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  1. Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, 'Lena900' and 'Dhr. Awesome' were all amongst the 15 title winners on Day 12. The highlight tournament of the day was Event #40-High ($5,200 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em) as 260 entrants came together to create a juicy $1.3M prize pool. The final four was set after Conor 'blanconegro' Drinan, Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene, 'iambest2' and 'EvnomiYa' had all departed from the final table. The first player to bank a six-figure score was 'Crazy Elior' who exited in fourth-place for $104,358, followed by 'OverTheTop43' who collected $139,288 in third, which left Jonathan 'Proudflop' Proudfoot and 'Dhr. Awesome' left to do battle. After the players had agreed on a money-deal they fought for the title and remaining prize pool with 'Dhr. Awesome' prevailing for the $224,753 victory. It was a second 2018 SCOOP series silver medal for Proudfoot, who took away the considerable runners-up prize of $209,296 to smash his previous best recorded online cash of $47,771. Event #40-Medium ($530 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em) saw Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha defeat Canada's 'JGagMan' heads-up to win $132,274. It was a second career SCOOP title for the Brazilian after he won his first back in 2012. 'JGagMan' took away $94,288 for their second-place finish as Phil 'PhilRoyal888' Mighall made up the top-three for $67,212. In the #40 'Low', Renan 'r_dkGyn' Taveira came through a 9,337 player field and turned $55 into $55,880 after a three-way deal. Tóth 'MartinPro66' Martin succumbed to Taveria heads-up for $46,104 after a deal had been made with eventual third-place finisher 'xxdzsa', who accepted $41,840. 'Lena900' added another $50,391 to the 'Team Sweden' series prop bet total after they claimed victory in Event #39-High ($1,050 Six Max NLO8). The current PocketFives no. #5 has been in a well voiced six-figure prop bet against Patrick Leonard and 'Bencb789' since the start of SCOOP, and was able to help his teammate 'C.Darwin2' by extending their lead. Bernardo 'bedias' Dias took second-place for $37,351, with 'recusant_89' in third for $27,686. 'thomber26' was the Event #39-Medium champion for $19,548 after they eliminated 'russiadgl' into second-place for $13,620. There was also second final table appearances of the day for 'High' runner-up Bernardo 'bedias' Dias, who this time took the bronze medal for $9,490, and Phil 'PhilRoyal888' Mighall, who added another $6,612 to his bankroll in fourth. The 'Low' ($11 Six Max NLO8) title went to 'barry_dread' who negotiated a 4,889 player field to win $6,821. 'aDrENalin710' was the player to fall during heads-up for $4,750, with 'dyadka' the third-place finisher for $3,310. Victor 'Isildur1' Blom, 'D PitcherAK' and 'villepn' were named the three Event #41 HORSE champions. Blom's title came in the 'High' for $59,780 after the Swede had eliminated 'MUSTAFABET' into second-place for $41,480. 'D PitcherAK' banked $18,848 for beating the UK's Ross 'thelukystump' Atkinson heads-up in the 'Medium', with the Brit taking away $13,888. And in the 'Low', 'villepn' took the SCOOP title alongside $8,083 after they saw off 'Senkel92' in the final battle, who won $5,704. Event #42 saw three NLHE Heads-Up Shootout tournaments take place with 'LuxPoker17' and Aaron 'aaronmermel' Mermelstein agreeing to a deal in the $2,100 'High'. There was a prize pool worth $256,000 after 128 entrants stumped up the buy-in and when play reached its final two they agreed to a money-deal before battling for the SCOOP accolade. 'LuxPoker17' was the one to go the distance for $64,000.01, with runner-up Mermelstein banking $58,879 for their share of the deal. 'Epistokrat' beat 'ProBelgian' in the $215 'Medium' final match, earning $18,567, with the runner-up collecting $11,814 and Romania's 'jimmyrestant' took down the $22 'Low' for $5,170.47 as 'pelmeenid' fell at the final hurdle for $3,288. The final tournaments that came to a close on Day 12, were in Event #43 NLHE. 'great dant', 'DMcZZa', 'Lena900', 'rybunia' and 'girafganger7' all made the $1,050 buy-in 'High' final table before 'roo_400' defeated 'oriente1' heads-up for the win. The victor took away $62,269 with the runner-up awarded $47,165. 