,000 Entries: 295 ‘LordTBird’ - $55,721 ‘kZhh’ - $37,590 ‘luckyfish89’ $25,358 Event #82 (High) $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Prizepool: $422,000 Entries: 211 ‘Lrslzk’ - $82,808 ‘zerodeda’ - $63,576 ‘Zurgok’ - $48,810 Event #83 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $343,000 Entries: 343 ‘Spraggy’ - $37,484 (Bounties) $30,484 (Prize) ‘Wildace_hun’ $13,437 (Bounties) $30,484 (Prize) ‘Killer_ooooo’ $3,203 (Bounties) $17,793 (Prize)
  15. Current worldwide #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski and UK high roller Talal Shakerchi were among the high-profile winners in the latest batch of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker events. In Dzivielevski's case, he did it twice. In what was a dramatic first win of the week, representing Dzivielevski’s sixth career WCOOP title, the Brazilian got the better of an online poker legend in the form of Dutch master Lex Veldhuis. The $10,300-entry No Limit Hold’em Event #80-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO) saw the brilliant Brazilian get the better of Veldhuis to the tune of $265,918 in total prizes. It was a ding-dong battle at the end of an exciting final table, with other big names to fall late including Teun Mulder (9th for $40,126), former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth (8th for $56,705), Niklas Astedt (6th for $35,081), and Christian Rudolph (3rd for $83,866). The result might have been tough for Veldhuis to take, but the money wasn’t, with the Dutch destroyer recording his biggest ever online result in multi-table tournaments, taking home a total prize fund (bounties and placement) of $172,793. Veldhuis dominated much of the final table, eliminating many players, but heads-up was one-way traffic until a seismic pre-flop raising war that ended when Veldhuis’ ace-queen couldn’t get there against Dzivielevski’s ace-king. After the event, Dzivielevski shared news of his win online as he celebrated on Twitter. https://twitter.com/YuriNerdguy/status/1436781189029892097 It was only a few events later that Dzivielevski made it two wins and this time, it was against a fellow countryman in Pedro Garagnani. Event #88-H ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO) saw Dzivielevski triumph for a top prize of $83,249 as he topped the 190 entries to reign supreme. Elsewhere in the event, as well as Garagnani (2nd for $35,593) and Bruno ‘great dant’ Volkmann (3rd for $36,596), there were cashes for players such as Veldhuis (22nd for $4,562), Chris Oliver (6th for $11,848), and Talal Shakerchi (5th for $14,502). https://twitter.com/YuriNerdguy/status/1436852918536318977 Shakerchi would get some revenge on the high roller set when he took down Event #86-H ($1,050 NL08 6-Max) for $36,101 of the $181,000 prize pool. Heads-up, Shakerchi got the better of ‘1bloodflood’ who won $27,288 and also outlasted ‘FONBET_RULIT’ who finished third for $20,627. There were dozens of WCOOP winners in low and medium events, with the following players winning titles: ‘I_RaisyDaizy_I’ (Event #84-L), ‘Regis R69’ (Event #84-M), ‘tchozen666’ (Event #85-L), ‘Klyukvenniy’ (Event #85-M), ‘tratata44’ (Event #86-L), ‘dLaNiii’ (Event #86-M), ‘Capirov’ (Event #87-L), ‘sprint9410’ (Event #87-M), ‘Loke3011’ (Event #88-L), ‘ich_b1n_du’ (Event #88-M), ‘PhilKin9216’ (Event #89-L), ‘Mikel Unanue’ (Event #89-M), ‘Garos27’ (Event #90-L), ‘soulmekki’ (Event #90-M), ‘gjwanke’ (Event #93-L), ‘pacyff80’ (Event #93-M), ‘Valeron12344’ (Event #96-L), ‘sweetmike79’ (Event #96-M). High Event Winners: Event #80 (High) $10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $1,060,000 Entries: 106 ‘theNERDguy’ - $157,968 (Bounties) $107,949 ‘L. Veldhuis’ - $64,843 (Bounties) $107,948 ‘WATnlos’ - $11,875 (Bounties) $71,991 Event #84 (High) $1,050 NLHE Deep Stack Freezeout Prizepool: $253,000 Entries: 253 ‘Leqenden’ - $48,648 ‘NeedBeat’ - $36,893 ‘XxJoaoFeraX’ - $27,978 Event #85 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $622,000 Entries: 311 ‘$()meb()dY’ - $58,546 (Bounties) $51,199 (Prize) ‘t4t0PAGAU’ - $22,531 (Bounties) $51,198 (Prize) ‘gnetaren’ - $3,687 (Bounties) $32,926 (Prize) Event #86 (High) $1,050 NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $181,000 Entries: 181 ‘raidalot’ - $36,101 ‘1bloodflood’ - $27,288 ‘FONBET_RULIT’ - $20,627 Event #87 (High) $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Prizepool: $318,000 Entries: 318 ‘tinnoemulder’ - 59,582 ‘SELOUAN1991’ - $43,380 ‘Lackoo87gcb’ - $31,585 Event #88 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $380,000 Entries: 190 ‘theNERDguy’ - $49,781 (Bounties) $33,468 (Prize) ‘pvigar’ - $2,125 (Bounties) $33,468 (Prize) ‘great dant’ - $13,906 (Bounties) $22,690 Event #89 (High) $530 NLHE Prizepool: $658,500 Entries: 1,317 ‘DaniC19941893’ - $102,828 ‘moneyhowie’ - $74,649 ‘pabritz’ - $54,192 Event #90 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $1,226,000 Entries: 613 ‘Perrymejsen’ - $111,914 (Bounties) $92,596 (Prize) ‘0Human0’ $14,062 (Bounties) $92,595 (Prize) ‘gusmaa’ - $24,632 (Bounties) $57,150 (Prize) Event #93 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $682,000 Entries: 682 ‘josef_shvejk’ - $71,320 (Bounties) $52,553 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $16,855 (Bounties) $52,553 (Prize) ‘TheGrinderØ’ - $11,890 (Bounties) $29,803 (Prize) Event #96 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $324,000 Entries: 324 ‘hellzito’ - $60,213 ‘Pimmss’ - $45,426 ‘peceli’ - $34,271
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  17. It was another signpost day for Brazilian poker over the past couple of days as two more big PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker wins for Brazilian players Bruno Volkmann and Pablo Brito Silva headlined the action. With a raft of results across the summer of WSOP action, it’s no surprise that Brazil has been well represented at the virtual felt in PokerStars’ flagship online poker festival. The latest winner was Bruno Volkmann, who earned his third WCOOP title in Event #63 (High), the $10,300-entry PKO High Roller for $331,495. Volkmann outlasted a stacked final table featuring some of the world’s best poker players, including German player Christian Rudolph, who finished as runner-up, and Canadian Sam Greenwood, who finished third during a period of play at the conclusion of the event where each man of the three held the lead for separate periods of time. With 123 entries overall and a $1.2 million prize pool, one of the biggest WCOOP events of the series saw players such as Talal Shakerchi, Adrian Mateos and Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski reach the final table as Volkmann rode out the rollercoaster of ffinal table play to claim a memorable victory. WCOOP Event #63 ($10,300-entry PKO High Roller) Final Table Results Bruno Volkmann - $331,495 Christian Rudolph - $203,683 Sam Greenwood Canada $112,483 Arsenii 'hello_totti' Malinov - $81,446 Talal Shakerchi - $71,077 Patrick Brooks - $53,262 Wiktor Malinowski - $48,536 Alexandros Theologis - $25,093 Adrian Mateos - $37,277 [caption id="attachment_636140" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Pablo Brito Silva won a WCOOP after taking down a Deep Stack event on PokerStars[/caption] It was Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva, who won another Brazilian WCOOP title as he took down the 55th event of WCOOP 2021, the $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack for $62,901. Brita outlasted another great field, with 156 entries contributing to a $312,000 prize pool, including legends of the felt such as Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, and Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard, all of whom made the money. In low and medium events, there were plenty more big winners, including Chris Moorman, who claimed a medium WCOOP win to add to his already stellar reputation. In the events between Sunday and Tuesday, ‘danielskruks’ (Event #55-L), ‘Silden4filho’ (Event #55-M), ‘YELLAMAN50’ (Event #56-L), ‘smmathi’ (Event #56-M), ‘hit-shev’ (Event #57-L), ‘persh600’ (Event #57-M), ‘maaitee’ (Event #58-L), ‘Gerkyha’ (Event #58-M), ‘mirka2007’ (Event #59-L), Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman (Event #59-M), ‘tangananator’ (Event #60-L), ‘Pablos701’ (Event #60-M), ‘Garf GFGF’ (Event #61-L), ‘karach0909’ (Event #61-M), ‘MagnatG’ (Event #62-L), ‘SSSMBRFC2/C’ (Event #62-M), ‘ZORG’ (Event #64-L), ‘Kraskata85’ (Event #64-M), ‘Taufner 22’ (Event #65-L), ‘blakerr’ (Event #65-M), ‘Paradise_a1’ (Event #66-L), ‘Pippooo28’ (Event #66-M) all took down WCOOP titles. High Event Results: Event #55 (High) $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack Prizepool: $312,000 Entries: 156 ‘pabritz’ - $62,901 ‘probirs’ - $48,970 ‘bar-bar9999’ - $38,124 Event #56 (High) $1,050 PLO 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $266,000 Entries: 266 ‘vincientvega’ - $28,417 (Bounties) $22,102 (Prize) ‘MikeDannnn’ - $6,992 (Bounties) $22,102 (Prize) ‘IneedMassari’ $10,832 (Bounties) $13,948 (Prize) Event #57 (High) $530 NLHE 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $589,000 Entries: 1,178 ‘Graftekkel’ - $37,117 (Bounties) $39,803 (Prize) ‘tua133’ - $8,873 (Bounties) $39,802 (Prize) ‘Virgilik’ $6,478 (Bounties) $23,024 (Prize) Event #58 (High) $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw Prizepool: $46,000 Entries: 46 ‘Premove’ - $18,048 ‘calvin7v’ - $11,820 ‘Chilliolini’ - $7,741 Event #59 (High) $1,050 NLHE 4-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $273,000 Entries: 273 ‘Naza114’ $19,595 (Bounties) $21,742 (Prize) ‘zerodeda’ $13,095 (Bounties) $21,742 (Prize) ‘daltonhb’ $8,757 (Bounties) $11,603 (Prize) Event #60 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Prizepool: $344,000 Entries: 172 ‘RPILON’ - $69,352 ‘ludako123’ - $53,992 ‘SsicK_OnE’ - $42,034 Event #61 (High) $530 NLHE PKO Prizepool: $577,000 Entries: 1,154 ‘Lackoo87gcb’ - $34,265 (Bounties) $39,719 (Prize) ‘AlexGelinski’ - $13,675 (Bounties) $39,718 (Prize) ‘Totocasalini69’ - $6,908 (Bounties) $24,261 (Prize) Event #62 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm Up Prizepool: $692,000 Entries: 346 ‘tohazz’ - $128,604 ‘Kohlrabi7’ - $97,022 ‘cocojamb0’ $73,196 Event #63 (High) $10,300 8-Max PKO High Roller Prizepool: $1,230,000 Entries: 123 ‘great dant’ - $211,875 (Bounties) $119,620 ‘WATnlos’ - $84,062 (Bounties) $119,620 ‘Str8$$$Homey’ - $31,562 (Bounties) $80,920 (Prize) Event #64 (High) $5,200 PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $525,000 Entries: 105 ‘jedimaster82’ - $125,457 ‘dantegoyaF’ - $96,320 ‘3DTemujiN’ - $73,950 Event #65 (High) $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $404,000 Entries: 202 ‘CPUrul0r’ - $79,276 ‘MAMOHT_T’ - $60,864 ‘Bomber&Granater’ - $46,728 Event #66 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $525,500 Entries: 1,051 ‘HITRII999’ - $26,810 (Bounties) $36,093 (Prize) ‘Machadad RS’ - $13,050 (Bounties) $36,092 (Prize) ‘’lasagnaaammm’ $10,259 (Bounties) $20,465 (Prize)
  18. The 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker concluded as Russian online pro ‘CrazyLissy’ bested Pascal Lefrancois in heads-up play at the end of the $10M guaranteed Main Event (High) to take home the $1,499,942 top prize. Plenty of big names took to the felt for the final table of Event 91-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max WCOOP Main Event), including online legend Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger and Stevan ‘random_chu’ Chew, who went into the action with the chip lead. While Chew could approach the battle with more expectation than hope, the same could not be said for Loeliger, who busted early in seventh place for $196,792. Tyler Jardine was the first player out for $99,997 as commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton entertained fans on the PokerStars Twitch channel. He was followed from the felt by ‘necgaidziai’, with Loeliger out next. The final six players were that much closer to the top prize, but Markus Prinz soon busted, with bottom pair no good against Chew’s straight draw which came in on the turn. After Argentinian player Marco Zevola left in fifth for $387,284, ‘Rebel FishAK’ was eliminated by ‘CrazyLissy’ as the Russian began their assault on the title with pocket jacks holding against their opponent’s ace-ten. At that stage, ‘CrazyLissy’ had just 87 million chips, well below Chew on 230 million and Canadian Pascal Lefrancois on 110 million, but the