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  1. Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic enjoyed some of the biggest scores of his career in the month of September. His success in the month not only helped him break into the Online Poker Rankings top 5 for the first time in his career, but it also clinched his second career Online Player of the Month honors in less than a year. Smiljkovic racked up 4,241 leaderboard points in September thanks to a handful of key victories in some of online poker’s biggest series. At the end of the first week, on September 7, he took down the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter High Roller for $16,960 and 435.23 points. The very next day, he was in the winner’s circle again, this time during the 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, earning another $61,090 (his largest cash of the month) and 591.61 by winning Event #75 ($530 NLHE). September 9 was a key date for him as he made several deep runs at the same time, earning five-figure scores and heaps of leaderboard points. It started off with a runner-up finish in the GGPoker WSOP Online $525 Bounty Hunter where he picked up $14,607. The heat continued with a fourth-place result in WCOOP Event #80-L ($019 NLHE PKO Mini Thursday Thrill) for $15,418. At the same time, Smiljkovic was battling at the final table of WCOOP Event #82-H ($2,100 NLHE) where he ended up falling in fifth place for $28,771. In total, Smiljkovic finished in the money 55 times for a total of $308,708. Not the most volume by any means, but his deep runs in large fields events was enough to help propel him to a career-high ranking of #3 in the world, as well as lift him to the top of the leaderboard. Lucio ‘Llima92’ Lima (3,866 points) also thrived in the month of September, finishing in second place while climbing to new heights on the Online Poker Rankings. Lima, currently grinding the mid-to-high stakes, put in a ton of volume last month. He amassed more than 170 in-the-money finishes, seven of which were for five figures, for a total earn of just over $394,000. His largest score came on September 16 when he took down the GGPoker $1,050 Wednesday Double Stack for $58,148 and 531.04 leaderboard points. That barely eclipsed his fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $777 Lucky Sevens on September 5 in which he earned $53,331 and 464.22 points. He also did damage during the 2021 PokerStars WCOOP. First, on September 10, he final tabled Event #85-H ($2,100 NLHE PKO) for more than $18,000 and 212.32 points. He was back at a WCOOP final table in Event #101-H ($1,050 PLO 6-Max) where he finished in fourth place for $20,090 and another 218.94 points. By the end of the month, Lima hit as high as #16 in the world, just one spot higher than his current rank of #17. Russian superstar Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov rounds out the top 3 for September with 3,565 leaderboard points. In an online career that spans nearly a decade, September was a career month for Filatov which included the largest win of his life. READ: Career Year of Online Success Takes Anatoly Filatov To $10 Million On September 21, Filatov won the GGPoker WSOP Circuit Super MILLION$ for $1.2 million, far-and-away the most money he ever won online. However, the tournament didn’t qualify for leaderboard points, missing the cut-off by a single entry. However, that wasn’t the only score that made Filatov’s fall amazing. Out of his 27 in-the-money finishes, seven were for five figures or more. Although his Super MILLION$ win was likely the highlight of his career, it’s unlikely Filatov ever had another day like September 7. On that day he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker WSOP High Rollers for $63,252 while at the same time wrapping up a third-place result in WCOOP Event #71 High ($2,100 NHLE) for another $76,538. During both of those tournaments, he was playing on the GGPoker live stream in that week’s Super MILLION$ where he finished in third place for $250,053. All told, Filatov earned more than $1.7 million of his $12.6 million lifetime online earnings in September. September 2021 Online Player of the Month Results [table id=265 /]
  2. It wasn’t that long ago when poker fans were starved for content. Waiting for the next EPT live stream or setting their TiVo's to grab the latest rerun of an old WSOP episode. But that time has passed and today, we live in an era of the non-stop poker content frenzy. This week, the buffet for the eyes will only get bigger as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and Triton Poker all have brand new programming headed to a screen near you. WSOP on PokerGO In case you hadn’t heard, the 2021 World Series of Poker is underway and as thousands flock to the Rio to take a shot at a gold bracelet, there tens of thousands at home wanting a glimpse of the action. The live streaming for the WSOP kicks off on October 4 with the final table of Event #6 ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) an event primed to be packed with some of the biggest names in the game. The action doesn’t stop there with 25 days of streaming to take place throughout the series - and that doesn’t include the Main Event. Final tables from all the biggest events in an effort to bring you the sights and sounds from the Amazon Room. Here’s the kicker, all that poker action comes with a price. If you want all of that, you’ll need a PokerGO subscription. Annual subscriptions are around $100, with discount codes readily available all over the internet. Sundays Are For The World Poker Tour This Sunday, October 2, Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour premiers on the Bally Sports Network with the Gardens Poker Championship final table. Chance Kornuth headlines the final six as they vie for their piece of the more than $2.4 million prize pool. “Our fans have been very patient waiting for the Season XVIII episodes and we are excited for Sunday Night,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska “The action from Season XVIII promises to live up to the expectations of our audience.” Brand new episodes can be seen each of the next three Sundays - on actual television - with hefty three-hour episodes. The Gardens Poker Championship is the first of four final tables that can be watched through December 19. It should be interesting as it’s the first of the COVID-delayed content to come out and the whole gang - Vince, Tony, and Lynn are all back in action. While the Bally Sports Network isn’t one of the most well-known networks, a quick Google search will get you sorted out. Triton Million Charity is Waiting For Your Views Do you want action? Triton gives you action. Big time. They are also shipping out a 10-part series of their £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity. This event was held in London in 2019. You might remember the event, the one that set the record for the biggest live tournament buy-in in history. £50,000 of every buy-in was donated to a number of worthy organizations while some of the biggest names in the game - including Tom Dwan, Bryn Kenney, Fedor Holz, and Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates - made the trip to be a part of history. You don’t remember who won? Well, no spoilers here. Go take an inside look at how some of the elite battle against each other as well as some more recreational businessmen. This 10-part series, available on the Triton YouTube channel, was previously aired on a number of large television outlets but the real plus is that it’s now available on the small screen in your pocket. Can’t wait? Here’s episode one right here:
  3. Jeremy Ausmus won the second WSOP title of his career, first of the series, as he defeated the final four opponents in Event #3 to win the $1,000-entry COVID-19 Relief Charity Event. With just five players returning to action on Day 2 of the event and the 2021 World Series of Poker, Ausmus overcame a chip deficit heads-up to overnight leader Jesse Lonis to claim his maiden bracelet and the $48,681 top prize. Ausmus Overcomes Lonis, Takes First Title of Autumn It took no time at all for five players to become four as Lonis busted Steve Gross in fifth place for $10,854 when Gross’ eight-four was crushed by queen-five when the chip leader made a Broadway straight on the river. Soon after, Asher Coniff was all-in with ace-six and Lonis was the caller again, this time with pocket sixes. The small pocket pair held to send play to three-handed and Coniff to the rail for $14,919. Lonis was running over the field, and that didn’t stop with the elimination of Mitchell Halverson in third place for $20,960. Halverson was all-in with the best hand, holding [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"]. Lonis called with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] and would need a lot of help on the board. The flop was a safe [poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"] for Halverson, but the [poker card="3d"] turn spelt disaster and the [poker card="2s"] river didn’t save him. Heads-up saw Lonis go into the duel with a 3:1 chip lead, but Ausmus quickly doubled himself level when his pocket tens held against Lonis’ [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jd"]. The final hand saw Ausmus all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] against Lonis’ [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] and when the board ran out [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"], Ausmus won the WSOP bracelet and $48,681. Event #3 $1,000 COVID-19 Relief Charity Event Final Table Results: Jeremy Ausmus - $48,681 Jesse Lonis - $30,086 Mitchell Halverson - $20,960 Asher Conniff - $14,919 Steve Gross - $10,854 Benny Glaser Leads $25K H.O.R.S.E. The biggest event of the day, in terms of buy-in, the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., saw a total of 78 players as registration closed with the start of play on Day 2 of the three-day event. British mixed game specialist Benny Glaser dominated much of the day, busting players throughout vital stages of the tournament. While others, such as Stephen Chidwick, were shot down outside the 12 money places. Mike Matusow was another player who at one point looked very strong, only for two hands against Philip Sternheimer and Jesse Klein to leave ‘The Mouth’ on the rail. Cary Katz was the first player to sneak into the money, with his 12th place finish worth $42,162 after Yuval Bronshtein was the bubble boy in unlucky 13th place for no return on his investment. Daniel Negreanu (10th for $46,002) and Roland Israelashvili (11th for $46,002) were both busted on the final hand of the day, with Glaser the beneficiary as his two pair aces and tens beat both Israelashvili and Negreanu’s weaker two pair hands. When play ended, some very big names were still in the hunt with just nine players remaining. Chip leader at the end of Day 2 was Glaser but plenty of big names survived, such as Jesse Klein, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, and Day 1 chip leader Chad Eveslage all making the cut. WSOP 2021 Event #2 $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Chipcounts: Benny Glaser - 2,590,000 Jesse Klein - 1,800,000 Chad Eveslage - 1,695,000 David Benyamine - 1,680,000 Phil Hellmuth - 1,640,000 Philop Sternheimer - 865,000 Ben Yu - 830,000 Matt Glantz - 410,000 DJ Buckley - 160,000 Barnett's A Bracelet Winner The first event on the schedule was Event #1, the $500 Casino Employees Event and that saw a dramatic conclusion crown Caesars Palace employee Jimmy Barnett as the winner. In an event where 419 players created a prize pool of $175,980, Barnett went into a heads-up battle against Jack Behrens with more than double his opponent’s chips and sealed the deal when his flopped flush held against Behrens’ middle pair when the chips went into the middle. Event #1 $500 Casino Employees Event Final Table Results: Jimmy Barnett - $39,013 Jack Behrens - $24,112 Danny Chang - $16,540 Leo Abbe - $11,587 Bryan Garret - $8,294 Bobby Schmidt - $6,069 Chris Minton - $4,542 Rick Cuevas - $3,478 Ronald Baltazar - $2,727 Justin Steinman - $2,191 The Reunion Gets Underway One of the biggest events of the series to look forward to for many recreational players was The Reunion, with a $500 buy-in and massive $5 million guarantee. Day 1a saw an incredible 2,649 players take to the felt in pursuit of glory, with many players simply happy to be at the felt after so long away from the action. For one player, the emotion of cashing in a WSOP event for the first time was too much to take in this heartwarming video captured by Kenna James and posted on Twitter. https://twitter.com/Kenna_James/status/1444163921712017414 It wasn’t only players comparatively new to success who were happy. Even with some long waits at registration desks, players who have seen it such as Mike Gorodinsky advocated patience and good humor as he praised the staff at the Rio who are making it so much easier for everyone. https://twitter.com/gordoMG/status/1444032253026127872 READ: 10 Do’s And Don’ts For World Series of Poker First-Timers At the end of Day 1a in The Reunion, it was Dave Alfa who totaled the biggest stack, with a massive 3,100,000 chips going into his bag. A slew of great players trail in his wake, however, with Konstantinos Gennaios (2,650,000), Ryan Leng (2,400,000), Joey Weissman (2,270,000) Ryan Laplante (1,700,000), and Cate Hall (1,500,000) all bagging up at the close of play. Others weren’t so lucky, with former WSOP Main Event legend Matt Affleck, James Romero, and Amir Levahot all cashed but failed to make Day 2. WSOP 2021 Event #4 $500 The Reunion Top 10 Chipcounts: Dave Alfa - 3,100,000 Kostantinos Gennaios - 2,650,000 Ryan Leng - 2,400,000 Joey Weissman - 2,270,000 Greg Armand - 1,890,000 Ryan Laplante - 1,700,000 David Danlag - 1,510,000 Kenna James - 1,500,000 Cate Hall - 1,500,000 Walter Atwood - 1,400,000 Heimiller, Mizrachi In Omaha 8 Top 5 A strong field of 607 played Day 1 of Event #5, the $1,500-entry Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, with players such as Robert Mizrachi (177,000), JJ Liu (160,500), and Ari Engel (89,500) all thriving on the opening day of the three-day event. At the close of play, Christopher Stephen had the chip lead with a massive 206,500 chips, trailed by players of the caliber of Max Pescatori (37,500), Dan Zack (123,500), and Ian O’Hara (57,000) all surviving the day. WSOP 2021 Event #5 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Christopher Stephen - 206,500 Dan Heimiller - 177,000 Robert Mizrachi - 173,500 JJ Liu - 160,500 Anatoliy Zyrin - 143,000 Hernan Salazar - 141,000 Allyn Shulman - 134,500 Dan Zack - 123,500 Gary Kosakowski - 120,000 Frankie O'Dell - 112,500
  4. Greek high-stakes pro Alexandros Theologis took down one of arguably the toughest fields of the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online when he bested the 255-entry field of Event #21 ($25,000 Super High Roller Championship) to claim the $1,212,033 first-place prize and his first career World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Theologis, currently ranked #40 in the world (#1 in Greece), put on an impressive final table performance en route to a career-high online score. He entered the day third in chips but amassed a formidable chip lead that kept his tough competition, including Kahle Burns, Adrian Mateos, and Anatoly Filatov, from ever really closing the gap. The first elimination of the day arrived quickly when, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000, Timothy Nuter put in put in a raise of over 680,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"], leaving himself just two big blind behind. Kahle Burns called from late position with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Nuter top pair, but it also brought Burns middle set. So, when Nuter open jammed for his final 140,000, Burns quickly called and his set held through the [poker card="9c"] turn and [poker card="jc"] river. Nuter ended in ninth place and picked up $151,503. The early bustouts continued when, with the blinds at 40,000/80,000 a short-stacked Adrian Mateos moved all-in from the button for just over 10 big blinds with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"] and Theologis, in the big blind, snap-called holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] keeping pocket queens well ahead, but offering Mateos some back door outs. The turn was the [poker card="ts"], bringing Mateos a pair, however the [poker card="7h"] river was no help to the three-time WSOP bracelet winner and Mateos was eliminated in eighth place for $196,476. On the very next hand, Rui Ferreira shipped his final 840,000 all-in from under the gun with his [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. He was immediately called by next-to-act Wenjie Huang holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The rest of the table got out of the way and the flop came down [poker card="as"][poker card="th"][poker card="7c"], bringing both top pair, but leaving Ferriera dominated. The turn was the [poker card="qc"], giving the top-10 ranked Ferriera three outs to the gutshot straight, but the [poker card="3h"] was a miss and he bowed out in seventh place which was good for a $254,798 payday. During the same level, Huang opened his [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"] from under the gun to 168,000, and Burns flat-called with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Then, on the button, Brazilian Eduardo Silva three-bet shoved his final nine big blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. When the action returned to Huang, he called and Burns came along as well. The flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"], and both Huang and Burns checked. The turn came the [poker card="9s"], and Huang led for 600,000 and Burns called. The [poker card="qs"] hit Burns, giving him top pair and when the action checked through, he dragged the pot and sent Silva to the rail in sixth place for $330,432. It took nearly thirty minutes of five-handed play for the next elimination. With the blind up to 60,000/120,000 Anatoly Filatov opened to 240,000 on the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. After Theologis folded the small blind, Mark Radoja shipped all-in with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. Filatov made the call and after the flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"], Radoja was drawing dead. A meaningless [poker card="2d"] and [poker card="jd"] came on the turn and river respectively and Radjoa finished up in fifth place for $428,518. Although he picked up some momentum from the knockout of Radoja, Filatov’s fortunes turned when play got to four-handed. With the blinds up to 70,000/140,000 Filatov was on the short stack when he moved all in from the small blind holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and was called by the chip leading Theologis in the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="2h"], giving Filatov a pair, but leaving Theologis with both pair and straight outs. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] but the [poker card="ks"] river gave Theologis the best hand and sent Filatov out in fourth for $555,719, the second-highest score of his online career. Five hands later, a critical pot took place when Theologis put in a small raise from the small blind holding [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"] and with more than 34 big blind in his stack, Huang pushed all-in with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. Theologis essentially snap-called which build a pot of nearly 10 million. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"], leaving Huang looking for the [poker card="5s"], the only card that would save him. But the [poker card="jd"] hit the turn and the [poker card="jh"] completed the board, ending Huang’s run in third place for $720,678 and giving Theologis a massive chip lead. Theologis started his heads-up battle with Burns with a nearly seven-to-one advantage and while Burns held his ground for the roughly 20-minute match, Theologis was able to use his stack to take it down. On the final hand, the pair found themselves all-in preflop, Burns holding a dominating [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] to Theologis’ [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"] flop looked good for Burns. When the [poker card="qs"] came on the turn, Burns looked like he was in good shape to double. But one of Theologis’ three outs, the [poker card="6c"] spiked on the river, giving him the hand. Burns settled for second place and a $934,604 payday while Alexandros Theologis earned the $1,212,032 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet. WSOP Online $25,000 Super High Roller Final Table Alexandros Theologis - $1,212,033 Kahle Burns - $934,604 Wenjie Huang - $720,679 Anatoly Filatov - $555,720 Mark Radoja - $428,518 Eduardo Silva - $330,433 Rui Ferreira - $254,798 Adrian Mateos - $196,476 Timothy Nuter - $151,504
  5. The World Series of Poker has announced that anyone planning on playing the live 2021 WSOP in Las Vegas will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “This is not a decision we have taken lightly -it is made with no agenda beyond protecting player eligibility and the operations of a unique televised gaming event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “The nature of poker is to be in close proximity with your opponents for extended periods of time, and a seat at the World Series of Poker is a commitment for both our company and the participants. We want players to be excited for their return to the WSOP while offering the greatest level of protection and limiting complications during the tournament this fall.” According to the WSOP press release, proof of vaccination will be a one-time occurrence and will take place at the time of registering for a player’s first event, whether that be bracelet events, the daily deep stack tournaments, single table satellites, or cash games inside the Rio Pavillion. In addition to proof of vaccination, all attendees and staff will be required to wear masks to comply with the current state mandate. To be considered “fully vaccinated” and eligible to participate, participants will need to have received their final dose of the vaccine 14 days before the start of their participation. The policy extends to players, staff, press, and vendors. To provide proof of vaccination the WSOP will be using CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass. Not unlike being pre-vetted for security on an airline, players who opt for the CLEAR app will have fast-pass-like access and can proceed directly to the registration cage to sign up for a tournament. For those who wish not to, or are unable to use the CLEAR app, the WSOP will have the offer on-site verification of physical vaccination cards, and country-specific health passes. The 2021 World Series of Poker takes place from Thursday, September 30 through Tuesday, November 23.