'SwatFBA' took down the $109 'Medium' for $25,721, with 'DOCTORB911' taking second for $18,334, and 'regevgerev' became the $11 'Low' champion for $8,876.95 after they beat 'MarceleBrito' heads-up. Event #39 (Low): $11 Six Max NLO8 Entries: 4,889 Prize pool: $47,912.20 barry_dread - $6,821.95 aDrENalin710 - $4,750.87 dyadka - $3,310.28 BellaLittle - $2,306.51 Muka82 - $1,607.11 Philych_085 - $1,119.79 Event #39 (Medium): $109 Six Max NLO8 Entries: 1,251 Prize pool: $125,100 thomber26 - $19,548.92 russiadgl - $13,620.71 bedias - $9,490.52$6,612 PhilRoyal888 - .73 LastPartizan - $4,607.57 smiechu0808 - $3,210.42 Event #39 (High): $1,050 Six Max NLO8 Entries: 264 Prize pool: $264,000 Lena900 - $50,391.55 bedias - $37,351.96 recusant_89 - $27,686.65 dynoalot - $20,522.38 FONBET_RULIT - $15,211.91 torscotr06 - $11,275.65 Event #40 (Low): $55 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 9,337 Prize pool: $466,850 r_dkGyn - $55,880.61* MartinPro66 - $46,104.46* xxdzsa - $41,840.34* Criss1301 - $23,454.35 mendieta19 - $16,719.01 Vomani - $11,917.84 k0Le - $8,495.40 LiroLa - $6,055.79 *denotes three-way deal Event #40 (Medium): $530 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,752 Prize pool: $876,000 PaDiLhA SP - $132,274.48 JGagMan - $94,288.78 PhilRoyal888 - $67,212.23 delfina_47 - $47,911.15 I'am_Sound - $34,152.69 eric2301 - $24,345.17 Chester20o - $17,354.08 SphinX88 - $12,370.52 Event #40 (High): $5,200 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 260 Prize pool: $1,300,000 Dhr. Awesome - $224,753.84* Proudflop - $209,296.53* OverTheTop43 - $139,288.76 Crazy Elior - $104,358.15 blanconegro - $78,187.59 Ben86 - $58,579.82 iambest2 - $43,889.30 EvnomiYa - $32,882.85 *denotes heads-up deal Event #41 (Low): $22 HORSE Entries: 2,377 Prize pool: $47,540 villepn - $8,083.20 Senkel92 - $5,704.80 manokippa2 - $4,423.12 namazu66 - $3,327.80 shaundeeb - $2,377.00 malice18 - $1,426.20 homasapiens -$950.80 GromVSmorG - $475.40 Event #41 (Medium): $215 HORSE Entries: 496 Prize pool: $99,200 D PitcherAK - $18,848.00 thelukystump - $13,888.00 SerYurAl - $10,177.92 Smertin - $7,440.00 Anton720 - $4,960.00 Ulett_23 - $3,472.00 nilsef - $2,480.00 Ceegee87 - $1,984.00 Event #41 (High): $2,100 HORSE Entries: 122 Prize pool: $244,000 Isildur1 - $59,780.00 MUSTAFABET - $41,480.00 lennart - $31,720.00 Lrslzk - $21,960.00 Ossie12 - $15,860.00 fr0zZy - $12,200.00 No Shock - $9,760.00 römpsä - $7,320.00 Event #42 (Low): $22 NLHE Heads-Up Shootout Entries: 2,048 Prize pool: $40,960 jimmyrestant - $5,170.47 pelmeenid - $3,288.67 Magnusfam - $1,644.95 Jeffrey2013 - $1,644.95 sombra97 - $915.86 Javatini - $915.86 RedFivez - $915.86 RandomAct1on - $915.86 Event #42 (Medium): $215 NLHE Heads-Up Shootout Entries: 512 Prize pool: $102,400 Epistokrat - $18,567.27 ProBelgian - $11,814.91 theproksa - $5,907.45 Xxopa - $5,907.45 Czapskino - $3,291.13 Razvan1990 - $3,291.13 FrCnnctn1960 - $3,291.13 hneves182 - $3,291.13 Event #42 (High): $2,100 NLHE Heads-Up Shootout Entries: 128 Prize pool: $256,000 LuxPoker17 - $64,000.01* aaronmermel - $58,879.99* NININI12345 - $25,600.00 shenideda - $25,600.00 E. Aequitas - $10,240.00 Naza114 - $10,240.00 jenbizzle - $10,240.00 €urop€an - $10,240.00 *denotes heads-up deal Event #43 (Low): $11 NLHE Entries: 6,371 Prize pool: $62,435.80 regevgerev - $8,876.95 MarceleBrito - $6,101.06 2Much$4U_08 - $4,195.44 hulkhogan8 - $2,885.02 luisnrd - $1,983.90 1ucky_mak - $1,364.24 s0niCCCC - $938.13 vin dizel98 - $645.11 baaaaddyyyy - $443.62 Event #43 (Medium): $109 NLHE Entries: 1,701 Prize pool: $170,100 SwatFBA - $25,721.68 DOCTORB911 - $18,334.56 Jajeam - $13,069.53 EL_pimienta85 - $9,316.41 Darkrem - $6,641.06 BrotherBilly - $4,733.98 chrisdm - $3,374.56 Alexey5758 - $2,405.50 blebelea - $1,714.74 Event #43 (High): $1,050 NLHE Entries: 331 Prize pool: $331,000 roo_400 - $62,269.78 oriente1 - $47,165.71 great dant - $35,725.32 laubahia - $27,059.94 DMcZZa- $20,496.38 Lena900 - $15,524.85 rybunia - $11,759.20 girafganger7 - $8,906.91
