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  1. Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. ‘hellohellohello’ - Russia For the better part of 2018, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ has not only been the #1-ranked player in the country but he has also been a perennial player in the worldwide Top 5. The Russian is currently sitting less than $500 shy of reaching the incredible milestone of $8 million in lifetime earnings and he continues to grind regularly. Even though he has been taking some days off after the large fall online series he has still managed to post up a pair of five-figure scores in October. His largest recent score came with his victory in the October 11 edition of the bwin.com Bounty Roller High Roller for $31,555 and 339.50 PLB points. He followed that up just over a week later with another outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $23,851 and another 352.14 PLB points. In addition to his October victories, back in September he pulled off back-to-back six-figure score and took home over $647,000 in that month alone. ‘hellohellohello’ is currently ranked #4 in the world. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao - Brazil partypoker Ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao is not only generally regarded as one of online poker’s best, but he is also currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Brazil. Like ‘hellohellohello’, Simao is closing in on $8 million in lifetime earnings and if he continues to keep grind as he has in October, he’ll likely get there by the end of the year. In October, to date, Simao has earned just over $97,000. His highlight score came in the October 21 edition of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller where he took second place for $42,875. It was his second five-figure score of the month. The former #1-ranked grinder is currently sitting at #16 in the world thanks in part to his massive month of September in which he picked up 15 PLB qualifying cashes, nine of which were for five-figures or more. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - Hungary Another player who has recently spent regular time in the top 10 is Hungary’s #1-ranked player Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth. Nemeth, the #7-ranked player in the world, is one of the few players in history to eclipse $9 million in lifetime earnings. Nemeth is a regular in the biggest online tournaments available having just made a final table appearance at the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars WCOOP-62-H High Roller, where he finished in sixth place for $201,804. He crushed the month of September, regularly cashing in both partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars' WCOOP festivals. In total, he cashed for roughly $650,000 and accrued 14 PLB qualifying scores. In addition to his WCOOP finish, he earned a POWERFEST title in Event-29-SHR where he took first for $177,935 and an even 1000 PLB points. Although Nemeth has been putting in low volume in the month of October, registering only six cashes to date, he already has two five-figure scores. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone - Canada After recently eclipsing over $5 million in lifetime earnings, Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone has become the current #1-ranked player in Canada. He recently posted a major six-figure score by taking down PokerStars WCOOP-45-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO) for $101,928 and over 730 PLB points. When many of the top flight poker pros were taking time off in the summer, Stone was grinding and racking up PLB qualified cashes helping him reach as high as #3 in the world. Since the end of the major fall online series, Stone has scaled down his volume and currently sits as the worldwide #13-ranked player. That’s not to say Stone is not battling it out online in the month of October. To date, he has posted 18 results for just over $17,000 including a runner-up finish in the October 2 edition of the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday for $8,323 and 158.07 PLB points. ‘Dattebayo’ - Austria Austria’s #1-ranked player is ‘Dattebayo’, a former top-10 ranked pro who is climbing back up the rankings. Back in 2012, ‘Dattebayo’ reached as high as #7 in the world, today he currently sits at #24. The Austrian is on the precipice of hitting $6.5 million in lifetime earnings, needing less than $20,000 to get there. One of his country’s true grinders, ‘Dattebayo’ put in work in the month of September. He started the month off strong when he bubbled the final table of the partypoker POWERFEST #3-SHR for $20,000 and 237.23 PLB points. Then he wrapped up the month with a second place finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Hight Roller for another $29,587 and 328.39 PLB points. He recorded over 50 cashes in the month for just over $145,000. It’s likely that ‘Dattebayo’ will hold down the top spot in Austria for quite some time as the next closest player to him in the country is over 3000 PLB points behind him.
