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  1. [caption width="640"] Upeshka De Silva was one of three WSOP bracelet winners on Saturday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Weekends at the World Series of Poker are always busy, and the first Saturday of the 2017 WSOP was no exception with six events running at once, including two flights of Colossus and the first of three online events on the schedule. Before the day wrapped up, three players walked away with bracelets including a former WPT Player of the Year, and Bertrand Grospellier bluffed 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth to get himself to the top of the chip counts in the One Drop High Roller. Upeshka De Silva Wins Second Bracelet in Event #3 ($3,000 NLHE Shootout) The final 10 players returned to Event #3 ($3,000 NLHE Shootout) on Saturday to play down to a winner and after little more than eight hours of play, Upeshka De Silva walked away with the second WSOP bracelet of his career. De Silva beat Louis Helm heads-up to walk away with the win and $229,923. Helm earned $142,115. De Silva’s first bracelet came in 2015 when he won a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $424,577. “(Helm) played very well. He played a lot better than I anticipated. He played a limp / re-raise-all-in strategy. I kept trying to isolate his weak hands and he kept going all in. He stayed alive for quite a while,” said De Silva. “I felt like my end game was a little bit better. I thought I'd take a lower-variance style and grind him down. He gets a double-up and it's anybody's game.” Jan Schwippert finished fourth at his second final table of the 2017 WSOP. He was part of the team that finished ninth in Event #2 ($10,000 Tag Team Championship) earlier in the week. Olivier Busquet wound up fifth. Taylor Paur, one of 39 former #1-ranked players on PocketFives that we’re tracking all summer long, was the first player eliminated from the final table. Final Table Payouts Upeshka De Silva - $229,923 Louis Helm - $142,115 Linglin Zeng - $103,449 Jan Schwippert - $76,018 Olivier Busquet - $56,397 Casey Carroll - $42,246 John Richards - $31,955 Mark McMillin - $24,410 Jean Gaspard - $18,832 Taylor Paur - $14,675 Reigning WPT POY Can Also Play Non-Hold’em Games Well, Too [caption width="640"] Benjamin Zamani now has two WSOP bracelets to go with his WPT Player of the Year award (WSOP photo)[/caption] Fresh off of winning World Poker Tour Player of the Year, Benjamin Zamani added “two-time WSOP bracelet winner” to his growing list of accomplishments. Zamani beat out 904 other players to win Event #4 ($1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or better) and the second bracelet of his career. He also earned $238,620. Zamani’s final opponent was Jared Hemingway. The pair only played heads-up for a little over an hour after having played for almost 11.5 hours to get to that point. There were 29 players at the start of Day 3 with Christopher Logue leading the way. Logue eventually busted just shy of the final table, in 11th place. Final Table Payouts Benjamin Zamani - $238,620 Jared Hemingway - $147,428 Alex Ferrari - $103,471 Ryan Paluf - $73,647 Gary Vick - $53,171 Forrest Auel - $38,946 Scott Buller - $28,948 Martin Corpuz - $21,839 Dustin Sitar - $16,726 Irish Players Top Flight C and D Chip Counts; Field Size Struggling The second day of Colossus saw a combined 5,426 players enter, bringing the two-day total to 10,828 with just two starting flights left to go on Sunday. There’s a familiar face near the top of the chip counts though. Cord Garcia, who won the inaugural Colossus in 2015, bagged up the second biggest chip stack in Flight D, with 415,000. He’s just 35,000 behind Toby Joyce, the #1-ranked online poker player out of Ireland. Gavin O’Rourke, another Irish player, finished Flight C with 374,000, good enough for the biggest stack from that flight. Unless flights E and F average 5,000 players or more, this will be the smallest Colossus field in the three-year run of the event. In 2015, 22,374 players entered with that number dropping to 21,613 last year. The event is currently 10,785 short of the 2016 field size. Day 1C Top 5 Chip Counts Gavin O'Rourke - 374,000 Mark Johnson Jr. - 368,000 Alexander Borteh - 365,000 Matt Holtzman - 356,000 Haixia Zhang - 330,000 Day 1D Top 5 Chip Counts Toby Joyce - 440,000 Cord Garcia - 415,000 Dan Healey - 341,000 Asher Conniff - 314,000 James Manganaro - 310,000 Grospellier Bluffs Hellmuth to Take Chip Lead into Day 3 To the surprise of nobody, big names continue to populate the One Drop High Roller chip counts through Day 2. Scott Seiver, Dan Colman, Antonio Esfandiari, Doug Polk and Rainer Kempe are just a handful of the players in the top 10 with just 23 left, but after Day 2 action, most people were talking about two players in particular; Bertrand Grospellier and 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Grospellier ended Day 2 on top of the chip counts with 7,040,000 and Hellmuth ended up with the 10th largest stack at 2,870,000 but the two clashed on Saturday in a hand that could have seen Hellmuth end up as chip leader and Grospellier on the outside looking in. With blinds of 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante), Hellmuth raised to 135,000 from the cutoff and Grospellier defended his big blind. Grospellier then checked after the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"][poker card="qd"] flop, Hellmuth bet 100,000, Grospellier raised to 215,000 and Hellmuth responded with another raise, this time to 470,000. Grospellier called and then check-raised again after the [poker card="3h"] turn, this time to 1,200,000. Hellmuth, left with 2,930,000, decided to fold his [poker card="qc"][poker card="9s"] while Elky showed the [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"] for an incomplete straight draw. Grospellier ended the hand with more than 9,000,000. Day 3 action will begin with play almost on the bubble. Just 20 of the 23 remaining players will cash. Other notables still in the field