  6. The latest World Series of Poker Online event on GGPoker saw big names go close at the final table as Radmir Sadirov topped them all to win his first WSOP bracelet and $169,111. After a thrilling heads-up win against Portuguese player Joao Vieira, Sadirov bagged gold as his opponent missed out on his second piece of WSOP jewelry. Heading into the final table of seven players, it looked like it was the Russian player Sadirov’s title to lose. Sadirov had 258 antes, with a stack of 4.1 million chips, his nearest challenger being Yen-Liang Yao with 82 antes. It was Mukoro Gberevbie who was eliminated first, busting in seventh place for $24,159. Gberevbie called his stack off with [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"] but couldn’t catch Joao Vieira, whose [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"] rivered a full house on the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="Js"] board. With just six players remaining, Sam Greenwood lost his stack. The Canadian moved all-In for around 31 antes with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Js"] only to be called by Sadirov with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"]. The flop of [poker card="As"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="6s"] gave Sadirov middle set, but Greenwood had a gutshot straight and flush draw. The [poker card="6h"] turn was no good for Greenwood and the [poker card="9d"] river ended the hand in the chip leader’s favor, busting Greenwood in sixth place for $33,413. The final table took 90 minutes in its entirety, and another quick bust-out sent a poker legend home without the bracelet. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event too, busted when he called all-in with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="7c"] after Daniel Dvoress three-bet shoved with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"]. The [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"] flop put Sammartino into the lead, and that stayed the case after the [poker card="8h"] turn. The [poker card="Ad"] river, however, gave Dvoress top pair and that ousted Sammartino in fifth for $46,214. Four players remained, and while Dvoress had done well to eliminate a powerful foe, he couldn’t use that hand to propel a comeback. Shortest in chips, the Italian called all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qs"] after Sadirov’s aggressive shove pre-flop with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Td"]. The board of [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="Jh"] saw Dvoress run out of luck as Sadirov hit top pair which was enough to send Sammartino home in fourth place for $63,918. After coming into play second in chips, Taiwanese player Yao busted in third place for $88,404 when his all-in move with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"] met opposition with Sadirov’s easy call with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"]. The flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"] almost locked up the hand for Sadirov, and Yao’s chances slimmed to a gutshot on the [poker card="As"] turn. Sadly for him, the [poker card="Jc"] river sent play heads up and denied Yao the chance to compete for the title. Sadirov held a lead going into the final duel, but it was not an insurmountable one, with Vieira holding 2.9 million antes against Sadirov’s 5.6 million. Those stacks stayed very similar in the early stages of the battle, and Sadirov only increased his lead shortly afterwards. Vieira, however, doubled up with pocket aces to close the gap to just a few antes to suggest a fightback was on the cards. Sadirov, however, was not going to be denied. Widening the gap a little, he then raised it up with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"] only for Vieira to shove with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"]. The [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"] flop gave Vieira a gutshot straight draw, but the [poker card="As"] turn meant an eight and only an eight would do to turn it around. Sadly for the Portuguese player, the [poker card="Qd"] river gave Sadirov a full house and ended the event in the Russian’s favor. In what was an exciting event, 144 entries saw the top 20 places paid, with a $684,000 prize pool meaning Vieira earned $122,270 for his runner-up result. It was the eponymous Sadirov who won the top prize of $169,111 and his first WSOP bracelet in the $5,00-entry Short Deck event. WSOP GGPoker Event #18 $5,000 Short Deck Final Table Results: Radmir ‘KOPOBA’ Sadirov - $169,111 Joao Vieira - $122,270 Yen-Liang ‘yao_poker’ Yao - $88,404 Daniel Dvoress - $63,918 Dario Sammartino - $46,214 Sam Greenwood - $33,413 Mukoro ‘AnonAnomaly’ Gberevbie - $24,159
  7. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Jeff Walsh, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week on The FIVES, Lance and Jeff bring you all of the latest gold bracelet results from the World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker - including poker legend Erik Seidel's history-making ninth career bracelet win. Plus, the Pennsylvania WSOP Online series wrapped up with an interesting payout structure for its high roller, and it was a great week for poker content with the World Poker Tour's live streamed high-stakes home game. Also, following up with last week's podcast about WSOP Rule 115, there were multiple clarifications to the COVID-inspired rule leaving the guys with even more questions. Tune in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  8. Gabi Livshitz eliminated five of the final six players - including one of the most dominant players in PocketFives history - on his way to victory in Event #17($400 PLOSSUS) of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online on GGPoker Sunday night to earn his first WSOP bracelet and a six-figure score. Having arrived at the final table with just a touch more than 10 big blinds, Shihhui Wang never managed to escape the danger zone. With blinds at 300,000/600,000, Livshitz raised to 1,200,000 holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] from middle position before Wang jammed for 3,933,594 from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Livshitz two pair and wrap. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and the [poker card="9s"] river gave Livshitz a straight to bust Wang in seventh. Livshitz had to wait nearly 25 minutes to find his second victim. From the button, Livshitz opened to 1,400,000 and then called when Lasse Enojarvi raised to 5,250,000 from the button. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] and Livshitz checked. Enojarvi moved all in for 4,135,424 and Livshitz called. Enojarvi tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2d"] but got bad news when Livshitz showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="6s"] for a flopped straight. Neither the [poker card="7h"] turn nor the [poker card="tc"] river were any help and Enojarvi was out in sixth place. Five-handed play carried on for 37 minutes before Livshitz ended yet another player's tournament. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Niklas Astedt raised to 3,500,000 and Livshitz called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] and Livshitz bet 7,718,750 and Astedt called all in for his last 6,539,398. Livshitz showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] which gave him a slight lead over Astedt who tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="qd"] turn gave Livshitz two pair and when the [poker card="7h"] river completed the board, Astedt was shown the exit in fifth place. With Livshitz holding nearly half of the chips in play, the final four players played for 40 minutes without sending anybody home. That all ended after a pre-flop raising war between the two shortest remaining stacks. First to act, Idris Ambraisse raised to 2,400,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. Yuri Suvorov bumped it up to 8,400,000 from Ambraisse's immediate left with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"]. Livshitz and Shengchao Zhu both folded and Ambraisse moved all in for 24,512,632 and after a full minute of tanking, Suvorov called. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="js"] to give Suvorov the nut flush and eliminate Amrbaisse in fourth. Over the next 30 minutes of three-handed action, Suvorov took the chip lead from Livshitz but eventually conceded it back, setting up Livshitz to resume his duties as table captain. Suvorov conceded hi button and Livshitz limped from the small blind before Zhu raised to 4,800,00 from the big blind. Livshitz popped it up back up to 14,400,000 and Zhu called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Livshitz potted it to 29,400,000 with Zhu holding 33,145,442. Zhu moved all in and Livshitz called. Zhu showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] but Livshitz turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. Neither the [poker card="6s"] turn or the [poker card="3h"] river changed anything and Zhu was gone in third place. Livshitz started heads up play against Suvorov with 65% of the chips in play. The two played for just four minutes before Livshitz put the finishing touches on a dominating performance. Suvorov raised to 4,800,000 and Livshitz re-raised to 14,400,000 and Suvorov called. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"] flop, Livshitz bet 17,520,000 and Suvorov called all in. Livshitz was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] while Suvorov was hoping for his [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] holding to improve. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="7s"] to eliminate Suvorov in runner-up position and give Livshitz his first WSOP bracelet and $152,165.44. The event attracted a total of 4,576 entries from 3,486 unique players to build a total prize pool of $1,738,880 to easily surpass the $1,000,000 guarantee. Final Table Payouts Gabi Livshitz - $152,165.44 Yuri Suvorov - $89,236.81 Shengchao Zhu - $52,317.61 Idris Ambraisse - $43,949.86 Niklas Astedt - $35,065.02 Lasse Enojarvi - $19,673.48 Shihhui Wang - $22,107.05
  9. The World Series of Poker Online events on GGPoker continue to be a showcase for Brazilian poker players. On Friday, Renan Carlos Bruschi, currently ranked #6 in the PocketFives Rankings, took down Event #14 ($500 The Big 500) to become the fifth player from Brazil to win a WSOP bracelet this year. When the final table began on Friday afternoon, Bruschi held the chip lead over the other eight players and the next closest stack to his belonged to a fellow countryman, Rafael Furlanetto. Just 15 minutes after play began, Furlanetto added to his stack by winning a classic flip. Furlanetto raised to 320,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] before Andrejs Zukovs moved all in from his direct left for 3,964,752 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Furlanetto bottom set and left Zukovs hoping for runner-runner help. The [poker card="4h"] turn left him drawing dead to the [poker card="7h"] river and Zukovs was out in ninth place. Bruschi took his turn in the executioner role just a few minutes later. David Wang raised to 320,000 from UTG+1 and Arthur Conan bumped it up 832,000 on the button. Bruschi responded by raised to 2,208,000, Wang moved all in for 4,260,251 and Conan folded. Bruschi called and tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] while Wang showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] to eliminate Wang in eighth place. Furlanetto was involved in the next elimination but ultimately wasn't the benefactor. From UTG Eugenio Pernia moved all in for his last 1,866,806 with [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"] and Nikola Minkov attempted to isolate by moving all in for 3,811,082 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Furlanetto then re-shoved from the button for 19,314,503 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="7c"] turn. The [poker card="th"] river missed both Pernia and Furlanetto and gave Minkov a full house to bust Pernia in seventh. Minkov found another victim just over 10 minutes later. Nick Maimone raised to 770,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] before Minkov jammed from the big blind for 7,993,970 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] and Maimone put the rest of his 7,136,510 stack at risk. The [poker card="th"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Maimone some extra outs. However, he bricked the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="tc"] river and was out in sixth place. While everything had gone swimmingly for Minkov to that point, it all came to a disastrous end in a cooler against Bruschi just 10 minutes later. Bruschi raised to 700,000 from UTG with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] and Minkov moved all in for 10,054,100 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Minkov some hope but as the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river completed the board, the Bulgarian grinder was eliminated in fifth. Watching that hand unfold with curiosity was Conan. Down to less than seven big blinds when Minkov went out, a one hand later Conan raised to 800,000 on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"] and Furlanetto jammed for 35,286,534 from big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="4d"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"] to keep Conan safe, but the [poker card="4s"] turn gave Furlanetto a pair. The [poker card="ad"] river improved his hand to two pair and eliminated Conan in fourth place with just a pair of aces. While Brazilian poker fans were no doubt hoping for a heads-up duel between Bruschi and Furlanetto, Leonid Bilkour had other ideas. Having started the final table with the shortest stack, Bilkour navigated his way to holding the chip lead with three players remaining. After more than 20 minutes of battle, the two Brazilians clashed in a pot that propelled Bruschi to the chip lead and Furlanetto to the exit. From the small blind, Bruschi raised to 1,500,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] and Furlanetto moved all in for 12,514,699 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] and Bruschi called. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"] to eliminate Furlanetto in third place and send Bruschi to heads up with 62% of the chips in play. Over the eight minutes that followed, Bilokur battled back to take the lead over Bruschi, the PocketFives Player of the Month for July. That lead was short-lived as Bilokur watched the best hand in poker spell his demise. Bilokur raised to 1,800,000 and Bruschi called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] flop got Bruschi to check and Bilokur bet 1,837,500. Bruschi called and then bet 4,000,5000 on the [poker card="7h"] turn. Bilokur called and watched the [poker card="9d"] river complete the board. Bruschi fired 11,869,500 into the middle. Bilokur called all in for his last 11,704,565 and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] but Bruschi tabled [poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"] for a rivered straight. Bilokur was eliminated in second place. The win allowed Bruschi to join Joao Simao, Thiago Crema, Eduardo Pires, and Lucio Lima as Brazilians winning WSOP gold in 2021 and gave him the opportunity to improve upon his runner-up finish in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship). Final Table Payouts Renan Carlos Bruschi - $150,327 Leonid Bilokur - $112,728 Rafael Furlanetto - $83,534 Arthur Conan - $63,391 Nikola Minkov - $47,537 Nicholas Maimone - $35,648 Eugenio Pernia - $26,732 David Wang - $20,046 Andrejs Zukovs - $15,032
