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  1. Some 21 years ago, Alan Goehring finished runner-up to Noel Furlong in the 1999 World Series of Poker Main Event. He hadn't made a WSOP final table since - until Wednesday. Early Thursday morning, Goehring conquered a final table that had two WSOP bracelet winners - including the current top player on the WSOP leaderboard - to finally earn his first career WSOP bracelet. Goehring topped the 1,479-player field in Event #8 ($500 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 WSOP Online to win $119,399.67 and that bracelet. He adds that bracelet to a resume that includes a pair of World Poker Tour titles, including the inaugural WPT Championship from 2003. Not long after the double elimination of Steve 'gborooo' Gross and Matthew 'MartyCohen' Weiss in 10th and 11th place respectively, a classic race situation led to the first elimination of the final table. Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb raised to 360,000 from UTG with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] before Louis 'xILoUieIx' Torres re-raised all in to 1,625,444 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] and Gottlieb called. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] to eliminate Torres in ninth. Five minutes later, Event #3 winner and the current #1-player on the WSOP leaderboard, Robert Kuhn began an ascension to the chip lead after sending a player to the rail. From middle position, Kuhn raised to 400,000 with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] and Scott 'miamicane' Davies moved all in for 2,062,092 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"] and Kuhn called. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] flop gave Davies no help and neither did the [poker card="5s"] turn or [poker card="th"] river and he was out in eighth place. A battle of the blinds led to the next elimination. Kuhn moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] and 'aceviper' called off their last 1,111,520 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"] flop gave 'aceviper' top pair but gave Kuhn four outs to a straight. The [poker card="4s"] turn gave Kuhn a flush draw. The [poker card="jd"] river completed Kuhn's straight draw and eliminated 'aceviper' in seventh. Just four minutes passed before yet another blind versus blind spot produced another elimination. Goehring called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] and 'dudeguydrew' shoved for 3,803,270 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] and Goehring called. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="th"] to give Goehring the pot and end 'dudeguydrew''s run in sixth place. Kuhn then clashed with Gottlieb in a pot that changed the complexion of the final table. Kuhn lost more than 90% of his stack with pocket threes against Gottlieb's pocket queens and was the table short stack with just 3.5 big blinds. Kuhn was a spectator a few hands later when 'clembutt' moved all in for 2,802,760 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] before Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel moved all in for 5,505,426 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"] runout secured the pot for Ohel and send 'clembutt' out in fifth. Throughout the 20 minutes of four-handed play, Goehring continued to accumulate chips and Kuhn's chip stack rode a roller coaster of ups and downs before finally hitting a hard stop. From the button, Kuhn put his last 2,753,022 at risk with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jc"] and Gottlieb re-raised all in for 8,084,752 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"]. Kuhn wasn't able to improve through the [poker card="9h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="ac"] runout and was done in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted just five minutes before the last remaining bracelet winner was eliminated. Ohel, who earned a bracelet in 2012 ($,500 Triple Draw 2-7), raised to 560,000 from the button and Goehring and Gottlieb defended the small and big blinds respectively. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"][poker card="3c"] flop, Goehring and Gottlieb checked, allowing Ohel to bet 800,000. Goehring clicked back with a check-raise to 2,160,000, Gottlieb folded, and Ohel moved all in for 4,083,186 and Goehring called. Ohel turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="8c"] but was outpipped when Goehring showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="ah"] turn kept Goehring in front and he completed a Broadway straight on the [poker card="qc"] to earn the pot and eliminate Ohel in third. Goehring started heads-up play with 61.3% of the chips in play and it took less than five minutes for him to capture the rest. Gottlieb raised to 680,000 and Goehring called. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and Gottlieb bet 860,000. Goehring responded by raising to 1,720,000 and Gottlieb moved all in for 7,996,774. Goehring called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] for a nut flush draw while Gottlieb showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"] for a flopped straight. The [poker card="6c"] turn completed Goehring's flush and Gottlieb could only watch as the [poker card="jd"] completed the board to make his runner-up finish official and award Goehring the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Final Table Payouts Alan 'GladiusIII' Goehring - $119,399 Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $73,942 Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel - $52,511 Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn - $37,803 clembutt - $27,620 dudeguydrew - $20,365 aceviper - $15,307 Scott 'miamicane' Davies - $11,580 xILoUieIx - $8,918 Faces in the Crowd Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steve 'gborooo' Gross's final table bubble finish came with a $6,921.72 payday. He was the only well-known player who finished in the money on Wednesday. Jeff 'NerdrudRelyt' Madsen (14th - $5,457.51), Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (62nd - $1,730.43), Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels (77th - $1,331.10), Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee (93rd - $1,064.88) and veterans Phil Hellmuth (109th - $931.77) and Mike Matusow (118th - $931.77) all added to their bankroll.
  2. When the final table of 2020 WSOP Online Event #7 ($800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack Freezeout) started, Joon 'jykpoker' Kim sat atop a group of four players bunched up together all chasing chip leader Jeff Platt. Over the next 90 minutes, Kim picked off four of his eight opponents, including Platt, to capture his first WSOP bracelet and $106,127. The tournament, the second freezeout on the schedule, drew 989 players to create a $534,060 prize pool. From late position, 'smallmytable' shoved for 1,896,108 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] and 'thehoffx' called from the button with [poker card="ah"]kd]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qs"] to miss multiple draws for 'thehoffx' and eliminate them in ninth place. Two minutes later, action folded to Eric 'CircleBall' Baldwin in the cutoff and he moved all in for 2,716,220 with [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"] before 'fan_sawyer21' called all in from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"] flop gave Baldwin extra outs but the [poker card="9d"] turn moved him ahead with a pair and 'fan_sawyer21' was unable to work his way back into the hand after the [poker card="5c"] river and was out in eighth. Seven-handed play lasted another 15 minutes before Platt saw his run end in a blind versus blind battle. Action folded to Kim in the small blind and he moved all in for 8,110,424 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="9c"] and Platt tank-called off his last 3,312,484 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] flop moved Kim ahead and Platt could only watch as the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river completed the board with no help to cement his seventh place finish. That hand gave Kim more than 30% of the chips in play and he continued to use that stack to apply pressure. Twenty minutes after busting Platt, Kim found another victim. From the button, 'smallmytable' moved all in for 2,782,004 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"] and Kim called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"] runout missed both players but left Kim in front with ace-high and eliminated 'smallmytable' in sixth. Three minutes later, Ian 'APokerJoker' Steinman moved all in from the cutoff for 2,997,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] before 'bunsamllion' called from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="6s"] flop gave 'bunsamillion' top set but left Steinman looking for a ten for a straight. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and the river was the [poker card="2d"] to miss Steinman's draw and eliminate him in fifth. Baldwin earned another elimination five minutes later. As the first to act, Jason 'Gunnger_Q10' Gunn moved all in for 2,078,846 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and Baldwin moved all in for 6,475,798 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Gunn was unable to find any relief on the [poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="qc"] runout and was eliminated in fourth place. Four minutes later, Baldwin and Kim met in a preflop all in confrontation. From the button, Kim raised to 640,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] and Baldwin shoved for 10,394,644 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. 'bunsamillion' folded the big blind before Kim called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="4c"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="5c"] turn or [poker card="5d"] river and Baldwin was out in third. That pot propelled Kim to a massive heads-up chip lead over 'bunsamillion'. It took Kim 11 minutes to finish off his final opponent. Kim moved all in from the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and 'bunsamillion' called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="ah"] runout gave Kim the pot to eliminate 'bunsamillion' in second and give Kim his first career wsop bracelet. Final Table Payouts Joon 'jykpoker' Kim - $103,127 + $3,000 in bounties bunsamillion - $63,767 + $2,000 in bounties Eric 'Circle' Baldwin - $44,914 + $1,600 in bounties Jason 'Gunner_Q10' Gunn - $32,044 + $1,800 in bounties Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman - $23,178 + $1,400 in bounties smallmytable - $16,983 + $1,400 in bounties Jeff 'mavsusc' Platt - $12,657 + $2,400 in bounties fan_sawyer21 - $9,560 + $1,200 in bounties thehofffx - $7,316 + $1,400 in bounties Faces in the Crowd Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco continued his strong play, posting a 12th place finish to pick $5,661.03 and another $1,600 from bounties. Other recognizable names that ended up in the money on Tuesday were Ryan 'bitc0in' Riess (33rd - $2,403.27 + $600), David 'bewater' Goodman (44th - $2,029.42 + $1,800), Matt 'RubberFist' Stout (80th - $1,228.33 + $600), and Brian 'JackBogle' Altman (86th - $1,121.52).
  3. Starting the final table with the biggest stack, Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang eliminated five of his eight opponents to take down Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online to win his first bracelet and a $161,286 payday. The tournament was the first freezeout on the schedule and attracted 854 runners to create an $811,300 prize pool, the second largest of through the first five events, trailing only Event #2 ($1,000 NLHE). The win was the 12th career WSOP cash for Yang and his first final table. Starting the final table with the second shortest stack at just 8.5 big blinds, Quintin 'AA_QTiP_KK' Trammell moved all-in from the cutoff for 699,132 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] after 'iseefoodtuna' opened to 120,000 from middle position with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. 'iseefoodtuna' called and then sweated through a [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"] runout to eliminate Trammell in ninth. Two minutes later, Chang put his big stack to work to end the other short stack home. Action folded to 'charliefrog' in the cutoff and they moved all in for 532,132 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] and Chang called from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"] flop gave 'charliefrog' top pair and left Chang drawing to Broadway. The [poker card="5h"] turn changed nothing but the [poker card="kd"] river filled Chang's straight draw and eliminated 'charliefrog' in eighth. Alexander 'ShadowFiend' Condon raised to 200,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"] from late position before John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza moved all in for 790,158 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] from the cutoff. The board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qs"][poker card="kc"] to give Condon middle set and eliminate Forlenza in seventh place. Condon got into another all-in preflop situation 15 minutes later that had a very different outcome. Condon raised to 240,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] from late position and Chang moved all in for 6,353,967 from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] and Condon called. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7d"] runout gave Condon no help and he was eliminated in sixth. Chang found another victim just a few minutes later. Down to just 12 big blinds, 'married' moved all in from UTG with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] and action folded to Chang in the big blind who called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] flop kept Chang in front and 'married' was unable to pick up one of their two remaining outs through the [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river and busted in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted a full 30 minutes. From UTG, 'iseefoodtuna' moved all in for 2,278,039 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="2c"]. Philip 'tomte' Yeh moved all in for 3,305,205 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2d"] flop gave 'iseefoodtuna' some hope but the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river couldn't save them from a fourth place result. Chang continued to use his big stack in optimal spots and earned yet another elimination. Action folded to Chang on the button and he raised to 360,000 and Felipe 'McBain' Leme called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"], Leme checked, Chang bet 350,000 and Leme called. The turn was the [poker card="7h"] and Leme moved all in for 2,342,150 and Chang called. Leme showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] for second pair and the nut flush draw while Chang turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] for top pair. The [poker card="2d"] river was a blank and Leme was eliminated in third. Chang started heads-up play with a 2.5-1 chip lead over Yeh. It took 25 minutes before the pair clashed in a hand the resulted in Chang's victory. Yeh moved all in for 2,900,000 with [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"] and Chang called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] to give Chang top pair and eliminate Yeh in second place. Final Table Payouts Allen 'Acnyc718' Chang - $161,286 Philip 'tomte' Yeh - $99,709 Felipe 'McBain' Leme - $69,772 iseefoodtuna - $49,570 married - $35,697 Alex 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $26,124 John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza - $19,390 charliefrog - $14,603 Quintin 'AA_QTiP_KK' Trammell - $11,196 Faces in the Crowd Ryan 'Protential' Laplante just missed out on the final table, finishing in 11th place for $8,680.91. He wasn't the only familiar face who worked their way into the money. A few well known online grinders and players who have found success early on in the Series also cashed including Michael 'itwasthator0' Gagliano (12th - $8,680.91), Event #2 winner Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch (50th - $2,758.42), Daniel 'redsoxnets5' Sewnig (94th - $1,703.73), Jed 'jchak' Hoffman (110th - $1,622.60), Katie 'katelin' Lindsay (113th - $1,622.60), and fresh off of his fourth place finish in Event #4 on Saturday, Frank 'spaghettiii' snuck into the money with 124th finish worth $1,622.60.
