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  1. The 2018 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker was won by unknown player 'wann2play,' or so we thought. After a lengthy investigation by PokerStars, 'wann2play' was disqualified, the winner's $1.35 million share was redistributed to the rest of the prize pool, and 'eze88888' was bumped up to first place. The 'wann2play' account was frozen shortly after the $1.35 million victory and an investigation was launched by PokerStars. After roughly a year and a half had passed since the completion of the event in September 2018, the determination was made that 'wann2play' violated PokerStars’ terms of service. "Our players deserve a safe place to play online poker," Rebecca McAdam, Associate Director, Group Public Relations for PokerStars, said. "That's why we invest millions of dollars every year and have a large Game Integrity team working round the clock. A large part of the Game Integrity team's responsibility is to thoroughly investigate players who appear to disrupt that safe, fun, and enjoyable environment. If the case arises where we believe that a player is acting inappropriately, we use cutting-edge technology and practices to keep the game safe and distribute funds back to affected players as fairly and quickly as possible. Please check out our Game Integrity page and videos for more information at pokerstars.com/poker/room/gameintegrity/. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 'Eze88888,' who is from Bahía Blanca in the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and has been playing poker since 2009, told PocketFives that it "feels super good" to get the win and added prize money that comes with the ruling. 'Eze88888' said that he suspected something might be up during the later stages of the tournament. After the event was over, 'eze88888' spent time to review the event and also had conversations with some well-known players. That's when 'eze88888' became even more suspicious that something foul was at play. 'Eze88888' said he spent months of exchanging emails with PokerStars as the matter was looked into further. With being bumped up to first place, 'eze88888' was credited with the event's original first-place prize of $1.529 million. At the end of the 2018 WCOOP Main Event, 'wann2play' and 'eze88888' agreed to a heads-up deal, with 'wann2play' taking $1.352 million and 'eze88888' taking $1.257 million. The event's original first-place prize was $1.529 million, so 'eze88888' earned an additional $272,000 in prize money as a result of the disqualification. The 2018 WCOOP $5,200 Main Event attracted 2,044 entries and generated a prize pool north of $10 million. The final table including Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger, Robby 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin, Michael 'mczhang' Zhang, and Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken. The last time a WCOOP champion was disqualified was in 2007. 'TheV0id' had originally been credited as winning the event's $1.22 million top prize, but it was ruled that 'TheV0id' violated the PokerStars terms of service. The account was registered to Natalie Teltscher, the sister of Mark Teltscher. PokerStars had determined that it was not Natalie Teltscher who had played on the account. After the DQ, Natalie Teltscher filed a lawsuit against PokerStars in an attempt to regain the winnings. The lawsuit was eventually dropped after Natalie Teltscher admitted she had not played in the 2007 WCOOP event, but rather someone else played on her account.
  2. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In September, the long-rumored sale of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was finally announced leaving players to wonder what's next for the WSOP. Caesars Sells The Rio, Retains WSOP The rumors that the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino would be sold came to fruition in September as Caesars Entertainment Corp CEO Tony Rodio announced that New York real estate company Imperial Companies purchased the home of the World Series of Poker for $516.3 million. For poker players, the immediate concern was what exactly would happen to the World Series of Poker summer series. “The World Series of Poker will be hosted at the Rio in 2020 and Caesars will retain the rights to the event. The site of future WSOP events will be announced at a later date.” “The retention of the World Series of Poker and retention of Caesars Rewards customers are all factors that make this a valuable transaction for Caesars,” Rodio said. Now that the Rio has officially been sold and the deal closed, speculation will begin as to where the WSOP will land when their deal with Imperial Companies is complete. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Venetian’s ‘Total Prize Pool’ Scheme Earns Criticism The Venetian Poker Room in Las Vegas drew the ire of the poker community when they decided to try something new with their guaranteed in their upcoming Lucky Shot Poker Series and Drawing. Rather than offer a traditional guarantee, which can be exceeded if things go well for the poker room, allowing players to battle for larger prize pools - the Venetian rolled out a ‘Total Prize Pool’ scheme which locked in an amount no matter how many people showed up to buy-in. “Any funds collected above and beyond the total prize pool will be the sole property of The Venetian Poker Room,” the structure sheet read. This meant that while the Venetian was on the hook for the advertised prize pool, they were in the position to collect unlimited rake depending on how well the tournament did. In the end, the Venetian's Lucky Shot Poker Series and Drawing ended up with a $27K overlay. Ken Strauss Arrest Report Shows Troubling Tale After Ken Strauss’s wild display at the World Series of Poker, one that got him disqualified for exposing himself at the table, his legal troubles continued. In the end, he was arrested in September on terrorism charges. In the midst of his bizarre behavior at the Rio and a tabletop dance on a craps table at the Luxor, Strauss drew the attention of authorities based on some troubling tweets and that he told employees at the Venetian that he would ‘harm anyone who comes near him and would also harm himself.” Strauss was arrested, charged with a Class B felony and had bail set at $150,000. ‘BigBlindBets’ Wins WCOOP Main Event High stakes cash game player ‘BigBlindBets’ topped the field of 2,236 entries in the $5,200 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event to take home $1.665 million in prize money. Danilo ‘dans170’ Demetrio finished as the runner-up, taking home $1.187 million for second place while well-known high stakes pro Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi added $846,528 to his already substantial bankroll by finishing in third place. 'LarsLuzak' Crushes In September For PLB Win At one time Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro was more well known for his battles at the nosebleed cash game tables. In 2019, he emerged as one of the best tournament poker players of the year, rising to take the worldwide #1 rank. In September, Kelopuro added to his accolades by winning the PocketFives Monthly PLB and scoring an astounding $4.275 million in a single month thanks to the high stakes tournament scene happening on GGPoker.
  3. Earlier this month, PocketFiver David d.quangQuang (pictured) lit up the field of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, coming in second place for $17,000. There were 612 entrants and the cash helped push him to just shy of $2.5 million in lifetime scores. "It's always a great feeling to final table any major, but it's never an awesome feeling if you don't win it," he told us. "I also final tabled the Big $109 that Sunday and lost a flip on the river for the chip lead to bust in sixth. If I had finished in the top three in that, I would've felt pretty awesome." The Brawl is a $255 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Knockout tournament and, as such, you accumulate cash for every opponent you bust. We've heard varying degrees of how much the bounties affect a player's strategy, leading Quang to say, "Aside from Progressive Knockout tournaments where the bounty's value increases, I just play my normal game. To be honest, I didn't even look at how many bounties I accumulated in this." While finishing second in the Brawl is a solid accomplishment, it's even more impressive when you consider it came a few weeks after Quang final tabled the WCOOP Super Tuesday for $63,000. "That one felt awesome," Quang gleaned. "It was a WCOOP event and it was my largest online cash ever." He finished third in the Super Tuesday twice in a four-week span in 2013 for almost $100,000 combined. In the WCOOP Super Tuesday, he made it through Day 1 with a scant 17 big blinds and seemed to be hanging on by a thread. However, on Day 2, he ran his stack up to 100 big blinds in the first few levels. As he joked, "I was definitely the dealer's favorite player, as I was getting dealt premium hand after premium hand and getting paid every time. That heater lasted until the final two tables; that's when I ran out of ammo and busted in sixth place. I thought the level of competition was the same as a normal Super Tuesday: always very challenging with very few soft spots." As you might have guessed by the title of this article, his plans for the money consist of "doubling down on MTTs." He has certainly come a long way since getting into poker while attending school in Waterloo, Ontario. He saw a clip about poker prodigies from Waterloo on a WPT episode "where they were saying there's something in the city's water. They nailed it. I thought poker was interesting because there are so many aspects of the game you can apply to real-life decisions." Mike timexMcDonald (pictured), Steven stevejpaPaul-Ambrose, Will TheDreamerMa, Nenad Medic, and Mike SirWattsWatson all come from the Waterloo carousel. Across the country, Quang grinds online in an office in Gastown, Vancouver with taikogod, CaptnKrnch, and Bryan PrimordialAA Pellegrino. He said, "We all have goals written on a white board. My goals are to get below 180 pounds by the end of the month and play over 750 tournaments per month." He closed by sending a shout out to shhhookem, Mike Pipedream17Dietrich, Ankush pistons87Mandavia, and GINS FINEST "for teaching me how to strategically win coin flips like a boss." The Sunday Brawl runs weekly on Full Tilt Poker. If you don't already have a Full Tilt account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your doorstep. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. We haven't seen a run like Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz's (pictured) in some time. He hit it big last month in the WCOOP Main Event, winning it after a six-way chop for a staggering $1.3 million, one of the highest payouts ever logged by a PocketFiver. Last weekend, he took down the Full TiltSunday Major for another $38,000. On the same day he won the WCOOP Main Event, he finished third in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $34,000. Other than that, Holz hasn't done much on the felts recently. "It's a very good feeling," Holz told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I have worked hard away from the tables, especially on my mindset, and am constantly talking with other players." As far as his approach goes, Holz said one of the keys to success is "not tilting in sessions." He added, "Preparing well is key. You have to be focused all the way and always try to play your best game. I think I improved those aspects a lot recently." Holz has rocketed all the way to #4 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and has $2.6 million in tracked online tournament scores to his name. He is the top-ranked player in Austria and said he'd like to allocate a portion of his newfound winnings toward buying property. However, he also wants to attend EPT London, so the real estate plan may get tossed out the window for the time being. If he ends up buying property, it'll likely be in Germany. Holz said, "My family lives there and I could increase their quality of life a lot and take some of the weight off their shoulders." Speaking of the live scene, we'd expect Holz to turn in some sort of breakthrough performance soon. He is #132 on the all-time money list for Germany, according to the Hendon Mob, and has $306,000 in live scores. His largest live cash was $58,000, which came by virtue of a win in an EPT Barcelona Eight-Max event in August. So what advice does a WCOOP Main Event champion have for the rest of us? What can we learn from Holz's recent run? He advised, "As long as you love what you are doing, keep doing it. Give it all you have and you'll get there at some point. Always work on the weakest parts of your game and be open-minded. Try to get as much input from others as possible and always question yourself in a healthy way." Congrats to Holz on his recent success. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your door. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Longtime PocketFives grinder Mike goleafsgoehLeah (pictured) added another PokerStars WCOOPtitle to his name earlier this week after besting a field of 1,777 in Event #27, a $215 buy-in Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha tournament featuring progressive super-knockout bounties. When all was said and done, Leah banked a total of $37,226.91 after more than 13 hours of play. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The Toronto native has enjoyed a hugely successful career in both online and live tournaments. Leah boasts over $4.7 million in recorded live cashes, his biggest score coming after a second place finish at the 2014 Seminal Hard Rock Poker Open for $1.04 million. He also boasts a WSOP bracelet and even won two Circuit events within the same 24-hour period in 2014. With $2.58 million in recorded cashes, his online track record is just as impressive. Leah's first WCOOP win came in 2011 after topping a field of 292 players in a $320 Badugi event for $17,082. This week, Leah was back at it, battling his way through the PLO event's final table to take the biggest chunk of the $355,400 prize pool. When final table play began, Leah commanded the chip lead with 2.49 million, with Germany's 75PTI on his heels with 2.23 million. After a few small skirmishes, Leah got involved in a big hand with two-time WCOOP winner youngblood51 of Germany. Leah opened with a min-raise, which his opponent 3-bet to 300,000. It was folded around to Leah, who called, and the pair saw a flop of 9s-7h-Jh. Leah bet out over 145,000, which youngblood51 called, putting him all in. Leah showed Ad-Qh-5d-4h for a flush draw, with his opponent turning over As-Ac-Kh-5s for an overpair of aces. The turn came the 6h, completing the flush for Leah and leaving youngblood51 with no outs on the river. Soon afterwards, Colombia's Mayu marroca5 Roca (pictured) was sent to the rail after calling all-in after a 3-bet on a flop of 3c-2c-Js. Roca showed top two pair and a flush draw against 75TGI's two pair. The turn and river brought sixes, leaving both players with the same two pair and giving 75TGI the hand with his ace kicker. 75TGI continued amassing chips and took the lead before the action sped up with two players busting in just two hands. The first casualty was Norway's Orjan athillaSkommo, who succumbed to Leah's backdoor flush, giving him a fourth place finish and $10,662. Next, it was Denmark's Jonas Palsgaard1 Palsgard Christensen, who made a lesser two pair against Leah, leaving him in third place with a $15,993 score. When heads-up play began, 75TGI held the chip lead with 5.15 million to Leah's 3.73 million stack. The pair battled until the 13-hour break, which saw the tables turn in Leah's favor; Leah now held the lead with 5.16 million to 75TGI's 3.72 million. After another half-hour of play, 75TGI wrangled the chip lead back from his opponent before losing it again and facing an even larger 6.76 million stack in the final hand of the event. In it, Leah raised 160,000 from the button with Kc-Jc-Jd-7d, which 75TGI called with As-Td-Tc-4s. The pair saw a flop of 3h-6h-2s, giving 75TGI in overpair of tens and Leah an overpair of jacks. Both players checked and the turn came the Js. 75TGI check-called a 160,000 bet from Leah. After the 3s fell on the river, 75TGI bet out 480,000 and was raised all-in by his opponent. 75TGI called and showed his ace-high flush, but was trumped by Leah's backdoor full house, putting 75TGI in second place and giving Leah the win and a $28,432 payday plus $8,794 and bounties. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. With one week to go in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, three PocketFives members lead the WCOOP Leaderboard. At stake for the winner of the series-long leaderboard is a Champion's Trophy, $20,000 in cash, and a 2016 TCOOP Main Event ticket. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Austria's Fresh_oO_D (pictured above) leads the way right now with 365 points. He has five top-ten finishes in WCOOP events thus far as part of 13 cashes, the most of anyone so far. Here's how the Austrian has cashed out: WCOOP-02: $215 NL Hold'em: 303rd place WCOOP-04: $215 NL Hold'em: 70th place WCOOP-06: $700 PL Omaha: 9th place WCOOP-18: $1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship: 17th place WCOOP-19: $320 NL Hold'em: 206th place WCOOP-29: $700 7-Card Stud Championship: 2nd place WCOOP-30: $215 PL 5-Card Omaha H/L: 42nd place WCOOP-33: $700 FL Badugi Championship: 9th place WCOOP-34: $320 NL Hold'em: 174th place WCOOP-36: $215 NL Hold'em: 81st place WCOOP-37: $320 8-Game: 49th place WCOOP-39: $700 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship: 5th place WCOOP-43: $320 HORSE: 3rd place In a two-way tie for second place is Norway's Orjan athilla Skommo (pictured), who has 295 points. He has five top-25 finishes so far and two fourth place runs. He's the fourth-ranked player in Norway on PocketFives. Here's how he has cashed out so far: WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold'em: 342nd place WCOOP-08: $700 NL Single Draw 2-7 Championship: 10th place WCOOP-09: $1,050 NL Hold'em: 145th place WCOOP-13: $320 NL Hold'em: 108th place WCOOP-18: $1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship: 4th place WCOOP-20: $109 NL Hold'em: 454th place WCOOP-26: $700 NL Hold'em: 45th place WCOOP-27: $215 PL Omaha: 4th place WCOOP-36: $215 NL Hold'em: 22nd place WCOOP-41: $320 NL Hold'em: 14th place Also tied for second place is Rui RuiNF Ferreira (pictured). He has taken his screen names out of his profile, but is still tied at 295 points on the WCOOP leaderboard. Ferreira plays poker from the Czech Republic, according to PokerStars, and has 11 in the money finishes with one win: WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold'em: 1,374th place WCOOP-02: $215 NL Hold'em: 627th place WCOOP-11: $215 NL Hold'em: 108th place WCOOP-13: $320 NL Hold'em: 42nd place WCOOP-14: $215 NL Hold'em: 1st place WCOOP-19: $320 NL Hold'em: 6th place WCOOP-20: $109 NL Hold'em: 861st place WCOOP-21: $530 NL Hold'em: 237th place WCOOP-25: $10,300 NL Hold'em: 25th place WCOOP-31: $1,050 NL Hold'em: 4th place WCOOP-34: $320 NL Hold'em: 166th place Russia has the most 2015 WCOOP wins so far with five, one more than the UK. Canadians have made the most final tables so far at 33, also one more than the UK. Visit PokerStars for more details on the ongoing WCOOP. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. PocketFivers continue to roll in the ongoing PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP. Two of the most recent winners were Kyle KJulius10Julius (pictured) and eisenhower1, who both took down high-stakes tournaments for their first WCOOP titles. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- We'll start with Julius, who won a $1,050 Limit Hold'em Six-Max event and Tweeted, "Ft of 1k limit WCOOP! Don't really know what I'm doing... fun nonetheless." When all was said and done, Julius wrote, "I won the 1k WCOOP championship! Now for some cocktails and football to get ready for the big day tomorrow!" There were 153 entrants in the $1,050 Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament and by the time the final table rolled around, Julius held the chip lead. Entering heads-up, Julius was up 2:1 in chips. After a brief discussion of a chop, Julius and Dancer King played on, with the former taking down three big pots in a row. On the final hand, Dancer King was all-in on a flop of J-7-6 with K-9 of diamonds only to see that Julius had aces. The board ran out 2-Q, giving Julius his first WCOOP bracelet and $36,000: 1. KJulius10 (Canada) - $36,720 2. Dancer King (Russia) - $25,321 3. Mrdawwe (Sweden) - $19,125 4. Naza114 (Czech Republic) - $13,005 5. Kroko-dill (Russia) - $9,945 6. Beeeehto (Brazil) - $6,885 PocketFives has tracked $4.1 million in online tournament winnings for Julius, who has been a member of our site for the last nine years. He has almost $3 million in live winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $1.5 million. Also taking down his first WCOOP title in recent days was eisenhower1, who calls Sweden home. He won a $700 No Limit Hold'em Cubed tournament for $105,000 following a three-way deal. The event drew 518 entrants and eisenhower1 led the final table, which included fellow PocketFiver Mike timex McDonald (pictured), who took seventh place. The three-way chop took almost no time to be agreed on and heads-up play lasted all of eight minutes. On the final hand, A.Tricarico check-raised all-in on a flop of 9-8-3 with 8-6 for middle pair only to see eisenhower1 roll over 9-3 for two pair. The board completed J-7 and eisenhower1 locked up his first WCOOP win: 1. eisenhower1 (Sweden) - $105,942 2. A.Tricarico (Belgium) - $95,124 3. 42ayay (Sweden) - $102,259 4. VitinhO Dzi (Brazil) - $54,379 5. blakjak19 (Cyprus) - $38,136 6. 0Human0 (Romania) - $30,014 7. Tîmex (Canada) - $22,952 8. PolecatRider (Germany) - $15,890 9. RGRGINDIA (India) - $10,805 The Swede has a commanding $7.5 million in career online tournament winningsand is one of only ten PocketFivers to cross the $7.5 million mark. He is currently the #9 player in the PocketFives Rankings and, like Julius, has been a member of our site since 2006. Sunday marks the start of the $5,200 WCOOP Main Event, which has a guarantee of $10 million. It starts at 14:30 ET. Visit PokerStars to sign up for it. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. PokerStars announced the return of its popular World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) this week. The series will run from September 7 to 28 and feature 66 events and $40 million in guaranteed prize money. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event will play out on September 28 and 29 and see players battling for $10 million in guaranteed cash and a $1.5 million first place prize. In a WCOOP first, railbirds will be able to watch the final table action in a delayed, cards-down webcast on PokerStars.tv. EPT regulars like James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton will be on-hand along with other Team PokerStars pros to give a play-by-play commentary. The series offers a huge selection of games including Draw, Stud, and Razz in a number of different formats like Ante Up, Big Antes, Four-Max, and Shootouts. Stars has also brought back its Progressive Super Knockout events, which proved popular after being introduced last year. In the first day alone, players can expect $3 million in guarantees, with $1.5 million offered in a special edition of the Sunday Million. Event buy-ins start at $109, but players have the chance to win entries through online qualifiers for as low as $1 or through FPP satellites. There is plenty of action for high-rollers as well, with four- and five-figure buy-in events being spread throughout the series. A $10,300 NLHE tournament kicks off on September 14 and a $10,300 NLHE High-Roller Heads-Up event is scheduled for September 21. After that, three $2,100 events in NLHE, PLO, and HORSE will be offered followed by a $10,300 Eight-Game tournament and culminating in a $5,200 NLHE Main Event. Apart from the individual events, players will also be fighting for the title of the WCOOP Player of the Series. Any runner who cashes in an event will receive points that go toward their Player of the Series ranking. The first place finisher will walk away with the coveted Champions Trophy, a 2015 PCA and EPT Grand Final package, and a 2015 TCOOP Main Event ticket. Created in 2002, the WCOOP is the longest running online poker championship, giving away over $350 million in total prize money. In the inaugural series, $730,000 was awarded, with 238 players buying into the Main Event to create a $238,000 prize pool. MultiMarineof Sweden took the title of first series champ and went home with $65,450 for the victory. Since then, the tournament series has grown exponentially. Just two years later in 2004, total prize money reached $6 million, with over 10,000 players taking part. In 2007, the total prize pool shot up to $24 million and saw almost 3,000 runners buy into the Main Event. Last year, that number increased again, with $62 million being awarded, and Germany's PlayinWasted taking down the Main Event for nearly $1.5 million. According to a press release, PokerStars has dealt over 115 billion hands and boasts over 65 million members. The online poker behemoth was recently acquired by the Canadian gambling supplier Amaya Gaming, which shelled out $4.9 billion to complete the surprising purchase. If you don't have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of PocketFives Training with no signup fee. Click here to create your account. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. Last month, longtime PocketFiver Jamie pokerjamersArmstrong (pictured) finished third in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max WCOOP event and booked a $141,000 score, his second largest all-time. He has almost $4.5 million in career winnings and was ranked as high as #3 on our site in 2011. Armstrong has been a member of the PocketFives community since 2006. PocketFives: Congrats on final tabling a $215 WCOOP event. Tell us how you're feeling about it. Jamie Armstrong: I'm obviously very happy, but more so I feel a sense of relief. I had a rough WSOP. Then, WCOOP went about as badly as possible until that weekend. Sunday and Monday were my only winning days of the series. My confidence was pretty low and in tournaments it's important not to second-guess yourself, otherwise you're going to end up making a lot of bad decisions. The field was pretty soft and the slower WCOOP structure makes it that much better. I honestly can't recall everything from Day 1 because I had so many tables all day. I don't think I've ever run as well as I did across all the tournaments I played on Sunday. I was not busting anything and it was insane. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the cash besides poker? Jamie Armstrong: Not really. Mostly I'll put it back into poker. I really need a new car, though, so I might consider that. My brother, sister-in-law, and 1.5-year-old nephew are moving to Germany for six months for work and I already have a trip planned out there with my mom for Christmas, but somehow I've never even been to Europe, so maybe I'll extend the trip and travel around to some other countries. PocketFives: How important was that $380,000 SCOOP score six years ago to your poker success? How did that change your career? Jamie Armstrong: It was definitely a huge moment in my career. I never dreamed of winning that much money in a single tournament. I was backed by dipthrong (pictured) at the time, so after that I felt comfortable playing any tournament stakes online without backing. I also started backing other people, which was fun for the sweats, but was also the most stressful thing I've ever dealt with. If I could go back in time, I definitely wouldn't have done the same thing. dipthrong and I were backing like 20 people at one point, so either I'd avoid it entirely or stick to backing a smaller group of players. PocketFives: Remind us how you got started in poker and why the game was interesting to you. Jamie Armstrong: I started playing poker with my friends in high school for fun. We would play cash games with $10 in front of us. Then in college, I started playing online. BPV3 and crzysavage sent me transfers on PokerStars and PartyPoker. We started with some 10-cent sit and gos and then gradually built our way up to the $20 180-mans. Eventually, I got into tournaments where I was absolutely awful. It's funny looking back on old hand histories from 2006. The biggest contributor to my success was getting backed by dipthrong and Mr_BigQueso (pictured). I don't think I ever would have been very successful without Mark's help. He was always way ahead of the curve. PocketFives: What else do you do besides poker? What else interests you? Jamie Armstrong: I really enjoy golfing. I love all sports, but besides basketball it's tough to go out and find a game to play. You only need one friend to play a round of golf. I'm terrible at the game, but it's still fun for me. I'm trying to get better, but it has been a slow process. Maybe I'll spend my winnings on some coaching. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. [caption width="640"] Mike 'SirWatts' Watson added another WCOOP title to his list of accomplishments. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] We’re at the stage of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker where the time remaining can reasonably be measured in hours, not day. With the end of the online series nearing, Mike Watson went to work on Sunday in adding another WCOOP title to his credit. Watson, who won the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event beat out 119 other players to win the $10,300 buy-in Eight Game Championship. Watson beat out Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky to win $280,238.52 and add another WCOOP title to his collection. The final table included not only Watson and Sulsky, but Matthew Ashton, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin ‘cal242688’ Anderson and Sami Kelopuru. Dutch pro ’maggess88’ beat Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins, who famously finished second in the WCOOP Main Event in 2014 to one Fedor Holz, to win Event #73, Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha. ‘maggess88’ ended up with $37,885.10 and the title - the third COOP win of his career. The final four were rounded out by ‘Ti0373’ and Rory ‘Mafews’ Mathews. Event 75, $700 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (Progressive KO), attracted 1,360 players and the final two players, Michel ‘FreeLancerZZ’ Dattani and ‘Leonidus1988’, agreed to a chip after outlasting the rest of the field. Dattani ended up with $75,193.88 and the WCOOP title after a brief heads-up battle while ‘Leonidus1988’ had to settle for $65,193.88. Simon 'ministerborg' Ravnsbaek was eliminated in third place. With a TCOOP and SCOOP title already to his credit, Ravnsbaek was hoping to become the latest member of the PokerStars Triple COOP winner club but was ultimately denied after being eliminated by Dattani. ‘€urop€an’ made yet another WCOOP final table, finishing sixth for $10,131.67. One day after Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom finished runner-up in a WCOOP event, a player who clearly took inspiration from the Swedish poker pro when choosing his screenname managed to close out a WCOOP as champion. Leo ‘ISILDRooN’ Nordin outlasted 636 other players to win Event #76, $320 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Max, Mix-Max) and earn $34,397.90. The final WCOOP event to wrap up on Sunday saw ‘Noogaii’ earn $120,008.69 after outlasting 2,256 other players, including eventual runner-up Dulek_jason, who walked away with $87,216.59 after chopping with ‘Noogaii’. Event 73: $700 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up 211 entries - $140,315 paid out to 32 places maggess88 - $37,885.10 Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins - $21,047,25 Ti0373 - $11,225.20 Rory ‘Mafews’ Mathews - $11.225.20 Event 74: $10,300 Eight Game Championship 120 entries - $1,200,000 paid out to 11 places Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $280,238.52 Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky - $212,729.16 Matthew ‘MUSTAFABET’ Ashton – $161,482.80 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson - $122,581.68 Sami ‘ Lrslzk’ Kelopuru - $93,051.84 Iteopepe88 - $70,635.72 Event 75: $700 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (Progressive KO) 1,360 entries - $547,800 paid out to 167 places Michel ‘FreeLancerZZ’ Dattani - $75,193.88* Leonidus1988 - $65,193.88* Simon ‘ministerborg’ Ravnsbaek – $36,274.22 Tagomaga - $23,711.46 BrightStripe - $15,499.56 €urop€an - $10,131.67 *heads-up deal Event 76: $320 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Max, Mix-Max) 637 entries - $200,000 paid out to 83 places Leo ‘ISILDRooN’ Nordin - $34,397.90 Kinglune - $23,158.44 SeepdUp2 - $15,591.44 Ashley Jones - $10,496.96 Tarantaleo - $7,067.10 Lystig - $4,757.94 Event 79: $320 No-Limit Hold’em 2257 entries, 1,081 re-entries - $1,001,400 paid out to 404 places Noogaii - $120,008.69* Dulek_jason - $87,216.59* FishyMcFish0 - $87,744.87 Jutrack - $77,330.24* Tobi123456 - $37,212.62 xXOLIVATOXx - $26,526.48 Mogelwette - $18,908.93 Kanishka ‘kanishka27’ Samant - $13,478.94 Nassimovitch - $9,608.23 *Heads-up deal
  11. Boasting over 13 million views and nearly 200,000 follows to his Run It UP poker stream on Twitch, Jason Sommerville is by far the most popular poker broadcaster on the site. While his average shows attract several thousand fans apiece, that number can skyrocket when the Team PokerStars Pro finds himself at a final table, playing for thousands of dollars. With that in mind, Sommerville is hosting a special World Championship of Online Poker broadcast, during which 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier will stream his play live in the $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event on Sunday. And yes, hole cards will be shown. Lee Jones, PokerStars Cardroom Manager, revealed that the idea came about after Mercier and Sommerville realized that they would both be in Toronto for the WCOOP. The two Jasons have been friends and business partners for years, and when Mercier mentioned he would be playing the High Roller event, Somerville asked if he’d like to stream it all on Twitch. “One thing led to another, and here we are,” said Jones. The $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event will be the highest buy-in poker tournament ever played online. That fact makes it all the more astounding that Mercier would agree to stream his play with his hole cards exposed (on a fifteen-minute delay). At that elite level of competition, it’s rare to find a pro who would risk revealing his thought process behind hands during what will be an ultra-competitive tournament. Somerville will be in the booth alongside Mercier during the tournament, and will even discuss hands with the pro after the fact. He won’t be giving advice or discussing strategy when Mercier is actively in a hand, however. “Jason Mercier streaming the event and showing his hole cards gives poker fans an amazing opportunity to jump on board the action and excitement,” said Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ director of corporate communications. “On top of that, Jason Somerville has made Twitch the premiere channel for poker fans and knows how to put on a truly great show. All this combined is going to make for some intense Sunday poker watching.” Mercier is coming off the heels of a fantastic summer performance at the WSOP. His outstanding run started when he won a bracelet in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $273,335. He went on to take second place in his next tournament, the Razz Championship, then win another bracelet and $422,874 in the HORSE Championship. Those three events, plus an eighth place finish in the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship were enough to earn him the accolade of series Player of the Year. The Super High Roller action is streaming on the PokerStars Twitch channel, twitch.tv/pokerstars. The event kicks off on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 PM US (ET). The tournament is a two-day affair, and if Mercier advances, Sommerville will be broadcasting the entire time. "As a serious poker player myself, I look forward to seeing Jason’s strategy unfold hand by hand and learning from him," said Scott Ball, Twitch Community Development and Poker Manager. “And of course, Jason Sommerville was the founder of poker streaming and a Twitch legend. With him in the booth, there won’t be a dull moment; it should be a great day for Twitch and poker fans everywhere.”