  10. In the 51 year history of the World Series of Poker, just two Lithuania players had managed to win bracelets before Vincas Tamasauskas joined them after his win over the 267 entries in WSOP Online Event #13 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship) on GGPoker. During the 2020 WSOP Online, Vladas Burneikis became the first Lithuanian to win a WSOP bracelet and Gediminas Uselis became the second just a few weeks later. The seven players who started Wednesday's final table battled for 45 minutes before the first player was eliminated. Hernando Guzman called from early position and Ben Lakatos called from the cutoff. From the button, Ben Wilinofsky raised to 300,000 and only Guzman came along. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"] and Guzman checked. Wilinofsky bet 802,500 and then called when Guzman moved all in for 2,174,587. Wilinofsky turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"] for two pair while Guzman showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"] for top pair with a straight draw. Neither the [poker card="2s"] turn or the [poker card="ks"] river were any help however, and Guzman was out in seventh. Nearly a half hour passed before an all in pre-flop battle of the blinds sent another player to the rail. Florian Fuchs raised to 210,000 from the small blind before Lakatos re-raised to 630,000 in the big blind. Fuchs responded by calling off the rest of his 410,534 chip stack. Fuchs showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] while Lakatos was slightly ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop put Lakatos comfortably in front and as the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river completed the baord, Fuchs was eliminated in sixth place. Just a minute later, Wilinofsky found himself another victim. On the button, Wilinofsky raised to 155,000 and David Wang jammed from the big blind for 311,956. Wilinofsky called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] while Wang tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"]. Wilinofsky took the lead on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="td"][poker card="3d"] flop. Wang actually lost some outs on the [poker card="7d"] turn and was officially eliminated when the [poker card="8h"] fell on the river. Despite being responsible for two of the first three bustouts, Wilinofsky was the next player out just a few hands after losing a massive pot to Lakatos. Tamasauskas opened to 200,000, Lakatos called from the button, and Wilinofsky bet his last 259,542 from the small blind. Fernando Habegger called from the big blind, and Tamasauskas and Lakatos also came along for the ride. Everybody checked the [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] flop and the [poker card="ad"] turn. After the [poker card="ks"] completed the board, Lakatos bet enough to force Habegger and Tamasauskas to fold. Wilinofsky flipped over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7c"] for top two pair but was shown bad news when Lakatos sowed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"] for a full house to cement Wilinofsky's fourth place finish. Three-handed play carried on for another 16 minutes until Tamasauskas took out his first opponent of the night. Lakatos called from the button, Habegger bet 480,000 in the small blind and Tamasauskas defended the big blind. Lakatos opted to fold. After the [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"] flop, Habegger moved all in for 331,781 and Tamasauskas called. Habegger was a 2-1 favorite after showing [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"] against the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"] that Tamasauskas held. The [poker card="8c"] turn completely flipped the script and gave Tamasauskas the best hand. The [poker card="8d"] river was a formality as Habegger was sent packing in third place. Tamasauskas held a 3-1 chip lead when heads up play began and needed just five minutes to close out the victory. The final hand of the night started with Tamasauskas raising to 350,000. Lakatos called and then checked after the [poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] flop. Tamasauskas bet 210,000 and Lakatos raised to 1,365,000 and Tamasauskas called. The turn was the [poker card="as"] and both players checked. After the [poker card="2c"] river, Lakatos bet his last 2,431,831 and Tamasauskas called. Lakatos showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] for a wheel, which was no good after Tamasauskas tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2h"] for a full house to eliminate Lakatos and ship Tamasauskas his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Vincas Tamasauskas - $268,926 Ben Lakatos - $194,439 Fernando Habegger - $140,583 Ben Wilinofsky - $101,645 David Wang - $73,491 Florian Fuchs - $53,135 Hernando Guzman - $38,418
  11. Poker Hall of Fame member Erik Seidel captured his ninth career World Series of Poker bracelet after winning GGPoker 2021 WSOP Online Event #11 ($10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller) for $977,842. With the victory, Seidel moves into a tie for third all-time bracelets with the legendary Johnny Moss and sits just one bracelet win behind Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Johnny Chan. Seidel's last WSOP gold bracelet win took place in 2007 when he won the live $5,000 Duece To Seven Lowball Championship for $538,835 of his now more than $37 million in career live earnings. The final table was especially hard-fought as not only was the gold bracelet on the line, but the WSOP edition of the Super MILLION$ had nearly $1 million up top. Start of the day chip leader Francisco Benitez applied constant pressure while some of today's best online pros including Thomas Mueloecker, Isaac Baron, and Rui Ferreira fought over six-figure sums. It took just two hands before the first player fell. With the blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante) Thomas Muehloecker opened from under the gun to 336,000 holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. When it folded to Rui Ferreira in the hijack, he moved all in for roughly 15 big blinds with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Muehloecker took only a second to call, and Ferreira was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qc"] allowing Muehloecker’s pocket jacks to hold and ending Ferreira’s day before it got started in ninth place for $129,410. Despite the quick elimination of Ferreira, the action at the final table slowed down considerably. It took nearly an hour for the next player to hit the rail. The blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 (30,000 ante) when a short-stacked Isaac Baron opened from under the gun to 1.25 million with [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"], leaving himself with just over one big blind behind. In the cutoff, Chin-wei Chien flat called holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"] and the rest of the table let go of their hands. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4s"] and Baron moved all-in for his final big blind and Chien snap-called. The turn was the [poker card="2s"], giving Baron some flush outs but the river came the [poker card="tc"] and shipped the pot to Chien, as Baron, who started the day sixth in chips, exited in eighth place for $166,631. Five hands later, former Super MILLION$ champion Claas Segebrecht found himself on the short stack and looking for help. After Erik Seidel opened from UTG+1 to 500,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"], it folded to Segebrecht in the big blind with [poker card="9s"][poker card="9c"] and he moved all-in. Seidel made the quick call and the flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"] keeping Seidel’s pocket kings in great shape to hold. The [poker card="kd"] effectively ended the hand improving Seidel to a set and leaving Segebrecht drawing dead to the [poker card="9h"] river. It was a small river needle for Segebrecht who collected $214,557 for his seventh-place finish. Thirty minutes later, the blinds had climbed to 175,000/350,000 (45,000 ante) when Norway’s Joachim Haraldstad put in a raise to 1.575 million with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"], leaving himself with three big blinds behind. By this time, Fransicso Benitez had amassed a healthy chip lead over the field and moved all-in from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Both the blinds released their hands and Haraldstad committed the rest of his stack. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"], keeping kickers in play. The turn was the [poker card="qc"], bringing some additional chop outs for Haraldstad. But the river came the [poker card="4c"], awarding the pot to Benitez and sending Haraldstad out in sixth place for a $276,268 payday. Moments later, Chien moved all-in for nearly 3.9 million from the cutoff with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] and when it folded to Muehloecker in the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] he made the call. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="6s"] flop put Muehloecker in the lead with top pair and left Chien looking for running spades or one of the last two fours in the deck. The turn was the [poker card="5h"] and the river was the [poker card="kh"], ending Chein’s run in fifth place for $355,728. A tense four-handed battle was waged for the better part of thirty minutes as Benitez held the chip lead, Muehloecker was not terribly far behind, and both Seidel and Shyngis Satubayev were within striking distance with around 20 big blinds. With the blinds at 250,000/500,000 (60,000 ante), Benitez put in a raise to 1 million on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Satubayev shoved all-in for more than 12 million holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="td"]. Seidel folded his [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] and Benitez quickly called putting Satubayev’s tournament life at risk. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"], keeping the pocket queens in the lead. The turn fell the [poker card="ks"], reversing Satubayev’s outs from the final two tens to two queens to make a straight. But the river was [poker card="kc"] and the cooler sent Satubayev to the rail in fourth place for $458,043. Benitez held a roughly 2:1 chip lead over both Muehloecker and Seidel when, with the blinds at 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante), he opened from the button to 1.2 million with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"]. After Seidel folded his small blind, Muehloecker shipped his 26 big blind stack all-in holding [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. Benitez made the call and Muehloecker saw that he was dominated. The flop came [poker card="7d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"], keeping Benitez ahead. The turn was the [poker card="kh"], and Muehloecker needed a ten to survive. However, the river fell the [poker card="jd"] and Muehloecker bid for a Super MILLION$ title ended in third place for $589,785. Benitez had both the chip lead and momentum when heads-up play against Seidel started. But only a few hands into heads-up play, Seidel found a double when he coolered Benitez holding [poker card="qs"][poker card="qd"] against the [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] of Benitez. After than, Seidel built a chip lead of his own, taking a 2:1 advantage. On the last hand, with the blinds at 350,000/700,000 (85,000 ante) Seidel limped the button holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] and Benitez put in a raise to 2.8 million with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. Seidel took a few seconds and then shipped all-in and Benitez snap-called creating a monster pot of more than 52 million. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4h"], giving Seidel heart flush out while keeping Benitez with a small edge. The turn was the [poker card="ad"], but it was the [poker card="3h"] river that helped Seidel come from behind in the hand to win it all. Benitez settled for runner-up and its $759,418 payday for second place, while Erik Seidel claims World Series of Poker bracelet number 9 and the $977,842 first-place prize. WSOP Online Event #11 (Super MILLION$) Final Table Erik Seidel - $977,842 Francisco Benitez - $759,418 Thomas Muehloecker - $589,785 Shyngis Satubayev - $458,043 Chin-wei Chien - $355,728 Joachim Haraldstad - $276,268 Claas Segebrecht - $214,557 Isaac Baron - $166,631 Rui Ferreira - $129,410
  12. Vamo Baralho! Loosely translated from Portuguese, it means “let’s play some cards”. Over the past few years it’s become a battle cry for Brazilian poker players as they’ve dominated the world of online poker tournaments. That’s been no more apparent than during the first seven events of the World Series of Poker Online on GGpoker. Four times during those first nine events, the last player standing has been flying the familiar green and yellow Brazilian flag. It all started in Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares) where former #1-ranked PocketFiver Joao Simao took home $206,075 and his first WSOP bracelet. Simao is a known commodity in the poker world as one of the most successful Brazilian poker players of all time, but the other two winners aren’t. They are amongst the scores of talented players - pro and amateur - that call Brazil home. Just three days later, Thiago Crema, considered by some to be the best-kept secret of the Brazilian online poker scene, then made sure everybody knew his name when he won his first bracelet by shipping Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for $161,637). “He started to play poker seriously in 2010 when he was still a chess player,” said Victor Marques, one of Brazil’s leading poker commentators. “Then he made it to Sit and Go Team Pro which was the team that gave birth to 4-bet, where Crema is both instructor and shareholder. He is very respected for his knowledge about the game in Brazil and outside.Yuri A phenomenon.” The vociferous Brazilian poker community only had to wait another three days before they had another reason to cheer - and this time it wasn’t even a pro. Eduard Pires, a businessman from Parana State - the same as Crema - beat out 5,436 other entries in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) to pocket $1,384,013. “He owns a beer company and plays poker for fun since many years ago. He already made it to three-handed on a huge online tournament against 'European' and ‘C Darwin2’, getting the silver medal,” Marques said. “He was on holiday and playing the WSOP from his mobile at Foz do Iguaçu, home of Iguassu Falls. A great guy.” Another four days passed and then another Brazilian came through. Lucio Lima shipped Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. His victory is just another piece of an already incredible year. "Lima - 'the wizard' - is a player from Minas Gerais state, on Brazilian Southeast. He owns a poker team (Insight Poker Team) in Brazil, where he's also an instructor there. Lima is enjoying success in online poker this year," Marques said. The wins aren't the only signs of success. Through those same 11 events, a pair of Brazilian players have finished in the runner-up spot and four others have made final tables. Renan Carlos Bruschi - who won PocketFives Player of the Month for July - came in second place in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship) while the most high-profile may have come on Sunday night when GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos finished runner-up in Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack NLHE). The deep runs are also mean long nights of celebration for Marques and some of his friends at SuperPoker, one of Brazil's leading poker media outlets. Hosting final table coverage on SuperPoker's Twitch channel gives him the chance to straddle the line between commentator and fan. "Hosting Brazilian final tables is such a thrill. Our audience is sending comments and rooting all the time on chat, big numbers, and lots of times there are friends of mine playing," Marques said. "I'm doing It for years, but I keep getting emotional at all-ins and when we get first place." The dominance of Brazil in the early part of the WSOP Online shouldn’t come as any real surprise to anybody who has followed the PocketFives Rankings over the past several years. Not only has Yuri Dzivielevski held down the #1 spot for the last 21 weeks, but three of the top 10 are from Brazil. Beyond that, nine of the top 25 and 35 of the top 100 ranked online poker players in the world fly the green and yellow. Marques believes that’s just the tip of the iceberg and there’s a few names who might just be flying under the radar, ready to grab gold. “In Brazil, there are a lot of talents appearing every single day. I would keep an eye on Dante Goya (from Ceará state, PLO Expert), Guilherme Decourt (from São Paulo, also PLO Expert), Bernardo 'betsoares' Soares (from Santa Catarina), and Eduardo Silva (from Minas Gerais),” Marques said. “Along with Pedro Padilha, Kelvin Kerber, Belarmino Prado, Bruno Botteon, Bruno Volkmann, Pablo Brito, Rafael Moraes, Peter Patrício, João Simão, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, they can bring some bracelets home.” A strong contingent of Brazilians usually descends upon Las Vegas every summer for the WSOP. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, international travel could prove to be difficult this fall and Marques believes his fellow countrymen and women might not be able or willing to fly to the United States. “In Brazil, instead of supporting a vaccine, our president was promoting a medicine that was proven ineffective. That took a toll,” Marques said. “Vaccination started later than other countries and now players who usually are 'starters' at WSOP tables are struggling to get the vaccine and the VISA. I think more than a half of standard Brazilian players are staying home because of that problem.”