  2. Busting out of a World Poker Tour event usually means a miserable end to one's poker trip. Aaron Mermelstein was having none of that. After busting in 53rd place in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on Tuesday, Mermelstein jumped into the $25,000 High Roller event and the Pennsylvania poker player beat a final table that included the reigning GPI Player of the Year, a former WSOP Main Event champ and a WSOP Europe Main Event champ to pick up the second biggest score of his career. Ben Yu didn't come to the final table with the shortest stack, but with just six big blinds to work with, the three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner didn't have a lot of decisions to make. On the first hand of play, he moved all in for 295,000 with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] only to have James Calderaro called with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] flop left Yu drawing to perfect-perfect running fours. The [poker card="qs"] turn gave him outs to a chop but the [poker card="jd"] river sealed his fate with a ninth place finish. Just a few minutes later, Brandon Adams ended up on the wrong side of an unavoidable preflop all in situation. Adams and Joe McKeehen got all the money in with Adams holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and McKeehen well ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. The ace-high flop gave McKeehen top set and left Adams drawing dead through the turn and river on his way to an eighth place finish. The player who did start the final table with the shortest stack, Alan Schein, laddered up two spots inside of the first 10 minutes before finally busting. Calderaro raised to 110,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] and Schein moved all in for 435,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. Calderaro called and then stayed ahead through the [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="kc"] turn was also safe but the [poker card="jd"] river give Calderaro a pair to win the pot and eliminate Schein in seventh. Niall Farrell raised to 100,000 from the button holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"] before Mermelstein moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"]. Farrell called all in and moved ahead on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"] flop. The [poker card="7d"] turn gave Mermelstein a gutshot which the [poker card="6c"] river completed to give Farrell a sixth place result. McKeehen, who started the final table with the chip lead, got into a hand with Shannon Shorr that resulted in Shorr's departure. On a flop of [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"], McKeehen bet 160,000 only to have Shorr check-raise all in for a little over 1,000,000. McKeehen called and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"] which put him ahead of Shorr's [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"] holding. Shorr was unable to improve after the [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river and was out in fifth. The former WSOP Main Event champ wasn't done there. McKeehen raised to 150,000 from UTG with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"] and Calderaro moved all in for 425,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] and McKeehen called. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"] to send Shorr home with a fourth place finish. Unfortunately for McKeehen, the next hour wasn't as kind to him and he wound up busting in third. Mermelstein raised to 175,000 from the button, McKeehen moved all in from the small blind for 1,555,000. Foxen moved all in from the big blind and Mermelstein folded. McKeehen tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] and was in rough shape after Foxen turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="3c"][poker card="js"][poker card="5h"] wasn't good enough to save McKeehen from elimination. Heads up play started with Mermelstein holding 55% of the chips in play. Over the next hour, Mermelstein never surrendered the chip lead and eventually found a spot to pick off Foxen. From the button, Foxen raised to 350,000 and Mermelstein called. The flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"] and Mermelstein check-raised all in and Foxen called and then got bad news after Mermelstein turned over [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"] for top set while Foxen showed [poker card="js"][poker card="td"] for top pair and a runner-runner straight draw. The [poker card="ac"] turn crushed any hope Foxen had, giving Mermelstein the title and a $618,955 payday. Final Table Payouts Aaron Mermelstein – $618,955 Alex Foxen – $545,000 Joe McKeehen – $305,665 James Calderaro – $210,295 Shannon Shorr – $136,935 Niall Farrell – $100,255 Alan Schein – $83,140 Brandon Adams – $70,915 Ben Yu – $68,470