  2. On a Sunday that saw the long-awaited $20m guaranteed partypoker MILLIONS Online tournament get underway, Alex 'bigfox86' Foxen, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth and Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot were among the day's big winners, with world ranked #1 'Lena900' making a PokerStars Sunday Million final table appearance. It was to be 'tikidiii' who held off the challenge from 'Lena900' and come through a heads-up battle with '4_VaNyA_4' to be crowned PokerStars Sunday Million champion, banking a staggering $163,574 in the process. The Sunday Million crossed the 6,000 entrants mark for the first time in a while as 6,058 buy-ins created a $1,211,600 prize pool. 'Diego Ventura' made his third Sunday Million final table appearance having previously finished in 7th and 3rd place, but this time around he was the first player to depart, taking away $9,621 in ninth place. The field was then whittled down to the final three with #1 ranked 'Lena900' looking for his first Sunday Million title. The Swede achieved a fourth-place finish in the SM back in 2014, but could only go one better this time, after he fell in third for $80,555. 'tikidiii' was then crowned the winner, over 14 hours since the tournament started, as '4_VaNyA_4' hit the rail with the silver medal for $114,788. Foxen outlasted 165 other players to win the PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic $43,058 - the second biggest online score of his career. The final table included Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, former #1-ranked 'eisenhower1', Adrijan 'Adrijan_S' Sinishtaj and eventual runner-up Felix 'th'Kick' Bleiker. 'pokerluka' went the distance in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller after a heads-up deal was agreed with 'bartek901'. 120 entrants created a $264,000 prize pool, and when the final table came together, it featured 'Lrslzk,' Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit and PokerStars Team Pro Igor Kurganov. Kurganov was the last of those to names to fall after he exited in fourth place for $25,654.78, and after 'T 54 T 97s' departed in third place for $33,162.88, the final two agreed to chop the remaining prize pool. 'pokerluka' then got the better of 'bartek901' heads-up and was left as the winner with $49,371.54. Hungary's #1 ranked player Andras 'probirs' Nemeth came through a 1,152 player field in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO to further enhance his reputation as one of the best online players in the world. Kelvin 'Kelvin_FP:AR' Kerber took the bronze medal for $25,177.99 + $6,249.88 in bounties before Nemeth faced a final battle against former WCOOP and SCOOP winner 'compris.' But Nemeth, who himself has three major SCOOP titles to his name, was able to dispose of his opponent, who walked away with $34,349.38 + $3,347.66, to claim the first-place prize of $46,862 + $42,808. Sweden's 'eijseijs' took down this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up title for $36,132.68 after a heads-up battle with 'fahim69'. The prize pool was set at $228,600 after 1,143 players all took their shot at the top prize. PocketFivers' 'barnaby10921' (9th), 'Emilohlsson' (5th) and 'Tr!pleeeee'(4th), all featured on the final table before '1_DON7_TH1NK' exited in third place for $18,679.13. 'eijseijs' ultimately sent 'fahim69' to the rail in second place for $25,979, and picked up the win to add an already impressive $4.8 in online earnings. Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot turned $215 into $29,631 after he won the partypoker $215 Sunday Main Event. The event attracted 830 entrants and generated a $166,000 prize pool. Brazil's 'phbbc' made a deep run but had to settle for $14,159 in third place before Proudfoot defeated 'hearthcrap' heads-up for the win, with the latter taking away $21,082 as runner-up. 'hawkeyejunior' banked $71,662 after they were victorious in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller. The tournament came with a $200,000 guarantee, but that number was eclipsed as the 117 entrants made for a $292,500 prize pool. World ranked #1 'Drulitooo' managed seventh place for $11,700 before former world #1 and current partypoker ambassador Joao Simao achieved a third-place finish for $36,562. 'JgsNV' was then the final player to depart and added $51,187 to their bankroll, after 'hawkeyejunior' held off their final challenge. 