include Phil Galfond, Igor Kurganov, Connor Drinan and Charlie Carrel. The three shortest stacks at the start of Day 3 belong to Salman Behbehani (835,000), Nick Petrangelo (800,000) and Moritz Dietrich (710,000). Action resumes at 2 pm PT and will be streamed on the PokerGo app. Top 10 Chip Counts Bertrand Grospellier - 7,040,000 Dario Sammartino - 6,080,000 Scott Seiver - 4,920,000 Chris Moore - 4,315,000 Dan Colman - 4,100,000 Andrew Robl - 4,080,000 Rainer Kempe - 3,950,000 Martin Jacobson - 3,805,000 Doug Polk - 3,500,000 Phil Hellmuth - 2,870,000 Sampo Ryynanen On Top of $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw It might not be the most popular game on the WSOP schedule, but Event #7 ($2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball) attracted some of that variations best players on Saturday. Leading the way after the 10 levels of Day 1 is Finland’s Sampo Ryynanen. Ryynanen was the only player to turn their 7,500 chip starting stack into a six-figure stack. Ryynanen bagged up 102,200 while his next closest competitor, Wes Self, finished with 97,000. Jared Bleznick finished third with 91,300. Just 57 of the 225-player field advanced to Day 2. Among the notables to move on were Martin Staszko (70,800), Brandon Shack-Harris (68,800), James Obst (48,000), Paul Volpe (46,000), Jason Mercier (36,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (34,600 and Jon Turner (26,600). Top 10 Chip Counts Sampo Ryynanen - 102,200 Wes Self - 97,000 Jared Bleznick - 91,300 Joe Wagner - 85,300 Joseph Wagganer - 85,300 James Kwon - 81,400 Matt Schrieber - 79,000 Eric Wasserson - 78,000 Yosuke Sekiya - 75,200 Jason Gola - 72,800 Joseph Mitchell Wins First Online Bracelet Event of 2017 The first online event on the 2017 WSOP schedule, Event #8 ($333 Online NLHE) drew 1,780 players and wrapped up in just a single day. At the end it was Joseph ’ul_gg’ Mitchell coming out on top to win the bracelet and $122,323. Runner-up Mark ‘PLODonkey17’ Scacewater ended up with $73,538.79, but might feel a tad sore after suffering a disconnect during heads-up play that saw most of his chips sent to his opponent. The only non-American to make the final table was Michael 'ooookillthem' Addamo, who finished third for just over $54,000. Final Table Payouts Joseph 'ul_gg' Mitchell - $122,313.75 Mark 'PLODonkey17' Scacewater - $73,538.79 Michael 'ooookillthem' Addamo - $54,043.86 Hao 'Sandongcpa' Sun - $39,592.02 Bobby 'bcmclawh' McLawhorn - $29,204.76 Michael 'TonyPerkis1' Jacoby - $21,828.30 Kevin 'SEQUENCE' Sheetz - $16,559 Casey 'rhin0' Long - $12,645 William 'nomoneyloser' Pan - $9,710
  2. [CAPTION=100%]Pat Lyons wins the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event, earning over $615,000. (Photo credit Joe Giron/WPT)[/CAPTION] Hours after making the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker final table at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, Pat Lyonstweeted: A professional poker player from Hillsborough, California, Lyons' prediction came true, winning $615,346 and a seat into the 2017 WPT Tournament of Champions. The $4,000 Main Event drew a field of 687 entries for a prize pool of almost $2,500,000 paid out to the top 72 players. WPT Champions Club members finishing in the money were Andy Frankenberger, Olivier Busquet, Seth Davies, defending champion Mike Shariati, Chino Rheem, James Mackey and Taylor Paur. The final table was led by 77-year-old William Vo, hoping to pass Doyle Brunson as the oldest player to win a WPT title. Second in chips was Lyons, winner of the Arizona State Poker Championship for over $240,000 in August. A pair of 2015 WSOP bracelet winners – Upeshka De Silva and Benjamin Zamani – held down third and fourth place respectively. Todd Peterson and Rafael ‘Mahalael’ Oliveira rounded out the lineup, as they started with the following chips: Seat 1: William Vo – 5,260,000 Seat 2: Pat Lyons – 4,980,000 Seat 3: Benjamin Zamani – 3,215,000 Seat 4: Todd Peterson – 1,930,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva – 4,475,000 Seat 6: Rafael Oliveira – 780,000 It was a short stay at the final table for Rafael Oliveira, eliminated on the seventh hand. Facing a limp from Benjamin Zamani and a raise from Upeshka De Silva, Oliveira looked down at [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"] and moved his short stack all in. Zamani folded and De Silva called with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] as De Silva made runner-runner trips to end Oliveira’s tournament. Early action at the final table featured a couple of events one would find in a cash game. The players agreed to show one card every time they won a pot. When Pat Lyons wasn't active with his table talk, he wandered away from the table for several hands at a time, even as the chip leader. William Vo had the support of many spectators railing him at the Bike, but he couldn’t maintain his success from earlier in the tournament, finishing in fifth place. Vo lost a huge pot to Todd Peterson, attempting a huge bluff on the river with nine-high as Peterson eventually called, showing two pair. A few hands later, Vo attempted another bluff on the river, shoving with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] on a [poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qs"][poker card="2h"] board. Zamani called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] and his pair of jacks left Vo taking home a six-figure payday. Finishing in fourth place was Peterson, knocked out in dramatic fashion by Lyons. The hand started with a raise from De Silva, a three-bet from Lyons and a four-bet shove from Peterson. De Silva folded and Lyons called with [poker card="td"][poker card="tc"], promising the crowd free drinks if he won the hand, as Peterson revealed [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"] flop put Peterson in front with nothing changing on the [poker card="5c"] turn. The [poker card="th"] on the river gave Lyons the winning hand and a round of drinks for the spectators as three remained. Three-handed play featured