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  1. No, some of the best poker players in the world were not packed into the tables at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas chasing down World Series of Poker Circuit rings over the last two weeks. Players in Nevada and New Jersey were, in fact, playing on WSOP.com in the Planet Hollywood Circuit events with 12 rings on the line and the list of winners includes more than a handful of familiar faces including a pair of former #1-ranked online poker players. The 12-event series had a total guarantee of $1.125 million and all 12 tournaments easily cleared their individual guarantee to push the total prize pools to $1,791,499. Jared Jaffee Opens With a Win Jared Jaffee, who won his first WSOP Circuit ring at The Bicycle Club in Los Angeles in 2017, added another ring to his collection by outlasting 416 other entries in Event #1 ($250 NL Freezeout). Along with the win, Jaffee, playing under the screen name 'darrensrabbi', earned $23,804.44. Runner-up 'DaSurrealist' earned $13,359.63 while Zach 'ThePepster5' Epstein took third for $8,161.52. Ari Engel Breaks into Double Digits Ari Engel, who held the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks in late 2006, became just the fourth player to win 10 WSOP Circuit rings when he bested the 151-entry field in Event #3 ($500 Big PLO $500). Engel banked $16,350.13 for the win. Daniel 'Bunzer07' Jordan, who won the WSOP Circuit Online $1,000 Six Max High Roller event back in January for his first career ring, fell one spot short of grabbing his second and had to settle for a $12,244 score. Seth 'weliketoprty' Anirudh finished in third for $9,186.87. Steve Gross Grabs First Ring Engel wasn't the only former #1 PocketFiver who grabbed some hardware. Steve Gross, who had four different reigns at the top for 55 total weeks, beat 469 other runners in Event #5 ($525 NL Monster Stack) for a $40,185 score and his first career Circuit ring. Michael 'miw201x' Wang finished one spot shy of the ring and added $29,727.50 to his bankroll. Jeff 'YanCanCook' Yanchek took third for $21,925.50. Daniel Buzgon Does Double Duty Daniel Buzgon, the #9-ranked online poker in the United States, emerged from the series with two rings. His first came in Event #8 ($300 NL Knockout Freezeout) where he worked his way through 280 other entries to win $14,896.92. Two days later, he beat 261 players in Event #10 ($500 NL BIG 500 8-Max) for a $24,840.57 score. The New Jersey resident now has six career Circuit rings with the last four all coming in the online arena. Derek Sudell Ships Main Event Title Derek 'rickyguan' Sudell made his way through 721 other entries in Event #12 ($525 Main Event) only to be left going heads-up against AJ 'jnja1719' Basselini-Truisi, the winner of the Main Event in the WSOP Circuit Super Series in January. There, Basselini-Truisi beat 892 other entries to capture his first career ring. This time however, the Howell, New Jersey resident had to settle for runner-up status. Sudell eliminated him in second place and earned the Connecticut native a career-best $57,623.10 score. Basselini-Truisi walked away with $42,657. James 'muskrrr' Moore wound up in third place and earned $31,450.50. WSOP.com Planet Hollywood Circuit Winners List [table id=179 /] The next WSOP Online Circuit series is the Silver Legacy Circuit which runs March 19 - 30 and offers 12 ring events.