  4. When the 2020 World Series of Poker Online schedule came out it was clear that Event #4 was designed with fireworks in mind in more ways than one. Event #4 ($500 Super Turbo NLHE) was designed to finish quickly so players could get outside on July 4th in Las Vegas and the quick pace of the event meant things moved along quickly. Those July 4th celebrations didn't seem to stop the players from turning out. There were 828 unique entries who fired a total of 351 rebuys to create a $530,550 prize pool. The event took just five hours and 48 minutes to play down to winner. The final table started with an average stack of just 10 big blinds. Holding nine big blinds, Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg shoved for 3,554,584 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] from UTG+1. Action folded to Brian 'XcrazylegsX' Frasca who moved all-in for 5,081,808 on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4d"] to give Frasca top set and eliminate Luxenberg in ninth place. Just five minutes later, Kevin 'ImALuckSac' MacPhee lived up to his screenname and it led to the elimination of Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels. MacPhee moved all in for 2,833,565 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Daniels call all in for 1,652,932 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [k][q][t] flop gave MacPhee top two pair but left Daniels drawing live to an ace or a jack. The [poker card="5h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river were both bricks and Daniels was sent to the rail in eighth place. This was the second final table of the 2020 WSOP for Daniels after he finished fourth in Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold’em Kickoff) for $42,060. Ryan 'Whosyourdodd' Dodd got to stick around for another six minutes before he was exiting stage right. Dodd moved all in from the button for 3,591,334 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="th"] to miss Dodd entirely and give Marasco a rivered top set. Dodd was out in seventh place. Down to just over two big blinds, Bode move all in for 2,129,268 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Marasco then shoved for 13,068,178 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"], and 'DrJayTrotter' called all in for his last 1,048,964 wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Bode top pair. The [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="as"] river were both bricks for 'DrJayTrotter' and they were eliminated in sixth place. Bode then picked up another victim. Down to 1.5 big blinds, MacPhee moved all in from UTG for 1,776,726 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] Bode called from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Bode top pair and MacPhee was unable to get any relief through the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river and was denied a third WSOP bracelet with a fifth place result. The fast pace of eliminations continued and Bode was more than happy to be the one doing the work. Bode moved all in from the small blind for 12,342,242 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] and Marasco called all in for his last 5,213,910 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop left Marasco needing a hail mary to stay alive but the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river were no help. Marasco was eliminated in fourth place. A few minutes later, Frasca sent the tournament to heads-up. Frasco moved all in from the small blind for 20,135,952 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2s"] and 'KTUUUH' called all in for 1,745,872 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Frasco bottom pair and that held up through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="as"] river and 'KTUUUH' was eliminated in third. Frasca had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up play began but over the course of eight hands, Bode found himself holding all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Frasca moved all in for 13,593,648 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Bode called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] to give Bode trip sevens to eliminate Frasca and capture his first career WSOP bracelet and $97,091. Final Table Payouts Matt Bode - $97,091 Brian Frasca - $59,952 'KTUUUH' - $42,603 Frank Marasco - $30,772 Kevin MacPhee - $22,389 'DrJayTrotter' - $16,500 Ryan Dodd - $12,362 Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels - $9,338 Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg - $7,162 Hellmuth Cashes Again Phil Hellmuth finished in 37th place finish for $1,963.03 to go along with 11th place finish for $7,872 from Event #1. He wasn't the only familiar face to wind up in the money on Saturday night. Ryan 'KOVID19' Ko (14th - $4,403.56), Ari Engel (16th - $3,501.63), Tim 'unorth0dox' Reilly (17th - $3,501.63), Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli, Event #3 champion Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (33rd - $2,334.42), and Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon ($75th - $1,061.10) were just a handful of players who earned a positive result.
  5. The third time was definitely the charm as far as field sizes go in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online. On Friday, Event #3 ($400 No Limit Hold'em), the lowest buy-in event on the schedule to date, drew the largest turnout to date with 2,091 total entries creating a $752,760 prize pool. After a little more than 12 hours of play, Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn emerged victorious to win his first WSOP bracelet and $115,849.76. The win came just a few hours after he picked up another victory on WSOP.com to bring his daily earnings just north of $136,000. Starting the final table with just six big blinds, 'AndrewFreund' needed to find a spot to double up. After action folded to 'AndrewFreund' in late position, he moved all-in for 658,052 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] and the second shortest remaining, Max 'ndirish50' Huster, moved all-in over the top with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3s"] flop put a quick end to any drama and 'AndrewFreund' was officially eliminated in ninth place following the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river. Kuhn and Roland 'prngls12' Israelashvili then engaged in a pre-flop raising war that saw the six-time WSOP Circuit ring winner sent packing. Holding [poker card="td"][poker card="th"], Israelshvili raised to 240,000 from UTG before Kuhn re-raised to 705,000 from the hijack with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. Israelshvili then moved all-in for 3,257,635 and Kuhn called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] flop changed nothing and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="6c"] river sealed Israelshvili's eighth place finish. Ten minutes later 'pokeher2014' moved all-in for 1,641,622 from middle position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"] and 'kulbot' called from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2s"] runout failed to give 'pokeher2014' any assistance and they were eliminated in seventh place. A multi-way pot led to the next elimination just five minutes later. Keren opened to 320,000 from UTG, Kuhn called from UTG+1, 'Doc33' called from the button, and Evan 'Escott121181' Scott defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] and Scott moved all-in for 2,671,929. Keren and Kuhn both folded but 'Doc33' called. Scott showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8h"] but found himself outpipped when 'Doc33' tabled [poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river both kept 'Doc33' in front and Scott was eliminated in sixth. The momentum continued for 'Doc33' a few minutes later and he turned it into another elimination and the chip lead. Kuhn raised to 320,000 as the first to act, Max 'ndirish50' Huster shoved for 1,451,606, and 'Doc33' called from the button. Kuhn folded. 'Doc33' flipped over [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"] and he once again had his opponent dominated as Huster showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] flop gave both players top pair, the [poker card="2h"] turn gave Huster the nut flush draw and chop outs, but the [poker card="qd"] river gave 'Doc33' two pair and the pot to eliminate Huster in fifth place. 'Doc33' continued to steamroll and a few minutes after ending Huster's bracelet run, they did the same thing to another player. From UTG, 'klubot' moved all-in for 2,259,071 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] and 'Doc33' called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] in the big blind. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"] flop gave 'klubot' the lead and the [poker card="tc"] turn changed nothing. The [poker card="ac"] river, however, gave 'Doc33' yet another pot and sent 'klubot' out in fourth. Three-handed play carried on for 25 minutes and despite starting with the chip lead, 'Doc33' was the next one out the door. Kuhn raised to 810,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] from the small blind and 'Doc33' clicked back to 2,332,500 from the big blind holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"]. Kuhn responded by shoving all in for 15,444,620 and 'Doc33' called all in for 10,045,975. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="td"] to eliminate 'Doc33' in third. Heads-up play began with Kuhn holding a 5-1 chip lead over Keren and through 45 minutes of play, Keren battled back to hold the lead himself only to see it fall back into Kuhn's hands one final time. Down to just five big blinds, Keren three-bet shoved for 2,075,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] after Kuhn opened to 800,000 with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"][poker card="7s"] flop gave Keren all kinds of outs but neither the [poker card="4c"] nor the [poker card="2d"] river was any help and Kuhn eliminated him to win his first WSOP bracelet and $115,850. Final Table Payouts Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn - $115,850 Ronald 'rlksaces' Keren - $71,587 Doc33 - $52,242 klubot - $38,466 Max 'ndirish50' Huster - $28,605 Evan 'Escott121181' Scott - $21,454 pokerher2014 - $16,184 Roland 'prngls12' Israelshvili - $12,345 AndrewFreund - $9,560 Faces in the Crowd The huge field all but guaranteed there would be some familiar names making their way into the money. Joey 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo (41st - $2,408.83), Ari 'philivey' Engel (76th - $1,279.69), Daniel Negreanu (210th - $677.48), and Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo (229th - $677.48) were some of the more recognizable names who picked up a score on Friday. Negreanu has now cashed in back-to-back events.
  6. Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives will be checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. Normally at this time of year, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman and his wife Katie Lindsay are busy making daily runs to and from the Rio Hotel as they grind the World Series of Poker and various other tournaments around town. With the 2020 WSOP postponed and 31 bracelet events available on WSOP.com, the couple is bunkered down inside their Las Vegas home ready to win a bracelet - or two - from the comfort of their kitchen, or bedroom, or sure, even the pool. The No Limit Hold’em-heavy schedule plays into the strong suits of Katie and Chris and they’ll be playing almost daily, save for maybe the Omaha 8-or-better event. While the city was shut down for a while, the pair continued to find ways to keep busy. Along with putting more volume on the virtual felt, Katie has developed an at-home workout routine and Chris has been spending as much time as possible in their backyard with their dog. They’ve also recently started spending time with their newest neighbor, another crusher who moved into the neighborhood. “We are lucky to have a house on a lake so we can go kayaking or hang out by the pool,” Katie says. “We actually started playing the first event from the pool with our neighbor Connor Drinan before eventually moving inside.” The opening day of the WSOP events on WSOP.com couldn’t have gone much better for both players. Chris made two final tables before WSOP Event #1 ($500 NLHE) even started. Katie shined brightest though. She navigated her way through a 371-runner field in the $215 WSOP Summer Special $75,000 Guaranteed event to take home $20,485.80. Then she worked her way into the money of Event #1, finishing 149th for $1,003.27. Chris wasn’t so fortunate in the bracelet event, busting before the money. Not that anybody’s actually keeping score, but that’s Katie 1, Chris 0. The Day 2 narrative felt a lot like the Day 1 narrative. Chris made one final table in a mid-afternoon event while Katie binked a satellite into that night’s bracelet event, Event #2 ($1,000 No Limit Hold’em) and, like she did on Wednesday, worked her way into the money, finishing 122nd for $1,571. Chris bricked again. Katie 2, Chris 0. And yeah, they’re keeping score. They’re both hyper-competitive and have had plenty of run-ins at the tables over the years. They’re not going to take it easy with each other, the pride at stake is too much. “People that think couples might soft-play against each other have never been at a table with Chris and I,” Katie says. “Anybody who has ever played with us knows we’re super competitive.” “She loves to try and bubble me,” Chris jokes. The competition won’t end when the 31 bracelet events do. They’ll be joining a handful of other pros heading down to Mexico the second that last event wraps up and will be immediately jumping into action on GGPoker to play the remainder of that schedule. “I think the first event we’ll play is the Millionaire Maker,” Chris says. “We have to miss a few events that I’d like to play, like the Colossus, because of the overlap.” The Mexico plans include a house with a number of other pros and on on-site chef and concierge so they can focus all of their attention on the poker. That won’t quite me the modus operandi on Saturday, however. The couple will be celebrating July 4th at their house. A few cocktails, some button clicking in the Super Turbo bracelet event on the schedule, and there are lobster rolls on the menu. And maybe, Chris will get rid of the goose egg.
  7. The second event of the 2020 World Series of Poker played out similarly to the first. One of poker's brightest shining stars made a deep run, the final table included a well-respected player who originally cut their teeth in the online arena before finding live success and the eventual winner was a bit of mystery to the audience watching at home. Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch emerged victorious from a field of 919 runners in Event #2 ($1,000 No Limit Hold'em) to win $168,585.85 while Daniel Negreanu busted in 18th place and Jason Somerville made the final table. It took nearly 10 minutes before the first elimination of the final table. Sean 'bahbababa' Prendiville moved all-in for 1,409,873 from the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and Matthew 'Michmeister' Mich called off his tournament life from the small blind with [aj][poker card="jd"]. The flop came [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] to keep Mich in control. The [poker card="kh"] turn flipped the script and gave Prendiville top pair. The [poker card="8h"] was no help for Mich and he was eliminated in eighth. A few hands later, a standard race gave Prendiville his second victim. Jon 'jonnyg93' Gisler shoved his stack of 2,200,981 all-in from early position with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Prendiville called from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Prendiville middle set but left Gisler with nine outs for the nut flush. Neither the [poker card="7d"] turn nor the [poker card="6c"] river were of any help, however, and he was sent to the rail in seventh place. Six-handed play lasted 15 full minutes before Somerville's run at a second bracelet came to a screeching halt. From UTG, Lynch bet 1,000,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] before Somerville re-raised all-in for 2,831,970 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and Lynch called. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"] board offered Somerville no relief and he was out in sixth place and Lynch had his first victim. Almost 30 full minutes of five-handed ended when Prendiville clashed with Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen. From the button, Prendiville shoved for 2,390,863 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"] and Garosshen re-shoved from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"] flop kept Garaosshen in front but increased Prendiville's outs. The [poker card="9d"] turn gave Garosshen a set and Prendiville was unable to hit any one of the four remaining tens to make a straight after the [poker card="5s"] river completed the board and filled Garosshen's boat. Despite picking up two eliminations early, Prendiville was eliminated in fifth. Daniel 'IntoTheRiver' Fischer was the next to go. Fischer shoved all-in for 2,813,832 from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"] only to have 'KOVID19' call from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop gave 'KOVID19' a few extra outs. The [poker card="9s"] turn was one of them and 'KOVID19' turned an unbeatable straight and all Fischer could do was watch the meaningless, if not cruel, [poker card="kc"] complete the river to officially end his tournament with a fourth place result. Twenty minutes later, 'KOVID19' sent play from three-handed to heads-up. 'KOVID19' bet 816,000 from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"], Lynch folded the small blind, but Garosshen moved all-in from the big blind for 837,631 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] flop ended all hope for Garosshen. The [poker card="jh"] turn was meaningless and the [poker card="7h"] river gave 'KOVID19' quads to officially end Garosshen's run in third. Thanks to a 3.5-1 chip lead, Lynch needed just a few hands to finish off his final opponent. From the button, 'KOVID19' bet their final 2,246,570 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"] and 'PokeThese' called with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="8d"] to completely miss 'KOVID19' and give 'PokeThese' the bracelet and $168,585.95 payday. Final Table Payouts Louis 'PokeThese' Lynch - $168,585.95 KOVID19 - $104,242.17 Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen - $73,423.50 Daniel 'IntoTheRiver' Fischer - $52,383 Sean 'bahbababa' Prendiville - $37,890.37 Jason 'haderade' Somerville - $27,762.99 Jon 'jonnyg93' Gisler - $20,691.28 Matthew 'Michmeister' Mich - $15,627.59 Notable Finishes Negreanu and Somerville weren't the only familiar faces to make the money in Event #2. Three of New Jersey's top online grinders, Michael 'itwasthator0' Gagliano (13th - $7,333.62), Daniel 'redsoxnets5' Sewnig (24th - $4,801.77) and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman (86th - $1,833.40) each cashed on Friday morning. One of Nevada's top-ranked players, David 'bewater' Goodman (52nd - $2,881.06), also earned a positive result. Katie 'katelin' Lindsey (122nd - $1,571.49), and Jon 'havuuuuuc' Turner (135th - $1,484.18) each made managed to pick up their second cash of the Series while Ryan 'protential' Laplante (106th - $1,571.49) earned his first.  