elimination of ‘RebelFishAK’ changed everything. Soon after that hand, the stacks were almost even as three-handed, chew lost his chance of victory. He lost his final 122 million chips with pocket fives when Lefrancois called the shove with pocket eights and held on. Heads-up looked favorable for the Canadian, and after some early momentum for him, the former WSOP final table player had better than a 3:1 chip lead. He couldn’t make it last, however, as ‘CrazyLissy’ continued to play back at him and with the stacks close to level in Lefrancois’ favor, won the pivotal hand for almost all the chips. All-in with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"], Lefrancois was called by ‘CrazyLissy’ with [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"] pre-flop for a massive pot of 485 million chips, with just five million staying in front of the Canadian. The flop of [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ts"] was a dramatic one, giving the Russian a set of tens but Lefrancois a Broadway straight draw. The turn of [poker card="5d"] and river of [poker card="2s"] were as uneventful as ‘CrazyLissy’ would have hoped for, however, and the title belonged to them, Lefrancois cashing for $1,069,210 for being runner-up. ‘CrazyLissy’ won the $1,499,942 top prize and one of the most fabled online poker titles that are out there to be won, their second title after winning their first WCOOP back in 2019. 2021 PokerStars WCOOP $5,200 Main Event Final Table Results: ‘CrazyLissy’ - $1,499,942 Pascal ‘Pass_72’ Lefrancois - $1,069,210 Stevan ‘random_chu’ Chew - $762,169 ‘Rebel FishAK’ - $543,301 Marco ‘marcozevola5’ Zevola - $387,284 Markus ‘playboy99999’ Prinz - $276,069 Linus ‘LLinusLove’ Loeliger - $196,792 ‘necgaidziai’ - $140,180 Tyler ‘Juicy_J_93’ Jardine - $99,997 Low and Medium events were very popular over the concluding couple of days, with the following players winning titles: ‘pagan_junior’ (Event #91-L), ‘festen x’ (Event #91-M), ‘mime123’ (Event #92-L), ‘Nlzkm9’ (Event #92-M), ‘pardalnegro’ (Event #94-L), ‘batataxpp’ (Event #94-M), ‘GRAPEL3SS’ (Event #95-L), ‘roo_400’ (Event #95-M), ‘Valeron12344’ (Event #96-L), ‘sweetmike79’ (Event #96-M), ‘FlaviOx00’ (Event #97-L), ‘Hendurr’ (Event #97-M), ‘123wisdomtree’ (Event #98-L), ‘FAL1st’ (Event #98-M), ‘IHELPMEI’ (Event #99-L), ‘Kzzon’ (Event #99-M), ‘Znaso’ (Event #100-L), ‘BowieEffect’ (Event #100-M), ‘Don’tCryM8’ (Event #101-L), ‘URMYLeNoR’ (Event #101-M), ‘parinio77’ (Event #102-L), ‘alexxt7’ (Event #102-M). High Event Results: Event #91 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max WCOOP Main Event Prizepool: $10,000,000 Entries: 1,965 ‘CrazyLissy’ - $1,499,942 ‘Pass_72’ - $1,069,210 ‘random_chu’ - $762,169 Event #92 (High) $10,300 PLO Main Event 6-Max Prizepool: $1,470,000 Entries: 147 ‘probirs' - $308,556 ‘AlexKP’ - $237,169 ‘Ben_Apart’ - $182,298 Event #94 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Series Saver Prizepool: $1,516,000 Entries: 1,516 ‘LaliTournier’ - $83,366 (Bounties) $99,228 ‘darkziv’ - $16,629 (Bounties) $99,227 ‘C. Darwin2’ $24,518 (Bounties) $59,330 Event #95 (High) $530 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $332,000 Entries: $664 ‘Pwndidi’ - $56,520 ‘Ant1K1lller’ - $41,390 ‘FutureofMe’ - $30,310 Event #97 (High) - $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday Prizepool: $600,000 Entries: 300 ‘Tydarax’ - $103,384* ‘I’MalliN.3lli’ - $94,168* ‘phounderAA’ - $63,523 *denotes heads-up deal Event #98 (High) - $1,050 NL 6+ Hold‘em Prizepool: $106,000 Entries: 106 ‘kurzatvvarz’ - $25,330 ‘SantaZzz’ - $19,447 ‘OLD TIME GIN’ - $14,930 Event #99 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $476,000 Entries: 476 ‘utreg’ - $44,074 (Bounties) $36,778 (Prize) ‘22ehnutzz’ - $6,226 (Bounties) $36,778 (Prize) ‘lildani9’ - $2,578 (Bounties) $23,155 (Prize) Event #100 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Final Freeze Prizepool: $650,000 Entries: 130 ‘gusmaa’ - $142,470 ‘papan9_p$’ - $110,385 ‘kenny05’ - $85,525 Event #101 (High) $1,050 PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $253,000 Entries: 253 ‘beastinhngry’ - $48,886 ‘Grekzorba’ - $36,345 ‘phounderAA’ - $27,021 Event #102 (High) $1,050 NLE 7-Max Hyper-Turbo PKO Prizepool: $375,868 Entries: 370 ‘lelijk22’ - $15,071 (Bounties) $33,927 (Prize) ‘Olegent’ - $10,508 (Bounties) $33,926 (Prize) ‘!Mp!yavv’ - $19,267 (Bounties) $19,802 (Prize)
