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  1. On Sunday, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas topped won the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event for a whopping £940,000. Despite entering the final day with the chip lead, the road to the winner’s circle wasn’t an easy one for Angelou-Konstas, who had to defeated a field of 1,015 entries and top a final table that included Alex Foxen, Tom 'Jabracada' Hall, and Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton, among others. The victory proved by far the largest of Angelou-Konstas’ career, as previously the Greek player with two WPTDeepStacks titles had $874,921 in live tournament earnings. Angelou-Konstas defeated Foxen in heads-up play to claim the title. Angelou-Konstas took out Antoine Labat in third place and entered heads-up play with a lead of 880 million in chips to Foxen’s 132 million. After a double up by Foxen, the two struck a deal that saw Angelou-Konstas take £840,000 and Foxen £720,000, with £100,000 left to play for. Shortly thereafter, the two got the money in on what would be the final hand. According to reporting on partypokerlive.com, Foxen raised and Angelou-Konstas called to see the flop come down [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4c"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 13 million, and Angelou-Konstas called to see the [poker card="3h"] on the turn. Both players checked and the river was the[poker card="Ts"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 46 million, and then Angelou-Konstas check-raised all in to put Foxen all in. Foxen tanked for a bit, then called. When Angelou-Konstas turned up the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"], Foxen saw the bad news and was eliminated holding the [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. Final Table Payouts 1. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas - £940,000* 2. Alex Foxen - £720,000* 3. Antoine Labat - £440,000 4. Tom 'Jabracada' Hall - £300,000 5. Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton - £205,850 6. Michael 'Miw210' Wang - £140,000 7. John Haigh - £100,000 8. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney - £70,000 9. Ryan Riess - £50,000 *Denotes a heads-up deal. Ryan Riess, winner of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and recent "bubble boy" in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller, busted first at the final table in ninth place. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney was next out the door in eighth, and then John Haigh was knocked out in seventh. Both O’Kearney and Haigh were eliminated in three-way pots. Michael 'Miw210' Wang went out in sixth place for £140,000. He was busted at the hands of Angelou-Konstas, who shoved the river of an [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ts"] board holding pocket aces. Wang tank-called with the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="7d"] to try and pick off Angelou-Konstas, but he was eliminated instead. Next out was Grafton in fifth place, who was also busted by Angelou-Konstas. Angelou-Konstas then sent Hall packing in fourth place when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] held up against the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] for Hall. Falling in third place was Labat, also busted by Angelou-Konstas, and that set up the heads-up battle between Angelou-Konstas and Foxen. As previously mentioned, the final two players struck a deal before Angelou-Konstas went on to earn the title. With the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £5,300 Main Event attracting 1,015 entries, the top 127 places were set to reach the money. A few of the notables to finish in the money included Patrick 'Pleno1' Leonard (23rd - £25,000), Max Silver (42nd - £17,500), Maria Lampropulos (53rd - £15,000), and Tom Middleton (79th - £12,500). Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
  2. In a storybook ending to the historic PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship, Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas defeated WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini to become the first-ever PSPC champion, earning $5.1 million. "A lot of players were saying that this was the most important tournament in history," Colillas said in the afterglow of the victory. "So now, it's only about happiness and enjoying the moment." But before the Spaniard was able to celebrate, Colillas, as a Platinum Pass winner, needed to navigate a difficult final table full of seasoned pros. The final table of the largest $25,000 tournament of all time took only five-and-a-half hours to play to a winner. However, it took roughly an hour and a half before the first player hit the rail. Talal Shakerchi and France's Julien Martini were the first to clash in a battle of big hands. The action started as Marc Rivera opened, only to be three-bet by Martini who was holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. Farid Jattin, holding a pocket pair in the small blind, found a fold, however Shakerchi woke up with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] in