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  1. Niklas Astedt is having himself one helluva week. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver, who is a #1 seed in the PocketFives #1 Number One contest, has rattled off win after win over the past week, with success coming at both the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and GGPoker Spring Festival tables. On Tuesday, the Swedish superstar took home nearly $1.1 million for winning GGPoker Spring Festival Event #41 ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]). Astedt beat out 201 other entries to pick up the win, his fourth of the series. Shawn Daniels finished second for $821,689.32 and Jason Koon took third place for a $616,180.06 payday. Along with his four GGPoker Spring Festival wins and the $1.38 million that came with those victories, Astedt also took down PokerStars SCOOP Event #31-H ($1,050 NLHE [8-Max]) for $85,430.33. He was one of a handful of well known players who emerged victorious on Tuesday. Another former #1, Sami Kelopuro, earned $520,003.49 for beating 89 other entries in Event #49 ($25,500 Super High Roller). His last victim, Wiktor Malinowski had to settle for a $400,881.54 while the current #1-ranked online poker player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski wound up in third place, earning $309,048.01. Benjamin Rolle had the third biggest first place score of the day after shipping Event #50 ($5,250 Half Price Super Tuesday) for $236,019.99. Rolle worked his way through the 222-player field on his way to the victory. Coming in one spot short of the title, 'TheBigKid' banked $176.989.99 while third place finisher Pablo Navarro earned $132,723.74. Normally, a player winning titles on back-to-back days would be the headliner, but with so many big names winning big scores, 'judd trump' taking down Event #44 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) one day after winning Event #43-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters SHR) got pushed down the page. This win came with a $95,783.54 score for beating out 544 other entries. Runner-up 'LaxxedAF' won $71,827.30 while 'FiestaPagana' grabbed the final spot on the podium for $53,862.87. Alex Foxen beat Joseph Cheong heads up to win Event #51 ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) for $41,677.40. Cheong walked away with $22,614.66 while third place finisher 'NeverDieBaby' came in third for $19,497.13. Latvian Aleks Ponakovs won $74,911.83 after winning Event #47 ($1,050 Forty Stack) while 'FreeZePeeDoe' beat out 276 other entries to win Event #48 ($525 PLO-NL Bounty) for $27,856.65. Event #41 ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]) Entries: 202 Prize pool: $5,050,000 Niklas Astedt - $1,095,740.82 Shawn Daniels - $821,689.32 Jason Koon - $616,180.06 Event #44 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 545 Prize pool: $545,000 judd trump - $95,783.54 LaxxedAF - $71,827.30 FiestaPagana - $53,862.87 Event #47 ($1,050 Forty Stack) Entries: 388 Prize pool: $388,000 Aleks Ponakovs - $74,911.83 TheProjector - $56,175.70 PepeLegal - $42,125.82 Event #48 ($525 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 277 Prize pool: $138,500 FreeZePeeDoe - $27,856.65 xBGx - $14,514.55 MINMINMIN - $8,589.83 Event #49 ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 90 Prize pool: $2,250,000 Sami Kelopuro - $520,003.49 W Malinowski - $400,881.54 Y Dzivielevski - $309,048.01 Event #50 ($5,250 Half Price Super Tuesday) Entries: 222 Prize pool: $1,110,000 Benjamin Rolle - $236,019.99 TheBigKid - $176.989.99 Pablo Navarro - $132,723.74 Event #51 ($1,050 Deepstack Bounty Turbo) Entries: 236 Prize pool: $236,000 Alex Foxen - $41,677.40 Joseph Cheong - $22,614.66 NeverDieBaby - $19,497.13
  2. As the PocketFives #1 Number One contest continues to work its way through the opening round matchups, it was expected that Fedor Holz and Yuri Dzivielevski would be battling out. On Sunday, both took their turn in the spotlight after each took down a GGPoker Spring Festival event.Holz proved to be the biggest winner of the two on the day after shipping Event #37-H ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) for $124,456.71. Coming in one spot shy of the win made for a $93,329.06 score for 'raking-even' while 'Fantastik55' banked $69,986.93 for coming in third place. Dzivielevski beat out 203 other entries in Event #42-H ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) to win $72,235.16. For the third time in the opening week of the Festival, 'VaPaCooler' made the podium but was unable to make his way to the top spot. This time they finished in second place for $45,241.30. Third place went to Dietrich Fast for $36,820.41. While those two were the highest profile winners on Sunday, David 'INSERTC0IN' Smolka took home the biggest payday. Smolka outlasted 356 other entries in Event #38-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) for $293,548.55. Andriy Derzhypilskyi came in second place and was left to console himself with $158,800.25. Preben Stokkan just missed out on a six-figure score after coming in third for $89,887.68. 'DDimancescu' topped the 1,183-entry field in Event #39-H ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) to win the title and $161,066.17. Joshua McCully also earned a six-figure score, taking home $120,781.75 after finishing second while 'pawwowbam' came in third place for $90,573.51. Farid Jattin and Graf Tekkel chopped up Event #34-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]). Jattin pocketed $79,771.42 and the title while Tekkel skated away with $75,582.92 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'PuppyGambler' wound up with $49,924.16. Event #34-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 488 Prize pool: $488,000 Farid Jattin - $79,771.42* Graf Tekkel - $75,582.92* PuppyGambler - $49,924.16 *Heads-up Deal Event #37-H ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) Entries: 466 Prize pool: $664,050 Fedor Holz - $124,456.71 raking-even - $93,329.06 Fantastik55 - $69,986.93 Event #38-H ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) Entries: 357 Prize pool: $1,785,000 INSERTC0IN - $293,548.55 A Derzhypilskyi - $158,800.25 Preben Stokkan - $89,887.68 Event #39-H ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) Entries: 1,183 Prize pool: $1,183,000 DDimancescu - $161,066.17 Joshua McCully - $120,781.75 pawwowbam - $90,573.51 Event #42-H ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) Entries: 204 Prize pool: $408,000 Y Dzivielevski - $72,235.16 VaPaCooler - $45,241.30 Dietrich Fast - $36,820.41
  3. This is starting to get ridiculous. For the third consecutive day, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt navigated his way to a win in a GGPoker Spring Festival event. Those three wins have earned the Swedish superstar a combined $279,247.37. This time around Astedt outlasted 104 other entries in Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) to win $140,464.75. His win came at the expense of runner-up Dario Sammartino, who would have completed a two-win day of his own had he not run into the buzzsaw that is Astedt. Sammartino banked $48,929.06 for his performance and coming in third place gave 'yfii-bestcrypto' a $45,347.16 bankroll boost. Sammartino couldn't have been too disappointed, however. The Italian and 2019 World Series of Poker runner-up beat 87 other players on his way to victory in Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for a $508,447.84 payday. After losing to a former #1 earlier, Sammartino beat out the current #1-ranked player, Yuri Dzivielevski, for the title. Dzivielevski earned $391,973.06. Russia's Anatoly Filatov took third for $302,180.28. 'MickeyMouse' turned Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) into their own personal magic kingdom on Thursday, beating 548 other entries before chopping with Igor D'Ursel. 'MickeyMouse' ended up with the title and $84,261.53 while D'Ursel actually out-earned them by grabbing $84,886.93. Rui Bouquet took home $54,357.02 as the third place finisher. Tom Delaine beat Viktor Ustimov heads-up to grab the win in Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) for $55,801.16 while Ustimov had to settle for $43,018.55. 'DontTiltGG' finished one position below Ustimov and won $33,164.46. Andrii Novak put on a bounty hunting showcase on Thursday, outlasting the 153 other players in Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) to collect an impressive $352,068.09. Runner-up Sami Kelopuro earned nearly 1/3 of Novak's score, taking home $122,696.01 while Ami Barer came in third place but earned more than Kelopuro thanks to the bounties collected. Barer banked $138,023.78 which is more than $15,000 more than Kelopuro. 'LottoLarry' cashed in a winning ticket by topping the 295-entry field in Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) for $60,524.63. '888WTB02' came in second place for $45,386.97 while Class Segebrecht took third for #34,035.42. Event #20-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) Entries: 550 Prize pool: $550,000 MickeyMouse - $84,261.53 Igor d Ursel - $84,886.93 Rui Bouquet - $54,357.02 Event #22-H ($525 Forty Stack) Entries: 775 Prize pool: $387,500 Tom Delaine - $55,801.16 Viktor Ustimov - $43,018.55 DontTiltGG - $33,164.46 Event #23-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) Entries: 88 Prize pool: $2,200,000 Dario Sammartino - $508,447.84 Yuri Dzivielevski - $391,973.06 Anatoly Filatov - $302,180.28 Event #24-H ($10,300 Thursday Thriller Bounty) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $1,540,000 Andrii Novak - $352,068.09 Sami Kelopuro - $122,696.01 Amichai Barer - $138,023.78 Event #25-H ($5,250 PLO-NL Bounty) Entries: 105 Prize pool: $525,000 Niklas Astedt - $140,464.75 Dario Sammartino - $48,929.06 yfii-bestcrypto - $45,347.16 Event #26-H ($1,050 Turbo) Entries: 295 Prize pool: $295,000 LottoLarry - $60,524.63 888WTB02 - $45,386.97 C Segebrecht - $34,035.42
  4. After playing in every single one of the 42 editions of the GGPoker Super MILLION$, high-stakes tournament superstar Adrian Mateos finally broke through in his fifth final table appearance to capture his first Super MILLION$ title and this week’s $428,624 first-place prize. It has been a grind for Mateos who had not only never missed a week of this $10K tournament, but, in all of his previous efforts, had fired a total of 96 entries without locking up a win. However, this week it all came together for the Spanish pro. Mateos entered the final table as the chip leader, navigated a tough field that included Sam Greenwood, Joao Vieira, David Coleman, Art Papazyan, and last week’s winner (and current #1-ranked player in the world) Yuri Dzivielevski, and battled back from a significant heads-up chip deficit against Belarusian grinder Aliaksei Boika to take home the win. After mounting a heads-up comeback of his own last week to win a Super MILLION$ title, Dzivielevski entered this week’s final table with the rare chance to go back-to-back. That opportunity came to an end thanks to an early final table clash with Mateos. When folded to in the small blind Mateos open-shoved his [poker card="kd"][poker card="th"] on a short-stacked Dzivielevski in the big blind with [poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"]. Dzivielevski made the call and when the flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"], Mateos took the lead in the hand leaving Dzivielevski looking for one of the final two sixes in the deck. The turn came the [poker card="2d"] and the river the [poker card="ah"], ending Dzivielevski’s final run and sending him home in ninth place for $53,578. Pocket nines were just no good to Sam Greenwood in this event. First, Greenwood picked them up and promptly lost the majority of his stack to David Coleman who held [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] in an all-in preflop confrontation. The very next hand Greenwood, now crippled, picked up pocket nines up again. When folded to in the small blind, Greenwood moved all-in with his [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] and Joao Vieira made the call from the big blind with his [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8h"] flop kept Greenwood in the lead. And the [poker card="8c"] was still safe but added some flush outs for Vieira. The [poker card="ah"] river completed a straight for Vieira and sent Greenwood out in eighth place for $69,482. Despite starting the day fourth in chips, Russia’s ‘RRomashka’ found themselves short on chips in the early going. They open-shoved their final five big blinds with [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] and got called by ‘Nator’ on the button holding [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="6s"], holding up for ‘Nator’ small pocket pair and ending ‘RRomashka’s run in seventh for $90,107. On the hand before the first break of the day, the current Online Player of the Year race leader Joao Vieira opened with the [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] in late position. ‘Nator’ three-bet from the small blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"]. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"], giving ‘Nator’ a flopped full house. ‘Nator’ led with a bet and Vieira called with his flush draw. The [poker card="7d"] turn brought in Vieira’s flush, which proved to his undoing. After 'Nator’ checked, Vieira put out a bet and ‘Nator’ just called. The [poker card="8c"] hit the river and ‘Nator’ checked his full house once again. Vieira took his time and eventually settled on quarter-pot bet, leaving himself with just three big blinds behind. ‘Nator’ promptly check-raised Vieira and after taking a few more seconds to think about it, Vieira called off, ending his tournament in sixth place for $116,854. Play slowed down after Vieira’s elimination and nearly an hour later, Art Papazyan put in a raise under the gun with [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"]. It folded around to Coleman in the big blind who found himself with under five big blinds behind. Coleman made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2d"]. Coleman then put the rest of his stack in the middle with his flopped pair and Papazyan made the call with his two overcards and backdoor flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"], putting Papazyan in control. The [poker card="9c"] river was no help for Coleman who adds another Super MILLION$ cash to his resume by finishing in fifth for $151,541. Despite picking up the knockout, Papazyan wasn’t quite in the clear. The well-known cash game pro remained the short stack through most of four-handed play. When action folded to Aliaksei Boika in the small blind with [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"], he decided to move all-in over Papazyan’s 12 big blind stack. Papazyan made the call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"] and the pair watched as the flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"], giving Boika top pair. The [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="4c"] river didn’t improve Papazyan who, after entering the final table as the short stack, laddered up five spots and took home a $196,525 payday for fourth place. On the very next hand, with just under 20 big blinds, ‘Nator’ raised from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"]. Mateos, in the big blind, made the call with [poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Mateos both flush and straight outs to ‘Nator’s overcards. ‘Nator’ took the lead and bet out, after a couple of seconds Mateos simply shoved all-in. Going into the tank themselves, ‘Nator’ let a few seconds pass before making the call. The turn was the [poker card="qd"], bringing some ‘Nator’ some additional outs but the river was the [poker card="3d"], bringing Mateos a pair of threes and sending ‘Nator’ out in third for $254,861 in just their sixth Super MILLION$ tournament. Boika started the heads-up match against Mateos with a nearly 2:1 chip lead. But over the first dozen hands, Mateos wrestled that away. Not finished, Boika battled back and chipped up. Eventually, it looked like Boika was going to wrap up the tournament with a more than 5:1 chip lead. The pair got it all-in with Boika holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] and the short-stacked Mateos holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"]. Mateos flopped a flush draw, completed the flush on the turn and after that double up rode the momentum back into the chip lead. On the final hand, Mateos raised on the button with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jd"] and Boika three-bet the big blind with the [poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"]. After Mateos called, the flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"] bringing both players a pair. Both players checked and the [poker card="5d"] came on the turn, keeping Mateos in the lead, but bringing an open-ended straight draw for Boika. Boika put out a bet and Mateos flat called. The river was the [poker card="qs"] giving Mateos top two pair and when Boika checked to him Mateos moved all-in. Boika, with only two seconds left in his timebank, was forced to make a quick decision. He called. Boika ended up as the runner-up and took home $330,514 while Adrian Mateos, after 42 attempts, ended the day as the Super MILLION$ champion, earning $428,624. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (3/30) 1. Adrian Mateos - $428,624 2. Aliaksei Boika - $330,514 3. ‘Nator’ - $254,861 4. Art Papazyan - $196,525 5. David Coleman - $151,541 6. Joao Vieira - $116,854 7. RRomashka - $90,107 8. Sam Greenwood - $69,482 9. Yuri Dzivielevski - $53,578
  5. For the first time in six years, Brazilian Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski returned to the worldwide #1 ranking in the latest Online Poker Rankings. After months of flirting with the top spot, Dzivielevski finally broke through thanks to his incredible heads-up comeback victory against high-roller tournament savant Michael Addamo in this week’s edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$. Dzivielevski is no stranger to racking up rankings points by way of major tournament scores. Back in December 2014, Dzivielevski leveraged his runner-up finish in the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, for which he earned a career-high payday of $1.2 million, to supplant Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz at #1. He held on to the top spot for five weeks back then, thanks to a recent pair of massive results this past week, he’s finally returned. It was in the first week of February that Dzivielevski finished as the runner-up in the ACR Venom Main Event, earning him $849,150 and 2,026.53 points. This score catapulted the Brazilian into the top 10 and throughout the month of February, he continued to accumulate scores which helped him rise to the #2 spot. Dzivielevski’s performance in February not only set him up to be in a position to take over the rankings, but it also earned him the February Online Player of the Month title. Throughout March, he continued to keep pace, staying inside the top 10. Last week in the rankings, it looked as if former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens’ most likely challengers were going to be Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira and Russia’s Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov, but Dzivielevski proved that he should never be counted out. That was never more true than it was this week in the GGPoker Super MILLION$. Dzivielevski found himself heads-up against a sun-running Addamo, who held a massive chip lead. However, Dzivielevski showed off why he’s one of the best in the world and when the tide turned in his favor, he ended up capturing his first Super MILLION$ title for $408,406 and 1,421.27 points, which turned out to be just enough to leap three spots and overtake Stevens. As impressive as the Super MILLION$ win was, that alone would not have been enough to oust Stevens, who had multiple qualifying scores of his own this week. Dzivielevski also picked up a final table finish in the March 22 edition of the Natural8 Sunday 500 High Roller for $33,294 and 255.39 points. Currently, Dzivielevski sits with 13,726 points, just 114 points ahead of Stevens who fell to #2. Ferreira is the only other player with more than 13,000 points, sitting in third place with 13,370 - trailing by just 356 points. With the elite players at the top so close together in points, the next few weeks - perhaps even months - could see regular changes at the top. A Top 10 Surprise Another major factor in the rankings appeared this week when, out of the blue, Portugal’s Andre ‘xunekas23’ Marques appeared in the top 10, coming in at a career-high ranking of #9 in the world. Marques had been previously ranked, in fact, last week he was #1,400. But after updating his profile with additional screen names, including his well-known alias of ‘PTFisherman23’ he catapulted up the rankings. Many might recognize Marques’ ‘PTFisherman23’ screen name as the winner of the 2020 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event taking home a career-high score of more than $1.1 million. Since that time, Marques has been on a heater in the high rollers in picking up wins in the PokerStars Blowout Series, GGPoker Sunday Main Event (where he plays under the name ‘Sperma’), and, just this month, the High Rollers Second Chance in which he earned $17,356 and 308.22 points. Marques’ new ranking also adds a third player from Portugal inside the top 10, as Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov slips to #11. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Russia’s player-to-watch Maskim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov jumped three spots from #20 to #17 this week thanks to a pair of back-to-back deep runs on GGPoker. First, he took fourth place in the March 22 edition of the $840 High Rollers Marathon for $12,594 and 159.10 points. Then he wrapped up a runner-up finish in the $210 Bounty Hunters Sunday Special for another $16,337 and 294.09 points. • Former #1-ranked Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard had a nice week and jumped up 34 spots from #65 to #31 thanks in part to his fifth-place finish in the GGPoker Sunday High Rollers Main Event where he earned $56,683 and 387.52 PLB points. • A trio of high-profile players squeaked back into the top 100 this week as former #1 ‘C Darwin2’ jumped 29 spots to land at #97, Hungary’s ‘Wildace_hun’ rose 73 places to #99, and one of Greece’s top pros, Alex ‘mexican222’ Kolonias rocketed 54 spots to the #100 rank. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings Top 10 [table id=196 /]
  6. Former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski denied Michael Addamo a fourth GGPoker Super MILLION$ title this week by battling back from a nine-to-one chip deficit in a gripping heads-up match to clinch the $408,406 first-place prize and his first Super MILLION$ victory. By all accounts, this week’s 41st edition of the GGPoker $10K Super MILLION$ was Michael Addamo’s for the taking. The Australian superstar entered the final table with an overwhelming chip lead and over the course of the final table went on an impressive heater against a final table full of elite competition that included Connor Drinan, Thomas Muehloecker, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, and Isaac Haxton. However, even though Addamo held an overwhelming chip lead against Dzivielevski when the pair got heads up Dzivielevski made all of the right moves at the right time and in doing so February's Online Player of the Month flipped the script and walked away with the win. The bulk of the final table took place in short order with seven of the nine players busting in the first four levels of the day. The first to exit the tournament was a short-stacked Conor Drinan who moved all-in for nine big blinds with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] and was quickly called by Thomas Muehloecker in the big blind with his [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"] giving Muehloecker top pair. It held through the [poker card="8s"] turn and the [poker card="7h"] river sending Drinan out in ninth for $51,050. Twenty minutes later, Addamo opened in late position with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Aliaksei Boika moved all in for his 27 big blinds with [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"] in the small blind. Addamo took a couple of seconds and made the call. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"] shipping the chips to Addamo and eliminating Boika in eighth place for $66,204. Then the bustouts came at a rapid pace as ten minutes later, after Muehloecker opened in the hijack with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8c"], Chris Puetz shipped his final six big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. Muehloecker made the call and the flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"] giving Muehloecker a flush draw to go with his pair outs. The [poker card="7h"] turn was safe for Puetz but the [poker card="7h"] river brought in the flush and sent Puetz out of the tournament in seventh for $85,856. The very next hand, Muehloecker, who was second in chips at the time, picked up [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] and opened in mid-position. The action folded to Addamo who woke up with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] and put in a three-bet from the small blind. Muehloecker flat called and the flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"], giving Muehloecker top set. Addamo put out a small bet and Muehloecker just called. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Addamo led out again, putting out roughly a half pot bet. Muehloecker, again, just called. Then, Addamo hit his two-outer when the [poker card="ac"] spiked on the river. Addamo bet small, prompting Muehloecker, with a half pot bet left behind, to move all-in. Addamo snap-called and Muehloecker saw the bad news. Addamo’s chip lead increased while Muehloecker settled for sixth place and a $111,342 score. Just two hands later, wielding a six-to-one chip lead over the next closest competitor, Addamo opened his [poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"] from the cutoff. On the button, Uruguay’s former #1-ranked Fabrizio ‘DrMikee’ Gonzalez moved all-in holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"]. The action folded back to Addamo who called the short-stacked shove. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"] giving Gonzalez two pair and a 95% chance to win the hand. The turn was the [poker card="9d"], bringing Addamo’s hand some extra life. The [poker card="8d"] river completed Addamo’s runner-runner flush and eliminated Gonzalez in fifth place for $144,393. One more hand passed before current OPOY points leader Joao Vieira called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] from under the gun four-handed. Addamo checked his option with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] and the flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"][poker card="7c"], giving Addamo two pair. Addamo checked it over to Vieira who bet the minimum. Addamo put in a check-raise which Vieira just called. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and Addamo led for half pot, which Vieira called. The river was the [poker card="9d"] and after a few seconds, Addamo moved all-in putting Vieira to the test with his pocket aces. After tanking for more than four minutes, Vieira clicked the call button and fell in fourth place for $187,255. With three left, Addamo held more than 17 million in chips compared to the 2.1 million of Isaac Haxton and the 750K of Dzivielevski. Having been quiet for the majority of the tournament, Dzivielevski began to chip up at Addamo’s expense. However, when it was Haxton’s turn to move all-in, it was once again Addamo on the other end. Addamo raised the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] and Haxton, with 10 big blinds left in his stack, moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="js"][poker card="ts"]. After Dzivielevski folded, Addamo made the call and the flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="4d"]. Haxton picked up both flush and straight outs when the [poker card="9s"] fell on the turn. But the [poker card="5h"] was no help for Haxton and the high-roller hit the rail in third place for $242,839. Just two hands into heads-up play, it looked like Addamo was going to walk away with his fourth Super MILLION$ title. From the button, Addamo raised with the [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"] and Dzivielevski defended holding the [poker card="qh"][poker card="6s"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="4s"] and Dzivielevski check-called a bet by Addamo. The turn was the [poker card="2d"], hitting Addamo’s gutshot straight draw. Again, Dzivielevski check-called a bet by Addamo. When the [poker card="qs"] hit the river, Dzivielevski led out a quarter-pot bet with his trips and Addamo promptly moved all-in. Dzivielevski went into the tank and after two minutes, he found the fold that kept him in the tournament. After that fold, the momentum shifted. Even though Addamo held a nine-to-one chip lead, the hands started falling Dzivielevski’s way. Another important clash took place when Dzivielevski raised the button with [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"] and Addamo three-bet his [poker card="kc"][poker card="5d"]. After Dzivielevski called the flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"] giving Dzivielevski middle pair. Addamo fired out and Dzivielevski made the call. The turn came the [poker card="qs"] and Addamo fired again, and again, Dzivielevski called. The river was the [poker card="4h"] which saw Addamo move all-in, completing the three-barrel bluff. With third pair and his tournament life at risk, Dzivielevski made the call. For the first time in the tournament, Dzivielevski took over the chip lead. Addamo didn’t go quietly, in fact, he took back the chip lead as the heads-up battle continued. Soon thereafter, Dzivielevski put in a raise with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"] and Addamo three-bet from the big blind, this time holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. Dzivielevski called and the flop came [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"], giving Dzivielevski a pair and a flush draw and Addamo the nut flush draw. Addamo bet out which brought a raise from Dzivielevski. Addamo flat called the raise and the pair watched as the [poker card="ts"] hit the turn. Addamo checked and Dzivielevski moved all-in. It only took a couple of seconds for Addamo to call off, looking for a club, ace, king, or queen to end the tournament. The river was the [poker card="7d"] and as the pot was shipped to Dzivielevski, the tables had officially turned and it was the Brazilian who now held an ample chip lead. On the final hand of the tournament, Addamo opened the button with the [poker card="qs"][poker card="td"] and Dzivielevski three-bet holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. Addamo made the call and the flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"]. Dzivielevski checked his pocket jacks and Addamo checked back. The turn was a fateful [poker card="ts"] and Dzivielevski checked again. This time Addamo bet and Dzivielevski check-shoved his overpair. Addamo made the call with his pair of tens and when the river came the [poker card="kh"] Dzivielevski’s comeback was complete. Addamo finished in second place for $314,924, an amount enough to put him back atop the Super MILLION$ All-Time Money List. Dzivielevski took home his first GGPoker Super MILLION$ title for $408,406. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (3/23) 1. Yuri Dzivielevski - $408,406 2. Michael Addamo -$314,924 3. Issac Haxton - $242,839 4. Joao Vieira - $187,255 5. DrMikee - $144,393 6. Thomas Muehloecker - $111,342 7. Chris Puetz - $85,856 8. Aliaksei Boika - $66,204 9. Connor Drinan - $51,050
  7. For the second month in a row, a high-profile Brazilian poker pro ran away with the monthly PLB contest as Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski used a pair of major six-figure scores to help clinch the February Online Poker Player of the Month title. It was an impressive performance from Dzivielevski who, despite the shorter month, put up more than 1000 more PLB points than his countryman Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon did when he won the award in January. In the end, Dzivielevski racked up 4,942.38 PLB points, with many of them coming from his battles in the high-roller arenas. It took less than 24 hours into February for Dzivielevski to know it was going to be an epic month. A runner-up finish in the ACR Venom $8 million guaranteed Main Event brought him an $849,150 payday, the second-largest score of his career, and an astounding 2,026.53 PLB points. It was that tournament that set him up to outpace everyone else in the month. One week later he had back-to-back five-figure scores which included a third-place run in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday High Roller for $32,064 and 283.33 points. At the same time, he made the final table of the Winamax Grand Tournament where he added another $14,292 and 181.24 to his daily total. On February 21 Dzivielevski found himself at another GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table battling against the likes of Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood, Mikita Badziakouski, and former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt. He ended up falling in fourth place but took home $207,649 for his efforts and 651.46 PLB points. In total, Dzivielevski recorded 38 total cashes for a total of more than $1.55 million in earnings. During that run, he climbed as high as #2 in the Online Poker Rankings. He currently sits ranked at #5 in the world. In most months, what Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens accomplished in February would be more than enough to sit atop the leaderboard. He amassed 4,319.95 points by going on an absolute heater through the high roller tournaments on GGPoker. On February 2, Stevens finished fifth in the $10K Super MILLION$ for $150,112 and 551.73 PLB points. Just three days later be secured a victory in a GGPoker $1,050 High Roller for $45,769 and 447.21 points. At the very same time, he took third place in another $1,050 High Roller, capturing another $56,602 and 365.77 points. The very next day, ‘Giraf’ was taking down another tournament when he walked away with the win in a third $1,050 High Roller, good for $45,769 and 447.21 points. One week later, Stevens was back at another Super MILLION$ final table, finishing in seventh place for another $85,857 and 442.20 PLB points. It just didn’t seem to stop. In total, he added 10 PLB-qualifying cashes to his profile and 16 scores of five-figures or more. While it may not have been enough to bring him the February Player of the Month, it did build the foundation that helped him return to the worldwide #1 ranking, where he currently sits. Rounding out the top three for the month is Brazilian grinder Ramon ‘Ramonkrop’ Kropmanns who amassed the majority of his 4,193.44 PLB points in a single score. Kropmanns outlasted the 3,774 player field in the same ACR Venom $8 million guaranteed Main Event where Dzivielevski finished as the runner-up. Kropmanns ended up taking home a career-high score of $1,113,330 and 3,071.64 PLB points. Kroppmanns is now up to over $3.1 million in lifetime career online cashes and sits just outside the Top 25, ranked #26 in the world. February 2021 Player of the Month Results [table id=186 /]
  8. Damian Salas’ amazing start to 2021 got even better this week with a string of online scores propelling the newly crowned World Series of Poker Main Event champion to a career-high spot in the latest worldwide Online Poker Rankings. If the totality of Salas’ yearly accomplishments would have been taking down the 2020 WSOP Main Event in January, by any standard it would have been a great year. But Salas, who has a well-documented love of the grind seemingly isn’t content with his place in the history books, he wants more. After spending the past two weeks racking up picking up impressive scores and the PocketFives Leaderboard points that come with them, the Argentinian has soared 19 spots this week to break through into the top 10 of the Online Poker Rankings where he currently sits at #9. His spotlight score of last month was a runner-up finish in the February 14 edition of the weekly GGPoker $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$. From a final table that included top-ranked pros like Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens, Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov, and, eventual winner, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, Salas collected a $314,924 payday and 937.69 PLB points for his second place finish. On the same day, Salas finished in third place in the GGPoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Special for another $7,390 and 131.69 points. One week later, Salas ran deep in another major event when he finished inside the final two tables in the PokerStars Turbo Series 03 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max High Roller) for $14,284 and another 179.43 PLB points. And finally, he grabbed another 180.61 PLB points when he bubbled the final table of the GGPoker two-day $1,050 Monday Main Event, finishing in tenth place for $4,289. For Salas to remain in the top 10 moving forward, he’s going to need to continue to keep busy. The PLB point race is especially tight in the #8-#12 spots with Salas being just 383 points behind Brazilian Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann and a mere 127 points ahead of Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov who sits at #10. For someone to enter the top 10 means that someone has to leave and this week it was Anton ‘AnteSvante’ Wigg who slipped from the #9 spot to #11. Also of note for Salas, at the very end of January he scored a runner-up finish in a GGPoker $1,500 High Roller Deepstack for $16,119. That's a nice score by any measure but it was also the moment that he eclipsed the $9 million in online earnings mark. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Last week it was Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski who was in the position to make a run at Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon’s reign at #1, this week former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens assumes the #2 spot. The difference this week is that Steven has eclipsed the 13,000 PLB mark, putting him closer than any other player has been in nearly a month. Helping Stevens out was his victory this week in the GGPoker $400 Forty Stack where he earned $11,669 and 224.46 PLB points. • With his win in the aforementioned GGPoker Super MILLION$, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro also had a significant leap in this week’s rankings rising from #26 back to #12. The win was worth $408,406 and brought with it an impressive 1,421.27 PLB points. Keep an eye on the former worldwide #1 for a possible return to the Top 10 in the coming weeks. • Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot flew back into the Top 100 this week, rising 245 places to #40 thanks to a slew of recent high roller results from GGPoker, a deep run in the PokerStars Turbo Series, and a runner-up finish in the partypoker High Roller One Shot for $26,425 (307.69 PLB points). Next week see another surge for the Brit as he took down a the $5,250 High Roller Special on GGPoker for $125,383 and made the final table of the partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event. • Five players returned to the Top 100 this week including the Brazilian trio of 'dennysramos2', ‘jason132008’, and ’saymon9’ as well as former #1-ranked superstar Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet who comes in at #98 this week. Although Van Fleet’s recorded volume has been light in 2021, he’s is always good for massive scores. Including his third-place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series 03 ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) where he won $101,421 (471.27 PLB points) and jumped to over $17 million in career online cashes, good for #4 on the All-Time Online Money List.