plenty of action as Zamani doubled through Lyons, then De Silva doubled through Lyons to take the chip lead. Zamani then doubled through De Silva by flopping quads to tighten up the chip counts. Lyons would retake the chip lead on the 139th hand of the tournament and never relinquish it again. Upeshka De Silva was now the short stack and was in a good spot to double up, calling with [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"] against Lyons' shove with [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] as the river once again doomed a player as De Silva finished in third place. Benjamin Zamani already had a runner-up finish earlier in the season at Choctaw, hoping to finish one spot higher but facing an over two-to-one chip deficit against Pat Lyons. Heads-up play lasted less than 20 hands when Zamani shoved with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"] as Lyons called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. The dealer dealt the final five cards: [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"], giving Lyons the winning straight and the title. Lyons also receives the WPT Champions Trophy, a Hublot King Power watch and a pair of gold Monster 24k headphones. Zamani settles once again for second place this season to take over the WPT Player of the Year lead with 2,000 points, 750 ahead of James Mackey. The next stop for the WPT takes players to Atlantic City for the Borgata Poker Open. The $3,500 Main Event with a $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool runs from September 18-23. On September 19th, the WPT Players Forum takes place at 8:30pm as players can provide feedback and suggestions. WPT Legends of Poker Final Table Results: 1st: Pat Lyons - $615,346 2nd: Benjamin Zamani - $341,412 3rd: Upeshka De Silva - $198,720 4th: Todd Peterson - $149,715 5th: William Vo - $113,105 6th: Rafael Oliveira - $85,760
  3. 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.
  4. The first gold bracelet won every summer at the World Series of Poker is always a special one. For the winner, it’s an unbelievable thrill, a tone setter, a bankroll booster, and a stress reliever all at once. For the media and fans, it’s the first of many headline-grabbing triumphs. For other competitors, it represents that there is gold at the end of the long rainbow. All of those things are great, but does success beget further success? Here’s a look at how the first gold bracelet winner of the summer has performed throughout the rest of the WSOP. For this article, PocketFives examined the results of the first winner of an individual open gold bracelet event going back to 2004. This time period can be commonly referred to as the "modern poker era." 2004: James Vogl At the 2004 WSOP, James Vogl topped a field of 834 entries to win the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $400,000. Vogl would go on to cash twice more that summer, but the scores were much smaller than his victory. Vogl finished 27th in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $7,160 and 12th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $12,660. 2005: Allen Cunningham Five-time gold bracelet winner Allen Cunningham was the winner of the first bracelet in 2005. Not only was his victory a big one, as Cunningham won the 2,305-entry $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $725,405, but it ignited quite the summer for the seasoned professional. After the opening win, Cunningham cashed four more times, and each of the additional cashes came in $5,000 buy-in events. First, he took fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em and fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha events for $89,865 and $141,245, respectively. Cunningham then placed 29th in the $5,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em for $8,490 and seventh in the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo for $42,110. All told, Cunningham earned $281,710 after his opening win that summer. Cunningham’s performances were enough to win him the 2005 WSOP Player of the Year award. 2006: Brandon Cantu After Brandon Cantu won the opening $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $757,839, he didn’t cash for the rest of the 2006 WSOP. 2007: Steve Billirakis Like Cunningham, Steve Billirakis opened with a win and then earned four cashes afterwards. His opening win was worth $536,287 after Billirakis topped a field of 451 entries in the $5,000 Limit/No Limit Hold’em tournament. He then scored 45th-, 29th-, 16th-, and 33rd-place finishes in future events. Whereas Cunningham won nearly $300,000 in additional prize money, Billirakis’ four other cashes only totaled $57,458. That’s not bad, but it’s not nearly the year Cunningham had. 2008: Nenad Medic Nenad Medic opened the 2008 WSOP with a bang, scoring first place in the stacked $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament for $794,112. Medic only cashed once more that summer, taking 24th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $16,496. 2009: Thang Luu Not only did Thang Luu kick off the 2009 WSOP by winning the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low tournament for his second gold bracelet, but he did so after winning the same event the previous year. In 2009, Luu’s win was worth $263,190. After this, Luu cashed just once for $8,983. 2010: Michael Mizrachi The year 2010 was a banner year for Michael Mizrachi at the WSOP. He opened things up in enormous fashion by winning the famed $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1.559 million. Mizrachi then put together quite an impressive string of four more cashes and was challenging for the WSOP Player of the Year award that ultimately fell to Frank Kassela. Additional scores were had that year by Mizrachi when he took sixth in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship for $68,949, eighth in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $49,732, and 26th in the $2,500 Mixed for $6,324. Mizrachi wasn’t done there, either. He reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event and scored fifth place for a whopping $2.332 million. 