  8. The opening event of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online events had a little bit everything that makes the WSOP so special. A huge field, a deep run by none other than Mr. WSOP himself, Phil Hellmuth, and a final table that saw a new member, Jonathan Dokler, join the bracelet winner club. Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold'em Kickoff) drew 1,715 total entries from 1,195 unique players to create a $771,750 prize pool. Dokler's eventual first place prize of $130,426 is the largest single prize on WSOP.com this year, beating the $130,410 score that Champie Douglas earned in the $525 Main Event of the Super Circuit Series earlier this year. As the field dwindled down to two tables, the field included Hellmuth gunning for a 16th bracelet, former World Poker Tour champ Taylor von Kriegenberg looking to add a WSOP bracelet to his resume, and WPT commentator and WSOP bracelet winner Tony Dunst hoping for a second bracelet. Hellmuth was the only one of those three to not make the final table. Taylor von Kriegenbergh moved all-in from the hijack for 751,580 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"] only to have Justin 'MadTitan' Turner call from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jh"] to give von Kriegenbergh top pair on the flop before Turner made the nut flush on the turn to pick up the first elimination of the night. A few minutes later, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler picked up his first victim of the final table. Action folded to Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke on the button and he moved all-in for 1,017,824 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="7s"]. Dokler called from the big blind with [poker card="9h"]][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Liedtke and he could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="9c"] river gave Dokler a full house to send Liedtke out in eighth place. The fast pace of eliminations continued as a blind versus blind battle two hands later ended one player's tournament. Michael 'DDSpade' Balan opened to 390,000 from the small blind and 'djp1006' defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] and Balan bet 460,000. 'djp1006' moved all-in behind him for 1,470,536. Balan called and tabled [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"] for middle pair while while 'djp1006' was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] but the river was the [poker card="td"] to give Balan trip tens to bust 'djp1006' in seventh. No one player was able to seize control of the final table to this point with the fourth elimination of the night coming at the hands of a fourth unique player ten minutes later. 'ChefShap' moved all-in from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] with Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels calling from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. Daniels stayed in control through the [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8h"] run out to send 'ChefShap' to the rail in sixth place. The final five players battled for 20 minutes with Dunst holding the chip lead despite not having been responsible for a single final table elimination. Two other players who had sent players packing battled in the next bustout. From the small blind, Balan raised to 555,000 and Dokler re-raised to 1,200,000 from the big blind. Balan called and the two players saw a flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="4d"]. Balan checked, Dokler bet 680,000 and Balan called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and Balan shoved his last 2,840,000 into the middle and Dokler called. Balan showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"] for second pair and the third nut flush draw only to be shown [poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] by Dokler for two pair and a better flush draw. The [poker card="3c"] river offered Balan no help and he was sent packing in fifth. Down to four players, Dunst finally found himself a victim. From the button, Dunst raised to 560,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Daniels moved all-in for 1,538,586 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] and Dunst called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Daniels all kinds of outs. The [poker card="6h"] turn was not one of them and neither was the [poker card="jc"] river to send him home in fourth place. Unfortunately for Dunst, his run didn't last much longer after an all-in preflop flip didn't go his way. Dunst bet 560,000 from the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Dokler responded by three-betting to 1,800,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Dunst moved all-in for 9,450,881 and Dokler called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"] flop was a safe one for Dunst and the [poker card="th"] turn kept him in control. The [poker card="kh"] river however gave Dokler top pair and eliminated Dunst in third place. Heads-up play lasted just 20 minutes thanks largely to Dokler holding a better-than 3-1 lead over Turner after Dunst's elimination. On the final hand Turner bet his last 4,765,824 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] and Dokler called with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Turner top pair but Dokler was now drawing to an open-ended straight. The [poker card="2h"] turn completed that draw and all Dokler could do was watch as the meaningless [poker card="5d"] river completed the hand to eliminate him and award Dokler the win and his first career WSOP bracelet. The win comes three months after Dokler picked up a WSOP Circuit Ring in the Super Circuit Series on WSOP.com and five months after his win in the Borgata Winter Poker Open High Roller for $100,829. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $130,426 Justin 'MadTitan' Turner - $80,416 Tony 'Panoramic' Dunst - $57,881 Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels - $42,060 Michael 'DDSpade' Balan - $30,947 'ChefShap' - $22,998 'djp1006' - $17,287 Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke - $13,120 Taylor 'ZeroTo100' Von Kriegenbergh - $10,110 Notable Finishes Hellmuth was certainly the biggest name to make the money on opening day but not the only familiar face starting off the Series with a cash. Jonathan 'havuuuuuc' Turner (12th - $7,782), Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc (25th - $3,935.92), Dan 'feeltheflow' Sindelar (29th - $3,164.17), Mike 'mouth123' Matusow (44th - $2,623.95), Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia (137th - $1,003.27), Katie 'katelin' Lindsay (149th - $1,003.27), Napun 'javatini' Java (159th - $926.10), and Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (247th - $771.75) and managed to work their way into the money on Wednesday night.
  9. GGPoker’s World Series of Poker Silk Road satellite series is making the dream of competing for a WSOP gold bracelet available to everyone - including micro-stakes grinders. Unprecedented Satellites From July 1 through August 31, the online site is offering a series of satellites to WSOP bracelet events with buy-ins ranging from $1.08 to $21.60 with thousands of dollars in tournament tickets guaranteed. But this is not a step system or a super-satellite, these are direct satellites - win and you’re in. Players that make it to the end of a Silk Road tournament will find themselves playing for a bracelet on GGPoker. The guarantees start at $1,000 worth of tickets and climb all the way to $100,000. During the first week alone, there is more than $289,000 worth of WSOP entries on the line. Silk Road LeaderBoard In addition to having the opportunity to play a bracelet event for a previously inconceivably small buy-in, GGPoker is also giving Silk Road grinders a leaderboard that will award the winner a $5,000 WSOP Main Event ticket. The leaderboard runs from the start of the series on July 1 through August 29, two days before the start of the Main Event. If by chance, the winner of the leaderboard has already locked up a ticket to the $25,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, then they will be paid out in tournament dollars. Every time you play in a Silk Road event, you have the opportunity pick up points for the leaderboard. And calculating those points is easy with GGPoker’s published formula. Leaderboard Point = f * sqrt (Prize pool / k) k is the place of finish f=2.0 (1st place) f=1.5 (Final table) f=1.0 (In the money) f=0.5 (Bubble) An item of note for players is that the first World Series of Poker ticket won during the series is a must-play for any target event. It cannot be exchanged for tournament dollars. If a player wins multiple tickets for the same event, any unused duplicate tickets will be exchanged for GGPoker tournament dollars. GGPoker WSOP Silk Road Series - Week One [table id=71 /]
  10. The opening week of the 2020 World Series of Poker is now in the books with five new bracelet winners crowned. As the schedule heads into Week 2, attention will continue to be on No Limit Hold'em players while fans of Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-Better will get a chance to stretch their legs and chase down a gold bracelet of their own. 2020 WSOP Week 2 Schedule Those PLO8 wizards get their only chance Monday night with Event #6 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) Players can reenter up to three times and late registration runs for three hours and 45 minutes. The biggest field is likely to come on Sunday, July 12 with Event #12 ($500 The Big 500 NLHE). Once again, players can reenter up the three times and will have three hours and 55 minutes of late registration available. [table id=74 /] Pinot, Poker, Platt If you're jonesing for poker coverage as the WSOP tournaments play down to a winner, you have to check out the coverage being provided by Jeff Platt. Streaming on his own Twitch channel, Platt floats through the remaining tables looking for key players starting each night at 1 AM ET - assuming he's not running deep on his own quest for a WSOP bracelet. Final Table Coverage Platt gets you through the middle stages of each tournament and PokerGO takes over once the event reaches the final table. Anchored by the dulcet tones of David Tuchman, the PokerGO coverage is free to watch on three different platforms: Poker Central YouTube channel Poker Central Facebook page WSOP on Twitch Tuchman is joined each night by various professional poker players offering insight and analysis as the event plays down to a champion.
  11. It was just before midnight when chaos erupted in the basement of Mr. Bode’s Hampton, New Jersey house. You see, his son, 29-year old Matthew Bode, who had just driven all the way from his home in North Carolina to play a little online poker, had just won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. “I started screaming and yelling. I was going crazy after the win,” Matt 'Bodeyster' Bode said. “I was freaking out. It was surreal…I ran like hot fire.” Once his father and step-mom ambled down the steps, once the dogs stopped barking, he did his best to explain what had happened. After nearly predicting it just days before, Bode won Event #4 of the 2020 WSOP Online series for just over $97,000. The event which took place on July 4 was designed with fireworks in mind. It took less than six hours from start to finish for Bode to claim the gold bracelet making it one of the fastest gold bracelets won in WSOP history. He was faced with stiff competition at a short-stacked final table including Kevin ‘ImaLuckSac’ MacPhee, Frank ‘spaghettiii’ Marasco, and eventual runner-up Brian ‘XcrazylegsX’ Frasca. Even so, he felt like he was the one with the edge. “I think I had an advantage over a lot of the crushers at the final table because they didn’t know who I was but I knew who they were,” Bode said. “There was no room for mistakes if you messed up in any spot you were out in that tournament. And I knew it too, at that moment. My hands were sweatin’, my balls were sweatin’…you name it and it was sweatin’ on me,” Bode said. “I knew how big of a moment it was.” “I just stuck to my guns and stuck to my charts and kept with it,” he said talking about his final table performance. “I just didn’t make any calls. Just stayed with the all-in button and didn’t hit the call button. Just made all the folds and hit all-in. That was my goal just not to hit call.” While he didn't make any 'calls' at the final table, Bode, who considers himself a part-time pro MTT player who mostly competes on America’s Cardroom, did take to Twitter, to call his own shot. “My goal back in January was to win a bracelet. So I slowly built up enough of a bankroll up. Going into the weekend I had $5,000 to my name to play for the weekend,” he said. “I had $1,500 to my name headed into the Super Turbo.” While those who take bankroll management seriously might shudder at that thought, Bode has never really lacked confidence when it comes to poker. He started playing young, around 12, and came up with a crew of friends, many of which turned into professional poker players. As an eighteen-year-old Bode was playing on Full Tilt and partypoker online and winning the first live tournament he ever played. He was even taken under the win of pro poker player Leif Force who helped him elevate his game. But even though Bode felt like he was just as good as anyone, especially when he was younger, he didn’t take the poker pro path. He found another competitive outlet in Ultimate Frisbee. In 2009, as a high school student, Bode won a National Championship in Ultimate Frisbee, and then in 2013, as a professional, he won a World Championship. At the same time, Bode has another job working with kids with autism, helping non-verbal kids become more verbal and assisting their families through Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. “The work I do with children, it fills the bucket if that makes sense,” Bode said. “If I didn’t wake up and do something else, work with someone I feel like I’d be a miserable online grinder.” While he was playing poker recreationally from time to time over the last ten years, Bode was more focused on his work. It wasn’t until November 2019 that he decided to give the grind another chance. When he did decide to go for it, he buckled down and put in the work. “I’m super competitive so I just started studying and studying and studying and grinding super hard,” he said. He quickly got back into the scene, playing eight tables at a time, making deep runs online. “Everyone started seeing me on the ACR scene as I was making final table after final table. I was going deep in everything but no big binks.” That’s when he decided to make a run at a bracelet. He started to build a bankroll early in the year. He sold a little to his brother, who plays professionally, and his girlfriend but kept most of himself. Then for the Fourth of July weekend, he packed his car and made the trip to New Jersey to take his shot. “I knew it was going to happen. If you’re a poker player you know, you get that feeling and I had that feeling. I hadn’t won a tournament since January,” he said. “For me to sun run it at that time, I kinda knew I was due. I earned this moment. And a soon as we hit that min-cash, as soon as I saw it, I was like ‘ok, I’m going for the win’.” “This is that moment I’ve been waiting for. When you get to that spot and you have that absolute feeling like ‘This is my tournament, my time to win.’ and I put in all this effort. There’s a reason why I’m up to 4 a.m. every night. And after I’m losing I’m studying why the hell I lost and understanding all my mistakes.” In the end, he says he “ran well and made all the right jams and that’s all that matters.” As for what’s next, Bode can’t be sure. “I haven’t even seen the bracelet yet,” he laughed. After a nearly ten-year detour from poker, Bode is back - now with a bracelet. But he doesn’t regret taking any of that time off. “If I were to have tried to grind my way through at twenty when I knew I was really good at this game, I wouldn’t have been able to have this bracelet now,” he said. “The poker gods wouldn’t have had my back until I had gone and gotten life lessons. They wouldn’t have given me this bracelet, I had to be mature enough to embrace this.” As for what’s next Bode is still basking in the glow of a bracelet. “Leif wants me to fly out to Vegas and go to Mexico with him to finish out the whole series and try to earn a bunch of points. But I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m in this ‘what the hell just happened??’ kind of moment.”
