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  1. Saturday delivered more action from the 2019 World Series of Poker, including three more gold bracelet winners and a stacked final 11 in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice. Here’s everything that went down on June 15 inside the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, an update to the WSOP Player of the Year race, and a look at the schedule for Sunday. Korenev Finishes First in Marathon, Wins $477,401 Russian Roman Korenev earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and largest career live tournament score when he took down the $2,620 Marathon on Saturday in Las Vegas. Korenev finished atop the field of 1,083 entries to win the $477,401 first-place prize. Korenev entered the final day in fourth chip position with six players remaining. American Jared Koppel was the big chip leader and the player Korenev ultimately got heads up with. Sticking true to the name of the event, the heads-up match between Korenev and Koppel was a grind. The two exchanged 12 double ups during the 219-hand duel, and the end of the match was an exciting one. On the 415th hand of the final table, which was the 215th hand of heads-up play, Korenev doubled through Koppel with pocket tens versus [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Td"]. Left with just 12 big blinds, Koppel doubled right back the next hand. After two raise-and-takes, Hand #419 of the final table saw the two get the money in on a [poker card="Js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="Ks"] board. Korenev had turned top pair, top kicker, with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"]. Koppel was the one at risk holding an inferior [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Ts"]. The river delivered the [poker card="Ac"] to give Korenev two pair and the victory. For his runner-up performance, Koppel earned $295,008. Final Table Results 1st: Roman Korenev - $477,401 2nd: Jared Koppel - $295,008 3rd: Dong Sheng Peng - $208,726 4th: Francis Anderson - $149,605 5th: Joe Curcio - $108,646 6th: Joseph Liberta - $79,957 7th: Matt Russell - $59,642 8th: Gustavo Darosamuniz - $45,100 9th: Peter Hong - $34,580 The event saw 163 players cash, including Timothy 'T.K.' Miles (14th - $21,208), PocketFiver and one of the USA’s top ranked online poker players David 'dehhhhh' Coleman (27th - $13,780), Mohsin Charania (38th - $9,504), reigning Hublot WPT Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz (43rd - $9,504), and Ole Schemion (66th - $6,110). [caption id="attachment_624879" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Luis Zedan wins gold in the $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event[/caption] Zedan Speeds To PLO Victory for $236,673 Five players returned on Saturday in Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2019 WSOP. Luis Zedan was the chip leader by a wide margin and he made quick work of his opponents. On the final day, Zedan busted three of his four competitors en route to winning his first career gold bracelet. Thida Lin was the player Zedan faced off against in heads-up play, and she had the chance to become the first female winner of an open bracelet event in 2019. Zedan entered heads-up play with quite the chip lead and it proved insurmountable. He stretched the lead early and quickly sealed the deal to win the $236,673 first-place prize. For Lin, the second-place score of $146,196 was the largest of her live poker career. It was her second WSOP cash and first WSOP final table. Final Table Results 1st: Luis Zedan - $236,673 2nd: Thida Lin - $146,196 3rd: Samad Razavi - $104,888 4th: Ryan Robinson - $76,101 5th: Ryan Goindoo - $55,845 6th: Gregory Donatelli - $41,453 7th: Christopher Conrad - $31,130 8th: Stanislav Parkhomenko - $23,654 9th: Erik Wilcke - $18,188 The $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was another record-setting competition at the 2019 WSOP. The 1,526 entries the event drew proved the largest since the tournament became part of the schedule in 2014. The previous best was the turnout of 1,293 entries in 2015. The top 229 entries paid, including Anton Morgenstern (14th - $11,151), Joe Beevers (46th - $4,083), Jon Turner (63rd - $3,472), and Matt Stout (65th - $2,992). Allan Le, gold bracelet winner from 2016, finished in 66th place for $2,992. [caption id="attachment_624880" align="aligncenter" width="1354"] Robert Campbell's first taste of WSOP gold comes in the 2019 $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event[/caption] Campbell Captures Triple Draw Gold for $144,027 Australia's Robert Campbell earned his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Saturday night, taking down Event #33: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw to the tune of $144,027. Campbell topped a field of 467 entries and defeated three-time bracelet winner David Bach in heads-up play to win the gold. Campbell entered the third and final day in the bottom half of the counts with 17 players remaining. He was the chip leader when the final table of seven was reached and rode that chip lead to victory. Campbell has previously been close to a WSOP bracelet, included twice this summer with finishes in fifth place and eighth place already recorded. On the way to winning, Campbell had to contend with last year's champion of this event, Hanh Tran, who ultimately finished seventh for $13,593. Final Table Results 1st: Robert Campbell - $144,027 2nd: David Back - $88,995 3rd: Jared Bleznick - $208,726 4th: Kyle Miaso - $149,605 5th: Jesse Hampton - $108,646 6th: Aron Dermer - $79,957 7th: Hanh Tran - $13,593 The top 71 places cashed from the field of 467, including Benny Glaser (10th - $10,037), Daniel Strelitz (14th - $5,912), and Brock Parker (28th - $3,879). Mash Leads Final 19 in Seniors Championship Howard Mash is in the money for the second time at the 2019 WSOP, only this time he’s reached the final 19 players of Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship and is the chip leader entering Day 4. Mash finished Day 3 with 13.99 million in chips. For Coral Springs, Florida, Mash has a handful of WSOP cashes, including two from the WSOP Main Event. This year, Mash finished in 2,428th place in the record-setting WSOP Big 50. To date, his career-best live tournament score if $49,335 and his largest WSOP cash is for $42,980. Mash was also the chip leader after Day 2 of this event. Now, just 18 players stand between Mash, his first WSOP gold bracelet, and $662,594 in first-place prize money. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Howard Mash - 13,990,000 2. Jean-René Fontaine - 12,250,000 3. Farhad Jamasi - 10,425,000 4. Alan Ho - 10,065,000 5. Dennis Brand - 9,045,000 6. James McNurlan - 8,800,000 7. Adam Richardson - 7,975,000 8. Mansour Alipourfard - 7,625,000 9. Ali Zihni - 7,300,000 10. Roger Stewart - 7,105,000 Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship drew a field of 5,917 entries, with the top 888 making the money. Included in those to put together a deep run were Layne Flack (20th - $22,988), Charles ‘Woody’ Moore (41st - $15,018), and Victor Ramdin (63rd - $10,122). Flack was the last player eliminated on Saturday, falling at the hands of Farhad Jamasi. On a flop of Qd9s2d, Flack got the money in with the JdTd for a combo draw. Jamasi had top set with the QsQc. The turn was the 2h to give Jamasi a full house, then the river completed the board with the 5s. The final 19 players are scheduled to be back in action on Sunday, June 16, at 12 p.m. PT. The plan is to play down to a winner. 11 Remain in $10,000 Dealer’s Choice, Friedman Leads Adam Friedman leads the final 11 players in Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice. It was a long Day 2 on Saturday, with the field topping out at 122 entries, the money being reached, and just 11 players left standing, but it all sets up for an exciting finish to this prestigious tournament. Friedman is out in front, and he's joined by Shaun Deeb, Matt Glantz, Nick Schulman, and Jeff Lisandro, among others. The top 18 players cashed, and it was Jordan Siegel finishing on the money bubble in 19th place. After Siegel busted, Mike Ross, Luke Schwartz, Xunen Zheng, Chris Klodnicki, Yehuda Buchalter, Adam Owen, Max Pescatori, and Matthew Schreiber all hit the rail with in-the-money finishes. Day 3 Chip Counts 1. Adam Friedman - 1,289,000 2. Michael McKenna - 1,150,000 3. Shaun Deeb - 1,002,000 4. Matt Glantz - 910,000 5. David Moskowitz - 641,000 6. Philip Sternheimer - 621,000 7. Phil Hui - 568,000 8. Bryce Yockey - 559,000 9. Nick Schulman - 396,000 10. Majid Yahyaei - 95,000 11. Jeff Lisandro - 93,000 Guaranteed at least $20,285, the final 11 players will be back in action on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. PT. Bonomo, Lichtenberger, and Bicknell Among 40 To Advance in $3,000 Shootout Day 1 of Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout took place on Saturday, with a field of 313 players spread out across 40 tables inside the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. In the shootout format, one winner from each table advanced to the second round, and included in those 40 players to advance were Justin Bonomo, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Kristin Bicknell. Those three weren’t the only notables to advance. Joining them will be Byron Kaverman, Taylor Paur, Rainer Kempe, Maurice Hawkins, Jesse Sylvia, Dario Sammartino, James Obst, and Eric Froehlich. Up for grabs is a $207,193 top prize and the WSOP gold bracelet. All 40 players to have advanced to the second round have locked up at least $6,099. For Sunday’s second day of play, 10 four-handed tables will be in action, and the 10 winners will advance to Monday’s final table. Reaching the final 10 will earn a play no less than $12,937. Among those to compete in this year’s $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout but who failed to advance were Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Paul Volpe, Erik Seidel, Anthony Zinno, and Scott Clements. Day 2 is scheduled to start Sunday at 2 p.m. PT. 2,327 Remain for Day 2 of $1,000 Double Stack Saturday brought out another big starting field for Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em. After a turnout of 3,013 entries on Friday’s Day 1a, another 3,201 were added to the mix on Saturday’s Day 1b. The total field came in at 6,214 and there are 2,327 players advancing to Day 2 on Sunday. Bracelet winner Sean Getzwiller bagged the Day 1b chip lead with 418,000, but he'll still be trailing the 530,000 of Juan Esirviez from Day 1a. In fact, five players from Day 1a bagged a larger chip stack than Getzwiller did on Day 1b. Also bagging big on Day 1b were Julien Martini with 285,200, Daniel Negreanu with 251,200, and Jeff Madsen with 189,300. Overall Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Juan Esirviez - 530,000 2. Sunny Chattha - 478,000 3. Imran Mukati - 432,300 4. Arianna Son - 424,500 5. Andrew Rubin - 422,200 6. Sean Getzwiller - 418,000 7. Gabriel Sack - 416,000 8. Yasheel Doddanavar - 415,000 9. Ari Engel - 399,800 10. Andres Jeckeln - 392,800 Elsewhere on the leaderboard for Day 2 were Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell (244,800), Christian Harder (193,500), Ramon Colillas (153,000), Joe Cada (105,600), Calvin Anderson (92,200), and Allen Kessler (81,800). The remaining 2,327 players will be back in action on Sunday, June 16, starting at 12 p.m. PT. The plan is to play another 10 60-minute levels of action and this is the day when the money will be reached. The top 933 places will reach the money, with $687,782 up top. Zack Still Leads 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Race Daniel Zack, who pledged his push to win 2019 WSOP Player of the Year, remained atop the POY leaderboard after Saturday. Zack has 1,968.99 points and is still out in front of Scott Clements (1,642.02 points) and Daniel Strelitz (1,597.26 points), who round out the top three spots. Zack did bag a Day 2 stack in the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em and could extend his lead with a deep run in that event starting with Sunday. Clements also bagged for Day 2, but with a much larger stack than Zack's 52,200 in chips. Clements advanced to Day 2 of that event with 305,000 and is 35th overall. Strelitz took a leap up from fifth place after finishing 14th in the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event. Stephen Song, who is currently fourth in the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,503.76 points, has 150,300 in chips going into Day 2 of the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em. WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 1. Daniel Zack - 1,968.99 2. Scott Clements - 1,642.02 3. Daniel Strelitz - 1,597.26 4. Stephen Song - 1,503.76 5. Frankie O'Dell - 1,447.89 6. John Gorsuch - 1,431.95 7. Isaac Baron - 1,396.76 8. Ben Heath - 1,393.92 9. Femi Fashakin - 1,384.62 10. Brett Apter - 1,356.43 Sunday's WSOP Schedule