2011: Jake Cody After Jake Cody opened the 2011 WSOP by winning the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship for $851,192, he only cashed twice that summer and both were for less than $20,000. Cody did, however, place seventh in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for €150,000 ($200,379). 2012: Brent Hanks Brent Hanks won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event to kick off the 2012 WSOP. That event drew 2,101 entries and Hanks scored $517,725. Hanks’ only other cash that summer at the WSOP was a 282nd-place finish in the WSOP Main Event for $38,453. 2013: Trevor Pope The opening to the 2013 summer was a big one for Trevor Pope, as he scored first place in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $553,906. Pope came to the final table with an incredibly large chip lead and rode it all the way to the winner’s circle. After that, Pope cooled off and only cashed two more times. He finished 48th in the $2,500 Four-Max No Limit Hold’em for $5,253 and 13th in the $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Hold’em for $19,646. 2014: Vanessa Selbst Vanessa Selbst scored a big victory to open the 2014 WSOP when she won the $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold’em to the tune of $871,148. Following her opening win that summer, Selbst only cashed once more. Her second cash was a 38th-place finish in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo worth $5,517. 2015: Nick Petrangelo Nick Petrangelo had a great 2015. It was his first breakout year that saw him win more than $3.4 million on the live felt. Included in that was a $201,812 gold bracelet victory at the World Series of Poker. Petrangelo won the first piece of jewelry that summer by taking down the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout atop 308 entries. Despite his big year and first gold bracelet win, not much materialized for Petrangelo over the remaining WSOP events that year. In Las Vegas, he cashed in the $10,000 Main Event for $17,282, and then he took 26th in the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event at WSOP Europe for €6,035 ($6,863). 2016: Kyle Julius Like Cunningham, Billirakis, and Mizrachi, Kyle Julius, winner of the first gold bracelet in the summer of 2016, cashed four additional times following his trip to victory lane. Julius opened the summer with a win in the $1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold’em for $142,972. He then record small cashes in the Colossus and $1,500 No Limit Hold’em before returning to a top-10 result in the $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em. In that event, Julius took ninth from a field of 524 entries and won $35,636. That summer, Julius would also take 21st in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop to add $187,576 to his bankroll. 2017: Upeshka De Silva Upeshka De Silva stormed out of the gate in 2017 with a victory in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout for $229,923. He then put together four more cashes - just like Cunningham, Billirakis, Mizrachi, and Julius did in prior years - but De Silva couldn’t quite make it back to a WSOP final table that summer. He did place 30th in the 1,759-entry $2,620 Marathon tournament for $17,491, but that was De Silva’s deepest run outside of his opening gold bracelet win. 2018: Elio Fox In 2018, it was Elio Fox, winner of the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event, who took the first gold bracelet of the summer. Fox won the $10,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event for $393,693. From there, Fox would put together a decent list of three more cashes. He took second in the $100,000 High Roller for $1.798 million, finished 92nd in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $8,976, and took ninth in the $50,000 High Roller for $139,699. $357,937 Won and 2.4 Cashes On Average Looking at the whole of it all, the first gold bracelet winners each summer, going back to 2004, averaged $357,937 won and 2.4 cashes that same summer following the gold bracelet win. None of these players were about to earn a second gold bracelet in that same summer, but some did come close by returning to a WSOP final table. Those to perform the latter were Cunningham in 2005, Mizrachi in 2010, Cody in 2011 if you count WSOP Europe, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. Both Cunningham and Mizrachi made it back to three final tables following their opening win. In total, players to win the opening gold bracelet of the summer cashed 36 additional times at the WSOP that year, again that’s if you include WSOP Europe. Of those 36 cashes, six were worth more than six figures and two were in the seven figures. Three times a player landed a score for more than the gold bracelet win, too. Those three times came with Mizrachi in 2010, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. What Does This Mean for Brian Green? The question now is, what does this all mean for Brian Green? He won the first gold bracelet at the 50th annual 2019 World Series of Poker when he topped a field of 204 entries in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty event. Green won $345,669. Green now has 25 WSOP cashes. A few times, he put together a nice handful of in-the-money finishes during the summer, so we’ll likely see a fair amount of volume from him given his successful start to the 2019 WSOP. In 2014 and 2015, Green cashed five times each summer at the WSOP. In 2016, he cashed four times. Although he failed to record a WSOP cash in 2017, Green added four more trips to the money in 2018. He frequents the higher buy-in No Limit Hold’em events a lot, so if he makes any additional noise in 2019 it will likely come from one of those tournaments. If we were to take a guess as to how Green will do for the remainder of the 2019 WSOP, we’d say he’ll land three or four more cashes and that there’s a high probability one of those is a score in the six figures.