  12. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The 2020 World Series of Poker Online series is here and this week on The FIVES Poker Podcast, Lance and Donnie break down all of the gold-bracelet action from the first weekend. Also, Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow steps out of line when he is 'slow-rolled' in a tournament while live streaming. All of this, plus the news from around the world of poker this week. Make sure you subscribe to The FIVES – available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  13. After five straight days of No Limit Hold'em action in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, the four-card wizards got their first chance to shine with on Monday night with a Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better event and Nathan Gamble emerged to win his second career WSOP bracelet in this variant. Event #6 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) drew 833 runners for a $449,820 prize pool and when the final table began, Gamble sat right in the middle of the chip counts with a less-than-average stack. Ten minutes into the final table, action folded to Simon 'bagelbites' Lam in the cutoff and he raised to 350,000 and 'danish01' called from the button. After the [poker card="qd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop, Lam shoved for 576,136 and 'danish01' called. Lam showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] for a pair of kings while 'danish01' turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] for a wrap and the only low draw. The [poker card="ad"] turn actually gave 'danish01' top pair and that held up through the [poker card="4h"] river which gave both players two pair to bust Lam in sixth. From the button, 'rainman3817' raised to 350,000 and 'hansdigalo' and 'SSJTimmy' defended the small and big blinds respectively. After the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] flop, 'hansdigalo' bet 120,000, 'SSJTimmy' called all in for 43,644, and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and 'hansdigalo' bet 771,822 and 'rainman3817' called. The [poker card="9c"] river completed the board and 'hansdigalo' and 'rainman3817' both checked. 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] for missed flush and low draws, 'SSJTimmy' turned over [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] for jacks and eights, while 'hansdigalo' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] for trip eights to eliminate 'SSJTimmy' in fifth place. Twenty minutes later Gamble picked up his first elimination of the night on his way to the title. Gamble opened to 320,000 as first to act and 'hansdigalo' replied with a three-bet to 1,120,000 from the small blind. Gamble called to see a [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] flop. 'hansdigalo' moved all in for 1,799,668 and Gamble called. Gamble showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"] for two pair with multiple straight draws while 'hansdigalo' was behind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the river was the [poker card="7d"] to give Gamble the pot and eliminate 'hansdigalo' in fourth. Just five minutes passed before Gamble went back to work. 'rainman3817' opened to 320,000 and Gamble called. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"] and Gamble bet 720,000 and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Gamble fired 1,520,000 into the pot and 'rainman3817' called for his last 1,257,760. Gamble showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] while 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="3d"] river changed nothing and Gamble's flush was good enough to take down the pot and eliminate 'rainman3817' in third. Gamble held a commanding 87% of the chips in play but still needed another 20 minutes to eliminate his final opponent. 'danish01' battled back during heads-up play to face only a 2-1 deficit but wasn't able to build upon that. On the final hand, 'danish01' raised to 600,000, Gamble re-raised to 1,800,000, and 'danish01' moved all in for 3,368,864 and Gamble called. 'danish01' turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Gamble showed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"] flop kept 'danish01' ahead but left Gamble with a straight draw and multiple low draws. The [poker card="5d"] turn assured Gamble of at least half of the pot but the [poker card="4d"] river gave him a straight to take the high and low pots to eliminate 'danish01' in second place and give Gamble another PLO8 bracelet. Gamble's first bracelet came in 2017 when he beat 829 other entries to win the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Final Table Payouts Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble - $89,424 danish01 - $55,283 rainman3817 - $38,865 hansdigalo - $27,484 SSJTimmy - $19,792 Simon 'bagelbites' Lam - $14,484 Faces in the Crowd One day after making threats against another player on his YouTube live stream, Mike Matusow played his way into the money before going out in 37th for $1,754.29. Other notables who cashed include Jeremy 'Chipchecka' Ausmus (8th - $9,096.76), Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori (10th - $4,813.07), Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel (12th - $4,813.07), Shaun 'ddtgg' Deeb (21st - $2,518.99) Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (53rd - $1,529.38), and Daniel Negreanu picked up his third cash of the Series, finishing in 59th place for $1,304.47. WSOP commentator Norman Chad drove from Los Angeles to Nevada specifically to play this event and finished 112th for $899.64.
  14. Mike Matusow will not face any discipline from the World Series of Poker after he threatened to assault another player following his elimination from Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 WSOP Online on Sunday night. Matusow, a four-time bracelet winner, was eliminated after playing just two hands of the online tournament and began berating the player who won a key-hand against him leading to his eventual elimination. "We take prevention of abusive behavior at WSOP tournaments or on the WSOP.COM platform extremely seriously. We have a number of preventive measures online including recently disabling our chat entirely," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "But the regulation of content on our customer's personal streams and social media accounts is a slippery slope, particularly as each of these third-party platforms have their own escalation procedures. We reserve the right to suspend the account of any individual going forward, but in this case, it appears the player had the perfect response to resolve the situation herself." Matusow's rant included threats of physical and sexual assault and the eventual doxxing of the player in question. "This motherfucker, 'wolverine17', I'm gonna fuck him right in his fucking ass man, right in his fucking ass. Mark that name down, 'wolverine17'," Matusow told those watching his YouTube stream, not realizing the player was a female. Matusow then complained that chat has been turned off in the WSOP.com client, preventing him from telling "these scumbags what you really think of them." Before the 2020 WSOP Online began, tournament organizers made an "operational decision" to turn chat within the game client off for the duration of the series. Asked for comment before the Series began, the personal safety of players was given as a key reason behind that decision. "Chat is currently disabled for everyone," said Danielle Barille, Director for WSOP Online Poker. "We have decided to permanently disable chat, in order to create a safe gaming experience for players." He continued to deride the player and threatened to assault them when they meet in person. "I've got this guy's name written down. I'm going to find out who he is. I'll see him in person, I'll fucking knock him the fuck out. Think I won't? Watch," Matusow said. "I am going to find out who this motherfucker is and I swear to you I'm going to throw him up against the fucking wall and tell him, 'you fucking ever slow roll me again, I'm going to beat your fucking ass'." Speaking directly to those in his YouTube stream chat, Matusow then offered a monetary reward for anybody who could provide him with the real name of 'wolverine17'. "If anybody in here right now can find the name of this guy and the actual truth of this guy, you guys will get an extra $50 bonus if you sign up in my homegame," Matusow said. One user eventually provided Matusow with the name Megan Milburn and Matusow then tweeted directly at her. In a since-deleted tweet, Matusow used a derogatory term when tweeting directly at Milburn. "do you enjoy acting like a fucking c-----t by slowrolling people online where nobody can see you? Learn poker etiquette or your poker career won't last long! Sincerely Mike". Milburn replied to Matusow and appeared to hold no ill-will towards him. Matusow has claimed to have apologized via social media. Note: this story was updated to reflect the streaming platform Matusow uses.
  15. The 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event was always going to be a big deal. Now it's official - it will have the largest prize pool in the history of online poker. GGPoker released its entire 2020 WSOP online schedule on Friday and the $5,000 Main Event comes with a $25 million guarantee. "We knew GGPoker would go BIG on the WSOP Online Series, but this is ridiculous," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "The single biggest guarantee in the history of online poker is exactly what this once-in-a-lifetime event deserves." The Main Event is clearly the highlight of the 54-event schedule, but there is also a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha, $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event, a $10,000 Short Deck event, and the $25,000 NLHE Players Championship to make up the rest of the marquee events. The Main Event The $25 million guarantee on the Main Event makes it the largest online poker tournament prize pool ever. The previous high was the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS which guaranteed $20 million and ended up at $21,780,000. There are multiple starting flights, each one a freezeout, for the $5,000 buy-in Main Event beginning on August 16. Day 2 runs on August 30 and the final table will be played out on September 6. Players start with 50,000 chips and the event will be played eight-handed throughout. Two Other Eight Figure Guarantees Along with the Main Event, there are two more eight-figure guarantees, one belonging to the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Super MILLION$ and the other is the $25,000 buy-in NLHE Poker Players Championship coming in at $10 million each. The other events with guarantees are the $100 buy-in The Opener ($2 million), $400 Colossus ($3 million), $400 PLOssus ($1 million), $1,500 Millionaire Maker ($5 million - $1 million to first), HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship (HK$8 million), $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition ($1 million), $500 Mini Main Event ($5 million), $50 BIG50 ($1 million), and the $100 WSOP Millions ($2 million). Asian Market Focus Taking advantage of GGPoker's strong following in Asia, there are 11 events with a start time that puts it in prime time in most of that market. These events all begin at 8 am ET which puts them at 8 PM in Beijing, China, and 9 PM in Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan. The highlight of that group is the HK$8,000 buy-in Asia Championship. The No Limit Hold'em event has an HK$8 million guarantee. [table id=66 /] The Great Game of Pot Limit Omaha While Hold'em makes up a bulk of the schedule, there are nine Pot Limit Omaha events on the schedule including the $5,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Championship on July 21. The biggest PLO field is likely to come from the $400 PLOssus. There are 15 starting flights beginning July 19. Players can reenter each flight one time and the event has a $1 million guarantee. There are no Omaha 8-or-better events on the schedule. Familiar Events Throughout It just wouldn't be the WSOP without some of the nicknamed events on the schedule. The 2020 WSOP Online schedule includes the Millionaire Maker, the Marathon, Colossus, PLOssus, and the Monster Stack. The Millionaire Maker has a $1,500 buy-in with $1 million going to the eventual champion. Players can enter the event through the 15 starting flights that begin on July 26 and players can reenter each flight once. Players start that event with 50,000 chips and levels will be 13 minutes long. The $400 buy-in Colossus has a total of 14 starting flights beginning July 20 and players can reenter one time per flight. People's Choice One unique element of the schedule includes four events at the tail-end of the schedule that will be decided by the players through one of three methods. There are two events dubbed "People's Choice - Most Popular", a "People's Choice - Spin the Wheel" event, and a "People's Choice - Pros Vote" event. The manner in which this tournament formats and structures will be determined was not announced. Streaming Schedule Seven final tables, including the Main Event, will be streamed on PokerGO. Other PokerGO events include Event #2 ($1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief), Event #10 ($400 Colossus), Event #11 ($300 PLOssus), Event #17 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker), Event #25 ($10,000 Heads Up NLHE), and Event #38 ($25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship). Each of these seven events will be stopped once they reach the final table and broadcast on PokerGO the following Saturday, The remaining 47 final tables will be streamed on GGPoker's Twitch channel GGPoker.TV. 2020 WSOP ONLINE SCHEDULE - GGPOKER [table id=73 /] Note: An earlier version of this article listed the number of Main Event flights. PocketFives is working to confirm this number.