  9. From the middle of the pack of one of the toughest $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ final tables in recent weeks, it was satellite winner ‘Ferrariman’ who, in just their second appearance in the tournament, bested some of online poker’s top talent and took home this week's $452,885 first-place prize. It goes without saying that every final table of the weekly Super MILLION$ is tough. However this week, the tournament talent on hand was undeniable. Earning a seat to Tuesday’s final table were two former worldwide #1-ranked online pros in Niklas Astedt and Yuri Dzivielevski, two of the greatest high rollers of all time in Sam Greenwood and Mikita Badziakouski, the red-hot high-stakes pro David Yan, and nosebleed cash game crusher Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski. But despite all the accolades at the table, in the end, it was ’Ferrariman’ who outlasted them all. But when it came to who the public thought was going to win it all, there wasn’t a lot of confidence in ‘Ferrariman.’ Getting 11.4-1 odds to win in the GGPoker client, only 13 people placed a bet on ’Ferrariman’ to take it down. Those 13 people wagered a total of just $41 dollars out of a grand total of $54,226 wagered. Plenty of the money wagered was on Niklas Asdedt who entered the final table third in chips. He needed a fourth-place finish or better to become the first player to surpass $2 million in total Super MILLION$ earnings. But after losing a pair of big hands the Swede found himself short-stacked and all-in preflop holding [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"] against Badziakouski’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"] allowing Badziakouski’s kicker to play and sending the All-Time Online Money List leader out in ninth place for $56,610. Chicago’s Timothy Nuter, playing out of Canada, put in a raise from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] and was quickly three-bet on the button by Dzivielevski holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="qc"]. It folded back to Nuter, he moved all-in, and was quickly called by the Brazilian. There was little drama as the board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7c"] awarding the hand to Dzivielevski and eliminating Nuter in eighth place for $73,415. Dzivielevski was in the mix again when he raised in late position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"]. It folded to ’Syntropy’ in the small blind who pushed their final eight big blinds in the middle with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. It folded back to Dzivielevski who made the call. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] giving both players ’Syntropy’ gutshot straight draws. The turn was the [poker card="kd"], giving Dzivielevski the nut straight and leaving ‘Syntropy’ drawing dead to the [poker card="6c"] river. ’Syntropy’ entered the final table ninth in chips, laddered two spots and ended up with a $95,207 score for seventh place, their largest career win on GGPoker. During an hour of six-handed play, Sam Greenwood was grinding a short stack. On the button, he stuck his final five big blinds in the middle with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"]. In the big blind, Dzivielevski made the call with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="2c"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="2h"], giving the Brazilian two pair and reducing Greenwood’s outs to a gutshot straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and the river was the [poker card="3c"] giving Dzivielevski another elimination and sending Greenwood out of the tournament in sixth place for $123,468. Four hands later, when folded to in the small blind, Malinowski shoved his [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"] on Badziakouski in the big blind who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. With just over ten big blinds left, Badziakouski made the call with his tournament on the line. The board ran out [poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qh"] allowing Malinowski’s jack kicker to play and ending Badziakouski’s first Super MILLION$ final table run in fifth place for $160,119. During four-handed play, Malinowski built up a considerable chip lead, mostly at the expense of Dzivielevski. When folded to in the small blind, Malinowski moved all-in with the [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"]. In the big blind, with just four blinds left, Dzivielevski called off with his [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="5s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="3s"] was of little help to Dzivielevski. The turn was the [poker card="qc"] leaving the former #1 looking for a non-spade ten or a king. The river was the [poker card="4d"] giving Malinowski the straight and ending Dzivielevski’s nice run in fourth place which was good for $207,649. The chips really shifted during three-handed play with Malinowski, David Yan, and ‘Ferrariman’ taking turns picking up pots and building a stack. From the button, Yan raised big with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9d"] only to be shoved on my Malinowski in the big blind holding the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. With the majority of his stack in the middle, Yan made the call. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="5c"] turn gave Yan some additional straight outs but the [poker card="8s"] was not one of them. Yan, who played his fifth final table, added another $269,287 to his Super MILLION$ earnings bringing his total to over $1.295 million. Malinowski started heads-up play with a two-to-one chip advantage. But ‘Ferrariman’, who had played tempered the whole final table, went on a run. He doubled through Malinowski to take the chip lead and from there, kept up the aggression. Even after they lost a big hand that would have ended the tournament, ‘Ferrariman’ applied pressure and picked up the key pots to put them in a position to win. The final hand was a bit of a cooler as Malinowski limped the button with the [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. In the big blind ‘Ferrariman’ raised holding the [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. Malinowski then shoved, ‘Ferrariman’ was quick to call and the board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="jh"][poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"], leaving ‘limitless’ drawing dead on the turn and sending him out as the runner-up for $349,222. ‘Ferrariman’ satellited into this week’s Super MILLION$ for $1,000 and turned it into a $452,885 payday. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/23) 1. ’Ferrariman’ - $452,885 2. Wiktor Malinowski - $349,222 3. David Yan - $269,287 4. Yuri Dzivielevski - $207,649 5. Mikita Badziakouski - $160,119 6. Sam Greenwood - $123,468 7. ‘Syntropy’ - $95,207 8.Timothy Nuter - $73,415 9. Niklas Astedt - $56,610
  10. This week Russian high-stakes tournament pro Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov catapulted back into the Online Poker Rankings top 10 after a string of high profile cashes helped him rise 26 spots to land at #9 in the world. This is by no means Malinov’s first trip into the top 10. In 2018, he was on the verge of becoming the #1 ranked player in the world, however that entire year was dominated by Sweden's 'C Darwin2’ and ‘Lena900’. Although he spent multiple weeks at #2, the Russian was just unable to find a path to the top spot. Now Malinov returns as the #1-ranked player in Russia, surpassing Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov, who, this week, is currently ranked #10 in the world. He accomplished this, in part, by making deep runs in marquee tournament and consistently putting together PLB-qualifying scores in small timeframes. He built a bed of PLB points in early January, on January 10 specifically, that included a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Blowout Series Event #53-H ($2,100 NLHE) for $28,089 and 244.38 points. The same day he finished in seventh place in Blowout Series Event #54-H ($10,300 NLHE) for another $56,424 and 339.40 points. He wrapped the day with another deep run in a Blowout Series event and it looked like it was just a matter of time that he closed one out. One week later, Malinov (playing under his ‘hello_totti’ screenname) did just that. While not an official Blowout Series title, he took down the $5,200 NLHE Blowout Series Side Event for a $219,546 payday and a massive 1,060.66 PLB point score. The victory was the third-largest of his over 10-year online poker career and was critical to helping him soar back up the rankings. Malinov has also found recent success in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ tournament. He cashed in the January 26 and February 2 events for a total of nearly $44,000 and just this week he made the final table where he finished in fifth place for another $144,393. It’s likely that he will see another bump next week when his back-to-back victories on February 16 in the PokerStars High Roller Club are included in the rankings. Malinov is rapidly approaching $13 million in career earnings and currently sits at #17 on the Online Poker All-Time Money List. He’ll need to keep producing though if he wants to remain #1 in Russia as he only has a 4 PLB point lead over Filatov. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • What a difference a week makes for former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski. He jumped up four spots from #7 to #3 after his runner-up finish in ACR’s Venom Main Event earned him $849,150 and a massive 2,026.53 PLB point jump. The four-figure PLB point score put him less than 500 points behind Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic, who has been in the #2 spot for the better part of two months. • Speaking of the ACR Venom Main Event, another Brazilian, ‘Ramonkrop’, won the whole thing for a career-high score of $1,113,330. The incredible 3,071.64 PLB points they received for defeating the 3,774-entry field launched him 111 places in the rankings from #137 to #26, by far the largest leap of the week. • UK-based grinder ‘JaegsPL’ broke into the Top 100 this week, hitting a career-high ranking of #72 in the world thanks to his sixth-place finish in the GGPoker Global MILLION$ for $26,728. ‘JaegsPL’ currently sits as the #6-ranked player in the United Kingdom. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings [table id=172 /]
  11. For weeks now, the worldwide Online Poker Rankings have been a tight-knit crew. Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon has held down the top spot for the past eight weeks and well-known names like Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, and Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens have occupied their own positions inside the Top 5. But this week, a new player broke through into the upper echelons of the rankings for the first time in his career. Portugal’s #1-ranked pro Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira soared past Brazil’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann and Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski to capture the #5 spot, building on what has been, for him, an incredible start to 2021. Ferreira has long been considered a top-tier tournament player but his recent rise in the rankings can be traced back to the beginning of this year when he collected large amounts of PLB points on a daily basis. Many of Ferreira's spotlight scores have come on GGPoker, where he dedicates most of his volume. His first notable score of the year came back on January 4 when he made a deep run in the WSOP Circuit Event #15 ($800 FIFTY STACK), finishing in fifth place for $56,646 and 451.33 PLB points. That was just the start of an onslaught of impressive results that week. In a three-day span, he collected five PLB-qualifying scores including a fifth-place finish in the prestigious $10K Super MILLION$ tournament where he collected $158,690 and 567.28 PLB points. In total, he brought in 1,396.28 points during that span which set him up for a run to the worldwide Top 10. Less than a week later, Ferreira finished as the runner-up in the Winamax W Series High Roller KO for $131,199, his second six-figure score of the week. The 921.92 PLB points that came with it remains his largest PLB score of the year so far. He wasn’t finished with the W Series as a victory in Event 185 added another $11,194 to his bankroll and helped pad the bed of PLB points he’d need to push into the upper echelons of the rankings. On January 26, he made another deep run in the GGPoker Super MILLION$, finishing in 11th place for $33,604. Ferriera has proved to be one of the most consistent players in the weekly Super MILLION$ having cashed in 15 of his 31 appearances and earning $1,000,053 along the way. After that result, Ferriera had climbed into the #8 spot in the rankings and needed an extra jolt to hit a new career-high rank this week. He got that lift this week after outlasting the 111 runners, and besting Chris Koldnicki heads-up, in the $525 buy-in GGPoker Sunday High Rollers for $12,886 and 235.58 PLB points. On the same day, at a final table that included Ryan Riess, Bryan Paris, and Jack Salter, Ferreira took fifth place in the High Roller MILLION$ for $66,038 and the 473.78 PLB points he needed to break into the Top 5. While he still has a way to go to make a run at #1, as he’s over 3,400 points behind Botteon as of this week, another solid performance over the next week could put him in striking distance of Stevens who sits at #4, just 194 points away. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Russia’s Andrey 'kot_spartac' Kotelnikov reached a career-high ranking of #13 in the world, up 12 spots from #25 last week, thanks in part to finishing in fourth place out of a massive 28,404-entry field in the PokerStars 50/50 Series $50 Main Event. He earned $47,045 and 494.56 PLB points to push him past former #1-ranked Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who fell back to #14. • Popular Twitch poker streamer Patrick ‘Egption’ Tardif hit #34 in the world, a new career-high for him, after finishing as the runner-up in the Natural8 $1,050 High Rollers Main Event for $75,480 and 466.52 PLB points. The score helped propel Tardif to up over $3 million in career online earnings. • Brazil’s Gabriel ‘gtavares10’ Tavares made one of the biggest moves of the week, jumping up 27 spots to #58 after his victory in the February 7 PokerStars $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder for $40,301 and 541.76 PLB points. Brazil has taken over the worldwide top 100, currently holding down 29 of the top 100 spots. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings [table id=171 /]
  12. Brazil’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann is on the verge of a breakthrough. Volkmann is a key member of the trio of Brazilians who have been occupying the upper echelons of the Online Poker Rankings for weeks on end. Of course, there’s 2020 Rising Star of the Year, Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon who, this week, continued his reign as the #1-ranked player in the world for the fifth week running. Then there’s Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski, the superstar MTT professional who sits at #5, looking to make another run at the top spot which he last held in 2015. Volkmann, currently ranked at #6, has been grinding relentlessly and reaping the rewards of major scores. Throughout the last half of 2020 and right into the New Year, his results have put him in a position to rise back into the worldwide top-5. In recent months, some of Volkmann’s biggest scores in his career have taken place while battling in the weekly $10K buy-in Super MILLION$ tournament on the GGPoker network. In September 2020, Volkmann locked up one of the biggest scores of his career when he outlasted a tough final table that included Jans Arends, Daniel Dvoress, and Matthias Eibinger to capture the $564,947 first-place prize. He was back at a Super MILLION$ final table in November where he finished in fourth place, good for another $179,542 and 592.04 PLB points. Since the start of the Super MILLION$ weekly tournament, Volkmann has finished in the money six times, reached four final tables, and earned over $965,000. While his MILLION$ scores have helped see his career online earnings soar north of $7.8 million, it’s his regular grind that has helped him rack up the PLB points necessary to sit in contention for a top-5 spot. December 27, Volkmann wrapped up 2020 a win in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $44,297 and 574.89 PLB points. At the very same time, he finished in fourth place in the PokerStars Blowout Series $5,200 NLHE High Roller for $93,799 and 574.89 PLB points. As good as December was for Volkmann, things have only gotten better in January. He kicked off the year by besting the 194-player field in the Blowout Series Event #28 ($2,100 NLHE, PKO) for $34,173 and 440.45 PLB points and then went on a deep run in the January 10 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for $13,456 plus 186.93 PLB points. The recently completed Blowout Series continued to be a source of impressive results for Volkmann as he picked up back-to-back five-figure scores in some of the series final events. He went on a deep run in Event #68 ($1,050 NLHE Thursday Thrill) and eventually finished in fourth place for $20,166. At the same time, he was heads-up in Event #71 ($530 NLHE 8-Max, HRC Daily Supersonic). He ended up as the runner-up which added another $26,308 to his bankroll. With over a week left in the month, Volkmann’s start to 2021 includes 24 in-the-money results and more than $133,000 in earnings. His six PLB-qualified cashes resulted in 1,405.20 points added to his running total. In order to make a push for the #1 spot, Volkmann is going to need another really big result or two. Sitting this week with 9,925 PLB points, Volkmann has plenty to keep him entrenched in the top 10, however, both Botteon and the #2-ranked Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic both have over 13,500 PLB points which is considerable ground to cover. But Dzivieleski, who is right above Volkmann in the rankings is a mere 316 points ahead. Should Volkmann continue to record the same caliber of impressive results as he has already done in 2021, he may see a return to the elite section of the rankings and possibly break ground into a new career-high spot. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings [table id=164 /]
  13. 2020 was a career year for UK online crusher Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who not only spent more than half the year as the #1-ranked player in the world but also earned more than enough PocketFives PLB points to run away as the 2020 Online Poker Player of the Year. For years, Beresford had been considered one of the toughest online poker tournament players in the world, but in 2020 he cemented himself as one of the very best. He hit new heights by earning six six-figure scores, four of which are currently a part of his top-5 results. He also padded his poker resume with victories in high roller events as well as his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title. Beresford’s year got off to a quick start when on January 30 he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker $2,020 2020 Series Championship for what was easily a new career-high cash of $611,134. Although he settled for second in that spot, Beresford spent the rest of the year finding ways to take home the win in the face of huge paydays at major final tables. For Beresford, those final tables often came with a title attached. He started his 2020 collection in March when he took down the partypoker POWERFEST Event #8 for $70,588. It was then that the online poker industry ramped up its offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which meant more opportunities for players like Beresford. On March 22, he picked up a win in the PokerStars High Rollers Week Kickoff Event ($5,200 NLHE) for $180,438. That fed right into back-to-back six-figure scores, the first of which took place during High Rollers 32 ($5,200 8-Max Main Event) for $378,205. That was closely followed by another huge win in High Rollers 39 ($10,300 NLHE) where Beresford defeated fellow UK pro Michael 'mczhang' Ch Zhang heads up for $239,652. All three of those PokerStars High Rollers victories were good enough to enter Beresford’s top-5 career results. The highlights continued in April as Beresford walked away with the win in the GGPoker GSS #162-HR for $74,066. Then again in May when he picked up a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title with a win in Event 32-H ($530 NLHE) for $85,959. It was only fitting that in the middle of his 29-week long run as the #1-ranked player in the world, Beresford took down his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title for $162,674. By the end of the year, Beresford’s lifetime career cashes soared over $14.7 million in earnings and he accumulated 29,804 PLB points, more than 4,000 ahead of Brazil’s Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon who ended the year with 25,730 points. Botteon had a well-documented incredible year in his own right highlighted by a second-place finish in the international leg of the World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event for a career-high score of $1,062,723. He also finished as the runner-up in the WSOP $25,000 Heads Up NLHE event on GGPoker for $622,300 as well as making an appearance at the final table of the WSOP $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship where he finished in sixth place for another $388,837. In total, Botteon, who is currently the #1-ranked player in the world, earned 14 of his top 15 scores in 2020, seven of which were good for six-figures or more. The current #2-ranked player, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic also made a run at the Online Player of the Year title by accumulating 23,773 points. The largest score of his year came in August when he earned a WSOP gold bracelet in Event #63 ($500 Mini Main Event) and collected a career-high cash of $843,460. After winning the PocketFives Yearly PLB title in both 2018* and 2019, ‘Lena900’ finished fourth in the 2020 race with 22,918 points. ‘Lena900’ started the year off as the #1-ranked player and held on to it for the better part of five months until Beresford assumed the top spot. Despite everything he’s accomplished in his career, all of his titles, the online great managed to add even more last year. His yearly highlights included a win in the PokerStars Stadium Series for $230,435 which was the third-highest cash of his career plus two WCOOP titles. In total, ‘Lena900’ has extended his lead on the Online All-Time Money List to more than $21.5 million. Former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski finished in fifth place with 20,411 points on the back of his second career WSOP bracelet and three World Championship of Online Poker titles which included one in Event #48-H ($5,200, 8-Max PKO) for a total of $245,000. 2020 Online Poker Player of the Year Standings [table id=150 /] * In previous years, players were awarded the title of PocketFives Yearly PLB winner. This title has been changed to PocketFives Online Player of the Year.