  5. Sunday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included the conclusion of the Seniors Event and a two-time bracelet winner picking up his third. Shaun Deeb spend Sunday building up a big chip lead in the $10,000 Dealers Choice and the one-and-only Phil Ivey bagged chips in an event to move on to Day 2. Howard Mash Wins Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Howard Mash turned 50 earlier this year, making him eligible for the WSOP Seniors Event for the first time. He made the most of his debut, winning the bracelet and $662,594 on Sunday night, beating the second-largest field the event has ever attracted. Mash managed to go from the short stack with four players left to champion only after surviving a comeback attempt by his heads-up opponent Jean Fontaine that necessitated an on-the-fly change in Mash's approach. "I changed my strategy, and I was trying to play small pots with him because I felt like I had an advantage. I tried to keep the pots as small as possible and just grind and grind him down," Mash said. "Then I made a couple of mistakes, I got a little too aggressive trying to end it. But I knew that I had an advantage so as long as I had chips I was in good shape." Mash, a financial advisor from Florida, cashed in the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $42,980. Fontaine earned $409,249 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Howard Mash - $662,594 Jean Fontaine - $409,249 James Mcnurlan - $303,705 Adam Richardson - $226,996 Donald Matusow - $170,887 Farhad Jamasi - $129,582 Samir Husaynue - $98,981 Mike Lisanti - $76,165 Mansour Alipourfard - $59,044 $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em Roars Into the Money The 2,327 players who made it through Day 1A and 1B of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event combined on Sunday for Day 2 and after 10 60-minute levels, only 359 survived. Arianna Son leads with 2,363,000 but former #1 PocketFiver Ari Engel bagged up 16,83,000 for the eighth biggest stack. Among the notables moving on to Day 2 include Rex Clinkscales, Joseph Cheong, Steven van Zadelhoff, Jack Sinclair, Tim West, and Dylan Linde. After the bubble burst, there were 573 who made it into the money but not through to Day 3. This includes Chance Kornuth, Matthias Eibinger, Valentin Vornicu, Maria Lampropulos, Jeff Madsen, Dietrich Fast, TJ Cloutier, and Bryan Piccioli. Action resumes at Noon and will include 10 more levels of play. Top 10 Chip Counts Arianna Son - 2,363,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 2,000,000 Ignacio Molina - 1,997,000 Enrico Rudelitz - 1,855,000 Unknown - 1,800,070 Romain Nussmann - 1,708,000 Eric Cruz - 1,690,000 Ari Engel - 1,683,000 Silvio Costa - 1,555,000 Robert Schmidt - 1,550,000 Shaun Deeb Leads $10K Dealers Choice with Five Left Reigning WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb was hellbent on defending that title before the Series started. He's picked up six cashes so far, but on Sunday he took a giant step towards his fifth bracelet by finishing Day 3 of the $10,000 Dealers Choice event with the chip lead. Just four players stand between Deeb and the $312,417 first place prize money and 1,017 POY points. Deeb bagged 2,601,000 which puts him 703,000 ahead of the next closest competitor, Adam Friedman. Matt Glantz, Michael McKennea, and David Moskowitz round out the five remaining players. There were only six eliminations on Sunday including Jeffrey Lisandro in 10th, Bryce Yockey in eighth, Phillip Hui in seventh, and Nick Schulman in sixth. Final Table Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,601,000 Adam Friedman - 1,898,000 Matt Glantz - 1,401,000 Michael McKenna - 1,038,000 David Moskowitz - 382,000 Justin Bonomo Headlines $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table The second day of play in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event took the field from 40 players down to 10 after 10 four-handed tables each played down to a winner. The biggest name at the final table is Justin Bonomo, but he'll have to contend with Andrew Lichtenberger, Martin Zamani, and Alexandru Papazian if he wants to add a fourth bracelet to his collection. Players narrowly missing out on the final table included James Obst, Dario Sammartino, Jesse Sylvia, Rainer Kempe, Taylor Paur, and Kristen Bicknell. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Jan Lakota - 623,000 Ben Farrell - 621,000 David Lambard - 621,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - 614,000 Alexandru Papazian - 609,000 Adrien Delmas - 609,000 Martin Zamani - 601,000 Weiyi Zhang - 599,000 Johan Guilbert - 599,000 Justin Bonomo - 591,000 Phil Ivey Moves Onto Day 2 of $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Brazil's Jose Carlos Brito finished with the biggest stack at the end of Day 1 of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event, but all eyes on Day 2 will most likely be on Phil Ivey. The 10-time bracelet winner ended Day 1 with 123,000 - 653,000 behind Brito's 776,000. Ivey's not the only big name Phil who bagged and tagged on Day 1. Phil Hellmuth also managed to finish with chips. He enters Day 2 with 231,000. Elio Fox, Manig Loeser, Brock Parker, Ismael Bojang, Kelly Minkin, Chris Moorman, and