  2. It's not every day that a player known in part for his online chops takes down two World Series of Poker Circuit rings in 24 hours, but that's exactly what happened to Canada's Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) on Friday. The scene of the crime: The Bike in Southern California. According to PokerNews, "Leah steamrolled Event #9, a $580 No Limit Hold'em tournament, on Friday afternoon. After claiming victory in that event and busting out of another tournament a short while later, Leah hopped in Event 11: $365 No Limit Hold'em Turbo. Less than 13 hours later, he won his second WSOP Circuit ring in a single day." Leah gleefully posted on Twitter, "So absurd; just won my 2nd @WSOPC ring of the day! Shipping Event #11 for $15k, no chop, and wrapped up Casino Champion at the same time." That Tweet brought out a wave of congratulations from peers, including Jason Brewer, who chirped back, "And you were just telling me 2 days ago how you didn't have one! Smh. Well done." David Paredesoffered his congratulations on Twitter, writing, "Amazing man! Congratulations. That's incredible, Mike." David "ODB" Baker added, "Pretty friggin impressive my friend... Save the Main for me, I'll be there Sunday." Leah reminded WSOP officials that he's experienced success at past Circuit stops: "I've been to three Circuit stops in the last two years and I've won Casino Champion at two of them. They're fun. I'm always motivated because I like Player of the Series stuff. It motivates me and helps me play my best every day. It gives you something to shoot for." He passed $2 million in live tournament earnings with the two rings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is third in terms of the number of in the money finishes in live events by Canadian players. His largest live cash to date came a half-decade go at Borgata in a $1,650 tournament for $319,000. Leah has $2.4 million in career online winnings in his PocketFives profile, including a $560,000 haul for chopping the WCOOP Main Event in 2011. He is a four-time FTOPS event winner, two of which came in 2013, and was once ranked as high as #78 worldwide on PocketFives. Congrats to Leah on his amazing accomplishment! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. [caption width="640"] The WSOP Circuit continues to expand its presence in international markets (WSOP photo)[/caption] The World Series of Poker Circuit has added six stops to the tour’s international schedule, while making one slight change to its domestic schedule. The international additions start as early as November 22 with a stop kicking off in Sydney, Australia at The Star, the country’s second-largest casino. The other added stops don’t start until after the new year, but will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, Campione, Italy (which adds its second stop of the season), Cannes, France, Estoril, Portugal and Brussels, Belgium. Just like their domestic counterparts, each international stop will automatically send two players to theGlobal Casino Championship. The winner of the Main Event and the Casino Champion from each international spot will earn a seat into the season-ending event. No at-large bids can be earned from the international stops, however, which can only be earned at Circuit stops on U.S. soil. “We are very pleased to add theses additional stops to the WSOP Circuit,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon. “We have been very judicious on which locales and casinos we will work with and believe we have found terrific partners in each of these markets to help bring the WSOP brand to a local and regional audience.” This announcement comes right on the heels of one of the most successful non-U.S. Circuit stops in the tour's history. The series at the Transamerica Expo Center in Sao Paolo Brazil just finished at the beginning of the month and held the largest ever WSOP-branded event outside of the United States. There were 2,981 entrants in the first event of the series, a multi-flight re-entry event. With the added stops, a complete international schedule for this season looks like this: Campione, Italy – September 8-20 – Casino Campione (Completed) Berlin, Germany – September 29-October 9 – Spielbank Berlin (Completed) Sao Paolo, Brazil – October 26 – November 2 – Transamerica Expo Center (Completed) Rozvadov, Czech Republic – October 27 – November 14 – King’s Casino St Maarten, Caribbean – November 3-16 - Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino Paris, France – November 11-27 – Cercle Clichy Montmartre Sydney, Australia – November 22 – December 12 – The Star, Sydney Punta del Este, Uruguay – December 2-11 – Enjoy Conrad Punta Del Este Marrakech, Morocco – January 14-22, 2017 – Casino de Marrakech Campione, Italy – March 6-20, 2017 – Casino Campione Cannes, France – April 17-24, 2017 – Casino Barriere Cannes Le Croisette Estoril, Portugal – May 1-7, 2017 – Casino Estoril Brussels, Belgium – May 19-28, 2017 – Grand Casino Brussels Viage The other change to the WSOP Circuit schedule is on U.S. soil. Originally, there was a Circuit stop scheduled at Bally’s in Las Vegas from February 23 to March 6. Due to a scheduling conflict, that stop has been moved down the road to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and will take place February 16-27. The remaining stops on the domestic tour have remained unchanged and are scheduled to go off as planned.