  16. Had this been any other summer under a normal set of circumstances, the poker world would be in the midst of the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas. That madness would surely have included some of poker's brightest stars owning the stage for their victories, but it also would have featured a number of lesser-known players finding a way to claim their first gold bracelet and thrusting themselves into poker's biggest and brightest spotlight. As everybody is well aware, there isn't really anything normal about this summer. Wednesday marks the beginning of the 31 2020 World Series of Poker online bracelet events on WSOP.com. The big names will all be battling for bracelets and their share of the glory that comes with yet another title. This year, maybe more than any other in the 51-year history of the WSOP, players who have been flying below the radar will have plenty of opportunities to join the exclusive club of bracelet winners. Here are five American players who could put on a show worthy of a little slice of the poker world's attention over the next 31 days. David Coleman David Coleman gets the advantage of starting off the 2020 WSOP with a marquee win fresh in his rearview. On Sunday, Coleman topped the 868-entry field in the World Poker Tour Online Poker Open on the partypoker US Network for a $56,585.70 score. He's not some kid on a heater though. In January, the 27-year-old Livingston, New Jersey resident took over the #1 spot in the USA Rankings for the first time in his career. In April, he earned a New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker title by beating 242 other entries in the $350 Sunday Special SE. Coleman has won the PokerStars NJ Sunday Special a staggering eight times since November 2016. All told, Coleman has earned over $3 million playing online in New Jersey and has picked up 257 wins and a 180 second-place finishes. Coleman has had only a small sampling of WSOP success thanks to nine total cashes with just five of them coming on the live felt. In 2017, he picked up a 726th place finish in the Main Event for $18,693. His next best live result came last summer when he finished 27th out of 1,083 players in the $2,620 Marathon event for $13,780 WSOP.com Screenname: 'dehhhhh' Tenzin Chakdor The #19-ranked player in the United States, Tenzin Chakdor was a relatively well-kept secret on the New Jersey online scene until October when he topped the 373-runner field in the PokerStars NJ New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event to win $19,111.88. He's also managed to pick up three cashes in June that rank in his top five all-time scores. He won the WSOP.com $40,000 Weekly Tuesday and the WSOP.com $50,000 Tuesday Showdown for nearly $30,000. Sandwich in between those was a third-place finish in the WSOP.com Online Finale Circuit High Roller for $25,011. He has one previous WSOP.com online bracelet event result, finishing 141st in Event #46 ($500 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack) in 2019. By choice, Chakdor remains a real mystery on the live scene. The New Jersey grinder has had some live success, most notably at Parx Casino in Pennsylvania, but has chosen to keep his live results private. WSOP.com Screenname: 'tc_ownz' Jed Hoffman Jed Hoffman may be one of the most accomplished online grinders in the state of Nevada and very few casual poker fans have ever heard of him. Hoffman has spent a good chunk of the last four years as the #1-ranked online poker player in Nevada and has over $1.1 million in earnings on WSOP.com alone. On June 1, Hoffman beat 483 of the best online players in Nevada and New Jersey when he won the WSOP.com $100,000 Guaranteed Sunday event for $55,198.50. In 2019, Hoffman won a WSOP Circuit ring online - his fourth ring overall - for $22,170. The Reno native is limited to a single online poker site but has 99 wins from 1,346 cashes on WSOP.com. His three previous WSOP Circuit wins all came in the live arena. His first two came in 2013 (Choctaw and Lake Tahoe) and his third 2019 (Thunder Valley). He has 22 WSOP cashes to his credit and in 2013 made the final table of a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event where he finished in seventh place. WSOP.com Screename: 'jchak' Ryan Dodd Sitting just outside of the top five ranked players in the country, Ryan Dodd has been piling up online results throughout 2020. Seven of his top eight lifetime online scores have come in the last six months, all of them coming on WSOP.com. In January, he won the WSOP.com $100,000 Guaranteed Sunday event for $29,574. He followed that up with a third-place finish the New Years Kick-off Series Main Event on WSOP.com for $16,368. He won a $20,000 Weekly Monday in March before crushing in April. Dodd picked up three big wins; $20,000 Weekly Monday, WSOP.com Spring Online Championships event #28, and the $40,000 Weekly Tuesday for $45,000 total. He also won the $30,000 Weekly Saturday in early June for $10,765. The Runnemede, New Jersey native has never cashed in a live WSOP event but does have $141,552 live cashes on his Hendon Mob profile. Almost all of his live results are from events in Atlantic City including a pair of wins at the Borgata in the summer of 2019. His biggest live cashes also come from the Borgata. He finished second in a $1,090 Borgata Summer Poker Open event for $24,500 in 2019 and in a WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in 2020 for $17,431. WSOP.com Screename: 'Whosyourdodd' Tyler Sumrall The #2-ranked player in Nevada, Tyler Sumrall has put in an incredible amount of volume on WSOP.com over the past three months. In June alone, Sumrall has cashed 35 times with four of them being victories. In May he cashed 52 times with two wins. On April 9, the Texas native won a WSOP.com Spring Online Championship and earned $10,870.81 for the largest single cash on the regulated site. His total winnings on WSOP.com of $262,086 might pale in comparison to some of his New Jersey-based colleagues, but most of that has come over the past 12 months alone. He's also eight live cashes at the WSOP including two in the Main Event. In 2011, he finished 304th for $35,492 and last summer he bested that, coming in 280th place for $43,935. His other live WSOP cashes all been in lower buy-in, bigger field No Limit Hold'em events. His only live result that paid more than the Main Event cashes came in 2009 when he finished 11th in the WinStar $2,100 Main Event for $48,000. WSOP.com Screename: 'TIPnTimeBOMB'
  17. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It's time to check out a brand new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie break down all the news from this week in the world of poker. The World Series of Poker has unveiled the first half of the 85 scheduled online gold bracelet events that will be taking place this summer. With 31 being played every day in July on WSOP.com and another 54 to be contested on GGPoker for the rest of the world, the online poker world is going to see an unprecedented amount of new online bracelet winners. Not to be left out, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have also planned some counter-programming in the form of the $100M Gtd WPT World Online Championships where five players will win Champions Club honors while playing online. Make sure you subscribe to The FIVES - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  18. History is made every year at the World Series of Poker. It’s part of what makes the WSOP one of the most enduring and alluring brands in the poker industry to this day. This year, a different type of history has already been made. For the first time since its inception in 1970, the WSOP live events have been postponed. This has forced the WSOP to move in a different, and in some ways, uncharted direction. The WSOP summer series is going to take place entirely online with players battling for gold bracelets by clicking buttons as opposed to shuffling chips. Additionally, the WSOP has selected a partner in GGPoker, to give players outside of the United States their first shots at an online bracelet. Holding their entire gold bracelet series online is a first for the WSOP as is taking on an outside online partner to offer bracelets. But, of course, it’s by no means the first time a bracelet will be won online. The WSOP has five years under their belts of expanding their online poker footprint with a total of 18 bracelets events having already been played out. So, before we push ahead to look at a whole new crop of online bracelet winners, we are taking a look back at how the WSOP Online bracelet events have evolved. 2015 Nearly two years after the launch of WSOP.com in the state of Nevada, officials at the summer series announced the first-ever official online bracelet event. The $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship was the lone online event on the 68-event 2015 schedule. The prize pool reached $859,750 as 905 entries turned the event into the largest regulated online poker tournament in the U.S. at the time. With all of the players needing to be in Nevada, the final six took their chip stacks offline and batted for the bracelet inside the Rio. The final table included David Tuthill, Craig Varnell, and Anthony ‘casedismissed’ Spinella who went on to win the first online gold bracelet and $197,743. [table id=60 /] 2016 In 2016, the WSOP ran it back. They offered the same $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship with the same format, bringing the final six players back to a live setting to play it out. The field saw a dramatic increase in year-over-year participants as 1,247 runners, a 38% increase, pushed the prize pool to $1,184,650. Colorado native turned Las Vegas local Clayton ‘SLARKDUCK’ Maguire took down a career-high score of $210,279 from a final table where he was the only local participant. [table id=61 /] 2017 The first expansion of the online schedule took place in 2017. In addition to the $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship, players were offered a lower buy-in event and the first-ever WSOP.com ONLINE High Roller. It was also the first year that the online events would play out online as opposed to a final table in the Amazon room. Nipun ‘Javatinii’ Java took down the $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship for his second bracelet of the series and a $237,668 payday. The Championship event again grew in size, however with a more modest increase. The 1,312 runners and a prize pool of $1,246,400 represented a roughly 5% field increase. It was former WSOP Main Event final tablist Thomas ‘FLOATZ’ Cannuli that booked the biggest online win of the year. Cannuli topped the 424 players of the first-ever $3,333 WSOP.com ONLINE High Roller for a $322,815 score, the largest haul of any online to that date and a win that continues to be the third-largest online bracelet payday to date. The online events were also starting to generate a good deal of rake. In 2017, online events raked just over $225,000 as opposed to the $62,350 of the single event of the previous year. [table id=62 /] 2018 Once again, history was made in the online arena in 2018. Thanks to the multi-state online pact that was agreed to just before the start of the WSOP that allows players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware to play against each other, players in New Jersey were able to compete in gold bracelet events without heading to Nevada. The WSOP added a fourth online offering. And with the influx of Garden State online grinders, every online bracelet event of the year turned set a record of some kind. The first online bracelet event, a $365 tournament, drew 2,972 runners, which was far-and-away the largest field ever to battle for an online gold bracelet. In the second event, Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez then became the first player to ever win a bracelet from outside of Nevada by winning the $565 Online bracelet event for over $135,000. The $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Championship again hit a new high for entries when Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc defeated a field of 1,635 entries for over $238,000, a nearly 25% increase in runners from the year before. Finally, Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth set a new record for the largest online bracelet event payday by winning the $3,200 High Roller for $341,598. [table id=63 /] 2019 In 2019, there was a worry about the growth of online events as the U.S. Department of Justice issued a new opinion of the Wire Act . The opinion put in jeopardy the ability for players in New Jersey to take part in the upcoming World Series of Poker. However, a New Hampshire judge vacated the newly issued DOJ opinion and cleared New Jersey players to fortify what became a nine-event online bracelet schedule. Some of the biggest names in both the live and online arenas captured bracelets in 2019 including the first for New Jersey-based top-ranked U.S. online pros Yong ‘LuckySpewy1’ Kwon and Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. Shawn ‘bucky21’ Buchanan, Taylor 'Galactar' Paur, and Upeshka ‘gomezhamburg' De Silva also booked victories. Well-known pro Brandon ‘DrOctogon’ Adams won the $3,200 High Roller bracelet event for the largest online bracelet score to date of $411,560. In total, the nine online events on the 2019 schedule generated just over $755,000 in rake. [table id=64 /] 2020 The previously scheduled 2020 World Series of Poker was set to have another increase in events, upping the total to 14. Now, the adjustment to an extensive online schedule in the face of the coronavirus pandemic gives players a wealth of opportunities to win some online hardware. With 85 total bracelets up for grabs, every current online bracelet event record should expect to be shattered. More than half of the bracelets will be contested on WSOP’s online partner GGPoker which means that players from all over the world, who never had the opportunity to compete for a bracelet, will all of a sudden be able to grind for one. From prize pools to paydays, the numbers in this year's event should soar as players make plans to be online to add their name to the WSOP history books.