Kenny Hallaert are just some of the other notables that advanced to Day 2. The event drew 2,808 entries, of which just 671 survived. Play resumes at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Jose Carlos Brito - 776,000 Danny Ghobrial - 671,500 Ben Gilbert - 577,500 Dang Toan Nguyen - 555,500 Bruce Rosenberg - 535,000 Carlos Vasconcelos - 525,500 Jimmy D'Ambrosio - 525,500 Brandon Caputo - 514,500 Marco Bognanni - 512,000 Johann Ibanez - 509,000 Upeshka De Silva Wins Third Bracelet in $600 Online NLHE Bounty Event Upeshka De Silva was up late into the night Sunday, but it paid off handsomely when he beat Dave Nodes heads-up to win $600 Online No Limit Hold'em Bounty event for $98,262.73 from the prize pool and the third bracelet of his career. Nodes scored $60,092.28 for his runner-up finish. De Silva's first two bracelets came in 2015 ($1,500 No Limit Hold'em) and 2017 ($3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout). Final Table Payouts Upeshka 'gomezhamburg' De Silva - $98,262.72 Dave 'Dave419' Nodes - $60,092.28 davidas777 - $42,962.40 Pretabotones - $31,065.12 Turko - $22,748.04 P. Bateman - $16,854.48 johnsonck - $12,688.40 B3ndTheKnee - $9,583.92 BoatyBoatz8A - $7,380.72 Player of the Year Update Dan Zack now has eight cashes this summer and thanks to the124 points he earned on Sunday after busting the $1,000 Double Stack, he became the first player to move past 2,000 points. The group of three players closely following Zack, Scott Clements, Robert Campbell, and Daniel Strelitz each have between 1,597.26 and 1,642.02 points. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Dan Zack 2,093.00 2 Scott Clements 1,642.02 3 Robert Campbell 1,605.08 4 Daniel Strelitz 1,597.26 5 Stephen Song 1,503.76 Monday's WSOP Schedule
  6. Only one bracelet was awarded Tuesday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, but the table has been set for one of poker's biggest names to take center stage on Wednesday. Daniel Negreanu sits on top of the final seven players in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, putting him in position to win his seventh career bracelet. Meanwhile, Joseph Cheong used Tuesday to improve his chances of winning his first career bracelet. Joseph Cheong Headlines $1K Double Stack Final Six Three times in his poker career, Joseph Cheong has finished runner-up in a WSOP bracelet event. On Tuesday he did everything possible to give himself the best chance possible to improve upon those results. Cheong finished Day 3 of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event with 100,300,000 - over 40% of the chips in play - and heads into Wednesday's six-handed final table with the chip lead. The player closest to Cheong is David Ivers with 60,400,000. China's Zinan Xu, who started the day with the chip lead sits third with 53,900,000. Among the 34 players who busted on Tuesday were Jack Sinclair, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Tim West, and recent WPT ARIA Summer Championship winner Matthew Wantman. Action resumes at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Joseph Cheong - 100,300,000 David Ivers - 60,400,000 Zinan Xu - 53,900,000 Andrea Buonocore - 17,800,000 Ido Ashkenazi - 11,700,000 Arianna Son - 4,500,000 Robert Mitchell Wins $800 Deepstack Vegas-based poker pro Robert Mitchell beat Italy's Marco Bognanni to win the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event for the first bracelet of his career and nearly $300,000. "Overall, that’s what poker players play for is the bracelet," Mitchell said. "To have one now, it’s on my resume and it feels good." The win comes a little more than a week after the 41-year-old came 17th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. This is just the sixth career WSOP cash for Mitchell, but he felt the win was coming. “One-hundred percent I did. I knew I was going to have another shot at it. I’ve been playing poker for a long time and felt like it was long overdue. It’s awesome.” Bognanni had to settle for $183,742 as runner-up. Final Table Payouts Robert Mitchell - $297,537 Marco Bognanni - $183,742 Axel Hallay - $134,817 Francois Evard - $99,752 Benjamin Underwood - $74,435 Kamel Mokhammad - $56,019 Benjamin Moon - $42,524 Zachary Mullennix - $32,561 Nick Jivkov - $25,152 Just 120 Remain in Record-Setting Super Seniors Day 2 of the $1,000 Super Seniors event saw the field go from 838, through the money bubble and stopped with just 120 players still in contention for the bracelet and $359,863 first place prize money. Leading the way is Jay Hong, from California. Hong has a talented group of players chasing him though. Barry Shulman, co-owner of CardPlayer Magazine and winner of the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event, sits second. His wife, Allyn Shulman, also advanced to Day 3 with an average stack. Other notables still holding on to a shot at the title include Don Zewin, Larry Wright, Tom Franklin, and Humberto Brenes. The schedule calls for an 11 AM PT restart with plans to play down to a winner on Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Jay Hong - 1,838,000 Barry Shulman - 1,270,000 James Plateroti - 1,181,000 Clifford Pappas - 1,165,000 Miles Harris - 1,090,000 Steven Wenrich - 1,074,000 Stuart Hosen - 992,000 