  4. [caption width="640"] WSOP Circuit grinder Josh Turner recently added another ring to his collection before giving away a different type of ring.[/caption] Josh Turner won his fifth World Series of Poker Circuit ring last week in Las Vegas, but he left Sin City with his focus on another ring. An engagement ring. Last Monday, Turner won his fifth career Circuit ring in the $365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event at Planet Hollywood to earn him the title of Casino Champion and give him his third consecutive at-large bid into what is now the Global Casino Championship. The night before, however, Turner was down on one knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas proposing to his girlfriend. Lisa Rosenburg Fleishman said “Yes” and they came down from the tower officially engaged. For Turner, this is just another milestone in what has been an amazing year for the St. Louis grinder, who has cemented himself as one of the best players on the Circuit. In 2016 alone, he’s won three rings, two Casino Champion titles, and finished third in the 2016 Global Casino Championship for $150,581. With the first WSOP Circuit stop in Vegas coming up right after his deep runs in Cherokee, Turner made his way west to play some poker and make things official with Fleishman. “We got engaged in the beginning of June,” said Turner. “But we’ve been keeping it under wraps. We told our families, but that was it. So she came out this weekend and we made it official.” Their love story began a decade ago at a poker table, so it’s only fitting that they made everything official in the poker epicenter of the world. Turner met Fleishman playing a $10/$20 limit game in Reno and the proverbial sparks started flying. “I’m not even a romantic, but it’s just like true love,” said Turner. “It was love at first sight. We were in a casino and there were like 200 people around when we were talking. Everybody else just faded away. We ended up getting up from the game and just sat at some slots and talked for like five hours.” Turner made a final table at that stop and Fleishman spent the entire final table in the bleachers sweating the action. Unfortunately, when the series in Reno was over, Fleishman went back to Houston and Turner headed back to his home base, St. Louis. They tried to make things work even with the distance, but the two were looking for different things in their lives at the time, and the relationship couldn’t survive the distance. He was just starting out as a professional poker player and was going to be traveling to different tournaments, while she was working as a teacher in Houston and was looking to start a family. “We talked for maybe three months on the phone and through internet,” said Turner. “But then we just kind of let it go.” Fleishman ended up getting married and starting the family she wanted, but ultimately the marriage didn’t survive. After everything got settled with her divorce, the two reconnected 10 years later on Facebook. It was like they never spent any time apart. "The first conversation we had 10 years later, it was like we just kept seeing each other," said Turner. "I ended up going down to Houston to see her in like April. We went to see a Rockets game and we were engaged in June." For Turner, rekindling their relationship has only helped him on the felt. The added support system helped Turner in his quest to become the best poker player he can be. It’s not a surprise that, outside of his ring in Tunica in January of this year, all of his success has come after they reconnected. "It has made me play better," said Turner. "You know, she’s going to travel around with me and she supports it. It’s just been great." Fleishman is no slouch, herself, at the poker table. The soon-to-be Mrs. Turner, a former University of Maryland tennis star, has been taking pointers from her fiancé and it’s shown in her recent results. During her time in Las Vegas, she finished 12th in the first $365 No Limit Hold'em Turbo event of the WSOP Circuit at Planet Hollywood. According to Turner, she had her aces cracked by queen-jack offsuit or she would’ve had the chip lead with two tables remaining. Turner left his St. Louis roots in June after they decided they were going to tie the knot, and moved down to Houston. They’ve gotten a house together and are planning on adding a baby to the family in the future. With so much going on, they haven’t set a wedding date yet, but his new lifestyle gives Turner a brighter outlook on an already bright poker future. “I’m definitely happier now,” said Turner. “Before, I was traveling around grinding without much purpose. My life has taken a 180 degree turn for the better.”
  5. [caption width="640"] Josh Reichard is climbing the ladder of all-time WSOP Circuit winner after his sixth win in Wisconsin (WSOP photo)[/caption] For Josh Reichard, poker has always been a family affair. The 25-year-old poker pro is steadily climbing the all-time ring list on the World Series of Poker Circuit and won his sixth career ring last week at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. The Janesville, WI native won the $365 Pot Limit Omaha event to earn $17,021 and him enough Circuit rings for two hands. But poker doubles as both a career and a way to spend time with his father. Reichard learned the game from his dad, Brett, as a young child. Poker was a game that his entire family would take part in, but the father-and-son duo took it to another level. “My dad got me started playing poker,” said Reichard. “He still travels around and plays with me. He used to be at like 100% of everything that I was at, but he doesn’t get to travel as much now. So he’s probably with me about half of the time now. He taught me the game. He taught me everything about it. We would have family tournaments when I was young.” Reichard began learning the basics of his game when he as young as eight years old in the aforementioned family games. As he got older, he started taking the game more seriously. He was too young to play during the glory days of online poker, but he would sit next to his father while he played online. The two would talk strategy and Reichard quickly honed his skills by sweating his dad. Once Reichard was old enough to play in games outside of the living room, they began to play local tournaments in town. “We started playing maybe some local stuff that they had at the bowling alley and the banquet hall,” said Reichard about the