  12. Players from Germany and Argentina reigned supreme in Friday's PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker events, with each country taking home multiple first and second place prizes, with players from both countries doing their best to fill up the day’s final tables. After a two-day grind in Event #15, a $215 Pot Limit Omaha tournament with the option to rebuy and add-on once, ‘Tgonz’ of the Philippines brought home the win, giving his home country its first WCOOP title this year. At the final table, Tgonz battled with the likes of Canada’s Zack ‘Zackattak13’ Korik, who took eighth, and Russia’s Andrey ‘ThePateychuk’ Pateychuk, whom Tgonz bested heads-up to take home the $43,861 top prize. Over $1.6 million was on the line in Event #16, a $1,050 NL Hold‘em Progressive KO tournament that smashed its $1 million guarantee. While 2016 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Chris Moneymaker made a respectable run in the event, taking 48th place and $3,158 in total prizes, it was the South Americans who dominated. Argentina’s ‘88maca88’ dispatched his countryman, ‘delfina_47’, heads-up to lock up the $121,841 first-place prize, along with $41,871 in bounties. ‘kurtWSOP’ of Brazil banked over $80,000 for his third-place finish, while yet another Argentinian grinder, Cristian ‘rogre69’ Sampaoli, took eighth. A four-way deal was struck at the final table of Event #17, the $320 Stud Hi-Lo contest, leaving third-place finisher, EPT champion Sebastian ‘Pauli elTopo’ Pauli with $12,584, the lion share of the $89,100 prize pool. In the end, Germany’s ‘Dosenpfand’ outlasted the small 297-player field and took down Russian Spring Championship of Online Poker champion, ‘DTFobos’, to win the title and a $12,494 prize. In Event #20, a $320 NLHE, Three-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom tournament, players buckled in for a wild ride of lightspeed poker. As the 1,594 player field was whittled down and the non-Zoom portion of the tournament began, several tough players remained. Recent Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up winner ‘Needdollarz’ was on hand looking to book another win, as was two-time Turbo Championship of Online Poker winner ‘AlexKP’. Another Sunday Million champ, ‘Doulas12’, was also in the running, dreaming about a possible PokerStars Grand Slam. When all was said and done, Germany’s ‘venced0r’ took home the title and over $50,000 in prizes, giving his country its second win of the day. Event #15 - $215 Pot Limt Omaha (1R/1A) 595 entries (371 rebuys, 258 add-ons) - $248,472 paid out to 71 places Tgonz $43,861.73 Andrey ‘ThePateychuk’ Pateychuk $32,180.42 mcmorumbi1 $23,610.23 Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt $17,322.44 Coltaine $12,709.21 Edgy420 $9,324.55 -Rebus1980- $6,841.27 Zack ‘Zackattak13’ Korik $5,19.33 Vlad ‘dariepoker’ Darie $3,682.60 Event #16 - $1,050 No Limit Holdem (Progressive KO) 1,602 entries - $1,602,000 paid out to 179 places 88maca88 $121,841.69 + $41,871.79 in bounties delfina_47 $89,309.09 + $30,165.49 in bounties kurtWSOP $65,463.32 + $18,407.21 in bounties fish_san $47,984.46 + $19,054.68 in bounties Mads ‘MadsMP’ Pedersen $35,172.39 + $7,203.12 in bounties Adam ‘ISmellToast’ Crawford $25,781.30 + $24,048.80 in bounties mario1335 $18,897.59 + $11,626.94 in bounties Cristian ‘progre69’ Sampaoli $13,851.93 + $4,968.75 in bounties LLinusLLove $10,153.39 + $14,453.12 in bounties Event #17 - $320 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 297 entries - $89,100 paid out to 34 places Dosenpfand $12,494.00 DTFobos $9,381.60 Sebastian ‘Pauli elTopo’ Pauli $12,584.67 ViCiuSMaXiMu $10,848.60 Belledejour1 $4,909.52 Mark ‘MarkBang’ Bango $3,598.66 Barburas $2,637.81 jasonpavlich $1,933.50 Event #20 - $320 No Limit Hold'em (3-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO 25%, ZOOM) 1,594 entries - $358,650 prize pool and $119,550 bounty prize pool paid out to 185 places venced0r $45,259.90 + $6,572.43 Taroxus $35,261.71 + $2,377.39 drivemynuts $29,189.64 + $2,538.94
  13. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb keeps adding to his family and to his collection of COOP titles (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Shaun Deeb had more than one reason to celebrate earlier this month, after clinching his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title in two years, and almost simultaneously welcoming his second child into the world. While Deeb was hard at work maintaining his position as one of the top online players, his wife Ashley was in a completely different country giving birth to a baby boy, Chance. Deeb outlasted a field of 95 entrants (70 players with 25 re-entries) to win Event #12, the $1,050 No Limit Draw Championship. This was his fourth career WCOOP title and he took home $22,185.60 for his efforts. [caption width="320" align="alignright"] Ashley Deeb with the newest member of the Deeb family, Chance[/caption]“My wife and Chance are doing well,” said Deeb, “They were out of the hospital within 24 hours as my wife had to get home to our other son Evan.” “We really struggle on names, as we know so many people in the poker world that often I have a reason why we don’t want to name our kids a certain name,” said Deeb. “But in this instance, Chance Kornuth is a good friend of ours and we really like unique names.” From the field of 95 just 11 spots were paid, with the likes of Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier cashing just short of the final table. Deeb came into the final table as chip leader, but faced competition from two former 2014 WCOOP winners in Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich and ‘scuel1975’. “The final table went well and I had a lot of chips most of the time,” said Deeb who went into heads-up with just 383,462 chips compared to his opponent ‘OLD TIME GIN’, who had 1,516,538. “Even with the deficit I had chip-wise, I was able to figure out how my opponent was playing his ranges. No Limit Draw is a two street game and I had plenty of big blinds, so I could play a lot of hands to showdown, which really helped.” Deeb took advantage of being dealt a flush and standing pat to FaceTime his wife and slow roll the final hand. “As many of your readers know, I love slow rolling, and to get the chance to do it for the win was just so great,” said Deeb. “My wife didn’t have her laptop with her in hospital at the time as she’s usually sweating the final tables.” Deeb said that hadn’t had the best series, winning only a small amount since his win. “Also (that event) was such a small field and buy-in, and I had to miss the week of the big events due to a family situation,” said Deeb. The New York native is well known for his abilities in a variety of poker variants. Seven of his nine COOP wins have come in different games including HORSE and Triple Stud. “I think the single draw variants are very strong for me, not because of my own knowledge, but more the lack of knowledge for those that I am playing against,” said Deeb. “I’ve been playing Five Card Draw for a long time, and am very comfortable in the game either in No Limit or Limit.” “I think that all forms of poker are great and I hope that more people get away from No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, and experiment. I think they’ll like the different games more,” said Deeb. “Most people got into poker for the way that it got their mind working, and No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha stop you from thinking so deeply.” Deeb plans to spend the rest of the year relaxing with his family, before heading to the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas in January.