  3. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  4. Garry Gates grew up and went to college in Pennsylvania, but he's always been drawn to Las Vegas. He was also drawn to poker and has been an avid player ever since his father taught him how to play cards in his younger years. After attending Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, it only took Gates half a year to make the leap to Sin City. That was in 2003. In 2011, Gates competed in the greatest poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker Main Event, and placed 173rd for $47,107. He also reached the money in the WSOP Main Event in 2015 and 2017, but none of those results came close to his run in 2019 when Gates finished fourth from a field of 8,569 entries to win $3,000,000. With the score, Gates moved to ninth on Pennsylvania poker's all-time money list, according to Hendon Mob, ahead of Aaron Mermelstein and behind Michael Martin. Here are some of the key hands that helped land Gates at the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table and poker's biggest stage, along with his thoughts on the moments he'll likely never forget. Day 5: Pocket Nines Crack Aces On Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, with just under 300 players remaining, Gates found himself involved in a four-way pot with Alex Dovzhenko, Chris Wynkoop, and Alex Greenblatt. Dovzhenko had raised to 60,000 from the hijack seat, Gates called on the button with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="9c"], Wynkoop called from the small blind, and Greenblatt came along out of the big bling. The four players saw the flop come [poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"], giving Gates top set, and action checked to Dovzhenko. He bet 90,000, Gates called, and both Wynkoop and Greenblatt folded. The turn was the [poker card="Jh"] and Dovzhenko checked. Gates took the initiative with a bet of 150,000 from his stack of 760,000. Dovzhenko check-raised all in and had Gates covered. Gates went into the tank. "I certainly felt a lot more confident about my hand on the flop than I did on the turn, that’s for sure," Gates told PocketFives. "I think I knew deep down I was probably never folding in this spot, but I took my time with the decision regardless. Whenever you're facing a call for your tournament life in the WSOP Main Event, it's important to be confident that you're making the right decision. Alex played his hand fairly face up here, so once I'd made the decision to call, all I could think was, 'Hold, please,' and we did." Gates called with his set of nines. Dovzhenko turned over the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="As"] for an overpaid and a heart flush draw. The river was the [poker card="5c"] and Gates held for the double. Day 6: An Ace On the River To Never Forget On Day 6, Gates called all in for his tournament life with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"] against Robert Heidorn. Gates had one of the better hands to get all in preflop with in tournament poker, but his German opponent turned up the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"] to have Gates dominated. "Obviously it's never a good feeling to find out that you're completed dominated with your tournament life on the line, but I did have an eery calm rush over me in that moment," Gates said. "I was at peace with the result no matter what… I had already bested my previous top finish in the Main, so I was going to be happy regardless. After we completely bricked the flop, I remember thinking about Barry Greenstein's book and saying to myself… 'Ace on the river, maybe?'" The [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] flop didn’t give Gates much to be thrilled about. His had whiffed on hitting an ace and was left with just one card to help him make a Broadway straight. When the [poker card="5h"] hit the turn, Gates was pushed further out the door as his chance of making a straight were no longer possible. The only card Gates could hit was an ace on the river. Lo and behold, the dealer found the [poker card="Ad"] to put on fifth street and Gates came from behind in dramatic fashion to double up. "When it hit, I shot out of my chair and ran over to my rail," Gates said. "I couldn’t believe it. Anytime you attempt to navigate through a field of 8,500-plus, you're going to need to get lucky every now and again. But man, that ace gave me new life. When you think about it, it was probably a $2.7 million card." Day 7: Cowboys Against the Chip Leader On Day 7, with 