  14. The global Coronavirus pandemic meant poker looked very different in 2020 than it has in any other year. That didn't stop some of the most talented players in the world from putting on a show every time they took to the felt in 2020. It Was Connor Drinan's World, We Were All Just Living In It Connor Drinan had a year any poker player would dream of - and he did it while playing a somewhat limited schedule. In May, Drinan, who calls Las Vegas home, traveled outside of the United States to play the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker more than a week after it began. He quickly made up for lost time and put on a show for the ages. Drinan started things off by winning Event #34 High ($530 PLO) for $34,421 on his first day back in action. Two days later he outlasted 149 other entries to ship Event #40 High ($5,200 PLO Six Max) for $152,011. He didn't even wait another 24 hours before completing the hat trick. Drinan won Event #45 ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO) for a $105,200 payday. Three days after that, Drinan won Event #56 High ($1,050 HORSE) and added $30,223 to his ever-growing bankroll. That win tied him with former #1-ranked Shaun Deeb for most SCOOP titles in a single year with four, but Drinan, wasn't quite finished yet. Just three days later, Drinan beat 158 other runners to win Event #75 High ($10,300 PLO) for what was then a career-best $322,264 score and a record-setting fifth SCOOP title of the year. That final table included the likes of Ben Tollerene, Linus Linus Loeliger, Talal Shakerchi, Gavin Cochrane, Joao Vieira, and eventual runner-up Jens Kyllonen.   Drinan set the record over a nine day span (May 9 - 17) and won a total of $553,504 for those five wins. He had 25 other SCOOP cashes, including one other final table. That was Drinan's spring adventure. When the summer came, Drinan turned his attention the online World Series of Poker events, first in Las Vegas for the WSOP.com schedule, and then back to Mexico to get it on the GGPoker events. In Las Vegas, Drinan cashed six times, highlighted by a sixth place finish in Event #13 ($1,500 High Roller Freezeout) before heading down to Mexico with former PocketFives #1 Chris Moorman to battle the worldwide market in a quest for a bracelet against much larger fields. He started off hot with a seventh place finish in Event #50 ($2,100 NLHE Bounty Championship) and then rattled off 13 more cashes before taking his seat in the biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #83 ($10,000 WSOP Super MILLION$). Drinan worked his way through 890 other entries to make the final table alongside former #1 PocketFiver Chris Oliver, Christopher Kruk, and 2013 November Niner Sylvain Loosli. Despite starting the final table sixth in chips, Drinan worked his way through that group and found himself with a better than 4-1 lead heads-up against Daniyar Aubakirov. Drinan didn't need long to put Aubakirov to rest to claim his first career WSOP bracelet and the $1,423,049 first place prize. Drinan also picked up a few extra dollars thanks to a bracelet bet with Daniel Negreanu. Another Conor Crushed 2020, Too Midway through 2020, Conor Beresford did what seemed nearly impossible at one point: he unseeded Sweden's 'lena900' from the #1 spot on PocketFives and then held onto it for more than seven months. Beresford officially took over the highly coveted #1 spot on May 16 after winning SCOOP Event #18 Medium ($215 NLHE Sunday Cooldown SE) on May 3 and Event #32 High on 7. Those wins gave Beresford a combined $124,538 in winnings and 645.25 PLB points, but he had set himself up to move into the #1 spot wish a series of career-defining scores beginning at the end of January. On January 30, Beresford finished runner-up in the GGPoker Phased: 2020 Series Championship event for $611,134 and 399.91 points. The Brit then picked up $617,857 and 1,236.19 points for winning a pair of PokerStars High Rollers events just four days apart in March. In September, Beresford crossed a career accolade off of his to-do list by winning PokerStars WCOOP Event #33 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $162,674.33. Despite his heavy list of accomplishments, this was the first time in his career that Beresford topped a WCOOP event. Attesting to his dominance this year, the four biggest scores in Beresford's online career, five of his top six, and six of his top ten, all came in 2020. The Arena Seemed Not to Matter To Timothy Adams When live poker basically shut down around the world in March, there might not have been a hotter player than Timothy Adams. The Canadian cashed both the $100K and $50K Challenge at the 2020 Aussie Millions in January and then won an Australian Poker Open $25,000 event before winning Super High Roller Bowl Australia. All told, Adams added $2.1 million to his bankroll before Valentine's Day. In March, he found himself in Russia. He posted a fifth place finish in a $25,000 event at the partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series before beating 39 other entries to win Super High Roller Bowl Russia. Those two scores put another $3,716,000 into his bank account. Adams didn't slow down once the action was forced online. Adams won one Poker Masters Online event and cashed in another ten PMO events to finish fourth in the race for the Purple Jacket in April. He closed out the year by finishing runner-up in the European Poker Tour Online event for $728,632.82, finished eighth in the EPT Online $10,000 High Roller, and then won a GGPoker Super MILLION$ for $315,158. Success at Nearly Every Turn: Yuri Dzivielevski While Bruno Botteon rose the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings this year, fellow Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski went about his work. Dzivielevski, who was #1 in 2014 and 2015, won partypoker POWERFEST titles on March 19 and April 3, before earning his second career WSOP bracelet after coming out on top of the 4,356-entry field in Event #42 ($400 PLOssus) for $221,557 in August. He cashed in 14 other WSOP events to wrap up the summer. That was just an appetizer for what Dzivielevski pulled off in the fall. Against the toughest competitors that the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker has to offer, Dzivielevski emerged victorious not once, not twice, but three times in the first two weeks of the 25-day festival. He won Event #9 High ($1,050 NL 2-7), Event #20 ($1,050 HORSE), and Event #48 ($5,200 NLHE PKO) for more than $180,000 in winnings. Viktor Blom Had Himself a Work Week To Remember While the other players mentioned here all put together a string of results spread out over the course of the entire year, Swedish superstar Viktor Blom condensed all of his crushing into a single week - and still had time for a weekend of rest at the end. In May, Blom won three Super High Roller Bowl Online events in a span of just five days. He won Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) for $213,750 on May 26, Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $407,500 on May 28, and then capped it off by taking down Event #21 ($10,300 High Roller) to earn $195,250 on May 30. He also picked up a runner-up finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $365,500 to bring his SHRB Online earnings to $1,182,000.
