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  1. Dominykas Mikolaitis entered the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ with a hefty chip lead, one that he leveraged to take home his first career Super MILLION$ title and the $428,624 first-place prize. Just because the grinder from Poland held a considerable chip advantage, it was by no means a sure thing that he’d make it to the end. In his way this week were a pair of former #1-ranked online pros in Yuri Dzivielevski and Andras Nemeth, the current #5 ranked player in the world in Dalton Hobold, and Stephen Chidwick, one of the most feared high rollers in the game today. Thirty minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Andras Nemeth opened the button to 132,000 holding the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. In the small blind, China’s Weiran Pu three-bet shipped their final nine big blinds with the [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"]. Nemeth made the quick call and the flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6c"], giving both a pair but putting Nemeth in the lead. The [poker card="kc"] turn gave Nemeth top two, and added a gutshot straight draw for Pu. However, the river was the [poker card="5c"] and Pu was the first player of the day to hit the rail, finishing in ninth place for $53,578. It was one trip around the table before ‘Pandora-box’ opened from the hijack to 126,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. Mikolaitis, on the button, put in a three-bet to 354,000 with his [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"]. When the action folded back to ‘Pandora-box’ they decided to flat call leaving themselves 1.5 million behind. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3h"] giving ‘Pandora-box’ top pair. They checked it to Mikolaitis who put out a 150,000 bet. ‘Pandora-box’ called and the [poker card="2d"] arrived on the turn, offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw. ‘Pandora-box’ checked again to the chip leader who fired 288,000 into the pot of 1.2 million. ‘Pandora-box’ just called yet again and the [poker card="5h"] appeared on the river, giving Mikolaitis his runner-runner straight. ‘Pandora-box’ checked a third time but this time, with the nuts, Mikolaitis went big and moved all-in. After a few moments, ‘Pandora-box’ called off their final million and was eliminated in eighth place, good for $69,482. Just five hands later, former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski raised the button to 120,000 with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Nemeth folded the small blind and Mikolaitis defended his big blind holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"]. Mikolaitis outflopped Dzivielevski on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] flop, and the action checked thru. The turn was the [poker card="as"], hitting Dzivielevski but giving Mikolaitis two pair. Mikolaitis checked it over to the Brazilian who bet just over 240,000 with top pair. Mikolaitis put in a check-raise to 600,000 and Dzivielevski called, with just under 1.4 million behind. The river was the [poker card="js"] and once again Mikolaitis went for it all and moved all-in. Dzivielevski took nearly three minutes and eventually clicked the call button. Dzivielevski fell in seventh place and added $90,107 to his Super MILLION$ earnings. Brazil’s Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold had been hanging on to his short stack for most of the final table, but eventually, with the blinds at 35,000/70,000, picked up a hand he could fight with. After ‘OPPikachu’ opened from the cutoff to 189,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] it folded to Hobold in the big blind with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. Hobold moved all-in for 538,000 and ‘OPPikachu’ made the quick call putting the Brazilian at risk. The [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"] flop put Hobold way behind and looking for one of the final two jacks in the deck. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] and the river came the [poker card="7s"] sending Hobold to collect his $116,854 sixth-place prize. As Mikolaitis extended his chip lead, building his stack to over 12 million, Stephen Chidwick slipped to just under 10 big blinds. After Mikolaitis opened from under the gun to 140,000 with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"], Chidwick moved all-in for just over 640,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. Both blinds folded and Mikolaitis made the call, looking to take out the always dangerous Chidwick. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"] giving both players a pair. The turn was the [poker card="jc"], adding nut flush outs for Chidwick. But the [poker card="7d"] was a brick for Chidwick and the all-world pro ended up in fifth place for $151,541. With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000, ‘Memukul’ raised from the small blind to 200,000 with his [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Nemeth, in the big blind with just 10 bigs, moved all-in holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"] and was snapped off by ‘Memukul’ putting the two-time Super MILLION$ champ at risk. The board ran out [poker card="7c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="8c"] shipping the pot to ‘Memukul’ and, for the second week in a row, Nemeth finished just short of a third title. Nemeth earned $196,525 for his fourth-place run. The three-handed battle took some time with both short stacks hanging around as Mikolaitis looked for a way to continue to add to his chip lead. Eventually, it was a clash between those two short stacks that got the tournament to heads up. With the blinds up to 70,000/140,000, ‘OPPikachu’ open-ripped his final 1.5 million from the small blind with the [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. ‘Memukul’, in the big blind, took a moment but made the call holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="5s"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"] giving ‘Memukul’ in the lead in the hand. It was a lead they didn’t surrender as the turn came the [poker card="4d"] and the river came the [poker card="2d"]. ‘OPPikachu’ bowed out in third place, good for $254,861. Mikolaitis started heads up with a better than 2:1 chip lead but it wasn’t long before ‘Memukul’ climbed into the chip lead. From there the pair traded the chip lead back and forth. Eventually, Mikolaitis grabbed the chip lead and didn’t let go. The blinds were at 100,000/200,000 when ‘Memukul’ limped the button holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Mikolaitis ripped from the big blinds with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. ‘Memukul’ made the call for it all. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"] keeping ‘Memukul’ in the lead but offering Mikolaitis a gutshot straight draw and some backdoor options. When the [poker card="3h"] hit the turn, ‘Memukul’ was left with only chop outs. The [poker card="kc"] completed the board, and the tournament, as ‘Memukul’ - who started the day ninth in chips - finished in second place for $330,514 and Dominykas Mikolaitis took home his first Super MILLION$ title for $428,624 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Final Table Results Dominykas Mikolaitis - $428,624 ‘Memukul’ - $330,514 ‘OPPikachu’ - $254,861 Andras Nemeth - $196,525 Stephen Chidwick - $151,541 Dalton ‘morgota’ Hobold - $116,854 Yuri Dzivielevski - $90,107 ‘Pandora-box’ - $69,482 Weiran Pu - $53,578