the big blind. Shakerchi moved all in and was called by Martini. The flop came [poker card="3c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2h"], giving little life to Martini. However, the [poker card="ts"] on the turn opened a number of backdoor outs for the Frenchman. The river provided Martini the flush as the [poker card="5s"] completed the board. Shakerchi’s run ended in eighth place for $509,000. Marc Perrault was sitting on roughly two big blinds, which made the next elimination so surprising. In the hijack seat, Martini opened holding the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. Jattin looked down at the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and went deep into the tank. Finally, he decided to shove over Martini, allowing Perrault to get out of the way in the small blind. Start-of-day chip leader Scott Baumstein folded the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Martini snap-called. Jattin, all in and at risk, was dominated, but the flop provided some life. It came [poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"], giving Jattin a wealth of additional outs. The [poker card="qd"] arrived on the turn and the [poker card="tc"] on the river closed the door on Jattin’s tournament. Jattin earned a career-high cash of $746,000 for his seventh-place run, propelling him to more than $3.5 million in total live earnings. After the hand, Martini pulled away from the field to hold nearly three times as many chips as anyone left. With six players left and running on fumes, it was finally time for Perrault to make his stand. After laddering two spots, he found himself all in and at risk holding the [poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] against Colillas' [poker card="kh"][poker card="kc"]. The board [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] ran out clean for Colillas. Perrault, who started the day as the shortest stack, ended his day as a millionaire. The Canadian turned his $25,000 entry into $1,012,000 for his sixth-place finish. Jason Koonce had been picking his spots, but after being forced to fold in a hand right before the first break of the day he found himself on a short stack. On one of the first hands after the break, he made his move by shipping his stack on the button holding the [poker card="td"][poker card="7d"]. Colillas called him from the big blind holding [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"]. Koonce needed to catch, but when the board ran out [poker card="2c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6d"], it provided him with no help. The Colorado sports memorabilia aficionado’s dream run ended in fifth place with a $1,304,000 "consolation prize." His previous career live earnings were just over $6,000. Shortly thereafter, Martini continued to gain momentum after a clash with Baumstein. Martini opened under the gun with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and when it folded back to Baumstein, he shipped his short stack in the middle with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. Martini made the call and Baumstein was at risk. The flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] favored Martini and left Baumstein looking for an ace or backdoor hearts. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river fell the [poker card="ts"]. Baumstein, the longtime New York pro, was rewarded with a career-best $1,657,000 score for his fourth-place finish. With three players left, Martini held a comfortable chip lead over both Colillas and Rivera, the remaining Platinum Pass winners. The three played roughly six orbits before Rivera made his final stand. Martini, with his large chip lead, opened the button with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Rivera pushed in his 16-big blind stack with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3d"]. Martini snap-called and Rivera needed some serious help. The flop had none for him as it came [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ts"] on the turn left Rivera searching or a three. The river was the last of Rivera’s tournament, it came the [poker card="td"], and sent the Platinum Pass winner to the rail in third place with a massive $2,168,000 score. Headed into heads-up play Martini held a roughly 2:1 chip lead over Colillas. After Colillas began to close in Martini the pair played what would be the pivotal hand of the heads-up match. Martini opened holding the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] and Colillas called with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="5s"]. The flop was perfect for Martini, [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"][poker card="qh"] for the flopped flush. Colillas with flopped middle pair called Martini’s bet. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] improving Colillas to trips. Martini placed a large bet, Colillas called. The river turned out to be one of the most pivotal cards of the tournament - the [poker card="5d"] giving Colillas a backdoor full house to Martini’s flopped flush. Colillas checked, Martini shoved, Colillas snapped and secured a massive double up reducing Martini’s stack to roughly 20 big blinds. In the end, after his stack had trended downwards, Martini made a stand on the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"] and Colillas made the call with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] giving both a pair but putting Colillas in position to secure a historic victory. The turn was the [poker card="2c"]. Colillas and Martini then saw the championship card of the [poker card="5d"] fall. Colillas was the champion and Martini's PSPC dream run ended in second place for $2,974,000. Ramon Colillas made his way to his rail and was quickly engulfed by supporters. The Platinum Pass winner, with $10,000 in recorded live cashes according to his Hendon Mob page, became the inaugural PSPC champion, earning the life-changing sum of $5.1 million for the victory. PSPC Final Table Payouts Ramon Colillas - $5,100,000 Julien Martini - $2,974,000 Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 Marc Perrault - $1,012,000 Farid Jattin - $746,000 Talal Shakerchi - $509,000
  3. The final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set. On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time. New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater. “It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives. Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds. France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips. The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S's Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table. Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700). Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400. There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million. The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET. 2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts 1. Scott Baumstein - 10,725,000 2. Marc Rivera - 10,350,000 3. Julien Martini - 8,600,000 4. Farid Jattin - 8,525,000 5. Ramon Colillas - 8,3000,000 6. Jason Koonce - 7,125,000 7. Talal Shakerchi - 5,500,000 8. Marc Perrault - 2,275,000
  4. There are only 38 players left to pursue the $5.1 million first-place prize of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Championship. Day 3 of the record-setting tournament started with 207 players of which only 181 would make the money. By the end of the day, New York tournament pro Scott Baumstein flew into the chip lead with 4.24 million in chips, followed closely by Yiannis Liperis (4.21 million). However, before the stacks could reach such heights, there was a money bubble that needed popping. As one might expect in a tournament where there were over 300 players who gifted their $25K entry, plenty of players were hanging tough to pick up the $25,450 min-cash. With four players left to the actual bubble, the remaining 185 players went hand for hand. It took roughly an hour, plus a 20-minute break in the middle, but eventually, Team Ireland’s Paul Leckey ran pocket kings into Tianle Wang’s pocket aces. Leckey didn’t go home empty-handed though, as the official bubble boy received an EPT package worth over $11,000. After that, the bustouts were fast and furious, with the next pay ladder happening faster than tournament officials could break and rebalance tables. At the conclusion of Day 3, only Baumstein and Liperis have eclipsed the 4 million chip mark, but there’s plenty of top-flight competition left in the field. France’s Julien Martini (3,250,000), Canada’s Louis Boutin (3,040,000) and Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas (2,895,000) from Spain complete the top 5 chip leaders. Other notables still left in the field include Mikita Badziakouski (1,910,000), Dan O’Brien (1,765,000), Griffin Benger (1,560,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi (1,330,000), Brazil’s Pedro Padilha (1,315,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,115,000), Tony Gregg (905,000), Platinum Pass winner Jackie Burkhart (660,000) and Day 2 chipleader Farid Jattin (640,000). By the end of the day, 143 players found their way to the cashier to pick up their earnings. Including Felix Schneiders ($69,100), Max and Sam Greenwood ($69,100), Mustapha Kanit ($56,800), Christoph Vogelsang ($56,800), Ryan Reiss ($56,800), former PocketFives #1-ranked Bryan Piccioli ($56,800), Blair Hinkle ($56,800), Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($45,700), Victor Ramdin ($45,700), Benjamin Pollak ($45,700), Dan Shak ($45,700), Brandon Adams ($39,500), Darren Elias ($39,500), Christian Harder ($39,500), Dylan Linde ($39,500) and Matt Affleck ($35,000). Three of the winners of the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tour made the money, however, all three failed to bag at the end of the day. Clifford Ellefson ($39,500), Anthony Maio ($35,000) and Ori Kossonogi ($35,000) all found a way to turn their Platinum Passes into five-figure scores. Additionally, there were plenty of big name pros who made the money but were unable to ladder up. Parker Talbot, Sam Grafton, JC Alvarado, Frank Kassel, and Sean Winter were just a few of the roughly 30 players to settle for the min-cash of $25,450. Play in the PSPC resumes when 38 players will play down to the final table at noon ET.