  13. Andrew Porter won his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet after an exciting final table saw the advocate for poker in Philadelphia seal a memorable victory for $65,525. There were some great players to overcome at the nine-handed final table of Event #8( $1,000 NLHE Championship), but Porter proved top dog and won career-high cash along the way. The final table began with Porter second in chips with over 40 big blinds, but others didn’t have nearly as much freedom. Derek Duckett began play with just six big blinds and that micro stack had dwindled to four big blinds by the time he moved all-in with [poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"]. Duckett was called by the initial raiser in the hand, Levi Espeseth, who had [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"]. The flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="2s"] immediately put Espeseth ahead in the hand, and the [poker card="8c"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river did nothing to change that, sending Duckett home in ninth place for $4,143. The next player to go lasted just three minutes more and this time it was Drew Gonzalez who busted in eighth place for $5,374. Gonzalez committed his 30-big-blind stack with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="7c"] but was in terrible shape against Porter’s [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qd"]. The flop of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] was a disaster for Gonzalez, and after the [poker card="Jd"] turn, he was drawing dead to the [poker card="Kh"] river. Porter had almost double the chips of his nearest challenger in the form of Espeseth and was in danger of running over the field. That changed when Joshua Rivera moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"] and was called by ‘nevermuk24’ with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="As"]. Across a board of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="8h"], ‘nevermuk24’ won a pot that put them up to second in chips. Rivera was out in seventh place for a score of $7,165. With six players left, Michael Lavin four-bet shoved for 20 big blinds with [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"] and again ran into aces, with Espeseth’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"] good enough to hold once again on the eight-high board of [poker card="8d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2h"]. Lavin busted for $9,769 for his run to the final six players of the event but missed out on the top five. Matt Berkey had been one of the quieter players in all-in hands up to that point, but after losing a flip, Berkey needed to hope for the same himself. To that end, his all-in move pre-flop with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8s"] for just under seven big blinds was unfortunate to run into Porter’s call with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8h"]. Dominated, Berkey was eliminated in fifth place for $13,547 after the board of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3h"] failed to save him. With four players left, Espeseth took the lead as Ryan McCarroll was short stack. Despite this, play went on for the longest period without an elimination as all four players at one point held the chip lead, the stacks evening up as the blinds increased. McCarroll shoved with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="7c"] from the small blind and got a call from ‘nevermuk24’ in the big blind with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="9h"]. The flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4s"] kept ‘nevermuk24’ in the lead and when the [poker card="9s"] turn fell, only a king would do for McCarroll, the river of [poker card="Qc"] condemning him to a fourth-place finish for $19,145. Three-handed play was incredibly tight, with just a single big blind separating Porter and ‘nevermuk24’ at the top of the chipcounts. Espeseth was a little further back with 1.1 million, and a defining pot would hand the initiative to Porter just when he needed it most. Porter called Espeseth’s raise to a [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="5c"] flop before Espeseth bet around two-thirds of the pot with the straight-drawing hand of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Js"]. Porter made the call with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qc"], to a [poker card="4d"] turn that Porter again check-called. Top pair was enough to win the hand after the [poker card="7d"] river prompted a shove from Espeseth and Porter had a crucial lead going into the heads up battle. Porter had 2.8 million chips, whereas ‘nevermuk24’ was behind with 1.8 million, but this chip lead evaporated over the first few heads-up pots. If Porter had gone into play facing a deficit he might have been beaten, but he had enough chips to build back into the battle and eventually, regained the lead. In the final hand, Porter limped on the button with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"] and made the call to put ‘nevermuk24’ at risk when the latter shoved pre-flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2d"]. The flop of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"] kept Porter in the lead and after the [poker card="3c"][ turn and [poker card="6c"] river, he had his first-ever WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $65,525, relegating ‘nevermuk24’ to a runner-up finish worth $40,669. With 311 entries across three Day 1 flights, the eighth and final scheduled event of the WSOP Online in Pennsylvania saw 88 players start the final day with just 63 of them making the money. Plenty of big names made it past the money bubble, with former WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen (23rd for $1,791) joined by Michael Wang (13th for $2,603) and Zach Gruneberg, who bubbled the final table in 10th place for $3,247, in the money places. It was Porter’s day, however, and after four cashes in Nevada-based WSOP Online events in June and July, he sealed a maiden bracelet victory in Philly just as he had hoped when he said on Twitter on July 25th that “Between live and online, Philadelphia is quickly becoming one of America's top cities for poker.” That certainly proved the case for Porter himself as he bagged $65,525 and won his first WSOP gold in stunning fashion at the stacked final table in the NLHE Championship in Pennsylvania. There still remains one more event from this WSOP Online PA for the books, which we’ll bring you the news of tomorrow as the rescheduled $3,200-entry Event #3 takes place Tuesday. WSOP Online Pennsylvania Championship Final Table Results: Andrew ‘LoveToLose’ Porter - $65,525 ‘nevermuk24’ - $40,669 Levi ‘AmosSlade’ Espeseth - $27,654 Ryan ‘TheDuce’ McCarroll - $19,145 Matt ‘berkey11’ Berkey - $13,547 Michael ‘TonyBandanas’ Lavin - $9,769 Joshua ‘ArmyWife1972’ Rivera - $7,165 Drew ‘MoveBlanket’ Gonzalez - $5,374 Derek ‘4evergr8’ Duckett - $4,143
  14. Sunday night's World Series of Poker Online Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack) on GGPoker saw an exciting final table conclude with a heroic heads-up victory for Hinojas Jerome as he toppled GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos to win his first WSOP bracelet and $635,576. With a former WSOP Online Main Event winner at the final table felt, it was a dramatic conclusion to another well-populated event on GGPoker. The final table began with Jerome at the bottom of the chipcounts with just 14 big blinds to his name, while the eventual runner-up Ramos was leading the way with 92 big blinds. Only Yi Wang with 88 big blinds was anywhere near Ramos, with every other player having less than 27 big blinds going into the nine-handed table. It didn’t take long for the first player to be busted, with Manish Lakhotia losing his stack in ninth place for a result worth $63,557. Lakhotia went to a flop with both Ramos and former WSOP Online $5,000 ‘Main Event’ winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. Madanzhiev, who won the 2020 WSOP Main Event on GGPoker only for the $5,000 single-reentry event to then be demoted by a $10,000 Main Event later in the year, had periods of dominance throughout the race from 100 players down to the final table. On the flop of [poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"], Lakhotia’s bet of 900,000 was raised to 3,120,000 by Madazhiev, with Ramos getting out of the way. On the [poker card="Ks"] turn, Madanzhiev bet 3.2 million but Lakhotia check-shoved for 16.8 million. Madanzhiev called it off. Lakhotia tabled [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"] for a flopped middle set, but Madanzhiev had a lock on the hand with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"]. Only a four could save the Indian player, but the [poker card="2c"] river was not the card and Madanzhiev propelled himself up the leaderboard after a dream start to the final. Ramos had lost his chip lead by getting involved in the opening action at the table but worked himself into the lead again pretty quickly. Quick enough to be able to open the action in the next bust-out hand. Ramos’ bet of 1.6 million saw Nethanel Klein move all-in for 17.7 million with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"] and Madanzhiev was again the player prepared to risk his stack, this time with the inferior [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Klein was way ahead and stayed like that across the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"] flop. On the [poker card="Td"] turn, the gutshot chance of a Broadway straight presented itself, with four jacks able to send Klein to his doom. One landed on the [poker card="Jd"] river and gave the Bulgarian player the winning hand, sending Klein home stunned in eighth place with $84,755. That hand vaulted the dominant Madanzhiev into the lead and the early aggressor was at it again in eliminating Xuejian Li in seventh place for $113,023. Li moved all-in for nine big blinds pre-flop with [poker card="As"][poker card="5s"] and Madanzhiev was the only caller with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9d"]. The flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"][poker card="Js"] kept the Bulgarian chip leader ahead and after the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="Ks"] river, Li saw her chances of becoming the latest female winner of a WSOP bracelet disappear. With six players left, Madanzhiev had a comfortable chip lead, holding 80 million chips compared to his nearest challengers in the shape of Wang, who had 56 million, but all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"], Madanzhiev doubled up Jerome, who held [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"] across a board where both men made two pair. That hand was critical to Jerome’s tournament and it helped him gain the lead a few hands later. Russian player Anton Yakuba was down to just 11 big blinds when he moved all-in with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jc"] pre-flop. Jerome made the call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] and remained ahead of his opponent on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3c"] flop. The turn of [poker card="Qc"] and river of [poker card="Kc"] ended the hand in the Hong Kong player’s favor, eliminating Yakuba for a score of $150,718. With five players left, the former chip leader and dominant player of the early stages, Stoyan Madanzhiev, busted for $200,986. The hand took place shortly after Ramos lost with pocket kings to ace-eight. Possibly due to that upset of the odds, when Madanzhiev called all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5s"] for 14 big blinds from the big blind, Jerome’s small blind shove with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6h"] suddenly seemed to have a chance of success. So it proved, as the board of [poker card="Kc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"] gave the eventual winner two pair on the river to oust the Bulgarian in unfortunate circumstances. If Jerome’s hopes were boosted by that hand, his confidence was sky-high after the next. Wang was the loser in fourth place for $268,018 after he three-bet shoved pre-flop with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="2c"] and Jerome had the easiest call ever with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] gave Wang hope of a miracle, but the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="Th"] river ended those hopes and further propelled Jerome ahead of the only two players who could stop him. Sriharsha Doddapaneni had clambered up the ladder to third place, but that was where their adventure ended, for a result of $357,409. Doddapaneni called off their stack with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and started the hand ahead of Jerome’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"], but the flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3c"] flipped the script and put the overwhelming chip leader in front. The [poker card="Jh"] turn didn’t help Doddapaneni at all, and on the [poker card="Kh"] river, play was heads-up, with Jerome holding a strong lead. With 223 million to Ramos’ 69 million, Jerome was a 3:1 leader and it took just a few minutes for the first-time WSOP event winner to end the Brazilian’s hopes of claiming that maiden bracelet. Ramos moved all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] in great shape against Jerome’s [poker card="As"][poker card="6s"] and the flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] paired both men’s hands and kept the GGPoker ambassador ahead. The turn of [poker card="Qs"] was no danger to Ramos’s chances of doubling back to being almost level in chips. However, the river of [poker card="6c"] gave Jerome a devil of a hand, with ‘666’ proving enough to win him his first WSOP gold bracelet, sending Ramos home with the runner-up result worth $476,612. The latest WSOP Online event had a total of 5,894 entries, costing just $1,000 to play. That meant 927 players advanced to the final day with 600 making the money. While a min-cash was worth $2,626, plenty of big names went higher, including Ramos’ fellow GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu, who claimed $9,015 for an 83rd place finish. Others to run deep included Nick Maimone (16th for $23,529) and Jiachen Gong (10th for $35,494), both of whom dominated at different points but eventually missed out on the final table action. It was Jerome’s day, though, after a final table that saw others take control before losing their shot at winning WSOP gold. Instead, the short stack came from nowhere to land his first-ever WSOP bracelet victory and walk away with the $635,576 top prize after a thrilling win. WSOP Online GGPoker Event #12 Final Table Results: Hinojas ‘POLALIFE!’ Jerome - $635,576 Felipe Ramos - $476,612 Sriharsha ‘Upswinger’ Doddapaneni - $357,409 Yi ‘jolen’ Wang -$268,019 Stoyan Madanzhiev - $200,986 Anton Yakuba - $150,718 Xuejian ‘LuckyCat00" Li - $113,023 Nethanel ‘natykkk’ Klein - $84,755 Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia - $63,557
  15. The first Pot Limit Omaha event of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online GGPoker schedule played down to a champion on Sunday with Roland Czika coming out on top of the 975-entry field in Event #10 ($400 Double Chance PLO) to pick up his first piece of WSOP hardware and more than $55,000. The seven players who made the final table battled for just over 15 minutes before one of them was eliminated. From UTG, Lei Yang raised to 200,000 and then called when Stanislav Halatenko three-bet to 750,000 on the button. Both players checked the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] flop to see the [poker card="5d"] turn. Yang checked and Halatenko bet 673,375. Yang called and the [poker card="2d"] river completed the board. Yang checked again and Halatenko moved all in for 3,037,266. Yang called and showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"] for flopped quads while Halatenko tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8s"] for aces and queens and was eliminated in seventh. It took nearly three-quarters of an hour to go from six players to five. With blinds of 80,000/160,000, Arkadiusz Liszewski raised to 560,000 from the cutoff and Noam Garama chose to defend his big blind. The flop was [poker card="qc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] and Liszewski moved all in for his last 1,241,589 and Garama called. Liszewski tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] for top pair with an ace kicker while Garama also paired the queen but had kicker problems with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="8c"] turn solved those kicker problems and left Liszewski hoping for some help on the river. The [poker card="7s"] river was a complete brick and Liszewski was out in sixth place. It only took 20 minutes to find the next elimination and once again, Garama was the one conducting things. On the button, Garama raised to 500,000 before Mariam Nozadze bumped it up to 1,600,000 from the big blind. Garama called. After the [poker card="jh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] flop, Nozadze shoved for 2,598,733 and Garama called. Nozadze turned up [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4h"] for a pair oces but Garama was way ahead with a flopped straight thanks to his [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"] hole cards. Nozadze turned a set thanks to the [poker card="as"] on fourth street, but the [poker card="3h"] river didn't give her a full house and she was out in fifth. A full hour and 20 minutes passed without any eliminations before Garama got involved again - this time with a different outcome. Blinds were 250,000/500,000 and Garama raised to 1,750,000 and Czika came along from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] and Czika bet 2,872,800 and Garama called all in for 1,044,536. Czika showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] for a pair of sixes while Garama was drawing with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"]. Czika made two pair on the [poker card="5h"] turn then made a straight on the [poker card="7h"] river to send Garama to the rail in fourth place. That hand propelled Czika into the chip lead. Czika added to his lead 15 minutes later when he took out the most high-profile player at the final table. Czika raised to 1,320,000 from the button and Mike Watson moved all in for his last 2,756,392 in the big blind. Czika called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3d"] while Watson tabled [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ah"] to give Czika two pair and send Watson to the rail in third place. When heads up play began, Czika was ahead 3-2 in chips over Yang. Over the next 10 minutes, Czika continued to chip away and eventually found a spot to vanquish his last foe. From the small blind, Czika raised to 1,800,000 and Yang called from the big. Yang checked the [poker card="ts"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"] flop and then called when Czika bet 1,200,000. After the [poker card="qs"] turn, Yang moved all in for 3,559,464 and Czika called. Yang showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] for a flush and straight draw while Czika made a pair with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] holdings. The river was the [poker card="ac"] to miss all of Yang's outs and eliminate him in second place while Czika laid claim to his first-ever WSOP bracelet and $55,369. Final Table Payouts Roland 'Quina Quen' Czika - $55,369 Lei 'A LEI' Yang - $40,033 Mike Watson - $28,944 Noam 'lamalo21' Garama - $20,927 Mariam 'WisdomTree' Nozadze - $15,131 Arkadiusz 'Noksukow' Liszewski - $10,940 Stanislav 'shrekpoker91' Halatenko - $7,910