  2. This year we’re doing something a little different and breaking down our annual Poker Year In Review into three different parts - the Flop (January-April), Turn (May-August), and River (September-December). We’re wrapping up 2021 by taking a look back at some of our biggest stories, winners, and surprises that unfolded in one of the most unique years in the history of the game. January Although we were officially in 2021, some of the most important business of 2020 had yet to be decided at the beginning of January as Damian Salas and Joseph Herbert met at a mostly empty Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to play heads-up for a million dollars and determine who will earn the official title of 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. The finale was not without its detractors as an online version of the WSOP Main Event had been played out on GGPoker earlier in 2020, but Salas - who had made a previous live WSOP Main Event final table in 2017 - proved to be a worthy winner, taking home an extra $1 million and the WSOP Main Event bracelet. “I don’t play for the money, that’s not my goal,” Salas said after his win. “My basic motivation is to become better and better every day and remain a member of the world-class poker elite.” READ: Desire To Remain Elite Drives New World Champ Damian Salas While January continued to be full of interesting player news, including Chance Kornuth surrendering to Phil Galfond in the Galfond Challenge, Ilyas Muradi taking down the wildly successful WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, and Jack Hardcastle winning the WPT Montreal Online Main Event for $447K, it was poker industry news that dominated the first month of the year. READ: Chris Moneymaker Reflects on 17 Years as Poker’s Everyman Ambassador For the fourth time in 12 years, the World Poker Tour had been sold in a deal with Element Partners, LLC for more than $78 million. “This deal will allow the World Poker Tour to do a number of things that its always wanted to do,” World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska said at the time the deal was announced, unable to completely expand on the nature of the takeover. “What I can say, however, is that for myself and my management team, we’re still here and it’s business as usual and we look forward to this exciting next chapter of the World Poker Tour.” That same week, perhaps one of the biggest stories of the year broke when The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission in their case against the U.S. Department of Justice, reversing a revised opinion of the Wire Act. In short, it was a big win for online poker players in the U.S., setting the stage for a potential boom of online poker in the United States in years to come taking away legal barriers for would-be states to get in on the action and even join multi-state compacts to expand the total liquidity for Americans. Almost as if on cue, PokerStars officially launched PokerStarsMI.com, becoming the first operator to offer Michiganders (and visitors to the state) the option to play online poker, legally and regulated, from inside the state. To close out the month, Brazil’s Brunno Botteon kept his 2020 hot streak in tact and ended up as the Online Player of the Month for January. February February started off with a bang. The months-long heads-up grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk came to an end after 91 days and 25,000 hands. Polk wrote his name in the history books, soundly defeating Negreanu and walking away a winner of roughly $1.2 million. “I’m very happy that I spent so much time preparing and I felt it really ended up helping me tremendously and that I got to execute at such a high level over such a long period of time,” Polk said just moments after the last hand of the challenge. Over the course of the match, the feud between the two seemed to morph into a respectful rivalry and Negreanu gave credit where it was due when it was over. “He deserved it. He played well. I thought he made really good adjustments. I thought he improved as the match went on. I thought he got better and better and sharper, in a lot of different lines,” Negreanu said. But that wasn’t the only high-profile high-stakes poker taking place in February as Tom Dwan emerged to take a seat in the newest iteration of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO and picked up a $300,000 win. Dwan’s appearance was a thrill for fans who were equally excited to have the popular programming back “on the air”. [caption id="attachment_637576" align="alignright" width="250"] Phil Hellmuth[/caption] READ: Hellmuth Rants, Palihapitiya Wins Big On Latest High Stakes Poker High Stakes Poker wasn’t the only poker mainstay to make a return in February as, after more than a year away from Las Vegas, the World Poker Tour was back in Sin City for the first time with WPT Venetian. The final table featured the aforementioned Jack Hardcastle, as well as the 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen, but it was Qing Liu who took home the trophy and the $752,880 first-place prize. Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski was climbing into contention for the worldwide #1 spot in the Online Poker Rankings (something he ended up holding for the better part of 2021) and he also walked away with Online Player of the Month honors for February. March Polk and Dwan weren’t done keeping the poker world entertained as the season of High Stakes Poker stretched into March and both high-profile players continued to impress. Polk made what some have called “one of the best laydowns ever” in a massive hand against Phil Hellmuth that had the poker world buzzing for days while Dwan’s domination earned him another half-million win, showing that despite not being in the public eye he wasn’t showing any sign of rust. READ: Tom Dwan, Bryn Kenney Star in Biggest Pots of High Stakes Poker S8 Another massive winner in March was Vanessa Kade. Coming off her high-profile social media clash with Dan Bilzerian, Kade took that energy into the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary online event and walked away with the win for a life-changing $1.5 million payday. Looking to replicate the same fervor of Polk and Negreanu’s heads-up battle, former #1-ranked online pro Fedor Holz sparked a beef with high-stakes cash game crusher Wiktor Malinowski and the pair agreed to take their feud to the felt. The feud was likely manufactured, and the heat wasn’t very hot, but fans were treated to a pair of high-stakes pros dedicating some time to entertaining viewers with the four-session challenge. Brunno Botteon lost his grip at the top of the Online Poker Rankings as Bert ‘Girafganger7’ Stevens took his third turn at the top but by the end of the month he made way for the surging Yuri Dzivielevski who took control and held on it in for the next six months. In case you missed these popular profiles of some of poker’s best we talked with Alex Butcher about becoming the #1-ranked player in the United States and the work he needed to do on himself in order to get out of his own way and be open to success. Speaking of success, Kevin Rabichow opened up about what led him to switch gears from being one of the world’s top online cash game grinders to taking up tournaments and dedicating himself to success. By the end of the month, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira took home the title of March Online Player of the Month. April One of our most popular articles of the year was published in April when PokerStars found Isai Scheinberg agreed to be interviewed for the first time after settling all of his legal troubles stemming from Black Friday. Scheinberg stepped into the spotlight and talked about the early days of PokerStars, the beginning of the poker boom, the fallout from Black Friday, and what he’s doing with his life after selling the company for nearly $5 billion. “I valued privacy, but I was not secretive. That’s not the same thing,” Scheinberg said talking to the media for one of the very first times. “I was working hard. I was very busy and I’m not the type of guy to go out and do PR.” READ: Isai Scheinberg: His Company, His Legacy, and How Black Friday Impacted Both The heads-up craze continued in April as Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu played in the first of three High Stakes Duel matches on PokerGO. The first was, for many, the most memorable as Negreanu had Hellmuth down to a 19-1 chip disadvantage. But Hellmuth used his #WhiteMagic to spin it back up and defeat Negreanu in what was about to become a reoccurring theme for High Stakes Duel. Both PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and GGPoker’s Spring Festival took over the online poker scene, both offering massive guarantees and non-stop action in the middle of the pandemic. One person who couldn’t get enough was former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt who couldn’t keep himself out of the headlines, taking down multiple GGSF titles and adding to his SCOOP Legacy. Speaking of former #1’s performing in the spring, Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson picked up two SCOOP titles on the same day. Plus, Chris Moorman finally added a SCOOP title to his resume, after taking home the first SCOOP in his career. READ: Joakim Andersson Ships GGSF MILLION$ Main Event for $1.5M READ: SCOOP: Series Concludes As ‘kZhh’ Wins $10L Main Event TItle, $878K With an accumulation of a massive amount of leaderboard points, high-stakes legend Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro took down the Online Player of the Month title in April. The 2021 Poker Year In Review continues in Part 2.