  5. One of the most prestigious high rollers of the year came to a conclusion on Saturday as Sam Greenwood defeated the 61 player field in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,775,460. Late on Friday night, the tournament saw the money bubble burst when Gregory Jensen bowed out in ninth place. The players could have opted to end the day of play right there returning for the live streamed final table with a full table. However, they continued to play to the end of the level. During that time they lost three of the eight remaining players including U.S. Poker Open champion Stephen Chidwick in eighth ($236,720), Steffen Sontheimer in seventh ($301,820) and PokerStars ambassador Igor Kurganov in sixth place ($378,760). When they returned on Saturday, the table was five-handed with Canadian Chris Hunichen with the chip lead. LISTEN: The FIVES Poker Podcast LIVE from the Bahamas with guest Chris Hunichen The first elimination of the day took place during a clash between Talal Shakerchi and Greenwood. Greenwood raised holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="qd"]. When the action made it to Shakerchi, he shoved just over 20 bigs with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"]. Greenwood made the quick call. The [poker card="3c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="th"] flop paired Shakerchi and the [poker card="qs"], while improving Greenwood’s hand, provided Shakerchi even more outs. The [poker card="7c"] river was not one of them and Shakerchi, who made his second final table of the PCA in as many events, settled for fifth place and another $485,300. This result brings Shakerchi's total 2019 PCA earnings to $994,300. Hunichen had lost his chip lead after taking providing Greenwood a double up earlier in the day. He quickly found himself with a 10 big blind stack. Hunichen subsequently lost another hand to Greenwood and was running on fumes. His tournament came to an end when he made an all-in call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"] against Henrik Hecklen’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="3s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5c"] board never really provided much of a sweat and ‘Big Huni’ bowed out in fourth place for $627,340, a new career-high cash. Hunichen has been on a run as of late as this result comes on the heels of his third-place place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K, where he won his previous largest cash of $592,000. Greenwood then separated himself from both Jesus Cortes and Hecklen and at one point had a greater than 2:1 chip advantage over each of them. Not long after Hunichen's departure, Greenwood and Cortes faced off in a massive cooler that claimed Cortes’ tournament life. Greenwood opened on the button with [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"] and Cortes flatted on the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ks"] action flop provided Greenwood a flopped straight and a set for Cortes. Cortes checked, Greenwood bet, Cortes flat called. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and after Cortes checked again, Greenwood placed in a larger bet. Cortes, again, just called. The river brought the [poker card="2s"]. Cortes checked for the third time. Greenwood, covering Cortes, shipped all-in. Cortes could not get away from the hand and after seeing the results, headed for the cashier in third place. He collected $828,560 for his efforts. The score almost exactly doubles the total of his previously recorded live cashes of $828,201. With a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up, it didn’t take long for Greenwood to close out the tournament. Greenwood open limped from the small blind with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"] and Hecklen moved all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"]. Greenwood instantly made the call and the pair saw the flop of [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3s"] leaving Hecklen with very few outs. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] providing no help. The [poker card="2d"] river sealed the deal for Greenwood, giving him the victory. This was another amazing showing for Denmark’s Hecklen, who finished in second place for a career-high cash $1,284,260. It comes on the heels of his victory in the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller where he dominated the table from start to finish picking up $568,680. In total, Hecklen now surpasses $3M in total career live earnings. Greenwood, a PocketFiver, picked up the PCA Super High Roller trophy and takes home $1,775,460 for his performance. This is his second largest cash in his impressive career, one that now includes six seven-figure scores. Greenwood now exceeds $14.5 million for his career and climbs to 37th place on the All-Time Money List. PCA $100K Final Table Payouts 1. Sam Greenwood - $1,775,460 2. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 3. Jesus Cortes - $828,560 4. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 5. Talal Shakerchi - $485,300 6. Igor Kurganov - $378,760 7. Steffen Sontheimer - $301,820 8. Stephen Chidwick - $236,720