  19. Brazilian domination over PocketFives Online Player of the Month honors continued in July as current worldwide #6-ranked Renan Carlos Bruschi became the latest player from the poker powerhouse country to take home the title. Bruschi joins the likes of Brunno Botteon, Yuri Dzivielevski, Dalton Hobold, and Geraldo Cesar in the parade of Brazilians who have claimed the top spot in the monthly race. In July, Bruschi earned 3,251 leaderboard points, more than enough to keep second place Christopher ‘basile28’ Basile at bay by 116 points and eclipsing Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira by 396 points. Bruschi’s results were bolstered by a pair of high roller victories including his win in the July 11 edition of the PokerStars $1,050 Sunday HR for $32,055 and 398.75 points. Then, on July 21, he bested the 172-entry field of the GGPoker $1,050 High Rollers Super Tuesday for $39,526.48 and another 414.73 points. The pair of scores both made it into Bruschi’s top-20 career scores, but they weren’t the only five-figure cashes of his month. At the same time he was taking down the PokerStars High Roller Club, Bruschi finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for a score of more than $11,700. The very next day he continued his string of deep runs with another second-place finish in the GGPoker $1,050 Sunday High Rollers Heater for $12,382 and 194.04 points. By the end of the month, Bruschi recorded a total of 125 cashes for more than $242,000. This marks his second career monthly title, his first since 2015 and now he sits just $111,000 away from surpassing $7 million in total career earnings. it was also a mammoth month for current #1-ranked American grinder Christopher ‘basile28’ Basile who finished second in the Online Player of the Month race by grinding the World Series of Poker events on WSOP.com. In total, Basile had 59 results which earned him more than $266,000. While he wasn’t able to lock down a gold bracelet, he did pick up six five-figure scores including a career-high cash. On July 2, Basile fell just one place short of a bracelet when he finished as the runner-up in WSOP Bracelet Event #1 ($500 NLHE The BIG 500 Kickoff) for $64,935 and 500.13 points, which, at the time, was far and away the largest score of his online career. Days later, on July 7 he took down the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown for $17,835 and 247.39 points. Basile continued to accumulate scores but his largest of his month, and career-to-date, came on July 21 when he finished in fourth place in WSOP Bracelet Event #20 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $71,990 and 423.91 points. When all was said and done, Basile racked up 3,135 leaderboard points, soared past $1 million in total lifetime earnings, and climbed to a career-high worldwide ranking of #52 in the world. While Basile is just getting started when it comes to racking up big-time scores, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira - this month’s third-place finisher with 2,855 points - is a veteran in the game. With over $25 million in recorded lifetime earning, Vieira is currently sitting atop the Online All-Time Money List and spent the better part of July doing what he does best - grinding. Vieira posted 76 in-the-money finishes for a total of $244,784, the bulk of which came on July 5 when he finished as the runner-up to Damian Salas in the 589-entry field of the GGPoker $1,050 Sunday High Rollers Main Event for $86,179 and 506.34 points. He followed that up with another pair of five-figure scores including a fourth-place finish in the July 6 edition of the GGPoker $100K High Rollers Main Event for $17,950 and on July 19 he made the final table of the $1,050 Battle of Malta Sunday High Rollers for another $27,160. July Player of the Month Results [table id=258 /]