  3. Koray Aldemir, the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event world champion, sits on top of the poker world this morning after the result of his career saw him win the $8 million top prize in the Las Vegas spectacular earlier today. Aldemir's The New Main Event Champ Since the moment Aldemir beat George Holmes in a stunning hand that you can read all about here, the poker world has reacted with overwhelming positivity to one of the most liked and well-respected poker peers in the game. The final three kicked off with Aldemir in a large amount of control, of course, but the focus wasn’t all on the players. Many observers felt that the final table chips being colored up so regularly denied everyone watching on TV the chance to see players push huge piles of the fun discs over the line. What’s the solution to the situation that has irked so many? https://twitter.com/AlexFungali/status/1461101741160734724 As yesterday’s final nine departed the Thunderdome, each one of them was naturally disappointed. A day on, each might have been reflecting on what winnings they have made rather than any imagine extra, and Chase Bianchi, who busted in ninth place for $1 million will have a fun callback to make to his landlord. https://twitter.com/Chase_Bianchi/status/1460600006801453062 As happens every year, when it gets down to the equity of a poker hand being worth millions, the final three players do slow down. Hey, every decision they make is priceless. Scott Seiver, an advocate on speeding up play in virtually every other event, came to the trio’s defense. https://twitter.com/scott_seiver/status/1461194881460629508 Sam Greenwood had to tip Aldemir for glory before the final table began, but wanted to make it clart ere was no comeback if it all went wrong. https://twitter.com/SamGreenwoodRIO/status/1460644748830646277 Erik Seidel also knows the winner of the Main, apparently for the first time in a long time. https://twitter.com/Erik_Seidel/status/1461043639954513920 Phil Hellmuth was on his way to making the final day of the $10,000 Razz Championship, but still had time for a Sit ‘N’ Go with Vince Vaugh and a few friends. https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1461097693615435782 Finally, Patrick Leonard is on WhatsApp terms with the new world champion and somehow managed to avoid a side bet on the Main Event. That’s why they call ‘Pads’ the sharpest tool in any box. https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1460605744424828932 When the event was concluded, Aldemir’s dramatic win lived long in the memory of viewers worldwide as the German won $8 million for taking down the title and busting George Holmes heads-up after Jack Oliver had departed in third. WSOP 2021 Event #67 Main Event Final Table Results: Koray Aldemir - $8,000,000 George Holmes - $4,300,000 Jack Oliver - $3,000,000 Joshua Remitio - $2,300,000 Ozgur Secilmis - $1,800,000 Hye Park - $1,400,000 Alejandro Lococo - $1,225,000 Jareth East - $1,100,000 Chase Bianchi - $1,000,000 Himmelspach Takes $1,500 Freezeout The next bracelet winner on a busy day at the Rio felt was Chad Himmelspach, who won the $1,500-entry Event #75 Freezeout tournament after a heads-up victory against German player Stefan Reiser. It was when six players were left that Himmelspach started to make moves up the leaderboard, with a massive five-bet pre-flop leading to his eventual heads-up opponent Reiser open-folding pocket tens. When he eliminated Tarun Gulati in sixth place for $50,021 with his own [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"] holding against Gulati’s [poker card="As"][poker card="9s"], Himmelspach approached the top of the counts with 9.6 million chips. With the bust-out of Ori Hasson in fifth place for $66,447, Kaue De Souza vaulted himself up the leaderboard, [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] able to get there against the Israeli player’s [poker card="7d"][poker card="7d"] across the [poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jd"] board. The Brazilian, however, was the very next player to bust, dropping down the pecking order before a shove with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="9s"] against overnight leader Renmui Liu’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2h"] fell to a deuce on the river. Liu himself was out in third place for $121, 580, the first six-figure score of the tournament, when his short-stack shove with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jd"] was called by Himmelspach with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] which held. That pot was a small one, but the eventual winner had built a healthy lead at the right time. With almost three times Reiser’s chips, Himmelspach saw the chip sway this way and that for over two hours until he was finally in a similar position of control. Himmelspach called his opponent’s shove, holding [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] and looking pleased to see Reiser had been shoving light with [poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"]. The board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="Ad"] saw the event end in the American’s favor, winning him a debut bracelet and the top prize of over a quarter of a million dollars in stunning fashion. WSOP 2021 Event #75 $1,500 Freezeout Final Table Results: Chad Himmelspach - $270,877 Stefan Reiser - $167,418 Renmei Liu - $121,580 Kaue De Souza - $89,344 Ori Hasson - $66,447 Tarun Gulati - $50,021 Nicholas Hubers - $38,121 Seth Evans - $29,416 Louison Vincent - $22,986 Joanello Scores First Bracelet In Fifty Stack The third and final bracelet of the day to be won came in the Fifty Stack finale in a more secluded corner of the Rio, where Paulo Joanello of Brazil won his first-ever bracelet and $321,917 in the process. The heads-up battle was, once again, an intriguing one as both Joanello and his opponent, Toby Price, were locked in battle for some time, before the former’s overpair survived the all-in on the flop by top pair holder Price. At a fast final table, perhaps the two biggest challengers in terms of know-how were Elio Fox and Scott Hall, but the pair bust in seventh and ninth place respectively. In the end, it was the Brazilian rail who celebrated, and wildly so, as the Rio erupted with a sound worthy of its namesake’s carnival attendees thousands of miles south of the world-famous poker venue in which their latest celebrated son won gold. WSOP 2021 Event #77 $1,500 Fifty Stack Final Table Results: Paulo Joanello - $321,917 Toby Price - $198,970 Martin Bicanik - $146,061 Ron Moisescu - $108,349 Roongsak Griffeth - $81,228 Axel Hallay - $61,550 Elio Fox - $47,145 David Morel - $36,508 Scott Hall - $28,585 Dzivielevski Leads $10K Razz Final Table The final day of the $10,000 Razz Championship is sure to be a thrilling one, with Yuri Dzivielevski (1,126,000) the chip leader and both Erik Seidel (227,000) and Phil Hellmuth (133,000) in the mix, albeit short-stacked. With the Brazilian chip leader’s closest challengers being Yehuda Buchalte (874,000) and John Monnette (861,000) there is class everywhere among the final 13 players. With Hellmuth firing for his 17th bracelet, an amount that would extend the Poker Brat’s current record amount of 16 wins, and Erik Seidel aiming to win his 10th bracelet, anything could happen on what is sure to be a tense and exciting final day. WSOP 2021 Event #78 $10,000 Razz Championship Final Day Chipcounts: Yuri Dzivielevski - 1,126,000 Yehuda Buchalte - 874,000 John Monnette - 861,000 Erik Sagstrom - 845,000 Roland Israelashvili - 647,000 Benny Glaser - 552,000 Shirley Rosario - 398,000 Brad Ruben - 316,000 Carlos Villamarin - 299,000 Everett Carlton - 231,000 Erik Seidel - 227,000 Phil Hellmuth - 133,000 Matt Vengrin - 54,000 Bounty Hunters Invade Poker Hall of Fame In the unique Event #79, the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty event, just 71 players of the 469 who entered made the money places, with 63 staying through the end of the day. Top