  16. Another day in Pennsylvania meant another online grinder was earning a World Series of Poker Online bracelet. This time it was 'Conngong12' topping a 319-entry field in event #6 ($400 NLHE PKO) to win WSOP gold and more than $22,000. The first elimination of the night came after 'SimSolvers' opened to 32,000 from late position holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. 'DAG_CLG' moved all in from the small blind for 298,476 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"] and 'SimSolvers' called. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] leaving 'DAG_CLG' some backdoor hope. The [poker card="9s"] turn however sealed things for 'SimSolvers' and as the [poker card="5h"] river completed the board, 'DAG_CLG' was eliminated in ninth place. Ten minutes later, 'CampPinebox' shoved from UTG for 234,909 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"] and 'MoXSTeeM' moved all in from the cutoff for 640,869 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"] and the rest of the table folded. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="ts"][poker card="th"] to eliminated 'CampPinebox' in eighth place. The seven remaining players battled for 15 minutes before sending the next player home without a bracelet. 'MoXSTeeM' called the big blind from early position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. Action folded to 'mskrrr' on the button and they moved all in for 542,184 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"] and 'MoXSTeeM' called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2s"] flop left only runner-runner hope for 'mskrrr'. The [poker card="2h"] turn was no good and after the [poker card="ks"] river, 'mskrrr' was eliminated in seventh. 'MoXSTeeM' ended another opponent's run just over five minutes later. 'MoXSTeeM' bet 72,222 from UTG with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] before 'Jokulhaups' moved all in for 610,480 from the hijack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. 'MoXSTeeM' called. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] flop gave 'Jokulhaups' top pair and moved him in front. The [poker card="th"] river changed nothing but the [poker card="8d"] river gave 'MoXSTeeM' a set to bust 'Jokulhaups' in sixth place. After picking up three consecutive eliminations, 'MoXSTeeM' sat the next one out. 'SimSolvers' raised to 56,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"]jc] and Zach Gruneberg pushed his entire 540,057 stack into the middle from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. 'SimSolvers' called and then watched as the [poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qc"] runout missed both players to send the pot to 'SimSolvers' thanks to his jack kicker and Gruneberg was out in fifth. With four players remaining, 'Conngong12' turned things into overdrive. Drew Gonzalez shoved for 372,705 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"] only to have 'Conngong12' move all in for 946,342 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] forcing 'SimSolvers' to fold his big blind. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6c"] to leave Gonzalez wanting and eliminated him in fourth place. Just six minutes later, 'Conngong12' sent the tournament to heads up. 'Conngong12' opened with a min-raise to 120,000 on the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. 'SimSolvers' moved all in for 1,420,716 from the small blind with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. 'MoXSTeeM' folded the big blind before 'Conngong12' called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] flop put 'Conngong12' in the driver's seat heading to the turn. The [poker card="3d"] turn changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="6s"] river and 'SimSolvers' was out in third. 'Conngong12' started heads up play holding 66% of the chips in play. It took them just seven minutes to turn that number up to 100%. 'MoXSTeeM' opened to 95,555 on the button with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] before 'Conngong12' shoved for 4,443,201 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. 'MoXSTeeM' called off their last 1,831,234. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"] flop was a safe one for 'MoXSTeeM' but the [poker card="ad"] was disastrous. Down to just two outs, 'MoXSTeeM' found no safety net on the [poker card="jc"] river and was eliminated in second place, leaving 'Conngong12' to collect the chips and the WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts 'Conngong12' - $22,214 'MoXSTeeM' - $13,747 'SimSolvers' - $9,593 Drew 'MoveBlanket' Gonzalez - $6,626 Zach 'CaptainLevi' Gruneberg = $3,953 'Jokulhaups' - $3,488 'mskrrr' - $3,227 'CampPinebox' - $2,540 'DAG_CLG' - $2,333
  17. It’s been nearly two years since the last live World Series of Poker took place and for poker players around the world, poker’s premier summer camp has been sorely missed. It's not just the massive amount of action, but also all of the little things that take place when one travels to Sin City to chase the glory of winning a bracelet, that makes for the total experience. With the World Series of Poker 50 days away, the PocketFives staff sat down and came up with 50 things, both big and small (and in no particular order), that we are looking forward to when the WSOP returns on September 30. 1. “Shuffle Up And Deal” Is there anything more exciting than taking your seat in a WSOP bracelet event and getting underway with the classic starting gun of “Shuffle Up and Deal!” 2. Daniel Negreanu’s poker vlogs. Over the past few years, one of the most fun pieces of content has been Daniel Negreanu allowing you to be his wingman as he chases WSOP bracelet number seven in his daily WSOP vlogs. Everything from cameos by some of poker’s biggest stars to behind-the-scenes access to his daily grind Negreanu lets those who can’t make the trip to the WSOP feel like they are part of the action. 3. The hustle back to the table. Speed walking the Rio hallway to make sure you don’t miss a hand after the break. Not only do you want to be in action, but we all know that if we miss a hand or two, somebody at the table will inevitably joke that “you got aces” upon your return. 4. The Poker Kitchen. Trying to decide between chicken strips or a pre-packaged sandwich from the poker kitchen. Complaining about the food at the poker kitchen has become as much of a WSOP tradition as the bracelets themselves. But we’d all rather eat the $18 cobb salad than getting stuck in traffic trying to get back to the Rio after the dinner break. 5. Standing in line at Starbucks behind Huck Seed. Hitting the long line at the Rio Starbucks to get some caffeine to shake off the night before and get ready for a long grind at the tables and see some of your favorite poker players doing the same thing. 6. Behold the bracelet! One can’t help but appreciate the moment when WSOP tournament director Jack Effel presents the gold bracelet to the series most recent champion. 7. Grinding for lammers. Getting your satellite grind on, grabbing pink lammers, and then wandering the hallways looking for someone who is buying into the next event to sell them to. 8. The Amazon Room. There was a time when all of the rooms had the dim lighting currently held by the Amazon Room, but whether you start there or are moved into the back ballroom as the money draws near - there’s nothing like playing in the Amazon Room. 9. Killing time in the “Mothership.” Not everything is going to go your way at the WSOP, but when you’ve busted the latest tournament and you’re ready to dive into the next one, the ample seating of the Final Table spaceship has a spot for you to watch the kind of action you are hoping to be playing in. 10. Squeaking into the money. Of course, everyone would prefer to be the big stack heading into the money bubble. But when the choice is not your own and you gotta grind out those last few big blinds to make the money, sometimes trying to survive on fumes is a game unto itself. 11. Acting like you’ve been there before. Tap, tap. Nice hand. Good luck everyone. 12. Mean mugging for poker photogs. You’re a poker player at a poker table in the middle of a poker game. Now, let’s see that poker face. 13. Friendly reunions… It’s been nearly two years since the last World Series of Poker and, for many, the same amount of time since they’ve seen some of their friends from poker player summer camp in person. Raise a glass to reunions! 14. …at the Hooker Bar. The last stop on the way out of the Rio is the iconic “Hooker Bar” where many of the WSOP’s greatest late-night stories have taken place. There’s always time for one more. 15. Getting harassed by phone charging vendors. The bad boys of the WSOP hallway will be back for one more shot at upselling you a phone accessory at four times what you can get it for online. A sight for sore eyes for sure. 16. Phil Hellmuth rants. Love him or hate him, the Poker Brat is woven into the fabric of the WSOP. The 15 bracelets are only half of what makes Hellmuth, well, Hellmuth. The other is the antics and temper tantrums that have helped make him famous. At some point during the seven weeks of action, somebody is going to do something to set Hellmuth off. And the ensuing rant about how bad his opponents play and/or how well he is playing will serve as a tell-tale sign that the WSOP is back. 17. Finding a GTO way to beating the crowds to the restroom. Maybe this isn’t something to look forward to but it’s key to make life a little more comfortable during the series. No one wants to miss a hand, what you don’t know won’t hurt you and standing in a long line to use the restroom is one of the worst ways to spend a break. 18. Mid-day table-side massages. Long days of grinding can wear a person down, luckily there’s a swarm of top-tier professionals ready to help work out the kinks while you are trying to build a stack at the table. 19. Picking up big hands in big spots. Who wouldn’t be excited to look down at pocket aces in a bracelet event? 20. Getting featured on an upcoming vlog (battling for Bradley Bucks). Whether it’s at the Rio or another one of Las Vegas’ many poker rooms, during the WSOP most of the well-known vloggers will be in action. Whether it’s Brad or Andrew, Jaman or Johnnie or another up-and-coming poker cinematographer like Mariano, there’s a chance that if you play cash games in Sin City you might just get to guest star in an upcoming YouTube vlog. 21. Kevmath’s Daily Deepstack Updates. There simply isn’t a more beloved figure in poker than Kevin Mathers and following along as the man known as the WSOP social media czar or guru navigates his way through a Michelob Ultra or two while playing in one of the Rio Daily Deepstacks gives everybody the feels. 22. Having a drink with Niall Farrell at Hal’s hallway bar. As long as it’s not the first or second level of the day, you can find Niall Farrell in one of two places. The first is the Daily Deepstack where he’s blasting away while a Corona or two deep. The other is in the hallway bar with his good friend Hal the Bartender. Either way, Niall’s a good enough sport that he just might buy you a beer and listen to your bad beat story. 23. Punting a Saturday tournament to make a Sunday LV Raiders game. Okay, so maybe this isn’t something we missed since the Raiders weren’t in Vegas in 2019 and this is the first (and only) Fall WSOP, but knowing you can get over the bad beat by watching the Raiders the next day is something to look forward to. 24. Grabbing the latest in poker literature from D&B. Seeing Dan and Byron from D&B Poker selling the latest poker books from the likes of Chris Moorman, Jonathan Little, and PocketFives’ own Lance Bradley at their booth in the hallway. 25. Sitting to the left of one of your favorite pros (or anywhere with Phil Laak). One of the best parts about the World Series of Poker is that anyone, who can pony up a buy-in, can play. That means that recreational players get to mingle with the pros and no matter the bracelet event, there’s going to be some famous poker players in the field. Don’t pass up the chance to put in a three-bet when you think Phil Laak is raising light. 26. Diving out of the way of Doyle’s scooter. It was just a couple of years ago that Doyle said he was finished playing tournaments at the WSOP. But this year, he indicated that in 2021 - he’d be back scooting around the Amazon room for an encore (and a shot at bracelet #11). 27. Suffering through a bad beat story (while still in the tournament). Bad beat stories are rarely tolerable but when you still have a shot at a gold bracelet, you can lend an ear to a friend. After all, if and when you bust, you’ll be the one telling the story. 28. Cheering on a friend making a deep run - when you have a piece of them. Poker’s an individual game, but having (and being a part of) a support system is crucial. So, enjoy the ride from the sidelines when you have a small percentage of a pal and help them keep their head on straight in the middle of a deep run. 29. Bagging chips at the end of the day. No better way to end a day of play than to find a bag in a big event. Pass the pens around and write your name clearly so friends and family can find you in the chip counts. 30. Players complaining about a live update having bad info. Poker fans around the world consume content at a gluttonous pace during the WSOP. This includes live updates from every bracelet event. Inevitably, some of the reported include mistakes. A card is reported incorrectly, either the suit or the value is wrong. Sometimes bet sizes are wrong. These mistakes happen in the rush to get information to those hungry fans. This causes players involved in those hands to take their complaints to Twitter. 31. Playing the games your local card room never bothers to offer. No Limit Hold’em may be the “Cadillac of Poker” but the game has so much more to offer when you play other variants. During the WSOP, there are plenty of other games offered (both inside and outside of the Rio) to allow you to test your overall poker skills. 32. A deep run in the $50K by Phil Ivey. With all of his court cases officially behind him, Phil Ivey has indicated that he’s planning on making a return to the Rio this year. When he does, it’s expected he’ll be firing in the biggest tournaments on the schedule, including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship where he’ll be a favorite to make a deep run. 33. Late-night cash game action everywhere in Sin City. When the World Series of Poker tournaments are taking place, the cash game action all over the city reaches a fever pitch. Not only can you find great games, at every buy-in level, in nearly every poker room on the strip but poker rooms games that don’t typically run also show up on the board. It’s non-stop cash game action during the WSOP. 34. Treating yourself to an All-American Dave meal. Sure, the poker kitchen is good for a quick bite but it’s not exactly a quick bite that’s good FOR you. All-American Dave has serviced the WSOP poker playing public with healthy meals from his food truck. You don’t have to be a baller and get the meals delivered to the table, you can simply pop out back and treat yourself to something a little healthier to help get you through the day. 35. Forgetting what day of the week it is. The grind plays tricks on the mind. Just don’t miss your flight home. 36. Calling for a card and seeing it appear. Everything seems bigger when battling for a bracelet and it just feels so good when you spike the perfect card at the perfect time to keep the dream alive for another orbit. 37. Hearing Gus Hansen announce that “It’s going to be a great fall.” While in Las Vegas throughout 2018 and 2019 Gus Hansen let it be known that “it’s going to be a great summer.” With the WSOP playing out in the fall this year, we hope to see The Great Dane keep the good times going with an appropriate seasonal motto. 38. Watching your ODB Fantasy team struggle. Despite fielding a near-perfect roster, complete with a pair of sleeper picks you stole for the cheap, your fantasy team is still going to underperform. But that’s ok because it’s all about the sweat anyway. 39. Live episodes of The FIVES from the Amazon Room. You may be stuck behind a desk for the time being but the guys from The FIVES will be bringing you all of the latest news and results from the floor of the WSOP. A great way to kill an hour and keep tabs on the series. 40. Double bracelet winners. It's almost a certainty that at least one player will go on a heater and sun run their way to at least two bracelets during the series. Can't wait to see who emerges this year. 41. Allen Kessler finishing second in something. Four times in his WSOP career, Allen ‘the Chainsaw’ Kessler has made his way through all but one player in a WSOP event only to have that one player block him from winning his first WSOP bracelet. Kessler has served as bridesmaid to Lukas Zaskodny, Brian Rast, Frank Kassela, and Todd Brunson. 42. Short stacks "struggling" to find their new table. For a lot of players, cashing in a WSOP event is a lifelong dream. Some might be willing to, let’s say, bend the rules a little bit to check that item off of their bucket list. This includes the short stack being sent to their new table only to find the open seat is about to be in the big blind. It’s at this moment that a poker player with an aptitude for numbers fails to understand the elementary school level system of numbering tables as they walk right by that empty seat before getting “lost” in the tables some 30 feet away. 43. Getting called “baby” by Scotty Nguyen. In 1998, Scotty Nguyen looked at Kevin McBride at told him, “you call, gonna be all over, baby” on his way to winning the WSOP Main Event. Since then, Nguyen has won three more WSOP bracelets (for a total of five) and has called approximately 71 million other poker players “baby” in what has become his trademark phrase. 44. Walking past a closed Hash House. Dinner breaks at the WSOP can be chaos. Some players grab Ubers or taxis and head to local restaurants, but the majority of players look for something inside the Rio. On the busiest of days, that leads to long lines at All-American Bar & Grille, El Burro Borracho, and the dim sum joint. But on your way from the tournament area to those restaurants, you’ll inevitably walk past a closed Hash House A Go Go. The breakfast spot is apparently only allowed to be open during breakfast hours. 45. Making the correct decision in a big, big spot. Sometimes you gotta risk it for the biscuit and one of the best feelings in tournament poker is making the right decision in the most crucial of spots with what feels like all the eyes in the room on you. 46. That god damned carpet. There isn’t a casino in the world that doesn’t have tilt-inducing carpet and the Rio is no exception. But over the years, players have come to know the carpet well - much like the carpet in their parent's house. You don’t like it. You wouldn’t put it in your house. But at least it’s familiar. 47. Hopping in an Uber to head to your next tournament. Busting out of a WSOP tournament is a horrible, horrible feeling for any player. Thankfully, the WSOP isn’t the only tournament series in town and the next event is just a short Uber ride away. 48.Finally making it out of the bowling alley and into the Brazilia during the Reunion. Smaller buy-in WSOP tournaments draw massive turnouts every year. While that’s great for the prize pools and the eventual winner, sometimes players are forced to start their tournament journey in less-than-ideal settings. Any available square footage gets used and in past years that has included an empty bowling alley and the area right outside of Guy Fierri’s Mexican joint. Getting moved from there to the main tournament is a welcome sight for all. 49. Check-raising the flop with air. You defended the big blind against a 3X open with [5c][8d] and the flop came [jh][7s][2s]. You checked to the aggressor and he fired out a pretty standard continuation bet. At this point you really had two choices: fold and post the small blind for the next hand, or announce “raise” and put your opponent to the test. Maybe even because you put him on Ace-King? 50. The Main Event! There’s only one, true World Series of Poker Main Event and there’s nothing like it in the game of poker.