  15. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. Last updated: Sunday, December 7, 2020 The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors [caption id="attachment_633135" align="aligncenter" width="799"] The opening flights of the 2020 World Series of Poker are underway online. (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /] Blaž Žerjav Takes Overall Chip Lead On Day 1B [caption id="attachment_633168" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The 2020 WSOP Main Event has a new chip leader after Day 1B. (photo: PokerFactor)[/caption] The World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event continued on December 5 as 171 players opted to take their $10,000 shot on Day 1B. After roughly nine-and-a-half hours of play, 16 total levels, just 42 players survived the day with their dream of becoming the next WSOP World Champion in tact. Slovania’s Blaž Žerjav, third-place finisher in the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online, finished the day atop the chip counts with a stack of 639,394 (128 bbs), good for an overall chip lead through two flights. Žerjav was followed closely by Brazil’s #9-ranked player, Rodrigo Valente (592,043, 118 bbs) in second place and Isreal’s Amir Divr (538,003, 108 bbs) in third. Online poker’s former #1-ranked crusher from Russia, Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov was the only other player to end the day with over 100bbs, finishing in fourth place with 551,114 in chips, good for 102 big blinds. Day 1B saw its share of notable names make it through to Day 2 including World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners Simon Lofberg, Toby Joyce, and Barak Wisbrod. Joining them in advancing was the likes of PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo SHR winner Sergio Aido, Swedish pros Anton Wigg and Simon Mattsson, as well as PokerStars WCOOP winner Alex Difelice. With nearly 3/4th of the field busting throughout the day, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of big-time talent that found themselves on the outside looking in. Some of those who shot and missed included GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Kevin Martin, 888poker ambassador Daria Feshchenko, Team partypoker pro Dzmitry Urbanovich, Sylvain Loosli, Bert ‘girafganger’ Stevens, Jens Kyllonen, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Adrian Mateos, and former #1-ranked Swedish pro Niklas Astedt. Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=133 /] Senthuran Vijayaratnam Tops Day 1C, Takes Overall Chip Lead Into Day 2 The final starting day of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker saw another 257 players post their $10,000 buy-in to boost the field size to a three-day total of 674 runners. This landed the total prize pool at $6,470,400 assuring a seven-figure score of $1,550,969 for GGPoker’s eventual winner as well as awarding $1,062,723 for the runner-up. At the end of another 16 levels, 75 players virtually bagged chips in Day 1C making for a total remaining field size of just 179 players who will return for Day 2 on Monday. Of those still in the hunt to become the 2020 WSOP World Champion, 80 will make the money and just nine will lock up a seat at the live final table, which set to take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on December 16. Canada’s Senthuran Vijayaratnam leveraged the largest of the three starting flights to launch himself to the top of the overall chip counts. Vijayaratnam has a healthy lead on the field after dragging 966,714 (193 bbs) in chips, a number far above the tournament’s second-place player, the UK’s Jesse Wigan. Wigan just out chipped Day 1b chip leader Blaž Žerjav after finishing the day with 642,276 (128 bbs) in chips. Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin rounds out the Day 1C top three, locking up 480,671 in chips to advance to Day 2. Day 1C had its fair share of notable names who made their way to the end of the day including WSOP bracelet winners Jonas Lauck and Sung Joo Hyun. Joining them in advancing to Day 2 include the likes of Gediminas Uselis, Damian Salas, Alexandros Kolonias, Ludovic Geilich, Antonine Saout, and Gary Hasson among others. Just like all of the other starting flights before it, Day 1C also saw plenty of big-time talent bust out before the end of the day. Eleven former bracelet winners failed to advance including GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, Mike Leah, and 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. It was the same fate for the notable names of Dietrich Fast, Patrick Tardif, Dario Sammartino, Benjamin Rolle, Maksim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov, Mikita Badziakouski, David Peters, Kitty Kuo, and 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=134 /] Day 1 Combined Top 10 Chip Counts [table id=135 /]
  16. One of Brazil's top poker players went from online legend to World Series of Poker bracelet winner on Monday night while Korea's Ji young Kim became the first woman from her country to win a bracelet. Yuri Dzivielevski Ships $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Yuri Dzivielevski, who once held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks, added another accomplishment to his resume on Sunday night, beating Michael Thompson heads-up to win the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $213,750 and his first WSOP bracelet. Dzivielevski leaned on his years of experience playing tournaments to close out the final table. "I have a lot of experience in No Limit Hold'em tournaments, and I have a lot of experience with [statistical models], so I knew that the chips I could lose weren't worth the same as the chips when I win," Dzivielevski said. "That was my strategy – attack very specific spots, but play tight." Prior to Sunday, Dzivielevski's previous best WSOP performance came in 2016 when he narrowly missed out on the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, finishing 11th for $44,911. Thompson took home $132,113 for finishing second. Dan Zack finished fifth for $43,950 but also picked up 370.2 WSOP Player of the Year points, which pushes him past Upeshka De Silvan and back into the lead through 51 events. Final Table Payouts Yuri Dzivielevski - $213,750 Michael Thompson - $132,113 Denis Strebkob - $89,744 Andrey Zaichenko - $62,176 Daniel Zack - $43,950 Philip Long - $31,710 Alex Livingston - $23,362 Daniel Ratigan - $17,584 Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch Wins $1,000 Online NLHE Double Stack Two weeks ago, Jason Gooch was heads-up for a bracelet on WSOP.com only to finish second to Josh 'Loofa' Pollock. On Sunday night he erased the bad taste that result left in his mouth and did one better, beating Brian 'pure__reason' Wood heads-up to win the $1,000 Online NLHE Deepstack event for $241.492.94. Wood, the #19-ranked New Jersey online poker player, earned $148,542.85 as the runner-up. Gianluca Speranza, the two-time defending PokerStars SCOOP Main Event champ, finished seventh. The final table also included Italian poker players Dario Sammartino and Max Pescatori. Final Table Payouts Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch - $241,492.94 Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $148,542.85 Anthony 'scrotile' Augustino - $104,980.41 Dario 'Sirio87' Sammartino - $75,094.55 Tim 'Stucksoomuch' Wong - $54,543.05 Ran 'margarete' Koller - $40,143.29 Gianluca 'InMyHouse' Speranza- $29,885.86 Justin 'KingFortune' Liberto - $22,541.03 Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori - $17,348.99 Ji young Kim Wins Ladies Event Normally, you'll find Ji young Kim managing her coffee shop back in her hometown of Seoul, Korea. For the last four days, however, Kim was busy working her way through the 968-player field in the WSOP Ladies Event. On Sunday night, she wrapped up the victory by beating Nancy Matson heads-up. The win gives Kim her first WSOP bracelet and $167,308. Matson, from Santa Monica, CA, went home with $103,350 for her runner-up result. It's only her second WSOP cash. She previously finished 406th in the $800 NLHE Deepstack in the lead up to the Ladies Event. Lexy Gavin finished sixth for $27,643. Final Table Payouts Ji young Kim - $167,308 Nancy Matson - $103,350 Sandrine Phan - $72,821 Stephanie Dao - $52,007 Lyly Vo - $37,654 Lexy Gavin - $27,643 Raylene Celaya - $20,582 Stephanie Hubbard - $15,544 Barbara Blechinger - $11,911 Kainalu McCue-Unciano Leads Monster Stack After Day 2 Nearly 3,000 players crammed into 10-handed tables on Sunday for Day 2 of the $1,500 Monster Stack and by the time 10 levels were in the books, just 457 players remained. Kainalu McCue-Unciano leads the way with 2,187,000 and the only other player who put more than 2,000,000 in the bag was Andrew Moreno, with 2,034,000. Konstantin Puchkov, Pierre Neuville, Alex Lynskey, Ali Imsirovic, Ryan Hohner, Matt Salsberg, and Dan Sindelar all found a bag at the end of Day 2. The bubble burst mid-way through play Sunday with 447 players busting in the money. Some of the notables who picked up a cash on Day 2 include Taylor Paur, Jake Schwartz, PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas, and Barry Greenstein. Action resumes at 11 AM PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 2,187,000 Andrew Moreno - 2,034,000 Brady Bullard - 1,971,000 Justin Kindred - 1,900,000 Benjamin Ector - 1,869,000 Jeff Siegal - 1,840,000 Gergely Kulcsar - 1,839,000 Roman Korenev - 1,804,000 Duytue Duong - 1,800,000 Sean Yu - 1,682,000 Daniel Alaei Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship Daniel Alaei, recently named the 26th best player in WSOP history, spent Sunday building his case and his chip stack, in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event. The five-time bracelet winner finished Day 2 with 1,985,000. He'll have to work his way through a formidable group of challengers on Monday if he hopes to get anywhere close to bracelet #6. The next biggest stacks belong to players who registered at the start of Day 2. Luke Schwartz sits second with 1,700,000 while Shaun Deeb bagged the third biggest stack with 1,586,000. A total of 26 players took advantage of the Day 2 registration opportunity including Phil Ivey, Matthew Gonzales, Phil Kessel, and Stephen Chidwick. The 26 late-entries pushed the total field size to a record-setting 518 players. Just 50 of them survived to see Day 3 and will be in action beginning at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Alaei - 1,985,000 Luke Schwartz - 1,700,000 Shaun Deeb - 1,586,000 Adam Hendrix - 1,219,000 Dash Dudley - 1,199,000 Joel Feldman - 1,196,000 Will Jaffe - 1,179,000 James Park - 1,173,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 1,116,000 Patrick Mahoney - US 1,024,000 $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack The opening day of the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event drew 3,759 players and through 20 30-minute levels, just 440 made it through. Kenneth Johnson ended up on top of the Day 1 chip counts with 1,400,000. Every player in the top 10 turned their starting stack of 40,000 into at least 1,000,000. This includes Alex Foxen who finished with 1,104,000 and the seventh-best stack. Joseph Cheong, Dutch Boyd, Joao Simao, Greg Raymer, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Affleck, Daniel Strelitz, Chris Ferguson, and Tim West were just some of the more recognizable faces that advanced to Da y2. Comedians Brad Garrett and Norm MacDonald also finished Day 1 with chips. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT and is scheduled to play to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Kenneth Johnson - 1,400,000 Shmuel Hada - 1,340,000 Amir Lehavot - 1,330,000 Jordan Meltzer - 1,188,000 John Rice - 1,138,000 Michael Dichiaro - 1,110,000 Alex Foxen - 1,104,000 Sharavan Chhabria - 980,000 Loc Nguyen - 976,000 Piet Pape - 956,000 Eric Rodawig Tops Day 1 of $1,500 Razz Day 1 of the $1,500 Razz event saw 363 players enter with bracelet-winner Eric Rodawig finish the day with the lead after being the only player to break through the 100,000 chip mark. Rodawig finished with 118,7000 while his closest competitor, Stephen Burns, ended with 92,700. Adam Owen, Scott Clements, Jennifer Tilly, Matt Waxman, Don Zewin, and Steve Billirakis were part of the 127 players who advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Eric Rodawig - 118,700 Stephen Burns - 92,700 Doug Lorgeree - 90,400 Charles Lorentz - 85,000 Jaime Lezama - 83,700 Shane Littlefield - 83,400 Adam Owen - 82,800 Peter Brownstein - 81,000 Christopher Kusha - 77,700 Michael Ross - 76,600
  17. After Day 5 of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, just 106 players remain in contention for the $10 million top prize. Antonio Esfandiari is among them, as is Sam Greenwood, Alex Foxen, and former PocketFives #1 Chris Hunichen, but it's Timothy Su leading the way. Newcomer Su in the Lead Su bagged 19.235 million in chips and is hands down making the biggest splash of his poker career. Not only has Su never cashed in the WSOP Main Event before, but he’s never played it. He’s a software engineer by trade, not a professional poker player. Prior to the 2019 WSOP Main Event, Su had just three cashes on record and a combined $2,467 in live tournament earnings. His largest cash to date was for $1,080. He did place in the money in the $400 Colossus at the 2019 WSOP, but the $927 that he earned for his 814th-place finish is a far cry from the $59,295 he’s guaranteed. Although that’s what Su is guaranteed, he’s favored to earn a lot more due to his towering chip position. Immediately following up Su on the leaderboard at the conclusion of Day 5 were Greenwood (11.95 million), Duey Duong (11.765 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (11.43 million), and Luke Graham (11.28 million). Top 10 Chip Counts Timothy Su - 19,235,000 Sam Greenwood - 11,950,000 Duey Duong - 11,765,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 11,430,000 Luke Graham - 11,280,000 Nicholas Marchington - 10,835,000 Milos Skrbic - 10,715,000 Romain Lewis - 10,600,000 Laurids Nielsen - 9,955,000 Ian Pelz - 9,635,000 [caption id="attachment_625562" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antonio Esfandiari (left) and Garry Gates both advanced to Day 6 in the 2019 WSOP Main Event[/caption] Esfandiari "Feels Great" Reaching Day 6 Antonio Esfandiari has won a lot in his career. He has more than $27.7 million in live tournament earnings and has won three WSOP gold bracelets. His best result in the WSOP Main Event came in 2009 when he took 24th for $352,832. Outside of that result, Esfandiari has never finished in the top 150 of the WSOP Main Event. That’s where he finds himself this year and he’ll be headed to Day 6 with 6.63 million in chips. "It feels great," Esfandiari told PocketFives. "I think I’ve only made it to Day 6 one time and that was a long time ago, so to come back and have a chance at making the final table, it feels pretty good." Hunichen and Dzivielevski Representing Former PocketFives #1 Joining Esfandiari