  2. With 90 events on the schedule, it seemed like an inevitability that somebody would win more than one bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker and it took until nearly 75% of the schedule had passed to make it a reality. Robert Campbell earned his second win of the summer on Tuesday and that moved him into prime position to win WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Robert Campbell came to the 2019 World Series of Poker hoping to play well and come out ahead. On Wednesday, the 35-year-old Australian did a little more than that, locking up his second win of the summer and moving into sole possession of top spot in the WSOP Player of the Year race. Campbell beat Yueqi Zhu heads-up to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763 and 1,045 POY points. After his win, Campbell spoke about how hot he ran at the final table. "More than pure. Like whatever that next phase is after pure. It was like really sick, I was like, 'Holy fucking shit man. He just got barbecued that poor man'," Campbell said. "It’s just outrageous. Even when I thought I lost I won. That’s how sick I ran." Campbell's first win came in mid-June when he won the $1,500 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven. He has five other cashes this summer including an eighth, a seventh, and a fifth place finish. His win propelled him past Dan Zack into top spot on the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,079.56 points. It was Zhu's second consecutive runner-up finish. The Chinese-born poker pro finished second in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event on Sunday and immediately registered for this event. He now has 11 cashes this summer. Mike Wattel finished third for $164,647. Final Table Payouts Robert Campbell - $385,763 Yueqi Zhu - $238,420 Mike Wattel - $164,647 Mike Matusow - $116,255 Ryan Hughes - $83,971 Qinghai Pan - $62,079 Andrey Zhigalov - $46,999 Steven Wolansky - $36,460 David 'ODB' Baker Takes Down $1,500 Limit Hold'em Just a few short months after winning the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic, David 'ODB' Baker added a second career WSOP bracelet to his resume by taking down the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. The 46-year-old poker pro earned $161,139 for the win and while the money is certainly great, winning another WSOP bracelet is a special moment for Baker. “I think it's pretty obvious that I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to the World Series and how much it means to me," Baker said. "I'm one of the people who will really, really care about it. I do, and I don't make an apology for it. Hopefully, I'll only have two for a short period of time." Baker started the final day with the chip lead and beat Brian Kim heads up to wrap up the win on Tuesday afternoon. He now has nine cashes this summer. Chris Ferguson was eliminated in fifth place and now has a WSOP-leading 16 cashes this summer. The former part-owner of Full Tilt Poker owns the single year record (including WSOP Europe) with 23. Final Table Payouts David 'ODB' Baker - $161,139 Brian Kim - $99,564 Dominzo Love - $68,353 Ruiko Mamiya - $47,747 Chris Ferguson - $33,948 Chicong Nguyen - $24,574 Kenneth Donoghue - $18,118 Danny Woolard - $13,609 Vivian Saliba Makes $888 Crazy Eights Final Table Brazilian poker pro Vivian Saliba has traveled the world representing the 888poker brand. Now she's gone and made the final 10 of the 888-branded WSOP tournament, the $888 Crazy Eights event. Saliba sits third with just 10 players remaining, trailing only Aleksandras Rusinovas and Thomas Drivas. Rusinovas has a healthy lead over the rest of the field after bagging up 114,625,000. Drivas meanwhile has slightly more than half of that with 58,600,000. Saliba ended Day 3 with 43,500,000. Mark Radoja and Vlad Darie also made the final ten. Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner. Top Chip Counts Aleksandras Rusinovas - 114,625,000 Thomas Drivas - 58,600,000 Vivian Saliba - 43,500,000 Uselis Gediminas - 43,400,000 Mark Radoja - 36,100,000 Patrick Clarke - 36,000,000 Vlad Darie - 26,750,000 Rick Alvarado - 21,150,000 Mario Hofler - 15,200,000 Kevin Kwak - 12,000,000 Andres Norbe Lead Mini Main Event Final Table The monstrous field that was the Mini Main Event has been whittled down to just eight players. Andres Norbe has so far outlasted 5,513 other players and begins the eight-handed final table with the lead. The Argentinian pro, who won a bracelet in 2017, ended Day 2 with 75,000,000. Jeremy Saderne sits second with 64,000,000 just ahead of Yi Ma with 62,600,000. The day started with 546 players still alive. Among the notables who busted on Tuesday were Yuval Bronshtein, Francisco Brito, Michael Wasserman, Rex Clinkscales, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson, Blair Hinkle, and Jeff Madsen. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Andres Norbe - 75,000,000 Jeremy Saderne - 64,000,000 Yi Ma - 62,600,000 Koji Takagi - 44,000,000 Lula Taylor - 30,500,000 Stefan Widmer - 28,400,000 Ben Alloggio - 13,900,000 Philip Gildea - 12,400,000 Vieira, Cada, Hunichen Chasing $5K Six Max Title Joao Vieira was the only one of the 28 players who survived Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed event to bag more than 2,000,000 chips. The Portuguese poker pro finished with 2,100,000 while his next closest threat, Shahar Levi, ended the day with 1,800,000. Olivier Busquet sits third with 1,433,000 which puts him just ahead of four-time bracelet winner Joe Cada's 1,389,000. Other notables still chasing the $758,011 first-place prize money include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, Patrick Tardif, and Ankush Mandavia. The 212 players who survived Day 1, combined with the 64 players who registered before the start of Day 2, made for a total field of 815 players. Some of the players who managed to make it into the money on Day 2 included Ryan Laplante, Mustapha Kanit, Peter Traply, Samuel Vousden, Dan Smith, Brian Yoon, Jake Schwartz, and Nick Schulman. The final 28 return at 2 PM and will play down to a final table of six. Top Chip Counts Joao Vieira - 2,100,000 Shahar Levi - 1,800,000 Olivier Busquet - 1,433,000 Joe Cada - 1,389,000 Bartlomiej Machon - 1,265,000 Ivan Galinec - 1,096,000 Chris Hunichen - 1,051,000 Barry Hutter - 1,047,000 Timothy Cramer - 1,032,000 Ryan Jones - 1,031,000 Salute to Warriors Draws 1,723 Entrants Another one of the new events on the WSOP schedule this year, the $500 Salute to Warriors event brought out 1,723 entries on Tuesday. The event pays tribute to