888poker gave their players the chance to play their biggest Sunday tournaments for half the price this week, with Argentina's #1 ranked player Ramiro 'lasochobi' Petrone taking full advantage. Petrone saw off the 130 player field in the $530 Sunday Sale $50,000 Whale after he defeated 'SalsaFiesta' heads-up to win the $16,250 first-place prize. And in the $109 Sunday Sale Mega Deep,'23NoraB' was the last of 1,453 players standing to bank a cool $26,488, following a heads-up battle with Lithuania's 'PiktasVilkas,' who collected $18,889 as runner-up. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,058 entrants, $1,211,600 prize pool tikidiii - $163,574.88 4_VaNyA_4 - $114,788.68 Lena900 - $80,555.16 luckyman147 - $56,831.07 pitaoufmg - $39,671.78 rmiguel2007 - $27,840.38 ChiphunterTH - $19,357.53 karl-heinz_p - $13,710.95 Die Ventura - $9,621.62 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 120 entrants, $264,000 prize pool pokerkluka - $49,371.54* bartek901 - $48,911.08* T 54 T 97s - $33,162.88 IgorKurganov - $25,654.78 lasagnaaammm - $19,846.49 Lrslzk - $15,353.23 hhecklen - $11,877.22 DotComRicher - $9,188.20 EstoyPiantao - $7,107.98 PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic 166 entrants, $ 219,425.76 prize pool Alex 'bigfox86' Foxen - $43,057.52 Felix 'th'Kick' Bleiker - $ 33,057.39 Adrijan 'Adrijan_S' Sinishtaj - $ 25,379.85 eisenhower1 - $ 19,485.42 Belabacsi - $ 14,959.94 Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone - $ 11,485.51 Eccentric_BG - $ 8,872.37 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO, $300k Gtd 1,152 entrants, $576,000 prize pool probirs - $46,862.17 + $42,808.70 compris - $34,349.38 + $3,347.66 Kelvin_FP:AR - $25,177.99 + $6,249.88 2Much$4U_08 -$18,455.38 + $3,056.64 eddycadub - $13,527.73 + $13,635 hdjgkfgsdl - $9,915.78 + $554.69 sitiolibre - $7,268.22 + $3,113.28 llariFIN - $5,327.59 + $2,609.37 BAGBAGBAGBAG - $3,905.13 + $5,551.27 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,143 entrants, $228,600 prize pool eijseijs - $36,132.68 fahim69 - $25,979.01 1_DON7_TH1NK - $18,679.13 Tr!pleeeee - $13,430.45 Emilohlsson - $9,656.58 brille-390 - $6,943.17 Kohlrabi7 - $4,992.18 westcourt - $3,589.43 barnaby10921 - $2,580.82 partypoker $215 Sunday Main Event $150k Gtd 830 entrants, $166,000 prize pool Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - $29,631 hearthcrap - $21,082 phbbc - $14,159.80 farell8 - $9,594.80 acestyles - $6,772.80 Riverixxx - $4,880.40 glassofwhiskey1 - $3,486 CiccionaLA - $2,423.60 partypoker $530 KO Series #38-HR-$300k 815 entrants, $ $417,687 prize pool metallist535 - $36,369.82 + $35,374.29 PhilMcIvey1 - $25,876.25 + $131.25 YumsYums - $17,379.87 + $5,241.80 ebisumaru87 - $11,776.75 + $5,916.55 therealmoorm - $8,313 + $2,091.78 AstraIncognita - $5,990.25 + $4,466.61 donkcallfold - $4,278.75 + $5,061.33 Swagg3r123 - $2,974.75 + $1,804.68 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 117 entrants, $292,500 prize pool hawkeyejunior - $71,662.50 JgsNV - $51,187.50 joaosimaobh - $36,562.50 omaha4rollz - $25,593.75 VolZok_ - $19,012.50 Dork Pork - $14,625 Drulitooo - $11,700 WinManey - $9,506.25 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event-HR $200k Gtd 278 entrants, $278,000 prize pool HungarysHero - $48,287.90* ojanOmaha - $47,066.11 JWPRODIGY - $28,078 DOnt_DO-iT - $20,433 yungmanco - $14,456 toadstoadstoads - $10,842 Sentapied99 - $7,465 Garrin4e1 - $5,560 888poker $530 Sunday Sale $50,000 Whale 130 entrants – $65,000 prize pool lasochobi - $16,250 SalsaFiesta - $11,050 H8ersGnaH8 - $8,450 DeucesCrackd - $6,012.50 WadoIchimonj - $4,225 ifearpanic - $3,412.50 YSoSerious7 - $2,762.50 spider4444 - $2,775 888poker $109 Sunday Sale Mega Deep 1,453 entrants – $145,300 prize pool 23NoraB - $26,488.19 PiktasVilkas - $18,889 PAS2HOFF - $14,530 mne_d0edet1 - $10,897.50 c_aguiar - $7,265 sonmonedass - $5,085.50 RedPantRed - $2,906 LarsTheGreat - $2,106.85