  18. The latest WSOP Online Pennsylvania event handed out another bracelet to a first-time winner on Thursday night as ‘Mr.Magoo7’ took down the $777 NLHE Lucky 7’s Event for $40,235. After an exciting final table, yesterday’s winner Dean Morrow was denied a chance to win back-to-back events as the chip leader heading into the final nine got the job done to win in style. The eventual winner, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had the lead going into the nine-handed final table of the event, but yesterday’s WSOP event winner, Morrow needed a lot of help to bounce back into contention, entering play ninth of the nine. With only seven big blinds, Morrow was all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] and was probably looking to the next hand when ‘Mr.Magoo7’ called with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. The board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="Th"] had other ideas, however, and Morrow saw his chances flushed away, claiming $2,769 for his ninth-place finish. Just a few minutes later, the next player lost their tournament life. ‘ColdCold’ was all-in for 20 big blinds pre-flop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"] but again it was ‘Mr.Magoo7’ who called and this time, they had [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kd"]. The flop of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] kept ‘Mr.Magoo7’ in the lead, and after the [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="Ks"] river, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had rivered a set, sending ‘ColdCold’ out in eighth place for $3,560. As ‘Mr.Magoo7’ took control, their third elimination was even more devastating to the player who crashed out. It was ‘pokervanman’ who moved all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"] on the turn of a board showing [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="8h"], but ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"], and ‘pokervanman’ needed a miracle on the river. That didn’t come as the [J] river ended the hand with another player falling victim to the chip lead, ‘pokervanman’ winning $4,762. With six players remaining, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ had treble the chips of anyone else in the hunt and all the other players were looking to ladder up the leaderboard. ‘Tallinn’ faced the most difficult task in doing so, down to just under 10 big blinds. However, over the course of just five minutes, they went on a double-up run that saw them bust two players in one hand. Travis Herzing moved all-in for just two big blinds with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7h"] and was followed in the hand by ‘CheckCheckCh’, who shoved for 14 big blinds with [poker card="Ah"]Jh]. ‘Tallinn’ had woken up with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"], though, and made the easy call before seeing a [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Kc"] board eliminate both opponents. Herzing busted in sixth place for $6,360, while ‘CheckCheckCh’ was eliminated in fifth for $8,590. ‘Tallinn’ suddenly had 10 times the stack they had been sitting behind a few minutes earlier and looked a genuine threat to ‘Mr.Magoo7’ as the tournament reached the business end of payouts. In fourth place, ‘TheReserve’ cashed for $12,007 when they too fell victim to the dominant ‘Mr.Magoo7’. Moving all-in from the small blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"], ‘Mr.Magoo7’ saw ‘TheReserve’ call from the big blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="6d"]. The flop of [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] seemed like a good one for ‘TheReserve’, with only a gutshot and backdoor flush draw being open to ‘Mr.Magoo7’. The turn of [poker card="Jh"] and river [poker card="Th"] was enough to give the chip leader a runner-runner flush and send play three-handed. The short-stacked player with three remaining was ‘96Tears’, and they were left sobbing on the rail after busting in third place for $17,133. Moving all-in with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"], ‘96Tears’ saw ‘Mr. Magoo7’ claim yet another bust-out as they called with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"] and rode out the board of [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="4s"] to go into the heads-up duel with a 3:1 lead. ‘Mr.Magoo7’ was a big leader heading into the heads up battle, but it was far from easy for the eventual bracelet winner. ‘Tallinn’ fought back with the same dogged determination that had seen them recover from being the shortest stack with six players remaining and after ten minutes of heads-up play, had taken the lead, holding 1.8 million to ‘Mr.Magoo7’s 1.5 million. After the latest scheduled break, however, everything changed. In a big three-bet pot, ‘Mr.Magoo7’ won a massive pot after winning with top pair, top kicker on the turn as the kicker of ‘Tallinn’ was only a ten. Soon afterwards, it was all over. ‘Mr.Magoo7’ three-bet to set ‘Tallinn’ all-in and the chasing player made the call with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"]. ‘Mr. Magoo7’ needed all the help in the world with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"], but their chances improved dramatically on the [poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop. The open-ended straight draw didn’t come in on the [poker card="4h"] turn, but the [poker card="2h"] river saw ‘Mr.Magoo7’ make that straight to crack aces and claim their first-ever WSOP bracelet. The tournament had been concluded in stunning style, condemning ‘Tallinn’ to a runner-up result worth $24,917. The fourth WSOP Online event to take place in Pennsylvania (due to the rescheduling of Event #3 earlier in the week), Event #5 saw 158 players put down the $777 entry and take their chances in the Lucky 7’s. With 68 rebuys, this amounted to a massive $158,200 prize pool, and players such as Barrett ‘Soil_Brunson’ Lipkin (33rd for $1,107) and Taylor ‘dripbaeless’ Nicole (22nd for $1,266) both of whom cashed without threatening the big payouts at the end of the final table. It was a day that belonged to ‘Mr.Magoo7’, however, after busting all bar two of their opponents. Their victory was worth $40,235 and earning them a first-ever WSOP bracelet in the fourth event to conclude in Pennsylvania. With four more WSOP Online events to come, there will be plenty more chances for players in The Keystone State to win gold. WSOP Pennsylvania Event #5 Final Table Results: Mr.Magoo7 - $40,325 Tallinn - $24,917 96Tears - $17,133 TheReserve - $12,007 CheckCheckCh - $8,590 Travis ‘UnitedWeZag’ Herzing - $6,360 Pokervanman - $4,762 ColdCold - $3,560 Dean ‘TheRealYoshi’ Morrow - $2,769
  19. After each 2021 World Series of Poker Online bracelet event wraps up, the WSOP ships the event winner their gold bracelet via FedEx. The way the first nine events have gone, somebody needs to inquire about bulk shipping rates to Brazil. For the fourth time in nine events, a Brazilian grinder has managed to take down a WSOP Online event on GGPoker. Lucio Lima defeated 2,228 other players to win Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. The final table included a pair of previous bracelet winners as well as a Polish player looking to capture the third bracelet this week for his homeland. In the end, it was Lima joining Joao Simao, Eduardo Pires, and Thiago Crema as Brazilian players who have capture gold already this summer. Action folded to Krzysztof Dulowski in late position and he raised to 700,000 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] before William Romaine made it 1,995,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] from his direct left. Dulowski called. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"] and Dulowski check-called after Romaine bet 2,170,000. The turn was the [poker card="js"] to give Dulowski trip jacks and Dulowski checked to Romaine who checked behind. The river was the [poker card="7d"] and Dulowski moved all in to put Romaine to a decision for his tournament life. The American, who is residing in Mexico during this series, called off the rest of his chips only to be shown a better hand and was eliminated in ninth place. A few moments later, Lima used a dominating hand to pick up his first elimination of the night. From UTG, Japan's Daisuke Ogita moved all in for 9,124,815 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and action folded to Lima in the cutoff. He re-shoved with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"], forcing the rest of the table to fold. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="ts"][poker card="as"][poker card="4s"] to give both players top pair with Lima's king kicker coming into play to eliminate Ogita in eighth. With blinds of 300,000/600,000 (75,000 ante), Yngve Steen moved all in for 7,593,157 holding [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"]. Everybody folded until Stanislav Kuvaev re-shoved for 8,965,336 on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop changed nothing and the [poker card="qh"] meant Steen was drawing very thin. The river was the [poker card="6c"] to give Kuvaev the pot and send Steen out in seventh place. When the final table began, Joaquin Melogno was the second shortest stack. After seeing three others bust around him, Melogno's rise up the ladder came to a halt. Melogno raised to 1,470,000 from UTG and Lima called from the big blind. Both players checked after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] and Lima bet 4,060,000 and Melogno called. The river was the [poker card="6c"] and Lima moved all in. Melogno called off his 11,892,512 stack and tabled [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] but Lima showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] for a bigger pair to give him his second elimination of the night as Melogno departed in sixth. Kuvaev was the only player who had a shorter stack than Melogno at the start of the final table. His run lasted just five minutes longer than Melogno. Kuvaev moved all in from UTG for 11,475,993 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] before Dulowski re-shoved with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. Dulowski stayed in control after the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] flop before Kuvaev got a little tease on the [poker card="qs"] turn. The [poker card="ts"] river completed the board and eliminated Kuvaev in fifth position. A battle of the blinds took the tournament from hour-handed to three-handed just 11 minutes later. Lima raised from the button to 1,600,000 before Dulowski three-bet to 6,560,000 in the small blind. Johnathon French then moved all in from the big blind for 9,820,175. Lima folded but Dulowski called and turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] which put French in great shape holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] flop was a great one for French but the [poker card="jh"] spelled disaster and sent the Canadian to the river with only seven outs. The river was the [poker card="3c"] and French failed to improve and was sent to the rail in fourth. Thanks to that pot, Dulowski started three-handed play with the chip lead and almost 50% of the total chips in play. Just 12 minutes later, he was out. Anson Tsang, who won a bracelet at 2018 WSOP Europe, raised the button to 2,400,000 and Lima came along in the small blind. Dulowski moved all in for 11,794,214 and Tsang re-shoved for 50,286,066 forcing Lima to fold. Dulowski showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"] which put him behind Tsang's [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"]. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"] to miss both players and allowed Tsang to take the pot thanks to his ace as Dulowski went home in third place, denying himself the chance to become the third Polish player to win a 2021 WSOP Online event. Tsang started heads up play with 58% of the chips in play and through the early hands of play, he increased that to holding nearly 75%. That was as close as Tsang got to winning the bracelet though. Over the next 17 minutes of play, Lima grinded back to even stacks and eventually took the lead. At this point both players were sitting on stacks of roughly 20 big blinds each. On the final hand of the night, Lima open-shoved for 55,468,880 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"] and Tsang called for 55,281,120 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] flop paired Tsang's ace but gave Lima bottom set. The turn was the [poker card="7s"] to leave Tsang drawing dead as the [poker card="td"] river completed the board and eliminated Tsang in second place and handed Lima his first career WSOP bracelet. Event #9 Final Table Payouts Lucio 'WizardOfAz' Lima - $95,205 Anson Tsang - $66,918 Krzysztof 'ZryjGruz' Dulowski - $60,634 Johnathon 'Resolve' French - $29,320 Stanislav Kuvaev - $23,741 Joaquin Melogno - $18,314 Yngve 'IAMWILLIAM' Steen - $18,390 Daisuke 'REDJOE' Ogita - $17,123 William 'BigCharles' Romaine - $16,438
  20. The 2021 World Series of Poker Online bracelet events on GGPoker are through seven events and Brazilian players have now captured three of them with Eduardo Pires becoming the first player to win seven figures along with the gold after his win in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) on Sunday night. Joao Simao was the first Brazilian to win a bracelet this year after taking down Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares NLHE) for $206,075. Four days later, Thiago Crema de Macedo won Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for a $161,637 payday. Pires came out on top of the 5,437-entry field to win $1,384,013. He wasn't the only player at the final table representing Brazil. Tauan Naves and Victor Begara also made the final nine and those three players held three of the top four stacks when the final table began. With blinds of 400,000/800,0000, Oskar Prehm moved all in for 2,925,322 from early position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4h"] and Naves called from the button with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"] to give Naves the pot and make Prehm the first final table casualty. Five minutes later, another one of the Brazilian players took their turn as executioner. Tomas Jozonis open-shoved for 111,173,168 from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"]. Begara moved all in for 30,11,034 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and Xiongbin Zhang folded the big blind. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"] flop wasn't a good one for Jozonis and as the [poker card="8d"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river changed nothing, Jozonis was sent to the rail in eighth. Naves took the reigns for the next bustout. Naves min-raised to 2,400,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] before Lachezar Petkov moved all in for just a shade under 10,000,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. Naves called but got bad news on the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"] flop as Petkov moved ahead. The [poker card="js"] turn changed things however and left Petkov with just a single out. The [poker card="td"] completed the board to eliminate Petkov in seventh. A battle between two of the Brazilians led to the next elimination. Everybody folded to Pires on the button and he moved all in for 112,812,238 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"]. Begara called all in for 22,932,702 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] forcing Zhang folded his big blind. Everything looked good for Begara on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] flop. He stayed in control on the [poker card="4s"] turn but the [poker card="9h"] river spelled doom for him as Pires made a pair of nines to eliminate his fellow countrymen in sixth place. After having his kings cracked in a hand against Lukas Hafner, Paul Fisher was left with just 2.5 big blinds. Fisher moved all in for 6,147,246 from UTG with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7h"]. Hafner raised to 14,086,736 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and the remaining players folded. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2d"] to give Hafner the pot and eliminate Fisher in fifth. With blinds at 1,250,000/2,500,000 (300,000 ante), Zhang moved all in for 21,066,137 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] and Hafner called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. Zhang's domination of Hafner didn't last long as the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Hafner a pair to move in front. Neither the [poker card="2c"] turn or [poker card="4c"] river were able to save Zhang from a fourth place result. When three-handed play began, the two remaining Brazilian players held nearly 66% of the chips in play with Pires holding more than half on his own. After 12 minutes of play, Pires added to his stack at the expense of Naves. Hafner folded the button and Pires shoved his entire 115,505,440 stack into the middle from the small blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. Down to just 6.5 big blinds, Naves called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] flop gave Pires bottom set and left Naves hoping for a jack to make a straight and stay alive. Neither the [poker card="4h"] turn or the [poker card="6c"] river filled that straight draw and Naves was out in third place. Hafner started heads up play with the slightest of chip leads but over the 10 minutes that followed, Pires took the lead and eventually collected all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Pires called from the small blind and Hafner checked his option to see a flop of [poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"]. Hafner check-raised to 11,619,000 after Pires bet 3,500,000. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and Hafner took some time before betting 19,691,760. Pires contemplated his options and clicked the call button. The river was the [poker card="8d"] and Hafner checked to Pires who moved all in for 161,161,584. After thinking for nearly 30 seconds, Hafner called all in and showed [poker card="7s"][poker card="3d"] for a pair of sevens but Pires tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] for a straight to eliminate Hafner and win his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Eduardo Pires - $1,384,013 Lukas Hafner - $984,469 Tauan Naves - $700,270 Xiongbin Zhang - $498,115 Paul Risman - $354,317 Victor Begara - $252,031 Lachezar Petkov - $179,275 Tomas Jozonis - $127,521 Oskar Prehm - $90,708