of the shop after Day 1 is Marc Rivera, with the Philippines player bagging up 721,000 chips by the end of the night. Elsewhere in the top 10 chip counts, Jerry Wong was second in chips (700,000), while Christian Pham sneaked into 10th place with 402,000. Other star names such as Maria Lampropulos (383,000), Ole Schemion (333,000), and Joao Vieira (75,000) all made the next day’s play, with plenty of bounties and big names missing out, as WSOP Master of Ceremonies Vince Vaughn - costing a $10,000 bounty - as well as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen, Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Jack McClelland, Phil Hellmuth, and Eli Elezra, the latest Hall of Famer from 2021, made their exits. WSOP 2021 Event #79 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty Top 10 Chipcounts: Marc Rivera - 721,000 Jerry Wong - 700,000 Payam Karami - 630,000 Eder Murata - 560,000 Laurent Polito - 486,000 Phil Scaletta - 462,000 Abhinav Iyer - 442,000 Sonia Shashikhina - 425,000 Michael Acevedo - 419,000 Christian Pham - 402,000 Chino Rheem In Top 5 of $3K Six Max Finally, Event #80 saw 10 hours of play conclude with just 122 players in seats and Ruslan Nazarenko in the lead with 616,500 chips. Closing in on the leader were Chino Rheem (500,000) and Maxx Coleman (496,000), with Uri Reichenstein (357,500) also making the top 10. With others such as Anatolii Zyrin (280,500) and Ali Imsirovic (268,500) both making the cut, others missed out, with Craig Varnell, David Williams, Chance Kornuth, Shaun Deeb, and 2019 champion from the event Alan Sternberg all hitting the rail. WSOP 2021 Event #80 $3,000 Six-Max PLO Top 10 Chipcounts: Ruslan Nazarenko - 616,500 Chino Rheem - 500,000 Maxx Coleman - 496,000 Steven Forman - 460,000 Michael Moncek - 445,500 James Mordue - 419,000 Joseph Haug - 358,500 Uri Reichenstein - 357,500 Michael Hudson - 334,500 Robert Emmerson - 316,500 And finally, as the World Series of Poker winds to a close over the next few days, players will be returning to countries all over the world to explain to friends, family, and complete strangers what it is they did all October and November. Good luck, all. https://twitter.com/Martin_Jacobson/status/1460701887599038464
  4. The latest action in the 2021 WSOP Main Event saw several big names make dramatic exits on Day 6 as the 96 players who started the day were whittled down to just 36 survivors by the close of play. On a day where Japanese player Motoyoshi Okamura won his first-ever WSOP bracelet, the Main Event was the main attraction at the Rio in Las Vegas. Park Takes Main Event Lead, Kornuth and Aldemir Still Crushing It didn’t take long for there to be big drama on Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event, with players like Stephen Chidwick heading to the rail. Dragana Lim was the final female player sitting, but her chances ended when her [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] was overtaken on a cruel river by Mikiya Kudo’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qs"] when the board played out [poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Qh"] after all the chip had gone in pre-flop. Nicholas Rigby continued to grab headlines and baffle his fellow players as time and again he played the hand he referred to as the ‘dirty diaper’, deuce-three. It was good enough to take down a massive pot with a bluff right here: https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1460094277027917829 Other big names fell, such as British pro Alex Goulder, whose pocket eights weren’t enough to hold against Spanish player David Cabrera’s pocket jacks. Goulder was the last player of the night to depart, cashing for $163,900 in 37th place. Other big names, however, thrived on a day where over half the remaining field was trimmed. With 36 players still in the hunt for the $8 million top prize and the WSOP Main Event bracelet worth $500,000 alone, it is Hye Park who leads the Main Event after six days at the felt with stack of 29,500,000 chips. He’s some way ahead of Demosthenes Kiriopoulos (24,905,000) and Joshua Remitio (21,490,000), who are second and third in chips respectively. Elsewhere, there are some very big players with chipstacks, as Chase Bianchi 920,765,000) and Koray Aldemir (18,905,000) round out the top five, PokerStars players Ramon Colillas (18,200,000) and Alejandro Lococo (17,950,000) both make the top ten and both David Cabrera (14,530,000) and Chance Kornuth (13.6 million) remain in with a great chance of victory. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Hye Park - 29,500,000 Demosthenes Kiriopoulos - 24,905,000 Joshua Remitio - 21,490,000 Chase Bianchi - 20,765,000 Koray Aldemir - 18,905,000 George Holmes - 18,425,000 Ramon Colillas - 18,200,000 Alejandro Lococo - 17,950,000 Ozgur Secilmis - 14,700,000 David Cabrera - 14,530,000 Okamura Wins First Ever Gold In Event #72, the only bracelet of the day was won by Japanese player Motoyoshi Okamura as he triumphed against the overnight chip leader Rafael Mota of Brazil. With eight players kicking off the $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO action, Tim Grau of Austria busted first for $20,737 in PLO, before Marc Lange went out in seventh just a few minutes later for $27,088. Lange was all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="2s"] but lost out to Leonid Yanovski’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qs"] after the ace-high board provided no hope for the unfortunate Lange. He was joined on the rail by Jordan Spurlin when the American’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qh"] couldn’t hit against Nick Yunis’ [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"] on a seven-high board after all the chips had gone into the middle pre-flop. Spurlin had won $35,942 with his run to the top six and it was Mike Takayama who went one step higher up the ladder as he busted in fifth for $48,428. Takayama was all-in with [poker card="As"][poker card="7c"], but couldn’t catch an ace to overtake Yunis, who this time had [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"] and held on the paired board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jh"]. Yanovski ran short to bust in fourth place for $66,249 before Yunis himself found himself on the rail. Moving all-in for his last six big blinds, Yunis needed help as his [poker card="3h"][poker card="3c"] was some way behind Okamura’s [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"] in no limit hold’em. He couldn’t find it on the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2h"] board and cashed for $91,989 in third place. Heads-up, Okamura had a strong chip lead, playing over 12 million to Mota’s 8 million and sealed the deal when he won in PLO with a full house of queens over tens to beat Mota’s pocket kings. WSOP 2021 Event #72 $1,500 Mixed NLHE / PLO Final Table Results: Motoyoshi Okamura - $209,716 Rafael Mota - $129,621 Nick Yunis - $91,989 Leonid Yanovski - $66,249 Mike Takayama - $48,428 Jordan Spurlin - $35,942 Marc Lange - $27,088 Tim Grau - $20,737 A huge final Day 1 flight in Event #70 saw the Crazy Eights field final reach Day 2 after a cancelled Day 1a and three Day 1 flights thereafter. Day 1d saw a massive 2,241 players take part, with only 337 of them making the money. When the dust settled at the end of the day, Farhad Davoudzadeh (2,410,000) had the chip lead, with a slight lead over both Miklos Zsuffa (2,405,000) and Cole Ferraro (2,290,000), who has already won a WSOP bracelet this Autumn in Las Vegas. Others to make the cut included Jason Wheeler (2,100,000), Philip Tom (1,045,000), Kenny Hallaert (590,000) and Cate Hall (310,000), while others such as Barny Boatman, Ryan Depaulo, Bruno Lopes, Pamela Balzano, Chris Moorman, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Blair Hinkle and Jeremy Ausmus all fell short of the next day’s play. WSOP 2021 Event #70 $888 Crazy Eights Day 1d Top 10 Chipcounts: Farhad Davoudzadeh - 2,410,000 Miklos Zsuffa - 2,405,000 Cole Ferraro - 