  3. The online poker alias of 'Lena900' is a name that regular PocketFives readers will be familiar with, mainly because the Swedish player can be seen to be battling it out in the highest stakes online poker tournaments have to offer week-after-week. For the past two years, 'Lena900' has just been pipped to the top of PocketFives.com Yearly PLB by his compatriot 'C.Darwin2', but 2018 was the year this all changed as 'Lena900' took the glory in five major festival events to sit at the summit of online poker. 'Lena900' finished 2018 with a total PLB score of 29,952.68, and had a clear gap over runner-up 'C.Darwin2' with 26,992.73. 'Lena900' recorded seven of his top ten online cashes over the past 12 months which included three victories. On May 16th, he reached the final table of the partypoker Powerfest $10,300 #53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO] event which came with a staggering $430,047 first-place prize. The Swede battled his way to a heads-up match against partypoker ambassador Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell, and ultimately was the last player standing to pick up his biggest online score to date. But his day wasn't done with the Swede picking up a second PokerStars SCOOP title of the year as well in the #39-High: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max] event. Fast forward to September and 'Lena900' added a second partypoker Powerfest title to his name as well as a PokerStars WCOOP victory. The Swede came through a 194 player-field to win the Powerfest $5,200 #062-SHR: $1M Gtd [Championship Event] for $203,900, as well as picking up the gold medal in the WCOOP-27-M: $530 PLO [6-Max] for $58,228. And just over a week later, there was to be another Powerfest Championship Event final table for 'Lena900', after he achieved a third-place finish in the event #095-SHR for $157,560. Back in 2014, 'Lena900' helped kick-start his online career with a fourth-place finish in the prestigious PokerStars Sunday Million and turned $215 into $81,366. Well in 2018, he was able to go one place better and ended November with a bronze medal worth $80,555. A sensational second half of 2018, helped propel 'Lena900' up to second place on the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard with over $13.6m and closed the gap on Chris Moorman who leads the way with $15.6m. As for 'Lena900's closest rivals, 'C.Darwin2' outlasted a field of 122 players to win the PokerStars High Rollers 07: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd event for $267,406, and also took down the PokerStars Turbo Series 70: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $161,411. A silver medal came in the 888 Poker XL Eclipse #32 - $1,000,000 Gtd Main Event for $135,000, after 'C.Darwin2' was pipped to the title by 2018 PLB fourth-place finisher Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky who banked $187,500 for victory. PLB third-place finisher 'hellohellohello' from Russia beat his best online score three-times throughout 2018, which included victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 during August. Also securing their place in the top ten was Hungary's Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, Latvia's 'DamageAP', Argentina's Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, 'Girafganger7', Sweden's 'Ariados', and the U.K.'s Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard. Nemeth took down the PokerStars SCOOP-14-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for an eye-watering $576,087, with Romanovsky taking the silver medal for a cool $442,299. 'DamageAP's top score came in the Powerfest #002-HR: $500K Gtd [PKO] event after defeating a 358 player-field to bank $94,546. Petrone started the year fantastically when he took down the Powerfest #48-H: $1M Gtd Main Event for in February $195,720 and followed it up with a second Powerfest title in September, as well as a SCOOP and WCOOP title. Fellow high-stakes crusher 'GirafGanger7' saw 2018 reward him with another WCOOP title after he won the WCOOP-55-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] for $55,846. 'Ariados' had a day to remember on February 4th after a third-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Million 12th Anniversary $10M Gtd event saw them turn $215 into a career-best $539,554. The Swede followed up this result with several five and six-figure scores including a Powerfest title. And completing the top ten was former world ranked #1 Leonard, who had an imposing end to the year with multiple scores in the PokerStars Winter and High Roller series, having earlier won three Powerfest titles including the #46-High: $1M Gtd NLH event for $207,978. Username Points Biggest Score Average Score 1 lena900 29,952.68 1,414.21 299.53 2 C Darwin2 26,992.73 1,104.54 269.93 3 hellohellohello 24,909.33 1,091.60 249.09 4 Romeopro 21,906.06 1,043.16 219.06 5 probirs 21,783.32 1,581.14 217.83 6 DamageAP 21,684.83 707.11 216.85 7 Ramiro 21,602.44 1,086.29 216.02 8 girafganger7 21,588.41 603.32 215.88 9 Ariados 20,215.49 1,635.79 202.15 10 pleno1 20,177.75 1,009.95 201.78  