  20. The weekend’s 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events saw some of online poker's most notable names score big as the latest High events in the PokerStars online series took place. There were wins for players including South American poker crusher Diego Ventura, British high roller Talal Shakerchi, and Finnish online legend Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna, who moved into the top four of all-time WCOOP title winners. Plus, a near miss for long-time grinder, and author, Dara ‘Doke’ O’Kearney. The High events saw some of the biggest action of the weekend, with Event #26-H ($530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezeout) seeing Finnish player ‘mahmutt88’ taking the title and $53,840 top prize. It was Bulgarian player ‘Stoqnov303’ who finished second, beaten heads-up to take the $40,145 runner-up prize, with Canadian ‘Camilancefieldg’ claiming $29,934 for a podium finish. Brazilian player Pedro Garagnani, a recent big winner himself online, came fifth for $16,643. Dara ‘SlowDoke’ O’Kearney came fourth for $22,320 after qualifying for the tournament via a satellite, not a surprise for someone who has published a bestselling poker book on the subject, 2019’s Poker Satellite Strategy. https://twitter.com/daraokearney/status/1432196534746206216 As he told us after his weekend win, O’Kearney follows strict self-discipline on entering events of this level, despite his enormous success at the online felt. “I'm following conservative bankroll management these days with all the big series online, so for WCOOP anything above $215 I only play if I satellite in.” This stringent strategy led to a massive return on O’Kearney’s investment on Sunday. “I got into [the event] through the last deadline satellite - pro tip, those are always the softest. To be honest, I remember very little about Day 1 other than being pleasantly surprised that I got through with a decent stack as I was 12-tabling. For Day 2, I kept down to six tables to give it more focus which meant I even ended up skipping my favourite Sunday MTT, the Supernova on Unibet.” Day 2 was inevitably a tough field, as some of the best poker players around got down to the business end of bringing their A-games to battle for big money. “The field got noticeably tougher as it thinned out,” agrees O’Kearney. “I remember deciding I had to take thin edges given how tough the remaining field was. The first one I took, four-bet shoving ace-five suited on the final table bubble paid off, as I got there against pocket jacks. The bust-out was a similar spot, barely profitable, but this time my pocket deuces didn’t get there against pocket tens, but I have no regrets.” One of the biggest winners over the weekend was Peru’s finest poker player - at least in terms of live results - Diego Ventura. The Peruvian poker professional won Event #28-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO) for a total of $113,488 as the massive prize pool of $810,000 was shared out between just 103 players of the 810 entries. The top two chopped bar a dollar for the win, but Ventura’s incredible bounty total meant he won a lot more than ‘Spotzilla666’ in second place ($20,642 in bounties and a $58,993 runner-up prize) and ‘GamadGADOL’ ($7,273 in bounties and $36,619 for their third-place finish. Elsewhere in the event, five Brazilians cashed in the top 18 players, another amazing South American showing in a series that has been dominated by players from the continent. Event #27-H ($1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max) saw ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ win yet another WCOOP title for $32,834, with Lithuania’s ‘vincelis’ (2nd for $24,991) and Russian ‘recusant_89’ (3rd for $19,021) both coming close. Elsewhere in the event, recent PokerStars Team Pro addition Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot sneaked into the money in 18th place for $2,386. The event saw Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer miss out on the money by bubbling the event, having claimed the Event #21-M WCOOP title just last week. Event #29-H ($2,100 8-Game 6-Max) saw the incredible ‘calvin7v’ from Finland, a.k.a. Jussi Nevanlinna, win his fifth WCOOP title, putting him fourth on the