13 players left in the field, Gates was involved in another kings-versus-ace-king confrontation. Again, Gates was at risk, but this time he was the one holding pocket kings - [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kc"]. Hossein Ensan, who was the big chip leader at the time, had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. The preflop action started with Gates raising to 1.2 million from the hijack seat. Ensan three-bet to 3.75 million out of the small blind, and then Gates made it 10 million. Ensan shoved and Gates called off for 23.5 million total. "The adrenaline was pumping, and I knew that if we held here, I would be very well positioned to make a run at the final table," Gates said. "I remember walking over to Robert Heidorn, who made a terrific comeback after being on the losing hand of this same confrontation, and saying something like… 'I know what you're thinking right now, Robert, and I don't want to experience your pain.' Once all the money gets in though, the rest is up to the deck." The [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] flop missed Ensan and kept Gates in the lead. The [poker card="2d"] hit the turn, followed by the [poker card="Jc"] on the river, and Gates had doubled to fourth place on the leaderboard. "Securing that double-up and celebrating with my rail was a moment I'll remember for a long, long time," Gates said. [caption id="attachment_625802" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Garry Gates with his rail moments after securing a big double up with pocket kings against Hossein Ensan's ace-king (photo: 888poker)[/caption] Day 7: Trip Kings with 13 Players Left Shortly after Gates' double up through Ensan, a 20-minute break took place. On the sixth hand back, Gates tangled with Timothy Su in another pivotal hand. Su raised to 1.3 million from the cutoff position to start the action. Gates three-bet to 3.9 million on the button, and Su called. Su then checked the [poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] flop. Gates kept his foot on the gas with a bet of 3.5 million, and Su called. The turn was the [poker card="Ks"], and both players checked to see the [poker card="Kh"] pair the board on the river. Su passed the action to Gates once again, and Gates fired 6.5 million. Su took a little time and then called, but he mucked his hand after seeing Gates’ [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] for trip kings with a queen kicker. This pot moved Gates ahead of Su in the chip counts and up to third place on the leaderboard with a stack of 118 big blinds. Day 7: Out-Kicking Henry Lu for the Knockout With 11 players left, Gates was on the main feature table that had five players seated at it. The blinds were up to 400,000-800,000 with an 800,000 big blind ante, and this is when Gates knocked out Henry Lu. Lu raised to 1.8 million from the cutoff seat, Gates reraised to 7 million from the small blind, and Lu called. The dealer fanned the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="7s"] flop and Gates bet 4.5 million. Lu called to swell the pot to nearly 25 million. After the [poker card="6d"] fell on the turn, Gates slowed down with a check. Lu bet 7.8 million, leaving himself with 25.8 million behind, and Gates went into the tank. Eventually, Gates shoved all in to put Lu to the test. Lu tanked for a handful of minutes before calling all in with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Js"] for top pair. Gates had him out-kicked with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"]. "Yeah, when you check-shove with top pair, top kicker on a board like this, I think you're always happy with a fold," Gates said. "He spent an awful long time in the tank, so my mind was racing a mile a minute. I tried to keep composed and not give anything away. Once he made the call and tabled his hand, I was mostly just happy to find out that my read was correct and knew the rest was out of my hands." Gates gave a slight fist pump when he saw Lu's hand. "It was one of those spots where my intuition allowed me to extract max value in a spot that a lot of pros probably play differently," Gates said. "That, plus I got some phenomenal intel from a good friend who plays with Lu a lot in California, and said he's capable of making the occasional sticky hero call, so in the end it was a case of things lining up just about perfectly for me. All that said, I'm pretty sure I lost a week's worth of life expectancy, due to an increase in blood pressure and stress… I don't know how these guys do this on a daily basis, but hats off to them (laughs)." Gates finished Day 7 in second place in chips, behind only the event's eventual winner, Hossein Ensan. Each of these hands played a pivotal role in propelling Gates to the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table. From there, the man from Titusville, home of John Heisman and the place where the first United States oil boom was sparked, went on to finish fourth for $3,000,000.
