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  1. It’s hard to believe that the World Series of Poker Main Event is already upon us. With the expansive coverage of the event on ESPN and PokerGo, the hopes and dreams of thousands of poker players rise and fall with every hand that is dealt. But that's not the only place we’ve seen some compelling content as photos of starting stacks and tales of the worst bad beat stories ever told have continually spilled onto #pokertwitter and the social media feeds of poker fans around the world. So, while it’s impossible to catch it all, here are a few of some of our favorite social moments from the past week that at the WSOP. GIANT Lines Before the start of the Main Event, players were looking to take their last shot in the $365 GIANT. As poker players are wont to do, many waited until the last minute to purchase their seat, thus making the lines to register for the event befitting of the name. Selfie Stack Spend enough time in Las Vegas and you’ll quickly find out that much of what you see is a mirage. The World Series of Poker is no exception where what you see is not always what you get. (Investors beware!) Hey Ladies! One of the few snafus by WSOP organizers this year occurred at the start of the final table for the Ladies Event. Rather than being the featured table on PokerGo or Twitch, the event was regulated to the back of the room while Razz…yes Razz…got the initial spotlight. Credit to those in charge, the situation was quickly rectified and Jessica Dawley’s victory was broadcast and seen by thousands. Main Event Mascot Joe Camel’s roommate, Chippy, is the new mascot for the World Series of Poker. Not saying Chippy’s not adorable but perhaps he's promoting everything that the WSOP actually doesn’t want at the table: headphones, sunglasses and a bottom row of teeth so yellow it’s clear he’s taken one too many smoke breaks in the 100 degree heat. Look close: Kevmath is about to knock Chippy out of the tournament. Main Event Mania The excitement of playing the Main Event is simply too much for some. They get there, pay their $10K and simply can’t wait to get it in… Max pain for Max Steinberg. The Bank Of Timex is back in action.   Hellmuth gunna Hellmuth. Ausmus showed THEM! Bay to the Bay Area for Blumenfield. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young keeps building...   Stacks on stacks. Class Act The defending WSOP Main Event Champion, upon being eliminated from the event on Day 1 while on a feature table, responds to an online critic with the same class and thoughtful voice that he used throughout his year as the reigning champion. Finally, Ferguson Faces The Truth Hellmuth may be the hero we get, Uncle Ron is the hero we deserve.
  2. Not only was the World Series of Poker ‘Big 50’ the talk of the town for those in Las Vegas, but it quickly became the talk of the entire global poker community as the 2019 WSOP kicked off. With the event now firmly in the rearview mirror, PocketFives spoke to a few players to get their take on the record-setting 28,371-player field. “This event was unbelievable. The way the WSOP handled everything, just hats off to them. To see everybody come out here, the numbers, the turnout it got - poker is definitely not dead. It’s just a great tournament and I’m very happy to be able to participate in it.” - Ronnie Bardah “I think for a first event, it’s understandable that some of it was unorganized because I’m sure that they didn’t expect the amount of players that they had. I think that if they did it again and it was more organized, that they would probably have an even larger field than the one they already have because people who have may reentered were deterred because of the amount of time they had to wait to reenter to sit again. I think structure-wise it was excellent. I think the players were from all over the world, you have the best and you have people who were here recreationally. For the most part, I think it was a really good tournament.” - Judith Bielan “The event was great. This is what brings everyone back to the world of poker. I don’t think any other organization can orchestrate this particular event except for the WSOP. Maybe they can even do a bigger and better one next year in 2020. This was great for everybody.” - Robert Cheung “I think the turnout for the Big 50 was fantastic. I actually think it’s crazy how many people were complaining. At the end of the day, to run a tournament of this magnitude, it’s unprecedented, and I don’t know what else you could possibly ask for. There are always going to be little hiccups, but everybody at my table was so nice and so many people expressed to me that this event was something that they were looking forward to. For a lot of them, it’s their first time in Vegas. Forget about live poker tournaments, it’s their first time in Vegas. I think that’s what this kind of tournament does. It brings out the real poker fans who have likely saved up to come out here and play this event. I think that’s amazing for poker, obviously.” - Maria Ho “The Big 50 had a ‘Main Event’ like feel to it. I met countless people who came out to the Series specifically for that event or are playing their first live tournament ever. For a lot of recreational players, they saw the improved structure as a good return on their investment and a great chance to make a Day 2, and most people seemed to be having a blast. Despite all the difficulties of managing 6,000-plus players simultaneously playing the same tournament in the same building, you can't deny how special this event was, and it's pretty cool regardless of results to say that you participated in the biggest live tournament of all time.” - Ben Ludlow “Anybody who complains about the opportunity to get everybody in the poker world together to play an event seems insane to me. This is exactly what you should want. What could be better for poker? This is what ‘good for poker’ looks like.” - Nathan Manuel “I spend a lot of time in the trenches of the mid-stakes poker scene and based on all the conversations I was hearing at the tables these past few months, I had a feeling it was going to be massive. I’m honestly blown away that one venue can seat 28,000 players over the course of four days, so when problems were rumored I wasn’t surprised, nor was I upset. I probably waited in line a total of three hours over the course of registering two flights, but I understood it was a small price to pay to be part of the biggest live poker tournament in history. Once I got my seat, it was a blast. The buzz, banter, and fun at the tables was everything I hoped.” - Johnnie Moreno “This is like a dream for players who can’t afford to play bigger tournaments. Like your average guy from his home game, like people who play the smaller events like the deep stacks and the smaller events. Here, they have a chance to come out to the big dance and a chance to win a bracelet. It’s a wonderful event. I don’t care about all the crap you’re hearing about lines and this and that. Listen, for $500 you can win $1 million. How often do you get a chance to do that? I stood in line for four and a half hours. I said, ‘Wow, this is crazy!’ But here I am, playing for $1 million for $500, so it’s all a plus. It’s great for the game.” - Victor Ramdin “Nowhere else could you find a group of people who could run something like this. I don’t know what they’re going to do with the different 5Ks and 25Ks, but it’s great. It’s really great.” - Eddy Sabat “I played Day 1a and made it to Day 3 on my first bullet, so I didn’t have any experience waiting forever to register after busting. The event has been a lot of fun so far! I’ve played at three total tables and two of them had almost all recreational players. Lots of loose and fast play.” - Max Steinberg
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The opening week of the 2019 World Series of Poker has had a bit of madness in the opening week. Lance and Donnie are joined by Maria Ho, Victor Ramdin, and Nathan Manuel to get player reaction to the record-sized field in the Big 50. They also recap the bracelets awarded to Nicholas Haynes and Derek McMaster and talk about the somewhat disappointing turnout for the debut of Short Deck on the WSOP schedule. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  4. Another new champion has been crowned on the World Poker Tour. The Season XVIII WPT Borgata Poker Open found a winner on Friday, with Donald Maloney topping the 1,156-entry field to win $616,186 in prize money. The final hand of the tournament was a doozy, after the last three players agreed to go all in blind before the flop and that’s how the tournament was decided. On the button, Uke Dauti moved all in for 13.025 million, then Kevin Albers called all in from the small blind for 11.775 million, and then Maloney called from the big blind having both of his opponents covered. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Maloney had the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="4h"], Albers had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="3d"], and Dauti had the [poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"]. Dauti flopped two pair and took the lead on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and then the river completed the board with the [poker card="2d"] to give Maloney a winning straight. Having both Dauti and Albers covered, Maloney not only won the pot, he won the tournament. Dauti was awarded second place for $410,787, and Albers scored third place for $303,903. For Maloney, the win was his first WPT title and largest live tournament score. It also pushed him to more than $1 million in live tournament earnings. Reports from PokerNews, who was also on site for live coverage of the event, stated that a deal was struck between the final three players, such that Maloney earned $487,784, Dauti earned $464,338, and Albers earned $378,664. Official reporting from WPT.com listed the results based on the original payouts. WPT Borgata Poker Open Final Table Results 1st: Donald Maloney - $616,186* 2nd: Uke Dauti - $410,787 3rd: Kevin Albers - $303,903 4th: Dave Farah - $227,077 5th: Jerry Maher - $171,386 6th: Victor Ramdin - $130,672 *First place includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The final table of six started with Dave Farah in the lead. Farah had been in a similar position before. Last season on the World Poker Tour, Farah reached the final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and finished second for $485,611. This time, Farah finished fourth and added $227,077 to his bankroll. Before Farah busted, Victor Ramdin had busted in sixth place and Jerry Maher went out in fifth. Ramdin was busted by Albers when his pocket kings got cracked by the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8d"], and Maher got knocked out by Dauti. Maloney then knocked out Farah in fourth, and he did so with pocket fives. The two got the money in on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="9c"] board. Farah had flopped top two pair with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="7h"], but Maloney had the [poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] for a set. The river was the [poker card="3h"] and Farah was out. It was after Farah went out in fourth that the final three players competed for more than 60 hands before they finally decided to flip for the title. Maloney Moves Into Takes WPT Player of the Year Lead That’s now three events in the books in Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. With the victory, Maloney has moved to the top of the Hublot WPT Player of the Year leaderboard with 1,200 points. Although that’s the same amount of points as WPT Legends of Poker champion Aaron Van Blarcum has, Maloney holds the tiebreaker with more money won. Dauti, who took second in this Borgata event, is third in the race, and then WPT Gardens Poker Festival winner Roger Teska is in fourth. 1st: Donald Maloney - 1,200 points 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,200 points 3rd: Uke Dauti - 1,000 points 4th: Roger Teska - 1,000 points 5th: Gueorgui Gantchev - 1,000 points 6th: Kevin Albers - 900 points 7th: Jared Griener - 900 points 8th: Laszlo Molnar - 800 points 9th: Dave Farah - 800 points 10th: Vahan Sudzhyan - 800 points WPT Maryland Next Up The World Poker Tour stays on the East Coast for its next stop, heading to Live! Casino & Hotel in Maryland for WPT Maryland at Live! Casino. The buy-in is $3,500 and the prize pool has a $1.5 million guarantee. The event starts September 28 and runs through October 2.