list of all-time multiple WCOOP winners. The champion took the top prize of $40,486 from a prize pool of $150,000, with 68 yielding just nine paid places. ‘Fresh_oO_D’ came second for $30,264, with ‘spaise411’ finishing third for $22,623, while Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira snuck into the money by finishing ninth for $5,280. One of the biggest winners of the weekend was British player Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi, the high roller regular taking his second WCOOP title after winning Event #45 of the 2020 WCOOP series. Shakerchi, who won a SCOOP title way back in 2016 too, bossed Event #37-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller) for a top prize of $124,687 including bounties and place prizes combined. With a whopping $580,000 prize pool and 116 entries, ‘WushuTM’ won $42,187 in bounties and $56,406 as a place prize for coming second, with current #1-ranked Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski amassing over $55,000 in total winnings by finishing third. In the Event #30-H ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo) tournament, ‘WizardOffAz’ won the $63,304 top prize, with ‘Graftekkel’ (2nd for $49,284) and ‘YacuTTi’ (3rd for $38,369) both falling just short. With a massive $314,000 in the prize pool, 157 entries saw just 20 players cash with Sam ‘SamSquid’ Grafton (19th for $4,267) among them. Event #31-H ($1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO) saw 382 players topped by ‘_m0ney2_89’, who lived up to their name to win over $78,000 in prizes, while Event #36-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout) saw $457,000 in the prize pool claimed by some great players, with the winner, ‘Piggysnipz’ winning over $74,000 and the title. The weekend welcomed plenty of winners in low and medium events. WCOOP winners in those value events included ‘JohnnieD47’ (Event #26-L), ‘Venulaband’ (Event #26-M), ‘Maverick250’ (Event #27-L), ‘IExPlayI’ (Event #27-M), ‘iveydoagrest’ (Event #28-L), ‘makemevision’ (Event #28-M), ‘lukaschek.1’ (Event #29-L), ‘Loveles5’ (Event #29-M), ‘fiorikopke69’ (Event #30-L), ‘Manu8866’ (Event #30-M), ‘lucksomuch77’ (Event #31-L), ‘karbovski’ (Event #31-M), ‘Durabo’ (Event #36-L), $uperdecay (Event #36-M), ‘anth0nypappa’ (Event #37-L) and ‘“0PIGGYBANK”’ (Event #37-M). High Event Winners: Event #26 (High) $530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezout Prize pool $305,000 Entries: 610 ‘mahmuttt88’ - $53,840 ‘Stoqnov303’ - $40,145 ‘Camilancefieldg’ $29,934 Event #27 (High) $1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max Prize pool: $162,000 Entries: 162 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $32,834 ‘vincelis’ - $24,991 ‘recusant_89’ - $19,021 Event #28 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Prize pool: $810,000 Entries: 810 ‘Die_Ventura’ - $54,494 (Bounties) $58,994 (Prize) ‘Spotzilla666’ - $20,642 (Bounties) $58,993 (Prize) ‘GamadGADOL’ $7,273 (Bounties) $36,619 (Prize) Event #29 (High) $2,100 8-Game 6-Max Prize pool: $150,000 Entries: 68 ‘calvin7v’ - $40,486 ‘Fresh_oO_D’ - $30,264 ‘spaise411’ - 22,623 Event #30 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Prize pool: $314,000 Entries: 157 ‘WizardOffAz’ - $63,304 ‘Graftekkel’ - $49,284 ‘YacuTTi’ - $38,369 Event #31 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: 382,000 Entries: 382 ‘_m0ney2_89’ - $45,207 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘zerodeda’ - $6,218 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘pistecaloze’ $250 (Bounties) $19,816 (Prize) Event #36 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: 457,000 Entries: 457 ‘Piggysnipz’ $38,648 (Bounties) $35,700 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $22,085 (Bounties) $35,699 (Prize) ‘Proudflop’ - $22,626 (Prize only) Event #37 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller Prize pool: $580,000 Entries: 116 ‘raidalot’ - $68,281 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘WushuTM’ $42,187 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘theNERDguy’ $16,093 (Bounties) $38,157 (Prize)
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