Jimmy Crouch - 916,000 Aaron Dolgin - 898,000 Jian Zhang - 858,000 Denis Bagdasarov Bags Day 2 Chip Lead $1,500 PLO Pennsylvania poker player Denis Bagdasarov finished Day 2 of the record-setting $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event as the only player over 3,000,000 in chips and leads the final 21 players heading into Day 3. The rest of the field includes Ben Zamani, Anton Wigg, Ismael Bojang, and Steve Sung. This is Bojang's 10th cash of the 2019 WSOP and puts him alone atop the leaderboard for most cashes. He also has 72 career WSOP cashes without a win, moving him into sixth all-time on that list behind Roland Israealashvili, Tony Cousineau, Tom McCormick, Allen Kessler, and Shannon Shorr. James Little finished with the fifth largest stack. This is Little's eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. He's only had three other WSOP cashes in his career. There were 200 players at the start of the day, and after 17 eliminations all remaining players were guaranteed an in-the-money finish. Matt Stout, Ankush Mandavia, Dan Zack, Loren Klein, Kenny Hallaert, Erik Seidel, and Mike Matusow were among the 162 players to cash and bust on Tuesday. The final 21 players are back in action beginning at a Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Denis Bagdasarov - 3,035,000 Glen Cressman - 2,910,000 Johannes Toebbe - 2,905,000 Benjamin Zamani - 2,900,000 James Little - 2,575,000 Anton Wigg - 1,900,000 Ismael Bojang - 1,900,000 Steve Sung - 1,450,000 William Mitchell - 1,405,000 Mihai Niste - 1,245,000 Daniel Negreanu Headlines $10K Seven Card Stud Final Table Daniel Negreanu gave his investors a chance to dance on Tuesday night. Negreanu, who sold pieces of himself to fans and followers before the Series started, has just six other players standing in the way of his seventh career bracelet and a $245,451 payday. Negreanu finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event with 1,502,000, nearly 500,000 more than the second biggest stack, belonging to David 'ODB' Baker. Those two are followed by bracelet winners Frank Kassela, John Hennigan, Chris Tryba, and David Singer. The only player at the final table who does not already have a WSOP bracelet is Russian Mikhail Semin. He recently finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE Championship. Among the players to bust on Tuesday were Scott Seiver, Paul Volpe, Scott Clements, and Michael Mizrachi. Frankie O'Dell, who won the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event earlier this summer, busted in eighth place. The final table begins at a 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Negreanu - 1,502,000 David "ODB" Baker - 1,070,000 Frank Kassela - 919,000 John Hennigan - 682,000 Chris Tryba - 542,000 David Singer - 388,000 Mikhail Semin - 183,000 2,403 Players Flock to $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack At the start of the day, Adam Lamphere was just one of 2,403 players who entered the $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack event. After 20 30-minute levels, however, Lamphere was bagging up the chip lead. The Michigan native finished with 1,870,000 from a starting stack of 30,000 and sits 628,000 ahead of the next biggest stack, belonging to Caleb Hershey. A total of 2,208 players were eliminated on Day 1. Some of the 195 players who managed to avoid busting were Ylon Schwartz, Konstantin Puchkov, Jake Schwartz, Rainer Kempe, Mark Gregorich, Jamie Gold, and Matthew Wantman. Former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel also managed to make Day 2. Day 2 starts at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 1,870,000 Caleb Hershey - 1,242,000 Dustin Goldklang - 1,114,000 Tim Finne - 1,110,000 Ylon Schwartz - 1,105,000 Hao Chen - 1,000,000 Andrew Ostapchenko - 915,000 Qi Luo - 900,000 Sean Legendre - 886,000 Henry Tran - 869,000 Jonathan Depa Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Day 1 Day 1 of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, which includes a game rotation of No Limit and Pot Limit games, attracted 218 players and only 55 of them managed to survive to Day 2. Leading that group is Jonathan Depa with 171,600. Jared Bleznick sits second with 149,900 while Arthur Morris is third with 137,000. Ryan Hughes, who came second in this event last year, finished with the fourth best stack at 131,900. Players are just 23 eliminations away from the bubble when action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Jonathan Depa - 171,600 Jared Bleznick - 149,900 Arthur Morris - 137,000 Ryan Hughes - 131,900 Cary Katz - 99,600 Mateus Deoliveira - 95,700 David "Bakes" Baker - 94,900 Joseph Couden - 92,300 Max Kruse - 90,900 Brandon Shack-Harris - 87,500 Player of the Year Update Now properly credited with the 951.7 POY points he earned by winning the $600 Online Knockout Bounty event, Upeshka De Silva leads the WSOP Player of the Year race after passing Dan Zack. De Silva is just 15.82 points ahead of Zack. Scott Clements sits third after picking up an additional 97.7 POY points for his 10th place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship on Tuesday. POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Upeshka De Silva 2,162.02 2 Daniel Zack 2,146.20 3 Scott Clements 1,837.33 4 Robert Campbell 1,605.08 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,597.26 Streaming Schedule