  14. [caption width="640"] Andrey Zaichenko added a second World Championship of Online Poker title on Thursday (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Day 11 of the World Championship of Online Poker featured the final tables of two No Limit Hold’em tournaments along with that of the Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Each event easily surpassed its guarantee, and in one case more than doubled it. Played out over two long days, Event #37, a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with option to rebuy twice and add-on once, resulted in a final table lineup that would put any pro to the test. The UK’s Jonathan ‘OMGjonyctt’ Concepcion, Argentina’s Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca, Canadian Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown and Brazil’s Eli ‘Timunim’ Fagundes were all on hand, with Twitch star Jason Somerville busting out just before the final nine. A total of 1,095 entrants made 855 rebuys and 461 add-ons, creating a massive $489,433 prize pool which smashed the event’s $200,000 guarantee. After the hour-long break at the six-hour mark, only 
Terje ‘TerjePower18’ Underbakke of Norway and ‘Ohljo’ of Bulgaria remained. Ohljo enjoyed a chip advantage the entire match, and although 'TerjePower18' managed to double up after having his stack knocked down to 2 million chips, he would soon be all-in again. Holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"] against Ohljo’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"], it seemed that the Norwegian might double up again when the flop came [poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"]. A river ten put an end to that hope, however, giving Ohljo a higher pair and the $79,638 first-place prize. The next of the day’s tournaments to wrap up yesterday was the $320 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event, which garnered 966 entries to create a $289,800 prize pool. At the conclusion of the final table, Poland’s ‘T3G3S’ was pitted against ‘lehout’, a Dutchman who won this very same tournament two years ago, and UK grinder Patrick ‘thebigdog09’ Brooks. T3G3S, a SCOOP champion himself, would go on to deny lehout the repeat win, leaving him in third place with a $26,082 payday. Soon afterwards, 'T3G3S' dispatched Brooks heads up to add his first WCOOP title to his resume, and pocketed $46,368 for his efforts. In Event #39, the $1,050 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, 179 entrants created a $231,000 prize pool, easily exceeding the tournament’s $150,000 guarantee. On day two, 55 remaining players were left to duke it out for a shot at the money, which was paid out to 27 places. Several big-name pros fell before that point, including Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick,Shaun Deeb, and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom would make it a bit further, ending his run in 15th place. When all was said and done, Russian pro Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko defeated Canadian pro Kyle ‘kwob20’ Bowker to win his second WCOOP title and a $44,499 payday. Event #37 - $215 No Limit Hold'em (2 rebuy/1 addon)
 1,095 entries - $489,433 prize pool paid out to 134 places Ohljo - $79,638.33 
Terje ‘TerjePower18’ Underbakke - $58,374.03 
Robabatt - $42,787.99
 mahmuttt88 - $31,363.45
Jonathan 'OMGjonyctt' Concepcion - $22,989.30 
Ivan 'Negriin' Luca - $16,851.08 
Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown - $12,351.77 
Eli 'Timunim' Fagundes - $9,053.80 
Bjuran - $6,636.46 Event #38 - $320 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout 966 entries - $289,800 prize pool paid out to 216 places T3G3S - $46,368.36 
Patrick 'thebigdog09' Brooks - $34,776.00 
lehout - $26,082.00 
vladxxxro - $17,388.00 
!!f1ghtback! - $11,592.00 
Kaggis - $7,187.04 Event #39 - $1,050 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 
179 entries - $231,000 prize pool paid out to 27 places Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko - $44,499.92
 Kyle 'kwob20' Bowker - $33,441.01
 Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan - $25,130.49
 ALEX2PAIRS - $18,885.24 
boahgerding - $14,192.03 
Bluf_To_Much - $10,665.13
 TAPïSpayé? - $8,014.70 
Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $6,022.95
  15. [caption width="640"] Dejan ‘Dejanaceking’ Divkovic won a WCOOP title on Friday to go with the SCOOP title he won earlier this year[/caption] The three World Championship of Online Poker finishing on Frirday all easily surpassed their guarantees, and in one case skyrocketed to create a nearly $2 million prize pool. In the second and final day of play in Event #40, a $320 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max tournament, only 107 players remained of the initial 1,730 entrants. Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Kevin ‘KevinM987’ Martin made the cut, but would end up finishing in 12th and 82nd respectively. In the end, ‘Kozir’ of Belarus made a surprise comeback with a short stack to defeat Dutchman ‘Ifold2ndnuts’ and Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva to win the title. Due to a deal worked out when Kozir looked like a long shot, Silva took home $62,000, the lion share of the prize pool, with the Belarusian banking $61,380 With bounties included, Event #41, a $1,575 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout tournament boasted a hefty $1,890,000 prize pool. A total of 1,260 entrants bought-in to the event, which also doubled as the Thursday Thrill Special Edition. The second day of play began with 122 players and included Twitch streamers and PokerStars pros Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew. With the end of the tournament in site, the action came in fits and spurts, with two players busting out on the very first hand of the final table. When only three players remained, the action slowed to a crawl, however, with Denmark’s ‘jonaj10’, the Dominican Republic’s Francis ‘NoHayMiedo’ Cruz and Germany’s ‘bossamtisch’ duking it out over 2.5 hours for the top spot. Once 'NoHayMiedo' was eliminated, the final two cut a deal to chop up the prize money, which saw them play for the bounties, 2% of the prize pool and the title. Just 13 hands later, 'jonaj10' emerged victorious, taking home $140,071 for his finish along with $52,286 in bounties. Event #42 was a $320 buy-in Eight-Game tournament which drew 476 entrants who made 272 reentries. The result was a $224,400 prize pool which paid out 95 places and absolutely smashed its $75,000 guarantee. In heads-up play, 2016 SCOOP champion Dejan ‘dejanaceking’ Divkovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina faced off with Austria’s ‘kuhns89’ for a chance at securing his second COOP title of the year. With both nearly even in chips, the pair decided on a deal which would leave $4,500 on the table for the winner. A short time later, Divkovic would take out his opponent in the Razz round to secure the victory and the $34,439 first-place prize. Event #40 - $320 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max 1,730 total entries - $519,000 paid out to 215 places Kozir $61,380.00 Ifold2ndnuts $52,255.96 Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva $62,000 cedrick89 $29,197.43 elementx8 $20,993.18 Andy_Pavlen $15,094.28 Thegrandape $10,852.91 G A W $7,803.32 Event #41 - $1,575 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout (50%) 1,260 total entries - $1,890,000 prize pool ($945,000 regular, $945,000 bounty) paid out to 143 places jonaj10 $140,071.99 + $52,286.79 in bounties bossamtisch $115,889.64 + $51,950.60 in bounties NoHayMiedo $79,359.21 + $32,411.09 in bounties SamRostan $58,170.04 + $21,275.37 in bounties Adrijan_S $42,638.49 + $8,724.50 in bounties Virgilik $31,253.89 + $9,468.75 in bounties Fear1sWisdom $22,908.97 + $10,476.55 in bounties Ship It 2010 $16,792.27 + $20,062.46 in bounties Yattago $12,308.71 + $5,203.12 in bounties Event #42 - $320 Eight-Game 476 entries, 272 reentries - $224,400 paid out to 95 places Dejan ‘dejanaceking’ Divkovic $34,439.15 kuhns89 $29,147.39 wadzon $17,066.33 tvtotaliwin $11,423.66 boahgerding $7,646.63 B4zM3L4noFtW $5,118.40
  16. As the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker heads into its final weekend of action, the action continued on Thursday with Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger taking down one of the biggest buy-in tournaments for nearly $588,000. Other highlights of the day included Joao 'Naza114' Vieira, Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy each picking up titles. Loeliger beat out the 103 other players in Event #43 High ($25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller) including a final table that included two former #1-ranked players, Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen and Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard, as well as Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang, Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif and eventual runner-up Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen. The outright victory earned Loeliger $587,747.32 while Hecklen had to settle for $451,251.38. The Medium version of that event attracted 662 runners with Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac taking home $228,348.36 for the win. 'AS Leshly' and 'ReadngSouls' chopped the Low version for $131,349.41 and $112,902.97 respectively. Vieira topped Event #42 High ($2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven) to win $49,595. The final table included Luke Schwartz, Daniel Cates, and Harley Thrower. Mike 'SirWatts' Watson won the Medium buy-in event for $15,325.20 while 'pokerqmaster' took down the Low for $4,915.91. One of the hottest players on the planet, Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy continued his solid run, beating out 149 other players to win Event #44 High ($2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout) for $66,000. His victory denied Watson a second WCOOP title of the day. The Canadian finished runner-up for $46,050 while NLZWERVERNL finished third for $34,500. Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones added $31,425.08 to his bankroll thanks to his victory in the Medium buy-in event and Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe scored $12,014.08 for winning the Low. Event #42 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 91 Prize pool: $182,000 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $49,595 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $33,125 WD89lol<3 - $25,480 Daniel 'w00ki3z' Cates - $17,290 Harley 'Harleyy30040' Thrower- $12,740 fr0zZy - $9,555 Event #42 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 396 Prize pool: $79,200 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $15,325.20 Denis XXX007 - $11,365.20 Lance84 - $8,514 Chillolini - $5,860.80 pantri - $4,197.60 9cream4 - $2,692.80 Event #42 (Low): $22 Triple Draw Duece to Seven Entries: 1,536 Prize pool: $30,720 pokerqmaster - $4,915.91 Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo - $3,686.40 schu_81 - $2,764.80 Donald - $1,843.20 thefish01x - $1,228.80 dAASSSmayer - $724.99 Event #43 (High): $25,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 104 Prize pool: $2,550,600 Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger - $587,747.32 Henrik 'hhecklen' Hecklen - $451,251.38 fr0zZy - $346,454.88 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang - $265,995.69 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $204,221.95 Rachid 'SkaiWalkurrr' Ben Cherif - $156,794.30 bartek901 - $120,391.17 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $92,424.30 Event #43 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 662 Prize pool: $1,324,000 Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac - $228,348.36 Killer_00000 - $162,774.01 etxnl01 - $116,030.85 Liv Boeree - $82,710.80 kurzatwarz - $58,959.17 NukeTheFish! - $42,028.12 NEWFlat - $29,959.07 Picasso 2 - $21,255.85 Event #43 (Low): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 5,010 Prize pool: $1,002,000 AS Leshly - $131,349.41 ReadngSouls - $112,902.97* samoooth - $72,459.22 Schamane22 - $51,651.39 Hciappolino - $36,818.79 baaadshaaa - $26,245.68 Little Kraut - $18,708 s3c3_1978 - $13,336.21 Event #44 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 Arseniy 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy - $66,000 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $46,050 NLZWERVERNL - $34,500 Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo - $24,000 ja.sam.gale - $18,000 hotmark777 - $12,000 Event #44 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 982 Prize pool: $196,400 Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones - $31,425.08 com 157 - $23,568 FshnIsMyPrfn - $17,676 FiatEruditio - $11,784 M_Acevedo - $7,856 Speedyy1986 - $4,870.72 Event #44 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout Entries: 4,619 Prize pool: $92,380 Robert 'Little Kraut' Deppe - $12,014.08 lsp pest - $8,776.10 andreyayo9 - $6,466.60 sharkkings23 - $4,157.10 Grimeyyyy - $2,309.50 bencb789 - $1,293.32
  17. The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker is now done and dusted and as play wrapped up late Tuesday night, it was 'wann2play' who stood tallest, having conquered the 2,044-player field in the High Main Event for $1.35 million score. Runner-up 'eze88888' ended up with $1,257,204.66 after agreeing to a deal following some rather contentious chop discussions. Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger, who won the $25K High Roller earlier this week, finished third for $764,501.99. Robby 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin ended up in fourth for $540,584.85. Brazilian 'wellingtowap' topped the 39,817-runner field in the Low Main Event to $192,036.92 and his first WCOOP title. A pair of Russians finished second and third. Two-time WCOOP winner 'nafnaf_funny' finished in second for $136,869.74 and 'AlexKhandaur' took home $97,656.78 for third. Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan finished eighth for $17,957.86 but that didn't make for a profitable day. The Main Event wasn't the only events to wrap up on the final day of WCOOP. Victor 'limitless' Malinovsky beat David Peters heads up to win Event #62 High ($25,000 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em) to win $725,847.48. Peters had to settle for $561,903.81. Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves wound up in third for $434,989.46. The final table also included two players who were simultaneously playing the final table of the High Main Event. Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang, who wound up fifth in the Main Event, wound up fourth in the High Roller for $336,740.74 to bring his total earnings for the day to just over $718,000. Loeliger took eighth for $120,938.19. Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood beat Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo heads up to win Event #62 Medium ($2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em) for $268,775.65 while Addamo wound up with $191,591.92. 'WATnlos' picked up the Low event win for $130,598.18. Event #58 (High): $5,200 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entries: 2,044 Prize pool: $10,220,000 wann2play - $1,352.967.97* eze88888 - $1,257,204.66* LLinusLLove - $764,501.99 PlayaPlz - $540,584.85 mczhang - $382,252.52 Exclusive - $270,293.45 0409479 - $191,127.28 4rebmun - $135,147.23 JJ Okocha - $95,563.13 Event #58 (Low): $55 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entries: 39,817 Prize pool: $1,990,850 wellingtowap - $192,036.92 nafnaf_funny - $136,869.74 AlexKhandaur - $97,565.78 equinespy - $69,548.35 Borff1 - $49,576.74 162636465666 - $35,340.17 Bashov - $25,192.01 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $17,957.86 Pavlikov1975 - $12,801.16 Event #62 (High): $25,000 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 141 Prize pool: $3,458,025 limitless - $725,847.48 dpeters17 - $561,903.81 Bit2Easy - $434,989.46 mczhang - $336,740.74 bartek901 - $260,682.86 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth - $201,803.76 zcedrick - $156,223.54 LLinusLLove - $120,938.19 Event #62 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 792 Prize pool: $1,584,000 Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood - $268,775.65 Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo - $191,591.92 hello_totti - $136,573.27 vvvpoker - $97,354.06 BelmontChief - $69,397.25 Aren1991 - $49,468.79 Naza114 - $35,263.16 ShipitFTW911 - $25,136.81 Event #56 (Low): $215 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 4,582 Prize pool: $916,400 WATnlos - $130,598.18 flipmm - $93,092.40 bungakat - $66,359.45 j6j8 - $47,303.28 Darwinsfish - $33,719.39 B4NKR0LL3R - $24,036.25 MOLLOT - $17,133.83 KissMyAcePlz - $12,213.59
  18. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The Fives is back with Lance Bradley and PocketFives' new Managing Editor, Donnie Peters sitting in the co-host chairs. Lance and Donnie recap the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and discuss how the 2018 Poker Masters might have been the breakout party for a young American pro. They also discuss the Chad Power vs. Cate Hall backing debate and talk about how William Kassouf's 15 minutes of fame might actually be up all over $100. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  19. The PocketFives Rankings have been dominated by Sweden in 2017. For the better part of the year, at least half of the top 10 has had the familiar blue and yellow flag next to it. Currently, there are five in that top group. As so many Swedish players are among the best in online poker that the world has to offer, PocketFives is taking a look at the current top 10 rankings for the nation itself. Leading the way for both Sweden and the world is 'lena900'. It did not take long for him to get October off to a strong start as he won the $150,000 guaranteed Whale on 888poker $43,750. Along with the money came 418.33 PLB points. ‘Lena900’ is top dog worldwide and trailing them is ‘C Darwin2,’ who is only behind by 15 points. ‘C Darwin 2’ spent part of 2017 ranked #1 in the world and closed out the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker with a final table in Event #74 High ($530 No Limit $300,000 guaranteed). The sixth-place finish came with 247.70 PLB points. Checking in at #3 for Sweden is Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren, who is ranked #6 worldwide. Berggren won a tournament on 888poker and PokerStars in consecutive days for a combined 332.63 points to give himself some breathing room over #4 ‘Sheater.’ ‘Sheater’ did a lot of damage on partypoker during the partypoker Powerfest series highlighted by his win in the $150,000 guaranteed high roller which gave him 395.60 points and $31,144. The final member of the Swedish contingent to be ranked in the top 10 in the world is #5 Robin ‘inhoo’ Ylitalo. 888poker’s XL Eclipse series was kind to Ylitalo, who won the $100,000 guaranteed Quarterback for $21,356 and 333.92 points. Ranking #6 and #7, respectively are ‘Ariados' and 'DeathbyQuads'. ‘Ariados’ reached a peak of #2 worldwide earlier in 2017 and ‘DeathbyQuads’ is attempting to regain his top form of the year at #7 in the world. Jonatan ‘Po4teUS’ Hellman is in at #8 and attempting to reach the $5,000,000 mark in career earnings before the end of the year. Hellman is about $275,000 short of reaching that target. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar had a strong September that included a Powerfest high roller win and a top-70 finish in the WCOOP Main Event. Korsar is less than $80,000 shy of becoming the sixth player ever to hit $10,000,000 in earnings on PocketFives. Rounding out the Swedish top 10 is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen, who crossed over the $3,000,000 mark in earnings this year. Odeen’s highest worldwide ranking this year is #12. Sweden's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1lena9009,274.21 2C Darwin29,258.81 3r4ndomr4gs7,737.89 4Sheater7,663.78 5inhoo7,547.74 6Ariados6,946.28 7DeathbyQuads6,833.49 8Pot4teUS6,762.17 9Greenstone256,632.88 10perrymejsen5,926.02