  6. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  7. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London kicks off this week with the biggest buy-in in tournament poker history as the highlight. Deemed the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity, the event has a gargantuan £1,050,000 buy-in, of which £1,000,000 goes to the prize pool and £50,000 goes towards charitable causes. The Triton Million takes place at London Hilton on Park Lane and is sponsored by partypoker LIVE. It is scheduled as a three-day event from August 1-3. Charitable causes to benefit include Caring For Children Foundation, R.E.G., Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity, and One Drop. Triton Million Provides Unique Twist The Triton Million has a freezeout format with a rather unique twist to it. It’s invite-only. Invited players were issued invitations from a committee, and these players are of the recreational or businessman or woman variety. Those fortunate enough to receive invitations can then issue one invitation of their own to a guest player. The guest player can be a professional poker player. This allows for the field to be at least a 50% businessmen. For the first six hours of tournament play, the two player pools will be separated, such that the recreational/businessmen and women compete against one another and the guests/professionals play against one another. Furthermore, players will be asked to dress in formal attire for the final table. The Triton Million field has 25 businessmen signed up. Let’s take a look at them. Paul Phua [caption id="attachment_625843" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Paul Phua (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Paul Phua has been around the ultra high-stakes poker scene for nearly a decade now, amassing more than $11,400,000 in live tournament earnings and cashing in some of the richest poker events in the world. He has two victories on record, first in the Aspers £100,000 High Roller in 2012 for £1,000,000 ($1,621,297) and second in the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 High Roller for €752,700 ($825,619). As for his business exploits that have earned him a fortune, Phua has been a well-known junket operator for some of the world’s richest and he’s been in the news as the "world's biggest bookie," having his Caesars Palace villa raided in July 2014 for running an illegal gambling operation. The raid came just about a month after Phua was arrested in Macau under similar charges. Phua's guest player for the Triton Million is Tom Dwan. Cary Katz [caption id="attachment_625842" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Cary Katz (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Cary Katz is the man atop the Poker Central organizational chart, having founded the company in 2015. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of one of the largest student loan companies in the United States. On the felt, Katz has nearly $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, including a career-best score of €1,750,000 ($1,929,203) when he finished fifth in the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. In January 2018, Katz won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller to the tune of $1,492,340, and he placed eighth in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,306,667. Katz's guest player for the Triton Million is Bryn Kenney. Rob Yong [caption id="attachment_625844" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Rob Yong (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Rob Yong is the owner of Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, UK. Under Yong’s watchful eye, Dusk Till Dawn was built into what is considered to be one of the best card rooms in the world, with top-tier brands such as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, partypoker, and UK & Ireland Poker Tour holding events there. Yong is now heavily involved with partypoker and partypoker LIVE, helping to grow these two brands in the online and live realms, respectively. Although his live tournament results amount to only a little more than $330,000, Yong has been a regular at some of the highest stakes in the world, specifically when it comes to cash games. At the table, he’s an entertaining competitor who doesn’t shy away from risk and will liven up any game. Yong's guest player for the Triton Million is Sam Trickett. Talal Shakerchi [caption id="attachment_625845" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Talal Shakerchi (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Talal Shakerchi is a player from the recreational/businessmen category that could likely fit into the professional poker player category. He doesn’t have the most live tournament earnings, with more than $7,300,000 won in his career, but make no mistake about it, Shakerchi is a grinder. For quite some time, Shakerchi kept his online poker name a secret so others in the high-stakes community wouldn’t realize his ability or the amount of volume he was putting in. On the business side, Shakerchi is an investment manager, running Meditor Capital Management Limited, which he founded. Shakerchi's guest player for the Triton Million is Igor Kurganov. Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga [caption id="attachment_625841" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Antanas Guoga, who is best known as 'Tony G' in the poker world, is another player listed in the recreational/businessmen category that could very well be considered a professional poker player. At least that’s what he used to be. Now a politician and Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament, Guoga is rarely seen on the poker scene these days. He is the founder of PokerNews.com and TonyBet. Guoga boasts more than $6,000,000 in live tournament earnings and became famous for his brash table talk. His biggest cash came at the European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,500 High Roller in 2009, when he took third for €420,000 ($552,239). He won the 2005 European Poker Championships Main Event for £260,000 ($456,822) and placed second in the World Poker Tour €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris for €339,930 ($414,478) in 2004. Guoga's guest player for the Triton Million is Fedor Holz. Additional Triton Million players from the recreational/businessmen category are listed below, with their guest players in parentheses. Richard Yong (Dan Cates) Stanley Choi (David Peters) Wai Kin Yong (Rui Cao) Bobby Baldwin (Jason Koon) Liang Yu (Mikita Badziakouski) Ivan Leow (Timofey Kuznetsov) Alfred DeCarolis (Stephen Chidwick) Chin Wei Lim (Wai Leong Chan) Chow Hing Yaung (Christoph Vogelsang) Pat Madden (Nick Petrangelo) Sosia Jiang (Sam Greenwood) Qiang Wang (Elton Tsang) Zang Shu Nu (Tan Xuan) Leon Tsoukernik (Martin Kabrhel) Orpen Kisacikoglu (Matthias Eibinger) Ferdinand Putra (Justin Bonomo) Rick Salomon (Vivek Rajkumar) Bill Perkins (Dan Smith) Winfred Yu (Danny Tang) Andrew Pantling (Andrew Robl) Ben Wu (Michael Soyza) How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  8. PokerStars player 'BigBlindBets' is the new World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion. BigBlindBets topped the field of 2,236 entries in the $5,200 buy-in tournament to win $1.665 million in prize money. Known as a high-stakes cash game player online, BigBlindBets defeated Danilo 'dans170'' Demetrio in heads-up play to take the title. Demetrio earned quite the sum of money himself, though, taking home $1.187 million for the runner-up performance. On the final hand, Demetrio, who was at about a 7-to-1 chip disadvantage, had limped in with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"]. BigBlindBets moved all in and Demetrio called. BigBlindBets had the dominated [poker card="As"][poker card="2s"]. BigBlindBets would river a flush to win the pot and the tournament. Finishing in third place was businessman and high rolling veteran Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi, who earned $846,528. Shakerchi busted to BigBlindBets. Shakerchi raised and then shoved the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jc"] after BigBlindBets had three-bet with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"]. BigBlindBets called and three aces on the flop made quick work of Shakerchi. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] 2019 WCOOP High Main Event Buy-in: $5,200 Entries: 2,236 Prize Pool: $11,180,000 BigBlindBets - $1,665,962 Danilo 'dans170'' de Lima Demetrio - $1,187,553 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $846,528 NeedBeat - $603,434 19Pistike93 - $403,148 XMorphineX - $306,624 Leitnant - $218,572 moglimiranda - $155,805 TheMakrill7 - $111,063 In the 2019 WCOOP Low Main Event, which features a buy-in of $55, Finland's 'Jesseonboss' finished in first place from the enormous field of 37,065 entries. The result came after a four-way deal, and Jesseonboss took home a payday of $130,035. Chopping the tournament with Jesseonboss were 'Tobotheman,' Ramiro 'RamiroUY' Miqueiro, and Bela 'SlyderS1' Toth. Tobotheman ultimately placed second, but he took home the lowest prize of the final four that made the deal, earning $96,981. Miqueiro finished third and earned $128,412. Toth finished fourth and took home $107,118. 2019 WCOOP Low Main Event Buy-in: $55 Entries: 37,065 Prize Pool: $1,853,250 Jesseonboss - $130,035* Tobotheman - $96,961* Ramiro 'RamiroUY' Miqueiro - $128,412* Bela 'SlyderS1' Toth - $107,118* Thomastom3 - $45,156 alexxt7 - $31,930 Klimbo - $22,578 Oreo+Coke - $15,965 *Denotes a four-way deal. A look at the overall numbers from the 2019 WCOOP series reveals that more than 1.219 million entries were tallied across 219 events. The total prize pools generated came in at more than $104 million, with 173,364 in-the-money finishers. The overall leaderboard title went to Finland's Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna, who earned 1,400 points and beat out second place's 'Zagazaur' who had earned 1,345 points. For the win, Nevanlinna earned $20,000. Russia's 'FONBET_RULIT' won the low buy-in leaderboard and the $3,500 prize that came with it. Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich topped the medium buy-in leaderboard and earned its $5,000 prize. Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira was the player to top the high buy-in leaderboard, for which he earned $7,500.