2,290,000 Leonid Yanovski - 2,205,000 Jason Wheeler - 2,100,000 Timo Kamphues - 2,055,000 Lipei Xu - 1,975,000 John Simonian - 1,850,000 Pierre Merlin - 1,850,000 Joseph Liberta - 1,835,000 Erik Seidel Plays For Bracelet #10, Another Deep Run for Arieh In the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship, there are a number of different narratives lining up to play out on the final day of the event. Event #73 has some big, big players still in the hunt for the bracelet and $352 958 top prize, with Marco Johnson (1,400,000) top of the shop and in line for his third WSOP bracelet. Further down the final 11 players, Erik Seidel (994,000) will shoot for the 10th WSOP bracelet of his career tomorrow, which would put him second on the all-time bracelet winners list with Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan. Josh Arieh (535,000) seeks another deep run to the podium places in order to further stretch his WSOP Player of the Year lead after an amazing 2021 World Series of Poker so far. WSOP 2021 Event #73 $888 Seven Card Stud Championship Final Day Chipcounts: Marco Johnson - 1,400,000 Yuval Bronshtein - 1,332,000 Brian Hastings - 1,093,000 Erik Seidel - 994,000 Ian O'Hara - 975,000 Scott Seiver - 783,000 John Monnette - 657,000 Josh Arieh - 535,000 Gary Benson - 351,000 Ahmed Mohamed - 273,000 Brett Richey - 192,000 Finally, in Event #74, the $2,500-entry Big Bet Mix event, 212 entries led to 10 hours of poker reducing the field to just 92 in the mix for Day 2. Of the survivors, Jarryd Godena (1,400,000) has the lead with the Australian bagging slightly more than Brazilian player Yuri Dzivielevski (1,332,000) and Ismael Bojang (1,093,000). With players such as Chris Brewer, Yueqi Zhu, Mike Matusow, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Benny Glaser, Jake Daniels, Paul Volpe and Ben Yu all departing on the first day’s play, players will likely battle down to a final table and one step closer to the $117,898 top prize on tomorrow’s Day 2. WSOP 2021 Event #74 $2,500 Big Bet Mix Top 10 Chipcounts: Jarryd Godena - 1,400,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 1,332,000 Ismael Bojang - 1,093,000 Asher Lower - 994,000 Yik Chiu - 975,000 Richard Bai - 783,000 Anthony Ribeiro - 657,000 Scott Bohlman - 535,000 Jon Turner - 351,000 Maury Barrett - 273,000
  5. It was a long grind for Brazil’s Bruno 'brunovolks' Volkmann but now his time is finally here - for the first time in his prolific online career, Volkmann is the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. For the better part of a year, Volkmann has maintained a spot in the top 10, putting up big scores week-in and week-out. He had been consistently working his way to try and breakthrough, reaching as high as #2 in the world, but previously unable to take the top spot. That all changed this week as Volkmann (11,509 leaderboard points), jumped two spots, from #3 to grab the #1 position for the very first time. Volkmann picked up three qualifying scores this week which put him over the top. The first on October 25 in a victory in a $315 Sunday Bounty on GGPoker in which he took home $10,084 and, more importantly for his rankings, 350.71 points. Two days later, Volkmann was at the final table again of the GGPoker event, this time the $1,050 High Rollers Main Event where a fifth-place finish earned him another $11,217 and 149.89 points, just enough to vault him into first place. His final qualifier this week was in GGPoker’s Sunday Fifty $250 where a bronze finish helped him pad his lead with 179.06 points, good for $11,104. All the little scores finally added up for Volkmann, but the backbone of his #1 run was built earlier in the year. Three important victories, spread throughout the year, proved to be important pieces to giving him a base to build on. It started with his May victory in the Super MILLION$ for a hefty $319,831 payday (the second-largest score of his career) and an impressive 954.59 points. In August he went big again, winning a WSOP High Roller on GGPoker for another $111,464 and 714.14. Finally, his PokerStars WCOOP victory in Event #63-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO) for $119,620 and 784.22 points remains the important wins in his rise up the leaderboard. Volkmann is a picture of consistency. Some players make large leaps in the ranking after binking a huge score, but for Volkmann it’s been his consistent result that has finally paid off. While Volkmann will enjoy a stay at the top, how long his reign will be remains to be seen. He has a lead but the leaderboard points are now tight at the top with Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic (11,293 points) just 216 points behind. But Smiljkovic also has some catching up to do. A look at his recent results will note a massive gap in online scores, something that doesn’t happen often for this online grinder but there’s a reason for his nearly one month absence on the online scene: he wasn’t playing online, he was playing live. Smiljkovic was spotted at the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas putting in hours on the live felt. He’s racked up three small cashes but Smiljkovic, September’s Online Player of the Month, still has plenty of time left in the series - including the Main Event - to make a big score before he returns to his online grind. The player Volkmann needs to watch out for right now is fellow Brazilian Pedro ‘pvigar’ Garagnani (11,226who has been skyrocketing up the rankings and currently sits at a career-high rank of #3 in the world. Garagnani has been picking up huge chunks of leaderboard points all year long. His latest conquest was a win in the WPTDeepstacks High Roller on partypoker for $112,079 and 753.70 points on October 24. Two days later he took down the High Rollers Main Event on GGPoker for another $35,620 and 393.70 points. Unlike, Smiljkovic, Garagnani is full speed ahead with his online grind and is just another big win away from taking over the rankings for the first time himself. For Yuri Dzivielevski, now a three-time former #1, he falls to fifth place after an incredible 32 weeks at the world’s top online pro. Of course, those following closely will know that this was completely expected due to the fact that Dzivielevski has been spending his entire autumn in Las Vegas playing live at the World Series of Poker. Still, falling just four spots is a testament to his online accomplishments. Dzivielevski currently has seven cashes in the 2021 WSOP including a final table in the $1,500 Razz in which he finished in fourth place for $29,089. Online Poker Rankings (Week of 11/2) [table id=270 /]
  6. Current worldwide #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski and UK high roller Talal Shakerchi were among the high-profile winners in the latest batch of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker events. In Dzivielevski's case, he did it twice. In what was a dramatic first win of the week, representing Dzivielevski’s sixth career WCOOP title, the Brazilian got the better of an online poker legend in the form of Dutch master Lex Veldhuis. The $10,300-entry No Limit Hold’em Event #80-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO) saw the brilliant Brazilian get the better of Veldhuis to the tune of $265,918 in total prizes. It was a ding-dong battle at the end of an exciting final table, with other big names to fall late including Teun Mulder (9th for $40,126), former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth (8th for $56,705), Niklas Astedt (6th for $35,081), and Christian Rudolph (3rd for $83,866). The result might have been tough for Veldhuis to take, but the money wasn’t, with the Dutch destroyer recording his biggest ever online result in multi-table tournaments, taking home a total prize fund (bounties and placement) of $172,793. Veldhuis dominated much of the final table, eliminating many players, but heads-up was one-way traffic until a seismic pre-flop raising war that ended when Veldhuis’ ace-queen couldn’t get there against Dzivielevski’s