  5. While players in the state of Pennsylvania await the launch of PA online poker, there has been plenty of action in the live poker scene across the Keystone State. October has offered players multiple opportunities to get out of the house and into the card rooms to battle over large prize pools and the chance to a trophy or two to their collection. In addition to the upcoming WPTDeepStacks tour setting up shop at the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh starting on October 17, the Parx Casino Big Stax XXXI festival Main Event wrapped up this week bringing to a close nearly a month’s worth of action from Bensalem, PA. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Grigoriy Shvarts Bounces Back In Main Event New York’s Grigoriy Shvarts topped the field of 370 entries in the Parx Big Stax 1100 to take home the $82,549 first-place prize. It was the second-largest score of Shvarts’ career, right behind his fifth-place finish in the 2017 WPT Maryland Main Event where he picked up a score of just over $92K. Headed into the final table as the chip leader, Shvarts almost didn’t even have the opportunity to get deep in the tournament when, according to PokerNews live reporting, Shvarts fell ill in the middle of a hand on Day 1, even going so far as asking the tournament director to reach out for an EMT. He finished the hand, which he won, and promptly took some time away from the tournament. After returning on Day 1 and finding a bag that night, Shvarts admitted the illness may have been related to a night of heavy drinking the night before. He got the proper rest that evening and returned refreshed for Day 2 where he continues his run for the title. Eventually, it all worked out for him. He took a healthy chip lead into the final table and battled his way to heads up against fellow New Yorker AJ Jamil. On the final hand of the tournament, Shvarts put in a raise on the button only to be three-bet by Jamil who held [poker card="as"][poker card="td"]. Shvarts made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="4s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="6d"]. Jamil shipped his remaining stack and was snapped off by Shvarts who tabled the [poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"] for the flopped straight. The turn was a [poker card="qd"] leaving Jamil drawing dead. Jamil ended up with $57,793 for his second-place finish. Pennsylvania’s Thomas Parkes exited in third place, collecting $37,154 for his efforts. This is only Parkes' fourth career recorded live tournament result and comes on the heels of a 59th place finish in the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event where he earned a career-best score of over $142,000. Parx Big Stax 1100 Final Table 1. Grigoriy Shvarts - $82,549 2. AJ Jamil - $57,793 3. Thomas Parkes - $37,154 4. Hal Rotholz - $24,402 5. Rafael Yaraliyev - $18,792 6. Peter Ippolito - $15,547 7. Rafal Kordys - $13,028 8. David Whitnah - $10,651 Victor Ramdin Returns To Big Stax 300 Winner’s Circle The Parx Big Stax 300 ended up in a four-way chop with former PokerStars ambassador Victor Ramdin officially finishing in first place and taking home $48,777. Ramdin’s been having a stellar 2019, racking up his 19th recorded cash in the year which includes a victory in this very same event back in February where he earned over $87,000. Langhorne, PA’s Joseph Agron Jr. booked the biggest score of his career by taking the runner-up spot for $45,455 while Bin Weng also took home a career-high cash of $39,493 as the third-place finisher. New York’s Johnny Lau agreed to take home just over $36,000 for fourth place but he also walked away with just a tiny bit more. The final four players agreed to the money split but pulled high cards to see who would add the Big Stax 300 trophy to their mantle. Lau’s nine-hi card was best so despite officially taking fourth, he took home the trophy. Parx Big Stax 300 Final Table 1. Victor Ramdin - $48,777 2. Joseph Agron Jr. - $45,455 3. Bin Weng - $39,493 4. Johnny Lau - $36,030 5. Dwayne Allen - $16,310 6. Po Ying - $12,283 7. Nate Lindquist - $9,423 8. Steven Petitte - $7,249 9. Jose Pereira - $5,718 Tam Nguyen Wins Big Stax 500 A field of 927 entries piled into the $550 Big Stax 500 to create a prize pool of $440,325 ensuring that whoever made the final table was going to earn a fantastic return on investment. Pennsylvania’s Tam Nguyen took home his own career-high cash of $76,500 in an ICM chop with runner-up Jeffrey Grosso who locked up $65,770 in the deal. Long-time East Coast grinder from New Jersey Michael Marder fell in third place after the final three players played a hand in which all three found themselves all-in. Nguyen had pocket aces, Grosso had pocket kings and Marder, who was at risk, held ace-king suited. Nguyen’s aces held and Marder hit the rail, adding $35,931 to his $1.3 million in career live earnings. Parx Big Stax 500 Final Table 1. Tam Nguyen - $76,500 2. Jeffrey Grosso - $65,770 3. Michael Marder - $35,931 4. Vineet Pahuja - $26,331 5. Mitchell Brown - $19,683 6. Russel Rothstein - $14,795 7. Michael Linster - $11,360 8. Michael Kemeter - $8,718 9. Rafal Kordys - $6,913
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