those who have served in the military but is open to anybody wishing to play. Dominique Terzian managed to work his way through Day 1 with a massive chip stack. Terzian finished with 801,000 to top the 287 players who survived Day 1. Garry Stevens-Smith ended with 572,000 for the second best stack. Michael Nosek was third with 517,000. Mike Sexton finished Day 1 with 300,000. Other notables advancing include David Oppenheim, Tim West, and Vinny Pahuja. $40 from each entry is donated to the USO and other veterans organizations. Day 2 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Dominique Terzian - 801,000 Garry Stevens-Smith - 572,000 Michael Nosek - 517,000 Jordan Knackstedt - 480,500 Stanislav Angelov - 391,000 Fred Li - 388,000 Chad Gravenor - 375,500 Ben Yu - 370,500 Jacky Wong - 360,000 Yifan Zheng - 354,500 Andrew Brown Leads $10K Limit Hold'em Championship Andrew Brown finished Day 1 of the $10K Limit Hold'em Championship with 337,000 chips, good enough to lead the 51 players who made it to Day 2. Anthony Marsico sits second with 283,500 and Eli Elezra is third with 255,500. Josh Arieh, Matt Glantz, Shaun Deeb, Phil Hui, Terrence Chan, Benny Glaser, and Juha Helppi all managed to advance to Day 2. There were 110 entries on Tuesday, however, registration is open until the start of Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Andrew Brown - 337,000 Anthony Marsico - 283,500 Eli Elezra - 255,500 James Little - 249,500 Kyle Ray - 237,500 Kevin Song - 233,000 James Chen - 226,500 David Mosca - 222,000 Robert Mizrachi - 219,000 Eric Wasserson - 215,000
  3. The World Series of Poker is the biggest stage in the game. The series draws thousands upon thousands of players make their way to the heart of Sin City to put their tournament skills on display in hopes of securing a life-changing score. Every single year a few players not only find themselves in a position to take down a tournament or add a major cash to their poker resume, but also spend some extra time in the poker spotlight due to their overall performance or even just their personality. Here are just a few of this year's participants that found themselves emerge as one of the breakout stars of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker. Garry Gates If one were to select a single player from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event to spotlight, you couldn’t blame anyone from choosing the charismatic 2019 World Champion Hossein Ensan or picking the dapper high-stakes pro Dario Sammartino. However, poker industry veteran turned dark horse favorite Garry Gates (and his enthusiastic #LFGGG rail) captured the attention of poker fans everywhere and giving those who, perhaps, put their own poker dream in the rearview mirror, somebody to root for. While Gates is known to many in the industry as PokerStars' Senior Consultant of Player Affairs (aka the go-to guy when it comes to needing a liaison between the online giant and their VIPs), to those that know him he’s the kind of person who would literally give someone the shirt off his back. That attitude of gratitude for the position the Pennsylvania-born Gates was in at the final table was felt through the airwaves. He was painted as a lifelong poker player who was revealing in finally getting his shot. His affable style was easy to connect with and when his run finally came to an end in fourth place, netting him $3 million he didn’t leave disappointed. He turned to his rail, arms outstretched and fell into the embrace of a support system that any poker player would envy. It’s unlikely that Gates will give it all up and hit the road as a full-time pro but while many fourth-place finishers go into the history books but fall from memory, Gates’ run will be remembered by many for a long time to come. Kainalu McCue-Unciano From out of nowhere, Hawaii has a new #1 All-Time Money List leader and that’s Kainalu McCue-Unciano. After four years of traveling to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, the Hawaiian took home his first gold bracelet when he took down the $1,500 Monster Stack for a career-high score of just over $1,000,000. But, winning the bracelet was just the beginning for McCue-Unciano at the summer series. The next day, just moments after he accepted the bracelet from Jack Effel, McCue-Unciano, in front of an Amazon room packed full of poker players, dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend of two years, Nicole, who was there supporting him, to marry him. She happily said yes, putting McCue-Unciano on a freeroll that allowed him to take his biggest shot yet. By all accounts, the newly minted millionaire then ripped off $100,000 and battled against some of the best players in the world by hopping into the $100K High Roller. Having never cashed in a tournament with a buy-in above $3,500 McCue-Unciano climbed into 12th place for a $195,862 score. Indeed that is pretty boss. Robert Campbell Now that summer at the Rio is over, Australian grinder Robert Cambell emerged as the leader in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. He did this on the back of an outstanding 2019 WSOP campaign that saw him cash nine times with five top 10 finishes. Most importantly, Campbell was the only player this year to take home two gold bracelets, one of which provided him a career-high cash of $385,763. Over $679,000 of his career $1.289 million in career earnings was made during the summer and his multi-bracelet performance held off such high profile names as Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb from heading into the World Series of Poker Europe with the POY lead. If Campbell decided to make the (long) trip to Rozvadov this summer and is able to put up a few results he may just forever have a banner hanging up at future WSOPs. Yuri Dzivielevski Most people will probably recognize Yuri Dzivielevski as the tough young Brazilian pro featured multiple time on the ESPN feature tables making a deep run in the Main Event. But it wasn’t just his charismatic camera presence and flowing mane that brought him a number of new fans. He was simply one of the toughest players featured throughout the entire broadcast. In what was supposed to be the Daniel Negreanu show on Day 1B of the Main Event, Dzivielevski stole the show by consistently chipping up and making great play after great play. This trend continued as the field dwindled and he found himself playing on camera for hours until he finally busted in 28th place for over $261,000. Dzivielevski may have been introduced to the world-at-large this summer but PocketFivers have known of his skill for quite some time as the Brazilian is a former worldwide #1-ranked online player. Also, well before the Main Event showcased what he could do, he proved it by taking home his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #51 ($2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better. Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better) for $213,750. Dan Zack For the longest time, Dan Zack was known in poker’s inner circles as one of Los Angeles’ best cash game players and a mixed game crusher. But despite a number of final tables in previous years at the World Series of Poker, that breakout score had yet to materialize. Everything changed for Zack in 2019 when early in the series he picked up the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career in Event #6 ($2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw) for $160,447. The win put him in the early lead for the WSOP Player of the Year and immediately after he came right out and said that he was gunning for the honor. His desire to win Player of the Year fueled a 2019 campaign that saw him cash 14 times, make three final tables, and earn more than $350,000. He currently sits in fourth place on in the WSOP POY race and after this summer he’s no longer simply considered a ‘cash game pro’, he’s a threat in any tournament he enters.
  4. The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.
  5. The World Series of Poker is gearing up for their return to King’s Resort in Rozvadov for the 2019 WSOPE from October 13-November 4. For the third year in a row, Leon Tosukernik’s casino in the Czech Republic will play host to the WSOP’s European series where it’s very likely that the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year winner will be determined. Fifteen Gold Bracelet Events After rolling out an initial slate of 11 gold bracelet events, organizers have recently increased the number of events to 15 due to player feedback. The changes include a pair of tournaments to entice the high-rollers including a €250,000 Super High Roller as well as €25,500 Mixed Game Championship. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] “Coming off the success of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, we took another look at the initial WSOPE schedule and felt we could enhance it,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. ”Leon and his team have been great partners for WSOP Europe and while the dates of the 2019 event haven’t changed, we were able to find some room to add some exciting new events that will drive bigger prize pools and see players busy.” 2019 WSOPE Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN 10-13 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €350 10-14 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight A €550 10-14 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €350 10-15 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight B €550 10-16 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €1,350 10-16 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €250,000 10-17 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €1,350 10-17 8-Game Mix €2,500 10-18 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €1,350 10-18 Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-19 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em €1,100 10-20 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-20 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix €1,650 10-21 Mixed Games Championship €25,500 10-22 Pot-Limit Omaha €2,200 10-23 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €100,000 10-24 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em €2,500 10-25 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €10,300 10-26 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €10,300 10-28 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €550 10-29 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €550 10-30 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight E €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight F €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight G €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight H €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight I €550 Player Of The Year The increased schedule adds plenty of potential Player of the Year points that could make a big difference in the tight 2019 POY race. On the back of two gold bracelet victories during the summer series, Australian Robert Campbell currently sits atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard however he’s trailed closely behind by a number of top-tier pros, all of whom have declared at some point that they had their sights on taking down the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. Right behind Campbell, sitting in second place on the leaderboard, is former #1-ranked PocketFiver and the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Deeb is expected to make the trip to King’s Casino as he is looking to make WSOP history by winning the award in back-to-back years. Also looking to make history is Daniel Negreanu, who is sitting in third place. Negreanu has already declared that he will be in Rozvadov in search of a record-extending third POY award. After winning his first WSOP gold bracelet this summer, Dan Zack, who currently sits in fourth place, said his plan at the start of the year was to chase the POY award, however, he has indicated that he does not plan on attending. The 2019 Poker Players Championship winner Phillip Hui is still well within striking distance sitting in fifth place. The recent additions of a Mixed Game Championship to the WSOPE schedule play to the strengths of these five players as all five have proven to excel in mixed games as well as No Limit Hold’em. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 3,166.24 4 Daniel Zack 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 2,595.54 8 David "ODB" Baker 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 2,443.22 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has never been the same spectacle as it’s summer series counterpart, but since 2007 (with the exception of 2014 & 2016) the WSOPE has crowned its own Main Event champion with all ten of the previous champions earning at least $1 million. When the WSOPE first took place in 2007, online poker phenom Annette Obrestad won the Main Event becoming the youngest player to ever win a bracelet. She defeated the field of 362 players to take home the £1,000,000 first-place prize, which at the time, converted to over $2 million USD, the largest prize in the event's history. The field size remained static for the first four years of the event until 2011 when entires spiked to 593. That year, Elio Fox defeated former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman for the WSOPE Main Event title and €1,400,000. However, the aftereffect of Black Friday also hit the WSOPE fields and over the next three events, from 2012-2015, fields dipped to an all-time low. In 2015, Kevin MacPhee took home the title in a field of just 313 players. After a break in 2016, the WSOPE returned and began its tenure at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Giving players the option of a single reentry for the Main Event, the entries once again soared over 500. In 2018, the UK’s Jack Sinclair won the second-largest WSOPE Main Event in its 10-year history taking home a career-high prize of €1,122,239. History of WSOPE Main Event Winners YEAR WINNER AMOUNT FIELD SIZE 2007 Annette Obrestad $2,013,733 362 2008 John Juanda $1,580,096 362 2009 Barry Shulman $1,321,534 334 2010 James Bord $1,281,048 346 2011 Elio Fox $1,870,208 593 2012 Phil Hellmuth $1,333,841 420 2013 Adrian Mateos $1,351,661 375 2015 Kevin MacPhee $1,001,576 313 2017 Marti Roca de Torres $1,297,551 529 2018 Jack Sinclair $1,277,012 534
  6. Norway’s Espen Sandvik win his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Friday, taking down the 2019 WSOP Europe €2,500 8-Game Mix event for €75,426. Sandvik topped a small but tough field of 71 entries, including a final table that had Phil Hellmuth and Jeff Madsen in the mix. The event had a guaranteed prize pool of €250,000. With only 71 entries, the prize pool fell short of the guarantee, creating an overlay for the players involved. €2,500 8-Game Mix Final Table Results 1st: Espen Sandvik - €75,426 2nd: Ville Haavisto - €46,613 3rd: Phil Hellmuth - €31,058 4th: Jeff Madsen - €21,386 5th: Thomer Pidun - €15,235 6th: Jochen Kaiser - €11,242 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The two-day event saw Day 1 finish with 26 players remaining. Madsen was in the lead, but most of the eyes were on Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu. Hellmuth was searching for his 16th gold bracelet, whereas Negreanu was looking for his seventh and to accumulate more WSOP Player of the Year points. The top 11 finishers were set to finish in the money, and Negreanu didn’t make it that far. He was eliminated by Kahle Burns before the field was cut down to three tables. With 18 players left, notables Robert Campbell, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Eli Elezra, and Manig Loeser were still in. They were all eliminated short of the money, though, with Baker falling as the tournament’s bubble boy. After that, it was a race to the final table that saw Burns bust in ninth and Joao Vieira out in seventh. At the official final table, Jochen Kaiser busted first and then Thomer Pidun went out next. It was Maden’s turn to go in fourth place, and he fell in a hand of limit hold’em against Sandvik. Madsen did get his money in with the best of it, but his pocket tens were rundown by Sandvik making a spade flush. Hellmuth did what he could to fight for chips, but his run at a 16th gold bracelet came to an end short of the goal in this one. He went out in third place during a hand of 2-7 triple draw and it was Sandvik that got him as well. Hellmuth’s exit left Sandvik and Ville Haavisto, and heads-up play didn’t last long. Sandvik had a huge chip advantage to start heads-up play and quickly disposed of his Finnish counterpart. On the final hand, Haavisto was drawing to a seven-five low in 2-7 triple draw against Sandvik’s queen-ten low. Haavisto paired his seven, though, and that was what sent him to the rail in second place.
  7. Kahle Burns started Day 3 of the World Series of Poker Europe €25,500 Platinum High Roller as the chip leader and then held off a surging Sam Trickett to win the first bracelet of his career and nearly €600,000. Three players, Alex Foxen, Abdelhakim Zoufri, and Trickett each started the day with less than 15 big blinds and just 20 minutes after the final six players reconvened, one of them was left with zero. Foxen shoved from UTG for 5,950,000 with [poker card="as"][[poker card="jd"] and Trickett called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="jh"] to eliminate Foxen in sixth place and given Trickett nearly a full double-up. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] After starting the day with the shortest stack, Trickett continued to find spots to move up and just 20 minutes later sent another player home early. Working with less than 12 big blinds, Timothy Adams moved all in for 7,075,000 from middle position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and Trickett called from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. Adams got some extra outs after the [poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop, but the [poker card="js"] turn and [poker card="th"] river were no help and the Canadian bracelet winner was eliminated in fifth. Trickett's run good continued and a three-way all in 30 minutes later sent one player home and provided Trickett with a triple up. Action folded to Burns on the button and he moved all in with [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"]. Zoufri called all in from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"] before Trickett looked down at [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] in the bid blind and also called all in. Trickett stayed in control through the [poker card="js"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"] flop, improved on the [poker card="kc"] turn and dodged Zoufri's gutshot straight draw after the [poker card="2h"] river. Zoufri was out in fourth and Trickett soared past Burns for the first time. Reigning WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan had been relatively quiet while the Sam Trickett Show was on display. Ensan eventually found himself in a hand with Burns that saw his run at a second bracelet end. Ensan raised to 2,000,000 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] before Burns moved all in from the small blind for 27,775,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. Trickett folded his big blind and Ensan called with his tournament life on the line. Neither player's hand improved through the [poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"] runout