  9. Connor Drinan joined an elite club on Thursday and in the process helped form an even more elite one. Drinan became the ninth player with five career PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by winning Event #56 High (1,050 HORSE) and in the process joined Shaun Deeb as the only players to win four SCOOP titles in a single year. Drinan beat Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah heads-up to earn the fourth title and added $30,232.50 to his bankroll. Leah walked away with $21,545 for his efforts while third-place finisher 'wiNNin83' had to settle for $16,680. Deeb became the first player to win four SCOOP titles in 2012. Drinan's previous 2020 came in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better), Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max), and Event #45-M ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO). Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic won Event #57 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) to lock up a $201,606 score. Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist fell one spot short of the title and had $155,222.20 to console himself with. Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet came in third for $119,510.00. The final table also included 'bencb789' and Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis. The Dutch pro's Twitch stream of the final table broke his personal record for viewers with more than 34,000 people tuned in before he was eliminated in seventh place. Event #58 High ($2,100 Heads-Up NLHE) had 119 runners with 'CatLover666' and Phil 'Grindation' McAllister battling through all of them to make the final where 'CatLover666' picked up the win and $71,400. McAllister had to settle for $42,840.00. Ukrainian 'gerasag' outlasted 637 other entries in Event #59 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO) to win $48,061.01 from the prize pool and another $50,031.22 worth of bounties. Andres 'wisopekeno!' Gonzalez came in second place and locked up a $48,060.54 windfall and $8,914.07 in bounties. Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice took the final spot on the podium, earning $30,190.06 and $3,218.75 in bounties for a third-place result. After finishing fourth in Event #56 High earlier in the day, Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne put a bow on a victory in Event #61 High ($1,050 Omaha 8-or-better) to win $28,546.77. Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi picked up another strong finish, coming in second place for $22,099.00 while 'Brandon-Tino' walked away with $17,107.61 for finishing third. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Thursday include 'TSubbb' (Event #56-L), 'thomber26' (Event #56-M), 'JUCA_PIRAMA1' (Event #57-L), 'lucianodayan' (Event #57-M), 'JJborio' (Event #58-L), 'd0nkBluff' (Event #58-M), 'Eldon69350' (Event #59-L), 'jonespkr' (Event #59-M), 'fcttom' (Event #61-L), and 'Vitek_vv' (Event #61-M). Event #56-H: $1,050 HORSE Entries: 139 Prize pool: $139,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $30,232.50 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $21,545.00 wiNNin83 - $16,680.00 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $11,815.00 Skint Paddy - $7,645.00 Spokey - $6,255.00 adkaf - $4,865.00 Harleyy30040 - $3,822.50 Event #57-H: $5,200 NLHE High Roller Entries: 184 Prize pool: $1,000,000 Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic - $201,606 Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist - $155,222.20 Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $119,510.00 bencb789 - $92,014.10 EEE27 - $70,844.30 DeadNylan - $54,545.00 Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis - $41,995.80 kimokh - $32,333.70 Wildace_hun - $24,894.70 Event #58-H: $2,100 Heads-Up NLHE Entries: 119 Prize pool: $238,000 CatLover666 - $71,400.00 Phil 'Grindation' McAllister - $42,840.00 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $23,800.00 fetopoker1 - $23,800.00 Event #59-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO Entries: 638 Prize pool: $638,000 (including $319,000 in bounties) gerasag - $48,061.01 + $50,031.22 wisopekeno! - $48,060.54 + $8,914.07 dynoalot - $30,190.06 + $3,218.75 Swaggersorus - $22,312.26 + $11,609.38 markovitsus - $16,590.09 + $7,656.25 7tHEcROw7 - $12,187.17 + $4,531.25 lechuckpoker - $9,007.06 + $10,789.06 wktak1 - $6,656.76 + $8,640.63 Event #61-H: $1,050 Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 136 Prize pool: $136,000 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $28,546.77 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $22,099.00 Brandon-Tino - $17,107.61 flong78 - $13,243.61 krakukra - $10,252.34 Perumov - $7,936.70 bernard-bb - $6,144.08 OK1OK2 - $4,756.35 Kroko-dill - $3,91.44