ace-king. After the event, Dzivielevski shared news of his win online as he celebrated on Twitter. https://twitter.com/YuriNerdguy/status/1436781189029892097 It was only a few events later that Dzivielevski made it two wins and this time, it was against a fellow countryman in Pedro Garagnani. Event #88-H ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO) saw Dzivielevski triumph for a top prize of $83,249 as he topped the 190 entries to reign supreme. Elsewhere in the event, as well as Garagnani (2nd for $35,593) and Bruno ‘great dant’ Volkmann (3rd for $36,596), there were cashes for players such as Veldhuis (22nd for $4,562), Chris Oliver (6th for $11,848), and Talal Shakerchi (5th for $14,502). https://twitter.com/YuriNerdguy/status/1436852918536318977 Shakerchi would get some revenge on the high roller set when he took down Event #86-H ($1,050 NL08 6-Max) for $36,101 of the $181,000 prize pool. Heads-up, Shakerchi got the better of ‘1bloodflood’ who won $27,288 and also outlasted ‘FONBET_RULIT’ who finished third for $20,627. There were dozens of WCOOP winners in low and medium events, with the following players winning titles: ‘I_RaisyDaizy_I’ (Event #84-L), ‘Regis R69’ (Event #84-M), ‘tchozen666’ (Event #85-L), ‘Klyukvenniy’ (Event #85-M), ‘tratata44’ (Event #86-L), ‘dLaNiii’ (Event #86-M), ‘Capirov’ (Event #87-L), ‘sprint9410’ (Event #87-M), ‘Loke3011’ (Event #88-L), ‘ich_b1n_du’ (Event #88-M), ‘PhilKin9216’ (Event #89-L), ‘Mikel Unanue’ (Event #89-M), ‘Garos27’ (Event #90-L), ‘soulmekki’ (Event #90-M), ‘gjwanke’ (Event #93-L), ‘pacyff80’ (Event #93-M), ‘Valeron12344’ (Event #96-L), ‘sweetmike79’ (Event #96-M). High Event Winners: Event #80 (High) $10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $1,060,000 Entries: 106 ‘theNERDguy’ - $157,968 (Bounties) $107,949 ‘L. Veldhuis’ - $64,843 (Bounties) $107,948 ‘WATnlos’ - $11,875 (Bounties) $71,991 Event #84 (High) $1,050 NLHE Deep Stack Freezeout Prizepool: $253,000 Entries: 253 ‘Leqenden’ - $48,648 ‘NeedBeat’ - $36,893 ‘XxJoaoFeraX’ - $27,978 Event #85 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $622,000 Entries: 311 ‘$()meb()dY’ - $58,546 (Bounties) $51,199 (Prize) ‘t4t0PAGAU’ - $22,531 (Bounties) $51,198 (Prize) ‘gnetaren’ - $3,687 (Bounties) $32,926 (Prize) Event #86 (High) $1,050 NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $181,000 Entries: 181 ‘raidalot’ - $36,101 ‘1bloodflood’ - $27,288 ‘FONBET_RULIT’ - $20,627 Event #87 (High) $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Prizepool: $318,000 Entries: 318 ‘tinnoemulder’ - 59,582 ‘SELOUAN1991’ - $43,380 ‘Lackoo87gcb’ - $31,585 Event #88 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $380,000 Entries: 190 ‘theNERDguy’ - $49,781 (Bounties) $33,468 (Prize) ‘pvigar’ - $2,125 (Bounties) $33,468 (Prize) ‘great dant’ - $13,906 (Bounties) $22,690 Event #89 (High) $530 NLHE Prizepool: $658,500 Entries: 1,317 ‘DaniC19941893’ - $102,828 ‘moneyhowie’ - $74,649 ‘pabritz’ - $54,192 Event #90 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $1,226,000 Entries: 613 ‘Perrymejsen’ - $111,914 (Bounties) $92,596 (Prize) ‘0Human0’ $14,062 (Bounties) $92,595 (Prize) ‘gusmaa’ - $24,632 (Bounties) $57,150 (Prize) Event #93 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $682,000 Entries: 682 ‘josef_shvejk’ - $71,320 (Bounties) $52,553 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $16,855 (Bounties) $52,553 (Prize) ‘TheGrinderØ’ - $11,890 (Bounties) $29,803 (Prize) Event #96 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $324,000 Entries: 324 ‘hellzito’ - $60,213 ‘Pimmss’ - $45,426 ‘peceli’ - $34,271
  7. Vamo Baralho! Loosely translated from Portuguese, it means “let’s play some cards”. Over the past few years it’s become a battle cry for Brazilian poker players as they’ve dominated the world of online poker tournaments. That’s been no more apparent than during the first seven events of the World Series of Poker Online on GGpoker. Four times during those first nine events, the last player standing has been flying the familiar green and yellow Brazilian flag. It all started in Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares) where former #1-ranked PocketFiver Joao Simao took home $206,075 and his first WSOP bracelet. Simao is a known commodity in the poker world as one of the most successful Brazilian poker players of all time, but the other two winners aren’t. They are amongst the scores of talented players - pro and amateur - that call Brazil home. Just three days later, Thiago Crema, considered by some to be the best-kept secret of the Brazilian online poker scene, then made sure everybody knew his name when he won his first bracelet by shipping Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for $161,637). “He started to play poker seriously in 2010 when he was still a chess player,” said Victor Marques, one of Brazil’s leading poker commentators. “Then he made it to Sit and Go Team Pro which was the team that gave birth to 4-bet, where Crema is both instructor and shareholder. He is very respected for his knowledge about the game in Brazil and outside.Yuri A phenomenon.” The vociferous Brazilian poker community only had to wait another three days before they had another reason to cheer - and this time it wasn’t even a pro. Eduard Pires, a businessman from Parana State - the same as Crema - beat out 5,436 other entries in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) to pocket $1,384,013. “He owns a beer company and plays poker for fun since many years ago. He already made it to three-handed on a huge online tournament against 'European' and ‘C Darwin2’, getting the silver medal,” Marques said. “He was on holiday and playing the WSOP from his mobile at Foz do Iguaçu, home of Iguassu Falls. A great guy.” Another four days passed and then another Brazilian came through. Lucio Lima shipped Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. His victory is just another piece of an already incredible year. "Lima - 'the wizard' - is a player from Minas Gerais state, on Brazilian Southeast. He owns a poker team (Insight Poker Team) in Brazil, where he's also an instructor there. Lima is enjoying success in online poker this year," Marques said. The wins aren't the only signs of success. Through those same 11 events, a pair of Brazilian players have finished in the runner-up spot and four others have made final tables. Renan Carlos Bruschi - who won PocketFives Player of the Month for July - came in second place in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship) while the most high-profile may have come on Sunday night when GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos finished runner-up in Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack NLHE). The deep runs are also mean long nights of celebration for Marques and some of his friends at SuperPoker, one of Brazil's leading poker media outlets. Hosting final table coverage on SuperPoker's Twitch channel gives him the chance to straddle the line between commentator and fan. "Hosting Brazilian final tables is such a thrill. Our audience is sending comments and rooting all the time on chat, big numbers, and lots of times there are friends of mine playing," Marques said. "I'm doing It for years, but I keep getting emotional at all-ins and when we get first place." The dominance of Brazil in the early part of the WSOP Online shouldn’t come as any real surprise to anybody who has followed the PocketFives Rankings over the past several years. Not only has Yuri Dzivielevski held down the #1 spot for the last 21 weeks, but three of the top 10 are from Brazil. Beyond that, nine of the top 25 and 35 of the top 100 ranked online poker players in the world fly the green and yellow. Marques believes that’s just the tip of the iceberg and there’s a few names who might just be flying under the radar, ready to grab gold. “In Brazil, there are a lot of talents appearing every single day. I would keep an eye on Dante Goya (from Ceará state, PLO Expert), Guilherme Decourt (from São Paulo, also PLO Expert), Bernardo 'betsoares' Soares (from Santa Catarina), and Eduardo Silva (from Minas Gerais),” Marques said. “Along with Pedro Padilha, Kelvin Kerber, Belarmino Prado, Bruno Botteon, Bruno Volkmann, Pablo Brito, Rafael Moraes, Peter Patrício, João Simão, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, they can bring some bracelets home.” A strong contingent of Brazilians usually descends upon Las Vegas every summer for the WSOP. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, international travel could prove to be difficult this fall and Marques believes his fellow countrymen and women might not be able or willing to fly to the United States. “In Brazil, instead of supporting a vaccine, our president was promoting a medicine that was proven ineffective. That took a toll,” Marques said. “Vaccination started later than other countries and now players who usually are 'starters' at WSOP tables are struggling to get the vaccine and the VISA. I think more than a half of standard Brazilian players are staying home because of that problem.”