and Ensan was eliminated. Heads-up play began with Burns holding a 3-2 chip lead but Trickett won enough on the first two hands of play to take a small lead. That's when Trickett's run good came to an abrupt end, however. After Burns called from the button with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"], Trickett made it 5,000,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. Burns made it 12,500,000 to go before Trickett moved all in for 42,000,000. Burns called and then watched the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] board leave Trickett on fumes. Trickett was eliminated on the next hand when his [poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"] wasn't able to beat Burns' [poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"] in an all-in pre-flop battle. This marks the third time that Trickett has finished runner-up in a WSOP bracelet event. In 2010, he finished one spot behind Jason DeWitt in a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event and he famously finished runner-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the inaugural Big One for One Drop in 2012. Burns's previous best finish in a bracelet event came earlier this summer when he finished second in the $10,000 Six Max NLHE event. Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - €596,883 Sam Trickett - €368,889 Hossein Ensan - €251,837 Abdelhakim Zoufri - €177,062 Timothy Adams - €128,326 Alex Foxen - €95,962 Anton Morgenstern - €74,117 Robert Campbell - €59,189
  8. The poker world has spent the better part of the last five days celebrating Daniel Negreanu's historic third World Series of Poker Player of the Year victory. It appears that those celebrations were a bit too hasty. A data entry error means that Negreanu did not win the POY after all and Robert Campbell is, in fact, the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. WSOP officials released a statement Friday afternoon. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46. As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact," the statement read. "Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." The data entry error rewarded Negreanu, and 15 other players, with points from the event from the Las Vegas schedule that they did not actually cash in. Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy noticed the error and pointed it out to the WSOP via Twitter on Friday. Based on Elenskiy's research, it appears that Negreanu was credited with a 36th-place finish in Event #68 ($1,000 Online Championship Event) and was credited with 213.1 POY points. [caption id="attachment_627505" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Negreanu's WSOP.com profile showed him cashing in Event #68 - even though he did not finish in the money.[/caption] As Elenskiy points out, the results for places #32-#46 on WSOP.com for Event #68 are identical to the results for places #32-#46 from Event #87 ($3,000 HORSE). [caption id="attachment_627507" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The results for Event #68 and #87 showing the copied data.[/caption] Removing the 213.1 points from Negreanu's total leaves him with 3,861.78 and places him in third place behind Campbell and Shaun Deeb. New WSOP POY Standings PLACE PLAYER POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 3,961.31 2 Shaun Deeb 3,917.32 3 Daniel Negreanu 3,861.78 4 Anthony Zinno 3,322.00 5 Phillip Hui 3,186.17 This would have been Negreanu's third time winning the WSOP POY award. He first won it in 2004 and then again in 2013. The 2019 WSOP POY race was hotly contested with Negreanu, Campbell and Deeb all making their way to WSOP Europe in Rozvadov to chase the points necessary. In dramatic fashion, Deeb made the final day of the final event, the €550 Colossus event, thinking he needed a fifth-place finish or better to overtake Negreanu. He actually needed just ninth place or better to pass Campbell. Deeb wound up finishing 11th. This story was updated to include the statement from the World Series of Poker.
  9. Daniel Negreanu has won the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year award. Negreanu racked up 24 cashes across WSOP and WSOP Europe, earning 4,074.88 points to win the award for a record third time. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Final Standings Daniel Negreanu - 4,074.88 Robert Campbell - 3,961.31 Shaun Deeb - 3,917.32 Anthony Zinno - 3,322.00 Phil Hui - 3,186.17 Dan Zack - 3,126.13 Dario Sammartino - 3,091.03 Kahle Burns - 2,983.37 Dash Dudley - 2,860.79 David ‘ODB’ Baker - 2,808.51 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The competition took until the very end of WSOP Europe, with Negreanu battling with Robert Campbell and Shaun Deeb for the honor. Negreanu had the lead, Campbell was second, and Deeb third in the race entering the final event, the WSOP Europe €550 Colossus, but bust outs from Negreanu and Campbell left an opening for Deeb to win. To secure his second WSOP Player of the Year title in as many years, Deeb needed to finish fifth or better in the event. Keeping all of those following along on the edge of their seats, Deeb reached Day 3 with 11 players left and the sweat was on. Deeb came into Day 3 of the €550 Colossus with a stack of 32 big blinds, but he quickly lost a chunk of chips when Alessandro Pezzoli doubled through him. Pezzoli got the best of him for a second time, and then Deeb found all of his chips in the middle against Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="Td"] board. Deeb had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9d"] to Grospellier’s [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="Ah"] completed the board and Deeb was out in 11th place, falling short of the gold bracelet and back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year glory. That meant Campbell officially finished the 2019 WSOP season with 3,961.31 points in the race, which was 113.57 short of Negreanu and good for second place. Deeb finished on 3,917.32 and officially in third place. The victory earned Negreanu his third WSOP Player of the Year award. He won the award in 2004 with one gold bracelet, five final tables, and six in-the-money finishes. In 2013, he was WSOP Player of the Year once again, on the foundation of two gold bracelets, four final tables, and 10 cashes. Although he did not win a bracelet in 2019, Negreanu reached five final tables among his 24 cashes, including two runner-up finishes. Negreanu’s 2019 WSOP Results Event Finish Prize POY Points $10,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty 6th $52,099 379.7 $600 NL Deepstack 485th $1,257 57.9 $1,500 NL 2-7 Single Draw 29th $2,780 44.6 $600 PLO Deepstack 381st $875 51.9 $3,000 Six-Max NL 106th $4,514 54.7 $1,000 NL Double Stack 523rd $2,164 62.0 $600 WSOP.com NL Knockout Bounty 46th $1,652 190.4 $10,000 Seven Card Stud 2nd $151,700 488.3 $1,500 NL Super Turbo Bounty 155th $1,762 56.1 $1,500 PLO-8 152nd $2,330 52.6 $10,000 Razz 5th $69,223 379.1 $1,500 Limit Hold'em 20th $4,360 192.3 $1,000 WSOP.com NL Championship 36th $4,734 213.1 $3,200 WSOP.com NL High Roller 72nd $6,310 53.8 $1,500 PLO Bounty 42nd $3,553 210.8 $100,000 NL Super High Roller 2nd $1,725,838 630.2 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. 