  10. Four years ago, Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi cemented his name in PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker history by winning the 2016 Main Event. The win was Shakerchi's third SCOOP title and came with a $1,468,000.88 score. On Tuesday, the British businessman earned his fourth title by winning Event #25 High ($2,100 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw). Shakerchi, who previously won titles in 2012 and 2014 before his Main Event victory, earned $42,645.76 for the win. Joao 'Naza114' Viera finished in second place for $31,878.36 and Elior 'Crazy Elior' Sion finished third for $23,829.59. Just one day after winning his fourth SCOOP title, Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton just missed out on a fifth by finishing fourth place for $17,813.01. Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey was the biggest winner on Tuesday, taking down Event #20 High ($530 NLHE Six Max PKO) for $80,752.12 and another $69,292.18 from collected bounties. The final bounty Carey collected belonged to runner-up 'DEX888' who had to settle for $80,750.18 from the prize pool and just $10,711.88 worth of bounties. 'Furnifuture' picked up $46,209.63 and $11,169.43 in bounties for coming in third. Brazilian 'teruliro' and Mexico-based American Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe chopped up Event #21 High ($530 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better). 'teruliro' took home $27,074.67 and the title after eliminating Deppe. Deppe banked $26,227.94 for finishing second while 'RedPh0enix' took home $16,459.59 for finishing third. Manuel 'fellatiado' Ruivo earned an outright victory in Event #22 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em) and pocketed $73,414.54 for his efforts. Andres 'wisopekeno!' Gonzalez just missed out on his first SCOOP title, coming in second place for $55,069.62. Thomas 'MarToMchat' Boivin rounded out the podium finishers and added $41,308.95 to his bankroll. The final event to play down to a champion was Event #27 High ($530 NLHE Turbo PKO) where 'luckyman147' outlasted 1,262 other players to win $42,526.46 and another $43,250.82 in bounties. Runner-up 'mamamamama70' fell short of the title but earned $42,525.65 and $15,807.61 from collected bounties. Third place finisher 'hubcam' won $25,231.51 and just $1,257.82 from bounties. Other SCOOP winners on Tuesday included 'b0nk3ym0y12' (Event #20-Low), 'Gtd plens' (Event #20-Medium), 'warwicktom' (Event #21-Low), 'Zadavljugada' (Event #21-Medium), 'exmenidi' (Event #22-Low), 'Consi11' (Event #22-Medium), 'no ase1815' (Event #23-Low), 'admiralph' (Event #23-Medium), 'Vovan7778' (Event #25-Low), Rinat 'Zapahzamazki' Lyapin (Event #25-Medium), 'megamaster11' (Event #27-Low), and 'WATnlos' (Event #27-Medium). Event #20-H: $530 NLHE Six Max PKO Entries: 2,605 Prize pool: $1,302,500 Owain 'Sngwonder' Carey - $80,752.12 + $69,292.18 in bounties DEX888 - $80,750.18 + $10,711.88 in bounties Furnifuture - $46,209.63 + $11,169.43 in bounties FrCnnctn1960 - $32,197.66 + $24,310.50 in bounties NurlanGGG777 - $22,434.45 + $3,078.13 in bounties faza29 - $15,631.75 in bounties Event #21-H: $530 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 329 Prize pool: $164,500 teruliro - $27,074.67* Little Kraut - $26,227.94* RedPh0enix - $16,459.59 FAL1st - $12,034.31 RunGodlike - $8,798.80 Muka82 - $6,433.18 calvin7v - $4,703.58 Aces Amin - $3,438.98 bedias - $2,872.30 Event #22-H: $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 403 Prize pool: $403,000 Manuel 'fellatiado' Ruivo - $73,414.54 wisopekeno! - $55,069.62 MarToMchat - $41,308.95 soleeJ - $23,243.83 Rens02 - $17,435.71 nacho124441 - $13,078.92 9cream4 - $9,810.75 K0SICE - $7,359.26 Event #25-H: $2,100 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Entries: 79 Prize pool: $158,000 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $42,645.76 Naza114 - $31,878.36 Crazy Elior - $23,829.59 MUSTAFABET - $17,813.01 RaulGonzalez - $13,315.52 lb6121 - $9,953.57 Crisper - $7,440.47 Event #27-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PKO Entries: 1,263 Prize pool: $631,500 (including $315,750 in bounties) luckyman147 - $42,526.46 + $43,250.82 mamamamama70 - $42,525.65 + $15,807.61 hubcam - $25,231.51 + $1,257.82 Tomatee - $17,985.90 + $9,054.68 mikalivey - $12,820.99 + $2,867.19 TiltMeBig - $9,139.25 + $7,181.63 WRUUUUM - $6,514.80 + $8,601.56 Bergmannen - $4,643.98 _ $1,187.50
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