  8. It was a dominating day for Michael Addamo at the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ as he eliminated every single player at the table en route to his record-best fourth career Super MILLION$ title and the $325,957 first-place prize. All early signs pointed to Addamo walking away with the win, from his overwhelming chip lead at the start of the day to the frequency that he woke up with premium starting hands. He went wire-to-wire and was never really in danger of losing his lead despite being up against a lineup of online poker’s elite including Ludovic Geilich, Isaac Haxton, Bert Stevens, and the current #1-ranked player in the world Yuri Dzivielevski. A little more than twenty minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (6,000 ante), Addamo got it started when he opened to 100,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"]. When the action folded to Aleks Ponakovs in the hijack with [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] he moved all-in for more than 1.1 million which Addamo quickly called. The flop came [poker card="7h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9d"] bringing Ponskovs additional open-ended straight outs. However, the turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river came the [poker card="7d"] giving Addamo a full house and sending Ponakovs out in ninth place with a $45,100 payday. The very next hand, Addamo again opened for 100,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. ‘Aunty_Ninja’ three-bet to 250,000 holding the [poker card="jh"][poker card="jc"] and Ludovic Geilich (playing under his screen name ‘Gr4vyB04t’) four-bet to 518,675 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"], leaving himself just two big blinds behind. Action quickly returned to Addamo who moved all-in, forcing ‘Aunty_Ninja’ to fold her pocket jacks. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2h"] giving Addamo’s pocket kings the pot as Geilich hit the rail in eighth place for $57,750. Addamo made it three victims in a row when on the next hand it folded to former #1-ranked Bert Stevens in the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] and he moved all-in for 12 big blinds. Addamo picked up [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] in the big blind and made the call. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] giving Stevens some life by picking up a flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="8s"], keeping Addamo’s king-high in the lead and when the [poker card="3h"] river hit, Addamo completed the three-hand hat trick and sent Stevens home in seventh place for $73,948. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (7,500 ante) the current #1-ranked online pro in the world, Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski, opened to 120,00 on the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="jc"]. After Addamo folded his small blind, New Zealand’s ‘Aunty_Ninja’ moved all-in for more than 1.1 million holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Dzivielevski, with slightly fewer chips, made the call. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"], keeping Dzivielevski’s pocket jacks as the favorite. The turn was the [poker card="6h"], giving ‘Aunty_Ninja’ additional flush outs to go with her overcards. But the river came the [poker card="8c"] and Dzivielevski found a much-needed double up while ‘Aunty_Ninja’ was left crippled. Two hands later ‘Aunty_Ninja’ was out of the tournament in sixth place for $94,689 when she moved all-in with her final big blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"] against two players, one of which was Addamo who made a king-high flush on the river. In the next level, 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), Addamo again went to battle with a premium hand. He opened from under the gun to 160,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"] and Francisco Benitez quickly shipped his remaining ten big blinds with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. Holding a massive chip lead still, Addamo made the call and there was little drama as the board ran out [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="ac"] shipping another pot to Addamo and eliminating Benitez in fifth place for $121,247 Two orbits later, down to four players, the action folded to Addamo in the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and he put in a raise to 280,000. In the big blind, former Super MILLION$ champ Isaac Haxton picked up [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and decided to make a stand, shipping all-in for just over 2.6 million in chips. It didn’t take but a second for Addamo to make the call, putting Haxton at risk. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Addamo in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="5h"], taking away some outs for Haxton. The river was the [poker card="4h"] giving Addamo the flush and sending Haxton, who started the day second in chips, out in fourth which was good for $155,254. After that hand, Addamo climbed to over 12 million in chips and had a roughly 6:1 advantage over second-place Dzivielevski. ‘judd trump’ sat in third place, with only three big blinds. But ‘judd trump’ found a double. And then another. Eventually, the Super MILLION$ grinder climbed into second place as Dzivielevski dwindled. Eventually, with blinds at 60,000/120,000 (15,000 ante), Addamo opened the button to 240,000 and after ‘judd trump’ folded his small blind, Dzivielevski defended holding [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"]. Dzivielevski checked it to Addamo on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2d"] flop and after Addamo min-bet, Dzivielevski made the call. The turn was the [poker card="7d"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="jc"] and once Dzivielevski checked to Addamo, the chip leader shoved all-in putting Dzivielevski to the test for the rest of his chips. Dzivielevski took a few moments but eventually made the call only to see his hand dominated. Dzivielevski exited in third place and added another $198,800 to his more than $13.6 million in career online earnings. Addamo started heads-up play with a sizable lead, and over the course of twenty minutes continued to chip away at ‘judd trump’s stack. Eventually, with the blinds up to 70,000/140,000 (17,500 ante), Addamo opened to [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] on the button and with fewer than 15 big blinds left, ‘judd trump’ shipped his stack holding [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. Addamo snap-called and the pair watched as the flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"], giving Addamo a whole host of outs. The [poker card="8h"] turn was one of them, leaving ‘judd trump’ drawing dead to a chop. But the river was the [poker card="kh"] and Addamo completed the clean sweep of the final table. ‘judd trump’ settled for second place and $254,559. Addamo scored $325,957 for first place and becomes the first player to reach four Super MILLION$ titles as well as the only player to have won a title in both Season One and Season Two. Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (8/3) Michael Addamo - $325,957 ‘judd trump’ - $254,559 Yuri Dzivielevski - $198,800 Isaac Haxton - $155,254 Francisco Benitez - $121,247 ‘Aunty_Ninja’ - $94,689 Bert Stevens - $73,948 Ludovic Geilich - $57,750 Aleks Ponakovs - $45,100