  20. [caption width="640"] Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff's life changed for the better after taking down the WCOOP Main Event(van Zadelhoff photo)[/caption] The celebrations are over for Steven van Zadelhoff and now the 2017 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion is getting back to the thing he loves best; grinding. That doesn't mean that he didn't take some days off after winning $1.6 million though. The champ knew he had to celebrate it. "There was a lot of champagne and drinks, it was fun. A lot of my swaps were there actually, so everybody was really excited. So the champagne was waiting for me and the day after we had a bit of a calmer dinner with friends," said van Zadelhoff. "You don't want to not enjoy that. It's too good. I'm not saying it's a once in a lifetime thing because I'm planning on doing more of these beautiful things. It is definitely smart to enjoy it." While he earned all of the headlines at the end of WCOOP, including a jump to #2 in the PocketFives Rankings, the previous three weeks included a couple of near misses but no real success; a 19th place finish in Event #3 High, an 11th place finish in Event #16 High, a 46th place finish in Event #66 Low. "I was super close to already having a good WCOOP and the month before I won $70K or something like that, so I had a really good month, but then in WCOOP you can lose $40K," said van Zadelhoff. "Luckily, two days before (WCOOP began) I won a $109 on PokerStars, so I had some ammo and we were feeling good and we could fire off." Yet when the Main Event started on September 24, van Zadelhoff had collected just $23,129.28 in winnings and when Day 1 of the Main Event wrapped up, it didn't seem like things were going to turn around for him at all. "We started with 50K and I think I ended Day 1 on 140K, which must have been way below average," said van Zedelhoff. So when Day 2 started on the Monday, the Dutch grinder fired up his normal number of tables, just in case the Main Event ended abruptly for him. "I started a normal session because I figured I really only had 25 big blinds or whatever and I still had to sneak into the money, so I didn't do that much, that's quite important with a short stack," said van Zadelhoff. "I started a lot other tournaments, just a handful of decent ones and then all of a sudden I started running good in the big one and I had to stop registering because that one just starts to be worth so much money that it needs all the focus." The focus paid off as van Zadelhoff not only got into the money on Day 2, but built up a healthy stack and finished the day with a seemingly overwhelming chip lead with just nine players left. He'd calculated his equity heading into the final table was already at staggering $1.1 million. Putting his head on a pillow that night, van Zadelhoff was excited by the opportunity that was in front of him. Instead of his normal six or seven hours of sleep, he got four or five. He was actually laying in bed, and started scrolling through his Facebook and WhatsApp messages when he suddenly remembered a 7% piece he'd sold before the Main Event began and he feared he hadn't accounted for it on Saturday when he finalized all of his swaps. "I jumped out of bed, walked to my computer and I saw in like two or three seconds that it was true, that I had not put it in the books correctly. So I missed out on 7% there," said van Zadelhoff. The bad news didn't stop there though. While he was looking up that message he noticed a Skype message from another friend wishing him good luck at the final table. "I scrolled up (in the chat) and yeah, another 5% and instantly my head flipped to the left to my books and I'm looking through the list and I also missed this one." With just hours to go before playing the most important final table of his career, van Zadelhoff was dealing with the fact that he'd forgotten to account for another 12% in pieces sold or swaps made. He had made both deals on Saturday night, after a long day of playing and was tired. He simply forgot to write them both down and it was all he could think about. "In this specific moment I lose $130,000 in equity. It was one of the most horrible moments you can have on such a wonderful day," said van Zadelhoff. The more he thought about the mistake, the more concerned he was that it would have an impact on his play that day. He called some friends, explained the situation and then visited with another friend, hoping that venting about his mistake would help him feel better. As fate would have it, he'd already booked a session with his mindset coach, Jared Tendler, for that afternoon. "It was already planned actually more or less just as a happy motivational talk. All of a sudden we had to have quite a deep session on stuff like this and where the whole thing comes from. It was really productive and after that session I felt good," said van Zadelhoff. In an effort to hit the reset button on his day, he meditated and took a quick nap before the final table started. "I woke up 20 minutes before the tournament and I was ready to start. I knew I was going to crush it," said van Zadelhoff. "That was amazing, this change from being completely destroyed by your own stupidity to being ready for the biggest game of your life, and feeling super confident. I'm super proud of that." Crush it indeed. The final table went about as smoothly as one could go. It took just over two hours to go from nine players to four and van Zadelhoff remained in control. Then, with just Bernardo 'Machadada RS' Rocha and Joshua ‘joshuah333’ Herman remaining, Rocha was the first to bring up the idea of chopping up the remaining money. The only change to the payout structure that van Zadelhoff was interested in was one that made it winner take all. "The most important thing is the EV. I just think I win a lot more money if I just crush them, because they're playing for second mainly. I'll just play for the $1.6 million," said van Zadelhoff. "I felt really great and I felt I could take down the title which makes it a bit more shiny. Plus, the fact that I only had a small piece for myself, the last thing I could do to try and win the most money for myself is just take it down without a deal." He did just that, eliminating Rocha in third and then Herman, who had briefly wrestled the chip lead from him, in second place. As the final board ran out, van Zadelhoff realized he was accomplishing something that he'd always knew was possible - but maybe not probable. "In one way it was like a dream, because this is literally one of the things that I dreamed of doing for 10 years, 12 years, 15 years - dominating a final table like this. It's amazing," said van Zadelhoff. "And on the other hand, it feels completely normal and natural because I put in the work to do this. This is what I've been training for the last 10 years to be ready for this moment." That moment wasn't actually worth $1.6 million for van Zadelhoff. Once he paid out his swaps and action sold, he was left with somewhere around $256,000. While it's not seven figures, it was enough for van Zadelhoff to make the decision to start playing on his own dime and now he's looking forward to the freedom and the pressure that situation will provide. "I was on a backing deal before and now I'm not, so I can do whatever I want," said van Zadelhoff. "I have more action for myself, I can still sell action for bigger tournaments. I'll have to get used to it. I can (also) play different games now. I have to make a plan for all of that."
  21. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan beat out 'C Darwin2' for his second career WCOOP victory on Thursday (WPT photo)[/caption] While one of the storylines heading into the final weekend of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is the number of first time WCOOP winners, there’s also been a handful of players that have picked up their second or third title. Connor Drinan joined that group on Thursday, beating the former #1-ranked player in the world heads-up. Drinan topped the 424-player field in Event #62 High ($530 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha) to win $37,999.85 and his second WCOOP title. ‘C Darwin2’, who has held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for nine weeks, took home $28,244.06 for finishing second. Drinan’s first WCOOP came last year in a $320 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. The biggest winner on Thursday was Canada’s ‘Carster’, who took home nearly $90,000 after winning Event #59 High ($530 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Progressive KO). He earned $58,119.09 for the first place finish and an additional $31,587.02 in bounties. Lithuania’s ‘tomas2242’ finished runner-up for $40,495.019 while also collecting $18,419.15 in bounties. Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler finished fourth for a combined $26,000 in earnings. Possibly the most star-studded final table on Thursday was Event #60 High: ($2,100 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven) where ‘kkopghy’ beat out a group that included Mike Watson, Bryn Kenney and eventual runner-up Ronny Kaiser to win $53,320 and his first WCOOP title. The big names were no matter ‘kkopghy’. He eliminated every single one of his final table opponents on his way to victory. In Event #61 High ($2,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em), the final two players, ‘0$kar15’ and ‘silentm0de’ chopped up the remaining prize money before playing the last match of the tournament. In the end, ‘0$kar15’ emerged victorious, taking the $66,899.98 winner’s share while ‘silentm0de’ took $55,980.02 as runner-up. Last but not least, Jack 'jAkDAriPAA' O'Neill beat out 1,779 other players to win Event #63 High ($215 No Limit Hold’em) for $53,897.70 and his first WCOOP title. Event #59 High: $530 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Progressive KO Entries: 1,525 Prize pool: $762,500 $381,250 + $381,250 bounties Carster - $58,119.09 + $31,587.02 in bounties tomas2242 - $40,495.19 + $18,419.15 in bounties K.T.A.-1985 - $28,215.93 + $12,411.09 in bounties Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler - $19,660.10 + $6,353.02 in bounties blazinchron - $13,698.61 + $5,932.61 in bounties byfon - $9,544.82 + $2,726.57 in bounties vernicci - $6,664.59 + $4,978.52 in bounties Event #60 High: $2,100 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven Entries: 96 Prize pool: $192,000 kkopghy - $53,320.00 Ronny '1-ronnyr3' Kaiser - $35,040.00 Mongano - $26,880.00 TIME1MINUTE - $18,240.00 Bryn 'BrynKenney' Kenney - $13,440.00 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $10,080.00 Event #61 High: $2,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Entries: 128 Prize pool: $256,000 0$kar15 - $66,899.98* silentm0de - $55,980.02* KRab42 - $25,600.00 RomanHLD - $25,600.00 * Heads-up deal Event #62 High: $530 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 424 Prize pool: $212,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $37,999.85 C. Darwin2 - $28,244.06 DEN$-lomobot - $20,992.98 Richard 'CHUFTY' Ashby - $15,603.47 RedPh0enix - $11,597.60 sprocketsAA - $8,620.15 jerry_only - $6,407.10 Slavik_Krs - $4,762.21 alex987 - $3,847.54 Event #63 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 1,780 Prize pool: $356,000 Jack 'jAkDAriPAA' O'Neill - $53,897.70 Takapillu7 - $38,636.68 Anton 'antesvante' Wigg - $27,697.08 Ben 'BensBenz' Yu - $19,854.93 beastishngry - $14,233.20 artorollin - $10,203.20 AptiVova - $7,314.26 Sledyyshii - $5,243.31 GamadGADOL - $3,758.71
