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  1. [caption width="468"] Sorel Mizzi defeated Brian Rast in a charity boxing match[/caption] Poker pro Sorel Mizzi dominated his fight against fellow pro Brian Rast on Wednesday night, knocking down his opponent several times over the course of just over two rounds. The charity bout, dubbed "The Rumble Without Jungle," was organized by Rast and Mizzi earlier this month and meant to motivate both fighters to get into better shape while raising money for a charitable outfit known as REG. The event went down at Syndicate Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas and was live streamed by Poker Centraland at least three people on Periscope. Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak served as emcees and held a pre-fight charity auction. The two fighters made their way to the ring with no music and little fanfare. As they prepared to do battle, it was immediately clear that Mizzi was in much better shape than Rast, who possessed little of the muscle definition that his opponent boasted. In the first round, Mizzi quickly landed a lucky, yet powerful haymaker to the head of Rast, which sent him to the ground in the first knockdown of the match. In short order, Mizzi landed two more solid blows, knocking down Rast twice more and technically winning him the match. After the third hit, the ref clearly wanted to end the fight, but both Rast and Mizzi decided they wanted to continue. Before the match, Rast told Joey Ingram that fans should expect a real fight and that he would not stop until he either won or was knocked out. The second round was more of the same. Although starting to tire, Mizzi seemed quite confident and didn't even bother to put up his hands to block any potential shots from his opponent. Rast, however, was unable to capitalize on Mizzi's poot technical form. Rast's wife, who jokingly told him that if he didn't beat Mizzi that he would be sleeping on the couch, could be heard throughout the match shouting advice in Portuguese. Mizzi's coaches did the same, mostly imploring him to keep his hands up. At the start of the third round, both fighters seemed exhausted, but that didn't stop Mizzi from knocking Rast down one more time. After being sent to the mat for the fifth time, the referee finally called the match, which Mizzi won handily. Mizzi thanked everyone for showing up for the bout and praised his opponent for showing so much heart during the fight. Rast graciously accepted his defeat and praised Mizzi's skill in the ring. [caption width="599"] Advertisement for the fight[/caption] The pair have yet to announce exactly how much money was raised for REG, a charity which uses a game theory optimal approach to donate money. On Twitter, Rast sent a shout out, thanking those involved in the event, saying, "Thank you to all the judges and ref who donated their time - and to all the people who came out to support the event." It's also unknown how much money the two had riding on the match and how the odds were set, but most believed that Mizzi was the clear favorite from the start. Those in attendance said that poker players in the crowd were, naturally, betting heavily with each other right up until the start of the fight.
  2. [caption width="640"] Mike Del Vecchio defeated a tough final table to take down his first career WPT victory. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The final stop of the World Poker Tour California Swing made its way up to Sacramento and Thunder Valley Casino. There was plenty up for grabs in the event as Rainer Kempe came in looking to lock up his position as the points leader of the California Swing and 421 entrants were looking to close out the West Coast portion of WPT Season XV in style. Mike ‘3kingme3’ Del Vecchio started the final table as chip leader and defeated a talented group of players including Sorel ‘imper1um’ Mizzi, Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan, and Olivier Busqueton his way to taking down his first career WPT title. Busquet came in as the short stack but was able to triple up on the 27th hand in a spot that saw Drinan get eliminated in sixth place. Busquet shoved from the button for 440,000 and Drinan re-jammed out of the small blind for 960,000 total. John Hadley called from the big blind with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"] in the big blind, having both players covered, and had the [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] of Busquet along with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] of Drinan at risk. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"] flop put Busquet in the lead with two pair but also gave Drinan outs to a straight. The [poker card="6s"] turn bricked and the [poker card="qd"] river secured the triple for Busquet and sent Drinan to the rail. Although he picked up a substantial amount of chips, Busquet could not ladder up further and was eliminated in fifth place. On Hand 76, Steve Tabb shoved from the small blind and Busquet called for his last 550,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"]. Tabb turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="4d"] and picked up a flush draw on the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Tabb outs to a straight and he found his flush on the [poker card="2d"] river to eliminate Busquet. Four hands after Busquet exited, it was Hadley’s turn to leave the final table. Hadley opened for 140,000 from under the gun and Del Vecchio three-bet to 525,000 out of the small blind. Hadley moved all-in for 1,480,000. Del Vecchio called with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] and had the [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] of Hadley in a flip worth nearly 25 percent of the chips in play. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6h"] board did nothing for Hadley and Del Vecchio assumed the chip lead to start three-handed play. Del Vecchio, Mizzi and Tabb engaged in three-handed play for a few hours before Del Vecchio opened a wide gap by doubling through Tabb. Del Vecchio opened to 180,000 on the button and Tabb three-bet to 555,000 from the small blind. Del Vecchio moved all-in for 3,420,000 total and Tabb called with [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"], which trailed the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] of Del Vecchio. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"] board ran clean for Del Vecchio and Tabb was knocked down under 20 big blinds. Hand 157 was the final one for Tabb and Del Vecchio finished the job he started. Del Vecchio raised to 250,000 out of the small blind and Tabb three-bet all-in for 1,950,000. Del Vecchio called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8s"] and needed to hold against the [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] of Tabb. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] board secured the elimination for Del Vecchio and he entered heads up play with a sizable advantage over Mizzi. On Hand 182 of the final table, Del Vecchio completed his wire-to-wire championship run. Del Vecchio raised to 300,000 and Mizzi defended his big blind to see a [poker card="7s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] flop. Mizzi checked and Del Vecchio bet 225,000. Mizzi called and the [poker card="4s"] came on the turn. Mizzi checked again and Del Vecchio bet 600,000 more. Mizzi check-raised to 1,725,000 and Del Vecchio moved all-in and Mizzi called with [poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] for an open-ended straight flush draw. Del Vecchio turned over [poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"] for trip fours and would have to fade the abundance of outs at Mizzi’s disposal. The river card was the [poker card="jh"] and Del Vecchio wrapped up the title. With the win, Del Vecchio clinched a spot in the season-ending WPT Tournament Champions next month at the Seminole Hard Rock. Final Table Payouts Mike Del Vecchio - $284,638 Sorel Mizzi - $190,105 Steve Tabb - $122,296 John Hadley - $81,930 Olivier Busquet - $63,013 Connor Drinan - $52,222
  3. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. The World Series of Poker Main Event starts this week and former PocketFives #1 will get to work on trying to become the first player to have reached the mountaintop in both online and live poker. While this has yet to happen, there have been plenty of former #1-ranked online poker players that have made their mark on the biggest live poker tournament of the year. Here are just a few of the elite online player looking to make history here in 2018. Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy Main Event Cashes: 3 Total Earnings: $3,496,985 New York family man, and one-time poker staking kingpin, Cliff Josephy has produced the best results in the Main Event when it comes to pure profit. Josephy has made the money three times dating back to 2008 when he cashed for the first time, finishing in 386th place for just over $28,000. In 2015, he found his second Main Event score as he min-cashed for another $15,000. His breakthrough cash in the Main Event came in 2016 when he battled poker pros Gordon Vayo and, the eventual winner, Qui Nguyen in three-handed play at the end of the tournament. Falling in third, Josephy took home a career-high cash of over $3.4 million and , in the process, ended up earning himself the American Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award for contributions to both the live and online arenas. Sorel ‘Imper1um’ Mizzi Main Event Cashes: 5 Total Main Event Earnings: $245,224 Sorel Mizzi’s poker legacy may be a controversial one, having been involved in a number of poker controversies over the years, but his success in the Main Event is incontrovertible. Mizzi has cashed in the Main Event five times going all the way back to 2007. His best result was in 2011 when he breached the top 100, finishing in 95th place, for $64,531. Mizzi currently sits with over $11.9 million in lifetime live career earnings so should he find a way to add a sixth WSOP Main Event cash to his resume, he may propel himself up over the $12 million mark. Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli Main Event Cashes: 3 Total Main Event Earnings: $1,757,855 Second only to Josephy in terms of pure cash, bracelet winner Bryan Piccoli has been a portrait of consistency in the Main Event in recent years. Piccoli has cashed in each of the last three Main Events, including his sixth-place finish in 2017 for $1.675 million. Headed into the 2018 Main, Piccoli has picked up four cashes in the 2018 WSOP highlighted by a relatively deep run in Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack for $9,758. He’ll be looking to cash in his fourth straight Main Event and, if that happens, he’ll be in line to make a run at Ronnie Bardah’s standing record of five straight Main Event cashes. Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger Main Event Cashes: 3 Total Main Event Earnings: $1,361,012 Another PocketFiver that always has a shot at going deep in the Main is Griffin Benger. One of 10 former #1-ranked PocketFivers to have cashed in the Main three times or more, Benger’s deepest run came in 2016. It was during that televised deep run that Benger’s verbal altercation with William Kassouf turned Toronto’s Benger from a pro's pro into a name known by recreational poker players all over the world. He wrapped up his run in seventh place that year, earning a career-high cash of over $1.25 million. Banger’s has a pattern of cashing the Main Event in every even year since 2012. In each of his results, he improved on the last time he cashed. If the pattern stays true, Benger should not only make the money this July but make a real run at becoming the World Champion. Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe Main Event Cashes: 3 Total Main Event Earnings: $557,919 Hitting the nail on the head, one of Paul Volpe’s nicknames is “The Main Event.” If Volpe is in the field and focused, you’re likely to see him make a deep run. Volpe already has six cashes in the 2018 WSOP series, including a bracelet win in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha H/L 8 or Better for $417,921. Volpe has come extremely close to making the final table of the Main Event on two of his three results. In 2012, Volpe’s deep run ended in the 20th spot for $294,601. Again in 2016, Volpe was poised to make it to the end, bowing out in 29th place for over $216,000. In total, the Pennsylvania pro has accumulated three bracelets and over $3 million in WSOP earnings alone. Perhaps this is the year he breaks through the 20th place threshold and makes his way to the final nine.