  5. As the launch of Pennsylvania online poker nears, PocketFives takes a look at the top 10 of the Pennsylvania poker all-time money list. The list includes a World Series of Poker Main Event champion, one other WSOP gold bracelet winner, a couple of World Poker Tour winners, and a European Poker Tour champion. The leader falls under none of these categories, though, but he does top the list in a big way with more than $24 million in live tournament earnings. Pennsylvania Poker All-Time Money List Jake Schindler - $24,659,374 Joseph McKeehen - $16,224,026 John Hennigan - $8,472,252 Matt Glantz - $7,110,451 Daniel Ott - $4,726,701 Matt Berkey - $4,152,310 Russell Thomas - $3,770,309 Michael Martin - $3,305,970 Aaron Mermelstein - $3,246,815 Garry Gates - $3,243,129 Jake Schindler Jake Schindler and his career live tournament earnings of more than $24.6 million tops the PA poker all-time money list, and the gap between him and second place is quite large. Schindler is originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia. It’s a suburb of Philadelphia with a population of only few thousand people. Schindler’s largest live tournament score to date comes in at $3.6 million for when he finished second to Christoph Vogelsang in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl in 2017. He also has scores of $1.192 million from winning the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller, $2.151 million for winning the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller, and $1.332 million for winning the WPT Five Diamond $100,000 Super High Roller in 2018. Not only does Schindler’s more than $24.6 million put him on top of Pennsylvania’s all-time money list, but it has him ranked in the top 15 of the United States all-time money list and top 25 of the overall all-time money list. Joseph McKeehen Coming in at #2 on Pennsylvania’s all-time money list is 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joseph McKeehen with more than $16.2 million in live tournament earnings. Of those winnings, $7.683 million came when McKeehen topped a field of 6,420 entries in poker’s most prestigious event, the WSOP Main Event. McKeehen is originally from North Wales, Pennsylvania. It’s a small town in the southeast corner of the Keystone State. McKeehen proved his wasn’t just a one-hit wonder when, in 2017, he won his second WSOP gold bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, scoring $311,817. McKeehen also has a WSOP Circuit Main Event title to his name. McKeehen’s second biggest score came from the 2016 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. In that event, he finished second to Bryn Kenney for $1.22 million. John Hennigan One of the most well-known poker players in the world, John Hennigan, comes in at #3 on Pennsylvania’s all-time money list. He has $8.472 million in live tournament earnings. Hennigan has loads of big scores and triumphant victories on his résumé, but it’s the six WSOP gold bracelets and one WPT title that really stick out. Hennigan’s largest career score is his World Poker Tour win, coming in 2007 at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open when he won $1.606 million. His second biggest score came in 2014 when he won the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship to the tune of $1.517 million. That WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship win came just one year after he finished third in the same event for $686,568. In 2018, Hennigan took second in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $765,837. Hennigan is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Matt Glantz Matt Glantz, from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, comes in at #4 on the list with $7.11 million in live tournament earnings. His biggest live tournament score came from the European Poker Tour London £20,500 High Roller. He won that