on the Day 6 run will be a couple of former PocketFives #1 players, Hunichen and Yuri Dzivielevski. Hunichen bagged 6.28 million, with Dzivielevski coming in at 3.53 million. Hunichen received a nice boost to his stWSOPack when start-of-day chip leader and 888poker qualifier Dean Morrone five-bet shoved into him with the [poker card="As"][poker card="9d"]. Hunichen was waiting with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"]after he had four-bet and made the call. An ace flop, but a king also flopped, and Morrone was eliminated as the board ran out [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="4s][poker card="5h"][poker card="8c"]. Hunichen did lose some chips towards the end of the night when Foxen doubled through him, but he was still able to bag a very healthy stack for Thursday. Foxen bagged 2.655 million for Day 6. Down To Four from Pennsylvania Pennsylvania online poker is just about ready to go. It’s been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When things get up and running, four players left in the field of the 2019 WSOP Main Event are going to have some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs and could even become representatives of PA online poker rooms. Chad Power is the one with the most chips for Day 6 at 7.48 million, and then it’s Thomas Parkes with 7.31 million. Kenny Smaron has 2.505 million and Jake Schindler has 1.39 million. Former NFL Players Seymour and Stocz Bow Out Starting Day 5 was a group of 354 players. Plenty of them hit the rail on the way to 106, including former NFL players Richard Seymour and Eric Stocz. Seymour and Stocz started at the same table and it was Stocz to bust first when his pocket tens couldn’t hold up against the king-ten of Chance Kornuth for a 347th-place finish. Seymour made it a bit deeper but ultimately came to the same fate. Seymour’s exit happened in 131st place. He was all in against Zhen Cai and Anuj Agarwal on the same hand. Seymour had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="4d"], Cai had the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"], and Agarwal had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="3d"]. The flop came Seymour the lead with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] falling, but the turn was the [poker card="Qs"] to give the hand to Cai. The [poker card="Ks"] on the river meant nothing. Seymour’s run earned him $59,295. Also hitting the rail on Day 5 were Scott Bohlman (146th - $59,295), Mike Matusow (199th - $50,855), Matt Glantz (205th - $50,855), Matt Stout (217th - $50,855), and Allen Kessler (320th - $38,240). Jill Bryant was this year’s last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event. The Illinois native went out in the late stages of Day 5 with a 116th-place exit. She earned $59,295 for the result to add to the near $200,000 in live tournament earnings she had entering the event. Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Thursday, July 11 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
  18. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
  19. The World Series of Poker is the biggest stage in the game. The series draws thousands upon thousands of players make their way to the heart of Sin City to put their tournament skills on display in hopes of securing a life-changing score. Every single year a few players not only find themselves in a position to take down a tournament or add a major cash to their poker resume, but also spend some extra time in the poker spotlight due to their overall performance or even just their personality. Here are just a few of this year's participants that found themselves emerge as one of the breakout stars of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker. Garry Gates If one were to select a single player from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event to spotlight, you couldn’t blame anyone from choosing the charismatic 2019 World Champion Hossein Ensan or picking the dapper high-stakes pro Dario Sammartino. However, poker industry veteran turned dark horse favorite Garry Gates (and his enthusiastic #LFGGG rail) captured the attention of poker fans everywhere and giving those who, perhaps, put their own poker dream in the rearview mirror, somebody to root for. While Gates is known to many in the industry as PokerStars' Senior Consultant of Player Affairs (aka the go-to guy when it comes to needing a liaison between the online giant and their VIPs), to those that know him he’s the kind of person who would literally give someone the shirt off his back. That attitude of gratitude for the position the Pennsylvania-born Gates was in at the final table was felt through the airwaves. He was painted as a lifelong poker player who was revealing in finally getting his shot. His affable style was easy to connect with and when his run finally came to an end in fourth place, netting him $3 million he didn’t leave disappointed. He turned to his rail, arms outstretched and fell into the embrace of a support system that any poker player would envy. It’s unlikely that Gates will give it all up and hit the road as a full-time pro but while many fourth-place finishers go into the history books but fall from memory, Gates’ run will be remembered by many for a long time to come. Kainalu McCue-Unciano From out of nowhere, Hawaii has a new #1 All-Time Money List leader and that’s Kainalu McCue-Unciano. After four years of traveling to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, the Hawaiian took home his first gold bracelet when he took down the $1,500 Monster Stack for a career-high score of just over $1,000,000. But, winning the bracelet was just the beginning for McCue-Unciano at the summer series. The next day, just moments after he accepted the bracelet from Jack Effel, McCue-Unciano, in front of an Amazon room packed full of poker players, dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend of two years, Nicole, who was there supporting him, to marry him. She happily said yes, putting McCue-Unciano on a freeroll that allowed him to take his biggest shot yet. By all accounts, the newly minted millionaire then ripped off $100,000 and battled against some of the best players in the world by hopping into the $100K High Roller. Having never cashed in a tournament with a buy-in above $3,500 McCue-Unciano climbed into 12th place for a $195,862 score. Indeed that is pretty boss. Robert Campbell Now that summer at the Rio is over, Australian grinder Robert Cambell emerged as the leader in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. He did this on the back of an outstanding 2019 WSOP campaign that saw him cash nine times with five top 10 finishes. Most importantly, Campbell was the only player this year to take home two gold bracelets, one of which provided him a career-high cash of $385,763. Over $679,000 of his career $1.289 million in career earnings was made during the summer and his multi-bracelet performance held off such high profile names as Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb from heading into the World Series of Poker Europe with the POY lead. If Campbell decided to make the (long) trip to Rozvadov this summer and is able to put up a few results he may just forever have a banner hanging up at future WSOPs. Yuri Dzivielevski Most people will probably recognize Yuri Dzivielevski as the tough young Brazilian pro featured multiple time on the ESPN feature tables making a deep run in the Main Event. But it wasn’t just his charismatic camera presence and flowing mane that brought him a number of new fans. He was simply one of the toughest players featured throughout the entire broadcast. In what was supposed to be the Daniel Negreanu show on Day 1B of the Main Event, Dzivielevski stole the show by consistently chipping up and making great play after great play. This trend continued as the field dwindled and he found himself playing on camera for hours until he finally busted in 28th place for over $261,000. Dzivielevski may have been introduced to the world-at-large this summer but PocketFivers have known of his skill for quite some time as the Brazilian is a former worldwide #1-ranked online player. Also, well before the Main Event showcased what he could do, he proved it by taking home his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #51 ($2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better. Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better) for $213,750. Dan Zack For the longest time, Dan Zack was known in poker’s inner circles as one of Los Angeles’ best cash game players and a mixed game crusher. But despite a number of final tables in previous years at the World Series of Poker, that breakout score had yet to materialize. Everything changed for Zack in 2019 when early in the series he picked up the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career in Event #6 ($2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw) for $160,447. The win put him in the early lead for the WSOP Player of the Year and immediately after he came right out and said that he was gunning for the honor. His desire to win Player of the Year fueled a 2019 campaign that saw him cash 14 times, make three final tables, and earn more than $350,000. He currently sits in fourth place on in the WSOP POY race and after this summer he’s no longer simply considered a ‘cash game pro’, he’s a threat in any tournament he enters.
  20. A new addition to the Poker Masters schedule for 2019, the $10,000 Big Bet Mix featuring a rotation of No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Deuce to Seven drew 52 runners and at the end of it all, Julien Martini had his first win of 2019 over a talented group of players.[ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Playing No Limit Deuce to Seven with blinds at 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante), Pedro Bromfman moved all-in for 450,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"]. Kahle Burns re-raised to 770,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"] and Jorryt van Hoof folded behind. Burns drew the [poker card="6s"] to make and 8-6 while Bromfan ended up with the [poker card="qs"] for Q-7 and was eliminated in sixth. Stephen Chidwick started the final table with a massive chip lead but after just an hour and 40 minutes of play, he was all in for his tournament life. From UTG, Chidwick moved all-in for 930,000 with [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] and Sam Soverel called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5h"] to eliminate Chidwick in fifth place. Unfortunately for Soverel, that pot wasn't able to propel him to victory. Down to under a million, Soverel moved all-in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Burns called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"]. Soverel drew the [poker card="jc"] and Burns stood pat to eliminate Soverel in fourth place. Another Duece hand resulted in the next elimination. From the button, van Hoof, who was down to just six big blinds, moved all-in with [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"]. Martini moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] and Burns called from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"]. Martini drew the [poker card="4d"] to make an 8-7, Burns patted his J-8, and van Hoof drew the [poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"] to double pair and was eliminated in third place. Martini started heads up with a 2-1 chip lead over Burns and it took less than an hour for the Frenchman to acquire all of the chips and he did it in heroic fashion. Playing No Limit Hold'em and with stacks nearly even, Martini raised to 450,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] and Burns defended with [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] and Burns check-called Martini's bet of 200,000. The turn was the [poker card="js"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="2s"] river and Burns moved all-in for 2,200,000. Martini took just over a minute before calling to eliminate Burns and pick up his first live win since he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in June 2018. Final Table Payouts Julien Martini - $166,400 Kahle Burns - $109,200 Jorryt van Hoof - $72,800 Sam Soverel - $52,000 Stephen Chidwick - $41,600 Pedro Bromfman - $31,200 Yuri Dzivielevski - $26,000 Erik Seidel - $20,800 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 420 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sam Soverel - 270 Jorryt van Hoof - 270 Alex Foxen - 270 Thai Ha - 210
  21. Online poker multi-table tournaments continued to have massive numbers this Sunday as the COVID-19 lockdown continues around the world. PokerStars drew over 31,000 players to their two-day Sunday Million to beat the $3 million guarantee. The partypoker MILLION had a $1,218,366 prize pool and GGPoker beat the GG Masters guarantee for the first time since moving to a $500,000 guarantee four weeks ago. While Alex Foxen was largely focused on finishing up the Poker Masters, he still managed to pick up a massive score in a $5,200 Powerfest event. Foxen beat former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski heads-up to top the 256-entry field in the Powerfest $5,200 Big Game to win $239,413.42. Dzivielevski earned $173,777.16 and third-place finisher Jordi Urlings also picked up a six-figure score, earning $123,874.93. 'wong951' earned an outright victory in the partypoker MILLION to win $186,133.04. Finishing one spot below that gave 'The12MULB' a $129,938.73 score. Third place went to 'Tiger97' for $83,384.96. Over on PokerStars, the Sunday Million and a special edition $11 Sunday Storm that drew 128,753 entries, both need a second day to determine a champion. The $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Warm-Up had 224 total entries with Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit taking it down for $39,025.49. Runner-up 'papan9_p$' banked $37,901.91 and 'hayroller' took the last spot on the podium for $25,234.85. The GGPoker GG Masters had 3,662 players to build a prize pool of $505,356 to beat the $500,000 guarantee for the first time. 