  19. When World Series of Poker officials announced in mid-April that the 2020 WSOP was being postponed due to the uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, they promised that players would be playing for "WSOP glory from their homes" this summer. That promise was met last week when the WSOP announced a total of 85 online bracelet events with 31 set for WSOP.com for players in Nevada and New Jersey, and another 54 for players outside of the United States to be battled for on GGPoker.com. The response from some of the poker community wasn't all that positive with a large number of complaints focused on the fact that these events will award each winner a WSOP bracelet. "My reasoning is likely separate from many others as I was indifferent to holding (a bracelet) until I learned of the significance it has with friends I love who love the game," said Brandon Shack-Harris, who won a bracelet in 2014 and another in 2016. "I realized that some people go their whole lives dreaming of realizing what I was lucky to stumble onto, and had been taking for granted." Shack-Harris took to Twitter to tell the story of how Chad Brown being awarded an honorary WSOP bracelet before his passing in 2014 and subsequently learning how much the bracelet meant to Brown forced to him to better recognize and appreciate the personal significance of the award. The history behind and prestige of the bracelet is front of mind for Shack-Harris and others who fear that WSOP executives aren't keeping that in mind as they make decisions. "The WSOP does a fantastic job with some things like holding tournaments for an inordinate number of participants and incorporating all types of game formats," said Shack-Harris. "I don't think the entity itself cares much about poker overall, and there are frequently sloppy executions of various aspects of the series that have demonstrated this assumption." Shack-Harris lists the increasing number of reentry events, smaller buy-in events, and WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific as evidence that the WSOP has sacrificed the value of a bracelet. He believes the WSOP should follow examples from major sporting championships like tennis' Wimbledon or golf's The Masters in regards to the exclusivity of the titles. "Not every player is going to agree with every business decision you make. But we are guided by the simple principle that we want the WSOP to mean as much as it can to as many people around the world as possible not the same as it once did to a few," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. "Our mission and our opportunity is to present the poker world to the rest of the world and paint the game in a positive light." Not all players believe the decision to turn to online poker in light of the unprecedented circumstances created by the pandemic is a bad direction. Mike Leah, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2014 at WSOP APAC, thinks the pandemic provided a catalyst for Series officials to expand their offering. "The thing that it really did for them is it gave them an urgency to find a partner outside of the US which I think is amazing because instead of being forced to play on WSOP.com, there's another avenue for WSOP prize pools and bracelets and that's probably the biggest positive that came out of this," said Leah. The postponement of the 2020 WSOP live series came with a caveat that organizers were targeting the fall to host some form a live event in 2020. Shack-Harris believes that adding 85 bracelet events without solidifying plans for the live series sets a dangerous precedent. "I think there will likely still be a live series later in the year, and offering up 85 online events for a bracelet with no transparency regarding the potential of a live format going or not going bothers me more than anything else," said Shack-Harris. "If people make arrangements to play online because they feel this is their only shot at a bracelet this year, and then a postponed series shows up out of the blue, I think it's somewhat deceitful, but probably great business." Despite their intentions to hold a live event in Las Vegas this year, Stewart isn't sure how that can happen as the coronavirus situation changes frequently. Current Nevada gaming regulations limit the number of players at a table to no more than six and not all poker rooms are even open. Travel restrictions in place would also significantly limit the number of players who could attend from outside of the United States. "We have no concrete pathway to the offline event. We have a partner who is absolutely all-in. We have the opportunity to organize massive prize pools, deliver buzz and energy for the industry, and perhaps most of all, engage an entirely new segment of players," Stewart argued. "I’m looking at WSOP Online as the biggest ever marketing vehicle for international players and the only failure will be if we can’t convert many of them to playing WSOP Las Vegas when we’re back in session." The online series puts the lack of online poker regulation in the United States into the spotlight once again. Only players physically located in Nevada or New Jersey will be able to play the bracelet events on WSOP.com and GGPoker does not accept players from the United States. Pennsylvania has had regulated gaming, including poker, available since last summer, but Stewart indicated the company is still in the development process of getting up and running in that state and was unable to give a timeline for their launch there. This leaves a large percentage of the United States on the outside, unable to play without traveling and Leah believes a high number of the complaints are coming from players who simply can't play. "I think if you went through the people that have negative feedback or complaints about this, probably at least 80% of them are from people who are not in New Jersey or Nevada or the rest of the world or somewhere where they can play," said Leah. "I'd be disappointed as well, but people have been disappointed about unregulated poker in the US for a long time so this is just something that brings it to the forefront again." The complete GGPoker event schedule has not been posted, but it is expected to include only Hold'em and Omaha event. The 31-event schedule from WSOP.com also includes only those two games. The lack of mixed games - traditionally a staple of the WSOP schedule - has also upset many players that feel the online product isn't a proper reflection of the history of the Series. "I'm disappointed too and you best believe you may see even more mixed games at the next live WSOP," said Stewart. "But while much of the summer schedule will feel familiar to the spirit of WSOP at the Rio, this is WSOP Online, and online is dominated by flop games. If we gave GGPoker a little more time to develop, who knows. But we are not going to ask them to rush a new unproven derivative to the market in time for the summer." Some in the industry have made the suggestion that the bracelets awarded this summer shouldn't be held in the same regard as events won in a live tournament. The argument is similar to the one that people made when Caesars expanded the tournament offering to Europe with bracelet events in 2007 and Asia-Pacific in 2013. Rob Yong, owner of the Dusk Till Dawn cardroom in England and partypoker partner, floated the idea of awarding silver bracelets for events not held in Las Vegas. "I understand the argument, the sentiment of it, but I also know that a lot fewer people would play," said Leah. "With bracelets, they'll be even bigger but if you take them away you're going to lose some of the interest and obviously the prize pools will be smaller and make people not want to play as much. I think a lot fewer people will play. If it's a bracelet event I know I'm going to do my best to play every single event." Leah, who lives in Canada, has already begun the search for full-time childcare for his one-year-old son to ensure he can play as many of the 54 events as possible. Stewart thinks any attempt to diminish any bracelet win is going to be difficult given the expected turnout for the online events and feels comparison of various events and eras isn't worth the headache. "The relative value of bracelets is not up to me to determine; large fields vs high rollers, Europe fields vs 1990’s Binion’s," Stewart said while indicating the bracelet design for these 85 events is a differentiating factor. "But I have my strong point of view on this series. Based upon the numbers we project for most of the events, these will statistically be some of the hardest bracelets to win, ever. And the prize pools will be such that it will be very difficult to try and diminish the accomplishment." The original 2020 WSOP schedule had a total of 101 events, with 14 of them being played exclusively on WSOP.com. A sevenfold increase in the number of online events is a gigantic leap with huge revenue opportunities for the WSOP. Leah doesn't think the online events will ever be able to replace or replicate the summer camp, bucket list feel that the live tournament series is famous for. "I don't think anything's ever going to change the annual WSOP in Vegas every summer because that's everyone's favorite thing of the year. But adding to it, maybe an online bracelet series at some point in the year on WSOP.com and GG ends up being an annual thing and I could see that as being a pretty positive thing." Going from 85 online events this year to a smaller number next year goes against the WSOP's previous expansion online. Since launching online events in 2015, the total number of them on the schedule has gone from one (2015, 2016) to three (2017) to four (2018), to nine (2019) with 14 originally scheduled for 2020. Stewart believes the unique set of circumstances presented to them this year doesn't mean they'll end up with a similar schedule once a full schedule can be played live in Las Vegas. "I don’t foresee we’ll have this number of online events again. But there certainly is a place for online bracelets on an every year basis," Stewart said. "I am optimistic this year will be huge, and then we can evaluate. Everything we do is on a year to year basis to test the reception. The same players against the idea of a vast online series now may be demanding it in the future."
  20. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. There’s no doubt about it, Martin Jacobson would love to be gearing up for another run at the World Series of Poker. After all, the 2014 WSOP Main Event champion’s final table performance is widely considered one of the best in recent history. In late 2017 Jacobson joined the 888poker roster of brand ambassadors and has spent the better part of the past three years representing the online poker room at events all over the world. In addition to his dedication to the game, Jacobson is well-known for taking the same mental discipline he has for poker to his intense workout regimen. After making deep runs at the WPT Montreal and 888poker LIVE Barcelona last year, Jacobson has eclipsed over $17 million in total live earnings. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? Socializing with friends and being surrounded by other people. They recently eased the restrictions here in the UK so you’re now allowed to stay outdoors and meet up with one other person outside of your household. Since then we've been going to the parks around London a lot more and it made me realize how much I have actually missed those simple experiences. What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? Russian Doll on Netflix. It’s really weird but unexpectedly great. It feels more like an HBO production than Netflix. Ozark season 3 and the Last Dance with MJ I really enjoyed as well. What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? Not being able to party. I live a very strict and dedicated lifestyle to poker, health, and fitness which are all things I love but every now and then I just need to let loose and have a good party together with my friends. That balance is extremely important to me and something that this lockdown has prevented me from having. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? The smell of the Rio hallway. Haha, I don't know to be honest. It's definitely not seeing the majority of the field not washing their hands after they've taken care of their business in the bathroom! What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? A few things. A better appreciation for things that I would normally be taking for granted, for example spending time with friends, family, or going out for dinner. I have also realized how important it is to have human interactions and feeling connected to other people, even outside your immediate circle. This might be naive and only have a short term effect but I would like to think that we, as a society, will show more appreciation for one another once things do go back to normal. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? I'm mostly playing right now as there are a ton of online action, like the XL series on 888 poker. For studying I have mainly been watching replays of the major online final tables on YouTube together with instructional videos on Run-it-once, and going through my own hand histories with the help of solvers. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? Spanish and guitar. I've dabbled with both in the past so I have some experience but definitely far from perfection. I especially struggle with the guitar, mainly because my fingers feel too big, and it can be super frustrating at times. What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? Probably either Stockholm or Spain to see my family. I had loose plans to visit sometime in the spring but that was before this thing escalated to where it is now. I plan to travel less than I have in the past and make sure I prioritize seeing the people that matter the most.