event for what converted to $862,837. In 2008, Glantz took fourth in the WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $568,320, and in 2014 he finished fifth in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller for $445,520. Glantz has a handful of WSOP final tables on record, but to date, he’s yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. His closest was in 2005 when he took second in the WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament for $364,620. Daniel Ott Almost smack dead in the center of Pennsylvania is Altoona, where Daniel Ott is from. Ott comes in at #5 on PA’s all-time money list with $4.726 million in live tournament earnings. Nearly all of that, $4.7 million worth, comes from a single score. In 2017, Ott made the final table of the WSOP Main Event and finished second to Scott Blumstein for $4.7 million. Elsewhere on Ott’s résumé, you’ll find a bunch of WSOP cashes, all for small amounts, and an MSPT cash, but that’s it. Matt Berkey Originally from Leechburg, Pennsylvania, Matt Berkey is one of poker’s most popular players. He has more than $4.15 million in live tournament earnings, but that could change rather quickly for as big as he plays. Berkey is a regular in some of poker’s priciest tournaments, including the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl, which he took fifth in in 2016 for $1.1 million. That’s Berkey’s only seven-figure score to date, but he has several six-figures cashes and it seems like only a matter of time before he nets another cash of a million dollars or more. Russell Thomas Like Ott, the bulk of Russell Thomas’ career live tournament earnings come from a final table in the WSOP Main Event. Thomas has more than $3.77 million in earnings, which lands him #7 on the Pennsylvania poker all-time money list. More than $2.85 million of that comes from a fourth-place finish in the 2012 WSOP Main Event. Thomas is originally from Wallingford, Pennsylvania, which is located in the southeast corner of the state. Michael Martin You won’t see Michael Martin on the poker circuit much these days, but he did well to amass more than $3.3 million in live tournament earnings. Nearly all of Martin’s live tournament cashes come from 2006 to 2010, with one very small cash coming in each of 2013 and 2019. Martin’s biggest score came when he won the European Poker Tour London Main Event in 2008 for more than $1.8 million. Prior to that, earlier in the same year, he banked $666,171 for a fifth-place finish in the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Martin is originally from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Aaron Mermelstein Philadelphia’s Aaron Mermelstein is still very much grinding the tournament circuit, and with more than $3.25 million in live earnings, he’s #9 on the Pennsylvania all-time money list. Mermelstein doesn’t have a seven-figure score on record, to date, but he does hold two WPT titles. He won both in 2015, topping the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open for $712,305, his largest score ever, and then winning the WPT Maryland Live! tournament for $250,222. Another big score for Mermelstein came when he won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $25,000 High Roller event in 2019 for $618,955. Garry Gates Titusville’s Garry Gates is a newcomer to the Pennsylvania poker all-time money list, thanks to his fourth-place finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $3 million. Gates, a longtime member of the poker industry on both the media and corporate side, now has four WSOP Main Event cashes. Gates’ second-biggest score is a fourth-place finish in the 2012 WSOP Circuit Atlantic City Main Event for $64,530. Gates’ hometown of Titusville is home to notable football player and coach, John Heisman.