  21. World Series of Poker Online events in Pennsylvania resumed on Wednesday after a day off due to technical difficulties, and it was Dean Morrow who won the third WSOP bracelet of the min series with no trouble at all. From going into the final table as chip leader to triumphing heads-up, Morrow breezed through the field to win his first WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $35,480. The final table began with just six players, with the six-max format producing half a dozen players with very different stacks. Morrow held a big chip lead with 2.6 million chips at blinds of 14,000/28,000, but others had nowhere near as many as him. They included ‘DeathNote_’, who busted first against the eventual winner. Morrow moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9s"] and ‘DeathNote_’ called in the big blind with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8s"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"] saw Morrow maintain his lead in the land and the [poker card="9c"] turn sealed the deal, the inconsequential [poker card="Jh"] on the river sending ‘DeathNote_’ to the rail in sixth place for $5,289. It was ‘BubbyDubby’ whose bubble burst in fifth place for $7,336 after they made a move at exactly the wrong time. Three-bet shoving pre-flop with [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"] for just over six big blinds, ‘BubbyDubby’ saw ‘ArnoldSlick’ make the call with [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"]. The flop [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="8h"] gave ‘ArnoldSlick’ a set, but also dangled the carrot of an open-ended straight draw to salvage ‘BuddyDubby’s hopes. Sadly for them, however, the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="5h"] river ended those hopes and reduced the field to four. Morrow was still a massive leader after ‘Arnold Slick’ bagged their second elimination in a row by skittling the chances of Angel Lopez in fourth place for the first five-figure prize of the tournament in $10,367. Lopez, who has plenty of previous cashes in WSOP Online events as well as PokerStars SCOOPs, saw ‘ArnoldSlick move all-in from the small blind and called off his tournament life from the big blind. ‘ArnoldSlick’ had moved all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"] and was way ahead of Lopez’ [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8s"]. The flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qs"] offered no reprieve for Lopez and after the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="Th"] river, he was on the rail. The next elimination would be pivotal and with Morrow up to four million chips and both ‘ArnoldSlick’ and ‘Voice2skull’ hovering around the million mark, either of the short stacks needed to bust the other to regain some control. Morrow used his stack brilliantly, however, to fend off such ideas and when ‘Voice2skull’ raised it up pre-flop with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"], Morrow moved all-in over the top with [poker card="As"][poker card="Qd"]. ‘Voice2skull’ made the call and got the bad news, but the flop of [poker card="Th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] gave them hope with the open-ended straight draw providing seven outs. The turn of a [poker card="4d"] didn’t help ‘Voice2skull’ at all, and the river of [poker card="Jd"] gave Morrow the straight instead, sending ‘Voice2skull’ out in third place for $14,974. Morrow went into heads-up with a chip lead of better than 3:1, and it took just five minutes to make that lead count. ‘ArnoldSlick’ dropped a little, then doubled up, but it was all over soon afterwards. In the final hand, Morrow’s three-bet with [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"] was called pre-flop by ‘ArnoldSlick’ with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. The flop of [poker card="Jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"] was always going to see all the money end in the middle and so it proved as Morrow’s chunky bet was raised before the chip leader shoved and received the call. ‘ArnoldSlick’ needed a miracle, but instead, the [poker card="4s"] on the turn gave Morrow a full house and the [poker card="2s"] confirmed victory, with the unfortunate ‘ArnoldSlick’ unable to his their one-outer. The fourth event of the WSOP Online Series in Pennsylvania might have been the third to take place, with yesterday’s $3,200 Event #3 now re-scheduled for Tuesday, but it was well-attended. Overall, 295 players took to the virtual felt, with 126 of those players rebuying, meaning a prize pool of $151,560 was won over nine hours of action. Other notables who made the money but didn’t threaten the final table places included the winner of the opening WSOP PA Online Series event ‘ratrivers’, who finished 33rd for $834, fellow early event final table player "LooseChangee" (61st for $606) and Taylor Nicole, who made it all the to 19th place for $970). In the end, it was Dean Morrow’s day at the expense of runner-up ‘ArnoldSlick’, who won $22,022 for their efforts. Morrow’s moment will live long in the memory for many more tomorrows to come, along with his first-ever WSOP bracelet and the hard-earned top prize of $35,480. WSOP Online Series Pennsylvania Event #4 $400 Six-Max Final Table Results: Dean ‘TheRealYoshi’ Morrow - $35,480 ‘ArnoldSlick’ - $22,022 ‘Voice2skull’ - $14,974 Angel ‘Chr0meKing’ Lopez - $10,367 ‘BubbyDubby’ - $7,336 ‘DeathNote__’ - $5,289
  22. Daniel Smiljkovic entered the final day of GGPoker WSOP Online Event #8 ($5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship) with a healthy chip lead that he never relinquished as he sailed to victory, earning an online career-high score of $423,426 and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. The 479-entry field generated a prize pool of more than $2.275 million and featured a who’s who of online poker talent. Notable names including Super MILLION$ crusher Thomas Muehloecker, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt, and 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas were all eliminated just a few spots shy of making the money. Daniel Negreanu streamed his way to a cash and was joined by the likes of Brazilian Pedro Padilha, Kevin Martin, Anatoly Filatov, Galen Hall, and last year’s GGPoker WSOP Online Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev. By the end of Day 1, only nine players were left, and once Roman Hrabec (9th, $32,218) and ‘DontTIltGG’ (8th, $37,451.71) were eliminated the final seven players converged at the final table. Mere minutes into play, Aki Virtanen hit the rail when his [poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"] couldn’t outrace Xuming Qi’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] on the [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="js"]qc] board. Virtanen’s seventh-place run was good for $60,489.34. With six left and the blinds at 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), the chip stacks were polarized with three players sitting on dangerously low chip stacks and looking to double in order to get back in the thick of things. Five hands after Virtanen’s bustout, the first of the final six fell. Smiljkovic put in a raise from under the gun to 160,000 with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] and Yonatan Koko, next to act, moved all-in for just shy of 191,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="4s"]. On the button, Qi made the call with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8d"], and Smiljkovic completed as well. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] and the action checked through. The turn was the [poker card="7d"] and, again, both Smiljkovic and Qi checked. The river came the [poker card="3d"] and when both players checked a third time, Qi’s pocket eights were good and Koko was eliminated in sixth place for $83,662.13. At 50,000/100,000 (12,500 ante), Qi put in a raise from the cutoff to 200,000 with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"] and George Wolff three-bet shipped his final 12 big blinds on the button with his [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"]. Christodoulos Christodoulou called the shove from the small blind holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and when the action returned to Qi, they called as well. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jh"], keeping Wolff’s pocket tens in the lead and both Christodoulou and Qi checked. The [poker card="tc"] hit the turn and while Wolff improved to a set, Christodoulou hit a gutshot straight draw. Christodoulou led for just 200,000 into the pot of 4 million and Qi flat called. The river was the [poker card="kc"], improving Qi to a straight as well and when Christodoulou, again, bet 200,000, Qi made the call and the pair chopped the pot as Wolff’s set was second best. Wolff finished in fifth place and collected $115,712.02. The elimination of Wolff was good news for Marius Gierse who was sitting on just four big blinds and would, at the very least, ladder a pay jump of roughly $45,000. On Gierse’s big blind, Qi opened from under the gun to 200,000 and when it folded back to the Austrian, he defended, leaving himself fewer than two big blinds behind. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"] and Gierse checked to Qi who moved all-in for more than enough to cover Gierse. Gierse folded, leaving himself just one hand to try and come back. From the small blind on the next hand, Gierse put his final 165,000 in the middle with [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"] and Qi quickly called holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"] and the board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="9d"], shipping the small pot to Qi and sending Marius out in fourth place for $160,040.02. Combined with his third-place finish in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ just one day prior for $198,800, Gierse took home more than $358,000 in a 24-hour span. At three-handed Smiljkovic held a better than 2:1 chip lead over both Qi and Christodoulou and for the better part of 20 minutes the two shorter stacks took turns passing chips back and forth and taking over second place. For Christodoulou, his key final table hand took place when the blinds were at 70,000/140,000 (17,5000 ante). On the button, Qi raised to 280,000 with the [poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] and Christodoulou found [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"] in the small blind and made it 420,000 to go. Smiljkovic let go of his big blind and Qi called the min-raise. The flop came [poker card="4s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"] giving Qi trips and leaving Christodoulou’s aces needing help. Christodoulou led out for 280,000 and Qi flatted. The turn was the [poker card="td"] and Christodoulou led again, this time for 560,000. Qi raised to 1.4 million and Christodoulou, having Qi covered, instantly shipped. Qi snap-called and showed Christodoulou that he was about to have his aces cracked. The river was the [poker card="8s"] sending the massive 8.4 million pot to Qi and leaving Christodoulou with just over 1 million in chips. Despite finding a quick double two hands later, Christodoulou hit the rail in third place just four hands later when he moved all-in with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] and Smiljkovic called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and the board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5s"][poker card="kd"]. Christodoulou took home $221,349.35 for the third-place finish. The heads-up battle between Smiljkovic and Qi didn’t last long. Over the course of 15 minutes, Smiljkovic steadily chipped away at Qi’s stack, applying pressure in key spots and showing down big hands in others. By the time the final hand played out, Smiljkovic turned his lead into a 10:1 advantage. With blinds at 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante) Qi open-shipped the button holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and Smiljkovic called for the win with his [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"] flop kept king-high in the lead. The [poker card="4h"] turn changed nothing and when the [poker card="qc"] river hit, Qi’s run was over in second place which was good for $306,145.45. Smiljkovic ended up with a career-high online cash of $423,426.16, and his first WSOP gold bracelet. GGPoker WSOP Online Event #8 Final Table Results Daniel Smiljkovic - $423,426.16 Xuming Qi - $306,145.45 Christodoulos Christodoulou - $221,349.35 Marius Gierse - $160,040.02 George Wolff - $115,712.02 Yonatan Koto - $83,662.13