  21. After nearly a month of non-stop online poker action, the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on GGPoker has come to an end. For the first time, players outside of the United States were afforded the opportunity to compete in 18 different online WSOP Circuit gold ring events in a series that promised more than $100,000,000 in total prize money. If anyone had their doubts about the partnership of these “two like-minded global organizations” the numbers released by GGPoker this week indicate that not only did the series perform up to the hopes of the WSOP and GGPoker but it was incredibly popular with the players as well. The $100M Guarantee In addition to the WSOP brand, the $100,000,000 top-line total series guarantee was a big part of the initial marketing push. Billed as the largest guarantee ever placed on an online series, GGPoker looked to solidify itself as a major player when it comes to offering big-time online series. The WSOP Super Circuit smashed the $100M number by more than 30% (which was officially $102,365,000), delivering $134,706,274 in total prize money. GGPoker was able to get there by surrounding the 18 WSOP Circuit gold rings events in a massive schedule that offered a total of 516 tournaments which in turn drew in 485,851 entries. “Over 500 events, more than 485,000 tournament entries, and, of course, $134 million in prizes awarded. The GGPoker community fully embraced and supported the WSOP Super Circuit Series,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of Business Development for GGPoker. Gold Ring Events Outperform While there were literally hundreds of events taking place, the main focus of the series was clearly on the WSOP Circuit events. These 18 tournaments represented $28 million of the initially advertised guarantees. When all was said and done, the gold ring events ended up paying out a total of $46,881,552, besting the guarantees by just over 160%. Every single event surpassed its guarantee by a considerable amount. Event #17 ($5M Gtd Main Event) stood out above the rest when measuring the dollar amount exceeding the guarantee. It’s $4,290,050 overage allowed ‘schimmelgodx’ to turn their $1,000 buy-in into a $1.271 million score. Other tournaments including Event #2 ($50 KICK-OFF) and Event #18 ($500 The Closer) saw its $500K guarantee more than double. The closest any tournament came to missing a guarantee wasn’t really close at all. Event #11 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters) drew 3,297 runners to generate a $659,400 prize pool, well abovt its $500K guarantee. While the 18 events represented just 3% of the total schedule, the 126,756 entries they generated was good for 26% of the total number of festival’s 485,851 entries. “The support of the gaming community for the WSOPC on GGPoker was insane,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “No guarantees were too big. Congratulations to all 18 ring event winners.” Incredible ROI’s As impressive as the prize pools and entrants have been, the numbers that really turned heads have been the first-place payouts. Of the 18 gold ring events, 13 paid the winner six-figures or more and eight of those tournaments had buy-ins of less than $1,000. In Event #2 ($50 KICK-OFF), ‘JuanMartinDelPotro54’ turned a $50 buy-in into a massive $137,120 score for a 2,742% ROI in that tournament. In Event #9 ($100 Mini Main Event), ‘miya111’ walked away with $278,361.52 for a $100 buy-in. For many, especially those who play at those stakes, that’s life-changing money. The only tournaments where players didn’t earn more than 100x on their investment was in the High Rollers where there are fewer eligible participants. In Event #8 ($25,000 High Roller Championship), ‘800-522-4700’ earned the biggest payday of the series from the largest prize pool of the series. With their victory, they took home $2,198,291.68, earning 87x on their money. While in Event #10 ($10,000 PLO High Roller Championship), after Pascal Lefrancois bested the 234-player field he turned his $10,000 buy-in into $442,040.69, which was the lowest return on investment for a winner at 44x. In total, the winners of the 18 WSOP Circuit online events hauled in $6,728,197.85. Or roughly 5% of the total amount awarded in the series. WSOP Online Circuit Ring Events [table id=48 /]
  22. It's time for another look at the legal U.S. online poker scene, with results from WSOP.com, PokerStars, and partypoker across Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Memorial Day Weekend didn't slow down the online poker action around the U.S., as several big prizes were won on the virtual felt. Leading the way was Giusseppe 'Pantalette' Pantaleo's victory in the WSOP.com Money May Series Main Event that earned Pantaleo almost $60,000. Other big results were had by Nick 'Maggs' Olivieri and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman. The WSOP.com Money May Series Main Event drew a field of 494 entries and 254 entries to create a prize pool of $374,000. Pantaleo finished on top and took home $59,615.60. He beat Jonathan 'jonmon101' Miller in heads-up play, and then Gordon 'Gmoney227' Eng took third and Josh 'YoelRomero' King placed fourth. All of the top four finishers picked up more than $20,000 in prize money. In the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL Player Appreciation, a field of 1,027 entries and 696 entries generated a $158,516 prize pool. Winning the event for $34,080.94 was Olivieri. Ari 'philivey' Engel took fourth for $9,035.41. Also of note, 'TheDawn' placed seventh in the event for $4,279.93. 'TheDawn' also finished eighth in the Money May Series Main Event for $8,153.20. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Winning the $1,000 buy-in WSOP.com $100,000 High Roller for $33,494.71 was Coleman, one of the top-ranked online poker players in New Jersey and the United States. Coleman topped Angel 'chromeking' Lopez in heads-up play, with Zachary 'Dabledore7' Lipeles taking third. Lopez earned $25,093.96 and it wouldn't be the last time we heard from him on Sunday. Lipeles won $18,797.26 for this score, which came in addition to the $14,174.60 he won for taking sixth in the Money May Series Main Event. In the WSOP.com $75,000 GTD NL Sunday 55 event, Andrew 'WATCHGUY42' Lichtenberger won it for $19,956. Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman took second for $10,560.05 and Katie 'katelin' Lindsay placed third for $6,901.45. Then it was Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco winning the WSOP.com $50,000 Weekly Sunday [6-Max] for $20,496.63. In this event, Romero, who had placed fourth in the Money May Series Main Event, took fifth for $4,962.34. Also on WSOP.com, Michael 'mygame' Lavenburg won the $40,000 GTD PLO High Roller [6-Max] for $11,461.58. In Pennsylvania, it was another big Sunday on PokerStars PA. The flagship PokerStars PA Sunday Special drew a field of 1,221 entries for a prize pool of $112,087.80. There was a heads-up deal made and in the end, 'ATMEric' won $16,074 for first place and 'munson42082' took $14,381.51 for second. The PokerStars PA Sunday High Roller [6-Max] saw a field of 202 entries get topped by 'aldrich801' for $7,528.38. He actually didn’t win the most money from the event, though. A heads-up deal was made with 'tobykeith121,' who ended up with $8,411.78 for second place. In the PokerStars PA Nightly Stars event, 'soccerdad29' won it for $5,672.62. Finishing second was 'aldrich801,' who added $4,157.86 to his bankroll. In New Jersey, 'IIIIIIIIIIIII' won the partypoker Sunday $35K GTD NL for $8,000. The event had a prize pool of $40,000. Anthony 'Flawlessbinkage' Maio took second for $5,440. Also on partypoker NJ, 'supremetny' won the Daily $10K GTD NL for $4,082. The biggest prize won on PokerStars NJ belonged to Ryan 'ISlowRollYou' Hohner, who took down the Sunday Special for $9,585.38. Michael 'J3tBl@ckP0pe' Gagliano finished eighth for $1,171.80. Daniel 'monkeyman067' Sewnig won the PokerStars NJ Sunday Warm-Up for $2,170.65, and Angel 'Chr0meKing' Lopez took the PokerStars NJ Sunday High Roller [6-Max] title for $5,640. WSOP.com Money May Series $300,000 GTD Main Event Buy-in: $525 Entries: 494 entries + 254 reentries Prize pool: $374,000 Giusseppe 'Pantalette' Pantaleo - $59,615.60 Jonathan 'jonmon101' Miller - $44,132 Gordon 'Gmoney227' Eng - $32,538 Josh 'YoelRomero' King - $23,861.20 Dan 'fatdan44' Wach - $18,550.40 Zachary 'Dabledore7' Lipeles - $14,174.60 Andrew 'JinYang' Butcher - $10,733.80 TheDawn - $8,153.20 Joshua '808Grinder' Suyat - $6,133.60 WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL Player Appreciation Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,027 entries + 696 reentries Prize pool: $158,516 Nick 'Maggs' Olivieri - $34,080.94 gupgup123 - $17,595.27 Clockwork - $12,205.73 Ari 'philivey' Engel - $9,035.41 chuckies44 - $7,450.25 Jah_Dan - $5,865.09 TheDawn - $4,279.93 Joon 'jykpoker' Kim - $2,536.25 tileman630 - $1,902.19 WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller Buy-in: $1,000 Entries: 109 entries + 53 reentries Prize pool: $154,710 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $33,494.71 Angel 'chromeking' Lopez - $25,093.96 Zachary 'Dabledore7' Lipeles - $18,797.26 grownstacks - $14,109.55 Joseph 'ultradonk' Alban - $10,582.16 proffmarc - $7,936.62 Brian 'bmack1335' McKinney - $5,940.86 crazeelf666 - $4,409.23 David 'AvidSmores' Somers - $3,388.14 WSOP.com $75,000 GTD NL Sunday 55 Buy-in: $55 Entries: 507 entries + 889 rebuys and 267 add-ons Prize pool: $83,150 Andrew 'WATCHGUY42' Lichtenberger - $19,956 Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman - $10,560.05 Katie 'katelin' Lindsay - $6,901.45 Christopher 'DontBluffMe1' Ryan - $5,238.45 Desmond 'deezz_nutzz' Hayes - $4,406.95 sunlight - $4,575.45 Daniel 'bunzer07' Jordan - $2,660.80 iPartyRock - $1,746.15 Robert 'bob_loblaw' Brown - $1,164.10 WSOP.com $50,000 Weekly Sunday [6-Max] Buy-in: $500 Entries: 84 entries + 74 reentries Prize pool: $71,918 Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco - $20,496.63 hellofriend - $11,866.47 Golden2323 - $7,191.80 Glenn 'deemsta' Poole - $5,753.44 Josh 'YoelRomero' King - $4,962.34 c0nky - $,243.16 WSOP.com $40,000 GTD PLO High Roller [6-Max] Buy-in: $500 Entries: 57 entries + 44 reentries Prize pool: $47,167 Michael 'mygame' Lavenburg - $11,461.58 nicks100888 - $8,678.72 harveyhound - $6,485.46 ChegaSaudade - $4,858.20 Zachary 'lovepuddle' Schwartz - $3,570.54 Alexander 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $2,622.48 PokerStars PA Sunday Special Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,221 Prize pool: $112,087.80 ATMEric - $16,074* munson42082 - $14,381.51* BlurryClue - $9,158.80 AllinWithAJoff - $6,585.25 lacava1106 - $4,734.84 fubadbeatbob - $3,404.39 2hgihosmi - $2,447.78 WiredDuckss - $1,759.98 Aquatin - $1,265.43 *Denotes a deal. PokerStars PA Sunday High Roller [6-Max] Buy-in: $250 Entries: 202 Prize pool: $47,066 aldrich801 - $7,528.38* tobykeith121 - $8,411.78* fan_buzgon - $4,854.17 love2playpoker - $3,517.96 PrestigeWorld - $2,549.56 and_porter - $1,847.74 *Denotes a deal. PokerStars PA Nightly Stars Buy-in: $100 Entries: 333 Prize pool: $30,569.40 soccerdad29 - $5,672.62 aldrich801 - $4,157.86 limmieo9 - $3,047.70 jbrink22 - $2,233.95 5BETCHET - $1,637.48 UsualSuspect11 - $1,200.27 IveyTrump - $879.79 MrChillibin - $644.88 DamienSilks - $472.70 partypoker Sunday $35K GTD NL Buy-in: $215 Entries: 200 Prize pool: $40,000 IIIIIIIIIIIII - $8,000 Anthony 'Flawlessbinkage' Maio - $5,440 Rennan23 - $3,960 TopCreature - $3,280 Turkeyleg - $2,840 SharingisCaring - $2,440 KevinDurant - $2,040 mooseman1710 - $1,640 Bagels - $1,240 partypoker Daily $10K GTD NL Buy-in: $109 Entries: 157 Prize pool: $15,700 supremetny - $4,082 Heath1212 - $2,826 cashdancer - $1,884 roystalin - $1,413 WOWIE - $1,020.50 jamgi4me - $839.95 Khoury1040 - $659.40 BigOrangePants - $494.55 CRaFTe - $337.55 PokerStars NJ Sunday Special Buy-in: $200 Entries: 252 Prize pool: $46,872 Ryan 'ISlowRollYou' Hohner - $9,585.38 toddchipman - $7,030.80 Wangdoodle25 - $5,296.53 laura33188 - $3,984.12 hobroken86 - $2,718.57 Stanton 'Stonniepokes' Tentnowski - $2,109.24 KoolerU - $1,640.52 Michael 'J3tBl@ckP0pe' Gagliano - $1,171.80 Wsopboy1997 - $890.56 PokerStars NJ Sunday Warm-Up Buy-in: $50 Entries: 248 Prize pool: $11,284 Daniel 'monkeyman067' Sewnig - $2,170.65 1st.p1ace - $1,617.75 shuniyam - $1,205.81 Ryan 'ISlowRollYou' Hohner - $898.76 Zenon9000 - %669.90 matador12ku1 - $99.31 Bruiser523 - $372.17 Spyboy11100 - $277.40 flipflopdoc1 - $206.76 PokerStars NJ Sunday High Roller [6-Max] Buy-in: $500 Entries: 24 Prize pool: $11,280 Angel 'Chr0meKing' Lopez - $5,640 JJVFTW - $3,384 Michael 'J3tBl@ckP0pe' Gagliano - $2,256