  7. Another televised World Poker Tour final table is set. This time, it’s the Season XVIII WPT L.A. Poker Classic. The event drew 490 entries to Commerce Casino and generated a prize pool of $4.727 million. Just six players remain and they’ll be on hiatus until action resumes at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2. Leading the way in the chase for the $1.015 million top prize is Balakrishna Patur. Patur brings 6.32 million in chips to the final table. He’ll be joined by two WPT Champions Club members in Matas Cimbolas and James Carroll, Ka Kwan Lau, Scott Hempel, and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva. De Silva will be the short stack with 930,000 when action resumes in April. WPT LAPC Final Table Seat 1: Scott Hempel - 1,670,000 Seat 2: James Carroll - 4,125,000 Seat 3: Matas Cimbolas - 4,310,000 Seat 4: Ka Kwan Lau - 2,250,000 Seat 5: Upeshka De Silva- 930,000 Seat 6: Balakrishna Patur - 6,320,000 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Each of the six is guaranteed a minimum payday of $185,330. Included in the event’s first-place prize is a $15,000 seat to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal. How the Final Table Was Reached Day 1 saw Demo Kiriopoulos emerge as the event’s chip leader when the first day of play was in the books. Then it was Isaac Baron atop the field at the end of Day 2. Entering Day 3, 104 players remained and the top 62 were set to reach the money. With 63 players left, WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos was all in against fellow WPT champion Daniel Strelitz. According to the WPT Live Updates team, Cristos was all in with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop. Strelitz had made the call with the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="Jh"] on the turn and 8h on the river allowed Cristos to double up, but that would be the last time he doubled up this tournament. Shortly thereafter, still on the money bubble with 63 players remaining, Cristos was all in on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] flop with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"]. His opponent, Claude Codru, had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"]. Once again, it was Cristos needing to fade a draw. This time, the [poker card="Qs"] came right out on the turn and gave Codru an unbeatable flush. The river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] and Cristos was sent home as the "bubble boy." Once in the money, the eliminations began to stack up, including Barry Greenstein (61st - $16,905), Jesse Sylvia (55th - $18,845), and Lee Markholt (41st - $21,290). To close out Day 3, 39 players remained with Patur on top of the pack. Day 4 saw the field whittled down to 11 players. Baron remained in contention and finished Day 4 as the chip leader, with Hempel sitting second and Patur sitting third. Donald Maloney (37th - $24,375), John Hennigan (34th - $24,375), JC Tran (29th - $28,275), and Dylan Linde (14th - $58,215) were among the casualties on Day 4. Baron couldn’t get anything going on Day 5, though, and he fell in 11th place for $71,950. Charles Kassin and Lau both scored early double ups through Baron, and then De Silva picked off a bluff from Baron. On his final hand, Baron held pocket eights against Hempel’s pocket tens but could not come from behind. Hempel also knocked out WPT Champions Club member Kevin Eyster in 10th place. Strelitz went bust in eighth, and his elimination came in a three-way clash of WPT champions involving Carroll and Cimbolas. Strelitz was all in preflop with side action between Carroll and Cimbolas. On the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"] flop, Cimbolas bet 300,000 and Carroll shoved for more than 5 million. Cimbolas called all in for 1.56 million total with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"]. Carroll had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2c"] and then Strelitz had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"], keeping Cimbolas’ aces in front and eliminating Strelitz. After Strelitz busted, Shi Chen was sent packing in seventh place to set the official TV final table. Play Resumes in April Guaranteed $185,330 each with the chance to win $1.015 million, the final six players in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic will resume action on Thursday, April 2, at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table is the third delayed final table during Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. Taking place in the days before it are the finales to the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Chance Kornuth leads the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table, with action set to resume on Tuesday, March 31. Veerab Zakarian leads the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table, with action set to resume on Wednesday, April 1. All three of these final tables - the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and WPT L.A. Poker Classic - will play out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
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