  23. After an exciting end to the action, a dominant performance from ‘POTtheRIVER’ sealed a memorable World Series of Poker bracelet victory as they overcame a final table featuring Jason Rivkin to win $27,592. Pennsylvania WSOP Online Event #2 ($500 NLHE PKO) action saw bounties as well as finishing places create a diverse prize pool, with ‘POTtheRIVER’ leading from the start of the final table to clinch a heads-up win to claim only the second WSOP bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania. As the nine-handed final table kicked off, ‘POTtheRIVER’ held the chip lead with 1.06 million chips, albeit a marginal one over ‘m1kecr0ss’ (1.05m) and Rivkin (1.02m), with Rivkin already having cashed three times in 2021 WSOP Online events, including a runner-up finish in Event #32 for $90,811 which was won by Drew O’Connell. It took just a couple of minutes for the first victim to fall at the final table, with ‘bkellssc’ losing their stack after moving all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qc"]. They were called by both ‘Snacks22’ with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"] and ‘LooseChangee’ with [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Td"], and with the board coming [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="5d"], ‘Snacks22’ doubled up through ‘LooseChangee’, busting ‘bkellssc’ in the process for a total result of $2,820. It took some time for another player to bust and during that time, Rivkin rose up the ranks. The most decorated player at the final table won a series of small pots to become chip leader with 1.2 million chips, but that lead was overtaken by the eventual winner when ‘POTtheRIVER’ began their charge to victory by eliminating ‘PineCreek’. The at-risk player was all-in with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9d"] and was called by ‘POTtheRIVER’ with [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"]. The flop of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Js"] was dramatic enough, giving ‘POTtheRIVER’ the lead, but on the [poker card="Kc"] turn that switched, giving ‘PineCreek’ a better two-pair. All ‘PineCreek’ needed to do after hitting the turn was to fade the river, but the [poker card="Jc"] fell to give ‘POTtheRIVER’ the pot and live up to their catchy name in the most literal of senses. ‘PineCreek’ had been one card away from survival but instead cashed for a prize of $1,611 for finishing in eighth place and $1,209 in bounties won. Almost immediately, the field was reduced further. Despite heading into the final table second in chips, ‘m1kecr0ss’ lost their tournament life after moving all-in for around 14 big blinds with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ks"]. It was ‘POTtheRIVER’ who made the call with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7s"] and the flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"] instantly gave the chip leader top two pair. The turn of [poker card="4h"] and river of [poker card="8d"] couldn’t help ‘m1kecr0ss’ and ‘POTtheRIVER’ moved into a commanding chip lead. The run of ‘Snacks22’ came to an end in sixth place for $4,467 after they were eliminated by ‘LooseChangee’. ‘Snacks22’ had moved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2c"] and was ahead when ‘LooseChangee’ called with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7c"]. The flop of [poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"] kept ‘Snacks22’ ahead, but they were out of luck on the [poker card="Ks"] turn and the [poker card="5d"] river couldn’t save them. Just a few minutes later, play was suddenly four-handed after ‘PeachesParty’ left in fifth place for a total result worth $5,940. ‘PeachesParty’ shoved from the button with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="2h"], but ‘PA_iTiltHard’ called it off from the big blind with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"] and the queen-high board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="9c"] only offered ‘PeachesParty’ a gutshot from the flop which never arrived. As the final four players gathered their thoughts after a very busy hours play, it was ‘LooseChangee’ in the lead, with Rivkin bringing up the rear, but everything would change, with the stacks again evening up. That led to a massive pot where two players busted simultaneously. In the pivotal pot, ‘POTtheRIVER’ raised to three times the big blind with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] and when ‘PA_iTiltHard’ moved all-in with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="3c"] for just a shade more, Rivkin made the call with [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"], as did ‘POTtheRIVER’. On the flop of [poker card="9d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"], Rivkin led out, and ‘POTtheRIVER’ shoved, leaving Rivkin to call of his stack and see that he needed a lot of help. Another nine on the [poker card="9h"] turn left Rivkin needing an eight only to survive, but the [poker card="Th"] river couldn’t save him and both he and ‘PA_iTiltHard’ were busted at the same time, Rivkin earning a touch more than his counterpart. Heads-up began with ‘POTtheRIVER’ ahead, but not by an insurmountable pile of chips, with 3.8 million playing ‘LooseChangee’s 2.7 million. The stacks would even up to the point where just a solitary big blind separated the two players and ‘LooseChangee’ even moved ahead by nine big blinds. Those were all the chips they were left with, however, after ‘POTtheRIVER’ doubled up with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3h"] holding against [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"] when all the chips were committed on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] flop and the [poker card="6d"] turn was followed by an [poker card="Ad"] river that prevented ‘LooseChangee’ claiming the bracelet. A short time later, it was all over, with ‘LooseChangee’ shoving from the button with [poker card="2s"][poker card="2h"] and ‘POTtheRIVER’ making the call with [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"]. The flop of [poker card="8h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"] moved the eventual winner into the lead and both the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="Ks"] river did nothing to change the outcome of what would be the final hand. ‘LooseChangee’ cashed for a total prize of $14,690. With 327 total entries comprising of 262 players and 65 rebuys, the second WSOP Online event to award a bracelet in Pennsylvania paid out a prize pool of $147,150, with ‘POTtheRIVER’ winning a total of $27,592, a massive $14,176 of which was made up of the bounties of other players. WSOP PA Online Braelet Event #2 Final Table Results ‘POTtheRIVER’ - $27,592 ($12,846 place, $14,716 bounties) ‘LooseChangee’ - $14,690 ($12,846 place, $1,843 bounties) Jason ‘sandjay’ Rivkin - $9,945 ($7,835 place, $2,109 bounties) ‘PA_iTiltHard’ - $9,132 ($5,672 place, $3,459 bounties) ‘PeachesParty’ - $5,940 ($4,112 place, $1,828 bounties) ‘Snacks22’ - $4,467 ($3,001 place, $1,466 bounties) ‘m1kecr0ss’ - $4,407 ($2,192 place, $2,214 bounties ‘PineCreek’ - $2,820 ($1,611 place, $1,209 bounties) ‘bkellssc’ - $2,119 ($1,184 place, $935 bounties)
  24. After five and a half hours of Day 2 play play on Monday, the first World Series of Poker Online bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania was won by ‘ratrivers’ for $48,420. After an exciting final table, the nine-handed action played down to a winner after 148 players returned to their virtual seats on Day 2. At the end of a dramatic final table, it was ‘ratrivers’ who reigned supreme, and it was the winner who went into the last table of nine players as chip leader. That wasn’t the case for ‘Slap_Nuts’, who had just over 10 big blinds when they four-bet shoved all-in pre-flop with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. They were called by ‘LavaCake’ with [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"] and the flop brought immediate service for the drawing hand as it landed [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="5d"]. The turn of [poker card="Kc"] locked up the hand for the unassailable ‘LavaCake’, the [poker card="5c"] river a mere formality as ‘Slap_Nuts’ left with a cash of $3,173 for finishing ninth. Just a couple of minutes later, another hopeful was on the virtual rail, as ‘MonkeyBLuffy’ cashed for $4,140 in eighth place. Three-betting all-in before the flop with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"], they were called by the initial raiser in the hand, ‘AceOnaJetski’ with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4s"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"] moved the caller into the lead but gave ‘MonkeyBLuffy’ a gutshot straight draw to go with three ace outs. The turn of [poker card="5s"] and river of [poker card="5h"] ended hopes of a reprieve, however. Either side of these hands, ‘ratrivers’ was accumulating chips by winning more pots than anyone and up to over 2.2 million chips, all the other players knew they needed to step it up to stay in touch. ‘SBbarnz’ managed to overcome the odds and vault up the leaderboard at the expense of Taylor Nicole. Nicole called off their stack from the big blind with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Qd"] after ‘SBbarnz’ moved all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="7s"] from the small blind. The board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="Td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] gave ‘SBbarnz’ two pair with aces and tens eliminating Nicole in seventh place for $5,512. With six players remaining, a huge pot saw another player’s chances go up in flames. Chip leader ‘ratrivers’ raised from under the gun but didn’t call the shove of ‘NawtyShawty’ from the button with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"]. ‘SBbarnz’ had called the initial raise and had no trouble doing likewise after the three-bet shove, holding [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"]. A flop of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3s"] saw ‘NawtyShawty’ pick up a straight draw, but the [poker card="Jd"] turn and [poker card="9c"] river ended the hand in the favor of ‘SBbarnz’ and saw them closing in on ‘ratrivers’ lead, ‘NawtyShawty’ winning $7,470 as a result. Losing that hand saw ‘ratrivers’ spiral from chip leader to the short stack as the chips spent half an hour balancing up. All five players had over a million chips but less than two million when ‘ratrivers’ chipped up a little and took out the only player at the table with less chips than them. ‘LavaCake’ three-bet shoved for just under a million with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"] and ‘ratrivers’ snapped off the call with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. The board of [poker card="Qh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4d"]8c] saw the former chip leader regain some control of the table at the expense of ‘LavaCake’, who won the first five-figure cash of the event, scoring $10,305 for a deep run to the top 1% of the tournament. Two ace-high hands clashed with four players remaining that left only three in the hunt. ‘SBbarnz’ was all-in and at risk with [poker card="As"][poker card="6h"], but far behind ‘ratrivers’ with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Js"]. The flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2d"] kept the dominating hand in the lead, and the [poker card="Ah"] turn and [poker card="5c"] made no difference to that superiority, leaving ‘SBbarnz’ to lick their wounds in fourth place for $14,467. Three-handed play lasted some time before ‘AceOnaJetski’ lost their hopes of winning their first WSOP bracelet and further strengthened the arm of ‘ratrivers’ in the process. ‘AceOnaJetski’ called off their stack with [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"] and needed help against the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"] of ‘NovaRiver’. That help arrived for ‘AceOnaJetski’ on the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="2s"] flop, but ‘NovaRiver’ had the nut flush draw and straight draw to boot. The [poker card="3h"] turn changed nothing, but the [poker card="6d"] river gave ‘NovaRiver’ the nut flush and sent play heads up, with ‘AceOnaJetski’ cashing for $20,654. With just two players remaining, ‘ratrivers’ held a chip lead of 5:1 and while ‘NovaRiver’ doubled up once, soon after this brief reprieve, it was all over. With ‘NovaRiver’ raising pre-flop with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"], ‘ratrivers’ made the call with [poker card="Th"][poker card="8d"] and both players saw a flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="7h"]5h]. ‘ratrivers’ check-raised the bet of ‘NovaRivers’ who then called to a turn of [poker card="2c"], where ‘ratrivers’ moved all-in and ‘NovaRiver’, still ahead, made the call. On the river, ‘ratrivers’ needed one of ten outs to win the WSOP bracelet and when the [poker card="9d"] landed, their victory was sealed with a dramatic gutshot straight. ‘NovaRiver’ won $29,993 for their runner-up result after losing out to the drawing hand. With 425 entries, the first-ever WSOP bracelet event to be held on the Pennsylvania client of WSOP.com attracted 75 rebuys to create a prize pool of $225,000. That meant 90 players were paid with the minimum cash worth $630. That bubble hadn’t burst by the start of Day 2, which saw 148 players return to seats to battle for the win. When the dust settled, however, the chip leader at the start of the day 'ratrivers' emerged victorious to claim a $48,420 top prize and the first-ever WSOP gold bracelet awarded in Pennsylvania. WSOP PA Online Bracelet Event #1 Final Table Results ‘ratrivers’ - $48,420 ‘NovaRiver’ - $29,993 ‘AceOnaJetski’ - $20,655 ‘SBbarnz’ - $14,468 ‘LavaCake’ - $10,305 ‘NawtyShawty’ - $7,470 Taylor ‘dripbaeless’ Nicole - $5,513 ‘MonkeyBLuffy’ - $4,140 ‘Spal_Nuts’ - $3,173
  25. Georgios Sotiropoulos made his way through 6,359 other entries to end up at a final table with another previous World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a high stakes cash game crusher, and six other players in WSOP Online Event #6 ($200 Flip & Go) on GGPoker. He then eliminated six of his final eight opponents to win his second career WSOP bracelet and $117,022. The Flip & Go format sees eight players seated at a table with all players all in on the first hand. Each table plays until only one player has chips. Those players advance into the next round where all players are in the money and the tournament plays down to a winner in a traditional format. The turbo structure all but guaranteed a fast-paced final table and it took just five minutes to go from nine players to eight. With blinds of 50,000/100,000, Sotiropoulos moved all in for 1,407,262 from middle position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. Wing Tat Yeung called all in for his last 773,564 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Yeung stayed ahead after the [poker card="qh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop but the [poker card="ac"] turn gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces. The river was the [poker card="2s"] and was no help to Yeung as he exited in ninth. Five minutes later, Sotiropoulos, who won his first WSOP bracelet in 2015 at WSOP Europe in am €1,100 NNLHE Turbo event, did it again. Markus Prinz shoved from the small blind for 259,080 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"] and Sotiropoulos called from the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] gave Sotiropoulos top pair and left Prinz needing one of three tens or some runner-runner combination to stay alive. The turn was the [poker card="4d"] and the [poker card="8h"] river completed the board to eliminate Prinz in eighth place. The steamroller that was Sotiropoulos only had to wait four minutes for the next elimination. From UTG+1, Quentin Roussey moved all in for 477,614 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"] and action folded back to Sotiropoulos in the big blind and he called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Sotiropoulos a pair of aces while Roussey was needing a jack for Broadway or some runner-runner runout to stay alive. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] leaving only the Broadway outs for Roussey. The [poker card="ad"] river gave Sotiropoulos a full house and ended Roussey's run in seventh. The next bustout hand took the table from six-handed to four-handed and it was none other than PocketFives legend Chris Moorman who was on the winning side. Wiktor Malinowski raised to 490,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"], Erwann Pecheux called off his last 166,269 from the small blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"], before Moorman jammed for 816,256 from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. Malinowski called and everybody caught a piece of the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="qs"] and the [poker card="jd"] river gave Moorman the pot and eliminated Pecheux in sixth and Malinowski in fifth. Despite picking up that pot, Moorman's run didn't last much longer and once again it was Sotiropoulos in the driver's seat. Action folded around to Sotiropoulos in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"] and Moorman briefly tanked before calling all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Sotiropoulos an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="8h"] gave him a pair of eights leaving Moorman drawing to either one of three kings for a bigger pair or one of three remaining jacks for a king-high straight. The [poker card="qd"] river actually improved Sotiropoulos to a queen-high straight and ended Moorman's quest for a second 2021 WSOP Online bracelet with a fourth place finish. It took Sotiropoulos just 15 minutes to send his last two opponents to the rail to take home another bracelet. First up was Michael Van Elsacker. Yen-Liang Yao folded his button and Sotiropoulos raised to 1,600,000 from the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"] and Van Elsacker called off his last 646,620 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="6s"] flop hit both players but Sotiropoulos moved ahead with a bigger pair. Neither the [poker card="9s"] turn or the [poker card="qc"] river were able to save Van Elsacker and he was out in third. Sotiropoulos started heads up play with 81% of the chips in play. Down to less than 15 big blinds, Yao moved all in with [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] and Sotiropoulos snap-called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"] flop moved Yao in front with a pair of kings. However, the [poker card="as"] turn put Sotiropoulos back on top with a pair of aces and the [poker card="7c"] river was no help for Yao and he was eliminated in second place while Sotiropoulos took down the tournament and earned $117,022 in the process. Final Table Payouts Georgios Sotiropoulos - $117,022 Yen-Liang Yao - $90,371 Michiel Van Elsacker - $69,791 Chris Moorman - $53,898 Wiktor Malinowski - $41,624 Erwann Pecheux - $31,145 Quentin Roussey - $24,824 Markus Prinz - $19,171 Wing Tat Yeung - $14,805

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