first poker tournaments he took part in. “We were both doing well so we decided to go with it. We started traveling and still we’re successful. So here we are.” After he graduated from high school, Reichard began working for his father’s property preservation company, which was responsible for cleaning out foreclosure properties for banks and realtors. He’d spend his weekdays working, but when he had an off-day from work, the two would get back on the road to find a poker tournament to play in. “We would go to Florida and Minnesota when I turned 18,” said Reichard. “And he would go and travel and play some stuff without me, but once I turned 21, that’s when we really started traveling and playing everything.” Once he was legal in all 50 states, Reichard stopped working for his father’s company and took on poker full time. “We both just hit the road and played a lot and enjoyed it,” said Reichard. “So we kept doing it.” It’s been a successful ride for the two of them. While Reichard is making a name for himself on the Circuit, his father was improving as well. Last August, Brett Reichard won his first ring in $580 No Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP Circuit stop in Cherokee, North Carolina. He earned over $32,000 for the win, which was his biggest of his career and brought his total earnings to over $152,000. Over the course of his pro career, the younger Reichard has amassed over $530,000 in tournament earnings to go along with his six rings and a Mid-States Poker Tour title. He is just three rings away from tying Alex Masek atop the all-time leaderboard and is quickly putting himself in elite company on the Circuit. “When I first started playing, I didn’t even think this was a possibility,” said Reichard about possibly sitting atop the all-time ring list. “It’s cool to be close. I idolize Ari (Engel) and Alex Masek. And two or three rings is a lot. They are still quite aways ahead of me, but it’s cool to be in that company.” Some players have used the Circuit as a springboard to bigger success. However, Reichard always sees himself as part of the Circuit community. He enjoys the environment that the Circuit brings to its venues as opposed to some of the bigger buy-in events. “I’ll probably move on a little bit, but I’m always going to play the Circuit no matter what happens,” said Reichard. “I enjoy the players on the Circuit. I haven’t played that many WPTs. I’ve played a couple and one was actually really fun. But most of them, all the players were kind of robotic and there wasn’t much talking or anything like that. “Obviously, I want to win and make money and all of that, but I also want to have fun. Most of the tables on the Circuit are going to be a lot of recreational players and they are there to have fun. I enjoy that aspect of it.” His preference for the Circuit doesn’t mean that he can’t compete with the players on the WPT. During last year’s Bay 101 Shooting Stars, Reichard earned a bounty for knocking out Kelly Minkin, one of the Shooting Stars at the event. He didn’t cash the event, but it isn’t stopping him from heading back out for another shot at it. At the end of the month, he is going to head back out to California to play all three legs of the WPT California swing. He’s optimistic about his ability and his chances, but regardless of the outcome, Reichard is coming back to the Midwest. “No matter what happens there, I’ll be back to playing local MSPT’s and Circuits that are close to home for a while probably,” said Reichard. “I don’t really plan on hitting the WPT tour or any high roller tours. I’m not going to just start playing anything big.” Reichard has accomplished a lot in his young poker career, but he lacks the big, six-figure score that could turn him into a household name. He’s realistic about his chances of hitting it big in in the Golden state, but he feels that the best chance for one of those could be this summer at the Rio. “I’ve been trying to get a six-figure score for a long time, but a lot of the tournaments that I play don’t even pay six-figures, so it’s tougher,” said Reichard. “I think the summer is a really good opportunity for something big to happen. Going to California, there is three big tournaments and it’s unlikely that you are going to make a run in them. The summer is a really good opportunity for something good to happen because it’s tournament after tournament. Day after day.” The 2016 WSOP was the first time that Reichard stayed out in Vegas for the entire seven-week tournament series. Outside of a one-week trip back home, he was out in the desert searching for a deep run in a bracelet event. During previous summers, he would make multiple one or two-week trips back-and-forth from Wisconsin. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to spend more time in Vegas, but he’s got a wife back at home in Wisconsin. The two met in high school and started dating 10 years ago before getting married a few years ago. It’s with the support of his loving wife that Reichard can maximize his results, focus on poker, and work on taking his career to the next level. “She’s the most supportive and understanding person you could ever imagine,” said Reichard. “People say you can’t run good in love and in gambling. But man, I’m just lucky to have her, for sure. She’s supportive and understanding. More than she should, which makes it a lot easier.”
  6. The first-ever World Series of Poker Online Circuit Series concluded on Sunday bringing to a close 13 days of action that awarded over $1.6 million in prizes. The original $700,000 series guarantee was shattered as players from both Nevada and New Jersey piled into the tournament lobbies for their shot at one of the 13 WSOP Circuit rings that were up for grabs. The Main Event After 12 preliminary events, Event #13 ($525 NLHE Main Event) took place on Sunday and it did not disappoint. 439 players registered to help crush the $200,000 guarantee and create a prize pool of $341,000. After 10 and a half hours of play, the winner was Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels who took home the largest single cash of the series of $83,545. His victory also qualifies him for the 2018/2019 Global Casino Championship. Daniel ‘juice’ Buzgon won Event #7 ($215 NLHE Deep Turbo) for $17,172. He also managed a third-place finish in Event #10 for another $10,000 to add to his career lifetime earnings of over $3 million.

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