  9. It’s a rare day for Yuri Dzivielevski, one in which he isn’t making his presence felt deep in an online high roller. Here, in late September, as the live 2021 World Series of Poker approaches, the #1-ranked online player in the world is taking a few days off from his grind to adjust to his temporary accommodations in Costa Rica where he will be spending the next two weeks before making his way to Las Vegas for a series-long gold bracelet grind. “I have to stay quarantined fourteen days in a country authorized by the USA,” Dzivielevski said just days into his stay. “This makes things very difficult, as my family does not have the option to come and go whenever they want so they’ll have to spend 70 days traveling with me. I know this will not be easy for them, so I will do my best to honor that effort.” What Dzivielevski means is that he is planning on furthering his fantastic 2021 campaign, a standout year that has come in the midst of a career renaissance that can be traced back to the 2019 WSOP. It was during that series that Dzivielevski randomly found himself in the poker spotlight. As he entered the Amazon Room and took his seat in the Main Event, he discovered that he would be sitting at the ESPN Main Event featured table with none other than Daniel Negreanu. And while Negreanu may have been the intended target of the broadcast, it was Dzivielevski’s play and charisma that shined the brightest as he drew the attention of the poker world for his tough, smart style of play. “I was randomly chosen to play at that table and it was really good, really fun. I managed to dominate the game well and still have fun with those tablemates. It was a good time and I also had the benefit of getting used to that environment and then making the deep run in a place I was familiar with.” The Brazilian ended up spending hours on the featured table as the Main Event field thinned out. He eventually finished in 28th for more than $261,000. A great experience that only added to the headlines he made earlier in the summer when he captured his first career gold bracelet in the $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better event for over $213,000. But the truth is, for online poker fans, Dzivielevski was already a known crusher. In 2014, Dzivielevski took his first turn at the top of the online poker rankings, spending three weeks at #1. Two months later, he did it again, upending then #1-ranked Fedor Holz to claim the crown for another five weeks. It was January 2015 when fellow countryman Joao Simao took the top spot for himself. After that, Dzivielevski wouldn’t see the top of the rankings again for the better part of six years. However during that time, he never let go of the idea of being number one again. “I always wanted and want to be on top. What happened is that for a long period in my career I moved away from MTTs to play PLO cash games and Mixed Games. Because of that, I couldn’t be at the top of the MTTs. After a while, I was invited to be a coach and partner at bitBBrazil, which made me study tournaments again and automatically want to play them again. Since then, I have given my best and had the best years of my career.” Dzivielevski’s resume speaks for itself. More specifically, his results in 2021 point to the longtime grinder enjoying the peak of his career. Of his top-20 lifetime online scores, 15 have taken place this year. This includes a win in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ for more than $408,000, a WSOP Circuit ring on Natural8 for over $179,000, a win in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker for $107,949 (one of two WCOOP wins in the same week), and a runner-up finish in the $8M GTD Venom on ACR for nearly $850,000. Dzivielevski has soared up the All-Time Online Money list amassing more than $14 million in earnings where he sits at 16th all-time. All of those results have been in service to Dzivielevski scaling back up the online rankings and earning the #1 spot again, six years after his last reign. Only this time, no one has been able to catch him so quickly. He’s held #1 for 26 straight weeks and counting, the fifth-longest single stint since the rankings began in 2005. It’s something he credits to the confidence one gets when their dedication to studying the game leads to success. “I’m really happy to be ranked #1 for so long. I believe there was a big change in my mentality after winning some titles. I started to play with more freedom, not wanting to prove anything to anyone. At the same time, I evolved a lot technically with my study group. I don’t think I’ve evolved this much in any time of my career and I’ve never been so happy playing poker. The combination of this, and other things, helped me get there.” One of those “other things” is the fervent poker community that continues to emerge from Brazil. It’s been undeniable that Brazilian online pros have excelled in some of the biggest online series this year. Names like Bruno Volkmann, Bruno Botteon, Renan Carlos Bruschi, Pedro Padilha, and Dalton Hobold have made headlines for taking home major titles during SCOOP, WCOOP, GGSF, and the international WSOP Online. Of the top 100 ranked players in the world 37 hail from Brazil, and for over half a year it’s been Dzivielevski who has led them all. “Brazilians are very passionate about poker and very competitive. I believe that the combination of these two things makes us work hard. Poker also gives us the opportunity to have a good life, with comfort and freedom,” he said. “This is what makes young Brazilians fall in love with the game and work hard to be good. We cannot forget that we are a huge country, so we have more players than any other country probably.” But with so many players emerging from Brazil, one might think that the community is tight-knit, with top pros sharing information with up-and-comers as is thought to be the case in the past with top-tier German pros and the elite online community in Sweden. But Dzivielevski says that the competitive nature of Brazilians makes it so that’s not always the case. “Brazilians generally have small study groups and do not pass information on to people outside of those groups. Outside of the tables, we are friends. I know almost all of the high-stakes regs and like them, but at the table things are different…” With two weeks to wait before he and his family can complete their journey to Las Vegas, the newly signed Team partypoker ambassador will be back grinding online soon enough. He’ll be adding to his totals, vying for titles, and preparing to see what this autumn at the WSOP will have in store. However, during that time at the Rio, the current #1 will likely see his grip on the rankings slip. With no ability to play in the worldwide market, those that would look to have their turn at the top may find their window of opportunity open. But for Dzivielevski, that will just motivate him more. After over a decade in the game, he still finds excitement in the grind and challenge. “I never loved playing tournaments as much as I do these days. Nowadays, I just play for performance, thinking about making the best decisions on every street and dominating my stakes as much as possible. I like to go further and take my opponents out of their comfort zone…because I’m a competitive person, that’s very exciting. If I feel like I’m not dominating my stake, I study hard until I can do it again,” he said. “This quest is endless and I love it. I don’t see myself doing anything else.”
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