'Vladiator13' picked up $72,299.52 for winning it outright. Runner-up 'Luoat' added $50,735.06 to their bankroll and 'HorseAlmighty' picked up a $35,604.25 score for coming in third place. PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 1,924 Entries $384,000 prize pool Bit2Easy - $24,687.75 + $23,491.69 Carlos Ievis - $25,686.42 + $3,091.41 Xungazz - $14,647.04 + $5,417.19 3DTemujiN - $10,440.91 + $2,833.60 WhoAreYoux1 - $7,442.64 + $5,885.54 oortje63 - $5,205.037 + $2,581.25 dantegoyaF - $3,781.85 + $2,254.69 MeFishUShark - $2,695.83 + $1,693.76 Eibsee08 - $1,921.59 + $1,137.50 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up 1,235 Entries $247,000 prize pool Carlos Ievis - $39,040.67 carl_nash13 - $28,070.06 wunogos - $20,182.61 Pokerfan89Gr - $14,511.47 dans170' - $10,422.84 arcornok - $7,502.03 mararthur1 - $5,394.01 Remi Lebo_10 - $3,878.34 steffenliee - $2,788.55 PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up 224 Entries $224,000 prize pool lasagnaaammm - $39,025.49 papan9_p$ - $37,901.91 hayroller - $25,234.85 UmakeMeSikkk - $19,173.03 apestyles - $14,567.36 T-Macha - $11,068.04 C. Darwin2 - $8,409.31 jwall888 - $6,389.26 Tomatee - $5,424.85 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder 5,586 Entries $558,600 prize pool plush0 - $33,422.68 + $14,187.48 joaoMathias - $33,417.88 + $6,708.12 dutchslayz - $18,545.91 + $4,865.48 al ca poker1 - $12,675.69 + $3,511.77 adamus0810 - $8,663.52 + $2,780.82 smothly - $5,921.32 + $2,319.52 jorginho88 - $4,047.08 + $4,382.28 Dam4666 - $2,766.10 + $1,182.81 stinksok - $1,890.58 + $1,207.04 partypoker MILLION Final Day 917 Entries $1,218,366 prize pool wong951 - $186,133.04 The12MULB - $129,938.73 Tiger97 - $83,384.96 daykotoviezy - $54,278.20 RobinHudd - $37,257.63 Taigu - $25,281.09 AmericanEagle - $17,763.77 Kawhi_Tho - $11,403.90 partypoker Powerfest $5,200 Big Game 256 Entries $1,174,170 prize pool William Foxen - $239,413.42 Yuri Dzivielevski - $173,777.16 Jordi Urlings - $123,874.93 Daniil Lukin - $91,585.26 Nick Petrangelo - $64,579.35 Linus Alarik Loeliger - $49,315.14 Benjamin Rolle - $36,399.27 Bruno Volkmann - $27,005.91 partypoker Powerfest $320 No Limit Hold'em PKO 1,221 Entries $376,068 prize pool Thomas Boivin - $24,483.76 + $28,644.50 Kevin Killeen - $24,446.45 + $5,445.77 Mohsin Charania - $15,972.86 + $2,890.91 Aleksejs Meless - $10,695.75 + $3,812.99 Dmitrii Motorov - $7,582.05 + $3,198.88 Joonas Halonen - $5,337.76 + $2,915.59 Tommie Verstappen - $3,720.26 + $2,823.01 Saymon Nascimento - $2,486.91 + $3,387.13 partypoker Powerfest $530 No Limit Hold'em PKO 892 Entries $457,150 prize pool Marc-Andre Ladouceur - $30,690.25 + $34,439.14 Joonatan Kaunisto - $30,645.42 + $8,166.27 Darrell Goh - $20,420.70 + $6,070.37 Sauli Haapaniemi - $13,761.24 + $3,675.01 Renan Menezes - $9,706.59 + $4,167.21 Toby Joyce - $6,954.34 + $3,338.68 Josip Simunic - $4,914.73 + $3,18077 Pedro Correa - $3,415.73 + $4,150.79 888poker $109 Sunday Mega Deep 755 Players + 293 Rebuys $104,800 prize pool Nemesis_25 - $19,230.80 888pruha - $13,728.80 MartonasBOOM - $10,375.20 Denii14 - $7,807.60 DubaiPrince4 - $5,449.60 xFink_Ploydx - $4,401.60 WHATaDREAM - $3,353.60 elsabagaboan - $2,305.60 SCCP91910 - $1,362.40 GGPoker GG Masters 3,662 Players $505,356 prize pool Vladiator13 - $72,299.52 Luoat - $50,735.06 HorseAlmighty - $35,605.25 aaanasty - $24,985.91 notvrygud - $17,5342.8 nuller - $12,304.96 BingoMaster - $8,635.22 ViKingPower - $6,059.92
  22. For all that Steve O'Dwyer has accomplished in his poker career, both live and online, he has never managed to win a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title. That all changed on Wednesday when he took down a Super High Roller event for the second-largest score of his online career. O'Dwyer beat former #1-ranked Andras 'probirs' Nemeth heads-up to win Event #52 High ($25,000 NLHE Super High Roller) outright to earn $521,597.77 and his first SCOOP title. O'Dwyer's only bigger online score came in 2018 when he won the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller Championship event for $896,610. Nemeth earned $403,096.26 for his runner-up performance and narrowly missed out on a two-title day. Nemeth won Event #52 Medium ($2,100 NLHE) for $157,734.78 to push his winnings for the day to more than $560,000. Chun Lei 'SamRostan' Zhou finished in third place for $311,516.98. A pair of former #1-ranked players battled for the title in Event #53 High ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard outlasted Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski heads-up to win the second SCOOP title of his career and $52,605.66. Dzivielevski took home $40,345.85 for his runner-up performance and fellow Brazilian Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo came in third place for $30,943.24. England's Tyler 'wonderboy222' Goatcher shipped Event #54-High ($1,050 NLHE) to add $107,503.65 to his bankroll. Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs ended up with $80,159.99 as the runner-up and 'IDontBlufM8' earned $59,771.46 as the bronze medalist. Other players who picked up SCOOP titles on Wednesday included 'O''Pazzzo"' (Event #52-L), 'Kashmir_uzi' (Event #53-L), Tobias 'Senkel92' Leknes (Event #53-M), 'dmgs81' (Event #54-L), and 'vivaodesemprego' (Event #54-M). Event #52-H: $25,000 NLHE Super High Roller Entries: 89 Prize pool: $2,182,725 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $521,597.77 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $403,096.26 Chun Lei 'SamRostan' Zhou - $311,516.98 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $240,743.65 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $186,049.14 VbV1990 - $143,780.89 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $111,115.32 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $85,871.02 Event #53-H: $2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 117 Prize pool: $234,000 - Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $52,605.66 Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski - $40,345.85 Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo - $30,943.24 Little Kraut - $23,731.90 guilherme12 - $18,201.17 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $13,959.38 Event #54-H: $1,050 NLHE Entries: 609 Prize pool: $609,000 wonderboy222 - $107,503.65 BillLewinsky - $80,159.99 IDontBlufM8 - $59,771.46 dulek_jason - $44,568.69 mjw006 - $33,232.70 MASUR0N1KE - $24,780.02 Tr!pleeeee - $18,477.23 RUNITSRANN - $13,777.58 anteen - $10,273.28
  23. The day after the conclusion of their Championship Event, the World Poker Tour Online series rolled on and awarded two more trophies while looking forward to the next major event on the series - the WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event. The first of the two winners on the day was Phillipp Hofbauer who rose above the 290-entry field in Event #44 ($1,050 8-Max) to claim the $59,700 first-place prize. The two-day event was one of the few on the WPT schedule to offer an overlay as players enjoyed an extra $10,000 added to cover the $300K guarantee. Finishing right behind Hofbauer was Enrico Camosci who took home $43,200 as the runner-up. Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Hossein Ensan grabbed the bronze and added $30,300 to his substantial bankroll. In the smaller Event #44 ($109 Mini 8-Max) it was the UK’s Lee Jack who outlasted the event’s 1,067 runners to take home the title and $18,352.40 for first. Brazil’s Gustavo Mastelotto wrapped up as the runner-up and earned $13,145.44 for his efforts. Mats Bruland fell in third place, winning $8,696.05. As those two events were wrapping up, the star-studded Event #46 ($10,300 PLO High Roller) got underway. The two-day event was packed with some of the biggest names in the game and the final table, which concludes on Friday, reflects that. Linus Loeliger ended the night with the chip lead, followed by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. Jason Mercier emerged in third place, followed by another online legend, Viktor Blom, in fourth place. The winner will walk away with over $279,000 for first-place. With the Championship Event in the books, players are now taking aim at the WPT DeepStacks Main Event and its $3,000,000 guarantee. There are daily starting flights running right up until the start of Day 2 which takes place on Tuesday, May 26. On Thursday, 299 players took a shot at building a stack with some notable names cruising into Day 2. At the end of the day it was Aram Zobian that finished with the biggest stack followed closely by Russia’s Sergei Denisov and Sean Roberts. Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot and Ryan Chamus also punched their tickets to Day 2 with more than 500,000 in chips. Also of note, partypoker ambassadors Partick Leonard and Kristen Bicknell were joined by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Christopher Oliver in surviving the day. Event #44: $1,050 8-Max 290 entries $300,000 prize pool ($10,000 overlay) Phillipp Hofbauer - $59,700 Enrico Camosci - $43,200 Hossein Ensan - $30,300 Sebastian Lewin - $22,050 Roger Tondeur - $15,600 Brock Wilson - $11,700 Βασιλειος Ζιακουλης - $8,250 Laszlo Molnar - $6,000 Event #44: $109 Mini 8-Max 1067 entries $106,700 prize pool Lee Jack - $18,352.40 Gustavo Mastelotto - $13,145.44 Mats Bruland - $8,696.05 Murilo Branco Ruiz - $5,825.82 Athanasios Xenodochidis - $4,129.29 Henrique Zanetti Souza - $2,923.58 Nino Vermeulen - $2,048.64 Eljano Hysaj - $1,387.10 Event #46: $10,300 PLO High Roller 101 entries 1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Linus Loeliger - 734,464 Yuri Dzivielevski - 656,952 Jason Mercier - 519,931 Viktor Blom - 515,642 Andreas Torbergsen - 321,520 Andres Djeda - 163,414 John O’Shea - 93,249 Mark Davis - 24,828 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 600,174 Sergei Denisov - 585,830 Sean Reuven Roberts - 568,452 Thomas Osterreicher - 538,832 Parker Talbot - 531,374 Rayan Chamas - 515,486 Jeremy Menard - 431,579 Rui Miguel Nougueira - 364,244 Gustavo Mastelotto - 358,563 Patrick Leonard - 349,208 Event #40: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks $1M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Benton - 821,075 Mihail Trubkin - 610,840 Luigi Knoppers - 547,979 Guillaume Diaz - 543,303 Steven van Zadelhoff - 541,864 Bela Toth - 509,096 Michael Tureniec - 473,484 Pedro Dib - 463,860 Carson Barton - 450,330 Luis Faria - 433,521
  24. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
  25. At the 2019 World Series of Poker, Finland's Juha Helppi beat out 117 other players to win the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship to erase his name from the Best Players Without a Bracelet list. On Tuesday, the Finnish pro added a second bracelet after beating a star-studded field in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship on GGPoker. The event drew 328 total entries for a $1,558,000 prize pool. The event played as a Six Max until the final table which was played nine-handed. Just a few minutes after the final table began, Jens Kyllonen raised to 120,000 from the small blind and Alex Difelice defended from the big. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"] and Kyllonen bet 240,000 and then called when Difelice moved all in for 303,518. Difelice showed [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4h"] while Kyllonen tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="jc"] turn gave Kyllonen a straight. The [poker card="qs"] river eliminated Difelice in ninth place. A few minutes later, Kyllonen had himself another victim. Marija Andrijasevic raised to 116,000 from UTG+1 and Kyllonen re-raised to 408,000 forcing Andrijasevic to call off the last 16,326 of his stack. Andrijasevic had [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] while Kyllonen had [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop left Kyllonen in front but gave Andrijasevic a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="kc"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="th"] river gave both players a pair of tens but Kyllonen had Andrijasevic Andrijasevic out-kicked to eliminate him in eighth. Mike Watson gave Kyllonen a break from doing the heavy lifting. Sergi Reixach raised to 140,000 from UTG and Watson called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"] and Watson bet 300,000 before Reixach moved all in for 360,000. Watson called and and showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"] while Reixach was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"]. Watson moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"] turn and Reixach was out in seventh after the [poker card="7c"] completed the board. Kyllonen and Yuri Dzivielevski tangled in a pot a few minutes later that saw the former #1-ranked Dzivielevski hit the rail. From the button, Kyllonen raised to 100,000 and Dzivielevski re-raised to 340,000 from the small blind. Kyllonen responded by re-raising to 580,000 and Dzivielevski called all in. Kyllonen showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"] while Dzivielevski showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Kyllonen a pair of tens and the [poker card="9d"] turn improved him to the best hand with two pair. The [poker card="4s"] river offered no saving grace for Dzivielevski and he was out in sixth. Despite being responsible for most of the final table bustouts, Kyllonen was next to go. Belarmino De Souza raised to 150,000 from the small blind and Kyllonen called. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6d"] De Souza bet 360,000 before Kyllonen moved all in for 440,248. De Souza called and showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"] which put him ahead of Kyllonen's [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="kh"] to give Kyllonen some life but the [poker card="9c"] river completed a ten-high straight for De Souza to eliminate Kyllonen in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly an hour before one of the most highly decorated players at the final table was eliminated. Jesus Cortes raised to 200,000 on the button before Mike Watson raised to 700,000 and Cortes called. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"] flop, Watson moved all in for 1,200,000 and Cortes called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"]. Watson was behind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] but caught the [poker card="qd"] on the turn to make Broadway. Cortes made a full house on the [poker card="6s"] river to eliminate Watson in fourth. De Souza lasted only five more minutes. Helppi raised to 240,000 from the button before De Souza re-raised to 780,000 from the small blind. Helppi re-raised and De Souza called all in. De Souza showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] and Helppi held [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="ad"] to give Helppi a pair of aces on the river to bust De Souza in third place. Heads-up play began with Cortes holding a slight chip lead over Helppi. Helppi worked his way into the chip lead before putting a wrap on the second WSOP bracelet win of his career. Cortes called from the button and Helppi checked. After the [poker card="th"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5d"] flop, Helppi checked, Cortes bet 320,000 and Helppi clicked back a raise to 1,280,000. Cortes called off the last of his stack and showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] for two pair but Helppi was in full control with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"]. The turn was the [poker card="kd"] and the [poker card="kc"] completed the board to eliminate Cortes and award Helppi the bracelet and $290,285.58. Final Table Payouts Juha Helppi - $290,286 Jesus Cortes - $213,270 Belarmino de Souza - $156,688 Mike Watson - $115,117 Jens Kyllonen - $84,576 Yuri Dzivielevski - $62,137 Sergi Reixach - $45,651 Marija Andrijasevic - $33,540 Alex Difelice - $24,641
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