  4. The World Poker Tour was back at Gardens Casino in Southern California for the second time in Season XVII, this time for the WPT Gardens Poker Championship. Six players remain from the 253-entry field, and it was Frank Stepuchin who bagged the chip lead. Stepuchin was joined at the official final table by Shannon Shorr, Steve Sung, Brent Roberts, Ray Qartomy, and Jonathan Abdellatif. The $10,000 buy-in event was the first WPT Main Tour event to feature the delayed TV final table format. After playing down to the final six players on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the tournament was put on ice for what will be nearly two months before play resumes on Tuesday, March 12 - 55 days, to be exact. That is when the final six will compete for the $548,825 top prize at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Stepuchin, who hails from Park City, Utah, and entered this event with $354,625 in live tournament earnings, bagged the chip lead in a very large way, with 4.065 million in chips. The next closest was Shorr with 1.71 million. Belgian player Jonathan Abdellatif, who held nearly $1.7 million in live tournament earnings entering the Season XVII WPT Gardens Poker Championship, finished as the short stack with 555,000. WPT Gardens Poker Championship Final Table Seat 1: Shannon Shorr - 1,710,000 Seat 2: Frank Stepuchin - 4,065,000 Seat 3: Brent Roberts - 1,385,000 Seat 4: Jonathan Abdellatif - 555,000 Seat 5: Ray Qartomy - 820,000 Seat 6: Steve Sung - 1,580,000 Road To the Final Table Stepuchin emerged as a big stack right out of the gate. He finished as the Day 1a chip leader and was second in chips entering Day 2. At the time, he was behind another player that reached the final table, Qartomy. Stepuchin finished sixth in chips after Day 2 when Shorr bagged the chip lead, then Stepuchin led the final 19 players after Day 3 before riding that chip lead into the final table. On Day 4, Stepuchin eliminated Toby Lewis in seventh place and Allen Pock in 15th place. Eliminating Lewis in seventh set the official WPT final table, and it came just before 10 p.m. PT on Wednesday when the tournament was in Level 24 with the blinds at 15,000-30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante, according to WPT coverage. Shorr had opened with a raise from the cutoff seat to 60,000, Lewis called from the button, and Stepuchin called from the small blind. The flop was [poker card="Jc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"] and action checked to Lewis. He bet 75,000 before Stepuchin check-raised to 190,000. Shorr folded, but Lewis made the call to see the [poker card="Kd"] land on the turn. Stepuchin fired 360,000 and Lewis called to see the [poker card="3d"] appear on the river. Stepuchin bet all in, having Lewis and his remaining 360,000 covered. Lewis called with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"] but saw the bad news when his two pair was second best to Stepuchin’s pocket fives - [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. For Shorr, Sung, and Roberts, they’re second, third, and fourth in chips, respectively. Shorr ended Day 2 with the chip lead, but it wasn’t without a couple of very eventful hands that saw Shorr with plenty of chips on the line. First, he was all in with pocket kings against the pocket queens of Dan Smith and earned a double up. After that, Shorr took out Mike Eskandari, but did so with an inferior hand when his pocket sevens came from behind against Eskandari’s queens. On that hand, all of the money went in preflop and Shorr flopped a set. Qartomy reached the final table as the second shortest stack remaining, but he could’ve been knocked out by the lowly [poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"] in seventh place had his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"] not held up. Qartomy three-bet jammed for 410,000 over a raise to 60,000 from Stepuchin. Stepuchin called, but Qartomy’s hand held strong to give him the double up. On Day 3 of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, Qartomy was the player to send everyone into the money, doing so when he knocked out Raul Lozano in 33rd place. Qartomy held the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"] and was behind Lozano’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"], but a queen flopped and Lozano couldn’t come back from it. Some of the notable players to cash in the event but fall short of the final table were Garrett Greer (8th - $66,955), WPT Champions Club member Marvin Rettenmaier (11th - $43,220), Ricky 'RatedGTO' Guan (13th - $35,550), and Nicole Schwartz (20th - $25,225). Schwartz won her way into the event by winning a $100 charity event. She fired an additional $100 bullet in that event, so her $10,000 seat cost her $200, but she then turned that into more than $25,000 in prize money. Can Shorr, Sung, and Roberts Finally Break Into the WPT Champions Club? Shorr, Sung, and Roberts are no strangers to tournament poker. They’ve been around the game for a long time and have impressive career résumés. Entering this event, Shorr had nearly $6.7 million in live tournament earnings, Sung had more than $5.5 million, and Roberts was just over $2 million. All three have experienced podium finishes in WPT events, but none have won a WPT title. Shorr’s best WPT finish was a second-place result in the Season XII WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. In a field of 415 entries, Shorr finished runner-up to James Calderaro and took home $190,039. "I'm on cloud nine after reaching the Gardens final table," Shorr told PocketFives. "I've been putting a ton of work into my poker game and my mind and body lately, so to have a big result like this in a major tournament is really special, personally." Shorr also placed fourth in the Season IX WPT Southern Poker Championship and fifth in the Season VII WPT World Championship for $144,985 and $408,550, respectively. "Winning a WPT title would be incredible," Shorr added. "I've had tons of final tables in big events worldwide but haven't won a 'major.' Maybe this is the one." Sung has three official WPT final tables on record, with his best result coming in the Season VI WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star event when he took second to Brandon Cantu and won $585,000. "It feels amazing to have reached the Gardens final table, to be able to enjoy the next couple months knowing that the final table will always be there," Sung said. "I always wanted to experience making the 'November Nine,' and this is the next best thing, the 'March Six!'" Sung also has a pair of fourth-place finishes on the World Poker Tour, first in the Season VI WPT Spanish Championship for €117,400 ($164,943) and then in the Season VII WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $396,205. “Winning a WPT title means that my goal has been finally accomplished,” Sung said when asked what a winning a WPT title would mean to him. “I've expected to win one over a decade ago and had to come back from self-inflicted setbacks in multiple aspects of my being.” Roberts does have a WPTDeepStacks title from back in 2016, but a WPT Main Tour title has eluded him. His best WPT Main Tour finish was in the Season XIV WPT Legends of Poker when he took third in a field of 786 entries to win $251,035. Hublot WPT Player of the Year Implications The final six have locked up 600 points in the Season XVII Hublot WPT Player of the Year race, currently led by Tony Ruberto with 1,850 points, and there are 1,200 points up top. The points could mean the most to Qartomy, who already has 650 points on the season and is in 40th place on the leaderboard. A win would vault him to the same 1,850 points as Ruberto, but Qartomy would hold the tiebreaker of most money won as he’d have $652,474 to Ruberto’s $530,692. Sung also stands to benefit well from the Hublot WPT Player of the Year points earned at this final table. Entering the event, Sung has 450 points and was in 57th place. He’s guaranteed to move to 1,050 points, which would put him in the top 15, and has upside to move into second place in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race with a victory. Sung now has five WPT Main Tour cashes in Season XVII, including a ninth-place finish in the WPT Gardens Poker Festival that kicked off the season. Stepuchin entered this event with 100 points, Shorr 100 points, Roberts 175 points, and Abdellatif 50 points. Champion To Be Crowned on March 12 The final six competitors have locked up $110,225 for reaching the final table and will be back in action on March 12 in Las Vegas to compete for the $548,825 top prize. First place includes a $15,000 buy-in into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions. "It's a bizarre feeling traveling to LA for five days, playing nonstop in a tournament, and to not know my result upon leaving," Shorr said. "I really like the format, though, and am all for anything that helps grow the game." "I'm going to enjoy the next 55 days like no other!" Sung said.

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