  6. The World Poker Tour has a new champion and his name is Aaron Van Blarcum. Van Blarcum was victorious in the Season XVIII WPT Legends of Poker Main Event at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino, topping the field of 520 entries to score the tournament’s $474,390 first-place prize. The win proved the largest live tournament score for the Dallas, Texas, native, crushing his previous best of nearly $51,000. Included in the prize for Van Blarcum was a $15,000 entry to the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. "It feels great," Van Blarcum told the WPT afterwards. "I planned on playing in six of these [WPTs] this year and this was the first one, so it's pretty awesome." Van Blarcum defeated Gueorgui Gantchev in heads-up play, with Gantchev taking home $306,265. WPT regular Jared Griener finished third for $226,040. WPT Legends of Poker Final Table Results 1st: Aaron Van Blarcum - $474,390* 2nd: Gueorgui Gantchev - $306,265 3rd: Jared Griener - $226,040 4th: Vahan Sudzhyan - $168,630 5th: Jisup Hwang - $127,165 6th: Antonios Roungeris - $96,955 *First place includes a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Van Blarcum entered Wednesday’s finale in last place on the leaderboard with six players remaining. He started climbing up from the bottom almost immediately and then eliminated Antonios Roungeris in sixth place on Hand #23 with the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jd"] against Roungeris' [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"]. One hand later, Van Blarcum made a royal flush to pick up even more chips. Van Blarcum continued to stay active and chip up, but he was a bystander when Gantchev knocked out Jisup Hwang in fifth. For the second elimination, it was a pair-versus-pair confrontation, with Gantchev's [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qh"] holding up against Hwang’s [poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"]. Hwang went out on Hand #76, then Hand #81 saw Van Blarcum bust Vahan Sudzhyan in fourth place. Van Blarcum had checked the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Ts"] board to his opponent. Sudzhyan moved all in and Van Blarcum called with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ks"]. Sudzhyan was drawing dead with the [poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"]. In another pair-versus-pair clash, Van Blarcum knocked out Griener in third place, this time when his [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"] held up against Griener's [poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"]. That gave Van Blarcum a stack of nearly 16.5 million in chips heading into heads-up play against Gantchev, who had a stack of just more than 4.3 million. On the 29th hand of the duel, it was all over. On the final hand, Van Blarcum's [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"] were up against the [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"] for Gantchev. The pocket fives didn’t come from behind on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"] board and Van Blarcum was crowned the winner. The final day of play lasted 128 hands. The top 65 finishers reached the money, with deep runs had by Kitty Kuo (8th - $58,265), WPT Champions Club members Brian Altman (10th - $45,940) and Aaron Mermelstein (16th - $24,130), and Cord Garcia (30th - $14,100). Van Blarcum Takes WPT Player of the Year Lead Through two events in Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour, Van Blarcum sits atop the Hublot WPT Player of the Year standings for the new season. His 1,200 points for winning the WPT Legends of Poker title were enough to surpass the 1,000 points won by Roger Teska when he took the opening title of Season XVIII in the WPT Gardens Poker Festival. Gantchev, the WPT Legends of Poker runner-up, earned 1,000 points for his finish and sits third in the race. 1st: Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,200 points 2nd: Roger Teska - 1,000 points 3rd: Gueorgui Gantchev - 1,000 points 4th: Jared Griener - 900 points 5th: Laszlo Molnar - 800 points 6th: Vahan Sudzhyan - 800 points 7th: Lior Ohel - 700 points 8th: Jisup Hwang - 700 points 9th: Lars Kamphues - 600 points 10th: Antonios Roungeris - 600 points Just outside of the top 10 is Garcia with 450 points. Garcia finished sixth at WPT Gardens and 30th at WPT Legends. His finishes are noteworthy because Garcia made it known that he was willing to bet on himself in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race. Garcia stated that he did book one $5,000 wager with two-time WPT champ and one of winningest players out of Pennsylvania, Mermelstein, who is currently 28th in this season’s race with 100 points. Borgata Poker Open Next for WPT Main Tour The next stop on the WPT Main Tour for Season XVIII is the WPT Borgata Poker Open. The event takes place at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, running September 15-20, 2019. The tournament has a $3,500 buy-in and $3 million prize pool guarantee.
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