  4. The World Poker Tour has a new champion, after Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda defeated a field of 792 entries to win the Season XVII WPT Montreal C$5,300 Main Event. Serda came into the final table at Playground Poker Club with the chip lead and successfully battled his way to victory to claim the C$855,000 first-place prize. At the official WPT final table of six, Serda defeated World Poker Tour champion Ema Zajmovic in heads-up play, and he also battled with Sorel Mizzi (3rd place) and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva (5th place). WPT Montreal Final Table Results 1st: Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda - C$855,000* 2nd: Ema Zajmovic - C$556,000 3rd: Sorel Mizzi - C$410,000 4th: Kauvsegan Ehamparam - C$305,450 5th: Upeshka De Silva - C$230,250 6th: Jiachen Gong - C$175,500 *First-place payout includes a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The final-table eliminations began when Jiachen Gong was sent home in sixth place as the result of a three-way clash. Zajmovic, Gong, and Kauvsegan Ehamparam found all of the money in the middle preflop. Zajmovic and Gong both had ace-queen, and Ehamparam had ace-king. The ace-king held for Ehamparam and he won the pot to triple up, while Gong long to Zajmovic after she made a flush. De Silva was next to go, busting at the hands of Mizzi when his pocket fours couldn’t pull off the upset against Mizzi’s pocket jacks. Shortly after that, Ehamparam was sent home in fourth place by Zajmovic. Three-handed play meant Zajmovic was just two players away from her second World Poker Tour title. Serda and Mizzi were each looking for their first. After being fairly quiet throughout the final table, Serda woke up in a big way when he knocked out Mizzi in third place. Mizzi had fallen short and moved all in from the button for 3.2 million when the blinds were 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante. Serda reraised all in from the small blind for 12.6 million. Zajmovic folded from the big blind and it was Mizzi’s two sizes against the pocket nines for Serda. Mizzi failed to come from behind and was knocked out in third place for C$410,000. With the elimination of Mizzi, Serda was able to enter heads-up play with a slight lead. Serda had 16.15 million to Zajmovic's 15.675 million. Only a handful of hands were played between the two before Serda sealed the victory. The heads-up pots played between Serda and Zajmovic to start didn’t seem like much. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the two collided to end the tournament. On the final hand, Zajmovic raised to 500,000 on the button. The blinds were still 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante, and Serda opted to three-bet to 1.6 million. Zajmovic came back with a four-bet to 3.8 million, and Serda called. The flop was [poker card="Ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] and both players checked to see the [poker card="Ac"] land on the turn. Serda checked, Zajmovic bet 3 million, and Serda called to see the [poker card="3h"] land on the river. Serda checked, Zajmovic moved all in for 8.5 million, and Serda went into the tank. He eventually made the call holding just the[poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] for a pair of sevens. Zajmovic had air with the[poker card="Kd"][poker card="9s"] and was eliminated in second place. Season XVII WPT Montreal event marked the first in the new four-year partnership between the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE. The event attracted 792 entries but failed to reach the C$5 million guarantee on the prize pool. The top 103 places reached the money, and notable finishes were had by WPT Champions Club members Jonathan Little (8th - C$105,500), Amir Babakhani (12th - C$67,000), Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah (18th - C$36,500), Marvin Rettenmaier (45th - C$14,978), David Ormsby (55th - C$13,221), Matt Salsberg (99th - C$8,712), and Darryll Fish (102nd - C$8,712). Next up for the World Poker Tour is the Season XVII WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The full festival runs November 14-28, 2018, with the $3,500 Championship Event taking place November 23-28. Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.

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