36th $4,734 48.7 €550 PLO 59th €787 41.5 €25,500 Short Deck High Roller 16th €39,943 56.4 €25,500 NL Platinum High Roller 10th €48,929 217.7 €1,650 PLO/NL Mix 37th €2,392 44.6 €25,500 Mixed Games Championship 6th €54,287 352.9 €2,200 PLO 20th €4,127 92.2 €550 Colossus 195th €2,036 103.3 Negreanu’s run to a third WSOP Player of the Year title started way back at the end of May, when he reached the final table of the second event of the World Series of Poker. It was the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty tournament and Negreanu placed sixth for $52,099. He then strung together a series of smaller cashes before hitting a big score in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. In that one, Negreanu finished second to John Hennigan and picked up $151,700. Just more than a week later, Negreanu was back at a WSOP final table, taking fifth place in the $10,000 Razz tournament for $69,223. He later closed out the summer in Las Vegas with a runner-up finish to Keith Tilston in the $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,725,838. At WSOP Europe, Negreanu battled some illness to rack up seven more WSOP cashes. His best was a sixth-place finish in the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship for €54,287. He cashed two other €25,500 events in Rozvadov as well, all helping him earn more than 4,000 WSOP POY points. All told, Negreanu won more than $2.2 million in prize money from his 24 cashes, which breaks down to an average of nearly $92,000 per cash. He is the first WSOP Player of the Year to win the award without winning a WSOP gold bracelet that year. WSOP Player of the Year History Year Winner Bracelets FTs Cashes Winnings 2004 Daniel Negreanu 1 5 6 $346,280 2005 Allen Cunningham 1 4 5 $1,007,114 2006 Jeff Madsen 2 4 4 $1,467,852 2007 Tom Schneider 2 3 3 $416,829 2008 Erick Lindgren 1 3 5 $1,348,528 2009 Jeff Lisandro 3 4 6 $807,521 2010 Frank Kassela 2 3 6 $1,255,314 2011 Ben Lamb 1 4 5 $5,352,970 2012 Greg Merson 2 2 5 $9,785,354 2013 Daniel Negreanu 2 4 10 $1,954,054 2014 George Danzer 3 5 10 $878,933 2015 Mike Gorodinsky 1 3 8 $1,766,487 2016 Jason Mercier 2 4 11 $960,424 2017 Chris Ferguson 1 3 23 $428,423 2018 Shaun Deeb 2 4 20 $2,545,623 2019 Daniel Negreanu 0 5 24 $2,207,446
  10. As we move into 2020, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of 2019. November involved two big pieces of news involving Daniel Negreanu, and then, of course, we got the launch of legal online poker in Pennsylvania. Data Error Finds Negreanu Not WSOP POY After it was originally announced that Daniel Negreanu was the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, a data-entry error was discovered by Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy that resulted in Negreanu being credited for more points than he should have. WSOP officials were made aware of the issue, verified the error, and then corrected the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings, with Australian Robert Campbell being awarded the title. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46," a WSOP statement read. "As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." Also involved was Shaun Deeb, who ultimately finished second in the race. Deeb was vocal and very upset with what had happened, and the entire debacle caused plenty of a stir within the poker community. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Negreanu Signs with GGPoker After he parted ways with PokerStars back in May, Daniel Negreanu signed a new sponsorship deal with GGPoker. The new deal came six months following the part between Negreanu and PokerStars and saw Negreanu become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a social media video. PokerStars PA Goes Live November brought exciting times in the world of regulated US online poker, as PokerStars PA went live in the first week of the month. Following a couple of days for a soft launch period, PokerStars PA went fully live on November 6, 2019. The wait may have been extended, but Pennsylvania online poker players were out in full force when PokerStars PA went live. Cash games traffic was very good upon the site opening its virtual doors, and the first Sunday tournament schedule featured plenty of variety and guaranteed prize pools. PocketFives followed the launch of PokerStars PA through its live blog and captured some of the best moments from the start. Mateos Wins partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Adrian Mateos just keeps on crushing, and November saw him take down the partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event. Mateos topped the 948-entry field to win $1.162 million. At the final table, a three-handed deal was made between Mateos, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Chris Hunichen, and it was Mateos coming out as the champion. Caribbean Poker Party Final Table Payouts 1st: Adrian Mateos - $1,162,805* 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - $970,000* 3rd: Chris Hunichen - $1,097,195* 4th: Scott Wellenbach - $650,000 5th: William Blais - $500,000 6th: Oleg Mandzjuk - $350,000 7th: Peter Jetten - $250,000 8th: Gregory Baird - $180,000 With the victory, Mateos has now won the WSOP Europe Main Event, European Poker Tour Grand Final, and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event in just more than six years. 'Josef_shvejk' Wins Monthly PLB in November Russian online grinder Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii won the Monthly PLB title for November. He earned 1,958 points in the month to narrowly beat out 'DeathbyQuads' and 'C Darwin2.' Included in his November success was a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298.
  11. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC

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