  23. The legal online poker world was abuzz over the weekend with another big Sunday of action across Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. There were several six-figure prize pools dished out and plenty of players won big across WSOP.com, PokerStars, and partypoker. Let's dive into some of the top results from the U.S. online poker scene on Sunday. On WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey, three big six-figure prize pools were up for grabs from the $200,000 GTD NL Sunday Special, $100,000 GTD NL High Roller, and $100,000 GTD NL Player Appreciation. Winners from each event picked up nearly $40,000 each. In the WSOP.com $200,000 GTD NL Sunday Special, a prize pool of $253,800 was generated from 511 entries and 335 entries. Finishing on top was 'kazuomatsui' for $38,298.42. He beat 'papp5551' in heads-up play, with 'papp5551' taking home $28,374.84. Zachary 'lovepuddle' Schwartz won the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller for $38,870.41. David 'premium' Stevens finished second for $29,121.38. In seventh place was Toby 'DustPistons' Lewis for $6,894.33 and then Matt 'Berkey11_s4y' Berkey placed eighth for $5,116.89. Another big first-place prize was won by 'lolololol' in the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL Player Appreciation, who took home $36,632.56 for topping the 1,852-entry field. In second place was 'lilp181' for $18,912.62. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] On PokerStars NJ in the Garden State, 'DabledoreNJ' won the largest prize on Sunday, taking home $9,281.11 for winning the PokerStars NJ $40,000 GTD Sunday Special. The event's $40,000 guarantee was surpassed with a $45,384 prize pool from 244 entries. The partypoker US Network, played in the NJ market right now, held two events with $100,000 prize pool guarantees. The partypoker US Network Online Open $100,000 GTD Main Event was a $400 buy-in event with 270 entries. It fell just short of the guarantee and was won by 'TheKing411.' He earned $21,233.09 after a heads-up deal with 'odo23,' who took $19,016.92. In the partypoker US Network Online Open $100,000 GTD Phased NL, 726 entries were in the field and 'AvidSmores' topped them all to win $18,700. The largest event in Pennsylvania was the PokerStars PA $50,000 GTD Sunday Special. It had 836 entries and a $76,744.80 prize pool. Taking top honors was 'neverf0ld111' for $12,816.21. In the PokerStars PA $20,000 GTD Sunday High Roller [6-Max], 131 entries generated a prize pool of $30,523. 'MarcZumoff' was the winner for $6,454.96. WSOP.com $200,000 GTD NL Sunday Special Buy-in: $320 Entries: 511 entries + 335 reentries Prize pool: $253,800 kazuomatsui - $38,298.42 papp5551 - $28,374.84 jhaynes2433 - $20,938.50 Alexander 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $15,329.52 Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn - $11,903.22 Darren 'avocadotoast' Rabinowitz - $9,136.80 khalpapa - $6,903.36 georgeinla - $5,253.66 DanFriel - $3,984.66 WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller Buy-in: $1,000 Entries: 125 entries + 63 reentries Prize pool: $179,540 Zachary 'lovepuddle' Schwartz - $38,870.41 David 'premium' Stevens - $29,121.38 Bank24 - $21,814.11 David 'chinoloco' Lu - $16,374.04 Mitch 'paltex' Garshofsky - $12,280.53 krookdtyrant - $9,210.40 Toby 'DustPistons' Lewis - $6,894.33 Matt 'Berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $5,116.89 Michael 'LeftSid3' Haberman - $3,931.92 WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL Player Appreciation Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,153 entries + 699 reentries Prize pool: $170,384 lolololol - $36,632.56 lilp181 - $18,912.62 IntoTheRiver - $13,119.56 Crushingly - $9,711.88 phatdaddy - $8,008.04 TheGilroy - $6,304.20 Qi 'LINSANITY' Ha - $4,600.36 SiParaTu - $2,726.14 Anthony 'DEEZNUTZ1709' Ciccotelli - $2,044.60 PokerStars NJ $40,000 GTD Sunday Special Buy-in: $200 Entries: 244 entries Prize pool: $45,384 DabledoreNJ - $9,281.11 J3tBl@ckP0pe - $6,807.60 CMiller2580 - $5,128.39 ChiefLegs - $3,857.64 mysterion121 - $2,632.27 Batzz88 - $2,042.28 FlawlessBINK - $1,588.44 PandaJoe16 - $1,134.60 AvaGray - $862.29 PokerStars NJ $10,000 GTD Nightly Stars Buy-in: $100 Entries: 158 entries Prize pool: $14,504.40 ForTheThr1ll - $3,118.57 11usc541 - $2,248.18 Skrelnick - $1,704.26 aad0906 - $1,269.13 sjockorbavich - $870.26 kinkyjacob1 - $725.22 TPR11 - $580.17 Smilin Tom - $435.13 HeadyMoe88 - $290.08 PokerStars NJ $10,000 GTD Sunday High Roller [6-Max] Buy-in: $500 Entries: 30 entries Prize pool: $14,100 Mc_Lovin1632 - $6,345 ISlowRollYou - $4,230 Wsopboy1997 - $2,115 sketchem23 - $1,410 PokerStars NJ $10,000 GTD Sunday Warm-Up Buy-in: $50 Entries: 244 entries Prize pool: $11,102 Rhino609 - $2,135.59 bmils439 - $1,591.66 Stonniepokes - $1,186.36 C. Janicsek - $884.26 crabbycos - $659.09 sandmad - $491.26 Penguino246 - $366.17 sketchem23 - $272.92 JUNE LATATA - $203.43 PokerStars NJ $7,500 GTD Sunday Storm [6-Max] Buy-in: $10 Entries: 821 entries Prize pool: $7,500 1Panny1 - $1,322.25 evanb004 - $975 hebbs1010 - $750 August10Baby - $525 DocHollidayA - $375 andypants8 - $225 partypoker US Network Online Open $100,000 GTD Main Event Buy-in: $400 Entries: 270 Prize pool: $100,000 TheKing411 - $21,233.09* odo23 - $19,016.92* Pokeher - $10,900 spinach_kale - $8,200 chromeking - $6,050 TheSims - $4,900 Davealfa - $3,800 upayformypennys - $2,750 brownmagic - $2,000 *Denotes a deal was made. partypoker US Network Online Open $100,000 GTD Phased NL Buy-in: $109 Entries: 726 Prize pool: $100,000 AvidSmores - $18,700 FerociousPanda - $14,000 schaf4206 - $10,000 TopCreature - $7,400 ClarkWesterfeld - $5,750 Million27 - $4,500 sansara52 - $3,500 MoZZyNJ - $2,600 repyourset7 - $1,900 partypoker US Network Online Open $20,000 GTD Main Event Buy-in: $55 Entries: 436 Prize pool: $21,800 madroc - $4,076.60 Dex_Osama - $3,052 Wardmartin - $2,180 MikeDB7 - $1,613.20 PayneKilla - $1,253.50 AlwaysCheck88 - $981 JohnClark - $763 Cayogal - $566.80 Gambler16 - $414.20 PokerStars PA $50,000 GTD Sunday Special Buy-in: $100 Entries: 836 entries Prize pool: $76,744.80 neverf0ld111 - $12,816.21 tich213 - $9,214.48 Ambiter - $6,625.29 Gave-up-poker - $4,763.64 Rungood35 - $3,425.09 kdQuel - $2,462.67 Longcoats11 - $1,770.67 youbestnotmiss - $1,273.13 bigdoritoTito - $915.38 PokerStars PA $20,000 GTD Sunday High Roller [6-Max] Buy-in: $250 Entries: 131 entries Prize pool: $30,523 MarcZumoff - $6,454.96 KnightsofNight - $4,714.36 aldrich801 - $3,443.17 BirdBrain64 - $2,514.75 Dionysus1888 - $1,836.67 Lachoy - $1,102.14 PokerStars PA $20,000 GTD Nightly Stars Buy-in: $100 Entries: 262 entries Prize pool: $25,000 RiverMeDaddy - $4,301.27* wongsic - $4,003.10* 5u1ly - $2,599.84 WHATWHYNO - $1,917.52 KennytheRipper - $1,414.27 Virgil369366 - $1,043.10 aldrich801 - $769.34 rrobmsm1992 - $567.43 jbrink22 - $418.51 *Denotes a deal was made. PokerStars PA $12,000 GTD Sunday Warm-Up Buy-in: $30 Entries: 635 entries Prize pool: $17,335.50 Dionysus1888 - $3,008.50 Dikembe311 - $2,182.76 dannysek123 - $1,584.02 Danieldanielson - $1,149.52 BuffBills044 - $834.21 Simonster27 - $605.38 octobersky2345 - $439.33 nickheatonpaul - $318.82 DomeGod69420 - $231.36 PokerStars PA $15,000 GTD The Big $20 Buy-in: $20 Entries: 747 entries Prize pool: $15,000 NeillyAA74 - $1,913.54* snoppy675 - $1,913.53* KLOCEO - $1,913.53* flppdt - $973.98 PHOn0menal - $706.81 Clarky42472 - $512.93 robertpsulson - $372.23 LilMiniCoop45 - $270.13 djratdog88 - $196.03 *Denotes a deal was made.
  24. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns with an all-new episode and Lance and Donnie bringing you the very latest news from around the world of poker. This week, after a much talked about tweet from partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, the guys debate the merit of some kind of poker player's union and the impact of unlimited rebuys in the current online poker surge. Plus, the latest results from all of the major online series including PokerStars SCOOP, the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, and the WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker. Subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast! Available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania were once again roaring with legal online poker action on Sunday, as thousands of players flocked to the virtual felt in an attempt to score big paydays. Let's take a look at some of the biggest results that were had from the U.S. online poker scene. The action on WSOP.com across Nevada and New Jersey was exciting. The site had several huge tournaments play out, including the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller, the WSOP.com $150,000 GTD NL Sunday Special, and the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD 'Keep It 100.' All three of these events had six-figure guarantees that were beat. The WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller drew a field of 104 entries and 57 reentries to generate a prize pool of $153,755. Winning the event was a player we've become accustomed to seeing in the winner's circle on WSOP.com, Brian 'JackBogle' Altman. He topped all competitors to win the $33,287.95 first-place prize. Altman beat Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen in heads-up play, with Hunichen taking home $24,939.06 in prize money. Shaun 'nyjets23' O'Donnell finished third and Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein took fourth. Speaking of Hunichen, he was the winner of the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD 'Keep It 100' tournament for $22,093.20. This event drew 386 entries and 260 reentries. Also in this event, Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty took second place for $16,343.80, Jared 'darrensrabbi' Jaffee was third for $12,054.36, and Eric 'circleball' Baldwin placed fourth for $8,863.12. The 'Keep It 100' initiative is a new promotion from WSOP.com, beginning on Tuesday, May 5. The $215 buy-in event has a $100,000 prize pool guarantee and it will run daily until the guarantee isn't met. Sunday's edition was the sixth edition of the tournament. Also on WSOP.com, 'GladiusIII' won the $150,000 GTD NL Sunday Special for $27,222.36, beating out Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn in heads-up play. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In New Jersey, the PokerStars NJ $40,000 GTD Sunday Special attracted a field of 248 entries to generate a $46,128 prize pool. Finishing in first place was ‘Crav1us,’ who took home $9,433.33 for the victory. ‘JinYangPP’ placed second for $6,919.20. Over on partypoker NJ in the Garden State, ‘rumpthumper’ and ‘ChekyoRaySon’ chopped the Sunday $35,000 Guaranteed. After the deal, ‘rumpthumper’ took $7,012.78 and ‘ChekyoRaySon’ won $6,158.53. Pennsylvania online poker had some big prize pools and winners, too. In the PokerStars PA $100,000 GTD Sunday Special, ‘Gambolll’ chopped with ‘LilAlch’ and took home $15,517.57. ‘LilAlch’ earned $14,064.47. The site’s $20,000 GTD Sunday High Roller saw ‘aldrich801’ finish first for $8,031.20. Lastly, the $20,000 GTD Nightly Stars had a prize pool of nearly $28,000 and ‘c202020’ won it for $5,242.40. USA Sunday Majors Results WSOP.com $100,000 GTD NL High Roller Buy-in: $1,000 Entries: 104 entries + 57 reentries Prize pool: $153,755 Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $33,287.95 Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen - $24,939.06 Shaun 'nyjets23' O'Donnell - $18,681.23 Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein - $14,022.45 Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker - $10,516.84 helionic - $7,887.63 wubalubadubb - $5,904.19 Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon - $4,382.01 WSOP.com $100,000 GTD 'Keep It 100' Buy-in: $215 Entries: 386 entries + 260 reentries Prize pool: $129,200 Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen - $22,093.20 Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty - $16,343.80 Jared 'darrensrabbi' Jaffee - $12,054.36 Eric 'circleball' Baldwin - $8,863.12 nokilok - $6,886.36 bobbadabing - $5,258.44 chaipoker - $3,992.28 lolololol - $3,036.20 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $2,261 WSOP.com $150,000 GTD NL Sunday Special Buy-in: $215 Entries: 582 entries + 320 reentries Prize pool: $180,400 GladiusIII - $27,222.36 Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn - $20,168.72 Ryan 'N.O.Xplode' Hall - $14,883 Takaw - $10,896.16 ct188 - $8,460.76 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $6,494.40 FLOPEMDEAD - $4,906.88 xxlr8 - $3,734.28 Glenn 'deemsta' Poole - $2,832.28 PokerStars NJ $40,000 GTD Sunday Special Buy-in: $200 Entries: 248 entries Prize pool: $46,128 Crav1us - $9,433.33 JinYangPP - $6,919.20 TRott17 - $5,212.46 jokerlevynj - $3,920.88 Pokerkid1989#1 - $2,675.42 JETSgoJETS - $2,075.76 epdawg5 - $1,614.48 Fort Matilda - $1,153.20 el binko - $876.43 partypoker NJ Sunday $35,000 Guaranteed Buy-in: $215 Entries: 196 Prize pool: $26,028.80 rumpthumper - $7,012.68* ChekyoRaySon - $6,158.53* Chips_Jammed - $3,880.80 Gohednpopoff - $3,214.40 roystalin - $2,783.20 Pokerplaya86 - $2,391.20 Burritoboy28 - $1,999.20 Cholie - $1,607.20 skoops555 - $1,215.20 *Denotes a deal. PokerStars PA $100,000 GTD Sunday Special Buy-in: $100 Entries: 1,186 entries Prize pool: $108,874.80 Gambolll - $15,517.57* LilAlch - $14,064.47* ShadoeWolf5 - $8,896.26 tich213 - $6,396.49 fellwear42069 - $4,599.12 NARDOELS - $3,306.81 Schwibbs1 - $2,377.61 SammyTheTank - $1,709.53 Tonya Hardingg - $1,229.16 *Denotes a deal. PokerStars PA $20,000 GTD Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $250 Entries: 172 entries Prize pool: $40,076 aldrich801 - $8,031.20 4TH3K1D$ - $5,826.03 DJHSMHBDH - $4,226.41 nsully10 - $3,065.99 liftship - $2,224.18 deadtosolve - $1,613.50 PokerStars PA $20,000 GTD Nightly Stars Buy-in: $100 Entries: 304 entries Prize pool: $27,907.20 c202020 - $5,242.40 NotGi1-t - $3,842.44 TYCA45 - $2,816.50 WHATWHYNO - $2,064.49 bigdoritoTito - $1,513.26 ALmerle - $1,109.21 $stacksMcGee - $813.05 ZSafern2019 - $595.96 Jackvybo09 - $436.84

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