  22. [caption width="640"] In the same year that he won a SCOOP title, 'compris' added a World Championship of Online Poker win to the resume[/caption] A lot is often made of players who, over the course of their poker career, pick up wins in all three ‘COOP series; Turbo, Spring and World. There’s only been a handful of players who have collected all three. On Sunday Sweden’s ‘compris’ took a giant step towards joining that group by winning his second COOP title this year alone. Beating out 90 other entries in Event #75 High ($10,800 Eight Game High Roller), ‘compris’ earned $247,975. Brazil’s Yuri 'theNERDguy' Martins took home $166,075 for his runner-up finish. ‘RunGodlike’ finished third for $127,400 while Luke Schwartz finished fourth for $86,450. Last May,‘compris’ won Event #54 High ($2,100 Eight Max NLHE) for $320,420. He now just needs a Turbo Championship of Online Poker win to join the COOP Triple Crown club. Russian ‘84BUKTOP84’ was the next biggest winner on Sunday, taking down Event #70 High: ($530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em) for $89,798.88. He made his way through a final table that included Jon Turner, Charlie ‘JIZOINT’ Combes and ‘thehushpuppy’ to earn his first WCOOP title. That wasn’t the only victory for Russia on Sunday. ‘Futti18’ earned $85,815.14 for winning Event #74 High ($530 No Limit Hold’em) for $85,815.14. Current #1-ranked ‘C Darwin2’ finished sixth for $17,891.54. And t wouldn’t a WCOOP Sunday without a Brazilian victory. Filling that role this week was ‘reyals_rs’, who won Event #73 High ($215 No Limit Hold’em) for $39,319.99 Event #70 (High): $530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,101 Prize pool: $550,500 84BUKTOP84 -$89,798.88 LEN1234980 - $62,568.89 langace66 - $43,596.24 Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner - $30,376.64 thegr8str8 - $21,165.56 Charlie 'JIZOINT' Combes - $14,747.56 thehushpuppy - $11,156.04 Event #73 (High): $215 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 1,259 (970 entries + 289 re-entries) Prize pool: $251,800 reyals_rs - $39,319.99 giorgia111nn - $28,544.65 Naryshkin - $20,722.51 clinc3 - $15,043.89 cliff47 - $10,921.37 MyMilkCans=D - $7,928.55 flashdisastr - $5,755.87 Dan ‘danjonesdj’ Jones - $4,178.57 vic1316 - $3,033.51 Event #74 (High): $530 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 1,051 Prize pool: $525,500 Futti18 - $85,815.14 monzemann - $62.716.11 Arne ‘juarnes’ Coulier - $45,834.89 zeruka - $33,497.57 Dylan 'ImaLucSac' Linde - $24,481.10 C Darwin2 - $17,891.54 Oscar 'KungKroon' Kroon - $13,075.70 zyxel888 - $9,556.11 Cyberraver - $6,983.89 Event #75 (High): $10,800 Eight Game High Roller Entries: 91 (60 entries + 31 re-entries) Prize pool: $910,000 compris - $247,975 Yuri 'theNERDguy' Martins - $166,07 RunGodlike - $127,400 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $86,450 Antonio7 - $63,700 ShipitFTW911 - $47,775
  23. [caption width="640"] Germany's 'OverTheTop43' grabbed his second WCOOP title this year on Monday afternoon.[/caption] For many online poker players, winning a single World Championship of Online Poker event some time in their career is a highlight. Germany's 'OverTheTop43' took things one step further this year, taking home two WCOOP titles and an 888poker XL Eclipse win. His second win came Monday night and earned him just over $193,000. 'OverTheTop43' won Event #77 High ($1,050 Sunday Kickoff Special Edition) by beating a final table that included 'Gandalf MR', Team PokerStars Pro Andre 'aakkari' Akkari, and eventual runner-up Victor 'vitinhorrn15' Pedote. The first 2017 WCOOP title for 'OverTheTop43' came on September 9, when he won Event #33 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em Win the Button) for $81,648. In between those two victories he won 888poker XL Eclipse Event #67 (Lightning Six Max NLHE) as well. There were four WCOOP High winners on Monday and all four of them took home six-figure scores. The biggest winner of the day also managed to pull off possibly the biggest upset of the day. 'Erikajax1' beat out recent Poker Masters winner Steffen 'Go0se.core!' Sontheimer to win Event #78 High ($520 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition) for $219,090.38. Sontheimer earned $154,918.91 for his runner-up finish. Fahredin 'FeriBo' Mustafov won $117,260.19 for beating out the 4,105-entry field in Event #80 High ($215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em). Falling one spot short of winning a WCOOP title, 'Mr.Kruges' earned $83,585.51 while third place finisher Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams pocketed $59,582.59. The last event to wrap up on Monday was Event #81 High ($530 WCOOP Wrap-Up No Limit Hold'em). The single-day event drew 1,303 players with 'Leqenden' coming out on top for a $101,734.89 pay day. The WCOOP Main Event finishes on Tuesday with Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff leading the final table. Event #77 (High): $1,050 Sunday Kickoff Special Edition Entries: 1,238 Prize pool: $1,238,000 OverTheTop43 - $193,318.63 Victor 'vitinhorrn15' Pedote - $140,342.65 blackaces93 - $101,884.30 Rodrigo 'digopapel' Semeghini - $73,964.80 Am4ranth - $53,696.02 onlymtt748 - $38,981.52 Andre 'aakkari' Akkari - $28,299.31 MonsieurRask - $20,544.36 Gandalf MR - $14,914.55 Event #78 (High): $520 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition Entries: 3,024 Prize pool: $1,512,000 Erikajax1 - $219,090.38 Steffen 'Go0se.core!' Sontheimer - $154,918.91 mr.salgado30 - $109,544.24 Matt 'All_in_at420' Stout - $77,459.45 skattefar - $54,772.04 Jesusisback0 - $38,729.57 donki4 - $27,385.94 BackToRoni - $19,364.78 sanpri - $13,692.97 Event #80 (High): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 4,105 (2,887 entrie + 1,218 re-entries) Prize pool: $821,000 Fahredin 'FeriBo' Mustafov - $117,260.19 Mr.Kruges - $83,585.51 Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams - $59,582.59 kdrAS - $42,472.46 TanTanSWE - $30,275.85 iNFOcALL - $21,581.62 Galio Olio - $15,384.06 salta44 - $10,966.26 Event #81 (High): $530 WCOOP Wrap-Up No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,303 Prize pool: $651,500 Leqenden - $101,734.89 Kevin 'KevBoyStar' Stani - $73,855.60 jwall888 - $53,616.82 TheTractor8 - $38,924.12 Anastasiia 'SpringSmile' Syvak - $28,257.63 kareempirias - $20,514.10 gaddulla - $14,892.57 skarpet2 - $10,811.51 vino la iubi - $7,848.81
  24. [caption width="650"] David 'dehhhhh' Coleman regained the top spot in New Jersey with NJCOOP underway.[/caption] Following a few months away from the top of the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings, David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman is back into first place. With theNew Jersey Championship of Online Poker off and running in the garden state, Coleman could add more points to his lead before the end of October. Coleman played his share of live tournaments during the Borgata Poker Open but when he hit the online streets, he won 13 tournaments. The largest win for Coleman came in the PokerStarsNJ Sunday Special on September 17, where he won $10,460. He’s in first place no longer but Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon still had a productive month. Kwon won three events and reached the podium a few additional times. Already in October, Kwon has a NJCOOP title in Event #6 ($100 PLO Eight Max) For the second straight month, Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo and John ‘Selurznug’ Cosgrove are in third and fourth place, respectively. Lupo came away with two wins, including a win in the first event of NJCOOP ($100 Nightly Stars) for $5,645. Cosgrove picked up 10 wins and pushed his online tournament earnings to over $500,000. The theme of consistency held true with Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg finishing up September in fifth place. Lavenburg cashed only twice but made the most of it with a win in the partypokerNJ Sunday $40,000 guaranteed worth $9,080. Jumping up from #12 to #6 was Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano. The majority of Gagliano’s cashes came in Sunday High Roller events where he picked up five qualifying cashes for just over 523 PLB points. Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger falls one spot in the rankings to 7th place. Danger won 14 events and is on the verge of reaching $1,400,000 in career earnings.
  25. [caption width="640"] #1 remained the same this week, but 'veeea' seems intent on taking over.[/caption] Every year the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker causes the PocketFives Rankings to shift dramatically. It took just four events for the first of the top-ranked players to grab a title and make a big move upward. Russia's 'veeea' won Event #4 ($1,050 Progressive KO) for almost $200,000 and 781.34 PLB points to move from #4 to #2. He's now just 22.62 points behind Sweden's 'C Darwin2'. It's been 19 months since 'veeea' last held down the #1 spot. It's not like 'C Darwin2' has been idle though. The Swede - one of 10 in the Top 25 - hasn't hit a massive WCOOP score yet, but has enjoyed success in the partypoker Powerfestseries. He won Event #1, Event #32, finished runner-up in Event #20 and 13th in Event #12. Those four cashes earned him just over 909 PLB points. He picked up an additional 145.39 points for a 32nd place finish in WCOOP Event #9. The names in the top 10 remained identical to last week with just a bit of reshuffling. With 'veeea' going to #2, 'lena900' fell one spot to #3.Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren went from #5 to #4, Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo dropped from #3 to #5. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford and 'Ariados' swapped the #6 and #7 spots. Swedes 'Sheater' and 'DeathbyQuads' moved to #8 and #9 respectively while former #1 Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro dropped from #8 to #10. The biggest mover of the top 25 this week was Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar. The Brazilian picked up five qualifying cashes this week, including 355.67 from taking down Powerfest Event #20. He also won a PokerStars $109 Six Max NLHE event as well. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,126.011 2veeea8,103.394 3lena9007,629.132 4Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,510.615 5Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,504.093 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,113.047 7Ariados6,948.496 8Sheater6,676.9210 9DeathbyQuads6,620.529 10Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,605.888 11Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,550.1213 12Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,539.1111 13Pot4teUS6,429.0312 14Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,340.1923 15Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,237.1815 16Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang6,126.1616 17Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,032.4124 18Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen5,987.8619 19Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert5,924.4714 20Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar5,895.0732 21Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver5,893.7922 22Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic5,786.0721 23Ludovich 'ludovi333' Gelech5,769.5218 24Renato Almeida 'bauruzito' Prado Valentim5,722.0520 25hellohellohello5,718.4417
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